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Idaho’s Dean doubtful for Thursday

Idaho has just one game this week (Thursday at Grand Canyon) and one game next week (vs. Seattle on Feb. 1). It's a good thing, too. The Vandals are banged up. Starting point guard Glen Dean missed the Vandals' last two games with a sprained ankle and is doubtful for the GCU game. "It's not looking good," said coach Don Verlin, adding that Dean is still day-to-day. If Dean's ankle doesn't progress, Verlin said he'll have an MRI next week.

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The good news for the Vandals is that fellow guard Sekou Wiggs (knee) is progressing well. He played just two minutes in a win over Cal State Bakersfield on Saturday after missing a week-plus, but Wiggs practiced on Monday and "looked better," Verlin said.

As for the Vandals' prospects for building on their second WAC win after losing six of seven games, Verlin is hopeful about that too. "No question about it, that’s what I’ve been selling. We’ve got to do a few things better in the games. What I’ve tried to do this week is be real positive but show them the things we need to (improve on)."

What sorts of things is he referring to?

"We’ve got to be more consistent in our effort," Verlin said. "This team has played in spurts all year long. I thought the first 10 minutes of the Bakersfield game, we were clicking on all cylinders. Then the next six minutes ... we didn’t look like the same team.

"We’ve got to play for a long time with maximum effort and maximum concentration."

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