Saturday, October 13, 2012

Meanwhile, at North Carolina's Late Night With Roy Event

Here is some video footage of North Carolina's Late Night With Roy event - the UNC players came out dressed up like ballerinas:


Video Recap of Kentucky's Big Blue Madness

Here are some looks at Kentucky's Big Blue Madness, which continues to get better each season:






Willie Cauley-Stein Dunks All Over Nerlens Noel

Check out this video of Willie Cauley-Stein dunking all over Nerlens Noel during the scrimmage at Kentucky's Big Blue Madness:


Kobe Bryant Takes Cheap Shots at Jodie Meeks

NBA star Kobe Bryant didn't hesitate to destroy former teammates and take cheap shots at current teammate Jodie Meeks on Thursday.
 
Bryant said he's been murdering Meeks in practice.
 
Here is an excerpt:
 
That also means Bryant won't hold back on former and current teammates. As Bryant sat out of Wednesday's game because of a strained right shoulder, Lakers Coach Mike Brown penciled in Jodie Meeks as his backup and suggested he has the edge over Devin Ebanks at that spot. Bryant wouldn't buy that premise for a simple reason.

"That's not fair," Bryant said. "Jodie has to guard me every damn day in practice. He isn't looking too good."

So have you hurt Meeks' case?

"That's not fair," Bryant said. "They have to balance that out. I've been murdering him."

So what are you doing on him?

"I'm kicking his [expletive]" Bryant said with a laugh. He then turned to a quiet Darius Johnson-Odom, who sat a few locker stalls away from Bryant. "Have I not been?" Bryant pressed. "Have I not been?" Johnson-Odom laughed, but didn't say a word.

Is Meeks at least making shots?

"Not when I'm guarding him," Bryant said, laughing.

Complete Article

Photo: NBA.com

Zay Jackson Pleads Guilty, Surveillance Footage Released

Murray State men's basketball player Zay Jackson was sentenced to 30 days in jail on Friday after a guilty plea to two counts of first degree wanton endangerment.



Here is more from WPSDLocal6.com:

Murray State basketball player Zay Jackson was sentenced to 30 days in jail after a guilty plea to two counts of first degree wanton endangerment.

Jackson entered the plea and received the sentence in Calloway Circuit Court this morning.

The wanton endangerment charges are downgrades from the initial charges of assault.

In addition to jail time, Jackson must also write an apology letter to the victims, perform community service and attend anger management classes.

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Friday, October 12, 2012

Sean Woods Is So Excited, He Kicked His Wife Out Of Bed Today

Morehead State head coach Sean Woods says he's so excited to get this season underway that he kicked his wife out of bed this morning.

Here is Woods previewing his team:


Matthew Mitchell is Too Legit To Quit at BBM

University of Kentucky women's coach Matthew Mitchell somehow manages to raise the bar at Big Blue Madness once again:

Morehead State Men's Basketball Community Outreach

Check out this video about the Morehead State men's basketball's community outreach efforts:

Eastern Kentucky Men's Basketball Gets Underwary Today

The Eastern Kentucky Colonels will officially get their season underway with a 5:00 p.m. practice later today.

The Colonels will open with a three-hour practice.

Here is more from EKU:


Video Feature: Bellarmine Assistant Reece Gaines

Check out this video feature on new Bellarmine University assistant Reece Gaines:

John Calipari at UK Men's Basketball Media Day

Here is Kentucky head coach John Calipari at men's basketball media day:

Murray State's Zay Jackson to Appear in Court Today

Murray State's Zay Jackson is scheduled to appear in Calloway Circuit Court later today.

Here is more from WPSDLocal6.com:

Murray State basketball player Zay Jackson is expected to appear in Calloway Circuit Court today.

He is accused of hitting two people with his car in a Walmart parking lot in early September.

Jackson was originally scheduled to appear in court on Wednesday but waived his right to a preliminary hearing, as well as his right for the case to be heard by a grand jury.


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Kentucky Fans Interrupt Protester at VP Debate in Danville

I took the evening off to check out the Vice Presidential debate in Danville. Just before the actual debate started, an anti-Obama protester climbed a tree and started screaming.

As the protester was surrounded by officials and a large gathering of bystanders, some Kentucky fans started chanting "C-A-T-S Cats Cats Cats!"

Here is some raw footage:



Here are a few pictures from the evening:


Thursday, October 11, 2012

James Young Commits to Kentucky, Cats Building Historical Class

James Young, who ranks No. 8 overall on the Rivals.com list for 2013, is headed to the University of Kentucky.

Young just announced his commitment to the Wildcats on ESPNU.

Kentucky now has commitments from three of the top 10 players in the class of 2013 and are heavily in the mix with several others.

Young in action:


WKU Bringing Several In-State Recruits to Hilltopper Hysteria

Western Kentucky will be hosting an impressive list of young, in-state recruits for Hilltopper Hysteria.

In addition to the group from Perry County Central, a source says WKU is expected to host:

- Peyton Broughton, 6'1" Guard - North Laurel: Rick Bolus had him ranked as 25th best underclassman in the state right now. Was 8th at the Jr. All American Camp in Atlanta This summer .

- Bryson Asher, 6'6" Forward - North Laurel: ranked 39th at the Jr. All American Camp this summer in Atlanta.

- Tray Hollowell, 6'0" PG - Christian County: was top 10 at the John Lucas Camp in 2011 and was ranked No. 77 nationally last week in Hoopscoop rankings for his class. Made an unofficial visit to WKU on September 13th.

- A.J. Youngman , 6'3" Guard - Thomas Nelson: visited Illinois and Bradley last month.

- Kevin Ndahiro, 6'8" Forward - Thomas Nelson: Canadian transfer; has interest from several D1 schools. Has visited Illinois, Bradley, Tennessee and others.

- Chance Melton 6'4" Forward - Adair County: played varsity and started some for Adair County as a 7th grader last season.

- Kel Stotts, 5'11" Guard - Adair County: also played varsity and started some for Adair County as a 7th grader.


Kelenna Azubuike May Be Last Man Out in Cleveland

According to Rob Finnan's report in The Morning Journal, former Kentucky star Kelenna Azubuike could be the final cut made by the Cleveland Cavaliers as they attempt to get their season roster down to 15.

Finnan thinks Azubuike will likely be cut unless the Cavs can find some trade value in Daniel Gibson.

Azubuike had 6 points and 3 rebounds in his first preseason appearance with the Cavaliers on Tuesday.

Source

Photo: NBACats.com

Carl Richburg Reportedly Joins Staff at Thomas More

According to Hoopdirt.com, Carl Richburg has accepted a position as an assistant coach at Thomas More College.

Here is an excerpt:

Carl Richburg has accepted a position as an assistant at Thomas More College (KY). He had spent the past three seasons as an assistant coach at Mason (OH) HS. Richburg played for the legendary Charlie Coles at Miami (OH).

Source

Chuck Hayes Goes Crazy When Oakland A's Win

Former Kentucky star Chuck Hayes, a lifelong Oakland A's fan, goes nuts after the A's win last night:

* Video by News10.net

Rick Pitino Thinking Extension at Louisville

Head coach Rick Pitino is planning to sign a contract extension at Louisville as long as he remains healthy enough to coach.

Pitino told Jeff Goodman of CBSSports.com that he is probably going to sign an extension somewhere down the road.

Here is an excerpt:

Rick Pitino plans to sign a contract extension with Louisville and continue to coach as long as his health allows, according to an interview he conducted with CBSSports.com's Jeff Goodman on SiriusXM Radio late Wednesday.


"I'm probably going to sign an extension somewhere down the road," Pitino said. "I'm gonna stay in it as long as I'm healthy. ... I'm gonna stay in it as long as I can."

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Wednesday, October 10, 2012

Report: 2013 Star James Young to Kentucky

The Detroit News is reporting that 2013 star James Young will commit to the Kentucky Wildcats.

Young's official announcement will come tomorrow at 5:00 p.m. ET on ESPNU.

Here is an excerpt of the report:

Rochester senior guard/forward James Young, ranked No. 5 in ESPN's top 100, is expected to make his commitment to a university Thursday and sources say Young will choose Kentucky over Michigan State.

Source

Evan Daniels spoke to the CN2 earlier today. He also predicts Kentucky:


Terrence Jones Goes Off in NBA Preseason Debut

Former Kentucky star Terrence Jones wasted no time showing his versatile game in his NBA preseason debut.

Jones came off the bench to score a team-high 20 points in the Rockets 107-105 win over Oklahoma City. The rookie also pulled down 6 rebounds and beat the third quarter buzzer with a long three-pointer.


 

Patrick Patterson started and finished with 10 points and 3 boards for Houston.

DeAndre Liggins had 10 points, 4 rebounds, 2 assists and 2 steals for the Thunder. Daniel Orton was listed on the roster but did not play.

Shane Hall Visits Virginia Tech, Notre Dame Watches

According to a good source, Johnson Central High School star Shane Hall travelled to Blacksburg for an unofficial visit to Virginia Tech yesterday.

Coaches from Notre Dame were in Paintsville to watch Hall work out earlier this week.

Hall, a 6-foot-8 power forward, ranks No. 86 overall on the Rivals.com list for 2014.


James Young All But a Lock for Kentucky?

It is sounding as if James Young committing to Kentucky is all but a lock at this point.

Everyone I have asked says Young will choose the Wildcats.

Evan Daniels says only one school is still involved with Young:

EvanDanielsFOX James Young to announce tomorrow. Presser won't be suspenseful. Only one school still involved ... http://scouthoops.scout.com/2/1228603.html

In other words, Kentucky will likely have three of the top 10 players in the class of 2013 wrapped up by the end of the day tomorrow.

Daniels later answered a question on Twitter:

EvanDanielsFOX Zero suspense in this deal. RT @ZachPeddicord in your opinion is Kentucky as big of a favorite as it seems [for James Young]?

Karl Towns, Jr. to Attend Big Blue Madness

Karl Towns, Jr., one of the top players in the class of 2015, will attend Kentucky's Big Blue Madness event Friday night.

Towns posted the news on his Twitter account:

KATis32 #BBN. Time to come back and see some old friends. Be there for big blue madness. See u there #kentuckywildcats

Towns, a 6-foot-10 center, played on John Calipari's Dominican Republic national team over the summer. 


Morehead State to Host Hysteria Event Next Week

Morehead State will host their annual Morehead Hysteria event next Thursday at 7:00 p.m. ET.

Here are details from MSU:

MOREHEAD, Ky. -- Morehead State will host Morehead Hysteria at Johnson Arena on Thursday, Oct. 18, at 7 p.m. ET. The annual event is free of charge and will feature both 2012-13 Eagle basketball teams, along with the MSU cheerleaders.

Head Women’s Coach Tom Hodges will introduce his team at the beginning of the event and 30 minutes of on-court activity will follow. A three-point contest, which is slated for 7:35 p.m., will wrap up the women’s portion of the evening.

“This was a great event last year, and we are looking forward to seeing lots of Eagle fans on Oct. 18,” Hodges said. “There’s quite a bit of excitement for both basketball programs heading into 2012-13, and this will be a special preview for all who attend.”
The 32-time national champion cheerleading program, led by Head Coach Bill Mayo, will go through a series of routines beginning at approximately 7:45 p.m.

Head Men’s Coach Sean Woods will introduce his team at approximately 7:55 p.m. A dunk contest and 30 minutes of on-court activity with the men will take up most of the 8 o’clock hour. Woods will also lead the fans through “Basketball 101.”

“This will be my first Morehead Hysteria, and I’m looking forward to it,” Woods said. “We have several new faces in the men’s program, but fans will see that we’ve also brought in a lot of talent. This should be a terrific night for both basketball programs.”

Former Walk-On Mark Krebs Has a Message for Jarrod Polson

Former Kentucky walk-on Mark Krebs has a message for current UK player Jarrod Polson:



#PolsonGangnamStyle

* Video by commonwealthnetwork2 on YouTube

Brescia University Announces 2012-13 Men's Basketball Schedule

Brescia University has released their men's basketball schedule for the 2012-13 season.

Brescia University 2012-13 Men's Basketball Schedule


Day Time Opponent Score Record

October

27 3:00 PM vs. Indiana Univ.-South Bend Owensboro, Ky 
29 6:00 PM @ Union College Union, Ky. 

November

5 7:00 PM vs. Campbellsville University Owensboro, Ky. 
8 7:00 PM vs. Union College Owensboro, Ky
^ 9 7:30 PM @ Murray State University Murray, Ky. 
16 7:00 PM vs. Mount Vernon Nazarene College Indianapolis, In. 

Ken Elmendorf Memorial Classic

17 12:00 PM vs. Marian University Indianapolis, In. 
20 8:00 PM @ Bethel University McKenzie, TN 

^ 24 7:30 PM @ Western Kentucky Bowling Green, Ky. 
29 7:00 PM vs. Bethel University Owensboro, Ky. 

December

* 1 3:00 PM vs. Point Park College Owensboro, Ky. 
4 6:00 PM @ Indiana University Kokomo Kokomo, In. 
* 8 2:00 PM @ Alice Lloyd College Pippa Passes, KY 
14 6:00 PM @ Campbellsville University Campbellsville, Ky. 
18 7:00 PM vs. University of Cincinnati-Clermont Owensboro, Ky 
* 30 12:00 PM @ Point Park College Pittsburgh, Pa 

January

* 2 2:00 PM vs. Indiana University East Owensboro, Ky. 
* 5 6:00 PM @ Cincinnati Christian University Cincinnati, Oh. 
9 6:30 PM @ Centre College Danville, Ky. 
* 12 3:00 PM @ Berea College Berea, Ky. 
* 14 7:00 PM vs. Indiana University Southeast Owensboro, Ky. 
* 19 8:00 PM vs. Cincinnati Christian University Owensboro, Ky. 
22 7:00 PM @ University of Cincinnati-Clermont Batavia, Oh. 
* 26 3:00 PM vs. Alice Lloyd College Owensboro, Ky. 
* 29 7:00 PM @ Asbury College Wilmore, Ky. 

February

* 2 3:00 PM vs. Berea College Owensboro, Ky. 
* 5 6:00 PM @ Indiana University East Richmond In. 
* 9 8:00 PM vs. Asbury College Owensboro, Ky. 
^ 11 7:00 PM @ Maryville University-St. Louis St. Louis, Mo. 
* 12 8:00 PM @ Saint Louis College of Pharmacy St. Louis, Mo. 
16 3:00 PM vs. Indiana University Kokomo Owensboro, Ky. 
* 19 6:30 PM @ Indiana University Southeast New Albany, In. 
* 23 @ TBA TBA
KIAC Tournament

* 24 @ TBA TBA 
* 25 @ TBA TBA 
* 26 @ TBA TBA 

* Conference Event
% Scrimmage
^ Exhibition

Knicks Rookie Chris Smith Out 3-6 Months with Injury

Former Louisville star Chris Smith will miss 3-6 months of action due to left patella tendon surgery.

Smith recently signed with the New York Knicks.


Julius Randle to Skip Big Blue Madness, Attend Homecoming Dance

Top 2013 recruit Julius Randle will not be attending Kentucky's Big Blue Madness event Friday night.

Randle's mother says he will skip madness and plans to attend a homecoming dance at his school this weekend.

Here is more from the Herald-Leader's Ben Roberts:

Randle’s mother, Caroline Kyles, told the Herald-Leader on Tuesday that Randle won’t be attending the event. But the good news for UK is that Randle won’t be at any school’s midnight madness.
Kyles said Randle’s homecoming dance is this weekend, and the senior forward wanted to make sure he was there.

Randle took an official visit to Florida last weekend. He’s also considering Texas, Kansas, Oklahoma and N.C. State.

BREAKING: James Young to Announce Thursday

Kentucky recruit James Young will announce his college decision Thursday at 5:00 p.m. ET on ESPNU.

Paul Biancardi broke the news on Twitter this morning:

PaulBiancardi ESPN Top 100 No.5 @James_Young will make his college announcement Thur on @Espnu @RecruitingNation 5-6pm #Kansas #Kentucky #MSU #Syracuse?


Young, who ranks No. 8 overall on the Rivals.com list for 2013, is a 6-foot-6 shooting guard from Rochester (Mich.) High School.

Many insiders feel that Young has been a Kentucky lean for some time now.


Anthony Davis Scores 22, Former Cats Reunite in the NBA

Former Kentucky stars Anthony Davis, Darius Miller and Michael Kidd-Gilchrist reunited in the NBA preseason last night.

All three former Cats played well in New Orleans' 97-82 win over the Charlotte Bobcats.

Davis led all scorers with 22 points on 9-18 shooting. He also pulled down 9 rebounds and blocked a shot.

Miller came off the bench to score 8 points in 12 minutes for the Hornets.

Kidd-Gilchrist had 10 points, 3 rebounds and 4 assists for Charlotte.

John Calipari Hanging Out at Wheeler's Pharmacy

ESPN is filming breakfast with Kentucky head coach John Calipari and several others, including the one and only Oscar Combs.

Combs posted a picture on his Twitter account:

wildcatnews ESPN shooting morning breakfast at Wheeler's Pharmacy with Coach Cal and the locals. pic.twitter.com/9vLx6csi

wildcatnews Sam Bowie just strolled into Wheeler's for visit with Cal & boys. Asking Sam about how to play "twin towers."




Steve Prohm Talks About the Upcoming Season

Murray State head coach Steve Prohm talks about the upcoming basketball season:


John Wall Shoots Hoops with Ted Leonsis

Former Kentucky star John Wall shoots hoops with Wizards  majority owner Ted Leonsis (who shoots pretty well in the clip):

Chris Herren to Share Story at Murray State Wednesday

Former NBA player Chris Herren is going to share his powerful story at Murray State Wednesday afternoon.

Here is more from MSU:

Murray State men's basketball coach Steve Prohm announced a special speaking engagement that student-athletes and young people alike will want to attend when former college and NBA player Chris Herren tells his story Wednesday (Oct. 10) at 2 p.m. in the CFSB Center.

Admission is free and all coaches and young people are invited to attend.

With over ten years of basketball experience in the NCAA, NBA and Europe, Chris Herren will share his experiences of living in the athlete spotlight and the struggles he faced in dealing with his addictions. Herren played at Boston College, Fresno State and in the NBA with the Denver Nuggets and Boston Celtics. He also played in Turkey and China.

“Over the last two years I've been able to build a good relationship with Chris,” Prohm said. “He has an awesome message to share on overcoming addiction and the daily struggles that he faced in his basketball career.”

Herren operates Hoop Dreams and works with basketball player development, but also travels the nation and shares his story with audiences to make a difference in their lives. In 2011 his memoir, Basketball Junkie written with Bill Reynolds, was released and was followed by the ESPN Films documentary, UnGuarded, directed by Jonathan Hock.

“We're excited Chris Herren is coming to Murray to impact our community and particularly our student-athletes,” Prohm added. “I'm really glad to get him on campus and I invite everyone to take advantage of this opportunity to hear Chris' message.”

Project Purple is Chris Herren's current initiative, which assists individuals and families struggling with addiction.

Tuesday, October 9, 2012

Andrew Wiggins Will Not Attend UK's Big Blue Madness

Andrew Wiggins will not be attending Kentucky's Big Blue Madness Friday night. Instead, Wiggins will be going home to visit with family while Huntington Prep is on fall break.

Here is more from Zagsblog.com:

Andrew Wiggins won’t attend Big Blue Madness at Kentucky this weekend because he will be at home in Toronto visiting family while Huntington Prep has an extended fall break.

“Yes, he’s going home on fall break,” Huntington coach Rob Fulford told SNY.tv. “He will get up to a game [at Kentucky].”

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Kentucky, Louisville to Be Featured Often on CBS Sports in 2012-13

Kentucky and Louisville will be featured prominently on CBS Sports during the 2012-13 season.

Here is a look at the schedule which was just released today:

2012-2013 CBS SPORTS COLLEGE BASKETBALL SCHEDULE


(All Times ET)

Sat., Dec. 1 Baylor @ Kentucky 12:30 – 3:00 PM Rupp Arena, Lexington, KY
Sat., Dec. 8 Arkansas @ Michigan 12:00 – 2:30 PM Crisler Arena, Ann Arbor, MI
Sat., Dec. 15 Indiana vs. Butler 2:00 – 4:30 PM Bankers Life Fieldhouse, Indianapolis, IN
Sat., Dec. 22 Kansas @ Ohio State 4:00 – 6:00 PM Value City Arena, Columbus, OH
Sat., Dec. 29 Kentucky @ Louisville 4:00 – 6:00 PM KFC Yum! Center, Louisville, KY
Sun., Jan. 6 Temple @ Kansas 4:30 – 6:30 OR 1:30 - 4:00 PM Allen Fieldhouse, Lawrence, KS
Sun., Jan. 13 Michigan @ Ohio State 1:30-4:00 OR 4:30-6:30 PM Value City Arena, Columbus, OH OR
Sat., Jan. 19 West Virginia @ Purdue 2:00 – 4:00 PM / Regional Mackey Arena, West Lafayette, IN
Sat., Jan. 19 Kansas @ Texas 2:00 – 4:00 PM / Regional Erwin Center, Austin, TX
Sat., Jan. 19 Oregon @ UCLA 4:00 – 6:00 PM Pauley Pavilion, Los Angeles, CA
Sat., Jan. 26 Maryland @ Duke 1:00 – 3:00 PM Cameron Indoor Stadium, Durham, NC
Sun., Jan. 27 Michigan State @ Indiana 1:00 – 3:00 PM Assembly Hall, Bloomington, IN
Sat., Feb. 2 Miami @ North Carolina State 4:00 – 6:00 PM / Regional PNC Arena, Raleigh, NC
Sat., Feb. 2 St. John’s @ Georgetown 4:00 – 6:00 PM / Regional Verizon Center, Washington, DC
Sat., Feb. 9 Ole Miss @ Missouri 1:00 – 3:00 PM Mizzou Arena, Columbia, MO
Sun., Feb. 10 Indiana @ Ohio State 1:00 – 3:00 PM Value City Arena, Columbus, OH
Sat., Feb. 16 Kentucky @ Tennessee 1:00 – 3:00 PM / Regional Thompson-Boling Arena, Knoxville, TN
Sat., Feb. 16 Pittsburgh @ Marquette 1:00 – 3:00 PM / Regional BMO Harris Bradley Center, Milwaukee, WI
Sun., Feb. 17 Ohio State @ Wisconsin 1:00 – 3:00 PM Kohl Center, Madison, WI
Sat., Feb. 23 South Carolina @ Georgia 2:00 – 4:00 PM Stegeman Coliseum, Athens, GA
Sat., Feb. 23 Georgetown @ Syracuse 4:00 – 6:00 PM Carrier Dome, Syracuse, NY
Sun., Feb. 24 Cincinnati @ Notre Dame 2:00 – 4:00 PM Purcell Pav. at Joyce Ctr., Notre Dame, IN
Sun., Feb. 24 Big Ten Wildcard 4:00 – 6:00 PM (Michigan State @ Ohio State, Illinois @ Michigan or Northwestern @ Purdue)
Sat., March 2 Louisville @ Syracuse 12:00 – 2:00 PM Carrier Dome, Syracuse, NY
Sat., March 2 West Virginia @ Kansas 2:00 – 4:00 PM Allen Fieldhouse, Lawrence, KS
Sat., March 2 Kentucky @ Arkansas 4:00 – 6:00 PM Bud Walton Arena, Fayetteville, AR
Sun., March 3 Florida State @ North Carolina 2:00 – 4:00 PM Dean E. Smith Center, Chapel Hill, NC
Sun., March 3 Big Ten Wildcard 4:00 – 6:00 PM (Michigan State @ Michigan, Purdue @ Wisconsin or Penn State @ Minnesota)
Sat., March 9 Florida @ Kentucky 12:00 – 2:00 PM Rupp Arena, Lexington, KY
Sat., March 9 UCLA @ Washington 2:00 – 4:00 PM Alaska Airlines Arena at Hec Edmundson Pavilion, Seattle, WA
Sat., March 9 Notre Dame @ Louisville 4:00 – 6:00 PM KFC Yum! Center, Louisville, KY
Sun., March 10 VCU @ Temple 12:00 – 2:00 PM Liacouras Center, Philadelphia, PA
Sun. March 10 Missouri Valley Championship 2:00 – 4:00 PM Scottrade Center, St. Louis, MO
Sun. March 10 Big Ten Wildcard 4:00 – 6:00 PM (Indiana @ Michigan, Illinois @ Ohio State or Northwestern @ Michigan State)
Sat., March 16 C-USA Championship 11:30 AM – 1:40 PM BOK Center, Tulsa, OK
Sat., March 16 Big Ten Semifinal #1 1:40 – 3:40 PM United Center, Chicago, IL
Sat., March 16 Big Ten Semifinal #2 4:00 – 6:00 PM United Center, Chicago, IL
Sat., March 16 Mountain West Championship 6:00 – 8:00 PM Thomas & Mack Center, Las Vegas, NV
Sun., March 17 Atlantic 10 Championship 1:00 – 3:30 PM Barclays Center, Brooklyn, NY
Sun., March 17 Big Ten Championship 3:30 – 6:00 PM United Center, Chicago, IL

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SI.com Discusses 2012-13 NBA Rookies

SI.com writers Paul Forrester, Lee Jenkins, Chris Mannix and Ian Thomsen recently broke down the NBA rookie class for 2012-13.

Forrester and Thomsen think Anthony Davis will win NBA Rookie of the Year but Mannix and Jenkins disagree.

Here is an excerpt:

Lee Jenkins: Fiction. It's much harder for big men to assert themselves early than guards. Davis is with a young team, in a brutal conference, and he spent only one year in college. I'll go with Portland point guard Damian Lillard because he is older, he'll have the ball in his hands and he's the rare rookie with a lot of experience running the pick-and-roll. The Blazers will bounce back this season and Lillard stands to receive much of the credit.

Paul Forrester: Fact. But the voting might be closer than expected. Davis should make an immediate impact on the Hornets' defense and record. But the Rookie of the Year award often is swayed by stats, and while Davis could be a better offensive presence than many predict as a rookie, players such as Golden State's Harrison Barnes and Cleveland's Dion Waiters will have more of a green light to score. And 20 points stand out a lot more in a game than 12 rebounds, three blocks and 10 points. Still, if a healthy Eric Gordon can help Davis engineer a 15-game or so improvement for the Hornets, that will be hard to ignore.

Jenkins also thinks Michael Kidd-Gilchrist will be the rookie who struggles the most this season:

Jenkins: Kidd-Gilchrist, because the Bobcats still lack any offensive punch, and he won't be able to provide it. He is going to be a standout defensive player, and a valuable complementary part, but he isn't the kind of transformative scorer who can single-handedly turn an also-ran into a competitor. Kidd-Gilchrist lost two games in college. He will get a ton of experience with failure this season.

All four writers think Davis will ultimately be the best player from the 2012 NBA Draft.

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Berea College to Face Austin Peay, Tennessee Tech in 2012-13

Berea College will be playing two NCAA Division I opponents during the 2012-13 season.

According to ESPN, Berea will play both Austin Peay and Tennessee Tech this season:

bereacollege Men's basketball will play two @NCAA D1 schools this year. @austinpeay on Nov. 28 and @tennesseetech on Dec. 3 #kyhoops http://espn.go.com/mens-college-basketball/team/_/id/2061/berea-college-mountaineers …




Tickets on Sale for 2013 NCAA Tournament in Rupp Arena

Tickets are now on sale for the second and third rounds of the 2013 NCAA Tournament in Rupp Arena.

Here is more information:

2013 NCAA Men's Basketball Championships 2nd and 3rd Rounds

Thusday, March 21 2013

Saturday, March 23 2013

The University of Kentucky and Rupp Arena were selected to host second-rounds and third-rounds of the 2013 NCAA Tournament.

Recognizing that 2013 is the 75th anniversary of the championship, the committee selected venues and cities which have served as the backdrop to great tournament moments such as Villanova's upset of Georgetown in Lexington in the 1985 title game, and hundreds of other plays, players and games that are deep-seated in tournament history.

Presale Information

The presale for the 2013 second and third rounds of the NCAA championships starts Tuesday, Oct 9 at 10:00am and ends Thursday, Oct 11 at 11:59 p.m. To purchase tickets click the Lexington event listing on ncaa.com during the presale time and the enter the password RUPP. The general onsale for this event is Saturday, Oct 13 at 10:00am

Video: Patrick Patterson vs. Terrence Jones in Scrimmage

Former Kentucky stars Patrick Patterson and Terrence Jones have been spending a lot of time competing against each other in Houston Rockets' practices during training camp.

Here is some raw footage of Patterson getting a three-point play over the rookie Jones:



And a recent news story about Patterson exceeding expectations at this point:

Dieng, Siva in Early Running for Big East Player of the Year

The Big East Conference has released their eight nominees for preseason Player of the Year. Louisville's Gorgui Dieng and Peyton Siva are among the candidates.

The Cardinals are the only team to have more than one player on the list.

Here is a look:

Otto Porter – Georgetown

D’Angelo Harrison – St. John’s

Cleveland Melvin – DePaul

Shabazz Napier – UConn

Vincent Council – Providence

Brandon Triche – Syracuse

Gorgui Dieng – Louisville

Peyton Siva – Louisville

Jack Cooley – Notre Dame

Sean Kilpatrick – Cincinnati

Monday, October 8, 2012

Canaan, Kentucky Freshmen Named to All-American Teams

Murray State star Isaiah Canaan has been named All-America First Team by CBSSports.com.

Kentucky's Nerlens Noel is on the Second Team.

Noel and UK teammate Alex Poythress are on the All-Freshman First Team, while Archie Goodwin is on the Second Team.

CBSSports All-America First Team:

F - Shabazz Muhammad, 6-6, 225, Fr., UCLA
F - Doug McDermott, 6-8, 225, Jr., Creighton
C - Cody Zeller, 7-0, 240, Soph., Indiana
G - Isaiah Canaan, 6-1, 195, Sr., Murray State He may not be a true point guard, but he's a shot-maker and also averaged nearly four assists per game for the Racers -- who were the last unbeaten team in the country last year. Canaan shoots the ball extremely well, but he does more than just score.
G - Phil Pressey,5-11, 175, Jr., Missouri

Second Team:

F - Mike Moser, 6-8, 210, Jr., UNLV
F - Tony Mitchell, 6-8, 235, Soph., North Texas
C - Nerlens Noel, 6-10, 228, Fr., Kentucky It'll be all about the flattop this season in Lexington instead of the Unibrow. Noel isn't quite Anthony Davis, but as far as shot-blocking is concerned, he's not far off -- if at all. Noel may not be as polished on the offensive end as Davis, but he could be on par with AD as far as a defensive presence in concerned.
G - Trey Burke, 6-0, 190, Soph., Michigan
G - Jamaal Franklin,6-5, 195, Jr., San Diego State

All-Freshman First Team

F - Shabazz Muhammad, 6-6, 225, UCLA
F - Alex Poythress, 6-7, 239, F, Kentucky Poythress is among the reasons Kentucky probably won't miss all those early entries to last June's NBA Draft. He's one of three Wildcats who could earn First Team All-American honors.
C - Nerlens Noel, 6-10, 228, Kentucky Noel's recruitment has kept NCAA investigators busy but it remains unclear if any eligibility issues will keep him off the court. At this point, the assumption is that he'll play. When he does he'll block shots like Anthony Davis.
G - Marcus Smart, 6-4, 225, G, Oklahoma State
G - Kyle Anderson, 6-9, 235, PG, UCLA

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Signed Pieces of Championship Floor Available in Auction Thursday

Signed pieces of the 2012 national championship court will be available for purchase in an online public auction on Thursday.

Each piece is hand-signed for Kentucky head coach John Calipari.

Here is more from CoachCal.com:

Northwestern Mutual, which donated part of the 2012 Final Four to Kentucky for its use in its renovated Rupp Arena locker room, is making 300 additional pieces of the UK championship floor available for the auction.

One hundred percent of the proceeds will go toward the fight against pediatric cancer throughout the state of Kentucky. Specifically, the proceeds will benefit efforts at Kosair Children’s Hospital in Louisville and Kentucky Children’s Hospital in Lexington.

Starting Thursday at noon, the auction will be hosted at 2012UKFloor.com. The bidding, which will start at $500, will end the following Thursday, Oct. 18, at noon. The highest 300 will win the limited number of pieces. The site will notify bidders if they have fallen out of the top 300 bids.

Each piece, measured at 18 inches wide and 12 inches tall, is numbered and signed by Calipari. The piece includes a certificate of authenticity and a photo of the entire Final Four floor for reference.

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Kenneth Faried to Bring Team Manimal AAU Program to Kentucky

Former Morehead State stars Kenneth Faried and Demonte Harper are planning to sponsor an AAU program that will be based in Central Kentucky.
  
Team Manimal, derived from Faried's nickname, will be coached by St. Catharine assistant Maze Stallworth, who teamed with Faried and Harper at MSU.
  
Stallworth said the team will compete at the U15 level and already has several rising stars committed to the roster.
  
Faried, who is getting ready for his second season with the Denver Nuggets, is excited about the opportunity to help young basketball players reach their playing goals.
 
"This is a great way of helping young kids try to achieve the things I did as a young player and reach the place where I'm a today," Faried said.
 
Harper, who is currently on the training camp roster with the Portland Trail Blazers, shared similar thoughts.

"This team is a great way for young players to go out and promote themselves on a national level," Harper explained. "They will be able to play against great competition at the highest level."
 
"We want to teach other things besides winning," Faried added. "We will teach the true art of working hard each and every day for what you want to accomplish."
 
A week-long training camp will be held at St. Catharine College before the AAU season tips off next summer. Faried and Harper will be training with the team. St. Catharine head coach J.T. Burton and his staff are also expected to participate.
 

Jodie Meeks, Earl Clark Make Preseason Debuts with Lakers

Former Kentucky star Jodie Meeks and ex-Louisville big man Earl Clark made their preseason debuts with the Los Angeles Lakers on Sunday.

Clark had 1 points and 7 rebounds in 17 minutes off the bench in Los Angeles' 110-83 loss to Golden State.

Meeks came off the bench to score 5 points in 11 minutes of action.


Kentucky Basketball Has an Official Anthem Now

Kentucky has a new song as they enter the 2012-13 men's basketball season and attempt to defend their national championship.

Check out "Drive for 9" by Henry Ogirri:



Catching Up with Former UK Star Heshimu Evans

Former Kentucky star Heshimu Evans is back for another season with Benfica in Portugal's top-level LPB league.

Benfica's regular season gets underway October 20 against CAB Madeira.

Outofthebigblue.com recently caught up with the former Kentucky star. Here is an excerpt:

Do you make it back to Lexington often?

During the summer of 2011, I returned to the Bluegrass state. I spent time with former teammate Wayne Turner and enjoyed visiting the UK basketball facilities.

Give us a little insight into your famous ‘salute’ after you went for a big dunk. UK fans loved it!

It all started after saluting my teammates on Senior Night. After one of my breathtaking dunks the salute was appropriate.

What does it mean to you to be a UK alum?

I am proud to be a part of such a great university with historical value.

Tell us about your life in Portugal playing for Benfica.

I am fortunate to be the only player to have five champions with four different teams. I am currently playing as a Portuguese due to having dual citizenship. I enjoy the best of both worlds. Portugal has become my second home and I proudly represented the Portuguese National Team in 2010. I am honored to play for such a historic club that has the most fans across the globe.

Complete Interview

Sunday, October 7, 2012

Patrick Patterson Gives Thoughts on UK Landing Harrison Twins

Former Kentucky star Patrick Patterson gives his thoughts on the Wildcats landing 2013 stars Andrew and Aaron Harrison:


Eric Bledsoe, Kenneth Faried Shine in Preseason Battle

Former Kentucky star Eric Bledsoe was outstanding in his 2012-13 preseason debut last night.

Bledsoe led the Clippers with 25 points, 8 rebounds, 6 assists and 5 steals in a 106-104 loss to the Denver Nuggets.

Former Morehead State big man Kenneth Faried led the Nuggets with 18 points on 7-11 shooting.

Enes Kanter, Kevin Murphy Show Off Dance Skills

Enes Kanter and former Tennessee Tech star Kevin Murphy showed off their dance moves at the Utah Jazz Rookie Dance Off over the weekend:


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