Students React To Alex Poythress’ Torn ACL

Some University of Kentucky students are already lined up, hoping to get front row tickets in the Eruption Zone for Saturday’s basketball game against the North Carolina Tarheels.
 
Student Sal Olivet said he was saddened to learn that Alex Poythress’ tore the anterior cruciate ligament in his left knee at practice on Thursday.
 
"It’s gonna hurt.  It’s gonna hurt the platoon system we have going," said Olivet.
 
Poythress had averaged 5.5 points and 3.8 rebounds per game, along with playing in the most games at 80.
 
"He brings a lot of energy to the team. He’s going to be missed," said Olivet.
 
The athletic department said he will miss the rest of the season. They also said there is no set date for surgery, but that normal recovery time is six to eight months.
 
Head coach John Calipari wrote an article on his webhsite titled, "Heartbroken for Alex."
 
Calipari wrote, "I can’t begin to tell you the feeling when someone gets hurt." He then referenced his son’s own ACL surgery, saying he was physically sick during that. He wrote he feels the same way for Poythress.
 
Teammate Aaron Harrison also posted a photo of Poythress on Instagram, calling him a best friend and saying he will come back even stronger.
 
"Hopefully he will be able to come back this season," said Olivet.
 
Poythress missed two of the Wildcats’ ten games this season due to tonsillitis. 
 
Calipari will meet with the media around 2:15 p.m. Friday.
 
Saturday’s game against UNC is at Rupp Arena at noon.

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