The Kentucky Wildcats lost 7-footer Willie Cauley-Stein after only four minutes in their Sweet 16 game against the Louisville Cardinals, but still managed to pull out a five-point victory without him on the court.
John Calipari’s team is likely to have to go without him on Sunday when they take on the Michigan Wolverines as Cauley-Stein is still in a walking boot and doubtful to play.
John Calipari on Willie Cauley-Stein. “He’s still in a boot. Hes doubtful for the game.”
— Jeff Goodman (@GoodmanESPN) March 29, 2014
ICY didn’t hear: Calipari said he would be “stunned” if Willie Cauley-Stein plays against Michigan in Sweet 16. Ankle (not Achilles) injury.
— Shannon Ryan (@sryantribune) March 29, 2014
The Olathe, Kansas native averaged 24 minutes per game with 6.8 points and 6.1 rebounds per game in his sophomore season.
With Cauley-Stein sidelined, freshman Dakari Johnson stepped up with 15 points on 7-10 shooting and six rebounds in 31 minutes. He had season averages of five points, 3.9 rebounds and 13 minutes per game.
If Kentucky can get past Michigan and into the Final Four it will no doubt increase the likelihood that Cauley-Stein can give it a go next weekend.