Saturday, December 11, 2010

Liggins Leads Kentucky to Rivalry Win Over Indiana


(17) Kentucky 81
Indiana 62

Final from Lexington, Kentucky


LEXINGTON, Ky. (AP) - Kentucky coach John Calipari's message to DeAndre Liggins was simple after watching the junior defensive stopper struggle at times during the opening weeks of the season.

Calipari told Liggins if he didn't get out on the floor and do all the little things he did so well last season - grabbing loose balls and sticking his hands in passing lanes - he might as well fill out a job application because he wasn't going to see much time on the floor.

Message received.

Energized by a handful of hustle plays that have become his trademark, Liggins scored a career-high 19 points to lead the 17th-ranked Wildcats to a physical 81-62 win over Indiana on Saturday.

"I just felt diving on floors, defending, bringing that spark to my team, that's what I do," Liggins said. "That's what he stressed to me."

Liggins kickstarted Kentucky's game-ending 25-5 run with a 3-pointer, but it was his play at the other end of the floor that got the Wildcats (7-2) going.

He tied up Indiana's Christian Watford on one drive to the basket and vaulted over traffic in the lane to snare a couple of crucial rebounds as Kentucky pulled away to win for the 14th time in the last 17 meetings.

"He rebounded the ball," Calipari said. "You understand the last game (against Notre Dame) he had one rebound and then ... had a ball in the corner where he fell on the floor and couldn't bring it in? Last year we know he got every one of those balls."

Liggins wasn't doing that in the first half against the Hoosiers and found himself on the bench when the Wildcats came back out on the floor holding a tenuous one-point lead. A quick foul to Terrence Jones, however, forced Calipari to put Liggins in the game a little earlier than the coach wanted.

Calipari's move paid off with Liggins' best performance of the season. He finished with a career-high nine rebounds, added two steals and didn't turn it over in 37 minutes.

"His intensity helps us out," said Kentucky guard Brandon Knight, who added 18 points. "He kind of leads us in that aspect and that's what pushes us to be better defensively."

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Antoine Walker Contributing in the D-League


I freely admit that I had no idea what to expect from Antoine Walker in the NBA Development League.

After watching Walker's first two games, I think the former Kentucky star has a chance to make an NBA comeback.

Walker is clearly out of shape following several years away from the game, but it is also obvious that he still has NBA-level skills. When Walker hits his stride and improves his conditioning, he is going to be a handful in the D-League.

In his first two games, Walker is averaging 13.0 points, 5.5 rebounds and 4.0 assists. The Idaho Stampede are using Walker in a high post roll that is allowing him to set screens, find cutters and face the basket.

The Stampede were 0-7 when Walker signed up. With Walker on the roster, they are 2-0 and playing well.

Marc J. Spears of Yahoo! Sports agrees that the former NBA All Star is going to have a legitimate chance to work his way back into the league, if NBA execs can get past his gambling problems:

Walker will get a chance to be scouted by the NBA during the Stampede’s two games in the D-League Showcase from Jan. 10-13 in Texas. By then, his rustiness should be gone and he should be in better shape. NBA teams also typically look to add a player at the beginning of the year when 10-day contracts are allowed.

One NBA executive, however, told Yahoo! Sports that Walker’s gambling issues will make it hard for teams to give him another chance.

“A lot of people get discouraged about the gambling situation,” Walker said. “The casinos took advantage of a situation where I owed them money and we tried to work out a payment plan. But in 10 days they can issue a warrant for the money. They just did what they could do legally.

“Obviously, we’re handling it behind the scenes to get it resolved.”

Walker is still facing three felony bad check charges in Nevada after failing to repay about $900,000 in gambling debts and penalties. His trial has been postponed until May 2011.

Photo: Screenshot from NBA.com

Murray State Grabs Road Win at Chattanooga


Murray State 73
Chattanooga 65

Final from Chattanooga, Tennessee


The Murray State Racers used a positive first half performance in earning a 73-65 win Saturday over Chattanooga in the McKenzie Arena in Chattanooga, Tenn.

The Racers’ 15-point lead at half was whittled to 54-50 with 8:13 remaining, but MSU was able to hold the Mocs at bay by hitting 9-10 free throws in the final 3:30.

Ivan Aska, who did not start for the first time this season, came off the bench to get MSU’s first double-double of the season with 17 points and 12 rebounds. He was 6-9 from the field and perfect from the free throw line in five tries.

MSU had nine different players scratch the scoring column with four in double figures. After Aska, MSU got 12 points from Isaiah Canaan, 11 from Isacc Miles and 10 from B.J. Jenkins.

If MSU’s first half performance wasn’t their best 20-minutes of the season, it was one the best certainly.

MSU shot 61 percent from the field on 19-21 shots, while holding the Mocs to 10-24 for 41 percent.

The Racers jumped in front 24-13 at the 8:40 mark on a feed from Jenkins to Ed Daniel, who made his first start of the season in Aska’s place. Daniel scored four points and grabbed three rebounds along with a steal and a blocked shot.

MSU grew their lead to 40-21 at the 3:53 mark on a Miles three-pointer and settled for a 45-30 lead at the break.

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EKU Hangs Around with No. 20 Minnesota


(20) Minnesota 71
Eastern Kentucky 58

Final from Minneapolis, Minnesota


MINNEAPOLIS, Minn. – Host Minnesota opened the second half by scoring the first 15 points to pull away from the Eastern Kentucky University men’s basketball team, 71-58, Saturday afternoon in Williams Arena. The No. 20 Golden Gophers (9-1) and Colonels (5-5) played despite blizzard-like conditions in the Twin Cities area.

Senior Justin Stommes, a native of nearby Rocori, Minn., paced EKU with a season-high 19 points. The guard tied a career high by netting five three-pointers while shooting 55.6 percent (5-of-9) from behind the arc.

Three Minnesota players finished in double figures led by Ralph Sampson III with 19 points and eight rebounds.

Eastern Kentucky’s 1-3-1 zone defense gave Minnesota plenty of problems in the first half allowing the Colonels to put together a 22-13 lead. However, just like the weather outside, EKU’s shooting went cold down the stretch in the first half as the visitors made only one field goal in the final 6:51.

Minnesota rallied to regain the lead, 25-22, on an Austin Hollins three-pointer. The Golden Gophers then went into halftime ahead 28-25 on a buzzer-beating, half-court shot by Maverick Ahanmisi.

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Grab a Seat, It's Time for Kentucky vs. Indiana



Former Indiana head coach Bobby Knight went psycho against Purdue in 1985:




And some bonus footage of Mike Davis going psycho against Kentucky:

Louisville Drops No. 20 UNLV in Billy Minardi Classic


(24) Louisville 77
(20) UNLV 69

Final from Louisville, Kentucky


LOUISVILLE, Ky. (AP) - Preston Knowles scored all 20 of his points in the second half and No. 24 Louisville remained unbeaten with a 77-69 win over No. 20 UNLV on Saturday in the Billy Minardi Classic.

Kyle Kuric and Chris Smith added 17 points each for the Cardinals, who rushed by the Rebels in the final 15 minutes.

Knowles led the way, keying an 21-6 surge that helped Louisville erase a nine-point deficit to take a 57-51 lead with 9:52 to play. UNLV (9-1) would get no closer than four the rest of the way as the Cardinals stayed perfect at their new downtown arena.

Tre'Von Willis led the Rebels with 17 points and Oscar Bellfield added 16, but the Rebels saw their best start to a season in 20 years come to an end during a lifeless second half.

UNLV shot just 9 of 21 (42 percent) after the break as Louisville rode the strength of its bench to its biggest win of the season.

Kuric entered the game having scored just 17 points all season and missed the last two games with a concussion, but he teamed up with Smith to keep Louisville in it early before Knowles got going.

Smith, a transfer from Manhattan College, helped the Cardinals overcome some opening jitters.

Knowles suffered through a miserable first half, missing both of his shots from the field and picking up two fouls in eight ineffective minutes.

Things changed, however, with the Cardinals trailing 45-36 in the second half. Kuric hit a 3-pointer in the corner to bring the crowd to life and Knowles responded with his best play of the season.

He hit a pull-up jumper in the lane and a couple of free throws before blowing past Derrick Jasper, a former player at rival Kentucky, for a layup to tie the game at 49.

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Former Wildcat Jared Carter on PBL Training Camp Roster


Former Kentucky Wildcat Jared Carter is on the training camp roster of the Rochester RazorSharks of the Premier Basketball League.

Carter was drafted in the NBA D-League Draft but quickly released by the Erie BayHawks.

Here is an excerpt from ThePBL.com:

Among the newcomers the Sharks figure to have a seven footer at camp. Jared Carter played his college ball at Kentucky. The 23 year old center spent last season with the PBL's Vermont Frost Heaves. Carter had his best game of the season against Rochester, scoring 18 points with nine rebounds in a 109-97 RazorShark win.

Camp begins Monday December 13 with a double session at the Penfield YMCA on Route 250. Practice times are 7:30 to 10am and 2 to 4pm. The PBL season starts December 31st at the Blue Cross Arena.

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Adam Delph Leads Asbury Eagles to High-Scoring Win


Asbury University 102
Greenville College 92

Final from Wilmore, Kentucky


WILMORE, Ky. – Asbury topped 100 points for the third straight game in a 102-92 win over Greenville (Ill.) College in the Zweifel/Pritchett Classic on Friday night in the Luce Center. Adam Delph led all scorers with 23 points and Phillip Morrison added 21 for the Eagles.

Asbury (5-4) trailed only 17 seconds in the first half at 23-25 before Brock Hurtle put the Eagles back on top with a three. The game was tied four times in the half before Asbury jumped to a 10 point lead. Asbury led 45-38 at the half as Delph scored 10 in the first half.

Greenville (5-2) would fight back in the second half, erasing an early 11 point deficit to take a 54-53 lead with 14:49 remaining. The lead changed hands three times before the Panthers jumped out to a 69-60 lead with 10:41 left. Asbury went on a 14-4 run in the next 3:34 as Delph scored nine of his 13 second half points during that run.

The Eagles would push their lead out to double digits at 85-75 as Morrison scored seven of 11 Asbury points. The lead would grow to as much as 13 as Greenville started to foul to extend the game. Asbury would hit 9-of-12 free throws in the final two minutes to help seal the game.

Flip Crawford added his third straight double-double with 14 points and 11 rebounds including seven offensive. Crawford currently ranks 6th in NAIA DII with 4.5 offensive rebounds per game. Crawford added four assists, three steals, one block, and two big dunks on Friday.

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Terrence Williams Learns Life Lesson from Ballboy


Former Louisville star Terrence Williams learned a valuable life lesson from a 13-year old Springfield Armor ballboy.

The ballboy's words not only gave Williams a new focus but they opened the NBA player's eyes.

Here is an excerpt from ESPN.com:

"I told him, 'You made a mistake and you shouldn't feel like you're down here because you're not a good ballplayer. You need to learn from it.' If I was him, I wouldn't want to be down here. I'd do anything to stay in the NBA.'"

Williams gave his recollection of the conversation to the Newark Star-Ledger.

"I was like, 'Do you watch the NBA?' " said Williams, who was called up Tuesday and played 26 minutes against the Dallas Mavericks on Thursday. "He said, 'Yeah, you're one of the players I [like to] watch. Why would you blow it?'

"I was like, 'What are you talking about?' He said, 'Why would you want to have an attitude, and be late -- the simplest things you can control? And you get to be in the NBA? I would die to do that, so don't blow it.'

"That's a [13]-year-old telling me that," Williams told the Star-Ledger, adding that his mother had called him in tears after his demotion, asking if he had been kicked out of the NBA. "So I think that and my mom crying was what really got to me. So down there, I decided to take everything serious, like I was here, as far as practicing and playing in a game."

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John Calipari's Pregame Comments for Indiana


Here is a transcript of Kentucky head coach John Calipari's pregame comments for the Indiana game:

Head Coach John Calipari

On the way freshman guard Brandon Knight led the team against Notre Dame...

"I loved his pace of the game; he understood when to pull it out. Any time he's playing too fast I'm stopping him in practice and I'm getting on him. You have to understand, he's probably had no one coach him this way. I'm on him, because he's vital for us. He has to understand that there are things that are acceptable and there are things that are not acceptable. He wants to do it. When he got off the bus after the game he gave me five. Like, I'm just happy, I'm trying to get it and I want to get it, without saying anything. But it's day-to-day. I'm telling you, there will be slippage and he'll revert back to `I'm trying to score.' Now you notice, he still scored and he missed two layups there or he'd have four more (points). Two layups. And he didn't really force any. The other shots that he missed, a couple 3s, were wide open which you would expect him to make. So without trying to score he could have had 30."

On the comparison of the way he wants Knight to play to the way he used to play in high school...

"He shot every ball in high school. And he had to or their team wasn't going to win. His bad shot, his God awful shot, the one that `Why would he shoot that?' was better than him passing it to a guy open. That's just the way it was, so he did what he had to. Tyreke (Evans) was exactly the same. Tyreke was shooting 30 balls a game - fadeaways, turnarounds, stepbacks, he'd even shoot it going baseline shooting it over the corner of the backboard like `I'm in trouble but I can still get this at that rim.' And so they have to adjust and they have to play. I need him to shoot more pull-up jumpers than other point guards I've had where I'd want John (Wall) and Tyreke to just keep going. Tyreke is 6-6. I want him to go and pull-up at that foul line area. Just pull-up and shoot it, you're a terrific shooter. Instead of going in like again you're playing against a team that when you drive in and throw your body in and just throw the ball and there's going to be a foul called. You may make it, you may not, it doesn't matter because I'm getting 10-straight shots down the court. That's what we're changing, and he's doing it. One of the things I talked to the team about is he's got to get better in front of the team, but I said who's the most conscientious guy we've got, who's the hardest worker we've got? They all pointed to him (Knight). And I said, so it tells you within a month you're going to see a different player. But right now we've got to respect each other, we've got to trust each other and know people are trying to get better."

On how vital it is for junior guard Darius Miller to be a consistent factor in the game...

"It's the same thing I've said all along: there's something that's holding him back from `Wow.' There's something there. I wish I had the answer; I would have already done it. But there's something that holds him back when it's a four-point game and he can bust open the game. There's something that makes him evaporate when we have guys out and you must step up to go do something. You take over. There's something that's holding him back. My point to him is, the first thing is to recognize it, that there is something. And the second point is, let's figure it out. I'll help you, let's do it together. Let's talk about it, let's spend meeting time. I've had two or three meetings with him. Let's just figure it out. Because we should all be seeing him saying, `Wow.' But we're not. There are times in this practice I'll watch and I stop the practice and I say, `What do you want to say to him guys?' `Do that in the game!' But it's not just him now. We've got a lot of guys that things are holding them back. I got a great call from an NBA buddy of mine saying, `I really like your big white kid.' And it made me feel good that here's this guy who none of us expected and he's doing alright. Now he still does things you want to punch him in the mouth. Like, `Why would you do that?' But the reality of it is, he has gotten better and that's all we should be about. It's kind of like DeAndre (Liggins). DeAndre's not playing exactly how I think he's capable of playing. He's a guy that should be able to guard three positions, and guard them well, come up with every loose rebound; he's coming up with none right now. He's not rebounding at all. Every loose rebound and every ball you dive on the floor is you. And then, now you make shots. I talked to him about it this morning. He's the only player I've coached in college who has taken his shot from one place to another. It happens in the NBA all the time. Guy goes to the league, can't shoot, but within two or three years all of a sudden the guy's making knock down shots. It happens all the time. In the NBA when you're looking at kids, you're trying to draft players and the shooting doesn't play that big of a factor because you know eventually the guy will shoot the ball better. But in college I've not seen guys do what he's done. Right now, if there's a key shot in the game, I'm going to be honest with you, the guy that you guys all told me get rid of, can't shoot, didn't want to go in games, is the guy I'd say give him the ball and let him take that shot. Let's drive something so he's wide open. He's still driving to the goal every time and running four people over and just throwing balls. But again, we just have to tell him, that's what we're trying to point out. You can't do that - pull up, go in the lane. There are three guys, how about this one, if there are three on you two guys are open. You're driving, there's three guys on you, two guys are open, just find them. But that's all stuff we're all learning."

On freshman forward Terrence Jones' performance against Notre Dame following his performance against North Carolina...
"Well, after North Carolina it's obvious that he learned a lesson. That's what we need from him. What he gave us was a post presence. I think any time a team that doesn't have post presence, you're basically a fraud. You have to have someone you can throw the ball to. It can be a point guard, it can be your five-man, it can be your four. Someone has to be able to draw double teams and get some easy baskets. Now, we will never play that way because I can't stand what it looks like. Run down throw it to the post, run down throw low. I can't watch the game; I'd go to the bathroom. I mean, it's not something I want. But, there's got to be times that you have to be able to do that. We're not making shots or something's breaking down or they're really sagging, they're doing something crazy where you can throw it in. He gives that to us. But he's got to get better. Obviously, North Carolina he avoided all contact which meant they blocked every ball. We worked for a couple days on it and now all of a sudden he went body to body with Notre Dame. Now they weren't as long, but they couldn't really get to his shot because he went body to body. Against North Carolina he faded away so they blocked everything, barely got any balls to the rim."

On Indiana...

"(I was) watching the tape. They're well coached, lots of pick-and-rolls. (Christian) Watford, who I had recruited, is a terrific player. (Maurice) Creek is a terrific player. They shoot the ball better. I watched our tape with them from last year and we really struggled with them offensively. In other words, they scored on us. We put in a little 1-3-1 I can remember now, that must have been ages ago, but they scored on that. They shot a good percentage, and we made a little run. Some of it was we beasted them a little bit inside, which that's not what we are now. I can see Patrick (Patterson) and DeMarcus (Cousins) and Daniel Orton got baskets just by beasting them. But that's not the case (now). They're going to be ready. (Indiana head coach) Tommy (Crean) will have his team fighting mad, ready to go and this is a big game. It's interesting, for us, it's the next game. Now if we win it's a huge game, but it's the next game. It's us trying to make sure that we're in the right frame of mind. I told them there has to be a sense of urgency about preparation, there has to be a purpose about preparation. Tomorrow is game day. Everything you do is geared toward winning that game and playing well. I should say playing well, winning the game will take care of itself. But that may be put headphones on and relax. Whatever it is that gets you ready to compete at a high level with great intensity. I thought our start against Notre Dame was terrific and when we gave up a couple baskets it was one player who gave up those baskets. The rest of us were doing pretty well. It was 12-6 because one guy gave up five points. But that was a good start. Then they made their run and we kind of figured it out. We got down 11, we didn't think it's (over) - and again, I don't know this team yet, I don't know how they think. I knew last year's team how they thought. We're down 11, OK let's beat these (guys) - and this team came back and did it. They got this thing tied up where we can work. We start the second half, create a gap. Again though, there were two clicks that they let them back in and it's all stuff that we have to learn."

On how close Indiana is to being "Indiana" again...

"The recruiting has gone up 100 times. It was hard, I'll tell you what. When you're losing it's hard to recruit. When you're winning it's a little easier to recruit. When players are going to the NBA it's a little easier to recruit. When you're taking over like Tommy (Crean) did, it's hard now. It's hard. You're trying to keep your boat afloat. And he did that. He coached his guys. Guys have gotten better. Now he's recruiting guys and you'll see, like I said, this is maybe after this year or one of these years we may want to cancel because of where he's going with the program and the players he's getting."

Ohio Christian Defeats Union College


Ohio Christian 93
Union College 89

Final from Wilmore, Kentucky

WILMORE, Ky. -- The Union College men's basketball team dropped a 93-89 decision to Ohio Christian on Friday afternoon. The game, played at Asbury University, was part of the 2010 Cecil C. Zweifel Classic.

With the loss, the Bulldogs fell to 5-7 overall, while Ohio Christian improved to 8-4 with the win.

In the first half, Ohio Christian held a slim 42-40 lead at intermission. The Trailblazers were aided by a torrid shooting pace to take the lead, making 60 percent of their shots from the field in the period. Union stayed close in the half and was led by Turrell Morris (Columbus, Ohio), who had 10 points and pulled down six rebounds.

In the second half, the lead went back and forth throughout the first five minutes, but Ohio Christian started to take control of the contest at the 15 minute mark and took the biggest lead of the night (63-55) with 14:26 left in the game. The Trailblazers continued to keep the lead and eventually extended it out to 73-64 with 8:54 left.

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No. 1 Bellarmine Cruises Past West Virginia State


(1) Bellarmine 93
West Virginia State 73

Final from Louisville, Kentucky


LOUISVILLE, Ky.--The No. 1 Bellarmine University men's basketball team jumped out to an early lead and cruised to a 93-73 victory over the visiting West Virginia State Yellow Jackets in Game 2 of the Fern Valley Hotel Classic in Knights Hall tonight.

The Knights grabbed a double digit lead just 8:20 into the action as the hosts converted numerous Yellow Jacket turnovers. Senior Nick Holmes helped establish Bellarmine's early dominance on his way to his first double-double of the season with 11 points and 10 rebounds.

"Nick Holmes came out and set the tone early," said Bellarmine Coach Scott Davenport, who added that West Virginia State changed their game plan from the teams' Nov. 26 meeting (a 103-79 victory by the Knights). "They pressed Jeremy (Kendle) out tonight, and to his credit, he looked to get the ball to his teammates. We have no team ego--that's what we've built this season on."

After taking a 46-28 lead into halftime, Bellarmine and WVSU played relatively even over the final 20 minutes as 14 Bellarmine players saw action, with 11 hitting the scoring column. Bellarmine, which shot a blistering 55.2 percent for the game, was led by Justin Benedetti, who tallied 16 points on six of seven shooting, including going two for two beyond the 3-point line.

Chris Dowe had another solid outing for the Knights, coming off the bench for 15 points. Luke Sprague also hit double figures with 10 points while Braydon Hobbs registered eight assists.

Game high honors went to West Virginia State's Josh "Cookie" Miller who poured in 23 second half points to total 29 for the game.

With the win, Bellarmine improves to 6-0 while the Yellow Jackets fall to 5-3.

The Knights square off against Indiana University Southeast tomorrow at 7:30 p.m. at Knights Hall. The Grenadiers dropped a 105-96 decision to Southern Indiana in tonight's opening game of the Fern Valley Hotel Classic. The 5 p.m. game features Southern Indiana taking on West Virginia State.

* Game recap by Bellarmine University

Austin Peay's Anthony Campbell Out for Season


Austin Peay junior Anthony Campbell, the second-leading scorer on the team, has torn both his MCL and ACL in his left knee and will miss the rest of the season.

The injury to Campbell reshapes the Austin Peay lineup and greatly damages their chances of winning the Ohio Valley Conference.

Campbell was averaging 13.9 points per game.

Here is an excerpt about Campbell's injury from TheLeafChronicle.com:

The injury to Anthony Campbell has drastically changed Austin Peay's focus and not just against Division III non-conference Fontbonne tonight at 7 p.m. in the Dunn Center, but for the rest of the season .

"We're looking for some answers now," Govs coach Dave Loos said. "I've been encouraged by Justin Blake, who's been making a lot of shots in practice. I felt all along we really had six starters and I certainly consider Josh Terry a starter, who was starting and playing well before he got hurt. But Josh will move into the starting line up (tonight) and we're going to take a good look at Blake. My hope is we can look at some people during the game that will now be in the plan."

Campbell, a junior and the Govs' second leading scorer (13.9 ppg), is out for the season after tearing both the ACL and MCL in his left knee during Wednesday's practice.


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IU Student Paper: Calipari's Recruiting Strategy Doesn't Work


Nathan Hart of the Indiana Daily Student shares his thoughts on John Calipari's recruiting strategy. Hart feels that Calipari's recruiting strategy ultimately doesn't work.

Here is an excerpt of Hart's opinion:

That recruiting philosophy works to an extent, but it has a ceiling. Calipari’s bet is that he can convert NBA-caliber athleticism from freshmen — his five freshmen this year were Rivals.com’s highest-rated class — into NCAA success.

But UK will never be an experience-laden squad with Calipari. The good-but-not-great players that stick around and fill out the roster aren’t there.

Consider the Big Ten, which is widely regarded as the strongest conference in college basketball this season. Why? Because Michigan State, Illinois, Ohio State, Wisconsin and Minnesota are experienced groups.

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Kentucky fans, do you agree or disagree that Calipari's recruiting philosophy will be successful in Lexington?

Top 10 Recruit Rodney Purvis Commits to Louisville


Evan Daniels of Scout.com has confirmed that top 10 recruit Rodney Purvis has committed to the Louisville Cardinals.

Here is an excerpt of Daniels' article at Scout.com:

Late Friday night the extra effort with the 6-foot-2 guard out of Raleigh (N.C.) Upper Room Christian paid off. Purvis gave the Cardinals the nod over strong interest from Duke, Xavier and a host of other high major programs.

“With all the other schools I felt like they had other players they were recruiting before me,” Purvis said. “I was Louisville’s No. 1 priority and they made me feel that way. I just wanted to return them the favor and choose Louisville.”

Purvis, who recently switched from the 2013 class to the 2012, cited his relationship with the coaching staff and Louisville’s future as reasons he went with the Cardinals.

“Over time I gained a great relationship with coach Pitino and the whole entire coaching staff,” Purvis told Scout.com. “I liked everything there on the visit. The AD is very committed to Louisville basketball. I just feel like it’s a great spot and Louisville has a great future.”

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Purvis is ranked No. 8 overall by Scout.com and No. 2 overall by Rivals.com.

Rodney Purvis in action:


Friday, December 10, 2010

Great Memories of Indiana University Basketball

Here are a few of my favorite Indiana Hoosier basketball memories:





St. Catharine Soundly Defeats No. 4 Mountain State


St. Catharine 99
(4) Mountain State 86

Final from Springfield, Kentucky

The St. Catharine College Patriots continued their tough non-conference schedule Friday night with a game against visiting Mountain State, ranked fourth nationally in the latest NAIA poll. The Cougars entered the game with an 8-1 slate and left the friendly confines of Lourdes Hall with their second loss.

The Patriots overcame a 42-40 halftime deficit to record the 99-86 v9ctory. Brandon Johnson led the Patriots (6-2) with 27 points. Ervin Williams had 22, Antoine Watson 18, Marquis Lee 13 and Josh Edwards 11.

Doug Wiggins paced the Cougars with 19 and David Nyarsuk had 18.

The Patriots were outrebounded 46-44 by the much taller Cougars but forced the visitors into 24 turnovers while they had 17 miscues. St. Catharine was 27-45 from the foul line and Mountain State was 14 for 19 from the charity stripe.

The Patriots are back in action Tuesday at home against IU-Southeast. That game will start at noon as elementary and middle school students from around the region will be guests of St. Catharine for the game.

* Game recap by SCC

Jodie Meeks Tops ESPN's Fantasy Watch List


ESPN.com's Josh Whitling feels that there is only one player worth picking up in your fantasy basketball league this week - former Kentucky Wildcat Jodie Meeks.

Here is an excerpt:

Jodie Meeks, SG, Philadelphia 76ers (4.8 percent owned): When rookies fail to shine, the Meeks shall inherit the value. Evan Turner's time as a key part of the Sixers rotation has been put on the back burner, and Meeks is the player benefitting most. He's certainly capitalizing on his opportunity. After dropping 19 points with four 3-pointers on Thursday night, he's racked up an eye-popping 15 treys in his past three games, and during that span he's averaging 20.3 points on 55.3 percent shooting. He's the closest thing to a "must-add" on this list, as he's been deadly from downtown and finds himself in an opportune new role as the Sixers' starter. If you're in need of 3s in any format, Meeks is worth adding immediately. Bear in mind he won't really help in any other category and is bound to see his 50.9 percent shooting from downtown drop, but it's clear that he's a force in points and 3s with low turnovers (0.7 per game in 21.2 minutes). So, if your team needs help from downtown, your first agenda item is to see if Meeks is still available on your waiver wire.

Kentucky a 4-Seed in ESPN's Updated Bracketology


ESPN's "bracketologist" Joe Lunardi has released an updated version of Bracketology on ESPN.com.

Lunardi has Kentucky as a 4-seed in the West region in the updated version.

The Louisville Cardinals are a 5-seed in the East bracket.

Morehead State replaces Murray State as the OVC's representative and the Eagles are a 13-seed in the Southwest.

Western Kentucky's Ken Brown Suspended Indefinitely


Western Kentucky has suspended junior point guard Ken Brown indefinitely following a "serious" violation of team rules.

Here is an excerpt from Yahoo! Sports.com:

“It’s not completely move on, but it’s very serious,” McDonald said. “That’s really all I have for it right now. I can’t talk about specifics, but it’s serious in nature. We continue to talk about the standards we have for our student athletes and living up to them. These guys aren’t perfect, but they do have to show improvement and they do have to try to do what we’re asking.”

Brown has struggled in his transition to the Toppers. He’s played in all nine games, starting six of them, but has been turnover-proned. He has 26 assists and 31 turnovers.

McDonald said the biggest thing this can do is give other players and opportunity.

“It is disappointing that you have to deal with it any time in the middle of the season,” McDonald said. “But it’s gonna make us stronger in the long run. Other guys have to get game experience and get thrown into the fire and a couple of different roles have to shift towards the point position. It’s been a problem in terms of our point guard play, but an opportunity for someone else to step up.”


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Bellarmine Will Host 2010 Fern Valley Hotel Classic


LOUISVILLE, Ky.—The No. 1 Bellarmine University men's basketball team is set to host the 2010 Fern Valley Hotel Classic on Friday and Saturday, the field includes Southern Indiana, West Virginia State, and IU-Southeast.

After No. 20 Southern Indiana(5-1, 1-1 GLVC) and IU-Southeast(7-3) square off in the opening game on Friday, Bellarmine (5-0, 2-0 GLVC) will take on West Virginia State (5-2) in a rematch of a game held on Nov. 26 when the Knights routed the Yellow Jackets 103-79. Jeremy Kendle led six players in double figures as the Knights were up by as many as 32 in the game.

The Knights tied a school record by hitting 15 three pointers, but it was their defense on Yellow Jackets star Josh Miller that proved to be the difference. Although Miller led all scorers with 29 points, the Knights forced him into a 15-25 shooting night.

On Saturday, Southern Indiana will then take on WV-State, and Bellarmine will look for some redemption against IU-Southeast. In the 2009 Fern Valley Hotel Classic, IU-Southeast took down the Knights 87-80 behind a 35 point explosion by guard Jazzmarr Ferguson. IU-Southeast is ranked No. 12 in this week's NAIA Div- II polls.

The Knights have shown a knack for pressuring the opposing team's best guard early on this season. Besides for hounding WV-State's Miller, Bellarmine forced Southern Indiana's Kevin Gant into a career high seven turnovers, and Wayne State's Bryan Smothers into a 1-5 performance from the three point arc.

Before the game tip-offs, the 2009-10 team will receive their 2010 Great Lakes Valley Conference tournament championship rings in a ceremony.

The Knights are scheduled to tip off both games at approximately 7:30 p.m. and you can listen to Nick Curran and Mark Bugg live on ESPN Radio, 680-AM.

* Article by Bellarmine University

St. Catharine Will Host No. 4 Mountain State Tonight


Officially they are known as the Mountain State Cougars. But the NAIA university in Beckley, West Virginia could easily use the San Francisco moniker of Giants – or perhaps they could be the Mountain State Mountains. The Cougars will visit St. Catharine College for a 7:00 tip-off Friday and the home team better make for plenty of leg room on the visitor’s bench.

Mountain State, ranked fourth in the nation, will bring a roster that includes players with heights of 7-8, 7-1, 6-10, 6-9 and 6-7. And that is not all they will bring according to St. Catharine head coach J.T. Burton. “They are really good,” said Burton. “They obviously are huge but they also have an excellent point guard who could start for any team in the nation.”

The Cougars reeled off eight consecutive wins to start the season before losing 87-71 last Thursday at IU-Southeast. They are averaging 92 points a game. The Patriots are 5-2 following Monday’s victory over another ranked team. That win was over the Running Eagles of Life University who is ranked 21st nationally. St. Catharine won that game 95-80. Both of the Patriot losses have been to against Georgetown College who was ranked second in the nation in the first regular season NAIA poll. “It is a big week for us with two ranked teams coming into our place,” concluded Burton. “We were fortunate to win the first one and we know we will be in for a battle in the second game Friday.”

* Article by SCC

Breaking: DeAndre Daniels Visiting UK; Could Enroll in January


DeAndre Daniels, a multi-talented 6-8 power forward, is visiting Kentucky this weekend. Adam Zagoria of ZagsBlog.com reports that Daniels could commit and actually enroll in college in January if he chose to do so.

Here is an excerpt from ZagsBlog.com:

DeAndre Daniels is currently at Kentucky on his third official visit in the last week and could enroll in a college in January.

The 6-foot-9, 197-pound small forward from Bradenton (Fla.) IMG Academies took recent officials to Kansas and Oregon. He is at Kentucky until Sunday.

“He made a commitment to come to us for an entire year because he knew he needed to get bigger, stronger and more competitive to be the type of player he wants to be on the Division 1 level,” Andy Borman of IMG said by phone.

“Because of his hard work and success in the last 3 ½ months, his dad [LaRon] and DeAndre and us are contemplating sending him somewhere at the semester.


Daniels ranks No. 9 on the Rivals150 List for 2011, but could potentially play now.

How Much Would You Pay for John Wall's First NBA Jersey?


How much money would you spend for John Wall's authentic game-worn jersey that was worn during his first NBA game?

If you said at least $7,520, you would've had an opportunity to actually purchase that historic piece of memorabilia.

Wall's first NBA jersey was auctioned off on NBA Auction, a league-sanctioned eBay-style memorabilia marketplace.

Here is a little about the auction site and the jersey from NBANewsUpdates.info:

The jersey was put up for bid on NBA Auctions, a league-sanctioned eBay-style memorabilia marketplace where you can also bid on pottery-making sessions with Ryan Anderson. The sale was part of the "2010-11 NBA and MeiGray Group Game-Worn Jersey Authentication Program's Kia NBA Tip-Off '10 Game-Worn Jersey Auction," which is really a mouthful of a title:

For the first time, fans of all 30 teams will have the chance to own game-worn jerseys of the starting five players on their team's opening-night roster. This auction marks the first time that NBA Revolution 30 jerseys, introduced across the League this season and featuring adidas' newest technology, will be available for auction.

Wall wore this jersey, "a size XL+4," during the Wizards' season-opening 112-83 defeat at the hands of the Orlando Magic. The No. 1 pick out of the University of Kentucky logged 35 minutes in his debut, notching 14 points on 6-for-19 shooting with nine assists, three steals and a rebound.

It wasn't a great night, but because he's a top pick who's expected to become a transcendent superstar whose name will echo in athletic eternity, it was a memorable and historic night, which is all that matters in the context of collectibles.

More on the bidding from Brett J. Lewis at sports card and memorabilia site Cardboard Connection:

On November 16th, a blue game-worn Washington Wizards jersey worn by Wall during his first ever NBA game hit the auction block. 28 bids and a little over two weeks later, the auction came to close on December 2nd, with the jersey selling for $7,520. [...]

The $7,520 final sale price currently ranks Wall third behind LeBron and Kobe's opening night threads.

Dick Vitale is on the Terrence Jones Bandwagon


The one and only Dick Vitale stated on Twitter earlier that Terrence Jones is one of his picks as top three freshmen in college basketball.

Dickie V says his top three right now are Kyrie Irving (Duke), Jared Sullinger (Ohio State) and Kentucky's Jones.


Cumberlands Defeats No. 15 Lindsey Wilson


Cumberlands 73
(15) Lindsey Wilson 55

Final from Columbia, Kentucky


COLUMBIA, Ky. -- Kalen Kimberland was the only player to get into double figures with 13 points as no other scorers emerged in the 15th ranked Lindsey Wilson College men's basketball team's 73-55 loss to University of the Cumberlands (Ky.) on Thursday at Biggers Sports Center.

The Patriots got big scoring nights from Jared Cunningham with 18 and Matt Daniel and Tanner Jacobs with 16 points each. Jacobs finished with a team-high 12 rebounds and Cunningham hauled in 10 for a pair of double-doubles.

Cumberlands (5-5, 2-1 MSC) outrebounded the Blue Raiders 40-37 and outshot them from the field 47.8 percent to 32.2 percent. Lindsey Wilson (8-2, 2-1 MSC) did knock down six three pointers, while Cumberlands hit just three.

Senior Jeremiah Diebler added nine points for Lindsey Wilson and junior Chase Spreen and Senior Brandon Clemons each scored eight.

Lindsey Wilson led 9-8 with eight minutes to play in the first half, but a basket by Jacobs put Cumberlands in front a minute later and the Blue Raiders never recovered.

The Patriots outscored Lindsey Wilson 18-8 the rest of the half to enter halftime with an 11-point lead.

The first 10 minutes of the second half belonged to the Patriots, outscoring Lindsey Wilson 21-6 to mount a 26-point lead - their largest of the game.

The Blue Raiders tried to rally late in the game, but never got closer than 15 points on a pair of free throws by Diebler.

Lindsey Wilson returns to action at 7 p.m. CT on Dec. 14 against Brescia (Ky.) University at Biggers Sports Center.

* Game recap by Lindsey Wilson College

Georgetown's Vic Moses Drops the Hammer on IU-Southeast

Georgetown College's Vic Moses brings the thunder down on Indiana University-Southeast:

Cumberlands Adds Late December Game to Schedule


The University of the Cumberlands Patriots Men’s Basketball schedule has been undergoing changes this week as they have added a game to their 2010-2011 schedule.

The game will be December 31st, 2010, at 2:00 PM as Cumberlands hosts the Temple Baptist College Rams. The Rams and Patriots met earlier this season where the Patriots won 75-45.
At this time this is the only schedule change for the Patriots.

For more information about the men’s basketball team or Patriot athletics, visit www.cumberlandspatriots.com

* Article by University of the Cumberlands

Bellarmine Games Will Be Aired on ESPN Radio


LOUISVILLE, Ky.—Bellarmine University announced today that their remaining men's basketball games will be aired by ESPN Radio, 680-AM.

The broadcasts will feature play-by-play by Nick Curran with former Bellarmine assistant coach Mark Bugg providing color commentary. Stan Hardin, a former high school and college coach in and around Louisville also will join occasional broadcasts to provide additional color.

The 2010-11 broadcast schedule:
DATE OPPONENT TIME
12/10 West Virginia State 7:30 pm
12/11 IU Southeast 7:30 pm
12/18 King College 1 pm
12/29 St. Catharine** 5:30 pm
12/30 Harris Stowe** 3 pm
1/2 @ Lewis 4 pm
1/4 @ Wisconsin-Parkside 8:30 pm
1/6 Drury University 8 pm
1/8 Rockhurst University 3:15 pm
1/13 Missouri-St. Louis 8 pm
1/15 @ Saint Joseph's 4:15 pm
1/17 @ Indianapolis 7:30 pm
1/20 Northern Kentucky 8 pm
1/27 Illinois-Springfield 8 pm
1/29 Quincy 3:15 pm
2/3 @ Maryville University 8:30 pm
2/5 @ Missouri S&T 4 pm
2/12 @ Northern Kentucky 8 pm
2/14 Indianapolis 8 pm
2/17 Southern Indiana 8 pm
2/19 Ky. Wesleyan (HC) 8 pm
2/26 GLVC Tourn. Rd. 1 TBA
3/4-6 GLVC Tournament TBA
3/12-26 NCAA Tournament TBA

* Release from Bellarmine University

Morehead State's Donnie Tyndall Discusses Northern Iowa


Morehead State head coach Donnie Tyndall spoke to The Courier about Saturday's game with Northern Iowa.

Here is an excerpt of his comments:

KENNETH FARIED IS AVERAGING 14.2 REBOUNDS PER GAME. HOW’S HE DOING IT?

COACH TYNDALL: “He’s a guy that’s a special talent for our level. He finished in the top three in rebounding both as a sophomore and a junior, and he’s tied for first now. He’s a guy that’s kinda like Dennis Rodman – or maybe that kid Chris Wilcox, that played at Maryland. He’s got an incredible motor. He’s long and he plays very, very hard.”

WILL WE SEE FARIED IN THE NBA SOMEDAY?

COACH TYNDALL: “I think he’s got a legitimate chance. When you look around the country and see some of the kids that don’t make NBA rosters, we all know how difficult it is. But, I do think Kenneth Faried will get an opportunity. He’s on the NBA draft board, and he’s on those peoples’ radar screen, no doubt about it.”

IN WHAT WAY IS FARIED’S GAME LIKE DENNIS RODMAN’S?

COACH TYNDALL: “He’s just a great rebounder who has a great knack of knowing where the ball’s going. He has that great second jump like Rodman … and great hands like Rodman.”

WHAT JUMPS OUT AT YOU ABOUT UNI WHEN YOU LOOK AT THEM ON FILM?

COACH TYNDALL: “They’re obviously very well-coached. I’ve known Ben for many years – I’ve coached (against Greg) McDermott and Ben, and when I was at Iowa Central (Community College) I recruited P.J. Hogan – he was an athletic kid; He may not look like it now. I have the utmost respect for them.

“They’re disciplined. They’re not gonna beat themselves. Those kids are tough and competitive. The biggest thing is just they’re not gonna beat themselves. …”

YOU COACHED AND PLAYED AT IOWA CENTRAL. WHAT DO YOU REMEMBER ABOUT IOWA IN DECEMBER?

COACH TYNDALL: “Those cold winds coming across the cornfields. But that’s a state that loves its basketball. …”

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Meeks is Becoming the Man in Philly and Other NBA Notes


NBA Recap - December 8-9, 2010:

December 8

- Rajon Rondo (Kentucky) had 4 points and 13 assists in Boston's 105-89 win over Denver.

- Keith Bogans (Kentucky) started but did not score and only logged 8 minutes in Chicago's 88-83 win over Cleveland.

- Tayshaun Prince (Kentucky) had 4 points, 4 rebounds, 2 assists and 2 blocks in Detoit's 93-74 loss to New Orleans.

- Earl Clark (Louisville) DNP coach's decision

- Jamaal Magloire (Louisville) DNP coach's decision

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

- John Wall (Kentucky) DNP sore left foot

- DeMarcus Cousins (Kentucky) started and had 10 points and 5 rebounds in Sacramento's 116-91 victory over the Wizards.

- Francisco Garcia (Louisville) had 4 points off the Sacramento bench.

- Derrick Carater (Louisville) scored 1 point in 3 minutes in the Lakers' 87-86 win over the Clippers.

- Eric Bledsoe (Kentucky) had 11 points, 4 rebounds and 7 assists for the Clippers.

December 9

- Terrence Williams (Louisville) returned to the Nets after a D-League stint and scored 6 points off the New Jersey bench. He also had 2 rebounds, 4 assists and 2 steals. The Nets lost 102-89 to Dallas.

- Rajon Rondo (Kentucky) led Boston with 19 points and 14 assists in a 102-101 win over Philadelphia. Rondo added 3 steals and 5 rebounds.

- Jodie Meeks (Kentucky) started again for the 76ers and led the team in scoring with 19 points on 6-9 shooting. He was also 4-4 from long range.

Video: Asbury Eagles in Action

Here is some video footage of the Asbury Eagles in action:

Patrick Patterson Returning to the Houston Rockets


Former Kentucky big man Patrick Patterson appears to be headed back to the NBA. The Houston Rockets plan to recall the rookie from the NBA Development League on Sunday, according to a team source.

Here is an excerpt from Chron.com:

"We're excited about Pat's progression and development," Rockets vice president Gerrson Rosas, the Vipers' GM, said. "He's taking advantage of the opportunity. He's meeting the objectives and guidelines that we set for him."

Patterson has averaged 17.3 points and 9.3 rebounds in seven games with the Rio Grande Valley Vipers.

Photo: NBA.com

Thursday, December 9, 2010

John Calipari to Participate in Live Chat on Monday


JOHN CALIPARI LIVE CHAT ON FOXSPORTSSOUTH.COM

Kentucky Basketball Head Coach to Chat with Fans Monday, December 13 at noon ET on FOXSportsSouth.com

FOXSportsSouth.com today announced its first live chat with University of Kentucky Men’s Basketball Coach John Calipari will be held Monday, December 13 at noon ET on FOXSportsSouth.com.

The chat is one in a series of chats scheduled to occur throughout the NCAA men’s basketball season. To participate, viewers can log on to FOXSportsSouth.com to interact live with Coach Cal. As viewers submit questions, Coach Cal’s responses will be streamed live from his office in the Joe Craft Center in Lexington, KY.

In addition to periodic chats, Calipari will also respond to viewer-submitted questions every week throughout the 2010-11 college basketball season as part of “Coach Cal’s Mailbag,” an exclusive, interactive webpage on FOXSportsSouth.com. “Coach Cal’s Mailbag” is updated every Monday with the Coach’s video responses to new questions. Viewers can submit questions to “Coach Cal’s Mailbag” by visiting FOXSportsSouth.com.

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

· 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.

The regional sports networks serving the Southeast – FOX Sports South, FOX Sports Carolinas and FOX Sports Tennessee – collectively reach more than 12.9 million cable and satellite television households in seven states in the Southeast and are the television home of the Atlanta Braves, Atlanta Hawks, Carolina Hurricanes, Charlotte Bobcats, Memphis Grizzlies and the Nashville Predators, as well as the Atlantic Coast Conference and the Southeastern Conference. SportSouth reaches more than 10 million homes in six Southeastern states and is the television home of the Atlanta Braves, Atlanta Thrashers and Southern Conference. SportSouth also offers expanded coverage of the University of Georgia, University of South Carolina and University of Tennessee. Combined, the four networks produce more than 800 live local events each year. For more information, please visit FOXSportsSouth.com, FOXSportsCarolinas.com and FOXSportsTennessee.com.

Indiana's Tom Crean Discusses Kentucky Game


Indiana head coach Tom Crean discussed his team and their upcoming game against Kentucky during his pregame media conference.

Here is an excerpt of Crean's comments from Indiana Unviersity:

On the possible advantage of having a week off to prepare while Kentucky played a game last night against Notre Dame:
"I don't know if it's an advantage or not. They are playing a lot of games. You try to make each situation you are in advantageous to your team. When we are playing several games in a row, we talk about being in a rhythm. In preparing, we are talking about not only getting ready for a game, but about getting better. I am sure John Calipari is doing the same thing. There is a good rhythm to their team right now. They are coming off a tough game against North Carolina and played really well last night. They held Notre Dame to eighteen points in the second half and I would say that is an advantage.

"I am trying to build an advantage just like they are trying to build an advantage. It is all how your players prepare and get ready. None of it really matters once you get into a game. For us, we have to go make shots on the road. There are certain things that have to happen statistically and the mindset must be great, but you can't win on the road if you can't make shots. You have to defend at a high level and build confidence on both ends of the court. I am more concerned about that aspect than anything else."

On the differences and similarities between this year's Kentucky team versus last year's Kentucky team:
"I think they still operate the same system with a few more set plays than what he has run in the past. You can see John (Calipari) is getting closer to the offense he wants. They have high-level players and that is what Kentucky is going to be about with John there. They are going to have great players from year-to-year whether the players are there one, two, three, or four years. It's the same system and he's not putting anyone out on the court that cannot play. There is nowhere to cheat off a guy. There is nowhere to hide anyone. They are a high-level team. I think the similarities are they really push the ball extremely well. They also reverse the ball extremely well. They attack you off the dribble maybe even more this year because he has more guys who can really put the ball on the ground. Last year, so much of their game was John Wall and Eric Bledsoe. They had Cousins in the post, but he wasn't driving the ball like Terrance Jones. So, it's a different team in the sense of the matchups problems they offer on the perimeter. We have to be smart with that."

On whether playing a Kentucky team that constantly changes year to year makes preparation more difficult than playing a more consistent Big Ten team:
"You don't have that advantage when you are playing in a postseason tournament. It's is the same thing whether you are playing a Thanksgiving tournament or a Christmas tournament like we are this year. You are not going to be as familiar with those teams. I think that is the beauty of the game and is why those tournaments are good. John's system hasn't changed. His players may have changed, but he is the same coach. He is one of the best coaches in the game. There is absolutely no doubt about that and his teams reflect that in the way they guard. He has always been a very underrated defensive coach. John really knows what he is doing with the guys who have such length. They create a lot of havoc. I do not know their deflection numbers, but I know they have to be high."

On what impresses him about the play of the Kentucky freshman:
"I think again they are fearless. I would characterize them. The freshmen are a huge part of the team. At Kentucky, the players don't wait their turn, learn their roles, and worry about it later. They get put to the task right away and they are handling their tasks very well. I thought Terrance Jones was phenomenal last night. There are not very many players in the country, let alone freshman who are averaging a double-double like he is. Certainly Brandon Knight is making plays. Lamb gets talked about, but does not get the recognition of being one of the best shooters in the country. Kentucky is a different team this year. Deandre Liggins is out there this year. We did not face him last year. Darius Miller is that much more experienced. The scariest player is Josh Harrelson, who has thirty offensive rebounds this season. He is not getting a lot of shots, but anytime you have a player who rebounds like that at his size, you create problems for opponents. He is also a very capable shooter. Like I said earlier, they are not putting anybody on the floor that is not a high-level player. You have to match up with those players no matter who you have on the floor."

Complete Transcript of Crean's Comments

Hilltoppers Snap Losing Skid at Bowling Green State


Western Kentucky 59
Bowling Green State 52

Final from Bowling Green, Ohio


Juan Pattillo had 12 points, 10 rebounds and four steals, and Steffphon Pettigrew had 13 points and nine rebounds to lead WKU to a 59-52 win at Bowling Green State on Wednesday night to snap a four-game losing streak. Pettigrew has now posted 10+ points in 38 of his last 46 outings.

Caden Dickerson added 11 points, including three three-point shots, and Ken Brown posted eight points and four rebounds and was a perfect 5-5 from the free throw line. Jordan Crawford paced Bowling Green State in scoring with 15 points, while Danny McElroy led the Falcons with 11 rebounds.

“I think as a program overall we’re not happy with how we played,” said head coach Ken McDonald. “ It’s important to learn this lesson even though we won, let’s not get complacent and act immature because we really dodged a bullet tonight. It could’ve gone the other way, and if you’re playing Saturday against Southern Illinois it will go the other way. We’ve got to expect more from ourselves.”

WKU (4-5) overcame a season-high 29 turnovers to get the Hilltoppers’ second road win of the season. Both teams were plagued by poor assist/turnover ratios (WKU-9:29; BGSU-10:20). Bowling Green State dropped to 1-8 with the loss.

WKU led 28-20 at the half, scored the first seven points of the second half, and held a 39-22 lead with 14:19 remaining. The Falcons rallied to trail only 54-52 with 1:40 remaining, but Pettigrew rebounded a BGSU miss, Pattillo converted four free throws down the stretch and Brandon Peters added a point from the charity stripe to close out the scoring.

WKU outrebounded BGSU 39-33 and held the Falcons to 30.6% percent shooting from the field. WKU also forced 20 turnovers, marking the eighth straight game the Hilltoppers have forced 16+ turnovers. WKU also had 16 steals.

“We were aggressive, we were defending hard and we did throughout the game on the defensive end,” said McDonald. “Our help defense was as good as it has been.”

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Sterling: Indiana Will Beat UK "Because Justice Demands It"


It's that time of the year again...the time when the one and only Kent Sterling tells us that a) Kentucky is a dirty program, b) Indiana is a better team and will win Saturday and c) UK fans turn blind eyes to corruption, racism and overall venality.

For the second season in a row, Sterling is here to tell us, "Indiana Will Beat Kentucky Saturday Because Justice Demands It."

Kent, how'd that idiotic prediction work out for you last season?

I'll spare you most of the foolishness in Sterling's latest masterpiece, but here are a few excerpts just to give you an idea of what we're dealing with:

Kentucky is evil. They are wrong in the way they exploit idiotic NBA rules to build what is little more than a minor league franchise for the NBA. Kentucky is a 10-month way station for kids who have to wait for one year after high school to enter the NBA Draft.

And:

Morality is dead at Kentucky, a program that only wants success without penalty. So they hired a man who is all about that. John Calipari has never been penalized personally by the NCAA, and somehow that’s meaningful to UK fans. Two of his teams were forced to vacate Final Four trips, but Cal was far enough removed from the evil that he avoided sanctions. That’s the defense used by Kentucky fans who want to win badly enough to check their values at the Rupp Arena door.

And some more:

That’s Kentucky basketball, and that’s why whatever success they achieve under Calipari will be short-lived. He isn’t building a winning culture. Cal is deconstructing a collegiate culture where education means anything. That success is not sustainable, and it isn’t true success anyway.

Kentucky basketball may currently please fans thirsty for winning, but at some point the worth of victories without values will wane, and even Kentuckians whose lineage is filled with corruption, racism, and overall venality, will begin to feel the taint of winning this way.

And lastly, the bold statement:

The Hoosiers will win Saturday because they are the better team. That they are also the team that does things right will just make it more fun.

Your stupid comments and foolish predictions have been noted, Sterling.

Here is the article if you'd like to leave some "feedback"

Oh, and don't forget to check out Sterling's ongoing list of "Great Moments in Kentucky Basketball" which he defines as: the top five moral compromises made in earning many of those wins.

Anthony Davis to Appear on ESPNU Next Week


Kentucky fans will have the opportunity to watch future Wildcat Anthony Davis on ESPNU next Thursday at 5:00 p.m.

Here is an excerpt from ESPN.com:

ESPN will televise two Chicago high school boys basketball games from Chicago State on Thursday, Dec. 16.

Perspectives, which feature Kentucky recruit Anthony Davis, will face Whitney Young and its loaded roster of Division I prospects at 5 p.m. on ESPNU.

Top-ranked Simeon and sophomore sensation Jabari Parker will meet Lew Wallace (Ind.) at 7 p.m. on ESPN. Both games can also be found on ESPN3.com.

Eastern Kentucky Dismantles Kentucky Christian


Eastern Kentucky 95
Kentucky Christian 45

Final from Richmond, Kentucky


RICHMOND, Ky. – All 13 Colonels who dressed scored as the Eastern Kentucky University men’s basketball team overwhelmed Kentucky Christian University, 95-45, Wednesday night in McBrayer Arena. Senior Spencer Perrin led a balanced EKU scoring attack with 16 points.

Senior Josh Daniel and junior Joshua Jones contributed in the rout with 15 points apiece. Senior Justin Stommes chipped in with seven assists, one shy of his career high.

The Colonels (5-4) shot 55.7 percent (34-of-61) from the field and a season-high 57.1 percent (12-of-21) from the behind the arc.

Casey Jones paced the visiting Knights (4-7) with 10 points.

EKU led the game from start to finish. Perrin dunked twice within the first 40 seconds and Jones connected on two quick three-pointers to help the Colonels grab an early 16-5 lead with just under 14 minutes to play in the first half. Eastern led by double digits the rest of the way.

EKU returns to action this Saturday, Dec. 11, when the Colonels play at Minnesota at 1 p.m.

* Game recap by EKU

Stacey Poole Moves Up in the Kentucky Rotation


Kentucky head coach John Calipari made it clear following last night's game that freshman Stacey Poole is likely to earn more minutes in the near future.

Calipari said Poole will move into the rotation in front of Jon Hood, who has had a disappointing season to this point.

Here are Calipari's comments:

"I think, at this point, I'm going to move to playing Stacey Poole now," head coach John Calipari said. "He'll move into the rotation in front of Jon Hood. Let him go (play). You've just got to come up with balls and be tough."

He added:

"Let him get Jon's minutes and let's see if he can do better," Calipari said. "He deserves an opportunity, too."

Rick Pitino to Sign Autographs Today at the Yum! Center


Louisville head coach Rick Pitino will meet fans and sign autographs at the Cardinal Authentic store at the KFC Yum! Center today from 5:30-6:30 p.m.

Fans can also have their picture taken with Santa Bird, have their gifts wrapped by the Ladybirds and hot chocolate and treats will be served in the Yum! Center lobby.

No. 2 Georgetown College Destroys Spalding University


(2) Georgetown College 102
Spalding University 62

Final from Georgetown, Kentucky


Georgetown College men's basketball doubled up Spalding University in the second half on its way to the Tigers' 12th-straight win.

The No. 2 ranked Tigers (12-0, 2-0 Mid-South Conference) handed the Golden Eagles a 102-62 loss in Georgetown, setting up for a little of a week break for finals.

Seven of the 10 GC players that entered the game reached double figures and an eighth player, Aaron Morris, was a point shy with nine.

Vic Moses led the way with 15 points, while Tyrone Shelley had 14, Rodney Haddix 12, Vincent Crutcher and Maurice Pearson 11 each and Matt Walls and Dillon Boggs 10 each.

Russ Middleton and Eddie Gray rounded out the scoring with five points each.

DeWhon McAfee led Spalding with 15 points, while Jamal Bacon had 13 and Jametrius Brasher added 10.

GC returns to action next Thursday with a 8 p.m. tip against Pikeville College at Davis-Reid Alumni Gym.

* Game recap by Georgetown College

Patrick Patterson Establishes New Career Highs in Win


Former Kentucky star Patrick Patterson recorded his third double-double of the season and established new career highs of 24 points and 14 rebounds last night as the Rio Grande Valley Vipers defeated New Mexico 107-91.

Patterson was 9-20 from the field and 6-8 from the free throw line on the way to his new career high.

The former Wildcat also dished out 2 assists and blocked 4 shots.

In 7 games, Patterson is averaging 17.3 points and 9.6 rebounds.

Photo: NBA.com

Terrence Jones Trends on Twitter After Big Game


Kentucky freshman Terrence Jones was a trending topic on Twitter shortly after his 27-point, 17-rebound performance against No. 23 Notre Dame.

Jones led the Wildcats to a 72-58 victory and was arguably the best player on the court.

Jones, Knight Lead Kentucky Past Notre Dame


(17) Kentucky 72
(23) Notre Dame 58

Final from Louisville, Kentucky

Kentucky pulled away from Notre Dame in the second half and held on for a 72-58 win in the SEC/Big East Invitational.

Kentucky (6-2) was led by freshman star Terrence Jones who scored 27 points and pulled down 17 rebounds. Jones made 9-18 shots, including 2-5 from long range.

Brandon Knight added 20 points and 5 assists for the Wildcats.

Notre Dame (8-1) was led by Ben Hansbrough's 21 points, including 5-9 from long distance. Hansbrough was on fire early but only scored two points in the second half.

The Wildcats out-rebounded Notre Dame 40-33.

The game was played in Louisville's Freedom Hall, the former home of the Louisville Cardinals. The atmosphere was that of a Kentucky home game, however, as the crowd was pro-Kentucky and the court was blue and white.

Wednesday, December 8, 2010

Antoine Walker Helps Idaho Stampede Grab First Win


Former Kentucky star Antoine Walker had a successful NBA Developmental League debut tonight for the Idaho Stampede.

In his first competitive basketball since a short stint in Puerto Rico earlier this year, Walker played like an experienced veteran.

In just over 26 minutes of action, Walker had 13 points, 6 rebounds and 3 assists.

He also found himself on the court during crunch time and came up with a huge steal in the final seconds to help the Stampede (1-7) grab their first win of the season.

Louisville Wakes Up at Halftime, Crushes San Francisco


(24) Louisville 61
San Francisco 35

Final from Louisville, Kentucky


LOUISVILLE, Ky. (AP) - Peyton Siva and Terrence Jennings both scored 14 points to No. 24 Louisville's balanced offense in a 61-35 victory over San Francisco on Wednesday night at the KFC Yum! Center.

The Cardinals (7-0) led 25-24 at halftime against the undermanned Dons (3-5) before holding them to five field goals in the second half.

Siva sparked a 16-0 run by Louisville, hitting two 3-pointers and assisting on an inside basket early in the second half. The Cardinals cruised from there as they outscored San Francisco 36-11 in the second half.

Chris Smith added 11 points and Preston Knowles had 10 for Louisville, which committed a season-low five turnovers while forcing 16 to outscore San Francisco 21-0 in points off turnovers.

The Cardinals shot only 36.1 percent (22 for 61) from the field, but held the Dons to 31.1 percent (14 for 45), including 21.7 percent (5 for 23) in the second half.

Michael Williams led the Dons with 14 points.

Louisville scored the first nine points of the game as San Francisco turned the ball over on its first three possessions.

Siva, a sophomore point guard, accounted for seven of his team's first nine points with an assist, a 3-pointer and a dunk off a steal. He finished with five assists and four steals.

The Dons went without a field goal for the first 4:29, but San Francisco, with only eight players in uniform, scrapped its way back in the game.

Trailing 20-8 at the 10-minute mark the Dons went to their spread offense and outscored Louisville 16-5 over the remainder of the first half.

Williams' 3-pointer with 1:02 left tied the score at 24 before Siva hit one free throw with 4.9 seconds remaining to give Louisville a 25-24 lead.

The Cardinals, who settled for jump shots against San Francisco's zone after taking a 20-8 lead, shot 37 percent (10 for 27) in the first half and were just 4 for 17 (23.5 percent) from 3-point range.

Louisville shot 35.3 percent (12 for 34) in the second half, hitting 6 for 19 (31.6 percent) from 3-point range. San Francisco was 0 for 8 from long range in the second half.

Rakeem Buckles grabbed 10 rebounds for Louisville, which outrebounded the Dons 44-36.

* Game recap by Louisville

Gauging John Wall's Game After His Performance Against the Lakers


Charley Rosen of FoxSports.com has gauged John Wall's game by scrutinizing his performance against the Los Angles Lakers.

Rosen points out that Walls number - 22 points and 14 assists - were quite impressive but it was his hustle, court vision and general demeanor that transcended his statistics.

Here is an excerpt:

Wall’s speed and quickness are outstanding, which makes him an irresistible finisher on the run. When he’s at full throttle, Wall’s crossovers -- whether executed in a frontal or a behind-the-back fashion -- are as tight and fast as any of his peers. Zip, blink, and the ball that was undeniably here is now suddenly there.

However, the slower the pace, the more vulnerable his right-to-left crossover is to being tipped and/or stripped.

Wall can pull and shoot going either way, and even has the strength to stop-and-pop from beyond the arc -- 2-of-5 from the great beyond on Tuesday night. His release is smooth and the ball is soft when it approaches the rim. Yet launching treys under pressure does compromise his shot -- one of his long-range misses was off the back rim (a “good” miss), while the other two were “bad” misses that bounced off the far side of the ring. But Wall also demonstrated that he can effectively catch-and-shoot as well as pull-fade-and-shoot from mid-range.

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Then there is Tracee Hamilton of the Washington Post who says Wall must learn to balance aggression and caution.

Hamilton argues that Wall plays too hard by "throwing himself all over the court" and taking too many chances on serious injury.

Here is an excerpt from Hamilton's point of view:

Wall missed six of the Wizards' first 20 games because of injuries to his foot and knee. He also has had a lot of close calls, such as the one at Toronto last week when he nearly suffered whiplash banging into a defender. He has run into the stanchions holding up various backboards around the league so often the padding should come with a chalk outline of his body. Photographers leaguewide should be issued helmets.

This aggression is great, except when it isn't. The Wizards are walking a fine line: They need him to learn how to curb his impulses and control his body without banking his natural competitiveness. That's not going to be easy.

And Wall has to want to learn those lessons. Right now, he seems to be making highlight-reel moves with high-risk factors. Let's hope he's not trying to garner some rookie of the year votes.

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Wall is second on ESPN's NBA Awards Watch for Rookie of the Year:

2. John Wall, Wizards: Raise your hand if you predicted that Wall, who is averaging 17 points and 8.7 assists per game, would lose Rookie of the Month honors in the East to New York's Landry Fields.

John Wall Swats Derek Fisher's Shot:


Terrence Williams Donates $10K to Newark Kids


Former Louisville star Terrence Williams has donated $10,000 to charity for the purchase of toys for kids in Newark, New Jersey.

The $10,000 was matched by the New Jersey Nets for a total of $20,000.

A poster on Twitter recognized Williams' donation and he retweeted it to his followers.

My Thoughts: Kudos to T-Will for doing something special and making a difference.

Kentucky Recruit L.J. Rose Will Play at Scott County


Kentucky recruit L.J. Rose will be playing at Scott County High School on Friday and Saturday.

Kentucky Sports Report posted on Twitter earlier:

MyKSR1 5* 2012 PG LJ Rose (# 13 Scout overall) will be in Lexington this weekend playing @ Scott County H.S. on Friday at 7 and Saturday at 1:30.

Rose holds an offer from Kentucky. He ranks No. 28 on the Rivals list.

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