Saturday, March 9, 2013

Highlights: Kentucky Defeats Florida on Senior Day

Here are the highlights of Kentucky's crucial home win over Florida this afternoon:


Nerlens Noel the Rap Star?

Nerlens Noel has made his appearance in a rap video with Wes Grams:


Drury Knocks Bellarmine Out of the GLVC Tournament

(8) Drury 69
(12) Bellarmine 62

Final from Evansville, Indiana - GLVC Tournament Semifinals

Game recap by BU:

EVANSVILLE, Ind.—The No. 12 Bellarmine University Knights lost 69-62 to the No. 8 Drury Panthers in the semifinals of the Deaconess Great Lakes Valley Conference Championship on Saturday afternoon at the Ford Center.

The Knights forced the Panthers into 19 turnovers to keep the game close despite getting outshot 64.7 percent to 40.7 percent. Drury and Bellarmine both made 22 field goals, but the Knights shot 54 times compared to just 34 for the Panthers.

“Our guys played as hard as they could,” said Bellarmine Coach Scott Davenport. “We had 37 deflections and 35 is great mark.”

Davenport added, “At this time of the year in the greatest conference in the country, everybody is going to play with great desire. Everybody has tremendous ability; and everybody is well prepared. It just comes down to execution. We turn them over 19 times, which is indicative of our effort, but you've got to be able to convert those into easy baskets, and we didn't do that. You give (Drury) credit, though. They're 24-4 for a reason.”
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Louisville's Senior Day Tribute for Marra, Dieng and Siva

Check out Louisville's Senior Day tribute for Mike Marra, Gorgui Dieng and Peyton Siva:


 

* Video by Eric Crawford on YouTube

John Calipari Talks About Critical Win Over Florida

Kentucky head coach John Calipari talks about today's critical win over Florida:


Kentucky Earns "Must Win" Over Florida on Senior Day

Kentucky 61
(11) Florida 57

Final from Lexington, Kentucky

With their NCAA Tournament hopes hanging by a thread, the Kentucky Wildcats earned a much-needed 61-57 victory over No. 11 Florida Saturday afternoon at Rupp Arena.

The Wildcats (21-10, 12-6, SEC) trailed 57-50 late in the game before closing on an 11-0 run to earn the win.

Appropriately enough, it was senior Julius Mays who sealed the victory with a pair of free throws late in his final game at Rupp Arena.

Mays finished with 13 points. Archie Goodwin led Kentucky with 16 points, 4 rebounds and 4 steals. Ryan Harrow chipped in 13 points.

Willie Cauley-Stein was in foul trouble much of the game but still managed to finish with 6 points, 8 rebounds and 4 blocks. Alex Poythress came up big in the paint with 9 points and a game-high 12 rebounds.

Florida (24-6, 14-4) was led by 17 points and 11 rebounds from Erik Murphy. Patric Young added 10 points.

Kentucky earned the victory despite shooting 22-for-56 (39.3%) from the field and 13-for-22 (59.1%) from the free throw line.

Mays and fellow senior Twany Beckham were honored prior to the game.

Box Score (click to enlarge):


ESPN Analyst Isn't Sure About Doron Lamb's NBA Future

ESPN analyst David Thorpe isn't sure about former Kentucky star Doron Lamb's future in the NBA.

Thorpe left Lamb out of his ranking of the top 21-year-old players.

Here is an excerpt from OrlandoPinstripedPost.com:

In a Thursday ranking of the league's top 21-year-old players, Thorpe declined to rank Lamb. "He could be in Europe next year, or he could be on an NBA team for a decade," Thorpe said.

Lamb has shot 3-of-14 from the floor with Orlando for 12 points and four rebounds. He played just 23 games for the Bucks and made six more appearances for the Fort Wayne Mad Ants, Milwaukee's affiliate in the NBA D-League, for which team he averaged 10.3 points in 25.5 minutes per game.

Complete Article

Renaldo Balkman Goes Nuts, Chokes Teammate

Remember former South Carolina star Renaldo Balkman?

Balkman had a great career at USC and spent several years riding the pine in the NBA. Balkman now finds himself playing for the Petron Blaze Boosters in the Philippines Basketball League.

And we now find this video of Balkman going nuts after a foul and eventually choking one of his own teammates:


Calipari to Wildcats: Fight Like Heck or Die?

Here are John Calipari's pregame thoughts as Kentucky gets ready to host Florida on Senior Day:


Bellarmine Advances to GLVC Tournament Semifinals

(12) Bellarmine 53
Maryville 48

Final from Evansville, Indiana - GLVC Tournament Quarterfinals

Game recap by BU:

EVANSVILLE, Ind.—The No. 12 Bellarmine University Knights advanced to the semifinals of the Deaconess Great Lakes Valley Conference Championship today with a 53-48 victory over the Maryville Saints on Thursday afternoon in the Ford Center.

Bellarmine (22-6) got a few late game heroics from Jelani Johnson and a 17-point, six-rebound performance from Chris Dowe as the Knights led most of the way although neither team led by more than nine.

Coming down the stretch, Johnson's deflection resulted in a Maryville turnover at the 1:39 mark as the Knights were protecting just a four point lead. The senior from Aurora, Ill., then converted three of four free throws in the final 27.2 seconds to help secure the win for Bellarmine.

“I couldn't be more proud of our effort in gutting it out down the stretch, just doing the little fundamental things right,” said Bellarmine Coach Scott Davenport. “We just beat one of the finest young coaches in the nation,” Daveponort added. “Kevin Carroll is one of the best young coaches I've ever coached against.”

Maryville, the tourney's No. 4 seed, drew first blood by nailing a three 37 seconds into the game. However, the Saints' 3-point lead would match their biggest cushion of the game as the Knights pulled ahead for good on Vance Hall's old-fashioned three point play at the 6:41 mark of the first half.
Complete Recap

GLVC Tournament Bracket

Friday, March 8, 2013

Murray State's Isaiah Canaan Joins 2,000-Point Club

Congratulations to Murray State senior Isaiah Canaan. He scored his 2,000th career point on a layup in the first half of tonight's game against Eastern Kentucky in the OVC Tournament:


Thursday, March 7, 2013

Kentucky in Bubble Trouble After Loss at Georgia

Georgia 72
Kentucky 62

Final from Athens, Georgia

The Kentucky Wildcats are in serious danger of missing the NCAA Tournament after suffering a disappointing 72-62 loss at Georgia Thursday night.

The Wildcats (20-10, 11-6 SEC) went just 23-for-62 (37.1%) from the field and 6-for-26 (23.1%) from long range. In addition, Georgia drilled 27-for-34 at the free throw line while Kentucky was only 10-for-18.

Kentavious Caldwell-Pope led the Bulldogs (15-15, 9-8) with 24 points and 10 rebounds. Nemanja Djurisic finished with 12 points.

Archie Goodwin scored 20 points for Kentucky but was just 7-for-15 from the field. Kyle Wiltjer struggled all night, finishing with 12 points on 5-for-16 shooting. Willie Cauley-Stein chipped in 10 points and 11 rebounds.

For Kentucky, tonight's loss greatly damages their at-large chances of getting into the NCAA Tournament. Saturday night's game against Florida is a must win if the Wildcats hope to have any chance of staying on the bubble.

Box Score (click to enlarge):

Morehead State Defeats UT-Martin in OVC Tournament

Morehead State 73
UT-Martin 66

Final from Nashville, Tennessee - OVC Tournament First Round

Morehead State (15-17) survived a poor shooting night and defeated Tennessee-Martin 73-66 in the first round of the Ohio Valley Conference Tournament in Nashville.

The Eagles went just 1-for-13 from the three-point line but dominated the paint. Morehead State won the rebounding battle 46-23 and our-scored the Skyhawks 42-22 in the paint.

Senior Milton Chavis scored 14 points to lead the Eagles. Angelo Warner and Bruce Reed chipped in 11 points each. Devon Atkinson chipped in 8 points and 4 assists.

UT-Martin (9-12) got 24 points from Mike Liabo. Terence Smith added 16.

The Eagles will take on Tennessee State in Thursday's quarterfinal round at 6:00 p.m. CST.

In last night's other first round game, SEMO defeated Eastern Illinois 78-68. SEMO will take on Eastern Kentucky University in tonight's other quarterfinal game at 8:00 p.m. CST.

Morehead State's Sean Woods, Milton Chavis and Angelo Warner talk about the win over UT-Martin:




Cauley-Stein, Hood Preview Georgia Game and More

Kentucky's Willie Cauley-Stein and Jon Hood preview tonight's road test at Georgia:


Wednesday, March 6, 2013

Field Set for 2013 NAIA DI National Tournament

The field is set for the 2013 Buffalo Funds NAIA Division I Men's Basketball National Championship.

Lindsey Wilson College, champions of the Mid-South Conference, will enter the tournament as the No. 2 overall seed. The Blue Raiders (29-4) will square off with Rocky Mountain (Mont.) (21-12) in the first round on March 14 at 8:00 p.m. CST.

University of Pikeville (26-6) earned the No. 8 overall seed and will face LSU Shreveport (La.) (24-6) in the first round. That game will be March 13 at 8:45 p.m. CST.

Georgetown College (23-8) is the No. 13 overall seed and will battle St. Thomas (Tex.) (28-5) in the first round on March 14 at 9:00 a.m. CST.

Pikeville and Georgetown are on the same side of the bracket and could potentially square off in the national semifinals.

Complete Bracket

John Calipari Previews Georgia Game and More

Kentucky head coach John Calipari previews tomorrow night's critical SEC road game at Georgia:


Elijah Pittman Sends Sweet Sixteen Message to Holmes

Marshall's Elijah Pittman talks to Scott Anderson of TheRoadtoRupp.com about playing in Rupp Arena, Holmes High School and more:

UK Recruit Julius Randle Added to McDonald's Game

Kentucky recruit Julius Randle is now a McDonald's All-American. He announced on Twitter this morning that he has been added to the rosters for the game:

J30_RANDLE  Was just told I was added to the McDonald AA game .. So blessed man

2013 KHSAA Boys Sweet Sixteen Tips Today

The 2013 KHSAA Boys Sweet Sixteen Basketball Tournament tips at Noon today in Rupp Arena.

Wayne County will battle Madison Central in the first game, followed by Holmes and PRP at 1:30 p.m.

Today's second session tips at 6:30 p.m. with Graves County vs. Ohio County. Hopkinsville and South Oldham wrap up the first day at 8:00 p.m.

Tomorrow, Warren Central tries to take down Montgomery County at Noon, followed by Fleming County against John Hardin.

The night session will pit Johnson Central vs. Ballard and Knott Central vs. Clay County.

My first round picks: Madison Central, PRP, Ohio County, Hopkinsville, Montgomery County, John Hardin, Ballard and Knott Central.

Here is a look at the bracket (click to enlarge):

UCLA Offers Former Morehead State PG Dre Mathieu

I was told by a good source last night that UCLA has extended an offer to former Morehead State point guard DeAndre "Dre" Mathieu from Knoxville, Tennessee.

Mathieu, a 5-foot-11 speedster, originally walked on at Morehead State for head coach Donnie Tyndall.

After Tyndall's departure, Mathieu went to Central Arizona (JUCO).

According to Knoxnews.com, Mathieu also picked up an offer from Washington State over the weekend.

Mathieu has averaged 16.3 points, 6.3 rebounds and 6.2 assists per game this season at Central Arizona.




Tuesday, March 5, 2013

Minnesota Timberwolves Beat Down the Harlem Shake

The Minnesota Timberwolves have raised the Harlem Shake bar:


OVC Releases Season Honors, Canaan Named Co-Player of the Year

The Ohio Valley Conference has released the league's 2012-13 season honors and all-conference teams.

Murray State's Isaiah Canaan is Co-Player of the Year with Belmont's Ian Clark.

Canaan is joined on the All-OVC first team by Clark, Eastern Kentucky's Mike DiNunno, Belmont's Kerron Johnson, Murray State's Ed Daniel and Tennessee State's Patrick Miller.

EKU's Glenn Cosey and Corey Walden are on the All-Newcomer Team.

2012-13 All-OVC Men’s Basketball Teams/Awards


OVC Co-Players of the Year: Ian Clark, Belmont and Isaiah Canaan, Murray State
OVC Defensive Player of the Year: Ian Clark, Belmont
OVC Freshman of the Year: Chris Horton, Austin Peay
OVC Coach of the Year: Rick Byrd, Belmont

All-OVC First Team

Ian Clark, Belmont
Isaiah Canaan, Murray State
Mike DiNunno, Eastern Kentucky
Kerron Johnson, Belmont
Ed Daniel, Murray State
Patrick Miller, Tennessee State

All-OVC Second Team

Jud Dillard, Tennessee Tech
Robert Covington, Tennessee State
Kellen Thornton, Tennessee State
Tarvin Gaines, Jacksonville State
Tyler Stone, Southeast Missouri

OVC All-Newcomer Team

Glenn Cosey, Eastern Kentucky
Travis Betran, Austin Peay
Corey Walden, Eastern Kentucky
Jeremiah Samarrippas, Tennessee Tech
Sherman Blanford, Eastern Illinois
Chris Horton, Austin Peay

There are 6 players on the All-OVC first-team and All-Newcomer team due to ties in voting.

Mendez-Valdez, Pettigrew Earn All-Mexican LNBP Honors

Former Western Kentucky University stars Orlando Mendez-Valdez and Steffphon Pettigrew have received All-Mexican LNBP honors from LatinBasket.com.

Mendez-Valdez, who averaged 16.6 points and 3.6 assists in 50 games for Halcones Xalapa, was named Domestic Player of the Year. He was also named to the all-league First Team and All-Domestic Players Team.

Pettigrew was Honorable Mention all-league. He averaged 20.9 points and 6.3 rebounds in 44 games for Abejas.

Latinbasket.com All-Mexican LNBP 1st Team 2013


Finals MVP: Ike Ofoegbu (205-F-85) of Toros
Player of the Year: LeRoy Hickerson (196-G-82) of Halc.Xalapa
Guard of the Year: LeRoy Hickerson (196-G-82) of Halc.Xalapa
Forward of the Year: Ike Ofoegbu (205-F-85) of Toros
Center of the Year: Kentrell Gransberry (206-C-85) of Soles
Domestic Player of the Year: Orlando Mendez-Valdez (185-G-86) of Halc.Xalapa
Import Player of the Year: Ike Ofoegbu (205-F-85) of Toros
Coach of the Year: Jose Martinez of Toros

1st Team

PG: Ricardo Melendez (179-83) of Panteras
G: LeRoy Hickerson (196-82) of Halc.Xalapa
G: Orlando Mendez-Valdez (185-86) of Halc.Xalapa
F: Ike Ofoegbu (205-85) of Toros
C: Kentrell Gransberry (206-85) of Soles

Honorable Mention

Antonio Garcia (203-F/C-76) of Panteras
Lorenzo Mata (205-C-86) of Halc.Xalapa
Roman Martinez (201-F-88) of Soles
Hector Hernandez (206-F-85) of Pioneros
Karim Malpica (190-G-78) of Panteras
Steve Monreal (180-PG-86) of Fuerza Regia
Steffphon Pettigrew (195-F-89) of Abejas
Eugene Phelps (198-F) of Abejas
Travis Gabbidon (201-F) of Guerreros

All-Domestic Players Team

G: Karim Malpica (190-78) of Panteras
G: Orlando Mendez-Valdez (185-86) of Halc.Xalapa
F: Roman Martinez (201-88) of Soles
C: Lorenzo Mata (205-86) of Halc.Xalapa
C: Lance Allred (211-81) of Fuerza Regia

Complete List of Honors

James Young to Visit Kentucky This Weekend

Kentucky signee James Young will be in Lexington this weekend for the Florida game:

James__Young Kentucky this weekend>>

Young was recently selected as a Mr. Basketball finalist in Michigan:

The chances of Oakland County seeing another Mr. Basketball join its ranks this month are 1-in-5, with the announcement that Rochester All-American senior James Young is one of the five finalists selected for the award, which will be named on March 18.


Young, a dominating 6-foot-6 ½ swingman, signed with Kentucky and averaging a gaudy 27 points, 17 rebounds and six assists this winter, is hoping to become the fourth prepster from the county to walk away with the prestigious honor, joining future NBA players, Chris Webber (Birmingham DCD-Michigan), Shane Battier (Birmingham DCD-Duke) and Paul Davis (Rochester-Michigan State).

The other four finalists for the award are Detroit Pershing’s Kahlil Felder (Oakland), Harper Woods Chandler Park Academy’s Derrick Walton, Jr. (Michigan), Flint Beecher’s Monte Morris (Iowa State) and Dowagiac’s Dontell Highsmith (Northern Illinois).

Complete Article

Monday, March 4, 2013

Julius Randle to Announce College Choice on March 20

Kentucky recruit Julius Randle posted on his Twitter account earlier that he will be announcing his college decision on March 20.

J30_RANDLE Announcing on March 20th at 12 .. Yessir can’t wait ! Haa


The announcement will be shown live on ESPNU.


Randle, a 6-foot-8 power forward who ranks No. 2 overall on the Rivals.com list for 2013, has narrowed his choices to Kentucky, Kansas, Texas, N.C. State, Florida and Oklahoma.

Deuce Briscoe Named MSC Player of the Week for 3rd Time

University of Pikeville's Jamar "Deuce" Briscoe was named Mid-South Conference Player of the Week for the third time this season earlier today.

Here is the release from the MSC:

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

The conference weekly award is Briscoe's third of the season and of his career. Briscoe also earned the award on Nov. 19 and Dec. 17.

Briscoe -- who was named the MSC Player of the Year on Thursday -- averaged 24 points per game while leading the Bears to a 3-1 week, including reaching the Mid-South Tournament championship game.

The Baltimore, Md., guard eclipsed the 30-point plateau twice last week. Briscoe scored 31 points in an 87-82 win over St. Catharine in the tournament quarterfinals and finished the week with 32 points in the finals in a 77-73 loss to Lindsey Wilson.

For the week, Briscoe shot 37.5 percent from the field, including 38.7 percent from 3-point range. He averaged 3.5 rebounds and 2.3 steals per contest last week.

Briscoe is second in the Mid-South this season averaging 22.6 points per game and leads the conference with an 84.5 percent free throw shooting percentage.

Nationally, Briscoe ranks fourth in scoring and 13th in free throw percentage.

No. 10-ranked Pikeville is 26-6 on the season and earned one of the MSC's two automatic bids into the NAIA National Tournament.

Photo: Mid-South Conference

Isaiah Canaan Needs One Point to Join 2,000-Point Club

Murray State senior Isaiah Canaan is one point away from becoming the 17th member of Ohio Valley Conference's 2,000-Point Club.

Canaan enters the OVC Tournament with 1,999 career points and will almost certainly join the elite club on Friday night when the Racers play in the OVC Tournament semifinals.

He will be the third OVC player in the last three years to reach the 2,000-Point Plateau (joining Morehead State’s Kenneth Faried and Tennessee Tech’s Kevin Murphy).

Andrew Harrison Leads Travis to Region Championship

Kentucky signee Andrew Harrison scored 32 points to lead Travis (Tex.) High School to a 61-53 win over Bush (Tex.) in the 5A Region III championship game on Saturday.

Bush had beaten Travis three times already this season.

Here is more from the Houston Chronicle:


It is Travis' second consecutive regional title. The Tigers (31-5) will join South Grand Prairie, Richardson Berkner and Cibolo Steele at the state tournament Friday in Austin.

The Tigers entered the season with all of the hype thanks to twin brothers Aaron and Andrew Harrison.

But led by Kelly Oubre and ShawnDre Jones, Bush (32-5) boasted a talented cast of its own. The Broncos used that group to gain the upper hand during three regular-season meetings.

That didn't stop Travis, though, from entering Saturday's regional final with confidence.

"My team is great. We don't back down from anybody," said Andrew Harrison, who scored 17 of his 32 points during a thrilling fourth quarter. "Bush is a great team with a great coach and great players. We knew we would have to come to play today."

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The Chronicle named Andrew Harrison "Boys Athlete of the Week":

Andrew Harrison, Travis


Notable: The senior point guard scored 32 points in Saturday's Class 5A Region III final win over rival Bush, including 17 in the fourth quarter. In the semifinals, he had 24 points, nine assists and seven rebounds.

DeMarcus Cousins the Luchador?

Is DeMarcus Cousins considering a career in professional wrestling after his basketball days are over?

Actually he is just modelling a luchador mask - they were distributed to Kings fans over the weekend (photo via Instagram):

2015 Star James Bolden Picks Up Offer from Xavier

James Bolden of Holmes High School has picked up his first NCAA Division I scholarship offer from Xavier.

"Chris Mack from Xavier University just offered my sophomore points guard, James "Beetle" Bolden," Holmes head coach Jason Booher said via text message this morning. "This is his first Division I scholarship offer."

Bolden just led Holmes (31-2) to the 9th Region championship. The Bulldogs will face PRP (25-7) at 1:30 p.m. on Wednesday.

NKU's Eshaunte Jones Named A-Sun Player of the Week

Northern Kentucky University's Eshaunte Jones was named Atlantic Sun Conference Player of the Week on Sunday night.

Here is a release from NKU:

MACON, Ga. – Northern Kentucky University's Eshaunte Jones has been selected as the Atlantic Sun Conference's Player of the Week, the league office announced Sunday night.


Jones, a 6-foot-4 senior guard from Fort Wayne, Ind., averaged 19.5 points per game last week as Northern Kentucky defeated North Florida and Jacksonville. He scored a career-high 30 points Thursday night to lead the Norse to a 72-45 win over North Florida. In that game, Jones also netted his 1,000th career point and was 10-for-15 from the field with six 3-pointers.

On Saturday night, Jones helped Northern Kentucky wipe out a 13-point deficit in the final 2:36 of the game as the Norse rallied for a 66-62 victory. He finished with nine points, three rebounds and two steals in that victory.

Jones now has 1,009 career points in his collegiate career, which began at Nebraska. He averages 15.8 points per game and has made 80 shots from 3-point range this season.

This is the second time Jones has earned the Atlantic Sun Conference Player of the Week honor. In addition, he was also named College Sports Madness A-Sun Player of the Week on Sunday night. This is a separate award from a national publication/website that covers all aspects of college sports.

Northern Kentucky wraps up the regular season March 14 with a non-conference road game at the University of San Francisco. That game is set to start at 10 p.m. Eastern time and can be heard live on WQRT (1160 AM).

Louisville's Russ Smith Makes List of 14 Finalists for Oscar Robertson Trophy

Louisville's Russ Smith has been selected as one of 14 finalists for the coveted Oscar Robertson National Player of the Year Trophy.

Here is the release from the USBWA:

ST. LOUIS (USBWA) – The U.S. Basketball Writers Association has selected 14 outstanding players as finalists for its 2013 Oscar Robertson National Player of the Year Trophy presented by Aflac and eight standout freshmen as finalists for the Integris Wayman Tisdale Award. Members of the association's board of directors chose the finalists and the entire 900-member USBWA will vote on the awards as well as the annual All-America and All-District teams.


The recipients are to be announced on Friday, April 5 in Atlanta at a 9:15 a.m. ET press conference and then formally presented their awards at the Devon Energy College Basketball Awards on Mon., April 15 at the National Cowboy and Western Heritage Museum in Oklahoma City. The Henry Iba Coach of the Year Award will also be presented at the gala to be held annually the Monday following the NCAA Men's Final Four.

Following are the finalsts for the Oscar Robertson National Player of the Year Trophy:

2013 OSCAR ROBERTSON TROPHY FINALISTS

Pos. No. Player, School Ht. Wt. Yr. Hometown
F 15 Anthony Bennett, UNLV 6-8 240 Fr. Brampton, Ont.
G 3 Trey Burke, Michigan 6-0 190 So. Columbus, Ohio
G 1 Michael Carter-Williams, Syracuse 6-6 185 So. Hamilton, Mass.
F 3 Doug McDermott, Creighton 6-8 225 Jr. Ames, Iowa
G 23 Ben McLemore, Kansas 6-5 195 Fr. St. Louis, Mo.
G 4 Victor Oladipo, Indiana 6-5 214 Jr. Upper Marlboro, Md.
F 13 Kelly Olynyk, Gonzaga 7-0 238 Jr. Kamloops, B.C.
F 5 Mason Plumlee, Duke 6-10 235 Sr. Warsaw, Ind.
F 22 Otto Porter, Georgetown 6-8 205 So. Sikeston, Mo.
G 33 Marcus Smart, Oklahoma State 6-4 225 Fr. Flower Mound, Texas
G 2 Russ Smith, Louisville 6-0 165 Jr. Brooklyn, N.Y.
F 1 Deshaun Thomas, Ohio State 6-7 215 Jr. Fort Wayne, Ind.
C 5 Jeff Withey, Kansas 7-0 235 Sr. San Diego, Calif.
F 40 Cody Zeller, Indiana 7-0 240 So. Washington, Ind.

Complete Release

Nerlens Noel is a Finalist for Wayman Tisdale Award

Injured Kentucky big man Nerlens Noel is one of eight finalists for the 2013 Wayman Tisdale Award.

Noel suffered a season ending knee injury in Kentucky's game at Florida.

2013 INTEGRIS WAYMAN TISDALE AWARD FINALISTS

Pos. No. Player, School Ht. Wt. Yr. Hometown

F 15 Anthony Bennett, UNLV 6-8 240 Fr. Brampton, Ont.

G 1 Jahii Carson, Arizona State 5-10 175 Fr. Mesa, Ariz.

G 14 Gary Harris, Michigan State 6-4 205 Fr. Fishers, Ind.

G 23 Ben McLemore, Kansas 6-5 195 Fr. St. Louis, Mo.

G/F 15 Shabazz Muhammad, UCLA 6-6 225 Fr. Las Vegas, Nev.

F 3 Nerlens Noel, Kentucky 6-10 228 Fr. Everett, Mass.

G 33 Marcus Smart, Oklahoma State 6-4 225 Fr. Flower Mound, Texas

G 14 Rasheed Sulaimon, Duke 6-4 185 Fr. Houston, Texas

Sunday, March 3, 2013

Randolph Morris Leads Beijing to CBA Semifinals

Former University of Kentucky star Randolph Morris led the Beijing Dunks to a sweep in their quarterfinal series against Guangsha L.

The Ducks defeated Guangsha 101-87 on Sunday to sweep the series 3-0.

Morris put in a double-double with a game-high 38 points and 10 rebounds. Former NBA star Stephon Marbury added 18 points and 10 assists.

The Ducks will face Shandong in the CBA semifinals.

Northern Kentucky Stuns Jacksonville With Amazing Comeback

Northern Kentucky 66
Jacksonville 62

Final from Highland Heights, Kentucky

Game recap by NKU:

HIGHLAND HEIGHTS, Ky. – If you were one of those fans who decided to leave a bit early Saturday night, when Jacksonville owned a 58-45 lead over Northern Kentucky with less than three minutes left in the game, Norse head coach Dave Bezold isn't upset with you. Not really.


In fact, he was just about ready to call it a night, too. Instead, Bezold applied full-court pressure against the visiting Dolphins, and the result was one of the most incredible come-from-behind victories in Northern Kentucky history.

Northern Kentucky rallied from that 13-point deficit in the final 2:36 of the game to post a 66-62 win over Jacksonville in front of a record-crowd of 6,719 in The Bank of Kentucky Center. It was the biggest crowd to ever watch a regular-season college basketball game in the facility, which opened in 2008.

But what was Bezold thinking with three minutes remaining?

“A: I'm very upset that people are walking out of our gym already. B: I don't want it to get to 20 (point defeat) for our seniors, so when do we stop fouling? And then, C: Who is coming out of the game first so they can get their recognition?” Bezold said. “But every timeout, we just kept believing and thought let's just get one good thing to happen. You just never know, and then all of a sudden it did. For everything to just seem to go the wrong way for 37 minutes, it's unbelievable.”

Down by 13 points with 2:36 left on the clock, Northern Kentucky applied full-court pressure and forced six turnovers to ignite a game-ending 21-4 run. Freshman guard Todd Johnson began the Norse rally with a 3-pointer while being fouled. He converted the free throw with 2:09 remaining to make it a 58-49 game.

A steal by Johnson on the Jacksonville inbounds pass led to a layup by Tyler White, cutting the Jacksonville lead to 58-51. Another Jacksonville turnover and a dunk by Ernest Watson brought the Norse to within five points (58-53), and when Johnson made a pair of free throws with 1:03 on the clock, Northern Kentucky had sliced the deficit to 58-55, and it was a one-possession game.


Craziest Ending to a Basketball Game...Ever?

Watch this...this very well could be the craziest ending ever - proof that a whole lot can happen in 2.9 seconds:

Lindsey Wilson Squeaks by UPIKE to Win Mid-South Tournament

(3) Lindsey Wilson 77
(10) Pikeville 73  F/OT

Final from Frankfort, Kentucky - Mid-South Tournament Championship

Game recap by LWC:

FRANKFORT, Ky. – In a game that will go down as an all-time Mid-South Conference Tournament classic, the top-seeded Lindsey Wilson College men's basketball team outlasted No. 2-seed Pikeville (Ky.) 77-73 in overtime on Sunday at the Frankfort Exhibition Center.


The tournament title is the first for the Blue Raiders (29-4) since 2005 and to do so it had to withstand an extraordinary performance from the conference's player of the year.

Pikeville's Jamar Briscoe hit six threes and shot 11 of 23 from the field to finish with a game-high 32 points, but it was a balanced attack by Lindsey Wilson that ultimately won it in the end.

Kalen Kimberland led the bunch with 25 points, hitting 12-of-16 shots from the free-throw line, while Milton Watts added 12 points and 10 rebounds, DeAntra Scott had 11 points and Chris Bridges finished with 10.

"Every play they ran was for Briscoe and we ran everything for Kalen," said Lindsey Wilson head coach Paul Peck. "Unbelievable performances. I can't think of a much better game in our league than this."

It all could have ended much differently with a made free throw in the final seconds of regulation.

Tied 64-64 with 10 seconds to play, Lindsey Wilson sent UPike's Elisha Justice to the line for one and the bonus. Justice missed his first shot and Kimberland came up short on a runner at the buzzer to send the game to overtime.

"I said it before the game, if the score got into the 90's, we didn't have a chance," said Peck. "But we kept it low with great defense and this is how it turned out."

Complete Recap

DeMarcus Cousins Posterizes Tim Duncan

Former Kentucky star DeMarcus Cousins takes aging veteran Tim Duncan to the rim:

Arkansas Fans Harassed Kentucky Walk-On Sam Malone Via Phone

Scott Anderson of NationofBlue.com and myself spoke to a source this evening who said Arkansas fans harassed Kentucky walk-on Sam Malone via cell phone for hours leading up to Saturday's game.

According to the source, Arkansas fans obtained Malone's cell number and distributed it publicly. As a result, Malone received "more than 50" text messages and "around 25 calls" of a harassing nature.

A large group of fans even chanted his phone number before and during Saturday's game.

I'm on board with passionate fans screaming at opposing players (within reason) but this type of behavior is unacceptable. Stay classy Razorbacks.

Cooper Highlights vs. Holmes in 9th Region Tournament

Highlights of Cooper High School from their 9th Region semifinal loss to Holmes:

Five from Centre College Earn SAA Honors

Five players from Centre College were recently honored by the Southern Athletic Association.

Here is a release from Centre:

Blake Scinta was selected as the Southern Athletic Association's Newcomer of the Year and was among five Centre players honored when the league released its all-conference team on Monday.

Scinta, a freshman center from Louisville, Ky., averaged a team-high 12.8 points per game, along with 5.3 rebounds and 1.3 blocks. After returning from injury, Scinta had a big second half of the season, including averaging 17.7 points in the SAA Tournament on the way to earning MVP honors.

The Colonels also had two players earn Second Team All-SAA honors in senior guard Bryon Ellis (Russell Springs, Ky.) and sophomore forward Josh Karsner (Frankfort, Ky.). Both players scored in double figures for the Colonels, with Karsner averaging 11.9 points per game and Ellis scoring 10.0 per game.

Scinta also was selected Honorable Mention All-SAA, where he was joined by teammates Donovan Whiteside (Knoxville, Tenn.) and Tyler Wesley (Crestwood, Ky.). Whiteside averaged 9.2 points per game for Centre while Wesley scored 7.8 per game while leading the conference in rebounds with 8.6 and blocks with 1.5.

The Colonels are currently 21-5 on the season and captured SAA regular season and tournament championships. Centre will begin NCAA Tournament play Saturday at North Central College in Naperville, Ill.

Patrick Patterson Says Cousins is "Like My Little Brother"

Former UK star Patrick Patterson talks about his relationship with DeMarcus Cousins:



Here is a recent interview with Cousins:

2013 Star Dominique Hawkins Talks Recruiting and More

Madison Central's Dominique Hawkins talks 11th Region championship, Mr. Basketball and recruiting with Scott Anderson of TheRoadtoRupp.com:

Field Set for 2013 Ohio Valley Conference Tournament

The field is set for the 2012-13 Ohio Valley Conference Tournament in Nashville, Tennessee.

Belmont and Murray State locked up the top two seeds by winning their respective divisions. The top two seeds earn a double bye and will not be in action until Friday's semifinals.

Eastern Kentucky enters the tournament as the No. 3 seed and Tennessee State is No. 4. The Colonels and Tigers each have a single bye and will await the winners of Wednesday night's opening round games.

Morehead State is the No. 5 seed and will face No. 8 UT-Martin in the tournament's opening game Wednesday evening at 6:00 p.m. CT. The winner will face Tennessee State on Thursday.

The other first round game pits No. 6 Southeast Missouri vs. No. 7 Eastern Illinois. The winner advances to face EKU on Thursday.

2013 Ohio Valley Conference Men's Basketball Championship (Municipal Auditorium - Nashville, Tenn.)


First Round -- Wednesday, March 6

Game 1 -- #5 Morehead State vs. #8 UT Martin - 7:00 p.m. (OVC Digital Network)
Game 2 -- #6 Southeast Missouri vs. #7 Eastern Illinois - 9:00 p.m. (OVC Digital Network)

Quarterfinals -- Thursday, March 7

Game 3 -- #4 Tennessee State vs. Game 1 Winner - 7:00 p.m. (OVC Digital Network)
Game 4 -- #3 Eastern Kentucky vs. Game 2 Winner - 9:00 p.m. (OVC Digital Network)

Semifinals -- Friday, March 8

Game 5 -- #1 Belmont vs. Game 3 winner, 7:00 p.m. (ESPNU)
Game 6 -- #2 Murray State vs. Game 4 winner, 9:00 p.m. (ESPN3.com; delayed on ESPNU)

Championship -- Saturday, March 9

Game 7 -- Semifinal Winners - 7:00 p.m. (ESPN2)

All times Eastern (ET)

Bracket (click to enlarge):

Celtics Sign Terrence Williams to Multi-Year Contract

The Boston Celtics announced today that they have signed former Louisville star Terrence Williams to a multi-year contract.

celtics The Boston Celtics announced today that they have signed guard/forward Terrence Williams to a multi-year contract.

Williams spent most of the season in China's CBA league.

The Celtics recently signed him to a 10-day contract . He has averaged 3.3 points, 2.3 rebounds and 1.5 assists in four games this season.

Dominique Hawkins Leads 11th Region All-Tournament Team

Madison Central's Dominique Hawkins was named Most Valuable Player of the 11th Region Tournament.

Here is the entire all-tournament team:

- Dominique Hawkins, Madison Central (MVP)

- Ken-Jah Bosley, Madison Central
- Quan Taylor, Madison Central
- Daniel Parke, Madison Central
- Jack Whitman, Lexington Catholic
- Tanner Johnson, Lexington Catholic
- Jarrod Griffin, Lexington Catholic
- Jordan Green, Henry Clay
- Trey Grundy, Henry Clay
- Trent Gilbert, Scott County
- Quin Richardson, Scott County
- Tyler Abshear, Madison Southern
- William Gary, Dunbar
- Rylan Rowe, Franklin County





Madison Central Wins 11th Region Tournament, Hawkins Named MVP

Madison Central (27-5) took control early in the second half and never looked back as they rolled to a 67-46 win over Lexington Catholic in the 11th Region championship game.

Ken-Jah Bosley led the way with 22 points. Dominique Hawkins, who might be the favorite to win Mr. Basketball, finished with 18 points, 13 rebounds and 7 assists. Quan Taylor chipped in 8 points, including three big time dunks.

Jack Whitman led Lexington Catholic (22-11) with 16 points.

Hawkins was named Most Valuable Player of the 11th Region tournament.

Stats (via Lexington Herald-Leader):

LEXINGTON CATHOLIC (22-11) — Whitman 16, Johnson 11, Avare 2, Talbott 4, Griffin 6, Pippen 3, Ryan 3, Banahan 1.

MADISON CENTRAL (28-5) — Hawkins 18, Bosley 22, Parke 5, Stocker 2, Taylor 8, Walker 6, Jones 2, George 4.

Lexington Catholic 12 9 7 18—46
Madison Central 17 13 13 24—67





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