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Kentucky Wildcats Morning Quickies: Champions Classic Edition

Kentucky faces their first real test of the season vs. Duke tonight in Chicago.

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Good morning, and welcome to the Tuesday version of the Quickies. Tonight, of course, is the first really, really big basketball games of the season. The Kentucky Wildcats take on the Duke Blue Devils, followed by the Kansas Jayhawks vs. Michigan St. Spartans in the Champion’s Classic at the United Center in Chicago. This is a virtual feast of college basketball, and it isn’t even Thanksgiving yet.

The renewal of this event will see three of the Associated Press top 5 in action, along with #13 Michigan St. Some are calling it the Final Four in November, and it certainly has some of that feel to it, even if all four teams are likely only a shadow of what they will be come March.

Tweet of the Morning

Yeah, Adebayo could put 2016-17 in real good shape.

Your Quickies:

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  • The line for the Louisville-Kentucky game has now pushed out to 9.5 points, even in Commonwealth Stadium. Based on UK’s recent collapse and Louisville’s solid play, I’d say that’s justified.

  • So Drew Barker will be starting on Saturday. After three weak performances in a row by Towles, I’d say it’s a change that’s definitely due, but Mark Stoops says that Saturday’s game will tell if it will be for the rest of the season or not. For his part, Towles is putting on the right face and saying the right things.

  • Bradley Stevenson, a blogger, pens an open letter to Mark Stoops. It’s pretty good, and definitely on the positive side, but I think it’s what we need right now. Negativity is dirt cheap after five straight losses, and understandably so.

  • Offered without comment.

  • Judging from Stoops’ comments yesterday on the radio show, Shannon Dawson is in the dog house:

  • You prove you’re a man and take crap from a fan… < /BrandedSong >

    Chuck Connors would be proud.

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