Saturday, December 10, 2011

Indiana Hoosiers Stun No. 1 Kentucky at the Buzzer


Indiana 73
(1) Kentucky 72

Final from Bloomington, Kentucky


The Indiana Hoosiers stunned No. 1 Kentucky 73-72 on a three-pointer by Christian Watford at the buzzer.

Kentucky head coach John Calipari said after the game that he instructed his players to foul the Hoosiers before they could a shot off. The Wildcats, who had two fouls to give, failed to draw a whistle and allowed the Indiana game-winner.

The ecstatic Indiana faithful stormed the court in celebration. A full twenty minutes after the game ended, the court was still completely covered by IU fans.

Watford led Indiana (9-0) with 20 points on 8-15 shooting. He was 4-6 from long range and also pulled down 5 rebounds. Victor Oladipo added 13 points and 7 boards. Cody Zeller and Jordan Hulls chipped in 11 points each.

The Hoosiers were 9-15 (60%) from three-point range and nailed 14-17 (82.4%) free throws.

Kentucky (8-1) was led by 19 points from sophomore Doron Lamb. Michael Kidd-Gilchrist had 18 points and 9 rebounds. Marquis Teague struggled in the first half but came up big in the second to finish with 15 points and assists.

The Wildcats had opportunities to win the game late but missed several clutch free throws. The Hoosiers took advantage of the opportunity and likely earned themselves a spot in the top 25 on Monday.

Kentucky returns to action next Saturday when they host Chattanooga.

Here is the final shot and IU fans rushing the court:

Videos: Tough Crowd at Indiana University

The fans are rabid as Indiana gets ready to host No. 1 Kentucky:



Indiana University Fans Have Their Signs Ready

Check out these Indiana fan signs:





Indiana Fans are Ready for an Upset of No. 1 Kentucky

The Indiana fans are ready to cheer on the Hoosiers:





Video: Billy Gillispie Talks About His 12 Days of Christmas

Former Kentucky head coach Billy Gillispie talks about his team's "12 Days of Christmas" program:

Georgetown Throttles Mid-Continent in Jim Reid Classic


(4) Georgetown College 103
Mid-Continent University 61

Final from Georgetown, Kentucky


Game recap by GC:

Georgetown College took care of business coming off almost a week break, handing Mid-Continent College a 103-61 defeat in Davis-Reid Alumni Gym Friday evening in the opening round of the Central Bank Jim Reid Classic.

Garel Craig led six Tigers in double figures with 20 points. Tyrone Shelley and Johonne Hamilton chipped in with 18 each, Maurice Pearson 16 and Allan Thomas and Josh Lockett finished with 10 each.

Hamilton dished out a career high eight assists.

Maurice Bynum led the Cougars (1-10) with 13 points.

The Tigers advance to the finals for the 17th time in 18 years of the Classic. Georgetown has won 16 of the 17 previous crowns with its lone loss coming off a tip in at the buzzer at the hands of Life University in the first round of the 2009 tournament.

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Indiana Fans are Already Lined Up

Indiana fans are already waiting outside of Assembly Hall (photo via @ChronicHoosier on Twitter):


Mark Jackson Sent Message of Thanks to Rick Pitino


Former NBA star Mark Jackson called several coaches on Friday to thank them for contributions to his basketball.

Jackson, the new head coach of the Golden State Warriors, left a message for former head coach Rick Pitino.

Here's more from WSJ.com:

Before Mark Jackson even took the court for his first day leading the Golden State Warriors, he spent a quiet solo moment calling three old coaches.

He left messages for Jeff Van Gundy and Rick Pitino to thank them for their contributions to his career, and spoke to his college coach at St. John's, Lou Carnesecca.

And Jackson — a preacher on the side — made one more quick call to wife Desiree, asking her to say a prayer for him.

"It was a great time. It was a lot of fun, and it prepared me for the moment," Jackson said about making those calls. "Coach Carnesecca said what he's said for 30 years now, 'Make sure my best player does not take the basketball out of bounds.' He has been consistent with that message. I was glad those (other) two didn't pick up the phone because I'm an emotional guy and I probably would have wound up tearing up or something. I just wanted to tell those guys, 'Thank you.'"


Jackson's Warriors focus on defense during 1st day

Asbury University Blasts Central Christian College


Asbury University 102
Central Christian College 58

Final from Wilmore, Kentucky


Game recap by Asbury:

WILMORE, Ky. – Asbury raced out to a 31-6 lead en route to a 102-58 blowout win over Central Christian (Mo.) in the Zweifel/Pritchett Classic on Friday night. The Eagles would knock down 13 threes for the second straight game as Brock Hurtle hit seven of his own.

Asbury (5-6) would quickly grab a 31-6 lead and control of the game in the first eight minutes. Their lead would never dip below 10 the rest of the game. Brock Hurtle poured in a season-high 23 points while hitting on a career-high seven-of-15 threes. The senior would hit five threes in the first half.

Dakotah Euton and Austin Flannery both scored over 20 points, marking the third straight game Flannery has surpassed 20 points. Euton recorded his third double-double of the season with 21 points and 12 rebounds in only 22 minutes. Flannery added 20 points and four assists.

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No. 6 Bellarmine Hammers Ohio Valley University


(6) Bellarmine University 112
Ohio Valley University 58

Final from Louisville, Kentucky


Game recap by BU:

LOUISVILLE, Ky.—The 6th-ranked Bellarmine Knights clicked on all cylinders tonight as six different players reached double figures in dispatching the Ohio Valley Fighting Scots 112-58 in a non-conference game in the opening round of the Fern Valley Hotel Classic in Knights Hall.

The 54-point margin of victory is the third largest in school history and the most lopsided victory since BU walloped Temple Baptist 108-47 on Nov. 23, 2004.

The Knights bolted out to a 7-0 lead from the outset and never looked back as the visitors from the West Virginia Intercollegiate Athletic Conference never seriously challenged the Knights.

Jeremy Kendle led all scorers with 22 points in just 25 minutes of action. Also having a great outing was Chris Dowe, who poured in 19 points in just 20 minutes of action on 6-of-7 shooting.

Four Bellarmine players set new career highs in scoring: Keisten Jones, 18; Ryan Burton, 12; Corbin Maynard, 10; and Stephen Asihene, 7.

Complete Recap

Friday, December 9, 2011

Former UK Star Brandon Knight Agrees to Terms with Detroit


Former University of Kentucky star Brandon Knight has agreed to contract terms with the Detroit Pistons.

Knight was drafted No. 8 overall by Detroit in the 2011 NBA Draft. He averaged 17.3 points, 4.0 rebounds and 4.2 assists per game during his only season at Kentucky.

The former UK point guard arrived in Detroit on Tuesday and had dinner with new head coach Lawrence Frank:

Lawrence Frank's message to his rookie point guard was simple.

"Just come in and work hard," Knight said. "We're trying to change the culture here in Detroit. We're trying to get better from top to bottom."

He didn't spend a lot of time in the area during the lockout but stayed in shape working out in California and Kentucky (where he attended college).

"I'm fortunate to come to a situation where everyone will be in a learning environment," Knight said. "I still have to fit in because most of these guys have been in the league."

Eric Bledsoe Recovering from Knee Surgery


Former University of Kentucky star Eric Bledsoe suffered a torn ligament in his right knee this summer.

Bledsoe has surgery on the knee on October 7. He was scheduled to be out 6-8 weeks and is expected to return to practice soon.

The Clippers were unable to announce Bledsoe's injury sooner because the NBA prohibited teams from talking about players during the NBA lockout.

Source: Press release from Los Angeles Clippers

Enes Kanter is Free, Signs with the Utah Jazz



Former University of Kentucky big man Enes Kanter has signed with the Utah Jazz.

The Jazz announced earlier today that they signed Kanter and fellow rookie Alec Burks.

Source: NBA.com

Kenneth Faried Signs with the Denver Nuggets

The Denver Nuggets announced on Friday that they have officially signed former Morehead State star Kenneth Faried.

Terms of the deal were not disclosed.

Faried, the 22nd pick in the 2011 NBA Draft, finished his career as one of the best rebounders to ever play college basketball.

Faried in action:

Report: Chuck Hayes to Join Cousins in Sacramento


According to Jason Jones of the Sacramento Bee, former University of Kentucky stars will join forces with the Sacramento Kings.

Jones has confirmed that the Kings will sign forward-center Chuck Hayes to a four-year deal worth $21.3 million.

Source

Near-Death Experience Forever Changed Orlando Antigua


Fox News Latino has an outstanding article today about University of Kentucky assistant coach Orlando Antigua.

The article talks about Antigua's success as an assistant, but also looks at how his life almost ended at a young age.

Antigua was shot in the head when he was only 14 years old. He lived six years, including most of his high school and college basketball career, with a .22-caliber bullet lodged in his head.

Here's an excerpt:

It's any young coach's dream to be working and learning alongside John Calipari.

But for Antigua, the Kentucky assistant coach who was born in the Dominican Republic and reared in the Bronx, the job of a lifetime almost never happened – because he was shot in the head on Halloween night, 1988.

Barely a sophomore at St. Raymond's High School, the 14-year-old Antigua was an innocent bystander when the shots rang out just blocks away from his apartment. Like any youngster who hoped of one day playing professionally, Antigua feared he would never step on the court again.

After the initial horror faded, doctors assured him that he would run up and down the hardwood floor.

“It was an experience that obviously changed my life's path,” Antigua told Fox News Latino with a smile while the Wildcats were in New York to play Kansas.


After Near-Death Experience, Orlando Antigua Lives for Kentucky Basketball (Highly recommended)

John Calipari Appears on The Dan Patrick Show

University of Kentucky head coach John Calipari was on The Dan Patrick Show this morning.

Click on the image to hear the interview in its entirety:

Event Organizer Calls NCAA Rule "The John Calipari Rule"


NCAA rules have forced another high school event to move from an NCAA Division I arena to an alternative facility.

The latest event to fall victim to new NCAA regulation is Saturday's Showdown in the South high school showcase. The event was originally scheduled at Belmont's Curb Event Center but has been moved to A-Game Sportsplex in Franklin.

The event organizer, Carlton Battle, is calling the NCAA rule "the John Calipari rule."

Here is an excerpt from Tennessean.com:

Event organizer Carlton Battle, who said he found out Wednesday night that Belmont would no longer be able to host, is one of many tournament organizers nationwide to face scheduling hurdles thanks to the new rule about “non-scholastic” events.

“I’ve already nicknamed it the John Calipari Rule,” Battle said, referring to the Kentucky coach. “That’s what it is; it’s a bunch of coaches that can’t get top players and try to take away all the advantages. A lot of these kids will never play college basketball. That’s why I do it. It has nothing to do with that stuff that I’m sure the rule was meant for.”

In April, the NCAA passed legislation that prohibits Division I schools from hosting “non-scholastic” basketball events on campus if prospective student-athletes are participating. The Showdown in the South meets that definition because it is organized by someone not affiliated with a school association.


NCAA rule forces high school event move

Morris, Marbury Have Beijing Off to Best Start in Club History


Former Kentucky big man Randolph Morris and ex-NBA player Stephon Marbury have the Beijing Ducks off to an historic start in China's CBA league.

The Ducks are now 9-0 after their 101-98 victory over Zhejiang Chouzhou on Friday. Nine games represents the longest winning streak in the team's history.

Marbury and Morris led the way with 30 points each in the win over Chouzhou.

On the season, Morris is averaging 22.4 points and just under 10 rebounds per game.

Bellarmine University to Host Fern Valley Hotel Classic


Bellarmine University will host the Fern Valley Hotel Classic today and tomorrow. The event will feature the Knights, St. Catharine College, Southern Indiana and Ohio Valley University.

Here's more from BU:

LOUISVILLE, Ky.—Some of the nation's elite non-division I teams will be on display this weekend as Bellarmine University men's basketball team hosts the Fern Valley Hotel Classic on Friday and Saturday.

The Classic gets under way Friday at 5 p.m. as 3rd-ranked University of Southern Indiana takes on the St. Catharine College Patriots, who are among the “also receiving votes” in the NAIA Division I poll. In the nightcap, Bellarmine—ranked No. 6 in the latest poll—takes on Ohio Valley University out of the West Virginia Intercollegiate Athletic Conference.

On Saturday, USI and Bellarmine will maintain their playing times and switch opponents as the Screaming Eagles get OVU at 5 p.m., and the 7:30 p.m. game features a pair of Kentucky teams with Bellarmine and St. Catharine locking horns.

The Fern Valley Hotel Classic marks the only two games Bellarmine will play at home in December after playing just once at home in November. The upside of the scheduling for the Knights is that they'll have just three road games in the month of January.

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McKendree University to Replace NKU in GLVC


McKendree University will replace Northern Kentucky University in the Great Lakes Valley Conference.

McKendree was already planning to join the GLVC in 2013-14 but those plans have now changed to 2012-13 since NKU is moving to NCAA Division I in 2012.

Here is more from BND.com:

In July 2010, McKendree was approved to begin the three-year membership process toward NCAA Division II membership. That October, the Bearcats were accepted as the 17th member of the GLVC.

Due to the conference's schedule rotation, McKendree was not slated to be incorporated into the GLVC matrix until the Bearcats' first full year of NCAA membership in 2013-14. McKendree will now occupy Northern Kentucky's slot in the existing GLVC schedule format for the coming year.

"While we were looking forward to competing against Northern Kentucky University as members of the GLVC, we congratulate them as they move forward into NCAA Division I and the Atlantic Sun Conference. We wish them well," said Reynolds.

Since it will assume Northern Kentucky's schedule spot, McKendree will compete as members of the GLVC's East Division, which includes Bellarmine University, the University of Indianapolis, Kentucky Wesleyan College, Lewis University, St. Joseph's College, the University of Southern Indiana and the University of Wisconsin-Parkside .


McKendree will make early entry into conference

Thursday, December 8, 2011

Former Louisville Player Accused of Having Inappropriate Relationship with Iroquois High School Student


Former University of Louisville two-sport star player Joshua Tinch has been fired from Iroquois High School after investigators say he had an inappropriate relationship with a student.

Here's more on the story from WDRB.com:

Tinch, number nine during his playing days with the Cardinals, was hired by JCPS to work as a special education teacher at Iroquois. He started August 15, and on August 29th a 16-year-old student accused him of having inappropriate contact with her. She claimed she began seeing him several months before he started his job.

"There was no indication that there were any problems before he began," said JCPS spokesperson Lauren Roberts. "He obviously met all the qualifications to have the job, and began with a clean slate."

JCPS immediately suspended Tinch from Iroquois without pay, and launched an investigation. The District determined that the 16-year-old's claims that she had sex with Tinch were true.

"There had been some inappropriate contact outside of the school day, and some within the school day, and some prior to his employment, which was very concerning to us," said Roberts.

Tinch told investigators he didn't know the girl, but JCPS says his phone records prove otherwise. According to the investigation, Tinch and the student exchanged more than 100 text messages and had 13 phone conversations that lasted an average of 30 minutes. On November 17th, the district decided to fire him.

Complete Article

Walter McCarty to Perform at Graves County High School


Former University of Kentucky star Walter McCarty will perform an R&B/Christmas concert at the Graves County High School Performing Arts Center on December 16th at 7:00pm.

Tickets for the concert are $35 and the first 300 tickets sold will receive a FREE Magic Pass. The Magic Pass will give fans entry into the event two hours early for a meet and greet with McCarty. Those fans will also receive an autographed poster.

For more information, please contact Graves County High School Athletic Director Doug Gloyd via e-mail at doug.gloyd@graves.kyschools.us.

Billy Gillispie's 12 Days of Christmas at Texas Tech


Former Kentucky head coach Billy Gillispie and his Texas Tech team will spend 12 days giving back to the community during this Christmas season.

Here's more from TTU:

LUBBOCK, Texas - Texas Tech head coach Billy Gillispie and the Red Raider basketball team will spend the holiday season giving back to the local community. For 12 straight days, the Red Raiders will visit area hospitals, work with local charities and provide a helping hand during the holiday season as a part of Billy Gillispie's Red Raider 12 Days of Christmas.

"The holiday season is a season of giving," said Gillispie. "Our team and our coaching staff definitely have the holiday spirit. We look forward to doing our part to making the season as joyous as possible for others. We are very excited about these 12 special days and hope to make this an exciting yearly tradition. We want to be known as a program that excels on the court, in the classroom and in the community."

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Billy Gillispie's Red Raider 12 Days of Christmas

Date Event Time
Saturday, Dec. 10 Lubbock Heart Hospital 8 p.m.
Sunday, Dec. 11 Covenant Children's Hospital 8 p.m.
Monday, Dec. 12 UMC Children Visit 10 a.m.
Tuesday, Dec. 13 Second Helpings 11:30 a.m.
Wednesday, Dec. 14 Fire Station 8 p.m.
Thursday, Dec. 15 Meals on Wheels 11:30 a.m.
Friday, Dec. 16 Margaret Talkington Learning Center 9 a.m.
Saturday, Dec. 17 Ronald McDonald House 3 p.m.
Sunday, Dec. 18 Hand out Toys 1 p.m.
Monday, Dec. 19 Salvation Army (Ring Bells) TBA
Tuesday, Dec. 20 South Plains Food Bank 8:30 a.m.
Wednesday, Dec. 21 Texas Tech Police 9 a.m.

Photo: Texas Tech University

IU-Southeast Escapes St. Catharine College with a Win


IU-Southeast 89
St. Catharine 84

Final from Springfield, Kentucky


Game recap by SCC:

In front of standing room only crowd, comprised mostly of elementary and middle school student for the noon start, it appeared that the St. Catharine College Patriots had things under control Thursday against the visiting IU-Southeast Grenadiers. But the visitors overcame a six point deficit in the final seven minutes to post an 89-84 victory.

With 5:56 to play, DeShawn Mitchell’s basket gave the Patriots (6-5) a 73-67 lead. But IU-Southeast went on an 11-2 run to take the lead for good with 4:08 remaining. Seven of those 11 points came from Antoine Watson, who transferred to the Grenadiers after playing for the Patriots last season.

And while Watson scored 29 points on 10-15 from the field, he was only the third leading scorer in the game. His teammate Joe Lawson had 30 points and 12 rebounds and was 9-10 from the field. Patriot forward Kashiff Carr led all scorers with 40 points, the most for any St. Catharine player since the patriots joined the NAIA in 2008.

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Tayshaun Prince is Staying in Detroit


Former University of Kentucky star Tayshaun Prince will stay with the Detroit Pistons.

Prince has agreed to a four-year, $27-million contract.

Here's more from Detnews.com:

Tayshaun Prince will remain with the Pistons. Prince, an unrestricted free agent, has agreed to a four-year, $27-million deal.

There were a number of teams reportedly interested in Prince.

After last season's finale in Philadelphia, Prince and Richard Hamilton exchanged signed jerseys and it appeared to be an end of an era. But new coach Lawrence Frank had expressed a desire for Prince to remain a Piston and he got his wish.

Prince was drafted 22nd by Detroit in 2002, spending all nine of his seasons here. Prince, 31, averaged 14 points and 4.2 rebounds last season. Prince is also a four-time member of the All-Defensive team.


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Antoine Walker Back with Idaho Stampede, Dartez Waived


Former Kentucky star Antoine Walker will re-join the Idaho Stampede of the NBA Development League. Walker is expected to be with the team for Thursday's game in Bakersfield.

Walker played 43 games for Idaho last year and averaged 16.0 points, 6.3 rebounds and 3.4 assists per game, but has not played for the Stampede this season.

Idaho waived former Louisville star Kendall Dartez to make room for Walker on the roster.

It's Official: Northern Kentucky Joins the Atlantic Sun Conference


It's official: Northern Kentucky University is headed to NCAA Division I and will compete in the Atlantic Sun Conference.

Here's the official release from NKU:

HIGHLAND HEIGHTS, Ky. - Northern Kentucky University announced today that it has accepted an invitation to join the Atlantic Sun Conference and will begin reclassification to NCAA Division I status in athletics during the 2012-13 academic year.

The Atlantic Sun's Board of Presidents voted unanimously Tuesday to extend the invitation to NKU, pending its successful reclassification. The NKU Board of Regents voted unanimously this afternoon to accept the invitation from the Atlantic Sun and reclassify.

“This day has been a long time in the making,” said NKU President James Votruba. “Today we begin a new era not just for our athletics program, but for our institution and our region. Division I athletics will help position the university regionally and nationally in a way that otherwise would not be possible.

“We've said for several years that we would make this move when we could field competitive Division I teams without compromising other critical university priorities,” he said. “The other important component was to find a group of peer institutions that share our aspirations. The A-Sun is a great fit for us. The league has a diverse membership of large and small institutions, public and private. All share a deep commitment to academic achievement and athletic success.”

NKU is currently a member of the NCAA Division II Great Lakes Valley Conference and will reclassify to Division I status after the 2011-12 academic year. NKU will officially become the 10th member of the Atlantic Sun on July 1, 2012, and its athletic teams will begin competing as a Division I program and play a full A-Sun schedule next season.

NKU student-athletes will also be eligible for all conference honors and awards, and can compete for conference championships next year in men's and women's cross country, men's and women's indoor and outdoor track and field, and men's and women's golf.

“This is a big step for our university, and we are excited about the invitation to join the Atlantic Sun Conference,” NKU Director of Athletics Scott Eaton said. “We deeply appreciate all of the friendships we made over the years as a member of the GLVC and Division II. There are many great memories from our years of competing in the league that we will always cherish.

“The rigorous competition within the GLVC has prepared us well for what we will face at the Division I level,” he said. “We are ready for the next step and look forward to building new friendships in the Atlantic Sun Conference and Division I. I know everyone at NKU is very excited about this opportunity.”

NKU officially notified the GLVC office Thursday of its decision to reclassify to Division I and leave the conference at the conclusion of the 2011-12 academic year. NKU will remain eligible for all GLVC championships as well as NCAA Division II postseason play in 2011-12.

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John Wall Says Primary Goal is NBA Playoffs

Former University of Kentucky star John Wall says his primary goal this season is to get the Washington Wizards into the NBA Playoffs (interview by CSN Washington):

Todd Krohman Nails Game-Winner for Thomas More College


Thomas More College 67
Washington & Jefferson 66

Final from Crestview Hills, Kentucky


Game recap by TMC:

(CRESTVIEW HILLS, Ky.) - Senior shooting guard Todd Krohman (Florence, Ky./Boone County) drained a three-pointer from nearly 30-feet out as time expired to give the Thomas More College men's basketball team a 67-66 win over Washington & Jefferson College tonight (Wednesday, December 7, 2011) in a Presidents' Athletic Conference (PAC) game at the Connor Convocation Center in Crestview Hills, Kentucky.

With the win, the Saints improve to 7-1 overall and 3-0 in the PAC. With the loss, the Presidents fall to 3-5 overall and 0-2 in the PAC.

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The Cincinnati Enquirer has an article explaining how Phil Feinberg ended up playing basketball at Thomas More after attending the University of Louisville on a track scholarship.

Here's an excerpt:

Feinberg had been a standout basketball player in high school in Chandler, Ariz. He played pickup games after his injuries, where he caught the eye of an assistant coach at Division II Bellarmine in Louisville. That coach contacted Thomas More's Jeff Rogers.

"I was in Louisville this summer looking at high school seniors on the AAU circuit and I had a buddy say, 'There's this kid I bumped into and saw him play in some open gyms and he's pretty good and he might be able to help you,' " Rogers said.

"We made contact with him, saw him play and saw he's a tremendous athlete, then got to find out what kind of person he is and he was just great. His dad flew in to visit the school, and it was a very slow process getting him here, but it was a good fit."


Thomas More Saints find help on pickup court

Video: DeMarcus Cousins and Other Kings Working Out

Here is some footage of DeMarcus Cousins and several other Sacramento players working out on Wednesday:

Terrence Jones Uses UConn Loss as Motivation


Kentucky sophomore Terrence Jones used the pain of last season's Final Four loss to Connecticut as motivation to improve his game for this season.

Jones worked hard during the summer and hopes to lead the Wildcats to a national championship.

Here is an excerpt from SlamOnline.com:

Jones still remembers 56-55. It was the score of the Wildcats’ national semifinal loss to eventual national champion Connecticut at Reliant Stadium.
The loss was ugly. Jones scored 11 points and 15 rebounds, but the double-double was no consolation prize for the 6-9, 252-pound star out of Portland.

As a team, the Wildcats shot a miserable 33.9 percent on their way to a disappointing end to a 29-9 campaign. The pain of that setback, which crushed Kentucky’s dream of its first title since 1998, drove Jones to the point where he passed on NBA riches for another shot at college hoops glory.

And for Jones, the emphasis of the offseason was the little things that make a big difference in a game. After all, in that Final Four loss to the Huskies, Jones missed all five of his free-throw attempts and turned the ball over twice.

“I tried to make my all-around game better by working on every little thing to improve it,” Jones said. “Spending so much time in the gym helped my mental aspect by going harder and the little things more serious.”


Jones Driven by Pain of Final Four Loss

Western Kentucky Nets Road Win at Southern Illinois


Western Kentucky 62
Southern Illinois 55

Final from Carbondale, Illinois


Game recap by WKU:

CARBONDALE, Ill. — Derrick Gordon recorded the first double-double by a Hilltoppper this season with a 14-point, 13-rebound performance Wednesday night, helping WKU start a stretch of four of the next five games on the road with a 62-55 win at Southern Illinois. The win is WKU's first in Carbondale since 1988 and ends a streak of six-straight losses away from home at either a neutral site or on the road.

The Hilltoppers are now 4-6 on the season after back-to-back wins, and Southern Illinois falls to 1-4.

Gordon's performance came on 5-of-9 shooting from the field, and the Hilltoppers shot 43.8 percent as a team in the game. Jamal Crook scored 10 second-half points to finish with 12 for the game, and he also grabbed five rebounds and had four assists. Teeng Akol, George Fant and T.J. Price all added eight points. Mamadou Seck led Southern Illinois with 20 points, seven rebounds, seven assists and four steals. The Hilltoppers limited the Salukis to 35.2 percent shooting in the contest and forced 19 Southern Illinois turnovers.

Southern Illinois jumped out to a six-point lead twice in the first seven minutes of the game, but WKU answered each time and took the lead for the first time at 11-10 after Akol followed a Price three-pointer with a layup. The Hilltoppers led by as many as nine with just under six minutes left in the half, and WKU showed its toughness by extending the lead to six points once again after Southern Illinois got within two points.

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Morehead State Rally Comes Up Short Against Illinois State


Illinois State 78
Morehead State 73

Final from Morehead, Kentucky


Game recap by MSU:

MOREHEAD, Ky. – The Morehead State men’s basketball team cut a 17-point deficit to a single possession multiple times in the game’s final two minutes on Wednesday evening, but Illinois State hung on for a 78-73 win at Johnson Arena.

The Redbirds improve to 6-3 on the campaign, while the Eagles slip to 4-6 overall. ISU now owns a 5-1 advantage in the all-time series with its fifth consecutive victory over MSU.

“I’m disappointed with the result, but thought our team really competed until the very end,” Morehead State Head Coach Donnie Tyndall said. “Illinois State is certainly a good team with good players. They have physical and athletic guys, plus they are well coached.”

Illinois State took its biggest lead of the contest at the 13:21 mark of the second half, but Morehead State stormed back with an 8-0 run to make it 56-47 with 10:14 remaining.

The Eagles put together another run -- this time 18-8 -- moments later to cut the deficit to two, but the Redbirds escaped with the victory by drilling their final five free-throw attempts.

Junior Marsell Holden led Morehead State with a career-best 21 points, while senior Ty Proffitt added 18 and sophomore Drew Kelly contributed 11. Kelly and junior Kahlil Owens pulled down five rebounds apiece, while senior Terrance Hill dished out four assists.

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Maine Red Claws Claim Former MSU Star Maze Stallworth


The Maine Red Claws have claimed former Morehead State star Maze Stallworth from the NBA Development League's Available Player Pool.

Stallworth is expected to be with Maine for tonight's road game at Springfield.

Here is more from OurSportsCentral.com:

The Maine Red Claws, presented by Quirk Chevrolet, today announced that they have claimed 6-4 forward Maze Stallworth from the Available Player Pool. Stallworth is expected to join the Red Claws in time for the team's road game at Springfield on Thursday.

The 6-4 forward out of Morehead State University is entering his first professional season. The all-time 3-point leader at MSU, Stallworth was drafted in the 7th round of the 2011 NBA Development League Draft by the Tulsa 66ers. Stallworth finished his MSU career more than 1,000 points and hit a school-record 283 three-pointers. He helped guide the 2008-09 Eagle team to its first OVC Tournament championship and its first NCAA tournament berth in 25 years.


Red Claws Acquire Maze Stallworth

Jamaal Magloire Expected to Sign with Toronto Raptors


Former University of Kentucky big man Jamaal Magloire, a Toronto native, is reportedly headed home as he has agreed to terms with the Raptors.

Magloire was used sparingly by the Miami Heat last season, but Ethan J. Skolnick of PalmBeachPost.com feels he'll be greatly missed in the Heat locker room.

Here is an excerpt:

It is a move that the Heat will likely feel more in the locker room than on the court.

Jamaal Magloire, the bruising backup center who has been quite popular with Heat teammates, has agreed to terms with the Raptors, according to a source.

It makes plenty of sense for Magloire, who is from Toronto and would become the Raptors’ first Canadian player, and for the Raptors, who are looking to change their culture.


Another center gone: Jamaal Magloire headed home

Wednesday, December 7, 2011

Calipari Talks to Jim Rome About Staying at UK for 10 Years

Kentucky head coach John Calipari appeared on the Jim Rome Show on Wednesday. He discussed several topics, including how long he plans to stay at UK:

Louisville Uses Big Run to Hammer IUPUI


(5) Louisville 90
IUPUI 60

Final from Louisville, Kentucky


Game recap by U of L:

LOUISVILLE, Ky. (AP) - Chris Smith matched his personal best with 19 points to go over 1,000 for his career and No. 5 Louisville beat IUPUI 90-60 Wednesday night for the Cardinals' 16th straight victory at home.

Gorgui Dieng hit all eight of his shots to set a career high with 18 points to go along with 12 rebounds as the Cardinals started 8-0 for the second straight season.

Louisville's schedule hasn't been too difficult with only one road game so far before the Cardinals travel to face No. 1 Kentucky in a Dec. 31 showdown.

In the meantime, they're continuing to get healthier with the return of forward Rakeem Buckles. He hadn't played since tearing a ligament in his right knee in February and had a three-point play during a key 15-0 second half run that sealed the victory.

Stephen Thomas led IUPUI (2-8) with 14 points.

The Cardinals are still missing forward Wayne Blackshear (right shoulder), guard Elisha Justice (broken nose), Stephan Van Treese (left knee) and Mike Marra (left knee). Blackshear and Justice should return in the coming weeks, while Van Treese and Marra are out indefinitely.

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Indiana Students Camping Out for Kentucky Game


Some Indiana University students are camping out in anticipation of Saturday's huge home game against No. 1 Kentucky.

Here's an excerpt of the report from WTHR.com:

Pitching their lot is okay, but pitching a tent is another story.

From breakfast of hot cakes and sausage to pizzas delivered from anonymous sources, food has not been a problem to the students at Camp Crean. The undefeated Hoosiers take on the top-ranked Kentucky Wildcats Saturday at Assembly Hall.

"I want to be there and be a witness to the future of IU basketball," said Allison Fulton.

That is refreshing, even encouraged, but pitching a tent is not. Some students did just that on Tuesday and were told to take it down. That caught Camp Crean by surprise, since tents were allowed a year ago when students camped out for the Purdue game.

"Not even a year later, we're told we can't pitch tents, so we are kind of wondering what changed in a year, that we can't do what they did last year?" said Connor Sullivan.


Tent-less students camp out for IU game

UK Announces that Rivalry Game Against Louisville is Sold Out


The University of Kentucky has confirmed that the rivalry game against Louisville on December 31 is already sold out.

Limited tickets are available for several other games, including SEC games against South Carolina, Arkansas and Alabama.

Here's more from UK:

LEXINGTON, Ky. – Tickets for the UK men’s basketball game against Louisville on December 31 have been sold out.

A limited number of single game tickets for the South Carolina, Arkansas and Alabama games go on sale Wednesday, Dec. 7 at 6:00 p.m. Tickets may be purchased online through Ticketmaster.com, at Ticketmaster outlets statewide, and by calling Ticketmaster at (800) 745-3000.

Tickets will be $35 each, and limits will apply. Upper level tickets for UK’s holiday games against Chattanooga, Samford, Loyola and Lamar are also available for purchase.

Josh Harrellson Trying to Catch Up After NBA Lockout


Former University of Kentucky big man Josh Harrellson is trying to "catch up" following the NBA lockout.

Harrellson, a second round draft pick, is in New York and hopes to make the Knicks' roster. Since the NBA Summer League was cancelled during the lockout, Harrellson's opportunity to catch on is now.

Here is more from NYPost.com:

Harrellson spent the lockout at Kentucky, working out with potential No. 1 pick Anthony Davis plus former Kentucky players DeMarcus Cousins, Patrick Patterson, John Wall and Rajon Rondo. Even LeBron James and Rudy Gay showed up for some run with the Wildcats.

“I think we have the best facilities in the world at Kentucky,’’ said Harrellson, whose nickname is “Jorts’ because of his penchant for wearing jean shorts. “They did a lot for me to get drafted. I got the best trainers there and got to work out for free.’’

Harrellson said Knicks fans can expect a grinding, tough-guy center but he may not play much this season. Center is their thinnest position and is a focus of free agency, with Jeff Foster and Kurt Thomas their top choices.

“I’m a lot like Kendrick Perkins, Dennis Rodman type player,’’ Harrellson said. “I’m tough and I’m going to do the little things, offensive rebounds, going to play good defense, take charges. The little things that those two did to make their teams successful: Kendrick at Boston, Rodman for the Bulls (and Pistons). The little things those guys did to make championships teams better.’’


Knicks rookie Harrellson playing catchup after lockout

Report: Kings Offer Chuck Hayes $20 Million


Good news for former University of Kentucky star Chuck Hayes - he reportedly has a $20 million offer on the table from the Sacramento Kings:

ESPNSteinLine Kings source confirms Sacramento has offered four-year deal at midlevel exception ($20 million) to Chuck Hayes and optimistic he'll accept

Racer Report with Head Coach Steve Prohm - 12/7/2011

Here is the latest version of The Racer Report with Murray State head coach Steve Prohm:

Perfect Gift for Big Blue Nation: The Season Never Ends Calendar


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ESPN Writers Thinking Indiana Upset Over Kentucky


Three of seven writers at ESPN.com are predicting that Indiana will upset No. 1 Kentucky on Saturday.

Andy Katz says Memphis better watch out for Murray State.

Here's an excerpt:

2. Who will be the next player to break out and become a national name?

Katz: Kentucky's Michael Kidd-Gilchrist. He had been the quiet member of the vaunted UK freshman class, not getting as much pub as Anthony Davis or even point guard Marquis Teague. But Kidd-Gilchrist might be the one who has the best chance to become a superstar.

4. What's going to be the next big upset?

Gasaway: Court, prepare to be stormed: Indiana stuns Kentucky. Sure, the top-ranked Wildcats are the superior team. But the Hoosiers will be playing at home, the crowd has waited for a game like this for three years, and Tom Crean's team will sink enough 3s to win a close one.

Katz: Don't be shocked if Murray State upsets Memphis at the FedExForum on Sunday. The Tigers had a solid win at Miami on Tuesday, but the Racers are cruising at 9-0 after winning the Great Alaska Shootout and crushing Dayton. Murray has the confidence and the experience to hang with the Tigers, even on the road.

Leung: Indiana could very well surprise No. 1 Kentucky on Saturday. The Hoosiers are undefeated behind a strong start from freshman Cody Zeller and the crowd is sure to be a factor against the rival Wildcats.

Medcalf: Indiana over Kentucky. Tom Crean's Hoosiers are due for a huge win. Assembly Hall will be buzzing like Times Square on New Year's Eve for this matchup. That atmosphere will fuel an emerging IU's upset over the Cats.

O'Neil: Washington beats Duke in New York on Saturday. The Huskies have lost two heartbreakers in the past week -- a last-bucket loss to Marquette and an OT loss to Nevada. So they're due. And while I'm sure Mike Krzyzewski has turned the Ohio State game film into a Zapruder tape, breaking down every missed assignment and miscue, there's no doubt that dose of humility is playing on the Blue Devils' minds.

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Northern Kentucky University Headed to the Atlantic Sun


I've been told by a good source that Northern Kentucky University will accept an invitation to join the Atlantic Sun Conference.

NKU was recently turned down by the Ohio Valley Conference and has been in discussions with both the Atlantic Sun and Summit League.

Official word is expected to follow a Board of Regents meeting on Thursday afternoon.

According to the Cincinnati Enquirer, both the school and the conference have declined to confirm the news.

Here is an excerpt:

NKU has scheduled a special Board of Regents meeting Thursday afternoon to discuss intercollegiate athletics.

Spokesman Chris Cole would not confirm that it would join the Atlantic Sun, but representatives from that league have been on the Highland Heights campus and have expressed interest in NKU before.

NKU was turned down by the Ohio Valley Conference in mid-November and also had talked to the Summit League.

The move means NKU will play a full conference schedule starting in fall 2012. It will immediately be eligible for conference championships in individual sports, but will serve a four-year probation before it can participate in post-season tournaments for team sports or share conference revenue.

Atlantic Sun Commissioner Ted Gumbart would not confirm an invitation to NKU. But he acknowledged the site visit and said he was impressed with NKU’s campus and facilities, particularly the 10,000-seat Bank of Kentucky Center.


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From a basketball perspective, here's the Atlantic Sun as it stands today:

Atlantic Sun Standings

TEAM CONF OVERALL
Belmont 2-0 6-2*
North Florida 1-0 5-4
Stetson 1-0 4-4
Florida Gulf Coast 1-0 3-5
Mercer 1-1 5-3
Lipscomb 1-1 6-4
USC Upstate 0-0 6-3
Jacksonville 0-1 2-5
East Tennessee State 0-2 3-4
Kennesaw State 0-2 2-5

* Belmont is leaving to join the Ohio Valley Conference

Jaron Jones Has Career Night, Leads EKU to Victory


Eastern Kentucky University 75
North Carolina Central 62

Final from Richmond, Kentucky


Game recap by EKU:

RICHMOND, Ky. – Senior Jaron Jones poured in a career-high 30 points to lead the Eastern Kentucky University men’s basketball team past North Carolina Central, 75-62, Tuesday night in McBrayer Arena.

EKU (5-5) led by only three, 61-58, with just over five minutes to play in the game, but the Colonels used a 14-4 run to end the game and finally silence visiting NCCU (5-4).

Jones became the first Colonel to score 30 points in a game since Mike Rose did it in a 74-70 win over Morehead State on Feb. 18, 2009. The Lexington, Ky., native shot 10-of-12 (83.3 percent) from the field and a perfect 8-of-8 from the free throw line to achieve the career night.

Junior D’Mitri Riggs also had a career night for the Colonels, scoring 17 second half points on 3-of-5 shooting from deep, while also recording several key steals down the stretch to help put the Eagles away. Riggs finished with seven steals, a season-high for EKU.

After shooting just 20 percent (2-of-10) from three-point range in the first half, EKU found its range in the second half, sinking 75 percent (6-of-8) of its long-range attempts to secure the win.

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Orlando Antigua Watched Chris Walker on Tuesday Night


University of Kentucky assistant coach Orlando Antigua checked out 2013 star Chris Walker Tuesday night.

Walker, a 6-8 power forward at Holmes County (FL), had 30 points, 16 rebounds, 5 steals and 4 assists in a win.

Here's an older video of Walker in action:

Video: Pitino and Calipari Actually Talked Last Night

WHAS has video proof that Kentucky's John Calipari and Louisville's Rick Pitino actually conversed and appeared cordial to each other at Butler High School last night:


Jones Leads NKU in Blowout Win Over Ohio Midwestern


(23) Northern Kentucky 96
Ohio Midwestern College 52

Final from Highland Heights, Kentucky


Game recap by NKU:

HIGHLAND HEIGHTS, Ky. – A fact of life inside The Bank of Kentucky Center is that all non-conference men's basketball opponents leave with a loss after facing Northern Kentucky University.

Eshaunte Jones launches a 3-pointer against Ohio Midwestern. Jones hit seven treys and finished with a career-high 25 points.Ohio Midwestern College learned that lesson Tuesday night during a 96-52 loss at NKU. The Norse shot 55.2 percent from the field and improved to 23-0 all-time against non-conference foes in The Bank of Kentucky Center.

Eshaunte Jones scored a career-high 25 points to lead unbeaten NKU (7-0), which jumped into the NCAA Division II national rankings Tuesday afternoon at No. 23. Jones was 7-for-8 from 3-point range and led a Norse outside attack that finished 13-for-24 from behind the arc.

Ohio Midwestern actually owned a 6-0 lead two minutes into the game, but NKU responded with a 16-2 run to build a 16-8 advantage. Jones sparked the Norse spurt by knocking down four 3-pointers.

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