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Arizona basketball: Allonzo Trier likely returning vs. Washington schools

The Wildcats should have their leading scorer back this week.

Casey Sapio-USA TODAY Sports

When Allonzo Trier broke his hand vs. the USC Trojans, the estimated timetable for his return was 4-6 weeks.

It seems he'll be on the low end of that.

Sean Miller had always said that he hoped the Arizona Wildcats' star freshman would be closer to the four week mark, but there's even a chance that it'll only be three and a half weeks.

"There's a chance," coach Miller said on Saturday about Trier playing against Washington State on Wednesday. "We'll know more when he gets an x-ray before Wednesday."

Trier was warming up with the team prior to Saturday night's win against Oregon State without anything on his hand.

"He would like to play," coach continued. "He can shoot and pass. He's at the point now where depending on the x-ray, he could be more vulnerable if he fell, and we're not going to do that to him. We want him to be able to fall and not be more vulnerable."

"So maybe he needs another week. We'll find out."

My best guess is that Trier would not play Wednesday against the Cougars, but is a lot more likely to make his return against the Washington Huskies on Saturday in Seattle in what could end up being a crucial game in the Pac-12 landscape.

When Allonzo does return, it will not be without some sort of protection on that hand.

"He's gonna play with a pad when he first comes back. It's just the healing."

That Washington game would be right at the four week mark since he broke it.

And what a time to come back, with Arizona needing a road win at the Pac-12's second-place team's house.