LEXINGTON, Ky. -- Kentucky forward Chuck Hayes will start
for the Wildcats (No. 6 ESPN/USA Today; No. 7 AP) on Saturday at Arkansas, four days
after breaking his nose in a victory over Tennessee.
Hayes, who has started 93 straight basketball games for
Kentucky, has worn a protective mask during practices since
Thursday and will have it on when the Wildcats (15-2, 6-0
Southeastern Conference) take on the Razorbacks (14-5, 2-4).
Kentucky coach Tubby Smith said Hayes was "a little sore and a
little uncomfortable" during practice on Thursday. Smith said he
didn't know how long Hayes would wear the mask, but that it
shouldn't adversely affect his performance.
Hayes, who is averaging 11.1 points and 9.1 rebounds, broke his
nose when Tennessee's Andre Patterson inadvertently elbowed him
with 6:30 left in the first half on Tuesday night.