Notes: Kentucky basketball, Cincinnati Bengals, NFL playoffs

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Game day: Kentucky 85, Georgia 71

Click under for extra of the Herald-Leader’s and Kentucky.com’s protection of Tuesday night time’s males’s basketball recreation between Kentucky and Georgia at Rupp Arena in Lexington.

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Random notes:

Classy transfer by Kentucky basketball’s CJ Fredrick on Monday. Asked in regards to the Georgia Bulldogs, UK’s Tuesday night time opponent, Fredrick mentioned, “First I needed to say my ideas and prayers are with their total athletic division and the households of those that had been misplaced in that horrible tragedy. My ideas and prayers are with everybody in that side.”

Georgia offensive lineman Devin Willock and Georgia soccer employees member Chandler LeCroy had been killed in a automotive crash early Sunday morning in Athens. Willock was 20 years outdated. LeCroy was 24.

Michigan State Coach Tom Izzo mentioned he referred to as John Calipari after Kentucky’s 63-56 win at Tennessee on Saturday to go with Cal for confiscating the gamers’ telephones the night time earlier than the sport.

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Michigan State head coach Tom Izzo discovered widespread floor with Kentucky’s John Calipari this week. Carlos Osorio AP

Heading into Sunday’s NFL divisional playoff at Buffalo, the Cincinnati Bengals must be involved about their offensive line.

They entered final Sunday’s wild-card recreation in opposition to Baltimore with out beginning proper guard Alex Cappa and beginning proper deal with La’el Collins. Max Scharping crammed in at guard with Hakeem Adeniji at deal with.

Then left deal with Jonah Williams dislocated his kneecap within the Bengals’ 24-17 win. Jackson Carman crammed in for Williams, however Cincinnati earned only one first down in its ultimate three possessions.

Ravens Coach John Harbaugh was an actual peach throughout his testy in-game interview with NBC’s Melissa Stark and his temporary postgame handshake with Bengals Coach Zac Taylor.

My NFL divisional playoff-round predictions: Giants over Eagles; 49ers over Cowboys; Bills over Bengals; Chiefs over Jaguars.

Another NFL prediction: A 46-year-old Tom Brady would be the Las Vegas Raiders’ quarterback in 2023. He will not wish to exit like he went out Monday night time.

Liam Coen is again as Kentucky’s offensive coordinator after teaching Will Levis in 2021 earlier than leaving for the Los Angeles Rams in 2022. What will Coen inform professional scouts about Levis?

“His greatest soccer continues to be forward of him,” Coen mentioned. “I actually imagine that Will may have an extended, profitable NFL profession. The man’s performed by means of a number of completely different coordinators and a number of completely different years, clearly. Battled by means of a ton of accidents, as you talked about, struggled to guard him somewhat bit final yr.”

Looking ahead to a wholesome Wan’Dale Robinson catching passes subsequent yr from rising beginning quarterback Daniel Jones with the New York Giants. The former Kentucky receiver is recovering from a torn ACL.

North Carolina basketball is off to a quick begin for the category of 2024. Ian Jackson, a 6-foot-4 guard from the Bronx, dedicated to the Tar Heels on Monday. He’s ranked No. 2 in his class by 247Sports. Jackson joins Elliot Cadeau, a 6-1 level guard from Branson, Missouri, ranked No. 10 by 247Sports.

At 4-0, Texas A&M is the early shock of the SEC basketball schedule. The Aggies drilled South Carolina 94-53 on Saturday in Columbia. That’s the identical South Carolina that beat Kentucky 71-68 final week in Lexington. After enjoying host to Florida on Wednesday night time, Buzz Williams’ group visits Rupp Arena on Saturday for a 2 pm tip-off on ESPN.

Despite the loss to visiting Kentucky final Saturday, Tennessee remained No. 1 in Ken Pomeroy’s adjusted defensive effectivity rankings.

The SEC entered Tuesday night time’s faculty basketball motion with two groups among the many high three of the NCAA NET rankings. Tennessee was No. 2 and Alabama No. 3 behind No. 1 Houston.

Bob Baffert is not going away. Although banned from this yr’s Kentucky Derby, horse racing’s most well-known coach had the highest three finishers within the Sham Stakes, a Kentucky Derby prep. Reincarnate completed first, adopted by Newgate and National Treasure.

Next up on the Derby prep path is Saturday’s Lecomte Stakes on the Fair Grounds in New Orleans. Instant Coffee is the anticipated favourite. He gained the Kentucky Jockey Cup on Nov. 26 at Churchill Downs. He’s skilled by Brad Cox.

Breeders’ Cup Classic winner Flightline was named the World’s Best Racehorse throughout a ceremony in London this week. Summer Wind Farm proprietor Jane Lyon was readily available with coach John Sadler and co-owners Stephanie Leal Hronis, Terry Finley and Bill Farish to simply accept the award.

This story was initially revealed January 17, 2023 1:02 PM.

John Clay is a sports activities columnist for the Lexington Herald-Leader. A local of Central Kentucky, he coated UK soccer from 1987 till being named sports activities columnist in 2000. He has coated 20 Final Fours and 37 consecutive Kentucky Derbys.
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