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Kentucky Wildcats Quickies: Bring on Kansas Edition

Mizzou gets spanked, the breakfast club is back, Cal was wrong about Skal, and more!

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I had a good feeling that the Kentucky Wildcats would handle their business against the Missouri Tigers at Rupp Arena last night, but I was again surprised at the level of play that this team continues to elevate to each time they compete.

Here are my quick takeaways from the game:

  • Derek Willis had a career-high 18 points and notched 12 rebounds to give him another double-double. He continues to be everything that team was missing in their early SEC slump.
  • Skal Labissiere looked as comfortable scoring the basketball as we have seen him since the early part of the season. But no rebounds? Like John Calipari said, he can't play if he won't rebound. That's all about effort.
  • Isaiah Briscoe was a revelation on defense and continues to find his shooting touch. But most impressive was that he went 5-6 from the line. If he has turned the corner of that part of his game, watch out.
  • What can I say about Tyler Ulis that hasn't been said? He's brilliant.
  • Even with Jamal Murray struggling in the first half, the team was able to score at will on Mizzou.
  • This was a game where the team needed to show up and give 100% effort for the entire game and that's exactly what happened. They put their foot on the gas at the tip and never let up. That hasn't always been the case. Great tune up before Kansas.
Bring on Kansas.

Tweet of the Morning

I believe I can flllllyyyyyyy!!!!

Mark Stoops and Vince Marrow have their sights set on former Michigan Wolverines commit Rashad Weaver. He is a 6-5 255 pound defensive in and will fill a huge need for the football 'Cats. He is a three or two-star recruit depending on the service that you look at.

What changed the season for the basketball 'Cats besides Derek Willis? The Wildcats are playing desperate and with an edge.

I was shell shocked just watching the game.

Highlights of the win last night.There are some doozies in there.

This is one of the most interesting stories of last night in my opinion. Cal went out of his way on national TV and in his post-game comments to admit that he wasn't doing right by Skal. He was trying to make him into something that he isn't. Now that Skal is being allowed to play HIS game, he is becoming more comfortable and is another weapon for the Wildcats. Is there any other coach in America that would admit he was wrong on national TV? Could you imagine Rick Pitino doing this? Players First.

Yeah, these guys are starting to get it.

The #12 UK Hoops team will take on Vandy tonight in Memorial following a GREAT win over the Lady Vols. The game is at 7:00 PM on the SEC Network. Don't miss it.

Non-Wildcat Quickies

The door is still open for the Wildcats for a regular season SEC title as theTexas A&M Aggies took a road loss at Arkansas last night. Top 5 ranked A&M suffered their first conference defeat. The 'Cats visit the Aggies on February 20th in their only regular season meeting.

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