Losing Patterson Is Big Blow For UK

By Josh Herwitt - February 29, 2008

If Billy Gillispie thought the first two months of this season were tough, it just might have got even tougher for the first-year Kentucky coach.

Kentucky school officials announced Friday that freshman star Patrick Patterson will not play the rest of the season after suffering a stress fracture in his left ankle.

While the 6-foot-8 forward currently has a cast on his foot and is set to be out roughly eight weeks, Kentucky will try to find a way to continue its four-game winning streak when the Wildcats visit top-ranked -- well, not for long -- Tennessee for first place in the SEC East.

Patterson, having been the favorite for SEC Freshman of the Year honors, was averaging 16 points and eight rebounds per game for Kentucky (16-10 overall, 10-3 SEC), which finishes up conference play in Knoxville followed by a game at South Carolina next Wednesday and then at home against Florida March 9.

Posted by Josh Herwitt at 03:30 PM on February 29, 2008

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