Saturday, October 2, 2010

DeMarcus Cousins Answers Questions After Practice

DeMarcus Cousins answers questions after day 3 of Sacramento's training camp:

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Former Wildcat Patrick Patterson Talks Life in the NBA

Former Kentucky star Patrick Patterson discusses the differences between college basketball and the NBA:

John Calipari to Speak on Overcoming Failure in Cincinnati

Kentucky head coach John Calipari will be the featured speaker at Thursday's Deloitte Cincinnati USA 100 luncheon celebrating the region's top private employers.

Calipari will focus on how to move forward and not dwell on failure.

Here is an excerpt of a brief interview with Calipari from

HOW DO THESE LESSONS apply to the business world?

We're going through a period of time in our nation's history of some unprecedented events and tribulations. I don't think any one of us can honestly say we don't know someone who has been knocked on their butt these past few years. It's probably friends and family or even yourself. But the thing that relates to business is that you have to keep moving forward. You have to be creative, resourceful and dedicated to your bounce-back. Businesses that have been that way are the ones that are getting off the mat now and starting to turn the corner.

HOW IS COACHING a basketball team like running a business?

You have to always be looking out for those around you. A good friend of mine from Pittsburgh once told me, "You can have a bad deal with good people - it happens. But you can never have a good deal with bad people." It's all about who you surround yourself with and the trust you are able to place in those people. From my coaching staff to support staff and to the players we recruit, we have to be comfortable with each other and we have to know that each of us is looking out for all of our best interests. It's amazing what gets done when nobody cares who gets the credit.

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Big Blue Madness Sells Out in Less Than an Hour

Kentucky fans have once again shown themselves as the best college basketball fans in America. Big Blue Madness tickets were gone in less than an hour this morning, despite a two-ticket limit per person.

In other words, Rupp Arena is sold out...for a practice.

Big Blue Nation rocks again!

Here is a release from

LEXINGTON, Ky. - Unbelievable. Once again, Kentucky fans have demonstrated their insatiable appetite for basketball. All tickets to the 2010 Big Blue Madness were snapped up in the first 60 minutes of availability Saturday morning.

Thousands of fans were present at UK's Memorial Coliseum ticket office Saturday at 7 a.m. when the distribution of free tickets began. Others obtained their tickets via the school's Website, and

Despite the fact that fans were limited to two tickets per person at UK's Memorial Coliseum ticket office and two per household online, this year's Big Blue Madness event sold out in 60 minutes.

Big Blue Madness, the first practice opportunity for Kentucky's 2010-11 men's and women's basketball teams, is Friday, Oct.15, at 7:30 p.m. and will be part of ESPNU's coverage of Midnight Madness across the nation and televised live on the Big Blue Sports Network. Fans will be allowed to enter Rupp Arena beginning at 6 p.m. the night of Big Blue Madness.

This will be the sixth time Madness has been held at Rupp Arena.

Friday, October 1, 2010

Enes Kanter Shares His Dream of Being a Pro Wrestler

Kentucky freshman Enes Kanter shared in a recent interview that he hopes to be a professional wrestler after his basketball career.

Here is an excerpt from WTVQ-TV:

"After my basketball career I want to be a wrestler, professional wrestler."

Kanter is a die hard wresting fan, his favorite wrestler, is the Undertaker. "I started watching like 4 or 5 years ago, and then right now I feel like him on the court. His nickname is unbelievable that's why I love it, "The Deadman", I love it."

He even has a little play on words with his last name.

"People started calling me the Underkanter 3 months ago. Right now my nickname is Underkanter."

John Wall Sings "No Scrubs" by TLC

Former Kentucky star John Wall decided to demonstrate his singing voice after practice today.

Wall busted out "No Scrubs" by TLC.

Here is an excerpt from Michael Lee of the Washington Post:

John Wall is already known as a skilled dancer -- he started a craze at Kentucky and Al Thornton said that Wall and JaVale McGee do "the Dougie" better than anyone else on the team -- but the No. 1 overall pick wanted to show off his singing chops after practice on Friday.

"A scrub is a guy that can't get no love from me/hanging out the passenger side of his best friend's ride/trying to holler at me," Wall sang, although his voice didn't make anyone want to rush him to a recording studio.

Wall was recreating his performance from Thursday night, when Wizards rookies were required to perform in front veterans during a team dinner at Hard Times Café in Fairfax. Wall, Trevor Booker and Kevin Palmer performed the old, TLC R&B/Pop single, "No Scrubs," with each player taking turns to do the verses from T-Boz, the late Left Eye and Chili, and took to Twitter shortly thereafter.

"Yo, we put on a show," Wall said.

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Here's an interview with Wall by

NCAA Says Enes Kanter Can No Longer Practice with UK

The NCAA has ruled that freshman Enes Kanter can no longer practice with the University of Kentucky basketball team at this time.

The waiver granted by the NCAA last month expired at the end of September.

As a result, he will not be allowed to practice while he and UK await the NCAA's decision on his college eligibility.

Here is an excerpt from

When a player's eligibility status is being reviewed, he or she can practice no more than 45 days with the team. Kanter's 45-day clock began in early August when UK began preparing for an August exhibition series in Canada.

The NCAA granted Kanter a waiver to continue practicing until the end of September. That waiver expired Thursday.

"Starting today, the student-athlete is prohibited from practicing to include the upcoming Midnight Madness practice," NCAA spokesman Chuck Wynne wrote Friday in an e-mail.

Kentucky could ask for another waiver so Kanter can resume practice.

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OVC Teams to Participate in ESPN's BracketBusters in 2011

Murray State, Morehead State and Eastern Kentucky will be participants in this season's 9th Annual ESPN BracketBusters.

The Racers will host a BracketBusters game while the Eagles and Colonels will go on the road.

The 114-team field will feature teams from 15 conferences and one independent.

Here is a schedule:

Fri, Feb 18

7 p.m. ESPN2
9 p.m. ESPNU

Sat, Feb 19

11 a.m. ESPNU
1 p.m. ESPNU
3 p.m. ESPNU
5 p.m. ESPN2
5 p.m. ESPNU
7 p.m. ESPN2
9 p.m. ESPN2
11 p.m. ESPN2

Sun, Feb 20

1 p.m. ESPN or ESPN2

OVC Participants:


Murray State
Southeast Missouri
Tennessee State
Tennessee Tech


Austin Peay
Eastern Illinois
Eastern Kentucky
Jacksonville State
Morehead State

Calipari, Antigua on the Recruiting Trail for Kentucky says that Kentucky head coach John Calipari was scheduled to watch Michael Gilchrist at St. Patrick yesterday.

Gilchrist is already committed to Kentucky's 2011 recruiting class.

UK assistant Orlando Antigua was at South Kentucky (Conn.) to check out 2012 shooting guard Ricardo Ledo.

Ledo ranks No. 7 on the Rivals150 List for 2012.

How Will Nunez Commitment Impact Others for Louisville?

With the commitment of Angel Nunez to Louisville's 2011 recruiting class, the Cards are likely down to 1-2 remaining spots in the class.

Currently, Louisville has commitments from (per

- Chane Behanan PF Bowling Green, KY Bowling Green 6'6" 250 5 stars

- Wayne Blackshear SF Chicago, IL Morgan Park 6'5" 210 4 stars

- Angel Nunez SF Fitchburg, MA Notre Dame 6'7" 180 3 stars

- Zach Price C Louisville, KY Jeffersontown 6'8" 225 4 stars

- Ryan Taylor SF Louisville, KY Western 6'6" 185 4 stars

Tyler Harris, a 6-7 small forward, has already removed himself from consideration.

That leaves Deuce Bello, Quincy Miller, Rodney Hood and Tony Wroten.

Jody Demling feels that U of L is still in the mix for Wroten and Hood. Demling stated on Twitter following the Nunez commitment:

jdemling This changes NOTHING with Tony Wroten or Rodney Hood. Wroten will pick U of L or UW next week and they're still hoping Hood visits.

Still, there are many rumblings out there that Wroten will likely pick Washington. There is also a growing speculation that Deuce Bello is looking towards Baylor.

Then, there is Quincy Miller, who could take Louisville's class from really good to great if he chooses the Cardinals.

Strap in Louisville fans, it's going to be an interesting ride as Rick Pitino works to complete his 2011 roster...

Thursday, September 30, 2010

John Calipari Speaks to Downtown Louisville Rotary Club

John Calipari visited the Downtown Louisville Rotary Club on Thursday.

Here is his entire speech (via

Audio MP3

Here is an excerpt from WFPL's article:

“You fans out there, you’re nuts. You’re crazy. I was just at a nursing home, retirement home, Brooks Place in Winchester, and a 96 year old lady grabs me. (She says) ‘you’ve got to work on their free throw shooting, coach.’ Ninety-six…you’re worried about free throws, he said.

Calipari is rebuilding his team after five players were chosen in the first round of the NBA draft. He says this year’s team is talented, but will need to execute well to be as successful as last year’s squad, which reached the Elite Eight of the NCAA tournament.

Calipari said he remains opposed to the NBA rule that prohibits players from jumping to the league straight from high school.

“I hate it. I’ve always hated it. Players should be able to go directly to the league. Why shouldn’t they? Let them go right to the league. And the ones who come to college should stay two or three years,” he said.

Smith: Orton Should Have Skipped Season at Kentucky

Former Kentucky big man Daniel Orton will miss Orlando's training camp and preseason as he continues to rehab his previously injured knee.

Magic general manager Otis Smith feels that Orton probably should not have played last season for Kentucky.

Orton admits that he did not properly rehab his knee following surgery.

Here is an excerpt:

He missed almost all of his senior high school season after the surgery, then joined the Wildcats, where he averaged just 3.4 points and 3.3 rebounds but 1.4 blocks in 13 minutes as a reserve center.

"He probably should not have played (at Kentucky), and should have spent the time rehabbing,'' said Magic general manager Otis Smith, who decided to draft him. "And had we known the depth of his problem, he probably shouldn't have played this summer.''

Orton was the focal point of the Magic's Summer League team and played throughout the week, but he struggled badly and didn't move well. When soreness persisted in his left knee during workouts, tests revealed that the muscles around his left knee were much weaker than they should have been.

"I have a good future in this league, but I never did the right amount of, or the correct, rehab, after my surgery,'' he said. "I knew I wasn't getting any lift in my knees, but I never quite understood why. All I need now is to strengthen this, and I'll be back on the court.''

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Angel Nunez Commits to Louisville

Evan Daniels of has confirmed on Twitter that 2011 small forward Angel Nunez has committed to Louisville.

Nunez is a 6-7 small forward from Fitchburg, Massachusetts. He is rated as a 3-star prospect by and is not ranked in the Rivals150.

He had offers from a host of schools including Arizona, Arkansas, Cincinnati, Connecticut, Providence, Rutgers, Virginia Tech and West Virginia.

Here are Daniels' posts from Twitter:

EvanDanielscout According to a source, 2011 prospect Angel Nunez has committed to Louisville.

EvanDanielscout Angel Nunez decision confirmed. Story up in five minutes.

One has to wonder what a commitment from Nunez means in relations to Quincy Miller and Deuce Bello.

Man Who Led Eric Bledsoe Investigation Speaks Out

U.W. Clemon, the man who led the Eric Bledsoe academic investigation in Alabama has decided to speak out.

Clemon told Dana O'Neil of that he was "surprised that the grade books were missing."

O'Neil says "Clemon's investigation revealed a school district that is failing to fulfill its most important charge -- namely protect and preserve a student's academic records -- and is too much in the red to really dig for answer."

Here is an excerpt:

“Our sole mission was to compare the grades in the grade books with the grades on the transcripts,’’ Clemon said. “That’s all we were asked to do and we were told to do nothing more than that.’’

However, officials were unable to produce any of the grade books from Bledsoe’s junior year at Hayes High School and only nine of the 15 from Parker High, where Bledsoe attended his senior year.

“Frankly I was surprised that the grade books were missing,’’ Clemon said.

Alabama law requires that schools retain school records for three years.

Hayes High School closed, necessitating Bledsoe’s transfer, and Clemon was told that none of the grade books from that school -- for any student -- were available.

More confounding, Clemon said, were the missing grade books from Parker. Unlike Hayes, Parker, opened in 1900 as the first school in the city for blacks, remains open today.

“We made three separate written requests for all of the grade books from Parker and we were finally told by the representatives that they simply could not be found,’’ Clemon said. “There was no other reason given. We could not give a complete answer [on the report] because most of the grade books were missing. There may have been other grade books showing significant changes, but we will never know.’’

Wizards Rookie John Wall Likes His Short Shorts

Former Kentucky star John Wall likes his "short shorts":

Michael Katz of NBA Fanhouse writes today that Wall "changes everything" for the Washington Wizards:

That's because of John Wall.

"We got the number one pick, the energy in the building has changed," Nick Young said.

Our esteemed NBA editor Matt Watson called it a rebooting of a the franchise, a categorization that JaVale McGee ran with on Monday. "Definitely a rebooting -- a whole new operating system it feels like," McGee told FanHouse.

And so that's where the Wizards stand. A new roster, a new owner in Ted Leonsis, a new (at least outwardly) Arenas, and above all, a new centerpiece.

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2011 Superstar Austin Rivers Commits to Duke

Austin Rivers, the No. 1 player in the 2011 class according to, has committed to Duke.

Rivers, a multi-talented 6-3 shooting guard, was previously committed to Florida but opened his recruitment back up and eventually chose the Blue Devils over Kansas and North Carolina.

Here is an excerpt from

Rivers broke the news to Kansas coach Bill Self and North Carolina's Roy Williams, the coaches of two of Rivers' top three choices, on Thursday morning. Rivers canceled the remainder of his campus visits, including one he was planning to take to North Carolina this weekend.

"He picked Duke because of [Mike Krzyzewski] and his staff," Bailey said. "There is a ton of tradition at Duke, and it was the best place for him from a basketball and academic standpoint."

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Rivers, the son of Boston Celtics head coach Doc Rivers, once stated that he might consider Kentucky, but his interest in the Wildcats never seemed to be serious.

"Free Enes" Theme Has Taken Over Big Blue Madness Line

Hundreds of Kentucky fans are already in line for Big Blue Madness tickets which will not be distributed until Saturday morning.

Eamonn Brennan of writes about the "insane" UK fans and says that "Free Enes" T-shirts and signs have overtaken the landscape.

Here is an excerpt:

Kentucky fans complied. Which means there are hundreds of people sitting in tents in Lexington, Ky., in their second day of a four-day wait for tickets to a practice. See? Insane.
But, hey, at least the weather should be nice. Less insane that way, perhaps.

According to the Herald-Leader, Kentucky fans aren't just waiting in line; they're actively protesting on behalf of Enes Kanter's eligibility. "Free Enes" T-shirts and signs have overtaken the landscape. Supportive? Sure. Useless? Definitely. But you can't ask the folks waiting for practice tickets in tents to be all that rational about signage. Nor, um, would you want to.

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John Lucas Midwest Invitational Camp in Louisville This Weekend

The John Lucas Midwest Invitational Camp will be held in Louisville this weekend. Some of the top young players in the nation are expected to be in attendance.

Information about the event from

The 1st John Lucas Basketball Resources Midwest Invitational Camp promises to be a smashing hit for the Bluegrass State. As mentioned earlier the camp will begin with an address from former ESPN Analyst and current IHOOPS CEO, Len Elmore.

The roster of players attending camp is incredible from top to bottom some attendees include Andrew and Aaron Harrison (both 2013), Isaiah Austin (2012), Marcus Paige (2012), Cimeon Bowers (2012), Kale Abrahamson (2012), Arroyo Edwards (2012), Zach Peters (2012), Austin Colbert (2013), Jabari Parker (2013), Darryl Hicks (2013), Duane Wilson Jr (2013), Alex Foster (2013), Aquille Car (2013), Dakari Johnson (2014), Jackson Davis (2014), James Blackmon (2014), Dominique Collier (2014), Justise Winslow (2014), Andrew Flemming(2015), Jerron Love (2015), Malik Newman (2015), Malik Ellison (2015) and Vijay Blackmon (2016).

In addition representatives from various shoe companies, USA Basketball will be in attendance to observe as well. At last count we have over 10 players from this group who will be attending the USA Basketball 16U trials the following weekend in Colorado Springs. In all there will be players from 25 States and Canada represented in Louisville next weekend.

Another interesting note for the locals is former Louisville great Pervis Ellison's son, Malik participating along with former Kentucky greats Dirk Minniefield and James Blackmon�s sons; Darin Minniefield, Vijay Blackmon and James Blackmon Jr, who has already verbally committed to Indiana.

Of the event coach Lucas said "I am very excited about the opportunity to work with the group of young men we have coming. The fans in Kentucky and the warm reception we have received since deciding to come to Kentucky has been tremendous and I am greatly appreciative."

Camp is open to the public and admission is $10 for the weekend or $7 per day at the door. Registration for campers will begin at 11am on Saturday October 2 at HOOPS Gym, 12101 Sycamore Station Pl, Louisville, KY 40299. The camp will open with a keynote by Len Elmore at 12:30 PM and end at 8 PM. On Sunday, camp opens at 8 AM and ends by 1 PM.

Request for Media Credentials can be sent to jlucas Questions regarding players should be directed to Brian Merritt at 361-793-4482.

Eric Bledsoe Gaining Valuable Advice from Baron Davis

Former Kentucky guard Eric Bledsoe is earning a wealth of knowledge already from veteran Clippers' point guard Baron Davis.

Here is an excerpt from

If you needed to find Baron Davis at training camp Wednesday, all you had to do was follow the young (wild) cat in the No. 12 jersey, Eric Bledsoe. Everywhere the rookie out of Kentucky went, Baron Davis was one step behind him. Although Davis is still recovering from a calf strain and minor knee swelling and was limited with his on-court participation, he made sure to give Bledsoe every possible pointer. When Bledsoe wasn’t being vocal enough, he heard about it. When Bledsoe came off a screen a little funny, Davis was there to correct it. When Bledsoe needed advice on his footwork, Baron was the one dishing it out.

“I want him to do that,” Del Negro said. “We’ve talked about that, helping out the younger guys a little bit. Chris (Kaman) with the big guys and Baron with the guards. Any knowledge that you can share, any way that you can speed up the learning curve is obviously a real positive.”

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Also check out Bledsoe's training camp interview (click image):

Blue Ribbon Predicts Bluegrass Dominance in the OVC

The Blue Ribbon College Basketball Yearbook has released its predictions for the Ohio Valley Conference.

The publication picks Murray State to repeat at OVC conference champions with Morehead State finishing second and Eastern Kentucky third.

The Kentucky teams also dominate the individual preseason all-conference choices with four of the five slots being filled with Kenneth Faried (Morehead), Isacc Miles (Murray), B.J. Jenkins (Murray) and Justin Stommes (EKU).

Faried is the pick to repeat as conference Player of the Year.

Ohio Valley Conference Press Release:

The Blue Ribbon College Basketball Yearbook has made its predictions for the 2010-11 Ohio Valley Conference men’s basketball regular season.

Blue Ribbon predicted that Murray State would repeat as champions this season, finishing first in the 10-team league. The rest of Blue Ribbon’s predicted order of finish included Morehead State, Eastern Kentucky, Eastern Illinois, Austin Peay, Tennessee Tech, Southeast Missouri, Tennessee State, Jacksonville State and UT Martin.

The Blue Ribbon editors also named a preseason All-OVC team and tabbed a Player and Newcomer of the Year. The five-member All-OVC team included Morehead State’s Kenneth Faried (who was also picked as Player of the Year), Murray State’s Isacc Miles and B.J. Jenkins, Austin Peay’s Anthony Campbell and Eastern Kentucky’s Justin Stommes. Tennessee Tech junior guard Zac Swansey was tabbed Newcomer of the Year.

The OVC will announce its official preseason poll and All-OVC preseason team (voted on by head coaches and sports information directors) at its annual Media Day event on Monday, Oct. 25.

Blue Ribbon College Basketball Yearbook, long known as the “bible” of college basketball by coaches, NBA scouts, ESPN and CBS broadcasters, newspaper and magazine beat writers and our avid readers, reaches a significant milestone this year, publishing its 30th edition. Blue Ribbon brings fans 3,000- to 4,000-word stories on its exclusive Top 25, and 1,000 to 2,000-word stories on every other school in Division I – 335 in all.

2010-11 Blue Ribbon College Yearbook Preseason OVC Predictions:

Predicted Order of Finish
1. Murray State
2. Morehead State
3. Eastern Kentucky
4. Eastern Illinois
5. Austin Peay
6. Tennessee Tech
7. Southeast Missouri
8. Tennessee State
9. Jacksonville State
10. UT Martin

Preseason All-OVC Team
G – Isacc Miles, Murray State
G – B.J. Jenkins, Murray State
F – Anthony Campbell, Austin Peay
F – Justin Stommes, Eastern Kentucky
C – Kenneth Faried, Morehead State

Player of the Year: Kenneth Faried, Morehead State
Newcomer of the Year: Zac Swansey, Tennessee Tech

Chuck Hayes Happy to Return Home to the Four

Jonathan Feigen of the Houston Chronicle writes today that former Kentucky star Chuck Hayes is finally returning home to the four position this season.

With Yao Ming back in the Houston lineup, Hayes can return to the role he excels in - defensive stopper at the power forward position.

Here is an excerpt:

The Rockets talk now about finally getting him back, as if Hayes spent last season wearing a suit on the bench next to Yao Ming.

The Rockets have repeatedly said they missed him last season when he was no longer available to fill his previous role as a defensive stopper at power forward. Hayes was instead too busy trying to get by as the shortest starting center in NBA history, forced to look opponents squarely in the chest and try to measure up.

Back at power forward, Hayes is home.

"I'm a natural four," he said. "I think I've been a four since I picked up a ball. It comes naturally to me. The center is a position I can play, but the four spot is my niche."

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Northern Kentucky Releases Challenging 2010-11 Schedule

HIGHLAND HEIGHTS, Ky. – Three teams ranked in the nation’s NCAA Division II preseason top 10 highlight the Northern Kentucky University men’s basketball squad’s 2010-11 schedule.

NKU also meets both Louisville and Xavier in exhibition games during the preseason. The Norse play at Louisville on Oct. 31 at 2 p.m. It will mark Louisville’s first game against outside competition in the Cardinals’ new 22,000-seat KFC Yum! Center.

NKU then visits Xavier’s Cintas Center on Nov. 2 to wrap up its exhibition schedule. The Norse begin regular-season play Nov. 13 with a home game against Mount St. Joseph inside The Bank of Kentucky Center.

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Northern Kentucky 2010-11 Men's Basketball Schedule:

10/31/2010 Louisville (exhibition) Louisville, Ky. 2 p.m.
11/2/2010 Xavier (exhibition) Cincinnati, Ohio TBD
11/13/2010 Mount St. Joseph Highland Heights, Ky. 1:30 p.m.

John L. Griffin/Lions Club Classic
11/19/2010 Christian Brothers Highland Heights, Ky. 7:45 p.m.
11/20/2010 Charleston (W.Va.) Highland Heights, Ky. 7:45 p.m.

11/27/2010 Grand Valley State Highland Heights, Ky. noon
12/2/2010 * Southern Indiana Highland Heights, Ky. 7:45 p.m.
12/4/2010 * Indianapolis Highland Heights, Ky. 7:45 p.m.
12/7/2010 Indiana-East Highland Heights, Ky. 7 p.m.
12/11/2010 West Liberty West Liberty, W.Va. 5 p.m.
12/19/2010 UC-Clermont Highland Heights, Ky. 5:30 p.m.
12/29/2010 Glenville State Highland Heights, Ky. 1 p.m.
1/2/2011 * Quincy Quincy, Ill. 4:15 p.m.
1/4/2011 * Lewis Romeoville, Ill. 8:45 p.m.
1/6/2011 * Rockhurst Highland Heights, Ky. 7:45 p.m.
1/8/2011 * Missouri-St. Louis Highland Heights, Ky. 3:15 p.m.
1/13/2011 * Maryville Highland Heights, Ky. 7:45 p.m.
1/15/2011 * Wisconsin-Parkside Kenosha, Wis. 4 p.m.
1/20/2011 * Bellarmine Louisville, Ky. 8 p.m.
1/22/2011 * Kentucky Wesleyan Owensboro, Ky. 4:15 p.m.
1/27/2011 * Saint Joseph's Highland Heights, Ky. 7:45 p.m.
1/29/2011 * Illinois-Springfield Highland Heights, Ky. 5:15 p.m.
2/3/2011 * Missouri S&T Rolla, Mo. 8:30 p.m.
2/5/2011 * Drury Springfield, Mo. 4:15 p.m.
2/10/2011 * Kentucky Wesleyan Highland Heights, Ky. 7:45 p.m.
2/12/2011 * Bellarmine Highland Heights, Ky. 7:45 p.m.
2/17/2011 * Indianapolis Indianapolis, Ind. 7:30 p.m.
2/19/2011 * Southern Indiana Evansville, Ind. 4:15 p.m.
GLVC Tournament
2/24/2011 GLVC Tournment TBS TBD

Wednesday, September 29, 2010

John Wall's Leadership is Impressive for a Rookie

Washington head coach Flip Saunders is impressed with John Wall's leadership abilities. Saunders said Wall's maturity is "really beyond his years."

Here is an excerpt from

Coach Flip Saunders is impressed with Wall's take charge approach. He said the rookie's maturity is "really beyond his years."

"I haven't had anyone as young as he is, as vocal as he is," Saunders said. "His understanding, he's similar to (Kevin) Garnett in that he knows where everyone is supposed to be on every play. When you have a point guard that can tell everyone where to be and where to go, that brings a whole different balance to your team."

Wall also doesn't have a problem with carrying out rookie duties.

He was asked what he thought of Dallas Cowboys first-round pick Dez Bryant, who this week picked up a $54,896 dinner tab after refusing to go through certain rookie hazing rituals — specifically carrying equipment for veteran players.

"I would have carried the shoulder pads," Wall said. "That's what I would have did. I know he's upset right now, but you got to do your rookie duties."

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Former Kentucky head coach Tubby Smith visited the Wizards at practice today.

WKU Season Tickets Go On Sale Soon

BOWLING GREEN, Ky. -- Season tickets for the upcoming 2010-11 WKU men's basketball season go on sale this Friday, October 1, and season ticket renewals for current season ticket holders are due October 8.

The 2010-11 WKU men's basketball schedule features 15 home games, including tilts at E.A. Diddle Arena with Louisville, South Carolina and Southern Illinois, as well as top Sun Belt Conference opponents. Now is an exciting time to be a part of the Hilltopper basketball experience at E.A. Diddle Arena, and season ticket rates remain affordable for all.
More detailed information on season ticket prices can be found by clicking HERE.

Season tickets can be purchased by calling the WKU Ticket Office toll-free at 1-800-5-BIG-RED or locally at 745-5222. The ticket office is open Monday-Friday from 8:00 AM to 4:30 PM.

Despite Perceptions, DeMarcus Cousins is No Head Case

Rob Small writes on today that former Kentucky big man DeMarcus Cousins is no head case.

Here is an excerpt:

Over the summer, DeMarcus Cousins’ maturity and work ethic were constantly under fire by the media, being labeled a head case even before he was drafted.

Yes, it’s true that the 6'11'' 270-pound center did have some problems while attending high school in Alabama and showed some immaturity while at Kentucky, but he can‘t be held responsible in the NBA for something that‘s happened in the past.

It’s funny that a 20-year-old rookie who hasn’t played one game gets treated like he's the next Ron Artest or Derrick Coleman. He hasn’t played a preseason game, was stellar in the Las Vegas Summer League, averaging 14.5 points, 9.8 rebounds, 1.8 assists, 1.5 steals and 1.2 blocks per game, and earned Rookie of the Month honors.

At media day and after the first session of training camp, the Cousins I’ve seen and heard has shown a willingness to learn and a seriousness for the game of basketball.

"I just came in and just try to soak up as much as possible," Cousins said after the morning session on the first day of training camp. "I was all ears. I wanted to make sure I learned everything, so I could be on my 'Ps' and 'Qs' when it's time to play."

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Murray State's Kennedy Speaks at Chamber Event

Murray State head coach Billy Kennedy spoke yesterday at the Chamber of Commerce's Business@Breakfast event in Murray.
Here is an excerpt from

Kennedy was the Chamber of Commerce’s keynote speaker at Tuesday’s Business@Breakfast event. He said putting last season’s success of defeating Vanderbilt University in the first round of the NCAA tournament behind them was key to moving forward with a new team after losing several talented seniors and bringing in new players. He told a short joke in which he said his 6-year-old daughter had saved up her allowance to buy a diary. When he asked her what was in it, she said it was her life story. When she offered to show it to him, he turned to a page in which there was a drawing of her shedding tears. He said he asked what the drawing was supposed to be.

“Worst day of my life,” he said in an agonized tone. “The Butler game!”

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Former Wildcat Antoine Walker Discusses NBA Comeback

Former Kentucky star Antoine Walker sits down with NBA analyst David Aldridge:

Faried, Three Wildcats Earn Wooden Award Mention

Morehead State senior Kenneth Faried has earned a spot on the Wooden Award preseason watch list. The watch list is a list of 50 college basketball players who have been selected as preseason favorites to win the Wooden Award as college basketball's top player.

The official list does not consider freshman or transfers, but Andy Katz of has given some additional names that will likely be considered after the season. Katz mentions three Kentucky Wildcats: Enes Kanter, Brandon Knight and Terrence Jones.

Here is the official Wooden Award watch list:

Lavoy Allen, Temple
Kevin Anderson, Richmond
Talor Battle, Penn State
Keith Benson, Oakland
William Buford, Ohio State
Alec Burks, Colorado
Randy Culpepper, UTEP
Malcolm Delaney, Virginia Tech
LaceDarius Dunn, Baylor
Kenneth Faried, Morehead State
Corey Fisher, Villanova
Jimmer Fredette, BYU
Austin Freeman, Georgetown
Ashton Gibbs, Pittsburgh
Elias Harris, Gonzaga
Jeremy Hazell, Seton Hall
John Henson, North Carolina
Robbie Hummel, Purdue
Reggie Jackson, Boston College
Charles Jenkins, Hofstra
JaJuan Johnson, Purdue
Kevin Jones, West Virginia
Kris Joseph, Syracuse
Kawhi Leonard, San Diego State
Travis Leslie, Georgia
Jon Leuer, Wisconsin
Kalin Lucas, Michigan State
Shelvin Mack, Butler
Demetri McCamey, Illinois
Marcus Morris, Kansas
Adrian Oliver, San Jose State
Chandler Parsons, Florida
Jacob Pullen, Kansas State
Damian Saunders, Duquesne
Durand Scott, Miami (Fla.)
John Shurna, Northwestern
Kyle Singler, Duke
Chris Singleton, Florida State
Nolan Smith, Duke
Durrell Summers, Michigan State
Jeffery Taylor, Vanderbilt
Isaiah Thomas, Washington
Trey Thompkins, Georgia
Klay Thompson, Washington State
Kemba Walker, Connecticut
Chris Warren, Ole Miss
Tai Wesley, Utah State
Derrick Williams, Arizona
Jordan Williams, Maryland
Chris Wright, Dayton

Just missed the cut: Kenny Boynton (Florida), Mason Plumlee (Duke), John Jenkins (Vanderbilt), E'Twaun Moore (Purdue), Damian Lillard (Weber State), Scotty Hopson (Tennessee), Tu Holloway (Xavier), Adnan Hodzic (Lipscomb), Matt Howard (Butler), Kim English (Missouri), Tre'Von Willis (UNLV, legal issues)

Donnie Tyndall Returns to St. Catharine for Banquet

Donnie Tyndall has been at the highest level of college basketball when he was on the staff of a LSU team that reached the NCAA Sweet Sixteen. He has reveled in a NCAA victory as head coach at his alma mater, Morehead State University, two years ago.

But Tyndall claims that his most memorable experience still is the one season that he spent as head coach at St. Catharine College. “I can honestly say that my year at St. Catharine is as good a year as I’ve had in coaching,” said Tyndall who will be in his fifth season at Morehead. “I still have many close friends there including Bill Huston (St. Catharine College President) and words can’t describe how proud I am of J.T. Burton (current St. Catharine head coach).”

Tyndall will get to put into words his thoughts on Burton, who was a guard on the St. Catharine team that Tyndall took to the Junior College National Tournament in 1997, when he visits Wednesday as the guest speaker at the Patriots’ Tip-Off Banquet.

The banquet, a steak dinner, will start at 7:00 at Mordecai’s Restaurant. The cost is $25 per person.

“We are excited to have Coach Tyndall here for this event,” said Burton. “He is regarded as one of the best young coaches in college basketball today. We are looking forward to a good crowd and a fun evening.”

Early Notes from NBA Training Camp; Cousins, Wall and More

Here are a few notes from around the NBA as training camps have officially started:

- Kings head coach Paul Westphal doesn't like to give compliments to rookies at this stage, but he had no choice when asked about DeMarcus Cousins; Cousins was joined at training camp by Joe Crawford: (Photo: Bryan Patrick,

The Kings' first practice Tuesday had no contact. There were drills and a lot of instruction – the ideal situation for the rookies.

"I came in and tried to soak up as much information as possible," Cousins said. "I was all ears. I wanted to make sure I learned everything so I could be on my P's and Q's when it's time to play."

Cousins apparently did a good job of that, as his first practice caught Westphal's attention. Cousins dislocated the ring finger on his left hand last week but practiced with it taped.

"I hate to give him a compliment this early, but I thought DeMarcus looked really good," Westphal said. "He's a very skilled player, he's focused, and he picked things up real quickly."

- Patrick Patterson discussed the rigors of a real NBA practice:

"I feel like a rookie in every aspect," Patterson said. "The only thing I feel familiar with is the plays, as far as being there during summer league. ... As far as it being different from summer league, it's having all these veterans around, experienced guys who know how to play the game. Also, the practices are more extreme, more tough."

- Jodie Meeks has started camp out on the 76ers' second team, but may be destined for third string at his position:

Collins was running through some 5-on-0 drills and he initially used a "starting" lineup of PG Jrue Holiday, SG Iguodala, SF Thaddeus Young, PF Elton Brand, and C Spencer Hawes. His second unit was PG Lou Williams, SG Evan Turner, SF Jodie Meeks, PF Trent Plaisted, C Marreese Speights. A few minutes into that second unit's time, Collins substituted F Jason Kapono for Meeks and you got the impression he intended Kapono to run that spot all along.

- Top draft pick John Wall worked his way into the NBA with a Midnight Madness event in Washington:

When asked to compare the crowd to the one at Kentucky, Wall said, "In college, all of this would've been filled, probably moreso. but it was a good crowd that came out to support us."

He also mentioned that his Midnight Madness at Kentucky was around 7 p.m. He had no problem with [Flip] Saunders's plans to have a late first practice for training camp. "I was happy. It reminded me of college, so it was great," Wall said. "For students to come out this late and they have school tomorrow, it means a lot."

* Video from

- Daniel Orton was the only member of the Magic who could not participate in opening day:

Every player except for rookie center Daniel Orton (left leg) participated.

“I thought guys went hard,” Van Gundy said. “They went really hard and, I thought, really tried to do the stuff we wanted to do on the defensive end and tried to play together offensively. Obviously, it’s the first day and there were a lot of turnovers and needless fouls and things like that. But I loved the effort. I thought that they really tried to play and they pushed hard.”

Media Day and Kevin Garnett Has Game 7 Intensity

Former Kentucky point guard Rajon Rondo is attempting to do a laid back interview but is interrupted by the playoff intensity of teammate Kevin Garnett (keep in mind, this is during media day):

Rondo and some other Boston players also fell victim to Twitter prankster Nate Robinson. Robinson took pictures of several sleeping Celtics and posted them on his Twitter account:

Louisville Logo Added to KFC Yum! Center

A new Louisville Cardinals logo has been added to the KFC Yum! Center.

Here is an excerpt from

A new Cardinal logo has been added to the KFC Yum! Center, going up Tuesday night, clearly identifying the new basketball palace as the new home for University of Louisville basketball.

The logo, approximately 10 x 10 feet in diameter, is positioned on the east side of the arena. The logo is the first thing motorists see entering the city on the George Rogers Clark bridge.

The location is symbolic, leaving no doubt which university owns Louisville.

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Calipari Walks the Red Carpet in Winchester

Kentucky head coach John Calipari was the featured speaker during The Clark County University of Kentucky Alumni Club annual gathering last night.

Winchester literally rolled out the red carpet for Coach Calipari.

Here is an excerpt from The Winchester Sun:

John Calipari was greeted red carpet style in his first visit to Winchester.

“Who is that for,” the Kentucky coach said with a laugh.

Calipari was the featured speaker during The Clark County University of Kentucky Alumni Club yearly gathering Tuesday night at the Winchester Opera House. More than 275 alumni members and others attended the event. Following his speech, Calipari signed copies of his book, “Bounce Back” and posed for pictures with patrons and supporters. Prior to his visit, Calipari made a stop at the Rose Mary C. Brooks Place, an independent and assisted living community in Winchester.

During his short visit there, Calipari was greeted by a 96-year-old resident.

“She looked at me, grabbed my arm really hard and said, ‘you really need to work on their free-throw shooting,’” Calipari said with a smile. “She said that’s the difference between winning and losing — free throws.”

Complete Article

Derrick Caracter is "Cleaning" His Way Into the NBA

Former Louisville and UTEP big man Derrick Caracter is serving his role as an NBA rookie during the Lakers' training camp.

Caracter and other rookies are cleaning up after the veterans...literally.

Here is an excerpt from

At the moment, however, Caracter is just cleaning.

Empty water bottles. Discarded gum wrappers. Towels damp with someone else's sweat.

He is moving around the Lakers' practice facility, picking up after teammates because that's what rookies do, even this club's preseason workouts ending with garbage time.

Meanwhile, those around him are busy being famous. Jackson is meeting with reporters, Kobe Bryant is talking to NBA TV and Ron Artest is coiling up the microphone he just wore for the league's official network.

The Lakers are sports royalty – they even dress in the colors of kings – and they actively remind newcomers this is a class system. For now, Caracter isn't even a jester. And there's more that he's not.

"I won't call myself a Laker until I score my first two points and grab my first five or six rebounds," he says. "I don't deserve to be called a Laker yet."

Complete Article

Tuesday, September 28, 2010

Weiss: Calipari Not Linked to Vacated Final Fours, Still Scrutinized

Dick "Hoops" Weiss points out at today that Kentucky head coach John Calipari is actually not linked to two past vacated Final Fours, but he is still scrutinized.

Weiss, unlike many other members of the national and even local media, breaks down what has actually happened during Calipari's coaching career rather than what is perceived to have happened.

Here is an excerpt:

Kentucky's highly successful but controversial coach, John Calipari, should be used to being called a lightning rod by now.

He has been portrayed as the most polarizing figure in college basketball since Jerry Tarkanian ever since the NCAA forced teams he coached at Massachusetts and Memphis to vacate two Final Four appearances in 1996 and 2008, the first after Marcus Camby admitted receiving $28,000 from two sports agents and investigators determined Derrick Rose had committed academic fraud on his SAT entrance examination.

Calipari was never at any time linked to either investigation, but that has not stopped local and national media, who are suspicious of his methods, of judging him harshly - and in many cases - vilifying him.

Slaughter, Sosa Playing Well Early in Italy

Edgar Sosa and A.J. Slaughter are playing well as teammates for Angelico Biella, a top-level team in Italy's SerieA.

In a preseason game over the weekend, Biella defeated Dinamo Sassari 90-76.

Slaughter, who had a brilliant career at Western Kentucky, led his team with 15 points.

Sosa, a former Louisville point guard, added 13.


NCAA Closes Review of Eric Bledsoe Academic Case

The NCAA announced today that there will be no further review into the eligibility of former UK star Eric Bledsoe.

Here is an excerpt from the Lexington Herald-Leader:

The NCAA announced on Tuesday that it is officially closing its review of former University of Kentucky basketball player Eric Bledsoe.

"On Monday, we reached out to Birmingham school district officials to officially confirm they do not plan to take any further action regarding Eric Bledsoe," NCAA spokesman Chuck Wynne wrote in an e-mail. "They have just now confirmed that is the case. Based upon this response, the NCAA plans no further action. The original initial-eligibility decision stands."

Complete Article

Louisville to Hold Red-White Scrimmage October 24

LOUISVILLE, Ky. - The University of Louisville will provide a preseason look at the 2010-11 Cardinals in a Red-White intrasquad men's basketball scrimmage on Sunday, Oct. 24 at 2 p.m. in the KFC Yum! Center. It will be the team's first public appearance in the new 22,000-seat facility.

Tickets, priced at $5 each, will go on sale beginning at 9 a.m. on Thursday, Sept. 30 at both U of L Ticket Offices, located on the third floor of the Swain Student Activities Center and near Gate 2 of Papa John's Cardinal Stadium off Floyd Street. Both locations are open weekdays from 9 a.m. until 5 p.m. Tickets will also be sold before and during the Cardinals' next three home football games against Memphis on Oct. 9, Cincinnati on Oct. 15 and Connecticut on Oct. 23.

Cardinal fans may also purchase tickets by visiting Ticketmaster online, calling (502) 361-3100 or by visiting any Ticketmaster Ticket Center, including statewide Kroger locations. Convenience fees are applied with Ticketmaster orders. Further information can be obtained by calling the U of L ticket office at (502) 852-5863.

Source: University of Louisville

Marquis Teague Will Remain at Pike for Senior Season

Marquis Teague, who is committed to Kentucky's 2011 recruiting class, has confirmed that he will remain at Pike (Ind.) High School next season.

There were rumors that Teague would opt to attend prep school for the upcoming seasons, but Teague will not transfer.


Marquis Teague in action:

* Video from Hoopmixtape 's YouTube channel

Michael Chandler: "Kentucky has been recruiting me really hard"

Michael Chandler told that Kentucky is recruiting him hard right now. He added that he plans to take two of his five official visits to Georgetown and Tennessee.

Here is an excerpt:

Lawrence North senior-to-be Michael Chandler, a one-time Louisville commitment, said he is "for sure" going to take two of his five official visits to Georgetown and Tennessee this fall. The 6-10 Chandler said he is still "checking things out" at this point in his recruitment and that "Kentucky has been recruiting me really hard."

Chandler is a 6-10 center in the 2011 class. He ranks No. 47 on the Rivals150 List.

Join the Western Kentucky Hilltoppers on Facebook

BOWLING GREEN, Ky. – Fans can now get even more information about the Hilltopper basketball program by joining the official fan page on Facebook.

By joining the official WKU Hilltopper Basketball Facebook page, fans will be able to receive news and see pictures, as well as view upcoming events and even have discussions with other fans of the program.

The fan page can be found by clicking on the link at the top of the page or on the men's basketball home page, or by searching ‘WKU Hilltopper Basketball’ on Facebook.

Tony Wroten Lists Final Five; Louisville in the Mix

Tony Wroten Jr. has a final list of five schools that he will choose from on October 7. Chris Fetters of posted Wroten's final list on Twitter:

Chris_Fetters #ToneTone13 has a final five - Louisville, Washington, Villanova, Connecticut and Seattle University. SU? ‘They’ve come on the last month.’

Kentucky has apparently been replaced on Wroten's list by Seattle University. In actuality, sources indicate that Wroten did not have an offer from the Wildcats and UK is no longer interested in his services.

The prevailing thought is that Wroten is actually going to choose between Louisville and Washington.

DeMarcus Cousins Sings at Kings Media Day

Former Kentucky Wildcat DeMarcus Cousins shows off his "impressive" voice during Kings media day:

Tipton: Eric Bledsoe's Grade Books Missing

Jerry Tipton of the Lexington Herald-Leader points out this morning that many of Eric Bledsoe's grade books are missing or were not made available during a law firm's investigation into Bledsoe's academic history.

As a result of the investigation, it was determined last week that Bledsoe's high school grades will remain intact and his college eligibility will no longer be challenged.

Bledsoe, now a member of the NBA's Los Angeles Clippers, is not happy with the way his character has been called into question.

Here is an excerpt:

Maybe we'll never know the truth, the whole truth and nothing but the truth about former Kentucky player Eric Bledsoe's high school academic records. An independent review commissioned by the Birmingham City Schools concluded that some grades in class records were changed, but Superintendent Craig Witherspoon decided on Friday there was not enough evidence to declare Bledsoe's transcript invalid.

The man who led the independent review, former federal judge U.W. Clemon, acknowledged that his panel worked under a handicap. None of the grade books from Bledsoe's 11th grade year at Birmingham's now defunct Hayes High School were made available nor were nine of the 15 grade books from his senior year at Parker High.

"So the vast majority of the underlying data with which we had expected to work with was missing," Clemon said Monday.

Alan Milstein, Bledsoe's attorney, states that Bledsoe is not happy with the way things have unfolded:

"He's not too happy the way the whole thing has gone down," Milstein said. "This absolutely unfounded attack on his character and integrity is bizarre. . . .

"The amount of time spent going over this kid's Algebra 2 grades is just incredible and an outrage."

Complete Article

ESPNU Adds Two Additional Louisville Games

LOUISVILLE, Ky. - Two additional University of Louisville men's basketball games to be played in the KFC Yum! Center for the 2010-11 season have been selected for telecasts on ESPNU.

The Cardinals' Dec. 11 game against UNLV will be played at noon and U of L's Dec. 14 game against Drexel will tip off at 9 p.m. on the network. The two additional ESPNU telecasts increases the Cardinals' national television appearances to at least 17 games.

Source: U of L

DIME Interviews Former Kentucky Star Jamal Mashburn has interviewed former Kentucky superstar Jamal Mashburn. Mashburn talkd about his former UK teammates, his son, what he's up to these days and doubts about Michael Jordan's infamous "flu game".

Here is an excerpt:

Dime: So what have you been up to since you retired?

Jamal Mashburn: Lot of things. I started with ESPN four years ago. Lots of people don’t know but I was a communications major in college. I didn’t anticipate doing what I studied in college, but when I finished my basketball career it made sense. I’ve always been in business and own franchises of Papa John’s, Dunkin’ Donuts and Outback Steakhouse, as well as car dealerships. I own over 34 Outbacks, 37 Papa John’s and dealerships in Kentucky. I’ve always wanted to carry a briefcase. It’s just something you want to do growing up in NYC. When I was younger, I always wondered what was in them.

Dime: Do you find it ironic that one of the most famous games in NBA history is Michael Jordan’s “Flu Game?”

JM: Yeah, it’s interesting. I got a chance to play against MJ and he brought an elite physical toughness and athletic ability. There are not a lot of people that could do what he did. People deal with the flu in different ways, and I don’t know if he had a shot or vaccine at the time. Even for an outstanding player, there are not a lot of guys that can play at that level under the flu bug. But we know how great he is. At the end of the day, what makes that game so unique is the timing of the game. It was a playoff situation, and that builds into the story. He is human, but he had an un-humanlike performance. He did what he had to do. It was a great game for him and a great game to watch, but if you ask me, it was a little bit more hype than anything. Was it really the flu bug? We’ll never know.

2010-11 Georgetown College Schedule Includes Florida

Georgetown College has released its 2010-11 men's basketball schedule. The schedule kicks off with an exhibition battle against the Florida Gators in Gainesville.

2010-11 Georgetown College Men's Basketball Schedule:


3 7:00PM @ University of Florida
7 3:00PM vs. Davis & Elkins College
9 7:00PM @ Brescia University
12 8:00PM vs. St. Catharine College Andrew Elswick Memorial Tournament
19 8:00PM vs. Embry-Riddle McDonald's-Central Bank Jim Reid Classic
21 2:00PM vs. Texas College
23 7:30PM vs. Indiana University Southeast


* 2 8:00PM @ St. Catharine College
* 4 4:00PM @ Campbellsville University
6 7:30PM vs. Brescia University
8 7:30PM vs. Spalding University
* 16 8:00PM vs. Pikeville College
* 18 4:00PM vs. UVA-Wise


3 2:00PM vs. Shorter University
5 2:00PM @ Life University
* 8 4:00PM @ Shawnee State University
* 13 8:00PM vs. University of the Cumberlands
* 15 4:00PM vs. Lindsey Wilson
* 20 8:00PM @ University of Rio Grande
* 22 4:00PM @ West Virginia Tech
* 27 8:00PM vs. St. Catharine College
* 29 4:00PM vs. Campbellsville University


* 3 8:00PM @ Pikeville College
* 5 4:00PM @ UVA-Wise
* 12 4:00PM vs. Shawnee State University
* 17 8:00PM @ University of the Cumberlands
* 19 @ Lindsey Wilson
* 24 8:00PM vs. University of Rio Grande
* 26 4:00PM vs. West Virginia Tech


4 @ TBA Frankfort Civic Center Mid-South Conference Tournament
5 @ TBA Frankfort Civic Center Mid-South Conference Tournament
6 @ TBA Frankfort Civic Center Mid-South Conference Tournament
16 @ TBA NAIA National Tournament 16-22

Monday, September 27, 2010

John Wall Jokes with Gilbert Arenas at Media Day

Check out former UK star John Wall joking around with Washington teammate Gilbert Arenas: asked Wall about his relationship with Arenas:

“It’s great. That’s where it really starts at, Coach Cal told me that, having a good relationship. If you can joke around and people not get serious and have a good time off the court, you just gotta take it on to the court. You gotta be more serious and give 110-percent on both ends, defense and offense. But you have a good relationship off the court as a team, it all is going to play into on the court so you can have a good time.”

John Calipari Speaks to Group in Birmingham

Kentucky head coach John Calipari spoke to the Monday Morning Quarterback Club in Birmingham, Alabama.

He talked about UK's 2010-11 team, how UK basketball compares to Alabama football and a handful of other interesting topics.

He also gave his thoughts on why Kentucky may have lost to West Virginia in last season's Elite Eight battle. He feels that the Wildcats were looking ahead to playing Duke in the Final Four.

Here is an excerpt from the Birmingham News:

Calipari suggested Kentucky lost to West Virginia in the Elite Eight last season in part because the Wildcats were looking ahead to Duke in the Final Four.

“Do you know how badly we wanted to play Duke?” Calipari said. “I think that’s why we played so badly against West Virginia. We wanted Duke so badly we couldn’t see straight.”

Kentucky shot 4 of 32 on 3-pointers in the loss to West Virginia.

“I’ll be honest,” Calipari said. “I really felt we had the best team, not at the beginning (of last season), but at the end. The one thing we were fearful of is that we’d go on a shooting slump, which was the question about our team from Day 1. But we made shots, we willed shots in. And that game, we went 0 for 20 and I kept saying, ‘We’re going to be alright, and their eyes are like, no we’re not.’”

Big Blue Madness Tickets Available to UK Students Tonight

UK students have an opportunity to collect Big Blue Madness tickets tonight at 9:00 p.m.

Here are the details from the Cat Scratches Blog on

Kentucky students will have a chance to get their hands on the coveted Big Blue Madness tickets before anyone else.

A limited number of student-only Big Blue Madness tickets will be distributed Monday night in a lottery at Memorial Coliseum. Tickets are available to full-time UK students and full-time KCTCS students who have paid the athletics fee.

Doors at Memorial Coliseum will open at 8 p.m. with the lottery set to begin at 9 p.m. Tickets are free but students must have a valid UK student ID.

The general distribution is Saturday. Fans can start lining up for the general distribution Wednesday at 7 a.m.

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