LEXINGTON, Ky. — John Calipari updated his laundry list of injured players during a teleconference from snowy Nashville on Friday. Sort of.
Calipari initially said he couldn’t update the statuses of Quade Green (back), Tai Wynyard (back), Jarred Vanderbilt (foot) or Jemarl Backer (knee) — “I haven’t seen any of them today,” the coach said at noon Friday — all four of whom sat out Tuesday night as the Wildcats beat Texas A&M with just seven available scholarship players.
But pressed on Green, UK’s starting point guard who was scratched an hour before tipoff against the Aggies with a back strain, Calipari said he has not practiced this week.
“We were off Wednesday and he had to do some treatment or something yesterday, so he did not practice,” Calipari said.
And while he has recently given optimistic updates on 5-star freshman forward Jarred Vanderbilt, who has yet to play this season but recently returned to practice, Calipari hasn’t said much about 4-star freshman shooting guard Jemarl Baker.
“He’s started rehab, so I don’t know what that means,” Calipari said Friday when asked about Baker, who had a procedure on his knee before the season and has yet to practice or play. “I don’t have an answer for you.”
No. 21 Kentucky (13-3, 3-1 SEC) plays at Vanderbilt (6-10, 1-3) on Saturday at 4 p.m. ET on ESPN. The Cats left Lexington a day early to beat expected snow storms sweeping across Kentucky and Tennessee on Friday.
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