By LARRY VAUGHT
Don’t look for Jarred Vanderbilt to play against Kansas State Thursday night in the NCAA Tournament.
The Kentucky freshman has missed the last five games with an ankle injury and told media members in Atlanta Friday he was “not full speed” and probably could not give the team much if he tried to play.
Calipari said during his press conference that he was going to watch Vanderbilt practice later.
“He just keeps coming, I can do this. It’s hard to play a guy that’s going to play 80, 90 percent in these kind of environments. It’s just hard. The game is played at a high level,” Calipari said.
“When you talk Kansas State, they’re physical, they play hard, they’ll fly, and then if they don’t have it, they grind. You know, it’s hard walking into a game like that. They lead their league in steals. With the way they play, which they cover that lane.
“My guess is no (on Vanderbilt playing), but it would be nice to have him there. Like last game, we had foul trouble. You have that guy there that you could put in, would be nice. ”