Updates from Tuesday, Feb. 11
Brandon Ashley underwent surgery today on his foot and Nicole Auerbach of USA Today has the results:
Arizona announces Brandon Ashley had "successful surgery Tuesday to repair a ligament in his right foot."— Nicole Auerbach (@NicoleAuerbach) February 11, 2014
Updates from Monday, Feb. 3
Anthony Gimino of LindysSports.com has the latest on Brandon Ashley's recovery:
Sean Miller: 'real possibility' that Brandon Ashley will need surgery, but he doesn't specify specifics of foot injury.— Anthony Gimino (@AGWildcatReport) February 3, 2014
Updates from Sunday, Feb. 2
Jeff Goodman of ESPN.com has the latest on Brandon Ashley's status:
Top-ranked Arizona will be without starting forward Brandon Ashley for the remainder of the season with a foot injury, a source close to the Arizona program told ESPN.com on Sunday.
Ashley, who was averaging 11.5 points and 5.8 rebounds per game, suffered the injury three minutes into the loss to California when he landed awkwardly after missing a shot. He returned to the bench and was in a walking boot and on crutches in the second half.
Miller feared the injury was a broken foot after the game.
"We have to get back to the drawing board and make sure we can move forward if Brandon is not with us," Miller said shortly after the loss.
Head coach Sean Miller spoke about the injury with the Daily Wildcat:
“This adversity will ultimately make Brandon and our team stronger moving forward.” Sean Miller on Brandon Ashley— DailyWildcatHoops (@WildcatHoops) February 3, 2014
If the No. 1 Arizona Wildcats are to stave off an upset of the California Golden Bears on Saturday, Feb. 1, they may have to do so without their second-leading scorer. Brandon Ashley left the game with a foot injury.
Myron Medcalf of ESPN.com reported the sophomore forward returned to the bench after going to the locker room, but he had ice on his right foot:
Brandon Ashley is back on the bench. Ice on his right foot.— Myron Medcalf (@MedcalfByESPN) February 2, 2014
It was later reported that he would be out for the rest of the contest, per College Basketball Talk's Raphielle Johnson:
Oh man. Sideline reporter says that Brandon Ashley’s out for the rest of this one.— Raphielle Johnson (@raphiellej) February 2, 2014
Wildcats insider Anthony Gimino shared some bad news after the game:
Sean Miller: Really good chance Brandon Ashley broke foot. #ArizonaWildcats— Anthony Gimino (@AGWildcatReport) February 2, 2014
Bruce Pascoe of the Arizona Daily Star reported that Ashley was walking with crutches and a boot on his foot. There's no information at the moment just how bad the injury is:
Now Ashley has crutches and a boot on his right foot.— Bruce Pascoe (@BrucePascoe) February 2, 2014
No immediate word on what severity might be, according to UA.— Bruce Pascoe (@BrucePascoe) February 2, 2014
Ashley is averaging 12.0 points and 6.0 rebounds a game, and he's played a major role on a Wildcats team that was 21-0 heading into Saturday night.
It will be difficult for Arizona to maintain that unbeaten record if Ashley is forced to miss an extended period of time.