Kentucky forward Alex Poythress suffers serious knee injury
The Wildcats will reportedly be without their junior forward for the rest of the season.
Kentucky forward Alex Poythress has suffered a serious knee injury, which WKYT is reporting as a torn ACL. Poythress is the starting small forward on the 10-0 Wildcats, who enter their Saturday night matchup with North Carolina as the unanimous No. 1 team in the country.
Poythress qualifies as an elder statesman as one of two juniors on Kentucky along with center Willie Cauley-Stein. The 6’8, 240-pound wing was averaging 5.5 points and 3.8 rebounds per game for Kentucky during its undefeated start.
Kentucky is widely considered the deepest team in America with a 10-man platoon rotation that includes nine former McDonald’s All-Americans. Without Poythress available, Kentucky will likely be more reliant on freshmen Trey Lyles and Devin Booker.
Kentucky last played on Wednesday against Columbia, a game in which the Wildcats trailed at the half by two points but would come back to win by 10. The schedule will only get more difficult before SEC play begins. Kentucky’s next three games are against the Tar Heels, UCLA and Louisville.