Saturday, March 13, 2010

John Wall Says UK Was Not "Going to be Punked" by UT


John Wall said after today's 74-45 beat down of Tennessee "we weren't going to be punked."

Wall added, "Like coach said, if we’re knocking down shots, we feel no team can beat us.”

Kentucky was 8-22 from beyond the 3-point line today. On the other hand, Tennessee was only 2-15.

Bruce Pearl, who suffered his largest margin of defeat as the head coach of Tennessee, stated:

"We got outplayed at every position. Kentucky is the No. 2 team in the country for a reason. They're a really, really good team, and we just did not have the energy after playing two games and coming back and playing this third game. We just didn't have it."

Future Hilltopper Ends Perfect Season With State Title


Future Western Kentucky guard Brandon "Snap" Peters and Yates High School (34-0) used a 22-3 fourth quarter run to put the game away and capture its second consecutive Texas Class 4A state championship.

Yates, which finished the season with a national record 116.2 scoring average, came from behind to defeat No. 2 Lancaster 92-73 in front of a record 16,755 fans.

Peters was named the game's most valuable player after erupting for 37 points and 13 rebounds.




Upset Bug Bites Kentucky Wesleyan in NCAA Tournament


Saint Joseph's College 70
(5) Kentucky Wesleyan 68

NCAA DII Tournament First Round

Game recap by SJC:


The Saint Joseph's College men's basketball team upset Kentucky Wesleyan College 70-68 at the Sportscenter in Owensboro, Kentucky on Saturday. KWC, the host and top seed in the NCAA Midwest Regional lost only their second home game of the season as Phil Collins hit two clutch baskets in the final 20 seconds to defeat the country's fifth best team.

The Pumas (18-11) got into early foul trouble with Jake Hassler (So., Evansville, Ind./Mater Dei), Marcus Jackson (Jr., Indianapolis, Ind./Ben Davis) and Michael Horton (Jr., Chicago, Ill./Von Steuben) receiving two fouls with less than seven minutes into the game. KWC then proceeded to edge ahead 23-12 midway through the first half. SJC managed to close the gap as they tied the game at 30 after Cory Hrynyk (So., Bartlett, Ill./Bartlett) dropped a three-point basket with less than four minutes to go in the half.

The defense from both squads shined as the half came to a close with the Pumas taking a 32-30 lead into the lockerroom. Phillip Collins (RSo., Indianapolis, Ind./Pike) opened the second half converting a three-point basket to push the lead to five points. However, Desmond Stephens carried the Panthers as they began to trade baskets with SJC. Stephens connected on five baskets, three from the perimeter as KWC built a 55-49 lead with less than 10 minutes remaining.

Dayvon Sloan (Fr., Louisville, Ky./Waggener) converted on two shots from the field on the night, but connected on a three-point basket with less than four minutes to go in the contest that gave SJC a 67-63 lead that quieted the 3,000 plus Panther fans. Chris Williams answered the call as he buried a three-point basket with just over two minutes remaining to give the Panthers a 68-67.

After the Pumas tied the game on a Andrew Helmer (Sr., Highland, Ind./Highland) free throw, Collins knocked down a jumper from the wing to give SJC a 70-68 lead. Stephens answered with a bucket of his own seconds later to tie the game. The ensuing inbounds went to Collins who went the length of the floor to connect on a fade-away jumper from the base line. With just over two seconds on the clock the Panthers went for the win, but Marico Stinson three-point attempt went long as the clock expired.

Desmond Stephens finished with a game high 22 points to lead the Panthers. Chris Williams added 14 points and pulled in a team high seven rebounds.

Andrew Helmer led SJC to their first victory in Owensboro since January 26th, of 2006 with 15 points and a game high nine rebounds. Collins finished with 14 points and seven rebounds.

The Pumas will play the winner of the Grand Valley State and Findlay game on Sunday. Tip-off at the Sportscenter is scheduled for 7:30 p.m. CST.

What Happened with Daniel Orton Today?

Daniel Orton explains his altercation with Coach Calipari during the game today.

My Thoughts: No big deal at all... This type of thing happens pretty often and is just a part of the game.



Video from KentuckyVids' YouTube channel

Bellarmine Knights Advance in NCAA DII Tournament


(19) Bellarmine 70
Central State 66

NCAA Division II Regional Tournament First Round

Game recap by BU:


OWENSBORO, Ky.—Luke Sprague’s pair of three pointers with under two minutes left gave the No. 19 Bellarmine University men’s basketball team a finishing spark in a 70-66 victory over Central State (Ohio) University in the first round of the 2010 NCAA Division II Regional Tournament on Saturday evening at the Sportscenter.

Sprague’s daggers gave the Knights a 69-63 advantage with 1:09 to play. The Marauders cut the deficit to three points with a Robert Harris three-point play with 47 seconds remaining, and had a chance to tie the game after a missed Bellarmine free throw, but BU’s Oladapo Fagbenle swiped a loose ball from Harris to seal the contest.

“What I’m most proud of is fighting through and advancing when we did not play our best,” Bellarmine Head Coach Scott Davenport said. “A lot of that had to do with Central State. They were a very good basketball team, and probably the most athletic team we played so far.”

With the win, Bellarmine advances to Sunday’s semifinal against Quincy University, with tipoff scheduled for 6 p.m. Quincy defeated Drury University 71-58 in the first game of the day.

Jeremy Kendle and Justin Benedetti each had 16 points to lead Bellarmine in scoring, while Kendle took top honors in assists (seven). Nick Holmes pulled down six rebounds, tying for the game high with Central State’s Damone Pledger.

Benedetti made three of his six three-point attempts, including a buzzer-beater from 26 feet to send the game into halftime tied at 28.

Bellarmine was outrebounded 33-22 for the game, but committed only three second half turnovers.

Central State’s Cole Prophet led all scorers with 19 points off 7-of-15 shooting, and also led the Marauders with six assists.

More NBA Minutes Likely for Ex-Cat Jodie Meeks



There is good news for Jodie Meeks today as 76ers' head coach Eddie Jordan says that more minutes are likely for the ex-Kentucky sharpshooter.

"You'd like to get him in there with maybe three minutes to go in the quarter or half, or maybe if you're up a lot, you'd like to get him in there," Jordan said. "But right now, when we're down and we have a deficit, I still want to go with our guys to show we're still fighting in there.

"You know what happens when you put a rookie in with maybe four to go and you're down 15. It's a sign of 'OK, we're going to give him some minutes and let it go.' But we're still fighting. And I've talked to him, and he's going to get some minutes. But we don't want to give him minutes at the expense of the feeling of 'This game is over with.' "

Source

Terrence Jones Leads Jefferson to State Final



Kentucky 2010 recruit Terrence Jones scored 23 points to lead No. 1 Jefferson (Or.) High School (25-2) to a 52-40 victory over La Pine in the state Class 5A seminfinals.

Jefferson will meet Mountain View (26-1) in today's championship game.

Ex-Kentucky Coach Billy Gillispie to Houston?


Adam Zagoria of ZagsBlog.com writes that Tom Penders plans to retire as head coach at Houston after the season.

He adds that sources say former Kentucky head coach Billy Gillispie will likely take over the job.

Zagoria also posted the following on Twitter earlier:

"Houston coach Tom Penders will retire after season, sources close to the program said"

"Former Kentucky coach Billy Gillispie & UT asst Rodney Terry candidates to replace Penders at Houston, sources said"

Kentucky Destroys Tennessee in SEC Tournament


(2) Kentucky 74
(13) Tennessee 45

Southeastern Conference Tournament Semifinals

Game recap by AllKYHoops.com:

The Kentucky Wildcats (31-2) flexed their proverbial muscles and rolled to a 74-45 victory over SEC rival Tennessee.

Leading 23-19, Kentucky used a 9-0 run to finish the half for a 32-19 halftime advantage.

The Volunteers (25-8) were within 8 points but an Eric Bledsoe 3-pointer at the 8:39 mark pushed the lead back into double figures. Tennessee made two free throws to cut the lead back down to 9, but Darnell Dodson answered with a smooth 3-pointer. The next time down the court, Dodson drained another long range bomb to make the lead 56-41. At that point the game was essentially over as Kentucky cruised to the 29-point win and a berth in tomorrow's SEC title game against either Vanderbilt or Mississippi State.

DeMarcus Cousins followed up a string of what he termed "games that he didn't bring it" with a monstrous 19-point, 15-rebound afternoon. He could have easily scored 25 or more, but was only 7-17 from the free throw line.

Eric Bledsoe added 17 points for the Cats, including 5-8 from beyond the 3-point line. John Wall contributed 14 points, 9 assists and 6 rebounds. Dodson scored 8 points of the bench.

Scotty Hopson, who predicted a win over Kentucky yesterday, was 4-10 from the field and finished with 11 points. He was the only Vol to score double figures. Wayne Chism and Brian Williams added 8 points each.

As Bruce Pearl likes to say, the Volunteers "shot like Kentucky" today as they were 2-15 from beyond the 3-point line. Kentucky was 8-22 from long range. Kentucky also shot 25-48 (52.1%) from the field while Tennessee was only 17-55 (30.9%).

Notes/My Thoughts:

- Kentucky wins the rebounding battle 40-26

- UK won by 29 points and were only 16-30 from the free throw

- Cousins was a beast today; simply a man amongst boys and he managed to control his temper for the most part - even after UT's Melvin Goins gave him a cheap shot to the midsection

- The only thing that looks dumber than a bright orange jacket is when you wear a bright orange jacket and lose by 29 points on national television

- I would still love to see a little more production from the 3-spot; Dodson put in 8 points, but Miller and Liggins combined for only 6 points in 32 minutes

- How great is that UK crowd in Nashville? Wow!

- Keep on eye on the Kansas/Kansas State game tonight; If KU loses, Kentucky will be in line to be the top overall seed in the NCAA Tournament

- UT's starting 5 combined for 14-41 from the field and 2-13 from long range

Updated Bracketology and the NCAA Selection Process


Tomorrow is Selection Sunday, which is traditionally one of my favorite days of the year - especially when/if Kentucky is playing for an SEC Championship.

As we lead up to tomorrow evening, let's take a look at Joe Lunardi's latest Bracketology that was released this morning.

Lunardi has Kentucky locked into a No. 1 seed and still playing in the East (Syracuse) Region. He has the Cats facing the winner of Tuesday night's play-in game.

Murray State is projected as a No. 13 seed and are lined up against Steve Alford's New Mexico team.

Following Louisville's disappointing loss to Cincinnati in the Big East Tournament, Lunardi has the Cards as a No. 9 seed in the East against Oklahoma State. That's right, he projects Kentucky vs. either Pitino and the Cards or Travis Ford and the Cowboys.

Also of interest is former UK head coach Tubby Smith and Minnesota. They have pulled out a surprising run in the Big Ten Tournament and are now projected as the team that is the first team out of the tournament. A win over Purdue today would likely push Tubby's team into the Big Dance.

This is a good time to pull out a previous article that discusses, in detail, what is going on with the NCAA Selection Committee at this time. The group came together on Wednesday night and here is a complete rundown of what is taking place.

Tell Us How You Really Feel About Tennessee

This guy has no problem sharing his true feelings:



My favorite line:

"I hate Neyland Stadium. Looks like a garbage truck worker convention..."

Kentucky's Big Blue Nation Has Taken Over Nashville

It's hard to describe just how many UK fans are in Nashville so here's a visual:



Video from michaelcasagrande's YouTube channel

50 Interesting Notes About Kentucky vs. Tennessee

John Clay of the Herald-Leader has came up with fifty random notes about Kentucky vs. Tennessee.

Here are the first few:

1. Kentucky last played Tennessee in the SEC Tournament in 2005. Tubby Smith’s Cats beat Buzz Peterson’s Vols 76-62. That was Peterson’s final game as the Tennessee coach.

2. “If you see somebody not wearing blue or orange in here, you wonder if they’re in the wrong place,” UT senior forward Wayne Chism told Wes Rucker of the Chattanooga Times Free Press.

3. Bobby Maze told Chris Low of espn.com: “I’m looking around at all that blue and thinking, ‘Aren’t we in a city in Tennessee?’ ” Maze said. “I knew a lot about their tradition, but I didn’t know how much Kentucky traveled. I had no idea they were going to book every hotel, that they were going to book all the clubs, all the events and buy up all the tickets. I mean, they travel like the Million Man March.“

4. Kentucky is 34-2 in SEC Tournament semifinal games.

5. This is the first time UK has reached the SEC semifinals since 2006.

Complete Article (Good stuff, check it out)

Friday, March 12, 2010

Louisville Extends a 2011 Offer to Chane Behanan



I have confirmed with a source close to the situation that Louisville and head coach Rick Pitino have extended an offer to talented Bowling Green junior Chane Behanan.

Behanan is being looked at by a host of other schools including West Virginia, Oklahoma State, Mississippi State, Alabama, Western Kentucky and more. He has also heard from Kentucky.

Terrence Jones Says HuskyDigest.com Rumors are False


Terrence Jones has told the Oregonian that he has not committed to Washington or any other schools following reports from HuskyDigest.com that he and Terrence Ross gave verbals to Washington.

Here is an excerpt:

Jefferson senior Terrence Jones, among the highest-ranked uncommitted basketball recruits in the class of 2010, has not made a decision on a college, Jones and coach Pat Strickland told The Oregonian's Aaron Fentress on Friday.

Scotty Hopson: "I think we will win" Against Kentucky



Scotty Hopson, who is playing as poorly offensively as anyone in the SEC Tournament, stated the following today:

"They are talented. But we can get up and down the court with them. We do a lot of similar things, but at the end of the day I think we will win." (Quote source: Larry Vaught)

Hopson is a very talented player, but he speaks with a lot of confidence for someone that is 2-19 from the field in the SEC Tournament. He is 0-9 from long range and has scored a total of 8 points in the Vol's two games.

I guess it's good to have confidence.

Calipari and Cats Discuss Alabama Victory



Video from UK Athletics' YouTube Channel

Ex-Auburn HS Guard is Starring at Kentucky Wesleyan


Kwan Waller, who transferred from Sauk Valley Junior College to Kentucky Wesleyan, is having a tremendous season for the nation's No. 5 team in NCAA DII basketball.

Excerpt of article from RRStar.com:

Kwan Waller does a little of everything.

He’s led Kentucky Wesleyan in rebounding once, assists three times, steals three times and blocks four times. He’s scored in double figures eight times.

And now he’s being asked to do a little of everything a little more often.

The former Auburn guard moved into Kentucky Wesleyan’s starting lineup three weeks ago. The Panthers were 9-0 with Waller as a starter until losing the championship game of the Great Lakes Valley Conference to Bellarmine.

The Panthers lost despite one of Waller’s best games. He tied his career high with 14 points for the second consecutive tourney game and shot 6-for-11 on a night the rest of the Panthers shot 19-for-60.


Complete Article

Kentucky Wakes Up and Holds Off Alabama to Advance


(2) Kentucky 73
Alabama 67

Southeastern Conference Tournament Quarterfinals

Game recap by AllKYHoops.com:

Kentucky opened the game with an 8-7 lead, but didn't lead again until the 13:51 mark of the second half when John Wall converted a free throw. The Wildcats (30-2) never trailed again and went on to a 73-67 SEC Tournament quarterfinal victory over Alabama.

Wall led the Cats with 23 points, 7 rebounds and 5 assists. Patrick Patterson gave Kentucky stability in the paint as he finished with 20 points and 4 rebounds. Eric Bledsoe added 10 point and 3 assists.

Kentucky was a lowly 1-13 (7.7%) from beyond the 3-point line, but shot 25-50 (50.0%) overall. The Wildcats also made 22-29 (75.9%) from the free throw line.

Alabama (17-15) picked up 20 points from Mikhail Torrance on 5-15 shooting. Jamychal Green added 14 points and 11 rebounds off the bench.

The Crimson Tide was only 23-66 (34.8%) from the field.

Kentucky lost the rebounding battle 44-32 and gave up an alarming 20 offensive rebounds. DeMarcus Cousins led UK with 8 rebounds.

Notes/My Thoughts:

- Bottom line: Kentucky did not rebound and they were 1-13 from long range; that's the only reason the game was within single digits

- Still no solid production from the 3-spot: Miller, Dodson, Liggins and Harris COMBINED for 47 minutes, 2-10 FG, 1-4 3PT, 6 REB, 0 AST, 1 STL, 2 BLK, 4 TO

- The arena was basically 85-90% Kentucky fans

- Ashley Judd was in the house to watch Kentucky

- This is UK's 12th 30-win season; most by any school

- Valuable tournament lesson for the young Cats; every game is a battle in tournament play

Photo: Andy Lyons, Getty Images

Ex-Cats Lead Stallions Into Second Round of ABA Playoffs


The Bluegrass Stallions, which is made up of many ex-Kentucky Wildcats and other local talent, destroyed New York 139-94 in the opening round of the ABA Playoffs.

The Stallions led by 5 points after the first quarter and then used a 44-18 second quarter to put the game away. The halftime lead was 75-44.

Former Wildcat Bobby Perry led the way with 21 points and 12 rebounds. Jason McLeish added 20 points. Former UK big man Lucasz Obrzut added 15 points and 11 rebounds in the win.

The team also includes former Cats Ravi Moss, Wayne Turner and Jules Camara. The head coach is legendary UK star Kyle Macy.

The Stallions advance to the second round where they will do battle with Jersey Express. The game will be on Saturday at 7:00 p.m at Lexington Catholic High School.

A Great March Madness (Tall) Tale

I don't know why, but this is just funny to me:

Billy Kennedy a Finalist for Various Coaching Awards


Murray State head coach Billy Kennedy, who has led the Racers to a 30-4 record and OVC tournament and regular season championships, has been named a finalist for several national coaching awards.

He is on the final lists for the Hugh Durham Mid-Major Coach of the Year award, the NABC National Coach of the Year award and the Skip Prosser Award.

Kennedy has already been named NABC District-19 Coach of the Year.

2010 Hugh Durham Award Finalists:

Randy Bennett, St. Mary's
Tad Boyle, Northern Colorado
Todd Bozeman, Morgan State
Steve Donahue, Cornell
Cliff Ellis, Coastal Carolina
Ben Jacobson, Northern Iowa
Greg Kampe, Oakland
Billy Kennedy, Murray State
Bob Marlin, Sam Houston State
Fran McCaffery, Siena
Randy Rahe, Weber State
Tony Shaver, William & Mary
Brad Stevens, Butler
Blaine Taylor, Old Dominion
Mike Young, Wofford

2010 Skip Prosser Award Finalists:

Dave Rose, BYU
Murry Bartow, ETSU
Greg Kampe, Oakland
Billy Kennedy, Murray State
Brad Stevens, Butler
Mike Young, Wofford
Bill Carmody, Northwestern
Fran Dunphy, Temple
Jamie Dixon, Pitt
Max Good, Loyola Marymount
Chris Mack, Xavier
Bob Marlin, Sam Houston State
Stew Morrill, Utah STate
Kevin Stallings, Vanderbilt
Ted Woodward, Maine

Awkward Basketball Media Moments, Starring Me


A reader e-mailed this awkward background media guy moment to me this morning. That is yours truly looking way too serious at last weekend's OVC Tournament in Nashville. I was in the perfect location to be caught in embarrassing situations all night on ESPN2. I knew it was going to be an interesting night when I received a text before the game even started that simply read: "Smile. You look like you're ready to kill somebody."

John Calipari Discusses Today's Alabama Game





Videos courtesy KentuckyVids' YouTube Channel...

John Wall is Much More Than Numbers for Kentucky


Paul Elkins of CollegeHoopsNet.com writes today that statistical numbers are convenient but stats do not give players like Kentucky's John Wall adequate justice. He feels that Wall is much better than his stats would indicate.

Here is an excerpt:

Case in point: Let’s take a closer look at Kentucky freshman point guard, John Wall. He has been widely regarded as the best point guard in college basketball and the consensus #1 pick in this June’s NBA draft, yet his most commonly commonly considered numbers - 16 points, 6 assists, and 4 rebounds (and 4 turnovers) per game – do not garner such praise alone.

But if we take a look at some of Walls’ more important numbers, his value becomes more apparent: Heading into last Sunday’s game against Florida, Wall had played in 70 minutes of basketball that accounted for the last two minutes of regulation and overtime for his team. In those 70 minutes, he had scored 66 points, shot 62% from the field, and committed just six turnovers. If we averaged these numbers over a 40-minute game (assuming he played the whole game), Wall would have averaged 38 points and three turnovers per contest. Given the fact that Wall’s Wildcats have lost only two games all season, it is fair to say that these numbers are pretty significant.

Yates High School Breaks National Record in Semifinals


Photo: Michael Paulsen / Houston Chronicle

Yates High School had an "off night" in the Texas Class 4A semifinals last night and still rolled to a 106-76 victory over The Colony.

In scoring 106 points, the Lions broke a national record for the most consecutive games with 100+ points. This was the 15th consecutive game that Yates topped the century mark and they are now averaging 117 points per game.

Future Western Kentucky guard Brandon Peters (pictured) had 25 first half points, including 7 athletic dunks against The Colony. He finished the game with 29.

Yates (33-0) will battle No. 2 Lancaster (36-2) for the Class 4A title on Saturday afternoon. The Lions have now won 57 straight games.

Thursday, March 11, 2010

Breaking: Terrence Jones and Terrence Ross to Washington?


HuskyDigest.com says it has confirmed with a Kentucky source that 2010 recruits Terrence Jones and Terrence Ross have both verbally committed to Washington.

Here is the link to HuskyDigest.com (subscription)

A Seattle Times blog has also confirmed the information in the article.

The rumor was out there yesterday that Ross and Jones were heading to UW in a "package deal" and it now looks as if those rumors were accurate.

Note: I have NOT confirmed this yet, but this much smoke usually leads to fire. I will update as soon as I have some more concrete information.

UPDATE:

Evan Daniels of Scout.com has confirmed with a good source that NO commitment has been made. The report of a commitment is false.

Bruce Pearl Takes a Shot at Kentucky's 3-Point Shooting



Following Tennessee's hard fought 59-49 victory over LSU in today's SEC Tournament game, Bruce Pearl explained:

“We looked like Kentucky out there launching those things.” (source: ESPN.com)

Just remember Bruce, you are on a collision course with Kentucky in Saturday's seminfinals. Good luck with that.

Stephens, Palmer Named to Daktronics All-Midwest Teams


Desmond Stephens and David Palmer have been named to Daktronics All-Midwest Region teams.

Stephens, who led Kentucky Wesleyan to a top 5 national ranking this season, was named to the first team.

Northern Kentucky's Palmer was placed on the second team.

2009-10 Daktronics All-Midwest Region

First team

Darius Adams, Indianapolis
Jamar Smith, Southern Indiana
Aaron Hill, Rockhurst
Desmond Stephens, Kentucky Wesleyan
Justin Keenan, Ferris State

Second team

Nathan Hyde, Findlay
Marcus Parker, Findlay
Alex Hall, Drury
Lionel Sullivan, Northwood
David Palmer, Northern Kentucky

Terrence Jones Nets Double-Double in Jefferson Win



Kentucky 2010 recruit Terrence Jones had a double-double with 14 points and 14 rebounds to help No. 1 Jefferson (Or.) High School to a 49-41 victory over No. 2 Wilsonville in the Oregon Class 6A quarterfinal round.

Jefferson (24-3) advances to play against Silverton in the semifinals on Friday.

Bisons, Stallions Enter ABA Playoffs Tonight


The 2010 ABA National Championships kick off tonight and both teams from Kentucky will be in action.

The Bluegrass Stallions enter as the No. 3 seed and the Kentucky Bisons open play as the No. 4 seed. Both Kentucky teams will serve as hosts tonight.

Kennedy Named NABC District-19 Coach of the Year


The National Association of Basketball Coaches (NABC) has named Murray State's Billy Kennedy its District-19 Coach of the Year in a vote by his peers.

Kennedy led the Racers to an Ohio Valley Conference record 30-win season as MSU won its 21st league regular season title and advanced to the NCAA Tournament for the 14th time when they won the OVC Tournament.

The Racers are waiting to get their NCAA Tournament assignment on Sunday.

"I'm very happy to be recognized and feel honored to receive this award from my peers," Kennedy said. "This is a credit to the student-athletes and coaches here at Murray State and I am thankful for the good people we have involved in our program."

This marks the third time Kennedy has been named a coach of the year by the NABC and he becomes a candidate for NABC National Coach of the Year along with the other district winners and any coach who gets his team to the NCAA Sweet 16 this season.

Kennedy won two association awards at Southeastern Louisiana (District-8) in 2004 and 2005.

The NABC's District-19 is comprised of the 10 teams in the OVC.

Located in Kansas City, MO, the NABC was founded in 1927 by Phog Allen, the legendary basketball coach at the University of Kansas. Allen, a student of James Naismith, the inventor of basketball, organized coaches into this collective group to serve as Guardians of the Game.

The NABC currently claims nearly 5,000 members consisting primarily of university and college men's basketball coaches.

Source: Release by MSU

Where Will the Uncommitted 2010 Recruits Go?


Northstar Basketball Blog has given some predictions on where uncommitted 2010 recruits will end up.

Here are some of their projections on UK recruits and my thoughts added on each:

Brandon Knight, PG, 6'3, Pine Crest (FL), #1
Favorite: Kentucky
2nd in Line: Florida
3rd in Line: Syracuse
Watch Out for: UConn, Miami

My Thoughts: I feel pretty confident that Kentucky will land Knight. I feel firmly that his final two are Kentucky and Florida.

Josh Selby, PG, 6'2, Lake Clifton (MD), #6
Favorite: Kansas
2nd in Line: Arizona
3rd in Line: UConn
Watch Out for: Tennessee, Kentucky

My Thoughts: I don't see any chance that Selby comes to Kentucky. Some people say he is down to Kansas and Tennessee, but I feel he is a future Jayhawk.

Doron Lamb, SG, 6'4, Oak Hill Academy (VA), #13
Favorite: Arizona
2nd in Line: Kansas
3rd in Line: Kentucky
Watch Out for: West Virginia, UConn

My Thoughts: Lamb's recruitment has been perhaps the quietest lately. I feel that Kentucky is still very much in the mix, but I'm not sure he comes to UK.

Terrence Jones, PF, 6'8, Jefferson (OR), #20
Favorite: Washington
2nd in Line: Kentucky
3rd in Line: Oklahoma
Watch Out for: UCLA, Oregon

My Thoughts: There have been two types of articles produced in the past week about jones: 1) he will go to Washington in a package deal with buddy Terrence Ross and 2) he will soon commit to Kentucky. I would feel pretty comfortable making UW and UK his final two, but this one could go either way. I'll stick with the Washington projection...for now.

CJ Leslie, PF, 6'8, Word of God Academy (NC), #22
Favorite: Kentucky
2nd in Line: North Carolina State
3rd in Line: Florida

My Thoughts: I have always felt pretty confident that UK will land Leslie. Recently, there have been reports that he really likes North Carolina State and I would make that his final two. I still feel that he ends up at Kentucky, but NC State wouldn't exactly be a stunner.

Cory Joseph, PG, 6'1, Findlay Prep (NV), #25
Favorite: Texas
2nd in Line: Villanova
3rd in Line: Minnesota
Watch Out for: UConn, UNLV

My Thoughts: Calipari tried, or at least made it look like he tried, to get in on Joseph late. Joseph sent the word, "thanks, but no thanks..." back to Calipari. I'm not sold on believing Calipari was actually trying to get Joseph as much as he was using him as a recruiting tool to land someone else.

Other notes:

- UK has offered Enes Kanter and most everyone believes he will commit to UK soon
- UK has already signed Stacey Poole
- UK has been mentioned on the list of Terrence Ross

SEC Tournament Media Survey; Still No Love for Calipari


Tennessean.com threw together an SEC Tournament media survey that produced some familiar results.

Here are the categories and winners:

- Best Coach: Bruce Pearl, Tennessee
- Best Player: John Wall, Kentucky
- Most Underrated: Trey Thompkins, Georgia
- Deepest in NCAAs After UK: Vanderbilt
- Best Site for SEC Tournament: (tie) Nashville and Atlanta
- Best Player You Saw: (tie) Pete Maravich, LSU and Shaquille O'Neal, LSU
- Best Fans: Kentucky
- Worst Fans: Auburn
- Best Homecourt Advantage: Kentucky
- Arena That Should Be Demolished: Beard-Eaves-Memorial Coliseum (Auburn)
- Coach You'd Want To Have Dinner With: Bruce Pearl, Tennessee
- Coach You'd Least Like To Have Dinner With: John Calipari, Kentucky
- Who Wins - UK or Field? Kentucky
- Next Coach to Get Fired: Jeff Lego, Auburn

Seemingly in Control, Louisville Finds a Way to Lose


Cincinnati 69
Louisville 66

Big East Conference Tournament Second Round

Game recap by U of L:

NEW YORK (AP)--Deonta Vaughn made two free throws with 5.9 seconds left then made the game-saving strip just before the buzzer and Cincinnati beat Louisville 69-66 on Wednesday night in the second round of the Big East tournament.

The 11th-seeded Bearcats (18-14), who had never won a game in the tournament until Tuesday's opening-round win over Rutgers, advanced to the quarterfinals against third-seeded and seventh-ranked West Virginia.

Edgar Sosa had 28 points for the defending champion Cardinals (20-12), but he was stripped by Vaughn as he was headed toward a possible game-tying 3-point attempt.

Yancy Gates had 16 points for Cincinnati, which finished with a 54-33 rebound advantage, including 28-9 on the offensive end. Vaughn had 10 points.

Reginald Delk hit a 3 with 9.7 seconds left to bring Louisville within 67-66 before Vaughn's free throws made it a three-point game.

NCAA Tournament Implications:

This loss will not knock Louisville out of the field of 65, but it will likely keep them the 8-10 seed range. A run in the Big East Tournament could have potentially pushed them into the 6-8 range, but that is very unlikely now.

SEC Tournament Equals Huge Economic Boost for Nashville


Tennessean.com reports that the four-day Southeastern Conference Tournament could pump as much as $10 million into the local economy. If history holds serve, the event should draw at least 180,000 visitors to downtown Nashville.

Here is an excerpt of the article that discusses the Hilton's preparation for the SEC Tournament:

Rooms at the Hilton have been sold out for the duration of the tournament for months. Employees of the hotel's sports bar are sporting SEC jerseys. Rented beer trucks are standing by to provide a steady supply of beer, margaritas and nachos to crowds that Waters expects will be triple the size of their normal post-game crowd. Projection screens are standing by to broadcast the games in the lobby to console those who couldn't get tickets.

All early indications are that downtown Nashville will be painted blue and white this weekend as Kentucky fans are expected out in huge numbers. There are early reports that most of the fans in Nashville last night were Kentucky supporters - and the Cats don't even play until Friday afternoon.

Odds to Win 2010 NCAA Men's Basketball Touranment


The odds to win the NCAA Tournament are out and the Kansas Jayhawks are favored to win, followed closely by the Kentucky Wildcats.

Syracuse comes in third, Villanova fourth and Ohio State rounds out the top 5 favorites.

Odds to Win NCAA Basketball Tournament:

Kansas +150

Kentucky +200

Syracuse +400

Villanova +800

Ohio State +900

Purdue +1000

Duke +1000

Texas +1200

Kansas State +1500

Michigan State +1800

West Virginia +2000

Source: SportsBetting.com

Ole Miss Team Bus Parks on Live Landmine in Nashville?


Ole Miss assistant basketball coach Torrey Ward broke the news on Twitter tonight that the Ole Miss team bus parked over a "live landmine" outside of Bridgestone Arena in Nashville.

The Rebels had a late practice for tomorrow's SEC Tournament and were not allowed on the bus for some time following the practice.

No more details have been reported, but I have to assume that the bus inadvertently parked in a construction zone

Here is Ward's message on Twitter:

CoachTWard So we just got done with practice @ the Bridgestone Arena & we can't get on the bus because it's parked over a live landmine. Scary.

UPDATE: Coach Ward's post on Twitter has since been deleted.


At this point, I am not sure what to make of this story and will be keeping an eye open for more details. First and foremost, I am ecstatic that no one was injured in what could have been a serious situation. Beyond that, I have to wonder why there was a live landmine lying around the streets of Nashville.

UPDATE: The explanation we have all been waiting for is out. Here is an excerpt of an article from ClarionLedger.com that explains what happened:

Well, the good news is I called UM basketball sports information director Joey Jones and he gave me a little longer version of what happened. Apparently, the route the team had taken to get to Bridgestone Arena went right next to some explosives that had been set up to demolish a building, but nobody had warned them (Kentucky took the same route).

Once the teams arrived at the arena, someone alerted the bus drivers that they should probably take another route when leaving Bridgestone Arena, so the UM players and coaches had to wait a little while as everyone figured out another way out of there.

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So basically, it sounds like a bit of an overzealous Tweet gone wild. There were explosives involved, but the danger was minimal and there is absolutely nothing for fans to worry about as they head to Bridgestone Arena today.

Now, it's time to focus on Southeastern Conference basketball.

Pair of Ex-Wildcats Join Suit Against the NCAA



Thad Jaracz and Bob Tallent, a pair of former Kentucky Wildcats, have joined a suit against the NCAA.

Excerpt of article from NYTimes.com:

Eleven former college football and basketball players have joined the former U.C.L.A. basketball star Ed O’Bannon in a class-action lawsuit that argues the N.C.A.A. should compensate former athletes for the use of their images and likenesses.

The athletes include Alex Gilbert, a teammate of Larry Bird at Indiana State, and four participants in the 1966 Division I men’s basketball championship game, according to documents filed Wednesday in federal court in Oakland, Calif.

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Jaracz was a Cat from 1965-68 and scored 982 career points at UK. He was drafted No. 60 overall in the 1968 NBA Draft by Boston.

Tallent (is that a great basketball game or what?) played from 1965-67 and scored 294 career points as a Kentucky Wildcat.

Wednesday, March 10, 2010

Brandon Knight Drops Miami (FL), Adds Syracuse



Kentucky recruit Brandon Knight is nearing a decision and he has announced one change to his final list. He has dropped Miami (FL) and added Syracuse.

"They're not in my top five," Knight said of the Hurricanes. "I like coach [Frank] Haith, but my family and I felt it probably wasn't the best place for me."

Knight said he is still considering Kentucky, Kansas, Connecticut, Florida and Syracuse, which he recently added to his short list.


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ESPN the Magazine Rips Into Yates High School Coach


Phot0: Michael Paulsen/Houston Chronicle

Rick Reilly of ESPN The Magazine has written a pretty strong article about Yates High School basketball and head coach Greg Wise.

Rather than analyze his thoughts, I'm going to give you an introductory excerpt and let you check the article out yourself:

I am not generally a spiteful man. I pat toddlers' haircuts, donate to the glee club and mostly greet the world with open arms.

But when I think of coach Greg Wise of Houston's Yates High School, I become darker than Johnny Cash's closet.

The things I would like to do to Coach Wise would curl an executioner's toes. For starters, I'd like to see him dipped in seal butter and dropped into a polar bear's cage.

Coach Wise is the hammerhead who believes it's his right to toast other basketball teams by 100 points. Sometimes more. He thumped Lee High School this season by 135 points, 170-35. Wise's team was up at the half, 100-12. And full-court pressed to the very end!

Wise is to sportsmanship what tsunamis are to beach chairs. So far this season, he's beaten teams by 135, 115, 99 (twice), 98, 90 and 88 points. Trying to get to 100 points in a crushing of Westbury, his players intentionally fouled to stop the clock.

I'd like to clock him.

If Wise doesn't stop, somebody's going to get hurt. In a Feb. 20 home game, Wise refused to pull his foot off the accelerator in a 132-68 fricasseeing of Booker T. Washington. Nobody likes to be humiliated, and this includes fans. Like at some of Yates' games, there was fighting. This time it happened in the parking lot afterward. Shots were fired, though nobody was hurt. This time.


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Derek Anderson Returns to UK as a Student


Derek Anderson, a superstar for Kentucky from 1995-97, is returning to Lexington as a UK student.

Here is an excerpt of an article from University of Kentucky News:

Anderson is back in the Bluegrass and back on UK's campus. This time his March Madness won't involve knocking down threes; he'll be hitting the books as he works on completing his degree.

"I've come back and so have a lot of my friends from the team (Tony Delk and Scott Padgett are both on Coach John Calipari's staff). It's just awesome to see it all again and relive it."

"Being in college now is different. There's not that sense of 'I have to do this,' I'm here because I want to do this and it is important to me. The pressure is off and I get to enjoy the campus and my classes and see how much the students enjoy the University of Kentucky."



Anderson was a key member of Kentucky's 1996 national championship squad and was averaging 17.7 points per game when a knee injury forced him to miss the last half of his senior season.

NAIA Division I Tournament Field Released


The field has been released for the NAIA Division I men's basketball tournament and three teams will represent Kentucky.

Georgetown College (26-6) is in as an 11-seed after winning the MSC tournament championship.
Campbellsville University (26-7) and University of the Cumberlands (21-10) each earned at-large bids. Campbellsville will be a 9-seed and Cumberlands is unseeded.

First Round Schedule:

Wednesday, March 17

9:00 a.m. Southern Polytechnic St. (Ga.) (26-5) vs. 16 Oklahoma City (17-9)
10:45 a.m. 1 Mountain State (W.Va.) (26-2) vs. Bacone (Okla.) (19-12)
12:30 p.m. 9 Campbellsville (Ky.) (26-7) vs. Fresno Pacific (Calif.) (24-8)
2:15 p.m. John Brown (Ark.) (24-9) vs. 8 McKendree (Ill.) (27-6)
4:30 p.m 3 Oklahoma Baptist (28-3) vs. Saint Xavier (Ill.) (23-9)
6:15 p.m. 11 Georgetown (Ky.) (26-6) vs. Park (Mo.) (22-9)
8:45 p.m. Texas Wesleyan (23-9) vs. 14 Central Methodist (Mo.) (24-8)

Thursday, March 18

9:00 a.m. Olivet Nazarene (Ill.) (19-10) vs. 12 Lee (Tenn.) (26-7)
10:45 a.m. 5 LSU-Shreveport (27-5) vs. Oklahoma Christian (22-9)
12:30 p.m. 13 Azusa Pacific (Calif.) (24-9) vs. Cumberlands (Ky.) (21-10)
2:15 p.m. Evangel (Mo.) (20-12) vs. 4 Westminster (Utah) (26-5)
4:30 p.m. 15 Robert Morris (Ill.) (19-10) vs. Life (Ga.) (21-11)
6:15 p.m. William Jewell (Mo.) (22-10) vs. 2 Concordia (Calif.) (30-3)
8:00 p.m. 7 Southern Nazarene (Okla.) (25-7) vs. Tougaloo (Miss.) (22-8)
9:45 p.m. Montana Western (24-9) vs. 10 Union (Tenn.) (26-7)

Second Round March 19

Quarterfinals March 20

Semifinals March 22

Championship March 23

Complete Tournament Bracket

CBS Extends an Invite to President Barack Obama


CBS has extended an "open invite" to United States President Barack Obama to join their telecast of the NCAA Basketball Tournament.

Here is an excerpt from Bloomberg.com:

March 9 (Bloomberg) -- U.S. President Barack Obama has a “standing offer” to join CBS for its telecast of college basketball’s men’s tournament, network executive Sean McManus said.

The CBS Corp. network contacted the White House to ask whether Obama would fill out a 65-team bracket or otherwise participate in coverage of the National Collegiate Athletic Association tournament, McManus, the president of CBS News, said at a media gathering to preview the championship.

Obama, an avid basketball fan and recreational player, sat in with CBS commentators Clark Kellogg and Verne Lundquist for six minutes of commentary during a game between Georgetown University and Duke on Jan. 30, also appealing for contributions to Haiti’s earthquake recovery.

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Calipari Makes a Quick Trip to Las Vegas



Kentucky head coach John Calipari made a quick trip to Las Vegas yesterday and actually spent some time at a UNLV practice.

After the practice, Calipari and UNLV head coach Lon Kruger spent about 10 minutes working with UNLV players on zone offense.

Calipari also observed a Findlay Prep practice during his time in Vegas and was reportedly watching 2010 recruit Cory Joseph and some of Findlay's younger players.

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Brandon Knight: "Kentucky is probably where he ends up"


An announcement from Brandon Knight is coming soon and according to ZagsBlog.com, his parents would like their son at Kentucky but Knight is more inclined to stay close to home.

Excerpt from the article:

The parents like UK. Brandon likes the idea of staying local, but he’s definitely not opposed to going away,” one source said.

A second source with direct knowledge of the situation went so far as to say Knight’s parents had already made up their mind in favor of Kentucky.

“You’re right,” the source said. “Do I think they made up their mind already? Yes, I do. It’s hard for me to believe they’ll stay locally.”

Added the first source:
“Kentucky is probably where he ends up.”

My Thoughts: Make Mom and Dad proud, Brandon!

Have Knight, Selby and Others Already Decided?


Kyle Hightower of the Orlando Sentinel wonders if some of the top remaining 2010 recruits are really as undecided as they would like everyone to believe.

He quotes Jerry Meyer of Rivals.com as saying:

“I think they already know what they are going to do. I find it very unlikely they would go to the same school, so obviously they’re watching each other in that regard, but I have a feeling that all three probably know where they’re going to go. They just haven’t said.”

I tend to agree with this analysis. I think the uncommitted players already have a really good idea of where they are going.

I think things are going to get really interesting soon on the recruiting front.

The SEC Awards are Basically Like Pro Wrestling


I wouldn't normally do this, but I'm going to need to break kayfabe to discuss the SEC Men's Basketball Awards.

Let me state, without question, that pro wrestling is completely scripted and is about as real as Days of Our Lives. Make no mistake, the actors train hard, work a rigorous year-round schedule and are often injured - but it is a show.

The referees are part of the act, the announcers are part of the act and sometimes, even the fans are part of the act. They even have their own language so that discussions can be carried out in secret code.

Now, let's discuss the Southeastern Conference men's basketball awards which are apparently very much like pro wrestling.

One can only assume that John Calipari and Bruce Pearl have been labelled "heels" (bad guys) and Kevin Stallings is known as a "baby-face" (good guy). How else can it be explained that Stallings won SEC Coach of the Year?

All kidding aside, Stallings is one heck of a good coach. There is no question about it. What he does at Vanderbilt in the SEC East is spectacular, but - he does not have a Coach of the Year resume this season that compares to Calipari, Pearl and maybe even Mark Fox at Georgia.

For the sake of this article, I'm going to compare Stallings work this season to only Calipari and Pearl.

Kevin Stallings, Vanderbilt:

Record: 23-7
SEC: 12-4
vs. Pearl: 2-0
vs. Calipari: 0-2
Ranking: AP 20, ESPN/USA Today 23
Notes: Returned a talented roster that won 19 games last season; lost to Cincinnati, Western Kentucky and Illinois early; then went 12-4 in the league

Bruce Pearl, Tennessee

Record: 23-7
SEC: 11-5
vs. Stallings: 0-2
vs. Calipari: 1-1
Ranking: AP 15 ESPN/USA Today 13
Notes: Lost to Purdue and USC early; Had to overcome the loss of one of the team's top players when Tyler Smith was dismissed; Managed to defeat #1 Kansas and #2 Kentucky during the season

John Calipari, Kentucky

Record: 29-2
SEC: 14-2
vs. Stallings: 2-0
vs. Pearl: 1-1
Ranking: AP 2 ESPN/USA Today 2
Notes: Took over an NIT team; added 5 freshmen and a JUCO transfer; won 19 consecutive to start the season; lost twice on the road in conference play

Chris Littman of SportingNews.com states:

Love him or hate him, don't tell me Stallings "outcoached" Calipari this year. Stallings returned nine of his top 10 players from last year's team, including its four top scorers. You could say Stallings potentially had to combat complacency, but Calipari has taken a roster, completely remade it and integrated numerous first-year players seamlessly into a team that will have a No. 1 seed on Sunday. And I'd tend to side with Parrish on the subject of Pearl, who saw his team temporarily blown up thanks to the actions of a few irresponsible players. He might be more deserving than Stallings as well.

He is referring to Gary Parrish's thoughts from Twitter:

Vandy's success wasn't the main reason Stallings won SEC COY. The main reason is that other SEC coaches don't like Pearl or Calipari.

Jeff Schultz of the Atlanta Journal-Constitution wonders if Calipari was jobbed.

Jobbed, by the way, is a pro wrestling term that means someone suffered a "scheduled loss." In other words, the other SEC coaches view Calipari and Pearl as jobbers so they selected a high-level mid-carder to win the title belt.

In my best wrestling secret language: "It's a double blowz ujay. Definitely a fizzation dizzay and a bunch of b izzay shizzay."

Terrence Jones to Washington in a "Package Deal"?


The latest rumor involving Kentucky 2010 recruit Terrence Jones is that he is leaning towards Washington as part of a "package deal" that will include Terrence Ross.

Here is an excerpt from TheEpochTimes.com:

Reunited teammates No. 13-rated Terrence Jones and No. 43-rated Terrence Ross are rumored to be leaning toward Washington in a possible package deal.


Ross also lists Kentucky on his list of potential schools.

Basketball Royalty Has Spoken: Wall is Player of the Year


Legendary ESPN broadcaster Dick Vitale says John Wall is his national player of the year.

Here is what Dickie V says about the UK freshman point guard:

You can make a case for several players, but my choice is John Wall of Kentucky. He has made his teammates much better as a leader of the tough Wildcats. I love the fact he wants the ball in crunch time, and Wall has made so many big plays this season. He is also my Diaper Dandy of the Year!

Vitale names Jim Boeheim his coach of the year and also gives his All-Solid Gold teams. He places Wall and teammate DeMarcus Cousins on the First Team.

ALL-SOLID GOLD FIRST TEAM

John Wall, Kentucky
Jon Scheyer, Duke
Greivis Vasquez, Maryland
Scottie Reynolds, Villanova
DeMarcus Cousins, Kentucky
Evan Turner, Ohio State
Wes Johnson, Syracuse

Tuesday, March 9, 2010

An Open Letter to the NIT Selection Committee



To Whom it May Concern:

As the time approaches for the postseason National Invitational Tournament, I want to introduce a team to your selection committee that would be a beneficial addition to this season's field of participants.

The Morehead State Eagles of the Ohio Valley Conference would be a tremendous choice for the 2010 NIT. Here are some facts for your consideration:

- MSU is currently 23-10 on the season and completed a tough OVC schedule with a 15-3 record

- The Eagles boast star power with 6-8 warrior Kenneth Faried; he averages 16.6 points, 13.0 rebounds and 1.9 blocks per game. NBA scouts have been a constant at Morehead State games this season and as a bonus, he often delivers an explosive array of acrobatic dunks and blocked shots.

- Head coach Donnie Tyndall is widely considered one of the best up-and-coming coaches in America; it is a true pleasure to watch Tyndall work the sidelines and manage the game of basketball.

- The Eagles have now won 19 of their last 23 games, including an OVC Tournament runner-up finish; the final score of the championship game was a bit misleading, however; the Eagles were neck-and-neck with 30-4 Murray State until Faried was undercut and banged up with a little over 8:00 minutes remaining; he showed great heart in re-entering the game, but was clearly injured and unable to produce.

- Six of Morehead State's 10 losses were by 6 points or less; 4 of those were by 3 points or less; the Eagles are roughly 30 points away from being a 29-4 squad

- MSU boasts a top 90 RPI rating (No. 89 as of midnight tonight); some teams that are currently ranked below the Eagles in the RPI ratings: Georgia, Alabama, Colorado, N.C. State, Boston College, USC, Oklahoma, Iowa State, Northwestern, Miami (FL), Providence, Virginia, Auburn, Arkansas, UCLA, Oregon, Nebraska, LSU and Indiana

- MSU is top 100 (No. 95) in the Pomeroy Ratings

- Of Morehead State's 10 losses on the season, 7 were to top 100 RPI opponents: #3 Kentucky, #32 Utah State; #43 Kent State, #60 Murray State (twice), #74 Illinois State, #77 Weber State; they own a top 100 RPI win over Murray State

- The Eagles own victories over 2 NCAA Tournament teams: East Tennessee State and Murray State

- Of their 10 losses, only 3 were by double-digits: Murray State (road and neutral) and Kentucky (road)

I encourage you to take a strong look at the Eagles as a participant in the 2010 postseason NIT Tournament.

Sincerely,



Anthony Wireman
AllKYHoops.com

The New Coach Cal Edition 2010 Roush 427R Mustang


LEXINGTON, Ky. – It's not so much a mid-life crisis as it is a March Madness diversion. With the post-season about to begin, Kentucky coach John Calipari will soon be seen cruising around town in a ROUSH® 2010 Mustang.

The new “Coach Cal Edition 2010 Roush 427R Mustang” is exclusively designed and released by Paul Miller Ford, Lexington, Kentucky's Largest Ford Dealership.


“J.P. Miller asked if I wanted to drive a Mustang for a while,” said Coach Cal. “I said, “J.P., it's a Mustang! How could I not want to drive it? It's a really great car.”

The Coach Cal car is powered by the ROUSHcharger® which boosts the Mustang's horsepower to 435 and offers 400 lb.-ft. of torque. The beautiful custom paint job reveals a jet black body, with University of Kentucky True Blue striping up the front fascia, stylishly split up by a sleek metallic silver outline.

“The inspiration for the outer appearance and the color scheme came from a Bill Keightley jersey that was given to me last year,” said Vice President/General Manager J.P. Miller. “It just seemed to be the perfect fit for this project.”

“It's a great car,” said Coach Cal. “Really an unbelievable ride. “Brad's wanting me to keep it until he gets his license in four years!”

Coach Cal wouldn't say how long he'll be driving the Roush Mustang, but he did seem to be enjoying it quite a bit on his first test-drive. In addition to Coach Cal's, five more of the special model are being built and are available for pre-order now at Paul Miller Ford. Go to www.paulmilleronline.com for more info and photos. Also visit www.CoachCal.com for video and photos with Coach in the Mustang.

The Coach Cal Mustang follows on the success of the exclusive 2009 Rich Brooks Edition F-150 Crew Cab Truck that hit the Paul Miler showroom in January of 2009.

“With (all the) positive and exciting news Ford Motor Company has received lately, coupled with the excitement of Coach Cal's first season at UK, we feel this is just another thing for the Commonwealth to be excited about,” Mr. Miller said.

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Field Set for 2010 PNC/KHSAA Boys Sweet Sixteen


The field is set for the 2010 PNC/KHSAA Boys Sweet Sixteen tournament in Rupp Arena.

Wednesday, March 17

(1) 12:00 Warren Central vs. East Carter
(2) 1:30 Ballard vs. Shelby County
(3) 6:30 Newport vs. Christian County
(4) 8:00 Scott County vs. Corbin

Thursday, March 18

(5) 12:00 West Jessamine vs. Muhlenberg
(6) 1:30 Paducah Tilghman vs. Shelby Valley
(7) 6:30 Mason County vs. North Hardin
(8) 8:00 Butler vs. Knott County Central

Friday, March 19

(9) 12:00 Winner Game 1 vs. Winner Game 2
(10) 1:30 Winner Game 3 vs. Winner Game 4
(11) 6:30 Winner Game 5 vs. Winner Game 6
(12) 8:00 Winner Game 7 vs. Winner Game 8

Saturday, March 20

(13) 10:00 a.m. Semifinal #1
(14) 11:30 a.m. Semifinal #2
(15) 8:00 p.m. Championship Game

Videos: John Calipari Discusses the Upcoming Weekend





Videos by UKAthletics.com

Louisville's Jerry Smith May Miss Big East Tournament

Louisville head coach Rick Pitino announced today that Jerry Smith may miss the Big East Tournament with a thumb injury.

''It's all black and blue and swollen, Pitino said. ''...I asked (trainer Fred Hina) what's the situation he said it could be two days or two weeks.''

Louisville plays the winner of tonight's Cincinnati vs. Rutgers game tomorrow night at 9 p.m.

Pitino discusses the upcoming Big East Tournament (video courtesy of Courier-Journal.com):

Video: DeMarcus Discusses SEC Awards

Great stuff from the UK big man:



Excerpt on Vanderbilt's Kevin Stallings winning Coach of the Year:

Q: How'd you find out about that?

A: I, uh, looked on KSR today and saw it...

Q: What was your initial thoughts?

A: John was like, what's his name Kevin Stallings? He was like...who is that? I was like, I don't know, who is that?

Hat tip to Bluenationblog's YouTube channel

Bellarmine Enters NCAA DII Top 25 After Nice Stretch


The Bellarmine Knights have entered the NCAA Division II basketball rankings at No. 19 following a nice run that included a GLVC Tournament championship.

Kentucky Wesleyan dropped two spots to No. 5 this week.

NABC/Division II Coaches Poll (March 9, 2010 – Regular season poll #15)

Record Points Pvs

1. Arkansas Tech (8 first place votes) 29-1 200 2
2. Indiana, Pa. 28-2 189 5
3. Midwestern State, Texas 28-2 182 6
4. Augusta State, Ga. 26-3 170 1
5. Kentucky Wesleyan 29-4 166 3
6. Valdosta State, Ga. 25-4 156 7
7. Central Missouri 25-3 145 4
8. Minnesota State 24-4 144 8
9. Southern Indiana 24-3 137 11
10. West Liberty, W.Va. 27-2 120 10
11. Rollins, Fla. 25-5 114 17 12. West Virginia State 28-3 105 18 13. Florida Southern 25-4 89 12 14. Fort Hays State 22-6 81 13 15. Western Washington 25-5 78 21 16. St. Cloud State, Minn. 25-5 70 24 17. Georgia College & State 22-5 66 14 18. Seattle Pacific, Wash. 22-5 64 9 19. Bellarmine, Ky. 22-8 45 NR 20. Stonehill, Mass. 23-5 44 16 21. Metropolitan State, Colo. 23-6 42 NR 22. Clark Atlanta, Ga. 24-6 38 20 23. St. Augustine’s, N.C. 26-4 35 NR 24. Mount Olive, N.C. 25-5 25 NR 25. Augustana, S.D. 22-6 23 15

Wall, Calipari Sweep USBWA District IV Awards


The USBWA has released its annual District Awards and Kentucky controls District IV, which covers Kentucky, Tennessee, Mississippi, Alabama, Georgia and Florida.

John Wall was named District IV Player of the Year and John Calipari earned Coach of the Year honors for the fourth consecutive season (the past three with Memphis).

Also making the All District IV team with Wall were DeMarcus Cousins and Patrick Patterson.

DISTRICT IV

KY, TN MS, AL, GA, FL

PLAYER OF THE YEAR: John Wall, Kentucky

COACH OF THE YEAR: John Calipari, Kentucky

ALL-DISTRICT TEAM

Jermaine Beal, Vanderbilt
Wayne Chism, Tennessee
DeMarcus Cousins, Kentucky
Dominique Jones, South Florida
Patrick Patterson, Kentucky
Trey Thompkins, Georgia
Jarvis Varnado, Mississippi State
John Wall, Kentucky
Chris Warren, Ole Miss
Elliot Williams, Memphis

Kentucky Wildcats Dominate SEC Men's Basketball Awards



First Team All-SEC

*Trey Thompkins, Georgia – F, 6-10, 247, So., Lithonia, Ga.
*DeMarcus Cousins, Kentucky – F 6-11, 270, Fr., Mobile, Ala.
Patrick Patterson, Kentucky – F 6-9, 235, Jr., Huntington, W.Va.
*John Wall, Kentucky – G 6-4, 195, Fr., Raleigh, N.C.
Jarvis Varnado, Mississippi State – F, 6-9, 230, Sr., Brownsville, Tenn.
*Devan Downey, South Carolina – G, 5-9, 170, Sr., Chester, S.C.
Wayne Chism, Tennessee – C, 6-9, 246, Sr., Jackson, Tenn.
*Jermaine Beal, Vanderbilt – G, 6-3, Sr., 205, DeSoto, Texas

Second Team All-SEC

Mikhail Torrance, Alabama – G, 6-5, 210, Sr., Eight Mile, Ala.
Courtney Fortson, Arkansas – G, 5-11, 180, So., Montgomery, Ala.
Erving Walker, Florida – G, 5-10, 171, So., Brooklyn, N.Y.
Tasmin Mitchell, LSU – F, 6-7, 238, Sr., Denham Springs, La.
Chris Warren, Ole Miss – G, 5-10, 168, Jr., Orlando, Fla.
Dee Bost, Mississippi State – G, 6-2, 170, So., Concord, N.C.
A.J. Ogilvy, Vanderbilt – C, 6-11, Jr., 255, Sydney, Australia
Jeffery Taylor, Vanderbilt – F, 6-7, So., 210, Norrkoping, Sweden

SEC All-Freshman Team


Tony Mitchell, Alabama – F, 6-6, 185, Fr., Swainsboro, Ga.
*Marshawn Powell, Arkansas – F, 6-7, 220, Fr., Newport News, Va.
Kenny Boynton, Florida – G, 6-2, 183, Fr., Pompano Beach, Fla.
*Eric Bledsoe, Kentucky – G, 6-1, 190, Fr., Birmingham, Ala.
*DeMarcus Cousins, Kentucky – F 6-11, 270, Fr., Mobile, Ala.
*John Wall, Kentucky – G 6-4, 195, Fr., Raleigh, N.C.
Reginald Buckner, Ole Miss – F, 6-8, 233, Fr., Memphis, Tenn.
*John Jenkins, Vanderbilt – G, 6-4, 215, Hendersonville, Tenn.

SEC All-Defensive Team

Patrick Patterson, Kentucky – F 6-9, 235, Jr., Huntington, W.Va.
*Jarvis Varnado, Mississippi State – F, 6-9, 230, Sr., Brownsville, Tenn.
Devan Downey, South Carolina – G, 5-9, 170, Sr., Chester, S.C.
Sam Muldrow, South Carolina – F, 6-9, 220, Jr., Florence, S.C.
Jeffery Taylor, Vanderbilt – F, 6-7, So., 210, Norrkoping, Sweden

SEC Coach of the Year: Kevin Stallings, Vanderbilt
SEC Player of the Year: John Wall, Kentucky
SEC Scholar-Athlete of the Year:
Ray Shipman, Florida
SEC Freshman of the Year: DeMarcus Cousins, Kentucky
SEC Sixth-Man of the Year:
John Jenkins, Vanderbilt
SEC Defensive Player of the Year: Jarvis Varnado, Mississippi State*

*-Unanimous selection
^-Ties are not broken

Josh Selby is Down to Two...Or is he?


Mike Griffith of the Knoxville News Sentinel posted the statement pictured on Twitter yesterday.

Griffith announced that 2010 recruit Josh Selby is down to Tennessee and Kansas.

It turns out that Griffith may have been a little off with his statement.

Selby's mother told TheShiver.com, who has been in continuous contact with the family, that the rumor is false:

According to Selby's mother, Maeshon Witherspoon, that simply is not the case. Witherspoon told TheShiver.com on Monday night that Josh has not narrowed his list at all and she has no idea where information that suggest different is coming from.

My Thoughts: This is Selby's official statement, which must be respected, but I still do not think he will end up in Lexington. I feel that Kentucky will earn a commitment from Brandon Knight and my assumption is that Griffith was hoping/guessing that Selby may go to Tennessee.

If I were making a prediction, I would say Knight to Kentucky and Selby to Kansas.

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