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Wildcat Quickies: On To Louisville Edition

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Kentucky looks forward to Louisville, the basketball and football teams get in the Christmas spirit and more.

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The Kentucky Wildcats don’t get much time to celebrate their thrilling win over North Carolina, as they’re already back to preparing for their next top-tier opponent. The Wildcats will take on Louisville on Wednesday, and going into the season this was the game that they had the lowest percentage chance of winning, according to Kenpom. Louisville will be a different animal than what UK faced against UNC, as far as pace goes. It’s sure to be yet another exciting installment of the rivalry.

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Speaking of Louisville-Kentucky, let’s not forget that the Cats have a chance to top them in both major sports this year.

Your quickies

Monk scores 47 on Saturday, struggles with Christmas carol on Sunday - ESPN
Monk is quite the scorer, but singing isn’t so much his thing. He wasn’t the only Wildcat struggling, though.

Louisville will be a different challenge for Kentucky - Herald-Leader
After the fast-paced insanity that was Kentucky-North Carolina, We’re sure to get a different game when the Cats take on Louisville Wednesday.

Kentucky moves up in CBS top 25 - CBS
Kentucky was behind North Carolina, but they’ve now jumped over the Tar Heels and into the No. 6 spot on CBS’ Top 25 (and one).

UK Women shut down Radford - WKYT
Makayla Epps scored 13 points to help the Lady Cats run right through Radford, beating them 59-36.

Five takeaways from Kentucky-North Carolina - NBC
Malik Monk was able to go off, but is his supporting cast going to be good enough in the future?

Kentucky football volunteers at Christmas store - SEC Country
The Wildcats took a break from preparing for the TaxSlayer Bowl to give back on Sunday.

Patriots set division title record - NJ.com
The New England Patriots’ win over the Denver Broncos on Sunday gave them their eighth straight AFC East title, which is an NFL record. When will the rest of the division give them a challenge?

Tim Duncan’s jersey gets retired - ESPN
The San Antonio Spurs held a great jersey retirement ceremony for the legendary forward Tim Duncan, who watched with his kids as his No. 21 was unveiled in the rafters.

Elliott creates a buzz by leaping into Salvation Army kettle - ESPN
Ezekiel Elliott had a very unique touchdown celebration on Sunday night when he jumped into a giant Salvation Army donation kettle sitting just off the field. He called it “the perfect celebration.”

Steelers close in on AFC North title - USA Today
The Pittsburgh Steelers’ win over the Cincinnati Bengals on Sunday has them a whole lot closer to an AFC North title. They stay ahead of the Baltimore Ravens in the divisional race, and move within one win of the division title.

Gus Bradley fired by Jaguars - NFL
We’re slowly starting to see more firings in the NFL as we near the end of the season. The Jacksonville Jaguars let Bradley go after they were predicted to be a dark horse competitor this season, but ended up being just as disappointing as ever.

Extra care warranted for animals in bitter cold - WKOW
Tips on how to keep your pets safe this winter.