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John Clay: Hoops-less weekend not totally useless

In his three postseason losses, Bengals quarterback Andy Dalton has thrown for one touchdown and six interceptions for a postseason passer rating of 56.2.
In his three postseason losses, Bengals quarterback Andy Dalton has thrown for one touchdown and six interceptions for a postseason passer rating of 56.2. AP

Admit it, you don't know what to do with yourself.

This is crazy, right? This is a weekend without Kentucky basketball. No game Saturday. No game Sunday. And this is January when every weekend should be full of roundball, including at least one game of Kentucky roundball.

So what are you doing with yourself?

Are you re-watching the Kentucky-Louisville game from last Saturday? I know it's still on your DVR.

If you are ever in need of a good laugh, you can always slow motion Chris Jones' flop from Dakari Johnson's phantom elbow. Give Rick Pitino credit. The Louisville coach benched his senior guard for the acting job.

Are you studying the upcoming Kentucky basketball schedule?

SEC play starts Tuesday. Ole Miss visits Rupp for the Cats' league opener. And yes, I know, the experts all say the conference is oh-so-bad that it will be a Kentucky cakewalk between now and Selection Sunday.

Not so fast my friends. Arkansas has one of the best offenses in the nation. Florida isn't all that bad. South Carolina could be the sleeper. Georgia just won at Kansas State. Stats whiz Ken Pomeroy has all four of those teams in his top 40 efficiency rankings.

Plus, the most dangerous game on the Kentucky schedule could be Feb. 10 at LSU. That's three days after the Cats visit Florida. And LSU has enough talent, tall talent, to be dangerous, especially playing in Baton Rouge.

Are you studying John Calipari's Twitter account?

The Kentucky coach tweeted Friday: "I apologized to my guards today. I did something w/them I should have done earlier that would have made them ALL better. It was eye-opening."

This may be (a) another Calipari "tweak" or (b) an attempt to quash those campaigning for Tyler Ulis to be moved into the starting lineup ahead of Andrew Harrison.

Are you one of those campaigning? Stop it. Yes, Ulis has played well and is really good. But with two platoons, on this particular Kentucky basketball team, starting does not matter.

Are you filling time with the NFL playoffs?

The Bengals travel to Indianapolis on Sunday at 1 p.m. In case you haven't heard, Bengals Coach Marvin Lewis has never won a playoff game. Neither has Bengals quarterback Andy Dalton. Oh, you have heard — over and over and over again.

Speaking of football, are you trying to figure out what happened to SEC football?

Ole Miss got dump-trucked by TCU. Mississippi State lost to Georgia Tech. Auburn lost to a Wisconsin team that lost 59-0 to Ohio State. And Alabama, mighty Alabama, lost to Ohio State, which was playing a third-string quarterback.

What goes up must come down. The SEC has been so dominant for so long, it was bound for a down year. Nothing lasts forever. Plus, followers of SEC football were reminded of something Thursday night we already knew. Ohio State's Urban Meyer is a great big-game coach.

Are you checking out the rest of college basketball?

There is plenty of good Sunday action on the tube. Arizona opens Pac-12 play against Arizona State, 7 p.m. on Fox Sports 1. Louisville makes its official ACC debut at Wake Forest, 8 p.m. on ESPNU. Wisconsin opens its Big Ten schedule at Northwestern, 8:30 p.m. on the Big Ten Network.

Three national teams that could give Kentucky trouble: Duke has the nation's best low-post player in Jahlil Okafor. Virginia is the only team in the nation that comes close to playing defense as well as Kentucky. Wisconsin is tall, can shoot and plays with veteran savvy.

Not to worry, however. On Tuesday, the Cats will get back to proving they have no equal. It's full-go from then on. No more game-less weekends. Until April 11.

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