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Kentucky Wildcats Basketball: Willie Cauley-Stein out with Knee Injury

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Jan 15, 2013; Lexington, KY, USA; Kentucky Wildcats forward Willie Cauley-Stein (15) dribbles the ball past Tennessee Volunteers forward Jarnell Stokes (5) in the first half at Rupp Arena. Kentucky defeated Tennessee 75-65. Mandatory Credit: Mark Zerof-USA TODAY Sports

If Kentucky fans didn’t need anything more to feel skeptical about this team, the confiedence of BBN has to be even more shaken after today’s announcement. Center Willie Cauley-Stein is out for an indefinite amount of time due to a knee injury. He has had a procedure done on his knee and it is not yet known the extent of the injury. It’s apparently an injury that he has had for a while.

This is from the Louisville Courier Journal

According to a UK spokesman, Cauley-Stein had been bothered by an old left knee injury and had a “minor procedure” on Thursday.

Cauley-Stein, a 7-foot forward, is averaging 7.6 points and 5.8 rebounds in 20.9 minutes a game.

His status for Saturday’s game at Auburn is “to be determined.”

Normally I wouldn’t be too worried about missing a player when facing a team as bad as Auburn, but the way this Kentucky team has played recently, there is plenty to be alarmed about. WCS was one of the few players that has shown consistent effort and emotion in games. His fiery second half brought the Wildcats back from the brink of a blowout against the Louisville Cardinals and he has been cemented as a starter in the last five games. The Wildcats are 3-2 in that stretch.

I still think the Wildcats will win against the Tigers on Saturday, but I am more nervous about playing at Alabama on Tuesday. His size and strenght would have been key against a big, physical team such as the Crimson Tide.

Hopefully this is a minor and extremly temporary injury. Keep it here for more updates as they come in.

Jon Hood is returning from an illness, so that should make us all feel better!

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