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Kentucky Wildcats Quickies: Arizona State Gameday Edition

UK vs ASU. Big football recruiting weekend. High praise for Gabriel. Top UK basketball teams ever. More.

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The Cats and the Sun Devils face off in Rupp Arena today as Kentucky looks for win No. 9 in their quest for banner No. 9.

Can Kentucky finally play a complete game and show signs of being that national title contender we all thought they could be? Will Skal finally get going? Can Alex keep roaring?

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Kentucky vs Arizona State Preview
Next up for UK (8-1) is a test against another Pac 12 foe that could make those same issues come to the surface as UCLA did. "And this game, Arizona State, perfect game for us," John Calipari said of the Sun Devils.

Ulis, Murray and Briscoe working to mesh at Kentucky
While Jamal Murray is still figuring out how to play with two other point guards, Isaiah Briscoe says he feels comfortable in Kentucky's loaded backcourt.

Players to watch: Several 5-star recruits in Lexington this weekend
UK signee Wenyen Gabriel will be one of several five-star basketball recruits in Lexington for this weekend’s Bluegrass Showcase at Paul Laurence Dunbar High School.

High school coach raves about Gabriel
"I have never, at any level, seen a motor like this. It doesn’t shut off. It’s just fantastic," WMA Coach Mike Mannix told the Herald-Leader. "There’s no ulterior motive. He’s playing for the team. Playing as hard as he can to win the game. He loves to compete, loves to win."

College Hoops Weekend Homework
A look at the biggest stories and games around college basketball this weekend. UK vs ASU was tabbed as "Most likely to cause a statewide panic," because UK fans have been known to panic a little too quickly at times. Hopefully that won't have any reason to from this game.

Kentucky’s free throw woes are historically bad
It's no secret Isaiah Briscoe struggles at the foul line, but just how bad is it? It's really bad. In fact, it will be the worst ever at this rate.

Coach Mark Stoops gives generous gift to UK fan with cancer
Stoops has donated $125,000 to UK fan Reece King, a 13-year-old boy who has cancer is and raising money to help other children with the disease.

4 Cats Ranked in CBS Top 102
The guys at CBS Sports go through the top 102 players in college basketball, and coming in at No. 9 was Tyler Ulis. Jamal Murray comes in at No. 19, Skal is at No. 40 and Isaiah Briscoe squeaks in at No. 98.

Early impressions of Kentucky prospects
Sam Vecenie of CBS Sports chats with Draft Express’s Mike Schmitz about the 2016 NBA Draft and how Kentucky's prospects apply to it.

Kentucky Basketball: Top 10 Teams in History
The Kentucky Wildcats is a prestigious program with many elite teams, this takes a look at every team and names the top 10.

Sacha Killeya-Jones playing in major Washington, D.C. showcase
The lone game in the National High School Hoops Festival that doesn’t have at least one Washington-area team will feature one of the nation’s top recruits. Killeya-Jones will be playing for Virginia Episcopal School, which also has Pittsburgh signee Justice Kithcart, and they take on St. James on Saturday at DeMatha.

Former UK guard Kyvin Goodin-Rogers transferring to WKU
Western Kentucky announced that former University of Kentucky standout Kyvin Goodin-Rogers will transfer to play for the Lady Toppers.

Power Rankings: Michigan State stays on top while Oklahoma moves into top 5
Luke Winn of Sports Illustrated does a new round of College Basketball Power Rankings. This week, he ranks the Cats at No. 6 on his list with Oklahoma passing them.

X-Men: Apocalypse Trailer is Here!
I'm an X-Men nerd, so this was fun seeing.