Saturday, December 31, 2011

Photos: Centre College vs. Cabrini College

Here are a few pictures from Centre College's win over Cabrini College:

* Photos by Alexis Wireman

Centre College Upsets No. 10 Cabrini in Overtime Thriller

Centre College 69
(10) Cabrini College 67 F/OT

Final from Danville, Kentucky

Game recap by Centre:

Senior forward Greg Ross (Cincinnati, Ohio) hit a pair of free throws with 0.3 seconds left in overtime to give the Centre College men's basketball team a 69-67 win over #10 Cabrini College in the championship game of the Papa John's/Country Hearth Inn Tournament Friday, Jan. 30 in Danville, Ky.

With the win, the Colonels have now won four straight and improve to 8-3 overall, while the Cavaliers suffer their first loss of the year and fall to 9-1 overall.

Cabrini raced out to a 10-0 lead in the first 2:32 of the game, but Centre answered with 10 straight points to tie the game at 10-10.

The Cavaliers then went on a 17-6 run to take a 27-16 lead with 6:22 left in the opening period. Senior guard Jeff Mullaney (Louisville, Ky.) hit a lay-up to cut the lead to nine and then hit a pair of free throws to make it a seven-point game. His second free throw gave him 1,000 career points, making him the 28th player in Centre men's basketball history to reach that milestone.

The Colonels scored six of the last 10 points of the half on two three-point baskets by sophomore guard Collin Lopez(Louisville, Ky.), including one at the buzzer to cut the Cabrini lead to 31-26 at the intermission.

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Centre used a "Christian Laettner" play to get the game to overtime:

Complete Centre highlights:

Morehead State Defeats Peay in Nationally Televised Game

Morehead State 68
Austin Peay 64

Final from Morehead, Kentucky

Game recap by MSU:

MOREHEAD, Ky. -- Senior Terrance Hill led a balanced scoring attack with 15 points and the Morehead State men’s basketball team used a 27-12 advantage off the bench to register a 68-64 victory over Austin Peay in a New Year’s Eve matinee at Johnson Arena.

The Eagles improve to 7-8 overall and 1-1 in the Ohio Valley Conference, while the OVC preseason favorite Governors slip to 3-12 on the season and 0-2 in league action.

Hill scored Morehead State’s first seven points as the home team raced out to a 14-5 lead at the 13:48 mark of the first half. He finished the contest 7-of-8 from the free-throw line, in addition to adding five rebounds, two assists and two steals.

Junior Kahlil Owens tallied 11 points and eight rebounds off the bench for the Eagles, while senior Ty Proffitt added 10 points, four boards and three assists.

Senior Lamont Austin chipped in with nine points and a game-high five assists for MSU, while sophomore Drew Kelly yanked down eight boards.

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NOTE: MSU senior Terrance Hill, the team's leading scorer, left the game in the closing minutes with an apparent knee injury. I've been told that he'll undergo an MRI tomorrow to determine the extent of the injury.

FIU Blasts Western Kentucky in Sun Belt Action

Florida International 81
Western Kentucky 63

Final from Bowling Green, Kentucky

Game recap by WKU:

BOWLING GREEN, Ky. — FIU guards Jeremy Allen and Phil Taylor combined to score 31 points in the second half, helping the Panthers to a 81-63 win over WKU Saturday afternoon to snap a six-game Hilltopper winning streak in the series between the Sun Belt Conference East Division foes. The loss is WKU's fourth in the last five games, and the Hilltoppers are now 5-10 on the season and 1-1 in conference play. FIU improves to 4-10 and 1-1 in the league.

Derrick Gordon and Kahlil McDonald each had 11 points to pace WKU, and Jamal Crook added 10. Nigel Snipes had nine and eight rebounds off the bench to go along with two assists. Allen and Taylor were the game's high scorers at 22 and 20 points, respectively, and Dominique Ferguson had 15 points, seven rebounds and three blocks. FIU shot 56.5 percent from the field in the second half and capitalized off 17 Hilltopper turnovers to the tune of 13 points.

The Panthers made 33 of 39 free throws in the game (.846), including 25 of 29 in the second half alone, to help seal the victory down the stretch. The Hilltoppers were 18-for-21 from the charity stripe and 7-for-25 from three-point range.

WKU led by as many as five points in the first half at 16-11 after Vinny Zollo connected on a three-pointer, but FIU went on a 9-0 run over the next few minutes to take a 20-16 lead. A back-and-forth final five minutes of the half ensued, with FIU taking a 27-25 lead into the halftime locker room.

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Michael Kidd-Gilchrist Named MVP of UK/UofL Game

The Bluegrass Sports Commission named Kentucky's Michael Kidd-Gilchrist the Most Valuable Player of today's UK vs. Louisville game.

Here is the release from the BSC:


LEXINGTON – The Bluegrass Sports Commission (BSC) today named Kentucky’s Michael Kidd-Gilchrist the Most Valuable Player of today’s men’s basketball game between the University of Kentucky and the University of Louisville. The Wildcats won the game 69-62.

Kidd-Gilchrist, a freshman, had 24 points and 19 rebounds in leading his team to victory in one of college basketball’s biggest rivalries.

"We are proud to present this award to Michael Kidd-Gilchrist," said BSC Executive Director Terry Johnson. “In a very intense rivalry game, Michael stood out with an incredible all-around effort.”

Kidd-Gilchrist will receive a trophy in recognition of his achievement. The award was given to former UK forward and current New York Knick Josh Harrellson in 2010.

The Bluegrass Sports Commission Governed by a board of directors, the Bluegrass Sports Commission (BSC) is an independent, non-profit 501c3 responsible for recruiting, growing, executing and attracting sporting events of all sizes and types that serve the Central Kentucky by increasing economic activity and/or improving the quality of life for its citizens.

2013 Star Kasey Hill: "I am a GATOR!!!!"

Kasey Hill, a 6-1 point guard from Montverde Academy, has committed to the University of Florida.

Hill, who ranks No. 27 overall on the list for 2013, posted on Twitter earlier:

KjHill11 I am a GATOR!!!!

Hill also had offers from Kentucky, Louisville, Kansas and Florida State according to

John Calipari Discusses Win, Kidd-Gilchrist and More

University of Kentucky head coach John Calipari addresses the media after his team's 69-62 victory over Louisville (video by uksportsinfo on YouTube):

Transcript from UK:

THE MODERATOR: Questions for Coach Calipari.

Q. We talked about Michael (Kidd-Gilchrist) and grit. How much was this game well-suited for that kind of player?
COACH CALIPARI: Yeah, he wasn't bothered as much as some of the other players by the physical play. He almost relished it and just went after it, and that's why he played the way he did.

I just wish Anthony Davis hadn't gotten that second foul in that first half because I would have liked to see him play more. He was too valuable to the team to go back to him.

Michael, those two just stepped on the gas.

Q. Did you expect this to be a game with so many fouls called?
COACH CALIPARI: Oh, yeah. I would hope they would be called. We were both fouling and trying to protect each other, I guess. But yeah.

Q. On Terrence Jones …
COACH CALIPARI: I didn't really hear that. I heard 'Terrence'.

Terrence (Jones) took strides to come back. He was one-for-nine and missed seven one-foot shots. What he needed to do was try to dunk each one of those. And he's just not all the way back yet. Try to dunk every one of them. Why are you doing that? Just go up and dunk that. He's not there yet.

I think within the next week and a half, he'll be fine. He went in there, got 11 rebounds. He made strides there. He battled and Murray did what we needed him to do. He's not all the way back, but that's okay.

Doron (Lamb) and he didn't play particularly well. Doron didn't play particularly well at all. Terrence offensively didn't play particularly well. We still won. Figure that.

Q. You've been talking about your guys' toughness. What did they show you today?
COACH CALIPARI: It was a grittiness. Of all the foul trouble in the first half, the foul trouble really throughout the game and playing guys, I even went with Twany (Beckham), who I barely played, I thought Kyle Wiltjer was not afraid to play, went out there and did some good stuff.

With bad lineups, no point guard, we figured out how to win. They are a top-five team. They're a top-five team. We had lineups we've never even put on the floor in practice together and we're trying to make it.

They make the game when they start playing that zone. I thought they'd play some man. But when they started to play zone, the way we were playing offensively, I would have pressed us like he did, try to get layups, hope that we were missing shots.

Again, you have to understand I love this. You shoot 29% from the floor and you win. Let me make that statement again. You shoot 29% from the floor and you win. That's a good day.

Q. How big was Anthony (Davis) in terms of guarding the basket? Louisville seemed to be driving to the basket.
COACH CALIPARI: I told them at halftime that. I said, ‘Look, they're getting layups right now because he's not in the game. When I put him back in at the start of the second half, you'll see what he does for you guys.’ I think he got three or four blocks right away.

Q. A little bit on Michael (Kidd-Gilchrist). Do you think maybe the Breakfast Club, the leadership thing, all that stuff, he was the leader there today?
COACH CALIPARI: Yeah. We had one guy that stopped about a week and a half ago and it showed today how he played. The guys that continue to do those extra things, the extra work, it's amazing. You get what you deserve in life and basketball. You do.

You want to spend the extra time, do more, get out and do extra things, it's going to start showing. Where it affects (you) most is your own head. You know you deserve to play well. Something is going to happen good for you. Those guys do that.

So, you know, he was vicious today. He was vicious.

Q. On the team’s free-throw shooting …
COACH CALIPARI: I thought we could have had more (free-throw attempts) (laughter).

You wonder why we're shooting free throws better. For every free throw we miss, we have to have a 33-second run. So that's nine 33-second runs they're going to have to get in before our next game. So I'm just challenging them that way. So they'll come in and practice because they don't want to run.

But Anthony Davis, it was great to see him. If you were him, wouldn't you ball fake, step through, ball fake, just get fouled? Why even shoot the ball? Get fouled. It was good to see him make his.

Michael (Kidd-Gilchrist) missed a bunch, which he normally doesn't do. He missed five of them. I may cut a couple of those out because he played so hard.

Q. Cal, you said not everybody handled it as well as Michael (Kidd-Gilchrist). You've harped so much on the toughness aspect of your team. Was today helpful in that?
COACH CALIPARI: It was good to play a game. Two reasons. One, they were going to press us. What happened is, Marquis (Teague) is getting better, but he's still not my point guard yet. What I'm saying, there were things we were supposed to do that he just chose not to do in this game. In most cases he lost the ball or turned it over, looked around.

Again, it was more about the execution of how we play. But you got to give Louisville credit. They didn't go away. They weren't intimidated by Rupp Arena. Those guys, they got good players. I think that the foul trouble affected them, too. I think, again, they're deserving of their ranking.

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Rick Pitino Talks About Loss to Kentucky

Here is a transcript of Rick Pitino's postgame comments following Louisville's loss to Kentucky:

Opening statement …

“I think the turning point for us was Gorgui (Dieng) leaving the game. We just broke down and he is the guy we have to have on the court at all times. I’ve coached a lot of teams that have given great effort but I have never coached a team that is willing to give the effort that this team gives. Unfortunately there are no moral victories. We struggled shooting the basketball tonight; we forced a lot of turnovers tonight but didn’t make them pay. We didn’t do a good job on the backboard with Gorgui out of the game. Gorgui is one thing and then you are playing two six-foot guards and that doesn’t help rebounding. Kyle didn’t rebound so we were really overmatched rebounding tonight. If we can somehow get our execution to match our effort then we’ll have an outstanding ball club. I’m real proud of our guys, I’ve never coached a group that has this much will to win but we’ve got to start shooting the ball better because if you work that hard and get nothing out of it then it’s really frustrating.”

On coming back from an early deficit…

“I don’t know every team in the country but I don’t think any team comes back like we do because, again, that’s just incredible will power and effort. The good thing is we are getting more bodies back so we won’t have to worry about foul trouble as much. We’re always going to make comebacks, we did the other night. You can’t always come back and win. This was a very good basketball team, we fought them hard but they were better than us.”

On Russ Smith…

“He’s impressive doing things with the ball. He’s got to go in there and hit somebody, he’s staying out on the perimeter and we’re in a fight five versus four. We’re getting the hell beat out of us and we just need another guy to come in and hit somebody.”

On the remainder of the game after being tied 40-40…

“Having Gorgui not in the game hurts us because we are playing a guy coming off an ACL injury. Chane (Behanan) is a great guy; he made a big mistake in that game because he probably didn’t realize that a technical foul also counts as a personal foul. We did a good job but they are a really good basketball team. We didn’t mind fouling (Anthony) Davis, it looked like he was a shaky free throw shooter and suddenly looked like Jerry West out there, I don’t know what happened there. They have a really nice basketball team, they play together and are really tough to guard, they will go a long way this year.”

On the tight referee calling in the rivalry…

“This is a good rivalry; we only had one incident a couple years ago. It’s always been a good rivalry, it’s respect, the two teams play hard. Tonight it wasn’t good offense, it was hard-nose defense but nobody is fighting or trash talking. It’s two teams that have respect for the other team’s ability and it’s a good rivalry, it’s like North Carolina-Duke, two good teams that battle it out.”

On losing two games in a row…

“We are going to fight this year to make the tournament and for a good seed. We have to play Kentucky on the road, St. John’s, Seton Hall, West Virginia, Pitt, Syracuse, Marquette, it just worked that way, I don’t know why it but it just did. All of the great teams in our conference we have to play on the road and then you throw one of the premier teams in the country, Kentucky, on the road but I feel good because these guys are going to fight ‘til the finish.”

On early foul trouble…

“I’m sure they had some fouls called on them that weren’t warranted too. It’s just that the two teams play really hard and physical and they call it.”

Kidd-Gilchrist Leads Kentucky Past Louisville in Rivalry Battle

(3) Kentucky 69
(4) Louisville 62

Final from Lexington, Kentucky

Freshman Michael Kidd-Gilchrist had arguably the best game of his young college career as he led No. 3 Kentucky past No. 4 Louisville 69-62 on Saturday afternoon at Rupp Arena.

Kidd-Gilchrist had 24 points and a game-high 19 rebounds to lead the way for Kentucky (13-1).

Freshman Anthony Davis added 18 points, 10 boards, 6 blocked shots and 3 steals for the Wildcats. Doron Lamb chipped in 10 points, but was a cold 1-7 from the field.

Terrence Jones continued his offensive struggles for UK as he was just 1-9 from the field for 4 points. He did pull down 11 rebounds.

Louisville (12-2) was led by a game-high 30 points from Rush Smith. Smith was 10-20 from the field, including 3-8 from long range. Peyton Siva contributed 8 points and 4 assists.

Kentucky picked up the win despite shooting just 17-57 (29.8%) from the field and committing 21 turnovers. The Cats were a paltry 3-16 (18.8%) from long range.

The Cards didn't shoot much better, going 20-62 (32.3%) from the field. Starters Chris Smith and Siva combined to shoot 4-23 during the game.

UK returns to action Tuesday night when they play Arkansas-Little Rock in Louisville. The Cards travel to St. John's Tuesday night for a Big East Conference battle.

Some thoughts:

- The officials absolutely destroyed any potential for this to be a good basketball game. They called 52 fouls during the game and were not consistent in any way. That's just terrible.

- The fouls along with terrible field goal shooting and 35 turnovers made for a very ugly game.

- Louisville hit back-to-back three-pointers in the final seconds to cover the spread and make the score a little more respectable. UK led by 13 with just over 10 seconds remaining.

- Michael Kidd-Gilchrist was the man today. No question, he was the difference-maker.

- Rick Pitino refused to take the podium for a postgame press conference. Instead, he spoke to limited media in the hallway.

- Chane Behanan, who predicted an undefeated season for the Cards, struggled mightily today. He picked up 3 fouls early following a dumb technical foul and was essentially a non-factor, scoring just 4 points in 15 minutes. He then told the media after the game that he felt Louisville should've won the game.

- The stars were out for the game; Ashley Judd and Jay-Z were sitting courtside.

Davis: Kentucky is Headed for a Comedown in 2012-13

Seth Davis of Sports Illustrated says Kentucky is headed for a comedown in 2012-13.

Here is an excerpt:

8. Kentucky is headed for a comedown. Coach John Calipari has had extraordinary success during his first three years in Lexington, primarily because of his ability to recruit so many top-flight players. He will have another really good class next year, but it won't of the same caliber of his first three. Plus, Calipari will once again lose a bunch of underclassmen to the NBA draft. Kentucky will still be good, but it will be the worst team Calipari has had since he came there from Memphis.

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My Thoughts: Let's wait until the recruiting class is wrapped up before we predict the future. Keep in mind, Shabazz Muhammad, the top player in the 2012 class, is still on the board and Kentucky has a great chance at landing him.

Campbellsville Escapes IU Northwest with Win

(25) Campbellsville University 64
Indiana University Northwest 61

Final from Gary, Indiana

Game recap by CU:

GARY, Ind. -- Campbellsville University, ranked No. 25 in the NAIA, survived a road trip to Indiana University Northwest with a 64-61 victory Friday after leading by 18 in the second half.

The Tigers led 48-30 with 14 minutes left in the game, before the IUNW Redhawks began their slow and steady comeback. Nearly 10 minutes after the Tigers' claimed their largest lead of the night, the Redhawks dropped the margin to single-digits, 59-51 with 4:41 to play.

Sam Bellamy pulled IU Northwest within three points, 62-59, with an offensive put back with a minute left. Malik Thomas answered with a second-chance basket for the Tigers to give Campbellsville insurance, as CU allowed only two more points down the stretch by IUNW's Don Davenport.

CU trailed the first 12 1/2 minutes of the game before Jonas Bohm tied it, 20-20, with a free throw. The German senior followed with the Tigers' go-ahead basket, 22-20. The RedHawks quickly evened the score at 22 apiece but never regained the lead.

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Louisville Players Talk About Playing Kentucky

Louisville's Chane Behanan and Peyton Siva talk to the media about today's game against No. 3 Kentucky (videos by hsreplays on YouTube):

Friday, December 30, 2011

Kentucky vs. Louisville Documentary: The Rivalry, Episode 3

Here is The Rivalry: Episode 3, a documentary about the Kentucky and Louisville rivalry.

Description: the final episode before the epic game at Rupp Arena. For the first time in history, both Louisville and Kentucky are ranked in the Top 5. Enjoy Episode Three of The Rivalry, Follow Adam Lefkoe on Twitter for more updates: @AdamLefkoe

Kentucky Wesleyan Takes Care of Lindsey Wilson College

(4) Kentucky Wesleyan 79
Linsey Wilson College 61

Final from Owensboro, Kentucky

Game recap by KWC:

Anthony Young scored a game-high 23 points plus grabbed 13 rebounds to lead No. 4 Kentucky Wesleyan to a perfect 10-0 record as they defeated No. 18 Lindsey Wilson 79-61 on Friday night at the Sportscenter.

Also scoring in double-figures were Cardell McFarland with 17, Marseilles Stewart added 12 and Brandon Johnson had 10. Dominique Dawson collected a game-high 14 rebounds.

The Panthers host Drury on Thursday at 7:30.

Northern Kentucky Hammers Shepherd, Now 10-0

(13) Northern Kentucky 84
Shepherd (WV) 57

Final from Highland Heights, Kentucky

Game recap by NKU:

HIGHLAND HEIGHTS, Ky. – The winning streak has reached a perfect 10 for Northern Kentucky University.

Jon Van Hoose and Stretch Watson each scored 18 points as No. 13 NKU coasted to an 84-57 victory against visiting Shepherd (W.Va.) on Friday. Van Hoose drained six 3-pointers and dished out five assists for the unbeaten Norse (10-0), who were 14-for-23 (60.9 percent) from behind the arc.

The 10-0 start is NKU's best since the 2002-03 season, when the Norse also began 10-0. The best start in NKU history is 13-0, set during the 2000-01 campaign. The longest winning streak in Norse history is 16, set during the 1994-95 campaign.

Van Hoose made four treys during the first half as NKU built a 39-24 lead at the break. The Norse were 9-for-15 from 3-point range in the opening 20 minutes. Eshaunte Jones added eight points off the bench before halftime and finished with 11 points.

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Murray State Toys With Eastern Illinois in First OVC Road Game

(20) Murray State 73
Eastern Illinois 40

Final from Charleston, Illinois

Game recap by MSU:

#20/21 Murray State scored its first road conference win of the season Thursday night, defeating Eastern Illinois 73-40 at Lantz Arena in Charleston, Ill.

Stacy Wilson came off the bench for the Racers to lead the team with 16 points, including a team-best four 3-pointers.

Leading 9-8 with 15:28 remaining in the first half, the Racers went on a 14-0 run over the next six and a half minutes. MSU made its first four 3-point attempts of the game and proceeded to keep building its lead in the remainder of the period to take a 41-21 advantage.

Jewuan Long added 14 points for Murray State (14-0, 2-0 OVC) on a perfect 6-6 shooting night from the field.

Ed Daniel and Brandon Garrett each recorded three blocks as MSU blocked 10 total Eastern Illinois attempts.

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Mayor Jim Gray Gives 7 Points on Kentucky vs. Louisville Bet

Lexington Mayor Jim Gray has given Louisville Mayor Greg Fischer 7 points in a bet on tomorrow's game.

The losing mayor must display the other team's memorabilia in the office area.

Jerry Tipton had the report on Twitter:

Kentucky Favored by 12.5 Points Over Louisville

No. 3 Kentucky is favored by 12.5 points over No. 4 Louisville in tomorrow's rivalry game at Rupp Arena.

My first thought on the line is that it's a little too high. I was expecting something a little closer to 8.5 points.

Why Kentucky will cover:

- Kentucky has enough talent to win the game by 20+ points

- The game is in the friendly confines of Rupp Arena and Louisville isn't exactly road tested at this point

- Louisville is coming off a tough loss to No. 12 Georgetown; can they recover and refocus?

Why Louisville can keep it close or pull the upset:

- Get hot from long range and hurt Kentucky from three-point land

- It's a rivalry game; how will Kentucky's freshmen deal with the heat and the expectations?

- Kentucky gets into early foul trouble and/or plays extended periods of time without Anthony Davis

- Kentucky's shots aren't falling

- Let's face it, UK is playing good basketball but they aren't approaching greatness...not yet anyways

Factors that can go either way:

- Which Marquis Teague shows up for Kentucky?

- On the same token, which Terrence Jones shows up?

- Will the Rupp Arena faithful create a hostile environment or will they settle for just watching the game?

My prediction: I'll go with Kentucky 83 Louisville 74

My advice: If you're a hardcore gambler who lays down serious money, stay away from this one. Keep in mind, Kentucky is 1-8 against the spread lately.

If you're an amateur gambler who wants to put $20 on the game just to make things interesting, go with Kentucky.

Thomas More Falls Just Short of No. 7 Williams College

(7) Williams College 66
Thomas More College 64

Final from Crestview Hills, Kentucky

Game recap by TMC:

(CRESTVIEW HILLS, Ky.) - The Thomas More College men's basketball team's upset bid falls short as it fell, 66-64, to No. 7-ranked Williams College tonight (Thursday, December 29, 2011) in the championship game of the Coach Connor Classic at the Connor Convocation Center in Crestview Hills, Kentucky.

With the loss, the Saints fall to 8-4 and with the win, the Ephs improve to 10-1.

Thomas More jumped out to a 10-5 lead with 17:12 to play in the first half when senior center Colt Stafford (Groveport, Ohio/Bishop Hartley) made a lay-up. Williams answered with a 26-10 run capped by a lay-up by Michael Mayer to take a 31-20 lead with 5:13 to play in the opening half. The Saints responded with a 10-1 run to cut the lead to 32-30 when Stafford made on-of-two free-throws with 41-seconds to play in the first half. Mayer made a lay-up with 15-seconds to play in the half to extend the Ephs' lead to 34-30 at halftime.

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Friends of Coal--Kentucky to be Signature Sponsor for Game Between Kentucky and Louisville

The Kentucky Coal Association (KCA) has announced via press release that tomorrow's rivalry game between Kentucky and Louisville will be sponsored by the Friends of Coal--Kentucky.

Here's the release:

LEXINGTON, Ky., Dec 30, 2011 (BUSINESS WIRE) -- As part of its ongoing effort to grow support for Kentucky's coal miners, the Kentucky Coal Association (KCA) announced today that this year's men's basketball game between the University of Kentucky (UK) and the University of Louisville (U of L) will be sponsored by the Friends of Coal--Kentucky.

"Like the football game earlier this year, this rivalry game is watched closely by Kentuckians whether they wear blue or red," said Bill Bissett, President of the KCA. "As the proud representatives of Kentucky's 18,000 coal miners, it gives us a great opportunity to not only communicate with thousands of Kentuckians on how coal provides affordable electricity throughout the state and nation, but also this sponsorship is helping pay tribute to their continued dedication and hard work in supporting the Commonwealth through low-cost electricity." More than 90% of Kentucky's electricity is generated by coal.

The signature sponsorship of this game is the third of three athletic events that Friends of Coal-Kentucky has sponsored this year. Earlier this year, the Friends of Coal-Kentucky also sponsored the UK/U of L football game and Big Blue Madness. During the football game, a halftime presentation of more than $75,000 in scholarship funds was donated for Kentucky residents to attend UK's Mining Engineering Program.

To learn more about the Kentucky Friends of Coal campaign, please visit .

SOURCE: Kentucky Coal Association

Western Kentucky Opens Sun Belt Play with Road Win

Western Kentucky 76
UL-Monroe 71 F/OT

Final from Monroe, Louisiana

Game recap by WKU:

MONROE, La. — Facing a tough late-game situation, a young WKU squad proved it could handle the pressure and earned a 76-71 overtime win at ULM Thursday night in the Sun Belt Conference season opener. The win snapped a three-game losing streak and moves WKU's record to 5-9 on the season and 1-0 in conference play. ULM is now 1-13 on the year and 0-1 in Sun Belt Conference games. WKU has now won four of its last five conference openers.

George Fant and Derrick Gordon led WKU with 17 and 12 points, respectively, and Fant added nine rebounds with five coming on the offensive end. T.J. Price had seven assists, setting a season high for the Hilltoppers. Kevin Kaspar scored eight of the final 14 Hilltopper points and ended up with 11 for the game. Hugh Mingo led all scorers with 23 points on 9-of-15 shooting.

ULM outshot WKU, 46.4 percent to 41.5 percent, but the Hilltoppers had a 39-30 advantage on the boards. WKU also made 28 of 39 free throw attempts.

After falling behind by as many as 10 points at 18-8 at the 13:28 mark of the first half, the Hilltoppers used a 15-4 run to take their first lead at 23-22 about seven minutes later. Fant scored four-straight points at one point, and Vinny Zollo had two big buckets sandwiching a pair of Gordon free throws. The two teams went back-and-forth the rest of the first half, and WKU took a 34-29 lead into the halftime locker room after Fant and Gordon made six free throws down the stretch.

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2014 Star Theo Pinson Says He's Hearing from Kentucky

Theo Pinson, one of the nation's top recruits in the 2014 class, tells that he's hearing from a long list of high major schools, including Kentucky:

John Calipari Talks About Rivalry Game Against Louisville

University of Kentucky head coach John Calipari gives his pregame thoughts to the media as UK prepares to host No. 4 Louisville (video by uknationofblue on YouTube):

Eastern Kentucky Nets Big OVC Win Over Austin Peay

Eastern Kentucky 67
Austin Peay 65

Final from Richmond, Kentucky

Game recap by EKU:

RICHMOND, Ky. – Trailing by 10 points with less than five minutes to play, the Eastern Kentucky University men’s basketball team used a 17-3 run in the waning minutes of the game to secure a thrilling, come-from-behind 67-65 victory over Ohio Valley Conference foe Austin Peay Thursday night in McBrayer Arena.

After a put-back slam by junior D’Mitri Riggs gave EKU (8-6, 2-0 OVC) a 48-47 lead with 7:28 remaining in the game, APSU (3-11, 0-1 OVC) exploded on an 11-0 run to take the game’s first double-digit lead, 58-48, with 5:32 on the clock. A jumper by APSU’s John Fraley made it 60-50 with less than five minutes to play, before the Colonels amped up their defensive pressure and forced four key turnovers down the stretch, two off the hands of sophomore Jeff Johnson, to surge past the Governors late.

EKU tied the game, 63-63, on a jumper in the lane by senior Joshua Jones with 1:13 left, and then took the final lead on a pair of free throws by Jones forty seconds later. Junior Mike DiNunno converted two clutch free throws in the last 30 seconds, which made an Austin Peay put-back at the buzzer meaningless.

Senior Jaron Jones led all players in the game with 19 points, while DiNunno chipped in with 11 tallies. Jones has now scored at least 10 points in 12 straight contests. Nine Colonels scored on a balanced night for EKU.

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Transylvania Suffers First Loss of Season in Las Vegas

Gustavus Adolphus 66
Transylvania University 62

Final from Las Vegas, Nevada

Game recap by Transy

LAS VEGAS, Nev. - Gustavus Adolphus took the lead for good on a three with 54 seconds left Thursday and handed Transylvania a 66-62 loss in the Classic at the Southpoint Arena.

The Pioneers, who defeated La Verne in overtime on Wednesday, came into the contest with a 10-0 record, matching the school mark set by the 1990-01 team. They led at halftime by a 35-32 margin over a Gustavus team (6-3) that knocked Hardin-Simmons from the unbeaten ranks 24 hours earlier.

Brandon Rash had 13 points and four assists in the first half, hitting five of six from the field and both of his free throws. Ethan Spurlin added nine points and Tate Cox had five. Transy was 13 of 25 from the field, including five of seven from three point range.

Gustavus was 11 of 20 from the field and hit nine of 11 from the free throw line. Transy was four of seven from the charity stripe.

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Brandon Knight Explodes and More: NBA Recap for 12/29

Brandon Knight had his best game as a pro, Kenneth Faried made his pro debut and much more. Here's an NBA recap for the last two days:

Wednesday, December 28

Indiana 90 Toronto 85

- Jamaal Magloire (Kentucky): Did not score but had 4 rebounds off the Toronto bench.

Miami 96 Charlotte 95

Atlanta 101 Washington 83

- Shelvin Mack (Butler): Was 0-5 and did not score off the Washington bench.

- John Wall (Kentucky): Had 20 points on 6-15 shooting, 6 assists, 6 turnovers and 3 steals.

Cleveland 105 Detroit 89

- Samarado Samuels (Louisville): Was impressive off the Cleveland bench with 17 points and 4 rebounds in 25 minutes.

- Tayshaun Prince (Kentucky): Totalled 10 points and 3 rebounds for Detroit.

- Brandon Knight (Kentucky): Had his best game as a pro with 23 points on 10-13 shooting and 6 assists.

New Orleans 97 Boston 78

- Rajon Rondo (Kentucky): Had 13 points and 6 assists for Boston.

Oklahoma City 98 Memphis 95

- Nazr Mohammed (Kentucky): Had 2 points and 5 rebounds in 18 minutes of the OKC bench.

San Antonio 115 L.A. Clippers 90

- Eric Bledsoe (Kentucky): DNP Coach's Decision

Denver 117 Utah 100

- Enes Kanter (Kentucky): Finished with 4 points and 5 rebounds off the Utah bench.

- Jeremy Evans (Western Kentucky): Had 4 points in 13 minutes off the Jazz bench.

- Kenneth Faried (Morehead State): Made NBA debut off the Denver bench. Finished with 0 points, 4 rebounds and a block in 9 minutes.

Philadelphia 103 Phoenix 83

- Jodie Meeks (Kentucky): Was 5-8 from the field for 12 points in 30 minutes for the 76ers.

Golden State 92 New York 78

- Josh Harrellson (Kentucky): Did not score in 4 minutes off the Knicks' bench.

Thursday, December 29

Orlando 94 New Jersey 78

- Earl Clark (Louisville): DNP Coach's Decision

- DeAndre Liggins (Kentucky): On inactive list

- Daniel Orton (Kentucky): On inactive list

Houston 105 San Antonio 85

- Courtney Lee (Western Kentucky): Came off the Houston bench to score 9 points and pull down 3 rebounds in 22 minutes.

- Terrence Williams (Louisville): Had 6 points and 3 rebounds off the Houston bench.

- Patrick Patterson (Kentucky): On inactive list due to injury

Oklahoma City 104 Dallas 102

- Nazr Mohammed (Kentucky): Had 2 points and 1 board in 6 minutes.

Portland 111 Denver 102

- Kenneth Faried (Morehead State): DNP Coach's Decision

Chicago 108 Sacramento 98

- Chuck Hayes (Kentucky): Had 7 points, 10 rebounds and 3 assists for Sacramento.

- Francisco Garcia (Louisville): DNP Coach's Decision

- DeMarcus Cousins (Kentucky): Struggled from the field with 4-16 shooting but still finished with a double-double of 15 points and 12 rebounds. Cousins has three consecutive double-doubles to open the season.

L.A. Lakers 99 New York 82

- Josh Harrellson (Kentucky): Finished with 3 points and 3 rebounds off the New York bench. He was just 1-6 from the field.

Mark Jackson Jr. Leaves Louisville Basketball Program

Walk-on Mark Jackson Jr. has reportedly left the University of Louisville basketball program and plans to transfer to a school in California. had the report on Thursday:

Walk-on Mark Jackson Jr. has stated on Facebook that he has left the Louisville basketball team and decided to transfer to a school in California. Jackson Jr. was not with the team during last night's loss to Georgetown.

Reginald Delk Signs with Vaerlose BBK in Denmark

Former University of Louisville guard Reginald Delk has inked a contract with Vaerlose BBK in Denmark's top-level Ligaen league.

Here is more from

Vaerlose BBK added to their roster 25-year old American guard Reginald Delk (193-G-86, college: Louisville). Delk played most recently at Kentucky Bluegrass Stallions (PBL) in the U.S. While playing 16 games for Kentucky S. last season he recorded 10.9ppg, 2.1rpg and 1.2apg. He graduated from University of Louisville in 2010 and it will be his second season in pro basketball.

Idaho Stampede Waive Former UK Guard Kevin Galloway

The Idaho Stamped have signed Paul Carter and Terrico White to the active roster. To make room for the additions, the Stamped waived Willie Jenkins and former Kentucky guard Kevin Galloway.

Galloway was officially released due to "personal reasons."

In 12 games this season, Galloway averaged 4.3 points, 3.3 rebounds and 4.3 assists per game.

Thursday, December 29, 2011

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Are the Wizards Ruining John Wall's NBA Development?

Are the Washington Wizards destroying John Wall's NBA development?

It's probably too soon to give a definitive answer, but Ben Watanabe of says it's time for Wiz fans to start worrying:

History is filled with overhyped QBs who fell flat on their faces because coaches failed to groom them correctly during their formative years on the NFL. Others, given the correct system and instruction, have overcome weak throwing arms, limited mobility and reputations for poor decision making to become serviceable and even above-average professional signal callers.

Point guards aren't so different. Steve Nash spent two years backing up all-time greats Jason Kidd and Kevin Johnson in Phoenix before becoming one of the greatest point guards in NBA history. John Stockton was an undersized, shoot-first combo guard who became the best pure passing guard ever under Frank Layden and, later, Jerry Sloan. Doc Rivers helped mold Rajon Rondo from a liability into one of the biggest X-factors in the NBA.

This is why, 71 games into his pro career, it may already be time to worry about Wall.

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In the latest example of craziness in Washington, Wall actually asked head coach Flip Saunders to take one of the starters out of the game:

The Hawks scored the first 11 points of the game and led 19-4 before John Wall decided to send a charge into his team by scoring eight consecutive points for the team. But his frustration was apparent early on, as he looked at Coach Flip Saunders and shouted about one the Wizards’ starters, “Get him out of the game!”

It was hard to tell which player Wall was talking about, since Saunders could’ve decided to sit any member of the first unit in the first few minutes of the game. Blatche was in an early funk, missed his first shots, and was unable to get a decent look with Josh Smith and Marvin Williams defending. Surprisingly, Jordan Crawford was unusually passive in his first game as a visiting player in the arena he once called home. McGee missed two shots near the basket and was out of position on defense. He also wound up being the first starter to get substituted.

“You’ve got to find that chemistry. That’s the only way you’re going to win in this league, is if your starting five, or your main guys can find a chemistry and play together,” Wall said afterward. “We do it in practice, but practice don’t mean nothing if you’re going against each other. Got to do it when you’re going against other opponents.”


Steve Prohm Named Mid-Season Hugh Durham Award Winner

Murray State head coach Steve Prohm has been named the mid-season Hugh Durham Award winner by

The Hugh Durham Award recognizes the nation's top mid-major head coach in NCAA Division I men's basketball.

Here is a release from MSU:

After leading Murray State to its best start in 75 years, Murray State Head Coach Steve Prohm has been honored by with recognition as the mid-season Hugh Durham Award honoree.

The Hugh Durham award is presented annually to the top mid-major coach in NCAA D-I basketball. The award is named after Hugh Durham who was an icon in the game with coaching stops at Florida State, Georgia and Jacksonville.

The Racers are off to one of the best starts in the 87 seasons in program history at 13-0, the best start since the 1935-36 team began 16-0. MSU began a quest for its third straight Ohio Valley Conference regular season title last week with a win over UT Martin and travel to Charleston, Ill., Friday for their first league road test.

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Centre College Defeats Winless Berry College

Centre College 69
Berry College 54

Final from Danville, Kentucky

Game recap by Centre:

The Centre men's basketball team advanced to the championship game of the Papa John's/Country Hearth Inn Tournament with a 69-54 win over Berry College on Thursday in Danville, Ky.

Senior guard Jeff Mullaney (Louisville, Ky.) led all scorers with 15 points and senior forward Greg Ross (Cincinnati, Ohio) added 14 with a team-high 10 rebounds as the Colonels pulled away early in the second half.

Centre improves to 7-3 on the season with the victory while Berry remains winless at 0-10.

Though the Vikings held just one brief lead in the game at 4-2, they stayed with Centre through much of the first half. Berry trimmed the margin to three at 25-22 late in the half, but the Colonels scored the final seven points of the first half on a Bryon Ellis (Russell Springs, Ky.) 3-pointer and layups by Collin Lopez (Louisville, Ky.) and James Melloan (Louisville, Ky.).

After taking a 32-22 lead to the break, added buckets at the beginning of the second half to put the Colonels up 14. By the time Cody Marsh buried a pumper to put Berry on the board at the 16:48 mark in the second half, Centre had scored 11 straight points and held Berry scoreless for nearly seven minutes of play.

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Shabazz Muhammad Breaks Bishop Gorman Scoring Record

Kentucky recruit Shabazz Muhammad led Bishop Gorman (NV) High School to the semifinals of the Beach Ball Classic on Thursday.

Muhammad scored 22 points to lead Gorman in a 76-38 beat down of Lakota East(OH). Gorman opened the game on a crazy 32-2 run.

As for Muhammad, widely considered the best player in the 2012 recruiting class, he became the all-time leading scorer in Bishop Gorman history.

No. 18 Lindsey Wilson Hammers IU-Northwest

(18) Lindsey Wilson College 85
Indiana University Northwest 58

Final from Columbia, Kentucky

Game recap by LWC:

COLUMBIA, Ky. -- Chase Spreen scored 16 points and Milos Petrovic added 15 points and four rebounds to give Lindsey Wilson College its sixth straight win, 85-58 against Indiana University Northwest on Thursday in Biggers Sports Center.

The Blue Raiders outshot the RedHawks from the field 55.7 to 40.0 percent and controlled the rebound battle 42-28 to hold off a late IU Northwest rally.

IU Northwest outscored Lindsey Wilson 16-7 over a four-minute span in the second half to bring the deficit under 20 points, but the Blue Raiders used a pair of late threes by sophomore Chris Johnson and Tony Horne to keep the visitors at bay.

The RedHawks never led in the game and put themselves in a big hole as Lindsey Wilson went on a 13-0 run over four and a half minutes to pull ahead 34-10 with five minutes left in the first half.

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Davis, Kidd-Gilchrist on Player of the Year Watch Lists

Kentucky's Anthony Davis and Michael Kidd-Gilchrist are on top of's college basketball Freshman of the Year list this week.

Here's an excerpt:

1. Anthony Davis, Kentucky (Last Week: 1): 11.6 ppg, 10.2 rpg, 4.5 bpg, 62.6 FG%
Davis’ scoring has dipped the last few games, but he’s picked up it on the defensive end. Davis is averaging 12.8 boards and 4.8 blocks his last four.

2. Michael Kidd-Gilchrist, Kentucky (Last Week: 3): 13.5 ppg, 6.8 rpg, 54.1 FG%
He’s missed a grand total of two shots in the last two games, averaging 16.5 points, 6.5 rebounds and 4.0 assists during that span.

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Meanwhile, Davis still sits at No. 5 on the site's Player of the Year list:

5. Anthony Davis

Position: F
School: Kentucky
Class: Freshman
Ht: 6-10 Wt: 220
Comment: Davis is managing to average a double-double even though he‘s surrounded by other pros. He‘s just a unique talent, plain and simple. Last week: No. 5

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Thomas More Defeats UC-Clermont in Coach Connor Classic

Thomas More College 78
UC-Clermont 70

Final from Crestview Hills, Kentucky

Game recap by TMC:

(CRESTVIEW HILLS, Ky.) - Senior point guard Daniel Whelan (Cincinnati, Ohio/St. Xavier) scored a game-high 20 points to lead the Thomas More College men's basketball team to a 78-70 win over the University of Cincinnati-Clermont College tonight (Wednesday, December 28, 2011) on the first day of the Coach Jim Connor Classic at the Connor Convocation Center in Crestview Hills, Kentucky.

With the win, the Saints improve to 8-3 and advance to play seventh-ranked Williams College, who was a 79-73 winner over Ohio Northern University in the earlier game today, in the championship game of the Coach Connor Classic tomorrow at 5 p.m. (Williams/ONU Game Statistics) With the loss, the Cougars fall to 10-11 and will play Ohio Northern in the consolation game tomorrow at 3 p.m.

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Transy Remains Undefeated with Overtime Win in Vegas

Transylvania 73
La Verne 64 F/OT

Final from Las Vegas, Nevada

Game recap by Transy:

LAS VEGAS, Nev. - It took an overtime period in the desert on Wedneday, but the Transylanvia men defeated La Verne 73-64 in the Classic in Las Vegas, Nev., running its season-opening win streak to 10 games in a row.

The Pioneers are 10-0, matching the best start in school history, while the Leoparards, winners of three of their last four coming into action, are 3-6. The Invitational brings together some of the top programs in NCAA Division III basketball. Transy successfully succeeded in the best start in school history. The 1990-91 squad also won its first 10 games of the season.

Junior Brandon Rash paced Transy with 21 points, three rebounds, and three assists. Barrett Meyer added 19 points, including 14 in the first half. He also had two assists and five boards. Tate Cox finished with 10 points, three assists, and four rebounds.

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UK on List of College Basketball Stories to Watch in 2012 has a list of college basketball stories to keep an eye on in 2012. Second on the list is "Calipari's next wave of kids."

Here is an excerpt:

2. Calipari’s next wave of kids

Some pretend as if this has been going on forever, but this is the third year in which coach John Calipari has built the Kentucky squad around a group of elite freshmen. The first time, with guard John Wall and center DeMarcus Cousins, the Wildcats reached the NCAA Elite Eight. The second, with guard Brandon Knight and power forward Terrence Jones, they made it to the Final Four.

Kentucky would need to take two extra steps this time to win Calipari’s first NCAA championship. This team might be the best suited to winning it all because of the defensive prowess 6-10 Anthony Davis and 6-7 Michael Kidd-Gilchrist deliver, but this also is easily the toughest field Calipari and Kentucky will have faced together. North Carolina, Ohio State, Syracuse and Connecticut have the talent to be champions, and they’re all more experienced than Calipari’s Cats.

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Cold-Shooting Morehead State Falls Short at SEMO

Morehead State 51

Final from Cape Girardeau, Missouri

Game recap by MSU:

CAPE GIRARDEAU, Mo. -- The Southeast Missouri men’s basketball team raced out to a 15-0 advantage less than eight minutes into the game and never looked back in a 67-51 victory over Morehead State on Wednesday evening at the Show Me Center.

The Redhawks improve to 6-7 overall with a win in the Ohio Valley Conference opener for both schools, while the Eagles slip to 6-8 on the season.

The decision also snaps MSU’s eight-game winning streak against SEMO. The Eagles had not previously lost to the Redhawks since the 2006-07 campaign.

“Give Southeast Missouri credit,” Morehead State Head Coach Donnie Tyndall said. “They played well tonight. I think SEMO is going to be a surprise team in the OVC this year. They’re very talented and they’re going to beat some people.”

Southeast Missouri kept Morehead State off the scoreboard for the game’s first eight minutes and 15 seconds. The Redhawks pushed their lead to 17 points shortly before intermission and a game-high 22 points midway through the second period.

“I thought we settled for too many jump shots early in the game and we committed some costly turnovers,” Tyndall said. “Driving the ball and finding open shooters was a big part of the game plan, and we didn’t execute it like I had hoped we would.”

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John Calipari's Postgame Thoughts After Lamar Game

Here is Kentucky head coach John Calipari talking about last night's win over Lamar (video by uknationofblue on YouTube):

Transcript via UK:

Q. (Michael Kidd-Gilchrist) played a great game but he seemed to get into foul trouble again a lot. Is he getting into foul trouble too early for you?
COACH CALIPARI: Yeah, I told him, I said normally when a guy gets two fouls, I will not play him the rest of the half. The problem with this team is you need his toughness so bad, that I ended up shoving him back in there. And we are a team that is not playing to foul. The first foul I think was a (little) shaky -- whether it was or not, I don't think it was. But the second one he reached in and grabbed, and you just can't do it. He's just learning.

Let me just tell you, we have got a ways to go. I have got to give Pat (Knight) credit. He did a heck of a job. Kept his guys hanging around, ran their stuff. Again, they rebounded with us, you know, made their free throws until the very end, and turned us over. We had 17 turnovers. I mean, that's not what we do.

And again, I'm not babying these guys, I'm not. I've not babied a player, not one and I'm not going to baby these guys. We have to start playing better, and we have some guys out there that are not playing rough enough. We have guys losing concentration and we have guys breaking off plays. We have got a ways to go.

Q. You probably don't know, but Louisville lost tonight at home by three --
COACH CALIPARI: Who did they play?

Q. Georgetown.

Q. Yeah.
COACH CALIPARI: Surprises me. So Georgetown is good? Isn't Georgetown a top-15 team?

Q. Yes, they are. Just your thoughts going into Saturday.
COACH CALIPARI: I'm just -- I'm not in a great frame of mind to talk about Saturday. I'm like, right now, there are no excuses. I don't want to hear it.

We had a guy that said, "I couldn't get open."

"Good, you're out and I'll play somebody else. How about that. Your job is to get open."

"Well, I couldn't."

"Okay. Then you won't play. How about that." I mean, there were just things that went on in the game that just aggravated me.

And you know, like I said, I'm not babying these guys. You're going to do what you are supposed to. This team should be playing better than we are playing.

Q. What did you think of Terrence (Jones)'s comeback, attempt?
COACH CALIPARI: It was okay but I went at him late because I didn't want to hear any excuses. I don't care that you're missing shots, missing free throws, layups. Go get balls. Go be tough. Go defend and we don't have to do all this.

But I tell you, if you're going through the motions, then we are going to go right at you and we are going to show the world; you're going to have the ball.

You can't hide here. This is Kentucky. There isn’t a rock big enough, no cracks big enough. You're out there. And either you're going to perform or you're not and there is no excuses why you're not.

Like I said, we got a ways to go. We've got two days to get ready for a very, very difficult game against a very good team with good players that are well coached. It's going to be a hard game for us. If we are playing like we are now, we're not winning that game Saturday, I'll tell you right now.

Q. How impressed were you with No. 5, Mike James' performance for Lamar?
COACH CALIPARI: I knew, I think last year he had a game of 52, and I knew he could get hot like that. A couple of them were tough shots, and a couple of them were terrific teardrops that he made. So he really played well. The whole team, they did what they had to to stay in there, but he came up big for them.

Q. On the team’s rebounding effort …
COACH CALIPARI: What bothered me is they had 14 offensive rebounds. And what we are doing right now, unless Michael (Kidd-Gilchrist) gets the ball or Anthony (Davis) gets the ball, we are not getting the ball. We have other guys that are flinching going after balls, or ducking, or hoping Anthony or Mike will get it.

I mean, our guards are not rebounding -- and you've got two guys rebounding the ball. And the rest of us are kind of hanging around. Well, we can't be that way. There are a lot of long rebounds. They had 14 offensive rebounds.

Anthony was tremendous. Here is a kid, didn't ask for the ball -- think about it. If you were him, and you're having six blocks, 13 rebounds, don't you come over to the bench and say, “How about getting me some shots other than dunks?”

He didn't say anything. Let's these guys go do their thing and he does his. My point is, look, don't put that all on him. You go above the rim and go get them. If we are to be any good, because again, like Indiana, he had foul trouble.

Q. Darius (Miller) made a few shots from the perimeter back here. It still sounds like you were pleading with him to shoot more, to screen for the ball.
COACH CALIPARI: Yeah, you've got to be aggressive, and if you're not aggressive defensively, if you're getting pushed and shoved, it's hard to be aggressive offensively, it really is. You don't want the ball. You're in a dear-in-the-headlights look.

I'm telling him, scream for the ball and if you're open, shoot it, and if you don't shoot it, I'm taking you out, because he's a good enough shooter.

Like I said, this is -- Lamar right now, the games I watched, they did this to everybody. They did it to Ohio State. They did it to Louisville. They did it to us. They beat Rice on the road. They beat Charlotte. This team has done this. They are a veteran team and Pat's (Knight) done a great job. They are defending, they are playing physical, they are rebounding, which means they have a chance in every game and then all of a sudden they have got three guards that are all pretty good.

So for us, it was -- like I said, it was just a grind. And the turnovers, I think we had about seven or eight that were unforced. Just jump in the air and throw the ball. I haven't seen that since the first weeks of our practice.

So, again, we have got a ways to go, and give them credit.

Q. Is there a point of emphasis that you're going to stress before the game on Saturday?
COACH CALIPARI: Look, I'm not in any frame of mind. I watched them play. I've got to go watch the tape. You know who I watched them play against? Lamar. So I watched the Lamar tape. So I've seen them play that game and I was watching Lamar. So now I've got to go back and watch the Lamar - Louisville game.

Look, (Peyton) Siva is outstanding. I think the big man has really gotten better. The young freshman is good and there are two or three other guys that really, they have come on. They shoot the ball. They play extremely -- they are a good team. It's going to be a hard game for us to win here.

Q. Marquis (Teague) had four or more turnovers for a third straight game. How do you assess where he's at right now?
COACH CALIPARI: He didn't do a good job of running the team. He was trying to score when the guys were wide open, and I told him that.

"Well, just run the team then."

"I didn't see them."

"Well, your head wasn't up then."

There was a lot of that today, you know, where we didn't have -- if we walked out of a time-out, we broke off a play and I called an immediate time-out, "You're out. You just left a time-out. Why would you not do what I asked you to do?"

"Because I didn't want to."

"Good, now you're out. Sit down."

I mean, that stuff we have got to cure for us to be the kind of team that this team needs to be. I don't know. I'm not very happy. Do I seem happy? I don't seem happy?

Q. Given the youth of this team, any chance they might have been peaking ahead a little bit, looking to Saturday?
COACH CALIPARI: I don't think so. This is who we are. This is who we are, and this is what happens to us, especially when we break down and stop playing. But we do that. We did this -- we did it against Samford, we did it here and we have done it and we are not changing and that's what's frustrating for me.

You have to start changing. You've got to start listening. I'm throwing guys into the mix and saying, you make plays. I'm making you make plays or you're going to show you're not into this.

And so I'm not -- I'm not going to baby anybody. It's not what I do. I've never coached that way. I'm going to tell them the truth. Everybody will say, well, I like how coach keeps it real, until I'm keeping it real with them, then they don't like it.

Oh, you want me to tell the truth? Well, let me tell you the truth. And so, you know, we either cure this or we are going to start taking L's. You start taking on water, and when you do start taking on water and you start getting the dear-in-the-headlight look, and now every game becomes a war. Or you can get better, and you can look at this and take responsibility and say, I know how I've got to play and I'm going to do it. I'm going to prepare that way. We are what we are right now.

Q. You said Terrence (Jones) needs to go get balls. Is he getting beat physically? Is it an effort issue?
COACH CALIPARI: We are going to look at the tape but I'm just telling you, he needs to step on the gas. He's got to play like he's fighting for minutes. If he does that, he'll be fine. If he just moves around the perimeter and doesn't come up with balls. Come on, think about it. Fight like you're playing -- you know what I told Josh Harrellson? You work -- I told him how proud I am and I love him to death.

I said, now let me tell you, Josh -- I texted him this.

"You work like you've made nothing. You've accomplished nothing. Work like you have accomplished nothing." I told Terrence the same thing. "Just work like you're trying to achieve something. You haven't achieved anything, so go work for it. And he'll be fine.

I mean, I'm with them, but I'm not babying him and I'm not babying Darius (Miller) and I'm not babying Doron (Lamb) and I'm not babying my point guard, not babying Michael (Kidd-Gilchrist). I got all over Michael. "This is like the fifth or sixth game you've gotten two fouls in the first half. In a normal game, I can't play you the rest of the half, and you know what, we have got a problem now."

Q. You said crisis brings about change. Are these relatively big margins, you win by 20-some, working against you in a way?
COACH CALIPARI: No. I'd rather win like this than lose and learn that way. Maybe we can learn from this. But at some point you've got to get stepped on and be stepped on good so that you understand what we are trying to say.

Again, I want each of these players, when you look at them, you say, wow, you're not saying that right now about some of these guys.

Forget about how my team (plays) and coach -- I don't care about that. I want you to look at individual players and say, man, look how much better he is. Look at this kid how aggressive and tough he is. Man, look at that. I want you to say that about every player. Are you saying that right now? No. And that frustrates me as much as anything else.

No. 3 Kentucky Cruises to Easy Win Over Lamar

(3) Kentucky 86
Lamar 64

Final from Lexington, Kentucky

Game recap by UK:

LEXINGTON, Ky. (AP) - Michael Kidd-Gilchrist had 18 points and No. 3 Kentucky beat Lamar 86-64 on Wednesday night in the Wildcats' final game before facing No. 4 Louisville.

Kentucky (12-1) opened the game on an 11-2 run and maintained its first-half lead because of its free throw shooting. The Wildcats were 14 of 17 from the foul line in the first half and finished 27 of 33 overall.

Sophomore Terrence Jones of Kentucky returned after missing two games with a dislocated pinky on his left hand. He came off the bench and finished with nine points and six rebounds in 27 minutes.

Mike James had 29 points for Lamar (8-5), which hung with the Wildcats despite shooting 28.1 percent from the field because of 10 offensive rebounds in the first half. But Kentucky proved too much after halftime and didn't allow the Cardinals consecutive baskets until almost 8 minutes had elapsed.

The Wildcats shot 49.1 percent from the field for the game, including going 7 of 14 from 3-point range.

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Wednesday, December 28, 2011

Anthony Davis Nominated for GEICO Play of the Year

Anthony Davis' block of John Henson has been nominated for the GEICO Play of the Year. The block preserved a 73-72 win for Kentucky at Rupp Arena:

Georgetown Hands No. 4 Louisville First Loss of Season

(12) Georgetown 71
(4) Louisville 68

Final from Louisville, Kentucky

Game recap by U of L:

LOUISVILLE, Ky. (AP) - Kyle Kuric finished with 17 points and Peyton Siva had 15 as No. 4 Louisville suffered its first season loss to No. 12 Georgetown, 71-68, snapping a 20-game home winning streak Wednesday night in the Big East opener for both teams.

Markel Starks scored 16 of his career-high 20 points in the second half.

Louisville (12-1, 0-1) had been one of six Division I teams that came into play Wednesday without a loss. The Cardinals held a tenuous lead through most of the first half and early into the second.

But Starks, a sophomore, hit all four of his 3-point attempts in the second half and went 7 for 8 from the field as Georgetown (11-1, 1-0) built an 11-point lead before having to survive a rally to win for the ninth consecutive time.

Georgetown freshman Otto Porter had 14 points and 14 rebounds, including two key ones late that helped fend off the Cardinals.

Georgetown, picked to finish 10th in the Big East, hasn't lost since falling to Kansas on Nov. 21. This was their grittiest effort yet, coming from behind to build a big lead and then held on when Louisville rallied late in front of a raucous crowd.

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DeMarcus Cousins Learning A Lot from Other NBA Stars

Former University of Kentucky star DeMarcus Cousins has been picking up some valuable advice lately.

Cousins says he has learned some great lessons from former Kentucky players Chuck H Hayes and Rajon Rondo, as well as NBA superstars LeBron James and Kevin Durant.

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"I was around Chuck, and I was around Rondo, and they both gave me lots of advice," Cousins said. "I even got a chance to spend time around LeBron (James) and KD (Kevin Durant)."

Cousins said he learned a lot from those experiences. He said he noticed the elite players competed hard even in exhibition games. He also has been able to see how those stars handle life off the court at various functions.

"Those are big-name players," he said. "Just being around them at events outside of the NBA, all of that helps."

Kings notes: Cousins gets advice from NBA luminaries

Cousins draws a key charge on Kobe Bryant during the season opener:

Enes Kanter Makes Pro Debut; NBA Recap for 12/17

Enes Kanter made his NBA debut on Tuesday night. Here's that in more in today's NBA recap:

Tuesday, December 27

Atlanta 106 New Jersey 70

Miami 115 Boston 107

- Rajon Rondo (Kentucky): Had a double-double with 22 points, 12 assists, 8 rebounds and 7 turnovers in 44 minutes.

Milwaukee 98 Minnesota 95

Portland 101 Sacramento 79

- Chuck Hayes (Kentucky): Had 4 points and 11 rebounds for the Kings.

- DeMarcus Cousins (Kentucky): Led Sacramento with 16 points, 11 rebounds and 2 blocks.

- Francisco Garcia (Louisville): DNP Coach's Decision

L.A. Lakers 96 Utah 71

- Enes Kanter (Kentucky): Had 5 points on 1-7 shooting and pulled down 11 rebounds in 21 minutes off the Utah bench.

- Jeremy Evans (Western Kentucky): Scored 4 points in 5 minutes for the Jazz.

High Major Recruit "Strongly Considering" Murray State

According to Evan Daniels of, Murray State has a legitimate chance to land high major recruit Tevin Glass.

Glass, who ranks No. 81 overall on the list for 2012, is a 6-8 power forward from Milton (GA). He is said to be strongly considering the Racers despite having several high major offers and a list that includes the likes of Alabama, Arkansas, Florida, Georgia, Georgia Tech and Texas.

EvanDanielscout Here's something to file away. Tevin Glass, a 6-8, 195-pound PF, is strongly considering Murray State. His dad played there. Has HM offers.

Big Blue Nation: Ramel Bradley Needs Your Help

Former University of Kentucky star Ramel Bradley needs the Big Blue Nation's help:

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Patrick Patterson Practices, Still No Timetable For Return

Former Kentucky big man Patrick Patterson participated in the Houston Rockets' practice on Tuesday, but is still experiencing pain in his left ankle.

The team says there is still no timetable for Patterson to return to game action.

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“It felt good,” Patterson said. “As I kept progressing through, I just wanted to do more and more. It’s all about getting back to basketball shape, getting my vertical back, getting my feel for the game back.

“I’ve been taking baby steps with the training staff, just getting prepared to get back out here. This is another step in the right direction.”

Patterson said pain “is still there” when he warms up, but it does not last throughout his workouts.

Patterson taking baby steps in right direction toward return from injury

Ricardo Gathers Has Been Talking to Goodwin about Kentucky

Ricardo Gathers, a 6-6 power forward from Riverside Academy (LA), says he has been talking to Kentucky signee Archie Goodwin about the possibility of playing together in college.

Here is Gathers talking about Kentucky, John Calipari and several other schools (via

New Video of Kentucky Recruits Andrew and Aaron Harrison

Here's the latest look at 2013 Kentucky recruits Andrew and Aaron Harrison (video by CityLeagueHoopsTV on YouTube):

Kentucky's Anthony Davis is NEXT

Kentucky's Anthony Davis is the next big thing in college basketball. The UK freshman will be honored in the January 9, 2012 NEXT issue of ESPN the Magazine.

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Then the Spurt happened. Davis played exactly one summer on the travel circuit before his out-of-nowhere talent made headlines. Within a month after his first tournament during his junior year, he was a top-10-ranked recruit. Although he got offers to spend his senior year at Chicago's public school powerhouses, Davis decided to stay at Perspectives Charter School, where he averaged 32 points, 22 rebounds and seven blocks per game. "When I grew, it made the game a lot easier for me," Davis says. "I didn't have to try to shoot floaters over these giant guys."

Now he's a menace. Davis had blocked 14.74 percent of two-point field goals taken against him through Dec. 17 (fifth nationally), with 4.4 rejections per game (second). When Davis had seven blocks in a win over Kansas at Madison Square Garden on Nov. 15, Calipari says he texted 16-year NBA vet Marcus Camby (whom he coached at UMass): "Remind you of you when you were younger?" Camby laughed and responded yes. Then Cal gets serious: "Anthony is ahead of Marcus at this stage. Marcus was good but not like this as a freshman."

Anthony Davis is NEXT

Tuesday, December 27, 2011

Pat Knight Says Dad is "Not a Big Fan of Kentucky"

Lamar head coach Pat Knight says his father, legendary coach Bobby Knight, is "not a big fan of Kentucky."

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"I just went back to basics," said Pat Knight, who described his coaching style as "as close as you can get" to his father's.

His father will not attend Lamar's game at Kentucky Wednesday night, Knight said. "He's not a big fan of Kentucky," the younger Knight said. As coach of Indiana, he couldn't be, his son said.

But that's where father and son part.

Pat Knight said he grew up "kind of admiring" Kentucky and other IU villain programs; Purdue, Notre Dame and Louisville. "The programs they ran," he said. "How good they were."

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