Wildcats, 'Zags stars set to return

Published Nov. 22, 2010 4:51 a.m. ET

Elias Harris will be on the floor for Gonzaga and Curtis Kelly will make his season debut for Kansas State.

Wildcats coach Frank Martin told FOXSports.com on Sunday night that the Kelly, a preseason Big 12 pick, will play against the ‘Zags in Kansas City on Monday night.

``We’ve spoken and I’m extremely happy with the way Curtis has been the last two weeks,” Martin told FOXSports.com. ``He’s been the Curtis that’s been here the last two years and he’s good to go.”

Kelly had been suspended by Martin and has missed the first three games of the season – all Kansas State victories.

The 6-foot-9 Kelly averaged 11.5 points and 6.2 rebounds last season while starting every game.

Harris will also be on the floor after suffering what appeared to be a serious Achilles injury at the end of the loss to San Diego State earlier in the week.

According to a source, Harris went through a workout in Kansas City on Sunday and will play against the Wildcats.


Harris has struggled this season, averaging just 7.7 points and 3.0 rebounds – a significant drop-off from his freshman year in which he put up 14.9 points and 7.1 boards per game.

He’s averaging just 7.7 points and 3.0 rebounds in three games, but part of that stems from a shoulder injury he suffered in the preseason.

If the ‘Zags get past Kansas State, they would play the winner of the matchup between No. 1 Duke and Marquette in the CBE Championship game on Tuesday night.