Immanuel Quickley was a surprise scratch tonight, sitting out the Utah Valley game after suffering a chest injury in practice. Thankfully, Kentucky was able to win without him and EJ Montgomery, who sat out his third game with an ankle injury, but if the Cats want to resemble the team that beat Michigan State a few weeks ago, they better get healthy quick.
“EJ’s not been playing and today we didn’t have Immanuel, so we have seven scholarship players,” John Calipari said. “So, I’m happy we won the game. We’ve got to get these guys back and get going.”
Calipari said Quickley’s injury happened on the final play of yesterday’s practice.
“He got hit and was too hurt to play,” Cal said. “He’s one that if he could have played, he would, no question.
When will Quickley return?
“I don’t know that yet. Hopefully he and EJ begin — hopefully maybe this weekend, maybe not. I’m not forcing them to come back. They’ve got to figure it out but I will say when you’re us and you have a veteran team with some young guys and veterans are out and its all young guys and just a couple veterans, woo. The thing’s hard.”
The injuries continued to pile up in the second half when Kahlil Whitney dislocated his finger, but kudos to the freshman for toughness. Instead of immediately going to the bench, Whitney popped his finger back in and gave Calipari a thumbs up to show he was good to stay in before Cal made him come out.
“It was all taped up but I mentioned it after,” Cal said. “Think about it. His finger popped out and he went down and tried to rebound that way.”
Calipari said he wasn’t sure if Whitney would have to miss any time, but he knows Kentucky can’t afford an even shorter bench.
“I don’t know yet. Let’s hope he doesn’t,” Cal said.
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