Saturday, February 6, 2010

MSU Nets Win as Tech Has No Answer for Faried

Morehead State 84
Tennessee Tech 75

Final from Morehead, Kentucky

Game recap by Morehead State University:


MOREHEAD, Ky.— Senior Brandon Shingles and sophomore Steve Peterson picked a good night to have career performances.

Peterson and Shingles both had career highs and were two of four Morehead State players in double figures, leading the Eagles to an 84-75 win over Tennessee Tech Saturday night at Johnson Arena.

Junior Kenneth Faried had 26 points, one off his career high, and Peterson finished with 20 points, setting a new career high by four points. Junior Demonte Harper scored 17 points and Shingles had 13 points, eclipsing his previous career high of 11. Faried also pulled down 17 rebounds for his ninth straight double-double and 18th overall.

It was Morehead State’s (17-7; 11-2 OVC) second straight win and 13th in the last 14 games. It was also MSU’s fifth straight win over the Golden Eagles. Morehead State shot over 50 percent from the field for the second straight game, hitting 27-of-52 for 51 percent.

Leading for most of the second half, Morehead State got the lead to eight on a stick-back dunk by Faried, but couldn’t shake the pesky Golden Eagles. MSU eventually drove the advantage to double digits until a traditional three-point play by Shingles.

TTU whittled away at the lead, closing to within three with a 3-pointer by Kevin Murphy and a pair of free throws by freshman Jud Dillard, who led the Golden Eagles with 25 points. A 6-2 Morehead run, spurred by two lay-ups by Shingles pushed the lead to seven and the Eagles hit their free throws down the stretch to secure the win.

Early offensive struggles by MSU allowed Tech to lead for the first 15 minutes of the first half, pushing it as high five on a 3-pointer by senior Frank Davis. A lay-up by Peterson and a triple by Shingles erased the Tech advantage and sparked a 12-0 run, capped by a 3-pointer from Harper, gave MSU a 30-23 lead with a little over three minutes left. A pair of 3-pointers from Davis helped Tech close the gap to two at halftime, 34-32.

“These are the game you have to win,” MSU coach Donnie Tyndall said. “There are no easy games in this league. They have great players and they’re well coached and I think tonight was a good example of that.”

Dillard scored his 25 on impressive 9-of-12 shooting and pulled down 12 rebounds for a double-double. Davis was 7-for-9 from beyond the arc, tallying 21 points and Murphy added 16 points for the Golden Eagles (12-12; 6-7 OVC). TTU was also the second straight opponent to score 75 points on Morehead State, who entered the game holding OVC opponents to 61.9 points per game.

The Eagles will make their final OVC road swing of the year next week, travelling to Eastern Illinois for a nationally televised game on ESPNU Thursday at 8:30 pm ET before a Saturday date at Southeast Missouri.

Eastern Kentucky Escapes with One-Point Win

Eastern Kentucky 66
Jacksonville State 65

Final from Richmond, Kentucky

Game recap by Eastern Kentucky:


RICHMOND, Ky. – Junior Justin Stommes converted the go-ahead layup with 21 seconds remaining and sophomore Joshua Jones drew a charge on the ensuing possession to help the Eastern Kentucky University men’s basketball team escape with a 66-65 win over Jacksonville State Saturday night in McBrayer Arena.

Eastern Kentucky (17-8, 9-4 OVC) is now 7-0 all-time at home against the Gamecocks (10-13, 6-7).

With JSU clinging to a 65-64 edge, Stommes drove to the rim, drew some contact and completed the layup to give the Colonels the lead with 21 ticks on the clock. On Jacksonville State’s ensuing possession, Jones drew a charge on Nick Murphy with six seconds left. The Gamecocks were then forced to foul. Jones missed the resulting free throws attempts to give Jacksonville State one final chance, but Jeremy Bynum’s desperation three-pointer was wide left as the clock expired.

Eastern senior Papa Oppong led all scorers with 20 points, which was one point shy of his career high. Stommes and Jones scored 16 and 12 points, respectively. Junior Spencer Perrin came off the bench to score 11 points and tally a team-best six rebounds.

Trenton Marshall paced JSU with 19 points, while Murphy contributed with 15 points and Bynum scored 13.

JSU led for a majority of the first half before a step-back three pointer by Jones with 12 seconds on the clock tied the score at 25-25.

However, Murphy converted a layup four seconds before intermission to send the Gamecocks into the locker room ahead, 27-25.

The Colonels shot just 38.5 percent from the field in the first half and turned the ball over six times. JSU, meanwhile, committed only two turnovers in the first 20 minutes, but was 0-for-8 from three-point range.

EKU wasted little time in getting its first lead since 16:11 in the first half, as Oppong drained a trifecta 43 seconds into the second half to give the Colonels a 28-27 advantage.

After a three by Bynum sparked a JSU rally that put the Gamecocks up 39-33, Stommes scored six straight points by himself to tie the score at 39 with 11:24 showing on the clock.

EKU took the lead again when Perrin converted a three-point play to make it 46-45 with 9:30 remaining in the game.

Two minutes later, a pair of free throws by Oppong gave the Colonels their largest lead of the game, 57-50. However, JSU responded as Marshall knocked down a jumper with 4:41 on the clock to cap a 10-2 run to give the Gamecocks the lead, 60-59. JSU would not relinquish the lead again until Stommes’ layup with 21 seconds showing on the clock.

Jacksonville State forced 15 EKU turnovers, the most by the Colonels in 14 games dating back to Dec. 19 at Ohio. Eastern held its own on the glass, though, and improved to 5-0 this year when finishing with more rebounds than the opposition (30-28).

EKU returns to action on Thursday, Feb. 11, when the Colonels travel to Southeast Missouri at 8:45 p.m.

Marcus Brown Honored at Murray State


Racer great Marcus Brown saw his No. 5 retired Saturday at halftime of the Murray State game against Austin Peay at the Regional Special Events Center in Murray, Ky.

Brown who has gone on to become the all-time leading scorer in Euroleague history in his 14 years in the league was an all-star for MSU between 1992-96.

His number is the ninth retired at MSU.

The other numbers retired (numerical order) are: 15, Jeff Martin (1985-89), 16, Garrett Beshear (1950-53), 19, Howie Crittenden (1952-56), 20, Johnny Reagan (1945-48), 21, Bennie Purcell (1949-52), 26, Joe Fulks (1941-43), 30, Paul King (1987-91) and 54, Popeye Jones (1988-92)

Brown enjoyed the moment with his family as part of the weekend MSU Hall of Fame class of 2010 activities.

The Murray State family sends out well wishes to Marcus and his family

Source: Press release by Murray State

Jodie Meeks to Participate in Special Olympics Clinic

Former Kentucky Wildcat sharpshooter Jodie Meeks continues to perform good deeds as a member of the Milwaukee Bucks.

Meeks will join around half the Bucks' roster in hosting a Special Olympics Basketball Clinic.

Participating with Meeks will be Andrew Bogut, Charlie Bell, Luke Ridnour, Hakim Warrick, Kurt Thomas and Dan Gadzuric. Bucks assistants Jim Boylan and Joe Wolf will also be on hand, as well as the Bucks' mascot, Bango.

The event will include more than 200 Special Olympics athletes during a two-hour clinic that prepares their teams for upcoming competition.

Source

Georgetown College Hopes to Break in Louisville's New Arena

Sources tell LouisvilleMojo.com that Georgetown College hopes to become Louisville's firts opponent in their new basketball arena.

Here is an excerpt:

Sources at Georgetown College tell me they hope Coach Happy Osborne's Tigers will be the University of Louisville's first exhibition opponent in the downtown arena. However, I'm sure Bellarmine Coach Scott Davenport is lobbying ex-boss Rick Pitino for the same honor.

I'll be surprised if U of L plays any exhibition games before the official grand opening. That opponent has yet to be named, but I understand that U of L and Duke are negotiating for a three-game series – next season's opener in the new arena here, a game in Cameron Indoor, and a neutral-site game in New York's Madison Square Garden.

Personally, I think the official opening-game opponent should be Memphis, in honor of the Cards' best rivalry during the Freedom Hall era, but it's understandable that U of L would want to schedule one of the nation's signature programs – North Carolina, UCLA, or Indiana if not Duke.


Complete Article

Future Hilltopper Scores 37 as Yates Rolls Again

Future Western Kentucky guard Brandon "Snap" Peters scored a game-high 37 points as #1 Yates High School rolled to a 121-94 victory over Reagan High School. Yates has now won 48 consecutive basketball games.

Excerpt of article from Chron.com:

Brandon Peters scored 21 of his game-high 37 points in the second half on an array of acrobatic layups and putbacks in the paint, leading Yates to a 121-94 win over Reagan on Friday night at a packed Delmar Fieldhouse.

By defeating the Bulldogs (15-10, 7-4 District 21-4A) for the second time this season, the top-ranked Lions (24-0, 11-0) remained unbeaten and extended their winning streak to 48 games.

Darius Gardner scored 18 points, reserve Clyde Santee had 12, and Alex Davis added five blocks for Yates, which continues to find the offense to reach the 100-point mark. The Lions have surpassed 100 points in 16 games for the season.


Complete Article

Friday, February 5, 2010

Source: Brandon Knight Will Announce Decision After Season


I talked to Fabian Lyon of the Miami-Herald today about 2010 superstar recruit Brandon Knight.

Lyon has covered Knight and his recruitment as closely as anyone and has a great deal of insight on the nation's top-rated player in next season's recruiting class.

Reports that Knight is close to making a decision may be false according to Lyon. In fact, he cites sources close to Knight as saying that he will likely announce his decision after his high school season ends.

He adds that everything he is hearing from Knight and his circle would indicate that no favorite has emerged from his final list at this time. In comments from a recent post-game interview, Knight stated that he has no favorite from his final list of six schools: Kentucky, Florida, Syracuse, Miami (FL), Connecticut and Kansas.

Here are a pair of Lyon's recent articles on Brandon Knight and Pine Crest:



Another good source told me tonight that it is possible that Knight has already made a decision or will make one soon, but will not announce it publicly until after the season. This would limit any distractions for Knight's team as they enter the stretch run of their high school season.

The source I spoke with tonight said that his gut feeling is that a decision has already been made and that even the coaching staffs of the schools on Knight's list may have already been informed. He added that if this is the scenario, Knight's decision will very likely be leaked before a public press conference is held.

After watching Knight on ESPNU tonight, the level of excitement surrounding his recruitment is very understandable. Knight dropped 48 points (15-36 FG, 15-15 FTs) on Austin Rivers and Winter Park.

Rivers, who scored 41 points himself, earned the last laugh though as Winter Park defeated Pine Crest by a score of 87-76.

Kentucky's John Wall is Finalist for Bob Cousy Award


Kentucky freshman point guard John Wall has been named one of the eleven finalists for the Bob Cousy Award, given to the top point guard in college basketball.

The list, which was trimmed from 73 to 11, also includes the likes of Kansas' Sherron Collin and Villanova's Scottie Reynolds.

Finalists for the Bob Cousy Award:

- John Wall, Kentucky
- Sherron Collins, Kansas
- Matt Bouldin, Gonzaga
- Devan Downey, South Carolina
- Trevon Hughes, Wisconsin
- Jeremy Lin, Harvard
- Kalin Lucas, Michigan State
- Ronald Moore, Siena
- Scottie Reynolds, Villanova
- Jon Scheyer, Duke
- Greivis Vasquez, Maryland

The winner will be announced April 5 at the Final Four.

Benedetti Leads Knights to Victory Over Missouri S&T

Bellarmine 81
Missouri S&T 65

Final from Louisville, Kentucky

Game recap by Bellarmine:

LOUISVILLE, Ky.—Justin Benedetti scored a game-high 24 points as the Bellarmine University men’s basketball team outscored the Missouri University of Science & Technology by 18 in the second stanza to win 81-65 on Thursday night at Knights Hall.

The Knights (15-7, 8-5 GLVC), coming out of the halftime break in a 34-32 deficit, exploded for 19 points in the first media segment of the second half. Benedetti connected on two consecutive three-pointers, before Missouri S&T called a timeout. Braydon Hobbs stole the ball on the ensuing possession and passed it to Benedetti for yet another triple.

“At halftime, we talked about how we were going to have each other’s backs, especially offensively,” Bellarmine Head Coach Scott Davenport said. “You have to give them credit. They all found (Benedetti) whenever he was open.”

Benedetti was one of three double-digit scorers for the victorious Knights. Luke Sprague posted 16, while Jeremy Kendle added 12, including 10 in the second half.

Bellarmine dominated the glass throughout the game, outrebounding the Miners 38-24. The Knights also dished out 21 assists on 29 made field goals.

“The key stat for us tonight was getting 15 assists on 18 made baskets in the second half,” Davenport said.

The Miners (7-14, 3-10 GLVC) were led by Bryce Forster’s 18 points and eight rebounds. Adam Knollmeyer, A.J. Mandani, and Byron Bundy all scored 11 or more, while Mike Malat had a team-high four assists.

Bellarmine returns to the court on Saturday afternoon with a game against conference newcomer Maryville University. Tipoff is scheduled for 3:15 p.m. at Knights Hall.

Kentucky Wesleyan Spanks Maryville at Home

(16) Kentucky Wesleyan 110
Maryville 76

Final from Owensboro, Kentucky

Excerpt of game recap by KWC:

After two weeks of grinding road games, Kentucky Wesleyan College was ready for a little fun on the basketball court.

The No. 16 Panthers certainly found the opportunity on Thursday night.

Shooting 3s with abandon and getting up and down the court like an NBA game, KWC rolled to a 110-76 shootout victory against Maryville.

"It was a lot of fun, but we still had to come out and play hard," said Willlie Richardson, who led the Panthers with 17 points.

Richardson had one of the most memorable shots on the night when he made a steal, and took it by himself for a tomahawk slam that had the Sportscenter crowd of 2,000 howling in approval.

"I've had plenty of those," Richardson said about his circus dunk numbers for this season.

The 6-foot-2 junior out of New Orleans also pulled down eight rebounds and wasn't the only Panther enjoying himself on the offensive end of the court. He was one of seven Panthers reaching double figures in the scoring column.

Complete Recap

NOTE: Kentucky Wesleyan holds at #16 in this week's NCAA DII Rankings

Mid-Continent Nets Critical Conference Win at Home

Mid-Continent 86
Trevecca Nazarene 75

Final from Paducah, Kentucky

Game recap by MCU:

Paducah, KY - Mid-Continent University (12-10, 5-3 TSAC) went ahead by 15 points in the first half and led 42-29 at halftime and by as many as 17 points in the second half enroute to an 86-75 TranSouth conference victory over Trevecca Nazarene University (14-7, 5-3 TSAC), Thursday, February 4, at Paducah Tilghman High School.

With Cumberland defeating Lyon Thursday night, coupled with MCU's win over Trevecca, all three schools reside in a third-place tie in the TSAC race. For its next action, MCU meets Lyon College (5-16, 1-8 TSAC) for a TranSouth game, Saturday, Feb. 6, in Batesville, Arkansas, at 4:00 p.m.

Senior guard Tiron Peoples (Kevil, KY/Heath HS) came off the bench and led the Cougars with 19 points, 12 in the first half, 2 three-pointers, 2 thunderous slam dunks, 3 rebounds, 2 assists and 2 steals. Also off the bench, senior guard Donovan Willis (East Orange, NJ/East Orange HS/Essex CC, NJ) added 13 points, 6 rebounds and 3 assists, and senior All-TSAC center Kenny Thomas (Orange, NJ/Orange HS/Essex CC, NJ) returned to the starting line-up after an injury and contributed 13 points on 6 of 7 shots, 3 rebounds and a blocked shot. Senior point guard Aaron Pearson (Baton Rouge, LA/Southern Laboratory HS/Cabrillo HS, CA) finished with 9 points, 3 rebounds, 3 assists and 6 steals and continues to lead the conference in steals. Senior reserve guard David Gratton (Jacksonville, FL/Sandalwood HS/Palm Beach CC, FL) added 9 points, 2 rebounds, 2 assists and 2 steals.

Trevecca guard Matthew Elliott led all scorers with 21 points and had 2 three-pointers, 5 rebounds and 5 assists. Guard Michael France totaled 18 points, 4 three-pointers and 4 rebounds, and forward Jeremy Dixon contributed 15 points, 2 three-pointers, 2 rebounds and 2 assists. Forward Keith Morris added 9 points, 4 rebounds, 2 assists and 2 steals.

MCU erased an 18-15 Trevecca lead at 13:07 with a 27-11 run over the rest of the first half and led 42-29 at halftime. The Cougars scored 14 consecutive points in one stretch, growing the lead from 24-23 to 38-23 with 3:57 left before intermission. In the second half, MCU built the lead to as many as 17 points, 53-36, with 15:58 left, 68-51 with 7:56 left, and 70-53 with 7:02 left in the game. Trevecca whittled the lead down to 8 points with 29 seconds left but came no closer.

After shooting .680 from the field in the first half, MCU finished the game shooting .585 from the field (31-53), made 4 of 15 three-pointers and 20 of 34 free throws and committed 17 turnovers. MCU outrebounded Trevecca, 34-22, and stole the ball 11 times. Trevecca shot .529 from the field (27-51), made 9 of 22 three-pointers and 12 of 14 free throws and committed 24 turnovers.

Thomas More's McKeehan Earns Academic Honors

(DELAWARE, Ohio) - Thomas More College power forward Daniel McKeehan (Maineville, Ohio/Little Miami) was named to the ESPN The Magazine Academic All-District IV First Team today (Thursday, February 4, 2010) by the College Sports Information Directors of America (CoSIDA). As a first team selection, McKeehan advances to the Academic All-American ballot.

McKeehan carries a 4.00 grade point average in economics and business finance. After 20 games this season his is first on the team in scoring with 15.0 points per game and assists with 47 and is second in rebounding with 4.7 rebounds per game and steals with 39.

McKeehan and the rest of the Saints will host Presidents' Athletic Conference (PAC) rival Washington & Jefferson College at 3 p.m. on Saturday (February 6) at the Connor Convocation Center in Crestview Hills, Kentucky.

ESPN The Magazine Academic All-District teams are voted on by members of the College Sports Information Directors of America (CoSIDA) within their respective district. District IV consists of member schools in the states of Ohio, Michigan, Kentucky, Tennessee and Alabama. In order to be eligible for nomination, a student-athlete must be at least a sophomore and hold a 3.30 cumulative grade point average.

Source: Press release by Thomas More

Justin Coleman Commits to the Louisville Cardinals


Scout.com is reporting that Justin Coleman has committed to the Louisville Cardinals.

Coleman is a 6-4 small forward that plays for Huntington Prep (W.Va.). He ranks #45 on the Rivals150 List for 2010.

Scout.com ranks Coleman as the #4 small forward in the 2010 class.

Weather Forces Changes to Union's Weekend Sports

BARBOURVILLE, Ky. - Due to heavy rains and wintry weather, the basketball doubleheader with Bluefield (Va.) College has been moved to Monday and the Union baseball season opener with University of the Cumberlands (Ky.) has been pushed back to Sunday.

As of noon on Friday, Bluefield had already received eight inches of snow with the forecast calling for more and did not feel it would be safe to make the trip Saturday. The Lady Bulldogs will now play Monday at 5:30 p.m. with the men's game set for 7:30 p.m.

The Bulldog baseball team was to open the season Saturday, but the rainy weather and the forecast of more rain and potentially snow on Saturday has postponed the game with Cumberlands until Sunday at 1 p.m.

Hilltoppers Suffer Disappointing Loss at UL-Monroe

UL-Monroe 67
Western Kentucky 66

Final from Monroe, Louisiana

Game recap by Western Kentucky University:


MONROE, La. -- ULM (10-14, 5-8 SBC) scored the game's final seven points inside the last 1:49 to shock Western Kentucky University (12-11, 5-6 SBC) 67-66 at Fant-Ewing Coliseum on Thursday night. In handing the Hilltoppers their fifth-straight road setback, the Warhawks defeated WKU for the first time in five all-time meetings.

Jeremy Evans, playing less than one hour from his hometown of Crossett, Ark., turned in a spectacular game with a season-high 19 points to go with six rebounds and five blocks. With 200 career blocked shots, Evans passed Clarence Martin (1983-87) for second all-time at WKU, now just 14 behind Chris Marcus (2000-03) for the top spot.

Trailing by 10 at the half, WKU scored the first eight points of the final stanza, and behind a 20-9 run in the opening nine minutes, claimed their first lead at 48-47 on a three-pointer from Caden Dickerson. After combining for just eight first-half points, AJ Slaughter and Steffphon Pettigrew each scored six during the run.

ULM proceeded to tie the game on three occasions, but were unable to retake the advantage as WKU built their largest spread of the game, 60-54, with 4:59 to play on an Evans' dunk. But Lawrence Gilbert scored four-straight and Colby Carr sank a pair of free throws at the 3:19 mark to knot the game up at 60-60. Carr finished with 10 points while Gilbert accounted for nine of the team's 16 bench points.

Eleven seconds after seeing their lead disappear, AJ Slaughter sank a three, and then Evans connected on his second triple of the season with 2:07 to play as WKU quickly pushed back out by their largest margin, 66-60.

Tommie Sykes converted a key three-point play on the ensuing possession with 1:47 remaining and then after WKU misfired on a three-point attempt, Kenneth Averette connnected on a game-tying triple with 25 ticks left to knot the score at 66-66.

WKU seemingly had a chance to win the game with the final shot, or at least do no worse than overtime, but Gilbert turned WKU over next midcourt and kicked it ahead to Dynile Forbes who was fouled with 1.9 left. Forbes made the first of his two free throw attempts to seal the upset 67-66.

Forbes finished with a game-high 22 points after scoring 20 in the first half on 6-of-6 from long range. Rudy Turner was an inside presence for the Warhawks with 11 points, eight rebounds, and six blocks.

In the first half, ULM raced to a 15-7 advantage and pushed that spread into double figures on a Forbes' trey with 6:02 left, making it 30-20. The Warhwaks would carry that 10-point bulge into the lockerroom at the break, ahead 38-28.

Slaughter finished with 18 points while Pettigrew added nine. Dickerson contributed 10 points while Sergio Kerusch chipped in seven points and five rebounds in his first game back after missing 14-straight contests with a foot injury.

WKU returns home to host Troy on Saturday, February 6 at 7:00 PM at Diddle Arena.

UK Recruit Quincy Miller in Action

Quincy Miller of Quality Education Academy (Nc.) in action:

Et Tu, Minnesota? Tubby Smith Can't Win for Losing


I have always loved Tubby Smith as a college basketball coach. He is a great coach and a school could not ask for a better person to represent its basketball program.

During Smith's last 2-3 seasons at Kentucky, however, the team did not meet expectations on the court and on the recruiting circuit. Tubby was essentially under fire for so long that he succumbed to the pressure, resigned and took the head coaching position at Minnesota.

In his third season at Minnesota, Smith is seemingly under fire again. Patrick Reusse of the Star Tribune writes that the Gophers' progress under Smith "is at a crawl."
Here are some excerpts from Reusse's article:

The complaints over Dan Monson's tenure at Minnesota were numerous and included this: Players that appeared to have talent seldom showed improvement and occasionally went backward.

We are now in the third season with the costly and much praised Tubby Smith in charge, and it's sad to report the roster has taken on a Monson-like quality.


He closes with:

That has been a too familiar theme with Smith's 2009-10 roster. For close to $2 million annually, Tubby's employers have a right to see a level of improvement in the athletes that offers no reminders of Coach Monson.


NOTE: The Gophers stand at 13-8 (4-5 Big Ten) on the season, but have lost 5 of their last 7 games

Smith's Time in Minnesota:

2007-08 20-14 (8-10) NIT 1st Rd.
2008-09 22-11 (9-9) NCAA 1st Rd.
2009-10 13-8 (4-5)

Terrence Ross Likely Heading to Arizona Prep School

Terrence Ross, a talented 2010 wing, it likely heading to Westwind Academy Charter High School in Phoenix, Arizona.

Ross surprisingly announced last week that he was leaving Montrose Christian (Md.) in the middle of his senior season. Sources indicate that the reason he chose to leave the well-respected program at Montrose was a "parental decision."

He will join Westwind team that is currently 24-2 on the season.

Ross is ranked #43 on the Rivals150 List for 2010. He recently de-committed from Maryland and is said to be considering Duke, Kentucky and Kansas. There are other schools interested Ross and some think Maryland is still an option.

St. Catharine Grabs Conference Road Win at LWC

St. Catharine 61
Lindsey Wilson 58

Final from Columbia, Kentucky

Game recap by LWC:


COLUMBIA, Ky. -- Despite four ties and two one-point leads, the Lindsey Wilson College men's basketball team was never able to get over the hump and take control of the game as St. Catharine (Ky.) College held on for a 61-58 win on Thursday at Biggers Sports Center.

Joshua Cherry paced the Blue Raiders with a career-high 18 points, while Eric McPherson tallied 13 and Kemo Duncan added 11.

St. Catharine (16-7, 3-4 MSC) was led by Ervin Williams with 14 points and Arthur Latham adding 10 points and six rebounds.

Lindsey Wilson (12-11, 3-4 MSC) led once by one point in each half, while seven points were the most it trailed the entire game.

Latham hit a jumper in the paint with just less than three minutes to play that pushed the Patriot lead to four points (58-54). Then the Blue Raiders went to work at the free throw line, including a made basket on a foul by Cherry that tied the game at 58-58 with just over a minute left in the game.

The Blue Raiders, however, would not score again as they turned the ball over in the final 20 seconds and missed a three to tie the game in the final seconds.

Lindsey Wilson shot 43.2 percent from the field, while St. Catharine hit 52.0 percent of its shots. The Patriots finished the game without a 3-pointer on five attempts. The Blue Raiders hit just 30.0 percent (3-for-10) of its shots from behind the arc.

Led by Duncan and Darren Ballou with eight rebounds each, Lindsey Wilson outrebounded St. Catharine 30-28. The Blue Raiders turned the ball over 22 times as the Patriots stripped away 11 steals.

Lindsey Wilson returns to action at 4 p.m. CT on Saturday, Feb. 6 against Pikeville (Ky.) College at Biggers Sports Center.

Morehead State Shakes Off Peay; Rolls Over Jacksonville State

Morehead State 94
Jacksonville State 75

Final from Morehead, Kentucky

Game recap by Morehead State University:

MOREHEAD, Ky.— Maze Stallworth poured in a season high 26 points on 7-of-13 shooting from the field and tallied 11 rebounds to lead Morehead State to a 94-75 victory over Jacksonville State Thursday night in Johnson Arena.

The Eagles (16-7, 10-2 OVC) came out firing, jumping out to a 10-2 lead on treys from Terrance Hill and Stallworth, and lay-ups from Kenneth Faried and Sam Goodman.

MSU continued to maintain its lead throughout the first half and Hill’s third 3-point bomb of the period stretched the Eagle lead to 15 at 35-20.

JSU clawed back into the game however, using an 8-1 run to cut the MSU advantage to eight, 36-28 with 5:58 to go in the opening stanza. That was as close as the Gamecocks would get as two freebies from Stallworth and a Ty Proffitt alley-oop to Faried stopped the Gamecock run and elevated the MSU lead back into double-digits. Stallworth’s free throws started a 10-3 MSU run that stretched the Eagle lead back to 46-31.

Treys from Brandon Shingles and Steve Peterson sandwiched around two Gamecock scores made the half-time score 52-36 in favor of MSU.

Faried totaled 10 points and eight rebounds in the half and the Eagles shot 53 percent from both the field (18-of-34) and from behind the arc (8-of-15) en route to their highest scoring half of basketball this season. MSU also held an outstanding 25-7 edge on the boards at the half.

MSU opened the second¬ half much the same way they opened the first, this time going on a 9-4 run during the first four minutes. Buckets by Faried, Peterson, Goodman and a triple by Stallworth contributed to the scoring spurt that pushed the lead over the 20 point mark, 61-40.

The MSU offense continued to fire on all cylinders, despite Faried fouling out with 11:15 to go in the game, and the Eagles cruised home from there to a 94-75 victory. The season-high 94 points was the most scored by an Eagle squad since MSU also put up 94 against Tennessee State last season. The Eagles shot a season high 53 percent from the field and nailed a season high 13 3-pointers in the contest.

“I would have taken [Faried] out with eight minutes left in the game anyway,” said MSU coach Donnie Tyndall, “but he wanted to play.”

MSU dominated the glass in the contest, outrebounding the Gamecocks 41-20. 17 of those rebounds came on the offensive end.

“Our goal is to lead the country in rebound margin and I think we have a chance,” stated Tyndall.

Stallworth led MSU with a season high 26 points to go with 11 rebounds, his second double-double of the year. Harper led three other Eagles in double figures with 18, 12 in the second half, Faried tallied 12, and Peterson finished with 10. The Eagles also tallied a season high in assists with 26 led by Shingles with seven while Proffitt dished out a career high six.

“We were unselfish, and we put a very big emphasis on getting the ball out of our hands,” said Tyndall.

Nick Murphy tallied a double-double for JSU, scoring 22 points and 12 rebounds. Jeremy Bynum had 15 points, Dominique Shellman had 14. Morehead State held OVC scoring leader Trenton Marshall to 10 points, 8.6 points shy of his season average.

MSU is back in action Saturday night when the host Tennessee Tech. Tip is set for 8:00 pm in Johnson Arena.

Campbellsville Dismantles West Virginia Tech in MSC Action

(9) Campbellsville 83
West Virginia Tech 56

Final from Campbellsville, Kentucky

Game recap by Campbellsville:


Campbellsville University's energy level is up and the Tigers' smiles were back Thursday night, as CU downed West Virginia Tech, 83-56, to move back into a first-place tie in the Mid-South Conference.

The Tigers dropped from the top spot Monday after losing at home by three points to St. Catharine College with pour shooting and ball control. Thursday was a much different story, as the Tigers impressed their fans at times with their ability to work the ball around the perimeter early.

"We answered the bell to say the least. I'm real happy with our energy level and our approach to this game," CU head coach Keith Adkins said. "I don't think we came out Monday night with any energy. I think we took it lightly, and I don't think we gave St. Catharine any respect. I thought we did a good job coming out with energy, and as long as we do that, we have a chance."

Campbellsville shot 56.7 percent in the first half, while holding the Golden Bears to 33 percent, but the key was the perimeter shooting. Clinton County native Justin Vitatoe, who earned a conference starting roll last month for his defense, hit three 3-pointers in the first 13 minutes of the game to help CU gain distance. Kansas native Brett Crittenden's 3-pointer with 10:45 left to play in the first half build CU's first three-possession lead, and the Tigers didn't look back en route to a 45-32 halftime and near 30-point win.

"Vitatoe came out and banged three threes in the first half and that gave us some cushion. Anything he gives us offensively is gravy," Adkins said. "We need him to be the best perimeter defender in the conference. I want that to be his focus."

Vitatoe's assignment for the night was the Golden Bear's leading 3-point shooter, Darryl Slack, who he held to one field goal.

The Golden Bears still managed to come close to their average of seven 3-pointers a game, with six, but they were scattered. The real struggle was inside the perimeter, where CU held Tech to 5-of-22 shooting in the second half. Two of those were dunks.

"Defensively we got back to being pretty good. We didn't do a great job rebounding in the first half, but we limited them to four second chances in the second half. We have to make sure we are great defensively and great at defensive rebounding. If we're those two things, once again, I feel pretty good about our chances," Adkins said.

The Tigers' fun really started to show in the second half as the Tigers put up a highlight reel with a two-handed power dunk by Nestor Colmenares, a finger roll with plenty of air time by Jordan Benock and a 3-point shoot out for T.J. Bishop and Shawn Savage. The two guards combined for 5-of-6 beyond the arc in the second period.

Bishop led the Tigers with five 3-pointers and 15 points, while Colmenares and Caleb Harris each had 13 points and Benock had 11.

The win returns CU (17-6, 5-2) into a three-way tie for the MSC lead with Pikeville (18-3, 5-2) and Georgetown (17-5, 5-2), which comes to town Saturday at 4 p.m.

"That's great, but at the same time we've just got to concentrate on each game. We can't worry about ratings and standings. Going into Saturday, we have to worry about Georgetown," Adkins said. "The longer we go, those things will take care of themselves as long as we take care of business on the floor."

CU fans are encouraged to wear maroon as they pack Powell Athletic Center on Saturday. The game will be broadcast live on local Comcast Channel 10 in Campbellsville and streamed online at CampbellsvilleTigers.com.

Thursday, February 4, 2010

Delph Continues Hot Streak; Asbury Grabs Big Win

Asbury College 94
Indiana-East 81

Final from Wilmore, Kentucky

Game recap by Asbury College:


Wilmore, Ky. – Adam Delph and Phillip Morrison combined for 57 points as Asbury won a pivotal game in the KIAC, beating Indiana-East 94-81 on Thursday night. The win keeps the Eagles in 2nd place in the KIAC, tied with Brescia at 5-3.

Delph (Louisville, Ky.) led the team in the first half with 15 points on seven-of-11 shooting. The Eagles went into the break up by six 43-37. The lead changed hands five times early on with the largest lead coming at the break. Delph poured in a career-high 29 points on 10-of-17 shooting. He hit eight-of-10 from the line and one-of-four from three. He also grabbed a team high nine rebounds, and had four steals, and two blocks.

Morrison (Louisville, Ky.) scored 28 points on the night, knifing through the Red Wolves defense and finding ways to finish over the taller defenders. Morrison hit nine-of-17 from the floor and 10-of-13 from the line. This was Morrison’s first 20 point game since January 12th against Cincinnati Christian when he scored 31.

Justin Jones (Hazard, Ky.) was also in double-figures with 11 and grabbed seven rebounds. Jones and Brian Johnson got into foul trouble in the second half, each picking up four with more than 11 minutes left. Without much depth in the frontcourt Coach Shouse went with senior Don Witt to battle the big post players of IUE. Witt only scored three points and grabbed three rebounds, but ate up 20 minutes and allowed the Eagles to stay in the game.

Asbury (13-12, 5-3 KIAC) moves above .500 for the first time since January 12th when they were 9-8. The Eagles have won four in a row, all in KIAC action. Indiana-East (12-10, 4-4 KIAC) drops into a tie for fourth in the conference with Berea. The top four seeds in this year’s KIAC Tournament will host first round games February 23rd with the semi-finals and finals taking place at the Frankfort Civic Center in Frankfort, Kentucky on February 26th and 27th.

The Eagles will travel to Owensboro, Kentucky to battle Brescia University for sole possession of second place in the KIAC on Saturday at 4:00 pm. Brescia will be playing their third game in four days. Asbury won the first meeting 65-59 in overtime.

Wall Still on Top But Turner Is Charging in POY Race


A second unofficial media poll by AnnArbor.com shows Kentucky freshman John Wall still on top in the race for college basketball's player of the year award, but by a much more narrow lead than he owned two weeks ago.

The new poll has Wall leading Ohio State's Evan Turner by a 106-82 margin. Wesley Johnson of Syracuse comes in third with 38 points.

In the first poll, Wall led Turner by 71 points.

UK "Has the Talent But Not the Heads" to Win It All

The "Basketball Outsider" feels that Kentucky is meltdown prone and essentially has no shot at winning a national championship.

Here are some excerpts from an "interesting" article:

The NCAA tournament is about getting red hot on those eleven days. Kentucky has the talent to do it but doesn’t have the head. The crowd on the host cities usually goes for the underdogs. Imagine this team, with all their cheapness, down on the second half to the Daytons, Xaviers and Butlers of the world, with the crowd on their heads, the game gets physical. All of a sudden Cousins gets ejected, Wall tries to do everything by himself and Calipari goes nuts on the sidelines. Tell me that’s not a very possible scenario.

And some thoughts on DeMarcus Cousins:

On the frontcourt, DeMarcus Cousins is such a dominant player that sometimes when I read mock drafts with him going outside the lottery I go insane but I completely understand why. Every Kentucky game there’s cheapness and on every game he’s the reason why, there’s always an elbow flying.

For fun, here's the complete article

Great Article on Morehead State's Kenneth Faried

Steve Megargee, a College Basketball Staff Writer for Rivals.com, has produced an excellent article about Morehead State's junior big man Kenneth Faried.

I highly recommend this article as it is a great read and a great story about a great kid.

Introduction:

NASHVILLE, Tenn. - The nation’s top rebounder has earned a reputation as his own toughest critic. In reality, he isn’t even the harshest judge in his family.

After collecting 20 points and 16 rebounds in a recent victory over Eastern Kentucky, Morehead State forward/center Kenneth Faried told reporters that he would give himself only a “C” for that performance because he fell short of his season-long goal of 20 rebounds.

Faried wanted to deliver a 20-rebound game because that’s what his ailing mother has asked of him. When he finally met that goal last week with 23 points and 21 rebounds in a 65-50 victory over Tennessee State, Faried called his mom with the happy news.

“He was trying to get to 20,” said Waudda Faried, who monitors her son’s progress while battling lupus from her home in Newark, N.J. “I told him I want 30.”

Only three times since 1980 has any Division I player pulled down as many as 30 rebounds in a single game. But if anyone can add his name to that exclusive list this season, Faried’s the guy.

Faried leads the nation at 13.7 rebounds per game and has pulled down at least a dozen rebounds in 12 consecutive outings. He ranked third in the nation last season at 13.0 rebounds per game.

Faried, a 6-foot-8 junior, says he owes much of his rebounding acumen to his parents. Faried often would follow his parents to the court as a child. Their message always was the same: If you can rebound, then you can shoot.

“The first thing they instilled in me is, ‘You’ve got to rebound it to shoot it.’ That’s just stuck with me,” Faried said. “In order for me to shoot, I’d have to rebound it.

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Centre's Danny Noll Honored on ESPN the Magazine Team


Centre senior Danny Noll (Ft. Mitchell, Ky.) was selected to the 2010 ESPN The Magazine Academic All-District Basketball Team for his achievements on the basketball court and in the classroom.

Noll was selected to the District 4 College Division First Team by the College of Sports Information Directors of America (CoSIDA) for the 2009-2010 basketball season.

The senior has maintained a 3.80 GPA so far at Centre and is majoring in Economics. On the season the Colonels are 10-8 overall and have a 6-5 record in the SCAC. Noll has started all of Centre's 13 games so far this season and is currently ranked 13th in the conference in scoring with 244 points and is 10th in field goal percentage at 41.8%. He is also fourth in the conference in rebounding with 139.

During Noll's first three year's at Centre the basketball team won three straight SCAC regular season titles, as well as winning the SCAC Tournament Championship two times in three years. The basketball team also made it to the NCAA Division III basketball tournament two of those three years.

Prior to the 2009-2010 season beginning he was named an Honorable-mention Pre-season All-American by D3hoops.com. In his junior season Noll was named to the 2008-2009 Pre-season D3hoops All-American 4th Team, he was an All-SCAC First Team member, SCAC Tournament MVP, NABC and D3hoops South Region Second Team member, and a District 4 College Division Second Team Member, which is put out by CoSIDA. During his sophomore year Noll was selected to the All-SCAC Honorable Mention Team and in his freshman year he was the SCAC Newcomer of the Year.

Not only has Noll played a huge role for the Colonel basketball team he has also played a huge role in the Centre community. He has been the Habitat for Humanity Treasurer for the past three years, served as a resident director for the past two years, he was a member of the Student-Athletic Advisory Committee, served on the Student Judiciary Board, and was a Junior Marshall for the class of 2010.

While accomplishing everything he has, Noll has been able to remain on the Dean's List every semester since coming to Centre.

Centre will be in action next on Saturday, February 6 as they take on DePauw University in Greencastle, Ind. The game will start at 3:00 p.m.

Source: Release by Centre College

Anyigbo, Peters Ink During Houston Area Signing Day

Kene Anyigbo and Brandon "Snap" Peters joined many other Houston-area athletes in yesterday's National Signing Day event.

The talented 2010 hoopsters will be joining the Western Kentucky Hilltoppers next season. Anyigbo is a power forward for Bellaire High School and Peter is an explosive guard for Yates High School, the nation's top-rated team.

Peters is looking forward to his days in Bowling Green:

“I’m really not much of a big city guy, I am really like a small town guy,” said Yates senior guard Brandon Peters. “I just want to go down there and make a name for myself.”

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Confucius Say: "Too Much Chinese Food Bad for Caracter"


Bill Knight of the El Paso Times has an in-depth article about former Louisville Cardinal big man Derrick Caracter, who now plays for UTEP.

The article explains Caracter's issues during his time with Rick Pitino and Louisville and talks about his rebirth as a productive college basketball players.

Here is an excerpt of the article where Caracter discusses some of his bad habits and weight problems at Louisville:

"I had problems with the coach at the prep school and I didn't play that much and when I got to Louisville, I weighed 320-pounds," he said, shaking his head. "I was just eating Chinese food and doing unnecessary stuff. My first year at Louisville was cool. I felt some of the assistants were harder on me than the other guys, but that just made me better.

"It seemed like I had a certain leadership on the team," he said. "A lot of guys would follow me, do what I did, even dress like me. In some ways that hurt us and in some ways that was a good thing. But if I felt like I was better than David Padgett and I was not playing, I would be negative. Coach (Rick) Pitino felt it was like a cancer, that it would spread."

And so Derrick Caracter and Louisville parted ways. He came to El Paso last January, enrolled in UTEP and sat out the NCAA-required year. Since becoming eligible in December, Caracter has averaged 13.7 points, 8.6 rebounds a game. Double-doubles are the norm and Saturday in Birmingham he had 20 points, 13 rebounds to help UTEP defeat No. 25 UAB. He was named the Conference USA Player of the Week for that effort.


Note: I know how Caracter felt - Chinese is my favorite!

2010 Forward C.J. Leslie Has NOT Committed to N.C. State

I received a couple of e-mails yesterday and this morning from UK fans that were concerned that C.J. Leslie has given a commitment to North Carolina State, which is one of the legitimate schools on his final list.

A good friend of mine finally sent me a link that explains where the confusion started.

Here is an excerpt of an article from Whiteville.com:

Word of God, which is the alma mater of current University of Kentucky standout John Wall, got a 29-point effort from Desmond Wells. C.J. Leslie, Word of God’s 6-10 senior center who has committed to play for N.C. State, had 15 points. (Source)

This is a false report that should be revised. C.J. Leslie has NOT committed to N.C. State and as a matter of fact, Kentucky head John Calipari travelled to North Carolina last night to watch the 2010 big man in action.

If you encounter fellow Wildcat fans and message board posters today that are worried about Leslie, you can help ease their fears.

Hazard Man Slaps Miller with Additional Theft Charges


Dale Williams, a Hazard (Ky.) chiropractor, has stepped forward and stated that he paid former Kentucky Wildcat Derrick Miller $1,200 for 2008-09 UK tickets that he did not receive.

Miller, who is already serving a 360-day jail sentence for related charges in Clark County, is facing theft by deception charges in numerous other Kentucky counties.

He will be sentenced on charges in Fleming County on February 19.

Goodman Names His NCAA Basketball All-Freshman Team

Jeff Goodman breaks down his All-Freshman Teams and includes two Kentucky Wildcats on the First Team. He notes that there are some surprises this season.

Goodman's First Team

F - Elias Harris, Gonzaga
F - Derrick Williams, Arizona
C - DeMarcus Cousins, Kentucky
SG - Avery Bradley, Texas
PG - John Wall, Kentucky

He lists Kentucky's Eric Bledsoe as a player that "Almost Made the Cut" and he names Cousins as the "Best Rebounder" in the freshman class.

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Gorgui Sy Dieng Says Louisville Game Was "Awesome"


I talked to 2010 big man Gorgui Sy Dieng tonight to see how his visit to Louisville went on Monday night.

He said the experience was "awesome." He alluded to the great atmosphere at the game between the Cardinals and the Connecticut Huskies.

He added that Rick Pitino was in attendance at Huntington Prep's game last night.

Gorgui also stated that Michigan, Memphis and Georgia Tech have been coming on strong lately and he hopes to visit all three schools.

Burton Has St. Catharine Headed in the Right Direction


When the 2008-09 season came to a close, the St. Catharine Patriots found themselves in the basement of the Mid-South Conference. The Patriots won only one league game and finished the season with a non-impressive record of 5-24.

For many, coach J.T. Burton's team was likely considered a non-factor heading into the 2009-10 season. Then, the Patriots topped last season's win total - in November. They closed the month with a 121-40 shellacking of Ohio State University-Mansfield and an impressive 10-2 record.

As St. Catharine prepares to visit Lindsey Wilson tonight in a Mid-South battle, they find themselves with a 15-7 overall record and sitting in a three-way tie for fourth place in the conference standings.

I talked to head coach J.T. Burton following an impressive 56-53 upset victory over #9 Campbellsville on Monday night.

Coach Burton, congratulations on the win at #9 Campbellsville. That is a big win for your program as you continue to turn things around and build a solid future. Talk a little about what a win like this does for your program.

This win helps us in all aspects. People in the community know Campbellsville and their history, so they understand we are making steps in the right direction. In recruiting, we can tell coaches and players, hey we have tripled our win total from last season, and have won 4 games against ranked opponents.

Last season was a tough one for St. Catharine and here you are a year later sitting at 15-7 and 3-3 in a very tough Mid-South Conference. How did you get to this point?

We did a great job last year of bringing in guys at Christmas break and we taught them our system while they redshirted. We hang our hat here as being a blue collar program and we got out and really tried to find the players we thought fit that mold. It’s tough to always find the perfect fit, but sometimes you get lucky and we did with a few guys.

Your team has proven that it can play with anyone in the conference, and the nation for that matter. How are your players handling a taste of success? Do you feel that your team is gaining confidence with each win?

We are gaining confidence. The first week of MSC play kicked us in the mouth and we were down. You can’t start 0-2 and have much confidence, but we broke the guys down a little, and then we built them back up and we showed them game footage of our wins against Southern Poly and our non conference game against Georgetown, to show them we are a good basketball team. We put ourselves in position to win at Pikeville, and that was huge. Then to get these 2 wins this week is unreal, it took the Pikeville game for our guys to see what it takes to win in the league, I’m not sure we learned our lesson at WV Tech and at home against Cumberlands. When we watched the film of the Pikeville game and saw we didn’t play our best but had a chance at the end, we addressed issues and I think our guys responded. We are happy with the last two, and our guys have enjoyed being the talk on campus, but it doesn’t get any easier.

Coach, you are building a reputation as an extremely hard-working head coach and staff and I have heard more than once this season that your team simply out-worked the opposition. Coach Adkins at Campbellsville stated after the game the other night, "The most disappointing and embarrassing part of tonight is to go out on our home court with a Top 10 ranking and watch someone play harder than us." How does a comment like that make you feel following such a big game for your program?

Well it means a lot coming from Coach Adkins, a guy who has taken his program to the Fab Four. We try to make our guys understand that you can’t just work hard on the days when you feel good, because a lot of people do. We need to work hard when we are hurt, sick, and so on. Our program is based on working hard, we have no choice to do otherwise. In this league, if you don’t bring it every day, as a staff and program, you get left behind. To come from where we were last year and now be hearing coaches who have won championships say good things about your program, it makes you feel good and like I said, although Coach Adkins was disappointed, and his comments were showing that, it is taken as a compliment for us.

As we enter the stretch run and March looms, how do you feel about the position your team is sitting in at the moment and where do you go from here?

Well, we put ourselves in a tough spot starting out 1-3 in league play. Now we are 3-3, but we still have a huge hill to climb. We like the fact our guys have fought back and responded, but we can’t be satisfied. We have eight league games left and it is going to be brutal. The only thing we know how to do is go back to work. We are going to talk about last night’s win before we practice, then we will forget it and get after it. We want to be playing in March, so we have to continue to focus on how we got to this point, and that is through hard work.

I wish you the best the rest of the way, Coach. Thank you for taking the time to speak with me.

I appreciate your time and all you do for NAIA basketball.

Andy Katz Is Not Seeing Any Controversy at Kentucky

ESPN's Andy Katz states today that if there is any controversy at Kentucky between John Wall and John Calipari, he is not seeing it.

Here is an excerpt of Katz's article:

Kentucky coach John Calipari scoffed at the "John Wall controversy" this week. Calipari said Wednesday that he had no idea there was even any chatter about Wall's postgame quotes from Saturday until Sunday when Wall wanted to talk to him.

He said Wall was contrite in discussing with him his play of late. Calipari said he just told Wall to settle down, not play to the hype that has engulfed him of late, and to enjoy himself. Clearly, Wall did in the win over Ole Miss on Tuesday night.

Calipari reiterated to Wall that the Wildcats had lost only one game and added that Wall better be having fun this year. If not, then what's wrong? Wall's quote was certainly inflammatory when taken alone. But sometimes we all have to take a step back and realize that comments in the heat of a loss, especially the first one, can be a bit too raw.
If there is a controversy at Kentucky with Wall and Calipari, I'm not seeing it.

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Muhammad Ali Will Attend Louisville Game Saturday


Billy Reed reports that the legendary Muhammad Ali will be in attendance Saturday afternoon as Louisville battles Rutgers at Freedom Hall.

Ali's visit will be part of the farewell festivities for Freedom Hall as the Cardinals near their move to a new downtown arena. The legendary boxer will be recognized because five of his first ten fights were held in the arena.


U of L's ’75 NCAA Final Four Team To Be Honored

The University of Louisville's 1974-75 men's basketball team will be honored at halftime of Saturday's game at Freedom Hall. The team reach the NCAA Final Four and posted a 28-3 record.

Wednesday, February 3, 2010

UK Recruit Leads Jefferson to Win on National Television


Kentucky recruit Terrence Jones led Jefferson (Or.) High School to a 42-39 victory over Kentwood High School. The game was featured for a nationally televised audience on ESPN2 as part of the Old Spice High School Basketball Showcase.

Jones, a 6-9 power forward, was matched up against 6-9 Josh Smith who has committed to UCLA. Jones led Jefferson with 20 points, 4 rebounds, 4 assists and 4 steals.

The Jefferson big man is uncommitted and his list includes Kentucky, Washington, UCLA, Oregon and Oklahoma.

Terrence Ross Will Leave Montrose Christian


Terrence Ross, a 6-5 guard in the 2010 class, has decided to leave Montrose Christian (Md.) High School.

Ross recently broke off his verbal commitment to the Maryland Terrapins and opted to re-open his recruitment.

Sources have stated that he is looking at Duke, Kentucky and Kansas. Some sources indicate that Maryland is still an option, although that would seem unlikely.

The reasons for his decision to leave Montrose Christian are unknown.

Ex-Cat Jodie Meeks Performing Community Service for Kids

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Josh Sewell Breaks All-Time Scoring Record at Trinity

Mr. Basketball candidate Josh Sewell put in 29 points and became Trinity's all-time leading point scorer in a 64-55 victory over Seneca.



LOUISVILLE, Ky. – No. 1 Trinity saw erased two double digit deficits to defeat No. 12 Seneca 64-55 in Steinhauser Gymnasium as leading Mr. Basketball candidate Josh Sewell became the school’s all-time leading scorer.

Trinity improved to 20-2 on the season.

Sewell became the school’s all-time leading scorer with 2:42 remaining in the third quarter on a three-point basket that cut a ten-point deficit to zero at 36-36. He finished the game with a season high 29 points. He hit 11-of-16 shots from the field including 4-of-5 from behind the arc, tying his career best. Sewell now has 1,331 points in his career.

Lee Morrison, a 1991 graduate, was the leading scorer in program history before Sewell broke the mark tonight. Morrison’s career total was 1,317.
Senior forward Taylor Epley added 15 points and seven rebounds. Senior Dylan Kupper added seven rebounds.

It was Trinity’s second win over the Redhawks this season. Trinity defeated Seneca 59-42 on Dec. 22, 2009 at Fairdale in the finals of the 2009 Canfield Development King of the Bluegrass, earning the Shamrocks their first ever championship in the event.

DeCourcy Talks Rick Pitino, NBA Age Limit and Unicorns


Mike DeCourcy of the SportingNews.com thinks that Louisville head coach Rick Pitino is right on target with his thoughts on raising the NBA age limit to 20.

Here are DeCourcy's thoughts:

Wow. A coach talking with common sense on this issue. Next thing you know, a unicorn will be knocking on my door.

I'd begun to believe there wasn't a single coach who was willing to understand the issues at work here. This is about the health of the sport of basketball — not just about what's best for the college game.

So many NCAA coaches choose not to grasp that their business is best when the sport is working at all levels: grassroots (which it's not), high schools (improving), the colleges (better off than many admit) and the NBA (much healthier because of the age limit).

College basketball was a mess during the preps to pros years. You think it's disruptive that Jrue Holiday left UCLA after one year, or B.J. Mullens checked out of Ohio State? How about all those years when players committed to schools and never showed: Al Jefferson at Arkansas, Josh Smith at Indiana, Gerald Green at Oklahoma State. Coaches were losing jobs over this. It can be argued Duke never has recovered to the position of national championship contender since Shaun Livingston dumped the Devils for the draft in 2004.

NBA commissioner David Stern always has preferred a 20-year-old minimum, and it would be best for the development of the league's prospects. More coaches joining Stern and Pitino on the side of what's smart and good for the game wouldn't automatically get it into the next collective bargaining agreement with the NBA Players Association, but it wouldn't hurt.


Pitino, Willard and Ford Check Out Chane Behanan


Those in attendance for Bowling Green's 79-44 victory over Hart County may have noticed some familiar faces in the crowd.

Louisville head coach Rick Pitino and assistant Ralph Willard, as well as Oklahoma State head coach Travis Ford, were in attendance to watch Bowling Green's 2011 big man Chane Behanan.

Behanan is fresh off a Monday night visit to Louisville as he watched the Cardinals earn a win over the Connecticut Huskies.

Bowling Green improved to 20-3 on the season with the win.

Goodman Likes Evan Turner as National Player of the Year

Jeff Goodman of FoxSports.com thinks Evan Turner has regained the lead in the race for National Player of the Year in college basketball. He ranks John Wall a close second and DeMarcus Cousins at #8 on his list.

Here are his thoughts on the Kentucky duo:

John Wall, 6-4, 193, PG, Fr., Kentucky
The Wildcats' freshman had 19 points, four turnovers and just two assists in Kentucky's first loss of the season at South Carolina and finished with 13 points, nine assists and seven turnovers in a victory against Vanderbilt. Wall is averaging 16.9 points, 6.8 assists, 3.6 rebounds and 2.0 steals, is shooting 38 percent from beyond the arc this season and has a respectable 1.65-to-1 assist-to-turnover ratio.

DeMarcus Cousins, 6-11, 260, C, Fr., Kentucky
The Wildcats' big man makes his debut after putting up a double-double in eight of the last 10 games. Cousins had 27 points and a dozen boards in the loss to South Carolina and finished with 21 points and 10 rebounds in a win against Vanderbilt. Cousins is averaging 16.2 points and 9.7 rebounds per game this season while shooting 55 percent from the field

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I Apologize for the Lack of Updates Today


As Vanderbilt head coach Kevin Stallings said before his game against Kentucky - I have been hit with a case of the "crud".

Anyways, a long day and a can of chicken noodle soup later and I'm about to get back on my feet.

I have some exciting site news coming soon that I think you guys are going to love.

The updates will resume soon...

Tuesday, February 2, 2010

Chaney Wishes He Would've "Beat the Hell" Out of Calipari

Former Temple Owls' head coach John Chaney has been inducted into the Big 5 Hall of Fame. The Temple News caught up with Coach Chaney before his induction and he had an interesting comment about Kentucky head coach John Calipari:

TTN: Do you have any regrets?

JC: I’ll start trouble, you know. The only regret I have is that I exposed so much of myself to the media. Certainly, I regret the language I used with Calipari [Chaney threatened then-Massachusetts coach John Calipari after a Feb. 13, 1994 game]. I should have waited until after the game was over and then took him outside and beat the hell out of him. Source

UPDATE: It turns out that the comments were printed out of context and the interview is a bit misleading. A reader points out that Calipari and Chaney are actually friends again:

"After the season, Calipari was being roasted at a fund-raiser for American Diabetes Foundation. He invited Chaney to come roast him and the Temple coach accepted. And guess who Calipari lined up for his first game at the U of M? Temple. “He sent me a nice note when I took this job,” Calipari says. “I wrote back and said, ‘Should we be playing?’” Chaney agreed, Calipari called some friends at ESPN, and voila, Memphis opens its season on tonight at The Pyramid against John Chaney and the Temple Owls. Calipari wants it to be a statement game." Source

UK Recruit Terrence Jones on ESPN2 Tonight

Excerpt of article from OregonLive.com:

Two of the nation's premier boys basketball players square off tonight on national television when Jefferson of North Portland plays at Kentwood of Covington, Wash.

The Democrats (13-3), Oregon's No. 1-ranked Class 5A team, play the Conquerors at 8 p.m. on ESPN2.

The headliners are Jefferson's Terrence Jones and Kentwood's Josh Smith, both rated among ESPNU's top 15 for the class of 2010.

The 6-foot-8 Jones, still undecided on a college, recently had 22 points, nine rebounds and eight blocked shots in the Democrats' 62-58 win over Federal Way, Washington's reigning Class 4A champion, on Jan. 18 in Seattle. Jones is rated No.13 by ESPNU.

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Georgetown Tigers Topple Lindsey Wilson

Georgetown College 69
Lindsey Wilson 41

Final from Georgetown, Kentucky

Game recap by LWC:


GEORGETOWN, Ky. -- The Lindsey Wilson College men's basketball team scored just four points through the first 12 minutes as Georgetown (Ky.) College took advantage of its off night for a 69-41 win on Monday at Davis-Reid Alumni Gym.

While no Blue Raiders reached double figures scoring, Joshua Cherry led them in scoring with seven points. Andrija Tintor, Darren Ballou, Eric McPherson and Kemo Duncan all added six points for Lindsey Wilson.

Hollis Giles paced the Tigers with 18 points and six rebounds, while Vic Moses added 10 points.

Lindsey Wilson came up with 13 points over the last eight minutes of the first half, but the Tigers continued their strong play and went into halftime in front 37-17.

The Blue Raiders struggled to find any offensive rhythm as Georgetown used an aggressive full-court press to speed up Lindsey Wilson and force 27 turnovers for the game. The Blue Raiders 27 giveaways are a season high, while Georgetown committed just 16 turnovers.

Not much changed in the second half as the Tigers held on to a lead of more than 20 points for nearly every minute of the half. Lindsey Wilson tried to get back into the game by knocking down some jump shots, but struggled from the field and behind the arc.

Ballou hit a 3-pointer with just over a minute to play in the game which was the first make from behind the arc for the Blue Raiders in the game. One 3-pointer is a season low for Lindsey Wilson, the previous low of two came against Talladega College on Nov. 28.

Lindsey Wilson finished the game shooting just 37.1 percent from the field, while Georgetown used a variety of easy baskets around the rim to shoot 54.5 percent.

With a 1-for-14 performance, the Blue Raiders shot under 10.0 percent from behind the arc. Georgetown finished the game shooting 36.4 percent (4-for-11) from three-point range.

Lindsey Wilson returns to action at 8 p.m. CT on Feb. 4 against St. Catharine (Ky.) College at Biggers Sports Center.

Forde Looks at UK, Wall and Cousins in His "Minutes"

ESPN's Pat Forde, who has a love/hate relationship with Kentucky basketball fans, includes some thoughts on the Cats, John Wall and DeMarcus Cousins today in his "Forde Minutes" article.

Here are some excerpts:

The national player of the year list is getting longer, rather than shorter and John Wall may not even be the favorite to win on his own team:

DeMarcus Cousins (17), Kentucky. He's usurped the spotlight from Wall (which might also have something to do with the point guard's Saturday sulk). The big man with extraordinary hands and feet is the nation's No. 1 offensive rebounder, per Ken Pomeroy's stats; lives at the foul line; and has great touch around the basket. If Cousins (16.2 ppg, 9.7 rpg) could eliminate the thrown elbows and arguments with officials, there would be no holes in his game.

John Wall (18), Kentucky. He's averaging 16.9 points and 6.8 assists and possesses a fully developed ability to perform at crunch time -- but he's in a semi-slump. He's made just 30 of his last 77 shots (39 percent, for a season-long 48 percent rate). His assist-turnover ratio is 1.1-to-1 in the last four games (season-long ratio is 1.7-to-1). His steals are down slightly. That's why he's come back to the pack a bit, but it doesn't mean he can't return to his earlier brilliance.


He also makes the claim that Ashley Judd is "back on the bandwagon":

Ashley Judd (36). The fact that she's back on the Kentucky bandwagon makes college basketball a better -- and more aesthetically pleasing -- place.

Is Billy Gillispie Getting Ready for Another Round?


SportsByBrooks.com indicates that Billy Gillispie has escaped walking straight lines and is getting close to returning college basketball's sidelines.

Here is an excerpt of the article:

BCG lives in Plano, a nice suburb in Dallas, and I’ve heard that though booze clearly is the primary reason for his career derailment, he hasn’t stopped drankin’. A source apprised me recently that BCG is only hitting the sauce, “a little,” and that he’s been unseen on the party scene for some time.

As he continues his due DUI diligence, Billy Clyde is zeroing in on a few jobs that may come open as soon as the season is out. To his credit though, BCG doesn’t want to come off as campaigning for gigs that are currently filled, so I’ll do the honors for him.

I’ve heard that Gillispie’s most likely landing spots are: Houston, UNCW, UTEP or Texas Tech.

Complete Article

FoxSports.com Unveils "Bracketology 101"

FoxSports.com has released its first Bracketology 101 for the 2009-10 season.

Kentucky opens as a #1 seed in the Houston Region against #16 Middle Tennesse State.

They select Murray State as a #14 seed with a first round matchup against #3 Texas in the Syracuse Region.

Bracketology 101

DeMarcus Cousins is Becoming A (the?) Man at Kentucky


Excerpt of article from SI.com:

LEXINGTON, Ky. (AP) - DeMarcus Cousins doesn't answer questions after games so much as he holds court.

The gregarious freshman center is as refreshingly unfiltered as head coach John Calipari is polished. Blunt and direct, Cousins is unapologetically honest whether the topic is his sometimes eccentric postgame attire or his ability to attract controversy wherever he goes.

Yes, Cousins thinks he may be the best center in the Southeastern Conference. Yes, he believes the referees swallow their whistles sometimes when the ball is in his hands. Yes, he may have pushed a South Carolina student out of the way while trying to get off the court last week, but he didn't punch him as at least one reporter claimed.

Hey, it's all a part of the game when you're "Big Cuz,'' one of the handful of monikers Cousins goes by.

"I'm just doing my part,'' Cousins said from behind his nonprescription black-rimmed glasses, part of what he calls his "Peter Parker'' swag.

And he's playing his part as well as any player in the country.

Complete Article

Photo: Kentucky.com

McPherson Named Mid-South Conference Player of the Week

LOUISVILLE, Ky. -- Lindsey Wilson College's Eric McPherson is the Mid-South Conference Men's Basketball Player of the Week, the conference announced on Monday.

The award is McPherson's second this season and third of his career.

In the Blue Raiders' only game this week, the senior guard scored 17 points and grabbed 10 rebounds in a 66-61 win at West Virginia University Tech.

Lindsey Wilson's game with Georgetown College on Saturday was postponed due to heavy snow and was rescheduled for Monday night.

McPherson hit three of five (60 percent) three-pointers and six of eight (75 percent) free throws to help the Blue Raiders win their second straight conference game.

The Cleveland native recorded his fifth double-double of the season while adding an assist, a block and a steal in the win.

Lindsey Wilson improved to 12-9 on the season and 3-2 in conference play.

Source: Press release by LWC

Tremendous Atmosphere at the Expo Center in Pikeville

Here are some pictures from Pikeville College's record-breaking attendance night several weeks ago at the East Kentucky Expo Center:

Pikeville College Head Coach Wells

The Pikeville College students were ready for basketball action

Pikeville earned a big win over an always tough Georgetown College team

Some free throws to seal the deal

There has to be one in every bunch!

UK Recruit Terrence Ross Moves Up in Metro Area

Kentucky 2010 recruit Terrence Ross has moved to the First Team in this week's Washingon Post All-Met Watch for the city's best players:

First Team

G Justin Drummond Riverdale Baptist Sr.
Loyola recruit had 33 points and 11 rebounds against Northwestern. Has 11 double-doubles this season.

G Ray Gatling Oxon Hill Sr.
Has reached the 20-point mark in 11 of 14 games.

G Markel Starks Georgetown Prep Sr.
Georgetown recruit had 26 points, including six three-pointers, in a 71-59 victory over SS/SA.

G Terrence Ross Montrose Christian Sr.
Averaged 19.5 points in four games. Has scored in double figures in every game this season.


C Eugene McCrory KIMA Sr.
Had a monster week, averaging 23 points and 13.6 rebounds in three victories.

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The SEC is Greater Than Conference USA

The Memphis Commercial-Appeal has some comments from Kentucky head coach John Calipari about the differences between Conference USA and the Southeastern Conference.

Here is an excerpt:

But Calipari said there's a huge difference in one area between the SEC, where UK might have another loss or two waiting somewhere down the line, and C-USA, that the U of M dominated.

"Every team (in the SEC) has a player or two that can break you down and score at will," Calipari said. "All these teams have that guy like (South Carolina's Devan) Downey, who made two ridiculous shots in the last couple of minutes to beat us (a week ago). And each team is seven or eight-deep (in the SEC) where before when we (Memphis) got into your bench (in C-USA play) we got you. Our goal at Memphis was to get into your bench, because when we did that, that was our advantage, because we had nine, 10, 11 guys who could play. When you get into the bench in this league, you're not getting anybody, because it's not just the starting five."

Complete Article

Video: Josh Selby's Explosive 52-Point Performance

Here is a mixtape from Josh Selby's explosive night against Connections High School. Selby, who is being recruited by Kentucky, blew up for 52 points, 8 assists and 8 rebounds.

Latest Bracketology Includes Kentucky and Murray State

Joe Lundardi's latest Bracketology on ESPN.com includes the Kentucky Wildcats and Murray State Racers.

Lundardi has the Wildcats as a #1 seed in the West (Milwaukee). He has Murray State as a #13 seed in the South (Houston).

Louisville is listed as one of the "last four out" this week.

Joe Lunardi's Bracketology

NOTE: I can't resist - North Carolina is listed as one of the "next four out"

UK Recruit Doron Lamb is Mcdonald's All-American

ZagsBlog.com reports some unofficial invitations to the 2010 McDonald's All-America game. The reports that 2010 Kentucky recruit Doron Lamb will be among those invited to participate in the event.

The officials rosters will be released on February 11.

Excerpt:

Duke-bound guard Kyrie Irving of Elizabeth (N.J.) St. Patrick; Tennessee-bound forward Tobias Harris of Dix Hills (N.Y.) Half Hollow Hills West; Villanova-bound JayVaughn Pinkston of Brookyn Bishop Loughlin; and uncommitted guard and Queens, N.Y. native Doron Lamb of Oak Hill Academy have all been invited. Harris, on left, and Pinkston are pictured at left during their recent battle at the Big Apple Invitational.

Source

Monday, February 1, 2010

Big East Admits: The Refs Blew it in Louisville Game


The Big East Conference has admitted, for the second time, that the officials blew a major call near the end of the game that potentially prevented Louisville from earning critical conference road wins.

Excerpt of article from Courier-Journal.com:

For the second time in as many road games, the Big East Conference admitted to “procedural and communication errors” at the conclusion of a University of Louisville loss.

As the Cardinals dropped a 77-74 decision at West Virginia, U of L coach Rick Pitino was livid over two possession rulings in the final 20 seconds of the game.

The call that drew the Big East's admission came with 6.7 seconds left. U of L forward Rakeem Buckles tangled for a rebound with WVU's Devin Ebanks and Da'Sean Butler.

The ball sailed out of bounds under the Cards' basket directly toward the face of official Mike Kitts, who instinctively ducked and shielded his head. In doing so, he could not make the call to determine who touched it last.

Complete Article

Campbellsville Holds; Pikeville Drops in NAIA Rankings

Campbellsville University held at #9 in this week's NAIA Division I national rankings.

Pikeville College, who won both games last week, inexplicably dropped a spot to #15. This is the second time this season that the Bears have faced a questionable drop in the national rankings. Several weeks ago, Pikeville dropped 16 spots (#6 to #22) after a tough road loss to a ranked Campbellsville team. This week, the Bears managed to drop a spot after going 2-0 on the week.

Georgetown College drops one spot to #19 this week.

Lindsey Wilson, University of the Cumberlands and Mid-Continent University received votes this week but did not make the top 25.

2009-2010 NAIA Division I Men’s Basketball Coaches’ Top 25 Poll

(Rating #6 – Feb. 1)

RANK LAST WEEK SCHOOL (1ST PLACE VOTES) 2009-10 RECORD* TOTAL POINTS

1 1 Mountain State University (W.Va.) (12) 23-0 312
2 3 Oklahoma Baptist University 18-1 298
3 4 Biola University (Calif.) 20-1 296
4 2 Concordia University (Calif.) 19-2 276
5 5 Louisiana State University-Shreveport 19-2 273
6 6 Southern Nazarene University (Okla.) 17-4 267
7 7 McKendree University (Ill.) 17-5 245
8 8 Southern Polytechnic State University (Ga.) 18-2 241
9 9 Campbellsville University (Ky.) 16-5 233
10 11 Westminster College (Utah) 16-5 214
11 13 Central Methodist University (Mo.) 17-5 198
12 10 Texas Wesleyan University 16-5 194
13 16 Olivet Nazarene University (Ill.) 15-6 190
14 15 Union University (Tenn.) 16-6 186
15 14 Pikeville College (Ky.) 18-2 185
16 17 Oklahoma Christian University 16-4 147
17 RV Azusa Pacific University (Calif.) 15-6 129
18 21 Tougaloo College (Miss.) 16-3 127
19 18 Georgetown College (Ky.) 15-5 125
20 12 Belhaven University (Miss.) 17-4 120
21 19 Montana State University-Northern 17-6 117
22 23 Lee University (Tenn.) 16-6 107
23 RV Freed-Hardeman University (Tenn.) 13-7 84
24 24 Park University (Mo.) 14-7 52
25 RV The Master's College (Calif.) 14-7 49

Louisville Grabs "Must-Win" Over Connecticut

Louisville 82
Connecticut 69

Final from Louisville, Kentucky

Game recap by Associated Press:

LOUISVILLE, Ky. -- Edgar Sosa scored 15 points and handed out eight assists to lead Louisville past reeling Connecticut 82-69 on Monday night.

Jerry Smith added 14 points while Samardo Samuels chipped in 13 points as the Cardinals (14-8, 5-4 Big East) bounced back from a potentially devastating loss at West Virginia on Saturday with arguably their biggest win of the season.

Louisville never trailed and built a 19-point lead early in the second half before holding off a couple of mild runs by the Huskies.

Jerome Dyson led UConn (13-9, 3-6) with 18 points and Stanley Robinson had 14 points and 11 rebounds but the Huskies fell to 2/3 without coach Jim Calhoun, who is on indefinite medical leave. The Huskies have lost six of their last eight overall.

UConn shot just 38 percent from the field and turned it over 18 times to put a serious dent in their NCAA tournament hopes.

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