It will take far more than the uncertain status of senior guard Namon Wright to spark a sudden return to the rotation by Deleon Brown.

As the Colorado men's basketball team prepares for its first home game in a month Thursday night against Washington State (7 p.m., Pac-12 Network), the Buffaloes do so with a backcourt rotation likely to remain jumbled.

Wright, the team's lone senior, is battling a foot injury that kept him out of last week's loss at Arizona State. Brown has been ruled academically ineligible for the second semester with a possible reinstatement available in February pending the results of an online class.

Technically, though, Brown is not ineligible until the start of the second semester, which begins next week. Even though Brown has missed the past four games due to his academic issues and did not make last week's trip to Arizona, he remains eligible for the games Thursday against Washington State and Saturday against Washington.

Yet even with Wright's uncertain status, head coach Tad Boyle refuted the idea of a possible Brown sighting this weekend, offering a simple "no chance" when asked if there as any scenario that might lead to Brown getting off the bench.

Asked after Tuesday's practice if Brown would at least be in uniform Boyle added, "I haven't even thought about that."

Family reunion


Saturday's matchup against Washington will provide a first of sorts for the family of CU sophomore forward Tyler Bey.

The contest will mark the first time Bey and his cousin, Huskies freshman Jamal Bey, have lined up on opposing benches for any official basketball game. While Tyler Bey is evolving into one of the top rebounders in the Pac-12, Jamal Bey has averaged just 5.7 minutes in 10 appearances off the bench for the Huskies. Tyler Bey said a number of his relatives are planning to make the trip from the family's hometown of Las Vegas.


Five players scored in double-figures for CU in last year's 82-73 home win against Washington State, led by McKinley Wright's 17 points and five assists...Senior Namon Wright, who is questionable Thursday night with a foot injury, posted what remains his only double-double in a CU uniform at home against WSU last year with 16 points and 10 rebounds...CU reserve forward Evan Battey was one of the few Buffs players who didn't struggle with his shot during last week's two losses in Arizona, as he went 6-for-12 from the field and 3-for-4 at the free throw line.

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