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Monday Wildcat Links

May 3rd 2015

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CoachCal.com: Coach Cal's guys in the NBA playoffs
Vaught's Views: NBA personnel now seems to favor Towns as No. 1 pick
app.com: Towns 'can't wait' for the draft
USA Today: Kentucky signees star in ballislife.com All-American game
USA Today: Briscoe wins 3-point contest
KSR: So what happened with Jaylen Brown?

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Rivals.com: Jackson and Young talk about Kentucky commitment
CatPause: Heard, Miller, Blue find NFL teams

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Sunday Wildcat Links

May 2nd 2015

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Wildcat Blue Nation: An early look at the 2015-2016 season
C-J: Ulis can't wait to lead Kentucky next season
KSR: Looking at the 2015 roster

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Herald Leader: UK early enrollees glad they took the leap forward
Vaught's Views: Baltimore picks Smith in 4th round
247Sports: An early look at the SEC's 2016 recruiting classes

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Saturday Wildcat Links

May 1st 2015

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Herald Leader: Bud Dupree talks about being the newest Steeler
Vaught's Views: Pittsburgh coach calls Dupree a 'unique animal'
NextCats: UK adds another preferred walk-on
CBS Sports: Scholarships would be cut if athletes were paid

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C-J: Jaylen Brown picks California over Kentucky
KSR: Kentucky still on top of ESPN's way too early
CoachCal.com: Poythress on the road to recovery

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Tom's analysis for Oaks and Derby

May 1st 2015

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     When people whose opinions you respect go over the top in their praise of a horse like American Pharoah, you pay attention.  And I'll have the Derby favorite on some tickets and use him in bets like the Oaks-Derby double but I have to try to beat a horse that goes off as the heavy favorite when he has yet to encounter any adversity.  Teams needed to be tested in the crucible of pressure and the best ones are made better by the experience and it's the same with horses.  So when I look for a Derby winner, I look for one who is battle-tested but also is fast enough to win.  There are three horses in the 141st Derby that have produced a triple-digit Beyer speed figure three times--Pharoah, his stablemate Dortmund and Upstart.  I think the Derby winner this year is one of those latter two and I'll go with the much higher price on the odds board in Upstart.  I think those races on a demanding, slow track at Gulfstream Park will serve him well from a fitness standpoint and he's the one I see making that big, sweeping move on the final turn that often wins Derbies.  I'll take Upstart over Dortmund and my five-horse exacta box will also include Mubtaahij, Frosted and American Pharoah.
     In today's Kentucky Oaks, my pick is Birdatthewire.  She loves Churchill Downs and there should be enough speed to set up late run.  Keep an eye on Puca.  In her last race, she had to forego her closing style in a race with no pace and it comprimised her chance to win.  She's trained superbly for the Oaks and she'll be a big price for a great trainer.  I'll use those two plus Lovely Maria  and Eskenformoney with  my top five for Saturday in the Oaks-Derby Double bet.
     Good luck!

Friday Wildcat Links

April 30th 2015

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A Sea of Blue: Derek Anderson's shot at Kentucky Wildcats
Wildcat Blue Nation: Welcome to silly season
Fox Sports: Kentucky adds late piece to 2015 recruiting class
Mark Story: Without Billy Donovan, can UF remain Kentucky's biggest threat in SEC ?
C-J: UK, EKU to meet again
NextCats: Jaylen Brown no longer considering Kansas

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UK Athletics: Dupree goes No. 22 overall to Steelers
NBC Sports: Steelers grab Dupree

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Thursday Wildcat Links

April 29th 2015

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ukathletics.com:  Ulis, Lee, Poythress talk to the media about next season
Rivals.com: IU-UK talking, but that's it 
WKYT:  no talks underway yet on UK-IU
isportsweb.com: Is Jaylen Brown the next Wildcat in Lexington?
Rant Sports: Duke, Kentucky co-favorites to win 2016 NCAA tournament
USA Today: UK changes their logo
Herald Leader: Calipari taps hometown connection for new walk-on player
Bleacher Report: 10 college basketball teams that are doomed for a re-building year
CatsPause: Kentucky offers 5-star junior forward
C-J: UK recruits plan to join forces at ballsislife.com All-American game
CatsPause:  former Cat Derek Anderson criticizes Calipari
SportingNews/DeCourcy:  former Cat Anderson whiffs on criticism of Calipari

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NFL.com:  analyst thinks Dupree is "overvalued"
Wildcat Blue Nation: Bluegrass state of mind
Vaught's Views: Chad Scott does mind a 'little hostility' among running backs
SI.com: 2015 NFL draft all-underrated team 

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kentuckysports.com:  report says Epps facing alcohol-related charges

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Wednesday Wildcat Links

April 29th 2015

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VaughtsViews:  JuCo guard Mulder picks UK
WTHI TV:  all Mulder wants is a chance to compete
Fayette Observer:  Kirk picks up offer from UK
KySportsConnection:  Kirk has big-time hops
NextCats:  2016 star Bridges gets offer from UK
VaughtsViews:  Givens says Phillips' death hits '78 team members hard

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AJC:  5 questions with Bud Dupree
Cincy Jungle:  scouting report on Dupree

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WildcatBlueNation:  UK baseball loses a heartbreaker to UofL

Tuesday Wildcat LInks

April 28th 2015

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YahooSports:  UK is preseason top 5 no matter how recruiting plays out
NextCats:  Diallo decision coming soon
Big Blue Insider:  Dick Gabriel remembers Mike Phillips
NextCats:  Mulder to announce decision today
SportingNews/DeCourcy:  tranfer fears are overblown
KSR:  Forde responds to COY vote criticism for USBWA
ESPN:  shot clock reduction is likely

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The Falcoholic:  is Dupree the next Dontari Poe?
KSR:  Patrick Towles talks to SEC Network about playing QB for UK

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ukathletics.com:  Brown named SEC Pitcher of the Week
WKYT:  big week for UK baseball, starting tonight v. Louisville
ukathletics:  annual Catspy Awards ceremony is held at UK

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Monday Wildcat Links

April 26th 2015

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Wildcat Blue Nation: Mike Phillips has died
Herald Leader: Top 2017 plays strut their stuff at Nike league play
Herald Leader: Luring big man Giles might be an uphill battle
Vaught's Views: How does Calipari current era to Adolph Rupp era?
USA Today: UK target a menace to the rim

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KSR: Bud Dupree will workout with the Washington Redskins
NFL.com: First draft video of Bud Dupree
247Sports: Buh offers 4-star receiver

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Sunday Wildcat Links

April 25th 2015

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Wildcat Blue Nation: With Kentucky charging hard, Murray takes a break
CBS Cleveland: Calipari became a believer in Kentucky's pursuit of perfect
USA Today: Several players under Kentucky's watch at Nike EYBL
C-J: 5-star Monk puts on a show in front of Calipari
KSR: SEC is making a statement in recruiting players and coaches

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Herald Leader: For Stoops, third season as head man could be decisive
Vaught's View: Stoops likes the way Dawson eliminated a 'little bit of thinking'

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Saturday Wildcat Links

April 24th 2015

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Bleacher Report: Biggest adjustments wildcats must make in 2015-2016
Wildcat Blue Nation: It's time for Poythress and Lee
Herald Leader: Nike EYBL in Lexington
MSN: Closer look at UK returnees
KSR: Labissiere talks about next season
CBS Sports: Trey Lyles may not ever star, but profiles as a solid role player in NBA
nbadraft.net: Q&A with Labissiere
Scout.com: What impact will Newman have on Mississippi State?

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Vaught's Views: Atlanta or New Orleans could be teams to pick Dupree in 1st round
NextCats: Lexington lineman is UK's top commitment
ESPN: The pros and cons of a spring game

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Friday Wildcat Links

April 24th 2015

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Wildcat Blue Nation: Mulder visiting UK this weekend
Hoops Habit: Who else will join the 2015 recruiting class?
isportweb.com: A historic season, numbers aside
College Spun: Cal expects Poythress back at UK next season
USA Today: Could Canadian guard be headed to Kentucky?
CatsPause: Murray major target for Kentucky
Vaught's Views: Cal thinks the Wildcats are going to be just fine next season
Herald Leader: Cal likes where Cats are headed next season 
ukathletics.com:  VIDEO of Calipari accepting Rupp COY Award

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KSR: Mel Kiper calls Dupree a 'hot' name leading into next week's draft 
AtlantaFalcons.com:  NFL Network analysts discuss Bud Dupree

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Thursday Wildcat Links

April 22nd 2015

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Herald Leader: Which of the Nation's top prospects are coming to UK this weekend
Herald Leader: How elite-level recruiting event ended up in Lexington
Bleacher Report: Early wish list for class of 2016
Rant Sports: Billy Donovan should stay with Florida
Wildcat Blue Nation: Calipari continues his recruiting life on the road
Busting Brackets: Newman has options ahead of decision
NBC Sports: Labissiere tops Rivals' final class of 2015 rankings
C-J: 5-star recruit to pick Mississippi State 
Rivals:  here's the final list of rankings for Rivals
CBS:  all signs point to OKC going after Billy Donovan

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Vaught's Views: Hatcher looking to do more than just fill Dupree's shoes

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Wednesday Wildcat Links

April 22nd 2015

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Clarion-Ledger:  Newman to announce college choice this Friday
C-J:  reports of interest in Izundu but no scholarship offer yet
NextCats:  top prospects coming to Nike event at Ky Basketball Academy
NextCats:  2016 prospect Langford gets offer from UK
ESPN:  Simmons #1 prospect for 2015 in final rankings;  "Skal" is #2
Scout.com:  what's up with Thon Maker?  UK among final four
KSR:  Towns #1 in ESPN's latest mock draft
ThePlayersTribune:  Patrick Patterson writes an open letter to the draft class
NextCats:  ESPNU analyst Biancardi discusses Newman, Brown, Diallo

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SBNation:  mock draft consensus puts Dupree at #8


Tuesday Wildcat Links

April 21st 2015

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USAToday:  Dupree excited about degree as well as draft
The Falcoholic:  consensus is that Dupree goes to Atlanta at #8

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Charlotte Observer:  UK, Kansas among new suitors for Izundu
NextCats:  Calipari to visit with Jayson Tatum today
NextCats:  Calipari to visit 2016 star Monk
--Cal also visited w/ '16 star Harry Giles 
kentuckysports.com/John Clay:  Wiltjer to return to Gonzaga
bigblueinsider:  bad breaks have cost Cats national titles
SportingNews/DeCourcy hopes one-and-done criticism is over

Monday Wildcat Links

April 19th 2015

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247Sports: Hoak is headed to Kentucky
USA Sports: UK lands QB commit for '16
Scout.com analyzes Gunnar Hoak
Vaught's Views: What UK players made the biggest jumps in spring practice
Herald Leader: Sometimes frenzied Dawson calls for a calm quarterback

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Wildcat Blue Nation: Davis, Pelicans fall to Warriors in game 1
A Sea of Blue: How much will UK's lower cost of attendance stipends affect recruiting
Hoops Habit: Stephen Zimmerman a huge miss for Kentucky
NextCats: Mulder expected to visit UK next weekend 
Ky Sports Connection:  Ingram to announce decision April 27
Nation of Blue:  is UK gaining ground with Diallo?

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Sunday Wildcat Links

April 18th 2015

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CBS Sports: Kentucky's top prospects in 2015 NFL draft
Herald Leader: New cost-of-attendance payments being offered to student-athletes
Vaught's Views: Stamps knows coaches have high expectations but he has higher standards
247Sports: The biggest question marks for every SEC team entering 2015

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isportsweb.com: A new recruiting strategy for Kentucky basketball
C-J: Calipari courting Canadian teammates
KSR: Skal and Diallo making French connections

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Saturday Wildcat Links

April 17th 2015

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Rant Sports: UK basketball having a tough spring in recruiting
A Sea of Blue: How to watch the Jordan Brown Classic from a Wildcats perspective
Wildcat Blue Nation: NBA Playoffs a showcase for former UK players
Herald Leader: Will UK strike out with 2015 recruits?
C-J: Labissiere believes the NCAA will clear him
Vaught's Views: Davis wants more than just to be in NBA playoffs

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247Sports: Kentucky a possible trap game for Vols
CentrioTimes: Several NFL teams interested in Bud Dupree

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Friday Wildcat Links

April 16th 2015

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NextCats:  Zimmerman picks UNLV
Herald Leader: The forgotten member of the 2015 recruiting class
C-J: What can UK expect?
CoachCal.com: When dreams come true
KSR: The latest on Cal's six unsigned targets in the 2015 class 
Nation of Blue:  WCS throws out first pitch at Legends game
C-J:  future Wildcats featured in Jordan Brand game tonight

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UK Athletics: Cats carrying momentum forward as spring practices close
Rant Sports: Patrick Towles should be Kentucky's starting QB
USA Today: DT Melvin Lewis, a self-made standout
Vaught's Views: EKU suspends players involved in fight with UK football players 

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Thursday Wildcat Links

April 15th 2015

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MSN: Media hypocrites fully exposed
Bleacher Report: Biggest changes Kentucky will undergo in the 2015 offseason
Wildcat Blue Nation: Mike Thorne to visit UK
isportsweb.com: What does Kentucky basketball have in store for 2016?
Herald Leader: Calipari moving fast on junior college guard

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Fox Sports: Barker sucker punched by former teammate
Vaught's Views: Stoops not ready to name starting QB, but pleased by spring practice
C-J: Parker, Dupree confirmed to attend NFL draft

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