The No. 1 Arizona Wildcats suffered their first loss of the season on Saturday night, but may have lost much more in the process. Sophomore forward Brandon Ashley left Saturday's 60-58 loss to Cal early, and could be out for a while.
Arizona coach Sean Miller said on Pac-12 Network after the loss that Ashley's foot might be broken. Miller estimated on the postgame radio show that Ashley might be out for the remainder of the season, per Anthony Gimino of the Arizona Daily Star.
Brandon Ashley leaving the locker room on crutches pic.twitter.com/ZRLchNH1y1— DailyWildcatHoops (@WildcatHoops) February 2, 2014
Ashley is Arizona's third-leading scorer at 11.5 points per game and third-leading rebounder at 5.8 boards per contest. He was a key part of the Wildcats defense that entered Saturday ranked fourth in the nation in points allowed per game.
Arizona entered Saturday atop the rankings and undefeated at 21-0, the best start in school history, but lost a nail-biter to Cal at Berkeley in Pac-12 conference play. Justin Cobbs hit a baseline jump shot in the game's final second to hand the Wildcats their first loss of the campaign.