Huskies center expected to practice

Connecticut's All-America center Emeka Okafor is expected to practice with the Final Four-bound Huskies on Tuesday after an MRI revealed no damage to his right shoulder, ESPN.com's Andy Katz reports.

Okafor played only 19 minutes in UConn's 87-71 victory over Alabama in the Phoenix Regional final on Saturday. A hard foul by Alabama's Jermareo Davidson gave Okafor an elbow stinger with 9:19 left in the first half.

Okafor left the game briefly, returned to finish the half and started the second half. But he sat down for good with 16:32 to play and UConn leading 59-36.

"Just a little tingle. Nothing too serious," Okafor said when asked how his arm was feeling after the game.

The junior, who finished with nine rebounds, five blocked shots and two points -- all in the first half -- put back a rebound off the glass to put UConn up 28-15, and was clobbered by Davidson.

Okafor's head appeared to snap back when Davidson caught him with his upper arm. Okafor's subsequent free throw didn't reach the rim.

UConn will face Duke in Saturday's national semifinals.

Information from The Associated Press was used in this report.