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John Calipari Updates Injury Status Of Jarred Vanderbilt

Coach Cal blowing a whistle

INDIANAPOLIS, IN - APRIL 03: Head coach John Calipari of the Kentucky Wildcats looks on during practice for the NCAA Men's Final Four at Lucas Oil Stadium on April 3, 2015 in Indianapolis, Indiana. (Photo by Joe Robbins/Getty Images)

Kentucky's men's basketball team begins its 2018 NCAA Tournament run on Thursday afternoon. The Wildcats are set to take on Davidson.

Unfortunately, John Calipari's team will be without one of its top freshmen. Jarred Vanderbilt isn't going to be playing.

Kentucky's head coach said today that Vanderbilt, a 6-foot-9 forward, did not practice today. He will not be playing against Davidson.

It's unlikely that Vanderbilt will play in Kentucky's second round game if the Wildcats advance past Davidson.

"He wants to play. At the end of the day I’ve got to make a decision, and right now I just don’t think it’s in the best interest of him or us," Coach Cal says.

Vanderbilt has averaged 5.9 points and 7.9 rebounds a game for the Wildcats so far this season.

Calipari says his freshman forward is at about "80 percent" health.

Kentucky and Davidson are set to tip off 7:10 p.m. E.T. on Thursday. The game will be on CBS.