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Sunday Quickies: Rise of the Bench Edition

Kentucky’s bench is coming on strong, and more in today’s headlines.

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Hoophall Miami Invitational - Kentucky v South Florida

Kentucky’s bench has come on strong in recent games. After scoring just 4 points against Tennessee (and all 4 of those coming from Derek Willis), the bench has been huge in helping Kentucky bounce back from their skid. In the revenge game against Tennessee, the bench scored 31 points, and last night the bench scored 25. The seniors Derek Willis and Dominique Hawkins have been huge contributors off the bench lately, averaging 11.5 and 9.5 points in the last two games, respectively. Senior Mychal Mulder also stepped up with 9 points against Georgia, so the veterans coming off the bench have been big for the Kentucky bench.

Tweet(s) of the day

The future Cat was ballin at the Marshall County Hoopfest.

Shooting like we saw last night should get Mulder more playing time.

Your quickies

Georgia students waited for hours in the rain for UK-UGA tickets - DawgNation
It was an awfully long line in less than desirable weather, but everyone gets up for their game against Kentucky.

Perfectionist Alyssa Rice gaining confidence on offense - Herald-Leader
UK hoops’ Rice has a 4.0 in college, and finished one class with a 103 percent. Now, she’s starting to get just as comfortable with the ball as she is in the classroom.

Gabriel and Willis battling for the four spot - KSR
Willis and Gabriel are fighting for the starting power forward spot, a position that has caused Kentucky a lot of problems this year.

Wildcats escape Athens with clutch free throw shooting - Scout
De’Aaron Fox came to life in the closing moments, and he, Malik Monk and Bam Adebayo sealed the deal at the free throw line.

Fox speaks on made free throws late - Courier-Journal
Fox missed his first two free throws in the second half, and then rattled off eight straight.

Calipari goes on rant in defense of other coaches - KSR
One thing’s for sure, Calipari is never going to let himself get fired midseason without getting a big payday.

Kansas escapes Waco with win over Baylor - FOX Sports
The No. 4 Baylor Bears had the No. 3 Kansas Jayhawks up against the ropes, but Kansas escaped 67-65. The Jayhawks appear to be well on their way to a 13th straight Big 12 title.

The best dunk contest jams of this century - USA Today
Celebrate the dunk contest with a look at some of the best dunks in the competition’s history since 2000.

Yankees win arbitration case over Betances - Atlanta Journal Constitution
The New York Yankees won their arbitration case over pitcher Dellin Betances, and he’ll be getting $3 million instead of his requested $5 million.

Projecting the best available quarterbacks in the 2017 draft - Bleacher Report
From Mitch Trubisky, to Deshaun Watson to Josh Dobbs, a look at the best available QBs in the upcoming NFL Draft.

Is Kyrie Irving really being serious about this flat earth thing? - SB Nation
OK, so Kyrie Irving apparently thinks the Earth is flat. Yeah, that super-talented point guard that went to Duke University and seemed to have a great head on his shoulders won’t stop arguing his case about the Earth being flat. But is he really being serious?

The good and bad of All-Star Weekend - CBS Sports
The dunk contest was a complete flop in comparison to last year, but at least the young polarizing star Kristaps Porzingis won the Skills competition (unfortunately it wasn’t a Kentucky player, though).

Samsung is making sure the Galaxy S8 won’t explode - BGR
Usually when you buy a new phone, you hope it won’t explode while you’re using it.