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Former Wildcats are doing quite well in the bubble.

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NBA: Playoffs-Miami Heat at Milwaukee Bucks Kim Klement-USA TODAY Sports

Former Kentucky Wildcats have had their fingerprints over a large portion of these NBA Playoffs.

For the Miami Heat, the script hasn’t been any different. Both Bam Adebayo and Tyler Herro came into Kentucky as quality recruits and left as first round draft picks. Now, they’re contributing on the NBA’s biggest stage doing their best to get past the Milwaukee Bucks and to the Eastern Conference Finals.

After stunning the Bucks with a game one victory, the oddsmakers didn’t see Miami pulling off another upset. But Bam, Herro and the rest of the Heat would not be denied. Bam (33 minutes) and Herro (32 minutes) combined for 32 points, 14 rebounds and seven assists in the Heat’s slight win over the Bucks to take a commanding 2-0 series lead.

They’ve both had their fine moments throughout this season and won’t be slowing down anytime soon. Miami leans on both Bam and Herro every night they take the court. Bam’s defense and ability to facilitate, combined with Herro’s toughness and ability to stretch the floor makes life much easier for Heat stars Jimmy Butler and Goran Dragic.

Much credit for the Heat’s 2-0 lead goes to Bam and Herro, but they still have work to do against reigning MVP Giannis Antetokounmpo in order to close out the Bucks and advance to the Conference Finals.

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Georgia Bulldogs QB Jamie Newman opts out over coronavirus concerns - ESPN

Significant news for the Wildcats, too.

Benny Snell taking care of his NFL money - Vaught's Views

Snell is managing money early and setting himself up well for the future.

Basketball Recruiting Mailbag - Cats Illustrated

New questions and concerns regarding changes to recruiting.

Leonard Fournette agrees to deal with Tampa Bay Buccaneers - ESPN

An all-star offense is quickly forming in Tampa.

The Mets G.O.A.T., late Tom Seaver, was terrific on and off mound - USA Today

RIP to a legend.

Heat go up 2-0 on Bucks as Butler sinks buzzer-beating free throws in wild finish - ESPN

These officials almost spoiled the win for Miami.

Jai Lucas on almost coming to Kentucky, Patrick Patterson - Kentucky Sports Radio

Big Blue Nation is sure glad to have him now.

New England Patriots to release Mohamed Sanu - ESPN

Essentially wasted a second round pick late last season.