March 11 update: The Wildcats are hopeful Kriisa, who is dealing with an ankle sprain, can play in the opening weekend of the NCAA Tournament per Seth Davis. That means he’s not going to suit up for the rest of the conference tournament.
The early indication from Arizona is that they are hopeful Kerr Kriisa will be available to play next week. Ankle sprains are tricky, but initial signs are promising. Fingers crossed!— Seth Davis (@SethDavisHoops) March 11, 2022
Update 5:43 p.m. Don’t want to overreact to a picture taken in the tunnel, but it doesn’t look good here.
Kerr Kriisa leaving Arizona locker room in a wheelchair pic.twitter.com/6YJBkl97R3— Brian Hamilton (@_Brian_Hamilton) March 10, 2022
Update 5:31 p.m. Here’s Arizona head coach Tommy Lloyd on the status of Kriisa post-game
Tommy Lloyd gave an update on Kerr Kriisa: pic.twitter.com/554WRmlsWg— Troy Hutchison (@THutch1995) March 10, 2022
Scary Sight in Las Vegas: Arizona's Kerr Kriisa leaving the floor with what appears to be a serious ankle injury.— Jon Rothstein (@JonRothstein) March 10, 2022
He did not walk off the floor by himself.
Big blow to Arizona. Kerr Kriisa in pain. Helped off the floor by teammates pic.twitter.com/6Dg0SHZ1C2— Brad Cesmat (@bradcesmat) March 10, 2022
Arizona hung on for an 84-80 victory to advance to the tournament semifinals tomorrow in Las Vegas.
The sophomore guard from Estonia averages 10.1 points and 4.9 assists per game for one of the most dynamic offenses in college basketball. He finished with 10 points, five assists, and a rebound in the win over Stanford, but not having him for tomorrow’s game against the winner of No. 5 Oregon vs. No. 4 Colorado would be a huge blow.
Arizona was a -120 favorite to complete the double and win the regular season as well as the tournament title. Without Kriisa, expect those odds to increase to the benefit of not only tomorrow’s opponent, but potentially USC and UCLA who would play the Wildcats in the conference championship.
Arizona currently sits at +650 to win the national championship at DraftKings Sportsbook.