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Wildcat quickies: Duquesne Domination Edition

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The Cats blowout Duquesne, more on the Cats being bowl bound and NFL Sunday.

NCAA Basketball: Duquesne at Kentucky Mark Zerof-USA TODAY Sports

The Kentucky Wildcats smashed Duquesne in the Bluegrass Showcase last night, as expected, and moved to 4-0 on the year. The Cats had five players score in double figures, four of them starters. They were led by De’Aaron Fox, who recorded a game-high 16 points, 7 rebounds and a game-high 6 assists.

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Kentucky has no trouble with Duquesne - Rock Hill Herald
The Wildcats rolled right through Duquesne and strengthened their case for being ahead of Duke when the new ranking come out.

Calipari ‘excited’ about class of 2017 commitments » UK recruiting news
“The 2017 class is starting to shape up,” Calipari said. “We’re not done yet because we’re going to lose three seniors and four or five underclassmen from this team, so we’re still going to have to really round this class out, but the start of this class — Wow! I’m feeling very comfortable that I can now worry about coaching that team on the floor knowing that we need to sign a couple more guys.”

Stephen Johnson provided a calming presence against Austin Peay - SEC Country
I think it’s pretty clear that the entire dynamic of the game changed once Johnson entered due to the fact that the Cats had to avert a crisis.

Kentucky players say practice on post game starting to pay off | Lexington Herald-Leader
UK Coach John Calipari has said that a team without a post presence is a ‘fraud.’ After last season’s futile attempts to establish an inside game, he welcomed the post play in Sunday’s victory over Duquesne. He said he ‘forced’ feeding the post on his players in recent practices.

Jojo Kemp hopes UK seniors have set new direction for program - SEC Country
This is the first time these seniors have made a bowl, but doing it in their final season allows them to leave on a high note. Hopefully that high note continues after they leave.

Creighton ends Kentucky soccer’s season, snaps Cats’ home win streak | Lexington Herald-Leader
The No. 18 Kentucky men’s soccer team suffered its first home loss of the season against Creighton in the second round of the NCAA Tournament.

Offense Powers Wildcats Past Texas A&M in Four | UK Wildcats
The Kentucky volleyball team utilized an explosive offense to capture a 3-1 win over visiting Texas A&M in front of 1,762 fans in Memorial Coliseum on Sunday. Freshman Leah Edmond with 25 kills and sophomore Olivia Dailey with 60 assists both set new career highs to help pace the attack.

SEC power rankings - ESPN
A look at where the Cats sit after becoming bowl eligible this week.

Lady Cats handed first loss of the season - KSR
The No. 15 Cats suffered an upset to unranked Colorado; but it shouldn’t knock them out of the top 25.

Kentucky football might have the recipe to sideline Louisville | Lexington Herald-Leader
To upset Louisville on Saturday, Kentucky has to keep Lamar Jackson on the sideline. Thanks to Boom Williams and Benny Snell, the Cats could have the ingredients needed. UK’s run game figures to be key at Papa John’s.

Ten notes on Kentucky’s sixth win - Lexington Herald-Leader
Kentucky finally broke through for a sixth win, and for the most part they’ve played much better than they had in recent weeks.

Louisville opens as heavy favorite over Kentucky - Courier-Journal
The Cards are a 24.5 point favorite. Perhaps Kentucky will cover?

Texas fires Charlie Strong, he will coach final game - ESPN
It’s been a rocky road for Strong at Texas, and the loss to Kansas proved to be the final straw for Texas.

Big Ben has more wins in Cleveland than any Cleveland QB since 1999 - Fox Sports
It’s a sad day for your franchise when an opponent’s quarterback has more wins in your stadium than any of your quarterbacks in recent history.

NFL kickers missed an absurd amount of extra points yesterday - Sports Illustrated
Personally, I like this. The old extra point was a chip shot; now the kickers have a larger role in games.

Al Horford’s return shows what Celtics have been missing - Yahoo! Sports
The Celtics went 4-5 without Horford as he went through concussion protocol. He played a huge part in their close victory over Detroit.

There’s no kryptonite for the Cowboys - ESPN
The Cowboys overcame penalties and a strong defense to extend their win streak to nine games; their longest ever in one single season.

The Bengals don’t look like a playoff team - ESPN
The Bengals aren’t the same as they’ve been in recent years in any way...the defense is out of shape and the offense needs more weapons.

Be wary of bad deals on Black Friday - Boston Herald