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Kentucky Wildcats Quickies: Double Gameday Edition

A big day of UK sports is on deck.

Mark Zerof-USA TODAY Sports

The Kentucky Wildcats hit the hardwood and gridiron today as both teams are in action back-to-back this evening.

The football Cats get the action started with a huge game in Nashville as they battle Vanderbilt at 4 pm ET with both teams looking to inch closer towards bowl eligibility.

Once that game ends, the basketball Cats host NJIT at 8 pm ET. This all comes after the men's and women's basketball teams scored wins Friday night. Needless to say, we're in the midst of one of the crazier weekends for UK sports this year.

Go Big Blue!

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Murray comes up clutch in UK's opening win
Freshman Jamal Murray's dominant second half helped the Cats pick up their first win over the new season. Murray had 13 of his 19 points, five of his eight assists and two of his three steals after halftime while hitting 6 of 9 shots in the second half.

Willis and Lee fight back in Kentucky’s sloppy season opener
The first game of the season is in the books and Kentucky is 1-0 thanks in large part to juniors Marcus Lee and Derek Willis.

Western Illinois shocks No. 17 Wisconsin 69-67 in opener
Garrett Covington hit two fouls shots with 10.2 seconds left, and Western Illinois shocked No. 17 Wisconsin with a 69-67 win on Friday night. A team picked to finish last in the Summit League upset a Big Ten power coming off back-to-back Final Four appearances.

Instant Analysis | Kentucky beats Albany
Quick takes from the Cats' season opener against Albany, which was full or promise and concern for UK as they look to being their quest for title No. 9.

No. 1 UK Rifle Set for Road Match at No. 8 Nebraska
Kentucky is the nation’s top-ranked rifle team in this week’s Collegiate Rifle Coaches Association rankings, and they will make their first long-distance road trip to compete at No. 8 Nebraska today at 9 a.m. ET.

Lee rebounds well but struggles at FT line
After facing punishment for poor rebounding technique, Marcus Lee was strong against Albany. Now, about those free throws...

Kentucky-Vanderbilt Yahoo Sports Preview
With three games left and both teams still in the hunt for bowl eligibility, Saturday's game between Vanderbilt and Kentucky is crucial for both programs.

68 Things We Can’t Wait To See This College Basketball Season
The 68 things that the guys at College basketball Talk are looking forward to the most from the 2015-16 season. "Can Kentucky’s guards actually co-exist? John Calipari’s Armani suits. What about Skal Labissiere? Can he actually produce this season? Will he see the ball enough?"

By The Numbers: Calipari's recruiting success at UK
The day he stepped foot on UK's campus in the spring of 2009, John Calipari's success on the court, but especially on the recruiting trail, was both massive and instant.

Newcomers push UK Hoops to 72-39 victory in season opener
With injuries and suspensions limiting Kentucky’s available personnel in its season opener, the Cats relied heavily on newcomers in their 72-39 victory over Rice on Friday night.

Watch a teenage Karl-Anthony Towns interview Kevin Durant
Karl-Anthony Towns is a double-double machine for the Timberwolves and an early front-runner for rookie of the year honors, but before he cruised through NBA bigs, he was a Kevin Durant fan, just like everyone else.

ESPN NBA Mock Draft Big Board
The Big Board gets a shake-up before the college hoops season tips off with Skal and Murray among their top six prospects.

Fox goes in-depth with Scout about picking Kentucky
De'Aaron Fox, the nation's top rated point guard and No. 4 overall prospect, made a commitment to Kentucky Thursday night, and he goes in-depth about what went into his decision.

Thon Maker lists Kentucky among his top schools
Thon Maker told ESPNU on Thursday night that UK is among six schools recruiting him the hardest, even though all indications have been the Cats and/or Maker are losing interest in making this happen.

The day Muhammad Ali changed the life of a laid-off Lexington video-store clerk
Former Lexington resident Davis Miller has a new book, Approaching Ali, soon to be published. The writer says his initial meeting with the iconic boxing champion in Ali's Winnebago "saved my life and changed my life."