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Kentucky Wildcats Morning Quickies: Georgia On My Mind Edition

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The Dawgs are on a collision course with the 'Cats in Rupp Arena tonight.

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Good midmorning, ladies and gentlemen of the Big Blue Nation, and welcome to the Tuesday Quickies. Today’s big story (note I’m not talking Pitino and Louisville in my intros) is Kentucky’s game with Georgia tonight. Kyle tucker has a solid piece on the game here that deserves a perusal, and he properly notes that it will be guard-on-guard violence tonight as two of the best back courts in the SEC face off in Rupp Arena.

It’s pretty clear to me that Kentucky has established an identity, and whether or not it’s good enough to get us where we want to go, it certainly can be explosive. Kentucky’s defenestration of Florida after an unforgivable loss to Tennessee in Knoxville has to give us a sliver of hope. The problem is that Alex Poythress didn’t practice yesterday, and I’m not sanguine about seeing him tonight.

On the flip side, Isaac Humphries played well the other night against the Gators, and when you’re in a “next man up” situation, we just have to hope the young guy can reprise that effort with another solid game.

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Both good men, to be sure, and outstanding coaches. And yet, the best players seem to flock to some other coach. Can’t quite remember his name… I think it starts with a C and ends with “alipari.”

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