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Resting Hughley a huge gamble

The last two games of the regular season vs. Western Kentucky and Middle Tennessee are huge for FAU, which could finish anywhere from first in the entire conference to seventh.

Then why is Owls coach Mike Jarvis raising the possibility of trying to get some rest for junior guard Sanchez Hughley?

Jarvis said he wasn't sure how many minutes he thought Hughley, who is averaging 10.2 ppg, could play this week because of his lingering injuries, especially a sore hamstring that has slowed him for the last few games.

"With Sanchez, I don't know how many games he can play," Jarvis said. "I'm not sure what I'm going to do with him Thursday night. I am not sure how much I am going to play him. Because as much as I want to win this week. It isn't about this week."

Jarvis is concerned about Hughley's availability for next week's Sun Belt Conference Tournament.

"I have to have him for next week and it's very difficult for him for two games in a week," Jarvis said. "I could totally kill him this week and then not have him for next week but I'm not going to do that."

Jarvis said the situations would dictate when Hughley would get his rest and he wouldn't give specifics, but if Hughley can play effectively, I say worry about next week when you get to Hot Springs.

If Hughley is banged up as much as it appears, I don't see the Owls winning four games to win the title next week. If the Owls are still in a battle to earn a first-round bye it would make sense to have Hughely give it his all vs. WKU and MTSU and then rest for an entire week.

Of course, once the No. 3 seed is unattainable for the Owls, Hughley should only play limited minutes - if any at all.

However, as they say in the NFL "You can rest when the season is over." I like the Owls chances of trying to earn that No. 3 seed and getting an extra day of rest next week better than resting Hughley now in hopes he can play four games in four games next week - especially when Jarvis is concerned that Hughley can't play two games in a week.

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