Arizona Basketball

Gettings out, Mannion & Green day to day before big Baylor game

Arizona’s game with Baylor on Saturday may have gotten even tougher given the news Thursday afternoon that Wildcat players Stone Gettings, Josh Green and Nico Mannion have not practiced this week.

Gettings is definitely out for Saturday’s game with a facial fracture, one he suffered in Saturday’s game with Penn. It’s not clear how long he’ll be out.

Freshman Nico Mannion has been out with a sore back and freshman Josh Green has strep throat. The two had not practiced as of Thursday’s press gathering. Arizona coach Sean Miller said it’s been a challenge this week because the three had not practiced this week.

Sean Miller talks to the media in preparation for Saturday’s game vs. Baylor.

Arizona coach Sean Miller said he anticipates Mannion will play but “in what role he’ll have, I don’t know.”

Miller said it would be up to Mannion to determine when he’ll return to practice.

Throughout Sunday’s game against Wake Forest, Mannion was often seen grabbing at his back. Despite the injury, Mannion was named the Wooden Legacy’s most valuable player.

“We’re a little banged up but I’m hoping the next couple of days those guys can practice,” Miller said. “You certainly have to practice to play in the game, certainly to start.”

Miller said Thursday and Friday’s practice will be important to see what will happen on Saturday in terms of availability. His lineup will be a game decision.

When Gettings returns it’s likely he’ll need to wear a mask.

“We look forward to getting him back,” Miller said. “He’s a big part of our team.”

Ira Lee is expected to see more minutes because of Gettings’ situation.

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