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What happened over night to PJ Washington? Doctors guess it could be be precautionary measure

PJ Washington (Jeff Houchin Photo)

By LARRY VAUGHT

PJ Washington added another postseason honor today when he the National Association of Basketball Coaches tabbed him to its All-District 21 First Team. However, on this day, that was secondary news about the Kentucky sophomore because Kentucky coach John Calipari announced that his team’s leading scorer and rebounder would not play in tonight’s NCAA Tournament opener against Abilene Christian.

“The specialists confirmed our original diagnosis that PJ Washington has a sprained foot and there is no fracture. Once we determined that PJ was not going to play today, they put him in a hard cast for precautionary reasons. He is out for today’s game,” Calipari posted on Twitter.

No David over Goliath here — numbers favor Kentucky by 21 points

EJ Montgomery (Jeff Houchin Photo)

By RICHARD CHEEKS, Contributing Writer

These Cats played four games in the Bahamas in August, two exhibition games in late October, 13 non-conference games, mostly in November and December, the 18 game SEC schedule in January, February, and early March. This team made a brief appearance at the SEC Tournament last week. Now it all comes down to the annual basketball ritual of true one and done basketball in which 67 of the 68 participating teams will return home with a season ending loss. Only one team will return home with an intact winning streak to carry it through the coming long off season.

Tyler Herro’s defensive improvement no surprise to Bruce Pearl

Tyler Herro admits he couldn’t guard anybody early in the season but now considers him a good defender. (Jeff Houchin Photo)

By LARRY VAUGHT

Turning Tyler Herro into a reliable defender is one reason Kentucky became a better team the second half of the season. Auburn coach Bruce Pearl says it’s not always that hard to convince a shooter like Herro to pay more attention to defense.

“If you want to win and if you want to get paid (for playing in the NBA), those are two strong arguments,” Pearl said for a shooter becoming a better defender.

Abilene Christian coach will wear his one suit — with hole in the butt — tonight against Kentucky

By LARRY VAUGHT

What makes the first few days of the NCAA Tournament so special — or a Final Four run like Chicago Loyola had last year — is the Davids of college basketball can dream of slaying the Goliaths. Every year a few Davids get a win or two, too.

There’s also a big difference in the coach. Kentucky plays Abilene Christian Thursday night. Kentucky coach John Calipari has won a national title, been to Final Fours and is one of the nation’s highest paid coaches.

Abilene Christian knows Kentucky is “really tall, really athletic”

Joe Golding

By LARRY VAUGHT

Abilene Christian players know what they will be up against when they play Kentucky Thursday night in the NCAA Tournament in Jacksonville.

“They’re big. They’re athletic. We’ve just got to block out and just play team defense, and we’ve just got to hone in on the defensive side, and they’re really big and they’re really tall, they’re really athletic, and we’ve just got to stay together as a team and just push through,” Abilene Chrisitan’s Hayden Farquhar said.

Bourbon release set for April 27 at Wilderness Trail Distillery during A Taste in Danville


DANVILLE — Wilderness Trail Distillery is ready to introduce Small Batch Bourbon made with rye small grain. Samples will be available at one of the best places to enjoy central Kentucky fare, A Taste in Danville. This springtime event also is a feast for the ears for music lovers.

The Danville distillery’s third annual A Taste in Danville, 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. April 27 at 4095 Lebanon Road, will be a day devoted to featuring some of the area’s best Bourbon, food and live music.

Could Calipari survive in the Alaska wilderness? He says he definitely could

John Calipari with Keldon Johnson at UK’s practice Wednesday. (Vicky Graff Photo)

By LARRY VAUGHT

Forget about what is wrong with PJ Washington’s foot. Don’t worry about the speculation that John Calipari is interested in the vacant coaching job at UCLA.

No, the big question is could Calipari survive in the Alaska wilderness?

The Kentucky coach likes to watch TV shows on the Discovery Channel like “Alaska: The Last Frontier.” Calipari even suggested Sunday  night that he could survive in the wilderness with no problem.

UK NCAA Open Practice in Jacksonville Photo Gallery by Vicky Graff

PJ Washington has sprained foot but Calipari “expects him to play” Thursday night

John Calipari sent PJ Washington to a specialist just to make sure negative X-rays were accurate about his sprained foot. (Vicky Graff Photo)

By LARRY VAUGHT

Even though he never came out of the game with an injury, Kentucky coach John Calipari said today in Jacksonville that sophomore PJ Washington sprained his foot in the SEC Tournament semifinal loss to Tennessee Saturday.

Kentucky opens NCAA Tournament play Thursday night in Jacksonville against Abilene Christian and would play the Wofford-Seton Hall winner if it advances.

Matthew Mitchell knows Maci Morris will be “ready to roll” in NCAA

Maci Morris (Vicky Graff Photo)

By LARRY VAUGHT

Kentucky will have had 15 days since its SEC Tournament loss when it takes on Princeton Saturday afternoon in Raleigh in the NCAA Tournament first round.

Kentucky seniors Maci Morris and Taylor Murray both had injury issues late in the season as did freshman Rhyne Howard. Kentucky coach Matthew Mitchell hopes the rest has helped his team.