Saturday, February 4, 2012

Morehead State Escapes Eastern Illinois with Critical Road Win


Morehead State 56
Eastern Illinois 55

Final from Charleston, Illinois


Game recap by MSU:

CHARLESTON, Ill. -- The Eastern Illinois men’s basketball team drilled four three-pointers in less than two minutes down the stretch of Saturday evening’s game at Lantz Arena, but freshman Angelo Warner connected on his only free throw with 2.2 seconds left to give Morehead State a 56-55 win.

The Eagles improve to 13-12 overall and 6-5 in the Ohio Valley Conference with their fourth victory in the past five contests, while the Panthers slip to 9-14 on the campaign and 2-9 in league action.

“Give Eastern Illinois a lot of credit,” Morehead State Head Coach Donnie Tyndall said. “It’s always hard to play them here (at Lantz Arena). They are a tough, physical, well-coached team, and they don’t beat themselves. Tonight came down to the end once again and we’re happy to get the win.”

Morehead State opened up a 52-43 lead on sophomore Drew Kelly’s lay-up at the 2:49 mark, but Eastern Illinois responded with a 12-3 run to tie the game at 55 with 19 seconds to play.

MSU’s first attempt on what figured to be the game’s final possession was no good, but Warner went to the glass and pulled down a crucial offensive rebound before being fouled under the basket.

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Isaiah Canaan Named Finalist for Bob Cousy Award


Murray State's Isaiah Canaan has been named to the list of 11 finalist for the coveted Bob Cousy Award. The award is given annually to college basketball's top point guard.

Here is more from Murray State:

Fans are encouraged to visit the Bob Cousy Award's website – www.cousyaward.com – and vote for the top point guard. The player that receives the most fan votes will receive one vote toward the final committee vote. Fan voting will conclude March 6.

The current list of 11 finalists for the Cousy Award will be narrowed down to five on March 8. The final five players in contention for the award will be presented to Mr. Cousy and the selection committee.

The winner of the 2012 Bob Cousy Award will be awarded (April 2) in New Orleans, La., as part of NCAA Final Four weekend.

2012 Bob Cousy Award Finalists

Isaiah Canaan, Murray State
Aaron Craft, Ohio State
Matthew Dellavedova, Saint Mary's
Pierre Jackson, Baylor
Scoop Jardine, Syracuse
Damian Lillard, Weber State
Scott Machado, Iona
Kendall Marshall, North Carolina
Phil Pressey, Missouri
Jordan Taylor, Wisconsin
Casper Ware, Long Beach State

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Brandon Knight Suffers Broken Nose After Elbow


Former Kentucky star Brandon Knight just suffered a broken nose in the first quarter of Detroit's game against New Orleans. His return to the game is doubtful.

Here is more from MLive.com:

Brandon Knight suffered a broken nose when the Detroit Pistons rookie took an elbow from teammate Greg Monroe midway through the first quarter of tonight's game against the New Orleans Hornets.

Knight's return is doubtful, according to Pistons public relations.

Knight was underneath the basket defensively, awaiting a possible rebound, when Monroe, the Pistons' center, caught him flush with an elbow.

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Kentucky Toots No. 1 Horn Loudly in Beatdown of USC


(1) Kentucky 86
South Carolina 52

Final from Columbia, South Carolina


The top-ranked Kentucky Wildcats went to Columbia on Saturday evening and completely destroyed under-manned South Carolina 86-52.

The Wildcats (23-1, 9-0 SEC) opened the game on a 12-3 run and never looked back, leading from start-to-finish.

John Calipari's team rolled to a 52-25 halftime lead in arguably the best 20 minutes the Cats have played this season.

Freshman Anthony Davis led Kentucky with 22 points, 8 rebounds, 8 blocks and 2 steals. With his 8 blocks, Davis broke Shaquille O'Neal's SEC freshman blocks record of 115.

Doron Lamb added 18 points on 6-7 shooting, including 3-3 from long range. Terrence Jones chipped in 16 points, 6 rebounds and 4 assists.

South Carolina (9-13, 1-7 SEC) got 19 points from Damien Leonard and 10 points from Anthony Gill.

Kentucky was 32-62 (51.6%) from the field while the Gamecocks shot just 18-59 (30.5%) from the field. The Wildcats only turned the ball over 3 times in the game and finished with 17 assists.

The Wildcats return to action Tuesday night when they host the Florida Gators in Lexington.

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Chane Behanan Leads Louisville Past Rutgers


(25) Louisville 78
Rutgers 66

Final from Louisville, Kentucky

Game recap by U of L:

LOUISVILLE, Ky. (AP)--Freshman Chane Behanan hit his first 10 shots on the way to a career-high 23 points to go with 11 rebounds and Louisville beat Rutgers 78-66 on Saturday.

Behanan finished 11 of 12 from the field, only missing a 3-point attempt in the corner near the midway point of the second half as Louisville (18-5, 6-4) has put its 2-4 start to league play firmly in its past.

Rutgers (12-12, 4-7) only led once by a point early and frustration mounted late in the first half when coach Mike Rice was ejected for arguing with officials. Still, the Scarlet Knights only trailed 53-50 midway through the second before Louisville used a 12-0 run to put the game away.

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Vandy's Tinsley Says Rupp Arena is Toughest Place to Play


Vanderbilt point guard Brad Tinsley says the toughest place to play on the road in the Southeastern Conference is Rupp Arena.

Here is an excerpt of the interview:

Q: What's the toughest place to play on the road in the SEC?

A: I'd have to say Rupp Arena, in my personal opinion. They (Kentucky) just have great heritage there, and every time we play them there they're always on a long winning streak. They play with a lot of confidence there.

Q: What's it like playing for Kevin Stallings?

A: It's really nice. He's a very hard-nosed guy. Strict. You have to bring it every night. One of the best X's-and-O's guys I've been around. Not only does he impact you as a basketball player, but he impacts you as a person as well. He wants to see you succeed in life, not just in basketball.

Complete Interview

John Calipari Talks About Tonight's Game at South Carolina


Here are comments from University of Kentucky head coach John Calipari as the Wildcats get ready to battle South Carolina in an SEC road test at Columbia:

On whether or not the freshmen have hit the wall at all …
“I think all four of them are doing great. They’re getting better, learning, attentive, focused. I think they’re all the first ones in there because they’re excited about playing. So no, I don’t believe so. They may in February somewhere with the schedule of games we have coming up. We could get hit in the mouth.”

On what he has seen defensively most recently from his players …
“One of the things that’s happening when we’ve got a pretty good lead so we’re grinding it out at the end and that gives that other team, probably, six less possessions which is what we’re trying to do. That’s helping us. I always say, teams that lead the nation in defensive least amount of point, when you watch them offensively they hold the ball. So that other team has way less opportunity. What’s happened to us is seven minutes to go, six minutes to go, we’re pulling it back and grinding out the ball.”

On making sure the team doesn’t overlook any opponents coming up …
“We approach every game the same and I’m going to go in there today like we played North Carolina or anybody else. We’re going on the road. It’s going to be a hard game. I watched their game last night with Florida. They shouldn’t have been in the game and then all of the sudden you turn around and they’ve got the ball and it’s a five-point game. I watched their game with Alabama. They beat Alabama. I watched their game with Mississippi. They had Mississippi beat. If you watch the end of the game, you thought they won. If you didn’t see the score, you said, ‘South Carolina won.’ And they lost and it was the same thing. They’re good enough to beat us and if we don’t come and play one of our better games, we get beat.”

On how South Carolina is better now versus when Kentucky played them last …
“They’ve got two or three guys that are really playing well. Whether it’s [Anthony] Gill who can really get it going offensively, or obviously their point guard, (Bruce Ellington), he can get it going. They have the other wing player who is really scoring baskets, their leading scorer, or their leading rebounder. And then the one kid blocks shots. They have a little bit of everything. I’m a little bit surprised at their record but I’m telling you, when you see they beat Alabama, had Mississippi beat, played Florida on the road and had their chances to win the game, and now have us, I think you see them moving in the right direction and I think you’re going to see them start knocking people off. I just hope it’s not us and that we’re not the first.”

On whether (Bruce) Ellington looks different from last time …
“Yes, when he missed a few it led him to miss another one, another one, another one. He’s not doing that now. He’ll miss two shots and come back and make a shot or two. He’s playing physical, he’s better with the ball, his decision making is better than it was then. He’ll be an issue for us.”

On his thoughts on his team bonding on the road …
“The best thing about when school ends and we have that time together and we’re going three times a day, including a breakfast meal and an evening meal. Then you go on the road and you’re 24/7 for two days and you’re together at meals, at shoot around, at film sessions. They start coming together and that’s why this time of the year, I like it and I really don’t mind going on the road, especially when you’re just trying to bring your team together.”

On what Darrin Horn has been doing at South Carolina …
“He’s been doing fine. It’s a hard job. He’s set the stage for where he wants this to go, he went from man to zone. He’s not afraid to try things. I think he’s doing a fine job. It’s just, South Carolina is hard. It’s a hard deal to get going and that’s why you have to stick with a guy and give him seven or eight years and give him something to get going. I think the last guy to really do some stuff down there may have been, what, Frank McGuire? It’s a good program. It’s a great school, great facilities. It just takes time to get it going right.”

Former State College Stars Named Starters in UBA All-Star Game


Several former Kentucky college stars have been named starters in the upcoming UBA All-Star Game.

The starters for the North Team includes former Louisville big man Terrance Farley, Ed Horton from Murray State and ex-Georgetown College star Justin Taylor.

The reserves will be named on Tuesday.

Here's a look at the starters:

South All-Star Starters:

PG- DeAndre Bray (Southern Generals)
SG- Freddie Williams (GIE Morrow Disciples)
SF- Jermaine Barnes (GIE Morrow Disciples)
PF- Anthony Joseph (Southern Generals)
C- Chris Moore (GIE Morrow Disciples)

North All-Star Starters:

PG- Edward Horton (Central Texas Cyclones)
SG- Justin Taylor (Cincinnati Slam)
SF- Anthony Allison (Houston Express)
PF- Will Morning (Central Texas Cyclones)
C- Terrance Farley (Cincinnati Slam)

Source: USBasket.com

Big Day of Basketball Around Kentucky Today


Today is a big day of basketball around the Bluegrass state.

Here's a schedule for the day:

2:00 p.m. Cincinnati Christian at Berea College*
2:00 p.m. IU East vs. Alice Lloyd College* (at Midway College)
3:00 p.m. Miles College at Kentucky State University*
3:00 p.m. Sewanee at Centre College*
3:00 p.m. Free Will Baptist Bible at Kentucky Christian University*
3:00 p.m. Thiel at Thomas More College*
3:00 p.m. Principia at Spalding University*
4:00 p.m. Kentucky Wesleyan College at Saint Joseph's*
4:00 p.m. Northern Kentucky University at Wisconsin-Parkside*
4:00 p.m. University of Pikeville at Shawnee State*
4:00 p.m. St. Louis College of Pharmacy at Asbury University*
4:00 p.m. Campbellsville University at West Virginia Tech
4:00 p.m. UVA-Wise at Georgetown College*
4:00 p.m. St. Catharine College at Rio Grande*
4:00 p.m. Rutgers at University of Louisville*
5:00 p.m. Mid-Continent University at Lyon College*
5:00 p.m. University of Cumberlands at Lindsey Wilson College*
6:00 p.m. University of Kentucky at South Carolina*
6:00 p.m. Transylvania University at Rose-Hulman*
7:00 p.m. Murray State University at UT Martin*
7:00 p.m. Morehead State University at Eastern Illinois*
7:30 p.m. Union College at Virginia Intermont*
8:00 p.m. Bellarmine University at Lewis*
8:00 p.m. South Alabama at Western Kentucky University*
8:00 p.m. Eastern Kentucky University at SIU Edwardsville*

* Conference game

Patrick Patterson "Looks Like Old Self" in Win Over Suns


Former Kentucky big man Patrick Patterson appears to be rounding back into top form following extended time off with an injury.

MK Bower of FoxSportsHouston.com says Patterson looked like his "old self" in Houston's 99-81 win over Phoenix on Friday night.

Patterson looked explosive off the bench during his 23 minutes of action. He finished with 12 points, 7 rebounds and 2 blocks.

After the game, Patterson said his legs are starting to feel a lot better:

"Earlier (Friday) just with the training staff (completing) my usual routine but my routine felt easy," Patterson said. "It felt like my legs were feeling a lot better. My quickness was there. I was telling my trainers I felt real good. Out there on the court I guess it showed."

Almost immediately upon entering the game Patterson appeared spry. He nailed a jump hook during the final minute of the first quarter and remained active throughout the second. He had four rebounds in the period including two in succession on the offensive end that made him look as though he were bouncing on a pogo stick. He drilled a 20-footer, assisted on a Chase Budinger 3-pointer, and blocked a shot by Suns guard Shannon Brown. Patterson seemed to be everywhere all at once.

His ability to sustain that energy and athleticism was a departure from performances past. Patterson reached double figures in points seven times before totaling 12 in 23 minutes off the bench against the Suns (8-14), but this time there was no hitch in his giddy up. He was fluid on defensive rotations and quick off the floor in pursuit of rebounds.


Patterson looks like old self in win over Suns

Brandon Knight Scores 26, Rajon Rondo Returns to Action


Former University of Kentucky star Brandon Knight scored a career-high 26 points in Detroit's 88-80 victory over Milwaukee on Friday night.

Knight was 10-23 from the field and 3-8 from long range. He also dished out 7 assists.

In Boston, former Kentucky point guard Rajon Rondo made his return back to the lineup following a wrist injury.

Rondo, who was welcomed with thunderous applause from the Celtics faithful, played 34 minutes in his first game back. He finished with 7 points, 5 rebounds, 7 assists and 2 steals.

The Celtics held off the struggling New York Knicks 91-89.

Friday, February 3, 2012

Report: Shabazz Muhammad is "Coming to UCLA"


I'm not sure how much faith to put into this article but Scout.com's UCLA site claims that 2012 superstar Shabazz Muhammad is going to end up at UCLA.

Ben Roberts of Kentucky.com quotes the article on Twitter:

NextCats According to Scout's UCLA site, UK targets "Shabazz Muhammad and Tony Parker have recently indicated they are coming to UCLA."

The article opens with:

We've recently heard from reliable sources about the recruitment of both Shabazz Muhammad, the #1-ranked player in the nation, and Tony Parker, the nation's #19-ranked player...

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My thoughts: I'm not buying this (literally), but it has to be noted just in case.

Chad Ford: Every NBA Team Would Draft Anthony Davis No. 1


Chad Ford of ESPN.com believes every team in the NBA would draft Kentucky's Anthony Davis with the No. 1 pick.

He broke the lottery in an Insider article and said no one needs Davis more than the Detroit Pistons:

Detroit Pistons

Odds of winning the lottery: 19.9 percent

Of the teams near the top of the lottery, no one needs Davis more than the Detroit Pistons. The team currently has just one big — Greg Monroe — with any sort of long-term appeal. Pair Monroe with Davis on the front line and the Pistons immediately become a much more dangerous team.

Monroe’s offensive abilities would mesh very well with Davis’ defensive abilities. Put them together with other young players like Brandon Knight and Rodney Stuckey, and suddenly the Pistons have one of the best young cores in the NBA.


Complete Article (Insider)

Flannery Leads Asbury to Important KIAC Win


Asbury University 88
Cincinnati Christian 71

Final from Wilmore, Kentucky


Game recap by Asbury:

WILMORE, Ky. – Asbury won their second straight overall, to move within one game of .500 in conference play, with an 88-71 victory over Cincinnati Christian. Austin Flannery and Marquel Johnson both topped 20 points and combined to hit seven three-pointers.

The Eagles (9-12, 3-4 KIAC) trailed only briefly in the first half before pushing the lead out to 10 towards the end of the half. A 7-0 run by CCU cut the lead to 41-38 at halftime but Asbury would answer with eight of the first ten points in the second half to push the lead by to nine.

Austin Flannery (Georgetown, Ky.) scored 15 of his game-high 23 points in the second half as he knocked down all three of his three-pointers in the second half. This marks the seventh time Flannery has topped 20 points in a game this season. Marquel Johnson (Lexington, Ky.) scored 21 in the game and made four three-pointers and got to the line ten times, making seven.

Complete Recap

John Calipari Hopes to See Some Blue in Columbia


Kentucky head coach John Calipari heard that there are still tickets available for Saturday's game at South Carolina.

He sent a message to Kentucky fans on Twitter:

UKCoachCalipari On the plane heading to South Carolina. Heard there are tickets available for tomorrow night's game. #BBN, you know what to do. #WeAreUK

No. 1 Knights Cruise to Easy Win Over UW-Parkside


(1) Bellarmine 90
UW-Parkside 71

Final from Somers, Wisconsin


Game recap by BU:

SOMERS, Wisc.—The No. 1 Bellarmine University men's basketball team bolted to a quick 26-4 lead, then held off a second half rally to defeat the Wisconsin-Parkside Rangers 90-71 tonight in a Great Lakes Valley Conference game in DeSimone Gymnasium.

The Knights were near-perfect as they steamrolled the host Rangers in the game's first 10 minutes, hitting better than 80 percent of their shots and playing turnover-free basketball as Braydon Hobbs picked up three early assists to become Bellarmine's all-time leader in assists with 653.

However, after BU took a 31-9 lead with 9:09 remaining, the Knights then went ice cold, not scoring over the next 5:58 and sinking only two more buckets—both treys--the rest of the first half.

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Doron Lamb Talks About USC Trip and Much More

Kentucky's Doron Lamb talks about Saturday's road trip to South Carolina and more - including a prediction that the UK men would beat the UK women by a hundred if they played (video by uknationofblue on YouTube):



WDRB.com discovers that Lamb is Kentucky's resident prankster:

We discovered the resident prankster on this roster is sophomore Doron Lamb, whose recent roommate on the road is freshman Marquis Teague, and Teague getting a little cheesed lately.

Why's that?

Because Lamb takes no prisoners on the road, saying his go-to move is 'wetting' teammates...as in pouring water on them the second they fall asleep.

But the rest of the roster isn't safe either outside his hotel room. You better be alert on the team bus too, because 'wetting' is in play there as well.

And John Calipari's cool with it, saying he's pro prank.

"That doesn't bother me. That's between them. I don't go to breakfast. I don't go to team meals," said Coach Cal Friday. "They see me enough. If I'm not there, they may not do that."


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LSU's Malcolm White to Sit Saturday as Punishment


According to reports, LSU forward Malcolm White will be suspended for tomorrow's game against Arkansas as punishment for his flagrant foul on Kentucky's Anthony Davis.

HuntPalmerBBI LSU F Malcolm White will sit tomorrow for his flagrant foul last week vs Kentucky.

Kentucky fans, do you believe White's punishment is justified? Not enough? Too much? Let's discuss in the comments...

Italian Team Plans to Waive Erik Daniels Following Injury


Italian club team Aget Service Imola plans to waive former University of Kentucky star Erik Daniels following a recent injury.

In 11 games this season, Daniels has averaged 10.6 points, 4.9 rebounds and 1.6 steals per game.

Aget Imola competes in Italy's second-level Lega2.

Details of the injury were not released but Daniels is expected to be out of action for several weeks.

Calipari Announces that Jon Hood Will Redshirt



University of Kentucky head coach John Calipari told the media today that Jon Hood will likely redshirt this season.

“I don’t think he’ll play this year," Calipari stated. "Not at this late a date.”

Hood has missed the entire season with a torn ACL.

Duke Making a Push for Nerlens Noel


Duke head coach Mike Krzyzewski contacted 2012 star Nerlens Noel last night. Noel told Jason Jordan of ESPN the he had a good talk with Coach K.

Jordan reported the news on Twitter:

JayJayESPN Nerlens Noel (@NerlensNoel3) tells me he had a good talk with Coach K last night. Blue Devils making a push.

Noel, a 6-9 center from Tilton School (NH), is widely considered the top big man in the 2012 recruiting class. He gave an update on his recruitment in a recruiting journal entry for ESPN:

Of course everyone wants to know about my recruitment even more now and I’m gonna clear something up; I don’t really have an “official” list. The list I put out is of the schools that I’m really interested in and schools that I’m gonna take official visits to.

Those schools are Kentucky, Florida, North Carolina and Georgetown. I’m visiting Syracuse on Feb. 11, but I’m not sure if that will be an official visit since it’s closer to me. I’ll decide that in the next day or two. I don’t have dates for the other visits. I’ll set those up soon.

I’ll also visit Providence and UConn unofficially, but there could be other visits.

There are things I love about all of the schools.

With Syracuse I love the environment over there. It’s so live. I like the players there and I’ve built a great relationship with the coaching staff. With Kentucky, I really love the fan base. They’re crazy supportive, especially on Twitter. I’ve been building a solid relationship with the coaches there too.

Florida is one of the first schools that started recruiting me. I like the coaches and I like the school. Georgetown has a history that speaks for itself, and I just love their offense. They really do a great job with their big men.


Nerlens' Notebook: Back to 2012

Murray State Downs SEMO, Keeps Unbeaten Season Alive


(9) Murray State University 81
Southeast Missouri State 73

Final from Murray, Kentucky

Game recap by MSU:

Isaiah Canaan scored 24 of his 32 points in the second half as #10/9 Murray State rallied from an 11-point second half deficit to win 81-73 over Southeast Missouri State Saturday at the CFSB Center in Murray, Ky. The victory improves their record to 22-0 on the year and 10-0 in OVC play.

The game was Canaans' fourth game this season with six 3-pointers, and the third time this year he has scored at least 30 points in a game. An 82.8 percent free throw shooter, he led the Racers from the line on the night in making 10-of-12 foul shots.

Trailing 46-35 at the 17:22 mark, the Racers put together a lightning quick run that stunned the Redhawks.

Right in the middle of the action was Canaan who hit four threes in a 24-2 run that changed the game in the Racers' favor.

Jewuan Long connected on a pair of free throws, cutting the Redhawks lead back to single digits at 46-37. Following an offensive foul that returned possession to MSU, Canaan corraled an offensive rebound and finished with a layup to knock the deficit to seven points. Donte Poole hit the first of a pair of free throws to bring the Racers to within six, and Canaan pulled the game to three points with a 3-pointer that capped a four shot MSU possession that included three offensive rebounds. Canaan forced a steal and connected on another shot from behind the arc.

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Jarnell Stokes: "I plan on winning, before I leave, at Rupp Arena"


Tennessee freshman Jarnell Stokes has made some interesting comments about the Kentucky Wildcats.

Stokes, unhappy after his performance in Tennessee's loss, said the loss to Kentucky "made me more hungry and made me dislike Kentucky more."

He added, "If anything, I want to win at Rupp Arena. I plan on winning, before I leave, at Rupp Arena. I'm saying that on the record right now."

Here is an excerpt from GoVolsExtra.com:

Getting multiple shots blocked in UT's 69-44 loss at No. 1 Kentucky on Tuesday left Stokes feeling humbled and upset.

"I saw it was all over ESPN; I'm definitely not used to getting my shot blocked,'' the 6-foot-8, 270-pound Stokes said Thursday. "That's something I will learn from. I have to stay with my mechanics, using my left hand and throwing my body into them, that's how you defeat a shot blocker, and something I'll do next time.

"It definitely made me more hungry. I definitely wanted to win,'' he said. "If anything, I want to win at Rupp Arena. I plan on winning, before I leave, at Rupp Arena. I'm saying that on the record right now. It made me more hungry and made me dislike Kentucky more.''


Source

Photo: EverythingKentuckyOnline.com

Eastern Kentucky Survives Road Test at EIU


Eastern Kentucky 47
Eastern Illinois 43

Final from Charleston, Illinois


Game recap by EKU:

CHARLESTON, Ill. – The Eastern Kentucky University men’s basketball team rallied for a 47-43 win over host Eastern Illinois Thursday night. The win snapped a five-game road losing streak for the Colonels.

Senior Joshua Jones paced EKU (12-11, 6-5 OVC) with 12 points while sophomore Jeff Johnson led all players with eight rebounds.

Jeremy Granger was the lone Eastern Illinois (9-13, 2-8) player to reach double figures (12 points).

The Colonels never led in the first half and trailed by eight, 28-20, early in the second half following a Granger three-pointer.

Junior Mike DiNunno finally breathed some life into the EKU offense with a three-pointer and a floater in the lane to cut the deficit to four points, 33-29. Joshua Jones then got the scoring itch with a step-back three-pointer to put EKU within one point, 33-32.

Complete Recap

Morehead State Suffers Disappointing Loss at SIUE


SIU Edwardsville 61
Morehead State 53

Final from Edwardsville, Illinois


Game recap by MSU:

EDWARDSVILLE, Ill. -- Junior Mark Yelovich and senior Corey Wickware combined for 39 points to help the SIU Edwardsville men’s basketball team post a 61-53 victory over Morehead State on Thursday evening at the Vadalabene Center.

The Cougars, who halt a six-game losing streak, improve to 6-14 overall and 4-7 in the Ohio Valley Conference. The Eagles, who see their three-game winning streak end, slip to 12-12 on the campaign and 5-5 in league action.

Yelovich, who was a sizzling 10-of-11 from the field, tallied a game-high 20 points, five rebounds and three assists. Wickware, who connected on 6-of-7 from the free-throw line, recorded 19 points, five boards and four helpers.

SIU Edwardsville drilled 54 percent (21-of-39) from the field, 41 percent (7-of-17) from the three-point line and 80 percent (12-of-15) from the free-throw line. Morehead State hit just 35 percent (21-of-60) from the floor, 20 percent (4-of-20) from downtown and 78 percent (7-of-9) from the charity stripe.

Junior Milton Chavis led MSU with a career-best 16 points on 7-of-12 shooting. Junior Kahlil Owens added a game-high 10 rebounds, while senior Lamont Austin dished out a team-best six assists.

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Thursday, February 2, 2012

Malcolm White Sends Letters of Apology to Davis, Calipari


LSU forward Malcolm White has sent apology letters to Kentucky freshman Anthony Davis and head coach John Calipari following a dangerous flagrant foul in Saturday's game.

White, who was ejected from the game, said in his letters that he acted out of frustration and not malice in taking Davis to the floor.

Here is more from Kentucky.com:

LSU forward Malcolm White sent letters of apology to Kentucky freshman Anthony Davis and Coach John Calipari this week. White apologized for the takedown of Davis that referees called a flagrant foul in UK's victory at LSU on Saturday. The referees ejected White.

In the letters, White said he acted out of frustration and not malice in taking down Davis, LSU Coach Trent Johnson said Thursday. The letters also stated that the flagrant foul did not reflect how Johnson runs the LSU program.

The flagrant foul came with 15:24 left in the second half. It followed a UK breakout that widened a 25-24 lead with barely three minutes left in the first half to 48-30 when White grabbed Davis from behind and flung him down to prevent a breakaway dunk.


LSU's White sends letters of apology to UK's Davis and Calipari

Red Bull: Vote for Rajon Rondo

The good folks at Red Bull are asking the public to vote for former Kentucky point guard Rajon Rondo to get a spot in the All-Star Game:



As for Rondo's wrist injury, head coach Doc Rivers thinks he's getting close to making a return:

"I think he’ll be close,’’ Rivers said. "He’s getting closer every day.’’ The Celtics (11-10) have gone 6-2 without Rondo. But their late-game offense has suffered without him, and they struggled in the final quarter of three consecutive contests before last night. "You can still win games [without Rondo],’’ Rivers said. "We knew that, anyway. Also, we are finding out it is very difficult down the stretch without Rajon in close games. Because he and Paul [Pierce] and Ray [Allen] and Kevin [Garnett] have been together, you have the luxury of calling things you may not have put in this year they can run because they’ve been together. "Without him, you’re pretty basic offensively, and I think you’re very easy to guard down the stretch and that’s hurt us.’’

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Ty Proffitt, Two Cardinals Earn Capital One Academic Honors


Morehead State's Ty Proffit and Louisville's Kyle Kuric and Peyton Siva have been named to the Capital One District 2 Academic All-District 2 men's basketball first team.

Here's more from the University of Louisville:

LOUISVILLE, Ky. - University of Louisville men's basketball student-athletes Kyle Kuric and Peyton Siva have been named to the Capital One District 2 Academic All-District 2 men's basketball first team, as selected by the College Sports Information Directors of America (CoSIDA). Inclusion on the all-district team will move both on to consideration for Capital One Academic All-America honors.

A 6-4 senior from Evansville, Ind., Kuric has a cumulative 3.32 grade point average in business management. He is the top scorer (13.2 ppg; 25th in the BIG EAST) for the Cardinals (17-5, 5-4 BIG EAST) and is third in the BIG EAST in three-pointers made per game for league games only (2.86 per game; 20-of-50, .400). He has 35 career double-figure scoring efforts, including reaching that mark in 25 of his last 33 games dating back to last season. Kuric serves as the student representative on the U of L Athletic Association Board of Directors. He expanded his community service efforts this year, promoting projects through his web site KylesCornerForKids.com.

A 6-0 junior from Seattle, Wash., Siva has a 3.44 GPA in sociology. The Cardinals' starting point guard is fourth in the BIG EAST in assists (5.8 per game; 28th nationally), sixth in steals (2.0), and 14th in assists-to-turnovers ratio (1.60). He has handed out five or more assists in 19 of his last 26 games. His driving layup with 1.4 seconds in overtime lifted Louisville to a 62-60 victory over Vanderbilt earlier this season and that effort is nominated for the 2012 GEICO Play of the Year. Siva was honored on the preseason All-BIG EAST second team and is among the candidates for the 2012 Bob Cousy Collegiate Point Guard of the Year.

Other student-athletes on the five-man all-district team include Morehead State's Ty Proffitt, Bucknell's Bryson Johnson and Lafayette's Ryan Willen. The academic all-district teams are divided into eight geographic districts across the United States and Canada. To be eligible for the honor, which recognizes the nation's top student-athletes for their combined performances athletically and in the classroom, a student-athlete must maintain at least a 3.3 cumulative GPA.

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Koran Godwin Breaks Down Tape of Michael Kidd-Gilchrist

Coach Koran Godwin, North Florida's all-time leading scorer, breaks down game tape of Kentucky super-freshman Michael Kidd-Gilchrist:



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Goodman: Kentucky Wildcats Would Hang with NBA Team


Jeff Goodman of CBSSports.com thinks the starting unit for the Kentucky Wildcats could actually hang with the NBA's Toronto Raptors.

Here is an excerpt of Goodman's thoughts:

Maybe I'm nuts to think a college group could hang with an NBA team, but I'm not so sure.

Check out the Toronto Raptors starting unit last night against the Boston Celtics -- and tell me you wouldn't take John Calipari's first five over the Raptors.

Not just for the future, but maybe even right now.

The Raptors backcourt was Spanish point guard Jose Calderon and athletic freak DeMar DeRozan. The frontcourt: James Johnson, Ed Davis and Aaron Gray.

Pitiful.


He finishes with:

So maybe Calipari's current edition down in Lexington wouldn't come out on top against the Raptors, but they'd certainly give them a run for their money.

Kentucky vs. NBA's Raptors: Not an easy call

Of course, Goodman's mere suggestion that a really good college team could hang with a really bad NBA team was met with plenty of criticism on Twitter (from many of the usual suspects):

Doug Gottlieb of ESPN

GottliebShow maybe the dumbest thing ever tweeted RT @MattNorlander: My adorable colleague @GoodmanCBS says UK might beat Raptors http://bit.ly/wx2Auz

GottliebShow @GoodmanCBS u have officially lost any credibility to evaluate the game of basketball--

GottliebShow @AdamZagoria not stronger.bigger,faster,longer,more skilled--Men--Kentucky this year loses to Kentucky 2 yrs ago by 15

GottliebShow @JerometheJockey Kentucky is good--they would not beat any NBA teams--they wouldnt beat most any Spanish/Italian/Russian team either

GottliebShow @GoodmanCBS Calderon,JJ,Derozan,Gray,Davis--am I missing something? UK cant beat Toronto--stop it

Dan Wolken of TheDaily.com

DanWolken For the bazillionth time, the worst NBA team would smash the best college team. It's not even worth debating.

DanWolken There's an effortlessness about the way the NBA game looks. But that's not because they aren't playing hard. It's because they're awesome

Andy Glockner of SI.com

AndyGlockner @GoodmanCBS The Raptors would crush Kentucky. Come on.

Brian Snow of Scout.com

BSnowScout Can someone in Boston please give @GoodmanCBS two tickets to a Celtics game to remind him just how good NBA players are??

My Thoughts: I know what Goodman is trying to say but I will have to agree that a really good college team would never be able to defeat even a bad NBA team.

The NBA game is the best of the best - the players are simply bigger, faster and better. Kentucky's primary guys would prove that they at least belong on the same court as NBA players, but ultimately, I see no chance that the Wildcats even come within single digits.

What do you think? Discuss in the comments...

Several Kentucky Recruits on Jordan Brand Classic Roster


The rosters have been announced for the 2012 Jordan Brand Classic All-Star Game.

There are several Kentucky signees and recruits on the rosters.

UK signees Alex Poythress and Archie Goodwin are both listed on the West Team. They will be teamed up with Kentucky recruits Anthony Bennett and Shabazz Muhammad.

Here is a look at the complete rosters:

East Team

Name Pos Hgt Wgt High School (School Location) College
Kyle Anderson PF 6-7 210 St. Anthony H.S. (Jersey City, NJ) UCLA
Kris Dunn PG 6-3 180 New London H.S. (New London, CT) Providence
Jerami Grant WF 6-7 200 DeMatha Catholic H.S. (Hyattsville, MD) Syracuse
Gary Harris WG 6-4 195 Hamilton Southeastern H.S. (Fishers, IN) Michigan State
Brice Johnson PF 6-9 210 Edisto H.S. (Cordova, SC) North Carolina
Ricardo Ledo WG 6-6 180 South Kent School (South Kent, CT) Providence
Tony Parker C 6-9 270 Miller Grove H.S. (Lithonia, GA) Undecided
Rodney Purvis PG 6-4 190 Upper Room Christian Academy (Raleigh, NC) N.C. State
Kaleb Tarczweski C 7-0 240 St. Mark’s School (Southborough, MA) Arizona
J.P. Tokoto WF 6-6 195 Menomonee Falls H.S. (Milwaukee, WI) North Carolina

West Team

Name Pos Hgt Wgt High School (School Location) College
Brandon Ashley PF 6-8 215 Findlay Prep (Henderson, NV) Arizona
Isaiah Austin C 7-0 210 Grace Prep (Arlington, TX) Baylor
Anthony Bennett PF 6-8 230 Findlay Prep (Henderson, NV) Undecided
Archie Goodwin WG 6-5 181 Sylvan Hills H.S. (Little Rock, AR) Kentucky
Danuel House WF 6-6 185 Hightower H.S. (Houston, TX) Houston
Grant Jerrett WF 6-10 220 La Verne Lutheran H.S. (La Verne, CA) Arizona
Shabazz Muhammad WF 6-6 215 Bishop Gorman H.S. (Las Vegas, NV) Undecided
Marcus Paige PG 6-1 160 Linn-Mar H.S. (Marion, IA) North Carolina
Alex Poythress WF 6-7 215 Northeast H.S. (Clarksville, TN) Kentucky
Rasheed Sulaimon WG 6-3 275 Strake Jesuit College Prep (Houston, TX Duke

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Picture This: Antoine Walker Wearing a Pink Uniform


Former University of Kentucky star and the Idaho Stampede will dawn all pink uniforms this weekend to help raise money for breast cancer awareness.

Here is more from Kivitv.com:

The Idaho Stampede have announced a partnership with St. Luke’s Mountain States Tumor Institute and Boise’s own AuctionFrogs.org to help raise money for breast cancer awareness. The State of Idaho ranks last in the U.S. in mammogram screening – with this auction, all money raised will be funneled to St. Luke’s in hopes of raising awareness in the state, saving the lives of countless women, mothers, daughters, sisters and friends.

The Stampede are holding an online auction on the website, which includes items from the Stampede such as merchandise and once-in-a-lifetime experiences, along with items from the team’s sponsors. The spotlight items will be pink jerseys the team will wear for Feb. 3 and 4 home games against the Rio Grande Valley Vipers. Fans can bid on the jerseys while at CenturyLink Arena during the games by finding the auction kiosk, but the auction will finish online the next night at midnight.


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No. 18 Transy Pulls Away from Winless Earlham


(18) Transylvania 89
Earlham 76

Final from Lexington, Kentucky


Game recap by Transy:

LEXINGTON, Ky.- Ethan Spurlin scored a game-high 23 points and Brandon Rash added 22 of his own to lead no. 18 Transylvania to an 89-76 win over Earlham in men's Heartland Conference basketball action at the Beck Center on Wednesday.

Spurlin pulled down five rebounds and dished out four assists on the night, leading the Pioneers (18-2, 12-1 HCAC) to their seventh straight victory. Earlham (0-20, 0-13 HCAC) was led by Ryan Taylor, who scored 19 points on 5-for-6 shooting from three-point range.

Barrett Meyer (12 points), Chris Owens (11) and Tate Cox (10) rounded out the Pioneer scorers in double figures. Ashley Hatfield was also solid, adding nine points and four rebounds for Transy, who is a perfect 11-0 at home this season.

The Pioneers used a 16-2 advantage in the paint to take a 38-30 lead at halftime, but shot just 5-for-15 from three-point range. “We thought we were shooting too many threes,” said head coach Brian Lane. “We made it a point to move the ball inside in the second half.”

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Thomas More Upsets Bethany College in PAC Action


Thomas More 68
Bethany 57

Final from Crestview Hills, Kentucky


Game recap by TMC:

(CRESTVIEW HILLS, Ky.) - Senior point guard Daniel Whelan (Cincinnati, Ohio/St. Xavier) scored a game-high 17 to points to lead the Thomas More College men's basketball team to a 68-57 upset win over second place Bethany College tonight (Wednesday, February 1, 2012) in a Presidents' Athletic Conference (PAC) game at the Connor Convocation Center in Crestview Hills, Kentucky.

With the win, the Saints improve to 14-7 overall and 9-3 in the PAC. With the loss, the Bison fall to 17-3 overall and 9-2 in the PAC.

Bethany raced out to an early 12-6 lead when Leslie Addy made a three-pointer with 14:30 to play in the first half. Thomas More answered with a 9-2 run to take a 15-14 lead on a Whelan three-pointer with 11:58 to play in the half. The Bison responded with a 10-0 run capped by two Brady Pacific three-throws with 7:28 to play in the opening half to take a 24-15 lead. The Saints came right back with a 15-3 run to retake the lead at 30-27 with 1:08 to play in the first half on a Whelan lay-up. Bethany closed out the half on a 5-0 run to take a 32-30 lead at halftime when Reece Mabery made a three-pointer at the buzzer.

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Steve Prohm Discusses Upcoming Week, Saint Mary's

Here are a couple of new videos of Murray State head coach Steve Prohm as the Racers get ready to host SEMO:

Weekly news conference



Prohm on BracketBusters matchup with Saint Mary's

Wednesday, February 1, 2012

ESPN Moves Nerlens Noel to No. 1 in 2012 Class

ESPN.com has already moved Nerlens Noel to No. 1 in the 2012 recruiting class:



ESPN Rankings

Kentucky Recruit Nerlens Noel Moves to 2012 Class


There is breaking news from Dave Telep of ESPN.com tonight as he reports that 2013 star Nerlens Noel will reclassify and move to the 2012 recruiting class.

Kentucky is after the 6-9 star from Tilton School (NH). Noel was No. 3 on the Rivals.com list for 2013 and will surely be a top 3 recruit in the 2012 class.

Noel named 7 schools in Telep's article: Kentucky, Syracuse, UCONN, North Carolina, Providence, Florida and Georgetown. Notably absent from that list is Louisville, which had also been recruiting Noel.

Here is an excerpt of Telep's article:

The Class of 2012 received a significant boost on Wednesday. Nerlens Noel (Everett, Mass./Tilton), the No. 2 overall recruit in the Class of 2013, told ESPN.com that he will rejoin his original classification and graduate this spring. He'll play college basketball next fall.

Noel reclassified early in his high school career following an injury that cost him time. He's prepared academically and basketball-wise to make the move into the senior class.

"I just thought over the season that I thought I was getting a higher level of competition and was working on my game," Noel said. "I reclassified because I was hurt but I feel like I'm ready to play at the next level.
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FIBA Olympic Qualifying Tournament - Draw Results


The draw results have been released for the FIBA Olympic Qualifying Tournament that will be held in Caracas from July 2-8.

Kentucky head coach John Calipari coached the Dominican Republic last season in the FIBA Americas Tournament. Under Calipari, the team failed to earn an Olympic berth, but qualified for the last-chance Qualifying Tournament.

It is not known if Calipari will coach the team again, but Eloy Vargas, Edgar Sosa and Francisco Garcia have all been associated with the Dominican Republic national team.

Draw results:

Group A: Greece, Jordan, Puerto Rico

Group B: Lithuania, Nigeria, Venezuela

Group C: Dominican Republic, Korea, Russia

Group D: Angola, F.Y.R. of Macedonia, New Zealand

The group stages will see the 12 teams play the two other teams in their respective groups in a standard round robin format (12 games in total). The top two teams in each group progress to the Quarter-Finals as follows:

A1 v B2
B1 v A2
C1 v D2
D1 v C2

The four winning quarterfinalists qualify for the Semi-Finals:

Winner [A1 v B2] v Winner [C1 v D2]
Winner [B1 v A2] v Winner [D1 v C2]

The two winning semifinalists automatically qualify for London 2012, while the two losing semifinalists face-off for 12th and final Olympic place.

John Calipari Heads to Vegas to Watch Muhammad, Bennett


According to Evan Daniels of Scout.com, Kentucky head coach John Calipari is currently in Las Vegas watching top 2012 recruits Shabazz Muhammad and Anthony Bennett.

EvanDanielscout Nevada. Seeing Scout's No. 1 player Shabazz Muhammad RT @UKCoachCalipari Getting some recruiting done today. Anybody know what state I'm in?

EvanDanielscout In other @UKCoachCalipari news. He will be at Findlay Prep in 30 minutes to watch Anthony Bennett.

Here is an on site report from Twitter:

DVbballMom Coach Calipari taking pictures with people in the gym as we walk in.

Muhammad, a 6-6 small forward, is the top-rated player in the 2012 recruiting class.

Bennett is a 6-7 power forward who ranks No. 7 on the Rivals.com list for 2012.

Rick Pitino Checks Out 2013 PF Jarell Martin


University of Louisville head coach Rick Pitino checked out 2013 forward Jarell Martin on Tuesday night.

Here is a report from Adam Zagoria of Zagsblog.com:

AdamZagoria Steve Lavin and Rick Pitino watched 2013 Louisiana F Jarell Martin tonight...see my feature on him at http://ZAGSBLOG.com

Martin is a 6-7 power forward at Madison Prep (LA). He currently ranks as a 4-star recruit.

Video: New Highlights of UK Signee Willie Cauley

Here are some new highlights of Kentucky basketball signee Willie Cauley:

Former Georgetown College Star Signs in Argentina


Former Georgetown College big man Derrick Miller has been added to the roster for Banda Norte in Argentina's top level LigaA.

Here are details from LatinBasket.com:

Banda Norte made a change on their roster. They invited Derrick Miller (202-C/F-78, agency: Dream Team Management, college: Georgetown, KY). In the meantime the team parted ways with Asim McQueen (203-F-88, agency: Interperformances, college: Tulane). Derrick Miller started the season with Asociacion Espanola. The centre later moved to Atletico Cordon in Uruguay. His stats read 19.1 points, 7.5 rebounds and 2.8 steals per game in LUB. In January Derrick Miller signed with Plaza de Nueva Helvecia. He appeared in two games posting 16.5 points and 9.0 rebounds per appearance. Previously Derrick Miller had stints in Argentina, Paraguay, Colombia, Austria, Chile and USBL. Latinbasket.com named Derrick Miller into All-Argentinean TNA 1st Team in 2008, 2010 and 2011. In 2010 Derrick Miller was trumped TNA Import Player of the Year.

Keith Bogans Signs with New Jersey Nets


Former University of Kentucky star Keith Bogans has signed a with the New Jersey Nets.

Bogans started 82 games for the Chicago Bulls last season, averaging 4.4 points and 1.8 rebounds per game.

Here is an excerpt of a statement from the Nets:

"Keith will give us defensive toughness and experience,” Nets general manager Billy King said in a statement released by the team to announce the signing. “He will add depth and versatility to our perimeter."

Source: NJ.com

John Calipari Discusses Kentucky's Win Over Tennessee

Here are John Calipari's postgame comments following Kentucky's 69-44 win over Tennessee on Tuesday night (video by uknationofblue on YouTube):

Cumberlands Holds Off Life, Daniel Scores 1,000th Point


Cumberlands 85
Life University 82

Final from Williamsburg, Kentucky


Game recap by Life:

Williamsburg, KY - Life University suffered a loss on the road tonight against University of the Cumberlands, 85-82.

LIFE was led by point guard PJ Meyers who scored 22 points. As a team, the Running Eagles out rebounded the Patriots 44 to 33, and shot 90 percent from the line, going 17 for 19.

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University of Cumberlands senior Matt Daniel joins 1,000-point club:

University of the Cumberlands (UC) Men's Basketball player Matt Daniel (Morehead, KY) surpassed the 1,000th point of his career, scoring 16 points on Saturday, January 14th against Shawnee State University in the O. Wayne Rollins Center in Williamsburg.

This season, Daniel has scored 315 points, averaging 15.8 points per game as well as pulling down 78 rebounds, 23 steals, and 46 assists as of Saturday's game against UVA-Wise.

Matt, a senior at Cumberlands, has accumulated 1,081 points, 244 rebounds, 216 assists, 78 steals, and 15 blocks for his career. Those 16 points on Saturday helped Daniel become the 35th men's basketball player to reach the 1,000th career point milestone at Cumberlands.

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Photo: Univeristy of the Cumberlands

Tennessee's Jeronne Maymon Points Finger at Officials

Tennessee's Jeronne Maymon blamed a big part of last night's 25-point loss to Kentucky on the referees (video by knoxnews on YouTube):



Here are some of Maymon's comments via John Clay of the Lexington Herald-Leader:

“They were probably on the phone with him,” said Maymon of the officials and Calipari.

Kentucky shot 27 free throws. Tennessee shot seven.

“Truthfully, I couldn’t tell you,” he said Maymon of the disparity. ”There were a lot of tick-tack fouls (on the Vols). We go down there (to the offensive end), we didn’t get any calls.”


BBL: Vols cry foul, but most think Davis the difference

Greg Wiltjer Conquers Old Age, Dunks at Age 51



University of Kentucky freshman Kyle Wiltjer has posted video footage of his dad, Greg, conquering "old age." In the video, the elder Wiltjer dunks at age 51 and even flashes the three goggles:

Tuesday, January 31, 2012

Vandy Loses, Rex Chapman Tells Us How He Really Feels


Vanderbilt dropped a tough road game at Arkansas on Tuesday night which helps Kentucky in the SEC regular season race.

Arkansas held on for an 82-74 victory over the Commodores. Rickey Scott led the way with 18 points while Julysses Nobles added 17.

The SEC race after tonight looks like this:

Kentucky 8-0 22-1
Florida 5-1 17-4
Vanderbilt 5-2 16-6
Mississippi State 4-3 17-5
Arkansas 4-3 16-6
Ole Miss 4-3 14-7
Alabama 3-4 14-7
LSU 2-5 12-9
Auburn 2-5 12-9
Tennessee 2-5 10-12
Georgia 1-5 10-10
South Carolina 1-5 9-11

Former Kentucky star Rex Chapman told everyone how he feels about Vandy on Twitter:

rexchapman Vandy sucks. "@awireman: Arkansas is all over Vanderbilt right now. If they hold on, will help UK out in the SEC East."

Kevin Stallings blamed the loss on league scheduling.

Bellarmine Holds On to Top Spot in NABC/Division II Poll


Bellarmine University (18-1) remains No. 1 this week in the NABC/Division II Coaches Poll. The Knights received all 8 first place votes.

Kentucky Wesleyan (16-3) holds on to No. 7 this week.

Northern Kentucky (15-4), which has struggled recently, drops to No. 15 this week.

NABC/Division II Coaches Poll (Jan. 31, 2012)

Record Points Pvs
1. Bellarmine, Ky. (8 first place votes) 18-1 200 1
2. West Liberty, W.Va. 19-1 191 2
3. Tarleton State, Texas 19-1 185 4
4. Winona State, Minn. 19-2 176 6
5. Colorado School of Mines 17-2 158 11
6. Alabama-Huntsville 15-3 146 12
7. Kentucky Wesleyan 16-3 145 7
8. Southern Indiana 16-3 140 8
9. Lincoln Memorial, Tenn. 18-2 135 5
10. Christian Brothers, Tenn. 15-3 113 15
11. Midwestern State, Texas 16-2 112 10
12. Metropolitan State, Colo. 17-3 108 3
13. Indiana, Pa. 15-3 106 16
14. Shaw, N.C. 16-2 91 17
15. Northern Kentucky 15-4 79 9
16. Western Washington 18-3 78 18
17. Bowie State, Md. 15-3 75 19
18. Hillsdale, Mich. 17-2 71 20
19. West Georgia 18-3 63 22
20. St. Cloud State, Minn. 16-3 48 13
21. Alaska-Anchorage 15-4 42 25
22. Northwest Missouri State 16-3 37 NR
23. Missouri Southern 16-5 15 14
24. South Carolina Aiken 15-4 12 24
25. (tie) King, Tenn. 17-3 11 NR
25. (tie) Winston-Salem State, N.C. 15-3 11 NR

Others receiving votes: Arkansas Tech 8, District of Columbia 8, Cal Poly Pomona 6, Central Missouri 6, Indianapolis (Ind.) 6, LIU-C.W. Post (N.Y.) 5, Seattle Pacific (Wash.) 5, Montevallo (Ala.) 3, Fort Hays State (Kan.) 2. Stonehill (Mass.) 2, Adelphi (N.Y.) 1.

Calipari: Terrence Jones is Toes Up, Eating Cheetos

Kentucky head coach John Calipari says on Twitter that he will give the Wildcats a day off tomorrow.

He adds that Terrence Jones already has a head start with "toes up, eating Cheetos":

UKCoachCalipari Day off tomorrow. Looks like Terrence has already started. Toes Up, Eating Cheetos! http://pic.twitter.com/5vD2Cx8B

No. 1 Kentucky Dominates Tennessee from Start to Finish


(1) Kentucky 69
Tennessee 44

Final from Lexington, Kentucky


Top-ranked Kentucky opened the game on a 10-2 run and never looked back as they simply dominated Tennessee 69-44 tonight in Rupp Arena.

The Wildcats (22-1, 8-0 SEC) hit their first 11 field goal attempts and Tennessee was never able to get back in the game.

Freshman Anthony Davis led the Wildcats with 18 points, 8 rebounds and 7 blocked shots. Michael Kidd-Gilchrist added 16 points and 8 boards.

Terrence Jones chipped in 11 points, 6 rebounds, 3 assists and 2 steals for Kentucky. Doron Lamb and Marquis Teague each scored 9 points.

Tennessee (10-12, 2-5 SEC) shot an ice cold 16-57 (28.1%) from the field, but managed to go 7-18 (38.9%) from long range to keep the score respectable.

Renaldo Woolridge, who scored 15 points in the first half, led the Volunteers with 17 points. He was 5-6 from long range. Jeronne Maymon chipped in 13 points.

Kentucky finished the game 22-41 (53.7%) from the field, but only hit 1-10 (10%) from long range.

The Wildcats go on the road to face South Carolina Saturday at 6:00 p.m. ET.

Ramel Bradley Has Solid Debut with Hapoel Jerusalem


Former University of Kentucky star Ramel Bradley struggled with outside shooting, but still had a solid debut with his new team in Israel.

Bradley scored 14 points in Hapoel Jerusalem's 88-83 win over Elitzur Netanya. He was 4-15 from the field, which included a terrible 0-6 from long range. He was 6-9 from the free throw line and also dished out 3 assists.

Hapoel Jerusalem (8-6 Premier League) includes several familiar names for American college basketball fans, including D.J. Strawberry, Brian Randle and Luke Jackson.

Bradley had a long run with Maccabi Ashdod before transferring his talents to Hapoel.

Another former Kentucky star, Bradley's ex-teammate Joe Crawford, scored 25 points to lead Maccabi Rishon to a 90-80 win over Bnei Hasharon on Sunday.

Crawford is now fourth in the Premier League in scoring average at 20.2 points per game.

Getting to Know Nerlens Noel, Wayne Selden; With Bonus Kentucky Mention

Getting to know several recruits, including Kentucky prospects Nerlens Noel and Wayne Selden (with bonus Kentucky mention):



* Video by FiveStarBasketball.com

Muhammad Stays on Top of Updated Scout.com Rankings


Shabazz Muhammad is still No. 1 in Scout.com's updated rankings for the 2012 recruiting class.

Here is an excerpt about Muhammad from Scout.com:

If there was any doubt about who the top prospect in the 2012 class is, Shabazz Muhammad put it to rest.

Playing on national television two weeks ago at the Hoop Hall Classic, Muhammad, a 6-foot-5 wing out of Las Vegas (Nev.) Bishop Gorman, managed one of his best and most complete performances of his high school career.

Up against a loaded DeMatha squad, Muhammad dismantled them to the tune of 37 points and scored them any way he wanted. He knocked down a three, was aggressive on the block and attacked the basket with intensity.

Muhammad is one of the more intense and all around competitive prospects in recent memory and is a guy that works at his game. As the end of his high school career approaches, Muhammad is the clear No. 1 player.


Here's a look at the top 10 and some other notables:

SF 1 Shabazz Muhammad (Bishop Gorman HS)Las Vegas, NV 6-5/207 Uncommitted
C 2 Isaiah Austin (Grace Preparatory Academy, Inc)Arlington, TX 7-0/200 Baylor
SF 3 Kyle Anderson (St. Anthony HS) Jersey City, NJ 6-8/215 UCLA
PF 4 Brandon Ashley (Findlay Prep) Henderson, NV 6-8/190 Arizona
C 5 Steven Adams (Notre Dame Prep) Fitchburg, MA 6-11/230 Pitt
PF 6 Anthony Bennett (Findlay Prep) Henderson, NV 6-7/230 Uncommitted
C 7 Kaleb Tarczewski (St. Mark's School) Southborough, MA 7-0/220 Arizona
C 8 Cameron Ridley (George Bush HS) Richmond, TX 6-9/260 Texas
C 9 Dajuan Coleman (Jamesville-Dewitt HS) Dewitt, NY 6-8/280 Syracuse
SG 10 Gary Harris (Hamilton Southeastern HS) Fishers, IN 6-4/190 Michigan State

14 Alex Poythress, Kentucky
16 Archie Goodwin, Kentucky
19 Tony Parker, Uncommitted
21 Amile Jefferson, Uncommitted
24 Devonta Pollard, Uncommitted
34 Willie Cauley, Kentucky
37 Jakarr Sampson, Uncommitted
64 Torian Graham, Uncommitted
82 Terry Rozier, Louisville

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Goodwin is clearly not a fan of the new rankings:

Darius Miller, Terrence Jones Talk About Tennessee and More

Kentucky's Darius Miller talks to the media about tonight's game against Tennessee and more (video by uknationofblue on YouTube):



Here is a transcript of comments from Miller and sophomore Terrence Jones:

#1 Darius Miller, G, Sr.

On the new uniforms …
“I think we’re all excited to wear them. I mean they’re pretty nice uniforms and to be able to get something special like this, I mean it feels good to be a part of something like that.”

On how he’s playing the last couple games …
“I’m just trying to be more aggressive – that’s all. My teammates did a great job of getting me open looks and I’m trying to take advantage of all the opportunities that I have.”

On this year’s Tennessee team compared to other Tennessee teams in the past …
“They’re pretty good. They play extremely hard and extremely physical – maybe more physical than some of the past Tennessee teams. They have a lot of guys who are strong and they use their body really well, so we’re going to have to come out and do a good job and be prepared for that. We’ve been doing better playing against physical teams, so hopefully we negate that tomorrow like coach has been talking about and have a good game.”

On if they’re playing their best basketball of the season …
“We feel like we’re playing pretty good basketball, but we know we have a long way to go to be a championship team. We have a lot of stuff we need to work on, we still have defensive breakdowns; we still need to work on executing sometimes on offense. I mean we’re not where we need to be, but we’re at a good point for where it is in the season.”

On if he’s comfortable being the sixth-man now …
“I never had a problem with it honestly. I mean I’m still having the same opportunities as everybody else. I still feel like I’m a part of the team – a big part of the team. So I mean whether he starts me or brings me off the bench, I could care less.”

#3 Terrence Jones, F, So.

On his importance and impact on the team …
“I think every player that plays a large amount of minutes is important and can step up in different games. I think last year that was a big key to how far we went is a different player making a big impact in each game of the tournament.”

On the helpfulness Anthony Davis drawing some defense and giving him more space …
“Yeah, I mean when we go to the lane right now, I mean they’ve been trying to make charges on me still a lot, his man. But it’s just been easy playing with everybody that can play around you.”

On not having any double-doubles this season …
“I mean it’s hard to rebound with all these dudes on my team. There are three dudes trying to get ten each game. I don’t even keep track during the game so I just play it by what they say at the end of the game. I didn’t even know I had nine (rebounds vs. LSU); I would’ve asked Coach [Calipari] for another 30 seconds or something. But it’s just fun playing.”

On if they are playing the best basketball and what to improve on …
“I think right now we’re playing real well and just getting a lot of chemistry with so many games. And Marquis [Teague] just running the team and running the floor like he’s been, letting it be our pace of the game, executing when we need to, it’s just been coming down to him and I think that’s why we’ve been so successful on offense.”

On Michael Kidd-Gilchrist’s importance to the team…
“That’s what you need on your team to win is guys that can have still impacts even when they don’t have scoring games. And for this game we could be like that for guys all the time with other guys being hot. So as long as they’re still making progress for us to win it’s still good to have him in.”

Louisville to Play in 2012 Battle 4 Atlantis Tournament


The Louisville Cardinals will participate in the 2012 Battle 4 Atlantis tournament on Paradise Island, Bahamas.

The field will also include the likes of Duke, Memphis, Missouri, Stanford, Minnesota, Northern Iowa and VCU.

Here is the official release from U of L:

LOUISVILLE, Ky. - The University of Louisville men's basketball team will participate in the 2012 Battle 4 Atlantis, an eight-team tournament staged on Nov. 22-25 at the famed Atlantis Resort on Paradise Island, Bahamas. The impressive field includes six teams that have participated in the NCAA Final Four over the last 15 seasons and three that are ranked among the nation's top 25 teams in the most recent Jan. 16 polls.

The 2012 Battle 4 Atlantis field consists of Duke, Louisville, Memphis, Minnesota, Missouri, Northern Iowa, Stanford and Virginia Commonwealth in a 12-game tournament that will be televised by NBC Sports Network and HDNet. Harvard won the 2011 event, which also included such teams as Connecticut, Florida State and UCF. The eight teams in the 2012 Battle 4 Atlantis field have combined for more than 160 NCAA postseason appearances.

The temporary arena boasts state-of-the-art regulation facilities at the epicenter of the world's largest open-air marine habitat, complete with lavish guest accommodations, restaurants, bars, spa, lounges, waterslides and the largest casino in the Bahamas. The event, which drew more than 4,000 fans to the 2011 championship game featuring UCF and Harvard, will award more than $2 million to participating teams.

Visit www.Battle4Atlantis.com to sign up for 2012 Battle 4 Atlantis news about the 2012 tournament.

Complete Release

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Tennessee Tech's Kevin Murphy Drops 50 on SIU Edwardsville

Tennessee Tech senior star Kevin Murphy dropped a school record 50 points on SIU Edwardsville last night.

Murphy was 16-21 from the field, 6-9 from long range and 12-14 from the free throw in becoming the 11th OVC player to reach the 50-point club.

In his last 4 games, Murphy is averaging 32.0 points per game. He has raised his season average to 21.3 PPG, which ranks No. 6 in NCAA Division I basketball.

Murphy in action at Morehead State on Saturday:



All-Time 50-point games in OVC history:

55 - Clem Haskins, Western Kentucky (vs. Middle Tennessee in 1964-65)
55 - Tilman Beverly, Youngstown State (vs. Tennessee Tech in 1985-86)
53 - Brett Roberts, Morehead State (vs. Middle Tennessee in 1991-92)
52 - Art Spoelstra, Western Kentucky (vs. Morehead State in 1953-54)
52 - Tom Chilton, East Tennessee (vs. Austin Peay in 1960-61)
52 - Harold Sergent, Morehead State (vs. Middle Tennessee in 1964-65)
51 - James "Fly" Williams, Austin Peay (vs. Tennessee Tech in 1972-73)
51 - James "Fly" Williams, Austin Peay (vs. Georgia Southern in 1972-73)
51 - Steve Hamilton, Morehead State (vs. Ohio in 1956-57)
50 - Darel Carrier, Western Kentucky (vs. Morehead State in 1963-64)
50 - Kevin Murphy, Tennessee Tech (vs. SIUE in 2011-12)

Andrew Wiggins Puts On a Show for John Calipari

Here are some highlights of Kentucky recruit Andrew Wiggins putting on a show for UK head coach John Calipari and assistant Orlando Antigua:



Description: Andrew Wiggins put on a show for the Coach Calipari at the 2012 Dunk 4 Diabetes Shootout. Wiggins finished as the MVP of the game with 19 points, 9 rebounds and two blocks. Huntington Prep defeated St Edwards behind the performance of Andrew Wiggins and Xavier Rathan Mayes.

LWC Still No. 8, Georgetown Drops in NAIA Coaches' Poll


Lindsey Wilson College (15-6) remains at No. 8 in the NAIA Division I Coaches' Top 25 Poll despite falling twice last week on the road in conference play.

Georgetown College (17-5) fell eight spots to No. 12 this week after suffering a pair of road losses.

University of Pikeville (14-7) climbed three spots to No. 20 after winning twice at home last week, including a 71-70 win over No. 8 Lindsey Wilson.

St. Catharine College (10-8) and Campbellsville University (15-7) each received votes and sit just outside the Top-25.

NAIA Division I Men's Basketball Coaches' Top-25 Poll

RANK LAST WEEK SCHOOL (1ST PLACE VOTES) 2011 – 12 RECORD TOTAL POINTS
1 1 Shorter (Ga.) (12) 21-0 312
2 2 Robert Morris (Ill.) 21-1 302
3 5 Southern Poly (Ga.) 17-3 287
4 3 Oklahoma Baptist 18-3 282
5 7 Our Lady of the Lake (Texas) 17-3 277
6 6 Rogers State (Okla.) 16-4 249
7 16 Azusa Pacific (Calif.) 18-4 247
8 8 Lindsey Wilson (Ky.) 15-6 235
9 9 Martin Methodist (Tenn.) 16-5 228
10 13 Montana State-Northern 20-3 214
11 15 Mountain State (W.Va.) 16-6 211
12 5 Georgetown (Ky.) 17-5 205
13 10 The Master's (Calif.) 15-6 202
14 11 Texas Wesleyan 15-4 185
15 14 Southern Nazarene (Okla.) 17-5 178
16 18 Concordia (Calif.) 17-4 156
17 17 Lee (Tenn.) 14-5 136
18 21 Columbia (Mo.) 18-5 125
19 20 Montana Western 18-5 120
20 23 Pikeville (Ky.) 14-7 119
21 24 Tougaloo (Miss.) 15-5 110
22 12 Westmont (Calif.) 15-4 100
23 RV John Brown (Ark.) 17-5 97
24 22 MidAmerica Nazarene (Kan.) 16-7 91
25 19 Xavier (La.) 15-6 67

Others receiving votes: LSU Shreveport (La.) 53; Union (Tenn.) 46; Saint Xavier (Ill.) 37; Freed-Hardeman (Tenn.) 22; St. Catharine (Ky.) 20; Oklahoma Christian 12; Westminster (Utah) 11; Voorhees (S.C.) 9; Point Loma Nazarene (Calif.) 8; Campbellsville (Ky.) 4; Cal State San Marcos 3; Evangel (Mo.) 1; Science & Arts (Okla.) 1; Avila (Mo.) 1; Baker (Kan.) 1.

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