With a trip to the Elite Eight at stake tonight for Kentucky, the status of PJ Washington is still unclear. However, the latest update isn't exactly encouraging for the superstar forward.
Kentucky squeaked past Wofford in the Round of 32, but it might not be able to handle Houston without its leading scorer. Washington provides the Wildcats with an elite scoring option that can create his own shot inside the paint and around the perimeter.
Unlike past opponents, the Cougars present a real threat to the Wildcats in this tournament. Senior guard Corey Davis Jr. has put together back-to-back quality performance for Houston.
While John Calipari would love to have Washington on the floor tonight, Kentucky might have to deploy another platoon between Nick Richards and EJ Montgomery.
According to college basketball insider Seth Davis, it sounds doubtful that Washington will play in the Sweet 16.
In the event that he is available for tonight, he probably won't be extremely effective for Kentucky.
If Kentucky doesn't have Washington against Houston, then Tyler Herro and Keldon Johnson need to step up. The freshmen duo have the ability to carry the Wildcats on offense at any given moment.
Nonetheless, the absence of Washington could ultimately prevent Kentucky from reaching the Elite Eight.
The sophomore forward averaged 14.8 points and 7.5 rebounds per game during the regular season.
We'll keep you updated on Washington's status for tonight as additional details emerge in the coming hours.