Saturday, January 19, 2013

OSU, Oregon to Check Out 2013 Star MiKyle McIntosh

I spoke to head coach Ryan Schmidt of 22-Feet Academy last night and he confirmed that 2013 star MiKyle McIntosh is picking up some high major offers and interest.

Miami (FL) recently extended an offer to McIntosh, a 6-foot-6 small forward.

Schmidt also noted that coaches from Ohio State plan to watch McIntosh tonight when 22 FT Academy plays at the Flyin' to the Hoop event in Dayton.

Oregon coaches will be in Kentucky early next week to watch McIntosh.

Emmanuel Owootoah Opens Eyes Around 14th Region

It's safe to say that fans and opposing teams around the 14th Region are aware of Cordia's Emmanuel Owootoah by now. After watching last night's 25-point performance against Knott Central, I walked away impressed.

Here are some  highlights:



Friday, January 18, 2013

NKU's Tyler White Named A-Sun Newcomer of the Week

Northern Kentucky's Tyler White was named Atlantic Sun Conference Co-Newcomer of the Week on Tuesday.

Here is a release from NKU:

MACON, Ga. – Northern Kentucky University's Tyler White has been named the Atlantic Sun Conference co-Newcomer of the Week, the league office announced Tuesday.

White, a freshman guard, netted a career-high 18 points against Lipscomb last Friday to lead NKU to a 67-53 victory. Since entering the starting lineup two weeks ago, he has averaged 10.5 points per game. The Lima, Ohio, native knocked down four 3-pointers against Lipscomb and averages 7.0 points per contest going into Thursday's game at Stetson. White is No. 2 in the A-Sun in 3-point shooting at 41.0 percent.

White shared this week's award with Jacksonville's Jarvis Haywood. This marks the first time an NKU men's basketball player has won the A-Sun weekly award. The Norse are in their inaugural season of Division I competition.

In addition, Kennesaw State's Markeith Cummings was named the A-Sun Player of the Week on Tuesday.

Willie Cauley-Stein Injures Knee, Doesn't Sound Serious

Kentucky's Willie Cauley-Stein has aggravated a previous knee injury and may be out for a "short while."

SAndersonNOB Kentucky has announed that Willie Cauley-Stein had a minor procedure on his knee yesterday. His status is TBD. Was an old injury..

“It’s all good,” John Calipari said to the media today. “We’re just one short for a short while.”





Murray State's Zay Jackson Reportedly Robbed at Gunpoint

Murray State's Zay Jackson was reportedly robbed at gunpoint Thursday afternoon while dropping a friend off.

According to the Paducah Sun:

Jackson told police he was dropping a friend off at 12:50 p.m. at 1510 Tate St. when he was approached by a man with a gun who demanded cash. Officer Paul Ray said Jackson called the police about five minutes later. They met him on Tate Street, a residential area in east Hopkinsville, for about two hours before releasing the scene. They also interviewed several people at the police department.

The man is described as 6-2, 220 pounds, dreadlocks, and was last seen wearing blue jeans and a black hoodie with white writing on it. Anyone with information is asked to call the Hopkinsville Police Department at 270-890-1500.

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Travis Wilkins Goes Off the Board to Himself for a Dunk

Watch as St. Catharine College big man Travis Wilkins passes off the glass to himself for a big dunk against Pikeville:

Morehead State Rides Big Rebounding Advantage to Win at SEMO

Morehead State 75
Southeast Missouri 59

Final from Cape Girardeau, Missouri

Game recap by MSU:

CAPE GIRARDEAU, Mo. -- The Morehead State men’s basketball team used a 45-23 rebounding advantage to post a 75-59 win over Southeast Missouri on Thursday evening at the Show Me Center.

The Eagles, who snap an eight-game road skid, improve to 9-10 overall and 3-2 in the Ohio Valley Conference. The Redhawks, who drop their third straight contest, fall to 10-10 on the season and 2-4 in league play. MSU has also won nine of the last 10 in the head-to-head series.

“I thought we really executed down the stretch tonight,” Head Coach Sean Woods said. “We took better care of the basketball and really dominated the glass. Those were the two keys for us.”

Junior Drew Kelly led four Morehead State players in double figures with 15 points, while sophomore Angelo Warner contributed 12, junior Bruce Reed added 10 and junior Bakari Turner tossed in 10.

Kelly’s double-figure performance was his sixth straight and 30th in two-plus years at Morehead State. Turner now has three consecutive double-figure efforts and 40 points during that stretch.

“Drew (Kelly) is just being Drew,” Woods said. “He brings us a lot of toughness and intelligence to the court. He’s really starting to come around for us -- and we need his production for us to win.”

Junior Chad Posthumus led the Eagles with 13 rebounds, including eight on the offensive end, in 25 minutes, while senior Devon Atkinson handed out six assists with just one turnover in 31 minutes.

Complete Recap

EKU Stages Big Comeback But Falls Short at Belmont

Belmont 83
Eastern Kentucky 76

Final from Nashville, Tennessee

Game recap by EKU:

NASHVILLE, Tenn. – Eastern Kentucky overcame a 17-point first half deficit and led by four with six and a half minutes to go, but couldn’t hold off Belmont in an 83-76 road loss. The game featured two of the three remaining unbeaten Ohio Valley Conference teams.

The Bruins (14-4, 5-0 OVC) went up by 17, 29-12, with 4:52 left in the first half. The Colonels (14-4, 4-1 OVC) whittled the deficit to nine at halftime. Eastern came out in the second half and used a 17-6 run to take the lead.

Timmy Knipp hit two three-pointers and Orlando Williams and Mike DiNunno each knocked down one during the run. DiNunno’s triple capped it and put the visitors on top 41-39, their first lead of the game, with 17:02 to go. Another DiNunno three-pointer and two free throws with 6:39 remaining had EKU in front by four, 69-65.

However, Belmont rolled off 12 unanswered to take an eight-point lead with 3:26 showing on the clock. Back-to-back three-pointers by DiNunno made it a two-point game, but that’s as close as the Colonels would get.

DiNunno scored a game-best and season-high 24 points on 7-of-14 shooting from the field. Knipp finished with a career-best 13. Williams added 10 points, six assists, three steals and three rebounds.

Ian Clark had 22 points for Belmont. He made 7-of-10 from the field, including 5-of-6 from behind the arc. Blake Jenkins added 21 and Kerron Johnson finished with 15.

Complete Recap

Patrick Patterson Picked Out Rookie Backpack for Terrence Jones

NBA rookies often have to do various rookie "tasks" in during their first season in the league. Former Kentucky star Terrence Jones is no exception.

Jones has been forced to wear pink backpacks (picked out by former UK big man Patrick Patterson) and do funny dances.

Check out this edition of NBA Rooks, starring former Terrence Jones:

Murray State Thumps Eastern Illinois

Murray State 70
Eastern Illinois 49

Final from Murray, Kentucky



Game recap by MSU:

The Murray State Racers used a burst of six straight three-point baskets to pull away from visiting Eastern Illinois 70-49 at the CFSB Center in Murray, Ky.


The Racers (13-4) pushed their record in the west division of the Ohio Valley Conference to 4-1.

With the game tied 31-31 with 17:30 left in the game, the Racers got back-to-back threes from Dexter Fields for a 37-31 lead. While MSU was locking down the Panthers defensively, Isaiah Canaan sandwiched a pair of threes around another from Fields for a 10-point lead with 13:16 left. Jeffery Moss capped the Racer explosion with a three and MSU had an 18-2 run to lead 49-33 with 12:03 remaining.

MSU stretched the lead to 65-45 with 3:16 left after Canaan hit two more threes.

For the game, MSU hit 11-of-25 from long range and were 9-of-12 in the second half. While the Panthers (3-16, 0-6) were 4-of-16 for the night.

Canaan led the way for MSU with 17 points on 5-of-10 from three-point range, while Fields added 12 on 4-of-9 threes. Ed Daniel was one rebound away from a double-double and scored 10 points.

Complete Recap

Northern Kentucky Comes Up Short at Stetson

Stetson 71
Northern Kentucky 59

Final from DeLand, Florida

Game recap by NKU:

DeLAND, Fla. – Chris Perez ignited a game-changing 25-10 run in the second half with 10 of his 17 points as Stetson rallied for a 71-59 victory over Northern Kentucky in the Edmunds Center on Thursday night.

Northern Kentucky (4-10 overall, 2-4 Atlantic Sun Conference) owned a 33-27 lead after John Staley's basket to open the second half. Stetson countered by scoring the next nine points to grab a 36-33 advantage on a layup by Perez.

Chad Jackson's basket cut the Stetson lead to 36-35, but the Hatters responded by scoring 16 of the next 24 points to build a 52-43 advantage on Aaron Graham's 3-pointer with 8:23 remaining. Graham scored eight of his 13 points in the second half as the Hatters shot 57.1 percent from the floor after the break.

“We let them shoot 57 percent from the field in the second half and that allowed them to score 44 points after the break,” NKU head coach Dave Bezold said. “We just were not tough enough in the second half. That's the bottom line.”

Jackson netted 11 of his team-leading 15 points in the first half as NKU forged a 31-27 lead at the break. The Norse held Stetson to 40.7 percent shooting from the field in the first half and limited Perez to five points. NKU also controlled the boards (18-13 rebound advantage) and led despite seven turnovers.

Complete Recap

Jeff Goodman: Kentucky Will Not Make the NCAA Tournament

Jeff Goodman and Gary Parrish of CBSSports.com recently sat down to discuss Kentucky's chances of making the 2013 NCAA Tournament.

Parrish thinks the Wildcats will find a way to get into the big dance but Goodman is not buying it.

"Listen, that resume is impressive right now. Lafayette, Morehead State, LIU-Brooklyn, Samford, Portland, Lipscomb, Marshall without it's best player...they did beat Maryland but Maryland now has lost two in a row including one at home to Miami without Reggie Johnson," Goodman explains. "So, I'm going to say that Kentucky does not make the tournament."

UK Recruit Aaron Gordon on Fire in January

Kentucky recruit Aaron Gordon has been on fire in January. Check out some of his best highlights from the month:

Thursday, January 17, 2013

Rajon Rondo to Start in 2013 NBA All Star Game


Former Kentucky star Rajon Rondo will be a starter in the 2013 NBA All Star Game in Houston, Texas.
Final voting from NBA.com:

EASTERN CONFERENCE

Frontcourt

LeBron James (Mia) 1,583,646
Carmelo Anthony (NYK) 1,460,950
Kevin Garnett (Bos) 553,222
Chris Bosh (Mia) 528,014
Tyson Chandler (NYK) 467,968
Paul Pierce (Bos) 294,213
Joakim Noah (Chi) 230,796
Josh Smith (Atl) 187,174
Shane Battier (Mia) 151,877
Anderson Varejao (Cle) 149,246
Amar’e Stoudemire (NYK) 147,720
Luol Deng (Chi) 130,744
Andrew Bynum (Phi) 111,902
Brook Lopez (BKN) 108,978
Jeff Green (Bos) 91,356

Backcourt

Dwyane Wade (Mia) 1,052,310
Rajon Rondo (Bos) 924,180
Deron Williams (BKN) 449,791
Kyrie Irving (Cle) 445,730
Ray Allen (Mia) 326,186
Monta Ellis (Mil) 123,096
Raymond Felton (NYK) 105,340
Jrue Holiday (Phi) 103,146
Jason Terry (Bos) 88,708
Paul George (Ind) 80,060

WESTERN CONFERENCE

Frontcourt

Kevin Durant (OKC) 1,504,047
Dwight Howard (LAL) 922,070
Blake Griffin (LAC) 863,832
Tim Duncan (SA) 492,373
Pau Gasol (LAL) 310,845
Kevin Love (Min) 283,458
Omer Asik (Hou) 240,467
Serge Ibaka (OKC) 197,063
Rudy Gay (Mem) 182,523
David Lee (GS) 165,875
LaMarcus Aldridge (Por) 160,197
Marc Gasol (Mem) 153,459
Zach Randolph (Mem) 146,980
Dirk Nowitzki (Dal) 145,776
Chandler Parsons (Hou) 144,697

Backcourt

Kobe Bryant (LAL) 1,591,437
Chris Paul (LAC) 929,155
Jeremy Lin (Hou) 883,809
James Harden (Hou) 485,986
Russell Westbrook (OKC) 376,411
Steve Nash (LAL) 270,741
Tony Parker (SA) 176,168
Stephen Curry (GS) 169,083
Ricky Rubio (Min) 150,227
Manu Ginobili (SA) 118,293

Calipari Shooting a Commercial with "Papa" John Schnatter

Kentucky head coach John Calipari has been shooting a commercial with "Papa" John Schnatter today.

Calipari posted the following message and pizza promotion on his Facebook page:

John Calipari: Big Blue Nation, just got finished shooting a commercial with "Papa" John Schnatter today. Great news, he told me to reach out and give our fans 50 percent off a large regular menu price pizza when you order online at www.papajohns.com. Use promo code: PAPA50. The offer is valid through Sunday, Jan. 20. Thanks, Papa! — at Rupp Arena.

Hopefully Schnatter will not be shooting halfcourt shots in the new commercial:


Emmanuel Owootoah Leads Cordia Past Hazard in All A

Canadian transfer Emmanuel Owootoah, playing in only his second game of the season, led Cordia to a 57-52 win over Hazard in the 14th Region All A Classic tournament last night.

Owootoah finished with 19 points and 8 steals. He had 15 points in the second half and really took the game over with his speed and scoring ability.

After the game, Owootoah named some several high major schools that he is hearing from including UCLA, Arizona, Kansas, Tennessee and "many more." Tennessee assistant Tracy Webster was at last night's game to evaluate Owootoah.

Here are some raw highlights from last night's game:



My first observations of Owootoah:

-  Looked nervous in the first half, which was understandable in a crosstown rivalry game on the road. He was much more composed in the second half and Hazard was unable to slow him down.

- A little undersized (listed at 5'10") but makes up for it with incredible speed and lateral movement.

- Didn't take a whole lot of outside shots but knocked down most of the ones he took. Has a good looking outside jumper.

- Ball handling and passing ability are outstanding.

- I'll be interested to see what he does in the next game against Knott Central and Camron Justice.

Antoine Walker Wants to Give Some Financial Tips

Former University of Kentucky and NBA star Antoine Walker wants to give some financial advice. Walker made poor decision financially, costing himself millions of dollars:

John Calipari Says It'll Be Difficult to Win at Auburn

Kentucky head coach John Calipari warned the media Tuesday night that it will be very difficult to pick up a road win at Auburn Saturday.

Here are Calipari's comments about the upcoming game:

"We're going to be in dog fights. We've got to go to Auburn. Auburn is playing as well as anybody in our league right now...on the road...they're retiring numbers...it's jersey day, cup day and bat at Auburn. It's going to be an absolute war for us to get down there on the road and try to steal one."

Justin Stommes Signs with Eisbaeren in Germany

Former Eastern Kentucky star Justin Stommes has signed with Eisbaeren in Germany's second-level ProA league.

Stommes appeared in 12 games with Eisbaeren Bremerhaven in Germany's top-level BBL league this season. He averaged 5.8 points and 1.7 rebounds per game before departing the team in December.



Here is more from Eurobasket.com:

The man can shoot out the lights like a gun whirling cowboy from the west, but Justin Stommes (200-G/F-88, college: E.Kentucky) was unable to display his talent in Bremerhaven on a consistent level this season with the Eisbaeren, but he will now showcase his abilities in the Pro A with the Kirchheim Knights. The club has announced that Stommes will be added to the lineup. Stommes is a 24 year old 200cm swing man from Cold Spring, Minnesota. He started the season in the Beko BBL with the Eisbaeren Bremerhaven playing 12 games averaging 14,4 minutes and 5,8ppg, 1,7rpg and shot 50% form the field and 34,8% from outside. He decided to depart in December from the team. "We welcome Justin and hope that he can help us in our momentary situation", stated the Kirchheim club. Stommes is playing his second professional season and played at Eastern Kentucky from 2007-2011. In his senior year he played 27 games: 11.7ppg, 3.0rpg, 2.6apg, FGP: 43.4%, 3PT: 42.0%, FT: 81.5%. Last season he played for the Webmoebel Baskets Paderborn (Germany-ProA): 29 games: 16.1ppg, 3.4rpg, 2.0apg, 1.2spg, FGP: 52.1%, 3PT: 50.0%, FT: 72.5%. He shot better than 40% in all four seasons at the NCAA and last season shot 50% from outside in the Pro A.

Yum! Center, Rupp Arena on List of Best Environments

The Yum! Center and Rupp Arena are both named in ESPN's list of top college basketball arena environments:



HT: John Clay of the Herald-Leader

Wednesday, January 16, 2013

Former Card Juan Palacios Honored for Play in Columbia

Former Louisville forward Juan Palacios was recently honored by Latinbasket.com for his outstanding play in Columbia's Federation Cup.

Palacios, who recently signed to play in France, was named to the All-Colombian Federation Cup First Team and All-Domestic Players Team.



Latinbasket.com All-Colombian Federation Cup Awards 2012

1st Team


PG: Darrin Dorsey (188) of Cafeteros
G: Stalin Ortiz (190-81) of Guerreros
PG: Tayron Thomas (191-84) of Once Caldas
F/C: Juan PalaciosGuerreros
C: Miguel Marriaga (205-84) of Bucaros

All-Domestic Players Team

PG: Rodrigo Caicedo (180-88) of Once Caldas
G: Stalin Ortiz (190-81) of Guerreros
G/F: Cesar Silva (190-81) of Bucaros
F/C: Juan Palacios (204-85) of Guerreros
C: Miguel Marriaga (205-84) of Bucaros

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Rajon Rondo Has a Crazy Pregame Routine

According to teammate Jason Terry, former Kentucky star Rajon Rondo has a crazy pregame ritual that he orchestrates prior to every game.

Here is Terry talking about Rondo:

"Rajon Rondo, for sure. His routine is long-winded and it lasts all the way through tip-off. It starts in the back hallway. He runs down a corridor and he throws the ball to our team chaplain, who throws it back. Then [Rondo] runs out into a circle, high-fives the whole team and then he does the layup lines for five minutes.

"Then he will stand under the goal and Paul Pierce will shoot every ball on the rack from half court. Rondo will catch four balls at one time and then after that, it's just amazing -- one pass off the backboard to KG, one bounce pass to Paul Pierce and then he throws it all the way up to the scoreboard and Jeff Green finishes with an alley-oop.

"It's every game, even road games. I have no idea how he started it; I'm new to the team. I was still going through layup lines and I almost got hit with one of those balls in the head. I wasn't aware that's what they were doing. It threw me off.

Terry also says that former Western Kentucky star Courtney Lee has a full arsenal of dance moves:

Best dancer: "Courtney Lee. He doesn't really have a go-to move. He does every era [of] dance, so you can take it back to the old school, he can do new-school dances -- he has a full repertoire of dance moves.

"Jeff Green, myself and Courtney Lee, we all do a little thing [before a game] where we'll slap hands twice, I'll fly in his direction, he'll fly towards me and we'll spin around. Then, we call Jeff Green 'Iron Man,' so we'll open up our chests like 'Iron Man' and then Courtney Lee will come in with a crazy, goofy dance to end it off, and then we'll go to the jump-off."

Complete Article

Ponder's Buzzer Beater Gives Berea Win Over Asbury

Berea College 69
Asbury University 66

Final from Wilmore, Kentucky

Game recap by AU:

WILMORE, Ky. – Aaron Ponder’s three with 1.1 seconds left gave Berea a 69-66 win over Asbury on Tuesday night in the Luce Center. The Eagles battled back after trailing for most of the first half to lead by one at the half, 33-32. The game was tied seven times, five of which occurred in the second half.

Ponder’s three was the second big three by the Berea backcourt in the final 1:10. Seth Beckham nailed a three with 1:10 left to turn a two-point Asbury lead into a one-point Berea lead, a lead that Asbury never could take back. Lee’Vaughn Morris tied the game at 66 with 17 seconds left with a pull-up three on the left side but after a timeout Ponder delivered on the wing in front of Berea’s bench.

Asbury shot 55-percent in the second half and 45-percent for the game and forced Berea into only a 31-percent clip from the floor but the Mountaineers dominated the glass and Asbury committed costly turnovers down the stretch. Berea pulled in 48 rebounds including 21 offensive rebounds as Asbury grabbed just 35.

Morris led the Eagles with 12 points as Justin Jones added 11 and Austin Flannery also reached double digits with 10. Leading scorer Adam Delph failed to reach double digits for the first time this season, finishing with nine points. Beckham led all scorers with 19 points and Ponder added 16.

Complete Recap

Sean Woods Gives An Update on Health Situation

Morehead State head coach Sean Woods has released a statement regarding his recent health situation:

“I checked into the hospital on Sunday after having a dizzy spell.  The medical staff ran precautionary tests and all of the results came back great.  I returned to practice on Tuesday and will be on the sidelines Thursday at Southeast Missouri.  I want to thank everyone for their prayers and support over the past few days.  It’s very humbling to know how many people have been thinking about me.”

Woods is currently with the Eagles as they prepare for a road battle at Southeast Missouri.

UK Recruit Tyus Jones Breaks High School Career Scoring Record

Kentucky recruit Tyus Jones, who recently visited Lexington, scored 22 points in an overtime win last night.

Jones now has 1,739 career points, making him the all-time lead scorer at Apple Valley (Minn.) High School.

JayJayUSATODAY 2014's top ranked player Tyus Jones became Apple Valley's GOAT scoring 22 pts to give him 1,739 for his career in an OT win Tuesday.

Photo: Rivals.com




Andrew Wiggins, Other Canadians Featured in New Documentary

Kentucky recruit and several other Canadian players are featured in a new documentary titled "Huntington Hopefuls":



Here is more about the documentary from Yahoo!:

But there’s more to the future of Canadian basketball than Wiggins and there’s more to Wiggins than what he’s able to do on the court and that’s what Drew Ebanks and Jay Irving wanted to show in their new documentary ‘Huntington Hopefuls’ which was released online Wednesday morning.


“We wanted to give people insight into the type of person Andrew is, he’s not the type of person who’s looking for the limelight,” Ebanks the co-creator of On Point basketball said in a phone interview Tuesday.

“He’s a kid who is very humble and you don’t just see that in kinds especially one’s who are highly touted like he is… I wanted to let people see the kind of pedigree he has, the kind of talent he has but also how great of a teammate and how great of a person he is. He’s got media requests coming at him, he’s got fans, they sign autographs after games and he really loves the kids so the kids have a connection to him and as you see in the documentary sometimes there’s an hour-long wait just to meet Andrew.”

Complete Article

Nerlens Noel Sends Tennessee Shot Into the Tunnel

Kentucky's Nerlens Noel sent a Tennessee shot into the Rupp Arena tunnel last night. Check out this block:



Here's a bonus video of Noel dunking:

John Calipari Warns that Every Game Will be a Dog Fight

Kentucky head coach John Calipari warned the media after last night's 75-65 win over Tennessee that every game this season will be a "dog fight."

Here is Calipari addressing the media:



Tennessee head coach Cuonzo Martin talks about the game:

Kentucky Pulls Away Late for Critical SEC Win Over Vols

Kentucky 75
Tennessee 65

Final from Lexington, Kentucky

Kentucky (11-5, 2-1 SEC) used a late run to put away Tennessee 75-65 Tuesday night.

With the game tied 56-56 late in the second half, Ryan Harrow scored a layup and Julius Mays nailed back-to-back three-pointers to give Kentucky the lead for good.

Kyle Wiltjer led the Wildcats with 17 points. Harrow finished with 12 points and 4 assists. Nerlens Noel added 12 points, 9 rebounds, 6 blocks and 4 steals. Alex Poythress chipped in 10 points and 8 boards.

Mays finished with 9 points and more importantly broke out of a recent shooting slump. He was 2-3 from the long range in the game.

Jordan McRae led Tennessee (8-7, 0-3) with 23 points on 8-for-18 shooting.

Kentucky hits the road for 4-of-their-next-5 games beginning with a test at Auburn on Saturday at 9:00 p.m.



Box Score (click to enlarge):


Tuesday, January 15, 2013

Dakari Johnson Plans to Recruit Andrew Wiggins to Kentucky

Kentucky commit Dakari Johnson is apparently going to start recruiting for the Cats.

Johnson told Jason Jordan of USA Today that he plans to "start on Andrew Wiggins."

JayJayUSATODAY Asked Kentucky commit Dakari Johnson who he was recruiting to #BBN. "Gonna start on Andrew Wiggins. I think we've got a good shot with him."

University of Pikeville is No. 2 in NAIA Division I Coaches' Top 25

University of Pikeville (17-1)  moves up to No. 2 in the NAIA Division I Men's Basketball Coaches' Top 25 Poll this week.

The Bears captured 271 total points, coming in just behind No. 1 Columbia (Mo.). Columbia has 281 points and all 11 first place votes.

Lindsey Wilson College (16-2) is up 6 spots to No. 8 this week.

University of the Cumberlands (15-3), which lost back-to-back games last week, falls all the way from No. 1 to No. 14 this week.

2012 - 13 NAIA Division I Men's Basketball Coaches' Top 25 Poll - (Jan. 15)

RANK LAST WEEK SCHOOL (1ST PLACE VOTES) 2012 – 13 RECORD TOTAL POINTS
1 2 Columbia (Mo.) (11) 17-0 281
2 5 Pikeville (Ky.) 17-1 271
3 3 Lewis-Clark State (Idaho) 18-1 256
4 6 William Carey (Miss.) 15-2 254
5 4 Oklahoma Baptist 15-3 252
6 7 Lee (Tenn.) 15-1 232
7 8 Westmont (Calif.) 14-3 222
T8 10 Cal State San Marcos 15-4 209
T8 14 Lindsey Wilson (Ky.) 16-2 209
10 25 John Brown (Ark.) 15-3 188
11 13 Evangel (Mo.) 13-4 187
12 10 Montana State-Northern 16-3 181
13 16 Xavier (La.) 15-3 173
14 1 Cumberlands (Ky.) 15-3 168
15 17 Bethel (Tenn.) 17-2 166
16 RV Hope International (Calif.) 17-1 145
17 21 SAGU (Texas) 14-3 142
18 20 Emmanuel (Ga.) 16-2 121
19 18 Westminster (Utah) 14-4 120
20 19 Rogers State (Okla.) 13-5 119
21 23 Faulkner (Ala.) 16-3 82
22 RV Philander Smith (Ark.) 12-4 78
23 9 Science & Arts (Okla.) 8-4 77
24 10 Texas College 13-4 76
25 RV MidAmerica Nazarene (Kan.) 14-5 74

Others receiving votes:
Arizona Christian 60; Concordia (Calif.) 34; Texas Wesleyan 31; Southern-New Orleans (La.) 28; Oklahoma City 18; Culver-Stockton (Mo.) 13; Shawnee State (Ohio) 9; LSU Shreveport (La.) 7; Mid-Continent (Ky.) 3.

Thomas More's Housley Named PAC Player of the Week

Thomas More College's Brandon Housley was named Presidents' Athletic Conference Player of the Week on Monday.

Here is a release from TMC:

(GREENVILLE, Pa.) - Thomas More College junior small forward Brandon Housley (Covington, Ky./Holmes) has been named the Presidents' Athletic Conference (PAC) Men's Basketball Player of the Week by the PAC office.

Housley helped lead the Saints to two conference victories last week, including a win over Saint Vincent College that moved Thomas More into a first-place tie in the PAC. In those two games Housley led the Saints in scoring with 11.0 points per game and in rebounding with 5.0 rebounds per game, while averaging 18 minutes per contest. In Wednesday's win over Westminster College he finished with a team-leading 15 points and six rebounds and registered seven points and four rebounds in Saturday's victory over Saint Vincent.

Housley and the rest of the Saints return to action on Wednesday (January 19, 2013) when they travel to Bethany, West Virginia to play Bethany College at 8 p.m. in Hummel Field House.

Kentucky Wesleyan Up to No. 4 in NABC/Division II Coaches Poll

Kentucky Wesleyan (13-0) has moved up to No. 4 in the new NABC/Division II Coaches Poll.

Bellarmine University (10-2), fresh off of back-to-back losses, has dropped to No. 12 this week.

NABC/Division II Coaches Poll (Jan. 15, 2013)

W-L Pts Pvs

1 West Liberty [13] 14-0 396 1
2 Metro State [1] 13-0 382 2
3 Western Washington [2] 14-0 373 5
4 Kentucky Wesleyan 12-0 351 6
5 Indianapolis 12-0 332 7
6 Seattle Pacific 11-2 306 8
7 Cal Poly Pomona 11-1 299 9
8 Minnesota State 12-1 282 11
9 Alabama-Huntsville 12-2 263 3
10 Washburn 10-2 235 13
11 Winston-Salem State 12-2 216 17
12 Bellarmine 10-2 211 4
13 Adams State 11-1 199 18
14 Newman 13-1 187 19
15 Southern Indiana 10-2 143 10
16 Indiana (Pa.) 11-2 131 21
17 Fort Lewis 11-1 124 25
18 Lincoln Memorial 10-2 108 12
19 Barton 10-2 94 23
20 Florida Southern 10-2 77 16
21 Saint Leo 11-2 61 nr
22 Franklin Pierce 10-3 59 14
23 Assumption 11-2 56 nr
24 Rollins 11-2 43 nr
25 Dominican (NY) 13-2 38 nr

[ ] first place votes

Lunardi: Kentucky In Danger of Missing NCAA Tournament

Joe Lunardi, ESPN's "resident bracketologist," says the Kentucky Wildcats are in danger of missing the 2013 NCAA Tournament.

Lunardi concludes by saying he would bet on continued improvement and a single-digit NCAA seed but adds this: "But this season there is little certainty with Kentucky, on or off the court."

Here is an excerpt:
In fact, the Wildcats are closer to missing the tournament entirely than to playing in April.

Here are several reasons Kentucky is in danger of missing the 2013 NCAA tournament.

• Kentucky sits at No. 42 on our latest S-Curve.

• The Wildcats are 1-1 in early SEC play, and needed a disputed bucket to escape Vanderbilt before being outclassed at home by Texas A&M.

• A week ago, UK was on my list of national "leaders" in so-called "fake wins."

• The RPI, typically so kind to Kentucky, is heading the opposite direction in 2013.

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Houston Recalls Terrence Jones from the D-League

The Houston Rockets have recalled former Kentucky star Terrence Jones from the NBA Development League.

In 8 D-League games, Jones averaged 18.8 points, 11.4 rebounds and 1.4 blocks per game.

Jonathan_Feigen Rockets recall Terrence Jones from D-League. Practiced today.




Rick Pitino Talks About Win Over UCONN and Being No. 1

Louisville head coach Rick Pitino talks about being ranked No. 1, the win over Connecticut and much more.

CAUTION: If you have a weak stomach or just ate, skip the final minute as Pitino tells the media EXACTLY what was wrong with Montrezl Harrell last night:

DraftExpress Hearing Alex Poythress is "100% Gone" to NBA After Season

Some Kentucky fans are wondering if Alex Poythress' on-the-court struggles might lead him back to Lexington for a sophomore season.

According to Jonathan Givony of DraftExpress.com, there is no chance of that happening. In fact, Givony is hearing that Poythress is "100% gone" to the NBA.

DraftExpress No chance. He's 100% gone I'm told. RT @ChrisRoush31: Curious to hear your opinion on Alex Poythress. Turning into a multi-year guy?



Italian Point Guard Federico Mussini Dreams of Playing at School Like UK

Italian point guard sensation Federico Mussini says he dreams of playing at a big school like Kentucky, Duke or North Carolina.

Mussini, who many fans will remember from his performance in the 2012 Jordan Brand Classic, has already heard from Virginia.

Here is more on Mussini from Sportsxpressonline.com:

The crafty PG won’t be in the states anytime soon as he says “I think I will finish school here in Italy, then I’ll think to go away or stay here.” When/If Federico make his way to America, he has already been contacted by some prep schools one of which is Brewster Academy (NH).

As for players his own age he says he would like to play with at the next level he list Marko Arapovic from Croatia, Jan Wimberg from Germany, and Berk Ugurlu from Turkey. There is one common bond between the four of these guys as they each played in the 2012 Jordan Brand International Game.

“It would be amazing for me to play at a big university like Kentucky, Duke, or North Carolina that’s my dream” Mussini said in closing.

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John Calipari Previews Tennessee Game and More

Kentucky head coach John Calipari previews tonight's game against Tennessee as the Cats try to rebound from a tough loss to Texas A&M:

Brescia Can't Keep Up with IU-Southeast

IU-Southeast 95
Brescia University 80

Final from Owensboro, Kentucky

Game recap by BU:

Brescia men's basketball took on mighty Indiana University Southeast on Monday night in KIAC action.

The Grenadiers took a commanding lead early building the lead to as many as 21 points with 2:49 left to play in the first half. The Bearcats battled back, however, cutting the lead to only six points at halftime on the back of freshman Kyle Nixon's three point shooting clinic! Coming out of halftime, Brescia cut the lead to three but IU Southeast proved to be too much and extended the lead and never looked back handing the Bearcats a 95-80 loss.

The Bearcats (5-14) were led by Nixon's 15 points on the evening. Jermain Langley and Austin Morris each had 14 points, Myron Christian chipped in 12 points, while Troy Halcomb netted 10. The Grenadiers (16-3) were led by Cameron Mitchell's 29 points on the night.

Brescia plays host to Cincinnati Christian University on Saturday January 19th at 8:00pm at the Campus Life Center.

Mack, Jones and Orton on All-NBA D-League Showcase Team

The NBA Development League has announced the 2013 All-NBA D-League Showcase Team.

Former Butler star Shelvin Mack is on the First Team. Former Kentucky big men Terrence Jones and Daniel Orton are on the Third Team.

2013 NBA D-League Showcase First Team:

Luke Harangody Fort Wayne Mad Ants
Jerome Jordan Reno Bighorns
Jeremy Lamb* Tulsa 66ers
Shelvin Mack Maine Red Claws
DaJuan Summers Maine Red Claws

2013 NBA D-League Showcase Second Team:

Damion James Bakersfield Jam
Cory Joseph* Austin Toros
Marcus Landry Reno Bighorns
Dexter Pittman* Sioux Falls Skyforce
Chris Roberts Texas Legends

2013 NBA D-League Showcase Third Team:

Courtney Fortson Los Angeles D-Fenders
Ron Howard Fort Wayne Mad Ants
Terrence Jones* Rio Grande Valley Vipers
D.J. Kennedy Erie BayHawks
Daniel Orton* Tulsa 66ers

* - indicates on assignment from the NBA

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Berea College's Aaron Ponder Named KIAC Player of the Week

Berea College's Aaron Ponder was named Kentucky Intercollegiate Athletic Conference Player of the Week on Monday.

Here is more from the Richmond Register:

Ponder, a graduate of Madison Southern, averaged 19 points, 8 rebounds, 3.7 assists and 2.3 steals while leading the Mountaineers to three conference wins last week.

He started the week with 24 points, 12 rebounds and six assists in a 72-69 win at Alice Lloyd College on Jan. 8. He also connected on 6-of-11 attempts from behind the three-point line. The sophomore guard then scored 21 points and grabbed seven rebounds in Berea’s 96-90 win Friday against Point Park University.

Ponder finished the week with 12 points, five rebounds, four assists and four steals as Berea defeated Brescia 92-64 on Saturday.

The sophomore currently ranks 15th in NAIA Division II assists per game (5.0). He also leads Berea in scoring (13.11 points a game), three-pointers (44), assists (90) and steals (45), is second in rebounding (6.3 boards a game).

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Monday, January 14, 2013

Owensboro Catholic's Becca Greenwell Nails Record 17 Three-Pointers in One Game

I don't typically report on girl's basketball (only because it's not feasible) but I want to say congrats to Owensboro Catholic's Becca Greenwell on setting the national record for three-pointers in a single game.

Greenwell, who has signed with Duke, nailed 17-pointers in only three quarters of action tonight. The previous record was 15.

For the game, Greenwell was 17-for-27 from long range for 51 points.

Even more amazingly, Greenwell has 2,997 career points despite missing her entire junior season with an injury.

2014 Star Shaqquan Aaron Sets Official Visit to Louisville

Shaqquan Aaron will reportedly take his official visit to Louisville on February 2.

PremierBall 2014 6'8 CG Shaqquan Aaron will take an official visit to Louisville on February 2. (Wa) #recruiting #buzz

Aaaron is a 6-foot-8 combo guard at Rainier Beach (Wash.). Rivals.com rates him as a four-star recruit in the class of 2014.

John Wall Breaks Ish Smith's Ankles, Wizards Win Again

Former Kentucky star John Wall has certainly made an impact for the Washington Wizards since his return from injury.

The Wizards have won back-to-back games with Wall on the court.

Tonight, Wall had 12 points and 6 assists in a 120-91 win over the Orlando Magic.

Wall also put the ankle breaker on Orlando's Ish Smith:


Louisville Passes First Test as No. 1, Defeats UCONN

(1) Louisville 73
Connecticut 58

Final from Hartford, Connecticut

Game recap by UL:

HARTFORD, Conn. (AP) - Louisville waited 20 minutes to prove the Cardinals deserved the No. 1 ranking.

It took the same amount of time for their guards to show they could be the best backcourt in the country even when they don't spend all that much time together on the court.

Russ Smith had 23 points and Peyton Siva managed 11 in a foul-plagued 22 minutes and the Cardinals, playing just hours after they moved to the top of the poll, beat Connecticut 73-58 on Monday night.

The Cardinals (16-1, 4-0 Big East) won their 11th straight game and like the others they relied on their star backcourt and pressure defense.

Siva, the conference preseason Player of the Year, picked up his second foul just 3:47 into the game. Not only did the Cardinals lose a veteran leader when the senior went out but Smith, the leading scorer at 18.7 points per game, had to assume more of a role in running the offense. It didn't hurt his scoring much, though, as he had 15 points on 7-of-13 shooting as Connecticut took a 34-28 halftime lead.

Siva picked up his third foul with 14:21 to play in the game and he returned to the bench. When he came back in the game with 10 minutes left, Smith went to the bench for treatment. Siva hit a 3-pointer 50 seconds later as part of the game-changing 19-5 run.

"We did a good job of weathering a Peyton Siva storm, with him out," Louisville coach Rick Pitino said. "Once he came back and we weathered that storm, we were able to play much better defense and much better offense."

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Ex-Arkansas Coach Nolan Richardson Gives Some Thoughts on Kentucky

Former Arkansas head coach Nolan Richardson gave some thoughts on Kentucky while speaking at the Downtown Tip Off Club in North Little Rock Monday.

Here is an excerpt of Richardson's comments:

He took Arkansas to its early to mid 1990s glory years with a mix of both. In time, his protege Mike Anderson will return the Hogs to national contention his own way, he said Monday at the Downtown Tip Off Club in North Little Rock. “In order to get there you have to have the kind of players to get there with,” Richardson told the lunch crowd, adding recruiting elite talent is more important than elite coaching ability.

He pointed to Kentucky, which won a national championship last season with five starters who all ended up drafted into the NBA. “It don’t take no hell of a coaching job when you’ve got five guys who end up in the NBA. And I get a kick out of the fans who say ‘Oh, what a great job.’ What great job? You’ve got five [NBA players] going and five coming – what do you expect? You can’t contend with that, you’ve got a problem coming.”

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Photo: Courtesy: The Downtown Tip Off Club

January Basketball Heats Up: Schedule for the Week

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

Monday, January 14

7:00 p.m. University of Louisville at Connecticut*
7:30 p.m. Paine College at Kentucky State University*
8:00 p.m. IU Southeast at Brescia University*

Tuesday, January 15

7:00 p.m. Tennessee at University of Kentucky*
8:00 p.m. Berea College at Asbury University*
8:00 p.m. Ohio Christian at Kentucky Christian University
8:00 p.m. Greenville at Spalding University*

Wednesday, January 16

7:30 p.m. Union College at Point*
7:30 p.m. Mount St. Joseph at Transylvania University*
8:00 p.m. Thomas More College at Bethany*

Thursday, January 17

7:00 p.m. Northern Kentucky University at Stetson*
7:30 p.m. Kentucky State University at Morehouse*
8:00 p.m. Louisiana-Lafayette at Western Kentucky University*
8:00 p.m. Eastern Kentucky University at Belmont*
8:00 p.m. Georgetown College at UVa.-Wise*
8:00 p.m. St. Catharine College at University of Pikeville*
8:00 p.m. Morehead State University at Southeast Missouri*
8:00 p.m. Eastern Illinois at Murray State University*
8:00 p.m. Wisconsin-Parkside at Bellarmine University*
8:00 p.m. University of the Cumberlands at Campbellsville University*
8:30 p.m. Indianapolis at Kentucky Wesleyan College*
9:00 p.m. Cumberland (TN) at Lindsey Wilson College*
9:00 p.m. Spalding University at MacMurray College*

Friday, January 18

7:30 p.m. STLCOP vs. Alice Lloyd College (at Berea)*
8:00 p.m. Johnson University at Kentucky Christian University
8:00 p.m. Oglethorpe at Centre College*

Saturday, January 19

2:00 p.m. Alice Lloyd College at IU East*
2:00 p.m. Elizabethtown C&TC at Kentucky Christian University
2:30 p.m. Eastern Kentucky University at Jacksonville State*
3:00 p.m. Kentucky State University at Tuskegee*
3:00 p.m. Thomas More College at Grove City*
3:15 p.m. Lewis University at Bellarmine University*
4:00 p.m. Syracuse at University of Louisville*
4:00 p.m. Anderson at Transylvania University*
4:00 p.m. STLCOP at Berea College*
4:00 p.m. Spalding University at Eureka College*
4:00 p.m. Cumberland (TN) at Campbellsville University*
4:00 p.m. St. Catharine College at UVa.-Wise*
4:00 p.m. Georgetown College at University of Pikeville*
4:15 p.m. Saint Joseph's at Kentucky Wesleyan College*
5:00 p.m. University of the Cumberlands at Lindsey Wilson College*
5:00 p.m. Mid-Continent University at Blue Mountain College*
5:15 p.m. Northern Kentucky University at Florida Gulf Coast*
6:00 p.m. Arkansas-Little Rock at Western Kentucky University*
6:00 p.m. Union College at Bryan*
7:00 p.m. Morehead State University at UT-Martin*
8:00 p.m. Asbury University at IU Southeast*
8:30 p.m. SIU Edwardsville at Murray State University*
9:00 p.m. University of Kentucky at Auburn*
9:00 p.m. Cincinnati Christian at Brescia University*

Sunday, January 20

3:00 p.m. Berry at Centre College*

* Conference game

Louisville is No. 1 in Both Major College Basketball Polls

The Louisville Cardinals (15-1) have taken over the top spot in both major college basketball polls.

Louisville earned 1,591 points and 36 first place votes in the AP Top 25. Indiana is second with 1,527 points and 13 first place votes. Duke, Kansas and Michigan round out the top 5.

In the USA Today Coaches Poll, the Cards have 753 points and 18 first place votes. The Hoosiers are second with 718 points and 6 first place votes. Again, Duke, Kansas and Michigan are next.

AP Top 25

RK TEAM RECORD PTS

1 Louisville (36) 15-1 1,591
2 Indiana (13) 15-1 1,527
3 Duke (14) 15-1 1,501
4 Kansas (1) 14-1 1,416
5 Michigan (1) 16-1 1,415
6 Syracuse 16-1 1,284
7 Arizona 15-1 1,205
8 Gonzaga 16-1 1,141
9 Minnesota 15-2 1,041
10 Florida 12-2 1,019
11 Ohio State 13-3 939 12 Creighton 16-1 896 13 Butler 14-2 855 14 North Carolina State 14-2 836 15 San Diego State 14-2 704 16 Kansas State 13-2 670 17 Missouri 12-3 598 18 Michigan State 14-3 426 19 New Mexico 15-2 368 20 Notre Dame 14-2 295 21 Oregon 14-2 238 22 Virginia Commonwealth 14-3 212 23 Illinois 14-4 199 24 UCLA 14-3 185 25 Marquette 12-3 177

Others receiving votes: Cincinnati 121, Connecticut 70, Georgetown 56, Ole Miss 55, UNLV 26, Wisconsin 25, Boise State 9, Miami (FL) 9, Wichita State 6, Temple 5, Pittsburgh 2, Baylor 1, Utah State 1, Wyoming 1

USA Today Coaches Poll

RK TEAM RECORD PTS

1 Louisville (18) 15-1 753
2 Indiana (6) 15-1 718
3 Duke (7) 15-1 707
4 Kansas 14-1 680
5 Michigan 16-1 678
6 Syracuse 16-1 619
7 Arizona 15-1 574
8 Gonzaga 16-1 552
9 Florida 12-2 526
10 Creighton 16-1 489
11 Ohio State 13-3 436 12 Minnesota 15-2 433 13 Butler 14-2 370 14 San Diego State 14-2 366 15 North Carolina State 14-2 321 16 Missouri 12-3 298 17 Michigan State 14-3 286 18 Kansas State 13-2 243 19 Virginia Commonwealth 14-3 178 20 Notre Dame 14-2 155 21 New Mexico 15-2 147 22 Illinois 14-4 125 23 UNLV 14-3 109 24 Cincinnati 14-3 80 25 UCLA 14-3 38

Others receiving votes: Oregon 37, Georgetown 32, Marquette 23, Wisconsin 23, Wichita State 19, Ole Miss 14, Wyoming 13, Connecticut 10, Miami (FL) 8, Oklahoma State 8, Boise State 2, Bucknell 2, Utah State 2, Iowa State 1

No. 4 Bellarmine Drops Back-To-Back Road Games

The Bellarmine Knights dropped back-to-back conference road games on their recent trip to St. Louis.

Missouri-St. Louis defeated the Knights (10-2, 2-2 GLVC) 87-82 in double overtime on Thursday night. Maryville University dropped Bellarmine 69-64 on Saturday.

Missouri-St. Louis 82 Bellarmine 67

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.

BU's Vance Hall also had a solid night, with 20 points and four rebounds.

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Maryville 69 Bellarmine 64

ST. LOUIS—The No. 4 Bellarmine University Knights suffered their second straight loss as the host Maryville Saints erased a 12-point halftime deficit to score a 69-64 upset victory in a Great Lakes Valley Conference game at Moloney Arena on Saturday afternoon.

The Saints' second half comeback was fueled by shooting a sizzling 66.7 percent from the field and nailing eight of 14 second half treys. Meanwhile, the Knights—who came into the game ranked second in the country in field goal percentage—shot just 34.8 percent (8-23) after the break as Bellarmine lost back to back games for the first time since the 2009-10 season.

Bellarmine was force to play short-handed against the Saints. Although senior guard Chris Dowe made his 45th consecutive start, an injury prevented the 6-3 preseason All-American from getting significant minutes as he went to the bench and did not return after just three minutes of action.

The Knights (10-2, 2-2 GLVC) opened the game with a flurry, bolting out to a 12-2 lead, and eventually extended the margin to as many as 16 as they connected on 14 of 24 shots (58.3%) in the first period.

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Kentucky Wesleyan Keeps Unbeaten Streak Alive on the Road

The Kentucky Wesleyan Panthers are off to a 12-0 start this season and will likely be looking at a top 5 ranking when the polls are released this week.

The Panthers just finished up a 2-0 road trip with wins over GLVC opponents Quincy and Illinois-Springfield.

Kentucky Wesleyan 77 Quincy 69

For the second straight game and third time this season, Kentucky Wesleyan faced a halftime deficit.

Just as they did on Saturday against Missouri-St. Louis, the No. 6 Panthers (11-0, 3-0 Great Lakes Valley Conference) responded with a come-from-behind win to remain unbeated.

KWC used a 12-0 run midway through the second half to take the lead for good and defeat Quincy (6-6, 1-3 GLVC), 77-69.

"We got down and I told the guys when we're down, we stick together," coach Todd Lee said. "That's really positive for our guys. We got down the other night against UMSL and stuck together…Our guys hung together, stuck together, and that's big. It's easy to do it at home, but on the road it's a little tougher."

KWC's 46-point second half outburst helped overcome a 35-31 deficit.

Senior guard Kreig Oxley buried a 3-pointer to tie the game at 44-44 with 13:31 left to play, then buried another one on KWC's next possession to give the Panthers a 47-44 lead.

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Kentucky Wesleyan 74 Illinois-Springfield 61

The No. 6 Panthers (12-0, 4-0 Great Lakes Valley Conference) capitalized on an 11-point halftime lead to win their second straight road game, a 74-61 win over Illinois-Springfield.

The Prairie Stars (4-9, 2-3 GLVC) put together a strong surge in the second half and got as close as four, but KWC went on a 7-0 run to go back up by 11 near the midway point of the second half to fend off Illinois-Springfield.

"Once we got it back up to 10, 11, 12, I felt OK," coach Todd Lee said. "We were having trouble scoring. It's just that we didn't finish the (first) half the right way. They made two threes on us. We came out in the second half and I don't think we were ready to play those first two minutes and they cut it pretty quick.

"We've got to do a better job of getting ready and I've got to do a better job of getting them ready."

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Remember When Jarnell Stokes Said: "We plan on winning in Rupp Arena"

Remember when Tennessee's Jarnell Stokes told the media that the Volunteers plan on winning Rupp Arena?

Stokes and Tennessee will have their opportunity tomorrow night.

Andrew Wiggins Scores 28 in ESPN Game

Kentucky recruit Andrew Wiggins put on a show Saturday in front of a national audience as Huntington Prep defeated Cape Henry (Va.) 79-49 in a game that was televised on ESPN.

Wiggins finished with 28 points to lead the way for the Express. He scored 11 of the team's 13 points in the second quarter.



Box Score (via Herald-Dispatch.com)

HUNTINGTON PREP 16 13 17 24 -- 70: Gill-Caesar 8, Grandstaff 5, Landry 2, Rathan-Mayes 14, Woodson 2, Novak 3, Wiggins 28, Kingsley 8.


CAPE HENRY 9 15 14 11 -- 49: Langton 5, Hall 2, Paige 19, Hutton 15, Clarke 4, Morris 4



DeAndre Liggins Plays Well in First Career Start

Former Kentucky star DeAndre Liggins made his first career NBA start for the Oklahoma City Thunder Sunday night.

Liggins played well in 40 minutes of action. He finished with 11 points, 9 rebounds, 2 assists and 1 steal. Liggins was 3-for-3 from the three-point line.

Oklahoma City defeated Portland 87-83.

Here are some highlights from the game:



In related news, the Thunder recalled former Kentucky big man Daniel Orton from the D-League. He was with the team in Portland but did not play in the game.

Rajon Rondo Has Big Hands, This Is SportsCenter

Check out this hilarious SportsCenter commercial featuring Boston Celtics point guard Rajon Rondo:

Sunday, January 13, 2013

Contest Winner Earns Opportunity to Interview Brandon Knight

Watch as a contest winner gets the opportunity to interview former Kentucky star Brandon Knight:

Sean Woods Was Hospitalized on Sunday

According to a report on WKYT.com, Morehead State head coach Sean Woods was briefly admitted to the hospital Sunday afternoon.

Here is an excerpt:

Officials with Morehead State University say the school's basketball coach and former UK player, Sean Woods, was admitted to the hospital after he said he was feeling dizzy and was taken as a precaution.

We're told it could be in connection with high blood pressure.

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Aaron Harrison Gets Hit in the Nose, Travis Suffers Close Loss

Kentucky commit Aaron Harrison suffered a bloody nose and Travis (Tex.) suffered a tough loss Friday night to Bush (Tex.).

Aaron Harrison returned to the game but his nose continued to bleed and Bush pulled out a 61-58 win.

Andrew Harrison scored 21 points to lead Travis (18-4, 4-1).

Here is more from Chron.com:

The Kentucky pledge returned quickly, but the bleeding never stopped – and neither did the blows.

In the end, it was Bush's shortest player, guard Shawndre Jones, who delivered the knockout — a jumper at the end of regulation and a 3-pointer in overtime — lifting the Broncos to a thrilling 61-58 win Friday.

"It was very physical — everybody bumping, bumping, bumping, a lot of talking — but we prevailed," said Jones, who finished with 21 points.

The victory by Bush (20-5, 4-1), which lost to Elkins on Jan. 3, moved it into a tie with Travis (18-4, 4-1) for first place in District 23-5A, with Dulles playing Clements late Friday for a chance to join them.

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Thomas More Moves Into First Place in PAC

Thomas More 64
Saint Vincent 59

Final from Crestview Hills, Kentucky

Game recap by TMC:

(CRESTVIEW HILLS, Ky.) - The Thomas More College men's basketball team moved into a tie for first place in the Presidents' Athletic Conference (PAC) on Saturday (January 12, 2013) as it defeated Saint Vincent College, 64-59, at the Connor Convocation Center in Crestview Hills, Kentucky.
With the win, the Saints improve to 13-3 overall and 6-1 in the PAC as they move into a three-way tie for first place in the conference with Saint Vincent and Bethany College. With the loss, the Bearcats fall to 11-5 overall and 6-1 in the PAC.

Saint Vincent took an early 6-2 lead when Sean Kett made a lay-up with 18:00 to play in the first half. Thomas More responded with a 5-2 run to cut the lead to 8-7 when senior shooting guard Ross Renken (Cincinnati, Ohio/Oak Hills) made a three-pointer with 14:08 to play in the half. The Bearcats answered with a 6-0 run capped by an Isaac Turner three-pointer with 11:52 to play in the half to extend the lead to 14-7. The Saints tied the score at 15-15 with 9:02 to play in the first half when junior point guard Spencer Berlekamp (Cincinnati, Ohio/Kings) made a jumper. Saint Vincent closed out the half on a 12-7 run to take a 27-22 lead at halftime when Kett made two free-throws with one-seconds to play in the half.

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EKU Holds Off Morehead State for Best OVC Start in 34 Years

Eastern Kentucky 59
Morehead State 52

Final from Richmond, Kentucky

Game recap by EKU:

RICHMOND, Ky. – For the first time in 34 years, Eastern Kentucky is 4-0 in Ohio Valley Conference play. The Colonels used a big mid-game run to take control in a 59-52 victory over rival Morehead State on Saturday at McBrayer Arena.

The last time EKU won four straight to start the conference schedule was in 1978-79 when the Colonels began OVC play 5-0.

Morehead State (8-10, 2-2 OVC) never trailed during the first 16 minutes of the game and took its largest lead of six, 20-14, on a jumper by Maurice Lewis-Briggs with 5:07 on the clock.

Eastern Kentucky (14-3, 4-0 OVC) shut the Eagles down after that bucket. The Colonels ended the half on an 18-1 run. Orlando Williams scored seven and Tarius Johnson added six during the spurt. A three-pointer by Williams and a lay-up by Mike DiNunno in the final 40 seconds sent EKU to the locker room with an 11-point lead, 32-21.

The Colonels scored the first five points of the second half to stretch the run to 23-1 and never looked back. Two free throws from Johnson capped the run and gave the home squad a 16 point advantage, 37-21. EKU stretched its lead to as many as 20 twice, the last time coming with less than five minutes to go. With less than four minutes remaining, Morehead State had only scored 35 points.

The Eagles closed the gap to seven twice in the final 20 seconds of play.

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Video: DeMarcus Cousins with Nice Reverse Dunk Against Miami

DeMarcus Cousins and the Kings suffered a tough 128-99 loss to the Miami Heat on Saturday.

Cousins finished with 11 points, 8 rebounds, 4 assists and one really nice highlight:

Louisville's Peyton Siva Scores 1,000th Career Point

Louisville senior Peyton Siva scored his 1,000th career point in Saturday's win over South Florida. Here is Siva talking about the accomplishment:

No. 3 Louisville Destroys South Florida

(3) Louisville 64
South Florida 38

Final from Louisville, Kentucky

Game recap by UL:

LOUISVILLE, Ky. (AP) - Louisville's objective against South Florida on Saturday was more about firming up its defense rather than avenging its last home loss.

Either way, the No. 3 Cardinals achieved both goals in convincing fashion.

Senior guard Peyton Siva scored 17 points to surpass 1,000 for his career and contributed a team-high three steals as Louisville held South Florida to a season-low 27 percent shooting for an easy 64-38 victory that also marked the Bulls' second-lowest point total in school history.

"We played the kind of defense we wanted to play," Cardinals coach Rick Pitino said. "They came out the entire evening and played incredible defense, the defense we've been waiting for and what we've wanted to see. I'm real proud of the guys. They did an incredible job tonight."

Louisville (15-1, 3-0 Big East Conference) held South Florida to just 12 of 45 shooting including three of 17 in the first half. The field goals allowed were a season low for the Cardinals, two fewer than what Miami (Ohio) and Missouri-Kansas City made against them earlier this season.

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Patrick Sparks Signs With Kirovograd in Ukraine

Former Kentucky star and Central City native Patrick Sparks has signed with Kirovograd in Ukraine's second-level Higher League.

Sparks started the season with Hoverla in Ukraine's top-level Superleague. In 13 games, he averaged 7.7 points, 3.4 rebounds and 3.5 assists per game.

Here is more from Eurobasket.com:

Kirovograd (Higher League) tabbed 30-year old American guard Patrick Sparks (184-83, college: Kentucky). He already started the season at Hoverla (Superleague). In 13 games this season he averaged 7.7ppg, 3.4rpg, 3.5apg and 1.5spg. The last season Sparks played at Phoenix Hagen in German BBL. In 5 games last year he had 4.6ppg, 1.2rpg, 5.0apg and 1.2spg. The most of previous (10-11) season he spent at BC Odessa. In 22 Superleague games that season he had 9.3ppg, 3.0rpg, 4.8apg (top 4) and 1.8spg (in top 3). Sparks also played at AEK Athens earlier that season. In 8 games that year he had 5.4ppg and 1.1apg (top 4).

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Richard Freeman Visiting St. Catharine College

According to a good source, Lawrence Central (Ind.) star Richard Freeman is visiting St. Catharine College over the weekend.

Freeman, who is considered one of top players in Indiana, is a 6-foot-7 power forward in the class of 2013.

Here is some footage of Freeman in action:

Elston Turner Talks About Big Night at Rupp Arena

Texas A&M's Elston Turner, Billy Kennedy and Fabyon Harris talk about Turner's 40-point performance at Rupp Arena and more:

Tim Couch Recognized at Rupp Arena

Former Kentucky football star Tim Couch was the celebratory "Y" at Rupp Arena last night:

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