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Kentucky Basketball: Ryan Harrow out for Game Against Duke

LEXINGTON, KY - NOVEMBER 05:  Ryan Harrow #12 of the Kentucky Wildcats dribbles the ball during the exhibition game against the Transylvania Pioneers at Rupp Arena on November 5, 2012 in Lexington, Kentucky.  (Photo by Andy Lyons/Getty Images)
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Nick NafpliotisCorrespondent INovember 13, 2012

Ryan Harrow has been ruled out for the Kentucky Wildcats' Tuesday-night matchup against Duke. Dick Vitale tweeted at 8 p.m. this evening that UK would be without their starting point guard when they face the Blue Devils for the first time since 2001.

Harrow's status has been up in the air since the season began due to a flu virus that he has been fighting. The effects of his illness showed in the Wildcats' first game against Maryland, which saw Harrow only play 10 very ineffective and lethargic minutes.

It now looks like Archie Goodwin will spend a majority of the game running the point, with Jarrod Polson once again getting a chance to see significant minutes off the bench.

While Goodwin is a more than capable point guard, he is also currently the Wildcats' best scoring option. Having him run and direct the offense rather than work off of Kentucky's ball distribution will greatly limit the team's scoring potential.

While Polson's heroics against Maryland were very impressive (and made for a great story line), his poise and potential to provide valuable minutes off the bench will be put to just about the toughest test imaginable this early in the season.

It's also worth mentioning that Harrow had already played Duke twice in his career, giving the young UK squad some semblance of a veteran presence on the floor against what should be a very intimidating opponent. The Wildcats still have the talent to beat the Blue Devils, but there will need to be an enormous amount of improvement in their rebounding and perimeter defense since Friday if there is going to be any chance of that happening.

 

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