Two of Kentucky’s top performers both went down with injuries during the Wildcats’ game against LSU on Tuesday night. One full day later, their head coach has listed both of their statuses as “day-to-day.”
“I haven’t seen [Hagans], but Nick [Richards] was in the training room [around noon], and I would tell you they’re probably both day-to-day,” John Calipari said Wednesday night on his weekly call-in show. “He stepped on that ball and turned [his ankle] pretty bad.”
UK had a seven-point lead with just over seven minutes left in the game when the team’s point guard dove for a loose ball. After being helped to the locker room, the Kentucky basketball twitter account listed Hagans’ injury as a left thigh contusion. He did not return to the game.
.@H23Ash will not return to tonight's game with a left thigh contusion.
— Kentucky Basketball (@KentuckyMBB) February 19, 2020
Before Hagans was helped to the locker room, he contributed 11 points (including two three-pointers), to go along with three rebounds and four assists.
Later in the game, Nick Richards also found himself limping off of the court. Kentucky held a 71-57 lead with 3:47 remaining in the game when Richards threw down a slam dunk. After letting go of the rim, Richards landed on the basketball and appeared to roll his ankle. He briefly left the game, but he soon checked back into the action. He finished with 13 points, six rebounds and six blocks in 31 minutes.
Could Kentucky possibly face Florida on Saturday without one – or both – of these guys?
“It would be tough walking in with six guys,” Calipari said. “But, you know, you do what you’ve got to do. Next man up.”
The Cats did not actually practice on Wednesday; later in the show, Calipari added it was a rest day for his team. The team will meet with the media again Friday to preview the Wildcats vs. Gators matchup, presumably after the team has practiced and the coaching staff has more answers. KSR will continue to provide updates on the status of both players as that information becomes available.
Until then, all we can do is cross our fingers and hope for the best.