Injured Gophers men's basketball freshman Ahmad Gilbert will be out "probably three to four weeks" because of a dislocated finger on his left hand, coach Richard Pitino said on his weekly radio show Monday.

The 6-6 wing from Philadelphia injured his finger in the opening seconds of the second half of Saturday's 70-63 loss to Indiana and had surgery Sunday.

Pitino said on 1500 ESPN that he plans to rely more on Charles Buggs in Gilbert's place, starting with Wednesday's game at Michigan. Gilbert had started at small forward the past two games.

Pitino also addressed a report in the Las Vegas Review-Journal that he and his father, Louisville coach Rick Pitino, were interested in the newly vacant job at UNLV, with the elder Pitino as the head coach and younger Pitino as the coach-in-waiting.

The Gophers coach noted there was "zero truth" to the report and made it clear — perhaps partly joking — it wasn't something that tempted him for a second, not so much because of the location but because of his would-be boss.

"I've done three years of hard time working for him, I don't want to go back to that," he said. "… The thought of going to work for my dad again keeps me up at night."

AMELIA RAYNO