Saturday, February 23, 2013

Big Blue Nation is Ready for the Missouri Tigers

Rupp Arena is absolutely electric tonight. Here are a few pictures from around the arena before the game:




UK Has Second Largest Crowd ESPN College GameDay History

Kentucky had the second largest crowd in the history of ESPN College GameDay this morning as 15,087 fans made their way to Rupp Arena.

The number falls just short of Kentucky's record crowd in 2010.





Derek Willis Leads Bullitt East to District Championship

Kentucky signee Derek Willis scored 25 points to lead Bullitt East past Fern Creek in the 26th District Championship game last night:


Friday, February 22, 2013

Former MSU Star Ricky Minard Will Finish Season in Turkey

Former Morehead State University star Ricky Minard is headed to Turkey for the remainder of this season.

Minard has finalized a deal with Besiktas,  top-level Turkish team that is currently competing in Euroleague.

Here is more from Eurobasket.com:

Ricky Minard (196-F/G-82, college: Morehead St.) has finalized his deal with Besiktas. The forward will join the Turkish team this week. Ricky Minard started the season in Italy. He played for SAIE3 Bologna. Minard notched 10.4 points, 3.7 rebounds, 1.3 assists and 1.3 steals per game in SeriaA. Last season Ricky Minard started with Azovmash in Ukraine. He averaged 16.0 points, 4.0 boards, 2.7 assists and 1.7 steals per game in Superleague. In VTB League his stats read 12.6 points, 3.6 boards, 2.4 assists and 2.1 steals per appearance. Ricky Minard also delivered 16.4 points, 3.9 rebounds and 2.4 assists in EuroCup. The forward finished the season with Novipiu Casale Monferrato in Italy. Minard posted 12.4 points, 3.5 boards and 3.4 assists in SeriaA. Previously he had stints in Russia, Italy, NBDL. He was EuroCup winner with Unics Kazan in 2011.

Source

Report: Julius Randle Will Announce College Decision in March

According to ZagsBlog.com, Kentucky recruit Julius Randle will announce his college choice in March.

Here is an excerpt:

Julius Randle is expected to announce his college choice in March, a source with direct knowledge of the process told SNY.tv.


Randle completed his last visit to Kansas over the weekend and came away impressed by their fan base.

“They’re just so loud man. I mean looooud! It’s crazy,” Randle told Jason Jordan of USA Today.

Complete Article

Trevor Setty Named NAIA National Player of the Week

University of Pikeville senior Trevor Setty was named NAIA National Player of the Week on Tuesday.

Here is a release from the Mid-South Conference:

PIKEVILLE, Ky. – His career at the University of Pikeville has been nothing shy of extraordinary, and now, Trevor Setty has another honor to add to his vast collection: National Player of the Week.

The 6-foot-9 guard was named NAIA Division I Men's Basketball Player of the Week after helping the Bears to wins over No. 3 Lindsey Wilson College and Campbellsville University, which received votes in last week's national ratings.

In those games, Setty 23.5 points, 8.5 rebounds and two assists per game as the Bears knocked off Lindsey Wilson 95-87 on Thursday and Campbellsville 77-75 on Saturday. He also became on the ninth player in Pikeville history to surpass 1,700 points on Saturday. His 1,701 is 111 points behind Hoskins Carroll for eighth on the all-time scoring list.

In addition, he hit 13-of-24 (54.2 percent) from the floor, and 4-of-7 (57.1 percent) from the arc. The senior was also perfect on 17 free throw attempts in the contests.

Setty has scored in double figures in 25 of 26 games this season.

"Trevor has had a terrific season and a fine career at Pikeville," said Coach Kelly Wells, who also coached Setty as an eighth-grader at Mason County High School when the Royals won the 2003 Kentucky State Championship. "Last week he was completely zoned in, focused and was tremendous for us.

"He was exactly what we're going to need him to be the remainder of the season if we want to have a special postseason again."

Complete Release

Nerlens Noel is Draft Express NBA Prospect of the Week

Injured Kentucky freshman Nerlens Noel is DraftExpress.com's NBA Prospect of the Week:



Here is an excerpt of the article about Noel:

Any discussion about Noel's potential as a NBA prospect should start with his phenomenal physical attributes. Measured at 6-10 without shoes, with a 7-4 wingspan and exceptional athletic ability, Noel is a rare specimen. He runs the floor like a guard, is extremely nimble and quick, and has pogo stick leaping ability. This allows him to cover ground unbelievably well both vertically and horizontally, which helps him impact the game in numerous ways. It's safe to say that, should he make a full recovery from his injury as expected, he'll be one of the most athletic big men in the NBA.


Offensively, Noel is a fairly limited offensive player at this stage of his career, both in terms of instincts and production. He was not a focal point by any means for a Kentucky squad that struggled badly to produce points in many key games this season, only using 18% of his team's possessions in his time on the floor, which ranked just sixth on a team that may not make the NCAA tournament.

Complete Article

William Carey Cheerleader Makes Shot of the Year

Watch as a cheerleader at William Carey University in Hattiesburg, Mississippi makes the best shot you'll see this season in college basketball:

John Calipari is Losing to Frank Haith in Infiniti Challenge

John Calipari needs your vote Big Blue Nation. He is currently losing to Missouri head coach Frank Haith in the Infiniti Coaches' Charity Challenge.

Here is a message from UK:

Big Blue Nation,

Just a reminder that Coach John Calipari is representing The Calipari Foundation in the Infiniti Coaches' Charity Challenge this year for a chance to win $100,000 for his charity, but we need your help. Coach Calipari is competing against 47 other rival coaches and their charities. As of today, Coach Cal is in second place in the South Region behind Saturday’s opponent, Frank Haith. If he's going to win, we need him to advance out of the South.Please go to www.ESPN.com/Infiniti register and cast your vote EVERYDAY for Coach Cal and The Calipari Foundation. With the winnings, The Calipari Foundation is teaming with Kentucky Children's Hospital to retrofit homes for ailing children and kids with disabilities. Let's help this worthy cause! Thanks for your support!

About The Calipari Foundation


The Calipari Foundation invests in communities in need, with an emphasis on enriching the lives of children.

Thursday, February 21, 2013

Kentucky State Nails Buzzer Beater to Defeat Tuskegee

Check out this buzzer beater by Kentucky State's Darquell Pulliam to give KSU a big win over Tuskegee:

Estill County Beats Powell County at the Buzzer in 56th

It doesn't get much better than this in high school district tournament action. Watch as Estill County beats Powell County at the buzzer to win the 56th District championship:


The Kentucky Wildcats Play a Little Dodgeball

With March just around the corner, Kentucky head coach John Calipari is trying some new techniques to help his current team reach their potential.

He shared this video on CoachCal.com of the team playing dodgeball (click to play):




Let's face it, assistant coach John Robic is clearly the man:

Kentucky Wildcats Men's Basketball Intro - Let's Fight

Check out the new Kentucky Wildcats men's basketball intro that played before last night's game against Vanderbilt:

Milwaukee Trades Doron Lamb to the Orlando Magic

The Milwaukee Bucks have traded former University of Kentucky star Doron Lamb to the Orlando Magic.

The Bucks will send Lamb, Tobias Harris and Beno Udrih to Orlando in exchange for J.J. Redick, Gustavo Ayon and Ish Smith.

sam_amick Orlando sends JJ Redick, Gustavo Ayon, and Ish Smith to Milwaukee for Doron Lamb, Beno Udrih and Tobias Harris, I'm told.



Michael Kidd-Gilchrist Destroys Greg Monroe

Watch former Kentucky star Michael Kidd-Gilchrist absolutely destroy Greg Monroe (and the rim):

Andrew Wiggins in Huntington Prep Hopefuls, Part 2

Check out part 2 of the serious Huntington Hopefuls, which features Kentucky recruit Andrew Wiggins and Huntington Prep:

Union to Face Bryan in Appalachian Athletic Conference Tournament

The 2013 Appalachian Athletic Conference Tournament is underway and Union College is the No. 6 seed.

Union will face No. 3 Bryan tonight at 9:15 p.m.

Tournament Schedule


Wednesday, February 20

Game 3 - No. 8 Montreat 94, No. 9 St. Andrews 101 - Recap Box

Thursday, Februay 21 - Quarterfinal Round

Game 6 - No. 1 Tennessee Wesleyan vs. No. 9 St. Andrews, 12 p.m.
Game 7 - No. 4 Milligan vs. No. 5 Reinhardt, 1:45 p.m.
Game 10 - No. 2 Point vs. No. 7 Virginia Intermont, 7:30 p.m.
Game 11 - No. 3 Bryan vs. No. 6 Union, 9:15 p.m.

Friday, February 22 - Semifinal Round

Game 14 - Game 6 winner vs. Game 7 winner, 7 p.m.
Game 15 - Game 10 winner vs. Game 11 winner, 9 p.m.

Saturday, February 23 - Championship Game

Game 17 - Game 14 winner vs. Game 15 winner, 4 p.m.

All-Conference Team

Name Class School Hometown

G La'Bris Adams JR Montreat Rock Hill, SC
C Timothy Mitchell SO Point Orlando, Ga.
wing Desmond Crisp SR Tennessee Wesleyan Bolivar, TN
point E'Jay Ward SR Tennessee Wesleyan Chattanooga, TN
F Joshua Hart JR Virginia Intermont Edgewood, MD

All-Conference 2nd Team

Name Class School Hometown
G Rob Riley SR Bryan Philadelphia, Pa.
SF Torian Sitton SR Milligan Hendersonville, NC
G Quinton Wood JR Reinhardt Rome, Ga.
post Zamarius McClendon SR Tennessee Wesleyan Clarksville, TN
G Tarik Smith JR Union Tempe, Ariz.

Complete List of AAC Awards
 
AAC Tournament Bracket (click to enlarge):
 

UK Recruit James Young Injures Calf Muscle

Kentucky commit James Young suffered an injury to his left calf muscle during a game Tuesday night.

Young is expected to miss two weeks of action.

According to DetroitNews.com:

Rochester coach John Pleasant said Young, who signed with Kentucky and is a top candidate for Mr. Basketball, could return in time for a district semifinal scheduled for March 6, should Rochester defeat Utica Ford in a first-round game March 4.



Kentucky's eRUPPtion Zone Does the Harlem Shake

Watch as Kentucky's eRUPPtion Zone does its rendition of the Harlem Shake:

Cauley-Stein Leads Kentucky to Critical Win Over Vanderbilt

Kentucky 74
Vanderbilt 70

Final from Lexington, Kentucky



Freshman Willie Cauley-Stein scored a career-high 20 points to lead Kentucky (18-8, 9-4 SEC) to a critical 74-70 win over Vanderbilt last night.

Cauley-Stein was 8-for-10 from the field and also finished with 7 rebounds and 3 blocks. Archie Goodwin added 16 points, 6 rebounds and 3 assists for the Wildcats. Ryan Harrow chipped in 12 points and 4 assists.

Senior Julius Mays continued to play a key role for Kentucky as he finished with 9 points, 6 rebounds and 6 assists. Mays also hit a critical shot in the closing minutes that seemed to propel the Wildcats to victory.

Kedren Johnson led Vanderbilt (10-15, 4-9) with 17 points and 7 assists. Rod Odom finished with 16 points.

Kentucky dominated the game statistically but Vanderbilt managed to drain 10 three-pointers to keep it close. The Commodores were 10-for-22 from long range.

For the Wildcats, the win gives the team some much-needed motivation heading into a key game against Missouri on Saturday.

Box score (click to enlarge):

EKU Eliminates Austin Peay, Ties School Record for Wins

Eastern Kentucky 91
Austin Peay 53

Final from Richmond, Kentucky

Game recap by EKU:

RICHMOND, Ky. – Eastern Kentucky tied the program record for most wins in a season with a 91-53 victory over Austin Peay State University tonight at McBrayer Arena.

With the win in its final regular season home game, EKU (22-6, 11-3 OVC) also tied the school mark for most home wins in a season (15). This year’s Colonels finish with a 15-1 record at home, the second best home court winning percentage (.938) in the history of McBrayer Arena.

The Colonels out-scored Austin Peay 14-4 to start the game and never looked back. Tarius Johnson scored six of the 14 including a 3-pointer to cap the fast start. The Governors closed to within five, 17-12, on a 3-pointer from Travis Betran but the visitors never got any closer.

Eastern answered with a 22-3 run that included six 3-pointers, including three by Glenn Cosey and two by Timmy Knipp. Cosey’s triple capped the run and stretched the margin to 24 points, 39-15, with 5:42 left in the first half. The Colonels took a 19-point lead into the locker room at the break.

EKU shot 58 percent from the field in the first half and made 9-of-16 from behind the arc (56 percent).

The Colonels left no doubt by opening the second half with a 21-8 run. Knipp’s dunk midway through the second half gave Eastern a lead of 32 points, 68-36. Eastern never let up, taking a 41-point lead, 91-50, in the final minute on a 3-pointer by Ryan Parsons.

Cosey led Eastern Kentucky with 17 points. Corey Walden added 15 and Tarius Johnson finished with 12 points.

Complete Recap

Patrick Patterson Traded to the Sacramento Kings

Former University of Kentucky star Patrick Patterson was traded to the Sacramento Kings last night.

The Kings sent former Louisville star Francisco Garcia, rookie Thomas Robinson and Tyler Honeycutt to Houston in exchange for Patterson, Toney Douglas, Cole Aldrich and $1 million.

Patterson will join former Kentucky teammate DeMarcus Cousins in Sacramento.

Ex-UK forward Chuck Hayes is also in Sacramento, for now. Hayes has been the subject of additional trade talks.

Patterson had just done this interview about making a playoff run in Houston:

Donnie Tyndall and Southern Miss Do the Harlem Shake

Head coach Donnie Tyndall and his team at Southern Miss are having fun this season. Watch as they join in on the Harlem Shake craze:

Wednesday, February 20, 2013

Murray State Survives Incredible Morehead State Comeback to Win in Double Overtime

Murray State 106
Morehead State 100  F/2OT

Final from Morehead, Kentucky

Morehead State made a dazzling comeback in the second half to get the game to extra time, but Murray State pulled out an incredible 106-100 victory Wednesday night.

Murray State (19-7, 10-4 OVC) had a comfortable 20-point lead with 10:32 showing on the game clock. Morehead State then went on a tremendous run to tie the game in the closing minute.

Isaiah Canaan took a shot just before the buzzer and Ed Daniel tipped it in as time expired in regulation. The crowd chanted "overtime!" while the refs reviewed the play. After a brief discussion, the officials ruled the basket no good and the game went to an extra period.



Morehead State (13-15, 7-7) shot out to a 7-point lead in the overtime period and appeared to be headed for victory. A series of turnovers, combined with clutch shooting from Canaan and Stacy Wilson, allowed the Racers to get back in the game.

As time dwindled, Canaan missed a floater and Daniel again tipped it in, this time with 3.5 seconds showing on the clock. Morehead State's Milton Chavis missed a 40-footer and the game headed to a second overtime period.



The second overtime was all Racers as they put together a 19-3 run that started in the first overtime and extended into the second. The Eagles were unable to answer and Murray State escaped with a critical OVC win.

Canaan led the charge for Murray State with 35 points and 4 assists in 49 minutes of action. He was 10-for-20 from the field and 10-for-11 at the free throw line. Daniel added 18 points and 9 rebounds. Brandon Garrett finished with 16 points and 6 boards.

Chavis had 22 points to lead Morehead State. Bakari Turner added 19 points. Devon Atkinson finished with 13 points and 10 assists.

Morehead State head coach Sean Woods was disappointed but encouraged by his team's comeback.

“This outcome is certainly disappointing, but I’m still proud of my guys,” Woods said. “We could’ve thrown in the towel with 10 minutes to go, but we came back and fought until the very end.”

Former Kentucky teammates Deron Feldhaus and Richie Farmer were in Morehead to support Woods and the Eagles:


Interviews with Morehead State Senior Men's Basketball Players

Here are pre-senior day interviews with Morehead State seniors Devon Atkinson, Milton Chavis, Jason Holmes and Kahlil Owens:

New Highlights of Kentucky Recruit Andrew Wiggins

Here are some new highlights of Kentucky recruit Andrew Wiggins:



Purdue to Watch 2015 PG James Bolden of Holmes Tonight

I'm told by a good source that coaches from Purdue will watch 2015 point guard James Bolden of Holmes tonight.

Holmes will be taking on Beechwood in the semifinals of the 35th District tournament.

According to Ryan Roberts of Nkysports.com, coaches from Cincinnati, Xavier, Northern Kentucky, Wright State and Ohio University have all checked out Bolden this season.

John Calipari Previews Tonight's Game Against Vanderbilt

Here is Kentucky head coach John Calipari talking about tonight's critical home game against Vanderbilt and more:

Tennessee, Wake Forest to Watch Shane Hall Tonight

According to AAU coach Josh Maxey, coaches from Tennessee and Wake Forest will be in attendance to check out Johnson Central star Shane Hall tonight.

Hall, a 6-foot-8 forward, will lead Johnson Central in 57th District semifinal action against crosstown rival Paintsville.



Field Set for 2013 KIAC Men's Basketball Tournament

The field is set for the 2013 Kentucky Intercollegiate Athletic Conference Men's Basketball Tournament.

IU Southeast is once again the top seed and will host No. 8 Alice Lloyd in the quarterfinal round. No. 3 Asbury and No. 6 Berea will face each other at Asbury. No. 7 Brescia will travel to No. 2 IU East.

Here is a schedule:

Saturday, February 23 (at higher seed sites)

2:00 p.m. (8) Alice Lloyd at (1) Indiana Southeast
2:00 p.m. (7) Brescia at (2) Indiana East
3:00 p.m. (5) Point Park at (4) Cincinnati Christian
7:00 p.m. (6) Berea at (3) Asbury

Monday, February 25 (New Albany, IN)

2:00 p.m. Asbury/Berea vs. IU East/Brescia
6:00 p.m. IU Southeast/Alice Lloyd vs. C. Christian/Point Park

Tuesday, February 26 (New Albany, IN)

6:00 p.m. Championship Game

Bracket (click to enlarge):

Nerlens Noel Inspires Cartoon in The Courier-Journal

Injured Kentucky freshman Nerlens Noel has inspired a cartoon in The Courier-Journal:

























NOTE: The cartoon says "Get Well Soon, Nerlens" in the lower right-hand corner.

John Calipari's daughter, Erin, posted a cartoon of her own in response:

TheErinCalipari This would be my cartoon. #UL #BBN pic.twitter.com/JuhhNQfd


Thomas More Blasts Geneva in PAC Tournament Quarterfinals

Thomas More 82
Geneva 60

Final from Crestview Hills, Kentucky - PAC Tournament Quarterfinals

Game recap by TMC:

(CRESTVIEW HILLS, Ky.) - Sophomore shooting guard Jalen Clark (Frankfort, Ky./Western Hills) scored a career-high 23 points to lead the second-seeded Thomas More College men's basketball team to an 82-60 win over seventh-seeded Geneva College tonight (Tuesday, February 19, 2013) in a quarterfinal game of the Presidents' Athletic Conference (PAC) Championship Tournament at the Connor Convocation Center in Crestview Hills, Kentucky.


With the win, the Saints improve to 22-4 and advance to the play third-seeded Thiel College on Thursday (February 21) at 7 p.m. in the semifinals of the PAC Tournament at the Connor Convocation Center. With the loss, the Golden Tornadoes end the season at 5-21.

Geneva took an early 5-0 lead with 17:40 to play in the first half when Tyler Damazo made a three-pointer. Thomas More answered with a 17-5 run to take a 17-10 lead when junior point guard D'Carlo Hayes (Louisville, Ky./Male) made a three-pointer with 10:50 to play in the half. The Golden Tornadoes used a 4-0 run capped by a Keynon Jackson jumper to cut the lead to 17-14 with 9:30 to play in the game. Clark made a lay-up with 5:40 to play in the first half to cap a 12-5 run to extend the Saints' lead to 29-19. Geneva responded with a 10-4 run to cut the lead to 33-29 with 1:59 to play in the half when DJ Damazo made a lay-up. Thomas More closed out the half on a 6-2 run to take a 39-31 halftime lead when senior power forward Michael Rowan (Goshen, Ky./North Oldham) made one-of-two free-throws with one-second to play.

Complete Recap

Cordia Hammers Letcher Central, Huggins Watches Owootoah

Cordia pulled away in the second half to defeat Letcher Central 73-43 in the semifinals of the 53rd District Tournament last night.

Rodrick Rhodes' team went on a 41-12 run in the second half to blow the game open.

Highly touted 2013 point guard Emmanuel Owootoah finished with 10 points, 8 assists, 5 steals and 4 rebounds.

West Virginia head coach Bob Huggins and Villanova assistant Raphael Chillious were at the game to watch Owootoah.

Cordia (18-8) advances to play the winner of tonight's semifinal game between Knott Central and Jenkins. The championship game is Friday night at 7:00 p.m. at Knott Central High School.

Owootoah drained a 30-footer just before the end of the third quarter:



Huggins chats with Alice Lloyd College head coach J.R. Hammond:

Transylvania Rolls By Mount St. Joseph in HCAC Tournament

Transylvania 75
Mount St. Joseph 57

Final from Lexington, Kentucky - HCAC Tournament - First Round

Game recap by Transy:

LEXINGTON, Ky. – Transylvania got a season-high 21 points from Tate Cox and 20 from Ethan Spurlin Tuesday and the Pioneers defeated Mt. St. Joseph 75-57 in first-round action of the men's Heartland Conference Tournament at the Beck Center.

Transy, the No. 3 seed, is 20-6 while the No. 6 seeded Lions finish their season at 9-17. The Pioneers will move on to face No. 2 seed Hanover on Friday at 6 p.m. at Rose-Hulman in the HCAC semifinals. Transy reached the 20-win plateau for the second year in a row and for the fifth time in head coach Brian Lane's 11 seasons.

Defiance knocked off Franklin in the other quarterfinal contest and will meet Rose-Hulman Friday.

Transy led by only one point at halftime, but outscored Mt. St. Joseph 38-22 over the final 20 minutes. The Pioneers never trailed in the second half and led by as many as 18 late in the game. Transy outscored the visitors 30-18 in the paint and had a 27-15 rebounding advantage.

Complete Recap

Tuesday, February 19, 2013

Video: Kenneth Faried's MVP Performance

Here is a look back at Kenneth Faried's huge night in the BBVA Rising Stars Challenge Game - Faried had 40 points,11 rebounds and was named MVP:

Glenn Cosey Named OVC Newcomer of the Week for Sixth Time

Eastern Kentucky University's Glenn Cosey was named OVC Newcomer of the Week for the sixth time this season on Monday.

Here's the release from the OVC:

NEWCOMER


Glenn Cosey, G • Jr., 6-0, 182 • Flint, Mich. • Eastern Kentucky

Cosey, the transfer from Columbus State Community College, averaged 19.0 points, 2.0 assists and 1.5 steals/game while hitting 46.2 percent (12-of-26) from the field and 81.8 percent (9-of-11) from the free throw line in a pair of Eastern Kentucky wins last week. Cosey had 17 points, two assists, a steal and a rebound in the team’s victory over Tennessee Tech on Thursday and followed that with a game-high 21 points on 4-of-7 3-point shooting against Jacksonville State. In that contest Cosey added two assists and two steals. It marks the sixth time this season Cosey has been named OVC Newcomer of the Week and the ninth time in 2012-13 a player from EKU has won the honor. Cosey currently ranks eighth in the league in scoring (15.6 points/game)

Complete Release

Derby State Thoroughbreds Announced Summer Roster and Schedule

The Derby State Thoroughbreds 14u / 8th grade team is a new 8th grade Travel Basketball team in Kentucky that is expected to compete for a national championship during the 2013 summer circuit.

The 9 man roster has been finalized and 7 of the members see significant varsity time for their respective high schools as well as being highly ranked in the nation for the class of 2017.

The roster for the Thoroughbreds is:

- Bryson Asher – 6’6 Forward – North Laurel
- Peyton Broughton – 6’2 Guard – North Laurel
- Tray Hollowell – 6’0 Guard – Christian County
- Chance Melton – 6’4 Forward – Adair County
- Gavin Root – 5’9 Guard – John Hardin
- Jaylen Sebree – 6’3 Forward – Christian County
- Cole VonHandorf – 6’0 Guard – Villa Madonna
- Trace Young – 6’6 Forward – Ohio County
- A.J. Youngman - 6’4 Forward - Thomas Nelson

The Thoroughbreds are a fully funded Travel Team and will play in many of the nations elite tournaments this summer, the summer tournament schedule for the Thoroughbreds is as followed:

March 22-24 Committed but to be released at a later date Louisville, KY
April 12-14 Kentucky AAU State Championships Lexington, KY
April 19-21 Under Armour / Pitt JamFest Pittsburgh, PA
April 26-28 Eddie Ford Spring Classic Louisville, KY
May 10-12 Adidas May Classic Bloomington, IN
May 17-19 Hoosier Invitational Tournament Indianapolis, IN
May 24-27 Nike Memorial Day Classic Atlanta, GA
July 10-17 AAU National Championships Orlando, FL
July 25-28 GRBA National Championships Fort Wayne, IN

In addition to the 14u Thoroughbreds, there is another 14u team as well as two 12u teams. All information regarding Derby State Basketball can be found on www.derbystatehoops or you can follow Derby State Basketball on Twitter at @DerbyStateHoops. After the first year is complete, Derby State Basketball plans to expand their teams down to 8 & under, forming a team at every level.

To Contact Derby State Basketball: derbystatebasketball@gmail.com

Vanderbilt Players Talk About Playing at Kentucky and More

Here is Vandy's Rod Odom and Josh Henderson talking about tomorrow night's game at Kentucky and more:



Kevin Stallings Previews Game at Rupp Arena

Vanderbilt head coach Kevin Stallings previews tomorrow night's game against Kentucky:

HCAC Tournament Tips Tonight, Transy Hosts Mount St. Joseph

Transylvania University (19-6, 14-4 HCAC) is the No. 3 seed in the 2013 Heartland Collegiate Athletic Conference Tournament.

The tournament tips tonight with Transy hosting Mount St. Joseph at 7:30 p.m. The winner takes on No. 2 Hanover Friday night at Rose-Hulman.

2013 HCAC Men's Basketball Tournament Schedule

Tuesday, Feb. 19

Game 1 - #6 Mount St. Joseph at #3 Transylvania 7:30 PM
Game 2 - #5 Franklin at #4 Defiance 7:30 PM

Friday, Feb. 22 (at Rose-Hulman)

Game 3 - #2 Hanover vs. #3/6 winner 6:00 PM
Game 4 - #1 Rose-Hulman vs. #4/5 winner 8:00 PM

Saturday, Feb. 23 (at Rose-Hulman)

Championship - Game 3 winner vs. Game 4 winner 7:00 PM

Bob Huggins to Watch 2013 SG Petar Rusic Today

West Virginia head coach Bob Huggins will be in Jackson this evening to personally watch 2013 shooting guard Petar Rusic of 22 Feet Academy, according to head coach Ryan Schmidt.

Rusic, a 6-foot-4 sharp shooter, has been hearing from a growing list of schools that includes WVU, Missouri, Purdue, Kansas State, St. Bonaventure, Dusquesne and Charlotte.

Thomas More is No. 2 Seed in 2013 PAC Men's Basketball Tournament

The 2013 Presidents' Athletic Conference Men's Basketball Tournament is underway and Thomas More will host a quarterfinal game tonight at 7:30 p.m.

The Saints (21-4, 14-2 PAC) will host Geneva (5-20, 4-12) tonight.

Here's a look at the schedule:

2013 PAC Men’s Basketball Championship Tournament


Monday, February 18

#8 Waynesburg University 74, #9 Westminster College 57
Tuesday, February 19

#5 W&J (8-17, 6-10) at #4 Bethany (16-9, 10-6) –7 p.m.
#6 Grove City (10-15, 6-10) at #3 Thiel (13-9, 10-6) –7 p.m.
#7 Geneva (5-20, 4-12) at #2 Thomas More (21-4, 14-2) – 7:30 p.m.
#8 Waynesburg University (10-16) at #1 Saint Vincent (20-5, 15-1) – 8 p.m.
Thursday, February 21

Lowest seed at highest seed – 7 p.m.
Middle seeds (at the higher seed) – 7 p.m.

Saturday, February 23

Championship game (at higher seed) – 7:30 p.m.

2014 UK Recruit Emmanuel Mudiay is a Beast

Check out this new highlight tape of 2014 Kentucky recruit Emmanuel Mudiay:

Louisville Moves to No. 10 in Both Major Basketball Polls

The Louisville Cardinals (21-5) have moved up to No. 10 in both major college basketball polls this week.

AP Top 25

RK TEAM RECORD PTS

1 Indiana (43) 23-3 1,597
2 Miami (FL) (20) 21-3 1,571
3 Gonzaga (2) 25-2 1,428
4 Michigan State 22-4 1,416
5 Florida 21-3 1,387
6 Duke 22-3 1,308
7 Michigan 22-4 1,264
8 Syracuse 21-4 1,125
9 Kansas 21-4 1,077
10 Louisville 21-5 1,011
11 Georgetown 19-4 952 12 Arizona 21-4 924 13 Kansas State 20-5 848 14 Oklahoma State 19-5 786 15 Butler 21-5 659 16 New Mexico 22-4 654 17 Marquette 18-6 524 18 Ohio State 18-7 458 19 Wisconsin 18-8 406 20 Pittsburgh 20-6 370 21 Memphis 22-3 362 22 Colorado State 21-4 307 23 Oregon 21-5 216 24 Virginia Commonwealth 21-5 123 25 Notre Dame 20-6 79

Others receiving votes: Saint Louis 58, Minnesota 52, Louisiana Tech 48, Illinois 46, Cincinnati 20, North Carolina State 20, Akron 16, Missouri 4, Middle Tennessee 3, Saint Mary's 2, Maryland 2, Creighton 1, Wichita State 1

USA Today Coaches Poll

RK TEAM RECORD PTS

1 Indiana (19) 23-3 757
2 Miami (FL) (7) 21-3 728
3 Gonzaga (3) 25-2 710
4 Florida (2) 21-3 685
5 Michigan State 22-4 658
6 Duke 22-3 594
7 Michigan 22-4 561
8 Syracuse 21-4 541
9 Kansas 21-4 518
10 Louisville 21-5 511
11 Georgetown 19-4 457 12 Arizona 21-4 415 13 Kansas State 20-5 365 14 Oklahoma State 19-5 351 15 Butler 21-5 321 16 New Mexico 22-4 299 17 Wisconsin 18-8 258 18 Ohio State 18-7 239 19 Memphis 22-3 191 20 Marquette 18-6 190 21 Colorado State 21-4 182 22 Pittsburgh 20-6 161 23 Oregon 21-5 92 24 Virginia Commonwealth 21-5 91 25 Notre Dame 20-6 50

Others receiving votes: Saint Louis 23, Saint Mary's 19, Akron 19, Cincinnati 16, Creighton 16, Middle Tennessee 15, Louisiana Tech 12, Illinois 9, Minnesota 7, San Diego State 3, UCLA 3, Wichita State 3, Missouri 2, Oklahoma 2, Kentucky 1

Larry O'Bannon Signs with Israel's Hapoel Eilat

Former Louisville star Larry O'Bannon has signed with Hapoel Eilat in Israel's top-level Winner League.

O'Bannon previously played in Israel for Maccabi Bazan Haifa and Maccabi Rishon Le-Zion. He has most recently spent time in Argentina and Switzerland.

Here is more from Eurobasket.com:

Hapoel Eilat changed their roster by released the shooting guard Darius Washington (188-PG-85, college: Memphis) to French side, Le Mans, according the player's request. Washington joined Eilat almost two months ago as a replacement for Freeman and placed an average of 11 ppg, 2.8 rpg & 1.3 apg in 6 matches. Eilat released the player and already found another replacement, the guard-forward Larry O'Bannon (194-G-83, agency: Interperformances, college: Louisville) who already played in Israel with Maccabi Bazan Haifa & Maccabi Rishon Le-Zion. O'banon graduated in 2005 and since then played with the Red Star Belgrade, Udine, Napoli & Academic Sofia. On January 2009 he signed with Rishon and had an amazing averages of 17.3 ppg & 4.9 rpg. He continued another year with the club, placing average of 16 ppg & 2.8 rpg. A year later he signed with Maccabi Bazan Haifa and placed 12.9 ppg, 3.3 rpg & 2.4 apg in 8 matches, before he was released due to an injury. In the last two years he played with Argentine side, Boca Juniors and this year he started with Swiss side Vacallo, with average of 17.8 ppg, 3/1 rpg & 3/2 apg before joining to Oded Kattash's club.


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Monday, February 18, 2013

John Calipari Gets a Surprise Visit from a Former UK Star

Kentucky head coach John Calipari had a surprise visit from former UK star Anthony Davis this afternoon.

UKCoachCalipari Had a surprise visitor to the office tonight. Anthony Davis stopped by while I was watching film. http://instagr.am/p/V2zxPKjSFF/

UKCoachCalipari He also brought along his Olympic ring. Thanks for stopping by @AntDavis23 http://instagr.am/p/V20o-kjSFz/  

Trevor Setty Earns Weekly Mid-South Conference Honors

University of Pikeville star Trevor Setty has been named Mid-South Conference Player of the Week after averaging 23.5 points and 8.5 rebounds per game in wins over Lindsey Wilson and Campbellsville.

Here is the release from the MSC:

LOUISVILLE, Ky. -- Pikeville senior Trevor Setty is the Mid-South Conference Men's Basketball Player of the Week, conference officials announced on Monday.

The MSC weekly honor is Setty's first this season and second of his career. He also earned the award on Jan.11, 2010.

The Maysville, Ky. forward finished last week averaging 23.5 points, 8.5 rebounds and two assists per game in home wins over No. 3-ranked Lindsey Wilson and Campbellsville.

Setty was perfect from beyond the 3-point arc (3-of-3) and the free throw line (8-of-8) for the No. 17-ranked Bears in their 95-87 win over Lindsey Wilson on Thursday. He ended the game with 23 points, seven rebounds and two assists to help Pikeville pull within two games of first-place Lindsey Wilson.

On Saturday, Setty recorded his sixth double-double of the season with 24 points and 10 rebounds in a 77-75 win over Campbellsville. The 24 points marks the fourth straight game and fifth in six games for Setty with at least 20 points.


2014 Star Devin Booker Adds Two More Visits

I just spoke to 2014 star Devin Booker from Moss Point (Miss.) High School and he said he has added upcoming visits to Michigan and Michigan State.

"I just set up two visits," Booker said. "Michigan State on March 7 and Michigan on March 10."

Booker, who is originally from Michigan, said he has visited both campuses previously but his dad will be travelling with him this time.

The talented shooting guard will be visiting North Carolina (Saturday) and Duke (Sunday) this coming weekend and Florida on March 2.

Celtics Close to Signing Terrence Williams to 10-Day Contract

According to reports, the Boston Celtics are close to signing former Louisville star Terrence Williams to a 10-day contract.

Williams abruptly left the Guangdong Southern Tigers in China's CBA league recently.

Here is more from Boston.com:

The Celtics are close to signing former Nets swingman Terrence Williams to a 10-day contract, according to an NBA source.


The deal is nearly done, according to the source, with Williams awaiting clearance from his former team before joining the Celtics in Denver for Tuesday's game.
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Antoine Walker Talks About Michael Jordan's Secret Workouts and More

Former Kentucky star Antoine Walker talks about his involvement in Michael Jordan's "secret" workouts and more:

2013 Southern Athletic Association Tourney Tips Friday in Danville

The 2013 Southern Athletic Association Tournament tips Friday at Centre College in Danville.

The Colonels will be the No. 1 seed in the tournament and will open against Berry at 1:00 p.m. Friday.

2013 Southern Athletic Association Tournament Schedule:

Quarterfinals - Friday

1:00 p.m. (1) Centre College vs. (8) Berry
3:00 p.m. (4) Sewanee vs. (5) Oglethorpe
6:00 p.m. (2) Rhodes vs. (7) Millsaps
8:00 p.m. (3) BSC vs. (6) Hendrix

Semifinals - Saturday

6:00 p.m. Centre/Berry vs. Sewanee/Oglethorpe
8:00 p.m. Rhodes/Millsaps vs. BSC/Hendrix

Championship Game - Sunday

2:00 p.m. TBA vs. TBA

Bracket (click to enlarge):

It's Tournament Time: Schedule for the Week

Believe it or not, it's tournament time for several college programs around Kentucky.

Several NAIA and NCAA Division III conferences will hold their conference tournaments this week.

Here is a complete schedule for the week:

Monday, February 18

7:00 p.m. Kentucky Christian University at Valor Christian College

Tuesday, February 19

7:00 p.m. Berea College at Cincinnati Christian*
7:30 p.m. Geneva vs. Thomas More College (PAC Tourney - Quarterfinals)
7:30 p.m. Brescia University at IU Southeast*
7:30 p.m. Mount St. Joseph at Transylvania University (HCAC Tourney - Quarterfinals)
8:00 p.m. IU East at Asbury University*

Wednesday, February 20

7:00 p.m. Austin Peay at Eastern Kentucky University*
7:00 p.m. Murray State University at Morehead State University*
8:00 p.m. Vanderbilt at University of Kentucky*

Thursday, February 21

7:00 p.m. Northern Kentucky University at Kennesaw State*
7:00 p.m. Thomas More College vs. TBA (PAC Tourney - Semifinals)

7:30 p.m. Tuskegee at Kentucky State University*
8:00 p.m. Louisiana-Monroe at Western Kentucky University*
8:00 p.m. Southern Indiana at Bellarmine University*
8:00 p.m. Life University at Mid-Continent University*
8:00 p.m. University of Pikeville at Rio Grande*
8:00 p.m. University of the Cumberlands at Bluefield*
8:00 p.m. Georgetown College at Campbellsville University*
8:30 p.m. Kentucky Wesleyan College at McKendree*
9:00 p.m. St. Catharine College at Lindsey Wilson College*
9:15 p.m. Union College vs. Bryan (AAC Tourney)

Friday, February 22

1:00 p.m. Centre College vs. Berry (SAA Tourney - Quarterfinals)
9:00 p.m. Union College/Bryan vs. Point/Virginia Intermont (AAC Tourney - Semifinals)
TBA Spalding University vs. TBA (SLIAC Tourney)
TBA Transylvania University/Mount St. Joseph vs. TBA (HCAC Tourney - Semifinals)
TBA Kentucky Christian University vs. TBA (Regional Tourney)

Saturday, February 23

12:00 p.m. Seton Hall at University of Louisville*
1:05 p.m. Eastern Kentucky University at Valaraiso (ESPN BracketBusters)
2:00 p.m. Alice Lloyd College at IU Southeast (KIAC Tourney)
2:00 p.m. Brescia University at IU East (KIAC Tourney)
3:00 p.m. Stillman at Kentucky State University* 4:00 p.m. Union College/TBA vs. TBA (AAC Tourney - Championship)
4:00 p.m. St. Catharine College at Campbellsville University*
4:00 p.m. University of Pikeville at Shawnee State*
4:30 p.m. Northern Kentucky University at Mercer*
5:00 p.m. Morehead State University at Oakland (Mich.) (ESPN BracketBusters)
5:00 p.m. Georgetown College at Lindsey Wilson College*
5:00 p.m. Mid-continent University at Bethel University*
6:00 p.m. Centre College/Berry vs. Sewanee/Oglethorpe (SAA Tourney - Semifinals)
7:00 p.m. Berea College at Asbury University(KIAC Tourney)
8:00 p.m. South Dakota State at Murray State University (ESPN BracketBusters)
8:30 p.m. Bellarmine University at Kentucky Wesleyan College*
8:30 p.m. Western Kentucky University at Louisiana-Lafayette*
9:00 p.m. Missouri at University of Kentucky*
TBA Spalding University/TBA vs. TBA (SLIAC Tourney)
TBA TBA vs. TBA (HCAC Tourney - Championship)
TBA Kentucky Christian University/TBA vs. TBA (Regional Tourney)

Sunday, February 24

2:00 p.m. TBA/Centre College vs. TBA (SAA Tourney - Championship)
TBA TBA vs. TBA (KIAC Tourney)

* Conference game

Sunday, February 17, 2013

Talented Guard Stephaun Adams Joins Team Manimal AAU

Head coach Maze Stallworth has announced the addition of 6-foot-3 guard Stephaun Adams to the Team Manimal AAU program.

Adams, a 6-foot-3 native of the British Virgin Islands, previously played for St. Louis Christian and is currently back home.  

Here is a little about Adams from Latinbasket.com:

6-3 Stephaun Adams St. Louis Christian

Adams is a very versatile guard that is comfortable playing off the ball or leading with. Adams is long and lean and has a vast knowledge of the game and outstanding playmaking ability. Adams constantly dominated as he was un guardable the majority of the time we saw him with the ball as he toyed with defenders to get his shot off. Adams doesnt waste a lot of dribbles as he does a great job getting to spots. Adams also is a good shooter. We would have liked to see Adams be more vocal and more aggressive in getting the ball. An Elite level player at this point, Adams at times watched his teammates control the ball but he do an extremely great job when he had the ball in his hands and turned in a very top notch performance that really caught our eye.

Centre College Earns Co-SAA Championship with Win Over Rhodes

Centre College defeated Rhodes 76-74 this afternoon to earn the top seed in the upcoming Southern Athletic Association Men's Basketball Tournament.

The win left Centre and Rhodes as co-SAA regular season champions.

The league tournament will be held Friday through Sunday in Danville.

Here's more from the SAA:

Centre and Rhodes played a men's hoops game on Sunday with the regular season title on the line and the contest certainly did not disappoint. Rhodes needed a victory for an outright title, Centre for a share. The Colonels got their wish, but not before watching a 25 point first half lead dwindle to two in a dramatic league finale.

Thanks to a season sweep of the Lynx, the Colonels will hold the No. 1 seed for the 2013 SAA Men's Basketball Tournament to be held in Danville, Ky. this Friday through Sunday. The Lynx are the No. 2 seed and will matchup with Millsaps, the No. 7 seed, in Friday's quarterfinal action.

Birmingham-Southern will be the No. 3 seed and will matchup against No. 6 seed Hendrix, who earned the six seed in a tiebreaker over Millsaps by virtue of their win over Centre. Sewanee and Oglethorpe will duel in the 4/5 contest after Sewanee won a coin flip for the No. 4 seed.

Kansas State Checks Out LCA Sophomore Matt Rose

According to a good source, a coach from Kansas State recently watched Lexington Christian Academy's Matt Rose work out.

Rose is a 6-foot-6 sophomore at LCA. Several other college coaches have checked him out this season, including Northern Kentucky University.

In 25 games this season, Rose has averaged 12.1 points and 6.1 rebounds per game.

LCA opens district tournament play tomorrow night against Tates Creek. The winner will advance for a semifinal game against Lexington Catholic.

No. 12 Louisville Rolls Past South Florida

(12) Louisville 59
South Florida 41

Final from Tampa, Florida

Game recap by UL:

TAMPA, Fla. (AP) - Russ Smith scored 15 points and No. 12 Louisville stayed within a game of first place in the Big East with a 59-41 victory over South Florida on Sunday.

Smith, Wayne Blackshear and Kevin Ware did all the scoring for the Cardinals during a 22-3 run in the first half. Smith also had six rebounds and four assists for Louisville, which has won four of five.

Blackshear's 3-pointer pulled Louisville (21-5, 9-4) even at 11-all and launched the decisive rally. Smith scored the final seven points of the spurt, which left the Cardinals with a 30-14 lead.

The Bulls (10-15, 1-12) cut the margin to six early in the second half with the help of a spectacular dunk by Victor Rudd and two free throws by Anthony Collins, but Louisville went back to its full-court pressure to produce another big run of 19-3 in the second half.

Jawanza Poland scored 11 points for USF, which shot 24.5 percent and lost its eighth straight.

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John Calipari Watched Karl Towns Earlier Today

University of Kentucky head coach John Calipari watched 2014 commit Karl Towns in action earlier today.

MyCJ_Sports Also, #Kentucky coach John Calipari making what I'm assuming is his first ever visit to Middlesex County College to see commit Karl Towns.

Towns had a dominating performance, finishing with 34 points and 15 rebounds in an 85-43 win.

MyCJ_Sports Karl Towns finishes with 34 points and 15 rebounds as St. Joseph cruises past Spotswood 85-43 in GMCT quarterfinals



EKU Beats Jacksonville State, Locks Up Top 4 Seed

Eastern Kentucky 80
Jacksonville State 67

Final from Richmond, Kentucky

Game recap by EKU:

RICHMOND, Ky. – Eastern Kentucky weathered a hot start and a late run by Jacksonville State for an 80-67 win tonight at McBrayer Arena.

With the win, Eastern (21-6, 10-3 OVC) has secured a top-4 seed in the Ohio Valley Conference Tournament. The Colonels also set a new school record for wins during the regular season.

The Gamecocks (15-10, 7-7 OVC) began the game by hitting on 12 of their first 15 shot attempts and took a nine-point lead, 27-18, on a 3-pointer by Rico Sanders midway through the first half.

The Colonels righted the ship behind a 15-2 run. Glenn Cosey scored the first 10 points on two 3-pointers and a couple of jumpers. A Tarius Johnson lay-up capped the spurt and gave EKU a four-point lead, 33-29, with 4:28 left in the first stanza.

After the hot start from the field, the Gamecocks hit just one of their next 10 attempts and closed out the half by making just 3-of-14. Eastern led 39-34 at the break.

EKU started the second half with a 20-9 run to pull away. Johnson hit a 3-pointer and Cosey knocked down a trey and a free throw after being fouled. Jeff Johnson’s lay-up polished off the run and made it a 16-point game, 59-43, with 11:31 left to play. Eastern took its largest lead of 19 points on a lay-up by Tarius Johnson with just over nine minutes remaining.

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