However, two key players are iffy to play this week, the most notable of which being starting point guard Quade Green. After sustaining an eye injury against Monmouth, Green was unable to finish the game as his eye was swollen shut.
Thankfully, the Cats will have an entire week between then and their next game, but that doesn’t mean Green is a lock to face the Hokies.
During his Monday call-in show, John Calipari revealed that Green is missing practice time due to his injury. Calipari said Green was on the court Monday but was unable to practice.
“Quade was on the court, but his eye still is barely open so he’s not ready to be out there practicing,” said Calipari. “I don’t know if he’ll practice tomorrow (Tuesday) to be honest with you.”
Calipari also said that Sacha Killeya-Jones is dealing with a sprained ankle, which forced him to miss the win over Monmouth. When asked if Sacha and/or Quade would play against Virginia Tech, Calipari didn’t give an answer.
Losing Sacha would be something UK could overcome, as PJ Washington and Nick Richards get plenty of minutes at the 4/5 spots to negate that loss.
But if Quade is out, UK will be without their top point guard and best three-point shooter, as well as severely damaging the guard rotation.
It would likely force Brad Calipari to play significant minutes, which is what he did in the second half of Sartiday’s 93-76 win over Monmouth.
Calipari also spoke about how the injuries allowed him to tinker with UK’s lineups: