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Wednesday Headlines: Mississippi State Gameday

The Cats look to get back in the W column against the Bulldogs.

Wildcat Mascot Cheer Scratch Dylan Ballard - A Sea Of Blue

Good morning, BBN!

It’s bounce-back time as the Kentucky Wildcats look to bounce back against a scrappy Mississippi State team tonight inside historic Rupp Arena.

The Dogs are 12-4 on the season, and they just took down No. 6 Tennessee at home last Wednesday. However, they are coming off a loss in which they had every chance to win down the stretch against Alabama, just like Kentucky against Texas A&M.

Tolu Smith is back, and he’s been showing why he’s a preseason All-American, and the Bulldogs have plenty of experience to contend with anyone in the SEC.

As for the Cats, the issue is squarely on defense. Everyone knows they can score with anyone in the country, but on the defensive side, they have some serious issues.

It’s almost a guarantee that experienced guards will torch the Kentucky defense due to the lack of ability to stay in front of anyone.

Too many times we saw Wade Taylor (31 PTS) and Tyrece Radford (28 PTS) drive right past the defense and get an easy layup or draw a foul.

You can’t allow two players to combine for 59 points like that in college basketball, and if you do, you’re going to lose 9/10 times.

Let’s see if they can start to solve this issue tonight.

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Headlines

Big Blue Preview: Kentucky vs. Mississippi State – UK Athletics

“It’s going to be a physical matchup,” Orlando Antigua said. “Mississippi State is a tough, veteran, experienced team. Does that sound familiar, in the SEC? Big bodies. We’re going to have to take care of the ball. Take care of the ball, take care of the glass and do a better job defending the ball.”

This Kentucky basketball team has a problem. Here are three potential ways to fix it. - Herald-Leader

No surprises here.

Know Your Opponent: Mississippi State Bulldogs - The Cats Pause
Since Calipari's debut season as UK head coach, the Cats are 17-1 against the Bulldogs,

Orlando Antigua previews Mississippi State | Kentucky MBB - KSR

Great breakdown from Orlando.

Buccaneers ‘Playing Free’ Under Baker Mayfield in Post–Tom Brady Year - Sports Illustrated

Baker bet on himself and it’s paying off huge dividends.

Cowboys owner Jerry Jones sends clear message to players: ‘We got to win, this is the Dallas Cowboys’

Embarrassing showing from the “Boys” these Playoffs.

2024 NCAA TOURNAMENT BRACKETOLOGY - ESPN

It’ll be here before you know it... but maybe not for Gonzaga.

NFL Insider Lays Out Significant Bill Belichick Preference for Next Team - Sports Illustrated

Where will the GOAT go next?

These college football players will replace top stars who departed early for the 2024 NFL Draft - CBS Sports

A lot of talent in the NFL Draft this year.

NFL Power Rankings, playoff QB edition: Top-shelf QBs are more valuable than ever - Yahoo Sports

Some great QB matchups this weekend.

Sources: Mike Tomlin tells Steelers he’ll be coach in ‘24 - ESPN

I guess he walked out of the press conference early to tell the Steelers he’ll be back...?

2024 NBA All-Star Game: Which players have the best cases to be first-timers? - Yahoo Sports

Two rookies may find their way on the team.