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(H-L photo/Mark Cornelison)

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Trying something different this morning, combining Big Blue Links and SEC links into one package.

BIG ENES — Breaking news, the ruling on the Enes Kanter case could come today. Wait, or tomorrow. Wait, or Sunday. Or maybe we’ll get it from WikiLeaks. Seriously, it could come today.

LOOKING AHEAD TO THE HEELS — Thursday was UK’s preview day for Saturday’s game with North Carolina. Usually, the pre-game interviews are done the day before, but the Cats are leaving early today for Carolina, so everything was moved up.

TERRENCE JONES — Can he feel the love? Eamonn Brennan of espn.com ranks the UK guard/forward as the nation’s best freshman in November.

ON TAP – UK volleyball opens up NCAA Tournament play tonight at Purdue. From UK Athletics: “The Kentucky volleyball team will open its sixth consecutive NCAA Tournament at No. 24 Purdue, Friday at 7:30 p.m. ET. UK takes on the Boilermakers for the second time in four years in the NCAA Tournament in West Lafayette, Ind. Live stats, video and radio will be provided by the host institution with links available at UKatheltics.com Kentucky (17-13) is among just 18 teams in the country to appear in the NCAA Tournament in six straight seasons. Kentucky and Purdue last played in the national tournament in 2006 with the Boilermakers earning a 3-0 victory in the second round of play. The squads last met on the court in 2009 at the Kansas State Tournament with UK earning a 3-1 win.”

SEC HOOPS TONIGHT – Only game is UAB at Georgia. It’s on ESPN3.com, starting at 7:30.
ALREADY LOOKING AHEAD TO 2011-12 – All Kentucky Hoops reports that Marist says it will open next season at Kentucky.
HOPE IN REDSHIRTS — Bleed Blue Kentucky has a comprehensive report on the players UK football redshirted this fall. There’s a paragraph on each one. Good stuff.
OPEN UK FOOTBALL PRACTICES – This from UK:
Kentucky football practices on Saturday and Sunday are open to the media and public, Coach Joker Phillips has announced.

UK will practice from 8:35 to 10:15 a.m. on Saturday and 2:30 to 4:25 p.m. on Sunday. Practices are expected to be held in the Nutter Field House because of projected winter weather.

The Wildcats are preparing for what would be a school-record fifth-consecutive bowl game. Bowl announcements will be made Sunday night.

(UK will be off next week as the coaches are on the road recruiting.)

OVC BASKETBALL OPENERS – Eastern Kentucky lost a heartbreaker to Murray State, 74-72, last night. Mark Maloney of the H-L reports a fire delayed the start of the double-header in Richmond. Meanwhile, Morehead blew out UT-Martin 70-49. Meanwhile, Mark Adams of espn.com writes that Morehead’s Kenneth Faried may well be the next Dennis Rodman.

FIASCO AT ALLEN FIELDHOUSE – Have to admit I went to bed at halftime on the Kansas-UCLA game. (I had tuned out LeBron’s beatdown of his former fans. I plan on avoiding Cowherd’s crowing this morning.) But apparently I missed a heckuva of a finish, thanks to the officials. Gary Bedore of the Lawrence Journal-World has the game-story of the controversial Kansas win. ESPN’s Andy Katz on the end of the Pac 10/Big 12 Hardwood Challenge.

UK-U OF L WOMEN — The rivals play Sunday in Louisville. The Lady Cards tuned up by thumping Mississippi Valley State last night. Jennifer Smith of the Herald-Leader writs that UK’s A’dia Mathies stays steady before trip back to hometown.

(AP photo)

(AP photo)

SEC TITLE GAME PREVIEW – Lost in all the Cameron Newton fallout is the fact that there is an SEC title game on Saturday (4 p.m., CBS). Still give South Carolina a terrific shot.

MORE NETWON RULING FALLOUT – NCAA president says Cameron Newton case was different, reports Charles Goldberg of Birmingham News.

DAN MULLEN TO MIAMI? – The Mississippi State coach is mum on reports linking him to Miami job, reports Brandon Marcello of the Clarion-Ledger. Meanwhile, Brad Locke of the NE Mississippi Daily Journal writes that rabid fans the internet combine to feed the beast when it comes to Mullen speculation.

COTTON BOWL -- Scott Rabalais of the Baton Rouge Advocate writes that the Arlington Bowl is looking at LSU playing Texas A&M.

FLORIDA TRIPLE QUARTERBACKS – Rachel George of the Orlando Sentinel reports that the Gators may scrap the three-quarterback system when the bowl game arrives.

VITALE ON KANTER — Hat tip Tailgate Review

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