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Brandon Williams out, Chase Jeter (maybe) in for Arizona vs. ASU

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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.

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.

Without Williams and Jeter, Arizona will be using an eighth different starting lineup and sixth different in as many games.