Saturday, January 23, 2010

Difficult Loss for Centre Basketball Tonight

Southwestern 70
Centre 69

Final from Danville, Kentucky

Excerpt of game recap from Centre College:


The Centre men's basketball team made a comeback against SCAC rival Southwestern University, but they couldn't prevail as they lost 70-69 on Saturday, Jan. 23 in Danville, Ky.

Centre struggled in the first half as Southwestern would jump out to an early
12-2 lead.

The Colonels would get within two points with 10:58 remaining as sophomore James Melloan (Louisville, Ky.) hit a jumper to make the score 17-15. Centre kept it close for awhile, but the Pirates would extend their lead back to 10 points going into halftime after Travis Barber hit a three point basket at the buzzer to make the score 42-32.

Centre shot 50% from the floor and the free throw line in the first half. Southwestern hit 56% of their shots from the floor and hit all four of their free throw attempts.

Southwestern kept the lead in the second half until the 9:23 mark when freshman Josh Crawford (Corbin, Ky.) hit a layup and made a free throw to give Centre the 56-55 advantage.

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Bellarmine Defeats GLVC Rivals NKU on the Road

Bellarmine 74
Northern Kentucky 69

Final from Highland Heights, Kentucky

Game recap by Bellarmine:

HIGHLAND HEIGHTS, Ky.—The Bellarmine University men’s basketball team earned a hard fought 74-69 road victory at Northern Kentucky University this afternoon at the Bank of Kentucky Center in front of 5,319 fans and a national television audience.

Junior Jeremy Kendle led the way for the Knights with another outstanding all around performance. The Jeffersonville native scored a game high high 21 points, dished out six assists, and hauled in seven rebounds.

“This was big,” said Bellarmine Coach Scott Davenport, “to a get road win in a league this tough against a quality opponent in this arena in front of a national television audience. I just hope it looked as good to them as it did to me.”

Bellarmine (13-6, 6-4 GLVC) established an early lead, then held off a determined NKU squad to get their second straight wire to wire victory. The Knights held a 10-point halftime advantage, but the Norse came out strong in the second half and eventually cut the lead to one. Each time NKU got close, however, Bellarmine had an answer.

The Knights were able to put the game away with solid a performance at the free throw line and by taking care of the basketball. Despite starting the game hitting just one of its first three free throws, Bellarmine finished the game 23 of 29 from the line and committed just five turnovers.

Davenport said the victory is a sign that Bellarmine has grown as a team. “One month ago, I don’t know if we win this game,” he said, explaining that in the past few weeks, the team has grown to trust one another and make the extra pass. Bellarmine finished with 15 assists on 23 made baskets.

Northern Kentucky (10-9, 3-7 GLVC) held a 32-24 advantage on the backboards, led by center David Palmer’s 12 rebounds. The Norse placed all five starters in double figures, led by Palmer with 15.

Junior Justin Benedetti (17 points) and sophomore Luke Sprague (15 points) joined Kendle in double figure scoreing for the Knights.

Bellarmine swings back into action with a road game at Quincy on Thursday night.

WKU 2010 Recruit Scores 20 in 154-39 Victory

Western Kentucky signee Brandon "Snap" Peters scored 20 points as Yates High School (Tx.) continued to destroy opponents with a 154-39 victory over Davis (Tx.).

Excerpt of article from Chron.com:

It wouldn’t be hyperbole to say that Saturday's game between Yates and Davis was over almost immediately after the opening tip.

The Lions went up 26-0 in the first three minutes of the quarter in route to a 154-39 rout of the Panthers at Barnett Fieldhouse.

Joe Young led all scorers with 29 points and Brandon Peters finished with 20 for Yates, which had nine players finish with double-digit scoring. Winfred Lang had a team-high 12 points for Davis, losers of 17 straight games.

While the Panthers had difficulty getting anything going at the offensive end in the first quarter, the Lions were at their best. Peters punctuated a 26-point run with a runaway tomahawk dunk before Lang scored Davis’ first basket with 4:24 remaining.

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IU Southeast Uses Huge Run to Beat Asbury College

IU Southeast 84
Asbury College 55

Final from New Albany, Indiana

Game recap by Asbury College:


New Albany, Ind. - Asbury couldn't hold a first half lead against Indiana Southeast on Saturday night and the Grenadiers pulled away in the second half to win easily 55-84. Asbury held the lead for the better part of the first half before a late push by IUS tied the game at 34 at the half. The Grenadiers opened the second half on a 32-8 run that left little doubt on the game's outcome.

Asbury (9-12, 1-3 KIAC) has now dropped three straight conference games after opening with a win over Cincinnati Christian back on January 12th. Asbury is now 1-7 in 2010 and has dropped four straight overall. Asbury continues to struggle scoring as they failed to break 60 points for the third time in four games. The Eagles shot only 34% for the game while IUS hit on 44% of their shots.

Jordan Noble (Corbin, Ky.) led the Eagles for the second straight game, scoring 12 points off the bench on four-of-seven shooting. Brian Johnson (Wilmore, Ky.) was also in double-figures with 10 points. Leading scorer Phillip Morrison tied a season-low with six points.

The Grenadiers were led by Jazzmarr Ferguson’s 24 points, George While and Carlos Mitchell added 11 and 10 respectively. IUS shot 59% in the second half after struggling to 30% in the first half. They also connected on six-of-13 threes in the second half after making only four-of-14 in the first. Asbury was just the opposite on this night, shooting 42% in the first half and 26% in the second. The Eagles made four-of-eight threes in the first half and only one-of-nine in the second.
Asbury ended up turning the ball over 23 times which resulted in 25 Grenadier points. After a strong effort in the first half, Asbury ended up getting out-rebounded 47-39. Brian Johnson and Adam Delph led the Eagles with eight rebounds each. The Grenadiers pulled down 15 offensive rebounds and were led by Carlos Mitchell with eight.

The Eagles will return home after a four game road trip to face Brescia University on Tuesday January 26th. The men will play the second game of a double-header as the women open the night at 6:00 pm. Brescia will come to town for the first time since 2006 as they drop down into NAIA DII this year and compete for the KIAC Championship.

High Bidder for Calipari/Judd Dinner is Fortune Hi-Tech Marketing Frontman Paul Orberson


The always great Larry Vaught tracked down Paul Orberson, who won the Hoops for Haiti auction for a dinner at the Calipari's house with Ashley Judd. Orberson won the auction for $98,100 and rounded it off to an even $100,000 when he delivered the check to UK's practice.

Here is an excerpt from Vaught's article:

“I’ve been blessed, and this is what I should do. This was a way to do it and maybe bring a little attention to UK basketball and what coach Calipari is doing. He’s a great guy and is doing so many great things

“I have friends and folks at work who will enjoy it more than me. John told me to bring whoever I wanted, but we’ll just see about that. The main thing about this was helping the folks in Haiti and being part of what John did in raising all this money for such a worthwhile cause.”

Orberson, who donated $1.6 million to build the UK football coaching offices, now lives in Lexington and runs Fortune Hi-Tech Marketing. He’s a former coach at Boyle County, Casey County and Kentucky School for the Deaf.


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Jackson's Shot Sends Union Basketball to AAC Win

Union College 80
UVa-Wise 78

Final from Wise, Virginia

Game recap by Union College:

WISE, Va. - Darrel Jackson scored with four seconds to play to lift Union College to an 80-78 Appalachian Athletic Conference win over host UVa-Wise Saturday.

The Bulldogs trailed 78-76with 1:27 remaining following a pair of Pance Kecev free throws. Jackson (Jonesboro, Ark.) got the ball to Josh Hurd (Independence, Ky.) for a layup, tying the score with 1:08 on the clock.

After stopping UVa-Wise on its next possession, Jackson drove the line and hit a jumper in the paint with four seconds to go, giving Union the 80-78 victory.

The win improved the Bulldogs to 11-11 overall and 5-4 in league play, while the Cavaliers dropped to 7-10 overall and 4-4 in the AAC.

UVa-Wise led the entire first half and by as much as 13 in the first half and took a 47-42 lead into the break.

Union took it first lead off a Hurd basket to make it 58-57 with 11:18 to go in the game. The score was tied eight times and the lead changed hands nine times in the second half alone.

Curtis Stephens (Detroit, Mich.) paced Union with 27 points with Jackson and Kearney Demus (Lexington, Ky.) each chipping in 11 points.

Five Cavaliers scored in double figures with Kecev's 16 points leading the way. Sam Eligwe and Josh Jordan chipped in 15 and 13 points, respectively, while Kevin Perry and Adam Hood netted 10 points apiece.

Union will pay Bryan (Tenn.) College a visit Wednesday at 7:30 p.m.

Kentucky Uses Arkansas as Stepping Stone to #1

(2) Kentucky 101
Arkansas 70

Final from Lexington, Kentucky

Excerpt of game recap by Associated Press:


LEXINGTON, Ky. -- Less than three months into his first season coaching the nation's all-time winningest program, John Calipari is poised to make good on his pledge to return Kentucky basketball to "its rightful place at the top of the mountain."

Any old win Saturday likely would have restored No. 2 Kentucky to the top of The Associated Press poll for the first time since 2003. However, the Wildcats got a dominating one, cruising 101-70 past Arkansas and former UK alumnus John Pelphrey.

"They just hit a buzz saw today," Calipari said. "I think we would have smashed anyone in the country today. That's not arrogance, but that's as good as we've played for the first 20 minutes. We would have beaten a lot of teams today."

By keeping alive the nation's only unblemished record, the Wildcats (19-0, 4-0 SEC) are almost certain to be No. 1 in the polls on Monday. Top-ranked Texas has lost consecutive games, falling to Kansas State and Connecticut.

"They have a chance to be the best team in college basketball this year," said Pelphrey, who has now lost all three meetings against his alma mater as an opposing coach.

Calipari and the Wildcats acknowledged the goal isn't to be No. 1 in late January, but rather, late March and beyond.

Complete Game Recap

NOTES:

- 31 points is the largest SEC defeat ever for Arkansas
- John Calipari will become the second coach in history to take three schools to a No. 1 ranking, joining Frank McGuire
- 18 points is a career high for UK's Darius Miller
- DeMarcus Cousins was dominate once again for the Cats; 16 points and 14 rebounds
- Nice contribution for the UK bench tonight
- Team rebounding: UK 54 Arkansas 33
- Team assists: UK 19 Arkansas 6

Western Kentucky Loses to MTSU Again

Middle Tennessee State 84
Western Kentucky 74

Final from Bowling Green, Kentucky

Game recap by AllKYHoops.com:

For the second time in five days, Middle Tennessee State has defeated the Western Kentucky Hilltoppers. The Blue Raiders handled WKU 84-74 this afternoon in Bowling Green to send the Hilltoppers to their third consecutive Sun Belt Conference loss.

Desmond Yates was unstoppable for MTSU as he led all scorers with 28 points. He was 8-12 from the field and 9-10 from the free throw line.

Steffphon Pettigrew put in 22 points and 9 rebounds to lead Western Kentucky. A.J. Slaughter added 20 points, 6 rebounds and 4 assists, but he was only 2-9 from beyond the 3-point line.

As a team, the Hilltoppers for 3-17 from long range for only 17.6%.

Calipari and Pitino are Like...Strippers? What?


Sometimes I run across an article that is so ridiculous that I have to share it and today is one of those times. Clay Travis, who happens to be a college football writer for FanHouse.com, writes that college coaches are like strippers (as in people who undress for money).

He lists the top 10 "biggest stripper coaching moves" of all-time and of course, Rick Pitino ranks #8 and John Calipari tops the list. Here are some excerpts about Pitino and Calipari:

8. Rick Pitino accepts the Louisville job leaving Kentucky fans furious.

Even with the buffer of the Boston Celtics between jobs, Pitino inaugurated the era of the stripper coach with his decision to join up with Kentucky's biggest rival, the Louisville Cardinals. In fact, Pitino might be the ultimate picture of the stripper coach because he's so well-manicured. His hair is perfectly adorned with gel, his suits are specially fitted, his fingernails are always immaculately groomed. Pitino might as well be an old male stripper.

It's the height of the stripper coach era to move from one blood-feud rival program to another. The decision shows a degree of tactless disloyalty that hits right at the heart of the stripper coach mantra: I do what I want when I want, consequences be damned.

Pitino is now in his eighth year at Louisville, and his dalliances with women in restaurants somehow seems perfectly appropriate given it was his move to the Cardinals in the first decade of the 21st century that helped to unleash the stripper coach phenomenon.

It's only the Boston Celtics job in between these two positions that keeps Pitino from being No. 1 on our list.


1. Coach John Calipari leaves Memphis for Kentucky.

In so doing, Cal pulls off the triple crown of stripper coach moves: A.) He leaves Memphis for Kentucky B.) He leaves just as Memphis is placed on probation and has its Final Four vacated C.) He steals several of Memphis' top recruits and takes them to Kentucky.

Basically, Calipari did to Memphis's basketball program what William Tecumseh Sherman did to Atlanta, burned it down to the ground.

Right now Kentucky basketball fans will fight you to the death, or the bottom of their moonshine jug -- which may be the same thing -- if you so much as utter a negative word about Coach Cal. They're in love with their stripper.

But if we've learned anything from this list, it's the following: If you hire a stripper coach, eventually it's going to hurt when you go to pee.

Derrick Miller Pleads Not Guilty in Fayette County Court


Former Kentucky Wildcat sharp-shooter Derrick Miller has plead not guilty to 8 counts of theft by deception in relation to a UK basketball ticket scam in Fayette County.

Excerpt of article from KentuckySports.com:

Former University of Kentucky basketball star Derrick Miller's attorney entered not guilty pleas on eight counts of theft by deception against Miller on Friday in Fayette Circuit Court.

The charges stem from an alleged scam in which Miller accepted payment in advance for UK basketball game tickets, which he did not have available to him to sell, according to authorities.

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Louisville on List of Disappointing Basketball Teams

The Louisville Cardinals come in at #2 on this BleacherReport.com list of the Top 10 Biggest Disappointments in 2009-10.

Here is what the article states about the Cardinals:

Much like North Carolina, Louisville and Rick Pitino have found themselves relying too heavily on young talent, most of which has been slow to produce.

Past leading scorer Samardo Samuels (sophomore), Pitino has had to rely on sophomores Jared Swopshire and Terrence Jennings and freshmen Peyton Siva and Rakeem Buckles a little more than he was hoping.

But with Edgar Sosa being the only senior to put up consistent numbers (along with career role player Jerry Smith's typical numbers), Pitino has found little in experience.

Relying on such youth has spurred losses at UNLV, to Charlotte and Western Carolina at home, and after an inspiring overtime loss at Pittsburgh last week that showed what this team was truly capable of, they went to Seton Hall and dropped their third straight conference game last night.

But again much like Carolina, a good coach in Pitino can turn around this bunch in time for the tournament. But that's still counting on them making it.

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Kentucky Wildcats Could Still Sign Top 2010 Class

As Jerry Meyer of Rivals.com explains in his mailbag, a Kentucky Wildcat 2010 class of Stacey Poole, Brandon Knight, Terrence Jones, C.J. Leslie and Doron Lamb would be the top-ranked class in the nation.

Here is an excerpt:

Memphis certainly has a loaded recruiting class with seven recruits - three of which are in the top 12. A hypothetical Kentucky class, however, of Knight, Jones, Leslie, Lamb and Poole would take over the No. 1 spot in the rankings.

This hypothetical five-man recruiting class would give Kentucky a legitimate starting lineup in the class. Knight would be the point guard, Lamb at the off guard, Poole as the small forward and Jones and Leslie as the two big men. All five prospects are ranked in the top 30, with Knight No. 1, Jones No. 13, Leslie No. 14, Lamb No. 21 and Poole No. 27.

In addition, these players would fit in terrifically in John Calipari's dribble-drive offense. Knight and Lamb are crafty with the basketball, Poole is a powerful slasher and Jones and Leslie are extremely skilled ballhandlers as post players.


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My thoughts: Wouldn't the Memphis fans love that?

Calipari is the Ghost of Conference USA Past


An article at al.com suggests that Conference USA is now haunted by the ghost of former Memphis head coach John Calipari.

Excerpt of article:

With Memphis no longer dominating, Davis sees pos­sibilities. "With Memphis gone, I think you can win the league with 12 or 13 wins," Davis said. "If the team that wins the league wins the (conference) tournament, then it's a one-bid league. But if the team that wins the league does it with 12 or 13 wins, and wins a few games in the tournament, then maybe we've got a chance (to get two bids). Maybe."

And so even though he's gone, the ghost of Calipari continues to haunt C-USA.

When he was in the league, he didn't make it easy for more than one league team to get into the NCAA Tournament. But now without him, it doesn't look as if it's going to get any better.


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Terrence Jones Uses Outside Game to Score 30


Kentucky 2010 basketball recruit Terrence Jones utilized his outside shooting en route to 30 points and a 93-56 win over Cleveland (Or.). Jones and his Jefferson (Or.) teammates used precision passing and ball movement to attack Cleveland's zone defense for 13-23 shooting from beyond the 3-point line.

Excerpt of article from OregonLive.com:

The Democrats hit their first four three-point shots. Their star, Terrence Jones, didn't take a shot until late in the first quarter, but once the 6-foot-8 senior got rolling, Cleveland had no answers. Jones scored 30 points, hitting five three-pointers and 10 of 14 shots overall.

UK 2010 Recruit Brandon Knight Nets 32 in Win

Kentucky recruit Brandon Knight scored 32 points to lead Pine Crest (Fl.) to a 66-49 victory over University School (Fl.). Knight, a multi-talented point guard, is the top-rated player in the 2010 recruiting class.

Excerpt of article from MiamiHerald.com:

When Knight finally exited the locker room following Pine Crest's 66-49 victory over University School, Knight graciously obliged Gallo's request to take pictures with him.

"He is great; he is a baller," Gallo said. "He passes great. He is the best player out there. It's a big deal to take pictures with him.

"I'm probably going to go home and show all my friends."

Forgive University School if it doesn't share the same exuberance for watching Knight.

University trailed by eight points at the end of the first quarter, then Knight sparked a momentum-swinging 21-10 run with 12 of his 32 points.

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Northern Kentucky Upsets Wesleyan in GLVC Showdown

Northern Kentucky 67
(13) Kentucky Wesleyan 62

Final from Highland Heights, Kentucky

Game recap by Northern Kentucky:


HIGHLAND HEIGHTS, Ky. – Defense and 3-point shooting were the keys Thursday night as Northern Kentucky University upset NCAA Division II powerhouse Kentucky Wesleyan in a Great Lakes Valley Conference showdown.

Dennis Gagai scored 16 points as NKU posted a 67-62 victory against No. 13 Kentucky Wesleyan in The Bank of Kentucky Center. Scott Bibbins added 15 points for NKU, which improved to 10-8 overall, 3-6 in the Great Lakes Valley Conference.

The Norse were 9-for-19 from 3-point range and defeated Kentucky Wesleyan (18-3, 7-2 GLVC) for the 12th consecutive time. Kentucky Wesleyan has not defeated NKU since Feb. 28, 2004. Norse head coach Dave Bezold is unbeaten (12-0) against the Panthers.

NKU held the Panthers to just 35.2 percent shooting from the field. David Palmer blocked four shots for the Norse and made the going rough for Kentucky Wesleyan on the inside.

Palmer, a 6-foot-9 center, also finished with 13 points and nine rebounds. He netted 11 points in the first half, including a dunk off an assist from Gagai just before the buzzer sounded.

Gagai drained five shots from 3-point range, including back-to-back treys that gave NKU 46-43 lead with 8:29 remaining in the game. After Kentucky Wesleyan tied the score at 46-all on a 3-pointer from Marico Stinson, Bibbins scored while being fouled. He converted the free throw to give the Norse a 49-46 edge at the 7:55 mark, and NKU maintained the lead the remainder of the game.

Jon Van Hoose added seven points off the bench for NKU, which shot 42.9 percent from the field. The Norse were 5-for-9 from 3-point range in the second half and held on to post the key GLVC East Division win.

Desmond Stephens paced Kentucky Wesleyan with 24 points.

NKU entertains in-state rival Bellarmine at 2 p.m. Saturday in a game that will be nationally televised by CBS College Sports. NKU also will hold a special “Break the Bank” promotion in which all upper-level seats are $1 this Saturday.

Ex-Cat Antwain Barbour Named to ABA All-Decade Team


Congratulations to former Kentucky Wildcat Antwain Barbour who has been named to the ABA's All-Decade team.

A pair of former Western Kentucky Hilltoppers, Benson Callier and Boris Siakam, where also named to the team.

ABA All-Decade Team (named by the league):

Joseph Crispin ( Penn St.), Kansas City Knights
Kareem Reid (Arkansas), Arkansas RimRockers
Daryan Selvy (Oklahoma), Arkansas Aeros
Tim Ellis (Kansas St.), Bellevue Blackhawks
Clay Tucker (Wisc.-Milwaukee), Utah Snowbears
Yue Sun (Passing Lane), Beijing Aoshen Olympian
Antwain Barbour (Kentucky), Kentucky Colonels
DeRon Rutledge (Tex.A&M-Kingsv.), SETX Mavericks (MVP 08-09)
Benson Callier (W.Kentucky), Vermont Frost Heaves
Dennis Rodman (SE Oklahoma), Long Beach Jam (NBA)
Boris Siakam (W.Kentucky), Kentucky Bisons (MVP 08-09)
Jamario Moon (Meridian CC), Kentucky Colonels (NBA)
Cedric McGinnis (Georgia Southern), Atlanta Vision
George Leach (Indiana), Carolina Thunder (NBA)
Derrick Dial (E.Michigan), Long Beach Jam (NBA)

The coaches are Will Voigt, who won two ABA Championships with the Vermont Frost Heaves and Steve Tucker , who won the most games in the decade with the SETX Mavericks, Jacksonville Jam and TX Tycoons. The third is Kevin Pritchard of the Kansas City Knights who went to Portland in the NBA and moved up to President of the team. All very special.

The team of the Decade was the Vermont Frost Heaves; the Player of the Decade, Kareem Reid of the Arkansas RimRockers.

Source: USBasket.com

Friday, January 22, 2010

Centre Basketball Nets Coaches vs. Cancer Win

Centre 57
Trinity 50

Final from Danville, Kentucky

Excerpt of game recap from Center College:


The Centre men's basketball team defeated Trinity University 57-50 on Friday, Jan. 22 in Danville, Ky. in the Coaches vs. Cancer game. Fans could donate money for every three point basket that was made during the game.

Centre opened the game on a 6-0 run, as senior Danny Noll (Ft. Mitchell, Ky.) made his first three baskets of the game.

Trinity came within four points before the Colonels extended their lead to seven with 16:58 to go in the first half with the score at 11-4.

Centre continued to dominate the first half and gradually built their lead to as many as 20 points. Going into halftime the Colonels led 37-19.

Trinity was held to 23% shooting in the first half from the field, while Centre shot 58%. The Tigers had the advantage from the free throw line as they shot 83% compared to the Colonels 75%.

Athletic director Brian Chafin shot free throws at halftime to help raise money for cancer. Chafin hit 21 free throws in two minutes.

Sophomore Jeff Mullaney (Louisville, Ky.) had 16 points for the Colonels. Freshman Josh Crawford (Corbin, Ky.) and junior Alex Lloyd (Versailles, Ky.) each had 10 rebounds. Lloyd also had three blocked shots on the evening, while Crawford recorded three assists.

Luke Caldarera and Terrance Blakely each had 11 points to lead Trinity in scoring.

The Colonels have a 10-5 overall record and a 6-2 record in the SCAC. Centre plays Southwestern University in their next match on Saturday, Jan. 23 at 8:00p.m. in Danville, Ky.

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Thomas More's McKeehan Named to D3 National Team

(MINNEAPOLIS, Minn.) - Thomas More College senior power forward Daniel McKeehan (Maineville, Ohio/Little Miami) has been named to the D3hoops.com Team of the Week presented by Scoutware.

McKeehan led the defending PAC champion Saints back into first place with a pair of dramatic conference wins last week. On Wednesday, his put-back at the buzzer helped Thomas More overcome a 21-point second half deficit and win 90-88 at Bethany College. Saturday, McKeehan bucketed a career-high 33 points to lift the Saints to a 91-88 home victory over Thiel College. For the week, he averaged 25.0 points, 5.6 rebounds, 5.0 steals and 3.0 assists per game.

McKeehan and the rest of the Saints return to the hardwood on Saturday (January 23) when they open the second half of their PAC schedule as they host Grove City College at 3 p.m. inside the Connor Convocation Center in Crestview Hills, Kentucky.

Source: Press release from Thomas More

Bellarmine vs. Northern Kentucky on National Television

The Bellarmine University-Northern Kentucky University men’s basketball game tomorrow at 2 p.m. is part of the NCAA Division II’s package with the CBS Sports Network and will be shown as part of a national broadcast. Locally, the game will be available to Insight digital customers on channel 531.

The game, which will be played at the 10,000-seat Bank of Kentucky Center at Northern Kentucky, also has been picked up by Fox Sports South (Insight Channel 55 or 70) and will be re-broadcast at 6 p.m. on Wednesday, Jan. 27.

It marks the first time Bellarmine’s men’s basketball has been featured on a national television broadcast.

Source: Press release by Bellarmine

UK 2011 Recruit Remains on Top of ESPN Rankings

Kentucky basketball recruit Michael Gilchrist is still the top-rated recruit in the 2011 Class according to ESPN.com.

Excerpt of article:

Mike Gilchrist (Elizabeth, N.J./St. Patrick) has been among the nation's most talked about players for much of his prep career, and there's good reason for that. Gilchrist, a small forward, has the talent to be an instant-impact freshman at the next level. With that said, Gilchrist remains our top-ranked player in the 2011 class.

Each time we see him, Gilchrist shows noticeable improvement. He has an extremely bouncy, athletic body. His skill on the perimeter is improving. Moreover, the 6-foot-7 forward has continued to dominate games in the paint. He has nearly unrivaled athletic ability and skill, which have helped him become one of the leading scorers and rebounders for St. Patrick. His recent performance at the Hoophall Classic, during which he posted 19 points and 8 rebounds on a sprained ankle, showed why he has superstar potential. Many younger players go in the tank when they face that kind of adversity; Gilchrist rose to the occasion.


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Kentucky and Villanova maybe the favorites to land superstar junior Mike Gilchrist.

Kentucky "Will Make an Early Exit" in NCAA Tournament

A blogger named Nick Mattar thinks the Kentucky Wildcats will surely make an early exit in the NCAA Tournament because of their lack of upperclassmen and experience.

Excerpt of article:

It would not surprise me to see Kentucky waltz into the tournament undefeated and riding high. And they will probably beat down on some lowly 16-seed. But then there will be an 8 or 9 seed with nothing to lose and experienced players who have been through the rigors of tournament play.

Imagine a team like Florida State or Butler matching up with Kentucky in the second round. A team like Butler is fundamentally sound and could match up well with Kentucky. Florida State would undoubtedly give them fits, as well, since Solomon Alabi patrols the paint with his 3 blocks per game. But those are just examples. A team like the aforementioned ones will almost surely be pitted against the Wildcats in round two, and the great trio of freshmen will have their hands full for 40 minutes.

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Ex-UK Hoopster Pleads Guilty in Ticket Scam Case

A former Kentucky Wildcat point guard has plead guilty to charges stemming from a UK basketball ticket scam.

Excerpt of article from Kentucky.com:

Former University of Kentucky basketball player Ed Davender pleaded guilty Tuesday in Harrison Circuit Court to three counts of theft by deception in a UK basketball ticket scam.

Davender received placement in a diversion program, which is much like probation, for five years. The three felony convictions will be wiped from his record if he completes the conditions of his diversion program — that includes repaying Harrison County insurance agent James Rose $2,110. If Davender doesn't complete the diversion program, he could receive two years in prison, Harrison Commonwealth's Attorney Douglas Miller said


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College Basketball Rivalry Time in Richmond Tomorrow

MOREHEAD, Ky--It’s rivalry weekend for Morehead State, and this year more than bragging rights are on the line. Second place in the Ohio Valley Conference will be up for grabs when the Eagles travel to Richmond to face Eastern Kentucky. Tip-off for the game, which will air on Wazoo Sports Television is set for 7:00 pm following the women’s game.

It will be the final game of the first half of the OVC schedule for both teams. Morehead State is 13-6 overall and 7-1 in the OVC, good for second place in the standings, one game back from Murray State. EKU is right behind Morehead with a 6-2 OVC record and a 14-6 mark overall.

There will also be two streaks on the line Saturday in the 169th meeting of this 79-year-old series, and one of them has to give. The Colonels have won 19 straight games at McBrayer Arena while MSU has won nine straight games, their best such streak since the 2002-03 season. EKU leads the all-time series, 74-94
Both teams are coming off non-conference wins on Tuesday, the Eagles by 20 points over SIU Edwardsville and Eastern Kentucky by 24 over Chicago State. Junior Kenneth Faried recorded his 13th double-double of the season for Morehead State with 23 points and 16 rebounds. He also maintained his status as the nation’s leading rebounder and MSU’s leading scorer. Eastern Kentucky had three players in double figures, led by Justin Stommes’ 16-point effort, one point over his team-leading 15 points per game. Willie Crux pulled down a team-high six rebounds, but its Spencer Perrin that holds the season lead in cleaning the glass with 5.6 boards per game. Josh Taylor and Papa Oppong each average in double digits as well.

The Colonels are having a strong year and caught the attention of the other OVC schools in the first conference game of the year, taking Murray State to the wire. Their losses are few and are to top programs, including Pittsburgh and Maryland. In addition to Murray, EKU also lost at Jacksonville State, but swept through its other six OVC games.

After Saturday, the Eagles will travel to Nashville to face Tennessee State Thursday at 8:30 pm ET.

Source: MSUEagles.com

Jeff Goodman Makes a Bold Basketball Prediction


Jeff Goodman of FoxSports.com predicts that the Arkansas Razorbacks will come to Rupp Arena and spoil Kentucky's bid to become the #1 ranked team in America.

Here is Goodman's prediction:

UPSET SPECIAL: Arkansas knocking off the final unbeaten – No. 1 Kentucky. I just have a feeling on this one. Courtney Fortson is back for the Razorbacks and he's quick and athletic enough to give the Wildcats problems. The key will be whether John Pelphrey -- a former Kentucky star -- can get enough up front from Michael Washington.

I'm not exactly sure what Jeff is basing this on, but it must be one of these:

a) Arkansas will surely be ready to play coming into Rupp losers of 5 of their last 6 games

b) The Razorbacks discovered that they're actually a really good team in their last game; a 5-point home loss to Florida

c) Kentucky, coming in at 18-0 and needing a win to be the #1 team in America, will decide that it might be time to take a loss because a loss right now might actually be a good thing

d) Goodman decided to be the bad guy this week because it was the perfect opportunity to score thousands of website hits from a ticked off Big Blue Nation

Kentucky Recruit Selby Scores 28 to Lead Lake Clifton


Kentucky 2010 point guard recruit Josh Selby had a game-high 28 points and eight assists as Lake Clifton (Md.) beat host Northwestern-Prince George's, 60-48, Thursday.

The win was the 6th consecutive for Selby and his Lake Clifton teammates.

Source: BaltimoreSun.com

Rick Pitino, Louisville Feeling Greene After Loss


There is no explanation for the bizarre circumstances that occurred at the end of Louisville's 2-point loss to Seton Hall last night. None.

Louisville's Jerry Smith nailed a 3-pointer to cut Seton Hall's lead to 2 points with 0.7 seconds remaining on the clock.

Seton Hall's Keon Lawrence grabbed the ball after the shot and stepped out of bounds - about 8' from the baseline official, who happened to be the infamous Tony Greene. Greene started the inbound count with his left arm and watched as Lawrence panicked and stepped back inbounds with the ball. Lawrence then further panicked and acted as if he was inbounding the ball, even though he was already standing several feet inbounds.

What did Tony Greene do? Called a violation and gave the ball to Louisville for a chance to tie or win - right?

Wrong.

No, Greene blew the whistle and allowed Villanova to reset out of bounds as if nothing had even happened.

How can you explain this Tony Greene? Big East Conference? NCAA? Anyone?

Check out the video footage:


John Calipari Visits Legislators in Frankfort

Kentucky basketball coach John Calipari has paid a visit to Kentucky's state legislators in Frankfort.

Excerpt of article from Courier-Journal.com:

UK's hugely popular coach, whose team is undefeated and ranked No. 2 nationally in his first season at UK, stopped by for about an hour to give a short speech and greet lawmakers and their staff.

“You are overworked and underappreciated,” he told legislators during his speech.

Calipari praised the legislature for challenging UK to become a Top 20 research institution and reminded them that tax dollars go to educating Kentuckians, not to supporting UK athletics.

Complete Article

Difficult Road Game But Murray State Moves to 17-3

Murray State 60
Eastern Illinois 51

Final from Charleston, Illinois

Game recap by Associated Press:

CHARLESTON, Ill. -- Murray State got points from 10 players in a 60-51 victory over Eastern Illinois on Thursday night.

Tony Easley and Ivan Aska scored 10 points apiece to lead the Racers (17-3, 9-0 Ohio Valley), who won their eighth straight and remained unbeaten in conference. The Racers' start is their best since the 1998-99 squad opened 17-2.

Jeremy Granger led all scorers with 23 for the Panthers (10-9, 4-5), who dropped their fourth in a row. Ousmane Cisse had just two points but 10 rebounds.

Murray State led 27-23 at intermission, but Granger scored five points in a row to put Eastern Illinois on top 32-31 early in the second half. It was the Panthers' last lead.

Shortly thereafter, Murray State ran off eight points in a row, ending with Jeffery McClain's tip-in with 10:46 left to make it 48-37.

Eastern Illinois cut it to six but never got closer.

Should the Nets Send Williams to the NBA D-League?

Here are some excerpts from an interesting article on NetsAreScorching.com that debates the pros and cons of sending first round draft pick Terrence Williams to the NBA D-League for seasoning.

Williams, a former Louisville Cardinal,
has watched his minutes drop to under 9 a game and the author wonders if it would be better for his development if he were seeing heavy minutes in the D-League.

Excerpts:

Cons

Negative Effect

This is the only problem I can see happening. Remember the whole twitter scandal? Well, that stemmed from Williams seeing his minutes go down. Imagine the type of reaction he could (I put could here because by all accounts, Terrence has been on his best behavior since the incident where he asked the media to stop talking to him) have if he gets sent down to the D-League?

Pros

Expands Who Could Get Called Up

Right now, the Nets have 1 roster spot open as they have 14 players under contract. My guess on why they haven’t done anything with that spot yet is because they are probably trying to find a big man in the D-League. The D-League is lacking in true quality big men (we will look at this more on Monday), and with Terrence Williams still on the NBA roster, the Nets will be limited to looking at this small pool of players. This is because with Williams on the active roster, there are way too many wings, and it would be silly to call one of them up (even though wing-men are the strength of the D-League in my opinion).

Terrence Williams’ Development

If Terrence Williams reacts positively to the send down, he will be greeted with minutes, and a lot of them. Terrence Williams will be getting game time experience where he will be able to learn the speed of the game. He will also be able to work on his shot down there, since he should be able to use the call-down as a chance to work on his weaknesses during in game situations.

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NAIA History Made as Pikeville Defeats Georgetown

(22) Pikeville College 76
(7) Georgetown College 65

Final from Pikeville, Kentucky

NOTE:
Tony Damron of AllKYHoops.com covered this event live

Game recap by Pikeville College:

PIKEVILLE, Ky. – Freshman Trevor Setty scored 25 points to lead No. 22 Pikeville College to a 76-65 win over No. 7 Georgetown College Thursday night at the East Kentucky Expo Center.

Pikeville (14-2 overall, 2-1 in the Mid-South Conference) got the win before the largest crowd to ever see a Mid-South Conference regular-season game of 3,558.

Setty, a 6-8 guard from Maysville who transferred to Pikeville from Georgetown, made the Tigers pay. In addition to the points, Setty had five rebounds, four assists and three steals in 35 minutes of playing time.

Georgetown (14-4, 2-1) tied the game at 50 when freshman Jamel Ferguson scored on a layup with 13:02 left. But the Bears quickly reeled off six straight on layups by junior Andre Thornton, senior Jonathan Clark and Setty to take a lead it would never relinquish.

The Bears continued to build the lead, which got to 11 when junior Ryan Whitaker scored on a layup with 57 seconds left. That was also the final margin.

Pikeville shot 48.2 percent overall and was 50 percent (6-of-12) from the arc in the win. The Bears also sank 76.2 percent from the line. Georgetown was not as efficient, hitting 38.2 percent overall and only 12.5 percent of its threes. The Tigers were 63.6 percent from the line.

Setty was joined in double figures by Clark with 12 and junior Chris Donald with 11. Thornton led the Bears on the glass with nine rebounds to go with five points.

Georgetown had four players in double figures, with sophomore Vincent Crutcher leading the way with 14 points. Junior Eddie Gray followed with 12 points, four rebounds and four steals.

Sophomore Vic Moses, the Mid-South Conference player of the year last season, had 10 points and nine rebounds.

Pikeville will be back in action on Saturday, hosting St. Catharine College in a doubleheader that begins at 2 p.m. It’s also Hall of Fame Day, with the ceremony being held in Booth Auditorium at 11 a.m.

Notes:

- I love watching Happy Osborne on the sidelines during a game; he's one of the best
- Speaking of great coaching, how about the job Kelly Wells is doing at Pikeville?
- Coach Wells has done a tremendous job in earning the community's support; Pike County Judge Executive Wayne T. Rutherford was sitting on the PC bench in a Bruce Pearl-esque orange jacket; former Kentucky Governor Paul Patton was there to support the team; a record crowd - all great stuff
- The East Kentucky Expo Center is a phenomenal venue; great place to watch a basketball game
- There were 6 finalists (all women) for a brand new 2010 Toyota Camry; each had a key and the one that worked, drove the car home; the winner was Lisa Blair from Johnson County (Ky.); they also gave away gift certificates, flat-screen televisions and cash
- Impressive display by Pikeville College last night
- Make no mistake; Georgetown is a really good team, as well; these are two of the premier NAIA teams in the nation
- Pikeville was somehow dropped 14-spots in the NAIA poll after losing to a very good Campbellsville team on the road; I have a feeling they will continue to prove the voters wrong
- Freshman Trevor Setty was the best offensive player on the court last night
- Now a 5-way tie at the top of the Mid South Conference standings
- Georgetown's big 6-10 transfer looks the part, but doesn't appear to be in synch just yet; when he gets the kinks worked out, he's going to be a major player for the Tigers

Tornado Wreaks Havoc on Alice Lloyd Basketball

King College 92
Alice Lloyd 63

Final from Pippa Passes, Kentucky

Excerpt of game recap by KingTornado.com:


PIPPA PASSES, Ky. - Stephen Kite provided a spark in the second half as King College won 92-63 at Alice Lloyd (Ky.) College Thursday.

Kite (Atlanta, Ga.) scored 21 points in the game with 18 coming in the final 20 minutes.

Craig McCargo (South Boston, Va.) tied his season-high as well with 16 points. All 16 points were scored in the first half thanks to four 3-pointers and going a perfect 4-for-4 at the free-throw line.

The Tornado improved to 11-3 on the season with their seventh straight win and 11 out of the last 12. Alice Lloyd was 5-12 after the game.

Mark Dockery (Nickelsville, Va.) and Brian Hewitt (Lexington, Ky.) had 14 points apiece with 13 from Clarence Smith (Nashville, Tenn.).

Complete Recap

Former UK Basketball Big Men Do Battle in the PBL


Former Kentucky Wildcat 7-footers Jared Carter and Shagari Alleyne met for the first time as opponents on Tuesday night in the Premier Basketball League.

Alleyne and his Halifax Rainmen defeated Carter's Vermont Frost Heaves by a score of 128-83.

Both former Cats played significant minutes and contributed to their respective teams. Alleyne was 4-7 from the field in 19 minutes of action. He totalled 8 points, 14 rebounds and 6 blocks for the game.

Carter scored 6 points and pulled down 3 rebounds in 15 minutes. He is from Georgetown and played high school basketball for Scott County High School.

Former Racer Ray Cunningham Signs with GreenHawks


Rockville, MD...The Maryland GreenHawks have signed forward Ray Cunningham to a contract, General Manager Adam Dantus announced today. To make room on the roster, the GreenHawks released forward Kevin Mickens.

Cunningham (6-7, 220), just returned from Finland where he was averaging 16.2ppg and 8.5 rebounds through 15 games, including a 36 point and 16 rebound performance against Honka.

The Murray State alum played for the Maryland Nighthawks during the 2005-06 season where he was named second team all-league.

“Ray is an exciting and versatile player who brings a lot of energy on both sides of the floor,” said General Manager Adam Dantus. “Ray is in his prime and has vastly improved his game since last playing in Maryland.”

Since playing with the Nighthawks, Cunningham has played in the WBA, CBA, USBL and overseas in Iceland, Dominican Republic and Finland.

Source

Harrow Backtracks on His Prediction for C.J. Leslie

Several weeks ago, Ryan Harrow, a North Carolina State signee, predicted that Kentucky recruit C.J. Leslie would likely follow him to State.

Harrow is now backing off that prediction a bit:


“Right now, I just don’t know,” said Harrow, the 20th-rated player in the country. “He always tells me that he wants to play with me and everything like that, but at the same time C.J.’s got a mind of his own.

“You just never know with this recruiting stuff,” Harrow said. “You never know what C.J. will do. That’s his decision, but I definitely want to play with him. He tells me all the time that he thinks I’m the best point guard and I tell him I think he’s the best small forward. Why wouldn’t we want to play together?”


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North Carolina, How Did John Wall Get Away?

There are basketball fans in the state of North Carolina that are trying to understand why John Wall ended up in Lexington instead of Duke, North Carolina, North Carolina State or another in-state school.

Excerpt of article from CharlotteObserver.com:

John Wall has Kentucky poised to claim the No. 1 ranking in the national college basketball polls.

In a column in USA Today last week, Dick Vitale named Wall the midseason national player of the year. Last week, the freshman point guard appeared on a regional cover of Sports Illustrated that proclaimed him the best player in college basketball.

So why isn't Wall playing closer to home.

Each week it becomes clearer that the tradition-rich college programs located a few miles from where Wall grew up in Raleigh could have used his help.


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Thursday, January 21, 2010

Is Yates High School Going Overboard for Success?


Yates High School has one of the top 5 high school teams in the nation. After following them all season, I would be bold enough to say they are in the top 2 and perhaps in the running for the "national championship".

Sporting a blazing style of hoops that has led to record-setting point totals, the Lions have basically destroyed their opponents this season. Some are raising sportsmanship concerns following several recent incidents, however.

A couple of weeks back, Yates made national headlines after rolling a hapless opponent 170-35. The score was not the issue, though. Rather, it was the methods used to obtain that score. Leading 100-12, Yates put the starters back in and continued their full-court pressure defense.

Now, Yates is facing controversy once again after intentionally fouling a beaten opponent for the final three minutes of the game in order to get the ball back and try to score 100 points.

Here is an excerpt of an article from the Houston Chronicle:

Scoring six points with 1:30 remaining in a basketball game may sound like an attainable goal, but for Yates, it was mission impossible.

Unable to log its 12th 100-point plus game for the season, the Lions, ranked No. 3 in the nation on USA Today’s Super 25, had to settle for a 94-64 win over Westbury Wednesday night at Barnett Stadium. …

With less than three minutes to go, [Brandon] Peters broke away for a crowd-pleasing, 360-degree dunk to push the Lions’ total to 84.

From that point on, Yates employed a strategy of their own: immediately foul on the inbounds play. Westbury went to the free-throw line seven times in that span, giving the Lions plenty of opportunities to pad their point total to triple-digits, but missed shots and broken plays tripped them up as the clock wound down.

My thoughts: I have enjoyed following Yates this season and they would be my pick for the top team in the nation at this time, but I feel they are risking good sportsmanship to obtain success. I have no problem with them winning by 100 points if they are simply that good but I have an issues with intentionally fouling a beaten opponent to get the ball back for number padding.

I discussed this with a good friend earlier and he has a differing opinion. He thinks they are striving for high-level goals and that they are doing what is necessary to obtain those goals.

What are your thoughts on this? Is this poor sportsmanship and something the coach should change immediately or is this a really good team doing what is necessary to reach a national championship?

Spalding Holds On; Asbury Slide Continues

Spalding 68
Asbury 58

Final from Louisville, Kentucky

Game recap by Asbury:


Louisville, Ky. - The Asbury men's slide continued on Thursday night at Spalding as they dropped their third straight 58-68. The Eagles can't seem to turn things around as they've lost nine of 10 and are only 2-9 since November.

Asbury (9-11) was able to shoot better than in recent games at 43% but was out-rebounded by 18 in the game. Jordan Noble (Corbin, Ky.) led the team with 21 points off the bench as he knocked down nine-of-11 from the floor and three-of-four from three. Brian Johnson was the only other player in double-figures with 10 points on five-of-seven shooting.

Adam Delph led the team with four assists, he also chipped in nine points, three rebounds, and a block in his return to Louisville. Justin Jones led the team with seven rebounds. Leading scorer Phillip Morrison was only two-for-12 from the floor and was held under 10 points for the first time all season, finishing with six. Morrison is shooting only 27% over the last three games and averaging only 12 points, 10 points under his season average.

Asbury is averaging only 58 points per game over their last three compared to 79 for the whole season. They have had two of their three lowest scoring outputs of the season in the last week and shooting only 33% in their last three games.

The Eagles return to KIAC action for the rest of the season starting with Indiana Southeast in New Albany, Indiana on Saturday January 23rd at 8:00 pm. IUS has been ranked as high as #5 in the NAIA DII Poll this year and is currently the only undefeated team in the conference at 5-0, they are 16-3 overall.

Campbellsville Men Defeat Lindsey Wilson

(14) Campbellsville 57
Lindsey Wilson 38

Final from Columbia, Kentucky

Game recap by CU:

For the first time in a long time, Campbellsville University men's and women's basketball pulled off a sweep on the road over rival Lindsey Wilson College. Keith Adkins navigated his 14th-ranked Tigers through the second half, overcoming a 31-23 deficit to beat the Blue Raiders, 57-38.

The Tigers led the first seven minutes of the game with Nestor Colmenares scoring six of CU's eight points. But once the Blue Raiders pulled ahead, it remained locked up the rest of the period, entering halftime tied 21-21. Both teams were held below 40 percent shooting in the first half, as Campbellsville shot 38 percent and Lindsey was held to 33.3 percent shooting.

Lindsey Wilson opened the second half on a 10-2 run to take a 31-23 lead, but the Tigers were just getting going. Leon Hart and JaVaughn Espritt scored back-to-back baskets for the Tigers to jump start an 8-0 run that led to the first tie of the second half, 31-31. There would only be one more tie, 33-33, after a two-handed, fast-break jam by Espritt.

The dunk brought the Campbellsville fans to their feet and sparked a 24-5 run over the final nine minutes. Caleb Harris hit a 3-pointer with four minutes left to give the Tigers their first double figures lead, 45-33.

The win returns Campbellsville to first place in the Mid-South Conference standings, along with four other teams at 2-1.

CU (14-5, 2-1) will host the University of Rio Grande on Saturday at 4 p.m.

Site Says Rick Pitino Needs to Change at Louisville


An 80-77 loss at Seton Hall tonight has dropped the Louisville Cardinals to 12-7 on the season.

Who's to blame for the struggles the Cards are having?

Here is one site that thinks the ball is in Rick Pitino's court:

Rick Pitino, the well known coach of Louisville, doesn't seem to be doing his part either. Famous (at least in my mind) for his constant yells at his players, Pitino can really put on a rant. Unfortunately, that's not what will help the Cards at the moment. Don't get me wrong. I'd take a Tom Coughlin type guy over a Tony Dungy any day. But this team isn't gonna get any better if you don't grow a little patience Rick. These guys need a break. You need to show them a soft side. Especially your favorite target Edgar Sosa. It's exactly like the relationship with my little brother. I yell at him all day long, about how he should be quiet, or a long string criticism. Wanna take a guess at my results? He yells back, and tells me to leave him alone. You should be able to figure the rest out on your own.

Look Rick Pitino. You're the coach not me. You led UK, Providence, the Knicks, the Celtics, and are in your ninth year with the Ville. You know what you're doing. I'm just telling you what I'm seeing. We Louisvillians wanna see a successful season, and it doesn't look like our team is coming anywhere near it. We know you believe your getting through to the players by yelling, and maybe you are, but the results aren't there. Your move Coach Pitino.

Louisville Loses a Tough One at Seton Hall

Seton Hall 80
Louisville 77

Final from Newark, New Jersey

Game recap by Associated Press:


NEWARK, N.J. -- Jeremy Hazell scored 25 points and Seton Hall held off a late Louisville rally to post an 80-77 victory on Thursday night, handing the Cardinals their third straight loss.

The losing streak is the longest for coach Rick Pitino and Louisville (12-7, 3-3 Big East) since the 2005-06 season. It also prevented the Cardinals from getting their 1,600 win in school history yet again.

Jordan Theodore added 17 points and Jeff Robinson 12 as the Pirates (11-6, 2-4) won for only the second time in seven games.

Edgar Sosa had 15 points to lead Louisville, but he also had a late layup attempt blocked with about 40 seconds to play and the Cardinals down 75-72. Mike Marra came off the bench to add 10 points.

The John Calipari Radio Show Gets a Sirius Boost

The John Calipari radio show will now be available nationwide via Sirius/XM satellite radio.

From UKAthletics.com:

UK fans nationwide can now tune into the John Calipari radio show live thanks to Sirius/XM satellite radio. The Calipari show, which airs on Mondays and select Wednesdays from 6:00-7:00 p.m. ET throughout the season, will be broadcast live on Sirius XM SportsNation – Sirius Ch. 122/XM Ch. 143. The show schedule for the remainder of the season is available, along with links to the online broadcast and archives. The Wildcats return to Rupp Arena for the first time in two weeks on Saturday, hosting Arkansas. The game is scheduled for a 4:00 p.m. ET tip and can be seen live on the SEC Network.

Knight Scores 33; Closing In On Boynton's Record


Kentucky recruit Brandon Knight scored 33 points to lead Pine Crest to a lopsided 74-34 win over North Broward Prep last night.

Knight, the top-rated recruit in the 2010 class by Rivals.com, now needs 283 points to break Kenny Boynton's Broward County record for career points.

Video: Kentucky Wildcats Basketball is Unstoppable

The UK basketball videos are becoming increasingly better this season:



(Tremendous work by ukcats8fan on Youtube.com)

Hoops for Haiti: Also a Victory for Calipari, UK

Dan Wetzel of Yahoo Sports has written a tremendous article about the Hoops for Haiti fundraiser that was put together by Kentucky head coach John Calipari and WKYT.

Here is an excerpt:

“It may not have been fair to the fans of Kentucky,” Calipari admitted on Wednesday. “During the Auburn game, it was on my mind. It didn’t affect how I coached or how we played or the comeback that Auburn made to make it close. It wasn’t that. But when they made their run in the second half, I thought, ‘We might have to do this after a loss and that’s going to be tough.’ ”
Kentucky wound up winning the game, flew back to Lexington and reconvened Sunday morning at the studios of WKYT. Calipari would host the show. His support staff would run around trying to tie loose ends. The Kentucky players would help local United Way volunteers man the hotlines.

“A lady would make a donation and then the player would get on and say, ‘This is John Wall; thank you so much,’ ” Calipari said of the likely national player of the year. “Then the lady would start screaming.”

Complete Article (Great read - highly recommended)

Kentucky Climbs to Top of SI Power Rankings

The Kentucky Wildcats are now on top of the Sports Illustrated college basketball "power rankings."

Here is what SI says about the Wildcats:

Kentucky Wildcats (18-0)

Wednesday night, while watching the Georgetown-Pitt and Baylor-Kansas games, I kept a few Web-browser windows open to follow the eBay charity auctions for UK's amazing "Hoops For Haiti" fundraiser, which had already brought in more than $1 million in donations from a Sunday telethon. "How much do you think someone in Kentucky would donate for a private dinner for six at John Calipari's house, with Cal and Ashley Judd?" I asked a friend. "Ten grand?" was the answer. I laughed. The bidding was already at $37,500 by tipoff of Hoyas-Panthers. It was up to $80,000 by the time the Jayhawks were on TV, and at around 9:30 p.m., it closed at an unbelievable $98,100 -- yet another measure of the current star power of the Cal/Judd combo.* Judd's personal chef is preparing the meal, but at that price, they should consider flying in the staff of Aragawa.

We should talk some actual hoops here, given that the Wildcats are No. 1 for the first time this season, so here goes: I came across this article in which Eric Bledsoe's high-school coach said he initially hadn't believed that Bledsoe and John Wall could coexist in UK's backcourt. Plenty of people had questioned Bledsoe's sanity for committing to UK in the same class as Wall, rather than choosing a team he could run on his own -- but Bledsoe has flourished playing off of next year's No. 1 pick in the NBA draft, and has averaged 16.7 points in three SEC games.


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Pikeville Hopes to Make NAIA History Tonight


(7) Georgetown College vs. (22) Pikeville College

Location: East Kentucky Expo Center, Pikeville
Time: 8:00 p.m.

NOTE: AllKYHoops.com will be represented live at this event

Pikeville College hopes to set an NAIA attendance record tonight at the East Kentucky Expo Center when the Georgetown Tigers comes to town.

On the court, the game will feature two of the top 25 teams in NAIA Division I basketball in an old-fashioned Mid-South Conference rivalry game.

Pikeville College head coach Kelly Wells is very aware of what the Georgetown program will bring into Pikeville tonight.

"Georgetown is a great team with a great coaching staff. Their go to guys are Giles and Moses and they have a big addition in Drummond, the transfer from Marist/Villanova. It will be a great challenge for our team that we are embracing."

Wells alluded to the importance of tonight's game against their Mid-South rivals.

"All league games are very important, especially home games. With all the enthusiasm for this event, we want to put our best foot forward and continue the momentum we have earned to this point. Ranks are very important and this would be a another quality win for our program."

The excitement Wells mentioned stems from some of the promotions for tonight's game that the school hopes will lead to an all-time NAIA Division I attendance record. One lucky fan will have the opportunity to drive home in a brand new 2010 Toyota Camry. Five lucky fans will win Samsung 40-inch 1080 dpi flat-screen televisions. The rest will receive $25 gift certificates from Appalachian Wireless.

In addition to that, fans entering the Expo Center on Thursday night can stop by the Appalachian Wireless booth in the concourse and register for a chance to win $10,000 at halftime of the women’s game.

I asked Coach Wells what kind of attendance he is expecting.

"We are expecting a great crowd! I can’t put a number on it, but all indications lead me to believe we are on our way towards a capacity crowd."

The game will be televised live on the Wazoo Sports Network, WYMT and also online.

If John Wall's the Top Pick, Calipari Wants Him to Leave


Kentucky head basketball coach John Calipari said quite frankly to Dan Patrick that he wants freshman point guard John Wall to enter the NBA Draft if he is going to be the top pick.

Here are Calipari's comments:

"If he came to me and said he was the No. 1 pick in the draft, and he wanted to come back, we'd probably be wrestling on the floor," Calipari said.

You can listen to the entire interview with the UK head coach below:

Ex-Wildcat Joe Crawford is Playing Well in D-League


Former Kentucky Wildcat star Joe Crawford has recovered from an injury and is back to 100% for the Los Angeles D-Fenders in the NBA's D-League.

Crawford has appeared in 9 games on the season and has tallied double-figure scoring in all but one game. He has topped the 20-point mark 4 times on the season and is currently averaging 17.2 points, 3.7 assists and 3 assists per outing.

He led the D-Fenders to a 103-96 victory in the team's last outing. Crawford was 10-19 from the field for 23 points in 39 minutes of action. He added 6 assists and 5 rebounds.

Crawford was drafted by the Los Angeles Lakers after college, but ended up in the D-League. He was called up and signed by the New York Knicks last season, but did not make the team this fall.

Josh Selby's Mother Says Reports are False

Josh Selby's mother, Maeshon Witherspoon, says reports earlier this week that her son is leaning towards Kansas or Arizona are completely false.

“I don’t know where that came from,” Witherspoon said of the report saying Kansas and Arizona currently lead for Selby. “They didn’t talk to me, and I’m the only one that talks about Josh’s recruitment,” she added.

She also stated that Selby will have no leaders until he has made all of his visits.

“There won’t be any leaders until we make all of the visits,” Witherspoon said. “We have Kansas next month, UCONN supposed to happen on the 28th, and Kentucky after that. Syracuse and Indiana are still in there too."

Source: TheShiver.com

Report: OSU Transfer Teeng Akol to Western Kentucky


Jeff Goodman is reporting that Oklahoma State transfer Teeng Akol is heading to Western Kentucky.

Here is Goodman's post on Twitter:

goodmanonfox Source told FOXSports.com that Oklahoma State transfer Teeng Akol is headed to Western Kentucky

Akol is a 6-11 center that played in 6 games for the Cowboys during the 2008-09 season. He averaged 0.3 points and 0.5 rebounds in his limited action. He did not play in any games this season.

According to Rivals.com, Akol was a 3-star recruit out of high school.

NBADraft.net: Cousins, Bledsoe Climb Draft Board

Kentucky freshmen DeMarcus Cousins and Eric Bledsoe have skyrocketed to the first round of NBADraft.net's latest "Big Board" projections.

Excerpt:


DeMarcus Cousins moved up 29 spots to number 14. While questions linger about his work ethic and attitude, his upside is undeniable and even if he fails to fully maximize his potential, he figures to be a solid pro for years to come due to his size, strength and skills. He's one of the most productive big men in the country in his freshman year and playing just 20 minutes per game.

Cousins teammate Eric Bledsoe also made a big leap climbing 25 spots to number 26. Bledsoe's 25 point effort recently against Florida showed that he's not just a speed merchant but also possesses a high level of basketball skills and potential.

Notables on the Big Board:

1. John Wall, Kentucky
9. Patrick Patterson, Kentucky
14. DeMarcus Cousins, Kentucky
22. Scotty Hopson, Tennessee (Hopkinsville, KY native)
26. Eric Bledsoe, Kentucky
57. Daniel Orton, Kentucky

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Louisville 2011 Recruit Suffers Injury to Achilles' Tendon

Wayne Blackshear, who has committed to the Louisville Cardinals, has suffered an Achilles injury that will sideline him for approximately one month.

Excerpt of article from SunTimes.com:

He’ll be sidelined approximately a month because of a strained right Achilles’ tendon. The injury occurred during a game Saturday, when a player from Fenger stepped on the back of Blackshear’s foot as he was going up for a shot.

Blackshear left the game briefly, only to return for the remainder of the contest.

It’s worth noting he scored 39 points and pulled down 23 rebounds during the Mustangs’ 85-47 win over Fenger.

“I didn’t think it was that bad,” said Blackshear, who transferred from Curie in January 2009. “It didn’t start hurting me until after the game and then the next day.”


The 2011 star added that the rumors of his commitment being "soft" are false:

“I don’t know how that ever got started or where that even came from,” Blackshear said of the soft commitment. “I have a great relationship with the coaches and players and I’m very comfortable with Louisville. I’m confident coach Pitino can get me to the next level.”


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Late Reinhardt Run Dooms Union College

Reinhardt 82
Union 77

Final from Barbourville, Kentucky

Game recap by Union College:

BARBOURVILLE, Ky. - A 7-0 run down the stretch sent visiting Reinhardt (Ga.) College past Union College in a wild 82-77 Appalachian Athletic Conference contest Wednesday.

"It was a tough home loss, but I am very pleased with the effort," said Union coach Sean Gillespie. "The guys played hard, but we just didn't execute and finish well down the end."

It was a see-saw battle in the second half with neither team owning a lead larger than seven points and the margin hovering around two or three for much of the period.

Union was up 71-66 with 4:07 to play, but six consecutive points by Will Lewis pushed Reinhardt ahead 72-71 with 2:41 remaining. The Bulldogs countered with an Ihsan Phillips (Philadelphia, Pa.) 3-pointer to grab 74-72 edge at the 2:25 mark.

After the teams swapped treys, Union led 77-75 with 1:03 to go. Kordel Alexander hit a jumper with 38 seconds left to tie the game at 77-77, and a Lewis free throw put Reinhardt up 78-77 with 17 seconds on the clock.

Curtis Stephens (Detroit, Mich.) drove the lane with six seconds on the clock, but his shot rimmed out and Carrlos Lyles was fouled making the rebound. Lyles hit both free throws, and Lewis tacked on two more following a Bulldog turnover to seal the 82-77 Eagle win.

This was the first conference home loss for Union, which dropped to 10-11 overall and 4-4 in the AAC. Reinhardt improved to 11-5 overall and 5-2 in league play.

The Bulldogs played their second straight game without injured players Beau Brown (Athens, Tenn.) and Dan Penick (Ludlow, Ky.), and it was just the second game with the team for newcomer Phillips and the sixth for Stephens.

"We are still trying to figure things out. We've got some guys out and we've got some new guys in, so it's going to take a little time to work everything out," Gillespie added. "But I like what I'm seeing, and I believe we're on the right path."

Darrel Jackson (Jonesboro, Ark.) paced Union with 21 points and six assists, while Stephens added 13 points and five helpers. Phillips knocked in 12 points and grabbed seven rebounds with Kearney Demus (Lexington, Ky.) chipping in 11 points.

For Reinhardt, Lewis posted a double-double with 27 points and 14 rebounds, while Alexander scored 16.

The teams shot the ball well with both just under 50 percent. Union hit 30-of-61 shots (49.2 percent) with Reinhardt making 27-of-55 (49.1 percent). The Eagles held the edge at the foul line in going 20-for-27 as compared Union's 8-for-14 showing.

Union will travel to UVa-Wise Saturday for another conference showdown. Game time is set for 2 p.m.

Former Pikeville College Star to Enter Hall of Fame

Excerpt of press release from Pikeville College:

PIKEVILLE, Ky. – Three standout student-athletes will be inducted into the Pikeville College Athletics Hall of Fame Saturday morning, while three others will be honored for their outstanding contributions and another group will be recognized for what they’ve meant to the school as well as the athletics department.

All of this will take place in Booth Auditorium on Saturday morning at 11 a.m., preceding the Bears and Lady Bears doubleheader with the teams of St. Catharine College at the East Kentucky Expo Center beginning at 2 p.m.

Former basketball player Jeff Campbell, tennis standout Todd Kitchen and baseball star Robert Taylor will be inducted into the hall of fame. Former athletics department secretary Carole Ward and the companies Appalachian Wireless and Community Trust Bank will join the honorary wing of the hall, while the group of former football players who referred to themselves as the Elite Nine will also be honored during the ceremony.

Jeff Campbell came to Pikeville College from M.C. Napier High School in Perry County and brought with him an amazingly accurate shooting touch from essentially anywhere in the gymnasium. During his time as a Bear, Campbell finished with 1,100 points.

Campbell’s scoring ability is amplified by the fact that he shared the floor with three other scoring machines also in the Hall of Fame. Teammates Brian Johnson, Jody Thompson and Rodney Fuller combined to score more than 5,300 points, yet Campbell also joined the 1,000-point club. Not surprisingly, the Bears were pretty good during Campbell’s career – his teams won a total of 47 games during his junior and senior seasons.

Wednesday, January 20, 2010

Calipari Adds Another $152,000 to Hoops for Haiti


The Hoops for Haiti fundraising campaign, a joint effort between Kentucky basketball coach John Calipari and WKYT has earned an additional $152,000 and change tonight.

The money was raised through a series of eBay auctions that ranged from autographed items to an opportunity for six folks to enjoy dinner at the Calipari's house with special guest Ashley Judd.

The dinner auction raised an outstanding $98,100 for the earthquake-stricken country of Haiti.

Another big earner was a "one-of-its-kind old time train ride" on Rick Corman's train ($12,200). The ride includes a dinner with Coach Calipari and Rick Corman.

A chance to meet LeBron James and attend a Cleveland playoff game sold for $10,099.99.

There is still a "Kentucky Blue" Rolex watch that is listed on eBay. It currently has a $6,000 bid on it.

Sporting News Gives DeMarcus Cousins a Midterm Grade

SportingNews.com's Mike DeCourcy has given out some midterm grades for college basketball.

Here is what he has to say about Kentucky freshman DeMarcus Cousins:

(B) Kentucky C DeMarcus Cousins. Everybody wants him to be Wes Unseld, but becoming a man takes time. Cousins, a freshman, is embracing the concepts of playing harder, tougher and more intelligently.

And, just for fun, here is what DeCourcy says about ex-Tennessee guard Tyler Smith:

(F) Tennessee SF Tyler Smith. If he had wanted to check out, he should have remained on the NBA's early-entry list. His effort was awful, and he got arrested and dismissed on top of that.

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Patterson Teases That He May Return for Senior Season


Kentucky's Patrick Patterson stated today that it is no certainty that he will skip his senior season at UK and enter the 2010 NBA Draft.

Excerpt:

“I could come back and get my masters. I always think about that. So, I always say this ‘could’ be my last year, because there’s still a possibility, still a chance that I could return,” says Patterson.


My Thoughts: I'm going to say that Patterson will be projected as a top 15 pick in the draft and will likely make the decision to leave early. That being said, I think it's safe to say that the big man is loving his time in Lexington.

Poll Says John Wall is Player of the Year by a Landslide


AnnArbor.com has conducted a poll to determine who is on track to be the player of the year in college basketball. They received votes from 45 journalists that hold votes for the Naismith Award, the Wooden Award, the AP Player of the Year Award and the Robertson Award.

The results were simple: Kentucky's John Wall is on pace to be the national player of the year - by a landslide.

Gorgui Sy Dieng Confirms Kentucky's Interest


Being that it's mid-January, it would be hard for me to believe that the interest of any recruit has heated up as quickly in the past month as Huntington Prep big man Gorgui Sy Dieng.

I talked to 6-10 center from Senegal today about his move to America, basketball and the recruiting process.

Which colleges are you receiving the highest level of interest from at this point?

I mean, many schools want to recruit me. There is Kentucky, Louisville, Virginia Tech, South Florida, Georgia, Arkansas, Marshall and I have forgotten the rest. UCLA, Florida and California all called me last night.

Which schools have offered at this point?

Louisville and Marshall

I understand you speak several languages. Which do you speak?

If I say something wrong, you can correct me because my English is not real good. I have just had three months in USA. I speak French, English, Spanish and Wolof, the Senegalese language.

What led you to America? Was it a difficult choice for you to leave friends and family behind?

Nobody forced me to come to the USA. I cannot always live with my friends and family. I'm here for two things: get my diploma and develop my basketball. When I am done, I can go back to Senegal.

What are your thoughts on the game of basketball in America?

The basketball in America is much stronger and more athletic. If you are not stronger, you must be smart. In the USA, we don't always need a nice play. We try hard to do what we have to do against each team.

I think I am doing good but I need to learn more skills.

Gorgui, I know you have practice coming up soon, so I will let you prepare for that. I appreciate you taking the time to speak to me.

Thank you.

Gorgui Sy Dieng is a name to remember. If he continues to improve at the rate he is going, the sky is the limit.

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Kentucky Leads SEC Charge Into 2010 NBA Draft

The SEC figures to have a prominent role in the 2010 NBA Draft this summer and it appears that the Kentucky Wildcats will lead the way.

CollegeHoopsNet.com writes that the SEC will make a big impact on the 2010 NBA Draft. They list three Wildcats in the first round this season and Eric Bledsoe as a player to watch in 2011. Here are some excerpts:

John Wall, Kentucky
Key stats: 17. 1 points, 6.9 assists
Draft prediction: Top pick


Barring a major surprise, Wall will be the top pick in the 2010 draft. Although just a freshman, he has the speed, athleticism and poise to become an instant impact player, and there's no reason he shouldn't become a star in the league. Wall has great size for the point, and he's virtually unstoppable in transition. Look for him to fill up NBA highlight reels for years to come.

DeMarcus Cousins, Kentucky
Key stats: 15.3 points, 9.3 rebounds
Draft prediction: Lottery


Cousins is overshadowed by Wall at times, but he is a tremendous talent in his own right. He has great size, solid ball skills and an NBA-ready body. The only thing holding Cousins back is his attitude. He's known to have a quick fuse, and can sometimes lose focus on the floor. However, if he's able to continue to keep his composure and help lead UK on a deep tournament run, he could find himself shaking David Stern's hand not long after Wall.

Patrick Patterson, Kentucky
Key stats: 16.9 points, 7.9 rebounds
Draft prediction: Late lottery – mid first round


Patterson is no longer having to shoulder such a large load for the Cats this year, and as a result, his game has expanded. Patterson has been able to showcase more of a perimeter game, having made 10 three-pointers this season after making zero in his first two years. With good size, good athleticism and a high basketball IQ, Patterson is likely to become a solid NBA player for the next 10-12 years.

Players to Watch in 2011:

Eric Bledsoe, Kentucky: Bledsoe is an explosive athlete who thrives in transition and has the ability to score in bunches. Given the chance to run the UK attack after Wall leaves, Bledsoe could play his way into the lottery in 2011.

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NOTE: The article also lists Kentucky-native Scotty Hopson (Tennessee) as a potential first round pick.

Kenneth Faried on List of Mid-Major All-Americans

Mike DeCourcy of SportingNews.com gives his mid-season mid-major all-America team today. He gives high praise to Morehead State's Kenneth Faried:

Kenneth Faried, C, junior, Morehead State. Why is Faried college basketball's best rebounder? Because he wants it that way. Faried chases rebounds with an attitude. He hasn't gotten 20 in a game yet, but he's come close twice (18 vs. UT Martin, 19 vs. Austin Peay). He led the Eagles to the NCAA Tournament last season.

Also making Decourcy's team are:

- Artsiom Parakhouski, C, senior, Radford
- Ryan Wittman, G, senior, Cornell
- Omar Samhan, C, senior, Saint Mary's
- Gordon Hayward, F, sophomore, Butler

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Over 30K for Dinner with Ashley Judd and Coach Calipari


The Hoops for Haiti eBay auctions are coming to a close later today and the response has been overwhelming.

The auction that really stands out is a dinner for six at John Calipari's house with the Calipari family and Ashley Judd. The current bit sits at $30,200 with slightly more than 9 hours remaining.

A quick rundown of some of the others that are well over a thousand dollars:

- Meet LeBron James and Attend a Cavs Playoff game: $7,100.00
- Rolex "Kentucky Blue" Submariner Stainless Steel & Gold: $6,000.00
- One-of-Its-Kind Old Time Train Ride: $5,600.00
- Appear on Coach Calipari's TV Show: $4,050.00
- 2-on-2 with Delk and Padgett: $4,000.00

You can view all the Hoops for Haiti auctions here

Calipari and WKYT have already teamed up to raise more than a million dollars of disaster relief money for earthquake-stricken Haiti.

Ultimate Fan Experience at Pikeville College Tomorrow Night: Basketball Rivalry Game and a Chance to Win a Car


PIKEVILLE, Ky. – Half the field in line to win the 2010 Toyota Camry on Thursday night is still to be determined as we close in on a huge night of basketball at the East Kentucky Expo Center.

Thursday’s games will televised live on Wazoo Sports, a Kentucky-based company that is available in more than 600,000 homes across the commonwealth They will carry both games, with the women’s contest set to begin at 6:07 p.m.

There’s still plenty of time for texting the word “TOYO” to the short code 8696 on your Appalachian Wireless phone to enter for the drawing. The next participant will be drawn on Thursday morning, which will give us four of the six finalists for the car. On Thursday afternoon at 3 p.m., another drawing will be held amongst those who register on Thursday alone.

The final participant will be chosen from those who text from inside the Expo Center on Thursday night.

Then, at halftime of the men’s game against Georgetown College, those six finalists will be given keys. One will unlock the Camry and the person holding that key will drive it home from the game that night.

The car is just one of many items to be given away Thursday as part of Appalachian Wireless night. The cell provider has been registering people in their stores all month. One person from each store will win a ticket to Thursday night’s game, and between games, those winners will come to the floor of the Expo Center and receive an envelope.

In those envelopes, five lucky fans will win Samsung 40-inch 1080 dpi flat-screen televisions. The rest will receive $25 gift certificates from Appalachian Wireless.

In addition to that, fans entering the Expo Center on Thursday night can stop by the Appalachian Wireless booth in the concourse and register for a chance to win $10,000 at halftime of the women’s game.

Three finalists have already been chosen in the 2010 Toyota Camry giveaway, which is sponsored by Appalachian Wireless, Walters Toyota, East Kentucky Broadcasting and Pikeville College.

They are Lisa Blair of Williamsport in Johnson County, Lynda Stanley of Pikeville and Belinda Boyd of Martin in Floyd County. They are guaranteed to receive a key and have the opportunity to unlock and win the car on Thursday night.

In addition to that and the games between Pikeville and Georgetown, a group of Pikeville College students and staff will be raising funds to send to the Red Cross in an effort to help with the crisis in Haiti.

Source: Press release from Pikeville College

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