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Jarred Vanderbilt out, Dean Wade in for Kansas State vs Kentucky

How big of a factor will these injuries play in the game?

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There’s some big injury updates coming from both teams in this Sweet 16 matchup.

For the Kentucky wildcats, Jarred Vanderbilt will not play.

For the Kansas State Wildcats, their star who’s missed their first two games of the tournament, Dean Wade, is playing.

UK is going to miss out on their best rebounder for the sixth straight game. One has to think, even if Jarred is able to come back, should he play?

This is assuming Kentucky gets the win. But if they do, should Cal mess with the mojo these group of guys have?

Even though Jarred is a phenomenal talent that deserves his spot on the floor, it’s definitely a risky move to interfere with all of the positive play that’s happened in his absence.

On the flip side, Kentucky could definitely use an extra body and Jarred would be more than suitable to help this team advance.

Kansas State has scored big with the return of Wade, who averages 16 ppg to go with 6.3 rpg. He’s their leading scorer and rebounder, and he creates a big matchup problem for Kentucky. Having him out there should concern fans because he can jumpstart the lackluster Kansas State offense.

Even with Dean being back in the lineup, Kentucky still has the advantage at nearly every position on the court. With that being said, the game got 10X more interesting now that he’s cleared to play

Will Jarred play for the rest of the season if the Cats do indeed advance? Let us know in the comments whether or not you think it’s a good idea.