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Willie Cauley-Stein 'doubtful' for Sunday's game with ankle injury

By Jeff Borzello | College Basketball Writer

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Kentucky was able to overcome an injury to Willie Cauley-Stein against Louisville on Friday night, and it seems like the Wildcats will have to do it again on Sunday vs. Michigan.

Cauley-Stein suffered an ankle injury in the first half against Louisville and didn't return.

Head coach John Calipari isn't optimistic that the sophomore will suit up in the regional final.

"He's still in a boot. He's doubtful," Calipari said on Saturday. "He's acting like he thinks he could do something, and I would be stunned if he plays in this game."

Cauley-Stein's length and athleticism inside would have given Kentucky a boost against Michigan's smaller lineup, but Calipari now has to rely more on freshman Dakari Johnson. Johnson was outstanding against Louisville, scoring 15 points and grabbing six rebounds.

He will again be counted on against Michigan.

"But he's saying that he may want to give it a try," Calipari said of Cauley-Stein. "But he hasn't been out of the boot. He went down and hit it pretty good."

The 7-foot Cauley-Stein averaged 6.8 points and 6.1 rebounds this season.

Willie Caley-Stein didn't return to Kentucky's victory over Louisville after injuring his ankle. (USATSI)
Willie Caley-Stein didn't return to Kentucky's victory over Louisville after injuring his ankle. (USATSI)

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