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Chase Jeter’s status for Arizona State game still uncertain

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The back injury that has kept Chase Jeter out of the Arizona Wildcats’ last two games may also keep him out of Thursday’s visit to rival Arizona State, coach Sean Miller said Tuesday.

“I really don’t know,” Miller said, when asked for a status update on Jeter, who fell hard early against Oregon State on Jan. 19, injuring his back. “He didn’t practice yesterday. I really think it’s his call, in terms of discomfort, pain, how much he can tolerate. He’s making progress.

“We’re going to do what’s best for Chase. Whenever he has the opportunity to practice or play, we’ll take that next step.”

Jeter’s absence was very noticeable in blowout losses at USC and UCLA last weekend, games the Wildcats dropped by 23 and 21 points, respectively. Arizona shot a combined 30 percent from the field and 26 percent from three-point range while getting outrebounded by 29 and allowing 49.1 percent shooting.

Arizona has started 6-foot-9 Ryan Luther at center the last two games, with the 6-5 Dylan Smith starting at the 4 at USC and 6-7 Ira Lee starting at UCLA.