Dontaie Allen out for Kentucky basketball versus Western Kentucky

LEXINGTON – Kentucky basketball sophomore guard Dontaie Allen is unavailable for the Wildcats versus Western Kentucky.

Whereas a UK spokesman didn’t have an replace on Allen’s standing earlier than the sport, the previous Mr. Kentucky basketball was the one Wildcat to not take part in pregame warmups. He watched the early warmups from the bench then stayed within the locker room for Kentucky’s second warmup session. At one level throughout warmups, Allen was noticed speaking with a member of UK’s medical employees, however the faculty has but to substantiate an damage.

Allen returned to the court docket simply earlier than pregame introductions however stood behind the ball rack giving his teammates excessive fives whereas they warmed up for the ultimate time.

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The previous Pendleton County Excessive College star has appeared in 7 of 10 video games this season however has but to play towards one of many Wildcats’ high-major opponents. He didn’t play in every of the final two video games towards Notre Dame and North Carolina.

UK coach John Calipari advised the Lexington Herald-Chief after the sport towards North Carolina in Las Vegas that he provided to play Allen on the remaining minutes when he inserted UK’s three walk-ons into the sport however Allen declined to play. Calipari stated he was nice with that call.

Allen averaged 5.1 factors and a couple of.4 rebounds per sport in UK’s seven-game homestand between the season-opening loss to Duke and the loss at Notre Dame. Thought-about probably the greatest shooters on UK’s roster, Allen hit simply 6 of 27 (22.2%) 3-point makes an attempt throughout that stretch.

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Calipari has repeatedly stated Allen’s path to minutes includes providing constant contributions elsewhere when his shot is just not falling.

“Dontaie could be a game-changer for us to go within the sport and have nice confidence as a result of he did one thing defensively,” Calipari stated earlier this season. “He blocked it. And swiftly, he will get a shot and, bang, he will get one other shot, bang. And swiftly, the sport modifications. There’s a spot for him.”

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