Saturday, February 2, 2013

Michael Kidd-Gilchrist Knocked Out, Taken to Hospital

Former Kentucky star Michael Kidd-Gilchrist was knocked out in tonight's game against the Houston Rockets.

According to reports, Kidd-Gilchrist was out for approximately six minutes before being carried off on a stretcher and escorted to a local hospital.

Jonathan_Feigen Kidd-Gilchrist appears hurt. Went down after trying to block a Douglas shot on a break. Jeff Taylor fell on him. Has been down a long time.

Jonathan_Feigen Kidd-Gilchrist has been down for six full minutes. Got hit in back of head. Will be wheeled off with neck supported.

Jonathan_Feigen Scary stuff. MKG was wheeled off in stretcher. Crowd, teams seem in shock. Parsons just ran by Bobcats bench to say a word or two.

Jonathan_Feigen Kidd-Gilchrist being taken to Memorial-Hermann emergency room.

Kentucky head coach John Calipari posted about MKG on Twitter:

UKCoachCalipari #BBN, join me in praying for @MikeGillie14 who was just injured in his game at Houston.

Kentucky Plans to Watch 2013 Star MiKyle McIntosh

I just spoke to 22 Feet Academy head coach Ryan Schmidt and he confirmed that University of Kentucky assistant Orlando Antigua has called about 2013 star MiKyle McIntosh.

"Orlando said he'll call me tomorrow to confirm, but he will be coming to see him this week for sure," Schmidt said via text message.

Kentucky has also shown interest in 2015 combo guard Jamar Ergas.

Schmidt said coaches from Louisville, Kansas, Florida and North Carolina have called in the last week about McIntosh as well.

McIntosh has already received offers from Miami (FL) and UCLA in recent weeks. He has been watched by coaches from Ohio State and Oregon.

Coaches from Davidson are also planning to stop by this week to check out 6-foot-8 forward Niels Bunschoten.

Billy Gillispie Not Coming to Today's Game, After All

Former Kentucky and Texas A&M head coach Billy Gillispie will not be in attendance at today's game in College Station after all.

Gillispie was planning to attend the game but was "unable to tie up loose ends in his move from Lubbock."

Here is a report from

Gillispie said he was unable to tie up loose ends in his move from Lubbock. He had been scheduled to close on the sale of his Lubbock home on Thursday. He said he never viewed his appearance at Reed Arena as a big deal to begin with. He merely planned to come at the invitation of Aggies coach and friend Billy Kennedy.

“I was simply going to watch a game, but now I’m not,” Gillispie said.

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UK Recruit Aaron Gordon Adds Oregon to Final List

Aaron Gordon, who ranks No. 6 overall on the list for 2013, had added Oregon to his final list of schools.

Gordon, a 6-foot-8 forward at Archbishop Mitty (Cal.), was considered Oregon previously and has decided to add them back.

He is now considering Oregon, Kentucky, Arizona and Washington.

Here is more from

“Yes,” Mitty coach Tim Kennedy told by text. “Same as when they were on his original list.”

Kennedy said Gordon likes Oregon’s “facilities, players (especially Dominic Artis), coaching staff and he’s liked their style of play.”

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Friday, February 1, 2013

Nerlens Noel Talks About His Record-Breaking Game

Here is Kentucky's Nerlens Noel talking to the media about his record-setting night against Ole Miss:

UK Commit James Young Dunks Hard on a Defender

Kentucky commit James Young throws down hard on a defender in a recent game:

Calipari Talks A&M, Cauley-Stein and Beer Muscles

John Calipari met with the media this afternoon to discuss tomorrow's game at Texas A&M and more.

He noted that Willie Cauley-Stein has practiced and will be a game time decision tomorrow.

Calipari also had a funny exchanged with Jerry Tipton about beer muscles and white wine muscles (worth a listen):

Camron Justice, Shane Hall to Visit Tennessee for UK Game

According to a source, Knott County Central's Camron Justice (pictured) and Johnson Central's Shane Hall are planning to take an unofficial visit to Tennessee on February 16 for the Kentucky game.

Both Hall and Justice have received offers from Tennessee.

Hall is a 6-foot-8 power forward in the class of 2014. He is currently rated as a four-star prospect by

Justice is a 6-foot-2 combo guard in the class of 2015. He is currently rated as a three-star recruit by

Here is Hall throwing down a dunk earlier this season:

Wesley Christian's Stephen Goble Picks Up Offer from Crown College

Stephen Goble, a 6-foot-7 forward at Wesley Christian High School, has picked up his first official offer from Crown College (Minn.).

Goble has also heard from Shawnee State and Cincinnati Christian.

Wesley Christian is located in Floyd County and is a member of the Kentucky Christian Athletic Association.

Crown College is an NCAA Division III program in the Upper Midwest Athletic Conference.

Photo: Floyd County Times

Northern Kentucky Holds Off ETSU, Evens A-Sun Record

Northern Kentucky 70
East Tennessee State 68

Final from Johnson City, Tennessee

Game recap by NKU:

JOHNSON CITY, Tenn. – Eshaunte Jones poured in 25 points, including a 3-pointer while being fouled with 26.7 seconds left in the game, as Northern Kentucky University held on for a 70-68 victory over East Tennessee State on Thursday night.

Jones made a career-high seven 3-pointers for Northern Kentucky, which improved to 7-11 overall, 5-5 in the Atlantic Sun Conference. His final trey, which banked in after he was fouled taking the shot from the left wing, resulted in a four-point play that extended a 66-65 Norse lead to 70-65.

"I did not mean to bank it in at all, but the shot clock was winding down and I had a good look,” Jones said. “The defender hit me just as I released it, and thankfully it went in.”

Rashawn Rembert buried a 3-pointer with 19 seconds left to cut the Northern Kentucky lead to 70-68. After a Norse turnover with 10 seconds left, East Tennessee State had a final chance to tie or win, but Jarvis Jones missed a driving layup, and Northern Kentucky's Stretch Watson pulled down the rebound as time expired.

The Norse drained five consecutive 3-point shots early in the second half as part of an 18-7 run that turned a 31-28 deficit at the break into a 46-38 lead with 12:31 remaining in the game. Jack Flournoy knocked down a trio of 3-pointers to ignite the Norse second-half spurt.
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Jeff Goodman Talks About Nerlens Noel, UK and Gillispie

Jeff Goodman of talks to KSTV about Nerlens Noel, the Kentucky Wildcats vs. Texas A&M, Billy Gillispie and more:

Tennessee-Martin Surprises Eastern Kentucky

Tennessee-Martin 72
Eastern Kentucky 65

Final from Martin, Tennessee

Game recap by EKU:

MARTIN, Tenn. – A poor shooting night doomed Eastern Kentucky in a 72-65 loss at Tennessee-Martin on Thursday. The Colonels shot 35 percent from the field, 32 percent from three-point range and 54 percent from the free throw line.

Junior Glenn Cosey made his return after missing the last six games. He finished with 20 points on 7-of-18 shooting from the field, including 6-of-14 from three-point range. Mike DiNunno had 14 points and seven assists but made just 5-of-18 attempts and 3-of-13 from behind the arc.

A three-pointer and two free throws by Terence Smith gave the Skyhawks (6-16, 3-7 OVC) a seven-point lead, 66-59, with only 1:29 left in the game, but the Colonels (16-6, 6-3 OVC) didn’t go down without a fight.

Tarius Johnson hit a three with 41 seconds to go to get the deficit to four. After UTM made only 1-of-2 free throws at its end, Cosey knocked down a trey to close the gap to two, 67-65, with 32 seconds remaining. Dee Oldham converted a pair at the stripe to push UT Martin ahead by four.

Johnson finished with 10 points and a team-high seven rebounds.

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Belmont Hammers Morehead State in Nashville

Belmont 93
Morehead State 74

Final from Nashville, Tennessee

Game recap by MSU:

NASHVILLE -- The Belmont men’s basketball team recorded 55 first-half points en route to a 93-74 Ohio Valley Conference victory over Morehead State on Thursday evening at Curb Event Center.

The Bruins improve to 18-4 overall, 9-0 in league action and 9-0 at home with their ninth consecutive win, while the Eagles slip to 11-12 on the campaign, 5-4 in conference play and 3-9 on the road.

“This one is hard to explain,” Head Coach Sean Woods said. “Belmont is the best team in our league right now and you have to give them a lot of credit, but I’m disappointed with how we played tonight.”

Belmont, which has won at least 20 contests in seven of the last nine years, improves to 2-0 in the all-time series. The Bruins have also won 16 straight affairs and 37 of their last 38 at home.

Belmont canned 54 percent (14-of-26) from the floor and 89 percent (23-of-26) from the free-throw line before the break. The Bruins also forced 15 first-half turnovers on their way to 18 points.

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Interview with Andrew and Aaron Harrison

Check out this interview with future Kentucky guards Andrew and Aaron Harrison:

Former Texas Tech Guard Trency Jackson Enrolls at WKU

Former Texas Tech guard Trency Jackson has enrolled at Western Kentucky University and plans to play for the Hilltoppers next season.

Jackson posted about WKU on his Twitter account:

T__Rawww1 I need some Western Kentucky followers!

Here is more from Toppatime:

Jackson is a 6-2, 185-pound guard who scored 6.6 points and grabbed 2.3 rebounds per game for Texas Tech this season before being suspended for the second time this season in January.

He sat out the Red Raiders’ season-opener due to disciplinary reasons, then was ruled academically ineligible in January.

Jackson scored 10.3 points per game at Northwest Florida State Community College during the 2011-12 season. He spent the 2010-11 season at Southern Mississippi where he couldn’t gain eligibility either. He averaged 25.3 points and 6.6 assists at Wingfield High in Mississippi.

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Thursday, January 31, 2013

2013 SG R.J. Curington Commits to DePaul

Oak Hill Academy guard R.J. Curington has committed to DePaul:

RjCurington24 Verbally committed to DePaul University!! I'm a Blue Demon baby!!

Curington is a 6-foot-5 shooting guard for the Warriors. He is rated as a three-star recruit by

Murray State and  Western Kentucky had both extended offers to Curington.


Nerlens Noel Named to Wayman Tisdale Award Watch List

Kentucky's Nerlens Noel has made the 2013 Wayman Tisdale Award Midseason Watch List.

The Tisdale Award is given annually to college basketball's national freshman of the year.


Pos. No. Player, School Ht. Wt. Yr. Hometown
G 3 Jordan Adams, UCLA 6-5 220 Fr. Atlanta, Ga.
G 5 Kyle Anderson, UCLA 6-9 235 Fr. Fairview, N.J.
C 21 Isaiah Austin, Baylor 7-1 220 Fr. Arlington, Texas
F 15 Anthony Bennett, UNLV 6-8 240 Fr. Brampton, Ont.
G 1 Jahii Carson, Arizona State 5-10 175 Fr. Mesa, Ariz.
G 11 Kevin (Yogi) Ferrell, Indiana 6-0 178 Fr. Indianapolis, Ind.
G 23 Ben McLemore, Kansas 6-5 195 Fr. St. Louis, Mo.
G/F 15 Shabazz Muhammad, UCLA 6-6 225 Fr. Las Vegas, Nev.
F 3 Nerlens Noel, Kentucky 6-10 228 Fr. Everett, Mass.
F 1 Glenn Robinson III, Michigan 6-6 210 Fr. St. John, Ind.
G 33 Marcus Smart, Oklahoma State 6-4 225 Fr. Flower Mound, Texas
G 11 Nik Stauskas, Michigan 6-6 190 Fr. Mississauga, Ont.

By conference: Pac-12 (4), Big 12 (3), Big Ten (3), Mountain West (1), SEC (1).

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Fresno State Will Watch Emmanuel Owootoah Tomorrow

Fresno State head coach Rodney Terry is in Kentucky to watch Cordia point guard Emmanuel Owootoah tomorrow.

Cordia head coach Rodrick Rhodes confirmed the news earlier tonight.

The Lions will play on the road at Letcher County Central at 8:00 p.m.

Poor UK Fan Discovers that Tayshaun Prince Has Been Traded

I find this video to be both sad and hilarious. Watch as this Kentucky fan waits for Tayshaun Prince at the Pistons' tunnel, discovers that Prince has been traded and then takes off his Prince jersey (all on television):

Russ Smith Makes Oscar Robertson Trophy Midseason Watch List

Louisville junior guard Russ Smith has made the 2013 Oscar Robertson Trophy Midseason Watch List.

The USBWA presents the Oscar Robertson Trophy annually to the national player of the year in college basketball.


Pos. No. Player, School Ht. Wt. Yr. Hometown
F 15 Anthony Bennett, UNLV 6-8 240 Fr. Brampton, Ont.
G 3 Trey Burke, Michigan 6-0 190 So. Columbus, Ohio
G 1 Michael Carter-Williams, Syracuse 6-6 185 So. Hamilton, Mass.
F 3 Doug McDermott, Creighton 6-8 225 Jr. Ames, Iowa
G 23 Ben McLemore, Kansas 6-5 195 Fr. St. Louis, Mo.
G 4 Victor Oladipo, Indiana 6-5 214 Jr. Upper Marlboro, Md.
F 13 Kelly Olynyk, Gonzaga 7-0 238 Jr. Kamloops, B.C.
F 5 Mason Plumlee, Duke 6-10 235 Sr. Warsaw, Ind.
G 2 Russ Smith, Louisville 6-0 165 Jr. Brooklyn, N.Y. F 1 Deshaun Thomas, Ohio State 6-7 215 Jr. Fort Wayne, Ind.
C 5 Jeff Withey, Kansas 7-0 235 Sr. San Diego, Calif.
F 40 Cody Zeller, Indiana 7-0 240 So. Washington, Ind.

By conference: Big Ten (4), Big 12 (2), Big East (2), ACC (1), Missouri Valley (1), Mountain West (1), West Coast (1).

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Transylvania Enters Top 25 at No. 22

Transylvania University (15-4) is back in the Top 25 at No. 22 this week.

Centre College did not crack the top 25 but the Colonels are receiving votes. men's Top 25, Week 9

# School (1st votes) Rec Pts Prev.
1 Rochester (23) 18-0 623 2
2 St. Thomas (2) 18-1 566 1
3 Whitworth 18-1 560 4
4 WPI 19-0 551 6
5 UW-Stevens Point 18-2 528 7
6 Middlebury 16-1 464 3
7 North Central (Ill.) 16-3 439 5
8 Wooster 17-2 436 8
9 Williams 17-2 394 9
10 Amherst 17-2 378 14
11 Catholic 17-2 353 10
12 Illinois Wesleyan 16-3 351 16
13 Ramapo 18-2 320 11
14 St. Mary's (Md.) 18-2 299 12
15 UW-Whitewater 15-4 285 13
16 Christopher Newport 15-2 247 15
17 Calvin 17-2 230 17
18 Rhode Island College 16-2 206 21
19 Hampden-Sydney 17-2 186 23
20 Wheaton (Ill.) 15-4 128 25
21 Washington U. 14-4 114 24
22 Transylvania 15-4 108 --
23 Rose-Hulman 17-2 100 --
24 Wesley 16-4 45 --
25 Brandeis 14-4 37 19

Others receiving votes: Augustana 24; Albertus Magnus 22; MIT 22; St. Norbert 21; Emory 13; Stevens 11; Albright 9; Ohio Wesleyan 9; UW-Stout 7; Carroll 6; DeSales 5; Randolph 5; Richard Stockton 4; Mary Hardin-Baylor 4; Adrian 4; Centre 2; Lycoming 2; Cortland State 2; Virginia Wesleyan 2; Alvernia 1; SUNY-Old Westbury 1; Lynchburg 1.

Perry Stevenson: Bring Your Tomatoes to College Station

Apparently, former Kentucky big man Perry Stevenson is no fan of ex-Kentucky head coach Billy Gillispie:

PSteve2122 Hey #BBN going to the A&M game.. Bring a sack of tomatoes. You'll know ur target when u see him lol.

Tell us how you really feel Perry...

Billy Gillispie to Attend Kentucky vs. Texas A&M Saturday

Former Kentucky and Texas A&M head coach Billy Gillispie will be in attendance Saturday when the Wildcats and Aggies meet in College Station.

Here is more from

“Actually, I’m playing golf [in College Station] on Friday,” Gillispie said. “I said, ‘Who are y’all playing Saturday?’ They said, ‘Kentucky,’ and so I said, ‘I think I’ll go.’ But it’s no big deal.”

No big deal? As college basketball fans are well aware, Gillispie coached Texas A&M from 2004 to 2007 and Kentucky from 2007 to 2009.

No big deal? Gillispie, 53, has been out of the public eye since Sept. 20, when he resigned under pressure from Texas Tech, citing health concerns after one tumultuous 8-23 season with the Red Raiders.

His exit from Kentucky was sudden, as well, with the school firing the 40-27 Gillispie for what it called “incompatibility.”

Now, after five months of silence since the Texas Tech breakup, he is dipping his toe back into college basketball, if only for one Saturday, as a neutral observer. Along with Kennedy, Gillispie considers Kentucky coach John Calipari to be a friend.

“It’s two coaches that I have a great deal of respect for, and I want to watch their teams play,” Gillispie said.

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Wednesday, January 30, 2013

Faried, Former UK Stars Selected for Rising Stars Challenge

Several former Kentucky stars and ex-Morehead State big man Kenneth Faried have been selected to play in the BBVA Rising Stars Challenge during NBA All-Star Weekend.

Brandon Knight, Anthony Davis and Michael Kidd-Gilchrist will join Faried in the event.

Here is a release from the NBA:

The BBVA Rising Stars Challenge -- televised live nationally on TNT at 9 p.m. ET and broadcast live on ESPN Radio, with live audio also available on in multiple languages -- features two teams each consisting of nine rookies and sophomores mixed together, drafted from a pool selected by the NBA's assistant coaches.

Joining Irving from the Sophomore class are: Kenneth Faried (Denver Nuggets), Brandon Knight (Detroit Pistons), Kawhi Leonard (San Antonio Spurs), Chandler Parsons (Houston Rockets), Klay Thompson (Golden State Warriors), Tristan Thompson (Cleveland Cavaliers), Nikola Vucevic (Orlando Magic), and Kemba Walker (Charlotte Bobcats).

Davis and Lillard lead a group of rookies that includes Harrison Barnes (Warriors)

Bradley Beal (Washington Wizards), Andre Drummond (Detroit Pistons), Michael Kidd-Gilchrist (Bobcats), Alexey Shved (Minnesota Timberwolves), Dion Waiters (Cavaliers), and Tyler Zeller (Cavaliers).

This marks the second straight year rookies and sophomores will be mixed together on teams. The BBVA Rising Stars Challenge Draft is scheduled for Thursday, Feb. 7, televised exclusively on TNT at 7 p.m. ET. TNT analysts Charles Barkley and Shaquille O'Neal will again serve as the general managers of TEAM CHUCK and TEAM SHAQ. Last year in Orlando, Irving netted a game-high 34 points and MVP honors as he led TEAM CHUCK over TEAM SHAQ 146-133.

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Marshall Henderson Reportedly Tested Positive for Cocaine

According to a report by USA Today, Ole Miss star Marshall Henderson tested positive for cocaine, marijuana and alcohol in January of last year.

Although it has been reported that he spent 25 days in jail last spring for violation of the terms of his probation stemming from a 2010 forgery charge related to counterfeit money, court documents obtained this week by USA TODAY Sports detail why that probation was revoked. In January of last year, he tested positive for cocaine, marijuana and alcohol, according to the records provided by the Tarrant County, Texas, District Attorney's office through a Freedom of Information request.

Those tests follow incidents in 2011 when he failed to meet other terms of the probation, such as community service

Ole Miss declined to make Henderson available Wednesday. In an email to USA TODAY Sports, assistant athletic director Kyle Campbell wrote, "We were aware of the issues from Marshall's past when he signed. Those misdemeanor charges have been addressed through the legal process, and there have been no issues since he has been a part of our program."

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While these problems are hopefully in Henderson's past, this is a prime example of what can happen when someone is pushed into the national spotlight. It is likely that most college basketball fans had never heard of Marshall Henderson until his new found fame this season.

Pistons Trade Tayshaun Prince to Memphis

The Detroit Pistons have traded former Kentucky star Tayshaun Prince to the Memphis Grizzlies as part of a three-team deal .

Prince has spent his entire 11-year career in Detroit.

Here is more from

Yahoo! Sports' Adrian Wojnarowski is reporting that the Memphis Grizzlies are trading star forward Rudy Gay to the Toronto Raptors for the expiring contract of Jose Calderon ($10.5 million). The Grizzlies will then ship Calderon to the Pistons for "a package that includes forward Tayshaun Prince." Reports say forward Austin Daye is involved in the package. The Raptors also will send forward Ed Davis and a second-round pick to the Grizzlies. Prince and Daye are listed as inactive tonight for Detroit as they play the Indiana Pacers at 7 p.m. in Indianapolis. The trade call is taking place at 7 p.m.

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2014 Star JaQuan Lyle: "UK is off my list"

JaQuan Lyle, a 6-foot-4 point guard at Bosse (Ind.) High School, has apparently cut Kentucky off his final list.

He broke the news on his Twitter account:

JMamba5 Yesssss!!! UK is off my list!!!

Louisville is still in the mix for Lyle, who is rated as a five-star recruit by

Andrew Wiggins Shows Complete Game in Ohio, Gets Love from UK Fans

Kentucky recruit Andrew Wiggins showed his complete skill set during a recent series of games in Ohio.

Of course, Kentucky fans were out in full force:

Here are some highlights:

Wiggins and Huntington Prep will be in action this weekend against Oldsmar Christian (FL) and Flora MacDonald (NC):

Bellarmine Rises to No. 6, Kentucky Wesleyan Slides

Bellarmine University (15-2) is up to No. 6 in the NABC/Division II Coaches Poll this week.

Kentucky Wesleyan College (14-3), losers of three consecutive games, has dropped 15 places to No. 18 this week.

NABC/Division II Coaches Poll (Jan. 29, 2013)

W-L Pts. Pvs
1 Metro State [13] 17-0 397 1
2 Western Washington [3] 18-0 387 2
3 West Liberty 17-1 365 4
4 Seattle Pacific 15-2 348 5
5 Cal Poly Pomona 15-1 342 6
6 Bellarmine 15-2 317 8
7 Minnesota State 16-2 261 7
8 Indiana (Pa.) 15-2 249 9
9 Florida Southern 14-2 249 14
10 Lincoln Memorial 12-2 240 12
11 Alabama-Huntsville 14-3 231 13
12 Barton 14-2 203 15
13 Southern Indiana 14-3 191 10
14 Fort Lewis 14-2 171 20
15 Indianapolis 14-3 162 11
16 Winston-Salem State 15-3 162 19
17 Winona State 18-3 137 25
18 Kentucky Wesleyan 14-3 113 3
19 Rollins 14-3 87 17
20 East Stroudsburg 15-2 86 nr
21 Washburn 12-4 77 24
22 Saint Anselm 14-3 76 nr
23 Adams State 13-3 66 18
24 Harding 16-3 57 nr
25 Wayne State (Mich.) 13-3 54 22

[ ] first place votes

Kyle Wiltjer With the Hard Screen and Slam

Watch as Kentucky's Kyle Wiltjer sets a hard screen on Ole Miss' Marshall Henderson, then rolls to the bucket for a slam:

Asbury Wins Fourth Straight, Hammers Brescia

Asbury University 61
Brescia University 38

Final from Wilmore, Kentucky

Game recap by AU:

WILMORE, Ky. – Asbury men held their second straight opponent under 40 points as they won their fourth straight, 61-38 over Brescia on Tuesday night. The Eagles are holding opponents to 49 points per game during their current win streak. Asbury improves to 6-3 in the KIAC, third place just one loss behind Berea for second.

The Eagles (15-9, 6-3 KIAC) overcame a slow first half where they scored just 20 points and trailed 23-20. The second half was a much different story as the Eagles quickly tied the game at 25 and proceeded to go on a 16-3 run over the next four minutes. Brescia (7-16, 2-8 KIAC) scored just 15 points in the second half.

Adam Delph led the way, scoring a game-high 18 points and also had five rebounds and four steals. Delph was 7-of-12 from the floor. The Eagles overcame a 7-of-26 performance in the first half to shoot 55-percent in the second (16-of-29).

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Calipari, Wiltjer and Poythress After Win at Ole Miss

Kentucky's Alex Poythress, Kyle Wiltjer and John Calipari talk to the media after their huge win at Ole Miss:

Noel Gets Defensive, UK Earns Critical Road Win at Ole Miss

Kentucky 87
(16) Ole Miss 74

Final from Oxford, Mississippi

Kentucky (14-6, 5-2 SEC) closed the game on a 14-2 run to knock off No. 16 Ole Miss in Oxford last night.

With the Wildcats leading 73-56, Ole Miss went on a 16-0 run before Ryan Harrow drained a three-pointer to stop the bleeding. From there, the Rebels never recovered and Kentucky earned a critical road win over a top 25 opponent.

Sophomore Kyle Wiltjer led Kentucky with a career-high 26 points, 7 rebounds, 3 assists and 3 steals. Archie Goodwin added 24 points, 6 rebounds and 4 assists.

Nerlens Noel only scored a single basket but dominated the game on the defensive end. Noel finished with a Kentucky single game record 12 blocked shots. He also pulled down 7 boards.

LaDarius White led Ole Miss (17-3, 6-1) with 22 points. Marshall Henderson added 21 points on 5-for-19 field goal shooting.

"We're getting better as a team," UK head coach John Calipari said. "That's a good win."

The Wildcats stay on the road this weekend when they will attempt to avenge an earlier loss to Texas A&M. That game will tip at 6:00 p.m. Saturday evening in College Station, Texas.

Box Score (click to enlarge):

Tuesday, January 29, 2013

Jamar Ergas Has Heard From Some Bigtime Schools, Including Kentucky

Jamar Ergas, a 6-foot-4 freak athlete at 22 Feet Academy (KY), has heard from a who's who of high major division I basketball programs.

According to 22 Feet Academy head coach Ryan Schmidt, coaches from schools like Kentucky, Kansas, North Carolina and UCLA have called about Ergas.

"I've talked to Kentucky, North Carolina, UCLA, Florida, UConn, N.C. State, Kansas, Wake Forest, Miami and Alabama about Jamar," Schmidt told me earlier tonight.

Ergas is an incredible prospect in the class of 2015.

Here is Ergas going up for a lob dunk in a blowout win over Wesley Christian Academy:

Lindsey Wilson No. 4 in New NAIA D1 Coaches Top 25

Lindsey Wilson College (19-2) is up to No. 4 in the new NAIA Division I Men's Basketball Coaches' Top 25 Poll.

University of Pikeville (18-3), which suffered a road loss at University of the Cumberlands over the weekend, is down to No. 7 this week.

Cumberlands (17-5), meanwhile, is up to No. 22 this week.

2012 - 13 NAIA Division I Men's Basketball Coaches' Top 25 Poll - (Jan. 29)


1 1 Columbia (Mo.) (11) 22-0 281
2 2 Lee (Tenn.) 19-1 272
3 4 Lewis-Clark State (Idaho) 21-2 254
4 7 Lindsey Wilson (Ky.) 19-2 252
5 6 Westmont (Calif.) 18-3 250
6 4 John Brown (Ark.) 18-4 237
7 3 Pikeville (Ky.) 18-3 228
8 9 Cal State San Marcos 18-4 211
9 10 Oklahoma Baptist 18-4 208
10 14 Emmanuel (Ga.) 20-2 194
11 12 Bethel (Tenn.) 20-2 188
12 15 Hope International (Calif.) 20-2 171
13 11 Xavier (La.) 18-4 167
14 16 SAGU (Texas) 18-3 163
15 13 Montana State-Northern 18-5 156
16 20 Faulkner (Ala.) 19-3 130
17 17 MidAmerica Nazarene (Kan.) 17-6 129
18 8 William Carey (Miss.) 17-4 127
19 22 Westminster (Utah) 18-4 120
20 18 Rogers State (Okla.) 16-6 112
21 19 Evangel (Mo.) 16-5 107
22 25 Cumberlands (Ky.) 17-5 101
23 23 Philander Smith (Ark.) 15-5 97
24 RV LSU Shreveport (La.) 15-4 74
25 RV Arizona Christian 13-5 48

Others receiving votes: Mid-America Christian (Okla.) 35; Culver-Stockton (Mo.) 35; Shawnee State (Ohio) 34 Montana Western 21; Southern-New Orleans (La.) 18; Georgetown (Ky.) 12; Our Lady of the Lake (Texas) 10; St. Thomas (Texas) 10; Martin Methodist (Tenn.) 6; Park (Mo.) 4.

Ryan Harrow, Alex Poythress Talk About Ole Miss

Kentucky's Ryan Harrow and Alex Poythress discuss tonight's difficult test at Ole Miss:

John Calipari Previews Ole Miss Game and More

Kentucky head coach John Calipari talks about tonight's game at Ole Miss and more:

Cards Get Back on Track with Win Over Pittsburgh

(12) Louisville 64
Pittsburgh 61

Final from Louisville, Kentucky

Game recap by UL:

LOUISVILLE, Ky. (AP) - Losing three straight games the hard way made it somewhat fitting that No. 12 Louisville took the same route to beat Pittsburgh on Monday night.

Guard Russ Smith and center Gorgui Dieng didn't care how it looked, as both focused solely on securing the outcome for the Cardinals.

Smith and Dieng combined for 34 points and sealed the game with four free throws in the final 12 seconds as Louisville ended its skid with a 64-61 victory over the stubborn Panthers, who erased an 11-point second half deficit to trail 60-58 with 13 seconds left.

"This is a good win for us because Pitt is a good team," said Dieng, who finished with 14 points, 12 points, five blocks and four assists. His two free throws with 12.7 seconds left gave Louisville a 62-58 lead.

"I think this win will help us a lot, move our confidence up a little bit too," he added. "We take each game as very important. We are playing for a seed so we just bring it every night."

Dieng finished with his fifth double-double this season, four coming against Big East teams.

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MiKyle McIntosh Dominates with UCLA Assistant in Stands

MiKyle McIntosh dominated Wesley Christian Academy (KY) last night with UCLA assistant Korey McCray in the stands.

McIntosh really put on a show in the first half and only played sparingly in second frame of 22 Feet Academy's lopsided 82-36 victory.

I'm told by a good source that McCray fell in love with McIntosh and indicated after the game that an offer is coming soon from UCLA.

McIntosh, who played all over the court including point guard last night, recently picked up an offer from Miami (FL) and has been watched by Oregon, Ohio State and several other high major schools.

After watching McIntosh in action, I have to think other high major coaches will be checking him out soon. I'll have a complete recap of the game and more later today.

Shelvin Mack Earns a Second 10-Day Contract in Philadelphia

The Philadelphia 76ers have signed former Butler star Shelvin Mack to a second 10-day contract.

The team announced the move Monday.

Mack has appeared in nine games for the Sixers and Washington Wizards this season. He is averaging 4.3 points, 2.6 assists and 1.8 rebounds.

Prior to sign with Philadelphia, Mack was playing for the Maine Red Claws in the NBA Development League.

Twany Beckham to Undergo Back Surgery Today

Kentucky senior guard Twany Beckham will undergo back surgery today.

TB_UK11 Can't eat or drink nothin after 12.....

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SEC to Begin Challenge Series with the Big 12

According to Andy Katz of ESPN, the SEC will begin a challenge series with the Big 12 Conference in 2013-14.

The Big East-SEC Challenge will go away due the changing atmosphere of the Big East.

Here is more from Katz:

The Big East-SEC Challenge wasn't going to continue next season with the changing membership of the Big East. That's why the SEC had long been in negotiations with the Big 12 for a new challenge, and that challenge will begin in 2013-14. The SEC and Big 12 can coordinate a challenge for the next two seasons because the membership will be unchanged. Overall, the idea of challenges is a good one to drum up support for the conferences and create made-for-TV matchups in late November and December. Forcing these schools to play true home-and-home series helps the sport as well as the power-ratings for the nonconference schedules. The Big Ten-ACC Challenge has been the standard. If there is going to be a new one then I would love to see the Pac-12 look to look east and do one with the Mountain West. The Pac-12 actually would be the conference that would benefit, since lately MWC teams overall have had stronger profiles than Pac-12 schools. Pac-12 and MWC schools play each other (see Arizona's and UCLA's schedules) so making the official commitment and creating the competition shouldn't be an issue.

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Monday, January 28, 2013

Louisville Without Blackshear and Ware Tonight

The bad news continues to mount for the Louisville Cardinals. The Cards are in the midst of a three-game losing streak and play a dangerous Pitt team tonight.

Unfortunately, the team will not have the services of Wayne Blackshear (injury) or Kevin Ware (suspended) for tonight's game.

Louisville SID Kenny Klein sent out this release:

Wayne Blackshear suffered a sprained right shoulder in practice on Sunday. The injury is expected to sideline him for a short period. Kevin Ware has been suspended indefinitely for an unspecified reason

Antoine Walker Advises NBA Players to Stay Single

Former Kentucky star Antoine Walker talks about Evelyn Lozada, his book and much more:

Nerlens Noel Named SEC Freshman of the Week...Again

Kentucky's Nerlens Noel has been named SEC Freshman of the Week for the second week in a row.

Noel averaged 9.0 points, 10.5 rebounds and 7.0 blocks in two games against Alabama and LSU.

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 nine points, 10.5 rebounds and seven blocks against Alabama and LSU. Noel logged a career-high eight blocks in a set-back at Alabama before stretching his streak of six or more blocks in a game to five-straight games with six against LSU. He has now logged 83 blocks on the season which ranks as the second-most in a single-season in UK history. Noel posted 10 points against the Tigers and has reached double-figure scoring in all but one SEC game this season. His 13 rebounds against the Crimson Tide marked a single-game high against league foes this season for the first-year player.

St. Catharine College Rises Above Shawnee State, Rio Grande

The St. Catharine College Patriots won two key Mid-South Conference road games last week.

St. Catharine defeated Rio Grande 69-66 on Thursday and took down Shawnee State 80-72 on Saturday.

The Patriots will now play five consecutive conference games at home as they hope to rise up the league standings.

Here are some highlights from the last two games:

UCLA Checking Out Owootoah and McIntosh This Week

I have confirmed with 22 FT Academy head coach Ryan Schmidt that coaches from UCLA are expected in Jackson tonight to check out 2013 star MiKyle McIntosh.

Coaches from Morehead State are also expected to attend the game.

Cordia head coach Rodrick Rhodes confirmed this morning that the UCLA coaches are also planning to check out point guard Emmanuel Owootoah tomorrow night.

Scott Anderson of first reported the Owotooah news on Twitter:

TheRoadtoRupp UCLA is in Eastern Kentucky to watch Cordia's Emmanuel Owootoah.

There have been reports that UCLA will also evaluate Pikeville's Ray Kasongo but those reports have not been confirmed.

Kentucky and North Carolina Renew Basketball Rivalry

Kentucky and North Carolina will resume their men's basketball rivalry with a home-and-home series beginning next season.

Here is a release from UK:

LEXINGTON, Ky. – The rivalry between two of the most tradition-laden basketball programs will renew next season as Kentucky and North Carolina have agreed to a two-year, home-and-home series beginning in the 2013-14 season.

The Wildcats will travel to Chapel Hill, N.C., in 2013-14 to take on the Tar Heels, and the series will return to Rupp Arena during the 2014-15 season.

Kentucky has won three of the last four meetings between the schools, while North Carolina holds a 22-13 edge in the all-time series.

Terry Rozier Goes Off for 106 Points in Two Games

Hargrave Military star Terry Rozier, who has committed to Louisville, exploded for 106 points in two games over the weekend.

Rozier led Hargrave Military Academy to two wins. He scored a school-record 68 points Saturday night in a 135-133 double overtime win. He was 19-for-37 from the field including 8-for-14 from three-point range. Rozier also went 22-for-24 at the free throw line.
On Sunday, Rozier put in 38 points including the game-winning shot.

Highlights of Rozier and fellow UL commit Anton Gill:

February College Basketball is Here: Schedule for the Week

There are critical conference games all around Kentucky in the coming week as we move from January to February and inch towards March Madness.

Here is a complete schedule for the week:

Monday, January 28

7:00 p.m. Pittsburgh at University of Louisville*
7:30 p.m. LeMoyne-Owen at Kentucky State University*

Tuesday, January 29

7:30 p.m. Alice Lloyd College at Berea College*
7:30 p.m. Reinhardt at Union College*
8:00 p.m. Brescia University at Asbury University*
9:00 p.m. University of Kentucky at Ole Miss*

Wednesday, January 30

7:30 p.m. Transylvania University at Earlham College*
7:30 p.m. Geneva at Thomas More College*

Thursday, January 31

7:00 p.m. Northern Kentucky University at ETSU*
7:30 p.m. Union College at Montreat*
8:00 p.m. Kentucky State University at Lane College*
8:00 p.m. Mid-Continent University at Life University*
8:00 p.m. Bluefield College at University of Pikeville*
8:00 p.m. Eastern Kentucky University at UT-Martin*
8:00 p.m. Morehead State University at Belmont*
8:00 p.m. Troy at Western Kentucky University*
8:00 p.m. Shawnee State at Campbellsville University*
8:00 p.m. University of the Cumberlands at St. Catharine College*
8:00 p.m. Cumberland (TN) at Georgetown College*
8:30 p.m. McKendree at Kentucky Wesleyan College*
8:30 p.m. Bellarmine University at Southern Indiana*
9:00 p.m. Rio Grande at Lindsey Wilson College*

Friday, February 1

8:00 p.m. Centre College at Oglethorpe*
8:00 p.m. Kentucky Christian University at Johnson University

Saturday, February 2

12:00 p.m. Austin Peay at Murray State University*
2:00 p.m. Kentucky Christian University at The Crown College
2:00 p.m. Thomas More College at Washington & Jefferson*
3:00 p.m. Blackburn College at Spalding University*
3:00 p.m. Rose-Hulman at Transylvania University*
4:00 p.m. Berea College at Brescia University*
4:00 p.m. Rio Grande at Campbellsville University*
4:00 p.m. Cumberland (TN) at St. Catharine College*
4:00 p.m. University of the Cumberlands at Georgetown College*
4:00 p.m. Alice Lloyd College at IU Southeast*
5:00 p.m. Shawnee State at Lindsey Wilson College*
5:00 p.m. Bethel University at Mid-Continent University*
5:30 p.m. Morehead State University at Jacksonville State*
6:00 p.m. University of Kentucky at Texas A&M*
6:00 p.m. Virginia Intermont at Union College*
6:30 p.m. Eastern Kentucky University at SEMO*
7:00 p.m. Northern Kentucky University at USC Upstate*
8:00 p.m. Kentucky State University vs Central State (at Wilberforce)
8:00 p.m. Kentucky Wesleyan College at Bellarmine University*

Sunday, February 3

2:00 p.m. Marquette at University of Louisville*
3:00 p.m. Centre College at Berry*
4:00 p.m. Kentucky State University at Wilberforce University

* Conference Game

Surging Knights Take Down No. 11 Indianapolis

(8) Bellarmine 77
(11) Indianapolis 68

Final from Indianapolis, Indiana

Game recap by BU:

INDIANAPOLIS, Ind.—In a battle of top 15 teams, the No. 8 Bellarmine Knights went on the road and pulled out a 77-68 victory over the No. 11 Indianapolis Greyhounds in a Great Lakes Valley Conference game in front of 3,121 fans at Nicoson Hall on Saturday night.

The game was every bit as good as the pre-game buildup with neither team holding more than a five-point lead until the Knights pulled away in the last two and a half minutes. The Knights' strong finish was fueled by a clutch 3-point basket by Max Clemons at the 2:27 mark off a dish from Chris Dowe.

Bellarmine (15-2, 7-2 GLVC), one of the best shooting teams in the country, was held to their season low of 40.7 percent shooting, but more than made up for it by sinking 33 of 36 free throws.

“That was two great college basketball teams playing,” said Bellarmine Coach Scott Davenport, extoling the outstanding credentials of both squads. “But when you go 33 for 36 from the line that is mind boggling to me,” he said.

“The last 10 minutes of this game was gutty poise-wise and execution-wise,” Davenport added. “It's one thing to say you have to be fundamentally sound, but in the end you have to go out and do it, and when they execute like that you have to overwhelmingly proud of these players."

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Sunday, January 27, 2013

Julius Randle on N.C. State: "It was my best visit yet"

Kentucky recruit Julius Randle just wrapped up a weekend visit to North Carolina State.

Randle was quoted as saying, "it was my best visit yet."

Considering that he has already taken a visit to Kentucky, that's not exactly what UK fans would like to hear.

TheWolfpacker Julius Randle: 'It was my best visit yet': Five star forward Julius Randle recaps his trip to NC State from this...

N.C. State fans went all out for Randle:

Slide Continues for Kentucky Wesleyan at Wisconsin-Parkside

Wisconsin-Parkside 60
(3) Kentucky Wesleyan 59

Final from Parkside, Wisconsin

Game recap by KWC:

Kentucky Wesleyan yet again experienced a roller coaster of emotion in the game's final minutes on Saturday

The No. 3 Panthers, after trailing by as many as 12, had an opportunity for a miracle shot to win the game at Wisconsin-Parkside, but the play never materialized as planned.

Kreig Oxley's full-court pass with 3.8 seconds left was batted around near mid-court, and KWC (14-3, 6-3 Great Lakes Valley Conference) was unable to get a shot off. Wisconsin-Parkside escaped with a 60-59 win to hand KWC it's third straight loss.

"We had run that play in practice and had worked on that," coach Todd Lee said. "Obviously, we had time. There was actually 3.8 on the clock. We thought there was 3.3, and they put an extra half-second on the clock, which gave us a little extra time. … If we had one-on-one coverage with (Dazmond Starke), we wanted to throw it down there to him. If they were going to double (team) him, we wanted to get it to one of the guards at the half court."

The idea was for Starke to catch it and find a guard streaking toward the basket, Lee said.

"I'll have to watch the film, but it looked like Lucas Barker was open at half court," Lee said. "With that amount of time, that's a lot of time to get the ball. … We ended up throwing it the length of the court which, as it turned out, wasn't the right play, and they got the deflection.

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Jacksonville State Snaps Murray State's OVC Road Streak

Jacksonville State 65
Murray State 64

Final from Jacksonville, Alabama

Game recap by MSU:

The Murray State Racers saw their 12-game road conference win streak snapped Saturday in a 65-64 defeat to Jacksonville State at Pete Mathews Coliseum in Jacksonville, Ala.

The Racers (15-5) had their four-game win streak stopped as they fell to 6-2 in the west division of the Ohio Valley Conference.

MSU nearly pulled the game out of the fire after they trailed by five (62-57)with 40 second remaining. Stacy Wilson hit a three-point basket and MSU cut the JSU lead to two with 29 seconds left. Isaiah Canaan hit a pair of free throws with 12.8 left to cut the lead to 63-62. The Racers pressed and Ed Daniel caused a JSU turnover that MSU converted into a basket by Brandon Garrett on the ensuing inbounds play to give MSU a 64-63 lead with nine seconds left. It was MSU's first lead since 7:47 of the first half when the score was 17-16.

JSU's Brian Williams was fouled with 2.4 seconds left and made both free throws to put the Gamecocks back in front by a point. MSU's Canaan missed a shot from mid-court as the buzzer sounded.

MSU's loss snapped their 12-game road win streak in OVC games that dated all the way back to February of 2011 with a loss at Southeast Missouri. The win for JSU was just their first over MSU in 17 tries since joining the OVC in 2004.

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Northern Kentucky Defeats Kennesaw State, Makes SportsCenter

Northern Kentucky 64
Kennesaw State 53

Final from Highland Heights, Kentucky

Game recap by NKU:

HIGHLAND HEIGHTS, Ky. – Having been toughened up by a season-opening road schedule that covered more than 10,000 miles, Northern Kentucky is now taking advantage of playing at home in big-time fashion.

The Norse won their third consecutive home game Saturday night with a 64-53 victory against Kennesaw State. Northern Kentucky (6-11 overall, 4-5 Atlantic Sun Conference) held the visiting Owls to 36 percent shooting from the field, won the rebounding battle by a 37-28 count and rode the scoring prowess of Eshaunte Jones in front of a Homecoming crowd of 4,716 in The Bank of Kentucky Center.

Jones continued his torrid shooting by scoring 25 points against Kennesaw State. The 6-foot-4 senior guard netted a career-high 26 points two nights earlier during a 63-46 win over Mercer, and he made four 3-pointers against Kennesaw State. Jones also dished out three assists.

“He is playing very well right now, and Bear is doing a number of good things you don't always see on a stat sheet,” NKU head coach Dave Bezold said. “He's knocking down shots, grabbing some rebounds and playing good defense as well. All of our seniors have stepped up this season, and that's been a key with so many freshmen playing.”

One of those freshmen, Tyler White, added 13 points off the bench for the Norse. White buried a pair of 3-pointers and finished 5-for-6 from the field.

Chad Jackson scored 10 points and grabbed eight rebounds. He also provided the highlight of the evening by grabbing an offensive rebound of a Jones missed jumper and jamming the ball in with two hands over two Kennesaw State defenders.

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