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Andrew Harrison's hyperextended elbow won't keep him from playing Sunday, he says


ST. LOUIS — Kentucky point guard Andrew Harrison hyperextended his arm near the end of the No. 8-seeded Wildcats’ 56-49 win over No. 9 Kansas State in their NCAA Tournament opener Friday, but he said he didn’t expect the injury would affect his status heading in to a round-of-32 matchup against No. 1 Wichita State on Sunday.
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Harrison suffered the injury swiping for a steal with 1:14 to play and Kentucky leading 53-40. He came out of the game and appeared to be in pain, but he re-entered the game with 24 seconds left when the Wildcats’ lead had been narrowed to six points.

 

To that point in the game, Harrison had only been subbed out once, getting a brief breather midway through the second half. The Wildcats’ point guard finished with seven points, five assists, five rebounds and six turnovers.

 

Harrison was adamant the injury wasn’t too bad, and it wouldn’t keep him from playing Sunday.

 

“Oh man, no. I’ll get another arm or something. I’ll be all right,” he said.

 

He scored his first point before the game even started. Kansas State walk-on Brian Rohleder was given a Class B technical foul for dunking during pre-game layup lines. The NCAA rule states that players cannot dunk in pre-game warmups once the clock says the game will begin in 20 minutes. When Rohleder dunked during a layup line, the pre-game clock read 19:58.

 

Before the opening tip, Andrew Harrison shot two free throws. He missed the first—he nearly airballed it short—and made the second, then Kentucky won the tipoff.


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