Saturday, November 20, 2010

John Calipari Wants to Turn Terrence Jones Into a Man


John Calipari hopes to turn Kentucky freshman Terrence Jones into "a man" this season. Calipari sees a world of potential in the talented freshman, but feels Jones lacks toughness - which is typical of college freshmen.

The Kentucky head coach says he'll defend Jones in practice at Maui and he plans to "beat him with a pad" for two days.

Here is an excerpt of Calipari's comments from PortlandTribune.com:

“Terrence is an incredible talent,” said Rod Strickland (no relation to Pat), the ex-Blazer point guard now a special assistant for Calipari. “It’s just a matter of him getting better. He has a lot of gifts, a great feel for the game. He’s one of the guys who will be a facilitator, and at his size, that’s unusual. But like any young kid, he has to learn what the game’s all about.”

I get the feeling Calipari will take Jones on as a special project for the Wildcats, who chartered immediately after the game to Maui for a three-game, eight-team tournament.

“In Hawaii, I’m going to beat him with a pad for two days,” Calipari promised. “He’s going to drive against me, and I’m going to be like a blocking dummy, trying to knock him down so he has to play through it. He’s strong enough to do it. His habit is, ‘You bump me and I’ll fade away.’ That’s because he’s a freshman.”


Calipari added that he loves coaching Jones and even compared him to NBA star Lamar Odom, well with one difference:

“But Lamar Odom’s a man,” Calipari said. “It takes time to get there.”

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Centre Puts Huntingdon Away Early in LaGrange Classic


Centre College 64
Huntingdon College 45

Final from LaGrange, Georgia


Sophomore Bryon Ellis (Russell Springs, Ky.) led the way for the Colonels with 6-9 shooting in their second match of the LaGrange Classic on Saturday, November 20, as they beat Huntingdon College 64-45 in LaGrange, Ga. Centre improve to 3-0 overall with the win.

Senior Alex Lloyd (Versailles, Ky.) opened the game by hitting a jumper to put Centre ahead 2-0 and the Colonels would go on a 18-0 run from there before Huntingdon was able to get on the board.

Adrian Williams put the Hawks on the board at the 11:27 mark when he made a jumper to make it a 20-2 game.

Huntingdon then hit four straight free throws to make it a 20-6 game with 10:19 to go in the first half of action.

Junior Dee Smith (Lexington, Ky.) made a three point basket and sophomore Josh Crawford (Corbin, Ky.) went one for two from the free throw line to put the Colonels back ahead by 18 points with 8:51 remaining in the first half.

The Hawks would get within 10 points, but the Colonels were able to build their lead back up and they went into the break with a 38-16 lead.

Centre shot 53.8% from the field and 50% from the free throw line in the first half of play, while Huntingdon shot 26.3% from the floor and they made all four of their free throw attempts.

Complete Recap

Rajon Rondo Sidelined with Hamstring Injury


Former Kentucky star Rajon Rondo was injured in last night's game against Oklahoma City. The Celtics' point guard strained his left hamstring in the fourth quarter and was taken out of the game late.

He is listed as day-to-day and it is not known if he'll be available for Boston's two-day road trip that starts tomorrow.

Here is an excerpt from BostonHerald.com:

Rondo, after taking extra treatment following the game, listed himself as day-to-day.

“Just get treatment tomorrow and we’ll see,” he said. “(Coach) Doc (Rivers) made the decision. I guess he saw me limping and decided to pull me.”


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Georgetown Nets Convincing Win Over Embry-Riddle


Georgetown College 71
Embry-Riddle 53

Final from Georgetown, Kentucky

Georgetown College battled undefeated and NAIA No. 5 all night and came out on top 71-53. The Tigers (5-0) advance to the finals of the 17th Annual McDonald's-Central Bank Jim Reid Classic to face 4 p.m. Texas College, a 69-60 winner over Life University.

This is the 16th time in the finals for the Tigers, and won the tournament 15 straight times. The only loss was in the first round this past year to Life University.

Lexington native and former Henry Clay standout Vic Moses led all-scorers with 18 points. Georgetown native and Scott County standout Rodney Haddix contributed a double-double, 10 points and 12 rebounds. Eddie Gray finished with 11 points, three rebounds and three assists.

Box Score

* Game recap by Georgetown College

Murray State's Isacc Miles Mourning Loss of Mother

Murray State senior Isacc Miles is off to a slow start in 2010-11 and part of the reason is likely the recent loss of his mother.



Here is an excerpt from WPSDLocal6.com:

Murray State senior guard Isacc Miles has struggled so far this year for the Racers. He's made just 3 of 16 shots overall, and then turned it over five times at Ole Miss.

There may be a very good reason for his on-the-court struggles.

Miles' mother lost her battle with cancer several months ago. She is survived by not only Isacc, but his three younger sisters. Miles understandably has taken her death very hard. It's still a very sensitive topic with him and he chose to not speak to us about it.

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Cousins Trying to Get Starting Job Back and Other NBA Notes


NBA Recap - November 19, 2010:

- John Wall (Kentucky) DNP sprained ankle

- Terrence Williams (Louisville) DNP abdominal strain

- Rajon Rondo (Kentucky) had his first "off-night" of the season in Boston's 89-84 loss to Oklahoma City. Rondo had 14 points, 4 rebounds and 7 assists.

- Jodie Meeks (Kentucky) scored 2 points in 12 minutes in Philadelphia's 90-79 win over the Bucks.

- Chuck Hayes (Kentucky) had 2 points and 5 rebounds in Houston's 106-96 loss to Toronto.

- Courtney Lee (Western Kentucky) had 3 points for Houston.

- Nazr Mohammed (Kentucky) was 5-9 from the field for 12 points. He also pulled down 5 boards in Charlotte's 95-87 loss to Miami.

- Jamaal Magloire (Kentucky) DNP Coach's Decision

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

- Derrick Caracter (Louisville/UTEP) scored 5 points and grabbed 2 rebounds in the Lakers' 112-95 win over Minnesota. Unfortunately, Caracter also had 5 turnovers.

- Keith Bogans (Kentucky) did not score in the Bulls' 88-83 win over Dallas. Bogans was 0-5 from the field, all 3-pointers, and only had 1 rebound in 19 minutes.

- DeMarcus Cousins (Kentucky) played 29 minutes off the bench in Sacramento's 86-81 victory over New Jersey. He was only 2-8 from the field but did score 8 points while pulling down 10 rebounds. Starter Samuel Dalembert was 0-4 from the field and only scored 1 point.

NKU Gets Defensive in Win Over Christian Brothers


Northern Kentucky 51
Christian Brothers 44

Final from Highland Heights, Kentucky

HIGHLAND HEIGHTS, Ky. – Unlike last year, Northern Kentucky University did not need a buzzer-beating basket to defeat Christian Brothers when the two teams met Friday night.

Instead, NKU used a 22-0 run to key its 51-44 victory against Christian Brothers during the first round of the John L. Griffin/Lions Club Classic. NKU (2-0) trailed 16-5 with 9:51 remaining in the first half, but the Norse closed with an 18-0 run to take a 23-16 lead at the break.

NKU then scored the first four points of the second half to cap the 22-0 spurt and build a 27-16 advantage. The Norse held Christian Brothers (3-1) without a field goal for nearly 19 minutes and led by as many as 15 points in the second half.

“It’s a very good win, and that’s a team that is going to wind up in the NCAA Tournament,” NKU head coach Dave Bezold said. “They’re very well coached, and they force you into a certain style. I was very happy with, most of the night, our focus with the exception of probably the first five minutes of the first half, and maybe four or five minutes of the second half. We fouled too much in that last stretch, but I’m very happy we got the win.”

Malcolm Eleby scored 19 points and grabbed eight rebounds to lead NKU. Josh Tabb added 11 points for the Norse, who held Christian Brothers to 26.1 percent shooting from the field.

Complete Recap

Savage Shoots Campbellsville Past Trevecca Nazarene


Campbellsville 69
Trevecca Nazarene 67

Final from Columbia, Kentucky


COLUMBIA, Ky. - Campbellsville (2-1) raced to a 38-23 half-time lead against Trevecca, but needed two late 3s by Shawn Savage to peel out a 69-67 win Friday night.

The Tigers, taking on Trevecca Nazarene (3-1) in the Lindsey Wilson Classic, could not stand prosperity as the Trojans closed to within 45-38 with 13 minutes remaining in the game, aided by six CU turnovers in the first eight minutes. It got even worse as the Trojans used a career-night by JP Nyadaro (20 points) to lead 67-63 with just under 30 seconds in the game.

"We learned a lesson tonight," said CU coach Keith Adkins, "and thank goodness it didn't take a loss to learn it.

"We did not take care of business. We were lucky. We got out with a win."

Campbellsville fouled Michael France with 16 second to go trailing 67-66 and the sophomore guard missed both tosses. That set up Savage's top-of-the-key 3 that proved to be the game-winner. Savage ended the game with 12 points on four 3s.

JaVaughn Espritt led a balanced CU attack with 17. Brandon Williams and Brett Crittenden had 12 apiece.

Campbellsville's 13 second-half turnover were its undoing.

"There is no excuse for that," said Adkins. "We have to value the ball more than that. And we were playing four perimeter players most of the second half."

It is right back to the hardwood, as Campbellsville will face Cumberland University in Columbia on Saturday in its second Lindsey Wilson Classic matchup.

* Game recap by Campbellsville University

Louisville Prepares for Meeting with Jackson State


LOUISVILLE, Ky. - University of Louisville head coach Rick Pitino and freshman guard Elisha Justice met with the media Friday afternoon at the Yum! Center to preview Saturday's contest against Jackson State on Saturday, Nov. 20, at the KFC Yum! Center. Start time is set for 7:37 p.m. in the first game of the Global Sports Shootout.

The Cardinals (1-0) opened the new season and arena in style on Nov. 16, upsetting 16th-ranked Butler, 88-73. Rakeem Buckles led the charge with 17 points and 11 boards, while Terrence Jennings tallied 13 points and eight boards in the win. The Cardinals had three other players finish in double figures, giving Louisville five double-digit scorers for the first time since Dec. 19, 2009, when Louisville had six players with at least 10 points in a 102-75 win over Western Kentucky. Defensively, the Cardinals held the 2010 national runners-up, Butler, to only 35 percent shooting from the field.

Jackson State (0-3) is coming off a tough 63-49 loss against No. 17 Baylor on Nov. 18. The Tigers' leading scorer, Rod Melvin, finished the game with 22 points - six buckets from beyond the arc - and four assists.

Under the direction of Tevester Anderson, who's in his eighth season, Jackson State returns four starters from last year's 19-13 squad, which won the SWAC and reached the NIT. Four Tigers earned preseason all-SWAC first second team honors. The team is led by Jenirro Bush, who's averaging 12.3 points per game, and De'Suan Dixon, who's averaging 5.3 rebounds per contest.

The Series - Louisville vs. Jackson State

The Cardinals and Tigers will face each other for the third time in series history. In the last meeting, Louisville posted an 84-53 win over Jackson State in the second round of the Las Vegas Invitational, which was held at Freedom Hall. Earl Clark registered 20 points, 14 boards and seven assists in the win. The first meeting featured a 90-64 Louisville victory on Nov. 24, 1994, in the Great Alaska Shootout. In that game, DeJuan Wheat had 25 points, five rebounds and three steals. One of the key factors that contributed to the Cardinals' win was the defense forcing 29 turnovers, with 18 steals.

GAME FACTS - Louisville vs. Jackson State

Date: Saturday, Nov. 20
Time: 7:37 p.m. ET
Site: KFC Yum! Center/Crum Court, Louisville, Ky. (22,000)
TV: WHAS (Ch. 11 in Louisville) will televise the game, with Drew Deener (play-by-play) and Bob Valvano (analyst) calling the action.
Radio: WHAS (840 AM) will broadcast the game on radio, with Paul Rogers (play-by-play) and Bob Valvano (analyst) calling the action.
SIRIUS: Game will not be available on SIRIUS or XM satellite radio.
Series History: Louisville leads the all-time series, 2-0 (1-0 in Louisville; 1-0 neutral)
Last Meeting: U of L 84, Jackson State 53 (Nov. 18, 2007, at Freedom Hall)
Officials: Roger Ayers, Clarence Armstrong, Mike Roberts
Next U of L Game: Nov. 22 vs. Chattanooga in the Global Sports Shootout, KFC Yum! Center, 7 p.m. (ESPN3.com)

* Article by University of Louisville

Kentucky Hammers Portland in Maui Tuneup


(12) Kentucky 79
Portland 48

Final from Portland, Oregon

The Kentucky Wildcats opened the game on a 15-0 run and never looked back on the way to a 79-48 win over Portland.

The Pilots (3-1) had early shooting woes and Kentucky took advantage, highlighted by seven consecutive points from Darius Miller.

Miller finished with 15 points, 5 rebounds, 4 assists, 4 blocks and 5 steals for Kentucky (2-0).

Brandon Knight led the Wildcats with 21 points on 7-13 shooting. Doron Lamb came off the bench to scored 13.

Terrence Jones, a Portland native, had 12 points and 5 rebounds.

Portland was led by Eric Waterford's 12 points.

The Wildcats were 28-51 (54.9%) from the field, including 8-18 (44.4%) from long range.

UK heads to Hawaii next for the Maui Invitationals. They will battle Oklahoma on Monday and then either Washington or Virginia or Tuesday.


Notes:

- Josh Harrellson started and pulled down a career high 12 rebounds for UK

- Speaking of starters, the Wildcats went with Harrellson, Millers, Jones, Knight and Liggins; Doron Lamb served as the sixth man

- Jared Stohl, the top-ranked 3-point shooter in the nation, was 1-7 from beyond the arc

- Darius Miller recorded career high five steals and four blocks

- On the season, Miller and Doron Lamb are a combined 11-18 (61.1%) from long range

- I guess Portland wasn't nearly as "dangerous" as John Calipari thought

- UK will battle Oklahoma at 5:30 p.m. ET on Monday (ESPN2)

Lorenzo Romar: "John Calipari didn't do anything wrong"


University of Washington head coach Lorenzo Romar stated today that John Calipari did nothing wrong in his recruitment of Oregon star Terrence Jones.

Here is an excerpt from TheNewsTribune.com:

Because Kentucky also is in the Maui field and looms as a potential second-game opponent, it was inevitable that the recruitment of Portland's Terrence Jones would come up.

Today it did, with coach Lorenzo Romar cutting straight to the point: "Kentucky coach John) Calipari didn't do anything wrong in that situation," he said.

Romar also said that while Jones -- who publicly committed to UW before doing a quick about-face and going to Kentucky -- probably wishes he could handle his end of the deal differently. But again, Romar seemed to have no interest in blame, and wishes Jones well.

Friday, November 19, 2010

Big Run Propels Mid-Continent to Win Over Lourdes


Mid-Continent 78
Lourdes College 68

Final from Columbus, Ohio

COLUMBUS, Ohio - Mid-Continent University (4-4) out-scored Lourdes College of Ohio (3-5), 18-2, in the last 6:22 of the first half and gained a 36-19 halftime lead on its way to a 78-68 victory in Friday, November 19 men's basketball action at Ohio Dominican University's Red Roof Inn Invitational in Alumni Hall in Columbus, Ohio. MCU led by 23 points in the second half.

Mid-Continent (3-4) meets Ohio Dominican University, Saturday afternoon, Nov. 20, at 2 p.m. Central time, at the Red Roof Inn Invitational. Ohio Dominican is offering Live Stats: Click this link for Live Stats. Ohio Dominican defeated Cincinnati Christian, 87-59, Friday night to set up the tournament championship clash against MCU.

MCU's leading scorer, junior forward Tim Bryant (Chicago, IL/North Lawndale HS/Malcolm X CC; pictured on the left), averaging 17.7 points per game, totaled 15 points with one three-pointer and 8 free throws in 8 attempts, 6 rebounds, 2 assists, 2 steals and a blocked shot, and junior forward Chris Ferguson (Oakland, CA/Royal Sunset HS/Feather River CC, CA; pictured above on the right), MCU's leading rebounder and second-leading scorer averaging 14.1 points and 11.1 rebounds per game, added 15 points, 12 in the first half, and 15 rebounds, his fifth double double of the season in just eight games, and also contributed 5 assists, 5 blocked shots and 2 steals.

Complete Recap

Centre College Rolls to Win Over LaGrange


Centre College 62
LaGrange College 48

Final from LaGrange, Georgia


Junior forward Greg Ross (Cincinnati, Ohio) scored 27 points off the bench to help lead the Centre College men's basketball team to a 62-48 win over LaGrange College Friday, Nov. 19 in LaGrange, Ga.

The Colonels improve to 2-0 on the year, while LaGrange falls to 0-1. The game was played as part of the Coaches vs. Cancer Tip-off Classic, hosted by the Panthers.

Centre fell behind 7-3 in the first four minutes, but after tying the game at 13-13 with 10:25 left in the opening half, the Colonels scored five straight to take an 18-13 lead.

That lead grew to 11 points when freshman Donovan Whiteside (Knoxville, Tenn.) hit a three-pointer to give Centre a 29-18 lead. LaGrange hit a jumper at the end of the half, but the Colonels went to the locker room with a 29-21 lead at the intermission.

The Panthers opened the second half with an 11-2 run to take a 32-31 advantage with 15:48 on the clock, but Centre regained the lead after Ross hit a free throw to tie the game and a lay-up to give the Colonels the lead.

Centre led the remainder of the way. Up 36-35, the Colonels used a 20-4 run to take a 16-point lead with 4:18 to play before finishing with the 14-point victory.

Complete Recap

WKU's Cliff Dixon Causes Concern with Twitter Posts


Western Kentucky's Cliff Dixon posted a couple of alarming Tweets following the Hilltoppers' come-from-behind victory over Hofstra today.

Dixon posted on Twitter:

WKUROCKSTAR I Don't Wanna Hoop No More....

He followed that with:

WKUROCKSTAR Life Goes On

His posts have created a concerned buzz from Western Kentucky fans on the Internet.

Dixon is averaging 5.5 points and 6.5 rebounds in four games. He has only averaged 1.5 points during the team's two games in Puerto Rico.

My Thoughts: Probably just a quick over-reaction from Dixon but something for Hilltopper fans to keep an eye on.

John Wall Misses Third Straight Game with Ankle Injury


Former Kentucky star John Wall was ruled out of tonight's game against the Memphis Grizzlies. It is the third consecutive game that Wall has missed with a sprained left ankle.

Wizards head coach Flip Saunders is hopeful that Wall will return to the lineup Sunday.

Here is an excerpt from WashingtonPost.com:

"I'm hoping tomorrow," Saunders said when asked when Wall realistically could be back on the court. "He has been day-to-day. In our last game we had at home [on Nov. 16, a 109-94 win against Toronto], he made great progress. He had no swelling in his ankle, but when he went to run he still got some pain, kind of on the inside of his ankle, so when he's able to cut without a significant amount of pain, then he'll be able to go."

The Wizards' next game is Sunday at Detroit.

Wall went to the doctor this morning for further evaluation, and Saunders said results indicated the current cause of discomfort for the No. 1 overall pick is a contusion on the inside of his ankle. Saunders said he was hoping for Wall to get in some shooting and to be able to test his foot to see if it can withstand the stress of planting and pivoting.

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Some News from Earl Clark and Other NBA Notes


NBA Recap - November 18, 2010:

- Eric Bledsoe (Kentucky) had a solid all-around game in the Clippers' 107-80 loss to Indiana. Bledsoe had 8 points, 8 rebounds, 5 assists and 3 steals.

- Earl Clark (Louisville) had perhaps his best game of the season in the Suns' 105-89 loss to the Magic. Clark earned 16 minutes off the bench and had 12 points and 6 rebounds.

Maryville Drops Thomas More in Marietta Shrine Tourney


Maryville 106
Thomas More 85

Final from Marietta, Ohio


(MARIETTA, Ohio) - Senior shooting guard Aaron Miller (Lexington, Ky./Henry Clay) scored a team-high 29 points, but it wasn't enough as the Thomas More College men's basketball team fell, 106-85, to Maryville (Tenn.) College tonight (Friday, November 19, 2010) in the first round of the 40th Annual Marietta College Shrine Tournament at Ban Johnson Arena in Marietta, Ohio.

With the loss, the Saints fall to 1-1 and will play either Marietta or Salem International University in the consolation game tomorrow (Saturday, November 20) at 2 p.m. With the win, the Scots improve to 1-1 on the season.

Thomas More raced out to a 12-9 lead when junior shooting guard Ross Renken (Cincinnati, Ohio/Oak Hills) made a three-pointer with 15:20 to play in the first half. Maryville answered with a 22-15 run capped by two free-throws by Eryk Watson to take a 31-27 lead with 8:21 to play in the half. The Saints responded with a 14-8 run to take a 41-39 lead with 2:06 to play in the opening half when Miller made two free-throws. The Scots then closed out the half on a 6-3 run to take a 45-45 lead at halftime when Milton Stanley made a jumper with 26-seconds to play in the half.

The Saints opened the second half on a 4-0 run to take a 48-45 lead on a Miller layup with 18:25 to play in game, but Maryville then outscored the Saints, 61-37, the rest of the way for the 106-85 win.

Miller led three Saints in double-figure scoring as senior shooting guard Brian Muse (Bethel, Ohio/Bethel) scored 14 and junior center Colt Stafford (Groveport, Ohio/Bishop Hartley) scored 10. Miller also led the team in rebounding as he pulled down seven rebounds.

* Game recap by Thomas More College

There's Some "Bad Blood" Between Kentucky and Washington


With a potential battle in the Maui Invitational looming, Jason King of Yahoo! Sports discusses the "bad blood" between the Kentucky Wildcats and the Washington Huskies.

King touches on the recruiting battles the two schools have participated in, particularly the drama surrounding both Terrence Jones and Enes Kanter.

Here is an excerpt:

Kanter (who was ruled ineligible by the NCAA last week) signed a national letter of intent with the Wildcats on April 14, but the situation didn’t end there.

On April 30, Washington thought it had landed another high-profile recruit in Portland native Terrence Jones. But moments after announcing his intentions at a press conference, a tearful Jones phoned Kentucky coach John Calipari and expressed regret over the decision.

Three weeks later, the 6-foot-9 Jones signed a financial aid agreement with the Wildcats.

“It was the weirdest thing I’ve ever seen in recruiting,” Washington guard Isaiah Thomas told Sports Illustrated last summer. “Because everything [Jones] did made it seem like he was coming to Washington. I wouldn’t have anything to do with a school if I wasn’t going there, but [Jones], on the day before he signed with Kentucky, came up to campus for the whole day.”


Thomas added:

“If we play them, I’ll be talking mess the whole game."

Terrence Williams Returns to Inactive List with Injury


Former Louisville star Terrence Williams has been placed on New Jersey's inactive list again with an abdominal strain.

Williams returned for the Nets' last game and played just over six minutes with limited productivity.

Here is an excerpt from NJ.com:

Williams had missed four straight games with a strained abdominal muscle before getting the go-ahead to get back in uniform against the Jazz. But he played just 6:11 in the first half in the game, and coach Avery Johnson said he didn't see "the burst'' he needed to see from Williams in the game. So Williams is back on the inactive list and rookie Ben Uzoh is back in the lineup against the Kings.

Kentucky Wesleyan Handles Asbury in Exhibition


Kentucky Wesleyan 82
Asbury University 64

Exhibition final from Owensboro, Kentucky


Anthony Young continued to show his versatility for Kentucky Wesleyan College on Thursday night.

The junior center from Indianapolis recorded a double-double with 21 points and 10 rebounds to lead the Panthers to an 82-64 victory over Asbury in front of 2,500 fans at the Sportscenter.

Along with his work on the glass, Young displayed some long-range touch shooting the basketball. He hit 3-of-6 on 3-pointers and was solid at the free-throw line with a 6-of-7 night.

“It’s been that way a lot for me,” Young said of his 3-point shooting during his career. “Most teams we play against probably are not used to a post player shooting from out there, and they will give me some separation.”

Asbury was drastically undersized to be able to handle a 6-foot-7 player anyway, and when Young stepped out, he was usually open to try to knock down those shots.

“Coach Todd Lee will give you the green light if it’s an open shot and a good shot,” said Young, who made 6-of-14 from the floor in the game.

Lee didn’t especially want the Panthers shooting a lot of 3s in the first half. They were 6-of-15 on 3-pointers (40 percent) and 14-of-34 from the floor (41.2 percent) in the first 20 minutes.

“Anthony, I want him shooting them when he’s wide open, but a point of emphasis before the game was to get the ball inside,” Lee said. “We shot too many 3s in the first half, but we did a better job of not doing that in the second half.”

Complete Recap

Box Score

Without Kanter, UK May Play Like...Gasp...Louisville


Mike DeCourcy of SportingNews.com says that without Enes Kanter, the Kentucky Wildcats may be forced to play a style of basketball that is similar to the Louisville Cardinals.

Here is an excerpt:

Without him, UK has two choices: live with Josh Harrellson and Eloy Vargas, each of whom is probably suited for no more than a 15-minute role, or play small and surround 6-8 Terrence Jones with a bunch of guards and wings.

UK has them: Brandon Knight, DeAndre Liggins, Darius Miller, Doron Lamb, Jon Hood, Stacey Poole. That would be a drastic solution, though. It would leave the Wildcats vulnerable on the boards and anytime an opponent advanced the ball past the foul line.

With the obstacles the Wildcats face in a Kanter-free world, the two most important elements will be attacking without turning over the ball, and consistently making a reasonable share of 3-point shots.

They might wind up playing a little like ... Louisville.

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MSU Loses to UNC-Wilmington in Disappointing Fashion


UNC-Wilmington 60
Morehead State 58

Final from Wilmington, North Carolina


WILMINGTON, N.C.--Morehead State was beaten at its own game Thursday night, falling 60-58 to UNC Wilmington at Trask Coliseum in a non-conference game.

UNCW won the battle of the boards, 33-32, and MSU played most of the game in foul trouble, accumulating 21 fouls to the Seahawks' 12. The Eagles got to the foul line just nine times, well shy of their 21.5 per-game average, and hit just five of those.

"We have to do a better job driving the basketball," MSU coach Donnie Tyndall said. "I thought Wilmington played with a lot of grit and a lot of determination."

The game was MSU’s second in the Global Sports Invitational. The Eagles, who fell to 2-1, play at Florida Sunday and then at Ohio State Tuesday as part of the same tournament.

Morehead State led by five a couple of times during the course of the game, but UNCW closed the gap each time, forcing 10 ties and 13 lead changes in the back-and-forth game.

The close game had a frantic finish, starting with Donte Morales’ 3-pointer with 2:21 left that broke a 53-all tie. MSU senior Sam Goodman countered with his own trey 23 seconds later and re-tied the game with 1:58 to play. A bucket by UNCW’s Chad Tomko was offset by a Demonte Harper layup with 35 seconds left.

Tomko swished a 12-foot leaning jumper with 3.5 seconds left, giving the Eagles time for a game-winner, but Harper was forced out of bounds along the sideline, ending the game.

"I thought Wilmington played well," Tyndall said. "It was a tough, challenging environment and I don't think we stepped up to the challenge."

MSU senior Kenneth Faried led the Eagles with 16 points, 13 rebounds and four steals and Terrance Hill sunk four 3-pointers, three in the second half, to finish with 12 points. Goodman had 11 points and four assists, and Harper dished out four assists as well.

Trevor Deloach led all scorers and rebounders with 17 points and 14 rebounds. Tomko, the Seahawks' leading scorer, was held to just one field goal in the first half, but finished with the two made buckets at the end of the game to score 12 points along with four assists. Morales scored 11 for UNCW.

Morehead State’s game at Florida will tip off at 3:30 p.m. That game will be regionally televised on Fox Sports South.

* Game recap by Morehead State University

Get Ready for a Busy Weekend of Basketball in Kentucky


Friday

4:00 p.m. Union College vs. Tabor College (at Sterling, Kansas)
5:30 p.m. Thomas More vs. Maryville (at Marietta, Ohio)
6:00 p.m. Spalding University at William Penn University
6:00 p.m. Mid-Continent vs. Lourdes College (at Ohio Dominican)
7:00 p.m. Centre College at LaGrange
7:00 p.m. Campbellsville vs. Trevecca Nazarene (at Columbia, Kentucky)
7:45 p.m. Christian Brothers at Northern Kentucky
8:00 p.m. Kentucky Christian vs. Valley Forge Christian College (at Phoenixville, PA)
8:00 p.m. Embry-Riddle at Georgetown College
8:00 p.m. Berea College vs. Mt. Vernon Nazarene (at Indianapolis, Indiana)
8:00 p.m. Alice Lloyd College at Pikeville College
9:00 p.m. Cumberland University at Lindsey Wilson
10:30 p.m. Kentucky at Portland
TBA Western Kentucky vs. TBA (at San Juan, Puerto Rico)

Saturday

1:00 p.m. Campbellsville vs. Cumberland University (at Columbia, Kentucky)
2:00 p.m. Centre College vs. Huntingdon (at LaGrange)
2:00 p.m. Kentucky Christian vs. Florida Christian College (at Phoenixville, PA)
3:00 p.m. Trevecca Nazarene at Lindsey Wilson
4:30 p.m. Bryan College at Kentucky Wesleyan
7:00 p.m. Bluefield College at Pikeville College
7:00 p.m. Presbyterian College at Eastern Kentucky
7:30 p.m. Jackson State at Louisville
7:45 p.m. Charleston (W.Va.) at Northern Kentucky
8:00 p.m. Reinhardt at Murray State
8:00 p.m. Union College at Sterling College
TBA Berea College vs. TBA (at Indianapolis, Indiana)
TBA Spalding University vs. TBA
TBA Thomas More vs. TBA (at Marietta, Ohio)
TBA Alice Lloyd College vs. TBA (at Pikeville, Kentucky)
TBA Mid-Continent vs. TBA (at Ohio Dominican)
TBA TBA vs. Georgetown College

Sunday

2:00 p.m. Texas College at Georgetown College
2:00 p.m. Wayne State University at Bellarmine
TBA Western Kentucky vs. TBA (at San Juan, Puerto Rico)
TBA Morehead State at Florida

Video: Kentucky Wildcats Visit Children's Hospital



The Kentucky basketball team and coaching staff visited a children's hospital in Portland yesterday. Here is some footage of the visit and some clips of John Calipari and UK freshman Terrence Jones (via OregonLive.com):

Kelenna Azubuike May Make New York Debut Soon


Former Kentucky star Kelenna Azubuike feels that he is close to making his debut with the New York Knicks - possibly as soon as two weeks.

Azubuike has not played this season while rehabilitating his knee following surgery. He participated in a 4-on-4 scrimmage at a recent New York practice and believes he is 1-2 weeks away from returning as a full-time member of practice.

Here is an excerpt from NYPost.com:

Azubuike will sit on the bench in a suit tonight when the Knicks (4-8) face the Warriors. He had patella tendon surgery Nov. 18, 2009, and Golden State sources believed it would take him one full year before he would play again.

"It's about that time," Azubuike said. "It's getting really close. I smell it. A couple of more scrimmages under my belt, get plays down more and I'll be good to go. It's just a matter of time."


Complete Article

Murray State to Hold Weekend Food Drive


Racer fans have two opportunities this Saturday to help those in need and get a great deal on Murray State football and basketball tickets.

Fans attending Saturday’s football game against Tennessee State at 1:00 p.m. will receive a free general admission ticket with the purchase of a ticket and donation of a food item.

Those attending the men’s basketball game at 7:00 p.m. on Saturday against Reinhardt will be able to purchase a $1 general admission ticket with the donation of a food item.

In addition, the Student Athlete Advisory Committee will be holding a food drive Nov. 20 through Dec. 15 with MSU teams competing against each other for the highest average of items donated per person. Donations of food or money (to purchase eggs) can be given to athletes or dropped off at the Murray State athletic offices with Steve Harrell and specified which athletic program they want to be counted towards. The winning program will be announced at the men’s basketball game on Dec. 15th.

The women’s golf team took top honors in 2009, bringing in a total of 1,080 lbs of food and averaging 120 lbs per player.

All donations will go to the Murray-Calloway Need Line.

* Article by Murray State University

Breaking: Bruce Pearl Suspended First Eight SEC Games


Tennessee head coach Bruce Pearl has been suspended for his team's first eight Southeastern Conference league games this season.

He will not miss any games against Kentucky.

Here is the release from the SEC:

BIRMINGHAM, Ala. - University of Tennessee head men’s basketball coach Bruce Pearl has been suspended from the first eight Southeastern Conference games of the 2011 conference season, SEC Commissioner Mike Slive announced Friday.

As a result of the suspension, Pearl is suspended from all team activities on the dates of the following games:

Jan. 8, 2011 Tennessee at Arkansas
Jan. 11, 2011 Florida at Tennessee
Jan. 15, 2011 Vanderbilt at Tennessee
Jan. 18, 2011 Tennessee at Georgia
Jan. 26, 2011 LSU at Tennessee
Jan. 29, 2011 Tennessee at Ole Miss
Feb. 3, 2011 Tennessee at Auburn
Feb. 5, 2011 Alabama at Tennessee

Team activities include, but are not limited to practices, meetings, pre- and post-game activities and the game itself.

The violations that led to the suspension were discovered during an investigation by the NCAA into the University of Tennessee men’s basketball program. The results were reported to the SEC by the institution.

“The suspension from coaching duties has been imposed after a careful review of the facts established during the NCAA’s investigation and reported to the SEC office,” said Slive. “I am extremely disappointed in the nature of the violations involving Coach Pearl and the Tennessee men’s basketball program. The penalty applied to this circumstance is significant, which is consistent with the directive approved by the SEC membership in 2010 granting the Commissioner authority to act in such cases.”

At the 2010 SEC Annual Meeting, the Presidents & Chancellors of the conference reconfirmed that the Commissioner “has the authority to suspend institutional staff members from participation in recruiting activities or participation in practice and/or competition due to their involvement in violations of NCAA or SEC rules.

NKU to Host John L. Griffin/Lions Club Classic


HIGHLAND HEIGHTS, Ky. – Northern Kentucky University plays host to the 29th annual John L. Griffin/Lions Club Classic this weekend, and the Norse (1-0) will meet unbeaten Christian Brothers (3-0) in the first round Friday at 7:45 p.m.

NKU concludes the two-day event Saturday by facing Charleston (W.Va.) at 7:45 p.m. This year’s event will be a round-robin classic with predetermined opponents. UC-Clermont is the fourth team and plays Charleston (1-0) at 5:30 p.m. Friday. The Cougars (2-1) face Christian Brothers at 5:30 p.m. Saturday.

Complete preview

John L. Griffin/Lions Club Classic

Highland Heights, Ky. – The Bank of Kentucky Center (9,400)

Fri., Nov. 19

UC-Clermont (2-1) vs. Charleston (W.Va.) (1-0), 5:30 p.m.
Christian Brothers (3-0) at NKU (1-0), 7:45 p.m.

Sat., Nov. 20

UC-Clermont vs. Christian Brothers, 5:30 p.m.
Charleston at NKU, 7:45 p.m.

Calipari Says Kentucky Wildcats Could Be 1-4 After Road Trip


John Calipari is sending out warning signals to anyone who will listen as Kentucky embarks on a four-game road stretch that includes a game at Portland and three in Maui.

He cautions that the Wildcats could be 1-4 when they get back:

"We could be - wow, I hope we're not - 1-4 when we get back," Calipari said. "But we could be."

Here is an excerpt of Calipari's comments from Jerry Tipton of the Herald-Leader:

Whatever happens, the experience figures to do Kentucky good. Calipari voiced that message when meeting with reporters Wednesday.

"One of them is getting knocked down by a team you should beat because you weren't ready to play," he said of the experiences UK needs. "You think at halftime, you can turn it on. But it's too late. So that's an experience they have to deal with.

"Another is playing a better team, better because they've been together three years. How do you play? You have to take better shots. You must scramble. You must play harder. You can't play loosey-goosey."


Complete Article

Morehead State Signs Moore's Deondre McWhorter


Jody Demling of the Courier-Journal reports that Morehead State has signed 6-9 forward Deondre McWhorter from Moore High School.

Here is an excerpt from Demling's report:

Moore High School senior big man Deondre McWhorter has signed with Morehead State University.

A member of the Derek Smith All-Stars AAU program, the 6-foot-9 McWhorter averaged 12 points and 7.5 rebounds a game as a junior for the Mustangs.

McWhorter has a triple-double as a junior when he tallied 13 points, 13 rebounds and 12 blocked shots in a victory over Shawnee.

Complete Article

Thursday, November 18, 2010

Five Former Wildcats Make NBA All-Star Ballot


Five former Kentucky stars have made the cut for the NBA All-Star Ballot:

- Rajon Rondo, Celtics

- John Wall, Wizards

- Tayshaun Prince, Pistons

- Nazr Mohammed, Bobcats

- DeMarcus Cousins, Kings

Excerpt of Release from NBA.com:

LOS ANGELES -- The 2011 NBA All-Star Ballot was unveiled today during a special tip-off event in Los Angeles, the Official Host City of NBA All-Star 2011. NBA All-Star Balloting presented by T-Mobile will begin this afternoon at 3 p.m. ET. The 60th NBA All-Star Game, which will air live on TNT and ESPN Radio in the U.S., and reach fans in more than 200 countries and territories in more than 40 languages, will be played at STAPLES Center on Sunday, Feb. 20, 2011.

2011 NBA All-Star Balloting presented by T-Mobile, with associate partner 2K Sports, allows fans around the world to vote daily for their favorite players as starters for the 2011 NBA All-Star Game. There are several ways fans can cast their votes, including: at each NBA arena; in 20 languages on NBA.com; and through mobile phones by texting the player's last name to 6-9-6-2-2 ("MYNBA") or by visiting m.nba.com on any wireless carrier.

For SMS voting, fans can vote for All-Stars any time by texting a player's last name from their mobile phones on any wireless carrier. Fans can cast one SMS vote per day, per phone number. Message and data rates may apply. T-Mobile customers will receive an exclusive 15 percent discount code to NBAStore.com for voting via SMS voting. Upon voting, T-Mobile customers will get a bounceback message with a discount code for them to use on NBAStore.com.

Fans can vote directly on NBA.com or use their Facebook profile information to help create an NBA.com All-Access account, which enables them to complete a ballot. After submitting their All-Star selections, fans will have the ability to share them with their friends on Facebook and followers on Twitter, and encourage others to cast their ballots.

For the first time, fans can print paper ballots at home through their web connected HP Photosmart printer. HP customers can simply download and launch the NBA print application directly from the touchscreen panel on the front of their printer. Fans can print one specially coded ballot per day and put it in the mail as directed on the form. Paper balloting at NBA arenas and through the NBA Print App on HP printers will continue through Jan. 17, while wireless and SMS balloting, and voting on NBA.com will conclude Jan. 23. Starters will be announced live on TNT on Jan. 27, during a special one-hour pregame show at 7 pm ET featuring Ernie Johnson, Charles Barkley and Kenny Smith. The special will air prior to TNT's exclusive doubleheader featuring the Miami Heat at the New York Knicks (8 pm ET) and the Boston Celtics at the Portland Trail Blazers (10:30 pm ET).

The NBA All-Star ballot lists 120 players -- 60 each from the Eastern and Western conferences -- with 24 guards, 24 forwards, and 12 centers from each conference comprising the list. Voters select two guards, two forwards and one center from each conference.

Former Mr. Basketball Lofton Makes Iowa Energy Roster


Former Kentucky Mr. Basketball Chris Lofton has made the Iowa Energy's final roster in the NBA D-League.

Lofton led Mason County to a state championship before enjoying a successful college career at Tennessee.

Here is the release from the Energy:

The Iowa Energy have waived guards Stefhon Hannah (6'1''-G-85, college: Missouri), Kammron Taylor (6'2''-G-84, agency: Edge Sports, college: Wisconsin), Jason Bohannon (6'2''-G-87, agency: N.E.T.), David Nurse (6'3''-G-87, college: UMKC) and forward Kendrick Price (6'8''-F-86, college: Michigan). The roster now stands at 10 players, including Phoenix Suns assignee Gani Lawal.

Following is the list of players remaining on the training camp roster:

Name Pos Ht From

Curtis Stinson G 6'3 Iowa State

Kyle Weaver G 6'5 Washington State

Chris Lofton G 6'2 Tennessee

Shyron Ely G 6'4 Evansville

Michael Haynes F 6'7 Fordham

Scott Vandermeer C 7'1 Illinois-Chicago

Connor Atchley F 6'10 Texas

Gani Lawal* F 6'9 Georgia Tech (Phoenix Suns Assignee)

Courtney Sims F/C 6'11 Michigan

Othyus Jeffers G/F 6'5 Robert Morris (IL)

* - Rookie

Courtesy of www.oursportscentral.com

John Wall, Wale to Distribute Thanksgiving Dinners Friday


John Wall and a local rapper named Wale will be distributing 100 Thanksgiving dinners to families in Washington, D.C. tomorrow.

Here is an excerpt from TheFabEmpire.com:

Local rapper Wale along with NBA player John Wall will be distributing 100 Thanksgiving dinners to local families on Friday, Nov. 19.

If your family is in need or you know a family who is, stop by Bar 7 (1015 1/2 7th Street NW) on
Friday from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.

My Thoughts: Keep in mind, Wall doesn't have the "type of character" that is needed to play for Roy Williams at North Carolina. Kudos to Wall for using his talent to help others.

Cezar Guerrero Backs Out on Western Kentucky


According to Jerry Meyer of Rivals.com, point guard Cezar Guerrero has backed out on Western Kentucky and decided to reopen his recruitment.

Here is an excerpt from the article:

There has been a change of plans for Cezar Guerrero, and Western Kentucky no longer has a nationally ranked recruiting class.

DeMarcus Cousins Gets Double-Double and Other NBA Notes


NBA Recap - November 17, 2010:

- Earl Clark (Louisville) played 14 minutes in the Suns' 123-96 loss to Miami. He had 3 points and 4 rebounds.

- Jamaal Magloire (Kentucky) DNP Coach's Decision

- Jodie Meeks (Kentucky) DNP Coach's Decision

- Rajon Rondo (Kentucky) had 12 points and 13 assists in Boston's 114-83 win over Washington.

- John Wall (Kentucky) DNP sprained ankle

- Derrick Caracter (Louisville/UTEP) had 6 points and 5 rebounds in the Lakers' 103-90 win over Detroit.

- Tayshaun Prince (Kentucky) scored 13 points and pulled down 6 rebounds for the Pistons.

- Eric Bledsoe (Kentucky) scored 10 points and dished our 4 assists in the Clippers' 113-111 loss to Minnesota.

- Chuck Hayes (Kentucky) had 3 points and 3 rebounds in Houston's 116-99 loss to Oklahoma City. Hayes played 13 minutes off the Houston bench.

- Courtney Lee (Western Kentucky) put in 3 points and 2 rebounds off the Rockets' bench.

- Terrence Williams (Louisville) returned to action following an injury but did not score in 6 minutes. The Nets lost to Utah by a score of 98-88.

- Jeremy Evans (Western Kentucky) DNP coach's decision

- Keith Bogans (Kentucky) scored 3 points in Chicago's 103-94 loss to San Antonio.

- DeMarcus Cousins (Kentucky) had his best game in some time as he played 30 minutes off the bench in Sacramento's 113-106 loss to New York. Cousins had 15 points, 10 rebounds and 2 blocked shots.

Three Future Wildcats are Named High School All-Americans


Anthony Davis, Marquis Teague and Michael Gilchrist have been named first team high school All-Americans by High Potential Scouting Service.

The three future Kentucky Wildcats are joined on the first team by Austin Rivers (Duke) and Rakeem Christmas (Syracuse).

All three players signed with Kentucky last week.

A fourth future Cat, Kyle Wiltjer, was named to the fourth team.

Future Louisville Cardinal Wayne Blackshear made the third team and Bowling Green's Chane Behanan is on the fifth team.

Northern Kentucky Signs LaSalle Standout Ryan Fleming


HIGHLAND HEIGHTS, Ky. – Northern Kentucky University men’s basketball head coach Dave Bezold has signed LaSalle High School standout guard Ryan Fleming to a national letter of intent.

Fleming, a 6-foot-3 senior at LaSalle, averaged 10.7 points and 6.2 rebounds per game last season. He also dished out 3.4 assists per contest and was named to the All-Greater Catholic League’s first team.

Both of Fleming’s parents played basketball at NKU. His father, Dan, earned four letters for NKU from 1981-85 and scored 1,275 career points to currently rank 16th in school history. His mother, Melissa Wood Fleming, poured in 1,393 career points at NKU from 1983-87 and is currently ninth on the school’s all-time scoring list. She also led the Norse to the 1987 NCAA Division II Final Four and was inducted into the NKU Athletics Hall of Fame in 2001.

“Ryan had a solid junior season for LaSalle, and he is one of the best players in Cincinnati this year,” Bezold said. “He is constantly working to improve his game, and he is a great fit for our program. Obviously, he comes from a basketball family. His parents know a great deal about our university, and we are excited to have Ryan join us.”

NKU is 1-0 and will meet Christian Brothers this Friday night in the John L. Griffin/Lions Club Classic. The tip off is scheduled for 7:45 p.m. in The Bank of Kentucky Center.

* Article by Northern Kentucky University

Mid-Continent's Ferguson Named NCCAA Player of the Week


Greenville, S.C. -- 6-9 junior forward Chris Ferguson (Oakland, CA/Royal Sunset HS/Feather River CC, CA) from Mid-Continent University has been named National Division I Men's Basketball Player of the Week by the National Christian College Athletics Association (NCCAA) for his performances in games between November 8 and 14, 2010.

Ferguson totaled 31 points (15.5 points per game), 20 rebounds (10.0 rpg), and 6 blocked shots (3.0 bpg) and made 14 of his 19 field goal tries (.737) in two games at the Grace College Tournament in Winona Lake, Indiana, Nov. 12-13, and was named to the All-Tournament team. Ferguson, MCU's leading rebounder and second-leading scorer, hit 7 of 8 shots and finished with 17 points, 11 in the second half, 9 rebounds, 2 assists and 2 blocked shots in last Friday's 87-58 win over Wright State University-Lake Campus, and made 7 of 11 shots and totaled with 14 points, 11 rebounds and 4 blocked shots against host Grace College in Saturday's championship game, won by Grace College, 68-50.

He also scored 11 points with one three-pointer, 5 rebounds, 2 assists, 2 steals and a blocked shot in MCU's 108-51 exhibition loss at Florida State University in Tallahassee, Nov. 9.

Ferguson averages 14.1 points and 11.1 rebounds this season and has recorded four double-doubles already in seven MCU games and has gathered 10 or more rebounds in five games this season.

Source: Mid-Continent University

WKU to Battle Tubby Smith and Minnesota in Puerto Rico


BOWLING GREEN, Ky. — With two wins under their belt after two games in the 2010-11 season, the WKU Hilltoppers turn their attention to the Minnesota Golden Gophers in the first round of the 2010 Honda Puerto Rico Tip-Off Thursday night in San Juan, P.R.

The Hilltoppers will face off against the Golden Gophers Thursday night at 6:30 PM (CT) and will meet the winner of the North Carolina-Hofstra game in the second round on Friday evening. The Hilltoppers will also play on Sunday before returning to E.A. Diddle Arena to face South Carolina on Saturday, November 27.

WKU and its first-round opponent, Minnesota, have never met, but the Hilltoppers are familiar with Golden Gopher head coach Tubby Smith. Smith was the head coach of the Kentucky Wildcat team that was ranked fourth in the nation when WKU upset them at Rupp Arena in 2001, 64-52, and he was also the head man of a Tulsa Golden Hurricane team that defeated WKU in 1995.

In addition, Smith was an assistant coach on four VCU teams that faced WKU after the Hilltoppers joined the Sun Belt Conference, and WKU went 1-8 in nine meetings.

Live stats and audio for all three WKU games in the Honda Puerto Rico Tip-Off are available at WKUSports.com. The games will also be broadcast on the Big Red Radio Network, with Randy Lee and Hal Schmitt calling the action.

Thursday's game will be broadcast on ESPN3.com as well. Calling the action will be Doug Sherman and Mark Gottfried, and Andy Katz will be doing sideline reporting. All 12 games in the Honda Puerto Rico Tip-Off will be broadcast on the ESPN family of networks.

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

The bracket for the 2010 Honda Puerto Rico Tip-Off is available at the bottom of the page.

WKU (2-0) vs. Minnesota (2-0)
November 18, 2010 // 6:30 PM (CT)
Coliseo de Puerto Rico (18,000)

Complete Preview from WKU

Wildcats Visiting Children's Hospital This Afternoon


Steve Brandon of The Portland Tribune reports that the Kentucky Wildcats and Portland Pilots will be visiting Doernbecher Children's Hospital in Portland this afternoon.

Additionally, UK freshman Terrence Jones will visit Portland's Self-Enhancement Inc. today and about 200 SEI youngsters will attend the game.

Brandon also has some notes worth checking out as the Wildcats prepare for the Pilots.

Here is an excerpt:

KENTUCKY (1-0) vs. PORTLAND (3-0)

7:30 p.m. Friday, Rose Garden

• Portland received one vote in the Associated Press rankings this week.

The Pilots started the 2009-10 season 5-0 and cracked the AP top 25 for the first time in 50 years.

• Kentucky (1-0) is No. 12 in the AP and No. 13 in the coaches poll.

• Coach John Calipari is in his second season with Kentucky. Last season, the Wildcats were 35-3 record and made it to the Elite Eight. Calipari returns one starter and four lettermen.

• Calipari's staff includes assistant coaches Kenny Payne, who spent six years under Ernie Kent at Oregon, and Rod Strickland, the former Trail Blazers point guard who spent 17 years as an NBA player. Strickland came to Kentucky last season, after three years with Calipari at Memphis.

• UK is recognized as the No. 1 basketball program in history, according to the ESPN College Basketball Encyclopedia (2009).

Ole Miss Takes Down Murray State in Oxford


Mississippi 77
Murray State 61

Final from Oxford, Mississippi


The Murray State Racers dropped their first loss of the season in a 77-61 setback Wednesday to Mississippi at the Tad Smith Coliseum in Oxford, Miss.

The Racers (1-1) started the game in fine fashion and held a 12-6 lead with 10:16 before half, but saw Ole Miss come back to take the lead for good at 6:27 with a 15-14 lead. The Rebels (2-0) pushed it to a 34-23 lead at halftime.

MSU managed to cut the Rebels’ lead to seven with 16:32 remaining, but never got any closer.

Ole Miss built as much as a 23-point lead at the 3:32 mark.

Foul trouble haunted the Racers from the start when their front-court, Jeffery McClain and Ivan Aska, picked up their third and second foul respectively early in the game.

“The foul trouble for Jeff and Ivan made us play our young guys and they were not ready for this kind of environment,” Racers Head Coach Billy Kennedy said. “We had too many turnovers, some were unforced, but Ole Miss had a lot to do with it.”

Isaiah Canaan, returning to his home state, led MSU with 15 points, with most coming on the strength of 4-6 shooting from three-point range. Donte Poole came off the bench for a second straight game to score in double-figures with 12. McClain added 11 points and was 7-8 from the free throw line.

“I thought the first 10 to 11 minutes of the game we played well,” Kennedy added. “Ole Miss won the last five minutes of the half and that was difficult to overcome.”

The Racers limited Ole Miss to 27 percent shooting in the opening half, but the Rebels got going in the second half and hit 53 percent. MSU had trouble on the offensive end and ended the game at 30 percent.

MSU forced the Rebels into 17 turnovers, but gave it up 18 times.

MSU returns home to the CFSB Center Saturday for a 7 p.m. game with Reinhardt.

* Game recap by Murray State

Box Score

Eastern Kentucky Pulls Away from SIU-Edwardsville


Eastern Kentucky 81
SIU-Edwardsville 65

Final from Richmond, Kentucky


RICHMOND, Ky. – Senior Spencer Perrin scored a career-high 20 points and collected a team-high six rebounds as the Eastern Kentucky University men’s basketball team pulled away from SIU Edwardsville in the second half and won, 81-65, on Wednesday night in the Colonels’ home opener at McBrayer Arena.

EKU (2-2) has now won 13 consecutive home openers dating back to the 1997-98 season.

Sophomore Willie Cruz finished the night one point shy of his career high with 18 points on 7-of-11 shooting from the field while senior Josh Daniel chipped in with 13 points and a career-high five steals.

Leading by only three at halftime, the Colonels pulled away by shooting 58 percent (18-of-31) from the field in the final 20 minutes to finish the night shooting 52 percent, the first time they have shot above 50 percent from the field this season.

Corey Wickware led SIUE (0-3) with 16 points while Nikola Bundalo contributed 15 points. After SIUE shot 50 percent (5-of-10) from three-point range in the first half, the Colonels stifled the Cougars to just 13 percent (2-of-15) from deep in the second half.

Complete Recap

Watch Patrick Patterson in D-League Action Tonight

You can watch former Kentucky star Patrick Patterson in NBA D-League action tonight on VERSUS:



Patterson and Rio Grande Valley host the Texas legends at 8:00 p.m. ET.

Chicago Sun-Times Tells Another Lie Involving Anthony Davis


The Chicago Sun-Times, who notoriously slandered 2011 recruit Anthony Davis, Jr. this summer, has been caught up in another false claim involving Davis.

Taylor Bellon of the Sun-Times reported yesterday that Van Coleman of Hoopmasters.com is the "only recruiting analyst who has rated 6-10 Anthony Davis of Chicago Perspectives as the No. 1 prospect in the nation."

That is all fine and dandy, except that Scout.com, which is far more prevalent than Hoopmasters.com, has Davis as the top player in the land.

Evan Daniels, who is one of the best in the recruiting game, pointed out the false claim on Twitter this morning:


Here are the Scout.com rankings for 2011:



FoxSportsSouth.com Presents Coach Cal's Mailbag: Week 3


Coach Cal’s Mailbag: Week 3

Click here to view Coach Cal’s Mailbag on FOXSportsSouth.com

FOX Sports South and the University of Kentucky Men’s Basketball Coach John Calipari have partnered to launch “Coach Cal’s Mailbag,” an exclusive, interactive webpage on FOXSportsSouth.com.

“Coach Cal’s Mailbag” features Calipari in video responses to reader-submitted questions every week throughout the 2010-11 college basketball season. Readers can submit questions by visiting FOXSportsSouth.com.

In addition to the latest Wildcat basketball news and videos, “Coach Cal’s Mailbag” will also feature live monthly chats with Calipari, the first of which will take place on Monday, November 29 on FOXSportsSouth.com.

Upcoming University of Kentucky men’s basketball games on FOX Sports South include:

· November 30 – vs. Boston University Terriers – 7 p.m. ET

· December 22 – vs. Winthrop University Eagles – 1 p.m. ET

· December 28 – vs. Coppin State University Eagles – 7 p.m. ET.

Please check your listings for channel location.

Another incredible recruiting class. WOW! Where does it rank talent-wise among the best in your career? – Sandra, Memphis, TN

Coach Cal – “This class will be a little different; it’s the biggest class we’ve recruited. I know Daniel Orton, John Wall and DeMarcus Cousins were big, but this class is big….In the old days, every other year or every third year you had to have a good class, you didn’t have to do it every year. With the rules the way they are right now where kids can leave after a year, you better be ready to bring in another solid class that can step up like the three freshmen did our last game against East Tennessee State.”

Give your team a grade for the East Tennessee State Game. What is the most important area you need to improve on? – Jimmy, New York, NY

Coach Cal – “Post defense, pick-and-roll defense, finding shooters were all areas that we broke down. We gave up some gaps for lay-ups, things that we’re not going to be able to do as we move forward. But that toughness, that rebounding edge that we needed, we stepped it up in this game. We got 19 offensive rebounds and we didn’t give them many. But our post defense really needs to be improved upon.”

We know Terrence Jones has skills but where did that passion come from vs. ETSU? Did it take you by surprise? Pam, Lexington, KY

Coach Cal – “The one thing I’ll tell you with Terrence is the one thing that will set him apart from being “that guy” will be the viciousness he comes into every game with. It’s not only Terrence, it’s also Doron. There’s got to be fire; you’re not just here to play, you’re here to beat the guy that’s playing against you. It’s you and him and us against them.”

How many underclassmen on this year’s team could potentially make the jump to the NBA after the season? – Thomas, New Orleans, LA

Coach Cal – “You don’t know at the beginning of any year. The only thing you do know as a coach, in my case, is when the year ends, it’s going to be about those young people. During the year it’s about our team. The minute the season ends it’s about each individual player”

I know athletes are superstitious. Do you have any pre-game rituals? Is your routine different on the road? – Trent, Philadelphia, PA

Coach Cal – “I’m not as superstitious as I used to be; I used to be pretty superstitious. I may have a favorite tie, and it’s more based on who gave me that tie and I want them to see me in that tie. I always exercise on a game day. I do a bunch of things on a game day that I do almost every other day.”

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Louisville Made Butler Look Ordinary in Opening Game


Mike DeCourcy thinks the Louisville Cardinals made Butler look rather ordinary in a convincing 88-73 win on Tuesday night.

Here is an excerpt:

OK, so not everything changed since April.

Butler’s basketball team traveled only 115 miles to help the Louisville Cardinals open their new $350 million homecourt/palace/dungeon. But all this seemed much farther removed from that glorious April night in Indianapolis, when the Bulldogs came within an inch or so of the NCAA championship.

“In every which way, we got outplayed,” Stevens said. “We got a little bit – for whatever reason – caught up in the atmosphere. It was a great atmosphere.”

It certainly was if you like torture, or the Cards, or the notion of the Cards torturing another basketball team -- 88-73 was the final score.

UK Recruit Trevor Lacey Torches Nets Again


Trevor Lacey, a 2011 recruit with Kentucky on his list, is on fire to start the 2010-11 season.

The Butler (Ala.) High School senior opened the season by putting up 50 points on Parker (Ala.) High School. In his second game, a 70-61 win over Sparkman (Ala.) High School, Lacey scored 39 points.

After two games, Lacey is averaging 44.5 points and shooting 55.0% from beyond the three-point line.

Louisville Mascot Saves Day for U of L Fan in Wreck

Louisville's Cardinal mascot came to the rescue of a U of L fan who lost control of her car and crashed Tuesday night.

Here is an excerpt from WHAS.com:

Callen saw that she had on a UofL sweatshirt so he thought of a way to calm her down. He told her he was the Cardinal Bird and she instantly relaxed. Callen stayed with her until help arrived and he went on with this night, never knowing the impact he left on Westbay and her family.

“This is for the Louisville mascot, thank you from the bottom of my heart for pulling my daughter out of the wrecked car tonight on your way home from the game,” Teresa Mattingly Sowders wrote on Facebook. She too wanted to send a message out to the mascot that she didn’t know.


Louisville mascot saves the day:

Ramon Harris Waived by Rio Grande Valley



The NBA D-League's Rio Grande Valley Vipers have waived former Kentucky Wildcat Ramon Harris.

Here is the announcement from the team:

MCALLEN, TEXAS - The defending NBA Development League champion Rio Grande Valley Vipers announced Wednesday that they have finalized their opening night roster follow the waiving of guard/forward Ramon Harris (6-7, 219, Kentucky).

No. Name Pos. Ht. Wt. College

4 Isaiah Swann SG 6-2 195 Florida State

7 Stanley Asumnu SF 6-5 220 Tennessee

10 Terrel Harris SF 6-5 190 Oklahoma State

15 Patrick Sullivan PF 6-9 215 S.E. Louisiana

17 Mouhammad Faye PF 6-9 215 SMU

11 Jerel McNeal SG 6-3 200 Marquette

21 Richard Roby SG 6-6 210 Colorado

22 Mustafa Shakur PG 6-4 195 Arizona

24 Mickell Gladness C 6-11 212 Alabama A&M

33 Patrick Patterson* PF 6-9 235 Kentucky

44 Jordan Eglseder C 7-0 280 Northern Iowa

*Houston Rockets Assignee

Head Coach Chris Finch (Franklin & Marshall)

Assistant Coaches Paul Mokeski (Kansas)

Jai Steadman (Nebraska)

Ath. Trainer/Strength & Conditioning Coach Joe Resendez (UT-Pan American)

Wednesday, November 17, 2010

Enes Kanter's Skills Are Paying Dividends in Practice


In glass-is-half-full news, Kentucky freshman Enes Kanter is giving the Wildcats some valuable practice minutes.
Kanter was ruled "permanently ineligible" by the NCAA recently, but he is allowed to practice in full while UK goes through an appeal process.

His fellow teammates stated today that Kanter is providing some valid competition in practice.

Here is an excerpt from an article by Jerry Tipton:

Kanter, who is widely projected as a lottery pick in next year’s NBA Draft, gives Kentucky a real challenge, the players said. For a team with only 10 players for games, that’s a real luxury.

“It’s definitely a two-person job,” said Josh Harrellson, UK’s starting center in Kanter’s absence. “But we get it done.

“He’s making me and Eloy (Vargas) way better.”

Harrellson agreed with a reporter’s suggestion that Kanter was the best practice player in college basketball.

Of course, Kanter did not come to Kentucky to be a practice player. As the process to determine his eligibility dragged on this fall, roommate Harrellson said the player was annoyed.


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John Wall Gets First DNP and Other NBA Notes


NBA Recap - November 16, 2010:

- Jodie Meeks (Kentucky) scored 3 points in 13 minutes in Philadelphia's 101-93 loss to Cleveland.

- John Wall (Kentucky) DNP Ankle Sprain

- Derrick Caracter (Louisville/UTEP) DNP Coach's Decision

- Keith Bogans (Kentuky) scored 3 points in Chicago's 95-92 win over Houston.
- Courtney Lee (Western Kentucky) had 2 points for Houston.

- Chuck Hayes (Kentucky) put in 4 points and 5 rebounds for the Rockets.

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