Crawford May Not Play vs. Vandy; Meeks, Jasper Hobbled Again

By: James Brandenburg Email
By: James Brandenburg Email

Kentucky enters SEC play Saturday below .500 for the first time since 1988-89 and now the Wildcats might not even be at full strength for that opener.

Senior guard Joe Crawford missed practice Wednesday according to head coach Billy Gillispie. Speaking on his weekly radio show Wednesday, Gillispie said Crawford's suffering from plantar fasciitis - an inflammation of the tissue on the bottom of the foot - and that he's questionable for Saturday's game.

The bad news didn't end there, however.

Gillispie said sophomore guard Derrick Jasper, who missed most of the early season after undergoing microfracture knee surgery over the summer, could barely walk through practice because of an injured big toe and that sophomore guard Jodie Meeks re-aggravated a hip flexor injury that kept him out of the Wildcats' game last month against Tennessee Tech.

Being at full strength could certainly help the Wildcats, considering their conference opener comes against Vanderbilt. The 13th-ranked Commodores improved to 16-0 Wednesday with an 80-73 win over South Carolina to open conference play.

Kentucky hosts Vanderbilt Saturday at 12:30 p.m. (CST).


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