Dewayne Dedmon back for USC

MINNEAPOLIS -- Southern California center Dewayne Dedmon has returned to the lineup much sooner than expected after suffering a stress injury to his right foot.

The 7-foot sophomore, a junior-college transfer, missed only one game. He started for USC on Saturday at Minnesota.

Minnesota won, 55-40, and Dedmon was a non-factor.

The team said initially that Dedmon could miss four to six weeks. He had been in a walking boot and using crutches.

Dedmon averaged 7.7 points, six rebounds and one block over USC's first seven games. He also sustained a broken bone in his right hand during practice in October and wore a splint for the next month.