Good morning, BBN!
The Kentucky Wildcats are back in action today as they take on the North Carolina Tar Heels in the CBS Sports Classic in Las Vegas. They were originally scheduled to face the Ohio State Buckeyes but a COVID outbreak within the Ohio State team led to a cancelation.
A win against a ranked team on a neutral court would have been just what the doctor ordered for this team but a tilt against the Tar Heels is a pretty good consolation prize. Hubert Davis is in his first year in Chapel Hill and he has this team playing some pretty good basketball after a shaky start.
The Cats haven’t defeated a Power 5 team since they took down South Carolina back in March of last season. The loss at Notre Dame was deflating and John Calipari’s team needs a win today against a good team or face going into the Louisville game 0-3 on the season against teams with a pulse.
This matchup favors the Cats better than the one with Ohio State so I expect a win this evening.
Tweets of the Day
Locked in for a big one tomorrow afternoon pic.twitter.com/Jnxoi29Z56— Kentucky Men’s Basketball (@KentuckyMBB) December 18, 2021
Blue Blood vs. Blue Blood.
Elite high school players have no doubts Shaedon Sharpe would help UK this season | Vaughts Views- I have no idea if Sharpe is going to play this season but the more this team struggles the more the fans will start calling for him.
Kentucky vs. UNC odds and betting lines | CBS- Cats are a 2.5 point favorite this evening.
Cal on making shots at practice: “Do that sh*it in the game” | KSR- Calipari and I agree on this 100%.
Cats face Tar Heels in a rematch from last season | WDRB- It was a slog last season and the Cats ended up on the losing end 75-63.
Buckeyes derail CBS Sports classic again | Tar Heel Blog- Same story, different year.
Darian Kinnard is a consensus All American | UK Athletics- Kinnard is looking to be yet another early round draft pick for the Kentucky Wildcats. He made the right decision when he came back for a final season.
NFL shifts games due to COVID | ESPN- The Raiders and Browns will play on Monday while we will get Seahawks-Rams and the WFT-Eagles on Tuesday.
NFL Week 15 schedule | Sporting News- It’s a jumbled mess but it looks like they will get the games in. I thought we were finished with all the pauses from last season but it’s hitting all major sports right now.
Tiger Woods makes first appearance on a course since his crash | USA Today- It was good to see Woods out there teeing it up with his son Charlie.
Missouri bar calls out Jackson Mahomes | Kansas City Star- Jackson Mahomes hasn’t accomplished much outside of being the brother of a highly successful NFL quarterback. That hasn’t stopped him from trying to use his clout like an actual celebrity.
Join me and Jason Ence for the Kentucky Fish and Wildlife UK Postgame Show on ESPN 680 as soon as the Cats are finished in Vegas. We will give you your first chance to react and will (hopefully) have Calipari’s press conference.