Game Day: Vanderbilt 68, Kentucky 66
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Kentucky Senior Night’s surprising home loss to Vanderbilt not only featured a disappointing home loss to a close rival, but also a potentially significant injury for a British star player.
First-year British guard Cason Wallace left the second half of the game against the Commodores with a left leg injury. Wallace did not return to the contest.
The injury happened on offensive possession for the Cats with about 18:20 left in the second half.
Wallace spent time on the bench with Kentucky’s athletic coaching staff after slowly walking to the bench following the injury.
He attempted to stand up and put weight on the left side of his body, then immediately sat up. Later, he slowly made his way to the British locker room, on his own.
Wallace did not return from the British dressing room for the remainder of the match, which was won by Vanderbilt, 68-66.
After the game, Kentucky head coach John Calipari said x-rays taken from Wallace were negative.
“Cason, they had an x-ray. He is fine. It’s not bloated,” Calipari said. “I hope he’s fine on Saturday (in Arkansas), but I don’t know.”
Wallace finished the game with six points on 2-for-7 shooting.
He had played 20 minutes with an plus/minus of minus nine.
Wallace has played 29 of the UK’s 30 games this season but was injured earlier this season after injuring his back in a home loss to South Carolina.
Wallace also missed the UK road win at Ole Miss due to injury.
Nor was Wallace’s injury the only significant injury storyline to emerge in Wednesday night’s game.
Early in the first half, Vanderbilt star big man Liam Robbins injured his left leg and did not return to the contest.
Kentucky backcourt depth takes a hit
In addition to the injury Wallace sustained in Wednesday night’s game, Kentucky’s backcourt depth was also hit earlier in the day.
Calipari announced Wednesday afternoon that senior goaltender Sahvir Wheeler had undergone a minor medical procedure and would not be participating in Senior Night while recovering.
Wheeler has now missed seven straight games for the Wildcats. The previous six were linked to a right ankle injury.
After Wednesday’s loss to Vanderbilt, Calipari said it would be a few weeks before Wheeler could return to the UK.
“My guess right now – and what the doctors have told me – it’s going to take a few weeks,” Calipari said. “Or, at least, that’s what they think.”
This story was originally published March 1, 2023, 8:38 p.m.