Saturday, November 13, 2010

UK Recruit Trevor Lacey Drops 50 in First Game


Kentucky 2011 recruit Trevor Lacey put up 50 points tonight in Butler (Ala.) High School's 77-54 victory over Parker (Ala.) High School.

Lacey was 9-13 from the three-point line, including 8-9 in the first half. He finished with 50 points and 10 rebounds in the season-opening win.

The 6-3 Lacey ranks No. 34 on the Rivals150 List for 2011. Many think Kentucky would like to add Lacey to their already star-studded 2011 recruiting class.

Goodman: Kanter Worth the Risk, but Winning Appeal Unlikely


Jeff Goodman of FoxSports.com says that the risk Calipari took on freshman Enes Kanter was worth it, even though the NCAA has ruled him "permanently ineligible."

Here is an excerpt:

Taking a shot on Kanter was worth it for Calipari. It wouldn’t alter the perception, anyway, and anything that had been given to Kanter back in his days with Fenerbahce came prior to Kentucky jumping into the fray.

After all, Kanter, who will be allowed to practice with the team while Kentucky appeals the NCAA’s ruling, is a difference maker.

With the relentless big man, who is projected by many NBA executives as a top-five pick in the next NBA draft, Kentucky is a potential Final Four team. He’s a dominating rebounder and low-post scorer.


Goodman also feels that winning an NCAA appeal is highly unlikely for Kentucky, in part because of John Calipari:

And unless UTEP coach Tony Barbee or UMass head man Derek Kellogg — two of Calipari’s former players — are on the committee, it’s difficult to imagine other administrators going against the NCAA’s decision in order to clear one of his players.

You see, Calipari isn’t exactly well-liked in college basketball circles.

And now, you’ve got one of his players, someone who the school has admitted took in excess of $33,000 from a Turkish basketball club, trying to get approved to play college basketball.

Kanter’s amateur status is now history.

He is a pro —plain and simple.


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Nazr Mohammed Explodes Against the Utah Jazz


Former Kentucky big man Nazr Mohammed, who has 12 years of NBA experienced, put in eye-opening numbers tonight in Charlotte's 96-95 loss to Utah.

Mohammed, who played on Kentucky's 1996 and 1998 national championship teams, had 22 points and 20 rebounds in 36 minutes tonight. He was 10-16 from the field and also added 4 blocked shots.

On the season, Mohammed has started all 9 games for the Bobcats. His season averages are 7.4 points and 4.3 rebounds.

He was drafted in the first round (No. 29) by Utah in the 1998 NBA Draft.

Murray State Signs Jaylen Bland an Zay Jackson


Murray State University has announced the signings of Jaylen Bland and Zay Jackson to the 2011 recruiting class.

Jackson is a 6-0 guard from St. Thomas Aquinas High School in Hammond, Louisiana.

Bland is a 6-2 guard from Cleveland High School in Reseda, California.

Racers head coach Billy Kennedy gave comments on both players.

On Jaylen Bland:

“Jaylen is a wing player who can really score,” Kennedy said. “His ability to shoot the three will be counted on next season. He comes from a good high school program and he will be prepared to help us early.”

On Zay Jackson:

“In Zay, we’re getting a great athlete who competes at a high level,” Kennedy said. “His toughness on the defensive end excites me the most.”


Mid-Continent Falls to Grace College in Championship Game


Grace College 68
Mid-Continent 50

Final from Winona Lake, Indiana


WINONA LAKE, Ind. - Grace College improved its season record to 4-0 with a 68-50 victory over Mid-Continent University (3-3) in the championship game of the Grace College Hoops Tournament in Winona Lake, Indiana, Saturday, November 13.

Junior forwards Chris Ferguson (Oakland, CA/Royal Sunset HS/Feather River CC, CA) and Tim Bryant (Chicago, IL/North Lawndale HS/Malcolm X CC) earned All-Tournament Team honors for MCU. Ferguson totaled 31 points, 20 rebounds, and 6 blocked shots and made 14 of his 19 field goal attempts in the two games of the tournament. Bryant finished with 23 points, 8 rebounds and 4 steals in the two games.

Mid-Continent returns to action with a non-conference game at Lindenwood University (3-2) from the Heart of America Athletics Conference in St. Charles, Missouri, Tuesday, November 16, at 7 p.m., and plays two games at the Red Roof Inn Invitational at Ohio Dominican University in Columbus, Ohio, Friday and Saturday, November 19-20.

Saturday's game was a rematch between the two schools that competed for third place in the 2009-10 National Christian College Athletics Association (NCCAA) National Championships, March 20, 2010 - MCU defeated Grace in that game, 85-70.

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Enes Kanter to Participate in Kentucky's NCAA Appeal


The University of Kentucky will have freshman Enes Kanter participate in the school's appeal to the NCAA.

The appeal is the last-ditch effort by UK to regain Kanter's college eligibility following an NCAA ruling that he is "permanently ineligible" due to his participation on a professional club team in Turkey.

Here is an excerpt from Jerry Tipton's article at Kentucky.com about Kentucky's intentions to use Kanter in the appeal process:

Sandy Bell, UK's chief compliance officer, said Friday that the school will have Kanter participate in the appeal. The hope is that Kanter gains his eligibility through a winning first impression.

When asked if she was optimistic about UK's chances of winning the appeal, Bell said, "I feel comfortable going in with him. He's a good kid."

After Kentucky opened the season by beating East Tennessee State, Coach John Calipari said Kanter "deserves" to be eligible. "I hope people will look at this in a common sense way," Calipari said, "and (say) the kid deserves better than this."

Calipari said he respected but did not agree with the NCAA decision to rule Kanter permanently ineligible. The UK coach said Kanter and his father tried to protect Kanter's amateur status as he played for a professional team in Turkey.

"No one can argue that the kid wanted to be an amateur," Calipari said, "and so did his father."

Northern Kentucky Destroys Mount St. Joseph


Northern Kentucky 85
Mount St. Joseph 47

Final from Highland Heights, Kentucky


HIGHLAND HEIGHTS, Ky. – A balanced offensive attack keyed Northern Kentucky University’s 85-47 victory against the College of Mount St. Joseph in the Norse’s season opener Saturday afternoon.

Malcolm Eleby and Dennis Gagai both finished with 12 points to lead NKU, which placed 12 players in the scoring column. The Norse shot 57.6 percent from the field and won the rebounding battle by a 41-25 margin to roll past the visiting Lions.

NKU used a 16-2 run in the first half to extend an 18-15 lead into a 34-17 advantage. Eleby ignited the run with a pair of baskets to make it a 22-15 game, but Mount St. Joseph countered with a jumper by Ben Haarman to cut the NKU lead to 22-17 with 5:59 remaining in the half.

The Norse responded by scoring the next 12 points. Gagai buried a 3-pointer off an assist from Eleby to extend NKU’s advantage to 25-17. Tony Rack followed by draining a 3-pointer to make it 28-17, and Gagai later finished off a drive to the basket with a layup while being fouled. He converted the free throw to give NKU a 31-17 lead.

After Bobby Shannon made one of two free throws, Eleby capped the run with a driving layup to extend NKU’s lead to 34-17. Rack finished the first half by connecting on a pair of 3-pointers, including a trey with 19 seconds left that gave the Norse a 42-19 advantage at the break.

NKU led by as many as 40 points in the second half and coasted to the season-opening victory. The Norse held Mount St. Joseph to 31.5 percent shooting from the field, including 4-for-23 (17.4 percent) from 3-point range. Haarman scored 14 points for the Lions, who compete at the NCAA Division III level.

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Georgetown Knocks Off St. Catharine in Early Season Battle


Georgetown 78
St. Catharine 66

Final from Georgetown, Kentucky


Georgetown College men's basketball wasted little time testing itself against stiff Mid-South Conference opponents. The Tigers (2-0) are hosting the 2nd Annual Andrew Elswick Memorial Tournament with St. Catharine College, preseason MSC No. 3, and Campbellsville University, preseason MSC No. 2, participating.

Friday evening, GC capped off a day of action against the Patriots. The team opened up an 11-point halftime lead and eventually won 78-66. Now the Tigers play rival CU in the 8 p.m. championship game. Campbellsville was an early winner over Southern New Orleans.

Vic Moses led Georgetown with 18 points and 10 rebounds, while Vincent Crutcher finished with 12 points and Eddie Gray and Rodney Haddix chipped in with 10 each.

Saturday's action begins with a 2 p.m. tip between women's basketball teams Shawnee State and Mid-Continent. Following that game is a 4 p.m. men's consolation game between SCC and Southern New Orleans. Georgetown's women play at 6 p.m. against Southern Polytechnic, putting its perfect record on the line against a national-ranked opponent.

* Game recap by Georgetown College

Box Score

John Calipari's ETSU Postgame Comments


Here is a complete transcript of postgame comments from Kentucky head coach John Calipari following last night's victory over East Tennessee State (via UKAthleics.com):

FastScripts by ASAP Sports

THE MODERATOR: We'll take our first question.

Q. How do you think that your freshmen played in their first game?

COACH CALIPARI: I thought Brandon (Knight) had a great floor game. I thought he ran the team, he was in control. He went when he should have, he shot when he should have. That is amazing after the practices we've had.

Doron (Lamb) made shots, made plays, three assists, one turnover. I thought he defended almost as well as I've seen him defend this year. Terrence (Jones), other than a bad start to the second half, the first two or three minutes of the second half, really competed. Basically what he did is competed because Brown was killing us. What I told him after the game, ‘Kid, you may be our post defender. It may be you. You may be it, so they can't throw it to the post on us and score.’ But he did a lot of other things. He had no turnovers, which is incredible.

The one thing I want to tell you, East Tennessee State is a terrific team. They're picked to win their league. They're right there. They're playing without one of their better players. Yet, we shot the ball well, which is why that gap was there.

Offensively, you know, we did some good things and we found each other. (We had) 18 assists. We only had 10 turnovers. But the reality of it is we made shots. He has never played the 1-3-1. We prepared for it because I knew he had to watch the West Virginia game. We were a little bit more than ready to say, ‘OK, they're going to play us 1-3-1,’ and we were.

It's hard. You think about it. You have to work open a 2-3 defense, the 3-2 defense, a 1-3-1 defense, you got to go the dribble drive, you got to put in some sets, you got to put out-of-bounds play. They trap on the out-of-bounds plays.

It's a difficult first game to play a pressing team that traps and does some things on out-of-bounds plays, you have to prepare a little different.

But Murry (Bartow) is as good as it gets. That team is going to be very good.

Disappointing in our free-throw shooting. The three freshmen should have all had 20. Brandon (Knight) missed three in a row, which I've never seen him do. Terrence (Jones), you know, three for ten. So those two went 30% and 25% from the free-throw line. But they competed. That's what I wanted to see today. I just wanted to see some fire.

Q. Is this what you were talking about in learning how this team has to play?

COACH CALIPARI: Yeah, there was a play Terrence (Jones) got beat on the sideline. There was a play late that Josh (Harrellson) got beat. There was a play late that a ball went over Jon Hood, he was paralyzed, couldn't go. Those plays we have to be able to make.

Darius (Miller) is better than he played. I was on Darius because I want him to have to respond to that because we're going to count on him.

What I did, we went to a different lineup and that lineup exploded the game. That happens sometimes. You make one change and the game changes.

I thought Josh Harrellson was good. Josh is what he is, and he did pretty good. He's in the best shape he's ever been in. Eloy (Vargas) has to catch up to him. So we will see.

Q. Is that about what you expect out of (DeAndre) Liggins? Could you also talk a little bit about the week that Eloy (Vargas) has had and the things he's gone through.

COACH CALIPARI: Yeah. If DeAndre (LIggins) plays that hard, I'd like a few more rebounds, but six assists, three turnovers, a couple of the times he hit through to the wrong man. But, you know, I thought that he did well.

We need Darius (Miller) to be one of those catalysts for us. He's got to play. When it's on him, like he got 11 rebounds. He almost gets a double-double and I think he's way better. I would hope that's how I challenge all my guys.

But DeAndre was good. Darius was good. But they're better. Our freshmen played well, but they've got to get steadier, rougher and tougher. We've got to defend better.

Q. Cal, you guys had the best of it rebounding. Was that a case of gang rebounding, especially without Enes (Kanter)?

COACH CALIPARI: We have absolutely beat them since that first exhibition game. Today I said, ‘You guys will be off tomorrow’, and Terrence Jones went, ‘Yahoo’, until I said, ‘Until 6:00.’ He about fell on the floor.

But we've been doing that rough, tough stuff and I think it paid off. But I'm still trying to learn about the team. That's why you play East Tennessee State. I'll watch this tape. There's things I'm going to pull out of this tape to say, ‘We got to get better at this area and that area.’ How are we going to play a post defense?

Thank goodness East Tennessee State did this to us. And Murry (Bartow) knew. He just kept going back at the guy. The guy is a great coach. He just said, ‘I'm going back, I'm going back, I'm going back’, and that's what he did. So we got to figure out, if they got a guy like that, how are we going to play, what are we going to do?

You notice we started trapping in the second half. We've not worked on it one time. That being said, I couldn't be mad when we did it wrong. I haven't worked on it. I haven't coached them. I haven't talked about it. I told them we're fine with that.

Q. John, you mentioned working on the 1-3-1. Before the Dillard game, you said you hadn't worked much zone offense. What did you think of your zone offense tonight?

COACH CALIPARI: Not bad. They found each other, made the extra pass, got it in the middle. A couple guys broke it down. Doron (Lamb) and Eloy (Vargas) broke down the offense, went to the wrong spots. When you do that, you don't have spacing against the zone.

The other thing is that every guy out there can make a three. Now you play zone at your own peril, where last year, you know, Dewayne (Peevy) said to me, ‘I went into practice, Cal, we didn't make any shots in practice.’ He said it. I forgot. That was the beginning of last year. We didn't make any shots. I kept telling them they were good shooters, we're good shooters, we'll be fine, we'll never be hurt by shooting, because I hope we're dunking on everybody.

But you're not going to do this every game, you're not going to shoot that well. If you defend, attack that glass, make free throws like we didn't today, you'll be fine. You don't have to make 50% of your threes, make 35. We were making 10, 19 at times last year.

But the gang rebounding helped us. Like I said, they're an athletic team enough to go after us. You know, all that kind of stuff was good. We did some good things. I'm happy.

I told them that this is a good team that's going to win their league. It's a good win for us.

Q. Coach, you had (Josh) Harrellson in the starting lineup tonight. Curious, are you looking for a set lineup for consistency or could this be a group that you may adjust throughout the season based on matchups?

COACH CALIPARI: If you look, the best lineup we had was with Darius (Miller) coming off the bench, if you looked today. So when I watch the tape, I'll say Darius was the one coming off the bench when we were the best.

Josh (Harrellson) played well. Got in foul trouble. We went to Eloy (Vargas) and we did fine. How was the small lineup today? I don't know, you'll have to tell me. I can't remember. I'll have to watch the tape and figure out how we played when we were small. I think that's when 41 went at Darius in the post and scored like four straight times - I think. If we go small, do we trap the post.

You know what I'm saying? We got a lot of things we got to answer. The other thing is, do we play some zone if we get in foul trouble because we're not playing a lot of people. In 1995 I didn't play zone. I played five, six guys. I just told them, ready, this is the best coaching advice I can give you: Don't foul.

Q. Can you talk about Kanter's situation.

COACH CALIPARI: Let me say this. One, I respect the NCAA's decision. I don't agree with it, but I respect the decision because it's a hard decision.

I will say this. Enes Kanter is like my son or any of your sons out there. He got nothing from anybody except his dad, and his dad did not do anything wrong. His dad did all the things he thought were going to make sure his son stayed an amateur. No one can argue the point that this kid wanted to be an amateur, and so did his father.

Now, if they did some things they didn't know were wrong by our rules, maybe. But they didn't do anything wrong. And I feel bad. So we're looking at the appeal and thinking that, you know, common sense people will look at this in a common sense way and say, You know what, the kid deserves better than this.

But, again, I respect the decision they made because it's hard. This is one they have not seen. And now it's like, Well, wait a minute. Educational expenses, we've never seen this before. They're things they haven't seen. I respect what they've done, I just don't agree with it.

That's all I'm going to say. If you ask me another question, I'm not going to answer it.

Turrell Morris Leads Union Over Southern Virginia


Union College 77
Southern Virginia 66

Final from Barbourville, Kentucky


BARBOURVILLE, Ky. -- Union's Turrell Morris (Columbus, Ohio) lead all scorers with 18 points to lead the Bulldogs to a 77-66 win over Southern Virginia Friday evening at Robsion Arena as part of the 2010 Union College Classic.

With the victory, Union moves to 1-3 on the year, while Southern Virginia falls to 1-1 with the loss.

In the first half, things went back and forth between the Bulldogs and Knights, but Union opened up a six point lead with 4:30 left (33-27) off a Cody Miller (Barbourville, Ky.) lay-in. The last basket of the half was scored by Morris, who converted a strong lay-in with eight seconds left in the period to give Union a 37-30 lead at the half.

In the second half, Union stormed out of the locker room, opening up a 55-34 lead with 13 minutes left after rolling off a 18-4 run to start the half. This was all the Bulldogs needed to coast to their first victory of the season, as the closest Southern Virginia got to the Bulldog lead the rest of the period was nine with 16 seconds left in the contest.

Morris scored his 18 points on 9-for-17 shooting from the field. He also pulled down 10 rebounds to record the first double-double of the season for Union. Stuart Stamper(HIndman, Ky.) came off the bench and added 14 points, shooting three-of-four from three point range, while Antonio Murry (Nashville, Tenn.) had seven points and dished out six assists. For Southern Virginia, Spenser Briggs led the team with 12 points and eight rebounds.

Overall, Union shot an impressive 49.2% from the floor (32-65).

Union returns to action tomorrow night when they host Alice Lloyd in the finale of the 2010 UC Classic. Tip-off is set for 8 p.m. at Robsion Arena.

* Game recap by Union College

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Rajon Rondo Posterizes the Miami Heat



Former Kentucky star Rajon Rondo dunks all over the Miami Heat in the Celtics 112-107 victory on Thursday night:


NCAA Denies Morehead State Appeal on Drew Kelly


The NCAA has denied a Morehead State appeal and ruled transfer Drew Kelly ineligible until December 19.

Here is coach Donnie Tyndall's reaction from Courier-Journal.com:

“Disappointed but not surprised,” coach Donnie Tyndall said. “We didn't expect to have Drew, so we're not crushed. On the flip side, it certainly would have been nice to have him.”

Eric Bledsoe Has a Big Night and Other NBA Notes


NBA Recap - November 12, 2010:

- Jeremy Evans (Western Kentucky) scored 5 points in 6 minutes of action in Utah's 90-86 win over Atlanta.

- Chuck Hayes (Kentucky) only played 3 minutes off the Houston bench in the Rockets 102-99 win over the Pacers. Hayes did not score.

- Courtney Lee (Western Kentucky) was 4-6 from the field for 9 points for Houston.

- Nazr Mohammed (Kentucky) had 6 points and 5 rebounds in Charlotte's 93-85 win over Washington.

- John Wall (Kentucky) put in a double-double with 13 points and 11 assists for the Wizards. Wall also added 4 steals and only 1 turnover.

- Jodie Meeks (Kentucky) struggled off the bench in Philadelphia's 99-90 loss to Dallas. In 18 minutes, Meeks was 0-4 and only scored 2 points.

- DeMarcus Cousins (Kentucky) had 9 points and 7 rebounds off the Sacramento bench in the Kings 103-89 loss to Phoenix. Cousins also fouled out in 21 minutes of action.

- Earl Clark (Louisville) DNP Coach's Decision

- Tayshaun Prince (Kentucky) was just 3-11 from the field in the Pistons 113-107 win over the Clippers. Prince scored 10 points and 8 rebounds.

- Eric Bledsoe (Kentucky) established a new career with 18 points on 6-10 shooting for Los Angeles. Bledsoe also had 6 rebounds and 5 assists.

EKU Signs Timmy Knipp, Robbie Stenzel


RICHMOND, Ky. – Eastern Kentucky University men’s basketball head coach Jeff Neubauer has announced that in-state prep standouts Timmy Knipp and Robbie Stenzel have each signed a National Letter of Intent to play for the Colonels in 2011-12.

“We are incredibly proud to have signed these two super young men in the early signing period,” Neubauer said. “The reaction within the state to our in-state signees has exceeded our own expectations and elevated the excitement surrounding EKU basketball. The state of Kentucky will be following Robbie and Timmy very closely over the next five years.”

Knipp is a 6-7 forward from Elliott County High who led the state in scoring last year at 31.1 points per game. The three-year starter has helped Elliott County reach three state tournaments, including the 2008-09 season when Elliott County made a run to the semifinals of the KHSAA Sweet 16. As a junior under head coach Greg Adkins, Knipp netted 61 three-pointers while also averaging 8.5 rebounds and 3.4 assists per game.

“Timmy Knipp has the potential to become an elite shooter in college basketball,” Neubauer said. “He has an excellent feel for the game. We expect his ability to shoot deep threes to translate easily to the Division I game.”

Stenzel is a 6-4 guard from Clark County High who is on pace to become the school’s all-time leading scorer. In 2009-10, Stenzel averaged 17 points, five rebounds and four assists per game for head coach Scott Humphrey. He has already scored more than 1,500 points as a prepster and shoots better than 40 percent from three-point range.

“Robbie Stenzel is an outstanding young man who has excelled at Clark County for several years,” Neubauer said. “As we have seen Robbie compete, we have seen important signs that he will have the toughness to defend, as well as the ability to pass and shoot at the offensive end.”

Eastern Kentucky tips off the 2010-11 season this weekend at the Nick Kladis Classic in Chicago. EKU’s opening game is Friday night, Nov. 12 against host Loyola Chicago at 8:30 p.m.

Source: Release from Eastern Kentucky University

Bledsoe Scores Career High, Davis Out Until Thanksgiving


Former Kentucky star Eric Bledsoe scored a career-high 18 points last night in the Clippers 113-107 overtime loss at Detroit.

Bledsoe was 6-10 from the field and 6-6 from the free throw line. He also finished with 6 rebounds and 5 assists.

The former UK star may be the Clippers' starting point guard for an extended period of time as Lisa Dillman of the L.A. Times tweeted Friday that Baron Davis will be out until at least Thanksgiving due to his knee injury.

Here is her Tweet:

reallisa Clippers going small. Aminu gets the start. Eric Gordon back in, for how long, not sure. Baron Davis out til at least T-Giving...

Morehead State Starts Slow, Then Dominates Asbury


Morehead State 90
Asbury University 49

Final from Morehead, Kentucky


MOREHEAD, Ky.—Four of Morehead State’s five starters scored in double figures and the Eagles overcame early shooting woes to cruise to a 90-49 season-opening men’s basketball win over Asbury Friday night in Johnson Arena.

It was fifth-year MSU coach Donnie Tyndall’s first win in a season opener at Morehead State. It also marked the first time Tyndall has opened the season on his home court. MSU moved to 9-0 all-time versus the NAIA Asbury.

Morehead State (1-0) missed 13 of its first 14 field goals, but Kenneth Faried had a layup, a jumper and a dunk seven minutes into the game to pull the Eagles out of their offensive funk and erase an eight-point Asbury lead. Faried had his first double-double of the new season with 21 points and 13 rebounds. It was the senior’s 57th career double-dip.

“We didn’t have the energy we needed, especially defensively,” Tyndall said of his team’s early struggles.

After Morehead State closed the gap, the teams traded points until junior Ty Proffitt scored five straight for MSU, giving the home-standing Eagles the lead for good. Proffitt hit five of his perfect 7-for-7 free throws in the final 4:13 of the first half en route to a career-high 13 points.

Seniors Demonte Harper and Sam Goodman tallied 14 and 10 points respectively, with Harper recording nine rebounds, one shy of a double-double.

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Western Kentucky Blasts St. Joseph's


Western Kentucky 98
St. Joseph's 70

Final from Philadelphia, Pennsylvania

PHILADELPHIA, Pa. — WKU scored its most points on the road since 2001 in a 98-70 drubbing of St. Joseph's in the season opener for both teams Friday night in Philadelphia, Pa. The Hilltoppers shot 60.9 percent for the game and 72.4 percent in the second half en route to the 28-point victory, and the Hilltoppers were 11-for-21 from three-point range in the game.

WKU has now won six of its last seven season openers, and the Hilltoppers snapped a two-game losing streak to St. Joseph's.

Sergio Kerusch scored 31 points on 11-of-15 shooting, and the senior knocked down six three-pointers in eight tries. He also grabbed nine rebounds in the game. Kerusch's performance marks the second-straight season WKU has received 30-plus points from a player in the season opener, as AJ Slaughter scored 30 in a win over Wisconsin-Milwaukee in the first game of the 2009-10 season.

Juan Pattillo scored 17 points and snagged a team-high 12 rebounds in the game. The senior also added four assists, three blocks and three steals and was 8-of-12 from the field. Steffphon Pettigrew connected on seven of nine shot attempts for 17 points, and Cliff Dixon contributed 11 points and five rebounds. Ken Brown had five points and a team-high seven assists.

In the game, the four WKU seniors combined for 76 of the team's 98 points. The quartet was 31-for-42 from the field.

St. Joseph's was paced by Carl Jones' 17 points. The WKU defense held the Hawks to 33.8 percent shooting in the game and 27.7 percent in the second half.

The Hawks tied the game at 22-all with 8:10 remaining in the first half, but after that it was all WKU starting with back-to-back three-pointers by Pettigrew and Kerusch. The Hilltoppers got the lead up to 10 just four minutes later and took a 10-point lead into the intermission. WKU had 26 points in the paint in the first half and scored 10 points off St. Joseph turnovers.

The second half belonged to the Hilltoppers, with the squad opening up a 30-point lead with 3:39 left to go in the game. WKU slowed the tempo down in the final few minutes and cruised to the 28-point opening night victory.

WKU poured in 54 points in the paint in the contest. The Hilltoppers used 11 players in the game, and nobody played more than 27 minutes.

WKU returns to E.A. Diddle Arena Monday night at 7:00 to host Alabama A&M in the regular season's first home game. After the game against the Bulldogs, WKU heads to San Juan, P.R., to compete in the 2010 Honda Puerto Rico Tip-Off. WKU's first game in San Juan is Thursday against Minnesota at 6:30 PM (CT). The game will be broadcast on ESPN3.com.

* Game recap by Western Kentucky University

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DeMarcus Cousins Fined by Kings; Reason for Concern?


Former Kentucky big man DeMarcus Cousins has been fined by the Sacramento Kings for clashes with the coaching staff.

ESPN.com reports that Cousins has had more than one incident, which "has created a level of tension" that is not needed by the young Sacramento team.

Here is an excerpt:

One source close to the situation told ESPN.com that Cousins was fined recently for clashing with members of Westphal's staff. I've also been advised that it's not one-and-done as far as such clashes go, which has created a level of tension that -- anticipated or not -- obviously isn't what the Kings need when they're already operating at such an experience deficit on top of their serious defensive frailties.

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Kings' head coach Paul Westphal would not confirm or deny anything but said he loves having Cousins on his team and there will be growing pains along the way:

"First off, I don't confirm or deny anything that happens behind closed doors. And every team always has behind-closed-doors issues that are inevitable parts of basketball," Westphal said. "All I can say is generalities: we're thrilled that we were able to pick DeMarcus, we love having him on the team, I'm excited about his present and even more excited about his future.

"As with any player, there are going to be some days that are better than others as they learn what the league is all about. Anything that has happened as far as anybody trying to make more out of it than that is really not fair, I don't think.

"I love that we have DeMarcus, and we're going to have some growing pains along the way. That's pretty much what I would have to say about that."
Source

Campbellsville Tigers Open Season with a Win


Campbellsville University 83
Southern University of New Orleans 61

Final from Georgetown, Kentucky


Campbellsville University hit five 3-pointers in the first three minutes to take an early 15-point lead and kick start the 2010-11 season with an 83-61 win over Southern University of New Orleans in the Georgetown College Andrew Elswick Memorial Tournament. The season opening win Friday puts Campbellsville in the tournament championship game against Mid-South Conference rival Georgetown in a non-conference battle Saturday at 8 p.m. ET.
The game will be broadcast on K-Country 105.7 FM with Bryan Blair calling the action.

CU worked the perimeter, collecting 13 3-pointers in the game with four each from Bowling Green, Ky., seniors Monie Hudson and Shawn Savage. Senior forward Brett Crittenden joined in the action with three 3's, including two of the first five for the Tigers.

"Coming back to our level, I think you'll see a big difference in our shooting," CU head coach Keith Adkins said. "The past two (exhibition) games, we've been playing against big, athletic players and we haven't been able to play our game."

Before the game could tip, a technical foul was charged to SUNO for having a player in the wrong jersey number. Hudson missed the two technical free throws, but went on to lead CU 67 percent shooting from the floor (8-of-12) and 21 points in his NAIA debut. The main reason being that the point guard didn't play the point.

"Having never competed in this league before, we probably threw too much pressure on him at first.We moved him to the two and that allowed him to run around and make things happen," Adkins said. "I think he relaxed tonight and just about felt as comfortable as he has in a game."

Complete Recap and Box Score

Friday, November 12, 2010

Rondo and Celtics Beat Heat and Other NBA Notes


NBA Recap - November 10-11, 2010:

November 10

- Jeremy Evans (Western Kentucky) DNP Coach's Decision

- Chuck Hayes (Kentucky) had 2 points and 7 rebounds off the bench in Houston's 98-91 loss to Washington.

- Courtney Lee (Western Kentucky) did not score in 11 minutes for the Rockets.

- John Wall (Kentucky) had a historic triple-double for the Wizards. Wall had 19 points, 10 rebounds and 13 assists. He also impressed with 6 steals and only 1 turnover.

- Nazr Mohammed (Kentucky) had 6 points and 5 rebounds in Charlotte's 101-96 victory over Toronto.

- Terrence Williams (Louisville) DNP abdominal strain

- Jodie Meeks (Kentucky) is making the most of his opportunity as he came off the bench to score 17 points in Philadelphia's 109-103 loss to Oklahoma City. Meeks was 4-5 from long range.

- Eric Bledsoe (Kentucky) struggled from the field (5-15), but did have 11 points and 7 assists in the Clippers 107-95 loss to the Spurs.

- DeMarcus Cousins (Kentucky) had 7 points and 6 rebounds in Sacramento's 98-89 loss to Minnesota.

November 11

- Keith Bogans (Kentucky) continued to play well in Chicago's 120-90 win over Golden State. Bogans was 6-10 from the field for 14 points. He also had 5 rebounds, 2 assists and 6 steals.

- Rajon Rondo (Kentucky) had 8 points, 16 assists and 2 steals in Boston's 112-107 victory over Miami.

- Jamaal Magloire (Kentucky) DNP Coach's Decision

- Derrick Caracter (Louisville/UTEP) played 4 minutes in the Lakers 118-112 loss to Denver. He scored 4 points and pulled down a rebound.

Former Wildcat Patrick Sparks Signs in Greece


Former Kentucky sharp-shooter Patrick Sparks has signed a contract with AEK Athens in Greek's top-level Division A1.

Sparks, who spent the last two seasons in Ukraine, will likely debut tomorrow against PAOK.

Last season with Hoverla Ivano-Frankivsk, Sparks scored 16.2 points and dished out 5.7 assists in 30 games. He shot 39.8% (64-161) from long range.



Western Kentucky Opens at St. Joseph's Tonight


BOWLING GREEN, Ky. — After a pair of exhibition victories, WKU opens the 2010-11 regular season Friday night at 6:30 (CT) when it takes on St. Joseph's in Philadelphia, Pa.

The Hilltoppers finished the 2009-10 regular season with a 21-13 overall record, and St. Joseph's wrapped up last season with an 11-20 overall record.

WKU will be looking for its sixth win in its last seven season openers.

Live audio and live stats for Friday's game are available at WKUSports.com. The game will also be broadcast on the Big Red Radio Network, with Randy Lee and Hal Schmitt calling the action.

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

GAME 1
WKU (0-0) at St. Joseph's (0-0)
November 12, 2010, 6:30 PM (CT)
Hagan Arena (4,200)

Complete Preview from WKU

DeCourcy: NCAA Fired an Airball on Enes Kanter Decision


Mike DeCourcy of SportingNews.com feel the say way I do about the NCAA's decision to rule Kentucky freshman Enes Kanter "permanently ineligible"...they blew it.

Here is an excerpt of DeCourcy's thoughts:

For Kanter to “professionalize” would have been quite simple. He could have stayed home. He could have signed a contract with Fenerbahce worth multiple millions of dollars. He could played in front of his family and friends and quite possibly have been selected this past summer to compete with the Turkey national team that, in its home country, finished second in the FIBA World Championships. If he’d been on that team, he would have received a condominium and a share of an $18 million bonus pool created for the players by the Turkish government.

Given all of this, Kanter’s intent to “amateurize” was quite clear. He left his home. He traveled roughly 5,000 miles to the United States. He searched through several prep schools to find one that would allow a player who had competed in games with professionals to participate on its team. He worked to achieve academic eligibility to compete as an NCAA freshman. He enrolled at the University of Kentucky and attended summer classes and passed on the national team because it would have interfered with fall semester classes at UK.

And then he subjected himself to the NCAA’s excruciating and invasive amateurism review. The process is unpleasant, unyielding and at times unfair. But Kanter and his family endured all of it.

One might expect a person willing to fight that hard to be a part of intercollegiate athletes is someone the NCAA staff would want to include in its competitions. But one would be incorrect.

Complete Article

My Thoughts: The NCAA continues to make decisions that make them seem like they bad guys rather than an organization that actually has kids' best interests at the forefront.

Louisville Dominates Kentucky Wesleyan in Exhibition


Louisville 96
Kentucky Wesleyan 54

Exhibition final from Louisville, Kentucky

LOUISVILLE, Ky. - Sophomore Mike Marra connected for six three-pointers and scored a game-high 22 points to lead the Louisville men's basketball team to a 96-54 exhibition win over Kentucky Wesleyan on Thursday night at the KFC Yum! Center.

Marra, a guard from Smithfield, R.I., was 6-of-8 from beyond the three-point arc and hit all four free throw attempts as three Cardinals scored in double-figures in their final exhibition contest. Sophomore guard Peyton Siva, from Seattle, Wash., scored 18 points on 6-of-12 shooting from the field, while junior forward Terrence Jennings, from Sacramento, Calif., added 15 points on 5-for-6 shooting from the field.

"We did a lot of good things offensively, but fatigue sets in and we overthrow some of our passes," said Louisville head coach Rick Pitino. "We were much better in this game than we were in the first exhibition game for two halves, especially at the defensive end. It was a good team effort."

Overall, the Cardinals were 49.2 percent from the field on 31-of-63 shooting, while the NCAA Division II Panthers were held to just 38.3 percent on 23-of-60 from the field. Louisville finished with 50-31 advantage on the glass as three Cardinals -- Rakeem Buckles, Chris Smith, Stephan Van Treese -- had eight rebounds each. U of L also scored 27 points off 25 KWC turnovers.

Louisville rolled out to a dominating 51-25 halftime lead after shooting 51.4 percent from the field (18-for-35) in the first 20 minutes of action. The Cardinals continued their strong play in the second half pushing their advantage to as many 46 (95-49, 2:01) before ending the game with the final 42-point margin.

The Cardinals will open the regular season against 2009-10 NCAA runner-up Butler on Tuesday at 8 p.m., ET at the KFC Yum! Center. The game will be televised nationally by ESPN during the network's third annual College Hoops Tipoff Marathon.

* Game recap by University of Louisville

Box Score

Thursday, November 11, 2010

Breaking News: Enes Kanter Ruled Ineligible at Kentucky


Freshman Enes Kanter has been ruled ineligible to play at Kentucky by the NCAA. The university plans to appeal the decision.

NCAA Release

INDIANAPOLIS - The NCAA student-athlete reinstatement staff has ruled University of Kentucky men’s basketball student-athlete Enes Kanter permanently ineligible for receiving benefits above his actual and necessary expenses while playing for a club basketball team in Turkey.

The university will appeal the decision to the Division I Student-Athlete Reinstatement Committee at the end of the month. The reinstatement committee is the final appeal opportunity in the initial-eligibility process. It is independent and comprised of representatives from NCAA member colleges, universities and athletic conferences and can reduce or remove the conditions, but it cannot increase the conditions imposed by the staff.

Actual and necessary expenses are defined by NCAA rules and generally relate to a player’s expenses directly necessary for practice and competition on a team. Some examples include meals and lodging directly tied to practice or competition, coaching, medical insurance and transportation tied to practice or competition.

Kanter played three seasons with the Turkish sport club Fenerbahce from 2006-07 to 2008-09. Although he competed primarily for the club’s under-18 junior team, he did compete on the club’s senior team in 2008-09. According to facts agreed to by the university and the NCAA Eligibility Center, Kanter received $33,033 more than his expenses for the 2008-09 season.

The new NCAA rule that allows prospective student-athletes to compete on teams with professionals while maintaining their amateur status prior to college applies; however, the bylaw states any such benefits cannot exceed actual and necessary expenses, which was the case here.

“Enes took advantage of an opportunity to play at the highest level available to him, but the consequences of receiving payments above his actual expenses is not compatible with the collegiate model of sports that our members have developed,” said Kevin Lennon, NCAA vice president of academic and membership affairs.

The reinstatement staff considers a number of factors when deciding each case. These include the nature and seriousness of the violation; any impermissible benefits received; the student-athlete’s level of responsibility; any mitigating factors presented by the university; applicable NCAA guidelines; and any relevant case precedent.

“We appreciate that the NCAA has an appeals process to allow this young man to defend the uniqueness of his circumstances,” said Mitch Barnhart, University of Kentucky director of athletics. “Enes is a great kid who is working hard in the classroom and enjoying being a college student. It is our hope that he will be allowed to continue his academic and athletic career at Kentucky.”

Kanter moved to the United States in 2009 and attended a prep high school before enrolling at Kentucky this fall.
NCAA student-athlete reinstatement guidelines allow Kanter to resume practicing but not compete or travel with the team while the appeal is pending.

SUMMARY OF TIMELINE

The NCAA Eligibility Center staff first contacted Kentucky in March 2010 and Enes Kanter directly on March 24, 2010, with questions about his involvement with a Turkish professional basketball team. From the beginning and throughout the process, the university and the NCAA conducted multiple interviews and compiled documentation pertinent to the case.

In June, the NCAA staff provided Kentucky and Kanter with information it received indicating Kanter received benefits from the Turkish team. In August, Kanter and his father acknowledged receiving those benefits. From August to mid-October, NCAA staff assisted Kentucky as it pursued its fair process with factual and interpretive appeals.

On Oct. 25, Kentucky agreed to the statement of facts in the case and on Oct. 27 asked the student-athlete reinstatement staff to rule on his eligibility. The staff, after an initial review, asked for more information on Nov. 1. Kentucky responded on Nov. 4 and 8, and the NCAA reinstatement staff made its decision on Nov. 11. Source

Sporting News Praises Kenneth Faried, Shelvin Mack


SportingNews.com has put together a Non-BCS preview for the 2010-11 college basketball season.

Morehead State's Kenneth Faried and Butler's Shelvin Mack make the "All-outside the Big 6 team" and Murray State is expected to win the Ohio Valley Conference.

Here are some excerpts:

All-outside the Big 6 team

G Jimmer Fredette, Sr., BYU
G Shelvin Mack, Jr., Butler
F Elias Harris, Soph., Gonzaga
F Kawhi Leonard, Soph., San Diego State
F/C Kenneth Faried, Sr., Morehead State

Players who will shape the season:

2. Shelvin Mack, G, Butler. He has played both backcourt positions, but regardless of whether he's on the ball, he'll need to be more of a scoring option to replace a chunk of what Gordon Hayward provided.

Best Rebounder: Kenneth Faried, F/C, Morehead State


Complete Article

ETSU's Top Returning Scorer is Doubtful for Kentucky Game


Tommy Hubbard, East Tennessee State's top returning scorer, is doubtful for tomorrow night's Kentucky game.

The Johnson City Press says Hubbard was on the practice floor yesterday, but it's still doubtful that he'll see any action against the Wildcats.

The article notes:

The senior forward shook his head and grimaced when asked how he felt during warmups.

“I’m taking it one day at a time,” said Hubbard. “I’m getting better.”

The Bucs’ leading scorer and rebounder last season had knee surgery a few days before preseason camp opened and hasn’t been able to go full speed.



Last season, Hubbard averaged 13.9 points, 8.2 rebounds and 1.7 steals per game for the Buccaneers.

IUPUI Signs Three from Kentucky in 2011 Recruiting Class


INDIANAPOLIS - The IUPUI Athletics Department and Head Basketball Coach Ron Hunter announced the signings of three student-athletes to national letters of intent on Wednesday at the start of the fall signing period. All three hail from the state of Kentucky and will be true freshmen beginning in 2011-12.

Marcellus Barksdale (Lexington, Ky./Tates Creek) is a 6-foot-5, 205-pound swingman from Lexington Tates Creek High School and chose IUPUI over interest from Lehigh, Morehead State, Murray State and Wright State. He’s ranked among the top 15 players in the state and the top five in the 11th Region after averaging 14 points, eight rebounds and three assists per game his junior year. As a sophomore, he netted 18 points, nine boards, four assists and two steals a game for the Commodores.

He played last summer with the Charlotte Court and Indiana Elite AAU teams and intends on majoring in sports broadcasting while at IUPUI.

“Marcellus is one of those do-it-all players that we love to have in our program,” Hunter said. “He can handle and see the floor and just makes plays on offense. Defensively, he’s going to fit in right away. He’s a smart kid and makes the game easier for everyone else on the court. I’m really excited to get him here and coach him.”
Lyonell Gaines (Louisville, Ind./Eastern) is a 6-foot-6, 200-pound forward from Louisville Eastern High School and picked the Jaguars over offers from UT-Martin, Coppin State, Jacksonville and Morehead State. Gaines is one of four Division I signees at Louisville Eastern and averaged 14 points and eight boards a game as a junior. He’s ranked among the top 10 players in the city of Louisville while Eastern is among the top teams in the state.

“Lyonell just works his butt off and does whatever it takes to win. As a coach, ideally, you’d like to have 10 or 12 of those guys,” Hunter said. “He knows what it takes to win. He plays on one of the most talented teams in the state and just finds a way to impact games. He runs the floor well for his size and can score all over the floor. Plus, he’s got a constant motor and really has a nose for the ball, which is something you can’t teach.”

Jordan Shanklin (Bowling Green, Ky./Warren Central) is a 6-foot, 165-pound guard from Bowling Green and chose IUPUI over offers from South Dakota, Portland State, Gardner-Webb and Charleston. Shanklin averaged 9.1 points per game as a junior and helped Warren Central to a 4th Region title. Shanklin is ranked among the top three point guards in the state of Kentucky and is ranked No. 90 nationally at his position by ESPN Recruiting.

Like Barksdale, Shanklin has played AAU basketball with the Bloomington-based Indiana Elite program.

“Jordan’s a combo guard with an incredible skill set. He’s got pure point guard skills in that he sees the floor and can deliver the ball to the open man. But, he can fill it up when he needs to,” Hunter said. “He’s already got a lot of intangibles to his game too. He’s a leader on the court and he can get after you on the defensive end. He’ll make us a better basketball program from the second he arrives on campus.

“I don’t know when the last time was that we signed three kids this good during the early (signing) period. These three kids can really play and on top of that, they’re really good kids. They all come from great winning programs and have played for top-notch coaches. They work hard in the classroom and just do things the right way and I think that’s largely because they come from great families. Again, that only helps our program.”

Hunter’s team will graduate four seniors from this year’s squad including starting guards John Ashworth (Indianapolis, Ind./Franklin Central) and Leroy Nobles (Louisville, Ky./Harmony Prep). Nobles was the first in a recent trend of signees coming from the Bluegrass State and is joined by Donovan Gibbs (Louisville, Ky./Iroquois) this season.

“High school basketball in the state of Kentucky is a big, big deal,” Hunter said. “There are some exceptional kids down there and we’re happy to have three joining our program.”

The early signing period concludes on Wednesday, Nov. 17.

IUPUI will open the 2010-11 season at No. 12 Gonzaga on Sunday as part of the regional round of the O’Reilly Auto Parts CBE Classic.

IUPUI Men’s Basketball Signees (as of 11/11/10)

Name Pos. Ht. Wt. Hometown/High School

- Marcellus Barksdale G/F 6-5 205 Lexington, Ky./Tates Creek
- Lyonell Gaines F 6-6 200 Louisville, Ky./Eastern
- Jordan Shanklin G 6-0 165 Bowling Green, Ky./Warren Central

Rod Strickland Knows a Thing or Two About Swagger


Benjamin Hochman of The Denver Post caught up with Kentucky staffer and former NBA point guard Rod Strickland recently.

Strickland talked about having "a swagger" at the point guard position and compared former John Calipari stars Derrick Rose, Tyreke Evans and John Wall.

Here is an excerpt:

"You have to have a swagger," Strickland said by phone about what makes a point guard. "You have to believe in yourself, people got to know you believe in yourself, and that's the way you carry yourself on the court. It's just a confidence. You got to have it — you can't survive without it. And all three of those guys have a mean swagger.

"They're different.
J-Wall is the most outgoing. D-Rose has an inner swagger. He's not a rah-rah, big-time emotional dude, but you'll see him clenching his teeth. Tyreke's, you can see it, as well. It's not as blatant as J-Wall's, but you can see it in his run, when his swagger is really getting there."

Strickland said Wall had such a swagger that the UK staff actually had to "tone him down":

He was a lot more vocal than the other two from the beginning — he came in and there was no question who the leader was," Strickland said. "We had to tone him down."

Complete Article

Ramel Bradley is Off to a "Smooth" Start in Israel


Former Kentucky guard Ramel Bradley is off to a fantastic start for Israel's Maccabi Ashdod.

Through 4 games, Bradley is averaging 19.0 points per game, which is good for third best in Israel's top-level Premier League.

Bradley scored a season-high 27 points against Maccabi Rishon on October 31. A week later, he put up 21 on Hapoel Holon.


Source: EuroBasket.com

Wednesday, November 10, 2010

John Wall Nets First Career Triple-Double


Former Kentucky star John Wall recorded his first NBA career triple-double tonight in Washington's 98-91 win over the Houston Rockets.

Wall put in 19 points, 13 assists and 10 rebounds for the Wizards. He was 8-16 from the field and shot 2-4 from long range. Wall also added 6 steals and only 1 turnover.

The Wizards improved to 2-4 with the win.

Louisville Basketball Adds Three to 2011 Recruiting Class


Rick Pitino and the Louisville Cardinals have signed Chane Behanan, Zach Price and Wayne Blackshear to the 2011 recruiting class.

Here are some comments from Rick Pitino on the newest Cards:

"This is one of the better recruiting classes we have had in quite some time," said U of L Coach Rick Pitino. "All of the players in this class will make major strides. They're already great high school players, but they have tremendous upside to get better physically, mentally and with their skills on the court."

On Chane Behanan:

"Chane reminds me so much of Rodney McCray," said Pitino. "He has good size, is a great leaper and ball handler and is tough. He's just an extraordinary basketball player with great skills. The sky's the limit for his potential. He'll get better and better as he faces Big East competition."

On Wayne Blackshear:

"Wayne has the potential to be as good of a basketball player as I've recruited since I've been in this game," said Pitino. "He has the size, desire and the ability to not only play his position well, but do it at the national level against anyone. I watched him in the city championship draw a charge, score the winning bucket and with little time left block the shot with the game on the line. He has extraordinary length and toughness and he makes big plays."

On Zach Price:

"Everything lies ahead for Zach," said Pitino. "He has good size, a soft touch and good hands. He's a left-handed big man, which can be difficult to defend. He's a bright basketball player with great upside. His biggest adjustment will be in conditioning, as it is for most high school players when moving forward."


Kentucky Basketball Adds Four to 2011 Recruiting Class


Kentucky has officially signed Anthony Davis, Marquis Teague, Kyle Wiltjer and Michael Gilchrist to the 2011 recruiting class.

Here are some excerpts of John Calipari talking about the new Wildcats from UKAthletics.com:

“These are not just terrific basketball players, but they’re terrific students and terrific people as well,” Calipari said. “Most importantly, they all have an unbelievable attitude about winning; they all wanted to play together knowing they’re going to have to sacrifice a little bit of their game for their teammates. With this group, it adds to what we already have within our program. These are four of the best, which is what we want to recruit here.”

On Anthony Davis:

“Anthony Davis has always loved Kentucky,” Calipari said. “He’s 6-10, but he plays like a guard. He has unbelievable skills, passing and shooting and gives us an extraordinary shot-blocking presence.”

On Michael Gilchrist:

“When you look up the definition of ‘warrior’ in the dictionary, there is a picture of Michael there,” said Calipari. “No one plays harder or is more competitive. He has a tremendous burning desire to win, that will drive practice and elevate everyone within the program.”

On Marquis Teague:

“Marquis is not just quick, but quick with the ball,” Calipari said. “He also has an unbelievably fierce desire to win. He played on the U17 team with Michael (Gilchrist) and when they stepped into the game together, games changed.”

On Kyle Wiltjer:

“Kyle gives us the size that we need because the bigger and longer we are, the better we are,” said Calipari. “He’s a young man that knew who we were getting here and he said, ‘I want to play with the best. I want to be coached in a way that elevates my game. I’m not afraid of the challenge because I’m going to work hard.’”

Jesuit's Kyle Wiltjer signs with Kentucky









* Video from OregonLive.com

Centre College Picked to Win SCAC


The Centre men's basketball team has been tabbed to win the SCAC title in exclusive balloting by SCAC men's head basketball coaches. The Colonels tallied five of the 12 first place votes to go along with 111 points to barely beat out Birmingham-Southern College for the top spot in the SCAC preseason poll.

The Panthers received five first place votes and 110 points to take second place in the Eastern Division. DePauw University took third place in the with one first place vote and 104 points, while Oglethorpe University received 82 points and one first place vote. Coming in fourth place was Rhodes College (28 points) and Sewanee rounded out the East Division with 12 points.

Trinity University was chosen to win the SCAC Western Division with 90 points, while Austin College and Colorado College tied for second place (59 points). Southwestern University took third with 56 points, Southwestern University followed with 56 points, Hendrix tallied 41 points for fifth place, and Millsaps College got 40 votes to take sixth place.

Centre will be looking for the program's sixth SCAC championship in 2010-11, after winning the conference championship for the third time in four years.

Games against Birmingham Southern University will count in the league standings, but the Panthers are not eligible to compete in the SCAC postseason tournament or the NCAA postseason tournament.

The Colonels will open up the regular season on Monday, November 15 against Maryville College at 8:00 p.m. in Maryville, Tenn.

Source: Centre College

Anthony Davis Signs LOI with UK; Dad Says They Will Sue Chicago Sun-Times


Anthony Davis has officially signed is Letter of Intent with the University of Kentucky.

ESPN Chicago confirmed the signing on Twitter:

ESPNChiPreps Anthony Davis officially signs. Kids chanting and yelling his name as he signed. Pretty cool atmosphere.

At the signing event, Anthony Davis Sr. said the family still plans to sue the Chicago Sun-Times:

ESPNChiPreps Anthony Davis Sr. says they still plan on suing Sun-Times and hasn't yet because their lawyer is still going through things.

Davis is ready to win a National Championship at Kentucky:

ESPNChiPreps Anthony Davis says if Kentucky doesn't win national title this year, they will next year when he arrives.

Marquis Teague Has Signed LOI with Kentucky


Marquis Teague is the first official member of Kentucky's loaded 2011 recruiting class.

The 6-2 senior signed his Letter of Intent this morning and held a signing ceremony at his school this afternoon.

Kyle Wiltjer appears to be the next recruit to sign with Kentucky and both Anthony Davis and Michael Gilchrist are expected to sign today, as well.

Angel Rodriguez Commits to Kansas State


Angel Rodriguez has committed to Kansas State.

Evan Daniels broke the news on Twitter:

EvanDanielscout Angel Rodriguez to Kansas State. Not a big shocker here. Frank Martin has serious ties to the Miami area.

EvanDanielscout Rodriguez AAU coach Art Alvarez said, "Very tough decision." Won't sign until April.

Rodriguez chose State over Louisville and North Carolina State. He is a three-star recruit according to Scout.com

Dick Vitale Defends John Calipari But Disagrees with One-and-Done Philosophy


ESPN analyst Dick Vitale was quick to defend Kentucky head coach John Calipari yesterday during a conference call.

Here is an excerpt:

"I thought the Memphis deal was a total raw deal," Vitale said in a conference call on Tuesday. "When the NCAA walks in, and they declare a kid eligible, and they do it on two occasions, and they tell the athletic director and they tell coaching staff, 'Play the kid. Play him, he's eligible,' what school in America wouldn't play Derrick Rose if the NCAA, the guiding light, the people that make the decision, come in and tell you he should play?"

It may be just a coincidence, but the Wildcats' top pro prospect this season, Turkish center Enes Kanter, remains in limbo while he's the subject of an ongoing NCAA probe. Vitale says make a decision already.

"You don't have to be a Rhodes Scholar to sift and analyze as the material comes in, making a determination if the kid is eligible," Vitale said. "I really think that it's a joke, that it's become comical. It's an embarrassment to our sport."

Vitale did state his opinion that Kentucky will not win a national championship using one-and-done stars:

"I've told him this, and I feel strongly about this and could be totally wrong," Vitale said. "I don't think that you'll win a national championship with a reloading of your roster year after year. ... I think they'll win a lot of games, but I do think it's difficult to win a national title."


Guyn Signs with Cincinnati; Phares Transfers to Bellarmine


A pair of former Scott County basketball stars are in the news today.

Ge-Lawn Guyn, who now plays for South Kent, signed his Letter of Intent with Cincinnati this morning.

Here is confirmation from Evan Daniels of Scout.com:

10:52: Cincinnati now has South Kent standout Ge-Lawn Guyn's Letter of Intent.

Another former Cardinal, Richie Phares, has decided to transfer from Louisville to Bellarmine.

Phares, who was a walk-on at Louisville, will enroll at Bellarmine and sit out until next season, according to Jody Demling.

Baron Davis Returns and Other NBA Notes


NBA Recap - November 9, 2010:

- Terrence Williams (Louisville) DNP Strained Abdomen

- Jeremy Evans (Western Kentucky) played 1 minute and did not score in Utah's 116-114 win over Miami

- Jamaal Magloire (Kentucky) DNP Coach's Decision

- Eric Bledsoe (Kentucky) started and played 38 minutes in the Clippers 101-82 loss to New Orleans. Bledsoe had 6 points, 6 rebounds and 8 assists. Baron Davis returned from injury, but only played 10 minutes off the bench.

- Tayshaun Prince (Kentucky) had 10 points in Detroit's 100-78 loss to Portland.

Breaking News: Calipari Can Recruit Like No Other


Gary Parrish of CBSSports.com said on Twitter earlier:

GaryParrishCBS: Breaking news on National Signing Day: John Calipari is a great recruiter. Column: http://bit.ly/9BjkmP

Here is an excerpt of Parrish's article about Calipari:

...I'll just tell you what a rival coach told me.

"Cal is an icon to city kids on the East coast, really anywhere east of the Mississippi River," the coach told me the week Wiltjer committed. "But now he's going all the way across the country, to Oregon, and getting a white kid he barely recruited. That's crazy. Kids are just enamored with him. Wiltjer isn't a one-and-done [player], but he's [Calipari] convinced he can be a 6-9 forward who plays with all those pros, stands in the corner, makes jumpers and becomes a lottery pick. And you know what? He might be right. When kids saw [Daniel] Orton get picked 29th even though he barely played [at Kentucky], that was it. Now they all think all you have to do is play for Cal and you'll get there, and he's using it to his advantage."

Consequently, the Wildcats have the nation's best recruiting class.

For the third straight year.

Murray State Blasts Freed-Hardeman in Exhibition


Murray State 86
Freed-Hardeman 55

Exhibition final from Murray, Kentucky


The Murray State Racers downed Freed-Hardeman 86-55 Tuesday in an exhibition game at the CFSB Center in Murray, Ky., which served as a warm-up for the Racers’ season opener on Monday (Nov. 15) when they host East Tennessee State.

MSU put three players in double-figures led by 18 points from Isaiah Canaan. The Racers also got 17 from Donte Poole and 13 from Ivan Aska to go with a team-high 7 rebounds.

The Racers led 26-20 with 7:05 before half when they ended on a 17-11 run to take a 43-31 advantage at the break.

MSU quickly had a 19-point lead (52-33) only 4:40 into the second half and saw their lead go to as many as 35 with 2:38 remaining.

The Racers forced the Lions into 29 turnovers and held them to 28 percent shooting in the second half and 38 percent for the game.

“I thought Jeff McClain, Ivan Aska and Ed Daniel especially, their effort was really good the first 12 to 15 minutes of the game, they were flying around defensively,” MSU Head Coach Billy Kennedy said. “We did wear them out and were relentless over the course of the game; to force 29 turnovers against anyone is pretty good.”

The Racers are well aware of the season they had in 2009-10 that included 31 wins and a victory in the NCAA Tournament. Kennedy and team are also getting a lot of attention in the preseason including getting votes in the Associated Press Top-25 Polle and ESPN-USA Today Coaches Poll, However, Kennedy knows those things won’t win any games.

“Our biggest concern right now is not comparing ourselves to last year’s team,” Kennedy added. “This is a totally different team; we’re younger in a lot of areas. The expectations on this team early are not warranted, but that’s what comes in the territory of having a great season the year before. Our guys need to be patient and buy into the roles we have to establish with this team.”

The Racers played 12 players in the exhibition and all made the scoring column, which added up to 51 percent shooting (32-62) and 37 percent success from three-point range (6-16). Poole and Canaan were a combined 5-10 from three-point range.

MSU now prepares for the season opener Monday when they host East
Tennessee State at the CFSB Center at 7:30 p.m. The game is the second game of a double-header with the MSU women’s squad playing Mid-Continent starting at 5:15 p.m.

* Game recap by Murray State University


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Matt Pilgrim Causing More Problems in Stillwater


Former Kentucky player Matt Pilgrim, who transferred to Travis Ford's program at Oklahoma State is in the news again after making an inappropriate post on Twitter.

Following a shooting on the OSU campus, Pilgrim went to Twitter and posted:

"So there (is) a shooter on OSU campus aka Stillwater. Hate to (say) it, but I can see why LOL.”

The post was removed but obviously illustrates Pilgrim's knack for using poor judgement.

Here is an excerpt about the incident from NewsOK.com:

Ford won't be joking when he meets today with his players, particularly Matt Pilgrim, who found himself apologizing for a Monday Twitter post in which he jokingly referred to the campus shooting of OSU student Kasey Cook, shot in the upper leg by a man who allegedly had robbed his home.

The shooting caused a lockdown of residence halls and Greek houses on campus.

"So there (is) a shooter on OSU campus aka Stillwater,” Pilgrim initially wrote on Twitter. "Hate to (say) it, but I can see why LOL.”


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Pilgrim transferred to Kentucky from Hampton, but never appeared in a game for the Wildcats. He then landed in Stillwater.

At OSU, Pilgrim has had several controversial moments, including a complaint that he harrassed a female student, which led to the filing of an EPO.

Former Wildcat Ramon Harris Plays in First D-League Game


Former Kentucky forward Ramon Harris played 20 minutes in his first NBA D-League game last night.

In Rio Grande's 118-116 win over Mexican club team Los Halcones, Harris had 5 points, 6 rebounds, 4 assists and 3 steals. He was 2-5 from the field and 1-2 from the free throw line.

Former Wildcat Patrick Patterson has been assigned to Rio Grande, but was not available for last night's game.

Orlando Mendez-Valdez, who starred at Western Kentucky, had 4 points and 2 assists for Los Halcones.


Chane Behanan Has Signed with Louisville


Evan Daniels of Scout.com reports that Bowling Green's Chane Behanan has made it official and signed his Letter of Intent with the University of Louisville.

Here is Daniel's post on the Scout.com Signing Day blog:

10:48: Louisville's first Letter of Intent is in. Chane Behanan has signed, according to Jody Demling's blog. Demling also has news that Blackshear will make his deal official at a press conference on Thursday. (ED)

Other news:

- Remy Abell from Louisville Eastern has signed his LOI with Bradley.

It's Signing Day and Kentucky is Ranked No. 1


Today is Signing Day for 2011 college basketball recruits and Kentucky is expected to sign the nation's top-rated class.

Scout.com's team rankings have UK on top, followed by Duke, Arkansas (kudos to John Pelphrey), St. John's and Texas.

Louisville comes in at No. 6.

The Wildcats expect to sign all four of their committed recruits:

1. Anthony Davis
5. Michael Gilchrist
6. Marquis Teague
19. Kyle Wiltjer

Louisville's class stand as:

12. Wayne Blackshear
29. Chane Behanan
53. Zach Price
NR Angel Nunez

You can follow all of the day's activities on Scout.com's Signing Day Blog. We will also be tracking the state schools and will provide updates when they are available.

Also, make sure you check out Jody Demling's rundown of UK, WKU and U of L.

* Photo: Screenshot from Scout.com

Morehead State Runs Away from Mountain State


Morehead State 95
Mountain State 76

Exhibition final from Morehead, Kentucky


MOREHEAD, Ky. – Kenneth Faried scored 25 points to lead Morehead State past Mountain State, 95-76, in a Tuesday night exhibition at Johnson Arena, their final tune-up before Friday's regular season opener.

Sam Goodman had 14 points and a team-high seven rebounds for the Eagles, while Demonte Harper had a huge night with 18 points and six boards against Mountain State, ranked second in NAIA basketball.

The Eagles open the regular season Friday night against Asbury University. Tip time is set for 7 p.m. in Johnson Arena.

Morehead State used a 12-4 run midway through the first half to build a 35-24 lead with 7:07 remaining in the first stanza. Freshman guard Kevin Gray scored seven points during the spurt, hitting one trey. Mountain State cut the lead back to seven with 4:11 remaining, however the Eagles built a 13 point lead to close out the half.

"Obviously that team is ranked number two in the country for a reason," MSU coach Donnie Tyndall said. "They are very, very talented with three Big East Conference transfers and a Conference USA transfer and a great coach in Bob Bolen, who in my opinion is the best coach in NAIA basketball. I was proud of how hard our kids competed against a very good basketball team."

The Eagles shot 41 percent from the floor in the first period and hit 39 percent of their three-point attempts (5-13). Harper led the Eagles at the break with 12 points. The Eagles scored 14 points, off of Mountain State’s 15 first-half turnovers.

Following the halftime break the Eagles blew the lead wide open, leading by as much as 30 points with 12:42 remaining. Faried led the titanic run with nine points, slamming home two crowd-wowing alley-oops.

For the second straight game five Eagle starters finished in double figures. Aside from Faried’s 25, the list that also included Ty Proffitt (10 points), Terrance Hill (13 points), Goodman (14 points), and Harper (18 points). For the Eagle newcomers, Gray finished with seven points on 3-of-5 shooting.

Morehead State shot 46 percent as a team for the game, shooting 40 percent or better in both halves. The Eagle defense forced 26 Cougar turnovers that led to 30 Eagle points.

Jamar Board scored 35 points on 7-of-12 shooting from behind the arc to lead the Cougars. Mountain State has a 3-0 regular season record early in the NAIA season.

* Game recap by Morehead State University


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Tuesday, November 9, 2010

Jared Carter Released by Erie BayHawks


Former Kentucky big man Jared Carter was released today by the NBA D-League's Erie BayHawks.

Carter was drafted just last week in the sixth round of the NBA D-League Draft.

The good news for Carter is that he is still listed on the official roster of the PBL's Vermont Frost Heaves.

Bogans Starting in Chicago Because He Knows His Role


Former Kentucky star Keith Bogans remains a starter for the Chicago Bulls because he knows how to properly utilize his strengths. Bogans is becoming the defensive stopper for the Bulls, which is keeping him ahead of Ronnie Brewer on the depth chart.

Here is an excerpt from ChicagoTribune.com:

"I remember ( Kentucky) coach (Tubby) Smith telling me, 'You've got to find something people don't want to do,' " Bogans said Tuesday. "So I took pride in defense. I think over the years I've gotten a little smarter, learned how to shortcut a little and get help from my teammates."

This mentality, along with his shooting ability to space the floor for Derrick Rose, is why Bogans remains the starter despite improved showings from Ronnie Brewer.

Bogans is averaging 4.3 points and 2.2 assists on the season.

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