Saturday, December 29, 2012

Kentucky Players Talk About Loss at Louisville

Here are postgame comments from Kentucky's Ryan Harrow, Willie Cauley-Stein and Archie Goodwin following today's loss at Louisville:





John Calipari Talks About Louisville Loss, Takes the Blame

Here are John Calipari's postgame comments following a tough 80-77 loss at Louisville:

Louisville Withstands Big Comeback, Defeats Kentucky

(4) Louisville 80
Kentucky 77

Final from Louisville, Kentucky

Louisville withstood a ferocious comeback to defeat Kentucky 80-77 Saturday evening at the KFC Yum! Center.
Russ Smith scored 21 points to lead No. 4 Louisville (12-1). Chane Behanan added 20 points and Peyton Siva chipped in 19 for the Cardinals.

Louisville had to withstand several charges from Kentucky to hold on to the victory. The Cardinals led by as many as 17 points in the second half but the Wildcats roared back to cut the lead to 65-62. From there, Louisville managed to hold Kentucky at bay for the narrow win.

Archie Goodwin led Kentucky (8-4) with 22 points, including 19 in the second half. Unfortunately, Goodwin had 5 turnovers, including a key one in the closing seconds. Ryan Harrow added 17 points, 5 rebounds, 3 assists and no turnovers for the Wildcats. Kyle Wiljter chipped in 14 points after going 4-for-7 from the three-point line.
Ultimately, it was poor free throw shooting that doomed Kentucky's comeback. They shot just 11-of-23 (48%) from the line, matching their percentage from the field.

On the other hand, Louisville was 17-for-25 (68%) at the charity stripe.

Louisville will not open Big East Conference play in the new year as they host Providence on January 2.

Kentucky also returns to action on January 2 with a home game against Eastern Michigan.

Box Score (click to enlarge):

Goodwin, Noel Preview the Louisville Game

Kentucky's Archie Goodwin and Nerlens Noel preview the upcoming game at Louisville:



Calipari Previews Louisville Game, Says He Favors Cards to Win It All

Here is Kentucky head coach John Calipari previewing today's game at Louisville:

Louisville Players Talk About Facing Kentucky

Here are some comments from Louisville's Gorgui Dieng and Wayne Blackshear as the Cardinals prepare to host Kentucky:



Friday, December 28, 2012

Rick Pitino Talks Kentucky Game, Says He Cheered for UK to Win Title Last Season

Here is Louisville head coach Rick Pitino talking about tomorrow's game against Kentucky and saying that he actually cheered for UK to win the national championship last season:


Game Time Changed for Kentucky Wesleyan vs. Salem International

Here is a note from Kentucky Wesleyan College about tomorrow's game against Salem International:

The Salem International at No. 9 Kentucky Wesleyan men’s basketball game on Saturday, Dec. 29 has been moved up to noon CT. The original start time was 3:15.

Andrew Wiggins, Other UK Recruits Show Out at City of Palms

Huntington Prep's Andrew Wiggins and several other Kentucky recruits delivered some big time highlights at the City of Palms tournament last week:

WKU Takes Down FIU, Moves to 3-0 in Conference Play

Western Kentucky 76
Florida International 63

Final from Bowling Green, Kentucky

Game recap by WKU:

BOWLING GREEN, Ky. — Four Hilltoppers were in double figures Thursday night at E.A. Diddle Arena, as WKU won its 11th-straight home game to improve to 3-0 in Sun Belt Conference play with a 76-63 win over FIU. George Fant and Kevin Kaspar notched career highs with 24 and 17 points, respectively, and 13 Hilltoppers saw action in the team effort. The Hilltoppers are now 9-5 overall on the season, and FIU drops to 4-6 overall and 1-2 in conference play.


The 3-0 mark in league play is WKU's best since an identical start to the 2008-09 conference campaign. Thursday's game was the 2,500th in the history of WKU men's basketball, and the program now holds a 1,668-832 all-time record.

Fant was 9-for-12 from the field en route to the 24 points, and Kaspar buried a career-best five three-pointers in 37 minutes of action. Brandon Harris added 13 points, a game-high 10 rebounds and six assists in 40 minutes, and T.J. Price had 12 points and five assists. Stephon Drane added eight points and five rebounds in 28 minutes off the bench.

Harris has now played all but four minutes of the last four WKU contests. FIU was paced by 20 points by Malik Smith and 14 and eight rebounds by Tymell Murphy.

WKU shot 54.3 percent from the field as a team in the game (25-for-46) and had 15 assists on the 25 baskets. WKU buried a season high nine three-pointers in the game and went 17-for-21 from the free throw line (.810). FIU shot 46.0 percent in the game (23-for-50), and WKU outrebounded the Panthers 29-26.

Complete Recap

Randolph Morris Wins Kentucky vs. Louisville Battle in China

Former Kentucky big man Randolph Morris won a mini-Kentucky/Louisville battle in China earlier this week.

Morris and former NBA star Stephon Marbury led the Beijing Ducks to a 110-100 victory over former Louisville star Terrence Williams and Guandong ST in China's top-level CBA league.

Morris scored a game-high 35 points and pulled down 13 rebounds for Beijing. He was 14-20 from the field. Marbury chipped in 31 points and 6 steals.

Jianlian Yi led Guandong with 25 points and 8 boards. Williams finished with 16 points and 5 rebounds.

The game was a battle of top teams in the CBA as both now have equal 10-3 records, tied for best in the league.

CBA Standings


1. Beijing Ducks 10-3
2. Guangdong ST 10-3
3. Shanxi Zh. 9-4
4. Guangsha L. 9-5
5. Shandong FB 8-5
6. Bayi R. 8-5
7. TianJin S. 8-5
8. Liaoning H. 7-6
9. DongGuan L. 7-6
10. Zhejiang CB 6-7
11. Foshan LL 6-7
12. Xinjiang FT 6-7
13. Jiangsu D. 5-8
14. Fujian QB 5-8
15. Shanghai S. 4-10
16. Jilin NE T. 3-11
17. Qingdao E. 1-12

Dieng Trying to Keep Andrew Wiggins Away from Kentucky

Adam Himmelsbach of the Courier-Journal spoke to Andrew Wiggins' host mom, who also happened to be Gorgui Dieng's host mom.

It turns out that Dieng is working hard to keep Wiggins from ending up at the University of Kentucky.

Here are some comments from Himmelsbach on Twitter:

AdamHimmelsbach Lesley Thomas, host mom to Gorgui Dieng & Andrew Wiggins, tells me: "[Gorgui] always says 'Tell him no, Mom. No way. Don't go to Kentucky"

AdamHimmelsbach  Andrew Wiggins' host mom, Lesley Thomas, says: “He doesn’t like the spotlight. That’s the reason I don’t know if he’ll go to Kentucky.”






Thursday, December 27, 2012

Frustrated DeMarcus Cousins Storms Out of Interview

DeMarcus Cousins stormed out of an interview today after repeated questions about his current situation in Sacramento:


Thunder Send Orton and Liggins Back to the D-League

The Oklahoma City Thunder have sent former Kentukcy players Daniel Orton and DeAndre Liggins back to the NBA Development League.

Here is the release from NBA.com:

OKLAHOMA CITY, December 27, 2012 – The Oklahoma City Thunder has assigned forward Perry Jones, guard DeAndre Liggins and center Daniel Orton to the Tulsa 66ers of the NBA Development League, it was announced today by Executive Vice President and General Manager Sam Presti. Jones has appeared in 10 games this season with the Thunder while recording averages of 1.2 points and 1.4 rebounds in 7.6 minutes per game. In seven games with the Thunder, Liggins is averaging 0.7 points and 1.1 rebounds in 3.0 minutes per game. Orton has seen action in one game for the Thunder, scoring two points in two minutes versus Cleveland on Nov. 11th. All three players will travel with the 66ers to Canton for this weekend’s matchups with the Charge on Fri. Dec 28 and Sat. Dec 29.

Andrew Wiggins Goes Off After Walnut Hill Fans Chant "Overrated"

Watch as Kentucky recruit Andrew Wiggins goes off after Walnut Hill (OH) fans chant "overrated" at the Boyd County Roundball Classic:

Marquis Teague Showing Continued Improvement in Chicago

Former Kentucky star Marquis Teague tied his career-high with 8 points against Houston on Tuesday night.

Teague has been taking advantage of limited playing time in Chicago. He averaged 3.8 points and 1.9 assists per game during the month of December. Those averages are up from the 1.2 points and 1.2 assists he put up in November.

Here are some highlights from games earlier this month:



Faried Leads Nuggets Past Lakers, Gets Taken Out by Dwight Howard

Former Morehead State star Kenneth Faried led Denver to a 126-114 victory over the Los Angeles Lakers last night.

Faried finished with 21 points and a game-high 15 rebounds for the Nuggets.

Dwight Howard was so frustrated with Faried that he tried to take him out in the second half:



Here is Faried with a nice putback dunk early in the game:

Wednesday, December 26, 2012

Male Wins 2012 Fort Harrod Classic, Stoner Named MVP

The Male Bulldogs used a late run to defeat Bryan Station 64-55 in the championship game of the 2012 Farmer's National Bank Fort Harrod Classic at Mercer County High School.

Josh Stoner, who was named tourney MVP, led the Bulldogs with 26 points on 9-15 shooting in the championship game. He also pulled down 6 rebounds. Darryl Lambert added 18 points and 7 boards. Steven Julian chipped in 11 points.

Marcellous Washington led the Defenders with 19 points. Larry Morton put in 13 points.

The teams battled back-and-forth throughout the game with Male putting together a run in the closing minutes to get the victory.

The 2012 Fort Harrod Classic

Champions: Male (4-0)
Second Place: Bryan Station (3-1)
Third Place: Montgomery County (3-1)
Fourth Place: Mercer County (2-2)
Fifth Place: Christian Academy Louisville (3-1)
Sixth Place: Christian County (2-2)
Consolation Champions: South Oldham (3-1)

Others:

Johnson Central (2-2)
Warren Central (2-2)
Lincoln County (2-2)
Bardstown (2-2)
Boyle County (1-3)
Walton-Verona (1-3)
Breathitt County (1-3)
Fern Creek (1-3)
Louisville Holy Cross (0-4)

All-Tournament Team

- Josh Stoner, Male (MVP)
- Tyler Smith, Bryan Station
- Bryan Wallace, Montgomery County
- Will Hager, Mercer County

My Thoughts:

- Best game I watched: The championship game between Male and Bryan Station was much better than the score would indicate. It was an action-packed, up-and-down game with numerous ties and lead changes.

- Best individual performance: Johnson Central's Shane Hall had not one, but two triple-doubles in the tournament. His best game was 29 points, 13 rebounds and 10 blocked shots in a loss to Christian Academy Louisville.

- Biggest Surprise: I really expected to see Montgomery County vs. Male in the final but Bryan Station had plenty to say about that. Montgomery County couldn't keep the Defenders off the boards and out of the paint in the second half. Kudos to Bryan Station for getting the big win.

- Young Team to Keep an Eye On: How about Mercer County? The Titans lack a true big man but they have a talented scoring duo in junior Russell Sims and freshman Will Hager. If this team continues to progress, they'll surprise some teams this season and be a force to be reckoned with next season.

- Best Name in the Tournament: I'll go with Johnson Central's Slade McPeek. How do you top that?

- Shaka Smart Look-alike: Mercer County head coach Brian Britt (pictured on left). On a serious note, Britt has his young team playing well and headed in the right direction.

Best Players I Watched (didn't get to see every team, but here's who stood out for me):

- Josh Stoner (Male): He was named MVP of the tournament and the honor was well-deserved. When Male found themselves in trouble, Stoner literally took over and led the Bulldogs to victory. He is quick, athletic and can score in a variety of ways - including an excellent outside jumper.

- Omar Prewitt (Montgomery County): Prewitt, who has signed with William & Mary, had some impressive all-around performances. He didn't look to score as much as I thought he might but was excellent on both ends of the court. I heard someone call him "overrated." No way. Prewitt is one of the best in the state.

- Bryan Wallace (Montgomery County): Wallace had an outstanding tournament. He scored from all over the court and found himself on the all-tournament team. I can see why several Mid-South Conference schools are after him. He definitely has next-level ability.

- Shane Hall (Johnson Central): Obviously two triple-doubles speak for themselves. Hall struggled against Breathitt County in the first half but rallied for 17 second half points, including 9 in the final two minutes. At times, Hall seems to get lost in what Central is trying to do but when they get him the ball, he knows what to do with it.




- Marcellous Washington (Bryan Station): With the exception of one cold shooting night, Washington had a a great tournament. He came out on fire against Male and played a big part in the Defenders' run to the title game.

- Larry Morton (Bryan Station): I had never watched Morton until this tournament and came away impressed with his game. He knocked down some big time shots throughout the tournament and is a player to keep an eye on this season.

- Tyler Smith (Bryan Station): Smith had a great tournament and landed on the all-tournament team. He was 6-8 from the field and finished with 16 points and 11 rebounds in the Defenders' big win over Montgomery County.

- Will Hager (Mercer County): Where did this kid come from? I watched Mercer earlier this season and didn't see much out of Hager. Now, he's a scoring machine. Teams in the 12th Region will be finding out about Hager soon enough. The bad news for opponents...he's only a freshman.

- Russell Sims (Mercer County): I've had my eye on Sims all season. He's been a little hampered recently with a broken nose (complete with the Rip Hamilton face mask) but he is putting in 13.3 points per game for the Titans.

- Matthew Haysley (South Oldham): Haysley was good in both games I watched him play in. He had 14 points, 13 rebounds and 6 assists in the consolation final game against Johnson Central.

- Alex Hamilton (Breathitt County): I was only able to watch Hamilton once but he opened my eyes by going 5-for-5 from the three-point line and finishing with 23 points against Johnson Central.

Justin Johnson Ruled Eligible at Perry County Central

Perry County Central's Justin Johnson has been ruled eligible to play following his transfer from Sheldon Clark High School.

According to Derek Forest of WYMT, Johnson has been ruled eligible and is expected to play tomorrow at the Republic Bank Classic in Lexington:

DerekWYMT Perry Central's Justin Johnson has been ruled eligible and may play tomorrow at the Republic Bank Classic @ Lexington Catholic

DerekWYMT (Really?!) Johnson rocking the Perry Central red uniform “@justin23johnson: #PCC pic.twitter.com/U6IvkZo2”

Johnson confirmed that he's ready to get on the court tomorrow:

justin23johnson Can wait to finally get on the court with my team tomorrow! #PCCNATION #LEGGO

Johnson is one of the top big men in Eastern Kentucky and immediately gives Perry Central a shot at winning the 14th Region.

Gorgui Dieng is "100 Percent" and Will Play Against Kentucky

According to Rick Pitino, big man Gorgui Dieng is "100 percent" and will be playing against the Kentucky Wildcats on Saturday.

Here is more from CBSSports.com:

Louisville big man Gorgui Dieng will play Saturday against Kentucky.

"100 percent," Louisville coach Rick Pitino told CBSSports.com on Wednesday night.

The 6-foot-11 Senegal big man has been out since Nov. 23 with a broken wrist, but Pitino told CBSSports.com that Dieng practiced on Wednesday and will definitely play against the Wildcats this weekend.

"He's in great shape," Pitino said. "His defensive timing is off, but he looks good offensively," Pitino said.

Complete Article

DeMarcus Cousins Did Not Travel to Portland with the Kings

The situation with DeMarcus Cousins and the Sacramento Kings continues to get more bizarre by the day.

Cousins was "suspended indefinitely" and then reinstated on Monday after missing only one game.

Now, Jason Jones of the Sacramento Bee reports that Cousins did not travel with the team to the Portland and will miss tonight's game against the Trail Blazers:

mr_jasonjones DeMarcus Cousins is not with the Kings in Portland (Coach's decision).

Here are some thoughts from CBSSports.com:

This is starting to sound a lot like ownership and management wanted Cousins back, and the coaching staff and team aren't so keen on him being back. He's not losing money, but things are not OK.

This situation remains combustible and how it plays out can't really be predicted.

Over the weekend, Cousins fired his longtime agent and hired Dan Fegan, who you may remember from such hits as "The Ten Months of Dwightmare" and "How to Ruin A Professional Franchise by Manipulating Trade Reports and Destroying Any Leverage A Team May Have."

Complete Article

Gorgui Dieng Likely to Play Saturday and Water is Still Wet

Louisville center Gorgui Dieng will practice full-contact for the first time afternoon according to head coach Rick Pitino.

Pitino is non-committal on whether or not Dieng will play against Kentucky on Saturday.
Here is an excerpt from CBSSports.com:

Louisville's head coach told CBSSports.com that Dieng, who hasn't played since suffering a broken wrist against Missouri on Nov. 23, will practice full-contact for the first time on Wednesday afternoon.

"We'll see how it goes today," Pitino said. "And then we'll make a decision."

Complete Article  

Dieng was averaging 8.2 points, 8.0 rebounds and 2.0 blocks per game this season before the injury.  

My Thoughts: Gorgui Dieng will be playing Saturday.

EKU's Mike DiNunno Named OVC Player of the Week

Eastern Kentucky University's Mike DiNunno was named Ohio Valley Conference Player of the Week on Monday following back-to-back 22-point scoring performances.

For the week, DiNunno averaged 22.0 points, 4.0 assists and 3.0 rebounds per game.

Here is the OVC release:

adidas® OVC Players of the Week


PLAYER

Mike DiNunno, G • Sr., 5-11, 196 • Chicago, Ill. • Eastern Kentucky

In a pair of road games last week, DiNunno averaged 22.0 points, 4.0 assists and 3.0 rebounds/game and hit 44 percent (11-of-25) from the field, 52.9 percent (9-of-17) from 3-point range and 92.9 percent (13-of-14) at the free throw line. The senior scored 22 points in each game, establishing a new season-high for points scored. He started the week hitting 5-of-8 3-pointers in a loss at North Carolina A&T; he also had three assists, a rebound and a steal in the contest. In the week’s finale, a win over High Point, DiNunno scored his 22 points on 6-of-12 shooting (4-of-9 3-pointers) while also adding five rebounds and five assists while committing just one turnover in 38 minutes of action. DiNunno was a perfect 6-of-6 at the free throw line against High Point, including 4-of-4 in the final 30 seconds as EKU pulled out the 73-70 victory. DiNunno ranks first in the OVC in assist-to-turnover ratio (2.3), fourth in assists (4.6/game), seventh in steals (1.8/game) and 12th in scoring (14.4 points/game).

Sheray Thomas Named Player of the Week in NBL Canada

Former Kentucky forward Sheray Thomas has been named Eurobasket.com Player of the Week for round 15 of games in NBL Canada.

Thomas put in 19 points and 14 rebounds for the St. John Mill Rats in a 127-101 win over the Moncton Miracles.

The Mill Rats are 9-7 overall and are currently in third place in the league standings.

Here is more from USBasket.com:

28-year old forward Sheray Thomas (203-F-84) had a very impressive game in the last round for St.John M.R. and receives a Eurobasket.com Player of the Week award for round 15. He had a double-double of 19 points and 14 rebounds, while his team outclassed Moncton M. (#5, 9-10) with 26-point margin 127-101. St.John M.R. is placed at 3rd position in NBLCanada league. They would have been even better if they hadn't lost a few games earlier this season. St.John M.R. will need more victories to improve their 9-7 record. Thomas turned to be St.John M.R.'s top player in his first season with the team. Sheray Thomas averages this season 14.2ppg and 9.2rpg.

Louisville Transfer Angel Nunez to Visit Gonzaga

Former Louisville forward Angel Nunez will visit Gonzaga December 27-29 according to ZagsBlog.com.

Here is an excerpt:

Former Louisville forward Angel Nunez will visit Gonzaga Dec. 27-29, his mentor, Eric Martinez, told SNY.tv.


The 6-foot-8 Nunez is considering several schools for transfer, but Gonzaga will be his first visit. He would be eligible in the second semester of the 2013-14 season after sitting out a year per NCAA regulations.

Complete Article

Photo: Rivals.com

Eric Bledsoe Continues to Shine for the Clippers

Former Kentucky star Eric Bledsoe continues to play outstanding basketball for the Los Angeles Clippers.

In last night's 112-100 win over Denver, Bledsoe scored 12 points in 16 minutes off the Los Angeles bench.

As is often the case this season, Bledsoe also had one of the highlights of the night:

Tuesday, December 25, 2012

Rockets Send Terrence Jones Back to the D-League

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

JasonCFriedman Rockets announce Terrence Jones back to D-League. Patrick Patterson will be on active list, but not dressing 2nite

It seems as if this will be the norm for Jones this season. He has routinely made trips back and forth between Houston and Rio Grande Valley during the last month.
 


Christmas Break Hoops: Schedule for the Week

It's time for some Christmas holiday basketball around Kentucky. Here is your complete schedule for the week:

Monday, December 24


No Games

Tuesday, December 25

Christmas Day - No Games

Wednesday, December 26

No Games

Thursday, December 27

8:00 p.m. FIU at Western Kentucky University*

Friday, December 28

5:00 p.m. Centre College vs. Miami-Middletown (at Thomas More College)
7:00 p.m. Cincinnati Christian at Thomas More College (Coach Connor Classic)
7:00 p.m. Union College at Liberty University (Exhibition for Union)
7:30 p.m. Southern Miss at Morehead State University
TBA Spalding University vs. TBA (in Orlando, Florida)

Saturday, December 29

1:00 p.m. Salem International at Kentucky Wesleyan College
3:00 p.m. Centre College vs. Cincinnati Christian (at Thomas More College)
3:00 p.m. Tennessee Wesleyan at University of the Cumberlands
3:00 p.m. Valparaiso at Murray State University
4:00 p.m. University of Kentucky at University of Louisville
5:00 p.m. Miami-Hamilton at Lindsey Wilson College
5:00 p.m. Miami-Middletown at Thomas More College (Coach Connor Classic)
8:00 p.m. North Texas at Western Kentucky University*
TBA Spalding University vs. TBA (in Orlando, Florida)

Sunday, December 30

1:00 p.m. Brescia University at Point Park*
2:00 p.m. OSU-Mansfield at Georgetown College
2:00 p.m. Union College at Morehead State University (Exhibition for Union)
4:00 p.m. Eastern Kentucky University at West Virginia

* Conference Game

Transylvania Takes Down Thomas More at Home

Transylvania 80
Thomas More 71

Final from Lexington, Kentucky

Game recap by Transy:

LEXINGTON, Ky. – Transylvania forward Ethan Spurlin scored 18 points and grabbed 10 rebounds Saturday and reserve Trey Beuttel added a career-high 17 points, leading the Pioneers to an 80-71 holiday men's basketball win over Thomas More at the Beck Center.


The Pioneers are 8-3 on the season while the Saints are 8-2. With the win, Brian Lane earned career victory No. 199 in 12 years at Transy. He is seeking to become just the second person to get 200 wins at Transy, joining Don Lane, who had 509. Transy has won four straight games and six of its last seven.

Transy led by 13 points at halftime and steadily maintained a margin between eight and 15 points throughout the second half, taking advantage of a leaky Thomas More press to convert a number of easy baskets.

Spurlin was nine of 13 from the field as Transy shot 52 percent from the field for the game. Beuttel was three of six, two of five from long range, and perfect in nine attempts at the free throw line, Brandon Rash, who scored 11 points to go with nine rebounds, eight assists, two blocks, and two steals, was five of six from the field.

Another reserve, Leavitt Morrison, was three of four from the field and scored six points. Barrett Meyer and Parker Stansberry were also in double figures, with 11 and 10 points, respectively. Meyer was three of six shooting.

Complete Recap

KSTV Talks to UK Signee Derek Willis

KSTV talks to Kentucky signee Derek Willis at the King of the Bluegrass tournament:

Doug Gottlieb Interviews Tubby Smith on the Jim Rome Show

Doub Gottlieb talks to Minnesota head coach Tubby Smith on the Jim Rome Show:

Merry Christmas from Allkyhoops.com

We'd like to take an opportunity to wish everyone a very Merry Christmas. Enjoy your time with family today and as Kentucky head coach John Calipari says, "hug your children."

DeMarcus Cousins Reinstated After One-Game Suspension

The Sacramento Kings have reinstated DeMarcus Cousins after a one-game suspension for "unprofessional behavior and conduct detrimental to the team."

Cousins was involved in a verbal altercation with head coach Keith Smart during a recent game.

Here is more from ESPN.com:

Cousins practiced with the Kings on Monday. Cousins and Kings coach Keith Smart exchanged words in the locker room during halftime of Sacramento's loss at the Los Angeles Clippers on Friday night. Smart benched Cousins for the entire second half and ordered him to remain in the locker room.


Cousins' suspension initially was termed indefinite.

The 22-year-old Cousins has been suspended two other times by the NBA this season because of his conduct.

Complete Article

Monday, December 24, 2012

Rajon Rondo Plays Connect 4, Hands Out Bicycles

Former Kentucky star Rajon Rondo is doing some good deeds this Christmas season. Rondo was busy play board games and handing out bicycles to needy children over the weekend.

RajonRondo Was up early this AM surprising the kids and handing out gifts at Blue Hill boys and girls club. #MerryChristmas pic.twitter.com/I2bcC1Zc

RajonRondo Playing connect 4 w/ some of my new friends pic.twitter.com/LR6tTpx8


UK Signee Marcus Lee Goes Off for 31 Points, 29 Rebounds

Kentucky signee Marcus Lee had 31 points, 29 rebounds and 6 assists in a win over the weekend.

Here is more from BayPreps.com:

Marcus Lee had 31 points, 29 rebounds, and 6 assists and Deer Valley (9-3) outscored McClymonds (5-5), 23-16, in the fourth quarter in a 70-66 win.

  Source  

Here is Lee in action earlier this season:  

Kentucky Wildcats Wish Merry Christmas to Big Blue Nation

The Kentucky Wildcats talk Christmas and send greetings to the Big Blue Nation:

Rick Pitino Speaks Out in Favor of Gun Control

Louisville head coach Rick Pitino spoke out in favor of gun control during a recent press conference. Here is the video via WDRB.com:

WDRB 41 Louisville - News, Weather, Sports Community

Louisville Moves Up in Pre-Christmas Polls, UK Holds

The Louisville Cardinals (11-1) are up to No. 3 in the USA Today Coaches Poll and No. 4 in the AP Top 25 this week.

Kentucky (8-3) is still at No. 23 in the USA Today poll and remains unranked in the AP poll.

AP Top 25


RK TEAM RECORD PTS

1 Duke (63) 11-0 1,623
2 Michigan (2) 12-0 1,551
3 Arizona 11-0 1,463
4 Louisville 11-1 1,422
5 Indiana 11-1 1,383
6 Kansas 10-1 1,309
7 Missouri 10-1 1,157
8 Cincinnati 12-0 1,144
9 Syracuse 10-1 1,140
10 Ohio State 9-2 965
11 Minnesota 12-1 878 12 Illinois 12-1 875 13 Gonzaga 11-1 824 14 Florida 8-2 772 15 Georgetown 10-1 674 16 Creighton 11-1 589 17 San Diego State 11-1 557 18 Butler 9-2 512 19 Michigan State 11-2 416 20 UNLV 11-1 382 21 Notre Dame 12-1 337 22 Oklahoma State 10-1 318 23 North Carolina State 9-2 264 24 Pittsburgh 12-1 189 25 Kansas State 9-2 152

Others receiving votes: New Mexico 66, Kentucky 37, Temple 36, Wyoming 28, Virginia Commonwealth 16, North Carolina 16, Wichita State 11, Maryland 7, Oregon 6, Connecticut 6

USA Today Coaches Poll

RK TEAM RECORD PTS

1 Duke (30) 11-0 774
2 Michigan (1) 12-0 745
3 Louisville 11-1 682
3 Arizona 11-0 682
5 Indiana 11-1 648
6 Kansas 10-1 642
7 Syracuse 10-1 559
8 Cincinnati 12-0 543
9 Missouri 10-1 537
10 Ohio State 9-2 480
11 Florida 8-2 406 12 Creighton 11-1 395 13 Gonzaga 11-1 391 14 Minnesota 12-1 345 15 Illinois 12-1 330 16 San Diego State 11-1 327 17 UNLV 11-1 240 18 Georgetown 10-1 217 19 Michigan State 11-2 207 20 Notre Dame 12-1 181 21 Butler 9-2 136 22 Oklahoma State 10-1 129 23 Kentucky 8-3 108 24 Pittsburgh 12-1 97 25 North Carolina State 9-2 87

Others receiving votes: New Mexico 62, North Carolina 34, Kansas State 22, Virginia Commonwealth 22, Wyoming 20, Connecticut 6, Oregon 6, Temple 5, Maryland 3, Colorado 3, Wichita State 3, Colorado State 1

John Wall Delivers Christmas Gifts to Needy Family

Former Kentucky star John Wall recently volunteered to deliver Christmas gifts to a needy family. Here is the story from WJLA.com:



Complete Article

Here is Wall speaking about Christmas, his knee and how he is contributing to the Wizards during his injury:


Ryan Harrow is Spending Christmas Break in the Gym

Kentucky point guard Ryan Harrow is starting to show the work ethic that John Calipari is wanting to see.

Harrow has been spending extra time in the gym before and after practices at UK. Now, Jason Jordan of USA Today reports that Harrow is attending private workouts in North Carolina during his Christmas break.

JayJayUSATODAY Here at a private workout watching @CoachK_Williams workout Kentucky PG Ryan Harrow and Maryland wing Dez Wells.

JayJayUSATODAY Ryan Harrow is going to work!

JayJayUSATODAY Ryan Harrow is looking like the OLD Ryan Harrow. That's a great thing for #BBN.

JayJayUSATODAY Ryan Harrow, Dez Wells and Joel Kindred after a workout with @CoachK_Williams. Boys were drained!

Julius Randle Would Love to Play with Andrew Harrison at Kentucky

Julius Randle, one of the top remaining uncommitted players in the class of 2013, told ESPN's Dave Telep over the weekend that he would love to play with Kentucky signee Andrew Harrison in college:


Sunday, December 23, 2012

Anthony Davis Throws Down Reverse Alley-Oop Slam

Watch as former Kentucky star Anthony Davis flies in for a reverse alley-oop dunk against the Pacers:

Michael Kidd-Gilchrist Posterizes Kosta Koufos

Watch as former Kentucky star Michael Kidd-Gilchrist drops the hammer on Denver's Kosta Koufos:


No. 5 Louisville Hammers Western Kentucky in Nashville

(5) Louisville 78
Western Kentucky 55

Final from Nashville, Tennessee

Game recap by UL:

Nashville, Tenn. (AP) - Despite off games from Russ Smith and Peyton Siva, the No. 5 Louisville Cardinals had more than enough against Western Kentucky on Saturday night.

The Cardinals faced a team missing its top two scorers and beat Western Kentucky 78-55 for their sixth straight win.

Smith finished with 20 points on a night he was 4 of 11 from the floor, including 1 of 4 beyond the 3-point line. He also turned the ball over four times, though he did go 11 of 13 at the free throw line to help put away the victory. But Smith only had two assists, and Louisville coach Rick Pitino wants more from the junior guard.

"If you're a veteran in the NBA the first thing you're going to do is get everybody else the ball, get all that scouting off your back so then you can come alive the rest of the game," Louisville coach Rick Pitino said. "As we say in coaching, sometimes it goes in one ear and out the other ear and it's somewhere out in Queens for Russ."

The Cardinals (11-1) have won four straight and 21 of 24 overall in this series against their in-state rival. They took this game across the border an hour south of Western Kentucky's campus in Bowling Green to kick off a new four-year deal between the teams.

Wayne Blackshear added 17 points for Louisville, Chane Behanan had 14 and Montrezl Harrell 13.

The Cardinals outshot Western Kentucky, led by double digits most of the way and controlled the game so much fans were chanting "Beat UK," anticipating a visit from Kentucky next Saturday.

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Sacramento Writer: DeMarcus Cousins Needs Counseling

Ailene Voisin of the Sacramento Bee thinks DeMarcus Cousins deserves punishment for his recent behavior, but he also needs some professional help.

Here's more from Sacbee.com:

You don’t have to be a psychiatrist to realize he needs counseling. He needs to be punished, true, but he also needs to be helped.

Cousins’ emotional outbursts are occurring in rapid-fire succession, demoralizing his coaches, alienating his teammates and crippling his promising NBA career. His stature is shrinking by the deed. After progressing significantly last season under coach Keith Smart, emerging as one of the league’s best young centers and earning a coveted invitation to compete for the U.S. Select Team in Las Vegas, Cousins has regressed surely and swiftly on and off the court.

He has been suspended three times in two months, unavailable for two games for angrily confronting San Antonio Spurs analyst Sean Elliott on Nov. 9 and forced to miss another game after punching Dallas guard O.J. Mayo in the groin on Dec. 10. And who knows how long he will miss for ripping into the coach who has been his most vocal and ardent supporter.

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John Calipari Talks About Win Over Marshall and More

Kentucky head coach John Calipari talks to the media following Kentucky's 82-54 victory over Marshall:


Harrow Breaks Out, Leads Kentucky Past Marshall

Kentucky 82
Marshall 54

Final from Lexington, Kentucky



Ryan Harrow scored a career-high 23 points to lead Kentucky to an 82-54 win over Marshall on Saturday.

Archie Goodwin added 18 points for Kentucky (8-3). Nerlens Noel chipped in 11 points and 10 rebounds for his first career double-double. Harrow also finished with 4 rebounds, 4 assists and 3 steals.

Marshall (7-6) was within striking distance until the Wildcats went on a 21-5 second half run to put the game away.

"We got better," Kentucky head coach John Calipari said after the game.

Kentucky will have a week off for the Christmas break before returning to action Saturday against No. 4 Louisville.

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Dayton Defeats Murray State, Ends Racers' Road Winning Streak

Dayton 77
Murray State 69

Final from Dayton, Ohio

Game recap by MSU:

The Murray State Racers saw their school-record road winning streak end at 16 Saturday with a 77-69 loss at the University of Dayton at UD Arena in Dayton, Ohio.

The loss dropped the Racers to 10-2 and snapped one of the more remarkable runs in program history. MSU lost in a true road game for the first time since the final game of the 2010-11 season at Missouri State on March 15, 2011 in the National Invitation Tournament. The span between losses was an amazing 647 days.

Isaiah Canaan led the way for MSU with 20 points, while Ed Daniel added 17 points and his seventh double-double with 13 rebounds.

Leading 41-36 at the half, MSU scrapped and held off the home team until the final 4:30 when UD scored a quick 10-0 run in less than a minute to take a 67-60 lead with 3:40 left. The Racers' last lead was on Dexter Fields' fourth three-pointer of the game at 60-59 with 4:32 remaining, but the Flyers ended the game on an 18-8 run to move their record to 9-3.

The first half featured six ties and 10 lead changes. MSU had dunks on their first three possessions and led 6-2. UD had a 14-10 lead at the 13:00 mark. Canaan hit nine straight free throws in the opening half and helped the Racers to a 38-34 lead on a long three at the 2:23 mark. Another three from Fields seconds later and MSU had their largest lead of 41-34 and MSU eventually led the Flyers 41-36 at the half.

MSU was 22-of-55 from the field for 40 percent, while the Flyers managed 45 percent on 25-of-56 shots. From the three-point line MSU was 9-of-27 for 33 percent, with the Flyers coming in at 47 percent on 9-of-19 shots.

The Racers won the rebound battle 35-34 with Stacy Wilson adding seven to Daniel's 13.

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Eric Bledsoe With Amazing Block and Dunk Against Kings

Check out this amazing block and dunk by former Kentucky star Eric Bledsoe:

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