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Morning Newspaper: Auburn Tigers Edition

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Tonight at 9:00 PM, the Auburn Tigers invade Rupp Arena to test the mettle of the Kentucky Wildcats. It is said that because of the change of coaches in football that the basketball program at Auburn, an afterthought at best these days, is under pressure, and that means Jeff Lebo is under pressure.

That and more in today's news.

Kentucky Basketball News

  • Patterson will play with pain tonight against Auburn.  He apparently sat out practice on Monday due to pain in his hand where he injured a finger that has been nagging him for about two weeks now.
  • Auburn has fared well against some of the SEC's best scorers, but can it handle the explosive Meeks/Patterson duo?
  • Razor Ramon Harris says that the Wildcats are getting Gillispie's defense-first system now, and that is supported by the fact that Ken Pomeroy currently ranks UK 15th in the nation in defensive efficiency.
  • Gillispie is wary of Auburn, and he should be.  I hate to play teams that are shooting poorly from the three point line.  Remember Louisville?  Gillispie also says that he'd still be married if he had followed former Cleveland and Cincinnati football coach Paul Brown's advice.
  • UK Wildcat Country takes issue with yesterday's Coach's poll.
  • Holding down Jodie Meeks is no joking matter.

Kentucky Football/Other Sports News

  • Rich Brooks Edition F-150?  Interesting.  Kentucky Ink has more.
  • Rumors that Ridge Wilson, a Kentucky football commit, is wavering and may go to Indiana.

NCAA Basketball News

  • Tennessee defeats Vanderbilt in Knoxville.  Wayne Chism was held out of the starting lineup.  By way of explanation, Pearl allowed that he "didn't need Wayne to start."  Maybe it's just me, but that makes no sense.  Rocky Top Talk has much more on the big UT win.
  • Paul Gattis of the Huntsville Times notes that the Worldwide Leader is bending over backwards to heap derision on the SEC.  I guess it's just our turn.  Travis Haney of the Charleston Post and Courier says that Arkansas 0-3 start and Mississippi State's 3-0 start illustrate the weakness of the league.  Hmmm, I'm not sure this argument has much merit.  Meanwhile, the Birmingham News says Meeks injects life into the slumping SEC.
  • Stalking Darrin Horn says that the South Carolina coach got short shrift during the SEC teleconference.
  • Basketball referee John Cahill apparently has a quick trigger finger on technical fouls.
  • Michigan, in a tailspin, drops a game to Penn State.
  • Rush the Court has a long essay on Dukie V.  Interesting.

NCAA Football News

  • Les Miles does not fear hyperbole.
  • Two weeks to national signing day.
  • Pete Caroll gets more heat for his comments about Sanchez's decision to enter the NFL.