There’s injury news for the Arizona Wildcats just prior to its game at rival ASU, both good and bad.
First the good: junior center Chase Jeter is not starting, but he is expected to play after missing the last two games (and nearly all of a third) with a back injury.
Now the bad: freshman guard Brandon Williams will not play because of an undisclosed injury, which Bruce Pascoe of the Arizona Daily Star is reporting is a knee sprain.
Brandon Williams is out with a right knee sprain. Looks like Chase Jeter will give it a shot. Williams apparently hurt it at UCLA then came out as a decoy during early warmups but is now sitting on the bench in sweats.— Bruce Pascoe (@BrucePascoe) February 1, 2019
Jeter was hurt less than five minutes into Arizona’s 82-71 home win over Oregon State on Jan. 19, then sat out last weekend’s games at USC and UCLA. Without him, the Wildcats were crushed 80-57 and 90-69 for their first back-to-back 20-point losses since 1982-83.
Williams had 19 points for Arizona against UCLA, its lone offensive bright spot in that game. A knee sprain kept him from starting against Montana on Dec. 19 but he still played 23 minutes.
Arizona going with Justin Coleman, Dylan Smith, Brandon Randolph, Ira Lee and Ryan Luther in the starting lineup.— AZ Desert Swarm (@AZDesertSwarm) February 1, 2019
Brandon Williams is not playing tonight, apparently. Chase Jeter, TBD.
Without Williams and Jeter, Arizona will be using an eighth different starting lineup and sixth different in as many games.