As the Kentucky Wildcats look to rebound from their first loss this season, the status of Marcus Lee remains one of the team's biggest questions.
The junior forward suffered a head injury early during last Thursday's 87-77 loss at UCLA and missed the rest of the game. Lee was reported to have had nosebleeds and headaches as a result of getting hit on the head by Bruins center Thomas Welsh as Lee was attempting to block a shot.
UK head coach John Calipari met with the media Tuesday and revealed Lee had not practiced since the injury. As for Lee's status, Cal said, "I don’t have any idea, you’ll have to ask the doctors." As for Tuesday's practice, Cal did say that "hopefully today we’ll see if he can do anything."
Lee is in the midst of his best collegiate season, averaging career highs in points (8.3) and rebounds (7.6) with two double-doubles.
"Marcus gives us free baskets because of his offensive rebounding," Calipari said of Lee's impact. "We got none of that when he was out and it just showed."
As for sophomore point guard Tyler Ulis, he's looking good to go after dealing with a hyperextended elbow that led to him missing last Monday's win over Illinois State. Though he played vs UCLA, Ulis clearly wasn't himself due to the injury and not practicing, something he was able to do Monday.
"Tyler hadn’t practiced before the UCLA game," Calipari said. "Yesterday he was really full and shot the ball well. Seems to be back where he was."
Ulis finished the UCLA game 2-of-12 shooting, his worst collegiate game, but still dished out a team-high nine assists.