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What Another Jarred Vanderbilt Injury Means for Kentucky

This morning we discovered Jarred Vanderbilt suffered an injury during yesterday’s practice.  The specifics are still unclear.  All we know is that he will miss practice today and is considered day-to-day during the SEC Tournament.

Injuries are nothing new to Vanderbilt.  The 6’9″ forward suffered two foot injuries prior to his arrival in Lexington.  The most recent foot injury prevented him from playing until mid-February.

There’s no indication that what happened at yesterday’s practice is another foot injury.  John Calipari does not have a planned media engagement until tomorrow, so it’s unlikely that we will receive any clarity on the matter until then.  All we can do is speculate.

If Vanderbilt is withheld from SEC Tournament play and his status remains questionable for the NCAA Tournament, here’s what’s at stake for Kentucky.

An SEC Tourney Run is Unlikely

Kentucky will only have two days to prepare for Missouri/Vanderbilt/Georgia without Vanderbilt.  An optimist would say that Kentucky played the entire first half of the season without him and could easily adjust.  Neither of Kentucky’s potential first round opponents have dominant a frontcourt, so Kentucky could find a way to win a few games.

However, it’s much easier to be a pessimist.  Kentucky won every game when Vanderbilt scored in double figures.  He’s the team’s best rebounder and when foul trouble took him off the court at Florida, the Cats looked lost.  Without a deep bench, it’s hard to imagine three wins in three days from this UK team without Jarred Vanderbilt.

Seeding

A talking point that has dominated the first half of conference play is Notre Dame’s NCAA Tournament bid following the return of Bonzie Colson.  Nobody knows if the Selection Committee will consider injuries in their decision, but if they know Vanderbilt is out, a lower seed for Kentucky is possible.

NCAA Tournament is Up in the Air

If the injury is a little ankle sprain, a week is long enough for Vanderbilt to make a full recovery and contribute in the NCAA Tournament.  If it’s another foot injury, his season is likely finished.

Without Vanderbilt in a Kentucky uniform, three players must step up — Nick Richards, Sacha Killeya-Jones and Hamidou Diallo.

Before Vanderbilt took the court for the first time, Diallo averaged 13.8 points, 4.5 rebounds and scored in double figures in 12 of 17 games.  In the 14 games since, Diallo has reached double figures only three times. To make a run without Vanderbilt, Kentucky needs Diallo to return to form.  In the paint, Richards and Killeya-Jones have followed a similar downward trajectory.  That cannot continue  without Vanderbilt on the court.

NBA Draft Ramifications

Another injury could do one of two things:

1. Vanderbilt’s draft stock plummets, he decides he must cash in before he suffers another injury.
2. Vanderbilt’s draft stock plummets, he decides to return to UK to return to the top of draft boards.

There’s no denying this will affect his decision to stay for another year or go to the NBA, but exactly how is just a guessing game at this point.

We’ve Seen This Before

A ragtag group of resurgent Wildcats lost their second-leading rebounder in the 2014 Sweet 16.  When Willie Cauley-Stein was lost for the season, Alex Poythress and Marcus Lee played their best basketball and helped Kentucky get to the National Title.  Even if Vanderbilt’s season is finished, there’s no reason Richards and Killeya-Jones can’t do the same in 2018.

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Article written by Nick Roush

"Look upon the doughnut, and not upon the hole." @RoushKSR

68 Comments for What Another Jarred Vanderbilt Injury Means for Kentucky



  1. Realme
    10:59 am March 7, 2018 Permalink

    Or it’s a minor injury and all this is overkill.



    • IAmTheDanger
      11:02 am March 7, 2018 Permalink

      I hope that’s the case but if it I something minor, why wouldn’t they just come out and say it.



    • ClutchCargo
      11:44 am March 7, 2018 Permalink

      Pretty sure they came out and said it when they called him day to day. Reading anything into that is jumping to conclusions. If they had said “out indefinitely,” that would mean something else.



    • IAmTheDanger
      11:53 am March 7, 2018 Permalink

      But, like Matt said…if they came out and said “he’s done” then that could negatively affect our NCAA seeding so obviously it could be a smokescreen.



  2. callitlikeiseeit
    11:06 am March 7, 2018 Permalink

    Gives Cal an excuse for a failed season. Team is not going far in the tourney if he plays or not, not bashing just fact based on the season played.



    • Booby Petrino
      11:21 am March 7, 2018 Permalink

      I mean it’s not really a fact. It’s an opinion based on the season played.



    • MadHatter
      11:52 am March 7, 2018 Permalink

      I mean read it again boobs. His OPINION that the team won’t go far in the tourney is rooted in the well known FACT that we’re not very good.



    • Look Out Fireworks
      11:26 am March 7, 2018 Permalink

      An educated guess.



    • ukcamel
      12:00 pm March 7, 2018 Permalink

      “We are not very good” is not a fact. A fact is that we are 21-10. A fact is that 17th in the RPI. If you don’t want to sound like a dummy, pull out a dictionary and look up the word “fact.” Then consciously decide you are going to use it correctly.



    • runningunnin.454
      12:09 pm March 7, 2018 Permalink

      Go be a fan of Wisconsin, Indiana, or UConn…then you’ll know what a “failed season” looks like.



    • BigBlueNationDude
      12:18 pm March 7, 2018 Permalink

      True this. As if he needed more excuses



    • UK Big Board Update
      12:28 pm March 7, 2018 Permalink

      MadHatter – arent you the one from the Card forums? Enjoy the NIT 90-61



    • MadHatter
      4:45 pm March 7, 2018 Permalink

      Sorry big board, didn’t mean to trigger you. You can go back to your safe space now.



    • Booby Petrino
      12:30 pm March 7, 2018 Permalink

      lol Madhatter is mad. and wrong.



    • MadHatter
      4:39 pm March 7, 2018 Permalink

      Lol heaven forbid someone says we’re not that good during one season. 1. You must be too stupid or 2. y’all won’t stop sipping the purple drank in order to look objectively at something. If you all think this team is good, you’ve lowered your standards for UK basketball.

      Sad…



    • BigBlueNationDude
      5:06 pm March 7, 2018 Permalink

      Madhatter you dont know the half of it. Ppl on here wont admit anything even if we are obviously bad. Dont say anything even remotely negative or you will be criticised. They wonder why I troll so much. I get under their skin so easy.



    • 4everUKblue
      9:22 pm March 7, 2018 Permalink

      Actually Slater we know why you troll so much and it’s not because you get under our skin so much. It’s because you are a lonely friendless idiot. Get a hobby or get back with your BF.

      Here’s a link for you…… https://www.aseaofblue.com/2015/9/4/9263489/mike-decourcy-on-john-calipari-calipari-the-target



  3. joshjgreer
    11:08 am March 7, 2018 Permalink

    Someone on the comments section reported this yesterday, it was on a midday post. They commented sorry guys Vanderbilt hurt his foot again today. Soon after the comment section was closed, now the whole thing is gone. Hope it isn’t so, wish the best for this kid!



  4. Swizzle
    11:11 am March 7, 2018 Permalink

    Day to day, isnt a season ending thing. Lets relax



    • BeejeCat
      11:36 am March 7, 2018 Permalink

      Day to Day is often called to throw opponents and make them plan for him to be available. What it means to me is: we know nothing except he injured himself enough to get an article or two out of it.



  5. UKInsider
    11:26 am March 7, 2018 Permalink

    Slow day reporting sports that KSR has to make a mountain out of molehill. It’s an ankle injury; enough with the conjecture reporting…OMG, Vanderbilt’s injury is likely to send Cal to the NBA, Payne to Louisville, and the FBI to Barnfart’s office. What a joke…



    • ClutchCargo
      11:46 am March 7, 2018 Permalink

      The people who are freaking out will never calm down enough to read this and understand it. Nice try, though.



    • IAmTheDanger
      12:04 pm March 7, 2018 Permalink

      Yeah, even though this is national sports news….no biggy…OK, gotcha.



  6. Willis talkin bout....
    11:30 am March 7, 2018 Permalink

    I hope the injury is just minor for his sake and future. But its not like we’ve been undefeated since he came on the court. We won games before him and can win without him. But its going to take several others stepping up. Hami has to settle for a Liggins type roll. Richards will have to use both hands for rebounds and dunks or SKJ will have have to TAKE his minutes….



  7. Kindergarten Cop
    11:38 am March 7, 2018 Permalink

    Hurt his same foot. Hairline fracture. Cast and Crutches is what I am hearing. Sucks



    • KYJelly
      12:59 pm March 7, 2018 Permalink

      This is the poster who made the comment yesterday and he was right, hopefully he’s not this time



    • Kindergarten Cop
      3:11 pm March 7, 2018 Permalink

      If he re-injured his same foot again like it is believed. Cal will get a lot of grief for this because of his family not wanting him to play. Be tough for NBA execs to take a risk on a guy who has had such foot problems. Hate it for Vandy.



    • J-Dub421
      3:18 pm March 7, 2018 Permalink

      It’s being reported as an ankle sprain, so stop spreading false rumors.



    • Kindergarten Cop
      4:16 pm March 7, 2018 Permalink

      *If* Did you read that? I said it was a rumor that I heard. I didn’t say it was facts.



    • J-Dub421
      4:52 pm March 7, 2018 Permalink

      “Hurt his same foot. Hairline fracture. Cast and Crutches is what I am hearing. Sucks”

      And from yesterday:

      Kindergarten Cop March 6, 2018 at 4:39 pm | Permalink | Reply
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      Bad news guys – Vanderbilt hurt his foot again.

      You never used the word rumor, and even if you had, stop spreading rumors like you’re the head gossip of your neighborhood.



    • Cals Hoverboard
      5:09 pm March 7, 2018 Permalink

      Well KCop, you’re credibility just took a shot. We no longer trust your sources. We’re now hearing reports that its a right ankle sprain and not a left foot fracture. Please refrain from posting based on “what you’re hearing”.



    • 4everUKblue
      9:20 pm March 7, 2018 Permalink

      Might want to avoid debating JDub, she’s wicked smart. Leave the sources to Luether and the voices in his head.



    • Kindergarten Cop
      8:57 am March 8, 2018 Permalink

      Oh I am sorry guys I didn’t know the comment section of KSR was ESPN. Even though I did break the news first that Vanderbilt was hurt first. My source was correct about that.



  8. makeitstop
    11:38 am March 7, 2018 Permalink

    It makes a tourney run “unlikely”? I’d say “virtually impossible.” And the difference in 2014 and now is that Poythriss and Lee were veterans who had NBA skill sets of not consistent motors. Neither Jones nor Richards has the time on the court or the physical tools let alone the understanding of the game yet. AP wasn’t lost on defense watching his guy run by him, and Lee wasn’t faked out of his Nikes on a switch. No offense to these two but they have a year to be as good as Lee and Poythress were in ‘14. Richards could be better than both but not by Easter!



  9. GeraldFitch
    11:41 am March 7, 2018 Permalink

    This team doesn’t have the balls to make a tournament run with or without Vanderbilt. We haven’t put 6 games together this season against scrubs so how does anybody think we could win 6 against the best in the nation???



    • runningunnin.454
      12:13 pm March 7, 2018 Permalink

      Some people didn’t pay attention this year…some of the SEC teams are among the best in the nation.
      Didn’t pay attention last year, either…three SEC teams in the Elite Eight.



    • ClutchCargo
      1:30 pm March 7, 2018 Permalink

      Someone with no balls shouldn’t be using Gerald Fitch’s name.



    • GeraldFitch
      2:26 pm March 7, 2018 Permalink

      Okay runningunnin.454 we went 10-8 against those teams. What are you even trying to say? Because we lost to good teams means were going to make a tournament run? We won 1 game against the top 4 teams in conference play. ONE. To the worst of the bunch.



    • GeraldFitch
      2:35 pm March 7, 2018 Permalink

      We’ve played 31 games and essentially have 1 quality win over West Virginia lol you could argue maybe 2 or 3 (Louisville and A&M)

      Every opportunity we have had to prove we are a top tier team we blow it. We beat the teams we are supposed to (barely) and lose all the other ones.



    • runningunnin.454
      3:23 pm March 7, 2018 Permalink

      So you don’t count Virginia Tech who beat NC State, North Carolina, No. 1 Virginia, and Duke?
      Considering the parity in the SEC and nationally, we may not make a run, especially if Vanderbilt is out; but we’re going to play the games anyway, and some of us will continue to support the team.
      Others don’t have to watch.



    • GeraldFitch
      4:39 pm March 7, 2018 Permalink

      I’ll watch you through your bedroom window tonight big boy 🙂



    • runningunnin.454
      6:51 pm March 7, 2018 Permalink

      Ha Ha Ha Ha, I expected as much.
      Watch out for the constantine wire and the dobermans.



    • 4everUKblue
      9:17 pm March 7, 2018 Permalink

      Never figured Fitch for a kinky window peeper. Dogs would be the least of his worries if he were outside my window.



  10. Kevin C
    11:45 am March 7, 2018 Permalink

    To quote the late Bill Paxton , “Game over man!”



    • JTHinton
      11:58 am March 7, 2018 Permalink

      Never heard him say that but, judging on how he played John Garrett on Agents of SHIELD, I can picture it.



    • Kevin C
      2:58 pm March 7, 2018 Permalink

      Seriously? Aliens…right after their drop ship blows up, Hudson (Paxton) freaks out…”…well that’s great, that’s just f*$#ing great man, now WTF are we supposed to do? We’re in some real pretty s*&t now man. GAME OVER MAN, GAME OVER! WTF we gonna do now?!”
      It’s one of the most often quoted and memed lines in movie history, right up there with “I’ll be back” and “English [email protected]#!$*%, DO YOU SPEAK IT?!”



    • runningunnin.454
      3:25 pm March 7, 2018 Permalink

      What What What What?



    • Kevin C
      5:53 pm March 7, 2018 Permalink

      @ runningunnin..

      “Say “What” again, say “WHAT” again ….I dare ya…I DOUBLE dare ya motherf*$%#@ ! Say “What” one more God*$%@ time!”



    • runningunnin.454
      6:51 pm March 7, 2018 Permalink

      Ha Ha Ha Ha…good scene.



  11. Jiminy Crickets
    12:04 pm March 7, 2018 Permalink

    He’s listed day to day, because Cal knows our NCAA seeding will drop if he’s listed as “out”.



  12. Jiminy Crickets
    12:08 pm March 7, 2018 Permalink

    As far as NBA, no GM is going to draft a player with “structural” foot issues. He would be viewed as Greg Olsen and be avoided all together. He has played 14 ball games in a calendar year because of 3 injuries to his foot.



    • runningunnin.454
      12:11 pm March 7, 2018 Permalink

      I’m afraid you’re right…Portland learned the hard way with Sam Bowie.



    • Matthew McKenzie
      12:32 pm March 7, 2018 Permalink

      I believe you’re thinking of Greg Oden…Unless you think he’ll be viewed as a Pro Bowl TE.



  13. joshjgreer
    12:09 pm March 7, 2018 Permalink

    Has anyone noticed that Baker hasn’t been on the bench in over a month?



  14. katmark
    12:13 pm March 7, 2018 Permalink

    Has anyone seen an official report that it is the foot?



  15. BigBlueNationDude
    12:17 pm March 7, 2018 Permalink

    We suck



  16. BigBlueNationDude
    12:19 pm March 7, 2018 Permalink

    Wasnt he day to day to start the season?



    • runningunnin.454
      12:23 pm March 7, 2018 Permalink

      So, you get dumber minute to minute.



    • 4everUKblue
      1:24 pm March 7, 2018 Permalink

      Like I keep saying he just keeps topping his own stupidity every time he makes a post. Apparently there is no ceiling for his stupidity.



    • ukcamel
      2:14 pm March 7, 2018 Permalink

      90-61



  17. Cat68
    1:28 pm March 7, 2018 Permalink

    Looks like Nick and Hami get more minutes! Nothing new here.



  18. secrick
    1:50 pm March 7, 2018 Permalink

    Sec one of the best leagues in the country, we played against the best this year and it will take a good game from anyone to beat us with or without him. We could lose the first round or make the final 8 . These guys making these post just to piss you off are all card fans and their team is playing while they are doing it.



    • kjd
      2:40 pm March 7, 2018 Permalink

      We are more likely to lose to anybody than beat anybody.



  19. TB112162
    4:55 pm March 7, 2018 Permalink

    We’re 14-3 without 7-7 with him playing