Arkansas Coach John Pelphrey said Monday that Delvon Johnson, the team’s leading rebounder was “probable” to play against Kentucky on Wednesday despite suffering a hip injury last weekend.
“He’s got a hip pointer,” Pelphrey said. “I guess . . . ‘probable’ is the term. I don’t anticipate him practicing today. I’m not sure how much he’ll even get done tomorrow. So we’ll just have to wait and see.”
Johnson leads Arkansas in rebounding with an average of 7.6 per game. He’s also one of the Hogs’ three players with a double-digit scoring average. He’s averaging 10.0 points.
“We’ll do everything we can to get him ready to go,” Pelphrey said. “He’s a big part of our defense. The game will be played regardless.”
If Johnson cannot play or is limited, Pelphrey said the other players will have to compensate in a collective way.
“We’ll have to be better at every other spot,” he said. “Some guys will have to take it upon themselves to get one or two more apiece. It won’t fall on any one man’s shoulders, especially the guy that goes in there for him. Although that guy will be expected to do his part.”
But Pelphrey said that Johnson’s toughness made it “probable” that the injury would not keep the player on the sideline.
“I would say that a normal human being having that injury would not play,” Pelphrey said. “Delvon Johnson, with who he is, his toughness, with the way that he handles injuries . . . I think with his toughness, he’ll be out there.”