Jen Smith on Basketball

UK’s Mitchell ‘100 percent’ after surgery

It wasn’t posting up against one of his own players or scrambling for a loose ball that caused Matthew Mitchell to require knee surgery this week.

It was something much more mundane: a puddle.

“I was hopping over a rain puddle and landing on a slick sidewalk,” Mitchell explained of his injury that required surgery on his torn right meniscus. “I did stick the landing, if I can mention, but a little bobble in the knee there.”

Mitchell assured that his messed up knee, which requires no brace or pain medication, will not affect his coaching when the No. 8 Cats face No. 13 Duke at Rupp Arena on Sunday night.

“I am 100 percent,” he told reporters on Friday with a smile. “Did a great job staying fit before the surgery, bounced right back.”

But will it affect his dancing abilities at the next Big Blue Madness, where he’s been known to do a little James Brown, a little Michael Jackson and more each October?

“I don’t know if it will improve it, but I’ll still be able to do it,” he said. “There’s not much improving on my dancing you can do.”