Kentucky basketball: Will TyTy Washington play at Kansas?

TyTy Washington, Kentucky Wildcats. (Mandatory Credit: Maria Lysaker-USA TODAY Sports)
TyTy Washington, Kentucky Wildcats. (Mandatory Credit: Maria Lysaker-USA TODAY Sports) /

TyTy Washington will try to play for the Kentucky basketball team vs. Kansas on Saturday.

Kentucky basketball star freshman TyTy Washington will try to play vs. the Kansas Jayhawks at Allen Fieldhouse on Saturday night in their high-profile, non-conference showdown.

Washington has not played since injuring his ankle since last weekend’s road loss to Auburn. Kentucky may have lost at Auburn, but rebounded to beat Mississippi State at home in its most recent contest without him. Given that Kansas is the No. 5 team in the country, these are the type of games players like Washington would do anything to play in. It seems like he will give it a try.

Though attempting to play does not sound promising, it is better than being ruled out entirely.

Kentucky basketball: TyTy Washington will try to play vs. Kansas on Saturday

Though Kentucky is not expected to eke out a win at Allen Fieldhouse, this game could serve as a measuring stick come tournament time. Kansas edges out Baylor as the best team in the Big 12 right now. While Kentucky lost a tough one at Auburn, the Wildcats are within an arm’s reach of the Tigers in SEC play. How this game shakes out could potentially impact tournament seeding.

On the year, Washington is averaging 13.6 points, 4.4 assists and 3.9 rebounds per game in 30.1 minutes per contest for John Calipari. Kentucky is 16-4 on the year and 6-2 in SEC play. While the Wildcats are a dominant 13-0 at Rupp Arena, they are 2-3 on the road this season. Along with the road date at Auburn, this may be the hardest game the Wildcats play heading into the postseason.

If Washington is able to give it a go, then this is a boost for Kentucky’s chances to win as a whole.

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