Saturday, April 6, 2013

DeMarcus Cousins Pulled from Starting Lineup; Trouble Brewing in Sacramento?

Sacramento Kings head coach Keith Smart pulled DeMarcus Cousins from the starting lineup for last night's game.

According to Cousins, who only played 9 minutes, no explanation was given. Cousins finished with 6 points and 2 rebounds.

While nothing has been explained to the media, there is speculation that trouble is brewing between coach and player in Sacramento.

Randy Casey Joins University of Pikeville Coaching Staff

Former Belfry High School head coach Randy Casey has joined the coaching staff at the University of Pikeville for 2013-14.

UPIKE head coach Kelly Wells said Casey will help his program with practice and player development, particularly with the team's low post players.

Here is more from The Williamson Daily News:

“This is a great opportunity and I’m excited about it,” Casey said while in Pikeville on Friday. “We’ve been friends since college.”

“I”m ecstatic to get the chance work with Kelly,” Casey added. “I’m thrilled to get the chance to coach at the collegiate level. Coach Wells has a good program over here. I want to help them win another national championship. He has one ring, I would like to get a championship ring too.”

“I’m very excited about this addition to our program,” UPike head coach Kelly Wells said. “He and I go back many, many years. He was in my wedding.”

DeMarcus Cousins Shares His Thoughts on the Mike Rice Situation

Former Kentucky big man DeMarcus Cousins shares his thoughts on the Mike Rice situation at Rutgers - Cousins says it's "not acceptable" and adds that "normal kids" like himself wouldn't have been able to taken it like the Rutgers' kids:

Friday, April 5, 2013

Archie Goodwin Talks About Leaving Kentucky and More

Archie Goodwin talks to Big Blue Insider about his upcoming autograph session and his decision to leave Kentucky for the NBA:



* Video from Curtis Burch on YouTube

Union College Announces Additional Open Tryout

Union College has announced an additional "Recruit Play Days" to be held later this month.

The program is looking to fill varsity, junior varsity and manager/student assistant spots.

Here is the release from UC:

BARBOURVILLE, Ky. - Union head men's basketball coach Kevin Burton recently announced the Bulldogs will hold an additional "Recruit Play Days" in April.
The open tryout will take place on March 21at 2 p.m. in Robsion Arena.

The event is open to high school seniors as well as college transfers who are currently not playing. Burton said the team is looking to fill varsity positions, junior varsity positions and manager/student assistant positions.

Each participant will need to bring their own clothes to play in.

If interested in participating, please fill out this form to reserve your spot.

NOTE: In order to participate, please fill out and bring this form with you. If you do not bring the form, you can not participate.

John Wall Continues to Play at a New Level for the Wizards

Former Kentucky star John Wall has taken his game to a new level with the Washington Wizards since returning from injury this season.

Here are highlights of Wall going for 27 points, 9 assists, 8 rebounds 3 blocks against the Bulls earlier this week:


Tubby Smith Introduced as New Head Coach at Texas Tech

Tubby Smith was recently introduced as the new head coach at Texas Tech:


John Calipari Talks About Former UNLV Coach Jerry Tarkanian

Vegasseven.com
recently caught up with John Calipari and asked him seven questions about legendary former UNLV head coach Jerry Tarkanian.

Here is an excerpt of the interview:

How did you grow so fond of Tarkanian?

He’s one of those guys who would watch basketball all day, and if he liked how someone’s team was playing, he’d call you [later]: “Look, I’m watching your team, and I just want to tell you …” That’s how he was. Even now, when he watches a game—and he hasn’t been up to it here in the last six months or so—but last year he’d just call me and tell me what he thought. He’s a basketball Benny. That’s what he does, and that’s why I’ve respected him.

When college basketball coaching legends are talked about today, you hear the names Dean Smith, John Wooden and John Thompson. But you rarely hear the name Jerry Tarkanian. Why is that?

I don’t know. They put white hats on some guys and black hats on other guys. The only thing Tark didn’t have back then was the social media [platform] to defend himself. [These days], when the media tries to paint you [in a bad light], you have an opportunity to let people see you, and you’re an open book: “Here’s who I am. You may not like me. But this is who I am—not what he says I am; here’s what I am.”

And here’s the other thing: He did stuff in places where it wasn’t supposed to be done. The schools that he jumped over—North Carolina, Duke, Kentucky, they’ve always been up there. But when you’re taking over places where they’ve never won and all of a sudden you’re in the Top 20 or Top 15 or Top 10 … people get mad. You just don’t have people saying, “Yeah, he outworked me, he outcoached me, he got his guys playing better”—that’s not what’s said.

What’s the attitude toward Tark in the coaching community, especially among guys at your elite level?

I think we all respect him. We respect what he’s done, we respect the adversities he had. He was the initial guy who built a program so strong and so big that it became hard to beat. … You know, we all looked at him and said, “His man-to-man defense [is incredible],” but he made his mark playing zone. And he did it in midseason; he said, “I’m going to change it, and we’re going to play zone,” and all of a sudden he became the best zone coach in the country. So you think, “Well, he’s just got great players and he’s recruited this and all of a sudden he got them to play hard”—no! No! He spent way more time on defense than offense. His defense fed his offense.

Looking back, did Tark and UNLV pave the way for small schools such as Butler and VCU to make Final Four runs?

He [showed] all of us that you could be at Temple and be No. 1 in the country. You could be at UMass and be No. 1 in the country. You could be at St. Joe’s and be No. 1 in the country. You didn’t have to be North Carolina, Duke, Kansas, UCLA.

I looked at Temple when I was at UMass and said, “If Temple is in our league and they can be No. 1 in the country, why can’t we? We’re in the same league!” Well, [former Temple coach] John Chaney probably looked at it and said, “Hey, if UNLV can do this and it’s an urban campus, why can’t I at Temple?”

You know, our profession has become one where guys don’t want to risk what they have. They don’t want to step out of their own skin and say, “I’m gonna make a run at this!” Well, Tark wasn’t afraid to leave Long Beach State and go to Vegas. Think about it now: When he was at Long Beach, they had it going—he didn’t need to leave. Yet he looked at Vegas and said, “I can take that even farther.”

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Alabama's Dan Hipsher is the New Head Coach at Texas-Pan American

Alabama associate head coach Dan Hipsher has been hired as head coach at Texas-Pan American.

Here is a release from UTPA:

DINBURG – The University of Texas-Pan American Department of Intercollegiate Athletics announced on Thursday that Dan Hipsher, who had been the associate head coach at Alabama for the last four seasons, is the new Broncs men's basketball head coach.

UTPA Athletics will introduce Hipsher to the media and the public in a press conference on Friday at 4 p.m. in the lobby of the Visitors Center in the Executive Tower on the UTPA campus.

Those unable to attend the press conference in person will be able to watch it live online at utpa.edu/live.

“Coach Hipsher's high standards and core values are exactly what we were looking for in the search for our next head men's basketball coach," UTPA Director of Athletics Chris King said. "He is a nationally known and well-respected veteran coach who will increase our footprint in the State of Texas and has the experience we were seeking as we transition our men's basketball program to the Western Athletic Conference next season. Not only were we impressed with his plan to prepare our student-athletes for excellence in life, but he also has a strong track record of mentoring assistant coaches who went on to become head coaches, including Alabama's Anthony Grant, VCU's Shaka Smart, Lamar's Pat Knight and Akron's Keith Dambrot.”

Hipsher's knowledge and basketball acumen has helped turn Alabama into one of the toughest defensive units in the country, while his eye for talent helped the Tide land a top-five recruiting class.

This past season, Hipsher helped guide the Tide to a 23-13 record (12-7 SEC) and the NIT Quarterfinals.

In 2011-12, Alabama held 31 of its 33 opponents below their scoring average, allowing an average of 58.1 points per game. The Tide reached the 20-win mark for the second straight season, finishing with a 21-12 record, and made its first appearance in the NCAA Tournament since 2006.

In his second season at UA, Hipsher helped turn a team with an early 5-5 record into one that amassed a 25-12 record and captured the 2011 Southeastern Conference Western Division title. That same squad made UA's first postseason appearance in four seasons and advanced to the NIT Championship Game.

“Coach Hipsher has been in nine NCAA Tournaments and five NITs. As a head coach, he rebuilt programs at Stetson University and the University of Akron. As Pan Am moves into the WAC, he is the perfect leader who will take our program and our Broncs to a new, higher level,” UTPA President Dr. Robert S. Nelsen said. “He is a coach's coach – someone who knows basketball and coaching inside out. I can hardly wait for next season; Luke Jackson's jersey will be looking down proudly at the next winning generation.”

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Louisville's Kevin Ware Appears on David Letterman

Injured Louisville guard Kevin Ware was on the David Letterman Show last night. Here is his appearance in its entirety:


Coach Says Anthony Davis Has a Fascination with Pizza

New Orleans Hornets head coach Monty Williams says former Kentucky star Anthony Davis has a fascination with pizza.

Williams wants Davis to put on
some muscle and gain some weight, but he doesn't want the weight gain to come just from pizza.

Here is an excerpt from Yahoo! Sports:

"He eats pizza, man. It's like if anyone says, 'P … I' and then, 'Pizza,' he perks up," Hornets coach Monty Williams said. "This dude has this fascination with pizza. It's unreal."

Despite the calories and carbohydrates acquired with each meat lover's slice, Davis, a slender 6-foot-11, 220-pounder, has not gained much weight since being drafted No. 1 overall last year. Davis says his high metabolism is keeping him from picking up pounds.

Hornets coach Monty Williams believes the 20-year-old is improving as a player, but says he will be better with more muscle. One game in particular that concerned Williams was when Chicago Bulls forward Carlos Boozer physically punished Davis during a 96-87 win over the Hornets on Feb. 19. Davis finished with 15 points and 10 rebounds, but said "he learned a lot" that night from the battering he received.

"Boozer made a point of trying to hurt him, basically," Williams said. "He just tried to smash him every play. I thought, 'This could be ugly for him if he doesn't get stronger.' I started talking to him about, 'Right now you have to use your quickness because you can't out-strength these guys.'

"That has been a turning point for him because he is starting to use his speed more, running more. Just doing all the things most guys can't do at his position. He's still a way off. If you look at his numbers and the way he's played and you have to give him a grade, one through 12th grade, he's like seventh or eighth grader because of the strength and know-how."

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Rick Pitino Wins Induction to Naismith Hall of Fame

Louisville head coach Rick Pitino is headed to the Naismith Basketball Hall of Fame:

Ian_OConnor #Louisville coach Rick Pitino has won induction into the Naismith Hall of Fame, source tells http://ESPNNewYork.com

Chane Behanan Wins Pepsi MAX Dunk of the Year Award

Louisville's Chane Behanan was named winner of the Pepsi MAX Dunk of the Year award on Thursday.

Here is Behanan's winning dunk:

   

Release from Louisville:

ATLANTA - University of Louisville men's basketball sophomore Chane Behanan was named the winner of the Pepsi MAX Dunk of the Year award, Chicago-based company Intersport announced on Thursday evening during the State Farm College Slam Dunk & 3-Point Championships on ESPN.

Along with Behanan, the other finalists consisted of Detroit's Doug Anderson, High Point's John Brown, and Baylor's Cory Jefferson. The contest was determined in a week-long finals round.

Against the Blue Demons on Feb. 27, Behanan picked off a pass late in the first half and threw down a one-handed dunk over DePaul guard Worrel Clahar. Behanan elevated and his knee reached Clahar's chin before the Louisville forward finished the jam. Clahar was whistled for a blocking foul after the basket.

This season, Behanan has recorded 57 dunks, just two shy of Pervis Ellison's 1987-88 school record. A Cincinnati, Ohio, native, Behanan is averaging 9.6 points and 6.3 rebounds per game, and he has registered 52 steals.

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Kennedy Meeks Interviews Kentucky's 2013 Commits

Check out this hilarious video of North Carolina commit Kennedy Meeks interviewing Kentucky's 2013 McDonald's All-Americans:


Ryne and Trey Tinsley Sign with Brescia University

Brescia University has signed twin brothers Ryne and Trey Tinsley from Glasgow High School for the 2013-14 season.

Here is a release from BU:

Brescia men's basketball coach Josh Gibson signed his first two recruits for the 2013-2014 class. Ryne and Trey Tinsley are the first two players to sign with the Bearcats for next year. The twins played at Glasgow (KY) High School for their father, renowned Kentucky high school boys head coach John Tinsley. "We are fortunate to have Ryne and Trey as our first two official pieces of this recruiting class," said Coach Gibson, "I want Brescia Basketball to be known for its intensity, character, and success on and off the court, and these two players will help us establish that reputation. Both Ryne and Trey are accomplished players with a tremendous work ethic and passion for the game. They possess the basketball acumen and feel that you would expect from the sons of an accomplished coach, and we are happy to have them as the newest members of our team."

Trey had a stellar career for the Scotties, including shooting 48% from 3-point range his senior year and scoring 1058 total points, 3 district championships, 3-time All-District selection, 2-time All-Region selection, Glasgow's career leader in 3pt makes and percentage (44%), connected on a school single-season record 82 3's as a sophomore at Grayson County. Coach Gibson says, "Trey is a very solid player, and he can really shoot the basketball. He's also a tough-minded young man who doesn't back down from a challenge and will bring great intensity to our team on a daily basis. I am looking forward to watching him develop as a member of our program."

Ryne also had a dynamic career, scoring more than 600 points while dishing out over 350 assists, 3 district championships, 3-time All-District selection, 2-time All-Region selection, 3-to-1 assist/turnover ratio for career. Coach Gibson says, "Ryne is a true point guard. He knows the game and possesses a strong, fundamental understanding of what a team needs to be successful. He brings great energy to his teammates and knows the role of every player on the court and how to help them reach their potential. I am excited to have him join the Bearcat family."

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Thursday, April 4, 2013

Louisville's Wayne Blackshear Wins NCAA's Elite 89 Award

Louisville's Wayne Blackshear was announced as the winner of the NCAA's Elite 89 Award on Thursday night.

Here is a release from the NCAA:

Wayne Blackshear, a sophomore at the University of Louisville, is the recipient of the Elite 89 award for the 2013 NCAA Division I Men’s Basketball Championship.

The Elite 89 award, founded by the NCAA, recognizes the true essence of the student-athlete by honoring the individual who has reached the pinnacle of competition at the national championship level in his or her sport, while also achieving the highest academic standard among his or her peers. The Elite 89 is presented to the student-athlete with the highest cumulative grade-point average participating at the finals site for each of the NCAA’s championships.

Blackshear, majoring in communication, currently carries a 3.55 GPA. He was presented with the award during the Men’s Final Four Salute Presentation on Thursday evening in Atlanta.

All GPAs are based on a straight grading scale to ensure consistency among institutions. All ties are broken by the number of credits completed.

Eligible student-athletes are sophomores or above who have participated in their sport for at least two years with their school. They must be an active member of the team, traveling and competing at the championship.

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Terrence Jones Impresses in Win Over Sacramento

Former Kentucky star Terrence Jones is back in the NBA following a lengthy stint in the D-League.

Last night, Jones had a career-high 14 points and 12 rebounds in a win over the Sacramento Kings:

Marshall Henderson Writes Letter to Ole Miss Fans

Ole Miss star Marshall Henderson has written a letter to Ole Miss fans thanking them for their support and promising to tone his on-court antics down a little.

Here is the letter in its entirety:

First, I would like to thank the Ole Miss fans for their support this season. It was a lot of fun even though we didn't make it to the Sweet Sixteen in L.A. It was our goal this season to get Reggie, Murph and Nick to the Big Dance and we did that. It is my goal to make next season even better.

With only nine hours left to earn my degree, I want to help build this program and that means I need to be a leader for my teammates both on and off the court. The spotlight on the court means my actions affect more than just me, and I need to show my teammates that I can be a leader for this team.

I play the game with a lot of passion, and sometimes that passion boils over. I take responsibility for my actions this season and apologize to anyone I offended. However, my edge on the court has made me the player that I am. I can't change that, but I do understand that I can take things too far.

I have come to understand this year that I represent this team and this university, and I have to hold myself to a higher standard than people in the stands, because I am a student-athlete at Ole Miss.

Hotty Toddy,
Marshall Henderson

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Press Conference with Rick Pitino, Kevin Ware and Ware's Mother

Louisville head coach Rick Pitino, Kevin Ware and Kevin Ware's mother talk about Ware's injury and the upcoming Final Four:


Nerlens Noel Named to 2013 Kyle Macy Freshmen All-America Team

Kentucky's Nerlens Noel was recently named to the 2013 Kyle Macy Freshmen All-America Team.

The Kyle Macy award is presented annually to the top freshman in Division I college basketball. The 1975 Indiana "Mr. Basketball" played his freshman season at Purdue University. Macy averaged 13.8 points a game as a freshman, while leading the Boilermakers in free throws, shooting .859 percent from the line on the season. He started in 25 of 27 games, helping them to a 16-11 season record. After playing his freshman year at Purdue, Macy transferred to the University of Kentucky in 1976. He started every game for the Wildcats in 1977. A three-time All-America and three-time All-SEC player, Macy was a member of Kentucky's 1978 National Championship team. In his senior year of 1979-80, he became the first Kentucky player ever to be named consensus Southeastern Conference Player of the Year.

The 2013 Kyle Macy award will be presented to the nation's top freshman on April 5 at the CollegeInsider.com awards banquet in Atlanta, site of the men's NCAA Basketball Championship.

2013 KYLE MACY FRESHMEN ALL-AMERICA TEAM

Kyle Anderson 6-9 G UCLA
Ryan Arcidiacono 6-3 G Villanova
Anthony Bennett 6-8 F UNLV
Sim Bhullar 7-5 C New Mexico State
John Brown 6-7 F High Point
Omar Calhoun 6-5 G Connecticut
Jahii Carson 5-10 G Arizona State
Semaj Christon 6-3 G Xavier
Damyean Dotson 6-5 G Oregon
Olivier Hanlan 6-4 G Boston College
Gary Harris 6-4 G Michigan State
Danuel House 6-7 F Houston
R.J. Hunter 6-5 G Georgia State
Ben McLemore 6-5 G Kansas
Shabazz Muhammad 6-6 G-F UCLA
Nerlens Noel 6-10 F Kentucky
Marcus Paige 6-0 G North Carolina
Glenn Robinson III 6-6 F Michigan
JaKarr Sampson 6-8 F St. John's
Marcus Smart 6-4 G Oklahoma State
D'Vauntes Smith-Rivera 6-3 G Georgetown

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Brandon Knight on the Bad End of Another Lowlight Video

Former Kentucky star Brandon Knight has had a few lowlights this season. While his numbers aren't bad, he's been on the bad end of several plays (Kyrie Irvin at All-Star weekend, the dunk heard round the world, etc.).

Last night was  yet another bad play for Knight. Watch as he misses a wide open layup in the closing minues of a close game:


Rajon Rondo Surprises Some, Returns to Practice

Former Kentucky star Rajon Rondo made a surprising appearance at Boston Celtics practice today, just six weeks after tearing his ACL:


Wednesday, April 3, 2013

Antoine Walker, Scottie Pippen Will Be Guest Coaches at the Portsmouth Invitational

Former Kentucky star Antoine Walker and NBA Hall of Famer Scottie Pippen will be guest coaches at the upcoming Portsmouth Invitational Tournament.

According to DailyPress.com, Pippen and Walker are the biggest names amoung the eight former NBA players scheduled to work at guest coaches.

Minnesota Close to Hiring Richard Pitino

According to ESPN's Andy Katz, Minnesota is close hiring Florida International's Richard Pitino to replace Tubby Smith.

espnandykatz Just filed to ESPN, story coming, Minnesota close to finalizing a deal with FIU coach Richard Pitino.

Louisville Says Injured Player Kevin Ware Will Have No Medical Bills

According to a Louisville official, Kevin Ware will face no significant medical bills related to his horrific leg break.

Here is more from USA Today:

Kevin Ware's family will not face large medical bills as a result of his serious leg injury at the NCAA tournament, according to a Louisville official.

Ware, a Louisville guard, suffered a compound fracture of his lower right leg in the Cardinals' regional final victory against Duke on Sunday.

For all Louisville athletes, their personal or family insurance serves as their primary medical coverage, with the university acting as co-provider for athletic injuries.
"There is generally no out-of-pocket medical expenses for the student-athlete or his family, and none for Kevin in this instance," said Kenny Klein, Louisville senior associate athletic director for media relations.

Rosters Announced for 2013 Ohio-Kentucky All-Star Game

The rosters have been announced for the 2013 Ohio-Kentucky All-Star Game. The Kentucky team will be led by Mr. Basketball Dominique Hawkins.

Saturday April 13th, 2013


Girls Game - 5:30 pm
Boys Game - 7:30 pm

(Doors Open at 4:30 pm)

At Thomas More College
333 Thomas More Parkway - Crestview Hills, KY 41017

2013 KENTUCKY ALL-STARS


Player High School Ht Pos. College
- Ken-Jah Bosley Madison Central 6’1 G Undecided
- Antonio Campbell Holy Cross 6’8 C Ohio Univ.
- Devonte Grundy Bardstown 6’5 F Undecided
- Dominique Hawkins Madison Central 6’0 G Undecided
- Darryl Hicks Trinity 6’3 G Boston College
- Tyler Jones Montgomery County 6’0 G Undecided
- Ray Kasongo Pikeville 6’8 F/C Undecided
- Brock Kiesler Saint X avier 6’9 C Undecided
- Jordan Majors Hopkinsville 6’2 G Undecided
- Dez Marshall Collins 6’5 F Undecided
- MiKyle McIntosh 22 Feet Academy 6’6 F Undecided
- Demetrius McReynolds Butler 6’2 G Undecided
- Larry Morton Bryan Station 6’3 G Undecided
- Logan O’Bryan Daviess County 6’4 F KY Wesleyan
- Omar Prewitt Montgomery County 6’4 F William & Mary
- Rusty Troutman Bullitt East 6’5 F Bellarmine

Head Coach: Troy Barr, Bullitt East HS
Asst. Coach: Shawn Purlee, Butler HS
Asst. Coach: Bart Williams, Pikeville HS

2013 OHIO ALL-STARS


Player High School Ht Pos. College
Harrison Blackledge North Canton Hoover 6’5 F Undecided
Vitto Brown Bowling Green 6’8 F Wisconsin
Zac Carter Ironton 5’9 G Undecided
Josh Davenport Moeller 6’3 G Winthop
Mark Donnal Anthony Wayne 6’9 F Michigan
Trey Fletcher Ironton 6’5 F Undecided
Jack Gibbs Westerville North 5’11 G Davidson
Aaron Jackson Gahanna 6’5 F Akron
Isaiah Johnson Walnut Hills 6’8 C Akron
Kevin Johnson Summit County Day 6’2 G Cincinnati
Austin McBee Minford 6’0 G Undecided
Issac McGlone Bloom Carroll 6’2 G Eastern KY
Maverick Morgan Springboro 6’10 C Illinois
Jalen Rhea New Albany 6’2 G American
DJ Wingfield Walnut Hills 6’5 F Ohio Univ.

Head Coach: Tony Bisutti, Dublin Scioto HS
Asst. Coach: Mark Lafon, Ironton HS
Asst. Coach: Tom Petty, Bloom Carroll HS

Kentucky's 2013 Class On Who They Are Most Looking Forward to Playing With

Kentucky's 2013 recruiting class talks about who they are most looking forward to playing with at UK next season:



* Video by CN2 on YouTube

Tuesday, April 2, 2013

Goodman: Nerlens Noel Ahead of Schedule, Likely to Enter NBA Draft

Jeff Goodman of CBSSports.com says he has been told that Kentucky's Nerlens Noel is well ahead of schedule in rehabbing his injured knee.

Goodman says Noel is likely headed to the NBA.

Here are his comments on Twitter:

GoodmanCBS Nerlens Noel still likely headed to NBA. Rehab going well from what I have been told. Well ahead of schedule.

Company Announces Archie Goodwin Autograph Session

Lexington Sports Cards has announced an Archie Goodwin Autograph Session in Lexington this Saturday.

They are pre-selling tickets for $15 each, which would effectively end Goodwin's college career whether he signs with an agent or not.

View Details Here

Goodwin had this to say on Twitter:

A1Laflare10 If you can't respect my decision then that's your own problem. I'm still living life and blessed.

Alex Poythress is Returning to Kentucky for Sophomore Season

Kentucky has just announced that Alex Poythress will return to Lexington for his sophomore season.

Here is a release from UK:

LEXINGTON, Ky. – Freshman forward Alex Poythress will return to the Kentucky men’s basketball program for the 2013-14 season, head coach John Calipari announced Tuesday.

“I’m really happy that, after talking with his family and evaluating his options, Alex has decided to return for his sophomore season,” Calipari said. “Alex is a great kid with a lot of potential and I’m excited to be able to work with him next year. I believe we have only scratched the surface with Alex, and another season in college will get him closer to reaching his dreams.”

Poythress earned Southeastern Conference All-Freshman team accolades following his first season for Kentucky. The Clarksville, Tenn., native started in 30-of-32 games in his freshman campaign. He ranked second on the squad in points (11.4) and rebounds (6.2) per game. He began his career by scoring 20 or more points in four of his first five games. The four-game stretch of 20 or more points was the first for any Wildcat since Jodie Meeks did it during the 2008-09 season.

"This year didn't end like we wanted it to," Poythress said. "I want to come back and do what we said we wanted to do and that's win a national title. I want to develop more as a player and the competition coming in next year should help me do that."

Joining Willie Cauley-Stein and Kyle Wiltjer as announced returnees, the trio combined for 949 points, 40 percent of UK’s offense in 2012-13. The trio also accounted for 515 rebounds, or the equivalent of 41 percent of the team’s total rebounds.

Additional announcements regarding remaining players will be made at a later date.

Practice Footage Shows Ugly Side of Rutgers Head Coach Mike Rice

Rutgers head coach (for now) Mike Rice takes coaching violence to a whole new level. Even Bobby Knight is disturbed by this practice footage obtained by ESPN:


Andrew Wiggins and Others Shine at McDonald's Slam Dunk Contest

Kentucky recruit Andrew Wiggins and several other high school stars showed their athleticism at the 2013 McDonald's All-American Slam Dunk contest last night:



Here is a closer look at Wiggins' reverse 360 Eastbay dunk:



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Walter McCarty is Interviewing at Fairleigh Dickinson Today

Former University of Kentucky star Walter McCarty reportedly interviewed for the head coaching job at Fairleigh Dickinson today.

Jeff Goodman of CBSSports.com reported the news on Twitter:

GoodmanCBS Former NBA player Walter McCarty set to interview at Fairleigh Dickinson today, source told CBSSports.

McCarty previously spent time on Rick Pitino's staff at Louisville.

Aaron Gordon Commits to Arizona

Aaron Gordon, a 6-foot-8 small forward from Archbishop Mitty (Cal.), has committed to Arizona.

He chose Arizona over Kentucky, Washington and Oregon.

Bellarmine's Chris Dowe Scores 16 in Reese's DII College All-Star Game

Bellarmine University senior Chris Dowe scored 16 points for the West All-Stars in the Reese's Division II College All-Star Game at Freedom Hall over the weekend.

The East All-Stars defeated Dowe's team 113-111 when Eckerd College's Darren Mack converted a game-winning dunk with two seconds to play.

Dowe was 6-for-9 from the field and also dished out 5 assists.

Game Recap

Box Score (click to enlarge):

Kentucky's 2013 Class on Recruiting Andrew Wiggins to Kentucky

Kentucky's 2013 class (Harrison twins, Marcus Lee, Dakari Johnson and James Young) on recruiting Andrew Wiggins to join them in Lexington:



* Video by CN2 on YouTube

Monday, April 1, 2013

Report: Ryan Harrow Likely to Earn Hardship Waiver

According to The Bylaw Blog, former Kentucky point guard Ryan Harrow is likely get an NCAA waiver and avoid sitting out another year before playing at Georgia State.

Harrow is requesting a hardship waiver due to his father's poor health following a stroke. A waiver would make his eligible immediately and allow him to play next season.

Here is an excerpt:

Harrow is likely to get the waiver, especially given the new criteria passed last year:


■ An immediate family member is involved;

■ A stroke is a debilitating injury or illness; and

■ Georgia State is well within a 100-mile radius of College Park, GA

The biggest hurdle will be for Harrow to demonstrate that he will be involved in his father’s care, but that has not stopped many waivers in the past. He is likely to get the waiver and play for his third school in four years. In fact, if Harrow graduates at the end of next year, he would even be eligible for a graduate transfer waiver that could see him play each of his four seasons of competition at a different Division I school.

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Briggs, Peck are Finalists for the 2013 Don Meyer Award

Georgetown College's Chris Briggs and Lindsey Wilson's Paul Peck are finalists for the 2013 Don Meyer National Coach of the Year Award.

The award is presented annually to the top NAIA men's basketball coach. The award is named in honor of the one game's winningest coaches. In February of 2010 Meyer announced his retirement from coaching but continues at Northern State in the role of Regents Distinguished Professor and Assistant to the President. In 38 seasons at Hamline, Lipscomb and Northern State, he compiled an astounding 923-324 records.


The 2013 award will be presented on April 5 at the CollegeInsider.com awards banquet in Atlanta, site of the men's NCAA Basketball Championship.

2013 DON MEYER AWARD FINALISTS


Kyle Blankenship LSU Shreveport
Donnie Bostwick S.A.G.U.
Chris Briggs Georgetown
Tommy Brown Lee
Bob Burchard Columbia
Bill Czech Hope International
Shawn Huse Montana State Northern
Steve Knight William Carey
Rocky Lamar MidAmerica Nazarene
Paul Peck Lindsey Wilson
Brandon Rinta Lewis-Clark State
Jim Sanderson Faulkner
Jack Schrader Culver-Stockton
Doug Tolin Oklahoma Baptist
Sam Weaver Philander Smith

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Isaiah Canaan to Participate in College 3-Point Contest

Murray State senior Isaiah Canaan will participate in the State Farm College 3-Point Championship Thursday at 7:00 p.m. EST.

Here are details from MSU:

Murray State's Isaiah Canaan will participate in the State Farm College Slam Dunk & 3-Point Championships at 6 p.m. CT (April 4) at McCamish Pavilion on the campus of the Georgia Institute of Technology in Atlanta, Intersport announced today via Twitter.


Canaan, who will be part of Hampton Hotels Men's 3-Point Championship, is the first Murray State player to be chosen in the 25 years that Intersport has staged the event.

The 25th annual contest, which will showcase the dunking and sharp-shooting talents of 24 of the nation's top college basketball players, will be broadcast live on ESPN. The broadcast team includes Brad Nessler, Dan Dakich, Jimmy Dykes and Samantha Ponder.

Individual events include: Hampton Hotels Men's 3-Point Championship, State Farm Women's 3-Point Championship, Pepsi MAX Battle of the Champions and Denny's Slam Dunk Championship.

A 6-foot senior guard from Biloxi, was named the 2012 and 2013 Ohio Valley Conference Co-Player of the Year and earned All-OVC honors all four seasons as a Racer. This season, Canaan averaged 21.8 points per game, which currently ranks No. 6 among NCAA scoring leaders. He sank an average of 3.03 treys per outing, which ranks 15th in the country. He is also the all-time leader in made 3-point baskets at Murray State and third all-time in the OVC with 304. Canaan also had a streak of 39 straight games (MSU record) to end his career with at least one made 3-point basket. He also made news in 2012 when he hit his first seven threes in a game at Austin Peay.

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Dieng, Noel Named to Lefty Driesell Defensive All-America Team

Louisville's Gorgui Dieng and Kentucky's Nerlens Noel were named to the 2013 Left Driesell Defensive All-America Team on Monday.

The Lefty Driesell award is named in honor of coaching legend Lefty Driesell, who is the only person to ever win 100 games at four different Division I schools. He is best known for his time at Maryland, leading the program to the National Invitational Tournament title in 1972 and its second-ever ACC Tournament Championship in 1984. He finished his career at Maryland with a 348-159 record and concluded his career with an impressive 786-394 mark.


The 2013 Lefty Driesell award will be presented to the nation's top defensive player on April 5 at the CollegeInsider.com awards banquet in Atlanta, site of the men's NCAA Basketball Championship.

2013 LEFTY DRIESELL DEFENSIVE ALL-AMERICA TEAM


Khem Birch 6-9 Fr. UNLV
Tommy Brenton 6-5 Sr. Stony Brook
Will Cherry 6-1 Sr. Montana
Ian Clark 6-3 Sr. Belmont
Aaron Craft 6-2 Jr. Ohio State
Gorgui Dieng 6-11 Jr. Louisville
Jontel Evans 5-11 So. Virginia
Shane Larkin 5-11 So. Miami
Zeke Marshall 7-0 Sr. Akron
Nerlens Noel 6-10 Fr. Kentucky
Chris Obekpa 6-9 Fr. St. John's
Victor Oladipo 6-5 Jr. Indiana
Trevor Releford 6-0 Jr. Alabama
Andre Roberson 6-7 Jr. Colorado
Durand Scott 6-5 Sr. Miami
Marcus Smart 6-4 Fr. Oklahoma State
Michael Snaer 6-5 Sr. Florida State
D.J. Stephens 6-5 Sr. Memphis
Darius Theus 6-3 Sr. VCU
Julian Washburn 6-7 So. UTEP
Jeff Withey 7-0 Sr. Kansas

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Three Cardinals, Canaan Earn AP All-America Honors

Louisville's Russ Smith was named Associated Press Third Team All-America earlier today.

Two of Smith's Louisville teammates, Gorgui Dieng and Peyton Siva, where named Honorable Mention.

Murray State's Isaiah Canaan also earned selection as Honorable Mention.

2013 AP All-America Teams


First Team

Trey Burke, Michigan
Otto Porter Jr., Georgetown
Victor Oladipo, Indiana
Doug McDermott, Creighton
Kelly Olynyk, Gonzaga

Second Team

Marcus Smart, Oklahoma State
Cody Zeller, Indiana
Mason Plumlee, Duke
Shane Larkin, Miami
Ben McLemore, Kansas

Third Team

DeShaun Thomas, Ohio State
Jeff Withey, Kansas
Russ Smith, Louisville
Erick Green, Virginia Tech
Nate Wolters, South Dakota State

Honorable Mention

Kyle Barone, Idaho; Jerrelle Benimon, Towson; Anthony Bennett, UNLV; Tommy Brenton, Stony Brook; Sherwood Brown, Florida Gulf Coast; Isaiah Canaan, Murray State; Kentavious Caldwell-Pope, Georgia; Michael Carter-Williams, Syracuse; Ian Clark, Belmont; Jake Cohen, Davidson; Jack Cooley, Notre Dame; D.J. Cooper, Ohio; Allen Crabbe, California; Aaron Craft, Ohio State; Seth Curry, Duke; Matthew Dellavedova, Saint Mary's; Gorgui Dieng, Louisville; James Ennis, Long Beach State; Chris Flores, NJIT; Jamal Franklin, San Diego State; Ian Hummer, Princeton; Colton Iverson, Colorado State; Joe Jackson, Memphis; Kareem Jamar, Montana; Lamont Jones, Iona; Ray McCallum, Detroit; Rodney McGruder, Kansas State; Shabazz Muhammad, UCLA; Erik Murphy, Florida (1 first-team vote); Mike Muscala, Bucknell; Stan Okoye, VMI; Jamal Olasewere, LIU Brooklyn; Phil Pressey, Missouri; Augustine Rubit, South Alabama; Peyton Siva, Louisville (1); Taylor Smith, Stephen F. Austin; Omar Strong, Texas Southern; Kendall Williams, New Mexico; Pendarvis Williams, Norfolk State; Khalif Wyatt, Temple

Dakari Johnson Making Highlights at McDonald's Practice

Check out future Kentucky big man Dakari Johnson showing off his "point guard" skills on this coast-to-coast play:

Report: Texas Tech Hires Tubby Smith

According to ESPN.com, former Kentucky and Minnesota head coach Tubby Smith has been hired at Texas Tech.

Here is an excerpt:

Tubby Smith is coming to Texas Tech to try to turn around another wayward program, a source confirmed to ESPN.com's Jason King.

The Associated Press had earlier reported that the school had agreed to terms Monday with Smith on a contract to be its next coach.

Smith takes over for interim coach Chris Walker, who went 11-20 this season and just 3-15 in Big 12 play. The program is still reeling from Billy Gillispie's volatile one-year tenure, which ended when he resigned in September.

Smith was fired by Minnesota last week after six seasons. He led them to three NCAA tournaments and this year delivered the program's first tourney win -- over sixth-seeded UCLA -- since 1997. He went 124-81 (.610), winning 20 games five times. But he never finished higher than sixth in the Big Ten, going just 46-62 in conference play, prompting Minnesota athletic director Norwood Teague to oust him.

He becomes the fourth person to lead Texas Tech in as many seasons.

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John Calipari's Comments on Goodwin, Wiltjer and WCS

John Calipari made the following comments about Kyle Wiltjer, Willie Cauley-Stein and Archie Goodwin on his Facebook page earlier today:

I’m excited that Willie and Kyle have decided to return for next season. When we talk about a players-first program, our goal is for each player to reach his dreams. Willie and Kyle believe it is in their best interest to return to Kentucky... next season to achieve those dreams, and I fully support their decisions. Although I really wanted Archie to return for his sophomore season, I fully support him choosing to pursue his dreams. He has the drive and desire to be great and I will continue to do everything I can to make sure he succeeds in life both on and off the court. I believe, with another year of hard work and competition, they all can take their games to the next level. I look forward to seeing them all grow into young men.

Thomas More's D'Carlo Hayes Named Honorable Mention All-American

Thomas More College's D'Carlo Hayes was recently named DIII News Honorable Mention All-American.

Here is a release from TMC:

(BEAVERTON, Ore.) - Thomas More College junior point guard D'Carlo Hayes (Louisville, Ky./Male) has been named DIII News Honorable Mention All-American. DIII News is the monthly newsletter of NCAA Division III basketball.


Hayes, who was named the 2013 Presidents' Athletic Conference (PAC) Player of the Year and first team All-PAC by the conference's head coaches, was named all-region last week by both the National Association of Basketball Coaches (NABC) and D3hoops.com last week.

He led the team in scoring with 13.9 points per game, while shooting 40.4 percent (101-250) from the field, including 34.3 percent (34-of-99) from behind the three-point arc and was 152-of-196 from the free-throw line for 77.6 percent. He also had 3.1 rebounds per game, while dishing out 53 assists and recording 51 steals.

Hayes and the Saints ended the season at 23-5 and advanced to the PAC Tournament championship game for the second straight season and fourth in the last five seasons

JUCO Big Man Jonathan Augustin-Fairell Commits to Murray State

Jonathan Augustin-Fairell, a 6-foot-7 big man from Indian River State (Fla.) College, has committed to Murray State.

Racerinsider Jonathan Augustin-Fairell a 6'7 260 lb post player out of Indian River State JC in Fort Pierce, FL has committed to #MurrayState

Augustin-Fairell averaged 17.7 points adn 11.8 rebounds per game as a sophomore at Indian River.

Cauley-Stein to Return, Goodwin to Enter NBA Draft

Kentucky's Willie Cauley-Stein will be returning to college for the 2013-14 season. Archie Goodwin will be entering the NBA Draft this summer.

Here is the official release from UK:

LEXINGTON, Ky. -- Willie Cauley-Stein and Kyle Wiltjer will return to the Kentucky men’s basketball program for the 2013-14 season, while Archie Goodwin will forego his sophomore season and enter his name in the 2013 NBA Draft, head coach John Calipari announced Monday.

“I’m excited that Willie and Kyle have decided to return for next season,” Calipari said. “When we talk about a players-first program, our goal is for each player to reach his dreams. Willie and Kyle believe it is in their best interest to return to Kentucky next season to achieve those dreams, and I fully support their decisions.

“Although I really wanted Archie to return for his sophomore season, I fully support him choosing to pursue his dreams. He has the drive and desire to be great and I will continue to do everything I can to make sure he succeeds in life both on and off the court.

“I believe, with another year of hard work and competition, they all can take their games to the next level. I look forward to seeing them all grow into young men.”

Cauley-Stein earned All-Southeastern Conference Freshman team accolades following his first season in the Blue and White. As a freshman, Cauley-Stein notched 8.3 points and 6.3 rebounds per outing in 2012-13. He totaled 59 blocks on the year, which ranks as the seventh most by a first-year player in program history. He secured four double-double efforts on the year and totaled a career-high 20-point effort in a win over Vanderbilt.

“I’m looking forward to continuing to develop as an all-around player," Cauley-Stein said. "I’m also excited for the opportunity to try and win a national championship.”

Wiltjer will enter his junior season after earning SEC Sixth Man of the Year accolades during the 2012-13 year. In his sophomore campaign, the 6-foot-10 forward averaged 10.4 points and 4.3 rebounds per game. He has sunk 90 3-pointers in his career, which ranks No. 26 on UK’s all-time career 3-point made list.

“I’m so excited about the possibilities of next season,” Wiltjer said. “I love Coach Cal and the staff, the University of Kentucky and the Big Blue Nation. After talking with Coach and the staff, I understand what I need to do. I want to be a part of another championship. This summer I’m going to work the hardest I’ve ever worked to come back next season better and stronger to help my team fight for number nine.”

Goodwin was the team’s leading scorer with a 14.0 scoring average en route to Freshman All-SEC honors. The Little Rock, Ark., native posted 25 double-figure scoring games and had five outings with 20 or more points. He ranked second on the team in assists (87) and steals (35). His 448 points scored in his first season ranks as the 10th best mark for a freshman in UK history.
 

"This is something I've dreamed about my entire life and I feel like the opportunity is there for me to play at the next level," Goodwin said. "I will stay in Lexington to finish my schoolwork this semester before continuing to pursue my dream. I've loved my time at UK and want to thank Coach Cal, the staff and my teammates for helping me get where I am. I especially want to thank the Big Blue Nation for all their support."

Goodwin has not signed with an agent. The NBA Draft is June 27.

Additional announcements regarding remaining players will be announced at a later date.

Rick Pitino Talks About Kevin Ware, Win Over Duke

Louisville head coach Rick Pitino talks to the media about his team's win over Duke and the devastating injury to Kevin Ware:

WKU to Announce Move to C-USA This Afternoon

Western Kentucky University will hold a press conference this afternoon to announce the school's move to Conference USA.

Here is a release from WKU:

BOWLING GREEN, Ky. — Western Kentucky University will announce a membership agreement with Conference USA for its athletic programs beginning on July 1, 2014 in a press conference at noon (CT) today in the Jack and Jackie Harbaugh Stadium Club at Houchens Industries-L.T. Smith Stadium.
 
Conference USA is an established, nationally prominent athletic conference that sponsors intercollegiate competition in 20 sports. Conference USA will have 16 member institutions in 2013-14, including 14 that compete in the Football Bowl Subdivision (FBS).
 
The press conference is open to the media and the public. Media members should park in Parking Structure 2 between E.A. Diddle Arena and Houchens Industries-L.T. Smith Stadium. An attendant will be on duty at the structure to open the gate for media members covering the press conference.
 
The press conference will be streamed live on WKUSports.com.
  
The upcoming 2013-14 academic year will be WKU's last as a member of the Sun Belt Conference, which it joined prior to the 1982-83 academic year. Currently in its 31st year as a member of the conference, WKU has won the Vic Bubas Cup five times, which is given annually to the member institution gaining the most cumulative points awarded for athletic success in the league's 19 sponsored sports.
 
Since 2000, WKU has won 86 Sun Belt Conference championships, more than 30 more than the next closest conference school. Also since the year 2000, WKU has committed more than $100 million towards new construction or renovation of athletic facilities, and 85 percent of Hilltopper and Lady Topper student-athletes who have fulfilled their eligibility have graduated.
 
Conference USA membership in 2013-14 will include Charlotte, East Carolina, FIU, Florida Atlantic, Louisiana Tech, Marshall, Middle Tennessee, North Texas, Old Dominion, Rice, Southern Miss, Tulane, Tulsa, UAB, UTEP and UTSA, with Charlotte and Old Dominion not competing in football.
 
In addition to reuniting with current Sun Belt Conference members FIU, Florida Atlantic, Middle Tennessee and North Texas, beginning in 2014-15 WKU will once again be in a conference with former Sun Belt Conference foes Charlotte, Louisiana Tech, Old Dominion and UAB. Furthermore, WKU and Marshall were founding members of the Ohio Valley Conference in 1948.
 
Sun Belt Conference membership in 2013-14 will include UALR, Arkansas State, Georgia State, Louisiana-Lafayette, ULM, South Alabama, Texas-Arlington, Texas State, Troy and WKU, with UALR and Texas-Arlington not competing in football.

USBasket Names Terrence Jones D-League Player of the Week

USBasket.com named former Kentucky star Terrence Jones NBA Development League Player of the Week over the weekend.

Here is an excerpt:

20-year old forward Terrence Jones (205-F-92) had an amazing evening in the last round for second-ranked Rio Grande VV and receives a USBasket.com Player of the Week award for round 66.


He had a double-double of 23 points and 11 rebounds, while his team crushed Sioux Falls S. (#5, 24-22) with 18-point margin 124-106. Rio Grande VV maintains the 2nd position in D-League. They would have been even better if they hadn't lost a few games earlier this season. Rio Grande VV will need more victories to improve their 32-15 record. In the team's last game Jones had a remarkable 100.0% from 2-point range. He just recently signed at Rio Grande VV, being already a very valuable addition to the team. University of Kentucky graduate has very impressive stats this year. Jones. Jones is in league's top in points (8th best: 19.2ppg) and averages solid 1.1bpg and 55.6% FGP.

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EKU's Jeff Neubauer Named NABC District 19 Coach of the Year

Eastern Kentucky's Jeff Neubauer was named 2013 NABC District 19 Coach of the Year last week.

Neubauer led EKU to a school-record 25 wins in 2012-13.

Here is a release from EKU:

KANSAS CITY, Mo. – Eastern Kentucky Head Coach Jeff Neubauer was selected as the 2013 National Association of Basketball Coaches (NABC) All-District 19 Coach.


District 19 includes teams from the Ohio Valley Conference.

His eighth season as head coach at Eastern Kentucky was a remarkable one for Neubauer. The list of accomplishments for the 2012-13 Colonels is long. It begins with a school record 25 wins and includes the program’s first victory in a national postseason tournament game in 68 years. Along the way Neubauer became Eastern’s second winningest coach and the first coach in program history to lead his team to three 20-win seasons.

Neubauer’s 2012-13 team finished 25-10 and earned a spot in the CollegeInsider.com Postseason Tournament (CIT), EKU’s third postseason appearance in the last seven years. Eastern finished with three more wins than the previous program-best of 22. One of those was a 69-62 victory over Garner-Webb in the first round of the CIT, Eastern’s first postseason national tournament win since 1945.

The Colonels were picked to finish fifth in the six-team Ohio Valley Conference East Division, but entered the final day of the regular season with a chance to claim a share of the conference championship. EKU finished with the second best record in the OVC at 12-4.

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Kevin Ware Has Successful Surgery Following Horrific Injury

Louisville's Kevin Ware suffered a gruesome broken leg during Sunday's NCAA Tournament game against Duke.

The injury was so horrific that I'm not going to post any pictures or videos (trust me, you don't want to see it). Ware's leg was broken in two places and the bone literally came out of his skin.

Ware had successful surgery tonight in Indianapolis:

KKcards Kevin Ware had successful surgery in Indy to repair broken leg, insert rod in tibia. Will remain until at least Tues

After the game, head coach Rick Pitino said Ware will likely be out for a year and then will return better than ever. He compared the injury to the one that Michael Bush suffered a few years back.

Pitino, who was reduced to tears following the injury, noted that Ware was laying on the court with the bone sticking out of his leg and was still screaming "go win the game!"

Photo via Twitter

Sunday, March 31, 2013

Jeff Teague Thinks Marquis Should Have Returned to Kentucky

Jeff Teague thinks his younger brother Marquis should have returned to Kentucky for his sophomore season rather than leaving early for the NBA.

Here are Jeff's comments from BostonGlobe.com:

“I told him it was going to be rough his first year,” said Jeff. “It was rough my first year, getting picked by a playoff team, it’s never easy. But he’s been taking it well.”

Jeff believes his brother should have played his sophomore season at Kentucky. The elder Teague played two stellar seasons at Wake Forest, then averaged just 4.1 points through his first two seasons in Atlanta before posting a 12.6 average last year, his first as a starter.

“I said, ‘Go back to school one more year,’ but he felt like he was ready, and I can’t tell him what to do,” said Jeff, “and I was going to be with him whatever decision he made.

“But I thought he should have went back and had another year to hone his skills. He wanted to come out. He made a grown-man choice.


Marquis has played in just 44 games, averaging 8.9 minutes for the Chicago Bulls.

Andrew Wiggins on Kentucky: We'd Win It All For Sure

Check out this CN2 interview with Kentucky recruit Andrew Wiggins; he says if he comes to Kentucky, it would be the greatest college team ever and "we'd win a championship for sure":



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Kyle Wiltjer: I WILL Be Back at UK Next Season

Kentucky's Kyle Wiltjer has decided to end the rumors of a potential transfer and announce on his Twitter account that he will be returning to Kentucky next season.

kwilt I just want everyone to know I AM NOT TRANSFERRING. The thought never crossed my mind. I love Coach Cal and the staff, UK, and the BBN..

kwilt After talking with coach and the staff I understand what I need to do. I want to be a part of another chip..

kwilt This summer, I'm going to work hard to come back next season better and stronger to help my team fight for #9!


Louisville Overcomes Tragedy to Advance to the Final Four

Louisville 85
Duke 63

Final from Indianapolis, Indiana - NCAA Tournament Quarterfinals

Game recap by UL:

INDIANAPOLIS (AP) - With tears in their eyes and Kevin Ware in their hearts, there was no way Louisville was losing this game.


Russ Smith scored 23, Gorgui Dieng had 14 points, 11 rebounds and four blocks, and top-seeded Louisville put aside the shock from Ware's gruesome leg injury to earn a second straight trip to the Final Four with an 85-63 victory over Duke on Sunday afternoon.

As the final seconds ticked down, Chane Behanan put Ware's jersey on and stood at the end of the Louisville bench, screaming. Cardinals fans chanted "Kevin Ware! Kevin Ware!"

"We won this for him," coach Rick Pitino said. "We were all choked up with emotion for him. We'll get him back to normal. We've got great doctors, great trainers."

Ware played his high-school ball in Georgia and the Final Four is in Atlanta, just adding to the emotion for the victorious Cardinals.

"We talked about it every timeout, `Get Kevin home,"' Pitino said.

This was the first time Pitino and Mike Krzyzewski had met in the regional finals since that 1992 classic that ended with Christian Laettner's improbable buzzer-beater, a game now considered one of the best in NCAA tournament history.

John Calipari Releases Statement About Ryan Harrow

Kentucky head coach John Calipari released the following statement earlier today about Ryan Harrow's decision to transfer to Georgia State:

“Given the health of his dad, we fully support Ryan’s decision to transfer to Georgia State to be closer to his family in Atlanta. Ryan was a vital part of this year’s team and an important player in practice during our 2011-12 national championship run. I want to thank Ryan for his efforts and hard work and wish him the best of luck at Georgia State. I know the Big Blue Nation will keep a close eye on him and wish him well as he continues his basketball career and his pursuit of a college degree.”

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