This weekend has not been kind to the Kentucky Wildcats. The basketball team beat Missouri Western State 56-38 tonight at Rupp in their first exhibition game, but it may have come at a cost. Starting point guard Sahvir Wheeler left the game at the 10:45 mark in the second half after taking an awkward fall at the baseline going after a pass. He immediately reached for his right knee and lower leg and was helped to the bench. After being examined, Wheeler went to the locker room without putting pressure on his leg.
Afterward, John Calipari told reporters that Wheeler re-injured the same knee that held him out of the Blue-White Game a week ago.
“Hopefully Sahvir will be okay. He hurt his knee, probably that same knee. It was about ten days ago.”
As you might expect, Calipari did not know the severity of the injury.
“No, I don’t. Not at this point, but he had to be out a couple of days of practice, probably a week ago, I think. Missed the Blue-White [Game] in Pikeville. It was the same knee. Like it twisted.”
If you’re looking for some good news, Wheeler did return to the bench toward the end of the game and Calipari said on his postgame radio show he believes he’ll be fine. Fingers crossed.