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Kentucky Wildcats Morning Quickies: Wildcats and Bulldogs Playing Together Edition

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Kentucky starts a two-game road trip down south tonight, beginning in Athens vs. the Dawgs and ending in Auburn vs. the Tigers.

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Good morning, ladies and gentlemen of the Big Blue Nation, and welcome to the Tuesday Morning Quickies.

Tonight, the Wildcats begin a two-game road swing. The road begins in Athens, Georgia, where the Wildcats will be taking on an inconsistent but still dangerous Georgia team led by first-year head coach Tom Crean, late of the Indiana Hoosiers.

Crean’s team has struggled at times this season, and seems to have difficulty finishing games. The Dawgs challenged the Auburn Tigers early in Auburn Arena, but were gradually buried under a slow-building wave of points. In the end it was a combination of turnovers and offensive rebounds that doomed the Dawgs.

Tonight, Georgia welcomes an even better offensive rebounding team, Kentucky, into Stegeman Coliseum. The Wildcats were not impressive in either of their recent home victories vs. Texas A&M and, most recently, Vanderbilt. Both games saw the Wildcats get behind big early, then work their way back to victory.

It’s one thing to get behind early at home, but doing so on the road is a recipe for disaster. No doubt John Calipari knows this, but for some reason, this team is very much like last year’s team — prone to early deficits. Hopefully they will start to overcome this tendency soon, because it cost the Wildcats some games (South Carolina, Tennessee in Knoxville come to mind) last season that they may otherwise have won.

Right now, the Wildcats have yet to put together a good defensive effort along with decent shooting in the SEC. In the three games UK has played, not once have they shot better than 33% from three. Also, after two solid low-turnover games, the Vandy game was a reversion to earlier form.

Kentucky will need all that tonight in only their third true road game of the season. Georgia is coming off a loss, so they are going to be ready to get a meaningful win off the Wildcats. Coming off two victories in a row, this young Wildcats team could come out flat yet again.

After Georgia, the Wildcats get their first top-25 test of the SEC season at Auburn. Getting out of this tough road trip with at least one victory is important to Kentucky’s season, because the road doesn’t get any easier.

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This UCLA gymnastics routine is frankly awesome. Check out the music!

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My take: Typical prank of young athletes, poor sportsmanship. Barnes is right to correct them, and use it as a teaching opportunity.

Really sad for the young man.

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