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Saturday Quickies: South Carolina Gameday Edition

Kentucky takes on South Carolina. D.J. Eliot discusses his departure. New mock draft. More.

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The Wildcats are set to face off against their toughest Southeastern Conference competition yet this year, as the take on the No. 24 South Carolina Gamecocks in Rupp Arena. South Carolina has one of the toughest defenses Kentucky has seen all year, and the Wildcats have struggled against teams that are able to slow down the pace. If Kentucky can play the game at their pace and not South Carolina's pace, it'll be a blowout. Even if the Gamecocks slow it down, the 'Cats have a good chance to win, but it'll go down to the wire.

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Strength Meets Strength on Saturday at Rupp Arena | UK Wildcats News
"South Carolina is a physical team," UK senior forward Derek Willis said. "I’ve watched them play and every year since I’ve been here they’ve really been a physical team, get after you, hit the boards hard and that’s something they do well. You just have to be prepared for it."

It’s a good night for South Carolina coach if Kentucky is ‘uncomfortable’ Saturday | Lexington Herald-Leader
In five seasons at South Carolina, Frank Martin has given the program an identity built on competing hard. His family background is filled with overcoming obstacles. Matching that intensity is a must for opponents, which Kentucky displayed last season.

Zach Lowe on Anthony Davis and the New Orleans Pelicans - ESPN
New Orleans faces tough decisions heading into the trade deadline and free agency. Zach Lowe examines the future for Anthony Davis and the Pelicans.

Two Types of Defensive Ends | Kentucky Sports Radio
One major variance lies within the defensive end’s physical stature and responsibilities. Former UK QB Freddie Maggard takes a look at a NFL prototypical 3-4 and 4-3 DE in order to clarify preferred body types, abilities, and style.

UK football: D.J. Eliot discusses departure for Colorado | Lexington Herald-Leader
A chance to move closer to family was key, Kentucky’s former defensive coordinator said after Colorado announced his hiring Thursday. As for his relationship with Mark Stoops: "We’re doing great. He can’t get rid of me as a friend."

De'Aaron Fox among NCAA leaders in points created - 247
Kentucky guard De'Aaron Fox among NCAA leaders in points created.

UK in good position with 5-star basketball recruit Mohamed Bamba | Lexington Herald-Leader
Mohamed Bamba -- the No. 2 basketball recruit in the class of 2017 -- will take his official visit to UK this weekend, and John Calipari and the Cats appear to be in good shape with the 7-foot recruiting target. Bamba is close friends with Kentucky commitments Quade Green and Hamidou Diallo. He’s also considering Duke, Texas and Michigan.

Le'Veon Bell's long journey from suspension to the AFC Championship game - ESPN
In August, the Steelers back was recovering from knee surgery and suspended for a second substance abuse violation. Now, he's a crucial part of Pittsburgh's Super Bowl hopes. So what changed?

Jeremiah mock draft 1.0: 49ers, Jets, Texans fill QB needs -
Daniel Jeremiah takes a look at how the 2017 NFL Draft could unfold, including the 49ers, Jets and Texans filling QB needs, and the Panthers pairing Cam Newton with the draft's top RB.

An early look at the top 25 college teams for 2017 | PFF
Alabama remains No. 1 entering the new season. Five teams each from the Big 12, SEC and Pac-12 make the list. The good news is UK won't play anyone in the top 10 and will face 'just' three top-25 teams.

UNC, Duke, FSU, Kentucky make strong pitches for Kevin Knox | News & Observer
The No. 7-rated college basketball recruit in the country, Kevin Knox, visited Raleigh, North Carolina, for the John Wall Invitational in December 2016. He has narrowed his college choice to the Duke Blue Devils, UNC Tar Heels, Florida State Seminoles and Kentucky Wildcats.

Weekend picks: FSU beats Louisville in OT in weekend of pivotal games - ESPN
Look for Florida State to defend its home court, barely, from Louisville this weekend, which also features a Pac-12 clash between Arizona and UCLA.

Adrian Peterson has considered Giants, Bucs, Texans -
Adrian Peterson hopes to return to the Vikings. If the two sides can't agree on a restructured contract, though, he already has at least three potential destinations in mind.

Rajon Rondo’s goal to be NBA head coach after playing career ends | Lexington Herald-Leader
Former University of Kentucky star Rajon Rondo says he hopes to play "six or seven more years" in the NBA, and afterward his goal is to become a head coach.

We Back Pat: Legacy - ESPN
Doris Burke of espnW explains why legendary Tennessee coach Pat Summitt was never as concerned about the accolades as she was for the people she helped.

Writer of 'A Dog's Purpose' says on-set video wasn't accurate - The Hollywood Reporter
The movie has come under fire after a video surfaced of trainer's forcing a dog into water when the dog was clearly resisting.

Apple sues Qualcomm for $1 billion - Forbes
Apple is alleging extortion.