Saturday, February 18, 2012

No. 1 Wildcats Cruise Past Ole Miss, 50 Straight Home Wins


(1) Kentucky 77
Ole Miss 62

Final from Lexington, Kentucky


Top-ranked Kentucky started slow but eventually rolled to a 77-62 victory over the Ole Miss Rebels on Saturday.

Kentucky (26-1, 12-0 SEC) has won 50 consecutive games at home, the longest streak in the nation.

Terrence Jones led the Wildcats with 15 points and 11 rebounds. Doron Lamb added 16 points and 3 assists. Darius Miller chipped in 14 points.

Marquis Teague continued his outstanding play with 5 points, 8 assists and only 3 turnovers.

Kentucky was 28-48 (48.3%) from the field and 10-18 (55.6%) from long range. The Cats out-rebounded the Rebels 34-25.

Terrance Henry led Ole Miss (15-11, 5-7) with 18 points on 7-13 shooting. Murphy Holloway scored 15 points and pulled down a team-high 6 rebounds.

Kentucky returns to action on Tuesday night when they travel to Starkville for a tough road game at Mississippi State.

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Hot-Shooting Bowling Green Defeats Morehead State


Bowling Green 73
Morehead State 60

Final from Bowling Green, Ohio


Game recap by MSU:

BOWLING GREEN, Ohio -- Senior Scott Thomas knocked down five of his first six three-point attempts en route to a career-high 28 points, and the Bowling Green men’s basketball team recorded a 73-60 victory over Morehead State on Saturday afternoon at the brand-new Stroh Center.

The Falcons, from the Mid-American Conference, improve to 14-12 with their fifth win in the past six games. The Eagles, who entered the day with six victories in their past eight contests, fall to 15-14. The affair was part of the annual Sears BracketBusters event.

Thomas scored 20 points in the first half on 7-of-12 from the floor, including 6-of-10 from three-point range. Thomas, who finished 10-of-18 and 8-of-15 in those two categories, also contributed four rebounds, four assists and three steals in the win. His eight long balls were also a career best.

Bowling Green drilled 60 percent (15-of-25) from the field before the break on its way to 57 percent (28-of-49) for the game. The Falcons also converted 63 percent (10-of-16) from beyond the arc in the first half en route to 54 percent (14-of-26) for the afternoon

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Mike Tomlin Tells Cameraman to Get Back to the Game

Pittsburgh Steelers head coach Mike Tomlin was at Rupp Arena today.

I'm not sure this is how he wanted to present himself on national television, but here is his strange interaction with a cameraman:

Dick Vitale Receives a Murray State Gift Basket


Legendary ESPN broadcaster Dick Vitale is in Murray for the Murray State vs. St. Mary's game this evening.

He has been posting on Twitter since his arrival:

DickieV In Murray baby but let me answer twit fam about comment concerning Lin.-embarrassing

DickieV Greeted @ airport by Murray St fans & some Cats fans. WOW @MikeHumes http://lockerz.com/s/185041961

DickieV Man what a greeting by Racer Nation. I am totally honored. http://lockerz.com/s/185051221

DickieV Racer fans r ready baby. http://lockerz.com/s/185066147

DickieV This is royal treatment- wow a gift basket from Racer Nation. http://lockerz.com/s/185069377

No. 19 Louisville Survives Overtime Scare at DePaul


(19) Louisville 90
DePaul 82 F/OT

Final from Rosemont, Illinois


Game recap by U of L:

ROSEMONT, Ill. (AP) - Louisville worked its way back Saturday, refusing to panic or wilt when the No. 19 Cardinals found themselves trailing scrappy DePaul by 17 points in the first half.

"Everybody just stayed positive. We're going to make our run just as well as they did," Cardinals guard Chris Smith said.

"Then we just started hitting shots and started getting the flow going and it was just whole totally different game."

The Cardinals, down 10 at the half, survived DePaul's raging start and with Russ Smith hitting key back-to-back baskets in overtime, rallied for an 90-82 victory at the noisy Allstate Arena where they were back by a large contingent of red-clad Louisville fans.

"It was a real Big East game today, bumps and bruises, you need ice packs when you get back, I will probably need to get in the cold tub, but today was a hard fought win," Chris Smith said. "Today, I felt we earned this one."

Kyle Kuric scored 25 points, Chris Smith added 20 and Russ Smith 16 to lead the Cardinals (21-6, 9-5 Big East).

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Kenneth Faried Nets First NBA Double-Double


Former Morehead State University star Kenneth Faried netted his first NBA double-double last night in Denver's 103-102 loss to Memphis.

In 25 minutes off the Nuggets bench, Faried totalled career-high 18 points on 9-15 shooting and a team-high 10 rebounds. He also blocked 2 shots.

Faried has appeared in 11 games this season, averaging 7.5 points, 5.5 rebounds and 1.1 blocked shots in just 14.9 minutes.

"You wonder why this guy has only played in 10 games," one of the Grizzlies announcers stated last night.

The other announcer responded, "I'll tell you what, put him on my team anytime."

Stats last night:

Kenneth Faried: 25 MIN, 9-15 FG, 10 REB, 2 BLK, 1 TO, 18 PTS

Other Denver Bigs: 71 MIN, 4-13 FG, 14 REB, 3 BLK, 5 TO, 13 PTS


- Al Harrington: 25 MIN, 0-3 FG, 3 REB, 0 BLK, 2 TO, 4 PTS
- Kosta Koufos: 6 MIN, 0-1 FG, 0 REB, 0 BLK, 1 TO, 0 PTS
- Chris Anderson: 24 MIN, 3-6 FG, 7 REB, 2 BLK, 2 TO, 7 PTS
- Timofey Mozgov: 16 MIN, 1-3 FG, 4 REB, 1 BLK, 0 TO, 2 PTS

Mike Tomlin in Lexington for the Kentucky Game

John Calipari posted on Twitter this morning that Pittsburgh Steelers head coach Mike Tomlin and several other Steelers' coaches were at Kentucky's shoot around this morning:

UKCoachCalipari Our team after shoot around with Mike Tomlin, Randy Fichtner & Scottie Montgomery of the Pittsburgh Steelers. http://pic.twitter.com/fDo2jyEy

Kentucky Recruit Shabazz Muhammad Leads Bishop Gorman to Regional Championship


Bishop Gorman (Nev.) High School, led by Kentucky recruit Shabazz Muhammad, defeated Palo Verde (Nev.) 102-83 to win the Sunset Regional Championship.

Muhammad, who played limited minutes, scored a team-high 28 points and pu lled down 8 rebounds. He was 16-17 from the free throw line.

Here is an excerpt from LasVegasSun.com:

“It’s one step in the process,” Shabazz Muhammad said. “The regional is fine, but we want to win state.”

The Gaels are headed to the state tournament after winning their fourth straight regional title. Gorman travels to Reno next weekend in search of what they were denied of last year — a Nevada state championship.

The team’s senior centerpieces — Muhammad, Ben Carter, Rosco Allen, Demetris Morant, Ronnie Stanley and Gio Guzman — looked ready to take the trip north immediately after dismantling Palo Verde.


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Chane Behanan Has the Flu, Game-Time Decision Today


Louisville head coach Rick Pitino announced on Friday that freshman star Chane Behanan has the flu and will be a game-time decision for today's game against DePaul.

Here is an excerpt from the Courier-Journal:

The University of Louisville men’s basketball team could be without a starter again in today’s game at DePaul.

The flu threatens to sideline Chane Behanan. Coach Rick Pitino said the freshman forward would make the team flight Friday night but would wear a surgical mask and sit isolated in the back of the plane.

“We’ll see how he feels (today),” said Pitino, who then joked: “Hopefully, he can give a Jordan-like performance, like Michael did in the Garden. It would really help. So we’ll see what happens.”


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Kentucky Coaches Watched Shabazz Muhammad on Thursday


University of Kentucky assistant Orlando Antigua confirmed with AreaCodesBasketball.com that UK had members of the coaching staff present at Shabazz Muhammad's game on Thursday night.

areacodes I talked to Orlando Antigua today & Kentucky staff was at yesterday's game watching Shabazz Muhammad vs Legacy.

Friday, February 17, 2012

John Calipari Talks Darius Miller, Ole Miss and More


Here are John Calipari's comments to the media today as he talked about the Ole Miss game, Darius Miller and much more:

On seeing Vanderbilt beating Ole Miss last night
“We’ll talk about it. My man (Jeffery Taylor) went crazy, he had 20 at half, 21 or 24 whatever he had. If Vandy, if Taylor had done that to us, we would have been down big down at Vandy. You face a team and one of their guys goes nuts that is what happens, you get beat and you get beat good. Plus they made every jump shot too, it was a combination.”

On Darius Miller as a teammate
“He’s a wonderful young man; there is no question about that. I’m just really proud of the strides he has taken as far as being assertive as a leader. It’s hard, you tell someone to lead, it’s hard you have to almost coach them through it. Teaching guys to lead is part of what we are supposed to do as coaches because if you think they know how to lead they don’t; they know how to lead for themselves but not lead a team. He’s done it in a quiet way. Aside from that, I’m proud of what he has become as a basketball player.”

On the reaction to the open practice
“It’s been pretty good. I know it rated; they were really surprised at how strong it rated. You’re talking about three o’clock in the afternoon and it rated stronger than anything they have had in there and it rated as high as some basketball games that they played in primetime. That’s kind of crazy. I know, it makes you laugh. I haven’t talked to any recruits (about watching the practice); I’ve been doing this stuff here. But it was hard because it was three o’clock; they were all in school or in practice. If you’re talking about out west it’s noon now. I don’t know, it wasn’t done for that, it was done for our team and it was done to change up a week. Who knows if it helps or not, we’ll see.”

On Darius Miller being a no-brainer to keep when he first took the Kentucky job
“There were two things that happened, I walked in that gym without an assistant coach, and I had a football team out there. I had like 21 players on a team that I had never seen in my life. They started playing and the one that impressed me the most was Darius. Then I came in this room on the side where they have couches and I cried. I called the AD at Memphis and asked, ‘Will you take me back?’ But I was really impressed with him because he just had a feel for the game. He had that middle game, he could shoot the ball a little bit, he was a good handler, I knew he had to get in shape and do all those kind of things. The way I coach and the way he plays, the only thing I had to get out of him was the eye of the tiger, a little bit of viciousness, an aggressive intensity which has been a process, that doesn’t happen overnight. Yes he is (an NBA player).”

On why it is difficult to bring out viciousness of players
“Because they have their own personalities. It’s kind of like, you want a football player to be a vicious player on the field but off the field with his family, you don’t want that. And as a basketball player, you want them to have the kind of temperament and demeanor that Darius has but when they step on the court you want to see something different. That’s hard to transfer that. The great ones do, the others don’t. They either transfer their stuff on the court which is not enough or they transfer the stuff from the court back home which turns out bad.”

On what he has seen over the last five games
“We’re getting better, which is all we want. I told you guys last week that I am happy but I am not satisfied. Yesterday’s practice was really good like I hope today’s practice is really good. What I am trying to explain to them, the way you create a swagger versus arrogance is a swagger is developed during practice where you are very comfortable and calm going in to the game because you know you are ultra-prepared and ready to do battle. You have a swagger in the lay-up line; you have a swagger going to the locker room. If you are fooling everybody, the minute you get punched in the game, ‘what happened here?’ You create a swagger in there, now. I am trying to explain those things to them but you know all this stuff is new to this team. Every time I speak on some subject they are all looking at me like, ‘wow, that’s interesting.’ They had never heard it before, when you are dealing with a bunch of freshman and sophomores that is what happens.”

On the Ole Miss struggles leading up to this game
“Well they are probably going to come in here ready to go to war. They are playing in Rupp Arena; you know they are going to play well. They are the best offensive rebounding team in our league. As I watched the tape, if they have their way on the backboard they’ll beat us. If we can control that the game swings a little bit in our direction. If they do what they have been doing it is going to be a really hard game for us.”

Doron Lamb, Marquis Teague Talk About Ole Miss and More

Kentucky's Doron Lamb and Marquis Teague talk about Saturday's game against Ole Miss and more (video by uknationofblue on YouTube):





More comments via UK:

#20 Doron Lamb, G, So.

On what he knows about Ole Miss …
“(I have) heard they have a great small forward that’s solid. That’s all I know so far.”

On how they’re playing right now …
“We’re playing great so far as a team. We’re all coming together, closing games out very well. We’re all (playing) our role, and I think if we keep doing that, then it’s hard to beat us.”

On if their goal is to go undefeated in the conference …
“We’re trying to do that, but we just have to keep fighting and keep playing how we’re playing so far and see what happens.”

On if Ole Miss could be a “trap game” …
“We take every game seriously and we take every game like it’s a big game. We’re not worried if they lost at home last game, we’re worried about how we’re going play and worried about beating them.”

#25 Marquis Teague, G, Fr.

On the goals for the team …
“We just want to finish out strong, keep continuing to win, and keep getting better as a team.”

On why he thinks this team will not have a letdown …
“We are all dedicated and hard working. People are working out every day in the gym, getting extra shots up, and extra time in the weight room. We just continue to work hard every day and we all have a will to win.”

On having this past week off from games …
“We wanted to play another game, but it was good to give our bodies a little break. It gave us time to work in the gym, get some shots up, and get in the weight room to get a little stronger. It helped us out to get a little rest.”

On being referred to as a “pit bull” by Coach Calipari …
“I always like to take pride in my defense and not allow my man to score on me. I like to try and make it tough on the opponent offensively.”

On his teammates pushing one another to improve …
“We push each other in practice all of the time. We go at each other as hard as we can and make it competitive and try and make each other better. Coach Cal wants us to push each other.”

Nerlens Noel Has Arrived at the University of Kentucky


Top 2012 recruit Nerlens Noel is visiting the University of Kentucky this week. Noel was spotted at UK earlier this afternoon.

He will be attending the Ole Miss game on Saturday.

On Thursday, Noel spoke to Jeff Goodman on SiriusXM's Inside College Basketball.

"I don't really have a timeframe," Noel told Goodman. "I just want to make sure I get in all my visits to these schools. However long that takes."

Noel also told Goodman that his final list is Connecticut, Kentucky, Syracuse, North Carolina, Georgetown and Florida.

Notably absent of Noel's list is Providence. Noel later cleared that up on Twitter:

NerlensNoel3 PC still on my list

I have spoken to several solid sources who feel that Kentucky is currently in tremendous shape with Noel.

Pikeville Uses Late Run to Put Away Rio Grande


Pikeville 67
Rio Grande 62

Final from Pikeville, Kentucky


Game recap by UPIKE:

PIKEVILLE, Ky. – The University of Pikeville scored eight unanswered points in the second half to take a measure of control and held off the University of Rio Grande 67-62 Thursday night at the East Kentucky Expo Center.

Pikeville improved to 16-10 on the season and 8-7 in the Mid-South Conference, ending a two-game losing streak in the process. Rio Grande fell to 12-15 overall and 3-10 in the league.

Rio Grande took a 51-50 lead with 10:50 to play on a basket by junior Darriel Hunter. Pikeville, however, regained the lead on a putback by senior Andrew Young with 9:48 to play. It turned out to be the bucket that started the 8-0 run and gave the Bears a lead they would never lose.

Junior Kenny Rhymes hit two free throws seven seconds later, and a pair of Chris McHenry layups – the latter coming with 7:00 to play – made it 58-51.

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DeMarcus Cousins Out Tonight Because of a Back Spasm


Former Kentucky big man DeMarcus Cousins will not play for the Sacramento Kings tonight because of a mid back spasm.

Coach Keith Smart has not named a starter, but it could be former Kentucky star Chuck Hayes.

Cousins is averaging 16.3 points and 11.3 rebounds for the Kings.

Source: Sacbee.com

UPDATE: Nevermind...the Kings changed course and Cousins was in the starting lineup tonight.

Georgetown College Holds Off Cumberlands


(10) Georgetown College 71
University of the Cumberlands 63

Final from Georgetown, Kentucky


Game recap by GC:

Georgetown College men's basketball avoided a scare, rallying from a 14-2 start to beat University of the Cumberlands, 71-63. The No. 10 Tigers (20-6, 10-4) trailed most of the night against a scrappy Patriots (15-10, 7-6) team.

Maurice Pearson led the way with 20 points and nine rebounds, while Anthony Crater and Garel Craig added 10 each.

The win sets up a conference showdown for top spot security when GC welcomes Lindsey Wilson College on Senior Day. Lindsey defeated the Tigers in Columbia by a last second, 80-foot shot. Tip is set for 8 pm.

Dick Vitale: "The best team I've seen is Kentucky"


GatorSports.com caught up with ESPN broadcaster Dick Vitale recently. In the interview, Vitale said the best team he has watched this season is Kentucky.

Vitale also praised several of the UK freshmen and noted that his favorite places to call an SEC game are Rupp Aren and Florida's O'Connell Center.

Here is an excerpt of the interview:

Q: Who's the best team you have seen in the country?

A: The best team I've seen is Kentucky. They just smother you with their defense. They don't have to rely on their shots to fall down in order to win a game.

Q: Which freshman on Kentucky is more valuable — Anthony Davis, Marquis Teague or Michael Kidd-Gilchrist?

A: All three are terrific players, but I'd have to say Davis. He's the best player in the country right now. I think he's the first player to have a chance at the grand slam — national player of the year, national freshman of the year, MVP of the Final Four and the first overall (NBA) draft pick.

Q: Favorite place to call a game in the SEC?

A: For a while, the Rowdy Reptiles really had it going in Gainesville at the O'Connell Center. But Rupp Arena, it's so rich in history. It's like a museum. I'd have to say those two places.

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Southern Indiana Upsets No. 1 Bellarmine


(11) Southern Indiana 75
(1) Bellarmine 72

Final from Evansville, Indiana


Game recap by BU:

EVANSVILLE, Ind. – The No. 1 Bellarmine University men's basketball team saw its school record 17-game win streak snapped in a 75-72 loss to No. 11 University of Southern Indiana on Thursday night at the Physical Activities Center.

Chris Dowe's desperation three-point attempt to tie the game from beyond the left wing as time expired bounced off the front iron, as the capacity crowd stormed the court.

Bellarmine (22-2, 14-2) shot a season-low 43.1 percent (25-58) from the field for the game, and was outrebounded 42-32 on the evening, the second time this season BU has been outhustled by double digits on the glass. The other time came in a 99-94 overtime loss at the University of Indianapolis on Dec. 1.

“It's very frustrating,” Bellarmine Head Coach Scott Davenport said following the game. “(USI) missed 31 shots, and had 15 offensive rebounds, and that's not something that can happen if you are going to play like a great basketball team.”

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No. 15 NKU Nets Huge Road Win at No. 12 KWC


(15) Northern Kentucky 67
(12) Kentucky Wesleyan 55

Final from Owensboro, Kentucky


Game recap by NKU:

OWENSBORO, Ky. – Unlike so many other visits in the past, Northern Kentucky University's final trip to the Owensboro Sportscenter ended with a victory over Kentucky Wesleyan on Thursday night.

Eshaunte Jones scored 15 points as No. 15 NKU posted a 67-55 win over No. 12 Kentucky Wesleyan in an NCAA Division II showdown. Chad Jackson (left) and DeAndre Nealy each added 11 points for the Norse, who won their fifth straight game and improved to 20-4 overall, 12-4 in the Great Lakes Valley Conference.

Nealy also finished with three blocked shots and five rebounds, while Jackson grabbed nine rebounds. The Norse built a 39-26 halftime lead by shooting 51.7 percent from the field. Nealy scored eight in the first half, while Jones netted seven points.

“We played an outstanding first half, both offensively and defensively, and it was important in this environment to get an early lead,” NKU head coach Dave Bezold said. “Give our guys a lot of credit, because Kentucky Wesleyan has an excellent team. They took it to us at our place last month, but our players responded with a really good performance tonight.”

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Shabazz Muhammad Leads Bishop Gorman to Region Finals


Bishop Gorman (Nev.) High School finished the first half on a 19-0 and never looked book as they dismantled Legacy (Nev.) 73-43 in regional semifinal action on Thursday night.

The big run, triggered primarily by Kentucky recruit Shabazz Muhammad and UNLV Demetris Morant, gave Gorman a 47-17 halftime lead.

Muhammad finished with 15 points to lead the Gaels. Morant chipped in 11 points and 8 blocked shots. Rosco Allen added 12 points and 2 assists.

Gorman will meet Palo Verde (Nev.) in the Sunset Regional Championship Game at 7:00 p.m. (local time) tonight.

Photo: BleacherReport.com

Western Kentucky Continues to Improve, Defeats FAU


Western Kentucky 64
Florida Atlantic 57

Final from Bowling Green, Kentucky


Game recap by WKU:

BOWLING GREEN, Ky. — A season-best weeknight crowd of 4,588 helped propel WKU to 40 second-half points, which, combined with 33 points and 22 rebounds by George Fant and Derrick Gordon, keyed the Hilltoppers to a 64-57 win over Sun Belt Conference East Division preseason favorite Florida Atlantic Thursday night at E.A. Diddle Arena. The 40 second-half points helped WKU turn an 11-point deficit into a lead as large as seven en route to the key conference win. The Hilltoppers improve to 9-17 overall and 5-8 in the conference with the win, which is their fourth in the last six home games against the Owls. Florida Atlantic falls to 11-15 and 7-6 with the loss.

WKU is now 6-0 this season when surrendering fewer than 60 points in a game.

Fant had a career-high 20 points and 10 rebounds in the game, and Gordon added 13 and 12 on 5-of-9 shooting. Eleven of the duo's 22 rebounds were on the offensive end, and the double-doubles were the second of the season for each freshman. WKU shot 43.3 percent as a team in the second half (13-for-30) and ended the game at 40.0 percent (22-for-55). Florida Atlantic converted at a 38.5 percent clip for the game (25-for-65). WKU went 19-for-27 from the free throw line (.704), and the Owls were just 4-for-5 in the game.

To go along with Fant and Gordon's performances, WKU got 10 points and four rebounds from Teeng Akol, and Kahlil McDonald had nine points. Jamal Crook added seven points, four assists and two steals, and WKU scored 20 points off 17 Owl turnovers. Florida Atlantic was paced by Jordan McCoy's 14 points, and Kore White had 11 rebounds.

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Thursday, February 16, 2012

Evan Daniels Comments on Three Kentucky Recruits

Scout.com's Evan Daniels on Kentucky recruits Nerlens Noel, Anthony Bennett and Tony Parker:

Wall and Cousins on to Team Up in Rising Stars Challenge


Former Kentucky stars John Wall and DeMarcus Cousins will team up once again during NBA All-Star weekend.

Wall and Cousins were drafted to play on Team Barkley in the Rising Stars Challenge.

Another former Wildcat, Brandon Knight, will play against Wall and Cousins on Team Shaq.

Perhaps the biggest surprise is that Wall was drafted No. 12.

TEAM SHAQ: Blake Griffin, Los Angeles Clippers; Jeremy Lin, New York; Ricky Rubio, Minnesota; Markieff Morris, Phoenix; Greg Monroe, Detroit; Landry Fields, New York; Cole, Miami; Kemba Walker, Charlotte; Brandon Knight, Detroit, Tristan Thompson, Cleveland.

TEAM CHUCK: Kyrie Irving, Cleveland, DeMarcus Cousins, Sacramento; Paul George, Indiana; Derrick Williams, Minnesota; MarShon Brooks, New Jersey; John Wall, Washington; Gordon Hayward, Utah; Tiago Splitter, San Antonio; Kawhi Leonard, San Antonio; Evan Turner, Philadelphia.

Video: John Calipari Talks to Kentucky National Guard Troops

Here is some footage of John Calipari and Governor Beshear talking to Kentucky National Guard troops overseas:

Davis Remains on Top of Freshman Watch, MKG Drops


Kentucky's Anthony Davis remains on top of CBSSports.com's Freshman of the Year watch.

Indiana's Cody Zeller has overtaken UK's Michael Kidd-Gilchrist for the second spot. Kidd-Gilchrist is down to No. 3.

Here is an excerpt:

1. Anthony Davis, Kentucky (Last Week: 1): 14.0 ppg, 9.9 rpg, 4.9 bpg, 65.1 FG%
Davis finally missed a few shots over the weekend against Vanderbilt, but he had one of his best defensive performances of the season, blocking seven shots.

2. Cody Zeller, Indiana (Last Week: 3): 15.7 ppg, 6.4 rpg, 65.6 FG%
Zeller is heating up again at the right time. In the last two games, he totaled 45 points and 12 rebounds on 14-for-19 shooting from the field. He also knocked down 17-of-20 free throws.

3. Michael Kidd-Gilchrist, Kentucky (Last Week: 2): 12.3 ppg, 7.7 rpg
Kidd-Gilchrist has been very inconsistent on the offensive end lately, making five or more field goals in a game just twice since December 31. He has six single-digit scoring games in that span.


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Bellarmine Tops NCAA DII Midwest Region Rankings


Bellarmine University tops the first edition of the NCAA Division II Men's Regional Rankings.

The Knights are No. 1 in the Midwest Region, followed by Kentucky Wesleyan. Northern Kentucky ranks No. 5.

2011-12 NCAA Division II Men's Regional Rankings
(Ranking #1: February 15, 2012)

Note: Records listed are against NCAA Division II opponents only. Go to the standings page for a team's overall record.

The regional rankings will be released every Wednesday afternoon after 4 p.m. Eastern time and will be done weekly through Feb. 29.

Midwest Region

1. Bellarmine (20-1)
2. Kentucky Wesleyan (15-4)
3. Hillsdale (17-4)
4. Southern Indiana (15-4)
5. Northern Kentucky (17-4)
6. Indianapolis (13-7)
7. Findlay (16-6)
8. Lewis (10-9)
9. Ferris State (13-5)
10. Central State (14-6)

2012 Allstate SEC Basketball Legends Announced


The 2012 Allstate SEC Basketball Legends have been announced. Adrian “Odie” Smith is the representative for the University of Kentucky.

Here is the release from UK:

Allstate® SEC Basketball Legends Announced

Birmingham, Ala. -- Featuring former greats from all 12 Southeastern Conference member institutions, the 2012 Allstate® SEC Basketball Legends will be honored at the SEC Men's Basketball Tournament March 8-11 at the New Orleans Arena in New Orleans, La.

"The Allstate® SEC Basketball Legends Program allows us to honor our past and show everyone why the SEC is one of the nation's premier basketball conferences," said SEC Commissioner Mike Slive.

The 2012 class includes Jack Kubiszyn, Alabama; Nolan Richardson, Arkansas; Chris Morris, Auburn; Mike Miller, Florida; Willie Anderson, Georgia; Adrian “Odie” Smith, Kentucky; Jack Waters, Ole Miss; Chuck Evans, Mississippi State; Henry Martin, South Carolina; Gene Tormohlen, Tennessee; Drew Maddux, Vanderbilt.

Each SEC Basketball Legend will be recognized at halftime of his institution's first game at the tournament.

Highlighting the schedule of events at the Sunkist Soda SEC FanFare will be appearances by selected legends. FanFare will be open Thursday-Saturday, March 8-10.

This marks the 14th year of the SEC Basketball Legends program.

KENTUCKY – Adrian “Odie” Smith, Guard, 1957, 1958

Adrian Smith became only the third junior college player to receive a scholarship to play at the University of Kentucky. After averaging 10.1 ppg in two years at UK, Smith joined the Army where he won gold medals for the U.S. in the 1959 Pan-American Games in Chicago and the 1960 Rome Olympics. Following his stint in the military, he returned home to play in the NBA for 10 years with the Cincinnati Royals and the San Francisco Warriors. He was MVP of the 1966 NBA All-Star Game held in Cincinnati, playing with and against players including Wilt Chamberlain, Bill Russell and Rick Barry to win the honors. He was recently inducted into the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame as a member of the 1960 gold-medal winning U.S. Olympic basketball team.

Photo: Bigbluehistory.net

Morehead State Defeats Austin Peay by an Elbow


Morehead State 52
Austin Peay 48

Final from Clarksville, Tennessee


Game recap by MSU:

CLARKSVILLE, Tenn. -- The Morehead State men’s basketball team used an unconventional five-point play with less than two minutes remaining in Wednesday night’s Ohio Valley Conference game at Aaron Arena to score a 52-48 victory over Austin Peay.

The Eagles finished the game on an 11-3 run after senior Josh Terry put Austin Peay ahead by four on a lay-up with 3:23 remaining. Sophomore Drew Kelly’s bucket with 2:01 to play cut the deficit to two and set up an unusual series of events which swung the pendulum in favor of Morehead State.

Terry was originally whistled for an offensive foul with 1:43 left on the clock. After reviewing the play on the monitor for nearly 10 minutes, the game officials changed the infraction to a flagrant foul penalty 1 for what was deemed to be “an elbow above the waist.”

Morehead State senior Lamont Austin canned both free-throw attempts to knot the tilt at 45. Junior Marsell Holden then knocked down a three-pointer 13 seconds later to give MSU a five-point possession and a lead it didn’t relinquish the rest of the evening.

“Marsell’s three off a set play was huge, we made several big free throws down the stretch and we got critical stops when we needed them,” Morehead State Head Coach Donnie Tyndall said.

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Caron Butler Kisses Eric Bledsoe on "Kiss Cam"

Watch as Caron Butler kisses former Kentucky star Eric Bledsoe on the Los Angeles Clippers' "Kiss Cam" during a recent game:

Scouts Say Davis Will Go No. 1, Jones' Stock Has Dropped


SI.com has spoken to several NBA scouts to get some thoughts on current college stars.

The scouts predict that Kentucky's Anthony Davis will almost certainly be the top pick.

On the flip side, scouts feel that Terrence Jones' stock has dropped this season.

Here are some excerpts:

1. Will Anthony Davis go No. 1?

In short, yes. At mid-February, Davis hasn't just emerged as a franchise-changing selection; he's separated himself as the unquestioned frontrunner among 2012 NBA prospects, according to the two scouts that spoke to SI.com. Davis' shot-blocking is unparalleled, and his offense is remarkably efficient: He's averaging 14 points despite taking just 8.27 field-goal attempts per game.

While other top candidates have displayed flaws -- UConn's Andre Drummond lacks a back-to-the-basket repertoire; UNC's Harrison Barnes can be one-dimensional at times -- Davis has done nothing but impress. His ball-handling is superior to most bigs (an attribute of his late growth spurt), and he's rapidly improving as a shooter. After making 59 percent of his free throws in his first 13 games, he's hit 78 percent in his last 13.

"Between the skills he has which are readymade -- his length and athletic ability and shot-blocking and rebounding -- and the potential that is yet to be tapped, it's Anthony Davis and everybody else," said one of the NBA scouts. "He's going No. 1."

8. Which player's stock has dropped the most this season?

Then there's Terrence Jones, Kentucky's sophomore enigma. He's been wildly erratic despite his team's success, and has routinely underwhelmed in season-defining contests. Jones' performances against UNC, Indiana, Louisville and Florida are listed below, exemplifying -- and perhaps permeating -- growing concerns about his malaise.

"You would think that he would see how hard [Michael] Kidd-Gilchrist plays and how hard Davis plays and realize he needs to step up his game," said a scout. "But he mentally checks out. If he's doing that at the college level, imagine what he's gonna do once he gets paid."


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OVC Will Go to Divisional Format for Men's Basketball


The Ohio Valley Conference has announced plans to go to a divisional format in men's basketball for next season.

The league will have East and West divisions beginning in the 2012-13 season.

Morehead State and Eastern Kentucky will compete in the East division with Belmont, Jacksonville State, Tennessee State and Tennessee Tech.

Murray State will be in the West division with Austin Peay, Eastern Illinois, SEMO, SIU Edwardsville and UT-Martin.

Divisions for OVC Basketball in 2012-13

East

Belmont
Eastern Kentucky
Jacksonville State
Morehead State
Tennessee State
Tennessee Tech

West

Austin Peay
Eastern Illinois
Murray State
Southeast Missouri
SIUE
UT Martin

Release from the OVC

Murray State Captures Third Straight OVC Regular Season Title


(16) Murray State 75
SE Missouri State 66

Final from Cape Girardeau, Missouri


Game recap by MSU:

The Murray State Racers recorded a 75-66 win Saturday at Southeast Missouri State at the Show Me Center in Cape Girardeau, Mo., and wrapped up the outright Ohio Valley Conference regular season championship for the third straight season.

The victory for MSU (25-1) gives them a third straight outright title for the first time since 1992. The Racers have won 23 overall OVC regular season titles, the most in the history of the league.

The Racers got a game-high 25 points from Donte Poole on 7-of-13 shooting including 4-of-6 from three point range.

It was Poole's big first half that saw him hit all four threes to help the Racers to a 32-22 lead at the half.

In the second half when the Redhawks cut the MSU lead to five with 17:32 remaining, Jewuan Long went to work with back-to-back baskets in a 10-3 run for a 13-point lead with 12:17 left. SEMO got as close as five points with 6:42 left, but the Racers were stellar from the free throw line and hit 9-of-10 to seal a 13-1 league mark.

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Union College Overwhelms Point University


Union College 82
Point University 59

Final from East Point, Georgia


Game recap by UC:

EAST POINT, Ga. -- The Union College men's basketball team was dominant all night, as they posted a convincing 82-59 win at Point (Ga.) on Wednesday evening in Appalachian Athletic Conference action.

With the win, the Bulldogs improved to 8-21 on the year, 5-10 in the AAC. Point fell to 8-21 overall, 4-11 in the AAC with the defeat.

The victory marked the first time all year Union won away from Robsion Arena, (coming in they were 0-14 in true road contests, and 0-2 in away neutral site games). The win was also the second straight for the Bulldogs, (they defeated Milligan last week, 72-56), which marked the first time they've won back-to-back games since consecutive wins against Brescia and Berea back in November.

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Eastern Kentucky Comes Up Short at Tennessee Tech


Tennessee Tech 74
Eastern Kentucky 67

Final from Cookeville, Tennessee


Game recap by EKU:

COOKEVILLE, Tenn. – Host Tennessee Tech led seemingly from start to finish in a 74-67 win over the Eastern Kentucky University men’s basketball team Wednesday night in the Eblen Center. The Colonels (14-14, 6-8 OVC) have now dropped three straight league games.

Tennessee Tech (17-11, 9-6) shot 53.2 percent (25-of-47) from the floor, including 59.1 percent in the second half to hold off the Colonels.

Jud Dillard led TTU with his eighth double-double of the season – 20 points and 10 rebounds. Zach Bailey came off the bench to chip in with a season-best 17 points. Meanwhile, Kevin Murphy, the OVC’s leading scorer at 21.0 ppg, only managed to score five points.

Senior Jaron Jones paced Eastern Kentucky with 21 points, marking the 11th time he has reached the 20-point plateau in 2011-12. Fellow senior Joshua Jones added 11 points and a team-high six rebounds.

Eastern led twice early in the contest at 3-2 and 5-4, but Tennessee Tech regrouped to go up by nine points, 23-14. However, EKU rallied and capitalized on a Joshua Jones steal and lay-up right before halftime to make the score, 34-30.

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Wednesday, February 15, 2012

Prepforce.com Talks to Kentucky Signee Willie Cauley


Prepforce.com catches up with University of Kentucky signee Willie Cauley:

Here is an excerpt of the interview:

Prep Force: Who is your celebrity crush?
Willie Cauley: Megan Good

PF: Who is your favorite athlete?
WC: Stephen Curry

PF: What’s your favorite food?
WC: Chinese food

PF: What food do you eat on gamedays?
WC: Subway and Skittles

PF: What TV shows do you watch consistently?
WC: Wayans Brothers, How I Met Your Mother

PF: Whats your favorite thing to do when not playing sports?
WC: Hangout and draw

PF: Who is the best player you have ever played against?
WC: Anthony Davis

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Jodie Meeks Not Invited to NBA Three-Point Contest


Former Kentucky star Jodie Meeks is not among the participants announced for the NBA Three-Point Contest.

The announced participants are defending champion James Jones, Joe Johnson, Kevin Love, Ryan Anderson, Anthony Morrow and Mario Chalmers.

Meeks is 58-134 (43.3%) from long range. He has a better percentage than everyone in the field except Chalmers.

Source

Transylvania Continues to Roll, Defeats Hanover


(14) Transylvania 74
Hanover 65

Final from Hanover, Indiana


Game recap by Transy:

HANOVER, Ind. - Brandon Rash scored a team high 21 points Wednesday, including the go-ahead three-pointer with 3:42 to play, as Transylvania rallied for a 74-65 win over Hanover in men's Heartland Conference basketball action.

The Pioneers (22-2, 16-1), winners of 11straight games, came into the contest ranked 14th in the country and have already clinched the HCAC regular season crown while the Panthers (16-7, 12-5) have locked up the No. 2 seed. Both teams have a bye into the semifinals of the Heartland Conference Tournament next week.

Transy came into the contest ranked No. 4 in the region while Hanover was No. 7.

Transy led from the opening buzzer through the first five minutes of the second half before the Panthers rallied, going ahead for the first time at the 15:03 mark, 47-45. Hanover maintained a lead of as many as six until Transy's Chris Owens converted a layup for a 59-59 tie with 4:20 to go.

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Kenneth Faried Named Kentucky Sportsman of the Year


Former Morehead State star Kenneth Faried has been named 2011 Lexington Herald-Leader Kentucky Sportsman of the Year by the state's media.

The honor was announced earlier tonight at the Bluegrass Sports Awards banquet.

Kentucky head coach John Calipari finished just behind Faried and Bellarmine head coach Scott Davenport finished third in the voting.

Former Kentucky big man Josh Harrellson was fourth and Bob Beatty rounded out the top five.

University of Pikeville head coach Kelly Wells finished seventh in the voting. Butler standout Shelvin Mack was eighth.

Here is an excerpt from Kentucky.com:

The ex-Morehead State star won because he was ranked in the top four on 40 ballots (including 17 second-place votes) and was listed on the most ballots overall — 70 of the 93 that were cast. Calipari was named on 61 ballots and Davenport 53.

Faried ended his MSU career with 1,673 rebounds, the NCAA "modern record" (since 1973). When Denver selected him No. 22 overall, Faried became the first Morehead player ever taken in the first round of an NBA Draft. The ex-MSU big man also left Morehead with his degree.

"Faried is one of the most competitive basketball players I have ever seen in person," wrote Howie Lindsey of Louisville SportsReport (Rivals).

Added Ron Bailey of The Ledger Independent in Maysville: "Faried not only left a lasting legacy on Morehead, but on college basketball."

2011 Kentucky Sportsman of the Year: Kenneth Faried

John Calipari Talks About Open Practice and More


Here are John Calipari's comments following today's open practice, which was streamed live on WKYT, ESPNU and ESPN3:

On how much of this practice is about keeping an edge for his players …
“That’s the whole idea. It kind of mushrooms like everything else we seem to do around here. But it was only supposed to be an open practice. I want the students into it. I want our players alert and focused and to not get numb through the week. Our practices are pretty consistent in how we go about it and that’s what I was feeling. It turned into, ‘Why don’t we call (WKYT General Manager) Wayne Martin?’ and then its like, ‘Why don’t we call ESPN?’ and then its like, ‘I bet you it rates higher than games.’ It’s crazy. It’s Kentucky. That’s the Kentucky Effect.”

On how useful it might be to have recruits be able to watch this practice …
“Unless they’re not in school, and that’s probably someone we don’t want, I would tell you that most of them won’t see it, but our fans will see it. They’ll see it around the state. It’s funny, when we did the practice, the open practice, and streamed it, people went bonkers. And then they wanted it again. Right now, the response we’re getting, they’re getting mad that they couldn’t be here but there’s no parking. So, faculty would have gone bonkers if we opened it up, but they’re all wanting to see us practice. I don’t know what’s the big deal in this state about watching a practice but it’s a big deal. Like, ‘We’ll want to see how they practice and how you coach,’ and that’s what makes this place crazy. I would tell you, that this television will rate high. Let me say this, in this state it will rate high.”

On whether he’s paranoid about other people seeing his practice …
“If someone gets something from our practice that helps them help another player, I’m good with it. (It) doesn’t bother me at all.”

On whether he will have a microphone for the practice and if it will affect his tone …
“I will be mic’d. You’ve seen me in practice. The people who have been to my practice will say, ‘That’s exactly how he is in practice.’ When we did the stream, people would say, ‘It won’t be like his practice.’ Then people watched it and said, ‘That’s exactly how he practices.’ This’ll be 45 minutes of an hour of our practice and then we’ll do a little shooting contest with the kids and we’ll do some scrimmaging. It’ll be an hour and a half time, wrapped around some interviews and interviewing me at the end. It’ll be what we normally do.”

On whether or not he will incorporate the helmet …
“You know what, I’ve got to tell [Coach Robic] that if someone gets dunked on, to do the helmet. It’s good. You need to be in the meeting, I didn’t think about that.”

On whether he’s worried at all that this practice will be a distraction for the players …
“Well it’s not an abnormal practice. It’s our practice. It’s not abnormal that way. The stuff that surrounds us gets them more focused so we’re really not changing anything. This isn’t like okay let’s go have a volleyball game. We are practicing and you will see that. Then we’ll scrimmage a little bit. Here’s the thing, you might say, ‘Well what if this doesn’t work?’ I know the other doesn’t work because I lived it. The other thing we did absolutely didn’t work after North Carolina. I’m trying something different. Maybe it won’t work, but we’ll see.”

On whether he’ll look to do this again if it does work …
“If it’s allowed; it may not be allowed.”

On how far Kyle Wiltjer has come …
“Wow. He even will tell you if you talk to him. He’s getting to understand angles, staying down. He just has to get stronger. When he gets stronger from the waist down, you’re going to see one of the best players in the country. He will be one of the best because he’s one of the most skilled, he’s long, he’s tough, [compassionate], he runs. He just has to get stronger.”

On whether he’s feeling better about the number of things that could beat his team in March …
“The thing I would tell you is that the way we’re playing them, happy. But I’m not satisfied. I’m just not satisfied because I want to make sure that we’re getting better and I’m looking for areas, where can we grow? But, I’m happy with how we’re playing. To go on the road and show the kind of poise we showed, down four with a couple minutes to go. To play Florida, who is at the time playing everybody. To do the things that we’ve done this year with three freshmen starting, a freshman off the bench and two sophomores and then Darius [Miller]. I guess we could be more perfect but the reality is, I’m happy with how we’re playing but I’m not satisfied. I want us to improve on that.”

Asbury Pulls Out Key KIAC Win Over Alice Lloyd


Asbury University 69
Alice Lloyd College 59

Final from Wilmore, Kentucky


Game recap by Asbury:

WILMORE, Ky. – It wasn’t pretty but Asbury pulled out a 69-59 win over Alice Lloyd on Tuesday, keeping hopes alive for a first round home game in the KIAC Tournament. The Eagles never trailed in the second half as they limited Alice Lloyd to 30 percent shooting in the second half.

Dakotah Euton just missed his fourth straight game of 20 or more points with 19. Marquel Johnson also scored 19 points, knocking down five three-pointers on eight attempts. Euton also pulled down 13 rebounds and handed out a team-high four assists. Justin Jones also had 13 rebounds as the Eagles grabbed 55, including 17 offensive. Alice Lloyd pulled in only 41 rebounds.

Asbury (11-14, 5-6 KIAC) turned a 33-30 halftime lead into an 11 point lead just six minutes into the second half as Alice Lloyd started the half 1-for-11 from the field. The Eagles would keep Alice Lloyd at arm’s length for most of the half as Euton scored 12 of his 19 after halftime. Marquel Johnson poured in 16 of his 19 in the first half, allowing the Eagles to hold their halftime lead.

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New Kentucky Wildcats Theme Music? Check It Out

Check out this new UK anthem titled "WildCats" (via MarkBattlesMusic on YouTube):



My thoughts: Now this is actually a catchy tune....

Davis, Kidd-Gilchrist Named Finalists for Wayman Tisdale Award


Kentucky's Anthony Davis and Michael Kidd-Gilchrist have been named finalists for the Wayman Tisdale Award, which is given to the nation's top freshman.

They are joined in the final five by Austin Rivers (Duke), Tony Wroten (Washington) and Cody Zeller (Indiana).

Here is a release from UK:

LEXINGTON, KY – UK freshmen Anthony Davis and Michael Kidd-Gilchrist were named among five finalists for the 2012 Wayman Tisdale Award given to the nation’s top freshman as voted on by the United States Basketball Writers Association (USBWA).

Davis, a 6-foot-10, 222-pound freshman forward from Chicago, Ill., leads the country in blocks (127 and 4.9 per game) and ranks second in field goal percentage (.651). He leads the Wildcats in scoring (14.0 ppg), rebounding (9.9 rpg) and steals (38).

Kidd-Gilchrist, a 6-foot-7, 232-pound freshman forward from Somerdale, N.J. ranks second on the team in rebounding (7.7) and free throw percentage (.754 – 75 or more attempts) while ranking third in scoring (12.3), blocks (28) and steals (30).

The 2012 Wayman Tisdale Award will be presented at a gala banquet on Mon., April 16 at the National Cowboy and Western Heritage Museum in Oklahoma City. The announcement of the winner will come at the USBWA College Basketball Awards Breakfast on Fri., March 30 in New Orleans in conjunction with the NCAA Men's Final Four.

Kentucky returns to action on Saturday, hosting Ole Miss at Rupp Arena. Scheduled for a 4:00 p.m. ET tip, the game can be seen live on SEC Network.

Magic Could Waive Liggins or Orton if They Sign J.R. Smith


The Orlando Magic are one of several NBA teams that could potentially sign free agent guard J.R. Smith, according to Hoopsworld.com.

If the Magic sign Smith they will need to waive a player to clear space for him on the roster. According to the report, the Magic would likely waive Daniel Orton, DeAndre Liggins or Ish Smith.

Here is an excerpt from OrlandoPinStripedPost.com:

The Orlando Magic are one of several NBA teams that could sign free-agent shooting guard J.R. Smith in the coming days, reports Eric Pincus of HOOPSWORLD. Smith's Twitter profile lists Orlando among his potential landing spots, along with the Chicago Bulls, Indiana Pacers, Los Angeles Clippers, Los Angeles Lakers, and New York Knicks.

As Pincus notes, Orlando can offer Smith more money than any of the other teams on that list. If the Magic sign Smith, or any other free agent, they would need to waive a player to clear space for him on the roster. Pincus believes rookie center Daniel Orton, rookie guard DeAndre Liggins, or third-string point guard Ish Smith would be the most likely casualties.


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Jay Bilas Speaks the Truth, Says What All UK Fans Are Thinking


ESPN's Jay Bilas speaks the truth on Twitter:

JayBilas Kentucky PRACTICE televised on ESPNU today. Some NCAA committee will work feverishly to make it illegal in future. http://bit.ly/xJu920

In case you're wondering, Jay's link goes to this famous Allen Iverson clip:

St. Catharine Survives Overtime Thriller at Life University


St. Catharine 115
Life University 111 F/OT

Final from Marietta, Georgia


Game recap by Life:

Marietta, GA – The Life University Running Eagles (13-13) lost a heartbreaker in overtime by a final of 115-11 to St. Catharine College (13-10) on Valentine’s night. In overtime, St. Catharine got off to a sizzling start that Life just did not have the time to come back from even though they fought tooth and nail to the finish.

Hot starts were the theme of the night for St. Catharine, as Coach Barrett had to take a timeout just 1 minute and 55 seconds into the game to compose and motivate his team. However, Life came out of the timeout looking as if they were not at all fazed at St. Catharine’s 10-2 start.

Life responded from their early deficit by putting together a 25-11 run in the next 8 minutes and 30 seconds while taking a 49-41 lead into the locker room. However, their lead was quickly erased as St. Catharine opened the second-half even stronger than they did the first with a 17-5 run that put them ahead by a 59-54 score with 15 minutes remaining in regulation. Life once again responded with a run of their own, but were in a battle the rest of the evening as they went toe-to-toe with the Patriots and forced overtime after a 99-99 tie at the end of regulation.

“We played our hearts out,” said Coach Barrett of his team’s effort. “[…] we just did a bad job executing down the stretch when you can’t afford too.”

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Shabazz Muhammad Sets Official Visit to Kansas


Kentucky recruit Shabazz Muhammad will take an official visit to Kansas the weekend of February 25.

The Jayhawks will host Missouri during the visit.

Here is an excerpt from ZagsBlog.com:

The 6-foot-6 Muhammad will visit Kansas the weekend of Feb. 25 for the Missouri game, his father told SNY.tv.

“Coach [Bill] Self was out today for practice,” Ron Holmes told SNY.tv by text. “‘Bazz is going to visit Missouri game [for] official.”

He added: “Coach Self has always been a great coach and heads a great program. They have been recruiting Shabazz since he was a freshman. We’re looking forward to seeing the atmosphere in Lawrence for a big game.”


‘Bazz Sets Kansas Official

Kentucky Mr. Basketball Anthony Hickey Sinks Mississippi State


Former Kentucky Mr. Basketball Anthony Hickey hit a floater in the paint with 1.4 seconds left in overtime to give LSU a 69-67 win over Mississippi State on Tuesday night.

Hickey finished the game with 8 points, 3 rebounds and 2 steals.

The former Christian County star is averaging 9.7 points, 3.7 boards and 3.9 assists as a freshman for the Tigers (15-10, 5-6 SEC).

Transylvania Moves Up to No. 14 in National Poll


Transylvania University (21-2) has moved up one spot to No. 14 in this week's D3Hoops.com national poll.

D3Hoops.com NCAA Division III Poll

RANK SCHOOL (FIRST-PLACE VOTES) RECORD POINTS PREVIOUS
1 Hope (23) 22-1 623 1
2 Amherst (1) 22-2 579 6
3 MIT (1) 22-1 551 5
4 Middlebury 22-2 527 2
5 Mary Hardin-Baylor 22-1 512 8
6 Cabrini 23-1 494 7
7 Virginia Wesleyan 19-3 462 3
8 Birmingham-Southern 22-1 446 10
9 Wisconsin-Whitewater 20-3 429 4
10 Whitworth 20-3 419 9
11 Claremont-Mudd-Scripps 21-1 385 11
12 Wisconsin-Stevens Point 19-4 342 12
13 Franklin and Marshall 21-2 335 14
14 Transylvania 21-2 300 15
15 William Paterson 21-3 250 17
16 Oswego State 19-3 229 18
17 Augustana (Ill.) 18-5 189 20
18 Emory 18-4 143 23
19 Wisconsin-River Falls 18-5 138 25
20 Albertus Magnus 22-1 107 24
21 Wittenberg 18-5 89 22
22 Wooster 19-4 84 13
23 Randolph-Macon 19-4 77 NR
24 Washington-St. Louis 17-5 57 NR
25 Hartwick 22-2 50 NR

Others receiving votes: Western Connecticut 48, Keene State 44, Lake Forest 42, Wheaton (Ill.) 28, New York University 20, Bethany 19, Wesleyan 18, Illinois Wesleyan 15, Christopher Newport 14, Williams 10, Eastern Connecticut 9, Gustavus Adolphus 8, North Central (Ill.) 7, Rhode Island College 7, WPI 7, Lycoming 6, Wabash 4, Edgewood 1, Hobart 1.

Nets Waive Keith Bogans Day After Surgery


The New Jersey Nets waived former Kentucky star Keith Bogans on Tuesday, one day after Bogans underwent surgery to repair a torn deltoid ligament and a broken bone in his left ankle.

The Nets signed Andre Emmett to a 10-day contract to replace Bogans on the roster.

Bogans signed with the Nets as a free agent on February 1. He played in 5 games before suffering the injuring in a game on February 8.

Tuesday, February 14, 2012

New Footage of 2014 Kentucky Recruit Andrew Wiggins

Here is a new highlight tape of top 2014 recruit Andrew Wiggins - Kentucky has offered Wiggins a scholarship:

Bellarmine Stays on Top of NABC/DII Coaches Poll


Bellarmine University (22-1) remains on top of the NABC/Division II Coaches Poll this week. The Knights earned 7-of-8 first place votes.

Kentucky Wesleyan College (19-4) is down 5 spots to No. 12 this week.

Northern Kentucky University (19-4) is up to No. 15.

NABC/Division II Coaches Poll (Feb. 14, 2012)

Record Points Pvs

1. Bellarmine, Ky. (7 first place votes) 22-1 199 1
2. West Liberty, W.Va. (1 first place vote) 22-1 193 2
3. Winona State, Minn. 22-2 184 3
4. Colorado School of Mines 20-2 172 4
5. Tarleton State, Texas 21-2 163 5
6. Alabama-Huntsville 19-3 157 6
7. Midwestern State, Texas 20-2 148 9
8. Lincoln Memorial, Tenn. 22-2 140 8
9. Shaw, N.C. 20-2 131 12
10. Western Washington 22-3 122 15
11. Southern Indiana 19-4 114 14
12. Kentucky Wesleyan 19-4 109 7
13. Christian Brothers, Tenn. 18-4 92 10
14. Northwest Missouri State 19-3 91 18
15. Northern Kentucky 19-4 83 16
16. Missouri Southern 20-5 74 19
17. Indiana, Pa. 18-4 70 13
18. Metropolitan State, Colo. 19-5 63 11
19. Bowie State, Md. 19-4 59 21
20. Arkansas Tech 17-4 38 NR
21. Alaska-Anchorage 18-5 37 17
22. District of Columbia 19-3 23 NR
23. South Carolina Aiken 17-5 22 20
24. Anderson, S.C. 18-4 13 NR
25. Indianapolis, Ind. 16-7 12 22

Others receiving votes: Montevallo (Ala.) 9, Eckerd (Fla.) 8, Seattle Pacific (Wash.) 8, Charleston (W.Va.) 6, King (Tenn.) 6, West Georgia 6, Adelphi (N.Y.) 5, Dixie State (Utah) 5, LIU-C.W. Post (N.Y.) 5, Hillsdale (Mich.) 3, Chico State (Calif.) 1, Florida Tech 1, Franklin Pierce (N.H.) 1, St. Cloud State (Minn.) 1

John Calipari Watching Julius Randle and the Harrison Twins


University of Kentucky head coach John Calipari, who seemingly never takes a break, is in Texas tonight to watch a trio of top 10 recruits in the 2013 class.

Calipari is currently watching twin brothers Andrew and Aaron Harrison. After the game, he's expected to check out Julius Randle.

Andrew Harrison is a 6-5 point guard at Travis (Tex.) High School. He is the top-rated player in the 2013 recruiting class according to Rivals.com.

Andrew's brother and teammate Aaron is a 6-5 shooting guard. He currently ranks No. 7 on the Rivals.com list.

Parker is a 6-8 power forward at Prestonwood (Tex.) Christian Academy. He ranks No. 4 overall on the Rivals.com list for 2013.

Garrett Tucker of NationofBlue.com confirmed with Randle that Calipari is expected at his game tonight:

GTuckersports Just confirmed that John Calipari & Kentucky staff will watch 2013 star Julius Randle of Prestonwood (TX) tonight

DeMarcus Cousins Likes Romance on Valentine's Day

Former Kentucky star DeMarcus Cousins describes his perfect Valentine's Day (hint: white roses, moonlight, walking on the beach, listening to the violin, horse carriage ride with white horse, a lot of kisses and hugs....and Twinkies):

Calipari Says Davis Posters Will Be Distributed on Wednesday


Kentucky head coach John Calipari announced on Twitter this afternoon that a "few hundred" Anthony Davis posters will be randomly distributed at Wednesday's practice/scrimmage at Memorial Coliseum.

Here are some updates from Calipari on Twitter:

UKCoachCalipari After our initial distribution of the @AntDavis23 posters last week, we now have a few hundred posters left ...

UKCoachCalipari ... & will randomly distribute what we have remaining to those in attendance at Wednesday’s practice/scrimmage in Memorial Coliseum.

UKCoachCalipari Doors open at 2 pm ET on Wednesday and the practice/scrimmage is from 3-5 pm ET on WKYT in Lexington & ESPNU

UKCoachCalipari Due to popular demand, we are extending the Memorial Coliseum ticket window on Euclid Avenue for two hours to 6 pm ET. #WeAreUK

Troy Williams Names Kentucky, Breaks Down Final Five

Troy Williams, a 6-6 small forward at Phoebus (Va.) High School, recently named Kentucky on his final list of five schools.

He recently broke down his list to FiveStarBasketball.com:



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

"Tough Guy" DeAndre Liggins Had Difficult Path to the NBA


OrlandoSentinel.com has a great article about former Kentucky star DeAndre Liggins and the adversity he has overcome to find a home in the NBA.

Liggins wears No. 34 to honor his late brother, Maurice. His brother was gunned down on school grounds in Chicago while trying to defend his sister.

Here is an excerpt:

"[Maurice] makes me work harder. If not for him, I couldn't be here. I guess everything happens for a reason," Liggins said.

He has an image of Maurice's face tattooed on his right shoulder.

Liggins will tell you that it was Maurice who was destined to become a star. DeAndre was content to play pickup games in the street until that fateful day.

"He was the guy; I was just a regular kid," Liggins said. "I didn't know how good I was. I wasn't playing any kind of structured basketball. I was playing for fun. …[Maurice] was playing to go somewhere.

"When he passed, I had to follow his dreams."


Brian Schmitz: Tough guy Liggins overcomes tragedy

Six Mid-South Conference Teams Received Votes This Week


The Mid-South Conference has six teams that are either ranked or receiving votes in the NAIA Division I Men's Basketball Coaches' Top 25 Poll this week.

2011 - 12 NAIA Division I Men's Basketball Coaches' Top 25 Poll - (Feb. 13)

RANK LAST WEEK SCHOOL (1ST PLACE VOTES) 2011 – 12 RECORD TOTAL POINTS
1 2 Shorter (Ga.) (10) 24-1 311
2 3 Oklahoma Baptist (1) 22-3 302
3 1 Robert Morris (Ill.) (1) 23-2 292
4 4 Southern Poly (Ga.) 20-4 281
5 6 Rogers State (Okla.) 20-4 268
6 7 Martin Methodist (Tenn.) 20-5 259
7 5 Our Lady of the Lake (Texas) 20-5 252
8 9 Westmont (Calif.) 18-5 235
9 10 Mountain State (W.Va.) 20-6 231
10 8 Georgetown (Ky.) 19-6 220
11 16 Concordia (Calif.) 20-5 212
12 13 Texas Wesleyan 20-4 202
13 15 John Brown (Ark.) 21-5 197
14 17 Lee (Tenn.) 18-5 167
15 24 Montana Western 20-7 155
16 12 Lindsey Wilson (Ky.) 16-8 152
17 11 Azusa Pacific (Calif.) 20-6 149
18 19 Tougaloo (Miss.) 21-5 144
19 18 LSU Shreveport (La.) 18-6 141
20 21 Columbia (Mo.) 20-6 130
21 20 MidAmerica Nazarene (Kan.) 19-7 115
22 13 Montana State-Northern 20-6 98
23 23 Southern Nazarene (Okla.) 18-8 97
24 RV Cumberlands (Ky.) 15-9 63
25 25 Xavier (La.) 18-7 57

Others receiving votes: Saint Xavier (Ill.) 50; Evangel (Mo.) 35; Campbellsville (Ky.) 29; Point Loma Nazarene (Calif.) 22; Cumberland (Tenn.) 19; Union (Tenn.) 18; SAGU (Texas) 13; Westminster (Utah) 8; Biola (Calif.) 8; Cal State San Marcos 7; Baker (Kan.) 3; St. Thomas (Texas) 1; Oklahoma Christian 1; Pikeville (Ky.) 1; Great Falls (Mont.) 1; Science & Arts (Okla.) 1; Freed-Hardeman (Tenn.) 1; Missouri Baptist 1; Voorhees (S.C.) 1; St. Catharine (Ky.) 1.

Transy Hammers Manchester, Clinches HCAC Championship


(15) Transylvania 72
Manchester 52

Final from Lexington, Kentucky


Game recap by Transy:

LEXINGTON, Ky. -No. 15 Transylvania won its 10th game in a row Saturday, taking a 72-52 win over Manchester and clinching the Heartland Conference regular season championship in men's Heartland Conference basketball action at the Beck Center.

Transy (21-2, 15-1 HCAC), who came into the game with the sixth-highest three- point percentage (41.3) in the country, shot a blazing 50 percent (13-of-26) from beyond the arc on the afternoon. Sharpshooters Barrett Meyer (17 points) and Tate Cox (15) shot a combined 10-of-16 from downtown.

Manchester falls to 9-14, 7-9 HCAC.

The Pioneers clinched their first HCAC regular season championship since 2009 when Hanover lost to Bluffton to fall three games back with two to play.

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