Saturday, March 23, 2013

Hear It Straight from Anthony Davis' Brow

Check out this new Boost Mobile commercial featuring former Kentucky star Anthony Davis:

Cordia Point Guard Emmanuel Owootoah Commits to Fresno State

Cordia High School point guard Emmanual Owootoah, a 5-foot-9 speedster from Canada, has committed to play college basketball at Fresno State.

Coaches from Kentucky, West Virginia, Tennessee, Seton Hall, Morehead State and others checked out Owootoah last season. Fresno State gave him an offer and he decided to commit following a recent visit.

Here are some highlights from Owootoah at Cordia last season:



Alabama Watches 2013 Star Mikyle McIntosh

Alabama Associate Head Coach Dan Hipsher was in Jackson last night to watch 2013 star Mikyle McIntosh.

McIntosh, a versatile 6'6" forward, led 22 Feet Academy to an 85-55 win over a collection of high school all-stars from around Kentucky.

I'm told by a good source that Hipsher liked McIntosh and there's a chance that Alabama head coach Anthony Grant will be by to watch him tonight.

Here is Hipsher and McIntsoh talking after the game:

WKU Falls Just Short in Bid for Historic Upset of Kansas

Kansas 64
Western Kentucky 57

Final from Kansas City, Missouri - NCAA Tournament 2nd Round

Game recap by WKU:

KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) -- Kansas coach Bill Self predicted this week that a No. 1 seed would someday lose to a No. 16.


He didn't know his Jayhawks would be trying to fend off being the first.

The South Region's top seed needed 17 points from Jeff Withey, and a series of foul shots from Ben McLemore and Naadir Tharpe down the stretch, to hold off scrappy Western Kentucky 64-57 Friday night and avoid another upset on a day full of them in the NCAA tournament.

"We're pleased we won, and didn't play our best by any stretch," Self said. "They controlled the game for the most part. We're happy to advance, but certainly not pleased with how we played."

The Jayhawks (30-5), flummoxed by the Hilltoppers' full-court pressure, trailed 31-30 at halftime. Kansas eventually built an 11-point lead in the second half, but couldn't put Western Kentucky away until McLemore's two foul shots with 11 seconds left.

McLemore and Travis Releford scored 11 each for the Jayhawks, who wearily advanced to play No. 8 seed North Carolina and former coach Roy Williams in the South Regional on Sunday.

Jamal Crook scored 13 points and T.J. Price had 12 for the Hilltoppers (20-16), who would have made history by becoming the first No. 16 seed to upend a No. 1 seed.

"We knew what we had to do," Crook said, "regardless of what seed we were."

Complete Recap

Friday, March 22, 2013

New Feature on Andrew Wiggins and Huntington Prep

Check out this City League Hoops feature on Huntington Prep and Kentucky recruit Andrew Wiggins:

Wesley Christian's Stephen Goble Commits to Jefferson Davis CC

Wesley Christian High School senior Stephen Goble has committed to Jefferson Davis Community College (JUCO).

Here is more from FloydCountyTimes.com:

Wesley Christian High School senior Stephen Goble has committed to play basketball at Jefferson Davis Community College. A junior college, Jefferson Davis competes in the ACCC (Alabama Community College Conference) South with Alabama Southern, Bishop State, Chattahoochee Valley, Enterprise State, Faulkner State, L.D. Wallace and Wallace State.

Jefferson Davis Community College is located in Brewton, Ala.

The Jefferson Davis basketball program is under the direction of head coach Allen Gainer.

After watching game film of Goble, Gainer offered the Wesley Christian standout a scholarship.

Complete Article

Andy Katz Explains Kentucky's Scholarship Situation

Andy Katz of ESPN.com has a good explanation of Kentucky's current and future (2013-14) scholarship situation in an article today.

Katz explains that Kentucky currently sits at 13 scholarship players with Nerlens Noel likely to leave for the NBA, which would free up one more. He also mentions the possibility of other players transferring or declaring for the NBA Draft.

Here is an excerpt:

Kentucky cleared up its scholarship issue for 2013-14. As of now, the Wildcats don't have one with players who are promised scholarships for next season. If everyone returns and no one else arrives (see: Andrew Wiggins), then Kentucky is set at 13. There are six returning players on scholarship in Nerlens Noel, Archie Goodwin, Alex Poythress, Ryan Harrow, Willie Cauley-Stein and Kyle Wiltjer. There are seven incoming freshmen -- five are signed in Andrew and Aaron Harrison, James Young, Marcus Lee and Derek Willis -- and two are committed in Julius Randle and Dakari Johnson.


The odds of Noel returning are slim, even with the torn ACL, freeing up at least one scholarship. There is always the chance someone else will transfer or decide to declare for the draft even with the prospects of making a team slim. This could actually work out for the Wildcats if the returning players accept roles and become mentors to the star-studded freshmen as rotation players in a year.
  Complete Article

Centre's Blake Scinta Named South Region Rookie of the Year

Centre College's Blake Scinta was recently named 2012-13 South Region Rookie of the Year by d3hoops.com.

Here is a release from CC:

Centre College freshman center Blake Scinta (Louisville, Ky.) has been named the 2012-13 South Region Rookie of the Year by d3hoops.com.


Scinta had a massive impact on the Colonels' 2012-13 season despite missing eight games in the middle of the year with a knee injury. The freshman from Louisville led all SAA freshmen in scoring and free throw percentage. He also finished second in the league among all players in blocks and fourth in free throw percentage.

In three SAA Tournament wins, Scinta averaged 17 points and eight rebounds per game, including his first career double-double, 15 points and 10 rebounds, in the championship game against Birmingham Southern.

In addition to this accolade, Scinta was also named Honorable Mention all-SAA, SAA All-Tournament First Team, SAA Newcomer of the Year and SAA Tournament Most Valuable Player during the 2012-13 campaign.

Complete Release

FIU and Richard Pitino Thinking Outside the Box for Court Design

Florida International and head coach Richard Pitino are really thinking outside the box for a new basketball court design.

CoachPitinoFIU Redoing our court in a few weeks. This idea came across my desk. I am intrigued. Retweet if you like it! pic.twitter.com/sdbHKYxlJh

Check out these ideas (via Yahoo! Sports):



ALC's Isaac Wilson Named NAIA Scholar-Athlete

Alice Lloyd College's Isaac Wilson was recently named as a 2012-13 Daktronics NAIA Division II Men's Basketball Scholar-Athlete.

Here's a release from NAIA:

KANSAS CITY, Mo. – The National Association of Intercollegiate Athletics (NAIA) announced today that 134 student-athletes have been named 2012 -13 Daktronics-NAIA Division II Men’s Basketball Scholar-Athletes. Hastings (Neb.) finished with the most athletes recognized on the list with seven. For Alice Lloyd, junior basketball standout Isaac Wilson was named to this prestigious group.


Student-athletes are nominated by their institution’s head coach and must maintain a minimum grade point average of 3.5 on a 4.0 scale and must have achieved a junior academic status in order to qualify for the honor.

Wilson, a native of Corbin, KY, and graduate of Corbin High School, currently maintains an outstanding 3.9 GPA at ALC where he is a Math major. On the hardwood, he was second on the club in scoring at 12.3 ppg. He also averaged 2.3 assists per outing this season.

Complete Article

Asbury's Adam Delph Named NAIA All-American Honorable Mention

Asbury University senior Adam Delph was named NAIA All-American Honorable Mention after the 2012-13 season.

Here is a release from AU:

WILMORE, Ky. – Senior guard Adam Delph has been named National Association of Intercollegiate Athletics All-American Honorable Mention as announced by the association on Wednesday. Delph is the first Asbury selection from the men's basketball program since 2007.


Delph led the Kentucky Intercollegiate Athletic Conference in scoring (18.73 ppg) a year after tearing his ACL and missing the entire 2011-12 season. The Louisville native also grabbed 5.0 rebounds per game and led the team with 3.5 assists per game. He led the Eagles to a 20-13 record this season and to the KIAC Tournament championship game for only the second time in school history.

Delph leaves the program with over 1,300 points in just three seasons. He was a vital piece to the 2010-11 team that shared the KIAC regular season title, only the second championship in school history.

Complete Release

Aaron Harrison Sr. Talks About Julius Randle's Commitment to Kentucky

Steve Jones of the Louisville Courier-Journal caught up with Andrew Harrison Sr. Wednesday to get his thoughts on Julius Randle choosing Kentucky.

Here is an excerpt of the interview:

What did you think about people speculating that your sons and Randle had some sort of beef?


That part, I’ll be honest, I think comes from other places that were recruiting Julius, and that was their last discussion. I know Julius. When he sees me, he comes up to me, gives me a hug, says, ‘How you doing, Mr. Harrison?,’ shakes my hand. … When he sees (the twins), they act like kids together and giggle and laugh. It’s not that kind of deal (where there is a rift). … When my kids see his mom – because they’ve known her since they were 7 or 8 years old - (it’s) ‘Yes, ma’am,’ ‘No, ma’am,’ hug her, ‘How you doing?’ It’s that kind of deal, whether we win or lose. That’s how it’s always been. So I never bought into that (speculation about a beef). That was never an issue.

What do you think Andrew will think about having a guy like Julius to throw the ball up to, or on the wing, or just having a teammate like that?

One thing I can tell you about all three of (the twins and Randle) is that more scoring points, more than getting shots, all they want to do is win. You’ve never seen any one of those three after they lose, that you can’t tell all they want to do is win. The major factor that nobody has ever, ever gotten is, that I know (with) my sons and I’ve know (with) Julius – and even when we’ve played Julius – nobody has ever been guarded by one guy. So all three of them provide that for each other. James Young is the same thing. I don’t think James Young has ever been guarded by one guy. I think that’s the advantage they all have by going with each other. They’re all yet to be guarded by one guy.

How motivated do you think Calipari will be to get these guys going given how this season went?

I think he’ll have a lot of fire. You can trust me on that one.

Complete Interview

Video: Julius Randle Makes His College Decision

Check out the Ballislife.com edition of Julius Randle's announcement:

Alice Lloyd's Muse, Wilson Named USCAA All-Americans

Alice Lloyd College's Terry Muse and Isaac Wilson were recently named United States Collegiate Athletic Association All-Americans for 2012-13.

Here is the release from ALC:

The USCAA (United States Collegiate Athletic Association) has announced their Basketball All-American squad for 2012-13. Alice Lloyd College was well-represented as junior Isaac Wilson and senior Terry Muse were both named to the exclusive team; Wilson being a second team selection and Muse, an Honorable Mention winner.


On the season, Wilson, a 5’11 point guard from Corbin, KY, was second on the team in scoring (12.3ppg) and first in assists (3.7apg). He added 2.9 rebounds per game, as well. In addition, he connected on 48% from the field and 66% from the free throw line.

Muse, a 6’9 center from Pulaski, KY, was one of the nation’s most improved players. He definitely proved his worth by being a force on the defensive end. On the season, he led the team in rebounding at 10 per game and tossed in 11.3 points per outing. He also added 2. 6 blocks per game. In addition, he connected on 50% from the field.

Complete Release

Thursday, March 21, 2013

Calipari Will Likely Watch 2014 Star Isaiah Whitehead Friday

Kentucky head coach John Calipari will likely watch 2014 star Isaiah Whitehead in Albany, New York tomorrow.

NYPost_Brazille Hearing Kentucky's John Calipari will be in Albany to see Lincoln's Isaiah Whitehead tomorrow for the state semifinals. #bbn

Whitehead is a 6-foot-4 shooting guard at Abraham Lincoln (NY) High School. He is rated as a five-star recruit in the class of 2014.

To the surprise of absolutely no one, Calipari and assistant Orlando Antigua visited an Orange Leaf during their visit to New York City today:

King Rex: Little Birdies Saying Kentucky Gets Andrew Wiggins

Former University of Kentucky star Rex Chapman says he heard from a "reliable birdie" that Kentucky might just land 2013 star Andrew Wiggins.

rexchapman A reliable birdie just whispered in my ear that Cal, KP, J. Robic, Big O & Strick aren't quite finished w this '13 class. #BBNMayJustWigOut

Wiggins is widely considered the best high school player on the planet and his commitment would give Kentucky the greatest recruiting class in the history of recruiting classes (topping the one they already have for 2013).

Wow...

Louisville Players Talk About NCAA Tournament, North Carolina A&T

Louisville's Russ Smith, Chane Behanan and Peyton Siva talk about tonight's NCAA Tournament game against North Carolina A&T and playing at Rupp Arena:






Rick Pitino Says Digger Phelps Knows Nothing

Louisville head coach Rick Pitino has some pre-NCAA Tournament fun at the expense of Digger Phelps:

DeMarcus Cousins on What He Said to Grant Napear

Sacramento's DeMarcus Cousins is asked what he said to Grant Napear following Tuesday night's game:



Here is the original incident

Anthony Davis Taps in the Game-Winning Buzzer Beater

Former Kentucky star Anthony Davis sends New Orleans to victory over Boston with a game-winning tip-in just before the final buzzer:

New Mixtape of 2013 Star Julius Randle

Check out this new mixtape of 2013 star Julius Randle, who committed to Kentucky on Wednesday:

Wednesday, March 20, 2013

John Calipari Watched 2014 Star Tyus Jones Today

Kentucky head coach John Calipari, who seems as motivated as I can remember following a tough season, is on the recruiting trail today.

Calipari was in Minnesota earlier tonight to watch 2014 star Tyus Jones.

Here is more from CBS Local in Minnesota:

John Calipari, the head coach of college men’s basketball powerhouse Kentucky, traveled from even further away – all in the name of watching Tyus Jones of Apple Valley.

The junior is ranked No. 2 in the country in his recruiting class. And Wednesday marked his first appearance at state.

“I just take it in stride, just go with it and try to block out all the extra stuff that’s off the court,” Jones said. “I try to focus on what we got to do to win.”

In the Class AAAA quarterfinal, Tyus led his team to a 81-67 win over Brainerd, as he tallied 19 points, seven assists and six steals.
Complete Article

22 Feet Academy's Bunschoten, Talla Visit Clemson

Two players from 22 Feet Academy took unofficial visits to Clemson University today.

According to 22 Feet head coach Ryan Schmidt, seniors Racine Talla and Niels Bunschoten travelled to Clemson for the visit.

- Racine Talla, 6'8", 195, F, Senior

- Niels Bunschoten, 6'9", 190, F, Senior

According to Schmidt, coaches from South Florida are expected to stop by 22 Feet's practice tomorrow and Alabama is expected in town to watch a game on Friday.

Briscoe, Moses Named NAIA First Team All-American's

The 2012-13 NAIA Division I Men's Basketball All-American teams were announced on Wednesday.

Pikeville's Jamar Briscoe and Georgetown College's Vic Moses were both named First Team All-Americans.

Lindsey Wilson's Kalen Kimberland and Pikeville Trevor Setty made the Second Team.

Vernon Payne from Campbellsville and Antonio Bumpus from University of the Cumberlands were Honorable Mention.

2012—13 Division I Men's Basketball All-American's


1ST TEAM

Name School Pos. Yr. Hometown

Will Barnes Lee (Tenn.) G Sr. Tuscaloosa, Ala.
Preston Branson& Westmont (Calif.) G Sr. Dallas, Texas
Jamar Briscoe Pikeville (Ky.) G Sr. Baltimore, Md.
Dakota Downs Concordia (Calif.) F Sr. Hemet, Calif.
Jordan Dressler& Columbia (Mo.) F Sr. Columbia, Mo.
Jeremiah Dunnings William Carey (Miss.) G Jr. Biloxi, Miss.
Vic Moses Georgetown (Ky.) F Sr. Lexington, Ky.
Dominique Rambo Southwestern Assemblies of God (Texas) G Jr. Dallas, Texas
Kris Rosales Hope International (Calif.) G Sr. Bellflower, Calif.
Charlie Shorter Mid-America Christian (Okla.) G Sr. Dallas, Texas

2ND TEAM

Name School Pos. Yr. Hometown

Brandon Davis LSU Shreveport (La.) G Jr. Pomona, Calif.
Kalen Kimberland Lindsey Wilson (Ky.) G Sr. Columbia, Ky.
Robert Martinez Our Lady of the Lake (Texas) G Sr. Houston, Texas
Alvin Nance Philander Smith (Ark.) F Sr. Marion, Ark.
Marshawn Norris Culver-Stockton (Mo.) G Sr. Jackson, Mich.
Jake Owsley Montana Western F Jr. Bozeman, Mont.
Norris Rumph Science & Arts (Okla.) G Sr. Savannah, Ga.
Jeremy Rodgers Martin Methodist (Tenn.) F Sr. Memphis, Tenn.
Trevor Setty Pikeville (Ky.) F Sr. Maysville, Ky.
Marcel Towns Great Falls (Mont.) G Jr. Tempe, Ariz.

3RD TEAM

Name School Pos. Yr. Hometown

P.J. Bolte Lewis-Clark State (Idaho) F Sr. Tacoma, Wash.
Anthony Dorsey Truett-McConnell (Ga.) G Sr. St. Petersburg, Fla.
Rustin Dowd% MidAmerica Nazarene (Kan.) G Sr. Olathe, Kan.
Denzell Erves Xavier (La.) F So. Vicksburg, Miss.
Jamorris Gaines Lee (Tenn.) F Jr. Sylvester, Ga.
David Johnson Oklahoma Baptist G Sr. Chicago, Ill.
Zack Kleine Evangel (Mo.) F Jr. Mt. Vernon, Mo.
Travis Lampley St. Thomas (Texas) G Sr. Houston, Texas
Robert Lovaglio Loyola (La.) F Sr. Winter Park, Fla.
David Rawlinson West Virginia Tech G Sr. Las Vegas, Nev.

HONORABLE MENTIONS

Vernon Payne Campbellsville (Ky.)
Antonio Bumpus Cumberlands (Ky.)

& 2012 Second Team
% 2012 Third Team

2013 Star Julius Randle Commits to Kentucky

Julius Randle, who ranks No. 2 overall on the Rivals.com list for 2013, has just announced that he'll play college basketball for the Kentucky Wildcats.

More coming soon....

DeMarcus Cousins Calls Out Grant Napear After Kings Win

Former Kentucky star DeMarcus Cousins had something to say to Grant Napear, who has been calling Cousins out on his show recently, after Sacramento's win over the Clippers last night:



Napear blew it off on Twitter:

GrantNapearshow For those of you asking ..DMC said hey Grant you'll have something good to talk about on your show tomorrow! I said thanks for listening

GrantNapearshow Not going to make a mountain out of a mole hill with Cousins tonight. I wasn't bothered by it. I'm just glad he listens to my show! I hope..

GrantNapearshow ..he calls in one day. I'm sure it would be an entertaining conversation!!!

Other reports on Twitter indicate that Cousins' words were not as friendly as Napear said they were.

Julius Randle Decision: Kentucky or Kansas?

Julius Randle, top-ranked power forward in the class of 2013, will announce his college decision at 1:00 p.m. EST this afternoon.

Randle, who stands 6-foot-9, is officially choosing between Kentucky, Kansas, Florida and Texas. Most everyone feels that it's actually a two-horse race between the Wildcats and Jayhawks. It seems there are large groups of folks in both circles who feel confident about landing Randle.

Everyone I have talked to about Randle believes it's either Kentucky or Kansas.

I spoke to a division I assistant coach last night who said he has heard that Randle is headed to Kansas. A few minutes later, I reached out to a national recruiting analyst who said, "Kentucky all the way."

Recruiting guru Evan Daniels of FoxSports.com seems to think it's down to two:

EvanDanielsFOX Julius Randle is announcing his college choice at 1 ET. Kansas or Kentucky ... Who will it be?

For a long time now, I've felt that Randle ends up picking Kentucky. I'm still going to take the Wildcats but I'm feeling a little less confident than I did a week ago.

We will all find out today at 1:00 p.m. EST on ESPNU.

2013 NAIA DI All-Tournament Team and Season Awards

The NAIA DI All-Tournament team and season awards were announced after last night's national championship game.

Georgetown College's Chris Briggs was named Men's Basketball Coach of the Year and Tigers senior Vic Moses was named Men's Basketball Player of the Year.

Georgetown's Monty Wilson was named Chuck Taylor Most Valuable Player of the tournament.

Moses, Wilson and Lindsey Wilson's Darren Ballou made the All-Tournament Team.

All-Tournament Team


Jordan Dressler, Columbia (Mo.)
Marshawn Norris, Culver-Stockton (Mo.)
Vic Moses, Georgetown (Ky.)
Monty Wilson, Georgetown (Ky.)
Brandon Davis, LSU Shreveport (La.)
Rodney Milum, LSU Shreveport (La.)
Darren Ballou, Lindsey Wilson (Ky.)
Jacob French, MidAmerica Nazarene (Kan.)
Mike Nwelue, SAGU (Texas)
Dominique Rambo, SAGU (Texas)

Chuck Taylor Most Valuable Player Award: Monty Wilson, Georgetown

Charles Stevenson Hustle Award: Dominique Rambo, SAGU

Dr. James Naismith-Emil S. Liston Sportsmanship Award: LSU Shreveport

Charles A. Krigel Award*: Kyle Blankenship, LSU Shreveport

Chuck Walden Memorial Trophy (given to Honorary Coaches of championship team): Kissick Construction

Frank Cramer Award^: Wilma Wilcox

2012 - 13 NAIA Division I Men's Basketball Player of the Year: Vic Moses, Georgetown

2012 - 13 Rawlings-NAIA Division I Men's Basketball Coach of the Year: Chris Briggs, Georgetown

* given to coach of the team that best exhibits respect, civility, integrity and fair play, the qualities that define sportsmanship

^ presented annually to the person or persons who has done the most for the basketball tournament during a period of years

Complete Release

Photo: NAIA

National Champs! Georgetown College Rolls in Title Game

Georgetown College 88
SW Assemblies of God 62

Final from Kansas City,  Missouri - NAIA DI National Tournament Championship Game

Game recap by GC:

Georgetown College men's basketball climbed the mountain and liked the view. The clawed, scrapped, hustled and out-muscled Southwestern Assemblies of God University of the Tigers first national title since 2001 and first in men's basketball since 1998.

The No. 13 team in the nation and an at-large seven seed to the brutal 31-game, six-day tournament, made good on preseason predictions of it being the favorite to win it all this year. The Tigers (28-8) started slow, but once the wheels got turning never looked back in an 88-62 victory over the Lions.

They join an elite group of 15 teams to ever win this championship more than once. They snap a 16-year drought and a 13-year absence from the finals. With Tuesday's win, GC runs its record to 59-30 all-time in Kansas City. That mark is the best and only Oklahoma Baptist sits with the Tigers there. Coach Chris Briggs is 7-1 with a title in his two-years at the helm.

"This team can do unbelievable things and I'm glad everyone got to see it," Briggs said. "These guys don't quit. They have a heart and toughness that can't be described. I saw it in their eyes and knew they wanted this title.

"It's so exciting to see Vic (Moses), Garel (Craig) and Allan (Thomas) go out this way. It was a total team effort and to be able to see us come together this way here was incredible. Now we get to enjoy this."

Monty Wilson led the charge once again with 23 points, while Moses, Craig and Deondre McWhorter all chipped in with 14 and Thomas with 12. GC almost doubled the Lions on the glass, 61-31. Moses grabbed 13 of those to finish his senior season with five straight double-double games, all in the national tournament.

Thomas also had 13 boards for a double-double, while Montavious Marc crashed the glass hard as well with 12 rebounds.

Complete Recap

Tuesday, March 19, 2013

Robert Morris Stuns Kentucky in NIT Opener

Robert Morris 59
Kentucky 57

Final from Moon Township, Pennsylvania - NIT First Round

Robert Morris led most of the game and survived a late charge as they held on to defeat Kentucky 59-57 in the first round of the National Invitation Tournament.

Kentucky's Kyle Wiltjer rimmed out a potential game-winner as time expired, ending a disappointing season for the Wildcats (21-12).

After the final horn sounded, Robert Morris fans stormed the court to celebrate what is arguably the school's biggest home win ever.

Lucky Jones led Robert Morris (24-10) with 15 points. Russell Johnson added 14 points and 5 rebounds.

Archie Goodwin led Kentucky with 18 points and 7 rebounds. Jarrod Polson chipped in 10 points and 3 assists.

Kentucky's Alex Poythress, Ryan Harrow and Kyle Wiltjer combined for a disappointing 46 minutes, 13 points, 3 rebounds, 1 assist and 4 turnovers.

The Wildcats shot just 2-for-10 (20%) from the three point line.

Box Score (click to enlarge):

UK's Jon Hood, Julius Mays Talk About Playing in the NIT

Kentucky's Julius Mays and Jon Hood talks about Robert Morris and how the team feels about playing in the NIT:




Demarcus Croaker Chooses Texas Over Murray State

Former Murray State commit Demarcus Croaker has committed to Texas. Croaker originally committed to the Racers but decided to open his recruitment back up.

ReggieRankin @RecruitingESPN SG Demarcus Croaker has committed to Texas! Story and Analysis coming

ReggieRankin @RecruitingESPN Demarcus Croaker picked the Longhorns over Murray State! He just confirmed his commitment by Text!

 

Calipari on Playing at Robert Morris: "It's going to be nuts"

John Calipari talks about coming home to Moon Township and what's it's going to be like playing in Robert Morris' tiny gym:

John Calipari Talks Robert Morris, NIT and More

Kentucky head coach John Calipari talks about Robert Morris, the NIT and more:

Monty Wilson's Dagger Sends Georgetown College to National Title Game

Georgetown College 90
LSU Shreveport 88

Final from Kansas City, Missouri - NAIA DI National Tournament Semifinals

Georgetown College's Monty Wilson pulls up from 28-feet and drains the game-winner as time expires:



Game recap by GC:

Heart and grit have been two consistent components for Georgetown College men's basketball team. Both shined once again on ESPN3 as the No. 13 Tigers (27-8) roared back from an eight-point halftime deficit and a five-point deficit late to knock out Louisiana State University-Shreveport in the Buffalo Funds-NAIA Division I Men's Basketball Fab Four game Monday in Kansas City, Mo.


Monty Wilson, one-shy of his career high, hit the biggest shot of the season with a bomb of a three-pointer as time wound under a second for GC's 90-88 comeback win. The junior finished with 32 points and eight rebounds.

The Tigers return to the finals for the fifth time and first since 2000. GC is 1-3 in the finals, winning the crown in 1998.

"I'm proud of these guys and the fight they have," said GC coach Chris Briggs. "We enjoy this for a moment and then refocus. Southwestern (Assemblies of God) is a great team, and we have less than 24 hours to strategize and hit the floor."

GC will face SAGU, an 80-64 winner of No. 4 Lindsey Wilson College in the first semifinal game Monday, at 8:30 pm EST Tuesday in the championship game. The game will be televised on CBS Sports Network.

Complete Recap

Andrew Toole: We've Done the Best We Can to Keep BBN Out of Here

Robert Morris head coach Andrew Toole appeared on SportsCenter today to talk about his team's NIT game against Kentucky.

Toole says they've done the best they can "to keep Big Blue Nation out of here":

Robert Morris vs. Kentucky is Sold Out

It should come as no surprise that Robert Morris' 3,056-seat gymnasium is completely sold out for tonight's NIT game against Kentucky.


RMU students, who are planning a "red out" for tonight's game, are ready:

Hot-Shooting SAGU Ends Lindsey Wilson's Season in Fab Four

SW Assemblies of God (Texas) 80
Lindsey Wilson College 64

Final from Kansas City, Missouri - NAIA DI National Tournament Semifinals

Game recap by LWC:

KANSAS CITY, Mo. – Lindsey Wilson reached new heights in 2012-13, but on Monday night in the Fab Four of the NAIA Men's Basketball National Championship, Southwestern Assemblies of God (Texas) ended its postseason run, winning 80-64 at Municipal Auditorium.


The Blue Raiders led the last seven minutes of the first half and took a 31-31 tie into halftime, but SAGU went on a tear in the second, outscoring Lindsey Wilson 49-33 while shooting over 60 percent from the field.

It was an offensive struggle for the Blue Raiders in their first national semifinal, hitting just 32.8 percent from the field and 25 percent from 3-point range, despite making 4 of 8 threes in the first half. SAGU shot 45.3 percent from the field and 33.3 percent from long range (8 of 24).

Turnovers and poor shooting did Lindsey Wilson in as it gave the ball up 19 times compared to 14 for the Lions, leading to a 13-point disparity in points off turnovers. SAGU also hit eight more shots from the field.

The Lions' Mike Nwelue led all scorers with 21 points and Dominique Rambo chipped in with 14 points and seven assists, including a pair of threes. Nathaniel Duce Ward matched Lindsey Wilson DeAntra Scott with a game-high 12 rebounds.

Wes Hanspard and Darren Ballou led Lindsey Wilson in their final games, scoring 15 and 13 points, respectively. Ballou hit his first three 3-pointers before going cold in the second half (0 for 6). Scott put together a line of nine points, 12 boards and five assists, while Daronte' Clark had eight points and eight rebounds.

Complete Recap

Louisville Assistant Kareem Richardson to Take Over at UMKC

Louisville men's basketball assistant Kareem Richardson will soon be named head coach at University of Missouri-Kansas City.

Multiple sources have confirmed the news on Twitter:

BlairKerkhoff UMKC expected to announce Louisville assistant Kareem Richardson as its new basketball coach. Could happen today.

BlairKerkhoff Kareem Richardson was on Matt Brown's 1st staff 07-08. Was with Cards this season, after stints at Xavier, Drake, Evansville,WrightSt

BlairKerkhoff Lville's K.Richardson will be introduced at UMKC on Monday. Will face Mizzou if both teams win NCAA openers

Tickets Still Available for NCAA Tournament at Rupp Arena

Single session tickets for the NCAA Tournament games at Rupp Arena are still available.

Louisville will be playing in session two on Thursday evening at 6:50 p.m. EST.

Here are details from UK:
The 2013 NCAA Division I Men's Basketball Championship Second/Third Rounds are coming to Rupp Arena this week, as the University of Kentucky hosts eight teams on the Road to the Final Four.  

Single session tickets are now available throughout the upper level.  All lower level seating for the tournament is sold out. 

Based on location in the upper level, single session tickets are priced as follows: Session 1 - $78.50 and $64.50; Session 2 - $83.50 and $69.50; Session 3 - $88.50 and $74.50.

Purchase Tickets Today!

- Order online at www.ncaa.com/mbbtickets
- Order by calling (877) NCAA-TIX
- Purchase in person at the Rupp Arena Box Office from 10:00 am - 6:00 pm, or by calling the box office at (859) 233-3535.

Schedule of Events:

- Session 1 - Thursday, March 21, 12:40 pm - Butler vs. Bucknell, followed by Marquette vs. Davidson
- Session 2 - Thursday, March 21, 6:50 pm - Louisville vs. Liberty/NC A&T, followed by Colorado State vs. Missouri
- Session 3 - Saturday, March 23, Time TBA - Advancing teams (two games)

Each session features two games.  Saturday game times will be determined following the completion of Thursday's games.  Fans ordering tickets online are highly encouraged to print tickets at home using TicketFast to avoid will call lines at Rupp Arena.  Tickets will not be refunded, exchanged, returned, or reprinted for any reason.

Monday, March 18, 2013

Nerlens Noel Named All-SEC First Team by the AP

The 2013 Associated Press All-Southeastern Conference team was announced earlier today.

Kentucky's Nerlens Noel was named All-SEC First Team.

Here's the release from the SEC:

The 2013 Associated Press All-Southeastern Conference men's basketball team released Monday, with name, school, position, height and class (u-unanimous choice to first team):


FIRST TEAM

u-Kentavious Caldwell-Pope, Georgia, G, 6-5, So.
Erik Murphy, Florida, F/C, 6-10, Sr.
Trevor Releford, Alabama, G, 6-0, Jr.
Jordan McRae, Tennessee, G, 6-5, Jr.
Nerlens Noel, Kentucky, F, 6-10, Fr.

SECOND TEAM

Marshall Henderson, Mississippi, G, 6-2, Jr.
Elston Turner, Texas A&M, G, 6-5, Sr.
Jarnell Stokes, Tennessee, F, 6-8, So.
Johnny O'Bryant III, LSU, F, 6-9, So.
Murphy Holloway, Mississippi, F, 6-7, Sr.
Phil Pressey, Missouri, G, 5-11, Jr.

HONORABLE MENTION

Laurence Bowers, Missouri, F, 6-8, Sr.; Kenny Boynton, Florida, G, 6-2, Sr.; Alex Oriakhi, Missouri, F, 6-9, Sr.; Marshawn Powell, Arkansas, F, 6-7, Jr.; Mike Rosario, Florida, G, 6-3, Sr.; Scottie Wilbekin, Florida, G, 6-2, Jr.; BJ Young, Arkansas, G, 6-3, So.; Patric Young, Florida, C, 6-9, Jr.

PLAYER OF THE YEAR — Kentavious Caldwell-Pope, Georgia
COACH OF THE YEAR — Billy Donovan, Florida
NEWCOMER OF THE YEAR — Marshall Henderson, Mississippi

Source

UK Signee James Young Drops 43 Points in a Game

Here are some new highlights of Kentucky signee James Young dropping 43 points against Avondale High School:

Check Out Marcus Lee's Senior Season Mixtape

Check out Marcus Lee's senior season mixtape (via passportplaysTV on YouTube):


Here is a Printable NIT Bracket

Here is a printable NIT bracket to help you keep up with all the action (click to enlarge):




Complete Field for the 2013 CIT Tournament

Here is the complete field and schedule for the 2013 CIT Tournament:

All Times EST


TUESDAY, MARCH 19

Eastern Kentucky (24-9) @ Gardner Webb (21-12) 7:00 pm

Fairfield (19-15) @ Kent State (20-13) 7:00 pm

Savannah State (19-14) @ East Carolina (18-12) 7:00 pm

Rider (18-14) @ Hartford (17-13) 7:00 pm

Oakland (16-16) @ Youngstown State (17-15) 7:05 pm

Boston University (17-12) @ Loyola MD (21-11) 7:30 pm

Tennessee State (18-14) @ Evansville (18-14) 8:00 pm

North Dakota (16-16) @ Northern Iowa (18-14) 8:00 pm

WEDNESDAY, MARCH 20

Elon (21-11) @ Canisius (18-13) 7:00 pm

Green Bay (18-15) @ Bradley (16-16) 8:00 pm

South Alabama (17-12) @ Tulane (19-14) 8:00 pm

Chicago State (11-21) @ Illinois-Chicago (17-15) 8:00 pm

Oral Roberts (18-14) @ UT Arlington (19-13) 8:30 pm

High Point (17-13) @ UC Irvine (20-15) 10:00 pm

Cal Poly (18-13) @ Weber State (26-6) 10:00 pm

Air Force (17-13) @ Hawaii (17-14) 12:00 am

Goodman Hearing That UK is Not in the Mix for Aaron Gordon

Jeff Goodman of CBSSports.com is hearing that Kentucky is not a legitimate player in the Aaron Gordon sweepstakes:

GoodmanCBS For what it's worth, those out on west coast I spoke to feel that UK not a legitimate player in Aaron Gordon sweepstakes. UW, AZ, Oregon.

This should not come as a major surprise for UK fans as the general feeling about Gordon has been that he'll stay out West.

Photo: Rivals.com

John Calipari's Statement About Kentucky in the NIT

Kentucky head coach John Calipari has released a statement about his team earning a berth in the NIT.


John Calipari On Kentucky’s NIT Selection

“I’m really disappointed we didn’t make the NCAA Tournament, but we are going to use this time to make us better. We had our chances, but I’m not going to stop. It’s a great lesson for the future of our program and a humbling experience for me as a coach. To the Big Blue Nation, you did your part all season long. You showed up in droves and helped us pull through key games. We didn’t do our part. Even now, I’m going to coach these guys, try to make them better and give everything I can to make sure we control our destiny in the future. I’m excited to return to Pittsburgh and look forward to facing a team that is going to present a real challenge for us. Robert Morris won their league in the regular season. They shoot a lot of 3-pointers, produce a lot of steals, so we have to come prepared.”

Ray Harper Making the NCAA Tournament Rounds

Western Kentucky University head coach Ray Harper will be making the rounds on radio and television today:

HilltopperSID #WKU head coach Ray Harper will be on @WUZ1045 at 8:30 AM (CT), Jim Rome at noon (CT) and Andy Katz' ESPNU special at 12:50 PM (CT) today.

Harper and his Hilltoppers will be taking on the Kansas Jayhawks in the NCAA Tournament later this week.

Sunday, March 17, 2013

EKU to Play Gardner-Webb in CIT Tournament

Eastern Kentucky University will take on Gardner-Webb in the first round of the CollegeInsider.com Postseason Tournament.

Here is a release from EKU:

RICHMOND, Ky. – Eastern Kentucky’s men’s basketball team has accepted a bid to the CollegeInsider.com Postseason Tournament (CIT). The Colonels (24-9) will play at Gardner-Webb (21-12) on Tuesday.

The game in Boiling Springs, N.C., is scheduled to begin at 7 p.m. The live radio broadcast of the game is available in the Richmond area on WCYO 100.7 FM, and can be heard worldwide on EKUSports.com.

“This team has had a very good season,” head coach Jeff Neubauer said. “They have accomplished a lot that very few, and in some case no EKU team has. I’m excited that these players will be rewarded by getting an opportunity to play in a postseason tournament.”

This is Eastern’s first postseason appearance since playing in the College Basketball Invitational (CBI) in 2010 and third postseason trip in the last eight years. EKU lost to the College of Charleston in the CBI. The Colonels played in the NCAA Tournament in 2007.

“Gardner-Webb will certainly be a challenge for us,” said Neubauer. “They know how to win. GWU has 21 wins and a second place finish in their conference. Playing on their home court is not going to be an easy task.”

The CollegeInsider.com Postseason Tournament was created in 2009. What began as a 16-team event, quickly expanded to 24 teams in 2011 and is now a 32-team postseason tournament, with invitations extended only to teams outside of the BCS power conferences.

Second-round CIT games will be played March 22-24, quarterfinal games March 26-27 and semifinal games March 29-30. The championship game will be played on April 2.

Gardner-Webb had the second-best record in the Big South Conference at 11-5. Charleston Southern and High Point each finished 12-4. The Colonels beat High Point on the road, 73-70, on Dec. 21. Eastern also beat Big South-member Radford, 83-75, at home earlier this season.

Bracket Announced for 2013 CBI Tournament

The bracket has been announced for the 2013 CBI Tournament.

For Kentucky fans, the only real significance in this tournament it Wyoming, where former UK star Allen Edwards is an assistant.

Here is a look (click to enlarge):

Statement from UK About Playing at Robert Morris

UK Executive Associate AD DeWayne Peevy has released the following statement about why the Kentucky Wildcats will play a road game at Robert Morris in the first round of the NIT:

“We did not place a bid to host the first round of the NIT due to limited staff availability to properly host a game at Memorial Coliseum. Because the University of Kentucky is hosting the NCAA second- and third-round games at Rupp Arena on March 21 and 23, the facility was not available for a first-round NIT game. We placed a bid to host both the second round and quarterfinal games at Rupp Arena if we advance.”

Here is a picture of the Robert Morris gymnasium, which seats just over 3,000 fans:


Field Announced for 2013 NIT Tournament; Kentucky to Play at Robert Morris

The field is set for the 2013 National Invitation Tournament.

The Kentucky Wildcats are a No. 1 seed but have no gym available for Tuesday night. As a result, the Wildcats will play on the road at Robert Morris (in Pittsburgh) at 7:30 p.m. EST.

1) Kentucky
8) Robert Morris

4) Providence
5) Charlotte

3) Arizona State
6) Detroit

2) Baylor
7) Long Beach State

1) Southern Miss
8) Charleston Southern

4) Florida State
5) Louisiana Tech

3) BYU
6) Washington

2) Tennessee
7) Mercer

1) Alabama
8) Northeastern

4) Stanford
5) Stephen F. Austin

3) Denver
6) Ohio U.

2) Maryland
7) Niagara

1) Virginia
8) Norfolk State

4) St. Joseph's
5) St. John's

3) Iowa
6) Indiana State

2) Massachusetts
7) Stony Brook

Kentucky Left Out of 2013 NCAA Tournament, Likely Headed to NIT

The Kentucky Wildcats missed the cut for the 2013 NCAA Tournament field. The Wildcats' proverbial bubble likely popped with the disappointing SEC Tournament loss to Vanderbilt on Friday night.

Kentucky will likely earn a spot in the National Invitation Tournament (NIT).

The NIT Selection Show will be shown live on ESPNU at 9:00 p.m. EST tonight.

Field Announced for 2013 NCAA Tournament, Louisville is No. 1 Overall Seed

MIDWEST

1) Louisville
16) Liberty/North Carolina A&T

8) Colorado State
9) Missouri

5) Oklahoma State
12) Oregon

4) Saint Louis
13) New Mexico State

6) Memphis
11) Middle Tennessee/Saint Mary's

3) Michigan State
14) Valparaiso

7) Creighton
10) Cincinnati

2) Duke
15) Albany

SOUTH

1) Kansas
16) Western Kentucky

8) North Carolina
9) Villanova

5) VCU
12) Akron

4) Michigan
13) South Dakota State

6) UCLA
11) Minnesota

3) Florida
14) Northwestern State

7) San Diego State
10) Oklahoma

2) Georgetown
15) Florida Gulf Coast

EAST

1) Indiana
16) LIU Brooklyn/James Madison

8) North Carolina State
9) Temple

5) UNLV
12) California

4) Syracuse
13) Montana

6) Butler
11) Bucknell

3) Marquette
14) Davidson

7) Illinois
10) Colorado

2) Miami (FL)
15) Pacific

WEST

1) Gonzaga
16) Southern

8) Pittsburgh
9) Wichita State

5) Wisconsin
12) Ole Miss

4) Kansas State
13) Boise State/LaSalle

6) Arizona
11) Belmont

3)  New Mexico
14) Harvard

7) Notre Dame
10) Iowa State

2) Ohio State
15) Iona

Lindsey Wilson Advances to NAIA DI Fab Four

Lindsey Wilson College 83
MidAmerica Nazarene 74

Final from Kansas City, Missouri - NAIA DI Tournament National Quarterfinal

Game recap by LWC:

KANSAS CITY, Mo. – For the first time in program history, Lindsey Wilson's ticket to the NAIA Men's Basketball Fab Four is punched as it ran past MidAmerica Nazarene (Kan.) 83-74 on Saturday night in the national semifinals at Municipal Auditorium.


The Blue Raiders were in control all night, starting with an 8-0 lead, followed by breaking a 20-20 tie with a 13-2 run to lead by 11 at halftime.

Lindsey Wilson meets Southwestern Assemblies of God (Texas) in the Fab Four on Monday. Tip-off is scheduled for 6:03 p.m. CT in Kansas City with the game being shown nationally on ESPN3, as well as heard live on Lindsey Wilson GameCentral and WAIN-FM.

Like the Blue Raiders, the SAGU Lions are making their first trip to the Fab Four.

Once the Blue Raiders built their 33-22 halftime advantage Saturday, they didn't stop from there, scoring the first eight points of the second half. After being tied at 20 late in the first half, Lindsey Wilson outscored MidAmerica Nazarene 21-2 to lead by 19 with 17:52 left to play.

Daronte' Clark scored a team-high 21 points for the Blue Raiders, while Kalen Kimberland added 20 with a 6-for-6 performance from the free-throw line. Clark hit all four of his 3-point tries and matched Darren Ballou with a team-best eight rebounds.

Lindsey Wilson had to overcome a terrific individual performance from MNU's Jacob French with 32 points, including hitting 14-of-15 shots from the stripe.

Complete Recap

Walter McCarty a Candidate for Fairleigh Dickinson Job

According to Adrian Wojnarowski of Yahoo! Sports, former Kentucky star Walter McCarty is a candidate for the head coaching job at Fairleigh Dickinson.

WojYahooNBA Ex-NBA players - Jeff Ruland and Walter McCarty - are candidates for Fairleigh Dickinson job, sources say. Ruland led Iona to 3 NCAA trips.

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