Posted by Matt Jones
An unfortunate series of injuries for Louisville Coach Rick Pitino became even worse this afternoon when he announced that Rakeem Buckles would be out at least two weeks with a finger fracture that occurred during practice this week. Buckles had figured to be a key component for Louisville in its rivalry game against Kentucky and his loss cuts down on one of the major advantages Pitino's club figured to have, its depth. Pitino said the injury was a freak incident and hoped that Buckles would be back soon, even though he would miss the rivalry battle.
For Louisville, it is the latest in an injury plague that has seen starter Jared Swopshire lost for the year an reserves Mike Marra and Elisha Justice lost in the last two weeks. This has caused a team that once was ten players deep and had the ability to matchup with its opponents in a myriad of different ways, to now play with only seven and much more limited in its style of play. With the game versus Kentucky likely to be called very tightly by the referees due to the physical nature of last year's contest, depth figured to be an important advantage for Pitino's club. But now both teams come into the game equally thin and hoping to avoid whistles that could cause important playing time for players who rarely have seen the court.