Saturday, February 14, 2009

Jonathan Ferguson is King of the 16th Region



Elliott County 89
Ballard 75

Jonathan Ferguson entered the game against Ballard tonight needing 9 points to become the all-time leading scorer in 16th Region history. He didn't waste any time on his way to a game high 34 points, leading the Lions to an impressive win over the visiting Bruins. Ethan Faulkner scored 19 points, Timmy Knipp 18 and Evan Faulkner 13 for the Lions. Keisten Jones had 26 points and Ian Chiles 21 for Ballard. Elliott County improved to 24-2 on the season with the victory. Ballard dropped to 20-6.


Elliott County finishes up the regular season Tuesday night at Russell. The Bruins finish up with Atherton on Tuesday night and George Rogers Clark on Friday.



Other Notable High School Scores:

Anderson County 67 Grant County 55
Corbin 102 Lynn Camp 60
Jeffersontown 84 McCreary Central 71
LaRue County 73 Logan County 62
Owensboro 54 Daviess County 53
Paducah Tilghman 67 University Heights 58
Scott 54 Covington Catholic 42
Scott Co. 82 Lexington Catholic 76
Shelby Valley 77 Raceland 39
Taylor County 71 Christian County 70

For complete scores, visit the Riherds/KHSAA website

Morehead State Wins Again

Morehead State 79
SE Missouri State 67



The Eagles continue to lead the Ohio Valley Conference by a half game over UT-Martin with their win today. They were led today by Leon Buchanan with 26 points and Kenneth Faried with 20 points and 18 rebounds. Today was Faried's 17th double-double on the season and he entered the game as the nation's 4th leading rebounder. Maze Stallworth and Demonte Harper contributed 12 and 10 points, respectively.

SEMO (3-23, 0-14 OVC) was led in scoring by Kenard Moore with 27 and Jaycen Herring with 25.

Meeks On Fire...AGAIN


Kentucky 79

Arkansas 63


Jodie Meeks set a new Bud Walton Arena scoring record with 45 points on 17-24 shooting. He nailed seven 3-pointers and pulled down 7 rebounds. In addition, Meeks joined the 1,000-point club for his Kentucky career. The Cats (18-7, 7-3 SEC) are momentarily leading the SEC East by 1/2 game with a 7-3 record. Ramon Harris chipped in 7 points and 9 rebounds and Michael Porter added 8 points for Kentucky.


Arkansas, which fell to 1-9 in the SEC and 13-10 overall, was led by Michael Washington and Stefan Welsh, who both scored 14 points.
My thoughts: Obviously, it was another one of those beautiful performances by Jodie Meeks. He was a one-man wrecking crew today in pretty much every facet of the game. It was critical that he play well with the Cats missing Patrick Patterson. The best things about Meeks' game today was that he shot 24 shots and at least 20 of those were good, solid shots that came within the offense. There was a nice contribution today by Harris with 9 rebounds, Porter with a couple of 3's and Miller off the bench with 8 points. If I could ask Coach Gillispie one question following the game (and I would probably refrain after seeing his halftime interviews) it would be: "Where was Kevin Galloway today?"

Jodie Meeks is on Fire - Joins 1,000-Point Club

Meeks has started the game 5-5 from the field with three 3-pointer and a FT for 14 points.

He just joined the 1,000-point club. More after the game...

Patterson Out for Cats

The Wildcats will be playing without big man Patrick Patterson today when they visit the Arkansas Razorbacks. This is no surprise, even though it wasn't made official throughout the week. Josh Harrellson will replace Patterson in the Kentucky starting lineup.

The Cats starting lineup today will be:

Michael Porter G
Jodie Meeks G
Ramon Harris F
Perry Stevenson F
Josh Harrellson F

Friday, February 13, 2009

Kentucky Weekend Basketball Preview

Saturday:

1:05 Kentucky (17-7) at Arkansas (13-9)

3:15 Kentucky Wesleyan (16-5) at Northern Kentucky (18-4)

4:00 West Virginia Tech (18-7) at Georgetown College (23-2)

4:00 Pikeville College (17-8) at St. Catharine (5-20)

4:15 SE Missouri State (3-22) at Morehead State (15-11)

5:00 Cumberlands College (19-6) at Lindsey Wilson College (20-3)

6:00 Covenant College (2-25) at Union College (12-13)

7:00 Eastern Illinois (11-13) at Eastern Kentucky (15-10)

7:00 Indiana Southeast (18-7) at Asbury College (16-9)

7:30 Bellarmine (18-5) at University of Wisconsin-Parkside (6-17)

7:30 Alice Lloyd College (11-16) at Berea College (13-10)

8:30 Western Kentucky (17-7) at Troy (16-10)

8:30 Jacksonville State (11-13) at Murray State (13-10)

Patterson Doubtful for Cats; Fortson Out for Arkansas

When Kentucky visits Arkansas this weekend, they will be likely be playing without big man Patrick Patterson. I have not seen an official statement that he will be out, but all signs are pointing in that direction.

Meanwhile, the Razorbacks will be without starting point guard Courtney Fortson, who has been suspended indefinately by Arkansas coach John Pelphrey. Fortson is a big loss (14.6 PPG, 6.5 APG and 5.3 RPG) for an already struggling team.

Thursday, February 12, 2009

Morehead State 64 Eastern Illinois 48

The Eagles continue to be impressive in improving to 11-3 in the Ohio Valley Conference. MSU was a blistering 10-20 from the 3-point line, including 6-10 from Maze Stallworth. Stallworth led the way with 20 points. Kenneth Faried, who entered the game 3rd in the nation in rebounding average at 12.7 RPG, contributed 16 points and 13 rebounds. This was Faried's 16th double-double on the season.

Great win for the Eagles!

Notre Dame Fighting Irish 90 Louisville Cardinals 57

Notre Dame 90

Louisville 57

(not a misprint)


I don't even know how to sum this one up. A bad stretch of basketball for the Cards continues tonight as they are destroyed by the Fighting Irish. The Irish broke a 7-game losing streak in a big way. Luke Harangoady led Notre Dame with 32 points and 17 rebounds.

ESPN Boxscore

#5 Louisville Cardinals Travel to Notre Dame Tonight


#5 Louisville at Notre Dame


The Louisville Cardinals will travel to South Bend to play Notre Dame tonight at 7:00 PM. The Cardinals (18-4, 9-1 Big East) know they are in for a tough game tonight. The Irish (12-10, 3-7 Big East) are currently trying to escape a 7-game losing skid, but they are extremely tough on their home court. They are 2-6 on the road, but a very respectable 9-2 in South Bend. The game will be broadcast on ESPN.
Current Big East Standings:
UCONN 11-1
Louisville 9-1
Pitt 9-2
Marquette 9-2
Villanova 8-3
Cincinnati 7-5
Providence 7-5
Syracuse 6-6
West Virgina 5-6

Morehead State Eagles Continue Battle for OVC Tonight

Coach Donnie Tyndall and his MSU Eagles host Eastern Illinois in Johnson Arena tonight. The Eagles (14-11 overall) have a half-game lead over UT-Martin in the Ohio Valley Conference standings. In January, the EIU Panthers defeated the Eagles in Charleston, Illinois. The game can be heard on the Eagles Sports Network at http://www.msueagles.com/ at 7:30 PM.

In other OVC action tonight:

8:30 Tennessee Tech at Murray State
8:30 Jacksonville State at UT-Martin
9:00 SE Missouri State at Eastern Kentucky (On ESPNU)

Current OVC Standing:

Morehead State 10-3
UT-Martin 9-3
Austin Peay 10-4
Eastern Illinois 8-5
Murray State 7-5
Eastern Kentucky 7-6
Jacksonville State 5-9
Tennessee Tech 5-9
Tennessee State 5-9
SE Missouri State 0-13

Elliott County's Jonathan Ferguson Approaches History


Fans in Sandy Hook will have an opportunity to witness history this week as their own Jonathan Ferguson could become the 16th Region's all-time leading scorer. Ferguson, who is Kentucky's 30th member in the 3,000 point club, is 28 points shy of tying Bert Greene's record of 3,172 points. Greene's record has stood for more than 50 years. Elliott County will be hosting region foe Fleming County tonight at 7:30.

If Ferguson comes up short tonight, his next opportunity will come Saturday as the Lions host Louisville Ballard, one of the state's top 5 teams.

Good luck to a great player and a great young man!
UPDATE: Ferguson scored 20 tonight and is 8 points shy of tying the record heading into Saturday's game.

Wednesday, February 11, 2009

Where Are They Now Wednesday


Travis Ford
Kentucky Wildcats

Kentucky Background: Travis Ford played high school basketball for Madisonville North Hopkins High School. He played one season for the Missouri Tigers before transferring back home to be a Kentucky Wildcat. Ford started for the Cats during his junior and senior years, and set school records in single-game assists (15), single-season three-point field goals (101) and consecutive free throws made (50). Ford was named to the All-SEC team his junior and senior year, and was recognized as the Southeast Region's Most Outstanding Player in the 1993 NCAA Tournament.

Coaching Career: Ford began his coaching career at Campbellsville University and in 1999, he led the Tigers to a 28-3 record and was named Mid-South Conference Coach of the Year. He followed this up with a head coaching gig at Eastern Kentucky University. In 5 seasons at EKU, Travis enjoyed great success including an OVC Championship in 2005. He was hired to coach at UMASS and then he followed that up with the head coaching position at Oklahoma State University. Ford is currently in his first season as the Cowboys' coach.

Travis Ford will go down as one of the most beloved Wildcats ever. He played the game with great heart and determination and was one of the Wildcats all-time best 3-point shooters - 44.5% for his career.


Patrick Patterson Update

There is good news concerning Patrick Patterson. The latest update is that the Kentucky big man has a "normal" ankle sprain and is listed as day-to-day. He could be available to play Saturday.

Daniel Orton's Mother Passes Away

Jody Demling is reporting that Kentucky recruit Daniel Orton's mother has passed away after suffering a stroke.

Orton's mother passes away

I ask that everyone in Big Blue Nation and beyond pray for this young man and the family of Carolyn Orton.

Kentucky Wildcats Get a Huge Win

The Wildcats came into tonight's game in desparation mode. Even though it wasn't actually stated, I felt that tonight was a must-win game for the Cats if they are to recover their season and make the NCAA tourney. It looked pretty bleak for much of the game, but the Cats got tough when they needed to.

Last night was one of those games that will always stick in the "UK Memories" portion of my brain. The atmosphere was electric, the game was crucial and it ended with one of those historical shots by Jodie Meeks. Last night, I went to bed with the feeling that its good to be a Wildcat fan tonight. (AP Photo)

Big Blue Nation is anxiously awaiting the news on Patrick Patterson's ankle. I will report it as soon I hear anything.


Kentucky 68
Florida 65

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Tuesday, February 10, 2009

Elliott County 86 Mason County 71

The game was tied 36-36 at the half, but Elliott came out firing in the 2nd half and pulled away. This is a great win for a team that hasn't lost at home since 2006. Elliott's schedule has been questioned by many and a win over a good Mason County team is a big plus. Radford signee Evan Faulkner led all scorers with 33 points. Jonathon Ferguson, who is inching closer to becoming the all-time leading scorer in the 16th Region, netted 22. Ethan Faulkner added 15 and Timmy Knipp contributed 13 for the Lions.

Middelton and Setty led Mason County in scoring with 20 and 18, respectively.

Billy Gillispie to Kentucky Wildcats Fans - 'We Will Return'

Check out the article by Jerry Tipton in the Lexington Herald Leader

My thoughts:

I tend to agree with Coach Gillispie on this one. I think the Cats have gone through a tough experience the past 10 days and that they have been served a nice wakeup call. I fully expect the Cats to come out and play a great game against Florida tonight and walk away with a critical win.

Mason County Royals vs. Elliott County Lions

The state's most intriguing boy's game tonight could very well be in the lovely little town of Sandy Hook. The Mason County Royals travel to Elliott County for a battle of top 20 teams. The Elliott County Lions come into tonight's battle with a 21-2 record while Mason County brings in a very respectable 15-5 mark. This one should be a fight until the end. This game will be broadcast throughout much of Kentucky on CWKYT (check local listings for the channel in your area).

I'll go with:

Elliott County 72
Mason County 68

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