Saturday, February 9, 2013

Lipscomb Halts Northern Kentucky's Winning Streak

Lipscomb 76
Northern Kentucky 58

Final from Nashville, Tennessee

Game recap by NKU:

NASHVILLE, Tenn. – Senior guard Deonte Alexander scored 22 points to lead Lipscomb to a 76-58 victory over Northern Kentucky on Friday night, snapping the Norse's four-game winning streak.
Alexander, who entered Friday averaging 12.5 points per game, made six 3-point field goals and added five rebounds as Lipscomb improved to 9-14 overall, 4-8 in the Atlantic Sun Conference. The Bisons finished with a 45-26 advantage in rebounds and avenged a 14-point loss to Northern Kentucky (8-12 overall, 6-6 A-Sun) on Jan. 11.

"Alexander helped them get off to a fast start, and their rebounding really hurt us," NKU head coach Dave Bezold said. "We were never able to really find a rhythm offensively, and Lipscomb played very well to get this win."

Lipscomb contained Northern Kentucky scoring machine Eshaunte Jones during the first 12 minutes of the game, limiting the Norse senior to just a free throw that gave him 900 points during his collegiate career. Jones – who had averaged 23.5 points to ignite the Norse's four-game winning streak - went inside for his first basket to cut the Lipscomb lead to 22-12, but the Bisons used a 12-5 spurt to build a 34-17 advantage.

Northern Kentucky fought back with eight consecutive points to cut the Lipscomb lead to 34-25 at the break. The Norse might have been even closer, but Ernest Watson's jumper at the end of the half came just after the buzzer sounded.

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Kentucky Assistant Watched MiKyle McIntosh, Jamar Ergas

Kentucky assistant coach Orlando Antigua was in Jackson last night to watch MiKyle McIntosh (2013) and Jamar Ergas (2015) of 22 Feet Academy:

Here is a photo of Antigua at the game (pic by Scott Anderson of Nation of Blue):

Southern Miss Ready for Conference USA Slugfest with Memphis

Southern Miss and head coach Donnie Tyndall are ready for their showdown with Memphis this afternoon. Here are some pictures from yesterday's practice:

Video: Andrew Wiggins Drops 57 in Pete Thamel's Face

Watch as Kentucky recruit Andrew Wiggins goes of for 57 points and 13 rebounds in a win over Marietta College JV:

Purdue Checks Out 22 Feet Academy's Petar Rusic

An assistant coach from Purdue was at 22 Feet Academy's game last night to check out 6-foot-4 shooting guard Petar Rusic.

Rusic had a big night, knocking down several long range jumpers:

Friday, February 8, 2013

Pissed Off Andrew Wiggins Drops 57 Points to Prove a Point

On the day that Pete Thamel of came out with a scathing piece about over-hyped Canadian basketball stars, Kentucky recruit Andrew Wiggins responded in a big way.

Wiggins dropped 57 points on 24-of-28 shooting against the Marietta College JV team. The 2013 star also pulled down 13 rebounds and blocked 4 shots.

It appears that Wiggins was highly motivated following the piece by Thamel.

Here is an excerpt from

“He was 100 percent pissed at the SI article degrading former players from Canada, his family and him personally,” Fulford told by text.

“I told him earlier today that people would want to see how he responded to his first taste of negative reporting. I challenged him to get 50 and told his teammates he was going for 50. He had 57 and was upset that I took him out before he got to 60. Point proven.”

Wiggins exploded for 57 points on 24-of-28 shooting, 13 rebounds, 4 blocks and 2 steals in a 111-59 win over Marietta College JV.

“I just had to respond to the negative outlook that the reporter gave me,” Wiggins told Grant Traylor of the Herald-Dispatch following the game. “I thought I responded well. Negative media happens to everybody. You just have to work through it and respond.”

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Here's an excerpt from the Thamel piece:

But there's already questions as to how the brand has been handled. Just three years ago, Wiggins spent two months at a school in North Carolina run by Ro Russell, the controversial Canadian AAU coach.

"The bottom line is that he was with me in North Carolina for a couple of months," Russell said of Wiggins. "That's all I have to say about the situation. I have no time for calls for people to do dumb investigative reports."

In a 45-minute documentary on a television show called the The Fifth Estate -- Canada's version of 60 Minutes -- former players at Christian Faith Academy, accuse Russell of asking them to make up documents in order to enter the United States and putting them in some courses that the NCAA wouldn't accept. (Watch the video here). The players claim they lived with little supervision, and when asking Russell when they'd attend class he'd tell them "next week." (The families claim in the video they thought they were attending Christian Faith Center Academy, a brick-and-mortar school in Creedmoor, N.C. Their payments went to Christian Faith Academy, which Russell called "my academy." The NCAA has no record of that school.)

At least two players there under Russell, Texas commit Kevin Thomas and Kansas commit Braeden Anderson, did not qualify academically after attending Russell's school. "Not even close," said a school official of the transcripts from Russell's school.

When asked about those two players, Russell referred back to The Fifth Estate video. "You're too late," Russell told "They already did all that crap. They already had their turn. If you're going to call for that, it's a waste of time and old news."

The principal at Christian Faith Center Academy, Gloria McKain, declined comment on the extent of the school's involvement with Russell. According to the NCAA, Christian Faith Center Academy is under an "extended evaluation period to determine if it meets the academic requirements for NCAA cleared status."

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The the surprise of no one, Nolan Shulman, who was quoted in the Thamel article, says his quotes were taken out of context:

Thursday, February 7, 2013

Amazing Toddler Has Serious Hoops Skills

Check out this amazing little kid playing basketball..unbelievable:

Peyton Siva Makes Final 12 for Bob Cousy Award

Louisville senior Peyton Siva has made the final 12 cut for the coveted Bob Cousy Award.

The Cousy Award is given annually to college basketball's top point guard.

The current listing of 12 finalists will be narrowed down to five on March 11. The winner of the 2013 Bob Cousy Award will be presented at the Hall of Fame's Class Announcement on Championship Monday in Atlanta as part of NCAA Final Four weekend.

Fans can vote for the top point guard via the Bob Cousy Award's website at Fan voting concludes March 7.

2013 Bob Cousy Award Finalists

Keith Appling, Michigan State
Lorenzo Brown, North Carolina State
Trey Burke, Michigan
Aaron Craft, Ohio State
Matthew Dellavadova, Saint Mary's College
Pierre Jackson, Baylor
Shane Larkin, Miami
Phil Pressey, Missouri
Peyton Siva, Louisville
Marcus Smart, Oklahoma State
Michael Carter-Williams, Syracuse
Nate Wolters, South Dakota State

Japeth Aguilar Signs One-Year Deal in the Philippines

Former Western Kentucky University big man Japeth Aguilar has signed a one-year contract with Global Port Batang Pier in the Philippines top-level PBA league.

Here is more from

New acquisition, Japeth Aguilar (208-C-85, college: W.Kentucky), decided to sign a one year contract with Global Port Batang Pier as to the three years that the team has originally offered. Team manager BJ Manalo said that the versatile forward will receive the maximum amount of Php 420,000. Aguilar will be paraded by his new team when they clash with the Petron Blaze Boosters in the first game of opening night of the Commissioner's Cup on February 8.

Also, Aguilar was assured by team management that he will not be shipped to another team as there was recent news of him being sent to Barangay Ginebra San Miguel for Kerby Raymundo (199-C-81) in again a mutli-team, multi-player trade, but talks have bogged down since.

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Philadelphia Releases Shelvin Mack After Second 10-Day Contract Expires

The Philadelphia 76ers have released former Butler star Shelvin Mack following back-to-back 10-day contracts.

WojYahooNBA After two consecutive 10 day contracts, the Philadelphia 76ers have released guard Shelvin Mack, league source tells Y! Sports.

Mack appears in 4 games for the Sixers, averaging 1.8 minutes and 0.5 points per game. He averaged 5.3 points and 3.3 assists in 7 appearances with the Wizards earlier this season.

West Virginia Checks Out Petar Rusic of 22 Feet Academy

Coaches from West Virginia stopped by 22 Feet Academy earlier this week to watch 6-foot-4 shooting guard/small forward Petar Rusic.

Rusic, a class of 2013 recruit, has heard from numerous schools according to head coach Ryan Schmidt.

"Petar's recruiting is really picking up," Schmidt said earlier this week.

In addition to West Virginia, Scmidt said St. Bonaventure, Dusquesne and Charlotte have all called about Rusic. He's also hearing that Missouri, Kansas State and Purdue have interest.

After watching Rusic in action, I would describe him as a lethal shooter from long range who has enough quickness to get to the paint.

Here are a few highlights from recent games:

UK Signee James Young Destroys a Helpless Defender

Watch University of Kentucky signee James Young absolutely destroy a helpless defender in a recent game:

Lindsey Wilson Up to No. 3, UPIKE Holds at 7 in NAIA Poll

Lindsey Wilson College (21-2) has moved up to No. 3 in the latest NAIA Division I Coaches' Top 25 Poll.

University of Pikeville (19-3) remained at No. 7 this week.

Georgetown College (17-5) is back in the top 25 at No. 22 this week.

University of the Cumberlands has dropped out of the top 25 but is still receiving votes.

2012 - 13 NAIA Division I Men's Basketball Coaches' Top 25 Poll - No. 7


1 1 Columbia (Mo.) (11) 24-0 281
2 2 Lee (Tenn.) 21-1 272
3 4 Lindsey Wilson (Ky.) 21-2 261
4 6 John Brown (Ark.) 20-4 250
5 3 Lewis-Clark State (Idaho) 21-3 239
6 5 Westmont (Calif.) 19-4 237
7 7 Pikeville (Ky.) 19-3 230
8 8 Cal State San Marcos 19-4 220
9 10 Emmanuel (Ga.) 22-2 201
10 9 Oklahoma Baptist 19-5 195
11 13 Xavier (La.) 20-4 179
12 19 Westminster (Utah) 20-4 178
13 14 SAGU (Texas) 20-3 176
14 11 Bethel (Tenn.) 21-3 165
15 12 Hope International (Calif.) 21-3 149
16 16 Faulkner (Ala.) 21-3 142
17 21 Evangel (Mo.) 17-5 133
18 15 Montana State-Northern 19-5 131
19 18 William Carey (Miss.) 18-4 129
20 20 Rogers State (Okla.) 17-6 122
21 24 LSU Shreveport (La.) 16-4 81
22 17 MidAmerica Nazarene (Kan.) 17-7 78
22 RV Georgetown (Ky.) 17-5 78
24 23 Philander Smith (Ark.) 16-6 76
25 RV Mid-America Christian (Okla.) 12-7 61

Others receiving votes: Culver-Stockton (Mo.) 60; Arizona Christian 34; Martin Methodist (Tenn.) 26; Shawnee State (Ohio) 26; Southern-New Orleans (La.) 22; Montana Western 19; St. Thomas (Texas) 12; Vanguard (Calif.) 4; Cumberlands (Ky.) 3; Texas College 3.

Wayne Blackshear Leads Louisville Past Rutgers

(11) Louisville 68
Rutgers 48

Final from Piscataway, New Jersey

Game recap by UL:

PISCATAWAY, N.J. (AP) - Sophomore forward Wayne Blackshear is giving No. 11 Louisville a lift off the bench and starting to get coach Rick Pitino excited.

Blackshear scored a career-high 19 points and hit a 3-pointer to ignite a 23-2 run early in the second half that carried the Cardinals (19-4, 7-3 Big East) to a 68-48 victory over Rutgers on Wednesday.

Blackshear hit 7 of 11 shots from the field, including three from long range in just 14 minutes.

"I think right now he has improved his shooting tremendously," Pitino said after the Cardinals beat Rutgers (12-9, 3-7) for the seventh straight time.

"The last hurdle for him was putting the ball on the deck and getting better with his handle so he can run picks and rolls. Once he gets that; (he's a) great defender, rebounder and really good pass and smart kid, once he gets that, look out. He is going to be a hell of a player."

Blackshear not only has improved the arc on his shot since coming to Louisville, he also had a chance over the past week to look at his game after spraining his right shoulder in practice. He watched tapes and saw he was settling for too many 3-pointers.

"When I came back to practice I was in a different mode," Blackshear said. "I started attacking and it carried over to both games.

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Wednesday, February 6, 2013

Calipari and Antigua Watch John Wall and the Wizards

Kentucky head coach John Calipari and assistant Orlando Antigua stopped by the Washington Wizards game tonight.

They caught up with former UK star John Wall at the game.

Calipari posted this message on his Facebook account:

Really enjoyed seeing John Wall back on the court tonight in person. He was really aggressive and tough. He really used his speed for his teammates. He finished with 21 points and nine assists in a win. Also had a chance to spend time with Marcus Camby prior to the game. Great to see one of my old ones and one of my young ones. I'll be at the National Prayer Breakfast in D.C. tomorrow as Congressman Hal Rogers' guest. I’ll make sure to say a blessing for the Big Blue Nation. — at Verizon Center.

2014 Star Trey Lyles to Visit Kentucky for Auburn Game

Trey Lyles, a 6-foot-8 power forward at Indianpolis (Ind.) Arsenal Tech, will visit Kentucky this weekend for the Auburn game.

Lyles is coming off of visits to Louisville and Butler.

Here's more from

Trey met with Louisville coach Rick Pitino after Louisville’s win over Marquette.

“We had a chance to talk to coach and the other members of the coaching staff,” Tom said. “We had a chance to sit and hear him give his pre-game speech. It was a very, very good visit.”

Next up is a trip to Butler today, a day before the Bulldogs face St. Bonaventure.

“We’re going to Butler today,” Tom said.

After that they will visit Kentucky on Saturday for the Auburn game.

“And for the most part that’s about it for this season until our season is over,” Tom said.
Tom said they are also planning several visits over spring break in March.

“We’re going to try and get to UCLA, Florida, Duke and North Carolina, try to get those places during the spring in March,” he said. “We want him to get the atmosphere and get to some games.”

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Bellarmine, Kentucky Wesleyan Both Drop in NABC/DII Coaches Poll

Bellarmine University (16-3) dropped to No. 11 in the NABC/Division II Coaches Poll this week.

Kentucky Wesleyan College (15-4) is all the way down to No. 23 this week.

NABC/Division II Coaches Poll (Feb. 5, 2013)

W-L Pts Pvs
1 Metro State [13] 19-0 397 1
2 Western Washington [3] 20-0 387 2
3 West Liberty 20-1 365 3
4 Cal Poly Pomona 17-1 353 5
5 Minnesota State 18-2 326 7
6 Seattle Pacific 16-3 306 4
7 Indiana (Pa.) 17-2 298 8
8 Florida Southern 16-2 295 9
9 Alabama-Huntsville 16-3 262 11
10 Southern Indiana 16-3 247 13
11 Bellarmine 16-3 243 6
12 Winona State 20-3 218 17
13 East Stroudsburg 17-2 191 20
14 Adams State 14-3 164 23
15 Saint Anselm 16-3 157 22
16 Lincoln Memorial 15-3 143 10
17 Washburn 14-4 131 21
18 Harding 17-3 120 24
19 Wayne State (Mich.) 14-3 114 25
20 Fort Lewis 14-3 98 14
21 Indianapolis 15-4 69 15
22 North Alabama 16-3 59 nr
23 Kentucky Wesleyan 15-4 50 18
24 Winston-Salem State 16-4 39 16
25 Dominican (NY) 18-3 31 nr

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EKU Destroys Crowley's Ridge, Neubauer Moves to Second on All-Time List

Eastern Kentucky 97
Crowley's Ridge College 31

Final from Richmond, Kentucky

Game recap by EKU:

RICHMOND, Ky. – Eastern Kentucky rolled to a 97-31 non-conference victory over Crowley’s Ridge College on Tuesday at McBrayer Arena.

EKU Head Coach Jeff Neubauer became the school’s second winningest coach. The eighth-year skipper moved past Rome Rankin with 136 victories on the Colonel bench. He is 78 wins behind all-time leader Paul s. McBrayer.

Sophomore Robbie Stenzel had a game-best and career-high 14 points. He hit 5-of-6 from the field, including 3-of-4 from three-point range, to go along with three assists and three steals.

Eastern (18-6) used a pair of runs to take complete control in the first half. With the game tied 3-3, the home squad rolled off 14 unanswered. After the Pioneers (7-18) scored five straight, the Colonels went on a 23-4 run.

Glenn Cosey got it started with a three-pointer. Stenzel knocked down a trey, was fouled on the play, made the free throw and then followed with a lay-up for six straight points. Marcus Lewis capped it with a dunk for a 40-12 Eastern Kentucky lead.

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Marcus Lewis strikes again:

Worst No Call in the History of Basketball?

I think I witnessed the worst no call in the history of basketball (at any level) in Monday night's game between 22 Feet Academy and St. Catharine JV.

Watch as St. Catharine breaks up the lob dunk attempt...and the officials forget to blow the whistle:

Team Manimal AAU Announces 3 Players for Summer Roster

Head coach Maze Stallworth of the Team Manimal AAU program has announced three players who have joined his program for this summer.

- Bailey Rakes (Bullitt East): Opened eyes last summer. Will get his shot at the varsity level next season.

- Mason Faulkner (Caverna): Averaged 18 points per game on the varsity team.

- Tyler Sharpe (Bullitt East): Averaging 1.1 points per game on the varsity team.

Kentucky Hoops Exposed had this to say about Sharpe and Rakes after the KBA Freshman Elite Camp:

Top Playmaker: Tyler Sharpe – Bullitt East

The lefty guard from Bullitt East left a lasting impression on coaches and other players at the Freshman Elite Camp. His team went 2-1 in 5 on 5 competitions, and Tyler’s ability to make plays for himself and his teammates was on display. Tyler could get wherever he wanted to go on the court, and the players on his team were looking to give him the ball so that he could make a play (which is rare in an individual camp). Tyler also received 2 of the 7 MVP votes.

Top Marksman: Bailey Rakes – Bullitt East

Another Bullitt East product had a good day on the court. Bailey has a scoring mentality, and when he was aggressive, could get his shot off when he wanted. It looks as though the cupboard at Bullitt East will not be bare at all after the 2012-2013 season.

Team Manimal is an AAU program based in central Kentucky and sponsored by former Morehead State University stars Kenneth Faried and Demonte Harper.

Larry Sanders Stands in Front of Kenneth Faried

Watch what happens when former Morehead State star Kenneth Faried flies in for a power dunk and Larry Sanders stands in the way:

Patrick Patterson Scores 14 Points in the 4th Quarter

Watch as former Kentucky star Patrick Patterson gets hot in the fourth quarter to lead the Houston Rockets to victory:

Frank Martin Was Not Happy With His Team's Performance

I could listen to South Carolina head coach Frank Martin talk all day...especially after his team suffers a disappointing lost at Kentucky. Obviously, Martin was not happy after last night's performance in Rupp Arena:

Marquis Teague vs. Jeff Teague in Atlanta

Brothers squared off in Atlanta over the weekend as former Kentucky star Marquis Teague was matched up against older brother Jeff  and the Atlanta Hawks.

Statistically speaking, Jeff came out on top as he finished with 16 points and 4 assists in 32 minutes of action. Marquis came off the bench for 2 points and 1 assists in 7 minutes.

Marquis still had the last laugh, however, as the Bulls won 93-76.

John Calipari Talks About Win Over South Carolina

Kentucky head coach John Calipari talks about last night's win over South Carolina: Names Terrence Jones D-League Player of the Week has named former Kentucky star Terrence Jones NBA D-League Player of the Week.

Jones had 27 points, 7 rebounds and 2 assists for Rio Grande Valley in a win over Maine.

Here is an excerpt from

20-year old forward Terrence Jones (205-F-92) put on an extraordinary performance in the last round for second-ranked Rio Grande VV and receives a Player of the Week award for round 38.

He had the game-high 27 points adding seven rebounds and two assists for Rio Grande VV in his team's victory, helping them to crush Maine RC (#3, 17-12) with 18-point margin 113-95. The game was between two of the league's top four teams. Rio Grande VV maintains the 2nd position in D-League league. They would have been even better if they hadn't lost a few games earlier this season. Rio Grande VV will need more victories to improve their 16-9 record. In the team's last game Jones had a remarkable 71.4% from 2-point range. He just recently signed at Rio Grande VV, being already a very valuable addition to the team. University of Kentucky graduate has very impressive stats this year. Jones is in league's top in points (7th best: 19.7ppg), rebounds (6th best: 9.6rpg) and averages solid 1.1bpg and 54.0% FGP.

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Tuesday, February 5, 2013

Highlights of Kentucky's Win Over South Carolina

Here are highlights of Kentucky's win over South Carolina:

Kentucky Gets Offensive, Destroys South Carolina

Kentucky 77
South Carolina 55

Final from Lexington, Kentucky

The Kentucky Wildcats blistered the nets for 61.4% shooting tonight as they hammered South Carolina 77-55 in front of 22,559 fans at Rupp Arena.

Julius Mays led a balanced Kentucky attack with 15 points on 4-for-5 shooting. Archie Goodwin and Willie Cauley-Stein added 13 points each. Ryan Harrow had 12 points and 4 assists for the Wildcats (16-6, 7-2 SEC).

Nerlens Noel continued his outstanding play for the Wildcats. The big freshman had a double-double with 10 points, 10 rebounds and 5 blocked shots.

Kentucky was 27-for-44 (61.4%) from the field. They out-rebounded the Gamecocks 42 to 25.

Michael Carrera led South Carolina (12-10, 2-7) with 18 points and 6 rebounds. Bruce Ellington added 9 points.

The Wildcats return to action Saturday when they host the Auburn Tigers at 4:00 p.m.

Box Score (click to enlarge):

Murray State's Zay Jackson Accepts Plea Deal

Murray State men's basketball player Zaveral "Zay" Jackson has accepted a plea deal to charges of two counts of wanton endangerment.

The deal, which Jackson agreed to on Monday, says he must serve 60 days in jail and will have three years of supervised probation. Jackson will be credited with 11 days of time already served. He will also play the victim's medical bills and attend counseling.

Jackson hit Jason Clement with is car following a verbal altercation in a Murray Walmart parking lot on September 10.

Source: Paducah Sun

Here's the video footage of the incident:

Jones, Mack Named to NBA D-League All-Star Rosters

Former Kentucky star Terrence Jones and ex-Butler star Shelvin Mack were recently named to the NBA Development League All-Star Game rosters.

Jones was named to the Prospects All-Star Roster while Mack will compete on the Futures All-Star team.

Here are the rosters:


Pos. Player (Team) Ht. Wt. College Birthdate
F Micah Downs (Maine) 6-7 180 Gonzaga 9/8/86
G Courtney Fortson (Los Angeles) 5-11 185 Arkansas 5/23/88
G Ron Howard (Fort Wayne) 6-5 185 Valparaiso 11/14/82
C Jerome Jordan (Reno) 7-0 253 Tulsa 9/26/86
G Jeremy Lamb (Tulsa)* 6-5 179 Connecticut 5/30/92
F Marcus Landry (Reno) 6-7 230 Wisconsin 11/1/85
G Shelvin Mack (Maine)* 6-3 215 Butler 4/22/90
F Arinze Onuaku (Canton) 6-9 275 Syracuse 7/13/87
F DaJuan Summers (Maine) 6-8 240 Georgetown 1/24/88
F Chris Wright (Maine) 6-8 225 Dayton 9/30/88

Head Coach: Mike Taylor (Maine)
Assistant Coaches: Tunde Adekola (Maine), J.P. Clark (Maine)
Athletic Trainer: Jessica Kendall (Maine)


Pos. Player (Team) Ht. Wt. College Birthdate
G Andrew Goudelock (Rio Grande Valley) 6-3 200 Charleston 12/7/88
F Damion James (Bakersfield) 6-7 225 Texas 10/7/87
F Terrence Jones (Rio Grande Valley)* 6-9 252 Kentucky 1/9/92
G Cory Joseph (Austin)* 6-3 185 Texas 8/20/91
G D.J. Kennedy (Erie) 6-6 215 St. John’s 11/5/89
F James Mays (Springfield) 6-8 230 Clemson 3/8/86
G Jerel McNeal (Bakersfield) 6-3 202 Marquette 6/1/87
F Demetris Nichols (Sioux Falls) 6-8 210 Syracuse 9/4/84
C Tim Ohlbrecht (Rio Grande Valley) 6-11 255 Germany 8/30/88
C Henry Sims (Erie) 7-0 241 Georgetown 3/27/90

Head Coach: Will Voigt (Bakersfield)
Assistant Coaches: John Bryant (Bakersfield), Rod Baker (Bakersfield)
Athletic Trainer: Shaun Mirza (Bakersfield)

* - Indicates a player currently in the NBA

Donnie Tyndall Talks Southern Miss Basketball on Tim Brando Show

Donnie Tyndall talks Southern Miss basketball on the Tim Brando Show:

Cuthbert Victor Earns Weekly Honors in French ProA League

Former Murray State star Cuthbert Victor has been named Player of the Week for Round 18 in France's top-level ProA League.

Here is more from

U.S. Virgin Islands Cuthbert Victor (197-F-83) put on an extraordinary performance in the last round for Le Mans and that's him to receive a Player of the Week award for round 18.

The 29-year old forward had the game-high 23 points adding four rebounds and two assists for Le Mans in his team's victory, helping them to edge out Roanne (#10, 8-10) in overtime 89-87. Le Mans is placed at 3rd position in French ProA. They would have been even better if they hadn't lost a few games earlier this season. Le Mans will need more victories to improve their 12-6 record. It was one of impressive evenings for Victor as usually he does not deliver so high stats. Cuthbert Victor averages this season 10.1ppg.

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A Day in the Life of UK Signee Marcus Lee

Check out this video; a day in the life of Kentucky signee Marcus Lee:

Vernon Payne Drops 40 to Lead Campbellsville Past Tech

Campbellsville 95
West Virginia Tech 83

Final from Campbellsville, Kentucky

Game recap by CU:

CAMPBELLSVILLE, Ky. – Forty-eight hours after junior forward Vernon Payne laughed off his career-high performance of 30 points via Twitter, he raised the bar even higher Monday night. Payne shot 71.4 percent from the floor (15-of-21) and collected 40 points in Campbellsville University's 95-83 victory over West Virginia University in Powell Athletic Center.

The win avenges a 95-84 loss at WVU Tech from Jan. 26, a game in which CU cut the deficit to seven but was unable to get closer due to strong by Tech.

"That's a good win for us. I don't care how many points we give up. It's obviously more than we want to give up, but the bottom line is that's a really hard team to guard. They make it hard to play Chris (Smith) and Jordan (Myers) without playing zone," said Keith Adkins, CU head coach. "We'll take the win however we get it against this team. The guys were excited about how we played tonight. They were excited to get up and down the floor with some energy. It was a pretty good night overall."

Payne's night began with the shot clock ticking down. Running out of time to drive to the basket form the top of the key, he pulled back and put up a shot, which bounced off the front of the rim and then off the glass for a 3-0 Campbellsville lead.
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Time for the Stretch Run: Schedule for the Week

It's early February and, believe it or not, conference tournaments are just around the corner for teams around the Bluegrass state.

Here is your schedule for the week at teams enter the stretch run:

Monday, February 4

Campbellsville University 95 West Virginia Tech 83
Spalding University 64 MacMurray College 59

Tuesday, February 5

7:00 p.m. Brescia University at IU East*
7:00 p.m. Crowley's Ridge at Eastern Kentucky University
7:30 p.m. Asbury University at Berea College*
8:00 p.m. Kentucky Christian University at Ohio Christian
9:00 p.m. South Carolina at University of Kentucky*
9:00 p.m. Mid-Continent University at Trevecca Nazarene*

Wednesday, February 6

7:30 p.m. University of Louisville at Rutgers*
7:30 p.m. Union College at Milligan*
7:30 p.m. Transylvania University at Mount St. Joseph*
8:00 p.m. Thomas More College at Westminster*

Thursday, February 7

7:00 p.m. Cincinnati Christian at Berea College*
7:30 p.m. Kentucky State University at LeMoyne-Owen College*
8:00 p.m. Indianapolis at Bellarmine University*
8:00 p.m. Western Kentucky University at North Texas*
8:00 p.m. University of Pikeville at Georgetown College*
8:00 p.m. Asbury University at Alice Lloyd College*
8:00 p.m. UVa.-Wise at St. Catharine College*
8:00 p.m. Belmont at Murray State University*
8:00 p.m. Lindsey Wilson College at University of the Cumberlands*
8:30 p.m. Wisconsin-Parkside at Kentucky Wesleyan College*
9:00 p.m. Campbellsville University at Cumberland (TN)*
9:00 p.m. Spalding University at Webster*

Friday, February 8

7:00 p.m. Northern Kentucky University at Lipscomb*
8:00 p.m. Birmingham Southern at Centre College*

Saturday, February 9

2:00 p.m. Alice Lloyd College at Cincinnati Christian*
2:00 p.m. Berea College at Point Park College*
2:00 p.m. Free Will Baptist Bible at Kentucky Christian University
2:00 p.m. Cincinnati-Clermont at Union College
3:00 p.m. Thiel at Thomas More College*
3:00 p.m. Transylvania University at Manchester College*
3:00 p.m. Kentucky State University at Miles College*
3:15 p.m. Saint Joseph's at Bellarmine University*
4:00 p.m. Auburn at University of Kentucky*
4:00 p.m. Spalding University at Greenville*
4:00 p.m. University of Pikeville at St. Catharine College*
4:00 p.m. UVa.-Wise at Georgetown College*
4:00 p.m. Campbellsville University at University of the Cumberlands*
4:15 p.m. Lewis at Kentucky Wesleyan College*
5:00 p.m. Blue Mountain at Mid-Continent College*
5:00 p.m. Lindsey Wilson College at Cumberland (TN)*
7:30 p.m. Eastern Kentucky University at Morehead State University*
8:00 p.m. Arkansas State at Western Kentucky University*
8:00 p.m. Tennessee State at Murray State University*
9:00 p.m. University of Louisville at Notre Dame*
9:00 p.m. Asbury University at Brescia University*

Sunday, February 10

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

* Conference Game

Wall Outduels Bledsoe in Battle of Former UK Point Guards

John Wall out-dueled former Kentucky teammate Eric Bledsoe down the stretch last night as the Wizards defeated the Clippers 98-90.

Wall had 6 points in the fourth quarter, highlighted by an explosive dunk, to lead the Wizards to victory.

Bledsoe and the Clippers had won the previous 5 games over Wall and the Wizards.

Wall finished with 13 points and 8 assists last night. Bledsoe had 17 points and a game-high 9 assists.

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The game was tied at that point, and Bledsoe was putting together quite the highlight reel and stat line in facing John Wall, his teammate at Kentucky. By the end of the third quarter, the Clippers’ starting point guard had what were then game highs of 17 points and eight assists with two turnovers.

“He’s proving why he belongs in the league,” Wall said of Bledsoe, who moved into the starting lineup because Chris Paul is nursing a bruised right kneecap. “He’s not secondary to me. He made shots today. You want to make him make contested jump shots, and that’s what he was doing.”

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DeMarcus Cousins Ejected After First Half

Former Kentucky star DeMarcus Cousins was ejected after the first half of tonight's game against the Jazz.

Cousins went to the officials to plead his case about a call in the second quarter and ended up saying something that led to his second technical foul in the game.

The Kings ended up losing 98-91. Cousins had 10 points and 6 rebounds in the first half.

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Monday, February 4, 2013

Bellarmine Blasts Kentucky Wesleyan to Extend Home Winning Streak to 29

(6) Bellarmine 86
(18) Kentucky Wesleyan 69

Final from Louisville, Kentucky

Game recap by BU:

LOUISVILLE, Ky.—On a record-setting night, the No. 6 Bellarmine University Knights used an all-around strong performance to dispatch the No. 18 Kentucky Wesleyan Panthers 86-69 in a Great Lakes Valley Conference game in Knights Hall on Saturday night.

The win extended Bellarmine's school record and nation's longest active home winning streak to 29 games and upped the Knights' 2012-13 record to 16-3, 8-3 GLVC.

The Panthers had an even longer streak snapped when they went 0-11 from 3-point land, ending a 691-game streak of making at least one 3-pointer in a game. It was the first time since the introduction of the 3-pointer into Division II college basketball that KWC failed to make a triple.

Bellarmine jumped out to a quick 5-0 lead on a pair of Vance Hall buckets—one from beyond the arc—and led 9-8 at the first media timeout. The one point margin would be as close as the Panthers would come as the Knights went on a 13-0 run to fuel a 15-2 advantage in the game's second media segment.

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Nerlens Noel Earns SEC Honors for Third Straight Week

Kentucky's Nerlens Noel has been named SEC Freshman of the Week for the third consecutive week.

Here is a 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 10.5 points, 10.5 rebounds and seven blocks in wins at Ole Miss and at Texas A&M. Noel began the weed with a 12-block performance in an upset of No. 16 Ole Miss. The 12 rejections set a new single-game record for Kentucky and ranks as the third-most ever for an SEC player. He followed that defensive-gem with a breakout offensive outing in an overtime victory at Texas A&M. He logged a career-high 19 points and earned his third double-double of the season with 14 rebounds. The 14 rebounds ranks as the second most in a single game in his career, and the most against an SEC foe. His .700 field goal clip also ranked as the best on the team.

Kentucky, Illinois State to Watch MiKyle McIntosh Tonight

I have confirmed with 22 Feet Academy head coach Ryan Schmidt that coaches from Kentucky and Illinois State will be at his team's game tonight in Jackson, Kentucky.

Kentucky assistant Orlando Antigua will be in attendance to watch 2013 star MiKyle McIntosh and 2015 guard Jamar Ergas.

Coaches from Illinois State will also be there to check out McIntosh.

The St. Catharine College JV team will travel to Jackson to battle 22 Feet Academy. The game will be held at Oakdale Christian Academy gym (5801 Beattyville Rd Jackson, KY 41339) at 7:00 p.m.

Northern Kentucky Pushes Winning Streak to Four Games

Northern Kentucky 70
USC Upstate 65

Final from Spartanburg, South Carolina

Game recap by NKU:

SPARTANBURG, S.C. – In the previous three contests, Eshaunte Jones had carried Northern Kentucky to its first three-game winning streak as a Division I program by averaging 25.3 points.

On Saturday, Jones received plenty of help from his teammates as Northern Kentucky posted a 70-65 win at South Carolina Upstate. The Norse (8-11 overall, 6-5 Atlantic Sun Conference) placed four players in double figures, led by Jones with 18 points, to extend their winning streak to four.

Chad Jackson added 17 points, Tyler White scored 13 off the bench and Ethan Faulkner netted 10 points for the Norse, who shredded the USC Upstate defense for 56.4 percent shooting from the field. Jones scored 13 points in the first half as Northern Kentucky built a 38-32 lead at the break.

“The way (Jones) has been shooting lately, you expect him to hit anything he puts up, even if he is near midcourt,” Norse head coach Dave Bezold said. “We had balanced scoring in this victory, and that's what you try to get each game. Chad, Tyler and Ethan stepped up and did a great job, and I thought we made big plays to pull it out.”

Jones was attempting to become the first Northern Kentucky player to score at least 25 points in four consecutive games since Derek Fields, who accomplished the feat during the 1988-89 season. The man called “Bear” said he would take a win over points any time.

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Rick Pitino Talks About Win Over Marquette

Louisville head coach Rick Pitino talks about his team's win over Marquette on Sunday:

Louisville Gets Back on Track, Hammers Marquette

(12) Louisville 70
(25) Marquette 51

Final from Louisville, Kentucky

Game recap by UL:

LOUISVILLE, Ky. (AP) - Two weeks of struggle had begun to raise questions about Louisville's ability to contend in the Big East.

And while some concerns remain to be addressed over the second half of their league schedule, the No. 12 Cardinals reclaimed some of their swagger with Sunday's 70-51 rout of No. 25 Marquette.

Russ Smith scored 18 points, Peyton Siva added 14 and Louisville shot 52 percent to run away from Marquette. The Cardinals' reserves helped out by outscoring the Golden Eagles' 19-10 - 21 points below their average coming in.

That contribution helped snap Louisville (18-4, 6-3) out of an early funk and the Cardinals went on to their most decisive victory since they started 4-0 in the league and beat opponents by average of 18.5 points per game. That dominance was forgotten in a three-game losing streak and a close win over Pittsburgh, which made the Cardinals feel even better about getting it back.

"The guards got back and got on the glass. I think we matched their physicality," said Siva, who shot 6 of 9 from the field including a 3-pointer to break out of a 7-for-31 slump in the four previous games. He also had seven assists. "Coach told us they were going to come in here and be physical with us. I think we did a better job after five minutes of matching their intensity."

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Sunday, February 3, 2013

Calipari, UK Players Discuss Win Over Texas A&M

Kentucky head coach John Calipari, senior Julius Mays and freshman Nerlens Noel discuss UK's win at Texas A&M:

UK Completes Big Week with Road Win at Texas A&M

Kentucky 72
Texas A&M 68  F/OT

Final from College Station, Texas

Kentucky (15-6, 6-2 SEC) opened the overtime period on a 7-1 run and managed to hold on for a critical 72-68 victory at Texas A&M Saturday night.

The Wildcats led 60-52 with 3:10 to go in the game before allowing the Aggies to go on a 6-0 run. With Kentucky leading 62-58, Fabyon Harris made a jumper with 19 seconds to go. Kyle Wiltjer then turned the ball over and A&M's Elston Turner drained a shot with 2 seconds to go to send the gave to overtime.

Senior Julius Mays scored 5 points in the overtime period, including 3 free throws in the final 15 seconds, to lead the Wildcats to a critical SEC road win.

Nerlens Noel led Kentucky with 19 points and 14 rebounds. Mays added 19 points. Kyle Wiltjer came off the bench to score 10 points but uncharacteristically turned the ball over 6 times. Archie Goodwin chipped in 9 points and Ryan Harrow added 8.

Turner led A&M (13-8, 3-5) with 21 points but he was only 7-for-23 from the field. Harris added 14 points. Ray Turner put in a double-double with 12 points and 11 boards.

Kentucky's two road wins during the week should have the Wildcats off the NCAA Tournament bubble for the time being. They will host South Carolina and Auburn in the coming week before travelling to Florida on February 12.

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Metta World Peace Punches Brandon Knight in the Chin

Watch as Metta World Peace sneaks an uppercut in on Brandon Knight's chin in today's game:

EKU's Marcus Lewis Dunks All Over SEMO

Eastern Kentucky University's Marcus Lewis had one of the better dunks you'll see this season at SEMO last night.

Watch as Lewis literally flies above the rim:

Eastern Kentucky Escapes SEMO with a Win

Eastern Kentucky 81
Southeast Missouri 72

Final from Cape Girardeau, Missouri

Game recap by EKU:

CAPE GIRARDEAU, Mo. – Eastern Kentucky tightened its defense and improved its rebounding in the second half to escape with an 81-72 win at Southeast Missouri on Saturday.

The Colonels (17-6, 7-3 OVC) allowed SEMO to shoot 60 percent in the first half, were out-rebounded by seven and trailed by two. However, in the second half, Eastern held the Redhawks (11-13, 3-7 OVC) to 36 percent shooting and out-rebounded the home team by five.

Sophomore Eric Stutz was a key to both improvements. He finished with 12 points, 11 rebounds and seven blocked shots. It was his first career double-double. Glenn Cosey had 21 points on four three-pointers and 9-for-10 shooting from the free throw line.

A pair of free throws by Marland Smith finished of six straight by SEMO that cut a 7-point Colonel advantage to one with 9:24 left in the game. However, Eastern answered with an 11-2 run and kept control for the rest of the game. DiNunno scored six and Stutz polished it off with two free throws for a 71-61 lead with 4:30 remaining.

Southeast got as close as five with 45 seconds showing on the clock before four straight free throws secured the win for Eastern Kentucky.

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Rick Pitino Previews Marquette and More

Louisville head coach Rick Pitino talks about this afternoon's game against Marquette and more:

Andrew Wiggins Throws Down Big Dunk in Tri-State Hoops Classic

Check out Kentucky recruit Andrew Wiggins throwing down a big dunk down on the break at the 2013 Tri-State Hoops Classic in Huntington, West Virginia:

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