Saturday, January 28, 2012

Chuck Hayes Returns to Action for Sacramento Kings

Former Kentucky star Chuck Hayes returned to action for the Sacramento Kings on Saturday night after missing several weeks with a dislocated shoulder.

Hayes played 20 minutes off the bench in a 96-93 loss to the Utah Jazz. He did not score, but pulled down 8 rebounds and picked up 2 steals.

Former Kentucky big man DeMarcus Cousins finished with 14 points and 9 boards for the Kings.

Enes Kanter had 4 points and 4 rebounds off the bench for Utah.

Morehead State Gets Hot Late, Defeats Tennessee Tech

Morehead State 56
Tennessee Tech 50

Final from Morehead, Kentucky


Morehead State (12-11, 5-4 OVC) nailed four consecutive 3-pointers in the final four minutes of action to overcome Tennessee Tech 56-50 on Saturday afternoon:



Game recap by MSU:

MOREHEAD, Ky. -- Senior Ty Proffitt tallied a season-high 20 points and the Morehead State men’s basketball team finished the contest on an 18-4 run to post a 56-50 win over Tennessee Tech on Saturday afternoon at Johnson Arena.

The Eagles improve to 12-11 overall and 5-4 in the Ohio Valley Conference with their fourth victory in the past five games, while the Golden Eagles slip to 13-9 on the season and 5-4 in league play.

Proffitt canned 6-of-10 from the field, 4-of-7 from three-point range and 4-of-4 from the free-throw stripe. He also pulled down five rebounds and only committed one turnover in 32 minutes.

“Ty (Proffitt) is a very efficient player,” Morehead State Head Coach Donnie Tyndall said. “He doesn’t require a lot of shots, can knock down threes and gets to the foul line for us.

“Ty is a terrific leader -- both on and off the floor. He can play four different positions for us and has been a big part of the success we’ve had this season.”

Complete Recap

Terrence Jones: Foul on Davis Gave Cats Motivation

After today's impressive performance at LSU, Kentucky's Terrence Jones said he was motivated after a hard foul on teammate Anthony Davis.

“When stuff like that happens to one of your brothers, you don’t like that,” Jones said. “The only way we could redeem that is by continuing to play hard, just show it through the score.”

Here's the foul (very lucky that Davis was not injured on the play):

Terrence Jones Leads Kentucky in Beatdown of LSU


(1) Kentucky 74
Louisiana State 50

Final from Baton Rouge, Louisiana


No. 1 Kentucky had their best all-around performance of the season as the Wildcats thoroughly blasted LSU 74-50 in Baton Rouge on Saturday.

“That’s probably the best we’ve played all year,” Kentucky head coach John Calipari said. “That’s as good as we can play. We beat anybody playing this way.”

Sophomore Terrence Jones tied a season-high with 27 points to lead the top-ranked Wildcats. Jones also pulled down 9 rebounds.

Jones told the media after the game that he was responding to a hard collision between teammate Anthony Davis and an LSU player.

“When stuff like that happens to one of your brothers, you don’t like that,” Jones said. “The only way we could redeem that is by continuing to play hard, just show it through the score.”

Davis added 16 points, 10 rebounds and 3 blocks for the Wildcats (21-1, 7-0 SEC). Darius Miller continued his hot streak, scoring 13 points off the bench.

Johnny O'Bryant led LSU (12-9, 2-5 SEC) with 12 points and 9 boards. Storm Warren chipped in 11 points.

Former Kentucky Mr. Basketball Anthony Hickey finished with 5 points, 4 rebounds and a team-high 5 assists.

Kentucky was 26-55 (47.3%) from the field and 7-15 (46.7%) from long range. The Wildcats did struggle from the charity striped, finishing just 15-26 (57.7%) for the game.

LSU was cold for most of the game, shooting 21-53 (39.6%), including 1-9 (11.1%) from the three-point line.

Kentucky, which has now won 13 consecutive games, will travel back to Lexington and host Tennessee on Tuesday night at 7:00 p.m. ET.

Highlights: St. Catharine Defeats Georgetown College

Here are some highlights from St. Catharine's big 93-87 overtime win over No. 4 Georgetown College:

St. Catharine's Travis Wilkins with an early dunk



Big finish for Georgetown's Jordan DeMercy



Georgetown's John Hagerty with one of the hardest fouls you'll see this season (to his credit, the laws of Physics came into play)



St. Catharine's Kashiff Carr freezes the defender and slams it home



St. Catharine closes it out in overtime and fans celebrate

Ty Proffitt Previews Morehead State vs. Tennessee Tech

Morehead State senior Ty Proffitt previews today's nationally-televised game against Tennessee Tech:



Morehead State and Tennessee Tech will play at 3:00 p.m. today in Morehead. The game will be televised live on ESPNU and ESPN3.com.

Jerry Smith Dunks All Over Helpless Defender

Check out former Louisville star Jerry Smith dunking all over the Idaho Stampede:

Kentucky Basketball Recruits Get Wins on Friday Night


Several Kentucky recruits picked up wins and played well on Friday night:

- Wayne Selden and Nerlens Noel helped Tilton School pick up a 77-56 win over Holderness.

Georges Niang led the way with 31 points. Selden added 19. Noel chipped in 13 points and 13 rebounds.

- Shabazz Muhammad continued to prove why he's labelled as the top recruit in the 2012 class.

Muhammad had 42 points and 10 boards in Bishop Gorman's 99-75 win over Durango.

- Alex Poythress, who has already signed with Kentucky, led Northeast High School to a 61-49 win over Kenwood.

Poythress had 30 points, including 8 dunks, and 9 rebounds.

Eric Bledsoe Nets Double-Double in Second D-League Game


Former University of Kentucky star Eric Bledsoe played 24 minutes in the second leg of his two-game rehab assignment in the NBA Development League.

Bledsoe came off the bench to score 10 points and dish out 10 assists in Bakersfield's 124-108 loss to the Canton Charge.

There has been no official announcement at this time, but Bledsoe is expected to re-join the Los Angles Clippers today. He will likely make his season debut with the Clippers on Sunday.

Centre College Grabs Road Win at Austin


Centre College 65
Austin 57

Final from Sherman, Texas


Game recap by Centre:

After falling behind early, Centre came back to pull out a 65-57 victory over Austin in Southern Collegiate Athletic Conference men's basketball action Friday in Sherman, Tex.

Senior forward Greg Ross (Cincinnati, Ohio) had game-highs of 18 points and 10 rebounds while freshman Josh Karsner (Frankfort, Ky.) added 14 points for the Colonels, who overcame a double digit deficit in the first half.

Centre fell in a hole in the opening moments as Austin began the game on a 12-2 run. The Kangaroos went on to reach their biggest lead at 19-7 on a Greg Harrell layup, but the Colonels began to chip away after that point.

After Ross started things with a 3-point play at the 3:40 mark, Centre went on to finish the first half on a 10-2 run, cutting a 29-18 deficit to 31-28 by the break. The Colonels scored the first four points of the second half to take their first lead on a pair of Collin Lopez (Louisville, Ky.) free throws.

Complete Recap

Daniel Orton Makes NBA Debut with Orlando


Former University of Kentucky big man Daniel Orton made his NBA debut last night after battling injuries for most of two seasons.

Orton scored 2 points in 3 minutes of Orlando's 93-67 blowout loss to New Orleans. He was 2-2 from at the free throw

Here is more from Orlandoinstripedpost.com:

The blowout did afford coach Stan Van Gundy the opportunity to allow Daniel Orton to make his first NBA appearance. In three minutes of toxic-waste time, Orton scored two points on 2-of-2 from the foul line. In addition, he recorded a goaltend on his first defensive possession at the professional level. Scoring two points for the other team is bad, obviously, but it was at least encouraging to see Orton, who has battled knee injuries extensively over the last several years, get impressive elevation on the block attempt.

John Calipari is Barking Before the LSU Game

University of Kentucky head coach John Calipari barked (literally) for the media at today's pregame media event (video by uksportsinfo on YouTube); check out the video:



Transcript of Calipari's comments (via UK):

On LSU holding teams under 60
“They’re big and their guards are good. (Anthony) Hickey is outstanding, tough, hard-nosed, they have two of him. They have their leading scorer, who is 6-5, back. Johnny O’Bryant who is a McDonald’s All-American, they have the kid from Iowa State that is 7-foot, he’s good. They have two other big kids; they are a very good team. The good news is, for preparation, they play a lot like Georgia, Mark (Fox) worked for coach (LSU head coach Trent Johnson). A lot of the stuff when we go over it we will have seen it. That’s why yesterday I didn’t use any time in our practice, usually I would say let’s hit their stuff a little bit, we did a few of the drills that match it but none of the walk-through stuff.”

On recruiting in-state product Anthony Hickey
“It’s not about that, he’s good enough, there is no question but we took Marquis Teague. When you do that, unless you just want to load up on kids, here’s what happens, what if he comes here, maybe he is better than Marquis, maybe he’s not, and if he’s not and he’s not playing, is that fair to him? Maybe he would be good enough to beat out Marquis Teague, is that fair to Marquis Teague? I just think that when you go through this process of recruiting, I’ve made mistakes before. I remember when we played Connecticut and when I saw my man out of high school, I said he was too small, I’m not sure he is good enough. Guess what, he was good enough. Hickey is really good. I’ll same the thing, the other side of it is you take a guy that should be going to Western (Kentucky University) or Murray (State) and you just take him to take him when he could go there and be a starter and do x-y-z and you take him because you want to have a Kentucky kid on your team. I’m not doing that, I just refuse to do that. I’ll take walk-ons that way but I’m not taking a player that way, I don’t feel comfortable with that. Hickey is good enough, he is an SEC player and a starting point guard, I just saw him against Mississippi State make four 3s in a row to end the game. He’s not afraid, he could play here, there isn’t any question, he’s not afraid, he’s a battler, he is good.”

On Marquis Teague making the balance of the team work
“Important but the one thing, this is a hard one for you all to understand, we have to keep working on making the extra pass. You say, ‘well Cal you have seven guys that have over 100 shots. There is no team in the country that has seven guys with over 100 shots.’ There isn’t one and here is what I would say, what happens is, because guys are only taking 10-9-8-11 shots, the extra pass becomes a little bit harder than it would if four or three guys are taking all your shots. We just have to continue to work on that, make that extra pass. The balance we have does make it difficult. Darius (Miller), offensively, he could go for 30, Kyle Wiltjer could go for 30, Doron Lamb could go for (30), you have a bunch of guys that could bust out for 30. Terrence Jones could go for 30, we just have to keep playing the game and whoever has it going, go to him, last game it was Darius and the guys found him and got him shot.”

On Marquis Teague carrying himself better than he was earlier in the year
“What happens to these young people, if they don’t let you define them, let us kind of present you, define how you are going to play, when they are arguing the point they think they can play like they did in high school and when it doesn’t work it rattles them. Then they don’t know if they are if they are good enough, then they start questioning if they can play, well you can play but just not the way you are playing. That’s the hard thing, most guys have to get hit in the mouth and they say, ‘alright it ain’t working the way I want to do this, let me do this.’ Let me say this, every once in a while they will go back and check it to make sure they are right or wrong. They’ll go and have their kind of game and they’ll look bad again and you’ll say, ‘why did they do that?’ Because they just have to check and see if they can do it their way. Most of these players, they are letting us present them and define their games for them. All we try to do is play to our strengths, play to your strengths; we’ll work on your weaknesses in here but right now let’s do what we do. The biggest thing with Marquis Teague that he is doing better is he is defending and rebound, you all want to look at his offense, he is defending and rebounding. He’s not stopping, he is going in and getting balls, he had seven rebounds. He has seven rebounds we’ll outrebound the other team by double digits. But there are games he gets no rebounds and doesn’t even attempt, that is the old high school, I’m not going in there because if I go in there and they miss then I can’t get a lay-up so I’m going to just take off. It’s not just him; there are a lot of high school guys doing that.”

On being 3-0 in SEC road games
“They have all been good games. Georgia came out and made six out of eight whatever they did. Tennessee came out and we were down in that game, Auburn came out and we were down in that game. They all come at us, they are all big games and the teams are going to play well. It’s good for us, it makes us better. I expect LSU to play a great game, I expect them to come out and play better than they have all year. (They will) be physical, run their stuff, execute, they’ll play fast but they want it to be, a lot of times you say they are holding people under 60, it’s because they are scoring a little bit over 60. A team that holds it can keep the other team from scoring more. If you are playing faster the other team is going to score more because they are going to get more opportunities. But they do a good job of controlling the games, similar to Georgia.”

On Kentucky being on its own level
“You always want to be on your own playing field. One of the reasons we don’t have to talk about another program or I don’t even have to worry about who is recruiting a guy is because I don’t care. I tell the family when we come in, ‘you will not hear me or my staff talk about another program and if we do talk about another program it will be positive about that coach or that program.’ We don’t worry about anybody else, if the kid wants something like this then we will get him and if they look at this and say it is too much then they aren’t coming here. What you try to do in all that you are doing is separate so that you are on a playing field where you present yourself and ask the kid if it is something he’d like or not. In everything you do, whether it’s facilities, academics, in the community, social media, connecting your fans. I’ve said that since I’ve been here, you’re at Kentucky, let’s get this separated. Why are we on all these TV games? Because we rate so high, we rate highest in the country. Everybody wants to watch us.”

Friday, January 27, 2012

Anthony Davis, Gorgui Dieng on Vitale's All-Swat Team


Kentucky's Anthony Davis and Louisville's Gorgui Dieng are included on Dick Vitale's "All-Swat Team."

Dick Vitale's All-Swat Team

John Henson North Carolina 3.3
Anthony Davis Kentucky 4.7
C.J. Aiken Saint Joseph's 4.3
Gorgui Dieng Louisville 3.3
Jeff Withey Kansas 3.3

Excerpt On Davis:

When coming up with my All-Swat squad, I have to start in Lexington, Kentucky. Diaper dandy Anthony Davis is something special and he already set the school's single-season record in the category. He can influence the game so dramatically because he forces opponents to change shots because of his presence. He has come up with crucial blocks at the end of games. John Calipari is thrilled to have him and he makes such a huge difference in the lane.
On Dieng:

Louisville's Gorgui Dieng has not been playing basketball that long, yet he is a big positive for Rick Pitino's Cardinals. He will get better and better with even more experience, which should scare Louisville's opponents.

Complete Article

The Orlando Magic Should Let Daniel Orton Play in a Game


The Orlando Magic announced earlier this week that they will not pick up their team option on Orton's contract.

Mike Bianchi of the Orlando Sentinel thinks there's just one problem with that decision: Orton has never appeared in an NBA game.

Shouldn't the give him at least one chance to prove himself in a game situation?

Here is an excerpt:

But I wonder how many first-round picks have been on a team’s roster for two years and not played in a single game? That’s the case with Orton, who has never, ever logged a single minute in a single game for the Magic.
Seriously, he can’t be THAT bad, can he?

I will be the first to admit that Stan Van Gundy and Otis Smith know 10 times more about basketball personnel than I will ever know. These guys see Orton every day in practice and have obviously come to the conclusion that he cannot play. But isn’t there a chance — slight as it may be — that if you put this guy in a real game, something might click? Some players who look awful in practice sometimes perform when they’re in a real game in front of real fans. Some players step up when the lights come on and the curtain goes up.

I’m not saying Orton is one of those players. But even if there’s a 1 percent chance he could gain some confidence while playing in a real game, why not stick him in there and see? It’s not like the Magic couldn’t use a big body to back up Dwight Howard.


Magic should let Daniel Orton actually play in a game

Video: Shabazz Muhammad Talks Recruiting and More

Top 2012 recruit Shabazz Muhammad gives Coast2Coast Hoops a recruiting update and more:

Wildcats Talk About Road Test at LSU


Here are pregame comments from Kentucky's Darius Miller, Kyle Wiltjer and Marquis Teague as the Wildcats get set for a weekend road test at LSU (transcript via UK):

#1 Darius Miller, G, Sr.

On what has been the difference between road games last year versus this year …
“I think we’re pulling it out at the end. A lot of times last year we seemed to struggle to close a team out. I think we have more will to win this year.”

On where the will to win came from …
“Honestly, I don’t know. I guess it’s just something that you have it or you don’t. I guess we kind of developed it last year towards the end of the season. Early on in the season, especially in conference play, we didn’t have it.”

On whether he feels more comfortable being on the road now as a senior …
“Definitely. I think we all kind of feel more comfortable on the road. I think we’ve been doing a good job as far as road games this far. Hopefully we can continue on that path.”

On whether he feels the team has had to build confidence on the road …
“I think getting the first win definitely kind of helped us out. We kind of struggled there a little bit at the beginning but seemed to pull it out. From then on we kind of got rolling and we’re seeing it wasn’t as bad as we thought it was.”

On how close the team is to reaching their peak …
“I honestly don’t know. I know we still have some stuff to work on. I feel like we could become a better team still but I feel like we’re playing good at the same time so hopefully we can continue to get better and hopefully make a championship run.”

#25 Marquis Teague, G, Fr.

On what they’ve learned playing on the road in the SEC …
“We know the crowds are really into the game. We have to really come together and be ready to play together. It’s real loud in every gym, so we have to be able to listen to coach and relay calls to each other.”

On (LSU guard and former Kentucky Mr. Basketball) Anthony Hickey, if he’s heard about him and if he expects him to come out hungry tomorrow playing against his home state…
“Yeah, this is his home state, so we expect him to come out and compete. I heard he’s been doing very well this year, so he’s a really good player. I had a chance to see him in the Indiana All-Star game, so (I’m) just ready to go down and play.”

On what he remembers from his previous matchup with Anthony Hickey …
“He’s a good guard, he’s real quick, good with the ball, can shoot the outside shot. He’s just a true point guard.”

On what his responsibility is on a team like this with them being such a balanced ballclub in terms of keeping everybody involved …
“Just to find people in places where they can score. My first thing is to get everybody else involved. On a team like this, you don’t really have to score as many points as I’m using to scoring. So I just try to get everybody involved and create and control the tempo of the game.”

#33 Kyle Wiltjer, F, Fr.

On what he is expecting for the LSU game …
“I am just looking forward to practice today and learning a little more about them (LSU). We are probably going to watch some film and we are looking forward to the game.”

On how much film the team watches …
“We don’t watch a lot. Generally, a couple of days before, usually the day before, and pre-game meal we watch a lot.”

On when they watch the most film of their opponents …
“Coach (Calipari) does a lot of work with the film, and then he just incorporates that into practice. It’s not a lot of work that we have to do to watch it, but definitely in pre-game meal we have to watch the sets they run in transition, and usually the go-to sets so we know what we are looking forward too.”

Campbellsville University Holds Off Shawnee State


Campbellsville 68
Shawnee State 57

Final from Campbellsville, Kentucky


Game recap by CU:

CAMPBELLSVILLE, Ky. - Campbellsville squandered a 17-point half-time lead, but held on late to defeat Shawnee State 68-57 in the Powell Athletic Center.

Kevin Bobson hit back-to-back 3s in the first half triggering a 13-2 run and a 40-23 halftime lead. And, it was Bobson's 3 with under a minute to play in the game that gave CU a 65-57 lead.

"We needed a win, bad," said Coach Keith Adkins. "But we have to play better than that.

"The first half we were really, really good and our energy level was great," continued Adkins. "I don't have a clue what happened in the second half. You have to play the full 40 minutes."

Shawnee (8-12, 3-6) ran off a run of 17-9 to get the Bears back in the game. They closed to within eight on several occasions, and when Tyler Boyles hit a 3 with two minutes to go his team trailed by only five, 62-57.

Complete Recap

Bellarmine, Kentucky Wesleyan Earn Huge GLVC Wins


Top-ranked Bellarmine and No. 7 Kentucky Wesleyan each earned tough wins over top 10 opponents on Thursday night.

(1) Bellarmine 67 (8) Southern Indiana 53

LOUISVILLE, Ky.—The No. 1 Bellarmine University men's basketball team fell behind in the early going, before rolling to a 67-53 victory over No. 8 Southern Indiana tonight in a Great Lakes Valley Conference matchup in sold out Knights Hall.

After committing a flurry of turnovers over the first several minutes, the Knights fell behind 14-7 just 6:01 into the contest. Bellarmine was able to adjust to the speed of the game and reeled off 13 unanswered points to pull ahead 20-14 and never trail again.

The first half comeback was punctuated with highlight reel play with a minute and a half remaining. Braydon Hobbs got a steal then sent it ahead to Jeremy Kendle, who fed Keisten Jones with a lob, and the sophomore from Ballard threw down a monstrous one-handed dunk to bring the sellout crowd to its feet.

In the second period, Bellarmine quickly established a 13-point lead, but the Screaming Eagles were able to slice the margin to just three at 42-39 at the 12:34 mark. The Knights answered with a 16-0 run to put the game away.

Complete Recap

(7) Kentucky Wesleyan 74 (9) Northern Kentucky 57

Kentucky Wesleyan obviously didn't get the memo that it wasn't supposed to win at Northern Kentucky on Thursday night.

The No. 7 Panthers, playing without injured senior guard Cardell McFarland — the leading scorer in the Great Lakes Valley Conference (21.1 ppg) — shot a sizzling 64 percent from the field in a dominant second half to stun the No. 9 Norse 74-57 at Highland Heights.

It was Northern's first loss in 12 games this season at the 9,400-seat Bank of Kentucky Center, and only the team's sixth loss in 56 games at the venue since it opened in 2008.

The Panthers improved to 16-2 overall and 8-2 in the GLVC, while NKU slipped to 15-3, 7-3.

Complete Recap

Patrick Patterson Talks Video Games and More

Here is Houston Rockets big man Patrick Patterson talking about his love for video games and much more:

Kentucky 2012 KHSAA Sweet Sixteen Draw


Here are the results of this morning's KHSAA Sweet Sixteen draw:

Wednesday, March 14th

12:00 - Region 16 vs. Region 13
1:30 - Region 12 vs. Region 2
6:30 - Region 6 vs. Region 7
8:00 - Region 3 vs. Region 10

Thursday, March 15th

12:00 - Region 4 vs. Region 8
1:30 - Region 9 vs. Region 14
6:30 - Region 1 vs. Region 11
8:00 - Region 5 vs. Region 15

Brandon Knight's Mother Sues Hyatt Regency Hotel


Brandon Knight's mother, Turgenia "Tonya" Knight, has sued Lexington's Hyatt Regency Hotel and the hotel's operations director for discrimination, battery, assault and defamation.

Knight alleges that on January 7, at the hotel's bar, that Westin tried to detain her and grabbed her arm, causing a bruise, after telling her that she could not sell her book on hotel grounds.

Here is more on the report from Kentucky.com:

In the suit, filed this week in Fayette Circuit Court, Tonya Knight says Westin tried to detain her and grabbed her arm, causing a bruise, after telling her she could not sell her book, Diary of a Basketball Mom, on the hotel's premises. Knight says she went to the bar to socialize with friends before attending a UK game.

Knight, who lives in Lexington, says in the suit that when she pulled away from Westin in an attempt to leave with her friends, he said, "That's the problem with you people." Knight says that when she asked what "people" he was referring to, Westin used the n-word.

"We are aware of this incident. We take the allegations that have been made very seriously and we are conducting a thorough investigation," Hyatt Regency general manager Larry Bell said Thursday. "It is premature to comment on our investigation before it is complete. Our hotel values the opportunity of serving UK fans when they attend ball games at Rupp Arena, and we do not take this longstanding tradition lightly."

Bell said Westin was still employed as the hotel's operations director.


Brandon Knight's mother sues Hyatt Regency, alleging discrimination, assault

Photo: Wikipedia.com

Tennessee Tech Thumps EKU Behind Big Night from Murphy


Tennessee Tech 82
Eastern Kentucky 65

Final from Richmond, Kentucky


Game recap by EKU:

RICHMOND, Ky. – Tennessee Tech’s Kevin Murphy poured in a career-high 34 points to lead the visiting Golden Eagles past the Eastern Kentucky University men’s basketball team, 82-65, Thursday night in McBrayer Arena. It was the Colonels’ first home loss of the season (8-1).

After trailing by as many as 16 points in the first half, EKU (12-10, 5-4 OVC) used a pair of three-pointers by senior Joshua Jones and sophomore Jeff Johnson to pull within three of Tennessee Tech (13-8, 5-3 OVC) at 48-45 with 11:43 to play. However, the Colonels did not connect on another field goal until the 3:41 mark, a drought that allowed the Golden Eagles to pull away and claim the Ohio Valley Conference road victory.

Senior Jaron Jones led EKU with 23 points and five rebounds, while freshman big man Eric Stutz contributed with 13 points in the paint.

Murphy, the OVC Preseason Player of the Year, got his 34 points on 11-of-19 shooting (57.9 percent) from the field and 4-of-7 shooting (57.1 percent) from deep. The senior also converted all eight of his free throws. Jud Dillard scored 14 points and grabbed a team-high nine boards for the Golden Eagles.

Complete Recap

WKU Loses Heart-Breaker at Florida Atlantic


Florida Atlantic 67
Western Kentucky 66

Final from Boca Raton, Florida


Game recap by WKU:

BOCA RATON, Fla. — WKU completed a 19-point swing over 20 minutes in the middle part of the game, leading by nine after trailing by nine, but the veteran Florida Atlantic Owls, the defending conference champion and preseason pick to win the east division again this season, scored a basket with 10 seconds left in the game to earn a 67-66 win. The Hilltoppers fall to 6-15 overall and 2-6 in conference play with the loss, and Florida Atlantic improves to 9-12 and 5-3 this season.

The Owls scored 12 of the final 14 points of the game, spanning the last 4:11 on the clock, to earn the come-from-behind win on Jordan McCoy's layup with just a few seconds left. McCoy finished with 10 points and seven rebounds for the Owls, who saw 25 points on 10-of-15 shooting from Shavar Richardson. Derrick Gordon had 16 points to lead the Hilltoppers, and George Fant added 13 and seven rebounds. O'Karo Akamune made his first start of his career and contributed eight points, seven rebounds, two steals and an assist in 21 solid minutes.

Complete Recap

Eric Bledsoe Plays Well in D-League Debut


Former Kentucky star Eric Bledsoe played well in his NBA D-League debut with the Bakersfield Jam.

Bledsoe, who is on a two-game rehab assignment with the Jam, came off the bench to play just under 19 minutes in last night's 106-95 win over the Los Angeles D-Fenders. He was 6-11 from the field for 15 points and dished out 7 assists in the win.

If all goes well in tonight's game, Bledsoe will likely be back with the Los Angeles Clippers over the weekend.

On the other side, former Louisville big man scored 20 points in his D-League debut.

Thursday, January 26, 2012

Allkyhoops.com: Our First Ever NAIA Court Storm

St. Catharine College upset No. 4 Georgetown College tonight in Springfield; here is the end of the game and St. Catharine fans storming the court to celebrate (recap coming later):

Murray State Players Visit Sedalia Elementary Students

Several Murray State players and cheerleaders visited students at Sedalia Elementary in rural Graves County on Thursday.

Here is an excerpt about the Racers' visit from WPSD Local 6:

Just a few miles southeast of Mayfield lies the little town of Sedalia. It's about a twenty-five minute drive to the rural Graves County town, from the Murray State University campus. But for Racers players and cheerleaders on Thursday, it was definitely a trip worth making.

Hundreds of children ages five through twelve packed the gymnasium at Sedalia Elementary, giving Racers guards Isaiah Canaan and Jewuan Long, a very loud welcome. The school's prinicpal, Robert Braden, says he wanted to get a couple of the Murray State players to the school to talk to children about learning, studying, and working hard.


Complete Article

Lawrence Frank Continues to Praise Brandon Knight

"For somebody who is only 20 years old, he has unbelievable maturity."

- Detroit Pistons head coach Lawrence Frank

Watch the video from MLive.com:

Kentucky vs. Syracuse: Who Would Win?

Katie Kramer of Syracuse.com wonders who would win if Syracuse played against top-ranked Kentucky.

Kramer has an online poll, which currently has the Wildcats winning by a landslide.

Here is an excerpt:

After losing its first game of the season to Notre Dame last Saturday, the Syracuse men's basketball team also lost its No. 1-ranking to Kentucky.

The Wildcats are 20-1 so far this season, only losing to Indiana back in December, while the No. 3 Orange are 21-1. Kentucky has top freshmen Anthony Davis and Michael Kidd-Gilchrist on the court. The Orange has veteran leadership in Scoop Jardine, Kris Joseph and Brandon Triche. SU also has the depth of its bench, including star sixth man Dion Waiters.


My Thoughts: Kentucky 74 Syracuse 66 (on a neutral court)

If the Wildcats and Orange played tonight, who would win?

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Union College Upsets Bluefield in AAC Action


Union College 93
Bluefield 79

Final from Barbourville, Kentucky


Game recap by UC:

BARBOURVILLE, Ky. -- Union College's Carlos Sanford came off the bench and poured in a team-high 27 points to lead the Bulldogs to a 93-79 upset win over Bluefield (Va.) in Appalachian Athletic Conference action on Wednesday night at Robsion Arena.

With the win, UC improved to 5-18 overall, 2-7 in the AAC, while Bluefield fell to 14-10, 7-2 in the AAC with the loss.

In the first half, Bluefield came out and looked like the best team in the AAC, racing out to an early 14-8 lead with 13 minutes and change left in the period. The Bulldogs, however, went on a 10-0 run over the next couple of minutes to take an 18-14 lead with 11 minutes left.

Once Union got the lead, they never let Bluefield get it back the rest of the period, as the Bulldogs extended the lead out to 10 points (39-29) with three minutes left after an Ian Davis (Cherry Hill, N.J.) lay-in. Bluefield, however, did not go into the half quietly, as an Andrew Wilson three-pointer at the buzzer cut the UC lead down to 41-38 at intermission.

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Eric Bledsoe Assigned to Bakersfield Jam in D-League


ESPN's Marc Stein has confirmed that former Kentucky star Eric Bledsoe will do a two-game rehab assignment with the D-League's Bakersfield Jam.

Bledsoe is recovering from an October knee surgery.

Here is Stein's report via Twitter:

ESPNSteinLine Clippers announce G Eric Bledsoe joining D-League's Bakersfield Jam for two-game injury rehab assignment in wake of October knee surgery

Bilas: Anthony Davis is Best Big Man in College Basketball


Jay Bilas of ESPN.com lists Kentucky's Anthony Davis as the best big man in college basketball.

Bilas developed his list based upon performance in college and pro potential.

1. Anthony Davis, Kentucky Wildcats

Davis is the best defender in the country, and it has taken him only 20 games to prove it. With his freakishly long arms, great feet, athleticism, timing and feel, Davis leads the nation in blocked shots and has already set a Kentucky season record for rejections. Davis covers up the basket from 10 feet and in and can block shots in the paint and jump shots outside of the paint. As an offensive player, Davis has great tools. He has the best pair of hands in college basketball and very good touch. While he may be slight of build, Davis is no pushover and is plenty tough. Perhaps best of all, he does not need the ball to play. He is averaging 13 points per game on only eight shot attempts, 10 rebounds and almost five blocked shots while shooting 63 percent from the floor and 71 percent from the line. Davis will continue to get better and better.


Here are Bilas' top 5 big men:

1. Anthony Davis, Kentucky
2. Jared Sullinger, Ohio State
3. Thomas Robinson, Kansas
4. John Henson, North Carolina
5. Meyers Leonard, Illinois

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Canaan, Two Wildcats in CBSSports Player of the Year Watch


Two University of Kentucky stars and Murray State's Isaiah Canaan are in the top 10 of CBSSports.com's NCAA Player of the Year watch this week.

Davis is No. 4 on the list behind Thomas Robinson, Doug McDermott and Jared Sullinger.

Kidd-Gilchrist ranks No. 7 and Canaan has moved up two spots to No. 8 this week.

4. Anthony Davis

Position: F
School: Kentucky
Class: Freshman
Ht: 6-10 Wt: 220
Comment: Davis has only averaged 7.5 points in the past two games -- wins against Alabama and Georgia. However, the long and versatile freshman‘s impact isn‘t measured by the points he puts on the board. He grabbed 20 rebounds in the past two games, blocked nine shots and changes the game on the defensive end. Last week: No. 3

7. Michael Kidd-Gilchrist

Position: F
School: Kentucky
Class: Freshman
Ht: 6-7 Wt: 232
Comment: It‘s difficult to put up eye-popping numbers on a team loaded with talent like the Wildcats, but MKG is still managing to impress just about every time out. He averaged 13.5 points and 8.5 boards in a pair of wins over Alabama and Georgia and has a motor that rivals just about anyone in the country. Last week: No. 6

8. Isaiah Canaan

Position: G
School: Murray State
Class: Junior
Ht: 6-0 Wt: 171
Comment: He‘s the leader, floor general and best player on the lone remaining D-1 team without a blemish. Canaan finished with 21 points, five boards and three assists in a win against SIU-Edwardsville. Last week: No. 10

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Jeff Goodman Says 1996 Kentucky is 6th Best Team Ever

CBSSports.com is getting ready to release a list of college basketball's greatest teams and more.

Jeff Goodman is surely going to ruffle some big blue feathers as he says on Twitter that the 1996 Kentucky Wildcats rank No. 6 on list of all-time greatest teams:

GoodmanCBS Was No. 6 overall on my list. RT @btcoop71: @GoodmanCBS @GaryParrishCBS @greggdoyelcbs 96 UK made the list I assume




I'll post the CBSSports.com article when it goes live.

Troy Williams Trims List to Four; UK in the Mix


Troy Williams, a 6-6 wing from Phoebus (Va.) High School, is reportedly down to four schools.

Legendary AAU coach Boo Williams told Five Star Basketball that his nephew is down to Kentucky, North Carolina, Georgetown and Villanova.

Williams currently ranks No. 14 overall on the Rivals.com list for 2013.

Here is an excerpt:

"UNC fans are going to get a playmaker, a humble person and a hard worker," Britt told Five Star.

Another 2013 wing Britt would love to play with is Troy Williams of Hampton (Va.) Phoebus High, Scout's No. 8 overall player.

The 6-foot-6, 190-pound Williams is the nephew of legendary AAU coach Boo Williams, who told Five Star Troy has trimmed his list to North Carolina, Kentucky, Georgetown and Villanova.

"I think he probably will get it done in the next six months," Boo Williams told Five Star.

Williams has visited Kentucky and North Carolina "a couple times" each, his uncle said.

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Photo: Rivals.com

Rex Chapman Squeezes in Some Cardio and a Great Pic

Words can't do this justice, so just look:

rexchapman Long days, Tweeps. Hit u once I hop off the treadmill in a bit! 'Bout 2 squeeze-in my 30-45 mins of cardio. http://pic.twitter.com/3LtN0vSe

Peyton Siva Leads Louisville to Big Win Over Villanova


(25) Louisville 84
Villanova 74

Final from Louisville, Kentucky


Game recap by U of L:

LOUISVILLE, Ky. (AP) - Peyton Siva says he's been working extra hours improving his shooting skills. His court vision is as sharp as ever.

Siva scored 16 points and Louisville beat Villanova 84-74 on Wednesday night to return to .500 in the Big East after a rough start to conference play.

"I came early to get shots up, to keep working on it, because I know it's going to help me out in the long run. I didn't take any threes in warmups; I only took mid-range shots," Siva said. "It paid off."

Siva was brilliant late when the Cardinals (16-5, 4-4) needed him most.

He made a turnaround jumper from 15 feet to give the Cardinals a 73-67 lead with 2:56 left, then made two sharp passes on the next two possessions that led to points, including Jared Swopshire's 3-pointer from the corner that made it 78-69 with 1:12 left. It was only the second 3-pointer in 11 attempts this season for Swopshire.

"I'm a point guard, so I've got to find open guys. My job is to create and get them open looks," Siva said. "I was just glad Jared made it because it got me an assist and I was like, 'Yeah, Jared, you finally got one.'"

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Chase Spreen Nominated for GEICO Play of the Year


Lindsey Wilson's Chase Spreen has been nominated for the GEICO Play of the Year for his 80-foot buzzer beater against Georgetown College.

Here is the release from LWC:

COLUMBIA, Ky. -- Lindsey Wilson College senior guard Chase Spreen's near full-court buzzer-beater against Georgetown (Ky.) on Jan. 14 is nominated for the GEICO Play of the Year, Intersport announced on Monday.

Over an eight-week span, four incredible college basketball plays will be nominated as the GEICO Play of the Year.

Each week's winner will be determined by fan voting through the official Facebook page (facebook.com/BestofCollegeBasketball).

The eight finalists will compete in a week-long competition to determine the GEICO Play of the Year. The winner will be announced during the GEICO Best of College Basketball special which airs March 25 at Noon CT on CBS.

In addition to recognizing the season's top plays, the one-hour CBS special will relive the season's greatest moments, players and traditions. The show reviews the GEICO Best of 2012 Basketball Tour, an interactive fan experience that visits 10 marquee games throughout the basketball season.

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Wednesday, January 25, 2012

Three Recruits to Visit Indiana University This Weekend


A good source says tonight that three recruits will make unofficial visits to Indiana University this weekend.

East Ridge High School stars Ray Kasongo and Tony Wolter, along with D'Angelo Hunter from Butler High School.

Kasongo is a 6-8 junior power forward at East Ridge. He is currently rated as a two-star recruit by Scout.com.

Wolter is a 6-0 point guard and Hunter is an athletic 6-8 power forward. Both Wolter and Hunter are in the 2014 recruiting class.

Indiana (16-4, 4-4 Big Ten) will be hosting Iowa on Saturday at 6:00 p.m.

UPDATE: Source says Knott Central freshman Camron Justice and North Hardin sophomore Kahlil Rasheed are also planning to attend the game with their AAU teammates.

Check Out Wolter's Facebook Page

Photo: Kasongo and Wolter

If I were an Indiana fan, I'd bring it like this when recruits are in the building:

Scarbinsky: SEC Takes Care of UK with Basketball Schedule


Kevin Scarbinsky of the Birmingham News says the Southeastern Conference "takes care of" Kentucky with its basketball schedule.

Scarbinsky says the Wildcats receive preferential treatment from the league.

Here is an excerpt:

The conference takes care of the Wildcats with its basketball schedule.

As for the Crimson Tide in football, not so much.

It's old news that Alabama football has to play a lot of opponents coming off bye weeks. The new news is that the SEC basketball schedule gives Kentucky more time to prepare for conference games than anyone else in the league, and the latest example came at Alabama's expense.

Last week, Kentucky played Arkansas at home Tuesday night, then had three full days to prepare for its Saturday noon tipoff, also at home, against Alabama.

The Crimson Tide had a slightly different itinerary.

Play Vanderbilt on Thursday night in Coleman Coliseum. Practice Friday in Tuscaloosa from 3-5 p.m. Fly out of Tuscaloosa by charter at 6 p.m. Get to the team hotel in Lexington at 8:30 local time.

Breakfast and film study Saturday at 8 a.m. Leave the team hotel at 10 a.m. Arrive at Rupp Arena a little more than 90 minutes before tipoff. Play one-loss, second-ranked Kentucky at noon local time.


The article adds that both Kevin Stallings and Billy Donovan have publicly complained about the Kentucky schedule this week:

Florida's Billy Donovan and Vanderbilt's Kevin Stallings know it, and they've complained about it in the last two weeks. On Monday, Donovan cited the differences in the Alabama and Kentucky schedules from last week.

"If you're trying to get more teams into the NCAA Tournament, don't put the teams inside your league into a competitive disadvantage," Donovan said. That's not too much to ask, but that's exactly what the SEC schedule did last week to Alabama and will do to the Crimson Tide again next month.


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UPIKE to Give Away Truck on Appalachian Wireless Night


The University of Pikeville will give away all kinds of prizes on Thursday night, including a Kelly Wells Signature Edition UPIKE Ford F150 truck.

Here is more from UPIKE:

PIKEVILLE, Ky. – The night you've been hearing about is nearly here. In less than one week, one lucky fan will drive away from the East Kentucky Expo Center in a brand new pickup truck courtesy of Appalachian Wireless, Bruce Walters Ford, East Kentucky Broadcasting and the University of Pikeville.

This Thursday night when the Bears host the University of the Cumberlands will be Appalachian Wireless Night. At halftime of the men's game the Kelly Wells Signature Edition UPIKE Ford F150, black with orange detailing, with personalized UPIKE logos and Kelly Wells autographs both on the outside and the interior of the vehicle, will be given away.

There will be 12 finalists for the truck this year, including one who will be drawn from those in attendance at the women's game that evening.

But that's not all. As has become a staple on Appalachian Wireless Night, many more will walk away winners. Among the items to be given away are:

•Consolation prizes to the other 11 finalists, which include a new phone, service work at Walters Ford and gift cards
•The first 3,000 fans through the door will be given T-shirts
•There will be a contest at halftime of the women's game where two people will drop a Sonim phone from the catwalk and try to hit a garbage can for $10,000 each
•Two 51” Samsung Plasma TVs
•Two Motorola Xoom's
•Five Motorola Milestone X2 phones and 5 Sonim phones

It's not too late to register for the truck. To register, simply text UPike to the short code 3673 from your Appalachian Wireless phone. Standard and premium text rates apply.

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Where Are the Louisville Basketball Fans?

Check out this picture of the KFC Yum! Center 12 minutes before the tip of Louisville's game against Villanova (posted on Twitter by Eric Crawford of the Courier-Journal):



ericcrawford Louisville's KFC Yum Center, 12 minutes before tipoff agains Villanova http://pic.twitter.com/IBqIKmKt

UPDATE: It sounds like Eric Crawford posted his picture too soon. The crowd showed up and Louisville picked up a huge conference win. The official listed attendance was 21,219.

Louisville to Honor Former All-Americans in February


The University of Louisville has several special events planned for basketball games during the month of February.

Most importantly, the Cards will honor former All-Americans Lancaster Gordon and DeJuan Wheat.

Here is the release from Louisville:

LOUISVILLE, Ky. - Several special events are on tap at the final four home University of Louisville men's basketball games during the month of February.

Two former UofL All-Americans will have their names added to the list of honored jersey names displayed in the KFC Yum! Center: Lancaster Gordon and DeJuan Wheat.

Gordon (1980-84) will be honored at halftime of the Feb. 6 game against Connecticut. He is among the top U of L career scorers (1,614, 14th at U of L) and his 192 career steals rank seventh all-time. A native of Jackson, Miss, the 6-3 guard helped U of L to a combined 102-34 record and two NCAA Final Four appearances. He was selected as the 1983 NCAA Mideast Region Most Outstanding Player, scoring 24 points in the regional championship game against Kentucky.

Wheat (1993-97) will be honored at halftime of the Feb. 26 game against Pittsburgh. Wheat was the first player in NCAA Division I history with career totals of at least 2,000 points, 450 assists, 300 three-point goals and 200 steals. The Louisville native completed his career with 2,183 points (second all-time at U of L), 498 assists (4th), 323 three pointers (2nd) and 204 steals (6th). One of 12 finalists for the 1997 Naismith Player of the Year Award, he helped the Cardinals post a combined 95-41 record, four NCAA Tournament appearances, including a Sweet 16 and Elite Eight in his last two years.

There will be two "color" events in February, with a "White Out" scheduled for the Feb. 13 game against Syracuse and the annual "Wear Red for the Seniors" game set for Feb. 29 when the Cardinals face USF in the final home game of the season. Cardinal fans are encouraged to wear white and red on those respective days.

More Photos of Kentucky's New Nike Uniforms

Here are some more photos of Nike's special Hyper Elite Platinum Uniforms:



Houston Rockets Decline Option on Terrence Williams

The Houston Rockets have declined to exercise the fourth-year options on former first-round draft picks Hasheem Thabeet, Terrence Williams and Jonny Flynn.

All three players will be unrestricted free agents at the end of the season.

Williams, who starred at Louisville, was seemingly never able to work himself into the Houston rotation.



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Nike Press Release: Hyper Elite Platinum Uniforms


Nike has sent out the following press release about their special Hyper Elite Platinum Uniforms (Kentucky will wear the new uniforms on January 31 against Tennessee):

NIKE PERFORMANCE MEETS SUSTAINABILITY IN NEW NIKE HYPER ELITE PLATINUM UNIFORM

Nine Top NCAA Basketball Teams to Don Specially Designed Uniforms Made from Recycled Polyester

BEAVERTON, Ore. (January 25, 2012) – We’ve reached the point of the season when the truly talented begin to distinguish themselves from the competition. And while teams desperately seek to set the gold standard for 2012, Nike will pay tribute to those who have already reached elite status by outfitting select teams in the next generation of college basketball design: the Nike Hyper Elite Platinum uniform.

As the latest and most innovative fit system, the Nike Hyper Elite Platinum uniform is designed at the intersection of sustainability and performance. The specially designed short and jersey combination will be worn by nine of the nation’s top college basketball teams in select games during the 2012 season.

The nine teams all have won National Championships in Nike footwear and apparel. The programs donning the Nike Hyper Elite Platinum uniforms in 2012 include The University of Arizona, Baylor University (women’s), Duke University, University of Florida, University of Kentucky, Syracuse University, The University of Connecticut (men’s and women’s) and University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.

Nike created the uniforms specifically for superior performance and lower environmental impact. The fabric of the Nike Hyper Elite Platinum shorts are made from 100 percent recycled polyester while the jersey fabric is made from at least 96% recycled polyester. Both short and jersey are tailored for the optimal efficiency of movement and are five percent lighter than the previous Nike Hyper Elite uniform. Featuring laser-cut bonded logos, a sharp platinum design as well as prominent accent colors, the Nike Hyper Elite Platinum uniforms are sure to shine on the court.

“Nike is committed to producing top-of-the-line performance attire with reduced sacrifice to the environment,” said Phil Cook, Nike’s Brand Manager for Basketball. “With our Nike Hyper Elite Platinum design, Nike is maintaining its long-standing obligations to our fans to not only produce the best on-court looks but also a design that makes use of the resources we already have.”

In 2011, Nike affirmed its commitment to increasing its use of more sustainable materials by doubling its use of recycled polyester, using approximately 440 million PET plastic bottles, enough to cover over 12,000 basketball courts, and 2012 will build off of those successes.

The short includes laser perforations in side panels for increased breathability while featuring a lightweight 4-way stretch woven design. The bonded hem detailing found on the short and the bonded back seam near the neckline on the jersey enhances both comfort and style. Additionally, the front of the jersey features a lightweight Nike Sphere fabric, while the back includes a full Nike Aerographics back panel.

The uniforms will hit the hardwood beginning late-January for some of oldest and strongest rivalries in college basketball. Dates include UConn vs. Notre Dame (1/29), Kentucky vs. Tennessee (1/31), Duke vs. Maryland (2/11), Baylor (women’s) vs. Texas A&M (2/11), Florida vs. Tennessee (2/11), Syracuse vs. USF (2/22), Arizona vs. UCLA (2/25), UConn (women’s) vs. Notre Dame (2/27) and UNC vs. Maryland (2/29).

Imagery and additional information on the Nike Hyper Elite Platinum uniforms will be available at www.NikeInc.com.

Ramel Bradley to Sign with Hapoel Migdal Jerusalem


Former University of Kentucky guard Ramel Bradley has reportedly agreed to terms with Hapoel Migdal Jerusalem in Israel's top-level Premier League.

Bradley has enjoyed a lengthy stay with Maccabi Ashdod, also in the Premier League.

This season, Bradley has averaged 17.4 points, 3.3 rebounds, 3.3 steals and 1.5 steals per game for Ashdod.

He is currently No. 10 in the Premier League in scoring average.

Source: Eurobasket.com

Kenneth Faried, Teammates Support Special Needs Students

Former Morehead State star Kenneth Faried and several of his Denver teammates showed up Monday night to support a Unified basketball game:



Faried was joined by Chris Anderson, Corey Brewew and Kostas Koufos. The group acted as guest coaches during the game.

Unified basketball is a partnership between students with special needs and general students who work together to play basketball.

Orlando Magic Will Not Pick Up Team Option on Daniel Orton


The Orlando Magic will not pick up their team option on former Kentucky big man Daniel Orton.

Here is more from OrlandoSentinel.com:

The Orlando Magic have determined that they will not exercise their team option on former first-round draft pick Daniel Orton for the 2012-13 season.

The decision means that Orton, a 6-foot-10 center, will become an unrestricted free agent in July.

It also means that the Magic might not ever receive any return on their investment in Orton. He has not appeared in a regular-season game since the Magic selected him with the 29th overall pick in the 2010 NBA draft out of Kentucky.

Otis Smith "You have to look at the whole body of work and look at where we are," General Manager Otis Smith said before the Magic faced the Indiana Pacers on Tuesday night.

"It's nothing against Daniel. He's done what he's supposed to do. He's gotten himself in good shape. He's worked his tail off. It's nothing against him at all. It's just the way everything fell this year."


Orlando Magic will not pick up their 2012-13 option on Daniel Orton

Kentucky Recruit Julius Randle Talks About Texas Teams

Here is Kentucky recruit Julius Randle talking recruiting and more with Five Star Basketball:

Tuesday, January 24, 2012

Eric Bledsoe May Spend Time in NBA Development League


Former University of Kentucky star Eric Bledsoe returned to practiced with the Los Angeles Clippers on Tuesday.

Bledsoe, who has missed the entire season recovering from a knee injury, showed enough that head coach Vinny Del Negro is considering sending him to the NBA Development League for a few games.

Here is more from LATimes.com:

The coach said after practice Tuesday that the Clippers don’t have a timetable for sending Bledsoe to the D-League team in Bakersfield.

“We’re talking about seeing if he can go down and play a couple games maybe in the D-League and giving him some experience, in terms of just getting his mind right, getting some flow into the game,” Del Negro said. “We don’t have any practices and there’s no chance for him to get out there and play.”


Clippers' Eric Bledsoe practices, may go to D-League

No. 1 Kentucky Rolls Past Georgia in Athens


(1) Kentucky 57
Georgia 44

Final from Athens, Georgia

The top-ranked Kentucky Wildcats rolled by the Georgia Bulldogs 57-44 on Tuesday night.

Kentucky (20-1, 6-0 SEC) led throughout and were never in trouble against the Bulldogs.

Senior Darius Miller was on fire for Kentucky, particularly in the first half, Miller finished with a game-high 19 points on 7-8 shooting, including 4-4 from long range.

Michael Kidd-Gilchrist added 14 points and 11 rebounds. Anthony Davis chipped in 4 points, 11 boards and 5 blocked shots.

The Wildcats were 21-48 (43.8%) from the field and out-rebounded Georgia 39-18.

Dustin Ware led the Bulldogs (10-10, 1-5 SEC) with 12 points on 5-12 shooting. Nemanja Djurisic chipped in 10 points.

Georgia was just 19-55 (34.5%) from the field.

Kentucky returns to action on Saturday with a road game at LSU.

Morehead State Earns Tough Road Win at Norfolk State


Morehead State 75
Norfolk State 69

Final from Norfolk, Virginia


Game recap by MSU:

NORFOLK, Va. -- Senior Ty Proffitt scored a team-high 18 points and the Morehead State men’s basketball team knocked down its first six three-point attempts en route to a 75-69 victory over Norfolk State on Tuesday night at Echols Hall.

The Eagles improve to 11-11 overall, while the Spartans fall to 15-6 on the campaign. NSU is 7-0 in the Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference this season and was previously 7-1 at home.

Proffitt drilled all four field-goal tries in the first half and finished 5-of-6 for the contest. He also swished 4-of-5 attempts from beyond the arc.

Sophomore Drew Kelly contributed 15 points on 6-of-9 from the field for the Eagles, while junior Marsell Holden added 12 on 4-of-7 from long distance.

Freshman Angelo Warner recorded a career-best 12 rebounds to help secure the road win for MSU, while junior Devon Atkinson matched a career high with four assists.

Morehead State continued its recent dominance in the rebounding department. The Eagles posted a 33-24 advantage and are now +86 on the glass over the past 15 contests.

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How is This for All Kentucky Hoops?


The inspiration behind AllKyHoops.com has always been a passion for basketball, using the sport to help people in a positive way and a love for promoting the teams around the Bluegrass state.

With that being said, business is great this week as the state has ranked teams from Murray to Pikeville, the top teams in two divisions and NCAA Division I's only remaining undefeated team.

Let's take a look:

NCAA Division I

- University of Kentucky (19-1): Ranked No. 1 in both the AP Top 25 and the ESPN/USA Today Coaches Poll (unanimous). The Wildcats are one tough road loss away from being a perfect 20-0. Most everyone expects to see John Calipari's talented team in the Final Four and many prognosticators have the Cats cutting down the nets this season.

- Murray State University (20-0): Ranked No. 9 in the ESPN/USA Today Coaches Poll and No. 11 in the AP Top 25. The Racers are 20-0 and nothing more needs to be said. I'll add that they haven't exactly played cupcakes. The Racers won the Great Alaska Shootout and picked up a big league road win at Memphis. They are becoming the darlings of college basketball and nearing lock status for an NCAA Tournament appearance. Who wants to face the Racers in March?

- University of Louisville (15-5): Ranked No. 25 in the ESPN/USA Today Coaches Poll; RV in AP Top 25. The Cardinals have struggled in recent weeks, primarily due to an unfathomable number of key injuries. Rick Pitino will pull this team together and win some games down the stretch.

NCAA Division II

- Bellarmine University (16-1): Ranked No. 1 in this week's NABC/Division II Coaches Poll. The defending national champs are back on top and starting to look similar to the team that cut down the nets last season.

- Kentucky Wesleyan College (15-2): Ranked No. 7 in this week's NABC/Division II Coaches Poll. The Panthers were ranked No. 1 in the nation last week but a pair of losses have dropped them to No. 7. The bad news for KWC is that leading scorer Cardell McFarland is lost for at least one month with a foot injury. The good news is that he will be back and the Panthers are really good.

- Northern Kentucky University (15-2): Ranked No. 9 in this week's NABC/Division II Coaches Poll. The Norse opened play this season with a staggering exhibition upset over West Virginia. NKU is having a great season and the team continues to improve. Keep in mind, the NCAA Division II national championship will be played in Northern Kentucky's home arena.

NCAA Division III

- Transylvania University (15-2): Ranked No. 25 this week in the D3hoops.com national poll. Transy is currently on top of the Heartland Collegiate Athletic Conference and well on their way to a national tournament appearance.

NAIA Division I

- Georgetown College (17-3): Ranked No. 4 in NAIA Division I Coaches' Top 25 Poll. Here's a surprise for you...Georgetown College is a top 10 team this season. It may be somewhat of a surprise with Happy Osborne moving on but Chris Briggs has stepped into the coaches' chair adequately. I've watched them play several times and I have news for you - the Tigers are still a national powerhouse and will make a run for the grand prize.

- Lindsey Wilson College (15-4): Ranked No. 8 in NAIA Division I Coaches' Top 25 Poll. The Blue Raiders are somewhat of a surprise but they are playing great basketball right now. The defeated Georgetown on an 80-foot hail mary last week but the win was no fluke. Lindsey Wilson is talented and can flat torch the nets from long range.

- University of Pikeville (12-7): Ranked No. 23 in the NAIA Division I Coaches' Top 25 Poll. The defending national champs will be in rebuilding mode this season after losing a big part of their roster to graduation. Yeah right. Coach Kelly Wells has cleaned up his roster, managed to get all of his new faces on the same page and the Bears once again look like a team capable of making a deep run.

- St. Catharine College (8-8): RV in NAIA Division I Coaches' Top 25 Poll. They haven't put all the pieces together yet, but the Patriots literally have one of the most talented rosters in the Mid-South Conference. They have the talent to compete for a national title. If this team starts clicking on all cylinders...watch out.

Full Circle: Bellarmine Back on Top of NABC/DII Poll


Bellarmine University (16-1) is back to No. 1 in the NABC/Division II Coaches Poll this week. The Knights opened the season in the top position, then dropped after a loss.

Kentucky Wesleyan College (15-2) have dropped all the way from the top spot to No. 7 this week following a pair of losses.

Northern Kentucky (15-2) holds at No. 9 this week.

NABC/Division II Coaches Poll (Jan. 24, 2012)

Team W-L Pts Pvs
1. Bellarmine (8 first place votes) 16-1 200 2
2. West Liberty State 16-1 190 3
3. Metropolitan State 17-1 184 4
4. Tarleton State 16-1 178 5
5. Lincoln Memorial 17-1 161 6
6. Winona State 17-2 157 8
7. Kentucky Wesleyan 15-2 146 1
8. Southern Indiana 15-2 140 7
9. Northern Kentucky 15-2 129 9
10. Midwestern State 15-1 128 13
11. Colorado School of Mines 15-2 126 12
12. Alabama-Huntsville 14-3 112 15
13. St. Cloud State 15-2 101 17
14. Missouri Southern 16-3 95 16
15. Christian Brothers 14-3 86 11
16. Indiana (Pa.) 13-3 78 10
17. Shaw 15-2 64 23
18. Western Washington 17-3 51 22
19. Bowie State 13-3 46 21
20. Hillsdale 15-2 45 14
21. Indianapolis 14-3 35 nr
22. West Georgia 17-3 34 nr
23. Fort Hays State 13-4 24 25
24. South Carolina-Aiken 13-3 21 19
25. Alaska-Anchorage 13-4 13 nr

Others receiving votes: Minnesota State-Moorhead, Arkansas-Monticell, Winston-Salem State, Adelphi, Montevallo, Northwest Missouri State, Alderson-Broaddus, C.W. Post, Anderson, Bemidji State, Bentley, Florida Tech, Missouri St. Louis.

Even Pat Forde Thinks Kentucky Will Win National Title



Even Pat Forde of Yahoo! Sports says he would pick the Kentucky Wildcats to win the national title if he made his pick today.

Here's an excerpt from Forde's latest column:

The third team with preseason greatness potential, Kentucky (6), may fill the bill. If The Minutes had to name a national title favorite today, the Wildcats would be the choice. But they’ve played sporadically in recent weeks, rarely putting together the kind of crushing runs we saw from this collection of athletes in November and December. And the SEC schedule is so user-friendly right now that we won’t see the ‘Cats play a premier league opponent outside of Rupp Arena until Feb. 11.

Pregame Thoughts from Terrence Jones and MKG

Here are pregame thoughts from Kentucky's Terrence Jones and Michael Kidd-Gilchrist as the Cats get ready for the Georgia Bulldogs (videos by uknationofblue on YouTube):



KWC's Cardell McFarland Out at Least a Month with Injury


Kentucky Wesleyan College will be without the services of leading scorer Cardell McFarland for at least a month due to an injury.

McFarland partially ruptured the plantar fascia in his left foot during the Panthers' 80-77 loss to Indianapolis on Saturday.

Here is more from KWC:

“It's a horrible deal for Cardell and our team,” Lee said. “He's really devastated. It's his senior year, and for him to get injured when we're ranked No. 1 in the country — it's a tough blow all the way around.

“Cardell was a very good player for us last year, but he's developed into a much better player this year. There's no way around it, we're really going to miss him, especially when we need a clutch shot or late in the shot clock on offensive possessions. He's just an outstanding playmaker.”

A 5-foot-11, 167-pound senior guard out of Evansville's Bosse High School, McFarland averages 21.1 points per game, tops in the Great Lakes Valley Conference. He is shooting 61 percent from the field, including 47 percent from 3-point range, and is making 88 percent of his free-throw attempts.


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Report: Washington Wizards Have Fired Flip Saunders


Yahoo! Sports is reporting that the Washington Wizards have fired head coach Flip Saunders after the team's dismal 2-15 start this season.

Adrian Wojnarowski of Yahoo! sports says on Twitter that Wizards management has talked to assistant coach Randy Wittman about taking the interim coaching job, but nothing is official yet.

Who will be John Wall's next head coach?

Madison Central Takes Over Top Spot in AP High School Poll


Madison Central has taken over the top spot in this week's Kentucky Associated Press high school basketball poll.

Central upset top-ranked Louisville Trinity on Saturday at the Joe B. Hall Prep Classic.

The top teams in the Kentucky Associated Press high school basketball polls, with first-place votes, records, total points and previous rankings:

Kentucky AP High School Poll:

Rank-School FPV Rcd TP Pvs
1. Madison Central (12) 20-0 141 2
2. Lou. Trinity (3) 17-3 131 1
3. Lou. Ballard - 14-6 104 3
4. Scott Co. - 16-3 94 4
5. Bullitt East - 17-3 93 5
6. Lou. Pleasure Ridge Park - 18-4 61 6
7. George Rogers Clark - 19-2 50 8
8. Lou. Moore - 17-4 49 7
9. Knott Co. Central - 18-2 33 9
10. Perry Co. Central - 18-2 22 10

Others receiving votes: Lou. Jeffersontown 10. Harlan County 7. Cov. Holy Cross 6. Barbourville 5. Elizabethtown 5. Ohio Co. 5. Rowan Co. 4. Hopkinsville 3. Lou. DuPont Manual 1. Pulaski Co. 1.

Patrick Patterson Welcomes Ricky Rubio to the NBA

Former University of Kentucky star Patrick Patterson welcomes foreign sensation Ricky Rubio to the NBA:



Patterson played 18 minutes off the bench in Houston's 107-92 win over Minnesota. Patterson finished with 13 points, 4 rebounds and a block.

Rubio had 6 points on a poor shooting night. He did add 12 assists and 3 steals.

2012 Touchstone Energy All "A" Classic Tips Thursday


The pairings are set for the 2012 Touchstone Energy All "A" Classic. This year's tournament will be held in the Frankfort Civic Center and first round action tips off on Thursday.

Here's a schedule:

Thursday:

8:30 a.m. West Carter vs. Webster County
10:00 a.m. Heath vs. Betsy Layne
11:30 a.m. LCA vs. Bardstown
1:00 p.m. Glasgow vs. McLean County
5:00 p.m. Holy Cross vs. Barbourville
6:30 p.m. Owen County vs. Buckhorn
8:00 p.m. Bishop Brossart vs. Collegiate
9:30 p.m. DeSales vs. Danville

Friday:

5:00 p.m. Quarterfinal #1
6:30 p.m. Quarterfinal #2
8:00 p.m. Quarterfinal #3
9:30 p.m. Quarterfinal #4

Saturday:

6:00 p.m. Semifinal #1
7:30 p.m. Semifinal #2

Sunday:

2:30 p.m. Championship game

Complete Bracket

Here’s how Dave Cantrall rates the All “A” boys:

1.Covington Holy Cross (18-2) …… 77.6
2.Glasgow (14-4) ……………………… 76.3
3.Bardstown (15-5) …………………… 74.0
4.Bishop Brossart (15-4) ……………… 70.6
5.Lexington Christian (14-6) ………… 67.5
6.Buckhorn (16-3) ……………………… 67.1
7.Webster County (13-7) ……………… 67.2
8.Owen County (14-7) ………………… 66.8
9.West Carter (17-3) …………………… 66.1
10.Barbourville (18-2) …………………… 65.1
11.Danville (7-9) ………………………… 64.8
12.DeSales (9-10) ………………………… 64.6
13.Heath (12-7) …………………………… 60.8
14.Betsy Layne (16-2) …………………… 59.4
15.Collegiate (12-5) ……………………… 58.2
16.McLean County (12-8) ……………… 53.3

And, the Litkenhouse Rankings:

1. Covington Holy Cross......................86.5
2. Bardstown....................................84.0
3. Bishop Brossart.............................82.3
4. Glasgow.......................................80.7
5. Lexington Christian........................79.8
6. Barbourville..................................74.3
7. Buckhorn......................................74.0
8. Owen County.................................73.6
9. DeSales........................................73. 1
10. Webster County.............................73.0
11. West Carter..................................72.6
12. Louisville Collegiate.......................71.5
13. Betsy Layne..................................71.0
14. Danville.......................................68. 8
15. Heath..........................................64. 3
16. McLean County..............................59.1

Monday, January 23, 2012

Anthony Davis: "Just bring him in here, I'm going to block everything"


Arkansas guard Mardracus Wade said he overheard some interesting comments from Kentucky's Anthony Davis.

Wade said Davis told his Kentucky teammates:

"I remember one time he just told his guys, 'Just bring him in here, I'm going to block everything.'"

It's hard to argue with Davis' comments. He's already established a new single-season blocked shot record at UK...in only 20 games.

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Kentucky Recruit Anthony Bennett Breaks Down Top 5

Kentucky recruit Anthony Bennett breaks down his top 5 schools (video by FiveStarBasketball.com):

Brandon Knight is Playing Well for Detroit

Check out this all-access piece on former Kentucky star Brandon Knight (video by DetPistonsOfficial):



Knight has now earned 11 starts with the Pistons. He is averaging 12.5 points, 3.6 rebounds and 3.3 assists per game. In addition, he is shooting 38.8% from long range.

The former Kentucky star has reached double figures scoring in 10 of his last 12 games. He has topped 20 points three times this season.

Georgetown, LWC in Top 10; UPIKE Back in Top 25


Georgetown College (17-3) has moved up to No. 4 in the NAIA Division I Coaches' Top 25 Poll this week.

Lindsey Wilson College (15-4) joins the Tigers in the top 10 this week as the Blue Raiders are all the way up to No. 8.

After a few weeks on the outside, the defending champs from the University of Pikeville (12-7) have moved back into the top 25 at No. 23.

St. Catharine College is outside the top 25 but received votes this week.

2011 – 12 NAIA Division I Men’s Basketball Coaches’ Top 25 Poll – (Jan. 23)

RANK LAST WEEK SCHOOL (1ST PLACE VOTES) 2011 – 12 RECORD TOTAL POINTS
1 1 Shorter (Ga.) (12) 18-0 312
2 3 Robert Morris (Ill.) 19-1 302
3 2 Oklahoma Baptist 16-2 288
4 7 Georgetown (Ky.) 17-3 279
5 4 Southern Poly (Ga.) 15-3 273
6 5 Rogers State (Okla.) 16-3 257
7 10 Our Lady of the Lake (Texas) 15-3 248
8 11 Lindsey Wilson (Ky.) 15-4 240
9 9 Martin Methodist (Tenn.) 15-4 237
10 RV The Master's (Calif.) 14-5 229
11 13 Texas Wesleyan 14-3 194
12 16 Westmont (Calif.) 14-3 192
13 12 Montana State-Northern 18-3 191
14 14 Southern Nazarene (Okla.) 15-4 190
15 15 Mountain State (W.Va.) 14-6 187
16 7 Azusa Pacific (Calif.) 15-4 162
17 18 Lee (Tenn.) 13-4 141
18 6 Concordia (Calif.) 15-4 133
19 19 Xavier (La.) 14-5 130
20 22 Montana Western 16-5 114
21 24 Columbia (Mo.) 16-5 94
22 RV MidAmerica Nazarene (Kan.) 14-7 84
23 RV Pikeville (Ky.) 12-7 76
24 25 Tougaloo (Miss.) 15-5 71
25 RV Union (Tenn.) 13-7 64

Others receiving votes: Saint Xavier (Ill.) 63; John Brown (Ark.) 50; Evangel (Mo.) 43; Freed-Hardeman (Tenn.) 29; Science & Arts (Okla.) 28; Point Loma Nazarene (Calif.) 21; Cal State San Marcos 14; Westminster (Utah) 10; St. Catharine (Ky.) 8; Avila (Mo.) 3; LSU Shreveport (La.) 3; Oklahoma Christian 1; Cumberland (Tenn.) 1; SAGU (Texas) 1; Voorhees (S.C.) 1.

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