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Dick Vitale says Terrence Clarke won’t play vs. Vols

NCAA Basketball: Notre Dame at Kentucky Arden Barnes-USA TODAY Sports

Heading into Saturday’s clash between the Kentucky Wildcats and Tennessee Volunteers, the big question is will Terrence Clarke suit up?

The freshman guard and former top-10 recruit hasn’t played since late December due to a lingering ankle issue that clearly has even John Calipari frustrated.

Well, it sounds like Clarke won’t play Saturday, at least based on what ESPN commentator Dick Vitale is saying.

Since Calipari’s controversial remarks about Clarke made following Wednesday’s loss at Missouri — which Calipari later backtracked on — he has declined to say if Clarke returned to practice this week and if he’d play Saturday.

If what Vitale is saying is true, then it appears Clarke is a no-go this weekend. And after Calipari’s comments, you have to wonder if we’ve seen the last of Clarke in a Kentucky uniform.

Hopefully, that isn’t the case and we see Clarke return before the season ends. He can still have a major impact on Kentucky’s hopes of making the NCAA Tournament by winning the SEC Tournament, as unlikely as that may seem right now.