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The Wildcats take on Winthrop before the Thanksgiving holiday

NCAA Basketball: VMI at Kentucky Mark Zerof-USA TODAY Sports

The Kentucky Wildcats take the court this afternoon for a matchup against the Winthrop Eagles, who sit at 2-2 on the season.

The Eagles played Vanderbilt to start the season, falling 92-79 to the Commodores as their only notable competition so far. The Commodores shot 54 percent from the field in the victory, which should be a positive sign for the Wildcats that they should be able to put up some points on this Eagles squad.

The Eagles are most recently coming off a 76-74 defeat to East Tennessee State after winning their previous two games against SIU-Edwardsville and a DIII squad.

In the past, we have seen some sluggish performances from Kentucky in these day-before-Thanksgiving games, but hopefully the Wildcats can come out firing on all cylinders and build an early lead to suck the air out of any upset bid.

The game tips off early, with a 1 p.m. tip time and will be on the SEC Network.

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Quickies

Anticipation and trust remain problems for Kentucky’s perimeter defense - Herald Leader

Kentucky will have to be ready against a Winthrop team that shoots the ball well.

John Calipari and the changing world of recruiting - Kentucky Sports Radio

Has Cal lost his touch or are things just evolving at a rapid pace leaving Kentucky in its path?

With Anthony Edwards reclassifying, where does Kentucky stand? - Kentucky Sports Radio

It seems like Florida State is the team to beat, but things can change quickly in recruiting.

Josh Allen reminds Louisville’s coach of Jadeveon Clowney - Herald Leader

Strong praise with the comparison from Lorenzo Ward.

Allen should be favorite for defensive awards, based on stats - Cats Pause

Allen is a finalist for the Bednarik Award, given to the best defensive player in college football, among other awards.

John Wall says he wants to stay with Wizards, despite trade rumors - Bleacher Report

Wall and teammate Bradley Beal had recently been mentioned in trade rumors after a rough start for the Wizards.

J.R. Smith leaves Cavs as trade potentially looming - ESPN

J.R.’s up-and-down carer in Cleveland seems to be heading toward the end.

The Markelle Fultz situation continues to get weirder - Yahoo

Fultz continues to look off this year.

What each NFL team has to be thankful for - ESPN

What is your team thankful for?

CBS explains dilemma in replaying Alex Smith’s injury - Yahoo

An interesting look at the decision to only show the replay of the injury once.

Pro Football Hall of Fame semifinalists named - Bleacher Report

Champ Bailey, Tony Gonzalez and Ed Reed are the three first-time candidates.

No punishment for father dressed up as referee on sideline in Illinois high school game - CBS Chicago

This is one of the weirder stories but the facts of the incident are entertaining.