Saturday, February 25, 2012

John Calipari Talks About Win Over Vandy and More


Here are John Calipari's postgame comments following Kentucky's win over Vanderbilt this afternoon:

Q. We are used to what Anthony (Davis) does defensively; what about the way he played offensively today?

COACH CALIPARI: I've been holding him back. I'm trying to get him to stay in school another year.

After the game, I just told everybody, they did what they did, and how good, and I said, "You were pretty good, too." And the whole team started laughing. They thought it was hysterical.

He's a good kid. He's just unselfish. He only took 11 shots; he made 10. You tell me, if you're that kid, blocking shots, rebounding balls, you're not trying to take 20 shots?

And then I couldn't get mad at Marquis Teague for holding the ball to get two more points. You understand, he held that ball to get fouled. He could have thrown it to Darius (Miller), and he's like, no, I'm getting two more myself.

And when I called him over, I said, "I know what you just did, you'd better make these two free throws. That's why he started laughing, and he made them. And after the game I said, you played so well, I'm good with that. Let the kids score a couple baskets. Let them score a couple points. But you know, it was a good effort.

And let me say this: You see how good Vanderbilt is? Can you see how good they are? I mean, in the NCAA Tournament, they are going to advance. I mean, that is a ball team, and they shoot it; they make their free throws. They had seven turnovers, and we are a pretty good defensive team. They had seven turnovers. Are you kidding me? They are turning people over 15 times. We didn't press a whole lot but that's not how we play. They are good.

Q. Can you talk about the way Marquis (Teague) came back and played after three turnovers in the first three minutes and you sat him down?

COACH CALIPARI: I said it, one turnover the rest of the game. I just felt our shoot around was just so-so, and I felt at the pregame, when I talked to them before they went on the court, I didn't like the stare I got from two or three of the guys.

So at the beginning of the game, I knew what was happening. And I just told them, I said, hey, I took guys out, I sat Terrence (Jones) out, and you know, you've got to be ready to play every game. You've got to figure it out.

Here is what the deal is. Noon games, hard to play. So? Guess what. In New Orleans, when will we be playing? Noon. Okay. Then, in the NCAA Tournament, probably noon. We play early games. So, be ready for it. You can't use that as an excuse, it's an afternoon game.

Q. Veteran teams often make plays at the end of shot clock, come up with big plays. Your team has done it consistently despite being relatively young. How rare is that and how often do you see young guys continue to make those plays over and over again?

COACH CALIPARI: This team is the most efficient team in the country on offense and defense and it's really only because they are talented.

They play together, they play off of one another, they make easy plays defensively. They are talking more. But we just have to have everybody ready to go to war, every game. We don't have many left. Two more league games, hopefully some in the tournament, and then we play on the real stage. We don't have many left.

Q. You talk about guys maybe not being ready to play at the beginning of the game. You've always talked about how they have a will to win. Can sometimes you rely too much on will to win?

COACH CALIPARI: That was my fear to start this game. But the way we finished, and we played so well down the stretch, I wasn't going to get upset with them.

The other side of it, I looked at my staff and I said, you know, I'd like to let this one go, the way they started, to prove a point. I'm about to let this one go, and then I said, I can't. I just don't have that in me.

But, believe me. I said to my staff, because you've got to learn a lesson from it. But their will to win; their ability to execute down the stretch and defend and take everything up a notch, you know, is pretty amazing.

Q. Yet again Darius (Miller), zero points, 10 minutes ago and then he turns it on. What is it about him that he does that?

COACH CALIPARI: I don't know. I mean, I was upset with him in the first half because I thought he had passed up two shots, and he did, because he was 0 for 5. I said, that's the old you. You've got to keep shooting. You can't keep doing that to your team.

Doron (Lamb), I thought he played a poor first half, too. Couldn't make a shot but then again defensively in a three-minute span, gave up three baskets. And I didn't think Darius (Miller) played well in the first half -- or Terrence (Jones). I thought Michael (Kidd-)Gilchrist fought like crazy.

You know what's good about this one? Just like down at Mississippi State where Marquis Teague sat and watched the end of the game, Michael Gilchrist probably played a minute in the last seven, eight minutes of the game and we won without him on the court. And he cheered just like Marquis Teague. He cheered harder than anybody on that bench. And I also thought, which was good, Eloy (Vargas) did a good job, went in there and banged and did some good stuff.

Q. What did Mike (Kidd-Gilchrist) do on the play where -- did he bang knees, or did he do something else what was that injury?

COACH CALIPARI: He just hit knees. But I said -- I'm in the time-out, I said, "Is Michael okay?"

"Yeah, he's ready to go."

I went, "What?" He acted like he got shot. "Ready to go?" I said, "Run up and down the court." I wanted him to run to see that he wasn't fooling me. I'm like, I shook my head, I said, Oh, my gosh, okay, go back in.

Q. I know you don't put too much significance on conference achievements, but how do you look at this in terms of the way it sets you up for March?

COACH CALIPARI: Every game we play, it's all about seeding. And that's -- we are just playing for that. I mean, we have won over the years a lot of conference championships and tournament championships, but I'm telling you, my teams have never -- that isn't what we are playing for. It's all about that seed.

So hopefully we are doing what we need to. Getting better. It's nice, I told him, congratulations, but you all know, this is not why we are playing, and they know that.

Q. RE: On if he cares about being the overall No. 1 seed or just a No. 1 seed ...

COACH CALIPARI: Somebody told me out west, they said we are the favorite. Somebody said that to me. And I obviously don't follow that stuff. But the crazy thing is, they don't have any emotion out that way. It's all based on green dollars. They have no emotion. There's no, I don't like this guy, and I like that guy, and I don't like this program and I like that program. It has nothing to do with that.

So, I don't know. Let me just tell you, Syracuse is outstanding; Missouri is outstanding; Kansas is outstanding, Ohio State is outstanding; Duke and North Carolina, outstanding, Michigan State is playing their butts off. Everybody could be a 1-1 seed. We are just trying to do what we do.

The Donnie Tyndall Show - February 24th Edition

Check out The Donnie Tyndall Show for this week as the Morehead State head coach talks Eagles basketball:



Career Day from Davis Propels UK to Win Over Vanderbilt and SEC Regular Season Title


(1) Kentucky 83
Vanderbilt 74

Final from Lexington, Kentucky


The top-ranked Kentucky Wildcats sealed up the Southeastern Conference regular season championship with an 83-74 win over Vanderbilt on Saturday afternoon.

Vanderbilt (20-9, 9-5 SEC) trailed 66-65 with 4:22 remaining before Anthony Davis nailed a critical jumper. The Wildcats made free throws late to pull away for the final margin.

Davis scored a career-high 28 points to lead Kentucky (28-1, 14-0 SEC). Davis also pulled down 11 rebounds and blocked 6 shots.

Marquis Teague added 16 points and 6 assists for UK. Terrence Jones chipped in 12 points. Darius Miller scored all 9 of his points in the second half.

Kentucky was an impressive 32-56 (57.1%) from the field and 17-20 (85%) from the free throw line. The Wildcats our-rebounded Vandy 33-23.

Jeffery Taylor led the Commodores with 19 points and 9 boards. John Jenkins added 18 points. Festus Ezeli finished with 15.

Kentucky returns to action on Thursday for a senior night game against the Georgia Bulldogs.

KCU Advances to NCCAA Mid East Regional Title Game


Kentucky Christian 96
Crown College 79

Final from Louisville, Kentucky

NCCAA Mid East Regional Tournament


Game recap by KCU:

The Kentucky Christian men’s basketball team had to face Crown College on Friday afternoon in the semi-final game of the Mid East Regional Tournament. The game was going to be a tough one, the Knights and Crown split their two regular season games, each winning on their opponent’s home court. If the Knights wanted to win they knew they had to play hard and smart against a deep Crown bench.

Crown got an early five point lead on KCU and it started to look like Crown was going to pull away with the victory but the Knights buckled down and went on a 12-0 run to get a seven point lead and the Knights did not look back. To maintain the lead the Knights needed every player to step up and play their best, and they did. The three leaders of the team really stepped up with their offense, Clay McKinzie score 23, Drew Johnson had 25, and Blandon Clemons 27 to lead the Knights to the 96-79 victory.

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Transylvania to Play Anderson in HCAC Tournament


Transylvania University will battle Anderson in the semifinal round of the Heartland Collegiate Athletic Conference Tournament tonight at 7:00 p.m. ET.

Anderson defeated fourth-seeded Bluffton 69-67 on Friday night.

AS regular season conference champions, Transy is hosting the tournament in Lexington. The winning team earns an automatic bid to the NCAA Division III Championships.

Men's Conference Tournament Schedule

Friday, Feb. 24 (Opening Round at Transylvania)

Game 1: #6 Defiance vs. #3 Rose-Hulman Rose-Hulman, 76-67
Game 2: #5 Anderson vs. #4 Bluffton Anderson, 69-67

Saturday, Feb. 25 (Semifinals at Transylvania)

Game 3: #3 Rose-Hulman vs. #2 Hanover 5:00 PM
Game 4: #5 Anderson at #1 Transylvania 7:00 PM

Sunday, Feb. 26 (Final game at Transylvania)

Game 5: Game 3 winner vs. Game 4 winner 2:00 PM

TICKETS

Tickets are $5 for adults and $4 for students 12 and over and for senior citizens (per session). Students, faculty, and staff from HCAC schools will be admitted free with a valid college ID. Students and 11 and under are also admitted free.

Tournament Site

Former Wildcats Play Well in Rising Stars Challenge


Former Kentucky stars John Wall and DeMarcus Cousins played well in the NBA's Rising Stars Challenge on Friday night.

Wall and Cousins helped lead Team Chuck to a 146-133 win over Team Shaq, which included former UK point guard Brandon Knight.

Wall had 17 points, 8 assists, 6 rebounds and 2 blocked shots in just under 27 minutes of action. Cousins added 18 points and 11 boards.

Kyrie Irving was named MVP of the game after going 12-13 from the field, including 8-8 from long range, to finish with 34 points.

Knight finished with 14 points and 7 assists for Team Shaq.

Watch this insane dunk by John Wall:

Centre College Downs Austin in SCAC Quarterfinals


Centre College 56
Austin College 52

Final from Birmgingham, Alabama

SCAC Tournament Quarterfinals


Game recap by Centre:

The Centre men's basketball team will move on to the semifinals of the SCAC Tournament after holding off an Austin comeback to capture a 56-52 win Friday in Birmingham, Ala.

The Colonels appeared to have the game well in hand, leading by as many as 16 points on four occasions in the second half, but a cold shooting stretch would allow Austin to get back in the game.

Centre was leading 45-31 just inside of 11 minutes to play when Austin went on an 18-3 run, briefly taking back the lead at 49-48 with 3:23 to play. During the eight minute stretch, Centre managed just a 3-pointer from Bryon Ellis (Russell Springs, Ky.) as the team went 1-for-8 from the field and 0-for-3 at the line.

Just as quickly as they had lost the lead though, the Colonels were able to take it back for good on the other end on the other end on a layup by Chris Taylor (Louisville, Ky.) who led the team with 13 points off the bench. Centre was able to force turnovers on the next two Austin possessions and go up by three on a layup by Greg Ross (Cincinnati, Ohio) with 1:25 to play.

After Ross blocked an Austin shot, Donovan Whiteside (Knoxville, Tenn.) buried a pair of free throws to put Centre up 54-49 with 31 seconds to play. Austin's Walter Phillips made a 3-pointer, but Whiteside buried two more free throws to get the margin back to two possessions with just 10 seconds remaining. Those free throws were key for a Centre team that struggled at the line, shooting an uncharacteristic 8-for-21 from the line after coming in as the top free throw shooting team in the conference at 76 percent.

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Kentucky Players Are Ready for Vanderbilt


Here are pregame comments from Kentucky's Darius Miller, Anthony Davis and Marquis Teague as the Cats prepare to host Vanderbilt:

#1 Darius Miller, G, Sr.

On his thoughts coming into this game …
“It’s going to be a tough game. They played us really well last time and we have to come out ready to go.”

On what he knows about Vandy having played them already …
“I know they’re going to be ready to go. They can shoot the ball extremely well, so we’re going to try and take that away from them and we’re going to have to keep them off the glass too.”

On if they continue to use that Indiana loss as motivation when games get close …
“Definitely. That was a tough loss for us, especially at the end like that when we thought we had a chance to win. We felt like we battled towards the end of the game to get in position to win, so we don’t want to feel that again. I know we don’t need another loss for us to stay motivated. We stay motivated each and every day in practice going up against each other. So I don’t feel like we need a loss – hopefully we can keep it going.”

On what it means to have that will to win especially with so many young guys on the team …
“It means a lot for us especially how you said with how young the team is; for them to want that bad and be hungry for wins, it helps us a lot. We all feed off of each other and it seems like towards the end of the game, we all focus in on what we need to do to get a win.”

On where Vanderbilt ranks among the top teams in the SEC after having played everyone this year …
“Definitely one of the top teams. They shoot the ball extremely well. We can’t allow them to be comfortable or they’ll continue to knock down shots which is where they are going to hurt us. We also have to do a better job of keeping them off the glass.”

#23 Anthony Davis, F, Fr.

On what they can expect from Vanderbilt …
“Physicality. The same way we went in there making shots and being physical around the rim, rebounding. Same way we played down there the same way it’s going to be here. We’ll just have our crowd instead of theirs.”

On what he knows now about Vanderbilt’s Festus Ezeli …
“He’ll try to use his strength to get around the rim. When you double team the post, it’s hard for him to score from the outside – he has to be near the rim. So that’s what we did the whole game when we went down there. Just trying to keep him away from the basket and keep him outside the paint.”

On how they deal with all the expectations they’re facing individually and as a team …
“Just keep working. There are a lot of expectations for me and for this team, so we just have to keep working. You can never take days off, that’s why we’re always in here before practice getting work in.”

On if their mind is “National Title or Bust” at this point in the season …
“I mean, we have a chance of doing it. We’re playing excellent right now. We just have to keep coming out and playing the way we know how to play.”

#25 Marquis Teague, G, Fr.

On how well opponents play against Kentucky …
“We know every team that we play is going to hit a lot shots that they normally don’t make because they’re pumped to play us. They’re going to play out of their minds and we know that’s coming. Some games a team might do like Mississippi State and do more than normal. Some other games, they might not go in. We’ve just got to be prepared for whatever happens.”

On fighting through stretches where opponents are making difficult shots …
“That’s what Coach Cal says before every game, ‘See if they can do it for 40 minutes.’ We’re going to defend and make it tough on them. If they make tough shots, we got another game next week.”

On whether John Calipari’s message of UK being a big game for every opponent helps prepare the team to face it …
“We know what to expect every game. We’re going to get everybody’s best shot. Everybody’s going to come pumped to play us and wanting to knock us off. We’ve got to come prepared every game.”

Thomas More College Advances to PAC Title Game


Thomas More 75
Saint Vincent 70

Final from Crestview Hills, Kentucky


Game recap by TMC:

(CRESTVIEW HILLS, Ky.) - Junior small forward Phil Feinberg (Tempe, Ariz./Corona Del Sol) scored a career-high-tying 25 points to lead the third-seeded Thomas More College men's basketball team to a 75-70, win over fourth-seeded Saint Vincent College tonight (Thursday, February 23, 2012) in a Presidents' Athletic Conference (PAC) Championship Tournament semifinal game at the Connor Convocation Center in Crestview Hills, Kentucky.

With the win, the Saints improve to 20-7 and advance to the PAC Championship Tournament's championship game where they will play top-seeded Bethany College on Saturday (February 25) at 7:30 p.m. in Bethany, West Virginia. With the loss, the Bearcats end the season at 19-8.

Saint Vincent jumped out to an early 17-8 lead when Tauvon Pettiford made a jumper with 14:36 to play in the opening half. Thomas More answered with a 14-2 run capped by a lay-up by junior shooting guard Ross Renken (Cincinnati, Ohio/Oak Hills) to take a 22-19 lead with 9:16 to play in the first half. The Bearcats closed out the half on a 16-10 run to take a 35-32 lead at halftime when Chris Klimchock made a jumper with 1:26 to play in the half.

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Friday, February 24, 2012

Calipari is Best Coach in America at Recruiting and Player Development; Rick Pitino Ranks No. 37



Kentucky head coach John Calipari tops RealGM.com's 2012 Recruiting and Player Development rankings.

Here are the top 10 coaches in America (click to enlarge):



Louisville's Rick Pitino ranks No. 37 on the list.

How the Rankings Were Compiled

John Calipari Talks About Vanderbilt Game and More


Here are John Calipari's pregame comments as Kentucky gets ready to host a good Vanderbilt team on Saturday:

On the technical fouls against Mississippi State
“I guess (Anthony Davis) held on to the rim, I just moved on. My point is, he is running so fast he needs to hold on to the rim. If anybody touched him and don’t say you should know if the guy is behind you because you don’t. If you are running that fast you should have the right to hold on to the rim and he was. They called it, it’s too bad, it didn’t affect the game, it almost did but it didn’t. We move on. All I’m telling you is when you are running that fast, let go, the guy clips him and he breaks his head open to never play basketball again or he can hold on to the rim. If there is any doubt you should let it go.”

On Marquis Teague
“He did OK, he made some shots, he made some lay-ups, he had a couple turnovers at some inopportune times but the only reason he didn’t play the last six, seven minutes is how we played, it had nothing to do with him. The greatest part of it is how he cheered. He was in to every possession down the stretch, cheering his team on. Here is a guy that has been out there in every one of those situations all year and in this situation we didn’t need him out there because the team was playing well and he did great and was great about it. I told the team right after the game, he wasn’t out because of him, he was out because you all played well. But that’s happened to Terrence (Jones), Doron (Lamb), Darius (Miller), it’s happened to Michael (Kidd-Gilchrist). It’s good.”

On Vanderbilt
“They’re good, Vandy is good. I watched their game with Mississippi, they were up by 40. (Jeffery) Taylor was unbelievable, (John) Jenkins did his thing, they all did, (Festus) Ezeli did his thing. They are a good team; they are a really good team. They dropped one or two that they shouldn’t have but everybody does that, they are not machines. It’s like Mississippi State, after our game they said, if we play like this we will be fine. Vandy, believe me, they are coming here with one thought, they are winning this game, they are going to beat the team that is leading the league. We are just going to come in and play as hard as we can and hopefully play well.”

On if it would be good to suffer a loss before the NCAA Tournament
“It depends on how you lose, if another team comes in and plays out of their minds and you play well and they beat you then its fine and you just move on. Now if it’s because you were flat and you weren’t ready to play and you got sand kicked in your face and that’s how you lost then no it’s not a good loss. But to have somebody come play really well and we play really well and they squeeze a game out somehow it is not that big of a deal. We’d move on to the next game. This is about my team getting better, that’s all we need to deal with, that’s all I’m having them deal with.”

On peaking too soon
“No, we’re doing fine. Our numbers the last six games are ridiculous. So from the beginning of the season to that frame to this frame, now we have three games left so let’s see if we can edge it up a little bit more.”

On learning from the comeback against Mississippi State
“No, what has been interesting thinking about it is Darius has been a big part of those finishes. When we’re down he has been making shots, making plays, making defensive plays and I think he is more calm than anyone else out there. He did the thing offensively that we needed to have done; they were in a zone and sagging in and he made those shots. The other thing I liked in that is if we have to go with Doron (Lamb) extended minutes at point guard we’re fine. Again, Terrence (Jones) in the second half, we showed tape to the team of him just absolutely aggressive, vicious, clapping. Play like that all the time, why do you choose not to? Because it is easier to stand there. Hard to do that and for 28-30 minutes; I’ll be really tired after the game. He laughed and we all laughed and when they see him that way they are looking like, you know how good you are, you are as good as anyone in the country, just play like that. The great lesson on the tape is the tape never lies, the stats indict, the tape convicts.”

On what has changed helping Darius Miller gain confidence
“There was one shot he passed and I subbed him. So I think now he understands if I don’t shoot the ball I’m going to get my head ripped off and I might as well shoot it and if I miss it, I miss it. It’s a lot easier to make it if you know whether I make it or not, I must shoot this ball. It takes time for some guys; they have never been in this situation. It is amazing our freshmen are reacting the way they are but we still don’t know how they are going to react in tournament play when you lose it’s over. We think we know, but we really don’t. I’m not satisfied to this point, I’m happy with (Miller’s) growth but I’m not satisfied. I’m going to tell you, I think he is an NBA player when he plays with aggressiveness; he dunks balls, he plays hard, he gets in there and rebounds in traffic. When he plays that way, that guy is an NBA player, the other guy is not, he’s just not. He’s shown us that he can do it, it’s just harder to do that, it is rougher, it is more taxing. You have to focus and concentrate every possession; it is hard for players to play that way.”

On the seniors at Vanderbilt having not won at Kentucky
“It doesn’t matter, they are playing, come on now, everybody we play after the game says my team played good, now if we continue to play like this we are going to be good. You’ve heard it over and over. This game is going to be the same, they are going to play out of their minds, it is going to be a hard game for us to win. I don’t care that we are at home; they are a senior-dominated team. They make nine or 10 3s a game, if they do that against us we lose the game, we go on to Thursday. Ezeli is a physical guy, last time he was in this building I think he had over 20 points and must have had 10 dunks. We have a challenge ahead of us and our guys, hopefully by the time the game starts at noon hopefully our guys will realize they have a challenge ahead of them.”

Bellarmine Earns Impressive Win at NKU, Inside Track to No. 1 Seed


(1) Bellarmine 86
(8) Northern Kentucky 75

Final from Highland Heights, Kentucky


Game recap by BU:

HIGHLAND HEIGHTS, Ky.— The No. 2 Bellarmine University Knights got a career high 28 points from Senior Luke Sprague to earn a hard-fought 86-75 road win over the No. 8 Northern Kentucky Norse in the regular season finale for both teams.

The Knights up their record to 24-2 on the season, which ties last year's squad for best regular season record in school history. Bellarmine finished the Great Lakes Valley Conference regular season 16-2 to take the league regular season crown as well.

Northern Kentucky falls to 21-5, 13-5 GLVC, and the Norse must await late results to find out their seed in the upcoming Scheels GLVC Championship Tournament.

Of perhaps bigger importance than conference seeding for Bellarmine is the fact that Northern was ranked second behind the Knights in the Midwest Region. With the win tonight, Bellarmine would seem to have the upper hand for a No. 1 seed and the right to host the Midwest Regional. NCAA selections will be announced Sunday, March 4.

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John Calipari Asks UK Fans to Be Respectful to Vandy


Kentucky head coach John Calipari posted a request for UK fans on Twitter earlier this afternoon.

UKCoachCalipari #BBN please be respectful of our visitors Sat. We reviewed the Tchiengang-Teague play from our 1st game & concluded it was not malicious.

UKCoachCalipari Let’s not make something bigger than it needs to be and show everyone why we have the best fans in the country. #WeAreUK

Here is the play in question:

Preview: SCAC Tournament Opens Friday in Birmingham


The Southern Collegiate Athletic Conference Tournament is underway in Birmingham, Alabama.

Centre College, the No. 3 seed in the East, takes on Austin College today at 4:00 p.m. ET.

With a win, the Colonels would likely face Birmingham-Southern, the top seed from the East, on Saturday.

TOURNAMENT SCHEDULE:

Friday, February 24

Bill Battle Coliseum | BSC Campus | Birmingham, Ala.
Men's Game 1: #1 East Birmingham-Southern vs. #4 West Dallas - 1 p.m.
Men's Game 2: #2 West Austin College vs. #3 East Centre - 3 p.m.
Men's Game 3: #1 West Trinity vs. #4 East Sewanee - 6 p.m.
Men's Game 4: #2 East Rhodes vs. #3 West Colorado College - 8 p.m.

Saturday, February 25

Bill Battle Coliseum | BSC Campus | Birmingham, Ala.

Men's Game 1 Winner vs. Men's Game 2 Winner - 1 p.m.
Men's Game 3 Winner vs. Men's Game 4 Winner - 3 p.m.

Sunday, February 26

Bill Battle Coliseum | BSC Campus | Birmingham, Ala.
Men's Championship Game - 12 p.m.

Admission to all games is FREE.

Bracket (click to enlarge):

Rick Pitino, Reggie Miller Head List of Hall of Fame Candidates


Louisville head coach Rick Pitino and former NBA star Reggie Miller headline the list of finalists for the Basketball Hall of Fame's Class of 2012.

The 12 finalists are Pitino, Miller, All American Red Heads, Katrina McClain, Maurice Cheeks, Bill Fitch, Bernard King, Dick Motta, Don Nelson, Hank Nichols, Ralph Sampson and Jamaal Wilkes.

Here is an excerpt about Pitino:

RICK PITINO: Pitino is the only coach in men’s history to lead three different schools to NCAA Final Four appearances as he did with Providence College, University of Kentucky and University of Louisville. He led Kentucky to the 1996 National Championship and then reached the title game again with the Wildcats the following year. He has won over 600 games in his collegiate career, reached the Final Four five different times (1987, 1993, 1996, 1997 and 2005), led his teams to 20 postseason appearances and won nine conference tournament championships. He earned Coach of the Year honors from different sources three different years. Pitino also held two stints as an NBA head coach with the New York Knicks and Boston Celtics, leading the Knicks to two playoff appearances.

The Class of 2012 will be announced on April 2 in New Orleans prior to the NCAA’s men’s championship game. A finalist needs 18 of 24 votes from the Honors Committee for election. The inductees will be enshrined during festivities in Springfield, Mass. on Sept. 7.

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Price is Right for Hilltoppers Against Arkansas State


Western Kentucky 79
Arkansas State 76

Final from Bowling Green, Kentucky


Game recap by WKU:

BOWLING GREEN, Ky. — T.J. Price knocked down a three-pointer in front of the WKU bench with two seconds left, breaking a 76-all tie and propelling the Hilltoppers to a 79-76 win over Arkansas State in a character-building game that featured 15 ties and 16 lead changes. The win, WKU's fifth in the last nine games, improves its record to 10-18 overall and 6-9 in the conference this season. Arkansas State drops to 12-18 and 6-9 in league play.

After Arkansas State made four-straight free throws with under 25 seconds left in the game to tie it at 76, the Hilltoppers brought the ball up the court on their final possession with the shot clock turned off. Derrick Gordon was trapped near half court but found an open Kahlil McDonald near the free throw line, who dished it out to Price on the wing for the game-winner with just over two seconds left on the clock. Arkansas State's half-court heave at the buzzer was no good, and WKU captured its fourth-straight home win.

Four Hilltoppers were in double figures, led by George Fant's 19 points on 8-of-9 shooting. Gordon added 16 and six assists with just one turnover, and Teeng Akol and McDonald each had 14. Arkansas State was led by Malcoln Kirkland's 22 points, and Darion Griswold had 15. Trey Finn contributed 14 points but just four in the second half and no field goals, and Brandon Peterson had eight points and a game-high 13 rebounds.

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Kentucky's Senior Night Game to Air on ESPN


Kentucky's Senior Night game against Georgia has been selected for broadcast on ESPN.

Here is a release from UK:

LEXINGTON, KY – The Kentucky-Georgia men’s basketball game on Thursday, March 1 has been selected for broadcast on ESPN, the network announced.

Prior to the game, UK will celebrate Senior Night honoring seniors Darius Miller and Eloy Vargas.

The game is scheduled for a 9:00 p.m. ET tip.

Kentucky Recruits Think They Could Compete in NBA All-Star Game


Several Kentucky basketball recruits think they have the ability to compete in the NBA All-Star Game.

Here are some comments from Julius Randle and Nerlens Noel:

When asked if he thought he could make a significant impact in the NBA All-Star Game on Feb. 26 (8 p.m. ET on TNT) at the Amway Center in Orlando, Randle responded with a resounding, “Yes!”

“I just think that I could do my thing in that setting,” Randle said. “I’m not saying I’d be the best player on the court, but I could contribute. I could definitely contribute.”

Don’t be so quick to chalk Randle up as a silly teenager whose confidence is further along than his game, because he’s not the only elite high school player who thinks he’d fare well at the NBA All-Star Game.

Nerlens Noel, a senior center at Tilton (N.H.) who is the top ranked player in the ESPNU 100, said that he’d bypass contributing and dominate in the laid back setting.

“I mean, think about it, they don’t really play a whole lot of defense anyway in the All-Star Game,” Noel said. “They don’t contest dunks or anything. Oh yeah, I think I could get in there and drop a 30-piece on the low.”


HS players say bring on NBA All-Stars

Photo: Rivals.com

Murray State Avenges Only Loss, Thumps Tennessee State


(12) Murray State 80
Tennessee State 62

Final from Nashville, Kentucky


Game recap by MSU:

The Murray State Racers stayed undefeated on the road this season with an 80-62 win Thursday against Tennessee State at the Gentry Center in Nashville, Tenn.

Isaiah Canaan led the way for MSU with 24 points, while Donte Poole added 16 as the hot shooting duo was a combined 9-of-15 from three point range.

The Racers (27-1) had already clinched the Ohio Valley Conference title and moved to 14-1 this season in league play and gained a win over TSU after dropping their only game of the season to the Tigers at home (Feb. 9).

MSU used a 14-0 run in the final 2:30 of the first half to get control of the game

Leading 31-28, the Racers' defense came up with four straight stops and cashed in on the offensive end with an amazing four threes including one at the buzzer by Poole. Latreze Mushatt, Zay Jackson and Canaan also hit threes in the Racers' blitz to the half. The Racers tied their season-high going 12-of-22 and held TSU to 2-of-15.

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Rajon Rondo to Replace Curry in NBA Skills Challenge


Boston Celtics point guard Rajon Rondo will replace defending champ Stephen Curry int he NBA Skills Challenge during All-Star Saturday night in Orlando.

Curry is dealing with a strained tendon in his right foot.

The rest of the field includes Kyrie Irving, Tony Parker, John Wall, Russell Westbrook and Deron Williams.

Rick Pitino Rips Officials After Loss at Cincinnati


Louisville head coach Rick Pitino ripped the referees following his team's 60-56 loss at Cincinnati last night.

Here are his comments via CBSSports.com:

The officials “are really starting to get under my nerves,” Pitino said. “I don’t know who the hell they think they are. The level of arrogance, I just cannot believe it.”

And more, according to our RapidReporter Evan Hilbert: “I have a problem with the officials. They thought they were the three guys going into the Referee Hall of Fame the way they talked to me. I don’t know what they’re looking at sometimes, but they’re so positive, they should really go into the Referee Hall of Fame.”


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Tell us how you really feel, Rick.

Cincinnati Holds Off No. 17 Louisville


Cincinnati 60
(17) Louisville 56

Final from Cincinnati, Kentucky


Game recap by U of L:

CINCINNATI (AP) - Point guard Cashmere Wright scored 22 points, matching his career high with six 3-pointers, and Cincinnati pulled away from No. 17 Louisville 60-56 on Thursday night.

Cincinnati (20-8, 10-5 Big East) went 11 of 27 from behind the arc, a place where Louisville (21-7, 9-6) has prospered. The Bearcats' fifth win in six games broke a tie with the Cardinals for sixth place in the conference.

Sean Kilpatrick had 12 points, including baskets that started and finished a 14-point run that put the Bearcats ahead to stay midway through the second half. Cincinnati improved to 4-3 against ranked teams this season.

The Cardinals had won seven of their last eight, making 3s at a prodigious rate lately. They lost their touch Thursday, going only 1 of 14 behind the arc. Leading scorer Kyle Kuric missed all of his 11 shots from the field, including a potential tying 3 with 19 seconds left.

"I thought every shot was great," said Kuric, who managed only four free throws. "There wasn't one shot that when it left my hand I thought it was awful. Just one of those nights."

Gorgui Dieng had 11 points and 13 rebounds for Louisville, but picked up his fourth foul with 10:54 left, helping the Bearcats in their decisive run.

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Marbury, Morris Lead Beijing to Win in Playoff-Opener


Stephon Marbury and former Kentucky big man Randolph Morris led the Beijing Ducks to a 106-103 playoff-opening win over the Guangsha Lions.

Marbury put in 32 points, 7 rebounds, 7 assists and 5 steals for Beijing. Morris added 21 points and 9 boards.

Peter John Ramos led Guangsha with 26 points and 20 rebounds.

The two teams meet again today in game 2 of their quarterfinals series. Game 3 will be played on Sunday, if necessary.



Source: Asia-basket.com

Morehead State Destroys EIU, Hill Becomes Wins Leader


Morehead State 75
Eastern Illinois 39

Final from Morehead, Kentucky


Game recap by MSU:

MOREHEAD, Ky. -- In college athletics, it’s not too common for an individual to set a school record without even playing in the game. But that’s exactly what Terrance Hill did on Thursday evening at Johnson Arena as the Morehead State men’s basketball team posted a 75-39 rout of Eastern Illinois.

Hill, who averaged a team-best 13.3 points before suffering a season-ending knee injury on Dec. 31, watched from the sidelines as Morehead State tallied its 85th win in the past four seasons. No other player has been associated with that number of victories in the 83-year history of Eagle basketball.

“I will remember this night for the rest of my life,” Hill said after Morehead State’s largest Division I win since Jan. 14, 2010. “I want to thank my coaches and teammates for being such a big part of this.”

In Hill’s time at Morehead State, the Eagles have won 63 percent of their games overall, 71 percent of their Ohio Valley Conference affairs and 86 percent of their contests at Johnson Arena.

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Pat Knight Rips His Senior Players During a Press Conference

Did Lamar head coach Pat Knight really say these things publicly? Watch as he unloads on his senior players:

Poor Shooting Dooms EKU Against SIUE


SIU Edwardsville 63
Eastern Kentucky 58

Final from Richmond, Kentucky


Game recap by EKU:

RICHMOND, Ky. – Senior Jaron Jones recorded his first career double-double, but it was not enough as the Eastern Kentucky University men’s basketball team could not recover from its lowest shooting percentage of the season in a 63-58 loss to visiting SIUE Thursday night in McBrayer Arena.

EKU (15-15, 6-9 OVC) trailed by a seemingly insurmountable 14 points, 57-43, with 1:29 remaining in the game only to pull within three on a tip-in by freshman Timmy Knipp with eight ticks on the clock. Jerome Jones, however, was fouled on SIUE’s ensuing possession and connected on both foul shots to end the Colonels’ comeback bid.

Jaron Jones finished with 17 points and a career-high 14 rebounds to record EKU’s first double-double of the season. Senior Joshua Jones and freshman Eric Stutz, meanwhile, both contributed 10 points in the losing effort.

SIUE (9-16, 6-9 OVC) was powered by a pair of double-doubles, as Jerome Jones recorded 22 points and 11 rebounds and Mark Yelovich poured in 16 points and grabbed 11 boards. Derian Shaffer, meanwhile, scored a career-high 17 points.

Besides shooting only 30.4 percent (21-of-69) from the floor, the Colonels also labored through one of their worst three-point shooting performances of the season. EKU connected on just 11 percent (3-for-27) of their shots from deep.

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EKU still needs a win on Saturday to guarantee a spot in the OVC Tournament:

If Eastern Kentucky loses to Eastern Illinois on Saturday and SIUE loses to Morehead State, EKU, EIU and SIUE would finish tied for eighth in the final OVC standings at 6-10. Eastern Illinois would win the tie-breaker, due to a 3-1 composite record against Eastern Kentucky and SIUE, and thus earn the final spot.

If Eastern Kentucky defeats Eastern Illinois Saturday, the Colonels would clinch the final spot in the OVC tournament.

Thursday, February 23, 2012

Kentucky Recruit Shabazz Muhammad Earns MVP Honors


Kentucky recruit Shabazz Muhammad was named Sunset Region MVP and Southwest League MVP after an outstanding season for Bishop Gorman (Nev.) High School.

Muhammad averaged 29.8 points, 9.9 rebounds and 2.5 assists in the regular season and Bishop Gorman was undefeated in the Southwest League.

Here is an excerpt from LVRJ.com:

The area's other state tournament team, Bishop Gorman, had the MVP in the Sunset Region. Shabazz Muhammad, considered the top college recruit in the senior class. Muhammad also took Southwest League MVP honors.

Muhammad averaged 29.8 points, 9.9 rebounds and 2.5 assists in the regular season as the Gaels ran the table in the Southwest League.


Green Valley's McDonald leads by example, earns Sunrise MVP

Kevin Stallings Talks About Saturday's Game at UK

Vanderbilt head coach Kevin Stallings and several players met with the media on Thursday.

Stallings said Kentucky's second half at Mississippi State was about "most impressive thing" he's seen in college basketball this year.

Here are his comments:



And some thoughts from Festus Ezeli:

Chris Ferguson Named TSAC Player of the Week


Mid-Continent University's Chris Ferguson was named TranSouth Athletic Conference Player of the Week on Monday.

Here is a release from MCU:

NASHVILLE, Tenn. - The TranSouth Athletic Conference has announced it's player of the week honors for the week ending February 19, 2012, and for the second time in four weeks, the Cougars have taken one of the two awards.

Chris Ferguson, a 6'9" Senior forward from Oakland, Calif. has been named the Conference's men's basketball player of the week, after turning in three stellar performances for Mid-Continent last week. Ferguson opened his award winning week with the first of three double-doubles - an 18 point, 15 rebound effort in a 66-62 win at Bethel University last Monday evening. In the game, he scored eight of his 18 points in the final three minutes of regulation and in overtime. He then proceeded to post the single best rebounding night of any player in the TranSouth this season on Thursday night against Union University. Ferguson scored 26 points and grabbed 22 rebounds - tied for the fifth best single game total in the NAIA this season - in a thrilling double overtime win over the Bulldogs, 87-79. In the week's final game, though his team took a 65-49 loss to Freed-Hardeman, Ferguson again shined, scoring 13 points and pulling in 11 boards. He shot 20-of-34 (58.8%) on the week, hitting 16-of-24 (.667) free throws in the three games. With the two wins in overtime, Ferguson and the Cougars are now 4-0 on the season when the game goes into an extra session.

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1972 U.S. Men's Basketball Team to Reunite in Georgetown


The 1972 United State men's basketball team plans to reunite in August in Georgetown, Kentucky.

The team, which lost in a controversial gold medal game to the Soviet Union, is getting together to celebrate the 40th anniversary of the 1972 Olympic Games in Munich, Germany.

The U.S. team voted not to accept the silver medal and did not attend the medal ceremony.

Here is more from GreenfieldReporter.com:

Kenny Davis was captain of the 1972 team and is a Georgetown College alumnus. He says the reunion will be the first time the entire team has gotten back together when they meet for four days of events from Aug. 23-26.

Davis is now an account executive at Converse, which is sponsoring the anniversary celebration. The 1972 team fell to the Soviet Union in the gold medal game that the featured a controversial ending with three inbounds plays before Alexander Belov hit the winning layup.


Members of men's 1972 national basketball team to reunite in Georgetown, Ky.

Here's the story of how the Americans were hosed in the gold medal game:

Duke Will Get Final Shot at Amile Jefferson


According to Dave Telep of ESPN.com, Duke will get the final shot at 2012 star Amile Jefferson:

DaveTelep Amile Jefferson sets Duke visit. He picked the best game on Duke's schedule. http://insider.espn.go.com/blog/dave-telep/post?id=993

Here is an excerpt of the article:

The Duke Blue Devils will get the final crack at Amile Jefferson (Philadelphia, Pa./Friends Central).

Jefferson, No. 18 overall, heads to Durham for the Blue Devils game against North Carolina on March 3. Two years ago, Jefferson visited Duke for Midnight Madness so this is a return trip.

Jefferson, a McDonald’s All-American, has his list down to five: Duke, NC State, Villanova, Kentucky and Ohio State. He’s had a difficult time making a decision and within the last few months, Duke re-entered the picture and further complicated the situation.


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Rajon Rondo Added to NBA All-Star Game Roster


The NBA has announced that former University of Kentucky star Rajon Rondo has been added to the Eastern Conference roster for the NBA All-Star Game.

Rondo was added to the roster as a replacement for Joe Johnson, who is injured.

NBA Rajon Rondo of @celtics to replace injured Joe Johnson in the 2012 @NBAAllStar Game, Durant to replace JJ in Foot Locker Three Pt Contest

Patrick Patterson is Not a Fan of Random Drug Testing


Former University of Kentucky star Patrick Patterson is clearly not a fan of random drug testing.

It's not that Patterson is concerned about the test, he's just aggravated that he can't "pee":

pdpatt Wish the #nba would tell us night before bout drug test therefore wouldnt have to sit around for hours waitin tryna pee. #stupid

Wednesday, February 22, 2012

John Calipari Hits Recruiting Trail After MSU Victory


According to Garrett Tucker of NationofBlue.com, John Calipari is back the recruiting trail today:

GTuckersports 2013 big man Austin Nichols tells me Kentucky's John Calipari visited him at school today. Calipari also saw Jonathan Williams III

Nichols is a 6-9 power forward at Briarcrest Christian Academy in Eads, Tennessee. He currently ranks No. 41 overall on the Rivals.com list for 2013.

Williams is a 6-8 power forward at Southwind (Tenn.) High School. He ranks No. 10 overall on the Rivals.com list for 2013.

Morehead State Announces End of the Season Promotions


Morehead State University has announced several end of the season basketball promotions.

Here is a release from MSU:

MOREHEAD, Ky. – Morehead State athletics has announced its end of season promotions for the final four men’s and women’s basketball games. Eagle basketball hosts doubleheaders against Eastern Illinois on Thursday and SIU Edwardsville on Saturday.

Thursday’s doubleheader versus Eastern Illinois will start with the women at 5:15 p.m. ET with the men following. Thursday's games are sponsored by Toyota Motor Manufacturing of Kentucky, and all Kentucky Community and Technical College System (KCTCS) students will be admitted free of charge with their KCTCS ID.

The MSU Student-Athlete Advisory Committee (SAAC) will also be raising donations for Hoops for Heroes, in an effort to send two MSU student veterans, to the Ohio Valley Conference basketball tournament next week. Donations will be accepted at the MSU concession stands during the night. Prior to Thursday's women’s game, the Eagle softball team will be signing autographs in the lobby of Johnson Arena.

Saturday’s doubleheader versus SIU Edwardsville will start with the women at 5:15 p.m. ET and the men to follow. Both Eagle squads will be celebrating the careers of seniors Linda Dixon, Courtney Lumpkin, Lamont Austin, Ty Proffitt and Terrance Hill.

Saturday’s games are sponsored by Whitaker Bank. It is also Fellowship of Christian Athletes (FCA) day, with FCA middle school and high school groups from surrounding counties earning discounted tickets. MSU will also be hosting the Girl Scouts of Rowan County for Senior Day.

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Western Kentucky Showing Interest in Pair of 3-Star Recruits


According to Joey Natale of UconnBall.com, Western Kentucky is showing new interest in a pair of former South Carolina commits:

Joey_Natale Western Kentucky is showing new interest in former 2012 South Carolina commits guard Carlos Morris and point guard Ian Baker.

Morris and Baker are teammates at Arlington Country Day (FL). Morris is a 6-5 shooting guard and Baker is a 6-1 point guard.

Both players are rated as a three-star recruits by Rivals.com.

John Wall to Compete in 2012 Taco Bell Skills Challenge


Former University of Kentucky star John Wall will compete in the 2012 Taco Bell Skills Challenge during NBA All-Star Weekend in Orlando.

Here is the field for this year's competition:

Taco Bell Skills Challenge - 2012 participants

Participant Team Pos. Ht. Wt.
Stephen Curry Golden State G 6-3 185
Kyrie Irving Cleveland G 6-3 191
Tony Parker San Antonio G 6-2 185
John Wall Washington G 6-4 195
Russell Westbrook Oklahoma City G 6-3 187
Deron Williams New Jersey G 6-3 209

From NBA.com:

The Taco Bell Skills Challenge was introduced at NBA All-Star 2003 in Atlanta and features players competing in a two-round timed "obstacle course" consisting of dribbling, passing and shooting stations. All players must observe basic NBA ball-handling rules while completing the course. The three players with the fastest times from the first round advance to the finals with the order of competition determined by inverse order of the first round times. At the discretion of the referee, television instant replay may be consulted for clarification of rules compliance.

The Taco Bell Skills Challenge will be televised live nationally as part of the NBA All-Star Saturday Night presented by State Farm, which will also feature the Haier Shooting Stars, Foot Locker Three-Point Contest and Sprite Slam Dunk. TNT and ESPN Radio's national coverage will begin at 7 p.m. ET from Amway Center in Orlando. The 61st NBA All-Star Game on Sunday, Feb. 26, will air live on TNT and ESPN Radio, and in more than 200 countries in more than 40 languages.

Practice Makes Perfect for Kentucky, ESPNU


SportingNews.com reports that Kentucky's two-hour basketball practice was the second-highest rated program of the day on ESPNU last week.

Here is an excerpt:

“That’s kind of crazy,” Kentucky coach John Calipari told the newspaper. “It makes you laugh. It makes you like, ‘You’ve got to be kidding me.’ ”

The 3 to 5 p.m. broadcast of the No. 1 team's practice unofficially was the second-highest rated program of the day on ESPNU, company spokesman Mike Humes told the newspaper. ESPN doesn't track official ratings for ESPNU programming, he said.

“They were really surprised at how strong it rated,” Calipari said. “You’re talking about three o’clock in the afternoon, and it rated stronger than anything they have in there (at that time). And it rated as high as some basketball games they’ve had in prime time.”


Kentucky practice draws impressive ratings

OVC Releases Basketball Schedule for Next Season


The Ohio Valley Conference has released its men's basketball schedule for next season.

Here is the OVC release:

BRENTWOOD, Tenn. - One week after announcing plans for divisional play for men's and women's basketball beginning in 2012-13, the Ohio Valley Conference has released its basketball schedules for next season.

The schedules feature 16 games with each team playing divisional foes twice during the season (home and away) and playing teams in the opposite division once a season.

When creating the schedule it was a priority of the league to play as many games after January 1 as possible; the final schedules feature only a handful of games at the end of December.

Men's games will continue to be contested on Thursday and Saturday while for the second year in a row women's games will be played on Saturday and Monday.

Please note that dates on the schedule are subject to change if teams go through the change of schedule approval process with the Conference office.

The 2013-14 schedules will mirror these schedules, meaning if a team opened the 2012-13 at a Conference opponent, that team will host that same opponent to begin the 2013-14 season.

The 2012-13 campaign will include the addition of Belmont University and give the OVC 12 teams for the first time in its history, which dates back to 1948, making it the eighth-oldest Division I Conference.

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2012-13 OVC Men's Basketball Schedule (click to enlarge):

Northern Kentucky Adds Late Transfer from Utah State


Northern Kentucky University has added a late transfer to this season's active roster.

Junior guard Antonio Bumpus transferred from Division I Utah State University. Due to his circumstances, Bumpus was allowed to play immediately for the Norse.

Bumpus has played in three games for the Norse, average 4.0 points per game.

Here is more from The Northerner:

Junior guard Antonio Bumpus transferred from Division I Utah State University Aggies. He never played for the Aggies as he was redshirting to recover from injuries. It is still unclear what impact Bumpus will have on the season for the Norse.

“We don’t know how good he is going to be,” NKU’s head coach Dave Bezold said. “Whatever we get out of him in spurts will be an absolute positive.”

According to Bumpus, he left the Aggies after the 2011 fall semester to be closer to his home in Columbus, Ohio, due to the fact that his grandfather has level-four cancer.

According to Bezold, the NCAA allowed Bumpus to transfer immediately and be eligible, due to his family situation, given it was within a certain radius from his home. However, the NCAA did not allow Bumpus to continue his redshirt at NKU.


Transfer looks to give team boost

Thayer Evans Has a "Different" Take on UK's Win in Starkville


The Kentucky Wildcats pulled out an impressive come-from-behind win on the road at Mississippi State last night.

Almost universally, Kentucky has been praised for the win, but Thayer Evans of FoxSports.com has somewhat of a "different" take. In Evans' opinion, which comes from an obvious anti-John Calipari agenda, the Wildcats are "underachievers."

Here is an excerpt:

Yet for the favorite to win the national championship, Kentucky on Tuesday night looked a shadow of the super team many thought it was becoming. Instead, it actually looked like a classic Calipari team.

The type that has more talent than anybody else in the country, but somehow fails to play to its sky-high potential. A team like the one Calipari had during the 2009-10 season, his first at Kentucky, which featured a record five NBA first-round draft selections, including the No. 1 pick in point guard John Wall, but lost in the NCAA tournament’s regional finals.

This Kentucky squad isn’t as talented as that one, but has the same type of ingredients with sensational freshman forward Anthony Davis, a lock to be the first pick of June’s NBA draft, along with three other potential first-round selections in freshman forward Michael Kidd-Gilchrist, freshman point guard Marquis Teague and Jones. It also showed Tuesday night that it’s capable of the same lapses that cost Calipari’s teams dearly in the past.

On this night Kentucky escaped, but Calipari clearly could not draw up any schemes to overcome his team’s tentative offense, lackluster defense and zombie-like demeanor in the first half. He credited his team’s second-half comeback simply to its “will to win.”

“This was a terrific win,” Calipari said.

But Calipari knows he was rather fortunate against a Mississippi State team that scored only four points in the final 6-1/2 minutes and is in danger of missing the NCAA tournament after losing four straight games. His team had been feasting on the waifish-weak Southeastern Conference and entered Tuesday with just the nation’s 47th-best strength of schedule.


We've seen this show before

UK Recruit Aaron Harrison Scores School-Record 44 Points


Kentucky recruit Aaron Harrison scored a school record 44 points to lead Travis (Tex.) High School to a 77-58 win over Pearland (Tex.) in the Class 5A bi-district opener.

Harrison was 12-20 from the field, including 6-13 from the three-point line. He also shot 14-16 at the charity stripe.

Andrew Harrision, Aaron's twin brother and also a Kentucky recruit, finished with 6 points and 7 assists.

Here's more from YourHoustonNews.com:

Harrison set a school record with 44 points, accounting for more than half of his team's points in a 77-58 victory over Pearland. He made 12 of 20 shots from the field, including 6 of 13 from behind the arc. He was 14-of-16 from the free throw line.

During the first quarter, Harris connected on five 3-pointers, including a shot from behind the arc in which he fell down, got fouled and finished a four-point play.

"I was just feeling it," Harrison said. "My brother (Andrew) and John (Burnett) were giving me the ball. I had a blessed game."

Harrison had 16 of Travis' 24 points in the first quarter as the Tigers took a 24-10 lead.

Travis (31-3) will face Port Arthur Memorial in the area round.

Late in the game, Tigers coach Greg Brownson tried to make sure that Harrison had a chance to break the school record.

"We're trying to give him the record, and he's still giving the ball up and playing within the flow of the game," Brownson said. "He's been playing that well the whole season."


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Trevor Setty: The Lost Tapes Vol. 1 - You Need to Watch This

This is arguably the funniest basketball-related video that I have ever watched.

Trevor Setty, a star at the University of Pikeville, talks about the mean streets of Maysville, drinking Mondo, his intense workout regimen, tattoos and many other things.

You'll want to check out "Trevor Setty: The Lost Tapes Vol. 1":

Thomas More Wins big, Advances to PAC Semifinals


Thomas More College 82
Geneva College 56

Final from Crestview Hills, Kentucky


Game recap by TMC:

(CRESTVIEW HILLS, Ky.) - Senior center Colt Stafford (Groveport, Ohio/Bishop Hartley) recorded his fourth double-double of the season to lead the third-seeded Thomas More College men's basketball team to an 82-56 win over sixth-seeded Geneva College tonight (Tuesday, February 21, 2012) in a Presidents' Athletic Conference (PAC) Championship Tournament quarterfinal round game at the Connor Convocation Center in Crestview Hills, Kentucky.

With the win, the Saints improve to 19-7 overall and advance to host fourth-seeded Saint Vincent College on Thursday (February 23) in a 7 p.m. semifinal round game at the Connor Convocation Center. With the loss, the Golden Tornadoes end the season at 6-20.

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Tuesday, February 21, 2012

No.1 Kentucky Gets Over The Hump at Mississippi State


(1) Kentucky 73
Mississippi State 64

Final from Starkville, Mississippi


The top-ranked Kentucky Wildcats completed an impressive comeback in difficult surroundings to earn a 73-64 win at Mississippi State on Tuesday night.

Kentucky (27-1, 13-0 SEC) trailed for much of the game in front of an energized crowd at Humphrey Coliseum, but closed on a 20-4 run to get the huge road win.

Michael Kidd-Gilchrist led Kentucky with 18 points on 7-12 shooting and 9 rebounds. Anthony Davis added 13 points and 11 boards.

Darius Miller came off the bench to score 12 points, all in the second half. Miller nailed three huge three-pointers late in the game to propel Kentucky to the victory.

Terrence Jones and Doron Lamb added 11 points each.

Dee Bost led Mississippi State (19-9, 6-7 SEC) with 21 points, 8 assists and 4 steals. Arnett Moultrie added a double-double with 13 points and 11 rebounds. Jalen Steele chipped in 13 points.

The Bulldogs were 22-54 (40.7%) and 9-20 (45%) from long range. Kentucky was 25-57 (43.9%) and 6-16 (37.5%) from the three-point line. The Wildcats were 17-21 at the free throw line while Mississippi State was 11-15.

Kentucky returns to Lexington on Saturday to host the Vanderbilt Commodores at Noon.

Box Score (click to enlarge):

Union College Fights Hard But Season Ends in AAC Tournament


Tennessee Wesleyan 66
Union College 59

Final from Athens, Tennessee


Game recap by UC:

ATHENS, Tenn. -- Top-seeded Tennessee Wesleyan went on a late, second half scoring run to get past eighth-seed Union (Ky.), 66-59 in the quarterfinal round of the 2012 Appalachian Athletic Conference men's basketball tournament on Tuesday evening at Robb Gymnasium.

With the loss, UC ends their season with an 8-23 overall mark. Tennessee Wesleyan improved to 22-9 overall with the win, and moves onto the semifinals of the AAC Tournament which will be contested on Thursday.

In the first half, Union stayed within striking distance for most of the period, but rarely lead, as Tennessee Wesleyan extended a lead out to 10 points (26-16) with four minutes and change left in the period.

UC, however, did cut the lead down to five points at 30-25 as the half went under the two minute mark, but TWC scored the final four points of the half to take a 34-25 lead going into the locker room for the half. Ian Davis (Cherry Hill, N.J.) led the way for Union in the first half, scoring 10 points, while Desmond Crisp also scored 10 to lead Tennessee Wesleyan.

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Bellarmine Drops to No. 2, NKU Enters Top 10


Bellarmine University (23-2) dropped one spot to No. 2 in this week's NABC/Division II Coaches Poll.

Northern Kentucky (21-4) climbed seven spots to No. 8 this week.

Kentucky Wesleyan (19-6) is down to No. 19.

NABC/Division II Coaches Poll (Feb. 21, 2012)

W-L Pts Pvs
1 . West Liberty State (6 first place votes) 25-1 198 2
2. Bellarmine (2) 23-2 190 1
3. Colorado School of Mines 22-2 183 4
4. Alabama-Huntsville 20-3 175 6
5. Midwestern State 22-2 171 7
6. Shaw 22-2 155 9
7. Tarleton State 22-4 145 5
8. Northern Kentucky 21-4 124 15
9. Southern Indiana 20-5 110 11
10. Missouri Southern 22-5 108 16
11. Christian Brothers 19-4 107 13
12. Lincoln Memorial 23-3 106 8
13. Indiana (Pa.) 20-4 105 17
14. Western Washington 23-4 104 10
15. Metropolitan State 21-5 85 18
16. Northwest Missouri State 20-4 73 14
17. Arkansas Tech 19-4 72 20
18. District of Columbia 21-3 68 22
19. Kentucky Wesleyan 19-6 56 12
20. Alaska-Anchorage 20-5 55 21
21. Anderson 20-4 47 24
22. Winona State 23-3 39 3
23. Indianapolis 18-7 25 25
24. Seattle Pacific 20-5 22 nr
25. Charleston 21-5 14 nr

Others receiving votes: Franklin Pierce, Hillsdale, Dixie State, King, Adelphi, Bowie State, Florida Tech, South Carolina-Aiken, West Georgia and LIU-C.W. Post.

The Hump Will Be Rocking Tonight, Kentucky Will Be Tested

This is what awaits the Kentucky Wildcats tonight:



That photo was posted on Twitter by Chad Thomas, Mississippi State's Assistant Athletic Director of Marketing.

ChadGThomas In case you missed it last night. The @MStateMarketing students got a little creative w/ @Chevron shirts: http://ow.ly/i/teB6 #HailState

What this means is that Kentucky will have their hands full tonight. The Wildcats are going to receive a good late-season test on the road.

Preview: 2012 Appalachian Athletic Conference Tournament


The 2012 AAC Men's Basketball Tournament will begin tonight and run through Saturday, Feb. 25. All games will be played at the higher seed's home site with all games starting at 7:00 p.m.

Following a disappointing 8-22 season, the road couldn't be more difficult for Union College. The Bulldogs will travel to regular season champion Tennessee Wesleyan (21-9, 14-2 AAC) for a quarterfinal game tonight at 7:00 p.m.

Here are the seeds for this year's event:

1. Tennessee Wesleyan (21-9 overall, 14-2 AAC)
2. Reinhardt (16-11 overall, 11-5 AAC)
3. Bluefield (17-14 overall, 10-6 AAC)
4. Bryan (13-17 overall, 8-8 AAC)
5. Virginia Intermont (15-14 overall, 7-9 AAC)
6. Montreat (12-16 overall, 7-9 AAC)
7. Milligan (10-16 overall, 6-10 AAC)
8. Union (8-22 overall, 5-11 AAC)

AAC Tournament Schedule

Quarterfinal Round, Tuesday, February 21

Game 1 - No. 8 Union at No. 1 Tennessee Wesleyan, 7 p.m.
Game 2 - No. 5 Virginia Intermont at No. 4 Bryan, 7 p.m.
Game 3 - No. 6 Montreat at No. 3 Bluefield, 7 p.m.
Game 4 - No. 7 Milligan at No. 2 Reinhardt, 7 p.m.

Semifinal Round, Thursday, February 23*

Game 5 - Game 2 Winner vs. Game 1 Winner, 7 p.m.
Game 6 - Game 4 Winner vs. Game 4 Winner, 7 p.m.

Championship Game, Saturday, February 25*

Game 7 - Game 5 Winner vs. Game 6 Winner, 7 p.m.

*-Games will be played at the higher seed's home site.

Teams with best chance to win: I expect the winning team to come from the group of Tennessee Wesleyan, Reinhardt and Bluefield. Tennessee Wesleyan, as the top seed, is the clear cut favorite to win. They defeated Reinhardt 62-54 on Saturday.

Upsets can and often do happen: Of course, when tournament time rolls around, upsets happen. Bryan, Virginia Intermont, Million, Union and Montreat are all teams that could get hot and pull an upset. I'm not sure these teams can string together a 3-game run, but nothing is impossible come tourney time.

My pick: I'll have to go with Tennessee Wesleyan. They are the best team and are playing at home so it's hard to pick anyone else.

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