Kentucky has hardly needed its star sophomore guard the last two games, 101-70 and 111-76 wins, respectively.
But Isaiah Briscoe’s back problems have persisted, and now he will undergo an MRI to try to get to the bottom of the issue, coach John Calipari said after Friday night’s win over UT-Martin.
“They’re surprised it’s still bothering him,” Calipari said.
Calipari says Isaiah Briscoe to have MRI on his back tonight. "They're surprised it's still bothering him." Says "let's hope" it's clear.
— Kyle Tucker (@KyleTucker_AJC) November 26, 2016
After averaging 9.6 points per game in 32 minutes as a freshman last season, Briscoe had upped his output considerably in his second season before injuring his back. Through the Wildcats’ first three games this season, Briscoe needed only 28 minutes a game to average 18 points.
But the back problems have kept him out the last two. Now, it looks like it could be even longer, depending on what the MRI shows.
Although Kentucky hasn’t needed Briscoe for games against UT-Martin and Cleveland State, it schedule gets tougher going forward. The Wildcats travel to the Bahamas to face Arizona State on Monday, then host UCLA that Saturday.