Saturday, March 31, 2012

Kentucky vs. Kansas for the 2012 National Championship

Kansas has defeated Ohio State 64-62 to advance to the national championship game.

The Jayhawks will play Kentucky at 9:23 p.m. ET Monday night for the grand prize.

Fans Set Fires, Flip Cars in Lexington

Hundreds of fans crowded the streets near the University of Kentucky following UK's 69-61 win over Louisville tonight.

Unfortunately, the celebration grew out of control and essentially turned into a riot, according to multiple reports.

Fans reportedly set couches on fire and flipped cars during the so-called celebration.

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Fans set couches on fire and flipped cars around the University of Kentucky campus after the Wildcats beat cross-state rival Louisville 69-61 in the first game of the Final Four.

Screaming, chanting fans swarmed the streets following the win Saturday evening. Many streets had already been blocked off around Kentucky's campus to make way for the crowds, but sirens blared and police began shutting down more streets as the blazes broke out.

Police reported at least a dozen couch fires in neighborhoods around campus last week after Kentucky's win over Baylor.

Disappointed Louisville fans at a pizzeria near the edge of campus were quiet after the loss, but swiftly moved outside and began chanting "C-A-R-D-S" while waving school banners and flags with about 100 others.

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Chane Behanan Considering a Jump to the NBA?

According to Adam Lefkoe, Louisville freshman Chane Behanan is at least considering a jump to the NBA:

AdamLefkoe Right or wrong, Chane Behanan is considering a jump to the NBA.

Peyton Siva Thanks Louisville Fans for Their Support

Louisville's Peyton Siva thanked the fans after tonight's Final Four loss to Kentucky:

PeypeySiva3 Just wanted to thank Every Card fan for their support and I love my team.. IAJ

Kentucky Puts Louisville Away with Late Run, Advances to National Championship Game

(1) Kentucky 69
(4) Louisville 61

Final from New Orleans, Louisiana

NCAA Tournament - Final Four

Kentucky used a late run to pull away from the Louisville Cardinals 69-61 in the NCAA Tournament semifinals in New Orleans.

With the game tied 49-49, the Wildcats (37-2) went on an 11-2 to create separation. Kentucky then closed the game out with several dazzling dunks in transition.

Anthony Davis led Kentucky with 18 points, 14 rebounds and 5 blocks. Senior Darius Miller came off the bench to score 13 points, including a huge three-pointer in the closing minutes.

Doron Lamb added 10 points and Marquis Teague chipped in 8 points and 5 assists.

Louisville (30-10) got 11 points from Peyton Siva. Chane Behanan added 10 points and 9 rebounds. Gorgui Dieng had 7 points, 12 boards and 4 blocks.

Russ Smith and Wayne Blackshear both came off the bench to contribute 9 points.

Kentucky was 28-49 (57.1%) from the field while Louisville was 24-69 (34.8%). The Wildcats struggled at the free throw line, finishing 11-20 (55%).

Louisville's tight defense forced the Wildcats into 14 turnovers. The Cards pulled down 16 offensive rebounds compared to only 5 for Kentucky.

"You have to give Louisville credit," John Calipari said after they game. "They offensive rebounded against us better than any team this year."

Kentucky will face the winner of Ohio State and Kansas in the national championship game on Monday night.

Check out this video of Anthony Davis' late dunk (via TheBigLead):

Final Four: Kentucky Leads Louisville at the Half

Kentucky leads Louisville 35-28 at the half in game one of the Final Four in New Orleans.

The Wildcats led by double digits several times but gave up a late surge to the Cardinals to keep the game close.

Anthony Davis leads Kentucky at the break with 8 points, 7 rebounds and 2 blocks. Doron Lamb and Marquis Teague added 8 points each.

Michael Kidd-Gilchrist played only 6 minutes before heading to the bench with two fouls.

Chane Behanan has 6 points and 5 boards for the Cardinals. Kyle Kuric and Gorgui Dieng each scored 5 points.

Louisville was just 12-32 (37.5%) from the field and 1-3 (33.3%) from the three-point line in the first half.

Kentucky shot 15-25 (60%) from the field and 1-5 (20%) from long range.


- Doron Lamb needs 6 more points to enter Kentucky's 1,000-point club.

Steve Prohm Wins Inaugural Joe B. Hall Award

Murray State head coach Steve Prohm was named the winner of the inaugural Joe B. Hall award on Friday.

Here is the release from MSU:

Murray State head men's basketball coach Steve Prohm was named the first winner of the Joe B. Hall award on Friday in New Orleans, La. held the luncheon during the NCAA Final Four weekend at the Marriott Convention Center Hotel where they presented numerous awards to commemorate the 2011-12 college basketball season.

The Joe B. Hall award is given to the top first-year coach in Division I college basketball.

Prohm became the 15th head coach in MSU history last May and was one of 52 first year head coaches in NCAA Division I and one of 24 making this their first season as a head coach. He had one of the best rookie seasons in the history of the game when he led Murray State to a 31-2 record and into the third round of the NCAA Tournament. Prohm's Racers were the last unbeaten team at 23-0 and were the only team in the nation to go undefeated on the road at 13-0. MSU tied the Ohio Valley Conference record with 31 wins in a single season and 23 straight wins set a league record.

The Racers gave Prohm plenty of firepower to work with led by seniors Ivan Aska, Jewuan Long and Donte Poole. Poole was an All-OVC First Team selection; Aska was All-OVC Second Team and Long was the OVC Defensive Player of the year. The Racers also had junior Isaiah Canaan who was the OVC's Player of the Year and All-America pick several times over.

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Kenneth Faried Blocks Gerald Henderson Above the Rim

Former Morehead State star Kenneth Faried goes above the rim to block Charlotte's Gerald Henderson:

Faried had 12 points, 8 rebounds and 2 blocks in Denver's 99-88 victory on Friday night.

Anthony Davis Wins John R. Wooden Award

Kentucky's Anthony Davis has won the prestigious John R. Wooden Award for National Player of the Year in college basketball.

Here is the release from UK:

LEXINGTON, Ky. – Freshman Anthony Davis received the John R. Wooden Award for National Player of the Year as announced by the Los Angeles Athletic Club on Saturday.

He is the first Wildcat in program history to win the award.

Davis has had one of the most memorable freshman campaigns in national history. He averages a team-leading 14.3 points and 10.1 rebounds per game while leading the Wildcats to a 36-2 overall record, its second consecutive Final Four berth, an undefeated Southeastern Conference season and championship.

The Chicago native has logged 175 blocks which is the most in the history of the SEC. He’s also been the driving force in that statistical category in helping the Wildcats break the NCAA all-time mark with a running total of 326 for the season. Davis is eight blocks shy of breaking the all-time NCAA mark for freshmen.

Davis owns freshman records for blocks and rebounds by a Kentucky first-year player. He’s posted 385 total rebounds surpassing DeMarcus Cousins’ record set back in the 2009-10 season. Davis is also one double-double effort shy of breaking the UK record of 20 set by Cousins during the same season.

Davis and the Wildcats will hit the floor in an NCAA semifinal matchup with Louisville at 6:09 p.m. ET on Saturday.

Terrence Williams Signs with Kings for Remainder of Season

Former Louisville star Terrence Williams says he has signed a contract to stay with the Sacramento Kings through the rest of the season.

Williams had been working with the Kings on a 10-day contract.

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Williams said after the game that he'd already signed to stay with the Kings the rest of the season. So after two teams in two-plus seasons, the 11th pick in the 2009 NBA Draft might have found a home with the Kings.

Smart trusted Williams enough in Friday night's 104-103 win over the Utah Jazz to allow Williams to play "point forward" and direct the offense during key moments.

"I did it a lot my rookie year (with New Jersey)," Williams said of running the point. "In Houston I didn't do it a lot but my rookie year. (Friday) was my first time doing in probably two years, a year and a half. At first it was a little uncomfortable but I found my stride and it was good."

Williams finished with eight points, six rebounds, four assists and in the game.

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Idaho Stampede Bring Antoine Walker Back, Add Derrick Caracter

The Idaho Stamped have re-acquired former Kentucky star Antoine Walker and acquired former Louisville/UTEP big man Derrick Caracter.

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The Idaho Stampede re-acquired Antoine Walker and acquired Derrick Caracter, the club announced Friday.

Walker was waived due to personal reasons before the March 23 game against Fort Wayne. Walker has played in 40 games and is averaging 9.9 points, 5.0 rebounds and 2.4 assists per game this season.

Caracter has played for the Los Angeles D-Fenders and Rio Grande Valley Vipers this season and is averaging 13.1 ppg and 6.3 rpg. Caracter has played 41 games in his NBA career, all of them with the Los Angeles Lakers in 2010-11.

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Plaschke: I'm from Louisville. I'm not from Kentucky.

Bill Plaschke of the Los Angeles Times makes it clear that he's from Louisville, not Kentucky.

Here is an excerpt:

I am from Louisville. I am not from Kentucky.

My birth certificate is clear, but my heart contradicts, and will pound appropriately Saturday during the most deeply personal of basketball games.

I am Louisville. I am not Kentucky.

The two schools play in an NCAA national semifinal basketball game that, to the rest of the nation, might seem like little more than an odd rivalry between two campuses separated by about 75 miles of the same backwoods state.

Yet for those who have lived there, it is about a cultural divide that can define a life. I know, because it defined mine.

I was born and raised in Louisville, living 18 years in the same modest brick house on the same suburban East End street. With the most consistent major professional sports occurring 100 miles away in Cincinnati, Louisville was a college sports town where the two main options were Louisville and Kentucky basketball.

But they weren't really options. You are either born Louisville, or born Kentucky, never both, and there's nothing you could really do to change it. I never attended either school, but enrollment in their culture was hereditary and absolute.

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Friday, March 30, 2012

Doron Lamb Didn't Like Playing with Russ Smith Because "He wouldn't pass the ball"

Kentucky's Doron Lamb grew up in the New York area playing with Louisville's Russ Smith.

When asked about Smith, Lamb said, "I never wanted to be on his team because he wouldn't pass the ball."

Florida Senior Erving Walker Arrested for Allegedly Stealing a $3 Taco

Florida senior Erving Walker has been arrested for stealing a $3 taco from a street vendor and running from police.

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According to the arrest report, Walker ordered a $3 taco from a street vendor downtown, received the food, then ran away without paying. When a police officer caught up with him and yelled for him to stop, Walker kept going, the report said.

The arresting officer finally caught Walker with help from “several marked patrol cars.” When the police reached Walker, he told them he was “just playing around,” the report said. The officer wrote that Walker “stated when he ran off with the taco he knew that he had not paid for it and that he was stealing food.”

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Randolph Morris, Stephon Marbury Lead Beijing to First-Ever Chinese Championship

Former University of Kentucky center Randolph Morris and the Beijing Ducks have surprised heavily-favored Guangdong to win the 2012 Chinese Basketball Association championship.

Former NBA star Stephon Marbury scored 41 points in the series-clinching 124-121 win on Friday.

Morris sealed the win by hitting two clutch free throws with 21 seconds remaining in the game. Guangdong's Aaron Brooks missed a three-pointer as time expired.

Zhai Xiaochaun scored 22 for Beijing. Zhu Yanxi added 16 and Morris chipped in 14.

Beijing won the series 4-1 for their first-ever CBA championship.

Videos of Davis, Calipari at USBWA Awards Breakfast

Here is some footage from the USBWA Awards Breakfast, where Kentucky's Anthony Davis accepted the 2012 Oscar Robertson Award (videos by CLHTV2):

Anthony Davis interview at USBWA Awards Breakfast

John Calipari talks about Davis:

The Sklar Brothers Break Down the Final Four

The Sklar Brothers give their comedic analysis of the Final Four (video by ThisIsJockular on YouTube):

Anthony Davis Named AP National Player of the Year

Kentucky's Anthony Davis has been named Associated Press National Player of the Year. He is the first Kentucky player and second freshman to win the award.

Davis received 43 votes from the 65-member national media panel that selects the weekly Top 25. Thomas Robinson finished second with 20 votes and Draymond Green captured two votes.

Here is an excerpt of the AP announcement:

NEW ORLEANS (AP) — Anthony Davis is The Associated Press' college basketball Player of the Year, the first Kentucky player and second freshman to win the award.

He received 43 votes Friday from the 65-member national media panel that selects the weekly Top 25. Balloting was done before the NCAA tournament.

The 6-foot-10 player from Chicago is the Southeastern Conference's Player, Freshman and Defensive Player of the Year. He averaged 14.3 points, 10.0 rebounds and 4.6 blocks while shooting 64.2 percent. His block total is a school record and third best for a freshman

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Brad Calipari Offers Support for "Dad"

Check out this post on Twitter from John Calipari's son, Brad:

bradcal5 Teague> Siva Lamb> smith Gilchrist> kuric Jones> behanan Davis> deing Wiltjer> swophshire Miller> smith Polson> justice Dad> Rick

Transy's Brian Lane is a Finalist for Glenn Robinson National Coach of the Year

Transylvania University's Brian Lane is a finalist for the 2012 Glenn Robinson National Coach of the Year.

The award is given to the top coach in NCAA Division III basketball.

Here is the release from

BOSTON (MA) -- The ten finalists for the 2012 Glenn Robinson National Coach of the Year were announced on Friday. The award is presented annually to the top division III men's basketball coach.

The Glenn Robinson Award, which is presented annually to the top Division III basketball coach, is named in honor of the Franklin & Marshall head coach. With 805 wins Robinson is currently twelfth on the all-time wins list. He has taken F&M to NCAA Division III tournament 22 times. Robinson guided the Diplomats to the Division III Final Four in 1979, 1991, 1996, 2000 and 2009. This season, he picked up his 23rd 21-plus win season.

The winner will be announced at the awards banquet on March 30 in New Orleans, site of the men's NCAA Basketball Championship.


Larry Anderson Massachusetts Institute of Technology
Jeff Brown Middlebury College
Ken DeWeese University of Mary Hardin Baylor
David Hixon Amherst College
Marcus Kahn Cabrini College
Brian Lane Transylvania University
Pat Miller University of Wisconsin-Whitewater
Mitch Oliver Albertus Magnus College
Matt Neil Hope College
Ken Scalmanini Claremont Mudd Scripps

Did Basketball Hall of Fame Voters Screw Rick Pitino?

Louisville head coach Rick Pitino did not make the final cut for this year's Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame class.

Despite having more than 600 wins, a national title and Final Four appearances with three different schools; Pitino did not make the cut. Those are Hall of Fame numbers.

One has to wonder why Pitino was left out. Was he screwed by Hall of Fame voters because of an ugly off-the-court incident? No question, in my opinion.

Ian O'Connor of quoted a source who said Pitino is very disappointed.

"He was very disappointed," the source said. "He thought his chances were good."

Among others who were finalists (the 2012 class will be announced at the Final Four): Reggie Miller, Bill Fitch, Katrina McClain, Don Nelson, Maurice Cheeks, Bernard King, Dick Motta, Hank Nichols, Ralph Sampson and Jamaal Wilkes.

Nuts and bolts, nuts and bolts...Rick Pitino got screwed.

Braydon Hobbs, Kyle Kuric Invited to 2012 Portsmouth Invitational Tournament

Bellarmine University's Braydon Hobbs, the NCAA DII national player of the year, has been invited to participate in the 2012 Portsmouth Invitational Tournament April 11-14 in Portsmouth, Virginia.

Hobbs does not appears on the confirmed roster at this time but is expected to attend.

Louisville's Kyle Kuric has been invited and is already confirmed for the PIT.

List of Confirmed Players

Thursday, March 29, 2012

Chane Behanan on Kentucky: "I'm cool with all those guys"

When asked about the Kentucky vs. Louisville rivalry, Cards' freshman Chane Behanan said he's "cool with all those guys" outside of basketball.

“I think it's crazy that we let a game make us fight. Outside of basketball," Behanan said on Thursday. "I am cool with all those guys. [Kentucky Gs] Michael Kidd-Gilchrist, Marquis Teague and I grew up playing AAU together. I love those guys like if they were on my team, but on the basketball court, it changes.”


Greg Anthony previews the game:

Anthony Davis Picks Up Adolph Rupp Trophy, Says Knee is 90%

Kentucky freshman Anthony Davis picked up his Adolph Rupp Trophy earlier today.

John Calipari posted a picture on Twitter:

UKCoachCalipari I'm so proud to have my third son win the Rupp National Player of Year Award. Camby, Wall & now Davis.

Davis, who banged his knee up against Baylor, says he's "about 90 percent" heading into the national semifinal battle against Louisville.

Rajon Rondo With Some Trickery Against the Jazz

Check out this amazing fake by Rajon Rondo in Wednesday night's win over the Utah Jazz:

Rondo finished with 6 points, 4 rebounds and 14 assists in Boston's victory.

Rick Pitino Says He'd Drink a Beer With John Calipari

Louisville head coach Rick Pitino says he would drink a beer with Kentucky head coach John Calipari if they ran into each other on the road (video by

Miller, Aska Named to Riley Wallace All-American Team

Kentucky's Darius Miller and Murray State's Ivan Aska have been named to the 2012 Riley Wallace All-American Team.

The team is made up of ten seniors who have been a major part of their team's success.

Here's the release:

BOSTON (MA) -- The Riley Wallace All-America team consists of ten seniors who have been a major part of their team's success by contributing in all phases of the game throughout their careers. Like many of the great players that Riley Wallace coached, during his 20-year career at Hawaii, the Riley Wallace All-America team highlights players that have excelled without a lot of national attention.

Leadership, clutch play and production in all phases of the game are what make a Riley Wallace All-American.


Ivan Aska Forward 6-7 230 Murray State
Micheal Eric Center 6-11 240 Temple
Kelvin Martin Forward 6-5 207 Charleston Southern
Darius Miller Guard 6-8 225 Kentucky
Zack Novak Guard 6-4 210 Michigan
T.J. Robinson Forward 6-8 205 Long Beach State
Jesse Sanders Guard 6-3 200 Liberty
Derek Selvig Forward 7-0 230 Montana
Ryne Smith Guard 6-3 190 Purdue
Isaiah Wilkerson Guard 6-3 225 NJIT

Davis, Dieng Named to 2012 Lefty Driesell Defensive All-America Team

Kentucky's Anthony Davis and Louisville's Gorgui Dieng were named to the 2012 Left Driesell Defensive All-America Team on Tuesday.

The winner of the 2012 Lefty Driesell Award will be announced on March 30 in New Orleans.


Larry Anderson 6-5 Sr. Long Beach State
Quincy Acy 6-7 Sr. Baylor
Kent Bazemore 6-5 Sr. Old Dominion
Aaron Craft 6-2 So. Ohio State
Jae Crowder 6-6 Sr. Marquette
Anthony Davis 6-11 Fr. Kentucky
Gorgui Dieng 6-11 So. Louisville

Jontel Evans 5-11 Jr. Virginia
Draymond Green 6-7 Sr. Michigan State
Jorge Gutierrez 6-3 Sr. California
John Henson 6-11 Jr. North Carolina
Bernard James 6-10 Sr. Florida State
Fab Melo 7-0 So. Syracuse
C.J. McCollum 6-3 Jr. Lehigh
Victor Oladipo 6-5 So. Indiana
Jeff Taylor 6-7 Sr. Vanderbilt
Jeff Withey 7-0 Jr. Kansas

* Due to a tie in the voting there are 17 players on the team.

About the award:

The award is named in honor of coaching legend Lefty Driesell, who is the only person to ever win 100 games at four different Division I schools. He is best known for his time at Maryland, leading the program to the National Invitational Tournament title in 1972 and its second-ever ACC Tournament Championship in 1984. He finished his career at Maryland with a 348-159 record and concluded his career with an impressive 786-394 mark.

Kidd-Gilchrist, Davis Named to 2012 Kyle Macy Freshmen All-America Team

Kentucky's Anthony Davis and Michael Kidd-Gilchrist have been named to the 2012 Kyle Macy Freshmen All-America Team.

The winner of the Kyle Macy Freshman of the Year Award will be announced on Friday at the awards banquet.


Brad Beal 6-3 G Florida
Trey Burke 5-11 G Michigan
Anthony Collins 6-1 G South Florida
Anthony Davis 6-10 F Kentucky
Moe Harkless 6-8 F St. John's
Michael Kidd-Gilchrist 6-7 F Kentucky
Damion Lee 6-6 G Drexel
Tony Mitchell 6-8 F North Texas
Kevin Pangos 6-1 G Gonzaga
Otto Porter 6-8 F Georgetown
Austin Rivers 6-4 G Duke
Jarnell Stokes 6-8 F Tennessee
Ricky Tarrant 6-1 G Tulane
Aaron White 6-8 F Iowa
Tony Wroten 6-5 G Washington
Cody Zeller 6-11 F Indiana

About the Kyle Macy Award:

The Kyle Macy award is presented annually to the top freshman in Division I college basketball. The 1975 Indiana "Mr. Basketball" played his freshman season at Purdue University. Macy averaged 13.8 points a game as a freshman, while leading the Boilermakers in free throws, shooting .859 percent from the line on the season. He started in 25 of 27 games, helping them to a 16-11 season record. After playing his freshman year at Purdue, Macy transferred to the University of Kentucky in 1976. He started every game for the Wildcats in 1977. A three-time All-America and three-time All-SEC player, Macy was a member of Kentucky's 1978 National Championship team. In his senior year of 1979-80, he became the first Kentucky player ever to be named consensus Southeastern Conference Player of the Year.

Survey Says: Duke is America's Favorite College Basketball Team

The Duke Blue Devils are America's Favorite College Basketball team according to a survey of 2,451 adults surveyed online by Harris Interactive.

Kentucky moved up to No. 2 (up from No. 4 last year) in The Harris Poll this year. North Carolina is No. 3.

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NEW YORK, March 29, 2012 /PRNewswire via COMTEX/ -- They may not be playing in the Final Four this weekend, but for the third year in a row, the Duke Blue Devils are America's Favorite College Basketball team. The overall number one seed for this year's NCAA Men's College Basketball tournament, Kentucky, is number two on the list up from number 4 last year. This is the highest Kentucky has been since 2004 when they were tied for second place. And, last year's number two, North Carolina dropped one spot to number three this year.

Rounding out the top five favorite college basketball teams are two teams who are both returning to the list after absences of a few years and who are tied for the fourth spot: Michigan--who hasn't been on the list since they were tied for number 8 in 2007--and Michigan State, who returns to the list after having been number 10 in 2003. While all five started in the tournament, only one of the top 5 favorite college basketball teams has a chance at becoming this year's national champion - Kentucky.

These are some of the results of The Harris Poll of 2,451 adults surveyed online between March 12 and 19, 2012 by Harris Interactive.

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Kentucky Players Talk to Media at the Final Four

Here are videos of Kentucky's Terrence Jones and Darius Miller talking to the media at the Final Four:

Alex Poythress Talks About His Job at Wendy's

McDonald's All-American Alex Poythress, who has already signed with the University of Kentucky, talks about his part-time job at Wendy's (video by CityLeagueHoopsTV on YouTube):

Wednesday, March 28, 2012

Rajon Rondo Goes Bowling for a Great Cause

Former Kentucky point guard Rajon Rondo went bowling for a great reason recently as he took part in the Step Up Your Game Challenge.

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This week he hit the lanes at Kings with over 80 students from 10 Boston schools as part of the Step Up Your Game Challenge, a new initiative by the Celtics which rewards students for achieving academic improvement.

The program targets students who are failing academic subjects or demonstrating a 90 percent or less average daily attendance on the year. In addition to bowling with Rondo, rewards also include tickets to Celtics games and an end-of-the-year celebration.

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WKYT Talks to Two Men Involved in Dialysis Center Fight

WKYT interviews the two fans who got caught up in the Kentucky/Louisville rivalry at a dialysis center:

John Calipari Talks to Media About Final Four and More

Here is Kentucky head coach John Calipari talking to the media about the Final Four, Louisville and more (video via uknationofblue on YouTube):

Impressive List of Players Invited to Try Out for 2012 Kentucky All-Star Team

The list of players who have been invited to try out for the 2012 Kentucky All-Star team has been released.

The tryouts will be conducted for the girls on Saturday, April 21st and boys on Sunday, April 22nd.

The 12-member Kentucky All-Star Team will play the Indiana All-Star Team on Friday, June 8th at Freedom Hall in Louisville and Saturday, June 11th at Bankers Life Fieldhouse (Formerly Conseco) in Indianapolis, Indiana.

This is the 72nd year of this series and it is considered one of the most prestigious basketball events in the nation.

2012 Kentucky All-Star Boys Tryout List:

- Johnathan Barger, Knox Central
- Taylor Barnette, Lexington Christian Academy
- Logan Baumann, Ohio Co.
- Jaylen Beckham, Bryan Station
- Tyler Black, Mason Co.
- Percy Blade, Eastern
- William Branham, Pikeville
- Max Clemmons, Pleasure Ridge Park
- Cody Collins, East Jessamine
- Tyrell Corlew, Eastern
- Caleb Craddock, Bullitt Central
- Zach Davis, Knott Co.
- Matt Day, Buckhorn
- Nathan Dieudonne, Trinity
- Desmond Dorsey, Jeffersontown
- Adam Fatkin, George Rodgers Clark
- Charles Foster, Trinity
- Corey Gregg, Ashland Blazer
- Lemon Gregory, Muhlenberg Co.
- Jake Griffin, Muhlenberg Co.
- Donovan Halsel, Warren Central
- Isaiah Ivey, Scott Co.
- Jay Johnson, Woodford Co
- Twin Lancaster, Logan Co.
- Jagos Lasic, Morgan Co.
- Derek Lawson, West Carter
- Tamron Manning, Scott Co.
- Mekale McKay, Moore
- Aaron Murray, Ballard
- Anthony Myrks, Bardstown
- Cole Nelson, Marshall Co.
- Jaysean Paige, Perry Co. Central
- Dontell Rice, Holmes
- Devan Rowan, North Oldham
- Jermaine Rutley, North Hardin
- Jacob Scott, Webster Co
- Kyle Sheeran, Larue Co.
- Bopper Stenzel, George Rodgers Clark
- Brian Stone, Collins
- Jeril Taylor, Pleasure Ridge Park
- Mike Terry, Fairview
- DJ Townsend, Rowan Co.
- Tyler Wesley, Oldham Co.
- Sawyer Williams, Owen Co.
- Adam Wing, Rowan Co.

Head Coach: Jason Booher, Holmes
Assistant: Allen Feldhause, Madison Central
Assistant: Chris O'Hearn, Mason County

Billy Gillispie Gives Some Comments on Kentucky vs. Louisville

Former Kentucky head coach Billy Gillispie talks to about the Final Four and more.

Gillispie says that if Kentucky loses to Louisville, "they'll want to run" all the coaches and players out of town.

He adds that he has nothing against Kentucky and had a "great time" during his two years in Lexington.

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Basketball Times Names Anthony Davis National Player of the Year

Kentucky freshman Anthony Davis has been named National Player of the Year by Basketball Times.

Here is a release from UK:

LEXINGTON, Ky. – Freshman Anthony Davis earned National Player of the Year honors from the Basketball Times it was announced Wednesday afternoon.

Davis has enjoyed one of the most memorable freshman campaigns in national history. He averages a team-leading 14.3 points and 10.1 rebounds per game while helping lead the Wildcats to a 36-2 overall record, its second consecutive Final Four berth, an undefeated Southeastern Conference season and championship.

The Chicago native has logged 175 blocks which is the most in the history of the SEC. He’s also been the driving force in that statistical category in helping the Wildcats break the NCAA all-time mark with a running total of 326 for the season. Davis is eight blocks shy of breaking the all-time NCAA mark for freshmen.

Davis owns freshman records for blocks and rebounds by a Kentucky first-year player. He’s posted 385 total rebounds, surpassing DeMarcus Cousins’ freshman record set back in the 2009-10 season. Davis is also one double-double effort shy of breaking the UK freshman record of 20 set by Cousins during the same season.

Davis and the Wildcats will hit the floor in an NCAA semifinal matchup with Louisville at 6:09 p.m. ET on Saturday.

Kenny Payne Among Top Candidates at Mississippi State

Kentucky assistant Kenny Payne is among the top candidates to take over the Mississippi State men's basketball program.

The school has interviewed Valparaiso's Bryce Drew and also spoken with Wisconsin-Milwaukee's Rob Jeter.

Jeter is not expected to get the job according to Jason King of The school also interview Murray State's Steve Prohm, but he has since agreed to a contract extension at Murray State.

Here is an excerpt:

Along with Bryce Drew, reports have indicated Kentucky assistant Kenny Payne is among the top candidates to replace longtime coach Rick Stansbury at Mississippi State. The school interviewed Murray State's Steve Prohm last week. Murray State announced Monday that Prohm had signed a one-year contract extension and been given a pay raise. Bulldogs officials also have spoken with Wisconsin-Milwaukee's Rob Jeter, who is not expected to get the job.

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Rothstein: Kentucky Has Great Chance to Land Both Noel and Muhammad

Jon Rothstein of CBS College Sports says multiple sources say there is a great chance that Kentucky will land both Nerlens Noel and Shabazz Muhammad.

Here is an excerpt:

Multiple sources say there is more than a legitimate chance of Kentucky landing the top two prospects in the Class of 2012 in 6-foot-10 shot blocker Nerlens Noel and lefty wing Shabazz Muhammad.

Noel would immediately fill the role for the Wildcats vacated once Anthony Davis leaves for the NBA as expected. The Massachusetts native is also considering Syracuse and Georgetown but those close to the situation believe the burgeoning big man will ultimately wind up in Lexington.

Muhammad meanwhile, is a more interesting situation. A terrific scorer at 6-foot-6, Muhammad has the ability to be the best player in the country next season and has been linked to several different potential destinations during his recruiting process.

Rothstein Files: Another Recruiting Coup For Kentucky’s Calipari?

Kentucky Fan and Louisville Fan Have Fist Fight at a Dialysis Center

Let me preface this article by saying that it is not a joke or a parody. Two men turned a heated argument over the Kentucky/Louisville rivalry into a fist fight at the Georgetown Dialysis Clinic Monday.


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"He just happened to think UofL would beat UK and he started to run his mouth," explained dialysis patient Ed Wilson. Wilson also happens to be a self-proclaimed die hard UK fan. "That's what started it."

But Charles Taylor, who was waiting to get hooked up to a machine saw things differently. "I didn't talk to him about the ball game; I was talking to another guy about the game," The UofL fan exclaimed. "He was meddling. And told me to shut up and gave me the finger!"

Both men admit they were in the zone, but never anticipated there'd be a power forward.

"I wasn't gonna take no more from him," UofL fan Taylor said.

UK fan Wilson explained "I'm sitting there hooked up to a machine and I can't do anything."

So, offended by Wilson, Taylor took action. "I went up to him and I hit him, " he said. "Didn't hit him that hard, but I hit him."

Fist fight erupts between UK and UofL fans during Dialysis

Fun with Louisville's Chane Behanan and Gorgui Dieng

Adam Lefkoe has a little fun with Louisville's Chane Behanan and Gorgui Dieng:

Michael Kidd-Gilchrist Wants "to go out on top"

Michael Kidd-Gilchrist said after Kentucky's win over Baylor that he is enjoying the ride this season but wants to go out on top.

Here are some of Kidd-Gilchrist's comments from Larry Vaught of the Advocate-Messenger:

“It has been wonderful here, but I am not finished yet,” said Kidd-Gilchrist. “I want to go out on top.”

What about the elbow that he hurt late in the game?

“It is all good. Just icing it,” he said. “It’s not the first time I’ve had to do that, or ice my knees. It hurts a lot, but it will be fine. I will be ready for that next game.”

Michael Kidd-Gilchrist: “I want to go out on top”

Tuesday, March 27, 2012

Jodie Meeks Scores Career-High 31 Points in Win Over Cavs

Former Kentucky star Jodie Meeks had the highest scoring night of his NBA career in Philadelphia's 103-85 win over the Cleveland Cavaliers tonight.

Meeks scored 31 points on 11-16 shooting. He was 7-10 from the three-point line and 2-2 at the free throw line.

On the season, Meeks is averaging 8.2 points and 2.6 rebounds per game. He is shooting 38.4% from long range.

UK's Darius Miller Says Louisville is Just Another Game

Kentucky senior Darius Miller spoke to the media today about Kentucky's upcoming trip to the Final Four.

Miller knows Louisville is a talented team but feels the young Wildcats are ready:

On if he will feels any of the hype of playing against in-state foe Louisville
“No, it’s just another game it just happens to be against Louisville. We are going to prepare the same way that we have all season.”

On what he learned from the Final Four last season that he could use this season
“Really, it will be the same as any other game we have had this tournament. They are going to be a good team and a talented team. We are going to have to prepare the way we have been all season. It has been successful so far, so we are going to try to keep everything the same.”

On the format of the Final Four with off the court schedules and if it will help that he has been through that schedule before
“Yeah, it will probably help that we have experienced it before and know how it is going to be. We are going to have to do a good job of managing our time, especially getting rest. Other than that it just comes down to playing basketball.”

On how the freshmen have handled playing in the tournament
“Of course we are excited about being here. It is an honor to be a part of something like this and it’s a blessing. We are still just taking everything as if its basketball. Our main goal is to win championships and we feel like we aren’t done yet … They still have the same goals and aren’t satisfied with just going to the Final Four.”

On Louisville’s defense
“I think it will be a really good defensive game. They play defense just as well as we do and play extremely hard and we do too. I think that it will be exciting to watch.”

Andy Katz's Sunday Conversation with John Calipari

ESPN's Andy Katz sits down with John Calipari for a Sunday Conversation about Rick Pitino, Louisville, the Final Four and more (click to watch):

Three Schools Are on Top for Shabazz Muhammad

Kentucky recruit Shabazz Muhammad says three schools currently stand out in his recruitment.

According to Dave Telep, Muhammad says UCLA, Duke and Kentucky are currently above Kansas and UNLV in this final five.

Here is an excerpt:

CHICAGO – Media day at the McDonald’s All-American Game had a hint of Super Bowl-style questions and little new information regarding five of the nation’s top unsigned prospects. However, a significant nugget emerged from our discussion with Shabazz Muhammad (Las Vegas/Bishop Gorman).

“I’m considering five but there are three that (standout),” Muhammad said.

UCLA, Duke and Kentucky (in no order) are above Kansas and UNLV -- the others in his top five.

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Brandon Knight Gets a Gatorade Bath in Win Over Wizards

Former Kentucky star Brandon Knight received an accidental Gatorade bath last night when his hustle took him over the bench:

Detroit came back in the final quarter to clip the Washington Wizards 79-77.

Knight finished with 8 points, 6 rebounds, 7 assists and 3 steals. Tayshaun Prince had 18 points in the win.

John Wall had 14 points, 7 rebounds and 9 assists for the Wizards.

Scott Reid Explains Why He Didn't Vote for Anthony Davis

Scott Reid has explained why he failed to vote for Anthony Davis on his AP All-American ballot.

As expected, his reasoning is just plain dumb and further illustrates that he doesn't deserve a vote:

In doing these ballots I’ve tried to vote for a team and not just five forwards or guards. I still ended up having only one guard on a first team of Marcus Denmon, Missouri; Draymond Green, Michigan State; Tyler Zeller, North Carolina; Thomas Robinson, Kansas and Kevin Jones, West Virginia.

If I have a second thought about my ballot it’s not putting a second guard on the first team.

Green and Robinson are the best two players in the country. Zeller was the player of year in what is year in and year out the best conference in the country, the ACC.

So it came down between Jones and Davis for the final spot on the first team. If there was a bias in the vote it wasn’t anti-Kentucky or anti-Calipari but a belief that the Big East is a much tougher conference then the SEC. It’s just not even close.

I also liked Jones’ play against top opponents:
*Louisville, 22 points, 11 rebounds
*Syracuse, 20 points, eight rebounds
*Kansas State, 30 points, 12 rebounds
*Georgetown, 22 points, 16 rebounds
*Cincinnati, 26 points, 13 rebounds
*Notre Dame, 14 points, 12 rebounds

Then there’s the monster game he had against Baylor: 28 points, 17 boards while Perry Jones III finished with four points.

A couple of other factors: Davis had only seven points against North Carolina, only six against Indiana and he didn’t have a field goal in the final 18:03 of a SEC title game loss to Vanderbilt.

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So according to Reid's logic, Kevin Jones is greater than Anthony Davis and the two best players in the nation are Thomas Robinson and Draymond Green.

Shabazz Muhammad Changes Announcement Date, Wins McDonald's Dunk Contest reports that Shabazz Muhammad has changed his announcement date from April 10 to April 11, the first day of the signing period.

Muhammad will reportedly announce his decision live on ESPNU.


Muhammad won the 2012 McDonald's All-American Dunk Contest on Monday night:

Louisville's Chris Smith: "We can beat UK"

Louisville's Chris Smith continues to talk Kentucky; says "we can beat UK":

Source Says Duquesne Has Not Contacted Orlando Antigua

According to the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette, Kentucky assistant Orlando Antigua would be interested in the Duquesne job but has not been contacted by the school at this point.

Here is an excerpt:

Antigua’s name surfaced as a possible candidate for Duquesne quickly last week because of his Pittsburgh ties.

But according to a source with knowledge of the situation, Duquesne has not contacted Antigua.

The same source said the former Pitt assistant would be interested in the job if the deal was right.

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Shabazz Muhammad Talks About Final Five Schools

Kentucky recruit Shabazz Muhammad talks to about his final five schools (UK, UCLA, UNLV, Kansas and Duke):

Former Coaches Pearl and Penders Preview Kentucky vs. Louisville

Former head coaches Bruce Pearl and Tom Penders preview Kentucky vs. Louisville (and Calipari vs. Pitino):

* Videos by on YouTube

Monday, March 26, 2012

Murray State, Steve Prohm Agree to New Contract

Murray State University and head coach Steve Prohm have agreed to terms of a new contract that will keep Prohm in Murray.

Here is the release from MSU:

After what is arguably the most successful season in Racer Basketball history, Murray State University has renegotiated and extended the contract of head basketball coach Steve Prohm. The one-year extension means Prohm's contract now runs through May 31, 2016.

“I want to thank Murray State President Dr. Randy Dunn and Director of Athletics Allen Ward for their commitment to me and the Racer Basketball program over the next several years,” Prohm said. “I am excited to be at Murray State and I appreciate the opportunity that I was given here a year ago to become the head coach.”

“Coach Prohm loves Murray State, his players and this community and we love the fact he will remain our head coach,” Ward added. “He, and the team, made a tremendous impact on everyone this past season and I look forward to what's in store the next few years under his exceptional leadership.”

“He's got something really special going here and this contract is representative of the fact that the university and athletic administration believe in and support his vision for Racer Basketball.”

In Prohm's rookie season, the Racers were the hottest team in the nation and broke new ground for a program that was already well known.

MSU started the season 23-0 and was the last undefeated team in NCAA Division I. The Racers enjoyed 13-straight weeks of national rankings and set a program record by being ranked in the top-10. MSU's 31-2 mark tied the Ohio Valley Conference record for wins in a single season and the Racers were the only team in NCAA D I that didn't lose a road game, the first occurrence in their 87 seasons of college basketball.

“This was an amazing season and I just want to say a special thank you for everyone's support,” Prohm said. “I'm looking forward to getting back to work with my guys and prepare for the upcoming year.”

“I'm very proud of what our players have been able to accomplish on and off the court this season. The way they represented Murray State was first class,” Prohm added. “Without them and my tremendous staff and support staff, none of this would have been possible.”

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Dealership Stuns DeMarcus Cousins, Gives Him a Car

A local car dealership stunned former Kentucky star DeMarcus Cousins by giving him a car recently.

Boogie thought the car was a loaner but it ended up being his to take home:

Mark sure you follow TeamCousins on Twitter.

* Video by boogiecousins on YouTube

Here Are the Two Voters Who Didn't Vote for Anthony Davis

Jeff Goodman of has "outed" the two Associated Press voters who didn't vote for Anthony Davis as First Team All-American.

According to Goodman, the two culprits are Scott Reid of the Orange County (Cal.) Register and Scott Mansch of the Great Falls (Mont.) Tribune.

GoodmanCBS Who didn't vote for Anthony Davis as 1st-team All-American? Scott Reid- Orange County Register (CA) & Scott Mansch- Great Falls Tribune (MT)

In related news, Reid and Mansch clearly know nothing about college basketball.

Bennett, Wiggins on World Select Team for Nike Hoop Summit

Two Kentucky recruits are on the World Select Team roster for the 2012 Nike Hoop Summit.

Forwards Anthony Bennett and Andrew Wiggins, both natives of Canada, are on the roster that was announced earlier today.

Here is an excerpt of the release from

Forwards Dario Saric (6’9”, KK Zagreb Croatia Osiguranje / Croatia) and Evan Fournier (6’6”, Union Poitiers Basket 86 / France) were members of the World Team beaten 90-78 at the Rose Garden nearly 12 months ago.

Along with the two returning players, the team has named two Canadian forwards based in the United States - Anthony Bennett (6’8”, Findlay College Prep, Nev.) and Andrew Wiggins (6’7”, Huntington Prep, W.Va.).

The team also features four guards from Europe – Aleksandar Cvetkovic (6’3”, BC Crvena Zvezda DIVA / Serbia), Leo Westermann (6’5”, ASVEL Lyon-Villeurbanne / France), Dmitry Kulagin (6’6”, BC Triumph Lyubertsy / Russia) and Michal Michalak (6’6”, LKS Lodz / Poland).

The global squad is rounded off with centers Marcos Delia (6’9”, Boca Juniors / Argentina), Wang Zhelin (7’0”, Fujian SBS Xunxin / China) and Patson Siame (6’10”/ Zambia).

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Anthony Young Leads West to Win in DII All-Star Game

Kentucky Wesleyan's Anthony Young led the West team to a 120-110 over the East in the NABC/NCAA Division II All-Star game on Friday night.

Young was 7-13 from the field for a team-high 21 points. He also pulled down 8 rebounds.

Here's more from KWC:

Senior forward Anthony Young led the West squad to a 120-110 win over the East with a team-high 21 points in the Reese's National Association of Basketball Coaches/NCAA Division II All-Star game at The Bank of Kentucky Center in Highland Heights, Ky. on Friday night. Young shot 7-of-13 from the field including five three-pointers plus two free throws. He also pulled down eight rebounds.

Sources Say Frank Martin is South Carolina's Next Head Coach

According to Kellis Robinett of The Wichita Eagle, Frank Martin will become South Carolina's next head coach.

Here is an excerpt:

MANHATTAN – A source close to Kansas State basketball coach Frank Martin said Monday morning that Martin will become South Carolina’s next coach.

The source confirmed a report in The State, a newspaper in Columbia, S.C., that said Martin will be introduced as the Gamecocks’ coach on Tuesday. The State also reported that a trustees meeting had been called to discuss “a contractual matter.”

Earlier Monday, Martin’s agent, Richard Katz, said “we have had conversations” with South Carolina, but would not say a deal was done.

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I was able to obtain this exclusive picture of Martin being introduced to this new team:

(just kidding of course...that's actually a screenshot from the great movie "Full Metal Jacket")

Anthony Davis Named to Associated Press All-America Team

Kentucky's Anthony Davis was named to The Associated Press All-America First Team on Monday.

Thomas Robinson of Kansas was the only unanimous selection to this year's team. Davis failed to get two first place votes.

Joining Robinson and Davis on the First Team are Jared Sullinger (Ohio State), Draymond Green (Michigan State) and Doug McDermott (Creighton).

Isaiah Canaan of Murray State was voted to the Second Team.

AP All-America First Team

- Thomas Robinson, Kansas*
- Anthony Davis, Kentucky
- Draymond Green, Michigan State
- Jared Sullinger, Ohio State
- Doug McDermott, Creighton

* Unanimous selection

Second Team

- Isaiah Canaan, Murray State
- Jae Crowder, Marquette
- Marcus Denmon, Missouri
- Tyler Zeller, North Carolina
- Kevin Jones, West Virginia


Davis, Canaan Named to John R. Wooden Award All-American Team

Kentucky's Anthony Davis and Murray State's Isaiah Canaan were named to the ten-man John R. Wooden All-American Team on Monday.

The complete team:

- Anthony Davis, Kentucky
- Thomas Robinson, Kansas
- Jared Sullinger, Ohio State
- Isaiah Canaan, Murray State
- Jae Crowder, Marquette
- Marcus Denmon, Missouri
- Draymond Green, Michigan State
- Kevin Jones, West Virginia
- Doug McDermott, Creighton
- Tyler Zeller, North Carolina

The Wooden Award will be given to the national player of the year on March 31.

Calipari to Fans: Sit Back, Relax and Enjoy the Ride

John Calipari encourages Kentucky fans to sit back, relax and enjoy the ride (video by

Louisville Fans Welcome Cards Home from Phoenix

Fan welcome the Louisville Cardinals home from Phoenix:

Louisville's Chane Behanan was named Most Outstanding Player of the West Regional.

A look at the all-tournament team:

- Bradley Beal, Florida
- Gorgui Dieng, Louisville
- Draymond Green, Michigan State
- Peyton Siva, Louisville
- Chane Behanan, Louisville

Regional most outstanding player: Chane Behanan, Louisville

Detroit Writer Won't Be Cheering for Kentucky and John Calipari

Drew Sharp of the Detroit Free Press says "rooting for John Calipari to finally win a national championship is like cheering for the head of the IRS to get a tax refund."

Sharp hammers Calipari in an article this morning, saying he'll be cheering for Kentucky's opponents in next weekend's Final Four.

"Wherever Calipari has walked during his coaching career, the NCAA has followed right behind, usually with a pooper-scooper," Sharp proclaims.

Here is an excerpt:

Kentucky serves as both the Final Four's biggest star and villain. The Wildcats are the most talented, most explosive of the remaining teams. But they also embody what frustrates so many about the maligned future of college basketball.

Calipari rents freshmen. He wants a program with a constant revolving door, a steady parade of McDonald's All-Americas using Lexington as a one-year way station until the NBA first round.

Calipari denies being the bad guy. His pat answer is: Don't blame him. Blame the NBA. He's only following the law as it's written.

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Charles Barkley on UK: "Nobody in college basketball can beat this team. Period."

After Kentucky methodically destroyed Baylor on Sunday, former NBA great Charles Barkley gave his opinion on which team can beat the Wildcats.

"The Toronto Raptors can," Barkley exclaimed. "The Charlotte Bobcats maybe...But nobody in college basketball can beat this team. Period."

CBS announcer Clark Kellogg somewhat disagreed with Barkley in a phone interview on Sunday night.

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But Clark Kellogg, who'll call the NCAA Final Four and called Kentucky's suspenseless win Sunday, disagrees. The Bobcats, said Kellogg in a Sunday phone interview, could "definitely" beat Kentucky — "the pride factor would rise up if NBA teams played college teams."

Too bad we can't see that for ourselves. Instead, CBS/Turner is left with the prospect of having to showcase a team that suggests college basketball supremacy is simply a matter of recruiting pro prospects. Kellogg says Kentucky's success "reinforces the idea that recruiting is 75% of the equation" — he figures Kentucky's starting lineup and sixth man Darius Miller are all possible future pros — and he doesn't "think anybody is going to debate whether Kentucky is the best team. But I wouldn't be stunned if Kentucky lost now. It's one game, not a series."

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Kyle Wiltjer Wants to Play for Canada in the Olympics

Kentucky freshman Kyle Wiltjer hopes to follow in his dad's footsteps and suit up for Canada in the Olympics.

Wiltjer is considered one of the key parts to Canada's drive to qualify for the 2016 Summer Games.

Here is more from

The freshman star of the Kentucky Wildcats doesn’t just have a Canadian passport for convenience, he really wants to play for the country in the Olympics the way his father Greg did back in the 1980s after starring at Oregon State where his team went to the elite eight in ’82 before he went to the University of Victoria.

Kyle has not only been enthusiastically involved in the junior national team, he is considered one of the key parts to the country’s drive to not only qualify for the 2016 Summer Games, but to compete for a medal along the way. Those are lofty goals considered the team didn’t qualify for London, but with committed jewels like Wiltjer, such dreams are reasonable.

“I really enjoyed my time with the junior national team and playing for Canada is definitely going to be something I’d like to do in the future,” says Wiltjer, who along with the rest of his Kentucky Wildcat teammates will try to qualify for the NCAA final four Sunday in Atlanta with a win over Baylor. “My dad played in the Olympics and said he had a great experience and that’s something I’d like to do some time in my future. It would be a dream come true but right now I’m just enjoying the team I’m playing for and taking things game by game.”

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