Monday, December 31, 2012

2013 Basketball is Here; Schedule for the Week

Northern Kentucky will wrap up basketball around the state with their first Atlantic Sun Conference game tonight.

Then, conference action heats up as the 2013 portion of this season's schedule gets underway.

Here's a complete schedule for the week:

Monday, December 31

7:15 p.m. Northern Kentucky University at Jacksonville*

Tuesday, January 1

No Games

Wednesday, January 2

3:00 p.m. IU-East at Brescia University*
6:00 p.m. Eastern Michigan at University of Kentucky
6:00 p.m. Providence at University of Louisville*
7:30 p.m. Northern Kentucky University at North Florida*
7:30 p.m. Transylvania University at Franklin College*
7:30 p.m. Thomas More College at Geneva*

Thursday, January 3

7:00 p.m. Eastern Illinois at Eastern Kentucky University*
7:00 p.m. SIU Edwardsville at Morehead State University*
7:30 p.m. Albany State at Kentucky State University*
7:30 p.m. Union College at Reinhardt*
8:00 p.m. Murray State University at UT-Martin*
8:00 p.m. Ohio Christian University at University of Pikeville
8:00 p.m. Georgetown College at University of the Cumberlands*
8:00 p.m. Lindsey Wilson College at Shawnee State*
8:00 p.m. Campbellsville University at Rio Grande*
8:00 p.m. Quincy University at Bellarmine University*
8:30 p.m. Western Kentucky University at Arkansas-Little Rock*
8:30 p.m. Maryville at Kentucky Wesleyan College*
9:00 p.m. St. Catharine College at Cumberland University*

Friday, January 4

4:00 p.m. Point Park at Alice Lloyd College*
9:00 p.m. Centre College at Millsaps*

Saturday, January 5

1:00 p.m. Defiance College at Transylvania University*
1:00 p.m. Kentucky Christian University at Berea College
2:00 p.m. Point Park at Asbury University*
3:00 p.m. Thomas More College at Thiel*
3:15 p.m. Illinois Springfield at Bellarmine University*
3:30 p.m. Kentucky State University at Fort Valley State*
4:00 p.m. IU Southeast at Alice Lloyd College*
4:00 p.m. Spalding University at Westminster College*
4:00 p.m. St. Catharine College at University of the Cumberlands*
4:00 p.m. University of Pikeville at Bluefield College*
4:00 p.m. Lindsey Wilson College at Rio Grande*
4:00 p.m. Campbellsville University at Shawnee State*
4:00 p.m. Georgetown College at Cumberland University*
4:15 p.m. Missouri-St. Louis at Kentucky Wesleyan College*
6:00 p.m. Murray State University at Southeast Missouri*
6:00 p.m. Montreat College at Union College*
7:00 p.m. Brescia University at Cincinnati Christian*
7:00 p.m. SIU Edwardsville at Eastern Kentucky University*
7:00 p.m. USC Upstate at Northern Kentucky University*
7:30 p.m. Eastern Illinois at Morehead State University*
8:05 p.m. Western Kentucky University at Arkansas State*

Sunday, January 6

4:00 p.m. Centre College at Birmingham Southern*

* Conference Game

Louisville is No. 4 in Both Polls, Kentucky No Longer Ranked

The Louisville Cardinals (12-1) are ranked No. 4 in both major college basketball polls this week.

Kentucky (8-4), which played arguably its best game of the season in an 80-77 loss at Louisville, is no longer ranked in either poll.

AP Top 25

RK TEAM RECORD PTS

1 Duke (63) 12-0 1,623
2 Michigan (2) 13-0 1,547
3 Arizona 12-0 1,474
4 Louisville 12-1 1,434
5 Indiana 12-1 1,378
6 Kansas 11-1 1,313
7 Syracuse 11-1 1,197
8 Ohio State 10-2 1,079
9 Minnesota 12-1 978
10 Gonzaga 12-1 946
11 Illinois 13-1 929 12 Missouri 10-2 912 13 Florida 9-2 810 14 Cincinnati 12-1 761 15 Georgetown 10-1 718 16 Creighton 12-1 629 17 Butler 10-2 591 18 Michigan State 11-2 447 19 San Diego State 11-2 437 20 New Mexico 13-1 389 21 Notre Dame 12-1 361 22 Oklahoma State 10-1 333 23 North Carolina State 10-2 270 24 Pittsburgh 12-1 219 25 Kansas State 10-2 149

Others receiving votes: UNLV 52, North Carolina 38, Wyoming 28, Temple 21, Virginia Commonwealth 15, Kentucky 13, Wichita State 11, Connecticut 9, UCLA 6, Maryland 5, Oregon 3

USA Today Coaches Poll

RK TEAM RECORD PTS

1 Duke (30) 12-0 774
2 Michigan (1) 13-0 744
3 Arizona 12-0 692
4 Louisville 12-1 678
5 Indiana 12-1 654
6 Kansas 11-1 643
7 Syracuse 11-1 575
8 Ohio State 10-2 530
9 Florida 9-2 451
10 Gonzaga 12-1 439
11 Creighton 12-1 436 12 Missouri 10-2 420 13 Minnesota 12-1 417 14 Illinois 13-1 358 15 Cincinnati 12-1 352 16 Georgetown 10-1 281 17 San Diego State 11-2 242 18 Michigan State 11-2 228 19 Notre Dame 12-1 201 20 Butler 10-2 194 21 Oklahoma State 10-1 146 22 Pittsburgh 12-1 124 23 New Mexico 13-1 109 24 UNLV 11-2 100 25 North Carolina State 10-2 95

Others receiving votes: Virginia Commonwealth 36, Kansas State 35, North Carolina 34, Kentucky 31, Wyoming 30, Wichita State 7, Colorado 6, Maryland 5, Connecticut 3, UCLA 2, Bucknell 1, Colorado State 1, Temple 1

Andrew and Aaron Harrison Dominate at MaxPreps Event

Check out the highlights of Kentucky signees Andrew and Aaron Harrison at the MaxPreps Holiday Classic:

Angel Nunez Will Transfer to Gonzaga

Former Louisville forward Angel Nunez will transfer to Gonzaga.

Ang_nunez_1 Had a great time in Spokane... Heading back to ny in a few hrs ... Then I'll b back at Gonzaga in 2 weeks

He announced his choice on Instagram:

Glenn Cosey Named OVC Newcomer of the Week for Fourth Time

Eastern Kentucky Glenn Cosey, a transfer from Columbus State Community College, has once again been named Ohio Valley Conference Newcomer of the Week after scoring 21 points against West Virginia.

Here is the release from the OVC:

adidas® OVC Players of the Week

NEWCOMER

Glenn Cosey, G • Jr., 6-0, 182 • Flint, Mich. • Eastern Kentucky

Cosey earned his fourth OVC Newcomer of the Week honor of the season after scoring 21 points in Eastern Kentucky’s narrow loss at West Virginia on Sunday. Cosey hit 8-of-14 (57.1%) shots and 5-of-10 (50%) 3-pointers while also pulling down four rebounds, dishing out two assists and not committing a turnover in 36 minutes of action. The transfer from Columbus State Community College keyed a second half comeback that saw EKU overcome a 16-point deficit to take a two-point lead with less than five minutes to play. His fifth 3-pointer of the game cut the WVU margin to just three with 24 seconds to play. Cosey currently leads the OVC in minutes played (36.5/game), ranks third in assist-to-turnover ratio (2.4), third in 3-pointers made (2.9/game), fourth in steals (1.8/game), sixth in scoring (16.5 points/game) and seventh in 3-point percentage (43.2%).

Others Nominated: Jeremiah Samarrippas, Tennessee Tech; Tobias Dowdell, UT Martin.

Complete Release

John Calipari Previews Eastern Michigan Game and More

Kentucky head coach John Calipari talks to the media about where his team is following a loss at Louisville and the upcoming game against Eastern Michigan:

Eastern Kentucky Comes Up Just Short at West Virginia

West Virginia 74
Eastern Kentcuky 67

Final from Morgantown, West Virginia

Game recap by EKU:

MORGANTOWN, W.Va. – Eastern Kentucky overcame a 16-point second half deficit to take a 2-point lead with less than five minutes to play, but couldn’t hold off West Virginia in a 74-67 loss on Sunday.

The Mountaineers (7-5) went on top by 16, 38-22, on a dunk by Deniz Kilicli with 18:36 left in the game. However, the Colonels (10-3) answered with a 13-3 run to get back in the game. A lay-up by Mike DiNunno cut the deficit to nine. Tarius Johnson came up with a steal on the ensuing inbounds play and Glenn Cosey knocked down a three-pointer to cap the run and make it a 6-point game with 15:31 to go.

With just over 10 minutes remaining, EKU closed the gap further. Cosey connected on a lay-up and was fouled. He missed the free throw, but the Colonels came up with the offensive rebound and Orlando Williams hit a three-pointer to bring the visitors to within two, 52-50. A second three-pointer by Williams 30 seconds later made it a 1-point game, 54-53, in favor of the Mountaineers.

Williams, a transfer from Miami (Ohio) made his debut for the Colonels. The junior made his first two shots from the field before finishing with 10 points.

West Virginia pushed back out in front by six before Eastern Kentucky made another run. Eric Stutz and Morgantown native Ryan Parsons keyed a 10-2 Colonel spurt. After Parsons came into the game, Stutz got the run started with a lay-up. Parsons drew a charge on the other end leading to a Cosey three-pointer. After WVU made a pair of free throws, Parsons nailed a three-pointer and Stutz connected on two free throws to turn a 59-53 deficit into a 63-61 EKU lead.

West Virginia scored the next five points and led the rest of the way. A three-pointer by Cosey, his fifth of the game, with 24 seconds left to play got Eastern Kentucky to within three, 70-67, but Juwan Staten went to the line and hit two free throws to seal the victory for the Mountaineers.

Cosey led all players with 21 points. Stutz finished with a team-best eight rebounds and four assists. Staten and Gary Browne led WVU with 17 points each. Aaric Murray had eight points and 12 rebounds.

Complete Recap

Hornets Send Darius Miller to the D-League

The New Orleans Hornets have assigned former Kentucky star Darius Miller to the Iowa Energy of the NBA Development League.

Here is the release from the NBA:

The New Orleans Hornets have assigned forward Darius Miller to the Iowa Energy of the NBA Development League, it was announced today by Hornets Senior Vice President of Basketball Operations and General Manager Dell Demps.


Miller has appeared in 23 games this season for the Hornets, averaging 2.0 points, 1.7 rebounds and 1.0 assists per game.







Enes Kanter Gets Into a Scuffle with Golden State

Former Kentucky big man Enes Kanter was involved in a bit of a "dust up" with the Golden State Warriors late last week:



Kanter finished with 10 points and 3 rebounds in Utah's 94-83 loss.

On the season, Kanter is putting in 6.4 points and 4.2 boards per night.

Sunday, December 30, 2012

DeMarcus Cousins Nets Triple-Double in Win Over Celtics

Former Kentucky star DeMarcus Cousins had a triple-double in Sacramento's 118-96 win over Boston earlier tonight.

Cousins, who has been the subject of trade talk in recent days, finished with 12 points, 10 rebounds and 10 assists

The Celtics are one of several teams that have reportedly shown interest in trading for the embattled Cousins.

Tonight was a solid audition...

Knott Central's Camron Justice Goes Off for 62 Points in Loss

Knott County Central sophomore Camron Justice dropped 62 points in an overtime loss to Cincinnati Roger Bacon tonight in the Republic Bank Holiday Classic at Lexington Catholic High School.

Justice was 19-for-29 from the field, including 8-for-11 from the three point line, in the 95-93 loss. He also knocked down 16-of-19 free throws.



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Valparaiso Hands Murray State Surprising Home Loss

Valparaiso 66
Murray State 64

Final from Murray, Kentucky

Game recap by MSU:

The Murray State Racers saw their home winning streak end at six in a 66-64 loss to Valparaiso Saturday afternoon at the CFSB Center in Murray, Ky.


The Racers (9-3) were led by Isaiah Canaan's 24 points, while Ed Daniel added 14 and Dexter Fields had 12.

MSU tried for a come from behind finish in front of a home crowd of 4,343, but fell just short after their five-point lead (54-49) at the 7:32 mark disappeared when the Crusaders went on a 10-0 run to lead 59-54 with 5:30 remaining.

MSU's Dexter Fields cut into the lead with a three-pointer at the 4:45 mark to make it a two-point game 59-57.

MSU was again five points down at the 1:43 mark when Canaan hit a pair of free throws which was followed by Ed Daniel drawing a charge on VU's Kevin Van Wijk. Canaan's bid to tie the game with 22 seconds remaining was off the mark and VU finished a fast break to lead 64-59 with 15.3 left. Canaan made a layup to again cut the VU lead to three (64-61) with 9.7 left. Canaan also hit a three just before the final horn to make it a 66-64 final.

MSU shot 41 percent from the field (22-of-53), while the Crusaders were 45 percent (24-of-54). From three-point land, the Racers shot 39 percent (9-of-23), with VU shooting 37 percent (6-of-16).

The Racers led at the half even with a tough finish in the last nine minutes when VU put together an 11-0 run to lead 25-22 with 3:03 left. MSU hit 4-of-6 from three range to start the game and led 13-2 only four minutes into the contest.

Complete Recap

TSU Star Robert Covington to Miss 4-6 Weeks with Knee Injury

According to a report in The Tennessean, Tennessee State star Robert Covington will miss four to six weeks due to a meniscus tear in his right knee.

Covington underwent surgery Friday to repair the knee. He could miss as many as 10 games.

Tennessee State (7-7) opened Ohio Valley Conference play with a 67-59 victory over Eastern Illinois on Saturday.

eRUPPtion Zone Tickets Available for Eastern Michigan Game

There are eRUPPtion Zone tickets available for Kentucky's upcoming home game against Eastern Michigan.

Here are details from UK:

LEXINGTON, Ky. – eRUPPtion Zone tickets are available to the public for the Eastern Michigan game on Wednesday, Jan. 2. 

Tickets in the eRUPPtion Zone will be $5.00 each (cash only) and are limited to one per person (must be present at time of purchase). Tickets will go on sale 90 minutes prior to tip-off at the Rupp Arena Box Office and are available on a first come/first serve basis. Fans may begin lining up at Rupp Arena at noon on game day. 

Tip-off is scheduled for 6:00 p.m. and the game will be broadcast live on ESPNU.

WKU Holds Off North Texas, Moves to 4-0 in Conference Play

Western Kentucky 70
North Texas 64

Final from Bowling Green, Kentucky

Game recap by WKU:

BOWLING GREEN, Ky. — In bookending a 70-64 win over Sun Belt Conference West Division preseason favorite North Texas Saturday night at E.A. Diddle Arena, WKU hit eight first-half three-pointers and went 8-for-8 from the free throw line in the final 1:15 to win its 12th-straight home game and move to 4-0 in conference play.


The 4-0 start to league play is WKU's best since 2005-06, and the Hilltoppers are now 10-5 overall on the season. North Texas drops to 5-8 overall and 0-2 in the conference. With the win, WKU picked up its 10th win on December 29, and last season's 10th victory did not come until February 23. In addition, both WKU's men's and women's basketball teams have 10 wins before January 1 for the first time in school history.

T.J. Price led WKU with 16 points and went a perfect 4-for-4 from behind the arc, and George Fant added 14 points and seven rebounds. Teeng Akol had 13 points and six boards, and Brandon Harris had nine points, nine rebounds and six assists in a game high 39 minutes. Harris did not turn the ball over Saturday night, and he now has 15 assists and just one turnover in conference games this season. North Texas was led by Jordan Williams' 18 points and Tony Mitchell's 10 rebounds.

Akol also blocked five shots, and he now moves into sole possession of eighth place on WKU's career blocked shots list at 82.

WKU buried seven first-half three-pointers, helping open up a 37-26 lead at the break. Price led all scorers with 11 first-half points, knocking down all three of his three-point tries, and Kevin Kaspar added seven points. Harris played all 20 first-half minutes and contributed five points, five assists and four rebounds.

Complete Recap

Louisville's Chane Behanan (Finally) Speaks to the Media Again

Louisville's Chane Behanan was available to the media for the first time in a long time following yesterday's victory over Kentucky:

Karl Towns Dominates at 2012 High School OT Invitational

Check out these highlights of Kentucky commit Karl Towns at the 2012 High School OT Invitational:

Saturday, December 29, 2012

Kentucky Players Talk About Loss at Louisville

Here are postgame comments from Kentucky's Ryan Harrow, Willie Cauley-Stein and Archie Goodwin following today's loss at Louisville:





John Calipari Talks About Louisville Loss, Takes the Blame

Here are John Calipari's postgame comments following a tough 80-77 loss at Louisville:

Louisville Withstands Big Comeback, Defeats Kentucky

(4) Louisville 80
Kentucky 77

Final from Louisville, Kentucky

Louisville withstood a ferocious comeback to defeat Kentucky 80-77 Saturday evening at the KFC Yum! Center.
Russ Smith scored 21 points to lead No. 4 Louisville (12-1). Chane Behanan added 20 points and Peyton Siva chipped in 19 for the Cardinals.

Louisville had to withstand several charges from Kentucky to hold on to the victory. The Cardinals led by as many as 17 points in the second half but the Wildcats roared back to cut the lead to 65-62. From there, Louisville managed to hold Kentucky at bay for the narrow win.

Archie Goodwin led Kentucky (8-4) with 22 points, including 19 in the second half. Unfortunately, Goodwin had 5 turnovers, including a key one in the closing seconds. Ryan Harrow added 17 points, 5 rebounds, 3 assists and no turnovers for the Wildcats. Kyle Wiljter chipped in 14 points after going 4-for-7 from the three-point line.
Ultimately, it was poor free throw shooting that doomed Kentucky's comeback. They shot just 11-of-23 (48%) from the line, matching their percentage from the field.

On the other hand, Louisville was 17-for-25 (68%) at the charity stripe.

Louisville will not open Big East Conference play in the new year as they host Providence on January 2.

Kentucky also returns to action on January 2 with a home game against Eastern Michigan.

Box Score (click to enlarge):

Goodwin, Noel Preview the Louisville Game

Kentucky's Archie Goodwin and Nerlens Noel preview the upcoming game at Louisville:



Calipari Previews Louisville Game, Says He Favors Cards to Win It All

Here is Kentucky head coach John Calipari previewing today's game at Louisville:

Louisville Players Talk About Facing Kentucky

Here are some comments from Louisville's Gorgui Dieng and Wayne Blackshear as the Cardinals prepare to host Kentucky:



Friday, December 28, 2012

Rick Pitino Talks Kentucky Game, Says He Cheered for UK to Win Title Last Season

Here is Louisville head coach Rick Pitino talking about tomorrow's game against Kentucky and saying that he actually cheered for UK to win the national championship last season:


Game Time Changed for Kentucky Wesleyan vs. Salem International

Here is a note from Kentucky Wesleyan College about tomorrow's game against Salem International:

The Salem International at No. 9 Kentucky Wesleyan men’s basketball game on Saturday, Dec. 29 has been moved up to noon CT. The original start time was 3:15.

Andrew Wiggins, Other UK Recruits Show Out at City of Palms

Huntington Prep's Andrew Wiggins and several other Kentucky recruits delivered some big time highlights at the City of Palms tournament last week:

WKU Takes Down FIU, Moves to 3-0 in Conference Play

Western Kentucky 76
Florida International 63

Final from Bowling Green, Kentucky

Game recap by WKU:

BOWLING GREEN, Ky. — Four Hilltoppers were in double figures Thursday night at E.A. Diddle Arena, as WKU won its 11th-straight home game to improve to 3-0 in Sun Belt Conference play with a 76-63 win over FIU. George Fant and Kevin Kaspar notched career highs with 24 and 17 points, respectively, and 13 Hilltoppers saw action in the team effort. The Hilltoppers are now 9-5 overall on the season, and FIU drops to 4-6 overall and 1-2 in conference play.


The 3-0 mark in league play is WKU's best since an identical start to the 2008-09 conference campaign. Thursday's game was the 2,500th in the history of WKU men's basketball, and the program now holds a 1,668-832 all-time record.

Fant was 9-for-12 from the field en route to the 24 points, and Kaspar buried a career-best five three-pointers in 37 minutes of action. Brandon Harris added 13 points, a game-high 10 rebounds and six assists in 40 minutes, and T.J. Price had 12 points and five assists. Stephon Drane added eight points and five rebounds in 28 minutes off the bench.

Harris has now played all but four minutes of the last four WKU contests. FIU was paced by 20 points by Malik Smith and 14 and eight rebounds by Tymell Murphy.

WKU shot 54.3 percent from the field as a team in the game (25-for-46) and had 15 assists on the 25 baskets. WKU buried a season high nine three-pointers in the game and went 17-for-21 from the free throw line (.810). FIU shot 46.0 percent in the game (23-for-50), and WKU outrebounded the Panthers 29-26.

Complete Recap

Randolph Morris Wins Kentucky vs. Louisville Battle in China

Former Kentucky big man Randolph Morris won a mini-Kentucky/Louisville battle in China earlier this week.

Morris and former NBA star Stephon Marbury led the Beijing Ducks to a 110-100 victory over former Louisville star Terrence Williams and Guandong ST in China's top-level CBA league.

Morris scored a game-high 35 points and pulled down 13 rebounds for Beijing. He was 14-20 from the field. Marbury chipped in 31 points and 6 steals.

Jianlian Yi led Guandong with 25 points and 8 boards. Williams finished with 16 points and 5 rebounds.

The game was a battle of top teams in the CBA as both now have equal 10-3 records, tied for best in the league.

CBA Standings


1. Beijing Ducks 10-3
2. Guangdong ST 10-3
3. Shanxi Zh. 9-4
4. Guangsha L. 9-5
5. Shandong FB 8-5
6. Bayi R. 8-5
7. TianJin S. 8-5
8. Liaoning H. 7-6
9. DongGuan L. 7-6
10. Zhejiang CB 6-7
11. Foshan LL 6-7
12. Xinjiang FT 6-7
13. Jiangsu D. 5-8
14. Fujian QB 5-8
15. Shanghai S. 4-10
16. Jilin NE T. 3-11
17. Qingdao E. 1-12

Dieng Trying to Keep Andrew Wiggins Away from Kentucky

Adam Himmelsbach of the Courier-Journal spoke to Andrew Wiggins' host mom, who also happened to be Gorgui Dieng's host mom.

It turns out that Dieng is working hard to keep Wiggins from ending up at the University of Kentucky.

Here are some comments from Himmelsbach on Twitter:

AdamHimmelsbach Lesley Thomas, host mom to Gorgui Dieng & Andrew Wiggins, tells me: "[Gorgui] always says 'Tell him no, Mom. No way. Don't go to Kentucky"

AdamHimmelsbach  Andrew Wiggins' host mom, Lesley Thomas, says: “He doesn’t like the spotlight. That’s the reason I don’t know if he’ll go to Kentucky.”






Thursday, December 27, 2012

Frustrated DeMarcus Cousins Storms Out of Interview

DeMarcus Cousins stormed out of an interview today after repeated questions about his current situation in Sacramento:


Thunder Send Orton and Liggins Back to the D-League

The Oklahoma City Thunder have sent former Kentukcy players Daniel Orton and DeAndre Liggins back to the NBA Development League.

Here is the release from NBA.com:

OKLAHOMA CITY, December 27, 2012 – The Oklahoma City Thunder has assigned forward Perry Jones, guard DeAndre Liggins and center Daniel Orton to the Tulsa 66ers of the NBA Development League, it was announced today by Executive Vice President and General Manager Sam Presti. Jones has appeared in 10 games this season with the Thunder while recording averages of 1.2 points and 1.4 rebounds in 7.6 minutes per game. In seven games with the Thunder, Liggins is averaging 0.7 points and 1.1 rebounds in 3.0 minutes per game. Orton has seen action in one game for the Thunder, scoring two points in two minutes versus Cleveland on Nov. 11th. All three players will travel with the 66ers to Canton for this weekend’s matchups with the Charge on Fri. Dec 28 and Sat. Dec 29.

Andrew Wiggins Goes Off After Walnut Hill Fans Chant "Overrated"

Watch as Kentucky recruit Andrew Wiggins goes off after Walnut Hill (OH) fans chant "overrated" at the Boyd County Roundball Classic:

Marquis Teague Showing Continued Improvement in Chicago

Former Kentucky star Marquis Teague tied his career-high with 8 points against Houston on Tuesday night.

Teague has been taking advantage of limited playing time in Chicago. He averaged 3.8 points and 1.9 assists per game during the month of December. Those averages are up from the 1.2 points and 1.2 assists he put up in November.

Here are some highlights from games earlier this month:



Faried Leads Nuggets Past Lakers, Gets Taken Out by Dwight Howard

Former Morehead State star Kenneth Faried led Denver to a 126-114 victory over the Los Angeles Lakers last night.

Faried finished with 21 points and a game-high 15 rebounds for the Nuggets.

Dwight Howard was so frustrated with Faried that he tried to take him out in the second half:



Here is Faried with a nice putback dunk early in the game:

Wednesday, December 26, 2012

Male Wins 2012 Fort Harrod Classic, Stoner Named MVP

The Male Bulldogs used a late run to defeat Bryan Station 64-55 in the championship game of the 2012 Farmer's National Bank Fort Harrod Classic at Mercer County High School.

Josh Stoner, who was named tourney MVP, led the Bulldogs with 26 points on 9-15 shooting in the championship game. He also pulled down 6 rebounds. Darryl Lambert added 18 points and 7 boards. Steven Julian chipped in 11 points.

Marcellous Washington led the Defenders with 19 points. Larry Morton put in 13 points.

The teams battled back-and-forth throughout the game with Male putting together a run in the closing minutes to get the victory.

The 2012 Fort Harrod Classic

Champions: Male (4-0)
Second Place: Bryan Station (3-1)
Third Place: Montgomery County (3-1)
Fourth Place: Mercer County (2-2)
Fifth Place: Christian Academy Louisville (3-1)
Sixth Place: Christian County (2-2)
Consolation Champions: South Oldham (3-1)

Others:

Johnson Central (2-2)
Warren Central (2-2)
Lincoln County (2-2)
Bardstown (2-2)
Boyle County (1-3)
Walton-Verona (1-3)
Breathitt County (1-3)
Fern Creek (1-3)
Louisville Holy Cross (0-4)

All-Tournament Team

- Josh Stoner, Male (MVP)
- Tyler Smith, Bryan Station
- Bryan Wallace, Montgomery County
- Will Hager, Mercer County

My Thoughts:

- Best game I watched: The championship game between Male and Bryan Station was much better than the score would indicate. It was an action-packed, up-and-down game with numerous ties and lead changes.

- Best individual performance: Johnson Central's Shane Hall had not one, but two triple-doubles in the tournament. His best game was 29 points, 13 rebounds and 10 blocked shots in a loss to Christian Academy Louisville.

- Biggest Surprise: I really expected to see Montgomery County vs. Male in the final but Bryan Station had plenty to say about that. Montgomery County couldn't keep the Defenders off the boards and out of the paint in the second half. Kudos to Bryan Station for getting the big win.

- Young Team to Keep an Eye On: How about Mercer County? The Titans lack a true big man but they have a talented scoring duo in junior Russell Sims and freshman Will Hager. If this team continues to progress, they'll surprise some teams this season and be a force to be reckoned with next season.

- Best Name in the Tournament: I'll go with Johnson Central's Slade McPeek. How do you top that?

- Shaka Smart Look-alike: Mercer County head coach Brian Britt (pictured on left). On a serious note, Britt has his young team playing well and headed in the right direction.

Best Players I Watched (didn't get to see every team, but here's who stood out for me):

- Josh Stoner (Male): He was named MVP of the tournament and the honor was well-deserved. When Male found themselves in trouble, Stoner literally took over and led the Bulldogs to victory. He is quick, athletic and can score in a variety of ways - including an excellent outside jumper.

- Omar Prewitt (Montgomery County): Prewitt, who has signed with William & Mary, had some impressive all-around performances. He didn't look to score as much as I thought he might but was excellent on both ends of the court. I heard someone call him "overrated." No way. Prewitt is one of the best in the state.

- Bryan Wallace (Montgomery County): Wallace had an outstanding tournament. He scored from all over the court and found himself on the all-tournament team. I can see why several Mid-South Conference schools are after him. He definitely has next-level ability.

- Shane Hall (Johnson Central): Obviously two triple-doubles speak for themselves. Hall struggled against Breathitt County in the first half but rallied for 17 second half points, including 9 in the final two minutes. At times, Hall seems to get lost in what Central is trying to do but when they get him the ball, he knows what to do with it.




- Marcellous Washington (Bryan Station): With the exception of one cold shooting night, Washington had a a great tournament. He came out on fire against Male and played a big part in the Defenders' run to the title game.

- Larry Morton (Bryan Station): I had never watched Morton until this tournament and came away impressed with his game. He knocked down some big time shots throughout the tournament and is a player to keep an eye on this season.

- Tyler Smith (Bryan Station): Smith had a great tournament and landed on the all-tournament team. He was 6-8 from the field and finished with 16 points and 11 rebounds in the Defenders' big win over Montgomery County.

- Will Hager (Mercer County): Where did this kid come from? I watched Mercer earlier this season and didn't see much out of Hager. Now, he's a scoring machine. Teams in the 12th Region will be finding out about Hager soon enough. The bad news for opponents...he's only a freshman.

- Russell Sims (Mercer County): I've had my eye on Sims all season. He's been a little hampered recently with a broken nose (complete with the Rip Hamilton face mask) but he is putting in 13.3 points per game for the Titans.

- Matthew Haysley (South Oldham): Haysley was good in both games I watched him play in. He had 14 points, 13 rebounds and 6 assists in the consolation final game against Johnson Central.

- Alex Hamilton (Breathitt County): I was only able to watch Hamilton once but he opened my eyes by going 5-for-5 from the three-point line and finishing with 23 points against Johnson Central.

Justin Johnson Ruled Eligible at Perry County Central

Perry County Central's Justin Johnson has been ruled eligible to play following his transfer from Sheldon Clark High School.

According to Derek Forest of WYMT, Johnson has been ruled eligible and is expected to play tomorrow at the Republic Bank Classic in Lexington:

DerekWYMT Perry Central's Justin Johnson has been ruled eligible and may play tomorrow at the Republic Bank Classic @ Lexington Catholic

DerekWYMT (Really?!) Johnson rocking the Perry Central red uniform “@justin23johnson: #PCC pic.twitter.com/U6IvkZo2”

Johnson confirmed that he's ready to get on the court tomorrow:

justin23johnson Can wait to finally get on the court with my team tomorrow! #PCCNATION #LEGGO

Johnson is one of the top big men in Eastern Kentucky and immediately gives Perry Central a shot at winning the 14th Region.

Gorgui Dieng is "100 Percent" and Will Play Against Kentucky

According to Rick Pitino, big man Gorgui Dieng is "100 percent" and will be playing against the Kentucky Wildcats on Saturday.

Here is more from CBSSports.com:

Louisville big man Gorgui Dieng will play Saturday against Kentucky.

"100 percent," Louisville coach Rick Pitino told CBSSports.com on Wednesday night.

The 6-foot-11 Senegal big man has been out since Nov. 23 with a broken wrist, but Pitino told CBSSports.com that Dieng practiced on Wednesday and will definitely play against the Wildcats this weekend.

"He's in great shape," Pitino said. "His defensive timing is off, but he looks good offensively," Pitino said.

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DeMarcus Cousins Did Not Travel to Portland with the Kings

The situation with DeMarcus Cousins and the Sacramento Kings continues to get more bizarre by the day.

Cousins was "suspended indefinitely" and then reinstated on Monday after missing only one game.

Now, Jason Jones of the Sacramento Bee reports that Cousins did not travel with the team to the Portland and will miss tonight's game against the Trail Blazers:

mr_jasonjones DeMarcus Cousins is not with the Kings in Portland (Coach's decision).

Here are some thoughts from CBSSports.com:

This is starting to sound a lot like ownership and management wanted Cousins back, and the coaching staff and team aren't so keen on him being back. He's not losing money, but things are not OK.

This situation remains combustible and how it plays out can't really be predicted.

Over the weekend, Cousins fired his longtime agent and hired Dan Fegan, who you may remember from such hits as "The Ten Months of Dwightmare" and "How to Ruin A Professional Franchise by Manipulating Trade Reports and Destroying Any Leverage A Team May Have."

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Gorgui Dieng Likely to Play Saturday and Water is Still Wet

Louisville center Gorgui Dieng will practice full-contact for the first time afternoon according to head coach Rick Pitino.

Pitino is non-committal on whether or not Dieng will play against Kentucky on Saturday.
Here is an excerpt from CBSSports.com:

Louisville's head coach told CBSSports.com that Dieng, who hasn't played since suffering a broken wrist against Missouri on Nov. 23, will practice full-contact for the first time on Wednesday afternoon.

"We'll see how it goes today," Pitino said. "And then we'll make a decision."

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Dieng was averaging 8.2 points, 8.0 rebounds and 2.0 blocks per game this season before the injury.  

My Thoughts: Gorgui Dieng will be playing Saturday.

EKU's Mike DiNunno Named OVC Player of the Week

Eastern Kentucky University's Mike DiNunno was named Ohio Valley Conference Player of the Week on Monday following back-to-back 22-point scoring performances.

For the week, DiNunno averaged 22.0 points, 4.0 assists and 3.0 rebounds per game.

Here is the OVC release:

adidas® OVC Players of the Week


PLAYER

Mike DiNunno, G • Sr., 5-11, 196 • Chicago, Ill. • Eastern Kentucky

In a pair of road games last week, DiNunno averaged 22.0 points, 4.0 assists and 3.0 rebounds/game and hit 44 percent (11-of-25) from the field, 52.9 percent (9-of-17) from 3-point range and 92.9 percent (13-of-14) at the free throw line. The senior scored 22 points in each game, establishing a new season-high for points scored. He started the week hitting 5-of-8 3-pointers in a loss at North Carolina A&T; he also had three assists, a rebound and a steal in the contest. In the week’s finale, a win over High Point, DiNunno scored his 22 points on 6-of-12 shooting (4-of-9 3-pointers) while also adding five rebounds and five assists while committing just one turnover in 38 minutes of action. DiNunno was a perfect 6-of-6 at the free throw line against High Point, including 4-of-4 in the final 30 seconds as EKU pulled out the 73-70 victory. DiNunno ranks first in the OVC in assist-to-turnover ratio (2.3), fourth in assists (4.6/game), seventh in steals (1.8/game) and 12th in scoring (14.4 points/game).

Sheray Thomas Named Player of the Week in NBL Canada

Former Kentucky forward Sheray Thomas has been named Eurobasket.com Player of the Week for round 15 of games in NBL Canada.

Thomas put in 19 points and 14 rebounds for the St. John Mill Rats in a 127-101 win over the Moncton Miracles.

The Mill Rats are 9-7 overall and are currently in third place in the league standings.

Here is more from USBasket.com:

28-year old forward Sheray Thomas (203-F-84) had a very impressive game in the last round for St.John M.R. and receives a Eurobasket.com Player of the Week award for round 15. He had a double-double of 19 points and 14 rebounds, while his team outclassed Moncton M. (#5, 9-10) with 26-point margin 127-101. St.John M.R. is placed at 3rd position in NBLCanada league. They would have been even better if they hadn't lost a few games earlier this season. St.John M.R. will need more victories to improve their 9-7 record. Thomas turned to be St.John M.R.'s top player in his first season with the team. Sheray Thomas averages this season 14.2ppg and 9.2rpg.

Louisville Transfer Angel Nunez to Visit Gonzaga

Former Louisville forward Angel Nunez will visit Gonzaga December 27-29 according to ZagsBlog.com.

Here is an excerpt:

Former Louisville forward Angel Nunez will visit Gonzaga Dec. 27-29, his mentor, Eric Martinez, told SNY.tv.


The 6-foot-8 Nunez is considering several schools for transfer, but Gonzaga will be his first visit. He would be eligible in the second semester of the 2013-14 season after sitting out a year per NCAA regulations.

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Photo: Rivals.com

Eric Bledsoe Continues to Shine for the Clippers

Former Kentucky star Eric Bledsoe continues to play outstanding basketball for the Los Angeles Clippers.

In last night's 112-100 win over Denver, Bledsoe scored 12 points in 16 minutes off the Los Angeles bench.

As is often the case this season, Bledsoe also had one of the highlights of the night:

Tuesday, December 25, 2012

Rockets Send Terrence Jones Back to the D-League

The Houston Rockets have sent former Kentucky star Terrence Jones back to the Development League.

JasonCFriedman Rockets announce Terrence Jones back to D-League. Patrick Patterson will be on active list, but not dressing 2nite

It seems as if this will be the norm for Jones this season. He has routinely made trips back and forth between Houston and Rio Grande Valley during the last month.
 


Christmas Break Hoops: Schedule for the Week

It's time for some Christmas holiday basketball around Kentucky. Here is your complete schedule for the week:

Monday, December 24


No Games

Tuesday, December 25

Christmas Day - No Games

Wednesday, December 26

No Games

Thursday, December 27

8:00 p.m. FIU at Western Kentucky University*

Friday, December 28

5:00 p.m. Centre College vs. Miami-Middletown (at Thomas More College)
7:00 p.m. Cincinnati Christian at Thomas More College (Coach Connor Classic)
7:00 p.m. Union College at Liberty University (Exhibition for Union)
7:30 p.m. Southern Miss at Morehead State University
TBA Spalding University vs. TBA (in Orlando, Florida)

Saturday, December 29

1:00 p.m. Salem International at Kentucky Wesleyan College
3:00 p.m. Centre College vs. Cincinnati Christian (at Thomas More College)
3:00 p.m. Tennessee Wesleyan at University of the Cumberlands
3:00 p.m. Valparaiso at Murray State University
4:00 p.m. University of Kentucky at University of Louisville
5:00 p.m. Miami-Hamilton at Lindsey Wilson College
5:00 p.m. Miami-Middletown at Thomas More College (Coach Connor Classic)
8:00 p.m. North Texas at Western Kentucky University*
TBA Spalding University vs. TBA (in Orlando, Florida)

Sunday, December 30

1:00 p.m. Brescia University at Point Park*
2:00 p.m. OSU-Mansfield at Georgetown College
2:00 p.m. Union College at Morehead State University (Exhibition for Union)
4:00 p.m. Eastern Kentucky University at West Virginia

* Conference Game

Transylvania Takes Down Thomas More at Home

Transylvania 80
Thomas More 71

Final from Lexington, Kentucky

Game recap by Transy:

LEXINGTON, Ky. – Transylvania forward Ethan Spurlin scored 18 points and grabbed 10 rebounds Saturday and reserve Trey Beuttel added a career-high 17 points, leading the Pioneers to an 80-71 holiday men's basketball win over Thomas More at the Beck Center.


The Pioneers are 8-3 on the season while the Saints are 8-2. With the win, Brian Lane earned career victory No. 199 in 12 years at Transy. He is seeking to become just the second person to get 200 wins at Transy, joining Don Lane, who had 509. Transy has won four straight games and six of its last seven.

Transy led by 13 points at halftime and steadily maintained a margin between eight and 15 points throughout the second half, taking advantage of a leaky Thomas More press to convert a number of easy baskets.

Spurlin was nine of 13 from the field as Transy shot 52 percent from the field for the game. Beuttel was three of six, two of five from long range, and perfect in nine attempts at the free throw line, Brandon Rash, who scored 11 points to go with nine rebounds, eight assists, two blocks, and two steals, was five of six from the field.

Another reserve, Leavitt Morrison, was three of four from the field and scored six points. Barrett Meyer and Parker Stansberry were also in double figures, with 11 and 10 points, respectively. Meyer was three of six shooting.

Complete Recap

KSTV Talks to UK Signee Derek Willis

KSTV talks to Kentucky signee Derek Willis at the King of the Bluegrass tournament:

Doug Gottlieb Interviews Tubby Smith on the Jim Rome Show

Doub Gottlieb talks to Minnesota head coach Tubby Smith on the Jim Rome Show:

Merry Christmas from Allkyhoops.com

We'd like to take an opportunity to wish everyone a very Merry Christmas. Enjoy your time with family today and as Kentucky head coach John Calipari says, "hug your children."

DeMarcus Cousins Reinstated After One-Game Suspension

The Sacramento Kings have reinstated DeMarcus Cousins after a one-game suspension for "unprofessional behavior and conduct detrimental to the team."

Cousins was involved in a verbal altercation with head coach Keith Smart during a recent game.

Here is more from ESPN.com:

Cousins practiced with the Kings on Monday. Cousins and Kings coach Keith Smart exchanged words in the locker room during halftime of Sacramento's loss at the Los Angeles Clippers on Friday night. Smart benched Cousins for the entire second half and ordered him to remain in the locker room.


Cousins' suspension initially was termed indefinite.

The 22-year-old Cousins has been suspended two other times by the NBA this season because of his conduct.

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Monday, December 24, 2012

Rajon Rondo Plays Connect 4, Hands Out Bicycles

Former Kentucky star Rajon Rondo is doing some good deeds this Christmas season. Rondo was busy play board games and handing out bicycles to needy children over the weekend.

RajonRondo Was up early this AM surprising the kids and handing out gifts at Blue Hill boys and girls club. #MerryChristmas pic.twitter.com/I2bcC1Zc

RajonRondo Playing connect 4 w/ some of my new friends pic.twitter.com/LR6tTpx8


UK Signee Marcus Lee Goes Off for 31 Points, 29 Rebounds

Kentucky signee Marcus Lee had 31 points, 29 rebounds and 6 assists in a win over the weekend.

Here is more from BayPreps.com:

Marcus Lee had 31 points, 29 rebounds, and 6 assists and Deer Valley (9-3) outscored McClymonds (5-5), 23-16, in the fourth quarter in a 70-66 win.

  Source  

Here is Lee in action earlier this season:  

Kentucky Wildcats Wish Merry Christmas to Big Blue Nation

The Kentucky Wildcats talk Christmas and send greetings to the Big Blue Nation:

Rick Pitino Speaks Out in Favor of Gun Control

Louisville head coach Rick Pitino spoke out in favor of gun control during a recent press conference. Here is the video via WDRB.com:

WDRB 41 Louisville - News, Weather, Sports Community

Louisville Moves Up in Pre-Christmas Polls, UK Holds

The Louisville Cardinals (11-1) are up to No. 3 in the USA Today Coaches Poll and No. 4 in the AP Top 25 this week.

Kentucky (8-3) is still at No. 23 in the USA Today poll and remains unranked in the AP poll.

AP Top 25


RK TEAM RECORD PTS

1 Duke (63) 11-0 1,623
2 Michigan (2) 12-0 1,551
3 Arizona 11-0 1,463
4 Louisville 11-1 1,422
5 Indiana 11-1 1,383
6 Kansas 10-1 1,309
7 Missouri 10-1 1,157
8 Cincinnati 12-0 1,144
9 Syracuse 10-1 1,140
10 Ohio State 9-2 965
11 Minnesota 12-1 878 12 Illinois 12-1 875 13 Gonzaga 11-1 824 14 Florida 8-2 772 15 Georgetown 10-1 674 16 Creighton 11-1 589 17 San Diego State 11-1 557 18 Butler 9-2 512 19 Michigan State 11-2 416 20 UNLV 11-1 382 21 Notre Dame 12-1 337 22 Oklahoma State 10-1 318 23 North Carolina State 9-2 264 24 Pittsburgh 12-1 189 25 Kansas State 9-2 152

Others receiving votes: New Mexico 66, Kentucky 37, Temple 36, Wyoming 28, Virginia Commonwealth 16, North Carolina 16, Wichita State 11, Maryland 7, Oregon 6, Connecticut 6

USA Today Coaches Poll

RK TEAM RECORD PTS

1 Duke (30) 11-0 774
2 Michigan (1) 12-0 745
3 Louisville 11-1 682
3 Arizona 11-0 682
5 Indiana 11-1 648
6 Kansas 10-1 642
7 Syracuse 10-1 559
8 Cincinnati 12-0 543
9 Missouri 10-1 537
10 Ohio State 9-2 480
11 Florida 8-2 406 12 Creighton 11-1 395 13 Gonzaga 11-1 391 14 Minnesota 12-1 345 15 Illinois 12-1 330 16 San Diego State 11-1 327 17 UNLV 11-1 240 18 Georgetown 10-1 217 19 Michigan State 11-2 207 20 Notre Dame 12-1 181 21 Butler 9-2 136 22 Oklahoma State 10-1 129 23 Kentucky 8-3 108 24 Pittsburgh 12-1 97 25 North Carolina State 9-2 87

Others receiving votes: New Mexico 62, North Carolina 34, Kansas State 22, Virginia Commonwealth 22, Wyoming 20, Connecticut 6, Oregon 6, Temple 5, Maryland 3, Colorado 3, Wichita State 3, Colorado State 1

John Wall Delivers Christmas Gifts to Needy Family

Former Kentucky star John Wall recently volunteered to deliver Christmas gifts to a needy family. Here is the story from WJLA.com:



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Here is Wall speaking about Christmas, his knee and how he is contributing to the Wizards during his injury:


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