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Jarred Vanderbilt turned into one of the best rebounders in college basketball in just 14 games. Now he's injured again. How serious is it and should Kentucky fans be worried?

Kentucky Wildcats podcast: Injury update on Jarred Vanderbilt, Tony Delk talks SEC Tournament

LEXINGTON, Ky. — There was big news Wednesday as the Kentucky basketball team hit the road to St. Louis for the SEC Tournament. Freshman forward Jarred Vanderbilt suffered an injury in practice this week and his status is “day to day.”

So what does that mean for the Wildcats’ postseason hopes?

Host Curtis Burch and beat writer Kyle Tucker break down the injury — how serious is it? — and UK legend Tony Delk also joins Curtis to talk about his favorite SEC Tournament memories and impressions of the current Cats. The rundown:

  • Delk, the 1996 SEC Player of the Year, played in four consecutive SEC title games and won three of them. He has some fun memories of the league tournament. (Oddly enough, UK lost the title game to Mississippi State his senior season … then won the national title.)
  • What does Delk think of his alma mater’s chances to win the SEC Tournament this year and make a deep run in the NCAA Tournament?
  • Kyle broke the news of Vanderbilt’s injury early Wednesday and followed up later in the afternoon with sources who had some encouraging details: The injury was not to his left foot, which has been injured three times since high school and kept him out of the first 17 games this season. We’re told it is an ankle injury and not considered serious.
  • So what does this mean for the Cats? Should they hold Vanderbilt out of action this week in St. Louis regardless and have him as healthy as possible for the only tournament that really matters starting next week? (SPOILER: Yes.)
  • Curtis gives expert video analysis of a clip that showed Vanderbilt hobbling through the hotel lobby Wednesday night. Based on this glimmer of visual evidence, Curtis nails down a definitive diagnosis that is very medically sound and should therefore be trusted completely. (SPOILER: Not really.)

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