Saturday, March 16, 2013

Daniel Orton Throwing Down Poster Dunks in the D-League

Watch as former Kentucky big man Daniel Orton throws down the poster dunk in the NBA Development League:

Georgetown College Advances to NAIA Fab Four

Georgetown College 86
Culver-Stockton (Mo.) 82

Final from Kansas City, Missouri - NAIA D1 National Tournament Quarterfinals

Game recap by GC:

Georgetown used a 12-2 run to pull off a remarkable comeback with an 86-82 win over Culver-Stockton (Mo.) today in the quarterfinals of the 2013 Buffalo Funds-NAIA Division I Men's Basketball Championship at Municipal Auditorium.


The Tigers (26-8) advance to Monday night's Fab Four and will play the winner of top-seeded Columbia (Mo.) and LSU-Shreveport. Tip-off for Monday's game is scheduled for 8 p.m. CT.

Trailing 80-74 with 4:28 remaining in regulation, the No. 13-seeded Tigers methodically chipped away at the lead on one end and held the Wildcats (26-9) without a field goal for the rest of the game on the other.

Garel Craig's two free throws with 2:20 left tied the game for the first time in the half -- and fourth and final time overall -- at 82-82.

Following a pair of Culver-Stockton misses at the free throw line, Monty Wilson drained an 18-footer near the top of the key to give the Tigers the lead for good at 84-82 with 30.4 seconds remaining. Wilson finished with a team-high 23 points, including four 3-pointers.

Culver-Stockton's Austin Keaton missed a three from the corner in the waning seconds and Allan Thomas secured the rebound and was fouled with 6.7 seconds left on the clock. Keaton was one of four Wildcats in double figures with 19.

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Kentucky Projected as a No. 1 Seed...In the NIT

The Kentucky Wildcats are projected as a No. 1 seed in the NIT following their disappointing loss to Vanderbilt in the SEC Tournament.

The NIT Bracket Project expects the Wildcats to miss the NCAA Tournament and projects them in a first round NIT game against Charleston Southern.

Here's a look (HT: Nationofblue.com):



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Andrew Wiggins, Huntington Prep Put on a Show for Charity

Check out this video of Kentucky recruit Andrew Wiggins and his Huntington Prep teammates putting on a show for charity:

Video description: Huntington Prep and St. Joes Boys And Girls Varsity Basketball teams put together a charity game to raise money and awareness to UNICEF.


Lindsey Wilson Advances to NAIA National Quarterfinals

Lindsey Wilson 66
Faulkner 60

Final from Kansas City, Missouri - NAIA DI Tournament Second Round

Game recap by LWC:

KANSAS CITY, Mo. With its postseason future looking bleak, No. 2-seed Lindsey Wilson handed the ball to senior Darren Ballou and let him lead the way to a 66-60 win against Faulkner (Ala.) in the second round of the NAIA Men's Basketball National Championship on Friday night at Municipal Auditorium.

Lindsey Wilson advances to the quarterfinals of the national tournament for just the third time in program history, facing MidAmerica Nazarene (Kan.) at 8 p.m. CT on Saturday.

Friday's game actually finished early Saturday morning at about 12:25 a.m. CT, but Ballou had no intentions of putting the Blue Raiders to bed. Instead the Columbia, Ky., native knocked down a career-high five threes to finish with a career-best 19 points.

Ballou had four threes in the first half, including two in the final two minutes as Lindsey Wilson chopped a 10-point deficit down to two at 31-29 by halftime.

A three by Daronte' Clark in the second half gave Lindsey Wilson its first lead since going up 1-0 on a game-opening free throw. Clark's shot made it 47-44 with 8:45 to play, but Faulkner rallied back to lead by six with just under four minutes to go.

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Goodman: Kentucky Should Decline NIT Invite

Jeff Goodman of CBSSports.com thinks Kentucky should decline an invitation to the NIT if they fail to earn an NCAA Tournament bid.

The Wildcats, which lost to Vanderbilt in the quarterfinals of the SEC Tournament, are sitting squarely on the bubble.

Here's an excerpt of Goodman's thoughts:

However, now this team doesn't deserve a spot in the field -- even in this year of the sup-bar bubble. Sure, there were a couple wins against Mizzou and Florida, but this team is just .500 without Noel in the lineup -- and was barely a bubble team with their star freshman big man. Florida and Missouri are the lone lock NCAA tournament teams that UK has taken care of this season.

This team really hasn't progressed this season. For every step forward, there's been a step back. Ryan Harrow remains a mediocre (at best) floor leader, Alex Poythress is soft and erratic and Archie Goodwin hasn't displayed the feel or toughness to be a go-to guy. Willie Cauley-Stein is big, strong and athletic, but he's also raw and a year or so away from being a star.

Honestly, no one wants to watch this Kentucky team anymore. It's painful for BBN and Calipari. Let's end the agony, and send these guys to the irrelevant tourney, the NIT. If I were Calipari, I'd decline the invite and end this season with some semblence of dignity rather than, say, losing to Stony Brook in the NIT.


This year's edition of young 'Cats has been a disappointment -- and will have to sweat it out on Sunday.

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Kentucky Players Talk About SEC Tournament Loss

Here are postgame comments from several Kentucky players following last night's loss to Vandy in the SEC Tournament:





Friday, March 15, 2013

Emotional Ryan Harrow Takes Blame for Kentucky Loss

Kentucky's Ryan Harrow gets emotional following tonight's disappointing loss to Vanderbilt in the SEC Tournament:



* Video by Kentucky Kernel on YouTube

Music City Meltdown: Vandy Crushes Kentucky in SEC Tournament

Vanderbilt 64
Kentucky 48

Final from Nashville, Tennessee - SEC Tournament Quarterfinals

Vanderbilt took control of the game late in the first half and was never seriously threatened as they throttled Kentucky 64-48 Friday night in the SEC Tournament quarterfinals.

The Commodores (16-16) placed four players in double figures and shot 23-for-46 (50%) from the field.

Dai-Jon Parker led the way for Vandy with 12 points and 6 rebounds. Kevin Bright added 11 points. Kyle Fuller and Kedren Johnson each scored 10 points.

Vanderbilt was 8-for-17 (47.1%) from long range and an impressive 10-for-11 (90.9%) from the free throw line.

Archie Goodwin led Kentucky (21-11) with 12 points and 5 rebounds. Kyle Wiltjer scored 10 points off the UK bench. Willie Cauley-Stein chipped in 7 points and 9 rebounds.

The Wildcats shot just 18-for-52 (34.6%) from the field, 4-for-14 (28.6%) from the three-point line and 8-for-16 (50%) from the charity stripe.

Kentucky will not travel back to Lexington for a couple over nervous days leading up to the NCAA Tournament Selection Show Sunday evening. The Wildcats are squarely on the bubble and could potentially end up with an NIT bid.


Vandy's Memorial Gym: Behind Enemy Lines, Pt. II

This is part two of some pictures I took during a recent visit to Vanderbilt's Memorial Gymnasium, which is widely known as one of the more unique arenas in college basketball.

Part one focused on the men's basketball offices and the hallways leading up to the actual playing court. This set of pictures are from inside the actual gym.

The actual playing surface in Memorial Gym is very nice. The weird part is that the court is elevated roughly 3-feet and those sitting in the front row are seemingly eye-level to the playing surface.

In other words, players could conceivably fall off the court. To be fair, the court "drop off" is a pretty safe distance away from the sidelines and it would be rather difficult for a player to wonder that far off the court.

In the corners of the arena, there are these giant yellow and black drapes with various sports figures painted on them (see picture below).

Perhaps the most unique aspect of the entire setup is the realization that the teams actually sit on the baselines and the shot clock is situated beside the opposing basket. One look at how the court is arranged quickly gave me an understanding of why road teams have so many problems when playing here.

 Here are a few pictures I was able to snap: 


Vanderbilt's Memorial Gym: Behind Enemy Lines, Pt. I

I was in Nashville last weekend for the OVC Tournament and couldn't resist the urge to get a closer look at Vanderbilt's famed Memorial Gymnasium.

Luckily, the back door was open so I was able to get inside the SEC's most unique arena.

As soon as one goes through the back entrance to the arena, he finds himself at the Men's Basketball Office. From there, a winding hallway completely decked out in Vandy black and gold leads to the actual playing court.

There are various pictures on the walls similar to the "Toughness" photo seen here. Basketball isn't the only sport featured in the photos. I noted several other sports, including a giant photo of NFL quarterback Jay Cutler.

The hallway splits towards the end with one path leading to various locker rooms and training facilities and the other leading to the Barrett Victory Tunnel.

The Victory Tunnel door offers direct access to the playing court and I suspect is where the Commodores enter on game day.




















Bowling Green High School to Host Vette City Showcase

Bowling Green High School will host the 2013 Vette City Showcase on Saturday, April 13.

The showcase will allow potential college recruits to play in front of various levels of college coaches.

When: Saturday, April 13th, 2013
Where: Bowling Green High School (Bowling Green, KY)

Why attend the Vette City Showcase?

- Opportunity to compete against quality competition and earn interest from College Coaches

- NCAA D2, D3, NAIA and Junior College Coaches to be in attendance

- Each participant will receive: Minimum of 3 Evaluation games, Equal Playing Time, Skill Development Sessions and Camp gear
- Top Quality facility with 3 courts under one roof

- Camp staffed by top area high school coaches
- Educational Session about Understanding the Recruitment Process

Camp Details & Payment Terms:

- Current 11th-12th graders are eligible to participate (If 9th/10th graders interested please contact us)

- Cost: $50 if Pre-registered by March 24th; $60 Late-Registration/Walk-ups

- Check-in/Late Registration begins at 8 am on April 13th

- Register early as space is limited and it WILL fill up fast!

- Parents welcome to attend (Free admission)

- Concessions will be available

- Hotel Discounts available

Tentative Camp Schedule:

8:00 – 9:15 Check-in/Late-Registration
9:15 – 9:30 Introduction & Stretching
9:30 – 10:50 Skills Development Stations
11:00 – 4:00 Evaluation Games (Players will have a break in between games)

For More Info, contact DG Sherrill at Donald.sherrill@bgreen.kyschools.us or call 270-784-3705

Click Here to Register

Oscar Combs on Who Stays and Who Goes at Kentucky

Larry Vaught of The Advocate Messenger (HT: Scott Anderson of NationofBlue.com) caught up with the one and only Oscar Combs in Nashville this week.

Combs gave his thoughts on who stays and who leaves the Kentucky Wildcats after this season.

Worth a listen (click to play):

John Calipari Talks About SEC Tournament Game Against Vanderbilt

Kentucky head coach John Calipari speaks to the media in Nashville prior to tonight's SEC Tournament game against Vanderbilt:

Peyton Siva Selected as Big East Scholar Athlete of the Year

Louisville senior Peyton Siva was recently selected as the 2013 American Eagle Outfitters Big East Scholar Athlete of the Year.

Here is a release from UL:

LOUISVILLE, Ky. - University of Louisville men's basketball's Peyton Siva was selected as the 2013 American Eagle Outfitters BIG EAST Scholar Athlete of the Year, the conference office announced on Tuesday.


This season alone, Siva has accumulated multiple honors away from the hardwood. After earning a spot on the CoSIDA Academic All-District first team, the sociology major landed a spot as the program's second CoSIDA Academic All-American in late February. A second-team pick, Siva boasts a 3.37 cumulative grade-point average and was named Louisville's American Eagle Outfitters Institutional Male Scholar-Athlete, as chosen by the BIG EAST Conference's Academic Affairs Committee.

Just two weeks ago, the Seattle, Wash., native was recognized for his contributions to the community. He was the only BIG EAST player named to the Allstate NABC Good Works Team for his charitable efforts in the areas of volunteerism and civic involvement, which include building homes for the elderly, leading basketball clinics, reading to students and working with children with hearing disabilities.

Complete release

Photo: Eastbay.com

Lindsey Wilson Holds Off Rocky Mountain in National Tournament

Lindsey Wilson 84
Rocky Mountain (Mont.) 79

Final from Kansas City, Missouri - NAIA National Tournament First Round

Game recap by LWC:

KANSAS CITY, Mo. – For the first time since 2006, Lindsey Wilson is advancing to the NAIA Men's Basketball National Championship second round after withstanding a late barrage of threes to beat Rocky Mountain (Mont.) 84-79 on Thursday night at Municipal Auditorium.


"I give Coach (Bill) Dreikosen and his kids a lot of credit for never quitting tonight," said Lindsey Wilson head coach Paul Peck. "It didn't matter what we did and how big our lead got, they just kept coming."

Now it's on to the second round for the Blue Raiders against the winner of No. 15-seed Xavier (La.) and Faulkner (Ala.) at 9:45 p.m. CT on Friday.

Lindsey Wilson (30-4) led by 10 with 59 seconds to play, but the Battlin' Bears' Malachi Roberts hit three 3-pointers in the final minute to make it an 83-79 game with 19 seconds to play.

Chris Bridges added a free throw to make it a five-point game on the next possession as Rocky Mountain finally (21-13) cooled off from long distance, missing its final two attempts.

Kalen Kimberland finished with a game-high 24 points in the win with Bridges and Daronte' Clark reaching double figures as well with 13 and 11, respectively. Kimberland also got after it on the glass, pulling down a team-best 11 boards.

"Kalen was simply terrific tonight," said Peck. "He's been here before and we wanted the ball in his hands. I challenged him to be the best player on the court and he stepped up and led us to this win."

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Video: James Young Dunks in High School Playoffs

Future Kentucky guard James Young throws it down on the break in a recent state playoff game:

Rick Pitino Post Game Thoughts After Win Over Villanova

Here are Rick Pitino's post game comments after Louisville defeated Villanova in the Big East Conference Tournament last night:



* Video by steveandress on YouTube

Louisville Blasts Villanova, Advances to Big East Semifinals

Louisville 74
Villanova 55

Final from New York, New York - Big East Tournament Quarterfinals

Game recap by UL:

NEW YORK (AP) - Russ Smith figured the best way he could honor Jack Curran on Thursday night was by leading Louisville to a win.


Smith scored 28 points in a bittersweet homecoming, carrying the fourth-ranked Cardinals into the Big East tournament semifinals with a 74-55 victory over Villanova only hours after the death of his esteemed high school coach.

''Today was definitely Coach Curran day for me, and it will be the rest of my life,'' he said.

Smith and the defending champion Cardinals (27-5) harassed Villanova into 25 turnovers and advanced to play Notre Dame or Marquette in the late game Friday night at Madison Square Garden.

Luke Hancock added 12 points off the bench for second-seeded Louisville, which has won eight straight - seven by at least 14 points. Peyton Siva, the tournament MVP last year, scored 10.

After the game, the Cardinals received a surprise visit from President Bill Clinton. A longtime basketball fan, he and coach Rick Pitino have been friendly since Pitino was at Kentucky and introduced Clinton on campus.

''We got the chance to take a lot of pictures. It was a big treat for our guys,'' Pitino said. ''It was a lot of fun. ... He was just telling a lot of stories.''

JayVaughn Pinkston had 21 points for the seventh-seeded Wildcats (20-13), confident they'll receive an at-large bid to the NCAA tournament Sunday thanks to a string of high-profile wins against top-notch opponents this season. Mouphtaou Yarou added 13 points and 11 rebounds.

Complete Recap

Georgetown College Escapes, Advances in National Tournament

Georgetown College 70
St. Thomas-Houston 68

Final from Kansas City, Missouri - NAIA National Tournament First Round

Game recap by GC:

KANSAS CITY, Mo. -- Georgetown's interior game was too much today for St. Thomas-Houston (Texas) as the 13-seeded Tigers advanced with a 70-68 win in the 2013 Buffalo Funds-NAIA Division I Men's Basketball Championship at Municipal Auditorium.

The Tigers (24-8) advance to Friday's second round against the winner of No. 4-seed John Brown (Ark.) and unseeded Life (Ga.). Tip-off for Friday's game is scheduled for 12:30 p.m. CT.

Georgetown's Vic Moses scored 26 points and pulled down 21 rebounds and Deondre McWhorter added nine points and 12 rebounds to propel the Tigers to the hard-fought win. The Tiger duo helped Georgetown to a commanding 50-31 rebounding edge.

After leading by as many as 14 points early in the second half and 60-50 midway through the half, it took a Garel Craig free throw with 14.6 seconds left to secure the win.

St. Thomas-Houston (28-6) methodically chipped away at the Tigers' second-half lead thanks in large part to the play of Travis Lampley -- who finished with 22 points.

The Celts trimmed the Georgetown lead to 64-63 with 2:34 left in the game after Caleb Williams made one of two free throws. Williams ended with 13 points.

McWhorter and Moses scored on back-to-back possessions to give the Tigers -- who never trailed in the game -- a 68-63 cushion with 48.1 seconds left.

Complete Recap

Thursday, March 14, 2013

Gallatin County's Kristian Morgan Signs with Asbury University

Gallatin County star Kristian Morgan signed a full tuition athletic scholarship to play basketball at Asbury University on Tuesday.
 
Morgan led the Gallatin County Wildcats this year in scoring (20.7 ppg) and rebounding (6.1 rpg).
Pictured: Kristian is seated with Gallatin Co. Coach Jon Jones and Asbury Coach Will Shouse.
 
 

Video: Anthony Davis Nets 20 Points, 18 Rebounds vs. Grizzlies

Watch the highlights of Anthony Davis scoring 20 points and pulling down a career-high 18 rebounds against the Memphis Grizzlies:

John Calipari Watches 2014 Star Jalen Lindsey

Kentucky head coach John Calipari stopped in to watch 2014 star Jalen Lindsey this afternoon in Nashville.

johnvarlas UK coach John Calipari here at the game, checking out CPA star Jalen Lindsey I'm sure.

Lindsey, a 6-foot-6 small forward at Christ Presbyterian Academy, is rated as a four-star recruit by Rivals.com.

He has interest from a long list of schools, including Louisville.

Photo: Rivals.com

Brandon Knight Likely to Miss Several Games with Sprained Ankle

It appears that former Kentucky star Brandon Knight will likely miss more games than originally thought for the Detroit Pistons.

Knight suffered an ankle sprain Monday and is likely to miss several games.

Here is more from Freep.com:

Assistant coach Brian Hill later confirmed what was apparent -- Knight won't quickly recover from a left sprained ankle he suffered Monday night at Utah.


"He's got pretty good swelling in it still," Hill said at the Sports Club/LA. "It's probably going to be something that's going to take awhile."

It's probably a safe bet that Knight would miss more games than Wednesday night's against the Golden State Warriors. The last game of the four-game trip is Saturday at Portland.

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Under Armour Produces Shirt Inspired by DeAndre Jordan's Dunk

Under Armour has developed a shirt to commemorate DeAndre Jordan's crazy dunk over former Kentucky star Brandon Knight (image via Under Armour):



Dominique Hawkins Leads 2013 All-BluegrassPreps.com Team

BluegrassPreps.com has released their annual All-BluegrassPreps.com Boys Basketball Team. The site named Madison Central's Dominique Hawkins Player of the Year.

Here's a look:

2013 All-BluegrassPreps.com Boys Basketball Team


James Bolden - Holmes
Shane Hall - Johnson Central
Dominique Hawkins - Madison Central
Camron Justice - Knott County Central
Jordan Majors - Hopkinsville
Kelan Martin - Ballard
Omar Prewitt - Montgomery County
Quentin Snider - Ballard
Rusty Troutman - Bullitt East
Derek Willis - Bullitt East

Player of the Year - Dominique Hawkins

Source

2013 SG Petar Rusic Will Visit Morehead State Today

Petar Rusic, a 6-foot-4 shooting guard from 22 Feet Academy, will be visiting Morehead State University today.

Rusic, who is well-known as an outstanding long range shooter, has been hearing from Morehead State, West Virginia, Missouri, Purdue, Kansas State, St. Bonaventure, Dusquesne and Charlotte.

Niels Bunschoten, a 6-foot-8 forward, will join Rusic on today's visit.

Pikeville Falls to LSU-Shreveport in NAIA National Tournament

LSU-Shreveport 91
(8) Pikeville 87

Final from Kansas City, Missouri - NAIA D1 National Tournament First Round

Game recap by UPIKE:

KANSAS CITY – Unseeded LSU-Shreveport answered No. 8 University of Pikeville at every turn and held on for a 91-87 win Wednesday night in the 2013 Buffalo Funds-NAIA Division I Men's Basketball National Championship.


With the loss, UPike's season ended at 26-7, tying for the fifth-most wins in a season since becoming a four-year school with the 1955-56 season. The Bears also fell to 8-6 in seven trips to the national tournament, a record highlighted by their 2011 run when they became the first school to beat five seeded teams en route to the championship.

Pikeville shot 50.7 percent from the field, thanks to 20-of-36 (55.6 percent) in the second half. The Bears were 26-of-40 (65 percent) inside the three-point stripe, but were only 9-of-29 (31 percent) from outside it. That figure was further complicated by an 8-of-18 (44.4 percent) performance from the free throw line.

As if that wasn't bad enough, it happened on a night when the opponent went 29-of-38 (76.3 percent) from the stripe.

Complete Recap

Wednesday, March 13, 2013

James Young Posts Double-Double in Regional Championship Game

Kentucky recruit James Young finished with 27 points and 12 rebounds tonight to lead Rochester (Mich.) to a 65-41 win over Lahser in the regional championship game.

Here's from MIPrepZone.com:

The possible Mr. Basketball award winner come Monday and Kentucky-bound Young put Lahser away by himself in the final quarter, scoring 13 of his game-high 27 points in the fourth to help Rochester build as much as a 26-point lead.
Young also had 12 rebounds, but the win also showed that Rochester has much more than Young and senior center Arben Camaj.

Senior point guard Jason Lee had six points, eight assists and five rebounds, senior Manny Mendoza scored 11 points and Mike Murri added six points and tough defense for the Falcons (21-4).

“They really stepped up,” Young said of the supporting cast. “Me and Arben can’t carry the team by ourselves. We need everyone else to step up and that’s what they did today.”

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The Kentucky Wildcats Arrive in Nashville for the SEC Tournament

Here is footage of the Kentucky Wildcats arriving in Nashville earlier today for the SEC Tournament:

Nerlens Noel Named to 2013 USBWA Freshman All-America Team

Kentucky's Nerlens Noel has been named to the 2013 USBWA Freshman All-American Team.

Noel is joined on the team by Anthony Bennett (UNLV), Ben McLemore (Kansas), Shabazz  Muhammad (UCLA) and Marcus Smart (Oklahoma State).

Smart received the Wayman Tisdale Award as the nation's top freshman player.

2013 USBWA FRESHMAN ALL-AMERICA TEAM


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

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

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

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Emmanuel Owootoah Still Waiting for College Offers

According to a report from ZagsBlog.com, Cordia point guard Emmanuel Owootoah has not received any major offers and is now playing the waiting game.

Several college coaches evaluated Owootoah after he was ruled eligible to compete at Cordia but he is still waiting for offers.



Here is an excerpt from ZagsBlog:

Emmanuel Owootaoh is still waiting on some high-major offers and his recruitment is in flux.


The 2013 point guard from Canada who played at Cordia (Ky.) High School said he’s been in touch with DePaul and expects to hear from Indiana this week.


“I’ve spoken to DePaul,” he said. “I’m supposed to be speaking with Indiana coach Tom Crean tonight or this week.”

UCLA, Kentucky and Seton Hall are among the schools that have also expressed interest in Owootoah, but he has yet to receive any major offers, he said.

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The 2013 Big East Conference Tournament is Underway

The 2013 Big East Conference Men's Basketball Tournament is underway at Madison Square Garden.

The Louisville Cardinals, the tourney's No. 2 seed, will play the winner of St. John's and Villanova tomorrow night at 7:00 p.m.

Here's a schedule:

Tuesday, March 12

Seton Hall 46 South Florida 42 (OT)
Rutgers 76 DePaul 57

Wednesday, March 13

Cincinnati 61 Providence 44
2:00 p.m. Syracuse vs. Seton Hall
7:00 p.m. Villanova vs. St. John's
9:00 p.m. Notre Dame vs. Rutgers

Thursday, March 14

12:00 p.m. Georgetown vs. Cincinnati
2:00 p.m. Pittsburgh vs. Seton Hall/Syracuse
7:00 p.m. Louisville vs. St. John's/Villanova
9:00 p.m. Marquette vs. Rutgers/Notre Dame

Friday, March 15

7:00 p.m. Semifinal #1
9:00 p.m. Semifinal #2

Saturday, March 16

8:30 p.m. Championship Game

Tournament Bracket (click to enlarge):


Wiltjer, Cauley-Stein Talk About the SEC Tournament

Kentucky's Kyle Wiltjer and Willie Cauley-Stein talk about the upcoming Southeastern Conference Tournament in Nashville:



John Calipari Previews the SEC Tournament

Kentucky head coach John Calipari previews the 2013 SEC Tournament:

2013 SEC Tournament Tips Tonight in Nashville

The 2013 SEC Men's Basketball Tournament tips off tonight with opening round games in Nashville's Bridgestone Arena.

Kentucky has a double bye and will play the winner of Vanderbilt and Arkansas on Friday night at 7:30 p.m .ET.

2013 SEC Tournament Schedule

* All times ET

Wednesday, March 13

7:30 p.m. #12 South Carolina vs. #13 Mississippi State SEC Network/ESPN3
10:00 p.m. #11 Texas A&M vs. #14 Auburn SEC Network/ESPN3 

Thursday, March 14

1:00 p.m. #8 Georgia vs. #9 LSU SEC Network/ESPN3 
3:30 p.m. #5 Tennessee vs. Game 1 Winner SEC Network/ESPN3 
7:30 p.m. #10 Vanderbilt vs. #7 Arkansas SEC Network/ESPN3 
10:00 p.m. #6 Missouri vs. Game 2 Winner SEC Network/ESPN3 

Friday, March 15

1:00 p.m. #1 Florida vs. Game 3 Winner ESPNU 
3:30 p.m. #4 Alabama vs. Game 4 Winner ESPNU 
7:30 p.m. #2 Kentucky vs. Game 5 Winner SEC Network/ESPN3 
10:00 p.m. #3 Ole Miss vs. Game 6 Winner SEC Network/ESPN3 

Saturday, March 16

1:00 p.m. Game 7 Winner vs. Game 8 Winner ABC 
3:30 p.m. Game 9 Winner vs. Game 10 Winner ABC 

Sunday, March 17 (SEC Championship Game)

1:00 p.m. Game 11 Winner vs. Game 12 Winner ABC

Complete Bracket (click to enlarge):

Mid-Continent Comes Up Just Short in NCCAA Regional Title Game

Tennessee Temple 80
Mid-Continent 72

Final from Chattanooga, Tennessee - NCCAA Mid-East Regional Championship Game

Game recap by MCU:

CHATTANOOGA, Tenn. - All Season long, the Mid-Continent University basketball team has put itself in a position to hame to overcome deficits early in games. On Saturday, that pattern caught up to the Cougars at the worst time.


Tennessee Temple University (22-11) scored the first 12 points of the NCCAA's Mid-East Regional Championship game, and though Mid-Continent (18-14) battled back to tie the game late in the second half, the Cougars were unable to pull in front, falling to the Crusaders, 80-72.

The Crusaders surged out of the gate, opening the game on a 12-0 run, and Mid-Continent did not score until the 17:00 mark, when Gavin Scott converted a pass from Charles Peden to trim the deficit to 10 points at 12-2. The basket jump-started the Cougars, and Mid-Continent clawed their way pack into the game, quickly pulling to within four at 13-9 and again at 15-11 with 13:20 to play in the half. Mid-Continent eventually closed to within three points at 31-28, but in the final 2:46 of the half, the Crusaders stretched their lead back out, and at the break, Mid-Continent found themselves trailing by nine, 43-34. Tennessee Temple pushed the lead back to 10-points early in the second period, but Mid-Continent quickly battled back to trail by only three when Lee Ames knocked down a 3-pointer with 13:53 left in the game. Just a minute and a half later, Ames buried a fade away jumper to bring the Cougars level at 51-51. The teams split the next 12 points, trading baskets for the ensuing two minutes, then the Crusaders put together an 8-0 run to take the lead 65-57 at the 6:17 mark. Scott pulled Mid-Continent within four points with 4:47 to play, but that was as close as the Cougars were able to get. Tennessee Temple kept the Cougars at bay as time ticked away, claiming the win and the Regional Championship, 80-72.

Complete Recap

Georgetown College Extends Record with 22nd Straight Tournament Appearance

The Georgetown College Tigers secured a spot in the Buffalo Funds NAIA Division I Men's Basketball National Tournament last week when the field was announced.

Georgetown's record is now extended to 22-consecutive appearances in the national tournament.

Here's more from GC:

Georgetown College men's basketball streak in the Buffalo Funds NAIA Division I Men's Basketball National Tournament continues with a record 22nd straight appearance and a record 32 overall. The No. 13 Tigers (24-8) will play University of St. Thomas (28-5) 9 am Thursday in Kansas City, Mo.

"Wild things can happen in Kansas City," said GC coach Chris Briggs. "You want to make the tournament and then get there and focus in at the task at hand. Anything can happen now."

The Tigers have shown to be a hot and cold team at times this season, dealing with multiple injuries and illness. However, over the past two months are 14-4 with wins over multiple ranked opponents and all four losses to ranked teams.

"We've had a lot to deal with this season, but so has everyone else. Injuries happen and you have to role with it," Briggs said. "I believe that is why we've come together so well. At times when we just had seven healthy guys, there was nothing to do but to play together."

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Campbellsville University Missed NAIA Tourney by One Spot

It was heartbreak city for Campbellsville University last week as they missed the NAIA DI National Tournament by one spot in the national polls.

Here's an explanation from CU:

KANSAS CITY, Mo. – Campbellsville University men's basketball fell six points shy of earning the final at-large bid to the 76th annual NAIA Division I Men's Basketball Tournament.

Due to four upsets across the nation in conference tournament action last week, the Tigers needed to climb to No. 28 in Wednesday's NAIA Coaches' Poll. They finished 29th with 26 points, six points behind Culver-Stockton College (32).

Campbellsville concluded its NAIA season with a 20-12 record, including a perfect 3-0 record against NAIA Top 5 opponents and a 5-4 mark against Top 25 programs at the time of playing them.

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Richard Pitino a Finalist for Joe B. Hall National Coach of the Year Award

Florida International head coach Richard Pitino just missed the NCAA Tournament this season but his first season as a head coach should still be considered very successful.

Pitino led FIU to an 18-14 overall record and an 11-9 Sun Belt Conference slate, including a runner-up finish in the league tournament. The Golden Panthers were 14-7 in the 2013 portion of their schedule.

Last season, FIU finished 8-21 overall and 5-11 in the league.

As a result of his first season success, Pitino is in the running for the 2013 Joe B. Hall National Coach of the Year Award, which is presented by CollegeInsider.com.

2013 Joe B. Hall Award Finalists


Kevin Baggett Rider
Jamion Christian Mount St. Mary's
Mike Martin Brown
Bashir Mason Wagner
Dan Muller Illinois State
Kevin Ollie Connecticut
Jack Perri LIU-Brooklyn
Richard Pitino FIU
Nick Robinson Southern Utah
Travis Williams Tennessee State

Here is an all-access piece with Pitino and the FIU program:   All-Access with FIU from CollegeInsider.com on Vimeo.

Isaiah Canaan a Finalist for 2013 Lou Henson Award

Murray State senior Isaiah Canaan is one of 25 finalists for the 2013 Lou Henson Award.

The award is presented annually to the top mid-major player in college basketball.


FINALISTS FOR 2013 LOU HENSON AWARD
Travis Bader 6-5 Jr. Oakland
Billy Baron 6-2 Jr. Canisius
Jerrelle Benimon 6-8 Jr. Towson
Tommy Brenton 6-5 Sr. Stony Brook
Ryan Broekhoff 6-7 Sr. Valparaiso
Isaiah Canaan 6-1 Sr. Murray State
Jackie Carmichael 6-9 Sr. Illinois State
Will Cherry 6-1 Sr. Montana
Ian Clark 6-3 Sr. Belmont
Jake Cohen 6-10 Sr. Davidson
D.J. Cooper 6-0 Sr. Ohio
Matthew Dellavedova 6-4 Sr. Saint Mary's
James Ennis 6-7 Sr. Long Beach
Juan'ya Green 6-3 So. Niagara
Tyler Haws 6-5 So. BYU
Lamont Jones 6-0 Sr. Iona
Jake Odum 6-4 Jr. Indiana State
Jamal Olasewere 6-7 Sr. LIU-Brooklyn
Zeke Marshall 7-0 Sr. Akron
Ray McCallum 6-3 Jr. Detroit
Doug McDermott 6-8 Jr. Creighton
Mike Muscala 6-11 Sr. Bucknell
Augustine Rubit 6-7 Jr. South Alabama
Taylor Smith 6-6 Sr. Stephen F. Austin
Nate Wolters 6-4 Sr. South Dakota State

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Kentucky Wesleyan Considering Series with USI in 2013-14

Kentucky Wesleyan College, which is moving to the newly formed Great Midwest Athletic Conference, is hoping for a home-and-home serious with long-time rival Southern Indiana next season.

Another idea being considered is a G-MAC/GLVC Challenge.

Here's more on scheduling ideas from KWC:

One potential non-conference highlight that Lee is hoping for is a home-and-home with long-time rival Southern Indiana. Eagles coach Rodney Watson has reciprocated interest as well, Lee said.


"We've already talked about it. We've just got to find dates," he said. "We'd like to play when our students are in session so we can get the biggest crowd there and best atmosphere. That's originally what we talked about."

Lee and Watson have been adamant that they want to continue the KWC-USI rivalry, but the home-and-home idea is somewhat new.

"For us, it just makes sense from a revenue standpoint, and the crowd," Lee said. "Both teams want the home game."

Lee mentioned several other scheduling options for next season, all of which are in the very early stages of discussion still.

Ideas being tossed around include a couple potential early-season tournaments held at the Sportscenter or the Ford Center in Evansville. Those would be in addition to the Glenn Young Invitational held at the Sportscenter around Thanksgiving.

The first option would be a potential G-MAC/GLVC Challenge to start off next season. This would be set-up like a "classic" and give teams two games against teams from the other conference. It also would be considered an "exempt tournament," meaning it wouldn't count toward teams' maximum of 26 regular season games.
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DeMarcus Cousins Discusses His Latest Ejection

Former Kentucky big man DeMarcus Cousins discusses his latest ejection, feels it was based solely on his reputation:

John Calipari on The Dan Patrick Show

John Calipari talks about anti-UK bias, Nerlens Noel's future, the NCAA Tournament bubble and more on The Dan Patrick Show:

Bellarmine is No. 14 in New NABC/DII Poll

Bellarmine University (22-7) is No. 14 in this week's NABC/Division II Men's Basketball Poll.

NABC/Division II Men's Basketball Poll

(Tuesday, March 12, 2013 -- Regular Season Poll #15)

1 West Liberty (16) 30-1 400 1
2 Seattle Pacific 25-3 374 3
3 Metro State 27-2 363 4
4 Western Washington 27-2 353 2
5 Cal Poly Pomona 27-2 343 5
6 Minnesota State-Mankato 26-4 324 7
7 Drury 25-4 307 8
8 Florida Southern 24-5 286 10
9 Alabama-Huntsville 23-5 261 6
10 Indiana (Pa.) 24-5 244 13
11 Saint Anselm 23-5 228 9 12 Benedict 23-6 214 15 13 Lincoln Memorial 24-5 179 11 14 Bellarmine 22-7 166 12 15 Southern Indiana 22-7 149 18 16 Winston-Salem State 21-6 142 14 17 Saint Leo 20-7 117 16 18 Dixie State 22-6 95 NR 19 Fort Lewis 21-7 81 22 20 USC Aiken 22-7 76 NR 21 Wisconsin-Parkside 20-8 72 17 22 Findlay 22-7 60 NR 23 St. Mary's (Texas) 21-7 48 NR 24 Augustana (S.D.) 21-8 44 21 25 Wingate 21-8 37 NR
Others Recieving Votes: Franklin Pierce 32, East Stroudsburg 31, Winona State 30, Central Missouri 23, Dominican (N.Y.) 21, Michigan Tech 21, Fairmont State 19, Eckerd 12, Livingstone 8, Midwestern State 7, Newman 6, Adams State 5, Christian Brothers 5, Assumption 4, Barton 4, Grand Canyon 3, Southern New Hampshire 3, Wayne State (Mich.) 3.

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Canaan, Smith and Noel Make USBWA All-District Team

Three players from Kentucky schools were named to the USBWA All-District Team for District IV on Tuesday.

Murray State's Isaiah Canaan, Kentucky's Nerlens Noel and Louisville's Russ Smith made the All-District Team.

Georgia's Kentavious Caldwell-Pope was named District IV Player of the Year.

DISTRICT IV


KY, TN, MS, AL, GA, FL

PLAYER OF THE YEAR Kentavious Caldwell-Pope, Georgia

COACH OF THE YEAR Jim Larranaga, Miami

ALL-DISTRICT TEAM

- Kenny Boynton, Florida
- Kentavious Caldwell-Pope, Georgia
- Isaiah Canaan, Murray State
- Marshall Henderson, Ole Miss
- Joe Jackson, Memphis
- Shane Larkin, Miami
- Jordan McRae, Tennessee
- Nerlens Noel, Kentucky
- Trevor Releford, Alabama
- Russ Smith, Louisville

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2015 Star James Bolden: Sophomore Season Highlights

Check out this new video of 2015 star James Bolden of Holmes High School - sophomore season highlights (video by NKYSports):

Devin Booker Picks Up Offer from North Carolina

North Carolina head coach Roy Williams showed up to watch 2014 star Devin Booker in open gym this afternoon.

I spoke to Booker tonight and he said Williams extended a scholarship offer after the workout.

Booker, who I would call the best shooting guard I have watched this season, also picked up an offer from Duke in recent weeks.

He is just coming off of visits to UNC, Duke, Michigan, Michigan State and Florida.

John Calipari Appears on "Katz Korner"

Kentucky head coach John Calipari appeared on "Katz Korner" this afternoon with ESPN's Andy Katz.

Calipari talked UK basketball, the SEC Tournament and the chances of Kentucky making the Big Dance:

James Young Dunks All Over a Defender with John Calipari in the Stands

Watch as Kentucky signee James Young puts on a show with John Calipari and Orlando Antigua in the stands:

Kenneth Faried Throws Down the 65-Foot Alley Oop Pass

Watch as former Morehead State star Kenneth Faried throws down and alley oop from roughly 65-feet away:


WKU, Morehead State Showing Interest in 2015 Guard Camron Reedus

Western Kentucky and Morehead State have reportedly been showing interest in 2015 guard Camron Reedus.

Reedus is a 6-foot-3 guard at Austin (Ala.) High School.

dj_256 Western Kentucky & Texas Southern are the latest to come on in 6'3 Guard Camron Reedus @CReedus10 recruitment #BBallBusiness

NextUpRecruits Morehead St, Western Kentucky & Texas Southern are latest to show interest on 6'3 Guard Camron Reedus #AlabamaExpress @g_mayo850 @CReedus

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Dieng, Smith and Siva Earn All-Big East Honors

The Big East Conference handed out all-league honors and awards on Monday.

Louisville's trio of Gorgui Dieng, Russ Smith and Peyton Siva earned all-conference honors. Smith and Dieng were on the All-Big East First Team. Siva was on the Third Team.

Dieng was also named Big East Defensive Player of the Year.

BIG EAST Defensive Player of the Year: Gorgui Dieng, LouisvilleBIG EAST Most Improved Player: Kadeem Batts, Providence, Michael Carter-Williams, Syracuse
BIG EAST Sixth Man Award: Davante Gardner, Marquette
BIG EAST Sportsmanship Award: Junior Cadougan, Marquette

ALL-BIG EAST FIRST TEAM

Shabazz Napier, Connecticut, G, Jr., 6-1, 171, Roxbury, Mass.
* Otto Porter, Jr., Georgetown, F, So., 6-8, 205, Sikeston, Mo.
Gorgui Dieng, Louisville, C, Jr., 6-11, 245, Kebemer, Senegal
Russ Smith, Louisville, G, Jr., 6-0, 165, Briarwood, N.Y.
Jack Cooley, Notre Dame, F, Sr., 6-9, 246, Glenview, Ill.
Bryce Cotton, Providence, G, Jr., 6-1, 165, Tucson, Ariz.

ALL-BIG EAST SECOND TEAM

Sean Kilpatrick, Cincinnati, G, Jr., 6-4, 221, White Plains, N.Y.
Vander Blue, Marquette, G, Jr., 6-4, 200, Madison, Wisc.
Jerian Grant, Notre Dame, G, Jr., 6-5, 202, Bowie, Md.
Michael Carter-Williams, Syracuse, G, So., 6-6, 185, Hamilton, Mass.
C.J. Fair, Syracuse, F, Jr., 6-8, 215, Baltimore, Md.

ALL-BIG EAST THIRD TEAM

Markel Starks, Georgetown, G, Jr., 6-2, 175, Accokeek, Md.
Peyton Siva, Louisville, G, Sr., 6-0, 185, Seattle, Wash.
Tray Woodall, Pittsburgh, G, Sr., 6-0, 190, Brooklyn, N.Y.
Brandon Triche, Syracuse, G, Sr., 6-4,210, Jamesville, N.Y.
JayVaughn Pinkston, Villanova, F, So., 6-6, 240, Brooklyn, N.Y.

BIG EAST HONORABLE MENTION

Davante Gardner, Marquette, F, Jr., 6-8, 290, Suffolk, Va.
Kadeem Batts, Providence, F, Jr., 6-9, 245, Powder Springs, Ga.
JaKarr Sampson, St. John’s, F, Fr., 6-8, 204, Barberton, Ohio
Fuquan Edwin, Seton Hall, F, Jr., G-F, 6-6, 205, Paterson, N.J.

BIG EAST ALL-ROOKIE TEAM ^

Omar Calhoun, Connecticut, G, Fr., 6-5, 195, Brooklyn, N.Y.
D’Vauntes Smith-Rivera, Georgetown, G, Fr., 6-3, 227, Indianapolis, Ind.
Steven Adams, Pittsburgh, C, Fr., 7-0, 250, Roturua, New Zealand
Chris Obekpa, St. John’s, C, Fr., 6-9, 223, Makurdi, Nigeria
* JaKarr Sampson, St. John’s, F, Fr., 6-8, 204, Barberton, Ohio
* Ryan Arcidiacono, Villanova, G, Fr., 6-3, 195, Langhorne, Pa.

*Denotes unanimous selection.
^Due to a tie in the voting, an additional position was named.

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SEC Announces 2013 Men's Basketball Awards, Several Wildcats Honored

The Southeastern Conference has announced men's basketball awards for the 2012-13 season and several Kentucky Wildcats have received honors.

Injured freshman Nerlens Noel earns the highest accolades as he has been named First Team All-SEC, All-Freshman Team, All-Defensive Team, SEC Freshman of the Year and SEC Defensive Player of the Year.

Sophomore Kyle Wiltjer is the SEC Sixth Man of the Year.

Willie Cauley-Stein, Archie Goodwin and Alex Poythress are also on the All-Freshman Team.

First Team All-SEC


Trevor Releford, Alabama – G, 6-1, 195, Jr., Kansas City, Mo.
Erik Murphy, Florida – F/C, 6-10, 238, Sr., South Kingstown, R.I.
Kentavious Caldwell-Pope, Georgia – G, 6-5, 205, So., Greenville, Ga.
Nerlens Noel, Kentucky – F, 6-10, 228, Fr., Everett, Mass.
Johnny O’Bryant III, LSU – F, 6-9, 256, So., Cleveland, Miss.
Phil Pressey, Missouri – G, 5-11, 175, Jr., Dallas, Texas
Jordan McRae, Tennessee – G, 6-5, 178, Jr., Midway, Ga.
Elston Turner, Texas A&M – G, 6-5, 209, Sr., Sacramento, Calif.

Second Team All-SEC

Marshawn Powell, Arkansas – F, 6-7, 240, Jr., Newport News, Va.
BJ Young, Arkansas – G, 6-3, 180, So, St. Louis, Mo.
Kenny Boynton, Florida – G, 6-2, 190, Sr., Pompano Beach, Fla.
^Mike Rosario, Florida – G, 6-3, 183, Sr., Jersey City, N.J.
^Patric Young, Florida – C, 6-9, 249, Jr., Jacksonville, Fla.
Marshall Henderson, Ole Miss – G, 6-2, 175, Jr., Hurst, Texas
Murphy Holloway, Ole Miss – F, 6-7, 240, Sr., Irmo, S.C.
Laurence Bowers, Missouri – F, 6-8, 227, Sr., Memphis, Tenn.
Jarnell Stokes, Tennessee – F, 6-8, 270, So., Memphis, Tenn.

SEC All-Freshman Team

Michael Frazier II, Florida – G, 6-4, 200, Fr., Tampa, Fla.
Charles Mann, Georgia – G, 6-4, 205, Fr., Alpharetta, Ga.
^Willie Cauley-Stein, Kentucky – F, 7-0, 244, Fr., Olathe, Kan.
Archie Goodwin, Kentucky – G, 6-4.5, 198, Fr., Little Rock, Ark.
Nerlens Noel, Kentucky – F, 6-10, 228, Fr., Everett, Mass.
^Alex Poythress, Kentucky – F, 6-7, 239, Fr., Clarksville, Tenn.
Craig Sword, Mississippi State – G, 6-3, 189, Fr., Montgomery, Ala.
^Gavin Ware, Mississippi State – F, 6-9, 270, Fr., Starkville, Miss.
Michael Carrera, South Carolina – F, 6-5, 212, Fr., Anzo√°tegui, Venezuela

SEC All-Defensive Team

^Trevor Releford, Alabama – G, 6-1, 185, Jr., Kansas City, Mo.
Scottie Wilbekin, Florida – G, 6-2, 176, Jr., Gainesville, Fla.
^Patric Young, Florida – C, 6-9, 249, Jr., Jacksonville, Fla.
Nerlens Noel, Kentucky – F, 6-10, 228, Fr., Everett, Mass.
Anthony Hickey, LSU – G, 5-11, 178, So., Hopkinsville, Ky.
Reginald Buckner, Ole Miss – F, 6-9, 235, Sr., Memphis, Tenn.

^-Ties are not broken

SEC Coach of the Year: Billy Donovan, Florida
SEC Player of the Year: Kentavious Caldwell-Pope, Georgia
SEC Scholar-Athlete of the Year: Patric Young, Florida
SEC Freshman of the Year: Nerlens Noel, Kentucky
SEC Sixth-Man of the Year: Kyle Wiltjer, Kentucky
SEC Defensive Player of the Year: Nerlens Noel, Kentucky

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