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Is John Calipari hinting at good news on Jarred Vanderbilt?

UK really needs Vanderbilt against a K-State team that should have Dean Wade back.

NCAA Basketball: Missouri at Kentucky Mark Zerof-USA TODAY Sports

Is Jarred Vanderbilt about to return for the Kentucky Wildcats?

On Monday, John Calipari sent out an interesting tweet that seemed to have some optimism about Vanderbilt:

While it may seem like nothing, Calipari going out of his way to specifically mention Vanderbilt seems like a good thing.

To this point, Calipari has been relatively mum on Vanderbilt’s status outside of saying he needs to be around 95-percent healthy to play, so seeing him mention the freshman forward on his own seems like a hint at good news coming.

There had been doubt as to if Vanderbilt would be recovered enough to play in the Sweet 16 after missing UK’s first two games in the NCAA Tournament.

Until his most recent injury to his ankle, Vanderbilt had become the spark plug off of the bench for the Cats. In the 14 games he played for Kentucky, Vanderbilt led the team with 7.9 rebounds per game in only 17 minutes per game. He also added six points on 43% shooting from the floor. Vanderbilt’s energy and effort helped to pull Kentucky out of a tailspin late in the year to allow Big Blue to find much needed momentum heading into the postseason.

While UK will be favored to win the South Region this week, they could still really use Vanderbilt, especially against Kansas State in the Sweet 16. They’re also set to a return an injured big man in Dean Wade, who averages almost 17 points per game.

Having Vanderbilt to help defend Wade could be the difference in who wins Thursday’s matchup.