After suffering an injury against Santa Clara, Arizona announced on Tuesday that Kaleb Tarczewski will miss the next four to six weeks after suffering a stress reaction and strained muscle to his left foot.
“If you know Kaleb, he has missed three practices in three years and has only missed one game,” Sean Miller said.
“He has been a warrior and great competitor. We are used to having him in there. Not having him in there is just different, his size alone dictates a lot for our team.”
Arizona has numerous lineup options without Tarczewski, but senior forward Ryan Anderson knows that the bigs are going to have to step up.
“Anytime you have guy like Kaleb that’s won so many games and has such a physical presence for us, it’s definitely different out there without him,” he said.
“Our big guy unit is all about playing hard, crashing the glass, being physical. It’s something that we pride ourselves on with or without Kaleb. It obviously helps to have Kaleb in there.”
Ideally, Tarczewski is back for the conference opener against Arizona State on January 3, but it is possible that he misses the following week against the Los Angeles schools as well.