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Kentucky Wildcats Quickies: Hami Homecoming Edition

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Hamidou Diallo was masterful in NYC, Nick Haynes is off the team, volleyball falls to Nebraska, and more.

NCAA Basketball: Kentucky vs Monmouth-NJ Nicole Sweet-USA TODAY Sports

Hamidou Diallo made the most of his homecoming trip to New York City as he put on a show against the Monmouth Hawks. Hami was the star in the 93-76 victory in Madison Square Garden. He scored a team high 23 points and added four rebounds and two steals.

The Kentucky Wildcats were shorthanded without Sacha Killeya-Jones as he was out with an ankle sprain. Quade Green went out in the second half with an eye injury and did not return due to it being swollen shut.

Kevin Knox was off but it didn’t matter as PJ Washington and Wenyen Gabriel both picked it up in terms of scoring.

The season gets real now as Kentucky has a three game stretch featuring Virginia Tech, UCLA, and Louisville. I will be pleased if they go 2-1. I’ll be ecstatic if they go 3-0.

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Quickies

Nick Haynes no longer with the team | Lexington Herald Leader- The senior offensive lineman had a difficult season due to his diabetes and his displeasure with the coaching staff in which he voiced on twitter. Coach Mark Stoops had this to say:

Nick was done with the last game,” Stoops said of the senior, who was a team captain for 11 games this season.

“With his health, just a mutual separation, he was good to try and get healthy, gain some weight, hopefully try to prepare to make an NFL run. He was anxious to get his health back in good shape.

I don’t buy this excuse. Not one bit.

PJ Washington sheds weight and shines | Coachcal.com- Freshman PJ Washington had arguably his best game of the season against Monmouth. Calipari attributed his performance with his weight loss and his practice habits.

Gutty effort not enough for UK volleyball | UK Athletics- Craig Skinner’s team dropped the Elite Eight game in four sets to 5 seed and defending champion Nebraska. It was a magical season and the Wildcats have nothing to be ashamed of in their performance.

Josh Allen and Mike Edwards mull draft decisions | SEC Country- Both Allen and Edwards were bright spots in a rather blah year for the Kentucky defense. Both players stated that their main focus is on the bowl game but the NFL Draft is on their radar.

Cal not happy with turnovers | Lexington Herald Leader- John Calipari should be a happy man after such a lopsided victory, but alas he still has nits to pick. He was not pleased with the turnovers and lamented that his team is still incapable of playing 40 minutes.

Baker Mayfield wins the Heisman | ESPN- The Oklahoma QB won the Heisman trophy by a landslide. In true Cardinal fan fashion, the Louisville faithful had a meltdown on social media. In their defense I would have voted for Lamar.

No 40-0 season for the Duke Bluedevils | CBS Sports- Boston College upset the preseason champion Duke Bluedevils 89-84. The national media is still in mourning.

Derek Jeeter has been a disaster as Marlins exec | Sporting News- Not only did he practically give Giancarlo Stanton to the Yankees, he also fired a scout suffering from cancer. He’s ruined his image as a baseball good guy.

BC provided the blueprint to beat Duke | Sporting News- There are four things that BC did to win the game. Out-rebounding Duke because Marvin Bagley was in foul trouble may have been the most important.