Top-Ranked Kentucky Loses Forward Alex Poythress With Torn ACL

University of Kentucky forward Alex Poythress, the most experienced player on the nation’s top-ranked basketball team, will miss the rest of the season after tearing a knee ligament.

The 6-foot-8 junior tore the anterior cruciate ligament in his left knee yesterday during practice and will have surgery at an undetermined date, according to the school’s athletics website. The standard recovery timetable after ACL surgery is six to eight months.

“I can’t begin to tell you the feeling I have this morning for Alex,” Kentucky coach John Calipari said today on Twitter. “I’m physically sick for him.”

Poythress is averaging 5.5 points and 3.8 rebounds per game for the No. 1 Wildcats (10-0). The 21-year-old from Clarksville, Tennessee, has played in 80 college games, more than any other player on the team.

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