Saturday, March 5, 2011

Morehead State Wins Ohio Valley Conference Championship

The Morehead State Eagles have defeated Tennessee Tech 80-73 to win the Ohio Valley Conference championship and NCAA Tournament bid.

Morehead's Demonte Harper was named tournament Most Valuable Player. Kenneth Faried joined Harper on the all-tournament team.

Complete recap coming soon...

Kenneth Faried celebrates:

West Virginia Upsets Louisville with Late Free Throws


West Virginia 72
(11) Louisville 70

Final from Morgantown, West Virginia


MORGANTOWN, W.Va. (AP) - Truck Bryant sank two free throws with 1 second left to lift West Virginia to a 72-70 win over No. 11 Louisville in their Big East regular-season finale Saturday.

West Virginia (20-10, 11-7 Big East) clinched a first-round bye in the conference tournament. The Mountaineers earned their fourth consecutive 20-win season under coach Bob Huggins and the seventh straight overall.

Kevin Jones had a career-high 25 points and 16 rebounds - his third straight double-double - for the Mountaineers. John Flowers had 12 points and 12 rebounds while Bryant finished with 10 points.

Kyle Kuric scored 21 points for Louisville (23-8, 12-6), which saw its four-game winning streak snapped. Preston Knowles added 15 points and Chris Smith scored 14.

Louisville, picked to finish eighth in the Big East preseason poll, already had clinched the No. 3 seed with a double bye into Thursday's Big East quarterfinals and didn't have anything on the line Saturday.

Complete Recap

Erik Daniels Exploring a Return to the Erie BayHawks


Former Kentucky star Erik Daniels is looking in to the possibility of rejoining the NBA D-League's Erie BayHawks.

Daniels returned the United States in October after injuring his hamstring while playing in Croatia.

Here is an excerpt from GoErie.com:

"They've been keeping up with my rehab," he said. "They've made me feel welcomed and wanted."

Daniels, 28, is looking to return to the franchise he led to the D-League playoffs in its expansion season in 2008-09.

A first-team all-D-League pick in 2009, the 6-foot 8-inch forward is back in Erie and is expected to join the team in a few days.

"I'll think I'll fit in well," he said. "I watched the guys. They don't have anyone like me on the team. I can come in and give them experience, leadership."

Scenes from Day 2 at the OVC Tournament

Here are a few pictures we snapped during Friday's OVC Tournament semifinal round:









Kentucky Basketball Gets Help from Alabama


The University of Kentucky Wildcats will now be playing for the No. 2 seed in the SEC Tournament and a first round bye thanks to the Alabama Crimson Tide.

Alabama defeated Georgia 65-57 this afternoon, clearing the way for the Wildcats to earn the No. 2 seed if they can defeat Tennessee tomorrow at Noon.

SEC Standings

EAST
Florida 12-3 23-6
Kentucky 9-6 21-8
Vanderbilt 9-6 21-8
Georgia 9-7 20-10
Tennessee 8-7 18-12
South Carolina 5-11 14-15

WEST

Alabama 12-4 20-10
Mississippi State 9-7 17-13
Arkansas 7-8 18-11
Mississippi 6-9 18-12
LSU 3-12 11-19
Auburn 3-12 10-19

Morehead State Blasts Austin Peay in OVC Tournament


(2) Morehead State 68
(3) Austin Peay 49

Final from Nashville, Tennessee

NASHVILLE, Tenn.—Morehead State men’s basketball will be playing in a familiar game on Saturday in Nashville’s Municipal Auditorium. This time, it will be an unfamiliar opponent though.

The Eagles used a big second-half run to pull away for a 68-49 win against No. 3 Austin Peay in the semifinals of the Ohio Valley Conference Tournament Friday night at Municipal Auditorium. MSU, who will play in its third consecutive OVC title game, will face surprising No. 4 Tennessee Tech, which eliminated No. 1 seed Murray State earlier in the night.

Tipoff for the championship game is set for 8 p.m. EST.

“I thought our kids played very, very hard right from the beginning. We played in attack mode the entire 40 minutes against a great Austin Peay team that I respect a great deal,” said coach Donnie Tyndall. “Certainly jumping out early like we did, you could see on our kids’ faces that we were focused. We said 80 minutes of good basketball this week. We played 40 and now we’re halfway to our goal.”

Kenneth Faried finished with 12 points and 21 rebounds and tied the OVC Tournament single-game record with a career-high eight blocks. Demonte Harper tallied 25 points and six rebounds while shooting 9-of-14 from the floor.

“Demonte was fantastic tonight, and for Kenneth, more important was the eight blocks. He continued to block shots and change shots. He was the hero on the defensive end," Tyndall said.

Complete Recap

Morehead State's Sam Goodman puts an exclamation point on the win:


Tennessee Tech Sinks Murray State in OVC Semifinals


(4) Tennessee Tech 64
(1) Murray State 59

Final from Nashville, Tennessee

The Murray State Racers stumbled in the Ohio Valley Conference Tournament Friday when they dropped a 64-59 semifinal game to Tennessee Tech at the Municipal Auditorium in Nashville, Tenn.

The Racers were led by junior Ivan Aska, with 15 points and five rebounds. Senior Isacc Miles added 11 points as the only other MSU player in double digits. Sophomore Ed Daniel added six points and a team-high six boards in just 15 minutes of action after getting into early foul trouble.

After trailing 29-24 starting the second half, MSU saw Tech go on a 10-2 run for their biggest lead of the game at the 11:57 mark of the second half, 40-32, and eventually led by 10 with 10:43 left.

MSU answered with a 10-2 run and cut the Tech lead to two when MSU got a three from Isaiah Canaan and another from Donte Poole. The Racers used a 6-0 run to tie the game and take a one-point advantage with just over three minutes left to play. Over the next two minutes the teams battled through two more tie scores before the Golden Eagles finished the last 1:27 with a 9-4 run to secure the victory.

In the first half, Donte Poole came off the bench and hit a jumper and three-pointer to put MSU up 14-8 at 11:25. MSU also led 20-16 at 5:40 but Tech ended the half on a 13-4 run to claim a 29-24 lead at the break

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Tubby Smith, John Pelphrey Find the Going Tough


Two coaches who are having problems at their respective schools are former Kentucky head coach Tubby Smith and ex-Kentucky star John Pelphrey.

Both Pelphrey and Smith can likely feel the walls closing in as they battle through difficult periods.

At Arkansas, Pelphrey is in danger of being ousted as the Razorbacks fight through another disappointing season. His team is likely to miss the NCAA Tournament barring a miraculous run and Pelphrey's seat is starting to heat up significantly.

The following ad was published in the Arkansas Democrat-Gazette on Thursday:

ATTENTION ARKANSAS BASKETBALL FANS

For all of you who care about the future of Arkansas Razorback Basketball, we urge you to write your concerns and submit them as soon as possible. Please send these letters to the Governor, members of the University of Arkansas Board of Trustees, President, Chancellor, and Athletic Director whose names and addresses are listed below. Let’s make this effort one of respect for all parties concerned.

There is quite a bit of evidence that Razorback fans are disturbed by what they see in the present outlook of Arkansas Basketball. This voicing of concerns is not intended to become a name calling contest or an attack upon anyone personally. It is only intended to be a ground-swell expression of bewildered and frustrated basketball supporters, many of whom know a great deal about the way the game should be played. We would like to bring this to the attention of the University’s decision-makers on the future of Arkansas basketball before too much time passes. This expression of your views is very important. Please be a part of it.

THANK YOU FOR YOUR PARTICIPATION

In Minnesota, Tubby Smith has fought through disappointing losses, injuries, off-the-court problems and legal issues.

The result has been a disappointed group of fans and an unhappy administration. It hasn't been stated that Smith is in danger of being fired, but his name has been linked to several jobs that are expected to open soon and it would not be surprising at all to see Smith on the sidelines at another school soon.

Smith had a message for Minnesota fans this week:

First and foremost, thank you for your support of our team this season! The spirit you bring to the Barnyard pumps up our student-athletes and gives our team a competitive edge. We are incredibly appreciative of your support, but I must express my disappointment of the vulgar language directed at the Ohio State team. We want Williams Arena to be a tough place for visiting teams to play. However, such chants as "F--- Ohio State" and singling out players don't belong in the college game. Adding vulgarity to our cheers does little to intimidate the opponent; it only reflects poorly on us. My request of you is to continue to bring your game -- be spirited, be loud, be creative, be clever -- and be respectful.

Let's make the Barn a place where families, visiting fans, and TV viewers see the way we support our Golden Gophers by cheering with class.

Thank you again for your incredible support this season! I promise to bring our A-game to the remaining three games at the Barn, and I know you'll bring you're A-game too!

Marietta Knocks Centre College Out of NCAA DIII Tournament


(11) Marietta 67
(25) Centre 62

Final from Marietta, Ohio

The #25 ranked Centre men's basketball took part in the opening round of the NCAA Division III Basketball Tournament for the fifth consecutive year on Friday, March 4, as they faced #11 Marietta College in Marietta, Ohio, but the Colonels were unable to come away with the win, losing 67-62. Centre finished the season with an overall record of 21-6 and they went 13-3 in the Southern Collegiate Athletic Conference.

Tyler Hammond gave Marietta the early 2-0 lead after he hit a layup on the pioneers opening possession.

Junior Jeff Mullaney (Louisville, Ky.) tied the game at two all after he converted on a jumper with 17:44 remaining in the game.

The Pioneers would build a five point lead at the 14:17 mark of the first half after the team went on a 5-0 run to put the score at 13-8.

Complete Recap

Sun Belt Conference Tournament Tips Tonight


The Sun Belt Conference Tournment gets underway tonight in Hot Springs, Arkansas.

The Western Kentucky Hilltoppers open with a first round matchup against Louisiana-Monroe at 7:45 p.m. ET.

Here is a complete schedule:

Saturday, March 5 - First Round

1 (E) #3 WKU vs. (W) #6 Louisiana-Monroe 6:45 p.m.

2 (E) #5 Troy vs. (W) #4 North Texas 6:30 p.m.

3 (E) #6 FIU vs. (W) #3 Denver 8:45 p.m.

4 (E) #4 South Alabama vs. (W) #5 UALR 9:00 p.m.

Sunday, March 6 - Quarterfinals

5 (W) #2 Louisiana-Lafayette vs. Winner Game 1 6:30 p.m.

6 (E) #1 Florida Atlantic vs. Winner Game 2 6:45 p.m.

7 (E) #2 Middle Tennessee vs. Winner Game 3 9:00 p.m.

8 (W) #1 Arkansas State vs. Winner Game 4 8:45 p.m.

Monday, March 7 - Semifinals

9 Winner Game 5 vs. Winner Game 6 6:00 p.m.

10 Winner Game 7 vs. Winner Game 8 8:30 p.m.

Tuesday, March 8 - Championship

11 Winner Game 9 vs. Winner Game 10 6:00 p.m.

All Game times are Central and Subject to Change

Anthony Davis, Wayne Blackshear Honored in Chicago


A pair of high school stars who will play college basketball in the state of Kentucky were honored by the Chicago Sun-Times.

University of Kentucky signee Anthony Davis and future Louisville Cardinal Wayne Blackshear were named to the Sun-Times All-Area Boy's Basketball Team in Chicago.

Here is an excerpt about each:

Wayne Blackshear Morgan Park, 6-5 senior forward

Signed with Louisville. McDonald’s All-American. Two-time All-Area selection. First-team All-City selection. Four-year varsity starter led Morgan Park to the city title in 2009-10. Widely considered one of the top 15 players in the country. Voted Sun-Times Player of the Year after averaging 28 points and 11 rebounds.

Anthony Davis Perspectives-MSA, 6-10 senior center

Signed with Kentucky. McDonald’s All-American. First-team All-City selection. Dominant force on offense and defense. Can do nearly everything on the court. Some national scouts consider him the best college prospect in the nation. Averaging 32 points and 22 rebounds playing in the Public League’s Blue Division.

Complete All-Area Team


In addition, Blackshear was named Chicago Player of the Year.

Kentucky Basketball Recruits Playing Well in Tournaments


Several University of Kentucky basketball recruits and signees were in high school playoff action on Friday night.

Here is an update on the future Wildcats who are already signed:

- Michael Gilchrist scored 15 points in St. Patrick's lopsided 84-48 win over Marist in New Jersey's NJSIAA Tournament quarterfinals.

- Marquis Teague scored 18 points in Pike High School's 90-66 win over Emmerich Manual High School.

- Kyle Wiltjer scored 15 points in his second game back from injury. Jesuit destroyed Sunset 82-43 in Oregon's Class 6A state tournament.

- Trevor Lacey and Butler High School captured their third Alabama state title in four seasons. Lacey finished with 13 points in a low-scoring battle.

Other Kentucky Recruits:

- Perry Ellis (2012) had 19 points in Wichita Heights' 76-61 win over Wichita Southeast. The win sends Heights to the Kansas state tournament.

- Kyle Anderson (2012) scored 14 points in St. Anthony's 68-35 win over Hudson Catholic in the NJSIAA Tournament.

Kentucky Wesleyan Defeats NKU in Overtime


Kentucky Wesleyan 91
Northern Kentucky 89 F/OT

Final from St. Louis, Missouri


Kentucky Wesleyan College got a near miracle finish to beat Northern Kentucky University in the second round of the Great Lakes Valley Conference Tournament on Friday.

Anthony Young made two free throws with 1.4 seconds left in overtime, and NKU couldn't get a final shot off, allowing the Panthers to survive 91-89 at Maryville University in St. Louis.

Young was awarded the free throws after NKU was assessed a technical foul when it called a timeout with none left. The Norse's Ethan Faulkner was trying to inbounds the ball, couldn't see over or around Young on the baseline and called time.

The Norse used their final timeout just before that play, negating a 40-foot 3-point shot by Bobby Shannon that went in.

Young, who was huge for KWC with 36 points, also knocked down the 3-pointer that tied the game 89-all with 1.8 seconds to play.

"I had no clue they didn't have any timeouts," Young said. "I knew I had to knock them down. I take a lot of pride in my free throws, because I know I'm going to get fouled a lot."

Complete Recap

McDonald's All-American Game Preview is Basically a Kentucky Recruiting Video

Here is a McDonald's All-American Game preview, which is a essentially a University of Kentucky Wildcats recruiting tape (via on YouTube):

Georgetown College Takes Cares of U.Va.-Wise


(1) Georgetown 86

(9) U.Va.-Wise 73

Final from Frankfort, Kentucky


FRANKFORT, Ky. -- Top-seeded Georgetown College used a 14-2 run out of the locker room and never looked back in an 86-73 win over ninth-seeded University of Virginia's College at Wise on Friday at the Mid-South Conference Tournament at the Frankfort Convention Center.

Georgetown advances into the tournament's semifinals where they face fourth-seeded University of the Cumberlands at 8 p.m. ET on Saturday. The tournament's final is scheduled for Sunday.

The Tigers used their second half run to break open a close opening 20 minutes.

Georgetown led by as many as 11 points in the first half before the Cavaliers trimmed the Tiger lead to 31-30 with two minutes left in the half. The Tigers closed the half with a 9-4 run to take 40-34 halftime advantage into the locker room.

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Cumberlands Holds On to Defeat Lindsey Wilson


(4) Cumberlands 66
(5) Lindsey Wilson 64

Final from Frankfort, Kentucky


FRANKFORT, Ky. - Fourth-seeded University of the Cumberlands rebounded from its first deficit of the second half to score the game's final four points and knock off Lindsey Wilson College 66-64 Friday night.

The win came in the quarterfinals of the 2011 Mid-South Conference Tournament at the Frankfort Convention Center.

The Patriots will play the winner of Friday's quarterfinal finale between No. 1 Georgetown and No. 9 U.Va.-Wise in the 8 p.m. ET semifinal on Saturday night. The winner will play the winner of the first semifinal between No. 2 St. Catharine and third-seeded Pikeville in the Sunday-afternoon championship game at 4 p.m. ET.

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Huge Run Sends St. Catharine Into MSC Semifinals


(2) St. Catharine 82
(7) West Virginia Tech 59

Final from Frankfort, Kentucky


FRANKFORT, Ky. - Second-seeded St. Catharine College scored the last five first-half points to begin an offensive explosion that lasted more than 14 minutes en route to an 82-59 win over No. 7 seed WVU Tech Friday afternoon at the Mid-South Conference Tournament at the Frankfort Convention Center.

The win sent the Patriots, the nation's 18th-ranked team, into a Top 25 showdown in the semifinals of the MSC Tournament. They will play No. 24 Pikeville, seeded third, at 6 p.m. on Saturday at the Frankfort Convention Center.

The winner of that game will play in Sunday's 4 p.m. ET conference championship game.

St. Catharine (21-7) went on what would be a 42-14 outburst that lasted 14:27 and turned a 32-28 deficit into a 70-46 lead with 6:19 to play.

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The Buzz on Kentucky Basketball: Beat Bruce Pearl Edition


Today's Top 5:

- Former Kentucky player Rekalin Sims was arrested in Lexington and charged with trafficking drugs within 1,000 yards of a school

- John Calipari respects Rick Pitino but it doesn't sound like they will be exchanging Christmas gifts anytime soon

- Coach Cal and UK announced several summer basketball camps

- Yahoo! Sports released All-SEC teams and awards; Kentucky players received some love

- AllKyHoops is in Nashville for the OVC Tournament; here are some pictures

On Saturday, Get Ready For:

- Morehead State plays for an NCAA Tournament spot when they battle Tennessee Tech in the OVC championship game at 8:00 p.m. on ESPN2

- Western Kentucky opens Sun Belt Conference Tournament play against Louisiana-Monroe at 7:45 p.m. ET

- Louisville travels to West Virginia for a tough road battle at Noon ET

- Bellarmine takes on Kentucky Wesleyan in the GLVC semifinal round at 3:30 p.m. ET

- Mid-South Conference semifinals at 6:00 p.m. and 8:00 p.m.; Pikeville vs. St. Catharine and Cumberlands vs. Georgetown

Recruiting Updates:

- Trevor Lacey and Butler High School captured the 3A state championship in Alabama; Lacey was held to 13 points in the low-scoring affair

- Michael Gilchrist scored 15 points in St. Patrick's blowout win in the New Jersey state playoffs

- Kyle Wiltjer scored 15 points in his second game back from injury

- Marquis Teague scored 18 points in an easy win in Indiana's state playoffs

- Perry Ellis scored 19 points to lead his school to the state tournament

- Future Louisville star Wayne Blackshear was named player of the year in Chicago

The Buzz:

- Spalding University was defeated by Ave Maria in the USCAA Division I national tournament

- Centre College lost 67-62 to Marietta in the NCAA DIII National Tournament

- Zac Swansey drained a clutch 3-pointer to sink Murray State in the OVC Tournament semifinals

- Kentucky needs Georgia or Vanderbilt to lose today

- Congratulations to Georgetown, Pikeville, Cumberlands and St. Catharine for Mid-South Conference quarterfinal wins

Video of the Day (Zac Swansey puts a dagger in the hearts of Murray State):

Friday, March 4, 2011

Tennessee Pregame Quotes from John Calipari


Here are John Calipari's pregame quotes for Sunday's game at Tennessee (via UKAthletics.com):

On how much value there is in earning a bye in the first round of the Southeastern Conference Tournament and how much he thinks about that …
“My whole thing is that (NCAA) seed. We just have to keep fighting. Just play hard, play harder than that other guy and play with a reckless abandon. You do this together, you execute, which we’ve been doing a pretty good job of, and then wherever it falls it falls. It’s not one and done yet. It will be in about two weeks, but it isn’t that right now. We just have to fight. This is a talented team we’re playing. (Scotty) Hopson is as good as anybody in our league, maybe the best talent in our league. With Tobias (Harris) and (Melvin) Goins they just go at you with so many guys, and they’re a deep team. I know (Brian) Williams didn’t play last game and they won anyway. They got up 20 on the road. But I imagine he will play against us, and that’s fine. They’re big, and they’re athletic, and they’re long and they’re a very good team.”

On the morale boost a win against Tennessee could provide …
“I think the last two (games) built some confidence for us. Last one we made it a little bit close. But again, as I watch the tape, they made plays too now. Vandy played to win; they went right down to the wire. So we played a good team and beat them – Florida the same. Florida comes back and beats Alabama by 40. We had Florida down – they got it a little bit closer – but we had them down double digits.”

On Tennessee junior guard Scotty Hopson …
“He can score, he can take over a game and he can create his own shot without help. Those are the kind of guys who are dangerous. I watched a little bit of Wisconsin-Indiana last night. Indiana was great, until that little kid got the ball and scored 12-straight points and then it was the ballgame. They did not run one play for him. They ran a pick-and-roll, they switched, he played one-on-one. He scored 12- or 15-straight points. I sat there and felt bad for Tommy (Crean). What do you do? Well here’s how we stop that play-er. Player. It’s not a play. That’s what Hopson can do. He can just go get his own and they don’t have to run anything and no one has to take credit. He got it and he scored it.”

On how important it was against Vanderbilt to win a close game …
“It was important. The free throws down the stretch by two freshmen. Say it again; I don’t know if – well, I know for a fact there’s nobody asking their freshmen to do more than we are. It’s not even close. Other teams have freshmen who are playing well, but if they don’t they’re OK. We’re not in that position. I mean, these kids have to perform. And the last six free throws were by our freshmen and they made five.”

On Tennessee’s ability to outscore its opponents in the paint this season …
“Tobias (Harris) and (Brian) Williams and all those other guys around the goal are active. They get after it, they tip balls in. Hopefully we’re working a little bit. There are two things that we didn’t do. One was, really teaching Josh (Harrellson) how to play a kid when we say we’re guarding the 3-point line, you’re bare. I didn’t do a good job. I let that kid come all the way under the basket, find position and then look for the ball. Versus telling them you have to meet the guy higher so you’re fighting higher. We’ve always taught one-on-one that way and you know what, this season I haven’t. But then again, we were doing different digs and traps in the post to protect him. Now he had no protection and we didn’t do a very good job. The other thing is when there’s a big kid on Brandon (Knight), things we can do to get him in a different position. We talked about it yesterday. They had a good practice yesterday. I don’t know what that means, but the guys are trying.”

On what else the team did differently against Vanderbilt to get the win …
“They held on to the rope. They held on to the rope. What’s happened in this, and even some of this past game against Vandy, the players – someone – has got to make a play. There’s a rebound and the ball is free. Someone has got to get it. ‘Go get it.’ They’re all telling each other to go get it. ‘No you got to go get it.’ We still have a little bit of that versus, ‘I’m going to go make the play. I’m going to go get the ball.”

Kentucky Players Talk About Tennessee


Kentucky's Darius Miller, Terrence Jones and Brandon Knight gave the media comments on Sunday's game at Tennessee (via UKAthletics.com):

#1, Darius Miller, G, Jr.
On what makes the rivalry between UK and Tennessee so big …
“Just how competitive and talented both teams are. Every time we get on the court we’re in to win. They’re going to be ready to go, we’re going to be ready to go and it’s going to be exciting to watch.”

On the importance of not giving Tennessee second chances …
“It’s very important because they do a good job of crashing the boards. All of them go and go really hard so we’re going to have to keep them off the glass, especially offensively.

#3, Terrence Jones, F, Fr.
On the importance to winning on the road, especially against Tennessee …
“It’s very important. It’d be great to win and (give us) great confidence going into the SEC tournament.”

On whether the close win against Vanderbilt will help to win on the road …
“We just have to have a whole other mindset to play well on the road because of the trouble we’ve been having on the road. I think it’s about having confidence all the time.”

#12, Brandon Knight, G, Fr.
On how the team’s confidence level is …
“Well our team is getting better and that’s brought us a lot of confidence. I know I got a lot of confidence from our last win since it was such a close game, but it really helped our team overall.”

On how to handle Tennessee’s defense …
“You just have to stay in control and not let them get you rattled. You have to run the offense and just make sure you’re confident in what you do.”

On how he did in the first game against Tennessee …
“I think I did pretty well, but they’re a different team at home so it’ll be a different game.”

Yahoo! Sports Places Jones, Knight on All-SEC First Team


Terrence Jones and Brandon Knight were named to the Yahoo! Sports' All-SEC First Team.

Knight was also named SEC Freshman of the Year.

DeAndre Liggns was named Defensive Player of the Year and Doron Lamb was named Sixth Man of the Year.

Here is the complete list of awards from Yahoo! Sports:

FIRST TEAM

F JaMychal Green, Alabama, junior

F Terrence Jones, Kentucky, freshman

F Chandler Parsons, Florida, senior

G John Jenkins, Vanderbilt, sophomore

G Brandon Knight, Kentucky, freshman

SECOND TEAM

F Scotty Hopson, Tennessee, junior

F Tony Mitchell, Alabama, sophomore

F Trey Thompkins, Georgia, junior

G Travis Leslie, Georgia, junior

G Chris Warren, Ole Miss, senior

THIRD TEAM

F Festus Ezeli, Vanderbilt, junior

F Tobias Harris, Tennessee, freshman

F Jeffery Taylor, Vanderbilt, junior

G Ravern Johnson, Mississippi State, senior

G Erving Walker, Florida, junior

Player of the year: John Jenkins, Vanderbilt

Coach of the year: Billy Donovan, Florida

Freshman of the year: Brandon Knight, Kentucky

Newcomer of the year: Gerald Robinson Jr., Georgia

Defensive player of the year: DeAndre Liggins, Kentucky

Sixth man of the year: Doron Lamb, Kentucky

Most improved: Festus Ezeli, Vanderbilt

Most underrated: Rotnei Clarke, Arkansas

Here are excerpts on Knight and Jones:

F Terrence Jones, Kentucky, freshman– One of 10 finalists for the Oscar Robertson Award, which is given annually to the nation’s top player … Ranks sixth in the SEC in scoring with 17.2 points per game … Leads the conference in rebounding with 9.2 boards per contest … Also averages 1.9 blocks … Had 24 points against Connecticut, 27 against Notre Dame, 35 against Auburn and 25 against Vanderbilt … Future first-round NBA draft pick.

G Brandon Knight, Kentucky, freshman – Ranks third in the SEC in scoring with 17.7 points per game … Has been Kentucky’s best player by far during conference play … Second in the league in assists with 4.1 per contest … Makes 40.5 percent of his shots from beyond the arc … Leadership improved as the season stretched on … Had 12 games with 20 points or more … Performs particularly well away from home … Scored 25 points at Louisville and 26 against Arkansas.

Pikeville College Escapes Campbellsville in Overtime


(3) Pikeville 85
(6) Campbellsville 78 F/OT

Final from Frankfort, Kentucky


FRANKFORT, Ky. -- Pikeville College's Vance Cooksey scored his team's first six points of the overtime to help the third-seeded Bears outlast sixth-seeded Campbellsville University 85-78 in the Mid-South Conference Men's Basketball Tournament quarterfinals on Friday at the Frankfort Convention Center.

Pikeville (25-6) advances into MSC Tournament semifinals where they will face the winner of second-seeded St. Catharine College and West Virginia University Tech. The semifinal game is scheduled for 6 p.m. ET on Saturday, March 5.

While Cooksey started Pikeville's overtime surge -- the Bears outscored the Tigers 14-7 in the extra period -- Justin Hicks secured the win with four straight free throws in the game's final 20 seconds.

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UK Announces John Calipari Basketball Camps


The University of Kentucky has announced the schedule for John Calipari's summer basketball camps:

Father Son Camp

Don't miss the perfect opportunity to spend time with your future Wildcat while learning ways to develop your basketball skills. You will have the chance to be 1-on-1 with UK coach John Calipari, his staff and current and former Wildcat greats. You will learn drills and techniques that will help teach your son to become a better basketball player. Get ready for a great camp loaded with fun, individual instruction and time with your son!

DATE: June 17-18
TIME: Friday, 5 pm - Saturday, 4 pm (EST)
AGES: 7-18
(each camper will work with and play with campers of appropriate age/talent level)
COST: $160 per individual
(includes Friday Cookout, Camp T-Shirt, Wildcat Workout Plan, Awards and Autograph Opportunity

Overnight Camp

Jump into a BIG BLUE July.

This week of camp will be dedicated to helping each camper have a tremendous amount of fun while learning new techniques, improving skills, games and much more. With a busy daily schedule and an experienced camp staff, this session promises to help raise your game to a new level! Don't miss out on this exciting session!

DATE: Overnight - July 24-27 (Sunday-Wednesday)
TIME: Sunday, 3 p.m. - Wednesday, 5 p.m.
(For Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday - Day campers will be dropped off at 8:30 am/For Sunday, Monday, Tuesday, - Day campers must be picked up by 8:30 pm)
AGES: 7-18
(each camper will work with and play with campers of appropriate age/talent level)
COST: $420 Overnight Camper • $340 Day Camper
Included in cost - Daily breakfast, lunch and dinner, Camp T-Shirt, Wildcat Workshop Workout Plan, Team and Individual Awards and Autograph Opportunity

DeMarcus Cousins Destroys Marcus Camby

Check out this move by former University of Kentucky big man DeMarcus Cousins:

Scenes from Day 1 at the OVC Tournament

Here are a few pictures we snapped during last night's OVC Tournament action:









Rick Pitino Isn't On John Calipari's Gift List

WHAS11.com asked Kentucky head coach John Calipari about his relationship with Louisville head man Rick Pitino. "He's not on my gift list," Calipari joked.

Here is the interview:

Former Kentucky Player Rekalin Sims Arrested


Former Kentucky player Rekalin Sims was arrested in Lexington Friday morning and charged with trafficking drugs within a thousand yards of a school.

According to the arrest report, Sims was taken into custody at 2000 Mercer Road in Lexington, which is the Fedex Express shipping center.

Sims was a junior college transfer for the Kentucky Wildcats. He appeared in 29 games before transferring to Fresno State. He was kicked off the Fresno State team after being charged in connection with the beating and robbery of a disabled man.

Preview: Ohio Valley Conference Tournament Semifinals


AllKyHoops.com is in Nashville for the Ohio Valley Conference Tournament.

Last night, we watched Tennessee Tech overwhelm Tennessee-Martin and Austin Peay pull away late from Southeast Missouri.

Tonight, Tech will battle Murray State and Peay will take on Morehead State and OVC Player of the Year Kenneth Faried.

Here is a preview:

Semifinals - Friday, March 4
Game 5 - #1 Murray State vs. Tennessee Tech, 7:00 p.m. (ESPNU)
Game 6 - #2 Morehead State vs. Austin Peay, 9:00 p.m. (ESPNU)

Championship - Saturday, March 5
Game 7 - Semifinal Winners - 7:00 p.m. (ESPN2)

* All Times Central

Semifinal matchups:

Murray State (23-7, 14-4) vs. Tennessee Tech (19-11, 12-6) : The Racers are talented and they're good. They have won 11 of 12 games heading into the tournament and have the experience of last season's NCAA Tournament team to work with. The backcourt is as good as any team around with Miles, Canaan and Jenkins. If Tech allow the Racers to get hot from outside, it'll be a great night for Murray State fans.

Tech has now won six consecutive games and they simply destroyed UT-Martin last night. It appears that the Golden Eagles managed to get hot at the right time. Keep an eye Mr. Big Shot Zac Swansey and All-OVC star Kevin Murphy.

My thoughts: After watching Tech last night, I think we're in for a battle tonight. I have to give Murray State the advantage but this one could go either way. I'll go with Murray State 65 Tennessee Tech 59.

Morehead State (22-9, 13-5) vs. Austin Peay (20-12, 13-5): Morehead State has the league's best player in Kenneth Faried. Add All-OVC First Team guard Demonte Harper to mix and the Eagles have what it takes to cut down the nets on Saturday night. The Eagles will need some consistent shooting and scoring help for Faried and Harper.

Head coach Dave Loos and the Governors are always a threat to win the OVC Tournament. They were in a battle for most of the game against SEMO but pulled away when it mattered. All-league star TyShwan Edmondson suffered a knee injury but he said in the postgame that he'll be fine and ready to go tonight. He also noted that Austin Peay feels they owe Morehead some payback for the last time they met, a Morehad State win. If Edmondson is truly himself tonight, Peay will be a tough out. By the way, I can never get enough of that "Let's go Peay!" chant.

My thoughts: Every time these two teams meet, it's a battle and I expect nothing less tonight. I think it will go down to the wire, but in the end I'll go with Kenneth Faried and the Eagles. I'll say Morehead State 71 Austin Peay 67.

Check Out Kentucky Recruit Torian Graham

Here is a new mixtape of 2012 Kentucky recruit Torian Graham from Word of God Christian Academy:

The Buzz on Kentucky Basketball: Live from Nashville Edition


Today's Top 5:

- Duke head coach Mike Krzyzewski called Kentucky recruit Braeden Anderson and told him they are interested

- Big Blue Nation will love future Kentucky Wildcat Anthony Davis

- The Mid-South Conference released all-conference teams and awards

- Western Kentucky placed two on the All-Sun Belt Conference First Team

- Trevor Lacey: the best Alabama high school player ever?

On Friday, Get Ready For:

- A full day of Mid-South Conference Tournament basketball

- The Great Lakes Valley Conference Tournament resumes with Kentucky Wesleyan vs. Northern Kentucky

- The OVC Tournament semifinals: Morehead State vs. Austin Peay and Murray State vs. Tennessee Tech

- Centre College vs. Marietta in the NCAA DIII National Tournament

Recruiting Updates:

- As expected, 2012 star J.P. Tokoto committed to North Carolina

- Two Kentucky recruits will play in the All-American Championship event

The Buzz:

- Union University hammered Mid-Continent University 88-50 in the TSAC Tournament

- AllKyHoops.com is in Nashville for the Ohio Valley Conference.

- The Boston Celtics are considering a move to sign former Kentucky star Kelenna Azubuike.

- Clark Atlanta defeated Kentucky State 81-62 in the SIAC Tournament

- Leroy Nobles from Louisville Central High School and now at IUPUI was named First Team All-Summit League today (more soon)

- Former Kentucky star Antoine Walker scored a team-high 18 points on 7-11 shooting in Idaho's D-League win tonight; he was 4-6 from long range.

Video of the Day (William Barnes of Marion High School - being recruited by long list of schools including Morehead State and Northern Kentucky):


Thursday, March 3, 2011

Mid-South Conference Announces All-Conference Teams


The Mid-South Conference announced all-conference teams and awards this evening.

Georgetown College's Vic Moses was announced as MSC Player of the Year.

University of the Cumberlands head coach Don Butcher was named MSC Coach of the Year.

All-Mid South Conference Team:

- Vic Moses, Georgetown College
- Eddie Gray, Georgetown College
- JaVaughn Espritt, Campbellsville University
- Shawn Savage, Campbellsville University
- Jared Cunningham, Univerity of the Cumberlands
- Matt Daniel, University of the Cumberlands
- Vance Cooksey, Pikeville College
- Kashiff Carr, St. Catharine College
- Ervin Williams, St. Catharine College
- Josh Proctor, West Virginia University Tech

Honorable Mention:

- Caleb Harris, Campbellsville University
- Tyrone Shelley, Georgetown College
- Kalen Kimberland, Lindsey Wilson College
- Chase Spreen, Lindsey Wilson College
- Quincy Hankins-Cole, Pikeville College
- Justin Hicks, Pikeville College
- Keelyn Franklin, Shawnee State
- Antoine Watson, St. Catharine College
- Tanner Jacobs, University of the Cumberlands
- Josh Arnold, West Virginia University Tech
- Donald Robinson, West Virginia University Tech

Player of the Year: Vic Moses, Georgetown College

Freshman of the Year: Darius Smith, University of Virginia's College at Wise

Coach of the Year: Don Butcher, University of the Cumberlands

Champions of Character: Alex Burns, Shawnee State

Release from the Conference

Thomas More College Places Three on All-PAC Teams


Thomas More College had three players named to the Presidents' Athletic Conference 2010-11 Men's Basketball All-Conference Teams.

Aaron Miller, a senior from Lexington, was named to the All-PAC First Team.

Colt Stafford was named to the Second Team and Brian Muse was named Honorable Mention All-PAC.

PRESIDENTS’ ATHLETIC CONFERENCE (PAC) 2010-11 MEN’S BASKETBALL ALL-CONFERENCE TEAMS

2011 PAC PLAYER OF THE YEAR: Blair Rozenblad, 6-4 Sophomore Guard, Thiel College
2011 PAC COACH OF THE YEAR: Tim Loomis, Thiel College

FIRST TEAM

Name School Pos. Ht. Cl. Hometown/High School
Devon Adams Thiel G 6-2 Sr. Philadelphia, PA/George Jr. Republic
British Alexander Bethany F 6-6 Jr. Dayton, OH/Trotwood Madison
B.J. McGill Saint Vincent G 6-1 Sr. Upper Marlboro, MD/Suitland
Aaron Miller Thomas More F 6-3 Sr. Lexington, KY/Henry Clay
Blair Rozenblad Thiel G 6-4 So. Youngstown, OH/Kennedy Catholic
SECOND TEAM

Name School Pos. Ht. Cl. Hometown/High School
Dennis Bassich Saint Vincent G 6-3 Jr. Silver Spring, MD/Einstein
Brian Felker Washington & Jefferson G 6-4 Sr. Gibsonia, PA/Pine-Richland
Paul Matthews Washington & Jefferson G 6-3 Sr. Greensburg, PA/Greensburg Salem
Colt Stafford Thomas More C 6-7 Jr. Groveport, OH/Bishop Hartley
Nick Wilcox Bethany F 6-3 So. Venetia, PA/Peters Township

HONORABLE MENTION

Name School Pos. Ht. Cl. Hometown/High School
Brett Matson Grove City G 6-0 Jr. Wexford, PA/Pine-Richland
Brian Muse Thomas More G 6-7 Sr. Bethel, OH/Bethel
Doug Smith Westminster G 6-3 So. South Park, PA/South Park
Anthony Thomas Westminster G 6-0 Fr. New Castle, PA/Union
Luke Tomaselli Grove City F 6-2 Sr. Cresson, PA/Penn Cambria
Jeff Young Waynesburg F 6-5 Sr. Washington, DC/John F. Kennedy
PAC COACHES HONORS (All-PAC equivalent for NCAA Division III provisional members)

Name School Pos. Ht. Cl. Hometown/High School
Rich Colick Geneva G/F 6-5 Sr. New Castle, PA/Mohawk
Bryan Hill Geneva G 5-8 Sr. Brecksville, OH/Brecksville

Bellarmine Tops Final NCAA DII Midwest Rankings


The Bellarmine Knights are No. 1 in the final NCAA DII Midwest Regional Rankings.

Northern Kentucky comes in at No. 4 this week while Kentucky Wesleyan moves all the way up to No. 5.

Here are the rankings:

MIDWEST
1 Bellarmine 23-1 23-1
2 Southern Indiana 18-4 16-4
3 Findlay 20-3 20-3
4 Northern Kentucky 17-7 17-7
5 Kentucky Wesleyan 15-8 15-8
6 Ferris State 19-5 19-5
7 Drury 18-6 18-6
8 Wayne State (Michigan) 18-7 18-7
9 Indianapolis 15-8 12-8
10 Grand Valley State 15-7 15-6

The Knights are also No. 2 in the NABC DII Men's Basketball Coaches Rankings this week:

1 West Liberty (8) 26-0 200 1
2 Bellarmine 25-2 191 2
3 Humboldt State 24-2 180 3
4 Alabama-Huntsville 25-3 177 4
5 Augusta State 25-3 169 5
6 Minnesota State 23-3 157 6
7 Central Oklahoma 25-3 149 7
8 Missouri Southern 23-3 141 8
9 Findlay 23-3 137 10
10 Central Washington 23-3 133 11
11 Southern Indiana 23-4 121 12 12 Lincoln Memorial 24-2 106 13 13 Arkansas Tech 22-4 104 9 14 Mary 22-4 88 19 15 Tarleton State 22-4 76 20 16 Bowie State 22-4 72 22 17 Harding 22-4 68 14 18 Colorado School of Mines 22-4 61 23 19 Fort Hays State 22-6 51 17 20 Cal State-Dominguez Hills 20-6 46 15 21 Rollins 22-6 29 18 22 Bentley 20-6 25 24 23 Ferris State 20-6 23 21 T-24 Benedict 20-6 21 NR T-24 West Texas A&M 22-5 21 NR

Others receiving votes: Hillsdale 20, Indiana (Pa.) 8, American International 6, Northern Kentucky 6, Drury 5, Metropolitan State 3, Georgia Southwestern 1, Stonehill 1.

Spalding University Upsets Top Seed in USCAA Tournament


Spalding University went into the USCAA Division I National Tournament as the No. 8 seed and pulled a shocking upset of top-seeded Rochester.

Dewhon Mcaffee scored 28 points and pulled down 6 reboudns to lead the Golden Eagles to the 69-56 upset. Mcaffee was 14-14 fromt he free throw line.

Spalding advances to play Ave Maria on Friday at 1:15 p.m.

Complete Bracket

Spalding's McAfee, Gray Honoroed by SLIAC:
St. Louis, Mo. – The St. Louis Intercollegiate Athletic Conference (SLIAC) has announced the 2011 Men's Basketball All-Conference Teams and award winners. Spalding University's DeWhon McAfee was named Player of the Year. McAfee, a junior guard, averaged 20.8 points per game in conference play and helped lead the Golden Eagles to a share of the regular season conference title.

Spalding University head coach Kevin Gray was selected as Coach of the Year in only the second year as a member of the SLIAC. He led his squad to a 17-8 overall record, 13-3 in conference play and a share of the SLIAC regular season championship.

Spalding point guard Johnell Hardin was named to the SLIAC All-Defensive Team. Hardin, a sophomore, was second on the team in steals, averaging 1.0 per game and gave Spalding a shutdown defensive player in crunch time.

Spalding Sophomore forward Jametrius Brasher was named to the SLIAC Honorable Mention Team. Brasher averaged 9.5 points per game and led the SLIAC in field goal percentage shooting .613 from the floor.

Last but certainly not least, Spalding junior guard Cody Cutsinger, was named to the SLIAC All-Sportsmanship Team.

Louisville No. 12, Kentucky No. 16 in ESPN Power Rankings


The University of Kentucky Wildcats have jumped all the way to No. 16 in this week's ESPN Power Rankings.

The Louisville Cardinals climb four spots to No. 12 this week.

Here are excerpts on the Cats and Cards:

12 (16) Louisville 23-7 216 The Cardinals don't have as strong an overall resume as the Johnnies even though they beat them in a head-to-head matchup -- the selection committee looks at the overall body of work, not just head-to-head matchups. Regardless, the Cardinals continue to find ways to win despite injuries.

16 (24) Kentucky 21-8 114 The Wildcats are a completely different team at home. They need to start proving they can perform away from Rupp. Kentucky heads to Tennessee this weekend, and a win in Knoxville would do wonders in giving the Wildcats momentum heading into the SEC tournament.

Top 10:

1. Ohio State (13) 373
2. Kansas 358
3. Pittsburgh (1) 332
4. Duke 330
5. Purdue (1) 324
6. Notre Dame 299
7. San Diego State 256
7. Wisconsin 256
9. Texas 243
10. BYU 241

Kerusch, Pettigrew Named First Team All-Sun Belt Conference


The Sun Belt Conference released their league awards on Thursday and Western Kentucky University placed two on the All-Sun Belt Conference First Team.

Hilloppter teammates Sergio Kerusch and Steffphon Pettigrew were named to the First Team.

First Team All-Sun Belt Conference

Solomon Bozeman (UALR, Senior, G)
Raymond Taylor (Florida Atlantic, Sophomore, G)
Tristan Thompson (North Texas, Senior, G)
Sergio Kerusch (WKU, Senior, F)
Steffphon Pettigrew (WKU, Senior, F)

Second Team All-Sun Belt Conference

Martavius Adams (Arkansas State, Junior, G)
Chase Hallam (Denver, Sophomore, G)
Greg Gantt (Florida Atlantic, Sophomore, G)
J.J. Thomas (Louisiana-Lafayette, Freshman, F)
James Washington (Middle Tennessee, Senior, G)

Third Team All-Sun Belt Conference

Donald Boone (Arkansas State, Senior, G)
Brett Royster (Florida Atlantic, Senior, F)
Travis Bureau (Louisiana-Lafayette, Senior, F)
Augustine Rubit (South Alabama, R-Freshman, C)
Will Weathers (Troy, Sophomore, G)

Sun Belt Conference Player of the Year
Solomon Bozeman (UALR, Senior, G)

Sun Belt Conference Defensive Player of the Year
Brett Royster (Florida Atlantic, Senior, F)

Sun Belt Conference Freshman of the Year
Augustine Rubit (South Alabama, R-Freshman, C)

The Joe Gottfried Coach of the Year
Mike Jarvis, Florida Atlantic

Duke is Interested in Braeden Anderson


According to a source close to Braeden Anderson, Duke head coach Mike Krzyzewski and assistant Nate James called Braeden this morning and expressed interest in the 2011 forward.

The source said, "Coach K told him (Braeden) he'd have an opportunity to come in and start from day one."

Anderson said earlier this week that Kentucky and Kansas are on top of his list but he plans to take Duke's interest seriously. He hopes to make a final decision in two-three weeks.

University of Kentucky Recruits in All-American Championship


A pair of Kentucky recruits will compete in the 2011 All-American Championship game presented by The Gazelle Group.

UK 2012 recruits Shabazz Muhammad and Perry Ellis will play for the West squad in the event, which takes place April 3 in Houston, Texas.

Muhammad is also a top target for the University of Louisville and head coach Rick Pitino.

All-American Championship
April 3, 2011
Houston, Texas

Doubleheader
North vs. South
East vs. West

Complete Release

2011 ROSTERS

NORTH TEAM

Name Pos. Ht. Cl. Hometown/School College
Tracy Abrams G 6‐1 Sr. Chicago, Ill./Mount Carmel Illinois
Ryan Boatright G 5‐11 Sr. Aurora, Ill./Aurora East Connecticut
Kevin Ferrell G 5‐11 Jr. Indianapolis, Ind./Park Tudor School Indiana
Gary Harris G 6‐4 Jr. Fishers, Ind./Hamilton Southeastern Undeclared
Mycheal Henry F 6‐5 Sr. Chicago, Ill./Orr Illinois
Hanner Mosquera‐Perea F 6‐8 Jr. LaPorte, Ind./La Lumiere School Indiana
Chasson Randle G 6‐2 Sr. Rock Island, Ill./Rock Island Stanford
D’Vauntes Smith‐Rivera G 6‐3 Jr. Indianapolis, Ind./North Central Undeclared
Sam Thompson F 6‐6 Sr. Chicago, Ill./Whitney Young Ohio State
B.J. Young G 6‐4 Sr. Florissant, Mo./McCluer North Arkansas

SOUTH TEAM

Name Pos. Ht. Cl. Hometown/School College
Tyler Adams C 6‐9 Sr. Brandon, Miss./Brandon Georgetown
Robert Carter F 6‐7 Jr. Thomasville, Ga./Thomasville Undeclared
Rodney Hood F 6‐7 Sr. Meridian, Miss./Meridian Mississippi State
Ky Madden G 6‐4 Sr. Lepanto, Ark./East Poinsett County Arkansas
Dai‐Jon Parker G 6‐3 Sr. Alpharetta, Ga./Milton Vanderbilt
Tony Parker C 6‐9 Jr. Lithonia, Ga./Miller Grove Undeclared
Sir’Dominic Pointer F 6‐7 Sr. Fraser, Mich./Quality Education Academy (N.C.) St. John’s
Levi Randolph G 6‐5 Sr. Madison, Ala./Bob Jones Alabama
Julian Royal F 6‐8 Sr. Milton, Ga./Milton Georgia Tech
Josiah Turner G 6‐3 Sr. Sacramento, Calif./Quality Education Academy (N.C.) Arizona

EAST TEAM

Name Pos. Ht. Cl. Hometown/School College
Dajuan Coleman F/C 6‐8 Jr. DeWitt, N.Y./Jamesville‐DeWitt Undeclared
Michael Gbinije F 6‐6 Sr. Chester, Va.,/Benedictine School Duke
Maurice Harkless F 6‐6 Sr. Jamaica, N.Y./South Kent School (Conn.) St. John’s
Jabarie Hinds G 5‐11 Sr. Mount Vernon, N.Y./Mount Vernon West Virginia
Desmond Hubert C 6‐9 Sr. Cream Ridge, N.J./New Egypt Undeclared
Tyrone Johnson G 6‐2 Sr. Plainfield, N.J./Montrose Christian Academy (Md.) Villanova
Myles Mack G 5‐10 Sr. Paterson, N.J./St. Anthony Rutgers
Alex Murphy F 6‐8 Jr. Wakefield, R.I./St. Mark’s School (Mass.) Duke
LaQuinton Ross F 6‐8 Sr. Burlington, N.J./Life Center Academy Ohio State
Jakarr Sampson F 6‐8 Sr. Akron, Ohio/Brewster Academy (N.H.) St. John’s

WEST TEAM

Name Pos. Ht. Cl. Hometown/School College
Ryan Anderson F 6‐8 Sr. Lakewood, Calif./Long Beach Polytechnic Boston College
Shaquille Cleare C 6‐9 Jr. Houston, Texas/The Village School Undeclared
Perry Ellis F 6‐8 Jr. Wichita, Kan./Wichita Heights Undeclared
D’Angelo Harrison G 6‐3 Sr. Missouri City, Texas/Dulles St. John’s
Julien Lewis G 6‐3 Sr. Texas City, Texas/La Marque Texas
Shabazz Muhammad G/F 6‐5 Jr. Las Vegas, Nev./Bishop Gorman Undeclared
Norman Powell G 6‐4 Sr. Spring Valley, Calif./Lincoln UCLA
Cameron Ridley C 6‐10 Jr. Richmond, Texas/Bush Texas
L.J. Rose G 6‐3 Jr. Houston, Texas/Second Baptist School Undeclared
Rasheed Sulaimon G 6‐3 Jr. Houston, Texas/Strake Jesuit College Prep Duke

Is Trevor Lacey the Best Alabama High School Player Ever?


Jeff Sentell of the Birmingham News wonders if Kentucky recruit Trevor Lacey is the best high school player ever in the state of Alabama.

During his career, Lacey has already led Butler High school to two state championships and he'll play for a third tomorrow night. In fact, Lacey has never lost a state playoff game and if not for an unfortunate knee injury last season, he'd likely be playing for his fourth consecutive state title.

This season, Lacey is averaging 32.3 points per game and has cracked the 4o-point mark 10 times this year.

Here is an excerpt from the article:

"He’s in the Top 10,” Midfield coach Darrell Barber. “I’ve been in Alabama since 1994. I’ve coached Ronald Steele. He’s up in the top. He’s going to be a fine college player because his fundamentals are second to none.”

His coach, Jack Doss, is an advocate. Doss describes Lacey’s style as “orchestrating” for his Rebels. Not playing.

“Trevor Lacey is the best player there has ever been in this state,” Doss said.

Doss clicked off a Hall of Fame of names in his comparisons.

“I’ve coached Charles Barkley in the All-Star game,” said Doss, who has six state titles. “We beat Gerald Wallace with our team. I was in Birmingham with the best players the town has had. Ennis Whatley is the most exciting player I’ve laid eyes on since I’ve been coaching.

But his team never won a championship. Trevor backs it all up on the court with winning. As great as they all were, Trevor is better.”

Kentucky Fans Should Be Excited About Anthony Davis

Highlights from Anthony Davis' final high school game - including a poster dunk:



Here is an excerpt about Davis from ESPN Chicago:

CHICAGO -- People strongly advised Anthony Davis he should transfer from Perspectives for his final season.

Anthony Davis is the nation's No. 2 rated senior. They told Davis, who had gone from an unknown last spring to ESPN’s No. 2 prospect in the country, because he was such a large draw and so talented he surround himself with better players. They tried to be polite about it, but they let him know his Perspectives teammates weren’t going to get anywhere.

Davis didn’t listen. Perspectives was home. It was where he started and where he would finish his career. Whether or not his teammates had the ability to play on any of the area’s top teams was unimportant. They were his friends when he was just Anthony Davis to now when he was the Anthony Davis. He wasn’t going to abandon them.

The decision cost Davis a chance at experiencing a winning season and competing for a state title. It cost him winning ESPNChicago.com’s and the Chicago Sun-Times’ player of the year honors. It’ll probably cost him Illinois’ Mr. Basketball, too.

Complete Article

Tubby Smith Nails 84 of 88 Free Throws

Watch as former University of Kentucky basketball coach Tubby Smith goes 84-88 (95.5%) from the free throw line:

UPDATE: The title on the video is a little misleading. This was actually recorded at two different locations: The footage is sped up 3 times faster, and the locations are at Williams Arena and the Sports Pavilion on the U of M campus.

Union College Faces Tough Test in NAIA National Tournament


Union College will be matched up against No. 1 overall seed Walsh University in the first round of the 2011 NAIA Men's Basketball National Championship.

The game will be Wednesday, March 9 at 5:00 p.m. ET at the College of the Ozarks in Point Lookout, Missouri.

The Cavaliers are 29-1 on the year. They won the NAIA Division II National Title in 2005, and were the national runners-up a season ago.

Release from Union College

The Buzz on Kentucky Basketball: Enes Kanter Workout Edition


"How do you go from where you are to where you want to be? I think you have to have an enthusiasm for life. You have to have a dream, a goal. You have to be willing to work for it."

- Jim Valvano

Today's Top 5:

- No. 11 Louisville simply overwhelmed Providence on Senior Night at the Yum! Center

- My OVC Tournament preview. I'm already 0-2 on my picks thanks to two upsets on the first day. I will be in Nashville tomorrow to cover the rest of the tournament.

- Kentucky Derby Festival Classic recruiting director Dan Owens goes on the attack and ruffles some feathers in the process.

- Yahoo! Sports names Rick Pitino Big East Conference Coach of the Year

- Enes Kanter worked out for an NBA GM

On Thursday, Get Ready For:

- AllKyHoops.com heads to Nashville for live coverage of the OVC Tournament

- Kentucky State vs. Clark Atlanta in the SIAC Tournament quarterfinals

- The Sun Belt Conference to hand out league awards

- Mid-Continent University vs. Union University in the TSAC Tournament

- Our Mid-South Conference Tournament preview

Recruiting Updates:

- Anthony Davis had 30 points, 17 rebounds, 6 blocks and 5 steals in his final high school game.

- JUCO forward Stan Simpson confirms on Twitter that someone from UK will be at his game tomorrow.

- 2012 star J.P. Tokoto will announced his college decision late tomorrow night (11:00 p.m. ET); I'm hearing North Carolina is the likely choice.

- Anthony Davis and Michael Gilchrist are two of the four finalists for the 2011 Morgan Wootten Player of the Year Award

- Kentucky recruit Torian Graham enjoyed his visit to Rupp Arena; says he can see himself in blue

- Kyle Wiltjer returned to action following an injury; he scored 21 points in his return

- UK recruit Trevor Lacey struggled a bit but scored 19 points to lead his team to a state semifinal win. He'll play for a state title on Friday.

The Buzz:

- Former Louisville star Larry O'Bannon signed a contract with Boca Juniors in Argentina.

- Kentucky State opened the SIAC Tournament with a 66-64 win over Albany State

- SEMO stunned Eastern Kentucky 65-49 in the OVC Tournament

- Rajon Rondo had 16 points and 15 assists in Boston's 115-103 win over Phoenix

- DeMarcus Cousins exploded for 28 points, 11 rebounds and 4 assists in a loss

Video of the Day (Do something difficult today):

Wednesday, March 2, 2011

John Calipari Watches Teague, Praises Kentucky Coalminers

Kentucky head coach John Calipari praises coalminers in his latest post on Lexy. He also says he was in Indianapolis to see Marquis Teague and do some recruiting:

Louisville Destroys Providence on Senior Night


(11) Louisville 87
Providence 60

Final from Louisville, Kentucky

LOUISVILLE, Ky. (AP) - Louisville guard Preston Knowles flipped the ball over his head out of desperation. When it fell through the net as the halftime buzzer sounded to give the 11th-ranked Cardinals all the momentum they would need to crush Providence on Wednesday night, the senior guard just laughed.

"I've never even really tried anything like that," Knowles said. "If you ever even tried anything like that during practice, Coach (Rick) Pitino would probably throw you off the team."

Knowles can rest easy. He's not going anywhere. And neither are the surprising Cardinals after Knowles had 20 points and 10 rebounds in his final home game to lead Louisville to an 87-60 victory over the listless Friars, who have lost seven straight.

The Cardinals (23-7, 12-5) clinched one of the top four seeds in next week's Big East tournament and a coveted double-bye into the quarterfinals. Heady territory for a team picked to finish eighth by the league's coaches in the preseason poll.

"We knew we were going to be better than everybody expected," Knowles said. "I took it to heart when people picked us eighth. I knew we'd be better than that. You could tell that way back in the summer."

Complete Recap

Anthony Davis Finishes Up High School Career


Future Kentucky Wildcat Anthony Davis posted on Twitter tonight:

AntDavis23 Next stop #UK

Davis' high school career came to an end tonight as Perspectives lost 60-53 to King in Chicago's Class 3A regional semifinal.

In his final game, Davis had 30 points, 17 rebounds, 6 blocks and 5 steals. He showed loyalty to the undermanned Perspectives team up to the end:

“People said I should transfer, but this has been my school and I’ve been with these guys since the sixth grade and I loved playing with them,” Davis said.

Source

Billy Gillispie: Top 10 Potential Landing Spots


LostLetterman.com has developed a list of the top 10 likeliest landing spots for former Kentucky head coach Billy Gillispie.

Here are the top 10:

1. Texas Tech
2. TCU
3. North Carolina State
4. Wyoming
5. Utah
6. Georgia Tech
7. Providence
8. Arkansas
9. Rice
10. USF

Here is an excerpt about Texas Tech:

Pat Knight appears done in Lubbock and Gillispie has already proven he can win in Big 12 while at Texas A&M. He’s a beloved figure in the conference and close friends with Bill Self and Doc Sadler. He’d be in a comfortable environment that he is very familiar with, near home, and in a place that would be content just reaching the NCAA Tournament. They’ve also started a not so subtle website, getgillispie.com. It’s yet to taken off, but could it be a sign of where Gillispie lands?


Well Travelled Alex Legion Reaches New Low

Remember former Kentucky freshman Alex Legion?

Legion de-committed from Michigan and then came to Kentucky. After six games under Billy Gillispie, he decided Lexington wasn't the right fit and transferred to Illinois. He then surprised everyone and left Illinois for the brighter sunshine of Florida International.

Now, after less than a season at FIU, he has been dismissed for an undisclosed violation of team rules.

In all, he played 49 games between FIU, Illinois and Kentucky. His life is now in limbo as he figures out where to go from here.

Here is an excerpt about Legion from Detnews.com:

At this point, Legion appears to be biding his time until the June 23 NBA draft.

He remains enrolled at Florida International and, according to Williams, is expected to earn his degree this spring.

Keener hopes Legion has a backup plan if he never makes it in pro basketball. He refuses, however, to rule out the possibility Legion could defy the odds.

"From purely a physical standpoint, there's no doubt he can make it," Keener said. "But how competitive is he? Can he be coached? Can he work in the structure of a team? Those were always the challenges."

Complete Article

Stan Simpson Says UK Staff Will Watch Tomorrow


Kentucky recruit Stan Simpson said on Twitter this evening that representatives from Connecticut, Kentucky and Memphis will be at his game tomorrow.

Here is his post on Twitter:

Stan_Simpson Uconn,Kentucky and Memphis all comin to the game tommorrow legggooo.

More Information on Simpson

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