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It’s a potentially loaded week for Kentucky hoops.

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Good morning BBN, let’s discuss Kentucky hoops this week. To start, the Cats are starting their regular season schedule this Friday against Utah Valley. But that’s not all. There are some other (potentially) big things happening, as the early signing period starts on Wednseday and top-two 2018 recruit RJ Barrett is deciding on Friday (Duke and Kentucky are the favorites). There’s also a good chance 5-star guard Keldon Johnson decides this week (Kentucky is the favorite). And on top of that, 4-star recruit Tyler Herro is making his visit to Lexington on Friday.

So it could be a huge week for Kentucky basketball.

And Kentucky football is coming up on a very winnable game this week, as they’ll venture to Nashville, Tennessee for a matchup against the 4-5 Vanderbilt Commodores.

Tweets of the day

A.J. Green gave Jalen Ramsey a licking, folks.

Not to bring back the painful loss to Ole Miss, but new starting defensive back Lonnie Johnson handled his rough moment well:

Your quickies

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