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Could Kentucky guard Jarrod Polson have a chance to play significant minutes against Maryland?

Kentucky's Jared Polson drives past Ryan Harrow during Big Blue Madness. (Clay Jackson photo)

Kentucky’s Jared Polson drives past Ryan Harrow during Big Blue Madness. (Clay Jackson photo)


LEXINGTON — Guards Ryan Harrow and Julius Mays both likely will not be 100 percent when Kentucky opens the season Friday night against Maryland. Before the Wildcats left for Brooklyn Thursday, Calipari said that Harrow, the starting point guard, missed Wednesday’s practice “with some sort of flu” and that Mays “took the day off to make sure his leg” was okay after straining his knee in Monday’s win over Transylvania.

“There was nothing structurally or anything wrong, but he didn’t practice,” said Calipari of Mays.

If Harrow and Mays can’t play or are limited, Calipari said either freshman Archie Goodwin or junior Jarrod Polson would run the point.

“It’s not like we don’t have enough at point, but you are limited in players. It is starting to get down to numbers and I don’t think in a game like that with excitement and anxiety you can play 40 minutes. It’s just the numbers game,” the Kentucky coach said. “Jarrod looked pretty good (in practice), and I think Jarrod will be fine if we had to play him. The other guys worked pretty hard. We are what we are right now.”

Calipari said the staff would be “comfortable” if Polson had to play “significant minutes” against Maryland.

“He is not going to be like the guy trying to get 30 points, but he has some size with him, he has some toughness with him, he will make open shots,” Calipari said. “I think he is dying for an opportunity, which is what you want from a player.”

Calipari has not been pleased with Harrow’s overall play and lack of aggressiveness at times during preseason practices and games. However, Maryland coach Mark Turgeon sees no problems with Harrow’s play.

“Knowing John, I would expect him to be really hard on him. I am sure he was disappointed last year in Marquis Teague and he was a first rounder (in the NBA draft),” Turgeon said. “I think Ryan is really good. He is an unbelievable scorer. He makes is look easy. He creates a lot of opportunities for players around him. John might think he shoots too much or is too loose with the ball, but he looks pretty darn good to me.”

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    Throw him out there, it’s the first game…not the last. He may surprise some folks.

  2. grant

    ya give him a shot. i will guarantee one thing , he could hardly be in awe of the talent level of maryland, he has practiced against the best college basketball players since he has been at uk and essentially future pros’.. i hope he does well.

  3. Karen Sprinkle

    I think Jarrod would do great. He’s a steady, smart player who knows the plays and, much like Julius, could be a stabilizing influence on this young team.

    1. larryvaught

      would like to see Polson get some quality time as well

  4. Ian Kage

    Polson seems hungry to show what he can do. Would love to see the kid get some meaningful minutes.

    1. larryvaught

      I agree Ian. I want to see what he can do as well

  5. LindaS

    I think he should be in too. He has earned his chance, look at the players he has played with for the past 3 years. The boy deserves some credit, respect and love. He could probably out coach Cal, he has seen him up close so often.

    I hope y’all enjoy the game tomorrow night. I’m going to a wedding, no not mine! I can’t imagine why someone would get married on a game night much less get married during the basketball season. If I did not think so much of this gentleman I would not go. I hope to be home by halftime. GO CATS! LIVIN’ BLUE AND LOVIN’ IT!

    1. larryvaught

      Linda, don’t you be sneaking out to check the game score

      1. John

        Larry, you should hook LindaS up with your Droid.

        1. larryvaught

          I have a Samsung Galaxy Stellar now that is even faster, more efficient. Linda could watch the game and pretend she was watching the wedding

          1. Karen Sprinkle

            Except for when she blurted out “yessss” or “three” in a solemn moment…… :-)

  6. LindaS

    I keep saying there is too much technology and now I wish I had an iphone or something to watch the game. I’m going to take my kindle and hope they have wifi! Let us hope if I can get the game, the game goes will and the evil twin sister does not appear. No one that will be at the wedding has ever seen her! Lord Help Them! Larry, I”ll meet you in Frankfort in 45 minutes, bring me your Galaxy Stellar! LOL I really wish someone would adopt during b-ball season so I could have tickets and all the good things! GO CATS! Livin’ Blue & Lovin’ It!

  7. John

    Thumbs up to Larry!
    You gave us the insight to what Jared’s role could be going into the game.
    Jared Polson and Larry Vaught, two great Kentuckians. Salute.

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