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Friday Quickies: Epps and Akhator Edition

Makayla Epps and Evelyn Akhator shine on senior night in an upset win, news from the NBA trade deadline and more in today's headlines.

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The Kentucky Wildcats women's team pulled off a huge upset last night over the No. 3 Mississippi State Bulldogs. It took overtime, but they pulled out a signature 78-75 win inside Memorial Coliseum.

The Cats were led by seniors Makayla Epps and Evelyn Akhator. Akhator led the way in points with 27 to go along with 16 rebounds. Meanwhile, Epps scored 22 and dropped the go-ahead bucket in overtime with eight seconds remaining. It was one heck of a night for those two in leading Kentucky to their biggest win of the year.

And on top of it all, it was senior night. Epps and Akhator were honored, and showed out for the occasion. What a way to end your career in Memorial.

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Kentucky Woman | The Players' Tribune
Nothing compares to playing basketball at Kentucky. Just ask Makayla Epps.

Florida must tackle Wildcats without Egbunu this time | Lexington Herald-Leader
Florida has continued to win despite losing big man John Egbunu to a torn ACL on Feb. 14. The Gators will take a nine-game winning streak into Saturday’s game at Kentucky. Defense and depth keep Florida contending for SEC championship.

NEXT MAN UP: PJ Washington meets the BBN in Marshall County | Kentucky Sports Radio
"Ever since John Wall went to Kentucky, I just fell in love with the program," PJ says. "I remember the John Wall dance and everything."

Kentucky Wildcats coach John Calipari has an issue with people who doubt Bam - 247
John Calipari laid into any critics of Kentucky big man Bam Adebayo.

UK can deliver a familiar message to Florida Coach Michael White | Lexington Herald-Leader
Now that Billy Donovan is in the NBA, second-year Florida coach Michael White is trying to defy SEC basketball history by maintaining the Gators’ status as the biggest league threat to Kentucky.

Cauley-Stein scores a career-high in first game without Boogie - News-Times
The Kings are going to miss Cousins, but one guy who's benefiting (in a way) is former Wildcat Willie Cauley-Stein.

Georgia Tech coach Josh Pastner praises Calipari - 247
Georgia Tech head coach Josh Pastner praised former boss John Calipari during an appearance on The Sidelines podcast with Evan Daniels.

Kentucky has serious interest in No. 1 basketball recruit for 2019 | Lexington Herald-Leader
Five-star shooting guard R.J. Barrett is only a sophomore in high school, but he’s already ranked as the No. 1 player in his class and is being hailed as one of the greatest Canadian basketball players of all time. It’s a little early for Barrett and recruiting, but Kentucky will clearly be pursuing him down the road.

Nerlens Noel traded to Dallas Mavericks - SEC Country
The defensive-minded Kentucky big is going to get to learn from Dirk Nowitzki.

Pelicans waive Terrence Jones - ESPN
The Pelicans tried to trade Jones, but couldn't find a deal for him. They're waiving him so he can find a less congested frontcourt elsewhere.

Cousins and Davis show out, but Pelicans lose in Cousins' debut -
27 and 14 from Cousins to go with 29 and 9 from Davis wasn't enough, as the Pelicans fell to the Rockets. Cousins and Davis scored the vast majority of New Orleans' 99 points.

The big names stay in place on deadline day -
Paul George, Jimmy Butler, Carmelo Anthony and Derrick Rose all stayed put. The majority of trade deadline day was all talk and no results.

New Lakers regime faces tough road to Paul George - Bleacher Report
The Los Angeles Lakers have a new order in the front office, and they already have their biggest task: acquiring Paul George when he hits free agency after failing to trade for him. If Magic does it, he'll be praised.

Mavericks waive Deron Williams, who wants to go to the Cavs - ESPN
I doubt that when LeBron James asked for a playmaker, he meant a backup point guard well past his prime.

Winners and losers of the trade deadline - Sports Illustrated
The Sixers lost a great defensive player, the Mavs got better, the Pelicans got a lot better, and the Knicks and Celtics didn't do anything despite a lot of talk.

A six-point plan to return the 49ers to glory -
The San Francisco 49ers are a long way from competing for a Super Bowl. But that doesn't mean it's not possible to turn them around. Here's how Gil Brandt thinks it can be done.

Why Christian McCaffrey to the Patriots makes sense - CBS Sports
McCaffrey seems to be a perfect fit for the type of player that Bill Belichick would turn into a diamond.

The former Google engineer who allegedly stole secrets for Uber - Forbes
Anthony Levandowski allegedly stole secrets on self-driving cars and used them at Uber.