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Arizona basketball: Allonzo Trier to return vs. UCLA

It has finally happened.

NCAA Basketball: Sacred Heart at Arizona Casey Sapio-USA TODAY Sports

It has finally happened.

Allonzo Trier will play for the first time this season Saturday when the Arizona Wildcats face the No. 3 UCLA Bruins in Westwood. It was first reported by Greg Hansen of the Arizona Daily Star on Friday night.

Arizona confirmed the news in a statement.

"The NCAA notified us on Friday afternoon that Allonzo Trier’s most recent drug test was negative," the statement said. "Therefore, he is eligible to return to the court immediately and will be available for our game against UCLA."

The sophomore guard was suspended for testing positive for an unspecified performance-enhancing drug and missed Arizona’s first 19 games.

Trier released a statement earlier in the week saying that he could play once the drug was completely out of his system.

Evidently, that time is now, and what a time for it to happen, as the news comes on the eve of Arizona’s biggest game of the year.

Trier, who averaged 14.8 points per game last season as a freshman, will ultimately provide a major boost to the Wildcats, especially on the offensive end of the floor.

Tip-off for Saturday’s game against the high-powered Bruins is set for 2 p.m. and it will be televised on CBS.

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