Butler could be without Howard for title game

INDIANAPOLIS, IN - INDIANAPOLIS (AP) - Butler center Matt Howard could miss Monday night's championship game with a head injury.

Coach Brad Stevens says Howard will not practice Sunday and will be a game-time decision for the national title game against Duke. Stevens would not say whether Howard was diagnosed with a concussion.

Howard hit his head on the floor in Saturday's game after colliding with two other players. He left the game, returned briefly, then left again because he wasn't feeling well.

If Howard cannot play, it would leave the Bulldogs without their best post player. Howard is averaging 11.8 points and 5.3 rebounds and was the 2008-09 Horizon League player of the year.

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