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Cats looking for a defensive stance, volleyball moves on, soccer takes the L, and more!

NCAA Basketball: Monmouth-NJ at Kentucky Mark Zerof-USA TODAY Sports

Happy Saturday, Big Blue Nation!

It’s a little strange around here without a Kentucky football breakdown, but all that means is it’s time to turn our attention fully to the Kentucky Wildcats basketball team.

Their last tilt against a cupcake-like opponent is today at 1:00 PM at Rupp Arena. The Cats will take on the 7-1 UNC-Greensboro Spartans as we kickoff the month of December.

The Spartans are a cupcake in name only. Their one loss came in Baton Rouge against the LSU Tigers, 97-91. They’ve eclipsed the 100 point mark twice and they haven’t scored below 70 points in any of their games.

This will be a good test for the improving Kentucky defense before the Cats take on Seton Hall one week from today. I have no doubt that Kentucky’s offense can reach their average of 85 points per game, but can the defense hold UNC-Greensboro below their average of 87 points per game?

After John Calipari’s emphasis on effort, I think we will see a very different team this afternoon.

Tweets

What a great video. Happy birthday, Ellen!

I think Jared Casey moved his commitment date so that Weaver could have his day and Casey could also have a day of his own. Huge pickup for the Cats yesterday.

RIP to George HW Bush. Not to get too political here but I think he was underrated as a president.

Quickies

Kenny Payne talks UNC-Greensboro | Cats Pause- His comments are, of course, heavy on the big man discussion. He talks about what’s going on with Nick Richards, EJ Montgomery’s potential, and the Spartans.

A season by the numbers | Cats Illustrated- Jeff Drumond breaks down the Kentucky football season by the numbers. Obviously the most important numbers are 9-3.

UNC-Greensboro is first test in December full of them | UK Athletics- As I mentioned above, if the Cats don’t come out ready to defend and play with intensity, this game could be competitive until the very end. It’s all about the D today.

Jared Casey deciding December 6th | Cats Pause- The four star linebacker from Louisville was set to commit yesterday but decided to attend JJ Weaver’s commitment and push his back a week. I think he’s a lock to UK as Mark Stoops looks to end the recruiting season with a bang.

UK soccer fals in Elite Eight | UK Athletics- Maryland defeated the Cats 1-0 to make it to the Final Four. Regardless of the outcome, it was a magical season for the UK soccer team. The program is set up to be a yearly contender.

UK volleyball sweeps Murray State | UK Athletics- The number 10 ranked volleyball team had a much different result as they swept the Racers to advance to the next round of the NCAA tournament. They will face Purdue to find out who moves on to the Sweet 16. That game is tonight at 7:00 PM.

Jeff Brohm talks about staying at Purdue | WDRB- The former Cardinal QB says loyalty to a program he is building kept him in West Lafayette, Indiana. The meltdown the Louisville fan base has exhibited the last few days is one of the worst I’ve ever seen. Worse than when their banner was taken down.

Experts pick every conference championship game | CBS- The PAC-12 title game was a complete snoozer last night so hopefully today’s slate offer up more excitement. The experts really like Alabama, Oklahoma, Ohio State, and Clemson.

Chiefs release star running back Kareem Hunt | ESPN- Hunt was suspended from all football activity following a video surfaced of him viciously assaulting a woman. According to the Chiefs, Hunt was not truthful with them so they cut him. Good.

Daredevil cancelled by Netflix | Deadline- There will not be a fourth season of the superhero drama as Netflix is clearing house in wake of a Disney streaming service that will feature all of the Marvel content. I guess I will be schelling out more money for that.

George HW Bush dies at 94 | Washington Post- There hasn’t been a more decorated man in regards to American service than the 41st president of the United States. He was a veteran, the head of the CIA, a vice president, and the president in his long and fruitful life.

I will be on the UK postgame show on ESPN Louisville as soon as the game ends to take your calls and give instant analysis.

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