Patterson Injury Changes Everything

The Kentucky Wildcats have gone from a pre-season disaster to SEC contender in the course of Billy Gillespie's first season in Lexington. A lot of that improvement came on the broad shoulders of freshman forward Patrick Patterson.

If Kentucky is to continue the run at an NCAA Tournament bid they will have to do so without the talented big man.

Kentucky announced late Friday that Patterson would miss the rest of the season due to a stress fracture in his ankle. Patterson is Kentucky's second leading scorer (16.4) and top rebounder (7.7) even though he has had to battle on his own against more experienced SEC front lines.

Kentucky heads to Knoxville for a Sunday afternoon game with Tennessee and will now be a huge underdog. With a 16-10 record and 10-3 SEC mark, the ‘Cats still have much work to do to earn an NCAA bid. That work just got a whole lot tougher.

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