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Arizona’s Fogg expected to be close to 100 percent against Memphis

Kyle Fogg hopes his strained left quad has healed enough to let him drive by defenders.
Photo by Chris Morrison-US PRESSWIRE

Arizona Wildcats junior guard Kyle Fogg, who was limited and out of the starting lineup last week because of a quad strain, should be at close to full strength for the NCAA Tournament.

“Kyle’s really gotten a lot better,” Arizona coach Sean Miller told the media Thursday in Tulsa.

“We were as smart as we could be last week. But I look for him to be as close to 100 percent in our game tomorrow as he was prior to his injury.

“We’re almost at the two-week mark, and we didn’t play him a lot in the conference tournament, and I think that’s to his advantage in this tournament.”

Fogg suffered the injury when he took a hard fall during the regular-season finale against Oregon. He played a total of 39 minutes in the three Pac-10 tournament games last week, as sophomore Kevin Parrom started in his place.

Miller said earlier this week that Fogg would be back in the starting lineup if he was healthy enough.

That appears to be the case.

Fogg, although not an elite ball-handler, gives Arizona a tournament-tested player against Memphis’ defensive pressure.

“I’m feeling good right now,” Fogg said at the interview podium on Thursday. “Got in a couple of practices this week, and I should be 90 to 100 percent tomorrow. I’m just excited to be back out there and be my old self again, help the team get the win.”

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