The Kentucky Wildcats were in complete control of their Saturday matchup with Tennessee...at least until PJ Washington went out.
The freshman forward was the best player on the floor in the first half, which helped the Cats build a 37-29 lead at halftime. But once he went out of the game with cramps, the Cats melted down en route to a 76-65 loss in Knoxville.
Thankfully, it was just cramps that caused Washington to miss most of the second half. On Monday, head coach John Calipari talked about Washington’s injury, which shouldn’t be a lingering issue.
Calipari even said that game was the hardest Washington has played in his freshman season.
“It was the cramps,” said Calipari. “We’ll watch today, but my point being, that’s as hard as he’s played since he’s been here. His body may have revolted. Like, what are you doing? What the heck is going on here?”
All said, the Cats won’t win Tuesday night against Texas A&M without Washington. He’s consistently been one of UK’s best players since his breakout game against Monmouth.
Over the last seven games, Washington has reached double figures five times. He’s also averaging 2.0 blocks per game over his last three games. He even had three steals Saturday in just 23 minutes of play.
On the other side, the Aggies are one of the most physically-imposing teams in college basketball when healthy. If Washington and UK don’t come ready to play. Tuesday is going to be a long night.
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