Weekend Injury Update: Clarke returns, Wear out

Rotnei Clarke should return this weekend after missing three games with a neck injury. (US Presswire)

Jeff Goodman and I will have a complete injury report next week, but there are several notable injuries to keep an eye on this weekend.

Rotnei Clarke returns for Butler

Butler guard Rotnei Clarke has missed the last three games due to a neck injury that he suffered after getting fouled on a layup attempt against Dayton earlier this month.

However, Butler announced Friday that Clarke was cleared to play in Saturday’s game against Temple.

His return would provide a huge boost for the Bulldogs, who have gone 2-1 in his absence. Clarke was having a Player of the Year-type season, averaging 16.3 points and shooting 44.4 percent from 3-point range.

Travis Wear out this weekend

Wear is out due to concussion symptons. (US Presswire)

UCLA forward Travis Wear had to leave Thursday’s upset win at Arizona because of concussion-like symptoms. He only played 11 minutes and did not see the floor in the second half.

According to Ryan Kartje of the Orange County Register, Wear won’t play in Saturday’s game at Arizona State.

Wear, a 6-foot-10 junior, has been a key cog in the Bruins’ resurgence. Before Thursday’s game, he had averaged 19.0 points and 4.3 rebounds in his previous three games. Without him in the lineup, expect twin brother David Wear to see an increase in minutes. The Bruins are very thin in the front court, so freshman Tony Parker will get increased playing time as well.

Loveridge questionable for Sunday

Jordan Loveridge has been one of the more underrated freshmen in the country this season, as the Utah forward is averaging 12.7 points and 7.4 points during his first year in a Utes uniform.

Unfortunately, there is a chance he will miss Sunday’s game against California. In Thursday’s loss to Stanford, Loveridge hit his head when he fell trying to pursue a rebound. According to Tony Jones of the Salt Lake Tribune, Loveridge is day-to-day and will undergo a concussion test on Saturday.

If Loveridge is forced to miss time, look for Utah to go with a smaller lineup -- unless 7-footer Dallin Bachynski is going to move into the starting five. With that move doubtful, guard Brandon Taylor could see more playing time (he played 31 minutes on Thursday), and Jarred DuBois will also move back into the lineup either way.

Kaminsky to miss third straight game 

Heading into a key home game against No. 12 Minnesota, Wisconsin will be without sophomore forward Frank Kaminsky.

Kaminsky provides size in the post as well as the ability to step out and knock down perimeter shots. The Badgers have lost two in a row since beating Indiana on the road, while Minnesota is winless in its last three games. Wisconsin’s front-court rotation will consist of Jared Berggren, Ryan Evans, Mike Bruesewitz and Sam Dekker on Saturday.

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