Jeremy Papasso / Staff Photographer
Colorado’s Lucas Siewert takes a shot over Denver’s Christian Mackey on Nov. 14.

A week ago, Colorado men’s basketball coach Tad Boyle expressed hope that his team would have injured forward Lucas Siewert back in time for the Buffaloes’ rivalry battle at Colorado State.

With three days to go before the Buffs visit Moby Arena, that hope is looking a little overly optimistic.

Siewert, who suffered a sprained right ankle against Drake on Nov. 18, attempted to return to practice Wednesday but was only a limited participant.

“He tried to go today and was wincing a little bit in pain,” Boyle said. “He’s still not ready to go. When a guy winces I’m not going to play him. He’s got to be 100 percent and trusting that thing and pain free. It’s a process. But he’s back in the flow and we’ll see the progress that’s made between now and Saturday.”

Siewert missed the finale of the Paradise Jam against Mercer as well as Sunday’s home win against Air Force due to the injury. The sophomore ranks second on the team in rebounds at 5.0 per game and has enjoyed a solid start on the offensive end of the floor as well, shooting .529 overall (9-for-17) with a 4-for-9 mark on 3-pointers. Siewert also has recorded five assists against two turnovers while posting five blocked shots. That latter total trails only McKinley Wright (6 blocks) for the team lead.

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