Kentucky and Florida are likely battling for the SEC regular-season championship on Saturday at Rupp Arena, but the Wildcats are unsure if one of their starters will be available for the game.
Freshman point guard De'Aaron Fox did not practice on Thursday due to a bruised knee he sustained in Tuesday night's win over Missouri, UK coach John Calipari revealed during his Friday press conference.
"He didn't practice yesterday. Did a little bit of stuff, but I haven't been in there yet (to check on his current status)" Calipari said. "I would guess he'll be a game-time decision."
Fox collided with teammate Wenyen Gabriel and was briefly twisted in an awkward manner in the second half of the Cats' 72-62 win at Missouri. He as able to finish the game, however, and scored several key baskets down the stretch before experiencing lingering soreness the last two days.
"It's not sprained or anything," Calipari said. "Just bruised."
Fox is averaging 15.5 points, 4.2 rebounds and 5.3 assists per game for No. 11 Kentucky (23-5, 13-2 SEC). Calipari said he was not sure who would start in Fox's place if he is not able to play, but conceded that senior Dominique Hawkins would be one solid option.
The Gators have also been dealing with their own health issues, including a season-ending knee injury to center John Egbunu.
No. 13 Florida (23-5, 13-2 SEC) defeated UK 88-66 on Feb. 4 in Gainesville with Egbunu in the lineup. He had eight points and seven rebounds in the first matchup.