Freshmen Kyle Anderson and Jordan Adams are both showing symptoms of what UCLA head coach Ben Howland called a “stomach virus.” Anderson missed all of Tuesday’s afternoon practice, while Adams returned after missing the middle portion of the session.
Howland said he hopes to have them back for Wednesday, while Anderson tweeted that he felt better after spending the day in bed.
“They were throwing up everywhere,” said freshman Shabazz Muhammad, who thought the reason might have been contaminated lettuce.
Anderson and Adams may not be 100 percent in time for Thursday’s 6 p.m. PT tipoff at Arizona, but will likely be well enough to push through any lingering discomfort. If not, the Bruins face a daunting worst-case scenario of running a six-man rotation against the No. 6 Wildcats.
“We’ll just have to dig deep,” forward Travis Wear said. “We’ll just have to grind and play our game. That’s all you can do.”
But how about playing a full game?
“Forty minutes, oh God,” Wear said. “I’ll do whatever it takes to win. Forty minutes is a lot, especially with the way Arizona runs, but I’ll do whatever Coach asks.”