John Calipari says Reid Travis is back for SEC Tournament

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (WYMT) - After three and a half weeks, the Kentucky Wildcats finally have Reid Travis back in the rotation.

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"Every day when I get a sheet I know who’s practicing and who’s not and the sheet always had him out for two and a half weeks," John Calipari said Thursday night. "Then it said full, full, full, full when I looked. So I went to the staff, I said, ‘My sheet said he’s going to go full. Is that right?’ Everybody said we thought yeah, so.”

The Grad-Transfer forward went down on February 19 against Missouri with a sprained knee and didn't play the remainder of the regular season.

John Calipari says that yes, Reid is back, but his number of minutes is still to be determined.

“I don’t know. We’ll let him see," Calipari said. "He’s farther along than I thought.”

Travis is averaging 11.3 points and 6.9 rebounds for the Wildcats while shooting 51.6 percent from the floor and 73.0 percent at the free-throw line. He’s started 23 of 25 games he's played, scored in double figures in 14 of them, and posted four games with 20 or more points. He’s also recorded two double-doubles.

UK went 4-1 without him but his presence was missed in the rematch with Tennessee.

John Calipari has made it known that he's not a fan of conference tournaments, but he says that he will use this weekend as extra preparation for his team for the NCAA Tournament.

“With Reid being out for a few weeks coming back, we just gotta see, are we in sync? Is it going to change some of the stuff we’re doing? But we’ll see. When the game starts, we’ll have a good idea.”