By LARRY VAUGHT
Kentucky coach John Calipari told ESPN Friday that it would be a game-time decision on whether freshman point guard De’Aaron Fox plays at Florida Saturday night.
Fox missed UK’s overtime win over Georgia Tuesday because of the flu.
Senior Mychal Mulder has been out for over two weeks with an undisclosed illness.
Assistant coach Joel Justus did not offer any real clues about whether either would play at Florida during Friday’s media opportunity.
“We’re going through practice today. We’ll see where everybody is. Regardless of who plays, as you know, we’ll put our best team out there,” Justus said before indicating that he did not know if the two players would practice.
Freshman Sacha Killeya-Jones also missed Tuesday’s game with the same illness.
“We’ve had guys out. We’ve had guys out of practice. I mean, it’s a college basketball season and those things happen,” Justus said. “You just look across the country at teams that are losing good players for the season or losing guys for games. It’s a bit of a thing of attrition.
“For us – I think in the big picture we’ve been generally lucky when you talk about some of the guys other teams have lost.”
Because of the illness, Kentucky has taken precautions to try and keep other players from getting sick.
“Even away from the gym, I have friends that are getting sick and stuff so it’s just one of those things that’s going around. But we had the lodge sanitized, the stuff around here has been cleaned. Just taking that extra precaution I guess,” Tai Wynyard said.
“It’s just kind of annoying at times, having cleaners in your room and all that kind of stuff. It’s just a bit different, having them all around, but it’s all good. You gotta do what you gotta do and you just gotta get through it,” Derek Willis said.