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Friday Quickies: Cats vs. Vols Edition

The Bat Cats get set for their series against rival Tennessee, and more in today's quickies.

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Happy Friday, BBN. UK baseball is set to square off against the Tennessee Volunteers this weekend. Aside from just the rivalry, the Cats will host senior day on Saturday. But there's even more than that. Kentucky is battling for the top spot in the SEC East, while Tennessee is fighting for a spot in the conference tournament. So the Cats have a chance to get a top spot while greatly hurting the postseason chances of a rival.

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Kentucky Seniors Ready for Last Series Against Rival Tennessee | UK Wildcats News
The Cats and the Vols square off in a three-game, SEC series this weekend, with Senior Day festivities for Carson, Colton Cleary, Connor Heady, Gunnar McNeill, Zach Reks, Logan Salow and Wilson set for Saturday.

UK or NBA? Diallo wants to make informed decision, not basketball history | Lexington Herald Leader
Hamidou Diallo recoiled from the suggestion that he could make basketball history by staying in the NBA Draft despite never playing a college game as a one-semester player for Kentucky. Instead, he wants to make an informed decision about staying or going. UK Coach John Calipari suggested the less Diallo plays, the more appealing he becomes to NBA teams.

WATCH || Hamidou Diallo posts highest max vert at NBA Combine - 247
Kentucky guard Hamidou Diallo was expected to be the most explosive athlete in attendance at the NBA Draft Combine. He didn't disappoint.

Kentucky Men’s Tennis Set for NCAA Tournament | UK Wildcats News
In its 27th appearance, the Kentucky men’s tennis team will look to make a run in the NCAA Tournament beginning on Friday. UK will face Georgia State on 2 p.m.

Cal extends players-first philosophy to Combine | Lexington Herald Leader
John Calipari’s players-first philosophy has made Kentucky the place where an individual’s NBA dreams rival team success in importance. He advised self-interest be the guiding principle for players at the NBA Combine. Players should only participate in activities that enhance their draft stock, he said.

John Calipari jokes he'll retire if Hamidou Diallo is lotto pick - 247
Kentucky coach John Calipari made light of the potential unique journey to the NBA Draft by Wildcats prospect Hamidou Diallo.

No. 17 Wildcats Prepped for NCAA Tournament | UK Wildcats News
In its fourth-straight appearance in the NCAA Tournament, the No. 17 Kentucky women’s tennis team will open up action in Ann Arbor Friday, taking on Dartmouth at 11 a.m. at the Varsity Tennis Center.

Magic Johnson says LaVar Ball won't impact Lakers' view of Lonzo - CBS
LaVar might be a bit crazy, but the Lakers are looking at Lonzo's ability, not his dad's antics, comments and sky-high shoe prices.

Still suspended, Josh Gordon currently has no agent - NBC Sports
Gordon's bid for reinstatement has reportedly been denied. It'll be hard for him to continue to make progress towards furthering his NFL career without someone to represent him.

Spurs rout Rockets to win series - FOX Sports
No Kawhi, no problem. The San Antonio Spurs were without their star player; their MVP, and they still dismantled James Harden and the Houston Rockets to move onto the Western Conference Finals against the Golden State Warriors.

NaVorro Bowman isn't up for grabs - NFL.com
With not much to be proud of at this point in time, you wouldn't be surprised if the San Francisco 49ers shopped star lineback Bowman in order to get some return and continue building for the future. That's not the case, though. The organization wants to make it clear that Bowman will remain a Niner.

Wizards look to continue the "home team wins" trend and get to a Game 7 - USA Today
In this Celtics/Wizards series, it's been all about the home court. The home team has won every game, and if the Wizards want to force a Game 7, they need to keep it that way. It's not a series 'till someone wins on the road.

NHL Eastern Conference Finals preview - ESPN
A look at what you need to know for the Penguins/Senators conference final.

EpiPens last past their expiration date, study finds - Pittsburgh Post-Gazette
So if you're having an allergic reaction, don't hesitate to use an expired EpiPen if that's all you've got.