Saturday, January 15, 2011

LSU Postgame Comments from UK Assistant John Robic


Here are complete postgame comments from University of Kentucky assistant coach John Robic (via UKAthletics.com):

* NOTE: Head coach John Calipari left immediately after the game for a recruiting engagement

On the defensive effort in the first 20 minutes …
“I think it was a little bit of a combination of both. I’d like to think that we had a lot to do with that. We wanted to come out with the mindset of being aggressive both offensively and defensively. Our practices the last few days have been really good and they guys are picking up the intensity in practice. Although we are not practicing as long, we are starting to communicate better. They missed some open shots but I think we made them take tougher shots then they were used too.”

On Eloy Vargas …
“I think a lot of it is he wants to make sure he understands what coach is saying. He is putting in extra time in practice. We need him to come up with balls, that is the biggest thing. There are still a few he didn’t get but he is making progress. He is going to be a factor at some point in time in the year.”

On the difference with Terrence Jones coming off the bench…
“Well, we got off to a fast start today because we made shots. I don’t really think it matters if Terrence comes off the bench or Doron (Lamb) comes off the bench, it just happens that that is how it has been the last couple of games. I think kids accept it, but the reason we got off to a fast start was we made some shots. Our press was much more effective today and that got our energy level up. And our guys are starting to pick up the press a little bit and we feel more comfortable that we can use it more often.”

On the players knowing their roles on the team …
“I think that they all know their role now. I think it started with Brandon (Knight). He is going to be able to score at any time, he doesn’t have to get it all at once. Being much more vocal in practice and that is carrying over into games. I think our older guys are really showing our young guys what it takes. The biggest thing is our communication in practice has really carried over. You could tell we had fresh legs today, as I mentioned earlier to another group is that this is the point in time that our practice time cuts back a little bit, because we want to be fresh for games. I think that was quite evident tonight.”

On DeAndre Liggins looking to pass first …
“I think DeAndre, coach just said it in the locker room, sometimes he is thinking pass first too much and we want him to score. When he is driving the ball he is driving to get fouled instead of driving to score. Overall, I think we feed off him defensively. I think he is that emotional, quiet leader that we need. Because he comes up with all the little plays and he is a really intelligent player out there on the floor, especially the defensive end, where he is telling guys what to do.”

On the play of Jon Hood …
“I was happy for him today. He played more aggressively. He went after balls instead of shying away from them. I think that is a big thing with him. The biggest thing about his confidence is him grabbing that offensive rebound and sticking it back in. And you know what, he had fun out there tonight and I think that is important for him. It was nice to see him get extended minutes.”
On the play of Darius Miller …
“I thought Darius played well. He didn’t fade on any shots. The last couple of games he was fading on shots in the lane. He used his athleticism, rebounded the ball well. One thing we have stressed to him is staying in a stance and staying low. I thought he did better, but you can only tell once you watch the film. The key thing for him is being aggressive and I think he was that tonight.”

On if the team is hitting a wall halfway through the season …
“I don’t think we are anywhere near hitting the wall. There is so much basketball to be played with 13 more league games to be played. And now you sort of get into a routine of playing on Tuesday’s and Saturday’s, which is sort of the schedule that we follow now. The great thing that coach does is that he keeps their legs fresh. He is more concerned with our team then the opponent, no matter who we are playing. That is a big thing, we still go through the thorough scouting reports to prepare but he is concerned with the adjustments that we need to make and working on our weaknesses and continuing to get better.”

On the play of Brandon Knight …
“With Brandon, he is starting to make such better decisions. He had a couple of lapses today but that is going to happen. He is cutting down on those. He is leading the team, he is making better decisions, he is being more vocal and I think that is true with any freshman point guard. Especially with the freshmen point guards we have had in the past. But, the thing that separates him is he can knock down shots. He set the tone for us tonight offensively.”

On if the team is more prepared to go on the road in the SEC …
“I think it is too early to tell. Hopefully the young group understands that no matter what building we go into, it is going to be sold out. Generally it is the only sell out of the year for these schools that we go to. How hard it is to play, how hard you have to play and how much you have to stick together. We made that comeback at Georgia down 11 to go up one. Were they satisfied to get to that point? We don’t know but we didn’t play our style of basketball at that particular time. Typically one of our teams that does that, that is when you really hit gut check and you suck it up and pull out the tough win, that is what you have to do on the road.”

On the UK defense tonight …
“That is one of the reasons that Cal really likes big guards, our size gave team issues. When you are shooting over DeAndre Liggins, 6-foot-5, with long arms and big hands, he is quick enough to stay in front of you. That is not a true LSU team, because they were without Tuner, who is their leading scorer. He makes a difference for their team. You take off your leading scorer it is going to hurt you at some point in time and unfortunately he didn’t play. They are improved and I know they are probably disappointed but they are getting better for sure.”

On UK’s offensive attack against a zone defense …
“I will say this and I know I am biased but we talk about our dribble drive against man-to-man. I don’t know why people don’t look at what we do with the zone. Our zone offense looks are terrific. That is one thing that I certainly give Cal credit for is our zone offense is great. We have seen every type of zone and yeah you have to make shots, but we are getting good looks. When we know what type of zone they are in, we can attack it. It is tough to zone us because we can spread you out. We have four guys that can make shots and we did that tonight.”

No. 2 Bellarmine Blasts St. Joseph's


(2) Bellarmine 75
St. Joseph's 54

Final from Rensselaer, Indiana


RENSSELAER, Ind.--The No. 2 Bellarmine University men's basketball team rolled to its second consecutive wire to wire victory in picking up a 75-54 Great Lakes Valley Conference road win at St. Joseph College's Scharf Fieldhouse earlier today. The win pushed BU's season mark to 15-1 (8-0 GLVC), which is the best start in school history.

The Knights were led by Jeremy Kendle, who posted game highs in points and rebounds with 20 and nine. The Knights also got solid play from Nick Holmes who had 16 points and six rebounds, and Braydon Hobbs hit double digits in assists with 10 while not committing a turnover.

Bellarmine played solidly on both ends of the court in establishing a 10 point lead just 9:48 into the contest and cruised into the locker room with a 42-30 halftime advantage after shooting 56.7 percent while holding the Pumas to 42.9 percent.

Coming back in the second half, the Knights turned up the defense and extended their lead to 53-30 before St. Joseph's finally recorded their first points of the second period at the 14:07 mark.

"Our second half defense was tremendous," said Bellarmine Head Coach Scott Davenport, "and that prevented the defending NCAA regional champs from making a run at us. I'm very proud of this team for their toughness and their togetherness on the road. We hit all of our goals for today. We just didn't take care of the ball as well as I would of liked."

Patrick Patterson Appreciates Your Thoughts and Prayers



Patrick Patterson has posted the following message on his Twitter:

pdpatt Thanks for all the love, thoughts, and prayers. Feeling better. Flying back to Houston. Wheels up!

Agent Says Patterson Taken to Hospital for Precautionary Reasons Only

Patrick Patterson's agent, Odell McCants, says his client was taken to the hospital tonight "for precautionary reasons only."

Eastern Illinois Upsets Morehead State in Ugly Game


Eastern Illinois 47
Morehead State 40

Final from Charleston, Illinois

CHARLESTON, Ill. — Call it Lantz Luck. Whatever it is, Morehead State men’s basketball always seems to have the bad kind in Eastern Illinois’ Lantz Arena.

MSU shot a season low 26 percent and was held to its lowest point total since 2005-06, dropping a 47-40 decision to the Panthers Saturday. The Eagles fell to eighth place EIU for the fourth straight year on the Panthers’ home court, and MSU has won just one time in Lantz since 1999-00. The Eagles fell to 12-7, ending a six-game winning streak, and to 5-3 in the Ohio Valley Conference. EIU moved to 7-10 and 3-4 in the league.

EIU shot 21-of-26 at the free throw line, outscored MSU 21-9 at the line, and took the lead for good late in the second half when they limited the Eagles to only 17 total points. MSU shot only 19 percent in the second half. EIU was not much better in the low-scoring affair, shooting just 32 percent for the game.

“Give EIU credit, they played hard, and we could never get in an offensive rhythm,” said MSU coach Donnie Tyndall.

The Eagles led 23-21 at the break but were outscored 26-17 in the final 40 minutes.

“We had some good looks. Terrance has been shooting the ball recently and he goes 0-for-6. Demonte goes 3-for-16,” said Tyndall. “Also, we just put them at the foul line too many times.”

MSU did out-rebound the Panthers 37-34. Kenneth Faried led the Eagles with 13 boards but was held to a season-low five points and had eight turnovers. Sam Goodman topped MSU’s offense with 12 points.

Jeremy Granger led the EIU contingent with 17 points.

Complete recap

Breaking News: Patterson Taken to Hospital with Chest Pains


Former Kentucky star Patrick Patterson was rushed to the hospital with chest pains tonight.

Here is an excerpt from AJC.com:

Houston rookie Patrick Patterson was taken to Piedmont Hospital during the Rockets' game against Atlanta because of chest pain and congestion.

Team spokesman Bob Schranz said Patterson left in an ambulance before the start of the third quarter. Schranz added that Patterson, the NBA's No. 14 overall draft pick, was experiencing flulike symptoms before the game.

According to Schranz, the medical staff at Philips Arena sent Patterson to the hospital because it was thought he needed to undergo more tests.

Kentucky Gives LSU a Good, Old-Fashioned Butt Whipping


(15) Kentucky 82
Lousiana State 44

Final from Lexington, Kentucky

Kentucky opened the game with an 11-2 run and never looked back as they simply overwhelmed LSU 82-44.

LSU head coach Trent Johnson summed it up the best after the game when he said, "that was a good, old-fashioned a__ whipping."

The Wildcats (14-3, 2-1 SEC) led 48-19 at the half.

Brandon Knight led Kentucky with 19 points and 6 rebounds. Terrence Jones added 17 points off the bench, but was only 3-12 from the field. DeAndre Liggins and Darius Miller added 15 points each.

Kentucky senior Josh Harrellson pulled down a game-high 14 rebounds.

LSU (10-8, 2-1 SEC) picked up 13 points and 9 rebounds from Garrett Green. Aaron Dotson added 10.

The Tigers were only 17-65 (26.2%) from the field and a woeful 3-24 (12.5%) from long range.

Kentucky was 10-20 (50%) from the 3-point line. They out-rebounded LSU 45-34. The Wildcats only had 7 turnovers in the game, while the Tigers had 15.

UK returns to action Tuesday night when they travel to Alabama for a 9:00 p.m. contest on ESPN.

Quick notes:

- UK football star Randall Cobb served as the "Y" in the traditional KENTUCKY cheer at the under 16:00 timeout in the second half. It was also discovered that Cobb is not taking classes at UK this semester.

- The Rupp Arena faithful also had the opportunity to welcome former Wildcat Kevin Grevey back to Lexington.

- From a basketball perspective, it's difficult to take much of anything away from such a lopsided game. If anything, I'll say that it's great to see UK play solid team basketball, shoot well from outside and turn up the pressure on defense.

- Individually, I was disappointed by the play of Terrence Jones. He was off from the field and it was largely due to forcing up bad shots. He missed several opportunities to kick the ball to open shooters.

- Harrellson didn't do much offensively, but he fought hard and pulled down 14 rebounds. I'll take that.

- Liggins was his usual defensive self, plus he added 15 points. He was 3-3 from the 3-point line.

- The Wildcats picked up extended minutes from Jon Hood. Hood struggled from the field, but he played 20 solid minutes.

- Doron Lamb quietly had 10 points, 4 rebounds and 5 assists.

- Darius Miller was aggressive and his numbers showed it. He had 15 points on 7-11 shooting.

- John Calipari left right after the game to go watch future Wildcat Anthony Davis play.

Pikeville College Holds On for Win Over West Virginia Tech


Pikeville College 90
WVU Tech 85

Final from Pikeville, Kentucky


PIKEVILLE, Ky. – Pikeville College put five players in double figures and completed a weekend Mid-South Conference sweep with a 90-85 win over WVU Tech Saturday afternoon at the East Kentucky Expo Center.

Pikeville (16-4) improved to 5-3 in Mid-South Conference play and jumped into fourth place in the 10-team league standings as it approaches the midpoint of the league round-robin.

WVU Tech fell to 6-9 overall, 2-5 in the league.

Pikeville shot 55.6 percent from the field, but WVU Tech answered with 58.6 percent shooting. The difference in the game was turnovers; while the home team gave it up 16 times, Tech had 25 miscues in the loss.

Pikeville was led in scoring by senior Vance Cooksey, its leading scorer on the season, with 20 points. The Chicago native added five rebounds and three steals in the win.

Senior Justin Hicks and sophomore Trevor Setty followed with 17 points apiece. Hicks, a guard from Hazard, had six assists while Setty hit three three-point shots and a team-high six rebounds.

Seniors Andre Thornton and Quincy Hankins-Cole added 14 markers apiece. Hankins-Cole, a product of Roosevelt, N.Y., had five rebounds and three steals.

Complete Recap

No. 11 Georgetown Has No Problem with No. 22 Lindsey Wilson


(11) Georgetown College 66
(22) Lindsey Wilson 52

Final from Georgetown, Kentucky


In a battle between two ranked opponents in the Mid-South Conference, Georgetown College men's basketball took control early in the second half and never looked back against Lindsey Wilson College, 66-52.

The No. 11 Tigers (17-2, 6-1 MSC) saw a 30-21 halftime lead be trimmed to 34-30 early in the second half. The No. 22 Blue Raiders (14-4, 5-2) were unable to stop Vic Moses in the low post as Georgetown pushed to a double-digit lead.

The Lexington native scored 14 points and grabbed five rebounds, while Maurice Pearson added 13 and Tyrone Shelley 12.

Kalen Kimberland led LWC with 11 points.

Georgetown returns to action 8 p.m. Thursday at University of Rio Grande

* Game recap by Georgetown College

Ramel Bradley's Goal is to Play in the NBA, Says Time in Lexington Was Like a Rockstar


The Jerusalem Post recently interviewed former Kentucky star Ramel Bradley about his time at UK, playing in Israel and his future goals.

Bradley said is top priority is returning to the United States to play in the NBA. He said he felt like a rockstar during his time in Lexington because "everyone wants to know where you are, everyone's watching what you do every day."

Here is an excerpt:

The 6-foot-2 Brooklyn native is gathering steam towards the NBA, and he’s doing it at Maccabi Ashdod.

“My goal, my number one priority right now is to be back in the States and play in the NBA,” Bradley says. “I started my one-year plan. It’s about going after your dreams. Tomorrow might not be there, so if you want something you’ve got to do it right now.” And he’s serious about the timeline.

His website, dreamsmooth.com, features a countdown to the beginning of July, when the NBA summer league kicks off.

“Every day when I wake up, I think about that goal I’ve set for myself,” Bradley says, his urgency palpable. “Every practice, that’s what motivates me to get better.

And in every game, I know I have to give it my all.”

So for Bradley, Israel is a stage, and he’s in the middle of his audition.

So far, so good.

Complete Article

Louisville Completes Miraculous Comeback Against Marquette


(18) Louisville 71
Marquette 70

Final from Louisville, Kentucky

LOUISVILLE, Ky. (AP) - Kyle Kuric's lay-up with 4 seconds remaining capped a furious rally by No. 18 Louisville and the Cardinals stunned Marquette 71-70 Saturday.

Louisville (14-3, 3-1 Big East) trailed by 18 with less than 6 minutes to go but closed the game on a 24-5 run fueled by guard Preston Knowles. The senior guard finished with 17 points and drew three Marquette defenders on Louisville's final possession before finding Kuric wide-open under the basket.

Marquette (12-6, 3-2) had one final shot, but Jimmy Butler's runner in the lane glanced off the rim as the horn sounded.

Darius Johnson-Odom led the Golden Eagles with 16 points and Butler had 15 points and nine rebounds, but Marquette fell apart in the final minutes.

The Golden Eagles managed just two field goals over the final 5:44 and threw away several opportunities to hand the Cardinals their second straight loss.

Marquette appeared to have things well in hand for the game's first 34 minutes, smothering Louisville's ineffective half-court offense. The Cardinals looked overmatched and dispirited as the Golden Eagles built a 65-47 lead. Some in the capacity crowd at Louisville's new KFC! Yum Center put on their coats and headed out perhaps hoping to get the rest of their weekend chores done following the 11 a.m. tipoff.

Louisville's run started quietly. Sophomore center Stephan Van Treese got loose for a dunk. Knowles knocked down a 3-pointer and Van Treese added a lay-up to get the Cardinals within 65-54.

The Cardinals got a stop and Knowles added another 3-pointer. Chris Smith knifed in for a lay-up and Knowles drilled a 3-pointer from the wing with a hand in his face to cut the deficit to 65-62 with 1:51 to go.

Jae Crowder steadied the Golden Eagles with a difficult lay-up in traffic to push Marquette's lead back to five. Knowles hit his fourth 3-pointer in less than 4 minutes to pull Louisville within 67-65. Dwight Buycks responded with a contested lay-up to move the advantage back to 69-65.

Complete Recap

NKU's Dustin Maguire Endures the Fight of a Lifetime


Brian Lester of NCAA.com has written an incredible article about Northern Kentucky's Dustin Maguire and his battle with cancer.

Here is an excerpt:

Imagine your worst fear. Now multiply it by a million. That is only a fraction of what Northern Kentucky’s Dustin Maguire has been through the last couple of years.

Once a rising basketball star for the Norse, Maguire has watched his life turn upside down in slow motion. He has dealt with the kind of unimaginable adversity that no 23-year-old should ever have to come face-to-face with.

At first, he only had to worry about a back injury and the possibility that his basketball career might be over. In time, testicular cancer would rear its ugly head. His fear shifted from not playing basketball again to death.

“It’s been tough to deal with everything,” Maguire said. “It all started with a back injury, but once I found out I had cancer, I wasn’t as focused on basketball. I was focused on my health. But I’m mentally tough and I believed I was going to overcome it.”

NKU head coach Dave Bezold is aware of Maguire’s fighter mentality and never doubted his player's ability to battle cancer.

“He is a fierce competitor,” Bezold said. “He works hard at everything he does. He doesn’t like to lose in anything.”


Complete Article

Centre College Nets Win Over Hendrix


Centre College 68
Hendrix College 56

Final from Danville, Kentucky


Senior Alex Lloyd (Versailles, Ky.) posted a double double to help the Centre men's basketball team beat Hendrix College 68-56 on Friday, January 14 in Danville, Ky. The Colonels moved to 10-3 on the season and to 5-1 in the SCAC with the win.

The Colonels jumped out to a 4-0 lead after junior Greg Ross (Cincinnati, Ohio) and Lloyd each made a layup.

Centre took an eight point lead with 13:16 to go in the first half following a three point basket by sophomore Bryon Eillis (Russell Springs, Ky.).

Hendrix fought back and tied the game up at 14 a piece with 9:59 on the clock when Ammon Martin converted on a layup.

On the Colonels ensuing possession Ross would hit a jumper to put the Colonels back up by two points, but the lead would not last long as John Zimmerman responded for the Warriors by hitting a jumper of his own to tied the game back up at 16-16.

Ross then converted on another jumper with 8:54 remaining in the half to put Centre ahead 18-16.

Complete Recap

Former UK Big Man Randolph Morris Loves Chinese Food



Former Kentucky big man Randolph Morris, now a star for the Beijing Ducks in China's CBA league, was recently interviewed during a team meal.

"I love Chinese food," Morris explained to the Chinese reporter.

Here is the full interview:








Ex-Cardinal Wants Calipari to Coach Dominican Republic


Former Louisville star Francisco Garcia is in favor of John Calipari coaching the Dominican Republic national team at next summer's Olympic qualifying event.

Here is an excerpt of Garcia's comments from ZagsBlog.com:

"He’d be more than welcome, you know, he’s a good coach, great coach,” Garcia said after scoring 8 points and grabbing 5 rebounds as the Kings downed the Knicks, 93-83, Friday night at MSG.

The Dominican team could feature as many as four NBA players in Garcia, Al Horford, Charlie Villanueva and Trevor Ariza.

“Ooh, the sky’s the limit for us if everybody plays,” Garcia said. “I’m sure me, Al and Charlie [are] playing this summer for sure. We gotta get Trevor. Trevor Ariza told me he might play this summer, too. So we’ll see.”


Complete Article

Former Kentucky Star Pleads Guilty in Ticket Scam Case


Former Kentucky basketball star Ed Davender pleaded guilty Friday to an amended theft charge for allegedly accepting $4,000 from a Louisville man for college basketball tickets and failing to provide the tickets.

Here is an excerpt from the Lexington Herald-Leader:

Davender pleaded guilty to misdemeanor theft by deception in Fayette Circuit Court, according to his attorney, Dennis Shepherd.

Shepherd said Davender, with help from friends, has repaid $3,600 of the $4,000 and wants to have the remainder paid by the time he is sentenced March 24.

Prosecutors recommended that Davender receive 12 months in jail on the latest charge. He is serving an eight-year sentence on numerous theft-related charges stemming from a UK basketball ticket scam and a drug charge.

Complete Article

Twany Beckham Hopes to Transfer to Kentucky


A good source told me last night that former Ballard point guard Twany Beckham, a transfer from Mississippi State, hopes to join the University of Kentucky team.

As a transfer, Beckham would not be eligible to play at UK until the spring semester of 2011-12.

The source said things could take shape sometime between Sunday and early next week.

Beckham averaged 2.9 points and 2.1 assists per game for Mississippit State. He is listed as a 6-5, 190-pound point guard.

Friday, January 14, 2011

Brandon Knight Finally Earning Some National Attention


After a rocky start to the season, Brandon Kight was seemingly lost in the fold as Terrence Jones earned the majority of the national attention.

Now, Knight is coming into his own and the national spotlight is at the very least shared between UK's talented trio of Jones, Knight and Doron Lamb.

Fanhouse.com says, "the scary thing is, Lamb and Jones probably aren't the best freshman on their own team."

Here is an excerpt:

After seven games this year, Brandon Knight was averaging almost five turnovers a game and Kentucky was 5-2. Certainly no enviable task, Knight was saddled with the responsibility of running coach John Calipari's dribble drive offense. The learning curve is steep, especially considering the last three guys to run the system -- Derrick Rose, Tyreke Evans, and John Wall -- are all NBA point guards now. So with that on his mind -- in addition to the already lofty expectations of a passionate fan base -- Knight was understandably somewhat overwhelmed.

Since the rocky start, though, Knight has calmed down and turned into Kentucky's best and most consistent player. In his last nine, he's slashed his turnovers to just over two a game, and his scoring has gone up as well. In perhaps Kentucky's biggest game, he scored 25 points on the road in a win over Louisville.

Complete Article

Asbury Blows Out Cincinnati Christian in KIAC Action


Asbury University 84
Cincinnati Christian 59

Final from Cincinnati, Ohio

CINCINNATI, Ohio – Asbury’s men bounced back from a embarrassing conference opening loss to Indiana East with an eerily similar game against Cincinnati Christian on Thursday. This time the Eagles came away with the blowout victory 84-59. Asbury opened the game on a 17-0 run that set the tone for the game.

CCU didn’t record their first field goal until the 14:53 mark and didn’t make their second until 8:44 remained in the first half. At that point Asbury had opened a 31-8 lead. The Eagles pushed their lead to 29 in the first half as Phillip Morrison went off.

The senior guard from Louisville scored 21 of his game-high 25 in the first half on 8-of-11 shooting. Morrison also grabbed six of his eight rebounds before intermission. Adam Delph would add 10 of his 16 points in the first half as the Eagles grabbed a 53-27 halftime lead.

Asbury shot 61% from the floor in the first half and held CCU to only 18%. The Golden Eagles would finish at 25% for the game and hit only 4-of-29 from three in the game. Asbury finished at 47% for the game and only 6-of-22 from three.

Complete recap

Jon Hood Learns a Lesson from "Coach Kanter"


Jerry Tipton of the Herald-Leader writes tonight that "Coach" Enes Kanter has a lesson for Kentucky teammate Jon Hood.

Here is an excerpt:

"I can't imagine anyone handling that situation any better," Hood said. "He handled it in the most mature way possible."

Hood nodded when asked if someone else might have quit rather than wait as UK filed appeals on a judgment that seemed unlikely to change.

"I could see where they could do that, I really could," Hood said of a player choosing not to make the fight. "At the same time, when you have a shadow of hope or light at the end of the tunnel that you may get to play, you're always going to work hard. You're always going to work toward that (goal) just in case that day comes."

Complete Article

My Thoughts: When I saw that headline, I fully expected to see a video of Kanter teaching Hood how to properly administer a collar-and-elbow tie-up.

Wall (2011) Reminds Saunders of Marbury (1996)


Wizards coach Flip Saunders compares the experience of coaching rookie John Wall to a similar situation he faced when coaching Stephon Marbury in 1996.

Here is an excerpt from Startribune.com:

"There are similarities," Saunders said. "But the difference is, Steph was such a great shooter, a great scorer. Steph was more of a score-first point guard. John is much more pass-first."

But it sounds like Saunders is still a much-involved mentor. Wall has been slowed by foot and knee injuries, missing a total of 12 games. But he is still making a big name for himself early in his career -- with Saunders' help.

"You always try to create that bond," said Saunders, a former point guard for the University of Minnesota. "It's a little different nowadays. There are more outside influences around than there was back 15 years ago. But John has been very receptive. We text a lot late-night. I don't sleep a lot at night, so we'll be texting at 2:30 in the morning about things. ... He's always saying, 'Keep on me, don't be afraid to keep on me.' So he's very receptive."


Complete Article

In 1996, Marbury averaged 15.8 points and 7.8 assists as a rookie. This season, Wall is putting up 15.7 points and 8.8 assists. Wall's assists average leads all rookies.

Knicks Shopping Azubuike's Contract; Pursuing O.J. Mayo


The New York Knicks are reportedly trying to land O.J. Mayo from the Memphis Grizzlies. One of the players' contracts the Knicks are shopping around is former Kentucky star Kelenna Azubuike.

Azubuike has not appeared in a game for the Knicks and is still struggling to find his form following knee surgery.

Here is an excerpt from Hoopsworld.com:

Knicks After Mayo: Chris Broussard of ESPN The Magazine is reporting that the New York Knicks have opened talks with the Memphis Grizzlies regarding O.J. Mayo. As Broussard reports, the Knicks obtaining Mayo could be part of a last ditch effort to obtain Carmelo Anthony.

The New York Post's Marc Berman is reporting that the Knicks interest in Mayo is not tied to Carmelo Anthony, rather swinging a deal for themselves.

O.J. Mayo is slated to earn $5.57 million this season, which is a far easier number for the Knicks to obtain. The Knicks have been shopping the ending contract of Kelenna Azubuike ($3.3 million) as well as Anthony Randolph ($1.96 million).

Knicks sources told both reporters that talks with Memphis were in their infancy, so it's a situation worth watching.


Crawford, Morris Lead Beijing to Victory in China


A pair of former Kentucky stars reunited in China today as Beijing defeated Jilin 105-98.

Randolph Morris continued his CBA dominance as he scored 34 points.

The newest Beijing Duck, Joe Crawford, added 22 points in his Chinese debut. Crawford was 4-9 from beyond the three-point line.

Here is a list of a few other notable Americans currently playing in the highly competitive and compensated CBA:

Randolph Morris - (Kentucky)
Tre' Kelley (South Carolina)
Shawn Taggart (Memphis)
Fred Jones (Oregon)
Marcus Williams (Arizona)
Rodney White (Charlotte)
Jackson Vroman (Iowa State)
Antoine Wright (Texas A&M)
James Singleton (Murray State)
Marcus Haislip (Tennessee)
Josh Boone (Connecticut)
John Lucas III (Oklahoma State)
Dee Brown (Illinois)
Stephon Marbury (Georgia Tech)

Crawford met with the Chinese media yesterday (note Morris heckling his friend in the background, particularly at the 3:25 mark):








Crawford's first Beijing practice:








Future Wildcat Michael Gilchrist on ESPN2 Tonight


Kentucky fans will have an opportunity to watch future Wildcat Michael Gilchrist on national television tonight.

Gilchrist and No. 2 Elizabeth (N.J.) St. Patrick will battle No. 21 Winter Park (Fla.) in the ESPN RISE High School Basketball Showcase, which will air on ESPN2 and ESPN3.com at 7:00 p.m. tonight.

Here is an excerpt from ESPN.com:

Kentucky signee SF Michael Gilchrist, the No. 3 overall player, has lead St. Patrick to an undefeated season and is coming off an MVP performance at the City of Palms Championship, which the Celtics won for the first time. Look for the 6-foot-7, 210-pounder to do whatever his team needs in order to win. Gilchrist dominates opponents with his aggressive style of play in the paint offensively and defensively, but he is not the only threat Winter Park needs to worry about.

Racers Overcome Slow Start to Defeat Jacksonville State


Murray State 71
Jacksonville STate 62

Final from Jacksonville, Alabama

The Murray State Racers posted a 71-62 win at Jacksonville State Thursday at Pete Mathews Coliseum in Jacksonville, Ala.

Isacc Miles scored 19 points and Jeffery McClain added 13 as MSU pushed to 4-2 in the Ohio Valley Conference and 11-5 overall.

MSU had to battle JSU and trailed by as many as 10 points in the first half, when the score was 23-13. MSU managed to finish the half outscoring the Gamecocks 19-9 to get the score tied at 32-32 at halftime.

MSU finally got the lead for the first time with 16:35 remaining when McClain scored in the paint for a 41-40 lead, and the Racers eventually grew their lead to 10 at the 12:56 mark on an Ivan Aska hook shot.

When freshman Shawn Jackson scored on a dunk with 8:35 left, MSU has its largest lead of the game at 59-47.

JSU cut the lead to five with 1:14 left and never got any closer.

Miles was 10-11 from the free throw line which provided the bulk of his season-high 19 points, while McClain’s 13 points came from a perfect night from the field as he was 6-6. Miles also added six assists to the MSU attack.

MSU dominated the rebound statistic 34-22 and limited JSU to only eight offensive rebounds.

Next up for the Racers is a Saturday game at Tennessee Tech in Cookeville at 7:30 p.m. The game will be aired live on the Racer TV Network starting with the pregame show at 7:15 p.m.

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Lindsey Wilson Escapes Shawnee State with a Win


(22) Lindsey Wilson 51
Shawnee State 44

Final from Portsmouth, Ohio

PORTSMOUTH, Ohio -- It wasn't pretty, but the 22nd ranked Lindsey Wilson College men's basketball team made the tough shots when it mattered to get past Shawnee State (Ohio) University 51-44 on Thursday at the Frank and Janis Waller Gymnasium.

Sophomore Kalen Kimberland was perfect from the stripe, hitting 6-of-6 free throws to lead the Blue Raiders with 12 points, while senior Cornell Thomas added 10 points and five rebounds. Junior Chase Spreen was the leader on the glass with 11 rebounds.

Keelyn Franklin was the lone Bear in double figures with 10 points and Tyler Morgan added nine rebounds to lead Shawnee State.

In an ugly first half of offense for both teams, Lindsey Wilson took a 24-22 lead into halftime after looking like it would never find an opening up against a stifling man-to-man defense by the Bears.

At the break, Lindsey Wilson was shooting 45.5 percent from the field, while Shawnee State struggled at 32.1 percent. Both teams just hit one 3-pointer in the half despite tossing up a combined 16 attempts from behind the arc.

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Fear LSU's Seven-Foot Tuba Player Andrew Del Piero


Saturday will be Kentucky's first opportunity to check out LSU's 7-2 walk-on Andrew Del Piero.

The Wildcats may look up to Del Piero in warm-ups, but they shouldn't be overly concerned about him during the game. He has yet to appear in a game for the Tigers (10-7, 2-0 SEC).

Regardless, Del Piero's story is an interesting one and worth checking out.

Tigers you should be concerned about:

G - Ralston Turner, 13.7 PPG, 3.1 RPG, 34.7% 3PT
G - Andre Stringer, 13.4 PPG, 2.4 RPG, 3.0 APG, 35.3% 3PT
F - Malcolm White, 8.9 PPG, 5.6 RPG
G - Aaron Dotson, 7.4 PPG, 3.2 RPG, 44.4% 3PT
F - Storm Warren, 6.8 PPG, 6.6 RPG, 1.4 SPG
F - Garrett Green, 6.5 PPG, 5.4 RPG
F - Matt Derenbecker, 5.8 PPG, 2.1 RPG, 1.2 APG
F - Eddie Ludwig, 3.2 PPG, 2.9 RPG
G - Chris Bass, 2.1 PPG, 2.2 RPG
F - Jalen Courtney, 1.0 PPG

Del Piero in action:

Kentucky Wesleyan Blisters GLVC Foe Rockhurst


(18) Kentucky Wesleyan 97
Rockhurst University 63

Final from Owensboro, Kentucky

The Hawks of Rockhurst University never knew what hit them on Thursday night.

Kentucky Wesleyan blistered the nets at a 69 percent clip in the first half and went on to hammer the visitors from Kansas City, Mo., 97-63 in a Great Lakes Valley Conference men's basketball game at the Sportscenter.

Riveted from the start, No. 18 KWC scored 11 of the game's 14 points, and the overmatched Hawks never caught flight.

"We came out focused and ready to play," KWC head coach Todd Lee said. "I thought everyone contributed in this one."

KWC (11-2, 4-2 GLVC) had more incentive than normal, Lee said.

"We put the league standings on the board," he said, "and even though we came into this one 3-2 we were in last place in the East.

"I think that created a sense of urgency for our team, and tonight we played with the type of urgency we need to be successful in our league."

The Panthers made 18-of-26 floor shots in the first half, moving the ball crisply in the half court and often beating Rockhurst back in transition.

"I was really pleased with the way we passed the ball," Lee said. "We finished the game with 23 assists, and that's a very good number for us. The tone was set there in the first half."

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Calipari Says Jon Hood Has "Buzzard's Luck"


Kentucky head coach John Calipari was asked about sophomore guard Jon Hood during yesterday's pre-LSU media opportunity.

"He's trying," Calipari responded. "He's trying. He's just got a little buzzard's luck."

Calipari continued, "Everybody shoots the ball and makes it. So he walks in the game, they take one dribble, shoot it right on him and it goes in every single time, and it could be a guy who hasn't made a shot."

The Kentucky coach admitted that Hood is having a difficult time on the court because he's afraid of making a mistake, but he added, "my thing is, defensively, if you’re alert and play people before they catch it, and when a shot goes up you block out and rebound, it’s an effort mistake. If you’re making effort mistakes you don’t deserve to be on the floor."

Hood has appeared in all 16 contests for the Wildcats, but he's only averaging 5.9 minutes per game. He's scoring 1.4 points and pulling down one rebound per game. Hood, who has a reputation as a great shooter, is only 7-24 (29.2%) from the field this season. He's managed only 3-13 (23.1%) from beyond the 3-point line.

Bellarmine Rides Hot Start to Win over Missouri-St. Louis


(2) Bellarmine 87
Missouri-St. Louis 64

Final from Louisville, Kentucky

LOUISVILLE, Ky.--The No. 2 Bellarmine University men's basketball team bolted out to quick double digit lead and rolled by the Tritons of Missouri-St. Louis 87-64 tonight in a Great Lakes Valley Conference game at Knights Hall.

The Knights ran out to an 18-5 lead over the first eight minutes of the game and were never really threatened as the GLVC "East" leaders posted a 23-point victory over the GLVC "West" leaders.

Senior Jeremy Kendle led the offensive attack for Bellarmine with 19 points. Braydon Hobbs had another all around solid game with 13 points and team bests with six assists and six rebounds. The New Albany junior continues to climb the charts in the Bellarmine record book. Tonight, he moved into fourth place on the all-time assist list, and his three, 3-pointers moved him into third for most career treys.

With the win, Bellarmine moves to 14-1 overall, which ties the 2008-09 team for best 15-game start in school history. The Knights upped their conference record to 7-0, which keeps them one game ahead of Southern Indiana in the conference standings as the Screaming Eagles moved to 6-1 with their victory over Drury tonight.

The Tritons fell to 9-5 (4-3 GLVC) despite another outstanding performance by GLVC scoring leader Gerald Fulton, who poured in 32 points on 12 of 24 shooting, including 6-12 from long range. Justyn Watkyns added 20 for UMSL, as the duo combined for 52 of their team's 64 points.

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Pikeville College Rips Rio Grande in Mid-South Action


Pikeville College 95
Rio Grande 72

Final from Pikeville, Kentucky

PIKEVILLE, Ky. – Four players reached double figures for Pikeville College, which forced 20 turnovers in a 95-72 win over the University of Rio Grande Thursday night.

Pikeville improved to 15-4 on the season, 4-3 in the Mid-South Conference. Rio Grande slipped to 5-12 overall and remained winless in six league games.

Senior Andre Thornton led the Bears with 18 points to go with four rebounds and three steals. Seniors Vance Cooksey and Quincy Hankins-Cole followed with 13 for the Bears, who led by 27 points three times in the second half. Cooksey had five assists and Hankins-Cole pulled a game-high seven rebounds.

Senior Justin Hicks came off the bench for 12 points and five rebounds for the Bears.

Senior Doug Campbell led all scorers with 19 points to pace Rio Grande. Senior Sean Whiting followed with 10 for the Red Storm, which show only 41 percent overall and 36.4 percent from the arc.

Pikeville got the win on a night it hit 50 percent from the field but only 24 (6-of-25) percent from the arc. The Bears had 17 steals and turned it over only 10 times.

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Faried in Top 6 but No Kentucky Wildcats in AnnArbor.com Player of the Year Poll


The first AnnArbor.com Player of the Year Poll has been conducted and Kemba Walker is the early favorite to win college basketball's Player of the Year Award.

Morehead State's Kenneth Faried is No. 6 in the initial poll with 4 points, including one first place vote.

There are no representatives from the University of Kentucky.

The AnnArbor.com poll is conducted on fifty-five journalists, who also server as voting members on other various college basketball player of the year award. Each voter lists three players. First-place votes are worth three point, a second-place vote is worth two points and a third-place vote is worth one.

In the first poll, Walker leads the way with 125 total points, followed by Ohio State's Jared Sullinger with 85.

Jimmer Fredette is third with 56 votes and Duke's Nolan Smith and Kyle Singler round out the top five.

In the past, the poll has been a remarkably accurate indicator of who will win.

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Georgetown College Snaps Recent Skid with Big Win


(11) Georgetown 65
Cumberlands 45

Final from Georgetown, Kentucky


Georgetown College men's basketball team ended the two-game skid Thursday behind a big second half effort against rival University of the Cumberlands, 65-45.

No. 11 Tigers (16-2, 5-1 Mid-South Conference) ran out early in Davis-Reid Alumni Gym, but the Patriots (7-7, 3-3) were not going down easily. They battled back to trail 29-25 at the half, and were only down that much because Rodney Haddix connected on a runner in the lane as time was winding down.

Georgetown opened things up early in the second half and never looked back, outscoring its opponent 36-20 in the final 20.

Vic Moses led with a double-double, 21 points and 14 rebounds, while Maurice Pearson added 18.

Jared Cunningham led Cumberlands with 10 points, while Tanner Jacobs pulled down 12 rebounds.

GC is back in action 4 p.m. Saturday against No. 22 Lindsey Wilson College.

* Game recap by Georgetown College

NKU Gets Defensive in Massacre of Maryville


Northern Kentucky 76
Maryville 36

Final from Highland Heights, Kentucky


HIGHLAND HEIGHTS, Ky. – Northern Kentucky University’s defense enjoyed a record-setting performance during a 76-36 victory against Maryville on Thursday night.

NKU held Maryville to just 10 first-half points and coasted to the victory. The 10 points were the fewest ever scored in a half by an NKU opponent. Gannon and Kentucky State each shared the previous record of 13 points in a half against the Norse.

In addition, Maryville’s 36 points were also the fewest ever allowed by NKU. The previous low-point total for an NKU opponent was 40 on three different occasions.

Bobby Shannon scored 15 points to lead NKU (12-3 overall, 5-2 Great Lakes Valley Conference) to its fourth consecutive win. The Norse held Maryville to just three field goals and 13 percent shooting in the first half en route to a 30-10 lead at the break.

NKU, in fact, owned a 24-2 lead with 3:51 remaining before halftime after Shannon buried a 3-pointer. Maryville, however, scored eight points during the final three minutes to reach double figures by the break.

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Antoine Walker is Not an NBA Call-Up Candidate


Matt Hubert of DLeagueDigest.com doesn't believe that former Kentucky star Antoine Walker will have a shot at the NBA this season.

Walker's debacle at the D-League Showcase likely turned a small chance into no chance in terms of an NBA opportunity, at least in the short term.

Hubert says Walker "looked old, heavy, and slow."

Here is an excerpt:

Walker has more of an NBA past than your prototypical D-Leaguer, but in regards to an NBA future, there are several players more deserving of a call-up right now. He’s not even the most call-up ready on his own D-League team. I’d nominate point guard Cedric Jackson, who played well in the Showcase and has three call-ups on his resume from last season, for that distinction.

It will be interesting to see if Walker plays out the duration of the season with the Stampede. There have been no indications that he would pack it in early, but the Showcase could be a turning point for him. If the dream of his basketball future in the NBA was fueling him when he first agreed to join the D-League, it’s the cold reality of his D-League present and foreseeable future that is facing Walker now. Whether this is his final chapter remains to be seen, but I don’t expect to be writing any stories about Walker in the NBA this season

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Hilltoppers Fall to 0-3 in Sun Belt Conference Play


Troy 82
WKU 68

Final from Troy, Alabama

Sergio Kerusch had 24 points and 13 rebounds, leading all players on both teams in each category, but it was not enough for WKU as Troy knocked off the Hilltoppers 82-68 on Thursday night at Sartain Hall in Troy, Ala. WKU falls to 5-10 overall and 0-3 in Sun Belt Conference play for the first time since the 1988-89 season. Troy improves to 3-13 overall, 1-3 in the conference.
Kahlil McDonald added 14 points for WKU, while Juan Pattillo had 11 points and nine rebounds and Steffphon Pettigrew added 11 points and six rebounds. WKU shot only 38.5 percent from the field for the game (25-65) including only 20.7 percent from the three-point line (6-29). The Hilltoppers had eight assists and 15 turnovers.

Vernon Taylor led Troy in scoring with 20 points and added seven rebounds, while Will Weathers had 17 points and seven rebounds. Bernard Toombs had seven points and 11 rebounds. Troy outrebounded WKU 54-36 including a 23-12 edge on the offensive glass, and outscored WKU’s bench 27-4. Troy outscored WKU in the second half 56-36 after trailing by six points at halftime.

McDonald and Kerusch opened the game with back to back three-point field goals for a 6-0 WKU lead and the Hilltoppers led for the entire first half. Kerusch had nine points and four rebounds in the game’s first six minutes and finished the initial stanza with a game-high 15 points and nine rebounds, just one rebound shy of posting a double-double in the first half alone.

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Thursday, January 13, 2011

John Calipari Offers Pregame Comments for LSU


Here are John Calipari's pregame comments as Kentucky prepares to host LSU on Saturday (via UKAthletics.com):

On LSU …
“The tapes that I’m watching, they’ve won two league games, they’re ahead of us in schedule, standings, Trent (Johnson) has done a good job. They run good stuff, their guards are playing well, they’ve got some size and we have a challenge. They played us all man last year, first two games they’ve played all zone so I don’t know if they’ll play us man or zone. I really don’t have an idea. They’re good.”

On if he is seeing improvement from the players he has been working out individually …
“It’s too early. I’ve got to spend a little more time than I am. I’m hitting you guys every time before practice it seems for some reason. I need to spend more time with these guys. Slowly but surely, we just have to stay on it. Stuff doesn’t change. If it takes you two years of habits to go down a road, within a week it’s not changing. When you start down that road in a month – it’s like Eloy (Vargas), Eloy reverted in the last game to his habits of catching the ball and then stepping and then it gets blocked. We’re working on as the ball is coming to you, step and catch it and get it in the (basket). He’s got to have it. It’s engrained. He can’t get a shot in the basket right now because every time he catches it it’ll be a step back…we’re working on it. We changed some free throws, some guys are doing well, and other guys aren’t doing so well.”

On if he’s frustrated about the progress, disappointed, or neither …
“No, we just hope that one of these guys or two of them step up to help us. We’re playing six guys right now. I’d like to be able to know that – like I watched our tape last year. You have to understand, Ramon (Harris) shot 12 percent from the 3-point line, couldn’t make a free throw, but I could leave him in the game because he would defend and rebound. He could not make a shot, or a free throw, but he would go in and defend and rebound a little bit. Perry Stevenson, he’d finish a little bit, but he’d defend and rebound and try, most games, not every game, but we could go to him and we weren’t going to drop off the face of the earth. Right now, there’s just that drop and we’ve got to close that gap between those six and those other three guys.”

On if some players think of themselves as scorers because of their high school days …
“Well every player does. They all think of themselves as point guards and scorers. So, I have 11 point guards on this team that I’ve screwed up and put in different positions. If someone else shoots the ball I should be shooting. We had guys fighting for the ball to get a shot off last game. The issue for us right now is the commitment toward winning. It’s not if you score or how much you play, we’re committed to winning. There’s five minutes in a close game, what do we have to do to win? We have to execute on both ends, play a little bit tougher, play guys before they catch the ball, and we’re bouncing and talking and scrambling to win. We’re not there right now. Especially if someone plays a good game, he’s truly not there. We’ve got a ways to go, we’re just going to keep talking about it, showing it on tape and keep demanding it. It takes time.”

On sophomore guard Jon Hood avoiding the treadmill thus far…
“He’s trying. He’s trying; he’s just got a little buzzard’s luck. Everybody shoots the ball and makes it. So he walks in the game, they take one dribble, shoot it right on him and it goes in every single time, and it could be a guy who hasn’t made a shot. He’s just got buzzard’s luck sometimes. He’s trying but he still…and it’s hard to get in there and unleash yourself when you’re afraid of making a mistake, but my thing is, defensively, if you’re alert and play people before they catch it, and when a shot goes up you block out and rebound, it’s an effort mistake. If you’re making effort mistakes you don’t deserve to be on the floor. We’ve got to get these guys more comfortable. The guys are trying to get him shots, you see it. Stacey (Poole) had a layup but he was going to show this round house dunk so he fumbled the ball. Why wouldn’t you just catch it and get – because you don’t understand my game – I do, and that’s why I’m not playing you much. You’ve got to make easy plays. Why would you try that? They’re not bad kids, they just – when you’re dealing with all young players, this is what you deal with. I told them, I haven’t enjoyed the last two games coaching either game. We played awful down in LSU last year, but we tried. The two guards, John Wall and Eric (Bledsoe), were awful in that game. I don’t know if you remember, they were awful. DeAndre (Liggins) went in and made a couple shots, did some good things. We overpowered them inside but they played good defense against us, got the ball where they wanted, missed some shots…”

On if freshman forward Terrence Jones will come off the bench again …
“Possibly.”

On the thinking behind the decision of whether to start Jones or not …
“I like how we started last game. There was energy. See, it only takes one guy to zap your energy of your practice and of your game. So, if you have two guys that are standing around that’s when you’re behind every basket, every shot, every drive, and every rebound. And there have been times we’ve been that way too, but I liked the way we started the game. I mean, we made shots; there was an energy level to what we were trying to do. So if that’s the lineup that gives us a good start, then we start that way. I mean, who cares? The kid scored the ball and rebounded the ball, probably played as many minutes as he would if he were starting.”

On the biggest improvement he wants to see from Tuesday’s game against Auburn to Saturday’s game against LSU …
“Just play better. Just play better, more consistent effort. Guys come out with a sense of urgency, not being content with how they’re playing. We had a lot of guys content with how they’re playing and that just sets you up for failure. Be more committed.”

EKU Grabs OVC Road Win at Eastern Illinois


Eastern Kentucky 63
Eastern Illinois 49

Final from Charleston, Illinois


CHARLESTON, Ill. – The Eastern Kentucky University men’s basketball team used a decisive 17-2 run early in the second half to pull away from host Eastern Illinois and defeat the Panthers, 63-49, Thursday night at Lantz Arena. Junior Joshua Jones led all scorers on the night with 16 points.

With the win, the Colonels snap a three-game losing streak and improve to 8-9 (3-4 OVC) on the season. The Panthers, meanwhile, fall to 6-10 (2-4 OVC) on the year.

Jones finished the night with 16 points, four rebounds, four assists and two blocks to pace EKU. Senior Josh Daniel sank four three-pointers to finish with 14 points while senior Justin Stommes chipped in with 11 points, eight of which he scored consecutively to spark the 17-2 second half run.

The Colonels shot 48 percent (24-of-50) from the field and connected on 10 three-pointers for the second straight OVC game.

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Morehead State Runs Away from SEMO


Morehead State 76
Southeast Missouri 63

Final from Cape Girardeau, Missouri


CAPE GIRARDEAU, Mo.— Morehead State men’s basketball capitalized on a quick second half start and a tenacious defense in the final 20 minutes as the Eagles won their sixth straight game, rallying past host Southeast Missouri 76-63 Thursday night at the Show Me Center.

MSU improved to 12-6 and 5-2 in the Ohio Valley Conference, winning by double digits for the fifth time in the last six games overall. SEMO fell to 5-12 and 4-3 in the league as the Eagles defeated the Redhawks for the sixth straight time.

“They (SEMO) are a nice team that is much improved from last season, but our kids competed hard and played hard for 40 minutes,” said MSU coach Donnie Tyndall. “SEMO has five guys that can really score the ball, and they made every shot early it seemed like.”

Leading by just four at the half, MSU opened the final half on a 6-0 run and built a double digit lead it never relinquished. MSU shot 52 percent in the second period and limited the Redhawks, who had shot 43 percent in the opening half, to just 33 percent.

Five Eagles scored in double digits, led by Sam Goodman’s 16 which were just two short of a career high. Terrance Hill tallied 12, while Kenneth Faried, Demonte Harper and Drew Kelly each had 11. Kelly’s total came up just one short of the career high he set Saturday against Jacksonville State.

The Eagles led the rebounding battle, 35-32. Faried had nine boards, and Kelly pulled down six.

Leon Powell’s 20 points led four Redhawks reaching double figures. Luca Nutt hit four treys and scored 14, while Anthony Allison notched 12 and Marland Smith chipped in 10.

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Antoine Walker Has Terrible Showing at D-League Showcase


Former Kentucky star Antoine Walker did not help his NBA comeback, as least in the short-term, at this week's NBA D-League Showcase.

Walker was terrible in two games during the event. He was a combined 4-26 (15.4%), 2-10 (20%) from long range and he committed 12 turnovers.

Here is an excerpt from NBCSports.com:

Antoine Walker schadenfreude is the internet’s unofficial pastime, which is reason enough to inform you that despite Walker’s relatively strong start with the D-League’s Idaho Stampede, he looked fairly incompetent during the two biggest games of his D-League career.

Concluding today is the D-League Showcase, which is, Essentially, a matter of convenience; rather than assuming that NBA teams are scouting the D-League full-time, they gather as many team officials, NBA scouts, and European scouts as possible in one gym (along with an NBA TV-viewing audience) and trot out teams from the D two at a time to strut their stuff. Now that NBA teams are able to sign players to 10-day contracts, the Showcase is a great tool to assist D-Leaguers in their call-up pursuits

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Campbellsville vs. Life Postponed Until Monday


CAMPBELLSVILE, Ky. -- The home men's basketball game scheduled for Thursday, Jan. 13 between Campbellsville University and Life University has been postponed due to dangerous road conditions in Georgia. The game is rescheduled for Monday, Jan. 17 at 7 p.m. at Powell Athletic Center.

It's the second straight postponement for Life, which had to call off its home game against Faulkner University on Tuesday.

Life's Marietta, Ga., main campus has been closed every day this week since a winter storm moved through the Atlanta Metropolitan Area over the weekend, dropping up to 6 inches of snow and leaving behind icey road conditions. As of Wednesday morning, Department of Transportation crews were still working to keep major highways and interstates free of ice.

Dick Vitale Blasts the NCAA Over Kanter Decision Again


In what is seemingly becoming a daily occurrence, ESPN's Dick Vitale has unloaded on the NCAA again - this time on ESPN.com.

Vitale says Kentucky freshman Enes Kanter is the latest victim of unfair and inconsistent NCAA decision-making.

Here is an excerpt:

In my opinion, the NCAA has been terribly inconsistent with their rulings. For example, Kansas guard Josh Selby and Mississippi State forward Renardo Sidney were both penalized for receiving extra benefits. Then, after paying back money, they were re-instated and allowed to play.

Meanwhile, at Ohio State, five football players were punished for selling memorabilia and receiving extra benefits. The penalty was not imposed for this year's bowl game against Arkansas, but for numerous games next season. The NCAA regulates in situations that are totally wacky and there is no consistency.

I think about the situation at Kentucky with their big man, Enes Kanter, whose father turned down offers for millions of dollars just so his son could play college basketball. Compare that to what Cam Newton's father did!

Kanter, at the age of 16, took cash in Turkey that exceeded the amount allotted for expenses, which came out to be around $30,000. Why not let the kid repay those dollars and sit out this season, gaining his eligibility for the 2011-12 campaign?

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Former Hilltopper Jeremy Evans is an iPad Artist


Former Western Kentucky star Jeremy Evans, who is in his rookie season with the Utah Jazz, is a talented iPad artist according to teammate Gordon Hayward:

Future Kentucky Stars in Updated Highschoolhoop Top 50


Highschoolhoop.com has released an updated HSH Top 50 high school players from around the nation.

Austin Rivers, who has signed with Duke, tops the list followed by future Kentucky Wildcats Michael Gilchrist and Marquis Teague.

Myck Kabongo is fourth an Brad Beal rounds out the top five.

Kentucky 2012 recruit Shabazz Muhammad is No. 6 and Anthony Davis, who has already signed with UK, is No. 8.

Here are the top 10 and other notables for Kentucky fans:

1. Austin Rivers (2011)
2. Michael Gilchrist (2011)
3. Marquis Teague (2011)
4. Myck Kabongo (2011)
5. Brad Beal (2011)
6. Shabazz Muhammad (2012)
7. James McAdoo (2011)
8. Anthony Davis (2011)
9. Rodney Purvis (2012)
10. Julius Randle (2013)
15. Perry Ellis (2012)
20. Trevor Lacey (2011)
39. Kyle Wiltjer (2011)

John Calipari Watches Future Wildcat Marquis Teague


Kentucky head coach John Calipari was in attendance at the Marion County Tournament Wednesday night.

He watched future Wildcat Marquis Teague score 15 points in Pike's lopsided 97-58 victory over Speedway.

Here is an excerpt from Indystar.com:

The start of the Marion County Tournament Wednesday brought out several college coaches, including Kentucky coach John Calipari, who watched senior recruit Marquis Teague score 15 points in Pike’s 97-58 win over Speedway. Illinois coach Bruce Weber watched Lawrence Central and uncommitted junior Jeremy Hollowell in the Bears’ 81-80 triple overtime win over Ben Davis. Assistant coaches from Butler, IPFW and Wright State were also spotted a various sites.


Heading into last night's game, Teague is leading Pike with averages of 19.9 points and 5.5 assists.

Rajon Rondo is One Player Who Will Never Get Traded


Dimemag.com has listed 10 NBA player who will never get traded and the list includes former Kentucky point guard Rajon Rondo, who has emerged as the leader of the Boston Celtics.

Here is an excerpt about Rondo:

RAJON RONDO, Celtics

Even if you don’t think Rondo is the best player of the Celtics right now (although he is), he will only keep improving as KG, Pierce and Ray get older and fade away. Yes, Boston will have to surround Rondo with good scorers and the team can’t depend on him to put up 20 points a night, but there are only one or two PG’s in the League who run an offense better than Rondo. It would be like the Colts trading Peyton Manning.


In other Rondo news, he has been surpassed by Chicago's Derrick Rose in NBA All-Star voting.

In returns released by the NBA today, Rose now ranks second among Eastern Conference guards with 1,225,575 votes. Rondo is third with 1,171,311. Both trail Miami's Dwyane Wade, who has 1,499,768 votes. The top two will be named starters in the NBA All-Star Game.

Order Your DeMarcus Cousins Fathead


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WKU's Ken Brown to Harris-Stowe State University?


It has not been confirmed, but if Facebook pages are any indication, it appears that former Western Kentucky University point guard Ken Brown plans to transfer to Harris-Stowe State University.

Harris-Stowe State is located in Saint Louis, which is where Brown lives. The school is an NAIA Division I program in men's basketball.

ESPN Ranks UK No. 12 in Power Rankings, U of L No. 23


In ESPN.com's Power Rankings for January 13, Kentucky is ranked No. 12. Louisville comes in at No. 23.

Here is an excerpt about the Cats and Cards:

12 (9) Kentucky 13-3 211 The Wildcats did lose on the road at Georgia, but they're still the most talented team in the SEC. Terrence Jones' 35-point game in the win over Auburn was quite a feat.

23 (24) Louisville 13-3 51 Rick Pitino may be doing one of his best coaching jobs at Louisville. This team doesn't have a star but finds a way to be a tough out wherever the Cards play.

Top 10:

1. Ohio State
2. Kansas
3. Syracuse
4. Duke
5. Pittsburgh
6. San Diego State
7. Villanova
8. Purdue
9. Connecticut
10. Brigham Young

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