Kentucky Basketball: Willie Cauley-Stein Has a Knee Injury, Will Miss Some Time

Willie Cauley-Stein is reportedly out for a while. - Frederick Breedon

News just broke that Willie Cauley-Stein has been diagnosed with a knee problem.

Willie Cauley-Stein is likely to miss some time due to a just-discovered knee injury. Here's the relevant tweets that provide all we know at this moment:

Obviously, this is a big blow to Kentucky's hopes to get back on track for a decent tournament seed. If Cauley-Stein comes back by mid-February, he might make it back for the Florida game on the 12th, but I wouldn't bet on it.

This is going to force Kyle Wiltjer into a lot more time, and he and Alex Poythress are going to have to step up defensively, and in rebounding. WCS hasn't put up dazzling numbers, but his presence has been a big factor in Kentucky's success so far this year (such as it is).

This could also be an opportunity for little-used Jon Hood to step up and get some meaningful minutes, if he has recovered from his bout with mononucleosis. If not, Kentucky is going to be very thin and quite a bit smaller than it has been all year.

Sometimes, things like this work out well, but at first, it is likely to be a struggle. We are very fortunate that we don't run into Florida for a while, but if Kentucky drops any of these games, it's really going to put them in a bad place.

UPDATES (In reverse chronological order):

1:50 PM 1/18/2013 John Clay has more.

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