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Big Blue Links: Forty links from Kentucky’s win over Louisville

Kentucky Wildcats head coach John Calipari motioned to Derek Willis (35) as UK defeated UL 75-73 in Rupp Arena Saturday Dec. 26, 2015 in Lexington, Ky.
Kentucky Wildcats head coach John Calipari motioned to Derek Willis (35) as UK defeated UL 75-73 in Rupp Arena Saturday Dec. 26, 2015 in Lexington, Ky. Lexington Herald-Leader

Big Blue Links for Sunday:

▪ Kentucky’s win over Louisville hit all the right notes, says my column.

▪ No energy shortage as UK outlasts U of L, reports Jerry Tipton of the Herald-Leader.

▪ Damion Lee kept the Cards in it, reports Ben Roberts of the Herald-Leader.

▪ Dominique Hawkins lives his boyhood dream, writes Mark Story of the Herald-Leader.

▪ Rick Pitino claims he didn’t flip off fans, reports Tipton. (Here’s the video.)

▪ Herald-Leader photo gallery from UK-U of L.

▪ Transcript of John Calipari’s post-game press conference.

▪ Transcript of Louisville’s post-game quotes.

▪ Box score from Kentucky’s 75-73 win over Louisville.

▪ Video: John Calipari after the win over Louisville.

▪ Video: Alex Poythress on the play of Kentucky’s veterans.

▪ Video: MVP Tyler Ulis talks about the Kentucky win.

▪ Video: Dominique Hawkins talks about his big game.

▪ Veterans come to the rescue for the Cats, writes Kyle Tucker of the Courier-Journal.

▪ Did Kentucky snap its shooting slump on Saturday? asks Jon Hale of the C-J.

▪ Louisville fights but doesn’t finish, reports Jeff Greer of the Courier-Journal.

▪ Damion Lee steps up, but misfires at the end, reports Tim Sullivan of the C-J.

▪ Donovan Mitchell shines for the Cards, reports the Courier-Journal.

▪ Veterans show freshmen how it’s done, writes Dick Gabriel for WKYT.

▪ Fan says Pitino did show fans the bird, reports Vaught’s Views.

▪ Kentucky building toward March in win over Louisville, writes Josh Ellis of the Kentucky Kernel.

▪ Despite finger-gate, Cards had positives at Kentucky, writes Eric Crawford of WDRB.

▪ Calipari tops Pitino again, on the court and in Miss Manners competition, writes Rick Bozich of WDRB.

▪ Kentucky finds a way to beat Louisville yet again, writes Derek Terry of Cats Illustrated.

▪ Hawkins was a hero, writes T.J. Walker of Cats Illustrated.

▪ Kentucky hangs on to beat the Cards, reports Alex Forkner of the Cats Pause.

▪ Hawkins joins a unique in-state club, writes Darrell Bird of the Cats Pause.

▪ Lee goes for the kill but comes up short, reports Russ Brown of KyForward.

▪ Hawkins steps up on the big stage, reports Keith Taylor of KyForward.

▪ Calipari shows he’s a strategist in recruiter’s clothes, writes Mike DeCourcy of the Sporting News.

▪ Pitino shows his ugly side after loss, writes Pat Forde of Yahoo Sports.

▪ Kentucky survives a close call against Louisville, reports Joe Depaolo of the New York Times.

▪ Videos of Louisville players talking about the loss, from Nation of Blue.

▪ Kentucky basketball fans can relax, writes Reid Forgrave of Fox Sports.

▪ Veterans were vital for Kentucky in win, writes Kerry Miller of Bleacher Report.

▪ Takeaways from the Kentucky win, from Jason Marcum of Sea of Blue.

▪ Tyler Ulis named game’s MVP, reports All Ky Hoops.

▪ Tyler Ulis creates an exclusive club, reports Nick Roush of KSR.

▪ Karl-Anthony Towns trolls teammate after UK win, reports USA Today.

▪ Kentucky is led by the unexpected, writes Shelby Caudill of Wildcat Blue Nation.

Kentucky men’s basketball next five games

  • Jan. 2 Ole Miss (7:00/SEC)
  • Jan. 5 @LSU (9:00/ESPN)
  • Jan. 9 @Alabama (6:00/SEC)
  • Jan. 12 Mississippi State (7:00/ESPN or SEC)
  • Jan. 16 @Auburn (4:00/ESPN or ESPN2)
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