Patterson Out For The Season

LEXINGTON, Ky. (AP) - Kentucky freshman Patrick Patterson will miss the rest of the season because of a stress fracture in his left ankle, the school announced Friday.
Patterson, a blue chip recruit out of West Virginia who leads all Southeastern Conference freshmen by averaging 16 points a game, had the injury confirmed Friday. He will be out approximately eight weeks and is wearing a cast on his foot, the school said.
UK basketball spokesman Scott Stricklin said no one event caused
the injury and that Patterson had been experiencing soreness in his foot, which is why he went to University of Kentucky Hospital for X-rays.
The injury is a huge blow for the Wildcats, who face No. 1 Tennessee on Sunday in a battle for first place in the SEC East.
Patterson, 6-foot-8, has taken the vast majority of Kentucky's shots in the paint. Without him, the Wildcats may have to rely more heavily on sophomore Perry Stevenson, freshman A.J. Stewart and seldom-used junior Jared Carter and freshman Mo Williams.
Kentucky (16-10, 10-3) has three games remaining before the SEC
tournament and may need multiple victories to sneak into the NCAA tournament.
Patterson led Huntington High to three straight West Virginia state championships, the last one alongside fellow phenom O.J. Mayo, who currently plays for Southern Cal.
The three-time SEC freshman of the week was just 54 points away
from breaking Rex Chapman's school record for a freshman with 464
points.
The injury means Kentucky must finish the season without the two
huge recruits that new coach Billy Gillispie persuaded to join the Wildcats. Freshman guard Alex Legion left the team earlier this season.

(Copyright 2008 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)


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  • by chance bender Location: lincoln county on Mar 4, 2008 at 05:54 AM
    i am so sorry for uk loss and i wish him a safe and fast recovery
  • by Adam Location: Clay co. on Mar 3, 2008 at 11:04 PM
    i feel like we still have a good chance we just have to play hard like we always do its the kentucky way of life so what every boduy else say does not mean notting to me because i have faith in the boys in blue
  • by Hey Reality on Mar 3, 2008 at 12:03 PM
    What about the 20 point blowout? You're so smart! LOL!
  • by Get r done on Mar 2, 2008 at 03:23 PM
    Well rat spit, all of the kittens have lost thier mittens.
  • by East Ky. Mom Location: Eastern Ky. on Mar 2, 2008 at 03:15 PM
    Patterson I'm sorry for your injury and I pray that you have a speedy recovery. But come on people, yes he does a great job and has really shined for the cats but not does one person make a team! You people think that the cats can't do anything as a team!! They just need to step it up and fill the gap of Patterson and they will be fine. They have struggled for awhile and it will take a while to get our team up to steam but it will happen. CHILL!!! Go Cats!!! You're the greatest!!
  • by sharon johnson Location: irvine on Mar 2, 2008 at 08:48 AM
    go big blue.pp is a great player but he is not the whole uk team.we still have a good chance for ncaa seat.go beat ut. go with a winning mind set.love my cats. love our billy.
  • by SANDY Location: CORBIN on Mar 1, 2008 at 07:54 PM
    Oh, yea of little faith!.We are a better team with Patrick, and he is such a nice young man, and I wish him a speedy recovery, but I think those who have not been able to play much can now have their turn. Somebody once said show up ready to play, you never know when you will be needed. Somebody also once said if you think you are defeated, then you already are. Don't count the Cats out just yet! Play your very best, then you have absolutely nothing to be ashamed of.
  • by Reality Location: KY on Mar 1, 2008 at 11:46 AM
    There is no way in anywhere bad you can think of that UK will get into the NCAA -- I'd be surprised if they don't get beat by 20 points or more for the next three games. These days you MUST have one stand-out player or you might as well just let the other team use your floor for practice. Patterson was the ONLY stand-out player they've got. Now that he's out, there's no way they're getting in. As for the NIT, it's a booby prize. I'd not waste my time or money on it for anything. I agree that we all need to wish Patrick the best and all the hope in the world that he heals up well and soon. But the truth hurts just as bad as his ankle -- the other players on the team are not of his caliber and they're not ABLE to step up and beat these other teams. We should just use our blue to hold our breath and wait for next year to begin.
  • by Barb Location: Clay City on Mar 1, 2008 at 09:53 AM
    THANKS PATTERSON, You have done a great job for us but I understand there comes a time when big people must step down. We are going to miss you but hope to see you on the sidelines leading the cats on to a victory. GREAT JOB BILLY G. GO CATS!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
  • by LR Location: Keavy on Mar 1, 2008 at 05:40 AM
    It is a very sad occasion, I pray that this will not destroy Patterson's chances in the future. He is an outstanding ball player and it will not be easy to watch him sitting on the bench, but I believe Coach Gillispie and the rest of the boys can pull us through. There is no guarantee that any player will be there tomorrow. We should all be aware of that by now. I will always be a UK fan, win or lose. Our team has done an outstanding job so far, considering all of the injuries they have faced so far, and I think they will continue to do so. So, thank you coach Gillispie and all of the team. You will always be awesome in my eyes.

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