John Calipari: Kentucky star P.J. Washington unlikely to play Saturday

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Calipari said in a tweet that Washington doesn't have a fracture in his foot, but a sprain that will keep him out of action and his foot has been placed in a hard cast. The lead was 39-13 at halftime - the lowest point total United Kingdom had ever allowed in one half in NCAA play - thanks to an 11-0 United Kingdom run in three minutes when it hit five straight shots.

Based off Calipari's comments, a report from Kentucky.com's John Clay, and informed speculation from TNT's Charles Barkley, all signs point to Washington being sidelined for Saturday at the very least.

The big question: Will Washington be able to go? While a number of options are on the table to step into the starting lineup, the good news is that Reid Travis returned to action for the SEC tournament after missing almost a month. He also pulled off six rebounds to help United Kingdom dominate the boards.

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It was the second albatross in a week on the PGA Tour, after American Harris English recorded one at the Players Championship. Just two back to start the day, he'll start Sunday 10 behind thanks to a scorecard that included seven bogeys.

Making the odds of an upset even more remote, Abilene Christian kicked two starters off the team for disciplinary reasons last month. But just making it this far was a victory for a still-fledgling Division I program.

Washington spent several days in a walking boot "as a precaution" before the second-seeded Wildcats open Midwest Region play against 15th-seeded Abilene Christian. This is the ninth time in Calipari's decade-long tenure in Lexington that his team has advanced at least to the second round of the NCAAs. Washington was originally hurt in Kentucky's SEC tournament semifinal loss to Tennessee. The only exception was 2013, when the Wildcats failed to make the field and settled for the NIT.

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