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Kentucky Basketball: Positive Jarred Vanderbilt injury update

Jarred Vanderbilt’s injury may be minor enough that he’s back for the NCAA Tournament.

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


KSR reports that UK is hopeful Jarred Vanderbilt can return this season and the injury isn’t as bad as initially thought.

The Kentucky Wildcats are holding their breath in regards to Jarred Vanderbilt and his latest injury.

Vanderbilt suffered an injury in practice on Tuesday, which UK didn’t reveal until Wednesday morning when they said his status was day to day. Whether that’s true or UK just hiding something worse remains to be seen, but there is some optimism that the injury isn’t serious.

According to Kyle Tucker of SEC Country, the latest injury is believed to be an ankle sprain. If that turns out to be the case, then it will be a huge relief for Vanderbilt and UK, as that’s typically just a one or two-week injury.

It obviously puts his status for the SEC Tournament in doubt, but at least his season wouldn’t be over for sure.

After the conference tournament in St. Louis, UK will have anywhere from 4-6 days — depending on how far they advance in St. Louis — for Vanderbilt to rest and prepare for the NCAA Tournament.

Make no mistake about it: UK is not making it past the second weekend of the Big Dance without Vanderbilt, and it is a stretch to see them even make it that far if he is out, assuming UK ends up with a seed in the 4-6 range.

Be sure to read Tucker’s full update here.

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