PJ Washington will not suit up when the Kentucky Wildcats face the Abilene Christian Wildcats to begin NCAA Tournament play.
Head coach John Calipari made the announcement Thursday morning, as the team continues to play it safe when it comes to the health of their best player.
The specialists confirmed our original diagnosis that @PJWashington has a sprained foot and there is no fracture. Once we determined that PJ was not going to play today, they put him in a hard cast for precautionary reasons. He is out for today’s game.— John Calipari (@UKCoachCalipari) March 21, 2019
On Wednesday, Calipari revealed Washington, who wasn’t even in the arena for the team’s open practice, sprained his foot in the loss to Tennessee in the SEC Tournament. He said Washington went through x-rays and an MRI, which came back clean.
UK also sent Washington to a foot specialist to make sure the issue isn’t something that will get worse if he does end up playing this week. While it seems like the prognosis there was good, it is odd to see Washington will now wear a hard cast instead of a boost. Hard casts are usually used for longer-term injuries.
Kentucky should be able to get by ACU tonight, but they’ll need Washington back Saturday in a potential matchup vs. either Seton Hall or Wofford, two teams with enough firepower to beat the Cats, especially if their star forward remains out.
It’s been a very special season for PJ as his UK career is winding down, so this would be a brutal way to see it in if he’s unable to play again.
PJ Washington will not play tonight against Abilene Christian.— UK Sports Network (@UKSportsNetwork) March 21, 2019
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