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Herald-Leader photo gallery from Kentucky’s win over Oklahoma.

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Terrence Jones’ double-double leads Kentucky to win in Maui

Jones’ 29 points equaled the second-most by a Kentucky freshman (Jamal Mashburn scored 31 against visiting Georgia in 1991) and advanced Kentucky into Tuesday’s semifinals of the EA Sports Maui Invitational. Jones also posted career highs with 13 rebounds and four blocks, plus he equalled his previous best of three assists. (Jerry Tipton, Herald-Leader)

Kentucky’s Terrence Jones was too much for Oklahoma

When Oklahoma basketball coach Jeff Capel recruited forward Terrence Jones, he envisioned a player who could dominate games at both ends of the court with his versatility. Jones ended up signing with the University of Kentucky, and on Monday he validated Capel’s assessment, torching the Sooners for 29 points, 13 rebounds, four blocks and three assists to lead No. 8 UK to a 76-64 win in the first round of the Maui Invitational. (Brett Dawson, Courier-Journal)

Washington crushes Virginia 106-63 to earn date with Kentucky

This was the game the Huskies wanted the country to see. They showcased their size, speed, diverse offense and unrelenting defense in a spectacular display that overwhelmed Virginia in a game that turned into a rout soon after the purple-clad capacity crowd at Lahaina Civic Center settled into their seats. Washington not only defeated Virginia 106-63 in the first round of the Maui Invitational on Monday, the 13th-ranked Huskies sent a message to everyone else in the tournament that they’re a legitimate contender to take the title. (Percy Allen, Seattle Times)

Randall Cobb tries to play down importance of the UK-Tennessee football game

Randall Cobb was trying to play it cool Monday when addressing the media about the upcoming game at Tennessee. Despite the fact that Kentucky will be playing to: A) end the nation’s longest losing streak to another school at 25; B) to finish in a possible tie for third in the SEC East; and C) to improve its bowl destination, Cobb wouldn’t give the media much ammo with regards to the importance of the game. That’s not even taking into the fact that Cobb is a native of nearby Alcoa who didn’t get the recruiting love he probably should have from Tennessee. (Chip Cosby, Herald-Leader)

Terrence Jones steals the show, now ready for match with Washington

This summer, when Jones withdrew his commitment to UW, it was a big deal but no one knew quite how meaningful it would be. Jones was considered a top recruit, but wasn’t considered in the same league as Harrison Barnes, Perry Jones or Kyrie Irving. Enes Kanter’s defection from the Huskies to the Wildcats was seen as the bigger loss. But in mid-November, it looks like the Huskies may have lost more than they imagined. Kanter has been ruled ineligible by the NCAA and Jones has more than stepped in to fill the void. (Chad Ford, espn)

Terrence Jones brilliant in Kentucky win over Sooners

Jones did a little bit, actually a whole lot, of everything to lead Kentucky to a 76-64 victory over Oklahoma in the first round of the EA Sports Maui Invitational. The freshman forward dazzled the capacity crowd of 2,400 at the Lahaina Civic Center, capping his breakthrough performance by blocking a Cade Davis three-point attempt and getting a runout dunk on the other end to stem the Sooners’ final rally. Jones’ 29 points tied Eric Bledsoe for the second most in a game by a UK freshman, falling just a two short of Jamal Mashburn’s record. The 6-foot-8 forward added 12 rebounds to push the Cats through a ragged second half. (Matt May, Cats Pause)

Rested Kentucky focusing on ending Tennessee streak

Kentucky coach Joker Phillips says his team is treating the season finale against Tennessee like just another game, though he allows it’s hard not to think about what a victory over the Volunteers would mean. The Wildcats (6-5, 2-5 SEC) have lost 25 straight to the Volunteers (5-6, 2-5), a streak that dates back to 1984, before any players on Kentucky’s current roster were born. A win would also prevent the Volunteers from becoming bowl eligible while bolstering Kentucky’s bowl prospects. (Will Graves, Associated Press)

Tennessee’s freshman quarterback, Tyler Bray, still developing

Tyler Bray isn’t Superman, after all. Not yet, anyway. Before throwing an interception late in the second quarter of Saturday’s win at Vanderbilt, Tennessee’s true freshman quarterback completed 12 of 14 passes for 173 yards, two scores and no turnovers. “I thought we came out early and played well,” coach Derek Dooley said. “I think the first 15 plays of the game, we had five explosive plays, which is really good. I think Tyler, he started out [well]. The first quarter and a half, we really felt like we were executing the game plan well.” (Wes Rucker, Chattanooga Times Free Press)

Vols and Wildcats both to be missing defensive tackles

Kentucky’s Mark Crawford, who has started most of this season, has been suspended for the remainder of the season for what coach Joker Phillips said was a violation of team rules. Tennessee coach Derek Dooley announced Monday that sophomore Montori Hughes was suspended for this game for violating the Vols’ academic policy. (Chris Low, espn)

Football claims its focus is on seventh win, not losing streak to Tennessee

A new sign was on the door to the Wildcat Den in Commonwealth Stadium before UK’s weekly Monday morning news conference.┬áIt was fairly self-explanatory: “Beat Tennessee.” However, defeating Tennessee (5-6, 2-5 Southeastern Conference) is something that the Cats (6-5, 2-5 SEC) haven’t been able to do since 1984, when UK head Joker Phillips played for the Cats and before any players on the current roster were even born. Since that year, the Volunteers have won 25 straight against their border rivals to the North. (Nick Craddock, Kentucky Kernel)

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