Big Blue Links: No Trey Lyles, no Marcus Thornton

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Big Blue Links for Tuesday:

Kentucky entertains Georgia at Rupp Arena, 7 p.m. Tuesday on ESPNU. Kentucky is expected to be without Trey Lyles, which promotes a next-man-up mentality, reports Jerry Tipton of the Herald-Leader. Could this be a golden opportunity for fan favorite Derek Willis?

Georgia is expected to be without leading scorer and rebounder Marcus Thornton, reports the Macon Telegraph. Thornton suffered a concussion in the Bulldogs’ win over Vanderbilt last week and did not play in the 67-50 loss at South Carolina on Saturday. He did not make the trip to Lexington.

“After undergoing concussion protocol testing (Monday) afternoon, Marcus Thornton was not released by UGA medical personnel,” spokesman Tim Hix said in a statement.

With national signing day on tap for Wednesday, I taped a podcast with Next Cats recruiting guru Ben Roberts talking about the Kentucky class. We talk flips, impact players and possible late additions, and we even take a peek at 2016.

Mark Story of the Herald-Leader writes on a heralded football commitment who has stayed strong. Linebacker Eli Brown picked Kentucky early in the process and will sign with the Cats on Wednesday.

Another Kentucky football target is expected to announce Tuesday.

Kentucky softball is now a target, said UK coach Rachel Lawson during the team’s media day on Monday. Mark Maloney reports on the Cats, who are ranked sixth in the pre-season, their highest ranking ever.

Get to know UK softball’s Kelsey Nunley.

UK basketball target Malik Newman has five schools in mind for visits.

Ex-Kentucky football coach Joker Phillips is happy for Chris Matthews’ success, reports Kyle Tucker of the Courier-Journal. Matthews came out of nowhere to be a Super Bowl star in a losing cause for the Seahawks.

SEC men’s basketball games Tuesday

  • 7:00 – Georgia at Kentucky (ESPNU)
  • 7:00 – Mississippi State at Tennessee (SEC)
  • 9:00 – Florida at Vanderbilt (ESPN)
  • 9:00 – South Carolina at Arkansas (SEC)

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