We’re less than a week away from the return of college basketball. On Tuesday, the Kentucky Wildcats will face the Michigan State Spartans in the State Farm Champions Classic.
Kentucky enters the 2019-20 season as the No. 2 team in the country. John Calipari has a bunch of returning players, such as Ashton Hagans, EJ Montgomery and Nick Richards.
However, it appears one of those returning players for the Wildcats could miss the season opener against the Spartans.
According to Ben Roberts of the Lexington Herald-Leader, Kentucky has listed Richards as day-to-day with a sprained left ankle.
The timing of this injury is brutal for Richards, who enters his junior season for the Wildcats.
We’ll find out soon enough if it’ll affect his status for Tuesday’s contest.
Nick Richards is officially listed as day-to-day with a sprained left ankle, UK just announced. Cats open season against No. 1 Michigan State on Tuesday night.
— Ben Roberts (@BenRobertsHL) October 31, 2019
Richards could have left for the NBA Draft, but the five-star center decided to return to Kentucky for another season.
Last year, Richards averaged 4.0 points and 3.3 rebounds per game. He’ll try to improve those numbers and his draft stock in his junior campaign. But first, he’ll have to be cleared for next week’s season opener.
Tipoff is set for 9:30 p.m. ET from Madison Square Garden. It should be an outstanding game between two of the best programs in college hoops.