Saturday, January 12, 2013

Nerlens Noel Put Up Historical Numbers, Too

Here is Kentucky freshman Nerlens Noel talking about the loss to Texas A&M:
 
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Noel also put up historical numbers tonight:




Texas A&M Rides Historic Performance from Elston Turner to Stun Kentucky

Texas A&M 83
Kentucky 71

Final from Lexington, Kentucky

"I thank God for this man," Texas A&M's Elston Turner told the media after completing one of the all-time great individual performances in the history of Rupp Arena.

Turner exploded for 40 points as he led Texas A&M to a stunning 83-71 victory over the Kentucky Wildcats.

"I was shooting around today at the shoot around and I could just feel that I kind of like the rims," Turner explained.

That would be an understatement as Turner, who came into the game averaging just over 15 points per night, went 14-for-19 from the field, including 6-for-10 from long range.

The game was tied 63-63 with 4:33 to play but Turner and Fabyon Harris scored 9 straight points and the Aggies never looked back.

Harris added 14 points for Texas A&M (12-3, 2-0 SEC). Kourtney Roberson chipped in 10 points and 9 rebounds.

Archie Goodwin led Kentucky (10-5, 1-1) with 17 points. Nerlens Noel had a great all-around performance with 15 points, 11 rebounds, 6 assists, 7 blocks and 4 steals.

Ryan Harrow finished with 14 points and Alex Poythress had 12 for the Wildcats.

Kentucky will now look to get back on track when they host Tennessee Tuesday night.

Box Score (click to enlarge):

Doron Lamb Sent to the NBA D-League

Former Kentucky star Doron Lamb has been assigned to the Fort Wayne Mad Ants of the NBA Development League.

cf_gardner Rookie guard Doron Lamb has been assigned to Fort Wayne of the D-League. He practiced with #Bucks this morning.

Dejected DeMarcus Cousins Talks About Latest Ejection

Here is a dejected DeMarcus Cousins talking about being ejected for a flagrant two foul on Vince Carter:

Friday, January 11, 2013

Pikeville Thumps No. 1 Cumberlands, Makes Claim for Top Spot

(5) University of Pikeville 80
(1) University of the Cumberlands 64

Final from Pikeville, Kentucky

The University of Pikeville made a big statement Thursday night with an 80-64 victory over top-ranked University of the Cumberlands.

The Bears, led by a Herculean effort from senior Trevor Setty, used a big run in the second half to pull away from the Patriots (15-2, 6-1 MSC).

Setty, who knocked down a three-pointer on the game's first possession, finished with 28 points, 14 rebounds and 7 steals for the fifth-ranked Bears. The senior from Maysville also surpassed the 1,500-point plateau for his college career.

Chris Johnson added 18 points for Pikeville (16-1, 6-1 MSC). Jamar "Deuce" Briscoe had a poor shooting night but chipped in 13.

Antonio Bumpus led Cumberlands with 25 points and 10 boards. James Archie put in 10 points.

Pikeville will host Cumberland (TN) on Saturday at 4:00 p.m. If the Bears take care of business, they figure to be in the running for the top spot when the national polls are released next week.

A few thoughts:

- Trevor Setty was the man in this one. He is my early favorite for Mid-South Conference Player of the Week

- Pikeville is absolutely loaded. The Bears have all the elements to compete for a national championship. Setty, Briscoe and Johnson are as talented of a threesome as you'll find anywhere. Keep in mind, University of Louisville transfer Elisha Justice was the 7th man in this one.

- Don't be fooled by the score. Cumberlands is absolutely loaded, as well. The Patriots will be right there when it comes time to determine conference and national champs.

- Benito Santiago, Jr. had one of the better dunks I've seen all season (see below). That name probably sounds familiar. He is the son of longtime Major League Baseball catcher Benito Santiago.

- I was very impressed with the scoring ability of Antonio Bumpus. He put up 25 points and was relentless on the boards (5 offensive rebounds).

- Each time I visit the East Kentucky Expo Center, I walk away impressed. It is certainly one of the finer arenas in NAIA basketball.



2014 Star Tyus Jones is Headed to Kentucky

Tyus Jones, one of the top prospects in the class of 2014, is on his way to Kentucky for an unofficial visit.

Jones is a 6-foot-1 point guard at Apple Valley (Minn.).


UK Fans Can Watch Andrew Wiggins on ESPN Saturday

Huntington Prep and Kentucky recruit Andrew Wiggins will be playing in a nationally televised game on ESPN Saturday.

Wiggins and company will be facing Cape Henry (Va.) at 4:00 p.m.

Aaron Gordon Discusses UK, Washington and Arizona

Kentucky recruit Aaron Gordon gives his thoughts on the three schools he is considering (Kentucky, Arizona and Washington):

Isaiah Canaan, Russ Smith Make John R. Wooden Award Midseason Top 25 List

Murray State's Isaiah Canaan and Louisville's Russ Smith are on the John R. Wooden Award Midseason Top 25 list.

The Wooden Award is given annually to college basketball's top player.

Here is the release from the Los Angeles Athletic Club:

The John R. Wooden Award Midseason Top 25 was announced today by The Los Angeles Athletic Club on ESPNU. Selected by the Wooden Award National Advisory Board, the list is made up of 25 student-athletes who, based on their performances in November, December, and the beginning of January, are the frontrunners for college basketball’s most prestigious honor. The Women’s midseason list will be released next week.

NAME Ht. Yr. Pos. SSchool Conference

Anthony Bennett 6-8 Fr. F UNLV Mountain West
Laurence Bowers 6-8 Sr. F Missouri SEC
Trey Burke 6-0 So. G Michigan Big Ten
Isaiah Canaan* 6-1 Sr. G Murray State Ohio Valley Conference
Michael Carter-Williams 6-6 So. G Syracuse Big East
Jack Cooley 6-9 Sr. F Notre Dame Big East
Seth Curry 6-2 Sr. G Duke ACC
Jamaal Franklin 6-5 Jr. G San Diego State Mountain West
Erick Green 6-3 Sr. G Virginia Tech ACC
Elias Harris 6-8 Sr. F Gonzaga WCC
Pierre Jackson 5-10 Sr. G Baylor Big 12
Sean Kilpatrick 6-4 Jr. G/F Cincinnati Big East
C.J. McCollum 6-3 Sr. G Lehigh Patriot League
Doug McDermott* 6-8 Jr. F Creighton Missouri Valley Conference
Ben McLemore 6-5 Fr. G Kansas Big 12
Brandon Paul 6-4 Sr. G Illinois Big Ten
Mason Plumlee 6-10 Sr. F Duke ACC
Otto Porter, Jr. 6-8 So. F Georgetown Big East
Phil Pressey 5-11 Jr. G Missouri SEC
Marcus Smart 6-4 Fr. G Oklahoma State Big 12
Russ Smith 6-0 Jr. G Louisville Big East
Deshaun Thomas 6-7 Jr. F Ohio State Big Ten
Jeff Withey 7-0 Sr. C Kansas Big 12
Nate Wolters 6-4 Sr. G South Dakota State The Summit League
Cody Zeller 7-0 So. F Indiana Big Ten

(Players listed alphabetically.)
*indicates player was 2012 Wooden Award All American
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Owootoah, King Ruled Eligible to Play at Cordia

According to Scott Anderson over at TheRoadtoRupp.com, Emmanuel Owootoah and Marlon King have been ruled eligible to play the remainder of this season at Cordia High School:

TheRoadtoRupp Just confirmed that Cordia's Emmanuel Owotooah and Marlon King have been ruled eligible by a court will play in their next game..story soon

Owootoah, a 5-foot-10 point guard, has heard from several NCAA Division I programs.

Kenneth Faried Says "Shoot" During Live TV Interview

Watch as Kenneth Faried blurts out s__t during a live television interview after finding out that he had 19 points and 19 rebounds:

Missouri-St. Louis Upsets No. 4 Bellarmine in Double Overtime

Missouri-St. Louis 87
(4) Bellarmine 82  F/2OT

Final from St. Louis, Missouri

Game recap by BU:

ST. LOUIS—The No. 4 Bellarmine University Knights dropped a heartbreaking double overtime decision on the road at Missouri-St. Louis 87-82 as the home-standing Tritons overcame a 15-point second half deficit to pull the upset in the Great Lakes Valley Conference battle at the Mark Twain Building on Thursday night.

“This was no question our biggest challenge of the year,” said Bellarmine Coach Scott Davenport. “(Missouri-St. Louis) was a preseason top 20 team and the preseason favorite to win the West Division of the conference, but from the coaching staff on down, this was a team loss.”

The Bellarmine coach added, “I'm devastated, because I think we had the game in command, and we just didn't do the things you've got to do to win games. The only way teams come from behind is shoot threes and offensive rebound the ball, and we gave up both of those.”

Bellarmine, which falls to 10-1, 2-1 GLVC, got a gutty performance from senior Chris Dowe. The 6-3 guard put up 24 points despite suffering a toe injury that left him hobbled for much of the game. However, he got into foul trouble and was whistled for his fifth on virtually the last play of regulation, meaning the Knights had to play both overtimes without Dowe.

Complete Recap

Edgar Sosa Signs with Blancos De Rueda Valladolid in Spain

Former Louisville star Edgar Sosa has passed his tryout period with Blancos De Rueda Valladolid and is now officially a member of the Spanish club team.

Sosa, who has not played since a serious leg injury suffered last summer while playing for the Dominican Republic, last played professionally in Italy for Biella. There, he averaged 14 points and 4.5 assists per game.

Valladolid competes in Spain's top-level ACB league.

Source

Jules Camara Arrested on Felony Theft and Drug Paraphernalia Chages

The story of former Kentucky big man Souleymane "Jules" Camara is turning into a tragedy.

WKYT.com reports that Camara was arrested last night in Lexington on felony theft charges. While police were making the arrest, they discovered a crack pipe in Camara's coat pocket.

Here is more from WKYT:

A police report states that officers went to serve Camara with a warrant issued in November on a felony theft by unlawful taking charge. Back in November, police told WKYT that those charges stemmed from a stolen gun investigation.

While serving the warrant on Thursday night, police stated in their report that Camara had a small metal pipe in his right coat pocket and admitted that he used it to smoke crack cocaine.

Camara is charged with felony theft by unlawful taking and possession of drug paraphernalia.

Complete Article

Kentucky Avoids Disaster, Escapes Vanderbilt with a Win

Kentucky 60
Vanderbilt 58

Final from Nashville, Tennessee

Game recap by UK
NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) - Kyle Wiltjer's jumper with 1:57 left put Kentucky ahead to stay, and the Wildcats kicked off their Southeastern Conference schedule Thursday night by holding off Vanderbilt 60-58 after blowing a 16-point lead.

The Wildcats (10-4) also seemed to get a bit of help from officials in the final seconds.

Nerlens Noel hit a jumper with 17.3 seconds left that went in after the shot clock buzzer went off, and Vanderbilt coach Kevin Stallings took a timeout to plead his case. Officials didn't review the play. Kedren Johnson made a 3 with 7.6 seconds left to pull Vandy within 60-58, and Kyle Fuller stole the inbound pass with 6.7 seconds to go giving Vandy a last chance.

But Johnson's 3 hit the rim just before the buzzer as the rally fell short for Vanderbilt (6-7).

Ryan Harrow led Kentucky with 16 points, Noel had 13 and Archie Goodwin 12.

Johnson finished with a game-high 18 points, and Rod Odom added 12 as Vanderbilt outrebounded Kentucky 42-37.

This was a rematch of the SEC tournament championship game that Vanderbilt won last March for its first such title in 61 years. Wiltjer is one of only five players combined on the rosters left from that game, and all the youth is why neither team was ranked in this game for the first time since Feb. 17, 2009.

Kentucky coach John Calipari started his latest crop of freshmen for a second straight game, and the Wildcats looked good in taking the lead from the opening bucket and leading 35-24 at halftime. Vanderbilt had won six of the previous nine games against Kentucky in Memorial Gym, and the Commodores finally stymied Kentucky when they went to a zone defense.


The Wildcats missed 12 straight shots from the floor. Vanderbilt took advantage, trailing 47-31 with 13:48 left when Sheldon Jeter hit a jumper to start an 18-0 run.

Complete Recap

Box Score (click to enlarge):

DeMarcus Cousins Ejected for Flagrant Foul on Vince Carter

Former Kentucky star DeMarcus Cousins was ejected (again) last night. This time, he was given a flagrant 2 foul after this contact with longtime NBA star Vince Carter:



"I swear to God I didn’t try to do that," Cousins said after the game. "I’m just tired of being in these situations."

Cousins has 29 points, 9 rebounds and 4 assists before the ejection.

Bobby Knight Has No Idea How the Shot Clock Works

ESPN's Bobby Knight apparently has no idea how a shot clock works in college basketball. Listen as he makes absolutely no sense at all:

Thursday, January 10, 2013

Northern Kentucky's Intro Video for 2012-13

Here is Northern Kentucky's intro video for the 2012-13 men's basketball season:

Parrish: Kentucky Will Make a Third Straight Final Four This Season

Gary Parrish of CBSSports.com thinks Kentucky will make a Final Four run THIS season.

Here's an excerpt of Parrish's thoughts:

3. Can Kentucky make a fourth straight Elite Eight?

This might seem farfetched considering the Wildcats are unranked and 0-4 against schools in the RPI's top 50. But you'd be foolish to dismiss a team with three lottery picks (Nerlens Noel, Archie Goodwin, Alex Poythress) and a point guard (Ryan Harrow) who is averaging 16.8 points and 4.3 assists in his past four outings. In fact, here's my prediction: The Wildcats will win the SEC and make a third straight Final Four and fourth straight Elite Eight, then reload with a fresh batch of freshmen who will be talented enough to maybe go undefeated next season. (But we'll deal with that last part at a later date.)

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Asbury University Blows By IU-East in KIAC Action

Asbury University 76
Indiana East 60

Final from Richmond, Indiana

Game recap by AU:

RICHMOND, Ind. – Asbury took control early and never let up as they won for the fourth time in their last five trips to Indiana East, 76-60 over the Red Wolves in Kentucky Intercollegiate Athletic Conference action on Wednesday night. Indiana East is receiving votes in the NAIA II poll, currently ranked 34th.

The Eagles improve to 2-1 in league play while IUE falls to 1-1. Asbury is 11-7 overall and IUE is 11-6. The two will close out the regular season in Wilmore on February 19. The loss is the first for IUE at home this season. Asbury improves to 5-3 in road games.

Asbury took the lead for good with 16:04 left in the first half on a Dakotah Euton basket. Euton finished with 10 points and 5 rebounds. The Eagles overcame a poor shooting night in which they made just 40-percent (28-69) from the floor. They connected on just a 32-percent clip (8-25) from beyond the arc. The Red Wolves were even worse from the floor, 31-percent (19-62), and from three-point range, 17-percent (3-17).

Complete Recap

Juan Palacios Signs with JSF Nanterre in France

French club team JSF Nanterre has signed former Louisville forward Juan Palacios.

JSF Nanterre competes in France's top-level ProA league.

Here is more from Eurobasket.com:

JSF Nanterre (ProA) landed 28-year old Colombian power forward Juan Palacios (204-111kg-85). He played in the summer at Guerreros in Colombian Copa Federacion.

Among other achievements Palacios team made it to the Big East Tournament Semifinals for two years in a row (2007 and 2008). He received also Eurobasket.com Spanish LEB Gold All-Imports Team award in 2011.

Palacios has played previously professionally in USA and Spain (Herbalife Gran Canaria 2014, Vic and La Palma).

John Wall Leaves Reebok, Signs with adidas

Washington Wizards star John Wall is officially leaving Reebok to sign with adidas.

Wall confirmed the news on Twitter:

John_Wall I'm blessed to take the next step in my career with @adidasHoops #teamadidas !!

John_Wall Thanks RT @adidasHoops: all in for @John_Wall. Welcome to the family #teamadidas

Here is the official statement released by Reebok:

“John is a tremendous player and person, and has been a great representative of the Reebok brand. We wish him all the best. He is in good hands with adidas. Basketball remains an important category for Reebok. We have a long and very successful heritage in the sport, which provides us with a unique point of view and place in the category. In the near future, we will announce new basketball assets, to join our current roster, who we feel best represent the direction our style-driven performance basketball business. We’re looking at athletes who are unique in their approach to style, their game and their life in general.”

Eastern Kentucky Earns Huge Road Win at Murray State

Eastern Kentucky 77
Murray State 65

Final from Murray, Kentucky

Game recap by EKU:

MURRAY, Ky. – In a battle of undefeated Ohio Valley Conference teams, Eastern Kentucky led by as many as 22 points in the second half of a 77-65 win at Murray State on Wednesday night.

Mike DiNunno and Corey Walden each finished with 20 points for the Colonels (13-3, 3-0 OVC). Tarius Johnson added an EKU career-best 17 points to go along with seven rebounds.

Eastern Kentucky held the Racers (11-4, 2-1 OVC) scoreless for the first six minutes of the game, but after taking a 7-0 lead MSU rolled off 11 unanswered.

The Colonels answered with a run of their own, scoring 24 straight points to take control of the game. DiNunno scored nine during the run, including seven straight at one point.

With 6:25 left in the first half, Murray State’s Dexter Fields fouled Walden on a shot attempt and then was whistled for a technical foul. The sophomore went to the line and hit all four free throws to cap the run and put Eastern in front 31-11.

The Racers closed the gap to 14 at halftime and got within eight four and a half minutes into the second half. EKU scored 12 of the next 14 to push its lead to 18. Walden scored seven of the 12 including three on a basket and a free throw. Jeff Johnson’s lay-up made it 53-35 with 12:08 remaining to play.

Five straight by Orlando Williams gave the Colonels their largest lead. The junior’s three-pointer with 7:42 to go gave the visitors a 65-43 advantage.

Complete Recap

Austin Peay Sinks Morehead State With Buzzer Beater in Overtime

Austin Peay 84
Morehead State 81 F/OT

Final from Clarksville, Tennessee

Game recap by MSU:

CLARKSVILLE, Tenn. -- Junior Travis Betran drilled a contested 22-footer from the right wing as the overtime clock expired to give the Austin Peay men’s basketball team a 84-81 victory over Morehead State on Wednesday evening at Aaron Arena.

The Governors, who snap an eight-game skid, improve to 5-12 overall, 4-2 at home and 1-2 in the Ohio Valley Conference. The Eagles, who see a three-game winning streak end, slip to 8-9 on the season, 1-7 on the road and 2-1 in league play.

Austin Peay also ends a four-game losing streak in the all-time series against Morehead State, but the Eagles still own a 52-51 upper hand. MSU has three more OVC showdowns on the road before returning to Johnson Arena on Jan. 24.

Austin Peay held a 39-20 halftime advantage, thanks to 45 percent (14-of-31) from the field while Morehead State was limited to just 28 percent (8-of-29).

The hosts raced out to a 25-7 lead less than 13 minutes into the game and pushed their cushion to a game-high 21 points with 4:14 before intermission. APSU built its advantage by hitting 9-of-23 over the game’s first 12 minutes, while MSU started just 2-of-16 from the field.

“You can’t dig a 19-point hole at halftime and expect to come back in an OVC road game, but I’m proud of my guys for playing hard in the second half and overtime,” Head Coach Sean Woods said. “Hopefully, we can use this game as a learning experience down the road.”

Complete Recap

Wednesday, January 9, 2013

Former Kentucky Player Dan Hall Has Passed Away

Dan Hall, a member of Kentucky's 1975 Final Four team, has passed away from an apparent suicide according to reports.

smosswkyt A couple of folks have confirmed former Wildcat big man Dan Hall has died from an apparent suicide. Played on 75 Final Four team.

Hall appeared in 26 games during his two seasons at Kentucky before transferring to Marshall.

We certainly ask all readers to extend prayers to the Hall family during this difficult time.

Photo Source: Bigbluehistory.net



Josh Harrellson to Rejoin Heat on 10-Day Contract

Former Kentucky star Josh Harrellson is set to rejoin the Miami Heat on a 10-day contract.

IraHeatBeat Confirmed: Josh Harrellson to be rejoining Heat on 10-day contract. Overtures to Andersen were to get a read on where he stands.

Harrellson was waived by the Heat earlier this week.


No. 3 Louisville Rolls at Seton Hall

(3) Louisville 73
Seton Hall 58

Final from Newark, New Jersey

Game recap by UL:

NEWARK, N.J. (AP) - Gorgui Dieng had 16 points and 14 rebounds - both season highs - to lead No. 3 Louisville to its ninth straight win with a 73-58 victory over Seton Hall on Wednesday night.

Freshman Montrezl Harrell, starting in place of injured Chane Behanan, tied his career best with 14 points, and Luke Hancock hit two 3-pointers in a late, game-breaking 12-2 run that gave the Cardinals (14-1, 2-0 Big East) the win.

The Cardinals won despite getting a combined 4-for-17 shooting performance from starting guards Russ Smith and Peyton Siva.

Brandon Mobley had 18 points and seven rebounds for the Pirates (12-4, 1-2), who lost their second straight. Eugene Teague added 14 points and 10 rebounds, while leading scorer Fuquan Edwin was limited to 13 - most coming after the game was decided.

Complete Recap

Boyle County Holds Off Danville in Rivalry Battle

The Boyle County Rebels held off a fourth quarter run to defeat crosstown rival Danville 57-50 last night.

Here are some highlights from the game:



With the win, Boyle County has now won four-out-of-five games and improves to 8-6 overall on the season.

Danville drops to 4-10 with the loss.

Student fans from both schools were out in full force last night:

John Calipari Previews Vanderbilt Game and More

Kentucky head coach John Calipari previews tomorrow night's game at Vanderbilt and more:

DeMarcus Cousins and the Kings to Seattle?

Former Kentucky star DeMarcus Cousins and Sacramento Kings may be relocating to Seattle.

According to Adrian Wojnarowski of Yahoo! Sports, the deal is very close to being finalized.

Here are some posts on Wojnarowski's Twitter account:

WojYahooNBA The Maloofs are finalizing an agreement to sell the Sacramento Kings to the Hansen-Ballmer led Seattle group, sources tell Yahoo! Sports.

WojYahooNBA The deal will sell the Kings for approximately $500 million, with the Seattle group seeking relocation to Key Arena for the 2013-'14 season.

WojYahooNBA The Seattle group's plans, with support of the NBA, is to play two seasons in Key Arena before moving into a new Seattle arena, sources say.

WojYahooNBA No agreement signed, but one source describes deal as "1st and goal at 1." Maloofs history of changing course late still makes many uneasy.

WojYahooNBA The Maloofs are expected to keep an extremely small percentage of team, but will have no real input or say in franchise, sources say.

Arthur McMillan Cleared to Play at St. Catharine College

I've been told by a good source that transfer Arthur McMillan has been cleared to play at St. Catharine College and is expected to make his debut Thursday night when the Patriots host Shawnee State.

McMillan, a 6-foot-7 forward, played one season at Morehead State before heading to junior college. He last played at Lawson State Community College.

John Wall May Return to Game Action on Saturday

Former Kentucky star John Wall may be back in Washington Wizards' lineup as soon as Saturday.

While nothing has been confirmed, Wizards owner Ted Leonsis hinted on his blog that Wall may be back this weekend.

Here is an excerpt from WashingtonExaminer.com:

On Tuesday, the team owner offered news that was actually encouraging, hinting that John Wall could make his long awaited season debut Saturday against the Atlanta Hawks.

"It is possible but not quite certain," Leonsis wrote, "for the first time all season, that we could dress all of our players. I don't want to jinx it, but we are all hoping that is what we will see."

Complete Article
 
Meanwhile, an unflattering picture of Wall has been making the rounds on Twitter and Facebook. Wall appears to be out of shape in the image that was posted on Twitter by @WJDiddyJr.

As WashingtonPost.com points out, Wall might have veen the victim of a bad camera angle:

Sean Woods Talks About Austin Peay, EKU and More

Morehead State head coach Sean Woods talks to Jason Blanton about the upcoming week, which includes road games at Austin Peay and Eastern Kentucky:

2014 Star Tyus Jones to Visit Kentucky This Weekend

Tyus Jones, the top-rated point guard in the class of 2014, will make an unofficial visit to the University of Kentucky this coming weekend.

Here is more from ZagsBlog.com:

Tyus Jones, the top point guard in the Class of 2014, will take an unofficial visit to Kentucky this weekend.

“Yes, leaves Friday,” Zach Goring, Jones’s high school coach at Apple Valley (MN), told SNY.tv.

Kentucky hosts Texas A&M Saturday at 4 p.m.

Complete Article

Jones is a 6-foot-1 point guard at Apple Valley (Minn.) High School.   Photo: Rivals.com

Kentucky Wildcats TV Gives Inside Look at New Rupp Arena Locker Room

Check it out as Kentucky Wildcats TV gives fans an inside look at UK's new Rupp Arena locker room:

Tuesday, January 8, 2013

Cumberlands is Ranked No. 1 in New NAIA Division I Coaches Poll

University of the Cumberlands (15-1) has taken over the top spot in the NAIA Division I Men's Basketball Coaches' Top 25 Poll.

The University of Pikeville (15-1) somehow managed to drop one spot to No. 5, even though the Bears have won every game in convincing fashion since the last poll was released.

Lindsey Wilson College (15-2) drops to No. 14 this week after suffering a loss.

2012 - 13 NAIA Division I Men's Basketball Coaches' Top 25 Poll - (Jan. 8)

RANK LAST WEEK SCHOOL (1ST PLACE VOTES) 2012 – 13 RECORD TOTAL POINTS

1 2 Cumberlands (Ky.) (7) 15-1 276
2 6 Columbia (Mo.) (4) 16-0 265
3 11 Lewis-Clark State (Idaho) 18-0 264
4 1 Oklahoma Baptist 14-2 258
5 4 Pikeville (Ky.) 15-1 254
6 10 William Carey (Miss.) 13-2 229
7 3 Lee (Tenn.) 13-1 221
8 5 Westmont (Calif.) 12-3 218
9 14 Science & Arts (Okla.) 8-2 195
T10 22 Montana State-Northern 15-2 186
T10 15 Cal State San Marcos 13-4 186
T10 24 Texas College 13-2 186
13 18 Evangel (Mo.) 11-4 171
14 8 Lindsey Wilson (Ky.) 15-2 166
15 19 Concordia (Calif.) 11-3 158
16 16 Xavier (La.) 13-3 148
17 17 Bethel (Tenn.) 14-2 143
18 7 Westminster (Utah) 13-3 128
19 9 Rogers State (Okla.) 12-4 127
20 NR Emmanuel (Ga.) 15-2 117
21 RV SAGU (Texas) 12-3 94
22 22 Oklahoma City 8-2 81
23 21 Faulkner (Ala.) 14-3 78
24 RV Culver-Stockton (Mo.) 14-3 61
25 RV John Brown (Ark.) 12-3 60

Others receiving votes: MidAmerica Nazarene (Kan.) 55; The Master's (Calif.) 47; Texas Wesleyan 35; Philander Smith (Ark.) 35; Hope International (Calif.) 27; Southern-New Orleans (La.) 8; Our Lady of the Lake (Texas) 6; Great Falls (Mont.) 5.

Kevin Stallings Talks About Playing Kentucky and More

Here is Vanderbilt head coach Kevin Stallings talking to the media about his team's upcoming game against Kentucky:

ESPN Writer: Kansas' Jeff Withey is Making Anthony Davis "Look Like an Amateur"

According to ESPN's Eamonn Brennan, Kansas big man Jeff Withey is making former Kentucky star Anthony Davis "look like an amateur" with his defensive play this season.

Here is an excerpt:

Davis was great on the offensive end -- he never got enough credit for that -- but where he really shined was defensively, where his agility and length and athleticism made him an absolutely shot-blocking nightmare. Kentucky could defend opponents to the perimeter and never fear penetration, because Davis was a) fast enough to provide quick help and b) tall enough to block just about everything.

Anyway, Davis didn't just block shots: He blocked shots without fouling. It was his gift, or among them, one of many that made him special.

Through 13 games of the 2012-13 season, Kansas center Jeff Withey is making Davis look like an amateur.

As Redditor "skatecarter" pointed out today:

Through 13 games last season, Anthony Davis had 58 blocks and 29 fouls. Through 13 games this season, Kansas center Jeff Withey has 68 blocks and only 16 fouls.

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Bellarmine No. 4, KWC Up to No. 6 in New Coaches Poll

Bellarmine University (10-0) holds at No. 4 in this week's NABC/Division II Coaches Poll. The Knights grabbed 353 points, just ahead of No. 5 Western Washington (352).
 
Kentucky Wesleyan (10-0) is up three spots to No. 6 this week with 316 points.
 
Lincoln Memorial (9-1) has jumped eight places to No. 12 in the new poll.
 
NABC/Division II Coaches Poll(Jan. 8, 2013)
W-L Pts Pvs
1 West Liberty [12] 12-0 393 1
2 Metro State [1] 11-0 375 2
3 Alabama-Huntsville [2] 11-1 366 3
4 Bellarmine 10-0 353 4
5 Western Washington [1] 12-0 352 5
6 Kentucky Wesleyan 10-0 316 9
7 Indianapolis 10-0 298 11
8 Seattle Pacific 10-2 257 7
9 Cal Poly Pomona 9-1 245 6
10 Southern Indiana 9-1 242 17
11 Minnesota State 10-1 218 21
12 Lincoln Memorial 9-1 210 20
13 Washburn 8-2 161 8
14 Franklin Pierce 9-2 156 10
15 Cal State-San Bernardino 8-1 139 nr
16 Florida Southern 9-1 130 nr
17 Winston-Salem State 9-2 123 23
18 Adams State 9-1 118 nr
19 Newman 11-1 96 18
20 Tampa 12-1 91 22
21 Indiana (Pa.) 9-2 79 16
22 King 10-1 70 nr
23 Barton 8-2 58 15
24 Northwest Missouri State 11-2 43 nr
25 Fort Lewis 9-1 34 nr
[ ] first place votes
Records and previous rankings are through games of Sunday, Jan. 6. The next poll will be released on Tuesday, Jan. 15.

Transy's Ethan Spurlin Named HCAC Player of the Week

Transylvania University's Ethan Spurlin was named Heartland Collegiate Athletic Conference Player of the Week on Monday.

Here is a release from Transy:

LEXINGTON, Ky. - Transylvania senior forward Ethan Spurlin has been named Player of the Week by the Heartland Conference for the second time this season.

Spurlin, the HCAC's fourth-leading scorer with 17.1 points a game, led the Pioneers to conference wins over Franklin and Defiance last wek, keeping Transy one game off Rose-Hulman's pace in the league race.

In a 72-58 win at Franklin, Spurling had 21 points and eight rebounds. He bettered those figures in a 75-68 home win against Defiance, getting 26 points (three short of his season high) and a career best 17 rebounds. For the week, Spurlin averaged 23.5 points and 12.5 rebounds while shooting 45.7 percent from the field.

He also had his fifth double-double of the year against Defiance, a total that leads the Pioneers.

Transy will head to Hanover to meet the Panthers on Wednesday before a key conference matchup at Rose-Hulman on Saturday. The Pioneers are 10-3 overall, 5-1 in HCAC play.   

Northern Kentucky Can't Rally Past ETSU

East Tennessee State 49
Northern Kentucky 44

Final from Highland Heights, Kentucky

Game recap by NKU:

HIGHLAND HEIGHTS, Ky. (AP) - Northern Kentucky has proven in its first four Atlantic Sun Conference games that it can compete against league opponents, but finding a way to win has been much tougher to accomplish.

For the third time in four A-Sun games NKU couldn't quite overcome a poor first-half offensive performance and, despite holding East Tennessee State without a field goal for the final 9:17 of the game, the Norse fell short, 49-44, on Monday night before a crowd of 1,798 at The Bank of Kentucky Center.

All three of NKU's losses in the league have been by six points or less, and in all three NKU was either tied, had a chance to tie or a chance to take the lead in the final 30 seconds of the game.

“You have to keep grinding,” said NKU head coach Dave Bezold. “We didn't make winning plays. The last seven possessions we had four careless turnovers. You can't do anything about that other than hope we make the right decisions on the floor.”

Despite never having the lead or being tied in the game, NKU had a chance to tie it with 13 seconds left, trailing 47-44. The Norse (3-9 overall, 1-3 in the A-Sun) had the ball on their own baseline, but freshman Nate Snodgrass' lob attempt to a wide open Ernest Watson went over his head and ETSU's Jarvis Jones made two free throws with 11 seconds left to seal it.

“There are two options: one was (the lob) and if not go to the perimeter and the lob was there, we just didn't execute,” said Bezold. “We have very little room for error and the margin for us to be successful is very thin and we can't afford those things.”

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Coach Says Rumors About Andrew Wiggins are "Pure Speculation"

Huntington Prep head coach Rob Fulford says that rumors of Florida State leading for superstar 2013 recruit Andrew Wiggins are "pure speculation."

Fulford told Adam Zagoria of ZagsBlog.com that Wiggins "still doesn't talk about it."

Here's an excerpt:

Internet speculation has run wild that Florida State — the alma mater of Wiggins’ parents, Mitchell Wiggins and Marita Payne-Wiggins — now leads for Wiggins.

That may be fueled by the fact that Kentucky’s six recruits include three frontcourt players in Dakari Johnson (who committed Saturday), Marcus Lee and Derek Willis and two perimeter scorers in Aaron Harrison and James Young.

It also remains unclear which Kentucky players will return to campus next season. Will Willie Cauley-Stein come back for his sophomore season? Will Alex Poythress?

But Fulford disputes the theory that FSU now leads for Wiggins.

“That’s not coming from Andrew,” Fulford told Roberts. “He still doesn’t talk about it. Anyone that puts anything out right now — that’s pure speculation. Andrew, he doesn’t communicate with anybody. It’s not like he’s told Kentucky or anyone else, ‘I’m leaning toward Florida State.’ He doesn’t communicate like that.”

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Chane Behanan to Miss a Week with High Ankle Sprain

Louisville sophomore Chane Behanan suffered a high ankle sprain during Monday's practice and will likely be out for about a week, Rick Pitino announced this morning.

Behanan, who is averaging 11.4 points and 7.1 rebounds, will not travel with Louisville for Wednesday's game at Seton Hall.

Pitino said freshman Montrezl Harrell will start in Behanan's place.



John Calipari Spends Morning Talking to American Troops

Kentucky head coach John Calipari spend time this morning speaking with American troops over seas and some who will be heading to foreign soils soon.

He posted about the experience on Facebook:

Really enjoyed Skyping this morning with troops stationed in Djibouti and troops headed to Jordan. Lot of UK fans in our armed forces. It's always an honor to talk to the men and women who defend our country. They truly do refuse to lose.

CoachCalDotCom @UKCoachCalipari is video chatting with troops in Africa and troops in Mississippi who are headed to Jordan: http://yfrog.com/h2o9tidjj 

CoachCalDotCom Kyle Wiltjer just stopped by to talk with the troops: http://yfrog.com/od2mstfkj  

CoachCalDotCom @UKCoachCalipari showing his national championship ring to the troops: http://yfrog.com/odau4bcj


Murray State's Steve Prohm Loves His ChapStick

Late last week, WPSDLocal6.com told us about ChapStick becoming a big part of Murray State head coach Steve Prohm's gameday ritual.

Here is an excerpt:

If you've ever been to a Murray State basketball game, you've probably seen Racer coach Steve Prohm reach into his pocket repeatedly to grab his trusty tube of chapstick. It's gotten so much attention, someone has created a Twitter account for the chapstick -- @ProhmsChapStick.

When we asked his players about the chapstick, they're all pretty amused by it.

Isaiah Canaan: "I don't know what it is with him and his chap stick. I don't know if it's a good luck charm, but i've never seen it before."

Dexter Fields: "If you look over to the sideline, he's going to have his chapstick, and he's going to be using it."

Stacy Wilson: "I guess it's something he's got to have. I don't know why he's always messing with it. I guess it's a habit."

Steve Prohm: "Chapstick is just something, I don't know if I'm addicted to it or what, or if it's a nervous twitch, or what it is."

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Prohm joked that he hopes ChapStick finds out so he can work on an endorsement deal.  

It turns out that the folks at ChapStick did find out. Prohm didn't exactly land an endorsement deal but he was given enough of the product to last him "a few seasons."  

Here is an update from WPSDLocal6.com:  

Last Friday, we ran our story about Murray State coach Steve Prohm and his ritual of liberally applying ChapStick during Racer games. Today, we received an email from a public relations firm that represents the ChapStick company. The firm representative told us they had seen our story and would be sending Coach Prohm a shipment of ChapStick that would last him a "few seasons."

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Video: Carmelo Anthony Waits for Kevin Garnett in the Parking Lot

Here is footage of New York's Carmelo Anthony waiting in the parking lot for Boston's Kevin Garnett after a heated game last night:



Here is more from ESPN.com:

Carmelo Anthony and Kevin Garnett got into an altercation in the bowels of Madison Square Garden after the Boston Celtics' 102-96 win over the New York Knicks on Monday, and building security and New York City police officers were called upon to defuse the incident, two sources with knowledge of the incident told ESPNNewYork.com.
"It was like being in the school yard," said one witness to the incident.

The two stars did not come to blows, according to a police source. But Anthony was still hot after getting into a confrontation with Garnett in the fourth quarter of the Celtics' win that resulted in a double technical.

After the game, Anthony angrily walked off the floor and out of the tunnel that visiting teams use to exit the floor, instead of exiting out of the Knicks' tunnel.

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Louisville No. 3/4, Kentucky Unranked in Latest Polls

Louisville (13-1) is No. 3 in the AP Top 25 and No. 4 in the USA Today Coaches Poll this week.

Kentucky is receiving votes in both polls but did not crack the top 25 in either.

AP Top 25

RK TEAM RECORD PTS

1 Duke (62) 14-0 1,622
2 Michigan (3) 15-0 1,553
3 Louisville 13-1 1,447
4 Arizona 14-0 1,442
5 Indiana 13-1 1,381
6 Kansas 12-1 1,322
7 Syracuse 14-1 1,211
8 Minnesota 14-1 1,121
9 Gonzaga 15-1 1,064
10 Missouri 11-2 1,006
11 Florida 10-2 922 12 Illinois 14-2 881 13 Creighton 14-1 789 14 Butler 12-2 761 15 Ohio State 11-3 710 16 San Diego State 12-2 591 17 Notre Dame 13-1 547 18 Kansas State 12-2 472 19 Georgetown 10-2 441 20 North Carolina State 12-2 438 21 Cincinnati 13-2 375 22 Michigan State 12-3 267 23 Wichita State 14-1 135 24 UNLV 13-2 113 25 New Mexico 13-2 102

Others receiving votes: Virginia Commonwealth 94, Wyoming 87, Oklahoma State 64, Marquette 41, UCLA 41, Maryland 29, Kentucky 27, Temple 13, Oregon 11, North Carolina 4, Pittsburgh 1

USA Today Coaches Poll

RK TEAM RECORD PTS

1 Duke (30) 14-0 774
2 Michigan (1) 15-0 744
3 Arizona 14-0 691
4 Louisville 13-1 677
5 Indiana 13-1 649
6 Kansas 12-1 640
7 Syracuse 14-1 585
8 Gonzaga 15-1 511
9 Florida 10-2 496
10 Minnesota 14-1 488
11 Creighton 14-1 469 12 Missouri 11-2 447 13 Illinois 14-2 366 14 Ohio State 11-3 355 15 San Diego State 12-2 314 16 Notre Dame 13-1 285 17 Butler 12-2 274 18 Michigan State 12-3 190 19 UNLV 13-2 170 20 Cincinnati 13-2 165 21 North Carolina State 12-2 153 22 Georgetown 10-2 138 23 Kansas State 12-2 131 24 Virginia Commonwealth 12-3 85 25 Wyoming 13-0 70

Others receiving votes: New Mexico 48, Wichita State 47, Kentucky 43, Oklahoma State 34, Maryland 10, Pittsburgh 7, North Carolina 5, UCLA 3, Marquette 3, Colorado State 2, Saint Mary's 2, Temple 1, Arizona State 1, Utah State 1, Virginia 1

Monday, January 7, 2013

NBA Suspends Rajon Rondo for 1 Game For Bumping Ref

The NBA has suspended Boston Celtics point guard Rajon Rondo for one game for making contact with an official and failure to cooperate with a league investigation.

Rondo is sitting out tonight's game against the New York Knicks.

Here is more from ESPN.com:

Before Monday's game in New York, Celtics coach Doc Rivers told reporters there was a conversation between Rondo and the league about the incident, but said he believes the league might have already made up its mind by that point.

"Not much reaction, I'm just disappointed," Rivers said. "I actually saw it when it happened and I didn't think anything of it, honestly -- and obviously, the official [Mott] didn't either. They didn't call a tech. But you know the old saying: You're not given a reputation, you earn one. I'm sure that had a lot to do with it as well. Listen, we just move on, for us. I'm far more focused on the game tonight than that decision."

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Photo: NBA.com via Twitter

New Highlights of UK Commit Dakari Johnson

Check out these new highlights of 2013 Kentucky commit Dakari Johnson:


Josh Harrellson Waived by the Miami Heat

The Miami Heat have waived former Kentucky big man Josh Harrellson according to the team's Twitter account:

MiamiHEAT The @MiamiHEAT requests waivers for Josh Harrellson.

Harrellson appeared in 5 games this season, averaging 2.0 points and 1.4 rebounds per game.

Conference Action in Full Swing: Schedule for the Week

The primary theme of college basketball games around Kentucky this week will be conference play. Every team has entered the conference portion of the schedule and the run for March Madness is well underway.

Here is a look at this week's complete schedule:

Monday, January 7

7:30 p.m. East Tennessee State at Northern Kentucky University*
8:00 p.m. Kentucky State University at Clark Atlanta*

Tuesday, January 8

7:00 p.m. Kentucky Christian University at Ohio University Chillicothe
7:30 p.m. Berea College at Alice Lloyd College*
7:30 p.m. Union College at Virginia Intermont*
8:00 p.m. Principia College at Spalding University*
8:00 p.m. Campbellsville University at Robert Morris College

Wednesday, January 9

7:00 p.m. University of Louisville at Seton Hall*
7:30 p.m. Brescia University at Centre College
7:30 p.m. Westminster at Thomas More College*
7:30 p.m. Transylvania University at Hanover College*
8:00 p.m. Eastern Kentucky University at Murray State University*
8:00 p.m. Morehead State University at Austin Peay*

Thursday, January 10

6:30 p.m. Alice Lloyd College at Johnson University*
7:30 p.m. Milligan at Union College*
7:30 p.m. Claflin Univesity at Kentucky State University*
8:00 p.m. Webster University at Spalding University*
8:00 p.m. Shawnee State at St. Catharine College*
8:00 p.m. University of the Cumberlands at University of Pikeville*
8:00 p.m. Rio Grande at Georgetown College*
8:30 p.m. Missouri-St. Louis at Bellarmine University*
8:30 p.m. Kentucky Wesleyan College at Quincy*
9:00 p.m. Bluefield College at Lindsey Wilson College*
9:00 p.m. University of Kentucky at Vanderbilt*

Friday, January 11

7:05 p.m. Lipscomb at Northern Kentucky University*
8:00 p.m. Point Park at Berea College*

Saturday, January 12

1:00 p.m. Kentucky Christian University at Free Will Baptist Bible
2:00 p.m. Cincinnati Christian at Alice Lloyd College*
3:00 p.m. Sewanee at Centre College*
3:00 p.m. Benedict College at Kentucky State University*
3:00 p.m. Saint Vincent at Thomas More College*
3:00 p.m. Transylvania University at Rose-Hulman*
3:00 p.m. Spalding University at Blackburn College*
4:00 p.m. South Florida at University of Louisville*
4:00 p.m. Brescia University at Berea College*
4:00 p.m. Texas A&M at University of Kentucky*
4:00 p.m. Bluefield College at Campbellsville University*
4:00 p.m. Shawnee State at Georgetown College*
4:00 p.m. Kentucky Wesleyan College at Illinois-Springfield*
4:00 p.m. Cumberlands University at University of Pikeville*
4:00 p.m. Rio Grande at St. Catharine College*
4:00 p.m. University of the Cumberlands at UVa.-Wise*
4:15 p.m. Maryville at Bellarmine University*
7:00 p.m. Morehead State University at Eastern Kentucky University*
8:00 p.m. Florida Atlantic at Western Kentucky University*
8:30 p.m. Murray State University at Austin Peay*

Sunday, January 13

No Game

* Conference Game

UK Commit Karl Towns Goes Off for Quadruple Double, Breaks Rim

Kentucky commit Karl Towns put in an unbelievable quadruple double over the weekend.

Towns finished with 16 points, 17 rebounds, 11 blocks and 11 assists in a win over St. Peters. The future UK big man even dunked so hard that he broke one of the rims:

Willie Cauley-Stein Named SEC Freshman of the Week

Kentucky's Willie Cauley-Stein has been named Southeastern Conference Freshman of the Week after putting in 11 points and 11 rebounds against Eastern Michigan last week.

Here is the release from the SEC:

Kentucky’s Willie Cauley-Stein, a 7-foot, 244-pound freshman forward from Olathe, Kan., was named SEC Freshman of the Week after scoring 11 points and gathering 11 rebounds against Eastern Michigan last week. Cauley-Stein made the most of his second career start en route to leading UK to a domination final non-conference action of the season. Cauley-Stein logged his second career double-double with 11 points and 11 rebounds. He is the first UK player to tally multiple double-doubles this season. He was efficient from the field with a 5-for-6 day while also contributing defensively with a pair of blocks and two steals.


Anthony Davis Looking at Decline in Minutes?

Former Kentucky star Anthony Davis only played 12 minutes in New Orleans' 99-96 win over Dallas on Saturday.

While it's likely not the start of a trend, Hornets head coach Monty Williams made an interesting statement after the game.

JenHale504 “@MardiGras25: @JenHale504 any reason why AD isn't playing much?” Excellent question - I asked same one. Answer: "Rotation now is clicking"

Davis' minutes will be something to keep an eye on in the upcoming week. The rookie is averaging 13.6 points, 8.3 rebounds and 1.9 blocks per game through 20 games.


Amick: DeMarcus Cousins is Not Going to the Celtics

Sam Amick of NBA Insider says former Kentucky star DeMarcus Cousins will not be going to the Boston Celtics or anywhere for that matter.

sam_amick DeMarcus Cousins is not going to the Celtics. Teams continue to be told that he's not available. That is all.

Cousins is coming off excellent back-to-back performances. On Saturday, Cousins had 28 points and 11 rebounds in a loss at New Jersey. Friday night, he finished with 31 points and 20 boards in a win over Toronto.

Cleveland Cavaliers Waive Samardo Samuels

The Cleveland Cavaliers have waived former Louisville big man Samardo Samuels. Samuels averaged 3.2 points and 1.6 rebounds per game in 18 appearances this season.

Here is a release from NBA.com:

CLEVELAND (AP) -- The Cavaliers have waived forward Samardo Samuels.

Samuels made one start and played in 18 games this season for Cleveland. He averaged 3.2 points and 1.6 rebounds

The Cavs signed Samuels, who played at Louisville, as a free agent before the 2010-11 season. The 6-foot-9, 260-pounder appeared in 109 games - 11 starts - and averaged 5.9 points, 3.4 and 15.8 minutes per game.

The Cavs are 8-27. They lost at home to Houston on Saturday night, dropping their record to just 3-12 at Quicken Loans Arena.

Cleveland has played its last nine games without center Anderson Varejao, who has been out with a bruised knee. Varejao, the NBA's leading rebounder, is expected to return to practice on Tuesday and it's possible he could be back on the floor in games sometime this week.

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