Saturday, February 21, 2009

ESPNU BracketBusters Not Kind to Ohio Valley Conference

All ten Ohio Valley Conference teams were involved in games with out of conference opponents today as part of ESPNU's BracketBuster event. It was not a great showing for OVC teams as they went a combined 3-7 on the day.
Kentucky teams were 1-2 in the event with the lone victory belonging to a hot Eastern Kentucky Colonels team. Morehead State suffered a close loss on the road at Kent State and Murray State was defeated at home by Louisiana Tech. The day's results would indicate that the OVC still has a ways to go in competing with other mid-major conferences. The OVC Tournament champion will likely be a 16-seed in the NCAA Tournament and might even be included in the NCAA Play-In game.
OVC scores from ESPNU BracketBuster Saturday:
Eastern Kentucky 73 Ohio University 51
Kent State 79 Morehead State 76
Louisiana Tech 69 Murray State 60
Ball State 59 Tennessee Tech 55
Eastern Illinois 59 Western Michigan 57
Missouri State 79 UT-Martin 77
Georgia Southern 66 Jacksonville State 63
Tennessee State 78 Detroit 75
Drake 71 Austin Peay 54
Northern Illinois 97 SE Missouri State 73

Kentucky Crushes Tennessee


Kentucky 77
Tennessee 58


Kentucky took a major step in keeping their NCAA Tournament hopes alive with a huge win at home against Tennessee today. Freshman Darius Miller came off the bench and stepped by bigtime for the Cats (19-8, 8-4 SEC). Miller was a perfect 6-6 from the field, including 3-3 from the 3-point line in scoring a career high 17 points. "That's the Darius Miller that we recruited," Gillispie said. "He's been making strides. It's great for a guy like him to have a bust out game like that for what he can do for the remainder of the season."

Kentucky big man Patrick Patterson made his way back into the lineup from injury in a big way. Patterson scored a game high 19 points on an outstanding line of 9-12 shooting. All-American candidate Jodie Meeks was held below his scoring average, but he did manage to chip in 14 points. Kentucky shot 59.7% for the game and also dished out 23 assists against 14 turnovers.

Tennessee (16-10, 7-5 SEC) appears to be fading fast and are positioning themselves to miss the NCAA Tournament. They appeared out of synch for most of the game today and have lost three of their last five games. The Volunteers were led by Hopkinsville-native Scotty Hopson, who had 14 points. J.P. Prince and Wayne Chism contributed 11 and 10, respectively. Tyler Smith was a very disappointing 1-11 from the field in scoring only 6 points.

Story from UKAthletics.com

Box Score from ESPN.com

Recap from ESPN.com

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Kentucky High School Basketball Results

Mason County 60 Bryan Station 41

The Royals (18-6) picked up an eye-opening road win at Bryan Station last night. It appears that Mason County will be a tough out in the 10th Region tournament once again. Sophomore Treg Setty led the Royals with 18 points and 10 rebounds. The Defenders (19-7) were led by Jeremiah Mabson with 12 points.

Story from Lexington Herald Leader

Louisville Ballard 74 George Rogers Clark 73

Ballard scored first to lead 2-0 and then trailed the rest of the game before retaking the lead with less than a minute to go. The Bruins (22-6) found themselves trailing 17-4 after the first quarter, but managed to fight back and give GRC a heart-breaking loss. Ballard picked up 24 points from Wesley Cox. Robbie Stenzel poured in 32 points for the Cardinals (21-6) in a losing effort.

Story from the Winchester Sun

Franklin County 61 Anderson County 52

Franklin County (19-4) jumped out to a 15-2 lead and never looked back in this one. Anderson County (19-5) suffered the loss despite 29 points from C.J. Penny.

Boxscore from Kentucky.com

Other Notable Scores from 2/20

Bardstown 65 North Hardin 62 (OT)
Boone County 74 Dixie Heights 44
Clay County 60 Middlesboro 56
Henderson County 73 Owensboro 72 (2OT)
Holmes 55 Simon Kenton 47
Jeffersontown 64 Butler 45
LaRue County 58 Marion County 54
Newport Central Catholic 68 Conner 64 (OT)
Scott County 76 Madison Central 54
Seneca 84 Fern Creek 75
Shelby Valley 64 Perry Central 60

Scores and Boxscores from Kentucky.com

Riherds.com KHSAA Scoreboard

Friday, February 20, 2009

Pikeville Downs #3 Georgetown

Pikeville College 84
(3) Georgetown College 80

Coach Kelly Wells and his Pikeville Bears got a huge win at home in front of a capacity crowd last night. The Bears picked up almost half of their points from Junior Josh Samarco, who poured in a career high 41 points. Samarco was 7-11 from the 3-PT line for Pikeville (19-8,7-3 MSC). The win enabled to Bears to keep pace in the Mid South Conference standings and continued a recent hot streak. They have now won four straight and seven of their last eight games.

Georgetown (24-3, 8-2 MSC) competed hard the entire game, but came up a few plays short. They were led by Matt Walls, who came off the bench to score a season high 21 points. Demetrius Guions chipped in 17 for the Tigers. Georgetown has another tough game Saturday, when they host #15 Lindsey Wilson.

Samarco's 41 leads Bears past third-ranked Georgetown

Thursday, February 19, 2009

Thursday Team Spotlight: Brescia Bearcats

Brescia University



Location: Owensboro, Kentucky

Enrollment: 750

Arena: Campus Center

Team Name: Bearcats

Affiliation: NAIA Division I Independent

Head Coach: Joe Pechota

2008-09 Record: 18-7


Brescia University is a coeducational Catholic university that was founded in 1950 by the Ursuline Sisters of Mount Saint Joseph as Brescia College. It became an accredited university in 1998 with the addition of Master's degree programs in Curriculum and Instruction, and Management.

The Brescia Bearcats participate in the National Association of Intercollegiate Athletics (NAIA). The men's basketball team is an NAIA Division I Independent. The Bearcats field 13 sports - 7 for women and 6 for men.

The 2008-09 team started the season at 3-4, but have since won 15 of their last 18 games. They are currently on a 6-game winning streak.

2008-09 Team Leaders

Points: Anthony Ingram 17.33 PPG
Rebounds: Anthony Ingram 6.96 RPG
Assists: Doug Denton 3.42 APG
Steals: Anthony McNeal 1.33 SPG
Blocks: Anthony Ingram 1.58 BPG
Remaining Schedule

2/21 University of the Cumberlands Home 6:00 PM
2/24 Cincinnati Christian University Home 7:00 PM


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Wednesday, February 18, 2009

Eastern Kentucky Dumps Morehead

Eastern Kentucky 74
Morehead State 70

The Colonels knocked their arch rivals out of first place in the Ohio Valley Conference standings with a tough win in Richmond. Mike Rose led Eastern (17-10, 10-6 OVC) with 30 points on 10-16 shooting. The Colonels also picked up 12 points from Joshua Jones and 10 from Justin Stommes.

Morehead State (16-12) fell to 12-4 in the OVC and now sit a half game behind UT-Martin in the league standings. UT-Martin, one of the hottest teams in the nation right now, defeated Eastern Illinois tonight to win their 11th consecutive game. They have won 17 of their last 18 games. The Eagles were led by Leon Buchanan with 25 points and 10 rebounds. Kenneth Faried picked up his 18th double-double of the season with 22 points and 15 rebounds. No other players reached double figures for the Eagles.

ESPN Boxscore

Game Story from MSUEagles.com

Louisville Cardinals Win Big

(7) Louisville 94
Providence 76

The University of Louisville Cardinals won their 20th game of the season tonight in Freedom Hall with an 18-point victory over Providence. The Cardinals (20-5, 11-2 Big East) actually trailed by a single point at the half, but stormed out to a big lead in the second twenty minutes. Louisville placed six players in double figures in a balanced attack. Edgar Sosa led the way with 18 points, Terrance Williams and Samardo Samuels each had 17 and Earl Clark added 13 points and 10 rebounds.

The Friars (16-10, 8-6 Big East) were led by a trio of players with 15 points each. Both teams shot well in the game, but the deciding factor was the turnovers forced by Louisville's pressure defense. The Cardinals had 9 turnovers to go with 24 assists while Providence had 22 turnovers and only 8 assists.

ESPN Boxscore

Louisville's Remaining Schedule:

2/21 at Cincinnati
2/23 at Georgetown
3/1 (11) Marquette
3/4 Seton Hall
3/7 at West Virginia

Where Are They Now Wednesday


Kenneth Bryan "Kenny" Davis
Georgetown College

Height: 5'11"

Weight: 181 lbs

Born: September 12, 1948 in Slat, Kentucky

Kenny Davis played basketball at Georgetown College from 1967-71. He is the school’s all-time leading scorer with 3, 003 points and one of only two players in Kentucky college basketball history to score more than 3,000 points. At Georgetown, Davis was an NAIA All-American for three consecutive years. After his graduation in 1971, Kenny played mostly for the Marathon Oil AAU team.

He has literally toured the world playing basketball and his travels have taken him to five continents and twenty-six different countries. Kenny was a member of the 1970 World University Team and the gold-medal winning 1971 Pan American Team. In 1972, Davis was named "Captain" of the ill-fated United States Olympic Team that competed for the gold medal in Munich, West Germany. The events that took place there forever changed his life. In a matter of hours, Arab terrorists took hostage and killed eleven Israeli athletes. Then, in the gold medal game, the U.S. team lost on a controversial decision and they refused to accept the silver medals out of protest. USA Today called that game, "The Most Controversial Sporting Event in the History of the Olympics."

There have been efforts to get the United States to accept those silver medals, but Davis refuses to comply. He has even went as far as to have it written in his will that no family member shall ever accept a silver medal in basketball from the 1972 Olympic Games.

Kenny Davis has earned graduate and undergraduate degrees from Georgetown College. He currently works for Converse and resides on a 150-acre farm in Paint Lick, KY.

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Morehead State's Faried Named OVC Player of the Week


Morehead State sophomore Kenneth Faried has been named the OVC Player of the Week for his performances against Eastern Illinois and SE Missouri State. Faried recorded his 16th and 17th double-doubles of the season and averaged 18 points and 15.5 rebounds for the week. Faried currently ranks 3rd in the nation in rebounding average at 12.9 RPG.

The Eagles continue their fight for the OVC regular season championship tonight on the road at Eastern Kentucky (7 PM).

OVC Standings:

Morehead State 12-3
UT-Martin 11-3
Austin Peay 11-5
Murray State 10-5
E. K entucky 9-6
E. Illinois 8-7
Tennessee St. 6-9
Tennessee Tech 5-11
Jacksonville St. 5-12
SE Missouri St. 0-16

Tuesday, February 17, 2009

Ugly Performance in Nashville

Vanderbilt 77
Kentucky 64

Ugly is the only way to describe the effort by the Cats tonight. They were completely dominated in the paint without Patterson and Vandy was 32-40 from the free throw line. Vandy placed four players in double figures and were led by Jermaine Beal and Lance Goulbourne with 17. A.J. Ogilvy (my least favorite player in the SEC) scored 15 points and Jeffery Taylor added 14. The Cats were led by Jodie Meeks, who had 21 points, but was only 6-21 from the field.

This was a very bad performance for Kentucky and a game they needed to win in a big way. They are now entering a very tough 5-game stretch in which they will need to win at least 3 games to have a shot at the NCAA tourney. Even with 3 wins, they would probably need to win a game or 2 in the SEC Tourney.

Cats at Vandy: Pregame Notes

Kentucky Wildcats (18-7, 7-3 SEC) at Vanderbilt Commodores (15-9, 4-6 SEC)
re·venge - (rĭ-věnj') tr.v. re·venged, re·veng·ing, re·veng·es

To inflict punishment in return for (injury or insult).
February 12th, 2008 - Vanderbilt 93 Kentucky 52
Ok, that's about all that needs to be said about whether or not the Cats should be motivated heading into tonight's game in Nashville. The Cats were flat out embarressed last season and tonight is a great opportunity to take care of that business. Let's not forget, the Cats are by no means a lock for the NCAA Tourney and tonight is great chance to get another conference road victory and help ease the tension that started increasing after a recent 3-game losing streak. Many folks believe that the Cats would be sitting in a decent position if they go 4-2 the rest of the way before entering the SEC Tournament. Tonight, is a critical piece of that puzzle.
Some Pregame Notes:
  • Jodie Meeks has been named SEC Player of the Week after scoring 68 points in 2 games
  • Billy Gillispie Couldn't Get Any Jeannine Edwards; Now Jeannine Edwards Can't Get Any Billy Gillispie? Interesting story from SPORTSbyBROOKS
  • Tonight's ESPN Crew? Brad Nessler, Jimmy Dykes, Jeannine Edwards
  • Patrick Patterson is doubtful for tonight's game
  • Gameday Notes from UKAthletics.com
  • Cats are a 10-seed in the latest ESPN Bracketology
  • Jodie Meeks gets a nice mention in Forde's Minutes

Monday, February 16, 2009

BSB Weekly Awards - For the Kids of Kentucky

On Mondays, I will be recognizing the high school basketball players around the Bluegrass State that accomplished something special during the past week. I receive a great deal of joy in seeing kids succeed - both on and off the court.

BSB Weekly Awards - Week of 2/9 - 2/15

  • Rewriting the Record Books Award - Jonathan Ferguson - Elliott County - Ferguson capped off a great week with 34 points againt Louisville Ballard. In the game, he became the all-time leading scoring in 16th Region history, surpassing the more than 50-year old total of 3,172 points by Bert Greene. Jonathan is now 14th on the all-time list in the state of Kentucky with 3,198 points.
  • Albert Einstein Award - Leavitt Morrison - Rowan County - While Morrison is having a great season on the court (18 PPG and 8 RPG), it is his unbelievable accomplishment off the court that stands out. Morrison has aced the ACT with a perfect score of 36! (Source)
  • The 1,000 Point Club Award - Robbie Stenzel - George Rogers Clark, Jarrod Polson - West Jessamine and Ethan Spurlin - Lincoln County - Congrats to all three players for reaching this career milestone!
  • What Its All About Award - Travis Cowden - Corbin - A great story out of Corbin that helps illustrate the greatest of the sport. When he was younger, Travis' mother was told that her son was at low level of education and would not reach a level higher than Kindergarten. Now, Travis is set to graduate this year with a regular diploma. Stories like this leave me with a nice, warm feeling inside. Here is the story from WKYT.com.

Elliott County Lions Article by Mike Fields

Here is a nice article about the Elliott County Lions. The article was written by Mike Fields at the Herald Leader

Top-ranked Elliott County Lions are home-grown and loved at home

"A lot of people not athletic-minded won't like what I say, but in my lifetime there hasn't been anything bigger happen in this community than this right here," Coach Rick Mays said.

Great stuff over in Sandy Hook this season!

Latest Boy's High School Basketball Rankings Announced

Dave Cantrall's Rating the State (courtesy Kentucky.com):

1. Elliott County (24-2)
2. Scott County (22-3)
3. Shelby Valley (23-4)
4. Eastern (24-1)
5. Jeffersontown (21-4)
5. Ballard (20-6)
7. Corbin (23-3)
8. Holmes (25-2)
9. Warren Central (21-4)
10. Boone County (20-4)
11-25. Franklin County, Mason County, Clark County, Lexington Catholic, Christian County, North Hardin, Bryan Station, Adair County, Anderson County, Knott Central, Paducah Tilghman, Seneca, Scott, PRP, Paul Dunbar

My thoughts: Elliott County's big week paid off in the ratings as they leap-frogged Scott County and reclaimed the top spot. Its nice to see so many mountain teams playing good basketball - Elliott, Shelby Valley, Corbin and Knott Central in the top 20. Holmes dropped a little too far in my opinion considering that they lost to another top 10 team in Boone County.

Kentucky Associated Press Rankings (courtesy Cincinnati.com's Ryan Ernst):

Team, First Place Votes in ( ), Total Point
1. Scott County (12) 145
2. Eastern (2) 125
3. Holmes 116
4. Elliott County 87
5. Shelby Valley (1) 82
6. Jeffersontown 79
7. Ballard 50
8. Corbin 30
9. Boone County 18
10. Bryan Station 14

Others receiving votes: Franklin Co. 12. Lexington Catholic 11. George Rogers Clark 10. Mason Co. 10. Shelby Co. 8. North Hardin 6. South Laurel 5. Warren Central 5. Anderson Co. 4. Christian Co. 3. Lincoln Co. 2. Lex. Paul Dunbar 2. Hazard 1

My Thoughts: I like the AP rankings a little better than Cantrall's rankings in some regards. I think Elliott County is a little low in this one and I think Bryan Station is a little high.

Lindsey Wilson Erupts for 141 Points

Lindsey Wilson 141
OSU-Mansfield 45

Lindsey Wilson caught fire against OSU-Mansfield (3-24). The Blue Raiders erupted for 69 first half points and then topped that with 72 in the second. They placed an amazing eight players in double figures and had another with 8 points. For Lindsey Wilson, it was their 20th victory of the season against 5 losses.

Box Score (courtesy Kentucky.com):

OSU-Mansfield - Beauford 4, Pore 3, Barnhill 16, Remy 4, Glass 12, Haley 3, Peyton 14

Lindsey Wilson - Tintor 21, Cherry 16, Vories 18, McPherson 11, Nero 15, Diebler 19, Thomas 8, Spreen 12, Walton 21

Halftime - Lindsey Wilson 69-32

Sunday, February 15, 2009

Meeks Gets Some ESPN "Love" from Andy Katz

Weekly Watch: Kentucky's Meeks, Arizona take honors

Player Of The Week: Jodie Meeks, Jr., G, Kentucky Wildcats

This was the toughest week to choose a player.

Hasheem Thabeet of Connecticut and Blake Griffin of Oklahoma had season-best performances Saturday. But those performances weren't as significant as what Meeks did for the Wildcats.

Kentucky was reeling. The Wildcats had lost three in a row, including two straight at Rupp Arena, and were on the verge of a third consecutive defeat, this time to rival Florida. Meeks carried the Wildcats. He hit a fadeaway 3-pointer with less than five seconds remaining. Nick Calathes of the Gators missed the front end of a three-shot foul with less than a second remaining, and Kentucky escaped with a 68-65 win.

But Meeks' inside balance, Patrick Patterson, hurt his ankle in the Florida game. He couldn't play on the road against Arkansas. No Patterson could easily have meant trouble for Kentucky. Sure, Arkansas was without suspended point guard Courtney Fortson, but the Wildcats could have wilted on the road. They didn't, simply because of Meeks. He carried them with 45 points, making 17 of 24 shots and seven of 12 3s. Meeks had a combined 68 points in two of the most important wins for Kentucky this season.

Florida's shocking loss at Georgia meant the Gators slipped a game behind Kentucky, South Carolina and Tennessee in the SEC East standings. Had Meeks not rescued Kentucky against the Gators, the Wildcats conceivably could've continued their slide, spun completely out of the division race and lost their chance at an NCAA berth. Six games remain for the Cats -- three at home, three on the road -- and now they matter because of Meeks' week.

Louisville Rebounds In a Big Way


Louisville 99

DePaul 54


The Louisville Cardinals came back in a big way following their embarressing loss to Notre Dame on Thursday. The outcome was never in doubt today as the Cardinals improved to 19-5 overall and 10-2 in the Big East Conference. U of L placed five players in double figures and were led by Preston Knowles off the bench with 19 points. Earl Clark and Samardo Samuels each scored 12 points, Jerry Smith added 11 and Reginald Delk contributed 10. Clark also pulled down 11 rebounds.


DePaul (8-18, 0-13 Big East) was led by Dar Tucker with 17 points. Mac Koshwal had a double-double with 12 points and 10 rebounds for the reeling Blue Demons.

Louisville Hopes For Better Effort Today

DePaul (8-17, 0-12 Big East)
(#5) Louisville (18-5, 9-2 Big East)

Location: Freedom Hall, Louisville, KY
Time: 4:00 PM
TV: ESPNU

The Cardinals hope to rebound after their embarressing loss to Notre Dame the last time out.

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