Renardo Sidney didn’t play at Auburn in Mississippi State’s recent loss because he was struggling with back spasms. He made the call to stay out of the game and it seemed that Rick Stansbury wasn’t exactly pleased with his decision by saying: “He said he couldn’t go, so that’s kind of where we left it at”. Kentucky has struggled against big post players who can enforce themselves and bully Anthony Davis inside, so the lack of Sidney would be a huge boon for the Cats in Starkville.
In addition to the big man, the Bulldogs’ best player, Arnett Moultrie, has been plagued with an injury to his left shoulder. He insists that he’ll be good to go against the Cats tomorrow, but it’s certainly something to keep in mind as the late tip off approaches. Starkville could end up being the harshest road environment outside of Bloomington that the Cats will face all season. Stansbury and his club are in do or die mode after losing two straight and dropping six overall in SEC play.
The absence of Sidney and/or Moultrie would make a dangerous road test seem much less daunting.