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Wednesday Quickies: Seniority Edition

The seniors show up big against Tennessee, Benny Snell receives offseason praise and more in today’s headlines.

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

It’s not very often in the Calipari era that seniors are the reason for victories, but last night was a different story. The Wildcats got big time help from Derek Willis and Dominique Hawkins in their thrashing of the Tennessee Volunteers on Tuesday. Both scored in double figures, as Willis scored 16 (6-10 from the field, 4-7 from deep) and Hawkins scored 10 (3-6 from the field, 2-4 from deep). Neither of them are averaging double figures on the season, so they both stepped up big in this game. The veteran leadership went a long way in giving Kentucky an 83-58 win over Tennessee to get revenge for the loss in Knoxville.

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Is Kentucky a Final Four-caliber team? - SEC Country
Several college basketball analysts tell us why Kentucky is or isn’t a Final FOur team, and what they can do to be one if they aren’t right now.

Benny Snell is a top-10 returning player in the SEC - Pro Football Focus
Snell continues to receive praise after just his freshman season. If he continues to produce at a high rate, Kentucky won’t have many problems offensively for the next couple years.

A good look at De’Aaron Fox’s new man-bun hairstyle - KSR
The superstar Kentucky point guard had one heck of a game last night, but his hair got all the attention before tip-off. If he performs as well as he did last night, I don’t think anyone will care what his hair looks like.

Kentucky dismantles Tennessee - NBC Sports
Coach Cal can get off the phone with tech support, because the reboot appears to have succeeded. Hopefully he won’t be calling them back any time soon.

Abule Abadi-Fitzgerald is UK’s 2017 under-the-radar recruit - ESPN
Fitzgerald has played just three seasons of organized football in his life. He didn’t receive an offer until a week before signing day. However, his senior season stats show promise.

Stop overlooking John Wall as one of the NBA’s best point guards - Herald-Leader
He’s averaging a double-double with over 20 points per game, and he’s still not getting the attention he deserves.

Kevin Love to have knee surgery - ESPN
The Cleveland Cavaliers’ forward will miss six weeks, which is hard news to handle for a Cavs team that now has the Boston Celtics nipping at their heels.

The D-League is becoming the Gatorade League - FOX Sports
Talk about commercialization.

Serge Ibaka traded to Raptors for Terrence Ross - Fansided
This is a great move for the Raptors. Ross was coming off the bench, and they now get a power forward that can start, and shoot better than any of their fours.

Miami Marlins grieving all over again as camp opens - FOX Sports
The absence of Jose Fernandez is being felt still, as Marlins’ pitchers and catchers have reported.

Meanwhile, the Royals are experiencing the same thing - The Washington Times
Yordano Ventura’s death is having the same effect on the Kansas City Royals as they enter camp.

Tom Crean’s best isn’t good enough for IU basketball - SB Nation
The Indiana Hoosiers have high expectations, and despite the fact that Tom Crean has been around for awhile, he hasn’t really met those expectations.

Runner loses race because ‘Spiderman attacked him’ - Mashable