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Wildcat Quickies: We Meet Again Edition

Read through today's quickies before you take that nap to keep you up through tonight's 9:40 game.

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The Kentucky Wildcats are set to take on the UCLA Bruins tonight in a rematch of their hard-fought battle back in December. Kentucky has revenge to get, as they've lost their last two matchups against UCLA, going back to last season. This certainly isn't the same Kentucky team that the Bruins saw earlier in the year; De'Aaron Fox is playing his best basketball, seniors Derek Willis and Dominique Hawkins are now playing much bigger roles and the team's defense has stepped up as a whole. It's sure to be a fun and competitive game throughout, but the Cats should have a better chance in this one than they did in December.

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UK-UCLA will be a matchup of college basketball recruiting powers | Lexington Herald-Leader
A closer look at how UK and UCLA match up from a recruiting standpoint. The game Friday night will feature two rosters with a total of eight McDonald’s All-Americans and several more top-50 national recruits. The Wildcats and Bruins also have the No. 1 and 2 recruiting classes for 2017.

WATCH || Calipari returns to FedEx Forum in Memphis - 247
After a smattering of cheers, Kentucky coach John Calipari was lustily booed in his return to the FedEx Forum in Memphis Thursday.

Defense to Be Decisive in Sweet 16 | UK Wildcats News
With the way the two teams like to run – and did in a 97-92 UCLA win over UK in the regular season – people are forecasting a fast-paced, high-scoring game that could be one of the best of this NCAA Tournament.

Derek Willis vs. T.J. Leaf is a matchup to watch in Kentucky-UCLA - SEC Country
All eyes will be on the backcourt battle between De'Aaron Fox and Lonzo Ball, but Derek Willis vs. T.J. Leaf could be a matchup to watch in Kentucky-UCLA.

The Wall Street Journal: Calipari is Awesome Because He Gets His Own Coffee | Kentucky Sports Radio
Now imagine coffee instead of tea, and Calipari instead of Kermit.

As Kentucky’s John Calipari returns to Memphis, is he more hated or appreciated? -
Calipari, who coached Memphis to new heights in 9 seasons, remains a divisive figure in the city

Kentucky's Diallo shows off shooting skills | Lexington Herald-Leader
UK freshman Hamidou Diallo made six straight jumpers during this stretch of the Wildcats' NCAA Tournament practice in Memphis on Thursday. He won't be playing Friday night, but he gave UK fans a small taste of what could be coming next season.

Jordan Brown is a slam dunk for basketball stardom - MaxPreps
The recruitment remains wide open for Jordan Brown, one of 2018’s elite prospects.

Malik Monk says having family in the stands will only make him play better | Kentucky Sports Radio
Although he went to high school in Bentonville, Arkansas, Malik Monk's hometown is Lepanto, which is about 40 minutes away from Memphis.

Kentucky more prepared for T.J. Leaf in NCAA Tournament Sweet 16 rematch - 247
UCLA's T.J. Leaf caught the Cats by surprise in December. "I just didn't think we really knew what he could do," said Derek Willis. "He came out there and he showed us."

NCAA to continue freezing out North Carolina over HB2 law - NY Daily News
North Carolina will continue to experience an NCAA-imposed freeze-out with regard to hosting collegiate championships.

Your ultimate guide to navigating the 2017 MLB season - ESPN
Get your calendars ready! From Opening Day showdowns and interleague intrigue to major milestones and superstar coronations, these are the dates every baseball fan should circle.

Oregon edges Michigan to advance to Elite Eight - Los Angeles Times
Michigan's feel-good story has come to an unfortunate end. Meanwhile, the Ducks prove to be as good as they looked in the preseason.

Georgetown dismisses John Thompson III after 13 seasons - ESPN
Thompson has been a staple of the Hoyas program for over a decade. This decision came after L.J. Peak declared for the NBA Draft and Tremont Waters requested a release from his letter of intent.

Michael Porter Sr. joins Missouri hoops - Kansas City Star
Porter Sr., the son of Michael Porter Jr., the No. 1 recruit who re-opened his recruitment, has officially joined the Missouri basketball staff. Will his son join him?

What are the chances Johnny Manziel signs with the Saints? - SB Nation
Yup, it's time to talk about Johnny Manziel again. Manziel reportedly had lunch with Sean Payton, and apparently Payton and the New Orleans Saints are interested in Manziel.

Instagram stepping up on security and safety - MacWorld
Instagram is going to implement two-factor authentication, as well as blur out photos that are "sensitive," even if they don't violate the app's terms of use.