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Dominique Hawkins won't play vs Alabama

Mark Zerof-USA TODAY Sports


As expected, Dominique Hawkins will not play at Alabama due to his ankle injury. He made the trip to Tuscaloosa, but is in sweats and wearing a walking boot during pregame shootaround and warmups before the team announced he was out with a sprained left ankle.

With Hawk not practicing since suffering the injury a week ago, it's not looking good for his chances Tuesday vs Mississippi State, but the good news is it's just a sprain and he'll be back soon enough.


The Kentucky Wildcats may not have Dominique Hawkins Saturday night when they face the Alabama Crimson Tide.

The junior guard is still dealing with an ankle injury suffered in last Saturday's win over Ole Miss, which kept him sidelined during Tuesday's loss at LSU. While Hawkins probably wouldn't have affected the final outcome in Baton  Rouge, he's still been coming into his own and was a big reason why UK topped No. 16 Louisville two Saturdays ago.

That said, don't expect Hawk Saturday night after head coach John Calipari said he has yet to return to practice since suffering the injury. That means Hawk hasn't practiced for six days now if he doesn't go Friday before the team heads to Tuscaloosa.

Hawkins originally rolled his ankle during the second half of the Cats' 83-61 win over the Rebels while trying to defend an Ole Miss player driving to the rim. After going down and having to be helped off the court, Hawkins had x-rays which showed no breaks, and his mother did post on social media that it was "a minor bone contusion."

Then Tuesday night, Hawkins was in street clothes and a walking boot before being ruled out for the game prior to tip off.