Kentucky Wildcats forward Willie Cauley-Stein (left) controls a rebound against Louisville Cardinals forward/center Mangok Mathiang (12) in the first half in the semifinals of the midwest regional of the 2014 NCAA Mens Basketball Championship tournament at Lucas Oil Stadium.
INDIANAPOLIS — Kentucky will likely be without 7-foot sophomore Willie Cauley-Stein for Sunday’s Midwest Regional final vs. Michigan.
Cauley-Stein suffered an ankle injury in the first half of Friday night’s win over Louisville and did not return. On Saturday, Kentucky coach John Calipari said Cauley-Stein "is still in a boot" and is "doubtful" for Sunday’s game.
The Wildcats are starting five freshmen, but Cauley-Stein started for much of the year and has often been the first player off the bench. He came into the Louisville game averaging 7.0 points, 6.2 rebounds and 2.9 blocks on the season.
If he can’t play, Kentucky will certainly miss his athleticism on the boards and around the basket.
"We have to prepare if Willie won’t play which means we have to tweak our offense a little bit and we have to tweak our defense a little bit," Calipari said. "Hopefully he can limp in there but maybe he can’t. Not having him certainly changes what we have to do."