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MEN: FLORIDA COACH REINSTATES WILBEKIN

GAINESVILLE - Florida junior guard Scottie Wilbekin was reinstated to the team and will play Sunday when the No.10 Gators take on Middle Tennessee at the Tampa Bay Times Forum. Tipoff is 4 p.m.

Wilbekin was suspended Nov.8 for violation of team rules and missed three games. He was expected to be the starting point guard, but coach Billy Donovan said Wilbekin now has to earn his job back.

"I think he's definitely paid a price," Donovan said. "In my meeting with him (Friday), I felt like it was time to let him be able to come back, start practice and be a part of our team. He's got to work back. He's missed a week of practice right now, by his own doing. That's not to say that he's never going to start here again. As a coach I don't believe in having a doghouse, so to speak. To me, he starts fresh and clean. In my mind, although we did address the things he has done, I think I'd be making a mistake as a coach to constantly keep holding on to that because I'm expecting him to move on."

UCLA RULING: UCLA's Shabazz Muhammad was ruled eligible to play, and the star freshman guard is set to make his debut Monday against Georgetown. The NCAA said the school's sanctions against Muhammad were sufficient after he sat out three games and repaid $1,600 in impermissible benefits.

MAJERUS NOT RETURNING: St. Louis coach Rick Majerus will not return to the team because of a serious heart condition. Majerus, 64, ended the school's 12-year NCAA Tournament drought last season with a 26-win team, and the Billikens were ranked for the first time since the 1994-95 season.

USF INVITATIONAL: Senior forward Nate Hutcheson had 30 points and nine rebounds, leading Western Michigan to an 81-71 victory over Loyola of Chicago at the Sun Dome in Tampa.

EASTERN MICHIGAN: Junior forward James Still was dismissed from the team while an assault case against him is being resolved in court.

ST. JOHN'S: Junior college transfer Marc-Antoine Bourgault was declared eligible and the 6-foot-6 shooter joined the Red Storm, playing five minutes in Friday's 72-67 loss to Murray State.

Times staff writer Antonya English contributed to this report.

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