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Wildcat Quickies: Blue-White Game Edition

Kentucky tips off the Blue-White scrimmage, the Cubs draw closer to the World Series, preseason basketball polls and more.

NCAA Basketball: Kentucky Midnight Madness Mark Zerof-USA TODAY Sports

Good morning BBN, happy Friday! These are your Wildcat quickies. The Blue-White scrimmage is tonight, which means we’re drawing ever closer to basketball in the bluegrass! The scrimmage will start at 7 p.m. ET on the SEC Network. We’ll get to see more action from these freshmen than we’ve seen yet, so everyone will be eager to see how they look. On top of the great game action, John Calipari will be paying the spring semester in-state tuition of a couple lucky students.

You can read more in-depth on the Blue-White details here.

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Your quickies

Kentucky No. 4 in preseason USA Today Coaches’ poll -
The Cats received two first-place votes in the poll, the second most among all teams. UK has started the season ranked in the top five in seven of Coach Cal’s first eight seasons.

Duke, Kentucky, KU top CBS Sports' 1-351 college hoops rankings -
The most rigorously delightful, detail-oriented, all-in-one college hoops preview you'll find, which includes UK coming in as the nation's second-best team entering the new season.

Preseason College Basketball Rankings 2016: Hits, Misses from 1st Coaches Poll - Bleacher Report
As expected, Duke is No. 1, followed by Kansas, Villanova, Kentucky, Oregon, North Carolina and Virginia. You may disagree with the order, but those are the seven teams most likely to win the national championship.

Patrick Patterson: Please, Please Don’t Make ‘Space Jam 2’ - The Players' Tribune
The former Cat and Raptors big man penned a piece for The Players’ Tribune begging Hollywood not to do the sequel. "To make a sequel to Space Jam would be like trying to paint the Mona Lisa again. Sure, you can probably do it, but why the hell would you want to?"

Five-star Jarred Vanderbilt to officially visit Kentucky - 247
A 6-foot-8 left-handed combo forward from Bellaire (Texas) Victory Prep, Vanderbilt is ranked No. 20 in 247Sports Composite. He is coming off a visit to North Carolina and has also visited TCU.

Show Me My Opponent: Mississippi State Bulldogs | Kentucky Sports Radio
"Show Me My Opponent" is back again after a one-week hiatus during Kentucky's bye week. Mississippi State is coached by the thorn in Kentucky football’s side, Dan Mullen. Can UK beat him for the first time this weekend?

Malik Monk, a scoring machine -
Monk enters his freshman year at UK as one of the most highly touted high school prospects in the country. Monk was the lone freshman named to the the Jerry West Award watch list presented annually to the top shooting guard. On Wednesday he was tabbed to the media’s preseason All-SEC Second Team.

Duke, Kansas, Nova, UK are top four teams in preseason coaches poll -
Is John Calipari's team not as lauded by his peers as the media?

Other sports news

Cubs beat Dodgers 8-4 - Yahoo! Sports

The Cubs are just one win away from the World Series after beating the Dodgers in game five to take a 3-2 series lead. The Cubs’ bats have come alive the last two games to help propel them to within a game of a world championship appearance.

What we learned from Packers-Bears - NFL

The Packers offense showed life, Brian Hoyer broke his arm and Davante Adams stole the show.

Looking back at the Sparks’ road to the WNBA championship - ESPN

It was a long road to get back on top for the Los Angeles Sparks.

Jon Lester’s proving his worth - CBS

When Lester signed a $155 million mega-deal, everyone expected to be the best pitcher in the majors for Chicago. He certainly wasn’t that at first, but he’s living up to his paycheck now.

Tiger Woods still believes he can break Jack Nicklaus’ major record - ESPN

Woods still 100% believes that he can break Nicklaus’ 18 major record, although it won’t be the end of the world for him if he doesn’t reach that number.

Other news

Doctors recommend new screen time rules for kids - CNN

Fighting cancer with dancing and laughter - BBC