Saturday, January 30, 2010

Pikeville College Ends Road Swing with Another Win

(14) Pikeville College 88
West Virginia Tech 81

Final from Montgomery, West Virginia

Game recap by Pikeville College:


MONTGOMERY, W.Va. – Junior Justin Hicks scored all 18 of his points in the second half, part of a 62-point period for his team, to lead No. 14 Pikeville College past WVU Tech 88-81 Saturday afternoon.

Hicks broke out of a shooting clump by hitting 4-of-6 from the arc after halftime, when the Bears trailed 33-26. Pikeville improved to 18-2 overall and, for however briefly, gained sole possession of first place in the Mid-South Conference at 5-1 because Campbellsville’s game with St. Catharine was postponed until Monday night.

WVU Tech has lost four straight league games after going 2-0 on opening weekend. The Golden Bears are 12-9 overall.

Pikeville got 24 points from Jonathan Clark in his return after missing three games with an ankle injury. The senior from Ypsilanti, Mich., led the Bears to a 40-13 advantage in bench points.

Pikeville pulled within three (20-17) with 8:35 left in the first when freshman Trevor Setty scored. But the Golden Bears responded with 10 unanswered points, and when Rickey Young followed two free throws with a steal and layup, Tech led 30-17 with 2:31 remaining.

Pikeville battled back, with Clark scoring six unanswered points in the final 55 seconds to trim the lead to 33-26 at the half.

Clark and Hicks were joined in double figures by junior Andre Thornton, who tossed in 13 and grabbed seven rebounds. Senior Anthony Smith’s 10 rebounds powered the Bears to a 51-33 advantage on the glass.

Young and Robby Marshall had 20 points each for Tech, while senior guard Darryl Slack tossed in 13 and handed out five assists.

Pikeville will return home on Thursday night, hosting Cumberlands, while Tech visits Campbellsville on Thursday. Both games are set for 8 p.m. starts.

Yates "Takes it Easy" on Lee Today; Only Wins by 99

Western Kentucky recruit Brandon Peters scored 13 points as Yates High School, widely regarded as a top 3 team in the nation, destroyed hapless Lee High School by 99 points.

Introductory excerpt of article from Chron.com:

In the last three weeks since Yates and Lee last met on the basketball court, the two teams have been at the center of what became a national debate. In their second meeting on Saturday at Delmar Fieldhouse, both teams sought to put an end to it for good.

With many more eyes watching and a display of sportsmanship at midcourt before the game, the two teams played basketball — and nothing else — for 32 minutes and at the end, Yates once again stood tallest, rolling to a 125-26 victory over Lee.

The No. 1 Lions (22-0, 8-0 District 21-4A) remain unbeaten and extended their winning streak to 46 games.

"These last couple of weeks have been crazy," Lee coach Jacques Armant said. "We finally got it behind us, but we weren't worried about it. Once the last game was over, it was over. We came into this one just like it was a regular game."

The last meeting, a 170-35 Yates win on Jan. 5 in which the Lions broke the state's single-game scoring record, sparked a controversy over sportsmanship.

On Saturday, each player from both team met at midcourt before tipoff, shook hands and exchanged white T-shirts that said "Houston ISD athletics" on the front.

"I thought it was good and it let both teams know that all that is in the past," Yates coach Greg Wise said. "Actually, I thought from the first game on, our guys didn't have any animosity as far as they're concerned. But I thought it was good in terms of showing everybody else that the teams weren't about to come out and be against each other, except in competition."

Once the game tipped, the Lions were once again dominant in the first quarter, it became clear that they weren't going to be able to replicate the scoring pace they set in the teams' first meeting.

The Generals (2-18, 1-8) were able to get the ball across halfcourt several times in the first few minutes, but were unable to convert offensive opportunities into points. Though the Lions had just six points on the board at the 6:16 mark, the Generals had six turnovers.


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Hilltoppers Get Back to Winning Ways Against New Orleans

Western Kentucky 76
New Orleans 56

Final from Bowling Green, Kentucky

Game recap by Associated Press:


BOWLING GREEN, Ky. -- Steffphon Pettigrew and A.J. Slaughter each scored 18 points to lead Western Kentucky to a 76-56 rout over New Orleans on Saturday.

The Hilltoppers (12-10, 5-5 Sun Belt Conference) snapped a five-game losing streak. The Privateers (7-15, 2-9), who finished with 25 turnovers, lost their fourth straight.

Western Kentucky shot 48.3 percent from the field (29-for-60), while New Orleans shot 44.4 percent (20-for-45). Both teams shot over 60 percent in the first half.

Freshmen Caden Dickerson scored 14 points and Jamaal Crook had 11 points. Jeremy Evans finished with 12 points and 13 rebounds as all Western starters scored in double figures.

Charles Carmouche was the only Privateer with more than six points, scoring a game-high 23 points. Carmouche went 8 of 14 from the floor, while the rest of the team went 12-for-31.

Head Coach Joe Pechota Literally Does it All at Brescia

Excerpt of article from AmericanChronicle.com:

Joe Pechota has been working by himself most of this basketball season.

The Brescia University men's coach's full-time assistant resigned to take another job before the season began. A part-time assistant who works in private business took on additional job responsibilities, so he was not able to help Pechota.

"You talk about doing it all, I've been doing the game plan and the laundry," Pechota said. "I was working on two scouting reports at once."

That was Sunday night as the Bearcats got ready for Asbury on Tuesday. Pechota, who eats, drinks and sleeps basketball, doesn't seem to have a problem with this season's extra workload.

"It's a challenge, but once you get in a rhythm, it's not that hard," Pechota said. "You've just got to be really efficient."

This Brescia basketball club has certainly followed the lead of its lone leader.

The Bearcats, led by a talented group of seniors, have overcome a slow start to win seven of their last 10 games. They've risen to 15-8 overall and 3-2 in the Kentucky Intercollegiate Athletic Conference.


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Daryl Traynham Commits to Massachusetts Over WKU


Daryl Traynham just announced via Twitter that he has committed to Massachusetts:

darylt3 just committed to Umass....

Traynham's final two were the Minutemen and Western Kentucky. Several weeks ago, he appeared destined for Bowling Green, but a change of heart has put his future at UMass.

NBA's King LeBron James Puts the "Y" in Kentucky

The customary "Y" in today's K-E-N-T-U-C-K-Y cheer during the second half media timeout at Rupp Arena was non-other than LeBron James of the Cleveland Cavaliers:



Video courtesy of: http://www.kentuckysportsnetwork.com

Kentucky Wesleyan Ends Quincy's Home Winning Streak

(16) Kentucky Wesleyan 85
(19) Quincy University 73

Final from Quincy, Illinois

Game recap by Quincy University:


(Quincy, Ill.) After trailing by double digits for the majority of the game the #19 ranked Quincy University men's basketball team pulled to within five points of #16 Kentucky Wesleyan but was unable to get any closer as they dropped an 85-73 decision at home on Saturday.

Quincy opened the scoring in the game when Mookie Pierre hit a lay-up in the opening minute and held an 8-3 lead after jumpers by Billy Baptist, Justin Brock and Courtney Belger followed. Kentucky Wesleyan responded with a 7-1 run, taking a 10-9 lead after a three from Willie Richardson. The Hawks answered back on a three from Courtney Belger to give the Hawks their last lead of the game at 12-10 with 13:28 on the clock.

Kentucky Wesleyan went on a 9-0 run mid-way through the first-half to take a 27-17 lead, carried by three consecutive three-pointers. The Panthers held a 40-26 lead with 23-seconds left but Quincy got some momentum back when Pierre closed out the half with a three at buzzer to make the score 40-29. Quincy committed 13 turnovers in the first-half alone, which contributed to the Panthers lead.

Quincy trailed by as many as 18 points in the second half and was down 69-51 with 8:06 left. The Hawks, who came from 12 points down for a win on Thursday against Bellarmine, made another push on Saturday. The Hawks went on a 9-3 run to close to within 10 points with 3:10 remaining. Quincy was able to get the score down to 76-71 with 1:44 left when Justin Brock hit a lay-up and Josh Edmonds drilled a three-pointer. However Kentucky Wesleyan was clutch from the free-throw line, hitting nine free throws in the game's final 1:27 to hold on for the win.

Quincy was led by Billy Baptist's 22 points and nine rebounds while Courtney Belger added 17 points and Brock finished with 13 points and seven rebounds. Quincy falls to 17-3 overall and 8-3 in the Great Lakes Valley Conference. They return to action on Thursday, February 4th when they host the University of Illinois-Springfield at 7:30 p.m. in Pepsi Arena.

Murray State Destroys UT-Martin for 20th Win

Murray State 77
UT-Martin 45

Final from Martin, Tennessee

Game recap by Associated Press:


MARTIN, Tenn. -Ivan Aska and Isaiah Canaan each scored 13 points and Murray State routed Tennessee-Martin 77-45 on Saturday for its 11th win in a row.

Danero Thomas added 11 points for the Racers (20-3, 11-0 Ohio Valley Conference), who are off to their best start since the 1998-99 team opened the season 20-2.

Tony Easley swatted seven of the Racers' 12 blocked shots.

The Racers led 46-23 at halftime, built a 34-point lead with 4:41 to play and coasted to their 18th straight conference win. Led by Aska, who made 6 of 7 field goals, the Racers shot 56.6 percent from the field (30 of 53). Meanwhile, the Skyhawks made only 15 of 61 field goal attempts (24.6 percent), including going 1-for-11 (9.1 percent) from 3-point range.

Marquis Weddle scored nine points to lead the Skyhawks (3-17, 0-10), who have lost eight of their past nine games.

Officials Decide Game; Send Louisville Home With a Loss

(9) West Virginia 77
Louisville 74

Final from Morgantown, West Virginia

Excerpt of game recap by Associated Press:


MORGANTOWN, W.Va. -- West Virginia turned to Da'Sean Butler for another late comeback.

The veteran guard scored a season-high 27 points, including the go-ahead basket with 16 seconds remaining, as No. 9 West Virginia rallied to beat Louisville 77-74 on Saturday.

Butler is the biggest reason why the Mountaineers (17-3, 6-2 Big East) have won four straight. In each of those games, he led the team in scoring, and this time helped West Virginia come from 12 down midway through the second half to snap a four-game skid against Louisville.

"He's been unbelievable," said West Virginia coach Bob Huggins. "I wish he wouldn't wait until the end."

"I'm not going to lie," Butler said. "I've seen pretty much every comeback possible in college and been a part of a couple so unless there's five seconds left and we're down 10, I know there's a good chance that we can come back."

The Cardinals (13-8, 4-4) seemed to be in control after Samardo Samuels' layup put them ahead 65-53 with 10 minutes left, but they made only three field goals the rest of the game.

Rick Pitino has "had it" with the officials (courtesy Courier-Journal):

Morrison Tops 1,000; Asbury Basketball Rolls

Asbury College 83
St. Louis Pharmacy 50

Final from Wilmore, Kentucky

Game recap by Asbury College:

Wilmore, Ky. – Phillip Morrison scored his 1,000th career point as the Eagles cruised to a 83-50 victory over the Eutectics of St. Louis Pharmacy on Saturday afternoon. Morrison became the 14th member of the prestigious club, scoring all 12 of his points in the first half, he now sits at 1,001 points in 58 games.

Asbury (12-12, 4-3 KIAC) has won three straight after losing the previous four. The Eagles jumped out to a 48-19 first half lead and never looked back as 16 players saw the court and 14 scoring. Morrison led the team with 12 and Jamal Morris added 11 off the bench and Adam Delph scored 10 and had a game-high seven assists in only 18 minutes of action.

Daniel Drury knocked down three of the team’s 14 threes on the day. Asbury has now hit 43 threes in their last three games and is shooting nearly 40% from beyond the arc in those games. Delph, Morrison, Brock Hurtle, and Nick Ziemann all hit two threes on Saturday as Ziemann notched his first career points.

Tyler Woods led the team with five rebounds in only six minutes of action as the Eagles pulled down 36 boards compared to 43 for the Eutectics. Asbury held Pharmacy to only 35% shooting and forced 22 turnovers. Justin Jones led the Eagles with four steals and two blocks.

Asbury will host Indiana University East on Thursday February 4th at 7:30 pm in a pivotal game for seeding in the KIAC Tournament. Asbury currently is a ½ game behind Brescia for third place and holds a ½ game lead over Berea and IUE. The Eagles lost to the Red Wolves back in their first meeting in Richmond 84-56.

Matt Pilgrim is the "X-Factor" at Oklahoma State

Former Kentucky Wildcat Matt Pilgrim is having success in his first season at Oklahoma State.

Excerpt of article from OKNews.com:

"He’s kind of that X Factor,” Ford said, "somebody who can totally be a difference-maker in a game. He’s the one guy we have who rebounds over the rim. Besides him, we’re not an overly athletic basketball team when it comes to inside presence. So he can definitely be the X factor.

"What do I mean by the X factor? It’s still not consistent yet. We’re looking for that consistency from him, because he’s more than capable of giving it.”

Through 20 games, Pilgrim is averaging 6.4 points and 5.8 rebounds. After starting OSU’s first two games, only to fall into foul trouble each time, he’s been relegated to a reserve role. What’s followed has been a series of intermittent highs and lows, magical moments and forgettable mistakes.


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Portland TrailBlazers All-Time Greats: #23 Rod Strickland


OregonLive.com is breaking down the top 40 Portland TrailBlazer players of all time. Coming in at #23 on the list is Kentucky assistant basketball coach Rod Strickland.

Here is an excerpt of the article about Strickland:

23. Rod Strickland point guard

Ht: 6-foot-3 Wt: 185 pound
Seasons as a Blazer: 5 (1992-1996, 2000-2001)
Statistics in Portland: 16.2 points, 8.2 assists

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Drive and dish led to 20 assists – twice

Growing up on the playgrounds in The Bronx, New York, Rod Strickland would often find himself going one-on-one with his opponent.

"It's like you were on an island, and he is trying to embarrass you, and you are trying to do the same to him," Strickland remembers. "So when I went to the basket, I was thinking 'I'm making this business."'

Fearless drives in traffic, finished off by a slick assist or a twisting layin with great spin off the backboard became a signature of Strickland, who had the difficult job of replacing Terry Porter at point guard.

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Favorite Blazer memory "The fourth game of that (1996) playoff series against Utah, I remember being a great game (he had 27 points). It was at home, and it was a big game. I think I hit a three to seal the deal. But the next game in Utah, we laid an egg (a 102-64 loss). "

Photo: Portland TrailBlazers

Long Day for Kentucky State at NCAA DI Georgia Tech

(22) Georgia Tech 98
Kentucky State 50

Final from Atlanta, Georgia

Game recap by Associated Press:


ATLANTA -- Glen Rice Jr. scored 15 points, D'Andre Bell added 14 and No. 22 Georgia Tech breezed to a 98-50 victory Saturday over Kentucky State.

The Yellow Jackets (16-5) have won four of five, and improved to 11-1 at home, dipping out of the Atlantic Coast Conference to take on a Division II school from the Southern Intercollegiate Athletic Conference.

After Kentucky State's Troy Johnson cut the lead to 17-15 with a 3-pointer, the Yellow Jackets went on a 48-14 charge that ended on Iman Shumpert's dunk with 18:12 remaining.

Georgia Tech coach Paul Hewitt pulled his starters a few minutes later with the Yellow Jackets leading by 32.

Jarrod Gay had 16 points to lead the Thorobreds, (4-13) who hit just 28.3 percent from the field. Tony Johnson added eight for Kentucky State after going 2-for-11 from the field.

Breaking News: C.J. Leslie to Visit Kentucky Today

My good buddy Dustin Rumbaugh at Kentucky Sports Radio just broke the news that 2010 forward C.J. Leslie will be in attendance at Rupp Arena today.

Here is Rumbaugh's post on Twitter earlier:

DustinRumbaugh According to a source close to the young man, CJ Leslie will be in the house today for UKs gm against Vandy. Big News for the Cats!!

If you combine that breaking news with the article I published yesterday, then it would seemingly be good news for the Kentucky Wildcats.

Centre Snatches Defeat from the Jaws of Victory in Colorado

Colorado College 61
Centre College 59

Final from Colorado Springs, Colorado

Excerpt of game recap by Centre College:


Leading by as many as 10 points in the second half, the Centre College men's basketball team was not able to hold on falling 61-59 to Colorado College in a Southern Collegiate Athletic Conference (SCAC) game Friday, Jan. 29 in Colorado Springs, Colo.

The loss, the second straight for the Colonels, drops their overall record to 10-7 overall and SCAC mark to 6-4. Colorado improves to 11-7 overall and 6-4 in league action.

The Colonels shot 38.5% (20-52) on the night, but turned the ball over 16 times. Colorado finished the game at 42.1% (24-57) and turned the ball over 10 times.

Rose led the Tigers with a game-high 24 points, while Brady Ohlsen tallied a double-double with 15 points and 11 rebounds.

Mullaney led four Colonels in double figures with 15 points. Junior center Alex Lloyd (Versailles, Ky.) and Noll both had double-doubles for Centre. Lloyd scored 13 points and grabbed 13 rebounds, while Noll added 10 points and 10 rebounds. Freshman guard Bryon Ellis (Russell Springs, Ky.) chipped in 12 points in the defeat.

Centre will return to action Sunday, Jan. 31 against Austin College. The SCAC contest will be played as part of a men's/women's double-header and is set to start at 3 p.m. CST in Sherman, Texas.

Quarterfinals Recap: Touchstone Energy All A Classic

Here is a recap of Day 2 of the Touchstone Energy All "A" Classic on the campus of Eastern Kentucky University.

QUARTERFINAL ROUND:

Glasgow 58 Walton-Verona 44

The Scotties looked like an entirely different team in the 4th quarter as they outscored the Bearcats 21-7 in the final stanza to determine the final outcome. Glasgow picked up 21 points, 6 rebounds and 8 assists from Cameron Hall. The Scotties only had 4 turnovers for the entire game, while Walton-Verona had 13.

DeSales 56 Hazard 52 (OT)

The Colts picked up the hard fought overtime victory over a gritty squad from Hazard. Both teams laid it all on the line, but DeSales was able to win the overtime period with several big shots late. Brandon Ritchie led the Colts with 15 points and 8 rebounds.

University Heights 55 Owensboro Catholic 50

Another season and another All A Classic semifinal appearance for University Heights. Owensboro Catholic led going into the final quarter, but the Blazers made the necessary plays to get the win. Matt McGowan led coach Randy McCoy's team with 16 points. Neil Lanham had 14 points and 9 rebounds for Catholic.

Shelby Valley 80 Danville 56

The Admirals came out hot and actually led 18-14 after the first period. It was all Shelby Valley after that, however, as the Wildcats simply had too many horses for Danville. Mr. Basketball candidate Elisha Justice led Valley with 19 points. Jacody Taylor followed up a 28-point first round performance with 21 against Shelby Valley.

NAIA Game Cancellations Announced

St. Catharine vs. Campbellsville moved to Monday

The game that was originally scheduled for today, will be moved to Monday night at 8:00pm girls at 6:00. The game will be played at Campbellsville University.

Union-Milligan games moved to Monday

BARBOURVILLE, Ky. - Due to the inclement weather, the Appalachian Athletic Conference doubleheader between Union College and Milligan (Tenn.) College scheduled for Saturday has been postponed and rescheduled for Monday.

The women's game will be played Monday at 5:30 p.m. with the men's game to follow at 7:30 p.m.

Men’s and Women’s Basketball: Mid-Continent Basketball Games Postponed

Mayfield, KY – Mid-Continent University basketball has fallen victim to the winter weather! MCU’s men’s and women’s basketball TranSouth conference basketball games against Cumberland, scheduled for Saturday, January 30, in the Mayfield High School Sports Arena, have been postponed by the winter storm moving slowly through western Kentucky and Tennessee.

IU East-Berea game today at Tiernan Center postponed

The MCU vs. Cumberland games have been rescheduled to Monday, February 22, at Paducah Tilghman High School in Paducah, Kentucky, with the women’s game tipping off at 6:00 p.m. followed by the men’s game at 8:00 p.m.

The Indiana University East men's basketball home game scheduled for 2 p.m. today against Berea College in the Richmond High School Tiernan Center has been postponed, according to IU East coach Mark Hester.

Snowy and icy conditions in Kentucky made travel hazardous for Berea.

A makeup date for the Kentucky Intercollegiate Athletic Conference contest will be announced.

Brandon Knight Sets New Career High in District Win

Kentucky 2010 recruit Brandon Knight nailed a career-high eight 3-pointers on the way to 35 points and a regular season district title.

Excerpt of article from Sun-Sentinel.com:

Brandon Knight had 35 points with a career-high eight 3-pointers as Pine Crest defeated American Heritage 80-71, Friday at home to claim the District 14-3A regular season title.

Freshman Romas Marcinkevicious came off the bench to score 14 points and pull down 14 rebounds. The 6-6 forward posted the double-double in relief of Tevin Westbrook, who was sidelined in the first quarter after rolling his left ankle.

The win marks the fifth-straight year the Panthers (19-2, 4-0) have either won or shared the regular-season district crown.


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UK Head Coach John Calipari Speaks to Media

Friday, January 29, 2010

Campbellsville Moves Into NCCAA Top 5 This Week

Campbellsville University men's basketball has moved into the top 5 nationally in this week's NCCAA Division I rankings.

2010 NCCAA DIVISION I MEN'S BASKETBALL

1 Oklahoma Wesleyan University (OK) 20-0
2 Indiana Wesleyan University (IN) 19-3
3 Emmanuel College (GA) 16-4
4 Bethel College (IN) 28-4
5 Campbellsville University (KY) 15-5
6 King College (TN) 12-3
7 Chowan University (NC) 12-4
8 Spring Arbor University (MI) 17-6
9 North Greenville University (SC) 10-5
10 Oakland City University (IN) 12-6

Others Receiving Votes: The Master's College (CA); Nyack College (NY); Cedarville University (OH); Northwestern College (MN); Dallas Baptist University (TX); Geneva College (PA).

DraftExpress Updated Scouting Report for DeMarcus Cousins


DraftExpress.com has an updated NBA scouting report for Kentucky's DeMarcus Cousins:

DeMarcus Cousins, 6-11, Freshman, Center, Kentucky

21 minutes: 16 points, 9.7 rebounds, 0.9 assists, 1.8 turnovers, 1.9 blocks,
55% FG, 66% FT, 1-5 3P

Excerpt:

You’d be hard pressed to find a freshman who has dominated his opponents from a statistical standpoint the way DeMarcus Cousins has for Kentucky so far this season.

#1 in PER (actually ranking #1 in the last 8 years in that category), Points per-40 minutes pace adjusted, rebounds per-40p, field goals made and second in free throw attempts, Cousins has answered his many critics by going out and producing in unbelievable fashion.

A man amongst boys at the college level, Cousins’ combination of size, length and strength is simply unparalleled at this level of competition. There are only a handful of players that can even match up with him from a physical standpoint, and outside of a couple of ho-hum performances against the strongest big men he’s faced (UConn and North Carolina), he’s completely destroyed the slew of largely mediocre post players he’s been forced to deal with.

Watching him on film, it’s not difficult to see why. Cousins can establish position deep in the post pretty much whenever he wants at the college level with his huge frame, huge and extremely soft hands, and incredible wingspan-- making him the perfect target to lob the ball inside the paint to. He’s the type of guy who wants the ball in his hands and shows a real hunger to score as much as possible, which is a big part of the reason why he’s currently ranked as the #1 per-minute scorer in college basketball.

Morehead State vs. Austin Peay Moved to Sunday

CLARKSVILLE, Tenn.--The basketball doubleheader originally scheduled for Saturday between Morehead State and Austin Peay has been postponed until Sunday.

The women's game will be played at 3 p.m. ET and the men's game will tip-off at approximately 5 p.m. ET, immediately following the women's contest.

Heavy ice and snow fell most of the day throughout eastern Tennessee, forcing the postponement. The women's basketball team is shooting for its 16th win this season. The men's basketball team will be trying to win its 12th straight game, which would equal a school record.

Cousins Thinking Lottery but Wall's the One They All Want

FoxNews.com says John Wall is the player that every NBA team wants, but there are several others in consideration - including Kentucky's DeMarcus Cousins.

John Wall:

"Here's my take on John Wall," the scout said. "Just crazy speed, end to end, which makes those (2009 Rookie of the Year) Derrick Rose comparisons pretty legit. He doesn't have Rose's strength yet, but strength won't be an issue. He may be more explosive than Rose, but -- in my opinion -- has much better vision and delivery skills as a passer and has a better shooting stroke."

And the negatives?

"Well, sometimes vision doesn't always lead to great decision-making," the scout said. "Just seeing a teammate cutting to the basket, for example, isn't enough. You have to be able to judge where the defensive help, the defensive rotation, may be. Eye contact with a teammate seems like a great thing to have, but if the defender can read your eyes and create a turnover ... that's not so good, is it?"

I'm guessing no.

"Wall is very active and aggressive defensively, which is rare for his age and position," the scout said. "Most young, highly rated point guards don't defend ... Wall really seems to like defense. He's really eager to run the team, move the ball, feed the post and has the jets to get anywhere on the floor he wants against anyone."

Demarcus Cousins:

"Wow, he's really turned some perceptions around," the scout said of Cousins. "He's not a hover-craft like Favors, but he's got an NBA body. He didn't like to bang that much and used to drift to the perimeter a lot, but that's changing. He has really nice hands and good feet ... probably playing more physically after working with guys like (teammate) Patrick Patterson in practice.

If his consistency continues to rise, he'll go pretty high.

"His stamina was in question, but even though he's only gettin' about 20 minutes a game, he's still puttin' up 16 points and about 10 rebounds. He seems like much less of a risk than some guys who went straight from high school and have developed into pretty good NBA players."

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Pikeville College Survives at Rio Grande

(14) Pikeville 84
Rio Grande 83

Final from the University of Rio Grande

Game recap by Pikeville College:

PIKEVILLE, Ky. – Survive and advance. That’s the motto of many a coach during basketball season, and was exactly what happened for the Pikeville College Bears, who held off the University of Rio Grande 84-83 on Thursday night in Newt Oliver Arena.

No. 14 Pikeville (17-2, 4-1 in the Mid-South Conference) scored the first two points of the second half on a layup by senior Anthony Smith to take a 44-42 lead, but then saw the RedStorm score 16 unanswered points to lead 58-44 with 15:53 left.

But the Bears slowly, methodically cut the lead, finally getting it to single digits (63-54) on a pair of free throws by junior Justin Hicks with 12:47 left. Free throws again tied the game when freshman Trevor Setty with 3:13 to lock the game at 76.

Pikeville led 82-81 and forced a turnover in the last 30 seconds, but junior Doug Campbell stole the inbounds pass and laid it in to regain the lead with 25 seconds left. But the Bears got the ball in the hands of senior Josh Samarco, who raced downcourt and nailed a jumper from atop the arc on the left wing to put the Bears on top with 17 seconds left.

Rio (5-16, 0-5) got the ball downcourt and had a nice, short jumper from the paint by sophomore point guard Brad Cubbie, but senior Anthony Smith blocked it and claimed the rebound as the clock expired.

The Bears survived a 29-point effort by senior P.J. Rase, who hit 6-of-8 from the arc in the loss. Campbell finished with 17 while junior Meau Jones came off the bench for 12 points and eight rebounds for the RedStorm, who dominated the glass 42-32.

Pikeville had five players in double figures, led by junior Andre Thornton’s 18 points and six rebounds. Samarco finished with 14 thanks to three three-pointers.

Smith had 13 and seven rebounds, with senior Maurice Thomas tossed in 11 and grabbed seven boards to tie for team high honors, while junior Justin Hicks finished with 10.

Pikeville will stay on the road, visiting WVU Tech on Saturday at 4 p.m. Rio Grande remains at home, entertaining Cumberlands Saturday at 4.

Dick Vitale: UK Fans Should be Proud; Not Disappointed


Dick Vitale says Kentucky basketball fans should be proud of what this season's team has already accomplished and not disappointed because of one setback.

Here is an excerpt of Vitale's article on ESPN.com:

Calipari will get his team focused. Even the President said they needed to stay focused, showing the same passion. He was telling them something valid.

Kentucky fans should be proud of what the team has achieved to date. They should not be down and disappointed by one setback.

The beauty of college basketball is March Madness. What really matters is cutting down the nets in Lucas Oil Stadium in Indianapolis. Believe me, if Kentucky is celebrating that, nobody will care about a loss to the Gamecocks.

This was a bump in the road and Kentucky will respond. This group is too talented and too well-coached not to.

Schedule Change for Eastern Kentucky vs. Tennessee St.

Inclement weather has forced a schedule change for both EKU basketball teams:

NASHVILLE, Tenn. – Eastern Kentucky University’s men’s and women’s basketball games scheduled for Saturday at Tennessee State University in Nashville have been rescheduled for Sunday due to a heavy winter storm moving through the mid-south.

The Lady Colonels and Lady Tigers will tip-off at 4 p.m. ET on Sunday. The men’s game will follow at 6 p.m. ET.

Western Kentucky Suffers Another Heart-Breaking Defeat

North Texas 84
Western Kentucky 83 (F/OT)

Final from Bowling Green, Kentucky

Game recap by Associated Press:


BOWLING GREEN, Ky. -- Eric Tramiel scored 25 points and made the game-winning basket with 8 seconds left in overtime to give North Texas an 84-83 victory Thursday night over Western Kentucky.

The Mean Green (13-7, 6-4 Sun Belt Conference) have won four of their last five games.

Steffphon Pettigrew made a contested 3-pointer with one-tenth of a second left in regulation for the Hilltoppers (11-10, 4-5) to force overtime.

Tristan Thompson added 20 points for North Texas and George Odufuwa had 15 points and 16 rebounds.

The game featured 16 ties and 15 lead changes.

The Hilltoppers shot 30-for-37 from the free throw line, while the Mean Green shot 16-for-23. From the field, North Texas shot 49.2 percent (32-for-65) compared to Western Kentucky's 41.4 percent (24-for-58).

Pettigrew scored 23 points for the Hilltoppers, who have lost five straight. A.J. Slaughter had 18 points.

St. Catharine Edges Georgetown College in OT

St. Catharine 92
(18) Georgetown College 87 (F/OT)

Final from St. Catharine, Kentucky

Game recap by St. Catharine:


In one of the most exciting games in the history of Lourdes Hall, the St. Catharine College Patriots downed the Georgetown College Tigers 92-87 in overtime Thursday in Mid-South Conference action. St. Catharine, 14-7 overall and 2-3 in the conference, forced the overtime when Ervin Williams’ putback in the final seconds knotted the game at 76-76.

In the extra period, Brandon Johnson’s trey quickly gave the Patriots a 79-76 lead but Hollis Giles converted a three point play for the Tigers (15-5, 3-2) to tie the game. The Patriots then took the lead for good with three minutes left in overtime two free throws by Williams. They expanded the lead to 85-81 when Josh Peery grabbed a big offensive rebound and fed Johnson who hit a three pointer from the deep corner.

The victory was the third for the Patriots this season over a team ranked in the top 20 nationally. Twice St. Catharine has beaten Southern Polytechnic State, ranked eighth, and Georgetown came into the game ranked 18th.

Johnson led four patriot players in double figures with 18 points. Arthur Latham added 16 while Josh Edwards and Kris Caufield had 15 and 14 respectively.

The Patriots can’t savor the win long, however, as they jump right back in against another ranked opponent Saturday when they travel to #9 Campbellsville for another key Mid-South Conference matchup.

ESPN RISE Player of the Week: Terrence Jones

Terrence Jones is ESPNRise player of the week, featured on ESPN











(HT: OregonLive.com)

KHSAA Boy's Sweet 16 Basketball Tournament Pairings

The region matchups are set for this season's KHSAA Boy's Sweet 16 basketball tournament:

Wednesday, March 17th

Noon Region 4 vs. Region 16
1:30 Region 7 vs. Region 8
6:30 Region 9 vs. Region 2
8:00 Region 11 vs. Region 13

Thursday, March 18th

Noon Region 12 vs. Region 3
1:30 Region 1 vs. Region 15
6:30 Region 10 vs. Region 5
8:00 Region 6 vs. Region 14

Future Kentucky Wildcat: Cute Kid Doing John Wall Dance

I love this video:



Brennen's dad posted in the comments section:

"That is actually my son. I check out this site on a daily basis and was shocked when I pulled it up today! I have always been a diehard UK fan and got my son hooked on the Cats at birth. He's 3 years old and can give you the entire lineup including all coaches, player numbers, etc."

Here is young Brennen demonstrating his knowledge of Kentucky basketball (Big Blue Nation - does it get any better than this?):

Ethan Faulkner Leads Norse to Important Road Victory

Northern Kentucky 59
Illinois-Springfield 53

Final from Springfield, Illinois

Game recap by NKU:

SPRINGFIELD, Ill. – Ethan Faulkner scored a career-high 16 points to lead Northern Kentucky University to a 59-53 win at Illinois-Springfield on Thursday night.

Scott Bibbins and Yan Moukoury each added eight points as NKU improved to 11-9 overall, 4-7 in the Great Lakes Valley Conference. The Norse held Illinois-Springfield to just 32.1 percent shooting from the field.

Illinois-Springfield, in its first season of GLVC competition, dropped to 8-9 overall, 5-7 in the GLVC. Thursday’s game marked the first meeting between NKU and Illinois-Springfield in men’s basketball.

Faulkner, a freshman guard from Sandy Hook, Ky., netted 13 points in the second half as NKU held off the Prairie Stars. He made four free throws in the final 35 seconds to help seal the win and finished 8-for-12 at the charity stripe.

Faulkner also buried a pair of 3-point shots and dished out two assists in 26 minutes of action.

Moukoury scored six points in the first half as NKU took a 24-21 lead at the break. The Norse led by as many as 12 points in the second half. Chris Knight grabbed a game-high eight rebounds for NKU, which finished 20-for-31 at the free-throw line.

NKU concludes the two-game road trip Saturday by meeting Saint Joseph’s at 4 p.m.

Bellarmine Falls Short of Ranked Quincy

(19) Quincy 73
Bellarmine 68

Final from Quincy, Illinois

Game recap by Bellarmine University:


QUINCY, Ill.—The No. 19 Quincy Hawks erased a 12-point second half deficit and snuck by the Bellarmine Knights 73-68 in a Great Lakes Valley Conference thriller at Quincy’s Pepsi Arena tonight.

The Knights shot the ball well all game, but misfired on several open looks and made just one basket in the game’s final two minutes as Quincy finished the game outscoring the Knights 9-4 over the last 2:17 of the game.

Bellarmine took a 37-30 lead into the locker room at the half and built the lead to 12 in the second half when Jeremy Kendle connected on a jumper at the 18:05 mark. The Hawks slowly worked back into the game, thanks in large part by connecting on four of five 3-pointers in the second half.

“It was just a very tough league game between two opponents that knew each other very well,” said Bellarmine Coach Scott Davenport. “It was a game that came down to every possession. We had a run and they answered. And, they had a run and we answered. At the end of the game they had a run that we didn’t answer,” Davenport said.

“I thought the key to the game was our inability to defend them in the second half,” Davenport added.

The Knights were led by Jeremy Kendle, who had 18 points and eight rebounds. Sophomore Braydon Hobbs dished out six assists for the Knights.

Quincy was paced by Mookie Pierre, who had a game high 20 points.

The Knights fall to 13-7 (6-5 GLVC), and Quincy improves to 17-2 (8-2 GLVC).

Kentucky Wesleyan Puts Away Lewis in Second Half

(16) Kentucky Wesleyan 77
Lewis 65

Final from Romeoville, Illinois

Game recap by KWC:


The Kentucky Wesleyan College men's basketball team had one shot against Lewis this season to end a three-game slide against the Flyers.

The 16th-ranked Panthers made it count.

Shaking off a slow start, KWC broke open a close game midway through the second half and beat Lewis 77-65 Thursday night in a Great Lakes Valley Conference game at Romeoville, Ill.

Desmond Stephens led the Panthers with a game-high 22 points, and Jay Ivey recorded his first double-double of the season with 12 points and 13 rebounds.

"This road trip is big," KWC coach Todd Lee said. "Getting three out of four to start the trip is big. I think our guys have taken the challenge of playing on the road. Our schedule is so tough. It's important to win these."

Key for the Panthers was turning a halftime deficit in rebounding into a 39-34 advantage by the end of the game. They also began getting buckets inside, taking just seven 3-pointers in the second half after attempting 17 in the first 20 minutes.

KWC (20-3, 9-2 GLVC) and Lewis (12-8, 4-7) traded the lead through the first half and the first 11 minutes of the second. But then the Panthers' bench came through with the game-deciding run.

Travis Owsley scored to put KWC ahead for good at 58-56 and was fouled. He missed the free throw, but Andree' Wilson grabbed the rebound.

Wilson, who had seven boards off the bench, was fouled and hit one of a pair from the stripe for a 59-56 edge.

The Panthers then turned Lewis over on a 5-second call on an inbounds play, and Wilson hit a runner off the glass to give KWC a 61-56 edge.

Lewis called timeout, but missed a shot and Wilson grabbed another board.

Willie Richardson scored on a runout. That put KWC on top 63-56 with 6:20 left in the game.

The Flyers managed to pull within 66-60 when Chris McClellan hit two free throws. Both teams then traded trips down the floor before Stephens drained a 3 to give KWC a 69-60 lead with 3:20 to play.

"That four- or five-minute stretch was the difference in the ball game," Lee said.

Dennis Thomas Jr. led Lewis with 13 points. Justin Jarosz and Marty Strus added 12 points each. The Flyers shot 42 percent from the field, 23-for-55, and 12-of-16 at the line for 75 percent.

Lewis committed 15 turnovers.

Ivey finished 5-for-5 from the field and 2-for-3 at the line for the Panthers. KWC shot 42 percent from the field, 28-for-66, and 12-of-17 at the line for 71 percent. KWC had nine turnovers.

The Panthers face No. 19 Quincy (16-2, 7-2) on Saturday in the Pepsi Arena in Quincy, Ill.

Source Says C.J. Leslie is "Kentucky's to Lose"


I talked to a source tonight that is close to the recruitment of 2010 forward C.J. Leslie.

He said that while Leslie has been in attendance at several North Carolina State games recently, it does not mean that he plans to commit to the Wolfpack. He added that one of Leslie's best friends plays for North Carolina State and if anything, he is there to support a good friend.

He added, "Kentucky fans have a tendency to panic. Just ask Patrick Patterson today. I will tell you this though...UK fans should not worry about C.J. Leslie. He is Kentucky's to lose."

I have felt for a good while that UK is in a pretty good position to land Leslie and these statements seem to support those feelings.

Leslie is a 6-8 forward from Word of God Christian Academy (Nc.), where he was high school teammates with current Kentucky point guard John Wall.

Day 1 Recap: Touchstone Energy All "A" Classic

The first round of the Touchstone Energy All "A" Classic is in the books. Here are the results from Day 1:

Boys Game 1 Glasgow 65 Campbellsville 59 [click here for box]

Cameron Hall scored 34 points, including 17-17 from the free throw line, to lead Glasgow to a first round victory over a tough Campbellsville team. Glasgow was 22-30 from the charity stripe for the game.

Boys Game 2 Walton-Verona 60 Brown 45 [click here for box]

The Bearcats used a balanced scoring attack to pull away from Brown. Tristan Hicks scored 26 points for Brown in a losing effort.

Boys Game 3 DeSales 60 Newport 57 [click here for box]

In one of the better games of the day, DeSales fought off a furious 4th quarter charge to hold on to the 3-point victory. Brandon Ritchie had 15 points and 7 rebounds for the Colts.

Boys Game 4 Hazard 63 Bishop Brossart 60 [click here for box]

Josh Whitaker scored 20 and B.J. Combs added 18 to lead Hazard to a hard fought win over perennial Class A power Bishop Brossart.

Boys Game 5 University Heights 64 Lexington Christian 63 (OT) [click here for box]

In what had to be the game of the day, Ryan Hudson scored 26 points to lead University Heights to an exciting overtime victory. Both team deserved to win but it was the Blazers that prevailed.

Boys Game 6 Owensboro Catholic 56 Fairview 53 [click here for box]

Fairview was unable to find any points on the bench and could not get over the hump against Owensboro Catholic. Catholic picked up 16 points from both Neil Lanham and Will Payne.

Boys Game 7 Shelby Valley 73 Ballard Memorial 34 [click here for box]

Mr. Basketball candidate Elisha Justice had 16 points and 7 assists as the Wildcats cruised to the easy first round win.

Boys Game 8 Danville 67 Williamsburg 55 [click here for box]

The Admirals picked up 28 points form Jacody Taylor in the win. The game was tied at the half, but Danville pulled away in the third quarter and held on.

Ex-Wildcat Rajon Rondo Named to NBA All-Star Team

Former Kentucky Wildcat and Louisville native Rajon Rondo has been named an NBA All-Star for the first time in his career.

Source

NBA All-Star Game reserves

Eastern Conference

Rajon Rondo, Boston Celtics
Joe Johnson, Atlanta Hawks
Chris Bosh, Toronto Raptors
Paul Pierce, Boston Celtics
Gerald Wallace, Charlotte Bobcats
Derrick Rose, Chicago Bulls
Al Horford, Atlanta Hawks

Western Conference

Dirk Nowitzki, Dallas Mavericks
Kevin Durant, Oklahoma City Thunder
Brandon Roy, Portland Trail Blazers
Chris Paul, New Orleans Hornets
Deron Williams, Utah Jazz
Pau Gasol, Los Angeles Lakers
Zach Randolph, Memphis Grizzlies

Berea's Turner Named NAIA DII National Player of the Week.


Mikah Turner is on fire.

The senior from Maysville is putting up eye-popping numbers on the basketball court at Berea College.

Turner is averaging 26.8 points a game, which is the fourth-best total in Division II of the National Association of Intercollegiate Athletics. In three games last week, the 6-foot-3 forward averaged 31 points, 11 rebounds, 1.7 steals, 1.0 assists and 1.0 blocks. He was 37-for-65 (.569) from the field, 9-for-21 (.429) from 3-point range and 10-for-16 (.625) from the foul line.

Those numbers impressed the NAIA so much that Turner was named Division II National Player of the Week. He was chosen out of a pool of selections from 16 conferences and independents.

Source

Thursday, January 28, 2010

Faried Dominates as MSU Wins 11th Straight Game

Morehead State 65
Tennessee State 50

Final from Nashville, Tennessee

Game recap by Morehead State:


NASHVILLE, Tenn. – Morehead State men’s basketball, led by junior Kenneth Faried’s 23 points and a season high 21 rebounds, won its 11th straight game Thursday night, defeating host Tennessee State 65-50 at the Gentry Center. The Eagles improved to 15-6 and 9-1 in the OVC.

The 11-game winning streak is second in the nation only behind Siena’s 12-game unbeaten string. The Eagles also held their fourth consecutive opponent to less than 55 total points.

Faried, the nation’s leading rebounder at more than 13 per game, registered his second career “20-20” game and tallied his seventh straight double-double as well as his fourth consecutive 20-point effort.

“Kenneth was a man among boys tonight. He asked me after the game how many rebounds he had gotten because 20 is always his goal. I actually didn’t know but when I looked at the stats, I told him he had pulled down 21. He just smiled. He is such a great player and a great person,” said head coach Donnie Tyndall.

“Our kids our playing hard at both ends of the floor, but I think our defense has been absolutely exceptional in the last four or five games.”

The Eagles also got a 19-point performance from senior Maze Stallworth and 10 from Nashville native Demonte Harper. Stallworth just missed a double-double himself with nine boards as the Eagles won that battle on the glass, 45-32.

The Eagles led 28-22 at the break overcoming a sluggish first half shooting effort by hitting 10-of-12 from the free throw line. MSU managed to shoot only a season low 23 percent (8-of-35) from the field in the opening 20 minutes, and MSU was only 2-of-9 from behind the arc.

“The last two or three times we’ve played here, we always seem to start slow. It’s like we are about a half-step behind, but I thought we forced a couple turnovers in our press, got a layup or two and started getting the ball into Kenneth and that kind of got us going.”

The Eagles finished the game shooting 38 percent and fashioned a 62 percent showing in the final 20 minutes.

The Tigers opened the game on a 6-0 run as the Eagles missed their first five shots, but Stallworth spurred an Eagle rally with a pair of three-pointers to give MSU a 12-9 lead. The Eagles would go on to lead by as many as eight (28-20) in the first half.

MSU opened the second half pulling out to a 40-24 lead before the Tigers scored the next seven to diminish the Eagle lead down to 40-31. The Tigers actually cut the Eagle lead down as low as four, but MSU pulled away again, leading 52-40 with 7:56 remaining after a Harper fast break three-point play.

The Tigers were paced by 10 point apiece from Jaquan Nobles and Darius Cox, and the Tigers shot 36 percent for the game.

The Eagles travel to Austin Peay on Saturday for an 8:30 p.m. tipoff.

Eastern Kentucky Falls at Austin Peay

Austin Peay 80
Eastern Kentucky 76

Final from Clarksville, Tennessee

Game recap by Eastern Kentucky:


CLARKSVILLE, Tenn. – Host Austin Peay shot 52 percent from the floor and made 28 free throws to hold off the Eastern Kentucky University men’s basketball team Thursday night in Dave Aaron Arena, 80-76. The Governors (12-10, 6-4 OVC) have now defeated the Colonels (14-8, 6-4) five straight times in Clarksville.

Junior Justin Stommes paced EKU with 20 points, marking the seventh time this season he has reached the 20-point plateau. Sophomore Joshua Jones added a season-high 16 points to go along with three assists and no turnovers.

Wes Channels netted 24 points to lead Austin Peay thanks to making 4-of-5 (80 percent) three-pointers. Anthony Campbell chipped in with 19 points while going 6-for-6 from the charity stripe.

The Colonels rattled off nine straight points early in the game, capped by a Stommes lay-in, to build a 14-5 lead. However, Austin Peay responded with a 10-0 run behind three-pointers from Channels and Caleb Brown to earn its first lead, 15-14.

The Governors finished the first half with another run, this time a 13-5 spurt, to take a 36-30 edge into the locker rooms.

Justin Blake’s trifecta six minutes into the second half put APSU ahead, 50-40.

Back-to-back three-pointers from senior Dayvon Ellis and Jones quickly helped the Colonels close the gap to four points, 50-46. Eastern had an opportunity to inch even closer on its next possession, but could not convert an alley-oop attempt to junior Spencer Perrin.

That would be as close as Eastern Kentucky would get the rest of the night. The Colonels went cold over the next five minutes, scoring just two points, as Austin Peay regained a nine-point cushion, 57-48.

In the final four minutes, Austin Peay made 14-of-17 (82.3 percent) free throw attempts to hold off the Colonels.

EKU is right back in action Saturday night, Jan. 30 at Tennessee State. Tip time is set for 8:30 p.m.

Register Now for This Summer's Camp Rondo


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Franklin-Simpson's Mickey Lewis Continues to Shine

Franklin-Simpson point guard Mickey Lewis is having a tremendous season. He is averaging a double-double with 19.2 points and 10 rebounds a game.

The Bowling Green Daily News has named Lewis its Player of the Week.

Here is an excerpt of the article about Lewis:

After tearing his ACL during his junior year, the 6-foot-3 1/2-inch Lewis has returned for his senior season to lead Franklin-Simpson with 19.2 points and 10 rebounds a game.

“He was probably playing as good a basketball as any when it happened,” FSHS coach David Clark recalls. “I think he appreciates his opportunity and is really embracing it. He understands what it’s like not to get to play. He’s worked his butt off to put himself back into position to play at the next level and lead our basketball team. It hadn’t hurt any that he’s grown another inch and a half. He’s just one of those kids you like to have around.”


Complete Article

UK Fans: Please Stop Harassing Your Own Team

Excerpt of article from ESPN.com:

Thanks to Facebook, Twitter, and Friendster (ha, not Friendster, just kidding), fans can now get closer to their athletes than ever before. Oh, sure, a Twitter profile isn't like a face-to-face interaction, but when you have an entire set of friends on Facebook -- your family, your high school buddies, the people you see at work every day -- and you group them and interact with them in much the same way as you group and interact with your favorite collegiate athletes, the distance feels smaller. Hey, I can message Patrick Patterson! Sweet!

Not sweet. At least not to Patrick Patterson. Patrick would prefer you not message him, or at least curtail the content of those messages. The Kentucky forward sent the following message to Kentucky fans on his Facebook profile Wednesday morning:

“To the entire Big Blue Nation.. Do not talk to me or message me about the performances of myself & my teammates OR question our talent, pride, or love for this University.”

Complete Article

Related Article from WinchesterSun.com

My Thoughts: UK fans, I know you are very passionate about Kentucky basketball - I am very passionate about the Cats, as well. However, it is NEVER acceptable to attack or downgrade members of the team on Facebook, Twitter or any other social networking tool.

If you have been involved in this craziness, apologize immediately and never do it again.

Morehead State's Head Coach to Show Feet for Good Cause


Morehead State basketball head coach Donnie Tyndall will put his bare feet on public display to help raise money for Samaritan's Feet, a national charity that helps raise money for impoverished children.

Excerpt of article from TrailBlazerOnline.com:

Many in the MSU campus community — organizations, students, staff and faculty — are making an effort to help the people of Haiti following the devastating earthquake that struck the island nation on Jan. 12.

Jeffery Marshall, executive director of Regional Engagement, said the MSU Center for Regional Engagement (CRE) was looking for opportunities to help.

Marshall said, “We had inquired of a couple of international agencies about the best thing to do and both responded that donating money would be the best response.”

Melisa McBrayer Pratt, CRE Community Service and Marketing coordinator, said the center is partnering with Samaritan’s Feet a national charity that helps raise money for impoverished children.

Samaritan’s Feet has pledged 100,000 pairs of shoes to Haiti and during the month of February, college basketball coaches around the country will be coaching barefoot to raise awareness for the cause.

“In the week leading up to the game on Feb. 4 with Jacksonville, coach Donnie Tyndall will be going barefoot at all press opportunities to promote Samaritan's Feet and the work that they do,” Pratt said, “We are encouraging all Eagle fans to attend the game and go shoeless and everyone to text the word "shoes" to 85944. Five dollars will be added to your next phone bill and a child will receive a new pair of athletic shoes.”

Nice Recognition for Kentucky State's Travis Grant


Former Kentucky State superstar Travis Grant is the all-time leading scorer in college basketball history. He played at a time when basketball was just starting to integrate and his outstanding numbers have largely flown under the national radar.

That has all changed now, however, as Grant has been inducted into the National Collegiate Basketball Hall of Fame.

Here is an introduction to a tremendous article about grant at AJC.com:

For a man of his basketball portfolio, Travis Grant has lived in relative obscurity.

The all-time leading scorer in college basketball history scored his 4,045 points at Kentucky State, a historically black school, in the early 1970s, when college basketball was just beginning to integrate.

His fame was largely confined to the Municipal Auditorium in Kansas City, where 10,000 fans watched the full-court pressing Thorobreds rip off three consecutive NAIA championships from 1970-72.

Grant returned to that city in November to be inducted into the National Collegiate Basketball Hall of Fame. It was the kind of full-circle recognition that had been 40 years in the making.

Still is. Kentucky State plays at Georgia Tech on Saturday. When Tech coach Paul Hewitt was asked about Grant this week, he didn't know who he was or that he was the NCAA's all-time leading scorer.

ESPN GameDay Will Discover Big Blue Nation Soon


How crazy are Kentucky basketball fans?

This is a screenshot from TicketMaster.com that illustrates a sellout for Rupp Arena on February 13 when Kentucky hosts Tennessee.

Did I mention that this isn't for actual game tickets? Actually, this is for tickets to the ESPN GameDay events leading up to the game.

You read correctly - Kentucky basketball and its tremendous fans have sold out Rupp Arena for a pre-game show on ESPN.

Murray State Dismantles Transitioning SIU-Edwardsville

Murray State 86
SIU-Edwardsville 49

Final from Murray, Kentucky

Game recap by Associated Press:

MURRAY, Ky.(AP) — Tony Easley had 13 points, leading 11 players
that scored for Murray State in an 86-49 rout of
SIU-Edwardsville on Wednesday night.

Danero Thomas added 12 points and Isaiah Canaan had 11 for the
Racers (19-3), who increased their winning streak to 10 games.
It’s the best start for Murray State since the 1998-99 Racers
squad went 19-2 out of the gate.

The Racers shot 58.6 percent from the floor (34-for-58) in the
game compared to just a 27.7 mark (18-for-65) by the Cougars.
Murray State also forced 17 turnovers by SIU-Edwardsville, while
committing just nine.

Nikola Bundalo and Cody Rincker scored 12 points apiece to lead
the Cougars (3-18).

The Racers, who came in ranked second in the nation with 11.3
steals per game, recorded 11 swipes in this contest. Murray
State has won 22 straight games in which it held the opposition
to under 60 points.

Louisville is Falling to the Point of Missing NCAA Tourney


Jason King of Yahoo Sports ranks the Louisville Cardinals (13-7, 4-3 Big East) #9 in his Big East Conference power rankings this week.

He also labels the Cardinals as a team that is "Falling" and states:

FALLING

Louisville – The guess here is that Rick Pitino’s squad won’t make the NCAA tournament. Other than Cincinnati, Louisville hasn’t defeated a good team from a Big Six conference all season. Even worse is that the Cardinals’ next two games are against No. 9 West Virginia and No. 19 Connecticut. Louisville’s already-fragile confidence may be shot a week from now.


My Thoughts: Rick Pitino is a great college basketball coach, but can he turn this mess around and salvage the season?

Kentucky Wildcats Drop to #4 in SI Power Rankings

The Kentucky Wildcats have dropped from #1 to #4 in the Sports Illustrated college basketball power rankings this week.

Here is what SI says about the Cats:

4. Kentucky Wildcats (19-1)

I hope even the craziest Wildcats fans (at least before they started Facebook-slamming Patrick Patterson) were able to appreciate just how much of a college hoops EVENT Tuesday's game against South Carolina was.

You had buildup: President Barack Obama calling the Kentucky team to thank them for helping raise more than $1 million for Haiti relief efforts, congratulate them on being No. 1, and tell super-frosh John Wall, "What's going on, All-Star? I've been watching you." You had rising tension: Gamecocks star Devan Downey, when asked if he embraced the chance to face Wall, saying, "Why?" You had action: Downey putting up one of the all-time great-but-incredibly-inefficient performances -- 30 points on 9-of-29 shooting, scoring on drives, jumpers, sleight-of-hand tricks and black magic, with Wall trying to match him to the finish line. You had a powerful (albeit unhappy) ending: Kids mobbing the floor in a crazy/aggressive $25,000 party.

My lasting memory will be the move Downey made with 2:40 left, which is screen-capped (from ESPN) below: The first four screens show him making an absurd drive-left, spin-move-on-heels-right (with ball in left hand) move; the next three screens show him making a swim-and-hop move to split Wall and DeMarcus Cousins; the last one is him successfully releasing a shot over a player 14 inches taller.

Top 5:

1. Syracuse
2. Kansas
3. Villanova
4. Kentucky
5. Michigan State

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Will the NCAA Give Calipari His Final Four Back?

There is a possibility that the NCAA will give the Memphis Tigers their 38 win season back tomorrow during the resolution of the school's appeal. That would give Kentucky head coach John Calipari 38 more career victories and would also add a Final Four appearance back to his coaching resume.

Here is an excerpt of an article by CommercialAppeal.com:

The University of Memphis will plead for leniency from NCAA punishment of the men’s basketball team Friday before the Infractions Appeals Committee in Indianapolis.

Stacey Osburn, the NCAA’s associate director for public and media relations, confirmed today that the hearing will be closed. She also said via e-mail that the NCAA will not comment until the report is prepared and released four to six weeks after the hearing.

Complete Article

Kentucky Recruits in Race for Mr. Basketball USA

ESPN RISE Mr. Basketball USA Tracker

Rank Prev. Name Pos High School 1st 2nd 3rd 4th 5th Total

1 1 Harrison Barnes (9) W Ames 6 3 0 0 0 87
2 2 Jared Sullinger (9) PF Northland 4 2 2 1 0 81
3t 3 Kyrie Irving (8) PG St. Patrick 0 2 1 2 2 56
3t 4 Cory Joseph (8) PG Findlay Prep 0 1 2 2 1 56
5 5 Brandon Knight (8) PG Pine Crest 0 1 0 3 3 53
6 6 Deshaun Thomas (5) PF Bishop Luers 0 0 2 0 1 32
7 NR Terrence Jones (5) W Jefferson 0 0 0 1 1 26


Others Receiving Votes:

Quincy Miller (Quality Education, Winston-Salem, N. C.) 17 pts. (2)
Tobias Harris (Half Hollow Hills West, Dix Hills, N.Y.) 9 pts. (2)
Joe Jackson (White Station, Memphis, Tenn.) 9 pts. (2)
Austin Rivers (Winter Park, Fla.) 8 pts. (2)
Michael Gilchrist (St. Patrick, Elizabeth, N.J.) 8 pts. (1)
Jayvaughn Pinkston (Bishop Loughlin, Brownsville, N.Y.) 8 pts. (1)
Tristan Thompson (Findlay Prep, Henderson, Nev.) 7 pts. (1)
Ian Miller (United Faith Christian Academy, Charlotte, N.C.) 6 pts. (1)
Tony Chenault (Neumann-Goretti, Philadelphia, Pa.) 5 pts. (1)
Myck Kabongo (St. Benedict’s, Newark, N.J.) 5 pts. (1)
Josh Selby (Lake Clifton, Baltimore, Md.) 5 pts. (1)
Bradley Beal (Chaminade, St. Louis, Mo.) 4 pts. (1)
DeAndre Daniels (Taft, Woodland Hills, Calif.) 4 pts. (1)
Perry Jones (Duncanville, Texas) 4 pts. (1)

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Brandon Knight Takes Game Over, Explodes for 49 Points

Kentucky 2010 basketball recruit Brandon Knight exploded for 49 points in a 90-70 Pine Crest (Fl.) victory.

Excerpt of article from Sun-Sentinel.com:

Nursing a one-point lead to begin the second half, Pine Crest senior guard Brandon Knight scored 22 points in the third quarter to lead the host Panthers to a 90-70 nondistrict boys' basketball victory over Grandview Prep Wednesday night.

Knight, one of the nation's top-ranked basketball prospects, finished with 49 points and eight steals for the Panthers (18-2). It is also the highest point total for any Broward basketball player this season.

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Boy's All "A" Classic Tips Off This Morning


Touchstone Energy All "A" Classic

Location: EKU's McBrayer Arena in Richmond, Kentucky

Thursday:

9:00 Campbellsville vs. Glasgow
10:30 Walton-Verona vs. Brown
12:00 Newport vs. DeSales
1:30 Bishop Brossart vs. Hazard
5:00 University Heights vs. Lexington Christian
6:30 Fairview vs. Owensboro Catholic
8:00 Ballard Memorial vs. Shelby Valley
9:30 Danville vs. Williamsburg

Friday:

Quarterfinals at 5, 6:30, 8 and 9:30 p.m.

Saturday:

Semifinals at 1 and 2:30 p.m.

Sunday:

Finals at 2:30 p.m.


The contenders would include No. 18 Lexington Christian Academy, No. 24 Glasgow, Campbellsville, Newport and, of course, eight-time titlist University Heights Academy.

Photo: Tim Webb, Herald-Leader

Calipari Gets a Call from Texas Head Coach Rick Barnes

LEXINGTON, Ky. -- John Calipari says the day after his top-ranked Kentucky Wildcats were knocked from their unbeaten perch, he got a call from the last coach who lost after climbing to No. 1 in the polls.

Texas coach Rick Barnes, whose Longhorns were No. 1 until back-to-back losses last week allowed Kentucky to overtake them, told Calipari that being at the top meant being "under attack."


The first-year Kentucky coach had warned his players about that, but Tuesday night they experienced it firsthand during South Carolina's 68-62 victory. The Gamecocks had lost their previous games against top-ranked teams.

"We saw it," Calipari said Wednesday night, calling into his radio show during a recruiting trip. "It was like more than we could believe. We weren't ready for that. You're under attack, and you've got to step it up."

With the Wildcats' loss, no unbeatens remain in men's Division I college basketball. Texas had the only other perfect record a week ago, before defeats against Kansas State and Connecticut changed that.

Calipari called the Wildcats' loss a "collective effort" in which they got "out-hustled and out-coached on all fronts." He reserved the toughest criticism for himself.

"The reason this job and this coaching profession isn't for everybody is because of times like this when you take it on the chin," he said.

Barnes is just the latest celebrity to call the Kentucky coach. Also Wednesday, he spoke with comedian Bill Cosby, who relayed: "I want you to tell your team they have to play like they've been there."

On Tuesday, hours before tip-off, President Barack Obama rang Calipari and the players, mostly to praise them for raising more than $1 million for earthquake relief in Haiti but also warning them about the perils of being No. 1.

Thus, the loss came with plenty warning, Calipari said, who urged his team to use it as a teachable moment.

"I kept telling everybody, 'We're going to get bit,'" he said. "'You're going to let somebody hang around that you're better than, and we're going to get bit.' That was that game."

Source: Associated Press

Ex-Louisville Basketball Player Arrested Again


Former University of Louisville and Jeffersonville High School basketball star Bryant Northern was back in jail Wednesday, accused of violating the terms of probation.

Northern, junior varsity coach at Rock Creek Christian Academy, was arrested early Wednesday morning in Clark County on a warrant out of Jefferson County, Ky.

According to court officials in Louisville, Northern was arrested after a motion to revoke his probation was filed Friday. He is scheduled to appear in Jefferson County Circuit Court at 1 p.m. Monday.

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Wednesday, January 27, 2010

Terrence Williams Puts the Stamp on a Nets' Win

Ex-Card Terrence Williams closes out the Nets' first victory of 2010:

(NOTE: This was the top play on SportsCenter's Top 10)

UPDATE: Derrick Jasper Suffers MCL Sprain; Out 5 Weeks


LAS VEGAS - UNLV men's basketball junior Derrick Jasper suffered an injury near the end of the first half of Tuesday's win against Air Force, and a MRI on Wednesday morning revealed he has a second-degree sprain of his left medial collateral ligament. UNLV's athletics training staff and team physicians said that Jasper won't see game action for approximately five weeks.

Jasper, a 6-foot-6-inch guard from Paso Robles, Calif., has started all 21 games for the Runnin' Rebels this season. He has averaged 6.7 points, 4.9 rebounds, 2.9 assists and 1.1 steals per game, helping his team to a 17-4 overall record, including 5-2 in Mountain West Conference play.

"We are very disappointed for Derrick given how hard he has worked to rehab his knee," UNLV head coach Lon Kruger said. "But on the other hand, the news could have been a lot worse and we are excited about having him back for the last part of the conference season."

Jasper sat out the 2008-09 season at UNLV after transferring from Kentucky, where he played two seasons. He underwent microfracture surgery on his left knee before the 2007-08 season.

The Runnin' Rebels' next game is at Wyoming on Wednesday, Feb. 3.

NOTE: Jasper transferred to UNLV from Kentucky.

Union Basketball Grabs AAC Victory Over Bryan

Union 59
Bryan 49

Final from Dayton, Tennessee

Game recap by Union College:


DAYTON, Tenn. - Senior guard Curtis Stephens poured in a game-high 26 points to guiding Union College to a key 59-49 Appalachian Athletic Conference win at Bryan (Tenn.) College Wednesday.

The win bumps Union over .500 to 12-11 overall and 6-4 in conference play. Bryan dropped to 13-8 overall and 6-4 in the AAC.

Stephens (Detroit, Mich.) netted 17 of his 26 points in the first half as Union 35-26 halftime lead. The Bulldogs netted just 24 second-half points but were never threatened as they cruised to the 10-point victory.

Union never trailed and the score was tied just once.

Darrel Jackson (Jonesboro, Ark.) helped out with 10 points and was the only other Bulldog to hit double figures.

For Bryan, Scott Newton led the way with 16 points with Astral Guerrier netting 12 points.

Union returns to action Saturday when

Tough Road Loss for Transylvania University

Hanover 68
Transylvania 65

Final from Hanover, Indiana

Game recap by Transylvania:


HANOVER, Ind. - In a game that neither team led by more than seven points, Hanover held off Transylvania 68-65 Wednesday in men's Heartland Conference basketball action.

Transy fell to 10-9 overall, 6-4 HCAC, while the Panthers are 9-9, 6-4 in league play.

Transy senior guard Tim Tierney (Ft. Wright, Ky.) scored 13 points and now has 1,002 for his career. He is the 42nd Transy male player to surpass 1,000 for his career.

The Pioneers were led by a season-high 23 points, to go with seven rebounds, from senior Blake McCowan. Freshman Barrett Meyer added 15 while Drew Kring had nine. Tierney also handed out four assists.

Three Panthers were in double figures, led by Jake Inman, with 17. Ryan Nowicki notched 14 points.

Transy's largest lead in the game was seven with 14 minutes to play in the first half. Hanover never led by more than six points in a game that saw three ties and five lead changes.

Both teams shot well with Hanover finishing at 53.5 percent for the game, compared to 50 percent for the Pioneers. But Hanover made 13 of 22 from three-point range while Transy was six of 19, offsetting the visitors' 11-9 scoring edge at the free throw line.

Hanover's bench also outscored the Transy reserves, 11-0.

The Pioneers return home for the first time in 17 days on Saturday, hosting HCAC rival Rose-Hulman at 3 p.m. in the Beck Center.

Campbellsville's Colmenares Named MSC Player of the Week

LOUISVILLE, Ky. -- Campbellsville University's Nestor Colmenares is the Mid-South Conference Men's Basketball Player of the Week, the conference announced on Monday.

The Caracas, Venezuela, senior center averaged 14.5 points and 9.5 rebounds to pick up his second conference player of the week award of the season. The award is Colmenares' fourth of his career.

Colmenares helped the Tigers to a perfect week with wins at Lindsey Wilson College and at home against University of Rio Grande.

In the Lindsey Wilson win, Colmenares made five-of-six shots to score 10 points in a 57-38 win over the Blue Raiders. He just missed a double-double in the win grabbing nine rebounds. He added three steals.

On Saturday, Colmenares scored 19 points and pulled down 10 rebounds in an 88-72 win over Rio Grande. It was his eighth double-double of the season. Colmenares added three assists and three steals in the game.

For the week, Colmenares connected on 62.5 percent (10-of-16) of his shots while averaging three steals and 1.5 assists.

Colmenares is averaging 15.4 points and 9.8 rebounds per game this season. He ranks in the conference's top 5 in rebounding, field goal percentage and steals.

No. 14-ranked Campbellsville improved to 15-5 overall and 3-1 in the MSC with its wins during last week's play. The Tigers travel to University of the Cumberlands and host St. Catharine College this week.

Source: Press release from CU

Appalachian Wireless Night at Pikeville College

USC Fan Claims that Cousins Punched Him in the Face

I'm sure you have likely heard the "story" by now of a kid who calls himself Stephen that claims DeMarcus Cousins punched him in the face twice following the game last night. Stephen doesn't want to cause any problems for Cousins or Kentucky (of course) but he states that he wants to raise awareness about the dangers of "storming the court" following a big home win.

I'll link below to a couple of other sites for a complete detailed rundown of the situation, but here's a quick summary:

The kid states on this radio show that he had an altercation with the UK big man during the melee that followed the South Carolina win. He says that Cousins "chicken winged" him at first and then delivered two punches to his face. The guy conducting the interview adds that he witnessed the whole thing.

- Here is a detailed article about the situation

- Here is a rundown and analysis from Matt Jones at KentuckySportsRadio.com

- The only good news out of this entire situation is that USC was fined $25,000 for allowing students onto the court following the game; storming the floor looks fun, but it is an extremely dangerous practice

Here is a YouTube video that supposedly shows the whole thing (which actually shows nothing, in my opinion):



And lastly, here are my thoughts:

Hey kid, your story is exaggerated and lacks credibility. Drop it already...your 20 minutes are up.

Asbury College Athletics Raise Money for Haiti Disaster


Wilmore, Ky. – Asbury’s Athletic Department was able to raise $550 to aid Haiti Relief on Tuesday January 26th during a men’s and women’s basketball double-header against Brescia. The money will go towards Asbury’s campus-wide fund raising effort to benefit the people of Haiti.

Chick-fil-A donated 25 sandwiches per game that were sold for $3 each with all the money going towards the relief effort. Asbury also donated all money from the concessions sold and the ticket sales from the games to the cause.

A Look at College Basketball Coaching Trees


Dana O'Neil of ESPN.com takes a look today at college basketball coaching trees. Several of the more impressive "trees" were started by Louisville head coach Rick Pitino and Herb Syndek, a Pitino assistant at Kentucky:

"From a pride standpoint, it's more significant for me than the players I put into the pros," Pitino said. "When your assistants go on to become head coaches, it speaks volumes to what you're doing in your program."

Coaching trees stretch back across the generations, with Henry Iba and Jed Heathcote, guys who haven't prowled the sidelines in decades, still impacting this season's top 25 (Bill Self is an Iba disciple by way of Eddie Sutton; Tom Izzo a direct descendant of Heathcote).

The usual suspects build the trees: the Hall of Famers (Jim Calhoun and Mike Krzyzewski), the future Hall of Famers (Izzo and Pitino) and the ones with staying power (Mike Montgomery and Gary Williams).

And then there is Herb Sendek.

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The Kentucky Wildcats Have Already Achieved Perfection

"The Kentucky basketball community gave $1 million! That's as much as all of India. It's more than Sweden ($850,000)."

- Gregg Doyel

Here is an introduction to an excellent, must-read article by Gregg Doyel of CBSSports.com:

The biggest winner all week was Kentucky basketball, and don't look at me like that. I know the score from Tuesday night, when unranked South Carolina beat the No. 1 Wildcats. That was Kentucky's first game in the No. 1 spot, and it was Kentucky's first loss of the season. The Wildcats will not be perfect this season.

Although, if you ask me, they already are.

And don't look at me like that. Like I said, I know what happened Tuesday at Columbia, S.C.: South Carolina 68, Kentucky 62.

But I know the score. The bigger score. And the biggest winner all week was Kentucky, which raised more than $1 million for Haiti. It's $1 million and counting, by the way. Kentucky isn't finished raising money for Haiti in the wake of a devastating earthquake.

Put that number in perspective. The American Red Cross, the gold standard in this country when it comes to helping others in their time of need, was among the first international groups to pledge money for Haiti. And how much did the Red Cross pledge? Exactly $1 million.

Kentucky basketball tried to send more money to Haiti than the American Red Cross.

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Five UK Basketball Recruits on Mid-Season McDonald's List


Five 2010 University of Kentucky men's basketball recruits are on the mid-season McDonald's All-American list.

Nominees for the McDonald’s All-American Games were released this week. The annual showcase of the nation's top senior high school basketball players is slated for March 31 at Value City Arena in Columbus, Ohio.

The girl's tip at 5:30 p.m. ET and the boys follow at 8 p.m.


Brandon Knight, 6-3, G, Pine Crest (Fort Lauderdale, Fla.) – Uncommitted
McCredentials: The nation’s No. 1 player is doing his thing, averaging 30.4 points, 8.4 rebounds and 4.1 assists per game.

Doron Lamb, 6-4, G, Oak Hill Academy (Mouth of Wilson, Va.) – Uncommitted
McCredentials: Lamb is the go-to guy at Oak Hill this season and earned MVP honors at December’s Les Schwab Invitational in Oregon.

C.J. Leslie, 6-8, F, Word of God Christian Academy (Raleigh, N.C.) – Uncommitted
McCredentials: With John Wall out of the way at Kentucky, Leslie is shining in the lead role at Word of God, averaging 21.8 points per game.

Josh Selby, 6-1, G, Lake Clifton (Baltimore, Md.) – Uncommitted
McCredentials: Selby is the type of player that could electrify fans in Columbus like Brandon Jennings did two years ago in the All-American Game.

Terrence Jones, 6-9, F, Jefferson (Portland, Ore.) – Uncommitted
McCredentials: A threat to post a triple-double every time out, Jones averaged over 30 points and 10 rebounds per game at the Les Schwab Invitational in December.

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