Jeff Drummond / Cats Illustrated
Wildcats in Kentucky may expire.
An MRI performed on the right knee of Reid Travis confirmed that the progressive transfer to the front involved only one sprain and no other damage. It should be missed "at least two weeks", according to a press release issued by the United Kingdom.
"I feel so good that it was more a sprain than anything else because you worry about that stuff when you see someone falling," said the head coach of the United Kingdom, John Calipari. "We are going to be very conservative with that, so he could be away for a few weeks. We hope he'll be ready for the conference tournament or maybe even a little bit earlier, but I'm happy for Reid to get it back. "
Travis, who injured his knee Tuesday night in the second half of the British 66-58 win over Missouri after being entangled in teammate Keldon Johnson, averaged 11.3 points and 6.9 rebounds per game for the Wildcats # 4.
If Travis misses two weeks, he would not play at home against Auburn (Saturday) and Arkansas (next Tuesday), nor probably in the rematch against Tennessee on March 2 in Knoxville.
While Travis rested his sprained knee, second-year center Nick Richards (4.4 points per game, 3.8 rebounds per game, 67 shots blocked by the team) and freshman EJ Montgomery (4, 1 points, 3.8 rebounds) will have the opportunity to win more time.
"Because we coach all players as starters, I think everything will be fine for EJ and Nick," Calipari said in his weekly radio show Wednesday night. "It's their opportunity. I have great confidence in these two. "
Calipari also noted that the penultimate attacker PJ Washington could see his role change meanwhile, citing the need of someone else to carry the "rough house" load into the future. absence of Travis.