Saturday, December 25, 2010

Surprise: Ricardo Ledo Commits to Providence College


Ricardo Ledo, who was scheduled to visit Louisville for the upcoming Kentucky game, surprised most everyone today by announcing on Twitter that he is committing to Providence College.

Ledo stated:

rickledo32 I'm proud to be a PC friar n happy with my choice

The 6-5 shooting guard is a huge pickup for the Friars. He ranks No. 7 nationally, according to Rivals.com.

The commitment was somewhat of a stunning development as many thought he was a Louisville lean, particularly after Rick Pitino announced that he would coach the Puerto Rican national team - a move that some thought he made to help U of L land Ledo.

My Thoughts: Merry Christmas Providence...

Shan: Mississippi State to Boot Bailey, Keep Sidney


Susan Shan reports on her blog tonight that Mississippi State will likely reinstate troubled star Renardo Sidney and permanently dismiss Elgin Bailey.

Sidney and Bailey were involved in a well publicized brawl several nights ago during a Diamond Head Classic game.

Here is an excerpt from Shan's article:

The coaching staff was tired of Bailey and his attitude so Bailey was on a short leash already.

Fast forward to the fight in the stands. Like I previously reported, Sidney asked Bailey to move his leg; Bailey refused and began to curse and berate Sidney. Sidney said something back, and then Bailey got up and started attacking Sidney.

Sidney didn’t want to fight and kept backing off, but Bailey continued to attack him. The footage that ESPN showed was thoroughly misleading and an inaccurate portrayal of what really happened. Clearly, showing Sidney as the troublemaker made for a better story given his history.

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Kelenna Azubuike Still Showing Lack of Progress in Comeback


Former Kentucky star Kelenna Azubuike is struggling to recover from a severe knee injury. The New York Knicks have removed Azubuike from scrimmages and returned him to separate workouts with team trainers.

Knicks coach Mike D'Antoni said Azubuike has not progressed in his comeback efforts.

Here is an excerpt from NYTimes.com:

Kelenna Azubuike has been removed from scrimmages and is again working out separately with team trainers to fix what D’Antoni called his “mechanics.” Azubuike has spent the last year recovering from a severe knee injury. “It didn’t seem like he progressed as he scrimmaged,” D’Antoni said. “The trainers want him to have the right gait.” ...


DeMarcus Cousins Remembers His Little Homeboy


Former Kentucky star DeMarcus Cousins sent seven year old Jacob Hogan an autographed picture for Christmas.

Cousins and Hogans met at the Big Blue Campout before Big Blue Madness in October of last year. The two developed a friendship and DeMarcus labels Jacob as his homeboy.

Here is an excerpt about their relationship from State-Journal.com:

However, the Hogans say, off the court, DeMarcus is “totally different” than those perceptions.

“The thing that strikes me – not just with Jacob, but with any kid – is he’s genuine,” Doug said. “He’s really genuine, with Jacob especially. It wasn’t like, ‘Oh gosh, here’s this kid.’ Like Lana said, his eyes light up, and he was always genuine.”

“He’d always take out time for all the kids, and the adults too,” Lana said. “He always gave attention mostly to the little folks.”

“We know him like this, as opposed to the player on the court,” Doug said.

The autographed photo as a Christmas present came as a shock to the Hogans, who first learned of DeMarcus’ gift after he mentioned Jacob in an article by AOL Fanhouse’s Sam Amick.

“He was so funny,” DeMarcus said of Jacob in the article. “I had a great relationship with his family.”


Lauren Hogan, Jacob’s sister and a 15-year-old freshman at Franklin County High School, contacted DeMarcus’ assistant,

Andrew Rogers, through Twitter to let him know Jacob read the article and appreciated the mention.

Andrew sent a message back asking her to call Monday, and he got their address of their Arnold Ridge home that Santa Cousins had a gift for Jacob.

The next day, a FedEx package arrived from Sacramento.

Complete Article

Will Trevor Lacey Rise to Five-Star Status?


In his weekly Mailbag column, Jerry Meyer of Rivals.com is asked if 2011 Kentucky recruit Trevor Lacey will rise to five-star status when the rankings are updated.

Lacey, who has been as hot as any high school player in the nation this season, is currently rated as a four-star recruit by Rivals. He is No. 34 on the Rivals150 List.

Here is an excerpt of Meyer's answer:

Lacey is having another tremendous high school season and is currently ranked No. 34 in the Rivals150. The physical combo guard shoots the ball well, is a smart player and is a tough competitor. If he were a little quicker and more explosive athlete he would definitely be a five-star prospect.

I have a feeling he is going to move up some in the rankings, but it is tough to say whether or not he will be a five-star. He was a candidate coming out of the summer, and probably more of one now, but the problem is determining who would drop out of the five-star range to make room for him.

Regardless, Lacey is going to be a tremendous college player and is a potential NBA player. Whether it is at Alabama, Auburn, Connecticut, Kansas or Kentucky, he is going to be an impact player.

Complete Article

Jodie Meeks Suddenly Ice Cold and Other NBA Notes


NBA Recap - December 22-24:

December 22

- Keith Bogans (Kentucky) had 2 points and 3 assists in Chicago's 87-80 victory over Washington.

- John Wall (Kentucky) DNP injured knee

- Tayshaun Prince (Kentucky) had 6 points, 3 rebounds and 3 assists in Detroit's 115-93 win over Toronto.

- Jodie Meeks (Kentucky) played 31 minutes but only scored 3 points in Philadelphia's 84-80 loss to Boston.

- Rajon Rondo (Kentucky) DNP injured ankle

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

- Chuck Hayes (Kentucky) had 7 points and 7 rebounds in Houston's 97-92 win over the Clippers.

- Terrence Williams (Louisville) DNP coach's decision

- Courtney Lee (Western Kentucky) had 4 points off the Houston bench.

- Patrick Patterson (Kentucky) had 2 points and 2 rebounds in 8 minutes for the Rockets.

- Eric Bledsoe (Kentucky) had 4 points and 4 assists for Los Angeles.

December 23

- DeMarcus Cousins (Kentucky) only played 13 minutes in Sacramento's 84-79 loss to Milwaukee. He had 2 points and 5 rebounds.

- Francisco Garcia (Louisville) had 9 points and 3 rebounds off the Kings' bench.

- Jamaal Magloire (Kentucky) DNP coach's decision

- Earl Clark (Louisville) did not score in Orlando's 123-101 victory over San Antonio.

December 24

No Games

Louisville's Mike Marra Out 2-4 Weeks


Louisville's Mike Marra will miss 2-4 weeks of action after suffering a sprained right ankle earlier this week.

Marra, who missed Wednesday's game at Western Kentucky, is averaging 9.3 points, 2.8 rebounds and 2.7 assists per game.

The injury leaves his status as questionable for the December 31 rivalry game against Kentucky.


Rajon Rondo Says He Might Play Today, Doc Says No


Boston point guard Rajon Rondo, who has missed three games with an ankle injury, stated yesterday that he will try to play in today's Christmas battle against Orlando.

"I might play tomorrow - see how it goes at practice," Rondo said yesterday.

Head coach Doc Rivers was not quite as optimistic:

“When he gets near a game he’ll always try to play, but I seriously doubt it,” said Rivers


Friday, December 24, 2010

Randolph Morris Leads Beijing to Fifth Straight Win


Six games into his Chinese experiment, Randolph Morris is looking like a man among boys. The former Kentucky Wildcat has led the Beijing Ducks to five consecutive wins, including tonight's 84-78 upset of Bayi.

Morris was dominate as he went for 27 points and 17 rebounds. He also nailed a clutch shot with 10 seconds remaining to give Beijing a decisive 82-78 lead.

In Wednesday's 98-87 victory over Fujian, Morris exploded for 37 points and 15 rebounds.

After six games, Morris is averaging 32.7 points per game, which ranks second in the Chinese Basketball Association.

Morris is also in the league's top ten in rebounding and blocked shots.

The Ducks are off to a 5-1 start, good for third in the league standings.

Source: EuroBasket.com

DeMarcus Cousins to the NBA Development League?


Rumors are circulating that the Sacramento Kings are "having serious discussions" about sending rookie DeMarcus Cousins to the NBA Development League following a serious of unfortunate incidents.

The latest issue occurred when Cousins failed to reciprocate a high-five with head coach Paul Westphal, which resulted in a volatile argument.

Here is an excerpt about the thinking behind a D-League move:

Howard goes on to write that "since kicking [Cousins] out of practice hasn't changed his sloppy focus, fining him hasn't improved his attitude and, most recently, pulling him from the opening lineup Thursday against the Bucks for giving a choke sign to the Warriors two nights earlier hasn't nudged him in the right direction," the D-League seems to be a real option for a player many thought to be the most NBA-ready big man available in this year's Draft.

"If that's what they feel is best, then I can't do anything about it," Cousins told Howard-Cooper. "But I don't believe that's happening."

While Cousins could probably rein his attitude in a bit to prevent a trip to the D-League, he's right that it probably isn't in the cards anytime soon. And it shouldn't be.

It might be, I guess, if the 'D' stood for "demotion" -- but it isn't, it's for "development," something Cousins' needs very little of when looking at his on-court body of work. In 27 games this season, including 14 starts, the 6-foot-11, 270 pound Cousins is averaging 11.4 points and 7.4 rebounds in just over 24 minutes of action. Cousins has no need for the D-League as far as his development is concerned.

Fighting Teammates Suspended Indefinitely at Mississippi State


Mississippi State has suspended both Renardo Sidney and Elgin Bailey indefinitely following an ugly brawl between the two last night.
Sidney and Bailey participated in a brawl that occurred in the stands during a Diamond Head Classic game between Hawaii and Utah.

Here is an excerpt of statements from the two players from ESPN.com:

"I'm very sorry for this incident," Sidney said in a statement released by the university. "I had no intention of this ever happening. I apologize for embarrassing my family, all the Mississippi State fans, my teammates and coaches.

"I will learn from this and move on."

Bailey, a captain and Sidney's roommate on the trip, was equally apologetic.

"I want to apologize to Mississippi State, to the people in Hawaii and to the fans that were in the stands that witnessed everything," Bailey said in a statement. "Due to me being a captain, I should have handled the situation in a much different way. It should have never gotten to the point that it did. I really am sorry that all of this happened, especially with it unfolding on TV like it did."

FanHouse Thinks Louisville's Winning Ways Will End


Fanhouse.com thinks the Louisville Cardinals are headed for a rude awakening when they enter Big East action.

Here is an excerpt:

Hilbert: Louisville assuming the role of an actually competitive, upper-level team. There's something fishy about the Cardinals. They had somewhat impressive wins over UNLV and Butler, but then they go and score 46 points in a loss to Drexel. They don't have the horses this year, and they will really, really struggle in the Big East.


In other U of L news, guard Mike Marra is expected to miss 2-4 weeks with a sprained right ankle.

Marra's injury leaves him questionable for the December 31 game against Kentucky.

Berea's Darrin Dorsey Named KIAC Player of the Week


Berea College's Darrin Dorsey was named Kentucky Intercollegiate Athletic Conference player of the week for his outstanding play last week.

Dorsey has been named conference player of the week three times this season.

Terrence Jones Ranks High on the 2011 NBA Draft Board


Hoopsworld.com ranks Kentucky freshman Terrence Jones as the second best small forward in the 2011 NBA Draft.

Jones is just behind North Carolina's Harrison Barnes and in front of Texas' Jordan Hamilton, UCLA's Tyler Honeycutt and Duke's Kyle Singler.

Here is an excerpt about Jones:

2. Terrence Jones, Kentucky – It didn't take long for freshman Terrence Jones to establish himself as the go-to guy on a Kentucky team that has simply re-loaded after seeing five players drafted in the first round of the 2010 NBA Draft. The 6-8 Jones already has an NBA body and displays a nice set of perimeter skills for young combo forward. The left-hander can get to the hoop and finish with either hand, and his aggressive offensive style has gotten him to the charity stripe a surprising eight times per contest. Jones shows solid range on his jumper and is a capable passer, showcasing a diverse offensive skill-set to go along with his feel for scoring the basketball (he is Kentucky's leading scorer at 18.2 points per game). The former Jefferson (Portland, OR) High School star is also a versatile defender. Jones has the lateral quickness and foot speed to guard some of the top college small forwards and has the strength to defend bigger players in the post as well while ranking first on the team in rebounds, blocked shots and steals. There is no doubt that Jones is a lottery talent and could play his way into the top ten picks in the 2011 NBA Draft.

Kentucky's Josh Harrellson Talks About Lamb's Big Day

Kentucky senior Josh Harrellson talks about freshman Doron Lamb's record-setting day against Winthrop:



* Video from WildcatDen1 YouTube Channel...

Video: Kenneth Faried Dunks on Northern Iowa

Morehead State senior Kenneth Faried catches a pass in transition and hammers it home against Northern Iowa:

Daniel Orton Acknowledges Mistakes, Thanks UK Fans


Former Kentucky big man Daniel Orton acknowledged on Twitter yesterday that he didn't exactly leave Lexington under the best circumstances. He complimented Kentucky fans and gave thanks for their support.

Orton left Kentucky early to prepare for the NBA Draft. He had stated that he intended to complete his academic semester online, but he ended up dropping his classes early. The decision angered many Kentucky fans because it could potentially cost the program a future scholarship.

Here is Orton's Twitter message:

danielorton21 Man ain't nothin like BBN yall been here for me and I truly appreciate it. I know I didnt leave in the best way but I still love yall too..

Note: Orton had successful knee surgery yesterday morning.

Mississippi State's Renardo Sidney Involved in Brawl



Mississippi State's Renardo Sidney, who is no stranger to trouble, was involved in a brawl with a teammate tonight during another game at the Diamond Head Classic.

Here are some screenshots of the fight:



Thursday, December 23, 2010

Former Wildcat Jared Prickett Takes Kids Christmas Shopping


Former Kentucky star Jared Prickett took ten children Christmas shopping earlier today in Lexington.

Prickett picked the children up in a stretch limousine from Shaw's Child Care.

Here is an excerpt about the special outing from WKYT.com:
Ten children couldn't believe their eyes when a stretch limousine pulled up to Shaw's Child Care in Lexington.

They all piled in and headed out to get Christmas gifts they would not otherwise have this year.

The trip was organized for some of Lexington's children in need by Prickett and his friends.

Complete Article

Kentucky Gives Offer to 2012 Guard Archie Goodwin


According to ArkansasSports360.com, Kentucky has offered a scholarship to 6-3 guard Archie Goodwin.

Here is an excerpt:

"It was a good matchup with Jamal. He showed me he's a lot better than I thought he was," Goodwin said. "That is the first time I had ever seen him play. He shot the ball pretty good. That was a good challenge going against a guy who is much bigger than me. I didn't know he was that good, but he's very athletic and can jump. It was a good experience and I'm glad I was a part of it. I did alright going against a kid who is going to Ole Miss, but I could have done better. My goal is to get a lot better."

Goodwin has offers to such schools as Arkansas, Kentucky, Kansas and most of the other national powers. Despite that and the high recruiting ranking, Goodwin felt like playing in this event was good for him.

Complete Article

Goodwin is ranked No. 18 in the 2012 class by Rivals.com. He is rated as the third-best shooting guard in the class.

My Thoughts: I wonder if an offer for Goodwin means that UK is not feeling good about landing Ricardo Ledo? There is speculation that Rick Pitino may have the inside track on Ledo.

Photo: Rivals.com

Enes Kanter Update: No News Until 2011


Alan Cutler of LEX18 has confirmed with NCAA spokesman Chuck Wynne that the NCAA will not have a decision on Enes Kanter's eligibility until after the first of the year.

Here is an excerpt:

"There will be no decision on the prospective student-athlete's initial eligibility until after the first of the year. Any reports saying otherwise are wrong."

Wynne says that the process is continuing.

"The NCAA and the University are still working towards a resolution. We are working collaboratively. We want to bring this to a conclusion with the right answer." says Wynne.

Complete Article

My Thoughts:
Enjoy your holidays, folks. This one has taken a ridiculous amount of time already and it continues to get worse.

Ken McDonald Pays Fans for Bad Performance in Nashville


Following a disappointing performance at Vanderbilt, Western Kentucky head coach Ken McDonald told his team that he was going to write a check for the gas money that Hilltopper fans paid for the trip from Bowling Green to Nashville.

It turns out, McDonald wasn't kidding around.

McDonald sent personal checks for $60 to 20 Western Kentucky fans who traveled to Nashville and sat in the team seats behind the bench.

Here is an excerpt from the Courier-Journal:

McDonald was not pleased with the performance of his team -- and said so in a letter that he sent to about 20 WKU fans who traveled to Nashville and sat in the team seats behind the WKU bench. McDonald also calculated the mileage costs involved for the fans who drove from Bowling Green to Nashville for the game and wrote personal checks for $60 to each of those fans, WKU senior associate athletic director Todd Stewart said on Thursday.

Stewart said several fans have already returned the checks and to his knowledge none has cashed one. "Several even sent notes saying that teams can have bad games and no check was necessary," Stewart said.

Dawson: Sorry Big Blue Nation, No Kanter News Today


Almost as soon as Big Blue Nation was ready for a day of anxiety and hitting refresh, Brett Dawson of the Courier-Journal posted this on Twitter:

wildcats New blog: No news on Kanter http://dlvr.it/BzVtq #kentuckywildcats

From the article:

Kentucky fans hoping for an Enes Kanter decision before Christmas are likely to be disappointed. There’s no news on the eligibility status of the freshman center, and no indication that there will be a decision this week.

In an e-mail this morning, NCAA spokesman Chuck Wynne wrote: "The NCAA and the University of Kentucky continue to work this issue according to the established student-athlete reinstatement process. At this point, there is nothing new to report."

Complete Article

My Thoughts: This is more along the lines of what I have been thinking.

Vaught: Kanter Decision May Come Today and Every Indication That He'll Be Eligible for 2011-12


Larry Vaught says at VaughtsViews.com that the Enes Kanter decision may be announced today and that he will be ruled eligible for next season.

From Vaught's article:

Don’t be surprised if the NCAA announces its decision on Kanter Thursday. And every indication is that he will be ruled ineligible for the rest of this year and then eligible next season. Would that mean he could continue practicing this year? I think it would and that would still be a plus for Kentucky because he could at least push Josh Harrellson and Eloy Vargas in practice even if he can’t help on game day.


My Thoughts: I have searched high and low for sources with information on the Enes Kanter decision and I have had no luck. Using the information we have, I would like to think the announcement would be made before Christmas, but I can't find anyone who makes me feel it's a lock. Stay tuned and visit often...

Wednesday, December 22, 2010

Michael Gilchrist Named MVP at City of Palms Classic


Future Kentucky Wildcat Michael Gilchrist led St. Patrick (NJ) to a 69-67 win over Milton (Ga.) in the championship game of the City of Palms Classic.

He was awarded tournament MVP for his outstanding performance in the event.

In the championship game, Gilchrist had 25 points, 12 rebounds and 5 blocked shots.

ESPN broadcaster Dick Vitale was on hand to watch Gilchrist's performance:

DickieV MVP Michael Gilchrist of ST Pat's. @UKCoachCalipari as the Cats fans will love Gilchrist! His Mom is proud! http://twitpic.com/3illy1

During the game, Vitale joked on air that he heard rumors that Gilchrist was talking about de-committing from Kentucky because John Calipari did not make the journey to Ft. Myers tonight. Vitale quickly laughed and said he was just kidding with Calipari - not that he was taken seriously since Gilchrist has already signed with the Wildcats.

Daniel Orton to Have Knee Surgery Thursday


Former Kentucky big man Daniel Orton posted on Twitter tonight that he will undergo arthroscopic knee surgery tomorrow morning.

Here is Orton's post:

DanielOrton21 Everybody pray for me, surgery early tomorrow. Let's hope it all goes well..

Orton is expected to be out of basketball action until at least February.

Louisville Runs to Impressive Road Win at Western Kentucky


Louisville 114
Western Kentucky 82

Final from Bowling Green, Kentucky


BOWLING GREEN, Ky. (AP) - Peyton Siva poured in a career-high 29 points and Louisville raced past Western Kentucky 114-82 on Wednesday night.

Siva added a career-high eight assists as the Cardinals (10-1) easily passed their first road test of the season. Louisville shot 65 percent from the floor and made 16 of 30 3-pointers.

Siva led the way, knocking down four 3-pointers as the Cardinals posted their highest point total in more than a decade.

Sergio Kerusch led the Hilltoppers (5-7) with 21 points and Oklahoma transfer Juan Pattillo added 19 but Western Kentucky had no answer when the Cardinals started making 3-pointer after 3-pointer midway through the first half.

Louisville coach Rick Pitino worried about how his team would react playing away from the KFC Yum! Center for the first time this season. His team's hot shooting quickly eased his mind.

Chris Smith added 18 points for the Cardinals, Preston Knowles and Rakeem Buckles scored 15 points each as Louisville scored its most points since putting up 115 in a win over Tennessee State on Dec. 20, 1999.

The Hilltoppers had hoped a win over the Cardinals would give the team a much-needed boost following a handful of near misses against quality opponents during the first month of the season.

Western Kentucky coach Ken McDonald hoped his players would feed off the electric atmosphere at E.A. Diddle Arena, which was packed for Louisville's first visit in 20 years.

The Hilltoppers were keyed up, perhaps too keyed up. They missed 11 of their first 13 shots, many of them questionable ones early in the shot clock. It allowed the Cardinals to find their footing in their first road game of the season.

Complete Article

DeMarcus Cousins Fined for Making Choke Sign


Sacramento Kings rookie DeMarcus Cousins has been fined and benched by coach Paul Westphal for giving that "choke sign" last night.

Jason Jones of the Sacramento Bee posted on Twitter:

mr_jasonjones DeMarcus Cousins has been fined and benched for giving the "choke" sign last night

mr_jasonjones Westphal said Cousins won't start until he shows he can be more professional

mr_jasonjones Cousins thinks if the Kings had won he might not have been disciplined.

mr_jasonjones Westphal on the choke sign by Cousins: "It’s unprofessional, childish, embarrassing and it won’t be tolerated."

"It was immature. I was caught up in the game and let my emotions get the best of me and shouldn’t have done it," Cousins said. "But if I would have did it and we won it probably wouldn’t have had the same consequences afterward. "

The Inspiring Story of Jillian Daugherty and Dave Bezold


There are really good articles that I read on a daily basis and then there are the articles that tug on my heartstrings and move my inner soul. Those are the articles that I read twice because I truly want to understand each word.

Today, I found one of those articles, written by Paul Daugherty of Sports Illustrated.

Daugherty's daughter, Jillian, has Down syndrome. She has formed a mutually beneficial relationship with Northern Kentucky head coach Dave Bezold and his basketball program.

Daugherty writes about Jillian's partnership with Northern Kentucky basketball and the story is remarkably inspirational.

Here is an excerpt:

Jillian has Down syndrome. She also happens to be my daughter. Bezold has coached NKU for seven seasons. He's one of those coaches who tosses words like "perspective'' and "education'' and "real life'' around like chest passes in a three-man weave. Unlike some coaches, he's comfortable with their sincerity.

"Our guys would be very upset if she weren't around,'' Bezold says of Jillian. "I mean, we have a few players who were uncomfortable. They hadn't been exposed to different types of people. It was their own fear. After a couple weeks, they realized Jillian was just another human being.''

What if you could live your life with a child's heart and wonderment for all things? Would you be better for it? Would that be OK?

"Bubbly, every day,'' is Bezold's description of his newest manager. "Smiling and so excited just to be here. I mean, just to be here. Always thanking you, for the littlest things. She has this the-world-is-a-great-place mentality. It grounds us.''

Jillian has a good deal, too. She gains responsibility, she learns self-reliance. She's confident. Oh, yeah, she also gets into the games for free, and cops all the free workout gear. Not many days pass without Jillian wearing something gold and/or black, stenciled with the words "Northern Kentucky University.''

The team gets something, too. Its payoff is less tangible, but no less profound.

"Unconditional loyalty and enthusiasm,'' Bezold says. "It doesn't matter if you lose or win. Jillian is passionate about our program, but that doesn't change how she feels about us as people. When you can have that, it's special. You don't get that anymore.''

Complete Article

Photo by Paul Daugherty

Negus Webster-Chan Commits to Louisville


Negus Webster-Chan, a 6-6 small forward from Huntington Prep, has committed to Louisville.

Webster-Chan is a 2012 prospect who is ranked No. 121 by Rivals.com and No. 45 by Scout.com.

Pitino watched Huntington Prep Tuesday night in the Ironton Classic and apparently picked up the commitment.
Evan Daniels of Scout.com confirmed the commitment this afternoon:

EvanDanielscout Negus Webster-Chan just committed to Louisville...

Doron Lamb's Record-Setting Day Leads Kentucky in Romp


(14) Kentucky 89
Winthrop 52

Final from Lexington, Kentucky

Kentucky's Doron Lamb set a freshman scoring record with 32 points and Kentucky destroyed Winthrop 89-52 in a rare midday game.

Lamb was 11-12 from the field and 7-8 from the 3-point line on the way to passing Jamal Mashburn's freshman record of 31 points.

Brandon Knight added 21 points and 5 rebounds for the Wildcats.

Matt Morgan led the way for Winthrop (5-7) with 18 points and 7 rebounds.

Kentucky (9-2) was 33-63 (52.4%) from the field and 12-22 (54.5%) from long range. The Wildcats also shot 11-13 (84.6%) from the free throw line.

UK opened up a comfortable first half lead, only to see the Eagles cut it down to 9 at 41-32. The Wildcats immediately answered by closing out the half on the 10-0 run to lead 51-32 at the break.

The game was never seriously in doubt in the second half as Kentucky cruised to a pre-holiday win.

Kentucky returns to action on December 28 against Coppin State. The game will be a 7:00 p.m. game at Rupp Arena.

Kelly Wells Finds a Former Heavyweight Champ in Belfry


Pikeville College head coach Kelly Wells ran into former heavyweight boxing champ James "Buster" Douglas today in Belfry, Kentucky.

Wells posted on Twitter:

CoachKellyWells Went Belfry to see my pal Randy Casey and watch his walkthrough and ran into buster douglas. http://plixi.com/p/64649871

Douglas is probably best known for his shocking knockout of then unbeaten champ Mike Tyson:


Transylvania Captures Don Lane Classic Championship


Transylvania 70
Westminster 57

Final from Lexington, Kentucky

LEXINGTON, Ky. - Transylvania defeated Westminster 70-57 Tuesday, claiming the firstDon Lane Classic championship at the Beck Center.

Transy improved to 7-2 on the season with its fifth win in a row while Westminster (Pa.) is 2-8 after splitting a pair of games in the Classic.

Tournament MVP Brandon Rash finished the night 9-for-13 from the field while scoring 21 points with three assists and two steals. Rash averaged 16.5 ppg during the Don Lane Classic. Ethan Spurlin also had a standout night shooting 5-for-7 for 13 points and pulling down eight rebounds in his first collegiate start.

The Pioneers led by 14 to start the second half and extended it to 20 multiple times in the game. Westminster outscored the Transy in the second half 31-30, but the first half lead was enough to keep the Pioneers ahead for the win. Over half of Transy's points came from inside the paint as it scored 38 as opposed to to Westminster's 22.The Pioneers also outrebounded their opponent 36-28.

The leading scorer for Westminster was Rob Briggs with 12 points and nine rebounds. Adam Carswell was close behind Briggs with 11 points and seven rebounds. Anthony Thomas led the team in assists with four to go with his six points.

Michael Gilchrist is Enjoying the South Florida Sun


Future Kentucky Wildcat Michael Gilchrist is having a blast in Ft. Myers, Florida. Gilchrist has led St. Patrick's (NJ) to the championship game of the prestigious City of Palms Classic.

Gilchrist scored 34 points and pulled down 13 rebounds in yesterday's 71-61 semifinal victory over Mater Dei (Calif).

The No. 11 Celtics will battle No. 15 Milton (Ga.) in tonight's title game. The game will be nationally-televised on ESPNU at 9:30 p.m.

Note: One of Gilchrist's teammates is future Western Kentucky Hilltopper Derrick Gordon. Gordon scored 17 in the semifinals.

Breaking: Enes Kanter will Stay at Kentucky if Asked to Sit Out a Season


Enes Kanter's father has told Mike DeCourcy of SportingNews.com that his son will remain at Kentucky even if he is required to sit out this season.

Here is an excerpt:

The father of Kentucky freshman center Enes Kanter, who is awaiting a final ruling on his eligibility from the NCAA, said he will “guarantee” that if his son is asked to serve a one-year suspension over amateurism issues he will not enter the 2011 NBA Draft and will play college basketball next season.

Dr. Mehmet Kanter, by e-mail, told Sporting News his family “can’t stop hoping” Enes’ eligibility to play for the Wildcats will be approved by the NCAA.

“Enes would do anything to play and help UK, his teammates and fans,” Mehmet Kanter wrote. “In the last two years, one thing me and Enes never discussed was him being pro. He didn’t mention to me about NBA or draft and I guarantee you as a father – if that’s the NCAA's decision Enes will be a sophomore next year in UK.”

DeMarcus Cousins Gives Choke Sign, then Kings Choke


Former Kentucky big man DeMarcus Cousins mockingly flashed a choke sign when Golden State's Reggie Williams missed a clutch free throw with 19.3 seconds remaining in last night's game.

At the time of the missed free throw, the Sacramento Kings held a 98-93 lead over the Warriors.

Amazingly, a comedy or errors ensued and the Warriors managed to tie the game at 102-102 and send it to overtime, where they eventually won 117-109.

For Cousins, it was a tough moment on a tough night. The Kings rookie finished 3-13 from the field for 7 points. He did pull down 13 rebounds but also had 4 turnovers.

Cousins flashes the choke sign:


Tennessee State Rolls By Eastern Kentucky


Tennessee State 62
Eastern Kentucky 49

Final from Nashville, Tennessee

NASHVILLE, Tenn. – The Eastern Kentucky University men’s basketball team shot a season-low 30.6 percent from the field in a 62-49 loss at Tennessee State Tuesday night. The Colonels (5-7, 1-3 OVC) have now dropped three straight games.

Tennessee State (6-6, 3-1) led from start to finish as the Tigers rolled to their fifth consecutive victory.

The host Tigers came out on fire to start the game, hitting seven of the first eight three-point attempts to build a commanding 31-12 lead midway through the first half. Tennessee State’s lead grew to 26 points following a Will Peters steal and breakaway lay-up to make the score, 41-15.

Eastern only made one shot from the field in the final 12:30 of the first half as the Colonels trailed 41-17 at intermission.

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Morehead State Loses Heartbreaker at Austin Peay


Austin Peay 86
Morehead State 85

Final from Clarksville, Tennessee

CLARKSVILLE, Tenn. – It wouldn’t be an Austin Peay-Morehead State men’s basketball game without high drama and a heartstopping ending. The Govs hit a basket with 10 seconds left to win last year’s contest in the Dunn Center, and unfortunately for the Eagles, Tuesday night’s game ended in nearly the same fashion.

Demonte Harper nailed a three-pointer with 0.2 seconds left to send the game into overtime, and after the teams battled for five extra minutes, APSU’s Josh Terry laid in a reverse layup with 0.7 ticks left, and the Govs escaped again with another one-point OVC win, 86-85.

MSU dropped its second straight overtime contest to fall to 6-6 overall and 2-2 in the OVC, while the Govs improved to 4-0 in the OVC and 8-6 overall.

Harper did everything he could to help his team win as he scored 34 points, one short of his career high. He hit four three-pointers. Kenneth Faried recorded his 10th double-double with 14 points and 18 rebounds. Sam Goodman scored 16, Terrance Hill tallied 15, including 5-of-6 on three-pointers.

Late in the overtime period, the Eagles trailed 84-83, but Faried grabbed an offensive rebound and stuffed a dunk to give MSU the 85-84 advantage with 39 seconds left on the clock. The Govs ran the shot clock down to near zero before attempting a shot which missed. However, on the rebound, MSU could not come up with the ball, giving APSU a last chance with 5.5 ticks left. On the inbounds play, Terry retrieved the ball and scooped up a reverse layup as the clock wound down under a second. Harper attempted a last-ditch full court triple but it fell short.

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Antoine Walker Feels the Wrath of "Dee's Nuts" in Springfield


Former Kentucky star Antoine Walker ran into the infamous trio of Springfield Armor fans known as "Dee's Nuts" over the weekend.

My favorite parts:

"Will you stop killing us from three? Let someone else miss!"

"Be thankful you don't play for Portland!"

"What do you like on a baked potato? I like broccoli and cheese... CHIVES! I bet you like chives! Let's go chives! Let's go chives!"

"Luke! Luke, what's worse, being left handed of playing for Idaho?!?"





Source: MassLive.com

Calipari's Mailbag: "I shower, put my clothes on and I do The Dougie before every game"


Coach Cal’s Mailbag: Week of December 20

LIVE Chat with Cal Takes Place Monday, December 27 at noon ET
Click here to view Coach Cal’s Mailbag on FOXSportsSouth.com

FOX Sports South, in conjunction with the University of Kentucky Men’s Basketball Coach John Calipari, presents “Coach Cal’s Mailbag,” an interactive webpage found exclusively on FOXSportsSouth.com.

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

In addition to the latest Wildcats basketball news and videos, “Coach Cal’s Mailbag” will also feature live chats with Calipari, the first of which will take place next Monday, December 27, at noon ET on 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.

This week in Coach Cal’s Mailbag:

Is this the hardest you’ve ever worked in your career on the sidelines coaching in games? – Chris, Washington D.C.

Coach Cal – “That’s a great question. I am working really hard on these guys. I’m really challenging them. I’m raising the bar. At some point this has to be their team and they have to be empowered. They’re just not ready yet. Brandon Knight’s taken more of a leadership role; I like it, but not enough to give him the team yet.”

Give your team a grade after 10 games. Are you ahead of schedule or behind? – Pamela, Phoenix, AZ

Coach Cal – “Grade B. They’re not an A yet, but for this time of the year I think they’re doing fine. Right now it’s the middle of December and we’re playing like it’s the middle of December. I never want my teams to be playing like it’s February in December.”

Does the season ever end for you? If you had to guess, how many hours do you work per week? – Dustin, Phoenix, AZ

Coach Cal – “This job can consume you if you let it. I work long hours, probably no longer than any other coach. I’m not a guy that sleeps in the office and I don’t want my staff to sleep in the office. Right now I’m on a treadmill. There are no days off during the season. If I give the players a day off I go recruiting. So I don’t have a day off. ”

What is the biggest regret in your career? – Michael, Houston, TX

Coach Cal – “There are three or four young people that I regret that I couldn’t get through to them and change them. I couldn’t get them to buy into what they had to do to change the trajectory of their lives. They were moving in the wrong way and I couldn’t get them to change.”
Is your career a success if you retire without a National Championship? – Beth, Lexington, KY

Coach Cal – “There will be people out there who say if you don’t win a national title you’re not a success. I don’t believe that. My success is based on the success of the young people that I coach. Would I like to win a national title? Absolutely, for the Big Blue Nation, for these people here in this state. But I don’t feel like it’s life or death if I don’t.”

Do you listen to any specific music to pump you up on gameday? Georgia, Portland, OR

Coach Cal – “Did you watch (Kentucky women’s basketball head coach) Matthew Mitchell do The Dougie? That’s what I do. I shower, put my clothes on and I do The Dougie before every game. Thank you, Matthew Mitchell. That’s how we work here at Kentucky, we share, we help each other. Matthew Mitchell’s got me doing The Dougie.”

Tuesday, December 21, 2010

Southeastern Conference Basketball Woes Continue


After Tennessee's third consecutive loss, it's time to call a spade a spade - the Southeastern Conference is terrible this season. Outside of a few SEC East teams, the conference is downright ugly.

SEC programs have lost 19 games to non-BCS opponents this season.

Here is a breakdown of the losses suffered by SEC basketball teams to this point:

SEC Standings

EAST

Vanderbilt 9-2
Georgia 8-2
Kentucky 8-2
South Carolina 7-2
Florida 8-3
Tennessee 7-3

WEST

Arkansas 7-2
Mississippi 7-2
Mississippi State 7-3
LSU 7-4
Alabama 6-6
Auburn 4-7

Let's take a look at those losses (non-BCS losses in RED):

EAST

Vanderbilt:

- West Virginia, 74-71
- (11) Missouri 85-82

Georgia

- Notre Dame, 89-83
- (20) Temple, 65-58

Kentucky

- Connecticut, 84-67
- North Carolina, 75-73

South Carolina

- (2) Michigan State, 82-73
- (2) Ohio State, 79-57

Florida

- (5) Ohio State, 93-75
- UCF, 57-54
- Jacksonville, 71-68


Tennessee

- Oakland, 89-82
- Charlotte, 49-48

- USC, 65-64

WEST

Arkansas

- UAB, 70-65
- Texas A&M, 71-62

Mississippi

- Dayton, 78-71
- Miami (FL) 86-73

Mississippi State

- Florida Atlantic, 61-59
- East Tennessee State, 63-62
- Virginia Tech, 88-57

LSU

- Nicholls State, 62-53
- (19) Memphis, 70-61
- Coastal Carolina, 78-69
- Wichita State, 70-69

Alabama

- Seton Hall, 83-78
- Iowa, 55-47
- St. Peter's, 50-49
- (18) Purdue, 66-47
- Providence, 82-70
- Oklahoma State, 68-60

Auburn

- UNC-Asheville, 70-69
- Samford, 79-68
- Campbell, 61-54
- Jacksonville, 69-55
- Rutgers, 63-54
- South Florida, 61-49
- Presbyterian, 62-59

A Few Thoughts:

- The SEC as a conference has totalled 38 losses; amazingly, there are 19 losses to BCS schools and 19 losses to non-BCS schools
- Auburn is arguably the worst team in a so-called power conference
- Jacksonville has defeated Auburn and Florida
- St. Peter's? Really?
- Presbyterian? Nicholls State? Samford? Oakland? Campbell?

Big Second Half Sends Murray State Home with a Win


Murray State 66
UT-Martin 54

Final from Martin, Tennessee

The Murray State Racers won their final game before the Christmas break in a 66-54 victory over UT Martin at the Elam Center in Martin, Tenn.

The Racers (8-4) and 2-1 in the Ohio Valley Conference moved their winning streak to four straight, but not without a fight from the Skyhawks.

Trailing in the second half, the Racers gained control of the game with a great stretch of defense in a 10-minute span starting when they fell behind 39-30 with 14:28 remaining.

The Racers made a run with three straight stops of UTM that turned into three fast-break finishes by Isacc Miles, Isaiah Canaan and Ed Daniel to retake the lead 48-45 with 9:10 remaining. When the dust cleared, MSU had a 20-6 run and led 50-45 with 8:23 left.

Jenkins sealed the win with a three-point basket with 1:30 left to put MSU in front 62-51.

MSU held the Skyhawks to only one field goal in the final 12:30 and won the second half 40-26 after trailing 28-26 at the break.

Ivan Aska led MSU with 14 points, while Canaan added 12 and MSU got 11 from Jenkins. Freshman Shawn Jackson came off the bench to score nine points for MSU.

MSU won the rebound battle 29-16 with 11 offensive rebounds.

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John Calipari's Pregame Comments for Winthrop


Here is a transcript of John Calipari's pregame comments as Kentucky prepares to host Winthrop tomorrow at 1:00 p.m. (via UKAthletics.com):

Head Coach John Calipari:

On the rumors of having interest in coaching the Dominican Republic basketball team...
"My daughter came downstairs last night, racing downstairs, Megan, and says, `Are you coaching the Dominican team?' I go, `What are you talking about?' `Well, it's all over (Kentucky Sports Radio).' And I go, `I don't know what you're talking about.' So, my comment to everybody, including my daughter, I have not been contacted by anybody. It would be an honor to be considered for something like that, but I don't know the timeframe, I don't even know if I could do it. So, where that got started, or whether they're considering me, I don't know, you'd have to talk to them. There's been no contact."

On if that would be something he would consider doing...
"I don't even know the timeframe so I can't even tell you that. But it's an honor that another country would say we would like you to coach our national team. The great thing that I was doing with China was that same kind of deal, you're working with those guys and you're teaching so it's kind of neat, but I'm worried about beating Winthrop, you guys are worried about the Dominican Republic. Again, with (current UK assistant coach) Orlando (Antigua) on the staff, I coached a kid, Rigoberto Nunez, who was Dominican, you can see where that stuff got started, but it's not."

On the adjustment to defense at the college level and how a player can earn time on the court because of their defense...
"Well that's how they stay on the floor. Now I want you to understand, if a guy comes down and he'll rebound, and he'll stop, and he'll help his teammates, and he's talking, they're not going to score that many baskets. So even if we don't score it's even. I can leave him on the floor. But the minute he walks in and he doesn't rotate and they get a free layup, and then he gets a ball jerked from him - and it's anybody, not just Stacey (Poole) - and they make another basket, it's one that we didn't get and they got. That's a four-point swing. You do that once or twice and all of a sudden you're an eight-point negative. You cannot be on the floor, freshman, senior, sophomore, you can't be out there. And so, `Wow I made a basket.' OK, that's two points for us, eight (points) against us. We're losing, so you can't be out there. That's what you're trying to tell them. Part of that is a will to win. Part of that is understanding that every possession is important, and most freshmen don't know it. What I'm happy about is we have three other freshmen who are slowly coming through. You may say well they're playing a lot more. Yeah, they deserve to be too. So now what happens is, just like in life, you get your opportunity, are you ready for it? If you're not ready for it you cannot blame anybody but yourself. Are you ready for your chance to play? I told Jon Hood and Stacey Poole yesterday, `We need you on this team and we need you to perform.' Why? There may be foul trouble. Someone may get hurt and you're going to be thrust into the position. Are you ready? Or are you just going to grab balls as you're falling down and throw them at the basket? You can't do that. I can't leave you on the floor. I think you hold the bar high and tell them exactly what they have to do and they either do it or don't do it. I mean, it's in their hands. The one thing with the way we play is we've always been a defensive oriented team. So is this team. We've been a team that gives you space offensively to do what you can do. Now, you try and do stuff you can't do, you can't be out there. Those are all things they've got to learn as they go. I'm still telling you Stacey and Jon will play a part in this season. They have to get themselves ready. I said this, `You know we're trying to condition a couple other guys other than just Josh (Harrellson), why aren't you two out early? You two tell me you want to play, why aren't you out here early? Why aren't you conditioning? Why aren't you weight training? You want me to give you a spot.' It's the same with Eloy (Vargas). `Eloy, have you not watched what Josh did? Now why wouldn't you chase that and do the same?' Because he's capable. Josh is like the success story, early season. Early season, but he's been the success story. And again, I told those guys he's changed his habits which may end up changing his life. It's a crazy statement but that's the truth."

On what he is seeing and what he wants to see from freshman forward Terrence Jones in the hours leading up to a game...
"He's got to figure that out. They said to Michael Jordan - who gets chased every game when he played, he was the target, everybody that went against him was going to give their best, everybody was going to get a good night's sleep and be ready to go, and they were going to go try and make their name at his expense, every night, 82 nights, every season if he was on that basketball floor, forget late career, same - they said to him, `What do you do to get yourself ready?' He said, `I do something different every week. I do something different. One game I'll think about my own children, and for that week that's what it's about, my children. There will be another game, I'll go into the arena next week and I'll pick out a young man in the stands and say I'm playing for him, that's who I'm playing for, and every game I'm playing for him. One week I was thinking about my dad, and the whole week that's all I thought about, was getting ready and playing for my dad.' Well, what he has to learn as a young player is this isn't AAU, there's not another game at 3. There's not another game at 7. We're not going to McDonald's to get a burger and jag around and don't worry about warming up, just go play, and if you don't play well in the first half - well, he's got to learn. And that's what I said. The loss at North Carolina, if he learned a lesson it was worth losing that game because it will carry over for us later in the season. The same thing in this last game in the second half, if he learned he didn't get ready to play - I went right at him. I'm trying to prove a point. I'm going right at him, I got young guys. The same with Brandon (Knight) where I'm talking about leading. You can see him now - you can't come in as a freshman and say, `I'm going to lead this team.' You haven't done anything yet, you can't do it. You have to work your way into it. I kind of like the fact when I'm watching the Miami Heat that that's what LeBron (James) did. Early he deferred, but you see as they went on and on he grabbed the mantle and will lead now and it will make a difference in their team. There's no disrespect for Dwyane (Wade) or anybody else. It's just that that's what he does best, and on our team it's going to be Brandon and you're seeing it slowly, he's starting to lead. He's starting to talk, he's starting to run, he's coming over to me. He's not mad at himself and worried about missing a shot because it's not about him, it's about our team. He had to learn that. Doron (Lamb) had to learn how to play with his motor running. This is what we do. It's what coaching is about. I'm trying to get these guys to learn and understand.

On Winthrop...
"(They're a) good team. It was a 10-point game with Dayton last night. They beat Wake Forest by 20. They beat Jacksonville, good. Who did Jacksonville just beat? Florida. Yeah they beat them good. They play, they run good stuff, they're physical, they play some zone, and they'll press us a little bit. This is a step up for us and we better be ready. It's a scary game because we're going home for Christmas. And don't think everyone in that locker room, managers, players, coaches, is not thinking, `What time does this game end?' It's just how it is. It's just what we have to deal with."

Bellarmine No. 1, Kentucky Wesleyan No. 10 in DII Poll


The Bellarmine Knights (7-0) holds on to the top spot and Kentucky Wesleyan (7-1) moves up to No. 10 in this week's NABC Division II Coaches Poll.

Northern Kentucky received two votes.

NABC/Division II Coaches Poll (December 21, 2010 – Poll #5)

Record Points Pvs
1. Bellarmine, Ky. (7 first place votes) 8-0 199 1
2. Findlay, Ohio 10-0 189 2
3. West Liberty, W.Va. (1 first place vote) 9-0 188 3
4. Alabama-Huntsville 11-1 170 6
5. Augusta State, Ga. 9-0 165 8
6. Fort Hays State, Kan. 10-1 158 9
7. Hillsdale, Mich. 11-0 152 10
8. Grand Valley State, Mich. 9-1 138 11
9. Montevallo, Ala. 7-1 130 12
10. Kentucky Wesleyan 7-1 117 14
11. Central Washington 9-1 112 5 12. Southern Indiana 7-1 96 16 13. South Carolina Aiken 7-2 87 4 14. Incarnate Word, Texas 10-0 86 21 15. Cal State-Dominguez Hills 7-1 76 17 16. Minnesota State 9-1 74 22 17. Lincoln Memorial, Tenn. 9-0 72 19 18. Indiana, Pa. 6-2 71 18 19. Missouri Southern 9-0 62 25 20. Winona State, Minn. 7-2 52 7 21. Midwestern State, Texas 7-1 44 24 22. Central Oklahoma 10-2 32 13 23. Christian Brothers, Tenn. 10-2 28 NR 24. (tie) Bentley, Mass. 8-2 17 NR 24. (tie) Eckerd, Fla. 10-1 17 NR

Others receiving votes: Merrimack (Mass.) 12, Saint Anselm (N.H.) 10, Clarion (Pa.) 8, Shaw (N.C.) 6, Tampa (Fla.) 6, West Texas A&M 5, Colorado School of Mines 4, Drury (Mo.) 4, Rollins (Fla.) 3, Valdosta State (Ga.) 3, Cal Poly Pomona 2, Harding (Ark.) 2, Northern Kentucky 2, American International (Mass.) 1.

Daniel Orton Will Likely Require Arthroscopic Surgery


Daniel Orton revealed to the Orlando Sentinel today that he will likely have arthroscopic surgery on his left knee within the next week to repair cartilage damage.

Here is an excerpt:

Orton told the Orlando Sentinel before Tuesday’s game against the Dallas Mavericks that he likely will have arthroscopic surgery on his left knee within the next week to repair cartilage damage.

Orton, who injured the knee twice in high school and suffered a minor injury during a recent NBA Development League stint, said he’s been told he’ll likely be out until the all-star break in mid-February.

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Tayshaun Prince Just Misses Triple-Double and Other NBA Notes


NBA Recap - December 19-20, 2010:

December 19

- Rajon Rondo (Kentucky) DNP ankle injury

- Derrick Caracter (Louisville/UTEP) DNP placed on inactive list

- Tayshaun Prince (Kentucky) led his team with 28 points in Detroit's 111-108 win over New Orleans. Prince was 12-16 from the field and 1-2 from long range. He also had 12 rebounds, 8 assists and 2 blocks.

- Chuck Hayes (Kentucky) had 6 points, 11 rebounds and 3 assists in Houston's 102-93 victory over Sacramento.

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

- Terrence Williams (Louisville) DNP coach's decision

- Patrick Patterson (Kentucky) DNP coach's decision

- DeMarcus Cousins (Kentucky) had 19 points and 8 rebounds for Sacramento.

December 20

- Earl Clark (Louisville) DNP coach's decision

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

- Samardo Samuels (Louisville) did not score in 1 minute of Cleveland's 101-90 loss to Utah.

- Nazr Mohammed (Kentucky) started but only played 10 minutes of Charlotte's 108-75 loss to Washington. He had 4 points and no rebounds.

- John Wall (Kentucky) DNP knee injury

- Jamaal Magloire (Kentucky) DNP coach's decision

- Chuck Hayes (Kentucky) had 12 points and 10 rebounds in Houston's 121-112 win over Golden State.

- Courtney Lee (Western Kentucky) came off the Rockets' bench to scored 6 points and pull down 3 rebounds.

- Terrence Williams (Louisville) DNP coach's decision

- Patrick Patterson (Kentucky) DNP coach's decision

- Eric Bledsoe (Kentucky) played 20 minutes off the Clippers' bench in a 113-90 victory over Minnesota. Bledsoe had 3 points and 6 rebounds.

Andy Katz Picks WKU to Upset Louisville


Andy Katz of ESPN.com picks Western Kentucky over Louisville in his "upset pick of the week."

Katz says:

Upset pick of the week

Western Kentucky over Louisville: The Hilltoppers haven't shown a shred of consistency this season. Western played poorly in Puerto Rico, getting just one win in the three games and that was by two over Hofstra. WKU played its best game against South Carolina, losing in double overtime. The Hilltoppers also lost by 20 to Vanderbilt and by 16 to Memphis. Losing by nine at Murray State on Saturday wasn't a shock, either. So is it a bit loony to predict a win over Louisville? Well, the Cardinals will be playing their first game outside the new KFC Yum! Center and Western Kentucky has the talent to compete, run and deal with anything the Cards dish out. Of course that means Steffphon Pettigrew, Sergio Kerusch and Juan Pattillo must play up to their potential, can't make foolish plays and must stay within their limitations.

-- Andy Katz

Source

Rajon Rondo Adds a New Toy to His Home

Boston Celtics point guard Rajon Rondo has added the arcade game H2Overdrive to his home. Rondo is currently out of action with an injured ankle, although he noted on Twitter over the weekend that his recovery is going well.

Rondo will likely miss another week with the injury.

He posted a picture of him playing his new toy last night:

Rick Pitino Talks to the Media; Elisha Justice Out at WKU



Rick Pitino spoke to the media today about the game at Western Kentucky. He confirmed that freshman Elisha Justice will miss the game with a concussion. Pitino also addressed his comments about concussions, saying that he was joking.

Louisville head coach Rick Pitino discusses the upcoming Western Kentucky game:
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Campbellsville's Savage Named MSC Player of the Week


Campbellsville University's Shawn Savage has been named Mid-South Conference men's basketball player of the week.

Here is the release from the MSC:

LOUISVILLE, Ky. -- Campbellsville University's Shawn Savage is the Mid-South Conference Men's Basketball Player of the Week, conference officials announced on Monday.

The weekly conference award is Savage's first this season and the second of his career. Savage also earned the honor on Jan. 5, 2009.

Savage averaged 20 points and 2.5 assists per game last week while leading the Tigers to a pair of road wins within the Mid-South.

The Bowling Green, Ky., senior guard scored 14 points on five for 10 shooting -- including 4-of-8 from three-point range -- in Campbellsville's 66-54 win at University of Rio Grande on Thursday. Savage concluded the week with a season-high 26 points in the Tigers' 95-55 win at West Virginia University Tech on Saturday.

In the West Virginia Tech win, Savage connected on six of his nine three-point attempts to conclude the week shooting 58.8 percent (10-of-17) from deep. Savage shot 62.5 percent (15-of-24) overall from the field last week.

Savage leads the Tigers and is 11th in the Mid-South averaging 13.6 points per game. His 45 three-pointers lead the MSC and are second in the NAIA.

With its two conference wins last week, Campbellsville moves into a tie for second place in the MSC with a 3-1 league record -- one game behind Georgetown College. Campbellsville is 9-4 overall.

The Tigers return to action at 7 p.m. ET on Monday, Jan. 3, as they host No. 16-ranked Union (Tenn.) University. Campbellsville returns to conference play on Thursday, Jan. 6 against Pikeville College and on Saturday, Jan. 8 against University of Virginia's College at Wise in Campbellsville.

The next men's basketball player of the week award is scheduled to be announced on Monday, Jan. 3.

Thomas More's Aaron Miller Named PAC Player of the Week


(WEXFORD, Pa.) - Thomas More College senior shooting guard Aaron Miller (Lexington, Ky./Henry Clay) was named the Presidents' Athletic Conference (PAC) Player of the Week today (Monday, December 20, 2010) by the Conference office.

Miller posted 21 points, 14 rebounds and six steals to lead the Saints to a 67-54 nonconference win over Ohio Athletic Conference (OAC) power Capital University in Thomas More's only action last week. It was his second double-double in points and rebounds this seaon, while the win avenged an overtime loss for the Thomas More versus Capital in the opening round of the 2008 NCAA Division III Tournament.

Miller and the rest of the Saints return to action tonight when they play NCAA Division I member Coastal Carolina University at 7 p.m. in Conway, South Carolina.

Source: TMC

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