Kentucky got the win over Missouri today, but it may have come at a cost. With about two minutes left, Ashton Hagans was defending Dru Smith and pulled up suddenly, grabbing his left foot. He immediately pointed to the bench and came out, and after sitting on the bench with the trainer for a few minutes, was helped to the locker room. You can see the moment below:
During a postgame interview with the SEC Network, John Calipari had no update, but expressed concern about his starting point guard.
“I’m hoping Ashton isn’t hurt bad, because if he is it’s like Rick Barnes losing his guy, it’s the same. It becomes a tough loss.”
Calipari just told reporters that Hagans has a low ankle sprain, not an Achilles injury as feared.
“It’s an ankle. I had one fear. What do you think my fear was for him? [Reporters: “Achilles”] Yeah, that was my fear. Forget about our team, for him, his game and how he plays. It’s not his Achilles. He said it’s a low ankle sprain. And you know high ankle sprains take like two weeks. A low ankle sprain takes 18 hours, so he’ll be fine.”
Phew. To be clear, Calipari’s 18-hour timeline for Hagans’ recovery was a joke. He added later that Hagans may not be able to play Tuesday at Georgia, who knocked off No. 9 Memphis at home this afternoon. If so, the rest of the backcourt will have to step up considerably to contain the Bulldogs’ star point guard Anthony Edwards.
“I just went, when I walked off the court — they had me on the TV and I was trying to get off the TV because I wanted to go back and make sure they told me it wasn’t [an Achilles injury]. Okay, we can deal with whatever else it is. And maybe he’s out, maybe he doesn’t play against Georgia. Then you’re all going to see the impact and the importance he has on this team. His will drags these guys. Now, he’s not in there, okay. You want to say this guy is really good or that guy is really good? Alright. He’s not in there now.”
Also on the injury report: Immanuel Quickley, who hurt his hand and had to have an X-ray after the game; and Johnny Juzang, who is battling an illness and has already been ruled out of the road trip to Athens.
This team and injuries, man…