INDIANAPOLIS (WDRB) — The most closely watched health statuses in the state of Kentucky checked in on Thursday, and both declared themselves ready for competition.
Kentucky freshman point guard Andrew Harrison hyperextended his right elbow against Kansas State, but still roared back to score 20 points in UK's win over Wichita State.
Louisville senior All-American Russ Smith jammed his left thumb against Manhattan, but still came back to score 11 points and dish out seven assists against Saint Louis.
Harrison said he was so sore the day after the Wichita State win that he could barely lift his right elbow. But on Thursday, he said he's only a little sore and said he expects to start and play against Louisville in their Sweet 16 matchup in Lucas Oil Stadium.
"It's definitely getting better," Harrison said. "It's still a little sore, but I'm icing it, it's fine. I'll keep wearing the brace, and it has a pad on it so if I do hit it again it won't really affect it."
Smith's injury was a little harder to define. Not only was his thumb bothering him, but he said he had a banged up leg and was tired in general after the Cards' second game in Orlando.
On Thursday, however, he said he's well-rested, though he stopped short of proclaiming his left thumb 100 percent.
"Anyone who has had a thumb injury like that knows how it is," Smith said. "But it's nothing medical. I felt like I was able to get rested this week and I'm just ready to play a game. It's seemed like a long wait this week, but we're very ready to play."