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Thumb surgery set for Creighton's Austin Chatman

Creighton's Austin Chatman (1) drives past Creighton's Isaiah Zierden (21) during the first half of a second-round game in the NCAA college basketball tournament Friday, March 21, 2014, in San Antonio. (AP Photo/David J. Phillip) Photo:

Creighton's Austin Chatman (1) drives past Creighton's Isaiah Zierden (21) during the first half of a second-round game in the NCAA college basketball tournament Friday, March 21, 2014, in San Antonio. (AP Photo/David J. Phillip)

OMAHA, Neb. (AP) Creighton point guard Austin Chatman will have surgery to repair a ligament in his right thumb and is expected to be fully recovered before the season.

The school said Tuesday that Chatman would wear a cast for two months.

Chatman is the only returning starter for a team that has made the NCAA tournament three straight years. Chatman has started 71 straight games and averaged 8.1 points as a junior. He's the Bluejays' top returning scorer.

Chatman scored 10 or more points in six of the last seven games and was named to the Big East all-tournament team.

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