Wednesday, February 10, 2016

Archie Goodwin Gets Into Fight With Teammate Markieff Morris

Former Kentucky guard Archie Goodwin somehow ended up in a fight with teammate Markieff Morris during tonight's Phoenix Suns' game.

Video surfaced of the incident:



I think it's probably time to dismantle the current Suns roster and start over.

John Calipari Discusses Georgia Win, Gives Update on Alex Poythress and Hemorrhoids

Here is what Kentucky's John Calipari had to say after last night's win over Georgia:



Calipari noted that Alex Poythress is expected to be out about two weeks.

When pressed, Calipari blew off the question and joked that it was a hemorrhoid.

Here's an excerpt of his comments on Poythress:

Q. What do you know about Alex? Is he going to be out?

COACH CALIPARI: “He's going to be out about two weeks, I would say. He'll be out about two weeks.”

Q. You put up a great defensive effort turning Georgia over as many times as you did. Talk about how the defense was able to contribute to the offense?

COACH CALIPARI: “Well, they just, they really put pressure on them. You know, one thing that when we - - I watched the two games we played Georgia last year. Georgia was really good. We had no business winning the game at Georgia, and we were lucky to win it here. I was scared to death all day after watching those two games.

If you let them get in the halfcourt, Mark Fox is one of the best at creating angles, creating fouls, putting his team in a grind-it situation, getting three-point shooters the shots. If you let them -- if you don't go up and play them, that's his forte. That's what he does.

Aside from that is they have really been guarding. I thought we really hurt the zone. A couple teams they played, they played all zone. I knew they would throw some. They went triangle and two, did you see it? Most of you guys don't know basketball, so you probably didn't see it. (laughter from audience). Jerry [Tipton], you saw it, right? You didn't? Wow. Jerry. Every once in a while, Jerry, you've got to admit.”

Q. Does Alex have surgery and could you talk a little bit more --

COACH CALIPARI: “He's going to be out two weeks. So I'm -- you know, he's out two weeks.”

Q. But nothing more, you don't think?

COACH CALIPARI: “No, I'm not -- I don't think there's any reason to talk about it. It's a hemorrhoid but he'll be fine (laughter from audience).”

Dancing Guy Darren Moscoe Delivers Tearful Apology After Fall at Rupp Arena

Darren Moscoe, affectionately known as Kentucky basketball's Dancing Guy, delivered a tearful apology after last night's incident at Rupp Arena.

You can check out Moscoe's tearful apology below:



I feel bad for Moscoe, who is a great guy. He made and error an judgment and it backfired.

Tuesday, February 9, 2016

Georgia's Mark Fox Doesn't Have Much to Say After Loss at Kentucky

Georgia's Mark Fox didn't have a whole lot to say after tonight's big loss at Kentucky.

He refused to talk about Kentucky's progress and wasn't happy with his team's performance.

Check out his comments:

UK Basketball's Dancing Guy Accidentally Drops Child on Rupp Arena Steps

Kentucky basketball's Dancing Guy had a scary fall tonight in Rupp Arena.

ESPN captured the incident and thankfully everyone appeared to be uninjured.



Link if Video Doesn't Work


The Kentucky Wildcat Misses a Halfcourt Shot

The Kentucky Wildcat misses a halfcourt shot and some interesting comments from KSR's Ryan Lemond:


Calipari Says Tai Wynyard is Ready to Play

John Calipari said on his radio show this week that Kentucky freshman Tai Wynyard might be ready to play.

With Alex Poythress expected to miss as many as 4 games, it might be time for Wynyard's University of Kentucky debut.




Ryan Lemond: Alex Poythress to Miss 10-14 Days with Knee Injury

According to Ryan Lemond, Kentucky's Alex Poythress will be out of action for 10-14 days.

Obviously, that's a big loss for the Wildcats heading into March.


Tickets for OVC Tournament are On Sale Now

Tickets for the 2016 Ohio Valley Conference Men's Basketball Tournament are now on sale.

Here are details from the league:

Single-session tickets for the 2016 Ohio Valley Conference Men's and Women's Basketball Championship are now on sale.

There are a limited number of reserved men's single-session tickets that have been made available for the Men's Basketball Championship. The seats are located in select mezzanine seating areas. The reserved tickets are for the men's sessions (Sessions 2, 4, 6 and 8) and are $30 per ticket per session. The quantities for these tickets are limited and are offered on a first-come, first-served basis.

A majority of the single-session tickets are located in general admission seating areas. For men's sessions, the single-session general admission tickets will be available for the balcony level and are $30 apiece. All tickets for women's sessions are general admissions and are $15 each.

The only way to obtain lower arena reserved seating is to purchase all-session tickets through individual school ticket offices.

Fans can purchase single-session general admission tickets through Ticketmaster, Ticketmaster.com and Municipal Auditorium (615-862-6390).

Eastern Kentucky Sweeps OVC Weekly Awards

Eastern Kentucky swept the Ohio Valley Conference weekly awards this week.

Here's a release from the conference:

adidas® OVC Players of the Week

PLAYER

JaVontae Hawkins, W • R-Jr., 6-5, 211 • Flint, Michigan • Eastern Kentucky

Hawkins averaged 30.0 points and 6.5 rebounds/game while hitting 63.6 percent (21-of-33) from the field, 69.2 percent (9-of-13) from 3-point range and was a perfect 9-of-9 from the free throw line in leading Eastern Kentucky to road victories over Tennessee State and Belmont to snap a three-game losing streak. The victory over Belmont on Saturday was the first by an OVC team at the Curb Event Center since the Bruins joined the League four years ago (they had previously been 29-0 in home OVC games). In that game the transfer from South Florida hit 3-of-5 3-pointers on his way to 24 points while also adding seven rebounds and two assists in 29 minutes. He began the week by scoring a career-high 36 points in 29 minutes of action in a 97-81 win at Tennessee State (who had lost just one home game this season prior to that loss). Hawkins hit 6-of-8 3-pointers (including making 5-straight at one point) while also adding six rebounds, two blocks and a steal. Hawkins currently ranks fifth in the OVC in scoring (17.4 points/game) and 11th in field goal percentage (50.9%).

Others Nominated: Chris Horton, Austin Peay; Craig Bradshaw, Belmont; Trae Anderson, Eastern Illinois; Jeremy Watson, Jacksonville State; DeJuan Marrero, Morehead State; Jeffery Moss, Murray State; Antonius Cleveland, Southeast Missouri; Tahjere McCall, Tennessee State; Twymond Howard, UT Martin.

NEWCOMER

Jarelle Reischel, W • Sr., 6-7, 210 • Frankfurt, Germany • Eastern Kentucky

Reischel averaged 15.5 points, 3.5 steals, 3.0 rebounds and 3.0 assists/game while hitting 45 percent (9-of-20) from the field and 75 percent (12-of-16) from the free throw line as Eastern Kentucky went on the road and topped Tennessee State and Belmont to snap a three-game overall losing streak. The victory over Belmont was the first by an OVC team at the Curb Event Center since the Bruins joined the league four years ago. The graduate transfer from Rhode Island scored 20 points and added four rebounds, three assists and two steals in the 88-78 victory over Belmont. To open the week he had 11 points, five steals, three assists and two rebounds in a 97-81 win over Tennessee State. Reischel currently ranks first in the OVC in scoring (19.0 points/game), second in steals (1.8/game), seventh in rebounding (7.0/game), ninth in assists (3.3/game), 11th in free throw percentage (78.8%) and 12th in field goal percentage (50.9%).

Others Nominated: Demetrius McReynolds, Eastern Illinois; DeJuan Marrero, Morehead State; Tahjere McCall, Tennessee State; Kedar Edwards, UT Martin.

FRESHMAN

Nick Mayo, F • Fr., 6-9, 220 • Oakland, Maine • Eastern Kentucky

For the fifth-straight week and ninth time this season Mayo earned OVC Freshman of the Week honors after averaging 14.5 points, 9.5 rebounds, 2.5 assists and 1.5 blocks/game while hitting 65 percent (13-of-20) from the field and 66.7 percent (2-of-3) from 3-point range as Eastern Kentucky won a pair of road games including handing league-leader Belmont its first-ever home loss in OVC play since joining the league four years ago. He opened the week with 21 points and 10 rebounds (his third double-double of the year) in a victory over Tennessee State; in that game he connected on 9-of-12 field goals (2-of-2 3-pointers) while also dishing out an assist. In the victory over Belmont Mayo added eight points, nine rebounds, four assists, three blocks and a steal as EKU won 88-78. Mayo currently ranks fourth in the OVC in field goal percentage (61.4%), sixth in blocked shots (1.1/game) and ninth in scoring (14.7 points/game) in all games. In OVC-only games he is fourth in field goal percentage (63.4%) and blocks (1.5/game) and fifth in scoring (17.8 points/game). Mayo needs two more Freshman of the Week honors to tie the all-time OVC record currently held by former EKU player Matt Witt (2002-03).

Others Nominated: Zach Glotta, Austin Peay; Jared Hamilton, Jacksonville State; Eric McGill, Southeast Missouri; Armani Chaney, Tennessee State.

Video: Carson Williams Gets Nasty on North Laurel

Owen County's Carson Williams got really nasty on North Laurel over the weekend.

Watch what Williams did in Owen County's 75-71 win:

Former UPIKE Star K.J. Manigault is Headed to Australia

Former University of Pikeville star Kenny "K.J." Manigault will begin his professional career in Australia. 

Manigault has signed with the Goldfields Giants in Australia's second-level State League.


Monday, February 8, 2016

KWC's C.J. Blackwell Earns G-MAC Weekly Honors

Kentucky Wesleyan's C.J. Blackwell was named Great Midwest Athletic Conference Athlete of the Week earlier today.

Here is a release from KWC:

GREENWOOD, Ind. – Kentucky Wesleyan senior forward C.J. Blackwell was named the Great Midwest Athletic Conference Men's Basketball Athlete of the Week for 2015-16 on Monday. This marks the second time this season he has won the honor—Jan. 19.

Since transferring from Loyola Marymount, this is Blackwell's third career G-MAC Men's Basketball Athlete of the Week honor after receiving one in December of 2014 and another earlier this year on Jan. 19.

The Panthers went on to compile two wins, one against conference opponent Cedarville, and another vs. Oakland City. No. 22 KWC ran its record to 19-3 overall and is still tied for first in the conference at 6-1.

This past week, he averaged 23.5 points per game and 3.5 rebounds while connecting at over 64 percent from the field (18-of-28) and nearly 62 percent (8-for-13) from beyond the arc. He also added 2.5 steals per contest.

Blackwell came shooting lights out for the Panthers in the game against the Yellow Jackets. He was 8-12 from the field and 3-6 from the three-point line, ending with 22 points in just 25 minutes of play. He also contributed five boards and hit all three free throws.

Once again, Blackwell came out guns blazing and erupted for 25 points in 28 minutes vs. Oakland City. He dialed up five makes from long distance and was 10-of-16 overall on field goals.

So far this season, Blackwell ranks 12th in the G-MAC in scoring (13.1 ppg), seventh in three-point field goal percentage (.418), fourth in three-point field goals made (2.3 avg.), eighth in steals (1.2) and eighth in field-goal percentage (.505).

KWC looks ahead to a non-conference game against Central State and later in the week will also face Trevecca Nazarene, the only team to beat KWC in conference play.

John Calipari Gives an Update on Alex Poythress' Knee Injury

Kentucky head coach John Calipari gave an update on Alex Poythress earlier today.

Poythress, who missed the Florida game Saturday with a knee injury, is listed as day-to-day.

It is doubtful that he practices today and I would be surprised if he plays vs. Georgia tomorrow.


Eastern Kentucky Hands Belmont First OVC Home Loss...Ever

The Eastern Kentucky Colonels managed to do something that no other Ohio Valley Conference team has done on Saturday.

The Colonels came out of Belmont's Curb Event Center with a win.

Belmont has never lost at home to an OVC opponent since joining the league in 2012. The streak ended at 29 consecutive wins.



JaVontae Hawkins led the Colonels with a game-high 24 points in the 88-78 win. Jarelle Reischel added 20.

EKU knocked off Tennessee State 97-81 Thursday night.

With the two wins, the Colonels are out of the basement in the OVC East standing and back in contention for a spot in the league's postseason tournament. This is a pivotal week as Eastern Kentucky travels to rival Morehead State on Thursday and hosts Tennessee State on Saturday.

Here's a look at the OVC East standings heading into this key week of action:

EAST CONF OVERALL
Tennessee Tech 9-2 17-7
Belmont 9-2 17-8
Tennessee State 7-3 16-7
Morehead State 6-5 12-11
Eastern Kentucky 5-6 14-12
Jacksonville State 4-7 8-18


Damion Lee Will Play for Louisville Tonight

Damion Lee will be back in the lineup for the Louisville Cardinals tonight at Duke.



Lee missed Saturday's game vs. Boston College.

Prior to the game, Lee was allowed to do a ceremonial toss at the tip:


Sunday, February 7, 2016

Tony Kornheiser Jabs the Kentucky Wildcats on PTI

For some reason, Tony Kornheiser decided to take a cheap shot at the Kentucky Wildcats on ESPN’s Pardon The Interruption show Friday.

While discussing the Louisville situation, Kornheiser said he had an idea for an alternate Final Four that includes scandal-ridden programs.

Kornheiser said he have Louisville (with HOF coach Rick Pitino), SMU (with HOF coach Larry Brown), Syracuse (with HOF coach Jim Boeheim) and “Kentucky, because we know at some point they’re going to be accused of something.”

You can check out the discussion here (go to the 8:00 mark):

Rick Pitino Points the Finger at Tom Jurich, Says the System is Broken After Boston College Game

As expected, Louisville head coach Rick Pitino had a lot to say after his team dismantled Boston College 79-47 on Saturday. 

Here are a few key points that came out of Pitino's postgame press conference:

- Pitino specifically stated that the decision to self-impose a postseason ban was made by AD Tom Jurich

- The Cardinals are still eligible to win the ACC regular season title

- Pitino believes the system is broken. He believes this season's team should not be punished for the actions of previous players and coaches.

- Boston College sent their starters out to halfcourt to address Louisville's players and applaud them for the season they've had. Very classy move by BC.

Here's the press conference in it's entirety:

Friday, February 5, 2016

Dick Vitale Claims Rick Pitino Passed a Lie Detector Test

Dick Vitale claims that Rick Pitino took a lie detector test about the Katina Powell scandal and passed.



So...there's that.

Damion Lee, Trey Lewis "Truly Devastated" by Louisville's Postseason Ban

Louisville seniors Damion Lee and Trey Lewis spoke to the media tonight following today's announcement that the Cardinals will not participate in the postseason.

Lee said the pair is "truly devastated" by the news that they cannot compete in the NCAA Tournament:

Video: Louisville Announces a Self-Imposed Postseason Ban

The University of Louisville has announced a self-imposed ban from the postseason stemming from the allegations made by Katina Powell.

Here is the full press conference from earlier today:

Dan Dakich Takes a Cheap Shot at Louisville's Trey Lewis and Damion Lee

Anyone with a pulse (even Kentucky fans) should feel extremely sorry for Louisville seniors Trey Lewis and Damion Lee.

Anyone, of course, except for Dan Dakich, who continues to baffle with his sour take on practically every situation.

Dakich went to Twitter today to blast Lee and Lewis for leaving their previous schools as graduate transfers to play one season at Louisville.

"Karma is a mutha," Dakich said after commenting that those two kids screwed their previous schools.

Dakich then took the easy way out and deleted his Tweet.

Long live screenshots:

"Night of Extreme Pain" as Louisville Confirms Postseason Ban

The University of Louisville has confirmed a postseason ban for the men's basketball program.

Head coach Rick Pitino described tonight as a "night of extreme pain" after having to tell his team of the school's self-imposed punishment to a scandal that allegedly occurred several years ago.

President James Ramsey opened today's press conference by announcing that it's reasonable to conclude that violations did occur within the men's basketball program at Louisville.

Ramsey went on to say that the school is withholding itself from the Atlantic Coach and NCAA tournaments this season.

"This is a disappointing time and a very sad day for all of us," Jurich said.

Pitino said "pain" is the best way to describe the feeling around his team right now. He said that players began to hug graduate transfer seniors Trey Lewis and Damion Lee after the news was broken to the team.

"Damion and Trey have nothing...nothing to look forward to in the future now. For actions they weren't involved with," Pitino said with great emotion.

Pitino went on to ask Louisville fans to come out in full force to support Lee and Lewis during their final nine games.

During questioning from the media, Louisville officials confirmed that violations did occur within the men's basketball program. They were unable to provide specifics but said the investigation has not concluded.

Pitino compared his current situation to his eight years at Kentucky when he brought the program out of NCAA purgatory.

"There's not a coach in Division 1, 2 or 3 basketball that would tolerate anything that has been alleged," Pitino added. "If I catch anyone doing the wrong thing, there's always huge consequences to pay."

Pitino hinted at leading the Cardinals into the future.

He finished with, "I'll get them through it. I got those Kentucky guys through it."

Watch the Louisville Press Conference Live Here

You can watch the Louisville press conference below LIVE at 1:30 p.m. ET:

WDRB 41 Louisville - News, Weather, Sports Community

Source: Louisville Set to Announce Postseason Ban for Men's Basketball

The University of Louisville will hold a press conference at 1:30 p.m. ET with Rick Pitino, Tom Jurich and President James Ramsey.

I'm told by a good source that Louisville will announce a self-imposed ban from the postseason. The postseason ban will be for THIS season.

More on this developing story soon...




Check Out Kentucky's New Basketball Uniforms

Check out the Kentucky's new Nike basketball uniforms that will be worn for the South Carolina game (only):



The uniforms feature UK's new logo:



The Cats will be wearing the new shooting shirts tomorrow vs. Florida:

Bracket Announced for 2016 Whitaker Bank/KHSAA Boys' Sweet Sixteen Tournament

The region pairings have been announced for the 2016 Whitaker Bank/KHSAA Boys' Sweet Sixteen State Basketball Tournament.

Here's a look at the tournament schedule:

Wednesday, March 16

12:00 p.m. Region 14 vs. Region 1
1:30 p.m. Region 7 vs. Region 9
6:30 p.m. Region 4 vs. Region 16
8:00 p.m. Region 11 vs. Region 12

Thursday, March 17

12:00 p.m. Region 15 vs. Region 6
1:30 p.m. Region 13 vs. Region 2
6:30 p.m. Region 10 vs. Region 5
8:00 p.m. Region 8 vs. Region 3

Friday, March 18

12:00 p.m. Quarterfinal #1
1:30 p.m. Quarterfinal #2
6:30 p.m. Quarterfinal #3
8:00 p.m. Quarterfinal #4

Saturday, March 19

6:30 p.m. Semifinal #1
8:00 p.m. Semifinal #2

Sunday, March 20

2:00 p.m. Championship Game

The bracket (click to enlarge):

Did Kansas Give Kentucky Two Losses?

Did the Kansas Jayhawks actually give Kentucky two losses in three days?


After watching Kentucky fire out of the gates against Tennessee only to falter in impressive fashion, one has to wonder if the Wildcats were too drained from the Kansas game to pick up a road win in Knoxville.

Against the Volunteers, Kentucky made uncharacteristic mistakes, particularly in the second half. The Wildcats seemed to give up defensively and showed a lack of effort on hustle plays and rebounding for 20-25 minutes of action. One might say the Wildcats were still stuck in the Phog.

Here are a few thoughts:

1. Take your perception of how tough the Allen Fieldhouse atmosphere is and times it by 10. That's what it's like during a big game at Kansas. Television really doesn't do the arena justice. Allen Fieldhouse is so loud that it's difficult to explain in words. I'll write more about this over the weekend but I can promise you that Kentucky hasn't dealt with an atmosphere like this since Indiana in 2011-12. At times, it was so loud that I didn't know whether to laugh or cry. Literally, the atmosphere was so powerful that it messed with my emotions.

2. It takes time to recover from a hard fought, overtime battle in an atmosphere like that. For 45 minutes, Kentucky went toe-to-toe with a top 5 team in one of the most incredible atmospheres I've ever witnessed (certainly the loudest by far). A game of that nature takes a great deal out of a team both physically and mentally. It's particularly tough to recover enough in just three days to win a conference road game. Bill Self said after the game that he is not a fan of playing a game like this during the middle of the conference season. His team played like crap against Kansas State Wednesday night as well. Luckily for the Jayhawks, they had an additional day of rest and they were playing at home.

3. Kentucky showed all the signs of a tired team Tuesday night. The Wildcats shot out to a 34-13 lead with just under six minutes to go in the first half at Tennessee. From there, Tennessee fought back and inevitably gave Kentucky more than they could handle. The Cats struggled to shoot, couldn't play defense, made uncharacteristic errors and didn't put forth the effort to win on the road. These are all characteristics of a tired team. Anyone who has ever played basketball knows what it's like to "have it" or "not have it" during a game. I would be willing to bet that most Kentucky players felt they just didn't have it vs. Tennessee.

4. The box score doesn't lie. A quick look at the box score from the Tennessee game is very telling. Tyler Ulis was 3-10 from the field. Jamal Murray was 7-20 from the field and 3-12 from long range. The Wildcats committed 26 fouls and somehow managed to get out-rebounded by one of the smallest teams in the Southeastern Conference. Add to that a lack of defense that allowed a mediocre Tennessee team to score 84 points and it's very easy to see what went wrong on paper.

Looking ahead: Personally, I think Kentucky bounces back with an impressive performance against Florida Saturday afternoon in Rupp Arena. The Gators (15-7, 6-3 SEC) have won 6-of-7 games and are certainly capable of knocking off the Wildcats, but I think UK takes care of business.

If Kentucky handles Florida and does what they should against Georgia next week, they will be sitting 18-6 and 8-3 in the conference. They will then have a difficult road battle at South Carolina and a chance at revenge against Tennessee. Win those four games and all is well in Lexington once again. 


Thursday, February 4, 2016

Casey County's D.J. White Signs with Eastern Kentucky University

Casey County forward D.J. White has signed to play football at Eastern Kentucky University next season. 

White, a 6-foot-5 power forward on the basketball team, plays linebacker on the football field.

Kentucky Wildcats to Get Special Nike Basketball Uniforms

The University of Kentucky men's basketball team will be getting new uniforms from Nike.

Mitch Barnhart and John Calipari will hold a special press conference tomorrow morning to unveil the new basketball uniforms. Barnhart and Mark Stoops will also introduce new football uniforms

The basketball uniform will be a one-time wear:



The unveiling is scheduled for 10:30 a.m. tomorrow morning at Commonwealth Stadium.


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