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P.J. Washington Expects To Play Sunday vs. Auburn

PJ Washington takes a shot against Tennessee.

KNOXVILLE, TENNESSEE - MARCH 02: PJ Washington #25 of the Kentucky Wildcats shoots the ball in the game against the Tennessee Volunteers at Thompson-Boling Arena on March 02, 2019 in Knoxville, Tennessee. (Photo by Andy Lyons/Getty Images)

Leading up to Friday's big Sweet 16 contest against Houston, Kentucky fans were waiting in limbo to hear whether star big man P.J. Washington, who was dealing with a foot injury, would be available for the Wildcats. He was, and Kentucky prevailed.

Washington, arguably Kentucky's best player all season, scored 16 points in 26 minutes to help the Wildcats knock off the Cougars. It's fair to assume that if he had not played, Kentucky would be out of the NCAA Tournament.

Sunday, Kentucky will surely need Washington if it wants to knock off red-hot Auburn in the Elite Eight. It looks like he'll be ready to go.

Washington told reporters on Saturday that he expects to play in the contest.

It's unclear if Washington will start - he did not on Friday night. But as long as he's available, he'll be a huge asset against the Tigers.

Washington averaged 14.8 points and 7.2 rebounds per contest this year.

Kentucky and Auburn are set to do battle at 2:20 PM ET on CBS.