Saturday, December 1, 2012

Andrew and Aaron Harrison at the Marshall County Hoopfest

Future Kentucky guards Andrew and Aaron Harrison talk to the media at the Marshall County Hoopfest:

Louisville Escapes Upset Bid by Illinois State

(5) Louisville 69
Illinois State 66

Final from Louisville, Kentucky

Game recap by UL:

LOUISVILLE, Ky. (AP) - Russ Smith scored 24 points and Peyton Siva added 20, including four 3-pointers, to help No. 5 Louisville edge Illinois State 69-66 on Saturday.

Down 3 with a chance to tie, Illinois State's Tyler Brown airballed a 3-pointer with eight seconds left that was saved by Bryant Allen to Jackie Carmichael. Carmichael found Brown for another chance at overtime, drawing considerable contact from Louisville's Chane Behanan as the buzzer sounded. Louisville (6-1) claimed the win with the shot awry and no foul called.

Up 67-66 with 43 seconds left, Behanan missed two free throws but made amends on the next defensive possession, pinning a Carmichael shot on the glass and grabbing the rebound. That set up Siva for two free throws for the game's final margin.

Illinois State (5-2) led 61-60 with 4:25 to play after being up nearly the entire first half. Brown led all scorers with 25 points. Carmichael added 20.

Playing their second game without injured center Gorgui Dieng, Louisville started flat and trailed by 13 more than eight minutes in before its backcourt and defense rallied.

Junior Stephan Van Treese played 34 minutes in Dieng's absence and provided much-needed energy to go with his eight rebounds and six points.

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Kyle Skaggs Approaching Historical Numbers at Russell

Russell High School senior Kyle Skaggs is approaching some historical milestones.

Skaggs, who has scored 31 points in back-to-back games, now has 1,876 points in his high school career. He needs 31 points to surpass Jon VanHoose as Russell's all-time leading scorer.

If he continues his current scoring pace, Skaggs will almost certainly join the 2,000-point club by Christmas.

Russell, which is favored by many to win the 16th Region this season, returns to action tomorrow night against Morgan County.

Jodie Meeks Lights Up the Denver Nuggets

Former Kentucky star Jodie Meeks was on fire last night for the Los Angeles Lakers. As UK (and Tennessee) fans know, when Meeks is hot, he is capable of putting up some big numbers.

Last night, Meeks went 7-for-8 from the three-point line and finished with 21 points in the Lakers' 122-103 win.

Here are some highlights:

Friday, November 30, 2012

Anthony Davis Named SEC Male Athlete of the Year

Former Kentucky star Anthony Davis was named SEC Male Athlete of the Year earlier tonight.

University of Kentucky AD Mitch Barnhart accepted the award on Davis' behalf.

UKMitchBarnhart Congrats to @AntDavis23 on being awarded the SEC Male Athlete of the Year tonight. Proud to accept the award on his behalf.

Frustrated John Calipari Talks About Loss at Notre Dame and Baylor

Here is a frustrated John Calipari talking about last night's loss at Notre Dame and tomorrow's game against Baylor:

St. Catharine College Holds Off Campbellsville

St. Catharine 69
Campbellsville 65

Final from Springfield, Kentucky

Game recap by SCC:

Things did not look good for the home team Thursday when the Campbellsville Tigers scored the first four points of the second half to lead St. Catharine 42-28. But the Patriots, behind the clutch shooting of Marquis Lee, became Tiger tamers with a second half surge that netted them a key 69-65 Mid-South Conference victory.

From that 14 point deficit, the Patriots (4-3, 1-2) mounted a comeback that eventually gave them the lead with 9:50 to play when Lee hit one of his seven treys for the night to make the score 52-50. But the visiting Tigers (6-2, 2-2) clawed back to regain the lead at 60-55 with 4:44 remaining.

Then Lee, the senior guard from Detroit who ended the game with 29 points, again took charge. Lee canned a three-pointer to cut the lead to two points, and following a Campbellsville turnover, he struck again from long range to make the score 61-60 at the 2:58 mark and the Patriots never trailed again.

Lee’s final trey of the night made the score 64-60 with 57 seconds left. The Tigers did cut the lead to two points twice in the final minute but the Patriots made five of six free throws (Nick Porter 2-2 and Omar Skinner 3-4) in the final seconds to ice the victory.

While Lee was 7-14 from behind the arc the rest of the Patriots were not as proficient as St. Catharine ended the game 10-32 (31 percent) from three point range. Overall they shot 41 percent (24-59) from the field and 61 percent (11-18) from the foul line.

Campbellsville, who received votes for the top 25 in the latest NAIA poll, shot 49 percent (26-53) overall and was 5-13 (38.5 percent) on three point attempts. The Tigers were 8-15 (53 percent) from the foul line. The visitors won the rebounding battle 35-30 led by Jordan Myers’ 13 boards.

Skinner joined Lee in double figures as he notched a double-double with 13 points and 11 rebounds. Malik Thomas and Vernon Payne led the Tigers in scoring with 15 and 13 points respectively.

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Pikeville Blasts Shawnee State, Bears Improve to 10-1

(9) Pikeville 90
Shawnee State 71

Final from Pikeville, Kentucky

Game recap by UPIKE:

PIKEVILLE, Ky. – Ninth-ranked University of Pikeville blistered the nets for 59.7 percent shooting and knocked off Shawnee State University 90-71 Thursday night at the East Kentucky Expo Center.

Six Pikeville players reached double figures in the game and the home team was credited with 27 assists in the win.

Pikeville (10-1 overall, 3-1 in the Mid-South Conference) trailed early after Shawnee State opened up with the first five points. It led 11-7 after freshman Nick Gouch scored on a layup. He had eight of his team's points at that juncture with 13:32 to play.

From there, though, UPIKE scored 13 unanswered points. Senior guard Chris Johnson had five in the stretch while senior guard Trevor Setty added four, and when senior guard Jamar Briscoe flipped in a layup with 9:37 left to give him 12 early markers, Pikeville's lead was 20-11.

Pikeville led by 24 twice in the second half before settling for the 19 point margin.

Junior guard Darnell Tubbs paced all scorers with 19 points, leading the bench to 29 in the contest.

The other five double-figures were starters. Setty flipped in 16 while Johnson and Briscoe had a dozen each. Senior forward Terrance Saintil added 11 while junior guard Josh Whitaker flipped in 10.

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ESPN RecruitingNation Talks Andrew Harrison

ESPN's RecruitingNation show breaks down the game of future Kentucky guard Andrew Harrison:

Lindsey Wilson Earns Big Road Win at Georgetown College

(11) Lindsey Wilson College 76
(3) Georgetown College 72

Final from Georgetown, Kentucky

Game recap by GC:

GEORGETOWN, Ky. -- Lindsey Wilson College men's basketball led wire-to-wire in a 76-72 win over Georgetown College tonight at Davis-Reid Alumni Gym.

Lindsey Wilson's Chase Cox hit a 3-pointer 19 seconds into the game and the No. 11-ranked Blue Raiders (8-1, 3-1 in the Mid-South Conference) kept the home-standing and third-ranked Tigers in their rear-view mirror in the win.

Despite never trailing, it took all the Blue Raiders had to keep Georgetown at bay.

Lindsey Wilson used a 9-2 run near the midway point of the first half to build a 21-12 lead.

Cox was at it again as he closed the run with another 3-pointer. Cox ended with 13 points and a season-high four 3-pointers.

The Blue Raiders extended the lead to as many as 11 points (31-20) with just over four minutes left in the half before the Tigers (7-2, 1-2 MSC) roared back.

Georgetown closed within four points with five seconds left in the half as Monty Williams scored from point blank range to seemingly send the Tigers into the half with the momentum. Williams finished with 17 points.

However, Lindsey Wilson's Kalen Kimberland had other ideas.

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Houston Rockets Send Terrence Jones to the D-League

The Houston Rockets have sent former Kentucky star Terrence Jones to the NBA Development League.

JasonCFriedman Rockets announce they are assigning Scott Machado and Terrence Jones to RGV Vipers today.

Jones averaged 3.6 points and 2.0 rebounds per game in 7 games for the Rockets this season.

Notre Dame Blacks Out Kentucky in South Bend

Notre Dame 64
(8) Kentucky 50

Final from South Bend, Indiana

Notre Dame took and early lead and was never challenged as the Fighting Irish thumped No. 8 Kentucky 64-50 Thursday night as part of the SEC/Big East Challenge.

Kentucky head coach John Calipari said his team didn't compete or execute.

"They beat us to balls. They beat us around the basket. We didn't compete. We didn't execute. We didn't play together. There's a lot of things we didn't do," Calipari said after the game.  

Notre Dame (7-1) placed five players in double figures, led by 16 points from Eric Atkins. Jerian Grant finished with 13 points and 6 assists. Jack Cooley added 13 points and 11 rebounds for the Irish.  

Julius Mays led Kentucky with 16 points and 3 assists. He was 4-7 from the three-point line and showed some composure while UK's younger players seemed rattled by the loud Joyce Center crowd. 

Nerlens Noel chipped in 10 points and 7 boards for the Wildcats (4-2). Willie Cauley-Stein and Kyle Wiltjer added 6 points each.  

Archie Goodwin, who came into the game as Kentucky's leading scorer, was just 1-7 from the field for 3 points. Goodwin and Alex Poythress combined for just 6 points in 55 minutes.  

The 50 points were the lowest point total of the John Calipari era at Kentucky.  

The Wildcats return to action Saturday when they host Baylor at 12:30 p.m. EST.  

Box Score (click to enlarge):

The Price is Right for Western Kentucky at UL-Monroe

Western Kentucky 65
UL-Monroe 54

Final from Monroe, Louisiana

Game recap by WKU:

MONROE, La. — Sophomore T.J. Price scored a career high 30 points as WKU opened Sun Belt Conference play with a 65-54 win over ULM at the Fant-Ewing Coliseum Thursday night.

WKU has now won five of its last six conference openers as the Hilltoppers expanded a two-point lead at the half into a double-digit victory.
The Slidell, La., native hit 10-of-19 shots from the field, including a career best five three-point field goals. Price added six rebounds, three assists and three blocks in 39 minutes. He became the first Hilltopper to score 30 points in a game since Steffphon Pettigrew had 31 points against Florida Atlantic on January 15, 2011.

Price was the only Hilltopper in double figures. Jamal Crook and George Fant each added eight for the Hilltoppers.

The Hilltoppers shot 46.0 percent and outrebounded the Warhawks 36-28. WKU had a 19-9 advantage in bench points as Caden Dickerson and O'Karo Akamune each scored six for the Hilltoppers.

Price set the tone offensively for the Hilltoppers in the opening 20 minutes, finishing the first half with 16 points on 6-of-10 shooting and hitting four three-pointers in the first eight minutes of the game, which tied a career high. WKU converted nine of its first 14 shots of the game.

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Thursday, November 29, 2012

Erik Daniels Has Signed With the Erie BayHawks...Again

Former University of Kentucky star Erik Daniels has signed with the Erie BayHawks for the third time in his professional career.

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Erie (1-0) today added Daniels to its 10-man roster. A 6-foot, 8-inch, 215-pound forward, Daniels was the first pick of the BayHawks in their 2008-09 expansion season.

He averaged 21.1 points and 10 rebounds in leading the BayHawks to the National Basketball Association Development League playoffs. He returned late in the 2010-11 season and was instrumental in Erie returning to the playoffs. He averaged 19 points in the postseason.

To make room for Daniels, the BayHawks waived forward Danny Sumner.

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Report: Rajon Rondo Suspended 2 Games for Fight

Mike Dowling of WCVB has spoken to league sources who say Boston Celtics point guard Rajon Rondo has been suspended two games for his involvement in a fight last night.

MDowlingWCVB #NBA sources say Rajon #Rondo had been suspended for 2 games for his role in last nights shoving match w/ Nets. Kevin Garnett has been fined

Rondo went after Kris Humphries following a hard foul on Kevin Garnett.

Here is an excerpt of Rondo's comments after the game:

Rondo called the foul by Humphries “malicious,” and explained why he reacted the way he did.

“Well I thought the play on Kevin was a malicious play, you know?” said Rondo. “I got hurt last year on a similar play like that — a guy going up in the air, defenseless, on his way down. And you know, I just, I pushed Humphries. And after that, it was a pushing war.”

Does he regret his actions?

“I know I have to be out there for my teammates, he said. That’s the only thing about it. But, I was sticking up for my teammates. I didn’t try to start a fight. I’m not trying to be a bully. I just didn’t think the play was fair that he made on Kevin, that’s all.”

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EKU Hammers Delaware State, Best Start in 66 Years

Eastern Kentucky 84
Delaware State 51

Final from Richmond, Kentucky

Game recap by EKU:

RICHMOND, Ky. – Two first half runs were enough to send Eastern Kentucky to its best start in 66 years. The Colonels built a 20-point halftime lead and rolled to an 84-51 win over Delaware State on Wednesday at McBrayer Arena.

The last time EKU was 6-0 was the first day of 1947. Harry Truman was president, a gallon of gas costs 15 cents and a postage stamp was three cents.

The Hornets (3-5) scored the first basket of the game, but the Colonels scored the next five points and never trailed again. Eastern used a 13-2 run to turn a six-point lead into a 17-point margin. Glenn Cosey capped the run with his fourth three-pointer in as many attempts that gave the home squad a 28-11 advantage.

With a 30-17 lead, EKU put the game away with an 11-2 run that stretched the margin to 22 points. This time an old-fashioned three-point play by Cosey polished off the run. Jeff Johnson’s outlet pass got the fast break going. Mike DiNunno found a streaking Cosey with a one-handed pass to the basket for a lay-up and a foul. The ensuing free throw made it 41-19 with 3:43 left in the first half.

This edition of the Colonels made history by their unselfish play. EKU had 26 assists on 34 made field goals.

Cosey had 19 points at the break on 7-of-9 shooting from the field and 4-for-5 from behind the arch. He finished with 21 points, five assists and four steals.
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Free Throws Doom Morehead State at Marshall

Marshall 70
Morehead State 67

Final from Huntington, West Virginia

Game recap by MSU:

HUNTINGTON, W.Va. -- The Marshall men's basketball team used a 20-point advantage at the free-throw line to post a 70-67 victory over Morehead State before a crowd of 5,877 on Wednesday night at the Cam Henderson Center.

The Conference USA Thundering Herd improves to 4-3 on the season, while the Ohio Valley Conference Eagles slip to 4-3 overall. Marshall improves to 50-44 in the all-time series and has now won 11 straight over MSU at home.

"Our team fought hard tonight and came up a little short against a quality opponent on the road," Head Coach Sean Woods said. "We're still a work-in-progress. Our guys are hungry and will continue to get better."

Marshall junior D.D. Scarver led all scorers with 17 points on 12-of-13 from the free-throw line, while senior Dennis Tinnon chipped in with 12 points and a game-best 16 rebounds.

Morehead State was called for 32 fouls in the contest, while Marshall was only whistled for 17 infractions. The Eagles now have been called for 183 fouls this season, while their opponents have committed only 109.

The foul differential led to 28 more free-throw attempts for Marshall. The Thundering Herd made 28-of-44 from the charity stripe, while the Eagles drilled just 8-of-16.

Junior Jarrett Stokes led the Eagles with career highs of 14 points, on 5-of-9 shooting and 4-of-6 from behind the arc, and five rebounds. Senior Milton Chavis added 11 points, while senior Kahlil Owens led the charge on the glass with eight and junior Chad Posthumus posted seven boards.

Marshall connected on 33 percent (20-of-60) of its shots, while Morehead State knocked down 37 percent (26-of-71) from the floor. The Herd managed a 53-46 rebounding advantage, including 24 offensive boards. The Eagles tallied a 21-9 upper hand off the bench.

"Marshall beat us with free-throw attempts (44) and offensive rebounds (24) tonight," Woods said. "They're not a great shooting team, but they really pound the offensive glass. Those were the differences on the stat sheet."

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Calipari, Other Big Name Coaches Expected at Marshall County Hoopfest

Kentucky head coach John Calipari and several other "big name" coaches are expected to attend portions of this weekend's Marshall County Hoopfest.

Calipari will be checking in on Andrew and Aaron Harrison, Cliff Alexander, Andrew Wiggins and likely some younger guys like Montaque Gill-Ceasar.

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Now, Calipari is expected to watch both the Harrison twins and Wiggins in the same location this weekend at the Marshall County (Ky.) Hoopfest.

Kentucky commit Derek Willis and 2014 target Cliff Alexander will also be at the event.

Huntington Prep coach Rob Fulford – whose team plays games Friday and Saturday at the event — said he hadn’t spoken to Calipari about his plans but “thinks” the Kentucky coach will make an appearance since all of those players are on the bill.

After playing at Notre Dame tonight in the Big East/SEC Challenge, Kentucky returns home to host Baylor on Saturday afternoon.

“We will have several big name coaches here,” Marshall County AD Jeff Stokes told “I cannot give their names out because they have asked me not to.”

Stokes said he also expects the McDonald’s All-American committee to be on hand as well.

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Marshall County Hoop Fest schedule

All times Central

Friday, Nov. 30 (Session 1)

4 p.m.: Girls: Marshall Co. vs. Massac (Ill.)
5:30 p.m.: Marshall Co. vs. Massac (Ill.)
7 p.m.: Huntington Prep (W.Va.) vs. Memphis East (Tenn.)
8:30 p.m.: Oak Hill (Va.) vs. Curie (Ill.)
10 p.m.: Ballard vs. Fort Bend Travis (Texas)
Saturday, Dec. 1 (Session 2)
10 a.m.: Girls: Marshall Co. vs. Mount Carmel (Ill.)
11:30 a.m.: Graves Co. vs. Warren Central
1 p.m.: Calloway Co. vs. Harrisburg (Ill.)
2:30 p.m.: Hopkinsville vs. Bullitt East

Saturday, Dec. 1 (Session 3)

4:30 p.m.: Marshall Co. vs. Wilson Central (Tenn.)
6 p.m.: Madison Central vs. Fort Bend Travis (Texas)
7:30 p.m.: Oak Hill (Va.) vs. Southwind (Tenn.)
9 p.m.: Huntington Prep (W.Va.) vs. Briarcrest Christian (Tenn.)

* will be attending this event

Notre Dame Planning a "Black Out" for Tonight's Game

Notre Dame is planning a "black out" for tonight's game against the Kentucky Wildcats:

Here is Notre Dame assistant coach Anthony Solomon previewing tonight's game:

Sporting News Says Duke, UNC to the SEC is a Real Possibility

According to Matt Hayes of Sporting News, there is a real possibility that ACC powers Duke and North Carolina could end up in either the Big Ten or the SEC in the near future.

Hayes cites an ACC source as saying that the SEC has chosed Duke and Carolina for "the last three years."

Here is an excerpt:

The dismantling of the ACC and strengthening of the Big Four is coming. The only things that can stop it are high-priced lawyers.

“We’d be absolutely foolish to not watch Maryland,” one FSU official, speaking on the condition of anonymity, told Sporting News. “If or when they get out of (the $50 million buyout), everything changes. It’s almost like free agency.”

If that’s true, Maryland is the Curt Flood of college football. And it could lead to the one remaining mega move still out there: Florida State and Clemson to the Big 12.

If that happens, the two crown jewels of the ACC become available. Duke and North Carolina, which an ACC source said have been chased by the SEC for “the last three years,” will choose between the Big Ten and the SEC.

For those who don’t think this is serious, consider this: The ACC announced Tuesday it had filed suit against Maryland to force the university to pay the full $50 million exit fee. Maryland and Florida State were the only two ACC schools to vote against the league’s $50 million buyout fee.

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Centre College Takes Down Transylvania in Overtime

Centre College 70
Transylvania 64  F/OT

Final from Danville, Kentucky

Game recap by Centre:

Freshman center Blake Scinta (Louisville, Ky.) knocked down a game-tying three-pointer with 13 seconds left to force overtime, and the Centre College men's basketball team out-scored Transylvania 14-8 in the extra period to win 70-64 in overtime Wednesday, Nov. 28 in Danville, Ky.

The Pioneers (2-2) opened up an 11-point lead (18-7) in the first half and led by as many as 16 (30-14) before taking a nine-point lead (34-25) into the intermission. The Colonels struggled from the field making only 9 of 28 shots (32.1%), while Transylvania hit 48.0% (12-25) of its shots, including 5 of 12 (41.7%) from beyond the three-point arc.

Centre scored 15 of the first 21 points of the second half and tied the game when Scinta made a pair of free throws at the 10:51 mark.

Transylvania answered scoring the next six points and pushed the lead back to seven on a Brandon Rash lay-up to make it 50-43 with 5:38 to play.

Junior Donovan Whiteside (Knoxville, Tenn.) made one of two free throws to make it a four-point game. Scinta added a lay-up, and sophomore Josh Karsner (Frankfort, Ky.) knocked down a pair of free throws to tie the game at 50-50.

After a Transylvania free throw, Karsner drilled a three to give Centre its first lead since the 17:59 mark in the first half, but Rash hit a jumper, was fouled, and made the free throw to put the Pioneers back in front 54-53.

Barrett Meyer was fouled intentionally with 15 seconds left in the game and made a pair of free throws to give Transylvania a two-point lead, but Scinta got the ball just left of the top of the key and hit his first three-point basket of his young career to tie the game and force overtime.

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Wednesday, November 28, 2012

Rajon Rondo Ejected for Fighting, Assist Streak is Over

Former Kentucky star Rajon Rondo was ejected in the first half for fighting Kris Humphries of the Nets tonight.

With the ejection, Rondo's historic assist streak came to an end. A week after many media members labelled Rondo as "selfish" for chasing the streak, he was ejected after coming to the defense of one of his teammates.

Here is the video:

John Calipari Talks About Notre Dame, Says Archie Goodwin is His Point Guard

Kentucky head coach John Calipari talks about tomorrow night's game against Notre Dame, Ryan Harrow and more:

Georgetown's Vic Moses Named MSC Player of the Week

Georgetown College's Vic Moses was named Mid-South Conference Player of the Week on Monday.

Here is the release from the MSC:

LOUISVILLE, Ky. -- Georgetown College senior Vic Moses is the Mid-South Conference Men's Basketball Player of the Week, conference officials announced on Monday.

The conference weekly award is Moses' first of the season and the fourth of his career.

Moses averaged 17 points and 11.3 rebounds per game last week while leading the Tigers to three wins. He posted a pair of double-doubles while shooting 70.6 percent (24-for-34) from the field.

The Lexington, Ky., forward opened the week making 12-of-14 from the field en route to 24 points in the Tigers' 90-80 win at St. Catharine College.

Moses posted his first double-double of the week in a 68-63 win over No. 22-ranked Martin Methodist on the first day of The Central Bank Jim Reid Classic at Georgetown. He scored 15 points and pulled down 11 rebounds in the win.

Moses concluded the week with a 12-point, 16-rebound performance in a 100-69 win over Life University to help the No. 3-ranked Tigers improve to 7-1 on the season.

Moses is 10th in the Mid-South Conference averaging 17.1 points per game. His 74.3 field goal percentage and 8.6 rebounding average leads the MSC. Nationally, Moses is first in field goal percentage and 16th in rebounding.

The next men's basketball player of the week award is scheduled to be announced on Monday, Dec. 3.

Louisville is Officially Headed to the ACC

The University of Louisville is officially leaving the Big East Conference and will join the Atlantic Coast Conference in 2014.

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Louisville is expected to join the ACC in the same season. Big East rules require a $10 million exit fee and 27 months' notice, but the Cardinals -- like several schools before them -- should be able to negotiate a higher buyout to leave before the 27-month period.

The ACC also considered UConn and Cincinnati for membership. However, sources told ESPN the league wanted Louisville only because there is a sense among league presidents that the ACC can add more schools at a later date if the conference loses any other schools.

The ACC felt Louisville was the best choice because of its "aggressive approach" to success, including a commitment to "marquee athletics programs," a source told ESPN. The recent additions of Louisville, Pittsburgh, Syracuse and Notre Dame -- which joins in all sports except football but has a scheduling partnership with the conference in that sport -- make the ACC feel as though it is "in a position of strength," the source said.

In the last year, the Big East has lost Louisville, West Virginia, TCU, Pittsburgh, Syracuse, Notre Dame and Rutgers. The league will attempt to replace those schools with Boise State, San Diego State, SMU, Houston, UCF, Memphis, Tulane, East Carolina and Navy.

Refs Call Block and Charge on DeMarcus Cousins' Drive

Apparently, DeMarcus Cousins is so controversial that referees lose all sense of control when he is on the court.

Check out this highlight where the refs somehow end up calling a block and a charge on the same play:

Sean Woods Talks About Adversity, Upcoming Games

Morehead State head coach Sean Woods talks about overcoming last week's adversity and the upcoming week of MSU basketball, which begins with a road trip to Marshall tonight:

Tuesday, November 27, 2012

Bullitt East's Rusty Troutman Drops 32 on Lafayette

Senior guard Rusty Troutman led Bullitt East to a 74-57 win over Lafayette on Monday night.

Troutman, who has signed with Bellarmine University, finished with 32 points and 7 rebounds. He was 7-for-11 from the three-point line.

Here is some footage from the game:

Canaan, Daniel Lead Murray State Past Lipscomb

Murray State 88
Lipscomb 79

Final from Nashville, Tennessee

Game recap by MSU:

The Murray State Racers won for the 14th straight time on the road with an 88-79 win Monday over the Lipscomb Bisons at Allen Arena in Nashville, Tenn.

MSU upped their mark to 5-1 and came away with a win in their first appearance at LU.

In the Racers' first game away from home this season, MSU added to their 13-0 road mark in the 2011-12 season which was a first in 87 seasons of the program.

Isaiah Canaan led three Racers with 32 points with his second-straight 30-point game. Ed Daniel scored his fourth straight double-double with 20 points and a career-high 18 rebounds and five blocked shots. Stacy Wilson added 21 points to mark the first time for MSU to have three players with 20 points since 1997.

Coming out of the half trailing 40-39, MSU saw LU start the second half with a 6-2 run to fall behind 46-41 with 18:00 remaining.

MSU dug in on a night when the play was physical and produced with Daniel swatting his fifth shot of the game that lead to a Canaan fast break basket. After a LU miss, Wilson fed Canaan who drilled his fourth three-pointer of the game and followed by a pair of Daniel free throws. When the dust settled at the 13:41 mark, MSU had a 14-2 run and led 55-49.

LU cut the lead to two with 9:15 left on a Carter Sanderson three, but Wilson answered with a three and MSU led 65-60 at the 8:43 mark.

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Photos: Morehead State 73 Norfolk State 67

Here are some pictures from Morehead State's win over Norfolk State last night at Johnson Arena (photos by Nick Hammonds,

Morehead State Uses Late Run to Survive Norfolk State

Morehead State 73
Norfolk State 67

Final from Morehead, Kentucky

Game recap by MSU:

MOREHEAD, Ky. -- A 25-footer by junior Jarrett Stokes sparked a 7-0 run and the Morehead State basketball team went on to post a 73-67 win over Norfolk State on Monday night at Johnson Arena.

The Eagles improved to 4-2 on the season with the victory, while the Spartans, who played in last year’s NCAA Tournament, slipped to 2-5 overall with their fourth consecutive setback.

“Tonight was a tough game against a quality opponent,” Associate Head Coach Dylan Howard said. “We are certainly happy with the win, but know that we have to play better in the future.”

Senior Milton Chavis led Morehead State for the sixth straight contest with 19 points on 8-of-15 from the field. He also yanked down a game-high 10 rebounds and handed out two assists.

Junior Maurice Lewis-Briggs finished with 12 points for MSU, while Stokes and senior Kahlil Owens posted 11 apiece. Lewis-Briggs (9) and Owens (7) also combined for 16 rebounds.

Hard to Question This Kentucky Fan's Loyalty

A Kentucky fan sent in this picture of his big blue tattoos (ouch!):

* Photo submitted by Southern Steel Tattoos in Pikeville; go check them out here

Louisville Drops, Kentucky Holds in Latest Polls

Louisville (5-1), fresh off a loss to Duke, has dropped to No. 5 in the AP Top 25 and No. 6 in the USA Today Coaches Poll this week.

Kentucky (4-1) remains No. 8 in both polls.

Murray State received votes but remains outside the top 25 in both rankings.

AP Top 25


1 Indiana (47) 6-0 1,606
2 Duke (18) 6-0 1,554
3 Michigan 5-0 1,421
4 Ohio State 4-0 1,416
5 Louisville 5-1 1,347
6 Syracuse 4-0 1,323
7 Florida 5-0 1,227
8 Kentucky 4-1 1,180
9 Arizona 3-0 1,076
10 Kansas 4-1 937
11 Creighton 6-0 926 12 Gonzaga 6-0 854 13 Michigan State 5-1 818 14 North Carolina 5-1 718 15 Oklahoma State 5-0 668 16 Missouri 5-1 665 17 Cincinnati 6-0 571 18 North Carolina State 4-1 553 19 Colorado 5-0 478 20 Georgetown 4-1 257 21 Minnesota 6-1 197 22 Illinois 7-0 185 23 San Diego State 4-1 182 24 UNLV 3-1 175 25 New Mexico 6-0 141

Others receiving votes: Alabama 108, Wichita State 99, Connecticut 93, UCLA 85, Pittsburgh 55, Oregon 44, Notre Dame 42, Memphis 23, Butler 20, Wisconsin 16, California 12, Florida State 10, Saint Joseph's 9, Ohio 8, Marquette 7, Murray State 5, Temple 5, Baylor 4, Tennessee 3, Virginia Commonwealth 1, Colorado State 1

USA Today Coaches Poll


1 Indiana (27) 6-0 769
2 Duke (4) 6-0 723
3 Michigan 5-0 691
4 Ohio State 4-0 689
5 Syracuse 4-0 630
6 Louisville 5-1 615
7 Florida 5-0 573
8 Kentucky 4-1 557
9 Arizona 3-0 520
10 Kansas 4-1 484
11 Creighton 6-0 463 12 Gonzaga 6-0 440 13 North Carolina 5-1 355 14 Michigan State 5-1 320 15 Missouri 5-1 319 16 Cincinnati 6-0 295 17 Oklahoma State 5-0 261 18 North Carolina State 4-1 240 19 Colorado 5-0 172 20 UNLV 3-1 144 21 San Diego State 4-1 139 22 Illinois 7-0 103 23 New Mexico 6-0 68 24 UCLA 4-2 62 25 Georgetown 4-1 56

Others receiving votes: Minnesota 48, Pittsburgh 41, Connecticut 38, Alabama 38, Notre Dame 36, Florida State 26, Wisconsin 24, Wichita State 16, Memphis 16, California 14, Murray State 13, Kansas State 12, Oregon 12, Saint Joseph's 10, Ohio 10, Saint Mary's 8, Tennessee 5, Butler 5, Marquette 4, Baylor 3, Maryland 2, Virginia Commonwealth 2, Texas 1, Colorado State 1, Davidson 1, Ole Miss 1

Bullitt East's Derek Willis Ejected, Will Sit Out Two Games

Kentucky recruit Derek Willis was ejected in the third quarter of  Bullitt East's 74-57 win over Lafayette tonight.

Willis picked up his third foul when he was whistled for setting a moving screen. Bullitt East then sent a player into the game for Willis. As he was leaving the court, he was quickly whistled for two technical fouls, leading to an automatic ejection.

As a result, Willis will have to sit out Thursday's game against Henry Clay and Saturday's game at the Marshall County HoopFest.

Mike Fields of the Herald-Leader spoke to Willis after the game.

“It’s frustrating,” Willis said. “I’m getting tired of it. It’s been going on for two years, and I guess it’s not going to change. I just couldn’t take it anymore.”

Willis finished with 14 points, 6 rebounds, 3 steals and 3 turnovers in just over 17 minutes of action.

Monday, November 26, 2012

Taking Us Into December: Schedule for the Week

There is a ton of college basketball action around the Bluegrass State this week as the season takes us into December.

Here is a complete schedule for the week:

Monday, November 26

7:00 p.m. Norfolk State at Morehead State University
7:00 p.m. Berea College at Milligan College
7:30 p.m. Murray State University at Lipscomb

Tuesday, November 27

7:00 p.m. Kentucky Christian University at Cincinnati Christian
7:30 p.m. Montreat Anderson at Alice Lloyd College

Wednesday, November 28

7:00 p.m. Delaware State at Eastern Kentucky University
7:00 p.m. Morehead State University at Marshall
7:00 p.m. Berea College at Austin Peay
7:00 p.m. Transylvania University at Centre College
7:30 p.m. St. Andrews at Union College*
7:30 p.m. Grove City at Thomas More College*
8:00 p.m. Hiwassee College at Asbury University

Thursday, November 29

7:00 p.m. University of Kentucky at Notre Dame
8:00 p.m. Bethel University at Brescia University
8:00 p.m. Campbellsville University at St. Catharine College*
8:00 p.m. Lindsey Wilson College at Georgetown College*
8:00 p.m. Shawnee State at University of Pikeville*
8:30 p.m. Western Kentucky University at UL-Monroe*

Friday, November 30

6:00 p.m. Southern Virginia vs. Asbury University (at Berea College)
7:00 p.m. Mid-Continent University vs. Columbia College (at Fulton, Missouri)
8:00 p.m. Wilberforce at Berea College

Saturday, December 1

12:30 p.m. Baylor at University of Kentucky
1:00 p.m. Illinois State at University of Louisville
2:00 p.m. Wilberforce vs. Asbury University (at Berea College)
2:00 p.m. Morehead State University at Wright State
2:00 p.m. Bellarmine University at West Virginia Tech
3:00 p.m. Eureka College at Spalding University
3:30 p.m. Thomas More College at Waynesburg*
4:00 p.m. Transylvania University at Anderson*
4:00 p.m. Campbellsville University at Georgetown College*
4:00 p.m. Southern Virginia at Berea College
4:00 p.m. Centre College at Sewanee*
4:00 p.m. Rio Grande at University of Pikeville*
4:00 p.m. Bluefield College at University of the Cumberlands*
4:00 p.m. Point Park College at Brescia University*
4:00 p.m. Union College at Tennessee Wesleyan*
4:00 p.m. Lindsey Wilson College at St. Catharine College*
4:30 p.m. Northern Kentucky University at Ohio State
7:00 p.m. Mid-Continent University at William Woods University
7:30 p.m. Western Carolina at Eastern Kentucky University
8:30 p.m. Western Kentucky University at Troy*
TBA Alice Lloyd College at Kentucky Christian University

Sunday, December 2

No Games

* Conference Game

UK Recruit Julius Randle Might Miss Entire Senior Season

Kentucky recruit Julius Randle might miss his entire senior season at Prestonwood Christian (Tex.) due to a fractured foot he suffered over the weekend.

Randle, who will be out approximately 3 months, could potentially return during the state playoffs.

Here is more from USA Today:

Julius Randle will be sidelined for the next three months with a fractured right foot, according to his mother Carolyn Kyles.

Randle, a senior forward at Prestonwood Christian (Plano, Texas) and a preseason American Family Insurance ALL-USA selection, suffered the injury in the first half of the Lions’ game against Duncanville (Duncanville, Texas) at the Thanksgiving Hoopfest on Nov. 24. Prestonwood, which is ranked No. 14 in the Super 25, was up 10 when Randle left with the injury. They ended up falling 58-48.

Randle, who is ranked No. 2 in the Rivals150, will undergo surgery Tuesday afternoon.

“It’s a minor setback, but Julius is a fighter,” Kyles said. “We’ve already begun to set up rehabilitation for him and he’s a naturally a little down now, but he’ll be back before you know it. We’re just staying positive about everything. We know he’ll come back stronger than ever.”

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Gorgui Dieng Will Miss 4-6 Weeks with Broken Wrist

Louisville has officially announced that star big man Gorgui Dieng will miss 4-6 weeks of action with a broken wrist.

Here is the release from UL:

LOUISVILLE, Ky. - University of Louisville center Gorgui Dieng will be out four-to-six weeks while recovering from a broken wrist he suffered last Friday. 

"With a little luck, Gorgui will be back by the start of our BIG EAST schedule," said UofL Coach Rick Pitino. "We will miss his defensive presence and passing ability, but it is time for other guys to step up their performances." 

Dr. Luis Scheker of the Kleinert Kutz Hand Care Center in Louisville will perform surgery on Tuesday to insert a screw in Dieng's broken scaphoid bone in his left wrist. Dieng fell while taking a charge early in the first half of the Cardinals' 84-61 victory over No. 13 Missouri on Friday in the Battle 4 Atlantis. He returned to the game with his wrist taped and played a total of 24 minutes, but sat out the championship game against Duke on Saturday.

Dieng is averaging 8.2 points, 8.0 rebounds and two rebounds through five games this season. He produced his 13th career double-double against Samford with 10 points, 13 rebounds, 5 assists, 4 blocks and 3 steals. Dieng is a preseason All-BIG EAST selection and is among the top 50 preseason candidates for the Wooden Award and Naismith Award.

Bittersweet Weekend for DeMarcus Cousins

It was somewhat of a bittersweet weekend for former Kentucky big man DeMarcus Cousins.

Cousins had one of the best dunks in the NBA during the Kings' 108-97 victory over the Jazz on Saturday:

Unfortunately, Cousins was ejected soon after the slam for apparently saying too much to the officials (although it seems as if the refs used a quick trigger):

Cousins finished with 14 points and 9 rebounds in the win.

Kentucky Wesleyan Wins Glenn Young Invitational

Kentucky Wesleyan  76
Shaw (NC) 68

Final from Owensboro, Kentucky

Game recap by KWC:

Kentucky Wesleyan held a lead for less than 30 total seconds in regulation play against Shaw on Saturday night.

Fortunately for the No. 25 Panthers, none of that matters in deciding a winner. KWC kept crawling back into the game and eventually escaped with a 76-68 win over Shaw to win the Glenn Young Invitational, thanks to an inspired performance from senior Dazmond Starke in overtime.

"That was a gut-check type of win where we just keep battling, keep going," coach Todd Lee said. "We'd cut it and then they'd hit a shot — hit a 3 — then we'd cut it back. I thought it showed a lot of mental toughness the way we played tonight."

Starke hit four crucial free throws in overtime and grabbed all five of KWC's rebounds in the extra frame.

KWC (4-0) never trailed in the overtime period and limited Shaw (3-3) to just four points.

Junior forward Donovan Johnson scored with 8.8 seconds left in regulation to give KWC a 64-62 lead — its first since a 2-0 lead to start the game. A defensive breakdown allowed Shaw's Andre Paulk to score with 1.4 seconds left and force overtime.

But that was when Starke took over for the Panthers, hitting all four of his free throw attempts.

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All-Tournament Team

Norman Pope, Concordia (NY)
Lucas Barker, Kentucky Wesleyan (Most Outstandin Player)
Dazmond Starke, Kentucky Wesleyan
Karron Johnson, Shaw (NC)
Keith Mitchell, Shaw (NC)
Steven Kohli, Southeastern Oklahoma State

John Calipari Checked Out Adonys Henriquez Over the Weekend

Kentucky head coach John Calipari was back on the recruiting trail over the weekend. According to, Calipari checked out Adonys Henriquez of Orlando Christian Prep:

courtcred John Calipari will be in today to see Orlando Christian Prep SG Adonys Henrique

Henriquez is a 6-foot-6 shooting guard. He is currently rated as a 4-star recruit by

UK's Archie Goodwin Named SEC Freshman of the Week

Kentucky's Archie Goodwin has been named Southeastern Conference Freshman of the Week after averaging 25 points, 7.5 rebounds and 6.5 assists per game in wins over Morehead State and LIU Brooklyn.

Here is the release from the SEC:

Kentucky’s Archie Goodwin, a 6-foot-4, 198-pound freshman guard from Little Rock, Ark., was named SEC Freshman of the Week after averaging 25.0 points 7.5 rebounds and 6.5 assists in wins over Morehead State and LIU Brooklyn. Goodwin logged a career-high 28 points in a win over Morehead State to begin the week. It is the seventh-most points in a game for a UK freshman in the history of the program and the most by any UK player this season. He then followed that performance by nearly charting the second triple-double in school history. He posted a team-high 22 points to accompany career-highs in assists (9) and rebounds (9).

Orton, Liggins Lead Tulsa to 2-0 Start with Huge Performances

Former Kentucky players Daniel Orton and DeAndre Liggins are off to an incredible starts with the Tulsa 66ers in the NBA Development League.

The former Wildcats led the 66ers to a weekend sweep of Texas in their first two games with the team.

The 66ers defeated Texas 83-76 on Friday night and 91-89 yesterday.

Orton had 10 points and 11 rebounds in Friday night's game. He exploded for a team-high 24 points and 12 rebounds Sunday.

"I thought Daniel did just an amazing job tonight," Tulsa head coach Darko Rajakovic said of Orton after Sunday's win.

"He played well both on offense and defense. He was very focused."

Liggins opened his D-League career with a triple-double in Friday's win. The former UK guard finished with 15 points, 11 rebounds and 10 assists. He had 8 points, 4 boards and 7 assists Sunday.

Western Kentucky Overwhelms Brescia University

Western Kentucky 74
Brescia University 46

Final from Bowling Green, Kentucky

Game recap by WKU:

BOWLING GREEN, Ky. — A stingy WKU defense held Brescia (Ky.) without a field goal for 13:16 at one point Saturday night at E.A. Diddle Arena, helping the Hilltoppers improve to 4-2 on the season with a 74-46 win over the Bearcats.

WKU limited Brescia to just 11 field goals in the game and only four inside the three-point line. The Hilltoppers outrebounded the Bearcats 53-30 and forced 15 turnovers. Brescia drops to 2-6 on the season.

Aleksejs Rostov had a career high 16 points and eight rebounds in 17 minutes Saturday night, and Jamal Crook led WKU in scoring for the fifth time this season with 17 points on 6-of-10 shooting. T.J. Price and Teeng Akol were also in double figures for the Hilltoppers with 14 and 11, respectively. Myron Christian led Brescia with 15 points.

All 13 available Hilltoppers saw action in the game, with freshmen Eddie Alcantara and Percy Blade scoring their first career points in the contest.

WKU led 34-25 at halftime, thanks in part to hitting its first seven two-point field goals of the game and holding the Bearcats without a two-pointer in the first 20 minutes. Brescia ended up missing its first 18 two-point field goal attempts of the game.

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Andrew Wiggins Dominates at Charlotte Hoops Challenge

Check out these highlights of Kentucky recruit Andrew Wiggins at the Charlotte Hoops Challenge:

Sunday, November 25, 2012

Louisville Announces: Gorgui Dieng Has Broken Wrist

The University of Louisville has announced that big man Gorgui Dieng has a broken wrist.
Here are details from UL:

LOUISVILLE, Ky. - University of Louisville center Gorgui Dieng has a broken wrist and will miss an undermined amount of playing time. 

An x-ray taken at Jewish Hospital when the Cardinals returned from the Bahamas on Sunday night revealed a broken scaphoid bone in his left wrist. His prognosis will be updated after further examination from a hand specialist on Monday.

 Dieng fell while taking a charge early in the first half of the Cardinals' 84-61 victory over No. 13 Missouri on Friday in the Battle 4 Atlantis. He returned to the game and played 22 more minutes with his wrist taped, but sat out the championship game against Duke on Saturday. 

Dieng is averaging 8.2 points, 8.0 rebounds and two rebounds through five games this season. He produced his 13th career double-double against Samford with 10 points, 13 rebounds, 5 assists, 4 blocks and 3 steals. Dieng is a preseason All-BIG EAST selection and he is among the top 50 preseason candidates for the Wooden Award and Naismith Award.

Duke Defeats Louisville in Battle 4 Atlantis Title Game

(5) Duke 76
(2) Louisville 71

Final from Paradise Island, Bahamas

Game recap by UL:

PARADISE ISLAND, Bahamas (AP) - Peyton Siva scored 19 points for the No. 2 Cardinals (5-1) and Russ Smith added 17, but the No. 5 Blue Devils beat Lousiville 76-71 in the championship game of the Battle 4 Atlantis.

Duke and Louisville were so close for so long until Quinn Cook took charge. The sophomore guard scored 11 of his 15 points in the final 7:46, including the Blue Devils' last eight of the game Neither team led by more than five points over the final 10 minutes until Cook's final free throw with 6.7 seconds left made it 76-71. Peyton Siva brought the Cardinals back from an 11-point second-half deficit by scoring the first seven points of an 11-2 run that brought Louisville within 54-52 with 10:55 to play. Louisville played without 6-foot-10 Gorgui Dieng. The shot-blocking center is out with an injured left wrist and his replacement, 6-10 Zach Price, scored the game's first basket, doubling his point total for the season. He finished with four points and three rebounds. Even though the game had two of college basketball's greatest coaches in Duke's Mike Krzyzewski and Louisville's Rick Pitino, and was played in one of the world's playgrounds for the rich, it was the players who were the stars of the night. The pace wasn't frenetic but it was upbeat. The work under the boards was rugged. There weren't many fans in the Imperial Arena, a grand ballroom turned into a basketball venue, who weren't on the edge of their seats or standing for the final 10 minutes. Louisville hurt itself by missing four straight free throws in a 2-minute span until Chane Behanan made the second of two with a minute left to bring the Cardinals within 70-67.

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Anthony Davis Might Miss Two More Weeks

Former Kentucky star Anthony Davis might miss another two weeks due to a stress reaction in his left ankle.

Davis hasn't played for the New Orleans Hornets since November 17.

Here is more from

"The fact I sprained my ankle three times in that one week, that was odd," Davis said. "So they found that inside my foot. And you know the whole Grant Hill story, so they wanted to be very cautious with the way I handled things."

Hill's early career was marked by chronic ankle injuries.

The Hornets play Sunday night against the Denver Nuggets and Monday night at the Los Angeles Clippers, before returning home for games Wednesday night against Utah, next Saturday night against the Oklahoma City Thunder and four games the following week, three at home.

It's possible, Davis said, his return could be delayed until sometime during that stretch from Dec. 3-8.

"Hopefully in the next week or two," Davis said." I just hate sitting around and not being able to be on the floor with my team. So as soon as possible, hopefully they'll give me the OK pretty soon.

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Murray State Holds Off Old Dominion, Canaan Scores 30

Murray State 79
Old Dominion 72

Final from Murray, Kentucky

Game recap by MSU:

A pair of seniors led the way for the Murray State Racers Saturday night in a 79-72 win over the Old Dominion Monarchs in a hard-fought contest at the CFSB Center.

Senior All-America Isaiah Canaan led the Racers with 30 points, while All-OVC pick Ed Daniel scored his third straight double-double with 15 points and 15 rebounds to push MSU to a 4-1 record.

Leading by five at the half, the Racers fell behind for the first time since 5-4 as ODU took a 48-47 lead with 15:36 left. Canaan had a three-point play at the 12:41 mark for a lead of 53-50. But as the lead see-sawed, MSU was again down by three points when Daniel missed a free throw, but the rebound came to Dexter Fields who fed Canaan for another three pointer for a 65-65 tie with 6:43 remaining.

Fields came up big hitting his third three of the night at the 5:27 mark erasing the last time MSU would trail the Monarchs. But again the game was tied with 2:45 left when Canaan hit his sixth three of the game to give MSU the lead for good at 71-68. Canaan and Daniel each drew a charge in the final two minutes and combined for 4-of-6 from the free throw line to seal the win.

Canaan tied his career-high with 11 three-point attempts, of which he hit six. He was 10-of-18 overall in the game. Daniel set a career-high with 15 rebounds, one better than the 14 he grabbed in the NCAA Tournament last March against Marquette. Brandon Garrett scored a key basket with 48 seconds left and was 6-of-6 from the field with a career-high 13 points. Fields added nine points and had a season-high five assists.

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Ryan Harrow Releases Statement, Says He's Back at UK

Kentucky point guard Ryan Harrow has released the following the statement:

I would like to thank my teammates, the UK coaching staff and administration along with the Big Blue Nation for their support over the last couple of weeks while I was out. I'm feeling much better and it felt really good to get back on the practice court with the guys today. Unfortunately, when I started feeling better, I had an issue to tend to with my family over the holiday break. Everything is good with that now and I'm excited about playing with my brothers again.

Andrew Wiggins Plans to Visit Florida State in December

Huntington Prep head coach Rob Fulford told Adam Zagoria that 2013 superstar Andrew Wiggins plans to visit Florida State in December.

Here is an excerpt:

Andrew Wiggins is planning a visit to Florida State for early December, Huntington (W.V.) Prep coach Rob Fulford told

Fulford said he wasn’t certain of the exact date but thinks it’s the first weekend, which is Dec. 7-9. Florida State hosts Florida Dec. 5 and Maine Dec. 9.

“He is trying to get to FSU in early December with his parents,” Fulford said. “Nothing is set in stone yet.”

Both of Wiggins’s parents — former NBA player Mitchell Wiggins and former Canadian Olympic track star Marita Payne-Wiggins — attended Florida State.

“Obviously, FSU is interested in Andrew,” Fulford told “He could be the best player in the history of their program. I’m sure they are interested.”

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