In a blow to the Kentucky Wildcats, they’ll be taking on the Florida Gators tonight without key players DJ Wagner and Justin Edwards, as confirmed by coach John Calipari during a pregame radio segment. This last-minute development has prompted adjustments in the starting lineup, with Reed Sheppard and Adou Thiero stepping in, and Ugonna Onyenso making his first start in lieu of Aaron Bradshaw.
This marks the second game missed for Wagner this season, the first being the home loss to UNC-Wilmington. While Edwards battled a knee injury in the previous game against Arkansas, he suited up and played nine minutes; however, this game will see him absent for the first time this season.
Calipari confirms DJ Wagner (ankle) and Justin Edwards are out tonight. Reed Sheppard and Adou Thiero will start in their places. https://t.co/BH94YNOiAm
— Tyler Thompson (@MrsTylerKSR) February 1, 2024
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— Kentucky Men’s Basketball (@KentuckyMBB) February 1, 2024
The Wildcats faced a tough challenge in their initial matchup against Florida, requiring an Aaron Bradshaw 3-pointer to secure a late lead. With key players sidelined, the team is emphasizing a collective effort as they strive for victory tonight. The Wildcats are gearing up for a demanding contest, aiming for a unified performance to clinch the win. Let the game unfold.