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Wildcat Quickies: Isaiah Briscoe Edition

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Briscoe shines, Shai Alexander decides, football re-focuses, trust the process, and more in today’s quickies.

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The Cats’ slow start Sunday night paved the way for Isaiah Briscoe to put on a show vs Canisius, and the sophomore guard finished with a career-high 21 points and five boards to help UK improve to 2-0.

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Salute to the sophomore who plays like a senior.

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Briscoe, Fox Lead Kentucky Past Canisius | UK Wildcats News
Briscoe topped his previous high of 20 last December at UCLA behind 9-of-13 shooting that helped Kentucky (2-0) rally from a seven-point first half deficit to build a 44-35 halftime advantage.

Kentucky stumbles early, speeds away late against Canisius - SEC Country
“You could see that he (Briscoe) was a veteran and that he had been through it,” Canisius coach Reggie Witherspoon said. “Overall, what stood out was he was physical, and his aggressiveness, and he stayed poised while he did that. It can be difficult to arrive at that kind of balance.”

Kentucky needs strong finish to excite fan base about a bowl game | Herald-Leader
Kentucky should knock off hapless Austin Peay on Saturday to reach bowl eligibility. The Cats need a strong finish, however, to pump up the fan base for a post-season berth. That not only means handling the Governors, but playing well at Louisville.

Wildcats Stifle Ole Miss’ Offense, Win 3-1 | UK Wildcats News
For the ninth time in the last 10 seasons, head coach Craig Skinner picked up his 20th win as the No. 24 Kentucky volleyball team defeated Ole Miss. The victory improves UK to 20-6 overall and 13-2 in SEC play.

Benny says he'll leave fumble at UT in the past, make himself better - 247
"It's very frustrating, but all we can do is get better as a team," Snell said. "There's a lot of things that we can learn from in that game and there's a lot of things I got to do better, so I gotta look forward."

GAME GRADES: Marks for each position after UK's loss at UT -
Cats Illustrated grades the Cats' losing effort in Knoxville. Some high marks on offense were not enough to to overcome poor grades across the board on defense.

What’s next for UK basketball in early signing period? » UK recruiting news
There are three more top prospects from the 2017 class that will — or might — announce their college decisions in the next few days.Will UK land any of them (yes)?

Who Will Have Better 2017 Recruiting Class: Duke or Kentucky? | Bleacher Report
Over the last five years, Duke and Kentucky have featured the best college basketball recruits in the country. The Blue Devils and Wildcats have both been No. 1 and No. 2 the last three years in's team recruiting rankings. That should continue with this class, but who takes home the top spot?

Kentucky guard's devoted father drives from Canada for games | Herald-Leader
Randy Mulder, whose son Mychal is a senior guard for Kentucky, drives to many UK games from his home in Canada. The odometer on a new car he bought last December spins rapidly as Mulder drives up and down I-75.

Kentucky Commit Danny Clark Keys Playoff Win - Scout
Akron Hoban defeated Akron St. Vincent-St. Mary 21-7 Saturday night in second round Ohio playoff action. Kentucky commit Danny Clark talked about the win.

LeBron sees NBA rank No. 1 as show of respect - ESPN
LeBron James holds the No. 1 spot in #NBArank for a sixth straight year, and he talked about the honor after Friday's win. James is two-for-two in being named the Eastern Conference Player of the Week so far this season and is averaging 23.4 points, 9.3 assists and 9.0 rebounds through the Cavs' 7-1 start.

North Central's Kris Wilkes commits to UCLA - Indy Star
Wilkes, ranked No. 18 in the senior class in the national composite, joins a UCLA recruiting class that is No. 1 in the country by most recruiting services.

High school football week in review: Three Lexington teams still alive | Herald-Leader
Lafayette, Lexington Catholic and Lexington Christian all advanced to the regional round on Friday. Scott County also romped its way into the next round. Mercer County’s 31-30 overtime upset of Rockcastle County put the Titans in the regional round for the first time since 2013.

Seth Russell of Baylor Bears to have season-ending ankle surgery - ESPN
Seth Russell's college career is over, as the Baylor senior quarterback will have season-ending surgery to repair a fractured ankle suffered in the Bears' loss to the Sooners on Saturday.

Australia Emerges as the New Front in the Recruiting Wars - The New York Times
Terrance Ferguson is spending a year — and earning a paycheck — overseas after picking the Adelaide 36ers over the Arizona Wildcats. This could soon become a trend among elite high school recruits.

SEC Week 11 Power Rankings: Alabama Crimson Tide lapping the field - ESPN
It's clear that Alabama is No. 1 in the Week 11 SEC power rankings. After that, it's a jumbled mess that will probably move around more.

Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them Review - IGN
J.K. Rowling's new addition to the Harry Potter franchise goes back to 1926 New York City, but these crazy creatures aren't enough to recapture the magic.

You won't see the moon look this way again until 2034 - Mashable
Monday's supermoon is the first of its kind since 1948. From Sunday night through Monday night, the moon will be big, bright and shining just about 216,486 miles from Earth's surface.