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Wildcat Quickies: Terrence Jones Edition

Terrence Jones posts a double-double, Makayla Epps is a Wooden Award contender, the Chargers are moving to LA and more.

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While Anthony Davis was out last night for the New Orleans Pelicans, his pro and college teammate, Terrence Jones put on a show to lead the Pelicans to victory. Jones posted a double-double, with 24 points and 12 rebounds. He shot 58.8%, and tacked on 1 assist and 1 steal. Plus, he pulled off a legendary ball fake late in the game (see Tweet of the day). It's great to see Jones put up a game like this, and show out in Davis' absence.

Tweet of the day

Love to see a Kentucky player channel his inner Rajon Rondo (it's a BBNBA takeover).

Your quickies

Akhator’s career night powers Kentucky past Alabama | Lexington Herald-Leader
Senior forward scores career best 29 points and grabs 15 rebounds in the Cats’ 71-54 victory. Fellow senior Makayla Epps added 16 points and three assists.

Makayla Epps Named to John R. Wooden Award Midseason Top 25 | UK Wildcats News
Epps has been named to the John R. Wooden Award Midseason Top 25, which annually honors college basketball’s most outstanding men’s and women’s players, after a strong start to her senior season with a team-best 17.0 points per game.

How Isaiah Briscoe matured into the leader Kentucky needs | Kentucky Sports Radio
A great read on Isaiah Briscoe and his rise to not only a star on the court, but the leader this young UK squad needs as well.

UKTF to Begin 2017 this Weekend with Kentucky Invitational | UK Wildcats News
The Kentucky track and field teams will begin their seasons in earnest at home with this weekend’s Kentucky Invitational, which begins Friday at 4 p.m., and continues Saturday at 9 a.m.

Now head coaches, ex-Cats Allen Edwards, Scott Padgett have teams off to strong starts | Lexington Herald-Leader
Former Kentucky Wildcats players turned men’s college basketball head coaches Allen Edwards of Wyoming and Scott Padgett at Samford are off to respectable starts in 2016-17. For some other ex-Cats who are now head men, things are not going so well

Four Wildcats get a bump in updated 247Sports Composite rankings - 247
Four future Wildcats received a bump in the rankings when the newly-updated 247Sports Composite was released Thursday.

Kentucky Heads to Florida to Begin SEC Action | UK Wildcats News
Following a win in the 2017 season opener against Eastern Michigan, the Kentucky gymnastics team will stay on the road for its SEC opener with No. 3 Florida. The Wildcats and Gators will square off Friday inside the Exactech Arena at the Stephen C. O’Connell Center.

Two Cats named Sporting News midseason All-Americans - Sporting News
Kentucky guards De'Aaron Fox and Malik Monk were named midseason All-Americans by The Sporting News.

National analyst now predicting UK will land Bamba " UK recruiting news
247 Sports national analyst Jerry Meyer changed his Crystal Ball pick for five-star basketball recruit Mohamed Bamba from Duke to Kentucky on Thursday.

Kentucky the more veteran basketball team for a change against Auburn | Lexington Herald-Leader
In John Calipari’s eight seasons as coach, Kentucky is almost always the talented team of freshmen trying to beat the wily veterans. But UK will be the older team against Auburn on Saturday.

Kentucky Heads to Florida to Begin SEC Action | UK Wildcats News
Following a win in the 2017 season opener against Eastern Michigan, the Kentucky gymnastics team will stay on the road for its SEC opener with No. 3 Florida. The Wildcats and Gators will square off Friday inside the Exactech Arena at the Stephen C. O’Connell Center.

John Clay podcast: Ben Roberts on Diallo and more by Herald-Leader
Lexington Herald-Leader sports columnist John Clay talks with Herald-Leader recruiting writer Ben Roberts about University of Kentucky basketball recruiting. They talk about Hamidou Diallo, remaining targets for 2017 and look ahead to 2018.

Kirstin Maldonado of Pentatonix to Highlight Excite Night | UK Wildcats News
The Excite Night meet on Jan. 20 at 7 p.m. will be packed with nationally ranked gymnastics and a star, as Kirstin Maldonado from the award-winning a cappella group Pentatonix will be in attendance.

The Chargers are moving to Los Angeles - Washington Post
In a move that is hated by San Diego fans, Los Angeles fans, and a lot of general football fans, Dean Spanos has decided to move the Chargers to Los Angeles. They even unveiled a horrific logo that everyone made fun of.

Los Angeles Rams hire Sean McVay as head coach - NFL
In other Los Angeles football news, the Rams have found a replacement for Jeff Fisher. McVay's previous job was with the Washington Redskins as their offensive coordinator.

Derrick Rose hopes absence doesn't hurt his future with Knicks - ESPN
Rose left the team on Monday before a game without explanation. He later explained that there was a family issue, but was still fined a hefty amount. This could hurt him in free agency this offseason, or could even lead to him being traded if the struggling New York Knicks see the need to cut their assets.

Revenge plays a major factor in NFL Divisional round - USA Today
A rematch of the "Dez dropped it game," a battle between Julio Jones and Richard Sherman, and more will be featured in NFL playoff action this weekend.

Bo Jackson says he won't let his kids play football - Kansas City Star
Jackson cites all the health risks of football when saying that it's not safe. Jackson even said that if he were growing up today, he would not play the game.

Amazon to add 100,000 jobs as retail stores crumble - The New York Times
Amazon is flourishing with new factories, offering up tons of jobs as traditional retail stores are closing one after another.