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Wildcat Quickies: Next Level Success Edition

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Jamal Murray wins Rookie of the Month, Jay Bilas likes the Kentucky backcourt, Gronk to have surgery and more.

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Kentucky is known for putting excellent players in the NBA, and their most recent draft class is no exception. After a slow start, Jamal Murray has turned things around and made himself good enough to be the Western Conference’s Rookie of the Month. Murray is averaging over 10 points per-game, and is among the best rookie shooters this year. He’s not the only Cat looking good at the moment, as Anthony Davis is the league’s leading scorer after dropping 41 on the Lakers, and Karl-Anthony Towns just recently put up 47 on the Knicks. Former Cats are doing great things in the NBA.

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Jamal Murray named Western Conference Rookie of the Month - NBA
Murray joins Joel Embiid, who was given the same award for the Eastern Conference. Murray scored 18 points or more in four of six games to close out the month.

Davis leading league in scoring, defends teammates - ESPN
Anthony Davis is constantly being told he’s in a situation where his teammates can’t help him win, and he’s doing it all himself. He doesn’t agree, though.

KAT is putting way too much pressure on himself - SB Nation
Towns put up 47, but the Timberwolves still lost to the Knicks. For most players, they’ll take the 47 points and move on. But Towns isn’t OK with the loss. Personally, I like the competitiveness.

Bold predictions for UCLA vs. Kentucky - Inquisitr
Spoiler Alert: Inquisitr has Kentucky winning. But they also have some shockingly good performance predictions.

Jay Bilas says UK has once-in-a-generation duo - SEC Country
Bilas has been high on this Kentucky team, and for good reason. He thinks De’Aaron Fox and Malik Monk are a rare combination.

WBB upsets No. 12 Oklahoma - Kentucky New Era
The No. 17 lady Cats knocked off No. 12 Oklahoma at home, one of their biggest wins on the young season.

Cowboys survive scare against Vikings - NFL
Dallas nearly lost just their second game of the year, but pulled out a close win to put them in good position to clinch a playoff spot.

Gronk to have back surgery - ESPN
Rob Gronkowski is a force to be reckoned with when he’s on the field, but injuries have heavily hindered his ability to get on the field in recent years.

Rockets top Warriors in double OT - NBA
Golden State suffered it’s third loss of the year with a loss to the Rockets. Oh, and one of those old Louisville players did something cool I guess.

Jay Cutler to have season-ending surgery - CBS
It’s what’s been expected all along for Cutler, but after looking into other options Cutler will have surgery for a torn labrum. Is he done in Chicago?

Joe McKnight dies in Louisiana - ESPN
Former USC and New York Jets running back Joe McKnight was shot to death in Louisiana on Thursday. Native Louisiana community members, like Tyrann Mathieu, are taking the loss hard.

LeBron and Wade meet in different uniforms once again - ESPN
From Cavs vs. Heat, to them teaming up in Miami, to Cavs vs. Heat again, now to Cavs vs. Bulls, the friendly foes/former teammates LeBron James and Dwyane Wade have seen each other in a lot of different circumstances.

Twitter buys startup Yes, Inc. - Tech Crunch