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Sunday Quickies: Cats pound the Vols Edition

Cats dominate the Vols, Hamidou Diallo stuns at the Dunk Contest, and the softball team and baseball teams notch wins.

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

The Kentucky Wildcats destroyed the Tennessee Volunteers 86-79 at Rupp Arena in one of the best atmospheres that I’ve seen in that arena since 2011 when North Carolina came to town.

The Cats dominated in every facet of the game and PJ Washington made his place for SEC Player of the Year as he thoroughly outplayed Grant Williams. Reid may have not had his best game offensively, but he pounded Williams into submission on defense.

Tyler Herro notched his first ever double-double as he grabbed 13 rebounds to go along with 15 points. Ashton Hagans looked more like the Ashton Hagans we saw at the beginning of SEC play and Keldon Johnson had his best game since the Cats visited Auburn.

All in all it was a total team effort, with Nick Richards and EJ Montgomery both having big moments for the Cats.

The Cats will face the Vols again in a few weeks and I’m guessing that it will be rocking as much in Knoxville as it was in Lexington last night.

Tweets of the Day

That was about an amazing of a dunk as we will ever see. Congrats to Hamidou Diallo for bringing down the house at the Dunk Contest.

Known hater Seth Davis is even buying in!

I like my coach.

That was so cool. There’s no place like Kentucky.

Quickies

Tennessee players agree Cats kicked their butt | Lexington Herald Leader- The veterans of Tennessee have been around the block and it’s a rare thing when an opposing team imposes their will on them.

“Tonight, we weren’t Tennessee tough. And Kentucky was totally kicking our butt,” Schofield said. “On the glass. Driving. Scoring the ball. Defense. Everything. And, you know what, Coach Cal did a great job. And I know he was probably telling those guys exactly what we did to them last year, how we out-toughed them, how we out-physicaled them, that we came to play.

Yup.

Who’s overrated? | Courier-Journal- John Calipari had to scold the crowd as chants of “Overrated” reigned down on the Tennessee players and coaches. He wanted everyone to understand that UT was the number one team in the country for a reason and that his team earned that win over a very, very good team.

Rocky no longer on Top | WDRB- After suffering a heartbreaking loss to the LSU Tigers on Tuesday night, Calipari had his team focused and ready. The thrashing of the Vols was set up by the hunger after the loss to the Tigers.

Kentucky’s blowout win a blessing for both teams | CBS- The Vols were very cocky coming into the game at Rupp while UK was just served a helping of humble pie. Kentucky needed that win for confidence purposes while the Vols needed the loss to bring them back down to earth. The rematch is going to be all kinds of fun.

ESPN Power Rankings | ESPN- The Cats go from six to five after losing to LSU and beating Tennessee. I still don’t buy Gonzaga or Virginia but for right now I think it’s fair.

UK Women’s Softball walk off against Oregon | UK Athletics- After a tough start to the season, Rachel Lawson's team looks to be back on track. The #21 Cats beat the #22 Ducks 12-3.

Bat Cats beat Austin Peay again | UK Athletics- The UK baseball team didn’t need any late game heroics to win this win. They dominated with extra base hits as they move to 2-0 on the season.

Diallo was Super in dunk contest victory | Sporting News- It wasn’t even a question as to who would win the dunk contest once Diallo leaped over Shaq and showed the crowd his Superman shirt under his OKC jersey. John Calipari was visibly happy during his press conference when he heard about what Diallo did.

Cards barely survive Duke hangover | WDRB- The Cardinals were up comfortably in the waning seconds of their game vs. Clemson yesterday afternoon but almost blew it again because of turnovers and ridiculously stupid basketball. The Cards won 59-58 but Clemson stole the inbound pass and had a clear shot to win but Jordan Nwora blocked the shot to hang on.