Saturday, March 2, 2013

James Bolden Nails Game-Winner for Holmes

James Bolden nailed a 3-pointer at the buzzer to give Holmes a 40-39 overtime win over Cooper this afternoon in the 9th Region semifinals:

Bolden, one of the top young guards in Kentucky, led the way for Holmes with 18 points.

Arkansas Fans are Primed and Ready for Kentucky

It looks like Arkansas fans will be ready to go for the Kentucky Wildcats this afternoon:

Game Preview: Kentucky vs. Arkansas

Kentucky and Arkansas will be tipping off in just over twenty minutes at Bud Walton Arena in Fayetteville.

My man Chip Miller is covering the game for Allkyhoops today and will be contributing several articles and pictures.

Here is Chip's game preview:

For only the 34th time in school history, Arkansas and Kentucky will face each other. For only the eighth time, neither team is ranked going into this weekend's match up on the Hill in Fayetteville.

For Kentucky, it's an opportunity to hang a solid road win on a short NCAA tournament resume. Arkansas (17-11/8-7 SEC) is yet to lose a SEC game in Bud Walton Arena. Combine that with a Kentucky (20-8/11-4 SEC) true road record of 4-5, and it appears we have the settings for a perfect storm, a blow out by the Hogs.

But Arkansas has struggled as of late, losing their last two, and struggling in their two previous home wins, a 62-60 win over Georgia and a 73-71 victory over Missouri. The key has been the shooting woes of their leading scorer B. J. Young, who could only manage 4, 3 and 8 points in his last three games while converting at a dismal 20.7% clip on 6-29 attempts from the field.

Kentucky leads the overall series 25-8, winning 11 of the last 12 with the only blemish coming in a 77-76 overtime loss at Bud Walton by a Kentucky team that eventually made the 2011 Final Four.

The game was dominated by the now Butler Bulldog Rotnei Clarke and returning forward Marshawn Powell, who hung 22 points on the Cats and grabbed 10 rebounds, 5 on the offensive end, and seemed to make big play after big play in critical times of the game.

Powell is Arkansas' second leading scorer, averaging 14.9 points, a team high 5.3 rebounds and almost one three-point bucket per game. Marshawn is averaging 14.5 points in SEC play, but has picked up his scoring over the last five with 15.8 points per contest.

Arkansas is 38th in the nation in scoring, averaging 74.2 points per game versus 75.3 for the Wildcats. Kentucky also holds the edge in rebounding and field goal percentage.

Vegas has the game as a toss up, giving Arkansas a 3-point edge. In the end, this game will come down to Kentucky's ability to handle the fastest 40-minutes in basketball and a sold out, high octane, Red Bull full Bud Walton Arena.

Calipari called it, Kentucky away games in the SEC is everyone's Super Bowl and although the glory days of Arkansas basketball faded when Nolan Richardson stepped down, Mike Anderson, the current Hogs and the Woo Pig Sooie nation still consider Kentucky their number one rival in basketball.

As one Hog fan told me just yesterday, "Everyone wants to beat Kentucky." Welcome to Arkansas.

Keys To The Game:

* Emotions: Kentucky has to withstand the immediate emotion high of the Hogs and their 18,000 faithful. Taking a punch is okay, as long as the Cats punch back.

* Archie Goodwin: This is his homecoming, and although Hog fans want to see the Sherwood, Ar native succeed, don't expect this to be a friendly crowd when Goodwin is introduced. Archie will either help or hurt Kentucky, he has to be a positive and play within himself.

* Handle the pressure: Arkansas' 'Fastest 40 Minutes in Basketball' is designed to create turnovers and force the pace. Up and down the court is something Kentucky excels at, but Ryan Harrow has to handle the rock well and direct the game offensively.

* Limit Marshawn Powell: Keeping him off the boards, especially on the offensive end, is a must. He can become a board hog (No pun intended) and has the ability to score both inside and outside.

* Maintain B. J. Young: Goodwin, Harrow or whoever guards the future NBA player has to keep him out of the lane and force him to take tough shots. A breakout game could spell doom for the Big Blue.

* Willie Cauley-Stein: The back up to future NBA star Nerlens Noel has rose to the occasion since Noel went down with a knee injury. Kentucky needs another 30 plus positive ,injures out of the Kansas freshman. He has the edge on Michelson, he has to take advantage of the smaller and slower Arkansas center.

2014 UK Recruit Cliff Alexander is Visiting Illinois Today

Kentucky recruit Cliff Alexander will be visiting Illinois today. Alexander is a 6-foot-9 power forward at Curie (Ill.) High School.

scott_chihoops Curie 2014 C Cliff Alexander will visit Illinois today

Transylvania Players Earn All-HCAC Recognition

The Heartland Collegiate Athletic Conference recently handed out conference awards and honors for the 2012-13 season.

Transylvania's Brandon Rash and Ethan Spurlin were named First Team All-HCAC. Transy's Barrett Meyer made the Second Team. Nick Fudge was on the All-Sportsmanship Team.

HCAC Awards:
Player of the Year: Julian Strickland, Rose-Hulman, Jr., G
Freshman of the Year: Joel Scudder, College of Mount St. Joseph, G
Coach of the Year: Jim Shaw, Rose-Hulman

1st Team All-HCAC:

Phil Hogan, Anderson, Sr., G
Logan Wolfrum, Defiance, Sr., G
Austin Weatherford, Rose-Hulman, Sr., G
Julian Strickland, Rose-Hulman, Jr., G
Brandon Rash, Transylvania, Sr., F
Ethan Spurlin, Transylvania, Sr., F

2nd Team All-HCAC:

Gunner Erwin, Franklin, Sr., F
Bailey Howard, Franklin, Jr., G
Tim Bass, Hanover, So., G
Ryan Nowicki, Hanover, Sr., G
Brian Gunter, Hanover, Sr., F
Barrett Meyer, Transylvania, Sr., G

All-Sportsmanship Team:

Phil Hogan, Anderson, Sr., G
Matt Gerdeman, Bluffton, Sr., F
Travis Schomaeker, Defiance, So., G
Joe Adams, Earlham, So., F
Patrick Ellis, Franklin, So., G
Kyle James, Hanover, So., G
David House, Manchester, Sr., F
Ken Kunkel, Mount St. Joseph, So., F
Jon Gerken, Rose-Hulman, Sr., F
Nick Fudge, Transylvania, Sr., G

Complete Release from HCAC

UK Recruit Julius Randles Drops 40 Points in State Semifinals

Check out these highlights of Kentucky recruit Julius Randle - he dropped 40 points and pulled down 17 rebounds in the state semifinals:

Ryan Harrow, Julius Mays Talk About Arkansas and More

Kentucky's Ryan Harrow and Julius Mays talk about today's difficult road test at Arkansas:

John Calipari Previews Today's Game at Arkansas

Kentucky head coach John Calipari talks about today's game at Arkansas:

Friday, March 1, 2013

UT-Martin Stuns Murray State, Prohm Calls Loss "Unacceptable"

UT-Martin 69
Murray State 68

Final from Murray, Kentucky

Game recap by MSU:
The Murray State Racers dropped a 69-68 loss at the CFSB Center Thursday over the UT Martin Skyhawks in Ohio Valley Conference play in Murray, Ky.

The Racers fell to 20-8 and 10-5 in the OVC and had their six-game home win streak snapped. UTM improved to 9-19 and 5-10.

Isaiah Canaan led MSU with 31 points on 10-of-10 shooting from the free throw line as he had his eighth career 30-point game and his fourth this season. Ed Daniel had his 14th double-double of the season with 19 points and 12 rebounds.

MSU had a poor shooting night and led for the last time when the score was 6-4. MSU fell behind 33-19 with 4:30 to go in the half and managed to cut the lead to 36-27 at half.

MSU made several runs at the lead in the second half, but never got there although they did tie it 40-40 at the 14:43 mark on a Canaan three-pointer.

Complete Recap

NKU Hammers North Florida, Jones Scores 1,000th Point

Northern Kentucky 72
North Florida 45

Final from Highland Heights, Kentucky

Game recap by NKU:

HIGHLAND HEIGHTS, Ky. – Northern Kentucky's Eshaunte Jones had no idea he was nearing a pair of milestones in the second half Thursday night, but everyone else in The Bank of Kentucky Center seemed to be aware something special was about to happen.

Jones scored a career-high 30 points to lead Northern Kentucky to a 72-45 win over North Florida in an Atlantic Sun Conference game. The senior guard finished 10-for-15 from the field, including six 3-pointers, as the Norse improved to 10-15 overall, 8-9 in the A-Sun.

His final basket of the night, a short jumper from the left block, also gave him 1,000 career points. The crowd of 3,356 gave Jones a standing ovation for the milestone, which included points during a two-year stint at Nebraska and the last two with Northern Kentucky.

“I really don't pay much attention to all the stats, because I just want to win games,” Jones said. “I had no idea I was nearing my career high for points. My teammates found me when I was open and the shots were falling. It's a blessing being able to play at Northern Kentucky, and I have great coaches and teammates who have helped me reach any milestones.”

Coming off the bench Thursday night, Jones netted 14 points in the first half as the Norse took a 34-26 lead into the locker room. Northern Kentucky blew the game open in the second half with a 16-2 run that turned a 39-28 lead into a 55-30 advantage.

Complete Recap

Oregon's Dana Altman to Watch MiKyle McIntosh Tonight

I'm told by head coach Ryan Schmidt that Oregon head coach Dana Altman will watch 22 Feet Academy star MiKyle McIntosh tonight.

McIntosh, a 6-foot-6 forward, is just coming off an official visit to UCLA.

22 Feet Academy will be playing against American Basketball Institute (Ga.) at Wolfe County High School. The game tips at 7:30 p.m.

The two teams will also play again at Wolfe County High School Saturday at 7:30 p.m.

Schmidt said coaches from South Florida and Auburn are expected in over the weekend, as well.

PRP Slows Tempo, Defeats Bullitt East

PRP slowed the tempo and ended Bullitt East's season with a 40-33 victory in the semifinals of the 6th Region Tournament last night.

The Panthers (24-7) trailed 31-29 before closing the game on an 11-2 run. 

Taywan Taylor led the way for PRP with a game-high 14 points. 

Mr. Basketball finalists Rusty Troutman and Derek Willis each scored 13 points to lead Bullitt East (29-5). Willis, who has signed with the University of Kentucky for next season, was pounded in the paint by PRP's physical big men. 

PRP will face Butler (24-7) in the 6th Region championship game Saturday night at 7:00 p.m.

Morehead State Survives High-Scoring Shootout at Tennessee State

Morehead State 101
Tennessee State 100

Final from Nashville, TN

Recap by MSU:

NASHVILLE -- The Morehead State men’s basketball team registered season highs for field-goal shooting and three-point accuracy in a thrilling 101-100 victory over Tennessee State on Thursday evening at the Gentry Center.

Morehead State connected on 62 percent (37-of-60) from the floor and 60 percent (15-of-25) from beyond the arc before a national-television audience on ESPNU. The long balls also tied an Ohio Valley Conference season high.

The Eagles improve to 14-16 overall, 8-7 in OVC action and 4-11 on the road. The Tigers fall to 16-13 overall, 10-5 in league play and 10-2 at home. MSU also improves to 32-28 in the all-time series against TSU with a season sweep.

“I’m really proud of my guys tonight,” Head Coach Sean Woods said. “We came into a hostile environment, against a very good OVC team, and escaped with a huge win.”

Sophomore Angelo Warner paced Morehead State with 23 points on 7-of-10 from the field, 5-of-6 from the three-point line and 4-of-7 from the charity stripe.

Warner now has two 20-point efforts this season, both against Tennessee State. He tallied a career-best 24 against the Tigers on Jan. 26 at Johnson Arena.

Junior Milton Chavis (19), senior Devon Atkinson (16), junior Bakari Turner (10) and junior Bruce Reed (10) also reached double figures for the Eagles.

Complete Recap

2013 OVC Tournament Tiebreaker Scenarios

The field for the 2013 OVC Men's Basketball Tournament is almost set but there are still four teams vying for the final two spots.

Here's a breakdown from the league:

2013 OVC Men’s Basketball Tournament Tiebreaker Scenarios

Belmont, Eastern Kentucky, Morehead State, Murray State, Southeast Missouri and Tennessee State have clinched spots in the field.

Two spots remain open for Eastern Illinois, SIUE, Tennessee Tech and UT Martin.

Seeds locked up into place:

1. Belmont (13-2)
2. Murray State (10-5, West Division winner)
3. Eastern Kentucky (12-3)
4. Tennessee State (10-5)
5. Morehead State (8-7)
6. Southeast Missouri (7-8)

Other records entering final game of regular season: Eastern Illinois (5-10), SIUE (5-10), UT Martin (5-10), Tennessee Tech (4-11)

The winner of Saturday’s SIUE/Eastern Illinois is guaranteed a spot in the field (6-10 record).

If UT Martin wins at Austin Peay it is guaranteed a spot in the field (6-10 record). They are also locked into the field with a SIUE loss.

If Morehead State and Southeast Missouri are tied at 8-8 … MOR won the season series 1-0 and would be the No. 5 seed; SEMO would be No. 6 (Note: If JSU finishes at 8-8 and figures into the tiebreaker - but cannot receive a seed because they are ineligible - there would not be a difference and MOR would still finish higher than SEMO)

If SIUE and UT Martin are tied at 6-10 … UTM won the season series 2-0 and would be No. 7 seed; SIUE would be No. 8

If Eastern Illinois and UT Martin are tied at 6-10 … EIU won the season series 2-0 and would be No. 7 seed; UTM would be No. 8.

If Eastern Illinois, Tennessee Tech and UT Martin are tied at 5-11 … TTU would be 2-0 in composite tiebreaker and be the No. 8 seed EIU would be 2-1 and UTM 0-3 in composite tiebreaker and be eliminated

If SIUE, Tennessee Tech and UT Martin are tied at 5-11 … UTM would be 2-1 in composite tiebreaker and be the No. 8 seed TTU would be 1-1 and SIUE 1-2 in composite tiebreaker and be eliminated

If Eastern Illinois and UT Martin are tied at 5-11 … (Note: This assumes Tennessee Tech losses to Morehead State on Saturday) Eastern Illinois won the season series 2-0 and would be the No. 8 seed

If SIUE and UT Martin are tied at 5-11 … (Note: This assumes Tennessee Tech loses to Morehead State on Saturday) UT Martin won the season series 2-0 and would be the No. 8 seed

Brad Calipari Finds John Calipari's Career Goals

John Calipari's son, Brad, found his dad's career goals jotted on a sheet of paper and posted it on Instagram (great stuff, by the way):

bradcal25 Found my dads long term goals from 1985.. I look up to him more than anyone.

2013 Deaconess GLVC Tournament Tips Off Sunday

The 2013 Great Lakes Valley Conference Tournament tips off Sunday at campus sites.

Bellarmine University will host Illinois Springfield at 3:15 p.m.

William Jewell will travel to Kentucky Wesleyan College at 4:00 p.m.

Sunday's winners will be re-seeded before advancing to next week's quarterfinal round.

Tournament Schedule:

SUNDAY, MARCH 3, 2013 (On Campus)

G1: #12 Ill. Springfield at #5 Bellarmine (3:15 p.m. ET)
G2: #11 Quincy at #6 Lewis (2 p.m. CT)
G3: #10 William Jewell at #7 Ky. Wesleyan (3 p.m. CT)
G4: #9 Missouri-St. Louis at #8 Indianapolis (5:15 ET)

* Tournament will be re-seeded after first round

THURSDAY, MARCH 7, 2013 (Evansville, Ind.)

G5: TBD vs. #4 Maryville - 12 p.m. CT
G6: TBD at #1 Drury - 2:30 p.m. CT
G7: TBD at #2 UW-Parkside - 6 p.m. CT
G8: TBD at #3 Southern Indiana - 8:30 p.m. CT

SATURDAY, MARCH 9, 2013 (Evansville, Ind.)

G9: Matchups TBD - 12 p.m. CT
G10: Matchups TBD - 2:30 p.m. CT

SUNDAY, MARCH 10, 2013 (Evansville, Ind.)

G11: Game 9 Winner vs. Game 10 Winner - 1 p.m. CT

Tournament Bracket (click to enlarge):

No. 15 Bellarmine Rolls Past McKendree on Senior Night

(15) Bellarmine 80
McKendree 66

Final from Louisville, Kentucky

Game recap by BU:

LOUISVILLE, Ky.—On a night honoring seniors, No. 15 Bellarmine University got big contributions from seniors Chris Dowe and Jelani Johnson to dispatch Great Lakes Valley Conference foe McKendree 80-66 in the Knights' final regular season game of the of the year at Knights Hall on Thursday night.

Dowe led five Bellarmine double-figure scorers with 16 points and found his teammates for nine assists as Bellarmine led wire to wire. Johnson also stuffed the stat sheet with 10 points, six assists, and game highs with seven rebounds and four assists. Not only did Johnson get the job done on the court during the game, he also played piano during the singing of the national anthem.

“I can't tell you how proud I am of our seniors, and both of them really played well tonight,” said Bellarmine Coach Scott Davenport. “We'll be able to replace them as basketball players, but it will be virtually impossible to replace them as people. The most important thing for them is that they got a tremendous education from a tremendous institution, and now they can apply that to make their community and this world a better place. These two guys will be able to do that.”

Complete recap

EKU Tops Tennessee Tech, Locks Up No. 3 Seed in OVC Tournament

Eastern Kentucky 69
Tennessee Tech 54

Final from Cookeville, Tennessee

Game recap by EKU:

COOKEVILLE, Tenn. – Eastern Kentucky’s men’s basketball team set a school record with its 23rd win of the season, a 69-54 victory at Tennessee Tech on Thursday. The Colonels also clinched the No. 3 seed in next week’s Ohio Valley Conference Tournament.
Eastern also stays alive for a share of the OVC regular season championship. The Colonels will have to beat Tennessee State on Saturday, and Belmont will have to lose to Jacksonville State, in order to claim a share of the title.

EKU (23-7, 12-3 OVC) broke open a two-point game at halftime by starting the second stanza with a 19-4 run. Mike DiNunno capped the run with a basket at the 14:21 mark.

Eastern put the game away with an 8-0 spurt that stretched the margin to 23. After the Golden Eagles had closed to within 15, Marcus Lewis scored four straight, Timmy Knipp made two free throws and Glenn Cosey added a basket for a 57-34 lead with 7:05 left to play.

Eastern Kentucky shot 70.8 percent (17-for-24) in the second half after making 32 percent in the first half. The Colonels made 10 of their first 12 shots in the second half.

Corey Walden finished with a team-best 18 points. Cosey added 14 and Lewis contributed 10 points, all in the second half.

Complete Recap

Thursday, February 28, 2013

Pope, Edwards and Mohammed Send Messages to Big Blue Nation

Mark Pope, Allen Edwards and Nazr Mohammed could not join the other 1996 Kentucky Wildcats at Rupp Arena last night because all are still playing or coaching.

The three former Wildcats sent pre-recorded messages to the fans in attendance (you'll likely see a side of Pope you wasn't expecting):

2012-13 Mid-South Conference Honors, Briscoe Named Player of the Year

The Mid-South Conference handed out season honors tonight at the league's annual awards banquet in Frankfort.

University of Pikeville's Jamar "Deuce" Briscoe was named Player of the Year.

Paul Peck of Lindsey Wilson College was named Coach of the Year.

Here's a list of honors:

Player of the Year: Jamar Briscoe, Pikeville
Coach of the Year: Paul Peck, Lindsey Wilson
Freshman of the Year: D.D. Joiner, Rio Grande
Champions of Character: Tyler Boyles, Shawnee State

Mid-South Conference Men's Basketball First Team

Name School
Jamar Briscoe Pikeville
Antonio Bumpus Cumberlands
Byron Carpenter Bluefield
Kalen Kimberland * Lindsey Wilson
Tyler Morgan Shawnee State
Vic Moses $ Georgetown
Vernon Payne Campbellsville
Benito Santiago, Jr. Cumberlands
DeAntra Scott Lindsey Wilson
Trevor Setty * Pikeville

$ - 2008-09, 2009-10 and 2010-11 MSC First Team
* - 2011-12 MSC First Team Mid-South Conference

Men's Basketball Second Team

Name School
Jeremy Bennington Shawnee State
Deon Boyce UVa.-Wise
Daronte' Clark Lindsey Wilson
Justin Ennis Campbellsville
Wes Hanspard Lindsey Wilson
D.D. Joiner Rio Grande
Kearsten Marion Bluefield
Arthur McMillan St. Catharine
Javon Moore UVa.-Wise
Allan Thomas Georgetown
Travis Wilkins St. Catharine
Monty Wilson Georgetown

Photo: Mid-South Conference

Randolph Morris Leads Beijing to Game 1 Victory

Former Kentucky big man Randolph Morris led the Beijing Ducks to a game 1 win over Zhejiang Guangsha in China's CBA quarterfinals.

Beijing used a big second quarter to take a lead and never looked back as they rolled to a 110-96 win.

Morris led the way with 35 points and 15 rebounds.

Game 2 will be played tomorrow in Beijing.

Interesting atmosphere at the games in China:

Steffphon Pettigrew is Headed to Venezuela

Former Western Kentucky star Steffphon Pettigrew is headed to Venezuela's top-level LPB league.

Pettigrew, who just finished up the regular season with Abejas in Mexico, has agreed to terms with Marinos de Anzoategui.

In 44 games with Abejas, Pettigrew averaged 20.9 points, 6.3 rebounds and 2.2 assists per game.

Last season, the former WKU star played for Atletico Aguada in Uruguay.


DeMarcus Cousins Gives Television Analyst a Birthday Kiss

Watch as former Kentucky star DeMarcus Cousins gives longtime Sacramento Kings' television analyst Jerry Reynolds a nice birthday kiss:

adidas Unveils New Louisville Basketball Uniforms

Louisville will sport new adidas uniforms during postseason play. The new uniforms were unveiled this morning.

Here is a release from UL:
PORTLAND, Ore. - adidas unveiled on Thursday the new eye-catching adizero uniform system for the University of Louisville men’s and women’s basketball programs.

The Cardinals’ men’s and women’s teams will suit up in the adizero uniform systems beginning with their respective BIG EAST Tournaments. The women’s tournament runs from March 8-12 in Hartford, Conn., while the men will play from March 12-16 in New York City.

The uniforms feature adidas’ most advanced uniform technologies, designed to make an impact on the court, and a limited-edition camouflage print. The Cardinal men were selected as one of three programs to wear the new short-sleeved technology.

“The adizero uniform system gives players the leading performance technology with a distinctive on-court style,” said Chris McGuire, adidas Director of Sports Marketing. "These uniforms celebrate the excitement of the game, letting players stand out during college basketball’s biggest moments. Louisville will wear the most innovative basketball uniforms and footwear to help them elevate their game during the most important time of the year.”

Designed for a bold on-court look and engineered to enhance player performance by improving fit, comfort and mobility, the adizero short sleeve uniform system is made from 60 percent recycled materials and features FORMOTION technology for comfort and maximum mobility during shooting and dribbling. FORMOTION also helps decrease friction between the jersey and skin to optimize natural movement. Jersey armhole insets with 360-degree stretch fabric promote free range of motion for the arms and shoulders.

The uniforms feature adidas’ quick drying Revolution 30 technology, found in current NBA uniforms and ClimaCool zones, which move heat and moisture away from the body to keep the jersey light and dry during heavy sweating. The super-lightweight woven short is designed for improved breathability and a closer, more comfortable fit with compression base layers.

Complete Release

Ryan Harrow, Willie Cauley-Stein Talk About Win Over MSU

Kentucky's Ryan Harrow and Willie Cauley-Stein talk about last night's win over Mississippi State and the rest of the season:

1996 Kentucky Wildcats Receive National Title Rings

Check out this video of the 1996 Kentucky Wildcats receiving national championship rings from the University of Kentucky during a halftime celebration at last night's game against Mississippi State:

Kentucky's Alex Poythress: "I guess we got to win out then"

Kentucky's Alex Poythress found out after the game last night that Kentucky can actually win the Southeastern Conference if they win their last three games.

His response: "I didn't know that...I guess we got to win out then."

Here he is talking to the media after the game:

Rick Ray Doesn't Want to Hear About UK's Trials and Tribulations

Here is Mississippi State head coach Rick Ray talking about last night's loss at Kentucky and the Bulldogs' season in general...let's just say he doesn't want to hear about Kentucky's trials and tribulations:

Q: How do you see Kentucky's problems?

A: I don't see a lot of problems. I understand like that Kentucky's had some problems with injuries and they probably lost the number one draft pick in the nation in Nerlens Noel, when you want to start comparing like trials and tribulations, like, we win all day long. So, you know, even in the situation that they're in like he's got like five star guys and McDonald's All-Americans that's playing for him so...excuse me if I don't like start crying for what's going on at Kentucky.

Improving Wildcats Overwhelm Mississippi State

Kentucky 85
Mississippi State 55

Final from Lexington, Kentucky

Kentucky (20-8, 11-4 SEC) took the lead early and never looked back as they overwhelmed Mississippi State 85-55 Wednesday night at Rupp Arena.

The Wildcats were 34-for-62 (54.8%) from the field and 9-for-22 (40.9%) from long range for the game. Mississippi State was just 18-for-56 (32.1%) and 6-for-24 (25.0%).

Five Wildcats scored in double figures led by 19 points, 7 rebounds and 4 assists from Ryan Harrow. Alex Poythress finished with 16 points and 8 boards. Willie Cauley-Stein added 12 points and 3 blocks. Archie Goodwin and Julius Mays each tallied 11 points.

Mays left the game early after taking an inadvertent elbow to the face. He had a laceration above his left eye that required four stitches.

Mississippi State (7-20, 2-13) was led by Fred Thomas' 13 points. Jalen Steele and Colin Borchert each scored 10.

Kentucky will hit the road this weekend with an important game at Arkansas. With Florida's recent loss at Tennessee, the Wildcats are still in contention for the Southeastern Conference regular season title.


Box Score (click to enlarge):

Wednesday, February 27, 2013

Chane Behanan Throws Down Dunk of the Year Candidate

Watch as Louisville's Chane Behanan gets nasty on a DePaul defender (kudos to the defender for standing in to draw the charge):

Holmes Squeaks By NewCath in 9th Region Tournament

Covington Holmes defeated Newport Central Catholic 55-50 in the 9th Region Tournament last night.

With the win, Holmes improves to 29-2 on the season and advances to Saturday's semifinals against Cooper.

NewCath's season ends at 30-3. Here are some highlights via

A Look at Kentucky's 2013 Recruiting Class

Check out this video look at Kentucky's 2013 recruiting class: the Harrison twins, Derek Willis, Marcus Lee, James Young:

Tuesday, February 26, 2013

Sean Woods Talks About Last Two Games, OVC Tournament

Morehead State head coach Sean Woods talks about the final two games of the regular season and his team as they prepare for the OVC Tournament:

Kyle Wiltjer Discusses Mississippi State Game

Kentucky's Kyle Wiltjer talks about tomorrow night's game against Mississippi State:

John Calipari Previews Mississippi State Game and More

Kentucky head coach John Calipari previews Wednesday night's game against Mississippi State and more:

Derek Willis, Louisville Signees Highlight Derby Festival Classic Rosters

Kentucky signee Derek Willis and Louisville signees Anton Gill and Akoy Agau headline the rosters announced Tuesday for the 40th annual Kentucky Derby Festival Basketball Classic.

The game will be played Friday, April 19, in Louisville's Freedom Hall.

White Team:

Akoy Agau – Louisville
Connor Frankamp – Kansas
Keith Frazier – Undecided
Anton Gill – Louisville
Jarell Martin – LSU
Jordan Mickey – LSU
Robert Hubbs – Tennessee
Jajaun Johnson – Marquette
Rysheed Jordan – Undecided
Austin Nichols – Memphis

Coach Jeff Jones – Madison Preparatory Academy (LA)
Coach AW Hamilton – Hargrave Military Academy (VA)

Black Team:

Jabari Bird – California
Stevie Clark – Oklahoma State
Devin Davis – Indiana
Tyler Ennis – Syracuse
Luke Fischer – Indiana
Zak Irvin – Michigan
Sindarius Thornwell – South Carolina
Stanford Robinson — Indiana
Troy Williams – Indiana
Derek Willis – Kentucky

Coach Paul Melnik – Fr. Henry Carr Catholic Secondary School (ON)
Coach Troy Barr – Bullitt East High School (KY)

Kenneth Faried Dunks All Over Dwight Howard and the Lakers

Former Morehead State star Kenneth Faried dunked all over Dwight Howard and the Los Angeles Lakers last night. Faried had 12 points, 10 rebounds, 3 steals and 2 blocks in Denver's 119-108 win.

Field Set for 2013 Mid-South Conference Tournament

The field is set for the 2012-13 Mid-South Conference Men's Basketball Tournament.

The event tips Friday afternoon at 2:00 p.m.  in Frankfort with top-seeded Lindsey Wilson College (26-4) taking on No. 8 UVa.-Wise (11-14).

No. 4 Campbellsville (19-11) faces Shawnee State (16-13) in the second game at 4:00 p.m.

The third game tips at 6:00 p.m. and  features No. 2 Pikeville (24-5) against No. 7 St. Catharine (13-13).

In the 8:00 p.m. nightcap, Georgetown (22-7) will battle Cumberlands (19-11).

2012-13 Mid-South Conference Men's Basketball Tournament

March 1-3, Frankfort, Ky.

Friday, March 1 (All times Eastern) - Quarterfinals

Gm. 1 (1) Lindsey Wilson (26-4, 16-4) vs. (8) UVa.-Wise (11-14, 7-13) 2 p.m.
Gm. 2 (4) Campbellsville (19-11, 12-8) vs. (5) Shawnee State (16-13, 11-9) 4 p.m.
Gm. 3 (2) Pikeville (24-5, 15-5) vs. (7) St. Catharine (13-13, 9-11) 6 p.m.
Gm. 4 (3) Georgetown (22-7, 14-6) vs. (6) Cumberlands (19-11, 10-10) 8 p.m.

Saturday, March 2 - Semifinals

Gm. 5 Game 1 Winner vs. Game 2 Winner 6 p.m.
Gm. 6 Game 3 Winner vs. Game 4 Winner 8 p.m.

Sunday, March 3 - Championship

Gm. 7 Game 5 Winner vs. Game 6 Winner 5:30 p.m.

Complete Bracket (click to enlarge):

Perry Central's Justin Johnson Goes 360 in the Game

Watch as Perry County Central's Justin Johnson pulls out the 360 dunk on a break in last night's 14th Region Tournament win over Powell county (video by WYMT):

Asbury's C.J. Penny Named KIAC Player of the Week

Asbury University's C.J. Penny was named KIAC Player of the Week on Monday.

Here is the release from the KIAC:

C.J. Penny, Asbury University -- Men's Basketball Player of the Week

6-5 Freshman – Lawrenceburg, KY

Asbury University freshman C.J. Penny was named the KIAC men's basketball player of the week by KIAC officials on Monday, February 25th.

Penny averaged 18.5 points, 9 rebounds and 4 assists while leading the Eagles to a 1-1 record last week. He connected on 59.3 percent (16-of-27) of his field goal attempts. The freshman forward recorded 14 points and 9 rebounds in an 86-82 loss to Indiana University East. He led Asbury with 23 points, 9 rebounds, and 7 assists to a 102-73 win over Berea in the opening round of the KIAC Tournament.

Asbury University will return to action on February 26th in the championship game of the KIAC Tournament.

Former LWC Star Chase Spreen is Headed to Australia

Former Lindsey Wilson College star Chase Spreen has signed with the McDonald's Meteors in the Queensland Basketball League.

The Queensland Basketball League is a conference of the Australian Basketball Association (ABA).

Here is an excerpt from

THE McDonald's Meteors have signed Indiana native Chase Spreen as their second import player for the 2013 Queensland Basketball League season.

The 196cm swingman comes to Mackay after completing a highly successful college career at Lindsey Wilson College in Kentucky.

Lindsey Wilson College is the same basketball program that helped produce former Meteors players John 'Fitzy' Fitzgerald and Scott Cook.

Spreen earned NAIA All-American honours in 2012 after averaging a team best 16.4 points per game, while shooting 40% from behind the three-point arc.

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Rick Pitino Regrets Leaving Kentucky for the NBA

Louisville head coach Rick Pitino recently joined 790 The Ticket in Miami to discuss various topics including Richard Pitino at FIU, the Miami Hurricanes and more.

During the interview, Pitino talked about how he failed to land Tim Duncan when he went to the Boston Celtics.

"I think I do regret leaving Kentucky because I took over a team with 15 wins banking everything on the Tim Duncan lottery, and once we didn’t get Tim Duncan I realized that leaving Kentucky was not a good move," Pitino admitted.

Do you regret at all going to the pro’s?

“No. I loved going to the Knicks because we won the Atlantic Division championship. We went from winning 21 games or 19 games to winning 52 games in a short period of time. I loved coaching Patrick Ewing and Charles Oakley and all those guys. I think I do regret leaving Kentucky because I took over a team with 15 wins banking everything on the Tim Duncan lottery, and once we didn’t get Tim Duncan I realized that leaving Kentucky was not a good move.”

If you would have gotten Tim Duncan how would it all have been different?

“Well it’s the same thing with the Knicks and Patrick Ewing. I’m winning 52, 55, 57 games and I am a pretty good coach trying to attract other free agents to play with them. Because Tim Duncan not only has the game, but he has the attitude and he played for a no-nonsense coach in Popovich, and not to mention I think he made Gregg Popovich one of the premiere head coaches in the history of the NBA and vice versa. When you get a Tim Duncan, you are getting something really, really special, not only as a basketball player, but with an incredible attitude. Very similar to coaching Patrick Ewing, so I was blessed to have Patrick and Mark Jackson and Charles Oakley. They were great for me. They did whatever I asked them to do and we averaged 116.8 points per game and I had a lot of fun coaching those guys.”

Complete Transcript

Listen to Entire Interview Here (Starts at 41:00 mark)

KIAC Names All-Conference Team, Delph Named Comeback Player of the Year

The Kentucky Intercollegiate Athletic Conference has released league awards and All-Conference Team selections.

IU Southeast's Cameron Mitchell was named Player of the Year.

Asbury Unviersity's Adam Delph, who started his college career at Kentucky, was named Comeback Player of the Year.

Delph and C.J. Penny represent Asbury on the All-Conference Team. Berea freshman Seth Beckham also made the team.

Player of the Year: Cameron Mitchell, Indiana University Southeast
Coach of the Year: Ken Tracy, Cincinnati Christian University
Newcomer of the Year: Cameron Mitchell, Indiana University Southeast
Comeback Player of the Year: Adam Delph, Asbury University

All-Conference Team

Name Class School Hometown

G Cameron Mitchell JR IU Southeast Cincinnati, Ohio
G Marcus Isaac SR IU East Indianapolis, Ind.
G Adam Delph SR Asbury Louisville, Ky.
G Jake Simpson SO IU Southeast Louisville, Ky.
F Kenny Gaynor FR Cincinnati Christian West Chester, Ohio
G T.j Heatherington SR Point Park McKeesport, Pa.
F Huston Clark SO IU East Kokomo, Ind.
G Seth Beckham FR Berea Lexington, KY
F CJ Penny FR Asbury Lawrenceburg, Ky.
G Kevin Mitchell JR IU Southeast Cincinnati, Ohio

League Release

Asbury University Advances to KIAC Title Game

Asbury 87
IU East 68

Final from New Albany, Indiana - KIAC Tournament Semifinals

Game recap by AU:

NEW ALBANY, Ind. – Asbury used a 19-1 run to close the first half en route to a dominating 87-68 win over Indiana East in the Kentucky Intercollegiate Athletic Tournament semifinals hosted by Indiana Southeast. The Eagles will take on the winner of tonight’s other semifinal between top ranked Indiana Southeast and fourth-seeded Cincinnati Christian University.

CJ Penny scored a career-high 32 points and recorded his first double-double with 11 rebounds. Penny made 14-of-19 from the floor. His 32 point performance is the single game high for an Eagle this year and is only the second 30-point game of the season.

Dakotah Euton followed his 26-point performance in the quarterfinals with his team-tying high fifth double-double with 19 points and 14 rebounds. The 14 rebounds tie his career high from earlier this season against Point Park.

Asbury shot 49-percent from the floor and dominated inside with 50 points in the paint. Indiana East could only muster 10 points in the paint and shot just 34-percent for the game. Asbury used their size to grab 52 rebounds including 16 offensive boards that led to 14 second chance points. Indiana East was led by Huston Clark’s 16 points and seven rebounds.

Complete Recap

Team Manimal AAU Program Announces Summer Roster

The Team Manimal AAU program, which is sponsored by Kenneth Faried of the Denver Nuggets, has announced their summer roster via video:

Georgetown's Allan Thomas Named MSC Player of the Week

Georgetown College's Allan Thomas was named Mid-South Conference Player of the Week on Monday.

Here's the release from the MSC:

LOUISVILLE, Ky. -- Georgetown senior Allan Thomas is the Mid-South Conference Men's Basketball Player of the Week, conference officials announced on Monday.

The MSC weekly honor is Thomas' first this season and of his career.

The Queens, N.Y. guard averaged 26 points and 10.5 rebounds as the Tigers split MSC road games last week.

Thomas opened the week with 18 points and nine rebounds as the Tigers avenged an earlier loss to Campbellsville with an 83-78 win in Campbellsville on Thursday. He shot 6-for-12 from the field and made two of his three 3-pointers in the win.

On Saturday, Thomas posted career highs with 34 points and 12 rebounds in the Tigers' 91-82 loss at No. 4-ranked Lindsey Wilson. He connected on 10-of-17 from the field, including 4-for-6 from beyond the 3-point arc. Thomas also made 10 of his 12 free throw attempts.

Thomas ended the week with shooting 55.2 percent (16-of-29) from the field, including 66.7 percent (6-of-9) from beyond the 3-point arc. He made 14-of-16 (87.5 percent) freebies during the two games.

Complete Release

Monday, February 25, 2013

Devin Booker Talks Visits to UNC and Duke; Says Offer from Coach K a Dream Come True

I spoke to 2014 star Devin Booker earlier tonight about his weekend visits to North Carolina and Duke.

Booker greatly enjoyed both visits and even picked up an offer from Coach K and the Blue Devils.

Devin Booker on his visit to North Carolina...

First, I had a great time at UNC! I visited their museum that they have on campus and really enjoyed all the history that the school has.

I also had a great vibe with coach Roy (Williams) when we talked after the game.

While I was in the locker room before the game, I love how Coach Roy got his players ready to go and they pulled out a big win.

On his visit to Duke...

I also had a great time at Duke. Any time you get offered face-to-face with arguably the best coach ever, it is a great feeling!

The fans showed me a lot of love at the game. I also go to meet Coach K's family and they made me feel like family.

On the atmospheres at both Duke and UNC...

The atmosphere in both gyms was crazy and something you need to see with your own eyes if you haven't before.

The one thing that impressed Devin the most about UNC...

All the history that the school has. All the national championships, Final Fours and everything. Also, I love how the pros visit often. If their former players visit back, that means they probably enjoyed their time there.

The one thing that impressed Devin the most about Duke...

Just how the whole program made me feel like I was at home. I had a great vibe with the whole coaching staff and that's important with my decision. Also, the support of the "Cameron Crazies." You always want to go somewhere where the students really support the team.

On the feeling he had when he heard the words that Coach K and Duke has given him an offer...

It was like a dream come true. All I could think about is a year prior to this when no one knew my name and how I've worked to get to this point to be receiving a scholarship offer from Coach K. It's a feeling that's hard to describe and not many people will ever get the opportunity. I'm extremely blessed.

Booker still plans to take his upcoming visits as scheduled. He'll be at Florida this coming weekend, Michigan State on March 7 and Michigan on March 10.

The 6-foot-4 shooting sensation from Moss Point (Miss.) High School recently said his recruitment is still wide open and he is allowing new schools to be involved. He expressed an interest in hearing from other high-major programs, including Kentucky.


Willie Cauley-Stein Named SEC Freshman of the Week

Kentucky's Willie Cauley-Stein was named SEC Freshman of the Week on Monday.

Here is the release from the SEC:

Kentucky’s Willie Cauley-Stein, a 7-foot, 244-pound freshman forward from Olathe, Kan., was named SEC Freshman of the Week after averaging 13.5 points, 9.8 rebounds and five blocks in wins over Vanderbilt and Missouri. Cauley-Stein began the week by pouring in a career-high 20 points to couple with a team-high seven rebounds and three blocks. He made 8-of-10 field goals in the win over Vanderbilt. In an overtime thriller against Missouri, Cauley-Stein altered the game defensively with a career-high seven blocked shots. His 12 rebounds was a career-high tying, and it marked only the third game in his career with double-figure rebounding.

Transy, Centre and Spalding to Play in NCAA Division III Tournament

The bracket has been released for the 2013 NCAA Division III Men's Basketball Tournament. The state of Kentucky will be represented by Transylvania University, Centre College and Spalding University.

All three local teams are in the same bracket pod, with Transylvania and Spalding having a chance to meet in the second round. Transy (20-7) will play at Illinois Wesleyan (21-5) in the first round. Spalding (20-7) will travel to Washington University (20-5) in first round action.

Centre College (21-5) will play on the road at North Central (Ill.) (24-3) in the first round. The winner will take on the winner of UW-Whitewater (23-4) and Dubuque (22-6).

All first round games will be played at campus sites on March 2.

Complete Printable Bracket

Bracket excerpt (click to enlarge):

MiKyle McIntosh Will Visit UCLA This Week

MiKyle McIntosh, a 6-foot-6 forward at 22 Feet Academy, will take an official visit to UCLA this week.

Head coach Ryan Schmidt said this afternoon that McIntosh will head to UCLA tomorrow.

As far as a final list goes, Schmidt said McIntosh is still taking calls at this time.

"We are still taking calls," he said. "We'll know after this weekend where things stand."

Andrew Wiggins Named 2013 Naismith Boy's High School Player of the Year

Kentucky recruit Andrew Wiggins has been named 2013 Naismith Boy's High School Player of the Year.

NaismithAwards Congrats Andrew Wiggins of Huntington Prep on being named the 2013 Naismith Boy's High School Player of the Year! @22wiggins @heralddispatch

Dick Vitale Gets Down with the UK Dance Team

Check out ESPN's Dick Vitale getting down with the UK dance team following Kentucky's overtime win over Missouri:

It's Time for March Madness: Schedule for the Week

Believe it or not, March Madness is here around Kentucky.

Several teams will enter conference tournament play this week and others are working to improve seeding for upcoming weeks.

Here's a complete schedule for the week:

Monday, February 25

12:30 p.m. NCAA Division III Tournament Selection Show (
2:00 p.m. Asbury University vs. IU East (KIAC Tournament - Semifinals)
8:00 p.m. St. Catharine College at Georgetown College*
8:00 p.m. University of Pikeville at U.Va.-Wise*
9:00 p.m. Campbellsville University at Lindsey Wilson College*
9:00 p.m. University of the Cumberlands at Cumberlands (TN)*

Tuesday, February 26

4:30 p.m. Kentucky State University vs. Fort Valley State (SIAC Tournament)
6:00 p.m. Asbury/IU East vs. TBA (KIAC Tournament - Championship)

Wednesday, Febraury 27

8:00 p.m. Mississippi State at University of Kentucky*
9:00 p.m. University of Louisville at DePaul*

Thursday, February 28

3:15 p.m. Morehouse vs. Kentucky State/Fort Valley State (SIAC Tournament)
7:00 p.m. Morehead State University at Tennessee State*
7:30 p.m. North Florida at Northern Kentucky University*
8:00 p.m. McKendree University at Bellarmine University*
8:00 p.m. Mid-Continent University vs. Freed-Hardeman (TranSouth Tournament)
8:00 p.m. South Alabama at Western Kentucky University*
8:00 p.m. UT Martin at Murray State University*
8:30 p.m. Kentucky Wesleyan College at Southern Indiana*
8:30 p.m. Eastern Kentucky University at Tennessee Tech*

Friday, March 1

7:45 p.m. TBA vs. TBA (SIAC Tournament - Semifinals)

Saturday, March 2

12:00 p.m. University of Louisville at Syracuse*
4:00 p.m. University of Kentucky at Arkansas*
6:30 p.m. Middle Tennessee at Western Kentucky University*
8:00 p.m. Jacksonville at Northern Kentucky University*
8:30 p.m. TBA vs. TBA (SIAC Tournament - Championship)
8:30 p.m. Eastern Kentucky University at Tennessee State*
8:30 p.m. Morehead State University at Tennessee Tech*
8:30 p.m. Southeast Missouri at Murray State University*
TBA Spalding vs. TBA (NCAA Division III Tournament)

Sunday, March 3

TBA GLVC Tournament First Round

* Conference Game

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