Thursday, October 30, 2014

Bakari Turner Will Not Play for Morehead State in 2014-15

Senior Bakari Turner will not return to the court for Morehead State University.

Turner suffered a knee injury early last season and has not fully recovered in time to play this season.

In the 8 games prior to the injury last season, Turner averaged 10.4 points and 2.0 rebounds per game.

Turner did graduate.

Doron Lamb is Back in Kentucky Preparing for Next Opportunity

Former Kentucky star Doron Lamb is currently unemployed after being waived by the Dallas Mavericks.

UK head coach John Calipari posted on Twitter today that Lamb is back in Lexington to work out with the UK coaching staff.


Georgetown College Destroys Ohio State-Newark

Georgetown College 131
Ohio State-Newark 60

Final from Georgetown, Kentucky

Game recap by GC:

Five double-figure scorers, three double-digit rebounds and two double-doubles not a bad stat line for just game two for Georgetown College men's basketball.

The No. 8 Tigers (2-0) started on a 12-0 run and never let up against visiting Ohio State-Newark. The Titans briefly got the game back to single digits with a 5-0 run of their own, but Georgetown put a halt to that in a stream roll win 131-60.

Georgetown snagged 75 rebounds – second most in school history for a single-game and most in a game since 2007. The Titans shoot a chilly 26 percent from the field, while the Tigers blistered the nets at 52.3 percent.

Noah Cottrill dropped 29 points to lead all scorers and also dished out eight assists. Deondre McWhorter tallied his second double-double with 26 points and 17 rebounds. Gerard Coleman chipped in 27 points. Corey Washburn had 18 points, 13 rebounds and five blocks. Darion Burns scored in the double-digits for the first time in the Orange & Black with 12 points off the bench, while EJ Sandoval added 12 rebounds with his seven points.

The Tigers return to action 1 pm Saturday hosting NCAA Division II Salem International.

Julius Randle Has Successful Surgery, Will Miss Entire 2014-15 Season

Los Angeles Lakers rookie Julius Randle underwent surgery yesterday morning on his broken leg and will miss the entire 2014-15 season.



Randle suffered a broken right tibia during the fourth quarter of his first NBA regular season game.

Eric Bledsoe Ejected for Kicking Scorer's Table

Former Kentucky star Eric Bledsoe was ejected last night after kicking the scorer's table during the Suns' game against the Lakers.



Bledsoe played well before the ejection, putting in 16 points, 6 rebounds and 9 assists. The Suns defeated the Lakers 119-99.

Wednesday, October 29, 2014

Charlotte Hornets Exercise Team Option on Michael Kidd-Gilchrist

The Charlotte Hornets have exercised their fourth-year team option on former Kentucky star Michael Kidd-Gilchrist.



Kidd-Gilchrist opened the season with 17 points, 8 rebounds, 3 assists and 3 blocks tonight in Charlotte's 108-106 win over Milwaukee.

Former UK star Brandon Knight had 22 points, 8 rebounds and 13 assists to lead Milwaukee.

Ken Pomeroy Has Duke at No. 1 in Preseason Rankings, Kentucky is No. 2

Ken Pomeroy has the Duke Blue Devils ranked No. 1 in his preseason college basketball rankings at Kenpom.com.

Pomeroy has Kentucky at No. 2 and Louisville at No. 3.

Here is a brief explanation of how he comes up with his statistical rankings:

People always want to know why a team is ranked in an unexpected spot. Think of the ratings formula as [team baseline + personnel]. The personnel portion is looking at who is returning from last season’s roster, how much the returnees played, what kind of role each returnee had, and what class they are in. Actually, there’s a two-year window for this, so Butler gets some credit for getting Roosevelt Jones back, for instance.

The system does not give any special consideration to new players entering the program. There is some credit given for high-profile recruits, but the poor performances in 2012-13 of UCLA and Kentucky, among others, in recent years have tended to mute the impact of recruits in the model. Recruiting rankings are useful, but the impact of high-level prospects on their respective teams as freshman can vary wildly.

There is no allowance for impact transfers or redshirt freshmen. So if your program has a high-profile transfer joining the team, the system may be underrating it. But this is where the program baseline can pick up some of the slack. The system is looking at the performance of a team over the past five seasons and its men’s basketball budget over the two most recent seasons for which data is available to figure out what should be expected of a team in the absence of any other information. A lot more weight is given to the past two seasons in terms of team performance. So the system is going to be forgiving about personnel losses on teams like Louisville and Syracuse and Creighton that spend a bunch of money on men’s hoops and have had recent success.

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Check Out the Complete Rankings

Top 10:

1. Duke
2. Kentucky
3. Louisville
4. Kansas
5. Arizona
6. Wisconsin
7. Florida
8. Virginia
9. Villanova
10. Wichita State

Other Kentucky Teams:

94. Murray State
126. Western Kentucky
151. Eastern Kentucky
172. Morehead State
317. Northern Kentucky


Bellarmine University Picked to Win the GLVC East Division in 2014-15

The Bellarmine Knights are the preseason favorites to win the Great Lakes Valley Conference East Division.

The Knights earned 6 first-place votes and 102 total points in the preseason poll. Lewis is second with 5 first-place votes and 96 points. Indianapolis is third with 3 first-place votes and 93 points. UW-Parkside received 2 first-place votes and 90 points.

Southern Indiana (79), Illinois Springfield (39), Saint Joseph's (36) and McKendree (33) round out the East Division.

Drury is picked to win the West Division with 15 first-place votes and 120 total points. Missouri-St. Louis received the other first-place vote and came in a distant second with 96 points.

Here's a release from BU:

INDIANAPOLIS — The Great Lakes Valley Conference preseason men's basketball poll has a familiar ring to it, which means Bellarmine University's program under Head Coach Scott Davenport is still held in the highest regard.

The Knights and Drury have once again been selected to win the East and West Divisions, respectively, for the upcoming 2014-15 Great Lakes Valley Conference season, it was announced by the conference office Wednesday. The annual GLVC preseason poll was voted on by the league's coaches and ranks the top-eight teams in each of the conference's two divisions. Last year, Bellarmine and Drury were also the favorites to win the divisions.

Bellarmine (23-8, 12-6 in 2013-14) beat out Lewis for the top spot in the GLVC East Division preseason rankings. The Knights grabbed six of those first-place nods for a total of 102 points in the poll. Bellarmine, which finished fifth in the GLVC East last year but advanced to the finals of the GLVC Championship Tournament, was recently ranked No. 13 by Basketball Times and 16th by Division II Bulletin. In addition, Basketball Times recognized senior forward Jake Thelen as a Preseason All-American, after he led the nation in field-goal percentage a year ago when he made a school-record 74 percent of his shots. He is Bellarmine's leading returning scorer and rebounder, having averaged 15.3 points and 7.1 rebounds per game last year.

Complete Release

The complete 2014-15 GLVC Men's Basketball Preseason Poll follows:

East Division

1. Bellarmine (6) 102
2. Lewis (5) 96
3. Indianapolis (3) 93
4. UW-Parkside (2) 90
5. Southern Indiana 79
6. Illinois Springfield 39
7. Saint Joseph's 36
8. McKendree 33

West Division

1. DRURY (15) 120
2. Missouri-St. Louis (1) 95
3. Quincy 79
4. Truman State 77
5. Maryville 72
6. William Jewell 53
7. Missouri S&T 42
8. Rockhurst 30

John Calipari Feels Sick for Julius Randle Following Injury

Kentucky head coach John Calipari posted on Twitter earlier that he feels "absolutely sick" for former UK player Julius Randle.

Randle suffered a gruesome broken leg in the fourth quarter of his first NBA game last night.


Georgetown College Opens Season with Win Over Miami-Middletown

Georgetown College 90

Miami University Middletown 72

Final from Georgetown, Kentucky

Game recap by GC:

Georgetown College men's basketball opened the season Monday night. At times it was not the prettiest, but in the end the Tigers (1-0) put it together for a 90-72 win. Miami University Middletown made a run in the first nine minutes of the second half to pull within one. Then Noah Cottrill and Deondre McWhorter fueled Georgetown's 29-12 run to finish the game.

The junior tandem scored 24 of the final points. Cottrill finished with a game-tying high 24 points and Gerard Coleman made his GC debut with 23 points. The senior did most of his scoring in the first 20 minutes with 17 at the break.

McWhorter finished the lone double-double of the game, 19 points and 14 rebounds. Corey Washburn also tallied double figures for Georgetown with 10 points. EJ Sandoval came off the bench with six rebounds.

Cooper Nolte led Middletown with 24 points, going five-of-six from three-point range.

Georgetown returns to action 7 pm Wednesday hosting Ohio State-Newark.

Rajon Rondo Now Says There's an 83% Chance He'll Play Tonight

Former Kentucky point guard Rajon Rondo has been having fun with the media leading up to tonight's season-opener for the Boston Celtics.

Rondo, who has been injured, said yesterday that there is a 79% chance he'll play in tonight's opener.

Today, he has upgraded his chances to 83%:



My thoughts: I expect to see Rondo on the court for the Celtics tonight. The Celtics host the Nets at 7:30 p.m.

Pikeville and Georgetown in Top 10 of NAIA Division I Coaches' Preaseson Top 25 Poll

University of Pikeville will head into the season as No. 2 in the NAIA Division I Men's Basketball Coaches' Preseason Top 25 Poll.

The Bears received 207 total points in the voting, which is just ahead of No. 3 Cal State San Marcos' 203 points. Defending national champions Vanguard received all 9 first-place votes and 219 total points to take the top spot.

Georgetown College earned 168 points to come in at No. 8.

Campbellsville University is No. 19 and University of the Cumberlands is tied for No. 25.

2014 – 15 NAIA Division I Men’s Basketball Coaches’ Preseason Top 25 Poll – Oct. 28

RANK LAST WEEK^ SCHOOL (1ST PLACE VOTES) 2013-14 RECORD TOTAL POINTS
1 1 Vanguard (Calif.) (9) 32-6 219
2 5 Pikeville (Ky.) 31-3 207
3 3 Cal State San Marcos 32-2 203
4 14 Benedictine (Kan.) 23-9 194
5 11 Talladega (Ala.) 29-6 193
6 6 St. Gregory's (Okla.) 24-10 192
7 9 Columbia (Mo.) 32-3 172
8 10 Georgetown (Ky.) 24-11 168
9 7 William Carey (Miss.) 28-3 162
10 15 Hope International (Calif.) 23-11 160
11 4 MidAmerica Nazarene (Kan.) 26-11 144
12 NR Oklahoma Baptist 19-16 137
13 T16 Xavier (La.) 23-9 134
14 21 LSU Shreveport (La.) 21-9 127
T15 NR Dalton State (Ga.) 26-4 115
T15 24 Westminster (Utah) 19-13 115
17 23 Arizona Christian 23-8 95
18 RV Lindenwood-Belleville (Ill.) 22-9 93
19 NR Campbellsville (Ky.) 14-15 89
20 RV Evangel (Mo.) 23-11 80
21 22 Wayland Baptist (Texas) 23-11 76
22 T16 Rocky Mountain (Mont.) 23-8 72
23 RV Philander Smith (Ark.) 20-12 57
24 13 Culver-Stockton (Mo.) 24-8 53
T25 NR Our Lady of the Lake (Texas) 21-11 49
T25 20 Cumberlands (Ky.) 20-12 49

Others Receiving Votes: Concordia (Calif.) 45; Martin Methodist (Tenn.) 30; Montana State-Northern 21; Oklahoma City 13; Wiley (Texas) 11; SAGU (Texas) 4; St. Thomas (Texas) 3; Park (Mo.) 3.

Release from the NAIA

Julius Randle Suffers Broken Leg in First NBA Game

Julius Randle suffered a broken leg in his first regular season NBA game last night against the Houston Rockets.

The initial diagnosis from team doctors is that Randle fractured his tibia in his right leg

Here is more from ESPN.com:

Lakers rookie forward Julius Randle, the team’s top draft choice in June, broke his right leg midway through the fourth quarter of Tuesday night’s 108-90 loss to the Houston Rockets.

The Lakers said the initial diagnosis by team doctors at Staples Center was a broken tibia. Randle was to undergo further evaluation, and the Lakers said they would provide an update on his status Wednesday.

“It is heartbreaking, because I saw him all summer,” coach Byron Scott said. “I saw the work that he was putting in. I saw the progression that he was making, the steps that he was taking to get better. And his first game, he goes down. I don’t think anybody in that locker room is happy about the way we played, but we’re even more saddened about the fact that we lost one of our young guys.”

Complete Article




Tuesday, October 28, 2014

Kentucky's Mascot Won't Be Joining the Basketball Team Anytime Soon

Watch as Kentucky's mascot tries desperately to make a half court shot during last night's Blue-White Game.

Unfortunately, the mascot couldn't even buy a midrange jumper and ended up going 0-for-halftime.

#FAIL


John Wall's New Foot Locker Commercial is Outstanding

Check out John Wall's new Foot Locker commercial, which gives fans a glimpse into the future:


Pikeville Thumps Grace Bible in Season Opener

University of Pikeville 100
Grace Bible 63

Final from Pikeville, Kentucky

Here is a game recap from UPIKE:

PIKEVILLE, Ky. -- The Bears had been pent-up for too long and were ready to run as newcomers Macari Brooks and K.K. Simmons poured in 22 points each to help the University of Pikeville rout Grace Bible (Mich.) 100-63 on Monday in the home opener at the East Ky. Expo Center.

A strong contingent of curious fans ready to see a UPIKE team with nine new faces left knowing the team could shoot better than ever and rattle the rims. Rebounding may have been the lone weak spot, as Grace Bible finished with a 36-31 advantage, but it's hard to be picky when the Bears were plus-21 in turnovers.

The inability to hold on to the ball was the story of the game. Both teams shot well from the field, the Tigers hit at 47.6 percent and the Bears were at 50, but UPIKE tallied a 44-11 advantage in points off turnovers. Grace Bible wrapped up the game with eight assists and 31 giveaways, compared to a 22 and 10 showing from the Bears.

Brooks and Simmons, a pair of junior transfers, stole the show offensively, but they also got a boost from a pair of veterans in Kenny Manigault with 17 points and redshirt junior Kevin Kornegay adding 11. Manigault was the leading rebounder for UPIKE with seven, while Trey Rakes finished with a game-high five assists to go along with eight points on a pair of 3-pointers.

Complete Recap

Next up for UPIKE is an exhibition game against the University of Kentucky. Here is head coach Kelly Wells talking about the game against UK and more:


Highlights from Kentucky's 2014 Blue-White Game

Check out these highlights from Kentucky's Blue-White Game:




University of Pikeville Picked to Repeat as Mid-South Conference Champs in 2014-15

The University of Pikeville Bears are picked to repeat as regular season champions of the Mid-South Conference in 2014-15.

Pikeville collected 3 first-place votes and 58 voting points in the preseason poll that was released Friday by conference officials.

Georgetown College is picked second with 2 first-place votes and 54 total points.

Campbellsville is third with 3 first-place votes and 52 points.

University of the Cumberlands and Lindsey Wilson College round out the top 5.

Here is a release from the MSC:

COLUMBIA, Ky. -- Mid-South Conference coaches have selected Pikeville (Ky.) as the favorite to win the men's basketball regular season title in 2014-15, according to the MSC Preseason Coaches' Poll released on Friday by conference officials.

The Bears -- the defending regular season and tournament champions -- received 58 voting points and three first-place votes from the conference coaches' vote. Coaches are not allowed to vote for their own team.

Pikeville finished 2013-14 with a 31-3 overall and a 17-1 Mid-South record. The Bears reached the second round of last season's NAIA National Championships.

Georgetown (Ky.) is second in the preseason voting with 54 voting points and two first-place votes. The Tigers reached the national quarterfinals a season ago, finishing with a 24-11 overall record.
Campbellsville (Ky.) is a close third in the balloting with 52 voting points and three first-place votes.

Cumberlands (Ky.) is fourth with 43 voting points followed by Lindsey Wilson (Ky.) in fifth with 35 voting points and the final first-place vote.

Mid-South newcomer Life (Ga.) is selected sixth with 30 voting points while St. Catharine (Ky.) checks in a seventh with 29 voting points. Cumberland (Tenn.) and Shawnee State (Ohio) complete the nine-team poll with 15 and eight voting points respectively.

The Mid-South Conference regular season tips-off on November 13 with the MSC Tournament set for March 6-8 at the Frankfort Convention Center in Frankfort, Ky.

Place
School
Voting Points
First-Place Votes
1.
Pikeville (Ky.)
58
3
2.
Georgetown (Ky.)
54
2
3.
Campbellsville (Ky.)
52
3
4.
Cumberlands (Ky.)
43
--
5.
Lindsey Wilson (Ky.)
35
1
6.
Life (Ga.)
30
--
7.
St. Catharine (Ky.)
29
--
8.
Cumberland (Tenn.)
15
--
9.
Shawnee State (Ohio)
8
--

Video: Kentucky's Willie Cauley-Stein Throws Down Reverse Dunk

Check out this video of Kentucky's Willie Cauley-Stein throwing down a reverse dunk in last night's Blue-White Game:



* Video by cn2Kentucky on YouTube

Karl Towns Talks About His Longtime Relationship with Dakari Johnson

Kentucky freshman Karl Towns talks about his longtime relationship with UK teammate Dakari Johnson:


Dakari Johnson Talks About Blue-White Game and More

Kentucky big man Dakari Johnson talks about last night's Blue-White Game and more:


Andrew Harrison Talks Confidence, Leadership After Kentucky's Blue-White Game

Kentucky's Andrew Harrison talked about his level of confidence and his leadership on and off the court heading into this season following last night's Blue-White Game.

"Just my confidence that I had before we started losing a little bit last year," Harrison said when asked about being a sophomore. "You know, I feel like I'm the best player on the court at all times. I feel like I can make my team feel the same way about themselves or even better. I mean I'm just trying to have fun."


Monday, October 27, 2014

Harrison Leads Blue Team to Victory in Kentucky's Blue-White Game

Andrew Harrison had 19 points, 7 rebounds and 3 assists to lead Blue to a 94-66 win over White in Kentucky's Blue-White Game Monday night.

Freshman Karl Towns added 18 points and 9 boards for the Blue team. Aaron Harrison chipped in 15 points. Willie Cauley-Stein finished with 11 points and 8 rebounds.

For the White team, freshman Devin Booker led all scorers with 22 points on 9-for-11 shooting. Dakari Johnson had 11 points and  rebounds for the White team.

Freshman point guard Tyler Ulis stood out with a great all-around performance. He finished with 8 points, 5 rebounds and a game-high 6 assists.

While the Blue team won for the thirteenth consecutive time in the annual scrimmage, the final score was relatively meaningless. Midway through the second half, head coach John Calipari mixed the teams up and played veterans vs. freshmen. The scoreboard was reset to zeroes.

Official attendance for the scrimmage was 14,076.

Kentucky will play the University of Pikeville in an exhibition game Sunday night at 7:00 p.m. ET.


Here is the box (click to enlarge):

Philadelphia Trades for Marquis Teague, Then Waives Him

The Philadelphia 76ers traded for former Kentucky point guard Marquis Teague over the weekend. Today, they sent him packing.




Teague was traded with a 2019 draft pick to the Nets for Casper Ware. The Nets have already waived Ware, as well.



Teague has a guaranteed contract for $1.1 million this season.

Casey County's Jake Smith, Caverna's Mason Faulkner to Visit Wright State

Casey County point guard Jake Smith and Caverna combo guard Mason Faulkner are planning to visit Wright State next Monday.

Smith is a 5-foot-11 point guard in the Class of 2017.

Faulkner, a 6-foot-1 combo guard, led Caverna in scoring last season with 23.8 points per game as a sophomore.

Video: DeMarcus Cousins Dunks All Over Robert Sacre

Check out this video of former UK big man DeMarcus Cousins annihilating the Lakers' Robert Sacre:


D.J. White, Jake Smith and Tyler Sharpe to Visit Tennessee Tech Tomorrow

I am told by a good source that three Kentucky high school players will visit Tennessee Tech's Purple Palooza event tomorrow night.

Casey County's D.J. White and Jake Smith, along with Bullitt East's Tyler Sharpe will make the trip to Cookeville.

White is a 6-foot-4 forward in the Class of 2016. Smith is a 5-foot-11 point guard in the Class of 2017 .

Sharpe is a 5-foot-10 combo guard in the Class of 2016.

There Are Basketball Games in Kentucky This Week

Believe it or not, basketball time is here in the Bluegrass State. The season officially gets underway for several programs this week.

Here's a schedule for the week:

Monday, October 27

7:00 p.m. Blue-White Game (Intrasquad scrimmage)
7:00 p.m. Miami Middletown at Georgetown College
8:00 p.m. Grace Bible at University of Pikeville

Tuesday, October 28

4:30 p.m. West Virginia State at Alice Lloyd College (Exhibition)
7:00 p.m. IU Southeast at University of the Cumberlands

Wednesday, October 29

7:00 p.m. Ohio State-Newark at Georgetown College

Thursday, October 30

No Games

Friday, October 31

4:00 p.m. Asbury University vs. Marygrove College (at Cincinnati Christian)
7:00 p.m. Benedictine at Campbellsville University (Lou Cunningham Classic)
7:00 p.m. Saint Thomas at University of the Cumberlands
8:00 p.m. Brescia University at Goshen College

Saturday, November 1

12:30 p.m. Barry at University of Louisville (Exhibition)
1:00 p.m. Brescia University vs. Bethel College (at Goshen College)
1:00 p.m. Salem International at Georgetown College
2:00 p.m. Benedictine vs. Lindsey Wilson College (at Campbellsville University)
3:00 p.m. IU Southeast at St. Catharine College
4:00 p.m. Saint Thomas at Campbellsville University (Lou Cunnigham Classic)
6:00 p.m. Asbury University vs. Miami-Middletown (at Cincinnati Christian)

Sunday, November 2

3:00 p.m. Ohio State-Mansfield at Lindsey Wilson College
7:00 p.m. University of Pikeville at University of Kentucky (Exhibition)

Montrezl Harrell Leads White Past Red in Louisville Scrimmage

Montrezl Harrell had 24 points and 8 rebounds to lead the White team to an 89-86 victory over the Red team in Louisville's Red-White scrimmage yesterday.

Chris Jones had 28 points, 7 rebounds and 6 assists for the Red team.

Here's a complete recap from UL:

LOUISVILLE, Ky. - Montrezl Harrell scored 24 points and pulled down eight rebounds to lead the White team to an 89-86 win over the Red team on Sunday afternoon in the KFC Yum! Center. Chris Jones led the Red team with 28 points, six assists and seven rebounds. It was the second of two scrimmages for the Cardinals. The white team won last week's, 75-72 off a 3-pointer by Jones. Head coach Rick Pitino changed up the teams in the final intrasquad game, moving Jones from the White team to the Red team.

The game was tightly-contested early on until the Red team made a 7-0 run to take a 24-17 lead with nine minutes left in the first half. The White team responded with a run of its own to cut the lead to 26-25 with 6:07 remaining in the half. Terry Rozier made a layup on the next play and the White team never looked back, taking a 41-34 lead into the locker room.

The White team finished the first half shooting 57.7 percent while the Red team shot 33.3 percent. The Red team finished with 22 rebounds and just six turnovers while the White team finished with 18 rebounds and 11 turnovers.

The White team took their momentum into the second half, building a 23-point lead with 13:34 left to play. The Red team gradually chipped away at the lead behind the play of Jones. After two free throws from Anton Gill, the lead was cut to 71-60 with 7:46 remaining.

Complete Recap

Saturday, October 25, 2014

Doron Lamb Waived by the Dallas Mavericks

Former Kentucky shooting guard Doron Lamb was waived earlier today by the Dallas Mavericks.



Lamb played in five preseason games for Dallas in 2014 and averaged 3.4 points in 9.3 minutes.

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