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Quickies: Auburn Hangover Edition

Cats edged by Tigers. Strong praise for new UK commit. Kendra Harrison is awesome. Ladies host Auburn. More.

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While it wasn't pretty, the Cats fought hard but ultimately came up short in Saturday's loss at Auburn.

Winning on the road in conference play is never easy, but this was a game UK was supposed to win. That same scenario has happened to them several times this season, so maybe it's a good thing the schedule gets tougher as the season rolls on.

Or, maybe we're in for a long February that ultimately leads to a short March. It's still too early to say how good this team will ultimately be, but time is running out after another bad road loss.

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John Clay: After blowing lead at Auburn, this Kentucky basketball team looks lost
Auburn Arena is not the biggest venue, but with each made three-pointer by the home team Sunday, it just seemed to get smaller and louder until finally by game’s end it had swallowed this Kentucky basketball team whole.

UK upset on road after blowing second-half lead
A road win in the SEC was there for the taking for Kentucky, but the Wildcats didn’t make the winning plays that head coach John Calipari has sought from them all season long.

Instant Analysis: Auburn stuns No. 14 Kentucky
The turning point, game ball, big number from Cats' narrow loss at Auburn.

Kentucky-Auburn Postgame Notes
Tyler Ulis had 17 points, a career-high 10 rebounds, making him the first player to have a double-double in points and rebounds and points and assists in the same season since John Wall turned the trick during the 2009-10 season.

No. 9 UK Hoops Set for Rematch with Auburn on Alumnae Day
After suffering the first home loss of the season to No. 2/2 South Carolina on Thursday, the Kentucky women’s basketball team has the chance to get back in the win column Sunday afternoon in its second matchup against Auburn.

College of the Desert head coach has strong praise for Stephen Johnson
The head coach of new UK commit Stephen Johnson said the quarterback is "a natural-born leader" and the type of kid every coach dreams of. "He likes what they’re going to do – what they’ve talked to him about," Jack Steptoe said. "Stephen is an SEC guy. There’s no doubt about it. And you’ll see that soon enough when he gets down there. Kentucky is getting the real deal."

Notes: Simmons picks Arizona; McDonald’s teams announced Sunday; UK signee on national TV
Five-star combo guard Kobi Simmons announced his commitment to Arizona on Saturday night. More importantly, UK signees are expected to be named McDonald’s All-Americans during a television special that will air tonight on ESPNU.

Kendra Harrison Receives NCAA Top 10 Award
Kendra Harrison was honored as one of the 10 exemplary college athletes – the 2016 Today’s Top 10 Award winners – at the NCAA Convention on Friday.

Early look at 2016 front seven situations for SEC East programs
Next up in ESPN's early look at each position group in the SEC is the front seven. Here's a quick look at how each team in the SEC East shapes up heading into the offseason at defensive line and linebacker:

Kentucky Defense Must Improve Statistical Categories
Over the course of Mark Stoops’ tenure, the Kentucky Football program has been forced to overcome many personnel deficiencies. The following are defensive statistical categories that must be improved for the 2016 Wildcats to have a chance at postseason play.

Kentucky 2016 recruiting snapshot
The Wildcats' promising class is headed by offensive linemen and skill-position players.

Who May Be the Next Ben Simmons? Could be a UK signee?
Ben Simmons has been incredible as a freshman. Which high school stud could follow in Simmons' footsteps next year? The guys at Basketball Insiders talk about it and how several UK targets may fit that bill.

Best unsigned senior prospects in America
Hoops Seen looks at the top three prospects still available within the 2016 class nationally, which includes Marques Bolden, who UK appears to be in great position for.

I talked to the Oscar-nominated visual effects team behind Star Wars
Star Wars: The Force Awakens earned five Oscar nominations, and none of the categories seem to be as much of a slam dunk as visual effects.

The case for Chip Kelly in San Fran
If you're dead certain that Chip Kelly has been exposed as a great college coach and a bad NFL head man, there's a chance you believe in a myth or two that simply isn't true.

Tony Stewart confronts heckler at Chili Bowl Nationals
Stewart went into the grandstands to show his displeasure with man who had been heckling him. What prompted Stewart to go into the grandstands is unclear, but multiple spectators tweeted saying the heckler flipped Stewart off before the confrontation.

Chipotle will close every restaurant on February 8
Every Chipotle restaurant will close for several hours on February 8 so that the company can hold an unprecedented all-hands meeting to discuss issues related to the chain's food safety crisis.

The Dragnet
How a man accused of million-dollar fraud uncovered a never before seen, secret surveillance device. After 10 years off the grid and five years in jail, Rigmaiden is now on the side of those systems — privacy groups, lawyers, judges.