Saturday, November 27, 2010

Eric Bledsoe Suffers High Ankle Sprain


Former Kentucky guard Eric Bledsoe suffered a high ankle sprain in last night's game and his availability for Sunday's game against Utah is questionable.

Here is an excerpt from LATimes.com:

"There's no question we need some help," Del Negro said Saturday. "But you can't control the injuries. It's just part of the game."

Bledsoe was the latest to go down, sustaining a high ankle sprain in the first half of Friday's loss to Phoenix. He underwent therapy Saturday, and his availability for Sunday's game against Utah won't be known until just before tipoff.


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Patrick Patterson Plays Better in Second D-League Game


Former Kentucky star Patrick Patterson played well in his second NBA D-League performance.

Patterson, who struggled with foul problems in his first game with the Rio Grande Valley Vipers, had 15 points, 5 rebounds and 2 steals this afternoon. He was 6-11 from the field.

The Vipers lost 107-91 to the Austin Toros.

Louisville Overcomes Bad First Half, Defeats Marshall


Louisville 80
Marshall 66

Final from Louisville, Kentucky

LOUISVILLE, Ky. (AP) - Peyton Siva, Rakeem Buckles and Mike Marra scored 12 points each as Louisville's defense swarmed Marshall in the second half for an 80-66 victory on Saturday.

Elisha Justice added 10 points and reserve forward Stephan Van Treese provided eight energetic points off the bench as Louisville (4-0) remained perfect in its new downtown arena.

The Cardinals trailed by one at the break but used a 21-4 burst early in the second half to take control. Van Treese keyed the run with a pair of dunks while Marshall struggled with Louisville's pressure defense.

DeAndre Kane led the Thundering Herd (3-2) with a career-high 25 points and Tirrell Baines had 13 points and nine rebounds. But Marshall turned it over 19 times, including six giveaways in the first 3:42 of the second half, and that allowed Louisville to surge to the lead.

The Cardinals eventually built a 59-43 advantage on a putback by Gorgui Dieng with 10:58 to go. Marshall had opportunities to get back in it but couldn't capitalize at the free-throw line. The Thundering Herd went just 13 of 29 (44.8 percent) on free throws.

Marshall drew within 73-64 on a conventional three-point play by Kane with 1:30 to play but Buckles hit a jump hook in the lane and Siva added three free throws as Louisville held on.

Terrence Jennings had eight points, five rebounds and a career-high six blocks for Louisville, the most by a Cardinal since Kendall Dartez had nine against Holy Cross in December 2003. Jennings has blocked at least three shots in four straight games, the longest such streak by a Louisville player since Pervis Ellison had three-plus blocks in five consecutive games in 1988.

Yet Jennings found himself on the bench for stretches in the first half after the Thundering Herd dominated the boards. Marshall went into the half with a 34-33 lead thanks to 14 offensive rebounds that translated into 14 second-chance points.

Pitino sent Jennings back out on the floor in the second half but kept Buckles, who started, on the bench.

Enter Van Treese, who has impressed Pitino with his relentlessness off the bench. His presence gave the Cardinals a much-needed jolt.

He gave Louisville a 38-37 lead with a putback dunk then earned a bit of redemption when he came up with a loose ball moments later and raced in for another dunk. He bricked a dunk attempt under similar circumstances in the first half.

Van Treese added a layup off a nice feed from Marra as Louisville moved in front 45-39.

The Thundering Herd, meanwhile, had trouble getting into any rhythm as the Cardinals pounced on every loose ball.

During one sequence, the Cardinals came up with a steal and Siva threw the ball down the court to Van Treese. The ball appeared headed out of bounds before Van Treese leaped in the air and tipped it to Marra, who then dropped it to Dieng, who hit a little fadeaway in the lane to put the Cardinals up 55-41.

It was more than enough to keep Louisville's record spotless at the KFC Yum! Center.

* Game recap by University of Louisville

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John Calipari Unhappy with Kentucky's Selfish Play


Kentucky head coach John Calipari is not happy with what he described as selfish play from his team in the Maui Invitational.

Calipari compared the play of his team to that of an AAU team.

Here is an excerpt from Jerry Tipton's article at Kentucky.com:

"No one would pass," Calipari said. "At halftime, I made it clear: We will pass the ball or you're coming out. That's the biggest thing I took from it. ...

"In the first five minutes against Connecticut, we looked like we haven't been coached. Whoever gets it, shoots it. If they can't shoot it, shoot it anyway. And if three guys are there, shoot it through three guys. What about the guy in the corner? 'I'm not passing it.' "

Calipari suggested the Cats reverted to old habits. Perhaps the fatigue of playing a third game in three nights weakened the attention to detail.

"They reverted back to eight months ago," Calipari said. "Eight months ago playing in Las Vegas in an AAU tournament. 'I'm getting mine.' 'He shot it, so I'm shooting it.'

"Now as a coaching staff, we understand what we have to do."

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Murray State Falls to UNLV in 76 Classic


UNLV 69
Murray St. 55

Final from Anaheim, California

The Murray State Racers fell 69-55 to UNLV Friday in the semi-finals of the 76 Classic in Anaheim, Calif., at the Anaheim Convention Center.

The Racers (3-2) will face Oklahoma State in the 76 Classic third place game Sunday at 5 p.m. central time.

When the dust settled, MSU Head Coach Billy Kennedy knew his Racers had run up against a tough opponent.

“Probably the best team we’ve played the whole year,” Kennedy said. “You have to give them a lot of credit. They set the tone defensively. We didn’t handle it the 1st half, and it was catch-up the whole game.”

“We had some opportunities offensively, but we didn’t execute offensively,” Kennedy added. “But we didn’t get a couple of breaks, we played hard defensively. We just couldn’t guard them.”

MSU took a 6-5 lead at 17:52 of the first half when Isacc Miles hit a three-pointer, but UNLV answered with a 15-5 run to take a 20-11 run with 12:53 before half.

MSU made a move and cut the lead to 25-19 on a pair of Isaiah Canaan free throws at the 5:02 mark, but the Rebels finished the half with a 9-3 run to lead 34-22 at halftime.

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Furious Campbellsville Rally Falls Just Short


Indiana Wesleyan 78
Campbellsville 76

Final from Campbellsville, Kentucky


Campbellsville University cut a 16-point game down to one in the final 10 minutes of the game, but was unable to overtake the Indiana Wesleyan University Wildcats in a 78-76 home opener loss in the 11th annual Lou Cunningham Classic.

Monie Hudson hit a 3-pointer with 33 seconds left to slice the Cats' lead to a point, 77-76, but Derrick Troyer hit 1-of-2 free throws to keep the lead at a basket for the Tigers' final possession. Campbellsville had two chances late. Caleb Harris, who led the charge off the bench with 14 points, missed two free throws, but CU came up with the team rebound. However, IWU, ranked No. 24 in NAIA Division II, denied a second shot by the Tigers in the final seconds.

The Tigers cut the lead down many times along the way, pulling within two, 36-34 after six straight points by Harris with two minutes left in the first half. Indiana Wesleyan took a 41-36 lead into the break, despite Harris' 12 points off the bench and efforts to keep the Tigers in the game.

In the second half, Patrick Hopkins was unstoppable for the Wildcats. The post player scored 19 points in the second half to finish with a double-double 27 points and 12 rebounds. Will Hubrertz led the IWU charge in the first half with 11 points and finished with 14 along with Troyer.

Hudson led CU in the second half with 12 points to finish with 19 points in the game, while Brandon Williams had 11 in the second period to lead the Tigers with 19 points in the game. Shawn Savage had 12 for CU. Campbellsville's starting post players combined for only six points in the game, all coming from JaVaughn Espritt.

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Rajon Rondo Returns in a Big Way and Other NBA Notes


NBA Recap - November 26, 2010:

- Chuck Hayes (Kentucky) had 6 points and a team-high 10 rebounds in Houston's 99-89 loss to Charlotte.

- Courtney Lee (Western Kentucky) had 7 points in 18 minutes off the Houston bench.

- Nazr Mohammed (Kentucky) returned to the starting lineup and produced 15 points and 7 rebounds for Charlotte.

- Rajon Rondo (Kentucky) came back from a hamstring injury and was impressive in Boston's 110-101 victory over Toronto. Rondo had 4 points, 4 rebounds, 14 assists and 3 steals. He did have an alarming number of 8 turnovers.

- Tayshaun Prince (Kentucky) had 14 points, 7 rebounds and 4 assists in Detroit's 103-89 victory over Milwaukee.

- Jodie Meeks (Kentucky) came off the bench to have his best game of the season in Philadelphia's 99-90 loss to Miami. Meeks was 8-13 from the field and scored 21 points. He was 5-8 from long range.

- Jamaal Magloire (Kentucky) DNP coach's decision

- Keith Bogans (Kentucky) had 5 points in Chicago's 98-97 loss to Denver.

- Eric Bledsoe (Kentucky) only scored 2 points in the Clippers' 116-108 loss to Phoenix. Bledsoe started but only played 11 minutes.

- Earl Clark (Louisville) DNP coach's decision

- Derrick Caracter (Louisville/UTEP) played 3 minutes and did not score in the Lakers' 102-96 loss to Utah.

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

Calvin Murphy Says John Wall is no John Stockton


NBA Hall of Famer Calvin Murphy was asked his thoughts about John Wall on the Jim Rome Show recently.
Murphy said Wall "is a good player" but he isn't "impressed yet."

Here is an excerpt from Standard.net:

“Can you make your team win,” Murphy asked. “You can be an individual, but can you be a Magic Johnson? Can you be a John Stockton? You know, that type thing.

“Everybody starts talking about (Wall’s) potential, and I’m hearing them put his name in with a John Stockton. Let’s not get ridiculous. John Stockton (was) consistent over a number of years and he’s taken his team to heights that Wall hasn’t even thought about yet.”


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No. 3 Bellarmine Eases by West Virginia State


Bellarmine 103
West Virginia State 79

Final from Institute, West Virginia


INSTITUTE, W. V.--The No. 3 Bellarmine University men's basketball team went into West Virginia State's Fleming Hall and handed the Yellow Jackets their first loss of the season by a final score of 103-79 in game two of the John Dickinsheets Classic.

The Knights (2-0) rolled past the West Virginia Intercollegiate Athletic Conference defending champions with an outstanding team effort as senior Jeremy Kendle tallied 21 points to lead six Bellarmine players in double figures.

"Wow," said Bellarmine Coach Scott Davenport. "I am so proud of their performance." The Knights coach also lauded tonight's opponent. "They return four starters off a team that won 29 games last season. The score is not indicative of how good this team is."

The Knights broke open a tight game as they closed the first half with an 11-3 spurt to take a 47-37 advantage into the locker room. In the second half Bellarmine slowly extended their lead to as many as 33 before the Yellowjackets closed to within 24 in waning moments of the game.

Bellarmine played all facets of the game well as they shot 53 percent on the night, including 55.6 percent from beyond the 3-point arc. The Knights also held a whopping 52-29 advantage in rebounds, while limiting the Yellow Jackets to just 43.1 percent shooting.

Coach Davenport was also pleased with the inside play of the Knights, particurly in the second half and particularly the play of Nick Holmes. "We challenged Nick before the game, and he responded with 13 points and 10 rebounds in just 26 minutes." Davenport also praised the "Red" practice team and singled out reserves Aaron Robison and Forrest Smallwood. "They give us every ounce of energy they have every day," he said.

Joining Kendle and Holmes in double figures were Braydon Hobbs (13), Chris Dowe (14), Justin Benedetti (15), and Luke Sprague (14).

West Virgina State (3-1) was led by Josh "Cokie" Miller, whose 29 points equalled his season average.

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Friday, November 26, 2010

Jodie Meeks Has Best Game of Season for Philadelphia


Former Kentucky star Jodie Meeks had his best game of the season in tonight's 99-90 loss to Miami.

Meeks played 25 minutes off the bench and scored 21 points to lead the 76ers. He was 8-13 from the field, including 5-8 from long range.

The former Wildcat sharpshooter scored 18 of his 21 points in the second quarter.


Breaking Down Kentucky's NBA Prospects in Maui


NBADraft.net has broken down the NBA prospects who participated in the 2010 EA Sports Maui Invitational.

They list Terrence Jones, Brandon Knight, Doron Lamb and DeAndre Liggins as potential pro prospects on the Kentucky roster.

Here is an excerpt:

Terrence Jones 6'8, SF, Kentucky -- Jones was a man amongst boys in the games for Kentucky. He was absolutely sensational averaging 23 over the 3 games. He threw down one monster dunk to cap off a drive early in the UConn game. The lefty showed his range of versatility playing tough in the post as well as the ability to drive to the rim from outside. Received a chorus of boos every time he touched the ball in the semi final against Washington. His worst performance was his 4-13 shooting game against Washington and he still finished with 16 pts and 17 boards. His dominance against Oklahoma showed that he's already one of the elite players on the college level going for 29 pts, 13 reb, 3 ast, and 4 blks. Comparing him to Harrison Barnes, Jones has a little more "dog in him", he plays with such aggressiveness and emotion. That emotion that he plays with can also get him into trouble, as when things aren't going his way (which was seldom in Maui), he can quickly lose his cool and let his temper get the best of him.

Brandon Knight 6'4 PG, Kentucky -- Knight struggled shooting the ball in Maui. His one quality shooting performance (24 pts, 10-17 fg) in the win over Michigan State was marred by his 8 turnovers to 0 assists. But scouts remain high on him as a pro prospect due to his intelligence and scoring ability. His 3 for 15 and 4 for 15 fg performances in games 1 and 3 brought his overall % down to 36% and he really struggled from outside hitting just 3 of 24. He could be seen tuning out Coach Cal as he laid into him which one scout noted as a possible red flag. Another scout felt that it wasn't a big deal as he's a 4.0 student and all of the UK coaches absolutely love the kid. Knight's main objective will be showing that he has the ability to succesfully run an NBA team.

Doron Lamb 6'4 SG, Kentucky -- Although Lamb is a little undersized for the SG position, scouts like his polish and potential to develop into a pro over the next few seasons. Without any depth at the PG position, Lamb is being used as the team's back up point and while he filled in admirably and played some at the position in HS, he's just not a natural PG and there's a huge drop off in play when Knight goes to the bench. Lamb makes the game look easy with a great feel and excellent ball skills. He's got a smooth stroke and a bright future.

DeAndre Liggins 6'6, SG, Kentucky -- Has the length and athleticism but doesn't have the feel for the game. Liggins seems to get ahead of himself on plays and is unable to utilize his NBA level size and athleticism. Despite his versatility and ability to handle the ball, his decision making leaves a lot to be deisired. Scouts see him as a likely NBDL or European player at this point.

Former Wildcat Rajon Rondo Narrates His Own Movie



Former Kentucky star Rajon Rondo narrates his own movie:




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Former NKU Big Man James Cripe Signs in D-League


Former Northern Kentucky seven-footer James Cripe has been acquired by the NBA D-League's New Mexico Thunderbirds.

The Thunderbirds picked up Cripe to replace Tyler Hughes, a seven-footer from Kansas State who has been waived.

Cripe is in his third professional season.

Last season, Cripe appeared in four games for the Springfield Arsenal. He averaged 4.0 points and 3.0 rebounds.


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NBA Lockout May Keep UK's Freshmen Stars in Lexington


Can you imagine a 2011-12 Kentucky roster with Brandon Knight, Doron Lamb, Terrence Jones being joined by Mike Gilchrist, Anthony Davis, Marquis Teague and Kyle Wiltjer?

With talk of an NBA lockout looming, there is a legitimate chance of that roster becoming a reality.

NBA Union head Billy Hunter stated last week that he is 99% sure there will be a lockout next season.

If that is the case, many freshman will opt to remain in college for their sophomore seasons.

Here is an excerpt from CBSSports.com:

The freshmen have a bigger decision because "one-and-done" players are usually the most talented and have the best chance of getting drafted as high as possible. There are certainly exceptions (Evan Turner and Blake Griffin are two that spring immediately to mind). But "one-and-done" has come to mean high profile draft pick in recent years and next year's projected draft class is chock full of them. Five of the top six players projected in the 2011 class by Draft Express are freshmen (though it's hard to argue Enes Kanter is a freshman anywhere at this point).

A lockout means leaving college puts them in a precarious position financially should they elect to jump to the draft this summer. Staying in college increases the odds of injury, their stock dropping, or other forces beyond their control impacting the number of millions they're able to collect when they decide to become a professional.

So it's kind of a big decision.

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Nets Send Terrence Williams to the NBA D-League


The New Jersey Nets have opted to send former Louisville star Terrence Williams to the Springfield Armor of the NBA D-League.

Williams was placed on the inactive list Tuesday for "repeatedly violating team policy" and missed two games.

Here is an excerpt from ESPN.com:

"I feel the best course of action for Terrence and the team at this time is for him to play in the D-League," King said. "He is currently on the inactive list and this move will allow him to play until he is once again placed on the active list. There is no timetable on his return to the active list, and Terrence's future status will be addressed at the appropriate time."

John Wall May Be Out Again Saturday


Washington rookie John Wall is questionable for Saturday's game against Orlando.

Wall is having pain in his left shin area and it has caused enough concern to leave his status for tomorrow in doubt.

Here is an excerpt from WashingtonPost.com:

As Washington Wizards players wound down their short practice this afternoon on the Verizon Center auxiliary court, rookie point guard John Wall was practicing foul shots off to the side while talking with assistant coach Sam Cassell. Wall then took a short break from the light shooting and circled his finger around the top of his left shin as Cassell took a closer look at the area that is bothering the No. 1 overall pick enough for Coach Flip Saunders to voice concern he might miss tomorrow's game against Eastern Conference power Orlando.

When Wizards head coach Flip Saunders was asked about the possibility of Wall missing the Orlando game, he stated, "I don't know. It's a possibility."

Former Bear Jeffrey Ferguson Signs in Premier League


Former Pikeville College big man Jeffrey Ferguson will join the Premier League's Saint John Mill Rats.

Here is an excerpt from CanadaEast.com:

Ian McCarthy, Mill Rats general manager and president, said the club has signed 6-11 Toronto native Jeffrey Ferguson to a one-year contract.

Ferguson, who played collegiately at the University of Missouri and Pikeville College, split last season between Latvia with BK Barons Riga and Hungary playing for Marso-Vagep NYKK.

He averaged 11.6 points and 5.1 rebound per game in Europe.

McCarthy said he's looking forward to seeing him perform during training camp.

"We've seen video on Ferguson and he played on the Canadian national team in '06 and where he's coming from in the Ukraine is a very good league," McCarthy said.


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DeCourcy Thinks Kenneth Faried Should Be a First Round Pick


Mike DeCourcy of SportingNews.com thinks that Morehead State senior Kenneth Faried should be a first-round NBA draft pick next June.

He points out that Faried doesn't just dominate the Ohio Valley Conference, which was evidenced by Faried's dominance against top 10 teams Florida and Ohio State.

Here is an excerpt:

Faried from anonymity?

Kenneth Faried is Morehead State’s senior center, a 6-8 rebounding machine who ought to be a first-round draft pick next June. Why? He averaged 13 rebounds each of the previous two seasons and is at 12.8 now.

And he doesn’t just rule Ohio Valley teams. Tuesday, Morehead visited Ohio State and Faried outscored (15-8) and outboarded (12-8) esteemed Buckeyes freshman Jared Sullinger.

If you get the chance to watch Faried play and pass, well, that’s about the only kind of miss Faried might not rebound.

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Thanksgiving Day Struggles for Former Kentucky Wildcats


NBA Recap - November 25, 2010:

- John Wall (Kentucky) struggled in Washington's 116-96 loss to Atlanta. The former Kentucky point guard was only 3-12 from the field. He finished with 10 points and 7 assists.

- DeMarcus Cousins (Kentucky) scored 7 points and pulled down 6 rebounds off the Sacramento bench. The Kings lost 100-82 to the Los Angeles Clippers.

- Eric Bledsoe (Kentucky) started, but only had 6 points, 5 assists and 3 rebounds for the Clippers.

Post-Turkey Basketball for Your Weekend


Here is a schedule of games through Sunday:

Friday

7:00 p.m. Indiana Wesleyan at Campbellsville (Lou Cunningham Classic)
7:00 p.m. Urbana at Kentucky Wesleyan (Owensboro Classic)
7:30 p.m. Bellarmine vs. West Virginia State (Institute, W.Va.)
8:00 p.m. Union College at Lincoln Memorial (Lincoln Memorial classic)
9:30 p.m. Murray State vs. UNLV (76er Classic at Anaheim, Calif.)

Saturday

Noon Grand Valley State at Northern Kentucky
1:00 p.m. Marshall at Louisville
2:00 p.m. Union College vs. Carson-Newman (Lincoln Memorial Classic)
2:00 p.m. Bellarmine vs. University of Charleston (Institute, W.Va.)
2:00 p.m. Lindsey Wilson at East-West University
2:00 p.m. Indiana Wesleyan at University of the Cumberlands (at Campbellsville, KY)
3:00 p.m. Benedict College at Kentucky State
3:00 p.m. Spalding University at Mt. Saint Joseph
4:00 p.m. Brescia at Campbellsville (Lou Cunningham Classic)
4:00 p.m. Faulkner University at Pikeville College
4:00 p.m. St. Catharine at Tusculum College
7:00 p.m. South Carolina at Western Kentucky
7:00 p.m. Wilmington at Transylvania
9:00 p.m. Ferris State at Kentucky Wesleyan (Owensboro Classic)

Sunday

5:00 p.m. Morehead State at SIU-Edwardsville
TBA Murray State vs. TBA (76er Classic at Anaheim, Calif.)

Birthday Wishes to Kentucky Assistant Kenny Payne



Happy birthday wishes to Kentucky assistant coach Kenny Payne...

Murray State Defeats Stanford in 76 Classic


Murray State 55
Stanford 52

Final from Anaheim, California

A pair of clutch free throws by B.J. Jenkins sealed Murray State's 55-52 victory over Stanford in the first round of the 76 Classic.

Jenkins led the Racers (3-1) with 15 points on 5-9 shooting, including 2-3 from long range. Isaiah Canaan added 8 points and Ivan Aska chipped in 7 for Murray State.

Dwight Powell led Stanford (3-1) with a game-high 16 points. Josh Owens scored 10.

The Racers led by as many as 14 points in the first half and held on for the win.

Thursday, November 25, 2010

Announcement Expected Friday on Terrence Williams


New Jersey head coach Avery Johnson said last night he intends to announce Friday what course of action the franchise will take with former Louisville forward Terrence Williams.

Williams has been benched for two games for repeatedly violating team rules.

Here is an excerpt from NYPost.com:

"We have a couple of options available to us, and we hope to have a decision by Friday," said Johnson, who stressed he has been in discussions with general manager Billy King -- a tactic he intended to continue last night on the trip home -- about what to do with Williams.

"We'll come up with pretty much a solid course of action based on what we want to do," Johnson said before the Nets' 89-83 loss to the Celtics last night. "Then, based on what I [said Tuesday] I will have an answer Friday. A definitive answer. No sugar-coating it, no gray area."

Williams' agent, Aaron Goodwin, said last night that he is confident his client and the Nets will resolve the problem and move forward.

"He violated a team rule," Goodwin said. "The Nets are handling this as an internal matter. I think they'll discuss, reach a conclusion and then move past it."


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Thomas More Rallies to Defeat Mount St. Joseph


Thomas More 72
Mount St. Joseph 63

Final from Crestview Hills, Kentucky


(CRESTVIEW HILLS, Ky.) - Junior point guard Daniel Whelan (Cincinnati, Ohio/St. Xavier) scored a career-high 23 points to lead the Thomas More College men's basketball team to a 72-63 come-from-behind win over across-the-river rival, the College of Mount St. Joseph tonight (Wednesday, November 24, 2010) in the Bridge Shootout at the Connor Convocation Center in Crestview Hills, Kentucky.

With the win, the Saints improve to 2-2 overall and with the loss, the Lions fall to 1-3 overall.

Thomas More jumped out to a 5-2 lead when Whelan made a lay-up at the 17:35 mark of the first half. The Lions then put together a 28-8 run to take a 30-13 lead when Alex Cole made a three-pointer with 7:48 to play in the first half. The Saints closed out the first half on a 20-7 run to cut the lead to 37-33 at halftime when Whelan made a jumper with three-seconds to play in the half.

Mount St. Joseph opened the second half with three straight points to extend the lead to 40-33 with 19:34 to play in the game when Cole converted an old fashion three-point play. Thomas More came right back with a 23-4 run capped by a three-pointer by senior shooting guard Aaron Miller (Lexington ,Ky./Henry Clay) to take a 53-44 lead with 13:16 to play in the game. MSJ answered with an 11-2 run to tie the game at 55-55 with 7:20 to play in the game when John Valerius made a lay-up. That would be as close as the Lions would come as Thomas More would lead by as many as 13 points and went onto the 72-63 win.

Joining Whelan in double-figures was senior shooting guard Brian Muse (Bethel, Ohio/Bethel) with 13 points and 11 rebounds and Miller with 11. Whelan led the team in assists with five, while Muse led the team with three and Miller led the team in steals with five.

Thomas More is idle until next Wednesday (December 1) when it hosts Grove City College in both teams' Presidents' Athletic Conference (PAC) opener. The game is scheduled to tip-off at 7:30 p.m.

* Game recap by Thomas More College

Murray State Plays in 76 Classic Tonight on ESPNU


MSU takes on Stanford Thanksgiving Day at 8 p.m. central time in a game that will air on the Racer Radio Network and ESPNU.

“We’re trying to have fun and get better,” MSU Head Coach Billy Kennedy said. “The emphasis is on getting better and not getting caught up in wins and losses.”

After Thursday’s first round game, the Racers will play Tulsa or UNLV Friday at 8:30 p.m. or 10:30 p.m. also on ESPNU.

When MSU takes on Stanford Thursday, it will mark only the second Thanksgiving Day game for the Racers since playing at Siena in 1953 under Head Coach Harlan Hodges.

The Racers and Cardinal can been seen on ESPNU with Mark Neely and Stephen Bardo calling the action.

The Racer Radio Network will also be heard on Froggy 103.7 FM with Neal Bradley and Dave Winder. Free streaming audio is also available on GoRacers.com.

Complete Preview from MSU

76 Classic - Day One Schedule
(all times central)

Virginia Tech vs Cal-Northridge, 1 p.m. (ESPNU)
DePaul vs Oklahoma State, 3:30 p.m. (ESPN2)
Murray State vs Stanford, 8 p.m. (ESPNU)
Tulsa vs UNLV, 10:30 p.m. (ESPN2)

Diamond Leung of ESPN.com lists Isaiah Canaan as a player to watch in the 76 Classic:

Isaiah Canaan, Murray State: On a veteran, senior-laden team, it's the sophomore guard who has emerged as the team's best scoring option. The reigning Ohio Valley Conference freshman of the year is averaging 11.7 points per game after leading the team in 3-point shooting last season (.482). His steady play was a bright spot in the Racers' loss to Mississippi on Nov. 17, and he will need to perform well as they look to regain their form from last season.

Bellarmine Prepares for John Dickensheets Classic


LOUISVILLE, Ky.--The No. 3 Bellarmine University men's basketball team will travel to West Virginia to play a pair of games in less than 24 hours at the John Dickensheets Classic hosted by West Virginia State University on Nov. 26 and 27.

The Knights (1-0) will face the host Yellowjackets (3-0) at 7:30 p.m. in Institute, W.V. on Friday. The following day, Bellarmine squares off against the University of Charleston (2-2) at the Charleston Civic Center at 2 p.m..

The Friday game is a matchup of last year's champions of the the West Virginia Intercollegiate Athletic Conference and the Great Lakes Valley Conference. The Yellowjackets, currently unranked but receiving votes in the national coaches poll, were 29-4 a year ago and won the WVIAC Championship by defeating West Liberty State 108-107 in the conference title game.

On Saturday, the Knights again face another solid team. Although unranked, the Golden Eagles also received votes in the latest NABC poll. After opening with a pair of wins, Charleston narrowly lost road games at Northern Kentucky (69-66) and the University of Pittsburgh at Johnstown (85-79).

Friday's game will be aired locally on WFIA 94.7-FM with the call by Nick Curran and color commentary by former Bellarmine assistant coach Mark Bugg. For Saturday's game, the radio crew will move to WGTK 970-AM.

* Article by Bellarmine University

Hard Work Led Orlando Coleman to Morehead State


Paul Beaudry of the Birmingham News has a feature article about Orlando Coleman, a 2011 recruit who signed with Morehead State University.

The article discusses the hard work Coleman has put into earning a Division I scholarship.

Here is an excerpt:

After seeing limited playing time as a freshman and breaking his wrist as a sophomore, Coleman stepped forward as a junior and became a force in his own right, developing into a true player. He still served as a complement to Tarrant, but could also be a go-to player.

“Early on (in his career), I saw that I wasn’t good enough to start,” said Coleman.” Everyone wants to say they’re good enough to start and get a lot of minutes, you’re supposed to have the competitive mentality to say that. But I knew and it was tough to swallow. So I worked harder in the gym, improved my skills and worked on being athletic.”

Coleman still has some work to do; his competitive nature is something Grant loves to see, but the two philosophies don’t always mesh. Over the summer, he developed an outside shot and surprising 3-point range (“He hadn’t hit more than two here and hit seven in a game over the summer,” said Grant.)

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5 Thoughts After Kentucky's Loss to Connecticut


After sleeping on it, I'll offer five thoughts in the wake of Kentucky's loss to UConn:

1. For the first time this season, Kentucky faced a talented big man with experience in Alex Oriakhi. Not coincidentally, for the first time, UK's lack of depth and experience in the post was exposed.

Oriakhi went for 18 points, 11 rebounds and 3 blocked shots. He was clearly the dominant player in the paint.

On the other side, Josh Harrellson and Eloy Vargas combined for 6 points and 12 rebounds. UK was outscored in the paint 42-24 on the night.

2. Brandon Knight had a monumental struggle against Kemba Walker and the Huskies. The Kentucky freshman was 3-15 from the field and 0-8 from the 3-point line. He finished with 6 points, 5 assists and 5 turnovers.

While Knight played poorly, games like this are part of freshmen growing pains. Knight is not John Wall, but statistically speaking, he may end up being better than Wall.

3. The Wildcats were clearly fatigued after playing 3 games in 3 days. That's no excuse for losing since Connecticut played the same schedule, but it contributed to UK's shooting woes (22-60 from the field) and defensive struggles.

4. Kemba Walker is playing good basketball right now. If you take Walker out of the UConn lineup, Kentucky probably rolls. He was in the lineup, however, and Kentucky (like every other team this season) had no answer.

5. It's a young team, it's early and there's no reason to panic. Yes, Kentucky was thrashed by Connecticut, but it's way too early to circle the wagons on 2010-11.

The Wildcats return home to gain some more experience against Boston University on Tuesday night. Then, they travel to Chapel Hill, followed by Notre Dame and Indiana. The Wildcats could be 8-1 after that stretch or they could be 6-3 - either way, they will continue to get better and will be ready for SEC play and March Madness.

Bonus thought: Terrence Jones is pretty good - perhaps even a little better than expected. That bodes well for the Big Blue Future.

Evan Faulkner Playing Well Early for Radford


Former Elliott County star Evan Faulkner is off to an excellent start in his sophomore season at Radford University.

Through 4 games, Faulkner is averaging 9.0 points, 3.0 assists and 2.8 rebounds.

He established a new career high with 15 points in yesterday's loss at George Mason. Faulkner was 4-9 from the field, including 3-8 from long range. He added 2 rebounds, 2 assists and 3 steals in the game.

Radford returns to action Saturday when they Highlanders travel to Charlotte.

Nazr Mohammed Sent to Charlotte's Bench


Former Kentucky big man Nazr Mohammed has apparently been benched by the Charlotte Bobcats.

He has been replaced in the starting lineup by Tyrus Thomas.

Mohammed, who has started the entire season, only played 4 minutes Tuesday night. Last night, he earned a "DNP coach's decision."

There has been no announcement confirming that the move is permanent, but it is likely a bad sign for the former UK center.

John Wall is Back and Other NBA Notes


NBA Recap - November 23-24, 2010:

November 23:

- Terrence Williams (Louisville) DNP suspended for violation of team rules

- Jodie Meeks (Kentucky) DNP coach's decision

- John Wall (Kentucky) came off the bench in his first action following an ankle injury. Wall had 25 points, 6 assists and 3 rebounds in Washington's 116-114 overtime win over Philadelphia.

- Nazr Mohammed (Kentucky) only played 4 minutes in Charlotte's 110-107 loss to New York. He did not score.

- Tayshaun Prince (Kentucky) had 19 points and 5 rebounds in Detroit's 88-84 loss to Dallas.

- Keith Bogans (Kentucky) scored 3 points in Chicago's 98-91 loss to the Lakers.

- Derrick Caracter (Louisville/UTEP) scored 2 points in 2 minutes off the Lakers' bench.

November 24:

- Jodie Meeks (Kentucky) earned 24 minutes off the bench in Philadelphia's 106-90 loss to Toronto. He scored 6 points on 2-4 shooting, including 1-2 from long range.

- Nazr Mohammed (Kentucky) DNP coach's decision

- Terrence Williams (Louisville) DNP suspended for violation of team rules

- Rajon Rondo (Kentucky) DNP injured hamstring

- Jamaal Magloire (Kentucky) had 2 points and 2 rebounds off the bench in Miami's 104-95 loss to Orlando.

- Tayshaun Prince (Kentucky) was 2-7 from the field for 6 points in Detroit's 105-84 loss to Memphis.

- Chuck Hayes (Kentucky) started at center once again in the Rockets' 111-101 victory over Golden State. Hayes had a productive night with 16 points, 7 rebounds and 5 assists.

- Courtney Lee (Western Kentucky) had 9 points and 2 rebounds off the Houston bench.

- Keith Bogans (Kentucky) started but did not score in Chicago's 123-115 win over Phoenix. Bogans was 0-4 from the field.

- Earl Clark (Louisville) played less than a minute for Phoenix and did not score.

- Jeremy Evans (Western Kentucky) scored 2 points in 2 minutes off the bench in Utah's 105-87 win over New Orleans.

Calipari: "We were outplayed...outcoached...outhustled"


Kentucky head coach John Calipari was not afraid to express how he really felt after Connecticut pretty much dominated No. 9 Kentucky in last night's Maui Invitational championship game.

"That was a shellacking," Calipari said. "We were outplayed. We were outcoached. We were outhustled. We got really selfish in the first half. We took a lot of bad shots. I've got to do a better job of getting these guys to play together. We played against each other. They played for each other."

Calipari added that he must do a better job of coaching his team, particularly point guard Brandon Knight. He compared his team's play last night to an "AAU Tournament."

"We've had 22 days of practice and I have a brand-new team. We have holes. I need to do a better job of coaching [Knight]. These guys are 18 years old. They need to be coached. They reverted back to eight months ago. You know what was eight months ago? An AAU tournament."

UConn Says Aloha to Kentucky in Maui Invitational


Connecticut 84
(9) Kentucky 67

Final from Lahaina, Hawaii

Connecticut went on a 21-2 first half run and were never seriously threatened on the way to an 84-67 win over Kentucky the championship game of the Maui Invitational.

The Wildcats (4-1) worked the lead down to 13 in the second half but the Huskies used a 10-2 run to put the game away.

Kemba Walker, who has likely been the most impressive player in the country to this point, led the way for Connecticut (5-0) with 29 points and 6 assists. Walker was named the tournament's most valuable player.

Terrence Jones had 24 points and 4 rebounds to lead Kentucky. Jones represented the Wildcats on the all-tournament team.

Kentucky shot a paltry 22-61 (36.1%) from the field while the Huskies blistered the nets with 30-51 (58.8%) shooting.

It was the second Maui Invitational championship for the Huskies, who now lead the all-time series against Kentucky 2-1.

Wednesday, November 24, 2010

Tony Wroten Catches a Bad Case of the Twits Too



Washington point guard Isaiah Thomas isn't the only person who has been embarrassed on Twitter following Kentucky's 74-67 victory over the Huskies last night.

Tony Wroten, a 2011 Washington recruit, lost a bet with future Wildcat Mike Gilchrist and had to admit the obvious on Twitter:

ToneTone13 I lost the bet so I gotta tweet this for mt bro @MikeGillie14. Smh. Lol.

ToneTone13 UK has the best fans in the COUNTRY

Tonight, Wroten showed the type of loyalty that every college program wants to see on its future roster:

Jerry Tarkanian is Following Kentucky in Maui


Legendary former UNLV head coach Jerry Tarkanian wrote on his blog today that he is good friends with John Calipari and has been following the Wildcats at the Maui Invitational.

Tarkanian even rode the Kentucky team bus to the arena or last night's game against Washington.

Here is an excerpt from Tarkanian's "Shark Bytes" blog at LasVegasSun.com:

Greetings from Hawaii.

I’m here in Maui staying at a timeshare with my son Danny’s family and attending to the Maui Classic. I’m good friends with Kentucky coach John Calipari, and have been following Kentucky at the tournament.

John had me as a guest at their practice and let me ride the team bus to the arena for the game. He’s a super guy who I’ve known for years and a great coach.

They have a lot of good young talent, but they aren’t as good as last year when they had five kids get drafted into the NBA. They beat Oklahoma and Washington in Maui and John’s hoping they develop into a great team by the end of the year.

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DeMarcus Cousins Answers Questions from Kings Fans


Former Kentucky big man DeMarcus Cousins took the time to answer questions that were submitted by Sacramento fans through The Bee's Kings Corner Facebook page.

Here is an excerpt of Cousins' answers:

Wesley Wang asks: How has Otis Hughley (Cousins' former high school coach, now a Kings assistant) contributed to your role and experience as a Kings player thus far, and what does he contribute to the organization with his prior experience working with young players and maturing personalities?

He has contributed a lot. I mean, it is not just me. (He has been helping) a lot of players on the team. He has really been helping Tyreke (Evans) out with his jump shot and his dribble pull up, so it is not just me. He wasn't sent here for me, he was actually sent here to be a coach and that is what he is doing.

Mike Glazier asks: What do you feel your potential as a player in this league can be and what are your goals for your professional career?

I believe my ceiling is really high. I want to be one of the greatest big men to have played the game.

What about after basketball?

I am still thinking about that, I still have a long way to go.


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Big Second Half Propels Georgetown College to Win


Georgetown College 89
IU-Southeast 65

Final from Georgetown, Kentucky


Georgetown blew open a four-point halftime advantage to a 24-point win over visiting Indiana University Southeast, 89-65, Tuesday at Davis-Reid Alumni Gym. Vic Moses had three high-flying dunks to electrify the crowd in the second half as the Tigers remain undefeated, 8-0.

Moses led GC with 15 points on 7-of-11 shooting and 1-of-2 from the free throw line, while also grabbing eight rebounds. Four other Tigers reached double figures - Vincent Crutcher, 14, Eddie Gray, 11, Dillon Boggs, 11, and Maurice Pearson, 10. Pearson was one rebound shy of a double-double with nine boards to lead the team.

Jazzmarr Ferguson led IUSE (5-2) with 22 points.

The Tigers wrap up a busy five days of four games to enjoy the Thanksgiving holiday before returning to action Dec. 2 to start conference action against St. Catharine on the road.

* Game recap by Georgetown College

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Patterson Hopes to Improve in Second D-League Game


Former Kentucky star Patrick Patterson will be looking for improvement in his second NBA D-League game.

Patterson did not play poorly in his first game, but did find himself in early foul trouble which limited his minutes and production.

DLeagueDigest.com talks about Patterson's play:

Patrick Patterson, Rio Grande Valley Vipers (Houston Rockets)

Patterson’s Vipers have played just one game so far this season, the opening night contest against the Texas Legends. His team won the game, but Patterson battled foul trouble throughout the night and never got in the flow offensively, finishing with just 7 points on 2-6 shooting. On the plus side, he did manage to grab 9 rebounds in 22 minutes of action. Patterson will look to improve his play when the Vipers return to action Saturday on the road against the Austin Toros.

Photo: Screenshot from NBA.com

Video: MSU's Donnie Tyndall Discusses Loss to OSU

Here is footage of Morehead State head coach Donnie Tyndall following the Eagles' loss to No. 3 Ohio State:



* Video from MSUEagleAthletics YouTube Channel

John Wall Returns in a Big Way for Wizards


In his first action since missing four games with an injured ankle, John Wall illustrated why he was taken first overall in the 2010 NBA Draft.

Wall did not start, but played 36 minutes off the bench in Washington's 116-114 overtime win over Philadelphia.

He was 7-15 from the field and 3-7 from the three-point line. Wall led all scorers with 25 points and also dished out 6 assists versus only 1 turnover.

Here is an excerpt about Wall's performance from WashingtonPost.com:

Dressed in his warm-ups for the first time in more than a week, Wall grabbed a microphone before the game but it wasn't to announce his return. He quickly wished the fans in attendance a happy Thanksgiving and handed the microphone right back. Still recovering from a sprained left foot, Wall came off the bench for the first time in his brief career.

When he entered the game with 5:47 left in the first period, Wall received a huge ovation from the crowd. It didn't take long for Wall to show some rust. He shot an airball three-pointer that led to a shot clock violation and was off-target on his first five shots in the half. "For one, I was out of shape," he said. "I was tired after a couple of minutes. I don't have the same explosiveness, but I'm fighting and playing as hard as I can."


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Kentucky is Favored to Win Tonight


According to Bodog.com, Kentucky will enter tonight's game as favorites to win the Maui Invitational.

Currently the Wildcats are 5-point favorites and the line has been fluctuating between 4 1/2 and 5 1/2.

The game will be on ESPN at 10:00 p.m ET.

Transylvania Squeaks by Centre College


Transylvania 56
Centre College 51

Final from Danville, Kentucky

The Centre men's basketball team came up short in their home opener against in-state rival Transylvania University, falling 56-51 on Tuesday, November 23 in Danville, Ky. Centre dropped to 3-1, while the Pioneers moved to 1-1 on the season.

Transylvania took the early lead as Ashley Hatfield made a layup with 19:42 on the clock. The Pioneers built up a seven point lead before the Colonels were able to come back and tie the game up at the 8:10 mark of the first half when sophomore Josh Crawford (Corbin, Ky.) hit two free throws to make it a 12-12 game.

Crawford then gave the Colonels their first lead of the game at 14-12 when he converted on two more free throw attempts on Centre's next possession. Centre built their lead up to four points following a made jumper by freshman Taylor Newsome (Virgie, Ky.) at the 6:52 mark.

The Pioneers were able to take their second lead of the half at the 2:52 mark when Hatfield made a three pointer to make it a 20-19 game. Transylvania held onto the lead and went into the break leading 24-21.

Centre shot 25% from the floor and 72.7% from the free throw line during the first half of action. Transylvania made 40.9% of their shots from the floor and 83.3% of their free throw attempts during the first half.

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Transcript of Kentucky's Postgame Comments from Maui


Here is an excerpt of comments from Kentucky's John Calipari, Brandon Knight and Josh Harrellson following Kentucky's win over No. 11 Washington:

Kentucky head coach John Calipari

On the game:

For us, there's nothing better, especially with a young team to shoot 39 percent, 17 percent from the foul line, have double the turnovers than assists and still win a game. It's lovely. It's lovely.

And so we played how we had to play with foul trouble in the first half, which I'm stunned we were down 1. And guys fought like crazy, and I thought we had some great individual performances, yet our team is not there yet.

We got a little selfish today. Defensively at the end, it was like lay up, lay up, and foul. We left the huddle don't foul, we fouled. That's what happens with young guys.

But what I did like we made the four free throws we had to to finish the game. Those balls went down, and that means we have a will to win, and it's beginning to happen.

On the earthquake:

There was an earthquake? What was it on the Richter scale?

Answer: 4.7

That's nothing. I thought you were going to tell me it was a 7, the building would have shook a little bit.

On the atmosphere:

It was great. The Kentucky fans are -- what happens at the hotel, I gotta put my head down and run to my room, but short of that, it's great for these guys. I mean, they know they're not only playing for each other, there's a lot of people that take unbelievable pride and are invested in this program.

And they're emotionally invested and they're from all over the country. The fans here that are Kentucky fans, I'm going to guess 30 percent of them are from Kentucky. And the rest are from other places around the country. And they're here watching this. And I betcha I'm accurate.

Brandon Knight:

On the game:

I guess it was important as far as confidence but the main thing was trying to do whatever it took to get a win today. We knew they were a great team coming in. Averaging over 100 points scoring, but we just tried to do our best to get a win.

So really just about the team, just trying to make sure we got going as a unit?

Josh Harrellson:

On playing 34 minutes:

The thing I'm more happy about is 34 minutes playing. I mean, last year I couldn't play 10 minutes a game without anything. But I mean just playing 34 minutes and coming through for my team when they needed me most and just coming out with a victory, that's more than 14 rebounds a game.

On his lob pass to Terrence Jones that led to a critical score:

It's always there to look to Terrence, but that time he just said throw it one time I'm going to go get it I promise you I'm going to go get it. I had confidence in him, and I know he can jump and I know how athletic he is. I threw it to the rim and he got it. He promised me he would do it. And he came through and so I'll look for it more?

EKU Takes Out Frustrations on Cincinnati Christian


Eastern Kentucky 91
Cincinnati Christian 27

Final from Richmond, Kentucky


RICHMOND, Ky. – The Eastern Kentucky University men’s basketball team surged to an early lead by connecting on its first eight shots from the field, five of which were three-pointers, and cruised past Cincinnati Christian College, 91-27, Tuesday night in McBrayer Arena.

EKU (3-3) finished the night shooting a season-best 67 percent (38-of-57) from the field and 44 percent (8-of-18) from the behind the arc. The Colonel defense stifled the Crusaders to just 19 percent (10-of-53) from the field.

Sophomore Willie Cruz led a balanced Colonel scoring attack with a career-high 20 points. He also contributed with seven assists, six rebounds and four steals. Senior Josh Daniel also notched a career high with 19 points. Eleven Colonels entered the scoring bracket on the night.

CCC (0-6) was paced by Jaydell Herndon’s 10 points while Joseph Dowell collected a team-best six rebounds.

EKU returns to action on Thursday, Dec. 2 when the Colonels host defending OVC champion Murray State at 7:30 p.m.

* Game recap by Eastern Kentucky University

Morehead State Hangs Around with No. 3 Ohio State


(3) Ohio State 64
Morehead State 45

Final from Columbus, Ohio

COLUMBUS, Ohio—If defenses were ranked, Morehead State men’s basketball would be a Top 25 squad.

The Eagles lost 64-45 to No. 3 Ohio State Tuesday night at the Scottenstein Center, but for the second straight game, MSU held a top 10 team under 65 points.

It was by far the fewest points the Buckeyes have scored this season, after posting 102, 93 and 81 points in their previous three games. MSU held Jared Sullinger, OSU’s leading scorer at 18.7 points to just eight Tuesday. It was the second time in as many games the Eagles have neutralized the other team’s leading scorer. Morehead State forced 16 turnovers, 12 of which came off steals.

Kenneth Faried had the 61st double-double of his career, scoring 15 points and 12 rebounds to lead the Eagles. He was stymied in the second half by foul trouble, limiting him to 15 minutes of playing time in the second half.

"Obviously when Faried picked up his fourth foul, that was detrimental and it hurt our team," MSU coach Donnie Tyndall said. "He gives us a presence at both ends of the floor, and we had to sit him out for about a five to six minute stretch. That changes the complexion of how we defend. We don't have that shot blocking ability or the changing of shot ability. Everything we do offensively is predicated on working inside out off of him, so we had to change a little bit of what we did. It gave some other young guys an opportunity to play, and hopefully they'll benefit from that down the road."

Morehead State led by as many as five in the first half after Sam Goodman started hot, scoring seven of the Eagles’ first nine points. The teams traded points through the first half until late when the Buckeyes pushed a lead out to seven thanks to a 3-pointer and a pair of free throws by Jon Diebler. The lead hovered there until halftime, where the margin was six.

The game stayed nip-and-tuck for the first five minutes of the second half, but at 15:19 Faried picked up his fourth foul and OSU took advantage of the younger MSU frontcourt, immediately jumping its lead from five to nine. A layup by Sullinger pushed the advantage to double digits for the first time and six minutes later a layup by Deshaun Thomas made it double digits for good.

"I feel like certainly Ohio State is a team -- knock on wood, if they stay healthy -- that can compete for a national championship," Tyndall said. "I do feel like we competed, they just wore us down in probably the last six to eight minutes of the game, Tyndall said.

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Video: UK Recruit Trevor Lacey Drops 54 Points



Kentucky recruit Trevor Lacey (No. 5 in White) goes for 54 points:


Enes Kanter Appeal to be Heard Next Week


According to Jerry Tipton of the Lexington Herald-Leader, Kentucky's appeal to the NCAA regarding Enes Kanter's eligibility will be made the first week of December.

UK spokesperson DeWayne Peevy told Tipton that the decision could be made within a couple of days following the appeal.

Here is an excerpt:

Kentucky expects to make its appeal to the NCAA to have Enes Kanter's eligibility restored the first week of December.
"We are working with the NCAA and believe the appeal could take place the first week of December," UK spokesman DeWayne Peevy said. "It is our understanding that we could receive a decision a couple of days after that."

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Magnitude-4.7 Earthquake Rattles Maui Invitational


A magnitude-4.7 earthquake off the coast of Hawaii rattled the Maui Invitational for about 5 seconds last night.

Appropriately enough, it occurred just after Washington's Venoy Overton steamrolled Kentucky's DeAndre Liggins heading into a Huskies' timeout. Overton was later whistled with a technical foul after officials reviewed the play.

The quake vibrated chairs, tables and the rims for several seconds.

"I felt the ground shaking and the rim was moving," said Washington's Isaiah Thomas. "I didn't know if it was an earthquake."

Kentucky has now experienced a tornado in Atlanta during the 2008 SEC Tournament and an earthquake in Hawaii. Hopefully the Wildcats will avoid any upcoming volcanoes, tsunamis or hurricanes.

According to USGS.gov, there have been at least two tremors since last night's quake. One occurred just minutes after the first and the other was about 5 hours later:

- 11 hours ago 4.7 Maui region, Hawaii
- 11 hours ago 3.3 Maui region, Hawaii
- 6 hours ago 2.8 Maui region, Hawaii

Terrence Williams Inactive for Disciplinary Reasons


Former Louisville star Terrence Williams has been placed on the Nets' inactive list for two games for disciplinary reasons.

He missed last night's game against Atlanta and will not travel with the team to Boston.

Here is an excerpt from NJ.com:

Terrence Williams has been placed on the inactive list for tonight's game against the Atlanta Hawks for disciplinary reasons, coach Avery Johnson told reporters in his pregame briefing.

"Terrence is inactive for repeatedly violating team policy,'' Johnson said. "So that’s why he’s inactive tonight and he will not travel with the team to Boston.''

Johnson was asked to elaborate but would only say:

"It’s been something that we’ve dealt with for the past 2-3 weeks or so, and I don’t know if he clearly understands what we’re trying to do.''

Bellarmine Head Coach Scott Davenport Has Surgery on Hand


NEW ALBANY, Ind.--Bellarmine University Head Men's Basketball Coach Scott Davenport underwent surgery earlier today at the Kleintert-Kutz hand care center to repair a ruptured tendon suffered yesterday while working in his yard.

According to Dr. Thomas W. Wolff, who performed the surgery, Davenport hyper-extended his right ring finger in a manner consistent with the way football players sustain injuries by grabbing and twisting a jersey.

"(Davenport) pulled a tendon away from the bone and a piece of the bone actually broke off," Dr. Wolff said. The surgery reattached the tendon and pinned the bone back in place, Dr. Wolff explained.

The recovery period is expected to be up to six weeks with physical therapy needed after that. "Tendons take about three times longer to heal than skin," Wolff said, adding that during the recovery period Davenport's entire hand will be immobilized. "He won't be able to make a fist or grip anything," Wolff said.

Davenport said he plans to return to practice tomorrow. His no. 3-ranked Bellarmine Knights travel to Institute, W.V. on Friday and Saturday to compete in the John Dickensheets Classic hosted by West Virginia State University.

* Article by Bellarmine University

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