It’s an exciting time right now for Kentucky’s two big sports. The basketball team takes on LSU superstar Ben Simmons tonight in Baton Rouge for a 9 p.m. matchup. The football team is making changes within its staff in hopes of a more successful 2016.
Here are four things to know:
- It is not lost on John Calipari how dominant Simmons is. Kentucky absolutely has to plan accordingly for the dominant forward.
- Also aware of Simmons’ capabilities: Kentucky assistant coach Kenny Payne.
- Kentucky’s defensive backs coach, Derrick Ansley, will assume co-defensive coordinator responsibilities moving forward.
- In case you missed it from earlier, a 3-star defensive tackle from Georgia has Kentucky in his top 2.
Other Kentucky news from around the Internet
- See which teams Kentucky will look to edge out for the conference title, and what the big games are moving forward, from SI’s Zac Ellis.
- When Kentucky plays urgently instead of relaxed, it seems to do better, the Lexington Herald-Leader’s Jerry Tipton wrote.
- Freshman forward Skal Labissiere has had pressure on him since the day he stepped on Kentucky’s campus. Now, he’s feeling more comfortable with how he’s adjusting, Tipton wrote.
- Simmons and Labissiere were both poised to be stars, but for now, Simmons has shined, while Labissiere has struggled, the Louisville Courier-Journal’s Kyle Tucker wrote.
- Watch what Isaiah Briscoe said about Simmons, from the Lexington Herald-Leader’s John Clay.
- The Louisville Courier-Journal’s Jon Hale took a look at what the new coaches do to bolster Mark Stoops’ confidence going forward with the football team.
The best stories around the SEC
- The drama continues with Johnny Manziel, but this time he’s reached a whole new level with his latest stunt. Read the latest from his reported night out in Vegas.
- Joe Lunardi is already thinking about bracketology. Kentucky landed at No. 2 in his early projection.
- Alabama welcomed a new face to play the role of Deshaun Watson for the scout team.
- Oklahoma quarterback Trevor Knight is transferring to Texas A&M.
- Nick Saban’s players are still laughing at his Cotton Bowl dance moves.