Saturday, March 3, 2012

No. 2 Syracuse Cruises Past Louisville, Improves to 30-1

(2) Syracuse 58
(19) Louisville 49

Final from Louisville, Kentucky

Game recap by U of L:

SYRACUSE, N.Y. (AP) - Louisville was executing coach Rick Pitino's game plan to perfection against second-ranked Syracuse.

The Cardinals took a six-point lead over the Orange midway through the first half with hopes of ruining Senior Day in the Carrier Dome. But after Orange center Fab Melo was called for goaltending on Chane Behanan's hook in the lane to give the No. 19 Cardinals a 15-9 lead, they didn't get their next basket until Russ Smith's breakaway layup with 1:33 left.

A 12-0 run had Syracuse in control, and the Orange cruised to a 58-49 victory on Saturday over their nemesis, leading by as many 19 before it was over.

"I thought the first seven minutes we played as well offensively and defensively that you can play against their zone," Pitino said. "But then - and it's been our Achilles' heel - we keep missing open shots."

Lots of open shots. The Cardinals finished 2 of 23 (8.7 percent) from behind the arc - after Wayne Blackshear opened the game with a 3 from the left corner. Kyle Kuric was 1 of 7, and Russ Smith and Chris Smith combined to go 0 for 11 from long range.

Brandon Triche scored 18 points, Dion Waiters had 13, and Kris Joseph 11 as Syracuse finished the season unbeaten at home.

Syracuse (30-1, 17-1 Big East) capped only its second unbeaten season in the Carrier Dome since it opened in 1980, going 19-0. The only other team to go undefeated in the dome was the national championship squad of 2002-03 led by Carmelo Anthony, which finished 17-0.

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Transylvania's Great Season Ends in NCAA Tournament

Carroll 84
(18) Transylvania 74

Final from Lexington, Kentucky

NCAA DIII Tournament - First Round

Game recap by Transy:

LEXINGTON, Ky. – Carroll shot nearly 60 percent from the field and from three-point range Friday and held off No. 18 Transylvania 84-74 in NCAA Regional first-round action at the Beck Center.

In a game delayed over two hours by severe weather, the Pioneers (23-5) saw a storybook season come to an end at the hands of unranked Carroll (17-9), champions of the Midwest Conference tournament. Transy was an at-large pick into the tournament after winning the Heartland Conference regular season crown while Carroll was a surprising winner of the Midwest Conference tournament.

Carroll will take on Wittenberg in the regional championship game Saturday at 7 p.m. Wittenberg took a 63-56 decision over Birmingham Southern in the first game of the evening.

Transy trailed by as many as 10 points in the first half, which ended with Carroll on top, 41-32. The visitors shot nearly 60 percent in the half, including notching six of 10 from long range. Transy was at an even 50 percent, but was outscored by nine from long range.

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Murray State Wins OVC Tournament Title on Long's Game-Winner

(12) Murray State 54
Tennessee State 52

Final from Nashville, Tennessee

OVC Tournament - Championship Game

Murray State's Jewuan Long nailed a game-winner in the closing seconds and No. 9/12 Murray State defeated Tennessee State 54-52 in the Ohio Valley Conference Tournament championship game.

Complete recap coming soon...

All-Tournament Team

- Kevin Murphy, Tennessee Tech
- Robert Covington, Tennessee State
- Isaiah Canaan, Murray State
- Donte Poole, Murray State
- Patrick Miller, Tennessee State

MVP: Donte Poole, Murray State

John Calipari Talks About Road Trip to Florida and More

Here are John Calipari's pregame comments as the University of Kentucky gets ready for a tough road game at Florida on Sunday:

On the opportunity to go undefeated in the league
“Every game has its own importance for this program. We treat every game the same so it doesn’t matter who we are playing it is treated the same way. We will approach this game like every other game. One way you look at it is that it has no bearing on anything. Will we show up and play or will we let go of the game? We are going to find out about our guys. My thing is that you just want them to compete and if that is not good enough (that’s fine). Florida could come in and make 25 3s on you. If they come in and make 25 3s then alright we are going to the tournament as a one seed.”

On wanting to make history by going undefeated
“I don’t think I have ever talked about making history. I would like to make history to take our home-winning streak to 12 years. Here (at Kentucky), there is no setting records. You try to be the best team you can be and establish the excellence of a program. We are playing Florida, a terrific basketball team and a ranked basketball team on the road. It is going to be very hard for us to win. We know that. I am more concerned about my team. We have gotten better now let’s see what we do with our last true road game. The rest of the games this season will be at neutral sites and we will have our share of fans.”

On taking Anthony Davis off the first team some during practice
“It has worked out well two ways. One way, Anthony (Davis) gets to play the four position, which you saw him pop out and hit a 3. The second side of it is that it is giving us an awareness of, ‘Hey Terrence (Jones), you have to be him. You have to block more shots and do more stuff.”

On Dance Blue going on in Memorial Coliseum and the team making an appearance
“I didn’t even know that is going on to be honest with you, but that is a great thing that our students do. We just sent the team over to cheer them on. It is a really neat thing and they raise a lot of money for a lot of good things. It is one of the highlights for our students.”

On heading into tournament play and the added length to TV timeouts, halftimes, etc., and if that affects the team
“In the NCAA Tournament you have like 10 minutes to walk to your locker room so some of it is that and you need more time. People want to talk about our bench; I am almost like, ‘Man, are you wanting to grab anything.’ I have two players that come off the bench and score 25 points. If there is any other team in the country that has two players that can come off the bench and score 25 points tell me who they are. Maybe it’s Syracuse, maybe it’s Ohio State, I don’t know who it is. But those two (Darius Miller, Kyle Wiltjer) can score 25 points. You talk about our 3-point shooting. We don’t rely on it, yet, we are one of the best 3-point shooting teams in the league. If we make 15, then we are going to beat you by 30. If we make five, then it appears we are going to beat you anyway. All I am trying to do is see how good we can be as a team, how much better we can be individually. Can we get in better shape? Can we get a little stronger? I am really trying to encourage these guys and I will say it again, one of the things I have said is that if we win then you are going to get all the credit. Each one of you are going to share in the glory and benefit in that success. And if we get beat, then it will be on me and I will take full responsibility. Just go play, go get better. I am not going to blame anybody. I’m not going to blame an official or blame a player. I have been through it now. In 2008, we lost and I took responsibility. I said, ‘You guys were great and that was me.’ I am going to do the same now. We are going to play it out and try to get these kids in the greatest frame of mind we can. This game here is a hard one, tough game.”

On if he has seen any signs that the team feels some pressure
“No, I haven’t. But part of it is that two weeks ago I began the mantra that, ‘You guys are fine, just go play.’ I told them yesterday that over 100 practices I can’t remember a bad practice. DeWayne (Peevy) told me about this BPI, which I had never heard of, and (it measures) efficiency of teams. We are No. 1 in that and we have been so consistent all year it’s been amazing. In the last five years they have been doing it I have had two teams that have been No. 1 in it. The 2008 team was the No. 1 BPI team. No game is more important and you are trying to get them to play every game out. It is really, really hard. But that is the challenge and that is what we are trying to do.”

On how the injury to Will Yeguete affects them
“That hurts them, that hurts them. Because they have to go small, which in another sense could help them, because now they could have five 3-point shooters on the floor if Erik (Murphy) is at the five. I want you to think about that, all five guys can shoot 3s. So in one way it hurts them, but it also helps them. He is that guy off the bench that was physical and could so some things. It is just unfortunate for the kid; I wish he didn’t get injured.”

On what he liked from looking at the tape from the win Thursday night vs. Georgia
“There was a lot of good. I thought that we shared the ball. Three of our turnovers out of eight were a shot-clock violation, a lazy pass by Marquis (Teague) and look-away pass by Terrence (Jones) and those were all late. When you look at it, for us to play the way we did and we defended and talked and made it hard for them and rebounded. We did a lot of good stuff. The breakdown tape yesterday there wasn’t a whole lot of stuff I could show them. I picked out some stuff like how a guy went and got water and this guy wasn’t cheering on the bench, but it was hard to pick out stuff.”

On tomorrow being the last true road game and if there is a feeling that this is a throw-away game
“I hope not. It is a pride game. Let’s figure out what we are. I let them know that it would be a physical game and that they would in all likelihood come out and be physical. They will play at their best and they will be so hyped and the building will be sold out. I don’t know if it is cup day, bat day, ball day, whatever it is. I imagine it is some day. Family night or senior night, whatever it is, it will be a hyped game.”

On if they are preparing for anything unexpected like West Virginia’s 1-3-1 two years ago
“We have faced everything. We have faced it all. What happened in that game is we went 0-for-20 from the 3-point line and they were good. They had played in Syracuse a few different times before and had an advantage over us and for them to be the last two, or whatever you want to say, was unfortunate for us. I guess the luck of the draw as they would tell you. We were prepared but if you go 0-for-20 you aren’t supposed to win.”

On if there is any weakness he sees in his team right now
“We are just trying to get better. You can go have a bad 3-point shooting night, a bad free-throw shooting night, get in foul trouble. There are all kinds of things. It is just one-and-done right now. Fate intervenes and all of a sudden that is a foul and that is foul and Anthony (Davis) you are done sit down. There is a close call and it goes against you twice. You get the seeds and look at the draw and say, ‘Oh my gosh, they let the Lakers in. I don’t think they can have the Lakers in there.’ It is fate. It intervenes in what you are doing here. All I am trying to do is say that we are in the best frame of mind and physically ready to go. Let’s go play the game and whatever happens is going to happen at this point. It is one game. It is not best of five or seven. Historically, I have had my teams ready for the challenge of that march and it is truly a march now. It is not just, ‘OK, play a game and yay.’ No, the first game is hard. Think about us last year, we had a pretty darn good team and played Princeton and were lucky to win. We won on a bank shot.”

On him thinking through as many contingency plans as he can to get them as prepared as possible
“Yeah, but there are things that are going to happen that you aren’t prepared for. Do you ever think your team is going to go 0-for-20 from 3-point line. Then what do you do if they do? You say, ‘You can make it just keep shooting.’ Then they keep shooting and the balls keep bonking (off the rim). Stuff happens. Then you say, ‘We are good, get fouled and we will make the free throws.’ And you go 1-for-5. What is your solution? Put your best free-throw shooters on the line, they were. They were and they missed too. Guard these guys. It happens. My thing is to just get my team as prepared as we can be and let it go and see what happens.”

Mid-South Conference Tournament Semifinals Are Set

The semifinals of the Mid-South Conference Tournament are set.

University of the Cumberlands will battle Lindsey Wilson at 6:00 p.m. ET tonight. Georgetown College will take on Campbellsville in the second semifinal game at 8:00 p.m.

Quarterfinal recap:

Lindsey Wilson 51 Rio Grande 48

Rio Grande led much of the game but the Blue Raiders held the Red Storm scoreless for the final 3:18 to get the win.

Kalen Kimberland led Lindsey Wilson (21-8) with 16 points.

Turrell Morris put in 12 points and pulled down 15 rebounds for Rio Grande (14-18).

Cumberlands 68 Pikeville 50

Cumberlands (18-11) held Pikeville to 27.8% shooting and pulled away in the second half to send the Bears home early.

Zavion Neely led Cumberlands with a game-high 20 points. Flynn Clayman chipped in 14.

Pikeville (17-12) got 14 points from Andrew Young.

Georgetown 79 UVa.-Wise 71 (OT)

Georgetown College (23-7) got 11 points from Johonne Hamilton during overtime to put away UVa.-Wise (9-16).

Hamilton finished with 22 points to lead the Tigers. Maurice Pearson added 14 points and 13 rebounds. Jordan Demercy also chipped in a double-double with 10 points and 11 boards.

Travis Berry led Wise with a game-high 39 points.

Campbellsville 68 St. Catharine 48

The Tigers used an 11-1 late in the second half to put away St. Catharine.

Cedric Henderson led Campbellsville (21-10) with 20 points, 6 steals and 3 assists.

Friday, March 2, 2012

Videos: Anthony Davis and Milton Chavis with Two Great Dunks

Here are two great dunks from last night:

Kentucky's Anthony Davis with the ridiculous putback against Georgia

Morehead State's Milton Chavis with a lob dunk AFTER he jumped over the MSU bench (twice) against Jacksonville State:

Rumor: John Calipari May Watch Some Basketball in Pittsburgh Tonight

There are rumors floating around that Kentucky head coach John Calipari might be in Pittsburgh tonight.

If he does attend the WPIAL basketball championships tonight, it will not be a recruiting trip. Calipari will be coming out to support Bill Sacco, who coached Cal at Moon.

Here is more from the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette:

The WPIAL basketball championships are this weekend at Duquesne University's Palumbo Center and there is a chance that the coach of the No. 1 college team in the country could be in attendance tonight.

A birdie told me Kentucky's John Calipari mgith be coming to the Class A game between Lincoln Park and Cornell? Why in the world would Calipari come to this game? He's not recruiting any players from either team. Well, it all has to do with Cornell coach Bill Sacco, who coached Calipari at Moon.

It would not surprise me at all if Calipari showed up. That's the way he is. He is extremely loyal and giving to his former coaches. When Calipari played at Clarion University, his coach was Joe DeGregorio. Calipari has flown DeGregorio and his wife to Final Fours in the past. It would be great if Calipari showed up tonight.

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Pay Attention to the Weather Today

I want to encourage everyone in Kentucky and nearby states to pay attention to the weather today. Forecasters are predicting a high potential for serious storms and possibly tornadoes this afternoon. Pay attention and be safe.

Let me point out that I ran into an EF2 tornado in Russell Springs on the way to the OVC Tournament. My day went from trying to take pictures of the storm to literally digging in rubble for possible survivors.

Here are some pictures and a video that I took:

Morehead State, Murray State in OVC Tournament Semifinals

The Morehead State Eagles and Murray State Racers will both be competing in the Ohio Valley Conference Tournament semifinal round tonight.

The Racers will battle Tennessee Tech at 6:00 p.m. CT while the Eagles will compete against Tennessee State at 8:00 p.m. CT.

Here is television information for tonight's games and Saturday's championship game:

Friday’s Games

6:00 p.m. CT #1 Murray State vs. #4 Tennessee Tech (ESPNU/ESPN3)
8:00 p.m. CT #2 Tennessee State vs. #3 Morehead State (ESPN3 live … ESPNU delayed at 12:30 a.m. CT)

Saturday’s Game

1:00 p.m. CT Semifinal Winners (ESPN2)

Miller Leads Kentucky in Senior Night Romp Over Georgia

(1) Kentucky 79
Georgia 49

Final from Lexington, Kentucky

Game recap by UK:

LEXINGTON, Ky. (AP) - Darius Miller hit five 3-pointers and finished with 17 points, and No. 1 Kentucky beat Georgia 79-49 on Thursday night to extend the nation's longest home winning streak to 52 games and push its overall run to 21 in a row.

Kentucky (29-1, 15-0 Southeastern Conference) made an emphatic statement in its final game at Rupp Arena this season with an offensive flurry that nearly equaled the stiff defensive effort the Wildcats have given all season.

Kentucky, the nation's best defensive team by field goal percentage, made a season-best 15 3-pointers, hitting six in a row in the second half.

Donte' Williams led Georgia (13-16, 4-11) with 17 points. The Bulldogs were 3 of 19 from 3-point range.

Kentucky coach John Calipari hasn't lost at Rupp Arena in his three seasons in Lexington, and the Wildcats are poised to make a run at their eighth national title thanks to player of the year contender Anthony Davis and a supporting cast of NBA-worthy talent.

It was the final appearance for Miller and fellow senior Eloy Vargas, but also could be the last time that Davis, fellow freshmen Michael Kidd-Gilchrist and Marquis Teague as well as sophomores Doron Lamb and Terrence Jones play at home.

They made sure to make it memorable.

Davis finished with nine points, eight rebounds and two blocks to give him an NCAA-best 140 this season, Lamb had 13 points and Kidd-Gilchrist added 12 as the Wildcats went 15 of 27 from beyond the arc.

Kentucky doubled up Georgia 42-21 just over a minute into the second half on Jones' layup and the 24,382 fans at Rupp Arena were on their feet again after Jones missed a 3 and Davis followed with a slam that made it 48-24.

Kentucky continued its attack from behind the arc with a 20-2 run that featured six 3-pointers, including two by Lamb, two by Kyle Wiltjer, one by Teague and one by Miller that made it 67-30 with 10:36 left.

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Albany State Defeats KSU in SIAC Tournament

Albany State 63
Kentucky State 60

Final from Atlanta, Georgia

SIAC Tournament - Second Round

Game recap by the SIAC:

ATLANTA, GA- The 10th ranked Rams of Albany State University (ASU) upset the seventh ranked Thorobreds of Kentucky State University (KSU) 63-60 in the second round of the SIAC Basketball Tournament.

After three critical Thorobred turnovers with approximately two minutes left in the game, the Rams took the lead and never relinquished it. For the game, the Rams forced 18 KSU turnovers.

Offensively, the Rams shot 41.7% from the floor (25 of 60). They were led in scoring by Rachard Lofton who finished with 16 points and four rebounds. Marcus Benitez also scored in double figures with 11 points for the game. Troy Adams led KSU with 17 points. William Marsh finished with 14 points and Rich Austin added another 11 for KSU.

While the loss eliminates the Thorobreds from the tournament, the Rams, now 13-14 overall, advance to quarterfinal play on Thursday, March 1st when they meet the number two seed LeMoyne-Owen College at 4 p.m. in the Forbes Arena.


Thursday, March 1, 2012

Kenneth Faried: The New Face of Reese's Peanut Butter Cups

Kenneth Faried is one of the new faces of Reese's Peanut Butter Cups:

CStef23 @KennethFaried35 goes from being the face of @moreheadstate to being the face of #ReecesPeanutButterCups! #BigTime!

Swansey, Murphy Lead Tennessee Tech to Win Over SEMO

Tennessee Tech 77
SE Missouri State 73

Final from Nashville, Tennessee

OVC Tournament - Quarterfinals

Recap coming soon...for now, here's Zac Swansey doing what he so often does:

Mid-South Conference Hands Out All-League Awards

The Mid-South Conference handed out all-league awards and honors on Thursday. Campbellsville University's Cedric Henderson was named MSC Player of the Year. Lindsey Wilson's Paul Peck was named Coach of the Year.

Here's a look:

Player of the Year: Cedric Henderson, Campbellsville
Coach of the Year: Paul Peck, Lindsey Wilson
Freshman of the Year: Evan Legg, Rio Grande

All-MSC First Team:

- Cedric Henderson, Campbellsville
- Matt Daniel, Cumberlands
- Zavion Neely, Cumberlands
- Maurice Pearson, Georgetown
- Trevor Setty, Pikeville
- Chris McHenry, Pikeville
- Brandon Johnson, St. Catharine
- Kalen Kimberland, Lindsey Wilson
- Chase Spreen, Lindsey Wilson
- Travis Berry, UVa.-Wise

All-MSC Second Team:

- Justin Ennis, Campbellsville
- Garel Craig, Georgetown
- Jordan DeMercy, Georgetown
- Johonne Hamilton, Georgetown
- Shaun Gunnell, Rio Grande
- Jermaine Warmack, Rio Grande
- Morgan Bryant, Shawnee State
- Mark Bryant, Shawnee State
- Travis Wilkins, St. Catharine
- Josh Jordan, UVa.-Wise

MSC Release:

FRANKFORT, Ky. -- The Mid-South Conference recognized its all-conference, academic all-conference and its individual awards on Thursday at the conference's annual banquet held at the Thomas D. Clark Center for History.

Campbellsville University senior guard Cedric Henderson is the MSC Men's Basketball Player of the Year. Henderson is one of 10 players to earn all-conference honors as voted on by the conference coaches. Coaches were not allowed to vote for their own players.

Henderson led the MSC in steals per game (4.0) and assists (6.5) while finishing tied for third in the conference in scoring (16.4) entering postseason play. His steals and assist totals ranked second and fifth in the NAIA respectively.

Joining Henderson on the all-conference team is University of the Cumberlands' Matt Daniel and Zavion Neely; Georgetown College's Maurice Pearson; Lindsey Wilson College's Kalen Kimberland and Chase Spreen; University of Pikeville's Chris McHenry and Trevor Setty; St. Catharine College's Brandon Johnson; and UVa.-Wise's Travis Berry.

University of Rio Grande's Evan Legg was named the MSC Freshman of the Year after averaging 4.4 points and shooting 39.3 percent from three-point range.

Shawnee State University's Tyler Morgan was named the Champions of Character recipient. Morgan earned the award -- as voted on by the conference athletics directors -- for his civic and servant leadership within the campus and community.

Lindsey Wilson's Paul Peck was selected by their peers as MSC Coach of the Year after leading the Blue Raiders to the program's first out-right MSC regular season title with a 12-4 conference record.

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Rosters Announced for 2012 Kentucky Derby Festival Classic

The roster were announced today for the annual Derby Festival Classic all-star game in Louisville.

Here is the list of players:


White Team

Position Ht/Wt College

Steve Adams C 6’11”/230 Pittsburgh
Semaj Christon PG 6’2”/175 Xavier
Sam Dekker SF 6’7”/190 Wisconsin
Jeremy Hollowell SF 6’7”/200 Indiana
Danuel House SG 6’6”/175 Houston
Ron Patterson SG 6’3/180 Indiana
Hanner Perea PF 6’8”/190 Indiana
Terry Rozier PG 6’1”/170 Louisville
Jakarr Sampson PF 6’7”/195 Undecided
TJ Warren SF 6’8”/230 North Carolina State
Coach Ryan Hurd - Notre Dame Prep (MA)
Coach Jason Smith - Brewster Academy (NH)

Black Team

Position Ht/Wt College
Jordan Adams SF 6’5”/205 UCLA
Robert Carter C 6’9”/245 Georgia Tech
Phil Forte PG 5’11”/165 Oklahoma State
Amile Jefferson PF 6’9”/200 Undecided
Tyler Lewis PG 5’11”/165 North Carolina State
Devonta Pollard SF 6’7”/195 Undecided
Winston Shepard PF 6’8”/200 San Diego State
Marcus Smart SG 6’4”/200 Oklahoma State
D’Vauntes Smith-Rivera SG 6’3”/210 Georgetown
Andrew White SF 6’6”/205 Kansas
Coach Jason Polykoff - Friends Central (PA)
Coach Danny Henderson - Marcus (TX)

Ben Robers of the Herald-Leader points out that there are no University of Kentucky signees:

Rosters for the April 6 all-star game in Louisville were released Thursday and boasted plenty of talent, but no UK signees. Two Kentucky recruiting targets, Devonta Pollard and Amile Jefferson, were among the 20 players selected.

UK signees Alex Poythress and Archie Goodwin are not eligible to play in the event after accepting invitations to participate in the McDonald's All-American Game and Jordan Brand Classic. The NCAA prohibits high school seniors from playing in more than two all-star games.

Willie Cauley, UK's other signee, was also absent from the list despite being left off the McDonald's and Jordan rosters. Derby Classic organizers said Thursday that there was the "potential to add two more players if we see fit." Cauley and Kentucky target Nerlens Noel had been mentioned as possible Derby Classic participants before Thursday's announcement.

Derby Classic rosters lacking UK flavor

Darius Miller Talks About Senior Night and More

Kentucky senior Darius Miller talks to the media about tonight's Senior Night game against Georgia (videos by commonwealthnetwork2 on YouTube):

Wednesday, February 29, 2012

SEMO Sends Eastern Kentucky Home Early

Southeast Missouri State 75
Jacksonville State 65

Final from Nashville, Tennessee

OVC Tournament - First Round

Southeast Missouri State held off an Eastern Kentucky rally and defeated the Colonels 75-65 in the first round of the Ohio Valley Conference on Wednesday night.

SEMO dominated the paint, out-scoring Eastern Kentucky 40-28 inside and finishing with a 44-33 rebounding advantage.

The Colonels made a late run but failed to get over the proverbial hump.

Marland Smith led the Redhawks with 20 points on 5-10 shooting. He was 9-13 at the free throw line. Tyler Stone added 18 points and 11 rebounds. Leon Powell chipped in a double-double with 12 points and 14 boards.

Eastern Kentucky, which lost 7 of its final 11 games, got 28 points and 6 rebounds from Jaron Jones. Joshua Jones contributed 17 points.

SEMO moves on to face Tennessee Tech on Thursday night.

Schools Warned that Shabazz Muhammad is Under NCAA Investigation

The NCAA has contacted all schools recruiting 2012 star Shabazz Muhammad and made them aware of financial dealings that could "compromise" Muhammad's amateur status.

Here is the report from

The NCAA has contacted each school recruiting the nation's top-ranked high school basketball prospect, Shabazz Muhammad, and made them aware of financial dealings that could compromise Muhammad's amateur status, multiple sources have told

The sources told that the NCAA is specifically interested in connections between Muhammad's family and financial advisers Benjamin Lincoln and Ken Kavanagh. Lincoln is a North Carolina-based financial planner whose brother, Geoff Lincoln, is an assistant coach for Muhammad's high school team in Las Vegas. Kavanagh is a New York-based financial planner.

Muhammad's father, Ron Holmes, acknowledged to in multiple phone calls this week that he knows both men and has been questioned by an NCAA investigator about the relationships. Sources told Lincoln paid for at least two of Muhammad's unofficial visits to college campuses and that Kavanagh has helped fund Muhammad's summer team, the Las Vegas-based Dream Vision Foundation. Holmes, who has hired legal counsel to assist with getting the NCAA inquiry resolved, confirmed both statements as true to

Holmes said he has been in the real estate business since 1986 and met Benjamin Lincoln in 2007 through Muhammad's high school coach at Las Vegas' Bishop Gorman, Grant Rice.

"We hit it off immediately and became very close friends," Holmes told in an exclusive interview. "When Benjamin and I met in 2007, my son Shabazz was in the seventh grade. Back in 2007, none of us knew that Shabazz would be able to play college ball, let alone be as good as he is now. In fact, I don't remember any colleges contacting us until Shabazz was in the ninth or 10th grade.

"By 2010, Shabazz was getting a lot of interest from high major colleges, including North Carolina and Duke," he said. "We had an opportunity to take unofficial visits to both schools in North Carolina. Benjamin offered to pay for our plane tickets and hotel room. When we went on the visits, we filled out the NCAA compliance forms and fully disclosed that our family friend, Benjamin Lincoln, had paid for the trips.

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Davis, Kidd-Gilchrist and Canaan on Naismith Midseason 30

Kentucky's Anthony Davis and Michael Kidd-Gilchrist, along with Murray State's Isaiah Canaan have been named to the 2012 Naismith Trophy Midseason 30 list.


Player School Position
Harrison Barnes North Carolina Forward
Will Barton Memphis Forward
Kenny Boynton Florida Guard
Isaiah Canaan Murray State Guard
Anthony Davis Kentucky Forward

Matthew Dellavedova Saint Mary’s (Calif.) Guard
Marcus Denmon Missouri Guard
Draymond Green Michigan State Forward
John Henson North Carolina Forward
John Jenkins Vanderbilt Guard
Darius Johnson-Odom Marquette Guard
Kevin Jones West Virginia Forward
Perry Jones III Baylor Forward/Center
Kris Joseph Syracuse Forward
Michael Kidd-Gilchrist Kentucky Forward
Damian Lillard Weber State Guard
Scott Machado Iona Guard
Doug McDermott Creighton Forward
Dominique Morrison Oral Roberts Forward
Mike Moser UNLV Forward
Arnett Moultrie Mississippi State Forward
Phil Pressey Missouri Guard
Thomas Robinson Kansas Forward
Mike Scott Virginia Forward
Jared Sullinger Ohio State Forward
Jordan Taylor Wisconsin Guard
Dion Waiters Syracuse Guard
Royce White Iowa State Forward
Tony Wroten Washington Guard
Cody Zeller Indiana Forward

Here is the NCAA release:

ATLANTA — From Creighton to Weber State, players from universities in mid-major conferences make up nearly a third of the players to watch this season, the Atlanta Tipoff Club announced today with the release of its Naismith Men’s Basketball Player of the Year Award presented by AT&T Midseason 30 Watch List.

The midseason 30 list was compiled by the Atlanta Tipoff Club’s Board of Selectors, which based its criteria on player performances from the 2011-12 college basketball season. The Naismith Trophy, presented by AT&T, will be awarded at the 2012 NCAA Men’s Final Four in New Orleans.

“With mid-major conference player Jimmer Fredette winning last year’s award and mid-major players making up nearly a third of this year’s list, it just goes to show that great basketball talent is everywhere,” said Eric Oberman, Atlanta Tipoff Club executive director. “We’re anticipating another great year of competition and wish luck to all the players on the list heading into the home stretch of the college basketball season.”

Additionally in the running are two players each from Kentucky, Missouri, North Carolina and Syracuse, along with 2010 Naismith High School Boy’s Player of the Year Jared Sullinger, now a sophomore at The Ohio State University. Outside of mid-majors, the SEC and Big 12 boast the most nominees with five each, while the Big East and Big Ten each have four.

NCAA Announcement

Derrick Gordon Named Third Team All-Sun Belt Conference

Western Kentucky's Derrick Gordon has been named to the All-Sun Belt Conference Third Team.

He is the only WKU player recognized in the Sun Belt's postseason awards.

First Team All-Sun Belt Conference

D’Andre Williams (UALR, Sr., G)
Chris Udofia (Denver, So., F)
LaRon Dendy (Middle Tennessee, Sr., F)
Tony Mitchell (North Texas, Fr., F)
Augustine Rubit (South Alabama, So., F)

Second Team All-Sun Belt Conference

Will Neighbour (UALR, So., F)
Brian Stafford (Denver, Sr., G)
DeJuan Wright (FIU, Sr., G)
Josh Brown (Louisiana-Lafayette, Sr., G)
Marcos Knight (Middle Tennessee, Jr., G)

Third Team All-Sun Belt Conference

Malcoln Kirkland (Arkansas State, Sr., F)
Jeremy Allen (FIU, Sr., G)
Phil Taylor (FIU, So., G)
JT Sulton (Middle Tennessee, Jr., F)
Derrick Gordon (WKU, Fr., G)

Player of the Year

LaRon Dendy (Middle Tennessee, Sr., F)

Defensive Player of the Year

Chris Udofia (Denver, So., F)

Freshman of the Year

Tony Mitchell (North Texas, Fr., F)

Joe Gottfried Coach of the Year

Kermit Davis, Middle Tennessee

Doyel: Bob Knight Hates Kentucky...Why Is He Getting Away With It?

Gregg Doyel of points out the obvious today (and thanks Gregg for being the first national media guy to step up to the plate) - Bob Knight hates Kentucky and John Calipari.

Here is an excerpt:

Knight was on the Mike and Mike show today, and he was asked for his top teams in the country. He listed five: Syracuse, Duke, UNC, Missouri, Kansas.

None of them was Kentucky, which is odd considering Kentucky is No. 1 in both polls. Of the 96 available votes in the two polls combined, Kentucky received 94 this week. Kentucky is the leading candidate not just for a No. 1 seed, but for the No. 1 overall seed, and is the overwhelming favorite of Vegas oddsmakers to win the title.

But Knight won't concede that the Wildcats -- coached by John Calipari, whom Knight has verbally attacked in the past -- are in the top five.

You could chalk that up as a matter of opinion, as Knight being vintage contrarian Knight, but not when you combine it with another recent segment he was on -- when he was asked to name the best players in the country. Knight named a handful.

None of them was Anthony Davis, which is odd considering the rest of the country considers Davis and Kansas' Thomas Robinson not just the leading candidates for national POY ... but the only candidates for national POY. And as an added bonus, Davis is the presumptive No. 1 overall pick if he enters the 2012 NBA Draft.

But Knight won't concede that Davis -- coached by John Calipari, whom Knight has verbally attacked in the past -- is among the best players in the country.

Complete Article

Doyel poses the question that many of us want to know: why is he getting away with it?

2012 SIAC Tournament is Underway in Atlanta

The Southern Intercollegiate Athletic Conference Tournament is underway in Atlanta, Georgia.

Kentucky State will open play this afternoon with a game against Albany State.

FIRST ROUND- Tuesday, February 28th, 2012

Game 1 #6 Miles def. #11 Paine (Women) 60-53
Game 2 #5 Clark Atlanta def. # 11 Lane (Women) 62-47
Game 3 #12 Claflin def. #13 Lane (Men) 73-57
Game 4 #8 LeMoyne-Owen def. #9 Kentucky State (Women) 76-53
Game 5 #7 Albany State def. #10 Claflin (Women) 57-51
Game 6 #8 Fort Valley State def. #9 Miles 86-80

FIRST ROUND- Wednesday, February 29th, 2012

Game 7 #5 Stillman vs. #12 Claflin (Men) 10 a.m.
Game 8 #7 Kentucky State vs. #10 Albany State (Men) 12 p.m.
Game 9 #4 Benedict vs. #5 Clark Atlanta (Women) 2 p.m.
Game 10 #6 Paine vs. #11 Morehouse (Men) 4 p.m.
Game 11 #1 Fort Valley State vs. #8 LeMoyne-Owen (Women) 6 p.m.
Game 12 #1 Tuskegee vs. #8 Fort Valley State 8 p.m.

SECOND ROUND- Thursday, March 1st, 2012

Game 13 #4 Benedict vs. #5 Stillman or Winner of #12 Claflin/#13 Lane (Men) 12 p.m.
Game 14 #3 Tuskegee vs. #6 Miles (Women) 2 p.m.
Game 15 #2 LeMoyne-Owen vs. Winner of #7 Kentucky State/#10 Albany State (Men) 4 p.m.
Game 16 #2 Stillman vs. #7 Albany State 6 p.m.
Game 17 #3 Clark Atlanta vs. Winner of #6 Paine/#11 Morehouse 8 p.m.

SEMIFINAL ROUND- Friday, March 2nd, 2012

Game 18 Semifinal #1 (Women) 2 p.m.
Game 19 Semifinal #2 (Men) 4 p.m.
Game 20 Semifinal #3 (Women) 6 p.m.
Game 21 Semifinal #4 (Men) 8 p.m.

CHAMPIONSHIP ROUND- Saturday, March 3rd, 2012

Game 22 Championship (Women) 4 p.m.
Game 23 Championship (Men) 7 p.m.

Tournament Bracket

2012 SIAC Basketball Tournament

Date: Tuesday, February 28th- Saturday, March 3rd, 2012
Location: Morehouse College's Frank L. Forbes Arena (830 Westview Drive, SW, Atlanta, GA)
Tickets: Tickets now sale at Week passes are $50; Individual day passes for games on February 28th through March 1st are $10. Semi-final (March 2nd) and Championship (March 3rd) are $15.

Murray State Collects OVC Men's Basketball Awards

The Murray State Racers have capped off a spectacular regular season with several Ohio Valley Conference postseason awards.

Isaiah Canaan was named OVC Player of the Year on Tuesday. Teammate Jewuan Long was named Defensive Player of the Year and head coach Steve Prohm was named Coach of the Year.

UT-Martin's Myles Taylor was named Freshman of the Year.

Canaan and Donte Poole represent the Racers on the All-OVC First Team. Ivan Aska is on the Second Team.

Eastern Kentucky's Jaron Jones is on the Second Team. EKU's Mike DiNunno is on the All-Newcomer Team.

2011-12 All-OVC Men's Basketball Teams/Awards

Player of the Year: Isaiah Canaan, Murray State
Defensive Player of the Year: Jewuan Long, Murray State
Freshman of the Year: Myles Taylor, UT Martin
Coach of the Year: Steve Prohm, Murray State

All-OVC First Team
Isaiah Canaan, Murray State
Robert Covington, Tennessee State
Kevin Murphy, Tennessee Tech
Donte Poole, Murray State
Jud Dillard, Tennessee Tech

All-OVC Second Team
Jaron Jones, Eastern Kentucky
Tyler Stone, Southeast Missouri
John Fraley, Austin Peay
Jeremy Granger, Eastern Illinois
Ivan Aska, Murray State
Mark Yelovich, SIUE

*Note there are 6 people on the 2nd team due to a tie in voting.

OVC All-Newcomer
Tyler Stone, Southeast Missouri
Myles Taylor, UT Martin
Mike DiNunno, Eastern Kentucky
Kellen Thornton, Tennessee State
Jerome Jones, SIUE Casts Big Blue Ballot for SEC Awards

Andy Katz and cast their ballot for SEC men's basketball player and coach of the year.

Kentucky fans will like their picks:

Player of the year

No player in the SEC has altered the outcome of games more than Kentucky freshmanAnthony Davis. Opposing coaches have to worry about him blocking, altering and affecting shots before they’ve even been attempted.

He is now scoring facing the basket as well as on the offensive backboard, on the break or on an alley-oop. He had his most complete performance against Vanderbilt last weekend with 28 points, 11 rebounds and six blocks. Davis was seen as a huge get for John Calipari last spring because of his ability to dominate the defensive end. But his evolution as an offensive threat has made him a complete player, Kentucky a national title contender and Davis the SEC player of the year -- and possibly the national player of the year as he tussles with Thomas Robinson of Kansas.

Coach of the year

You could make a case for Tennessee's Cuonzo Martin or maybe LSU’s Trent Johnson if either of those schools finishes in the top four, which is still plausible here in the final week of the regular season. Both of those programs were picked to finish in the bottom third of the league and both coaches have done outstanding jobs surviving rough stretches of play.

But really, there is no other choice than John Calipari. Kentucky’s dominance in the SEC has been as impressive as the sport has seen in a power-six conference this season. For the third straight season, Calipari has taken a team led by freshmen and risen to the top of the league.

Calipari has managed sophomore Terrence Jones well and found a way to work around a still-developing Marquis Teague at the point. Davis has continued to become a complete player by being a much more offensive presence to match his dominance on the back line. Kidd-Gilchrist has been the most impressive offensive player with the Cats and their hardest worker. Doron Lamb, Darius Miller and Kyle Wiltjer have all had their moments.

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IU Southeast Rolls to Fifth-Straight KIAC Championship

(14) IU Southeast 99
Brescia University 63

Final from Berea, Kentucky

KIAC Tournament - Championship Game

Game recap by IUS:

BEREA, Ky. - The No.14-ranked IU Southeast Grenadiers completed IU Southeast's of KIAC championship games on Tuesday night with 99-63 victory over Brescia for its fifth-straight KIAC Men's Basketball Tournament championship.

The gamechanger was IU Southeast success from three-point range and free-throw shooting. The Grenadiers hit six of twelve of their three-point shots in the opening half and 15 of 19 of their free throws to pad its lead. IU Southeast led 51-30 at the half.

The play of two freshmen paved the way to the championship. Haris Batalevic was a spark off the bench and finished the game with 20 points. He was six of nine from three-point range. Simpson led all scorers with 23 points. Kegan Clark had 11 points. Brice Mitchell added 10 points and four rebounds. Martez Dow had 10 points.

IU Southeast continued to connect from long-range and finished shooting 9-21 from three-point range . The Grenadiers shot 55 percent for the game and shot 73 percent from the charity stripe on 24-33 shooting.

Complete Recap

DeMarcus Cousins Opens Second Half of Season in Big Way

Former Kentucky star DeMarcus Cousins opened the second half of the NBA season in a big way last night.

Cousins finished with 22 points, 18 rebounds and 2 assists. More importantly, the Kings picked up a 103-96 victory over the Utah Jazz.

Here is Cousins talking about the game:

For the Kings, former UK star Chuck Hayes had 2 points, 4 boards and 3 assists. Former Louisville star Francisco Garcia added 6 points.

Enes Kanter had 4 points and 6 rebounds off the Jazz bench.

Tuesday, February 28, 2012

2012 Star Nerlens Noel is Down to 5 Schools

Nerlens Noel, the top big man in the 2012 recruiting class, is down to five schools according to

Noel has dropped Providence and Florida and is now down to Kentucky, Georgetown, Syracuse, Connecticut and North Carolina.

Here is an excerpt:

A frantic recruiting process for Nerlens Noel has taken a bit of a step back as the Tilton School (NH) wraps-up the basketball season. The top prospect in 2012 will be on the move shortly after, but he cut down his list of possible destinations in the process.

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Pitino Says Jared Swopshire Will Not Return for Senior Season

University of Louisville head coach Rick Pitino said today that junior Jared Swopshire will not return for his senior season.

Here is an excerpt from John Clay of the Herald-Leader:

At his press conference today for Louisville’s game Wednesday against visiting South Florida, Cards coach Rick Pitino said not only would Jared Swopshire start, but that the 6-foot-9 forward would go through Senior Day ceremonies.

Thing is, Swopshire is not a senior.

The St. Louis native is a redshirt junior, but Pitino said that Swopshire will transfer because he would not get playing time next season at U of L. Pitino said he “would love for Swopshire play 32 minutes somewhere else than 10 minutes here.”

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Bellarmine Takes Over Top Spot in Division II Coaches Poll

Bellarmine University (24-2) is back on top of the NABC/Division II Coaches Poll this week. The Knights received all 8 first place votes.

Northern Kentucky University (21-5) comes in at No. 10 this week.

Kentucky Wesleyan College (21-6) has moved up to No. 14.

NABC/Division II Coaches Poll (Feb. 28, 2012)

Record Points Pvs
1. Bellarmine, Ky. (8 first place votes) 24-2 200 2
2. Colorado School of Mines 24-2 189 3
3. Alabama-Huntsville 23-3 182 4
4. West Liberty, W.Va. 26-2 177 1
5. Shaw, N.C. 24-2 167 6
6. Midwestern State, Texas 23-3 153 5
7. Tarleton State, Texas 24-4 152 7
8. Christian Brothers, Tenn. 21-5 137 11
9. Indiana, Pa. 22-4 126 13
10. Northern Kentucky 21-5 125 8
11. Western Washington 25-4 123 14
12. Metropolitan State, Colo. 22-5 111 15
13. Southern Indiana 21-6 103 9
14. Kentucky Wesleyan 21-6 84 19
15. Alaska-Anchorage 21-5 82 20
16. Anderson, S.C. 22-4 75 21
17. Lincoln Memorial, Tenn. 24-4 69 12
18. Northwest Missouri State 21-5 58 16
19. Missouri Southern 22-6 54 10
20. Indianapolis, Ind. 19-7 39 20
21. Arkansas Tech 21-5 36 17
22. Charleston, W.Va. 23-5 30 25
23. District of Columbia 22-4 23 18
24. Franklin Pierce, N.H. 21-6 21 NR
25. Seattle Pacific, Wash. 21-6 18 24

Others receiving votes: Hillsdale (Mich.) 14, Florida Tech 12, Washburn (Kan.) 10, West Georgia 9, King (Tenn.) 7, Winona State (Minn.) 5, LIU-C.W. Post 3, South Carolina Aiken 3, Bemidji State (Minn.) 2, Bowie State (Md.) 1.

John Calipari on the "Great Myth" of the Kentucky Program

John Calipari has posted an article on titled "The great myth of our program."

Calipari said some people feel that he has turned the Kentucky basketball program into a "one-and-done factory" but that "couldn't be more wrong."

Here is an excerpt of Calipari's article:

We have the highest Academic Progress Rate in the Southeastern Conference. We’ve graduated the seniors that have stayed and gone through the program. On Thursday, Darius Miller and Eloy Vargas will celebrate Senior Night, and later this semester, they’ll walk across that stage – on time – with a degree in their hands.

But every kid is on a different timetable, and when I coach young people, it’s not about me. It’s about them. We’re not doing anything that’s unethical, illegal, immoral or against any rules. There is a rule that needs to be changed, and if that rule doesn’t change, my only two options are recruiting players that aren’t good enough or convincing young people to put their dreams aside because the university and our basketball program are more important than their dreams.

Which would you rather me do?

Understand, we don’t recruit a young player saying that there is no question he’s a one-and-done player. We don’t know! Are you telling me that we knew Eric Bledsoe had a chance out of high school to go in the first round after one year? If they tell you that, they’re lying. Those same people also said our three freshman starters from last season would leave after one year. Two came back because they wanted to win a national championship and the other one that left had a 4.0 grade-point average and 60 credit hours.

I tell every player that we recruit that I don’t have a magic wand. At the end of the year, we’ll see where everything is, we’ll give you the information, and you and your family make a choice to stay or come back. I would love to coach all of these guys for four years and have them earn a college degree in four years, but if they have an opportunity to reach their dreams, I will not be the person to hold them back, nor will I let anybody at this university or in my program do it.

Do you have a problem if the tennis player or golfer makes the same decision? Do you have a problem that Bill Gates or Steve Jobs left early and decided to chase their dreams? Well, if my players are ready, they shouldn’t go?

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Check Out This All Access Feature on DeMarcus Cousins

Here is some more "must watch" television with former Kentucky star DeMarcus Cousins - check out the NBA All Access piece:

Video: New Highlights of 2014 UK Recruit Wayne Selden

Check out these new highlights of 2014 Kentucky recruit Wayne Selden:

Several State Players Receive Postseason Honors from GLVC

The Great Lakes Valley Conference has announced postseason awards for the 2011-12 season.

Bellarmine's Braydon Hobbs has been named GLVC Player of the Year. Head coach Scott Davenport is Co-Coach of the Year with Steve Tappmeyer of Missouri-St. Louis.

Hobbs is joined on the All-GLVC First Team by teammate Jeremy Kendle. Kentucky Wesleyan's Cardell McFarland and Anthony Young are also on the First Team.

Bellarmine's Chris Dowe and Luke Sprague and Northern Kentucky's Ethan Faulkner are on the Second Team.

Hobbs, Kentucky Wesleyan's Brandon Johnson and NKU's DeAndre Nealy on the All-Defensive Team.


Braydon Hobbs, Bellarmine, Sr., G
Jeremy Kendle, Bellarmine, Jr., G

Alex Hall, Drury, Jr., G
Michael Fakuade, Ill. Springfield, Sr., F
Cardell McFarland, Kentucky Wesleyan, Sr., G
Anthony Young, Kentucky Wesleyan, Sr., C

Troy Long, Missouri-St. Louis, Sr., G
Justin Brock, Quincy, Sr., F/C
Brandon Hogg, Southern Indiana, Sr., G
Nick Larson, William Jewell, Sr., C


Chris Dowe, Bellarmine, Jr., G
Luke Sprague, Bellarmine, Sr., F

Brandon Lockhart, Drury, Jr., G
Jermaine Love-Roberts, Ill. Springfield, Sr., G
Adrian Moss, Indianapolis, Sr., G
Chris McClellan, Lewis, Sr., G
Josh McCoy, Missouri-St. Louis, Jr., G
Charlie Woods, Missouri-St. Louis, Jr., F
Ethan Faulkner, Northern Kentucky, Jr., G
Courtney Belger, Quincy, Sr., G


Braydon Hobbs, Bellarmine, Sr., G
West Dawson, Ill. Springfield , Jr., F
Michael Fakuade, Ill. Springfield, Sr., F
Brandon Johnson, Kentucky Wesleyan, Sr., G
Marty Strus, Lewis, Sr., C
Carlton Westbrook, Missouri S&T, Sr., G
Justin Hightower, Missouri-St. Louis, Sr., G
DeAndre Nealy, Northern Kentucky, Sr., C
Courtney Belger, Quincy, Sr., G
Kenyon Smith, Southern Indiana, Jr., G

Player of the Year: Braydon Hobbs, Bellarmine
Freshman of the Year: Ryan Jackson, Lewis
Co-Coaches of the Year: Scott Davenport, Bellarmine & Steve Tappmeyer, Missouri-St. Louis

Dates Announced for 2012 John Calipari Father/Son and Overnight Basketball Camps

The University of Kentucky has announced the dates for the 2012 John Calipari Father & Son Camp and Overnight Camp.

Here is a release from UK:

Dates Announced for Father/Son and Overnight Basketball Camps

LEXINGTON, Ky. – The University of Kentucky Men’s Basketball program is pleased to announce the dates and information for the 2012 John Calipari Father & Son Camp and Overnight Camp.

Scheduled for Friday and Saturday June 15-16 (Father’s Day Weekend) the John Calipari Father & Son Camp offers a unique father & son bonding experience that only Kentucky Basketball can provide. This year’s father and son participants will be treated to instruction from the UK coaches, staff, along with current and former Wildcat players through detailed skill work and competitions in the best facilities in college basketball. Father and son teams will compete with fellow campers of appropriate age groups (based on son’s age/grade level) in competitions that incorporate skills learned throughout the camp. The skill work is designed to give both father and son drills and techniques to take home and continue working on together. This camp is open to all fathers and sons ages 6-17, regardless of previous basketball experience.

The Coach Calipari Overnight Basketball Camp is scheduled for June 17-20 (Sunday to Wednesday) and is open to boys ages 7-17. This camp offers four days of skills training, team games, individual competitions, and Division tournament. Campers will be pre-assigned to appropriate age/grade level divisions in which all skills work, competitions and games will take place. Skills work will be taught by UK coaches, staff and current and former Wildcat players. Each camper will be assigned a team within their respective age groups. Complete camp itineraries, gym schedules, and Day Camper drop off and pick up will be included in the confirmation email sent to parents prior to the start of camp, and parents are encouraged to visit any of the gym sites to watch their children participate in camp activities.

A limited number of spots are available for all camps and are based on a first-come, first-serve basis, with online registration ( ) recommended as the fastest and most efficient form of registering campers. Both of the camps listed were sold out last summer, so early registration is encouraged to secure a spot.

Both camps will be held on the University of Kentucky campus. Buses will be provided to transport campers to all of the basketball facilities. Full-time athletic trainers will be stationed at each site throughout the duration of the camp, along with UK basketball staff members in all dorms to accommodate any questions or concerns campers may have.

For more information, interested parties or registered campers can call 859.257.9457

Free Throw Shooting Dooms Asbury in KIAC Tournament, Brescia Advances to Championship Game

Brescia 71
Asbury 65

Final from Berea, Kentucky

KIAC Tournament - Semifinals

Game recap by Asbury:

BEREA, Ky. – The third time was not the charm this time around for Asbury as the Eagles were knocked out of the KIAC Tournament for the second straight year by Brescia University 71-65 at Berea on Monday night. The Eagles lost all three meetings to the Bearcats this season and four straight.

The Eagles (12-17) made only 2-of-15 from the free throw line in the six-point loss, shooting well below their 69 percent season mark from the charity stripe. There were 19 lead changes and 10 ties in the game.

The largest lead came by Brescia at 69-62 with nine seconds left. Asbury’s last lead came at 51-49 with over 13 minutes to play. The final tie was at 62 with three minutes left. Brescia’s 7-0 run included five missed free throws and three missed field goals by the Eagles.

Dakotah Euton and Justin Jones combined for 36 points and 20 rebounds as Euton played all 40 minutes and Jones played 38 before fouling out. Euton’s double-double of 19 points and 11 rebounds was his ninth of the season and the 11th straight game scoring in double-digits. Jones’ 17 points was the second highest total this season.

Brescia (16-15) pulled down 42 rebounds compared to Asbury’s 35. Zac Brown and Troy Halcomb each scored 13 points for the Bearcats as five players were in double-digits.

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Video: Chane Behanan Dead Lifts Teammate Russ Smith

Louisville freshman Chane Behanan dead lifts Russ Smith off the court:

Monday, February 27, 2012

Calipari Says Kidd-Gilchrist Would Have to Justify Coming Back for Sophomore Season

University of Kentucky head coach John Calipari admitted that he would be happy to have Michael Kidd-Gilchrist back for another season in Lexington but added that Kidd-Gilchrist will need to justify his reasoning for coming back.

Kidd-Gilchrist told reporters in a frank manner on Saturday that he plans to return to Kentucky rather than entering the NBA Draft this summer.

Here is an excerpt from the Herald-leader:

"He has to come up with reasons why he's coming back to convince me," Calipari said Monday on a Southeastern Conference coaches' teleconference. "Here's why: What if he gets hurt, and I'm out there convincing him to come back?"

Calipari also noted the possibility of a player returning to college and then seeing his draft stock fall.

"It's hard to live with yourself," Calipari said, "unless you're trying to win five more games or 'How many games can I win before I retire?' "

Such was not the case at Kentucky, said Calipari, who added, "This is about these young people."

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Kentucky Wesleyan Advances to GLVC Quarterfinals

(19) Kentucky Wesleyan 79
Missouri S&T 59

Final from Owensboro, Kentucky

Game recap aby KWC:

Putting on a defensive clinic over the final 10 minutes of the first half, No. 19 Kentucky Wesleyan put together a 21-3 run and went on to beat Missouri S&T 79-59 in an opening round game of the Great Lakes Valley Conference Tournament before a sparse gathering on Sunday afternoon at the Sportscenter.

The Panthers (21-6) move into the GLVC quarterfinals against Northern Kentucky at noon on Friday in Springfield, Ill.

KWC advanced with a well-executed defensive performance that held the Minors (7-20) without a field goal for a 12-minute stretch, and limited S&T to just 38 percent shooting.

“We defended well, and that was a great stretch for us at the end of the first half,” Wesleyan head coach Todd Lee said. “We were in a real battle with them for the first 10 minutes, but we were able to get it done at the defensive end and extend our lead out to 16 points by halftime.

“S&T does a great job running their offense, and it takes a disciplined defense to contain them. We were ready for them, though, and I thought our guys carried out our defensive game plan extremely well.”

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Preview: 2012 Mid-South Conference Tournament

The 2012 Mid-South Conference Tournament tipped off Monday night with Rio Grande defeating Shawnee State 61-56 in an opening round game.

The tournament continues Friday with the quarterfinal round.

Here is a schedule:

Monday, Feb. 27 - Opening Round @ Higher Seed

Game 1 9) Rio Grande def. 8) Shawnee State 61-56

Friday, March 2 - Quarterfinals @ Frankfort, Ky.

Game 2 1) Lindsey Wilson vs. 9) Rio Grande 2 p.m.

Game 3 4) Pikeville vs. 5) Cumberlands 4 p.m.

Game 4 2) Georgetown vs. 7) UVa.-Wise 6 p.m.

Game 5 3) St. Catharine vs. 6) Campbellsville 8 p.m.

Saturday, March 3 - Semifinals @ Frankfort, Ky.

Game 6 Game 2 Winner vs. Game 3 Winner 6 p.m.

Game 7 Game 4 Winner vs. Game 5 Winner 8 p.m.

Sunday, March 4 - Finals @ Frankfort, Ky.

Game 8 Game 6 Winner vs. Game 7 Winner 4 p.m.

Tournament Bracket

Excerpt of the MSC release:

Lindsey Wilson College is the tournament's top seed after capturing the regular season title with a 12-4 conference record. Georgetown College is the tournament's No. 2 seed after finishing the regular season 11-5 in league play.

A trio of teams -- University of the Cumberlands, University of Pikeville and St. Catharine College -- tied for third in the conference this season with identical 9-7 records.

St. Catharine is the No. 3 seed due to having the best record in head-to-head action among the three teams. Pikeville is the fourth seed after sweeping Cumberlands -- who is the fifth seed in the tournament -- during the regular season.

The 9-team tournament begins on Monday as No. 9-seed University of Rio Grande travels to No. 8-seed Shawnee State in Portsmouth, Ohio. The winner advances to play Lindsey Wilson at 2 p.m. ET on Friday, March 2 in the first quarterfinal at the Frankfort Convention Center.

Friday's second quarterfinal features Pikeville and Cumberlands at 4 p.m. ET. At 6 p.m. ET, Georgetown faces seventh-seeded UVa.-Wise followed by the final quarterfinal of the tournament featuring St. Catharine and sixth-seeded Campbellsville University.

The tournament's semifinals are scheduled for Saturday, March 3 at 6 and 8 p.m. ET with the finals set for 4 p.m. ET on Sunday, March 4.

Tony Parker Confirms: Kentucky No Longer on List

Tony Parker, a 6-9 center from Miller Grove (Ga.) High School, has confirmed that Kentucky and Connecticut are no longer on his list of potential schools.

Here is an excerpt from

“I think he’s going to do it at the McDonald’s Game,” Virgil Parker said Monday morning in a phone interview.

The game is set for March 28 at the United Center in Chicago and is preceded by several days of practices.

Virgil said his son, a skilled 6-foot-9 center from Lithonia (Ga.) Miller Grove High, will choose from among Kansas, UCLA, Duke, Ohio State, Memphis and Georgia. He confirmed that Kentucky and UConn were no longer in the mix.
As for the Kansas visit, Parker tripped to Lawrence along with fellow 2012 uncommitted stars Shabazz Muhammad and JaKarr Sampson and watched Kansas edge Missouri, 87-86, in OT in perhaps the last Border War ever.

Tony Parker Likely to Announce at McDonald’s Game


Arnett Moultrie Throws MSU Teammates Under Bus, Doubts Team Can Turn Season Around

Mississippi State head coach Rick Stansbury stated on Monday that there are no problems in his team's locker room.

That would certainly seem to conflict with the statements given by big man Arnett Moultrie.

When asked if this team will be able to turn things around before the season’s over, Moultrie responded: "Maybe not. Probably not.”

He was just getting started according to Bulldogs beat writer Brad Locke:

Moultrie, who transferred from UTEP last year, essentially said that the Bulldogs lack team unity and are wasting their talent.

“A five-game losing streak is unheard of at any level of basketball – especially when you’ve got all this talent,” he said.

Moultrie said there isn’t anyone he turns to on the team for leadership. Why?

“Everybody’s got their own agendas.”

He said what some teammates are saying about wanting to do big things isn’t being backed up by their work ethic.

Here is video footage of Moultrie talking to the media:

Kentucky fans will likely remember this play from the MSU game:

Bellarmine's Luke Sprague Named GLVC Player of the Week

Bellarmine University's Luke Sprague has been named Great Lakes Valley Conference Player of the Week.

Here is the GLVC release:

INDIANAPOLIS – Bellarmine senior forward Luke Sprague (Newburgh, IN/Castle) has been named the Great Lakes Valley Conference Men’s Basketball Player of the Week for the first time this season. Sprague put on a stellar performance on the road to help the Knights collect a win over No. 8 ranked Northern Kentucky on Thursday night. The game wrapped up regular season action for both squads.

Sprague compiled a career high 28 points to help lead the Knights past Northern Kentucky 86-75. The 6-8 senior was nearly perfect from the field going 4-for-4 from inside the arc, and 3-for-4 from long range to shoot 87.5 percent from the field. He also converted 11-of-13 attempts from the free-throw line. Sprague then added four rebounds to round out the night.

Sprague and the Bellarmine Knights have been named the GLVC East Division Champions after posting a 24-2 overall record and going 16-2 in league play. They enter the 2012 SCHEELS GLVC Championship as the No. 1 overall seed and received a bye in first round action. They are scheduled to face off against No. 8 seeded Lewis at 6:00 Friday evening.

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Josh Harrellson Cleared to Return for New York

Former Kentucky big man Josh Harrellson has been cleared to return to practice for the New York Knicks following the All-Star break.

Harrellson has not played since fracturing his wrist on January 21. He was averaging 5.5 points and 4.2 rebounds before the injury.

Here is more:

When the Knicks resume practice Tuesday following the All-Star break, Josh Harrellson will join them.

The 6-foot-10 rookie from Kentucky has been cleared to practice in full after he fractured his right wrist Jan. 21 against the Nuggets.

Knicks’ Harrellson Cleared to Practice

Kalen Kimberland Named MSC Player of the Week

Lindsey Wilson College's Kalen Kimberland has been named Mid-South Conference Player of the Week for the second time this season.

Here is the release from the MSC:

LOUISVILLE, Ky. -- Lindsey Wilson College's Kalen Kimberland is the Mid-South Conference Men's Basketball Player of the Week, conference officials announced on Monday.

The weekly conference award is Kimberland's second of the season and of his career. Kimberland also earned the award on Dec. 5.

Kimberland averaged 21.5 points, 2.5 rebounds and 1.5 assists while helping the Blue Raiders to a pair of home wins last week over No. 20-ranked Campbellsville University and St. Catharine College -- who is receiving votes in the national poll.

The Columbia, Ky., junior guard matched his career-high in Thursday's 77-68 win over Campbellsville scoring 26 points on 7-of-11 shooting from the field.

On Saturday, Kimberland finished with 17 points, three rebounds and two steals in the Blue Raiders' 64-58 come-from-behind win over St. Catharine. The win helped Lindsey Wilson secure its first regular season conference title since the Blue Raiders tied for the conference championship with Georgetown College during the 2004-05 season.

Kimberland finished the week shooting 54.5 percent (12-of-22) from the field including making five of his 10 three-pointers. He also hit 14-of-19 free throws.

Kimberland's 14 points per game average ranks 14th in the MSC this season. He ranks third in the conference in free throw shooting (78.5).

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Kentucky Still on Top, Murray State Moves Up in Polls

Kentucky (28-1) remains on top of both major college basketball polls this week. Kentucky continues to earn all 31 first place votes in the ESPN/USA Today Coaches Poll and 63-of-65 first place votes in the AP Top 25.

Murray State has moved back into the top 10 of the coaches poll at No. 9. The Racers (28-1) are No. 12 in the media poll.

Louisville (22-7) is No. 18 in the coaches poll and No. 19 in the AP voting.

AP Top 25

1 Kentucky (63) 28-1 1,623
2 Syracuse (2) 29-1 1,562
3 Kansas 24-5 1,459
4 Duke 25-4 1,409
5 Michigan State 24-5 1,372
6 North Carolina 25-4 1,314
7 Missouri 25-4 1,253
8 Marquette 24-5 1,150
9 Baylor 24-5 1,055
10 Ohio State 23-6 1,036
11 Georgetown 21-6 906 12 Murray State 28-1 885 13 Michigan 21-8 766 14 Wisconsin 21-8 764 15 Wichita State 26-4 754 16 Florida 22-7 638 17 UNLV 24-6 531 18 Indiana 22-7 444 19 Louisville 22-7 426 20 Notre Dame 20-9 357 21 San Diego State 22-6 304 22 Florida State 19-9 252 23 Temple 22-6 158 24 Virginia 21-7 142 25 Creighton 25-5 140

Others receiving votes: Gonzaga 115, Iowa State 80, Saint Mary's 62, New Mexico 60, Drexel 41, Vanderbilt 23, Virginia Commonwealth 9, Long Beach State 8, Brigham Young 6, Harvard 5, Memphis 5, Purdue 3, California 3, Kansas State 2, Southern Miss 2, Alabama 1

ESPN/USA Today Coaches Poll

1 Kentucky (31) 28-1 775
2 Syracuse 29-1 744
3 Duke 25-4 690
4 Kansas 24-5 683
5 Michigan State 24-5 650
6 North Carolina 25-4 627
7 Marquette 24-5 568
8 Missouri 25-4 566
9 Murray State 28-1 480
10 Baylor 24-5 475
11 Ohio State 23-6 470 12 Georgetown 21-6 439 13 Florida 22-7 354 14 Wichita State 26-4 352 15 Wisconsin 21-8 341 16 Michigan 21-8 306 17 UNLV 24-6 281 18 Louisville 22-7 202 19 Notre Dame 20-9 184 20 Indiana 22-7 178 21 Saint Mary's 25-5 163 22 Florida State 19-9 119 23 San Diego State 22-6 111 24 Creighton 25-5 80 25 Temple 22-6 53

Others receiving votes: Gonzaga 48, Drexel 30, Virginia 30, New Mexico 23, Vanderbilt 13, Middle Tennessee 8, Iowa State 8, Long Beach State 6, Kansas State 5, Mississippi State 5, Washington 2, Weber State 1, Virginia Commonwealth 1, Nevada 1, Memphis 1, California 1, Harvard 1

Tyler Ennis Gives Update, Names Louisville on List

Tyler Ennis, a 6-2 point guard at St. Benedict's (NJ) High School, gives Five Star Basketball an update on his recruitment - names Louisville on list:

Kentucky Sweeps SEC Men's Basketball Weekly Awards

The University of Kentucky has swept this week's Southeastern Conference men's basketball awards.

Anthony Davis is this week's SEC Player of the Week and teammate Michael Kidd-Gilchrist is the league's Freshman of the Week.

Here is the release from the SEC:

Kentucky’s Anthony Davis, a 6-foot-10, 222-pound freshman forward from Chicago, Ill., was named SEC Player of the Week after averaging 20.5 points, 11 rebounds, 3.5 blocks and two steals in wins at Mississippi State and over Vanderbilt. Davis posted his first double-double of the week in UK’s come-from-behind victory at Mississippi State. His 13th double-double of the year came in Kentucky’s victory over Vanderbilt. Davis scored a career-high 28 points to go with 11 rebounds and five blocked shots. Davis hit 91 pct. of his shots on the day the highest single-game pct. (min. 10 att.) for UK since the 1994-95 season.

Kentucky’s Michael Kidd-Gilchrist, a 6-foot-7, 232-pound freshman guard from Somerdale, N.J., was named SEC Freshman of the Week after averaging 13 points, nine rebounds and two assists, 1.5 blocks and 1.5 steals in wins at Mississippi State and over Vanderbilt. Kidd-Gilchrist scored a team-high 18 points while grabbing 10 rebounds in UK’s win at Mississippi State. Kidd-Gilchrist then pulled down eight rebounds in UK’s win over Vanderbilt.

Transylvania Receives At-Large Bid to NCAA DIII Tournament

Transylvania University (23-4) received an at-large bid to the 2012 NCAA Division III Men's Basketball Tournament on Monday.

The Pioneers will be hosting a tourney pod that includes Carroll (16-9), Birmingham-Southern (25-2) and Wittenberg (21-6). Interactive Bracket

LEXINGTON, Ky. - Transylvania's men's basketball team will host a four-team NCAA Regional Tournament Friday and Saturday at the Beck Center.

Three of the four teams in the pod are nationally ranked.

The Pioneers, ranked 16th in the nation with a 23-4 record, will face Carroll University (16-9), winners of the Midwest Conference Tournament, Friday 7:30 p.m. No. 9 Birmingham Southern (25-2) takes on No. 17 Wittenberg (21-6) in the first game at 5:30 p.m.

The regional final is set for Saturday at 7 p.m.

Transy won the Heartland Conference's regular season crown by four games, but was upset in the tournament finals in overtime by Rose-Hulman. The Pioneers received an at-large bid into the 62-team NCAA Championship and are making their fourth appearance since 2006.

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ESPN Names Anthony Davis National Player of the Week

Andy Katz and have named Kentucky's Anthony Davis as their national player of the week.

Here is an excerpt:

Player of the week: Anthony Davis, Kentucky

A strong case could be made for North Carolina's Tyler Zeller, who wrestled away the ACC player of the year debate from Mike Scott of Virginia with his 20-point effort at Virginia. Or Jae Crowder, who really carried a suspension-riddled Marquette in a win at West Virginia.

But no performance was as complete as Davis against Vanderbilt. The one criticism of his game has been his offense. But Davis hadn't been asked to be an offensive force for the Wildcats. Well, Kentucky looked for him more against the Commodores and he answered with authority. Davis scored 28 points, grabbed 11 boards and had six blocks.

This came on the heels of another solid effort at Mississippi State, where he scored 13 points and had 11 boards. Davis' efficiency throughout the week was at a high clip. Against Vandy, he missed only one shot (11-of-12) and made baskets facing the hoop with the defense needing to extend.

The Davis-Thomas Robinson player of the year debate is healthy. And you can't go wrong either way. But Davis made as a strong a case as he has this season about his overall importance against Vandy.

-- Andy Katz

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John Calipari Doesn't Need a National Title to Achieve Greatness

Gregg Doyel of says the myth that John Calipari is not an all-time great coach because he still hasn't won a national championship is just that...a myth.

Doyel has a great piece about what it takes to achieve greatness as a head coach and he feels that Calipari is already on the right path.

Check it out:

Only a national championship can save him. That's the story for John Calipari, a bold and nuanced narrative that ranks right up there with such classics as Great Expectations and Moby Dick.

Because it's fiction.

It's not true.

John Calipari doesn't need a national championship to give his career the imprimatur of greatness, not any more than Syracuse' Jim Boeheim needed his title in 2003, or North Carolina's Roy Williams needed his in '05, or Kansas' Bill Self needed his in '08. There's nothing official about greatness, no box you check to complete the deal. Greatness isn't a parking garage, with a ticket that can be validated only by cutting down the net on the season's final Monday.

Greatness is greatness, and there are many ways to achieve it. Boeheim achieved it long before 2003, by leading Syracuse to 21 NCAA Tournament appearances in the 25 years leading up to that title game. Even if Syracuse hadn't won -- what if elastic Hakim Warrick doesn't hop off that trampoline to block Michael Lee's tying shot in the final seconds, and Kansas goes on to win? -- Jim Boeheim today would have 884 career victories, third all time, and three appearances in the national championship game. Greatness doesn't come much greater.

Roy Williams achieved greatness by rebuilding Kansas immediately after Larry Brown left behind an NCAA-sanctioned mess. The Jayhawks made four Final Four appearances in 13 years before Williams went to North Carolina, and even if the Tar Heels had fallen to that magical Illinois team in the 2005 title game and Williams had retired that night, his career winning percentage was .809 percent, third all-time. Greatness.

Bill Self achieved greatness by winning big at Oral Roberts, bigger at Tulsa, bigger still at Illinois -- where he left behind the pieces for that magical 2005 season -- and then huge at Kansas. What if Mario Chalmers doesn't hit that 3-pointer to force overtime in the 2008 title game? Kansas loses, that's what. And if Mario Chalmers doesn't hit that shot, would Bill Self not have earned his right to greatness?

Greatness of Kentucky's Calipari not measured by lack of national title

KIAC Releases All-Conference Teams and Awards for 2011-12

The Kentucky Intercollegiate Athletic Conference has released the league's all-conference awards for 2011-12.

Asbury University's Dakotah Euton and Austin Flannery, Berea College's Harry Cross and Alice Lloyd's Isaac Wilson were all named to the All-Conference Team.

IU East's Marcus Isaac was named Player of the Year.

Player of the Year: Marcus Isaac, Indiana University East
Coach of the Year: Wiley Brown, Indiana University Southeast
Newcomer of the Year: Kevin Mitchell, Cincinnati Christian University

All-Conference Team

Position Name Class School Hometown
G Wes Cox SO IU Southeast Louisville, Ky.
F Harry Cross FR Berea Louisville, KY
F Dakotah Euton SO Asbury Georgetown, Ky.
G Austin Flannery SO Asbury Georgetown, Ky.
G Marcus Isaac JR IU East Indianapolis, Ind.
F Joe Lawson SO IU Southeast Indianapolis, Ind.
G Shawn Menckowski FR SLCOP Christopher, IL
G Kevin Mitchell FR Cincinnati Christian Cincinnati, OH
G Matt Trimnell SO IU East Seymour, Ind.
G Isaac Wilson SO Alice Lloyd Corbin. Ky

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