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November 12, 2012For the second straight game, the Kentucky basketball team is headed into a high-profile matchup with some uncertainty at point guard.
Ryan Harrow, who started at point guard in last Friday's 72-69 win against Maryland despite battling the flu, has been held out of practice since, UK coach John Calipari said in a teleconference Monday morning.
Harrow's status for Tuesday's game against Duke in Atlanta is uncertain.
"Probably should have held him out of that Maryland game," Calipari said. "We've been holding him out of competition until he's 100 percent now and back practice."
Kentucky is scheduled to practice Monday afternoon. If Harrow can participate, Calipari said, he'll make the trip to Atlanta. If he can't, he "probably in all likelihood" won't travel, Calipari said.
If Harrow can't play, the primary point guard duties would fall to shooting guard Archie Goodwin and reserve Jarrod Polson, an unexpected key to the Maryland win.
Polson, a former walk-on, had 10 points and three assists in 22 minutes against the Terrapins in Brooklyn, N.Y.
Calipari said he has "all the confidence in the world" in Polson.
"I've watched him every day in practice go against some of the best players in the country and perform," Calipari said.
As of Monday morning, Calipari also was uncertain about the availability of backup combo guard Julius Mays, who suffered an eye injury against Maryland.
"The eye injury to Julius kept him out of practice yesterday," Calipari said. "I've not seen him today. His eye's closed up on him, so we're trying to see what that means."