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Kentucky Wildcats Morning Quickies: Welcome to 2014 Edition

News and commentary from around the Big Blue Internet. Kentucky hoops travels to Alabama today. Louisville's Teddy Bridgewater to enter NFL draft. More.

Mark Zerof-USA TODAY Sports

Welcome to the first Quickies of the New Year. I hope you all had a very happy New Years Day and a contented holiday season. Now that we've welcomed in 2014, let's all get ready for a great year.

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  • Was Louisville the best win Calipari has had in Rupp Arena? No, I'd say the UNC game in 2011 was. Yes, this one was bigger in that losing it would have meant more to Kentucky's season this year than back in 2011, so I suppose you could look at it that way. But to me, that UNC win was huge. It cemented the Wildcats as the presumptive favorite, and made their path to a #1 seed much, much easier.

    But if you said it was a pick 'em between those two games, I wouldn't disagree.

  • Marcus Lee and Derek Willis are important for the future of Kentucky, and I expect them to see more playing time in the SEC portion of the season.

  • NBC's New Years Resolutions for Kentucky. I wonder if these guys saw the Louisville game; Randle doesn't have to post up, he can get the ball on the perimeter and attack the rim. That's how he was most successful against the Cardinals.

    Yes, Kentucky will get him the ball in the post — and on the wing, and at the top of the key, and everywhere else. Randle's skill goes far beyond his burly strength down low, he is almost too quick to guard on the outside as well, and he will use that ability to slash to the basket

  • I had to laugh at this. Yes, Kentucky will not have a cakewalk through the SEC, but they are clearly the best team in the SEC right now. No, UK's not a lead-pipe cinch, but I think they are a solid favorite.

  • The obligatory poor free-throw shooting/Kyle Macy article.

  • Kentucky could wind up being great in March, according to Mike DeCourcy. I think that's right.

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Interesting contrarian pick for the Big 12; Iowa St. Coincidentally (perhaps), Iowa is the contrarian pick in the B1G.

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