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Derek Willis in a lot of pain, said he is “deteriorating”


Derek Willis hobbled up to his postgame interview chair with bags of iced taped to each knee, and asked Alan Cutler for a help up to his seat.

His first words to the media: “I’m deteriorating right now.”

That’s not exactly what fans want to hear after watching Willis go for a career-high 25 points in tonight’s game, but that’s how he feels. He said both knees are in a lot of pain and he twisted his ankle in yesterday’s practice.

The timing of Willis’ “deterioration” couldn’t come worse as he and his teammates will board a plane for Texas A&M tomorrow afternoon to meet an Aggies team desperately needing a win on Saturday.

Willis said all he can do is hope he can get some rest tomorrow before playing in College Station on the short turnaround.

Maybe he’s just worn out from hitting seven three-pointers against Tennessee?

Article written by Drew Franklin

I can recite every line from Forrest Gump, blindfolded. Follow me on Twitter: @DrewFranklinKSR

15 Comments for Derek Willis in a lot of pain, said he is “deteriorating”

  1. BMT
    9:56 pm February 18, 2016 Permalink

    This is the most injury-ridden team I can remember in a long time. 🙁

  2. J-Dub421
    10:11 pm February 18, 2016 Permalink

    Poor Derek. I hope he’s okay.

  3. Oh man. Alex’s knee, Trill’s ankle, Bogans’ ankle, Derek Anderson’s knee. Just how many ‘ships could we possibly have?

    • RealCatsFan
      6:52 am February 19, 2016 Permalink

      You forgot Nerlens’ knee. Wouldn’t have won a championship, but would have kept us out of the NIT.

    • ukcamel
      11:14 am February 19, 2016 Permalink

      Julius Randle was gimpy against UConn too. Don’t remember if it was a knee or ankle. That and free throws cost us that game and a title.

  4. rainman
    10:25 pm February 18, 2016 Permalink

    Derik needs to shoot more, Briscoe less! 12 shots is not enough for. Your best shooter!

    • Tycobbn1
      1:49 am February 19, 2016 Permalink

      I know 12 isn’t enough. Murray should’ve kept swishing em… As HE is our best shooter by far.

    • rainman
      9:39 am February 19, 2016 Permalink

      Statistically, best shooter? Isn’t close! But I have no problem with Murry shooting either!

  5. Kyblue34
    10:58 pm February 18, 2016 Permalink

    I’m sorry but it’s garbage the way the SEC schedules these games. No team should have to go on the road with only one day of rest. With so many guys banged up I don’t see how Cal will even be able to practice before the game. If Marcus and especially Derek can’t play much or at all, then we have little chance of winning. And that’s okay, getting our guys healthy for the tournaments should be top priority at this point.

  6. 2thepoint
    11:36 pm February 18, 2016 Permalink

    Every win is very important. The teams ahead of them have been losing. It is possible every 2 seed has 6 or 7 losses. If UK would have beat AU & TN they would be at least a 2 waiting for a 1 seed to lose. Of course they didn’t win those games, but it is very possible for every team to lose 2 games yet meaning if UK could keep winning they will move up in the seeding.

  7. RealCatsFan
    6:55 am February 19, 2016 Permalink

    Hope Derek can go, because back injuries can be tricky. Might be an opportunity for Mulder to get some minutes and step up his game. I have seen him when he is playing with energy and confidence, and he can get us some rebounds and hit some shots.

  8. Twick39
    8:33 am February 19, 2016 Permalink

    “I’m deteriorating right now.” so why don’t you suck down a coke and 30 plus grams of sugar right after a game? Smh

    • theWilkman
      9:12 am February 19, 2016 Permalink

      Exactly. Diet is always overlooked with athletes. I remember before the Memphis/Kansas title game, there were multiple stories about D. Rose and how he ate a massive amount of candy, all day. “How can he stay so thin and healthy while eating all of these skittles?” asked the reporters. The answer was he couldnt.

    • 2Dogs
      6:15 pm February 19, 2016 Permalink

      I think the kid earned a soda. Not the end of the world.

  9. cp_crazycat
    10:04 am February 19, 2016 Permalink

    The real problem with this picture is that he has abandoned his roots and is drinking a Coke instead of Mountain Dew. So NOT Bullitt Co.