That’s what John Calipari wanted to talk about during his Friday meeting with the media, but as you can imagine, that wasn’t the main topic.
Instead, Calipari had to answer questions about UK’s involvement in the ongoing FBI investigation into college basketball corruption. Calipari and UK weren’t directly mentioned in the scandal, but former players Nerlens Noel and Bam Adebayo were involved.
In terms of this year’s team, Kevin Knox was mentioned in the report as having a meal with one of the NBA agents involved in the scandal. That has many wondering if Knox will be able to play Saturday night when the Tigers roll into town.
As far as Calipari knows, he thinks his star freshman is good to go, but he didn’t give a definitive answer.
“At this point, I believe so, unless there’s something I don’3t know,” Calipari said of Knox playing Saturday.
Knox, a freshman forward, is averaging 15.4 points, 5.6 rebounds and 1.5 assists per game. He’s coming off a 23-point outing at Arkansas. He’s got seven games in which he’s scored 20+ points this season.
Losing Knox for Saturday could be fatal against a Missouri team that’s looking to lock up its spot in the NCAA Tournament. A win in Rupp Arena would do that, but UK is hoping to keep that from happening.
Knox playing or sitting out will have a major say in who wins this matchup, though we may not know his status for certain until game time at 8:15 EST.