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Kentucky Wildcats Quickies: Gameday in Gainesville Edition

UK matches up with Florida, Coach K is back, Super Bowl halftime show complaining, Falcons vs. Patriots preview, and more!

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Good morning ladies and gentlemen of the Big Blue Nation. For the second Saturday in a row, our beloved Kentucky Wildcats will be at the center of ESPN's College Gameday. Instead of being in Lexington, the college basketball kickoff show is in Gainesville to highlight the 'Cats vs. the Florida Gators.

ESPN's Eamon Brennan previews the game and points out how tough of a test the Wildcats will face against the Gators. This is a huge game for both teams.

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No. 6 Kentucky at No. 23 Florida | Storylines, game info - LCJ

Kentucky comes in a little shaky, having lost two of its last three games. After losing two straight to Tennessee and Kansas, the Wildcats escaped with an overtime win at home against Georgia last game. Florida enters on a hot-streak, with three consecutive wins of more than 30 points.

Kentucky Basketball Previews Florida | UK Wildcats News
Kentucky assistant coach Joel Justus met the media on Friday to discuss Saturday's game against Florida.

UK’s five new wide receivers all bring something different to Cats | Lexington Herald-Leader
Kentucky signed five wide receivers in its 2017 recruiting class -- Josh Ali, Lynn Bowden, Javonte Richardson, Isaiah Epps and Clevan Thomas -- and all of those players will have a chance to play for the Wildcats right away this season. Bowden and Richardson are nationally ranked players, and Epps is an under-the-radar receiver who could end up being the steal of the class for Mark Stoops and UK.

Trae Young sets a date for his college commitment " UK recruiting news
Five-star point guard Trae Young will reveal his college decision Feb. 16, but don't expect it to be UK, who may not even have a hat on the table.

Phenom 1on1 with Kentucky signee Nick Richards - PHR
Phenom Hoops had a chance to catch up with Richards as he gave his thoughts on his recent play and his future at Kentucky.

No. 8 Kentucky, No. 24 Florida clash in SEC Top 25 showdown | FOX Sports
Here are a few things to watch in Southeastern Conference basketball this week.

High-scoring offenses for Falcons, Patriots - ESPN
An ability to get off to a fast start was a hallmark for the Patriots and Falcons this season. The first quarter of Super Bowl LI could be exciting.

Taveion Hollingsworth getting closer to breaking Lexington scoring mark | Lexington Herald-Leader
Notable basketball highlights from recent weeks, including Taveion Hollingsworth needing only 137 points to break the all-time city scoring record.

Injury slows Romeo Langford's chase at scoring record - Indy Star
New Albany star Romeo Langford currently has 1,794 career points as a junior, but he will miss at least the next two weeks with a dislocated pinky finger on his right (shooting) hand.

Falcons' Julio Jones gamble (opposed by Bill Belichick) paid off -
In the 2011 NFL Draft, Falcons GM Thomas Dimitroff made a blockbuster trade for receiver Julio Jones -- going against the advice of Bill Belichick. Michael Silver revisits the gamble that paid off.

A look at what makes Atlanta Falcons' offense best in NFL - ESPN
They have the MVP favorite in QB Matt Ryan and perhaps the game's best receiver in Julio Jones, but the Falcons' offensive success goes beyond their two biggest stars.

The NCAA settles on $208.7 million lawsuit- CBS- In their second biggest lawsuit in history, the NCAA will pay former athletes their cost of attendance. Each athlete named in the suit will receive $6,763 for their four years of college. Seems like peanuts but I understand the principle here.

Duke is playing well and all of a sudden Coach K's back is better- CBS- The (gag) Blue Devils are ready for a run and now coach K is feeling spry as a spring chicken, Go figure!

Lady Gaga set for her Super Bowl halftime show and expect a political statement- NYT- Look, I like Lady Gaga's music and I think she can really sing, but I think the NFL has done a poor job of selecting their halftime show acts. Last year's Coldplay show was a disaster, Bruno Mars was actually good, and Katy Perry stunk. I don't care of Gaga makes a political statement as long as she puts on a good show. Would it kill the NFL to get Foo Fighters one year? Or Pearl Jam?

10 Best Super Bowl National Anthem performances- Rolling Stone- Whitney Houston the GOAT.