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Cartier Diarra set to return for K-State at Big 12 Tournament as Cats lose Dean Wade

The wait is over for Cartier Diarra.

One month and eight games after breaking the ring finger on his shooting hand, the Kansas State sophomore guard is ready to return to the lineup and help the Wildcats as they play their first game of the Big 12 Tournament around 2 p.m. Thursday at the Sprint Center.

“I feel very comfortable,” Diarra said. “I have felt very comfortable for a (while), but you have to be patient with injuries. I am almost fully healed and I do plan on playing. I am excited.”

His timing couldn’t be better.