Sidelines with John Clay

Live updates: Kentucky 79, Abilene Christian 44

Without leading scorer and rebounder PJ Washington, Kentucky starts its NCAA Tournament journey on Thursday night against Abilene Christian in a Midwest Region first-round game.

UK coach John Calipari tweeted Thursday morning that Washington has a hard cast on his sprained foot and would not play against the No. 15 seed from the Southland Conference. Kentucky is the No. 2 seed.

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