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Calipari lists Nick Richards, Ashton Hagans as “day-to-day”

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.

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.

Article written by Maggie Davis

I love sports, podcasts, long walks on the beach and Twitter (@MaggieDavisKSR)

11 Comments for Calipari lists Nick Richards, Ashton Hagans as “day-to-day”

  1. runningunnin.454
    9:16 pm February 19, 2020 Permalink

    Calling bs on this one; a bruise? And, just ice the ankle down, he’s already played on it. Cal is a drama queen.
    Meanwhile Auburn just got Creaned.

    • 4everUKBlue
      9:33 pm February 19, 2020 Permalink

      Could be categorized as gamesmanship. I don’t really see Cal as a drama queen.

    • Han
      10:09 pm February 19, 2020 Permalink

      Either of them could’ve swelled up after the game, and while the average person does fine walking around a couple days after a bruise or turned ankle, walking around is different from being able to sprint and cut on a basketball court.

      Trying to do that too soon can cause you to injure something else when your body tries to compensate for favoring an injury. That’s a big part of why so many people injure their other foot or knee when returning from an injury. Too much demand put on the “good” one.

  2. NJReturns
    9:19 pm February 19, 2020 Permalink

    Down goes Auburn!

    • 4everUKBlue
      10:59 pm February 19, 2020 Permalink

      Down goes duke in a blowout! Even K loses to unranked teams…

  3. Han
    10:09 pm February 19, 2020 Permalink

    Full 2 game lead for the conference. Wow.

  4. Rob
    10:18 pm February 19, 2020 Permalink

    Ice and E-Stim therapy. They’ll be fine.

  5. T-Town Cat
    10:33 pm February 19, 2020 Permalink

    “Day-to-Day” from Cal concerns me. Vanderbilt, PJ, and Reid Travis were all “day-to-day”.

  6. MrFlip41129
    10:35 pm February 19, 2020 Permalink

    Ashton was pushed and Nick should have been able to hang on the rim for a moment, but afraid of getting a Technical. Such BS how the refs let our Kentucky kids get beat up!

  7. ibescootch
    11:07 pm February 19, 2020 Permalink

    Wow, chill out, boomer. You have literally zero clue how bad either injury was, but you want them to rub some dirt on it and it’ll be good? So you think either of these potential first round pick, All-SEC players on a Top 10 D-1 team are lying (or the coach is) about the extent of their injuries going into the last few games of the season? What incentive would they have to do that? And what incentive would they have to rush back, and potentially hurt themselves even worse?

    • TPACAT
      7:12 am February 20, 2020 Permalink

      Why don’t you chill, you little millennial puke.