Happy New Year, Big Blue Nation! Here’s to hoping 2016 is off to a strong start for all of you. The Wildcats seem to be enjoying it, as they opened up conference play with a dominant showing Saturday. Let’s catch up.
Here are four things to know:
- Kentucky beat Ole Miss 83-61 in its first SEC game of the season.
- Junior guard Dominique Hawkins left the game with a left ankle injury, but John Calipari indicated he’s going to be OK.
- See what else Calipari said in his postgame press conference, which was full of praise for Tyler Ulis and Skal Labissiere.
- If you missed it from earlier, Calipari had some fun trying out his new hoverboard from Christmas.
Other Kentucky news from around the Internet
- Calipari removed Labissiere from the starting lineup against Louisville in part to help light a fire under the freshman, the Lexington Herald-Leader’s Jerry Tipton wrote.
- Jordan Smith, the winner of NBC’s hit TV show, The Voice, is from Kentucky and sang the national anthem before the Wildcats’ game. The Lexington Herald-Leader’s Jonathan Palmer has it on video.
- If you want to skim over the highlights of the game against Ole Miss, the Louisville Courier-Journal’s Jon Hale kept a running blog for your reference. Hale also has a story on freshman guard Jamal Murray.
- The Louisville Courier-Journal’s Kyle Tucker also had some immediate thoughts at the buzzer.
- More on Ulis and his dominant night (20 points, 10 assists, six steals) from the Lexington Herald-Leader’s Keith Taylor.
The best stories around the SEC
- The SEC cleaned up in its bowl games this week. Eight different teams won.
- Alabama’s marching band did its best Nick Saban dancing impression.
- It was scary when it happened but it looks like Arkansas wide receiver Dominique Reed is going to be OK after he was carted off the field in the Razorbacks’ bowl game.
- See what Florida alumni said after Michigan thumped the Gators in the Citrus Bowl.
- Arkansas running back Alex Collins broke a school record that was almost 50 years old.