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Kentucky Wildcats Morning Quickies: Christmas Eve Edition

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Kentucky basketball dropped two games in Vegas, and comes home to face their arch-rival. Will the lessons learned in the desert pay off on Saturday?

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Good morning, ladies and gentlemen of the Big Blue Nation, and welcome to the Christmas Eve Quickies.

I hope your holidays are going well, and that you plan to be with your family and loved ones over the next couple of days. If you are serving in the armed forces or other situation and can’t be home, please accept our sincere wishes for a Merry Christmas wherever you are.

I returned in the deep dark of night Monday morning from my trip to Las Vegas, and for my sins, I was greeted on the last leg of my flight by a fairly obnoxious Louisville fan and Cardinal forward Jordan Nwora sitting in the seat beside and front of me respectively. While Nwora was a very nice young man, respectful and polite, the fan was anything but. He was much more interested in impressing the young Cardinal star than acting his age.

We had to wait an hour on the plane in rainy Atlanta for various late flights, then had the additional pleasure of having to wait another 45 minutes in baggage claim when our luggage failed to make our flight. Fortunately, I was off Monday, so getting to bed in the wee hours of the morning was a minor inconvenience. I was jet lagged anyway.

Good times. At least I had fun on the trip overall, other than having the distinctly unpleasant experience of having the team I went to watch go 0-2. Alas, while we usually get the bear, this time the bear got us.

To be honest, I didn’t like our chances against Ohio State. Kentucky has not managed to duplicate the defensive effort they threw at Michigan State even one time since. Ohio State’s execution was as sharp as I have seen this year, and only some heroics by Nate Sestina kept the score in a tight window. Kentucky played hard, but they did not play well (particularly defensively), and playing well against a top team is usually mandatory.

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Well deserved.

Now, it’s time for a sobering “What have you done for me lately?” We need a little of that Calipari excellence this season, and now would be a really good time...

Heh.

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