Saturday, February 5, 2011

Gators Chomp Kentucky in Heartbreaking Loss


(23) Florida 70
(11) Kentucky 68

Final from Gainesville, Florida


For the second time this week, the No. 11 Kentucky Wildcats suffered a heartbreaking Southeastern Conference loss on the road.

On the heels of a gut-wrenching 71-69 loss at Ole Miss on Tuesday night, the Cats fell two points short at Florida.

A Brandon Knight three-pointer as time expired rimmed out and the No. 23 Gators defeated the Wildcats 70-68.

Kentucky (16-6, 4-4 SEC) only trailed Florida 34-32 at the half but allowed Billy Donovan's club to get the lead as high as 13 points early in the second half.

As Kentucky fans have witnessed several times this season, the Wildcats made a dazzling comeback but fell just short as the final horn sounded.

Florida (18-5, 7-2) picked up 17 points, 12 rebounds and 5 assists from Chandler Parsons. Erving Walker added 12 points and Vernon Macklin chipped in 11.

Brandon Knight led the Wildcats with 24 points on 7-14 shooting. Knight was 4-5 from long range and added 5 rebounds and 4 assists. Terrence Jones gave the Wildcats 18 points, but the freshman big man was only 7-18 from the field.

The loss marks the fourth time this season that Kentucky has lost by only two points.

Kentucky will now try to figure out how to regroup and turn perhaps the low point of the season around. The Wildcats host Tennessee at 9:00 p.m. ET on Tuesday.

Pikeville College Simply Destroys Shawnee State


Pikeville College 109
Shawnee State 55

Final from Pikeville, Kentucky

PIKEVILLE, Ky. – Four players reached double figures on a day they hit 57.6 percent from the floor as Pikeville College knocked off Shawnee State University 109-55 on Saturday afternoon at the East Kentucky Expo Center.

Pikeville had nearly everything going its way en route to its 20th win on the season compared to five losses. The Bears, who have now had four straight 20-win seasons, improved to 9-4 in Mid-South Conference play with their third straight win, all against league competition.

Shawnee State fell to 8-16 overall, 3-10 in the conference.

Pikeville dominated the glass, outrebounding Shawnee State 50-34. The Bears hit 18 three-point shots on the day, handed out 21 assists and had 14 steals on 23 SSU turnovers.

Shawnee State hit only 25.9 percent overall and was 1-of-10 from the arc.

Junior Chris Puckett hit 4-of-5 from the arc to finish with a game-high 16 points in only 14 minutes of playing time. Senior Justin Hicks, who became the 12th player in the history of Pikeville College basketball to reach 1,400 points, had 15 to go with three steals.

Senior Quincy Hankins-Cole and sophomore Trevor Setty followed with 13 each. Setty had nine rebounds and Hankins-Cole six. Junior Cordero Ellis led the rebounders with 11 in 16 minutes of action.

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Hankins-Cole slams it home in Thursday's win over Georgetown:


John Calipari Discusses Game at Florida


Here are Kentucky head coach John Calipari's pregame comments as he prepares Big Blue Nation for tonight's important game at Florida (via UKAthletics.com):

On if anything stood out to him after watching tape from the loss at Ole Miss …
“Couple guys didn’t play very well. Like, really, I was stunned. What I’ve said to those players, it’s hard for me to watch individual performances when I’m watching a game. I’m trying to see the flow of the game; I’m trying to think ahead, I’m trying to see where I think this is going, what we need to do. It’s hard for me to zero in on one guy. When you do that on the tape you have the chance to rewind it, rewind it, rewind it, you’re like, ‘Uh-oh.’ We don’t have enough room for error, if two guys really play poorly, like, really play bad, we’re trying to play with 3.5 guys. So, guys have a responsibility to each other. We didn’t talk, we didn’t defend. We had a couple guys not defend at all; it was straight line drive, straight line drive to the basket. But Mississippi came out and they were the aggressor and that’s what happens.”

On if their defense against Ole Miss is why he’s emphasizing taking charges …
“No, just one guy. Not on his man, but away from the ball, Josh (Harrellson) needs to put his body out there. He’s not taken one charge all year. He now has a goal that he has to reach or he runs. He’ll be flopping all over that court. And you know what? It’s not his fault; I accepted that for 20 games. Now I’m not accepting it, it’ll change. What it always comes back to is, me. What I accept is what I’ll get. If you demand a lot you’ll get a lot, if you accept mediocrity you’ll get it every single time. We have some guys that I’ve accepted what they want to give and that’s why I’m saying there’s stuff we’re trying to do to cure some of that. We need to get some free baskets; we don’t get enough offensive rebounds. Why? Well, guys aren’t going to the glass. Well, that must be acceptable. We’ve got a lot of stuff that we’ve got to tie together.”

On Florida and how they match up against them …
“Hard game. They’re playing well, they play well at home. Their two-guard will control the tempo of the game, their big kids are good, they run a lot of pick and rolls and do a lot of good stuff. Billy’s (Donovan) done a great job.”

On if he hasn’t been tough enough on his team …
“No, I’ve been hard on them, believe me. But, there are things that they’re not doing that we must have let go because that’s where they are. So, it always comes back to me. Like I said, we’ve accepted certain things and for us to move forward, like I said, we can’t accept those things. Those are so important, that’s one or two possessions in a couple-bucket game. And for us, every game we’re going to play is going to be a couple buckets. Those are two-possession games. Everybody wanted to look at the last shot. ‘Why didn’t he shoot it, what was the…’ Well, there were about four or five plays before that, that that wouldn’t have been a factor if we had blocked on a weak side drive, guy shoots a six-foot run, a 5-9 guy, shoots a reverse layup and our guy is standing right there and doesn’t block it. I mean, just stood there and watched it. We had a bunch of plays like that, straight line drive off our guard. ‘I score so I’m going to go down here now and not going to get in a stance and he’s going to drive and score.’ We had a bunch of those. I score; I’m good now, and then they score quick because the guy’s not ready to play. But again, that’s the inexperience. That’s something that we’re just trying to work our way through, playing every possession, it’s what young guys and inexperienced guys do not do. They don’t understand every possession is important, every possession.”

On if he believes freshman guard Brandon Knight when he says that playing against Florida, a school that recruited him, and Kenny Boynton is just another game …
“We’ll see, we will see. I hope he’s accurate with that statement because I think what they’ll try to do is press him a little bit, get up in him and do some stuff. He needs to have poise down there because the place will go nuts. It’ll be interesting. It’s a good game for us to play right now – great game.”

Why?
“Because it’s a bounce back game and you better bounce back, and you’re going to do it against another team and they’re not going to go away. So, you’re going to have to play the entire 40 minutes and we have to find out at some point this year when will we do it because we haven’t done it yet. We’ve played for 30 minutes and 32 minutes, we’ve not been close to a 40-minute game. So, this one, you better challenge yourself. You make a basket, you better not go back and say now I’m good and they score quickly. If you do that you have no chance of winning the game.”

Transylvania Holds Off Defiance in HCAC Action


Transylvania 72
Defiance 67

Final from Lexington, Kentucky


LEXINGTON, Ky. - Junior Ethan Spurlin scored 14 of his 20 points in the second half Saturday, lifting Transylvania to a hard-fought 72-67 win over Defiance in men's Heartland Conference basketball action at the Beck Center.

The win improved Transy to 15-6 overall, 9-5 HCAC, while the Yellow Jackets are 10-11, 5-9 in the conference.

Spurlin was seven of 12 from the field and six of seven from the free throw line. He also had four rebounds. Ashley Hatfield backed him with 14 points, all in the first half, and Barrett Meyer had 10 points and five assists.

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Thomas More Falls Short at Washington & Jefferson


Washington & Jefferson 68
Thomas More College 64

Final from Washington, Pennsylvania


(WASHINGTON, Pa.) - The Thomas More College men's basketball team had two players reach double-figure scoring, but it wasn't enough as the Saints fell, 68-64, to Presidents' Athletic Conference (PAC) rival Washington & Jefferson College today (Saturday, February 5, 2011) at the Henry Memorial Center.

With the loss, the Saints fall to 11-10 overall and 7-3 in the PAC. With the win, the Presidents improve to 8-14 overall and 5-6 in the PAC.

W&J jumped out to a 23-10 lead with 10:35 to play in the first half when Paul Matthews made a three-pointer. The Saints answered with a 17-9 run capped by a jumper by senior shooting guard Aaron Miller (Lexington,Ky./Henry Clay) to cut the lead to 32-27 with 4:34 to play in the opening half. The Presidents closed out the half on a 9-6 run to increase the lead to 41-33 at halftime when R.J. Pilato made a lay-up with 1:41 to play in the half.

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Morehead State Ready for Important OVC Test Tonight


COOKEVILLE, Tenn.--Morehead State men’s basketball survived a late barrage of 3-pointers at Jacksonville State Thursday, only to find a hungry Tennessee Tech team waiting for the Eagles Saturday. MSU and TTU, tied for third in the OVC at 8-4, square off at the Eblen Center at 8:30 p.m. Eastern.

The Eagles got 25 points from Demonte Harper, who shot 9-of-15 from the field, and 21 points and 20 rebounds by Kenneth Faried to hold on after a couple of furious rallies by the Gamecocks. The same kind of effort will be needed Saturday against a Tech team that beat Eastern Kentucky Thursday to maintain the two-way tie for third place.

Faried and Harper still lead the Eagles, averaging a combined 33.3 points per game.

MSU won the first meeting with Tech this season, 76-64 in Morehead. Morehead State also leads its long-time OVC rival Golden Eagles 72-61. MSU is 16-8 overall and is 12-9 overall and along with Tech is half a game behind Murray State and one game behind Austin Peay. With Murray and Peay also squaring off Saturday, the TTU-MSU game will have second place on the line with five games to go.

Tennessee Tech has four players that average in double figures, led by Kevin Murphy’s 15.6 points per game. Zach Bailey tallies 10.7 points per game and Jud Dillard and Zac Swansey each average 10 points.Terrell Barnes leads the Golden Eagles on the glass with 6.0 boards per game.

TTU has won three straight and four of the last five, losing at Tennessee State, but earning victories over Eastern Illinois, SEMO Eastern Kentucky and Austin Peay.

After Saturday, Morehead State will close out the 2010-11 home season with a pair of OVC games against Eastern Illinois (Thursday) and Southeast Missouri (Saturday). The SEMO game will mark senior night and the final home appearance by Sam Goodman, Harper and Faried.

* Article by Morehead State University

Northern Kentucky Uses Depth to Defeat Missouri S&T


(24) Northern Kentucky 71
Missouri S&T 60

Final from Rolla, Missouri


ROLLA, Mo. – Northern Kentucky University’s deep bench helped the Norse avoid an upset at Missouri S&T on Friday night.

NKU reserves Ethan Faulkner, Jon Van Hoose and Chris Knight all scored in double figures as No. 24 NKU rallied in the second half for a 71-60 victory over Missouri S&T at Billy Key Court. Faulkner and Van Hoose both finished with 12 points for NKU, which has won nine of its past 10 games and is 17-4 overall.

Knight added 10 points off the bench as the Norse improved to 10-3 in the Great Lakes Valley Conference and remained unbeaten (7-0) all-time against Missouri S&T. NKU used a game-ending 16-5 run during the final six minutes to break away from a 55-all tie and defeat the Miners.

Knight started the run by making one of two free throws, and Faulkner followed with a basket to give NKU a 58-55 advantage. Van Hoose then keyed the spurt by draining a pair of 3-pointers. His trey with 5:01 remaining extended NKU’s lead to 61-55, and he later buried another 3-pointer to give the Norse a 64-58 advantage.

Van Hoose made four 3-pointers for his 12 points. The Norse, who trailed by a 37-34 score at halftime, were 10-for-23 from 3-point range.

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Kentucky Wesleyan Gets Back on Winning Track


Kentucky Wesleyan 76
Missouri-St. Louis 61

Final from St. Louis, Missouri


The Kentucky Wesleyan College men's basketball team got its toughest stretch of the season off to a solid start Friday night.

The Panthers were led by 19 points from Cardell McFarland and by a defense that held Missouri-St. Louis, and guard Gerald Fulton, in check in a 76-61 Great Lakes Valley Conference victory in St. Louis.

It was the second straight win for KWC (15-5, 7-5 GLVC), which had split its last six games. It also guaranteed the Panthers a berth in the GLVC Tournament.

The win gives the Panthers a momentum boost on the start of a four-game conference road swing that also includes stops at Maryville on Sunday and Northern Kentucky and Indianapolis before returning home Feb. 14 to face Southern Indiana.

"It's always big to win that first game on the road," KWC coach Todd Lee said. "Momentum. Now, you can focus on Maryville and the guys have got some confidence. That first game on the road is really big."

Wesleyan handed the Tritons (14-7, 8-5) their first loss on their home floor this season.

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Video: Jodie Meeks Converts in Transition

Former Kentucky star Jodie Meeks scored 14 points in last night's 100-98 win over the New York Knicks. He was 5-8 from the field and 4-7 from long range.

Here is his one field goal from inside the arc:

Jay Bilas Breaks Down UK vs. Florida; Picks Gators


ESPN basketball analyst Jay Bilas, who is generally one of the best at actual basketball analysis, breaks down No. 11 Kentucky at No. 23 Florida today.

Bilas makes some good points and then delivers a pick that Kentucky fans don't want to hear.

Here is an excerpt:

Kentucky's X factor: Doron Lamb. This kid can really shoot it. Whether it is from range or off the bounce and inside the line, Lamb does a really nice job of working for the ball. He can catch-and-shoot, pull up, and when he gets his feet set, he drills it. Lamb averages 14 points per game, has hit 42 3s and shoots 51 percent from the floor and 48 percent from 3-point range.

Florida's X factor: Vernon Macklin. The senior averages 11.1 points and 6.3 rebounds and is a workhorse inside and on the glass. But Macklin does not shoot free throws well, hitting only 39 percent from the line.

Key stat: Turnovers and offensive rebounds. Florida needs to get out in transition and needs to get Kentucky playing at different speeds. If Florida can turn the Cats over, provide different looks, and play ahead of the defense, the Gators can win at home. Florida is not a great shooting team, so getting easy baskets in transition and getting offensive rebounds for easier second-chance opportunities will be critical. Kentucky has done a good job limiting turnovers and needs to attack the pressure to score and must be strong with the ball. Knight and Lamb should get opportunities from 3-point territory against the Gator press and as Kentucky passes ahead, skips it and drives it.

Who wins: Kentucky has more pure talent, but has not played its best on the road. I think that Florida's pressure, the crowd, and the ballscreen action the Gators run will win out in Gainesville, but barely.

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John Calipari and Billy Donovan on ESPN College GameDay

Here is Kentucky head coach John Calipari and Florida head coach Billy Donovan on ESPN College GameDay this morning:



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Daniel Orton's Off to a Difficult Start in the NBA


Hoopsworld.com spoke to former Kentucky big man Daniel Orton recently and Orton admitted that he's going through a difficult time early in his NBA career.

Orton had to have his knee surgically repaired and is likely to miss the entire NBA season.

Here is an excerpt:

It's really hard," Orton told HOOPSWORLD. "Of course you want to play and you come in having to learn a lot. Not being able to get in there and play is really tough. I'm not able to go in and learn from my mistakes and experiences or anything like that. It's tough just having to watch."

View Alex Kennedy Archive While he has tried to learn from his spot behind Orlando's bench, he has realized throughout this process that there is only so much a player can gain from watching others play the game.

"You learn from sitting on the bench, but there's more ways than just visual learning. I don't get to experience all of those other ways of learning. I just want to play. More than anything, I just want to play. It's really tough not being able to contribute," Orton said.


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No. 2 Bellarmine University Overwhelms Maryville


(2) Bellarmine 76
Maryville 56

Final from St. Louis, Missouri

ST. LOUIS--The No. 2 Bellarmine University Knights used a 14-0 run to close the first half and cruised to a 76-56 victory over the Maryville University Saints tonight in a Great Lakes Valley Conference game at Moloney Arena.

The host Saints opened up a quick 9-4 lead to start the game, but Bellarmine quickly made up the five point spread and tied it at 9-9 with 15:30 remaining in the opening period.

Geral Shaw nailed a triple at the 7:35 mark of the first half to give the Saints a 22-21 lead, but that would the final points of the opening stanza for Maryville as Bellarmine held the hosts scoreless while reeling off 14 to take a 35-22 lead into intermission.

Bellarmine extended the lead to 25 points at the 11:02 mark and coasted to the 76-56 victory.

Jeremy Kendle led four Bellarmine double-figure scorers with 18, and Braydon Hobbs--who chipped in 10 points--led the Knights with eight rebounds and five assists.

Maryville's Asa Toney led all scorers with 22 points on 8-14 shooting including 6-11 from long range.

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Friday, February 4, 2011

John Wall Ejected for Arguing with Officials


Former Kentucky star John Wall was ejected in tonight's 110-92 loss to the Orlando Magic.

The Washington rookie was tossed late in the fourth quarter after receiving his second technical foul for arguing with referees.

As Wall headed to toward the locker room, he stripped off his jersey and tossed it into the crowd.

Kanter's Family is Exploring Potential Legal Action Against the NCAA


A lawyer representing Enes Kanter and his family has confirmed to ChicagoLawyerMagazine.com that his firm is "currently exploring legal action against the NCAA."

Timothy Epstein, a partner at SmithAmundsen law firm, is well-known for his representation in cases involving sports law.

Epstein serves as chairman of his firm's sports law practice group and represents clients in recreational, amateur and professional sports. He works on other distinct areas within sports law, including NCAA eligibility issues.

Here is an excerpt:

In one of his NCAA eligibility cases, he represents Enes Kanter, a freshman basketball player at the University of Kentucky who was ruled ineligible to play for the school in December. According to allegations, Kanter received more money than permitted by the NCAA when he played three seasons for a professional team in Turkey, his native country.

"He played basketball in Turkey as a high school kid and his father received actual and necessary expense money so that he could participate in a European basketball club similar to our AAU system in the U.S.," Epstein said. "In this case, you have a father trying to do the right thing to preserve his son's amateur status, so that he can play in the NCAA, but the NCAA staff considers the amount of expense money received to be a technical violation of NCAA rules."

In early January, a student-athlete reinstatement committee affirmed the NCAA staff's determination that Kanter is permanently ineligible, Epstein said.

"This is certainly difficult to swallow in light of the many NCAA athletes permitted to play despite willful violations by the athlete's representatives or the athletes themselves, including Cam Newton at Auburn and Terrelle Pryor at Ohio State," he said. "We are currently exploring potential legal action against the NCAA due in part to this disparate treatment."

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Patrick Patterson Questionable for Saturday with Eye Injury



Former Kentucky big man Patrick Patterson suffered a scratched eye today and is questionable for Houston's game on Saturday.



Here is a report from Jonathan Feigen on Twitter:

Jonathan_Feigen Rockets collection of big men shrinks again? Patrick Patterson scratches an eye. Questionable for tomorrow. Miller, Hill out. #hounews

Asbury University Earns Crucial KIAC Win at IU East


Asbury 92
IU-East 90

Final from Richmonda, Indiana


RICHMOND, Ind. – What looked to be a replay of another Indiana-East blowout victory quickly turned into a thriller as Phillip Morrison knocked down the game winner with five seconds remaining to give the Eagles a 92-90 victory, their seventh straight since a loss to IUE in January.

Morrison converted an old fashioned three-point play after a David Sanders missed jumper with the Red Wolves up by one. Morrison bounced back with 34 points after scoring only nine in the Eagles’ last game; it was only the second time this year he didn’t reach double-figures.

IUE (17-8, 7-2 KIAC) looked to be on their way to another rout of Asbury (16-6, 7-1 KIAC) after a quick 17-7 start. The Red Wolves beat the Eagles 107-83 back on January 11th in the Luce Center. Asbury’s slow start caused head coach Will Shouse to call two quick timeouts. After that the Eagles fought back and didn’t let the game get out of hand.

The Eagles pulled to within one at halftime at 46-45. Flip Crawford led the Eagles with 13 of his 19 points in the first half and was perfect from the foul line at 7-for-7. He finished the game 7-of-8 from the charity stripe. He also grabbed 11 rebounds, his ninth double-double of the season and second straight.

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Donovan, Calipari to Appear Together on College GameDay


Kentucky head coach John Calipari and Florida counterpart Billy Donovan will appear together on ESPN's College GameDay Saturday morning.

The morning edition of GameDay will be televised at 10:00 a.m. on ESPNU and continues on ESPN at 11:00 a.m.

The one-hour evening edition will be televised at 8:00 p.m. on ESPN. The show is hosted by Rece Davis and includes analysts Jay Bilas, Hubert Davis and Digger Phelps.

Here is an excerpt about the coaches appearing together from TampaBay.com:

Florida coach Billy Donovan and Kentucky coach John Calipari will make an appearance together during the first hour of the show on ESPN.

Donovan, who is in his 15th season at Florida, said he can remember when it was tough to get his team on television, so he welcomes the national exposure College GameDay brings.

"I do think that environment where ESPN is selecting a game they want to highlight for the weekend is a good thing,'' Donovan said.

Seth Davis Picks Gators to Defeat Kentucky


Seth Davis picks Florida to defeat Kentucky in tomorrow's Southeastern Conference battle in Gainesville.

Here is an excerpt about the game from SI.com:

No. 10 Kentucky (16-5, 4-3) at Florida (17-5, 6-2) I've been pretty bullish on Kentucky for most of the season, mostly because I'm waiting for this young team to grow up. The irony is, it's not the Wildcats' freshmen who are letting them down -- it's the upperclassmen. When 6-10 senior center Josh Harrelson went for 23 points and 14 rebounds in the win at Louisville, it looked like the start of something really good. It turned out to be the end, as Jorts hasn't broken double-digit scoring in a month. While freshmen Brandon Knight, Terrence Jones and Doron Lamb were combining for 57 points at Ole Miss Tuesday night, DeAndre Liggins and Darius Miller were combining for eight. I might give the 'Cats an edge in this one if the game were at Rupp, but they are going up against an older Florida team that is brimming with confidence, having won four of its last five (including Tuesday's escape at home over Vanderbilt in overtime). Chandler Parsons had 18 points and 11 rebounds in the win. The Gators are at their best when they play through him.

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Davis' Pick: Florida 77 Kentucky 73

I can understand Seth's pick, but I feel a little differently. I think Kentucky will rally after a disappointing loss to Ole Miss and look like a different team at Florida.

My Pick: Kentucky 75 Florida 69

Campbellsville Defeats Rio Grande in Mid-South Action


Campbellsville 74
Rio Grande 62

Final from Campbellsville, Kentucky

CAMPBELLSVILLE, Ky. -- Campbellsville University men's basketball moved into control of its own fate in the MSC standings Thursday, as the Tigers' 74-62 win over the University of Rio Grande was accompanied by a few upsets in the Mid-South Conference. But before the Tigers could gain any ground, they had to first avoid becoming a milestone in Rio Grande history as the program's first MSC win.

The Tigers saw a nine-point lead slip away late in the first half, as the RedStorm went on a 17-6 run to take a 34-32 lead with two minutes left until halftime. Looking as if the game would enter halftime tied, 36-36, Adrian Whelan gave the Tigers a one-point halftime lead after being fouled at the buzzer while shooting a 3.

Rio remained close for the first eight minutes of the second half, and leading by as many as three, 47-44, before the Tigers went on a run.

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Dimemag Says Prince is on the All-Mandela Team


Dimemag.com says former Kentucky star Tayshaun Prince is on their "All-Mandela Team".

They define the team as:

Through three long months of this NBA season, a select few players have had a longer year than others sitting on the bench watching rather than contributing. In most cases, these players are better than who is playing ahead of them. In other cases, they are more talented than the team they represent, as the win total for their squad is no representation of their efforts. All-Stars can play on bad teams, and good, young players have become great while reviving the team they play for. But come on, some organizations have zero plans of winning and simply harbor these players as hostages with contracts.

Here is an excerpt about Prince:

Small Forward: Tayshaun Prince (Detroit)
Seven years ago, Tayshaun Prince was the glue guy on an unbeatable championship team. Then he became a key piece in the rebuilding process. Now he is almost irrelevant. The Pistons did a great job drafting and signing players that play their best players’ positions. Owing to this log-jam, they are a repeat Lottery team with rotation issues. Prince is the definition of a “team-first” player – he sacrifices anything needed to get the win. Whether it is defense, rebounding, spot-up shooting or general leadership, Prince is a guy who can be placed onto any team’s roster without hurting chemistry.

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Louisville to Honor 1986 NCAA Championship Team


LOUISVILLE, Ky. - The University of Louisville's 1986 NCAA Championship team will be recognized at halftime of the Cardinals' Feb. 12 game against Syracuse in the KFC Yum! Center on this silver anniversary year of the achievement. The current U of L team will wear retro uniforms for the Syracuse game in the style worn by the 1986 team.
A commemorative poster, sponsored by United Graphics, will be provided to fans in attendance at the game. Prior to the game, members of the team will be available for autographs in the Woodford Reserve Club (main concourse level overlooking the river) from 10:30-11:30 a.m. Following the game, the team will visit T.G.I. Friday's restaurant (415 S Fourth Street) in Fourth Street Live to sign autographs and mingle with U of L fans from 3:30-5 p.m.

The 1985-86 Cardinals, who posted a 32-7 overall record, were guided by future Hall of Fame Coach Denny Crum and featured four starters that currently rank among the top 11 scorers all-time at U of L: Pervis Ellison (2,143 career points), Milt Wagner (1,836), Herbert Crook (1,723) and Billy Thompson (1,685). Starting guard Jeff Hall is also a career 1,000-point scorer (1,294). Louisville defeated Duke 72-69 in the title game and Ellison became the second freshman in NCAA history to be named the Most Outstanding Player after producing 25 points and 11 rebounds against the Blue Devils.

* Article by U of L

Hankins-Cole Slams No. 6 Georgetown in Record-Setting Night for Pikeville College


Pikeville College 66
(6) Georgetown College 65

Final from Pikeville, Kentucky

With 19.4 seconds remaining, Pikeville College senior Quincy Hankins-Cole went to the rim for a game-winning basket as the Bears defeated No. 6 Georgetown College 66-65.

The game was played in front of an NAIA record crowd of 4,196 fans at the East Kentucky Expo Center.

The game was played with the kind of intense play that is well-known to Mid-South Conference basketball fans.

The Bears and Tigers struggled offensively in the first half, combining for only 20 points in the game's first eight minutes. Georgetown converted a quick 4-0 run to give Georgetown an early 14-10 lead, but Pikeville's Trevor Setty answered with back-to-back three-pointers.

A sloppy first half ended with Pikeville taking a 25-24 lead to the locker room.

Hankins-Cole scored the first five points in the second half to give Pikeville (19-5, 8-4 MSC) a 30-24 lead. The Bears extended the lead to as much as 35-26 with 15:46 remaining in the game.

As Georgetown College head coach Happy Osborne often does, he called a time out and settled the Tigers down. Georgetown (21-3, 10-2) fought back to take a 42-41 lead at the 10:18 mark.

The Tigers then took their largest lead at 48-41 off the heels of a 13-2 run.

A Hankins-Cole dunk and a pair of Setty three-pointers ignited the Pikeville fans and team. The Bears stormed back to tie the game 58-58.

The two rivals battled back-and-forth with Georgetown holding a 65-64 lead with 23.5 seconds showing on the clock. Justin Hicks missed a free throw and Georgetown's Aaron Morris pulled down the rebound, but was standing on the baseline. The turnover led to Hankins-Cole's game-winning basket.

The ensuing Tigers possession led to a turnover and the Bears held on for the victory.

Hankins-Cole had 15 points and 13 rebounds for Pikeville. Vance Cooksey put in a game-high 21 points, 6 assists and 5 steals. Setty was 5-10 from long range for 15 points.

Vic Moses led the Tigers with 19 points and 6 rebounds. Sophomore big man Maurice Pearson had 12 points and 12 rebounds. Scott County native Matt Walls had 6 points, 6 rebounds and 6 steals for Georgetown.

Pikeville will host Shawnee State on Saturday while Georgetown looks to rebound at U.Va.-Wise.
Notes:

- It appeared that the Hankins-Cole basket was actually ruled defensive goaltending, although it didn't matter as he grabbed it and dunked it again for good measure.

- Pikeville College is building a new locker room that will quite impressive when it's finished. On those same lines, the Expo Center is an outstanding facility - arguably the most impressive arena in NAIA basketball.

- A lady named Vicky Phillips won a 2011 Ford Mustang during halftime. In addition, several fans won everything from big screen televisions to gift certificates.

- One of the highlights of the night for me was bumping into a handful of great friends from Magoffin County and Morehead. It was great to see legendary 15th Region coach Danny Adams (my high school coach) as well as Don Cecil, David Patrick, Dennis Prater and Jesse Rudd. I also enjoyed catching up with the Damron's - Tony, Selena, Braxton and Brock.

- Mid-South Conference basketball is outstanding.

The exciting finish:


ESPN Gameday Crew Discusses Florida vs. Kentucky

Here is a preview of Kentucky's game at Florida tomorrow from the ESPN College Gameday crew:





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Faried's 20-20 Game Leads Morehead State to Win


Morehead State 78
Jacksonville State 72

Final from Jacksonville, Alabama

JACKSONVILLE, Ala. – Kenneth Faried recorded his third 20-20 game of the year, and Demonte Harper led Morehead State men's basketball with 25 points as the Eagles topped Ohio Valley Conference foe Jacksonville State 78-72.

MSU improved to 16-8 and 8-4 in the Ohio Valley Conference while JSU, which entered the game in last place but with wins in its last two, fell to 4-19 and 2-10 in league games.

The Eagles built an enormous first-half lead and carried it into the opening part of the second half before JSU made it a game at the end.

Faried had 21 points and 20 rebounds, giving him his third 20-20 game. There’s only been five total 20-20 games in NCAA Division I men’s basketball this year and Faried possesses three of them. His 20 rebounds gave him 1,513 for his career as he passed former Virginia All-American Ralph Sampson for fourth place on the NCAA career rebounding list for careers beginning after 1973. His is now just one shy of former Drexel standout Malik Rose for third on the chart.

Harper was 9-of-15 from the field, scoring 20 points for the first time since the College of Charleston game on Jan. 2. Ty Proffitt scored a career-best 17 points, including 14 in the first half, as he knocked down four of MSU’s seven three-pointers. Terrance Hill rounded out four Eagles in double figures with 10.

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Tennessee Tech Holds Off Eastern Kentucky


Tennessee Tech 63
Eastern Kentucky 54

Final from Cookeville, Tennessee

COOKEVILLE, Tenn. – Kevin Murphy scored 25 points to pace host Tennessee Tech in a 63-54 win over the Eastern Kentucky University men’s basketball team Thursday night. The loss snapped a five-game road winning streak for the Colonels (12-11, 6-6 OVC).

Eastern Kentucky held Tennessee Tech (12-9, 8-4) without a point the final 7:09 of the first half to take a slim 24-20 lead into halftime.

However, the Golden Eagles responded with nine straight points early in the second stanza to retake the lead, 29-26. TTU never trailed the rest of the game.

A Chase Dunn three-pointer midway through the half gave Tennessee Tech a comfortable nine-point edge, 42-33. Eastern Kentucky kept the game close and was able to get within five points four times, but could get no closer.

Trailing 56-51 with just under three minutes left, senior Josh Daniel tried to drive to the basket only to come up empty. On EKU’s next possession, freshman Jeff Johnson missed a three-pointer from the top of the key.

Down the stretch, Tennessee Tech hit seven free throws to keep Eastern at bay and complete the season sweep over the Colonels for the first time since 2002-03.

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Good News, Bad News for Future Wildcat Kyle Wiltjer


There is good news and bad news for future Kentucky Wildcat Kyle Wiltjer.

Wiltjer has been selected to play in the 2011 Nike Hoop Summit. It has not been confirmed if Wiltjer will play for the USA or World Select team, but he is likely to play for the international team. The future Wildcat is a native of Canada.

Wiltjer will join future Kentucky players Michael Gilchrist, Anthony Davis and Marquis Teague in the game.

The bad news for Wiltjer is that he suffered a severely sprained ankle recently and is likely to miss at least four weeks of action for Jesuit High School. He hopes to return for the postseason in early March.

South Alabama Stops WKU Winning Streak


South Alabama 80
Western Kentucky 76

Final from Bowling Green, Kentucky

BOWLING GREEN, Ky. — A back-and-forth game featuring eight ties and 15 lead changes did not break WKU's way at the end, and the Hilltoppers' six-game winning streak against South Alabama ended Thursday night with an 80-76 defeat at E.A. Diddle Arena. The loss also snapped WKU's four-game winning streak overall and moves the team's record to 9-12 on the season and 4-5 in Sun Belt Conference play. South Alabama improves to 10-11 overall and 4-6 in league play.

Sergio Kerusch had his sixth double-double in the last eight games with 18 points and 11 rebounds, and in the process became the 46th member of WKU's 1,000-point scoring club when his third and final three-pointer of the game gave him an even 1,000 points for his two-plus year WKU career. Three other Hilltoppers scored in double-figures Thursday night, with Steffphon Pettigrew contributing 18 points and eight rebounds and Juan Pattillo adding 16 and nine.

Caden Dickerson tied a career-high with 15 points on 5-of-8 shooting, and Jamal Crook dished out six assists. South Alabama was paced by Gary Redus' 26 points and Martino Brock's 16 points, six rebounds and seven assists.

South Alabama shot 53.4 percent from the field in the game and 54.8 percent in the second half alone. The Hilltoppers scored at a 43.3 percent clip for the game and were 18-of-36 (.500) in the second half.

The Hilltoppers fell down 8-2 right out of the gate and also trailed 25-18 with 6:37 left to go in the first half after an 8-0 South Alabama run gave them their largest lead of the opening 20 minutes at seven points. But from there WKU went on a 5-0 run of their own, highlighted by a Dickerson triple and two free throws by Pettigrew to trim the lead back to two. A dunk by Cliff Dixon tied the game for the fourth time in 17 minutes, and a pair of Dickerson free throws tied it for a fifth time one minute later.

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Nike Hoop Summit Profile: Future Wildcat Marquis Teague


USABasketball.com has a Nike Hoop Summit Player Profile on future Kentucky point guard Marquis Teague.

In the profile is an interview with Teague. He talks about playing for the USA U17 team and also about choosing Kentucky.

Here is an excerpt:

What made Kentucky a good fit for you?
I just felt like they play my style of basketball – get up and down the floor, pressure you on defense – and I felt like Coach Cal was the best fit for me.

Several Kentucky players also starred in the Nike Hoop Summit as high school seniors. Did you watch any of them?
Yeah, I watched John Wall (2009). There were a lot of good players on that roster, and they pretty much dominated from what I saw.

What is your favorite training routine or drill?
I don’t really have a favorite.

What is your least favorite training routine or drill?
My trainer, he makes me run the football field, and I hate that.

Where is the most room for improvement in your game?
I’m still trying to become a better leader – keep working on my outside shot and making sure I’m never taking plays off.

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Thursday, February 3, 2011

Morehead State's Ty Proffitt Earns Academic Honors


MOREHEAD, Ky.—Morehead State men’s basketball junior Ty Proffitt has been named to the Capital One Academic All-District 4 First Team.

As a member of the All-District First Team, Proffitt is automatically placed on the national ballot for Academic All-America honors. The award, which recognizes both academic and athletic prowess is selected by members of CoSIDA (College Sports Information Directors of America).

Proffitt, a finance major, represents the men’s basketball team on MSU's Student-Athlete Advisory Council, and he is a member of Beta Gamma Sigma business fraternity. Along with his teammates, Proffitt has participated in MS Walk, Heart Walk, has helped with local trash clean-up efforts, and volunteers his time for clothing and food shelters.

A 6-4 guard from London, Ky., Proffitt averages 7.7 points and has 41 assists to just 29 turnovers this season. A transfer from Notre Dame, he has started each game this season for the Eagles and he scored a career-high 15 points against Tennessee State last week. He has scored in double digits seven times this season and he has dished out three or more assists seven times this year, including a career-high eight assists at SIU Edwardsville.

Morehead State is 15-8 this season and 7-4 in Ohio Valley Conference play. The Eagles play at OVC foe Jacksonville State Thursday night with tip-off at 8:45 p.m. Eastern.

* Article by Morehead State University

Video: Louisville's 2011 Basketball Recruiting Class

Here is a nice video of future Louisville stars Chane Behanan, Wayne Blackshear, Zach Price and Angel Nunez:



* Video from CityLeagueHoopsTV on YouTube

Cards Ranked No. 5 in the Big East, Pitino for Coach of the Year?


Yahoo! Sports ranks Louisville at No. 5 in the Big East this week.

LEAGUE RANKINGS

(Last week’s rank in parenthesis.)

1. Pittsburgh (20-2, 8-1) – The Panthers scored 12 of their last 15 points from the foul line in a 65-62 win at Rutgers.

2. Notre Dame (17-4, 6-3) – The Fighting Irish have wins against three Top 10 teams.

3. Villanova (17-4, 5-3) – Saturday’s loss to Georgetown marked Villanova’s first home defeat of the season.

4. Georgetown (17-5, 6-4) – The 13th-ranked Hoyas are climbing back toward the top of the AP poll.

5. Louisville (17-5, 6-3) – Rick Pitino has been at the top of his game this season.

6. Connecticut (17-3, 5-3) – Alex Oriakhi averages nine points and two blocks.

7. Marquette (14-8, 5-4) – The Golden Eagles’ next three games are on the road.

8. Syracuse (18-4, 5-4) – The Orange have lost four consecutive games for just the third time in Jim Boeheim’s 35-year coaching tenure.

9. St. John’s (12-8, 4-5) – Forward Justin Brownlee has a fractured thumb but is not expected to miss any time.

10. West Virginia (14-6, 5-3) – The Mountaineers’ road win at Cincinnati was a big victory for former Bearcats coach Bob Huggins.

11. Seton Hall (10-12, 4-6) – Herb Pope has two double-doubles in his last three games.

12. Cincinnati (18-4, 5-4) – Ibrahima Thomas has worked his way back into the starting lineup.

13. Providence (13-9, 2-7) – Standout recruit Ricky Ledo has decommitted from the Friars.

14. Rutgers (12-9, 3-6) – The Scarlet Knights couldn’t have made a better hire than Mike Rice.

15. South Florida (8-14, 2-7) – The Bulls have just one player shooting better than 34 percent from 3-point range.

16. DePaul (6-14, 0-8) – The Blue Demons have lost 27 straight road games.


ESPN's Dana O'Neil makes a solid argument for Rick Pitino to be college basketball's coach of the year:

Rick Pitino, Louisville: This was supposed to be a gap year for the Cardinals and gap years aren’t traditionally pretty in the Big East. Instead, Louisville -- picked to finish eighth in the league -- is tied with equally surprising Notre Dame (see below) for second. Pitino has reinvigorated his team by going back to his roots, playing a more uptempo offense and solid defense. His buddy and associate head coach Ralph Willard has said this is Pitino’s best coaching job. Hard to disagree.

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Faried Named NetScouts National Player of the Week


MOREHEAD, Ky.--NetScouts Basketball has selected Morehead State center Kenneth Faried as its National Player of the Week for games ending the week of Sunday, Jan. 30.

It’s the second national Player of the Week honor Faried has picked up for his performance last week. He was named the USBWA Oscar Robertson National Players of the Week in addition to being the Ohio Valley Conference Player of the Week.

Faried, a 6-8 senior from Newark, N.J., averaged 17.7 points and 18 rebounds while leading the Eagles to three wins of then first-place teams, including two key conference victories. Faried posted a 23-point, 23-rebound effort in a 72-65 win over Tennessee State, his second 20/20 game of the year (and the fourth of his career). Faried began the week with a 13-point, 15-rebound, 2-block, 3-steal game at Mid American Conference-leading Ball State, as the Eagles won 50-48 and snapped BSU's seven-game home winning streak. He capped the week with 17 points and 16 rebounds in a 69-56 victory over OVC-leading Austin Peay, avenging an overtime loss to the Governors earlier this season. With 14.3 rebounds per game, Faried continues to lead the nation.

Morehead State is 15-8 this season and 7-4 in Ohio Valley Conference play. The Eagles play at OVC foe Jacksonville State Thursday night with tip-off at 8:45 p.m. Eastern.

* Article by Morehead State University

Jaylen Beckham is Back in Lexington


According to Adam Zagoria of ZagsBlog.com, former Lexington Catholic star Jaylen Beckham has been dismissed from Huntington Prep.

Here is an excerpt:

Also, former St. Benedict’s Prep point guard Jaylen Beckham is on the move again.

After leaving St. Ben’s and Lexington (Ky.) Catholic, Beckham has now been dismissed from that school for “disciplinary reasons,” according to Huntington coach Rob Fulford.

“He’s back home in Lexington (Ky.),” Fulford said.

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Evan Daniels of Scout.com is reporting that Beckham has enrolled at Bryan Station High School.

Randolph Morris Named Midseason All-CBA First Team


NiuBBall.com has placed Randolph Morris on the All-CBA First Team in China. The former Wildcat is averaging 28.9 points, 11.8 rebounds, 2.1 steals and 1.4 blocks per game for the Beijing Ducks in China's top-level league.

The league is currently on a midseason break with play resuming on February 10-11.

Morris ranks second in the league in scoring and ninth in rebounding.

All-CBA 1st Team:

Guard: Douby, Xinjiang (28.6 ppg, 4.6 rpg, 4.7 apg, 3.6 spg, 54% fg, 39% 3pt, 92% ft)

Guard: Akognon, DongGuan (26.5 ppg, 3.6 rpg, 3.1 apg, 2.5 spg, 48% fg, 40% 3 pt, 85% ft)

Forward: Charles Gaines, Qingdao (32.1 ppg, 14.1 rpg, 2.5 spg, 60% fg)

Forward: Herve Laminzana, Tianjin (25.6 pgg, 10.2 rpg, 3.5 apg, 3.9 bpg, 1.8 spg)

Center: Randolph Morris, Beijing (28.9 ppg, 11.8 rpg, 2.1 spg, 1.4 bpg)

All-CBA Second Team:

Guard: Stephon Marbury, Foshan (24.3 pgg, 6.6 apg, 1.6 spg, 56% fg)

Guard: Antoine Wright, Jiangsu (22.1 ppg, 5.6 rpg, 1.4 spg, 38% 3pt)

Forward: Singleton, Xinjiang (20.6 ppg, 9.8 rpg, 1.5 bpg, 1.3 spg 70% fg)

Forward: Abbas, Beijing (16.5 ppg, 11.4 rpg, 1.4 bpg, 1.5 spg, 57.7% fg)

Center: Wang, Bayi (21.5 ppg, 8.8 rpg, 1.7 bpg, 1.3 spg, 84% ft)

Rajon Rondo Chosen as NBA All-Star Reserve


Former Kentucky Wildcat Rajon Rondo has been chosen as an NBA Eastern Conference All-Star reserve according to Yahoo! Sports.

Meanwhile, ESPN's True Hoops writers debate whether or not Rondo should replacing Derrick Rose in the starting lineup:


Pikeville College Hopes to Set NAIA Record Tonight


* AllKyHoops.com will be at this event

PIKEVILLE, Ky. – Four finalists who will have the opportunity to win a new Ford Mustang are still to be determined as we close in on a huge night of basketball at the Eastern Kentucky Exposition Center on Thursday, Feb. 3.

Appalachian Wireless is partnering with East Kentucky Broadcasting and Bruce Walters Ford in support of Pikeville College. Utilizing Appalachian Wireless’ technical network, customers have an opportunity to win a 2011 Ford Mustang during the Pikeville College men’s basketball game.

Thursday night’s activities begin with a 6 p.m. tip off as the Pikeville College women’s basketball team takes on Georgetown College. During halftime of the women’s game one lucky fan will have the opportunity to win $25,000 by taking a half-court shot. The men’s game is set to begin at 8 p.m.

There’s still plenty of time to text FORD to the short code 3673 from your Appalachian Wireless phone to register to win this brand new automobile. Premium text rates apply.

The final participant will be chosen from those who text from inside the Expo Center on Thursday night.

Then, at halftime of the men’s game against Georgetown College, the six finalists will be given keys. One will unlock the Mustang and the person holding that key will drive it home from the game that night.

Four LCD 40 inch Samsung televisions will also be given away Thursday as part of Appalachian Wireless Night and the six finalists for the Mustang will receive a free Motorola Milestone phone. In addition, the first 3,000 fans in the door receive a free t-shirt.

“It is our goal to set a new Mid-South Conference attendance record on that evening, which has been designated as Appalachian Wireless night,” said Danny VanHoose, marketing director for Appalachian Wireless. “We encourage everyone to get behind Pikeville College by showing your support for this great institution.”

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Ricardo Ledo Needs to Get Out of Rhode Island


Bill Reynolds of Projo.com writes today that 2012 recruit Ricardo Ledo, who has recently broken his commitment to Providence College, needs to get out of Rhode Island.

Here is an excerpt:

“Ricky is very impulsive,” said Hart, “and he made a commitment to Providence when he didn’t have to. He’s a junior in high school. What’s the rush? I wish he would focus on high school and being a qualifier before making a college decision.”

Hart also believes Ledo should get away from Rhode Island, get away from all the voices, get some structure. He’s come to learn, through the experiences of both his ex-players Tony Robertson and Rakim Sanders, two local kids who went to UConn and Boston College respectively, that maybe it’s better to go to school farther away, get away from all the friends and all the voices, that even UConn and BC were too close. Hart believes that, most of all, Ledo needs to be miles away from Providence and the world he’s come to know.

“He’s got to get away from Rhode Island,” said Hart, all the while stressing that wasn’t meant as a knock on either PC or the Friars’ program. It’s simply a matter of geography.

Regardless, a year after I first met him, Ledo has become the poster child for the insanity of recruiting, this increasingly surreal world of increasingly spoiled kids who have too many voices in their head; too many entitled kids in a recruiting world that keeps getting more and more bizarre.

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Photo: Rivals.com
Ledo in action:

Union College Falls Short at Reinhardt


Reinhardt 85
Union College 69

Final from Waleska, Georgia


WALESKA, Ga. -- Reinhardt's Kevin Nordeen scored 17 points to lead all scorers, as the Union men's basketball team dropped an 85-69 decision to the host Eagles in an Appalachian Athletic Conference match up on Wednesday night.

With the loss, Union fell to 11-12 on the year and 5-4 in the AAC, while Reinhardt improved to 11-12, 6-3 in the AAC with the victory.

In the first half, Union held a slim 12-9 lead at the 15-minute mark, but the Eagles went on a 15-0 lead over the next five minutes to take a 24-12 lead over the Bulldogs.

Reinhardt continued to keep a large lead through the rest of the period, extending it out to 33-19 with five minutes left in the half. The Eagles capped off the impressive period by draining a three-pointer with one second left to take a 40-26 lead going into intermission. The Eagles were paced in the period by solid shooting, making 53.3 percent of their baskets from the floor in the period.

Complete Article

Thomas More College Loses at the Buzzer


Geneva 65
Thomas More 63

Final from Crestview Hills, Kentucky


(CRESTVIEW HILLS, Ky.) - The Thomas More College men's basketball team fell, 65-63, to Geneva College tonight (Wednesday, February 2, 2011) at the Connor Convocation Center on a shot at the buzzer.

With their loss, the Saints fall to 11-9 on the season. With their win, the Golden Tornadoes improve to 15-5 overall.

Geneva took an early 11-5 lead when Bryan Hill made a three-pointer with 15:16 to play in the first half. Thomas More came right back with a 32-14 run capped by a lay-up by freshman point guard Spencer Berlekamp (Cincinnati, Ohio/Kings) to take a 37-25 lead with 2:34 to play in the opening half. The Golden Tornadoes closed out the half on a 6-0 run to cut the lead to 37-31 at halftime when Drew Santarsiero made a three-pointer with 1:24 to play in the opening half.

Complete Recap

John Wall Talks Basketball Cards in Panini Interview



Former Kentucky star John Wall talks about basketball cards and more in this Panini American interview:


Did You Know? Orlando Antigua is a Movie Star



I personally did not know but Kentucky assistant coach Orlando Antigua had a cameo in Adam Sandler's Little Nicky (2002).

Coach Antigua in Little Nicky:

Wednesday, February 2, 2011

Rajon Rondo Climbing Boston's Career Assists List


Former Kentucky Wildcat Rajon Rondo is quickly climbing the Celtics all-time assists list.

After just over four seasons, Rondo is already among the top 10 Celtics in career assists.

Here's the list as it stands today:

1. Bob Cousy: 6,945
2. John Havlicek: 6,114
3. Larry Bird: 5,695
4. Bill Russell: 4,100
5. Jo Jo White: 3,686
6. Paul Pierce: 3,583
7. Dennis Johnson: 3,486
8. K.C. Jones: 2,904
9. Dave Cowens: 2,828
10. Rajon Rondo: 2,606

Rajon Rondo is Changing Boston One Steal at a Time


Boston Celtics point guard Rajon Rondo announced today that Back Bay Park in Boston is being refurbished as part of his program with Red Bull.

Each time Rondo collects a steal in a game, Red Bull donates $500 to rebuilt basketball courts n Boston.

On the season, Rondo has 91 steals, which is good for $45,500. Rondo has already helped refurbish two parks and now moves to the third.

Louisville's Preston Knowles Out with Hamstring Injury


Louisville will be without senior guard Preston Knowles in Saturday's game against DePaul.

Knowles has a strained hamstring and could possibly miss next week's game against Notre Dame, as well.

Here is an excerpt from Courier-Journal.com:

The 6-foot-1 senior guard, who leads the Cardinals in scoring with 14.9 points per game, suffered the injury in Tuesday’s practice.

“(Knowles) was trying to make a defensive play blocked the ball with his foot and landed on the ball and pulled his hamstring,” Pitino said on the show, which is broadcast on WHAS-AM 840. “He was limping today and couldn’t even walk.”

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The Cardinals will also be without Gorgui Dieng for the third consecutive game Saturday.

DeMarcus Cousins is Showing That He Has All-Star Potential


With his plate over the last few weeks, former Kentucky big man DeMarcus Cousins is showing that he is a potential NBA All-Star in the future.

Sean Deveney of Sporting News says the rookie center is living up to his billing as arguably the best player from last year's draft.

Here is an excerpt:

Over his last three games, Cousins has averaged 24.0 points, 9.3 rebounds and 3.7 assists. More important, he’s been an anchor for a Kings team that has suddenly been holding its own -- Sacramento had beaten the Lakers and Hornets in its two games before losing to the Celtics on Tuesday night, a game the Kings led heading into the final minute of the third quarter.

In that game, coach Paul Westphal used a starting lineup with both Cousins and Samuel Dalembert on the floor -- a sort-of Twin Tower combination. The Kings blocked 12 shots on the night. Against the Hornets on Sunday, Cousins earned some thumbs up in his locker room when he confronted New Orleans point guard Chris Paul after Paul laid a hard foul on point guard Beno Udrih.

“Basically (I said) just, ‘Clean it up, man.’ I know I am a rookie but I can't sit there and let him hurt my point guard. Just being a teammate,” Cousins told reporters. “It’s nothing against Chris Paul, I’m just being a teammate. I go to battle with these guys every night and if we've got to take it that way, we’ve got to go. I’m just having my teammate’s back.”

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University of the Cumberlands "Shoot for the Cure" Announced


The University of the Cumberlands Patriots basketball teams wants your help to “Shoot for the Cure” on Saturday February 5th, when the Patriots men and women’s basketball teams host Lindsey Wilson College in a Mid-South Conference showdown. The Patriot ladies are set to tip-off at 2:00 PM and the men are scheduled to tip-off at 4:00 PM.

The Patriots are hoping to have everyone supporting pink with the women’s basketball team wearing pink uniforms, and the coaches supporting pink attire. The men’s basketball team will be supporting pink ribbons and tennis shoes. All official personnel will be decked out in pink ribbons as well. Joining forces for the cause, Cumberlands coaches have contacted the Blue Raiders coaching staff and have informed them of the opportunities for them to “Shoot for the Cure” and they too have agreed to help the cause.

All general price admission tickets will be 50% off for those wearing pink making admission $2. There will also be pink ribbons available at the ticket tables for all individuals to purchase for a donation.

The Patriots would like to encourage all breast cancer survivors to come out and be recognized throughout the game. There will also be a moment of silence for Kay Yow, a legendary women’s basketball coach that passed away on Jan 24, 2009 due to a long battle of breast cancer.

Remember; help the Patriots “Shoot for a Cure” on Saturday, February 5, 2011 and wear PINK to show your support and get in for half price!

* Article by UC

Patrick Patterson is the First Big Man Off the Houston Bench


Former Kentucky Wildcat Patrick Patterson has moved up the rotation and is now the first big man off the Houston Rockets bench.

Here is an excerpt from Chron.com:

Rockets coach Rick Adelman had not mentioned any change in the rotation, but hearing it this way meant more. With Jordan Hill still on the bench next to him last week against the Clippers, Patterson moved up one spot in the rotation as the first big man off the bench, a role he has kept since .

Though just a small step, for a rookie that spent time in the NBA Development League and off the floor for much of the season, it was a significant change.

"Usually, he calls Jordan's name to come in and get Chuck (Hayes) and leave (Luis) Scola in," Patterson said. "Then I would come in in the second quarter to get Scola. But he's been leaving Chuck in for a longer period of time, and he called my name before Jordan.

"The job is pretty much the same. Coach wants me to rebound. He wants me to run out in transition, set good screens, get my teammates open, just try to make the right play. So it's pretty much the same thing I've always done. I just don't get to do it as much as I used to back in college."

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On the season, Patterson is averaging 4.8 points and 3.1 rebounds.

Best of Coach Cal’s Chat: Week of January 31


Here is the best of Coach Cal's Chat for for the week:

Best of Coach Cal’s Chat: Week of January 31

LIVE Chat with Cal Takes Place Monday, February 28 at noon ET

Click here to view Part 2 of Coach Cal’s Chat on FOXSportsSouth.com

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

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

In addition to the latest Wildcats basketball news and videos, “Coach Cal’s Mailbag” will also feature live chats with Calipari, the next of which will take place next Monday, February 28, at noon ET on FOXSportsSouth.com.

This week in Coach Cal’s live chat:

The television broadcast mentioned Larry Brown was in the crowd at Rupp against Georgia? How much influence has he had on your career? – Freddy

Coach Cal – “He’s been a mentor, he’s been a friend, he’s thrown me a life preserver. When I got fired in New Jersey, he was the first call and he said, ‘Cal, I want you to come down and join me in Philadelphia.’ He didn’t need me; he wanted to help me get going again.”

What is the hardest coaching decision you’ve ever made? – Edward

Coach Cal – “When you’re making a decision that is going to influence a young player’s future. They screw up so many times that you’ve got to let them go; you’ve got to suspend them or you’ve got to say, ‘You can’t be here.” I don’t do that lightly. Those decisions that impact a young players life – you toss, you turn, you sweat, you talk to your wife, you pray to make sure you’re doing everything you can to save a young man before you let him go.”

If you could change any rule in college basketball, what would it be and why? -- Tye

Coach Cal – “Anything that’s judgment, that’s in the hands of the officials, I want it to be clear. I’d like to have the NBA line underneath the basket for charges. If you’re in there, it’s a block, I don’t care. If you’re out of there and in position, it’s a charge. I don’t think we should have the five-second rule.”

Does public criticism get to you personally? Do you listen, watch and read any of it? Does it motivate you? – Eva

Coach Cal – “I’ll tell you who it would make mad is my wife. I try not to read it, even if it’s a good article. The best thing you can do in this profession is coach your team. All the other stuff doesn’t matter. If you’re worried about what they’re saying in the stands, you’ll be sitting up there with them shortly.”

What is the single most important piece of advice you have for aspiring college basketball coaches like myself? – Chris

Coach Cal – “If you make it about the kids, if they know you care and you’re truly about them, you’ll always have a job. They’ll always fight for you. They know I love them, they know I care about them and they know I have their best interests at heart. So they play for me.”

Outside Rupp, what is the loudest arena you’ve ever coached in during your career? – Karen

Coach Cal – “Allen Fieldhouse. Don’t even give me anything else – it isn’t close. It’s an air hanger. When the sound hits anywhere on that roof it comes straight back on the court. It is so loud you can feel it on your body. Other than Rupp – Rupp is the greatest – Allen Fieldhouse is one of the loudest and most intense buildings I’ve coached in.”

You told us you like to do the Dougie before big games. I have to see this. Care to show us, Coach? – Steve

Coach Cal – “The next chat we have, Matthew Mitchell and I are going to do the Dougie together. So you’re going to have to come back and watch us.”

The DeMarcus Cousins All-Star Shoe


DeMarcus Cousins' agent, John Greig, posted this picture of the official DeMarcus Cousins NBA All-Star Rookie game shoe on Twitter earlier:

sportstalent DeMarcus Cousins brand new official NBA All-Star Rookie game shoe... Looking good @boogiecousins and @Andrew_Rogers_

Spalding's McAfee Named SLIAC Player of the Week


SLIAC ANNOUNCES BASKETBALL ATHLETES OF THE WEEK FOR WEEK OF JANUARY 24-30

St. Louis, Mo. - The St. Louis Intercollegiate Athletic Conference (SLIAC) has announced the men's basketball athlete of the week for the week of January 24-30.

MEN'S BASKETBALL

Spalding University's Dewhon McAfee, a junior from Louisville, Ky. (Butler), has been named the SLIAC Men's Basketball Player of the Week for the week of January 24-30. This marks the second time this season that he has earned the honor.

McAfee, a 6-0 guard, helped lead the Golden Eagles to two victories last week with an average of 20.0 points and 6.5 assists per game, while also shooting .538 (14-of-26) from the field, .400 (4-of-10) from three-point range and .727 (8-of-11) from the charity stripe.

McAfee scored 29 points on 9-of 14 (.642) shooting from the field, 3-of-6 (.500) from behind the arc and 8-of-10 (.800) from the free throw line in an 81-47 victory versus Eureka College. He also dished out five assists and tallied two steals in the win. McAfee added 11 points, eight assists, three rebounds, one block and one steal in a 70-59 win over Westminster College (Mo.)

* Article from Spalding University

Bellarmine's Schedule Changed Due to Winter Storm


LOUISVILLE, Ky.--The winter storm that has dumped snow and ice in many areas of the Midwest has caused the Great Lakes Valley Conference to alter basketball game schedules over the next several days. Games that were originally scheduled for Thursday will be played Friday, and the games scheduled for Saturday will be played on Sunday.

For Bellarmine, that means their games against Maryville University in St. Louis will be played Friday night. The women's game will tip at 6:30 p.m, and the men's game will follow at 8:30 p.m.

Bellarmine's games against Missouri University of Science and Technology will be played Sunday, Feb. 6. The women's game will tip at 1 p.m. and the men's game is scheduled for a 3 p.m. start.

* Article by Bellarmine University

Deadspin Says Krzyzewski is a Top 10 Bad Guy in Sports


Deadspin.com has named Duke head coach Mike Krzyzewski to the list of Top 10 Bad Guys in Sports.

Here is an excerpt about Coach K:

It would be easy enough to be repelled by someone with the most human characteristics of a rat, but it is much easier to hate a rat-like person if he also happens to be an elitist scumbag. Mike Krzyzewski has the double crown. Coach K is superbly awful. He has developed a practiced rhetoric about creating scholar-athletes at his private university, which, he seems to believe, is the sacred ground for all that is holy in college athletics, and the result is the worst possible kind of elitism. It is elitism that pretends to have perspective.

It is saying just how truly remarkable it is to have two private institutions in the national championship game ("It's a pretty cool thing"). It is not understanding that there is a reason the referees called more fouls on Maryland in the 2001 semifinals. It is having a court, a plaza, and a practice facility named in your honor and not understanding, really, that this happens only at private institutions with the most loaded of wealthy donors — and then still claiming that 1.) all this would be possible in a public-school setting, and that 2.) it is only because of private-school envy that people begrudge him his success. "Let's say at Ohio State that we did what we have done at Duke," he told Will Blythe in his 2007 book To Hate Like This Is to Be Happy Forever. "There would be statues. There would never be anybody looking for anything wrong with what you did."

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My Thoughts: Ouch.

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