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Kentucky pulled away from Miss. St. last night, allowing the Cats to breathe a sigh of relief.

NCAA Basketball: Mississippi State at Kentucky Mark Zerof-USA TODAY Sports

John Calipari has talked about the Wildcats (and their fans) not needing to panic. Everything is fine, Cal says, and the Wildcats will make that same progression they always make.

For the first 30-35 minutes last night, it didn’t seem like there was no cause for concern. But UK showed some strength and got big performances from Kevin Knox and PJ Washington to distance themselves from the Bulldogs and get a much-needed win.

If Kentucky can get some quality wins, especially at home, it’ll help them build up from their early struggles.

Tweets of the day

You could hear every word John Calipari was saying through the TV last night.

Your quickies

Kentucky announces early enrollees for ‘18 football team | Lexington Herald Leader
Junior college quarterback Terry Wilson, star high school linebacker DeAndre Square among Kentucky football’s early enrollees for the 2018 season.

Towns, Wall Headed to 2018 NBA All-Star Game as Reserves | UK
Only one other time in the history of the NBA All-Star Game has a college featured four or more of its former players in an NBA All-Star Game. That took place in 1983 with UCLA's four representatives (Kareem Abdul-Jabbar, Marques Johnson, Kiki Vandeweghe and Jamaal Wilkes). Kentucky will match that Feb. 18 in Los Angeles with Cousins, Davis, Tows and Wall. Davis will make his fifth consecutive appearance and third overall as a starter.

Kentucky basketball | Catching up with 2018 signee Tyler Herro - LCJ
Tyler Herro gives his take on Kentucky's need for shooting, missing on Zion Williamson and the McDonald's All American game snub.

How much would Briscoe, Humphries have helped UK this year? | Lexington Herald Leader
For a Kentucky Wildcats men’s basketball team struggling with excessive turnovers, closing out games and containing physical interior players, how much difference would a veteran guard such as Isaiah Briscoe and a 255-pound center such as Isaac Humphries have made if they had returned to UK for their junior seasons?

UK to hire Michael Smith as wide receivers coach - 247
Mark Stoops has hired a wide receivers coach. Michael Smith replaces Lamar Thomas, whose contract wasn't renewed.

What’s the NBA Draft stock of UK’s top basketball players? | Lexington Herald Leader
ESPN lead NBA Draft analyst Jonathan Givony talked to us about Kentucky basketball freshmen Kevin Knox, Hamidou Diallo and Shai Gilgeous-Alexander.

Top Ten Plays from the 2018 UK Football Season, No. 10: Scoop and Score | Kentucky Sports Radio
KSR's Top Ten Countdown of the best plays from UK football's 2018 season begins with the best of the best from the first game.

The Construction of Kentucky's 2018 Depth Chart | Kentucky Sports Radio
Freddie Maggard projects Kentucky's 2018 Depth Chart, breaking it down by recruiting class.

Jarred Vanderbilt wasn't a freeloader then, isn't a savior now, but he's really good - SEC Country
KENTUCKY INSIDER: Whether you called Jarred Vanderbilt a freeloader when he wasn't playing or you're calling him the savior now, you're wrong. The 5-star freshman is just a guy trying to get healthy and make an impact for a team that needs it.

Mike Brown: Bengals have no intention of moving
With the team’s stadium lease 10 years from expiring and the NFL’s franchise shuffle renewed in recent years given the approved moves of three of the league’s 32 franchises, the Bengals are at least on the outer edges of the relocation radar screen. Bengals owner Mike Brown disputes that notion, however.

Vikings Face Unprecedented QB Conundrum with Keenum, Bradford & Bridgewater
The Minnesota Vikings came into Sunday’s NFC Championship Game at Lincoln Financial Field with dreams of becoming the first team in NFL history to play a Super Bowl in its home stadium. They left it with that dream in shambles after being shelled 38-7 by the Philadelphia Eagles.

Pat Shurmur Named Giants HC After Vikings’ NFC Title Game Loss vs. Eagles
The New York Giants announced Monday that they hired Pat Shurmur to be their head coach. “I want to thank John Mara and Steve Tisch for giving me the opportunity to be the head coach of the New York Giants,” Shurmur said in the announcement.

Report: Security Have Special Plans to Protect Tom Brady’s Super Bowl Jersey
In the wake of Patriots quarterback Tom Brady having his jersey stolen after Super Bowl LI, there are reportedly “special plans” in place to ensure a repeat does not occur at Super Bowl LII in Minneapolis, Minnesota. According to TMZ Sports, a law enforcement source said protecting game-used memorabilia will be a “major priority.”

On the fence: Compete in 2018 or trade and rebuild for 2019?
There appears to be a crossroads for Ravens fans. Some believe the team can compete in 2018, while others prefer acquiring capital for the 2018 season, whether it be cutting for cap space, trading for picks and cap space and ‘tanking’ for the better of the franchise, for the 2019 season.

Top Ten Plays from the 2018 UK Football Season, No. 10: Scoop and Score | Kentucky Sports Radio
KSR's Top Ten Countdown of the best plays from UK football's 2018 season begins with the best of the best from the first game.

The Construction of Kentucky's 2018 Depth Chart | Kentucky Sports Radio
Freddie Maggard projects Kentucky's 2018 Depth Chart, breaking it down by recruiting class.

Jarred Vanderbilt wasn't a freeloader then, isn't a savior now, but he's really good - SEC Country
KENTUCKY INSIDER: Whether you called Jarred Vanderbilt a freeloader when he wasn't playing or you're calling him the savior now, you're wrong. The 5-star freshman is just a guy trying to get healthy and make an impact for a team that needs it.

LeBron James of Cleveland Cavaliers joins 30,000-point club - ESPN
Cavs superstar LeBron James became the seventh member -- and the youngest -- to join the NBA's 30,000-point club.

Senior Bowl 2018: Observations from the first two practices in Mobile, Alabama - CBSSports.com
Baker Mayfield and Josh Allen took the field, but RBs and defensive front seven players stole the show