Saturday, April 28, 2012

Murray State Announces Tickets Sales for 2012-13


Murray State has announced advanced ticket sales for the 2012-13 men's basketball season.

Here are details from MSU:

Murray State University athletics announced an opportunity for Racer fans to purchase season tickets for the 2012-13 men's basketball season, according to Associate Athletic Director Paul Bubb.

“We had a number of inquiries from individuals who attended a game this past year and were interested in purchasing season tickets,” said Bubb. “We responded to those inquiries and so far have sold 143 new season tickets. Our regular process for renewing season tickets for our current season ticket holders will still take place in July. For the seats that were not sold on a season ticket basis this past year, we are selling those seats for the 2012-13 season at the present time.”

In addition to a limited number of season tickets in the lower level of the CFSB Center which are chair back seats, there are also reserved bleacher seats available in the east lower level. New for next season are reserved season tickets in the upper level (Sections 218 – 221) which will not require an additional membership in the Racer Club.

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Brandon Knight Wants to Become Team Leader in Detroit


Former Kentucky star Brandon Knight has wrapped up a successful rookie season with the Detroit Pistons.

Knight says he would like to be an NBA All-Star one day but most importantly, he wants to be the Pistons' leader.

Here are some excerpts from The Detroit News:

"I am not going to sit here and say I don't want to be an All-Star," said Knight, a rookie. "My goals are to be as good as I can possibly be. If that is All-Star status, then I will take it.

"But mostly for me it is making sure that this team is competing for a playoff spot and eventually a championship run."


He added that he wants to become the Pistons' leader:

"It is a matter of earning your stripes and earning respect from other guys and doing what is best for the team," Knight said. "That is something that is earned over time and I definitely will embrace it and be more vocal.

"You've got to approach it the right way. As long as they know it is coming from the right place and as long as they know it is best for the team and you guys have good relationships. You have to be bold and be able to do it out of respect being basketball players rather than one guy being above the other."


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Alex Poythress to Work at High School Basketball Camp


Kentucky signee Alex Poythress will be working at the Northeast High School Basketball Camp in May.

Poythress is currently a senior at Northeast.

Here are some details:

Northeast High Basketball Camp

WHEN: May 28-30
TIME: 9 a.m.-noon
WHERE: Northeast High School

Miscellaneous: Includes instruction, t-shirt and a basketball. Special guests will include Alex Poythress (University of Kentucky), Bashaara Graves (Tennessee) and Chandler Cooper (Florida).

COST: $50

CONTACT: Al Cooper at (931) 237-6414 or email him at al.cooper@cmcss.net

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Northeast High School
3701 Trenton Road
Clarksville, TN 37040

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Video: Terrence Williams Dunks All Over Jordan Hill

Former Louisville star Terrence Williams dunks all over the Lakers' Jordan Hill:

Murray State Offers 2013 Shooting Guard Donte Clark

Murray State has offered 2013 star Donte Clark from Charlotte, North Carolina.

Clark, a 6-4 shooting guard, also picked up an offer form Miami (FL) earlier this week.

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Clark in action:

Donnie Tyndall Accepts Southern Miss Job


Morehead State head coach Donnie Tyndall has accepted the head coaching position at Southern Miss.

It appeared that Tyndall was leaning towards staying at Morehead but the tide turned late last night. According to a source, Southern Miss enhanced their deal to Tyndall and made a deal that was said to be "too good to walk away from."

Tyndall agreed to a four-year deal earlier this morning. He will be introduced at Southern Miss on Monday at 4:00 p.m. ET.

In six seasons at the helm of the Eagles, Tyndall was 111-84 with two NCAA Tournament appearances.

My Thoughts: I'm very happy for D.T. He's a great friend who'll be missed in Morehead, but I wish him nothing but the best.

What happens at MSU? If I were running the coaching search, I'd take a look at Kelly Wells, Sean Woods, John Pelphrey, Wade O'Connor, John Brannen, Allen Edwards and Darrin Horn.

Video: Rajon Rondo's Tip-Off Trickery Highlights

Check out this collection of Rajon Rondo tip-off highlights from this season (video by mrtrpledouble10):

Kentucky Christian Signs Two from Pendleton County


Kentucky Christian University has signed two players from Pendleton County High School.

The Knights have added high school teammates Jared Rering and Gabe Antrobus.

Here is a release from KCU:

KCU’s head men’s basketball coach Ron Reed headed up to Pendleton County just the other day and came back with two new additions to his team. Coach Reed added Jared Rering (in the red) and Gabe Antrobus (in the blue). Both Jared and Gabe are strong competitors and that showed as they were named members of Region 10’s, a very strong region in men’s basketball, honorable mention team.

The players’ high school coach, Chad Simms, had this to say about the two young men; “I am very excited that KCU is getting to quality young men like Jared Rering and Gabe Antrobus. I have had the pleasure of coaching these two guys for the last four years at Pendleton County High School. They have been committed to the program, their coaches, and their teammates and I do not think these two young men will change. They have always represented our program with class and never took the responsibility lightly. They have worked very hard on their game over the last four years to put them in a position to be able to play College basketball. I will be forever blessed that I was able to coach these two young men for the past four years. There is a reason these two are playing college basketball. They have worked very hard on their own to get better and they put others before themselves.”

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Friday, April 27, 2012

Photos: Murray State Checking Out Recruits in Little Rock

Murray State head coach Steve Prohm was watching recruits at Real Deal in the Rock tonight (photos sent in by Chip Miller):

UPDATE: That's actually MSU assistant Matt McMahon




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Western Kentucky Contacts Coastal Carolina Transfer


Western Kentucky University is one of several schools that have made contact with Coastal Carolina forward Sam McLaurin.

McLaurin, a 6-8 forward, will be a graduate with one more season of eligibility. He would be able to play immediately.

Last season, McLaurin averaged 10.0 points and 7.5 rebounds per game.

He has heard from several schools including Illinois, Virginia, Drake and UAB.

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Enes Kanter with the Best Pregame Speech Ever?

Watch as former Kentucky big man Enes Kanter addresses the fans in Utah and thanks them for all their support this season:

Report: Kentucky Offers Xavier Transfer Mark Lyons


According to Adam Zagoria of ZagsBlog.com, Kentucky has offered a scholarship to Xavier transfer Mark Lyons:

AdamZagoria Jason Smith of @brewsterhoops confirms UK, KU and Arizona have all offered Mark Lyons of Xavier

Kenneth Faried Named Western Conference Rookie of the Month


Former Morehead State star Kenneth Faried has been named Western Conference Rookie of the Month.

Here is the NBA release:

NEW YORK -- The Atlanta Hawks' Ivan Johnson and the Denver Nuggets' Kenneth Faried were today named the NBA Eastern and Western Conference Rookies of the Month, respectively, for games played in April.

Irving led all rookies in steals (1.45 spg) and paced Eastern Conference first-year players in field goal percentage (.582). In addition, Johnson averaged 10.7 points and 5.9 rebounds for the playoff-bound Hawks. Johnson, who averaged 6.4 points for the season, had six double-digit scoring performances in April, including a career-high 21 points on 9-of-13 shooting in a 109-87 win at Toronto on April 16. Two nights later, Johnson recorded his third double-double of the season with 16 points and 10 rebounds in a 116-84 win over Detroit.

Faried paced first-year players in rebounds (9.1 rpg) and field goal percentage (.584), and led Western Conference rookies in blocks (1.14 bpg). Faried also averaged 11.6 points and recorded six of his 12 double-doubles this season in the final month of the campaign, including a 27-point, 17-rebound performance April 9 in a 123-84 win over Golden State. In the victory over the Warriors, Faried established career highs in both categories, and became the first player in the shot-clock era to record that many points and rebounds in less than 25 minutes (24).

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Southern Miss Offers Job to Morehead State's Donnie Tyndall


I have confirmed with a source close to the situation that Morehead State head coach Donnie Tyndall has been offered the same position at Southern Miss.

The source also confirms that Tyndall has not accepted the job at this time. He will think it over and make a decision soon.

Southern Miss was 25-9 last season under Larry Eustachy, who left for Colorado State.

University of Pikeville to Host 2012 Team Basketball Camp in June


The University of Pikeville will host its annual Team Baskeball Camp on June 18-21.

Here are some details:

Games will be played at the UPIKE Gym, Pikeville High School Gym, Pike Central High School Gym, New Mullins Elementary, and the Blue Goose. Other sites will be added if needed.

Games will start around 10:00 am and run until 10:00 pm each day. Each team will be guaranteed 8 games each (two per day and tournament on Thursday). Changes in schedules can be worked out if known in advance. We can make anything work if given notice!

The cost will be $400 per Varsity. $400 per Junior Varsity and a third team will cost $200.

Each team will RECEIVE:

Eight (8) 32:00 games (16:00 halves), 10 t-shirts per team, Double Elimination Tournament on Thursday and majority of varsity games will be officiated by registered officials when available.

Camp brochure (click to enlarge and print):

John Wall, Wizards Close Season on a Positive Note


Former University of Kentucky star John Wall and the Washington Wizards finished up the season on a positive note last night.

Washington blasted a short-handed Miami team 104-70 last night to finish with a 20-46 overall record. The Wizards won 8 of their last 10 games and ended the season on a 6-game winning streak.

Wall had 7 points, 12 assists and 2 steals in last night's game. He finished the season with 5-straight games with double-digit assists.

For the season, Wall averaged 16.3 points, 8 assists and 4.5 rebounds per game. He is only the third player (Damon Stoudemire and Oscar Robertson) in NBA history to average 16 points and 8 assists in his first two NBA seasons.

BulletsForever John Wall is only the 3rd player in NBA history to average 16 points and 8 assists in his first two NBA seasons. http://bkref.com/tiny/jYmwv

BulletsForever Wall joins Oscar Robertson and Damon Stoudemire as only two players average 16 & 8 in both of their first two seasons. http://bkref.com/tiny/jYmwv

After last night's game, Wall spoke about the season and made a stern mention of the problems the team had before trading away Nick Young and Javale McGee:

“When I came here, I started to see we had a lot of talent who need to learn how to play basketball, who have the hunger to learn more and what to look for to get better,” Nene said. “I’m happy to help these young players. Probably next year, we will have more veterans to give a little more advice. We’re doing good, walking in the right direction.”

Wall, the 2010 No. 1 overall pick, struggled early, finally got on track shortly before Saunders was dismissed, then put up all-star caliber numbers for nearly 20 games, and later entered a lengthy slump before finishing with an assist flurry. He had 12 assists in the season finale.

“This year, really, after the trade, it felt like it was my third year,” Wall said. “It was a whole totally different team and we started playing totally different, to be honest. No disrespect to any guys we had before, but everything changed. We were more serious in the locker room, more serious on the court, unselfish play, everybody played together and just wanted to win.”


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Nerlens Noel Lands on the Moon, Appears in Star Wars

Nerlens Noel is literally everywhere lately. Most recently, he showed up in Star Wars and even landed on the moon.

Check out these pictures that were posted on Twitter by @Fear_TheFlattop recently:




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Thursday, April 26, 2012

Troy Williams to Commit "Between This Weekend and Next"


Troy Williams, one of the top players in the 2013 recruiting class, said on Twitter tonight that he'll make his college commitment "between this weekend and next weekend."

Williams will likely choose either North Carolina or Kentucky.

troywilliams_ RT @jrwade1: @troywilliams_ do you have a definite day set to make your commitment?// nope, between this weekend and next weekend.

Video: Kenneth Faried's Dunk Highlights from 2012

Check out Kenneth Faried's dunk highlights from 2012 (video by DkKosta on YouTube):

Calipari, Pitino Among Top 2012 NCAA Tournament Coaches


Luke Winn of SI.com has picked the top NCAA Tournament coaches based on efficiency date.

As expected, Kentucky's John Calipari and Louisville's Rick Pitino earned a great deal of praise.

Here is an excerpt:

2. Best Offensive Tournament: John Calipari, Kentucky

Would you believe that Wisconsin actually had the best average offensive NEM (25.6) in the NCAAs, just ahead of the Wildcats (25.4)? The Badgers did, but their run ended at three games, which falls below the Data-Based Awards' minimum for official recognition ... so yet another honor goes to Mr. Calipari. He earned it, in large part, by orchestrating an absurd offensive performance against Indiana in the Sweet 16 -- a game in which Kentucky posted tourney bests in PPP (1.401) and offensive NEM (44.8). In back-to-back games in the NCAAs, the Wildcats handed Iowa State and Indiana their worst PPP-allowed figures of the season.

According to Synergy, of teams that played at least four tourney games, Kentucky had the best half-court offense (0.975 PPP) and the second-best After-Timeout Efficiency (0.975). Neither of those facts are surprising, but this one is: Of the Wildcats' six rotation players, it was senior reserve Darius Miller who had the best individual offensive efficiency rating in the tournament, averaging 1.273 PPP. Kentucky players, in order of tourney efficiency: Miller, Doron Lamb, Anthony Davis, Michael Kidd-Gilchrist, Terrence Jones, Marquis Teague. Miller was almost forgotten amid all the one-and-done mania, but he had a phenomenal postseason.

3. Best Tourney Game Plan: Rick Pitino, Louisville (vs. Michigan State, Sweet 16)

The Cardinals had a strong defensive rep coming into the Sweet 16, but no one expected them to hold Tom Izzo's Spartans to 0.728 PPP and just 44 points, the lowest scoring total by a No. 1 seed in the shot-clock era. According to NEM, Louisville allowed 42.4 fewer points per 100 possessions than a D-I average team would have in this game. Although Pitino alternated between zone and man-to-man during the tournament, it stuck almost exclusively to its matchup 2-3 against State, using it on 45 of 48 possessions, during which State shot just 22.2 percent, according to ESPN's research.

I was at this game in Phoenix, and the Spartans' frustration was palpable from press row, for a few reasons. Louisville's transition defense was excellent; watching it live as well as on film, you saw State's running opportunities get thwarted time and again by sprinting-back Cardinals. The Spartans were the nation's best rebounding team in 2011-12, but Louisville put such a huge emphasis on controlling the defensive glass that it held State's offensive rebounding percentage to just 22.2 -- 14.2 points below its average. Their active post defense kept Draymond Green from doing damage on the blocks, and center Gorgui Dieng was a dominant primary and help defender, blocking seven shots, which according to StatSheet, accounted for 25.0 percent of the two-point attempts taken while he was on the floor.

The Cardinals put on their signature press after most makes, but more in an effort to tire out the Spartans than create turnovers. Pitino opted against trying to create havoc with traps, instead focusing on playing stellar, one-shot-and-done half-court D in a low-possession game. It was a strategic masterpiece, especially given that it came against the sport's most renowned tournament game-planner.

6. Most Improbable Tournament Run, Sweet 16 & Beyond: Rick Pitino, Louisville

Before looking at the numbers, I assumed this would go to Ohio's John Groce, who took the Bobcats to the Sweet 16 as a No. 13 seed. But this is based off of kenpom.com's pre-tournament Log5 analysis, which gave Ohio a 10.8 percent chance of reaching the Sweet 16, because it faced the least-efficient No. 4 seed (Michigan) and was paired with the least-efficient 5-12 game in the bracket (Temple-South Florida). The Bobcats' run was still quite an achievement, but according to Log5, the odds of Louisville reaching the Elite Eight (10.5 percent) and the Final Four (just 4.7 percent!) were even lower, so Pitino takes the award.

Even though we saw a 4.7-percent-chance team make it to New Orleans, this year's tournament was significantly chalkier than 2011's. Log5 gave Butler just a 1.0 percent chance of reaching the Final Four, and gave VCU just a 0.03 percent chance. UConn was assigned a 1.0 percent chance of winning it all -- compared to 19.7 percent for Kentucky in 2012. The Wildcats made history with their precociousness, but they were a very predictable champ.

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Andre Applewhite Signs with Mississippi State


Andre Applewhite of Memphis Central (Tenn.) High School has signed with Mississippi State.

Applewhite chose the Bulldogs over Western Kentucky and Arkansas State.

Here is more from ClarionLedger.com:

Mississippi State signed shooting guard Andre Applewhite (6-4, 205) of Memphis Central today, likely completing coach Rick Ray‘s efforts in the backcourt. The Bulldogs signed point guard Jacoby Davis of St. John’s Northwestern Military Academy on Wednesday.

Applewhite averaged just over 18 points per game in the regular season and 26 points per game in the postseason while leading Central High to the Class 6A championship game last season
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Video: New Footage of Archie Goodwin

Here is some new footage of Kentucky signee Archie Goodwin (video by CityLeagueHoopsTV on YouTube):

Scott Padgett Officially Joins Staff at Samford


Former Kentucky star Scott Padgett has officially been announced as a member of Bennie Seltzer's staff at Samford.

I was told by a source way back on April 4 that Padgett would likely accept the job.

Here is more from the Samford release:

Scott Padgett, an eight-year NBA veteran and former standout at the University of Kentucky, joins Samford's staff after spending the previous two seasons at Manhattan College. During his valuable stint at Manhattan, Padgett assisted in the development of the Jaspers' post and front court players.

Last season, he played a key role in Manhattan's 15-game win improvement as the Jaspers' finished 21-13 and played in the CollegeInsider.com Tournament, the program's first postseason appearance since 2006. The 15-game win improvement (all against D1 opponents) tied Manhattan with Toledo, Indiana and Nevada for the most in the country.

Prior to joining the Manhattan basketball program, Padgett spent the 2009-10 season at his alma mater on Head Coach John Calipari's staff. Kentucky advanced to the Elite Eight of the NCAA Tournament, finished with a 35-3 overall record and was ranked in the top-five of both the Associated Press and ESPN/USA Today polls, including a No. 1 ranking on Jan. 25.

Padgett, a Louisville, Ky., native was a first-round draft pick selected 28th overall by the Utah Jazz in 1999 and spent eight years in the NBA. Padgett recorded 1,142 points in four years with the Jazz before spending the next two seasons with the Houston Rockets. He played the 2005-06 season with the New Jersey Nets. Padgett began the 2006-07 season with the Rockets before being traded to the Memphis Grizzlies, where he finished out his career.

During his time at Kentucky from 1995-99, Padgett helped lead the Wildcats to the 1998 NCAA National Championship, where he was named to the NCAA All-Final Four team, as well as the NCAA All-East Regional team and All-Southeastern Conference during the regular season.

In 1997, Padgett helped Kentucky to the NCAA championship game and was also named to the All-Final Four team. A true student-athlete, Padgett received All-SEC honors twice for his work on the hardwood, and he was also honored with Academic All-SEC honors in 1998 and 1999 for his success in the classroom. Padgett scored 1,252 points over his career, which ranks 32nd on Kentucky's all-time list.

Padgett and his wife, Cynthia, have two sons, Logan (11) and Lucas (9), as well as a daughter, Layla (5).

"Scott has played eight years in the NBA, won a national championship at Kentucky and really gets it in terms of coaching the game," Seltzer said. "He is an outstanding coach and will be a great addition to this staff. He has a phenomenal pedigree in the game of basketball and has already been a positive influence on the program here at Samford. He did a great job at Manhattan and I am extremely excited to have him here on this staff."

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Murray State Trying to Find Opponents for Next Season


According to Andy Katz of ESPN, Murray State is having a little trouble finding high-major opponents for next season.

Katz says head coach Steve Prohm is desperately seeking a tournament for next season.

Here is an excerpt:

Murray State coach Steve Prohm said he is desperately seeking a tournament for next season and is attempting to get into the Charleston Classic. He said he’s willing to open up against a high-major on the road or in the first week, but needs a home-and-home series with the home game being next year. This is the price a school like Murray pays for having an outstanding season and returning an all-American candidate in Isaiah Canaan.

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Cousins, Davis Being Considered for USA Select Team


Former Kentucky stars DeMarcus Cousins (Sacramento Kings) and Anthony Davis (probable No. 1 pick) are among the players contending for invitations to Team USA's select team.

The select squad will train and scrimmage against Team USA's Olympic team this summer.

Here is an excerpt from ESPN.com:

Sources close to the situation told ESPN.com that the Sacramento Kings have been quietly pushing for second-year center DeMarcus Cousins to be added to the preliminary roster and made eligible for the roster spot originally set aside for Howard. However, the sources said Cousins is only being considered for the select squad that will train in Las Vegas concurrently with the Olympic squad from July 6-11 and scrimmage against Krzyzewski's team before Team USA's five exhibition games leading up to the Olympics.

Cousins and fellow Kentucky big man Anthony Davis, who is widely expected to be the No. 1 overall pick in the June draft, are among the players contending for select team invites.

"That's wide open," Colangelo said. "We're getting calls from a lot of agents with players who want to play on the select team, which is very good. That's very positive."

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Wednesday, April 25, 2012

Tyndall, Woods in the Mix for Southern Miss Job


According to Jeff Goodman of CBSSports.com, both Donnie Tyndall and Sean Woods are finalists for the Southern Mississippi job.

Here are Goodman's posts from Twitter:

GoodmanCBS Morehead State coach Donnie Tyndall also in the mix at Southern Mississippim source told CBSSports. Interviewed yesterday.

GoodmanCBS The names in the mix for Southern Miss are: Sean Woods, Doc Sadler, Donnie Tyndall, Greg Heiar and assistant Steve Barnes.

More Greatness from the UK Video Department

Message to Louisville students: go to a school that wins championships (more greatness from the UK video department):

Video: The Three Goggles with Kyle Wiltjer

Check out this new video from UK featuring Kyle Wiltjer:

Bellarmine University Adds Two Transfers from Wright State


The Bellarmine Knights have added Vance Hall and Alex Pritchett to the roster for 2012-13. The duo are both transfers from Wright State University.

Hall was previously a star at Franklin County High School.

Here is a release from BU:

LOUISVILLE, Ky. --- Bellarmine University and men's basketball coach Scott Davenport have announced the addition of Vance Hall and Alex Pritchett, transfers from Wright State University, to the Knights team beginning in the 2012-13 season.

“Today we are adding two great players, but we are also adding two great teammates,” said Davenport. “They are a perfect fit for our program because they stand for everything that Bellarmine basketball is about.”

Hall, a 6-3 guard, comes to Bellarmine after two years as a member of the Raider program where he saw action in 55 games over that span, starting 17 times as a sophomore. He averaged 3.0 points per game during his time at WSU, shooting 42.7% from the field, including 42.1% from behind the arc.

“I think Bellarmine will be a great fit for me, they get up and down the court and everyone shoots the ball well.” said Hall. “I also love that it is closer to home and my family will be able to come watch me play.”

Davenport believes that he has all the qualities to be an effective player in the GLVC, “He is just tough. He comes from a great high school and college program. The best thing is that his toughness and will to win transfers to his teammates.”

Hailing from Frankfort, Ky., he prepped at Franklin County High School where he played for Coach Scott Chalk. “Vance is just a hard-nosed, scrappy kid that is going to make his teammates better. He is great at attacking the rim and when he does he can pull up for a midrange jumper, finish through contact, or find an open teammate.”

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John Calipari, Steve Prohm Earn Praise from SI.com


Kentucky head coach John Calipari and Murray State head man Steve Prohm have earned praise from SI.com's Luke Winn.

Here are some excerpts:

FULL-SEASON AWARDS: 2011-12

1. Efficiency King: John Calipari, Kentucky

His Wildcats ranked No. 1 overall in kenpom.com's Pythagorean formula, which is based on efficiency margin. There is a running joke among the Flat Earth Society that Wisconsin's Bo Ryan has a trophy case full of Efficiency National Titles somewhere in the Kohl Center, but, as I said earlier, the title-winning team has, over the past eight seasons, also been the nation's most efficient team on six occasions. This is Calipari's first Efficiency Title, as his 2008 Memphis team came in second behind Kansas, just as it did in real life.

5. Outclassing One's League: Steve Prohm, Murray State

The 31-2 Racers finished with a Pythagorean winning percentage of 80.8 -- a good 34 percentage points higher than the second-best Ohio Valley Conference team, Tennessee State. No team put a bigger gap between itself and the remainder of its conference, by means of overall efficiency, than did Prohm's Racers. The next-closest teams in this category were Davidson (+25.8 from the SoCon), Memphis (+19.7 from the C-USA), UNC-Asheville (+18.5 from the Big South) and Belmont (+17.2 from the Atlantic Sun). It's a good thing that Belmont is jumping to the OVC in 2012-13. Murray State needs some competition.

6. Dominating One's League: John Calipari, Kentucky

Basketball Prospectus' John Gasaway tracks in-conference efficiency numbers all season in his Tuesday Truths, and the Wildcats' efficiency margin in SEC games was an absurd +0.26 points per possession -- better than any other leader of any other conference. They steamrolled, rather than tightrope-walked, their way to a 16-0 record in the SEC. For comparison, Syracuse (long the nation's No. 2 team) had an efficiency margin of +0.16 in the Big East, and Kansas (UK's title-game opponent) had a margin of +0.18 in the Big 12.

8. Most Success With The Least Experience: John Calipari, Kentucky

Only five teams had less experience, according to kenpom.com's index, than the Wildcats: Nicholls State, which ranked 332nd in efficiency, Niagara (238th), Rutgers (119th), Boston College (259th) and St. John's (152nd). None had a winning record. Kentucky went 38-2, won the national title and finished first in efficiency with an average experience level of 0.77 years.

Calipari was obviously aided by the fact that he had the nation's No. 1 recruiting class, including a superhuman, 6-foot-11 defensive menace, but making elite freshmen play well together is not easy. This UK team had less experience, top-to-bottom, than last year's (1.16 years) or the Wall-Cousins squad of 2009-10 (0.83 years), which means that Calipari's best team was also his youngest. And seeing that he grabbed three of our eight full-season awards, it might be wise to revise the COY list, with his name at the top

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George Karl Catches Kenneth Faried Doing the Wave

Here is some footage of a funny moment earlier this week - Denver Nuggets head coach George Karl catches Kenneth Faried, his rookie from Morehead State, doing the wave with the Denver fans:



Faried has played in integral role in helping get the Nuggets into the NBA Playoffs. Denver finishes up the regular season with road games at Oklahoma City tonight and Minnesota tomorrow night.

The former Morehead State star is averaging 10.1 points and 7.6 rebounds per game for his rookie season. He has picked up double-doubles in 5 of Denver's last 8 games.

2014 PF Chris McCullough Adds an Offer from Kansas


Kansas has offered 2014 power forward Chris McCullough a scholarship.

McCullough, who ranks No. 10 overall on the Rivals.com list for 2014, is a 6-8 power forward at Salisbury (Conn.) School. He holds offers from several high-major schools, including Louisville.

Here is more from KUSports.com:

“Chris received an offer today from Kansas,” McCullough’s AAU coach, Terrance “Munch” Williams, told NYCHoops.net.

When asked specifics, Team SCAN coach Williams said: “Head coach Bill Self and assistant Norm Roberts called me today.”


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Photo: Rivals.com

Video: John Calipari Throws Out First Pitch at Reds Game

Here is University of Kentucky head coach John Calipari throwing out the first pitch at last night's Cincinnati Reds baseball game:



Calipari posted about the night on Twitter:

UKCoachCalipari Robes tried rattling me. Wasn't happening. Threw it right down the middle, 85 mph, rising fastball. http://yfrog.com/gymjctkj

UKCoachCalipari How did I look in my Reds jersey? http://pic.twitter.com/bFGEeOo2

UKCoachCalipari Had a chance to sit down w/ Dusty Baker before the @Reds game. He couldn't have been nicer, plus a great manager. http://yfrog.com/obyt4syj

UKCoachCalipari I want to thank the @Reds for letting us touch our fans in Northern Kentucky and Cincinnati and treating us so well. Go @Reds!

Rod Strickland Not Leaving After All, Entire Staff Staying at UK


According to John Calipari, his entire men's basketball staff will return for another season in Lexington.

There had been rumors that Orlando Antigua, Kenny Payne and Rod Strickland had all been looking elsewhere. The latest rumor had Strickland leaving to join Larry Brown's staff at SMU.

Calipari says Strickland and the others are staying with the Wildcats:

Kentucky coach John Calipari said Tuesday afternoon that Rod Strickland, a director of basketball operations, would be staying with the Wildcats and not heading to work for Larry Brown at SMU. Calipari said his entire coaching staff will remain intact; assistants Kenny Payne and Orlando Antigua had interest in a few openings but never got too far in the process. Assistant John Robic has been a steady presence next to Calipari during his tenure. Meanwhile, Calipari said he’s hopeful that the Wildcats can add one more recruit after already securing a top-five class.

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Tuesday, April 24, 2012

Report: Mislav Brzoja to Visit Kentucky on Wednesday


According to Brian Snow of Scout.com, Kentucky will have a visitor on campus tomorrow.

Snow says Croatian wing Mislav Brzoja will visit Lexington. Brzoja is a 6-3 guard in the 2012 recruiting class. He played last season at Traders Point Christian in Whitestown, Indiana.

BSnowScout Kentucky will host a class of 2012 visitor tomorrow http://scouthoops.scout.com/2/1180620.html

As is the case with most European players, it looks like Brzoja can shoot the lights out:



Photo: FIBA Basketball

Calipari Says Attendance for Postgame Radio Show Would Rank in Top 30 in Nation

University of Kentucky head coach John Calipari says the attendance at UK's postgame radio shows in Rupp Arena (he estimates about 9,000) would rank in the top 30 in the America.

Here is Calipari talking about UK fans and more (video by WildCatsINFORMER on YouTube):

Kentucky Basketball One Shining Moment 2012

The University of Kentucky has produced its own version of "One Shining Moment":



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Playing off CBS' now-iconic video tribute, UK makes its own rendition of "One Shining Moment" at the CATSPY Awards, UK Athletics' annual awards banquet that recognizes athletic and academic performances during athletic year. The "One Shining Moment" award is given to a team that inspired others through their remarkable resiliency and unparalleled work ethic in achieving an ultimate goal.

To no one's surprise Monday night, the UK men's basketball team was selected as this year's "One Shining Moment" winner. Here is the video of UK's version of "One Shining Moment," which is produced by the UK Sports Video staff

Ryan Harrow is Growing His Nerlens Noel Flat Top

It looks like the flat top is going to take over Lexington soon. Check out this Twitter post from future Kentucky big man Nerlens Noel:

NerlensNoel3 Me and my POINT GUARD @12harrow with his new Flat Top Gumby !! #KidnPlay http://pic.twitter.com/z31ICTKG

Kentucky, Louisville May Go After 2012 PF Montrezl Harrell


According to Joe Davis of ScoutsFocus.com, 2012 recruit Montrezl Harrell will probably seek a release from Virginia Tech and open his recruitment back up.

Davis says Kentucky and Louisville are both schools that are expected to go after Harrell.

scoutsfocus Montrezl Harrell, Virginia Tech's top signee, will "probably" seek his release according to his Father.

scoutsfocus Kentucky, NC State, PITT, Providence, L'ville, Xavier, Cincinnati & 'Bama are schools expected to make a push for Montrezl post-release.

Harrell is a 6-7 power forward from Hargrave Military Academy. He ranks No. 82 overall on the Rivals.com list for 2012.

Here is Harrell in action:



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Wildcats to be Honored at Cincinnati Reds Game Tonight


The Kentucky men's basketball team will be honored before tonight's Cincinnati Reds baseball game at Great American Ball Park in Cincinnati.

Here is more about the night from Cincinnati.com:

The Cats are making their way up through Northern Kentucky and into Cincinnati to be honored before the Reds vs. Giants game on Tuesday night. We heard originally that Coach Cal and the entire team would be on hand for the event, but have run across a couple of conflicts for Darius Miller (who is signing at The Kentucky Shop in Florence from 7-8) and Michael Kidd-Gilchrist (who is slated to be in Louisville).

However, it should still be lots of fun for Northern Kentucky and Cincinnati UK fans to honor their team.

No word yet on what exactly will happen on Tuesday night, but Reds beat writer John Fay said via Twitter that the festivities will take place before the baseball game gets underway. Maybe Cal will throw out the first pitch?


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Kentucky, Kansas and Arizona Are Top 3 for Mark Lyons


Kentucky, Kansas and Arizona have emerged as the top three choices for Xavier transfer Mark Lyons.

Lyons will reportedly visit all three schools before making his decision.

Here is more from NBCSports.com:

Those are the top three schools on Lyons’ transfer list, per Jeff Goodman. He’ll visit all three before making the call.

All three would certainly welcome the three-year Xavier starter, too.

The case for Arizona has already been made by Rob Dauster, but Kentucky and Kansas would be welcome landing spots as well. The defending champs lost their top six players and will likely be starting N.C. State transfer Ryan Harrow at point guard and incoming freshman Archie Goodwin at shooting guard. Lyons could push either for a starting spot, though it’s more likely all three could play considerable minutes
.

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Xavier University head basketball coach Chris Mack had this to say about Lyons:

“After our end of the season meeting with Mark it became apparent that a change for both parties was the right thing moving forward,” said Mack. “During our meeting expectations were outlined for his fifth and final season, areas in which I believe needed improvement. Mark did not recognize these expectations as being important and ultimately it was decided that a change of scenery would be in his best interest. I wish Mark well.”

UVa-Wise to Join Great Midwest Athletic Conference


UVa-Wise has officially been admitted as a provisional member of the newly formed Great Midwest Athletic Conference (G-MAC).

The school will transition into the NCAA Division II league and begin competition against fellow members in 2013-14.

UVa-Wise is currently a member of the NAIA's Mid-South Conference.

Here is an excerpt of a release from G-MAC Commissioner Tom Daeger:

The University of Virginia's College at Wise (UVa-Wise) has been admitted as a Provisional Member of the Great Midwest Athletic Conference (G-MAC), effective July 1, 2012.

UVa-Wise will enter the G-MAC as the seventh member of the league joining Kentucky Wesleyan College and begin competition against fellow members in 2013-14.

If successfully admitted into NCAA Division II candidacy, the institution will become a Full Member of the G-MAC and will join the charter members of the Conference which includes Cedarville University (Cedarville, Ohio), Central State University (Wilberforce, Ohio), Kentucky Wesleyan College (Owensboro, Ky.), Trevecca Nazarene University (Nashville, Tenn.), Urbana University (Urbana, Ohio), and Ursuline College (Pepper Pike, Ohio).

"As the Great Midwest Athletic Conference continues to grow, we are delighted to add The University of Virginia's College at Wise as a member school,” said Cedarville President Dr. William Brown, chair of the G-MAC Presidents Council.

“Their commitment to quality education and a robust experience for their student athletes complements the current membership well."

UVa-Wise will be applying for admittance into the NCAA Division II membership process in advance of the June 1 deadline for submission of applications.

If accepted into the membership process, UVa-Wise will work to meet the requirements of candidacy with the hope of an invitation to active NCAA Division II status for the 2015-16 academic year.

“Our members feel UVa-Wise is poised to make a smooth transition to NCAA Division II if extended an invitation to enter the membership process,” said G-MAC Commissioner Tom Daeger.

“UVa-Wise has illustrated the leadership and drive to, not only meet the expectations of a NCAA Division II member, but to far exceed them and we will support them in their development through the membership process if the opportunity is awarded.”

Additionally, UVa-Wise will be included in future G-MAC schedules and, if approved as a NCAA Division II candidate, the institution will gain voting status in the G-MAC.

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Calipari, UK Coaches to Headline Pegasus Parade


The Kentucky men's basketball coaching staff, led by John Calipari, will serve as Grand Marshals at this year's Republic Bank Pegasus Parade.

Here is more from NationofBlue.com:

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We have just confirmed that the UK Men's Basketball Coaching Staff, led by John Calipari, will be this year's Republic Bank Pegasus Parade's Honorary Grand Marshals!! Don't worry, the NCAA Championship Trophy will be joining them too
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Steve Prohm Mentioned as Possible Candidate at Virginia Tech

David Teel of the Daily Press mentions Murray State head coach Steve Prohm as a potential candidate for the head coaching job at Virginia Tech.

Here is an excerpt:

MURRAY STATE COACH STEVE PROHM: How much stock do you put in one wildly successful season? That’s the question here.

As a rookie head coach in 2011-12, Prohm guided the Racers to a 31-2 record and Ohio Valley Conference title. They defeated Colorado State in the NCAA tournament before losing to Marquette.

Prohm, 37, graduated from Alabama and is a former assistant at Southeastern Louisiana, Tulane and Murray State. So he’s never recruited at the ACC level.

The Racers extended his contract through 2016 last month, but his base salary is only $300,000.

For what it’s worth, the last Murray State head coach Virginia Tech hired turned out pretty well. Fellow named Beamer.

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Monday, April 23, 2012

Sean Woods Interviews for Southern Miss Job


Former University of Kentucky star Sean Woods interviewed for the Southern Miss job on Monday.

Woods led Mississippi Valley State to the NCAA Tournament this season.

Kentucky assistant Kenny Payne is not on the list of candidates given by ESPN.

Here is more from ESPN.com:

Mississippi Valley State coach Sean Woods is one of a handful of coaches vying for the Southern Miss job, beginning with an in-person interview Monday. The others reportedly in the mix are Larry Eustachy’s Southern Miss assistant Steve Barnes, Middle Tennessee’s Kermit Davis, former Nebraska coach Doc Sadler, Wichita State assistant Greg Heiar, and UTEP coach Tim Floyd. If USM, which is also hiring an athletic director doesn’t bump up Barnes to replace Eustachy (who left for Colorado State) then Woods should be given a serious look as the choice. Woods did a remarkable job at one of the toughest places to win. He steadily increased his win total from seven to nine to 13 to 21 this past season, going 17-1 in the SWAC. Woods and Sadler are both interviewing Monday.

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Terrence Jones Delivers Flowers to Louisville Cheerleader


Kentucky star Terrence Jones followed through on a promise tonight while doing an autograph tour in Louisville.

Jones delivered flowers to the University of Louisville cheerleader he accidentally ran over during the Final Four game between the Cats and Cards.

Maggie Ruper of WHAS 11 posted a picture on her Twitter account:

MaggieRuper Exclusive: Terrence Jones brings flowers to UofL cheerleader he ran into during Final Four game http://pic.twitter.com/I3QArnA0

Five-Star Big Man Tony Parker Commits to UCLA


Five-star big man Tony Parker has given his commitment to UCLA, giving the Bruins one of college basketball's top classes for 2012.

Parker, a 6-8 center from Miller Grove (Ga.), picked UCLA over Georgia, Duke, Ohio State, Kansas and Memphis.

The announcements came after a press conference that lasted just under an hour:

DaveTelep Due to the length of this press conference Tony Parker now only has three years of eligibility remaining.

Photo: Rivals.com

Eloy Vargas Visits Church in Harrodsburg, Signs Autographs in Somerset

Kentucky senior Eloy Vargas made several stops on Sunday.

Vargas visited kids at The Carpenter's Christian Church in Harrodsburg, then travelled to Somerset for a signing appearing at the Sports Den.

Here are some pictures from the day:





Morehead State Signs JUCO Point Guard Leon Cooper


The Morehead State Eagles have signed 6-2 point guard Leon Cooper from Howard (TX) College.

In 30 games last season, Cooper averaged 5.7 points, 2.4 rebounds and 1.4 assists per game. He was 11-22 (50%) from the three-point line.

Cooper's hometown is Freeport, Grand Bahamas.

Two-Sport Star Adds Offer from Western Kentucky


Two-sport star Cornelius Elder has picked up an offer from Western Kentucky and head coach Ray Harper.

According to ESPN, Elder also picked up a football offer from Nebraska over the weekend.

Elder, a talented 5-11 athlete, is considered one of the top football prospects in Tennessee but has said he would prefer to play basketball in college.

On the basketball court, Elder is a point guard at The Ensworth School in Nashville. ESPN gives him a scout grade of 88 in basketball.

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Photo: Rivals.com

Kentucky Coaches Meet Former President Bill Clinton

The Kentucky coaching staff spent some time with former President Bill Clinton today.

UK staffer Brandon Weems posted this picture on Instagram:

UPIKE Signs Zach Howard and Cody Malicoat


The University of Pikeville has signed two talented Tennessee high school recruits to their 2012 recruiting class.

The Bears have added 6-2 guard Zach Howard and 6-5 guard/forward Cody Malicoat.

Zach Howard

Height: 6’2 Position: Guard
Hometown: Johnson City, TN
School: Science Hill High School

Bio: Zach Howard comes to UPIKE after a very successful prep career at Science Hill High School in Johnson City, TN. Howard, 2012 Big 8 Conference Player of the Year, helped lead the Hilltoppers to a 35-3 record, a #41 ranking nationally by ESPN Fab 50 high school rankings, and a Tennessee AAA state semi final appearance. Howard finished the season averaging 13 points, 3 rebounds, 2 assists, and 2 steals per game while shooting 45% from three-point range. Howard’s stellar senior campaign included a 22-point effort in the state semi-finals against eventual AAA state champion Memphis East. Howard was named to the 2012 All TSSAA State Tournament Team as well as being named the MVP of the Merv Lopes Holiday Tournament in Hawaii.

Cody Malicoat

Height: 6’5 Position: G/F
Hometown: Jellico, TN
School: Jellico High School

Bio: Cody Malicoat, originally a Middle Tennessee State University commit, joins UPIKE after a very successful prep career. As a sophomore at Campbell County High School, Malicoat made noise by setting a single game scoring record (58 points) vs. rival Oak Ridge. As a junior, Malicoat transferred to Jellico High School where he helped lead his new squad to a regional championship while also posting averages of 23 points, 8 rebounds, and 4 assists per game and being named District Player of the Year and MVP of both district and regional tournaments. Malicoat entered his senior campaign rated as the “Top Sleeper” prospect in TN by long time high school evaluator Rick Bolus. As a senior, Malicoat compiled averages of 22.7 points, 10.4 rebounds, and 6 assists per contest while being named First Team All District 4A, First Team All Region 2A, Knoxville News Sentinel All Prep Xtra Team, and TSWA First Team All State.

Brandon Knight Preparing for Important Summer


Vincent Goodwill of The Detroit News says former Kentucky star Brandon Knight is preparing for an important offseason.

Knight, who is just two years removed from high school, is finishing up a successful rookie season with the Detroit Pistons.

Here is an excerpt:

Think about this for a moment. Two years ago, Knight was a senior in high school, preparing to attend the University of Kentucky for his lone season. Now he's about to enter what could be the biggest offseason of his career.

"It's a huge summer between your first and second year," Pistons coach Lawrence Frank said. "After your first, you're a (legit) NBA player. Some people sail a little bit, think 'I've arrived.'"

But there's nothing to suggest Knight will rest on any accomplishments. He has the credit equivalent of a college junior. He's often the last player on the floor after practices and morning shootarounds, like a student who feels like one more shot, one more drill will make the difference between failure and "getting it."

"Just my coaches allowing me to see different things that I didn't see at the beginning of the season," Knight said of the difference between earlier in the season to now. "It just comes from knowing what to look for and once you play a team a certain amount of times, what should be open."


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Kentucky Showing Interest in Xavier Transfer Mark Lyons


The University of Kentucky is among several schools that are reportedly showing preliminary interest in Xavier transfer Mark Lyons.

Lyons is a 6-1 guard who averaged 15.1 points, 3.2 rebounds and 2.8 assists per game last season at Xavier.

As a graduating senior with one year of eligibility remaining, he would be eligible to play immediately.

ZagsBlog.com writes this morning:

“Brewster alum Mark Lyons ’08 to graduate from #Xavier this spring and transfer to another #NCAA D1 program for final year of eligibility,” Smith wrote on his Facebook page. “#Arizona #Kansas #Kentucky have all expressed serious interest.”

Smith told SNY.tv by text that no visits have yet been set.

“Still very preliminary interest from a few schools,” he said.


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Terrence Jones Signs Babies and Bellies on Autograph Tour

Kentucky star Terrence Jones signed autographs in several locations on Sunday.

He posted some pictures of the day on his Twitter account and it appears that Jones literally signed just about everything.

TerrenceJones1 Photo of the day http://instagr.am/p/JvChK8m3o-/

TerrenceJones1 2nd best photo of the day http://instagr.am/p/JvCc1tG3o8/


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