Late in the game, point guard Ashton Hagans had to limp off the court with was reported as a thigh injury. He hit the locker room for further examination and eventually returned to the bench, but was still favoring the injured leg and had an ice bag on it.
The play where Ashton Hagans suffered a thigh contusion. pic.twitter.com/L6Y9HnsquI— Nick Roush (@RoushKSR) February 19, 2020
Kentucky was able to finish out the game thanks to Tyrese Maxey running the point, though it did get dicey thanks to LSU’s full-court pressure. If Hagans misses time, it will be a major loss for the Wildcats. He’s the team’s best passer and perimeter defender, which has helped make this one of the best backcourts in America.
After the game, head coach John Calipari had no update on his point guard.
Calipari says he didn't ask how Hagans (thigh contusion) is. "But I did tell the team, 'Boy, we played great without Ashton.' (Sarcastic eye roll.) That'll get him back fast."— Kyle Tucker (@KyleTucker_ATH) February 19, 2020
Kyle Tucker later reported that Hagans should be fine and may not miss any games.
From what I gather, Ashton Hagans is just fine. I doubt he misses any time.— Kyle Tucker (@KyleTucker_ATH) February 19, 2020
Kentucky can’t afford to have Hagans sidelined for long if they’re going to win the SEC and earn a top-four seed in the NCAA Tournament. If he does miss a game or two, Kentucky can still win at home vs. Florida and at Texas A&M next Tuesday, but they’ll be far bigger challenges with Hagans out.