Kentucky's Washington out vs. Abilene Christian with foot sprain
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Kentucky's leading scorer PJ Washington will not play in the team's NCAA Tournament opener Thursday against Abilene Christian, head coach John Calipari announced.

Washington has a sprained foot but no fracture, Calipari added.

The sophomore was injured in Kentucky's loss to Tennessee in the SEC Tournament semifinal. He was spotted in a walking boot afterward but Calipari had said he expected Washington to play Thursday.

In addition to being its leading scorer, Washington is also Kentucky's top rebounder and shot-blocker. The 20-year-old's absence will put more pressure on the backcourt duo of Tyler Herro and Keldon Johnson.

Kentucky hasn't lost its first game of the NCAA Tournament since 2008.

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