Jacob Toppin exited the game in the first half, holding a towel to his nose with blood pouring from it after making contact with an elbow during the game. After reviewing it, it happened to be an elbow from Oscar Tshiebwe, of course by accident, but it forced him to leave the game and head back to the locker room to be further evaluated going into halftime.
Jacob Toppin came out of the half warming up with the team, wearing a clear face mask to protect his nose for the rest of the game, in which he played for 13 more minutes. He finished with a career night on the stat sheet, totaling 10 points, 3 blocks, 2 rebounds and an assist in the Kentucky win.
In the postgame press conference, John Calipari alluded to Jacob Toppin potentially having a broken nose, but he couldn't confirm. If he does have a broken nose, it didn't seem to bother in the second half and Kentucky owes a lot of credit in this win to him. Off the bench, he provided a spark with unmatched athleticism in which he torched the Commodores with for most of the night.
We will know more on his injury tomorrow morning before Kentucky takes the court. Or, we may not. John Calipari may not even see him.... as he often says. But, Kentucky will face Tennessee at 3:30 pm in the SEC Semifinals on Saturday afternoon. I expect Jacob to play no matter what the circumstances are.
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