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Rhyne Howard and Tatyana Wyatt suspended

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Not the news UK needed before the 2020-21 season begins.

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The No. 11 ranked Kentucky Wildcats are getting set to tip off their 2020-21 season, but they will do so without two of their top players.

According to a release that was sent out by UK, interim head coach Kyra Elzy has suspended Rhyne Howard for two games and Tatyana Wyatt for three games.

Howard has been suspended due to not upholding the standards of the program, and Wyatt is suspended due to a violation of team rules.

The Cats will start their season Wednesday at 1 pm EST on the SEC Network+ against Murray State but will have to do it without the reigning SEC Player of the Year in Howard, as well as an experienced senior forward who was a major contributor last season in Wyatt.

We will have to see if the rest of the team can step up in their absence and help this talented team get the season started with a win.