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Good morning, folks! Today will be the final day of some relaxation before sports take over our brains for good. A massive game against Tennessee on the gridiron will take place at Kroger Field on Saturday. But before then, Rupp Arena will be filled on Friday night for the final tuneup before Duke against Miles College.
Let’s go ahead and dive into the news and notes you need to know ahead of your Thursday.
Listen to a trio of ‘Cats
On Wednesday morning, a Wildcat trio of Dontaie Allen, Oscar Tshiebwe, and Davion Mintz were made available to the media. The three discussed season expectations, the upcoming matchup against Duke, and what they can learn from exhibition games. Kentucky will play its second of two exhibition games on Friday against Miles College.
As always, we’ve got you covered with all of the important stuff.
- Davion Mintz adapting to the many roles that Kentucky needs of him
- Kentucky players embrace “evolving” world with team cryptocurrency deal
- Oscar Tshiebwe “feeling good” following minor hip injury
Duke opens as the favorites
The opening line has been released for both Champions Classic matchups, including Kentucky’s highly-anticipated matchup against Duke.
UK has opened as a 1.5-point underdog, with the over/under being set at 149.5 points. The moneyline is set +104 for the Wildcats, with the Blue Devils coming in as the -124 favorite.
As for the other matchup of the evening, Kansas is a 5-point favorite over Michigan State, with the over/under set at 145.5 points. Tuesday can’t come soon enough…
Later today, we’ll hear from both Kentucky football head coach Mark Stoops and basketball assistant Jai Lucas. This afternoon, Stoops will give us a final preview of his squad before hosting Tennessee. Before then, in just a couple of hours, Lucas will talk season expectations ahead of Friday night’s outing against Miles College.
We’ll have everything you need to know from those two press conferences as they happen. Stay tuned.
WBB exhibition against Lee University
Though the Kentucky women’s basketball team’s first contest is only an exhibition, the ‘Cats are prepared to make a loud statement. Later tonight at 7 p.m., the Wildcats will take on the Lee University Lady Flames at Memorial Coliseum.
The Lady Flames are a DII program, but they shouldn’t be taken lightly. Lee will be the perfect first test for the ‘Cats. To get you ready for the ladies’ first action of the season, allow Grant Grubbs to entertain you with his preview article.
A potential new ‘Cat?
Not long after his visit to Kentucky, five-star class of 2023 point guard Robert Dillingham has narrowed his list of schools down to five.
Dillingham, who will attend Kanye West’s recently established Donda Academy (CA) this season, announced on Twitter that he is down to Kentucky, Kansas, LSU, Memphis State, and N.C. State. The 6-foot-1 native of Charlotte was named the top high schooler from the state of North Carolina as a sophomore.
Ranked by On3 as the 18th best player in the country, Dillingham picked up an offer from Kentucky on Oct. 24, the same weekend he was in town for a visit.
A bad football stat
Will Levis is 0-10 on long passes through the air (20+ yards) since week four (Chattanooga). According to SEC StatCat, eight of those passes were uncatchable and two were intercepted.
That’s not good…
That’s all the news I’ve got for you today. We’ve got Matt Jones and the crew (hopefully with a healthy Ryan Lemond) taking over the airwaves in an hour. See you then.