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Kentucky's star frosh to miss rest of season

Associated Press
If Kentucky gets to the NCAA Tournament, it will be without Patrick Patterson and his 16 points and eight rebounds per game.

Associated Press If Kentucky gets to the NCAA Tournament, it will be without Patrick Patterson and his 16 points and eight rebounds per game.

LEXINGTON, Ky. — When Kentucky's Patrick Patterson returned from his doctor visit wearing a cast on his left foot, teammate Joe Crawford thought it was a prank.

"Stop playing," Crawford told him. "It isn't April Fool's yet."

But Patterson wasn't joking. The tough reality for Kentucky fans is that the star big man — one of two Southeastern Conference freshmen averaging more than 16 points — will miss the rest of the season because of a stress fracture in his left ankle.

Patterson, who was wearing the cast at a news conference Friday night, said he had been experiencing some discomfort in his foot since Tuesday and decided to go in for X-rays. When they revealed the bad news, Patterson said he cried.

"I thought I was letting down my teammates," Patterson said. "I really wanted to be out there, just being an additional threat."

The injury is a huge blow for the Wildcats (16-10, 10-3), who face No. 1 Tennessee on Sunday in a battle for first in the SEC East.

"Tough day for us," Gillispie said. "He means so much to our team as a player and person. I have not been around a freshman that has been asked to do more and has done more for a team since day one."

FSU: Senior guard Isaiah Swann had reconstructive surgery on his left knee, ending the possibility that he could still play with a torn ACL.

Swann, who was averaging 11.8 points and was among the top 3-point shooters in the ACC (54 of 139, 38.8 percent), injured his knee during the first half of a win at Miami on Feb. 6.

Wooden injured in fall: John Wooden broke his left wrist and collarbone in a fall, leaving the former UCLA coach hospitalized in Los Angeles.

Daughter Nan Muehlhausen said Wooden, 97, fell in his condominium Thursday night. She said he was resting comfortably in a hospital.

Women

No. 7 Stanford 73, Wash. 53: JJ Hones scored eight of her 16 during a 12-0 run to start the second half, Candice Wiggins had 22 points and the visiting Cardinal cruised to its 14th straight victory. Wiggins has 2,400 career points, pulling within 14 of Lisa Leslie's Pac-10 record of 2,414.

No. 9 Cal 61, Wash. St. 47: Devanei Hampton scored 16 and Ashley Walker added 15, helping the visiting Bears (24-4) tie the school record for victories in a season.

Staff writer Brian Landman contributed to this report.

Kentucky's star frosh to miss rest of season 02/29/08 [Last modified: Thursday, October 28, 2010 9:21am]
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