Arizona expected to have Kaleb Tarczewski back this weekend

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Arizona will get a boost to its lineup with the return of senior center Kaleb Tarczewski as head coach Sean Miller said the big man could play some spot minutes on Sunday against Arizona State.

Speaking with reporters this weekend, Miller said that Tarczewski has begun to practice in limited spurts as the Wildcats will gradually work the senior back into playing shape so they can avoid further setback. The senior has missed the last eight games for Arizona with a left foot injury suffered in a Nov. 26 overtime win over Santa Clara.

Arizona lost its only game of the season to Providence when Tarczewski was out of the lineup and the senior’s return gives the Wildcats its experienced starting center back. In the first five games this season, Tarczewski averaged 8.6 points and 7.2 rebounds per game on 57.7 percent shooting from the floor.

While Tarczewski doesn’t put up huge numbers, he’s been in a lot of important games in his career and gives the Wildcats the additional big man they need to help them win a surprisingly deep Pac-12. I’m sure Miller will limit Tarczewski’s minutes as he continues to heal and get his wind back but it will be interesting to see how Arizona looks near full strength once he is back up to speed in a few weeks.

(H/T: Wildcat Authority)