Saturday, December 22, 2012

DeMarcus Cousins Suspended Indefinitely by Sacramento

The Sacramento Kings have suspended DeMarcus Cousins indefinitely following a locker room altercation with head coach Keith Smart during last night's game against the Clippers.

sam_amick Sacramento Kings announce they've suspended DeMarcus Cousins "indefinitely for unprofessional behavior and conduct detrimental to the team."

Jon Hood Out Today with Upper Respiratory Illness

According to University of Kentucky spokesman DeWayne Peevy, junior reserve Jon Hood will miss today's game against Marshall with an upper respiratory illness.

DeMarcus Cousins Left in Halftime Locker Room, Apologizes After Game

Former Kentucky star DeMarcus Cousins was left in the locker room during the half of Sacramento's 97-85 loss to the Clippers.

Cousins was reportedly involved in a verbal altercation with head coach Keith Smart.

Here is more from Sacbee.com:

Smart on why Cousins didn't play in the second half:

"It was conduct detrimental to the team and we left it at."

Smart on if Cousins would play Sunday against Portland:

"I'm going to focus on tonight and then I'll move forward to the next day."

Cousins said he "was in the wrong" during halftime.

"What happens in the locker room stays in the locker room but I was wrong. But what happens in the locker room stays in the locker room."

Cousins was then asked what he could do to avoid further situations where attention was on his actions off the court.

"Don't talk back. That's the thing. I shouldn't have responded back. Should have accepted what was said and stayed quiet."

Read more here: http://blogs.sacbee.com/sports/kings/archives/2012/12/demarcus-cousins-apologizes-no-word-on-further-discipline.html#storylink=cpy

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Friday, December 21, 2012

Kenneth Faried on the Portland Trail Blazers: "I don't like them"

Former Morehead State star Kenneth Faried says the Portland Trail Blazers lied to him during the NBA Draft process and he takes it personally.

Faried says the Blazers told him they were going to take him with the No. 21 pick if he was still on the board. Instead, they drafted Nolan Smith, which sent Faried to the Denver Nuggets at No. 22.

Here are some of Faried's comments from The Oregonian:

How does Faried feel about the Blazers?

“I ain’t going to lie to you: I don’t like them,’’ Faried told The Oregonian this week in Denver. “I think it’s disrespectful what they did, got my hopes up for nothing. Every time we play them, it’s a little extra motivation for me to come out and show them what they missed.’’

What the Blazers are missing is one of the best young power forwards in the NBA.

This season, the 6-foot-8, 228 pound power forward is averaging 12.3 points and 10 rebounds while starting all 26 games for Denver. Last season, as a rookie, he averaged 10.2 points and 7.7 rebounds while shooting 58.6 percent from the field and starting 39 of the 46 games he played.

Meanwhile, Smith has been a disappointment in Portland. As a rookie, he averaged 3.8 points and 1.4 assists while shooting 37.2 percent from the field and 28.9 percent from 3-point range in 12.3 minutes. This year, his statistics have declined, even though the Blazers desperately need a backup point guard to Damian Lillard. Smith is averaging 2.5 points and 1.1 assists in 8.8 minutes a game. He is shooting 34 percent from the field and has made 1-of-11 three-point attempts.

Faried remains confused on what happened on that 2011 draft night.

“They said if I was there at 21, they would draft me. They said they were hoping I was there,’’ Faried said. “But when the time came around ... I mean, their front office and coaches decided to go the opposite way. I just took it as extra motivation. I remember saying, ‘If they don’t want to draft me, that’s their loss.’’’

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Siva, Canaan Named to Bob Cousy Award Watch List

Louisville's Peyton Siva and Murray State's Isaiah Canaan have been named to the Bob Cousy Award watch list for 2012-13.

The Cousy Award is presented annually by the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame and is given to the nation's top point guard.

The Cousy watch list starts off with 85 candidates and then narrows it to 20 just after New Year's Day. The list will get trimmed to 10 at the first of February with the list then whittled to five by March. A selection committee appointed by the Naismith Hall of Fame will review the final five candidates to decide the 2013 winner which will be announced at the NCAA Final Four in Atlanta, Ga.

About the award:

The Bob Cousy Award is given to the top collegiate male basketball point guard annually spanning across all divisions within the game by the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame. The selection criteria emphasize leadership, team work, success, and fundamentals as being critical parts for the game of basketball as a point guard. Nominations are solicited from across the country from head coaches and the winner is selected by a Blue Ribbon Selection Committee made up of the biggest names in college basketball.
Here are the nominees

Northern Kentucky Gets First Division I Win Over Hampton

Northern Kentucky 54
Hampton 52

Final from Hampton, Virginia

Game recap by NKU:

HAMPTON, Va. – Five days before Christmas, Northern Kentucky University did some last-minute shopping Thursday night and picked up the kind of gift every basketball coach enjoys: a road victory.


NKU pulled out a hard-fought 54-52 victory over Hampton University in the HU Convocation Center. Chad Jackson scored 18 points for NKU, which collected its first win as a Division I program.

The Norse (1-6) survived a late Hampton rally and defeated a Division I team in a regular-season game for the first time since Jan. 14, 1984, when the Norse upset Tennessee State, 66-64, in Highland Heights, Ky.

“I knew it wouldn't be easy, and it wasn't, but I give our guys a lot of credit because they found a way to win,” NKU head coach Dave Bezold said. “Hampton kept battling in that last minute, but we made some free throws and it's a great way to start this road trip.”

NKU led by six points (50-44) with 31 seconds remaining after a pair of free throws by Ethan Faulkner. Hampton (2-8) battled back and cut the Norse advantage to 51-49 with 10.7 seconds left on the clock when Jasper Williams drained a 3-pointer from the right corner.

Jackson was fouled and converted one of two free throws to extend NKU's lead to 52-49 with 10 seconds remaining. Hampton hustled the ball up the floor and Deron Powers scored on a layup to make it 52-51 with six seconds left.

The Pirates then fouled Nate Snodgrass with 4.3 seconds on the clock, and the freshman guard made both free throws for a 54-51 NKU advantage. Snodgrass then fouled Powers before he could a attempt a 3-pointer, sending the Hampton guard to the line with just two seconds left.

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Thursday, December 20, 2012

Andrew Wiggins Puts On a Show for Dick Vitale at City of Palms

Kentucky recruit Andrew Wiggins puts on a show for Dick Vitale at the City of Palms Classic:


Kobe Bryant is Jodie Meeks' Fairy Lakers Godmother

Kevin Ding of the Orange County Register says that Kobe Bryant is "Jodie Meeks' fairy Lakers godmother."

Earlier this season, Bryant publicly joked that he "shredded" Meeks in practice. Meeks has answered the call and is expected to replace Bryant at shooting guard for the Lakers (Kobe will move to small forward).

Here is more from Ding's article:

Bryant joked a lot about shredding Meeks so thoroughly in training camp that then-Lakers coach Mike Brown was left with a diminished sense of Meeks' ability. Indeed, Brown didn't even play Meeks in two of the five games Brown coached before being fired.


Bryant, though, had a different takeaway from the initiation ceremony he put Meeks through.

"He didn't back down one bit," Bryant said.

That shouldn't be too surprising considering Meeks' coach in Philadelphia, Doug Collins, raves about him: "I love Jodie Meeks. He's one of the most professional guys I've ever met in my entire life."

And empowered anew by Mike D'Antoni, Meeks has been one of the few Lakers to bring consistent energy, in addition to his magical 3-point accuracy. He has met the challenge so well lately that he is line to be the guy who dislodges Bryant from his long-held post as the Lakers' starting shooting guard.

D'Antoni is suggesting that Meeks will take over that spot and bump Bryant to small forward, with Metta World Peace coming off the bench to fulfill D'Antoni's vision of him handling both forward positions.

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Video: James Young at 2013 Battle of the Best

Check out Kentucky signee James Young at the 2013 Battle of the Best:

Second Half Collapse Dooms EKU at North Carolina A&T

North Carolina A&T 78
Eastern Kentucky 67

Final from Greensboro, North Carolina

Game recap by EKU:

GREENSBORO, N.C. – Eastern Kentucky led North Carolina A&T by 17 in the first half, but a poor second half doomed the Colonels in a 78-67 loss on Wednesday.


EKU (9-2) shot 50 percent from the field, knocked down eight three-pointers and benefited from 14 Aggie turnovers in the first half. A free throw by Glenn Cosey with 3:48 remaining in the opening period capped a 24-4 run and staked the Colonels to their largest lead, 37-20.

However, North Carolina A&T (5-7) didn’t fold. The Aggies scored the final nine points of the first half and the first three points of the second half to get right back in the game. Three free throws by Jean Louisme cut the visitor’s lead to five, 37-32.

Eastern seemed to have stymied the rally after pushing back out in front by 10 on a lay-up and free throw by Marcus Lewis. However, the Colonels went almost eight minutes without scoring again and had only one basket over a 12 minute span. The Aggies rolled off a 25-2 run and led 59-46 with 5:13 on the clock.

EKU wouldn’t get closer than nine the rest of the way.

After turning it over 14 times in the first half, North Carolina A&T gave it away only four times in the second. The Colonels shot just 30 percent (8-for-27) in the second period and tied their season high with 19 turnovers in the game. After sinking 8-of-15 from long distance to start the game, EKU made just 3-of-11 in the final 20 minutes.

Mike DiNunno scored a game-high 22 points. All five of his field goals were from behind the arc and the senior made 7-of-8 from the free throw line. Lewis finished with 14 off the bench to go along with four steals. Cosey had 11 points, six rebounds and four assists.

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Dakari Johnson Cuts List to 3; UK Still in the Mix

Dakari Johnson, one of the top remaining uncommitted big men in the class of 2013, has cut his final list down to three schools.

Johnson stated at the City of Palms Classic that he is down to Kentucky, Syracuse and Georgetown.

Here is more from ZagsBlog.com:

The 6-foot-11 Johnson — who recently reclassified to 2013 from 2014 — is down to Kentucky, Syracuse and Georgetown, according to Tweets from Dave Telep and Evan Daniels, who spoke with Johnson at the City of Palms Classic.

Johnson made the announcement to reporters after going for 23 points on 11-for-11 shooting with 10 rebounds as Montverde (Fla.) Academy rolled Fort Myers Bishop Verot, 79-35.

He had previously been considering Kansas, Ohio State and Florida, while Missouri had recently offered.

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Patrick Patterson, Rockets Take Kids on Shopping Spree

Check out this video of former Kentucky star Patrick Patterson and other Houston Rockets players bringing some holiday cheer to 60 children from the Boys & Girls Club of Greater Houston:

Morehead State Can't Overcome Free Throw Disadvantage at South Dakota

South Dakota 85
Morehead State 75

Final from Vermillion, South Dakota

Game recap by MSU:

VERMILLION, S.D. -- The South Dakota men’s basketball team used a 35-point advantage at the free-throw line to post an 85-75 victory over Morehead State on Wednesday night at the DakotaDome.


The Summit League Coyotes improve to 5-6 on the year, while the Ohio Valley Conference Eagles slip to 5-7. USD also moves to 3-1 in the all-time series with its second straight win over MSU.

“I want to apologize to all Morehead State fans because tonight was an embarrassment,” Head Coach Sean Woods said. “Give South Dakota credit for doing what they had to do, but we played very poorly. We fell short both mentally and physically, and the final score certainly indicated that.”

South Dakota connected on a school-record 43 free throws, while missing just seven attempts from the charity stripe. The Coyotes drilled 22-of-26 in the first half and 21-of-24 in the second stanza.

MSU, which entered the contest with 94 more fouls than its opponents this season, was whistled for 32 infractions, while USD committed just eight. The Eagles made just 8-of-11 from the foul line.

“I’ve been around this game a long time, and I can’t ever remember a team shooting 50 free throws,” Woods said. “But we were our own worst enemy tonight. We didn’t guard, we didn’t rotate and we didn’t take charges. I also didn’t see any mental toughness from our guys, which is disappointing.”

South Dakota senior Juevol Myles, a transfer from Kansas State, poured in a game and season-high 32 points on 7-of-13 from the field and 15-of-16 from the charity stripe. He played all 40 minutes.

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Murray State Extends Road Winning Streak to 16 at Arkansas State

Murray State 61
Arkansas State 54

Final from Jonesboro, Arkansas



Game recap by MSU:

The Murray State Racers stretched their road winning streak to 16 Wednesday night with a 61-54 win at Arkansas State in the Convocation Center in Jonesboro, Ark.


Pulling away late, MSU kept its remarkable road streak alive while pushing their mark this season to 9-1.

Stacy Wilson led MSU with a career-high 13 rebounds and 12 points, while Isaiah Canaan added 18 for the Racers who have won six straight overall.

In a tight game that featured 13 lead changes, the Racers and Red Wolves (6-4) were tied 47-47 with 8:03 remaining when MSU reversed a poor night at that point from three-point range (3-of-18) with back-to-back threes from Canaan and Dexter Fields for a 53-47 lead with 6:47 left.

MSU led again by six with 4:57 left when Brandon Garrett made a slam dunk.

ASU made a run and cut MSU's lead to one with 1:25 left when Wilson drilled a three-pointer to give MSU some breathing room with 58 seconds remaining.

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Michael Kidd-Gilchrist Gives Back to Youth Basketball League

Former Kentucky star Michael Kidd-Gilchrist is in the giving spirit this holiday season. Kidd-Gilchrist donated 150 Jordan Brand T-shirt jerseys and 150 backpacks to Sterling Elementary Basketball league in Somerdale, New Jersey.

Kidd-Gilchrist grew up in the area and decided to give back to the league, which has been struggling financially.

Here is more from Philly.com:

Kidd-Gilchrist, 19, targeted Sterling Elementary Basketball, a league made up of the elementary schools - Magnolia, Somerdale Park, Hi-Nella and Laurel Springs - that feed Sterling High School.


Through his parents, Vincent and Cindy Richardson, Kidd-Gilchrist donated 150 gray Jordan Brand T-shirt jerseys Tuesday night to players at Somerdale Park. He also donated 150 backpacks.

"Giving back is just something that has always been instilled and ingrained in him," Cindy Richardson said of Kidd-Gilchrist, who played in the league.


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Wednesday, December 19, 2012

Kenneth Faried on Comparisons to Thomas Robinson and More

Former Morehead State star Kenneth Faried talks about comparisons to Sacramento's Thomas Robinson, adjusting to NBA life and more:

No. 8 Lindsey Wilson College Cruises Past Taylor

(8) Lindsey Wilson 72
Taylor (Ind.) 57

Final from Columbia, Kentucky

Game recap by LWC:

COLUMBIA, Ky. – Wes Hanspard was unstoppable in the paint as eighth-ranked Lindsey Wilson College used his game-high 20 points to beat Taylor (Ind.) 72-57 on Tuesday at Biggers Sports Center.


Hanspard benefited from a hot start that saw him post 14 points on 5-of-6 shooting before halftime. As a team the Blue Raiders shot 60.0 percent from the field in the first half, setting the tone for an impressive win over the scrappy Trojans.

While Taylor forced the Blue Raiders into 11 turnovers and made all six of its free throws, they had no match for the interior dominance of Hanspard and 42.9 percent shooting from behind the arc (9-for-21).

Darren Ballou joined Hanspard in double figures with 12 points, while Daronte' Clark scored eight points and pulled down a team-high five rebounds. The glass was one of the few areas Taylor excelled, outrebounding Lindsey Wilson 27-26.

DeAntra Scott finished with nine points and three assists with four of his points coming off alley-oop dunks from Chris Bridges. Kalen Kimberland added nine points, five rebounds and four assists.

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VCU Hammers Western Kentucky in Richmond

VCU 76
Western Kentucky 44

Final from Richmond, Virginia

Game recap by WKU:

RICHMOND, Va. — VCU's trademark defensive pressure gave a depleted WKU team trouble Tuesday night in Richmond, Va., and WKU dropped a 76-44 decision in front of the 24th-straight sellout crowd at Verizon Wireless Arena.


WKU is now 8-4 on the season, and VCU improves to 8-3.

George Fant led WKU with eight points and eight rebounds. Kevin Kaspar added eight and five, and Brandon Harris, Percy Blade and Aleksejs Rostov each had seven points. VCU was paced by four players in double figures, led by Briante Weber's 13.

The Hilltoppers had 32 turnovers on the night, which led to 34 Ram points.

VCU jumped on WKU from the start, scoring 13-straight at one point and forcing nine turnovers in the first seven minutes of the game thanks to the defensive pressure.

WKU settled into its offense midway through the half, but another 8-0 Ram scoring run opened up a 32-13 lead and set the tone for the remainder of the first half. VCU scored the final six points of the half and made the score 42-16 at the half.

WKU made five field goals in the first half and had 18 turnovers, which led to 20 VCU points. VCU went 16-for-35 from the field (.457) and hit five three-pointers.

VCU controlled the second half and picked up the 32-point victory. WKU scored the final 10 points of the game.

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No. 4 UPIKE Signs Lakeem Duncan and Greg Magee

The University of Pikeville has signed junior college transfers Lakeem Duncan and Greg Magee for the second semester.

Duncan is a 6-foot-6 forward from Lamar State College - Port Arthur. He averaged 5.8 points and 2.3 rebounds per game as a sophomore.

Magee is a 6-foot-6 forward from Columbia State Community College. He put in 8.6 points and 5.4 rebounds per game last season as a sophomore.

Pikeville (13-1) is currently ranked No. 4 in NAIA Division I men's basketball. The Bears return to action January 3 when they host Ohio Christian University.

Kenneth Faried Vomits in Towel, Still Nets Double-Double

Former Morehead State star Kenneth Faried was so sick last night that he literally threw up in a towel on the Denver Nuggets bench. Faried still played 29 minutes and finished with a double-double of 19 points and 11 rebounds.



Here is more from the Denver Post:

The legend of Kenneth continues to grow here in Denver. No he’s not a finished product, but he keeps putting up these memorable games. And on Tuesday night, the dude played sick, so sick with a cold and flu that at one point he threw up in a trash can on the Denver bench.


He still logged 29 minutes, scoring 19 points with 11 boards, while making seven of nine free-throw attempts.

“(It was) a grind, yes, a top to bottom grind,” he said after the Nuggets’ huge win against the Spurs. “I kept fighting, but it was so hard to produce like I could have. Looking at the numbers, everybody would say I did pretty good. Personally, I believe I can do even better if I was healthy.

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Bellarmine Up To No. 4, Kentucky Wesleyan Moves Into Top 10

Bellarmine University (8-0) is up one spot to No. 4 this week in the NABC/Division II Coaches Poll. The Knights also earned one first-place vote.

Kentucky Wesleyan (6-0) has moved into the top 10 at No. 9 this week.

NABC/Division II Coaches Poll (Dec. 18, 2012)

W-L Pts Pvs

1 West Liberty [13] 8-0 395 1
2 Metro State [1] 9-0 378 3
3 Alabama-Huntsville [1] 7-1 364 4
4 Bellarmine [1] 8-0 352 5
5 Western Washington 7-0 344 6
6 Cal Poly Pomona 8-0 325 8
7 Seattle Pacific 8-1 298 9
8 Washburn 7-1 266 2
9 Kentucky Wesleyan 6-0 257 13
10 Franklin Pierce 7-1 244 12
11 Indianapolis 7-0 239 14
12 Augusta State 5-0 229 15
13 Assumption 8-0 183 17
14 Drury 7-0 172 19
15 Barton 7-1 156 16
16 Indiana (Pa,) 6-1 148 18
17 Southern Indiana 6-1 142 7
18 Newman 9-0 121 nr
19 St. Cloud State 7-1 109 Nr
20 Lincoln Memorial 7-1 95 20
21 Minnesota State 8-1 85 21
22 Tampa 8-0 81 22
23 Winston-Salem State 7-2 52 23
24 Findlay 6-2 36 24
25 Alaska-Anchorage 8-2 33 25

[ ] first place votes

Thunder Bring Orton, Liggins Back to the NBA

The Oklahoma City Thunder recently made former UK big man Daniel Orton the first NBA D-League Gatorade Call-Up of the season:



The Thunder also recently brought former UK guard DeAndre Liggins back to the NBA.

Lakers Set to Move Jodie Meeks Into Starting Lineup

According to Kevin Ding of the Orange County Register, the Los Angeles Lakers will likely move former Kentucky star Jodie Meeks into the starting lineup soon.

KevinDing Expect Kobe's days as the Lakers' starting shooting guard to end. Jodie Meeks likely will be starting there now, with Kobe to small forward.

Meeks has been playing great basketball off the bench for Los Angeles. He is averaging 14.4 points and 3.6 rebounds per game in his last 5 games.

Last night, Meeks played 39 minutes off the bench in a 101-100 win over Charlotte. He finished with 17 points, 3 rebounds and 2 assists.

2014 Shooting Guard Adonys Henriquez Commits to Miami

Adonys Henriquez, a 6-foot-6 shooting guard at Orlando Christian (Fla.) High School, has committed to the University of Miami.

BAPDHoops #BAPD player Adonys Henriquez has committed to Coach Larranaga and the University of Miami! Very proud of him!!!

Henriquez held an offer from Murray State and Louisville had stopped by to check him out in recent weeks. Rivals.com lists him as a four-star recruit.

Photo: Rivals.com

DeMarcus Cousins Plays Santa Cuz for 50 Children

Former Kentucky star DeMarcus Cousins dressed up as "Santa Cuz" yesterday and hosted a shopping spree for 50 children in the Sacramento area.

Here is the story from News10.net:

Tuesday, December 18, 2012

Calipari, Wildcats Deliver Shoes to Campton Elementary School

John Calipari and his Kentucky Wildcats visited Campton Elementary School today. The team washed feet and handed out shoes as part of the Samaritan's Feet organization:


Pitino: Gorgui Dieng Likely to Miss WKU, UK Games

University of Louisville head coach Rick Pitino is now saying that star big man Gorgui Dieng is likely to miss an additional two weeks with a wrist injury.

If Dieng is out for an additional two weeks, he will miss upcoming games against Western Kentucky and Kentucky.

Pitino made the announcement today:

KentTaylorWAVE Gorgui Dieng now unlikely to play against UK

No. 4 Pikeville Hammers St. Andrews, Enters Break at 13-1

(4) Pikeville 112
St. Andrews 63

Final from Pikeville, Kentucky

Game recap by UPIKE:
PIKEVILLE, Ky. – No. 4 Pikeville will head into the break with a sparkling 13-1 worksheet after a 112-63 win over St. Andrews University Monday night at the East Kentucky Expo Center.

Pikeville blistered the nets for 58.6 percent shooting from the field and hit 14-of-28 from the arc while holding St. Andrews to 32.4 percent overall.

On the day he was named Mid-South Conference Player of the Week for the second time this season, senior guard Jamar Briscoe fired in 32, including 6-of-11 from the arc. He added six rebounds, four assists and a steal.

Remarkably, on a night his team poured in 112 points, only two teammates reached double figures. Senior guard Trevor Setty finished with 20 to go with six rebounds, three assists and two blocked shots, while senior guard Chris Johnson finished with 11 and seven assists.

All 12 Bears in uniform played at least five minutes while 11 of them scored in the win.

Included in that dozen players was junior guard Elisha Justice, the Louisville transfer and former Mr. Basketball, who made his regular-season debut. He finished with three points, five rebounds, three steals and one assist in 21 minutes of action.

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UK Recruit JaQuan Lyle Earns Player of the Week Honors

Kentucky and Louisville recruit JaQuan Lyle has earned Player of the Week honors from the Indiana Basketball Coaches Association.

Lyle averaged a triple-double over three games last week.

Here is more from IndyStar.com:

Evansville Bosse guard JaQuan Lyle averaged a triple-double over three games to earn Player of the Week honors from the Indiana Basketball Coaches Association.
Lyle, a highly-recruited junior guard, averaged 32 points, 12.3 rebounds and 10.7 assists to lead Bosse (3-1) to wins over Evansville Memorial, Washington and Cahokia (Ill.), the latter the top-ranked Class 3A team in Illinois. For the week he made 30-of-57 field goals, 16-of-29 3-pointers and 20-of-24 free throws.

Source

Lyle is a 6-foot-4 point guard at Evansville Bosse (Ind.) High School. He is rated as a five-star recruit in the class of 2014.

Photo: Rivals.com

Refs Steal Show as Kentucky Wesleyan Defeats Union


Kentucky Wesleyan 84
Union (Tenn.) 73

Final from Owensboro, Kentucky

Game recap by KWC:

Kentucky Wesleyan earned a hard-fought win over a pesky Union (Tenn.) team on Monday night, but the focus perhaps remained on the officiating.


Eight technical fouls were called, resulting in two KWC player ejections and a flagrant-one was dished out to a Union player.

The No. 13 Panthers (7-0) walked away with an 84-73 win over Union (2-8), but KWC coach Todd Lee had plenty to say about what he called an "embarrassing" show by the officials.

"I've been doing this for 25 years," Lee said. "Division I for 11, Division II for 11, professional, CBA – I've never seen anything like it. It's not good."

KWC's Rico Ferguson and Dazmond Starke were both ejected after picking up two technical fouls — Ferguson in the first half and Starke in the second half.

Ferguson and Union's Roy Bullock were both whistled for double technical fouls when referee Jason Baker said they were talking to each other too much. Shortly after that, Ferguson was whistled for another technical when Baker said he was taunting after a made basket.

Baker was responsible for dishing out seven of the eight technical fouls that were called.

Starke was given his first technical foul for the same reason. His second came when he was on the bench and Baker claimed Starke was talking to the him.

"You are suspending and kicking kids out of games and they're not even showing you up," Lee said. "Nobody even heard, except (Baker)…I don't know how he picked (Starke) out. I have no idea how he picks him out. Dazmond said he said, 'we've got to tighten up.' (Baker) said he said, 'that was a foul.'"

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Bellarmine's Chris Dowe Named GLVC Player of the Week

Bellarmine University's Chris Dowe has been named Great Lakes Valley Conference Player of the Week after averaging 18.5 points, 4.0 rebounds and 4.5 assists per game in two wins last week. 

Here is a release from the GLVC: 

INDIANAPOLIS – Bellarmine University senior guard Chris Dowe has been named the Great Lakes Valley Conference Men’s Basketball Player of the Week, it was announced by the conference office on Monday. Dowe helped the fifth-ranked Knights to a 2-0 record at their own Fern Valley Classic last week by averaging 18.5 points on 57.1 percent shooting, 4.0 rebounds and 4.5 assists.

In Friday’s game, Dowe was one of four Knights in double figures with 12 points and three assists, while adding a spark defensively with five defensive rebounds, three blocked shots and a steal as BU contained UC Clermont 90-57.

The Louisville, Ky., native then responded with an impressive 25-point effort on 64.3 percent shooting to lead the Knights past Nova Southeastern 75-48 on Saturday to keep Bellarmine a perfect 8-0 on the season. Dowe scored 11 of the Knights’ 26 first-half points and was then perfect on five of his six attempts in the final 20 minutes to secure the win. He also brought the crowd at Knights Hall to its feet in a 45-second barrage that included two dunks, two steals, and a three-pointer. In addition to his 25 points, Dowe recorded six assists, three rebounds, and two steals in the win.

This is Dowe’s first weekly honor of his career and the first Player of the Week nod for Bellarmine since Vance Hall was recognized by the conference earlier this year on Nov. 19.

Monday, December 17, 2012

Doron Lamb Urges Current UK Team to Get in the Gym

Former Kentucky star Doron Lamb directed some interesting comments at the current UK team on Twitter earlier today.

I know Lamb is trying to be funny but John Calipari would likely agree that he is making a solid point.

Lamb had this to say:

DLamb20 Damm that crazy I didn't know uk wasn't top 25 if I find out my team cuffing n not in the gym it OVER pic.twitter.com/39s8sGOB

DLamb20 This got to stop Lmfao n hit that gym pic.twitter.com/E5fKLyqo

Here are the pics that Lamb posted with his Tweets:


Isaiah Canaan, Corey Walden Earn OVC Honors This Week

The Ohio Valley Conference has named Murray State's Isaiah Canaan Co-Player of the Week and Eastern Kentucky's Corey Walden Newcomer of the Week.

Canaan, who currently leads the league in scoring, had 21 points in a win over Western Kentucky.

Walden put in a game-high 21 points for EKU in a tough road loss at No. 10 Illinois.

Here is the OVC release:

adidas® OVC Players of the Week
CO-PLAYER
Isaiah Canaan, G • Sr., 6-1, 195 • Biloxi, Miss. • Murray State
Canaan hit 7-of-16 (43.8%) shots, 4-of-8 (50%) 3-pointers and 3-of-4 free throws on his way to 21 points in a 75-70 victory over Western Kentucky on Sunday. Canaan also dished out five assists and committed only two turnovers in 38 minutes of action at the point. During the back-and-forth affair in the second half, Canaan nailed a 3-pointer with 6:55 to play to put the Racers on top for good. Canaan currently leads the OVC in scoring (21.3 points/game) and ranks sixth in assists (4.0/game).


NEWCOMER
Corey Walden, G • R-So., 6-2, 206 • Daytona Beach, Fla. • Eastern Kentucky
Walden hit 9-of-13 shots (69.2%) on his way to a game-high 21 points in a loss to No. 10 Illinois on Sunday. The transfer from Brevard Community College was 8-of-9 on field goal attempts from inside the 3-point line and hit 2-of-3 free throws. His free throw with 9:48 to play capped a 16-6 Colonel run to pull the team to within four points (42-38). Walden also added two rebounds, two steals and an assist.

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Holiday Basketball in Kentucky: Schedule for the Week

Holiday basketball is in full swing around Kentucky as we count down to Christmas. As expected, the schedule for the week is light.

Here's a look:

Monday, December 17


6:00 p.m. St. Andrews at University of Pikeville
6:00 p.m. Taylor University at Berea College
8:00 p.m. Union (Tenn.) at Kentucky Wesleyan College
8:00 p.m. Asbury University at Point Park University*

Tuesday, December 18

5:30 p.m. College of Wooster at Transylvania University (Don Lane Classic)
7:00 p.m. Western Kentucky University at VCU
7:00 p.m. Taylor University at Lindsey Wilson College
8:00 p.m. Cincinnati-Clermont at Brescia University

Wednesday, December 19

5:00 p.m. Franklin & Marshall at Transylvania University (Don Lane Classic)
7:00 p.m. Eastern Kentucky University at North Carolina A&T State
7:00 p.m. Florida International at University of Louisville (Billy Minardi Classic)
8:00 p.m. Morehead State University at South Dakota
8:35 p.m. Murray State University at Arkansas State

Thursday, December 20

7:00 p.m. Northern Kentucky University at Hampton

Friday, December 21

7:00 p.m. Eastern Kentucky University at High Point
8:00 p.m. Morehead State University at North Dakota State

Saturday, December 22

Noon Murray State University at Dayton
1:00 p.m. Thomas More college at Transylvania
2:00 p.m. Spalding University at Gardner Webb
2:00 p.m. Northern Kentucky University at Navy
4:00 p.m. Marshall at University of Kentucky
8:30 p.m. Western Kentucky University vs. University of Louisville (in Nashville)

Sunday, December 23

No Games

* Conference Game

Louisville Moves Up, Kentucky Moves Down in Basketball Polls

Louisville (9-1) moved up to No. 5 in the AP Top 25 and No. 4 in the USA Today Coaches Poll this week.

Kentucky (7-3), despite a 38-point win over Lipscomb, dropped one spot to No. 23 in the USA Today Coaches Poll. The Wildcats received votes in the AP poll.

Murray State received votes in both polls.

AP Top 25

RK TEAM RECORD PTS

1 Duke (62) 9-0 1,622
2 Michigan (3) 11-0 1,543
3 Syracuse 9-0 1,465
4 Arizona 8-0 1,371
5 Louisville 9-1 1,362
6 Indiana 9-1 1,321
7 Ohio State 8-1 1,249
8 Florida 7-1 1,163
9 Kansas 8-1 1,110
10 Illinois 12-0 1,044
11 Cincinnati 10-0 967 12 Missouri 8-1 886 13 Minnesota 11-1 730 14 Gonzaga 10-1 710 15 Georgetown 9-1 579 16 New Mexico 11-0 548 17 Creighton 10-1 530 18 San Diego State 8-1 493 19 Butler 8-2 361 20 Michigan State 9-2 343 21 UNLV 8-1 315 22 Notre Dame 9-1 291 23 North Carolina 8-2 256 24 Oklahoma State 8-1 244 25 North Carolina State 7-2 198

Others receiving votes: Oregon 176, Pittsburgh 158, Kentucky 41, Wyoming 14, Marquette 8, Virginia Commonwealth 7, Wichita State 6, Connecticut 4, Murray State 4, Miami (FL) 3, Maryland 2, Bucknell 1

USA Today Coaches Poll

RK TEAM RECORD PTS

1 Duke (30) 9-0 774
2 Michigan (1) 11-0 743
3 Syracuse 9-0 695
4 Louisville 9-1 640
5 Arizona 8-0 632
6 Indiana 9-1 627
7 Ohio State 8-1 595
8 Kansas 8-1 552
9 Florida 7-1 532
10 Illinois 12-0 482
11 Cincinnati 10-0 460 12 Missouri 8-1 451 13 Creighton 10-1 351 14 Gonzaga 10-1 339 15 San Diego State 8-1 296 16 Minnesota 11-1 273 17 New Mexico 11-0 219 18 UNLV 8-1 216 19 North Carolina 8-2 187 19 Michigan State 9-2 187 21 Georgetown 9-1 180 22 Notre Dame 9-1 125 23 Kentucky 7-3 98 24 Oklahoma State 8-1 94 25 Butler 8-2 89

Others receiving votes: North Carolina State 84, Pittsburgh 74, Oregon 45, Virginia Commonwealth 11, Wyoming 8, Connecticut 6, Wichita State 5, Murray State 3, Oklahoma 2

No. 10 Illinois Defeats EKU in Battle of Unbeatens

(10) Illinois 66
Eastern Kentucky 53

Final from Champaigne, Illinois

Game recap by EKU:

URBANA-CHAMPAIGN, Ill. – Eastern Kentucky trailed No. 10 Illinois by only four points with less than 10 minutes to go, however the Fighting Illini scored nine unanswered on their way to a 66-53 win at Assembly Hall on Sunday.


Illinois (12-0) turned a 5-point halftime lead into a 14-point advantage in the first five minutes of the second stanza. The Colonels (9-1) did not fold. EKU righted the ship and slowly closed the gap with a 16-6 run of its own. An old-fashioned three-point play by Corey Walden capped the run and made it 42-38 with 9:48 remaining.

After an offensive rebound and dunk by Marcus Lewis kept Eastern within five with eight and a half to go, the Illini scored nine unanswered to go back in front by 14, 54-40, with 5:43 on the clock.

Back-to-back three-pointers by Tarius Johnson and Glenn Cosey quickly shaved six points off the deficit and got EKU within eight with just under four minutes to play, but the Colonels would get no closer.

Just like it has all season, Eastern Kentucky committed far fewer turnovers than its opponent. Illinois turned it over 20 times, 14 of which were by the Illini's three starting guards of Brandon Paul, Tracy Abrams and D.J. Richardson. The Colonels gave it away only 10 times.

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Jamar Briscoe Named MSC Player of the Week for Second Time

University of Pikeville senior Jamar "Deuce" Briscoe has been named Mid-South Conference Player of the Week for the second time this season.

Here is the release from the MSC:

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

The conference weekly award is Briscoe's second of the season and of his career. Briscoe also earned the award on Nov. 19.

Briscoe becomes the first player this season in the Mid-South to earn the award twice.

Briscoe scored 22 points in the Bears' 81-67 win over Life (Ga.) in his only game of the week.

The Baltimore, Md., guard also contributed four rebounds, four assists and three steals in the win. Briscoe made 8-of-14 shots from the field and six of his eight free throws to help the Bears win their fifth straight game.

Briscoe is second in the Mid-South this season averaging 23.2 points per game. He ranks in the conference's top-10 in seven other statistical categories, including second in steals per game (2.8) and third in 3-point percentage (44.3).

In the NAIA, Briscoe ranks seventh in steals and ninth in scoring.
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Former Kentucky Basketball Stars Design Own Trading Cards

Several former Kentucky stars have designed their own basketball trading cards.

Panini America teamed up with the NBA's rookie transition program over the summer to create trading cards drawn by some of the league's best young talent.

Read More in This Panini Release

Check out some of the cards:




Louisville's Chane Behanan Named Big East Player of the Week

Louisville big man Chane Behanan has been named Big East Player of the Week after scoring 22 points in a road win at Memphis.

Here is the release from the Big East:

PROVIDENCE, R.I. -- The BIG EAST Conference has named Louisville forward Chane Behanan and St. John's forward JaKarr Sampson the winners of the league's weekly men's basketball honors for the week-ending Dec. 16.


Behanan was named BIG EAST Player of the Week after he scored a season-high 22 points, including 16 in the second half, to help Louisville overcome a 16-point deficit and score an 87-76 win at Memphis. He hit his first 3-pointer of the season in the second half to spark the decisive 13-0 run that gave the Cardinals the lead for good against the Tigers. Behanan is averaging 10.1 points and 7.3 rebounds for the Cardinals, who have opened the season with nine wins in 10 games.

Sampson was tabbed as BIG EAST Rookie of the Week for the third time this season - and for the second consecutive week - as he scored 21 points and added 12 rebounds in the Red Storm’s only game — a 77-60 neutral-court win against St. Francis (N.Y.). It was Sampson’s second consecutive double-double and his third of the season. Sampson is averaging 14.5 points and 7.4 rebounds this season.

BIG EAST Player of the Week

CHANE BEHANAN, Louisville, F, So.

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John Wall Receives Encouraging News About Knee Injury

Former Kentucky star John Wall received encouraging news about his injured knee late last week.

Wall has not been cleared to return to practice but will be able to increase basketball activity.

Here's more from the Washington Post:

Wall received the encouraging news about his ailing left knee from orthopedic specialist David Altchek in New York on Friday morning. Wall also received a third and final Synvisc injection to treat irritation that has occurred since Altchek discovered a non-traumatic stress injury in his left knee last September.


“John’s examination today showed improvement in his stress injury that will allow him to begin ramping up his activity level,” Altchek said in a statement released by the Wizards. “He will continue to be evaluated on an ongoing basis.”

Wall has been sidelined for 11 weeks because of the injury and the team no longer has a timetable for his return after initially announcing that the former No. 1 overall pick would miss “approximately” eight weeks. The delayed return led to speculation and concern about the severity of the injury, but Wall has had an agonizing time trying to be patient through it all. Especially since he hadn’t been cleared to practice, scrimmage or shoot jumpers.

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Terrence Williams Getting His Dunk On In China

Former Louisville star Terrence Williams has been getting his dunk on in China's CBA league:



Williams had 15 points and 3 steals in Guangdong's 125-85 win over Bayi in round 10 of league play.

Scott Sanderson Talks About Loss at Kentucky and More

Lipscomb head coach Scott Sanderson gives his thoughts on losing at Kentucky and compares Ole Miss to the Wildcats:

Sunday, December 16, 2012

Elijah Pittman Dunks All Over Cincinnati

Check out this video of Marshall University star Elijah Pittman dunking all over Cincinnati:



Pittman's dunk was No. 6 on the ESPN SportsCenter Top 10 Plays over the weekend. Pittman was a high school star at Covington Holmes High School.

Angel Nunez to Transfer from Louisville

Rick Pitino announced today that sophomore forward Angel Nunez will be leaving the Louisville men's basketball program during the semester break.

ericcrawford Per #UofL coach Rick Pitino, sophomore forward Angel Nunez is leaving the program and will transfer at the semester break.

Nunez did not appear in any games for Louisville this season. He played in 12 games as a freshman, averaging 2.0 points.

Murray State Holds Off Western Kentucky at Home

Murray State 75
Western Kentucky 70

Final from Murray, Kentucky

Game recap by MSU:

The Murray State Racers won for the fifth straight time Sunday in a 75-70 win over visiting Western Kentucky at the CFSB Center in Murray, Ky.

The Racers (8-1) also pushed their home win streak to six straight.

Isaiah Canaan scored 21 points, while Ed Daniel added 16 and Dexter Fields 14, while Stacy Wilson added 13. Brandon Garrett had 10 rebounds to go with eight points for MSU.

In a game that featured 11 lead changes, the Racers were down by a pair when Canaan hit his fourth three-point basket of the day for a 55-54 Racer lead with 6:22 remaining.

After WKU cut the lead to one, MSU responded with another three from Canaan, a short jumper from Daniel and a fast break finish from Wilson, while causing three fruitless possessions for the Hilltoppers to take a 62-56 lead with 4:50 left. Two more stops by the MSU defense were followed by a Canaan jumper and Fields finish on his own steal for a 66-56 lead with 3:14 remaining. The MSU run was 11-2 in 4:21

WKU (8-3) cut the lead to four with 1:51 left, but MSU held them off for the 75-70 win.

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Houston Recalls Terrence Jones, Takes Patterson's Spot

The Houston Rockets have recalled Terrence Jones from Rio Grande Valley of the NBA Development League.

Jones, who was just sent to the D-League two days ago, will take the injured Patrick Patterson's roster spot.

In his first game back this afternoon, Jones played 4 minutes and had 1 rebound.

Louisville Rallies for Big Win at Memphis

(6) Louisville 87
Memphis 78

Final from Memphis, Tennessee

Game recap by Louisville:

MEMPHIS, Tenn. (AP) - Rick Pitino believes an old rival gave his sixth-ranked Cardinals just the kind of early road test they needed.


Luckily for them, Chane Behanan helped make sure Louisville took home the victory.

Behanan scored 16 of his 22 points in the second half, and the Cardinals rallied from 16 points down in the first half to beat Memphis 87-78 on Saturday.

"This was as good a crowd as we've played in in quite some time," Pitino said of a near sellout with 18,392 in FedEx Forum. "It will rival any Big East crowd, certainly. Great arena, great fans, great crowd. We had to battle all the elements to get a victory and we did."

Louisville (9-1) trailed 25-9 in the first half before pulling out its fourth straight win in this rivalry with a team the Cardinals have played in three conferences. The Big East will be the fourth when Memphis joins in July.

But the Cardinals hadn't played in a week since beating Missouri-Kansas City on Dec. 8, and they seemed to forget all the plays they worked on in practice since then passing the ball to the 6-foot-6 Behanan near the basket. Behanan took only two shots in the first half as Memphis led 35-28 at halftime.

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