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Alex Poythress practiced some Monday; Uncertain for Alabama; Derek Willis unlikely

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The Kentucky Wildcats are very banged up heading into the final four games of the regular season, and we probably shouldn't expect either of their injured big men to play Tuesday vs Alabama.

Alex Poythress is recovering from a minor knee procedure, but is expected to return to action within the next week. Tuesday may be too soon though based on what John Calipari said during his Monday call-in show. The same holds true for Derek Willis, who probably isn't going to play again in the regular season.

"We’re somewhat healthy, but Derek is out and Alex is still beat up, but we’ll have to see," Calipari said.

Cal did say Poythress practiced today, but was in and out of practice and didn't get a full session in. Cal also "doubts seriously" that Willis will play tomorrow vs the Crimson Tide.

Before Poythress underwent the procedure, he had just moved to the starting 5 spot and was having good success there. In those four games, he averaged 12.8 points and 5.5 boards in 25.5 minutes per game.

Even without him, Kentucky managed to beat Florida, Georgia and South Carolina by an average of 26.7 points while handing those three their biggest losses of the season. Then again,  Cats didn't look too good last week while winning at home vs Tennessee by just 10 and losing at Texas A&M.