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Big Blue Links: Kentucky’s bounce-back win; Vanderbilt loses Luke Kornet

Vanderbilt forward Luke Kornet walks on the court during a timeout in the second half of an NCAA college basketball game against Dayton Wednesday, Dec. 9, 2015, in Nashville, Tenn. The junior will be out four to six weeks after being injured during practice. Dayton upset Vanderbilt 72-67.
Vanderbilt forward Luke Kornet walks on the court during a timeout in the second half of an NCAA college basketball game against Dayton Wednesday, Dec. 9, 2015, in Nashville, Tenn. The junior will be out four to six weeks after being injured during practice. Dayton upset Vanderbilt 72-67. The Associated Press

Big Blue Links for Thursday:

▪ Kentucky basketball has a high ceiling, but a long way to go reach it, says my column from UK’s 88-67 win over Eastern Kentucky on Wednesday night.

▪ Alex Poythress leads the way with 21 points and 13 rebounds in UK’s win, reports Jerry Tipton of the Herald-Leader.

▪ Herald-Leader photo gallery from No. 5 Kentucky’s win over visiting Eastern Kentucky.

▪ Janee Thompson becoming Kentucky women basketball’s big shot, reports Jennifer Smith of the Herald-Leader. UK plays host to Louisville on Thursday night.

▪ Alyssa Rice is back from a foot injury for UK women, reports Smith of the H-L.

▪ Kentucky uses 15-2 run to pull away from Colonels, reports Bob Flynn of the Richmond Register.

▪ Kentucky out to prove its tough enough, reports Kyle Tucker of the Courier-Journal.

▪ Some quick takeaways from Kentucky’s 21-point win, by Eric Crawford of WDRB.

▪ Airman surprises family during UK basketball game, reports Nation of Blue.

▪ Poythress is near-perfect as UK gets back on track with win over Colonels, reports Keith Taylor of KyForward.

▪ Calipari eager for Tai Wynyard to arrive, writes Jason Marcum of Sea of Blue.

▪ Despite win, Cats still a ways away, reports Jordan Ondrof of the Kentucky Kernel.

▪ Marcus Lee makes a good return after his injury in UCLA game, reports Alex Forkner of the Cats Pause.

▪ Patrick Towles out to reach NFL dream after transfer, reports Courier-Journal.

▪ Debbie Yow has fond memories of UK and Joe B. Hall, writes Jamie Vaught of KyForward.

▪ UK basketball season statistics through nine games.

▪ UK basketball individual game-by-game stats in a Google Doc.

SEC links for Thursday:

▪ Damien Harris patiently waiting his turn at Alabama, reports Ben Jones of Tidesports.com.

▪ Vanderbilt loses Luke Kornet, then game to Dayton, reports Adam Sparks of the Tennessean.

▪ Missouri basketball picks up its third straight win, reports Tod Palmer of the Kansas City Sar.

▪ Florida’s Jim McElwain chosen SEC Coach of the Year, reports Robbie Andreu of the Gainesville Sun.

▪ Texas A&M’s Christian Kirk named SEC Freshman of the Year, reports Bryan/College Station Eagle.

▪ Auburn sells out initial ticket allotment to Birmingham Bowl, reports Brandon Marcello of AL.com.

▪ Auburn football’s coaching budget for assistants was second-highest in the country, reports Mike Niziolek of the Columbus Ledger-Enquirer.

▪ LSU’s coaches were highest-paid, reports Ross Dellenger of The Advocate.

▪ Bigger lineup paying off for Ole Miss basketball, reports Daniel Pauling of the Clarion-Ledger.

▪ Kirby Smart has a plan for Georgia football, reports Marc Weiszer of the Athens Banner-Herald.

▪ Recruiting efforts heat up in Muschamp’s first week at South Carolina, reports The State.

▪ Is different offensive approach the key for Muschamp at South Carolina? asks David Caraviello of the Charleston Post and Courier.

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