Healthy Tarczewski glad to be back

Kaleb Tarczewski says he is healthy and ready to make an impact. Read on for an update on his ankle, thoughts on UCLA, and more.

After missing some time with an ankle injury, Kaleb Tarczewski feels he is completely healthy and is now looking forward to facing the Los Angeles teams this week.

"It's doing great," Tarczewski said of his ankle. "I am really looking forward to getting out to California and playing good basketball. It is more now getting back into the rhythm of things."

Tarczewski spent the majority of his break working on his ankle, but does not have any issues with the work possibly taking away an opportunity to enjoy some time away from basketball.

"This is basketball," he said. "It is a sport I came to Arizona to play and a sport our whole team loves. It doesn't matter if it is break or not. It's the game I came here to play and I am happy to do it."

In addition to giving him some time to rest, Tarczewski missing games allowed Arizona to play through a situation that may occur at some point this season.

"It gives Brandon some minutes at the five and Aaron some minutes at the four," he said. "It shows if something does happen later in the season it gives us some diversity and experience you don't usually get, so it is beneficial to the team."

Arizona's rebounding numbers took a hit without Tarczewski and point guard T.J. McConnell believes he affects the game in a handful of ways.

"It was different when he wasn't there, but he makes a big difference when he is in there, just by how big he is," McConnell said. "He's our rim protector and he's been doing that all year for us and he's been doing great. It's good to have him back."

On Thursday, Arizona will play UCLA and Tarczewski realizes the challenges of beating the Bruins.

"We lost to them three times last year," Tarczewski said. "There is a little bit of pressure that comes along with playing them. There is no more rivalry than with any other team in the Pac-12.

"We're trying to go over there to play our best basketball, get better, learn from the experience, and hopefully come out with a win. There is pressure to win every game and we're going to go in there ready to play our best basketball."

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