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Positive update on Nick Richards

It sounds like Richards has a shot to play vs. Michigan State.

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The Kentucky Wildcats are set to face the Michigan State Spartans on Tuesday, but will Nick RIchards be able to go?

On Friday, the Wildcats defeated Kentucky State in their 2nd and final exhibition game, but Richards was out due to an ankle injury suffered against Georgetown College.

After the game Friday, there wasn’t a real update given on Richards other than he’s rehabbing around the clock to get back to action as soon as possible, according to assistant coach Joel Justus.

On Sunday, head coach John Calipari gave a brief update on Richards, saying the junior center is still day to day and may do a little in practice today and Monday before UK can get a better feel on if he’ll play Tuesday.

In addition, Ashton Hagans said Richards went through a walk-through today (per Kyle Tucker), so that’s great news all things considered. When RIchards initially went down, it looked like a significant ankle injury, and he’s been in a walking boot with crutches since then, so to hear he was able to even do a walk-through suggests he has a real shot at playing Tuesday.

Before leaving with the injury vs. Georgetown, Richards had six points on 3/3 of shooting and five rebounds in just 15 minutes of play. With Kentucky’s frontcourt being dangerously thing, Richards playing Tuesday would likely play a big role in deciding who wins the battle of the nation’s top two teams.

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