Major star for Kentucky out for season with torn ACL

Regardless if you are taking a small break from holiday shopping, baking, or in the case of the ladies reading, prepping their outfits in time to go out for a merry and joyful holiday party with family and/or friends…

Kentucky received some very horrible news, which occurred during practice on Thursday morning in Lexington.

Junior forward Alex Poythrees tore his ACL and is out for the remainder of the season.  He was one of UK’s most consistent players in appearing 8 of the team’s first 10 games of the season (he missed the first 2 due to an undisclosed illness).  Poythrees was averaging 5.5 points and 3.8 rebounds per game.  Alex’s main strength is defense and rebounding, and that will hurt UK immensely going forward.

I won’t go as drastic as last season in declaring Kentucky dead for the upcoming NCAA Tournament.  Unlike when Nerlens Noel went down in a heap at Arkansas a few weeks prior to the 2013 Tournament–more than likely, expect the Wildcats to be heading towards anywhere between a 5 and an 8 seed again come Selection Sunday.  Keep in mind of UK’s always vaunted SEC schedule with Florida, Auburn (more on them in a moment), LSU, Tennessee, and Vanderbilt possibly breathing down their collective necks.

And you were probably wondering about seeing a pic of The Birthday Woman?  Not so fast, Auburn fans

Yes, today is Fox Business anchor/reporter extraordinaire Liz Claman’s 51st birthday.  Happy Birthday, and many more to our intrepid fact gatherer of all things Silicon Valley related.

Anyways, her brother-in-law as you know is currently the head coach of the Auburn Tigers, the always excitable but honest and forthright Bruce Pearl.

Putting them inside the Big Z Microscope for a brief moment…

Auburn is scuffling a bit going 3-4, losing to a 2014 NCAA Tournament team in the Chanticleers of Coastal Carolina last week by a 58-54 count.  This happened a few days after dropping a heartbreaking 46-44 game to Texas Tech.  Their current RPI is 162, but I will explain a bit more in depth about the RPI after the holiday season, since this is one of the criteria the NCAA Selection Committee utilizes to pick the field before it is seeded and bracketed come Selection Sunday.

Their next game is Sunday at 4 p.m. Eastern time online at ESPN3 in Clemson.

Only one major game in the world of college basketball tonight at 9 p.m. Eastern time.  It will be an intrastate battle at Carver-Hawkeye Arena as Iowa State makes the trip east along I-80, which is always a treacherous road during winter (Rest in Peace, Chris Street–decent Iowa player during the early 1990’s) to take on the Iowa Hawkeyes, or what the local broadcasters say often on 1040 WHO Radio in Des Moines simply as, the Hawks.  Enjoy your weekend.

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