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UK, IU Win Basketball Openers; U of L Rolls Over UConn in Football

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In college basketball, Kentucky and Indiana both easily won their regular season openers Friday night.UK defeated UNC-Asheville 89-57, while IU beat Chicago State 100-72.The Louisville Cards begin their season today at 1:00pm against College of Charleston. Prior to the game, U of L will raise its 2013 NCAA championship banner.In college football, U of L defeated Connecticut 31-10 Friday night. The Cards improve to 8-1 on the season.Today, Kentucky hosts Missouri, which UK coach Mark Stoops says has more than earned its number nine national ranking."Missouri is a very good football team, as we all know. Very balanced. They do a great job of running it, throwing it, keeping you off-balance," Stoops said.Kickoff at Commonwealth Stadium is at noon. Indiana takes on Illinois at 3:30pm in Bloomington.

Rick Howlett is host of WFPL's weekly talk show, "In Conversation." Email Rick at rhowlett@lpm.org.