Saturday, November 24, 2012

Bellarmine Dominates at Bill Joergens Memorial Classic

Bellarmine University 88
Virginia-Wise 47

Final from Evansville, Indiana

Game recap by BU:

EVANSVILLE, Ind.—The No. 5 Bellarmine Knights overwhelmed the Cavaliers of Virginia-Wise 88-47 tonight in the second round of the Bill Joergens Memorial Classic hosted by the University of Southern Indiana on their campus facility, the Physical Activities Center.

After giving up the game's first bucket, the Knights ran out to a 19-9 lead less than eight minutes into the contest and were never seriously threatened the rest of the way. By halftime, the lead had grown to 24, and Bellarmine started the second half with a 15-2 run to put the game away early.
 
For the second straight night, the comfortable scoring margin allowed Bellarmine Coach Scott Davenport to substitute liberally, and it showed on the stat sheet. Bellarmine's co-leading scorers—Max Clemons and Alex Pritchett—both came off the bench to score 12 points with starters Keisten Jones and Jake Thelen also hitting double digits with 10 apiece.
 
The Bellarmine stat sheet showed balance from top to bottom with a lot of reserves seeing significant playing time. Clemons logged the most minutes with 21, followed by Jones with 20. The increase in playing time led to 33 new career highs being set or tied by Bellarmine players in tonight's contest.
 

Gorgui Dieng Will Not Play Against Duke Tonight

The Louisville Cardinals will be without big man Gorgui Dieng tonight when they face the Duke Blue Devils in the championship game of the Battle 4 Atlantis tournament.

Dieng, who is averaging 8.2 points, 8 rebounds and 2 blocks per game this season, suffered a wrist injury in last night's game against Missouri.

KKcards Louisville C Gorgui Dieng (wrist injury) will not play in tonight's #Battle4Atlantis championship game vs Duke. #L1C4

KKcards Dieng injured his left wrist in a fall in the 1st half vs Missouri. Zach Price is expected to start in his place. #Battle4Atlantis #L1C4

Highlights from Julius Randle's First Game of 2012-13

Check out these highlights from Julius Randle's first game of the season:


Louisville Destroys No. 13 Missouri, Sets Up Battle with Duke

(2) Louisville 84
(13) Missouri 61

Final from Paradise Islands, Bahamas

Game recap by UL:

PARADISE ISLAND, Bahamas (AP) - Louisville looked like its old self. Cardinals coach Rick Pitino, however, faced a problem he's never had before.

Luke Hancock scored 19 points and Russ Smith had 18 points and six steals and No. 2 Louisville beat No. 13 Missouri 84-61 on Friday night in the semifinals of the Battle 4 Atlantis.

The Cardinals had a rougher-than-expected opening-round game, a 51-46 victory over Northern Iowa, and Pitino looked and sounded upset after the game. He was a different kind of upset on Friday night.

"I had to go to the bathroom during a timeout," he said almost sheepishly. "I never eat game day.  Never once as a college or NBA coach. I never eat game day because my stomach gets really upset. I have to eat here because it's a 10 p.m. start. I wish we'd play a little earlier. But tomorrow I'm not eating no matter what."

The Cardinals (5-0) will face No. 5 Duke in Saturday night's championship game at 9:30 p.m. ET. The Blue Devils beat VCU 67-58.

"We consider it a big treat to play them for a championship," Pitino said. "We feel we got the guys to play in that championship and win."

Louisville was back to being one of the better defensive teams in the nation against the Tigers, forcing 23 turnovers that the Cardinals turned into 31 points. Missouri's Phil Pressey, considered one of the better point guards in the country, had eight turnovers.

"Our guys played a heck of a game tonight," Pitino said. "We had five guys in double figures. We had serious foul trouble and our bench gave us a big lift. That was exciting."

Complete Recap

Rick Pitino gets photo bombed after the game:


UK Recruit Karl Towns vs. Anthony Davis

SlamOnline.com looks at 2015 Kentucky recruit Karl Towns matching up against former UK star Anthony Davis.

Towns, who could reclassify to the class of 2014, visited Kentucky this weekend. He'll announce his college decision on December 4.


Archie Goodwin On Comparisons to Dwyane Wade, Chasing Triple-Double

Here is Kentucky's Archie Goodwin discussing last night's win over LIU Brooklyn, being compared to Dwyane Wade and trying to go after a triple-double last night (he finished with 22 points, 9 rebounds and 9 assists):


Alex Poythress Talks About LIU Win and Thanksgiving at Coach Cal's House

Kentucky freshman Alex Poythress talks about last night's win over LIU Brooklyn and having Thanksgiving dinner at John Calipari's house:


Kentucky Gets Offensive, Hammers LIU Brooklyn

(8) Kentucky 104
LIU Brooklyn 75

Final from Lexington, Kentucky

The Kentucky Wildcats used a 15-0 run to overcome a slow start and never looked back as they drilled LIU Brooklyn 104-75 Friday night at Rupp Arena.

With LIU leading 43-40, Alex Poythress and Archie Goodwin triggered the big run that propelled Kentucky to a 55-43 halftime lead.

The second half was all Kentucky as they extended the lead and never looked back.

The Wildcats shot 67.6% (42-of-62) from the field in the game. They dished out 28 assists on 42 made field goals.

Goodwin led Kentucky (4-1) with 22 points, 9 rebounds and 9 assists. Poythress finished with 22 points and 9 boards.

Nerlens Noel added 18 points, 8 rebounds, 5 assists and 5 blocked shots. Julius Mays chipped in 15 points and 6 assists.

Jamal Olasewere and Julian Boyd each finished with 22 points to lead LIU Brooklyn (0-4).

Kentucky will have six days off before travelling to Notre Dame next week.

Box Score (click to enlarge):

Friday, November 23, 2012

Reginald Delk Waived by the Springfield Armor

The Springfield Armor have cut former Louisville guard Reginald Delk prior to setting the team's opening day roster.

Delk has previously played in the PBL and Denmark.

2012-13 Springfield Armor


Chaz Crawford (6'10''-F/C-84, college: Drexel)
James Mays (6'9''-F-86, college: Clemson)
Chas McFarland*
Christian Polk (6'3''-G-87, college: UTEP)
Willie Reed (6'9''-F-90, college: St.Louis)
Carleton Scott (6'8''-F-88, college: Notre Dame)
Shawn Taggart (6'10''-F-85, college: Memphis)
Jonathan Thomas (6'2''-G)
Cliff Tucker (6'6''-G/F, college: Maryland)
Ben Uzoh (6'3''-PG-88, college: Tulsa)
Shawn Vanzant (6'0''-PG-88, college: Butler)

* Player is on Inactive List

Source: USBasklet.com

Demonte Harper Makes Erie BayHawks Opening Day Roster

Former Morehead State star Demonte Harper has made the regular season roster of the Erie BayHawks.

2012-13 Erie BayHawks Roster

Tirrell Baines (6'6''-F-86, college: Marshall)

Oscar Bellfield

Keith Benson (6'11''-C-88, college: Oakland)

Brandon Bowdry (6'7''-F-88, college: E.Michigan)

Nicholas Covington (6'2''-G-85, college: Oklahoma City)

Demonte Harper (6'4''-G-89, college: Morehead St.)

D.J. Kennedy (6'6''-G/F-89, college: St.John's)

Henry Sims

Danny Sumner (6'7''-F-87, college: William & Mary)

Mychel Thompson





Terrence Jones Making the Most of His Minutes in Houston

Former Kentucky star Terrence Jones has been making the most of his opportunities with the Houston Rockets recently.

Jones, who didn't see his first NBA action until November 10, is averaging 10 points and 6 rebounds per game in his last 2 appearances.

In 4 games this season, he is averaging 6.3 points and 3 boards per game. He finished with 12 points and 8 rebounds in his last appearance against Utah.

Here are some highlights from the Utah game:

Morehead State Suspends Sean Woods for One Game

Morehead State University has suspended head coach Sean Woods one game following an incident during the Eagles' 81-70 loss at Kentucky.

Woods will miss Monday night's game against Norfolk State. Assistant coach Dylan Howard will lead the Eagles in that game.

Here are statements from Woods and Morehead State AD Brian Hutchinson:

Quoting Morehead State Director of Athletics Brian Hutchinson


“Six months ago, we conducted a national search to identify the next coach, who, building on a foundation of rich men's basketball history, would lead the Morehead State Eagles into the next era. Sean Woods, who had excelled as a student-athlete and recently led a relatively unknown program to the national stage, was selected and enthusiastically accepted that challenge. We were and remain excited about our choice.

“On Wednesday night, Morehead State took on the University of Kentucky in a hotly-contested and emotionally-charged contest at Rupp Arena. A lot was on the line for our team and they executed an aggressive, exciting style of play, one that our fans have witnessed throughout the initial stages of this season.

“We recognize that the young men in our basketball program are students first and athletes second. It is our expectation that our coaches are first teachers, who reflect the core values of the university which includes valuing the individual and treating people with respect. Near the end of the game, Coach Woods’ interaction with one of our student-athletes fell short of that value and was unacceptable.

“We believe Coach Woods, while remorseful, is not above reproach. Therefore, he will be suspended for Monday night’s game against Norfolk State. This will allow Coach Woods to consider his action and behavior, and allow him time to contemplate the appropriate way to conduct himself with his players and on the sideline.

“As we move beyond this incident, our focus will be on the continued development of each student-athlete and of a team capable of contending for an Ohio Valley Conference championship. This will be accomplished in an environment characterized by hard work, constructive criticism and mutual respect."

Quoting Morehead State Head Men’s Basketball Coach Sean Woods

“My behavior during Wednesday night’s game was inappropriate and unacceptable. I am truly sorry.

"I value the opportunity I have been given as the head men’s basketball coach at Morehead State. I am passionate about the young men on our team and the opportunities we have together. I care for them deeply.

"I can assure our student-athletes, university community, alumni and fans that anything approaching this type of situation will not happen again.”

A Day in the Life of Louisville Point Guard Peyton Siva

Check out this video - a day in the life of Louisville point guard Peyton Siva:


Thursday, November 22, 2012

Daniel Orton, DeAndre Liggins Sent to D-League

The Oklahoma City Thunder have sent former Kentucky teammates Daniel Orton and DeAndre Liggins to the NBA Development League.

Orton and Liggins were shipped to the Tulsa 66ers on Thursday.

Here is more from NBA.com:

OKLAHOMA CITY, November 22, 2012 – The Oklahoma City Thunder has assigned guard DeAndre Liggins and center Daniel Orton to the Tulsa 66ers of the NBA Development League, it was announced today by Executive Vice President and General Manager Sam Presti.

During the 2012-13 season, Liggins has appeared in four games for the Thunder, logging a total of 11 minutes. Orton has seen action in one game, scoring two points in two minutes of action versus Cleveland on Nov. 11.

Both will be in uniform when the Tulsa 66ers opens up their season on Nov. 23 versus the Texas Legends at the SpiritBank Event Center.

 

Feast Week of Holiday Basketball Around Kentucky

There is plenty of basketball to keep an eye on during this holiday weekend. Here is a look at the schedule, beginning with Louisville playing in the Bahamas later tonight:

Thursday, November 22
9:30 p.m. Northern Iowa vs. University of Louisville (at Paradise Island, Bahamas)

Friday, November 23

4:00 p.m. Martin Methodist at Georgetown College (Jim Reid Classic)
5:00 p.m. Ohio Midwestern at Kentucky State University
6:15 p.m. Philander Smith College vs. Bellarmine University (at Evansville, Ind.)
7:00 p.m. Freed-Hardeman vs. Campbellsville University (at Lindsey Wilson Classic)
7:00 p.m. Concordia at Kentucky Wesleyan College (Glenn Young Invitational)
7:00 p.m. LIU Brooklyn at University of Kentucky
8:00 p.m. Asbury University at Spalding University
8:00 p.m. Mid-Continent University at Bellevue University
9:00 p.m. Belhaven University vs. Lindsey Wilson College
TBA TBA vs. University of Louisville (at Paradise Island, Bahamas)

Saturday, November 24

1:00 p.m. Webster University vs. Asbury University (at Spalding University)
2:00 p.m. Kentucky Christian University at Hertiage Baptist College
3:00 p.m. Cincinnati Christian at Spalding University
3:00 p.m. Belhaven vs. Campbellsville University (at Lindsey Wilson Classic)
4:00 p.m. Virginia Intermont at St. Catharine College
4:00 p.m. Saint Augustine's at Kentucky State University
4:00 p.m. Mid-Continent University vs. York College (at Bellevue University)
5:00 p.m. Freed-Hardeman at Lindsey Wilson College
6:00 p.m. Union College at University of the Cumberlands
6:15 p.m. U.Va.-Wise vs. Bellarmine University (at Evansville, Indiana)
7:00 p.m. Norfolk State at Eastern Kentucky University
8:00 p.m. Old Dominion at Murray State University
8:30 p.m. Brescia University at Western Kentucky University
TBA TBA at Georgetown College (Jim Reid Classic)
TBA TBA vs. University of Louisville (at Paradise Island, Bahamas)
TBA TBA at Kentucky Wesleyan College (Glenn Young Invitational)

Sunday, November 25

5:00 p.m. Wilmington at Thomas More College
7:00 p.m. Centre College at Hanover

Sean Woods Talks About UK Game and More

Here is Morehead State head coach Sean Woods speaking to the media after MSU's 81-70 loss at Kentucky:


Alex Poythress, Nerlens Noel Talk About Win Over Morehead

Here are Kentucky freshmen Alex Poythress and Nerlens Noel speaking to the media following last night's win over Morehead State and Thanksgiving:



Morehead State Players: No Moral Victories in Our Locker Room

Morehead State's Milton Chavis and Drew Kelly talk about last night's game against Kentucky. The players discuss the game, being coached by Sean Woods and "moral victories."


Archie Goodwin Accidentally Hits the Play Button

Here is Kentucky's Archie Goodwin talking to the media after UK's win over Morehead State...funny moment when he accidentally hit the play button on his tunes:


UK Uses Big Run to Get Past Physical Morehead State Team

(7) Kentucky 81
Morehead State 70

Final from Lexington, Kentucky

Game recap by MSU:
LEXINGTON, Ky. -- The No. 8/7 Kentucky men’s basketball team knocked down 31-of-41 from the free-throw line en route to an 81-70 victory over Morehead State in front of 21,897 on Wednesday evening at Rupp Arena.

The Southeastern Conference Wildcats improve to 3-1 on the year with their 54th straight home win. The Ohio Valley Conference Eagles slip to 3-2 overall. UK also improves to 10-0 in the series and 35-0 all-time vs. the OVC.

“My guys battled tonight against a great team on their home floor,” Head Coach Sean Woods said. “We gave them everything we had, we just couldn’t hold on. You have to tip your hat to Kentucky for finding a way to win.”

Kentucky freshman Archie Goodwin led all scorers with 28 points on 8-of-13 from the field and 12-of-17 from the free-throw line, while classmate Alex Poythress added 20 on 6-of-12 from the floor and 8-of-8 from the charity stripe.

Morehead State was whistled for 32 fouls in the contest, while Kentucky committed just 12 infractions. The Eagles have now been called for 127 fouls through five games this season, while their opponents have committed just 70.

Senior Milton Chavis paced Morehead State with 23 points on 9-of-15 shooting, including 3-of-5 from beyond the arc. Junior Maurice Lewis-Briggs added 13 on 5-of-10 from the field, while classmate Drew Kelly contributed 10.

“I’m proud of my team's effort as we continue to grow on this new journey,” Woods said. “We’re not there yet, but I like where we’re going. I can’t say enough about the effort and passion they brought tonight against Kentucky.”

Kentucky connected on 51 percent (24-of-47) overall, while Morehead State drilled just 37 percent (25-of-68) for the night. The Wildcats managed a 40-28 advantage in the paint, but the Eagles tallied a 29-4 upper hand off the bench.

Complete Recap


Wednesday, November 21, 2012

Sean Woods Getting the Troops Ready for Kentucky

Here is head coach Sean Woods getting his Morehead State Eagles prepared for the Kentucky Wildcats:


Kentucky Players Talk Morehead State Game and More

Here are Kentucky's Kyle Wiltjer and Julius Mays previewing tonight's game against Morehead State:




Morehead State Signs Luka Pajkovic from Brevard CC

Morehead State has signed 6-foot-3 guard Luka Pajkovic from Brevard Community College. Pajkovic played for MSU head coach Sean Woods at Mississippi Valley State before spending last season at Brevard.

Here is coverage for the signing from FloridaToday.com:

Calipari: Ryan Harrow Has Gone Home to Deal with Family Issue

Kentucky head coach John Calipari says on Twitter that point guard Ryan Harrow has gone home to deal with a family issue. He will not be available tonight and is not expected back for Friday's game.

Here are Calipari's comments from Twitter:

UKCoachCalipari Ryan did some treadmill & individual work on Mon and lifted weights on Tues during practice to get physically ready to get back on the court

UKCoachCalipari Unfortunately, Ryan left town this morning w/ his mom to tend to an issue w/ his family & we don't expect him back in time for Friday's game

UKCoachCalipari #BBN, please keep Ryan and his family in your prayers and we hope to have him back soon.

Sean Woods Discusses UK Game, Clarifies Comments About Players

Morehead State head coach Sean Woods previews tonight's game at Kentucky and clarifies the comments he said earlier in the week about UK players:

Lindsey Wilson Uses Late Surge to Defeat Campbellsville

(11) Lindsey Wilson 65
Campbellsville 56

Final from Campbellsville, Kentucky

Game recap by LWC:

CAMPBELLSVILLE, Ky. -- Lindsey Wilson College men's basketball made 12 of 14 free throws inside the final 90 seconds to ice a 65-56 win at Campbellsville University on Tuesday night at the Powell Athletic Center.

Until the free throw binge -- which pushed the Blue Raiders out to as much as a 12-point lead -- neither team posted anything higher than a five-point advantage in the back-and-forth affair.

The game concluded with seven ties and five lead changes.

Trailing 25-21 with 3:25 left in the first half, No. 11-ranked Lindsey Wilson (5-1, 2-1 in the Mid-South Conference) closed the half on a 7-0 run to take a three-point lead into the break. The Blue Raiders never trailed in the second half.

Campbellsville (4-1, 2-1 in the MSC) closed within a single point five times in the second stanza and even tied the game at 47-47 with 5:51 left following Addison Smith's basket in the lane. Smith finished with 11 points -- one of four Tigers to post double digits in the game.

The Blue Raiders responded with four straight points and eight of the next nine points to pull away from the Tigers.

Lindsey Wilson's Wesley Hanspard scored six of his season-high 19 points during what turned out to be the decisive run.
Complete Recap

No. 9 Pikeville Cruises Past U.Va.-Wise, Moves to 9-1

(9) Pikeville 88
U.Va.-Wise 77

Final from Pikeville, Kentucky

Game recap by UPIKE:

PIKEVILLE, Ky. – Five University of Pikeville Bears reached double figures as the team again made more than half their shots in an 88-77 win over U.Va.-Wise on Tuesday.

With the win, the No. 9 Bears improved to 9-1 on the season and, most importantly, 2-1 in the Mid-South Conference. The Cavaliers fell to 3-4 overall and remained winless in three league games.

Pikeville exploded out of the gates and built a 43-24 lead at the half. The Cavs battled to trim the second-half margin, scoring 53 points after the break.

The Bears shot 50.8 percent for the game and 36.8 percent from the arc. Both numbers are impressive yet below the team's shooting for the season. They did, however, drastically improve from the line, hitting 17-of-19 for 89.5 percent.

Wise, however, was not as solid. It hit 35.3 percent overall and 29.6 percent from the arc in the loss.

Senior Trevor Setty and junior Darnell Tubbs led the Bears with 19 points each. For Setty, who missed only one of seven shots on the night and hit four three-pointers, it was enough to move him past Hall of Fame member Terry Epling into 13th place on the all-time scoring list. He is 12 points behind the next man on the list, another member of the Hall of Fame in Mike May.

Complete Recap

John Calipari Talks Morehead State, Sean Woods and More

Kentucky head coach John Calipari discusses the Morehead State game, MSU head coach Sean Woods, Ryan Harrow and much more:
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Tuesday, November 20, 2012

Aaron Gordon Gets Up At First Scrimmage

Check out these new highlights of 2013 Kentucky recruit Aaron Gordon:

Bellarmine, Kentucky Wesleyan in NABC Top 25

Bellarmine University (2-0) and Kentucky Wesleyan College (2-0) are both in the NABC/Division II Coaches Poll top 25 this week.

The Knights are down one spot to No. 5 while the Panthers have entered the rankings at No. 25.

NABC/Division II Coaches Poll (Nov. 20, 2012 – Regular season poll #1)

Record Points Pvs


1. West Liberty, W.Va. (14 first place votes) 3-0 397 1
2. Washburn, Kan. 1-0 378 2
3. Metropolitan State, Colo. 3-0 352 5
4. Alabama-Huntsville (1 first place vote) 3-1 347 3
5. Bellarmine, Ky. (1 first place vote) 2-0 343 4
6. Western Washington 3-0 329 6
7. Seattle Pacific, Wash. 4-0 307 9
8. Franklin Pierce, N.H. 3-0 281 10
9. Southern Indiana 2-0 245 12
10. Saint Leo, Fla. 2-0 227 14
11. Winona State, Minn. 4-1 225 7
12. Christian Brothers, Tenn. 3-0 215 16
13. Findlay, Ohio 1-1 182 8
14. Lincoln Memorial, Tenn. 2-0 172 18
15. Barton, N.C. 4-0 161 24
16. Chico State, Calif. 1-0 127 20
17. Stonehill, Mass. 2-0 125 22
18. Cal Poly Pomona 1-0 95 25
19. Indiana, Pa. 2-0 77 NR
20. West Texas A&M 4-0 72 NR
21. Montevallo, Ala. 1-1 60 11
22. Florida Southern 1-0 58 NR
23. Winston-Salem State, N.C. 1-1 53 15
24. Northwest Missouri State 3-0 51 NR
25. Kentucky Wesleyan 2-0 46 NR

Others receiving votes: Massachusetts-Lowell 33, Indianapolis (Ind.) 31, Midwestern State (Texas) 24, Colorado School of Mines 22, Hillsdale (Mich.) 22, Dixie State (Utah) 19, Benedict (S.C.) 17, Tarleton State (Texas) 17, St. Cloud State (Minn.) 15, South Carolina Aiken 13, Missouri-St. Louis 11, Charleston (W.Va.) 9, Erskine (S.C.) 7, Michigan Tech 7, Minnesota State 7, Alaska-Anchorage 6, Central Washington 4, King (Tenn.) 4, Augusta State (Ga.) 3, Wayne State (Mich.) 2, Central Missouri 1, Johnson C. Smith (N.C.) 1, North Alabama 1.

John Wall Jams Up the Elevator

Watch as Washington Wizards star John Wall jams up the elevator in this new Reebok ad:

Georgetown College Heading Into "Black Out" at St. Catharine

St. Catharine College is planning a "Black Out" for tonight's Mid-South Conference rivalry game against Georgetown College.



Here is some footage from last season's game in Springfield:



Rick Pitino Talks About Bahamas Trip, Conference Moves

Louisville head coach Rick Pitino talks about the Battle 4 Atlantis Tournament in the Bahamas, conference realignment and more:

Deuce Briscoe Named Mid-South Conference Player of the Week

University of Pikeville star Jamar "Deuce" Briscoe was named Mid-South Conference Player of the Week on Monday.

Here is a release from the MSC:

LOUISVILLE, Ky. -- University of Pikeville's Jamar Briscoe is the Mid-South Conference Men's Basketball Player of the Week, conference officials announced on Monday.

The conference weekly award is Briscoe's first of the season and of his career.

Briscoe averaged 32 points per game while shooting 57.1 percent from the field in a split last week for the No. 9-ranked Bears.

The Baltimore, Md., senior guard scored 34 points in a 90-87 overtime loss to Campbellsville University. Briscoe connected on nine of his 16 shots from the field, including 5-for-6 from beyond the 3-point arc in the game. He also made 11-of-14 free throws.

In the Bears' 95-91 overtime win at No. 11-ranked Lindsey Wilson College, Briscoe scored 30 points while grabbing three rebounds and handing out five assists. He made 11-of-19 shots, including nailing two of his three 3-pointers.

Complete Release

Photo: Mid-South Conference

Centre College Downs Franklin at Home

Centre College 78
Franklin College 72

Final from Danville, Kentucky

Game recap by Centre:

Leading by one with just under three minutes to play, the Centre College men's basketball team out-scored Franklin College 15-10 the rest of the way to hold on for the 78-72 victory Monday, Nov. 19 in Danville, Ky.

The win evens the Colonels record at 1-1, while the Grizzlies drop their season-opener to fall to 0-1.

Centre led for much of the first half, but never led by more than five points. The game was tied four times and there were five lead changes, but the Colonels went into the locker room with a 32-31 advantage.

Centre got 10 bench points in the first half and out-scored Franklin 24-10 in the paint.

Bailey Howard hit a jumper to open the second half and give the Grizzlies a 33-32 lead, but that was the last lead they would see.

Franklin tied the game at 57-57 at the 5:10 mark, but the Colonels scored six of the next seven points to take a five-point lead with 3:21 left.

The Grizzlies scored the next four points to get within 63-62, but a three-pointer and four free throws gave Centre an eight-point lead (70-62) with only 43 seconds on the clock.

Complete Recap

Tyus Jones Working on Visits to Kentucky, Kansas

Tyus Jones, one of the top players in the class of 2014, is working on visits to Kentucky and Kansas.

Jones, a 6-foot-1 point guard at Apple Valley (Minn.), is doing a recruiting journal with USA Today.

Here is an excerpt:

The next two schools that I’ll be trying to get down to are Kentucky and Kansas.

Those are the two that I haven’t been to yet so I really want to see the schools and experience the fans and everything. We’re working on some dates now, but nothing is set. When I figure that out I’ll definitely let you guys know.

Last week was an interesting week for me. I got a chance to talk to Coach K (Mike Krzyzewski), Coach (John) Calipari, Coach (Tubby) Smith and Coach (Tom) Izzo and had great talks with each of them. Coach K, Coach Cal and Coach Izzo all called me after their games last Tuesday so that was pretty interesting.

They were basically just making sure that I was watching. They played up things that would attract me and pointed out a few different things that happened during the game. It was a good talk. Not too long at all.


Photo: Rivals.com

Joe B. Hall Inducted Into National Collegiate Basketball Hall of Fame

Former Kentucky head coach Joe B. Hall was inducted into the National Collegiate Basketball Hall of Fame on Sunday.

Here is a release from UK:

LEXINGTON, Ky. – Former UK men’s basketball head coach Joe B. Hall and contributor and UK graduate Jim Host were two of 10 members in the Class of 2012 to be inducted into the National Collegiate Basketball Hall of Fame on Sunday.
As a Kentucky assistant coach in 1972, Hall had the unenviable task of succeeding Adolph Rupp. Unfazed by the task, Hall guided the Wildcats for 13 seasons, winning 75 percent of 397 games. Within three years, he reached the NCAA championship game and, in 1978, he earned National Coach of the Year honors while coaching Kentucky to its fifth national title with a 30-2 record. His Wildcat teams won eight SEC championships and earned a Final Four berth for the third time in 1984. He was named SEC Coach of the Year four times.
The founder and principal of Host Communications, Host realized the potential growth of men’s basketball and partnered the NCAA with major corporations like Gillette, Valvoline and Pizza Hut. Host, who also had a background in broadcasting, went on to create a model for multimedia rights, bundling everything from coaches’ radio and TV shows, promotional appearances, endorsements and publishing into a single package for some of the nation’s top programs. He has been recognized as one of college athletics’ most influential people.
Along with Hall and Host, the Class of 2012 included former coach Dave Robbins of Virginia Union; players Patrick Ewing of Georgetown, Clyde Lovellette of Kansas, Phil Ford of North Carolina, Kenny Sailors of Wyoming, Earl Monroe of Winston-Salem State and Willis Reed of Grambling; and contributor Joe Dean.

The Hall of Fame is located in the College Basketball Experience (CBE) in Kansas City, Mo., a world-class entertainment facility that provides a multi-faceted interactive experience for fans of the game.

The 2012 induction ceremonies for the National Collegiate Basketball Hall of Fame may be seen on Sunday, December 9, at 10 p.m. (EST) on ESPNU.

Louisville's Gorgui Dieng Posterizes Miami (OH)

Louisville's Gorgui Dieng dunks all over Miami (Ohio):


Andrew Wiggins Dominates in Front of John Calipari

Kentucky recruit Andrew Wiggins put on a show at Scott County High School Sunday with John Calipari in attendance:




Monday, November 19, 2012

Better Late Than Never: Schedule for the Week

Running a little late but here is the complete schedule for this week's action around the state:

Monday, November 19

Centre College 78 Franklin 72
Kentucky Christian University at WVU-Parkersburg

Tuesday, November 20

3:00 p.m. Kentucky Christian University at Wayne College
7:00 p.m. Olivet College at Union College
7:30 p.m. Transylvania University at Spalding University
8:00 p.m. Lindsey Wilson College at Campbellsville University*
8:00 p.m. Georgetown College at St. Catharine College*
8:00 p.m. U.Va-Wise at University of Pikeville*
9:00 p.m. Brescia University at Bethel University
9:00 p.m. Missouri Baptist at Mid-Continent University
9:30 p.m. Iowa vs. Western Kentucky University (at Cancun, Mexico)

Wednesday, November 21

3:00 p.m. Alice Lloyd College at Point Park College
7:00 p.m. Asbury University at Centre College
7:00 p.m. Morehead State University at University of Kentucky
7:30 p.m. Mount St. Joseph at Thomas More College
TBA DePaul/Wichita State vs. Western Kentucky University (at Cancun, Mexico)

Thursday, November 22

9:30 p.m. Northern Iowa vs. University of Louisville (at Paradise Island, Bahamas)

Friday, November 23

4:00 p.m. Martin Methodist at Georgetown College (Jim Reid Classic)
5:00 p.m. Ohio Midwestern at Kentucky State University
6:15 p.m. Philander Smith College vs. Bellarmine University (at Evansville, Ind.)
7:00 p.m. Freed-Hardeman vs. Campbellsville University (at Lindsey Wilson Classic)
7:00 p.m. Concordia at Kentucky Wesleyan College (Glenn Young Invitational)
7:00 p.m. LIU Brooklyn at University of Kentucky
8:00 p.m. Asbury University at Spalding University
8:00 p.m. Mid-Continent University at Bellevue University
9:00 p.m. Belhaven University vs. Lindsey Wilson College
TBA TBA vs. University of Louisville (at Paradise Island, Bahamas)

Saturday, November 24

1:00 p.m. Webster University vs. Asbury University (at Spalding University)
2:00 p.m. Kentucky Christian University at Hertiage Baptist College
3:00 p.m. Cincinnati Christian at Spalding University
3:00 p.m. Belhaven vs. Campbellsville University (at Lindsey Wilson Classic)
4:00 p.m. Virginia Intermont at St. Catharine College
4:00 p.m. Saint Augustine's at Kentucky State University
4:00 p.m. Mid-Continent University vs. York College (at Bellevue University)
5:00 p.m. Freed-Hardeman at Lindsey Wilson College
6:00 p.m. Union College at University of the Cumberlands
6:15 p.m. U.Va.-Wise vs. Bellarmine University (at Evansville, Indiana)
7:00 p.m. Norfolk State at Eastern Kentucky University
8:00 p.m. Old Dominion at Murray State University
8:30 p.m. Brescia University at Western Kentucky University
TBA TBA at Georgetown College (Jim Reid Classic)
TBA TBA vs. University of Louisville (at Paradise Island, Bahamas)
TBA TBA at Kentucky Wesleyan College (Glenn Young Invitational)

Sunday, November 25

5:00 p.m. Wilmington at Thomas More College
7:00 p.m. Centre College at Hanover

* Conference Game

Bellarmine's Vance Hall Named GLVC Player of the Week

Bellarmine University's Vance Hall, a Frankfort native, has been named Great Lakes Valley Conference Player of the Week.

Here is a release from BU:

INDIANAPOLIS – Bellarmine University junior guard Vance Hall has been named the Great Lakes Valley Conference Player of the Week in men's basketball, it was announced by the league office on Monday. A transfer from Wright State, Hall was impressive in his two-game debut as a Knight this past week, averaging 24.5 points, 3.5 rebounds, and 3.0 assists in a pair of regional wins.

In Bellarmine's 79-65 home win over Wayne State on Thursday, the Frankfort, Ky., native put up a career-high 25 points while converting 14-of-14 free throws and hitting 5-of-7 field goals, including his only attempt from beyond the arc. He keyed a second-half surge that saw the Knights turn a halftime deficit into a double-digit victory.

Coming back on just one day's rest, Bellarmine faced the well-rested Lakers of Grand Valley State on Saturday afternoon. Hall once again stepped up for the Knights in their 64-57 victory, recording a game-high 24 points, five assists and five rebounds.
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Louisville Remains No. 2, Kentucky Drops After Loss

The Louisville Cardinals (3-0) remain at No. 2 in both major college basketball polls this week.

Following a loss to Duke, Kentucky (2-1) drops to No. 8 in the AP Top 25 and No. 7 in the USA Today Coaches Poll

Murray State are still receiving votes in both polls.

AP Top 25

RK TEAM RECORD PTS

1 Indiana (46) 3-0 1,602
2 Louisville (19) 3-0 1,579
3 Ohio State 3-0 1,404
4 Michigan 3-0 1,388
5 Duke 3-0 1,372
6 Syracuse 2-0 1,291
7 Florida 3-0 1,203
8 Kentucky 2-1 1,166
9 North Carolina 3-0 1,064
10 Arizona 2-0 983
11 UCLA 3-0 845 12 Kansas 2-1 797 13 Missouri 3-0 794 14 Creighton 3-0 721 15 Michigan State 2-1 692 16 North Carolina State 3-1 600 17 Gonzaga 3-0 559 18 UNLV 2-0 556 19 Memphis 2-0 548 20 Oklahoma State 4-0 449 21 Connecticut 4-0 321 22 Cincinnati 3-0 265 23 Colorado 4-0 237 24 Baylor 4-1 202 25 San Diego State 2-1 98

Others receiving votes: Minnesota 93, Wisconsin 60, Pittsburgh 43, Notre Dame 40, Texas 25, Saint Joseph's 24, Florida State 15, Alabama 13, Marquette 13, Wichita State 13, Saint Mary's 9, Ohio 7, Kansas State 7, Xavier 7, New Mexico 6, Bucknell 5, Murray State 4, Northern Iowa 2, Tennessee 2, Maryland 1

USA Today Coaches Poll

RK TEAM RECORD PTS

1 Indiana (26) 3-0 770
2 Louisville (5) 3-0 745
3 Ohio State 3-0 666
4 Michigan 3-0 643
5 Duke 3-0 642
6 Syracuse 2-0 603
7 Kentucky 2-1 547
8 Florida 3-0 541
9 North Carolina 3-0 488
10 Arizona 2-0 482
11 Kansas 2-1 458 12 Creighton 3-0 390 13 UCLA 3-0 377 14 Missouri 3-0 363 15 North Carolina State 3-1 323 16 Gonzaga 3-0 305 17 Memphis 2-0 288 18 UNLV 2-0 254 19 Michigan State 2-1 239 20 Cincinnati 3-0 117 21 Baylor 4-1 116 22 Oklahoma State 4-0 113 23 Connecticut 4-0 101 24 Wisconsin 2-1 79 25 San Diego State 2-1 77

Others receiving votes: Texas 61, Colorado 59, Notre Dame 31, Pittsburgh 28, Minnesota 23, Saint Mary's 18, New Mexico 16, Kansas State 15, Alabama 12, Virginia Commonwealth 12, Marquette 11, Florida State 11, Murray State 10, Bucknell 9, Maryland 9, Ohio 5, Tennessee 5, Stanford 4, Saint Joseph's 3, Belmont 3, Colorado State 2, South Alabama 1

EKU's Glenn Cosey Named OVC Newcomer of the Week

Eastern Kentucky's Glenn Cosey was named Ohio Valley Conference Newcomer of the Week on Monday.

Here is an excerpt of the league's release:

NEWCOMER

Glenn Cosey, G • Jr., 6-0, 182 • Flint, Mich. • Eastern Kentucky

Cosey, the transfer from Columbus State Community College, averaged 18.3 points, 3.0 assists, 2.7 steals and 2.0 rebounds/game in leading Eastern Kentucky to a 3-0 record and the championship of the Comfort Suites Invitational. Cosey earned MVP honors in helping the Colonels to wins over Kennesaw State, Towson and Radford in three days. Cosey hit 17-of-35 (48.6%) from the field, 6-of-17 (35.3%) from 3-point range and 15-of-19 (78.9%) from the free throw line during the week. The junior scored 21 points, had four assists and four steals in the win over Kennesaw State, added 14 points, four assists and three steals in the overtime victory over Towson and finished the week with 20 points in the come-from-behind win over Radford. Cosey currently ranks third in the OVC in scoring (18.8 points/game) and fourth in 3-pointers made/game (3.0). His play has EKU off to a 4-0 start, the best for the program since the 2004-05 season.

Others Nominated: Sherman Blanford, Eastern Illinois; Chad Posthumus, Morehead State; Dexter Fields, Murray State; Bobby Jones, UT Martin.

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Alex Poythress Named SEC Freshman of the Week

Kentucky's Alex Poythress was named Southeastern Conference Freshman of the Week earlier this afternoon.

Here is a release from the SEC:

Kentucky’s Alex Poythress, a 6-foot-7, 239-pound freshman forward from Clarksville, Tenn., was named SEC Freshman of the Week after scoring 21.0 points and 6.5 rebounds in games against 9th-ranked Duke and to Lafayette. Poythress had 20 points and added a team-high eight rebounds in a loss to No. 9 Duke. He then topped that performance with a 9-10 night from the field for a career-high 22 points. He became the first freshman since Brandon Knight in Feb. 2011 to have consecutive 20-point efforts.


EKU Moves to 4-0 with Win Over Radford

Eastern Kentucky 83 
Radford 75

Final from Richmond, Kentucky

Game recap by EKU:

RICHMOND, Ky. – After a slow start, Eastern Kentucky came alive in the second half to beat Radford, 83-75, in the Comfort Suites Invitational on Sunday at McBrayer Arena.

The Colonels (4-0) trailed by as many as 16 in the first half and were down nine, 51-42, with 14 minutes left in the game. However, EKU answered by scoring eight straight to key a 20-4 run that put the home squad in the driver’s seat. Mike DiNunno’s three-pointer with 11:28 remaining gave Eastern its first lead of the game and the Colonels never trailed again.

Corey Walden’s trey capped the run and made it a seven-point game, 62-55, with 8:44 showing on the clock. Two free throws by R.J. Price got Radford within four with just under four minutes to play but Walden answered on the other end with a dunk. After the Highlanders missed two shots on their end, Jeff Johnson fed Tarius Johnson from the top of the key for a lay-up under the basket and an eight-point advantage, 73-65.

Radford (2-3) never got closer than six the rest of the way and Eastern stretched its lead to double digits in the final minute.

Glenn Cosey led the Colonels with 20 points. DiNunno added 19 points and five assists. Walden finished with 14 points. Javonte Green led all players with 28 points and nine rebounds for Radford. Ya Ya Anderson came off the bench to contribute 14 points.

Eastern Kentucky turned 20 Radford turnovers into 23 points while the Highlanders scored just 16 points of 12 EKU miscues.

Hot shooting and Colonel turnovers allowed Radford to build that 16-point first half lead. The Highlanders made 12 of their first 17 attempts from the field (70.6 percent) while EKU turned it over six times in the first seven minutes. After a basket by Green gave Radford its second 16-point lead, with 7:52 to play in the first half, Eastern got rolling.

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Jamaal Magloire Joins Raptors as Development Consultant and Community Ambassador

The Toronto Raptors have hired former University of Kentucky big man Jamaal Magloire to serve as a basketball development consultant and community ambassador.

Here is more from InsideHoops.com:

The Toronto Raptors announced Sunday that Canadian-born center Jamaal Magloire has joined the organization as a basketball development consultant and community ambassador. Magloire will assist with player development programs, help the coaching staff with individual skill development of players, and appear at organizational events and functions.

Magloire spent last season in a Raptors uniform, becoming the first Canadian to play for the club. He was born in Toronto and attended high school at Eastern School of Commerce.

A veteran of 12 NBA seasons, Magloire owns career averages of 7.2 points, 6.5 rebounds and 22.9 minutes in 680 outings. He appeared in 46 postseason contests, averaging 7.3 points, 5.3 rebounds and 19.8 minutes.

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Sunday, November 18, 2012

Terrence Jones Destroys Jodie Meeks, Cat on Cat Crime

How about a little Sunday night Cat on Cat crime? Watch at Terrence Jones posterizes our own Jodie Meeks:


Kentucky Staff, Players Watching Andrew Wiggins Today

Several members of the Kentucky coaching staff, including John Calipari, and some UK players are checking out 2013 star Andrew Wiggins at Scott County today (photo by Scott Anderson of NationofBlue.com):

Huntington Prep Game to Stream Live on iHigh

The game this afternoon between Huntington Prep and Chrisitan Faith Academy will be streamed live on iHigh.com.

The game, which features top Kentucky recruit Andrew Wiggins, will tip at 4:00 p.m. EST.

Link to Watch Live


EKU Defeats Towson in Overtime, Colonels are 3-0

Eastern Kentucky 71
Towson 69

Final from Richmond, Kentucky

Game recap by EKU:

RICHMOND, Ky. – Redshirt sophomore Deverin Muff made four free throws in the final 26 seconds to send Eastern Kentucky to a 71-69 victory over Towson in the Comfort Suites Invitational at McBrayer Arena.

The Colonels are 3-0 for the first time since the 2004-05 season, a campaign that began with five straight wins and ended with the program’s sixth NCAA tournament appearance.

Eastern used a 22-9 run midway through the game to turn a three-point deficit into a 10-point advantage with 16:20 left in the game. The Colonels still led by 10, 48-38, at the 12:34 mark. However, the Tigers answered with a 16-5 run that ultimately put the visitors ahead 54-53 with 2:46 to go. Rafriel Guthrie’s jumper capped the run.

EKU scored five straight, and appeared to be back in control after Jeff Johnson nailed a three-pointer for a 58-54 lead with 1:39 showing on the clock. Towson drew to within two on a pair of free throws and had a chance to take the lead with 23 seconds remaining when Mike Burwell was fouled while attempting a trey. Burwell missed the first and then tied the score by knocking down the next two. Mike DiNunno’s jumper from 16-feet missed as time expired in regulation.

After more than four minutes of overtime, the score was still tied. Corey Walden made it 67-67 with his jumper with 49 seconds to play. On Towson’s ensuing possession, Walden came up with a steal but was fouled hard in the process and had to leave the game. Muff took his place at the line and made two free throws with 26 seconds on the clock. Marcus Damas answered on the other end to tie the game for the 10th time, 69-69, with 10.6 seconds to go.

Muff attempted a shot in the paint with 1.4 seconds left and was fouled on the arm. He went to the line and made both for the win.

Muff, who redshirted last season, finished with eight points and three rebounds. DiNunno led all players with 17 points. Glenn Cosey added 14. Guthrie had a team-best 16 for the Tigers. Jerrelle Benimon contributed 12 points and 16 rebounds.
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