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Quickies: College Basketball Madness Edition

Upsets abound in the top 25 last night and more in today’s quickies.

NCAA Basketball: St. John at Villanova Bill Streicher-USA TODAY Sports

Kentucky isn’t the only one suffering disappointing losses at this point in the year. No. 1 Villanova lost to St. John’s (it was the Red Storm’s first conference win of the year after upsetting Duke earlier in the week), No. 3 Purdue lost to No. 14 Ohio State (the Boilermakers’ first loss since November) and Texas A&M beat No. 8 Auburn by one point to give Auburn its second SEC loss of the year.

There are no great teams in college basketball this year.

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Your quickies

Despite late-game errors, Kentucky's point guards were the stars of an otherwise bleak show | Kentucky Sports Radio
In a disappointing loss littered with frustrating stat lines, two players stood out above the rest: both of Kentucky's point guards. While neither Quade Green nor Shai Gilgeous-Alexander had ground-breaking or even career-high nights, they served as Kentucky's most consistent forces. The pair scored 15 points apiece

BBNBA: Randle's Hot Shooting takes down Suns | Kentucky Sports Radio
Julius Randle's hot shooting helped lead the Lakers to a win over a Devin Booker-less Phoenix Suns. Booker sat out yesterday's game with a hip injury that he called "very painful." There is no timetable on when Booker might return. Eric Bledsoe also had a good game, as he finished with the

Stoops Believes Kentucky will Cash In with Instate Talent in 2019 | Kentucky Sports Radio
Kentucky had zero instate signees this year. Stoops believes that will change with a talented 2019 class.

Kentucky football: Denzil Ware participating in all team activities "at this point" - Cats' Pause
Mark Stoops updated the status of Denzil Ware and Jordan Jones on Wednesday.

Kentucky 2018 Signing Class Superlatives - Cats' Pause
Handing out awards to the 2018 recruiting class. - Signing Day mailbag: Answering questions about UK's 2018 class
Cats Illustrated readers and Kentucky fans on Twitter ask questions about the Wildcats' 2018 recruiting class and get answers.

Kentucky football: Beating Ohio State for Chris Oats 'says volumes' - SEC Country
The December signing period allowed Kentucky recruiting coordinator Vince Marrow to zero in on one target: 4-star linebacker Chris Oats.

Kevin Knox Among Julius Erving Award Final 10 | University of Kentucky | Official Athletic Site
Kentucky freshman forward Kevin Knox is among the 10 players on the Julius Erving midseason list, announced Wednesday by the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame. The Erving Award is in its fourth year and is presented to the top small forward in college basketball.

Best of national signing day 2018 - ESPN
College football's favorite holiday did not disappoint. We had babies, Chucky dolls and one upset parent. (Don't worry, she seems to have come around.) Meanwhile, Georgia kept rolling, FSU kept rising, and Alabama -- who else? -- got the day's top player.

Russell Wilson has been traded to the New York Yankees for 'future considerations' -
Wilson is also a professional football quarterback and seems unlikely to make the Yankees' roster

Russell Wilson has been traded to the New York Yankees for 'future considerations' -
Wilson is also a professional football quarterback and seems unlikely to make the Yankees' roster

Lonzo Ball could miss All-Star weekend's Rising Stars challenge - Los Angeles Times
Lonzo Ball spoke to reporters for the first time since Jan. 15 and said he is not sure if he will be back before the All-Star break.

Willy Hernangomez trade: Hornets acquiring Knicks C |
Hernangomez had asked the Knicks to trade him, and New York has obliged: he's off to Charlotte.

Clippers lock up Lou Williams with three-year contract extension - Los Angeles Times
On the day before the NBA’s Thursday trade deadline, the Clippers locked up sixth-man extraordinaire Lou Williams to a three-year contract extension that could keep him in L.A. until 2021 and assured that he will not be traded this season.

For LeBron and the Cavs, 'the end could be near' ... again - USA Today
Seven months ago, the prospect of LeBron leaving again seemed all but unthinkable. But a lot's changed in seven months.

There is no silver lining for Knicks after Kristaps Porzingis’s injury - The Washington Post
Losing Porzingis hurts Knicks playoff hopes but won't help their draft position.