On Saturday afternoon just moments before tip off against Florida, Kentucky head coach John Calipari announced point guard Ashton Hagans did not make the trip.
Earlier this week, Hagans made headlines after he reportedly refused to check back into Kentucky's upset loss to Tennessee. Calipari did not address the incident before the game, but said Hagans asked "to step away for a couple days for personal reasons."
Without Hagans on the floor Saturday afternoon, the Wildcats struggled. After trailing by 18 points with under 12 minutes left in the second half, Kentucky mounted an insane comeback to win 71-70.
Following the comeback win, Calipari why Hagans decided to take some time away from the program. "Just personal. He came up and said, 'I'm in a bad way.' Here's what I'd say about these kids," Calipari said. "What is on these players, he clutter they gotta deal with, not being able to stay in the moment, the anxiety, worrying about (NBA)."
He said he expects the young guard to be back for the SEC Tournament, but clarified that the two haven't talked about it.
Hagans is the fourth-leading scorer on the team, but he provides much more than just an offensive punch.
He's one of the best defending guards on the team and leads the team in assists.
Next up for Kentucky is the SEC Tournament.