Saturday, August 27, 2011

Send a Prayer Up for Scott Padgett


Former University of Kentucky star Scott Padgett is having a difficult time right now. I'd like to ask all readers to send a prayer up for Scott and his family.

Earlier tonight, Padgett posted on Facebook:

Scott Padgett Been a tough day found out this morning at 9am that I lost my grandma who just turned 92 on Tuesday & Irene is shutting down every airport in the northeast. Need some prayers that I can get out of NYC for the funeral on Tuesday.

This Should Make You Proud To Be An American

I came across this tonight on Twitter and it's really one of those things that isn't basketball related, but I feel obligated to share. Read below and please feel free to leave a comment:

A lone Tomb Sentinel, 3d U.S. Infantry Regiment (The Old Guard), walks his tour in humble reverence during Hurricane Irene in Arlington National Cemetery, Va., Aug 27. Members of The Old Guard have guarded the Tomb every second, of every day regardless of weather or holidays since April 6, 1948.



Video: Top Dunks from Boost Mobile Elite 24 Game

Here are some of the top dunks for the Boost Mobile Elite 24 game (Video by Walter over at WildcatWorld.com):

Video: Mitch McGary Shatters a Backboard



Here is video footage of 2012 Kentucky recruit Mitch McGary shattering a backboard at the Boost Mobile Elite 24 game:

UCONN Pulls Scholarship to Make Way for Andre Drummond


ESPN.com has learned that the Connecticut Huskies will pull a scholarship from redshirt freshman Michael Bradley and give it to five-star big man Andre Drummond.

Here is an excerpt from the ESPN article:

ESPN.com has learned through a source that Connecticut Huskies coach Jim Calhoun, interim athletic director Paul Pendergast, UConn president Susan Herbst and at least one member of the compliance department met Friday to ensure that it was possible to add another scholarship player -- a big one -- even though the program is officially out of scholarships.

Once it was determined that one player on the current roster -- a source told ESPN.com it is redshirt freshman Michael Bradley -- could possibly qualify for financial aid days before the fall semester begins this week, a call was made to Andre Drummond's camp that a possible scholarship was available.

Andre Drummond's addition instantly makes Connecticut a national-title contender.And then came the tweet from Friday from Drummond: “It’s official I’m heading to the university of connecticut to be a husky this year! Do I hear repeat.”


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Kentucky Recruit Mitch McGary Shatters a Backboard


University of Kentucky recruit Mitch McGary shattered a backboard at the Boost Mobile Elite 24 event today:

DaveTelep We have a real problem. Mitch McGary shattered this backboard http://yfrog.com/kejpkqjj

UK Basketball Arena Group Explores Indianapolis


A UK basketball arena "fact-finding" group visited Indianapolis on Friday to explore Conseco Fieldhouse and the surrounding area.

Jerry Tipton of the Lexington Herald-leader wrote about the trip. Here is an excerpt:

Gray's eyes widened as he thought of his dreams for a similar district revitalizing downtown Lexington.

"This project gives us the opportunity to engage this economic model," he said. "It's all about creating a gravitational pull."

Of course, no entity tugs stronger on the hearts and minds in the Bluegrass State than University of Kentucky basketball. So whether it be a renovated Rupp Arena or a new facility, UK basketball figures prominently in Lexington's planning.

Gray led a group to Indianapolis that included such civic leaders as attorney Brent Rice, who heads a task force looking into what might be in an arena district in Lexington; UK Executive Vice President Frank Butler; builder Ray Ball; Urban Active CEO Royce Pulliam; and Hyatt General Manager Larry Bell. As on a trip Gray took to Columbus with another group this month, the idea was to see another city's vision.

"There is no plan that replaces actually getting out and walking the site," Gray said.

Lexington has more space (46 acres) to develop than Indianapolis (30 acres). Gray saw this as a benefit and burden.

"It means we have to do a really good job of illustrating the options," he said. "...That's what the public expects."


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Calipari Takes Dominican Republic Team to Iguazu Falls

Kentucky head coach John Calipari recently took his Dominican Republic national team to Iguazu Falls in Brazil:

Savon Goodman Opens It Back Up; UK and U of L in the Mix?


According to ESPN's Dave Telep, 2012 power forward Savon Goodman has broken off his commitment to Villanova and decided to open it back up.

Telep expects several schools, including Kentucky and Louisville, to be involved.

Here is Telep's post on Twitter:

DaveTelep Savon Goodman no longer committed to Villanova. Now at Constitution. Look for UK, Villa, KU, SJU, Louisville, Texas, UCLA, Zona, maybe more

Goodman is a 6-6 power forward who ranks no. 54 overall on the Rivals.com list for 2012.

Chuck Hayes on List of NBA Players Who Did More With Less


Lee Friedman of The Washington Post takes a look at players who "did more with less" in the NBA.

Sitting near that top of that list, of course, is our own Chuck Hayes, who has managed to play on the post in the NBA at only 6-6 (maybe).

Here is an excerpt:

In Over Your Head Division

Chuck Hayes: Talk about having to raise your game, on any given night, the 6-6 Hayes was giving up anywhere from 2-4 inches at power forward, and on the rare occasions he got slotted in at center, sometimes a half foot or more. Despite that built-in disadvantage, he averaged over 8 rpg last year and finished fourth in offensive rebound percentage among forwards.


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Francisco Garcia Leads Dominican Republic Past Canada


Dominican Republic 64
Canada 62

Final from Marchand Cup


The Dominican Republic ended the 2011 Marchand Continental Cup on a positive after holding off a ferocious fourth quarter Canadian comeback. The Dominicans beat the buzzer to collect a 64-62 victory.

Former Louisville star Francisco Garcia had his best game of the tournament as he led the way with 18 points on 8-16 shooting. Jack Michael Martinez continued his outstanding play with a double-double of 16 points and 13 rebounds.

Edgar Sosa did not play for the Dominican Republic after suffering an injury on the previous night.

Carl English led Canada with 18 points and 5 rebounds.

The Dominicans dominated the glass 44-32, but struggled with turnovers (16) and poor outside shooting (3-14 from long range).

John Calipari's club finished the tournament with a 1-2 record, losing to both Puerto Rico and Brazil.

Brazil defeated Puerto Rico to win the 2011 Marchand Cup.

Final Competition Standings:

Team W/L Pts

1. Brazil 3/0 6
2. Puerto Rico 2/1 5
3. Dominican Republic 1/2 4
4. Canada 0/3 3

Jodie Meeks Participates in Philadelphia 76ers Workout


Former University of Kentucky star Jodie Meeks was one of several Philadelphia 76ers players to participate in a group workout in Los Angeles on Friday.

Meeks was joined by Andre Iguodala, Jrue Holiday, Thaddeus Young, Evan Turner, Lou Williams, Elton Brand and Spencer Hawes. Brand organized the three-hour workout.

The players will continue to meet for the next few days.

Source

Melo League to Challenge Goodman League and Former Cats


The Baltimore-area Melo League wants a shot at the Goodman League and they'll get it on August 30.

The game will be played at St. Frances Academy in Baltimore and the Goodman League will be challenged by an incredible group of NBA stars.

The Melo League will be represented by Carmleo Anthony, LeBron James, Chris Paul, Josh Selby, Gary Neal and Donte Greene.

The Goodman League will feature Kevin Durant, John Wall, Brandon Jennings, DeMarcus Cousins and Hugh "Baby Shaq" Jones.

Source

Michael Kidd-Gilchrist to be Featured in HBO Documentary


University of Kentucky freshman Michael Kidd-Gilchrist will be featured in an upcoming HBO documentary called Prayer for a Perfect Season.

Here is more from UKAthletics.com:

Tragedy struck Kidd-Gilchrist from an early age. He lost his father, Michael Gilchrist, Sr., at the age of two and a half and his uncle and surrogate father, Darrin Kidd, at the beginning of his senior year. All the while, in spite of great personal loss and a high level of scrutiny, Kidd-Gilchrist has remained grounded, humble and exceptionally hard-working.

Prayer for a Perfect Season will debut exclusively on HBO on Tuesday, Oct. 25 at 9:00 p.m. It will run for 90 minutes and should give Kentucky fans a chance to get to know a player they will come to love when he suits up for the Big Blue.


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Friday, August 26, 2011

Darius Miller Talks About Experience in China

University of Kentucky senior Darius Miller talks about his time in China with the USA World University Games Team (video by Scott Anderson of NationofBlue.com):



Transcript:

On how he liked the food in China…
It was different. There were different varieties of food since they use different ingredients than we do. Just like the spices they use are totally different than we use here.”

On the benefit of international competition over pick-up games…
“It gets you more prepared for the season since it’s more realistic than pick-up games. We have great competition here in pick-up games but as far as actually playing basketball like it’s going to be played in the season, it was a great experience.”

On the experiences he’s been able to have because of basketball…
“I’m from a small town so we didn’t have high level experiences like this so I never dreamed of being in the situations I’ve been in. Especially in the past couple years, getting to play at the level I’ve been playing at – I never dreamed it’d be like this.”

On whether or not he had time to sight-see…
“Not really, we saw a little bit. Just being over there was a great experience and we saw a lot of stuff that was totally different. We didn’t have a lot of time to see things like the Great Wall of China. They said it was five hours away from where we were staying.”

On what China was like from the view of a tourist…
“It was a very nice place where we were. They said the city we were in had about 20 million people in it and that there are about three cities that have 20 million people. The overall experience was just crazy.”

On how seeing the third-world parts of China changed his views…
“I feel like we take a lot of things for granted here, honestly. We couldn’t even drink the water in our rooms. I feel like a lot of people in the United States take things for granted so it really opens your eyes to see how fortunate we are to live here.”

Kevin Ware One of Three Key Freshmen Who May Not Play


Jeff Eisenberg of Yahoo! Sports takes a look today at three freshman who may not play this season.

One of those is University of Louisville freshman Kevin Ware.

Here is an excerpt:

Kevin Ware , G, Louisville

An academic issue unrelated to the NCAA's investigation of Central Florida could prevent Ware from being eligible for the fall semester. Louisville coach Rick Pitino told the Courier-Journal that a decision on the former UCF commit will likely come within the next two weeks. "It's a very close call, and the NCAA will decide," Pitino said. "Right now he's waiting for his grade to come back from his online testing. Right now we don't know. So if we don't get the answer in time … he'll probably be eligible in January."

Potential impact: It will increase the workload for incumbent starting point guard Peyton Siva if Ware is unavailable. Ware, the nation's No. 56 recruit, had been expected to serve as Siva's primary backup next season.

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Ricardo Ledo: "No, I Haven't Committed"


I just spoke to 2012 star Ricardo Ledo about rumors that he has already committed to Providence College.

"No, I haven't committed," Ledo stated. "Thursday, I will make my decision."

Ledo, a 6-5 shooting guard who ranks No. 9 on the Rivals.com list, will choose from a list that includes Kentucky.

Photo: Rival.com

Andre Drummond Commits to Connecticut


Andre Drummond has just announced on Twitter that he has committed to Connecticut and will be a Husky THIS season.

AndreDrummond03 It's official I'm heading to the university of connecticut to be a husky this year! Do I hear #repeat #huskyfam @aoriakhi34

"Coach" Rajon Rondo to Join Kentucky Basketball Staff?


According to a site known as Orange Slice Sports (I think it's a Syracuse-based site), former University of Kentucky star Rajon Rondo will join the Kentucky basketball coaching staff if the NBA lockout continues.

Here is a Twitter post:

OSliceSports Sources tell us that UK basketball/Calipari will have Rajon Rondo on the staff until the NBA lockout ends. Just needs enough UK credits.

I can't say with confidence that this report is true or false, but if it is true - think about the experience Marquis Teague and Ryan Harrow can pick up from an NBA star like Rondo.

John Wall Confirms That He Will Play in Las Vegas League


Former University of Kentucky star John Wall has confirmed that he will be part of a two-week summer league in Las Vegas that will likely launch on September 12.

Here's an excerpt from The Washington Post:

John Wall has confirmed that he will participate in a two-week summer league that famed trainer Joe Abunassar is organizing and plans to launch on Sept. 12 in Las Vegas. Wall has trained with Abunassar since he was preparing for the NBA draft last year, and is expected to be one of nearly 60 NBA players to take part in the latest effort to remain sharp and maintain that competitive edge during the lockout.

Players have managed to stay engaged in basketball this offseason, even as the league and the players’ union make no progress toward a resolution to the nearly three-month labor dispute. Some have played in pro-am leagues across the country. Others are training with their national teams in international tournaments and exhibitions. Some have secured contracts overseas with out clauses for whenever the NBA season returns. Others are even returning to college. The rest have stuck with their usual summer training routine.


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Former UK stars Eric Bledsoe, Rajon Rondo and Tayshaun Prince have also been mentioned as possible participants in the Las Vegas league.

Wall has been an active participant in summer leagues, open runs and more during the summer:

Morehead State Unveils Reloaded Roster for 2011-12


Morehead State University has released their men's basketball roster for the 2011-12 season.

The Eagles face the difficult task of replacing All-American Kenneth Faried and pro prospect Demonte Harper.

The cupboard isn't exactly bare, however, as coach Donnie Tyndall has done an outstanding job of recruiting a talented group of freshmen and transfers. The Eagles have the talent in place to once again compete for an Ohio Valley Conference championship.

2011-12 Men's Basketball Roster

No. Name Pos. Ht. Wt. Year Hometown High School Previous School

00 Drew Kelly F 6-7 235 R-So. Franklin, Tenn. Centennial HS Miami (Ohio)
1 Khalil Owens F/C 6-7 250 Jr. Pensacola, Fla. Pansacola HS Northwest Florida State College
2 Marshall Holden G 5-11 170 Jr. Farrell, Pa. Farrell Area HS San Jacinto College
3 Will Bailey G/F 6-4 190 Fr. Valley, Ala. Greenville HS
4 Deandre Mathieu G 5-9 160 Fr. Knoxville, Tenn. Knox Central HS
5 Reggie Williams G 6-2 180 So. Virginia Beach, Va. Landstown HS
10 Lamont Austin G 6-0 175 Sr. Topeka, Kan. Highland Park HS Howard College
11 Terrance Hill G 6-1 175 Sr. Columbus, Ga. Jordan HS
13 Ty Proffitt G 6-4 190 Sr. London, Ky. South Laurel HS Notre Dame
14 Devon Atkinson G 6-1 175 Jr. Farmville, N.C. Farmville Central HS Brunswick CC
15 Jordan Percell F 6-7 230 Fr. Campbellsville, Ky. Campbellsville HS
20 Malcolm Foster G 6-2 190 Fr. Elizabethtown, Ky. John Hardin HS
21 Dionte Ferguson F 6-7 215 So. Prattville, Ala. Prattville HS
22 Angelo Warner G/F 6-3 200 Fr. Orlando, Fla. Jones HS
24 Orlando Coleman G/F 6-5 200 Fr. Pleasant Grove, Ala. Pleasant Grove HS
32 Milton Chavis F 6-6 210 Jr. Raleigh, N.C. Word of God Kilgore College
35 Jeff Drew F 6-8 225 Fr. Bentonville, Ark. Hall HS

Coaching Staff

- Donnie Tyndall, Head Men's Basketball Coach
- Wade O'Connor, Associate Head Coach
- Adam Howard, Assistant Men's Basketball Coach
- Jareem Dowling, Assistant Men's Basketball Coach
- Gloria Johnson, Secretary

Jeremy Evans Talks About First Season in the NBA


Former Western Kentucky University star Jeremy Evans spoke to WKUSports.com recently about his rookie season in the NBA and more.

Here is an excerpt:

Evans earned a roster spot after preseason training camp and almost immediately noticed a few differences between the college and professional games.

“The players are a lot bigger, stronger and faster than they were in college,” he explained. “College players would get up and down the floor really fast, but guys in the NBA set up their moves differently. It’s really quick, so adjusting to that took a little bit of time. But I was able to do it, and I had a pretty good season.”

It was indeed a good rookie season for Evans, who said he was always considered too skinny or not strong enough to contribute anything substantial on the basketball court. In his first professional season Evans appeared in 49 games and made three starts, averaging 3.6 points and 2.0 rebounds per game.

One of his marquee games came in his first career contest, when he scored 11 points in 11 minutes of action at Denver on October 27, 2010. He also reached the double-figure plateau at the Los Angeles Lakers on January 25 and scored a career-high 14 points at Minnesota on March 11. Others of his 49 games stuck out to him as well.

“I think that Golden State game was probably my best game,” he said. “I had eight or nine points in nine minutes, grabbed a few rebounds, and three of my shots were dunks. That was one of the games I was most proud about.”

For the soft-spoken Evans, whose hometown boasts fewer than 6,000 people, it seems logical that playing under the bright lights of NBA arenas might have been a little intimidating. But Evans said transitioning to the professional game felt quite natural, and the Jazz fan base made him feel like he was at home.

“It was everything I expected and more,” he said. “Being able to play in Utah has been great, because those fans are fun to play in front of just like the fans here at WKU.”

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Faried, NBA Stars Play Recruits at Elite 24 Midnight Run



A group of NBA stars, including former Morehead State big man Kenneth Faried, showed off their talents in a midnight run as part of the Boost Mobile Elite 24 event.

Faried, Kemba Walker, Tyreke Evans, Derrick Williams and Brandon Jennings competed against the Elite 24 high school stars.

As expected, the pros dominated the game but the young stars showed their outstanding potential.

There were many Kentucky and Louisville recruits in the game, including Shabazz Muhammad, Nerlens Noel, Anthony Bennett, Andrew Harrison, Julius Randle and others.

Brazil Holds Off Dominican Republic in Marchand Cup


Brazil 70
Dominican Republic 64

Final from Marchand Cup


Brazil used a huge second quarter to get a lead and then held off the Dominican Republic national team 70-64 on the second night of the Jenaro "Tuto" Marchand Cup.

Trailing 18-13, Brazil out-scored the Dominicans 28-12 in the second quarter to take a 41-30 lead into the halftime locker room.

John Calipari's Dominican Republic team cut the lead to 53-51 in the fourth quarter but the Brazilians hit several clutch three-pointers and held off the Dominican rally.

Marcelo Huertas led the way for Brazil with 16 points on 7-9 shooting. Marcus Vieira Souza added 15 points.

Jack Michael Martinez came up big for the Dominicans with 19 points and 13 rebounds. Al Horford put in 12 points and 8 rebounds. Francisco Garcia chipped in 11 points but struggled from the field for the second consecutive game. The former Louisville star finished 3-11 from the field.

Former Louisville point guard Edgar Sosa played just over 7 minutes before exiting with an apparent leg/ankle injury. He did not return after leaving the court.

The Dominicans return to action tonight when they battle Canada at 6:00 p.m. ET. The game can be watched live at FIBA Americas TV.

Competition Standings:

Team W/L Pts
1. Puerto Rico 2/0 4
2. Brazil 2/0 4
3. Dominican Republic 0/2 2
4. Canada 0/2 2

Morehead State to Play N.C. State in Legends Classic


Morehead State University will battle North Carolina State in the 2011 TicketCity Legends Classic this season.

The Eagles will also play three additional games as part of the event. They will face West Alabama, Princeton and Bucknell in games at Bucknell.

Here is the release from MSU:

MOREHEAD, Ky. – Morehead State’s men’s basketball team will be one of 12 teams participating in the 2011 TicketCity Legends Classic this season. The field for the prestigious event was unveiled Thursday.

The Eagles will open the event at the Raleigh, N.C., Regional against Atlantic Coast Conference foe North Carolina State on Sunday, Nov. 13. MSU will also play three additional games in the tournament at the Lewisburg, Pa., Subregional with games to be played at Bucknell University’s Sojka Pavillion

Morehead State will face West Alabama on Friday, Nov. 25 at 3:30 p.m. ET. The Eagles will battle Princeton on Saturday, Nov. 26 at 2 p.m. ET and finish the event with host Bucknell on Sunday, Nov. 27.

“To be chosen to play in the Legends Classic is a great honor for our basketball program,” said MSU head coach Donnie Tyndall. “To open on the road at North Carolina State in the ACC will be a huge challenge for our team and to also be playing Princeton and Bucknell , who were both NCAA Tournament teams from a year ago, that makes for a great field for this event.”

Texas, Vanderbilt, North Carolina State, and Oregon State will serve as the four regional round hosts of the TicketCity Legends Classic. Each will play two games on campus before advancing to the Championship Rounds, Nov. 19 and 21, at IZOD Center in the New Jersey Meadowlands Sports Complex.

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Legends Classic Bracket

Thursday, August 25, 2011

Video: Enes Kanter vs. New Zealand

Here is former University of Kentucky player Enes Kanter in action against New Zealand:

Bellarmine Finalizes Roster with Asihene and Maynard


Bellarmine University has completed its 2011-12 men's basketball roster with the addition of freshmen Stephen Asihene and Corbin Maynard.

Here is a release from BU:

LOUISVILLE, Ky.--Bellarmine University Men's Basketball Coach Scott Davenport announced today the addition of freshmen Stephen Asihene and Corbin Maynard to finalize the Knights' 2011-12 roster.

Asihene (pronounced As-uh-HE-nee) is a 6-7, 205-pound forward out of Freehold, N. J. As a high school senior at Oak Hill Academy, Asihene averaged 20 points a game for the Red Team.

“It's an honor to be joining the national championship team,” Asihene said. “I know it will be a great experience. I believe in what Coach (Davenport) says about trust, and I can tell this team is tight knit, and I look forward to being a part of it.”

Maynard is a 5-10 guard out of DeSales High School, where he averaged 7.9 points, 2.9 assists and 2.9 rebounds a game as a senior for the Colts. He earned Second Team All 6th Region honors last year and was named to the All “A” Classic All Tournament Team two years in a row.

“It's a blessing to be a part of this program and to play with this group of guys,” Maynard said. “I've watched them the last couple of years, and I love the way Bellarmine plays team-oriented basketball. “

Asihene and Maynard join freshman Ryan Burton and transfers Richie Phares (University of Louisville) and Jelani Johnson (Western Illinois) as members the 2011-12 Bellarmine recruiting class

Shabazz Muhammad to Visit UK for Big Blue Madness

Shabazz Muhammad says he will be visiting the University of Kentucky for Big Blue Madness in October. He also says UK is one of the schools that is recruiting him the hardest.

Here is Muhammad talking to Coast2Coast Recruiting:



UPIKE Releases 2011-12 Men's Basketball Roster


The University of Pikeville has released its men's basketball roster for the 2011-12 season.

The Bears will feature eleven new faces on the roster as they attempt to defend their national title.

2011 UPIKE Men’s Basketball Roster (click to enlarge)



MEN’S BASKETBALL STAFF:

Head Coach: Kelly Wells
Associate Head: Brett Rector
Assistant Coaches: Tigh Compton, Nick Bowman, John Biery
Student Assistants: Justin Hicks, Ryan Whitaker, Andre Thornton
Student Managers: TBA
President: Paul E. Patton
Vice President: James Hurley
Athletic Director: Reggie Overton
Associate AD: Robert Staggs
Sports Information Director: Rick Bentley
Athletic Trainer: Justin Brashear

Rick Pitino Says Kevin Ware is Still Not Cleared to Play


Rick Pitino delivered a new rundown of his players this afternoon on RickPitino.com. One note that has Louisville fans uneasy is Pitino's statement that freshman Kevin Ware has still not been cleared to play (presumably by the NCAA).

Here is an excerpt of Pitino's comments:

Kyle Kuric - The king is consistent and hard working. Has improved his handles. Smart, tough, and versatile .

Luke Hancock - Going to be terrific in our system. Triple threat offensive player. This year sitting out will be great for him. Just love his potential.

Mike Marra - Working hard on his one-on-one moves. Lack of balance is his enemy. Sways left on his jump shot. Great person who is working extremely hard.

Jared Swopshire - Had his first individual in over a year. His toughest road block will be mentally overcoming his injury. Will be ready by October 14th. We need him.

Chris Smith - Hard worker who has to fill in for Preston as a defensive stopper. We are working on his passing skills as he may need to play some back up point.

Angel Nunez - The similarities to Francisco Garcia are striking. He doesn’t have Cisco’s affable personality yet but we will give it time. Potential is what he is all about. Maybe not strong enough especially on defense to contribute this year but his future is extremely bright. Smooth stroke and good rebounder. Can play multiple positions.

Kevin Ware - Still has not been cleared to play.

Pitino also mentions his dissatisfaction with changes that were made to his favorite watering hole in Saratoga:

As you get older, being positive is a must rather than the opposite. But when I walked into the Saratoga Race track for my annual golf tournament, I was shocked.

Imagine the Cheers Bar ripped out in Boston or PJ Clarks in Manhattan. Those favorite landmarks you like to visit. That’s just what happened in Saratoga. Every year I would have the same routine. A Bud Light and a hello to Spanky the bartender, who is also a high school coach, in the famous landmark at the Jim Dandy Bar. I was shocked to see the circular bar ripped out and the hundred plus year landmark torn apart. It is now a flat bar with tall cocktail tables. The room is a disaster, tradition flushed down the toilet. Whoever created this mess should have to immediately travel to Lexington for six months of studying with Barbara Ricke (interior design extraordinaire). What a mess -- will someone inform me who’s responsible so I can make them run suicides?!


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Kentucky vs. Kansas is Part of ESPN Hoops Marathon


The University of Kentucky's game against Kansas on November 15 will be part of ESPN's College Hoops Tip-off Marathon.

Here is a release from UK:

LEXINGTON, Ky. – The UK men’s basketball game against Kansas on Nov. 15, has been set for a 9:00 p.m. tip and is part of ESPN’s College Hoops Tip-off Marathon.

As a part of the inaugural State Farm Champions Classic, the UK-KU game will be a match-up of the two winningest teams in college basketball history. The game will be televised on ESPN and will be played in historic Madison Square Garden in New York City.

The Wildcats lead the all-time series with the Jayhawks, 19-6, however the two haven’t met since Kansas defeated Kentucky in the second round of the 2007 NCAA Tournament in Chicago.

The schedule for the 24-hour marathon is as follows:

Tuesday, November 15:

12 am ET – Washington State @ Gonzaga, ESPN
2 am ET – Northern Iowa @ St. Mary’s, ESPN
4 am ET – South Alabama @ Hawaii, ESPN
6 am ET – Drexel @ Rider, ESPN
8 am ET – Morehead State @ College of Charleston, ESPN
10 am ET – Kent State @ West Virginia, ESPN
12 pm ET – Belmont @ Memphis, EA Sports Maui Invitational, ESPN
2 pm ET – San Diego State @ Baylor, ESPN
4 pm ET – Rhode Island @ Texas, TicketCity Legends Classic, ESPN
4 pm ET – Louisville @ Texas A&M (women), ESPNU
6 pm ET – Miami @ Tennessee (women), State Farm Tip-Off Classic, ESPN2
6 pm ET – TBD @ Virginia Tech, DICK’S Sporting Goods NIT Season Tip-Off, ESPNU
7 pm ET – Duke v. Michigan State, State Farm Champions Classic, ESPN
8 pm ET – Florida @ Ohio State, ESPN2
9 pm ET – Kentucky v. Kansas, State Farm Champions Classic, ESPN
10 pm ET – Austin Peay @ California, CBE Classic, ESPN2
11 pm ET – TBD @ Stanford, DICK’S Sporting Goods NIT Season Tip-Off, ESPNU
TBD – TBD @ Syracuse, DICK’S Sporting Goods NIT Season Tip-Off, ESPN3.com
TBD – Arkansas-Pine Bluff @ Oklahoma State, DICK’S Sporting Goods NIT Season Tip-Off, ESPN3.com

University of Pikeville Releases 2011-12 Basketball Schedule


The University of Pikeville and head coach Kelly Wells have announced their men's basketball schedule for the 2011-12 season.

The defending national champions will test themselves early with exhibitions against NCAA Division I opponents Louisville and Mississippi State.

In addition to the always challenging Mid-South Conference schedule, the Bears will also face national powerhouse Mountain State in a home-and-home series.

2011 UPIKE Men’s Basketball Varsity Schedule

DATE TIME OPPONENT H/A

10-26-11 TBA * University of Louisville Exh. A
10-29-11 7:00 Union College H
11-4-11 TBA* Mississippi State University Exh. A

BB&T CLASSIC:
11-6-11 2:00 UPIKE-Warren Wilson H
11-6-11 4:00 Alice Lloyd-Ohio Midwestern H

11-8-11 7:30 Kentucky Christian Univ. H

APPALACHIAN WIRELESS CLASSIC:
11-11-11 6:00 UVA Wise-Bluefield College H
11-11-11 8:00 UPIKE-Cin. Christian H
11-12-11 2:00 UVA Wise-Cin Christian H
11-12-11 4:00 UPIKE-Bluefield College H

11-16-11 7:00 Mountain St. University H
11-19-11 4:00 Georgetown College H
11-21-11 8:00 Shawnee State University H
11-26-11 4:00 Ohio Midwestern H
12-1-11 8:00 Univ. of the Cumberland’s A
12-3-11 5:00 Lindsey Wilson College A
12-6-11 7:00 Mountain St. University A
12-15-11 7:00 Southern State College H
12-29-11 2:00 Webber Int. Classic (Faulkner, AL) N
12-30-11 2:00 Webber Int. Classic (Emmanuel, GA) N
1-5-12 8:00 Campbellsville University H
1-7-12 4:00 St. Catharine College H
1-12-12 8:00 Rio Grande A
1-14-12 4:00 WVU Tech A
1-21-12 4:00 UVA Wise A
1-26-12 8:00 Univ. of the Cumberland’s H
1-28-12 4:00 Lindsey Wilson College H
2-2-12 8:00 Georgetown College A
2-4-12 4:00 Shawnee State University A
2-9-12 8:00 Campbellsville University A
2-11-12 4:00 St. Catharine College A
2-16-12 8:00 Rio Grande H
2-18-12 4:00 WVU Tech H
2-25-12 4:00 UVA Wise H

2011 UPIKE Men’s Basketball JV Schedule

10-24-11 7:00 Alice Lloyd College A
10-29-11 5:30 # Union College H
11-1-11 7:00 Rio Grande A
11-6-11 5:30 # Alice Lloyd College H
11-9-11 5:30 Sinclair CC A
11-14-11 6:30 King College A
11-20-11 3:00 Bluefield College H
11-26-11 2:00 # Southern State CC H
11-27-11 TBA UPIKE JV Jamboree H (UPIKE, ALC, SSCC, NEW CREATIONS)
11-29-11 7:00 University of Charleston A
11-30-11 7:00 Rio Grande H
1-22-12 3:00 Bluefield College A
1-23-12 4:00 King College H
1-30-127:00 University of Charleston H

# JV Games played at Expo Center

Assistant Chris Briggs to Replace Osborne at Georgetown


Georgetown College has replaced former coach Happy Osborne with assistant Chris Briggs.

The school made the announcement at a press conference moments ago.

Briggs was a student manager under Tubby Smith at the University of Kentucky. He had served as Osborne's assistant since 2007.

Rex Chapman as Chappy the Street "Musician"

Former University of Kentucky star Rex Chapman continues to bring it hard on Twitter.

Today, he released this little nugget - Chappy the street musician:



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Elijah Pittman Lands at Lamar State College - Port Arthur


Former Covington Holmes star Elijah Pittman will attempt to resurrect his basketball career at Lamar State College - Port Arthur (Tex.).

Pittman was dismissed from Chipola College after a series of arrests. The final arrest resulted in Pittman being sentenced to six months in jail.

Here is an excerpt from JucoRecruiting.com:

Two former Chipola players will be suiting up at different junior colleges next season. Elijah Pittman and Geron Johnson, both 2012 prospects, were dismissed from Chipola in early April after multiple arrests. Both were sentenced to 6 months of jail time after violating rules set by a judge in Florida. Several sources have told JucoRecruiting.com that Pittman is headed to Lamar State – Port Arthur (TX) and Johnson is headed to Garden City CC in (KS). If Pittman and Johnson can stay out of trouble, look for them to be impact players immediately.

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UK Announces Schedule for Calipari's Women's Clinic


The University of Kentucky men's basketball program has announced the date and times for the 2011 Women's Clinic.

Here is a release from UK:

LEXINGTON, Ky. – Kentucky men’s basketball has announced the date and times for the 2011 Women’s Clinic.

Designed for women with all levels of basketball knowledge, the clinic is scheduled for Sunday, Oct. 2, at 4:00 p.m. ET. Attendees will learn the Dribble Drive Motion offense and get a tour of the Cats' state-of-the-art practice facility. There will also be scheduled presentations that include behind-the-scenes looks at UK video, strength and conditioning and sports injury/rehabilitation lectures, as well as a Q&A with Coach Calipari, staff and current players.

Included in this year's clinic will be full involvement by the entire 2011-12 roster and also more interaction with the participants (at own risk).

The clinic represents the first time this season the public will have an opportunity to see the entire 2011-12 roster.

Registration for the women’s clinic will be from 2:00 - 4:00 p.m. on Oct. 2nd in the Joe Craft Center. Participants are encouraged to wear comfortable attire.

There cannot be any recruitable age participants at the women’s clinic. Any person entering 7th -12th grade, junior college, or prep school will not be allowed to register or attend.

Registration is available at www.ukathletics.com/camps. For more information, please contact the Kentucky Basketball office at 800.852.2875 or 859.257.1916.

Puerto Rico Blisters Dominican Republic in Marchand Cup


Puerto Rico 99
Dominican Republic 77

Final from Marchand Cup


Puerto Rico won all four quarters and dominated the Dominican Republic 99-77 on the first night of the Jenaro "Tuto" Marchand Cup.

Carlos Arroyo put in a game-high 28 points and 6 assists to lead Puerto Rico. Dallas Mavericks point guard J.J. Barea added 19 points and 9 assists.

Jack Michael Martinez led the Dominicans with 19 points and 9 rebounds. Former Florida big man Al Horford contributed 14 points.

Former Louisville stars Francisco Garcia and Edgar Sosa had subpar performances. Garcia put in 9 points on 1-5 shooting. Sosa finished with 5 and 3 assists.

The Dominican Republic shot only 24-61 (39.3%) from the field and finished a paltry 3-15 (20%) from long range. On the other hand, Puerto Rico put in 32-62 (54.8%) field goals.

John Calipari's Dominican team returns to action tonight when they play Brazil. The Brazilians defeated the Dominicans 87-77 on Monday night in an closed-door scrimmage.

Remaining schedule:

8/25/2011

19:00 Puerto Rico vs. Canada
21:00 Dominican Republic vs. Brazil

8/26/2011

19:00 Canada vs. Dominican Republic
21:00 Brazil vs. Puerto Rico

* 19:00 is 6:00 p.m. ET
* 21:00 is 8:00 p.m. ET

Wednesday, August 24, 2011

Georgetown College to Name Coach on Thursday


Georgetown College will name its new men's basketball coach on Thursday. The school has called a news conference for 1:30 p.m.

The new coach will replace Robert "Happy" Osborne, who surprisingly left after 15 seasons as the school's head coach.

My Thoughts: The news broke on Saturday that Osborne left. With a new coach being named in only five days, I have to think that one of Osborne's assistants will take over the program.

Calipari Officially Cuts Eloy Vargas from Dominican Roster


Kentucky's Eloy Vargas all but confirmed on Twitter this morning that he would not make the cut for the Dominican Republic national team.

Tonight, John Calipari has confirmed that Vargas has been cut from the final roster.

Here is an excerpt from CoachCal.com:

Unfortunately, we can only have 13 players on our Dominican Republic roster and can only play 12 of them. We traveled with 15 to Brazil so not everyone will be active for the Marchand Continental Championship Cup, which we begin play in tonight.

One of those players is Eloy Vargas. I’ve talked with Eloy and he fully understands the decision. He will be coming home this weekend to prepare for his senior season with his teammates at Kentucky. Eloy has enjoyed a great experience with this Dominican team. He was a really a great teammate and gained valuable experience during his three weeks.

Eloy was going against veterans like Al Horford and Charlie Villanueva and Jack Michael Martinez. He held his own, but these guys have been playing in the pro leagues for years. When everybody is so close, you’ve got to look at it as we need three big men, we need three point guards and we need to fill out the roster from there. Eloy understands the decision, and what I think he’s done and what I told him is he’s probably cemented his spot on the national team for years to come.


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Vargas in Dominican Republic practice recently:


Enes Kanter Leads Turkey Past New Zealand


Turkey, led by 14 points from former University of Kentucky big man Enes Kanter, held off New Zealand 70-64 at the Adidas Istanbul Cup this morning.

Here is a brief recap from tvnx.co.nz:

The Tall Blacks have pushed last year's World Championship runners up Turkey right to the wire in their game in Istanbul.

Eventually the Turks came away the winners 70-64 on the scoreboard but only after the Kiwis had been 34-32 down at half time and had taken the lead early in third quarter and were equal pegging for a large part of the final stanza.

With scores locked at 62-62 and around two minutes remaining Turkey converted a three point play, a basket and a free throw to help push the lead out and make things difficult for the Kiwis.


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Turkey will battle Montenegro in the championship game tomorrow.

Bruce Pearl Handed Three-Year Show-Cause Order by NCAA


The NCAA has delivered a three-year show-cause penalty to former University of Tennessee head coach Bruce Pearl.

The show-cause order means that Pearl is prohibited from engaging in recruiting activity for three years at any NCAA member school. Any school wanting to hire Pearl during that time must go before the NCAA to explain why and could face penalties.

Here is an excerpt from NCAA.com:

The Division I Committee on Infractions on Wednesday announced that Tennessee failed to monitor its men's basketball program and the penalties include a show-cause order for former head men's basketball coach Bruce Pearl.

The show-cause order means that Pearl is prohibited from engaging in recruiting activity for three years at any NCAA member school. Any school wanting to hire him must go before the NCAA to explain why and could face penalties.

Additional penalties imposed by the committee include:
• Public reprimand and censure.
• Two years' probation from Aug. 24, 2011, through Aug. 23, 2013.

Also, three former assistant coaches -- Tony Jones, Steve Forbes and Jason Shay -- were cited for a failure to cooperate with the investigation. Each of the former assistant coaches received a one-year show-cause order, which also prohibits recruiting activity.


Complete NCAA Release

Here are some details of the allegations against Pearl and his staff (from the report):

- The men's basketball violations began when three prospects and their families attended a dinner at Pearl's home in conjunction with their unofficial visits to the school. After they spent some time at the dinner, Pearl ushered the prospects and their families to an outdoor veranda. According to the committee, he informed them that their attendance was a violation of NCAA rules and encouraged them to not disclose their presence to others.

- Pearl did not report the violations and denied knowledge of them when later questioned during the investigation.

- Further, he placed a series of phone calls to a prospect's father in an effort to influence him to make false and misleading statements during the investigation.

- Pearl later provided truthful information to investigators during a subsequent interview.

- Jones, Forbes and Shay did not cooperate with the investigation when they failed to provide full and complete information to the university and NCAA enforcement staff.

- the men's basketball coaching staff placed 94 impermissible phone calls to 12 prospects over two years

NKU Nets Commitment from Todd Johnson


Northern Kentucky University has picked up a commitment from 5-8 point guard Todd Johnson from Elkhart Memorial (Ind.) High School.

Here is an excerpt:

As a 5-foot-8 basketball player, Todd Johnson doesn't have the luxury of setting out merely to beat his opponent.

"With my size, I've got to hit the weight room and have a killer instinct, and then use my killer instinct to try to annihilate my opponent," Johnson said Monday. "If I don't try to annihilate him, I'm not going to beat him."

Johnson's attack-mode mentality has paid off big time.

The Memorial High School senior point guard verbally committed over the weekend to a full-ride scholarship offer to study and play basketball at Northern Kentucky University near Cincinnati.


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Photo: eTruth.com

Patrick Patterson at PEAK Press Conference 2011

Here is former University of Kentucky star Patrick Patterson and several other NBA players at PEAK Press Conference 2011 in China:

Transy's Bauman, Wise Named to NABC Honors Court


Transylvania University seniors Scott Bauman and Matt Wise were included on the NABC Honors Court for the 2010-11 academic year.

Here is the release from Transy:

LEXINGTON, Ky. – Two members of the Transylvania's men’s basketball team were included on the National Association of Basketball Coaches Honors Court for the 2010-11 academic year, the organization recently announced.

Seniors Scott Bauman (Lexington, Ky., Lafayette) and Matt Wise (Gainesville, Fla., Buchholz) qualified for the honor, which requires student-athletes to be a junior or senior, maintain a minimum cumulative grade point average of 3.2 and play for a team that is a member of the NCAA or NAIA.

Bauman recently graduated with a degree in Business Administration and is currently working with a marketing firm in Lexington in addition to serving as an assistant boy’s basketball coach at his alma mater, Lafayette High School.

Wise graduated with a degree in Business Administration. He is now attending graduate school at the University of Florida. He was also recently hired by the University Florida, working on the staff of head men's basketball coach Billy Donovan.

Bauman and Wise led Transy to a 69-38 record over four seasons. Both served as team captains last season. They also helped the Pioneers to the 2009 HCAC regular season and tournament championships and to a berth in the NCAA Division III Championship.

Devine's Corn Maze in Harrodsburg to Honor UK Basketball


Devine's Corn Maze, which is located just north of Harrodsburg, will offer up a tribute to University of Kentucky basketball in this year's maze design.

The maze opens on September 16 and offers a variety of fun-filled activities including kid's games, a petting zoo, wagon rides, a pumpkin patch, concessions and much more.

I have taken my family to Devine's annually and it is well worth your time to check it out.

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Wall, Faried and UK Recruits in Top Plays of the Week

John Wall, Kenneth Faried and several Kentucky recruits are in Hoopmixtape's latest plays of the week:

Looks Like Eloy Vargas Will Not Make the Dominican Roster


University of Kentucky big man Eloy Vargas seemed to confirm on Twitter this morning that he will not make the final roster for the Dominican Republic national team.

In a public conversation with UK teammate Stacey Poole, Vargas said he will be back in Lexington this week to star classes.

Vargas is currently in Brazil with the Dominican team.

DeuceyDeuce @E_Vargas30 you my boi.... When u gey back homie?

E_Vargas30 @DeuceyDeuce this week u know i gotta start class.

Photo: Vargas, Del Harris and John Calipari at the Iguazu Falls in Brazil

Dominican Republic to Play in 2011 Marchand Cup Tonight


John Calipari and his Dominican Republic team will participate in the 2011 Marchand Continental Championship Cup today through Friday.

The tournament is serving as a warm-up for Calipari’s club before the 2011 FIBA Americas Championship, an Olympics qualifier, on Aug. 30.

Tonight, the Dominican Republic will play Puerto Rico at 10:00 p.m. ET. The Dominicans face host Brazil, a team they lost to in a recent scrimmage, on Thursday before a matchup against Canada on Friday.

Fans can watch the games live on FIBA Americas TV

Jenaro "Tuto" Marchand Continental Cup, Preliminary Round

8/24/2011

19:00 Brazil vs. Canada
21:00 Puerto Rico vs. Dominican Republic

8/25/2011

19:00 Puerto Rico vs. Canada
21:00 Dominican Republic vs. Brazil

8/26/2011

19:00 Canada vs. Dominican Republic
21:00 Brazil vs. Puerto Rico

* 19:00 is 6:00 p.m. ET
* 21:00 is 8:00 p.m. ET


Here is Calipari speaking with CoachCal.com:

Footage of UK Recruit Nerlens Noel Working Out

The good news - 2013 Kentucky recruit Nerlens Noel appears to be working out hard:



The bad news - he appears to be working out with Alex Oriakhi of Connecticut:



Noel is a 6-10 center from Tilton, New Hampshire. He ranks no. 5 overall on the Rivals.com list for 2013. He does have offers from both Kentucky and Connecticut, as well as a number of other high-major programs.

Tuesday, August 23, 2011

Ricardo Ledo Not Committing Tomorrow but Will Be at PC


I just exchanged texts with 2012 star Ricardo Ledo. He confirmed that he will be on the Providence College campus tomorrow but will not be committing as some have speculated.

"No, not committing, but I will be on campus tomorrow," Ledo shared via text.

He recently revealed a top five that includes the University of Kentucky.

Ledo is a 6-5 shooting guard from Notre Dame Prep in Fitchburg, Massachusetts. He ranks No. 8 overall on the Rivals.com list for 2012.

Photo: Rivals.com

Anderson's Attorney Denies Involvement in Drug Case


An attorney representing former University of Kentucky star Derek Anderson denies allegations that were made by a government witness.

Here is an excerpt from Courier-Journal.com:

A lawyer for former University of Kentucky and NBA star Derek Anderson on Tuesday denied allegations from a government witness — an admitted killer and drug dealer — that Anderson bankrolled a major drug-trafficking organization.

Attorney Scott C. Cox said Anderson, who helped lead UK to the 1996 NCAA men’s basketball championship and later played for seven NBA teams, “denies being involved in any illegal activity.”

In a statement unsealed Monday, Francois Cunningham, who won his freedom on two murder charges by agreeing to testify against accused killer Ricky Kelly, told police that Anderson funneled money into a drug-trafficking organization led by Reginald “Reggie” Rice.

Moreover, records in an unrelated case show that two men who were previously convicted of drug crimes were stopped in July 2010 driving a sports-utility vehicle owned by Anderson in which police found a handgun registered to Anderson.


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Video: New Highlights of UK Freshman Marquis Teague

Here is a new mixtape of University of Kentucky freshman Marquis Teague:

Mitchell, Calipari Comment on Pat Summitt's Diagnosis


Kentucky men’s and women’s basketball coaches John Calipari and Matthew Mitchell have delivered statements on the news of Pat Summitt’s diagnosis of early onset dementia.

“My thoughts and prayers are with Coach Summitt and her family,” Mitchell said. “She’s done so much for me personally and I wouldn’t be where I am professionally without the contributions she has made in my life. She has been such an incredible example to me and she is someone I care for tremendously. It took a great amount of courage to address this issue but it doesn’t surprise me. She’s always been a very courageous woman. My family is praying for Coach Summitt and Tyler. I also know Mickie (DeMoss) and Holly (Warlick) along with the entire Tennessee will be there for Coach Summitt during this difficult time.”

“Pat Summitt transcends her sport,” Calipari said. “She is more than just a coach; she is a leader in her field. Pat Summitt was one of the original promoters of women’s sports and no one has done more for her sport or for women in general than she has. She will be in my daily prayers and I urge all of the Big Blue Nation to keep her in their thoughts and prayers.”

Pat Summitt Diagnosed with Dementia


University of Tennessee women's coach Pat Summitt, who is arguably one of the best coaches in the history of the game, has been diagnosed with early onset of dementia.

According to reports, Summitt had noticed some changes in her behavior and underwent a series of tests to obtain the painful diagnosis.

Summitt says she will continue coaching at UT this season.

Here is more from GoVolsExtra.com:

Summitt went to the Mayo Clinic in Rochester, Minn., in May. She underwent a series of tests and received a stunning answer. The diagnosis was early onset dementia, Alzheimer’s type.

Her initial reaction to learning she had a progressive condition that could impair her mental acuity was one of anger and denial. Since then, she’s moved forward in more Summitt-like fashion, formulating a plan involving medication and mental activities, such as reading and doing puzzles at night before going to sleep. She’s also taken a hopeful stance about her future.

The 59-year-old Summitt, who has 1,071 career victories and has led UT to eight national championships, is determined to continue coaching and is planning for her 38th season at UT. She has the support of the University administration.


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Kentucky in the Final Five for 2012 Star Ricardo Ledo


Adam Zagoria says that 2012 star Ricardo Ledo has texted his final five schools.

According to Zagoria, Ledo is considering Kentucky, Connecticut, Syracuse, West Virginia and Providence.

Here is his post on Twitter:

AdamZagoria Ricky Ledo texted that his final 5 is Providence, UConn, Syracuse, Kentucky & West Va. No visits set.

Billy Gillispie Raising Red Flags at Texas Tech


Billy Gillispie's tenure at Texas Tech University is off to a tumultuous start. According to SportsbyBrooks.com, several basketball staffers have left the Tech program during Gillispie's four months on the job.

Most recently, basketball assistant Chris Beard left after reportedly being involved in a physical altercation with Gillispie.

Here is an excerpt:

Beard left the program after multiple, heated altercations with the irascible and intractable Gillispie, the final of which was physically broken up by Texas Tech Athletic Director Kirby Hocutt.

That final conflict was a mediation of sorts after Beard had previously decided to leave the program because of Gillispie’s poor treatment of Tech employees, a former player and concern over Gillispie’s fast-and-loose recruiting tactics.

Remember, Beard was a guy who got along famously with Bob Knight throughout the notorious coach’s tenure and was a close confidante of Pat Knight as his top assistant. Gillispie was also a previous admirer of Beard, having tried to hire Beard at one of his previous coaching stops.

But the throwdown in front of Tech AD Hocutt was the final straw for Beard, who was cursed by Gillispie on multiple occasions in front of Hocutt before responding to the Tech coach in kind.

In exchange for Beard’s silence about Gillispie’s ill-advised stewardship of the program, Texas Tech has since paid Beard a hefty sum in an exit agreement that included a confidentiality clause.


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Complete UK Men's Basketball Schedule for 2011-12


The complete University of Kentucky men's basketball scheduled for 2011-12 is out.

The schedule includes games against the likes of Kansas, Louisville and Indiana as well as the traditional SEC slate. It is highlighted with perhaps the game of the year in college basketball when North Carolina comes to Lexington on December 3.

2011-12 KENTUCKY BASKETBALL SCHEDULE

NOVEMBER

2 (Wed) TRANSYLVANIA (Exh.) TBA
7 (Mon) MOREHOUSE (Exh.) TBA
11 (Fri) 1 MARIST TBA

15 (Tues) 2 vs. Kansas TBA
19 (Sat) 3 vs. Penn State Noon
20 (Sun) 3 vs. Old Dominion/South Florida Noon
23 (Wed) 1 RADFORD TBA
26 (Sat) PORTLAND TBA


DECEMBER

1 (Thurs) 4 ST. JOHN’S [ESPN2] 7:30 p.m.
3 (Sat) NORTH CAROLINA Noon

10 (Sat) at Indiana TBA
17 (Sat) TENNESSEE-CHATTANOOGA TBA
20 (Tues) SAMFORD TBA
22 (Thurs) LOYOLA (MD) TBA
28 (Wed) LAMAR TBA
31 (Sat) LOUISVILLE TBA


JANUARY

3 (Tues) 5 vs. Arkansas-Little Rock TBA
7 (Sat) SOUTH CAROLINA [SEC Network] 4:00 p.m.
11 (Wed) at Auburn [SEC Network] 8:00 p.m.
14 (Sat) at Tennessee [ESPN] Noon
17 (Tues) ARKANSAS [ESPN] 9:00 p.m.
21 (Sat) ALABAMA [CBS] Noon

24 (Tues) at Georgia [ESPN] 9:00 p.m.
28 (Sat) at LSU [SEC Network] 4:00 p.m.
31 (Tues) TENNESSEE [ESPNU] 7:00 p.m.

FEBRUARY

4 (Sat) at South Carolina [ESPN/ESPN2] 6:00 p.m.
7 (Tues) FLORIDA [ESPN] 7:00 p.m.
11 (Sat) 6 at Vanderbilt [ESPN] 9:00 p.m.
18 (Sat) OLE MISS [SEC Network] 4:00 p.m.
21 (Tues) at Mississippi State [ESPN] 9:00 p.m.
25 (Sat) VANDERBILT [CBS] Noon

MARCH

1 (Thurs) GEORGIA [ESPN/ESPN2] 9:00 p.m.
4 (Sun) at Florida [CBS] Noon

As of August 18, 2011 -- Check local listings / All Times Eastern / HOME GAMES in BOLD CAPS

All dates and times subject to change.

1–Basketball Hall of Fame Tip-Off Tournament (Rupp Arena, Lexington, Ky.); 2–Champions Classic (Madison Square Garden, New York, N.Y.); 3– Basketball Hall of Fame Tip-Off Tournament (Mohegan Sun Arena, Uncasville, Conn.); 4–Big East/SEC Challenge (Rupp Arena, Lexington, Ky.); 5-Freedom Hall, Louisville, Ky.; 6-ESPN College GameDay, Nashville, Tenn.

Winston Shepard Reportedly Cuts List to 6


Winston Shepard, a 6-8 small forward from Findlay Prep (Nev.), has reportedly cut his list to six schools.

According to LoboLair.com:

TheLoboLair Winston Shepard narrowed his list to San Diego St, UNLV, New Mexico, UTEP, Georgia and Oklahoma St

Kentucky was previously on Shepard's list. He ranks No. 44 overall on the Rivals.com list for 2012.

Former UK Star Derek Anderson Named in Ricky Kelly Case


Former University of Kentucky star Derek Anderson has been implicated as taking part in financing a cocaine ring in Kentucky.

Francois Cunningham, a former Fern Creek High School star athlete, made a deal for early release in exchange for his testimony. Part of his testimony included statements about Anderson's involvement in the alleged crime ring.

Here is more from Wave3.com:

Duncan was shot in her car by a masked man in front of her 9-year-old daughter. That case involved Deron Cole. Cunningham claims in the interview that Kelly killed him too.

Cunningham: "Ricky chased him through the house with a shotgun."
Butler: "The victim tried to get through the back window?"
Cunningham: "Yeah."

Cunningham told investigators Kelly also bragged about killing Craig Jones.

Butler: "And, the reason he killed Craig?
Cunningham: "Craig was supposed to be testifying."

In interviews, Cunningham's claims even go as far to try and implicate former University of Kentucky and pro basketball player Derek Anderson as being involved in some way in the drug running cash flow.

Butler: "Was Derek Anderson ever present when you all bought narcotics?"
Cunningham: "Nah, he stays away from you know, he's just the money and he's not going to get around any of it but, that's who funnels the money."


Anderson has never been charged with a crime in this investigation. His name has only come up in statements Cunningham gave police.


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