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By Allen Moff | Staff writer
Kent State freshman forward Chris Ortiz is on track to return to action exactly six weeks after undergoing surgery to repair a fractured foot.
Ortiz fractured a small bone in his foot during the Golden Flashes' overtime victory at Youngstown State on Nov. 28. A pin was inserted in his foot during surgery on Dec. 1, and doctors expected recovery time to take about six weeks.
This Saturday will mark exactly six weeks since that surgery, and KSU coach Rob Senderoff believes Ortiz has an excellent chance to see action in Saturday's game at Ball State.
"We still have three more days to make that determination, but as of right now I think he's on course (to play Saturday)," said Senderoff. "He did some conditioning today, he got shots up after practice. He's done all the dummy work, and his conditioning has increased a great deal from last week to this week. He tells me he feels fine. We'll see how he responds over these next couple days, and if he responds well I think he will play on Saturday."
Ortiz moved into the starting lineup in the sixth game of the season against Bethune-Cookman and remained there until he was injured after producing 13 points and eight rebounds in that victory. Ortiz is averaging 5.7 points and 3.7 rebounds per contest for the Flashes (9-5), who were 3-0 with him in the starting lineup.
What: 2012-13 MAC Season Opener
Who: Toledo (4-7) vs. Kent State (8-5)
When/Where: Tonight, 7 p.m./M.A.C. Center
Radio: WHLO 640 AM.
Head Coaches: Tod Kowalczyk, Toledo (27-52, 3rd year); Rob Senderoff, Kent State (29-17, 2nd season).
2011-12 Records: Toledo 19-17; Kent State 21-12.
Series: Toledo leads 78-45.
Last Meeting: Kent State defeated host Toledo 77-61 last year.