LOS ANGELES (AP) -UCLA forward Drew Gordon has back spasms that could keep him out when the 11th-ranked Bruins visit No. 18 Arizona State on Thursday night.
Gordon was hurt in last weekend's 89-63 victory over Notre Dame. The freshman is averaging 4 points and 4 rebounds in 11.4 minutes.
``I got hit in the chest when I was trying to get a rebound and someone boxed out my backside,'' he said Tuesday. ``My hips went one way and my chest went the other.''
Gordon was scheduled to participate in only a portion of Tuesday's practice, and he continued to receive treatment on his back.
``There's a chance he won't play Thursday,'' coach Ben Howland said. ``It's going to be an up-in-the-air thing.''
Gordon thinks otherwise.
``In my mind, I'll be ready,'' he said.
UCLA (19-4, 8-2 Pac-10) lost to Arizona State 61-58 in overtime last month after leading by 11 points in the second half, snapping the Bruins' 10-game winning streak.
Starters Darren Collison and Nikola Dragovic have the flu, although they are expected to play against the Sun Devils (18-5, 7-4).
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