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The Latest on Ashton Hagans and Nick Richards

John Calipari
Elliott Hess | UK Athletics

John Calipari met with the media Friday afternoon to preview Kentucky’s matchup with Florida at Rupp Arena on Saturday.

The main topic of the presser was will Ashton Hagans and Nick Richards play vs. Florida after suffering injuries at LSU Tuesday night?

Neither he nor Nick practiced yesterday,” Calipari said. “They’re day-to-day. Both of them.”


Hagans missed the final 7:47 of Tuesday’s win vs. LSU with a left thigh contusion. Richards turned his ankle after stepping on the ball following a dunk. He was able to finish the game.

One encouraging thing is both were dressed to practice while the media were in attendance for Calipari’s presser. Richards told reporters he will practice today and that he is feeling good, but it’s up to Calipari if he plays on Saturday.

Despite only practicing with six players on Thursday, Calipari said the Wildcats had one of their best practices.

“I’ll tell you what, we had one of our best practices with six guys yesterday,” said Calipari. “We went like a full practice, which is our Thursday. The day before, I’m thinking ‘maybe I should back up a little bit.’ Not because of the injuries, because I didn’t know whether they’d practice or not, just that it’s this late. We went two hours and something yesterday. They competed. They got better. They had great body language. We got better yesterday.”

I’m not sure we expected Calipari to come out and say both are playing tomorrow night. Let Mike White and Florida speculate whether or not Kentucky will be at full strength.

You can watch video of Calipari’s press conference below. Video starts around the 3:00 minute mark of the stream.

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