Saturday, November 26, 2011

UK Awakens From Thanksgiving Slumber, Blasts Portland


(2) Kentucky 87
Portland 63

Final from Lexington, Kentucky


The University of Kentucky played sluggishly in the first half, but finally put away Portland 87-63 Saturday night at Rupp Arena.

The Wildcats (6-0) were not sharp throughout much of the game, but used several big runs to dispose of the hot-shooting Pilots.

Darius Miller came off the bench to lead Kentucky with 19 points and 5 rebounds. The former Kentucky Mr. Basketball was 4-5 from long range. Terrence Jones added 19 points and 4 rebounds.

Marquis Teague continued had another outstanding game with 14 points, 8 assists and 4 steals. Most importantly, Teague has no turnovers. Anthony Davis contributed a double-double with 13 points and 12 boards.

The Wildcats only had 4 turnovers in the game, their lowest total in 15 years.

Nemanja Mitrovic led Portland (2-4) with 20 points and 5 rebounds. Mitrovic was 6-12 from the three-point line. Tanner Riley added 14 points.

Kentucky returns to action on Thursday when they host St. John's. The Wildcats then battle No. 1 North Carolina on Saturday at Rupp Arena.

Videos: Louisville Comes Back to Defeat Ohio

Here are a few videos from Louisville's comeback victory over Ohio University:



Campbellsville Takes Down Life University


Campbellsville 80
Life University 70

Final from Campbellsville, Kentucky


Game recap by CU:

CAMPBELLSVILLE, Ky. - Campbellsville University wrapped up the 12th annual Lou Cunningham Classic Saturday with an 80-70 win over Life University in the Powell Athletic Center. The win was the sixth-straight for the Tigers and the fifth-straight loss for Life since falling to Campbellsville in Marietta, Ga., on Nov. 12. Lindsey Wilson won the first game of the Lou Cunningham Classic on Friday, 99-85, over Life.


The Tigers held an early 17-11 lead before Life posted a 7-0 run to gain its only lead of the day, 18-17, on a layup-and-one play from Pete Driver.

Cedric Henderson quickly responded though, stealing the ball at mid-court to create his own and-one play on the other end and regain the Tigers' lead, 20-18. Life managed to tie the game once again, 22-22, with 6:30 left in the half, but that is the closest the Running Eagles got the rest of the day.

Dennis Harris hit two threes in the next three minutes to help lift the Tigers to a 34-23 lead en route to a 45-31 halftime lead.

Life struggled offensively, shooting 36 percent in the first half with its leading scorer, PJ Meyers, playing sick. Meyers found his first points of the game with three minutes left in the first half on a layup off a steal. He ended up with 21 in the game, scoring 16 in the second half.

In the second half, Life pulled within nine points twice, 55-46 and 79-70, but the Tigers maintained its double-digit lead the rest of the time.

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NBA Hopes to Implement "Two-And-Done" Rule


Can you imagine how the University of Kentucky would look if it returned Anthony Davis, Kyle Wiltjer, Marquis Teague and Michael Kidd-Gilchrist to a roster that will include one of the nation's top recruiting classes?

That imaginary fantasy could become reality if the NBA gets its way. One of the unresolved pieces of the NBA lockout puzzle is the push for a "two-and-done" rule, which would keep star freshmen in college for an additional season.

Here's more on the situation from SI:

The list includes the NBA's controversial "one-and-done" eligibility rule, which under the expired CBA required that U.S. players be 19 years old plus one year removed from high school. The NBA would like to see the rule changed so that eligible players are at least 20 years old plus two years removed from high school, as players would then play longer in college and be easier to market when they enter the league. Such a change would mean that two of the top three prospects for the 2012 NBA draft -- Connecticut freshman Andre Drummond and Kentucky freshman Anthony Davis -- would be ineligible until the 2013 draft. The players' association has long opposed raising the eligibility rule on grounds of fairness and irrationality (as SI.com's Zach Lowe recently explained), but did so in 2005 when it agreed to raise the limit from 18 years old to 19 as part of the now-expired CBA.

The union will probably compromise this time around as well since, A) raising the limit would only directly impact those players not yet in the union and thus those who have no voice and; B) a higher limit would mean that more veterans keep their jobs every year. Still, there are many NBA players who believe firmly in not raising the age restriction and this is not an easy issue to resolve over a weekend.


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Can you imagine?

Bellarmine Crushes Malone, Improves to 5-0


(1) Bellarmine 87
Malone University 40

Final from Evansville, Indiana


Game recap by BU:

EVANSVILLE, Ind.—The No. 1 Bellarmine University men's basketball team rolled to one the most lopsided victories in school history as the Knights crushed the Malone University Pioneers 87-40 this afternoon in the second round of the Bill Joergens Memorial Classic hosted by the University of Southern Indiana.

The Knights suffocated the Malone offense, holding the Pioneers to just 23.3 percent shooting and harassing them with 13 steals. The 40 points by Malone is the fewest by a Bellarmine opponent since 1997, and the 47-point victory is the seventh largest win margin school history.

Bellarmine got big efforts from several players, but front line players Luke Sprague and Richie Phares led the way with 17 and 15 points respectively. Starting guard Chris Dowe narrowly missed a double-double with nine points and a career high 10 rebounds.

“This was a big day for us,” said Bellarmine Coach Scott Davenport. “We win 87-40 with Jeremy, Braydon and Chris going 9-of-23 from the field. Today we stressed team all day, both offensively and defensively.”

“Our bench came alive, today” Davenport added. “Jelani Johnson had five rebounds and scored seven points on just hustle alone.”

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Morehead State Levels Record with Win Over Princeton


Morehead State 68
Princeton 56

Final from Lewisburg, Pennsylvania


Game recap by MSU:

LEWISBURG, Pa. – The Morehead State men’s basketball team connected on a season-best 50 percent (20-for-40) from the floor and used an intense full-court press to register a 68-56 victory over Princeton in the TicketCity Legends Classic on Saturday afternoon at Sojka Pavilion.

The Eagles improve to 3-3 with their second straight win, while the Tigers slip to 1-5 overall with their third consecutive setback. Both teams played in the NCAA Tournament a season ago.

“That was certainly our best effort this season,” Morehead State Head Coach Donnie Tyndall said. “It always feels good when you can get a win over a quality Division I opponent. Princeton is a very good team and I’m sure they’ll win 18 to 22 games this year.”

Senior Terrance Hill led Morehead State with 16 points, while junior Milton Chavis tossed in 12 and senior Lamont Austin posted a career-high 11. The trio combined to go 12-of-18 from the floor, 4-of-4 from long distance and 11-of-14 from the free-throw line.

“You have to attribute this victory to our defense, but we also made some plays on the offensive end that we hadn’t made in our first five games this season,” Tyndall said. “We had nine guys play double-figure minutes, so we were able to keep our rotation fresh.”

The Eagles employed a full-court press most of the contest, which limited Princeton to just 32 percent shooting in the first half (6-of-19) and 38 percent for the afternoon (20-of-53). MSU also forced 16 miscues, which led to 11 fast-break points and 19 points off turnovers.

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Louisville's Stephan Van Treese Reinjures Knee in Practice


Louisville forward Stephan Van Treese is out indefinitely after reinjuring his knee in practice earlier today.

Here is an announcement from Louisville:

LOUISVILLE, Ky. - University of Louisville forward Stephan Van Treese has been sidelined indefinitely after reinjuring his left knee in practice on Saturday.

Van Treese had missed all of practice with a left patellar tendon strain before participating in his first individual workout on Nov. 14. He returned to see his first action of the year at Butler and played in each of the last three games, producing a combined four points and six rebounds in 20 minutes as a valuable reserve at center and power forward.

Van Treese averaged 2.9 points, 3.5 rebounds and collected 21 steals as a sophomore when he started 12 games. He averaged 4.2 points and 4.6 rebounds in BIG EAST games.

Kentucky Players Discuss Portland Game and More


Kentucky's Kyle Wiltjer, Sam Malone and Marquis Teague talk about tonight's game against Portland:

Transcript via UK:

#13, Sam Malone, G, Fr.

On if he hears the fans screaming for him during games …
“Yeah, it’s fun. The fans are the best part. I mean, the bench is the best part, really. I love to see them get up off the bench. It just makes it really fun for me.”

On what his teammates say to him when they’re on the bench …
“They’re just saying ‘Good job, keep doing that.’ They’re all great guys and I really appreciate them getting off the bench for me.”

On if there’s any hesitation to shoot it when he hears the fans …
“I mean, I like feeding off the crowd a little bit. They get me excited. I know I’m not going to be yelled at from Coach if I shoot it, so, might as well throw it up.”

On if he feels like he might as well make the most of it when he gets into the game …
“Yeah, definitely. I’m eager to get into practice whenever I’m needed. Since the beginning of the year I’ve been getting in a little bit more and more each time. I’m just hungry to play, dying to play.”

#25, Marquis Teague, G, Fr.

On how he felt he played against Radford …
“I feel like I played pretty good, under control. I tried to be a leader on the floor.”

On if he’s trying to focus on being a leader …
“Yeah, every game I’m trying to lead on the floor. That’s my main focus.”

On if he thinks he was ready for the spotlight that the point guard at Kentucky receives …
“I didn’t really think about it too much. I just came here to play basketball and get better. But once you actually live this life it’s pretty crazy. The fans here are great. They’re pretty crazy like Coach Cal always says.”

On if he has sleepless nights if he doesn’t play well …
“Yeah, I had some sleepless nights after a few of my games. I was pretty upset with how I played. But I slept pretty good last night.”

On if he wants to work harder when he doesn’t play up to his own standards …
“Yeah, it’s tough; it makes me want to come to the gym to work out more and get more shots up after the game depending on how I play.”

#33, Kyle Wiltjer, F, Fr.

On if he feels like he’s still in a feeling out process with how his teammates play …
“Not really for each other’s games, we all know what we can do. We’re just trying to get into the flow of offenses, where we like to operate and just playing basketball. Sometimes we don’t have to run a set every time, just like Coach said, just run our dribble-drive and share the ball well.”

On playing Portland on Saturday, being a Portland native …
“Yeah, not a lot of the guys are from Portland, but I’ve definitely done open gyms with those guys so it’ll be cool.”

On how much they think or talk about the North Carolina game on Dec. 3 …
“I mean, it’s always something on our mind, but we try to focus on one game at a time and get better. We can’t jump ahead like that. We’re using every game as a learning experience to become a better team all around.”

On if it’s difficult to stay focused …
“No, we’re a very focused team. We know what we have to do to become better. Every day in practice we want to bring it because that’s a game we’re looking forward to.”

On if he thinks all of their games help prepare them for games like the one Dec. 3 …
“Oh, most definitely. After we play a game we watch film and see what we need to work on and then in practice we work on that. It most definitely helps us prepare for those games.”

Murray State to Play for Great Alaska Shootout Championship


Murray State 70
San Francisco 67

Final from Anchorage, Alaska


Game recap by MSU:

The Murray State Racers advanced to the championship game of the Great Alaska Shootout Friday with a 70-67 victory over San Francisco at Sullivan Arena in Anchorage, Alaska.

The win kept MSU (6-0) undefeated and facing Southern Mississippi in Saturday's title game. The USF Dons dropped to 5-2 as both teams had five game win streaks coming into the game.

MSU's Donte Poole and Isaiah Canaan scored the first 35 points for the Racers and Poole ended the night with a career-high 22, while Canaan added 21.

"I'm very proud of our kids," MSU Head Coach Steve Prohm said. "They continue to compete and play hard. If you do that and play with character and toughness you can do very good things. We were very good defensively in the first half and that gave us a good chance to win."

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Video Look at Kentucky's 2012 Recruiting Class

Here is a video look at the University of Kentucky's 2012 recruiting class of Archie Goodwin, Alex Poythress and Willie Cauley (video by CityLeagueHoopsTV on YouTube):

John Calipari Talks About Portland, Sam Malone and More


University of Kentucky head coach John Calipari talks about tonight's game against Portland, walk-on Sam Malone's confidence and more:

Transcript from UK:

On what he expects from the Portland game …
“As I watched the tape of the last game we just have to get better offensively. We turned it over a bunch and played almost confused at points. This is a team that probably needs to play a little more random based on the fact that when you run plays in most cases you are trying to hide a guy or two. When you don’t have to hide one player on the court, the more random you can play the better. Secondly, it forces teams to have to use two defenders to stop a player, now you have advantages. I’m not saying we won’t, but this is a team that should in transition, should on made goals and there should be a lot of random play including against zones so we have been working on that a little bit. It takes a few strings out of my hand but so does the dribble drive. When I say random, a lot of it would be dribble drive, pick and roll, movement against the zone, attacking from the movement and spacing. It takes a lot more teaching in practice but it’s something I think this team should be doing more of. Dribble drive is random. Prior to the dribble drive when I coached I had 10 strings in my hand that I had to hold and after that I had about six. Now I had six strings and a lot of it was in their hands. You’re still coaching them; they understand what they are supposed to do.”

On playing random against a set zone …
“Well if they are set you’re not really random. The keys to beating a zone, first is beating it down the court. The second thing is you move men and you move the ball. You can’t just move the ball without moving men, you have to move men which distorts the zone and then you have to move the ball. Third thing is you have to get the ball in the lane on a drive or on a post. You do that easier than you do off a set. If you beat them up the court you can get them out of whack and you can move the ball, move bodies and post it quickly. Like I said we’ve got a ways to go. I’m doing this with all young players again so other than Darius (Miller) you are talking about all freshmen and sophomores.”

On the danger of selfish play while playing random …
“Not with this group, they know how they have played certain ways and that has not been an issue. Again, if you are trying to hide a player you have to run all plays. If your team is really selfish you have to run all plays and I have to call who is going to shoot the ball. If you have all good players who respect each other, which this team is, then you can be more random in how you play because you are going to rely on their decision making and you have to work on it in practice. We’re trying to figure out what’s the best way for this team to play and I need to let them go a little bit which means they are going to turn it over some and make bad decisions. You have to let them go a little bit and then you see what to tighten up a little bit. These kids want to win, they know we can’t play certain ways and win.”

On the early season schedule …
“Last year we played a ridiculous schedule and they gave us a four seed so none of that really matters. We’re playing the teams that we are trying to play. Portland is part of a two for one deal. The others are a part of a tournament we played in. In most cases we are trying to play the best teams in any conference. This year, the league is going to be very strong basketball wise, obviously football isn’t bad either. We are just trying to figure each other. I hope it doesn’t take me three months to figure us out like it did last year.”

On Sam Malone’s confidence …
“He’s not afraid and the other thing is that when I came back from recruiting at 9:30-10:00 p.m. and went to my office and he was in the gym. I told Brian (Long) the same thing, although he’s not playing much in practice he is going to get minutes. What I would be doing is: I can’t wait for my chance to play. We are keeping it simple when they are in there, playing a zone, playing some motion offense and doing a little pick and roll. They can do all that but why not be in shape so I can come up with a ball, I can make a lay-up or shot so when I get my time I am ready. That is what Sam’s approach has been so now let’s get Brian to have that mindset. “

On the team’s excitement when Sam or Brian score …
“It’s neat to see. I’m not really watching what the team is doing but I watch the tape and see the kid score and an eruption on the side line. This team likes each other a lot. Whatever we work on this team is going to do. If we haven’t worked on something and they are confused then that is my fault.”

Kentucky Wesleyan Hammers Clark-Atlanta, Brown Ejected


Kentucky Wesleyan 98
Clark-Atlanta 57

Final from Owensboro, Kentucky


Game recap by KWC:

If this had been a prize fight, a referee would have stopped it in the early rounds — it was a basketball game, however, so they played on.

Kentucky Wesleyan shot 61 percent in the first half, zoomed to a 24-point lead by intermission, then cruised home with a convincing 98-57 victory over Clark Atlanta in the first session of the John Worth Insurance/Hampton Inn Owensboro Classic before a sparse holiday crowd Friday night at the Sportscenter.

The victory vaulted No. 15 KWC to 3-0 entering tonight's game against Bloomfield (N.J.), which reached the Elite Eight in last season's NCAA Division II Tournament. Clark Atlanta, which also competed in last season's NCAA, fell to 1-4.

Wesleyan was led by the two-pronged attack of center Dominique Dawson and guard Cardell McFarland, who combined to hit 21-of-26 floor shots and score 53 points.

Dawson, who got several baskets via vicious tomahawk jams, was 11-of-13 from the field, finishing with 25 points, eight rebounds and two blocks.

“He practices hard and he brings that energy and focus with him to the game,” KWC head coach Todd Lee said of Dawson, a sophomore transfer from Minnesota. “He stays within himself, does what he does very well, and his teammates pick up on his hustle and want to get him the ball in scoring situations.”

McFarland, a senior preseason All-American, made 10-of-13 floor shots, all seven of his free throw attempts, and finished with 28 points, four assists, four rebounds and two blocks.

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Kentucky Recruits are MaxPreps Player of the Year Candidates


Several Kentucky recruits, including 2012 signee Archie Goodwin, are considered prime candidates to win MexPreps boys basketball Player of the Year.

Here is an excerpt from MaxPreps.com:

Archie Goodwin, Sr., G, Sylvan Hills (Sherwood, Ark.): Although it played for a state title last season with Goodwin in the lead, Sylvan Hills has next to no basketball tradition. In fact, the school's last state title came in cheerleading, according to Wikipedia. But the Kentucky signee will put up big numbers once again (more than 28 points per game as a junior) and if he can push the Bears to a good showing at the Bass Pro Tournament of Champions in January and help the school capture a state title, a run at POY honors isn't out of the question.

Aaron (Jr., G) and Andrew Harrison (Jr., G), Fort Bend Travis (Richmond, Texas): The Harrison twins have already struck a blow by combining for 41 points in a win over nationally ranked Yates (Houston). Aaron followed with a 25-point effort in a win over Cypress Springs while Andrew contributed 15 points and seven assists.

Shabazz Muhammad, Sr., G, Bishop Gorman (Las Vegas): If Muhammad's numbers remain in the same ballpark as a year ago (25.1 points, 7.7 rebounds per game) and he helps Bishop Gorman win a state title and a few big games nationally, the nation's No. 1 recruit will be impossible to keep out of the POY conversation.

Jabari Parker, Jr., G/F, Simeon (Chicago): Are Parker and the junior-dominated Wolverines ready for prime time? If the nation's top 2013 prospect and Simeon three-peat as Illinois' Class 4A state champs and manage a schedule that includes Findlay Prep (Henderson, Nev.), Huntington Prep (W.Va.) and Miller Grove (Lithonia, Ga.), Parker could become the first non-senior POY.

Julius Randle, Sr., F, Prestonwood Christian (Plano, Texas): Randle was a beast on the summer circuit, dominating established senior stars like Ricardo Gathers and Justin Anderson at the Nike Peach Jam in July. His star will continue to rise if he can do the same in events like the Thanksgiving Hoopfest, City of Palms Classic, Beach Ball Classic and Spalding Hoophall Classic. The recent addition of star freshman Mickey Mitchell should help open things up.

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Photo: Rivals.com

Friday, November 25, 2011

Lindsey Wilson Runs Away from Life University


Lindsey Wilson 99
Life University 83

Final from Campbellsville, Kentucky


Game recap by LWC:

CAMPBELLSVILLE, Ky. -- Chase Spreen poured in a career-high 30 points and Kalen Kimberland added 20 points to help Lindsey Wilson College tear past Life (Ga.) University 99-83 on Friday night in the Lou Cunningham Classic hosted by Campbellsville (Ky.) University in the Powell Athletic Center.

Sophomore Chase Cox helped the Blue Raiders with 16 points on 4-of-8 three-point shooting, while Spreen and Kimberland got a bulk of their points from the free-throw line where they hit 11 and 14 shots, respectively.

Life's (3-4) P.J. Meyers led all scorers with 33 points on 37 field-goal attempts, hitting 12. Ramon Walker added 17 points and 12 rebounds.

There were 48 fouls called in the game, sending Lindsey Wilson (5-3) to the charity stripe 45 times where it hit 36 for 80.0 percent in the game. The Blue Raiders also outrebounded Life 46-37 behind a team-high 12 boards from junior Josh White.

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WHAS11 Goes "Courtside with Rick Pitino"

WHAS11 gives viewers and inside look at a Louisville practice conducted by head coach Rick Pitino:


Morehead State Gets Past West Alabama in Legends Classic


Morehead State 61
West Alabama 52

Final from Lewisburg, Pennsylvania


Game recap by MSU:

LEWISBURG, Pa. – The Morehead State men’s basketball team used a 20-4 first-half run and 19-6 second-half spurt to post a 61-52 win over West Alabama in the TicketCity Legends Classic on Friday afternoon at Sojka Pavilion.

The Division I Eagles improve to 2-3 on the season, while the Division II Tigers slip to 1-4 overall.

“Our kids played with great effort today,” Morehead State Head Coach Donnie Tyndall said. “We did a nice job defending, but we’re still not rebounding to the level we’re capable of.”

Morehead State went 5-for-5 from the three-point line over the game’s first six minutes and held West Alabama without a field goal for the first nine minutes to open up a 16-point cushion.

Sophomore Drew Kelly scored nine first-half points, while senior Ty Proffitt added eight and senior Terrance Hill contributed seven.

“We made some early shots, got into our press and forced some turnovers,” Tyndall said. “But we let West Alabama back in the game when we started to struggle from the field and our half-court defense wasn’t as good as it needs to be.”

West Alabama cut the deficit to 31-28 less than a minute into the second half, but Morehead State responded by making six consecutive shots to push the lead back to 16.

Hill tossed in 10 points after intermission, while freshman Angelo Warner scored seven.

The Eagles continued to hold a double-figure advantage until the Tigers knocked down a pair of three-pointers in the game’s final minute.

Hill finished with a team-high 17 points for MSU, while Kelly managed 14, Proffitt 11 and Warner 10.

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Bellarmine University Defeats Pesky IU-Southeast


Bellarmine 79
IU-Southeast 69

Final from Evansville, Indiana


Game recap by BU:

EVANSVILLE, Ind. --- Using their smothering defense, the top ranked Bellarmine University men's basketball team defeated their rivals from across the bridge, the IU-Southeast Grenadiers 79-69 in the opening game of the Bill Joergens Memorial Classic behind 25 points by guard Jeremy Kendle.

The No. 1 Knights move to a perfect 4-0 on the season, while IU-Southeast, ranked No. 24 in NAIA, fall to 5-3. The Grenadiers have connected on 80 of 200 (.400) shots from beyond the arc on the season, but Bellarmine played tough defense all night, forcing IUS into shooting 5-21 (.238) from long range.

“We had a great week of practice where we focused on defending the three pointer,” said Bellarmine coach Scott Davenport. “I thought we did a good job of controlling the game, especially in the first half.”

Bellarmine opened the game by jumping out to a quick 9-0 lead, but IU-Southeast countered with a 7-0 run of their own to pull within two at the 14:09 mark. From that point, Bellarmine seized control of the half, extending their lead out to 18 points on a free throw by Kendle with 1:40 to go in the half.

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Video: John Wall Reebok Zigtech Shoe Commercial

Here is a look at John Wall's latest Reebok commercial:

John Wall is Heading to Alaska for Charity Game


Former University of Kentucky star John Wall is planning to play in the "All Pro Charity Game" in Anchorage, Alaska on December 1.

Former Louisville star Terrence Williams is also on the game's roster.

Here are some details from the event's website:

ALL PRO CHARITY GAME

DECEMBER 1, SULLIVAN ARENA, 7PM

- TICKETS ON SALE FRIDAY NOVEMBER 18 @ TICKETMASTER
- TICKETS START @ $25 (plus tax) • THIS ONE WILL SELL-OUT

Starring

* MARIO CHALMERS * CARLOS BOOZER * CHRIS BOSH * DEANDRE JORDAN * BRANDON RUSH * DEXTER PITTMAN * TERRANCE WILLIAMS * JOHN WALL * JAMES HARDEN * ERIC GORDON * DAEQUAN COOK * MICHAEL BEASLEY * MARCUS MORRISON * MARKEIF MORRISON * NATE ROBINSON * JULIAN WRIGHT * COLE ALDRICH * SPENCER HAWES * IMAN SHUMPERT *

According to the Anchorage Daily News:

“It’s gonna be like a giant NBA all-star game in Alaska that has never been seen before,” said Buddy Bailey of Alaska Hoops, Inc.

Bailey, a former Alaska high school star who went on to play at UAA, came up with the idea. He sent a text message to Chalmers’ father, Ronnie Chalmers. After Chalmers made about 15 minutes of phone calls, he told Bailey he had six players interested and everything took off from there.

There are 19 players committed to playing, who will split into two teams and play each other in a 48-minute game, like a regulation NBA game.

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Thursday, November 24, 2011

The NCAA Screws Up Yet Again, Bans Findlay Prep from Rupp


The NCAA has once again proven its worthlessness by enforcing a rule that prohibits non-scholastic events from playing on a collegiate campus or main practice/playing facility.

Ironically, the rule was apparently enforced late on Wednesday night, just in time to move Friday's scheduled event at Rupp Arena to Lexington Christian Academy.

It's no surprise that Findlay Prep and Kentucky recruit Anthony Bennett happened to be one of the teams scheduled to participate in Friday's all-day event.

My Thoughts:

I think, for the most part, the NCAA consists of a bunch of biased idiots. There is no excuse for the organization to step in and shut down a high school event. Here are a few points:

- The University of Kentucky plays at Rupp Arena, but the school does not own Rupp Arena.

- The Sweet 16 is scheduled to be played in Rupp Arena. Kentucky is recruiting several in-state kids. Are we going to shut down the Sweet 16 and move it to Scott County High School? Alright, after reading more about this, I realized that it said "non-scholastic" events, which means the Sweet 16 will be fine. That being said, it's still a very stupid rule and the NCAA sucks.

- Since when did the NCAA begin governing high school events? I would personally file a multi-million dollar lawsuit against the NCAA.

- There are countless events around the nation that are played on college campuses. We'll be watching.

Here is a message from Rob Blair of Bleid Sports that explains his communication with the NCAA:

I regret to inform you that the NCAA has enforced a new rule (enforced on Wednesday, November 23 at 10:05 pm), that prohibits non-scholastic events from playing on a collegiate campus or main practice/playing facility.

Bleid Sports had maintained on two separate occasions official approval to host these events at collegiate arena (i.e. Rupp Arena). Rupp Arena’s attorney also received approval to have these scholastic events at Rupp Arena. Rupp Arena has signed contracts with Bleid Sports, and the deposits for the building have been paid.

We have fought and will continue to fight the NCAA on this matter. Our lawyer, a man accustomed to fighting the NCAA and winning, will bring some justice on the NCAA.

However, this does nothing but hurt our schools all around the country playing in collegiate facilities. The NCAA is unjust in cancelling an event 36 hours prior (especially over the Thanksgiving holiday). I hate that the schools, the programs; those are the bodies affected.

Tates Creek girls’ coach Justin Cheatham, whose team was scheduled to play in Rupp on Sunday, said in an email that his “players, as well as countless others across the state, are broken-hearted by the NCAA stepping in at this last minute and stomping on the dreams of kids all across this and neighboring states.”

Rupp Arena is the center of the basketball universe, and to tell these student-athletes just one day before tip-off of the first game that they won’t be able to play speaks strongly to the diminished character of the NCAA.


Schedule for the scrimmages at LCA:

Nov. 25

•9 a.m.: Bluegrass United vs. Somerset Christian
•10:15: Deming vs. Trinity Christian
•11:30: Paris vs. Garrard County
•12:45 p.m.: Cooper vs. Bracken County (girls)
•2:00: Livingston Central vs. Beth Haven
•3:15: Butler vs. Sheldon Clark
•4:30: St. Xavier vs. Southwestern
•5:45: Findlay Prep vs. Christian Faith
•7:15: Henry Clay vs. LaRue County
•8:30: Lafayette vs. Montgomery County

Nov. 27

•12:30: Tates Creek vs. Barbourville (girls)
•1:45: Model vs. Western Hills
•3:00: Sayre vs. Ludlow
•4:15: University Heights vs. Nicholas County
•5:30: Blue Ridge vs. Christian Faith
•7:00: Augusta vs. Wesley Christian
•8:15: Silver Grove vs. Piarist

Source

Bellarmine to Play in Bill Joergens Memorial Classic


The top-ranked Bellarmine Knights will play in the Bill Joergens Memorial Classic on Friday and Saturday at the University of Southern Indiana.

Here is more from BU:

LOUISVILLE, Ky.—The No. 1 Bellarmine University men's basketball team will get a brief Thanksgiving break before getting back to game action with Friday and Saturday contests in the Bill Joergens Memorial Classic hosted by the University of Southern Indiana at their Physical Activities Center.

On Friday, Bellarmine will open the classic with a 5:15 p.m. (CST) game against a familiar opponent, the Grenadiers of Indiana University-Southeast, and the following day, the Knights faceoff at 1 p.m. (CST) with Malone University, a school that is transitioning to Division II and will join the Great Lakes Intercollegiate Athletic Conference (GLIAC) in 2012.

Bellarmine has been a regular participant in the Bill Joergens Memorial/USI Classic, competing in the event five of the last six years. The classic has produced memorable wins and losses for the Knights. In the 2008, Bellarmine knocked off Florida Southern who was ranked No. 3 in the country at the time. The win helped propel the Knights to one of their best seasons in history, as they started the year with a school record 14 wins to start the season and finished 26-7. Last year, the classic fell just after the mandatory 7-day holiday break, and Bellarmine suffered one of only two losses on the season when they dropped a 79-74 decision to St. Catharine on Dec. 29. Overall, Bellarmine has accumulated an 8-2 record in the classic.

The Knights will look to build on that record this year, but will face stiff challenges as IU-Southeast comes into Friday's contest with a 5-2 record and national ranking of No. 24 in the NAIA DII preseason poll.

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Video: Campbellsville University Holds of Rio Grande

Here is some late-game footage of Campbellsville's win over Rio Grande:

Jeremy Kendle Trying to Make the Most of Extra Eligibility


Bellarmine's Jeremy Kendle is trying to make the most of the extra eligibility he was given by the NCAA.

Kendle is off to a good start in the 2011-12 season.

Here is an excerpt from NCAA.com:

Injuries had pretty much wiped out the first two seasons of his career at Olney Community College, and because of that, there was a chance he would get more time at Bellarmine, the team he helped lead to an NCAA Division II national championship in March.

“I tried not to worry too much about it because I had no control over the situation,” Kendle said. “I put my trust in the athletic department that it would help me out. I was surprised and shocked when I found I was given two more years of eligibility.”

Kendle has seized the opportunity so far. He is averaging in 20.7 points per game and has helped guide the top-ranked Knights to wins in their first three games.

The most important thing for Kendle is that he is healthy, a stark contrast to the first two years of his career. It was during that time that Kendle was rocked by injuries. He had ankle surgery twice and dealt with foot fractures as well.

His plan was to land a spot on a Division I roster after a successful run at Olney. The injuries derailed those dreams.

“You aren’t going to get a lot of offers when you really haven’t played much,” Kendle said. “ I wasn’t sure where I was going to end up but I ended up talking with coach [Scott] Davenport at Bellarmine and was given a tryout. I was very lucky.”


Kendle gets one more chance

Murray State Announces Promotions for 2011-12 Season


Murray State University has announced single game promotions for the 2011-12 basketball season:

Murray State Athletics is pleased to announce the single game promotions for the 2011-12 basketball season. The promotions include ticket specials, group nights, t-shirt giveaways and chances to win big ticket prizes. Director of Marketing Morris White is excited for this year's promotions. “Racer fans are in for a treat this year. We're looking to pack the CFSB Center for every men's and women's basketball game and get our fans more involved with the action,” White said.

The promotions kick-off with the spirit of giving. Fans who bring a new toy to donate at the women's game on Saturday, December 3 vs. Saint Louis at 7 p.m. will receive free admission to that night's game, while fans that donate a toy at the men's game on Sunday, December 4 vs. Dayton at 1 p.m. will be given a voucher to exchange for a $1 ticket to the game against UT-Martin on December 21. Faculty and staff of Murray State will get complimentary tickets for the men's game on Thursday, December 15 against Lipscomb at 7 p.m.

The annual color coordinated nights also return this year. Racer Basketball encourages all fans to wear white at the United Way “WHITE OUT” during the double header on Saturday, January 14 for State Farm High School Night. Special “white out” shirts will also be provided. More free t-shirts will flood the CFSB Center at the double- header on Saturday, February 11 when fans in attendance will receive gold t-shirts and be asked to “BE BOLD, WEAR GOLD”.

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Rakeem Buckles Cleared to Practice at Louisville


Louisville forward Rakeem Buckles has been cleared to begin limited practice with the Cardinals starting Thursday.

Here is a release from U of L:

LOUISVILLE, Ky. - University of Louisville junior forward Rakeem Buckles has been cleared to begin limited practice with the Cardinals starting Thursday.

Buckles has been recovering from a torn anterior cruciate ligament (ACL) suffered in his right knee on Feb. 27. He had surgery to repair the knee on March 16, participated in his first individual instruction session on Nov. 9 and has been progressing well. He could return to game action as soon as a few weeks.

The knee injury was one setback during a tough sophomore season in which he suffered three separate injuries that kept him off the court when he also endured a concussion and broken index finger. He averaged 6.8 points and 6.1 rebounds in 16 games, including 10 starting assignments. He had ranked among the top ten in rebounding in the BIG EAST before he broke his finger.

Calipari Invites Entire UK Team Over for Thanksgiving Dinner


University of Kentucky head coach John Calipari will have Thanksgiving dinner at his house with the entire UK team.

Calipari says he has a table set for at least 25 people.

Here's more from ESPN.com:

"I'll hit the green bean casserole pretty hard," Calipari joked. "I'll get some turkey and a nice salad, but do my best to stay away from the mashed potatoes."

You've got to give props to anyone who can avoid the carbohydrate temptations on Thanksgiving Day.

These types of team gatherings are not uncommon in the Calipari household.

"We though everyone did it like this," said Calipari, who has coached for 29 years from Massachusetts to the NBA to Memphis and now Kentucky. "I've had transfer students who have never seen the inside of their previous coach's house."

Looking back on Calipari's stellar career, it's easy to see that he has lived in some of the best food cities in America. Memphis barbecue. Seafood in New England. And now Kentucky and … frozen yogurt?

"The best food I've had in Lexington is Orange Leaf Frozen Yogurt. It's non-guilt ice cream!" Calipari quipped. (Then again, he also an investor.)


John Calipari brings team over for Thanksgiving

Shabazz Muhammad, Bishop Gorman Gunning for Top Goal


University of Kentucky recruit Shabazz Muhammad and his Bishop Gorman (Nev.) teammates are gunning for their primary goals this season.

The Gaels hope to cap off this season with a championship.

Here's more from LVRJ.com:

But all of that couldn't make up for the team's surprising 45-44 loss to Bishop Manogue in the Class 4A state semifinals. And it's that loss that the Gaels can't forget.

"It's on their minds," coach Grant Rice said. "We've brought it up a few times, and I'm sure we'll have some more talks about that any time they get complacent. Not so much that specific game, but the fact that we didn't accomplish anything last year.

"We had a nice season and had some big wins, but really fell short of our goal at the end of the year."

The Gaels certainly have more than enough talent to open the season as the favorites to win the state title. In fact, Gorman enters No. 7 in the ESPNHS national rankings, a spot ahead of local basketball factory Findlay Prep.

The loss to Manogue only adds to the Gaels' motivation.

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Kentucky Players Talk About Victory Over Radford

Here are some comments from Kentucky players after last night's 88-40 victory over Radford:



Transcript from UK:

#3, Terrence Jones, F

On how the team played tonight…
“We did better than the game before. We are still improving. We showed a better effort on the things coach challenged us on.”

On the slow offensive start …
“It’s okay if we have slow offensive nights if we are playing well defensively. Everybody’s playing hard, but sometimes it won’t fall for you. We did a good job sprinting the floor and creating offense from our defense.”

On how Marquis (Teague) played tonight …
“Really just listening to coach. He really tried to prove to him this game that he was listening and doing what he asked. He did a good job of running the team.”

On the difficulty of playing in games being a heavy favorite…
“Staying focused. On Sunday’s game we lost focus (because we were) ready to come back home after being gone for so long.”

#23, Anthony Davis, F

On Sam Malone’s drive and score …
“He does it in practice as well. We already knew he was going to do something. We are trying to get Brian (Long) to shoot the ball too.”

On how well the team is playing together …
“I think we are playing very well. Nobody is trying to play for themselves. Coach Cal stresses that we need to play as a team. We can’t beat the other team by ourselves so playing together makes the game a lot easier.”

On needing a win after the Old Dominion game …
“Any win would be great after that. We really didn’t play well. I wasn’t staying low and being aggressive. We needed it to get our confidence back up.”

On the play of Teague and listening to Coach Cal…
“He just wants to listen to Coach Cal and be a great player. He knows Cal can help him because he has a lot of point guards in the NBA.”

#25, Marquis Teague, G

On how he played tonight, and how he felt he played...
“It felt good, just play good one game. I mean, not turn the ball over as much and get the win.”

On if his 'mind was tying up his feet' in previous games...
“Yeah that's the case, I was just trying to make the hardest play instead of the easiest. Trying to make a highlight play instead of the fundamental play.”

On what was going through his mind while he was messing up...
“Coach Cal was telling me things thathe was wanting me to do, and I was trying to go out there and do them to perfection, which was causing me to mess up.”

On how he plays with a lot of emotion:
“I play with a lot of emotion, thats how I've played since I was little.”

On making the "easy play', lobbing it to Terrence (Jones) or Anthony (Davis)...
“That is as easy as it is going to get”

#20, Doron Lamb, G

On starting off slow and relying on the defense...
“You got to work as a team on defense early in the game and get the stops. Steals and rebounds will lead to easier offense.”

On Thanksgiving plans for tomorrow...
“I think Marquis (Teague) and I are going to Twany (Beckham's) in Louisville; a little team bonding.”

On playing the zone in the second half...
“With Terrence (Jones) and Anthony (Davis) on the wings blocking shots, it really helps us. With me, Marquis (Teague), and Michael (Kidd-Gilchrist) at the top of the key, the other team can't really get a shot up.”

On not overlooking these next couple games before the high profile games...
“Just don't go out and force shots because it's a weaker team. Just play hard on defense and the game will come to you.”

Murray State Escapes Alaska-Anchorage in Great Alaska Shootout


Murray State 64
Alaska-Anchorage 62

Final from Anchorage, Alaska


Game recap by MSU:

The Murray State Racers survived an upset bid in the first round of the Great Alaska Shootout and came away with a 64-62 win over host Alaska-Anchorage at Sullivan Arena in Anchorage, Alaska.

The MSU win pushes their start to the 2011-12 season to 5-0, the best start since the 2003-04 team was 8-0.

Trailing by a point at half time, the Racers seemingly had the game in control when they built an 11-point lead at 62-51 with 1:46 remaining.

UAA managed to cut MSU's lead to three with 6.5 seconds left on an 8-0 run, but Racer senior Ivan Aska hit a pair of free throws with 5.1 left to make the lead 64-59. A buzzer three-pointer by UAA's Abebe Demissie made the final a two-point for MSU.

“I told our guys after, don't take winning for granted,” MSU Head Coach Steve Prohm said. “This game is about winning and they don't come easy. You preach to everybody that UAA is a top-20 division-two program -we traveled a long way out here- that this was going to be a tough game. We got up seven to 10 points on them in each half, they were very resilient.”

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John Calipari Talks About Win Over Radford and More

University of Kentucky head coach John Calipari speaks to the media following last night's 88-40 win over Radford:



Transcript from UK:

Q. Could you talk about Marquis Teague's play tonight?

John Calipari: It was good. I told him I'm going to give him one flub a half. He had one where two guys ran out, he looked away and threw it and it didn't quite go out of bounds and he had one in the second half right in front of our bench where he tried to say, ‘Michael, like, ooh, you left your feet and threw it.’ But one a half we can deal with. So he had five assists, two turns. He would have had three other assists but guys weren't prepared to shoot the ball. He thought he played in control, he went when he had to, and now he scores points without trying to score points.

But look, I've got to do a better job with him. This kid is going to do whatever I ask him to do. He's a great kid. I've got to do a better job. I've got to coach him better. I've got to be more prepared to really break down tape with him and show him and talk to him during the games. He's got to be right near me, at least for the next month, and then he'll be fine.

Q. What did you think of Sam Malone's stutter step and then move to the basket?

John Calipari: The one he turned over or the lay-up? It just makes you laugh.

You know what was funny? I walked in the office yesterday night, and he was in the gym shooting. One more of my stars, because you know what, he didn't get in practice that much. If you've been to our practice, he doesn't get on the floor and practice, so he wants to get ready for his opportunity. Brian Long better start doing the same thing. If you want to get out there and do something, then you're going to have to get yourself ready because you're not getting on that floor that much. But I was happy for him. He's a good kid.

Q. You guys posted (Terrence) Jones early on. Is there anything to read into that?

John Calipari: No, no, and he missed some baskets he needs to make. But you know, again, we're -- we are what we are right now. We're trying to figure out what we are. I've gone to seven guys, and then Eloy (Vargas), I'm getting him some spot minutes. But I told Eloy, you have two good games this season knocking people around, blocking shots, you're fine, so don't worry about it. I've got to figure out, and I told Kyle, if you don't come up with balls, Kyle I'm taking you out. Now, he had eight rebounds but he could have had another three or four rebounds.

You know, like I said, we've got a ways to go, but it was a good sign that our point guard was doing what he was supposed to, our zone offense was better, we attacked, we didn't throw it around the perimeter, we got it into the lane. But we've got a lot of work to do. I've got a lot of work to do with this team.

Q. Can you talk about your free throw shooting, how much more improved it was tonight, and also about what you just thought of your brief time you played in the zone?

John Calipari: Well, when you're up 30, you can make free throws. I need to know when it's a two-point game with two seconds to go and you're on national television who's making those, but up 30 you can make them. It's deceiving. I'm happy we did it because when teams look at our stats they start saying, you can't foul them. Good, don't foul us, because that's how they've been playing us to this point.

What was the other question?

Q. About your zone.

John Calipari: The zone I wanted to put in, and I think it's something that we need to think about doing some. And we've got to get better than we are right now. We got out of whack a little bit a couple times, but we're -- I'll look at the tape again, and we're going to try to figure out how we've got to play. Because we're long, you think you've got a shot, and someone has got a hand on you, but then we got a rebound. Kyle (Wiltjer) got that ball jerked from him, and Eloy (Vargas) went in there and rebounded, so maybe Eloy is the middle of that zone if we go zone.

Q. What does a game like tonight do to help you down the road when you play the schools like the North Carolinas of the world?

John Calipari: I don't know, but here's what I would tell you: After Old Dominion you had a lot of players in there wondering if they were any good, and wondering if our team was any good. We play Penn State, we're world beaters, we're beating anybody, where's the Lakers? Then you go to ODU and you're like, ‘Oh my gosh, we're not very good and I'm not very good and what is wrong with me?’ You want them to play well.

For me, I've always been this way as a coach: I want people to look at individual players on my team and say, ‘That guy is good and that guy really plays and this guy plays and that guy plays,’ and yes, I want them to say my team plays hard, they play great defense and they play together. Short of that, I want it to be about individual players playing well. If I can get them to play well and I can get them to play together where they're a team, good things will happen.

What happened up at ODU, we all went our own way and then everybody looked bad. There wasn't a player on the court except Darius (Miller) who looked like he was a good player.

Q. If Marquis (Teague) gets one flub per half, what happens on the second flub?

John Calipari: I'll probably be very aggressive with him. Depending on time and score, I may take him out, I may not take him out. I had a young man at UMass named Antoine Brown, and I used to have three of those flubs in my pocket a game. I knew he'd spin and get it stolen, and he was my only point guard. He was a freshman. He was a two-guard in high school. He would spin and get it stolen, and I'd be all right, on the third one, you're all right, and on the fourth one I'd start getting mad. Fifth one I got really mad. But you've got to -- as a kid is learning you've got to give him a couple a half or a couple a game, not a couple a half, one a half -- and he tried. He's trying. He's listening.

Q. Slow start on offense, seemed like defense kind of got things going. What did you like on both ends of the ball?

John Calipari: Well, there's two things you can do when a team tries to hold the ball, which is what they were going to do until the shot clock winds down, hopefully make shots: You've got to really bother them. You can't let them just do it because they're not trying to score. So try to steal balls, try to get up in people, try to be active with your hands, block balls and run. After a while you're wearing them out more than they're wearing you out.

But we didn't -- we came down and we walked, we missed a shot, we got a ball tipped from us. It was 4-0 versus being 12-0 and then we got going a little bit offensively and made some plays.

But like I said, we are what we are right now. We're still trying to learn, we're trying to figure things out.

Q. You've said a couple times now that you think you've got to play some zone. Why is that?

John Calipari: Because I think there's some teams that you can zone that we're going to play that I think we can come down and they want to get into their rhythm of play and we can play some zone.

It's also -- I don't see us giving up wide-open shots because we're so big. You know, I just don't see it because we're so long and big. I would probably do it with a big lineup so that every shot is a contested shot and it's not bad. I've never had a big zone like that. You think about it, we're 6-foot-10 across the line and Michael Kidd-Gilchrist has a 7-foot-2 wingspan at one guy, and maybe it's Doron (Lamb) or Marquis (Teague) at the other guard. I mean, that's a big zone, very big.

VCU Hands Western Kentucky Fourth Straight Loss


Virginia Commonwealth 68
Western Kentucky 45

Final from Bowling Green, Kentucky


Game recap by WKU:

BOWLING GREEN, Ky. — WKU withstood multiple VCU scoring runs Wednesday night at E.A. Diddle Arena, but a 15-0 Ram outburst late in the second half ultimately proved to be too much to overcome, and WKU lost 68-45 decision. The loss is WKU's fourth-straight and drops its record to 1-5 on the season. VCU improves to 3-2 with its second win over WKU in four days.

WKU trailed by four at halftime and only two with 12:47 to go in the game, but the 23-point defeat is the largest of the season. The Hilltoppers were held to just one field goal in the final 12-plus minutes of the game, while VCU shot an incredible 64.0 percent in the second 20 minutes (16-for-25).

Derrick Gordon led WKU with 12 points, and George Fant added six and six rebounds. VCU had four players in double-figures, highlighted by Bradford Burgess' 16 points. The Rams shot 50.0 percent from the field in the game, and WKU ended up at 41.0 percent (16-for-39) after a 7-for-20 second half brought its shooting percentage down from 47.4 in the first half.

VCU forced 22 WKU turnovers and capitalized on them to the tune of 28 points. VCU also had 34 points in the paint, and WKU never led in the game.

It was a game of separate scoring runs to start the game, as each team had a 5-0 run followed by a 7-0 run to bring the game to 12-12 at the 12:28 mark of the first half. VCU scored six-in-a-row a few minutes later to take a 24-18 lead, but WKU tied it on the strength of a Nigel Snipes three-pointer and two free throws by Jamal Crook. The Rams had five of the final seven points of the half and took a 31-27 lead into the halftime intermission.

WKU has now trailed at halftime in all six games of the season.

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Wednesday, November 23, 2011

Radford Serves as Thanksgiving Appetizer for Hungry Wildcats


(2) Kentucky 88
Radford 40

Final from Lexington, Kentucky


The Kentucky Wildcats (5-0) opened the game on a 22-2 run and never looked back in Wednesday night's 88-40 win over the Radford Highlanders.

All five Kentucky starters reached double figures, led by 17 points and 8 rebounds from sophomore Terrence Jones. Michael Kidd-Gilchrist added 15, 9 rebounds and 3 steals.

Freshman point guard Marquis Teague has arguably his most impressive statistical game of the season as he finished with 13 points, 5 assists and only 2 turnovers.

Anthony Davis contributed 12 pointsa nd 4 blocked shots. Doron Lamb chipped in 10 points.

Johnathan Edwards led Radford (3-4) with 10 points and 8 rebounds. Tolga Cerrah and Brian Darden finished with 7 points each.

Kentucky was a little sluggish in the first half but still rolled to a 45-14 halftime advantage.

The Wildcats dominated every facet of the game on both ends.

Kentucky returns to action on Saturday when they host Portland at Rupp Arena.

Box Score (click to enlarge):



Terrence Jones talks about the win:

Randolph Morris, Stephon Marbury Off to Hot Start in China


Former NBA players Randolph Morris and Stephon Marbury have the Beijing Ducks off to a 2-0 start in China's CBA league.

Here's a recap of Beijing's first week of regular season play:

Round 1: Beijing Ducks 103 Jilin Ne T. 90

Marbury led the way with 29 points on 11-18 shooting. He also added 7 rebounds, 6 assists and 3 steals.

Morris chipped in 18 points and a game-high 12 rebounds.

Round 2: Beijing Ducks 102 Liaoning H. 101

Marbury had 30 points and 11 rebounds to lead Beijing. Morris totalled 24 points and 9 rebounds.

Broadcast Information for 2011 Great Alaska Shootout


Murray State University is getting ready to take on Alaska Anchorage in the 2011 Carrs/Safeway Great Alaska Shootout.

Here is a television schedule for MSU fans:

2011 Carrs/Safeway Great Alaska Shootout TV Schedule
All times AST (4 hours behind EST) unless noted
All games live unless noted


ANCHORAGE & ALASKA
KCFT Ch. 19 (All tape-delayed)
Nov. 23 – Alaska Anchorage women vs Miami, 8 pm
Nov. 23 – Alaska Anchorage men vs Murray State, 10 pm
Nov. 24 – Alaska Anchorage women vs Miami, 9 am
Nov. 24 – Alaska Anchorage men vs Murray State, 11 am
Nov. 24* – Alaska Anchorage women vs Central Michigan or South Florida, time TBA
Nov. 25* – Alaska Anchorage women vs Central Michigan or South Florida, 9 am
Nov. 25* – Alaska Anchorage men vs Dartmouth or San Francisco, time TBA
Nov. 26* – Alaska Anchorage men vs Dartmouth or San Francisco, Noon
Nov. 26* – Alaska Anchorage men vs TBA (championship game), time TBA
Nov. 28* – Alaska Anchorage men vs TBA (championship game), 11 am
*tentative broadcast: will occur if UAA advances in winner's bracket only

GCI 1 (Alaska, excluding Anchorage & Mat-Su)
Nov. 23 – Alaska Anchorage vs Murray State, 6:30 pm
Nov. 23 – Dartmouth vs San Francisco, 8:30 pm
Nov. 24 – Central Michigan vs New Mexico State, 6:30 pm
Nov. 24 – UC Irvine vs Southern Mississippi, 8:30 pm
Nov. 25 – Men's Semifinal #1, 5:30 pm
Nov. 25 – Men's Semifinal #2, 8 pm
Nov. 26 – Men's Third-Place Game, 5:30 pm
Nov. 26 – Men's Championship, 8 pm

NATIONAL BROADCASTS
Fox College Sports /YES Network/DIRECTV Sports Pak/Dish Network Multi-Sport Pak
Nov. 23 – Alaska Anchorage vs Murray State, 6:30 pm
Nov. 23 – Dartmouth vs San Francisco, 8:30 pm
Nov. 24 – Central Michigan vs New Mexico State, 6:30 pm
Nov. 24 – UC Irvine vs Southern Mississippi, 8:30 pm
Nov. 25 – Men's Semifinal #1, 5:30 pm
Nov. 25 – Men's Semifinal #2, 8 pm
Nov. 26 – Men's Third-Place Game, 5:30 pm
Nov. 26 – Men's Championship, 8 pm

REGIONAL BROADCASTS
MASN (D.C., Md., Va., Del., Pa., N.C., national)
Nov. 23 – Alaska Anchorage vs Murray State, 6:30 pm
Nov. 23 – Dartmouth vs San Francisco, 8:30 pm
Nov. 24 – Central Michigan vs New Mexico State, 6:30 pm
Nov. 24 – UC Irvine vs Southern Mississippi, 8:30 pm
Nov. 25 – Men's Semifinal #1, 5:30 pm
Nov. 25 – Men's Semifinal #2, 8 pm
Nov. 26 – Men's Third-Place Game, 5:30 pm
Nov. 26 – Men's Championship, 8 pm

NESN (Mass., R.I., Conn., N.H., Vt., Maine, national)
Nov. 27 – Men's Championship, tape-delayed (time TBA)

Comcast SportsNet California (Calif., Nev.)
Nov. 23 – Alaska Anchorage vs Murray State, tape-delayed (time TBA)
Nov. 23 – Dartmouth vs San Francisco, tape-delayed (time TBA)
Nov. 24 – Central Michigan vs New Mexico State, 6:30 pm
Nov. 24 – UC Irvine vs Southern Mississippi, tape-delayed (time TBA)
Nov. 25 – Men's Semifinal #1, 5:30 pm
Nov. 25 – Men's Semifinal #2, 8 pm
Nov. 26 – Men's Third-Place Game, tape-delayed (time TBA)
Nov. 26 – Men's Championship, tape-delayed (time TBA)

Comcast SportsNet Southeast (Ga., Texas, Ala., Miss., S.C., N.C., Tenn., Fla.)
Nov. 24 – UC Irvine vs Southern Mississippi, tape-delayed (time TBA)
Nov. 25 – Men's Semifinal #1, 5:30 pm
Nov. 26 – Men's Third-Place Game, tape-delayed (time TBA)
Nov. 27 – Men's Championship, tape-delayed, 2 pm EST

Channel 4SD (San Diego) and Cox 3 (Orange County)
Nov. 23 – Alaska Anchorage vs Murray State, 6:30 pm
Nov. 23 – Dartmouth vs San Francisco, 8:30 pm
Nov. 24 – Central Michigan vs New Mexico State, 6:30 pm
Nov. 24 – UC Irvine vs Southern Mississippi, 8:30 pm
Nov. 25 – Men's Semifinal #1, 5:30 pm
Nov. 25 – Men's Semifinal #2, 8 pm

Altitude Sports (Colo., Wyo., Idaho, N.M., Neb., Kan., N.D., Nev., Mont., Utah)
Nov. 24 – Alaska Anchorage vs Murray State, tape-delayed, 3 pm EST
Nov. 24 – Dartmouth vs San Francisco, tape-delayed, 5 pm EST
Nov. 24 – Central Michigan vs New Mexico State, 10:30 pm EST
Nov. 25 – UC Irvine vs Southern Mississippi, 12:30 am EST
Nov. 25 – Men's Semifinal #1, 9:30 pm EST
Nov. 25 – Men's Semifinal #2, 11:59 pm EST
Nov. 26 – Men's Third-Place Game, 9:30 pm EST
Nov. 26 – Men's Championship, 11:59 pm EST

Altitude Sports 2 (Colo., Wyo., Idaho, N.M., Neb., Kan., N.D., Nev., Mont., Utah)
Nov. 23 – Alaska Anchorage vs Murray State, 6:30 pm
Nov. 23 – Dartmouth vs San Francisco, 8:30 pm

SWX (Wash., Idaho)
Nov. 23 – Alaska Anchorage vs Murray State, 6:30 pm
Nov. 23 – Dartmouth vs San Francisco, 8:30 pm
Nov. 24 – Central Michigan vs New Mexico State, 6:30 pm
Nov. 24 – UC Irvine vs Southern Mississippi, 8:30 pm
Nov. 26 – Men's Third-Place Game, 5:30 pm
Nov. 26 – Men's Championship, 8 pm

Wazoo Sports
Nov. 23 – Alaska Anchorage vs Murray State, 6:30 pm

Kentucky Wesleyan Dominates Hiwassee


Kentucky Wesleyan 115
Hiwassee College 73

Final from Owensboro, Kentucky


Game recap by KWC:

This time it was Cardell McFarland's turn to rule the first half for Kentucky Wesleyan College.

McFarland had a perfect first half on the way to 19 points against Hiwassee on Tuesday night. He was 7-for-7 from the floor, made the lone 3 that he took, and drained all four of his free throws.

That lifted KWC to a 60-21 halftime advantage on the way to a 115-73 victory at the Sportscenter. The No. 15 Panthers are 2-0 on the young season.

McFarland finished with 24 points and still only missed two shots from the field and made all seven of his free throws.

“I don't know if I've ever been perfect in a half before, I just go out and play,” said McFarland, who also helped key some defensive pressure that helped get KWC going midway through the first half.

“Cardell was active, and our guards really picked us up,” Lee said. “Brandon Johnson just started picking their guards up when they took the ball in. Cardell got some deflections and that helped get us running.”

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Kentucky vs. North Carolina and Duke Exhibition Game at Rupp Arena


Another NBA exhibition/charity game is scheduled for Rupp Arena on Friday, December 2.

Here are more details from Ticketmaster.com and RuppArena.com:

Battle of the Blues

- Rupp Arena
- Friday, December 2 at 7:30pm

The National Basketball Association (NBA) lockout continues to provide exciting opportunities for the basketball fans as Bleid Sports and NC Pro Am present the Battle of the Blues on Dec. 2 in Rupp Arena. The exhibition game will feature Kentucky all-stars facing off against a team including former Duke, UNC, and other professional players the night before the 2011-12 UK vs. UNC matchup takes place.
Proceeds from the game will benefit the Boys and Girls Clubs of America and the American Heart Association.

"This event will be a great event with many surprise players. The fans will get to see some of their beloved ex Kentucky stars as well as a few of the biggest stars in the game" says Rob Blair, President /CEO of Bleid Sports. "A few of the biggest names in professional basketball will be at the event, we look forward to releasing their names next week."

The UK team, coached by Jared Prickett, includes Brandon Knight, Josh Harrelson, Jodie Meeks, and many more stars to be released next week.

The visitors will include former Tar Heels Rasheed Wallace, Raymond Felton and Ed Davis. Others who have joined the roster are a plethora of former Duke Blue Devils in Nolan Smith, Dahntay Jones, Corey Maggette, Kyrie Irving and Elton Brand, among others.


The full list will be made available early next week on Rupp Arena's website and Facebook page. Four of the biggest names in professional basketball are in negotiations.

An autograph session will be held at 5:30 pm at Heritage Hall with the game set for 7:30 pm at Rupp. Only 900 tickets will be sold to the autograph session and they will be offered for $50 each. That ticket price also includes admission to the game.

According to RuppArena.com, additional players who are likely for the game include Allen Iverson, Blake Griffin, John Wall, Rajon Rondo and Amare Stoudemire.

Antoine Walker Waived by the Idaho Stampede


Former Kentucky star Antoine Walker has been waived by the Idaho Stampede for "personal reasons."

Here is more from CBSSports.com:

The D-League's Idaho Stampede announced on Wednesday that former NBA All-Star Antoine Walker did not make the team's final 10-man roster cut and has been waived by the team. The team's press release citing "personal reasons" for the decision and noted that the Stampede still hold Walker's D-League rights.

Walker's release comes roughly one year after Walker made the decision to mount his NBA comeback in the American minor league. In 43 games during the 2010-2011 season, Walker averaged 16.0 points, 6.3 rebounds and 3.4 assists for the Stampede.

Walker, a notorious high-roller as a player, earned more than $108 million in NBA salary yet was forced to plead guilty for writing bad checks after accruing more than $750,000 dollas in Las Vegas gambling debts.


Antoine Walker waived by D-League team

Calipari is All For Three Goggles But "Posing Must Stop"


University of Kentucky head coach John Calipari has publicly criticized his team's tendency to "pose" after making positive plays during games.

Calipari said on Twitter that he is "all for three goggles but the posing must stop."

This has been a hot topic for Kentucky fans recently and Calipari has noticed. Here are his thoughts from Twitter:

UKCoachCalipari I have a great bunch of guys that all like each other. I want them to have fun and I'm all for three goggles but the posing must stop.

UKCoachCalipari Told the team that we only talk to our team not the other team. Guys are learning to deal w/ being banged around for the first time.

Louisville Players Talk About Win Over Arkansas State

Louisville's Elisha Justice and Kyle Kuric talk about last night's win over Arkansas State:



DeMarcus Cousins Scores 42 in Goon Squad Classic

Former University of Kentucky star DeMarcus Cousins participated in the Goon Squad Classic on Sunday.

Cousins unofficially scored 42 points on the "Purple Team" with Tyreke Evans, Isaiah Thomas, Hassan Whiteside and Matt Barnes. Evans scored a game-high 54 points.

The Purple Team lost 167-164 to the Black Team, which was made up of Donte Greene, Jimmer Fredette, Jason Thompson and Spencer Hawes.



There were no official stats, but Ben Taylor of KDVS Radio in Davis recorded some scoring numbers:

- Tyreke Evans 54 (10-3PM)
- Jason Thompson 45
- DeMarcus Cousins 42
- Jimmer Fredette 34 (8-3PM)
- Donté Greene 35
- Matt Barnes 13
- Spencer Hawes 34
- Hassan Whiteside 24
- Isaiah Thomas 13

Former UK star John Wall was in attendance but did not play in the game.

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John Calipari Talks About Radford Game and More

Kentucky head coach John Calipari spoke to the media on Tuesday about UK's game against Radford and more.



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Here is a transcript (via UK):

On Anthony Davis’ scoring…
“He’s just got to get tougher right now, until he does that it doesn’t matter what we do. He’s got to bend over and play an aggressive game. We throw him the ball in the high post to drive the ball, but then again you have to be physical, you have to bend over, you have to play through bumps. You’ve got to play in an aggressive way; you have to bend over, which he is still learning. You just have to bend, it’s not hard to bend those knees; if you are standing straight up and down you have no leverage. Most guys are not strong from the waist up, but from the waist down, that’s where they get their leverage. So if you are standing straight up and down, you have no strength and then you have no balance and then you look like you are flopping around out there. He’s doing great. He has got to be stronger; he’s got to play lower.”

On playing through contact…
“The (Old Dominion) game got physical, Terrence (Jones) didn’t play through bumps, Michael (Kidd-Gilchrist) didn’t play through the bumps. The only guy that played through the bumps was Darius (Miller) and he got the ball wherever he wanted on the court.”

On having six guys playing between 25 and 31 minutes…
“Probably need to be down a little bit in the time. But again, we just need to get better acclimated with each other. I’ve got to do a better job with Marquis Teague because obviously he is not understanding since he is not playing the way I want him to so that comes back to me; because he is listening, and he wants to do the right thing, so he’s obviously just not understanding so that comes back to me.”

On what this team will ultimately do well against the zone…
“I think we will drive the ball and shoot the ball well if you’re going to give us those opportunities. We should rebound well, in a zone no one really has a man, they have areas, that means you just go after the rebound. If you notice, late in the game, all we did was throw it to the post, shoot it and go rebound and that’s how we ended up being up 10, 11, 12 at the end of the game.”

On Marquis Teague…
“He’s got a ways to go; he has a long way to go. He’s turning it over way too much. Most of them are of the variety, what’s the hardest thing I can do here versus just throwing it to him. Just give it up early; he is taking one or two extra dribbles before he passes. Again, I’ve just got to coach him, he’ll listen and learn.”

On Darius Miller’s role…
“He may be starting; the way he played last game I may put him in the starting lineup. Some guys went back to playing passive and they aren’t going to be on the floor. The first three minutes of the game Michael (Kidd-Gilchrist) wasn’t there, he didn’t play well. We have to keep looking as we go and we’ll figure it out.”

On Darius Miller being OK with coming off the bench…
“They all better be OK with coming off the bench. That person has to be able to come in and lift the game, his energy lifts the game. Whether it’s him or anybody else who comes off the bench that is what you want. We won a few games with him there but if he wasn’t on the court in the last game then we don’t win the game. He’s been there; he’s done it on the national stage while these other guys are still learning. We’ve got a good group; I like the team, I like their attitudes. I think we had a little bit of a wake-up call, but a lot of it was that we didn’t do a great job preparing for a 3-2 (zone). You can’t put that on young players, the other side is, are we getting better each day?”

On what Radford’s game plan will be…
“If they watched the tape they’re going to try to be physical, they’ll play zone and they’ll hold the ball. I just watched tape on them and they are a good enough team to come in here and beat us if we don’t play our game but if we do, it will be hard for them.”

John Calipari Says He Once Chose ESPN Over Furniture

University of Kentucky head coach John Calipari reflects on ESPN's growth through his eyes.

Calipari even admits that one time, when he was working as a volunteer grad assistant, he and a roommate chose ESPN over furniture:

Highlights of Kenneth Faried at John Lucas Charity Game

Check out these highlights of former Morehead State star Kenneth Faried at last weekend's John Lucas Charity Game in Houston:

Second Half Run Propels Transylvania Past Centre


Transylvania University 74
Centre College 62

Final from Lexington, Kentucky

Game recap by Centre:

The Centre College men's basketball team dropped its second straight game of the season falling 74-62 to Transylvania University Tuesday, Nov. 15 in Lexington, Ky.

The Pioneers opened the game with five straight points to take an early lead, but Centre scored 17 of the next 22 points to go in front 17-10 with 11:04 left in the opening period.

Transylvania answered with a 14-3 run to take a 24-20 lead and would go on to finish the half with an eight-point lead (34-26) at the break.

After falling behind by 11 points early in the second half, the Colonels cut the lead to 46-40 with 12:33 remaining.

Centre would get no closer as the Pioneers scored 12 straight points to go ahead 58-40 before finishing with the 12-point victory.

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Tuesday, November 22, 2011

UK Announces Ticket Information for Upcoming Games


The University of Kentucky has announced that tickets for several games in December will go on sale Wednesday morning at 9:00 a.m. ET:

LEXINGTON, Ky. – Tickets for the UK men’s basketball’s holiday games against Samford (Dec. 20), Loyola (Dec. 22) and Lamar (Dec. 28) will go on sale Wednesday at 9:00 a.m. ET.

Tickets will be available for purchase 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.

In addition, eRUPPtion Zone tickets are available for Wednesday night's game against Radford and Saturday game versus Portland:

LEXINGTON, Ky. – eRUPPtion Zone tickets are available for the UK men’s basketball games over the Thanksgiving holiday against Radford (Nov. 23) and Portland (Nov. 26).

Tickets will be $5.00 each (cash only) and are limited to one per person (must be present at time of purchase). Tickets will go on sale 1.5 hours prior to tip-off at Rupp Arena Box Office are available on a first come/first serve basis.

West Virginia Hammers Morehead State in Charleston


West Virginia 83
Morehead State 48

Final from Charleston, West Virginia


Game recap by MSU:

CHARLESTON, W.Va. – West Virginia raced out to a 19-point advantage less than 12 minutes into Tuesday night’s contest and never looked back in an 83-48 victory over Morehead State before a crowd of 10,122 at the Civic Center.

The Big East Conference Mountaineers improve to 3-1 on the season, while the Ohio Valley Conference Eagles fall to 1-3. WVU also improves to 3-0 in the all-time series against MSU.

“We were bad all the way around tonight, but credit West Virginia,” Morehead State Head Coach Donnie Tyndall said. “WVU completely took us out of our game plan. They were bigger, stronger and more physical than us. They also forced turnovers and got second shots.”

West Virginia senior Kevin Jones tallied the only double-double for either team with 23 points and 10 rebounds. Senior Darryl Bryant added 14 points for the Mountaineers, while junior Deniz Kilicli and freshman Gary Browne contributed 10 apiece.

WVU shot 53 percent (28-of-53) from the field, while limiting Morehead State to 38 percent (18-of-47). The Mountaineers got to the free-throw line 31 times as a result of 26 MSU fouls, while the Eagles had just five attempts from the charity stripe.

West Virginia posted advantages of 40-22 in rebounding, 19-9 in assists, 28-14 in bench points, 28-16 in paint points and 18-3 in second-chance points. The Mountaineers also forced 19 turnovers, while committing just nine.

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Centre's Greg Ross Named SCAC Player of the Week


Centre College's Greg Ross was named Southern Collegiate Athletic Conference Player of the Week on Monday.

Here's the release from the SCAC:

GREG ROSS OF CENTRE COLLEGE, a senior forward from Cincinnati, Ohio, has been named SCAC Basketball Player-of-the-Week for games played Monday, November 14 through Sunday, November 20.

Ross averaged 21.7 points per game and 6.7 rebounds per game to go along with 1.3 assists per game for the Colonels as they opened the 2011-12 season 2-1.

Against Maryville (Tenn.), Ross scored 32 points on 13 of 17 shooting (76.5 percent) to go along with four rebounds. He also added two assists while hitting all six of his free throws.

Against John Carroll, Ross tallied 25 points on 6 of 11 shooting and 13 of 14 from the free throw line while nearly netting a double-double with nine rebounds.

For the Week, Ross shot just under 64 percent (21 of 33) from the floor while connecting on 23 of his 24 free throws.

Pitino Not Optimistic About Peyton Siva's Return


University of Louisville head coach Rick Pitino is not optimistic about Peyton Siva's return from an ankle injury.

Pitino spoke about Siva in his postgame press conference tonight:

(Opening Statement)
"The only difference between this and Butler is that we played great defense against Butler and we played great defense tonight, except tonight we didn't play great offense because we didn't share ball enough. You don't mind the freshmen making mistakes, it was our seniors, especially early in the game, who were making mistakes, especially Kyle (Kuric); he didn't play good team basketball and it hurt us early in the game. It got us in a rut. We broke down too much rather than stay with what we have been doing, shooting 51 or 52 percent. Our defense is confusing people; our defense is hurting people. We can build on our offense. Our offense wasn't there tonight because we didn't share the ball enough. Our defense is very good. We play two good teams coming up that if we play offense like we did tonight we will get blown out by 20 points. That is how good Ohio is and that is how good Long Beach State is. They're both terrific teams and I'm really impressed with Ohio. They share the ball. They run 100 pick-and-rolls. They duck in great. They it really well and their guards are lightning quick. You all know how good Long Beach State is. It will be a big test for us. We are coming off a big road win and you don't expect a let down, but you expect the type that is low tempo like this. We did play great defense. Our offense will get better. I thought Elisha Justice played really well. I thought Chris Smith played well sharing the basketball. Those two guys stuck out in my mind."

(On the defense being ahead of the offense)
"We are confusing people. We are pressuring people and that hurts them, and makes them shoot a low percentage. We have been playing great offense, shooting a high percentage. Tonight, we didn't because we kept breaking down and going one-on-one, but that's OK. We won the game and that's what counts."

(On holding Arkansas State to 27 points)
"We are playing awesome defense in every game. The only disappointing thing is we have been shooting a high percentage. We shot 51 percent against Butler and I know Butler isn't the same Butler, but they play awesome defense at home. We did a really good job of sharing the basketball and moving it inside and out, and tonight, we did not. We did a lot of good things defensively and that sticks out to me. Anytime you play good defense, you will have a chance to win and, with our guys, I think it's perfect to win a game. We have a lot of lessons to be taught going into the Ohio game with one day of preparation. That's what scares me more than anything else is the one-day prep. We have to take off Wednesday because of NCAA rules, so we have one day to prepare for Ohio, and that scares the heck out of me."

(On getting Peyton Siva back)
"I don't think Peyton is coming back. I mean, he is coming back someday, but he doesn't look good right now. Even if he does come back, I don't think he will be as good as the other guys we are using right now, but we will see. He has missed almost a month of practice because a lot of those have been doubles. We can use him as a back-up point guard for a little bit."

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