Saturday, November 3, 2012

Rap Star Wale Visits the Kentucky Wildcats

Rap star Wale stopped by the Joe Craft Center to visit with the Kentucky Wildcats earlier today.

Wale On the way to Lexington , Kentucky #getmedoeeee

Wale #UK #coachCal these kids are good http://instagr.am/p/Rk5uK_tO9g/

He posted a picture on Instagram:

 

Anthony Davis Officially Joins the Red Bull Team

Former Kentucky star Anthony Davis has joined the Red Bull Team:


Georgetown College Holds Off Miami Middletown

Georgetown College 81
Miami Middletown 69

Final from Georgetown, Kentucky

Game recap by GC:

Georgetown College men's basketball fought a feisty Miami Middletown team to improve to 2-0 on the season. The Thunderhawks made it interesting in the second half, trimming a 15-point deficit to five several times. The No. 3 Tigers found breathing room late with a burst from Mychal Parker, Vic Moses and Monty Wilson and eventually won 81-69.

Moses dropped a game-high 25 points on 12-of-15 shooting with eight rebounds. Parker led the bench scorers with 11 and Wilson dropped in 10 of the Tigers 25 points from reserves. Garel Craig scored nine in each half for 18 and finished with five assists. "We knew tonight would be a battle," said GC coach Chris Briggs. "I was pleased that even when the game got close we found ways to get the job done."

Georgetown returns to action Monday on the road at Martin Methodist. Tip is set for 8 pm Eastern Standard Time.

Anthony Davis Suffers Mild Concussion, Out Tonight

Hornets rookie Anthony Davis suffered a mild concussion in last night's game against the Utah Jazz. He will not travel with the to Chicago for tonight's game and is listed as day-to-day.

wwltvsports Per #Hornets, Anthony Davis suffered mild concussion against #Jazz. Will not travel to Chicago for Saturday night's game & is day-to-day.

Davis had 8 points and 6 rebounds in 14 minutes before colliding with fellow rookie Austin Rivers.

 

Friday, November 2, 2012

Mack, Harper and Others Taken in NBA D-League Draft

There were several familiar names taken in tonight's NBA Development League Draft.

Former Butler star Shelvin Mack, who was recently waived by the Washington Wizards, was taken No. 4 overall tonight by the Maine Red Claws.

Ex-Morehead State guard Demonte Harper was taken in the second round by the Reno Bighorns. Former Louisville big man Terrence Jennings was also taken in the second round by the Iowa Energy.

Darnell Dodson (UK/Southern Miss), Vance Cooksey (Pikeville) and Japeth Aguilar (Western Kentucky) were all selected in later rounds.

Here's a recap:

- Shelvin Mack (Butler): Maine, Round 1, No. 4
- Demonte Harper (Morehead State): Reno, Round 2, No. 5
- Terrence Jennings (Louisville): Iowa, Round 2, No. 9
- Darnell Dodson (UK/Southern Miss): Fort Wayne, Round 4, No. 12
- Vance Cooksey (Pikeville): Iowa, Round 6, No. 9
- Japeth Aguilar (Western Kentucky): Sant Cruz, Round 7, No. 13

Patrick Patterson Cleared to Play, Will Start Tonight

Former Kentucky star Patrick Patterson has been medically cleared to play and will be in the starting lineup for the Houston Rockets tonight.

Patterson suffered a strained left quad in the preseason and was forced to miss more than a week of action.

Here is more from Chron.com:

“It was difficult to sit and watch preseason,” Patterson said. “Every game is difficult to sit down and watch, but my teammates handled it well, went out there and played with great energy and played well. They looked strong without me out there. I just want to come out there and keep everything rolling.”


The Hawks’ emphasis on pick-and-roll and interior play of Josh Smith and Al Horford make Patterson’s defense especially valuable against Atlanta, but he said he had not targeted the game for his return.

“I was thinking I had to be ready by Detroit,” Patterson said. “I wanted to be ready for the first game. Unfortunately, it didn’t work out. But positive note, we won. After that game, talking to the trainers, working every single day with my quad, trying to get it right, right now it feels good. I’m definitely going to be ready.

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Highlights of Kentucky's Win Over Northwood

Check out the highlights from Kentucky's 93-61 demolition of Northwood:

Terrence Jones Talks About Adjusting to the NBA and More

Former Kentucky star Terrence Jones talks to Hoopsworld.com about adjusting to the NBA, meshing with his new teammates and competing for a spot in the starting lineup:

Terrence Williams is Headed to China

Former Louisville star Terrence Williams is headed to China for the 2012-13 season.

T-Will has signed a one-year deal with Guangdong in China's top-level CBA league. The news was first reported on Twitter by Adrian Wojnarowski:

WojYahooNBA Free agent guard Terrence Williams has agreed to a one-year deal with Guangdong in China, sources tell Y! Sports.

Williams has spent time with New Jersey, Houston and Sacramento in the NBA. He was waived by the Kings last month.




No. 2 Louisville Too Much for UPIKE in Exhibition Game

Louisville 93
Pikeville 57

Exhibition Final from Louisville, Kentucky



Game recap by Louisville:

LOUISVILLE, Ky. - Louisville hung its ninth Final Four banner Thursday night and immediately began its pursuit of a higher focus this season: a national title.


Playing their first exhibition, the second-ranked Cardinals beat Pikeville 93-57. Freshman Montrezl Harrell led Louisville with 19 points and 13 rebounds while returning center Gorgui Dieng added 16 points and 12 rebounds.

The Cardinals overpowered the 2010-11 NAIA champions, blocking 10 shots and outscoring the Bears 66-14 in the paint.

Pikeville senior Jamar Briscoe led all scorers with 26 points.

Louisville coach Rick Pitino presented Pikeville guard Elisha Justice his Final Four ring before the game. The former Kentucky Mr. Basketball transferred from Louisville this offseason to be closer to his eastern Kentucky home but did not play due to a left knee injury.

Peyton Siva, the Big East's preseason player of the year, had six assists and joined backcourtmate Russ Smith with 17 points.

Harrell capped a late first-half run with a dunk off an inbounds pass before blocking a 3-point attempt that he dished ahead to Smith for a layup. He chased guards as the head of Louisville's press defense for most of his 25 minutes.

"I think I did pretty good making a first impression," he said. "I've been waiting for November 1st for the longest (time)."

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UK Players Discuss Win Over Northwood

Here are postgame comments from several Kentucky players following last night's exhibition win over Northwood:





Thursday, November 1, 2012

Kentucky Pulls Away from Northwood in Exhibition Action

Kentucky 93
Northwood 61

Exhibition Final from Lexington, Kentucky



Kentucky started slow but once the young Wildcats relaxed, they rolled to a 93-61 win over Northwood, an NAIA Division II program coached by the legendary Rollie Massimino.

Archie Goodwin led the way for Kentucky with a game-high 22 points. Nerlens Noel added a double-double with 17 points and 11 rebounds. Ryan Harrow chipped in 15 points.

Kentucky head coach John Calipari knows his team has a long ways to go but thought they were a little better than expected.

"We were better than I thought we'd be," Calipari said. "We're way away from where we need to be."

The Wildcats shot 61 percent from the field and out-rebounded Northwood 42-30.

Rick Adelman on Comparing DeMarcus Cousins to Chris Webber

Longtime NBA coach Rick Adelman gives his thoughts on comparisons between DeMarcus Cousins and Chris Webber:

Canaan, Siva are Candidates for 2012-13 Senior CLASS Award

Murray State's Isaiah Canaan and Louisville's Peyton Siva have been selected as candidates for the 2012-13 Senior CLASS Award this season.

An acronym for Celebrating Loyalty and Achievement for Staying in School, the Senior CLASS Award focuses on the total student-athlete and encourages students to use their platform in athletics to make a positive impact as leaders in their communities. To be eligible for the award, a student-athlete must be classified as an NCAA Division I senior and have notable achievements in four areas of excellence - community, classroom, character and competition.

Here are the candidates:

God’sgift AchiuwaForwardSt. John's
O.D. AnosikeForwardSiena
Ben AverkampForwardLoyola-Chicago
Brian BarbourGuardColumbia
Jared BerggrenForward/CenterWisconsin
Isaiah CanaanGuardMurray State
Drew CrawfordForwardNorthwestern
Matthew DellavedovaGuardSaint Mary's
Tim FrazierGuardPenn State
Mike GroselleCenterThe Citadel
C.J. HarrisGuardWake Forest
Jordan HullsGuardIndiana
Gabe KnutsonForwardLehigh
JP KuhlmanGuardDavidson
Andrew LawrenceGuardCollege of Charleston
Jonathan LeeGuardNortheastern
Scott MartinGuardNotre Dame
C.J. McCollumGuardLehigh
Brock MotumForwardWashington State University
Mike MuscalaCenterBucknell
Robert OlsonGuardLoyola-Maryland
Brandon PaulGuardIllinois
Mason PlumleeForwardDuke
Colt RyanGuardEvansville
Peyton SivaGuardLouisville
Andrew SmithCenterButler
Michael SnaerGuardFlorida State
Marc TrasoliniForwardSanta Clara
Jeff WitheyCenterKansas
Nate WoltersGuardSouth Dakota State

Kentucky Adds Tod Lanter to Official Roster

The Kentucky men's basketball has officially added Tod Lanter to team roster.

Lanter had been working as a practice player.


Enes Kanter in Good Spirits After Receiving Stitches in Chin

Former Kentucky big man Enes Kanter took a Vince Carter elbow to the chin in last night's game. Kanter ended up leaving the game for stitches but returned to finish with 6 points and 7 rebounds.

Kanter seemed to be in pretty good spirits after the game:

tribjazz Enes Kanter, wearing a most ridiculous hat with a peacock feather in it, says it was "Wince Carter" who hit him in the chin with an elbow.




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Kentucky Players Talk About Northwood and More

Kentucky players spoke to the media Wednesday about tonight's exhibition against Northwood and more:





Here is a transcript via UK:

#22, Alex Poythress, F


On practice since the Blue-White scrimmage …
“(We’ve been) Getting used to playing with each other with the different line-ups and match-ups, just learning new plays.”

On the number of possible lineups …
“(There will be) four or five different line-ups. There are a whole bunch of line-ups going on right now. There are different line-ups, I can play the four, and the three and some lineups where I play the two. It just depends on where (coach) Cal (Calipari) puts me. It depends if we go big or not.””

On what he areas he needs to improve …
“I need to tighten up areas in my game, just learn to play with all these different players.”

On his expectations for tomorrow night’s game …
“I honestly have no clue what to expect for tomorrow.”

On the development of his outside shooting …
“It’s coming along very good, shooting a lot, doing shooting drills and the five-minute shooting drill, and I am shooting the ball pretty well right now.”

Different Line-ups and where he fits in
“There a different line-ups, I can play the, the 3 and some line up where I play the 2, it just depends on where Cal puts me, it depends if we go big or not.”

#33, Kyle Wiltjer, F

On how the team is divided in practice …
“There have been a ton of lineups, so there really hasn’t been one specific lineup. (coach) Cal (Calipari) has been doing a great job of putting together as many lineups as possible so we can get comfortable playing with each other since there are so many new guys out there. He has been really good at getting a bunch of lineups together.”

On possible starters and whether there’s any talking about it amongst teammates …
“Coach does a great job of getting us to work hard, and not worry about that stuff and just work hard individually and in practice to improve as a team. I don’t think anyone knows who is starting at this point.”

On learning to play with new teammates …
“It is interesting and it is great because all these guys are great learners as well. (They’ve) been able to pick up (the offense) fast so we have been fortunate to have another great group of guys who are able to come in and work hard and learn a new system.”

On the mixing and matching of lineups in practice compared to last year …
“It was kind of similar. We did that last year. This year there is a lot more because there are a lot more new guys so we are getting as many lineups as possible so we learn how to play together.”

On scrimmaging more this year …
“When we scrimmage a lot, we get to learn each other more. I think he (Coach Calipari) is happy where we are at, but he is never satisfied and he wants more of us. We are looking to move forward and we know we still have a lot of work to do to be better.”

On where this team is at compared to last year …
“Maybe a little ahead because we got to practice during the summer and that is the only thing. We are definitely making a lot of progress and we still have a lot of work to do.”

#34, Julius Mays, G

On the team’s defense compared to the Blue-White scrimmage …
“I think it will be a lot better. We have been working on a lot of help the helper, and a lot more positioning and being in gaps and how to play ball screens and down screens. So I think you will see a lot better defense than what you saw in the blue and white game.”

On where the offense is right now …
“I wouldn’t say its great right now we are still learning every day. He (coach Calipari) has been putting in multiple combinations of people in, so we are learning multiple spots. I wouldn’t say the offense is really crisp right now. But we have a small feel for it just enough to get us through right now.”

On playing fast on offense …
“Our offense is whoever gets the ball can push it. It’s not like he (coach Calipari) restricts anybody from pushing it up or restricts anyone from coming off a ball screen. There really aren’t a lot of set of set positions in offense. A lot of our guys are able to play positions.”

ESPN The Magazine on Peyton Siva's Tough Upbringing

ESPN The Magazine details Peyton Siva's tough upbringing and previews his senior season at Louisville:

Cameron Mills Speaks to Students at Campbellsville University

Former Kentucky star Cameron Mills recently visited Campbellsville University and spoke to several organizations, including the men's basketball team.

Mills, a member of Kentucky's 1998 national championship team, spoke to the various groups about being leaders in Christ.

Here is a release from CU:

Mills said shortly after he was saved at age 7, he received his first trophy, not for basketball but for swimming. “All eyes were on me because of something awesome I did,” Mills said, “and the trophy was proof.”

It was at this point he decided life is about trophies. “I could point to it and say ‘see how awesome I am.’”

Growing up Mills’ esteem came from trophies, “but I needed one I could take with me—a championship ring.”

After becoming a Kentucky Wildcat, winning national championships in 1996 and 1998, he had two championship rings, the latter of which he played a big part. After receiving his 1998 championship ring, he wore it for two weeks straight. “I won two national championships, but neither of them changed me,” he said.

“These years [in college] you look forward to what’s ahead and look to be fulfilled saying ‘that’s what I want out of life,’” he told the basketball teams. “If it’s not Jesus then it doesn’t matter. I wasted time fulfilling something that didn’t matter.”

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Big Second Half Sends Brescia to Win Over Union

Brescia University 82
Union College 72

Final from Barbourville, Kentucky

Game recap by UC:

BARBOURVILLE, Ky. - Brescia's (Ky.) Kyle Nixon scored a game-high 19 points, as the Bearcats outscored the Union Men's Basketball team by 11 points in the second half, on their way to an 82-72 win in NAIA action on Monday evening at Robsion Arena.

The game was the 2012-13 season opener for the Bulldogs, as well as the UC debut of head coach Kevin Burton. With the result, UC fell to 0-1 on the season, while Brescia improved to 1-1 overall.

It was a defensive first half of play, as Union held a slim 29-28 lead after the first 20 minutes. The Bulldogs began the half well, opening an 11 point lead at the 15 minute mark (15-4) after a pair of Tarik Smith free throws. However, the Bearcats gradually began chipping at the lead, eventually tying things up at 21-all with five minutes left in the half.

After an even first half, things started the exact same may to start the second half. With 15 minutes left, the game was tied for the fifth time after an Archie Adams lay-in made the score 38-38. From there, Brescia dominated, rolling on a 13-2 run to open a 51-40 lead with 11 minutes left.


Photo: Union College Athletics

Harrison Twins Trying to Recruit Julius Randle to Kentucky

It sounds like Andrew and Aaron Harrison are working hard to persuade Julius Randle to join them at Kentucky:

JayJayUSATODAY Talked w/ Aaron Harrison tonight who told me the #1 target he's pursuing to join he & Andrew at UK is J. Randle. Said they've been in talks.




Morehead State Holds Basketball Media Day

Here is new Morehead State head coach Sean Woods at Morehead State's media day:



MSU players Drew Kelly and Milton Chavis:



Here is Woods at last week's OVC media day:

Wednesday, October 31, 2012

Aaron Gordon to Visit Kentucky November 10-11

According to Steve Jones of the Courier-Journal, 2013 star Aaron Gordon will visit Kentucky after the Wildcats return from the Barclays Classic in Brooklyn.

Here is an excerpt:

The mother of five-star California power forward Aaron Gordon confirmed in an email that her son will take an official visit to the University of Kentucky Nov. 10 and 11. (Saturday and Sunday)

Gordon, a 6-foot-8 power forward, has already visited Washington, Oregon, Kansas and Arizona. He ranks No. 6 overall on the Rivals.com list for 2013.

John Calipari Talks About Northwood Exhibition Game

Here are John Calipari's pregame comments as the Kentucky prepares for Thursday night's exhibition game against Northwood:



On the starting lineup …
“Don’t know who is going to start yet. Don’t know, still trying to figure some stuff out. What I’m tinkering with is combinations. I’m trying to figure out, when these guys are in together how do we play, when that group is in together how do we play. That’s what we are trying to do.”

On impressions from different lineup combinations …
“None really, I’m just trying to watch tape to see what I am comfortable with and all those kind of things. We just have a long way to go. Defensively, we are just awful right now. We don’t stay in front of anybody. We have guys stopping left and right and thinking it’s OK or not my man, it wasn’t my man, stuff like that. I watched tape of Michigan State and Northwood and you have two teams that play every bounce of the ball that are moving and helping and helping the helper. The greatest thing about playing a team like this, the No. 1 team in the NAIA and a team that was down six the Michigan State at half that made nine threes, has some post-up game, has a really quick guard, is that the weaknesses or the things that we are not doing well will be glaring. As much as I don’t like to play a team this good, this early, this is going to be great for this team because the more I’m watching tape, the more I’m seeing that they have to change and they have to understand that it has to be a habit.”

On the team being more versatile than in years past …
“It may be, put five guys and they got it rolling and leave them out there for eight minutes before you do anything, let them get their run through and then make a couple substitutions, call a timeout. But I don’t know before we start playing. That‘s the other thing with playing Maryland and Duke, you open up your schedule with those kind of teams, even Transy (Transylvania), who have all the seniors. This team that we are playing tomorrow has all seniors and we are going to be playing all freshmen. You’re going to see it. Maryland and Duke, they are going to exploit every weakness we have. Now you come back and show the tape and say if we want to win these are things we are going to have to do and let’s go. We just have a long way to go.”

On playing the two big guys together …
Oh, you’ll see it tomorrow; we started playing them and just wanted to get those two comfortable. What I like about it is, they were talking to each other on the court, Willie (Cauley-Stein) was saying to Nerlens (Noel) and they were talking, that’s what you want. You want a team of guys that are talking to each other, that are looking after each other, that have each other’s back. Who are those five, I don’t know. But we’ll stick different combinations, but you know, I’ve told you many times, for me it doesn’t matter who starts, it’s who is going to finish. I may be starting guys based on the fact that I just think this is the best way to start the game or what the rotation is going to be but when you look at my teams it is who is in the game those last five or seven minutes, that’s who really matters. So we’ll see.”

 On what he likes about playing the big guys …
“We went to it with Alex (Poythress) and the other team got three offensive rebounds right away, so then why am I playing you three? What are we talking about here? What I like, is we’re so long, I just told them a simple thing, if Nerlens is out on the floor you get in the lane, I don’t care where your man is. If you’re out on the floor, Nerlens you get in the lane. So you’re always going to have someone like seven foot standing near the goal and then you tell the other guys, make them drive. How about that for genius basketball?”

On Kentucky having 21 players in the NBA …
“Pretty good stuff, guys are playing well. I’m so happy for Eric Bledsoe; you have 15 teams trying to trade for him. They love Brandon (Knight) in Detroit. I’m proud that our guys go in the league and are prepared. Here’s the thing, after two years someone will say, ‘I’m not responsible after they have been in the league two years. The guy goes in as rookie of the year and plays well, unless I’m trying to coach that team and my team...’ Well our jobs and what we’re trying to do is prepare these guys for that, their dream, and life after basketball, both of those. I’m proud of that. My biggest thing is, when I watch them play I want to see that they are having a ball when they are playing like they did here. The hard thing is, if you’re on a team that is losing it’s hard to have joy but you still control it, you control your own joy, no one else does, you do. I saw Darius (Miller) and Anthony Davis on the sideline, not on the court, going nuts when they were playing, they were waving towels, high-chesting, high-fiving guys, running out on the court. My thing is, if they lose games, you still have to have that if you are ever going to reach your potential as a team and as a player. That’s what I got on DeMarcus (Cousins) about, I said, ‘you have to have joy, man. You can’t be playing mad and mean, you have to have fun playing this game.’ We have a bunch of good guys.”

On Northwoods’ coach Rollie Massimino …
“He called me and said, ‘I’d like to play in an exhibition game, the reason is, we won our national title in Rupp Arena and I haven’t been back and this is my last year of coaching, would you play us?’ I said sure, now I didn’t know his team would be this good, I may have just said, ‘why don’t you just come in and watch one of our games, how about that?’ But I’m happy for him. Think about it, he was in the final game of the NAIA Championship, I don’t know if there is anyone that has won an NCAA Championship and an NAIA Championship. I think there have been a couple that has won the NIT Championship and the NCAA Championship.”

On if he is having fun …
“Yeah, it’s just, I’m tired, I’m beat down. Every moment you’re trying to think of ways, how do I get guys better, I’m having more individually meetings than I’ve had collectively since I’ve been the coach here already. What are we in, 21 days of practice but that’s what this team needs and that’s fine. I’m here for them, sometimes I have to do a little bit more, sometimes I can do a little bit less, depending on the team. I like my team; I think we will be good in time. It’s kind of scary, I know you’ll say, us getting dinged is not the worst thing. I’m telling you, for these guys to understand let’s get back down to this, you have to listen, you have to create habits, you don’t have it right now. Nobody is going to foul out, I already called them. We don’t have enough time so I play next week for real so if a guy has nine fouls, remember DeAndre (Liggins) had nine fouls, he almost had a triple doubles, he had 10 points, nine assists and nine fouls. It’s not because I want them to foul, because I know they are going to charge, I know they are going to reach, I know they are going to leave their feet because those are their habits right now. Well I can’t have, OK now you can’t play anymore this exhibition game. I can’t do it or we have to be in scrimmages instead of exhibition games.”

On the players knowing it is going to take patience and hard work …
“I think it’s more hard work than patience. It’s more of a focus on what you’re doing than patience. It’s more taking care of your body, getting your rest, taking care of business off the court, no distractions; let’s go we don’t have time for that. That’s what is going to get us to where we want to go. The one guy that is going to have to have patience is me, and that will only go so far with me, I know. Like I said, I like our team, I like our personnel. Kyle Wiltjer has gotten way better, Ryan Harrow is way better. The young kids are coming along and doing good. Jon Hood is way better, Jarrod Polson, way better. It’s just, they’re better, now getting out on the court against a team that is not going to stop until the possession goes, that will try to offensive rebound every ball, that will block you out if you don’t do stuff. All those things will come to light in this thing. You’re going to say, ‘oh my gosh, he just turned his head and the guy went in and dunked on him. Oh my gosh.’ If you watch the tape, there are many of those right now but when you’re talking young guys that’s what you have.”

Oklahoma City Reclaims Daniel Orton from the D-League

Former Kentucky big man Daniel Orton is back in the NBA just days after being waived by the Oklahoma City Thunder.

The Thunder have reclaimed Orton from the roster of the NBA D-League's Tulsa 66ers.

There are now 21 former Kentucky players on NBA active rosters for the 2012-13 regular season.

Here is more from NewOK.com:

The Tulsa 66ers named nine players to their training camp roster Wednesday and shortly thereafter the Thunder reclaimed center Daniel Orton.

The Thunder now has a 14-man roster and likely will not fill its one available spot to remain under the NBA's tax level.
The 66ers acquired Thunder training camp invitees Orton, guard Andy Rautins and forward Hollis Thompson. They had 66ers returnees in center Brian Barkdoll, forward Will Creekmore and guards Brady Morningstar and Garrett Williamson and also extended training camp invitations to forward Mario Little and guard James Justice, who both participated in the team's open tryouts Oct. 21-22.

Orton, Rautins and Thompson were the final three roster cuts from OKC's training camp and each saw playing time in the preseason. The NBA/NBPA Collective Bargaining Agreement permits up to three players waived from an NBA training camp roster to be assigned to the team's NBA Development League affiliate.

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Briscoe, Setty Lead UPIKE in Demolition of Knoxville College

University of Pikeville 108
Knoxville College 72

Final from Pikeville, Kentucky

Game recap by UPIKE:

PIKEVILLE, Ky. – Five players reached double figures as the University of Pikeville continued shooting at a torrid pace in a 108-72 win in its home opener over Knoxville College Tuesday night.


Pikeville (2-0), ranked No. 9 in NAIA Div. I, will play one more exhibition game on Thursday night, traveling to the KFC Yum! Center to play NCAA Div. I No. 2 University of Louisville. The Bears will then come home to host the BB&T Classic on Saturday and Sunday at the Expo Center.

Coach Kelly Wells' club ripped the nets for 70.3 percent in the first half, hitting 7-of-10 three-point shots to explode to a 63-30 halftime lead. The Bears cooled in the second half as everyone in uniform played at least a dozen minutes but still shot 54.5 percent for the night and reached the 100-point plateau for the second time in as many games.

The Bears are shooting 56.7 percent for the season from the field.

The Bears overcame 23 turnovers by forcing 35 of their own. Nearly all were forced by the pesky UPIKE backcourt as the home team recorded 26 steals.

Senior Jamar “Deuce” Briscoe led all scorers with 26 markers. He had 19 by the 6:41 mark of the first half to help the Bears build a 49-19 lead. The Charlotte transfer was 11-of-14 from the floor and added five steals and four assists.

He was followed by senior Trevor Setty, who flipped in 18 while pulling nine rebounds and handing out four assists. Senior guard Chris Johnson missed only two of nine shots to compile 14 while handing out nine assists and picking up five steals.

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Michael Kidd-Gilchrist to Start for Bobcats

Former Kentucky star Michael Kidd-Gilchrist will start at forward for the Charlotte Bobcats in their season-opener on Friday night.

The Bobcats plan to start Kemba Walker and Gerald Henderson in the backcourt, with Kidd-Gilchrist and Byron Mullens at forward and Brendan Haywood at center.

First-year head coach Mike Dunlap says he chose that lineup because of their defensive ability.

Dunlap says "they get after it defensively" and "if we're going to tilt this thing toward defense you have to do it with your actions, not your words."

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Playing Cat Got Your Tongue with Kentucky Players

Funny video from the UK video team as they ask some "random" questions to Kentucky players on media day:

South Carolina Survives Kentucky Wesleyan with Late Layup

South Carolina 68
Kentucky Wesleyan 67

Exhibition Final from Columbia, South Carolina

Game recap by KWC:

Kentucky Wesleyan College almost grabbed an elusive victory against South Carolina in an exhibition basketball game Tuesday night.

Usually competitive over the last four years against the Gamecocks, KWC lost 68-67 on a driving layup by Brenton Williams with 2.6 seconds left in Columbia.

KWC's Kreig Oxley missed a desperation heave from about three-quarters court as time expired. Oxley had put KWC up 67-66 with 6.9 seconds to go after hitting two free throws.

"They had 6.9 seconds, that's a long way to go," KWC coach Todd Lee said on his postgame radio show. "We let the guy split us and go right to the basket. You hate to give up a layup like that, but that is a long time. They made a couple of more plays than we did down the stretch."

KWC had several 10-point leads in the first half, but South Carolina made a late run to take a 37-31 lead into halftime. KWC opened the second half with a 9-0 run and maintained a small advantage throughout most of the second half.

"I thought we controlled the second half," Lee said. "We emphasized rebounding better and defending for longer periods of time. We outrebounded them, and we sustained defense deeper into the shot clock."

KWC held a 35-31 rebounding advantage, but it committed 21 turnovers.

South Carolina shot 28 percent in the second half (7-of-25) and 38 percent for the game (19-of-50). SC was also 27-of-38 from the free-throw line.

KWC was led by Dominique Dawson's 13 points and nine rebounds. Oxley had 11 points, as did Patrick Neel, a 6-foot-4 sophomore who drew the start, made all four of his floor shots, and both free throws. Neel did commit four fouls and only played 14 minutes.

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New Episode of All-Access Kentucky Delayed by Hurricane Sandy

Tonight's new episode of ESPN's All-Access Kentucky has been delayed until Thursday due to Hurricane Sandy.

Here is a release from UK:

LEXINGTON, Ky. – The airing of the third installment of ESPN’s All-Access Kentucky has been delayed until Thursday, Nov. 1 due to Hurricane Sandy.

The show will debut Thursday at 8:30 p.m. ET on ESPN2 preceded by a re-air of the second episode at 8:00 p.m. ET also on ESPN2. 

ESPN2 will re-air all three episodes, back-to-back-to-back on Sunday, Nov. 4 from 4:30 p.m. to 6:00 p.m. On Tuesday, Nov. 6, ESPN will re-air episode No. 2 at 10:00 p.m. ET followed by a re-air of episode No. 3 at 10:30 p.m. ET.

Tuesday, October 30, 2012

Georgetown College Overwhelms Miami University-Hamilton

Georgetown College 102
Miami University-Hamilton 32

Final from Georgetown, Kentucky

Game recap by GC:

Georgetown College men's basketball team found its chemistry midway through the first half and then dominated in the final 20 against Miami University Hamilton to open the season. The Harriers managed just 10 points in the second half as the Tigers (1-0) rolled 102-32 at Davis-Reid Alumni Gym Tuesday.

"It's always good to start one and oh," said GC coachChris Briggs. "We had a strong talk at halftime about our intensity and taking care of the basketball. I thought we responded well."

The Tigers fullcourt pressure forced 16 turnovers in the second half, as MUH had just seven points through the first 16 minutes. Marcus Moses hit a three in the final four minutes to put the Harriers into double-digits for the final 20.

Deondre McWhorter, who took a redshirt his first year at Georgetown, exploded in the post for 21 points and excited the crowd with his rim-rattling dunks. Vic Moses, in his return from a medical redshirt, scored 19 points in 20 minutes and grabbed nine rebounds.  Mychal Parker made his Georgetown debut for 18 points, while DJ Townsend, Allan Thomas and Monty Wilson scored 12 each.

"That's the balance we like," Briggs said. "We had solid contributions inside and out and off the bench. Garel (Craig) had 10 assists, distributing the ball in his natural point guard position."

Complete Recap

Rockets Pick Up Team Option on Patrick Patterson

The Houston Rockets have picked up their team option former Kentucky star Patrick Patterson.

Patterson’s option for 2013-14 will be worth $3,105,302.


The former Kentucky star has averaged 7.1 points and 4.2 rebounds per game during his two years in Houston.

Source
 

JaQuan Lyle Down to 10 Schools; UK, Louisville Make Cut

JaQuan Lyle, one of the top players in the class of 2014, has trimmed his final list down to 10 schools.

Both Kentucky and Louisville are on the final list of schools.

JMamba5 The 10 schools are: Kentucky, Texas, Louisville, IU, Georgetown, Illinois, NC St., Cincinnati, Ohio St., & Tennessee

Lyle is a 6-foot-4 point guard at Evansville (Ind.) Bosse High School.
  Photo: Rivals.com

Rick Pitino Signs Contract Extension Through 2022

Louisville head coach Rick Pitino has signed a contract extension through the year 2022 according to ESPN's Dana O'Neil.

ESPNDanaOneil Just got off the phone w/ Rick Pitino. He's signed an extension through 2022.

Speaking of the Louisville head coach, the Rick Pitino Show debuts tonight at Buffalo Wild Wing (via U of L):

LOUISVILLE, Ky. - University of Louisville men's basketball coach Rick Pitino's radio show will air live throughout the season from Buffalo Wild Wings locations in the Louisville area.


The program, presented by Buffalo Wild Wings, Maeser Plumbing, Heating & Cooling and My TMC, will air primarily on WHAS (840 AM) on varying weekday nights throughout the season. The shows will be live at one of three area Buffalo Wild Wings locations as noted in the schedule below in Middletown (12901 Shelbyville Road), Westport Road (10206 Westport Road), or St. Matthews (4600 Shelbyville Road). The first show of the 2012-13 season is Tuesday, Oct. 30 at 7 p.m. from the Middletown location and will air on WHAS Radio.

No reservations will be taken for the shows. All seating is first come, first serve, starting at 5:30 p.m. on the day of the show.

Maeser Plumbing, Heating & Cooling services the greater Louisville area. The 40-year-old, family owned, company offers free estimates for bath remodeling and HVAC replacement parts. Maeser also offers same day plumbing services.

My TMC (Today's Mobile Coupon) is a simple-to-use free mobile app that provides fantastic offers from local, regional and national businesses representing a wide range of categories. This geo-targeted app is free to download on the iPhone and Android platforms.

Louisville plays its first outside competition of the season against Pikeville in an exhibition game on Thursday, Nov. 1, at 7 p.m. in the KFC Yum! Center.

Rick Pitino Radio Show

Date Day Location

Oct. 30 Tues. Middletown
Nov. 6 Tues. Middletown
Nov. 12 Mon. Middletown
Nov. 28 Wed. Middletown
Dec. 6 Thur. Westport Rd.
Dec. 11 Tues. Westport Rd.
Dec. 27 Thur. Westport Rd.
Jan. 7 Mon. Westport Rd.
Jan. 16 Wed. Middletown
Jan. 23 Wed. Middletown
Jan. 31 Thur. Middletown
Feb. 4 Mon. St. Matthews
Feb. 11 Mon. St. Matthews
Feb. 21 Thur. St. Matthews
Feb. 25 Mon. St. Matthews
Mar. 6 Wed. St. Matthews

Tickets Still Available for Pikeville vs. Louisville

There are still tickets available for Thursday night's exhibition between Pikeville and Louisville.

Here are details from U of L:
LOUISVILLE, Ky. - Less than 1,000 tickets remain available for the University of Louisville's men's basketball exhibition game against the University of Pikeville on Nov. 1 in the KFC Yum! Center.

UofL will display its 2012 NCAA Final Four banner in the KFC Yum! Center in a ceremony prior to the game. The first 5,000 fans to the game will receive a commemorative schedule poster, which is part of an interjoining four-poster series that will be available at select Louisville area businesses.

Single game tickets, priced at $37, are also currently on sale for all home games in which tickets remain available. Tickets are 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.

Cardinal fans may also purchase tickets by visiting Ticketmaster online, calling 1-800-745-3000 or by visiting any Ticketmaster Ticket Center, including statewide Kroger locations. Convenience fees are applied with Ticketmaster orders. Further information can be obtained by calling the U of L ticket office at (502) 852-5151.

Western Kentucky Throttles Campbellsville in Exhibition

Western Kentucky 84
Campbellsville 46

Exhibition Final from Bowling Green, Kentucky

Game recap by WKU:

BOWLING GREEN, Ky. — The Hilltopper men's basketball team was back in action Monday night for the first time since the NCAA Tournament last March, and the squad rolled to an 84-46 exhibition win over Campbellsville in front of 3,671 fans after leading 49-19 at the half.

The Hilltoppers have now won 17-straight exhibition games, dating back to a 2002-03 loss to the Harlem Globetrotters, and WKU is 48-4 all-time in preseason tune-ups.

Four Hilltoppers were in double figures on the night, led by George Fant's 20 and Jamal Crook's 16. Fant added eight rebounds and five steals, and T.J. Price had 14 points and seven rebounds as well. Kene Anyigbo played 16 solid minutes and contributed 11 points on 5-of-7 shooting and grabbed six rebounds.

Addison Smith was the lone Tiger in double figures with 11. Malik Thomas had nine rebounds for Campbellsville, who is receiving votes in the NAIA Division I Preseason Top 25 Coaches' Poll.

WKU went on a 28-7 run to end the first half and take a 30-point lead into the locker room. Fant had 11 first-half points in 10 minutes, and four of his game-high five steals came in the first 20 minutes of the game. The Hilltoppers shot 48.7 percent (19-for-39) from the field in the first half and forced 11 Campbellsville turnovers.

The Hilltoppers took their largest lead of the game at 38 with 1:42 remaining in the game en route to the 84-46 win. For the game, WKU shot 47.1 percent and held Campbellsville to 24.6 percent shooting from the field (16-for-65). The Hilltopper defense forced 24 turnovers, and WKU committed just 11 themselves and had 10 assists.

All 14 available Hilltoppers saw action in the game, with nine scoring.


2013 Spalding Hoophall Classic is Loaded with Talent

The 2013 Spalding Hoophall Classic will be loaded with talented players and teams.

Current Kentucky recruits Julius Randle, Andrew Wiggins and Aaron Gordon will be in action.

Other prominent recruits in the event include Jabari Parker, Jahlil Okafor, Kasey Hill and Dakari Johnson.

2013 Spalding Hoophall Classic Schedule

Date Day Gender Time Team 1 Team 2

17-Jan Thursday Boys 4:00 PM Sabis Charter School, MA South Hadley High School, MA
17-Jan Thursday Boys 5:30 PM Lenox Memorial High School, MA Smith Academy, MA
17-Jan Thursday Girls 7:00 PM Lee High School, MA Quaboag Regional High School, MA
17-Jan Thursday Girls 8:30 PM Sabis Charter School, MA St. Mary's High School - Lynn, MA

18-Jan Friday Boys 3:00 PM Renaissance School, MA Belchertown High School, MA
18-Jan Friday Girls 4:30 PM Granby High School, MA South Hadley High School, MA
18-Jan Friday Girls 6:00 PM Braintree High School, MA Springfield High School, OR
18-Jan Friday Boys 7:30 PM High School of Science & Technology Putnam High School, MA
18-Jan Friday Boys 9:00 PM Springfield Central High School, MA West Springfield High School, MA

19-Jan Saturday Boys 12 Noon St. Joseph's High School, MA Capital Prep, CT
19-Jan Saturday Boys 1:30 PM St. Rita High School, IL Lake Clifton High School, MD
19-Jan Saturday Boys 3:00 PM Ss. John Neumann-Maria Goretti, PA Orlando Christian Prep, FL
19-Jan Saturday Boys 4:30 PM Chester High School, PA Whitney Young High School, IL
19-Jan Saturday Boys 6:00 PM Gonzaga College High School, DC Long Beach Poly, CA
19-Jan Saturday Boys 8:00 PM Springfield Central High School, MA Manchester High School, CT

20-Jan Sunday Boys 10:00 AM Vermont Academy, VT Tilton School, NH
20-Jan Sunday Boys 12 Noon Wilbraham and Monson, MA Worcester Academy, MA
20-Jan Sunday Boys 2:00 PM St. Benedict's Prep, NJ Montrose Christian School, MD
20-Jan Sunday Boys 4:00 PM South Kent School, CT Brewster Academy, NH
20-Jan Sunday Boys 6:00 PM New Hampton School, NH Huntington Prep, WV
20-Jan Sunday Boys 8:00 PM SKILLS CHALLENGE

21-Jan Monday Boys 10:00 AM St. Anthony High School, NJ Lone Peak High School, UT
21-Jan Monday Boys 12 Noon Prestonwood Christian Academy, TX Archbishop Mitty High School, CA
21-Jan Monday Boys 2:00 PM Oak Hill Academy, VA Simeon High School, IL
21-Jan Monday Boys 4:00 PM Montverde Academy, FL Findlay College Prep, NV
21-Jan Monday Boys 6:00 PM Hudson Catholic High School, NJ DeMatha Catholic High School, MD

Monday, October 29, 2012

Tyler Roberson No Longer Considering Kentucky

Tyler Roberson, one of the top remaining players in the class of 2013, is no longer considering the University of Kentucky.

Roberson announced the news on ZagsBlog.com today:

After taking my visit to Villanova this weekend I’ve decided to no longer postpone cutting my list to three schools.

I won’t be taking my visit to Kentucky and will most likely be making my final decision on where I’ll be playing collegiate ball within the next few weeks. I appreciate all six of the schools on my list but the three schools I’ve decided to keep on my list are Kansas, Syracuse and Villanova.

Complete Recap

Photo: Rivals.com

Dinner, Game Tickets on Sale for Kentucky vs. Transy

Tickets are available for both the Transylvania vs. Kentucky exhibition basketball game and pregame dinner.

Here are details from Transy:

LEXINGTON, Ky. - Tickets are available for both the Transylvania-University of Kentucky exhibition basketball game on Nov. 5 and the pregame dinner with the teams and coaches on Nov. 4.


For the second year in a row, the Pioneers and Wildcats will meet in Rupp Arena in an exhibition contest. Tip-off is set for 8 p.m. The game will also be telecast on Fox Sports and on a delayed basis on WKYT.

Tickets for the game are currently available through ukathletics.com and ticketmaster.com.

The dinner, which is being held at 7 p.m. on Sunday, Nov. 4, is being held at the Beck Center in order to accomodate more fans. Both Transy head coach Brian Lane and UK head coach John Calipari will speak and both teams will be in attendance. Tickets cost $60 each, $30 for Transy faculty, staff, and students, will all proceeds going to the Transy athletics department.

Sponsorships are available and sponsors will be able to attend a reception with the coaches at 6:15 p.m.

For dinner tickets, contact the Transylvania development office at (859) 233-8275 or the athletics department at 233-8270. Tickets can also be obtained at the link above.

Gorgui Dieng Shines in Louisville's Final Scrimmage

Gorgui Dieng had a big game to lead the White team to victory in Louisville's third and final intrasquad scrimmage Saturday.

Here's a recap from U of L:

LOUISVILLE, Ky. - Behind Gorgui Dieng's double-double, the White Team posted an 87-74 victory over the Red Team in the University of Louisville men's basketball team's final intrasquad scrimmage Saturday afternoon at the KFC Yum! Center.

Dieng tallied a preseason-best 17 points on 6-of-12 shooting, including a 5-of-6 stint from the free-throw line, and had 14 rebounds. Notably, the junior had a game-high six steals in addition to his four blocks. Through three scrimmages, Dieng had 40 points, 36 rebounds and nine blocks.
In addition to Dieng, the White Team had three other players finish with double digits in scoring. Luke Hancock had 18 points, Russ Smith registered 17, and Peyton Siva chipped in 16, while dishing out a game-best eight assists.

The White Team, which trailed by one at the half, put together a strong defensive performance in the second period, limiting the Red Team to just 28 points on 9-of-31 shooting. Also, the White Team forced 14 turnovers in the final period and scored 16 points of the change in possession.

Chane Behanan led the Red Team with 15 points and 13 rebounds, while also earning credit for five assists and three steals. The Red Team's four other starters also finished the game with double-digit scoring totals: Wayne Blackshear (18 points), Kevin Ware (15), Tim Henderson (13), and Montrezl Harrell (11).

Complete Recap

Dieng at Louisville's media day:

2012-13 College Basketball Season is Here; Schedule for the Week

College basketball is back in full swing this week around the state of Kentucky.

Here is a complete schedule for the week:

Monday, October 29


7:00 p.m. Brescia University at Union College
8:00 p.m. Campbellsville University at Western Kentucky University (Exhibition)

Tuesday, October 30

7:00 p.m. Kentucky Wesleyan College at South Carolina (Exhibition)
7:00 p.m. Milligan at Alice Lloyd College
7:00 p.m. Indiana University Southeast at University of the Cumberlands
7:30 p.m. Knoxville College at University of Pikeville
7:30 p.m. Miami University-Hamilton at Georgetown College
8:00 p.m. Mid-Continent University at Lyon College

Wednesday, October 31

No Games
Thursday, November 1

7:00 p.m. University of Pikeville at University of Louisville (Exhibition)
7:00 p.m. Northwood (Fla.) at University of Kentucky (Exhibition)
8:30 p.m. St. Catharine College at Southern Miss (Exhibition)

Friday, November 2

2:00 p.m. University of the Cumberlands vs. Pensacola Christian (at Union College)
4:00 p.m. Cincinnati Christian at Union College (Bulldog Classic)
6:00 p.m. Mid-Continent University vs. Berea College (at Asbury University)
7:30 p.m. Miami-Middletown at Georgetown College
8:00 p.m. Johnson University at Asbury University
8:00 p.m. Virginia Univ. of Lynchburg at Lindsey Wilson College

Saturday, November 3

2:00 p.m. Berea College vs. Johnson Bible College (at Asbury University)
4:00 p.m. Mid-Continent University at Asbury University
4:00 p.m. Life University at University of the Cumberlands
6:00 p.m. Pensacola Christian at Union College (Bulldog Classic)
6:00 p.m. Alice Lloyd College at UC Clermont (BB&T Classic)
7:00 p.m. Kentucky State University at Xavier University
7:30 p.m. St. Catharine College at Morehead State University (Exhibition)
8:00 p.m. Kentucky Wesleyan College at Western Kentucky University (Exhibition)
8:00 p.m. Ohio Mid-Western College at University of Pikeville (BB&T Classic)
8:00 p.m. Lindsey Wilson College vs. Cincinnati Christian (at Union College)

Sunday, November 4

2:00 p.m. Alice Lloyd College vs. Ohio Midwestern (BB&T Classic)
4:00 p.m. Cincinnati-Clermont at University of Pikeville (BB&T Classic)

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