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No Jarred Vanderbilt
John Calipari confirmed last night that Vanderbilt has an ankle injury and he doubts the freshman forward will be able to play today. Still considered day-to-day, Coach Cal said, “it’ll be up to him,” if and when Vanderbilt decides to return.
Coach Cal is confident Kentucky can replace his production elsewhere. His greatest concern is the camaraderie in the frontcourt. PJ Washington and Vanderbilt developed a relationship over the last month that cannot be easily replicated.
“I do (worry about that), and I mentioned it to the group. I mean, what they became was they played buddy basketball. They both knew where each other were. They created good opportunities for each other. We’re going to have to see if that can be Wenyen (Gabriel). Can that be him? How can we do this?”
TV, Radio, Vegas
TV — Tip-off vs. Georgia is at approximately 3:30 on the SEC Network with Joe Tessitore, Sean Farnham and Laura Rutledge on the call.
Radio — The KSR Pregame Show is LIVE from Tin Roof St. Louis, beginning at 12:30 CT. Hear Leach and Pratt on the UK Sports Network, Sirius-84 and XM-84/374.
Vegas — UK -4.5
Kentucky’s History vs. Georgia
Georgia has got to be sick and tired of seeing Kentucky in the SEC Tournament. John Calipari’s Wildcats have eliminated the Bulldawgs from the SEC Tournament in three of the last four years. In those wins, Kentucky’s average margin of victory is 12 points.
The two teams just met once this year in a forgettable New Year’s Eve match-up at Rupp Arena. The Cats won by just five, and as expected, Yante Maten got his. The AP’s SEC Player of the Year had 17 points and 12 rebounds, which is actually subpar compared to his first two games at the SEC Tournament. Playing through a jaw injury, he’s scored more than 20 points in each game, but Maten hasn’t been eating solid food. The Dawgs’ third game in three days, fatigue will likely start to take its toll today in St. Louis.
The Updated SEC Tournament Bracket
UK is Holding a Pep Rally in St. Louis
From 10:00 a.m.-Noon CT, the UK Alumni Association is hosting a pep rally at Ballpark Village in the heart of downtown St. Louis. Jack Givens will be in the building along with the UK pep band and cheerleaders to help you prepare for a Kentucky SEC Tournament run. The best part? There’s a complimentary shuttle to the Scottrade Center.
— Kentucky Basketball (@KentuckyMBB) March 9, 2018
KSR is LIVE from Tin Roof
Hopefully’s Matt’s voice has returned for the joyous occasion. If not, prepare for two more hours of ridiculous radio.
While you’re waiting for the show to start, check out Dr. Mike’s fantastic photos from the Scottrade Center.