Happy Tuesday, Kentucky fans! Despite his team’s poor showing Saturday, Mark Stoops is feeling confident that things will get better for your Wildcats on the football field. And on the basketball court, you know the story: Kentucky is expected to be one of the nation’s best again this year. No surprises there. Let’s dive in.
Here are four things to know:
- It feels strange to think about, but this season Kentucky basketball didn’t get the AP preseason ranking’s No. 1 nod. That honor went to North Carolina, with the Wildcats coming in at No. 2.
- Be sure to get all of your Kentucky injury updates. The Wildcats will be without Boom Williams on Saturday against UGA as he recovers from an elbow injury.
- Stoops kept it simple Monday in his weekly press conference, having no doubt that things will turn around.
- The SEC announced Kentucky’s kickoff time against Vanderbilt on Nov. 14. You can officially mark your calendars.
Other Kentucky news from around the Internet
- If you’ve got a few extra minutes on your hands, you can check out Stoops’ entire transcript from Monday’s press conference. The Lexington-Herald Leader’s Jen Smith has you covered.
- This past weekend might have been relatively tame in the SEC, but upcoming games on Saturday will change that, the Louisville Courier-Journal’s Jon Hale wrote.
- Immediately after Stoops addressed the media Monday, Hale also shared his quick takeaways.
- Kentucky’s basketball team absolutely dominated Ottawa University Monday night in the first exhibition game of the season, the Louisville Courier-Journal’s Kyle Tucker wrote.
- Alex Poythress is still working his way back from his ACL tear last season. John Calipari wants him to push himself in that process, Hale wrote.
- Hale again: Kentucky might have stolen the show, but one Ottawa guard caught everyone’s attention.
The best stories around the SEC
- Former UGA receiver A.J. Green is thankful for how much Georgia did for him, so now he’s endowing scholarships at his alma mater.
- LSU’s play-by-play announcer hasn’t missed calling a game in more than 30 years. But Jim Hawthorne had a successful medical procedure done that will keep him out this week when LSU takes on Alabama.
- Speaking of LSU-Alabama, several highly touted prospects are expected to be in attendance for the big game.
- One more on Alabama — the Crimson Tide are the favorites to win the SEC title.
- There’s been talk about UGA letting Mark Richt go before, but according to one national reporter, that chatter is getting more serious now.