Saturday, October 27, 2012

Check Out This Eric Bledsoe Assist to DeAndre Jordan

Check out this pass from former Kentucky star Eric Bledsoe to DeAndre Jordan:

2012 Lindsey Wilson College Alumni Basketball Game

Check out the highlights of Lindsey Wilson College's 2012 alumni game:


Eastern Kentucky Holds Successful Hoopfest Event

Eastern Kentucky's annual Hoopfest event was a huge success Thursday night at McBrayer Arena.

Here is more from EKU:

RICHMOND, Ky. - The Eastern Kentucky University men’s and women’s basketball teams welcomed more than 150 young Colonels from the Richmond community on to the court of McBrayer Arena for a free basketball clinic as part of a new format to this year’s Hoopfest event held on Thursday, Oct. 25.

"Hoopfest was a huge success," EKU women's basketball head coach Chrissy Roberts said. "I really liked the new format this year, and the kids seemed to really enjoy it. It was great times with good people."

The overwhelming number of kids were lined up on the court to welcome the teams as they were introduced at the beginning of the event, each one of them getting to “hi-five” the players and coaches as they made their way through the crowd.

The clinics were led by the men’s and women’s basketball coaching staffs and players. By the end of the night, all of the youngsters had learned new basketball skills and met all of the Colonels and Lady Colonels.

Following the clinic, both the EKU basketball teams treated the clinic participants to a talent show with some of their dunks, half-court shots and even a dance-off between the men’s and women’s teams. Head coaches Jeff Neubauer and Chrissy Roberts thanked the kids and their parents for coming to the event and invited them all back to their season opener on Friday, Nov. 9 which everyone in attendance received free tickets for in their gift bag .

The event concluded with the unveiling of this year’s team posters and an autograph session.

“Hoopfest was fantastic and it was great to have such a large group of kids,” EKU men's basketball head coach Jeff Neubauer said. “Our players and coaches enjoyed the chance to spend time with our young fans. Everyone had such a great time.”

Photo: EKU

Toronto Raptors Waive Jamaal Magloire

The Toronto Raptors have waived former Kentucky big man Jamaal Magloire. There is a chance that the organization will retain him in some other role.

Here is more from TheStar.com:

It has been widely expected that the team will find some kind of role for the 34-year-old centre if he clears waivers on Monday after the mandatory 48-hour waiting period.

That role, according to team sources, would be a mix of coaching and work in the community.

Magloire was a training camp invitee by the Raptors this year and did not appear in any of the team’s six pre-season games. However, coaches lauded his ability to work with young big men like Jonas Valanciunas and Quincy Acy in practice, leading to the suggestion there will be some kind of basketball development portion to any job Magloire might take.

There is also a chance the 12-year veteran could be claimed off waivers by another team but that seems unlikely.

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Fans Come Out to Support the Eagles at Morehead Hysteria

Morehead State basketball fans were excited to check out the new look Eagles at Morehead Hysteria Thursday night.



Here is a recap of the night from MSU:

MOREHEAD, Ky. -- More than 1,000 fans rolled into Johnson Arena on Thursday evening for a preview of the 2012-13 Morehead State men’s and women’s basketball seasons. The free event featured team scrimmages, a three-point shooting competition and dunk contest.

Senior Devon Atkinson won the three-point shootout, while classmate Milton Chavis was victorious in the dunk competition. Head Women’s Coach Tom Hodges gave fans a preview of his team, while Head Men’s Coach Sean Woods also addressed the crowd.

The men return six letterwinners from a season ago and have added 13 newcomers for the 2012-13 campaign. Junior Drew Kelly, who tallied 10+ points on 17 occasions last season, is Morehead State’s top returning scorer at 10.8 per contest.

The men, who finished third in the Ohio Valley Conference last season, have played in two of the past four NCAA Tournaments. The Eagles have also won 86 percent (50-8) of their home games during the stretch, including 91 percent (32-3) in league play.

“It was terrific to see so many Eagle fans tonight,” Woods said. “I want Johnson Arena to be the toughest place to play in the OVC this season. Our young men should be a lot of fun to watch. We have a nice mix of quality returnees and talented newcomers.”

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Indiana Will Enter Season at No. 1 in AP Top 25

Indiana will open 2012-13 on top of both the ESPN/USA Today Coaches Poll and AP Top 25.

The Hoosiers are No. 1 with 1,592 points and 43 first place votes.

Louisville is No. 2 with 1,568 points and 20 first place votes followed by Kentucky with 1,453 points and the remaining 2 first place votes.

Murray State is just outside the top 25 at No. 26.

AP Top 25
 
RKTEAMRECORDPTS
1Indiana (43) 0-01,592
2Louisville (20) 0-01,568
3Kentucky (2) 0-01,453
4Ohio State0-01,292
5Michigan0-01,290
6North Carolina State0-01,270
7Kansas0-01,210
8Duke0-01,094
9Syracuse0-01,062
10Florida0-0936
11North Carolina0-0904
12Arizona0-0902
13UCLA0-0840
14Michigan State0-0789
15Missouri0-0664
16Creighton0-0622
17Memphis0-0539
18UNLV0-0488
19Baylor0-0486
20San Diego State0-0463
21Gonzaga0-0384
22Notre Dame0-0297
23Wisconsin0-0285
24Cincinnati0-0120
25Florida State0-0101

DeAndre Liggins Makes Oklahoma City Season Roster

Former Kentucky guard DeAndre Liggins has made the regular season roster for the Oklahoma City Thunder.

The Thunder announced today that they have waived former Kentucky big man Daniel Orton, Andy Rautins and Hollis Thompson.

Liggins played in 5 preseason games and started twice for Oklahoma City. He averaged 4.8 points, 4.2 rebounds and 1.4 steals in about 20 minutes per game.

Top Recruit Andrew Wiggins Will Reclassify to 2013

Andrew Wiggins, who is widely regarded as the top player in high school basketball, plans to reclassify to the 2013 recruiting class.

Eric Prisbell of USA Today broke the news on Thursday after speaking to Wiggins' father.



Here is an excerpt:

The father of Huntington (W.Va.) Prep junior Andrew Wiggins, considered the nation's best high school basketball player, told USA TODAY Sports on Thursday that "it is time" for his son to reclassify and play college basketball next season.

"It's time [for him] to show that he is the best in college right now," Mitchell Wiggins said in a telephone interview. "I think he is ready for the next step. Academically-wise he is doing great. Maturity-wise he is doing great. He has a lot of talent. He is ready for the next step, and everybody knows it is time. It's Andrew's time. Next year is coming soon, and he is ready."

Mitchell Wiggins said his son, a 17-year-old who was born and raised in the Toronto area, will publicly announce the decision to attend college next season when he is comfortable to do so.

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Photos: Morehead Hysteria 2012

Here are some pictures from Morehead State's Hysteria event at Johnson Arena (photos by Nick Hammonds, Allkyhoops.com):





Thursday, October 25, 2012

Murray State Teams to Meet Fans at Kentucky Oaks Mall

The Murray State men's and women's basketball teams will visit Kentucky Oaks Mall in Paducah on Thursday, November 1. The players and coaches will be meeting fans for pictures and autographs.

Release from MSU:

The Murray State men's and women's basketball teams are coming to the Kentucky Oaks Mall in Paducah, Ky., on Thursday, Nov. 1, to meet fans for photographs and autographs.

The event at Kentucky Oaks Mall is free and presented by the Paducah Bank and Electric 96.9.

Racer coaches Steve Prohm and Rob Cross and team members will be at the center court of the mall at 5:30 p.m. from 7 p.m. to meet their Paducah-area fans. Special commemorative items from last year's “Special Season” will also be available for purchase and fans can able to pick up Racer schedule cards and posters for the 2012-13 season.

“We value our fans throughout the region,” stated Paul Bubb, Associate Athletic Director, “and this is one way we can reach out before the season and allow our fans in the Paducah area to meet our players and coaches. Last year we had several requests from elementary and middle schools in Paducah for our team to come and visit them, so this is a chance for the teams to be available and let fans of all ages come out and meet our players at the Kentucky Oaks Mall.”

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Another View of Poythress Slamming on Cauley-Stein

Here is another view of Alexy Poythress posterizing Willie Cauley-Stein:

Former Kentucky Stars Collide in NBA Preseason Action

Former Kentucky stars collided last night in the NBA preseason. It was Terrence Jones and Patrick Patterson vs. Darius Miller and Anthony Davis.

Jones had 15 points and 9 rebounds to lead the Rockets to a 97-90 victory. Patterson did not play as the Rockets chose to rest several veterans.

Miller started his first game for New Orleans and finished with 8 points, 4 rebounds and 3 steals. Davis had 13 points, 8 boards and 3 blocks, including one swat of Jones early in the game.



Here is more about the game from Chron.com:

Terrence Jones turned into the lane to put up the first shot of the night when he saw a familiar, unibrowed face in his path and a long arm reaching improbably high.


Jones realized before Anthony Davis swatted the shot away that he should have known better and let loose a brief laugh.

Better still, he laughed last.

The first NBA matchup of former Kentucky teammates went like the draft that followed their championship season together. Davis, the first pick of the 2012 draft, started fast; Jones came on strong later.

Jones, the third of the Rockets’ three first-round picks and 18th player selected overall, started with Patrick Patterson out with a strained quad muscle and helped key the Rockets’ second-half surge to a 97-90 win over the Hornets on Wednesday. He scored seven of his 15 points in the third quarter when the Rockets went from a four-point deficit to a lead that reached 17.

“It was great,” Davis said. “He’s a great player and he played great tonight.”

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All-Access Kentucky Makes Joakim Noah Sick

Former Florida star Joakim Noah has had enough of this All-Access Kentucky business:















JoakimNoah This all access kentucky makes me want to throw up.... Off them...Go gatorboys

JoakimNoah I miss u Kentucky. We will be ready for you guys this year. Gators all day.





Doron Lamb to Get First NBA Action This Morning

Former Kentucky star Doron Lamb has recovered from his injury and should get his first NBA action in Milwaukee's preseason game this morning.

The game tipped at 11:00 a.m.

Here are some comments on Lamb from Bucks coach Scott Skiles:

"We're looking forward to putting him out there a little bit," Bucks coach Scott Skiles said of the shooting guard, who practiced Wednesday for the first time. "We should be able to play him today, play him some tomorrow and see where he's at."


Lamb impressed Bucks officials with his play in the NBA Summer League in Las Vegas in July.

"He plays very under control," Skiles said. "He hasn't been a mistake player. We've seen him in summer league and in September (informal workouts).

"He can shoot it. He's a good pick-and-roll player. He has the ability at some point we think to be a pretty good defender. He's still learning what he's supposed to be doing out there. He has pretty good lateral movement and pretty good hands."

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Photos from Kentucky's 2012 Blue/White Game

Here are some pictures from Kentucky's 2012 Blue/White Game at Rupp Arena (photos by Nick Hammonds, Allkyhoops.com):






John Wall Getting Ready for Life After Basketball?

Former Kentucky star John Wall recently spent time serving food and drinks to families of U.S. service members:

Goodwin Scores 32, Blue Defeats White in Kentucky Scrimmage

Blue defeated White 89-88 in Kentucky's annual Blue/White Game last night.

Freshman Archie Goodwin, who played for the White Team throughout, led all scorers with 32 points.

Here is a recap from UK:

LEXINGTON, Ky. (AP) - There were many moments during Wednesday night's Blue-White scrimmage where Kentucky's freshmen justified the lofty expectations placed upon them.

Archie Goodwin showed some flash while scoring a game-high 32 points. Willie Cauley-Stein was a formidable post presence with 14 points and 12 rebounds.

Swingman Alex Poythress added 25 points with quickness and athleticism.

A sore back slowed highly touted forward Nerlens Noel, but the point was seeing how this foursome played together and with others in their first competitive appearance before the Wildcats faithful. Early returns were encouraging, as they contributed to both teams in a game won by the Blue 89-88.

However, the bottom line is meeting John Calipari's high standards and the Wildcats coach quickly noted that this is a work in progress.

"We have a way to go," Calipari said afterward. "We don't rebound, we don't scramble. Other than that, we're a pretty good team."

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Some Notes and Thoughts:

- Goodwin's 32 points were the second most ever scored by a UK freshman in the game (Brandon Knight, 37)

- Julius Mays is going to be a great addition to the Kentucky roster. He's smooth, can knock down big shots and brings in a much-needed veteran presence.

- In my opinion, Tod Lanter will make the team. He played 29 minutes last night because Calipari needed some size in the lineup. Sam Malone and Brian Long combined for 0 minutes.

- Jon Hood has lost some weight and looks like he could earn some minutes off the bench.

- Willie Cauley-Stein is going to be huge (no pun) for the Cats this season. He has college strength and athleticism. Nerlens Noel may have a higher ceiling but Cauley-Stein looks better at this stage.

- He didn't play great in the first half, but Ryan Harrow totalled 6 assists and 2 turnovers. Playing for both teams, Harrow finished with 20 points, 6 assists and 2 steals.

- It took 10-12 minutes before anyone even heard Alex Poythress' name. When he came to life...he really came to life. Poythress was everywhere and was unstoppable when he went to the rim. He finished with 25 points and 6 boards.

Nerlens Noel is not Anthony Davis. If you were expecting Davis, you were likely disappointed with Noel's play. That being said, he finished with 9 points, 8 rebounds and 7 blocks.

- Did you realize that Kyle Wiltjer totalled 28 points and 9 rebounds?

- Final Thought: No question about it, this team has a long ways to go. At the end of the day, Final Four talent is in place and Calipari will have them playing great basketball come March.

Wednesday, October 24, 2012

Calipari Says Tod Lanter Might Dress This Season

Kentucky head coach John Calipari said after tonight's Blue/White Game that practice player Tod Lanter might dress this season.

Lanter played 29 minutes in the scrimmage, finishing with 6 points and 3 rebounds.


Alex Poythress Dunks On Willie Cauley-Stein

Helmet dunk nominee: Alex Poythress throws down all over Willie Cauley-Stein in Kentucky's Blue/White Game:


Murray State Suspends Zay Jackson for 2012-13, Will Have Chance to Return

Murray State University has announced that Zay Jackson will be suspended from basketball activity for the 2012-13 season. He will have an opportunity to return in the future.

Here are statements from MSU:

Statement on the status of Zay Jackson from Director of Athletics Allen Ward:

"The recent delay in the legal proceedings was unexpected; however, we respect the process and will continue to monitor it closely. My examination and evaluation of the events have been ongoing and I believe it is in the best interest of all concerned for me to formalize a course of action as it relates to Zay’s participation with the team this season.”

“Zay’s suspension will remain in effect during the 2012-13 season. He will not be allowed to participate in any contests during the upcoming season. It is my expectation that Zay will concentrate on getting the help he needs, fulfill the requirements that will be dictated by the court, go above and beyond the necessary steps required to become an exemplary citizen and prove to me and others that he is deserving of this opportunity to remain part of our program and university. Only because of the importance of having an established support structure during this time, I will allow Zay to return to team activities such as practice, study hall and conditioning.”

“Although I believe we have an obligation to provide one of our own the opportunity to learn from his mistakes and redeem himself, it goes without saying that Zay showed a considerable lack of judgment that has not only embarrassed himself, but his team, the university and our fans as well. I will not condone such behavior. He is fortunate that the results of his actions were not more harmful than they were. But if we truly care about making a difference in his life, it is imperative that he spends this year showing me and Coach Prohm that he is remorseful, getting the help that he needs, and deserving of a second chance. There are other things more important than basketball that Zay needs to focus on at this time.”

“After the season, I will assess whether or not Zay is exhibiting the traits and behavior that are worthy of the privilege to be a student at Murray State and participate in intercollegiate athletics. I am hopeful that I will find that he is.”

Statement from Head Basketball Coach Steve Prohm:

“I care a great deal about Zay and am committed to seeing that he gets the help that he needs. What he did was wrong and I want to apologize to everyone that has been negatively affected and embarrassed by his actions. It’s not representative of our program and the impact we try to make in the community each year.”

“Although the impact on our basketball team is something we’ll have to work hard to overcome, I support the direction we are taking with this matter. I know we have a good group of young men that will work hard to represent Murray State the right way this season.”

Statement from Murray State University President Dr. Randy Dunn:

“I support the actions being taken in this matter by Director of Athletics Allen Ward and Head Coach Steve Prohm. This type of behavior is not what we’re about here at Murray State and there are consequences to bad choices. I’m hopeful the year long game suspension, coupled with the humanitarian efforts, proves effective in turning things around for Zay.”    

ESPN Goes All-Access with Nerlens Noel

ESPN's Jason King goes all-access with Kentucky freshman Nerlens Noel:

Once the candles were lit, the routine was always the same. Nerlens Noel would lean over his cake as family and friends sang "Happy Birthday," stare down at the flickering flames and close his eyes.


"I wish to play in the NBA," Noel would say to himself.

Then he'd blow out the candles while everyone cheered.

"I started doing it when I turned 8," Noel said. "No one knew what I was thinking, because you're not supposed to tell anyone what you wish for. But playing in the NBA has been my dream for a long time."

Now 18, Noel is sitting in the dining hall at Wildcat Coal Lodge at the University of Kentucky, discussing his goals for a freshman season that is rapidly approaching. The room is otherwise quiet until assistant coach Orlando Antigua walks in with a pair of recruits and their families. Face time with a player whose photo is on the cover of a magazine displayed in a nearby rack seems like the perfect way to end the tour, so Antigua motions for Noel to come say hello.
Noel excuses himself from his seat, removes his black baseball cap and shows off the "UK" logo etched into the back of his trademark, high-top fade. He shakes hands with each prospect, welcomes them to campus and spends a few minutes talking about how great things are in Lexington.   Complete Article (Must Read)

Brandon Knight Playing in a Detroit Fire Truck

Check out this video of Brandon Knight "making music" in a Detroit fire truck:



Knight and several other Pistons delivered meals to Detroit and jerseys to several area fire stations earlier this week:

“If we do that, I’m definitely looking forward to that,” the Pistons second-year point guard said this afternoon at Detroit Fire Department headquarters. “But I never really said I wanted to be a firefighter as a kid.


“It’s definitely cool what they do for the community.”

Don’t think Knight got a chance to ride on a fire engine, but he – along with Greg Monroe, Jason Maxiell and Rodney Stuckey -- delivered meals to two Detroit firehouses as part of the organization’s charitable efforts.

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Transylvania Favored to Repeat at HCAC Champs in 2012-13

Transylvania is picked by league coaches to repeat as champions of the Heartland Collegiate Athletic Conference in 2012-13.

The Pioneers picked up 97 total points and 7 first-place votes. Rose-Hulman is picked second with 92 points and the other 3 first-place votes.

Team Points (1st Place Votes)

1. Transylvania 97 (7)
2. Rose-Hulman 92 (3)
3. Hanover 76
4. Defiance 64
5. Franklin 49
6. Bluffton 48
7. Manchester 40
8. Anderson 36
9. Mount St. Joseph 34
10. Earlham 14



2012-13 Men's Basketball Players to Watch

Transylvania: Brandon Rash (Sr., F, 6-3, Mt. Sterling, Ky./Montgomery Co.), Ethan Spurlin (Sr., F, 6-4, Stanford, Ky./Lincoln Co.), Tate Cox (Jr., G, 6-1, Hindman, Ky./Knott Co. Central), Barrett Meyer (Sr., G, 6-2, Frankfort, Ky./Franklin Co.)

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Morehead State's Sean Woods at OVC Media Day

New Morehead State head coach Sean Woods talks about his team and the upcoming season during OVC Media Day:

Murray State to Hold Open Practice for Fans This Afternoon

The Murray State Racers will hold an open practice today at 3:30 p.m. (CST).

Here are details from MSU:

Murray State men's basketball coach Steve Prohm announced the Racers will hold an open practice session Wednesday (Oct. 24) at the CFSB Center from 3:30 p.m. to 6 p.m.


“Our fans have normally had a chance to see the team after about 10 days of practice,” MSU Associate Athletic Director Paul Bubb said. “Since Fan Jam was replaced by ESPNU's Racer Madness this year we had not planned a time when fans could stop in and see the team. This is also a great time for our fans to pick up season tickets. Coach Prohm opening practice up this week will be a good chance to see the team now that formal practices have begun.”

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Darius Miller to Start for Hornets Tonight

Former Kentucky star Darius Miller will be in the starting lineup for the New Orleans Hornets tonight.



Here is more from NOLA.com:

With fellow rookie Austin Rivers sidelined by a sprained right ankle, New Orleans Hornets' second-round draft pick Darius Miller will start at shooting guard in Wednesday night's exhibition game against the Houston Rockets at New Orleans Arena.


Coach Monty Williams said after the team's shoot-around at the Alario Center that Rivers, shooting guard Eric Gordon (sore right knee) and forward/center Jason Smith (left shoulder strain) are out.

Miller, who was a sixth man on the University of Kentucky's national championship team last season and has filled that role thus far with the Hornets, will start a game for the first time since his junior season with the Wildcats.

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By the way NOLA.com, Miller started 11 games at Kentucky during his senior season.

Transylvania Ranked No. 16 in D3Hoops Preseason Top 25

Transylvania University, coming off an impressive 23-5 season, is ranked No. 16 in the D3Hoops.com preseason top 25.

D3hoops.com men's Preseason Top 25

# School (1st votes) Rec Pts Final

1 MIT (12) 29-2 594 4
2 Virginia Wesleyan (3) 27-4 585 5
3 UW-Whitewater (10) 29-4 543 1
4 Middlebury 26-4 474 9
5 Amherst 26-3 453 8
6 North Central (Ill.) 22-8 444 16
7 Hope 27-2 417 6
8 Illinois Wesleyan 23-8 380 3
9 Franklin and Marshall 28-3 368 7
10 Cabrini 31-2 307 2
11 St. Thomas 22-7 299 --
12 Birmingham-Southern 25-3 295 21
13 Wooster 26-5 270 12
14 Whitworth 26-4 210 10
15 UW-Stevens Point 20-8 201 --
16 Transylvania 23-5 194 --
17 Ramapo 18-9 149 --
18 Scranton 23-8 143 15
19 St. Mary's (Md.) 20-8 137 --
20 William Paterson 24-4 136 24
21 Washington U. 20-7 134 22
22 Ohio Wesleyan 20-8 124 --
23 Wesleyan 20-6 118 --
24 Randolph-Macon 21-7 102 --
25 Hampden-Sydney 19-8 95 --

Others receiving votes: Bethany 84; New York University 76; Albertus Magnus 75; St. Norbert 75; Rose-Hulman 69; Carroll 59; Oswego State 58; Eastern Connecticut 54; Whitman 50; Trinity (Texas) 49; Hobart 40; Christopher Newport 39; Augustana 34; Wittenberg 30; Williams 27; Keene State 23; Hartwick 21; Wheaton (Ill.) 20; Capital 16; Rochester 10; Mary Hardin-Baylor 9; Farmingdale State 9; Claremont-Mudd-Scripps 7; WPI 6; Lebanon Valley 4; Rhode Island College 2; Staten Island 2; Emory 2; Coe 1; Dickinson 1; Salem State 1.

The D3hoops.com Top 25 is voted on by a panel of 25 coaches, Sports Information Directors and media members from across the country, and is published weekly.

Bellarmine Picked to Win GLVC East Division in 2012-13

The Bellarmine Knights are favored to win the Great Lakes Valley Conference East division in 2012-13.

Bellarmine received 10 first-place votes and 114 total points in the league's preseason poll that was released this morning.

Southern Indiana is picked second with 104 points and 5 first-place votes. Kentucky Wesleyan is third with 89 points and 1 first-place vote.

Missouri-St. Louis is favored to win the West division.

2012-13 GLVC Men’s Basketball Preseason Poll 

EAST DIVISION

Rank School (1st-Place Votes) Points

1. Bellarmine (10) 114
2. Southern Indiana (5) 104
3. Kentucky Wesleyan (1) 89
4. Indianapolis 88
5. Lewis 65
T-6. Saint Joseph’s 41
T-6. UW-Parkside 41
8. McKendree 26

WEST DIVISION

Rank School (1st-Place Votes) Points

1. Missouri-St. Louis (8) 113
2. Drury (7) 110
3. Quincy (1) 89
4. Illinois Springfield 69
5. Maryville 63
6. William Jewell 46
7. Missouri S&T 41
8. Rockhurst 37

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Rick Pitino Tells "Real Story" on His Relationship with Calipari

Louisville head coach Rick Pitino tells CN2 "the real story" on his relationship with That Place head coach John Calipari:

Lindsey Wilson Men's Basketball Preview for 2012-13

Head coach Paul Peck previews Lindsey Wilson College's 2012-13 men's baskeball season:

Missouri Credit Cards Used for Strip Club Charges, Other Improper Purchases

Missouri University is cracking down on credit card use after a series of improper charges were discovered on cards belonging to members of the school's athletics department.

Two charges, totalling more than $7,600, were paid to a Las Vegas strip club. Those payments were traced back to Michael Schumacher, Missouri's director of video operations.

Here is more from STLToday.com:

Department spokesman Chad Moller said Tuesday that director of video operations Michael Schumacher had repaid $7,605.50 for two credit charges from a May 5, 2011, visit to Olympic Garden. One of the charges included a $2,000 tip on a $4,400 bill at a nightclub billed as the "only Vegas strip club on the Strip."

Schumacher was representing Mizzou at a professional conference but traveled alone, Moller said. He said "responsive and appropriate disciplinary action was taken," but that he was unable to elaborate on a personnel matter. Schumacher did not respond to several messages left at his home and campus office.

The Aug. 14 Pricewaterhouse Coopers audit — part of a routine and periodic review of university business functions — also flagged nearly $3,000 in charges by former men's basketball director of operations Jeff Daniels, who now works at Arkansas under former Tigers coach Mike Anderson.

Daniels billed the school for two charges of $1,489.54 each at the Vince Young Steakhouse in Austin, Texas, in January 2011; there is a $2,500 transaction limit. Those charges were for a team meal, both he and Moller said. Moller estimated the traveling party consisted of approximately 30 people, including coaches, team members and support staff, meaning an average dinner cost of nearly $100 per person.

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Tuesday, October 23, 2012

NAIA D1 Preseason Top 25: Georgetown, UPIKE in Top 10

The NAIA Division I Men's Basketball Coaches' Preseason Top 25 Poll was released earlier today and Concorida (Calif.) is ranked No. 1 with 250 points and 9 first-place votes.

Oklahoma Baptist will enter the season at No. 2 with 242 points and the remaining first-place vote.

Georgetown College comes in at No. 3 with 231 total points.

The University of Pikeville is No. 9, Lindsey Wilson College is No. 11 and University of the Cumberlands is No. 25.

Campbellsville University is just outside the top 25.

2012 - 13 NAIA Division I Men's Basketball Coaches' Preseason Top 25 Poll - (Oct. 23)

RANK WEEK^ SCHOOL (1ST PLACE VOTES) 2011 – 12 RECORD TOTAL POINTS
1 1 Concordia (Calif.) (9) 31-7 250
2 2 Oklahoma Baptist (1) 32-5 242
3 5 Georgetown (Ky.) 26-9 231
4 10 Robert Morris (Ill.) 27-5 230
5 8 Rogers State (Okla.) 24-9 211
6 11 Southern Poly (Ga.) 25-7 208
7 12 Our Lady of the Lake (Texas) 27-8 206
8 RV Westmont (Calif.) 19-9 195
9 RV Pikeville (Ky.) 17-12 188
10 13 Columbia (Mo.) 27-7 170
11 14 Lindsey Wilson (Ky.) 21-10 153
12 RV Freed-Hardeman (Tenn.) 21-11 145
T13 6 Biola (Calif.) 27-9 139
T13 NR Westminster (Utah) 21-11 139
15 18 Lee (Tenn.) 20-9 135
16 19 MidAmerica Nazarene (Kan.) 25-9 132
T17 17 John Brown (Ark.) 24-9 128
T17 23 Texas Wesleyan 25-8 128
19 24 Xavier (La.) 23-9 119
20 NR Cal State San Marcos 19-12 107
21 22 Evangel (Mo.) 24-10 80
22 9 Martin Methodist (Tenn.) 28-7 72
23 21 Montana State-Northern 27-7 68
24 20 Southern-New Orleans (La.) 17-14 61
25 RV Cumberlands (Ky.) 20-12 50

Others receiving votes: SAGU (Texas) 34; Montana Western 29; Loyola (La.) 24; Lubbock Christian (Texas) 21; Life (Ga.) 20; Tougaloo (Miss.) 15; Campbellsville (Ky.) 9; Missouri Baptist 8; West Virginia Tech 7; LSU Shreveport (La.) 6; Baker (Kan.) 3; Oklahoma City 3.

^ Indicates ranking in 2012 Postseason Top 25 (March 26, 2012)

Charlotte Bobcats Preview: Michael Kidd-Gilchrist

Check out this NBA rookie preview of former Kentucky star Michael Kidd-Gilchrist (click to play):

Alassane Kah Commits to Western Kentucky University

Western Kentucky has picked up a commitment from 6-foot-10 center Alassane Kah of Fishburne Miltary School.











ReggieRankin 6'10, 215 Allassane Kah (Fishburne Military School) has committed to Western Kentucky over St. Bon, Bowling Green and Rhode Island.
 
Kah is No. 20 in this video:
  

Meet Tod Lanter: Kentucky's New Practice Player

Kentucky has a new practice player on the basketball team named Tod Lanter.

Lanter played high school basketball at Paul Laurence Dunbar High School and is the son of former Kentucky player Bo Lanter.

Here's more from CoachCal.com:

Lanter was raised in Lexington and played high school ball at Paul Laurence Dunbar High School. Like his father, who scored 43 points during his three-year career at UK, he had aspirations of playing Division-I ball.

Bo’s son grew up hearing tales of his dad’s stories at Kentucky, but he didn’t understand until later in his youth what it meant to play at UK. As soon as Lanter realized the privilege his dad enjoyed, the magnitude cast a shadow over him.

“I just kind of used that as motivation to push myself,” Lanter said. “Even though he was just a walk-on here, I was always under his shadow. In games in high school, people would always chant, ‘Dad-dy’s bet-ter!’ That was just more motivation.”

Lanter didn’t receive so much as a whiff from a Division I program after his high school career was over. Asked to gauge the interest he received from other college programs, Lanter said, “Not good. I took pretty much the only option I had.”

That option was Gulf Coast State College in Panama City, Fla.

Lanter played the 2010-11 season away from home, averaging 2.6 points and 1.2 rebounds for the 11-19 Commodores. He scored a career-high 16 in his first collegiate game and shot 41.8 percent.

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James Young Commitment Leads to More Calls for Andrew Wiggins

The commitment of James Young to Kentucky has apparently given other schools hopes of landing UK recruit Andrew Wiggins.

Wiggins' high school coach, Rob Fulford, spoke with ZagsBlog.com about Wiggins and Kentucky.

According to reports that came out last night, Wiggins is now considering several new schools including North Carolina, Syracuse, Ohio State and Kansas.

Here is an excerpt:

“Obviously, with James Young right now as a kid that’s already committed to Kentucky in that ’13 class, maybe some of these schools feel a little bit more confident now,” Huntington Prep coach Rob Fulford told SNY.tv Tuesday morning.


“I think the other schools kind of feel they have a shot now, I guess.”

The 6-foot-6 Young is a shooting guard out of Michigan who committed to Kentucky Oct. 11. He followed the Harrison twins, Aaron and Andrew, in John Calipari’s blockbuster class that also includes power forwards Marcus Lee and Derek Willis .

Because Young and Wiggins are both wing players, schools like North Carolina, Kansas, Ohio State and Syracuse may now have added motivation to recruit the player most everyone agrees is the best non-NBA player in North America.


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George Raveling Talks to John Calipari, Joe B. Hall

Longtime college basketball coach George Raveling sits down with Kentucky head coach John Calipari and former head coach Joe B. Hall:







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Murray State, Belmont Picked as OVC Favorites in 2012-13

The Murray State Racers are picked to win the Ohio Valley Conference's West division in 2012-13. The Racers captured 22 first-place votes and finished with 132 total points in voting by the league's schools.

Southeast Missouri earned 2 first-place votes and finished with 108 points. Austin Peay with third with 92 points.

SIU-Edwardsville, Eastern Illinois and UT-Martin round out the West division.

Belmont, the OVC's newest team, is predicted to win the East division. They captured 21 first-place votes and 131 total points. Tennessee State finished with 109 points and the other 3 first-place votes.

Tennessee Tech is picked third in the East, followed by Morehead State and Eastern Kentucky.

Jacksonville State is not eligible for a conference title in 2012-13 due to NCAA APR penalties.

Murray State's Isaiah Canaan is the overwhelming favorite to win OVC Player of the Year. Ed Daniel is also on the preseason All-OVC Team.



2012-13 OVC Predicted Order of Finish


East

1. Belmont (21 first-place votes) - 131
2. Tennessee State (3) - 109
3. Tennessee Tech - 87
4. Morehead State - 77
5. Eastern Kentucky - 56
- Jacksonville State - n/a

West

1. Murray State (22 first-place votes) - 132
2. Southeast Missouri (2) - 108
3. Austin Peay - 92
4. SIUE - 73
5. Eastern Illinois - 49
6. UT Martin - 38

6 points awarded for a first-place vote, 5 for second, etc. - Coaches and SID’s could not vote for their own teams. Note: Due to a NCAA APR penalty, Jacksonville State is not eligible for the OVC or NCAA Tournaments and was not ranked.

2012-13 Preseason All-OVC Team

Isaiah Canaan, Murray State
Ian Clark, Belmont
Robert Covington, Tennessee State
Ed Daniel, Murray State
Jud Dillard, Tennessee Tech
Kerron Johnson, Belmont
Patrick Miller, Tennessee State
Marland Smith, Southeast Missouri
Tyler Stone, Southeast Missouri
Mark Yelovich, SIUE

Preseason OVC Player of the Year: Isaiah Canaan, Murray State



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UK Recruit Andrew Wiggins is Considering New Schools

Andrew Wiggins, who is widely considered the best high school player in the nation, is considering a reclassification to the class of 2013.

According to Evan Daniels' report, Wiggins is also looking at some new schools, including Kansas, North Carolina, Syracuse and Ohio State.

EvanDanielsFOX Andrew Wiggins discusses new schools, Kentucky, FSU & possible reclassification ... http://scouthoops.scout.com/2/1232646.html  


EvanDanielsFOX Since Recruiting Period began John Calipari has seen Andrew Wiggins twice. Leonard Hamilton once. Roy Williams will see him today.

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Wiggins is a 6-foot-7 small forward at Huntington Prep (WV). He is the top-ranked player in the class of 2014 and will likely be in the same position if he moves to 2013.
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Monday, October 22, 2012

Denver Nuggets Exercise Team Option on Kenneth Faried

The Denver Nuggets have exercised their third-year team option on former Morehead State star Kenneth Faried.



Here is more from DenverPost.com:

As expected, the Nuggets have exercised the third-year options of Kenneth Faried and Jordan Hamilton, meaning the duo will be on the team next season. Both players, drafted in 2011, are on their rookie contracts.

Faried, of course, is a vital part of the Nuggets’ vitality. The wildly athletic power forward starts for Denver, following a rookie campaign that placed him third in the voting for rookie of the year (not bad for the 22nd pick). He is averaging 11.0 points and 5.8 rebounds in five preseason games.

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CBSSports Names Isaiah Canaan Best Point Guard in Nation

CBSSports.com has ranked the top 50 point guards in college basketball for 2012-13.

Murray State star Isaiah Canaan ranks No. 1 on the list. He is followed by Missouri's Phil Pressey and Michigan's Trey Burke.

Louisville's Peyton Siva comes in at No. 9 on the list. Kentucky's Ryan Harrow is No. 19.



Here are some excerpts:

1. Isaiah Canaan, Murray State Is he a point or a two-guard? We're not quite sure, but he's just one heck of a guard. He can really shoot the ball, he makes shots with the game on the line -- and he leads his team to victories. That's enough for us to have him atop this list. -- Jeff Goodman

2. Phil Pressey, Missouri He's the straw that stirs the drink, the engine that makes Mizzou go. He did it last year and he'll do it again this season with a different cast in Columbia. Pressey is the consummate point guard. -- J.G.

3. Trey Burke, Michigan Burke wisely returned to school because he could've easily slipped into the second round of the NBA Draft. That wouldn't have been good. But leading Michigan to a possible Final Four this season will be really, really good. -- Gary Parrish

4. Aaron Craft, Ohio State He may not score the ball like some others on this list, but he's the best perimeter defender among this group, he leads, competes every possession and also makes his teammates better. -- J.G.

5. Marcus Smart, Oklahoma State Is he a natural point guard? Probably not, but Smart is a born winner, is willing to do anything to help his team win, and is a top-notch leader. Sounds enough like a point guard to qualify. -- Jeff Borzello

9. Peyton Siva, Louisville Siva has never established himself as a star but he has moments when he looks like one. If he looks like one this season consistently, Rick Pitino might get another national title. -- G.P.

19. Ryan Harrow, Kentucky He's not Derrick Rose or Tyreke Evans or John Wall or Brandon Knight, and I don't even think he's Marquis Teague. But Harrow is still good enough to help UK repeat. -- G.P.

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DeAndre Liggins in Best Position to Earn Final Roster Spot

Former Kentucky star DeAndre Liggins appears to be in the best position to earn Oklahoma City's final roster spot.

The Thunder waived guard Walker Russell, Jr. earlier today, leaving Liggins, Daniel Orton, Andy Rautins and Hollis Thompson in contention for the final spot.

Liggins has played in four of the team's five preseason games and was the only training camp invitee to play in Sunday's game.

If the Thunder opt for a big man on the roster, the choice would clearly be Orton. If they go guard, it looks like Liggins is the leader of the pack.

Media Picks Kentucky to Win Southeastern Conference

A select panel of both SEC and national media members have picked the Kentucky Wildcats to win the 2013 SEC men's basketball championship.

Kentucky earned 17 first-place votes and scored 328 total points. 

Florida finished second with 310 total points and 5 first-place votes. Missouri and Tennessee each received a single first-place vote and finished third and fourth, respectively. 

Kentucky's Nerlens Noel was voted First Team All-SEC and Alex Poythress was placed on the Second Team.  

First Team All-SEC


BJ Young – Arkansas, G, 6-3, 180, So., St. Louis, Mo.
Kenny Boynton – Florida, G, 6-2, 190, Sr., Pompano Beach, Fla.
Nerlens Noel – Kentucky, F, 6-10, 228, Fr., Everett, Mass.
Phil Pressey – Missouri, G, 5-11, 175, Jr., Dallas, Texas
Jarnell Stokes – Tennessee, F, 6-8, 270, So., Memphis, Tenn.

Second Team All-SEC

Marshawn Powell – Arkansas, F, 6-7, 240, Jr., Newport News, Va.
Patric Young – Florida, C, 6-9, 249, Jr., Jacksonville, Fla.
Kentavious Caldwell-Pope – Georgia, G, 6-5, 205, So., Greenville, Ga.
Alex Poythress – Kentucky, F, 6-7, 239, Fr., Clarksville, Tenn.
Michael Dixon, Jr. – Missouri, G, 6-1 , 190, Sr., Kansas City, Mo.
Jeronne Maymon – Tennessee, F, 6-7, 260, Sr., Madison, Wis.

SEC Player of the Year: Phil Pressey, Missouri

Preseason Media Poll

Kentucky (17) 328
Florida (5) 310
Missouri (1) 286
Tennessee (1) 269
Arkansas 226
Alabama 222
Ole Miss 186
Georgia 149
Texas A&M 122
Vanderbilt 120
LSU 116
Auburn 95
South Carolina 54
Mississippi State 37

First-Place Votes in Parentheses

Pistons Exercise Option on Brandon Knight, Release Terrence Williams

The Detroit Pistons have exercised their team option on point guard Brandon Knight and waived former Louisville star Terrence Williams.

The moves were officially announced earlier today:

detroitpistons Player news: The #Pistons have released Jonny Flynn & Terrence Williams and have picked up rookie options on Greg Monroe & Brandon Knight




UK Recruit Tyler Roberson Wraps Up Visit to Kansas

Kentucky recruit Tyler Roberson took a visit to Kansas over the weekend.

Roberson, a 6-foot-8 small forward from Roselle (N.J.) Catholic High School, ranks No. 30 on the Rivals.com list for 2013.

Here are some comments from Roberson via KUSports.com:

“Coach (Bill) Self talked to me about what my role would be if I decide to come to Kansas. He was just straightforward and he told me that I’d have to work hard if I come to Kansas,” Roberson told jayhawkslant.com. “Coach Self let me know that I’d have to work hard to earn playing time and he talked about what type of player I could become if I went to Kansas. The thing I liked most is how open and honest coach Self was when talking to me.”

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Rajon Rondo: Baseline Monster Dunk

Boston Celtics point guard Rajon Rondo flies in for a nice dunk against the Brooklyn Nets:

Luke Hancock Impresses in Second Louisville Scrimmage

Luke Hancock, a transfer from George Mason, was impressive in Louisville's second Red/White scrimmage.

The junior guard led all scorers with 29 points in the Red Team's 85-74 victory Sunday afternoon.

Here is a recap of the scrimmage from Louisville:

LOUISVILLE, Ky. - In the University of Louisville men's basketball team's second intrasquad scrimmage of the preseason, the Red Team posted an 85-74 victory Sunday night in front of more than 9,000 fans at the KFC Yum! Center.

Junior Luke Hancock led all scorers, registering 29 points for the Red Team behind 7-of-13 shooting. Hancock, who sat out last season after transferring from George Mason, was 4-of-4 from 3-point range and a solid 11-of-12 from the charity stripe. He also dished out six assists and had two of the team's 14 steals.

Kevin Ware and Montrezl Harrell also finished in double digits in scoring for the Red Team, tallying 22 and 20 points, respectively. Ware, who had 10 rebounds to earn a double-double, scored 20 of his points in the final period. Harrell, a highly touted freshman that spent the summer with the 2012 USA Basketball Men's U-18 National Team winning a gold medal, recorded a game-high five steals and was 9-of-13 from the floor.

The White Team had five players reach double figures in scoring, led by Russ Smith's 20. Despite leading by six at the half, 42-36, the White Team shot just 9-of-33 (27.3 percent) from the field in the final period, including 2-of-14 from beyond the arc. Tim Henderson, who played nearly all 40 minutes, scored 11 points and had two steals. Chane Behanan and Gorgui Dieng combined for 24 points and 21 rebounds for the White Team.

Luke Hancock posted a game-high 29 points in addition to six assists and two steals.

Combined, Louisville knocked down 13 3-pointers and shot 75 percent (40-of-53) from the free-throw line.

The Cardinals' final intrasquad scrimmage of the preseason will be held Saturday, Oct. 27, at 2 p.m. Tickets, which will be priced at $10 for lower side and corner arena seats and $5 for end zone seats, are currently on sale at both U of L Ticket Offices, located near Gate 2 of Papa John's Cardinal Stadium off Floyd Street; and on the third floor of the Swain Student Activities Center. Both locations are open weekdays from 9 a.m. until 5 p.m.

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