John Calipari’s highly anticipated three-guard lineup might not be ready to go for Kentucky’s season opener against Albany on Friday night.
Freshman Isaiah Briscoe — part of a backcourt that includes fellow freshman Jamal Murray and sophomore Tyler Ulis — is “day to day” with a bruised knee after bumping into teammate Dominique Hawkins during practice this week.
“I don’t know if he will go Friday or Saturday,” Calipari said during his Thursday presser. “He might.”
The Wildcats have two games in two days this weekend, with NJIT visiting Rupp Arena on Saturday after Albany skips town.
Then, it’s off to Chicago for a huge test against Duke at the United Center.
“I just wanted more time between that Duke game, and that may be a mistake,” Calipari said of the back-to-back scheduling. “We could lose that second game and you say, ‘How do you like that now?’ I’ll say, ‘We probably shouldn’t have done it that way.’ We just wanted a little more space between that game.”
Briscoe is expected to be a big cog in Calipari’s gameplan this season. The 19-year-old New Jersey product was the nation’s No. 12 prospect coming out of Roselle Catholic.
He’s part of another impressive freshman class that includes fellow 5-stars Murray and Skal Labissiere, as well as 4-stars Charles Matthews, Isaac Humphries and Mychal Mulder.