Saturday, November 17, 2012

Andrew Wiggins to Play in Scott County Sunday

Huntington Prep and Kentucky recruit Andrew Wiggins will be playing at Scott County High School tomorrow afternoon at 4:00 p.m.

If you have the opportunity, I highly recommend that you get to Scott County to check out top-ranked Huntington Prep in action.

Here are some clips of Wiggins completely dominating the Alice Lloyd College JV team last week:


Chuck Hayes on Kings Being Frustrated, Players Only Meeting

Former Kentucky star Chuck Hayes talks about some early-season frustrations in Sacramento, a players only meeting and taking accountability:




After last night's 112-96 loss to Atlanta, the Kings are off to a disappointing 2-7 start this season.

Kentucky Wesleyan Inks Logan O'Bryan from Daviess County

Kentucky Wesleyan College has signed Logan O'Bryan from Daviess County High School.

Here is a release from KWC:

Logan O'Bryan of Daviess County High School, considered one of the top senior basketball players in Kentucky, signed a national letter of intent with Kentucky Wesleyan College on Wednesday at DCHS.

A 6-foot-4, 190-pound swingman, O'Bryan followed the Panthers as a fan throughout his youth and always dreamed of playing at KWC.
 
"I went to their games when I was little and I always wanted to play for them," O'Bryan said of Wesleyan. "KWC is one of the greatest basketball schools in the country, with great academics, as well.
 
"It's a small school, it's in town, and my family and friends can continue to watch me play basketball.
"I'm very excited about the opportunity."
 
O'Bryan is coming off an outstanding junior season in 2011-12, when he averaged team-highs of 16 points and nine rebounds per outing -- playing virtually every position on the court at one point or another.
 
"Versatility is one of my strengths, and I think Wesleyan wants to utilize me on the wing as a shooting guard or small forward," O'Bryan said. "I think they envision me as a player who can be effective inside and outside."

UK's Poythress and Noel Talk About the Win Over Lafayette

Kentucky's Alex Poythress and Nerlens Noel talk about last night's win over Lafayette:



Kyle Wiltjer on Lafayette Win and Why He Committed to UK

Kyle Wiltjer talks about the win over Lafayette and explains the big reason why he committed to Kentucky:


Justin Bieber is a Kentucky Wildcats Fan

Apparently Justin Bieber not only looks like Jarrod Polson but is also a Kentucky Wildcats fan:



Murray State Escapes Red Storm in Charleston Classic

Murray State 72
St. John's 67

Final from Charleston Classic in Charleston, South Carolina

Game recap by MSU:

The Murray State Racers earned a spot in the Charleston Classic championship game Friday when they scored a come-from-behind 72-67 win over the St. John's Red Storm at TD Arena in Charleston, S.C.

After hitting the first basket of the semifinal game, the Racers trailed for approximately the next 35 minutes, once by as many as 13 points, when they finally hit with lightning quickness.

MSU (3-0) kept chipping away and made a move at the 6:48 mark when they trailed by seven. Brandon Garrett scored in the paint and after a missed St. John's shot, Stacy Wilson hit a three followed by a quick steal and score by Dexter Fields to tie the game at 59-59 with 6:00. The Racers had a 7-0 run in the span of approximately 48 seconds.

The Racers made it a 12-0 run on the Red Storm (2-1) when Ed Daniel made a pair of free throws and Isaiah Canaan hit a three-pointer for a 64-59 lead at 4:19. Fields hit a three at 2:11 and MSU had their largest lead of 70-64. The Racers held St. John's to 2-of-9 shooting from the field in the final 7:31.

MSU made the plays from there to get the win and make a date in the Charleston Classic title game Sunday against Colorado at 7:30 p.m. CT. The game will be aired by ESPN2.

After a poor first half when they shot only 32 percent from the field, the Racers rebounded to shoot 52 percent in the second half. MSU improved from 27 percent shooting from three-point range in the first half to shoot 41 percent in the second half.

Wilson led the way with a career-high 26 points, with Canaan and Daniel adding 15 each, while Fields scored 11. Daniel also grabbed 11 rebounds to get a double-double.

The Racers were in position to win only from the way they finished the half. MSU ended the half on a 13-3 run to trail at the break 35-32.

Complete Article


John Calipari Talks About No. 1 Recruiting Class on ESPN

Kentucky head coach John Calipari talks about top-rated 2013 recruiting class on ESPN's Recruiting Nation show:


Hot-Shooting Wiltjer Leads Kentucky Past Lafayette

(3) Kentucky 101
Lafayette (Pa.) 49

Final from Lexington, Kentucky

The Kentucky Wildcats were hot early and often Friday night as they blasted Lafayette 101-49 in front of more than 21,000 fans at Rupp Arena.

The Wildcats (2-1) blistered the nets with 40-62 (64.5%) field goal shooting. They were 11-19 (57.9%) from the three-point line.

Sophomore Kyle Wiltjer led the way with 23 points and 4 rebounds. He was a career-best 7-11 from long range.

Alex Poythress added 22 points and 5 boards, but UK head coach John Calipari was still not completely satisfied.

“I’m all over him, because I want him to be the best version of him," Calipari explained after the game.

Nerlens Noel chipped in 15 points, 7 rebounds, 4 assists and 4 steals for Kentucky. Julius Mays put in an efficient 5 points and 10 assists with no turnovers.

Tony Johnson led Lafayette (1-2) with 13 points.

Kentucky was once again without starting point guard Ryan Harrow, who remains out with a mysterious "illness." In his absence, Mays and Jarrod Polson combined for 12 points, 13 assists and only 1 turnover.

John Calipari's team returns to action Wednesday night when they host Morehead State (2-1).

Here are some highlights:



Box score (click to enlarge):

Friday, November 16, 2012

Northern Kentucky Adds Dean Danos to 2013 Class

Northern Kentucky University has added 5-foot-11 guard Dean Danos for 2013.



Here is a release from NKU:

HIGHLAND HEIGHTS, Ky. – Northern Kentucky University basketball head coach Dave Bezold announced Thursday that the Norse have signed guard Dean Danos to a national letter of intent.

Danos, a 5-foot-11 ballhandling wizard and a 2012 graduate of Bishop Noll Institute of Hammond, Ind., is currently enrolled at St. John's Northwest Military Academy prep school in Wisconsin. He averaged 13.5 points and 3.2 assists per game as a senior last season at Bishop Noll, one of the top 2A basketball programs in Indiana.

Before arriving at Bishop Noll, Danos led Aurora Christian to the Illinois Elite Eight during the 2010-11 season, averaging 19.8 points and 5.5 assists per game.

“He can shoot the ball, handle it and pass with the best of them,” Bezold said. “We're really excited to have Dean join our program.”

Danos, who wears number 44 in honor of the late “Pistol” Pete Maravich, has also patterned some of his floor game after the one-time LSU scoring machine. Danos is extremely quick off the dribble and is known for his no-look passes to teammates for wide-open baskets. One recruiting service compared his skill set to that of a smaller John Stockton, who starred at Gonzaga and later in the NBA.

“Our fans will enjoy watching Dean play,” Bezold said.

Complete Release

Ray Kasongo Wins Appeal, Ruled Eligible at Pikeville

According to Scott Anderson of NationofBlue.com, Ray Kasongo has won his appeal and is now eligible to play at Pikeville High School this season.

Kasongo is considered one of the top big man prospects in the state and will automatically put Pikeville in contention for a trip to Rupp Arena in 2014.




 

Morehead State Blasts Alice Lloyd College

Morehead State 101
Alice Lloyd 50

Final from Morehead, Kentucky

Game recap by MSU:

MOREHEAD, Ky. -- The Morehead State men’s basketball team posted a 60-28 scoring advantage in the second half en route to a 101-50 victory over Alice Lloyd (Ky.) in its home opener on Thursday evening at Johnson Arena.

Senior Milton Chavis led four Morehead State players in double figures with 17 points on 7-of-13 shooting. Junior Chad Posthumus and freshman Cordell James tossed in 16 points apiece, while junior Bakari Turner added 15.

“I’m pleased with the victory, but we still have a lot of work to do as a team,” Head Coach Sean Woods said. “The schedule will certainly get tougher as we move along, so we can’t be satisfied with this one. We have to stay hungry.”

Eleven of Morehead State’s 12 players scored in the contest, with five registering career highs in an MSU uniform. The Eagles knocked down 51 percent (41-of-81) from the field, including 58 percent (25-of-43) in the second half.

Morehead State recorded the upper hand in nearly every statistical category, including rebounds (57-28), assists (28-12), steals (16-5), points in the paint (52-14), points off turnovers (37-9), fast-break points (22-2) and bench points (62-20).

Sophomore Angelo Warner paced the Eagles with 11 rebounds, while Posthumus yanked down nine caroms in just nine minutes. Senior Jason Holmes collected eight boards in just 14 minutes, while Turner and junior Drew Kelly cleaned the glass six times each.

Complete Recap



Time Changed for UPIKE vs. Lindsey Wilson on Saturday

There has been a scheduling change for Saturday's Mid-South Conference game between the University of Pikeville and Lindsey Wilson College.

The game at LWC will now tip-off at 3:00 p.m. EST. It was originally scheduled to tip at 5:00 p.m., but has been rescheduled due to national volleyball and soccer games being hosted at LWC.


Tulsa Rolls as Cold Shooting Dooms NKU in Second Half

Tulsa 76
NKU 56

Final from NUCDF Challenge in San Diego, California

Game recap by NKU:

SAN DIEGO – Rashad Smith scored 18 of his 23 points in the second half as Tulsa rallied from an early 11-point deficit to post a 76-56 win over Northern Kentucky University in the National Urea Cycle Disorders Foundation Challenge on Thursday.


Tulsa (2-0) shot 58.7 percent from the field and held NKU (0-2) to just six field goals in the second half to coast to the victory in the first meeting between the two programs. The Norse scored the first nine points of the game and eventually built a 27-16 advantage, but Tulsa closed the first half with an 18-9 run to slice the deficit to 36-34 at the break.

NKU, in its first season as a Division I member, shot just 6-for-23 (.261) in the second half and watched Tulsa score at will in the paint (24-4 advantage inside). The Golden Hurricane opened the second half with a 15-3 run to take a 49-39 lead on a Smith layup with 13:21 remaining and controlled the remainder of the game.

Smith, a 6-foot-7 sophomore forward, was 6-for-8 from the field and 11-for-12 from the free-throw line. Scottie Haralson added 10 points for the Golden Hurricane.

NKU finished 4-for-23 from 3-point range, including 1-for-12 shooting in the second half. That made rallying from a large deficit nearly impossible.

“We got into early foul trouble, but still built a double-digit lead, and then we couldn't make a shot,” NKU head coach Dave Bezold said. “You can't shoot 26 percent from the field after halftime and expect to beat teams. Tulsa made almost 59 percent from the field, and that's going to get you beat virtually every time.”

Complete Recap

Billy Gillispie Calls Kentucky Overrated, Picks Florida to Win it All

Billy Gillispie gives his prediction for John Calipari's Kentucky Wildcats and more:

Gillispie's Final Four picks: Michigan, Indiana, Florida and Creighton

Gillispie's National Champion Pick: Florida

Gillispie on Kentucky: "I think Kentucky's gonna be great, but I think they're a little bit overrated right now."


Billy Gillispie's Kentucky Prediction by CampusInsiders

Samford No Match for No. 2 Louisville Cardinals

(2) Louisville 80
Samford 54

Final from Louisville, Kentucky



Game recap by UL:

LOUISVILLE, Ky. (AP) - Russ Smith scored a game-high 18 points, Chane Behanan grabbed a career-high 18 rebounds and added 12 points and No. 2 Louisville routed Samford 80-54 on Thursday night.


Behanan matched his career best in the first half with 13, outrebounding the Bulldogs (12) by himself.

Gorgui Dieng had 10 points and 13 rebounds while Wayne Blackshear added 13 points with five rebounds as the Cardinals (2-0) won the opener of the Battle 4 Atlantis tournament that continues next week in the Bahamas.

Louisville never trailed in its first meeting against Samford (1-2), which was playing its highest ranked opponent since losing 79-54 to No. 1 and defending champion Florida in 2006.

Tim Williams' 15 points and six rebounds led Samford. Raijon Kelly added 11 for the Bulldogs, who committed 21 turnovers and were outrebounded 53-28.

"The first half, I thought we had a little stage fright," Samford coach Benny Seltzer said.

Smith led the Cardinals in scoring for the second straight game. He scored a game-high 23 in Sunday's season-opening 79-51 victory over Manhattan, including four 3-pointers.

Louisville, which concludes its homestand Sunday against Miami (Ohio), needs these kinds of tuneups to prepare for tougher competition when it resumes the Battle 4 Atlantis on Thursday against Northern Iowa.

Complete Recap

Andrew Wiggins Gets Head and Elbow Above the Rim

Kentucky recruit Andrew Wiggins can pretty much fly...watch as he gets his head and elbow above the rim:

2013 Star Aaron Gordon Cuts List to 3; UK Makes the Cut

Aaron Gordon, one of the top remaining uncommitted players in the class of 2013, has trimmed his final list to three schools: Kentucky, Arizona and Washington.

Dave Telep of ESPN broke the news on Twitter:


DaveTelep Aaron Gordon News: Narrowed his list to Arizona, Washington and Kentucky according to his family.

Gordon, a 6-foot-8 power forward at Archbishop Mitty (Cal.) High School, ranks No. 3 overall on the Rivals.com list for 2013.

Photo: Rivals.com

Murray State Dominates Auburn at Charleston Classic

Murray State 79
Auburn 59

Final from Charelston Classic in Charleston, South Carolina



Game recap by MSU:

The Murray State Racers rolled to a 79-59 win over Auburn Thursday in the first round of the Charleston Classic presented by Foster Grant at TD Arena in Charleston, S.C.


Isaiah Canaan pumped home 26 points while Stacy Wilson added 18 as the Racers moved into the Charleston semifinals where they face St. John's Friday at 4:30 p.m. CT.

The Racers (2-0) used a suffocating defense and some hot shooting to quickly jump out to a 16-6 lead seven minutes into the game. MSU used three-pointers from Canaan and another from Wilson to push the lead to 27-10 with 8:38 in the half.

MSU's defensive effort was excellent holding the Tigers to without a field goal from the 9:01 mark to the 2:12 mark and used it to make a 14-2 run and go into the locker room with a commanding 45-19 lead at the half.

MSU started the second half with a 10-2 run when Dexter Fields made a steal and fed Canaan for a layup and Ed Daniel started a fastbreak that Fields finished with a three and MSU led 52-21 with 17:55 remaining.

MSU ended the night holding the Tigers (1-1) to 33 percent shooting and 20 percent from three-point range. MSU picked off nine steals and harassed the Tigers into 20 turnovers.

The Racers had a big night offensively as well with 53 percent shooting (27-of-51) including 48 percent (11-of-23) from three-point range.

Complete Recap   NOTE: Murray State plays St. John's today at 5:30 p.m. EST  

Thursday, November 15, 2012

Big Night of Basketball Around the Bluegrass State

There are 16 games involving college teams from around Kentucky tonight including the start of Mid-South Conference action.

Here's a schedule to help you keep track of things heading into the weekend:

Thursday, November 15
7:00 p.m. St. Catharine College at Knoxville College
7:00 p.m. Alice Lloyd College at Morehead State University
7:00 p.m. Kentucky Christian University at Berea College (Pepsi Classic)
7:00 p.m. Samford at University of Louisville
7:00 p.m. Wayne State at Bellarmine University
7:30 p.m. Earlham at Thomas More College
7:30 p.m. Northern Kentucky University vs. Tulsa (NUCDF Challenge in San Diego)
8:00 p.m. Auburn vs. Murray State University (Charleston Classic)
8:00 p.m. Urbana at Kentucky Wesleyan College
8:00 p.m. Mid-Continent University at Harris-Stowe State
8:00 p.m. Georgetown College at Bluefield College*
8:00 p.m. University of the Cumberlands at Shawnee State*
8:00 p.m. University of Pikeville at Campbellsville University*
8:00 p.m. Kentucky Christian University vs. TBA (at Berea College Pepsi Classic)
9:00 p.m. UVa.-Wise at Lindsey Wilson College*
TBA Centre College at Maryville (Tenn.)

Friday, November 16

6:00 p.m. Kennesaw State at Eastern Kentucky University (Comfort Suites Invitational)
7:00 p.m. Lafayette at University of Kentucky
7:00 p.m. Transylvania University vs. Catholic University (at Baltimore, Md.)
8:00 p.m. Mount Vernon Nazarene vs. Brescia University (at Indianapolis, Ind.)
8:00 p.m. Virginia Intermont at Asbury University (Zweifel/Pritchett Classic)
8:00 p.m. Kentucky Christian University vs. TBA (at Berea College Pepsi Classic)
TBA Murray State University vs. St. John's or Charleston (Charleston Classic)

Saturday, November 17

1:00 p.m. Marian University vs. Brescia University (at Indianapolis, Ind.)
1:00 p.m. Ohio University-Lancaster at Berea College (Pepsi Classic)
3:15 p.m. Grand Valley State at Bellarmine University
4:00 p.m. UVa.-Wise at Campbellsville University*
4:00 p.m. Mid-Continent University at IU-Southeast
4:00 p.m. University of the Cumberlands at Rio Grande*
4:00 p.m. St. Catharine College at Bluefield College*
5:00 p.m. University of Pikeville at Lindsey Wilson College*
6:00 p.m. Towson at Eastern Kentucky University (Comfort Suites Invitational)
6:00 p.m. Thomas More College vs. DePauw (Mount St. Joseph Tip-Off Classic)
6:00 p.m. Milligan College at Asbury University (Zweifel/Pritchett Classic)
7:00 p.m. Union College at The Citadel (Exhibition)
8:00 p.m. Transylvania University vs. Randolph-Macon (at Baltimore, Md.)
8:00 p.m. Kentucky Christian University vs. TBA (at Berea College Pepsi Classic)
8:30 p.m. Western Carolina at Western Kentucky University
10:30 p.m. Northern Kentucky University vs. Siena (NUCDF Challenge in San Diego)
TBA Alice Lloyd College at Crown College

Sunday, November 18

2:00 p.m. Lafayette (Pa.) at Morehead State University
4:00 p.m. Thomas More College vs. Olivet (Mount St. Joseph Tip-Off Classic)
4:00 p.m. Huntington Prep vs. Christian Faith (N.C.) (at Scott County High School)
5:00 p.m. Radford at Eastern Kentucky University (Comfort Suites Invitational)
6:30 p.m. Northern Kentucky University vs. Cal State Northridge (NUCDF Challenge in San Diego)
TBA Murray State University vs. TBA (Charleston Classic)

* Conference Game

Alassane Kah Signs with Western Kentucky University

Western Kentucky has received a National Letter of Intent from 6-foot-9 power forward Alassane Kah.

Here is a release from WKU:

BOWLING GREEN, Ky. — WKU head men's basketball coach Ray Harper announced Wednesday the signing of Alassane Kah to a National Letter of Intent. Kah will join the Hilltoppers in 2013-14.


A 6-9, 210-pound forward who hails from Senegal, Kah is currently enrolled in postgraduate school at Fishburne Military School in Waynesboro, Va., after graduating from Walnut Ridge High School in Columbus, Ohio in 2012. Kah moved to the United States to attend Walnut Ridge, where he helped the team to a 21-2 record in 2011-12 and was named to the Columbus All-City Team.

Kah chose WKU over offers from Richmond, Rhode Island, Delaware, St. Bonaventure, Bowling Green and Bethune-Cookman.

Harper on Kah:

"We are so excited about Alassane and his potential. He is an unbelievable athlete and a great kid, and he is a perfect fit for what we were looking for. He will fit in nicely here at WKU, and I know that he is excited to join the program and get to work. We could not be more pleased that Alassane is going to be a Hilltopper."

John Calipari Talks Ryan Harrow, Lafayette and More

Here is John Calipari discussing Friday night's game against Lafayette and giving an update on Ryan Harrow:


Murray State Signs Cameron Payne and Jarvis Williams

The Murray State Racers have officially signed 2013 stars Cameron Payne and Jarvis Williams.

Here is a release from MSU:

Murray State men's basketball coach Steve Prohm announced the signing of Cameron Payne and Jarvis Williams who will join the Racers in the fall of 2013.


Cameron Payne is a 6-2 guard from Lausanne Collegiate School in Memphis, Tenn., while Jarvis Williams is a 6-8 forward from Gordon State College in Barnesville, Ga.

“This is exciting to have Cameron and Jarvis in the fold,” Prohm said. “Our staff did a tremendous job of evaluating their talent and building relationships with them so that they want to be part of our family here at Murray State. I think both of them will have tremendous careers at Murray State.”

Cameron Payne – Lausanne Collegiate School (Memphis, Tenn.)

Cameron Payne is coming off a junior season in 2011-12 in which he was part of a team that advanced to the quarterfinals of the Tennessee D-2 Class 1A State Tournament and were 23-8.

Payne scored 22 points per game as a junior and dished out four assists per game for Coach Ken White.

“Cameron is a good shooter and he's long so he can defend,” White said. “He's unselfish and loves to win. He's a competitor and hates to lose. Murray State is a great fit for him. One of his best qualities is his leadership skills. Helping to make his teammates better is important to him. I know he's excited to be coming to Murray State.”
Jarvis Williams – Gordon State College (Barnesville, Ga.)

Jarvis Williams played at Wilkinson County High School in Irwinton, Ga., where he was part of a 2010-11 team that won the Georgia State Class-A Championship.

Last season as a freshman at Gordon State, Williams scored 18 points per game and pulled down 11 rebounds per game while earning Honorable Mention All-America by the National Junior College Athletic Association. He was also named Freshman of the Year in the Georgia Collegiate Athletic Association.

Williams shot 58 percent from the field in 2011-12 for the Highlanders and 70 percent from the free throw line. He also had a game in which he set the school record with 18 rebounds.

“Jarvis is non-stop motion,” Gordon State Head Coach Israel Ingle said. “He's extremely athletic with great feet. Not many guys possess the ability to run and jump that he has. When Jarvis and his Father visited Murray State, they were very impressed by the program and the fan atmosphere there.”
  Complete Release

UK Signs Harrison Twins, Lee, Young and Willis for 2013

The University of Kentucky has received National Letters of Intent from five players for 2013. The Wildcats have signed Andrew Harrison, Aaron Harrison, James Young, Derek Willis and Marcus Lee.

Here is a the complete release from UK:

LEXINGTON, Ky. – At the beginning of the early signing period, the Kentucky men’s basketball team has received National Letters of Intent from Aaron and Andrew Harrison, Marcus Lee, Derek Willis and James Young, head coach John Calipari announced Thursday.

Analysts have predicted it will mark the fifth consecutive top-ranked class in the country for the Wildcats.

The tandem of Aaron and Andrew Harrison is a pair of 6-foot-5 guards from Fort Bend, Texas. Andrew directs the floor as the nation’s top-rated point guard, while Aaron is the nation’s most prolific shooting guard.

Aaron Harrison is in his senior season at Travis High School. He averaged 18.1 points, 4.7 rebounds, 2.7 assists and 2.6 steals, leading his team to a 36-4 record and 5A State Championship game in 2011-12. The oldest of the Harrison twins by a minute, Aaron Harrison is ranked the No. 1 shooting guard in the country by all three recruiting services, while Rivals and Scout both rank him the fourth overall prospect in the country. ESPNU Recruiting ranks him fifth. Aaron was named to the Preseason American Family Insurance ALL-USA Team.

“Aaron is more of a scoring guard who can make shots and make plays at the rim,” Calipari said. “He can also play some point in a pinch. Like his brother, Andrew, he has the ability to physically dominate the opponent.”

Andrew Harrison averaged 12.5 points, 6.0 assists, 4.9 rebounds and 2.1 steals, while also helping guide his team to an appearance in the 5A State Championship game and a 36-4 record in 2011-12. Along with his twin brother, Aaron, they are the first UK signees from the state of Texas since Jeff Brassow (1989-94). Andrew is ranked as the top point guard in the country by all three recruiting services and the third-best prospect in the country by ESPNU Recruiting. Scout and Rivals both rank him as the fifth-best prospect. Andrew was also named to the Preseason American Family Insurance ALL-USA Team.

“Andrew comes in ready to play physically at the point-guard position,” Calipari said. “He’s a driver, slasher and playmaker with great size. He and his brother Aaron have the ability to be great on-ball defenders.”

Lee is a 6-9 forward from Antioch, Calif., who averaged 13.9 points, 13.1 rebounds, 9.1 blocks and 1.3 steals as a junior for Deer Valley High School. In his first AAU competition he registered a triple-double that was highlighted by 11 blocked shots. Lee is ranked as the No. 17 overall player and the No. 5 power forward in his class by Rivals. ESPNU Recruiting has him rated as the No. 30 overall prospect and the ninth-best power forward. Scout has him tabbed as the No. 40 overall player and the No. 3 center.

"Marcus Lee is a long, agile, quick-bounce, quick-twitch, 6-9 forward,” Calipari said. “He gets to the basket, he’s a terrific shot-blocker and he can rebound above the rim. Marcus has unlimited upside because he’s going to get stronger and he’s going to improve his skill around the basket. His speed, quickness, jumping ability and length set him apart.”

Willis is a 6-9 power forward from Mt. Washington, Ky., who is in his senior season at Bullitt East High School. Willis averaged 18.0 points and 9.3 rebounds while leading his team to the Sweet 16 in Rupp Arena last season. Rivals has tabbed Willis as the No. 25 power forward, while Scout has him ranked at No. 27. ESPNU Recruiting has rated him at No. 37 at his position.

“Derek is a very skilled, 6-9 big man who is learning to play through bumps, which is going to elevate his game,” Calipari said. “He’s a long-armed basketball player who can get his hands on balls and really pass. Like Marcus, he has a tremendous upside because he’s going to get stronger and be able to play more physical and really use his size and his shot-making ability to spread the court for us.”

James Young, a 6-6 shooting guard from Rochester Hills, Mich., is in his senior season at Rochester High School. As a junior at Troy High School, Young averaged 25.1 points, 10.5 rebounds, 4.5 assists and 2.5 steals, earning first-team All-State honors from the Associated Press, Detroit News and Detroit Free Press. Young is ranked as the No. 6 prospect in his class by ESPNU Recruiting and No. 10 by both Rivals and Scout. ESPNU and Rivals rank him as the second-best shooting guard in the country, while Scout ranks him as the third-best small forward in the nation.

“James is a long, athletic and skilled wing,” Calipari said. “He’s a lefty who can shoot it and get in transition. You can throw it ahead to him and he can make basketball plays. He rebounds the ball for his position as well anyone in the class.”

The early signing period runs through Nov. 21.

Louisville Men's Basketball Signs Five Players to 2013 Class

The University of Louisville has signed five players to their 2013 men's basketball recruiting class.

The Cardinals have added Akoy Agau, Anton Gill, Chris Jones, Terry Rozier and David Levitch. Mangok Mathiang will essentially be a member of the class as he is already at Louisville, but sitting out the 2012-13 season.

Here are Rick Pitino's thoughts on each player (via UL release):

Akoy Agau
"As soon as I saw Akoy, I immediately wanted to see him in a Louisville uniform," said Pitino. "He's a triple-threat guy -- he scores, passes and handles it very well. He has a very high basketball IQ. He's won three straight high school championships and that's the type of player we look for: someone who is conditioned to win. We're very excited to have him."

Anton Gill (currently playing final prep year at Hargrave Military Academy)

"Anton is a very gifted athlete who we've known for quite some time," said Pitino. "He shoots it and runs the floor extremely well. He's a left-hander who is good off the bounce and scores. We're thrilled to have him as a Cardinal."

Chris Jones (considered top JUCO prospect in nation)

"I feel Chris is the best point guard (prospect) in the nation," said Pitino. "He's as explosive a point guard at both ends of the floor as I've ever recruited. He's a prolific scorer, tougher than nails, and is a big-time winner. I'm not sure what phase of his game is the best because he's a great passer, a great rebounder at 5-10, big-time steal guy, big-time scorer and wants to win as much as any player I've ever recruited. We needed to have a great one replace Peyton Siva and we have it in Chris Jones."

Terry Rozier (spending 2013-13 season at Hargrave Military Academy)

"Terry is someone we were counting on for this year, but needed a year in prep school," said Pitino. "He's an explosive scorer and athlete who plays two positions. He's a very good on-the-ball defender. We thought he was one of the best guards in the nation last year and is having an outstanding season at Hargrave."

David Levitch (preferred walk-on from North Oldham High School)

"David shoots the ball well," said Pitino. "As he gains more strength, like (current walk-on guard) Tim Henderson, he will be a great addition to Cardinal Basketball."

Mangok Mathiang (already enrolled and practicing at Louisville):

"We could not have signed a high school player this year as good as Mangok," said Pitino. "He gets a year of practice under his belt with us before joining this class on the court next season."

Complete Release

Eric Bledsoe Meets Dwyane Wade Above the Rim

Check out this video of former Kentucky star Eric Bledsoe absolutely wiping out a dunk attempt by Dwyane Wade:



Bledsoe had 12 points off the bench in the Clippers' 107-100 win.

Karl Towns Will Announce December 4, Other Coaches Feeling Blue?

Zagsblog.com has confirmed that 2015 star Karl Towns Jr. will announce his college choice at 10:00 a.m. on December 4 at his high school.

Here is an excerpt with comments from Karl Towns Sr.:

“I think he’s ready,” Karl Towns Sr. told SNY.tv Wednesday evening.”I think he has mind made up. He has a school that’s right, he’s not talking to us. He says everybody will know, but I know he’s really been doing his research.”

Towns Sr. said his son was considering Kentucky, Duke, Florida, N.C. State, North Carolina, Villanova, Rutgers and Seton Hall, among others.

“He’s visited all of them,” he said.

Several coaches attached to the aforementioned schools believe Towns will land at Kentucky because of his relationship with head coach John Calipari and the staff.

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Towns is a talented 6-foot-10 center at St. Joe’s-Metuchen (N.J.) High School. He rated as a five-star prospect by Rivals.com.

Here is Towns enjoying his time with John Calipari's Dominican Republic national team over the summer (he's No. 19):

Northern Kentucky Drops First D1 Game at San Diego

San Diego 65
Northern Kentucky 61

Final from San Diego, California

Game recap by NKU:

SAN DIEGO – Most people are aware that San Diego has awesome weather, outrageous gas prices and a beautiful skyline during the evening.

What some might not know, however, is that they play some pretty good Division I college basketball in this city as well. And not just at San Diego State, a perennial power in the west.

The University of San Diego is also building its way back on the Division I landscape, and the Toreros officially introduced Northern Kentucky University to big-time college basketball Wednesday night with a come-from-behind 65-61 victory over the Norse. It marked NKU's first game as a Division I member in men's basketball, 41 years and two days after the program made its debut against Calvary (Ky.) College.

On Wednesday night, NKU more than held its own on the road against an established Division I program. The Norse actually led by eight points (51-43) with 9:46 remaining in the game after freshman guard Todd Johnson buried a 3-pointer while being fouled and converted the free throw.

San Diego, however, used a 7-0 run to cut the NKU lead to 51-50 with 7:32 left on the clock. Chad Jackson's basket extended the Norse's advantage to 53-50 with 7:09 remaining, but the Toreros continued to battle and finally took the lead at the 3:26 mark (58-57) on a short jumper by Johnny Dee.

Stretch Watson countered with a basket to give NKU a 59-58 lead, but San Diego's Chris Anderson responded with a driving layup to put the Toreros ahead to stay.

Trailing by three points (64-61) in the closing seconds, NKU's Eshaunte Jones launched a long 3-point attempt that fell short of the mark. Dennis Kramer sealed the win for San Diego by making one of two free throws. Kramer led the Toreros (2-0) with 15 points and six rebounds, while Dee added 14 points.

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Wednesday, November 14, 2012

John Calipari Spoke to Julius Randle Today

According to Jason Jordan of USA Today, John Calipari spoke with 2013 star Julius Randle today:

JayJayUSATODAY What coach did Julius Randle chat with on the first day of the early signing period? One John Calipari.

Billy Gillispie is Now a Basketball Analyst

Former UTEP, Texas A&M, Kentucky and Tech Tech head coach Billy Gillispie is now a basketball analyst. No really.

* Note the number of times that tough, tougher and toughness are used in the clip below.


















Here he is on his first show with Campus Insiders:


Billy Gillispie: No Holds Barred. by CampusInsiders

Northern Kentucky Signs Cole Murray and Deontae Cole

Northern Kentucky has announced the signing of high school stars Cole Murray and Deontae Cole.

Here is a release from NKU:

HIGHLAND HEIGHTS, Ky. – Northern Kentucky University basketball head coach Dave Bezold announced Wednesday the signing of prep standouts Cole Murray and Deontae Cole.

Murray, a 6-foot-7 guard/forward from Delphi (Ind.) High School, averaged 21.1 points, 6.3 rebounds and 2.3 blocks for the Oracles as a junior. The All-Hoosier Conference selection also shot 39.1 percent from 3-point range last season and poured in 46 points during a triple-overtime win against Twin Lakes.

Murray also had scholarship offers from schools such as Western Kentucky, Appalachian State, Kennesaw State, Kent State, Lafayette and Northeastern.

Cole, a 6-foot-6 forward from Toledo (Ohio) Central Catholic, averaged averaged 13.1 points and 4.6 rebounds per game as a junior. He was named All-Three Rivers Athletic Conference honorable mention last season and is a member of the TRAC All-Academic team.

“Cole and Deontae are great outside shooters who are going to be outstanding additions to our program,” Bezold said. “You have a pair of guys who are in that 6-7 or 6-6 height range playing on the wings, with unlimited range on their shot. Our fans are going to enjoy watching them perform, and they are both outstanding young men.”

NKU is beginning its first season as a Division I program, and the Norse are members of the Atlantic Sun Conference. NKU is playing in a four-game tournament in San Diego, Calif., to open the 2012-13 campaign.

UK Recruit Karl Towns Rumored to Announce on December 4

There is a rumor out that Kentucky recruit Karl Towns Jr., one of the top players in the class of 2015, will make his college announcement on December 4.

Towns, a 6-foot-10 center, is rated as a five-star recruit by Rivals.com.



Here is an excerpt from CBSSports.com:

It's not signing day for class of 2015 prospects, but @gadyca has a question about Karl Towns: Rumor has it that Karl Towns will commit on Dec. 4th. Where do you think he's leaning, and why so early?

We're hearing the same thing regarding Towns, and yes, it's very early. Towns, though, has been recruited at a high level for a couple of years now, and he could be tiring of the process. With that said, would we be surprised if he postponed his decision? Not at all. Kentucky is the leader right now, as Towns has a great relationship with John Calipari from the Dominican Republic national team. Florida and Duke are chasing.

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Towns was a member of John Calipari's Dominican Republic national team over the summer and has a great relationship with the UK staff.

DeMarcus Cousins Issues Press Release with Apology

Former Kentucky star DeMarcus Cousins has issued a press release through his agent, John Grieg.

In the release, Cousins says he feels the NBA two-game suspension was unwarranted but apologizes for being a distraction to the Sacramento Kings.

Here is the release, which was sent out on Grieg's Twitter account:

I appreciate the support of the NBA Player's Association in appeal of my suspension by the NBA. I believe it best to allow the union and my agent, John Greig, to present my position about the situation. Despite believing the penalty unwarranted, I want to apologize to the Sacramento Kings, our fans and especially to my coaches and teammates for this distraction of our goals. As a leader of the team, I have to make the best decisions so my teammates can count on me. I am committed to continued growth and being the best player I can be.


Dad Says Harrison Twins Will Sign With Kentucky Now

Aaron Harrison Sr. says his twin sons, Andrew and Aaron, will sign Letters of Intent with Kentucky soon.

It was reported by USA Today that the Harrison twins would not be signing until April. That report included direct quotes from Aaron, who said the move would just be "a precaution."

Harrison Sr. told the Herald-Leader today that his sons will sign "in the next couple of days."

Here is more from the H-L:

Aaron Harrison Sr., the players’ father, told the Herald-Leader on Wednesday that the 2013 guards will sign with Kentucky sometime “in the next couple of days.” Harrison Sr. said he would have to work late Wednesday, and the twins were scheduled for a late practice. That makes it more likely that UK will receive their paperwork Thursday morning at the earliest.


The early signing period started Wednesday and runs through Nov. 21.

Harrison Sr. said his sons would sign both scholarship papers and national letters of intent. In the past, some elite-level recruits have signed only scholarship papers, which requires the school to give that player a scholarship but allows the player to opt out of the agreement without penalty. With a letter of intent, the player would have to be granted a formal release from the school to go elsewhere.

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Harrison Twins Combine for 53 Points in First Game

Andrew and Aaron Harrison combined for 53 points in last night's season-opening 87-59 win over Cy Lake.

Andrew finished with 30 points and Aaron had 23. Here are some highlights:

WKU Puts Away Austin Peay in Second Half

Western Kentucky 74
Austin Peay 54

Final from Bowling Green, Kentucky

Game recap by WKU:

BOWLING GREEN, Ky. — WKU outscored Austin Peay 41-21 in the second half, thanks in part to an 18-1 run at one point, and stormed to a 74-54 win Tuesday night at E.A. Diddle Arena in the first game of the 2012 Cancun Challenge. The game was tied at halftime, 33-all, before the Hilltoppers exploded in the second 20 minutes to pick up the season's first win.


The Hilltoppers move to 1-1 on the year, while the Governors drop to 1-1. WKU has now won eight of its last 11 games and 11 of its last 13 home openers. A crowd of 4,160 was on hand Tuesday night.

George Fant led WKU with 15 points and 14 rebounds, and Jamal Crook added 16 points and nine assists. Fant's 14 rebounds were a career high, and Crook scored his 500th career point in the first half in his 100th game in a Hilltopper uniform. Teeng Akol added 14 points and six rebounds, and T.J. Price contributed 11 points and seven rebounds. After scoring 17 points against Southern Miss in the season opener Saturday night, Crook has now scored 15 points in back-to-back games for the first time in his career.

The Hilltoppers had 17 assists on 28 baskets in the game and shot 41.8 percent from the floor overall, including 51.7 percent in the second half. Austin Peay made just seven shots in the second half and finished the game shooting 32.8 percent. A.J. Lynch led the Governors with 15 points, and Chris Horton had 12 points and 10 rebounds.

WKU led by as many as 13 points in the first half, but the Governors stormed back to tie the game at 33 heading into the halftime locker room. The Hilltoppers responded at halftime and scored the first six points after the game and had 18 out of 19 midway through the second half to bury the Governors.

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2013 Star Marcus Lee Has Signed with Kentucky

Marcus Lee has signed his Letter of Intent with the University of Kentucky.

Lee, a 6-foot-9 power forward from Deer Valley (Cal.) High School, posted a picture on his Twitter account:

Anton Gill Has Signed with Louisville

Anton Gill has signed his Letter of Intent with the Louisville Cardinals.

Justinbyerly Hargrave Military (VA) stars Anton Gill (Louisville) Greg McClinton (Wake Forest) and Donte Clark (Virginia Tech) have signed their LOI's.


Gill is a 6-foot-2 shooting guard at Hargrave Military Academy.




Coach K Responds to Calipari's Flopping Comment and More

Here is Duke head coach Mike Krzyzewski giving postgame thoughts, including a response to John Calipari's "flopping" comments, following last night's game in Atlanta:



Here are Calipari's halftime comments:

Experienced Blue Devils Prevail in Champions Classic

(9) Duke 75
(3) Kentucky 68

Final from Atlanta, Georgia

Seth Curry scored 23 points to lead No. 9 Duke past No. 3 Kentucky in the second game of the State Farm Champions Classic.

Kentucky (1-1) cut a 14-point Duke lead down to 64-61 late in the second half but Curry made a clutch shot and the Blue Devils rolled to a 75-68 victory.

Mason Plumlee added 18 points for Duke (2-0). Ryan Kelly and Rasheed Sulaimon chipped in 10 points apiece.
Alex Poythress led Kentucky with 20 points, while Nerlens Noel and Goodwin added 16 apiece.

The Wildcats return to action Friday night when they host Lafayette in Rupp Arena as part of the Barclays Classic.


Box Score (click to enlarge):



Tuesday, November 13, 2012

John Calipari Says What We Are All Thinking

"They're flopping all over the place. In the NBA, they'd all be suspended."

- John Calipari on Duke

Faried, Former Wildcats on NBA All-Star Ballot

Former Morehead State star Kenneth Faried and six former Kentucky Wildcats are on the 2012 NBA All-Star Ballot.

Joining Faried on the ballot are former UK star Brandon Knight, Rajon Rondo, John Wall, Tayshaun Prince, DeMarcus Cousins and Anthony Davis.

EAST GUARDS 

Knight Brandon, Detroit
Rondo Rajon, Boston
Wall John, Washington

EAST FRONTCOURT  

Prince Tayshaun, Detroit

WEST FRONTCOURT 

Cousins DeMarcus, Sacramento
Davis Anthony, New Orleans
Faried Kenneth, Denver

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Aminu Timberlake Sporting "I Still Hate Laettner" Shirt Tonight

Check out former Kentucky big man Aminu Timberlake sporting his "I Still Hate Laettner" t-shirt at the Georgia Dome tonight (photo by Jon Hale of KyForward on Twitter):

JonKyForward Former Wildcat Aminu Timberlake courtside tonight, wearing a shirt UK fans will love pic.twitter.com/B8re8ebJ

Obviously, most UK fans will remember "The Stomp":

Josh Harrellson's Job In Miami May Be In Danger

The Miami Heat could be in the mix for free agent big man Kenyon Martin.

According to reports, Josh Harrellson is one player who could potentially be let go if the team signs Martin.

Here is an excerpt from NBCSports.com:

But he’d still like to be in Miami, according to Ira Winderman of the Sun Sentinel.
"For what it’s worth, a source said during Monday’s game that Heat have moved to top of Kenyon Martin‘s wish list."
Certainly the Heat could use another player along the front line for depth. While they have 15 guys currently on the roster both Terrel Harris and Josh Harrellson both have non-guaranteed deals and could be let go to make room.

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Tyrone Brazelton Has Signed with BC Odessa in Ukraine

Former Western Kentucky star Tyrone Brazelton has signed with BC Odessa in Ukraine's top-level Superleague.

Brazelton comes to Ukraine from Germany's top-level ProA league. In 9 games with Nuernberger Basketball Clube this season, he has averaged 18.9 points, 4.2 rebounds and 4.9 assists per game.

Last season, Brazelton was in the NBA Development League with the Erie BayHawks.

BC Odessa is likely looking for a boost in the wake of a disappointing 3-10 start to the season.

Source: Eurobasket.com



Video: Kentucky Wildcats Head to Atlanta

The UK video department put together this video of the team's travels to Catlanta:

Harrison Twins Will Not Sign at UK During Early Period

Andrew and Aaron Harrison will wait until April to sign with the University of Kentucky.

Aaron Harrison says, "people will probably run with that, but it doesn't mean anything."

For Kentucky fans who are already starting to worry, Aaron added, "we won't be changing our minds though."

Aaron Harrison knows there’s a very real possibility that people “will read too much” into the fact that he and his twin brother, Andrew, are going to wait and sign with Kentucky during the NCAA’s late signing period in April.

“People will probably run with that, but it doesn’t mean anything,” said Aaron, a senior shooting guard at Travis (Richmond, Texas) who, along with Andrew, is a consensus top five player in the country. “We’re just making sure everything stays the same with coaching and things like that. Just a precaution I’d say. We won’t be changing our minds though. Not going through that again.”

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Brad Calipari: My Dad is Greater Than Coach K

He may be a little biased but Brad Calipari says his dad > Coach K:

















The_bcal25 My dad> coach k #bbn

No arguments here...




Ennis Leads Campbellsville Past IU-Northwest

Campbellsville 75
IU-Northwest 58

Final from Campbellsville, Kentucky

Game recap by CU:

CAMPBELLSVILLE, Ky. – Three-point land was wide open for senior guard Justin Ennis all night, as the Houston, Texas native rolled off 26 points to lead Campbellsville University to a 75-58 victory over Indiana University Northwest in the Tigers home opener at Powell Athletic Center on Monday night.

Ennis was 8-of-11 from 3-point range, posting the best single-game shooting percentage (.727) from beyond the arc in Tiger basketball history with more than 10 3-point attempts. His eight 3s are tied for fourth on the all-time, single-game list for 3-pointers made.

The senior leader wasn't only the star on offense, but was a steady force on defense, collecting two steals and five defensive (six total) rebounds.

"Hopefully the perimeter guys will follow his lead, because you can't carry the bulk of the offensive load and be the best defender in every single game," said CU head coach Keith Adkins. "We're going to have to have guys to step up offensively and take some pressure off of him, because I'm sure the opponents we have coming up aren't just going to give him 11 open looks from the 3. We've got to find a bunch of guys that can take some of the load defensively."

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Morehead State Can't Keep Up with Maryland

Maryland 67
Morehead State 45

Final from College Park, Maryland



Game recap by MSU:

COLLEGE PARK, Md. -- The Maryland men’s basketball team jumped out to a 16-point halftime advantage and never looked back in a 67-45 win over Morehead State in front of 8,724 on Monday night at the Comcast Center.


The Atlantic Coast Conference Terrapins improve to 1-1 on the season, while the Ohio Valley Conference Eagles slip to 1-1 on the campaign. It was the first ever meeting between the two schools in men’s basketball.

“We dug a big hole with poor shooting early in the game, but you have to give Maryland credit,” Head Coach Sean Woods said. “Their defense really made it difficult on us. Like most ACC teams, they are big, strong and physical inside.”

Sophomore Nick Faust led a balanced attack for Maryland with 12 points on 4-of-6 shooting, while classmate Alex Len added 11. The Terrapins shot 49 percent (23-of-47) overall, including 61 percent (14-of-23) after intermission.

Maryland enjoyed its largest advantage at 60-37 with 7:33 remaining in the second half, and pushed the lead back to 23 on two more occasions.

Morehead State started 2-of-15 from the floor and never recovered. The Eagles were limited to 28 percent (8-of-29) overall in the first half.

“We got several shots that we wanted in the first half, but the misses piled up and we lost our confidence,” Woods said. “We settled down in the second half, but it’s tough to overcome a double-figure deficit against a quality opponent.”

Senior Milton Chavis, the reigning OVC Co-Player of the Week, led Morehead State with 10 points on 5-of-11 from the field. Senior Kahlil Owens posted a team-best seven rebounds, while classmate Jason Holmes rejected a team-high four shots.
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John Calipari Previews Duke Game and More

Here is Kentucky head coach John Calipari addressing the media about tonight's game against Duke and more:

Willie Cauley-Stein: Christian Who?

University of Kentucky freshman Willie Cauley-Stein told the media yesterday that he has no idea who Christian Laettner is and has never heard anything about "the shot."

Here is a Twitter report from Kyle Tucker of the Courier-Journal:

KyleTucker_CJ Wow. UK freshman Willie Cauley-Stein has never heard of Laettner's shot that beat the Cats.

KyleTucker_CJ Cauley-Stein, to be fair, was born the year AFTER Christian Laettner's shot. But as @cutler18 told him: "You're gonna wanna YouTube it."

KyleTucker_CJ It's not just Laettner's shot Cauley-Stein doesn't know: "I don't even know who that is." His reaction to an account of the shot: "Really?"

Check out the video from the C-J:

Monday, November 12, 2012

Ryan Harrow Will Not Play Against Duke

According to Dick Vitale, Kentucky will be playing without starting point guard Ryan Harrow tomorrow night against Duke.

DickieV Just rec'd word that Harrow is out - POLSON must play with POISE- Mays must have strong game & 4 Duke Plumlee must stay out of Foul trouble

Antonio Bumpus Named MSC Player of the Week

Antonio Bumpus of University of the Cumberlands has been named Mid-South Conference Player of the Week.

Here is the release from the  MSC:

LOUISVILLE, Ky. -- University of the Cumberlands' Antonio Bumpus is the Mid-South Conference Men's Basketball Player of the Week, conference officials announced on Monday.

This week's award begins the season-long recognition of the top student-athlete during the week of play in men's basketball in the Mid-South.

The weekly honor is Bumpus' first of her career.

Bumpus averaged 22.5 points per game in a pair of Cumberlands' wins last week, including scoring 27 in a win over Webber International. The Columbus, Ohio, senior guard averaged nearly a double-double on the week as he pulled down an average of 9.5 rebounds per game.

Bumpus opened the week with 18 points and 13 rebounds in the Patriots' 110-54 win over Morthland. He stuffed the stat page with two assists, two steals and a block in the win.

In the Webber International win, Bumpus added six rebounds and three assists to go along with his 27 points in a 71-58 win.

For the week, Bumpus shot 48.4 percent (15-of-31) from the field, including making six of his 10 3-point attempts. He shot 9-for-10 from the free throw line.

Bumpus ranks fourth in the MSC in scoring (23 points per game) and seventh in 3-point field goal percentage (46.7). His 84.4 percent free throw percentage is fourth best in the conference. Nationally, Bumpus is 12th in scoring.

No. 25-ranked Cumberlands is 5-0 this season.

Bob Knight, Dick Vitale to Call Kentucky/Duke Game

According to AwfulAnnouncing.com, Bob Knight and Dick Vitale will be the announcers for tomorrow night's game between Kentucky and Duke.

This should be interesting...

From the site:

Tip-Off Marathon: State Farm Champions Classic: No. 8 Duke vs. No. 3 Kentucky (from Atlanta)
Dan Shulman, Dick Vitale, Bob Knight & Andy Katz
ESPN &; ESPN 3D

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Kenneth Faried Named Western Conference Player of the Week

Former Morehead State star Kenneth Faried has earned NBA Western Conference Player of the Week honors.

Here is an excerpt of the NBA release:

Faried helped the Nuggets to a 4-0 week, posting three point-rebound double-doubles in the process. Faried averaged 16.8 points on .563 shooting from the field to go alongside 12.8 rebounds (second in the conference to Memphis' Zach Randolph's 14.3 rpg), 1.8 blocks and 1.0 steals. Faried tallied 18 points, 17 rebounds, three blocks and two steals during a 107-101 victory at Golden State to close the week.



Kenneth Faried, Denver Nuggets

Nov. 7 @ Houston: Posted 16 points and 16 rebounds in a 93-87 win over the Rockets.

Nov. 9 vs. Utah: Collected 18 points, 10 rebounds and two blocks in a 104-84 win over the Jazz.

Nov. 10 @ Golden State: Tallied 18 points, 17 rebounds, three blocks and two steals in a 107-101 overtime win against the Warriors.

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