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Monday's Notes: No. 9 Florida handles UK, Wall prepares for 'Midnight Madness'

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-If you thought Kentucky’s loss to No. 9 Florida was bad, at least it wasn't as bad as the 70-3 whooping Wisconsin put on Austin Peay Saturday. Regardless, the ‘Cats loss was still brutal. For a 24th straight time, Kentucky fell short to the Gators.

As the Wildcats headed back to Lexington many pundits are attributing that brutal loss to a lack of preparation on defense, in which the Florida Gators racked up 466 yards of offense with freshman standout Trey Burton scoring six touchdowns on the day and no, that isn’t a misprint. Burton’s six touchdowns went on to break Tim Tebow’s school record for touchdowns in a game.

It started early and often, as the so called ‘anemic’ Gators offense scored 14 points in the first quarter something they hadn’t done all season. The aforementioned Burton racked up two quick touchdown’s one on the ground and one through the air.

Kentucky, who had been dominate on the offensive side of the ball, could barely get things going with a fairly timid game plan that saw quarterback Mike Hartline commit his first error of the season. With just a little over six minutes to go in the first half, Hartline stepped back and threw a pass over the middle that was picked off by Jeremy Brown who returned it for a 52-yard touchdown.

Game, set, and match.

From that point on, the Wildcats looked dead in the water, continuously going three-and-out against a resurgent Florida Gators team.

The Wildcats now must regain composure and get ready to play at Ole Miss this Saturday. A victory and solid play from both the offense and defense could go a long way before Kentucky faces a gauntlet of tough SEC opponents—No. 10 Auburn, No. 20 South Carolina, and a deflated (1-3) Georgia team.

-Here’s some basketball news in the form of John Wall, as he and teammates prepare for the Washington Wizards rendition of ‘Midnight Madness.’

Wall of course is the fresh faces in the new look Wizards franchise and is expected to turn a lackluster 2-3 years around during his rookie season. Now, no one expects Wall to bring home a championship in his first season, but everyone expects Wall to become one of the premier point guards in several years.

One of the biggest questions has been whether Wall and oft-troubled franchise guard Gilbert Arenas can co-exist in the Wizards backcourt. While Wall was racking up collegiate awards during the 2009-10 seasons, Arenas was serving a 50-game suspension. Despite playing in just 32 games for Washington, Arenas led the team with 22.6 points and 7.2 assists.

With Wall however, the duo could potentially become one of the more exciting backcourt tandems the league has seen in a while. Wall brings an exceptional skill set highlighted by his ability to break down defenders off the dribble and get to the basket. His open-court speed is something to note as well.

All in all, Monday’s media day and midnight practice should at least provide for a new beginning to the Wizards franchise.

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