Kentucky Wildcats Morning Quickies: Missouri Edition

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News and commentary from around the Big Blue Internet. Matt Elam commits to UK, best football recruiting class ever. UK plays Missouri tomorrow in Columbia. UK women lose at Georgia. More.

Tonight, the Wildcats challenge the Missouri Tigers in Columbia. This is an important game for both teams.

Tweet of the Morning:

Get better, coach.

Your Quickies:

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  • No idea if this is true, so take it with a grain of salt. There is a lot of season left, and with due respect to the author, I have no idea if he/she, or their source for this, is the least bit credible. There - fully disclaimed. But it does appeal to logic. Via Hank and this KSR link.

    Then again, this article at The Sporting News validates that tweet.

  • Mike DeCourcy talks to Larry Vaught about the Wildcats. Consider:

    Perhaps the most puzzling player, though, has been Willie Cauley-Stein. Once on pace to challenge the blocked shots exploits of Anthony Davis and Nerlens Noel, Cauley-Stein has become a non-factor in recent games. He was manhandled by LSU’s Johnny O’Bryant much like he was by Tennessee’s inside player. He has blocked one shot or none in four of the last five game and played less than 20 minutes in all four games — and without him UK has not had a rim protector.

    "I don’t know why he is not competing. I don’t understand why he has become less competitive," DeCourcy said. "When you see something like that, there is usually a reason behind it. Maybe he has a pain he’s hiding and playing through. It could be something personal. It just doesn’t make sense and is not typical for someone who has been competitive like he has."

    I think we're all struggling with this one. Sometimes, there are things that players, like the rest of us, go through in our lives, and Calipari is one who makes darn sure it doesn't get shared with the world. So if there is something personal happening with WCS, we may never know, and I think that's okay. Let's just all keep rooting for him and hope he gets his mind right, and keep in mind that we are not talking about paid professionals, but young amateur players trying to learn how to live life well.

  • UK is one of seven schools to wear the Nike throwback uniforms. I like the look of those, but I'm old, so...

  • Is Kentucky's ceiling a moving target? Via Aaron's Blog.

  • Missouri's guards will challenge the Wildcats. Yes, but they are big guards. Kentucky has played well against big guards this year, and struggled against smaller ones.

  • The Tigers Welcome Kentucky, plan a "Gold Rush." Well, we should all be used to that by now. Take it as the compliment it is.

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  • Dawgs upset 'Cats. Kentucky is really struggling to shoot the ball, and it has been a season-long affair. I consider them in a downward spiral at the moment.
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