January 9, 2007

Reserves need to step up with Brielmaier out

On Monday, UA junior forward Bret Brielmaier underwent successful arthroscopic surgery on his right knee in order to repair a torn meniscus. His injury will keep him on the bench anywhere from three to six weeks.

Brielmaier's absence was noticeable on Saturday night in Arizona's loss to Washington State. The Wildcats could have used another big body to play fundamentally sound basketball on both sides of the court and, maybe more importantly, someone to give the effort that some of the Wildcats didn't put forth.

While Brielmaier's absence certainly hurts, it also provides an opportunity for someone else to pick up where he left off. Freshman center Jordan Hill is the first guy that comes to mind who should definitely be seeing more time on the court.

"Jordan is going to get more time now so he's going to need to produce right away when he gets in," says UA assistant and big man coach Josh Pastner. "I thought he played very well at Washington State in that first half; he gave us some great minutes."

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