Friday, January 30, 2015

Anthony Davis Has a Grade 1 Abductor Muscle Strain

Former Kentucky star Anthony Davis has a Grade 1 abductor muscle strain and is officially listed as day to day.

That is not as bad as it sounds and Davis is actually considering playing tonight.



I personally had no idea what an abductor muscle is, so I looked it up:


Former Racer James Singleton Signs with the Canton Charge

Former Murray State star James Singleton has signed with the Canton Charge in the NBA Development League.

The 34-year old Singleton played last season for Xinjiang Flying Tigers in the China's CBA league. In 45 games, he averaged 18.4 points, 10.8 rebounds and 1.8 assists per game.

Here are more details from USBasket.com:

Canton Charge strengthened their roster with addition of 34-year old forward James Singleton (203-81, college: Murray State). He played most recently at Xinjiang Flying Tigers in Chinese CBA league. In 45 games he recorded very impressive stats: 18.4ppg, 10.8rpg, 1.8apg, 1.0spg and 1.1bpg last season. He helped them to make it to the final after they ended regular season as second best team.

Singleton ended the previous (2012-13) season at the Knicks. But the most of that year he spent at Xinjiang Flying Tige (CBA) in China. In 21 games he averaged remarkable 15.2ppg, 11.0rpg, 1.7apg and 1.0spg in 2012-13 season.

The previous (11-12) season Singleton played at the Wizards. In 12 games he averaged 8.2ppg, 6.8rpg and 1.3apg in 2011-12 season.

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Western Kentucky Suffers First Loss as a Member of Conference USA

Louisiana Tech 69
Western Kentucky 56

Final from Ruston, Louisiana

Game recap by WKU:

RUSTON, La. (AP) -- T.J. Price led WKU (14-6, 7-1) with 17 points and 10 rebounds in Thursday night's road loss at LA Tech.

LA Tech led 11-4 on a layup by Michael Kyser, but WKU ripped a 12-2 run to take a 16-13 lead. LA Tech answered and led 31-23 at halftime.

The Bulldogs opened the second half with an 11-4 run, but the Hilltoppers gained ground on a 12-2 run and pulled within 49-41 on a 3-pointer by DJ Clayton.

George Fant added 15 to the Hilltoppers score.

Box Score

Highlights: Kentucky Knocks Off Missouri on the Road

Here are all the highlights from Kentucky's road win at Missouri last night:


Andrew Harrison and No. 1 Kentucky Cruise Past Missouri on the Road

(1) Kentucky 69
Missouri 53

Final from Columbia, Missouri

Kentucky pulled away from Missouri late in the first half and never looked back as they rolled to a 69-53 win on the road.

Andrew Harrison scored 15 points and dished out 3 assists to lead the Wildcats (20-0, 7-0 SEC). Aaron Harrison added 11 points. Devin Booker finished with 9.

Missouri (7-13, 1-6) got 19 points from Wes Clark. Johnathon Williams III finished with 10 points and 5 rebounds.

Kentucky again played stellar defense as they held the Tigers to 18-for-43 (41.9%) field goal shooting.

The Wildcats are off to their best start in the John Calipari era. They return to action Saturday night at 7:00 p.m. with a home game against Alabama.

Box Score (click to enlarge):

Thursday, January 29, 2015

The Big 12/SEC Challenge is Moving to January Next Season

The annual Big 12/SEC Challenge is moving to a one-day format and will be played on Saturday, January 30, 2016 next season.

The move means that teams will have to take a weekend break from conference play to face a challenging non-conference opponent.

Here's an excerpt from ESPN:

"Meaningful out-of-conference games often happen before teams find their identity," Georgia coach Mark Fox said. "This move will showcase two great conferences at a time during the season when teams are playing their best."

Said Baylor coach Scott Drew: "It maximizes the exposure opportunity for both conferences and I feel it's a great move for all involved."

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According to Jeff Goodman, not all SEC coaches are in favor of the move.

Morehead State Continues to Play Well on the Road, Powers Past Austin Peay

Morehead State 82
Austin Peay 69

Final from Clarksville, Tennessee

Game recap by MSU:

CLARKSVILLE, Tenn. -- Senior Karam Mashour registered a career-best 24 points, while senior Kareem Storey and junior Brent Arrington posted their first career double-doubles as Morehead State notched an 82-69 Ohio Valley Conference win over Austin Peay on Wednesday night at Aaron Arena.

The Eagles, who have won three consecutive games (all on the road), improve to 10-13 overall, 5-3 in league play and 6-7 on the road. The Governors fall to 7-14 overall, 2-6 in conference action and 5-3 at home. Morehead State also improves to 54-51 in the all-time series against Austin Peay.

"You don't win too many games when you commit 30 fouls and the opponent shoots 25 more free throws, but that's what we did tonight," Head Coach Sean Woods said. "Give our guys a lot of credit. They battled for 40 minutes and found a way to get another Ohio Valley Conference road victory."

Mashour, in his 25th game at Morehead State, knocked down 10-of-15 from the field and 4-of-4 from the free-throw line. He also pulled down seven rebounds. Storey, in his 52nd contest as an Eagle, recorded 13 points and 12 assists. Arrington, in his 57th tilt at MSU, tallied 16 points and 10 boards.

"We had contributions from a lot of different guys tonight," Woods said. "Karam, Kareem and Brent all came up with big performances. We've had recent success with a smaller line-up, so we may stick with it. We've created match-up problems, on both ends of the floor and at all five positions."

MSU drilled 55 percent (32-of-58) from the floor and 74 percent (14-of-19) from the foul line.

APSU connected on just 36 percent (16-of-45) from the field, but made 73 percent (32-of-44) of its free tosses. The Governors were just 4-of-21 from the field in the second half, but hit 27-of-39 from the charity stripe. Morehead State was whistled for 30 fouls, including 22 after intermission.

The Eagles recorded a 56-14 advantage in paint points and 16-10 edge in assists.

Morehead State also managed a 36-30 upper hand in rebounds. The Eagles are +60 in rebounds and +47 in offensive boards over their last nine contests and have only been outrebounded once during the stretch. MSU has paced the conference in rebounding margin the past six seasons.

"We've gotten better in recent weeks because we've had so many more opportunities for practice," Woods said. "Our defense has been pretty solid all season, and I'm starting to see big strides in our offensive efficiency. We've made more shots because our passing has gotten a lot better."

Complete Recap

Former Henry Clay Star Jordan Green is Headed to Coppin State

According to ESPN's Midseason transfer list, former Henry Clay star Jordan Green has committed to Coppin State.

Green, an athletic 6-foot-5 forward, originally committed to Western Kentucky University but ended up transferring before he ever played for the Hilltoppers.

Source

Mercer County's Student Section Was on Fire Tuesday Night

Mercer County's student section was amped up for the Boyle County game on Tuesday night.

The kids were decked out in red and were loud throughout the game, which set the tone for a great atmosphere for high school basketball.

What I liked:

- there were a lot of kids in attendance and they were all on board with the "red out"

- the cheers were well-organized and students were working together throughout the game

- they had signs and noisemakers

- everyone appeared to be having fun

- they did something I haven't seen yet this season: they contacted other 12th region student sections and invited them to attend the game



- they had an Allkyhoops.com sign (major bonus points!)

What I disliked:

- some of the chants and signs were a little over the top

The new rankings will be out early next week. Mercer County's student section will certainly be in the top 5.

Good job Titans!








Boyle County Opens "Rivalry Week" With Tough Road Win At Mercer County; Sets Up Friday Night Showdown With Lincoln County

Boyle County got past their first "rivalry" test of the week on Tuesday night with a tough 72-67 win at Mercer County.

The Rebels (16-5) overcame a tenacious road crowd and cold outside shooting to earn a solid victory in the closing minutes.

Leading 68-65 with just over 23 seconds to go, Josiah Robbins connected with Hagen Tyler on a long baseline out-of-bounds pass. Tyler broke free from a Mercer defender and sprinted to the basket for a powerful dunk that sealed the victory.

Tyler and Jeremiah Bell led the Rebels with 22 points each. Tyler also pulled down a team-high 10 rebounds. Robbins chipped in 15 points.

Junior big man Colton Elkins was limited to 10 minutes of action and eventually left the game after a hard Mercer County foul on a dunk attempt. He contributed 3 points and 2 blocked shots.

Will Hager led the Titans (16-6) with a game-high 24 points, 5 rebounds and 3 assists. Trevon Faulkner added 14 points and 7 boards. Jackson Baughman scored 12 points, all on three-pointers.

Malik Dow had 10 points and 11 rebounds for Mercer County but had to be carted off on a stretcher after suffering a concussion in the final quarter.

Mercer County heads to East Jessamine Friday night for a critical 46th District game.

The Rebels will host current 12th Region leader and nearby rival Lincoln County (17-2) tomorrow night.

Lincoln County defeated Boyle County 66-55 just two weeks ago in an incredibly intense game in Stanford.







NOTES:

- The atmosphere at Mercer County was fantastic. The game was not a sell out but there was a nice crowd and the students from both sides (and several other sides) were really into the game.

- I say several other sides because students from Garrard County, Lincoln County and Danville joined the Mercer County students in a cheering against Boyle County.

- Near the end of the game, Lincoln County's students chanted "see you Friday!" at the Rebels. Boyle County came back with "you are next!" One can only imagine that tomorrow night's game will be intense.

- As for basketball, I was really impressed with Tyler, Bell and Hager. All three are fantastic players who have a future at the next level. (Hager has already signed with NKU)

- Both teams have some very solid role players. Boyle's Josiah Robbins and Chapman Bean stood out in this game with several key plays and big time shots. For Mercer County, it was the outside shooting of Jackson Baughman (4-7 from long range).

- Looking for a young player to keep an eye on? Remember the name Trevon Faulkner. He has the potential to be one of the all-time greats at Mercer County.

- Alabama football commit Damien Harris was at the game Tuesday night. I'm told he has several friends on the Mercer County team.


'SEC Now' to Broadcast Live at Rupp Arena on Saturday

The SEC Now show on the SEC Network will broadcast live from Rupp Arena beginning at 2:00 p.m. ET Saturday.

Here are details from UK:

LEXINGTON, Ky. – For the first time in the show’s history, “SEC Now” will broadcast its popular news and information studio show at a college basketball arena when it comes to Rupp Arena on Saturday for Kentucky’s matchup with Alabama.

The SEC Network show, hosted by Dari Nowkhah and analysts Dane Bradshaw and Darrin Horn, will be on the baseline of Rupp Arena beginning at 2 p.m. on Saturday.

SEC Now will report live throughout the day with highlights and analysis throughout the day’s games, concluding with live coverage following the UK-Alabama game at 7 p.m., which is also scheduled for an SEC Network broadcast.

Doors at Rupp Arena will open 90 minutes prior to tip.

For the latest on the Kentucky men’s basketball team, follow @KentuckyMBB on Twitter and on the web at UKathletics.com.

Anthony Davis to Undergo MRI on Groin Following Fall

Former Kentucky star Anthony Davis will undergo an MRI on his groin this morning following an awkward fall in last night's game against the Denver Nuggets.

Davis collided with Kenneth Faried and fell the court. He left the game momentarily but later came back in and played.

Here are more details from NBA.com:

“I didn’t like that he started slowing down,” Williams said of Davis. “He started dragging his leg a little, so I thought he was laboring a little bit. I can’t put a guy out there – sometimes I have to be the brains – even though they have the heart to go out there. I just didn’t like the way he looked. When I said something to the coaches, they all agreed (so Williams substituted for Davis).

“It looks like he has a groin injury right now. He’ll have an MRI tomorrow morning to find out for sure. The doctors wouldn’t allow him to come back in the game (in the fourth quarter) if they didn’t think it was safe. (Davis) probably pushed the issue a little bit so he could get back on the floor, because that’s who he is.”

Davis sustained the injury while colliding with Denver’s Kenneth Faried in the middle of the lane. Both players were trying to reel in an errant New Orleans pass. Davis, who was prone on the baseline, was taken to the locker room after the collision.

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Wednesday, January 28, 2015

Dieng, Noel to Play in BBVA Compass Rising Stars Challenge

The rosters have been announced for the BBVA Compass Rising Stars Challenge for the upcoming NBA All-Star Weekend.

Former Kentucky center Nerlens Noel will play for the U.S. Team and ex-Louisville big man Gorgui Dieng will suit up for the World Team.

Here's a look at the rosters:

U.S. Team Roster

Trey Burke (Jazz)
Kentavious Caldwell-Pope (Pistons)
Michael Carter-Williams (76ers)
Zach LaVine (Timberwolves)
Shabazz Muhammad (Timberwolves)
Nerlens Noel (76ers)
Victor Oladipo (Magic)
Elfrid Payton (Magic)
Mason Plumlee (Nets)
Cody Zeller (Hornets)
Head Coach: Alvin Gentry (Warriors)

World Team Roster

Steven Adams (Thunder)
Giannis Antetokounmpo (Bucks)
Bojan Bogdanovic (Nets)
Gorgui Dieng (Timberwolves)
Dante Exum (Jazz)
Rudy Gobert (Jazz)
Nikola Mirotic (Bulls)
Kelly Olynyk (Celtics)
Dennis Schroder (Hawks)
Andrew Wiggins (Timberwolves)
Head Coach: Kenny Atkinson, Hawks

Source

Berea College Blows By Johnson University to Improve to 12-3

Berea College 94
Johnson University 64

Final from Knoxville, Tennessee

Game recap by BC:

Days after a thrilling home court victory over long-time rival Asbury University, the Mountaineers headed south down I-75 to Knoxville for a match-up with the Royals of Johnson University. A let down seemed inevitable for BC as they faced the Royals for the second time after soundly defeating them by 16 a little more than a week ago.

The let down was in full swing as BC started the game down 10-2. Berea would rally back on the strength of a full-court press and four long range bombs from Richard Parker. The Mountaineers would dominate the remainder of the half taking a 44-29 lead to the locker room.

There would be no let down in the second half as the USCAA's second ranked team lived up to that billing going on a 20-0 run. The Blue Crew would continue to handle the Royals leading by as many as 42 points until late in the second half.

The Mountaineers were led by Parker who scored 19 points; while Daishon Robinson chipped in 17 points, tieing his season high. Dominique Garmon tossed in 13, while London Moore reached double figures for the 14th time this season scoring 11. Tevin Webster pulled down eight rebounds to lead the Blue Crew.

The statistic that Coach John Hemenway was most impressed with was the Mountaineer's free-throw shooting. BC went 22-25 from the charity stripe. "We have worked hard on our free-throws, and as you can see from the ending of the Asbury game and this game; it is working," stated Hemenway.

The Mountaineers will be back in action on Wednesday when they host Ohio Mid Western University at 7:00 pm.

Joe B. Hall Prep Classic Officially Cancelled Due to Scheduling Conflicts

The 25th Joe B. Hall Prep Classic has officially been cancelled due to scheduling conflicts.

The event was originally scheduled for Saturday but had to be postponed due to snow.


Tuesday, January 27, 2015

Watch John Calipari Preview Missouri and More LIVE at 2:15 p.m.

Catch Kentucky head coach John Calipari live below at 2:15 p.m. ET:


Pikeville's K.K. Simmons Named MSC Player of the Week After 43-Point Explosion

University of Pikeville guard K.K. Simmons was named Mid-South Conference Player of the Week on Monday.

Simmons averaged 32.5 points per game in two wins last week. On Saturday, he exploded for 43 points, 4 rebounds and 3 assists in UPIKE's 107-85 win over Life University.

Here is a release from the MSC:

COLUMBIA, Ky. -- Pikeville (Ky.) junior K.K Simmons is the Mid-South Conference Men's Basketball Player of the Week, conference officials announced on Monday.

The weekly award is his second of the season. Simmons also earned the first weekly honor of the season on Nov. 17, 2014.

Simmons averaged 32.5 points and 3.5 rebounds per game in wins over Ohio Christian and Life (Ga.) last week.

The Atlanta, Georgia, guard opened the week with 22 points and three rebounds in the Bears' 99-79 win over non-conference foe Ohio Christian on Thursday. Simmons followed with 43 points -- the highest point total this season in the Mid-South -- four rebounds and three assists in Pikeville's 107-85 win over Life on Saturday.

Simmons concluded the week shooting 60.6 percent (20-of-33) from the field, including 63.2 percent (12-of-19) from beyond the 3-point arc. He added 13-of-14 shooting from the free throw line.

Simmons is first in the Mid-South 3-pointers made (82), 3-pointers per game (3.9) and 3-point accuracy (48.8 percent). He is second in the conference in scoring (20.5), third in field goal percentage (53.3) and fifth in assists per game (3.3). On a national scale, Simmons is first in the NAIA in 3-pointers made and 3-pointers per game, fifth in 3-point accuracy and 11th in scoring.

No. 3-ranked Pikeville is 20-1 overall and leads the Mid-South with a 7-1 conference mark.

The next MSC Men's Basketball Player of the Week will be announced on Monday, Feb. 2.

Photo: Mid-South Conference

Report: Maccabi Ashdod To Cut Former Louisville Guard Terrence Williams

According to David Pick of Eurobasket.com, Israeli club team Maccabi Ashdod is going to cut former Louisville guard Terrence Williams.

Williams has not appeared in a single game for Ashdod.


Mobile Ticketing Now Available for Kentucky Games at Rupp Arena

Mobile ticketing is now available for University of Kentucky basketball games at Rupp Arena.

Here are details from UK:

LEXINGTON, Ky. – In an effort to provide more convenient and efficient entry for fans attending home men’s basketball games, UK Athletics has partnered with Ticketmaster to bring mobile ticketing technology to Rupp Arena. Mobile ticketing will also be available for football games in the fall at The New CWS.

By using mobile ticketing, fans can avoid waiting in will call lines and printing tickets at home, prevent tickets from being lost in the mail, and transfer tickets if they cannot attend a game.

Season ticket holders and fans who have ordered single-game tickets through the UK Ticket Office can access tickets on UKathletics.com using iOS or Android Devices. Those fans wishing to use mobile ticketing should log on to their My UK Account and select the corresponding event. Fans who have purchased single-game tickets through Ticketmaster can access mobile ticketing using the Ticketmaster App.

Mobile tickets can be scanned at all Rupp Arena entrances. Once a mobile ticket is scanned, a seat locator will print automatically that can be shown to ushers. As always, UK Athletics does not permit photocopies, scans or pictures of hard tickets to be used to gain entry into any of our venues or events. Make sure you keep your ticket in a safe place and protect it as you would any other ticket.

For detailed instructions on using mobile tickets and answers to frequently asked questions, visit UKathletics.com/tickets. For additional questions or to obtain login information for your My UK Account, call the UK Ticket Office at (800) 928-2287.

Online: http://bit.ly/RuppMobile  

Monday, January 26, 2015

Taylor County Guard Quentin Goodin Joins Kentucky Travelers AAU Team

Taylor County star Quentin Goodin has joined the Kentucky Travelers AAU program for the upcoming season.





Goodin, a 6-foot-2 combo guard, ranks No. 78 overall on the Rivals.com list for 2016.

Photo: Rivals.com

Is It Really February Already? Schedule for the Week

Is January already coming to a close? Believe it or not, tournament time will be here in a matter of weeks.

Conference action is heating up as teams get ready for February and March.

Here's a look at the complete college schedule for Kentucky this week:

Monday, January 26

6:00 p.m. Berea College at Johnson University
8:00 p.m. Central State at Kentucky State University

Tuesday, January 27

7:00 p.m. Georgetown College at West Virginia Tech
8:00 p.m. Ohio Christian at Kentucky Christian University*
8:00 p.m. Rio Grande at Brescia University*
8:00 p.m. IU Kokomo at Asbury University*
8:00 p.m. Spalding University at Eureka College*

Wednesday, January 28

7:00 p.m. Ohio Mid-Western at Berea College
7:30 p.m. Grove City at Thomas More College*
7:30 p.m. Transylvania University at Earlham*
7:30 p.m. Union College at Milligan*
8:00 p.m. Kentucky Wesleyan College at Oakland City
8:00 p.m. Morehead State University at Austin Peay*
9:00 p.m. University of Louisville at Boston College*

Thursday, January 29

7:00 p.m. Northern Kentucky University at Stetson*
7:00 p.m. Western Kentucky University at Louisiana Tech*
7:30 p.m. St. Catharine College at Life University*
7:30 p.m. Kentucky State University at Miles College*
8:00 p.m. University of Pikeville at Cumberland College*
8:00 p.m. Iowa Wesleyan at Spalding University*
8:30 p.m. Bellarmine University at Illinois Springfield*
9:00 p.m. University of Kentucky at Missouri*
9:00 p.m. Eastern Kentucky University at Murray State University*
9:00 p.m. University of the Cumberlands at Lindsey Wilson College*

Friday, January 30

7:30 p.m. Cincinnati Christian at Alice Lloyd College*
8:00 p.m. Berry at Centre College*

Saturday, January 31

3:00 p.m. Spalding University at Fontbonne University*
3:00 p.m. Transylvania University at Manchester*
3:00 p.m. Kentucky State University at Stillman College*
3:30 p.m. Thomas More College at Westminster*
4:00 p.m. Campbellsville University at Life University*
4:00 p.m. North Carolina at University of Louisville*
4:00 p.m. IU East at Asbury University*
4:00 p.m. Shawnee State at Georgetown College*
4:00 p.m. University of Pikeville at Lindsey Wilson College*
4:00 p.m. Bellarmine University at McKendree University*
4:15 p.m. Eastern Kentucky University at Morehead State University*
5:00 p.m. University of the Cumberlands at Cumberland University*
6:00 p.m. Western Kentucky University at Southern Miss*
6:00 p.m. Tennessee Wesleyan at Union College*
7:00 p.m. Alabama at University of Kentucky*
7:05 p.m. Northern Kentucky University at Florida Gulf Coast*
8:00 p.m. UT Martin at Murray State University*

Sunday, February 1

3:00 p.m. Oglethorpe at Centre College*

* Conference Game

Vandals Strike Boyle County High School; Rivalry Week in the 12th Region

Boyle County High School fell victim to apparent vandalism over the weekend.

The pole that holds the traditional bell that rings when the Rebels' football team enters the field was cut down. The bell was destroyed as a result of the fall.

This is a big week for Boyle County on the basketball court as they will battle two of their biggest rivals in the 12th Region.

On Tuesday, the Rebels travel to Mercer County for the showdown with Josh Cook's Titans.

Friday night, Lincoln County heads to Danville for what will surely be one of the most intense regular season games in the region.

While there have been accusations made on Twitter and other social media, it is not known if the vandalism was intended as "a message" from rival fans.

Can Southwestern Conquer the Road?

Coach Steve Wright and his Southwestern Warriors have their hands full the next two weeks. Southwestern, which just won road games at Russell County and McCreary Central, must travel to West Jessamine and McCreary Central this week. The Warriors then head to Lincoln County and Casey County next week.

Wayne County Will Get a 13th Region Road Test

Rodney Woods' team get the luxury of hosting Southwestern Friday night but that game is sandwiched between two difficult road games in the 13th Region.

The Cardinals head to Knox Central (12-8) tomorrow night and then travel to Clay County (17-4) next Tuesday.

My Thoughts on Rivalry Games, Vandalism, etc

I think it's important for some to realize that rivalry games are awesome...vandalism is not. Always keep it fun and classy. There is never a reason to cause expensive damage at another school.

There are ways to be funny and get the point across without causing property damage.
I will be at...

- Mercer County tomorrow night

- Boyle County Friday night

I hope the student sections bring their A+++ games this week. Let's have some fun!

Current 12th Region Standings (based on records only):

- Lincoln County (17-2)
- Southwestern (16-5)
- Mercer County (16-5)
- West Jessamine (16-5)
- Boyle County (15-5)
- Wayne County (14-5)
- Danville (14-9)
- Pulaski County (13-8)
- Kentucky School f/t Deaf (11-8)
- Somerset (11-10)
- Casey County (10-15)
- Rockcastle County (9-11)
- McCreary Central (9-12)
- East Jessamine (6-15)
- Garrard County (3-17)
- Burgin (2-17)

Here is another photo that was posted by @BOCORowdies on Twitter:


Brad Calipari Torches the Nets on Carlton Bragg and Villa Angela St. Joseph

Former Lexington Christian Academy guard Brad Calipari caught fire from long range for MacDuffie School (Mass.) over the weekend.

Calipari knocked down 5 three-pointers to lead MacDuffie to a surprising 14-point win over Carlton Bragg and Villa Angela St. Joseph (OH).


Three-Peat! Devin Booker Named SEC Freshman of the Week for Third Consecutive Week

Kentucky's Devin Booker has been named SEC Freshman of the Week for the third consecutive week.

Here is a release from UK:

BIRMINGHAM, Ala. – It seems only fitting that Kentucky’s freshman sharpshooter from long range has hauled in his third consecutive Southeastern Conference Freshman of the Week honor announced on Monday. Booker has now been honored by the league office a team-high four times this season.

Booker logged 12.0 points, 1.5 rebounds and a pair of assists per game in wins over Vanderbilt and on the road at South Carolina to help the Cats remain perfect for the season.

The Grand Rapids, Mich., native opened the week by scoring six points against the Commodores, but found other ways to contribute with an SEC career-high four assists in the game.

On the road at South Carolina, Booker led the team in scoring with 18 points on 6 of 9 shooting. He’s now led the squad in scoring on seven occasions this season.

In four true road games during his freshman campaign, Booker leads the team with an average of 14.5 points per game and is shooting 56.3 percent from the floor. Booker has knocked down a squad-best 10 of 19 3-point field goals in road contests.

The Wildcats have won eight SEC Freshman of the Week honors this season. Booker has won the award four times while Karl-Anthony Towns has been honored twice. Trey Lyles and Tyler Ulis have each been awarded the accolade once.

Kentucky will remain on the road with a date at Missouri on Thursday. The game will air live on ESPN at 9 p.m. ET.

For the latest on the Kentucky men's basketball team, follow @KentuckyMBB on Twitter and on the web at UKathletics.com.

New Zealand Forward Tai Wynyard Commits to Kentucky; Says He Picked UK Because "It was amazing"

The Kentucky Wildcats picked up a commitment from 6-foot-9 power forward Tai Wynyard on Sunday.



Wynyard, who attends Rangitoto College in New Zealand and is part of the NZ Breakers development squad, is the first member of Kentucky's Class of 2016.

He also took official visits to Villanova and Texas. St. Mary's, Pittsburgh and Hawaii had also shown interest in Wynyard.

Wynyard said he chose Kentucky because "it was amazing."

Here is more from 3News in New Zealand:

The 16-year-old Kiwi visited Kentucky's university campus earlier this month and said he almost committed to the school at the first chance he got.

"Why Kentucky? Well it was amazing," said Wynyard.

"They were my first college [visit] and I just wanted to sign up just there and then.

"They wanted to push me the hardest, they said 'If you don't want to work hard, don't come to our school' and that's what I love."

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Steve Spurrier Works the Mic at Halftime, Slides in an Early Jab at Rival Clemson

South Carolina football coach Steve Spurrier talked to the USC faithful during halftime of Saturday's game in Columbia.

Spurrier is surprisingly good on the mic. He was funny and even managed to slide in an early jab at archrival Clemson.

"In closing, I just want to say...circle November 28," Spurrier said to the sold out Colonial Life Arena. "That's when that big orange team comes to Williams-Brice Stadium. And hopefully, I believe, that night you can return to saying 'I'm proud of the Gamecock football team.'"


Saturday, January 24, 2015

Highlights: Kentucky Knocks Off South Carolina on the Road

Check out all the highlights from Kentucky's win at South Carolina:


Frank Martin Talks About Kentucky Loss; "Today, the bear got us"

South Carolina head coach Frank Martin talks about today's loss to Kentucky and more:


No. 1 Kentucky Uses Big Run to Put Away South Carolina in Columbia

(1) Kentucky 58
South Carolina 43

Final from Columbia, South Carolina

Game recap by UK:

COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) Devin Booker found a way to make an impact for No. 1 Kentucky.

He did it again Saturday, leading the Wildcats (19-0, 6-0 Southeastern Conference) with 18 points in a 58-43 victory at South Carolina.

The win matched the team's best start under coach John Calipari and kept the Wildcats from another ''House of Horrors'' moment at the Colonial Life Arena where they'd lost three of their previous five games.

Booker scored seven points in Kentucky''s 14-0 run that spanned both halves, closing the surge with a 3-pointer that put the Wildcats ahead 37-24 with 18:28 remaining.

''I just try to find him,'' said reserve point guard and fellow freshman Tyler Ulis, who led the Wildcats with six assists - several to Booker. ''We came to school together. He gets the job done. He can shoot the ball so if I need to outlet, he's going to be there.''

He was against the Gamecocks (10-8, 1-5), hitting six of his nine shots. Booker has made 13 of his 20 shots from long range since SEC play began, but said he's been kept grounded by Calipari's reminders not to force things and let the game come to him.

''I feel like that's a coach's job, you can't let somebody just feel like they're going to take over,'' Booker said of staying humble despite success.

Aaron Harrison added 13 points for Kentucky, which tied the mark of 19-0 in Calipari's debut season of 2010. That streak was ended right here, a 68-62 stunner and gave Wildcat freshmen - and now NBA standouts - John Wall and DeMarcus Cousins their first college losses.

Just last season, a Kentucky team headed to the national championship game lost 72-67 only weeks before on this same floor.

The Wildcats turned up the defense to make sure that didn't happen this time after Sindarius Thornwell hit a 3-pointer for a 24-23 South Carolina lead with 4:31 left that sent the fans into a frenzy.

Ulis started the comeback for Kentucky with a steal and basket before Booker made two fouls shots and a dunk and the Wildcats were on their way.

Thornwell had 11 points for the Gamecocks, who shot 4 for 27 in the final 24 minutes.

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Kentucky's Big Blue Nation Was Strong at South Carolina

Kentucky's Big Blue Nation literally took over South Carolina's Colonial Life Arena during today's game.

UK fans were out in force and literally filled close to half the arena.



















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