Here’s what John Calipari said about Oscar Tshiebwe following the Kentucky Wildcats’ 77-52 win over Duquesne.
“I don’t know yet,” Calipari said on if Tshiebwe will play in Tuesday’s Champions Classic. “He’s got to go through some workouts and if it swells or does stuff, we’re just going to have to wait.
“That surgery...he’s ahead of schedule, but you know, you’ve got to be able to stop and turn. It’s not ligament or anything like that. But there was an operation where they went inside that area where it will still be sore for a minute. So we’ll have to see.”
Consider Tshiebwe highly questionable to face Michigan State next week.
The Kentucky Wildcats were without Oscar Tshiebwe once again on Friday for the second game of the regular season.
Kentucky basketball’s official Twitter page announced that Tshiebwe is considered day-to-day with his knee injury.
Oscar Tshiebwe (right leg) is out and is day-to-day. Daimion Collins (personal reasons) is also out.— Kentucky Men’s Basketball (@KentuckyMBB) November 11, 2022
During the official UK pregame show, Jack Givens said Tshiebwe has been going through some drills in practice but doesn’t expect him back for at least another week.
“He is at least a week away. Just simply because he hasn’t done any contact.”
Ben Roberts of the Herald-Leader noted that before Friday’s game, Calipari said that Tshiebwe still has not returned to practice.
However, Kyle Tucker of The Athletic added that he bets Tshiebwe plays next Tuesday.
Of note. My bet is he goes vs. Michigan State. https://t.co/o7mrJEtQeD— Kyle Tucker (@KyleTucker_ATH) November 11, 2022
The Cats face off against the Michigan State Spartans on Tuesday night in the Champions Classic and that game becomes much more difficult if Tshiebwe is not available.
The good news is Sahvir Wheeler made his return vs. Duquesne following his own injury absence, while Daimion Collins is expected to rejoin the team and play vs. Michigan State.