March 29, 2002
UCLA senior Rico Hines had successful arthroscopic left knee surgery to remove torn cartilage on Friday at the UCLA Medical Center. The procedure was performed by Bruin team physician Dr. Gerald Finerman.
Hines' surgery on Friday was an outpatient procedure and he will begin rehabilitation next week. The rehabilitation process will take approximately four-to-six weeks.
He was injured during the first half of No. 8 seed UCLA's 105-101 double overtime victory over No. 1 seed Cincinnati on March 17 in an NCAA second round game at Pittsburgh. Because of the injury, Hines was not able to play in UCLA's 82-73 loss to No. 12 seed Missouri on March 21 in an NCAA West Region "Sweet 16" contest in San Jose.
A 6-5 guard/forward, Hines is UCLA's senior captain and was the Bruins' top defensive player this season. He averaged 16.2 minutes a game and scored a season-high seven points in UCLA's 80-58 win over No. 9 seed Mississippi on March 15 in an NCAA opening round game in Pittsburgh.