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PJ Washington will get cast off Tuesday

PJ Washington (Vicky Graff Photo)

By LARRY VAUGHT

It’s not unusual for Kentucky coach John Calipari to share breaking news on his weekly radio show. And he did — sort of — about sophomore forward PJ Washington Monday night.

Washington has missed UK’s two NCAA Tournament games with a sprained foot. He told CBS-TV last week he  heard a “pop” when he landed on his foot late in the SEC Tournament semifinal loss to Tennessee. He strated out in a boot but had a hard cast put on the leg and foot last Thursday.

“We don’t know if PJ is going to play this weekend yet,” Calipari said Monday night.

That was not the breaking news because Calipari said the same thing after UK beat Wofford Saturday to advance to Friday’s Midwest Region semifinal against Houston at 10 p.m. Houston is the No. 3 seed and owns a win over LSU, a team that beat UK.

However, this was the breaking news — “He’ll get the cast off [Tuesday] and see if he can move around some,” Calipari said.

Washington is UK’s leading scorer and rebounder. Houston is ranked No. 1 in field goal percentage defense (36.7 percent), No. 2 in 3-point field goal percentage defense (27.6 percent), No. 8 in scoring defense (61.2 points per game) and No. 12 nationally in defensive efficiency.

 

3 comments

  1. This why I love reading Larry’s page.
    He has Coach Cal writing for him now.

  2. PJ doesn’t have to start Friday night. If he can go 2 five minute stretches each half, that will help a lot. It gives us 5 more fouls, an extra man in the rotation to give someone else a rest. If he can rebound and play defense, he will get enough foul shots and put backs to get to double figures and that will be enough. Reid should be the focus of low post play. PJ will get the chance to shine in Sunday’s game, should we advance.

  3. This will be a real test for the CATS. Houston can ball, and Sampson can coach. Come ready CATS, get it done!!!

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