With Elite 8 Berth On The Line, Questions Surround Health Of Kentucky Star

Wildcats will need spark from shallow bench

Kentucky forward P.J. Washington’s status for Friday’s Sweet 16 showdown with Houston remains in question Tuesday as fans and media continue to speculate on his health.

Washington reportedly injured his right ankle in the final minutes of the SEC semifinal game vs. Tennessee almost two weeks ago. Since then, rumors have been circulating regarding the severity of the injury. Washington, who is averaging 14.8 point per game, was placed in a hard cast for “precautionary” reasons last week. WKYT reported earlier today that cast has been removed and Washington has made his second trip in as many weeks to Green Bay, Wisconsin to consult with a specialist.

Kentucky has advanced to the Elite 8 in six out of nine seasons during the John Calipari era. The Wildcats, a number two seed in the NCAA Tournament, face a tough task Friday in Kansas City vs. number three seed, the Houston Cougars. The health of Washington is key to Kentucky advancing to their seventh Elite 8 in ten years.

If Washington cannot play, the Wildcats will again turn to 6’11” Sophomore Nick Richards, and 6’10” Freshman E.J. Montgomery to provide the boost Kentucky will need to battle a talented Houston team.

No update is expected on Washington till Thursday’s shoot around in Kansas City. However, he posted a six second video earlier today wearing Kentucky practice gear and walking without limitation. A welcomed site for Wildcat fans.

Written by John Seravalli

John Seravalli is a contributor to The Schpiel.


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