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Reid Travis begins rehabbing injured knee

The process has begun to get Reid Travis back to 100% and on the court with his teammates.

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Earlier today, Joel Justus said Reid Travis was attacking his rehab “right now.” Apparently, today was the start of Travis’ rehab process.

During his Monday call-in show, John Calipari revealed that today was the first day in which Travis began his rehab process, adding, “which is a good sign.”

“They had him (Travis) in a brace for a minute. He’s just so committed, so professional and so driven. I’ll never rush a player back, but the good news is that he’s not gonna hurt himself.”

I starting to look more and more like he’ll be back for Senior Day against Florida in less than two weeks.

The Kentucky Wildcats looked great in their first game without Reid Travis — a dominating 80-53 win over the Auburn Tigers.

Kentucky should also beat Arkansas on Tuesday while Travis continues to sit out due to a right knee sprain suffered in in last Tuesday’s win at Missouri. Saturday, however, may be a different story when the Cats hit the road to face the Tennessee Volunteers in Knoxville.

Then you’ve got the NCAA Tournament just over three weeks away, as Kentucky will definitely need Travis back by then to make a run to the Final Four.

While it remains to be seen when Travis will make it back, the good news is he’s remaining in good spirits while furiously attacking his rehabilitation process.

On Monday, assistant coach Joel Justus met with the media to preview Tuesday’s clash with the Hogs. He also gave an update on Travis’ drive to get back on the court ASAP.

“He’s (Travis) doing what he needs to do. I know that,” said Justus. “Reid Travis is the ultimate professional in terms of how he approaches every single day, on the floor and off the floor.

“He’s attacking rehab right now, the same way he attacked his body in the summer, the same way he attacked playing differently. He’s that guy now that has a different challenge ahead of him, and that’s getting his body back to 100% and ready to go, whenever that time may be.”

In the meantime, Kentucky will continue to rely heavily on EJ Montgomery and Nick Richards to pick up the slack. They both did well in Saturday’s demolition of Auburn, but this week will be a different kind of challenge. They’ll have to defend All-SEC level big men in Arkansas’ Daniel Gafford and Tennessee’ Grant Williams.

Travis was key in containing Williams the first time these two teams met, so it will be interesting to see how Nick and EJ hold up on Saturday in a game that will help decide who gets a 1 seed in the NCAA Tournament.

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