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Just a couple of links and notes from a busy Wednesday:

- Kind of surprising news today that Kentucky men's tennis star Eric Quigley, who is ranked No. 6 in the entire country, was not tabbed Southeastern Conference Player of the Year. Quigley, a junior, will have a shot at it next year. Nonetheless, four Wildcats were named All-SEC performers, including first-team honors for Quigley.

- UK baseball, which has won three of its last four games, will make its first appearance on the inaugural ESPN Thursday Night SEC Game of the Week at LSU. If the Cats are to get back in the SEC Tournament picture, this is a series they have to win. Both teams are 4-14 and tied for last in the league. The loser of the series will likely have nailed its coffin shut.

- As for the inaugural appearance, head coach Gary Henderson thinks the ESPN-SEC Thursday night deal is great exposure for the league and its 12 schools. "It's good for us," Henderson said Tuesday night after the win over Louisville. "We've got all those kids we've signed. It gives them a chance to see us on TV and hopefully get them excited about the program. Some of the families that we have that aren't local that maybe don't get to see us as much get to see (our players). It's good for the kids, it's great for the conference and we're certainly looking forward to it." The game, set for 7:30 p.m. ET, will be televised nationally on ESPNU.

- Great story from Guy Ramsey below on Randall Cobb, Derrick Locke and the NFL Draft. I think Guy covered all the bases in the feature, but just in case you were looking for more, the SEC Digital Network has audio of a video interview it did with Cobb on its website.

- Speaking of football, ESPN blogger Chris Low has a ton of stuff on the Kentucky football team on his SEC blog. You can view all the stories here. Included in Low's blog is a video interview with head coach Joker Phillips, which you can view below.



- In addition to the Rivals.com final recruiting rankings, which we've written about on the home page, PrepStars.com has also released its final rankings. Again, no surprise, but Kentucky signees once again dominate the head of the 2011 class. Anthony Davis is ranked No. 1, Michael Gilchrist is No. 2, Marquis Teague is No. 6 and Kyle Wiltjer is No. 21.

- The UK softball team usually wouldn't mind a little break, but I'm guessing Rachel Lawson's club wasn't too pleased with Wednesday's cancelation. No disrespect to Ole Miss, but the Rebels are tied for last in the conference with a 3-20 SEC record. With several seeding scenarios for the SEC Tournament still very open, UK could have really used two more victories Wednesday. It won't be easy from here on out for the Cats as they must face No. 6 Alabama and Auburn to close the regular season.

- Still wonder what it would have been like for Enes Kanter to suit up for the men's basketball team? This probably won't help you get over it:



- Last but certainly not least, I wanted to take this time to send our thoughts and prayers to Kentucky's SEC brethren at Alabama after a horrific tornado ravaged the town of Tuscaloosa, Ala. The footage of the damage has been nothing short of surreal and devastating. On behalf of everyone at UK, we encourage you to help those affected by the tornadoes in the South by donating to the American Red Cross. You can make a donation at redcross.org or text "REDCROSS" to 90999 to give $10.

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