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Wildcat Quickies: Malik Monk Edition

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Monk shines. Cats whack Spartans. 3 Cats on Wooden Watch List. UK athletes graduation records. More.

The Cats thumped Michigan State thanks to the kind of game we've all been expecting Malik Monk to have. When he's on like he was Tuesday night, don't expect many, if any teams to beat UK. Shooting was supposed to be this team's biggest issue, but Monk showed he can make that a strength when he's shooting 7-of-11 from deep.

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No. 2 Wildcats Roll Past 13th-Ranked Michigan State, 69-48 | UK Wildcats News
Freshman Malik Monk scored 23 points on 7-for-11 shooting from 3-point range, and Isaiah Briscoe added 21 to lead No. 2 Kentucky to a 69-48 victory over No. 13 Michigan State.

Kentucky looks powerful already - ESPN
Malik Monk hit seven 3-pointers and scored 23 points, and Isaiah Briscoe added another 21 as No. 2 Kentucky routed No. 13 Michigan State.

Past Improvement Tells Stoops UK Will Make Future Gains | UK Wildcats News
The season began with back-to-back troubling losses, but the Cats have rallied to within a win of bowl eligibility. And even in losing two straight to SEC East rivals Georgia and Tennessee, they have never folded. "We may not be perfect," Stoops said. "We all know that. There’s a lot of things in every game that we could do better. But they’re always striving to get better and to work and to have that fight."

UK football: Lifelong perfectionist Kash Daniel makes case for more playing time | Lexington Herald-Leader
Linebacker Kash Daniel has become a human missle on special teams and the freshman’s desire for perfection has caught his coaches’ attention. "When he makes a mistake, truly you can tell that it bothers him and he works hard to correct it," special teams coach Matt House said.

Five-star big man Wendell Carter sets decision date - Scout
Wendell Carter has set a decision date for this fall, which is good News for UK as they try to land Mo Bamba in the same class. Both bigs are heavily considering Duke, but don't expect them both to play at the same school.

UK emerging as favorite for basketball star in 2017? " UK recruiting news
Is UK surging into the lead for Jarred Vanderbilt?

Elite recruits attend Champions Classic - 247
Three top-5 national prospects attended the Champions Classic at Madison Square Garden Tuesday night, two of which Calipari met with during the fall period.

Wilton Speight injury: Michigan starting QB reportedly out for regular season -
He has an interesting backup, and this offense is still being overseen by one of the country’s most proven QB coaches.

Brian Lane, old friend Kyle Macy guide Transylvania team with ‘all the pieces’ for tourney run | Lexington Herald-Leader
When Transylvania men’s basketball Coach Brian Lane talked to his friend and former boss Kyle Macy about the possibility of joining his staff this season, he did so thinking his rebuilding effort with the Pioneers was near complete. You don’t ask a Kentucky college basketball legend and television analyst to flail along with you in Division III. The Pioneers expect to contend for an NCAA Tournament bid.

Three Wildcats Tabbed to Wooden Award Watch List | UK Wildcats News
Prior to Tuesday night's game, the Kentucky Wildcat had three players – all freshmen – named to the preseason award watch list for the John R. Wooden Award for Player of Year.  UK is one of four schools with three players on the preseason watch list and the only school with three freshmen. Only seven freshmen total were among the preseason 50.

South Carolina wins on overtime buzzer-beater - ESPN
Down a point with the clock running out, the ball gets to PJ Dozier who catches and shoots all the in air for the game-winning buzzer-beater for South Carolina to beat Monmouth.

UK athletes break, tie graduation records - WKYT
University of Kentucky student-athletes broke one school record for graduation rate and tied another in the annual report issued Tuesday by the National Collegiate Athletic Association.

Statistics don't lie when it comes to Cincinnati Bengals in 2016 | Lexington Herald-Leader
Monday’s 21-20 loss to the New York Giants dropped the Cincinnati Bengals to 3-5-1 on the season. They are 7-10-1 since starting last year 8-0. Dropoffs at receiver and in the secondary have hurt. There’s still time for a turnaround, however.

New College Football Playoff rankings -
The Playoff committee faced its first tough choices of the 2016 season. And after all those Saturday shakeups, the new top 25 doesn't look all that different.

Iowa patrol supervisor facing second personnel investigation - AP News
An Iowa State Patrol supervisor who was disciplined last year for a Facebook joke about killing a sportscaster is now on administrative leave.

Bob Gain, Kentucky football and Cleveland Browns legend, dies | Lexington Herald-Leader
University of Kentucky football legend Bob Gain died on Monday night. Gain, who was 87, played on both the offensive and defensive lines while at UK and was a first-team All-American in 1949 and 1950. He won the Outland Trophy, given to college football’s best interior lineman, in 1950.

Our thoughts and prayers go out to Gain and his family.