With March now here, the Kentucky Wildcats are still waiting on the return of Reid Travis.
The senior graduate transfer is recovering from a right knee injury suffered on Feb. 19 in a win over Missouri. It was later determined that it was merely a knee sprain that would sideline him around two weeks.
It’s now been 10 days since the injury, so Travis is almost certainly out for Saturday’s matchup with the Tennessee Volunteers.
On Friday, head coach John Calipari met with the media to preview Saturday’s big game, and he gave a brief update on Travis.
“We’re gonna see what he (Travis) does today and tomorrow, but I doubt it,” said Cal of Travis’ chances of playing Saturday. “You know what kids try to do is convince you that they can do this. My whole thing is this is about the long season, not the short season.”
Calipari added, “after this game, there are still more games.” That was a pretty good indicator that Calipari will not rush Travis back, even if he were somehow healthy enough to play Saturday.
Prior to Calipari’s meeting with the media, PJ Washington said Travis hasn’t practiced all week. If true, then there’s no realistic chance Travis plays Saturday.
And for those wondering about Tyler Herro, who had an ankle injury in Tuesday’s win over Arkansas. However, Calipari said “he’s fine” today, so it seems Herro is good to go for Saturday.
Herro suffered his injury in the first half of Tuesday’s game, then was questionable to play in the second half. He went on to score 29 points on 9/10 shooting in arguably his best game as a Wildcat. He’ll need a similar effort for the Cats to win in Knoxville.
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