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Monday Headlines: Howard Gameday Edition

College basketball officially begins.

NCAA Basketball: Kentucky State at Kentucky Jordan Prather-USA TODAY Sports

After eight long months, the return of Kentucky Wildcats basketball is finally here.

The Wildcats will tip off their season tonight at Rupp Arena vs. the Howard Bison. While Kentucky is favored by 27.5 points and ESPN’s Basketball Power Index favors UK by 96.6%, the Wildcats will most likely be without both reigning National Player of the Year Oscar Tshiebwe and starting point guard Sahvir Wheeler. The priority is to have both players healthy for the team’s premier matchup with Michigan State next Tuesday.

Coming in to the season, Kentucky is ranked No. 4 in the first official Associated Press poll behind only North Carolina, Gonzaga and Houston in that order. The Wildcats of course return Tshiebwe and Wheeler but also bring back key pieces Daimion Collins, Jacob Toppin and Lance Ware. CJ Fredrick was on the team last season, but didn’t play due to injuries.

Making their team debut tonight will be freshmen Adou Thiero, Cason Wallace, Chris Livingston and Ugonna Onyenso. The Wildcats will also have transfer Antonio Reeves make his first official appearance wearing Kentucky blue.

Last season ended in the worst way any Kentucky fan could have imagined, but tonight begins a new chapter in program history in the team’s chase for their ninth championship banner. Tip-off is set for 6:30 pm ET.

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Have to feel for Raiders fans.



Kentucky MBB opens as 27.5-point favorite vs. Howard - KSR

Will Kentucky win convincingly tonight?

Livingston excited for first real UK game on Monday - Vaught’s Views

Looking forward to watching him this season.

UK football opens as big favorite against Vanderbilt - KSR

Opening line set at 17-points.

Georgia at No. 1; Alabama, Clemson tumble after losses - ESPN

Are Alabama’s playoff hopes over?

De’Aaron Fox downs Magic in OT with half court buzzer beater - KSR

Incase you missed this over the weekend.

Edwin Diaz, Mets agree to 5-year, $102 million deal - ESPN

Best closer in baseball stays with New York.

UK football outside of AP Poll Top 25 following Missouri win - KSR

A win over Vanderbilt likely won’t move the needle either.

‘Mattress Mack’ wins historic $75M payout off Astros’ title - ESPN

Guessing he had a pretty fun Saturday night.