Tad Boyle grudgingly accepts it's part of the game.
Still, it's a part of college basketball the leader of the Colorado Buffaloes hasn't had to deal with on the scope endured by his club this season. In this case the issue is injuries and, for the Buffs, illness as well. Certainly the Buffs' manpower issues this year haven't been completely unique to Boyle's tenure, as CU lost Spencer Dinwiddie for the second half of the 2013-14 season and played without star forward Josh Scott eight times the following year due to a back injury.
Yet pretty much since the start of preseason practices for the 2017-18 season, Boyle has been forced to adjust to one absence or another. Here are is a look at the Buffs that have missed time this season due to either injury or illness.
Before the Buffs departed for Italy for a four-game set of exhibitions in August, Battey suffered a sprained ankle that kept him out of action for the duration of the trip.
Who would have thought that setback would be an afterthought among the trials Battey has endured this season?
In October, Battey was ruled academically ineligible by the NCAA, resulting in the freshman forward being forced to take a redshirt season. Boyle said at the time (and many times since) that Battey would've enjoyed plenty of playing time as a true freshman. Yet even that setback pales to what Battey has gone through the past two months after suffering a stroke-like incident while at his southern California hometown over the holidays. Battey hasn't practiced with the team since.
Games missed: 25 and counting.
The senior forward probably wasn't going to be a consistent double-double guy. Yet the Buffs were robbed of their most aggressive and experienced post player when Miller-Stewart suffered a season-ending broken foot after just six games. It was a small sample size, but Miller-Stewart was averaging career-best totals of 6.2 points and 4.7 rebounds at the time of his injury while shooting .565 from the floor (13-for-23).
Miller-Stewart is eligible for a redshirt and is contemplating returning to CU for a fifth season.
Games missed: 19 and counting.
Last week, Brown suffered a broken left hand that required surgery on Tuesday. It likely is a season-ending injury for the left-handed backup guard, whose production has dipped since the start of Pac-12 Conference play. Brown also missed CU's home loss against Washington on Jan. 20 due to an illness.
Games missed: Two and counting.
Siewert was off to a solid start to his sophomore season, going 9-for-17 from the field through three-plus games before turning his ankle against Drake in the second game of the Paradise Jam. Siewert missed the title game against Mercer and a home date against Air Force before perhaps getting rushed back into the mix against Colorado State in the wake of Miller-Stewart's injury. Siewert went only 1-for-7 over the first four games of his return but has come on strong of late, recording four of his seven career double-digit scoring efforts over the past seven contests.
Games missed: Two.
The bug that worked its way through the CU locker room may have impacted the Buffs' third-leading scorer the most. Wright missed the Buffs' recent home wins against Utah and Cal due to an illness and was less than 100 percent for a few games prior to sitting out. Wright played only 15 minutes in his return against Stanford while going 0-for-4, but Wright's workload is expected to return to normal as the Buffs hit the road for games Thursday at Washington State and Saturday at Washington.
Games missed: Two.