Saturday, December 8, 2012

Kentucky a Bit Sluggish, Still Wins Big Over Portland

Kentucky 74
Portland 46

Final from Lexington, KY

Kentucky started sluggishly and seemed to struggle a bit throughout the game but still managed to blow by Portland 74-46 this afternoon at Rupp Arena.

The Wildcats (6-3) were slow out of the gate but managed to pull away for a 35-20 halftime lead. Kentucky was still a little lethargic in the second half before finally exploding in the closing minutes to set the final score.

Archie Goodwin and Alex Poythress each scored 15 points to lead Kentucky. Julius Mays added 13 and Kyle Wiltjer chipped in 12.

Ryan Harrow seemed to find his groove as he put in 8 points and dished out 6 assists in 25 minutes. He only had one turnover.

Nerlens Noel had 7 points, 9 rebounds and 7 blocked shots despite being hampered by pain in his leg.

Ryan Nicholas led Portland (3-6) with 15 points and 13 boards.

Kentucky has a week off for finals week before returning to action next Saturday when they host Lipscomb.

Oklahoma City Recalls Daniel Orton from the D-League

The Oklahoma City Thunder have recalled former University of Kentucky center Daniel Orton from the NBA Development League.

Orton started five games for the Tulsa 66ers. He averaged 10.2 points, 8.6 rebounds, 2.2 assists, 1.2 steals and 2.0 blocks in 31.4 minutes per game.

Source: NBA.com

John Calipari Talks About Portland and Camp Cal

Kentucky head coach John Calipari talks about today's game against Portland and "Camp Cal":

Friday, December 7, 2012

Davis, Kidd-Gilchrist Returning to School This Summer

NBA rookies Anthony Davis and Michael Kidd-Gilchrist are planning to return to college for summer school.

AntDavis23 Going back to finish school in the summer with my bro @MikeGillie14 in the summer!





Harrison Twins: Aaron Scores 29, Andrew Nets Triple-Double

Future Kentucky guards Andrew and Aaron Harrison had big games last night.

Aaron put in 29 points in a 79-52 win over Willowbridge (Tex.). Twin brother Andrew finished with a triple-double of 10 points, 10 rebounds and 10 assists.

Travis (Tex.) High School returns to action tonight at 9:30 p.m. EST against Terry (Tex.) High School.

Kentucky Wesleyan Too Much for Kentucky State

Kentucky Wesleyan 84
Kentucky State 62

Final from Owensboro, Kentucky

Game recap by KWC:

The scoreboard and stat sheet would tell you it was a pretty good night for Kentucky Wesleyan College against Kentucky State on Thursday night.

The No. 16 Panthers (5-0) disposed of the Thorobreds, 84-62, at the Sportscenter. Dominique Dawson and Dazmond Starke both recorded double-doubles in the win.

But like any coach, KWC's Todd Lee found plenty of flaws in his team.

"I thought we were soft," Lee said. "I didn't think we were ready to play. We were undisciplined. We were outrebounded (offensively) by a team that's been outrebounded by 10 coming into this game. They're getting outrebounded on the offensive end by 26. They outrebounded us by five on the offensive end. They played harder than we did."

Kentucky State (2-4), despite being shorthanded with just eight players, grabbed 15 offensive rebounds to KWC's 10 and trailed in the final total by just six, 41-36. KSU had four players score in double figures, led by Quentin Henderson's 16 points.

Complete Recap

Thursday, December 6, 2012

Seth Davis Talks Kentucky Basketball on Tim Brando Show

CBS Sports Network basketball analyst Seth Davis joins the Tim Brando Show to discuss Kentucky's main issues this season:

Grand Jury Indicts Murray State's Zay Jackson

A Calloway County grand jury has indicted Murray State's Zaveral "Zay" Jackson on charges of second-degree assault and first-degree wanton endangerment.

Source

Here is footage of the September incident that occurred in the parking lot of Walmart in Murray, Kentucky:

Western Kentucky Inches Past Southern Illinois

Western Kentucky 58
Southern Illinois 57

Final from Bowling Green, Kentucky

Game recap by WKU:

BOWLING GREEN, Ky. — Southern Illinois trimmed the WKU lead to one point on four different occasions in the final 5:00 of the game Wednesday night, but WKU kept the Salukis at bay and never trailed in a 58-57 win at E.A. Diddle Arena. When a Desmar Jackson three-pointer missed at the buzzer, WKU moved to 7-2 on the season with the victory. The Salukis fell to 4-2.


The win was WKU's ninth-straight at E.A. Diddle Arena and 14th in the last 17 games overall. With the win, WKU matches its best start to a season since the 2007-08 team also began the campaign with a 7-2 record.

T.J. Price led WKU with 17 points on 6-of-9 shooting with four three-pointers, his eighth-straight game with at least 10 points and 10th in the last 11 contests overall. George Fant added 12 points and nine rebounds, and Jamal Crook had 10 and three assists. Jackson led all scorers with 22 tallies.

The Hilltoppers shot 47.8 percent as a team and outrebounded Southern Illinois 35-31. WKU is now 15-1 under head coach Ray Harper when outrebounding its opponent.

Leading 24-23 with 5:15 left in the first half, the Hilltoppers turned up the defensive pressure and forced Southern Illinois to miss its final six shots of the half to spur a 10-3 run to cruise into intermission with a 34-26 advantage.

Complete Recap

Sheray Thomas Signs with Saint John Mill Rats

Former Kentucky forward Sheray Thomas will continue his professional career in Canada's NBL league.

Thomas has joined the Saint John Mill Rats after starting the season with the Montreal Jazz.

In 7 games with the Jazz, Thomas averaged 8.1 points, 4.4 rebounds and 1.3 steals per game.

Thomas is now his sixth season of professional basketball. He has made previous stops Switzerland and Canada.

Source: USBasket.com

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Tubby Smith is One Win Away from No. 500

Minnesota head coach Tubby Smith is one win away from career win No. 500. Smith will have his first opportunity to reach 500 wins on Saturday when the Golden Gophers travel to USC.

The former University of Kentucky head coach has a career record of 499-210. He won 263 games at Kentucky during his 10-season tenure.
Smith was a head coach at Tulsa and Georgia before taking over at Kentucky in 2007.

Tubby Smith's Head Coaching Record

Season Team Overall Conference Standing Postseason


Tulsa Golden Hurricane (Missouri Valley Conference) (1991–1995)

1991–1992 Tulsa 17–13 12–6 T–4th
1992–1993 Tulsa 15–14 10–8 4th
1993–1994 Tulsa 23–8 15–3 1st NCAA Sweet Sixteen
1994–1995 Tulsa 24–8 15–3 1st NCAA Sweet Sixteen

Tulsa: 79–43 (.648) 52–20 (.722)

Georgia Bulldogs (Southeastern Conference) (1995–1997)

1995–1996 Georgia 21–10 9–7 T–3rd NCAA Sweet Sixteen
1996–1997 Georgia 24–9 10–6 4th NCAA 1st round

Georgia: 45–19 (.703) 19–13 (.594)

Kentucky Wildcats (Southeastern Conference) (1997–2007)

1997–1998 Kentucky 35–4 14–2 1st NCAA Champions
1998–1999 Kentucky 28–9 11–5 3rd NCAA Elite Eight
1999–2000 Kentucky 23–10 12–4 T–1st NCAA 2nd round
2000–2001 Kentucky 24–10 12–4 T–1st NCAA Sweet Sixteen
2001–2002 Kentucky 22–10 10–6 T–2nd NCAA Sweet Sixteen
2002–2003 Kentucky 32–4 16–0 1st NCAA Elite Eight
2003–2004 Kentucky 27–5 13–3 2nd NCAA 2nd round
2004–2005 Kentucky 28–6 14–2 1st NCAA Elite Eight
2005–2006 Kentucky 22–13 9–7 6th NCAA 2nd round
2006–2007 Kentucky 22–12 9–7 4th NCAA 2nd round

Kentucky: 263–83 (.760) 120–40 (.750)

Minnesota Golden Gophers (Big Ten Conference) (2007–present)

2007–2008 Minnesota 20–14 8–10 6th NIT 1st round
2008–2009 Minnesota 22–11 9–9 T–7th NCAA 1st round
2009–2010 Minnesota 21–14 9–9 6th NCAA 1st round
2010–2011 Minnesota 17–14 6–12 9th
2011–2012 Minnesota 23–15 6–12 T–9th NIT Runner-up
2012–2013 Minnesota 9–1 0–0

Minnesota: 112–65 (.633) 38–49 (.437)

Total: 499–210 (.704)

Michael Kidd-Gilchrist Named Eastern Conference Rookie of the Month

Former University of Kentucky star Michael Kidd-Gilchrist has been named NBA Eastern Conference Rookie of the Month.

Here is an excerpt of the NBA release:

NEW YORK -- The Charlotte Bobcats' Michael Kidd-Gilchrist and the Portland Trail Blazers' Damian Lillard today were named the Kia NBA Eastern and Western Conference Rookies of the Month, respectively, for games played in October/November.


Kidd-Gilchrist was the only rookie who ranked in the top 10 in scoring (10.9 ppg, fifth), rebounding (6.5 rpg, sixth), assists (1.5 apg. eighth), steals (1.2 spg, fourth) and blocks (1.3 bpg, second). On Nov. 10 against the Dallas Mavericks, he posted career highs in points (25) and rebounds (12) while leading the Bobcats to a 101-97 victory.

Lillard led all rookies in scoring (18.4 ppg), assists (5.9 apg) and steals (1.38 spg). He is the first NBA player to score at least 20 points in each of his first three NBA games since Grant Hill in 1994. Lillard tallied a season-high 28 points on 11-of-17 shooting from the field and added eight assists and four rebounds in a 103-95 win over the Minnesota Timberwolves on Nov. 23.

Complete Release

Help On the Way for St. Catharine College

I have been told by a source that St. Catharine College (4-4, 1-3 Mid-South Conference) is expecting big man Travis Wilkins to be cleared for action as soon as next week.

Wilkins, an all-league performer last season, has been dealing with an eligibility issue. According to the source, he has been ruled eligible to return to action and the school is just waiting on the proper paperwork to be filed.

He could be back for Tuesday's game against IU-Southeast.

In addition, St. Catharine also expects to have 6-foot-6 wing William Tolefree eligible for the second semester.

Tolefree is a junior transfer from Merritt College. I watched him over the summer and he will be a difference maker for the Patriots.

Former Morehead State and Samford forward Arthur McMillan is currently visiting St. Catharine. The Patriots hope to add the 6-foot-6 transfer for the second semester.

McMillan played in 26 games as a freshman at Morehead State. He transferred to Lawson State Community College where he averaged 12.4 points and 5.9 rebounds per game. McMillan then signed with Samford, but never played.

Wednesday, December 5, 2012

North Dakota State Uses Big Run to Put Morehead State Away

North Dakota State 69
Morehead State 57

Final from Morehead, Kentucky

Game recap by MSU:

MOREHEAD, Ky -- The North Dakota State men’s basketball team held Morehead State to 31 percent from the floor en route to a 69-57 victory on Wednesday night at Johnson Arena.

The Summit League Bison improve to 7-2 on the season, while the Ohio Valley Conference Eagles fall to 4-5 on the year. MSU's loss, in the first-ever meeting between the schools, was just its ninth at home over the past five years.

"We just need to get better as a team," Head Coach Sean Woods said. "I thought we would be further along at this point, but that's obviously not the case. We need to put this one behind us, go back to the drawing board, have a few good practices and get ready for another good opponent on Saturday."

NDSU junior Taylor Braun led the way for the Bison with 23 points on 11-of-12 from the free-throw line. Junior Mike Felt chipped in with nine points off the bench, while junior Marshall Bjorklund grabbed a game-best 11 rebounds.

The Bison held the Eagles to 27 percent shooting in the first half and used a 26-9 run over the final 12 minutes of period to grab a 33-19 lead at the break.

Sophomore Angelo Warner led the Eagles with 14 points and five rebounds. Junior Chad Posthumus scored 13 points off the bench and recorded a team-high nine boards.
Complete Recap

John Calipari Thinks His Team Isn't in Shape

Kentucky head coach John Calipari talks about the win over Samford, his displeasure over how his team played in the second half and his plans for getting his players in shape:


Kent Sterling Needs Some Hits Before Christmas

Our old buddy Kent Sterling has resurfaced once again. Since Indiana is no longer on Kentucky's schedule, Kent is clearly struggling for pre-Christmas hits. The result?

He writes an article that says John Calipari avoided his fourth loss by playing Samford rather than his beloved Hoosiers.

Here is an excerpt:

Calipari is struggling this season with three losses against Notre Dame, Duke, and Baylor. He avoided a fourth loss by refusing to continue the home and home series against Indiana just as the Hoosiers became dangerous – actually a year after becoming dangerous enough to beat Kentucky.
Samson was actually anything but ready. Down at the half 45-14, Samford had a miserable time in front of 21,221, and Calipari is in no danger today of losing his job. As long as wins are the barometer for success, Cal will be at Kentucky until he gets bored coaching his starters one year at a time.

Despite the three losses and strange inability to play well together, Kentucky is currently projected to send another three freshmen into the NBA (virtually all mock drafts have Nerlens Noel, Archie Goodwin, and Alex Poythress going in the lottery). Next year will bring another raft full of mercenaries, or if you want to be more polite, call them missionaries.

The new generation of Wildcats will come to Lexington, enjoy the adoration of Kentuckians, win some games, and heap praise on Camp Calipari. Dick Vitale will fawn over the diaper dandies and Calipari’s magical ability to attract them. Basketball fans from outside the Bluegrass State will vomit in their mouths for eight months as the extended layover for the Harrisons and others in the 2013 class bring glory to a guy whose chief skill is taking advantage of an idiotic NBA age requirement for draft eligibility.

Kentucky Basketball is still the scourge of those who love to watch genuine (pronounced GEN-you-WINE if you’re from south of the Ohio) student-athletes compete at a great game, but a less so because of the mounting losses. That pile will likely grow no bigger as the Wildcats prepare to face the Murderer’s Row of college hoops – Portland, Lipscomb, and Marshall.

Complete Article (No Reason to Click)

Northern Kentucky Comes Up Just Short at Texas Tech

Texas Tech 75
Northern Kentucky 69

Final from Lubbock, Texas

Game recap by NKU:

LUBBOCK, Texas – Jaye Crockett scored 16 points and grabbed eight rebounds as Texas Tech held on for a 75-69 win over Northern Kentucky on Tuesday night in United Spirit Arena.


Eshaunte Jones scored 16 points to lead Northern Kentucky (0-6), while freshman guard Tyler White came off the bench and added a career-high 14 points. Freshman Jack Flournoy finished with a career-high 13 points for the Norse, who rallied from a 20-point deficit in the second half to make it close at the end.

"We just got a little casual when we were up by 20, and that's just a young team that doesn't understand how to play with a lead," Texas Tech head coach Chris Walker said. "There are just certain things that we've got to continue to work on to get ready for the Big 12."

Chad Jackson scored 13 points and collected four steals for the Norse, who played in the state of Texas for the first time in the program's history. Northern Kentucky shot 46 percent from the field and was 10-for-28 from 3-point range.

“We fought back after falling behind by 20 points, and I liked the way we battled out there. If we could have hit some shots early in the second half, we might have been able to pull it out,” NKU head coach Dave Bezold said. "I can't explain how valuable it is for the growth of not only our players but our program that's starting out in Division I to have opportunities like this to come to a great institution and play in an incredible arena and against a tremendous team.”

Texas Tech (5-1) shot 58.7 percent from the field and finished with a 36-18 advantage in rebounds. The Red Raiders won despite making just 48.1 percent of their free throws, including 10-for-20 shooting in the second half.

Complete Recap

EKU Passes First Road Test, Moves to 8-0

Eastern Kentucky 63
North Carolina Central 57

Final from Durham, North Carolina

Game recap by EKU:

DURHAM, N.C. – Despite trailing for only 17 seconds, Eastern Kentucky had to fight until the final minute to earn a 63-57 victory over North Carolina Central in the Colonels’ first road game of the 2012-13 season.


At 8-0, Eastern Kentucky is off to its best start in 66 years. The last time EKU started a season with more than five wins was in 1946-47 when the “Maroons” won their first 11 games.

Mike DiNunno scored a game-high 21 points for the Colonels. He hit seven of his 12 shots from the field and 4-of-6 from behind the arc. Glenn Cosey added 11 points, a team-best seven rebounds, four assists and four steals.

Jeremy Ingram led the Eagles (5-5) with 18 points.

EKU trailed briefly in the first half but never led by more than 10 points. Cosey, who entered the game as the third leading scorer in the Ohio Valley Conference, had only two points before hitting back-to-back three-pointers with about five minutes left in the game. He pushed a four-point advantage to 10 with 3:22 left to play.

North Carolina Central answered with four straight to keep it close. The Eagles began fouling in the final minute and a half. The Colonels made just enough free throws, 8-for-12, to secure the victory.

Complete Recap

Ed Daniel Leads Murray State Past Bethel

Murray State 76
Bethel 54

Final from Murray, Kentucky

Game recap by MSU:



The Murray State Racers started fast and came away with an 76-54 win at home over Bethel at the CFSB Center in Murray, Ky.


Ed Daniel led the way for MSU (5-1) with 23 points and 14 rebounds, while Isaiah Canaan tossed in 15 points to go with six assists. Stacy Wilson added 14 points.

MSU burst from the gate with a 20-3 start in the first 8:30 and got their first eight points from Daniel.

Erik McCree made a steal and dunk and was fouled at the 1:22 mark. His free throw for a three-point play gave MSU their largest lead at 37-15.

MSU carried a 39-18 lead into halftime.

MSU started the second half with a 14-6 run to lead 53-24 with 16:00 remaining on a Canaan drive to the basket. Daniel secured his fifth straight double-double moments later and MSU led the Wildcats 58-28 with 13:08 remaining.

Complete Recap

UK Blasts Samford, Still Struggles in Second Half

Kentucky 88
Samford 56

Final from Lexington, Kentucky

Game recap by UK:

LEXINGTON, Ky. (AP) - Archie Goodwin scored 18 points, Alex Poythress added 16 and all five Kentucky starters scored in double figures as the Wildcats broke a two-game losing streak by drubbing Samford 88-56 on Tuesday night.

Nerlens Noel added 13 points while Julius Mays and Kyle Wiltjer each had 10 for the Wildcats (5-3), who shot 34 of 61 from the field (56 percent) against the Bulldogs after hitting just 40 of 118 in back-to-back losses against Notre Dame and Baylor.

Those defeats led to Kentucky falling from No. 8 last week to out of the Top 25, ending a 61-week stay in the poll that included 11 weeks at No. 1. The Wildcats responded by outrebounding the Bulldogs 41-25 and holding them to 40 percent shooting.

Raijon Kelly scored 14 points for Samford (2-8), which didn't score its 10th point until 4:15 remained in the half.

Willie Cauley-Stein added 12 points and a game-high 12 rebounds for Kentucky, coming off a rough week that left the Wildcats outside the Top 25 for the first time under coach John Calipari.

Complete Recap

No. 5 Louisville Thumps College of Charleston

(5) Louisville 80
College of Charleston 38

Final from Charleston, South Carolina

Game recap by UL:

CHARLESTON, S.C. (AP) - Louisville coach Rick Pitino couldn't have asked for better trip South. He spent time with friends, got to visit his daughter and watched his fifth-ranked Cardinals play the defense he's been seeking all season.


Wayne Blackshear scored 18 points and Louisville turned up the defensive pressure throughout to blow past the College of Charleston, 80-38, on Tuesday night. The Cardinals (7-1) had a season-high 18 steals and forced the Cougars (5-3) into 27 turnovers, 11 more than they'd averaged coming in.

"It's the best we've looked this year on defense,” Pitino said. "We worked on it all week."

It sure paid off at the sold-out TD Arena. The Cougars had hoped to rekindle the success of 2010 when they defeated ninth-ranked North Carolina here in overtime, 82-79. But Louisville never gave them a chance at the upset, pulling away with a 22-7 run midway through the opening period and eventually stretching the lead to 42 points.

Blackshear said the players watched film of some of Louisville's past, best defensive teams and brought that mentality into the game. Still, Pitino wasn't sure his players had absorbed the lessons and asked them before the game if they wanted to play zone defense or man-to-man against Charleston.

"I think we just all wanted to play man to show him we could get out there and play it well," Blackshear said.

Complete Recap

New Orleans Hornets to Change Name to Pelicans

The New Orleans Hornets plan to change their team name to the New Orleans Pelicans according to reports.

Here is more from ESPN.com:

The New Orleans Hornets are expected to become the New Orleans Pelicans, perhaps as early as the 2013-14 season, according to a Yahoo! Sports report.

Yahoo! Sports, citing numerous sources, reports the team also considered Krewe and Brass as potential nicknames.

The Hornets have planned to change their name since New Orleans Saints owner Tom Benson, who also owns the rights to the Pelicans nickname, bought the team in April.
Complete Article

Tuesday, December 4, 2012

The Trip to Benton and the Marshall County Hoop Fest

Scott Anderson (NationofBlue.com) and I made the journey over to Benton for the Marshall County Hoop Fest on Saturday.

The trip was actually pretty interesting and being that I had never been farther west in Kentucky than Elizabethtown, it was exciting to check out some new sites.

It was a beautiful drive down the Western Kentucky Parkway, which begins in E-town and runs through Eddyville. The land was perhaps a little flatter and more rural than expected.

We had planned to stop along the way to catch the Kentucky Wildcats game against Baylor but that idea went south with each Baylor basket.

On a gas stop somewhere near Leitchfield, we did notice an interesting sign. Apparently, a "Golden Corral" had gone out of business and the new owners decided to rename the restaurant "Golden Buffet."

The sign sparked a great chorus of quotes from the old school movie Coming to America.

We recited Cleo McDowell's famous explanation of why he and the McDonald's people have a little misunderstanding:

Look... me and the McDonald's people got this little misunderstanding. See, they're McDonald's... I'm McDowell's. They got the Golden Arches, mine is the Golden Arcs. They got the Big Mac, I got the Big Mick. We both got two all-beef patties, special sauce, lettuce, cheese, pickles and onions, but their buns have sesame seeds. My buns have no seeds.

Of course, we discussed Jackson Heights' own...Mr. Randy Watson, yeah!

Venturing on, we checked out Central City, home of former Kentucky star Patrick Sparks before finally heading on west to Benton.

UK was coming up short to Baylor and we were several hours early for Hoopfest action, so we decided to check out Kentucky Lake.

I have to be honest, I was pretty impressed by the size and beauty of the lake. We scoped out the marina and lodge, as well. I definitely plan to spend a few days here next summer.

After checking out the lake, we headed to Marshall County High School for basketball.






























The Basketball:
Friday, November 30 (we were only there Saturday, but here are some brief recaps from Friday)

Marshall County 52 Massac (IL) 39

Chase Clark led Marshall County with 17 points and 6 assists. Austin Rentfrow added 12 points and 12 rebounds.

Huntington Prep (WV) 76 Memphis East (TN) 59

As expected, it was the Andrew Wiggins show for Huntington Prep. The Kentucky recruit had 29 points to lead all scorers. He also finished with 17 rebounds, 5 assists and 5 blocks.

Oak Hill (VA) 72 Curie (IL) 39

Oak Hill simply had too much for Curie to handle. Troy Williams led the way with 16 points. R.J. Curington added 15.

Kentucky recruit Cliff Alexander had 26 points and 13 rebounds for Curie in the loss.

Travis (TX) 78 Louisville Ballard 76

Aaron Harrison led the way for Travis with 28 points, 5 rebounds and 4 steals. Twin brother Andrew chipped in 19 points, 10 boards and 6 assists.

Quentin Snider, who is committed to Louisville, led Ballard with 28 points.

Saturday, December 1

Warren Central 67 Graves County 64
I missed this game entirely.

Harrisburg (IL) 78 Calloway County 55

I arrived at the arena in the fourth quarter well after this one had already been decided. I’m told that Calloway County sophomore Parker Adams played well. He finished with 18 points in the loss.

Bullitt East 78 Hopkinsville 65
I have watched Bullitt East play twice this season and both times I walked away feeling like Rusty Troutman was the best player in the game.


This was a very competitive game between two top 10 teams in the state until Troutman simply took over late in the third quarter and throughout the fourth. The Bellarmine signee led all scorers with 32 points and was essentially unstoppable in the second half.
University of Kentucky signee Derek Willis had to sit this one out as part of his two-game suspension for being ejected from Bullitt East’s season-opening win over Lafayette.

Bullitt East:
- Rusty Troutman (Bellarmine): Bellarmine got a steal with Troutman. He is deadly from the outside and athletic enough to create his own shots. Troutman is one of the top guards in Kentucky.

- Elliot Young (Hearing from NAIA schools, including St. Catharine College): Young didn't do much the first time I watched him against Lafayette but had a solid performance here. Has a nice skillset and finished up his night with a hard dunk.
- Tre Rakes (Hearing from NAIA schools, including St. Catharine College and Pikeville): I've heard two college coaches call this kid "a winner." He is a little small but overcomes his lack of height with speed and intangibles. He's a very nice point guard.



My Thoughts:
- Hopkinsville is a nice team and they play fast and extremely hard. I really like their backcourt tandem of Jordan Majors and Tre Edwards.

- Bullitt East already has three quality wins on the young season. They have certainly earned their claim as a top 5 team in Kentucky.

Marshall County 46 Wilson Central (TN) 44
This game was rougher than a bunkhouse stampede. Marshall County (literally) battled their way to a hard fought win. The teams combined for 47 personal fouls, 26 turnovers and many bumps and bruises.

While the flow of the game was limited, I did come away impressed with Marshall County’s 6-foot-7 junior center Austin Rentfrow (pictured). He led the Marshals with 13 points, 8 rebounds and 3 blocked shots.
Chase Clark added 12 points and 5 rebounds for Marshall County.

My Thoughts:
- This one was pretty much an ugly game to watch but was very competitive, which kept it interesting.

- Marshall County is off to a 3-0 start, but will have a tough road test at Ohio County tonight.
Travis (TX) 64 Madison Central 57

Obviously, for the heavily pro-UK crowd in attendance, this game was all about the Harrison twins. It was clear from the start when the first three Travis players were introduced to a quiet, obligatory round of claps. Then, Andrew and Aaron Harrison were greeted with a standing ovation.

Travis:
- Andrew Harrison (Kentucky): Andrew took over when his brother was on the bench in foul trouble. He led Travis with 25 points, 12 rebounds and 5 assists. He is cool, calm and collected. Kentucky fans are going to be very, very happy when they see the Harrison twins in blue next season.

- Aaron Harrison (Kentucky): Aaron was limited in this one after picking up three fouls in the first quarter.

Madison Central:
- Dominique Hawkins (Undecided): Hawkins put in a game-high 29 points on 11-18 shooting. He was guarded most of the night by Andrew Harrison. Some coaches backed off of Hawkins during the summer but I have a feeling his phone is going to be ringing soon.

- Quan Taylor (Undecided): Taylor is an athletic freak. He isn't physically overwhelming at 6-foot-5 but plays way above the rim. He had arguably the most impressive dunk of the entire weekend late in the game against Travis.



My Thoughts:

- The Harrison twins are the real deal. That’s the bottom line. They could come in and be stars for Kentucky right now.

- It was unfortunate for fans in attendance that Aaron Harrison was unable to play significant minutes in this one. He picked up his third foul in the first quarter. Risky move by the Travis coach and the gamble didn’t pay off.
- Madison Central is one of the top teams in the state and Dominique Hawkins is a star. I was told by a coach in attendance that some OVC schools have backed off Hawkins and hesitated to give him offers. I would check him out again before I made a final decision. He gave Andrew Harrison all he could handle in a one-on-one matchup.

- High school fans will want to keep an eye on the Madison Central game at Montgomery County this Friday night.

- Last thought…I’m not sure I’m sold on Travis being a top 5 team in America. While they are very good, their big men happen to play point guard and shooting guard. I don’t see them as being on the same level as Huntington Prep and Oak Hill Academy.

Oak Hill (VA) 89 Memphis Southwind (TN) 73

I would call this the highest level game in terms of collective talent that I watched during the weekend. With Division I talent all over the court, this game had the feel of a college game.
Oak Hill:

- Troy Williams (Indiana)

- Sindarius Thornwell (South Carolina)
- Nate Britt (North Carolina)

- Ikenna Iroegbu (Washington State)
- R.J. Curington (2013; has many offers, including WKU and Murray State)

- Lennard Freeman (2014, has a long list of offers that includes Memphis, VCU and Xavier)
Southwind:

- Johnathan Williams (Missouri)
- Jajuan Johnson (Marquette)

Marquette head coach Buzz Williams was at the game to watch Johnson (blue shirt in picture)
Thornwell led the Warriors with 31 points and 8 rebounds. He was 10-17 from the field. Curington added 21 points. Nate Britt chipped in 10.

Johnson led Southwind with 31 points and 4 steals. Williams had 19 points and 13 boards.
My thoughts:

-  I feel that Oak Hill was the best team, from top-to-bottom, that I have watched this season. Huntington Prep is on the same level, and has the best player, but Oak Hill just looks better at this point. Let’s face it, we all want to see these two teams do battle.
- Jajuan Johnson and Johnathan Williams are very good. The Southwind team wasn’t able to keep up with Oak Hill, but Johnson and Williams were as good as anyone on an individual level.

- If Oak Hill has a weakness, it’s depth. The Warriors only go about 8 deep with their starting unit all playing heavy minutes.
Huntington Prep (WV) 74 Briarcrest Christian (TN) 40

Huntington Prep simply had too much talent for Briarcrest. Andrew Wiggins quietly put in 25 points to lead the way.
Memphis commit Austin Nichols played well for Briarcrest.

Wiggins was named Most Valuable Player of the Hoopfest following the final game.


Huntington Prep:

- Andrew Wiggins (Top player in 2013 class, Kentucky, FSU in the mix): Best high school player in the world. He could likely go to the NBA and be a star right now.
- Dominic Woodson (Baylor): Woodson is a big, big kid. He certainly has the talent to be really good but will need to be in better shape when he gets to Baylor.

- Moses Kingsley (Arkansas): Kingsley is a very talented big man. He gets off the ground quickly and is explosive. He might be the only player I've ever seen who wears a long-sleeve t-shirt during games.
- Xavier Rathan-Mayes (Florida State): He was a little slowed by a banged up knee in the game I watched but still played weel. Rathan-Mayes is an assassin beyond the three-point line. FSU is going to like this kid a lot.

- Travon Landry (Tennessee): Landry does what a good point guard needs to do. I've watched him a few times now and while he has never stood out, he has also never made many mistakes.
- Montaque Gill-Caesar (one of the top players in the class of 2015): This kid is going to be a star. Kentucky fans will want to keep an eye on him as he is likely to find himself on John Calipari's radar soon.

- Patrick Strake (2013, has D2 to low-major potential): I love the effort that Strake gives off the bench. He's not a high-major prospect, but he'll surely find himself with college opportunities. I love his hustle and winning mentality.
Briarcrest:

- Austin Nichols (Memphis): was impressed by his fundamentals and composure. He has all the moves on the post. Memphis is getting a solid big man.
Thoughts on the Event:

The Marshall County Hoopfest is absolutely a first-class event. It is well-organized and the folks running the showcase go out of their way to make the weekend perfect for the teams, fans and media.

From a media perspective, we  were welcomed at the door with open arms, given a booklet filled with information about the tournament and passes to the hospitality room (aka the media's favorite spot). The food was great and every details was covered, all the way down to the SEC Football Championship game on a big screen.

From top-to-bottom, I was thoroughly impressed with the Hoopfest and will be looking forward to attending next season.

Best Player I Watched: Andrew Wiggins, Huntington Prep

Best Team I Watched: 1a) Oak Hill Academy, 1b) Huntington Prep

Cumberlands, Pikeville in Top 5 of NAIA DI Coaches Poll

University of the Cumberlands (10-0) has risen 23 spots to No. 2 in the nation in the new NAIA Division I Men's Basketball Coaches' Top 25 Poll. Cumberlands was ranked No. 25 in the preseason poll.

University of Pikeville (11-1) is up 5 places to No. 4, where the Bears are tied with Rogers State (Okla.).

Lindsey Wilson College (9-1) has climbed 3 spots to No. 8 in the new rankings.

Campbellsville University (7-2) enters the top 25 at No. 18 this week. They are tied with Life (Ga.).

Georgetown College has dropped all the out of the top 25 after losing back-to-back conference games at home.

2012 - 13 NAIA Division I Men's Basketball Coaches' Top 25 Poll - (Dec. 4)

RANK LAST WEEK^ SCHOOL 2012 – 13 RECORD TOTAL POINTS
1 2 Oklahoma Baptist (9) 9-1 279
225Cumberlands (Ky.) (1)10-0266
3 15 Lee (Tenn.) 9-0 264
T49Pikeville (Ky.)11-1246
T4 5 Rogers State (Okla.) 9-1 246
6 10 Columbia (Mo.) (1) 9-0 236
7 13 Westminster (Utah) 9-1 235
811Lindsey Wilson (Ky.)9-1217
9 20 Cal State San Marcos 7-3 201
10 NR Lewis-Clark State (Idaho) 10-0 188
11 17 Texas Wesleyan 6-1 181
12 16 MidAmerica Nazarene (Kan.) 9-2 179
13 19 Xavier (La.) 9-1 177
14 NR Science & Arts (Okla.) 7-1 176
15 NR William Carey (Miss.) 7-1 160
16 21 Evangel (Mo.) 8-3 152
17 NR Faulkner (Ala.) 10-1 116
T18RVCampbellsville (Ky.)7-2112
T18 RV Life (Ga.) 6-3 112
20 RV SAGU (Texas) 7-1 111
21 24 Southern-New Orleans (La.) 3-1 106
22 RV Oklahoma City 5-1 101
23 23 Montana State-Northern 11-2 95
24 NR Bethel (Tenn.) 11-1 75
25 17 John Brown (Ark.) 8-1 72

Others receiving votes: Georgetown (Ky.) 47; Texas College 39; Rocky Mountain (Mont.) 27; West Virginia Tech 19; Central Methodist (Mo.) 18; Emmanuel (Ga.) 18; Park (Mo.) 9; Wiley (Texas) 5 Philander Smith (Ark.) 3; Loyola (La.) 3;

^ Indicates ranking in 2012 - 13 Preseason Top 25 (Oct. 23)

EKU's Glenn Cosey Named Newcomer of the Week Again

Eastern Kentucky's Glenn Cosey was named OVC Newcomer of the Week for the second time on Monday.

Here is the release from the OVC:

NEWCOMER

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

Cosey, the transfer from Columbus State Community College, earned his second OVC Newcomer of the Week honor of the season after averaging 18.0 points, 3.5 assists, 2.0 rebounds and 2.0 steals/game while hitting 50 percent (13-of-26) from the field, 53.8 percent (7-of-13) from 3-point range and 100 percent (3-of-3) from the charity stripe. Cosey scored 21 points on 8-of-13 shooting (4-of-7 3-pointers) while adding five assists and four steals in a victory over Delaware State to begin the week. In a come-from-behind win over Western Carolina he hit 3-of-6 3-pointers on his way to 15 points, while also pulling down four rebounds and dishing out two assists. As EKU trailed Western Carolina by 10 with 6:38 to play, Cosey played a key role down the stretch, including a layup with 1:15 to go to tie the game and a jumper with 27 seconds left that gave the Colonels its first lead in over 31 minutes of playing time. Cosey currently ranks third in the OVC in scoring (17.9 points/game), ninth in field goal percentage (53.7%) and first in assist-to-turnover ratio (+3.1).

Others Nominated: Jarrett Stokes, Morehead State; Jeremiah Samarrippas, Tennessee Tech; Justin Childs, UT Martin.

Complete Release

Bellarmine Holds, Kentucky Wesleyan Moves Up in Top 25

Bellarmine University (5-0) holds at No. 5 this week in the NABC/Division II Coaches Poll.

Kentucky Wesleyan (4-0) moves up three spots to No. 16 this week.

NABC/Division II Coaches Poll (Dec. 4, 2012)

W-L Pts Pvs

1 West Liberty [12] 6-0 393 1
2 Washburn [1] 6-0 377 2
3 Metro State [1] 5-0 361 3
4 Alabama-Huntsville [1] 7-1 338 4
5 Bellarmine [1] 5-0 336 5
6 Western Washington 6-0 326 6
7 Southern Indiana 4-0 295 8
8 Seattle Pacific 7-1 266 13
9 Cal Poly Pomona 6-0 264 14
10 Barton 7-0 255 11
11 Lincoln Memorial 6-0 232 12
12 Northwest Missouri 6-0 205 17
13 Findlay 4-1 157 16
14 St. Cloud State 4-0 154 22
15 Franklin Pierce 5-1 150 7
16 Kentucky Wesleyan 4-0 148 19
17 Indianapolis 6-0 131 24
18 Winona State 6-2 125 9
19 Christian Brothers 4-1 116 10
20 Minnesota State 5-0 85 nr
21 Augusta State 4-0 72 nr
22 Indiana (Pa.) 5-1 60 15
23 North Alabama 7-0 41 nr
24 Assumption 7-0 40 nr
25 West Texas A&M 7-1 36 18

[ ] first place votes

Anthony Davis to Miss at Least Another Week

New Orleans Hornets rookie Anthony Davis is expected to miss at least another full week due to a stress reaction in his left ankle.

Here is more from NOLA.com:

New Orleans Hornets rookie Anthony Davis is expected to be sidelined for another week because of a stress reaction in his left ankle that has forced him to miss seven consecutive games, Coach Monty Williams said Sunday.

"If I have to guess, I think he’s a week away from us thinking about him ramping up his conditioning; let alone playing,'' Williams said. "So I just think it's still far off.''

Davis dressed for Sunday's practice at the New Orleans Arena but didn't participate in any contact work. He wore a protective boot during Saturday night's game against the Oklahoma City Thunder at the New Orleans Arena.

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Georgetown College Gets Back to Winning Ways, Blasts Knoxville

Georgetown College 96
Knoxville College 72

Final from Georgetown, Kentucky

Game recap by GC:

Georgetown College men's basketball got back to its winning ways with 96-72 win over Knoxville College Monday night in Davis-Reid Alumni Gym. The Tigers improve to 8-3 on the season.

Five GC players reached double-digits behind Vic Moses' 23. Mychal Parker had 16, Deondre McWhorter 13, while Allan Thomas and Monty Wilson each had 11. Wilson led the team in rebounding with 10 for the double-double.

Demetrius Dorsey led KC with 22 points. Leon Boddie chipped in with 15 and Demond Johnson 10.
The Bulldogs showed fight at times, trimming a 20-point halftime deficit to 12 on a 10-2 run that had Tiger coach Chris Briggs calling for time. His team found its rhythm again and the lead ballooned back to 27 late in the game.

GC now enters the finals break before returning to action 7 pm Dec. 14 hosting Kentucky Christian University.

Karl Towns Commits to Kentucky, Reclassifies to 2014

Karl Towns, one of the top players in the class of 2015, has committed to the University of Kentucky.

In addition, Towns plans to reclassify to the class of 2014.

Towns is a 6-foot-10 center at St. Joseph's (NJ) High School.
 


















"Karl Towns" was trending nationally on Twitter right after the announcement:

 

John Calipari Talks About Samford, His Tweeter and More

Kentucky head coach John Calipari previews tonight's game against Samford, talks about his players and their "Tweeters" and more:

Monday, December 3, 2012

Jeff Goodman: Undefeated Eastern Kentucky is a Fraud

Jeff Goodman of CBSSports.com gave his thoughts on the remaining undefeated teams in college basketball earlier tonight.

The Eastern Kentucky Colonels are currently the only undefeated Division I team in the Bluegrass State.

Goodman feels that the Colonels have played a soft schedule on their own court. He says they are a fraud.

Here is an excerpt:

FRAUDS:

EASTERN KENTUCKY (7-0) -- Jeff Neubauer's Colonels have played seven consecutive games at home -- and come out on top each time. The list isn't pretty: Cincinnati Christian, Kennesaw, Towson, Radford, Norfolk State, Delaware State and Western Carolina. Win a road game and then we'll talk.

Next Game: Dec. 4 at N.C. Central
Next Test: Dec. 8 at Chattanooga
First Loss: Dec. 8 at Chattanooga

Complete Article

The Semester is Almost Over: Complete Schedule for the Week

Some teams around Kentucky are taking a break this week for final exams but there will still be plenty of action to keep an eye on.

Here is your complete Kentucky college basketball schedule for the upcoming week:

Monday, December 3

7:00 p.m. Knoxville College at Georgetown College
7:00 p.m. Alice Lloyd College at Milligan
7:00 p.m. Berea College at Tennessee Tech (Exhibition)

Tuesday, December 4

7:00 p.m. Eastern Kentucky University at North Carolina Central
7:00 p.m. Northern Kentucky University at Texas Tech
7:00 p.m. Brescia University at IU-Kokomo
7:00 p.m. Cincinnati-Clermont at Asbury University
7:00 p.m. Samford at University of Kentucky
7:30 p.m. Wilberforce at Kentucky State University
8:00 p.m. Bethel at Murray State University
9:00 p.m. University of Louisville at College of Charleston
9:00 p.m. Truett-McConnell at Lindsey Wilson College

Wednesday, December 5

5:00 p.m. University of the Cumberlands at Carver College
7:00 p.m. North Dakota State at Morehead State University
7:30 p.m. Earlham College at Transylvania University*
8:00 p.m. Southern Illinois at Western Kentucky University
TBA Alice Lloyd College at Virginia Intermont

Thursday, December 6

5:00 p.m. University of the Cumberlands at Life University
7:00 p.m. Union College at Berea College
7:30 p.m. Knoxville College at St. Catharine College
8:00 p.m. Kentucky State University at Kentucky Wesleyan College

Friday, December 7

7:00 p.m. Asbury University at Virginia Intermont
7:00 p.m. Cincinnati Christian at Kentucky Christian University
7:00 p.m. Lindsey Wilson College vs. Robert Morris College (at Campbellsville University)
9:00 p.m. Martin Methodist at Campbellsville University (Lou Cunningham Classic)
9:00 p.m. Mid-Continent University at Greenville College

Saturday, December 8

12:00 p.m. Portland at University of Kentucky
2:00 p.m. Asbury University at Milligan
2:00 p.m. Indiana State at Morehead State University
2:00 p.m. Missouri Kansas City at University of Louisville
2:05 p.m. Murray State University at Evansville
2:30 p.m. Wheeling Jesuit at Bellarmine University
3:00 p.m. Manchester College at Transylvania University*
3:00 p.m. Lindsey Wilson College vs. Martin Methodist (at Campbellsville University)
3:00 p.m. Brescia University at Alice Lloyd College*
3:00 p.m. Spalding University at IU-Southeast
3:00 p.m. Washington & Jefferson at Thomas More College*
4:00 p.m. IUPUI at Western Kentucky University
4:00 p.m. Morthland College at St. Catharine College
4:00 p.m. Mid-Continent University vs. Millikin University (at Greenville, Illinois)
5:00 p.m. Robert Morris College at Campbellsville University (Lou Cunningham Classic)
7:00 p.m. Eastern Kentucky University at UT-Chattanooga
7:00 p.m. Kentucky Christian University at Appalachian Bible College
7:00 p.m. Union College at Cincinnati Christian

Sunday, December 9

3:00 p.m. Berea College at Warren Wilson

* Conference Game

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