Saturday, November 6, 2010

Rajon Rondo Hampered by Mild Case of Plantar Fasciitis


Boston Celtics head coach Doc Rivers has revealed that star point guard Rajon Rondo is suffering from a mild case of plantar fasciitis.

Here is an excerpt of Rivers' quotes from CelticsHub.com:

On Plans To Sit Rondo Out Friday

“Listen, this morning, Eddie told me that Rondo wasn’t playing because of his foot. And 10 minutes later, I go down so we can watch film and Rondo said, ‘I’m playing; I’m fine.’”

On Changing His Subbing Plans

““I walked over to him before the tap and told him, ‘Hey, listen, if I see anything, I’m taking you out,’ But you could see he was good. The only thing we did, and you could tell, we subbed him early, “I think with five or six minutes left in the first quarter we subbed him. And then we did it again after halftime. And, overall, that may have helped him with his wind.”
In case you're wondering, plantar fasciitis is irritation and swelling of the thick tissue on the bottom of the foot.

According to Google Health, it is one of the most common orthopedic complaints relating to the foot. It usually leads to pain in the bottom of the heel.

Thomas More Picked to Win Presidents' Athletic Conference


Thomas More men's basketball has been chosen as the preseason favorites to win the Presidents' Athletic Conference.

The Saints picked up 8 of 19 first-place votes to finish with 131 total points, just ahead of second-place Thiel (128).

PAC 2010-11 Preseason Men’s Basketball Poll

Points Record PAC
1. Thomas More (8) 131 21-7 9-3
2. Thiel (7) 128 14-11 7-5
3. Bethany (2) 114 19-9 8-4
4. Grove City (2) 93 19-9 9-3
5. Washington & Jefferson 82 12-15 6-6
6. Saint Vincent 66 6-19 n/a
7. Westminster 47 7-19 3-9
8. Waynesburg 23 2-22 0-12

(xx) - first place votes
Predicted Geneva record vs. PAC: 10-6

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Adam Delph Scores 28 to Lead Asbury to Double-OT Victory


Asbury University 111
Madonna University 99 2/OT

Final from Spring Arbor, Michigan


SPRING ARBOR, Mich. – Adam Delph led all scorers with 28 points and Austin Flannery hit a three to send the game to overtime as Asbury defeated Madonna University in double-overtime 111-99.

The Eagles who played without last year’s leading scorer Phillip Morrison saw six players reach double-figures led by Delph. Delph was 11-of-21 from the field as Asbury improved their shooting from last week from 27% to 49% on Friday night. Delph scored 18 of his points in the first half as he and Justin Jones both fouled out.

Asbury (1-1) hit on 11-of-23 threes as two freshmen, Marquel Johnson and Flannery connected on three each. Johnson finished with 11 points, Flannery with 15. Nate Johnson and Jamal Morris were also in double digits with 15 a piece and Justin Jones added 12. Nate Johnson led the team with five assists. Jones also grabbed six rebounds and blocked three shots. Flip Crawford led the team for the second straight game in rebounds with seven off the bench.

Both teams struggled to hang on to the ball as Asbury turned it over 24 times, Madonna committed 36 turnovers. Madonna won the rebounding battle 68-37 as the Crusaders pulled down 28 offensive rebounds.

Asbury will take on the host Spring Arbor University in the second day of the Jameison-Allen Tip-off Classic today at 3:00 pm.

* Game recap by Asbury

Travis Ford's Cowboys Dismantle Campbellsville


Oklahoma State 102
Campbellsville 38

Exhibition Final from Stillwater, Oklahoma


Campbellsville University's took a beating on the road Friday night, as Oklahoma State University dished out a 102-38 exhibition loss in Stillwater, Okla.

The Tigers were in a similar spot as last season's exhibition opener against preseason No. 4 Kentucky, scoring only 38 points offensively, but as CU head coach Keith Adkins quickly pointed out "We gave up a whole lot more."

Campbellsville was limited to less than 20 percent shooting, while Oklahoma State shot nearly 60 percent from the floor in the exhibition win, which had eight Cowboys with at least nine points.

While CU battled and competed for 35 of the 40 minutes in an 80-57 loss at Western Kentucky University on Oct. 31, Adkins said he felt his team took a step backwards in Stillwater.

"It was a great experience to play in that arena against a Big XII opponent, but obviously we expected to be a little competitive," Adkins said. "That was probably the most disappointing thing, because I feel we took a step back. We didn't compete. We didn't show a lot of toughness. We've got to exude confidence when we step out onto the floor and show a lot of toughness. We've got to be better than what we were tonight."

Complete Recap

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Report Says Clippers Place Baron Davis on Trade Block


It didn't take former Kentucky guard Eric Bledsoe long to make a positive first impression on the Los Angeles Clippers.

After Bledsoe's 12 point, 13 assists double-double, there is a report out that the Clippers have placed veteran Baron Davis on the trade block - a move that indicates a bright future for the rookie Bledsoe.

Here is an excerpt from Yahoo! Sports:

The Los Angeles Clippers are exploring whether anyone has interest in trading for point guard Baron Davis(notes). Clippers coach Vinny Del Negro recently criticized Davis’ conditioning, and the Clippers won their first game of the season – a 107-92 victory over the Oklahoma City Thunder – with Davis out of lineup because of a swollen left knee. Including this season, Davis has three years and $41.8 million left on his contract.

Schedule Set for Bluegrass-Buckeye Charity Holiday Classic


The schedule is set for the ninth annual Bluegrass-Buckeye Charity Holiday Classic featuring Ohio and Kentucky high school basketball teams. The event will be held December 11-12 at Northern Kentucky University.

December 11:

Dixie Heights vs. Colerain, 5:30 p.m.
Holmes vs. Aiken, 7 p.m.
Louisville Male vs. Taft at 8:30 p.m.

December 12:

Ryle vs. Oak Hills, 1 p.m.
Mason County vs. Princeton, 2:30 p.m.
Covington Catholic vs. Cincinnati St. Xavier at 4 p.m.

Calipari Was Not a Fan of Dale Brown's Blue Suit


During last night's exhibition game, Dillard head coach Dale Brown, a former Kentucky Wildcat, sported a Kentucky-blue suit with a white shirt underneath.

UK head coach John Calipari was not a fan of the suit. In his postgame comments, Calipari stated:

"There are three suits that I've seen that I say, I don't know if I want to say gag me. But there's a white suit I saw. There was a gold suit that I saw, I don't know if it was yellow or gold, where the pants were too long. The guy at West Virginia wore it. Then that suit right there. Those three right there."

Calipari was likely talking about Rick Pitino's white suit and Bob Huggins' gold fashion statement.

After a laugh, he added:

"He's a great guy. A former player here, and it was so great that they walk in this building and get that kind of ovation. And it's great for his team to see that the Big Blue Nation appreciates former players and still loves them. Now they wanted to beat him, but prior to the game they gave him a great ovation, which was really neat."

ESPN Says Rupp is Third Loudest Basketball Arena


ESPN says Kentucky's Rupp Arena is the third loudest arena in college basketball. They rank Rupp just behind Allen Fieldhouse (Kansas) and Cameron Indoor (Duke).

ESPN's 10 Loudest College Basketball arenas:

1. Allen Fieldhouse, Kansas
2. Cameron Indoor Stadium, Duke
3. Rupp Arena, Kentucky
4. UNM Arena (The Pit), New Mexico
5. O'Connel Center, Florida
6. Peterson Event Center, Pittsburgh
7. Bramlage Coliseum, Kansas State
8. Assembly Hall, Illinois
9. Gallagher-Iba Arena, Oklahoma State
10. Matthew Knight Arena, Oregon

Bethel College Holds Off Pikeville College


Bethel College 80
Pikeville College 77

Final from Rio Grande, Ohio


Head Coach Mike Lightfoot said before the beginning of the season that, “youth is no excuse.” That was evident Friday night as the Bethel College men’s basketball team defeated Pikeville College (NAIA D-I) 80-77 in the Giovanni Tip-Off Classic in Rio Grande, Ohio. The Bears featured seven seniors on their roster including five that started. Pikeville was just coming off a scrimmage game Monday night at Rupp Arena against the tenth ranked NCAA D-I Wildcats from the University of Kentucky.

The youthful Pilots with 12 underclassmen held their ground in the opening portion of the game going up 6-2 in the contest. Pikeville quickly answered with a run that gave them the slim 16-15 lead midway through the first half. The game was even until the Bears closed the half with an 8-2 run going up nine at intermission 43-34.

In the second half the Pilots came out and established their presence in the early going with a 9-0 run capped by a Caleb Laidig’s three pointer to tie the game at 43-43. From there neither team could expand their lead to more than four points. With Bethel down 65-64 and the Bears playing a zone defense it was freshman Ryan Benner who had the hot hand connecting on back-to-back three pointers that put the Pilots up 71-67 with 2:46 left to play. On the insinuating play Benner found senior Caleb Laidig diving to the basket for a layup that put Bethel up by five. Bethel , playing three freshmen in the final minutes of the game, was able to close it out from the free throw line.

A pair of freshmen would help lead the Pilots charge in the victory. Mishawaka High School native Ryan Benner would end the game leading Bethel with 17 points on 5 of 8 shooting from the perimeter while classmate Kyle Ritz added 16 points to go along with three assists. Senior guard Caleb Laidig had a double-double with 15 points and 10 rebounds. Senior post player Joe Welch chipped in 11 points and 8 rebounds.

Coach Lightfoot stated, “This was a good win on the road for us. We’ve been able to dig in defensively and grind out two road games in a row. I was very proud of our bench play and how our kids responded to their veteran, athletic players. We just kept plugging away and found a way to win. It may not have been pretty at times, but we definitely persevered.”

Bethel will look to improve to 4-0 on the season by playing the host school from the University of Rio Grande on Saturday beginning at 4:00 pm.

* Game recap by Bethel College

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John Calipari's Comments Following UK's Win Over Dillard


Here is a complete transcript of Kentucky head coach John Calipari's comments following last night's 122-54 victory over Dillard University:

FastScripts by ASAP Sports

Q. How close did they come to giving you the fight and the effort and all of that teamwork that you wanted?

COACH CALIPARI: DeAndre (Liggind) and Darius (Miller) were way better. Terrence Jones was off the charts compared to the last one. Brandon (Knight) is Brandon; he gives you about the same every time out. Eloy (Vargas) and Doron (Lamb) were fine. You know, they've been there.

Like I looked at Terrence, obviously, it's in there because he did it. So if you can do it once, it means you can do it. But we're not deep enough to have a couple guys not give us some.

But we shot the ball. I mean, it's kind of like you make open shots, it changes what everything looks like, and we did that today.

Happy for Jon Hood, you know. Happy how he played. Josh (Harrellson) in the first half, you know, played, which is why I started him in the second. Wasn't as good in the second as he was in the first.

But the first half, again, those guys how many minutes are they going to have to give you? I don't know. But whatever it is, it's got to be quality. It's got to be tough. It's got to be, you know -- so 28 assists. We had talked about it the last exhibition; pass the ball to each other. We even went a couple possessions when we passed it but we should have shot it, should have driven the ball.

But I'm okay. It's kind of in between where we want to be, but, there are signs. Look, folks, we shot well, so we scored a whole lot of points. We defended fairly well, rebounded fairly well, but we've got a long way to go.

We've got two really important days this weekend. It's been almost football practice. Short of us putting them in helmets and pads, that's what it's been. So we've got to do mornings of football practice, and then we'll come back in the afternoon to play basketball. That's what we'll do this weekend. Then we'll give them Monday off.

But we've got no choice. We've got to be a rougher team, a tougher team without fouling. We've got to have more pride to go after balls. Every ball has to be like, I have to get this ball. There is not an option. I've got to get it. We still don't have a team full of guys, but they're trying.

Q. What did you like best about Jones tonight?

COACH CALIPARI: He had a passion about playing. There was no coolness high school kid when it doesn't go right, they try to be cool like I don't really care. You know, this isn't really me, but you can't be that way. He even started the game a little bit that way.

But what you saw was when he got near that goal, the thing that he does, that not many in the country do at his size, his second, third and fourth jump. So go in there and do it. Just go in there and go rebound every offensive rebound. Go after it once, twice, three times. Don't accept being blocked out. Then run that court.

You saw him run and say is he that fast? Well, if he's that fast, run that fast, and these guys found him. Compared to the last game where he was crying in his soup after, this was a good one for him.

Q. When he reached back to get that ball, was that athleticism you saw right there?

COACH CALIPARI: You know, he had blocks too, ends up with six blocks, and again, understanding that we're Pikeville and Dillard, we aren't playing high school, so there are things that we're doing in this game that we're not going to do in a regular game.

Let me tell you a play that I love. I get so upset, one of our players comes down. He gets a guy ahead and instead of trying to shoot it to him, he gets a charge and it's his third foul. I went ballistic.

Well, Jon Hood comes down, Terrence (Jones) makes a steal at half court and he could have driven in and shot it himself. He give it's to Jon Hood who dunks it. Now all of a sudden Jon Hood's shoulders are back, chin is up and he's ready. So the very next play Jon Hood has the lay-up, and throws the lob to Terrence who dunks it. That's the kind of play.

The other thing I really loved was Brandon Knight going on a breakout. He could have shot it, he throw it back to Terrence, let's Terrence dunk it and gets everybody going. We're learning, we're getting better.

Again, folks, I'm dealing with all freshmen again. So we've got to do it in a hurry, but we're getting there. You saw there were some sloppy plays. We've got to play defense different than we did last year.

I talked to Jay Wright on the phone for a half hour, and got some ideas from his '96 or '97 team when he had Foy and all those guards. Remember that team he had? They went to the Elite Eight.

He and I talked about defense, and how to play with that kind of team. So there are some things I'm going to do different than I did last year. But the first thing is you've got to be tough. If you're not tough enough, doesn't matter what kind of defense you're playing. And two, you've got to rebound the ball. If you don't have a big beast, then you all have to rebound. Everything we do starts there.

Then when we're talking, we rebound, we can scramble it, switch it, we can trap a little bit. We can do some things that will scramble up the game which is in our favor. A grind-it-out game with this team, we're too young. If they grind it out with us, we're going to have problems.

So if we're to scramble though, we've got to be tough, we've got to rebound and really, really talk to each other.

Q. Talk about the differences from last year and on defense that you expect this year?

COACH CALIPARI: Well, I think we can switch a whole lot more than we did a year ago. And I think that we can also do some scrambling that I didn't want to do last year because I didn't think we needed to.

See, last year when you drove in on us, it was getting blocked. We led the nation in shot blocks or blocked shots that were right there. It was not just one guy, it was like three or four. This team's going to be different.

So now it's like, OK, in a grind-it-out game, it's going to be a little harder for us. So I think a lot more switching we should be able to do. We're all alike.

At one point we had Terrence (Jones) at 6'9", and everybody else between 6'5", and 6'7". I mean, Denny Crum used to do it. Denny Crum did the greatest job of taking you out of your offense by playing a bunch of guys.

He never liked the small guard. He liked 6'5" guards. I kind of like 6'5" guards. So now everybody could switch every position, and that's what he did. He took you out of what you wanted to do. The guy won national titles playing that way, national titles at Louisville.

Q. That blue suit Dale had on, you got plans for one of those maybe in the future?

COACH CALIPARI: There are three suit that's I've seen that I say I don't know if I want to say gag me, but there's a white suit I saw. There was a gold suit that I saw. I don't know if it was yellow or gold where the pants were too long. The guy at West Virginia wore it. Then that suit right there. Those three right there.

But, hey, look, he's a great guy. A former player here, and it was so great that they walk in this building and get that kind of ovation. And it's great for his team to see that the Big Blue Nation appreciates former players and still loves them.

Now they wanted to beat him, but prior to the game they gave him a great ovation, which was really neat.

Q. What do you maybe hope that team will do for (Jon) Hood's confidence?

COACH CALIPARI: Well, what I hope it does -- well, let me tell you what Doron did which was the greatest thing. Remember the dive at half court because I was killing this kid. Come on, you've got to pick it up and play. You're not doing what the other guys are doing. You're not playing at the level, you don't have the passion. Come on, baby, get into it. Come on, let's go.

He dives on the floor for that ball, throws it ahead, we score. The very next play he's in the corner and makes the three. When you play that aggressive, you're aggressive offensively. When you play tentative on defense and you're getting thrown into the cheerleaders and getting sparkles on your face, OK, when that stuff happens, offensively you're playing timid, too.

You can't just be timid on defense and aggressive on offense. No, be Aggressive. You're aggressive (defensively) and it makes you aggressive on offense. And, again, that is a lesson. It's just, you know, we'll go to practice, and we've got some time next week and we'll see.

I don't know if I'm going to play the small lineup or the big lineup. Probably won't know until game time what I want to do.

Got to still watch some tape on East Tennessee State. I've really watched nothing. Got to get in my mind what we'll have to do to prepare for an NCAA Tournament team, our first game with this young team. Kind of scary.

Q. On trying to get Josh Harrellson easy shots at the rim …

COACH CALIPARI: Yeah, and he was struggling. I've seen him do it, but you've got to have an effort and say I'm going to dunk the ball. I'm going to go out and get this. Not that I'm going to wait, so. But he'll be fine.

I'm just telling you, Josh (Harrellson) is in the best condition he's been in his whole life. He's playing better than he's ever played in his life, and I'm asking for a little bit more. That's what it is. I'm asking for a little bit more. He gives us a little bit more, I'm telling you.

But we need him. And Eloy (Vargas) got to make strides now. He's got to make strides. So, thanks.

Kentucky Destroys Undermanned Dillard in Exhibition


Kentucky 122
Dillard 54

Exhibition Final from Lexington, Kentucky


The Cats closed out the exhibition portion of their schedule by cruising to a 122 – 54 victory over former Wildcat Dale Brown’s Dillard Bleu Devils. The Cats were a bit sluggish out of the gates and fell behind 9 – 7 before Darius Miller sank a free throw line jumper followed by a 3 pointer to spark 13 unanswered points to push UK’s lead to 20 – 9. The Cats would not look back as they cruised to a 57 – 22 halftime lead, much to the delight of the 21,589 in attendance.

Kentucky came out red hot in the second half, connecting on 16 of their first 17 field goal attempts, including three of three on 3-pointers. The home crowd erupted at the 12:20 mark when Doron Lamb came up with a steal near midcourt, blindly flipped the ball over his head to a streaking Knight who fed Terrence Jones for a thundering dunk. Stacey Poole’s free throw with 8:15 left to play broke the century mark on UK’s side of the scoreboard and the Cats cruised to a 122 – 54 victory. The final tally of 122 points marked the most points scored since a 124 – 80 victory over TCU in 1996.

For the game, Kentucky shot 71% from the field, including a scorching 84% in the second half. The Cats were 9 of 17 from 3-point range for 52.9%. The undersized Bleu Devils were badly outrebounded by a margin of 43 – 18. All ten players on the roster scored, with seven landing in double figures. Terrence Jones led the way with 23 points, 10 rebounds, 6 blocked shots, four assists, and three steals. Brandon Knight added 20 points and six assists. Following the game, Coach Calipari noted that Jones’ play was “off the charts” compared to his play Monday night versus Pikeville. He said that Jones played with passion instead of “playing it cool” like high school kids often do when things don’t go their way initially.

On the defensive end, the Cats limited Dillard to 30.4% shooting, forced 22 turnovers, and blocked 11 shots. After the game, Coach Calipari noted that he had recently talked on the phone with Villanova coach Jay Wright about defense and was planning on doing some things differently on the defensive end compared to last year. Last year’s team, he explained, blocked more shots when opponents tried to penetrate. This year’s team will need to take a different approach. He said he planned on doing more switching since most of his team was similar in size and quickness.

The Cats will begin the regular season next Friday at 7 PM as they host East Tennessee State, a team they faced in last year’s NCAA tournament.

Game notes:

· Word was the 2012 recruit Archie Goodwin was on hand to watch the Cats roll to victory.

· The starting lineup consisted of Knight, Lamb, Liggins, Miller, and Jones. Harrellson’s strong first half play earned him a second half start in place of Lamb. Lamb was rebuked by Coach Calipari during the first half for not sharing the basketball on a fast break. Coach Cal mentioned Lamb and Vargas as two players who need to pick up their intensity.

· After the game, Josh Harrellson revealed that he has been doing extra conditioning before practice as part of his punishment for the comments he made on his Twitter account. He has 20 minutes to run 20 suicides (a type of sprint drill) and then has about 30 or 40 minutes of rest before practice starts. Harrellson laughed and said that it was the “best dumb mistake” he’s ever made because he really feels like the extra conditioning is benefiting him. He said he is in the best shape of his life – an observation that Coach Calipari also noted in his post-game comments.

· If tonight had been a regular season game, Jon Hood’s 18 points would have been a career high.

· In an effort to develop more toughness and physical play, Calipari said they have been basically having “football practice” in their first practice and then basketball in their second practice. Players have to get 3 stops in a row or they run. There is no out of bounds during the drill. He said that one day the players went crashing into a table as they competed for a loose ball during the drill. Coach Hall, who was watching practice that day, commented to Calipari, “That’s old school. We were doing that back in the ‘70’s.”

* Game recap and notes provided by Greg Warren of AllKyHoops.com

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Eastern Kentucky Takes Down Alice Lloyd in Exhibition


Eastern Kentucky 75
Alice Lloyd College 60

Exhibition Final from Richmond, Kentucky


RICHMOND, Ky. – Junior Joshua Jones poured in 16 points to lead four Colonels in double figures as the Eastern Kentucky University men’s basketball team defeated Alice Lloyd College, 75-60, in an exhibition game Friday night in McBrayer Arena.

Senior Spencer Perrin scored 14 points while freshman Jeff Johnson was one rebound shy of a double-double as he racked up 13 points and nine rebounds. Junior Jeff Allgood came off the bench to hit three three-pointers and finished the night with 13 points.

After shooting just 39 percent (11-of-28) from the field in the first half, the Colonels found their groove in the second half and shot 52 percent (13-of-25) to finish the night with a 45 percent (24-of-53) field goal percentage.

Will Jones paced the Eagles of Alice Lloyd with a game-high 17 points.

EKU got off to a sluggish start as Alice Lloyd connected on three of its first five three-point attempts to take a 14-5 lead with 14:09 remaining in the first half. However, a rim-rattling, backdoor alley-oop dunk by Perrin sparked a Colonel 15-4 run over the next eight minutes. Freshman Deverin Muff’s jumper with 6:07 on the clock gave the Colonels their first lead, 20-18, since it was 2-0.

The Eagles tied it, 27-27, on a three-pointer from the wing by Zack Hurt with 1:12 remaining in the half. However, the Colonels closed the half with the final four points, behind a Josh Daniel layup and a pair of free throws by senior Devin McDonald, to head into the locker room up, 31-27.

Jones hit two quick three-pointers to rally the Colonels early in the second half and a pair of free throws by McDonald gave EKU its first double digit lead of the game, 60-49, with 5:28 left in the game. Alice Lloyd cut the Colonel lead to eight, 64-56, as Daniel Combs hit a layup with 3:17 on the clock, but a three by Allgood on the ensuing possession – his third trifecta of the night – supplied the Colonels with a double digit advantage they would hold on to.

The Colonels open the regular season next weekend at the Nick Kladis Classic. First up is host Loyola Chicago on Friday, Nov. 12 at 8:30 p.m.

* Game recap by Eastern Kentucky University

Eric Bledsoe Puts Up Wall-Like Numbers and Other NBA Notes


NBA Recap - November 6, 2010:

- Eric Bledsoe (Kentucky) is proving that he has the ability to play at a high-level in the NBA. In his second career start, Bledsoe played 38 minutes and had a double-double with 12 points and 13 assists. He was 6-9 from the field and added 2 steals in the Clippers 111-104 loss to Denver.

- Derrick Caracter (Louisville/UTEP) did not score in 2 minutes of action during the Lakers 108-103 win over Toronto.

- Keith Bogans (Kentucky) had 4 points, 8 rebounds, 4 assists and 3 steals in Chicago's 110-105 loss to Boston.

- Rajon Rondo (Kentucky) had 10 points, 11 assists, 3 rebounds and 4 steals for Boston. Rondo was hampered with a foot injury according to Celtics coach Doc Rivers.

- Nazr Mohammed (Kentucky) started, but only played 9 minutes in Charlotte's 97-90 loss to Detroit. He had 6 points and 3 rebounds.

- Tayshaun Prince (Kentucky) scored 14 points and pulled down 4 rebounds for Detroit.

- Terrence Williams (Louisville) score 15 points off the bench in New Jersey's 105-90 loss to Orlando. He was 6-14 from the field, including 3-4 from long range. T-Will added 4 rebounds and 3 assists.

- John Wall (Kentucky) had a disappointing night in Washington's 112-91 loss to New York. Wall was solid with 13 points and 7 assists, but he turned the ball over 9 times.

- Earl Clark (Louisville) DNP Coach's Decision

- Jeremy Evans (Western Kentucky) DNP Sprained Right Wrist

Heavy Dose of Weekend Basketball Around Kentucky


Here is a schedule of games we'll try to keep up with today and tomorrow:

Today:

1:00 p.m. Mid-Continent University vs. Miami-Hamilton
1:00 p.m or 3:00 p.m. Berea College vs. TBA (Marion, Ind.)
2:00 p.m. Pikeville College vs. OU-Chillicothe (Rio Grande, Ohio)
2:00 p.m. Indiana University-East at Union College
2:00 p.m. Lindsey Wilson College at Mississippi State (Exhibition)
7:30 p.m. Bellarmine University at Xavier University (Exhibition)
TBA Kentucky Wesleyan College at Evansville (Exhibition)
TBA Asbury University vs. TBA (Spring Arbor, Mich.)
TBA Brescia University vs. TBA (Goshen, Ind.)

Sunday:

3:00 p.m. Davis & Elkins College at Georgetown College

Friday, November 5, 2010

Dick Vitale Thinks Enes Kanter Should Play at Kentucky


Legendary ESPN analyst Dick Vitale stated on Twitter that he thinks Enes Kanter should be granted eligibility at Kentucky with a limited penalty.

Here is what Dickie V said on Twitter:

DICKIEV Facts that I have Enes Kanter @UK CoachCalipari should be suspended for 9 games-played 9 pro games

DICKIEV Trust me I know the 1 per 1 rule is out - my VBDI (VITALE BALD DOME INDEX ) tells me Kanter UK should play but sit out about 9 g

DICKIEV Kanter's dollars r for school expenses & not cash to him - His DAD handled the case - Kanter should play with limited penalty! My opinion

Keith Bogans Flies Solo and Other NBA Notes


NBA Recap - November 4:

- Keith Bogans (Kentucky) scored 4 points on 2-4 shooting in the Bulls 120-112 loss to New York. Bogans also had 1 rebounds, 1 assist and 1 blocked shot in 25 minutes.


Kentucky Wesleyan Hangs with South Carolina in Exhibition


South Carolina 71
Kentucky Wesleyan 58

Exhibition Final from Columbia, South Carolina


The Kentucky Wesleyan College men's basketball team opened its three-game exhibition schedule Thursday, falling 71-58 to South Carolina in a contest marked by solid debuts of new players on both sides in Columbia, S.C.

The Panthers, who have been battling injuries late in the preseason, got 20 points from junior guard Cardell McFarland and 10 points and 13 boards from Marseilles Stewart.

South Carolina was led by freshman guard Bruce Ellington, who had 23 points.

KWC, which led 55-53 with 5:42 to play, outrebounded the Gamecocks 53-41.

"We still lack depth, but the guys that played battled hard and to come in here and win the battle of the boards against such a long, athletic team... it was a great effort from our guys," KWC coach Todd Lee said. "We were disappointed. We had a chance to win the game. A lot of our guys are new. They're learning. That's what this part of the season is for."

Wesleyan put four players in double figures. Senior Kwan Waller led the returnees, scoring 11 points and grabbing nine boards before fouling out in the second half.

"He went home this summer and worked on his game and his shot," Lee said. "Being with us for a year, he understands the system a lot better. It hurt us down the stretch when he fouled out."

Anthony Young, a 6-foot-7 junior out of Indianapolis, finished with 13 points for KWC.

Lee said the emphasis for the Panthers this week was rebounding and taking care of the ball.

Under the glass, KWC more than held its own against the bigger Gamecocks.

Chris Williams, who has been nursing a back injury, and Jay Ivey had seven rebounds each.

But poor shooting, especially down the stretch, and 19 turnovers, hurt KWC's victory bid, as did going without a field goal the last seven minutes of the game.

KWC shot 29 percent for the game (19-of-66) and was 3-for-26 from 3-point range for 12 percent.

McFarland led the Panthers in shooting, going 7-for-16 from the field. He also committed seven turnovers against South Carolina's aggressive, trapping defense in his first game since December.

"Cardell McFarland is a high-major guard," South Carolina coach Darrin Horn said. "There's no question about that. You have to give them credit for playing well. They did a good job on the glass, which we were not good at."

South Carolina shot 43 percent from the field (29-for-68). The Gamecocks also got 16 points from Lakeem Jackson and 14 from Sam Muldrow.

The Panthers will take on their second Division I foe in three days when they travel to face the University of Evansville at 7:05 p.m. Saturday at Roberts Stadium.

KWC won last year's meeting with the Aces, 55-52. Making it two straight, however, will mean KWC will have to play better late than it did against South Carolina.

"We had a chance to win the game in the last four or five minutes if we would have had better possessions," Lee said, "and if we had gotten a couple of stops. We just didn't take advantage of it, and the guys are disappointed with that.

"I was pleased with their effort, but with a lot of new players, we have to do a better job down the stretch."

* Game recap by Kentucky Wesleyan

Box Score

Mid-Continent Defeats Missouri Baptist in Overtime


Mid-Continent 90
Missouri Baptist 85 OT

Final From Mayfield, Kentucky


MAYFIELD, Ky. - Mid-Continent University went overtime with Missouri Baptist University before prevailing 90-85 in collegiate men's basketball action, Thursday, November 4, in Mayfield High School Sports Arena. Both teams own 1-1 records.

Mid-Continent competes at the Joe B. Hall/Denny Crum Invitational at Indiana University-Southeast in New Albany, Indiana, November 5-6, where the Cougars take on Indiana-Southeast, Friday at 7 p.m. Central time and meet Miami University-Hamilton (Ohio), Saturday at 12 noon.

Junior forward Tim Bryant (Chicago, IL/North Lawndale HS/Malcolm X CC), pictured above on the right, scored 8 of MCU's 14 points in the overtime period and tallied 12 points in the first half and 25 for the game on 9 of 19 shots and 7 of 10 free throws and also grabbed 6 rebounds. Junior forward Chris Ferguson (Oakland, CA/Royal Sunset HS/Feather River CC, CA), pictured on the left, recorded his first double-double of the season with 15 points and 16 rebounds, 8 off the offensive glass, and also dished off 6 assists and stole 3 balls from Missouri Baptist. Senior forward Brian Reid (Raleigh, NC/Laurinburg Charter HS/Shelton State CC), pictured on the right, contributed a double-double with 11 points, including 4 of 4 free throws in overtime and 7 of 8 for the game, and 13 rebounds.

Reserve guards Maurice Bynum (Brownsville, TN/Haywood HS) and Chris Tillman (Tacoma, WA/Franklin Pierce HS/Neosho County CC) added 8 points each, and junior center Brenton Butler (Prichard, AL/Blount HS/Alabama Southern CC) and starting guard Kendall Geanes (Olympia Fields, IL/Rich Central HS/Malcolm X CC) each scored 7 points. Tillman and Geanes also recorded 3 steals each.

Complete Recap from MCU

Morehead State Overwhelms Centre College in Exhibition


Morehead State 92
Centre College 49

Exhibition Final from Morehead, Kentucky


MOREHEAD, Ky. – All five starters scored in double figures, and the Morehead State men’s basketball team only turned the ball over four times in a 92-49 exhibition win against the visiting Centre College Colonels Thursday at Johnson Arena.

Senior Kenneth Faried collected his trademark double-double with team highs of 16 points and 15 rebounds in 29 minutes of action. Junior guard Terrance Hill netted 15 points, while guard Ty Proffitt shot 5-for-8 and scored 13. Demonte Harper hit 8-of-9 free throws he attempted for 12 points, and Sam Goodman rounded out the starters’ 67 total points with 11 in 24 minutes.

The Eagles also got eight points each off the bench from newcomers Kevin Gray and Reggie Williams as each hit two three-pointers. Fellow newcomer Romaric Lasme pulled in seven rebounds.

“First off, I have a great deal of respect for coach (Greg) Mason at Centre. He has done a phenomenal job. I knew his team would come out and compete and that’s exactly what they did,” said MSU coach Donnie Tyndall.

“They are not as athletic as some of the teams we’ll play this season, so we definitely have some things to work on. With six freshmen, we have to continue to grow and develop every single day. I was proud of the fact that we only turned the ball over four times, so with a four-guard lineup I thought we did a great job of protecting the basketball tonight.”

The Eagles had only one turnover in the first 20 minutes and shot 53 percent (18-of-34) as they built a 48-28 lead. The Colonels kept it close for the first four minutes, leading 11-10 at the 16:04 mark of the first period, but an 8-0 run jump-started MSU as it pulled ahead 18-11. Centre trailed just 18-15 with 12:36 remaining, but the Eagles then went on a 22-5 spurt to build the advantage out to 20 points (40-20).

MSU shot 52 percent in the final half (16-of-31) and never saw Centre trim the lead to less than 20 points. MSU built a 42-point lead three times before the final margin reflected MSU's largest lead of the night.

No player for the Colonels reached double figures in the scoring column. Greg Ross, Jeff Mullaney, and Josh Crawford all paced the team with eight each. Centre shot only 26 percent in the second half after hitting 44 percent in the opening half and finished with a 34 percent efficiency from the floor.

The Eagles will host Mountain State in another exhibition contest on Tuesday, Nov. 9 at 7 p.m.

* Game recap by Morehead State

Steve Francis to Help Out Randolph Morris in China


Help appears to be on the way for former Kentucky big man Randolph Morris.

Morris, who spent several years as an NBA reserve, is now a member of the Beijing Ducks in China.

Sina Sports is reporting that Morris will have a new teammate soon, former Houston Rocket Steve Francis.

Francis will reportedly earn $2 million a year in China.

ESPN the Magazine Poll Says Georgia Will Win SEC East, Kentucky Tied for Third


ESPN the Magazine's poll picks the Georgia Bulldogs to win the Southeastern Conference men's basketball title this season. They pick Floria second and Kentucky in a tie for third.

Here is an excerpt:

"According to most polls, Kentucky and Florida are the SEC's teams to beat. Not in ours: the Wildcats finished in a tie for third, just behind the Gators and well back of the players' choice, upstart Georgia, which gets 42.9% of the vote. 'You watch, Georgia is really going to surprise some people,' says an SEC colleague.'"
In addition:

• Mark Fox won the Best Coach vote, with 33.3 percent naming the Dawgs 2nd-year coach. "I'd love to play for Fox – he seems like he connects with his guys," the Mag quoted a player as saying.

• Trey Thompkins was the unanimous choice as the conference's best player.

• And the team got 42.9 percent of the vote when players were asked who will win the conference. The were ahead of Florida (28.7 percent), Kentucky (14.2) and Tennessee (14.2).

Source

Juan Pattillo Shines in WKU's Exhibition Win


Western Kentucky 84
Xavier (La.) 69

Exhibition Final from Bowling Green, Kentucky

BOWLING GREEN, Ky. — Juan Pattillo scored 31 points on 13-of-18 shooting as WKU finished the exhibition slate with a 84-69 win over Xavier (La.), and freshman Brandon Peters added eight assists and seven steals in 28 minutes of action Thursday night at E.A. Diddle Arena.

The Hilltoppers scored 42 points off 26 Gold Rush turnovers, and WKU had just seven turnovers of its own. In two exhibition games, WKU committed only 18 miscues.

Cliff Dixon scored 10 points and grabbed seven rebounds for the Hilltoppers, and Steffphon Pettigrew was 5-for-10 from the field en route to 16 points. The Hilltoppers led 34-25 at halftime and scored 50 in the second half to take down the Gold Rush for the second-straight year in an exhibition game.

Devin Andrew led Xavier (La.) with 10 points. He also had a team-high seven rebounds.

The Hilltoppers jumped out to an early 14-2 lead with Pattillo having six quick points. Xavier (La.) got back-to-back three-pointers and a layup to cut the WKU lead to one, but the Hilltoppers were able to keep the lead in the five-to-seven point range for much of the first half. With the score 30-23 in favor of WKU with 2:03 left in the half Pattillo and Pettigrew put in layups as the clock wound down, and the Hilltoppers ramped up the defense and headed to the locker room with a 34-25 halftime lead.

Much like the first half WKU came out strong in the second half, opening up with a 17-5 run to take its largest lead of the game at 23 points with 13:41 showing on the clock. Pattillo had nine of WKU's first 11 points in the second half and brought the Hilltopper faithful to its feet with a couple of rim-rattling slam dunks.

The Gold Rush answered WKU's early second-half run with an 11-0 surge of their own, and the Hilltopper lead was whittled down to 12 before Pattillo took charge again. The senior from Las Vegas, Nev., scored nine-straight points for the Hilltoppers and put the game out of reach as it headed down the stretch.

WKU shot 44.8 percent (30-for-67) from the field in the game, and Xavier (La.) was 22-of-49 (44.9%). The Gold Rush outrebounded WKU, 39-33.

The Hilltoppers return to action on Friday, November 12, as they open the 2010-11 regular season in Philadelphia, Pa., against St. Joseph's. Game time is 6:30 PM (CT).

* Game recap by Western Kentucky

UK Waits for Word on Kanter, Calipari Says "No High Expectations"


While Kentucky's season could hinge on the eligibility of freshman big man Enes Kanter's eligibility, head coach John Calipari says this year's team "won't be what you think."

He says there are "no high expectations" and this season he "really" means it.

Here is an excerpt from SI.com:

"We're not going to be what you think, no high expectations,'' Calipari said.

Then, pausing for a brief second for effect, he added, "this year I really mean it.''

Good luck with that.

While Calipari calls last year's freshman crop that included point guard John Wall, center DeMarcus Cousins and guard Eric Bledsoe - all now playing in the NBA - a "once in a lifetime group,'' he knows all he's done is set the bar almost impossibly high for his latest batch of budding stars.

"I hope there are lessons from last year this team looks at, but the reality of it is this is a totally different team,'' Calipari said.

One whose destiny could be determined by what happens off the court, not on it.

For all the promise surrounding freshman point guard Brandon Knight and forward Terrence Jones, Kentucky's ability to match last year's 35-3 season may rely on the eligibility of freshman Enes Kanter.

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Thursday, November 4, 2010

DeMarcus Cousins Loses Starting Position to Dalembert


Former Kentucky big man DeMarcus Cousins will be replaced in Sacramento's starting lineup by Samuel Dalembert.

Kings head coach Paul Westphal made the announcement after today's practice. He cited several reasons for the change, including his desire to improve interior defense and getting his club off to quicker starts.

Here is an excerpt from Sacbee.com:

Westphal cited a number of reasons for the change, including his desire to improve the interior defense and getting his club off to quicker starts.

Cousins, the No.5 overall pick, said he was fine with the move and that he had actually thought about suggesting the change to his coach.

Wizards Owner Vows to Dougie if Arena Sells Out


Ted Leonsis, owner of the Washington Wizards, says he will do the "Dougie" if the Wizards have a total paid sellout this season.

Leonsis made the statement on his site Tedstake.com:

I am here to tell you that about the Washington Wizards. Buy your tickets now, please. Sign up for season tickets. Get in early and own your seats. We will continue to invest in the team and improve the team. We will have star power. We will have an arc of growth. Get in early. See our own home grown and developed stars grow up before your very eyes.

Sorry, I had to get up on a soap box. We need your help. We play this Saturday night. We need and want you to be in attendance. The team plays better in front of a sold out building. Come support the team. Click here. Off of soap box now.

When we have a total paid sellout this season, I will do the “Dougie” - I promise.

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It seems that John Wall is generating quite a buzz for the Wizards. I wonder if Colin Cowherd will slam Leonsis for having fun?

Here are some recent notable Dougie dances in Wildcat world:

John Wall and DeMarcus Cousins teach Tiny Gallon a thing or two:




UK Hoops coach Matthew Mitchell shows his Dougie skills:




And John Wall with the advanced Dougie:


High Expectations for Talented Morehead State Team


Having a roster full of newcomers and high expectations is a rare thing in college basketball, but that’s exactly what Morehead State coach Donnie Tyndall faces as he enters year five at his alma mater.

That fifth year begins Thursday night with an exhibition game against Centre College. Admission to the exhibition is $9 for a general admission ticket and tip-off is at 7 p.m.

The Eagles, who were picked second in the Ohio Valley Conference preseason poll, return five players off of last year’s team and have nine new faces. But among those returnees is a core of players who have been instrumental in returning MSU to prominence within the OVC and making the Eagle program one of the most recognizable mid-majors over the past three years.

Coming off of a record-breaking season, Tyndall whose teams have improved each season he’s been at MSU, faces the daunting task of matching or bettering last year’s record number of conference wins (15) and second best overall wins (24). The top spot on Tyndall’s to do list however has more to do with postseason play. He’d like to return the Eagles to the NCAA Tournament with the intent of winning a game in the big dance.

Tyndall’s high expectations come from a quick glance at the 2010-11 MSU roster. Dominating center Kenneth Faried returns for his senior season as Tyndall’s big-time rebounder and energetic fan favorite. The reigning OVC Player of the Year and two-time OVC Defensive Player of the Year, Faried flirted with the NBA in the spring before returning to Morehead State with the intention of bringing another OVC title to MSU.

Faried’s return makes the paint a very difficult place for MSU’s opponents on both ends of the floor, but after being short a true power forward last season, Tyndall has made sure Faried won’t be alone in the post. Miami (Ohio) transfer Drew Kelly is a physical, big-bodied talent that is slated to be the starter in the four position once he completes his transfer year in residency as prescribed by the NCAA. Kelly, a 6-7, 225-pound sophomore can play the four or five position and will both compliment and substitute for Faried.

Opponent on John Wall: "Dude's a rocket"


John Wall is opening eyes around the NBA with his play to open the 2010-11 season. His game is flashy, his numbers are historical and dougie is already legendary.

Michael Lee of The Washington Post says Wall is "a rocket" who's under control.

Here is an excerpt:

"Dude's a rocket," said 76ers reserve Lou Williams, one of several Wizards opponents who have been dumbfounded by Wall's speed.

"He is a point guard," Philadelphia Coach Doug Collins said. "When I say that, a lot of guys get brought up where they say they are point guards, where really they are not. John Wall is a point guard. He's a leader and a winner. Speed. Strength. Size. He's going to be an amazing player if he stays healthy, and let's hope he does."

Wall has quickly joined some elite company. He became just the fourth player in NBA history to have at least 20 points and 10 assists in his home debut, joining Hall of Famers Isiah Thomas and Oscar Robertson and former NBA champion Norm Nixon.

And through his first three NBA games, Wall has 71 points and 31 assists, which makes him the only player besides Robertson to have at least 70 points and 30 assists through three games (Robertson had 72 and 30 as a rookie for the Cincinnati Royals in 1960-61).

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WKU Hosts Xavier (La.) in Final Exhibition Game


BOWLING GREEN, Ky. — The WKU Hilltoppers return to the E.A. Diddle Arena hardwood Thursday night at 7:00 for an exhibition game against Xavier (La.)

Following the game against the Gold Rush, WKU opens the 2010-11 regular season on Friday, November 12 at St. Joseph's.

In their first exhibition outing of the season on Sunday afternoon, the Hilltoppers defeated Campbellsville, 80-57, behind Steffphon Pettigrew's 23 points and double-doubles by Sergio Kerusch and Juan Pattillo. A 19-2 WKU run in the final seven minutes of the contest helped seal the victory.

WKU defeated Xavier (La.) in an exhibition game last season, 90-37. Kerusch led WKU with a game-high 19 points, and Cliff Dixon added 17 on 6-of-8 shooting in 18 minutes. The Hilltoppers outrebounded the Gold Rush in the contest, 56-27.

Live audio and video for Thursday's game, as well as live stats, are available on WKUSports.com. Tickets can be purchased by calling 1-800-5-BIG RED or 745-5222 locally, or by visiting the Ticket Office at E.A. Diddle Arena.

Complete game notes are available at the link at the bottom of the page.

EXHIBITION GAME 2
WKU vs. Xavier (La.)
November 4, 2010 // 7:00 PM
E.A. Diddle Arena (7,326)

Complete Preview from WKU

Kentucky Wesleyan Faces South Carolina Tonight


KENTUCKY WESLEYAN PANTHERS at SOUTH CAROLINA GAMECOCKS (Exh.)

When: 7 p.m. today
Where: Colonial Life Arena, Columbia
TV: None
Tickets: Available at the box office

Kentucky Wesleyan's probable starters: G Cardell McFarland 6-0 Jr. (5.0 ppg, 1.4 rpg); G Kwan Waller 5-11 Sr. (7.3 ppg, 3.0 rpg); G Chris Williams 6-5 Sr. (11.1 ppg, 7.1 rpg); F Anthony Young 6-7 Jr. (11.0 ppg, 7.2 rpg); C Jay Ivey 6-7 Sr. (6.9 ppg, 5.7 rpg)

South Carolina's probable starters: G Bruce Ellington 5-9 Fr.; G Brian Richardson 6-4 Fr.; F Lakeem Jackson 6-5 So. (7.2 ppg, 5.0 rpg); F Malik Cooke 6-6 Jr. (9.6 ppg, 6.2 rpg); C Sam Muldrow 6-9 Sr. (10.4 ppg, 6.2 rpg)

Kentucky Wesleyan men's basketball opens their season with an exhibition game at South Carolina tonight for a 6 p.m. CT tip-off.

Fans can listen to the game on WBIO 94.7 FM or on the internet at http://kwcpanthers.com/exchweb/bin/redir.asp?URL=http://www.kwcpanthers.com/ and look for the listen to the game banner on the men's basketball page.

Panther followers can also watch live stats on the internet at http://kwcpanthers.com/exchweb/bin/redir.asp?URL=http://www.kwcpanthers.com/ and look for the live stats banner on the men's basketball page.

KWC plays at Evansville on Saturday at 7:05 p.m. CT.

* Source: KWC

Heshimu Evans, Benfica Capture Portuguese Supertaca


Former Kentucky forward Heshimu Evans and his club team have won the Portuguese Supertaca (SuperCup) trophy.

Evans scored 11 points and pulled down 9 rebounds to help Benfica defeated Porto 66-63 for the title.

The former Wildcat continues to play excellent basketball in Portugal. Two games into the LPB season, Evans is averaging 19 points, 7.5 rebounds and 3.5 assists per game.

Source: EuroBasket.com

Bellarmine Knights Ranked No. 4 in NABC Rankings


The Bellarmine Knights are ranked No. 4 in the NABC Division II Coaches Poll.
Kentucky Wesleyan received votes is just outside the top 25.

NABC/Division II Coaches Poll (November 3, 2010 – Pre-Season Poll)

Record* Points Pvs*
1. Cal Poly Pomona (6 first place votes) 28-6 198 NR
2. Indiana, Pa. 33-3 175 2
3. Findlay, Ohio (2 first place votes) 23-7 170 NR
4. Bellarmine, Ky. 23-9 168 19
5. Grand Valley State, Mich. 22-9 148 NR
6. Florida Southern 25-5 143 13
7. Bentley, Mass. 26-7 139 NR
8. St. Cloud State, Minn. 29-6 121 16
9. Winona State, Minn. 20-10 120 NR
10. Seattle Pacific, Wash. 22-6 113 18
11. Tarleton State, Texas 24-8 106 NR 12. West Liberty, W.Va. 29-3 94 10 13. Arkansas Tech 30-2 89 1 14. South Carolina Aiken 20-11 80 NR 15. Metropolitan State, Colo. 23-7 77 21 16. Central Missouri 27-4 74 7 17. Rollins, Fla. 27-6 67 11 18. Central Oklahoma 22-7 62 NR 19. Saint Joseph's, Ind. 20-12 53 NR 20. Midwestern State, Texas 31-3 48 3 21. Alabama-Huntsville 23-7 44 NR 22. Merrimack, Mass. 21-9 39 NR 23. Philadelphia, Pa. 27-8 33 NR 24. Montevallo, Ala. 25-8 25 NR 25. Clark Atlanta, Ga. 24-7 23 22

Others receiving votes: Drury (Mo.) 22, Anderson (S.C.) 21, Fort Hays State (Kan.) 20, BYU-Hawaii 17, Kentucky Wesleyan 17, Lincoln Memorial (Tenn.) 16, Winston-Salem State (N.C.) 15, Virginia Union 14, Mount Olive (N.C.) 9, Minnesota State 8, Augusta State (Ga.) 7, West Virginia State 5, Kutztown (Pa.) 4, Valdosta State (Ga.) 4, Cal State-San Bernardino 3, Augustana (S.D.) 2, Central State (Ohio) 2, Central Washington 2, Adelphi (N.Y.) 1, Nebraska-Omaha 1.

*Records are final from 2009-10 season. Previous ranking was final ranking of last season, released on March 9.

Brescia Coach Joe Pechota to Lose Shoes for a Good Cause


OWENSBORO, Ky. – Brescia University (Ky.) Head Basketball Coach, Joe Pechota, will coach in his bare feet on Nov. 9 at home against Georgetown College (Ky.). The game starts at 7 p.m. at the Sportscenter.

The Barefoot for Barefeet Coaches Initiative was conceived in 2007, when IUPUI coach Ron Hunter coached a game in his barefeet to raise awareness for the plight of impoverished children who suffer needlessly from foot-borne diseases and infections due to a lack of shoes. This year, coach Pechota will join coach Hunter and over 1,000 other coaches across the country by going barefoot to raise funding to put 1,000,000 pairs of shoes on the feet of children through Samaritan’s Feet.

During the game, announcements will be made and posters at the stadium will encourage fans to donate.

Fans attending the game can text the word “shoes” to 85944 and a one-time gift of $10 will be added to their next month’s bill and an impoverished child will be given a new pair of athletic shoes.

“I think this is a tremendous opportunity for both Brescia University and the community of Owensboro to get involved with an amazing organization,” said coach Pechota. “The city of Owensboro is passionate about basketball and on Tuesday night we can take that passion to impact the lives of people in ways they never could have imagined, simply by donating money for a pair of shoes.”

Additional information is available by contacting Brescia Athletic Director, Pat Mrozowski, at 270-686-6416 or patrick.mrozowski@brescia.edu. For further details on the mission and goals of Samaritan’s Feet, please contact Samaritan’s Feet Marketing Director, Todd Melloh at 317-417-3525 or tmelloh@samaritansfeet.org.

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Story courtesy of Tina Seibert Kasey, Brescia Public Relations

Breaking News: Myck Kabongo Commits to Texas...Again


Myck Kabongo, a 2011 star point guard, has recommitted to the Texas Longhorns according to ESPN's Dave Telep.

Here is an excerpt:

Just five days after reconsidering his commitment to Texas and taking a brief spin around the landscape, five-star point guard Myck Kabongo decided his first decision was best and will sign with the Longhorns.

Kabongo, who's No. 9 in the ESPNU 100 and the nation's No. 2 point guard, said last weekend that he was going to look into Duke, Kentucky, North Carolina, Syracuse and Texas and he did talk with coaches and recruits from the various programs over the last few days. But those talks only made him realize he never should have decommitted from Texas.

"I took a quick step and I evaluated everything and quickly realized that Texas is best for me," Kabongo said in a text message to ESPN.com. "For all the reasons I've stated before in the past, there's no way I can build a relationship with (another) coach in a year like I have with Coach (Rick) Barnes and the staff at Texas and I don't want to waste the other coaches or individuals associated with the schools time knowing this."

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Kabongo had added Kentucky to his list of potential schools after decommitting.

Photo: Rivals.com

Now That Indiana in Involved, Sterling Turns Guns on NCAA


Define irony. Noted anti-John Calipari voice Kent Sterling is now united with University of Kentucky basketball fans against the NCAA. What?

I just read Sterling's latest article and now sit here in disbelief as Sterling has turned his outspoken guns from Kentucky to the NCAA.

Why?

Sterling's beloved Indiana Hoosiers now have a situation on their hands that is similar to what Kentucky is facing with Enes Kanter. Indiana has a freshman named Guy-Marc Michel awaiting NCAA clearance after the discovery that he played some games with a group of pros for a team in France.

Here is an excerpt of Sterling's article:

Something needs to be done. If the NCAA is going to take months to ascertain the eligibility of foreign transfers, they are either going to have to hire more investigators or simplify the rules governing eligibility. Kentucky’s Enes Kanter has been awaiting word for months as to whether assertions that he accepted money from the Turkish professional team can be substantiated or not. And now there are questions about Indiana’s Guy-Marc Michel, who evidently played some games with a group of pros for a team in France.

There is no question that teens who make hundreds of thousands of dollars playing professionally in Europe or elsewhere should not be allowed to compete for American colleges. They would pose a threat to the competitive balance in basketball and further pervert (if that’s even possible) the mission of student athletics on the hardwood.

The NCAA investigators seem to require an exceptional length of time to ponder and then rule on the question of professionalism for players like Kanter and Michel. That process needs to be expedited in fairness to all involved.


Of course, the article can't be totally perfect as Sterling points out that Michel's case is likely different than Kanter's in some ways:

Kanter’s father claims to have kept copious records of all the money or goods that changed hands while his son played for Fenerbahçe, and that the family was very careful to accept only what the NCAA would allow because his son dreams of playing in the United States.

Michel’s case appears different. All we currently know is that Michel played alongside some pros in France before enrolling at North Idaho Junior College two years ago.


That being said, Sterling admits in his final sentence that he is united with Kentucky fans...at least on this matter:

The NCAA either needs to step up its game and become a meaningful part of the process of keeping college sports free of corruption or blow up their rule book and recede into the shadows. Right now, its rules on players accepting cash from agents are like interstate highway speed limits – no one enforces them, and so no one follows them.

Who would ever have thought that Kentucky and Indiana fans would unite together to enjoy this kind of synergistic battle against the NCAA?


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Slow Start Dooms Georgetown College in Loss at Florida


University of Florida 88
Georgetown College 62

Exhibition Final from Gainesville, Florida

Georgetown College men's basketball team played its lone exhibition game of the season against NCAA Division I University of Florida.

The Tigers scrapped in the second half, limiting turnovers and finding an offensive rhythm, but it was too little too late for GC in an 88-62 loss in Gainsville. Vic Moses led the charge with 15 points, while Vincent Crutcher added 12 and Eddie Gray had eight points and four assists.

It was a rough first half that put the Tigers under the gun against the No. 9 Gators. The team had 17 turnovers and only 19 points in the first 20 minutes. UF held a 41-19 edge at the break.

GC made several runs, but could never get closer than 19 points.

The Tigers open regular season action 3 p.m. Sunday at Davis-Reid Alumni Gym against Davis & Elkins.

* Game recap by Georgetown College

Yahoo! Sports Says Two Freshman Stars Still in Limbo; Calipari Says Ordeal has Been Hard on Kanter


Jason King of Yahoo! Sports writes that Kansas freshman Josh Selby and Kentucky freshman Enes Kanter are still in limbo as the 2010-11 college basketball season is set to begin.

Kentucky head coach John Calipari says the whole ordeal has been hard on Kanter.

“It’s been hard on him,” Calipari said of Kanter. “He’s doing great in school. He did great academically this summer. His father is a doctor, an educator, who works at a university. So he wants his kids to get educated.

“I just tell him to use this time to train, use this time to make sure academically that you’re where you need to be.”

While Kentucky could obviously use Kanter's size down low, Calipari feels that he isn't the "king kong" everyone is making him out to be.

Here is an excerpt:

As much as he’d like to have Kanter, Calipari said some people are overstating how much the 6-foot-11, 262-pounder would improve the Wildcats.

“Everyone is trying to make him out to be King Kong,” Calipari said. “People are saying things like, ‘He’ll be the best player in the country.’ Get outta here. This kid is not close – not close – to where DeMarcus Cousins was in March.

“He’s a good player. He’s got potential because of his size, and he’s got pretty good skills and all that. But when you compare him to DeMarcus Cousins … c’mon.”

The Sacramento Kings selected Cousins with the No. 5 pick in last summer’s draft. One website, draftexpress.com, predicts that Kanter will be the sixth overall selection in 2011. At the 2010 Nike Hoops Summit, Kanter scored an event-record 34 points and snared 13 rebounds for the international team.

“People are trying to say, ‘You can’t let this kid play. He’s a pro. He’s too good,’” Calipari said. “The kid just turned 18. Think about that. He just turned 18. You’re not talking about a 21-year-old man here. People talk about how he played for a professional team. He was 16 [when that happened].”

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My Thoughts: Free Enes

Kenneth Faried on List of "Low/Mid Major Stars"


Dan Quirk of SearchingforBillyEdelin.com lists Morehead State's Kenneth Faried on his list of 2010-11 Low/Mid Major Stars.

Here is an excerpt about Faried:

Kenneth Faried (Senior; Morehead State)- Making his second straight appearance on the SFBE top mid/low-major player list...please welcoooome, Kenneth. When the Big East schools came recruiting to the talent-rich New York/New Jersey area four years ago, they completely overlooked the lanky 6’7’’ kid from Newark. What the powerhouses lost, the Eagles gained. Over the last two years at Morehead State, Faried has averaged an NCAA best 13 RPG and improved his scoring to over 16 PPG in 2009-2010. There is no doubt Faried passes the NBA 'freak athlete' test, the only question is what position he’ll play at the next level. He already has the rebounding skills of a Ben Wallace, this year he’ll try to prove scouts that he’s not just another Renaldo Balkman.

Eric Bledsoe Has Best Game as a Pro and Other NBA Notes


NBA Recap - November 3, 2010:

- Tayshaun Prince (Kentucky) had 17 points and 5 rebounds in Detroit's 94-85 loss to the Atlanta Hawks.

- Nazr Mohammed (Kentucky) scored 12 points in 14 minutes of playing time in Charlotte's 85-83 victory over the Nets. Mohammed also pulled down 6 rebounds and blocked a shot.

- Terrence Williams (Louisville) had 6 points, 5 rebound and 4 assists off the bench for New Jersey.

- Rajon Rondo (Kentucky) scored 17 points, grabbed 8 rebounds and dished out 15 assists in Boston's 105-102 overtime win against Milwaukee. Rondo also college 3 steals. The Boston point guard is off to a tremendous start as he now has the most assists in NBA history after 5 games.

- Chuck Hayes (Kentucky) came off the bench to get 4 points and 2 rebounds in Houston's 107-99 loss to New Orleans. The Rockets are now 0-4 on the season.

- Courtney Lee (Western Kentucky) had 4 points and 2 rebounds for Houston.

- Jeremy Evans (Western Kentucky) DNP Sprained Right Wrist for Utah

- Eric Bledsoe (Kentucky) had his best game as a pro. He started, went 7-10 from the field for 17 points and dished out 8 assists. Bledsoe also grabbed 4 rebounds and blocked 2 shots in the Clippers 107-92 win over Oklahoma City.

- Derrick Caracter (Louisville/UTEP) played one minute and did not score in the Lakers 112-100 win over Sacramento.

- DeMarcus Cousins (Kentucky) has 11 points and 6 rebounds for the Kings. Cousins was off from the field as he was only 3-13, including 1-4 from long range.

Tyler Brown Ready for Sophomore Season at MCC


Former Apollo High School star Tyler Brown is ready for his second season at Marshalltown Community College.

Brown, who transferred from Morehead State, averaged 15.1 points per game last season and was named honorable mention All-American.

MCC is a junior college program and the school is located in Marshalltown, Iowa.

Here is an excerpt about Brown from TimesRepublican.com:

Brown, who transferred in from Morehead State, will be without a pair of Division I teammates to take some of the attention away from him this year. DeMarcus Phillips (Iowa State) and Will Clyburn (Utah) have since moved on to greener D-I pastures, but Brown is not concerned about a drastic loss of talent in Marshalltown.

"We lost some good players, losing them is big, but we've got a lot of players who are going to make up for that," said Brown, who averaged 15.1 points per game on his way to honorable mention All-American honors last winter. "We just have to worry about ourselves and being the best we can be and that'll take care of everything."

Brown averaged 23 points per game over MCC's second half of the season and is one of four returners from last year's squad, which lost an overtime heartbreaker at Indian Hills in the first round of NJCAA Region XI play.

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Wednesday, November 3, 2010

Colin Cowherd Trashes John Wall; SPORTSbyBROOKS Returns the Favor


ESPN radio host Colin Cowherd made some off-base comments about Washington's John Wall on his show this morning. He criticized Wall's pregame "dougie" dance said his play against the 76ers was "out of control".

Cowherd even went so far as to compare Wall to he likes of Allen Iverson, Steve Francis and Stephon Marbury.

Here are some of Cowherd's comments:

Calling Wall "not a sharp guy":

“I’m gonna call out John Wall….Before the game started, he spent 34 seconds doing the Dougie. That tells me all I need to know about J-Wow. Then he opened his mouth later and confirmed it: not a sharp guy. All about him. In that line last night, that 29-point line, when he was out of control, he had 8 turnovers. By the way, Rajon Rondo had 17 assists last night, 0 turnovers. Rajon’s got rings, Wall will never have one.”

Comparing him to other players:

“J Wow’s 37-second Yo dawg look at me I’m the man [dance], and his wild, out-of-control style, everybody else is buying his stock, and it told me all I need to know. He’s gonna end up on the Iverson, Francis, Starbury [side]: great stats, nine All-Star teams, never play with good smart players and an elite head coach. He’s gonna drive people nuts.”

And a Randy Moss mention:

“My daughter’s 10. Ten years old. She knows the difference between right and wrong. My daughter knows what Randy Moss did is wrong. She’s 10. The haves get it early, the have-nots never do. Look at me, I’m great, I’m unbelievable. It’s not robbing the bank, it’s that you planned it. It’s not just doing the Doggie (sic) for 35 seconds, it’s that you really thought before the game, this is gonna be super cool and people will like me. The wrong people. “

Now, check out this outstanding article from SPORTSbyBROOKS.com that gives Cowherd a strong dose of his own medicine.

Colin Cowherd...FAIL.

PIkeville College's Kelly Wells Mic'D Up on UK Gameday

Derek Forrest of WYMT.com put a mic on Pikeville College head coach Kelly Wells and followed him around before the Bears game with the University of Kentucky.

Check out the excellent footage:

John Wall Matches Oscar Robertson in Rookie Production


John Wall has put up statistical numbers in his first three games that have not been seen by a rookie since...gasp...Hall of Famer Oscar Robertson.

Wall is the only player besides Robertson to have at least 70 points and 30 assists through three games. Wall has 71 points and 31 assists. Robertson had 72 points and 30 assists as a rookie in 1960-61.

In addition, Wall has tied the NBA record for most assists after three NBA games and he's already tied the Wizards franchise record with nine steals in a single game.

Despite his historical numbers, Wall is the first to admit that turnovers are a problem:

"The main thing I need to work on, is my turnovers," said Wall, who nearly had a quadruple-double with eight turnovers, surpassing by two his total from the first two games. "I had too many turnovers to help them get back in the game. So yeah, I had a great impression with scoring and my assists. The main thing was turnovers and my team having a win. That was the main for me."

UK Recruits Prevalent in Updated ESPN 2011 Rankings


The ESPNU 100 for 2011 has been updated and Kentucky has commitments from three of the top six recruits in the class. Anthony Davis is ranked No. 2, Michael Gilchrist No. 3 and Marquis Teague No. 6.

Kyle Wiltjer, another future Wildcat, has moved up to No. 16 in the new rankings.

Louisville has commitments from No. 17 Wayne Blackshear and Bowling Green's Chane Behanan, who ranks No. 27. Zach Price from Jeffersontown High School is also committed to U of L and ranks No. 50.

Myck Kabongo, who is considering Kentucky, is ranked No. 9 overall. Another UK recruit, Trevor Lacey, is No. 52.

Updated Top 10:

1. Austin Rivers, Duke
2. Anthony Davis, Kentucky
3. Michael Gilchrist, Kentucky
4. Quincy Miller, Baylor
5. James McAdoo, North Carolina
6. Marquis Teague, Kentucky
7. Bradley Beal, Florida
8. Adonis Thomas, Memphis
9. Myck Kabongo, Uncommitted
10. Rakeem Christmas, Syracuse

Former Card Reece Gaines Traded to Texas


Former Louisville star Reece Gaines has been traded in the NBA D-League.

Here is an excerpt from the D-League site at NBA.com:

Bakersfield Trades Reece Gaines To Texas For 2011 Second-Round Pick

The Legends picked up their fourth former first-round NBA Draft pick on Wednesday in the form of Gaines, who averaged 14.3 points in 47 games for the Jam last year. The 29-year old Gaines was taken 15th overall in the 2003 NBA Draft and joins fellow first-rounders Antonio Daniels, Sean Williams, and Rashad McCants in a Legends lineup loaded with big names. Gaines was one of the league's top three-point shooters last year and should challenge for a spot in Texas' starting lineup. The deal gives Bakersfield two second-round choices in the 2011 Draft and frees up more playing time for younger prospects in first-round draft pick Marqus Blakely and Clippers affiliate player Stephen Dennis.


Sports Illustrated Says Knight, Kanter are Top 10 in SEC


SportsIllustrated.com has listed its top 10 players in the Southeastern Conference for 2010-11.

They list Kentucky's Brandon Knight at No. 4 and Enes Kanter at No. 9.

Here is an excerpt about each:

No. 4: Brandon Knight

Knight follows in the footsteps of Derrick Rose, Tyreke Evans and John Wall as John Calipari's next great point guard. Knight's biggest strength is his scoring ability, as evidenced by his 37 points in Kentucky's Blue/White intrasquad scrimmage. Like Calipari's aforementioned point guards from the past, Knight appears to be a guaranteed one-and-done, but he should make that one season count.

No. 9: Enes Kanter

Kentucky is still waiting for a decision on Kanter's eligibility. (The NCAA is reviewing whether the received excessive benefits while playing for his Turkish club team.) In his honor, Wildcat faithful have begun the "Free Enes" movement -- understandable, considering the big man's advanced skill set. An exceedingly long and physical presence in the post with valuable Euroleague experience, Kanter could dominate the college game immediately.

"David vs. Goliath" Tonight When Georgetown Plays Florida


Georgetown College travels to Gainesville tonight for an exhibition battle against the Florida Gators.

Tigers head coach Happy Osborne describes the game as "David vs. Goliath".

Here is an excerpt of Osborne's comments from GeorgetownCollegeAthletics.com:

"One thing we have to do in these games is make sure the guys realize that we can win these games," Osborne said. "They have to believe in themselves or it can't happen."

The Gators could be the most athletic and talented team the Tigers have ever faced since coach Osborne has led Georgetown.

"They are a great team," he said. "They have outstanding pressure. They play a tough, full-court zone, and their speed and athleticism is tougher than we've ever seen. It's going to be special to play them. They have the potential to be a Top 10 team before the season's out."

Despite this, the coach thinks his players have talent to run with the Gators.

"You have to be good enough to play Division I to play with us," he said. "That's what makes a good NAIA team."

Florida has already played an exhibition game, defeating Florida Tech, 92-54 Thursday - an advantage Osborne wishes his team had.

"We've had scrimmages, but it's not the same as putting on your jerseys and playing a real game," he said. "In all other seasons, we didn't have to open against a team of this caliber."

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