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Monday Headlines: Davion Mintz Edition

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Mintz is becoming more confident every time he steps on the court.

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Oscar Tshiebwe and TyTy Washington, as they have for a better part of the season, stole the show on Saturday night in the Kentucky Wildcats’ convincing win over the Georgia Bulldogs. While they both filled the stat sheet, Big Blue Nation shouldn’t look past back to back performances by Davion Mintz.

Mintz returned to Kentucky knowing the backcourt would be rather crowded. The Wildcats had local kid Dontaie Allen, incoming transfers Kellan Grady and Sahvir Wheeler as well as top-15 recruit in Washington. While Allen hasn’t yet had much impact on the season, the trio of Grady/Washington/Wheeler has headlined Kentucky’s backcourt.

However, after Wheeler was injured early in Kentucky’s road outing against LSU last week, Mintz had his number called to step in for major minutes. The veteran guard knows Kentucky’s system much better than others and couldn’t have found a better time to find his shooting stroke, too.

While Kentucky did narrowly lose at LSU, it wouldn’t have been nearly as close without Mintz stepping in and scoring 16 points. He followed up his hot shooting with 19 in the team’s win over Georgia on Saturday.

Even when Wheeler returns from injury, Mintz should and will hold a consistent role in the team’s offense. Every championship contender needs players that can regularly make shots — especially from behind the three-point arc. Mintz fills that role perfectly while also being able to facilitate the basketball when Washington/Wheeler are out of the game.

Mintz may not be the star of the Wildcats, but he is part of the glue that has held this offense together over the last two games and will continue to do so as SEC play continues.

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Not one... but two huge return announcements.

Headlines

Jordan Wright will return to Kentucky for one more year - Cats Illustrated

Major news from the veteran linebacker.

Jordan Wright will return to Kentucky for one more year - Cats Illustrated

Major news from the veteran linebacker.

Mintz put faith in God, extra work to end shooting slump - Vaught’s Views

Love this.

Jacquez Jones announces he will return to Kentucky - Kentucky Sports Radio

Huge announcement here, too.

Film Review: Inside TyTy Washington’s record setting night - Cats Illustrated

Breaking down the winning plays from Saturday night.

Jacob Toppin takes pride in playing with energy - Vaught’s Views

You can never have too much energy.

Kentucky’s 3-guard lineup is much easier on the eyes - Kentucky Sports Radio

Will we see more of this?

Colts flop in Jacksonville, miss out on playoffs - Yahoo!

Jags still manage to clinch the No. 1 pick.