■ The thinking was if you had to circle a date on the Kentucky basketball calendar when the No. 1-ranked Cats might be in clear danger of losing their first game, that would be Feb. 10 at Baton Rouge against LSU.
That is if the talented Tigers ever got their act together.
Guess what, LSU might be doing exactly that. Three days after Johnny Jones' team collapsed at home and lost to Texas A&M, the Bayou Bengals battered Billy Donovan's Florida Gators 79-61 in the O-Dome.
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Outside of Kentucky's revolving door of 7-foot shot blockers, LSU's Jarell Martin and Jordan Mickey are the best frontcourt tandem in the league.
■ Behind LSU, I'd put UK's game at Georgia on March 3 as No. 2 on the list of possible defeats. The Bulldogs are a tough, experienced team that likes to play physical.
By that time, however, Kentucky could be so close to an undefeated regular season, the Cats would not let anything stand in their way.
■ Donnie Tyndall is doing a fabulous job at Tennessee, leading the Vols to a 4-1 record. Considering what's going on at Southern Miss, however, you have to wonder if Tyndall will still be the UT coach at the end of the year.
On Tuesday, Southern Miss self-imposed a post-season ban based on the current NCAA investigation into alleged violations that occurred when Tyndall was Southern Miss's coach.
■ SEC teams are not going to want to play Vanderbilt a couple of years from now. They may not want to play the Commodores by the end of this season.
■ Remember Gene DeFilippo, who was Kentucky's associate athletics director under C.M. Newton from 1987 to 1993?
His son, 36-year-old John DeFilippo, was hired Wednesday as new offensive coordinator of the Cleveland Browns.
■ If the Saints' Sean Payton can be suspended for a whole season for "Bountygate" shouldn't Bill Beli-cheat get a similar penalty if he's found culpable for "Deflategate"?
Not sure you can suspend Beli-cheat for the Super Bowl. There may not be enough time for the NFL to do a thorough investigation and decide on a fair punishment before the Super Bowl.
If Beli-cheat is found to have a role, he should be punished by the league and punished severely.
■ Despite making 20 of 28 three-point shots in his previous seven games, Kentucky's Devin Booker took just one against Vanderbilt on Tuesday night.
He missed that one, but to me it showed that Booker is not going to force shots, even when he's hot.
■ Rick Pitino says it's no big deal, but you have to think his decision to strip the captain label from Montrezl Harrell is a big deal.
■ Now that Frank "The Tank" Kaminsky is back from a concussion, Wisconsin has kicked it up a notch. The Badgers destroyed No. 25 Iowa 82-50 on Tuesday in one of the more impressive performances of the season.
Wisconsin committed one turnover on the night. One.
■ Not a Green Bay Packers fan, but by the end of last Sunday's NFC title game, I was rooting for Green Bay to hold on. Hate to see a team dominate for 58 minutes and lose it in the last two.
■ It has been a tough year for Tubby Smith at Texas Tech. Heading into Wednesday night's game with Oklahoma State, his Red Raiders sat at the bottom of the Big 12 standings with an 0-5 mark.
Since leaving Kentucky after the 2006-07 season, Smith's record is 148-107.
■ The fact that the Washington Nationals paid starting pitcher Max Scherzer $210 million over seven years is not good news for the Reds if they want to hold on to Johnny Cueto, which you assume they do. Cueto is scheduled to become a free agent in 2016.
■ Speaking of the Reds, the southern tour of the Reds Caravan will be at the Fayette Mall from 4:30 to 7 p.m. on Saturday.