Saturday, December 15, 2012

Mark Stoops Introduced to Big Blue Nation at Rupp Arena

New Kentucky football coach Mark Stoops was introduced to the Big Blue Nation at Rupp Arena during today's basketball game against Lipscomb.

Stoops was the celebratory "Y" in the Kentucky cheer:


Lipscomb Basketball's Loudest Fan Invades Rupp Arena

Lipscomb basketball's loudest fan has invaded Rupp Arena for today's game (and he's sitting right behind me):




Friday, December 14, 2012

Back to the D-League for Terrence Jones

The Houston Rockets have sent former Kentucky star Terrence Jones back to the Rio Grande Valley Vipers of the NBA Development League.

Jones appeared in two games for the Vipers earlier this season. He averaged 22.5 points, 17.5 rebounds and 1.0 block in those two games.

The former Kentucky star has appeared in 8 games for the Rockets, averaging 4.3 points and 2.1 boards.

Jones is expected to play in tomorrow night's game against the Texas Legends.

Source: NBA.com

Highlights: Lindsey Wilson Defeats Robert Morris

Check out thsese highlights from Lindsey Wilson's big win over Robert Morris:

From Mt. Sterling to Manchester: Tales from the Weekend

I was on the road last weekend to check out some high school and college basketball around the Bluegrass state. I'm running a little late with my article but better late than never.

Here is a rundown from the weekend which included stops in Mt. Sterling, Lexington and Manchester...


The rainy drive to Mt. Sterling

On Friday, I travelled to Mt. Sterling to watch a battle of top 10 high school teams as Madison Central invaded Montgomery County.

The lesson learned on this trip was simple: Lexington is a very busy place on Friday evening after most folks are getting off work. Add cold rain to the mix and it’s nothing short of a mess.

I had originally planned to get to the game early but the long drive through Lexington derailed those plans. As it turned out, I was fortunate to make the opening tip.

Madison Central 78 Montgomery County 61

Madison Central proved that their impressive showing against nationally-ranked Travis (Tex.) at the Marshall County Hoopfest was no fluke.

Led by Dominique Hawkins and Ken-Jah Bosley, the Indians jumped out to a 26-10 advantage and never looked back.

Hawkins led the way with 24 points, 11 rebounds, 3 assists and 4 steals. Bosley finished with a team-high 25 points.

William & Mary signee Omar Prewitt led Montgomery County with 25 points and 11 boards.

Some notes and thoughts:

- Coaches from Morehead State, University of the Cumberlands, University of Pikeville and Georgetown College were in attendance at this one.

- Morehead State was there to watch Hawkins and he gave them a show. He was the best player on the floor in this one.

- That being said, Prewitt is no slouch. He was limited due to foul trouble, but still put on a show.

- I was impressed by the home atmosphere at Montgomery County High School. The fans are great, the arena is very nice and the student section is loud but not rude and obnoxious.



- I was equally impressed by the support that Central had with them on the road. There was an energetic student section behind the bench, which made for a great “battle” of student sections. My favorite cheer: Montgomery County students started chanting “we can’t see you!” The Central students were all wearing camouflage.



- It was a hair-raising moment before the game when a Pearl Harbor survivor was introduced. Just a great, great pregame moment.

- End of the day: Montgomery County started slow in this one but the final three quarters were pretty much even. I expect both teams to compete for their respective region titles.

Players who stood out:

- Dominique Hawkins (Madison Central): Hawkins is starting to open many eyes with his outstanding play this season. He is so fast and strong that he is almost unguardable in a one-on-one matchup (just ask the Harrison twins). He was the player of the game.

- Ken-Jah Bosley (Madison Central): 25 points speaks for itself; he knocked down jumpers, found his way to the rim and played a great all-around game. Bosley will be getting college looks, as well.

- Quan Taylor (Madison Central): Taylor didn’t have a great game offensively (9 points) but he caused a lot of problems defensively for Montgomery County. His ball-handling skills are a bit raw but he’s as explosive as anyone.

- Omar Prewitt (Montgomery County): Prewitt was in foul trouble, especially after picking up his 4th foul with 3:40 to play in the third quarter. He still managed to put in a team-high 25 points and gave his team opportunities to get back in the game late. They came up short but Prewitt is clearly one of the top players in the state.

- Bryan Wallace (Montgomery County): Does a great job of getting to the rim and finishing. He finished this one with 14 points on 7-for-12 shooting and 4 rebounds.

- Darius Jones (Montgomery County): I was impressed by Jones’ ability to score when Prewitt was out with foul problems. He knocked down some mid-range jumpers and showed off his athleticism. Jones also pulled down 11 rebounds.



Kentucky 74 Portland 46

Saturday morning I headed to Rupp Arena for Kentucky’s game against Portland.

The Wildcats are improving but have a long ways to go if they hope to make a Final Four run and defend their national title this season.

As for this game, Kentucky again showed signs of promise but also had long periods of lethargic play.

Probably the best news coming out of this one is that Ryan Harrow was able to dish out 6 assists and is hopefully getting on track to be the point guard UK needs him to be this season.

My “glass is half full” analysis: the talent is there and John Calipari is masterful at getting the most out of his team.

Check out the game recap here

For the first time in 15 years, I returned to Manchester
After player interviews at Rupp Arena, I immediately headed south on I-75 and set the GPS for Manchester and the Bobby Keith Classic.

It was the first time in just over 15 years that I made my way to Clay County. The last time I was in Manchester, I travelled there with the Alice Lloyd College JV basketball team for a scrimmage against Clay County High School.

At that time, Bobby Keith was still coaching the high school team and current head coach Robert Marcum had just finished up an outstanding career at Alice Lloyd. I can still remember watching Robert put up 40 and 50 points on a routine basis for the Eagles. He was never flashy, but he was one of the best scorers I can ever remember watching. I do believe he finished his career as ALC's all-time leading scorer (but don't hold me to that).

Now, Keith is the legend who has a great event and court named after him and Robert is well on the way to a great coaching career. It's amazing how things change over time.

The first thing I had to check out when I entered the gym was the trophy case. Clay County High School basketball is rich in tradition and the tales of Richie Farmer and Bobby Keith are nothing short of legendary in high school basketball lore.

Perry County Central 59 Southwestern 56

Perry Central built a double-digit lead but Southwestern fought back and actually had an opportunity to escape with a win late but the Commodores prevailed.

Central got 17 points from Braxton Beverly and 15 from Travis Stacy.

David Kapinga led Southwestern with 21 points. Isaiah Collier added 12 points and Justin Edwards chipped in 8.

Some notes and thoughts:

- Credit Central for a solid win against a good team but I had the feeling that Southwestern played like a tired team for three quarters. They seemed really out of sync and finally got it going a little in the final frame.

- One thing that has to be mentioned is that Central's Justin Johnson is still in street clothes awaiting an eligibility ruling. If he gets eligible, watch out for the Commodores.

- I really like how Braxton Beverly plays. He plays with a lot of control for a younger player.


- Southwestern is loaded with talent but they lost some senior leadership from last season's team that made a run to the state semifinals. At times, they looked like a young team but I have a feeling they'll be just fine when tourney time rolls around. I picked Warriors to win the 12th region last season and I'm staying with that pick for this season.

Players who stood out:

Braxton Beverly (Perry Central): As I said earlier, he plays with a ton of control for a young player with his scoring ability. He could very easily try to put up more shots for personal gain but does what's best for the team. During crunch time, he drove it to the paint several times and Southwestern was really unable to stop him. Keith presented Beverly with the Player of the Game trophy after the final buzzer.

Travis Stacy (Perry Central): I'm not sure where this kid came from but he knocked down several huge shots for the Commodores. His shooting ability was a big reason why Central pulled this one out. He is shooting almost 60% from long range on the season. If anything, he needs to shoot more.

Dalton Cornett (Perry Central): Cornett struggled with foul problems in this game but is leading the Commodores at 16.8 points and 11.4 rebounds per game this season. If Johnson gains eligibility and joins Cornett in the lineup...

David Kapinga (Southwestern): Kapinga is a little undersized but makes up for it with athleticism and speed. He led the comeback and had a great opportunity to tie the game in the closing seconds (foul?) but the shot rimmed out and the whistle didn't blow.

Justin Edwards (Southwestern): I've always liked how Edwards plays. He injured his hand the night before this one and was a little limited offensively but he is a force when healthy.

Dylan Gaskins (Southwestern): The Warriors needed a good big man and now they have one. I'm told that Gaskins has improved tremendously and is continuing to do so.

Isaiah Collier (Southwestern): Collier is only a sophomore and it one of the top young shooters in the state. He can flat knock it down from the outside.

Clay County 79 Louisville Holy Cross 49

I had to take off after the first game to meet a prior obligation but Clay County rolled. While I wasn't able to watch, I did speak to the PA guy and some fans about the Tigers. I was told to keep an eye on Tyler McDaniel and Marty Bowling.

McDaniel is averaging 18.5 points and shooting almost 40% from the three-point line this season. Bowling is averaging a double-double at 12.2 points and 11.5 rebounds per game.

Marcum has the team off to an impressive 5-1 start.

Yes, that really happened:

When I pulled into the entrance to Clay County High School, I noticed three men standing by the road looking at something on the ground. As I pulled closer, I realized that a deer had sprinted across the road and ran head first into the fence at the entrance of the school. Sadly, it had trapped itself and was unable to escape. I'll spare you any additional details but the deer was the talk of the gym for a while. If you hear that tale along the way, it's true.

Calipari Talks About Lipscomb and Spongebob Squarepants

Kentucky head coach John Calipari previews tomorrow's game against Lipscomb and talks about his players watching Spongebob Squarepants:

Randolph Morris Named Player of the Week in China

Former Kentucky big man Randolph Morris has been named Asia-Basket.com Player of the Week for week 8 in China's top-level CBA league.

Morris put in 41 points and 16 rebounds for Beijing in their 112-110 win over Xinjiang FT. The Ducks are currently on top of the league standings with a 6-1 record this season.

Here is more from Asia-Basket.com:

American power forward Randolph Morris (211-F/C-86) put on an extraordinary performance in the last round for top-ranked Beijing Ducks, receiving a Asia-basket.com Player of the Week award for round 8.


The 26-year old player had a double-double of 41 points and 16 rebounds, while his team edged out Xinjiang FT (#13, 3-5) 112-110. It allowed Beijing Ducks to take over top position in the Chinese CBA. Beijing Ducks have a solid 6-1 record. Morris has many years of experience at Beijing Ducks, through which he has constantly improved. Randolph Morris averages this season 22.1ppg and 9.4rpg.



Indiana Fans Spend 8 Days and $10,000 to Celebrate Watford's Shot in Christmas Lights

This Indiana basketball fan takes fandom to a whole new level. Check out this unbelievable display of Christmas lights that plays the IU fight song then celebrates Christian Watford's buzzer-beater against Kentucky:



Here is a news feature about the display (it took 8 days of 8-hour shifts to construct and costed approximately $10,000):



They put so much into that display that I'll be nice enough to play this video again - they have earned it:



The real winner here? The electric company...

Harrison Twins Outduel Aaron Gordon in Overtime

Kentucky signees Andrew and Aaron Harrison led Travis (Tex.) to a 56-53 overtime win over UK recruit Aaron Gordon and Archbishop Mitty (Cal.) last night.

Aaron Harrison, who hit a game-winning shot in the closing seconds of overtime, finished with a game-high 26 points on 7-for-29 field goal shooting.

Andrew Harrison was clearly hobbled by a hamstring injury and only totalled 10 points

Gordon, who ranks No. 6 overall on the Rivals.com list for 2013, finished with 14 points, including several rim-rocking dunks.

Kentucky's John Calipari, Orlando Antigua and Kenny Payne all made the trip to Missouri City, Texas to watch the game.

Here is some footage from the game:

Thursday, December 13, 2012

Marquis Teague Plays Well in Hinrich's Absence

Former Kentucky point guard Marquis Teague showed some encouraging signs of improvement in last night's game against Philadelphia.

Teague, playing in place of injured Kirk Hinrich, earned 20 minutes of action in the 96-89 victory. He finished with 6 points, 4 assists and 2 steals - most importantly, he played with confidence and poise.

Here's more from CSNChicago.com:

“Just wanted to be ready. Just doing whatever my team needed to help us win. Went out and defend the ball, give good pressure. Just make it tough on them and run the offense,” Teague, a prolific scorer in high school and national champion at Kentucky during his lone college season, said.

“It was great. It was fun. Just got a chance to go out there on the road with my team and get a win. That’s always great when you come out on top, so it just felt good.

“I just like the fact that I was playing good defense. That’s what I like to do, come out and just defend, show energy on the defensive end, just pick up energy. I got pressured a little too much at the end. I let him get in me. I should have made an easier play or something, just letting Jrue Holiday get in me,” continued the Indianapolis native.

“I just take whatever the defense gives me. If I’ve got to score, I’m going to score. If I’ve got a pass, I’m going to make the pass to one of my teammates. I played with different teams since I’ve been in high school. In high school, I played with teams that weren’t as good, so I had to score a lot of points. Now, I’m playing with guys who are on a higher level, so it’s easier to make a good pass to them because you know they’re going to score the ball.”


Complete Article

Derek Willis Leads Bullitt East Past Oldham County

Kentucky signee Derek Willis led Bullitt East to a 50-43 win over Oldham County on Tuesday night.

Here are some highlights:

MSU Coaches Show with Sean Woods for This Week

Here is the Morehead State coaches show with head coach Sean Woods for this week:

John Wall to Have Knee Re-Examined on Friday

Former Kentucky star John Wall will have his knee re-examined on Friday in New York, according to a report from ESPN.com.

The Washington Wizards hope the examination will provide an accurate timetable for Wall's return to the court. He has been sidelined since September 27.

Here is an excerpt from ESPN:

The Washington Wizards are hoping the visit will provide a more specific timetable as to when Wall will return to action. Wall has missed the entire season with a stress injury to his left patella.


After Altchek first diagnosed the injury Sept. 27, the Wizards announced Wall would be sidelined for about eight weeks. When that deadline passed, Wall said there was no timetable for his return, although he said he expects to play this season.

The Wizards said the original prognosis was eight to 12 weeks. The 12-week mark is Monday.

Complete Article

Wednesday, December 12, 2012

Male vs. Manual: Mascots Gone Wild

Check out this footage of the mascots getting a little intense at the Manual vs. Male game recently:

John Calipari Watching Bledsoe and Kidd-Gilchrist Tonight

Kentucky head coach John Calipari is watching former UK stars Eric Bledsoe and Michael Kidd-Gilchrist do battle in Charlotte tonight.

UKCoachCalipari With my two sons, Eric Bledsoe and Michael Kidd-Gilchrist, before their game tonight in Charlotte. So proud http://instagr.am/p/TKDfzuDSM9 

He posted this picture on Twitter:

DeMarcus Cousins Suspended One Game Without Pay

Former Kentucky star DeMarcus Cousins has been suspended one game without pay for striking Mavericks guard O.J.  Mayo in the "groin area."

SpearsNBAYahoo Kings center DeMarcus Cousins suspended one game without pay for striking Mavs guard O.J. Mayo.

Here is video footage of the incident:




Cousins had this to say in response to Mayo's comments following the incident:

“I heard,” Cousins said. “This coming from a guy that doesn’t have a great image himself. So what does his really mean? I’m fine with it.”


Mayo had problems with the NCAA in his one season at USC. After leaving for the NBA, the school would determine Mayo was ineligible his lone season for receiving improper benefits.

Mayo was also involved in a flight on the team plane with teammate Tony Allen over a gambling debt in 2010. Mayo has also been suspended 10 games for testing positive for a steroid.

Mayo said Cousins could be a franchise player “but I don’t think he wants it.”

“Is he a franchise player?” Cousins said. “So how is he going to tell me what I am.”

Cousins said he hadn’t heard from the NBA about being disciplined and he didn’t expect to be for hitting Mayo below the belt, which Cousins said was an accident.

“In slow motion it looks like I did on purpose,” Cousins said. “But you look in real speed you see what happened. Of course it’s gonna get thrown out there that I did it on purpose.”

Complete Article

John Calipari to Watch Karl Towns on Sunday

According to Adam Zagoria, John Calipari is expected to stop by the Hoop Group Tip-Off event Sunday to watch Kentucky commit Karl Towns in action.

AdamZagoria I'm told John Calipari will be at the Hoop Group Tip-Off event Sunday in NJ to watch 2014 commit Karl Towns of St. Joe's-Metuchen.

Towns, now a member of the 2014 recruiting class, recently committed to Kentucky.

Union College Hammers Cincinnati-Clermont

Union College 85
Cincinnati-Clermont 66

Final from Batavia, Ohio

Game recap by UC:

BATAVIA, Ohio - Union College guard Tarik Smith scored a team-high 27 points, as the Bulldogs raced past UC-Clermont in the second half on their way to an 85-66 victory on the road Tuesday.


With the victory, Union moved to 7-6 on the year, while UC-Clermont fell to 4-10 with the defeat.

"We defended well the entire game," said head coach Kevin Burton. "The zone we ran was very effective throughout the game. We got off to a slow start offensively, but once we finally got on a run, we put the game away. We also took care of the basketball, which was encouraging."

In the first half, it was a defensive slug fest, but one that saw Union maintain a lead for the majority of the period. The biggest lead the Bulldogs had in the first half was five points, as UC-Clermont continued to hang around. The Cougars made the last basket of the half with 24 seconds left, which cut the UC lead at the half to a single point at 39-38.

To start the second half, it continued to be a nip and tuck affair, with UC-Clermont tying the game up at 50-50 with 13 minutes left. Here, Union went on a big 10-0 run, opening up their biggest lead of the night at 60-50 with 10 minutes left after a Tyler Wagner jumper.

Complete Recap

Rick Pitino Working Hard on the Recruiting Trail This Week

Louisville head coach Rick Pitino has been hitting the recruiting trail hard in recent days.

On Monday, Pitino watched 2014 shooting guard Rashad Vaughn, who stars for Cooper (Minn.) High School.

jerrymeyer247 2014 #5 247Sports/#11 247Composite ranked Rashad Vaughn had Rick Pitino at his practice Monday. Profile w timeline- http://247sports.com/Player/Rashad-Vaughn-15630



He was at Whitney Young (Ill.) practice last night:

joehoopsreport Some heavy hitters checking in on Whitney Young this week. Louisville coach Rick Pitino & asst. Kareem Richardson at practice last night....


Whitney Young features 2014 stars Jahlil Okafor, L.J. Peak and Paul White. Okafor, a 6-foot-10 center, is considered one of the top players in the class of 2014. Peak and White are highly-regarded four-star prospects.

Pitino was spotted doing a little Christmas shopping in downtown Chicago:

Calipari to Watch Wiggins at Boyd County Roundball Classic

Kentucky head coach John Calipari is expected to attend Andrew Wiggins' game Saturday night in the Boyd County Roundball Classic in Ashland.

Huntington Prep will be facing Arlington County Day, which features several talented players.

Here is more from Herald-Dispatch.com:

Arlington Country Day has four players rated as mid-to-high major college prospects such as win Che Bob and forward Dante Buford.


"Both teams we play in the tournament have size, which means our bigs won't have to chase around 6-5 guys," Fulford said. "It'll be more man-on-man, see who is better. It's a big week."

Add in Wiggins and young talent Montaque Gill-Caesar -- a Class of 2015 prospect -- from Huntington Prep, and it's enough to bring any basketball enthusiast out.

That includes Kentucky head coach John Calipari, who has a vested interest in the game. Calipari and his staff are expected to make the trip Saturday following an afternoon home game with Lipscomb, Fulford said.

"It's a good week for them because most universities are in finals week so they don't have practice and very few games," Fulford said. "They will be out and about this week."

Complete Article

Huntington Prep will face Walnut Hills (Ohio) Friday night at 9:00 p.m. and Arlington Country Day Saturday night at 7:00 p.m.

Michael Jordan Goes 1-On-1 with Bobcats, Including MKG

Former NBA star and Charlotte Bobcats owner Michael Jordan showed up at practice yesterday in workout clothes.

Eventually, Jordan ended up on the court giving instruction and playing one-on-one with several Bobcats' players, including Michael Kidd-Gilchrist.

Here is a video from NBA.com:



After the practice, the players admitted that Jordan still has plenty of game remaining in his 49-year old tank.

Here are some comments via CharlotteObserver.com:

This year it was Gerald Henderson and rookie Michael Kidd-Gilchrist, with injured Tyrus Thomas throwing Jordan entry passes. Everyone left smiling, and maybe a little more savvy about basketball, too.


“He’s the best ever to play and he’s still got that competitive nature. He always feels he can help you,” said team captain Henderson. “We played one-one-one. That’s always fun. He wants to win.”

How much does a 49-year-old Jordan have left?

“He’s still got it. He can still shoot,” Henderson said. “I don’t know about his defense, but he can still score.”

Complete Article

Enes Kanter Doing Magic in a Spongebob Shirt

Check out former Kentucky big man Enes Kanter doing a magic trick...in a Spongebob Squarepants shirt:



And while you're at it, here's Enes doing magic tricks at an IHOP:


Tuesday, December 11, 2012

1996 Kentucky Wildcats Honored at Rupp Arena

The 1996 Kentucky Wildcats national championship team was recognized at Rupp Arena during the Portland game:

The Cult of Former UK Star Eric Bledsoe

Former Kentucky star Eric Bledsoe has turned into one of the top young stars in the NBA. According to ESPN.com, Bledsoe is now the NBA's newest cult hero.

Here is an excerpt:

As a result of this peculiar immunity, Bledsoe has become the NBA’s newest cult hero, the kind of player who causes viewers to talk at their LCDs and to insist that non-fans in the house come into the room to witness this pure testimony to basketball.


Bledsoe didn’t come into the league with much fanfare. He was the other guard on Kentucky’s young, talented 2009-10 squad led by John Wall, the No. 1 pick in the 2010 draft, and faced a familiar rap -- not pointy enough to succeed at the 1, but without the shot or size to play the 2. Off the floor, Bledsoe had little of Wall’s charisma and what’s called “makeup” in draftspeak.

On draft night, Bledsoe was plucked at No. 18, just behind Luke Babbitt and Kevin Seraphin. Clippers management, preparing for life after Baron Davis, ranked Bledsoe in their top 10, and dealt a protected future first-round pick to Oklahoma City for Bledsoe’s rights. That pick was conveyed to Boston last June and became Fab Melo at No. 22.

Bledsoe was raw during his first season, and injured for a good portion of his second. When he saw floor time, Bledsoe was a frenetic blur and his ball hawking showed up in the Clippers’ numbers, where a below-average defensive team was 8.5 points stingier per 100 possessions with Bledsoe on the court.

Complete Article

Three Mid-South Teams in Top 10 Heading Into Christmas Break

Three teams from the Mid-South Conference will spend the Christmas holiday ranked in the top 10 of the NAIA Division I Men's Basketball Coaches' Top 25 Poll.

For the second consecutive week, University of the Cumberlands (12-0) is ranked No. 2, University of Pikeville (11-1) is No. 4 and Lindsey Wilson College 12-1 is No. 8.

Campbellsville University (8-3) is down two spots to No. 20 in the latest poll.

Georgetown College and Mid-Continent University are receiving votes.

The next NAIA Division I Poll will be released January 8.

2012 - 13 NAIA Division I Men's Basketball Coaches' Top 25 Poll - (Dec. 11)


RANK LAST WEEK SCHOOL 2012 – 13 RECORD FINAL POINTS

1 1 Oklahoma Baptist (8) 10-1 279
2 2 Cumberlands (Ky.) (3) 12-0 274
3 3 Lee (Tenn.) 11-0 263
4 4 Pikeville (Ky.) 11-1 250
5 NR Westmont (Calif.) 7-1 242
6 6 Columbia (Mo.) 9-0 235
7 7 Westminster (Utah) 9-1 228
8 8 Lindsey Wilson (Ky.) 12-1 219
9 4 Rogers State (Okla.) 10-2 215
10 15 William Carey (Miss.) 9-1 183
11 10 Lewis-Clark State (Idaho) 12-0 181
12 11 Texas Wesleyan 8-1 180
13 12 MidAmerica Nazarene (Kan.) 10-2 174
14 14 Science & Arts (Okla.) 7-1 162
15 9 Cal State San Marcos 8-4 160
16 13 Xavier (La.) 9-2 140
17 24 Bethel (Tenn.) 12-1 132
18 16 Evangel (Mo.) 9-3 130
19 NR Concordia (Calif.) 6-3 119
20 18 Campbellsville (Ky.) 8-3 92
21 17 Faulkner (Ala.) 10-2 90
T22 22 Oklahoma City 6-1 89
T22 23 Montana State-Northern 11-2 89
24 RV Texas College 9-1 83
25 21 Southern-New Orleans (La.) 4-1 79

Others receiving votes: John Brown (Ark.) 68; Biola (Calif.) 37; SAGU (Texas) 29; Georgetown (Ky.) 25; Loyola (La.) 11; Montana Western 10; Mid-Continent (Ky.) 5; Culver-Stockton (Mo.) 5; Wiley (Texas) 4.

IU-Southeast Defeats St. Catharine College Again

IU-Southeast 90
St. Catharine 81

Final from Springfield, Kentucky

Game recap by SCC:

For the second consecutive year IU-Southeast has swept the season basketball series from the St. Catharine College Patriots. The Grenadiers, after winning earlier this year 84-71, completed the sweep in Lourdes Hall Tuesday afternoon with a 70-61 win over J.T. Burton’s team.


The game wasn’t actually as close as the nine-point final margin would indicate as the visitors took a 32-26 halftime lead and dominated most of the second period. The Patriots (6-5) were able to take a one point lead at 33-32 three minutes into the second half but that was the only advantage they would hold all day. The Grenadiers put together a 22-5 run to lead 54-38 and coasted from there.

Cameron Mitchell scored 13 points to lead IU-Southeast who shot 39 percent for the game. Tyrell Means and Haris Batalevic had 11 each and Kegan Clark had 10.

The Patriots, who shot 37 percent, were led by Omar Skinner’s 21 points. DeShawn Mitchell and Travis Wilkins had 15 and 10 respectively.

Mitchell led the Patriots in rebounding with 10 but the Grenadiers held a 33-31 advantage on the boards. Neither team handled the ball well as St. Catharine logged 24 turnovers, 16 of them in the second half, while IU-Southeast turned the ball over 21 times.

Complete Recap

Kentucky Wesleyan Up to No. 13 This Week, Bellarmine Holds

Kentucky Wesleyan (5-0) is up three places to No. 13 this week in the NABC/Division II Coaches Poll.

Bellarmine University (6-0) remains at No. 5 this week.

NABC/Division II Coaches Poll (Dec. 11, 2012)

W-L Pts Pvs

1 West Liberty [12] 8-0 393 1
2 Washburn [1] 7-0 377 2
3 Metro State [1] 7-0 361 3
4 Alabama-Huntsville [1] 7-1 344 4
5 Bellarmine [1] 6-0 340 5
6 Western Washington 7-0 333 6
7 Southern Indiana 5-0 296 7
8 Cal Poly Pomona 7-0 285 9
9 Seattle Pacific 8-1 276 8
10 Northwest Missouri State 8-0 247 12
11 St. Cloud State 6-0 223 14
12 Franklin Pierce 7-1 201 15
13 Kentucky Wesleyan 5-0 194 16
14 Indianapolis 7-0 187 17
15 Augusta State 5-0 160 21
16 Barton 7-1 134 10
17 Assumption 8-0 119 24
18 Indiana (Pa.) 6-1 114 22
19 Drury 6-0 109 nr
20 Lincoln Memorial 6-1 91 11
21 Minnesota State 6-1 54 20
22 Tampa 6-0 51 nr
23 Winston-Salem State 6-2 40 nr
24 Findlay 5-2 36 13
25 Alaska-Anchorage 7-2 32 Nr

[ ] first place votes

Tony Easley Named Player of the Week in SerieA

Former Murray State big man Tony Easley has been named Eurobasket.com Player of the Week for week 11 in Italy's top-level SerieA league.

Here is more from Eurobasket.com:

American forward Tony Easley (206-F-87, agency: Pro One Sports) had an amazing evening in the last round for second-ranked Banco di Sard., receiving a Eurobasket.com Player of the Week award for round 11.

The 25-year old player was the main contributor (23 points, four rebounds) to his team's victory, helping them to crush Trenkwalder RE (#10, 5-6) with 21-point margin 105-84. Banco di Sard. maintains the 2nd position in Italian SerieA. They are still close to the very top. Banco di Sard. would have been even better if they kept winning the games like in the last round. They have a solid 9-2 record. It's Easley's second year at Banco di Sard. and it's hard to imagine this team without him. Tony Easley averages this season 12.5ppg and 6.8rpg.

Roy Williams to Watch Andrew Wiggins Tomorrow

North Carolina head coach Roy Williams will watch 2013 star Andrew Wiggins tomorrow night.

According to Huntington Prep head coach Rob Fulford, Wiggins also plans to visit Kansas, North Carolina and Kentucky in the spring.

Here is more from ZagsBlog.com:

North Carolina coach Roy Williams will watch Andrew Wiggins on Wednesday when Huntington (W.V.) Prep plays University of Charleston JV.


The 6-foot-8 Wiggins is the No. 1 prospect in the Class of 2013 and plans on taking official visits in the spring to Kentucky, North Carolina and Kansas following his official to Florida State last week. His fifth official visit has not been determined, but Syracuse and Ohio State remain in the mix.

“Andrew’s been pretty open all along that he’s wide open,” Huntington coach Rob Fulford told SNY.tv Tuesday. “He’s going to take all of his visits. Right now he knows that four of them are taken — Kansas, Kentucky, Florida State and North Carolina.

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Highlights of Andrew Wiggins vs. Aquille Carr

Check out these highlights of 5-foot-6 Aquille Carr taking on 6-foot-8 Andrew Wiggins recently (Wiggins had 16 points, 14 rebounds; Carr had 22 points - FINAL: Huntington Prep 75 Princeton Day 69):

Shelvin Mack Named NBA D-League Performer of the Week

Former Butler star Shelvin Mack has been named NBA Development League Performer of the Week for games played December 3-9.

Mack averaged 22.3 points, 7.3 assists and 4.7 rebounds for the Maine Red Claws in three games last week.

Here is the release from the D-League:

NEW YORK, Dec. 10, 2012 – Shelvin Mack of the Maine Red Claws was today named NBA Development League Performer of the Week for games played Dec. 3-9.


A 6-3, 215-pound guard out of Butler, Mack led the Red Claws to a 3-0 record for the week, averaging 22.3 points, 7.3 assists, 4.7 rebounds and 41.3 minutes. He scored a team-high 26 points on Saturday, Dec. 8 in a 116-114 win over the Fort Wayne Mad Ants, returning the next night to dish out 10 assists in a 103-90 win over the Canton Charge on Dec. 9.

Originally selected in the second round (34th overall) of the 2011 NBA Draft by the Washington Wizards, Mack played in 64 games for Washington last season and owns NBA career averages of 3.6 points, 2.0 assists, 1.4 rebounds and 12.2 minutes.

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Mayo Says DeMarcus Cousins "Has Mental Issues" After Altercation

Dallas Mavericks star O.J. Mayo and Sacramento Kings big man DeMarcus Cousins had an altercation in last night's game that resulted in double technical fouls.

After the game, Mayo didn't hold back his displeasure for Cousins.

Here is more from Dallasnews.com:

“Man, that guy has mental issues,” Mayo said. “He’s a talented player. He has an opportunity to be the face of the organization, but I don’t think he wants it.”

Mayo said he asked the referees to review the incident on videotape during halftime. Mayo said he has little doubt it’s a fine-able or suspendable offense.

“Big maturity problem,” Mayo said of Cousins. “Hopefully he’ll grow out of it and become great. He definitely has the talent.”

During the third quarter, as Sacramento made a charge that closed the gap to 77-66, Carlisle barked something at Cousins.

“I really like him as a player _ and I was expressing that to him,” Carlisle deadpanned after the game.


Here is the look at the incident, which Cousins described as unintentional:

Photos from the 2012 Bobby Keith Classic

I watched a lot of basketball over the weekend, including stops in Mount Sterling, Rupp Arena and Manchester.

I'll have a lengthy post on the weekend adventure tomorrow but for now, here are a few pictures I snapped at the Bobby Keith Classic at Clay County High School (yes, I found Richie):







Monday, December 10, 2012

Kentucky Wins Two Games and Drops in Both Major Polls

The Kentucky Wildcats (6-3) won both their games during the last week but actually dropped in both major college basketball polls this week. The Cats are ranked No. 22 in the USA Today Coaches Poll and are receiving votes in the AP Top 25.

Louisville (8-1) sits at No. 6 in both polls this week.

AP Top 25


RK TEAM RECORD PTS

1 Indiana (44) 9-0 1,580
2 Duke (20) 9-0 1,551
3 Michigan 9-0 1,444
4 Syracuse 8-0 1,378
5 Florida 7-0 1,319
6 Louisville 8-1 1,303
7 Ohio State 6-1 1,211
8 Arizona 7-0 1,178
9 Kansas 7-1 1,087
10 Illinois 10-0 991
11 Cincinnati 9-0 944 12 Missouri 8-1 877 13 Minnesota 10-1 714 14 Gonzaga 9-1 699 15 Georgetown 7-1 577 16 Creighton 9-1 525 17 New Mexico 10-0 512 18 San Diego State 7-1 491 19 Michigan State 8-2 328 20 UNLV 7-1 305 21 North Carolina 7-2 298 22 Notre Dame 8-1 283 23 Wichita State 9-0 280 24 Oklahoma State 7-1 251 25 North Carolina State 6-2 213

Others receiving votes: Oregon 177, Pittsburgh 177, Kentucky 44, Wyoming 15, Connecticut 10, Marquette 8, Virginia Commonwealth 6, Maryland 5, Butler 5, Murray State 4, Miami (FL) 3, Alabama 3, Virginia Tech 3, LSU 1

USA Today Coaches Poll

RK TEAM RECORD PTS

1 Indiana (25) 9-0 769
2 Duke (6) 9-0 749
3 Michigan 9-0 705
4 Syracuse 8-0 663
5 Florida 7-0 644
6 Louisville 8-1 609
7 Ohio State 6-1 586
8 Arizona 7-0 568
9 Kansas 7-1 537
10 Illinois 10-0 465
11 Missouri 8-1 450 12 Cincinnati 9-0 447 13 Creighton 9-1 338 14 Gonzaga 9-1 325 15 San Diego State 7-1 292 16 Minnesota 10-1 225 17 UNLV 7-1 224 18 North Carolina 7-2 222 19 Michigan State 8-2 213 20 New Mexico 10-0 207 21 Georgetown 7-1 163 22 Kentucky 6-3 125 23 Oklahoma State 7-1 116 24 Notre Dame 8-1 110 25 North Carolina State 6-2 93

Others receiving votes: Wichita State 88, Pittsburgh 74, Oregon 32, Connecticut 10, Murray State 10, Wyoming 8, Butler 4, Ole Miss 2, Virginia Commonwealth 2

Ed Daniel, Glenn Cosey Earn OVC Honors This Week

Murray State's Ed Daniel was named Ohio Valley Conference Player of the Week earlier today. Daniel averaged 22.0 points, 14.5 rebounds, 1.5 blocks and 1.5 steals per game during the week.

Eastern Kentucky's Glenn Cosey was named Co-Newcomer of the Week after putting in 17.0 points, 6.5 rebounds and 4.5 assists per game.

Here is an excerpt from the OVC release:

adidas® OVC Players of the Week

PLAYER

Ed Daniel, F • Sr., 6-7, 228 • Birmingham, Ala. • Murray State Daniel averaged 22.0 points, 14.5 rebounds, 1.5 blocks, 1.5 steals and 1.0 assists/game as Murray State won twice to improve to 7-1 on the season. Daniel also hit 65.2 percent (15-of-23) from the field and 63.6 percent (14-of-22) from the free throw line in the wins. The senior notched double-doubles in both contests to increase his season total to an OVC-best six on the year (all of which have come in the past six games). He had 23 points, 14 rebounds, two assists and two steals in 25 minutes of action against Bethel and followed that with 21 points, 15 rebounds, three blocks and a steal in a come-from-behind road win over Evansville on Saturday. That road victory was the 15th in a row for the Racers, which is the longest road winning streak nationally. Daniel currently ranks fourth nationally in rebounding (12.1/game).

Others Nominated: Travis Betran, Austin Peay; Ian Clark, Belmont; Glenn Cosey, Eastern Kentucky; Angelo Warner, Morehead State; Tyler Stone, Southeast Missouri; Robert Covington, Tennessee State; Myles Taylor, UT Martin.

CO-NEWCOMER   Glenn Cosey, G • Jr., 6-0, 182 • Flint, Mich. • Eastern Kentucky Cosey averaged 17.0 points, 6.5 rebounds, 4.5 assists and 3.5 steals/game in a pair of Eastern Kentucky road victories. The two road wins improved EKU to 9-0 on the season, the best start for the program in 66 years (1946-47). The transfer from Columbus State Community College scored 23 points on 6-of-12 3-point shooting in Saturday’s victory over Chattanooga. Cosey played all 40 minutes and also grabbed six rebounds, dished out five assists and had three steals. The six made 3-pointers were one shy of the EKU single-game record. He began the week with 11 points, seven rebounds, four assists and four steals in a win over North Carolina Central. In that game he made back-to-back 3-pointers late in the contest to turn a four-point lead into a 10-point advantage. It marks the third time this season Cosey has been named OVC Newcomer of the Week.  

Others Nominated: Chad Posthumus, Morehead State; Tobias Dowdell, UT Martin.

It's Finals Week: Complete Schedule for the Week

This will be a slow week as many college teams around Kentucky are breaking for finals and the end of the semester.

Here is a look at the schedule:

Monday, December 10

No Games

Tuesday, December 11

Noon IU-Southeast at St. Catharine College
5:00 p.m. Union College at Cincinnati-Clermont

Wednesday, December 12

7:30 p.m. Spalding Univeristy at Anderson College

Thursday, December 13

No Games

Friday, December 14

7:00 p.m. Brescia University at Campbellsville University
7:00 p.m. Kentucky Christian University at Georgetown College
7:00 p.m. IU-Southeast at University of the Cumberlands
7:00 p.m. Centre College at Berea College
7:30 p.m. Cincinnati Clermont at Bellarmine University

Saturday, December 15

11:00 a.m. Life University at University of Pikeville
12:30 p.m. Lipscomb at University of Kentucky
2:30 p.m. University of Louisville at Memphis
3:00 p.m. Spalding University at Thomas More College
4:00 p.m. Transylvania University at Bluffton*
4:30 p.m. Lindsey Wilson College at Kentucky Wesleyan College (Exhibition for LWC)
5:00 p.m. St. Catharine College at Morthland College
7:30 p.m. Nova Southeastern at Bellarmine University

Sunday, December 16

3:00 p.m. Western Kentucky University at Murray State University
6:00 p.m. Eastern Kentucky University at Illinois

* Conference Game

No. 2 Cumberlands Defeats Carver College, Moves to 12-0

(2) Cumberlands 92
Carver Colelge  72

Final from Atlanta, Georgia

Game recap by UC:
The NAIA #2 ranked University of the Cumberlands (UC) Men's Basketball team looked to continue its perfect season this week as they traveled to Georgia to take on Carver College and Life University on Wednesday and Thursday respectively. The Patriots would take a 20 point victory away from Carver on Wednesday and sneak away with a 4 point win over Life on Thursday to stay unbeaten on the year.

On Wednesday, the Patriots traveled to Atlanta, GA to take on Carver College. Carver did attempt to keep the game close, but the solid shooting of the Patriots kept them in front for a large majority of the game as they defeated Carver 92-72. Senior Benito Santiago, Jr. (Coamo, Puerto Rico) led the Patriots with 24 points on the night. Antonio Bumpus (Columbus, OH) and Ernie McCoy (Columbus, OH) both also pitched in 21 points each in the victory.

On Thursday, UC stuck around in Marietta, GA as they took on #18 Life University in a battle between two NAIA Top 25 teams. The Patriots had a 16 point lead at one point in the 1st half but a 7-0 run by the Eagles made it a 38-29 game at halftime. Solid shooting from the free throw line in the 2nd half was a big key to the Patriots' 81-77 victory. Bumpus had another stellar game with 28 points and 5 rebounds as he went 15-18 from the free throw line. Steve Goins (Chicago, IL) was a huge factor in the game as he went 6-7 from the field and 6-6 from the free throw line totaling 18 points and 13 rebounds.

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Julius Randle Plans to Visit Kansas in February

Kentucky recruit Julius Randle plans to visit Kansas on February 19 for the Texas game, according to ZagsBlog.com.

Here is an excerpt:

Julius Randle will visit Kansas Feb. 16 for the Texas game, a source with direct knowledge confirmed to SNY.tv.

Jerry Meyer of 247 Sports first reported it on Twitter.

The 6-foot-9 was originally supposed to visit Kansas Dec. 29 for the American game, but the students won’t be on campus then. Carolyn Kyles, Randle’s mother, called Kansas asking for a different weekend.

Randle is considering Kentucky, Kansas, Texas, Oklahoma, Florida and N.C. State and will sign in the spring.

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Andrew Harrison Out with Knee Injury, Travis Loses First Game

Kentucky signee Andrew Harrison injured his knee in a game late last week. Details of the injury have not been announced.

As a result, Travis (Tex.) High School lost their first game of the season over the weekend, a 57-49 loss in the championship game of the Outback Tournament.

Aaron Harrison put in 36 of Travis' 49 points but it wasn't enough to overcome Bush (Tex.) High School.

Here's more on the game

The Worst Free Throw Attempt Ever...And It's Not Close

Watch as an Appalachian State player puts up the worst free throw attempt in the history of college basketball (you know it's bad when the announcer simply says, "good Lord."):



That attempt makes former UK star Chuck Hayes look like Ray Allen at the line:

Tubby Smith Wins No. 500 at Southern Cal

Minnesota head coach Tubby Smith earned career win No. 500 over the weekend when his Golden Gophers defeated USC 71-57.

Smith is not the 18th active head coach to have at least 500 wins.

Here is Tubby speaking to a class about how he got into the coaching profession:

Sunday, December 9, 2012

Portland Coach Compares Kentucky to 2010-11 Team

Portland head coach Eric Reveno said after Saturday's game that he sees some similarities between the Kentucky Wildcats and John Calipari's 2010-11 team (Brandon Knight, Josh Harrellson, etc.).

Here is Reveno speaking to the media after the game:


John Calipari and Staff Visit Dakari Johnson

Kentucky head coach John Calipari and his staff visited with 2013 star Dakari Johnson earlier today.

Johnson posted a picture from the visit on his Twitter account:

dslowmotion22 Had a nice talk tonight with coach cal,coach o, and coach Payne http://instagr.am/p/TCakV3S1pq/

Johnson is a 6-foot-10 center at Montverde Academy (Fla.). He ranks No. 13 overall on the Rivals.com list for 2013.  

Video: James Young Opens Season with a Bang

Check out this video of Kentucky signee James Young going off in the first game of his senior season at Rochester:

Western Kentucky Blows By IUPUI, Moves to 8-2

Western Kentucky 77
IUPUI 57

Final from Bowling Green, Kentucky

Game recap by WKU:

BOWLING GREEN, Ky. — A solid all-around team effort and 25 points and nine assists from Jamal Crook helped the Hilltoppers to their 10th-straight home win and sixth-straight overall Saturday afternoon against IUPUI, 77-57. WKU is now 8-2 on the season and is off to its best start to a season since beginning the 2006-07 campaign with an identical 8-2 mark. IUPUI is now 3-8.


In earning the 20-point win, WKU did not trail in the game. The Hilltoppers have now been ahead on the scoreboard for the last 82:02 of game action, spanning the final 2:02 of the game at Troy on December 1 and the entire Southern Illinois game on December 5.

WKU has now won 15 of the last 18 games overall.

Crook's 25 points on 11-of-17 shooting and nine assists were one shy of career highs in each category. George Fant contributed 13 points and six rebounds, and Kevin Kaspar drained three three-pointers and set career highs with six rebounds and five assists. Brandon Harris also added nine points and eight rebounds, and Percy Blade scored eight points in 13 minutes off the bench. IUPUI was paced by 13 points from both Ian Chiles and Jordan Shanklin.

The Hilltoppers shot a season best 55.8 percent from the field (29-for-52) and buried eight three-pointers as a team. The WKU defense limited the Jaguars to 36.4 percent from the floor.

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