ST. LOUIS -- Stanford's Anthony Brown moved gingerly through Thursday's open practice after bruising his upper thigh the day before, but coach Johnny Dawkins expects the junior guard to be ready to play in Friday's NCAA tournament opener against New Mexico.
"I think Anthony will be fine. He bumped his thigh yesterday. A little contusion," Dawkins said after the public workout at the Scottrade Center. "It's a little stiff. I think as he loosens up he should be fine. Another 24 hours, he'll be ready to go."
Brown, who missed last season with a hip injury, has started 32 of 33 games this year and is the Cardinal's third-leading scorer at 12.7 points per game.
Brown wore an elastic wrap around his left knee and upper thigh during the first portion of Thursday's workout and was limping noticeably at times. Midway through the practice, he removed the wrap.
Dawkins said Brown would continue to get treatment Thursday.
"Every kid is different, but with therapy and knowing who Anthony is and watching him play with his hip and other things, he's always seemed to have a really good pain tolerance and been able to compete," Dawkins said. "He doesn't seem to be worried. As long as he's not worried, I'm not worried."