Thursday, December 18, 2014

Kevin Keathley to Coach the Bowling Green Bandits

Kevin Keathley, who is well known for his exciting up-and-down style of basketball, will coach the Bowling Green Bandits this season.

The Bandits play in the American Basketball Association (ABA).

Keathley won an ABA championship with the South East Texas Mavericks in 2009-10 when he was serving as associate head coach.

He last coached for the Ottawa SkyHawks in NBL Canada.

Previously, he has coached or assisted for the Bakersfield Jam, East Kentucky Miners, Sauk Valley Predators, Rio-Grande Valley Silverados, Kentucky Colonels, Louisville Eagles, Saint Catharine College and Lee's College.

Keathley coaches an exciting of brand of fast-paced basketball. His teams routinely average more than 90 points per game and often reach triple figures on the scoreboard.

Rajon Rondo Will Be Traded to the Dallas Mavericks

Rajon Rondo will soon be a member of the Dallas Mavericks.

According to ESPN's Marc Stein, Rondo is set to be traded to the Mavericks tonight in a deal that will send Brandan Wright, Jae Crowder, Jameer Nelson and two draft picks to the Boston Celtics.







Rondo, who has spent his entire 8-year NBA career with the Celtics, is averaging 8.3 points, 7.5 rebounds and 10.3 assists per game this season.

Sophomore Akoy Agau is Transferring from Louisville

Sophomore forward Akoy Agau has decided to transfer from Louisville.



Agau has appeared in 3 games this season and has not scored.

Morehead State Suffers Fifth Straight Loss on the Road at Green Bay

Green Bay 66
Morehead State 50

Final from Green Bay, Wisconsin

Game recap by MSU:

GREEN BAY, Wis. -- The Green Bay men's basketball team raced out to 12-0 advantage over the first six minutes and held Morehead State to 33 percent from the field en route to a 66-50 non-conference win on Wednesday evening at the Resch Center.

The Phoenix, which competes in the Horizon League, improves to 8-2 overall and 4-0 at home with its seventh victory in eight contests. The Eagles, who play in the Ohio Valley Conference, slip to 4-9 overall and 1-6 on the road with their fifth consecutive defeat.

Green Bay, which won its 2014 regular-season league championship, entered the day seventh in the NCAA's official RPI. It was the first-ever meeting between the two programs.

Morehead State missed its first 10 field-goal attempts and didn't score until the 13:34 mark of the opening half. The Eagles were limited to 27 percent from the floor before intermission. MSU hit 8-of-30 before the break and 9-of-21 in the second period.

"We had another pretty solid effort on the defensive end, but we must find a way to become more efficient on the offensive end," Head Coach Sean Woods said. "Our offensive execution was lacking again tonight, and that needs to get better in a hurry."

MSU was whistled for 28 fouls, while UWGB committed just 16 infractions. The Phoenix was +14 on free-throw attempts and +8 on makes from the charity stripe.

"Our first five or six shots from the field were bunnies," Woods said. "We fell behind by 12 right away because we missed lay-ups, tip-ins and easy jumpers. We battled down the stretch, but you can't fall behind like that against a quality opponent on the road."

Senior Keifer Sykes paced Green Bay with a game-best 17 points on 8-of-8 from the free-throw line, while junior Carrington Love added 12. Junior Jordan Fouse pulled down a game-high nine rebounds for UWGB, while Love distributed a team-best four assists.

Junior Brent Arrington led Morehead State with 13 points on 6-of-6 from foul line, while senior Kareem Storey added nine points. Junior Marcus Fuggins registered a team-high seven rebounds for the Eagles, while Storey was credited with a club-best four helpers.

Green Bay tallied advantages of 38-20 in the paint and 20-7 off turnovers. The Phoenix led from start to finish with its biggest cushion of 19 points coming at the 5:59 mark.

"I'm disappointed from a mental perspective and hustle standpoint," Woods said. "I'm not one to make excuses, but our team appeared to hit a wall for the first time this season. We've had a very difficult schedule so far, but we need to push through that."

Complete Recap

Wednesday, December 17, 2014

North Laurel Opens Play in Jerry Tarkanian Classic Tonight

North Laurel High School and sophomore star Peyton Broughton are in Las Vegas for the Jerry Tarkanian Classic.

North Laurel is in the Select Division and will begin play at 4:30 p.m. (local time) today against Cheyenne (Nev.).

More Info on Tarkanian Classic

Here's a look at the brackets (click to enlarge):


Video: Ivan Aska Scores 24 in Maccabi Ashdod's Win

Check out these highlights of former Murray State star Ivan Aska who now plays for Maccabi Ashdod in Israel's top-level Winner League:



Aska currently ranks sixth in the Winner League in scoring at 16.0 points per game

Late Eastern Kentucky Rally Comes Up Short Against ETSU

East Tennessee State 63
Eastern Kentucky 60

Final from Richmond, Kentucky

Game recap by EKU:

RICHMOND, Ky. – Even though they trailed by 18 points with 7:37 left, the Colonels never backed down and nearly fought their way back to a win over East Tennessee Tuesday night. However, the visiting Buccaneers held on for a 63-60 victory.

Eastern Kentucky (5-4) actually had three chances to tie or take the lead in the final minute of action. Trailing by two, 62-60, sophomore Jaylen Babb-Harrison missed a three-pointer from the right wing with 45 seconds remaining.

After ETSU (6-2) missed a lay-up with 18 seconds showing on the clock, Eastern set up for another chance to even the score. This time, the Bucs' zone defense forced a Colonel turnover with five ticks left. ETSU's Devin Harris only made 1-of-2 free throws on the ensuing possession allowing EKU one final opportunity to extend the game.

With 2.0 seconds to work with on the clock, senior Timmy Knipp caught the inbounds pass near midcourt and found fellow senior Corey Walden on the right wing. Walden had to pump fake before getting off a shot and by that time the final horn had sounded.

Senior Eric Stutz led the Colonels with 13 points and eight rebounds. Walden added 13 points and four steals.

For ETSU, Rashawn Rembert tallied a game-high 30 points thanks to making a personal-high nine three-pointers. Lambert hit 7-of-11 (63.6 percent) three-point attempts in the first half as the Bucs took a 33-26 lead into intermission.

In the second half, three consecutive three-pointers by ETSU helped the visitors extend its lead to 57-41. A Rembert fast-break lay-up with 7:37 left pushed the advantage to 59-41.

From there, EKU rattled off 11 straight points, keyed by two Denzel Richardson three-pointers and another by Walden, to cut the deficit to seven points, 59-52, with 4:39 remaining.

The Buccaneers were able to stretch the lead back to 10 one more time, but the Colonels rolled off eight in a row, capped by a Walden trifecta, to close the gap to two, 62-60, with 1:39 still to play.

East Tennessee tied a school record with 15 three-pointers.

The Colonels will leave later this week for a two-game road trip to South Florida. EKU plays at No. 18 Miami on Friday at 7 p.m. The trip ends with a game at Florida Atlantic on Monday in Boca Raton.

Complete Recap

Louisville Spokesman: "Chris (Jones) remains a member of our team"

There have been rumors going around on Twitter and other social media today suggesting that point guard Chris Jones is no longer a member of the Louisville basketball team.

I just had an e-mail conversation with Louisville spokesman Kenny Klein and he shot the rumor down.

"Chris remains a member of our team," Klein said via e-mail.

Louisville returns to action Saturday at Western Kentucky University. The game will tip at Noon.

Northern Kentucky Comes Up Short at Chattanooga Despite 30 Points from Tayler Persons

Chattanooga 93
Northern Kentucky 81

Final from Chattanooga, Tennessee

Game recap by NKU:

CHATTANOOGA, Tenn. – Tayler Persons scored a game- and career-high 30 points, but Northern Kentucky (4-6) could not overcome a second-half deficit in a 93-81 loss at Chattanooga (6-5) on Tuesday night.

"I was proud of our guys for the way they fought back in the second half," said head coach Dave Bezold. "We didn't have enough sense of urgency on the defensive end in the first half and early into the second. But, once our guys found that urgency, we made a little run to get back into the game. Unfortunately, we just dug too large of a hole to climb back out."

Persons was 7-of-15 from the floor and a perfect 14-of-14 from the free-throw line. The freshman guard also dished out a game-high-tying five assists.

Coming out of intermission, Chattanooga put an 8-1 run on the board to force Bezold to take a timeout. NKU responded with a 7-2 spurt of its own, but UTC countered with its second run of the half. The 15-4 run from the Mocs put NKU in a 21-point hole, 77-56, with just under 11 minutes remaining.

NKU hung around and kept the margin at 19 with 7:09 on the clock. That is when the Norse found consistency on the defensive end of the floor.

Stout defense held the Mocs scoreless until the 1:23 mark of the frame. In the meantime, the Norse scored eight points and had several other point-blank opportunities to further cut the lead.

Though shaky, Chattanooga was able to seal the win at the free-throw line. The final nine points for the Mocs were tallied at the charity stripe.

Northern Kentucky finished the game shooting 49.1 percent (26-of-53), including 38.5 percent (5-of-13) from long range. However, Chattanooga connected on 62.8 percent (27-for-43) from the floor and 50 percent (13-for-26) beyond the arc.

Jalen Billups joined Persons in double figures, tallying 16 points on 8-for-10 shooting from the floor. The junior forward added five rebounds to the cause.

Complete Recap

Kentucky, Louisville Checking Out 2017 PG Troy Brown

Coaches from Kentucky and Louisville have been or will be checking out 2017 point guard Troy Brown this week.

Here's more from Jerry Meyer of 247Sports.com:

247Sports is in Las Vegas for the Tarkanian Classic but tonight will take a look at 2017 elite point guard Troy Brown along with Rick Pitino and an assistant from Kansas.

Brown's AAU coach Anthony Brown also noted that Kentucky watched Brown, 6-5, 185-pounds from Las Vegas (Nev.) Centennial High School, play last night.

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Murray State Showing Interest in 2015 SF Trhae Mitchell

Murray State is reportedly showing interest in 2015 small forward Trhae Mitchell:

Mitchell is listed as a 6-foot-5 small forward at Pebblebrook (Ga.) High School.


Noah Cottrill Repeats as Mid-South Conference Player of the Week

Georgetown College guard Noah Cottrill has been named Mid-South Conference Player of the Week for the second consecutive week.

Here is a release from the MSC:

COLUMBIA, Ky. -- For a second straight week, Georgetown (Ky.) junior Noah Cottrill is the Mid-South Conference Men's Basketball Player of the Week, conference officials announced on Monday.

The weekly award is the second this season for Cottrill.

The Logan, West Virginia, guard scored a game-high 25 points in the Tigers' 89-86 overtime win over No. 8-ranked Martin Methodist (Tenn.) -- Georgetown's lone game last week.

Cottrill scored 18 of his 25 points after the break to help the No. 15-ranked Tigers overcome a 13-point halftime deficit. He scored five of the Tigers' 11 points in the extra period to hand the RedHawks their first loss of the season.

Cottrill connected on nine of his 17 shots from the field, including making three 3-pointers in the win. He was also a perfect 4-for-4 at the free throw line while recording six rebounds and three steals in the top-20 matchup.

Cottrill leads in the Mid-South in scoring (21.9) and 3-pointers made (45) and ranks second in the conference free throw percentage (83.7) and 3-pointers made per game (3.2). He also ranks in the conference's top 10 in field goal percentage (46.9), 3-point field goal percentage (40.9) and assists per game (3.2).

Nationally, Cottrill is second in 3-pointers made and eighth in scoring and 3-pointers made per game.

Georgetown improves to 12-2 overall with last week's win. The Tigers are 3-2 in the Mid-South Conference.

The next MSC Men's Basketball Player of the Week will be announced on Monday, Dec. 22.

Photo: Mid South Conference

Tuesday, December 16, 2014

DeMarcus Cousins Gives Back as Santa Cuz in Sacramento

For the third consecutive year, former Kentucky big man DeMarcus Cousins gave back to Sacramento area kids as "Santa Cuz".

Cousins gave 100 kids $200 each to use on a shopping spree for Christmas.

Great stuff by Cousins:


DeMarcus Cousins Talks About Kings Coaching Change, Says He Found Out Via Twitter

DeMarcus Cousins spoke to reporters after practice yesterday about the Sacramento Kings coaching change.

Cousins said he, like most everyone else, heard about the news on Twitter.



Cousins, who has missed 10 games with viral meningitis, has fully recovered and will likely play again Thursday night.

Kentucky Christian Comes Up Short in Overtime at Point

Point University 103
Kentucky Christian University 100 F/OT

Final from West Point, Georgia

Game recap by KCU:

Kentucky Christian opened its three day journey through Georgia with a real nail-biter at Point University.

The Knights lost in overtime 100-103 despite another 45 point night from Caleb Ford and 25 from his backcourt mate, Tyler Farley. Ford was 19/31 from the field and 5/10 behind the arc not to mention pulling down a team high 11 rebounds to round out his double-double while play all 45 minutes. Senior, Ace Puckett, chipped in 16 points and six rebounds.

The Knights travel on to Demorest, GA to play Piedmont College. Tomorrow's game tips at 7:00pm

No. 2 Campbellsville Rolls By Ohio Christian

(2) Campbellsville 91
Ohio Christian 75

Final from Campbellsville, Kentucky

Game recap by CU:

CAMPBELLSVILLE, Ky. – Campbellsville University men's basketball put together one of its best 3-point shooting games in recent years, draining a season-high 14 buckets from beyond the arc to breeze past Ohio Christian University, 91-75, Monday night.

Sophomores Quin Richardson and Miles Rice led the 3-point effort with four each and D'Von Campbell chipped in with three. Richardson finished the night with a game-high and career-high 19 points, while Campbell had 17 points and nine assists, one shy of his career high.

The Tigers shot 75 percent in the first nine minutes of the game, led by 8-of-11 from the field by the starting five. Those five (Campbell, Damontre Harris, Rice, Eric Gaines and Darius Clement) combined for 58 points in the game. Harris followed Campbell with 15 points, Rice had 12 and Gaines scored 11 to finish with five players in double figures.

CU finished the game shooting 51.6 percent in the game, including 45.2 from beyond the arc.

Campbellsville used a series of runs throughout the game to strengthen its lead. The Tigers built a 19-point lead in the first half, entering halftime up 46-27, following a Campbell 3.

CU's largest lead of the game was 27 points at 73-46 and 76-49 following 3s by DeMarcus Page and Rice, respectively.

Ohio Christian post player Christian Mathias, who averages five points per game, came off the bench to lead the Trailblazers with 17 points. Evin Bartlett scored 12.

Complete Recap

John Wall in New ESPN "Taken 3" Commercial with Liam Neeson

Former Kentucky star John Wall is in a new ESPN commercial based on the "Taken" movie series.

Wall and "Taken" star Liam Neeson have an exchange over the phone in the commercial.

It ends with Wall taking on the role of the bad guy and saying, "good luck."


Monday, December 15, 2014

UK Still No. 1 in Both Major Polls, Unanimous in AP Top 25

Kentucky is still on top of both major college basketball polls. The Wildcats (11-0) are unanimous No. 1 in the AP Top 25.

In the USA Today Coaches Poll, the Wildcats earned 29 first-place votes. Duke and Arizona received a single vote, each.

Louisville (9-0) is No. 4 in both polls.

AP Top 25

RK TEAM RECORD PTS
1 Kentucky (65) 11-0 1,625
2 Duke 8-0 1,545
3 Arizona 10-0 1,505
4 Louisville 9-0 1,349
5 Wisconsin 10-1 1,331
6 Virginia 9-0 1,294
7 Villanova 10-0 1,215
8 Gonzaga 9-1 1,175
9 Texas 8-1 1,154
10 Kansas 8-1 1,102
11 Wichita St 7-1 959 12 Ohio State 8-1 838 13 Iowa State 8-1 772 14 Utah 7-2 670 15 Oklahoma 6-2 647 16 Washington 8-0 598 17 Maryland 10-1 512 18 Miami (FL) 9-1 426 19 San Diego St 7-2 424 20 St. John's 8-1 353 21 Notre Dame 10-1 351 22 West Virginia 9-1 333 23 Butler 8-2 259 24 North Carolina 6-3 122 25 Michigan St 7-3 116

Others receiving votes: Baylor 97, TCU 80, Colorado St 75, Northern Iowa 65, Georgetown 41, California 37, Arkansas 19, Seton Hall 14, Virginia Commonwealth 6, Old Dominion 4, LSU 4, Oklahoma St 4, Penn State 3, Davidson 1

USA Today Coaches Poll

RK TEAM RECORD PTS
1 Kentucky (29) 11-0 773
2 Duke (1) 8-0 736
3 Arizona (1) 10-0 721
4 Louisville 9-0 658
5 Virginia 9-0 633
6 Wisconsin 10-1 619
7 Villanova 10-0 592
8 Gonzaga 9-1 556
9 Texas 8-1 539
10 Kansas 8-1 519
11 Wichita St 7-1 439 12 Ohio State 8-1 417 13 Iowa State 8-1 373 14 Utah 7-2 300 15 Oklahoma 6-2 295 16 Washington 8-0 287 17 San Diego St 7-2 246 18 Maryland 10-1 214 19 Miami (FL) 9-1 164 20 West Virginia 9-1 159 21 Notre Dame 10-1 155 22 Michigan St 7-3 122 23 St. John's 8-1 114 24 North Carolina 6-3 86 25 Butler 8-2 85

Others receiving votes: Baylor 49, Northern Iowa 40, Colorado St 29, Georgetown 28, California 26, TCU 26, Seton Hall 19, Illinois 13, Arkansas 12, Oklahoma St 9, Old Dominion 7, Florida 4, LSU 4, Iowa 3, Saint Mary's 1, Virginia Commonwealth 1, Minnesota 1, Penn State 1

Loaded Week of Pre-Christmas Hoops in Kentucky; Schedule for the Week

It's a loaded week of pre-Christmas hoops around the Bluegrass state.

Here's your complete schedule for the week:

Monday, December 15

6:00 p.m. Kentucky Christian University at Point University
7:30 p.m. Ohio Christian College at Campbellsville University

Tuesday, December 16

7:00 p.m. Northern Kentucky University at Chattanooga
7:00 p.m. ETSU at Eastern Kentucky University
7:00 p.m. Kentucky Christian University at Piedmont College
7:30 p.m. Hanover College at Spalding University
8:00 p.m. Ohio Christian at Lindsey Wilson College
8:00 p.m. Transylvania University at Caltech
8:30 p.m. Kentucky State University at Kentucky Wesleyan College

Wednesday, December 17

7:00 p.m. Kentucky Christian University at Truett-McConnell College
8:00 p.m. Alcorn State at Murray State University
8:00 p.m. Chicago State at Western Kentucky University
8:00 p.m. Thomas More College at Franklin
8:00 p.m. Morehead State University at Wisconsin Green Bay

Thursday, December 18

5:00 p.m. Transylvania University at La Verne
6:00 p.m. Tennessee Temple at University of Pikeville

Friday, December 19

5:00 p.m. Centre College vs. Huntingdon (at Oglethorpe)
6:00 p.m. University of the Cumberlands vs. Concordia College Selma (at Dalton State)
7:00 p.m. Lindsey Wilson College vs. John Brown (at Philander Smith)
7:00 p.m. Eastern Kentucky University at Miami (FL)
7:00 p.m. Kentucky State University at Trevecca Nazarene
7:00 p.m. Northern Kentucky University at Morehead State University
9:00 p.m. Campbellsville University at Philander Smith

Saturday, December 20

12:00 p.m. University of Louisville at Western Kentucky University
3:00 p.m. Mount St. Joseph at Thomas More College
3:00 p.m. Fairmont State at Bellarmine University
3:00 p.m. Eureka College at Spalding University
3:00 p.m. Centre College vs. MacMurray (at Oglethorpe)
3:00 p.m. Campbellsville University vs. John Brown (at Philander Smith)
3:30 p.m. University of Kentucky vs. UCLA (at Chicago)
4:00 p.m. IU Southeast at University of Pikeville
4:00 p.m. Kentucky Wesleyan College vs. Hillsdale (at Quincy)
4:00 p.m. University of the Cumberlands at Dalton State College
4:00 p.m. Illinois State at Murray State University
5:00 p.m. Lindsey Wilson College at Philander Smith

Sunday, December 21

TBA Kentucky Wesleyan College vs. Quincy or Tiffin (at Quincy)

Georgetown College Knocks Off No. 8 Martin Methodist

(15) Georgetown College 89
(8) Martin Methodist 86 F/OT

Final from Georgetown, Kentucky

Game recap by GC:

Georgetown College men's basketball team had a brief moment when the team let No. 8 Martin Methodist take control. Right before the half the Redhawks (9-1) went on a 20-2 run. Georgetown responded in the final 20 minutes to force overtime and hand MMC its first loss of the season 89-86 Saturday at Davis-Reid Alumni Gym.

A huge spark plug in the second half was Winchester, Ky. native Bopper Stenzel. The sophomore had seven of his 10 points and seven of his nine assists. The No. 15 Tigers (12-2) needed a late three from Noah Cottrill, who finished with a game-high 25 points, to force the extra five minutes.

"We were not pleased with the way we finished that first 20 minutes," said GC coach Chris Briggs. "We knew we were better than that and we showed it in the second half. Bopper really supplied energy and the rest of the team got rolling."

Deondre McWhorter tallied another double-double with 17 points and 14 rebounds and Gerard Coleman came off the bench for 11 points.

GC went from shooting a mild 35.5 percent from the field to a blistering 62.5 in the second half and overtime.

Martin Methodist was steady at 42 percent each half and led by Darius Forrest's 23 points. Monte Burney added 17, Darius Woods 12 and Ryan Donald 11.

Georgetown does not return to action until after the New Year.

Murray State Earns Big Road Win at Evansville on Fairell's Late Shot

Murray State 81
Evansville 79

Final from Evansville, Indiana

Game recap by MSU:

Jonathan Fairell hit a shot in the lane with 2.3 seconds left to lift the Murray State Racers to an 81-79 victory over the Evansville Purple Aces Saturday at the Ford Center in Evansville, Ind.

The Racers' sixth straight win over Evansville pushed their current win streak to four as they improved to 6-4 this season.

Cameron Payne rode a 20-point first half and finished the day with 32 points and the Racers also got 15 points from T.J. Sapp and 10 from Justin Seymour. With the game tied 79-79 with :36 seconds left, the Racers had the ball and the opportunity to win the game or go into overtime. Paynes' jumper rimmed out with 2.3 left and UE had their chance. But the Aces ran the home run play and the pass went out of bounds on the other end of the court. Since nobody touched the ball, no time ran off the clock and the Racers got the ball back under their own basket. Jeffery Moss hit Fairell in the paint and the senior hit a layup with 1.1 showing on the clock to give the Racers' a two-point lead. UE's long pass was intercepted near mid-court by Payne and MSU had an 81-79 win on the road.

MSU had fallen behind by a point with 8:18 remaining when Justin Seymour sandwiched a pair of 3-pointers around one from Payne to take a 70-63 lead at the 6:50 mark.

The first half was tight as well. MSU got a pair of early 3-pointers from Sapp to make it a 10-10 game less than six minutes in. Payne got hot at the 2;14 mark of the half when he hit a pair of threes for a 20-point first half. MSU lead UE 42-38 at the break.

MSU had their third straight good shooting game in hitting 27-of-54 from the field for 50 percent.

They were 58 percent from 3-point range on 11-of-19. Fairell ended the game with the winning shot, but he also was big on the boards for MSU with nine rebounds, eight on the offensive glass.

Complete Recap




Morehead State Suffers Fourth Straight Loss at Ohio State

Ohio State 87
Morehead State 71

Final from Columbus, Ohio

Game recap by MSU:

COLUMBUS, Ohio -- The No. 12/12 Ohio State men's basketball team shot 57 percent from the floor and tallied a 21-3 advantage in second-chance points on its way to an 87-71 victory over Morehead State before a crowd of 14,578 on Saturday afternoon at Value City Arena.

The Buckeyes, who compete in the Big Ten Conference, improve to 8-1 overall and 8-0 at home. The Eagles, who play in the Ohio Valley Conference, slip to 4-8 overall and 1-5 on the road. OSU has now won 11 straight at home, while MSU has dropped four in a row overall.

"Give Ohio State credit," Head Coach Sean Woods said. "They are a quality team in a very good conference. They are long, athletic and cause problems on both ends of the floor. We normally rebound the basketball very well, but Ohio State had 30 today and held us to 19."

Ohio State led from start to finish. The Buckeyes posted an early 8-0 run and held a 47-28 halftime advantage. OSU's biggest lead of 20 points came with 14:31 to play. Morehead State cut the deficit to 14 points with 12:00 remaining, but Ohio State answered with an 8-2 surge.

Ohio State registered a 30-19 upper hand in rebounding, including 13-6 on the offensive end. The Buckeyes knocked down 30-of-53 from the field, including 6-of-14 (43 percent) from beyond the arc. OSU made 11 more free throws and had 15 more charity tosses than MSU.

"Our guys really battled today," Woods said. "It's hard to come into a hostile environment and defeat the No. 12 team in the nation. Ohio State had 15 more free-throw attempts in this game, and that was one of the differences. They were aggressive and we fouled too much."

Senior Sam Thompson and freshman D'Angelo Russell paced four Buckeyes in double figures with 15 points apiece, while senior Amir Williams and freshman Jae'Sean Tate contributed 12 each. Thompson and Williams both made 5-of-6 from the field, while Tate hit 6-of-10.

Ohio State tallied advantages of 8-1 in blocked shots, 38-26 in paint points and 14-6 in fast-break points.

Morehead State drilled 55 percent (26-of-47) from the floor, which was its best effort against a Division I opponent in 2014-15. The Eagles connected on 44 percent (7-of-16) from long distance. Sophomore Corban Collins led MSU with 22 points on 8-of-11 overall and 6-of-7 from three-point range.

"Corban got in a rhythm early, and we continued to feed him the ball," Woods said. "Our outside shooting was good against Ohio State's zone. Corban has battled through a few injuries this year, but he's capable of helping us moving forward. This is the type of performance we need from him."

Complete Recap

Northern Kentucky Dismantles UC-Clermont

Northern Kentucky 107
UC-Clermont 53

Final from Highland Heights, Kentucky

Game recap by NKU:

HIGHLAND HEIGHTS, Ky. – Deontae Cole set the tone with a game- and career-high 15 points, including four three-pointers in the first half and the Northern Kentucky University men's basketball team defeated UC-Clermont, 107-53, at The Bank of Kentucky Center on Sunday.

Tyler White added 13 points while Anthony Monaco, Tayler Persons, and Dean Danos each had 11 points, as NKU improved to 4-5 on the season. Jordan Jackson finished with a game-high five assists along with six points and seven rebounds. Jake Giesler led the Norse with eight rebounds in just 15 minutes played.

Phil Cook led the Cougars with 10 points and Curt Wesp finished with a game-high 12 boards and seven points for UC-Clemont (4-9).

The Norse grabbed an early lead eight seconds into the first half on a Dean Danos trey and never looked back. Deonte Cole added another swish from deep on the next NKU possession to give NKU an early 6-0 lead. The NKU offensive outpouring continued, as the Norse put up 11 points in the first four minutes and kept the pace until halftime. NKU scored 49 points in the opening frame, their second-highest mark of the season, 53 percent (17-of-32) shooting. The Norse offense was evenly distributed with nine players entering the scoring column and the bench contributing 24 points through the first 20 minutes.

"The last two practices we haven't shot well," said head coach Dave Bezold. "And to see it come together today was really rewarding. When you make those shots it relaxes you on both ends of the floor."

NKU posted the highest scoring output on the season with 58 points in the second half. The offense was complimented by an exceptional defensive effort. The Norse held the Cougars to 28 percent (17-of-61) shooting from the field. The NKU defense stifled UC-Clermont from the three-point line, allowing only two makes in the first and just 5-of-34 shooting overall for a 15 percent clip.

"The defense was good. We did hold them below their average they had against other teams," added Bezold. "But we are still fouling too much and that's concerning too me."

Complete Recap

Transylvania Gets a Practice In at Famed Pauley Pavilion

The Transylvania men's basketball team found themselves in Los Angeles last night so they squeezed in a practice at UCLA's famed Pauley Pavilion.

Coach Brian Lane posted a few pictures on Facebook.

Brian Lane: Early morning flight delivered us to LA just in time for a practice at UCLA's Pauley Pavilion. The guys had a blast seeing all the history that surrounds John Wooden Court. Beautiful weather and our hotel is just a mile from the world famous Santa Anita Race Track. ‪#‎ItsNokeeneland

Personally, I think Coach Lane was doing a little advanced scouting for John Calipari and the Kentucky Wildcats, who will do battle with the Bruins next weekend in Chicago.

In all seriousness, I'm a little jealous. Pauley Pavilion is definitely on my bucket list of venues to visit.





UK Signee Isaiah Briscoe: "Nobody can stop me, at all"

Check out this interview with confident 2015 Kentucky signee Isaiah Briscoe:


Josh Cook Has Mercer County Headed in the Right Direction

New head coach Josh Cook has the Mercer County Titans off to a solid start and headed in the right direction.

I checked out Mercer County's 72-57 win over Louisville Moore Saturday night.

The Titans took a lead early and never looked back as they rolled to their third win of the season.

Mercer County (3-2) was led by a game-high 33 points from freshman guard Trevon Faulkner. Faulkner, who is averaging a team-high 23.6 points per game this season, also had 6 rebounds and 3 assists.

Junior point guard Will Hager flirted with a triple-double as he finished with 14 points, 8 rebounds and 9 assists. Ballard transfer Malik Dow added 12 points, 4 boards and 3 blocks.

Keonte Smith led Moore (1-3) with 24 points. Robbie Hagman chipped in 15.

A few notes:

- 2016 PG Will Hager is still the straw that stirs the drink for Mercer County. Defenses primarily key on Hager, which frees up scoring opportunities for open teammates. Hager is a legitimate low- to mid-major D1 prospect.

- An assistant coach from Belmont was at the game to check out Hager. I'm told by a good source that Belmont liked Hager and will continue to keep an eye on him.

- Mercer County basketball needs more energy in the stands. I don't mean this as a knock on Mercer County but their arena was perhaps the least energetic high school arena I've been to in a couple of seasons. The stands were lifeless throughout the game. There was no band, no cheerleaders (they were at a state competition and that's understandable) and no noise. The Titans have two of the top players in the Class of 2016, one of the top players in the Class of 2018, very nice basketball facilities and an energetic young coach who will get the program where it needs to be sooner rather than later. Mercer County fans need to get out and support their program.

- 2016 SF Malik Dow fought with foul trouble the entire game. Dow picked up 2 fouls in 3 minutes and missed the majority of the first half. He then got his 3rd foul late in the first half, which limited his second half minutes. When he was on the court, Dow was a game changer for the Titans. His athleticism is feared on both ends of the court and the trio of Dow, Hager and Faulkner will be  force to be reckoned with come tournament time.

- Speaking of 2018 SG Trevon Faulkner. This kid can flat out score the basketball. He is averaging 23.6 points per game through the Titans' first 5 games. I was unaware of Faulkner coming into the game. After the game, I was finding out anything I could about the talented freshman.

- Moore's 2016 PG Keonte Smith can play, too. Smith is a bit undersized at 5'8" but he can absolutely put the ball in the basket. He has the speed, athleticism and scoring ability to find a home at the next level.

Here are a few highlights:






Sunday, December 14, 2014

Kentucky vs. North Carolina: Battle of the Blue Bloods Intro Video

Check out the Kentucky vs. North Carolina "Battle of the Blue Bloods" intro video from Saturday's game at Rupp Arena:


Pitino "very, very upset" at Cardinals, Says "they'll pay the consequences tomorrow"

I think it's safe to say that head coach Rick Pitino was not pleased with his team's performance in Sunday's 68-57 win over UNC Wilmington.

"I'm very, very upset at our basketball team and they'll pay the consequences tomorrow," Pitino said after the game.
 
Here are his postgame comments:
 
 


No. 4 Louisville Plays Poorly But Survives UNC Wilmington

(4) Louisville 68
UNC-Wilmington 57

Final from Louisville, Kentucky

Game recap by UL:

LOUISVILLE, Ky. (AP) - Terry Rozier and Montrezl Harrell each scored 19 points and played big roles down the stretch in helping No. 4 Louisville survive UNC Wilmington 68-57 on Sunday night.

A game that the Cardinals seemed to be gaining control of with an 18-point lead early in the second half was soon cut to 52-50 as the Seahawks went on a 15-0 run over 4:07.

That's when Rozier asserted himself, scoring six of Louisville's next 10 points in a run that included Harrell's basket. UNCW cooled off after that, missing 10 of its final 13 shots to lose the first meeting between the schools.

Harrell also grabbed 17 rebounds, and Wayne Blackshear scored 11 points for the Cardinals (9-0). They won despite shooting just 42 percent from the field and making only one of 13 3-point attempts.

Complete Recap 

Box score (click to enlarge):

Peyton Siva Suffers Possible Knee Injury During D-League Game (UPDATED)

Former Louisville star Peyton Siva has suffered what appeared to be a non-contact knee injury during his game with the Eerie BayHawks tonight.





UPDATE: Siva's injury ended up being a sprained ankle. He is still out of action and will not play this weekend.

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