Butler center Matt Howard, who suffered a concussion in the Final Four game with Michigan State, has been cleared by team doctors after not showing lingering effects and is expected to play in Monday night's national championship game.
"Matt has been symptom-free since our practice," Butler athletic trainer Ryan Galloy said in a statement. "If nothing changes, we expect him to play."
To say that Howard is an important part of the Bulldogs team would be accurate: last year's Horizon League Player of the Year is Butler's third-leading scorer this season, with 11.6 ppg. And at 6-foot-8, he'll be needed to contend with Duke's big man, 7-1 Brian Zoubek.
Head coach Brad Stevens said on Sunday "that Howard would not play if there were any risk to his health."