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Saturday Headlines: Penn Gameday Edition

Kentucky looks to get back on track in Philly.

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NCAA Basketball: NC-Wilmington at Kentucky Jordan Prather-USA TODAY Sports

Just one week ago the Kentucky Wildcats looked to be unbeatable. But then last Saturday the then-No. 12 Wildcats lost in rather shocking fashion, 80-73, to UNC-Wilmington at Rupp Arena. Now, the No. 16 Wildcats head to Penn for their first true road matchup of the season. So, what should fans expect from their team as Kentucky looks to bounce back?

It’s no secret that Kentucky is (mostly) everyone’s “Super Bowl” of the year. For the Pennsylvania Quakers, Kentucky is second to only Houston (ranked No. 3) as far as top teams on their schedule — which makes this a major game for the home team.

For Kentucky, last week’s loss could very well cost them a No. 1 seed (should they continue to play at a high level for the remainder of the regular season) and appeared to ruffle some of the players’ feathers. This team has shown a great deal of chemistry already this year and it’s hard to imagine any scenario other than the Wildcats bouncing back with full force.

According to ESPN’s Basketball Power Index, the Wildcats are being given an 85.5% chance to win. That’s a pretty strong indicator that the Wildcats should win, though Kentucky had an 87.8% chance last Saturday ahead of their matchup with UNC-Wilmington. Kentucky still has to show up and compete for 40 minutes, which there shouldn’t be any doubt that they will.

Tip-off for today’s game is scheduled for Noon ET with television coverage on ESPN2.

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Big news for Kentucky’s transfer recruiting efforts.

Headlines

Stoops Isn’t Sure Who the Backup QB Will Be in Bowl Game - Vaught’s Views

Multiple departures already for the Wildcats.

Cowboys’ Mike McCarthy feels good after surgery, set to coach - ESPN

Slight scare earlier this week.

Aaron Bradshaw has Formed Unique Bond With Big Z - Vaught’s Views

Both have such a special skillset.

Haliburton excited to face ‘idol’ LeBron, Lakers for NBA Cup - ESPN

Which team are you picking to win?

Add Sports Illustrated All-American to Ray Davis’ list of honors - KSR

He put together such an awesome season.

Bills players, GM Brandon Beane support HC Sean McDermott - ESPN

Surprised by this?

You can now buy Reed Sheppard (and other UK player) jerseys - KSR

This is pretty cool.

OPINION: Jon Rahm is a hypocrite and a sellout - USA Today

Thoughts on this?