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Morning Rumble: Kentucky shocked by UCLA, Jim Boeheim's suspension upheld

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Today in the Morning Rumble, Kentucky gets beat down, Jim Boeheim is not pleased and Davidson won't make an exception for Stephen Curry.

Kentucky didn't just lose their first game of the season on Thursday night in California against the UCLA Bruins: they showed a lack of toughness in the front court. Freshman Skal Labissiere finished with six points and one rebound and failed to fight for a key loose ball that sparked a hard shove from point guard Tyler Ulis.

"They beat our brains in," head coach John Calipari said following the game.

Remember the Wildcats beat UCLA by 39 last season in Chicago. This year it was a completely different story.

Jim Boeheim appealed the nine game suspension (due to NCAA infractions) he received in March and a ruling was released on Thursday. The suspension was upheld but the Syracuse head coach will be able to serve it immediately instead of waiting for conference play.

Boeheim wasn't too pleased with the timing and the decision as the Orange take on Georgetown in DC on Saturday.

Davidson does not retire a player's jersey unless the student-athlete officially graduates from the college. They won't even make an exception to the rule for Golden State Warriors star and last year's NBA MVP Stephen Curry. Curry set the NCAA record with 162 three pointers, was a finalist for the Wooden Award, was named as an All-American second teamer, and led the Wildcats to the Elite Eight in the 2008 NCAA Tournament.

Unfortunately, it doesn't look like Curry is able to finish up his schooling any time soon with the Warriors supporting a 20-0 record and an opportunity to play deep into June. Davidson doesn't offer summer classes.

Before the season began, the Providence scouting report featured one dominate player that needed to be stopped in order to shut down the Friars. That is no longer the case as Ben Bentil has become the Robin to Kris Dunn's Batman.

Ben Simmons hears the critics and the doubters and on Wednesday night he put some of them to bed with a 43-point performance in an 11 point win over North Florida. Simmons, who has been heavily criticized for not taking over games, showed why some people have compared him to NBA all-time greats, LeBron James and Magic Johnson.

His goofy stat line didn't just consist of 43 points but 14 rebounds, seven assists, five steals and three blocked shots. Ridiculous.

Two words to describe Indiana's defense against Duke: Absolutely brutal.