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John Calipari says Jarred Vanderbilt is “Doubtful” in SEC Tournament Opener

For the first time, John Calipari provided an update on Jared Vanderbilt’s status.  It is unlikely the freshman forward will play in UK’s SEC Tournament opener vs. Georgia.

“I doubt seriously Jarred will play. He’s still limping,” Calipari said in front of the media in St. Louis. “We’ll miss him. It will be hard without him.”

Calipari confirmed that is an ankle injury.  He’s treating the situation as day-to-day.  When could Vanderbilt return?

“It’ll be up to him and the doctors to make sure he’s okay,” Calipari said. “Hopefully, at some point, he tries to see what he can do.”

Vanderbilt missed the first 17 games of the season with a foot injury.  Since his January 16 debut, Vanderbilt has been Kentucky’s most efficient rebounder.  Through 14 games he averages 5.9 points (42.6% FG) and 7.9 rebounds per game.

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Article written by Nick Roush

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41 Comments for John Calipari says Jarred Vanderbilt is “Doubtful” in SEC Tournament Opener



  1. maximumscott
    7:38 pm March 8, 2018 Permalink

    Great up to him! I remember call passively calling him out in january right before he came back. Vanderbilt hopefully wont be a baby about it considering its just a sprain. He will probably think about worse case and just sit out and try to make a good impression at the combine amd get drafted



    • Booby Petrino
      8:07 pm March 8, 2018 Permalink

      Lol so either he plays or he’s a baby sitting out with a sprained ankle? I bet you’re a real tough guy behind that keyboard, no sprained ankle would keep you from playing college basketball!



    • Miller45
      10:24 pm March 8, 2018 Permalink

      right, a sprain is all about pain threshold and I know this is real complicated technical stuff but if it hurts too bad to play on it then you can’t play….



    • ukgrad83
      9:28 am March 9, 2018 Permalink

      Anyone who has ever had a sprain understands. Even a slight sprain seriously hampers your performance. I’d rather he sit this weekend and be better recovered for the NCAA tournament. Regardless of seed, the only way we make a run is with him playing.



    • ClutchCargo
      10:21 am March 9, 2018 Permalink

      It’s not even just about pain threshold. A sprain destabilizes the ankle joint, which already has a lot of moving parts. Maybe maximumscott has never had an actual injury, so good for him.



    • Stump
      10:29 am March 9, 2018 Permalink

      ClutchCargo has it right. A significant sprain stretches parts of the joint, making an even more damaging re-tweak very common, even when just walking around on it without extra support.



  2. DrewP
    7:44 pm March 8, 2018 Permalink

    We suck again!



    • Catscats23
      7:49 pm March 8, 2018 Permalink

      Again? We’ve sucked at times with him like the last game and that 4 gzme losing streak. Nothing has changed. Early exit in both tourneys but that’s ok we will be better next year with some experience



    • BigBlueNationDude
      8:28 pm March 8, 2018 Permalink

      Yeah again? Try all year



    • dballrb
      10:07 pm March 8, 2018 Permalink

      Dude you suck…DrewP this isn’t hockey..I get the joke..



    • catsarerunnin
      10:32 pm March 8, 2018 Permalink

      Slater sucks but a persons sexual preferences are their business.



    • BigBlueNationDude
      2:37 am March 9, 2018 Permalink

      So a 10 loss team before tournament time doesnt suck? Hmmm



    • henderblue
      6:55 am March 9, 2018 Permalink

      How about a blowout loss to a team you had beat before, but gave up 5 points in less than a second? Talk about sucking. And I think our team that sucks, beat that team that sucks by 29. Stick that in your pie hole



    • Booby Petrino
      7:58 am March 9, 2018 Permalink

      no, BBN dude, 10 losses before tournament time doesn’t mean a team sucks. Your attitude means you suck.



    • 4everUKblue
      9:01 am March 9, 2018 Permalink

      This is for you Slater…….. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QxjHNNrLgW4



  3. Collie
    7:47 pm March 8, 2018 Permalink

    Strange he comments:

    “It’ll be up to him and the doctors to make sure he’s okay,” Calipari said. “Hopefully, at some point, he tries to see what he can do.”



    • chris43
      6:09 am March 9, 2018 Permalink

      Hopefully we can pull out the win today and maybe he’ll be good to go by Saturday. By no means want the kid to attempt to play hurt but we’ll def need him. We are a totally different team with him on the court. I love watching him play. GO BIG BLUE BABY! ?



  4. unbridled
    8:25 pm March 8, 2018 Permalink

    I bet he plays in the sec tourney finals.



  5. Duuuuuude
    8:26 pm March 8, 2018 Permalink

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    • plumloopy
      11:29 pm March 8, 2018 Permalink

      I don’t think I could find a site with more ads. Have some pride, KSR.



    • Bobbum Man
      11:34 pm March 8, 2018 Permalink

      Right, it’s getting ridiculous. 15-20 ads between the article and the comment section then another ad blocking the post comment button



    • Miller45
      11:47 pm March 8, 2018 Permalink

      3 dollars a month and they are all gone…..



    • RealCatsFan
      8:01 am March 9, 2018 Permalink

      Care to expound on that, Miller45?



    • Al B. Frank
      9:02 am March 9, 2018 Permalink

      Hmm… I don’t see any ads at all. I’m using Firefox with the free add-on: Adblock plus. Maybe that’s why. Costs $0 per month.



    • RealCatsFan
      10:05 am March 9, 2018 Permalink

      Al, yeah, that works fine on a laptop, but haven’t found a way around the ads on a mobile device.



  6. bluetongue
    8:50 pm March 8, 2018 Permalink

    The NCAAT is more important. Why risk making a minor thing into a bigger thing?



    • Al B. Frank
      9:05 am March 9, 2018 Permalink

      Exactly. The NCAA Selection Committee has shown time and time again that the SEC Tournament results have no bearing whatsoever on seeding in the Big Dance.



    • NcCatFan75
      12:45 pm March 9, 2018 Permalink

      It doesn’t matter to selection committee when we WIN it, but I’ll bet it matters if we LOSE it



  7. dgtuk
    8:56 pm March 8, 2018 Permalink

    So actually the coach speak was quite clear…he aint playing in this “meaningless” SEC tournament. he should be ready for the NCAA which is where we really need him. Lets all move on.



    • plumloopy
      11:30 pm March 8, 2018 Permalink

      And yet, this meaningless tournament is the difference between a 4 seed and an 8 seed. That has some meaning.



    • vandzandz
      7:24 am March 9, 2018 Permalink

      So you’re saying if we lose today we get an 8 seed? But if we win the SEC we get a 4 seed? You do know this couldn’t be further from the truth right? I’d say at the most maybe a difference between a 4-5 seed at best.



    • Al B. Frank
      9:07 am March 9, 2018 Permalink

      @plumloopy Anyone who’s followed the SEC Tournament and then the NCAA Tournament knows that historically the Selection Committee barely considers the results of the SEC Tourney. They have shown this over and over. So, yes, I’d tend to agree with dgtuk when he says “meaningless.”



  8. jrdh13
    9:28 pm March 8, 2018 Permalink

    I myself just recovering from an ankle sprain. I dont have world class facilities or trainers but no way could a kid who sprained his ankle play 2 days later. Tweaking and spraining are different.



    • Al B. Frank
      9:04 am March 9, 2018 Permalink

      I sprained my ankle 15 years ago and it still hurts to this day. I’m glad our fan base is so tough that an ankle sprain is something they can just walk off.



  9. roachey45011
    10:12 pm March 8, 2018 Permalink

    It takes a good 10 days to heal from a sprain.. played ball for years and had them ..



    • Rembrandt
      7:53 am March 9, 2018 Permalink

      Same here. Every sprain is different. Early treatment, elevation, and rest always important. I had several ankle sprains with pain so bad that I couldn’t sleep for several nights.

      If JV is still limping, this isn’t minor. Cal’s goal should be to get JV ready for the NCAA tournament. We might win the SEC tournament without him, or we might not win it with him. What difference does it make? It’s a conference tournament. Hell, we aren’t even ranked.

      What has happened to UK’s fan base? Not long ago, we had the best fans in the country. But now, every comment section and every radio call in are dominated by angry, ignorant buffoons who think themselves smarter than our coaches. Now they think they know more than JV’s doctor. It would be really funny if not so sad.



    • RealCatsFan
      8:04 am March 9, 2018 Permalink

      Rembrandt, you kicked it sqare in the nuts. So sick of all the crybabies who only post after a loss or some other adversity bitching about everything. I get plenty of that at work.



    • Rembrandt
      9:22 am March 9, 2018 Permalink

      Well said!



  10. kjd
    7:43 am March 9, 2018 Permalink

    If Cal is to be taken at his word about conference tournament, then JV sits the entire time.
    Waiting for Sunday seeding.



  11. Big Meech
    12:28 pm March 9, 2018 Permalink

    How about we go win this mf with who we got. If u all are questioning jv’s Heart then u haven’t watched him play all year. Get healthy big guy and get ready for a run. All u scumbags on here talking bad about him can eat one. What happened to uk against the world. Let’s get it. Go cats