Saturday, January 26, 2013

Kentucky Escapes Upset Bid From LSU, Anthony Hickey

Kentucky 75
LSU 70

Final from Lexington, Kentucky

Game recap by UK:

LEXINGTON, Ky. (AP) - Alex Poythress scored 20 points, including two free throws with 1 second remaining, as Kentucky survived LSU 75-70 Saturday.


Archie Goodwin added 15 points, Ryan Harrow 11 and Nerlens Noel 10 with six blocks as the Wildcats (13-6, 3-2 Southeastern Conference) recovered from Tuesday's loss at Alabama.

Poythress also grabbed 12 rebounds to help seal Kentucky's victory, which featured some drama at the end with the Wildcats almost having six players on the court.

The Wildcats led by as many as 15 points before halftime and were up 69-63 with 1:57 remaining before LSU rallied to within 71-70 on Johnny O'Bryant III's follow with 3.9 seconds left. Kyle Wiltjer was fouled on the inbounds pass just as Noel appeared to be on the court before being pulled back by Wildcats assistant John Robic.

Despite protests from the LSU bench, no call was made. Game officials declined comment to a pool reporter afterward and referred all inquiries to the conference office.

Wiltjer made two free throws with 3.1 seconds left to put Kentucky up by three and Poythress clinched it with two more after rebounding Anthony Hickey's missed front end of a one-an-one.

Kentucky shot 52 percent (27 of 52) and outrebounded LSU 39-26.

O'Bryant had 21 points for the Tigers (10-7, 1-5), who lost to the Wildcats for the fifth straight time.

Hickey added 15 points and Andre Stringer 13 for LSU, which shot 39.7 percent (25 of 63).

Complete Recap



EKU Coach Jeff Neubauer on Belmont: "We’re the only team that’s going to be able to beat them in the OVC Tournament"

Eastern Kentucky University head coach Jeff Neubauer has sparked a firestorm around the Ohio Valley Conference following tonight's 85-74 loss to Belmont.

After the loss, Neubauer told the media, "it's on us. We’re the only team that’s going to be able to beat them in the OVC Tournament."

"The other teams in the OVC do not matchup well with them," Neubauer continued. "We have to be the team that beats them."

Belmont head coach Rick Byrd responded by saying, "I hope he's right. I've coached too long to get cocky."

Belmont is 17-4 overall and a perfect 8-0 in Ohio Valley Conference play.

Source: Michael Grant of the Courier-Journal

Louisville Drops Third Straight Game at Georgetown

Georgetown 53
(5) Louisville 51

Final from Washington, D.C.

Game recap by UL:

WASHINGTON (AP) - After Louisville's third straight loss, coach Rick Pitino is declaring the next one a "must game."


He has a lot to work on before then.

Peyton Siva got into foul trouble and was held scoreless for the first time since he was a freshman, Russ Smith didn't look comfortable in a new role off the bench, and late-game free throw shooting was lacking again Saturday as the fifth-ranked Cardinals were upset 53-51 by Georgetown.

Louisville (16-4, 4-3 Big East) has its longest losing streak since January 2010. No. 1 in the country a week ago, the Cardinals have fallen to Syracuse, Villanova and Georgetown and have Pittsburgh at home on Monday.

"We have to get this win. It's a must game for us," Pitino said. "Because four (in a row), now you're on the verge of getting a sub-.500 record in the league, and you don't want to mess with that."

Pitino shook up the lineup by going with Luke Hancock over Smith, who is being asked to distribute more and score less after three poor shooting games this month. Smith entered the game averaging 18.7 points but recently had performances of 2 for 11, 2 for 13 and 2 for 13 from the field.

Smith still got his time on the court - he scored 12 points on 4-for-9 shooting in 29 minutes - but he had only two assists.

"I'm just trying to stay positive about the whole situation and look for my guys," he said. "I didn't get a chance to create my own shot because there are going to be some bad shots, and Coach doesn't want that, so I've just got to get the offensive moving a bit.

"At the end of the day I'm know I'm going to play. And I know how good I am. I've proven myself already. I don't have to go out there and just try and murder the other team or just try and throw up points. I go out there now to just do what Coach asks me to do. He wants to do things a little bit differently now."


Randall Cobb is the "Y" in Kentucky at Rupp Arena

Former University of Kentucky football star is back in Lexington this winter. Tonight, he served as the "Y" in the Kentucky cheer at Rupp Arena:

All-Access: Northern Kentucky Travels to Florida

Check out this all-access look at Northern Kentucky's recent trip to Florida:

Aaron Gordon Goes for 33 Points, 23 Rebounds in Win

Check out these highlights of Kentucky recruit Aaron Gordon; he finished with 33 points and 23 rebounds in a double overtime win:

Alabama, Fresno State Coming to Watch Emmanuel Owootoah Soon

I just had a conversation with Cordia head coach Rodrick Rhodes about 2013 point guard Emmanuel Owootoah.

Owootoah, a multi-talented 5-foot-10 speedster, has exploded into the spotlight since being ruled eligible to play in Kentucky.

Tennessee, Morehead State and Florida State have already watched Owootoah. According to Rhodes, Alabama and Fresno State will be sending coaches to Kentucky "in the next week or two."

Rhodes has also received calls of interest from Providence and Kansas. University of Kentucky assistant Orlando Antigua has sent text messages requesting a game schedule.



Cordia's remaining regular season schedule:

Jan 29, Jenkins home 7:30 PM

Feb 1, Letcher County Central away 8:00 PM
Feb 2, Mercer County at Breathitt County/Jackson City Kentucky Prep Showcase
Feb 4, Riverside Christian home 7:30 PM
Feb 7, South Floyd away 7:30 PM
Feb 8, Leslie County away 7:30 PM
Feb 14, Jackson City home 8:00 PM
Feb 15, Perry County Central away 7:30 PM

Kentucky Players Talk About LSU Game, Consistency

Kentucky's Julius Mays and Kyle Wiltjer talk about today's game against LSU and the importance of consistency:



Calipari Previews LSU, Gets Interrupted by Space Jam

Kentucky head coach John Calipari spoke to the media on Friday about today's game against LSU. Watch as he gets interrupted by the them from 'Space Jam' on a cell phone (3:00 mark):


Friday, January 25, 2013

Antoine Walker Talks About Trash Talking in the NBA and More

Former Kentucky star Antoine Walker talks about trash talking in the NBA, athletes and money and playing again in the NBA:


Kenneth Faried Speaks Out in Favor of Civil Unions, Tells His Touching Story

Former Morehead State star Kenneth Faried speaks out in favor of civil unions and tells the touching story of his two mothers:

Pairings Announced for 2013 KHSAA Boy's Sweet Sixteen

The drawing was held today and the pairings have been announced for the 2013 KHSAA Boy's Sweet Sixteen Tournament at Rupp Arena.

My first thoughts:

- tough draw for the mountain regions as they'll have to contend with Region 7 (Ballard, Trinity, Male, etc.)
- potentially a good draw for Region 10 (Montgomery County, Bishop Brossart, etc.); great shot to make a run at the semifinals
- could also be a great draw for Region 2 (Hopkinsville, Henderson County, etc.) if they can get past Region 8 (Owen County, Grant County, etc.) in the first game. 
- Region 6 (Bullitt East, Moore, PRP, etc.) could possibly play Region 11 (Madison Central, Henry Clay, Bryan Station, etc.) in the quarterfinal round
- have to think that Region 7 is pretty pleased with their chances of making a run to the finals


2014 Star Stanley Johnson Has UK, Louisville in Top 10

Stanley Johnson, a 6-foot-7 power forward at Mater Dei (Cal.), has both Kentucky and Louisville in his top list of 10 schools.

ShowtimeSJ_2014 My top are: UNLV Oregon Sdsu Nc state Kentucky Arizona Louisville USC Syracuse Ucla


Johnson is a five-star recruit and is considered one of the top power forwards in the class of 2014.



Eastern Kentucky Holds Off Tennessee State

Eastern Kentucky 76
Tennessee State 67

Final from Richmond, Kentucky

Game recap by EKU:

RICHMOND, Ky. – Eastern Kentucky shot 56 percent from the field and 44 from three-point range in a 76-67 victory over Tennessee State on Thursday. The Tigers came into the game sitting in second place in the Ohio Valley Conference East Division with the Colonels a half-game behind.


EKU (16-4, 6-1 OVC) is now in second place in the East, one game behind Belmont (16-4, 7-0 OVC). The undefeated Bruins visit McBrayer Arena on Saturday.

The Colonels scorched the nets to the tune of 67 percent shooting in the first half, including hitting 6-of-10 attempts from three-point range. An 8-1 run, book-ended by treys from Corey Walden and Mike DiNunno, turned an 8-point lead into a 15-point advantage, 33-18, with 2:39 remaining in the opening period. Eastern took a 15-point lead, 39-24, into the locker room at the break.

The Tigers (12-9, 6-2 OVC) began the second half by scoring the first 11 points to get within six. A three-pointer by Jordan Cyphers with 13 minutes left in the game cut the Colonel lead to four, 47-43. However, EKU answered with a 12-3 run to regain control. DiNunno and Timmy Knipp each hit three-pointers. A dunk by Marcus Lewis capped the spurt and had the home team on top by 13, 59-46, with 7:45 showing on the clock.

Six straight free throws by DiNunno, including four as a result of two technical fouls on Tennessee State, gave Eastern its largest lead of 17 points, 67-50, with 5:28 to play. The Tigers never got closer than nine the rest of the way.

DiNunno scored a game-best 24 points on 6-for-12 shooting from the field and 8-of-8 from the free throw line. He made 4-of-10 from behind the arc on his way to a third straight 24-point performance. The senior also had seven assists.

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Kameron Chatman Trims Final List, Louisville Makes the Cut

Kameron Chatman, a 6-foot-6 guard/forward at Poly (Cal.), has reportedly trimmed his final list to UCLA, Arizona, Washington, Oregon, Michigan, Louisville, Georgetown and Connecticut.

ICPelite 2014 Guard-Kameron Chatman begins to trim his list- UCLA-Arizona-Washington- Oregon-Michigan-Louisville-Georgetown-and UCONN!

Chatman is regarded as a four-star recruit by Rivals.com.

Photo: Rivals.com

Tyus Jones Says Grandmother Tried to Recruit Him to Kentucky

Tyus Jones, the top-rated point guard prospect in the class of 2014, says he had a grandmother trying to recruit him to Kentucky. 

"She went hard," Jones says in his new blog, which hasn't been published yet.  

JayJayUSATODAY From the Tyus Jones Blog: "I don't think I've ever been recruited by a grandmother before. She went hard." Only at #BBN. Blog coming...







Murray State Finds a Way to Win Ugly at Tennessee Tech

Murray State 47
Tennessee Tech 39

Final from Cookeville, Tennessee

Game recap by MSU:

The Murray State Racers won for the fourth straight time Thursday in a 47-39 road victory at Tennessee Tech at the Eblen Center in Cookeville, Tenn.


MSU (15-4) leads the west division in the Ohio Valley Conference with a 6-1 mark, as they also pushed their road record this season to 7-1.

In their lowest scoring game in years, the Racers found a way to get it done as Isaiah Canaan led the way with 15 points and Ed Daniel scored his 11th double-double of the season with most of it in the second half with 10 points and 10 rebounds.

The Racers' fourth straight win required a healthy second half comeback after they trailed Tech 26-20 at the half in a game that found both teams plagued by poor shooting and turnovers. As a matter of fact, both teams ended the game with more turnovers than field goals.

Starting the second half, MSU locked the Golden Eagles down and held TTU to 4-of-25 shooting for the final 20 minutes.

Complete Recap

Forde Wonders About Shabazz Muhammad's Gucci Backpack

UCLA star freshman Shabazz Muhammad apparently wore an expensive backpack in front of Yahoo! Sports' Pat Forde last night.

Forde noticed...and questioned the backpack in an article. According to Forde, the cheapest Gucci backpack retails for $990.

While it's not fair to say Muhammad is up to no good, is it really a great idea for a kid to wear a thousand dollar backpack around in front of the national media. Especially a kid who was recently under NCAA investigation for impermissible benefits.

Here is an excerpt from Forde's article:

After putting the Bruins on his back with a game-high 23 points, Muhammad put something else on his back before leaving the arena – a black Gucci backpack.


It was a nice look.

Nice enough that I checked Gucci.com Thursday night and found 18 backpacks, with the cheapest going for $990 retail. But, hey, I'm sure these things can be found on sale, right?

I'm not saying there's something fishy about Muhammad's designer backpack, even though most of his teammates were sporting more modest, UCLA-issue models. (Fellow freshman Kyle Anderson also had a designer model.) Maybe it was a knockoff. I'm just saying a college kid wearing Gucci catches the eye – especially when the college kid is Muhammad.

You might recall the November drama that surrounded the 6-foot-6 wing player's college eligibility.

The high school All-American was under NCAA investigation for impermissible benefits received in high school – and a lengthy suspension appeared to be a possibility until word broke about an NCAA investigator's boyfriend being overheard blabbing about the case on a plane. With the investigation apparently considered compromised, Muhammad was released from NCAA jail after missing only three games and being required to repay $1,600 in benefits received.

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Anthony Davis is Officially a Pelican

The New Orleans Hornets have announced that they will officially become the New Orleans Pelicans next season.

The Hornets announced yesterday that they are going ahead with the name change. The team color scheme will be blue, gold and red.

Here is more from ESPN.com:

The nickname Hornets "didn't mean anything to this community," Benson said. "The pelican represents New Orleans, just like the Saints. They have incredible resolve. If they can do that, the team can do the same."


The brown pelican is Louisiana's state bird and has become identified with efforts to restore Louisiana's coast, which has been damaged extensively by the 2010 BP oil spill and erosion from Katrina and other storms. Images of the pelicans covered with oil were plentiful after the oil spill.

The brown pelican was taken off the endangered species list in 2009.
"We're raising an entire generation to be very mindful to what happened to our coastal restoration," said Rita Benson LeBlanc, Benson's granddaughter and vice chairman of the board for the Hornets and the Saints. "Give it time, and I think everyone will be inspired (by the name change). It's for a greater purpose."

Complete Article

Northern Kentucky Surprises A-Sun Favorite Mercer

Northern Kentucky 63
Mercer 46

Final from Highland Heights, Kentucky

Game recap by NKU:

HIGHLAND HEIGHTS, Ky. – On Thursday night, the man known as “Bear” around Northern Kentucky University made life miserable for an opposing team with the same nickname.


Eshaunte “Bear” Jones poured in a career-high 26 points to lead Northern Kentucky to a 63-46 win over the visiting Mercer Bears in The Bank of Kentucky Center. Jones finished 6-for-8 from 3-point range as Northern Kentucky improved to 5-11 overall, 3-5 in the Atlantic Sun Conference.

The senior guard also grabbed six rebounds as the Norse knocked off the Atlantic Sun Conference preseason favorite in the first-ever meeting between the two programs. Ethan Faulkner and Chad Jackson each added 12 points for Northern Kentucky, which held Mercer to 34.9 percent shooting from the field. Bud Thomas led the Bears with 16 points.

Mercer (12-9 overall, 5-3 A-Sun) won at Florida State, 61-56, on Dec. 2, and the Bears also own a 66-59 victory over Alabama – the same Crimson Tide squad that defeated Kentucky earlier this week.

NKU head coach Dave Bezold laughed when asked if he could lay claim to his team being better than UK.

“It's all about matchups,” said Bezold. “We matched up pretty good here. Now would we match up the same way with Kentucky? I don't think so because they have a little more athleticism and size, but it's fun to do that. (Mercer) just beat tremendous teams and we were able to handle them here at home so it's a nice confidence boost.”

Complete Recap

Thursday, January 24, 2013

Southern Miss Uses Amazing 47-4 Run to Blitz Marshall

Marshall's Elijah Pittman drained a three-pointer to give the Thundering Herd a 3-0 lead at Southern Miss last night. From there, Donnie Tyndall's Golden Eagles went on a stunning 47-4 run to take a 47-7 lead.

Southern Miss went on to hammer Marshall 102-46. The Golden Eagles are now 16-4 and 5-0 in Conference USA.

Here's USM's 47-4 run on SportsCenter:



Morehead State Can't Close Out Belmont, Drops Heartbreaker

Belmont 64
Morehead State 63

Final from Morehead, Kentucky



Game recap by MSU:

MOREHEAD, Ky. -- The Morehead State men’s basketball team led for more than 36 minutes on Thursday night at Johnson Arena, but Belmont used an 11-2 game-ending run to escape with a 64-63 Ohio Valley Conference victory.


The Bruins improve to 16-4 overall, 7-0 in the conference and 6-3 on the road with their seventh straight win, while the Eagles slip to 10-11 on the season, 4-3 in league play and 7-3 at home. It was the first meeting between the two schools in men’s hoops.

Belmont’s only lead was at 2-0 until the 1:13 mark of the second half. That’s when junior J.J. Mann drilled a three from the right wing to give the Bruins a one-point advantage. MSU missed its final two shots of the evening and the visitors hung on for the victory.

Senior Ian Clark tallied a game-high 20 points for Belmont, while Mann added 11 points and five assists. Clark and senior Kerron Johnson handed out four assists apiece, while senior Trevor Noack collected a game-best three steals for the Bruins.

Junior Bakari Turner led four Morehead State players in double figures with 16 points for his fifth consecutive performance of 10+. Senior Milton Chavis contributed 12, while junior Chad Posthumus and sophomore Angelo Warner added 11 each.

Posthumus also pulled down a game-best 10 rebounds for his second Division I double-double. Senior Devon Atkinson and junior Drew Kelly shared team-high honors with three assists apiece, while junior Taariq Muhammad recorded two steals.

Complete Recap

UK Recruit Tyus Jones to Visit Kansas in February

Kentucky recruit Tyus Jones will take an unofficial visit to Kansas in February:

JayJayUSATODAY 2014 PG Tyus Jones tells me that he'll take an unofficial visit to Kansas Feb. 23-24.

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

Photo: Rivals.com




Patrick Patterson Dunking on Monsters in New PEAK Commercials

Former Kentucky star Patrick Patterson and several other NBA stars are competing against some monsters in a new series of PEAK shoe commercials:

Tickets for Kentucky's Upcoming Games are Now on Sale

Tickets for Kentucky's upcoming games against South Carolina, Auburn and Vanderbilt are now on sale.

Here are deatils from UK:

LEXINGTON, Ky. – Tickets for Kentucky’s men’s basketball games vs. South Carolina (Feb. 5), Auburn (Feb. 9), and Vanderbilt (Feb. 20) will go on sale Thursday, January 24th at 6:00 p.m. On Thursday evening, tickets will first be available online at www.ticketmaster.com or by calling Ticketmaster at 800.745.3000.

Any tickets remaining after Thursday evening’s sale will also be available to purchase through the UK Ticket Office at 800.928-2287 or the Rupp Arena Box Office at 859.233.3535 starting Friday, January 25th. Tickets made available are from the unsold student ticket allotment. All tickets are in the upper level and are priced at $42 each.

ESPN’s hit Saturday morning show, College Gameday Covered by State Farm, returns to Rupp Arena on Saturday, February 23rd. Tickets to attend College Gameday will be available starting Wednesday, February 13th at 6:00 pm, online through Ticketmaster and at Ticketmaster outlets. GameDay tickets are free of charge, and orders will have a minimal service fee attached. There is a limit of eight tickets per household. UK students may pick up a GameDay ticket during the already scheduled student basketball lottery on February 11th or at the Joe Craft Center Ticket office during normal business hours on February 12th or 13th. The Wildcats will host the Missouri Tigers later that day at 9:00 p.m.

Tickets to ESPN College GamedayCovered by State Farm are not valid for admission to the UK vs. Missouri basketball game, but to the College Gameday event itself. Doors will open at 8:00 am and the event begins at 9:00 am.

More details on College Gameday will be released at a later date.

Loaded Basketball Schedule Around Kentucky This Weekend

There's a lot of great college basketball around Kentucky tonight through Sunday.

Here's a schedule for the next four days:

Thursday, January 24
6:30 p.m. Bellarmine University at Saint Joseph's*
7:00 p.m. Tennessee State at Eastern Kentucky University*
7:00 p.m. Mercer at Northern Kentucky University*
7:00 p.m. Belmont at Morehead State University*
8:00 p.m. St. Catharine College at Rio Grande*
8:00 p.m. Alice Lloyd College at Asbury University*
8:00 p.m. Campbellsville University at Bluefield*
8:00 p.m. Murray State University at Tennessee Tech*
8:00 p.m. UVa.-Wise at University of the Cumberlands*
8:00 p.m. Georgetown College at Shawnee State*
8:05 p.m. Western Kentucky University at South Alabama*
8:30 p.m. Kentucky Wesleyan College at Lewis*
9:00 p.m. Spalding University at Principia College*
9:00 p.m. University of Pikeville at Cumberland (TN)*
9:00 p.m. Martin Methodist at Mid-Continent University*

Friday, January 25

8:00 p.m. Hendrix at Centre College*

Saturday, January 26

12:00 p.m. University of Louisville at Georgetown*
2:00 p.m. Berea College at IU-East*
3:00 p.m. Transylvania University at Defiance College*
3:00 p.m. Miles College at Kentucky State University*
3:00 p.m. Campbellsville University at West Virginia Tech
3:00 p.m. Waynesburg at Thomas More College*
4:00 p.m. Western Kentucky University at Middle Tennessee*
4:00 p.m. Kentucky Wesleyan College at Wisconsin-Parkside*
4:00 p.m. Georgetown College at Rio Grande*
4:00 p.m. St. Catharine College at Shawnee State*
4:00 p.m. Lindsey Wilson College at Bluefield*
4:00 p.m. Spalding University at Fontbonne University*
4:00 p.m. Alice Lloyd College at Brescia University*
4:00 p.m. University of Pikeville at University of the Cumberlands*
4:00 p.m. Asbury University at St. Louis Coll. of Pharmacy*
4:00 p.m. LSU at University of Kentucky*
5:00 p.m. Freed-Hardeman at Mid-Continent University*
5:30 p.m. Murray State University at Jacksonville State*
6:00 p.m. Tennessee Wesleyan at Union College*
7:00 p.m. Kennesaw State at Northern Kentucky University*
7:00 p.m. Belmont at Eastern Kentucky University*
7:30 p.m. Tennessee State at Morehead State University*
7:45 p.m. Bellarmine University at Indianapolis*

Sunday, January 27

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

* Conference Game

Miami Hammers Duke and Slaps the Court on Defense

One of the memorable moments from the 2012-13 men's basketball season - Miami (FL) players slap the court on defense during a blowout win over Duke:

Anthony Davis Teams With Boost Mobile to Deliver NBA Game Time Plus App

Former Kentucky star Anthony Davis is teaming up with Boost Mobile to bring Android customers free access to the NBA Game Time Plus application.

The NBA Game Time Plus app features all live home and away radio broadcasts, game video, alerts, real-time scores, stats and more.

Here is the official press release:

IRVINE, Calif., Jan 23, 2013 (BUSINESS WIRE) -- Boost Mobile, a leader in the no-contract wireless industry, is teaming with 2012 NBA #1 Draft pick, New Orleans Hornet power forward Anthony Davis to bring its Android customers free access to NBA Game Time Plus which features all live home and away radio broadcasts, game video, alerts, real-time scores, stats and more this season.

To commemorate the app Boost Mobile is launching the NBA Game Time Plus App Sweepstakes. Starting today consumers can visit the sweepstakes app on the Boost Mobile Facebook page to enter for a chance to win one of 10 Samsung Galaxy S II 4G (WiMAX) devices. For more information on the sweepstakes, visit www.facebook.com/boostmobile .

"With NBA Game Time Plus from Boost Mobile, Android customers score a free front-row seat to NBA action throughout the entire season," said Steve Gaffney, vice president-Corporate Marketing. "To build even more excitement for the app we are teaming with Anthony Davis, a perfect ambassador for the Boost brand. He is young, fun and attacks the court just like Boost Mobile attacks the no-contract wireless competition."

NBA Game Time Plus is included free with Boost Mobile Android Monthly Unlimited and Android Daily Unlimited plans. The NBA Game Time app is available on smartphones with Android(TM) 2.2 or higher operating systems and can be downloaded from the Google Play Store. Boost Mobile customers automatically receive NBA Game Time Plus upon launching the app, which includes all live home and away radio broadcasts.

"I am looking forward to the opportunity to work with Boost Mobile to promote the NBA Game Time Plus App," said Davis. "NBA fans are the best fans and now with the help of Boost Mobile, customers and fans across the country can get all the action with a simple click of the app."

Complete Release

Kentucky Wesleyan, Bellarmine in Top 8 This Week

Kentucky Wesleyan College (14-1) moved up to No. 3 in this week's NABC/Division II Coaches Poll. The rankings do not reflect Monday night's loss to No. 10 Southern Indiana.

Bellarmine University (13-2) is up to No. 8 this week.

NABC/Division II Coaches Poll (Jan. 22, 2013)

W-L Pts Pvs
1 Metro State [13] 15-0 397 2
2 Western Washington [3] 16-0 386 3
3 Kentucky Wesleyan 14-0 373 4
4 West Liberty 16-1 341 1
5 Seattle Pacific 13-2 330 6
6 Cal Poly Pomona 13-1 325 7
7 Minnesota State 15-1 313 8
8 Bellarmine 12-2 271 12
9 Indiana (Pa.) 13-2 223 16
10 Southern Indiana 12-2 221 15
11 Indianapolis 12-2 219 5
12 Lincoln Memorial 12-2 174 18
13 Alabama-Huntsville 13-3 170 9
14 Florida Southern 12-2 167 20
15 Barton 11-2 163 19
16 Assumption 13-2 146 23
17 Rollins 13-2 136 24
18 Adams State 12-2 130 13
19 Winston-Salem State 13-3 124 11
20 Fort Lewis 12-2 97 17
21 Newman 14-2 84 14
22 Wayne State (MI) 12-2 71 nr
23 Charleston (WVa.) 12-2 70 nr
24 Washburn 10-4 44 10
25 Winona State 16-3 41 nr

[ ] first place votes

Wednesday, January 23, 2013

More Schools Showing Interest in Camron Justice

According to a family friend, three new schools have called about 2015 Knott County Central star Camron Justice.

Indiana, Wake Forest and Alabama have all called about Justice, who recently picked up an offer from Tennessee.

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Asbury University Earns League Win Over Cincinnati Christian

Asbury University 83
Cincinnati Christian 66

Final from Wilmore, Kentucky

Game recap by AU:

WILMORE, Ky. – Asbury started on a 29-10 run and cruised to an 83-66 KIAC win over Cincinnati Christian on Tuesday evening. CJ Penny scored a career-high 25 points, his second straight 20-point game.

The Eagles (12-9, 3-3 KIAC) led by as much as 24 in the first half and took a 50-28 lead into the break. CCU (9-12, 3-3 KIAC) chipped away in the second half but never was able to get the deficit under 12. Penny scored 16 of his 25 before the break and shot 7-of-11 in the half. For the game the freshman made 10-of-15 from the floor and 4-of-6 from the foul line. He also grabbed a team-high seven rebounds.

Asbury shot 55-percent for the game including a 60-percent clip in the first half. CCU shot 51-percent for the game but made just 8-of-23 from three-point range and turned the ball over 17 times. Asbury on the other hand turned it over just 10 times.

Adam Delph scored 15 points and dished out six assists for the Eagles. Justin Jones was also in double figures with 11 points. Delph hit two of the team’s nine threes in the game. The Eagles were 9-of-20 from three-point range in the game. Austin Flannery came off the bench for the first time this season, after missing Saturday’s game with the flu, and nailed three threes. Marquel Johnson also connected on two threes. Asbury’s bench outscored CCU’s 28-16 as ten players scored on the night for the Eagles.

Complete Recap

Oak Hill Star Trying to Recruit Andrew Wiggins to North Carolina

Oak Hill Academy point guard Nate Britt is trying to get uncommitted superstar Andrew Wiggins to join him at North Carolina next season.

Here are some of Britt's comments via NBCSports.com:

Kentucky and Florida State are presumed the favorites. The Wildcats already have the best recruiting class and both of Wiggins’ parents attended FSU. Kansas and North Carolina is always in the mix. Wiggins has previously visited Florida State.

Every top high school basketball showcase typically has Huntington Prep and Oak Hill Academy (W.Va.) slated for games. The Hoophall Classic is no different and Oak Hill point guard and North Carolina commit, Nate Britt uses this as an opportunity to get the 6-foo-7 Wiggins to join him in Chapel Hill.

“That’s who we’re trying to get,” said Britt on Monday following a loss to Simeon at the Hoophall Classic. “I talked to him as much as possible. I know coach goes and sees him as much as he can.”

Britt went on to say that his recruiting pitches mainly take place through Twitter and when he sees Wiggins at various basketball events. The Washington, D.C. native says that’s as far as it goes, no phone calls or texts being sent to Wiggins about picking UNC.

Complete Article

Perry County Central Players Receiving College Offers

I spoke to Perry County Central head coach Kevin Spurlock last night and he gave a recruiting update on some of his players.

Spurlock confirmed that 6-foot-7 small forward Justin Johnson has offers from Western Kentucky, Murray State, Winthrop, Lipscomb, Belmont, Indiana State, Northern Kentucky, Morehead State and Eastern Kentucky. He also noted that Southern Miss has been very active lately.

Dalton Cornett, a 6-foot-7 power forward, has offers from Lincoln Memorial and several Mid-South Conference schools. Union (TN) has started recruiting Cornett in recent weeks.

Northern Kentucky has also offered Braxton Beverly, who is widely considered to be one of the top freshman guards in the state.

Austin Pray, who starts at small forward on the basketball team, has football offers from Air Force, Eastern Kentucky and multiple NAIA schools. Pray scored an impressive 32 on the ACT and currently maintains a 4.2 GPA.



UK Signee Marcus Lee is a Dunking Machine

Kentucky signee Marcus Lee is having an incredible senior season at Deer Valley (Cal.) High School. Watch as he puts up 30 points, including 11 dunks, in his most recent game:

Jamal Mashburn To Be Honored As SEC Basketball Legend

Former Kentucky star Jamal Mashburn has been selected as Kentucky's Southeastern Conference Basketball Legend and will be honored at the SEC Tournament in March.

Here is a release from UK:

LEXINGTON, Ky. – Former Kentucky All-America selection Jamal Mashburn has been tabbed as Kentucky’s Southeastern Conference Basketball Legend and will be honored at this year’s SEC Tournament being held in Nashville, Tenn.

A two-time All-America pick during his three years at Kentucky, Mashburn was the cornerstone of UK’s return to the elite of college basketball. He was selected consensus first-team All-America in the 1993 season when he helped lead the Wildcats to the Final Four where he was named to the All-Final Four Team. 

A three-time All-SEC selection, Mashburn finished his career with 1,843 points, fourth most in school history at the time. Voted the 1993 SEC Player of the Year, Mashburn was selected fourth overall in the 1993 NBA Draft by the Dallas Mavericks. 

Each SEC Basketball Legend will be recognized at halftime of his institution's first game at the tournament.

This marks the 15th year of the SEC Basketball Legends program.

Morehead State's Sean Woods Previews the Upcoming Week

Here is Morehead State head coach Sean Woods on this week's edition of The Sean Woods Show:



Faried, Former Cats on ESPN's 25 Under 25 List; No John Wall

ESPN has compiled a list of the top 25 players in the NBA under the age of 25.

Former Kentucky players Anthony Davis, DeMarcus Cousins and Eric Bledsoe are on the list. Ex-Morehead State star Kenneth Faried is also on the list.

Notably absent from the list is former Kentucky star John Wall.

Here's the top 5 and some notables:

1. Kevin Durant
2. Russell Westbrook
3. Blake Griffin
4. James Harden
5. Derrick Rose
11. Kenneth Faried
13. Anthony Davis
19. DeMarcus Cousins
25. Eric Bledsoe

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Kentucky's Nerlens Noel Dunks Hard on Alabama

Check out Nerlens Noel's hard dunk in last night's loss at Alabama:

Calipari, Wiltjer and Noel Talk About Loss at Alabama

John Calipari, Kyle Wiltjer and Nerlens Noel discuss Kentucky's loss at Alabama:


Tuesday, January 22, 2013

Kentucky Disappears in Second Half, Loses at Alabama

Alabama 59
Kentucky 55

Final from Tuscaloosa, Alabama

Kentucky went cold in the second half and Alabama took advantage as the Crimson Tide held on for a 59-55 victory over the struggling Wildcats.

The Wildcats (12-6, 3-2 SEC) appeared well on their way to victory after taking a 33-24 advantage into the halftime locker room. Unfortunately, it was a tale of two halves as John Calipari's team was unable to hit shots in the second frame. Kentucky was just 8-for-27 (29.6%) from the field in the second half.

Nick Jacobs led Alabama (12-6, 4-1) with 14 point. Trevor Releford added 13 and Levi Randolph chipped in 11.

Kyle Wiltjer led Kentucky with 14 points and 7 rebounds. Julius Mays finished with 12 points, all on 3-pointers. Nerlens Noel had another impressive game with 8 points, 13 boards and 7 blocks.

Kentucky will be looking to rebound when they host LSU on Saturday at 4:00 p.m.

Box Score (click to enlarge):

Villanova Stuns No. 5 Louisville, Cards Drop Second Straight

Villanova 73
(5) Louisville 64

Final from Philadelphia, Pennsylvania

Game recap by UL:

PHILADELPHIA (AP) - Achraf Yacoubou hit the tiebreaking 3-pointer late in the second half to help Villanova upset No. 5 Louisville 73-64 on Tuesday night.

The Wildcats (12-7, 3-3 Big East) led by as many as 10 points in the first half and rallied late in the second to send the Cardinals to their second straight loss. Louisville (16-3, 4-2) had an 11-game winning streak end in a 70-68 loss to Syracuse on Saturday.

Ryan Arcidiacono scored 15 points, and JayVaughn Pinkston and Mouphtaou Yarou each scored 11 for Villanova.

The Wildcats students packed behind each basket stormed the court in a wild celebration for a win coach Jay Wright's struggling program badly needed.

Yacoubou hit the go-ahead 3 with just less than 4 minutes left and the Wildcats held on from there.

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Kentucky, N.C. State Calls to Check on Emmanuel Owootoah

I said after watching Cordia point guard Emmanuel Owootoah recently that he had opened some eyes around the 14th Region. Apparently, he opened some eyes around the college basketball world, as well.

According to reports, Kentucky and North Carolina State both called to ask about Owootoah recently.

@AdamZagoria UK asst Orlando Antigua called to check in on 2013 PG Emmanuel Owootoah, Cordia (KY) coach Rodrick Rhodes confirmed to @SNYtv

TheRoadtoRupp NC State called Cordia point guard Emmanuel Owootoah today at school. Plays tonight at home vs LCC and FSU, UCONN planning to attend.

Owootoah, who is listed as a 5-foot-10 point guard, has been impressive in three appearances for Cordia:

UPIKE, Lindsey Wilson in Top 7 of NAIA DI Coaches' Poll

Despite suffering a tough loss to a surging Georgetown College team, the University of Pikeville (18-2) only dropped one spot to No. 3 this week in the NAIA Division Coaches' Top 25 Poll.

Lindsey Wilson College (18-2) moved up one spot to No. 7 this week.

University of the Cumberlands (15-5), which was No. 1 in the nation just two weeks ago, has dropped all the way to No. 25 after suffering four consecutive losses.

Georgetown and Mid-Continent University received votes this week.

2012 - 13 NAIA Division I Men's Basketball Coaches' Top 25 Poll - (Jan. 22)

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

1 1 Columbia (Mo.) (11) 20-0 281
2 6 Lee (Tenn.) 17-1 264
3 2 Pikeville (Ky.) 18-2 260
T4 10 John Brown (Ark.) 17-3 247
T4 3 Lewis-Clark State (Idaho) 19-2 247
6 7 Westmont (Calif.) 16-3 243
7 T8 Lindsey Wilson (Ky.) 18-2 229
8 4 William Carey (Miss.) 16-3 212
9 T8 Cal State San Marcos 16-4 210
10 5 Oklahoma Baptist 16-4 209
11 13 Xavier (La.) 17-3 184
12 15 Bethel (Tenn.) 18-2 176
13 12 Montana State-Northern 17-4 168
14 18 Emmanuel (Ga.) 18-2 159
15 16 Hope International (Calif.) 18-2 158
16 17 SAGU (Texas) 15-3 156
17 25 MidAmerica Nazarene (Kan.) 15-6 126
18 20 Rogers State (Okla.) 15-5 125
19 11 Evangel (Mo.) 14-5 118
20 21 Faulkner (Ala.) 17-3 115
21 23 Science & Arts (Okla.) 10-4 85
22 19 Westminster (Utah) 16-4 84
23 22 Philander Smith (Ark.) 13-5 80
24 RV Shawnee State (Ohio) 11-7 76
25 14 Cumberlands (Ky.) 15-5 60

Others receiving votes: LSU Shreveport (La.) 54; Great Falls (Mont.) 44; Arizona Christian 34; Southern-New Orleans (La.) 24; Georgetown (Ky.) 19; Culver-Stockton (Mo.) 19; Mid-Continent (Ky.) 8; St. Thomas (Texas) 7.

No. 12 Bellarmine Picks Up Road Win at McKendree

(12) Bellarmine 71
McKendree 56

Final from Lebanon, Illinois

Game recap by BU:

LEBANON, Ill.—The No. 12 Bellarmine University men's basketball team got their first Great Lakes Valley Conference road win tonight, turning back the host McKendree Bearcats 71-56 at the Statham Sports Center.

For Bellarmine, it was an outstanding team effort with four players scoring in double figures, led by Vance Hall and Keisten Jones with 14 each. Senior Chris Dowe recorded a double-double with 10 points and 10 assists and drew the praise of Coach Scott Davenport after the game. “He just found people tonight,” Davenport said. “He takes four shots and just completely dominates the game.”

The Knights (13-2, 5-2 GLVC) got off to a great start, sprinting out to a 14-0 lead over the first six and a half minutes. The Bearcats closed to within five points as the Knights suffered through a scoring drought of 5:40 seconds. Hall finally got Bellarmine back on track with a trey at the 6:02 mark, and the Knights stretched their lead back to double digits at halftime, 30-20.

The second half started with McKendree's Matt Murphy converting an old-fashioned 3-point play followed by a miss by Bellarmine, which prompted a quick timeout by Davenport. The ploy was successful as the Knights responded with a 9-0 run to take their biggest lead of the night 39-23 at the 17:37 mark.

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WKU's Brandon Harris Named Sun Belt Player of the Week

Western Kentucky's Brandon Harris was named Sun Belt Conference Player of the Week on Monday.

Here is the release from the league:

Sun Belt Conference Men's Basketball Player of the Week

Brandon Harris (WKU, Jr., G)

WKU junior guard Brandon Harris had an impressive offensive week for the Hilltoppers, averaging 19.0 points per game in two conference contests. He also added 8.5 rebounds per game and hit 7-of-15 three-point tries on the weekend (.467) in 36.0 minutes per game. The Oklahoma City, Okla., native helped the Hilltoppers to a win over Louisiana-Lafayette Thursday night with 16 points, nine rebounds and five assists, and he followed it up with 22 points and eight rebounds against UALR on Saturday in a game in which he hit six three-pointers. The junior has led WKU in a time in which the roster is depleted due to injury.

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John Calipari Previews Alabama Game and More

Kentucky head coach John Calipari previews tonight's Alabama game, gives an update on Willie Cauley-Stein and more:

No. 15 USI Ends Kentucky Wesleyan's Undefeated Run

(15) Southern Indiana 72
(4) Kentucky Wesleyan 53

Final from Owensboro, Kentucky

Game recap by KWC:

The University of Southern Indiana got a lot of offense far from the basket Monday night.

Kentucky Wesleyan College had a tough time making shots from much closer to the hoop.

Those factors were major in USI's 72-53 beating of the No. 4 Panthers in front of a huge Sportscenter crowd of 4,712.

The No. 15 Screaming Eagles handed KWC its first loss in this season and made each team 6-1 in the Great Lakes Valley Conference.

USI (13-2) sizzled from 3-point range on a freezing cold night, hitting 7-of-10 from beyond the arc. The Screaming Eagles made 28-of-58 from the floor for 48.3 percent.

"We're not real smooth offensively," USI coach Rodney Watson said. "But we got the ball to people in the right spots, and let's face it, we made shots. I would have never thought we'd make seven 3s, but that was the difference in the game."

Orlando Rutledge made 2-of-3 on 3s on the way to a team-high 14 points. Austin Davis also made 2-of-3 on 3-pointers and scored eight points. Taylor Wischmeier scored 12 points off the bench for USI.

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Bucks Recall Doron Lamb from the NBA D-League

The Milwaukee Bucks have recalled former Kentucky star Doron Lamb from the NBA Development League.

Lamb averaged 7.5 points, 3.5 rebounds and 3.0 assists in 2 D-League appearances.

BucksPR #Bucks have recalled G Doron Lamb from @TheMadAnts. Lamb averaged 7.5 ppg, 3.5 rpg and 3.0 apg in 2 D-League games.




Monday, January 21, 2013

Ray Kasongo Leads Pikeville to 15th Region All A Championship


Pikeville High School survived a late run and held on to defeat Lawrence County 68-67 in the 15th Region All A Classic championship game.

Ethan Rowe led Pikeville with 21 points. Ray Kasongo dominated the paint, finishing with 19 points, 19 rebounds and 9 blocked shots.

Robert Dalton scored 19 points for Lawrence County. Younger brother Timmy Dalton chipped in 13.

The Panthers (13-7) will battle Louisville Holy Cross (5-15) in the All A Classic in Frankfort Thursday evening at 5:00 p.m.

Lawrence County (12-9) 13 17 11 26 67- Chafins 10, R. Dalton 19, Richardson 13, Kiser 9, Cyrus 5, T. Dalton 11

Pikeville (13-7) 18 19 15 16 68- May 7, Silvers 10, Johnson 5, Hamilton 6, Rowe 21, Kasongo 19







EKU's Corey Walden Named OVC Co-Newcomer of the Week

Eastern Kentucky's Corey Walden was named Ohio Valley Conference Co-Newcomer of the Week earlier today.

Walden and Eastern Illinois' Sherman Blanford shared the honors this week.

Here is the release from the OVC:

CO-NEWCOMER

Sherman Blanford, F • Jr., 6-6, 215 • Philadelphia, Pa. • Eastern Illinois

Blanford helped Eastern Illinois to its first OVC victory of the season last week in averaging 15.0 points, 7.0 rebounds, 4.0 assists and 4.0 steals/game and hitting 47.6 percent (10-of-21) from the field and 83.3 percent (10-of-12) from the line in games against Murray State and Austin Peay. Blanford, a transfer from Marshalltown Community College, had his first double-double of the season, 19 points and 10 rebounds, while also adding six assists, four steals and a block in the 77-67 win over APSU on Saturday. In that game he hit 9-of-10 free throws. The win snapped a 12-game losing streak for the team dating back to November and was the first victory on the road for EIU this year. He started the week by recording 11 points, four rebounds, four steals and two assists in a loss at Murray State.

CO-NEWCOMER

Corey Walden, G • So., 6-2, 206 • Daytona Beach, Fla. • Eastern Kentucky

Walden averaged 17.0 points, 2.5 rebounds, 2.0 assists and 1.0 steals/game while hitting 62.5 percent (10-of-16) from the field, 60 percent (3-of-5) from 3-point range and a perfect 11-of-11 from the free throw line in games against Belmont and Jacksonville State. After scoring six points, grabbing two rebounds and blocking a shot in a loss to OVC leader Belmont, the transfer from Brevard Community College came back with a career-high against Jax State. Walden hit 8-of-11 (72.7%) shots, 2-of-2 3-pointers and was a perfect 10-of-10 at the free throw line on his way to 28 points. The sophomore also added four assists, three rebounds and two blocks. Walden currently ranks 13th nationally in free throw percentage (90.8%) and has connected on 38-of-39 (97.4%) free throw attempts in OVC play this season.

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Andrew Wiggins Overwhelmed by Recruiting Process?

According to head coach Rob Fulford, Kentucky recruit Andrew Wiggins is having a tough time dealing with the pressure of the recruiting process.

In an interview with Zagsblog.com, Fulford stated that all the attention Wiggins is receiving is "overwhelming" and that he "doesn't like the attention."

Here is an excerpt of Fulford's comments:

“We’ve played six games in the state of Kentucky and had over 35,000 people,” Fulford said. “You’re kind of sheltered in Huntington, so he’s just a normal kid. After this, though, he can’t hide.”

Wiggins, who will likely play in the McDonald’s All-American Game April 3 in Chicago and the Jordan Brand Classic April 13 in Brooklyn before the late signing period begins April 17, has been battling the flu for two weeks. His illness has transformed into bronchitis, according to Fulford. That clearly isn’t the only thing keeping him down, though.

“It’s overwhelming. He doesn’t like the attention. He doesn’t like it. His shots aren’t falling,” Fulford admitted. “His shot was much more consistent last year and his free-throw percentage is low… He’s a good kid. He really is. He’ll talk to you about anything, but once recruiting is brought up, he shuts down.”

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Are these comments a bad sign for Kentucky?

Big Week of College Games in Kentucky; Schedule for the Week

It's late-January and conference action is really heating up as teams work to set themselves up for the postseason.

Here is your complete college basketball schedule for the week:

Monday, January 21

7:30 p.m. Kentucky State University at Stillman College*
8:30 p.m. Bellarmine University at McKendree University*
8:30 p.m. Southern Indiana at Kentucky Wesleyan College*
TBA Georgetown College at UVa.-Wise*

Tuesday, January 22

7:00 p.m. Kentucky Christian University at Boyce College
7:30 p.m. Berea College at IU-Southeast*
8:00 p.m. Harris-Stowe State at Mid-Continent University
8:00 p.m. Cincinnati Christian at Asbury University*
8:00 p.m. Brescia University at Cincinnati Christian*
8:00 p.m. University of Louisville at Villanova*
9:00 p.m. University of Kentucky at Alabama*

Wednesday, January 23

7:30 p.m. Union College at St. Andrews*
7:30 p.m. Franklin College at Transylvania University*

Thursday, January 24

6:30 p.m. Bellarmine University at Saint Joseph's*
7:00 p.m. Tennessee State at Eastern Kentucky University*
7:00 p.m. Mercer at Northern Kentucky University*
7:00 p.m. Belmont at Morehead State University*
8:00 p.m. St. Catharine College at Rio Grande*
8:00 p.m. Alice Lloyd College at Asbury University*
8:00 p.m. Campbellsville University at Bluefield*
8:00 p.m. Murray State University at Tennessee Tech*
8:00 p.m. UVa.-Wise at University of the Cumberlands*
8:00 p.m. Georgetown College at Shawnee State*
8:05 p.m. Western Kentucky University at South Alabama*
8:30 p.m. Kentucky Wesleyan College at Lewis*
9:00 p.m. Spalding University at Principia College*
9:00 p.m. University of Pikeville at Cumberland (TN)*
9:00 p.m. Martin Methodist at Mid-Continent University*

Friday, January 25

8:00 p.m. Hendrix at Centre College*

Saturday, January 26

12:00 p.m. University of Louisville at Georgetown*
2:00 p.m. Berea College at IU-East*
3:00 p.m. Transylvania University at Defiance College*
3:00 p.m. Miles College at Kentucky State University*
3:00 p.m. Campbellsville University at West Virginia Tech
3:00 p.m. Waynesburg at Thomas More College*
4:00 p.m. Western Kentucky University at Middle Tennessee*
4:00 p.m. Kentucky Wesleyan College at Wisconsin-Parkside*
4:00 p.m. Georgetown College at Rio Grande*
4:00 p.m. St. Catharine College at Shawnee State*
4:00 p.m. Lindsey Wilson College at Bluefield*
4:00 p.m. Spalding University at Fontbonne University*
4:00 p.m. Alice Lloyd College at Brescia University*
4:00 p.m. University of Pikeville at University of the Cumberlands*
4:00 p.m. Asbury University at St. Louis Coll. of Pharmacy*
4:00 p.m. LSU at University of Kentucky*
5:00 p.m. Freed-Hardeman at Mid-Continent University*
5:30 p.m. Murray State University at Jacksonville State*
6:00 p.m. Tennessee Wesleyan at Union College*
7:00 p.m. Kennesaw State at Northern Kentucky University*
7:00 p.m. Belmont at Eastern Kentucky University*
7:30 p.m. Tennessee State at Morehead State University*
7:45 p.m. Bellarmine University at Indianapolis*

Sunday, January 27

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

* Conference Game

Kentucky's Nerlens Noel Dunks All Over Auburn

Here is Kentucky freshman Nerlens Noel dunk all over an Auburn defender in Saturday's win:

Aaron Gordon Destroys a Defender on National Television

Kentucky recruit Aaron Gordon absolutely destroyed a helpless defender on national television this afternoon. Check this crazy dunk out:



Nerlens Noel Named SEC Freshman of the Week

Kentucky's Nerlens Noel has been named SEC Freshman of the Week after averaging 11 points, 9 rebounds and 6.5 blocks per game last week.

Noel is already climbing the UK record books. His 69 blocks this season are good for 11th on the all-time single-season list. With his next block, he'll enter the top 10 in school history.

Here is the release from the SEC:

Kentucky’s Nerlens Noel, a 6-foot-10, 244-pound freshman forward from Everett, Mass., was named SEC Freshman of the Week after averaging 11 points, nine rebounds and 6.5 blocks in wins over Tennessee and at Auburn. He registered 12 points, nine rebounds, six blocks and four steals in a win over Tennessee and followed that up with 10 points, nine rebounds and seven blocks at Auburn. Noel has notched six or more rebounds in every game this season. Noel is the only player standing 6-5 or taller that ranks in the top-30 in blocks, steals and rebounds in the nation. He moved into fifth all-time in UK freshman record books with 69 blocks on the season and is one shy of cracking the single-season top-10 in school history.

Charles Barkley: "There ain't one player on this Kentucky team who should go pro early"

Former Auburn and NBA star Charles Barkley made some interesting comments on the air during Kentucky's win over the Tigers Saturday night.

Barkley feels that no players on the Kentucky roster are ready for the NBA at this point.

Check out his comments (via CBSSports.com):

"John Calipari's a friend of mine. I love him as a friend. There ain't one player on this Kentucky team who should go pro early. I hate the one-and-done rule in college basketball. Just 'cause there's a rule does not mean you have to do it. Listen, Anthony Davis played well enough for him to go pro. ... I wish some of these parents would talk to their kids."

Just so we're clear here, the ultra-respected DraftExpress.com currently has three UK players -- Nerlens Noel, Alex Poythress and Archie Goodwin -- forecast as top-10 picks come this June.

Former UNC/SMU coach Matt Doherty (referenced in the quote below) was on the call and also brought up the fact Shaquille O'Neal stumped for the NBA to mandate a player must be three years removed from his high school graduation before entering eligibility for the NBA. Barkley agreed, but took a more pragmatic view -- before slamming just who you'd expect him to over why the basketball culture has reached this point of one-and-done expectancy.

"I would love for guys to stay three years," Barkley said. "I think the best we can really get is two years. ... The family members are greedy, the agents are pigs, also. So they tell these kids, 'Go to college for one year.' ... It's driven by the agents, to be honest with you, and listen, it's a corrupt system. ... These agents are such scumbags, and yo know that, they just want their percentage of the money. Matt, you know that. They don't care about these kids, how well they do in the NBA."

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