Saturday, November 12, 2011

Campbellsville University Holds Off Life, P.J. Meyers


Campbellsville University 80
Life University 76

Final from Marietta, Georgia


Game recap by CU:

MARIETTA, Ga. -- Cedric Henderson sank the back end of a bonus free throw opportunity with three seconds remaining to sure up an 80-76 victory for Campbellsville University at Life University Saturday afternoon.

Henderson and Kevin Bobson combined to go 7-of-10 from the charity stripe in the final minute to secure the road victory.

The Tigers led for the majority of the night, gaining their first lead, 7-5, on a basket by Reggie Smith and never letting go. After playing a one to two-possession game for most of the first half, Jordan Myers broke a 21-21 tie with a Tiger 3-pointer. Smith followed with a 3 to give Campbellsville its largest lead yet, 28-21. That lead eventually grew to nine points, 35-27, on a 3-pointer by Justin Ennis, as the Tigers went on to enter halftime up 39-34.

Life out scored Campbellsville 13-8 in the first seven minutes of the second half, tying the game 47-47 on a basket by Josh Lee. Dennis Harris broke the tie with his first of two straight 3s as part of a 14-3 run for Campbellsville to go up by 12, 64-52, with eight minutes to play.

The Tigers maintained a near 10-point margin for the next six minutes until Life chipped away to pull within four, 75-71, with 40 seconds left. But that was as close as Life made it with CU's 70 percent shooting from the free throw line.

Ennis led Campbellsville with 15 points on five 3-pointers, while Harris had 14 points in his Campbellsville Tiger debut. Malik Thomas also had 14, while Bobson and Smith each scored 10. Henderson collected 12 assists and scored four of his six points at the free throw line. Jonas Bohm contributed eight points.

PJ Meyers led all scorers with 29 points for Life, followed by 12 points by Chris Beasley.

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Pulaski Southwestern's David Kapinga Shows His Dance Moves

Pulaski Southwestern's David Kapinga proves that Canadians can dance:

Northern Kentucky Opens Season with Convincing Win

Northern Kentucky 106
UC-Clermont 58

Final from Highland Heights, Kentucky




Game recap by NKU:

HIGHLAND HEIGHTS, Ky. - For their 40th birthday on Saturday, the Norse of Northern Kentucky University blew out the candles. Then, they blew away UC-Clermont.

Stretch Watson scores a first-half basket against UC-Clermont on Saturday.NKU opened the game with a 38-8 run and cruised to a 106-58 victory over visiting UC-Clermont. Given it was the 40th anniversary of the program's first-ever game, the Norse appropriately built a 40-point halftime lead (64-24) by shooting 61.1 percent from the field.

“We moved the ball really well in the first half and knocked down open shots, and that allowed us to build a huge lead,” NKU head coach Dave Bezold said. “We were able to get everyone in the game, and it was a nice way to begin the regular season.”

Jon Van Hoose led NKU (1-0) with 17 points, going 5-for-8 from 3-point range. DeAndre Nealy added 16 points and nine rebounds in his Norse debut, while Stretch Watson finished with 14 points and nine boards.

Ethan Faulkner scored 13 points, dished out six assists and collected three steals, while teammate Jalen Billups finished with 11 points in his first collegiate game. The Norse finished the game shooting 52.9 percent from the field and improved to 9-0 all-time against the Cougars (3-2).

DeAndre Nealy dunks in the first half.Exactly 40 years earlier, then-Northern Kentucky State College played its first-ever basketball game against Calvary (Ky.). That game was played at old Newport High School's gym on Columbia Street. Northern Kentucky State defeated Calvary, 109-65, as six Norsemen scored in double figures.

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Top-Ranked Pikeville Hammers Miami-Middletown


(1) University of Pikeville 77
Miami-Middletown 44

Final from Pikeville, Kentucky


Game recap by UPIKE:

PIKEVILLE, Ky. – Top-ranked University of Pikeville held Miami-Middletown to 28 percent shooting and rolled to its fourth win in as many games by a score of 77-44 Friday night in the Appalachian Wireless Classic.

The Thunder Hawks followed 27.6 percent shooting in the first half by connecting on only 28.6 percent after recess. Meanwhile, the Bears were hitting 50 percent when they took a 40-17 lead to intermission and finished at 48.3 percent.

Miami-Middletown (2-1), which beat both Campbellsville and Rio Grande from the Mid-South Conference in last weekend's Giovanni's Classic, turned the ball over 26 times but forced Pikeville into a season high 29 miscues. The teams combined for 37 steals.

Pikeville had a balanced scoring attack with six players scoring at least six points and three hitting double figures. Senior Jamar Board led the way with 13 points, with senior Shane Burrell followed with a dozen points by hitting all three field-goal attempts and all six free throws.

Senior Chris McHenry scored 11 points, handed out eight assists, picked up five steals and grabbed four rebounds.

Miami-Middletown placed one player in double figures, getting 10 from sophomore Lamar Mallory.

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Austin Peay's John Fraley Suffers Scary Concussion


Austin Peay big man John Fraley suffered a concussion in Friday night's game against Middle Tennessee.

Fraley had a scary fall late in the game and banged his head on the floor.

Here is more from TheLeafChronicle.com:

Fraley banged his head of the floor after falling down while being called for a foul on Kerry Hammonds with 2:58 left in the game.

He laid motionless on the floor for a few minutes and was put on a backboard and stretcher and taken to Middle Tennessee Medical Center. After the game the paramedics said he lost consciousness and was just slow to come to. But also said he was able to talk, had good pulse-motor-sensory, was able to grasp and said he said his head hurt.

He was moved to St. Thomas Hospital in Nashville Friday night and is expected to be released Sunday.

Govs' Fraley suffers concussion, expected to be released on Sunday

Centre College Favored to Win SCAC in Preseason Poll


The Centre College Colonels have been picked to win the Southern Collegiate Athletic Conference title.

Centre received 12 first place votes and 118 points to top the 2011-12 coaches' preseason poll.

2011-12 SCAC Men's Basketball Preseason Poll

Eastern Division

1. Centre College 118 (8)
2. Birmingham-Southern College 108 (3)
3. Oglethorpe University 72
4. Rhodes College 55
5. Millsaps College 43
6. Sewanee: University of the South 31

Western Division

1. Trinity University 103 (1)
2. Austin College 82 7-9
3. Hendrix College 72
4. Colorado College 61
5. Southwestern University 33
6. University of Dallas 13

Note: First-place votes (in parentheses) are worth 11 points, second place worth 10 points, on down to 11th-place votes being worth one point. Coaches voted for order of finish 1-11, but did not rank their own team. Results are displayed by division breakdown.

*Dallas competed as an NCAA Division III independent last season

Kentucky Players Talk About Win Over Marist and More

Here is footage of Kentucky's Doron Lamb, Anthony Davis and Darius Miller talking about last night's win over Marist and more:





John Wall to Play in Dallas Charity Game Tonight


Former University of Kentucky star John Wall will play in a charity exhibition game in Dallas, Texas tonight.

Here is more about the game from Newsok.com:

Durant will be joined on the White team by Howard, John Wall, Reggie Evans, Marquis Daniels, Quinton Ross, DeSagana Diop, Anthony Randolph, Damon Jones and Jeremy Evans. The White team will be coached by Jason Terry.

The Blue team will be led by LaMarcus Aldridge, Nick Young and Andray Blatche. It also will include Hamady N’diaye, Corey Brewer, Damion James, Isaiah Thomas (no, not that one), Jarrett Jack, Jason Maxiell and Damien Wilkins.

Tickets for the event are $15 in advance, $25 on site and $50 for floor seats. Tickets can be purchased online at JoshHowardFoundation.com. Proceeds from the game will benefit the Howard’s foundation.

The game can be seen live via web stream on TheBasketballChannel.net

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WKU Rally Comes Up Short Against Saint Joseph's


Saint Joseph's 72
Western Kentucky 61

Final from Bowling Green, Kentucky


Game recap by WKU:

BOWLING GREEN, Ky. — Despite multiple charges in both the first and second halves, WKU could not overcome a pair of Saint Joseph's scoring runs and dropped a 72-61 decision in the first game of the 2011-12 season for both squads Friday night at E.A. Diddle Arena. The loss was WKU's first in its last eight home openers.

Saint Joseph's used runs of 18-2 in the first half and 13-3 in the second half to help earn the victory, and both came when the game was tied and when WKU had trimmed the lead to one, respectively. WKU shot 26.5 percent from the field for the game (18-of-68), including 4-of-19 from three-point range (.211). Saint Joseph's shot 49.0 percent in the game, and the Hilltoppers converted 21 of 27 free throw tries.

Hilltopper freshman Derrick Gordon led all scorers with 25 points, including 16 free throws, and he also had eight rebounds with five coming on the offensive end. He became the first WKU freshman to score in double figures in his debut in the red and white since Steffphon Pettigrew had 11 points against Kennesaw State in 2007. Vinny Zollo had seven points and nine rebounds, and O'Karo Akamune added seven and seven as well for the Hilltoppers.

Five Hawks were in double figures, led by Langston Galloway's 19 points on 6-of-9 shooting. Ronald Roberts added 11 rebounds for Saint Joseph's, and C.J. Aiken had five blocked shots.

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Postgame quotes by WKU head coach Ken McDonald

On the team's response in the second half:
“I think it is great. I think there are a lot of things to take from this to get better at. One thing I talked about after the game is that we are not going to be happy with being close. We are not going to be that team. We expected to win this basketball game. We had a chance to make a run and make Saint Joseph's win the game, but we had some lulls and that cannot happen. Overall, the hustle plays and the improvement from our exhibition game to this one definitely say something about this team.”

On the play of freshman Derrick Gordon:
“He does draw a crowd, and he is such a good slasher getting into the lane. Now he has to learn to read the help defense and find the open man. I don’t know if I have had a freshman shoot 18 free throws before. Someone who is getting to the line that much is impressive. You want that physical play by him, but you want that extra play to make him a total guard. He is a student of the game, and you love his attitude. He is going to keep getting better.”

On bouncing back Monday against Tennessee State:
“We need to learn from this game quickly. There is a lot to improve on. This team is focused on a lot of things and is doing a good job with that. Now we have to make a jump in the next game. Tennessee State is a talented basketball team.”

Western Kentucky played without three players on Friday night:

Coach Ken McDonald said in a statement Friday that center Teeng Akol violated a team rule last spring and will also sit out WKU's next two games.

The problems for freshmen T.J. Price and George Fant stem from summer employment.

A WKU athletics statement described the paperwork issues as a "procedural matter," adding that it's not the players' faults. The university expects a "quick resolution, and they will play once they are cleared by the NCAA."

More Greatness from Kentucky's "White Boy Academy"

Here is more greatness from Kentucky's "White Boy Academy" (aka Jon Hood, Jarrod Polson, Kyle Wiltjer and friends):

Kentucky Starts Slow, Then Simply Destroys Marist


(2) Kentucky 108
Marist College 58

Final from Lexington, Kentucky


The Kentucky Wildcats overcame a sluggish start and opened the season with a convincing 108-58 victory over Marist on Friday night.

"I didn't like how we started," UK head coach John Calipari said after the game. "Anybody that comes in this building, this is a big deal for them to play here and they play out of their minds."

The Wildcats (1-0)led 45-36 at the half, then opened the second half on a quick 6-0 run to extend the lead to 51-36.

The lead swelled to 72-42 after a 13-0 run midway through the second half and Kentucky never looked back.

UK placed five players in double figures, led by 23 points from freshman Anthony Davis. Davis also pulled down 10 rebounds and blocked 5 shots. Freshman Marquis Teague added 16 points, 4 assists and 3 steals.

Michael Kidd-Gilchrist and Doron Lamb scored 15 points each. Kyle Wiltjer came off the bench to score 14. Terrence Jones overcame the adversity of a well-publicized, early-morning wreck to chip in 8 points and 9 rebounds.

“He’ll (Jones) be fine,” Calipari said. “He made a mistake. I don’t throw kids under the bus.”

After the game, Jones was asked to explain the incident.

“I take full responsibility for being out late. I really let down my team by making us have curfew,” he said. “But when it comes to me drinking and all that other stuff, none of that’s true. If they’ve got cameras or pictures or whoever says they seen it, really, if they’ve got it, I want to see it. Because I know for a fact I wouldn’t do that.”

Isaiah Morton led Marist (0-1) with 13 points on 6-11 shooting. Dorvell Carter contributed 12 points.

The Wildcats were an impressive 46-75 (61.3%) from the field in the game. They totalled 24 assists an only 9 turnovers.

Kentucky will now travel to New York for a battle with Kansas at Madison Square Garden on Tuesday.

Former Kentucky star Patrick Patterson was recognized as the ceremonial "Y" during the second half:

Terrence Jones Discusses Wreck, Denies Alcohol Reports

Kentucky's Terrence Jones spoke to the media on tonight about the wreck he was involved in early Friday morning.

Jones said reports about him being intoxicated were false and challenged those who are reporting it to provide proof:

Louisville Destroys UT-Martin, Pitino Wins No. 600


(9) Louisville 83
UT-Martin 48

Final from Louisville, Kentucky


Game recap by UL:

LOUISVILLE, Ky. (AP) - Senior Kyle Kuric scored 14 points in the first half to pace No. 9 Louisville and Rick Pitino earned his 600th college win in the Cardinals' 83-48 victory over Tennessee-Martin on Friday night.

Pitino is the 38th coach to reach 600 wins. He is the 15th fastest to the milestone, doing it one game quicker than former Louisville coach Denny Crum.

The full-court press that has sparked so many of Pitino's victories was on display early as the Cardinals scored 18 first-half points off 13 turnovers.

Freshman Chane Behanan had 14 points and 12 rebounds in his debut for Louisville. Peyton Siva added 10 points and nine assists. Kuric finished with 14.

Mike Liabo had 15 points and four assists for the Skyhawks.

Louisville never trailed and led 47-23 at the half.

The Cardinals' pressure sparked a five-minute 15-2 run less than four minutes into the game that set the tone for the game and put Louisville up 25-7 with 11:05 left in the first half. The Cardinals forced five of their 21 turnovers during the stretch.

Louisville shared the ball throughout, racking up 20 assists on 31 field goals. The Cardinals were fifth in the NCAA in assists last year with 17.4 a game.

Pitino's wins come from four head coaching stops: Boston University, Providence, Kentucky and Louisville. He also has a 2-4 record while interim head coach at Hawaii during the 1975-76 season.

Pitino won a national championship in 1996 at Kentucky and is the only coach to take three different schools (Providence, Kentucky and Louisville) to the Final Four.

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My Thoughts: Congratulations to Rick Pitino on earning his 600th win. That's a huge accomplishment for one of college basketball's best coaches.

Friday, November 11, 2011

Murray State Opens Season With Big Win Over Harris-Stowe


Murray State 76
Harris-Stowe 49

Final from Murray, Kentucky


Game recap by MSU:

Donte Poole scored a game-high 18 points as Murray State opened the 2011-12 season with a 76-49 victory over Harris-Stowe Friday night at the CFSB Center.

Poole was one of four Racers to score in double digits, as Ivan Aska added 16 points on 8-of-11 shooting from the field. Stacy Wilson chipped in 11 points off of the bench and Isaiah Cannan scored 10.

MSU pulled away from a 33-26 halftime lead, out-scoring the Hornets 43-23 in the second half and limiting them to 27 percent shooting in the final 20 minutes.

Aska led the Racers with nine boards as MSU out-rebounded Harris-Stowe 43-27.

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John Calipari Talks About Tonight's Game Against Marist

University of Kentucky head coach John Calipari talks about tonight's game against Marist:



Here is the transcript from UK:

On what he found after watching film of the Morehouse game …
“We started right; we didn’t start the game shooting all 3s, which we did the game before. The intensity level on team defense was terrific and we ran wide which made the game easier. When we did have opportunities to execute, we did, which is great. When we went to the bench, guys did their thing. It’s hard being up 60 and continuing to play in the second half, and they did, they played hard. With seven minutes left we put in Sammy (Malone) and Brian (Long), and neither one of those guys really practices in practice, let alone get in there and play seven minutes. There were some things, but nothing big. We showed them four or five minutes of offense and defense, some hustle plays and just tried to encourage them that this is what it looks like.”

On if he is pleased with where his team is right now …
“I’m fine with where we are; it’s who we are going to play. We just talked today, what if we want to massage the ball, we haven’t done it yet, what do we do late in the shot clock? We just put in out-of-bounds plays. Other teams are way ahead of us and I’m still sticking by there are 60 or 80 teams that could beat us, but the way we played against Morehouse it would be hard for them, it wasn’t just Morehouse it’s how we played.”

On Marquis Teague’s progression at point guard compared to former point guards …
“Until we are in a big time game and he gets the ball with the game on the line and we see how he reacts, it is too early to tell. I said to him last game that he was really unselfish, he didn’t take a shot for the longest time and then the shots he took were wide open jumpers or he just attacked the rim. Again, seven assists with only two turnovers and I only played him 17 minutes, he’s doing fine; he, Michael (Kidd-Gilchrist), Anthony (Davis) and Kyle Wiltjer (are doing fine). We just need him to be unselfish. He is more of a classic point guard coming in, he scored a lot of points in high school and that was before he had a jump shot.”

On how things stand with Stacey Poole Jr …
“Because I was out of town I didn’t get to spend any time with him and I haven’t seen him yet today but I’ll sit down and talk with him in the next day or two. I wanted him to take time, you want every player to stay and fight through it, but if the young man doesn’t think his opportunity is here, they all want to play, and I will support him. I am disappointed if he chooses to leave, but he is a great kid that I think is a terrific basketball player.”

On Marist …
“I just watched a little tape, they run good stuff; he is running some of the dribble drive. (Marist head coach) Chucky Martin coached with me at Memphis; they play some zone and some man. He is a terrific coach; he took over a tough situation where you lose seven or eight guys from the year before. My hope is this is his breakout year because he has a good job and it’s a great program.”

On zone defense…
“It might (appear in the Marist game). We worked on it a couple days ago and we’ll spend some time on it today. If we go to the big lineup, that might be what we go with. I like the big lineup, Terrence (Jones) at three, Michael (Kidd-Gilchrist) at two, that’s a big team.”

On how he plans to use the “big lineup” …
“We’d only run a few things, run in transition and two or three things for that team and that’s it. I like what they did, they went pick and roll with Doron (Lamb). That may be what you run in transition, you run the court and go into the pick and roll, I don’t know yet. That’s what they did and it didn’t look bad.”

On the Kansas game coming up …
“I’m not worried about Kansas; I’m just worried about my team. All I want to see (tomorrow) is us play with great intensity, continue to play unselfish and if they do those things that’s all I can worry about. I’m not getting ahead of myself and worry about other teams. Our schedule is very demanding; we know that and each game will be hard.”

On the starting lineup …
“It will be decided here, unless something crazy happens, with Doron (Lamb) going back to New York, I’ll probably start him. I start anybody that goes to their hometown, so that will be the case. Maybe he doesn’t do anything during the next couple days but I doubt that. He has jumped on the Josh Harrellson thing. He’s working hard, but you can’t just do that one week, you have to keep doing it.”

Corey Walden Inks National Letter of Intent at EKU


Eastern Kentucky University has announced that 6-2 guard Corey Walden has signed a National Letter of Intent to play for EKU in 2012-13.

Here is the release from EKU:

RICHMOND, Ky. – Eastern Kentucky University men’s basketball head coach Jeff Neubauer has announced that guard Corey Walden signed a National Letter of Intent to play for the Colonels in 2012-13.

Walden, a 6-2 guard from Ormond Beach, Fla., is currently enrolled at Brevard Community College in Melbourne, Fla., under head basketball coach Jeremy Shulman.

“Corey is a proven Division I player,” Neubauer said. “We feel very strongly about his character and his basketball talents translating well into the OVC. Corey is a talented offensive player and a very quick defender with great instincts. He will fit into the EKU Basketball family very easily.”

As a freshman in 2010-11, Walden played for Stetson University where he started 24 games and ranked second on the team in scoring (12.0 ppg). He went on to earn a spot on the All-Atlantic Sun Freshman team after finishing second in the league in steals per game (2.3).

Walden graduated from Seabreeze High School in Daytona Beach, Fla., where he was named back-to-back Volusia County Player of the Year as a junior and senior. He left Seabreeze as the school’s all-time leader in scoring (1,647 points) and steals. Walden averaged 28.4 ppg as a senior and rang up 38 points against Melbourne High in the 2008-09 regional finals.

EKU (0-1) opens the season with eight straight games away from home including this Saturday, Nov. 12 at Winthrop. Tip time against the Eagles is set for 4 p.m.

Thomas More Picked Fourth in PAC Preseason Poll


Thomas More College has been picked to finish fourth in the Presidents' Athletic Conference.

Here is the release:

(WEXFORD, Pa.) - The Thomas More College men's basketball team has been picked finish fourth this season in the Presidents' Athletic Conference (PAC), according to the 2011-12 PAC preseason poll. Voters included conference head coaches and sports information directors in the PAC.

The Saints under the direction of third-year head coach Jeff Rogers earned 104 points and was picked to finish behind Thiel College (153 points and 10 first-place votes), Bethany College (145 points and seven first-place votes) and Saint Vincent College (117 points and one-first place vote). Rounding the men's poll was Geneva College (82), Washington & Jefferson College (67), Waynesburg University (53), Westminster College (50) and Grove City (40).

Thomas More opens the 2011-12 on Tuesday, November 15 when it travels to Richmond, Indiana to play Earlham College in a 7 p.m. non-conference game.

PAC Preseason Poll:

Thiel College (10) 153
Bethany College (7) 145
Saint Vincent College (1) 117
Thomas More College 104
Geneva College 82
Washington & Jefferson College 67
Waynesburg University 53
Westminster College 50
Grove City 40

Rick Pitino is Gunning for Career Win No. 600 Tonight

University of Louisville head coach Rick Pitino is gunning for career win No. 600 tonight as the Cardinals host Tennessee-Martin.

Here is Pitino talking about tonight's game (via Courier-Journal.com):

Morehead State Inks High-Flying Aaron Tate


Aaron Tate, a 6-5 forward from West Craven (NC) High School, has signed a National Letter of Intent with Morehead State University.

Here is more from Newbernsj.com:

On Wednesday, in front of family and friends, the West Craven senior signed his National Letter of Intent to play basketball at Morehead State, a Division I school in Kentucky.

Tate was joined my his mother Angelica Hall, father Allen Hall, brothers Allen Jr. and Jayden, along with West Craven coach Bryan Goehring, teammate Josh Cuthbertson and principal Karen Barrow.

“I’m really relieved because this is my senior year and it took a lot of pressure off of me,” said Tate, West Craven’s 6-foot-5 forward. “This is a happy moment for me. It’s a big step. It’s really exciting to get a scholarship to play basketball.”

The high-flying Tate has aspirations of playing professional basketball and believes he will succeed at Morehead State.


Tate decides on Morehead State

Video: Shabazz Muhammad Dominates The League

University of Kentucky recruit Shabazz Muhammad started out his senior season by dominating The League presented by Compton Magic.

Here's some footage from Ballislife.com:

Calipari Issues Statement on Wreck Involving Jones, Poole


University of Kentucky head coach John Calipari has issued a statement on CoachCal.com about a wreck involving UK players Terrence Jones and Stacey Poole.

Calipari is thankful that no injuries occurred but says he will now enforce a curfew for his team and will likely hand out additional punishment internally.

Here is Calipari's statement:

At approximately 2:30 a.m., Stacey Poole and Terrence Jones were involved in a car accident at the corner of Euclid Avenue and High Street. They were struck by a vehicle driving on the wrong side of the road. The driver of the oncoming vehicle has been charged by police with driving under the influence.

The occupants of the victims’ vehicle were not charged with any wrongdoing. No evidence of drugs or alcohol was found.

Poole and the driver of the victims’ vehicle were questioned at the scene and taken to the emergency room by ambulance. In fear of an altercation with the driver of the oncoming vehicle, Jones left the scene but was later questioned by police. He arrived at the hospital following questioning and was treated with minor injuries. Both players have since been released from the hospital.

I’m happy to report that nobody in the car was injured. First and foremost, their safety was my biggest concern.

Our players did not break any rules by being out last night. As of yesterday, this team did not have a curfew and our normal procedure is to begin the season without one. I usually let the actions of my team determine a curfew. However, because of the actions of a select few, this team has showed me an inability to make proper judgment and decisions that they’ve been given the freedom to make.

Therefore, going forward, this team will now have a curfew for the rest of the season. I will inform the team of a time later today.

We hold our players to a higher standard at Kentucky. They must learn that they’ve been placed in a leadership role and that every action defines this team, this state and its fans. As always, any additional punishment will be handled within the team.


Source: CoachCal.com

Stacey Poole Suffers Minor Injuries in Early Morning Wreck


University of Kentucky guard Stacey Poole and another person suffered minor injuries early this morning when a drunk driver slammed into their SUV.

According to reports, Poole was a passenger in an SUV when it was struck by 22-year-old Scott M. Roseberry at 2:30 a.m. Friday morning.

Poole and the unidentified driver of the SUV were both taken to the hospital with minor injuries.

Police charged Roseberry with DUI and insurance violations.

Source

My Thoughts: Thankfully no one was seriously injured in this accident. Driving drunk is absolutely stupid and hopefully Scott Roseberry will learn a lesson from this incident and make some changes in his young life.

PRP's Max Clemons Signs with Bellarmine University


Bellarmine University has signed 6-4 guard Max Clemons from Pleasure Ridge Park High School in Louisville.

Here is an excerpt of the BU release:

LOUISVILLE, Ky.-- Bellarmine University Men's Basketball Coach Scott Davenport announced today that 6-4 all-state guard Max Clemons out of Pleasure Ridge Park High School in Louisville has signed a national letter of intent to play basketball for the Knights next year.

Last season, Clemons averaged 13.5 points, 8.5 rebounds and 4.0 assists a game as a junior for Pleasure Ridge Park, when the Panthers went 21-9 lost to Bullitt East in the Regional Final. Among the postseason honors Clemons picked up last year were being named to The Courier-Journal's All State Team (honorable mention) and named to the All Sixth Region (2nd Team).

“Max comes ready to play college basketball from both a mental and physical standpoint,” said Bellarmine Coach Scott Davenport. “And, he comes to us from one of the most tradition-rich programs not only in Kentucky, but in the nation.”

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NKU Announces Oustanding 2012 Recruiting Class


Northern Kentucky University has announced the signings of five players in their 2012 recruiting class.

Here is an excerpt of the NKU release:

Todd Johnson, a 5-foot-8 point guard from Elkhart Memorial (Ind.) High School. The lightning-quick Johnson averaged 12.8 points and 6.1 assists per game as a junior. He was named All-Northern Lakes Conference and honorable mention Indiana all-state last season. An outstanding athlete, Johnson is also a standout wide receiver for the Chargers' football team.

Jacob Rossi, a 6-foot-8 forward from Franklin (Ohio) High School. Rossi averaged 17.2 points and 10.1 rebounds per game as a junior. He holds the school record for most career blocked shots, including 10 rejections in a single game. Rossi, who also recorded the first triple-double in school history, earned All-South Western Buckeye League honors the past two years. He enters his senior year with 523 career points.

Justin Rossi, a 6-foot-8 forward from Franklin (Ohio) High School, and the twin brother of Jacob. Justin scored 12.0 points per game as a junior and earned All-South Western Buckeye League honors. An outstanding shooter, Justin has knocked down 90 shots from 3-point range going into his senior season. In addition to their basketball accomplishments, the Rossi brothers have had perfect attendance in the classroom the past three years.

John Staley, a 6-foot-5 forward from Chaminade-Julienne High School. Staley averaged 17.6 points and 7.4 rebounds last season for the Eagles, who compete in the Greater Catholic League. The Kettering, Ohio, native led the GCL in scoring and earned a spot on the All-GCL first team. Staley enters his senior season with 501 career points.

Tyler White, a 6-foot-3 guard from Lima Senior High School. White averaged 17.8 points and 5.3 assists as a junior, and he was named honorable mention Division I Ohio all-state. In addition, ESPN's on-line recruiting publication projected White as one of the top 60 point guard prospects in the class of 2012. He was named All-Three Rivers Athletic Conference last season and enters his senior year with 765 career points.

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Thursday, November 10, 2011

North Carolina vs. Kentucky is Sold Out


Tickets for the Kentucky vs. North Carolina game have already sold out according to a release from UK.

Tickets remain for several other games, including the next three against Marist, Radford and Portland.

Here is the release:

LEXINGTON, Ky. – Tickets for the Kentucky-North Carolina men's basketball game have sold out during the student distribution, but a limited number of tickets could remain for UK games against St. John’s and Chattanooga.

Any unclaimed student tickets for the St. John’s (Dec. 1) and Chattanooga (Dec. 17) games will be available at 6:00 p.m. ET Thursday, Nov. 10th at www.ukathletics.com or www.ticketmaster.com.

All tickets are for upper level seats and cost $35.

Tickets are also still available for Kentucky’s first three home games, including Marist (Nov. 11), Radford (Nov. 23), and Portland (Nov. 26).

Lindsey Wilson Drops Heartbreaker to Trevecca Nazarene


Trevecca Nazarene University 67
Lindsey Wilson College 66

Final from Nashville, Tennessee


Game recap by LWC:

NASHVILLE, Tenn. -- The Lindsey Wilson College men's basketball team picked the worst possible time to go ice cold from the field in a 67-66 loss tonight at Trevecca Nazarene (Tenn.) University.

Leading 64-55 with 4:13 left, the Blue Raiders made just one of six shots in the final four minutes to drop their first game of the season.

The host Trojans (3-0) grabbed their first and only lead of the second half on a three-pointer by Michael France with 11 seconds left in the game to take the 67-66 lead. Trevecca Nazarene's largest lead of the night was a two points late in the first half.

Trevecca -- who had just three fouls in the first 19:49 of the second half -- forced the Blue Raiders to use the next 10 seconds off the game clock just to get the ball into the front court as the Trojans committed three straight fouls.

Complete Recap

Defending Champs Too Much For Kentucky Christian


Grace Bible College 86
Kentucky Christian 62

Final from Grayson, Kentucky


Game recap by KCU:

Most teams like to schedule easy opponents when they host their own tournament, but not the Kentucky Christian University men’s basketball team. Their opponents in the Super 8 Classic include a team to made it to the final four of last year’s NCCAA National Tournament, a team who made it to the final four of last year’s NAIA National Tournament, and their opponent on Thursday night was last year’s NCCAA National Championship team.

The Knights struggled early in the game to get any shots to fall and with all of the big bodies that Grace Bible College has they weren’t able to get on the offensive boards like they wanted too. Grace shot 65% from the field in the first half, giving KCU very little opportunity to rebound and run the fast break. The Knights went into the half down 49-24.

Complete Recap

Antoine Walker Gets a New Court Date in Gambling Case


Former University of Kentucky star Antoine Walker has a new sentencing date in his Las Vegas gambling case.

Walker's attorney and a prosecutor worked out a new date of December 6.

Here is more from ChicagoTribune.com:

Former NBA and Mount Carmel star Antoine Walker has a new sentencing date after pleading guilty in Nevada to failing to repay some $750,000 in gambling debts to three Las Vegas casinos.

A judge waived an appearance by the 35-year-old Walker on Thursday while his lawyer and a prosecutor worked out a Dec. 6 date.

Walker faces probation and repayment of debts incurred in 2008 and 2009 at the Planet Hollywood, Red Rock Casino Resort and Caesars Palace casinos.


Walker gets new date in Vegas gambling case

Morehead State's Donnie Tyndall and Players Talk About Win

Morehead State head coach Donnie Tyndall and players Milton Chavis and Kahlil Owens talk about their exhibition win over St. Catharine College and also discuss their upcoming game at North Carolina State:

Former Kentucky Stars Talk About Leaving College Early


ESPN talked to 39 one-and-done players (since 2006) to see what they thought about their decisions and transitions in hindsight.

Here are some thoughts from three former Kentucky Wildcats:

DeMarcus Cousins, Kentucky (C, Kings)

"I was in middle school when the rule came about. When I first learned about it, I had mixed opinions. In a way, it's good because a kid needs that college experience -- to go through those changes and being closer to being an adult and learn that responsibility at the college level. At the same time, I don't believe the rule should be put in place because it's predicting somebody else's life -- you should be able to make your own path because you never know what that person's situation may be at home or with their family. By the end of my first year in college, I was seriously thinking about coming back. I loved playing for Kentucky so it was a tough decision but at the end of the day, I had to do what's best for me and my family."

Eric Bledsoe, Kentucky (G, Clippers)

"Yes, I did think I was going to come back. I really did. I thought I'd be there about three years. I wasn't even known before I got to college, and people were still saying that he's just playing behind John Wall, so in the back of your head, you're like, they might be right. But I knew I always played with my heart -- I just try to leave it all out on the court."

Brandon Knight, Kentucky (G, Pistons)

"The biggest pressure not to go came from the Kentucky fans. They want their players to stay and try to build a dynasty. They don't want you to leave. That's a positive, and one of the reasons I love Kentucky."

Source

NKU Coaches Celebrated Upset Over WVU with Bob Huggins


Dave Bezold and his Northern Kentucky coaching staff received an interesting surprise after the Norse defeated West Virginia last Friday night.

A car pulled up to NKU assistant Kevin Schappell and the driver was none other than West Virginia head coach Bob Huggins. Huggins wanted to take the NKU staff out to dinner and even gave them football tickets.

Here is an excerpt:

It turns out the driver was West Virginia coach Bob Huggins, who wanted to take the NKU staff to dinner. Schappell was a graduate assistant at West Virginia from 2007-10, and former West Virginia point guard Darris Nichols, who played for Huggins, also is an NKU assistant.

"It felt like a scene from 'The Godfather,' " said Bezold. "It was awkward at first. I didn't really know coach Huggins that much when he was at UC, and we had just beaten them, but he was great. We just discussed the game a little bit, and he told me how big of a win it was and not to underestimate that, but he also said that good feeling stops in the next practice. He used it as teachable moment for me."


Bob Huggins gracious to NKU in loss

Alex Poythress Commits to Kentucky


Alex Poythress, a 6-8 power forward from Northeast (Tenn.) High School, has given his commitment to the University of Kentucky.

He chose the Wildcats over Florida, Memphis and Vanderbilt.

Poythress ranks No. 19 overall on the Rivals.com list for 2012.

Dave Telep of ESPN.com says UK now has the second-ranked recruiting class in 2012:

DaveTelep UK class Archie Goodwin (ESPNU #13), Alex Poythress (#17), Willie Cauley (#32). Kentucky goes to No 2. UK inching closer to 1

Photo: Rivals.com

John Calipari Talks About Hall of Fame Tip-Off Classic


Here are John Calipari's comments on the upcoming 2011 Hall of Fame Tip-Off Classic:

KENTUCKY HEAD COACH JOHN CALIPARI:

1. Please share you initial thoughts with our listeners about participating in the Basketball Hall of Fame Tip-Off Tournament.

“I have a history being the coach at UMass and being involved in maybe the best or craziest time in Tip-Off history when we played Arkansas. When they won the national title that year we played them in Springfield. Many friends at the Hall of Fame. Just a lot of friends at the Hall of Fame and great opportunity to bring a team like Kentucky to this environment and do it all to benefit and be apart of the Hall of Fame.”

2. You open your season in the first game of the Hall of Fame Tip-Off Tournament on Friday at home against Marist. What are your thoughts on their program?

“Well Chuck worked for me and when he took over they had a large turnover of seniors and a few kids transferred and I think what he’s doing is step by step to get that thing going. I think he’s doing a fine job and hopefully this year is that year that they break through. It takes time though. I just know Chuck as a basketball coach, a recruiter, a father and I have a lot of faith in him.”

3. What does playing in an event like this do for your program and how will these games help your team?

“First of all we go on the road right away and most teams that play all their games at home in November end up not understanding and get into league play and get bashed right away. We got a game in New York City before we get to Connecticut so out of our first four games three of them are away from home. So we got a tough schedule and this is suppose to toughen us up and get us ready. Early on that’s what you want to do. We are such a young team we are going to be a team that is freshman and sophomore oriented. We got two seniors in our top eight, those two Darius and Eloy are going to help us and the rest of the guys are freshman and sophomores.”

4. You have a very talented team once again. How do you think your freshman will have an impact on the early part of the season?

“Terrence Jones is arguably one of the top players in the country. What has he done this off-season to put himself in a position to lead this team this year? “He’s changed as a player, he’s changed his body and he’s changed is attitude towards playing. Physically he is probably our best-conditioned player and he wins all the runs. He has a competitive spirit and concentration level that he didn’t have a year ago. He’s just way better and not even the same guy in my opinion. What I always say is you got to change your body, change your attitude, change your approach, change your skill set if you are going to get results. You got to change something about your game and what you do to get results and he has.”

5. How have practices been going to this point?

“We have done fine. We are a team that is in November. I’m not sure we are a team that is ready to win basketball games but we have enough in that we can play a game. We got out of bounds plays finally in and side out of bounds plays in and finally threw in a press attack. Just trying to figure out offensively how we want to play. We’re teaching them dribble drive, how you get into it, how you finish it. We’ve worked some on the zone but not a whole lot. We’re probably where most teams are that have all new players. It takes time and I don’t want us to be in February shape when it’s still November. We’re not conditioned that way yet and we’re not going to be looking like we will in two and a half or three months from now. But right now they are playing hard and trying and that’s half the battle. Just compete. We’re going to make mistakes but just compete that’s what its all about.”

6. Coach, obviously you have achieved a lot of success in your career. What does the Hall of Fame mean to you personally?

“Because we were in Amherst and spent a lot of time with the people up there and went to many of the dinners and understand that there’s special building and a special building they built to bring our game together on all levels. This year we have Bobby Hurley who was in inducted, you have FIBA coaches and players, you have college players and pros and pro coaches. Its all about basketball at all levels and is truly the Hall of Fame for basketball. It’s a neat thing and I’m just glad we’re able to come back and support it. I always looked forward to it when I was at the University of Mass and now to be able to do it at Kentucky its special.”

7. Talk about some of the coaches in this event and the brotherhood type of community that is involved with being a coach?

“What happens is we all know how hard of a job that we have. How expectations in most cases or a lot of cases are beyond the resources or opportunities the coaches from those universities have. So we all have tough jobs. We might have young kids we are trying to get together or the player’s aspirations are bigger than the team’s aspirations. And we’re all battling now the media and some or a lot of them are agenda driven. You have to split the media network down which ties all these blogs and where anybody can say anything. We’re battling a lot. So I would say that if a coach doesn’t have respect for another coach that’s kind of beyond me cause this thing we do is very hard.

8. Anyone after watching practices who might be an unsung hero or someone that might emerge as a role player on the team?

“Well they are all important with the way we are playing. I mean our point guard Marquis Teague player the last game and was really, really unselfish which then in return made us unselfish as a team. You have Kyle Wiltjer who might surprise everyone with his ability to make plays and make baskets and create for his teammates. Then Anthony and Michael Gilchrist’s energy. People have been talking about it and how he just brings it every possession that he is out there. They have all brought something different to the table. But this team will be drive by the four veterans Darius Miller, Eloy Vargas our seniors and Terrence Jones and Doron Lamb our sophomores. It will be driven by those guys but our freshman will play a part no question.”

9. Any last thoughts you’d like to share today?

“We’re looking forward to it. My daughter goes to UMass so I’m going to get to spend some time with her. And just to get back into that area and see friends I’m happy to bring my team and hopefully we perform at a high level. Even though there are times I say there isn’t anyone we could beat playing this way.”

Kentucky vs. Louisville: The Rivalry, Episode One

Here is the first episode of "The Rivalry" - a documentary about the intense rivalry between the University of Kentucky and the University of Louisville:

Great Read About Adolph Rupp and Kentucky Basketball


Clay Latimer of Investor's Business Daily has written an incredible article about former University of Kentucky head coach Adolph Rupp.

Here are some excerpts to get your interest - I recommend checking it out:

Why Did UK Hire Rupp?

Adolph Rupp was a high school basketball coach in 1930 when he sat down to interview for the University of Kentucky job.

Asked why he should get it over 70 other candidates, the 29-year-old Kansas native didn't miss a beat: "Because I'm the best damned coach in the nation."'

That claim turned out right.


On Rupp's practices:

Practices were sacred to Rupp, who drilled his players without letup. The sessions started at 3:30 p.m. and ended at 5, and every drill followed a rigid schedule.

There was no talk, no laughter, no clowning, and Rupp got after any player who performed poorly.

Players repeated the same 10 offensive plays until they became an automatic part of their games.

His assistants charted every pass, every shot, every move. After one practice, Rupp reported that his team had handled the ball 3,308 times and made five mistakes.

Red Auerbach, the great Boston Celtics coach, once said he would rather watch Kentucky practice than see most teams play.

Said Coy: "He practiced for perfection."


Complete Article

Murray State Signs Erik McCree and Zay Henderson


Murray State University has officially signed 6-8 forward Zay Henderson and 6-7 forward Erik McCree.

Here is a release from MSU:

ZAY HENDERSON – NEVILLE HS – MONROE, LA.

Zay Henderson (6-8, 225) is a forward from Neville High School in Monroe, La.

Last season as a junior in 2010-11, he averaged 17 points and 14 rebounds, three blocks per game in leading the Tigers to the Louisiana Class 4A State Tournament and a 28-5 record.

Henderson was named Louisiana Class 4A All-District II.

As a sophomore in 2009-10, he was part of an outstanding team at Neville that was 28-11.

“Zay comes from a great program and from a basketball-rich area in Monroe, La.,” Prohm said. “With Ivan Aska part of our senior class this season, we were looking for a quality front-court player to come in and contribute immediately. Zay will have the chance to step in and contribute on both ends of the court. He plays hard and will continue to get better.”
Henderson's coach is Phillp Craig.

“Zay has been a huge part of the success we've had over the last two seasons,” Craig said. “He's a great shot blocker and the best thing that I can say about Zay as a player, is he's very consistent. He comes to work hard every day. His best days are ahead of him, he has a lot of potential and we're excited he's getting this opportunity at Murray State.”

Henderson played AAU basketball for the Jackson Tigers out of Jackson, Miss.

ERIK MCCREE – WEST ORANGE HS – WINTER GARDEN, FLA.

Erik McCree (6-7, 215) is a forward from West Orange High School in Winter Garden, Fla.

Last season as a junior in 2010-11, McCree scored 15 points and grabbed eight rebounds per game for the Warriors who were 19-9.

McCree earned post-season honors for the 19-team Orlando Metro Conference and he was named to the Fort Meyers Christmas Tournament Team.

“I'm excited to have Erik join us, I got the chance to see him a lot and he has a ton of versatility,” Prohm said. “He'll be able to play a big wing or a forward spot for us. He can score in a lot of different ways. He can score in the paint and can go out and hit a three. I'm looking forward to having Erik join our program.”

His coach at West Orange is Eric Jones.

“Erik is a versatile player and can do a lot of things well on the court,” Jones said. “In the last two seasons he has played power forward and wing for us. The best part of his game is he can take it to the basket and create scoring chances. His work ethic is excellent and he's a solid individual and a great teammate. I think he's going to be an excellent fit at Murray State and he's looking forward to being a Racer.”

Wednesday, November 9, 2011

Morehead State Heats Up, Hammers St. Catharine


Morehead State University 89
St. Catharine College 54

Exhibition Final from Morehead, Kentucky


Morehead State's pressure defense paid major dividends in the second half as the Eagles rolled to an 89-54 victory over St. Catharine College in exhibition action on Wednesday night.

The Eagles led 49-48 with 12:01 remaining in the game before closing out the game on an incredible 40-6 run.

Terrance Hill scored 17 points and dished out 6 assists to lead Morehead State. Ty Proffitt added 14 points and nailed 4-6 shots from long range. Angelo Warner and Milton Chavis contributed 13 points each.

Kahlil Owens netted a double-double with 10 points and 11 rebounds.

The Eagles were 12-22 from the three-point line, with Hill and Proffitt combining to hit 7-11.

Brandon Johnson and Stefan Pope paced St. Catharine with 12 points apiece. Kashiff Carr and DeShawn Mitchell each scored 11.

The Patriots were only 4-21 (19%) from long range and 22-56 (39.3%) overall.

Morehead State opens the regular season on Sunday when they travel to North Carolina State.

Full recap coming soon...

Milton Chavis dunks hard on a fast break:

Gary Harris Commits to Michigan State


Kentucky recruit Gary Harris has committed to Michigan State.

Brian Snow of Scout.com broke the news on Twitter:

BSnowScout "I'm Going to State," Gary Harris commits to MSU

Meet Life University Point Guard P.J. Meyers



College basketball fans need to check out Life University point guard P.J. Meyers.

Standing a generous 5'8" tall, Meyers is an explosive talent with a big heart in a small frame.

As of today, Meyers is the NAIA Division I's leading scorer at 28.5 points per game. He is also ninth in the nation in assists with an average of 7.8 per game.

Meyers scored 40 points in a 107-103 loss at St. Catharine College on Monday (see highlights above).

Fans in Kentucky will want to keep an eye on Meyers as Life has several upcoming games against in-state teams:

Nov. 12: vs. Campbellsville University
Nov. 25: vs. Lindsey Wilson College
Nov. 26: at Campbellsville University
Dec. 6: vs. University of the Cumberlands
Dec. 10: at Georgetown College
Jan. 4: vs. Georgetown College
Jan. 31: at University of the Cumberlands
Feb. 14: vs. St. Catharine College

Terrence Jones Named Preseason All-SEC First Team


The Southeastern Conference released the 2012 SEC Men's Basketball Coaches Preseason All-SEC team on Wednesday.

Kentucky's Terrence Jones is on the First Team. Darius Miller and Doron Lamb are both on the Second Team.

2012 SEC Men’s Basketball Coaches Preseason All-SEC team:

First Team All-SEC

Position Height Weight Class Hometown
Dee Bost, Mississippi State Guard 6-2 176 SR Concord, NC
Kenny Boynton, Florida Guard 6-2 189 JR Pompano Beach, FL
Festus Ezeli, Vanderbilt Center 6-11 255 SR Benin City, Nigeria
JaMychal Green, Alabama Forward 6-8 228 SR Montgomery, AL
John Jenkins, Vanderbilt Guard 6-4 220 JR Hendersonville, TN
Terrence Jones, Kentucky Forward 6-9 252 SO Portland, OR
Jeffery Taylor, Vanderbilt Guard/Forward 6-7 225 SR Norrkoping, Sweden
Erving Walker, Florida Guard 5-8 177 SR Brooklyn, NY


Second Team All-SEC

Position Height Weight Class Hometown
Reginald Buckner, Ole Miss Forward 6-9 225 JR Memphis, TN
Doron Lamb, Kentucky Guard 6-4 210 SO Queens, NY
Darius Miller, Kentucky Guard 6-8 235 SR Maysville, KY

Tony Mitchell, Alabama Forward 6-6 210 JR Swainsboro, GA
Marshawn Powell, Arkansas Forward 6-7 235 JR Newport News, VA
Trevor Releford, Alabama Guard 6-1 180 SO Kansas City, MO
Gerald Robinson, Georgia Guard 6-1 180 SR Nashville, TN
Renardo Sidney, Mississippi State Forward 6-10 280 JR Jackson, MS
Patric Young, Florida Forward/Center 6-9 247 SO Jacksonville, FL

Georgetown College Continues Success Against Asbury


Georgetown College 89
Asbury University 63

Final from Georgetown, Kentucky


Game recap by Asbury:

GEORGETOWN, Ky. – An 18-2 run to start the game sent the Eagles reeling to an 89-63 loss to NAIA Div. I powerhouse No. 8 Georgetown on Tuesday night. Asbury has never beaten Georgetown.

Asbury (2-2) would cut the lead to 10 late in the half but the Tigers would finish the half on a 12-3 run to take a 45-26 lead into the break. The Eagles would struggle shooting the ball all night long, making only 20-of-54 shots from the floor, 37%. They would connect on six-of-26 from beyond the three-point line as Georgetown (5-0) shot 51% from the floor and 45.5% from long range.

Nate Johnson led the Eagles with 11 points on the night as Austin Flannery was the only other player in double-figures with 10 points. Nine other Eagles would score on the night, but only four would make more than one field goal. Georgetown had five players in double-figures led by Johonne Hamilton’s 18 points.

Asbury would take the battle of the boards 41-38 as Justin Jones led the team with nine. Georgetown’s Maurice Pearson had a game-high 13 rebounds. Eleven different Eagles grabbed a rebound in the game, but no one besides Jones would grab even five.

Complete Recap

UK to Compete in Upcoming Hall of Fame Tip-Off Classic


The University of Kentucky will compete in the upcoming Hall of Fame Tip-Off Classic.

The Wildcats will host Radford and Marist at Rupp Arena, then play in a two-day, four-team tournament with Penn State, Old Dominion and South Florida.

Here's a release from UK:

LEXINGTON, Ky. – In March, University of Kentucky head coach John Calipari and the men’s basketball program accepted an offer to play in the 2011 Hall of Fame Tip-Off Classic. UK will play two home games against Radford and Marist as part of the Tip-Off, but the event will be highlighted by a two-day, four-team tournament featuring Penn State, Old Dominion and South Florida along with the Wildcats.

UK will play two games in Uncasville, Conn. as part of the tournament, one versus Penn State on Nov. 19, with the winner facing the winner of the game between Old Dominion and South Florida on Nov. 20.

The tournament has a multi-year broadcast agreement with ESPN. Three of the four games in Uncasville will be carried live exclusively on ESPN3, ESPN’s multi-screen sports network, including Kentucky’s game vs. Penn State on Nov. 19 at Noon ET.

A re-air of that game will be offered on the UK IMG Sports Network in Lexington (WKYT-TV - 7 pm ET), Louisville (WMYO-TV, 7 pm ET), Cincinnati (WSTR-TV, 8 pm ET), Evansville (WTVW-TV, 7 pm ET), Hazard (WYMT-TV, 7 pm ET) and Paducah/Cape Girardeau (WDKA-TV, 8 pm ET). Additional UK IMG Sports Network markets are being considered and will be announced at a later date.

Kentucky’s game on Nov. 20 versus Old Dominion or South Florida will air exclusively on ESPNU at Noon ET.

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Terrence Jones on Cover of SI's College Basketball Preview

University of Kentucky sophomore Terrence Jones is on the cover of Sports Illustrated's regional 2011 College Basketball Preview:



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NKU Battles Cincinnati to the Wire in Exhibition Loss


Cincinnati 66
Northern Kentucky 54

Exhibition Final from Cincinnati, Ohio


Game recap by NKU:

CINCINNATI - The inside attack of Justin Jackson and Yancy Gates prevented Northern Kentucky University from pulling off another major upset Tuesday night.

The Cincinnati big men combined for 43 points and 21 rebounds to lead the Bearcats to a 66-54 exhibition victory over NKU in Fifth Third Arena. Jackson finished with 24 points and 13 rebounds, while Gates added 19 points and eight boards.

Jackson, a 6-foot-8 sophomore forward, was 8-for-10 from the field and added two blocked shots. Gates, a 6-9, 260-pound senior center, was 8-for-9 from the field and also rejected two shots for Cincinnati, which is ranked No. 21 nationally in the Associated Press poll.

Cincinnati jumped out to a 10-0 lead two minutes into the game as Gates and Dion Dixon each netted four points. The Bearcats eventually built a 30-15 advantage with 4:20 left in the first half, but NKU countered with its 3-point shooting.

After a Tony Rack layup, the Norse began their 3-point assault. Eshaunte Jones – whose 3-pointer gave NKU a last-second 77-74 win at West Virginia last Friday – went to work from the outside against Cincinnati in big-time fashion. Jones buried three consecutive 3-pointers to bring NKU to within 37-26.

Jon Van Hoose followed with another 3-pointer to make it a 37-29 game, but Cashmere Wright's basket extended the Cincinnati lead to 10 at halftime.

NKU was 6-for-14 from 3-point range in the first half, but the Norse finished 10-for-32 (31.3 percent) for the game.

"We shot a bunch of (3-pointers), but I only felt like a couple of them were bad looks and we've got some shooters,” NKU head coach Dave Bezold said. “Sometimes you just have to live with it, especially when you're giving up so much size and speed you kind of have to change the battle ground. And we really did."

Complete Recap

Footage of Nazr Mohammed Working Out Recently

Check out the handles on former University of Kentucky big man Nazr Mohammed:

Browne: 85-Point Win Was Wrong, But Not Kentucky's Fault


Rembert Browne is angry that the University of Kentucky hammered Morehouse College by 85 points in an exhibition game on Monday night, but he isn't upset with UK and head coach John Calipari (although he admits that he wants to be).

Browne's anger is pointed at the Morehouse College administration for even scheduling the game.

Here is an excerpt from Grantland.com:

Although my reflex is to denounce running up the score, mainly because I've been on the bad end of that many a time, I'm not upset at the way Kentucky handled that game. The Wildcats didn't run up the score with their five starters for 40 minutes, and actively try to embarrass the opposing team. They shot the same number of field goals (66) and 3-pointers (21) as Morehouse, they just happened to make more than 70 percent of their shots, while Morehouse decided to miss more than 70 percent of theirs. Don't fault them for not being bad. Trust me, I want to be mad at Kentucky coach John Calipari, I really do, but I just can't be.

My anger, however, is focused primarily on the person from Morehouse responsible for allowing this game to happen. And then saying, "Yes, I would love for this game to be televised. Oh no, not on public access television. How about ESPN a bigger stage?" I'm sure there is a decent amount of money coming to the program for this trouncing, but no massive check is worth the public embarrassment that will haunt those players and the program for years to come.

Some might say that it was an exhibition game, and it doesn't count, but I think the exhibition aspect of it made it more demoralizing. It gave the game a certain Harlem Globetrotters-Washington Generals feel, where Morehouse felt less like a group of recruited athletes and more like a collection of line cooks playing pickup in the alley between the lunch and dinner shift.


Getting Mad About the Morehouse Rout

Steve Prohm Discusses Exhibition Win Over Bethel

Murry State head coach Steve Prohm addresses the media after MSU's win over Bethel on Tuesday night:

Tuesday, November 8, 2011

Bethel No Match for Murray State in Exhibition Contest


Murray State 77
Bethel 32

Exhibition Final from Murray, Kentucky


Game recap by MSU:

Murray State kicked off the 2011-12 season with a 77-32 win against Bethel in its lone exhibition game of the year at the CFSB Center Tuesday night.

Isaiah Cannan led all socrers in the game with 16 points and was one of four Racers to score double figures on the night. Latreze Mushatt scored 12 for MSU in his first live action with the Racers, while Jewuan Long added 11 points and Ivan Aska score 10.

MSU jumped ahead to a 34-13 lead at halftime and kept the pressure on in the second half, out-scoring the Wildcats 43-19 in the second half.

Mushatt led all placers with nine rebounds and the Racers enjoyed a 45-27 rebounding advantage inside.

Complete Recap

No. 1 University of Pikeville Hammers Kentucky Christian


(1) University of Pikeville 94
Kentucky Christian University 41

Final from Pikeville, Kentucky


Game recap by UPIKE:

PIKEVILLE, Ky. – The University of Pikeville Bears shot 58 percent from the field and dominated the glass against a much smaller Kentucky Christian University team in a 94-41 win on Tuesday night.

Pikeville, 3-0 and ranked No. 1 in the nation in NAIA Div. I, put three players in double figures as 13 of the 15 in uniform scored. The Bears enjoyed a 49-30 advantage on the glass en route to their eighth straight win dating back to last March's national tournament.

A jump shot by Jared Ravenscraft cut the Bears' early lead to 16-5, but the Bears followed that with 19 unanswered points, ending with a three-point bucket by junior Trevor Setty to make it 35-5 with 7:14 to play.

The advantage was 51-26 at the break as the Bears hit 62.5 percent from the floor and cruised to the win.

Pikeville enjoyed 28 assists compared to only 10 turnovers and forced the Knights into 16 miscues with 11 steals.

Senior center Shane Burrell led UPIKE with 20 points and with eight rebounds. The Los Angeles native was 9-of-11 from the field in only 16 minutes of playing time. Senior Jamar Board nailed three three-point shots to follow with 13, while junior forward Chris Watson came off the bench with 11 markers and seven rebounds.

Complete Recap

* Photo: Alexis Wireman

Shabazz Muahmmad and Lonnie Robinson in a Dunk Off

Here is some footage of 2012 star Shabazz Muhammad and FDU player Lonnie Robinson having a "dunk off" after a recent workout:

Ty Proffitt Earns Prestigious OVC Scholar-Athlete Award


Morehead State senior Ty Proffitt is one of six OVC Scholar-Athlete Award winners for the 2010-11 school year.

Here is the release from MSU:

MOREHEAD, Ky. – Ty Proffitt, a senior on the Morehead State basketball team, is one of six Ohio Valley Conference Scholar-Athlete Award winners for the 2010-11 school year.

Proffitt, a native of London, Ky., becomes the 21st individual in school history to earn the accolade and the first since 2006-07 when Steven Thieme (cross country/track & field) and Lindy Nettleton (rifle) were picked.

“Ty is a fantastic ambassador for our university and certainly deserving of this prestigious award,” Head Coach Donnie Tyndall said. “Ty is committed to academics, athletics, leadership and community service. We truly appreciate everything he’s done during his time at Morehead State.”

Proffitt is one of just three seniors and five returnees on the 2011-12 MSU men’s basketball roster. The 6-foot-4 guard averaged 7.9 points and shot 86 percent from the free-throw line a year ago.

Proffitt helped the 2010-11 Eagles finish 25-10 overall, 14-1 at home and 13-5 in conference play. MSU also won the OVC Tournament and upset Louisville in the NCAA Tournament.

Proffitt was a CoSIDA Academic All-District first-team selection last season, has been named to the OVC Commissioner’s Honor Roll three times and has been an OVC Medal of Honor recipient once.

In the classroom, the finance major owns a 3.83 grade point average. He has been named to the Dean’s List each semester at Morehead State, has twice been a NABC Honor Court award winner and is a member of the Beta Gamma Sigma Honor Society.

Proffitt is involved with the Student-Athlete Advisory Committee (SAAC) and has volunteered with numerous organizations including Relay for Life, speaking at elementary schools and giving leadership speeches at basketball camps.

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Kentucky Out of the Race for 2012 Star Gary Harris?


According to Jeff Washburn, a beat-writer for Purdue, Kentucky may be out of the picture for 2012 star Gary Harris.

Here is Washburn's report on Twitter:

JeffWashburnJC On the eve of signing day, it appears Gary Harris will decide between Michigan State and Purdue. One report is that Harris tells KY no.

SEMO Big Man Leon Powell Suffers Apparent Knee Injury

Southeast Missouri State big man Leon Powell came down awkwardly on the first play of last night's game. He appeared to injure the same knee that kept him out of action two years ago.

After the game, head coach Dickey Nutt said, "Leon will get an x-ray first thing in the morning. Hopefully, it's just a sprain."

Harding University defeated SEMO 68-63 in last night's exhibition game.

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UPDATE: Great news for the SEMO program as Powell's MRI results were negative and he is listed as day-to-day.

Powell in action against Morehead State last season:

Photos: St. Catharine College vs. Life University

Here are some photos from St. Catharine's 107-103 victory over Life University on Monday night:







* Photos by Alexis Wireman

St. Catharine College Overcomes P.J. Meyers' Heroics


(17) Saint Catharine College 107
Life (Ga.) University 103

Final from Springfield, Kentucky


St. Catharine survived a remarkable second half comeback by Life University and held on for a thrilling 107-103 victory.

P.J. Meyers, the nation's leading scorer, caught fire in the second half to help Life overcome a 16-point halftime deficit. The Running Eagles cut the lead to as little as two points, but St. Catharine nailed several key shots late to get the win.

Meyers, who plays much bigger than his 5'8" body, dropped a game-high 40 points on 15-26 shooting. The speedy point guard seemingly scored in every way possible, including numerous drives to the basket against much taller defenders. Meyers currently leads NAIA Division I basketball with an average of 28.5 points per game.

Kashiff Carr did his best to keep up with Meyers as he led St. Catharine with 37 points and 7 rebounds. Carr was 9-19 from the field and an amazing 18-23 from the free throw line.

Brandon Johnson added 20 points and 7 rebounds for the Patriots (2-1). DeShawn Mitchell chipped in 15 points and 7 assists. Stefan Pope contributed 14 points, despite battling foul trouble for much of the game.

Life (3-1) appeared to be dead in the water after 20 minutes of action but shot a blistering 25-38 (65.8%) from the field in the second half.

Chris Beasley came off the bench and scored 22 points for the Running Eagles. Andrew Woods netted a double-double with 13 points and 10 rebounds.

St. Catharine will head to Morehead for an exhibition game against the Morehead State Eagles on Wednesday night.

St. Catharine Highlights:



* Photo: Alexis Wireman

Kentucky Men's Basketball Managers Promoting Cancer Awareness


University of Kentucky men's basketball managers are participating in "No-Shave for November" to raise awareness for prostate cancer.

Here is a release from Kentucky:

LEXINGTON, Ky. – In conjunction with the Markey Cancer Foundation, the equipment managers for the University of Kentucky men’s basketball team are currently participating in “No-Shave for November” to raise awareness for prostate cancer.

Beginning Nov. 1, Will Barton, Mark Evans, Robert Hatchett, Zach Lipson, Will Martin, Brett Miller and Andrew Ortelli have not shaved and will continue the trend through the remainder of the month of November. This is the first year the staff has participated in “No-Shave for November” to raise awareness for prostate cancer.

“No shave November is often celebrated, but many don't know that it was originally established by a group of men to raise awareness for prostate cancer,” Martin said.

“When I brought the idea to our group about the cancer cause, we all wanted to grow them as a group. You often hear Coach Cal talk about the ‘Kentucky Effect’ and the tremendous impact of the platform set by our programs tradition and fans. This ‘Kentucky Effect’ is not only patterned by success on the playing field, but also in the community. By not shaving for the entire month of November, we as managers hope to utilize the platform that comes with being a part of a program like Kentucky basketball to raise money for such an amazing cause.”

Checks can be made to: Markey Cancer Foundation, 800 Rose Street, CC160, Lexington, KY 40536-0093 or by visiting the Markey Cancer Foundation website: www.markeycancerfoundation.org.

Other than skin cancer, prostate cancer is the most common cancer in American men. Nearly one in six American men will be diagnosed with prostate cancer during their life and the American Cancer Society estimates 33,720 American men will die of prostate cancer in 2011.

There will be a free prostate screening for men age 40-75 held at Markey Cancer Center on Wednesday, Dec. 7 from 4:30 to 6:30 p.m.ET. It is by appointment only. Please call toll-free 866-340-4488 or 859-257-4488 for more information.

Pitt Survives Kentucky Wesleyan in Exhibition Action


Pittsburgh 76
Kentucky Wesleyan 67

Exhibition Final from Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania


Game Recap by KWC:

Kentucky Wesleyan College showed Monday night that it can play with a lot of NCAA Division I men's basketball teams.

The NCAA Division II Panthers played well against the Big East Panthers, but No. 10 Pitt prevailed 76-67 at Pitt's Petersen Events Center.

KWC trailed 67-48 earlier in the second half, but put together a strong run to make the game competitive over the last five minutes. KWC cut the lead to seven (74-67) inside the final minute on a traditional 3-point play by Cardell McFarland.

“To come into this environment, and come back and cut it to seven, it says a lot for our team,” KWC coach Todd Lee said. “They were still playing their top eight.”

That top eight was led by Lamar Patterson with 22 points. Ashton Gibbs, a 6-foot-2 senior guard, was tough for KWC to handle on the way to 20 points and four assists in 29 minutes.

“We played really well in the first half,” Lee said. “We controlled a good portion of it. We lost track of Gibbs a couple of times at the end of the half and he made a couple of 3s. Gibbs is a very smart player. He makes shots. He plays at his own pace and he understands the game.”

KWC struggled shooting against the bigger Pitt team. KWC made 22-of-56 from the floor for 39 percent. KWC was 5-of-19 on 3-pointers for 26 percent.

“We missed a lot of open 3s,” Lee said.

McFarland led KWC with 16 points and was 8-of-11 from the free-throw line. Brandon Johnson had a strong all-around game with 12 points, six rebounds, five assists and two steals.

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* Photo: Pete Madia, University of Pittsburgh Photo Services

Mississippi State Escapes Hot-Shooting Eastern Kentucky


Mississippi State University 76
Eastern Kentucky University 66

Final from Starkville, Mississippi


Game recap by EKU:

STARKVILLE, Miss. – The Eastern Kentucky University men’s basketball team trailed by just six points with less than a minute to play at host Mississippi State on Monday night, but Bulldogs senior Dee Bost scored four straight points, including a breakaway dunk with 19 ticks on the clock, to seal the win as the Colonels fell, 76-66, in their season opener at Humphrey Coliseum.

The game was part of the 2K Sports Classic benefitting Coaches vs. Cancer.

EKU (0-1) was down by 11 points with just over three minutes on the clock, before juniors D’Mitri Riggs and Mike Dinunno connected on consecutive three-pointers to cut the MSU (1-0) lead to seven, 71-64. After Bost converted just one of two free throws, freshman Eric Stutz rebounded a blocked shot on the opposite end of the floor and laid it in to make it 72-66 with 30 seconds remaining in the game.

Bost made both free throws the next time down the court, however, and then stole the ball and emphatically slammed home the victory for the host Bulldogs and slammed the door on a gritty performance by the Colonels.

Senior Joshua Jones led a balanced EKU scoring attack with 13 points, finishing 3-of-6 from deep, including a pair of key second-half three-pointers. Freshman Timmy Knipp poured in 12 points, all of which came from behind the three-point arc, while Stutz scored 11 points and grabbed a team-high eight rebounds. Dinunno shot just 2-of-11 from behind the three-point line, but hit some big shots late and finished with 10 points and three assists. Riggs came off the bench and provided a spark with nine points.

After shooting just 33 percent (11-of-33) from field goal range and 25 percent (4-of-16) from three-point range in the first half, the Colonels regrouped in the second half to keep the game close, shooting 47 percent (15-of-32) from the field and 35 percent (6-of-17) from deep.

Bost led all scorers in the game with 23 points, while junior Arnett Moultrie recorded a double-double for the Bulldogs with 13 points and 10 boards.

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