During today’s teleconference with Kentucky Head coach John Calipari to discuss Tuesday’s game against Duke, Cal revelaed that projected starting point guard Ryan Harrow has not practiced since the team came home from Brooklyn on Friday night as he battles flu-like symptoms, and he may not be able to go when the Cats play the Duke Blue Devils in Atlanta on Tuesday night as part of the Champion’s Classic:
Let me talk about Ryan Harrow; He’s still not 100%. He hasn’t practiced since we’ve been back. We should have held him out of the Maryland game. We’ve been holding him out of competition since we got back. We will practice later today. If he can go today he will make the trip. If he’s not good to go we won’t take him to Atlanta. So that’s Ryan.
Coach Cal also revealed that the eye injury suffered by shooting guard Julius Mays was still hindering him from practicing:
The eye injury kept Julius (Mays) out of practice yesterday. The (injured) eye has closed up on him. We’re trying to see what that means.
Cal later stated that Jon Hood and Twany Beckham could receive more playing time in light of all of the injuries.
Jon Hood may receive minutes. Twanny, who’s coming off an injury, may get minutes. There’s all kinds of different lineups we can try. We may try Kyle at the 3 spot. We may do some different things. My concern is, when they (Duke) get after us, how are we going to respond? We’re freshman. How do we respond. When they make a little run, which they’ll do, how do we respond? In this game I’m hoping it will be a close game, so that we have our chances.