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Arizona Wildcats’ sophomore guard Allonzo Trier will make his season debut today against the California-Los Angeles (UCLA) Bruins after being suspended for a performance-enhancing drug (PED) violation for the first 19 games of the Wildcats’ season.
Today’s game is the biggest of the season so far for the Wildcats, who sit tied atop the Pac-12 Conference with the Oregon Ducks with a 17-2 overall record and a 6-0 Pac-12 Conference record, while the Bruins sit in 3rd place in the Pac-12 Conference with a 19-1 overall record and a 6-1 Pac-12 Conference record.
Trier, 21, has been in the NCAA for 2 seasons, both with the Wildcats. He is coming off of a season in which he played in 27 games and averaged 28.0 minutes per game, 14.8 points per game, 3.3 rebounds per game, 1.1 assists per game, 0.5 blocks per game, and 0.2 steals per game. He shot 46.6% from the field, 36.4% from 3-point range, and 79.3% from the free throw line.
Having not played at all so far this season, Trier’s statistics from last season are also his NCAA career statistics. Saturday’s game will be a tough test for Trier as well as a good initial indicator as to whether or not he can pick up where he left off a season ago and continue to put up good numbers for the Wildcats moving forward toward the Pac-12 Conference tournament and the 2017 NCAA basketball tournament.