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Cats take on the Mastodons, Lamar remembers the fumble, a new QB target emerges, a mini rivalry week diatribe, RIP David Cassidy, and more!

NCAA Basketball: Troy at Kentucky Mark Zerof-USA TODAY Sports

Good morning Big Blue Nation. It feels like the Kentucky Wildcats just played the Troy Trojans in a game that was sometimes difficult to watch. Well, they did just play on Monday night. Now the Cats are taking on the Fort Wayne Mastodons (props for the best nickname out there).

I think this is still part of the Adolph Rupp Classic (more on that in a bit). The Mastodons come in with a 3-1 record with their only loss being to Oakland.

John Calipari and the fans will be asking the same question: can this team play 40 minutes of good basketball? It’s going to be tough as the team will be playing their second game in three days and Thanksgiving tomorrow. The Mastodons aren’t pushovers. They upset the Indiana Hoosiers last season 71-68 in overtime.

If Kentucky becomes lethargic at any point in the game, then that could spell trouble.

Tweet(s) of the Day

Kentucky just offered Foster a scholarship and the Wildcats immediately vaulted into his top five. The three star former Missouri commit would majorly soften the blow left by Jarren Williams. Right not LSU is the heavy favorite for Foster but things could change quickly once Vince Marrow starts his pitch with earnest.

Seconded.

Get well soon, CJ Conrad. It’ll be tough going without him on Saturday. But hopefully he can heal up and come back to have his best season yet at Kentucky.

I was on a podcast and talked Kentucky basketball. It was a lot of fun. Check it out.

Quickies

Kentucky vs. Fort Wayne game info | SEC Country- How to watch the game with a little bit of a preview of the Mastodons.

The Wildcats are the most inexperienced basketball team in over a decade | KSR- This is according to Ken Pomeroy who has been tracking that stat since 2007. It’s showing and Cal is struggling on how to approach them in certain situations.

Lamar Jackson did not forget the fumble | KSR- After doing some Heisman posing, Lamar Jackson fumbled the ball in the red zone during the final potentially game winning drive for the Cardinals. Kentucky won 41-38 and Jackson still remembers that crucial play. “I’ve waited a whole year for this game,” Jackson said. “Because I fumbled last year and we lost. I don’t like that, so it’s going to be a good game.”

Yikes.

Terry Wilson’s decision could affect current Cats | SEC Country- Former Oregon Duck Terry Wilson is a JUCO QB looking for a division one home and Kentucky just may be that play. The talented duel threat QB has an official visit scheduled for Kentucky in mid-December. If Wilson commits, how will that change the QB roster for the Wildcats? Will Gunnar Hoak or Drew Barker depart? Will both depart?

Hard work paying off for Kentucky super sub Taylor Murray | Lexington Herald Leader
Sophomore guard Jaida Roper has set career highs in three of Kentucky’s first four games and keeps getting better, Coach Matthew Mitchell says as UK prepares to take on Morehead State on Wednesday.

No. 6 Kentucky Wraps Up Regular Season at Arkansas, Georgia | UK
Kentucky is currently tied atop the Southeastern Conference standings with Florida heading into the final week. Two wins from the Wildcats will clinch an SEC championship for UK. The Cats have not won the league regular-season title since 1988.

Modern Kentucky-Louisville football rivalry history | Lexington Herald Leader
From "Game One" in 1994 through last season's Stephen Johnson-led Kentucky upset of Lamar Jackson and No. 11 Louisville, a game-by-game history of the modern Governor's Cup football rivalry

Stoops trying to simulate Lamar Jackson in practice - 247
It's a tall order, but Mark Stoops is trying to simulate Lamar Jackson in practice this week in preparation for Kentucky's rivalry game with Louisville Saturday.

Louisville quarterback Lamar Jackson: An appreciation | Lexington Herald Leader
Louisville’s reigning Heisman Trophy winner Lamar Jackson may be playing his final game in the state when the Cards play at Kentucky on Saturday.

Courtney Love one of three finalists for the Wuerffel Trophy - 247
Kentucky senior linebacker Courtney Love is one of three finalists for the 2017 Wuerffel Trophy, an award that honors college football’s top community servant.

Duke or Kentucky — Who’s the king of basketball recruiting? | Lexington Herald Leader
UK is still recruiting at a very high level, but why has Duke beaten the Cats consistently with top-five prospects in recent years?

One and done: How changing rule affects college hoops | SI.com
Thoughts on the reignited one-and-done rule debate, a chat with Xavier guard Trevon Bluiett, an update on Michael Porter Jr. and much more.

Benny Snell compares Kentucky/Louisville rivalry to Ohio State/Michigan | Saturdays Down South- Benny is from Ohio so he’s seen one of the nation’s most heated rivalries up close and personal.

Louisville’s responds to NCAA sanctions over prostitution as “grossly excessive” | WDRB- The only thing gross here is that Louisville is still trying to defend providing hookers to players and underaged recruits. There are some cringe worthy statements made by the folks over at UofL in response to the NCAA sanctions. They’re trying to save their banner and it ain’t gonna work.

Get a load of this:

It goes on to blast the decision by the Committee on Infractions:

"At bottom, the penalty the COI imposed is simply unfair. It wipes away the collegiate careers of numerous student-athletes because they were unwillingly drawn into McGee's schemes; ignores the University's efforts to investigate and redress McGee's misconduct; and imposes one of the most severe sanctions possible -- the vacation of a Division I NCAA Men's Basketball Championship, two Final Four appearances, and multiple seasons of competition -- because of the participation of a handful of student-athletes who did little wrong. Precedent does not support this approach. Neither does common sense or fundamental fairness. The COI's grossly excessive vacation and financial penalties should be reversed."

  • “Unwillingly drawn into Andre McGee’s schemes” HAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAH!!!!!
  • The student athletes did little wrong? They participated in PROSTITUTION.
  • “Precedent does not support this approach.” I agree on one thing: there is no precedent for this kind of depravity in college basketball history.

Louisville, shut up and take your medicine and then sit back and take it again for what Coach 2 did with Brian Bowen. Everyone in college athletics hates you and nobody respects either of your major men’s programs programs. You’re trash. You’ve always been trash. You’ll always be trash- This diatribe is sponsored by rivalry week.

NFL 2017 - Quarterback grades for all 32 teams
Which quarterbacks have exceeded expectations? Which have fallen short? And what is going on in Buffalo? NFL Nation reporters graded the QB situations for all 32 teams based on each team's expectations heading into the season, on a scale from A-plus to F.

Miami is #2 in latest college football playoff rankings | ESPN- The Hurricanes and the Clemson Tigers switch places. I was a little shocked that this wasn’t the case last week. I guess the committee reconsidered the resumes and got it right this time.

No guarantees for Michael Porter, Jr.’s future | CBS Sports- In a stunning blow to Missouri and college basketball, it was announced yesterday that star freshman Michael Porter, Jr. will have back surgery and miss the season. A NBA scout told CBS that the doctors are in charge of Porter’s future. Don’t expect to see him ever play a minute of college basketball.

David Cassidy dead at 67 | People- Cassidy was a teenage heartthrob that was at the height of his fame in the 1970s as he portrayed Keith Partridge in the musical show The Partridge Family. He scored a major hit with the song “I think I love You” and sent teenage girls into a frenzy at his concerts. He battled substance abuse throughout his life.

Iranian man charged in HBO hack | NBC News- Behzad Mesri has been charged by the Feds with hacking HBO and stealing shows, Game of Thrones in particular, and ransoming them for Bitcoin. That’s a 2017 story if I’ve ever seen one.

Skeletons and the Dead Sea Scrolls | Science News- Scientists have uncovered the skeletons of a community of men at the site of Qumran, where the Dead Sea Scrolls were found decades ago. Scientists believe that a sect of celibate Byzantine monks protected the scrolls and may have even been the authors. I love this stuff.