Saturday, October 20, 2012

Marquis Teague Still Learning to be a Pro

Former Kentucky point guard Marquis Teague is having some problems adjusting to NBA basketball.

Bulls head coach Tom Thibodeau thinks Teague still needs to learn how to be a pro.

Here is an excerpt from SunTimes.com:

"One is, you have to learn how to be a pro first," Thibodeau said. "Then you have to practice well. Then you have to learn the league. You have to learn your teammates. Once you do those things and you learn your job, you may get an opportunity to play. It’s a big step going from college to pro.

Everything is based on performance, and we’ll go from there."

Teague is still on step one.

Asked how Teague has looked in camp, Thibodeau said, "Like most rookies — some up, some down. The big thing for him is I just want him to concentrate on improvement and being a pro right now."

Complete Article

Through 5 NBA preseason games, Teague is only averaging 5 minutes per game, 0.8 ppg, .2 apg, and 1.2 turnovers.

Georgetown College Picked to Win Mid-South Conference

Georgetown College is favored to win the Mid-South Conference title in 2012-13.

The Tigers received 85 voting points and 5 first-place votes from the league's 11 head coaches.

University of Pikeville finished second in the voting with 80 points and 4 first-place votes.

Lindsey Wilson College, University of Cumberlands and Campbellsville University round out the top 5.

Conference Release

Place
School
Voting Points
First-Place Votes
1.
Georgetown College
85
5
2.
University of Pikeville
80
4
3.
Lindsey Wilson College
74
1
4.
University of the Cumberlands
68
1
5.
Campbellsville University
57
--
6.
St. Catharine College
52
--
7.
Cumberland University
46
--
T-8.
University of Rio Grande
28
--
T-8.
Shawnee State University
28
--
10.
UVa.-Wise
17
--
11.
Bluefield College
15
--

Anthony Davis in NBA Rooks Video Series

Check out former Kentucky star Anthony Davis in a new edition of "NBA Rooks":


Murray State Gets Commitment from Jarvis Williams

According to Evan Daniels, Jarvis Williams has committed to Murray State and head coach Steve Prohm.

EvanDanielsFOX Source says Jarvis Williams, a 6-8 big man, just committed to Murray State.

Williams is a 6-foot-8 power forward from Gordon State (Ga.) College.


Friday, October 19, 2012

Wizards Exercise Options on John Wall, Other Young Stars

The Washington Wizards have exercised their contract options on former Kentucky star John Wall and several other young stars.

Here is a release from the Wizards:

WASHINGTON, D.C. –Washington Wizards President Ernie Grunfeld announced today that the team has exercised the fourth-year contract options on John Wall, Trevor Booker, Kevin Seraphin and Jordan Crawford while picking up the third-year contract options on Jan Vesely and Chris Singleton. Wall, Booker, Seraphin, Crawford, Vesely and Singleton are now signed through the 2013-14 season. Per team policy, terms of the contracts were not released.

“We have been able to bring in and develop this core group of talented, mature young players over the last several years, and we’re pleased to have them all signed through next season,” said Grunfeld. “Combining them with the veterans we’ve added gives us a solid foundation that can be competitive now while allowing us to continue to build towards future success.”

Wall was selected first overall by Washington in the 2010 NBA Draft. Last season, the 6-4 guard appeared in all 66 games and averaged 16.3 points, 4.5 rebounds, 8.0 assists and 1.4 steals in 36.2 minutes per contest. He became the sixth fastest player in NBA history (124 games) to reach the 2,000 points/1,000 assists plateau. In 135 career games, including 130 starts, Wall has averaged 16.3 points, 4.6 rebounds, 8.2 assists and 1.6 steals in 37.0 minutes per contest.

Complete Release

Anthony Davis Scores 19 in Loss, Dunks on Al Horford

Former Kentucky star Anthony Davis scored 19 points and pulled down 7 rebounds in a 97-68 loss to Atlanta last night in NBA preseason action.

Darius Miller had 2 points off the bench for the Hornets.

Davis also threw down a dunk over Atlanta's Al Horford:

Dexter Strickland: "Nobody had the ability to stop us"

North Carolina guard Dexter Strickland is back from an ACL injury in 2012-13 and he seems to have plenty of confidence.

Jeff Goodman of CBSSports.com spoke to Strickland and the conversation included jabs at North Carolina State, a declaration that the Tar Heels would have won the 2012 NCAA title had they avoided injuries and some boasting about his scoring ability.



Check out this excerpt of his comments:

Strickland wasn't done, though.


I asked him whether he still thought about how everything might have been different last season if Kendall Marshall and he had been on the court for the NCAA tournament -- and John Henson had been healthy as well.

"All the time," he said. "I'll be honest. If nobody got hurt, you might as well have given us the trophy. Nobody had the ability to stop us."

I don't agree it would have been a sure thing, but it certainly would have been one heck of a game that could have gone either way. Remember, Kentucky needed an Anthony Davis last-second block to take care of the Tar Heels earlier in the season at Rupp.

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Kentucky defeated a healthy North Carolina team 73-72 at Rupp Arena in December last season.

Taquan Dean Waived by Turkish Club Team

Former Louisville star Taquan Dean has been waived by Turkish club team Aliaga Petkim.

Dean only played in one regular season game for Aliaga. In 31 minutes of action, he had 9 points, 7 rebounds and 2 assists in a 73-70 win over Hacettepe Univ.

During his professional career, Dean has made stops in Italy, Spain, Russia, Greece and Turkey.

Source: Eurobasket.com

University of Pikeville to Host Halloween Hoopla Tuesday Night

The University of Pikeville will host their annual Halloween Hoopla event on Tuesday night at the UPIKE Gym.

Here are details from UPIKE:

PIKEVILLE, Ky. – The University of Pikeville's annual kickoff to basketball season is coming this Tuesday.


Halloween Hoopla will be held October 23 at the UPIKE Gym.

Beginning at 7:15, the band, cheer and dance teams will be performing, while the men's and women's basketball teams will be introduced and see action.

In addition, shooting contests, a free-throw and three-point contest and a Halloween costume contest will be held. Also, music and trivia contests will be held throughout the event.

Last season didn't go as planned for Coach Kelly Wells and the Bears, who came into the season ranked No. 1 in the country off of the 2011 national title. Wells and his staff have a solid base of returners and some very talented newcomers this season.

Trevor Setty was the MVP of the 2011 national tournament and averaged 15.9 points and 5.2 rebounds per game last year. Setty was first-team All-Mid-South Conference and an honorable mention All-American and his 1,199 points has him 19th on the all-time scoring list at the school.

He will be joined by junior point guard Josh Whitaker. The Hazard native averaged 4.8 points and 2.7 assists last season.

Deuce Briscoe, who scored more than 1,000 points in three seasons at the NCAA Div. I level, and 2010 Mr. Basketball Elisha Justice headlines the talented list of newcomers. Briscoe played at Charlotte last season while Justice spent two seasons playing for Rick Pitino at Louisville.

That duo will be joined in a talented backcourt by 6-0 senior Chris Johnson, a transfer from St. Francis, Penn.

Complete release

Rick Pitino Not Interested in Recruiting Like John Calipari

Rick Pitino said at Big East media day that he doesn't have the makeup to recruit like John Calipari. Pitino said he would rather have battle-tested upperclassmen like Peyton Siva and Gorgui Dieng than talented freshmen.

Here are Pitino's comments via CBSSports.com:

That's not to say, of course, that Louisville is becoming a spitting image of Calipari's Kentucky. The Wildcats are reloading with yet another No. 1 recruiting class, led by the now-cleared Nerlens Noel.
Louisville, on the other hand, is going to go to battle with a veteran team built at the top with upperclassmen experience.

Siva is a senior; all-conference big man Gorgui Dieng and super sub Russ Smith are juniors; transfer Luke Hancock is a redshirt junior; and sophomore Chane Behanan is a returning starter at power forward.

“I'd much rather have players like this,” Pitino said at Wednesday's Big East media day, pointing to Siva and Dieng. “A four-year player and a three-year player. If I could do what [Kentucky] could do, I certainly would want the talent they have. But I can't do it. It's not my makeup.”

Complete Article

Thursday, October 18, 2012

Daniel Orton Talks About Oklahoma City and More

Check out this new interview with former Kentucky big man Daniel Orton, who is trying to earn a roster spot with the Oklahoma City Thunder:

Jeremy Evans Goes for a Block, a Dunk and a Block

Watch as former Western Kentucky star Jeremy Evans skies for a block, sprints to the other end for a towering dunk and hustles back on defense for another block:


St. Catharine to Host Annual Patriot Madness Tonight

St. Catharine College will host their annual Patriot Madness event tonight at 8:00 p.m. ET in Springfield.

The first 100 fans will receive a free t-shirt.



The Patriots will be hosting an impressive list of recruits and coaches for tonight's festivities:

- Brandon Price- 5’10" PG (John Hardin High School) - 2011-2012 5th Region Champ/ MVP, 2011-

2012 5th region Player of the Year, 2011-2012 17th District Player Of The Year, 2012-2013 Preseason Cat Pause 5th Region Player of The Year, Preseason Top Ten Players State Of Ky

- Nick Trisko-6’8" PF (Lafayette High School) - One of the Most Underrated Seniors In The State

- Kelton Ford-6’0" PG (Larue County) - 2011-2012 All Region Team Selection, 2011-2012-All District Selection, 2011-2012 All Region Tournament Selection, KY- Junior All-Star Team Selection, Rated Top 10 Senior 2012-2013 Cat Pause Magazine

- Tyler Landry- 6’6" PF (North Hardin High School) - 2012-2013- Blue Chip Top Senior in the state of Ky Selection, 2012-2013 Pre-Season All Region Selection

- Ruben Gosa-6’0" PG (North Hardin High School) - Avg. 27ppg , Leading Scorer In the State Of
Ky 2011-2012, Rated Blue Chip Top25 Senior in State Of Ky

- Khalil Rasheed-6’6" SG (North Hardin High School) - Rate Top 150 Freshmen in The Nation Class
2014

- Robert Sawyer-6’6" PF (Pleasure Ridge Park High School) - Rick Bolus Top 30 Seniors in The
State of Ky

- AJ Youngman-5’10" PG (Thomas Nelson High School) - Rick Bolus Top 8th Grader in the State
of Ky

- Kevin Ndahiro: 6’8" PF (Thomas Nelson High School) - Recently went on a visit to Bradley and Illinois, rated as one of the Top Players in The Class of 2014

- Charles Sweat-Washington: 6’8" PF (Lafayette High School) - AVG. 9-ppg/7-rbpg, Pre-season
top 10 in the 11th Region in the State of Ky

- Sevion Schooling: 6’7" PF (Bardstown High School) - 2011-2012 Region Runner-up, 2011-2012
District champion

- Jim Youngman and Thomas Nelson High School Varsity Team and Assistant Coaches

UK Recruit Aaron Gordon to Visit Arizona This Weekend

Kentucky recruit Aaron Gordon will take a trip to Arizona this weekend.

Gordon, a 6-foot-8 small forward, will be checking out Arizona's Red-Blue scrimmage.

He is planning to visit Kentucky sometime in the near future and won't make a final decision until the spring.

Here is more from Bruce Pascoe of the Arizona Daily Star:

Highly regarded 2013 power forward Aaron Gordon will continue his who's-who of basketball recruiting stops this weekend by taking in Arizona's Red-Blue intrasquad scrimmage.

It may take a long time, however, to find out if he has a really good time.

Tim Kennedy, Gordon's coach at Archbishop Mitty High School in San Jose, Calif., said Gordon plans to visit Kentucky sometime after this weekend and will not make a decision until next spring.

Gordon has already officially visited Oregon and Washington and last weekend visited Kansas for the Jayhawks' Late Night in the Phog preseason event. He has also seen California unofficially, though Kennedy said Gordon's list is pretty much the five schools he is visiting officially.

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Photo: Rivals.com

Video: John Wall 2012 Summer Highlights

Check out these summer highlights of former Kentucky star John Wall:



* Video by EliteMixTapes on YouTube

Wednesday, October 17, 2012

John Calipari Makes the Rounds on ESPN

Kentucky head coach John Calipari was everywhere on the ESPN networks today. Here are videos of everything from SportsCenter to Calipari putting Colin Cowherd in his place on SportsNation:












Sacramento Kings Pick Up Contract Option on DeMarcus Cousins

The Sacramento Kings announced today that they have excercised the 2013-14 contract options on former Kentucky star DeMarcus Cousins and Jimmer Fredette.

Cousins, who is entering his third season with the Kings, averaged 18.1 points and a team-high 11.0 rebounds per game last season.


2013 Star Marcus Lee Commits to Kentucky

Marcus Lee, who ranks No. 15 overall on the Rivals.com list for 2013, has committed to the Kentucky Wildcats.

Lee chose Kentucky over California.

Kentucky now has commitments from four of the top 15 players in the class of 2013.

NCAA Says Nerlens Noel is Cleared to Practice and Compete

An NCAA spokesman confirmed to USA Today this afternoon that Kentucky freshman Nerlens Noel has been "cleared to practice and compete" this season.

Here is an excerpt:

University of Kentucky basketball coach John Calipari said during an interview on ESPN on Wednesday morning that star freshman Nerlens Noel "is cleared to practice and cleared to play games."

Wednesday afternoon, NCAA spokesman Bob Williams confirmed that in an email to USA TODAY Sports. "Nerlens Noel is cleared to practice and compete," Williams wrote.

Complete Article

Indiana, Louisville and Kentucky Top Preseason USA Today Coaches Poll

Indiana totalled 761 points, including 21 first-place votes, to top the 2012-13 Preseason USA Today Coaches Poll.

Louisville is second with 738 points and 5 first-place votes. The Cardinals are followed by Kentucky with 718 points and 5 first-place votes.

Ohio State and Michigan round out the top 5.

Murray State just missed the top 25, coming in at No. 29.

USA Today Coaches Poll
RK TEAM RECORD PTS
1 Indiana (21) 0-0 761
2 Louisville (5) 0-0 738
3 Kentucky (5) 0-0 718
4 Ohio State 0-0 617
5 Michigan 0-0 605
6 North Carolina State 0-0 581
7 Kansas 0-0 563
8 Duke 0-0 516
9 Syracuse 0-0 502
10 Florida 0-0 422
11 Arizona 0-0 411 12 North Carolina 0-0 401 13 UCLA 0-0 396 14 Michigan State 0-0 391 15 Creighton 0-0 325 16 Memphis 0-0 307 17 Missouri 0-0 289 18 Baylor 0-0 266 19 UNLV 0-0 203 20 San Diego State 0-0 196 21 Wisconsin 0-0 191 22 Gonzaga 0-0 166 23 Notre Dame 0-0 122 24 Florida State 0-0 61 24 Texas 0-0 61

Others receiving votes: Saint Louis 58, Virginia Commonwealth 40, Cincinnati 33, Murray State 30, Kansas State 13, Saint Mary's 11, New Mexico 10, Tennessee 10, Minnesota 9, Pittsburgh 9, Marquette 8, Stanford 7, Oklahoma State 6, Butler 6, Colorado State 4, Middle Tennessee 3, Saint Joseph's 2, Drexel 2, Georgia 2, Miami (FL) 2, Marshall 1

Marcus Lee Announcement Time Changed

Marcus Lee's college announcement has been delayed until 4:00 p.m. ET today.

He is expected to choose either Kentucky or California.

From Twitter:

@stephhammon: Marcus Lee's announcement is now coming at 1 pm because ESPN is running late.

Boeheim, Pitino Each Says the Other is "Full of S**t"

Rick Pitino and Syracuse head coach Jim Boeheim exchanged pleasantries through the media earlier today.

Pitino and Boeheim each said that the other is "full of s**t."

Here is an excerpt from Zagsblog.com:

The two Hall of Famers got into a friendly war of words stemming over the question of whether Memphis and Temple can adequately replace Syracuse when the Orange jump to the ACC in 2013.

Pitino, who lobbied for Memphis and Temple, says yes.

Boeheim, who clearly has mixed feelings over the Orange leaving the only league they’ve ever been a part of it, says no.

“Rick’s full of s***t if that’s what he really said,” Boeheim said to a handful of reporters at Big East media day. “If he was in the Big 12 right now like he wanted to be, he’d being saying the Big 12 is the best. That’s the bottom line.”

Pitino later returned the favor:

“I think he’s full of s**t, and so we’re both full of it,” Pitino told SNY.tv. ”I think without question Temple and Memphis…Look, we’re going to miss Syracuse because they bring more than just a team. They bring the fans and Memphis and Temple can’t do that.

“But anybody who looks at where Memphis has been in the last 10-12 years, anybody who looks at the tradition of Temple and knows Franny Dunphy, would know I’m not full of s**t.

Complete Article

Another Preview of ESPN's All-Access Kentucky

Here is another preview video of ESPN's All-Access Kentucky series, which debuts tonight:

Video: Getting to Know 2013 Star Marcus Lee

Check out this summer mixtape of 2013 star Marcus Lee, who is likely to commit to Kentucky later this afternoon:

Big East Coaches Pick Siva as Preseason Player of the Year

Louisville point guard Peyton Siva is the Big East coaches' pick to win Preseason Player of the Year in the conference.

Gorgui Dieng is preseason first team all-Big East. Chane Behanan earned Honorable Mention.

Preseason Player of the Year

Peyton Siva, Louisvlle

First Team

- Sean Kilpatrick, Cincinnati
- Otto Porter, Georgetown
- Gorgui Dieng, Louisville
- Jack Cooley, Notre Dame
- Vincent Council, Providence

Second Team

- Brandon Triche, Syracuse
- Shabazz Napier, Connecticut
- Cleveland Melvin, DePaul
- D'Angelo Harrison, St. John's
- Anthony Collins, South Florida

Honorable Mention

C.J. Fair, Syracuse; Jerian Grant, Notre Dame; Chane Behanan, Louisville; Tray Woodall, Pittsburgh

Louisville Tops Big East Conference Preseason Coaches' Poll

The Louisville Cardinals are on top of the Big East Conference Preseason Coaches' Poll for 2012-13.

Louisville picked up 14 of 15 first place votes with Notre Dame grabbing the other one.

Syracuse is No. 2 in the preseason poll followed by Notre Dame, Cincinnati and Georgetown.

BigEastMBB Here's the first look at our preseason coaches' poll #bemediaday pic.twitter.com/k4I4rJMI 

Tuesday, October 16, 2012

Sneak Peek at ESPN's All-Access Kentucky Show

ESPN's All-Access Kentucky, an inside look at Kentucky basketball, will begin tomorrow night.

Here are some sneak peeks at the show:





Kentucky head coach John Calipari will be on a PR campaign tomorrow, as well:

9:15 a.m. – Mike and Mike Show (ESPN)
10:20 a.m. – SportsCenter (ESPN)
10:50 a.m. – ESPN First Take (ESPN)
3:15 p.m. – The Scott Van Pelt Show (Radio)
4:00 p.m. – Numbers Never Lie (ESPN2)
5:00 p.m. – SportsNation (ESPN2)

Marcus Lee to Announce Tomorrow; Kentucky Bound?

Marcus Lee, who ranks No. 15 overall on the Rivals.com list for 2013, will announce his college choice at 2:30 p.m. ET tomorrow.

jerrymeyer247 Top 10 prospect Marcus Lee announcing tomorrow. Beyond shocking if not Kentucky. Just visited 4 midnight madness. Canceled California visit

EvanDanielsFOX Marcus Lee just informed me that he will announce his college decision tomorrow.

Lee, a 6-foot-9 power forward at Deer Valley (Cal.), is coming off a visit to Kentucky for Big Blue Madness.

While California is in the final two, all indications would seem to point towards Lee announcing for Kentucky.

Photo: Rivals.com

Cardinals All Business During First Red/White Scrimmage

The Louisville Cardinals held their first Red-White scrimmage over the weekend at KFC Yum! Center.

Rick Pitino's team, which is expected to compete for a national title, was all business during the scrimmage.



Here is a recap from U of L:

LOUISVILLE, Ky. (AP) - There's a time and place for light shows, videos and thumping music.

Just not Saturday at Louisville's first scrimmage.

In fact, the atmosphere at KFC Yum! Center felt more like a midseason Big East Conference game than the public scrimmage it was, and that was no accident given the Cardinals' expectations of winning a national championship.

After losing to in-state rival and eventual national champion Kentucky at last spring's Final Four, Louisville wanted its sense of purpose known from the start. Other than some banter between coach Rick Pitino and his players, it seemed like just another practice and that's how the Cardinals want it.

Having come close last season, they don't want to let anything distract them from the job at hand.

"Everybody really knows what it takes to get to the Final Four," senior guard Peyton Siva said, "and everybody's hungry and everybody's ready to keep on it and move game by game."

The Cardinals return much of last year's surprising team that went 30-10, won the Big East tournament and reached its ninth Final Four. That includes starting forward Chane Behanan (9.5 points, 7.5 rebounds per game) and center Gorgui Dieng (9.1, 9.1).

Siva's back after averaging 9.1 points and 5.6 assists, along with guard Russ Smith and swingman Wayne Blackshear.

Louisville added freshman center Montrezl Harrell (Hargrave Military Academy) to beef up its inside game, and he didn't disappoint by leading the Red team's 74-58 victory with 17 points, 10 rebounds, two steals and a block in 35 minutes.

Complete Recap

UPIKE Players Participate in Reading With the Bears

The University of Pikeville men's basketball team recently visited Pikeville Independent Schools as part of their annual Reading With the Bears program.

Here are some pictures from the day:





Archie Goodwin Highlights from Big Blue Madness

Check out these highlights of Kentucky freshman Archie Goodwin at Big Blue Madness:

Kentucky Wildcats Recruiting Video Shown at BBM

Kentucky fans will want to take the time to watch this video in its entirety. Check out the Kentucky Wildcats recruiting video which was shown during Big Blue Madness:



* Video by KySportsReport on YouTube

Salem International to Join Great Midwest Athletic Conference

Salem International University has been granted membership in the newly formed Great Midwest Athletic Conference.

Here is the official release from the G-MAC:

INDIANAPOLIS – The Great Midwest Athletic Conference (G-MAC) has announced that Salem International University has been granted membership in the G-MAC, effective July 1, 2013.

Salem International, located in Salem, West Virginia, joins three other institutions from West Virginia that will join the G-MAC in the fall of 2013, bringing the anticipated membership in the G-MAC for the 2013-14 academic year to 10 full members. The Conference announced in August that, with the break-up of the West Virginia Intercollegiate Athletic Conference, Alderson-Broaddus, Davis & Elkins, and Ohio Valley intend to join the Great Midwest Athletic Conference.

“The G-MAC is pleased to welcome Salem International to its membership,” said G-MAC Commissioner Tom Daeger. “Chancellor William Brooks, President John Luotto and Athletic Director Keith Bullion illustrated a commitment to cultivating their athletic department and developing their programs within the mission of the institution and the framework of the G-MAC. We look forward to assisting the institution as it continues to map the future of their athletics program.”

The recent addition of four new active NCAA Division II members will allow the G-MAC to satisfy the membership requirement for active conference status for 2013-14 as it continues to work through the Educational Assessment Program in 2012-13. The Conference, originally scheduled to move into 2013-14 with only five active members, now anticipates starting the year with at least ten total institutions, and at least eight active NCAA Division II members.

“It is our mission to create a model NCAA Division II athletic conference that will prove to be a valuable addition to the Division II membership and ensuring the minimum requirements for active membership is a top priority,” said Daeger. “Our recent additions have brought a renewed sense of energy to our membership in our efforts to develop our young Conference and the enthusiasm in which Salem International approached the Conference membership process is yet another boost to our membership as we forge ahead.”

Monday, October 15, 2012

Tickets for UK's First Five Games Go on Sale Tomorrow

Tickets for Kentucky men's basketball's first five game go on sale tomorrow.

Here are details from UK:

LEXINGTON, Ky. – Tickets for Kentucky’s first five home men’s basketball games will go on sale Tuesday, October 16th at 6:00 p.m. On Tuesday evening, tickets will first be available online at www.ticketmaster.com or by calling Ticketmaster at (800) 745-3000.
 
Any tickets remaining after Tuesday evening’s sale will also be available to purchase through the UK Ticket Office by calling (800) 928-2287 on Wednesday, October 17th from 9:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m. Tickets made available are from the unsold student ticket allotment.

Lower level tickets (based upon availability) will be $50 each, and upper level tickets will be $42 each. Tickets for Kentucky’s two exhibition games (Northwood, Nov. 1 and Transylvania, Nov. 5) and first three regular season home games (Lafayette, Nov. 16; Morehead State, Nov. 21; Long Island, Nov. 23) will be available.
 
Tickets for the Blue-White Scrimmage at Rupp Arena on October 24th are still available. Lower level tickets are $10 each, and upper level tickets are $5 each. Scrimmage tickets may be purchased through the UK Ticket Office (800.928.2287), Rupp Arena Box Office (859.233.3535) and Ticketmaster (800.745.3000). Fans may also obtain scrimmage tickets online at www.ticketmaster.com or at statewide Ticketmaster outlets.

Calipari, Former Players Re-Raise Championship Banners

John Calipari and several former Kentucky players re-raised the national championship banners in Rupp Arena during Friday night's Big Blue Madness.

Here are some pictures:








* Photos by Nick Hammonds, Allkyhoops.com

Enes Kanter Throws Down Hard on Cole Aldrich

Check out this video of Enes Kanter throwing down on Cole Aldrich in an NBA preseason game:

Wayne Selden Commits to Kansas

Wayne Selden, a 2013 star who was previously recruited by Kentucky, has committed to the Kansas Jayhawks.

ESPN's Paul Biancardi broke the news on Twitter:

PaulBiancardi Right before lunch time. Espn #14 Wayne Selden commits to Kansas. Great pickup for Bill Self and staff.

Selden, a 6-foot-5 shooting guard, ranks No. 23 overall on the Rivals.com list for 2013.


Photo: Rivals.com

KSU's Brandon Darrett Named to Preseason All-SIAC Team

Kentucky State's Brandon Darrett was recently named to the 2012-13 Preseason All-SIAC Team.

Here is a release from KSU:

FRANKFORT, Ky. (October 12, 2012) – The Southern Intercollegiate Athletic Conference (SIAC) recently announced the 2012-2013 Preseason All-Conference Teams and three Kentucky State student-athletes have been named to this year's teams. The Predicted Order of Finish

KSU's Brandon Darrett was named to the 2012-2013 Men's Preseason All-SIAC Team. The 6-foot-7 junior averaged 7.7 points per game during the 2011-12 campaign, scoring a total of 185 points. Darrett, an Evansville, Ind. native, also led the Thorobreds in rebounds, amassing 160 total rebounds (102 defensive) and averaged 6.7 rebounds per game. Darrett also led the conference in field goal percentage, shooting .580 from the field.

Complete Release
 
Kentucky State University 2012-2013 Men's Basketball Roster

# Full Name HT WT POS Year Hometown Previous School

3 Quentin Henderson 5-8 160 G Fr. Columbus, OH Wright State University
5 Patrick Dawson 6-3 180 G Sr. Cincinnati, OH Finneytown HS
10 Markus Montague 6-8 200 F So. Detriot, MI Melvindale ABT
11 Tim Bates 6-6 185 F Jr. Detroit, MI Lake Michigan CC
12 Brandon Darrett 6-7 190 F Jr. Evansville, IN Vincennes University
13 Darquell Pulliam 6-0 165 G Jr. Elkhart, IN Kellogg CC
21 Fred Jones Jr. 6-7 225 C Sr. Belleville, IL Shawnee CC
22 Ulysses Thomas III 6-3 190 G So. Cincinnati, OH Wright State University
24 John Gaston 6-4 195 F Jr. Detroit, MI Frederick Douglas HS
32 Troy Adams 6-2 195 G Jr. Detroit, MI Kellogg CC
JohnTae Allexander 6-4 190 F Fr. Indianapolis, IN Pike HS
Davin Anderson 6-1 185 G Sr. Louisivlle, KY Adams State College
Jock Breeding 5-11 155 G Fr. Indianapolis, IN John Marshall HS
RS Muhammad Cross 6-3 190 G Fr. Indianapolis, IN Broad Ripple HS
Tryston Ford 5-10 160 G Fr. Danville, KY Danville HS
RS Antonio Sullivan 6-2 190 G Sr. Louisivlle, KY Carson Newman

Coaching Staff

Name Title
Antwain Banks Head Men's Basketball Coach
Darnell Williams Assistant Men's Basketball Coach
Jerome Givens Assistant Men's Basketball Coach

NKU to Hold Black N Gold Madness Thursday Night

Northern Kentucky will hold their inaugural Black N Gold Madness this Thursday night at 7:00 p.m. ET.

Here are details from NKU:

HIGHLAND HEIGHTS, Ky. – Northern Kentucky University will hold the inaugural “Black N Gold Madness” in The Bank of Kentucky Center this Thursday (Oct. 18) at 7 p.m.

The NKU men's and women's basketball teams will scrimmage during this event, which is free and open to the public. There will also be dunk and 3-point shooting contests as well as several fan giveaways and contests.

In addition, NKU men's head coach Dave Bezold and Norse women's head coach Dawn Plitzuweit will conduct an exclusive “Chalk Talk” in The Vault for season ticketholders at 6:30 p.m.

The first 500 NKU students in attendance will also receive free “I Bleed Black N Gold” T-shirts.

Doors will open to the general public at 6 p.m. For information, call (859) 572-5193.

Marcus Lee Feeling Blue After Visit to Kentucky?

If his posts on Twitter are indication, it would seem that 2013 star Marcus Lee is feeling pretty blue following his visit to Kentucky's Big Blue Madness.

Lee posted the following on his Twitter account:

SuperKingMe That's just scary http://instagr.am/p/QymndHHBwI/

SuperKingMe No filter can make it any better. It's just perfect. http://instagr.am/p/QymsnMHBwN/ 

Lee, a 6-foot-9 power forward from Deer Valley (Cal.) High School, ranks No. 15 overall on the Rivals.com list for 2013.






Ryan Harrow Highlights from Big Blue Madness

Here are some Big Blue Madness highlights of Kentucky point guard Ryan Harrow:

Sunday, October 14, 2012

Nerlens Noel Jumps Over Sam Malone for the Dunk

Check out these great pictures of Nerlens Noel going over Sam Malone for the dunk during Big Blue Madness (photos by Nick Hammonds, Allkyhoops.com):


Kelenna Azubuike Waived by the Cleveland Cavaliers

As expected, the Cleveland Cavaliers have waived former University of Kentucky star Kelenna Azubuike.

SpearsNBAYahoo Cavaliers have waived guard Kelenna Azubuike.

Azubuike is trying to resurrect a once promising NBA career that was unfortunately slowed by a serious knee injury.

Tubby Smith Still Has Some Dance Moves, Goes Gangnam Style

Minnesota head coach Tubby Smith still has some dance moves. Watch as the former UK coach goes Gangnam style at Minnesota's madness event:


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