Saturday, October 29, 2011

St. Catharine Picks Up Ugly Win Over Mid-Continent


(17) St. Catharine College 90
Mid-Continent University 83

Final from Springfield, Kentucky


It wasn't pretty, but St. Catharine College opened the season by holding off Mid-Continent University 90-83 in a game plagued by fouls and turnovers.

St. Catharine played well early and jumped out to a 43-31 halftime lead.

The Patriots were never able to pull away, however, allowing Mid-Continent to stay in the game. With less than a minute remaining, the game was still in doubt but the Patriots nailed some critical free throws to hold on.

Brandon Johnson led St. Catharine (1-0) with 21 points on 5-12 shooting. He was 9-9 from the charity stripe.

DaShawn Mitchell and Kashiff Carr added 18 points apiece. Carr was only 2-8 from the field but went 14-17 from the line.

Larry Thompkins II and Maurice Bynum led the Cougars with 17 points each. Charles Peden chipped in 11 points and 9 rebounds.

The big story of the game was fouls and the resulting free throws. The two teams combined to commit 63 fouls, including 2 technicals. Mid-Continent (0-1) was 21-32 (65.6%) from the line while St. Catharine was an amazing 46-60 (76.7%). The Patriots attempted more free throws (60) than field goals (59).

Both teams struggled offensively with MCU shooting 29-73 (39.7%) from the field and 4-18 from long range. St. Catharine was 21-59 (35.6%) from the field and 2-20 (10.0%) from the three-point line.

Ball handling was also an issue as the teams combined for 21 assists and 60 turnovers.

Some Notes and Observations:

- First time I can ever remember a team attempting more free throws than field goals.

- The game lasted well over 2 hours and felt like even more with all the whistles and pauses in action.

- Even though both teams looked like they were playing in late October, it was clear that there was plenty of talent on the court. St. Catharine has a ton of talent, and appeared to have several players on the bench who'll join the lineup after the semester.

- St. Catharine big man Stefan Pope was dressed but did not play in the game.

- St. Catharine's Kashiff Carr seemed a little out of sorts for most of the game. He didn't play bad, but I feel like he is better than he played in this one.

- I came away impressed with how hard Mid-Continent plays from start-to-finish. Kudos to Coach Bennett for getting the most out of his guys.

University of Pikeville Blasts Union College in Season Opener


(1) University of Pikeville 99
Union College 54

Final from Pikeville, Kentucky


Game recap by UPIKE:

PIKEVILLE, Ky. – No. 1 University of Pikeville had a 38-6 run over a 9:16 stretch of the first half to pull away from Union College for a 99-54 win in the regular-season opener Saturday night.

Pikeville, the defending national champion, unveiled the national-championship banner that will hang in the East Kentucky Expo Center and then rolled past the Bulldogs, who played in the NAIA Div. II national tournament a year ago.

The Bears hit 21-of-35 (60 percent) from the field in the first half and sank 8-of-17 (47.1 percent) from the arc before recess. For the game, Coach Kelly Wells' club hit 56.1 percent from the field, 41.4 percent from the arc and 81.3 percent from the line.

Pikeville also enjoyed a 36-26 advantage on the glass and forced 22 Bulldog turnovers in the win thanks to 12 steals. Senior Chris McHenry had four thefts to go with nine points and four assists.

Union (0-1) started strong, leading 8-4 after a layup by sophomore Cody Miller with 16:22 left.

From there, however, it was all UPIKE. A layup by senior Kyan Hines with 10:03 left ended a 28-4 run to give the Bears a 32-12 lead. Less than three minutes later, a pair of free throws for senior Andrew Young ended the 38-6 run and gave the home team a 42-14 lead with 7:06 to play.

The halftime score was 56-21 and the Bears cruised to the win.

Young led all scorers with 17 points, hitting 7-of-9 from the floor and all three of his free throws. Junior Trevor Setty opened strong, scoring all 13 of his points in the first half. Hines had 12 points on perfect 5-of-5 shooting in only eight minutes of playing time.

Complete Recap

John Calipari Watches Willie Cauley Play Football


University of Kentucky head coach John Calipari was in attendance at Willie Cauley's football game last night.

Cauley, a 6-11 center on the basketball court, is also a star wide receiver at Olathe Northwest (Kan.) High School.

In basketball, Cauley ranks No. 39 overall on the Rivals.com list for 2012.

He is rumored to be close to making a college decision:

“He had good visits from each program he went to,” his AAU coach said. “There were things that he liked about each place and there were some things that he didn’t like. So it’s just a matter of what’s the best situation, the fit and the best system for him.”

Cauley is down to four schools and is scheduled to decide from Alabama, Florida, Kansas State and Kentucky next week via a press conference at his high school, Olathe (Kan.) Northwest, according to his AAU coach.

“He said he’ll make a decision next week,” Perry said. “He’ll have a press conference at his school.”

Shabazz Muhammad is Visiting USC This Weekend


Kentucky recruit Shabazz Muhammad, the top-ranked player in the 2012 recruiting class, is visiting USC this weekend.

Here is an excerpt from LATimes.com:

It's a big Saturday -- and weekend -- for the USC men's basketball team.

First, Shabazz Muhammad, the consensus No. 1 player in the Class of 2012 and an explosive 6-foot-6 forward from Las Vegas Bishop Gorman High, is on an official visit to USC and will have red-shirt sophomore Dewayne Dedmon be his host on campus this weekend, a source close to the situation said.


USC basketball: 5-star recruit Shabazz Muhammad visits today

Photo: Rivals.com

Video: Murray State Racers Slam Dunk Contest

Here is some footage of Murray State's slam dunk contest during last week's Fan Jam:

Friday, October 28, 2011

Louisville Loses Wayne Blackshear for Entire Season


The University of Louisville has announced that freshman star Wayne Blackshear will be out for the entire 2011-12 season with a shoulder injury.

Here is the release from U of L:

LOUISVILLE, Ky. - University of Louisville freshman Wayne Blackshear will miss the 2011-12 season after suffering a shoulder injury in practice.

A magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) test performed at Jewish Hospital in Louisville points to a torn labrum in his right shoulder, which will require surgery to repair. With an expected recovery time of at least four months, Blackshear will effectively miss the entire season.

A 6-5 McDonald's High School All-American from Chicago, Blackshear had just been cleared by the NCAA initial eligibility center to participate as a freshman a week ago. He had suffered an injury to his left shoulder as he closed out his high school career, had surgery to repair it, and had spent the summer rehabilitating that shoulder. He averaged 32.6 points, 14.6 rebounds, 5.6 assists and 3.7 steals as a senior for Morgan Park High School last season.

Gary Harris Close to Making a College Decision?


According to Jody Demling, 2012 star Gary Harris may be close to making a college decision.

Here is an excerpt:

And while his father, Gary Sr., said the younger Harris is still “open” but he’s getting closer and closer to making a decision.

“The finality is near,” Harris Sr. said. “Obviously, at this point and time it’s a lot of dotting the ‘I’s’ and crossing the ‘T’s’. He wants to make sure he knows everything, asks all the right questions. He’s trying to wind is down.”

Harris Sr., said “the plan” is for his son to sign a national letter-of-intent with one of the four schools during the early signing period that begins on Nov. 9.


Gary Harris nearing a decision?

Harris, a 6-4 shooting guard, has visited Purdue, Indiana and Kentucky. He still plans to visit Michigan State next week.

Photo: Rivals.com

Steve Prohm Talks Murray State Basketball at Fan Jam

Murray State head coach Steve Prohm talks basketball at Murray State's Fan Jam event:

Georgetown College Blasts Miami University Hamilton


Georgetown College 116
Miami University Hamilton 43

Final from Georgetown, Kentucky


Game recap by GC:

Georgetown College men's basketball team started with an explosion in the Chris Briggs era. The Tigers (1-0) shot 61.6 percent Thursday in Davis-Reid Alumni Gym and cruised 116-43 over Miami University Hamilton. Six players notched double-digits, led by newcomer Allan Thomas' 22 points.

The Harriers (0-1) got the early lead when a pre-game dunking violation forced a pair of free throws, but back-to-back baskets from senior Maurice Pearson put GC ahead for good. The center finished with 19 on the night.

"We are 1-0 and it is always good to start 1-0," first-year coach Briggs said. "But we have a tough challenge on Sunday. I reminded our guys Park knocked us out of the national tournament. We have two days to get ready."

Johonne Hamilton dropped in 17, Garel Craig 15 and Aaron Morris and Tyrone Shelley each had 14 points. Ironically, Shelley and Morris also notched 10 rebounds for a double-double in the opener.

Russ Middleton added eight points, Josh Lockett had six points and Anthony Crater had one.

Complete Recap

No First Place Votes, But UK is No. 2 in AP Top 25


The Kentucky Wildcats are ranked No. 2 in the newly released preseason AP Top 25.

While it's no surprise that UK is a top 2 team, it is strange that the Wildcats received no first place votes.

North Carolina tops the poll with 1,620 points and 62 first place votes. No. 3 Ohio State (1) and No. 4 Connecticut (2) collected the other 3 first place votes.

Louisville will enter the season ranked No. 9.

Here is a release from UK:

LEXINGTON, KY – The UK men’s basketball team checks in at No. 2 in the newly released Associated Press preseason Top 25.

It marks the second time in the John Calipari Era that Kentucky ranks in the top 10 in the AP’s preseason poll. The Cats checked in at fourth in Calipari’s inaugural year.

It also marks the highest preseason ranking in the poll for the Cats since the 1995-96 team was tabbed No. 1 entering the season. Kentucky has been ranked in the AP’s top five in the preseason 22 times and in the top three 14 times before.

The Wildcats will be in action on Wed., Nov. 2 when they open their preseason exhibition schedule against in-town rival Transylvania. Tickets for that game, as well the Morehouse and Marist games are still available. They can be purchased by visiting the UK Ticket Office between the hours of 9:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m. ET or by calling 1.800.928.2287. Fans can also obtain tickets by going online to UKathletics.com and Ticketmaster.com or Ticketmaster outlets statewide.

AP Top 25

RK TEAM RECORD PTS
1 North Carolina (62) 0-0 1,620
2 Kentucky 0-0 1,501
3 Ohio State (1) 0-0 1,482
4 Connecticut (2) 0-0 1,433
5 Syracuse 0-0 1,338
6 Duke 0-0 1,301
7 Vanderbilt 0-0 1,120
8 Florida 0-0 1,086
9 Louisville 0-0 1,055
10 Pittsburgh 0-0 1,027
11 Memphis 0-0 997 12 Baylor 0-0 892 13 Kansas 0-0 755 14 Xavier 0-0 747 15 Wisconsin 0-0 720 16 Arizona 0-0 616 17 UCLA 0-0 404 18 Michigan 0-0 401 19 Alabama 0-0 395 20 Texas A&M 0-0 357 21 Cincinnati 0-0 353 22 Marquette 0-0 335 23 Gonzaga 0-0 283 24 California 0-0 230 25 Missouri 0-0 139

Others receiving votes: Florida State 131, Michigan State 128, Temple 69, Washington 44, New Mexico 33, Butler 25, Texas 21, Villanova 14, Creighton 12, Purdue 10, Belmont 8, Drexel 8, UNLV 7, Saint Mary's 6, George Mason 5, West Virginia 4, Long Beach State 3, Miami (FL) 3, Harvard 2, Illinois 2, Marshall 1, Minnesota 1, San Diego State 1

Knight, Mack to Play in Upcoming New Castle Exhibition


Former University of Kentucky star Brandon Knight and Lexington native Shelvin Mack are planning to play in an upcoming exhibition game in New Castle.

Mack is expected to play for the Knox Indy Pro Am All-Stars with Eric Gordon, Gordon Hayward, George Hill, JaJuan Johnson, Zach Randolph,Paul George, Lance Stephenson, Jeff Teague and D.J. White.

Knight will likely play for Mario Chalmers' Rio All-Stars. Players expected to join Knight and Chalmers are Josh Selby, Darrell Arthur, Alec Burke, Brandon Rush and Christian Eyenga.

The game will be held at 4:00 p.m. November 6 at New Castle Fieldhouse.

Source

Thursday, October 27, 2011

2014 Stars Kasongo, Wolter and Kapinga to Visit Missouri

According to a report on Twitter, Canadians Ray Kasongo, Tony Wolter and David Kapinga will all visit Missouri this weekend.

Here is the report:

Tsbiet Canadians Ray Kasongo, Tony Wolter, & David Kapinga will visit Mizzouri next weekend. That's @NWC_ZOU territory right there! @NorthPoleHoops

Kasongo and Wolter are 2014 recruits at East Ridge High School. Kapinga is a 2014 prospect at Pulaski Southwestern High School.

John Calipari, Terrence Jones at SEC Media Day

Here are some videos of Kentucky's Terrence Jones and John Calipari at SEC Media Day on Thursday (videos via CoachCalVideos on YouTube):



Daniel Orton Plans to Play in Upcoming Charity Game


Former University of Kentucky big man Daniel Orton has committed to play in Dwight Howard's benefit game featuring present and past members of the Orlando Magic.

The game will be played November 13 UCF Arena.

Here is more from OrlandoSentinel.com:

However, current Magic center Daniel Orton has committed to playing, he said through his agent, Ara Vartanian.

Current Magic players Quentin Richardson and Chris Duhon told the Sentinel previously that they plan to participate.

Howard also has issued invitations to Shaquille O'Neal and Penny Hardaway, among others, although it's unclear whether either of them will participate.

Tickets for Howard's game, priced from $22 to $102, go on sale Friday at Ticketmaster at 10 a.m. and at the UCF Arena box office.

J.J. Redick out of Dwight Howard benefit game

EKU Holds Ninth Annual Halloween Hoopfest


Eastern Kentucky men's basketball held their ninth annual Halloween Hoopfest earlier tonight.

Here is more from EKU:

RICHMOND, Ky. – Alumni Coliseum was filled with nearly 700 ghosts and goblins Thursday night for the festivities surrounding Eastern Kentucky University’s ninth annual Halloween Hoopfest. The event, free to the public, gave Colonel fans their first glimpses of both the men’s and women’s basketball teams. In addition, all ages were entertained with Halloween activities throughout the concourse level.

Each team participated in a 10-minute intra-squad scrimmage while slam dunk and three-point competitions were also held.

Junior Brittany Coles and senior Jeff Allgood paired to win the very competitive three-point shooting competition. Meanwhile in the slam dunk contest, senior Jaron Jones was the hands down winner over sophomore Deverin Muff and newcomer Timmy Knipp.

The men open their home schedule with an exhibition game on Wednesday, Nov. 2 against Urbana at 7 p.m. The women’s first home game is Saturday, Nov. 5 against the University of the Cumberlands. Tip time for that exhibition is also set for 7 p.m.

Antoine Walker Signs with the Idaho Stampede


Despite rumors from the Polish media that he would likely play in Poland, former University of Kentucky star Antoine Walker has signed with the Idaho Stampede in the NBA Development League.

Here is more:

BOISE, Idaho, October 27, 2011 – The Idaho Stampede has announced three-time NBA All-Star Antoine Walker has signed with the NBA Development League and will report to training camp with the Idaho Stampede, which begins November 14.

Walker (6-9, 245, Kentucky) played 43 games (39 starts) with the Stampede in 2010-11, averaging 16.0 points, 6.3 rebounds and 3.4 assists in 33.4 minutes per game. Walker had four double-doubles on the season, all coming in the last six games of the year. Walker scored a season-high 29 points at Dakota on Jan. 16 and grabbed a season-high 15 rebounds on March 26 at Austin.

“I can’t wait to get back to Boise,” Walker said. “It’s a great place to live and I’m hoping I can help this team make the playoffs and win a championship – we’ve got some unfinished business to tend to.”


NBA Legend Antoine Walker Signs With Stampede

Billy Kennedy Diagnosed with Parkinson's Disease


Texas A&M head coach Billy Kennedy, the former head coach at Murray State, has been diagnosed as being in the early stages of Parkinson's disease.

Here are some official statements from Kennedy and others at A&M:

STATEMENT FROM TEXAS A&M MEN'S HEAD BASKETBALL COACH BILLY KENNEDY:

"As some of you know, I have been experiencing neck and shoulder pain for several months. While not debilitating, the pain has affected my ability to sleep with any duration or regularity. As a result of this and my schedule, I had reached a state of exhaustion and was advised by my attending physician to take some time to restore my strength and to further explore the underlying cause of my discomfort.

Through testing, it has been discovered that I am dealing with an early stage of Parkinson's disease. At this time, I am heeding the advice of my doctors and addressing the disease and its symptoms. We have begun a long-term treatment plan and recovery. My doctors are encouraged and are telling me I will be able to come back soon.

I am very grateful for the outpouring of support and the prayers from friends, family and the Aggie Network. We have a good prognosis, be encouraged, and join with me in eager anticipation for the success that awaits us. My intention is to return to the court as soon as it is prudent. Until my return, I have great confidence in Coach (Glynn) Cyprien and the staff I have assembled to lead this great group of young men and this basketball program."

STATEMENT FROM BILL BYRNE, TEXAS A&M DIRECTOR OF ATHLETICS:

"Our foremost concern is for Coach Kennedy and his family. Billy knows he can count on us and the Aggie Network for support. I fully expect Billy to have a long and illustrious coaching career here in Aggieland when he is cleared to return to the court. Meanwhile, I have confidence in the staff Billy has hired and in our basketball team. I'm anxious to get the season started and to get Billy back on the basketball court as well."

STATEMENT FROM SENIOR DASH HARRIS, AGGIE BASKETBALL PLAYER:

"After speaking with coach today, he knows that we're there for him and we know that he's there for us. He's doing better and we're just trying to get him back on the floor as soon as possible. He left this team in great hands. We have great leadership to a man on this team and on this staff, and everyone knows what he expects so once he comes back it'll be a smooth ride. He looks well, he seems happy and he's the same Coach Kennedy that he always has been. Our prayers are with him. We're looking forward to a great season, a season with him on the sideline."

My Thoughts: It's hard to even report this kind of news. I just want to say that my prayers are certainly with Coach Kennedy and his family.

Video: Terrence Jones Scores 52 Points in Blue-White Game

Here are some highlights of Terrence Jones' record-setting performance in Kentucky's Blue-White Game - Jones finished with 52 points, 16 rebounds and 6 assists:

USBWA Votes Kentucky Third in Preseason Top 25


The USBWA got it wrong, uh, I mean voted the University of Kentucky third in their preseason poll for 2011-12.

North Carolina is No. 1, as expected, with 394 total points and 11 of 16 first place votes.

Surprisingly, the Tar Heels are followed by Ohio State with 376 points and 3 first place votes. The Wildcats are third with 374 points and 2 first place votes.

Connecticut and Syracuse round out the top 5. Louisville is No. 8 in the poll.

Additionally, Ohio State's Jared Sullinger is the "runaway favorite" to win the Oscar Robertson Award as the nation's top player.

Duke's Austin Rivers and UK's Anthony Davis finished in a tie as favorites to win the Wayman Tisdale Award as the nation's best freshman.

Terrence Jones was chosen as a preseason first team All-American.

USBWA Board of Directors' Top 25

1. North Carolina (11) 394
2. Ohio State (3) 376
3. Kentucky (2) 374
4. Connecticut 336
5. Syracuse 329
6. Duke 322
7. Vanderbilt 283
8. Louisville 278
9. Florida 249
10. Memphis 242
11. Pittsburgh 220
12. Xavier 179
13. Baylor 176
14. Kansas 170
t15. Arizona 162
t15. Wisconsin 162
17. Alabama 107
18. Texas A&M 88
19. UCLA 87
20. Marquette 85
21. Michigan 80
22. Cincinnati 71
23. Gonzaga 65
24. Michigan State 62
25. Missouri 60

Others receiving votes: Florida State 52, Temple 44, California 34, Washington 27, Texas 15, New Mexico 14, Belmont 13, Villanova 13, Butler 12, Creighton 8, BYU 6, Purdue 6, West Virginia 5, UNLV 3, Mississippi State 3, Virginia Commonwealth 2, Wichita State 2, George Mason 1, Utah State 1, Washington State 1.

Complete release

Quincy Hankins-Cole Leads Icelandic League in Rebounding


Former University of Pikeville star Quincy Hankins-Cole is off to a tremendous start in his professional career.

After three rounds in Iceland's top-level Express League, Hankins-Cole is leading the league in rebounding average with 15.3 boards per game.

The former Pikeville star is also averaging 16.7 points and 4.3 assists per game.

His Snaefell team is currently 2-1 in Express League action. Snaefell returns to action later today against IR (1-2).

First three games:

- vs. Hauker, W, 93-89; Hankins-Cole: 17 points, 15 rebounds, 6 assists
- vs. KR, W, 116-100; Hankins-Cole: 25 points, 17 rebounds, 5 assists
- vs. Thor Thorl, L, 83-85; Hankins-Cole: 8 points, 14 rebounds, 2 assists

WKU Picked to Finish Third in the East Division


Western Kentucky is picked to finish third in the Sun Belt Conference East Division.

The Hilltoppers are behind Florida Atlantic and Middle Tennessee in the preseason coaches' poll that was released on Wednesday.

Arkansas State is the preseason pick to win the West Division.

2011-12 PRESEASON ALL-SUN BELT CONFERENCE TEAMS

First Team
Martavius Adams (Arkansas State, Sr., F)
Raymond Taylor (Florida Atlantic, Jr., G)
Greg Gantt (Florida Atlantic, Jr., G)
J.J. Thomas (Louisiana-Lafayette, So., F)
* Augustine Rubit (South Alabama, So., F)

Second Team
Chase Hallam (Denver, Jr., G)
DeJuan Wright (FIU, Sr., G)
Jason Jones (Middle Tennessee, Jr., F/G)
Tony Mitchell (North Texas, Fr., F)
Will Weathers (Troy, Jr., G)

Third Team
Trey Finn (Arkansas State, Jr., G)
Brian Stafford (Denver, Sr., G)
Fred Brown (ULM, Sr., G)
Kedrick Hogans (North Texas, Sr., F)
D'Andre Williams (UALR, Sr., G)

(*) denotes Sun Belt Conference Preseason Player of the Year

2011-12 PRESEASON COACHES POLL (FIRST-PLACE VOTES IN PARENTHESES)

West Division
1. Arkansas State (8) - 64 pts
2. Louisiana-Lafayette (2) - 60 pts
3. North Texas (1) - 50 pts
4. Denver (1) - 40 pts
5. UALR - 26 pts
6. ULM - 12 pts

East Division
1. Florida Atlantic (11) - 71 pts
2. Middle Tennessee (1) - 59 pts
3. WKU - 41 pts
4. South Alabama - 33 pts
5. FIU - 31 pts
6. Troy - 17 pts

Peyton Siva Does His Best "Rocky Balboa"

Louisville point guard Peyton Siva did his best "Rocky" impersonation last night against Pikeville; here he is with a nice shiner after the game:

Antoine Walker May Be Headed to Poland


Former University of Kentucky star Antoine Walker may take his basketball talents to Poland this season.

According to a report from the Polish media, Walker has received several offers from top-level PLK teams. The most lucrative offer appears to be from Slask Wroclaw.

Details of the offer were not reported, but it is almost certainly a better deal than he would receive in the NBA D-League.

Here's the article (HT: Google Translate)

Slask Wroclaw is currently 1-4 on the season.

Current league standings:

PLK Standings
1. PGE Turow 5-0
2. Anwil 4-1
3. Energa Czarni 3-1
4. Zastal ZG 3-1
5. Trefl Sopot 3-2
6. AZS Koszalin 3-3
7. Kotwica 3-3
8. PBG Basket 3-3
9. Siarka Jezioro 2-3
10. AZS PW 2-4
11. LKS Lodz 1-4
12. Slask Wroclaw 1-4
13. Polpharma 1-5

Play in international cups:
1. Asseco Prokom -

Terrence Jones Has Record-Setting Night in Blue-White Game


Blue Team 126
White Team 104

Scrimmage Final from Lexington, Kentucky


Sophomore Terrence Jones sent an early message to the rest of college basketball as he exploded for 52 points in Kentucky's Blue-White Game on Wednesday night.

Jones was an impressive 24-31 from the field and 2-4 from long range. He also pulled down 16 rebounds and dished out 6 assists to lead the Blue Team to a 126-104 victory over the White Team.

Doron Lamb added 31 points and 5 assists for Blue. Freshman Michael Kidd-Gilchrist contributed 21 points, 10 rebounds and 7 assists. Ryan Harrow chipped in 10 points and 4 assists in only 14 minutes of action.

Freshman phenom Anthony Davis led the White Team with 27 points, 13 rebounds, 4 blocks and 4 steals. Another freshman, Kyle Wiltjer, added 27 points and 11 rebounds. Wiltjer was 5-8 from long range. Darius Miller scored 24 points and dished out 6 assists for White.

Blue out-rebounded White 56-36, led by 16 each from Jones and senior Eloy Vargas.

Notes:

- Jones’ 52 points are the most for a UK player in the Blue/White Game since Knight’s 37 points in the 2010-11 Blue-White Scrimmage. (Previous high scorers in the Rupp Arena Blue/White Games were Jodie Meeks with 32 points in 2008 and Darnell Dodson with 26 in 2009).

- Attendance was 12,134 (2010-11 attendance: 11,391).

- Both teams combined to shoot 15-46 from 3-point range

- Blue: 24 assists, 12 turnovers; White: 22 assists, 15 turnovers

- True Story: Overheard a Rupp Arena staffer complaining after the game that the team needs to work on offensive rebounding. Talk about a tough crowd.

John Calipari on Terrence Jones:

"You know, you got 52 and 16 (rebounds) and six assists, two steals and a block. He was OK. I mean, what I tell you is, when I told you yesterday that he changed his habits, he changed his body conditioning wise, he changed his skill set, and he changed his approach towards practicing and conditioning, that's why you see the change. It's not like I'm going to do the same thing and I'm going to be a different player. You're not, you're going to be the same player.

He and I just talked in my office. I said, ‘I told you when you came back, if you're coming back, you're going to be the best player, top three in the country, or don't come back.’ That's what I said to him when he was making that decision. If you're going to be the 13th or 14th best player in the country, get out now, go. You want to be the best in the country, be one of those guys, come back and do it.

Well, he's on a mission that way. He passed the ball. Believe me, I mean, it just shows he was going against freshmen. They're freshmen. They don't defend, they don't play rough, they don't understand angles. They had three freshmen on one team. Probably not fair."

Terrence Jones on Terrence Jones:

“I’m a lot more comfortable. I’m more experienced. I’ve been here before. I’ve been to the Final Four and played in front of thousands (of fans). It’s nothing new, I’m just trying to take that next step with this team and hopefully we should be able to do it."

Official Box Score (click to enlarge):



Wednesday, October 26, 2011

Louisville Starts Hot, Rolls to Win Over Pikeville


University of Louisville 74
University of Pikevile 55

Exhibition Final from Louisville, Kentucky


The University of Louisville opened the game on a 16-0 run and never looked back in a 74-55 exhibition victory over the University of Pikeville.

Pikeville, the defending national champs in NAIA Division I, were unable to find the range from the field as they managed to shoot just 29.2% (19-65).

The Cardinals also struggled, shooting an underwhelming 28-68 (41.2%) from the field. They were only 5-18 (27.8%) from long range and 13-23 (56.5%) from the free throw line.

Freshman Chane Behanan led Louisville with 16 points, 7 rebounds and 4 steals. Gorgui Dieng had 14 points, 15 rebounds and 6 blocked shots. Chris Smith chipped in 13 points and 7 rebounds.

Chris McHenry was the only UPIKE player in double figures with 12 points. Trevor Setty and Andrew Young contributed 8 points each.

Some quotes from Rick Pitino:

(Opening Statement)
"We did a lot of good things tonight especially our man defense. When we went to the press is when they scored. We didn't care about that. We wanted to work on our press and we got out of it what we wanted. But our man defense is where we excelled. They were 14-of-41 against it. The guys did a very good job of covering for each other. They were very active with their hands, so I was very pleased. We did a lot of good things sharing the basketball. We did a lot of good things offensively and for a first game, I thought it was good."

(On using man primarily instead of zone)
"We have never been primarily zone. If you break it down, the most we have been was 2005, we played all zone because we had 7 players. We were about a 60-40 team last year. We're good at zone. We just weren't good pressing tonight because we didn't know their press offense. It's just like plays, you have to know their press offense and we did not know their press offense tonight because we don't have a lot of film on them."

(On how much they can learn from an exhibition)
"This game is exactly what I expected. I think we did a lot of good things. I think because a lot of guys have missed practice --not only Wayne -- but they are way out of shape. We did some good things. I was pleased."

(On Chane Behanan's performance)
"Chane has to be as hungry to rebound as he is to score. He is very hungry to score. He has to have the same intensity to rebound as he does to score. When he does that, then you will see some incredible numbers like Gorgui."

(On Dieng having no fouls tonight)
"Yeah, I expected that. That has been a point of emphasis for him and Peyton -- to not get into foul trouble and I thought they did a very good job."

Recap and Complete Quotes

Breaking: Terrence Jones is Really Good

Kentucky's Terrence Jones had 26 points in the first half of Kentucky's Blue-White Game.

Here's a look:



Kentucky Wildcats Ready for Blue-White Game

Here are some pictures of the Kentucky Wildcats as they prepare for tonight's Blue-White Game:





EKU to Host Halloween Hoopfest on Thursday Night


Eastern Kentucky University men's basketball will host their ninth-annual Halloween Hoopfest on Thursday night.

Here are more details from EKU:

RICHMOND, Ky. – The Eastern Kentucky University Athletics Department will host the ninth-annual Halloween Hoopfest, presented by Time Warner Cable, Pepsi and Papa John's, Thursday, Oct. 27 in Alumni Coliseum. The festivities begin on the Coliseum’s concourse level with Halloween activities at 6 p.m.

Games, candy and a haunted tunnel will be featured on the concourse level for people of all ages to enjoy. FREE t-shirts, pizza and drinks will be handed out while supplies last as well. Kids are encouraged to come in their Halloween best as prizes will be presented to the best costumes!

The EKU varsity men’s and women’s basketball teams take to the floor at 7 p.m. Basketball activities include a slam dunk contest, a three-point challenge and scrimmages from both the men’s and women’s squads. At the conclusion of Hoopfest, both basketball teams will be available to sign autographs on the court.

The men open their home schedule with an exhibition game on Wednesday, Nov. 2, against Urbana at 7 pm. The women’s first home event is and exhibition game on Saturday, Nov. 5, against University of the Cumberlands. Tip time is set for 7 p.m.

Nestor Colmenares is Playing Well in Mexico


Former Campbellsville University star Nestor Colmenares is having an outstanding season in Mexico's second-level LNBP league.

Playing for Huracanes De Tampico, Colmenares ranks fifth in the league in rebounding with 8.6 boards per game.

In Huracanes 81-66 win over Toros last weekend, Colmenares scored a team-high 17 points and pulled down 7 rebounds.

The former CU star is now averaging 13.3 points, 8.6 rebounds and 2.6 assists per game in Mexico.

Huracanes is 10-7 overall, good for sixth in the league.

LNBP Standings

1. Halc.Rojos 13-2
2. Fuerza Regia 13-3
3. Barreteros 11-6
4. Soles 11-7
5. Toros 10-6
6. Huracanes 10-7
7. Pioneros 9-7
8. Halc.Xalapa 8-3
9. Corr.Victoria 7-8
10. Abejas 7-10
11. Panteras 6-10
12. Lechugueros 6-11
13. Aguilas Rojas 3-15
14. Volcanes 0-19

Source: Latinbasket.com

Morehead State's Johnson Arena to Feature Video Boards


Morehead State's Johnson Arena will have a new and improved look this season as representatives from Daktronics, Inc. are installing 47-foot video boards on each end of the arena.

Here is more from MSU:

MOREHEAD, Ky. -- One of the most significant improvements to Morehead State's Johnson Arena is starting to take shape. Representatives from Daktronics, Inc., are on site installing 47-foot video boards on each end of the arena, and the finished project will greatly enhance each fan's experience at MSU basketball games beginning this winter.

The boards, which include a 16x9 video display plus advertising space, are expected to be ready for use by the Eagles' exhibition doubleheader opener on Nov. 3. They will also serve as scoreboards, and the current center-hung scoreboard above the playing court will be removed.

The new displays will allow MSU to greatly enhance its game-day atmosphere. The boards will be able to show highlight videos and sponsor advertisements as well as be utilized as a tool to help fans have a much more interactive experience while supporting the Eagles.

As part of the improvement package, Daktonics is also installing new LED displays on the backboards and new shot clocks above the backboards.

Daktronics, based in Brookings, S.D., is one of the leading manufacturers of video, scoring and timing displays for sports venues in the United States.

Rick Pitino's Weekly Show Returns in November


According to a press release, Louisville head coach Rick Pitino will host his weekly television show beginning in November on WHAS11.

The show was cancelled during the 2010-11 season.

Here is the release:

Louisville Head Coach Rick Pitino to Host Show

Louisville, KY - WHAS11 is proud to announce that Louisville men's basketball coach Rick Pitino will host his weekly television show beginning in November on WHAS11. Coach Pitino took a break from the show during the 2010-2011 basketball season. During that time, he helped develop a format that will showcase the men's program in a manner never before seen on local television.

"Courtside with Rick Pitino" will debut this season on November 26, 2011 at 9:30 a.m. Coach Pitino will have guest co-hosts ranging from players to coaches each week. In addition to looking ahead and reviewing game performances, Pitino promises to give fans glimpses into the program they've never seen before.

In his 26th season as a collegiate head coach and 11th at Louisville, UofL Coach Rick Pitino has compiled a 597-220 overall record (245-96 at Uof L). He is the only coach to take three different schools to the NCAA Final Four including his 2005 Cardinal team. His .731 winning percentage ranks him 13th among active coaches and No. 28 all-time.

WHAS11 is the official local broadcast station for University of Louisville sports. It has covered Cardinal sports since 2005.

About Belo Corp.
WHAS11 is part of Belo Corp. (BLC), one of the nation's largest pure-play, publicly-traded television companies, that owns and operates 20 television stations (nine in the top 25 markets) and their associated Web sites. Belo stations, which include affiliations with ABC, CBS, NBC, FOX, CW and MyNetwork TV, reach more than 14 percent of U.S. television households in 15 highly-attractive markets. Belo stations rank first or second in nearly all of their local markets.www.belo.com or by contacting Kirk Szesny, WHAS11 Director of Marketing and Creative Services at 502-582-7870.

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Video: Jodie Meeks Drops 42 on The Villains

Here is former University of Kentucky star Jodie Meeks getting hot against The Villains in an exhibition game at Rupp Arena - Meeks was 18-30 from the field for 42 points:

Bellarmine, Drury Chosen as Preseason Favorites in the GLVC


Bellarmine University is the preseason pick to win the Great Lakes Valley Conference East Division.

The Knights and Drury were selected as the top two teams in the GLVC preseason coaches' poll.

Bellarmine totalled 113 points and received 15 first place votes in the East Division. Kentucky Wesleyan was second with 84 points and the other first place vote. Northern Kentucky was picked fourth in the East Division.

Drury earned 113 points and 15 first place votes in the West Division.

Here is the release from the GLVC:

INDIANAPOLIS – Defending national champion Bellarmine University joins Drury University as the favorites to claim their respective Great Lakes Valley Conference division titles in the annual GLVC Men’s Basketball Preseason Coaches’ Poll. Bellarmine and Drury were each unanimous picks to win the division titles in a poll of the league’s 16 head coaches.

The GLVC will return to a two-division format after spending the previous two seasons in three divisions. Bellarmine, the 2011 GLVC Champion, was selected to claim the GLVC East Division by collecting 113 total points in the poll.

The Knights went 33-2 last season en route to the school’s first national championship. Bellarmine claimed the GLVC East Division title a year ago with a 17-1 league mark and claimed its second straight GLVC Championship.

Bellarmine, ranked first nationally by both The Sporting News and Division II Bulletin, return All-America guard and reigning GLVC Player of the Year Jeremy Kendle and fellow first-team All-GLVC pick and honorable mention All-America guard Braydon Hobbs.

The Knights are followed in the GLVC Preseason Poll by Kentucky Wesleyan and Southern Indiana who finished with 84 and 83 total points, respectively. Northern Kentucky is picked to finish fourth in the division with 73 total points and the Norse are followed by Lewis (60 total points), Indianapolis (53), Saint Joseph’s (26) and Wisconsin-Parkside (20).

Complete Release

East Division

Team (First-place votes) Total Points
1. Bellarmine (15) 113
2. Kentucky Wesleyan (1) 84

3. Southern Indiana 83
4. Northern Kentucky 73
5. Lewis 60
6. Indianapolis 53
7. Saint Joseph’s 26
8. Wisconsin-Parkside 20

West Division

Team (First-place votes) Total Points
1. Drury (15) 113
2. Quincy 96
3. Missouri-St. Louis (1) 84
4. William Jewell# 62
5. Missouri S&T 46
6. Illinois Springfield 42
7. Rockhurst 39
8. Maryville 30

*Ineligible for GLVC Tournament

Big Red Defeats Big Blue in Alumni Game at WKU

Big Red All-Stars 112
Big Blue All-Stars 97

Exhibition Final from Bowling Green, Kentucky


Game Recap



College Basketball is Here: Schedule for the Week


It's that time again college basketball fans. Here is a schedule for the remainder of the week:

Wednesday, October 26

7:00 p.m. University of Pikeville at University of Louisville (Exhibition)
7:00 p.m. University of Kentucky Blue-White Scrimmage (Intrasquad Scrimmage)

Thursday, October 27

8:00 p.m. Miami University-Hamilton at Georgetown College

Friday, October 28

No games

Saturday, October 29

2:00 p.m. Ohio Midwestern College at Berea College
4:00 p.m. Mid-Continent University at St. Catharine College
7:00 p.m. Union College at University of Pikeville (Exhibition)
7:00 p.m. Bellarmine Univeristy at Duke University (Exhibition)

Sunday, October 30

1:00 p.m. Park University at Georgetown College

Tuesday, October 25, 2011

John Calipari Talks About Blue-White Scrimmage and More


Here are comments from University of Kentucky head coach John Calipari as his team prepares from Wednesday night's Blue-White Scrimmage (transcript via UK):

On how practice is going …
“Very good. We are pleased. We are cutting back a little bit because I don’t want us to get too far ahead. I don’t want us to be playing like its December when it’s October. Some of the practices we have cut short simply because they are getting done what I want them to get done. When they hit that spot, we just stop. Again, we are practicing most times with 10 guys on the floor, so those 10 aren’t leaving very often, so you don’t have to go very long. We practiced two hours and 10 minutes yesterday; we will probably practice the same, maybe a little bit less today. Guys are coming in at night, and it’s great. They are getting their own work in. When you do it the way we do it, you have time to do all of that other stuff, and you get time to do whatever you want to work on.”

On if he knows what type of style he will play this year …
“Not yet. It will all play out. Kind of like last year, you figure it out as you go through games and you think something is going to work, and then you play some really good teams, and you say that (isn’t) working against really good teams, so we have to go back and figure out what we do. What I have liked right now is a guy like Terrence Jones. If there is a better player in the county, then I’ve got to see him. Maybe that guy is in our gym, I don’t know. If there is somebody better than Terrence (Jones), then I have got to see him. He is first in all the running things, first out on the court, comes back in the evening and shoots. I had four scouts in here yesterday that said his whole focus on basketball and what he is compared to last year is not even close. Now you are seeing a young man who has changed his habits, changed his body, added skill level, and now a different attitude towards basketball. Who does that sound like? Josh Harrellson. So now what you see is a different player. The competitiveness of our practices has changed. You should see the wars between Darius (Miller) and Michael (Kidd) Gilchrist. I mean absolutely vicious. After it’s done, they hit each other on the butt. They like each other and they like what they are doing for each other. Darius (Miller) has never been better. Eloy (Vargas) is not the same. You know what Eloy is doing in the morning and at night? Conditioning. Wow. So now, all of the sudden he has changed his habits to practice, he has changed his conditioning, he has changed some of his skills and his attitude towards basketball, and you would be surprised. He has changed the outcome, so now he is a different player. That’s the only way this works. I tell these guys 20 times, if you need a chance, go play the lottery. It’s a buck, and you can win 150 million. There’s your chance. You’re not getting it here. I mean, you either earn your minutes, or you earn your way out of minutes. It’s simple. We’ve got a good group here.”

On if he will look to vary playing styles throughout the season …
“Well, you have to settle on something at some point of how you are going to play. What I’m finding out is the pick-and-roll with this team has really been interesting. I have never run pick-and-roll partly because I didn’t want to bring two defenders to my best player. Why would I do that? Especially when he didn’t need someone to get himself open and drive by him. Whether it was Derrick Rose, or Tyreke Evans. (Evans) was so physical, he didn’t need another guy. He could beat his own guy. How would they have played John Wall if we would have played pick-and-roll? They would have gone under. Now I would have had John Wall shooting jump shots instead of attacking the basket. Now, we are a little different, mainly because as we attack, we have the players in there that we do want to get the ball too, and we do want to create space, and we’re using the pick-and-roll to get into the dribble drive. So instead of just going down there and getting started, we are getting the ball off a pick-and-roll and we play. We are doing pretty well.”

On what fans can expect tomorrow night at the Blue/White scrimmage …
“We are just going to scrimmage. We may just do warm-up lines and scrimmage. Yesterday was the first time in the 13th practice we have scrimmaged. Last year, we practiced at the 10th practice. I waited a while because we had so many guys that just weren’t ready for us to be scrimmaging with officials. We will do it today. From what I saw yesterday, we will probably scrimmage from here on in. The competitiveness we are getting out of it is good. We can do drill work on whatever and then throw it up for an hour.”

Pikeville Tops NAIA Division I Preseason Coaches' Poll


The University of Pikeville will enter the 2011-12 season as the nation's top-ranked team in NAIA Division I.

The defending national champs earned 300 points and five first place votes in the coaches' preseason top 25

Georgetown College will open the season ranked No. 8 and St. Catharine College is No. 17.

Campbellsville University and University of the Cumberlands also received votes, meaning the Mid-South Conference has five teams receiving votes in the preseason poll.

2011 – 12 NAIA Division I Men’s Basketball Coaches’ Preseason Top 25 Poll – (Oct. 24)

RANK LAST WEEK^ SCHOOL (1ST PLACE VOTES) 2010-11 RECORD* TOTAL POINTS
1 24 Pikeville (Ky.) (5) 30-7 300
2 3 Mountain State (W.Va.) (3) 33-4 295
3 1 Robert Morris (Ill.) (2) 32-2 293
4 2 Concordia (Calif.) (1) 32-4 288
5 6 Martin Methodist (Tenn.) (1) 34-3 268
6 4 LSU Shreveport (La.) 30-4 255
7 9 Oklahoma Baptist 24-9 254
8 7 Georgetown (Ky.) 32-5 240
9 8 Azusa Pacific (Calif.) 29-6 233
10 6 Texas Wesleyan 30-4 223
11 25 Rogers State (Okla.) 22-12 202
12 RV Shorter (Ga.) 23-8 188
13 11 Tougaloo (Miss.) 27-4 185
14 18 Columbia (Mo.) 26-6 166
15 13 Biola (Calif.) 28-6 158
15 19 Montana State-Northern 24-9 158
17 14 St. Catharine (Ky.) 22-9 149
18 10 Southern Nazarene (Okla.) 26-8 141
19 15 Evangel (Mo.) 26-9 132
20 RV Southern Poly (Ga.) 23-10 121
21 17 Xavier (La.) 27-6 94
22 12 Union (Tenn.) 26-7 88
23 22 Carroll (Mont.) 23-9 75
24 NR Saint Xavier (Ill.) 19-13 66
25 RV Fresno Pacific (Calif.) 20-11 63

Others receiving votes: Park (Mo.) 55; Lee (Tenn.) 45; MidAmerica Nazarene (Kan.) 33; Mobile (Ala.) 31; Oklahoma Christian 26; Campbellsville (Ky.) 24; Our Lady of the Lake (Texas) 22; Freed-Hardeman (Tenn.) 21; Life (Ga.) 16; Montana Western 12; Westminster (Utah) 3; William Carey (Miss.) 1; Northwestern Oklahoma State 1; St. Francis (Ill.) 1; Benedictine (Kan.) 1; Westmont (Calif.) 1; Emmanuel (Ga.) 1; Cumberland (Tenn.) 1; Cumberlands (Ky.) 1

^ Ranking is the final 2010-11 Coaches’ Top 25 Poll (March 9, 2011)
* Records from the 2010-11 season as submitted by schools and raters

Louisville Fans Have Cardinal Anthem 3D

A new song for University of Louisville fans:

UK Fans: Do You Forgive Christian Laettner?

Christian Laettner made a dramatic appearance at Rupp Arena last night in the role of "villain" coach during an exhibition game of former UK players against UK villains.

The former Duke star went as far as to wipe sweat from the Rupp Arena court, followed by provoking the ref to "eject" him.



My question to University of Kentucky basketball fans: do you forgive (or at least hate him a little less) Laettner for sinking the 1992 UK team in one of college basketball's all-time great games?

My Thoughts: Heck no! Laettner will always be a villain. But, now that he's made an attempt at peace, I would love to go musky fishing with him on Cave Run Lake.

If I'm being totally honest, he was actually a pretty nice guy last night.

Big Red vs. Big Blue Alumni Game Tonight at WKU


A group of former University of Kentucky basketball stars will battle some former Western Kentucky stars tonight at E.A. Diddle Arena.

Here are some details:

Location: E.A. Diddle Arena at Western Kentucky University

When: 7 p.m. (Doors open at 6 p.m.)

Cost: Bleacher seats start at $10. Courtside seats are $55

* All proceeds benefit Sharp Shooters Academy and the WKU W-Club

Big Red

- Courtney Lee (Houston Rockets)
- Jeremy Evans (Utah Jazz)
- Ty Rogers
- Tyrone Brazelton
- Anthony Winchester
- David Boyen
- Mike Wells
- Matt Maresca
- Derek Robinson
- Darnell Mee

Big Blue

- Brandon Knight (Detroit Pistons)*
- DeAndre Liggins (Orlando Magic)
- Josh Harrellson (New York Knicks)
- Chuck Hayes (Houston Rockets)
- Ravi Moss
- Brandon Stockton
- Josh Carrier

* Knight was injured during last night's exhibition game at Rupp Arena and his status for tonight is unknown.

Videos: Donnie Tyndall and Steve Prohm at OVC Media Day

Here are some videos of Morehead State head coach Donnie Tyndall and Murray State head man Steve Prohm at Ohio Valley Conference Media Day:



DaJuan Coleman Commits to Syracuse

DaJuan Coleman, a 6-8 center in the 2012 recruiting class, has given his commitment to Syracuse.

He chose Syracuse over Kentucky and Ohio State.

"All Signs Point to Syracuse" for DaJuan Coleman

According to Evan Daniels of Scout.com, all signs indicate that DaJuan Coleman will commit to Syracuse today:



The official announcement is coming up at 2:30 p.m. ET.

DaJuan Coleman Surprises Coaches, Schedules Announcement


Kentucky recruit DaJuan Coleman has surprised most everyone with the news that he will announce his college destination today at 2:30 p.m. ET.

Here is more from Syracuse.com:

Coleman, a 6-foot-8 center, has narrowed his choices down to Syracuse, Kentucky and Ohio State, but he's keeping his final decision close to the vest.

Jamesville-DeWitt coach Bob McKenney said Monday that he felt relieved for being in the dark.

"I can honestly tell you that I don't know,'' McKenney said.

Coleman's AAU coach, Jim Hart of the Albany City Rocks, said he had not talked to Coleman since the press conference was scheduled.

A source with knowledge of Coleman's recruitment said the news that Coleman was ready to announce his decision came as a surprise to coaches at all three colleges in the hunt for him.


Decision Time: Jamesville-DeWitt's Dajuan Coleman ready to select college

Coleman is a 6-8 center who ranks No. 27 overall on the Rivals.com list for 2012.

My Thoughts: If I were forced to make a prediction, I would guess Syracuse is the choice. Kentucky is certainly not out of the picture, however. The announcement will be one that UK fans will want to keep up with.

Photo: Rivals.com

Austin Peay Picked to Win the Ohio Valley Conference


Austin Peay is the preseason pick to win the Ohio Valley Conference according to the league's preseason poll that was released this morning.

Tennessee Tech is second, followed by Murray State, Tennessee State and Morehead State.

Eastern Kentucky is seventh in the preseason poll.

Here is the release from the OVC:

BRENTWOOD, Tenn. - In a vote of Ohio Valley Conference head men's basketball coaches and sports information directors Austin Peay received 10 first-place votes and was picked as the favorite for the 2011-12 season.

Last season Austin Peay won 20 games, advanced to the semifinals of the OVC Tournament and played in the College Basketball Invitational (CBI). It marks the first time since the 2007-08 season that the Governors have been picked as the preseason favorite (the team went on to win the OVC Championship that year). Austin Peay received 185 total points, which was four points ahead of Tennessee Tech, who received eight total first-place votes and were picked second.

Defending regular season champion Murray State picked up three first-place votes and was picked third (169), Tennessee State was picked fourth (145), defending tournament champion Morehead State received the other first-place vote and was tabbed fifth (128) and was followed by Southeast Missouri (106), Eastern Kentucky (90), UT Martin (73), Eastern Illinois (67), Jacksonville State (40) and SIUE (27).

Complete Release

2011-12 OVC Predicted Order of Finish

1. Austin Peay (10 first-place votes) - 185
2. Tennessee Tech (8) - 181
3. Murray State (3) - 169
4. Tennessee State - 145
5. Morehead State (1) - 128
6. Southeast Missouri - 106
7. Eastern Kentucky - 90
8. UT Martin - 73
9. Eastern Illinois - 67
10. Jacksonville State - 40
11. SIUE - 27

10 points awarded for a first-place vote, 9 for second, etc. - Coaches and SID's could not vote for their own teams.

Note: SIUE is eligible for the OVC regular season title, but not the OVC or NCAA Tournaments

2011-12 All-OVC Preseason Team

Ivan Aska, Murray State
Anthony Campbell, Austin Peay &
Isaiah Canaan, Murray State *
Robert Covington, Tennessee State #
TyShwan Edmondson, Austin Peay *%
Jeremy Granger, Eastern Illinois
Kenny Moore, Tennessee State #%
Kevin Murphy, Tennessee Tech *
Leon Powell, Southeast Missouri #%
Zac Swansey, Tennessee Tech %

Preseason OVC Player of the Year: Kevin Murphy, Tennessee Tech

* - 1st team All-OVC team in 2010-11
# - 2nd team All-OVC team in 2010-11
% - OVC All-Newcomer team in 2010-11
& - 1st team All-OVC in 2009-10
*** - Campbell's stats are from 2009-10; he missed most of last season due to injury and received a medical redshirt

The Villains Escape Rupp Arena with an Overtime Victory


The Villains 152
Big Blue All-Stars 149 F/OT

Exhibition Final from Lexington, Kentucky


A long three-point attempt by Jodie Meeks rimmed out at the buzzer, sealing a high-scoring 152-149 overtime victory for The Villains in Monday night's exhibition game at Rupp Arena.

Former Florida star Corey Brewer led the way for The Villains with 32 points and 5 steals. Former Connecticut star Rudy Gay added 25 points and several gravity-defying dunks. Ex-Indiana guard Eric Gordon put in 24 points.

Kenneth Faried had a double-double with 16 points and 10 rebounds for The Villains. Faried and Lexington native Shelvin Mack were welcomed with loud cheers by the pro-University of Kentucky fans.

Former Duke big man Christian Laettner, who served as head coach of The Villains, did not receive a warm welcome. Laettner was booed loudly on several occasions before eventually being "ejected" in a scripted exit.

“There’s nothing wrong with booing, yelling and cursing someone every now and then,” Laettner said after the game. He admitted that UK fans had great reason to dislike him after he hit "the shot" against the beloved 1992 Wildcats in the NCAA Tournament.

Before leaving the game, Laettner went out to a wet spot on the court, got on his knees and wiped the court with a towel. The fans cheered as Laettner wiped the floor, then booed again loudly when former Duke star Nolan Smith escorted him off the court.

The Big Blue All-Stars, who ended up playing without John Wall and Tayshaun Prince, had a chance to win the game at the end of regulation but a Nazr Mohammed jumper missed the mark.

Jodie Meeks led all scorers with 42 points on 18-30 shooting for the All-Stars. Rajon Rondo had 21 points and 14 assists. Brandon Knight scored 20 points, before leaving with an apparent ankle injury after only 19 minutes of action.

Enes Kanter, making his Rupp Arena debut to the delight of the pro-UK fans, overcame a shaky start to finish with 14 points and 10 rebounds.

Mohammed and Keith Bogans scored 12 points apiece, Mohammed also pulled down 13 rebounds.

The game, despite disappointing attendance numbers, raised $50,000 for the Jimmy V Foundation.

Kentucky fans cheered loudly when former Louisville star Terrence Williams failed on a dunk attempt:

Monday, October 24, 2011

The Villains are Introduced and a Nasty Kenneth Faried Block

The Villains get an "appropriate" Rupp Arena welcome:



Kenneth Faried gives Enes Kanter a rude homecoming:

The Villains are in Rupp Arena

The Villains have arrived at Rupp Arena:





UK Picked to Win SEC, Jones Preseason Player of the Year


The University of Kentucky Wildcats have been picked by the media as preseason favorites to win the Southeastern Conference.

Kentucky's Terrence Jones is the preaseason pick to win SEC Player of the Year. Doron Lamb, Darius Miller and Anthony Davis are preseason All-SEC Second Team.

Preseason Media Poll Pts

Kentucky (18) -- 282
Vanderbilt (4) -- 265
Florida (1) -- 235
Alabama -- 219
Mississippi State -- 191
Arkansas -- 154
Ole Miss -- 119
Georgia -- 108
LSU -- 91
Auburn -- 80
Tennessee -- 71
South Carolina -- 57

*First-Place Votes in Parentheses

First Team All-SEC

JaMychal Green, Alabama – F, 6-8, 228, Sr., Montgomery, Ala.
Terrence Jones, Kentucky – F, 6-9, 252, So., Portland, Ore.
Dee Bost, Mississippi State – G, 6-2, 176, Sr. , Concord, N.C.
John Jenkins, Vanderbilt – G, 6-4, 220, Jr., Hendersonville, Tenn.
Jeffery Taylor, Vanderbilt – G/F, 6-7, 225, Sr., Norrkoping, Sweden

Second Team All-SEC

Anthony Davis, Kentucky – F, 6-10, 220, Fr., Chicago, Ill.
Doron Lamb, Kentucky – G, 6-4, 210, So., Queens, N.Y.
Darius Miller, Kentucky – G, 6-8, 235, Sr., Maysville, Ky.
Kenny Boynton, Florida – G, 6-2, 189, Jr., Pompano Beach, Fla.
Erving Walker, Florida – G, 5-8, 177, Sr., Brooklyn, N.Y.
Festus Ezeli, Vanderbilt – C, 6-11, 255, Sr., Benin City, Nigeria

SEC Player of the Year: Terrence Jones, Kentucky

Several from Kentucky on B.I.A.H. All-Name Team


Ballin' is a Habit has released their 2011-12 edition of their "All-Name Team."

Several players from the Bluegrass state were mentioned. Here are some excerpts:

All-Bible-Team
Joab Jerome, Winthrop
Isaiah Canaan, Murray State
Genesis Maciel, Hartford
God's Gift Achiuwa, St. John's
Ephraim Ekanem, Northern Arizona

B.I.A.H All-Name Team, Second Team
Kidani Brutus, Manhattan
Jabs Newby, Eastern Kentucky
Duece Bello, Baylor
Elhanen Bone, North Carolina-Greensboro
Bubu Palo, Iowa State

B.I.A.H All-Name Team, Third Team
Deverin Muff, Eastern Kentucky
Finis Craddock, Central Michigan
Jawanza Poland, South Florida
Adonis Burbage, Central Connecticut State
Staats Battles, North Carolina State

First Team All-Gender-Confusion
Kim English, Missouri
Elisha Justice, Louisville
Hilary Haley, Maryland-Eastern Shore
Leslie McDonald, North Carolina
Shannon Scott, Ohio State

Second Team All-Gender-Confusion
Courtney Austin, Southern Utah
Stacey Poole, Kentucky
Tracy O'Neal, North Carolina Central
Torrey Craig, USC-Upstate
Caitlin Baciu, Clemson

Second Team All-Awesome-Last-Name-Team
Corey Littlejohn, UNC-Asheville
Jared Swopshire, Louisville
Keith Shamburger, San Jose State
Steve Tchiengang, Vanderbilt
Christian Standhardinger, Hawaii

All-Coaches-and-Owners Team
Jerry Jones, Duquesne
Ralph Wilson, Alabama State
Larry Brown, Winthrop
Mark Jackson, Louisville

Check Out the Complete 2011-12 BIAH All-Name Team

Taquan Dean Leads SerieA in Scoring After 3 Rounds


Former University of Louisville star Taquan Dean is leading Italy's top-level SerieA league in scoring average after the first three rounds of the new season.

Dean, who plays for Sidigas Avellino, is averaging a league-best 21.7 points per game.

Over the weekend, Dean had 26 points, 6 rebounds and 4 assists in an 83-75 win over Benetton TV. His performance was named second best performance of the week by Eurobasket.com.

In round 2, Dean had 14 points and 3 assists in a 96-90 victory over CS Bologna. He has 25 points and 4 assists in a round 1 loss to Fabi Shoes.

Dean is also in the league's top 10 in assists (3.7) and steals (2.7).

John Wall to Play in Dallas Exhibition Game in November


Former UK point guard John Wall and several other NBA stars are expected to headline an exhibition game hosted by former Dallas Mavericks forward Josh Howard.

The game will be played November 12 at the P.C. Cobb Athletic Complex at Dallas' Fair Park.

Here is more from ESPN.com:

Up-and-coming NBA star John Wall, native son LaMarcus Aldridge and world champion Jason Terry will descend on Dallas next month as the expected headliners for an exhibition game hosted by former Mavericks forward Josh Howard.

Howard is following the lead of several other NBA players who have organized exhibition games in various cities while the NBA lockout drags on. Several days of long meetings in New York last week ended without a resolution and with no further meetings set.

Among the other NBA players scheduled to play in Howard's event Nov. 12 are Mavericks forward Corey Brewer, former Mavs DeSagana Diop and Marquis Daniels, Minnesota's Anthony Randolph and Toronto's Reggie Evans.


NBA stars to play in Dallas charity game

Heshimu Evans, Benfica Start Hot in Portugal


Former University of Kentucky star Heshimu Evans and Sport Lisboa Benfica are off to a hot start in Portugal's top-level LPB league.

Benfica has opened the season with back-to-back wins over Barreirense and CAB Madeira.

Last weekend, in an 83-62 win over Barreirense, Evans scored 12 points on 5-5 field goal shooting. He also had 3 rebounds, 2 assists and a steal in the win.

On Sunday, Benfica defeated CAB Madeira 92-87. Evans scored 19 points and pulled down 8 rebounds. He was 6-9 from the field and 7-11 from the free throw line.

Benfica returns to action on November 1 against Ginasio (0-2).

KIAC Releases 2011-12 Preseason Basketball Poll


The Kentucky Intercollegiate Athletic Conference released the league's preseason coaches' poll on Friday.

Here is the release from the KIAC:

The 2011-2012 Kentucky Intercollegiate Athletic conference preseason men's basketball poll was released Friday, October 21st by KIAC officials. The two teams that advanced to the NAIA National Tournament take the top two spots in the preseason poll.

The defending conference tournament champion Indiana University Southeast was selected as the top team. The Grenadiers received five first-place votes and 61 total points. Last season, IU Southeast finished in a tie for first place in the regular season after finishing with an 11-2 conference record. They went on to capture the conference tournament and advanced to the NAIA National Tournament.

Indiana University East sits in the second spot in the preseason poll with three first-place votes and 57 total points. The Red Wolves finished the regular season with an 11-2 record. They were the conference tournament runner-up and advanced to the NAIA National Tournament.

Asbury University is third in the preseason poll with 45 points. Brescia University is projected to finish fourth with 38 points and Berea College is fifth with 34 points. Alice Lloyd College is sixth with 27 points, followed by Cincinnati Christian University (17 points) and St. Louis College of Pharmacy (9 points).

Conference play will begin on December 3rd. The season will conclude with the KIAC Tournament March 25-28.

Rank School Points

1 IU Southeast (5) 61
2 IU East (3) 57
3 Asbury 45
4 Brescia 38
5 Berea 34
6 Alice Lloyd 27
7 Cincinnati Christian 17
8 St. Louis Pharmacy 9

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