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Wildcats Quickies: Awesome Week Edition

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This was probably one of the better weeks UK has had in the past year with big wins being scored across all sports by Cats of past and present.

Men's basketball crushed Georgia and then did the same at South Carolina in what was the wildest game of the John Calipari/Kenny Payne era. The Cats put on a dunk show and now look like a real Final Four contender and may even be capable of cutting downs the nets after the final game.

UK Hoops got back on track with a big win over LSU and look to build off of it against Vandy today.

The softball Cats quietly scored a win over No. 4 Oregon and now how a pair of top-25 wins to open what's already shaping up to be another big season.

Karl-Anthony Towns won the NBA Skills Challenge, and several other Cats will be in tonight's NBA All-Star Game.

Louisville lost twice.

Yeah, this week was pretty awesome.

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Empowered Cats outmuscle Gamecocks on road - CoachCal.com
By the time the final horn sounded, Kentucky was the talk of the college basketball landscape as its backcourt sliced and diced its way through the Gamecocks for an emphatic 89-62 win.

Cheek’s Grand Slam, Nunley’s Homer Power Kentucky Past No. 4 Oregon - UK Wildcats News
With the aid of freshman slugger Abbey Cheek and senior pitcher Kelsey Nunley’s first career home runs, No. 18 UK powered its way past No. 4 Oregon 8-6 on Saturday. The Cats will face New Mexico today at 5:45 p.m. ET.

Kentucky shows plenty of fight in routing South Carolina - Lexington Herald-Leader
The victory benefited Kentucky in a tangible as well as symbolic way. On what ESPN analyst Sean Farnham had called "Separation Saturday," UK moved into at least a share of first place in the Southeastern Conference. The Cats’ records improved to 19-6 overall and 9-3 in the SEC.

No. 18 Kentucky Hits The Road For Rematch at Vanderbilt - UK Wildcats News
After a victory over LSU last weekend before its lone midweek bye in conference action, the No. 18 UK women’s basketball team is ready for a rematch with Vanderbilt at 4 p.m. ET.

Calipari ejection lights fire under Cats at South Carolina - Courier-Journal
Some wonder if Calipari planned the whole thing as a motivational tactic for his team. Others are speculating on what Sirmons could’ve done or said to send Calipari so over the edge. Everyone, though, seems to agree with USC forward Michael Carrera on this: "I think it inspired them."

NBA Skills Challenge: Towns wins one for the big men in a thrilling finish - SBNation.com
Towns became the first big man to win the event and make the Big Blue Nation proud.

Adebayo’s hard work earned him his McDonald’s All-American jersey - USA Today High School Sports
Friday afternoon when Adebayo received his honorary McDonald’s All-American Game jersey during a ceremony at his school, it was a culmination of his hard work.

It's time to start paying attention to Notre Dame: Irish top No. 13 Louisville - CBSSports.com
The Irish looked like a top-15 team on Saturday. The win didn't come easy, and Louisville showed plenty of pushback. But by the end, this looked like a team that could again be dangerous in the NCAA Tournament.

Duke's Grayson Allen blatantly traveled on buzzer-beater - SBNation.com
Duke beat Virginia at the buzzer, but should Grayson Allen's shot have counted?

UK target Trae Young drops 60 points in win - USA Today High School Sports
Trae Young has been scoring at a high pace over the last month, but nothing has topped Friday night’s performance. He scored a career-high 60 points — including 12 threes — in a 102-70 victory against Yukon (Okla.).

Kentucky Faces Setback at No. 21 Northwestern - UK Wildcats News
UK battled but fell short on Saturday afternoon, as the No. 21 Northwestern Wildcats walked away with a 6-1 victory in the Combe Tennis Center. UK moves to 6-2 on the young season.

No contest: Today's best shooters are better than ever - ESPN
Simply put, the best shooters are better than they used to be.

Jordan Brand Pays Tribute to Kobe Bryant - Nike News
Tradition mandates that when one of the greats of a generation retires, the world comes out to recognize their accomplishments and pay tribute to the way they played the game.

Alabama lands Graduate Transfer - 247 Sports
The Tide hit big with grad transfer Gehrig Dieter, who caught 94 balls for 1,033 yards and 10 touchdowns helping Bowling Green to a MAC championship last season.

Take 2: Should the SEC be concerned about the rise of the Big Ten? - SEC Blog - ESPN
Ohio State and Michigan are two programs that SEC coaches and fans must take note of, but is the gap really closing?

If drone racing is the sport of the future, how will we watch it? - The Verge
There has been a growing excitement around the prospect of a new sporting league where competitors race that very futuristic sounding vehicle, a drone.

Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia passes away - Vox
Scalia, who died at age 79, was first appointed to the court by Ronald Reagan in 1986 to fill the seat William Rehnquist gave up to become Chief Justice.

How scientists will keep searching for gravitational waves - The Verge
Now that the first gravitational wave signals have been detected, scientists are eager to find more. Gravitational waves offer a new way of learning about distant objects like black holes and neutron stars.