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The Kentucky Wildcats open up conference play with a showdown versus Missouri.

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

Top ‘o the mornin’ to all of you in Big Blue Nation!

It’s seems like forever ago since the Kentucky Wildcats won their epic overtime game against the Louisville Cardinals. After a week of basking in that win, the Cats are ready to get back on the court.

While the fans were being chesty online and at work, the team has been going through Camp Cal. John Calipari had plenty to build on after the victory. He now has tape to show players at their best along with tape to show them at their worst.

In years past the Cats have stumbled into SEC play after getting a big win over the Cards. Last season, for example, the Cats went to Alabama and lost to an NIT team the week following the win at the Yum! Center.

The Missouri Tigers roll into Rupp Arena with an 8-4 record. It’s not an impressive record with their only “big” wins being against Temple and Illinois. Cuonzo Martin usually has a physical team and there have been times when the Cats struggled against that physicality. But Kentucky has faced a physical team in Ohio State, so this shouldn’t be much of a challenge.

Tweets of the Day

This was big news yesterday as one of Kentucky’s best lineman will be back for his senior season.

And another one...

Anthony Davis had a monster night to go with his monster dunks. He had 46 points and 13 rebounds in the win over his former team.

If he’s not a top five player in the class of 2020 then the players ahead of him must be all timers. Goodness.

Quickies

Kentucky football legend Houston Hogg passes | Cats Pause- Hogg was one of the players to help integrate Kentucky football and the SEC. His bravery and toughness extended well beyond the field of play.

Kentucky vs. Missouri breakdown | CBS- The Cats are an 8 point favorite. The game tips off at 2:00 PM on the SEC Network.

Cats hard at work in preparation | UK Athletics- The double sessions and extra time in the weight room look to pay dividends against the Tigers.

Can Nick Richards follow-up his monster game with another good outing? | Vaught’s Views- The double-double that Nick Richards had against UofL was maybe his best game as a Wildcat. Can he continue this level of play going forward?

Vito Tisdale chooses today | Rivals- The three star DB from Bowling Green will be choosing today from the Army All American Bowl. He’s choosing between UK, LSU, and Alabama. The Cats are the favorites.

BJ Boston balls out on national TV | Bleacher Report- Boston had 21 points in a 71-56 win on ESPN 2. He showcased elite level ball handling and scoring ability.