Mark Stoops made the biggest change of the season yesterday and the basketball team has one of its biggest games of the season today. So much is going on in Big Blue Nation, so let’s jump right to it.
Here are three things to know:
- Stoops made the plunge Monday in his press conference. Redshirt freshman Drew Barker, not junior Patrick Towles, will get the starting nod against Charlotte.
- The Wildcats were inside the 5-yard line on first down twice Saturday against Vanderbilt. To Stoops’ dismay, they couldn’t score either time.
- Start making your plans. The Kentucky-Louisville game time has been announced for Nov. 28.
Other Kentucky news from around the Internet
- Kentucky and Duke play tonight in what could be one of the greatest matchups of the whole college basketball season. Coach John Calipari had lots to say, and the Louisville Courier-Journal’s Kyle Tucker has the whole transcript.
- Tucker has all the things you should watch laid out in his preview.
- Had Kentucky not lost to Wisconsin in the Final Four in April, it would have been the Cats and the Blue Devils in an electrifying championship game. Now they’re meeting months later, Tucker wrote.
- It will be a homecoming for Tyler Ulis and Charles Matthews tonight in Chicago. Tucker has video of both.
- In need of a fresh start, the Wildcats couldn’t have picked a better time to make a QB switch, the Louisville Courier-Journal’s Tim Sullivan wrote.
- Towles seems to be handling his demotion well based on this article from the Louisville Courier-Journal’s Jon Hale.
- Finally, Stoops doesn’t seem to think his team’s slump is hurting him on the recruiting front, the Lexington Herald-Leader’s Jen Smith wrote.
The best stories around the SEC
- ESPN analyst Paul Finebaum thinks LSU running back Leonard Fournette’s chances at winning the Heisman trophy have completely plummeted.
- Ole Miss coach Hugh Freeze had some very high praise for Fournette.
- Missouri coach Gary Pinkel announced he will be resigning after this season for health reasons. Since then, the Tigers have lost a 3-star commit.
- Growing up where the Big Ten rules all, one Ohio running back was gushing after his visit to Tennessee.
- Auburn didn’t get off on the right foot academically with the mother of the nation’s No. 1 player.