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Isaiah Briscoe to get MRI for back injury

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This is a tad concerning for the veteran guard.

NCAA Basketball: Tenn-Martin at Kentucky Mark Zerof-USA TODAY Sports

We may see more of Isaiah Briscoe the coach next week instead of the player.

Following Friday’s win over UT-Martin, which saw Briscoe miss his second straight game with a back injury, John Calipari said his sophomore guard was getting an MRI on the injured back.

Calipari made sure to note that this was a precautionary MRI to make sure nothing else is going on with his lower back/hip, where he’s been having discomfort since taking a hard fall in last week’s win over Duquesne. Any time someone has a back injury, it’s something to watch out for and keep an open mind about what it ultimately results in.

Ask Drew Barker. One minute, you’re starting a college game, and the next thing you know, you’re out for the season.

Briscoe very likely doesn’t have the same kind of chronic back issue Barker was plagued with through fall camp and into the regular season, but it’s a scary reminder nonetheless to how these injuries can quickly go from a player being able to play through the pain to having surgery and missing the rest of the season.

Briscoe’s injury is likely not that serious to keep him out much longer, but UK wants to make sure nothing else is wrong that will prevent him from returning soon. UK really needs him back next Saturday when one of the best offenses in college hoops comes to town in UCLA.

The Bruins have scored 99+ points in three of their first five games and have four guards averaging 14+ points per game. Briscoe would be critical to helping slow down UCLA’s guards, which will be the Kentucky Wildcats’ biggest key to getting the win next Saturday.