Will Jarred Vanderbilt return to play in the Atlanta Regional? John Calipari is still unsure.
This morning Cal teased the Big Blue Nation on Twitter. “I’m looking forward to seeing @JVando today to see how far he’s come along.” Unfortunately, it was just a tease. Calipari did not meet with the team today. Assistant coaches ran individual workouts and he asked them to report back to him on how Jarred looked on the court.
“It would be nice to have one more guy. It makes us a different team,” Cal said on his call-in show. Vanderbilt makes UK better in a variety of ways. Most importantly, he gives the Cats another body in the interior, something they desperately needed when they ran into foul trouble against Buffalo.
“He gives you one more,” he said he hopes Vanderbilt could at least be used in case of emergency. “It may be we don’t need to play him, but I want to see if he can play.”
Just like Kentucky, Kansas State is dealing with an injury. Dean Wade, the Wildcats’ leading scorer, is dealing with a stress fracture and told the media he’s 98 percent certain to play against UK. Calipari will prepare for K-State by watching film from before and after Wade’s injury.