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Wildcat Quickies: Top 10 Showdown Edition

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Kentucky takes North Carolina. More on WakeyLeaks. Todd Gurley doesn't care about your fantasy team. More.

Rise and shine, BBN. It's gameday, and the Wildcats have one of their biggest tests of the year this evening. Kentucky will take on North Carolina in Las Vegas in a battle of two of the most storied programs in college basketball history. It'll be a fast-paced ball game that's sure to live up to the hype of the top-10 matchup billing. These teams are only one spot away from each other in the rankings for a reason.

Tweet of the day

Trey Lyles was trending on Twitter last night, and for good reason. He scored in double-figures, and had 4 rebounds, 3 assists and a blocked shot in a 103-100 win over the Mavericks. Hardwood Paroxysm's tweet sums it up better than I ever could, though.

Your Quickies

How Kentucky and North Carolina match up — with a game prediction | Lexington Herald-Leader
How the Kentucky Wildcats and North Carolina Tar Heels match up for the Saturday’s game at 5:45 p.m. EST in the CBS Sports Classic at the T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas.

UK working with eye toward the postseason - CoachCal.com
"I keep telling myself, folks, that this is a process and I have to keep staying in the moment," head coach John Calipari said. "We can’t go life or death from game to game when you’re starting four freshmen. You just can’t do it."

Kentucky Basketball vs. North Carolina Preview - 247
No. 6 Kentucky faces No. 7 North Carolina in the third annual CBS Sports Classic at T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas. Check out this 247 preview to get you ready for the game.

Kentucky football player Alexander Montgomery moving on after five knee operations | Lexington Herald-Leader
Alexander Montgomery keeps finding ways to move forward after a lifetime of isolation and rejection from his family and five knee operations as a University of Kentucky football player. "You spend five minutes around the kid and you know he’s special," Kentucky Coach Mark Stoops said. "He’s just special."

Stoops, Gran, Four Wildcats Garner Athlon Postseason Honors | UK Wildcats News
Kentucky head coach Mark Stoops and assistant head coach for offense Eddie Gran each were recognized by Athlon Sports for their efforts this season. Additionally, senior center Jon Toth was named fourth-team All-America and second-team All-SEC to highlight four Wildcats honored by Athlon.

Former UK star publishes children's book - 247
Former Kentucky and NFL running back Artose Pinner recently published his first children's book, 'Willville Basketball Fever.'

Thankful Kentucky and North Carolina basketball are playing Saturday | Lexington Herald-Leader
The CBS Sports Classic is now the home to the Kentucky-North Carolina rivalry. The teams will play again in the 2018 Classic. This year’s game could be decided by whether one Tar Heel plays.

No. 19 Kentucky Returns to Memorial Coliseum Sunday vs. Radford | UK Wildcats News
The No. 19 University of Kentucky women’s basketball team looks to get back to its winning ways when it plays host to a talented Radford squad on Sunday at 2 p.m. EST.

Behind Kentucky Basketball: New name, same podcast - CoachCal.com
Metz Camfield and Brent Carney recap the news of the week and then dive headfirst into the Wildcats’ showdown against North Carolina in Las Vegas.

Kentucky beats Carolina when it comes to projected first-round NBA prospects | Lexington Herald-Leader
NBA Draft analysts see a distinct difference in Kentucky and North Carolina. They project Malik Monk, De’Aaron Fox and Bam Adebayo as first-round picks in 2017. Carolina has "fringe NBA prospects" who benefit from much greater college experience.

Wake Forest's coach & Louisville's AD differ on how much strategy was affected by game plan leaks - SBNation.com
Dave Clawson tells his side of the Wakeyleaks story.

Louisville suspends Lonnie Galloway amid Wake Forest game information scandal - ESPN
Louisville has suspended offensive coordinator Lonnie Galloway for the Citrus Bowl in light of his involvement in the Wake Forest play-sharing scheme.

Adrian Peterson intends to play for Vikings vs. Colts - NFL.com
Never doubt Adrian Peterson's ability to bounce back quicker than normal humans. The Vikings running back says he intends to make his return from a torn meniscus Sunday against the Colts.

Todd Gurley invites fan who threatened to fight him over fantasy football to ‘pull up’ - SBNation.com
Gurley does not care about your fantasy team.

2016 Lexington Herald-Leader All-City football teams | Lexington Herald-Leader
Lafayette High School quarterback and University of Kentucky commitment Walker Wood has been named Lexington’s Player of the Year and a First Team selection on the Herald-Leader’s annual All-City football teams.

DeMarcus Cousins unleashes profanities on reporter - Sports Illustrated (SLIGHTLY NSFW)
This is the downside of Cousins. His game is incredible, and he's got the potential to run away with the title of "best big man in the league." This side of Cousins is something we hope not to see again.

North Dakota State's championship run is over - USA Today
NDSU has won five straight FCS championships, but that run is over as James Madison defeated them in the national semifinal to keep NDSU out of the national title game altogether.

Alabama names Steve Sarkisian new offensive coordinator - LA Times
Bama has replaced Lane Kiffin with Sarkisian after Kiffin went on to coach FAU. Sarkisian has had personal issues in the past, but he's getting one of the better jobs in college football.

Rogue One is targeting a $150-million U.S. debut - The Hollywood Reporter