Saturday, December 3, 2011

Lindsey Wilson Defeats Top-Ranked Pikeville

Lindsey Wilson College 76
(1) University of Pikeville 73

Final from Columbia, Kentucky

Game recap by LWC:

COLUMBIA, Ky. -- For the second straight game it didn't seem like Kalen Kimberland could miss a shot.

There was no better opponent to keep a hot streak alive against than the top ranked University of Pikeville (Ky.), as the junior from Columbia poured in a game-high 26 points on 9-of-13 shooting to propel the Lindsey Wilson College men's basketball team over the Bears 76-73 on Saturday in Biggers Sports Center.

Senior Chase Spreen added 15 points for Lindsey Wilson and junior Darren Ballou tallied a tough 12 points and three rebounds while battling inside the paint with Pikeville's bounty of big men.

The biggest of the Bear centers, Shane Burrell, put up the biggest stats, finishing with 19 points and 11 rebounds, while Trevor Setty added 18 points, but missed 12 shots as he finished 7-of-19 from the field.

The game's final minute provided another classic ending inside Biggers Sports Center.

Junior Josh White put the Blue Raiders up by one with a minute to play on a put back of senior Justin Archie's missed layup. McHenry came right back up the court for the Bears and put them back up with a long jumper with less than a minute to play.

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Goodman: Louisville Not Worthy of No. 6 Ranking

Jeff Goodman of says the University of Louisville doesn't deserve the No. 6 ranking at this point.

Here is an excerpt:

"We're still waiting to get some guys back," said Kyle Kuric, who finished with 15 points and hit a couple of huge shots down the stretch.

If Blackshear does somehow get 100 percent by the middle of Big East play - and Louisville avoids the injury bug that has plagued the program for the last year-plus, there's no reason to believe that the Cardinals can't eventually become the No. 6 team in the land.

But they aren't there right now.

They struggled to beat a Vandy team that is extremely vulnerable without their 7-footer Festus Ezeli on their own home court, a Commodores team that is desperately clinging to its Top 25 ranking without its least dispensable player.

"We continue to win," Pitino said.

Last season, with a team that was picked to finish eighth in the Big East, Pitino wound up finishing third in the most daunting league in the country.

And this team, if and when it gets healthy, is deeper and more talented. That means Pitino can utilize his pressing defense more to his liking to speed up opponents instead of being forced to keep opponents guessing by constantly switching defenses.

Pitino's Cards aren't worthy of No. 6 spot - yet

Eastern Kentucky Abuses Brescia in Home Opener

Eastern Kentucky 107
Brescia University 43

Final from Richmond, Kentucky

Game recap by EKU:

RICHMOND, Ky. – The Eastern Kentucky University men’s basketball team won its 14th consecutive home opener on Saturday night, as the Colonels erupted for their first triple-digit scoring output since 2009 in a 107-43 win over Brescia in McBrayer Arena.

EKU (4-5) scored 17 unanswered points early in the first half to take a lead it would never relinquish. The Colonels shot a season-best 62 percent (37-of-60) from the field and 64 percent (16-of-25) from three-point range in the victory.

Freshman Eric Stutz led the way for EKU with a career-high 22 points and eight rebounds. Seniors Jeff Allgood (15), Joshua Jones (14) and Jaron Jones (13) as well as junior Mike DiNunno (14) also reached double figures. Eleven different Colonels entered the scoring column in the win.

Myron Christian paced Brescia with 10 points on 2-of-3 shooting from three-point range.

After falling behind 3-0 to begin the game, EKU was sparked by a pair of Joshua Jones three-pointers and exploded on a 17-0 run to take a commanding lead at the initial media timeout. The Colonels did not look back, continuing to push the tempo on offense and defense, and another Jones three-pointer, this one at the halftime buzzer, sent the home team into the locker room ahead, 51-26.

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Bellarmine Gets Back on Track with Win at Saint Joseph's

(1) Bellarmine 78
Saint Joseph's 75

Final from Rensselaer, Indiana

Game recap by BU:

RENSSELAER, Ind.--The No. 1 Bellarmine University men's basketball team gritted out a tough 78-75 victory over St. Joseph's College on Saturday afternoon in a Great Lakes Valley Conference road game.

The Knights (6-1, 1-1 GLVC) got big efforts from Jeremy Kendle and Chris Dowe in getting the win. Kendle recorded a double-double with 14 points and 10 rebounds, and Dowe led the Knights in scoring with 20 while hitting three of four clutch free throws down the stretch.

"All in all in was a great, great win, and I'm incredibly proud of our guys, said Bellarmine Coach Scott Davenport. "We dug in. We rebounded the ball, and we defended the three."

Bellarmine shot out to an early 12-point lead, but the Pumas (3-3, 0-2) slowly chipped away at the lead and finally caught the Knights and pulled ahead at the 3:24 of the first half. Luke Sprague banked home a 3-pointer at the buzzer to give the Knights a 42-38 lead at the break.

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Kentucky vs.UNC: Most Talent in College Game...Ever?

The NBA scouts were impressed with what they saw at Rupp Arena this afternoon.

One scout told Adam Zagoria: "I've been doing this 25 years and that's the best game I've ever seen."

Chad Ford told Zagoria that Anthony Davis is essentially a lock to be the No. 1 pick next summer:

AdamZagoria @ChadFordInsider on whether there's any chance Anthony Davis is not the No. 1 pick: "If he tears his ACL."

He also stated:

@ChadFordInsider Per out Big Board: 6 lottery picks, 9 players in our Top 30 and 12 players in our Top 100 playing in the UK-UNC game


NBA superstar Chris Paul liked Darius Miller's game:

CP3 I REALLY like #1 for Kentucky's game...Darius Miller, he's solid on both ends of the court and plays with a gr8 pace!

LeBron James was impressed:

KingJames Wow what a block by lil bro @AntDavis23 for the game! #BigBlueNation

Cardell McFarland Drains Game-Winner for KWC

(9) Kentucky Wesleyan 74
Lewis University 71

Final from Romeoville, Illinois

Game recap by KWC:

Cardell McFarland hit a game-winning three-pointer with one second left to vault No. 9 Panthers to a 74-71 comeback win at Lewis in Romeoville, Ill., on Saturday afternoon.

KWC jumped out to a 20-points lead in the first half 36-16 with 2:36 remaining. In the first half. Lewis took the lead at 55-54 with 6:45 left in the game.

Both teams exchanged baskets during the next five minutes until the Flyers scored five straight points to take the lead at 71-66 at the :1:05 mark.

McFarland made a three-pointer followed by a layup by Brandon Johnson to tie the score with 43 seconds left.

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John Calipari Talks About Kentucky's Win Over North Carolina

Here are John Calipari's comments following Kentucky's 73-72 win over North Carolina this afternoon (via

THE MODERATOR: Questions for Coach Cal.

Q. Anybody else in America could have blocked that shot but (Anthony) Davis?

COACH CALIPARI: No. There may be somebody out there. What I told the team, I made Marquis Teague stand up and hug my man in there. You hug Anthony (Davis) because he saved you.

Again, in this game, there were so many terrific performances. How about Kyle Wiltjer? He made big plays. The basket, the trap, forced the ball loose. Darius (Miller) made some big baskets. We got hung up again on screens on 3-point shooters. Driving me nuts. We worked on it. Obviously not enough. That was a great team we played.

Again, if he didn't block the shot, we lose the game. And both teams gutted it out, just gutted it out. This is supposed to be in March, not now. I'm exhausted.

Q. You've been saying for a couple of days, Play this game and we'll learn where we are. What did you learn?

COACH CALIPARI: We only had 36 hours but we talked about sprint it up, speed it up, then grind it out. For a freshman team to do this, have nine turnovers, it's incredible. I don't know whether they knew they had to play a certain way and they didn't deviate.

I got on Doron (Lamb) on that turnover late. I'm not going to you if that's what's going to happen. You have to be tough, strong, make a play, get it off the backboard. Marquis (Teague) has a way to go. It's his eighth game. It's his eighth game. But I'm confident he'll be fine.

Michael (Kidd-)Gilchrist just did stuff. Terrence Jones, that was his best game of the year, and he was challenged by it.

Again, North Carolina is one of those teams. They're one of the best teams in the country. They're well-coached. They never gave up. We got down. They called a timeout and bang a 3. C'mon.

Roy (Williams) did a great job. We were very, very fortunate to walk out with a W.

Q. After the game you seemed like you were kind of at a loss for words. When you were approaching Roy (Williams), what was going through your mind at that time?

COACH CALIPARI: I have all kind of respect for Roy (Williams). He has been one of the nicest people to me throughout my career - when I was at UMass and Memphis. Not only is he a great coach, he and his wife Wanda (Williams) are just terrific people. I don't like playing people that I like. Now I got to go down there, he has to go and get on a bus, he lost. I know what that feels like, especially a game as hard-fought as this.

That's why I kind of go down, and Roy, I feel for him because I'm in this profession. It's tough.

Q. (Question regarding the defense in the second half.)

COACH CALIPARI: Well, again, we got on them at halftime. They got six 3s. Make them shoot 2s. They did at the very end, but they got 3s which closed the gap. I thought Anthony Davis did a great job. I thought Terrence Jones did a great job defensively.

It's amazing, they have seven blocks, we have six blocks. You're talking two heavyweight big, long, tough teams. We just happened to be that team that's a little bit younger. We're just an inexperienced team, so...

Q. Can you take us through what you saw on that last play, what was kind of going through your mind. (Davis) came out of nowhere to block it.

COACH CALIPARI: The play before, if you remember, they made the 3 in the corner. Anthony (Davis) ran up and the guy took a dribble through deep and he made a 3. I looked at him, ‘Run back.’ He was like, (talking gibberish). The next play was exactly the same and he sprinted back like he was supposed to.

You don't go up when they rebound, you go back. He's a young kid, 17-, 18-years old. He's playing by instinct right now. So is Marquis Teague, so is (Michael Kidd-)Gilchrist and Kyle Wiltjer. They're all playing on instinct right now.

Q. Can you talk about the offense Doron (Lamb) provided the last 10 minutes of the game.

COACH CALIPARI: He struggled. The play that made me angry was in that first half when that ball squirted out and he didn't have a basket so he was rushing in to score on 6'9" guys, got blocked. Why are you doing that? Pull it down, let's run offense.

I thought in the second half, I put the ball in his hands saying, ‘Let's go down.’ He did a couple layups. He had a couple 3s. They were big shots. That one in the corner was a huge shot. He knocked it down.

Look, I've got good players. We're young and we're inexperienced, but I've got really good players. I like my team. But more importantly, they love each other. You notice, Eloy (Vargas) helped us today, Kyle (Wiltjer) helped us today, and the other six played the majority of the minutes. That's a happy locker room in there today.

All I said prior to the game, I didn't realize, because I hadn't been watching much TV, that this game was being played up like the end alls of end alls. I turn on ESPN and it's on the ticker. Every announcer is talking about this game.

I came back to the gym last night about 11 and grabbed the guys. Look, I didn't realize everybody is making this big deal out of this. It's just another game. Let's learn from it. I've been in a ton of these.

You freshmen, just be there for your team. Be good teammates. Leaders, you three seniors, this is your game. You got to run this.

They were ready to play. Both teams were ready to play. They came out of the gate. No one stopped. That was 40 minutes. Whoever had the ball last was winning. We got the ball last and we won. That's what happens when two good teams do not quit.

Q. What is your impression of your team's toughness now after this game?

COACH CALIPARI: They had 15 offensive rebounds and they were huge. We missed a bunch of baskets right next to the rim. Again, I didn't realize we were 4 for 17 from the 3. How in the world did we win? They were 11 out of 18. So it just shows you. These are two really good teams. We happened to get this one.

If we had to go to North Carolina, probably dropping one. Let's hope if we have to play them again, when it is the very last game of the season, for both teams, in one place, and that's when we play them again.

Q. John (Calipari), you complained yesterday about your team not executing, being impatient. First half it looked like that. What turned it around? Was it Doron (Lamb) going to the point?

COACH CALIPARI: I think they want to win. See, they're going to question (me), because they're so young, they're going to try to show me they can do it their way and win. When they realize they cannot play that way and win against these kinds of opponents, they'll usually come back.

The only thing that brings about change, folks, is a crisis. Meetings don't, talking doesn't. They'll look at me, Okay. But when its crisis time, we're down five at half, now do you understand how we have to play?

We had a play where we had the ball, came down bounced it off our knee, crossed it over twice, pitched it back to a guy, he misses the shot, they make a three, it's a five-point swing. I go bonkers. I just gave it to them. You can't play that way in this kind of game.

Listen, this is a learning experience. I'm going to watch the tape. (I’m) Proud of our guys. I would have been proud if that last shot would have gone in. I would have said, ‘we're learning.’ We made mistakes, gave up a three. We did it to ourselves. We're going to be fine. That's what I would have said if that kid makes that shot.

Q. What did you think about Michael (Kidd-Gilchrist) and the way he competed?

COACH CALIPARI: Michael was unbelievable. He is unbelievable. He's the greatest kid. I used him on defense and left him alone on offense. I'm going to tell you this. If we need a free throw late in the game, I'm giving him the ball and letting him shoot it. He will not miss it late in the game. He will make a free throw late because he's got that kind of courage.

Thank you.

Kentucky Survives Heavyweight Battle with North Carolina

(1) Kentucky 73
(5) North Carolina 72

Final from Lexington, Kentucky

Kentucky freshman Anthony Davis blocked John Henson's shot in the final seconds to give the Wildcats a 73-72 victory over No. 5 North Carolina on Saturday.

"No," John Calipari said when asked if anyone else in America could have blocked Henson's jumper.

After the block, North Carolina (6-2) had time to foul Davis and force him to shoot free throws, but failed to do so as time expired.

"I knew we would foul," Carolina head coach Roy Williams explained after the game. "I'm screaming to foul...but we didn't."

Kentucky (8-0) trailed much of the game but found a way to take the lead late in the second half behind the hot shooting of sophomore Doron Lamb. Lamb scored 12 of his 14 points in the second half.

Playing in front of numerous NBA scouts, freshman Michael Kidd-Gilchrist led the Wildcats with 17 points and 11 rebounds. Terrence Jones joined Lamb with 14 points.

Darius Miller came off the bench to score 12 points and provide some critical upperclassman leadership.

The Wildcats were 14-25 (56%) from the field in the second half, but only managed 4-17 (23.5%) shooting from long range in the game.

On the other hand, North Carolina was an amazing 11-18 (61.1%) from the three-point line in the game, but shot just 10-29 (34.5%) from the field in the second half.

Tyler Zeller and Harrison Barnes each scored 14 points to lead the Tar Heels. P.J. Hairston, who was reportedly injured and not expected to play, added 11 points on 3-4 shooting. Henson chipped in 10 points.

"That was a great team we played," Calipari said of North Carolina. "If he (Davis) doesn't block the shot, we lost that game."

Calipari was proud of the effort given by his young Wildcats.

"For a freshman team to do this and have nine's incredible," Calipari said after the game.

He later added, "I didn't realize we were 4-17 from the three (3-point line). How did we win?"

Williams was surprised by Kentucky's interior play.

"They dominated us a little more in the paint than we thought they would," Williams stated.

The Wildcats will enjoy another week as the nation's top-ranked team before travelling to Indiana next Saturday for a 5:15 p.m. contest.

North Carolina hosts Evansville Tuesday night at 7:00 p.m.

Kentucky vs. North Carolina is a Big Game

Think today's game isn't important? Check out this picture of what's trending in the United States:

Siva Layup Gives Louisville Overtime Win Over Vanderbilt

(6) Louisville 62
(19) Vanderbilt 60 F/OT

Final from Louisville, Kentucky

Game recap by U of L:

LOUISVILLE, Ky. (AP) - Peyton Siva's teammates wondered why he didn't end the game in regulation when he had a chance and deferred to a freshman. Given a second chance, Siva finished with a flourish.

Siva drove through the middle of Vanderbilt's defense for a layup with 1.4 seconds left and No. 6 Louisville rallied to beat the 20th-ranked Commodores 62-60 in overtime on a Friday night in which the BIG EAST went 4-0 in the BIG EAST/SEC Challenge.

"In the overtime, I was just like, 'I've got to make this layup and get these guys out of here because they're making it too close,'" said Siva, who had 14 points, seven rebounds and five assists. "I just got the layup."

The Cardinals (7-0) came back from two big deficits - nine in the second half and five in overtime to continue their theme from last year when they rallied from seven or more down nine different times. Kyle Kuric's 16-footer gave Louisville a 60-58 lead with 34 seconds left.

"It's a treat to coach these guys because you see great comebacks," Louisville coach Rick Pitino said. "There are times you think you're dead and then you just look up and you win the game."

John Jenkins, who finished with 27 points, hit two free throws for the Commodores (5-3) to tie it with 12.2 seconds to play, but Siva broke the defense on a high pick-and-roll and got to the hoop for the game-winning basket.

"He's a really fast guard," Jenkins said. "He got in the lane at will. He's a good player."

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Centre College Opens SCAC Play with Road Win

Centre College 65
Millsaps College 50

Final from Jackson, Mississippi

Game recap by Centre:

The Centre College men's basketball team opened its 2011-12 Southern Collegiate Athletic Conference (SCAC) season with a 65-50 win over Millsaps College Friday, Dec. 2 in Jackson, Miss.

Millsaps (3-2, 0-1 SCAC) scored the first seven points of the game to take a 7-0 lead, but the Colonels answered with a 25-5 run to take a 25-12 lead with 7:48 left in the first half.

The Majors cut the lead to 29-20 at the 3:36 mark in the opening period, but were out-scored 9-2 to close the half with Centre leading 38-22.

The Colonels (4-2, 1-0 SCAC) shot 50.0% (14-28) in the first half, including 8 of 15 (53.3%) from beyond the three-point arc, while limiting Millsaps to only 36.0% (9-25).

Centre continued to control the game in the second pushing the lead to as many as 22 (46-24) before finishing with the 15-point victory.

Seniors Greg Ross (Cincinnati, Ohio), and Jeff Mullaney (Louisville, Ky.) and freshman Josh Karsner (Frankfort, Ky.) finished in double figures for the Colonels. Ross scored a game-high 17 points to go along with four rebounds and four assists. Mullaney and Karsner added 16 points each.

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Doron Lamb: Kentucky More Talented Than North Carolina

University of Kentucky sophomore Doron Lamb didn't hold back when asked to give his opinion of today's super matchup between Kentucky and North Carolina.

Lambs told Jeff Goodman of that he feels the Wildcats are more talented.

Here's an excerpt:

"I think we're more talented offensively and defensively," Lamb said less than 24 hours before top-ranked Kentucky welcomes North Carolina to Rupp Arena.

And what about the two backcourts, Doron? How do you think they stack up against one another?

"I think we're way more talented," he said.

I wonder if Kendall Marshall and Dexter Strickland will get a look-see at those comments when they arrive in Lexington.

Unlike Jones and even Miller to an extent - who both downplayed the significance of this game - Lamb spoke the truth. To be honest, it's refreshing.

"It's a big game for us," Lamb said. "We want to try and keep our No. 1 spot."

Kentucky's Lamb says 'Cats are more talented

Asbury Rebounds with Win Over Tennessee Temple

Asbury University 90
Tennessee Temple 77

Final from Berea, Kentucky

Game recap by Asbury:

BEREA, Ky. – Asbury was able to snap a two-game regular season losing streak with a 90-77 win over Tennessee Temple in Berea College’s Classic on Friday night. The Eagles had also lost two exhibition contests since their last win back on November 12th.

For the first time in his Asbury (4-5) career Dakotah Euton led the team with 24 points and recorded a double-double with a game-high 11 rebounds. Euton and fellow starting forward Justin Jones led the team as Jones also had a double-double with 14 points and 10 rebounds. Euton was only six-of-18 from the floor but he got to the line 10 times, making nine. He would also record four assists.

Euton’s high school teammate Austion Flannery recorded 22 points on five-of-seven shooting. Flannery would also make nine-of-10 from the free throw line as the Eagles knocked down 32-of-40 from the charity stripe. Flannery and Euton would connect on three three-pointers each, the team made eight from long range.

This was the first time this season that two players recorded a double-double in the same game, and it was the second for Jones on the season.

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Friday, December 2, 2011

Kentucky Owned ESPN's Top Ten Plays Last Night

The Kentucky Wildcats owned ESPN SportsCenter's Top Ten Plays following last night's win over St. John's:

Son of Lakers Owner Jerry Buss Arrested in Lexington

According to Tamara Evans of WDRB, Jesse Buss, the son of Lakers owner Jerry Buss, was arrested in Lexington early Friday morning.

He was reportedly arrested for alcohol intoxication.

Here is the report from Evans on Twitter:

TamaraEvansWDRB Exclusive info from my source! Jesse Buss, son of LA Lakers owner Jerry Buss, arrested in Lexington for alcohol intoxication this morning.

TamaraEvansWDRB More info on that exclusive info I brought you... when Jesse Buss was arrested, he demanded preferential treatment from officers.

TamaraEvansWDRB He kept telling officers he was the son of Jerry Buss, owner of the LA Lakers. He has a mug shot, but they haven't placed it on website yet.

TamaraEvansWDRB I'm assuming he was in town for the UK game yesterday. Was arrested at 3:39 this morning at Broadway and Maxwell. All exclusive info :)

Morehead State Signs Seven in 2012 Recruiting Class

Morehead State men's basketball has announced the signings of seven players for the 2012-13 season.

Here is the release from MSU:

MOREHEAD, Ky. -- Morehead State Head Men’s Basketball Coach Donnie Tyndall has announced the signing of seven student-athletes to National Letters of Intent. Roderick Lawrence, Jeff Simmons, Deon Edwin, Charles Foster, Matt Bingaya, Aaron Tate and Norville Carey will join the program for the 2012-13 school year.

“We are excited about this group of players and expect great things from them at Morehead State,” Tyndall said. “The entire class will help our program and several of these players will be able to contribute immediately.”

Lawrence, a 6-foot-5, 185-pound wing, is averaging 14.0 points, 8.0 rebounds and 3.0 steals for Dr. Phillips High School in Orlando, Fla. The Panthers are currently ranked second in Florida’s 8A classification and seventh overall in the state.

(Tyndall on Lawrence)
“Roderick comes from a very good high school program and knows how to win. Rod is a long, athletic scoring wing who is skilled enough to play and defend multiple positions. He has played for several very good coaches, including Reggie Tucker and Willie Anderson.”

Simmons, a 6-foot-1, 170-pound guard, is averaging 13.3 points and 3.7 assists for Mississippi Gulf Coast Community College. He previously attended Greenwood High School (Miss.).

(Tyndall on Simmons)
“Jeff comes to us from a great junior college coach in Wendell Weathers. He is an explosive point guard who can make plays in the open floor and half court. He is a hard worker who loves basketball and competes at the highest level.”

Edwin, a 6-foot-2, 180-pound guard, earned all-state accolades as a junior at Red Lion Christian Academy in New Castle, Del. He averaged 15.1 points, 4.2 rebounds, 3.4 assists and 3.1 steals as a junior, helping the Lions to a 20-4 overall record and runner-up finish in the state tournament.

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John Calipari Talks About Saturday's Game Against UNC

University of Kentucky head coach John Calipari talks about Saturday's game against North Carolina and more (video by uknationofblue on YouTube):

Transcript from UK:

On how much tape he’s watched since last night’s game …
“I watched our tape last night. I watched two or three other tapes of North Carolina. They’re good. We’re not making the game easy for each other and that’s the biggest issue we have right now. Until you get knocked in the mouth or until you understand that you can’t play the way we’re playing, you’re not going to grow. I like my team but we’ve got a ways to go. This is a seasoned team that creates a lot of assists for each other. They’re really long and active. They’re hard to score on. It’s going to be a challenge for us.”

On how this game will be different from the game against St. Johns …
“They’re going to take away passing lanes. They’re going to try to block shots and chase over the top of screens. They’ll do everything to disrupt you. They want turnovers or bad shots, which leads to their breaks. It’s different but it’s good for us. The last team held the ball and played zone. This team is going to spread it up the court and play man-to-man in a totally different way than we’ve seen. It’s all good experience for us.”

On the amount of potential NBA players playing in this game tomorrow …
“It’s different than other games because Kentucky had nine pros on one team in 1996. If they played us and we had one, that would have been ten pros. What you’re looking for as a coach for an NBA team is guys that make other players better. They can play, but they can make other players better. If a guy is playing and he’s playing for himself, it just stands out in a game like this. They’ll be looking for who’s feeling the game and who’s making their teammates better. I would think both teams will play hard. This is a quick turn for us but I think the adrenaline will get us through the game. This is a challenge. This is one of those games that is a learning opportunity. It’s not a must win game. It’s one of those ones that you’d like to win but we need to learn. The only way you learn is in games like this. It’s the one thing that brings about a change and they just haven’t been changing offensively. Crisis brings about change. When I watch our team from last year from early in the season, we were similar to this. Then, when I watch our team from late in the year, we would grind it out and we would create good shots. We took care of the ball, we knew how to get open, we played fast, and we were never in a hurry. We were one of the best teams in the country a year ago at the end. Early on, we couldn’t win a road game. This team is very similar only we’re a little longer so our defense blocks some shots and we create gaps. If we didn’t do that, we’d probably be losing a bunch of these games already.”

On what will happen since this is the last year in the contract with UNC …
“We don’t know that yet. I’m hoping our league stays at 16 games. If the league stays at 16 games, it’s an easy decision. Roy [Williams] and I have talked. Both of us still want to play the series and we know it’s important for both programs. But, there are only so many games you can play. You’ve got the conference games and then you’ve got these made for TV games and then you’ve got the Big East Challenge. We’re one of those teams that are locked into a certain number of games per year and we’re one of the very, very few that do that. We’ll see. We still may be playing it. There are other types of ways to be playing this game. We may be able to figure it out.”

On match ups against UNC tomorrow …
“I don’t know yet. We don’t know yet. We’re still trying to figure it out.”

On why this game tomorrow is important for the program…
“Well every game here is important. We have 22,000 we’re playing for so they’re all important here. But, you want games that help you learn about your team. You want your team to learn about themselves and that’s what you learn in these kinds of games. Obviously these are two teams that are going to go at each other and that have a history. We played twice last year and split. If we play twice this coming year again, I hope it’s very, very late in the season.”

On whether Marquis (Teague) could make the “wow” play early in the game …
“He could do it. He’s just got to learn from it. I have been dragging this team faster than they need to go. We have three freshman and two sophomores starting. Sometimes I think, ‘They should be like this.’ And then I think, ‘No they shouldn’t. It’s December 1st and we’ve played seven basketball games.’ They’re probably about where they should be right now. We’re sloppy and we don’t share the ball like we should. We never give it up early and we don’t make the easy plays. We don’t execute offensively. We break off plays for our own shot. All the things you would expect of a new team, we do. That’s the advantage Carolina has since they’re a seasoned team. Again, I like my team. I’ve said that from day one. I really like my team and I wouldn’t trade my team for anybody, but its’ going to be a challenge for us.”

On North Carolina’s experience in “big game atmospheres” versus UK’s …
“We played Kansas in the (Madison Square) Garden. It looked like a Final Four venue. We had to wait an extra half hour to play the game. We’re as ready as we need to be for this kind of game. I’m not sweating it. We’re not changing a whole lot. I doubt that they’re changing a whole lot. We’re going to find out where their team is and where our team is. That’s what this is.”

On comparing Terrence Jones’ performance versus North Carolina last year with what he expects this year …
“I hope it won’t [happen again]. He’s way better. But they’re way better. You can watch them on tape. They are way better than they were last year at the beginning of the season. They’re figuring it out. They’re good. They’re good defensively. Again, this is just the next game. It’s a huge game if we win. Short of that, it’s the next game on the schedule.”

On how good Kendall Marshall is for North Carolina in transition …
“He’s really good. He’s really good with the ball. He’s got a great eye for passing. He will throw it on the dime, three-quarters of the length of the court. You give him a little bit of a gap to throw it to somebody and he will. He’s playing to make his team better which is why he’s averaging 11 assists. He’s running the team saying, ‘I’m going to get everyone the ball. You do your thing and I’ll do mine.’”

Has Rondo Started to Wear Out His Welcome in Boston?

Donny Marshall of CSN New England claims he is hearing that former UK star Rajon Rondo has "started to wear his welcome out a little bit" in Boston.

Here's Marshall talking about Rondo:

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Lindsey Wilson Holds Off UVA-Wise in Mid-South Action

Lindsey Wilson 79
UVA-Wise 72

Final from Columbia, Kentucky

Game recap by LWC:

COLUMBIA, Ky. -- Lindsey Wilson College's 79-72 win against the University of Virginia's College at Wise on Thursday at Biggers Sports Center was literally a slam dunk, as Charles Baker put the game away with an emphatic slam off a lob from Justin Archie as the clock winded down to zero.

The win evens the Blue Raiders' conference record at 1-1, while they are 6-3 overall. UVa.-Wise drops to 3-5 overall and 1-2 in league play.

Senior Chase Spreen led Lindsey Wilson with 20 points on three 3-pointers and a 9-for-10 performance from the free-throw line. Junior Kalen Kimberland added 17 points, knocking down 8-of-12 shots from the field.

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Pikeville Gets Back on Track, Blasts Cumberlands

University of Pikeville 73
University of the Cumberlands 57

Final from Williamsburg, Kentucky

Game recap by UPIKE:

PIKEVILLE, Ky. – Senior guard Chris McHenry scored nine points as Pikeville broke open a tie game with a 15-3 run to beat Cumberlands 73-57 Thursday night in the O.Wayne Rollins Center.

McHenry, a 5-11 point guard from Milwaukee, began the run with a three from the right wing with 8:05 left in the game. It was Pikeville's first made three-point shot of the game, and was followed by a triple by senior Kyan Hines from the left wing.

After junior Markeith Cungious split a pair from the line, McHenry hit a one-handed floater and a pair of free throws to stretch the lead to nine with 6:14 left. Senior Matt Daniel tried to stop the run with a pair of free throws, but junior guard Trevor Setty turned in a three-point play and McHenry sank another floater in the paint.

McHenry's last basket turned a 44-all tie into a 59-47 lead with 5:09 to play.

The win for the Bears ended a two-game losing streak for the top-ranked Bears, making them 7-2 on the season and 1-2 in the Mid-South Conference.

For Cumberlands, it was the first loss in eight games this season and made it 1-1 in the league.

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ODU Coach: Terrence Jones "is a Bit of a Prima Donna"

Old Dominion head coach Blaine Taylor, whose team lost to Kentucky 62-52 on November 20, has given ESPN's Andy Katz some thoughts on the Wildcats.

Taylor said Kentucky "isn't a great defensive team" (even though they held ODU to 52 points) and sophomore Terrence Jones "is a bit of a prima donna."

Here are Taylor's comments:

"They've got a wealth of ability," said Old Dominion coach Blaine Taylor, whose Monarchs lost to Kentucky 62-52 on Nov. 20. "They make a living on their talent of overwhelming people. But my guys played toe-to-toe with them because we were physical. They'll react better to Carolina than to us because Carolina can match their length. Davis is dang long. He can pick your pocket from across the street. He's not as long as Henson but he's that kind of guy around the basket."

Taylor said that Kentucky isn't a great defensive team. But Davis certainly is a game-changer. Davis scored 15 points, corralled 15 boards and had eight of a school-record 18 blocks in a convincing 81-59 SEC-Big East Challenge win Thursday night over St. John's at Rupp Arena, while Jones added 26 points and nine boards. Davis is averaging 13 points, 9.1 rebounds and 4.9 blocks in 26.6 minutes through the season's first seven games; Jones is averaging 15.1 points and 7.6 rebounds in 30 minutes.

Taylor said Davis' ability to block and alter shots may be neutralized against North Carolina due to the Tar Heels' length.

"The pair of them will have to be more creative," Taylor said. "Davis didn't play well against us and didn't cast the long shadow over the game. He's vulnerable to physical play. Jones is a bit of a prima donna. One of them is salt and pepper and the other is meat and potatoes. They're not a carbon copy of each other at all. Both can step away from the basket, though. [Davis] was the more efficient player. Jones does a lot of flashy stuff, spinning and chest bumping."

Pick your poison with UK's Davis, Jones

Kentucky Wesleyan Opens GLVC Play with Overtime Win

(9) Kentucky Wesleyan 81
Wisconsin-Parkside 78 F/OT

Final from Somers, Wisconsin

Game recap by KWC:

Kentucky Wesleyan College needed overtime for the second straight year to win 81-78 at Wisconsin-Parkside on Thursday night in the Great Lakes Valley Conference opener.

Anthony Young made a one-handed 3-point shot with a Parkside defender all over him to tie the score 72-all and force the overtime.

Then Young made a steal and a drive to put the Panthers ahead for good in the extra period as the No. 9 Panthers escaped.

Kreig Oxley made two free throws with three seconds left for the final margin. Those were the only points Oxley scored after he grabbed a defensive rebound and was fouled with KWC clinging to a 79-78 lead.

Although Young had struggled at times, scoring 11 points, he was confident when he had a chance to keep the game going.

“I hit crazy shots like that all the time in practice, I didn't feel any pressure,” Young said.

KWC coach Todd Lee said Young was trying to draw a foul with the way the senior put the shot up.

“His body was kind of sideways, and he had a tough time getting the shot through the guy's arms,” Lee said. “I looked at it as it was heading toward the rim, and I thought 'that's got a shot.' ”

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Northern Kentucky Grabs GLVC Road Win at Saint Joseph's

Northern Kentucky 82
Saint Joseph's 70

Final from Rensselaer, Indiana

Game recap by NKU:

RENSSELAER, Ind. – Eshaunte Jones knocked down five 3-pointers and finished with 20 points to lead unbeaten Northern Kentucky University to an 82-70 win over Saint Joseph's on Thursday night.

Jones also pulled down nine rebounds and added two assists as NKU improved to 5-0 overall, 1-0 in the Great Lakes Valley Conference. Chad Jackson finished with 15 points, nine rebounds and five assists for the Norse, who shot 51.1 percent from the field.

Ethan Faulkner made all 10 of his free throws and finished with 15 points for NKU, which owns a 39-20 lead in the all-time series against Saint Joseph's. The Norse led by as many as 20 points (63-43) before the Pumas mounted a comeback that was sparked by guard Dayvon Sloan, who poured in a game-high 34 points.

Sloan scored 25 points in the second half and drained five 3-pointers as Saint Joseph's eventually cut the NKU lead to 72-68 with 54 seconds left. The Norse sealed the win by making 10 free throws in the last minute, with Faulkner converting six of the charity tosses.

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John Calipari Talks About Win, Says UK Must Play Better

Here are University of Kentucky head coach John Calipari's thought after his team blasted St. John's on Thursday night (transcript from UK):

Q. Talk about (Anthony) Davis, his blocks, and did you know at 4:44 that he was two shy of the triple double?

COACH CALIPARI: I didn't, but I think he was -- without him, we probably lose the game. He changed everything about it. He blocked shots. He scored baskets, he rebounded tough rebounds. He came up with balls -- when it got rough, we had guys who could not come up with balls.

Just could not -- it's an Achilles heel for us, and guys think it's okay, and it's just not. But he played. He balled.

Q. You said yesterday, we need to work on offense, playing pretty well on defense, kind of how it played out again tonight. How do you reconcile playing so dominant on defense, I think five shot clock violations early in the first half, all of the blocked shots and not on the other end.

COACH CALIPARI: Well, you're playing such a young team that they just -- we haven't figured out each other yet, and it's going to take time. This team will be way better in March than it is right now.

We started the game, we had five turnovers to start the game in the first, three or four minutes, five turnovers, of the kind of going after a ball half speed, running somebody over, walking, not spreading the court.

And then, give St. John's credit. They scrapped. They scrapped. They were physical. They played a style that they felt they had to play, which was: Let's run the shot clock down. That's why there were the shot clock violations, not that we were so good defensively. They went to run the clock to 10 seconds and tried to make a play; then they couldn't get the shot up at that point, worked hard. But they did what they had to to stay in the game. And we were just inept offensively. We started the game, we had 16 points. I'm like, are we going to get to the 20 this half?

So again, you know, got a ways to go. I don't know what else to tell you.

Q. With Anthony (Davis), he blocked so many of those, and controls them and keeps them and creates possessions; is that something you teach or something that he's done?

COACH CALIPARI: I'd like to take all the credit for that, how I teach. But the reality of it is, that's him. He's just -- you know, he's a great shot-blocker. We blocked a lot of shots today. We had some steals. It's a hard game to play when the other team is winding that clock down, and there's going to be a lot of teams that play us this way. That's how they will play us.

Q. On Terrence Jones …

COACH CALIPARI: Terrence (Jones) is going to have to play better these next two games. He's going to have to -- it's not even about numbers. You've got to come up with balls. You've got to be the guy on the court, being where you're supposed to and you have to show leadership, like coming up with balls and taking charges.

These next two games are vital because you cannot count on young players, freshmen, to go in there in these kind of games, the next two that we have. The next two are going to be ridiculously hard for us to win, and so if we don't have that from him, it's going to be really hard for us, because again, if it's not him, you're counting on freshmen.

Q. At the beginning of the game with them milking the clock and playing zone on the offensive end, do you think your team showed a lot of patience?

COACH CALIPARI: We did okay. But we started the first couple of possessions, the guys put the ball all above their head and they didn't get into the gaps. I mean, things that we had worked on for four days, we just -- they didn't do.

Start of the game, and so we end up with five turnovers, and I'm like, what are we doing? But again, I'm not the most patient guy anyway, and I want us to be better now.

But it's December 1. We are what we are. We are a good defensive team and we cannot sustain the energy we need because it's so early in the season, we stopped playing a lot. And offensively, we just aren't in sync yet, and we have got to get it there.

Q. A lot of times you hear, players they don't care about defense, especially younger players. Are they just special that (they play good defense) or is there something else that's gone into it?

COACH CALIPARI: Well, if you are not going to guard here, you're don't play. You're not going to get in games. And if you break down, then we play somebody else. Our practice preseason is all offense. When we get into the season, we are zeroed in on what we are doing defensively.

I mean, if you look over the last five or six years, my teams defensively have been efficient. They have done what they were supposed to do. So this team is no different. I mean, field goal percentage, rebound margin, which isn't what it should be, because they jerk balls out of our hands today, and then blocking shots and steals and giving themselves more opportunities.

But again, look, I'm looking at other teams around the country that are top-ranked teams. They are just way ahead of us offensively. Just way ahead. And so you're not going to go hold those kind of teams to 32 percent, 29, you're not.

But you certainly can't shoot 39 -- score 39 percent of the time and turn it over as much as we've been.

Q. As far as St. John's, a little under manned with only seven or eight scholarship players. Can you talk about how as a coach, how difficult it is to coach a team with that few players and how will it help if they are able to get another player or two here in December with the rest of their season?

COACH CALIPARI: Well, if I'm one of those seven, I'm really happy, because those seven are playing every minute. If the option is, I play less minutes and we have more guys, then everybody in that room says; we are good with who we have.

But what happens is when they add guys that can give them some shooting, maybe some driving ability, I think you're going to see a different team. And like I said, they played us as well as anybody has played us, they really did. I've got to give them credit.

Q. Obviously Anthony (Davis) blocks a lot of shots, yet he does not foul much. What is that about? And he had a block late in the game, didn't seem like much of a foul, but anyway, wondering if you saw that.

COACH CALIPARI: I didn't see that. But when he leaves his feet, he fouls. The great shot-blockers wait until you release it and then they go after the ball.

So a ball fake doesn't bother them because they are not leaving, anyway. So you can ball fake six times. Until you start to release the ball, when it's out of your hand, a shot-blocker will go after it. That's what he does.

And the other thing a shot blocker does is he's blocking not his man’s shot, he's blocking somebody else's shot. And that's why I'm telling my players, don't foul. We did exactly what we did against Kansas. They had 10 straight points from the free throw line. Come on. Quit fouling. We are blocking every shot. Why would you foul or grab or hold? Why? We did the same thing with Kansas; as the game wound down, we just gave them all those free throws. We have to get better at that.

Q. You had 18 blocked shots, school record, just a little bit about what that does defensively? I know offensively it's not where you want to be, but defensively --

COACH CALIPARI: We are a pretty good defensive team. We have been this way all year. We have not had 18 blocks, but we have had 10, 11.

And the other side of it is, most teams haven't done what this team did. Most teams try to beat us shooting 3s. So they will play a zone, they may hold it a little bit, but they are trying to shoot 3s to beat us. This team went inside, which is why we had 18 blocks.

Q. How much have you looked at North Carolina and what will you do tomorrow to prepare?

COACH CALIPARI: First of all, I've got to watch this tape tonight. Then I've got to watch our game with North Carolina a year ago, watch two or three other tapes of North Carolina.

I watched them at Vegas about eight minutes, 10 minutes, and I watched them against Wisconsin, maybe 12 minutes, 15 minutes, max. So I've got a lot of work to do.

I have no idea how we are going to play them yet. You know, they pretty much play how they play. We pretty much play like we play. I doubt if either one of us are going to try to hold the ball. I mean, it should be an up-and-down game I imagine. You let them get in too much of an up-and-down game, you'll get killed.

So you've got to make it so that they are not getting just pass-ahead layups.

Let me just tell you, what I saw, and the little bit I saw last night, they are really good. I know UNLV made 13 3s, which is why they won the game, and they really fought like heck and did a pretty good job. But they came back against a Wisconsin team that's even more physical and tougher than the UNLV team, and really did a pretty good job on them.

So I think they bounced back and recovered from that. They are a good team. They are really good.

Q. I know you have not seen a lot of tape on them, but how would tonight's performance work out on Saturday for you guys?

COACH CALIPARI: If we play like tonight? Then I would be a very sad coach after the game I would say. We have to play better than we played (tonight).

Shawnee State Defeats Campbellsville in Low-Scoring Game

Shawnee State 50
Campbellsville 42

Final from Portsmouth, Ohio

Game recap by CU:

PORTSMOUTH, Ohio - Shawnee State couldn't score at the beginning and Campbellsville couldn't at the end. The result: The Bears 50, Tigers 42 in the second MSC game for CU.

Ian Nixson canned a 3-pointer with 1:40 left and Mark Bryant added an old-fashioned three-point play with 32 seconds left that propelled the Bears to the eight-point win.

"We're void of leadership right now," said Coach Keith Adkins. "We need a defensive leader, a rebound leader and an emotion leader."

It was a pedestrian effort for CU (6-2, 1-1) which scored 22 points in the second half after only 20 in the first. The Tigers were led by Cedric Henderson's 18 points. No other Tiger reached double figures.

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Thursday, December 1, 2011

That's Darius Miller From Maysville, Kentucky

Watch as Kentucky's Darius Miller throws down a nasty dunk on St. John's:

Indianapolis Upsets Top-Ranked Bellarmine University

Indianapolis 99
(1) Bellarmine 94

Final from Indianapolis, Indiana

Game recap by BU:

INDIANAPOLIS, Ind.—The No. 1 Bellarmine University men's basketball team suffered its first loss of the season as the host Indianapolis Greyhounds upset the defending national champions 99-94 in overtime tonight in Nicoson Hall in the Great Lakes Valley Conference opener for both teams.

After UIndy's Mark Brigham hit one of two free throws to tie the score with 3.3 seconds remaining in regulation, Chris Dowe's 3-pointer as time expired rattled in and out to send the game in overtime. In the extra session, the Greyhounds came up with a couple of big put back baskets and hit their free throws down the stretch to pull out the victory.

Bellarmine got off to a great start, taking a 15-4 lead less than five minutes into the game and enjoyed a 37-30 halftime lead. After the break, however, the Greyhounds came out red hot and finally wrestled the lead away from the Knights at the 5:01 mark. From there, the teams battled to an 84-84 tie.

Bellarmine Coach Scott Davenport said, “This was just a defensive breakdown from top to bottom. In the second half, they (Indianapolis) shot 72 percent. They only missed seven shots and got seven offensive rebounds.”

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Murray State Impressive in Road Win at Western Kentucky

Murray State 70
Western Kentucky 59

Final from Bowling Green, Kentucky

Game recap by MSU:

Isaiah Canaan scored 18 points as Murray State kept its undefeated record intact Thursday night, defeating Western Kentucky 70-59 at E.A. Diddle Arena.

The Racers improved to 8-0 on the season, their best start to a season since the 2003-04 squad started out with the same mark, as Canaan, MSU's leading scorer on the season with 20.3 ppg, tallied 13 of his points in the first half to lead the Racers to a 30-26 advantage at halftime. Latreze Mushatt chipped in nine points off the bench, including seven straight points in a minute and a half near the end of the first 20 minutes.

MSU charged out of the locker room in the second half, building a 46-30 lead after just three minutes as Ivan Aska hit a pair of baskets.

Western Kentucky (2-6) would pull the advantage back as Jamal Crook scored 18 of his game-leading 20 points in the second half and 10 of the Hilltopper's 14 points over a three and a half minute stretch as they would bring the score to as close as 47-44 with 9:39 remaining in the game. The Racers would build another double digit lead over the next few mintues, jumping out to an 11 point lead with five minutes remaining before closing out the 11 point victory.

Ivan Aska added 14 points and a team-best eight rebounds as he led MSU with 10 points in the second half. Donte Poole also scored in double figures for the Racers with 10 points on the night.

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Kentucky Swats St. John's in Record-Breaking Fashion

(1) Kentucky 81
St. Johns's 59

Final from Lexington, Kentucky

The Kentucky Wildcats had a school-record 18 blocked shots in an 81-59 thumping of St. John's at Rupp Arena on Thursday night.

Freshman Anthony Davis led the way with 15 points, 15 rebounds and a game-high 8 blocks.

Terrence Jones added 26 points, 9 rebounds, 4 blocks and 4 steals for the Wildcats. Doron Lamb chipped in 16 points and 3 assists.

Former Kentucky recruit God'sgift Achiuwa led St. John's (4-4) with 18 points and 10 rebounds. Moe Harkless contributed 16 points and 10 boards.

Kentucky (7-0) controlled the game defensively. In addition to the blocks record, the Cats forced 19 turnovers and held St. John's to 19-60 (31.7%) field goal shooting.

The Wildcats return to action Saturday when they host No. 5 North Carolina in Rupp Arena at Noon.

Kent State Pulls Away from Morehead State in Second Half

Kent State 83
Morehead State 63

Final from Kent, Ohio

Game recap by MSU:

KENT, Ohio -- Senior Justin Manns tallied a career-best 18 points, while junior Randal Holt added 17 as the Kent State men’s basketball team posted an 83-63 victory over Morehead State on Thursday evening at the M.A.C. Center.

The Golden Flashes improve to 4-1 on the season, while the Eagles slip to 3-5 overall. KSU also improves to 4-2 in the all-time series.

Manns connected on 7-of-9 from the field, including three dunks in a 57-second span late in the second half. He also collected a game-high seven rebounds.

Holt came off the bench to knock down 5-of-8 from the floor, including 4-of-5 from three-point range. He also drilled 3-of-4 from the free-throw line and handed out five assists.

Senior Carlton Guyton, who finished with 11 points, was the third double-figure scorer for KSU.

Senior Ty Proffitt, who registered 13 points, led a balanced scoring attack for Morehead State.

Senior Lamont Austin and junior Kahlil Owens added 11 points apiece for the Eagles, while junior Marsell Holden contributed 10. The scoring totals for Owens and Holden were both season highs.

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Rumor Updates: Chuck Hayes and Rajon Rondo

There have been numerous rumors involving former University of Kentucky stars Rajon Rondo and Chuck Hayes.

Rondo has been mentioned in several trade rumors, but Celtics GM Danny Ainge stated on Thursday, "I am not trying to trade Rondo. I am not."

Here is more from

Seeking to put an end to sudden and rampant speculation that the Celtics were looking to trade point guard Rajon Rondo, general manager Danny Ainge met with the media on Thursday and said bluntly, “I am not trying to trade Rondo. I am not.” Rondo’s name hit the rumor mill almost immediately after attention shifted from the finalization of the new collective bargaining agreement to player movement in the truncated offseason. Several possibilities for Rondo deals cropped up, none of which had much merit. The only one that made much sense was that the Celtics had offered Rondo to the Hornets for Chris Paul, but even that was more speculation than fact because the Hornets are not yet seeking to trade Paul, and Paul is unlikely to sign an extension in Boston, anyway.

Ainge also rebuffed speculation that the team had leaked the stories about Rondo. “We didn't leak those rumors and it is unfortunate,” he said.

As for Hayes, he is a free agent and it's not clear if the Houston Rockets will re-sign him at this point.

According to, the Rockets met with Hayes on Wednesday:

Hayes' agent, Calvin Andrews, confirms the contact from the Rockets.

"He's got a healthy amount of interest with teams outside the Rockets," Andrews said. "The Rockets have reached out. They have expressed their interest level. We haven't talked any details, numbers or contract information, but they have expressed sincere interest in Chuck.

"That's where it is right now and we're waiting to have another conversation with (Rockets general manager) Daryl (Morey)."

Andrews is not ready to divulge who has contacted him about Hayes, but he does acknowledge four other teams have also called and he is expecting more.

"He feels good about the interest level and he feels something good will happen out of this," Andrews said.

Andrews reiterates Hayes' stance that he wants to return to the Rockets if it is possible.

ESPN: Anthony Davis Was Most Impressive Freshman in November says Kentucky's Anthony Davis was the most impressive freshman in college basketball during November.

Here is an excerpt:

Most impressive freshman: Anthony Davis, Kentucky. Davis' numbers are eye-popping in a slightly askew way. The scoring and rebounding look solid, if not great (12.7 points, 8.2 rebounds per game), but the real excitement -- and one of the things that has scouts gushing over the potential No. 1 overall pick -- is his block rate. Davis is averaging 4.3 blocks per game, which seems silly only up to the point until you sit down and watch him play. That's when you realize he's an athletic 6-foot-11 with a massive wingspan and a team of athletic, ball-hawking defenders around him. Of course he's going to block shots. Even better? Because Kentucky has so many offensive weapons, Davis doesn't need to score. The looks he gets are quality interior opportunities, and as a result Davis is shooting 71 percent from the field this season. He appears to be the perfect centerpiece for John Calipari's hypertalented, uptempo team. No wonder the scouts are in love.

A look back at a November to remember

Nerlens Noel Has Been in Touch with Kentucky, Louisville

Nerlens Noel, one of the top big men in the 2013 recruiting class, spoke to recently.

Noel, a 6-10 center, said he has been in touch with Florida, Louisville, Syracuse and Kentucky.

Here is an excerpt of the interview:

Nation of Orange: Who have you heard from the most? Or who sticks out at this point?

Noel: No one sticks out yet. But I've been in touch with Florida, Louisville, Syracuse, and Kentucky.

Nation of Orange: What are your thoughts on Florida and Coach Billy Donovan?

Noel: I think they have a good program and a great tradition of putting players into the NBA. I'd fit in very well there.

Nation of Orange: What about Coach Calipari and Kentucky? Do you like that they have a reputation of having a lot of "one and done" players?

Noel: The "one and done" thing doesn't bother me at all. I'm not worried about that. But I like their program, and I think I'd fit in very well with their up tempo style of play.

Nation of Orange: What about Syracuse? Coach Boeheim runs the 2-3 zone, so how do you think you'd fit into that?

Noel: I like Syracuse and the zone. I think I could block a lot of shots in it. I've played it before so I have some experience with zone. Playing in front of 30,000 fans would be big.

Catching Up with 2013 5-Star Center Nerlens Noel


Video: The John Wall Official Lockout Hoopmixtape

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Chris Walker Expresses Frustrations About UK on Twitter

Chris Walker, one of the top recruits in the 2013 recruiting class, is apparently not feeling the love he'd like to feel from the University of Kentucky.

Walker took to Twitter (never a good idea) earlier today to express his frustrations:

cwalkertime23 UK not interested in me so ill do the same when they get interested I will also

cwalkertime23 UK in top ten not top 3

cwalkertime23 Things can change as soon as they change

Walker is a 6-9 power forward from Holmes County (Fla.) High School. He ranks No. 8 overall on the list for 2013.

Adam Zagoria reported earlier on Twitter that Walker's top three choices now are: Kansas, Florida and Connecticut.

My Thoughts: If we know anything about John Calipari and his recruiting, it's this: this is not the way to get Kentucky's attention.

North Carolina's P.J. Hairston to Miss Kentucky Game

The North Carolina Tar Heels will be playing without 6-6 freshman P.J. Hairston when they face Kentucky on Saturday.

Hairston confirmed on Twitter that he will miss the game with a wrist injury:

pjhairston_15 Sorry to say but i will not be playing Saturday!

Hairston is a key loss for the Tar Heels as he is arguably the team's most consistent long range shooter. He is averaging 8.3 points per game and is shooting 14-31 (45.2%) from the three-point line.

Washington Wizards to Hold Training Camp at Verizon Center

The Washington Wizards will be forced to hold training camp at the Verizon Center in December.

Here are more details from the Washington Post:

After making some outpost in Virginia their training camp home the past seven seasons, a hurried NBA schedule has forced the Wizards to hold their first practices at Verizon Center beginning Dec. 9.

The Wizards began the John Wall era last season with a brilliant marketing strategy to open training camp with a Midnight Tip-Off event at George Mason’s Patriot Center that was free to the public and generated considerable buzz with a telecast on NBATV. The previous six seasons they held training camp at Virginia Commonwealth in Richmond.

But with the NBA lockout delaying the season and putting teams under tight timelines to get off and running, the Wizards will have a much more subdued introduction to the 2011-12 season. Owners and players reached a tentative agreement last Saturday and the Wizards didn’t have much time to find another facility or organize anything special for training camp.

Wizards to hold training camp at Verizon Center

The NBA preseason schedule has not been released at this time, but it looks like the Wizards will play a home-and-home preseason series against the Philadelphia 76ers.

Thomas More Defeats Geneva in PAC Opener

Thomas More College 75
Geneva College 63

Final from Beaver Falls, Pennsylvania

Final from TMC:

(BEAVER FALLS, Pa.) - Junior small forward Phil Feinberg (Tempe, Ariz./Corona Del Sol) recorded his first career double-double to lead the Thomas More College men's basketball team to a, 75-63, win over Geneva College tonight (Wednesday, November, 30, 2011) in the Presidents' Athletic Conference (PAC) opener for both teams at Metheny Fieldhouse in Beaver Falls, Pennsylvania.

With the win, the Saints improve to 5-1 overall and 1-0 in the PAC and with the loss, the Golden Tornadoes fall to 1-5 overall and 0-1 in the PAC.

Geneva jumped out to a 5-3 lead with 18:54 to play in the first half when Dave Phillips made a jumper. Thomas More answered with a 12-2 run capped by a three-pointer by junior point guard Ryan Hamm (Maysville, Ky./Mason County) to give the Saints a 15-7 lead at the 14:20 mark of the opening half. The Golden Tornadoes came right back with a 13-4 run to retake the lead at 20-19 when Phillips made a jumper with 10:23 to play in the half. The Saints responded with a 21-6 lead to take their biggest lead of the half at 40-23 with 1:35 to play in the half when sophomore point guard D'Carlo Hayes (Louisville, Ky./Male) made two free-throws. Geneva closed out the half on a 4-0 run to cut the lead to 40-30 at halftime when Pat Johnson made a lay-up with 38-seconds to play in the first half.

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Wednesday, November 30, 2011

John Calipari Talks About St. John's, Kentucky's Ranking

University of Kentucky head coach John Calipari spoke to the media on Wednesday about his team being ranked No. 1 and Thursday night's game against St. John's.

Here is a transcript from UK:

On what he tells his young team after becoming number one in the rankings …
“First of all, I said obviously not everyone thought we should be number one. Thirty percent of the voters voted for someone else, which is really unusual. Normally, whoever ascends gets the majority of the votes. That didn’t happen. I said, ‘We’ll see if they’re right. How we practice, how we approach this. I want you to understand that this is not a burden. It’s a badge of honor. That’s what this is. Playing here, this is what you’re trying to attain.’ Now, this isn’t when we want this, but we’re there so let’s see how we perform.”

On whether the freshmen understand what it means to be number one …
“They’re oblivious to all of this. They don’t have any idea.”

On this team being able to handle the number one ranking …
“We have a lot of people saying that last night’s game determined the number one for next week. The greatest thing is that I don’t even have to say stuff. In the world that we live in right now, if anyone says anything it’s out there in cyberspace. They read it all. I don’t even have to tell them. We have a very young team. We start three freshmen and two sophomores. We’re a very young team. We haven’t been really good offensively. We’ve got to get better. I like my team; I wouldn’t want to have anybody else’s team. But, I will tell you that we have a long way to go, as individual players and as a team.”

On whether Michael Kidd-Gilchrist’s comment that (Darius) Miller deserves to start is true …
“I don’t know. We’ll just see how that goes. The way he’s playing, he’s our best player.”

On what he wants to learn about his team after these next couple of preseason games …
“All of these kinds of games and the mistakes we make are learning opportunities for the team and our coaches. That’s what it becomes. You want to play these kinds of games. You can’t afford not to when you’re Kentucky and you’re in the SEC. People forget that we were 10-6 last year in the SEC. You can’t play all of these kinds of games and put your program at risk. You need to play these kinds of games to figure out, where are we before January hits. I even told the players, ‘Go do what you think is right. You know how I want you to play. There are things that we haven’t talked about. Choose what you think you should do in those situations.’ It’s a learning experience. I don’t want anybody to play tentative. (Former UK) Coach (Joe B.) Hall was in here yesterday and we did a trap drill. You would think every player would understand how to play against a trap. When I sat down, Coach Hall laughed and said, ‘Can you imagine? You’d think they know. They don’t.” They just don’t know it and you can’t cover it all until you see it in a game and see that we don’t know how to play a three-point shooter when he comes off the screen. You’d think, ‘Well yeah, you have to know!’ No. You don’t know. So now, we’re trying to cover that a little bit. There are things that we’ll hit every game.”

On having a senior that’s willing to start on the bench and a freshman that will come off …
“I think it tells you that we have a pretty good team that likes each other and respects each other. But, it’s not just Darius (Miller) or Michael (Kidd-Gilchrist). It could be Doron (Lamb), or it could be Marquis Teague. I’d say the other two are pretty well squared away in there, but it may be one of those. The reality of it is, we can talk all we want but we have six starters. We have six starters; that’s what we have. Some of it may be game to game. I decide I want Michael guarding somebody different or I want a bigger line-up, we can do that.”

On being in the third year of the SEC-Big East Challenge…
“It’s a good thing for both leagues. The issue for us is adding too many games and then going to 18 league games. My job isn’t to try to entertain. My job is to keep this program where it is and not put it at risk. Based on the fact that it’s going to stay at one year, for college players before they can move into the NBA, we’re going to have to turn over our staff and players, which mean that we don’t know who we’re going to have year to year. This isn’t a football schedule where you have to schedule it 12 years in advance. We could have three games to schedule and it’s August. We’re Kentucky. People will drop teams off of their schedule to play us. We don’t have to be that far out in advance of our schedule. That’s why this is a great game that’s great for both leagues but my concern is always going to be my players and this program, nothing else.”

Bluefield Rolls in Conference Win Over Union College

Bluefield 112
Union College 86

Final from Bluefield, Virginia

Game recap by UC:

BLUEFIELD, Va. -- Bluefield (Va.) controlled things right from the tip, as they blew past the Union College men's basketball team, 112-86, on Wednesday evening in Appalachian Athletic Conference action.

With the loss, Union fell to 3-8 on the year, 0-2 in the AAC, while Bluefield improved to 4-7 overall, 1-0 in the AAC with the victory.

In the first half, the Rams were the aggressor right from the start, controlling the Bulldogs from the opening tip. At the end of the first 20 minutes of action, Bluefield held a comfortable 62-37 lead over Union as both teams went into the locker room for intermission.

The Rams continued to dominate the pace in the second half, and coasted over the final minutes to a convincing 26-point AAC home win.

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Report: Atlantic Sun Conference Looking at Northern Kentucky

The Atlantic Sun Conference is reportedly looking at Northern Kentucky University as a new member.

NKU was recently rejected by the Ohio Valley Conference.

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The Associated Press and the Kentucky Enquirer have reported that Division II's Northern Kentucky University, which has been rejected by the Ohio Valley Conference, is in discussions with the Atlantic Sun about membership in the D-I conference that includes Florida Gulf Coast University.

A-Sun commissioner Ted Gumbart was out of his office Wednesday and did not immediately return a call from the Daily News. Northern Kentucky athletic director Scott Eaton also did not immediately return a call.

Gumbart told the Kentucky Enquirer: "We're not in active discussions with anyone but we are taking a look at what those opportunities might be. I think there's certainly enough there (with Northern Kentucky) to continue those conversations."

Ironically, the A-Sun is shopping for a replacement for Belmont, which will be in the Ohio Valley next season, leaving the conference with just nine teams.

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The Racer Report with Head Coach Steve Prohm

Here is "The Racer Report" with Murray State head coach Steve Prohm for the week of November 20:

Ball-Handling Drills with Former UK Star Brandon Knight

Want to improve your ball-handling skills? Check out these drills from former University of Kentucky point guard Brandon Knight:

Jimmy Valvano's 1993 ESPY Speech: "Don't give up, don't ever give up"

It's Jimmy V week once again and I think it's important that we take eleven minutes out of our lives to watch the video before and truly grasp the meaning of what this week represents.

Ladies and gents, the one and only Jimmy Valvano:

Here are some details of the upcoming week:

Jimmy V Week content will be incorporated into studio programs and event telecasts across ESPN, ESPN2, ESPNU,, ESPN3, ESPNEWS, ESPN Deportes, ESPN Classic and ESPN Mobile. Highlights:

• A special launch of the week on November 30 at 7 p.m. featuring Valvano’s 1993 ESPYs speech aired simultaneously across multiple entities;
• Special elements – including features, vignettes and public service announcements – during game and studio programming across numerous ESPN platforms;
• Special content and multiple chat sessions on;
• Special week-long content on Jorge Ramos talk show on ESPN Deportes Radio and ESPN Deportes;
• Updates and user comments on various ESPN and V Foundation Facebook and Twitter pages;
• A Never Give Up marathon on ESPN Classic;
• Special graphics, including a Jimmy V Week logo and on-screen watermark.

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UK Players Talk About Upcoming Games, No. 1 Ranking

Kentucky's Michael Kidd-Gilchrist, Anthony Davis and Marquis Teague spoke to the media today about UK's upcoming games, being ranked No. 1 and more on Wednesday.

Here's a transcript from UK:

#14, Michael Kidd-Gilchrist, G, Fr.

On how the team is playing compared to what he expected …
“On a scale from one to 10, I’d say about a four. I’m not disappointed at all; we are just a young group that is still learning. I expect us to get a lot better. We can be a 10, I expect everyone to get better.”

On offering his starting spot to Darius Miller …
“It’s a mixture (of his relationship with Darius and just being a team player). That’s just me. It doesn’t matter who starts.”

On playing against St. John’s being from the Northeast …
“It does (carry a little more weight). I just want to win the game and I’ll be fine. I don’t put much into the name. If we just have fun, we’ll win the game.”

#23, Anthony Davis, F, Fr.

On whether UK has an advantage since St. John’s is such a young team …
“Not really. They’re really scrappy and they like to come out and play hard and fast. Basically, we’re playing just another college basketball team since they play hard as well. It’s going to be another game where we really have to come out and play.”

On staying focused on St. John’s even though UNC is only two days later …
“We’re not even talking about Saturday’s game right now. We’re worrying about St. John’s since that’s tomorrow. They’re a great team and we have to get prepared for them.”

On how it feels to be number one in the rankings …
“It’s an honor but it’s only November. We still have a whole college season ahead of us.”

On whether the team feels they can’t go any higher since they’re number one …
“Not at all. Everybody is playing with a chip on their shoulder. Everybody is coming out to beat us. Even if we weren’t number one, people would still want to come out and beat us”

#25, Marquis Teague, G, Fr.

On St. John’s …
“I think they are a real talented team, young guys that will come in with a lot of energy and they are going to come in hungry.”

On the No. 1 ranking …
“It’s an honor, but it is still early in the season, we aren’t really worried about it, we are just going to come out and play hard.”

On the next 10 days of the schedule …
“We are playing some of the best teams in the country so we have to come out and be ready and show people what we are made of. It is going to be a big test for us to come out and prove we are one of the best teams. I just want to come out and be a leader on the floor, run the show pretty much, be the coach on the floor and make sure my team is doing everything they are supposed to be doing and everyone is playing hard to get the win.”

On his confidence increasing in the past two games …
“I am confident in my game, I am just going to come out and compete.”

John Wall Attends High School Game, Signs Autographs

Former University of Kentucky star John Wall attended a game at Clayton (N.C.) High School on Tuesday.

Wall's nephew, Rodney Moore, plays for Clayton.

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Wall entered the Clayton gym during the varsity girls' game. As the varsity boys were warming up, Clayton athletic director Gary Fowler announced that Wall would sign autographs at halftime.

A throng of students from both sides stood in line for about 10 minutes to get the Wizards star's autograph. Several were turned away , but after Clayton's 53-33 victory, Wall graciously stayed for almost 30 minutes, where he signed more autographs and posed for pictures with the fans.

As for his nephew, Wall said, "He (Rodney) has a lot to still learn about basketball. I know he has a lot of pressure on him because he is my nephew."

Moore, who played at Riverwood, then went to Upper Room (Raleigh) before returning to Clayton for his junior season, played well defensively for the Comets. He finished with seven points, four rebounds, three steals and three assists.

Wizards star draws crowd at CHS

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