P.J. Washington, a rare sophomore amid Kentucky coach John Calipari's latest batch of fabulous freshmen, sprained his left foot in Kentucky's loss to Tennessee at the SEC tournament.
Washington didn't travel with the team to Jacksonville, Fla., and missed their final workout Wednesday for the NCAA tournament opener against Abilene Christian. He was scheduled to arrive later Wednesday after seeing a foot specialist.
Calipari insisted it was nothing serious, really just an annoyance for the second-seeded Wildcats (27-6).
"If you know me, I'm like, 'Wait a minute, let's go get one more level of this,' " the coach said. "We sent him to the specialist to make sure he can't harm himself. But we expect him to play."
Washington leads Kentucky in scoring (14.8) and rebounding (7.6).
Syracuse senior guard Frank Howard is out "for an indefinite period of time" for violating school policy and will miss the Orange's NCAA tournament opener against Baylor.
The 6-5 Howard lit up social media during the ACC tournament against Duke last week when he appeared to stick his foot out as Blue Devils star Zion Williamson ran by. Howard denied trying to trip Williamson.
Howard had an up-and-down season, but scored 28 points against Duke and played well in the ACC tournament with Tyus Battle out because of an injury. He averages 8.9 points and 2.0 assists.