Friday, August 23, 2013

R.J. "Rick" Corman Has Passed Away

It is with a sad heart that I pass along the news that Rick Corman, the founder of R.J. Corman Railroad Group, has passed away after a long battle with cancer.

Here are more details from the Herald-Leader:

R.J. "Rick" Corman, the Jessamine County entrepreneur who built a backhoe business into a multimillion-dollar railroad and construction company, died Friday. He was 58.

Company spokesman Noel Rush said Mr. Corman died about 11 a.m. at his home in Nicholasville. Rush said the company's officials would have a statement later.

University of Kentuck men's basketball coach John Calipari, a friend of Mr. Corman, posted on Twitter shortly after noon: "I'm not in the frame of mind to talk about it right now, but I will shortly. Rest in peace, my good friend."

Calipari also tweeted, "It's been a tough day."

Mr. Corman had been diagnosed in 2001 with multiple myeloma, a type of blood cancer that attacks the plasma cells in bone marrow and destroys bones. The same disease took the lives of Walmart founder Sam Walton in 1992 and former vice-presidential candidate Geraldine Ferraro in 2011. Complete Article

Anonymous Coach Says UK Has Cancers on the 2013-14 Roster

I'll admit that I'm not a huge fan of CBSSports.com's "candid coaches" series because I'm not a huge fan of anonymous comments and quotes.

That being said, today's Candid Coaches question: Is Kentucky poised for a title or disappointment?

According to the article, 87% of coaches interviewed said the 2013-14 edition of the Wildcats will be closer to the 2012 title team than the 2013 NIT team.

There were also some anonymous quotes that stood out, including the comment that Kentucky has "some cancers on the team" this season.

Here is an excerpt:

"They have NBA guys at every position, and two at some positions. And they won't be all young this season. They're just going to overwhelm most everybody they play."

“Last year's team had Ryan Harrow. They had no shot from day one.”

“There's too much talent to be NIT. This is an embarrassment of riches when it comes to flat-out talent. Do they have the character of the 2012? Are there upperclassmen willing to be as unselfish as the as the 2012 team's was? The answers to those questions will determine their fate. They could lose two of their top eight guys and still be a top-five team. How many teams can say that?”

“Calipari will be able to use last year to get their attention. Those guys last year thought it was going to be easy. If he can get this group to surrender to the team like that 2012 team, the talent is there.”

“Too many egos for even Calipari to handle. I think they have some cancers on the team as well.”

Complete Article

Dominican Republic Drops a Tough One at the Buzzer

The Dominican Republic national team dropped a heart breaker in their first game of the Tuto Marchand Continental Cup Thursday.

James Feldeine drained what appeared to be a game-winning three-pointer for the Dominicans with 5.7 seconds to play. With the Dominicans leading 77-76, Brazil missed a shot that was tapped in by Alex Garcia at the buzzer to give the Brazilians a 78-77 victory.

Former Louisville star Francisco Garcia led the way for the Dominicans with 17 points. Eulis Baez added 15 points and Feldeine finished with 12. Eloy Vargas chipped in 8 points and 6 boards.

The Dominicans not only lost the game, they may have lost big man Jack Michael Martinez for the remainder of the event. Martinez suffered a cut near his right eye when he struck a billboard while trying to save a loose ball. He reportedly received 15 stitches.

William Giovannoni led the Brazilians with 15 points. Arthur Silva and Marcelinho Huertas finished with 14 points each.

The Dominican Republic returns to action tonight at 8:30 p.m. against Puerto Rico.



Here is the Dominican Republic 12-man roster as of now:

4 Edgar Sosa
5 Elpidio Fortuna
6 Juan Coronado
7 Ricardo Greer
8 Edward Santana
*9 Francisco Garcia
*10 James Feldeine
*11 Eloy Vargas
12 Karl-Anthony Towns
*13 Eulis Baez
14 Ronald Ramon
*15 Jack Michael Martinez

Buzz on Kentucky Basketball: Prayers for Rick Corman Edition

Thursday's Top 5

- I'd like to ask all readers to say a prayer for Rick Corman (pictured right with John Calipari), the founder of the R.J. Corman Railroad group. The company put out a press release regarding his "seri
ous condition" as he deals with cancer:

Thank you for your concern. Mr. Corman's condition is serious, so we are asking for prayers for him and his family. That is all the information we have to share, but we will post any updates here as they become available.

- Check out this picture of University of Pikeville senior Mr. Olympia, uh, I mean Elisha Justice.

- Speaking of UPIKE, the Bears have released their 2013-14 men's basketball schedule.

- Belmont vs. Kentucky on December 21 has been picked up by ESPNU and will air live.

- The Dominican Republic national team cut its final roster down to 15 with Eloy Vargas, Karl Towns, Edgar Sosa and Francisco Garcia all making the cut.

Recruiting News

- 2014 star Josh Perkins is no longer considering Kentucky and has cut his final list to UCLA, Gonzaga and Minnesota. Kentucky never officially offered Perkins.

- 2015 prospect Luke Kennard visited Kentucky for the second time last Saturday. “It was kind of a spur of the moment thing,” Kennard's father told the Herald-Leader. “We just kind of stopped in. It wasn’t anything big. Not anything too exciting — we just stopped in to say hello and that was basically it.”

Read more here: http://www.kentucky.com/2013/08/22/2781288/top-2015-prospect-kennard-visits.html#storylink=cpy

The Buzz

- The Dominican Republic national team dropped a 78-77 heart breaker at the buzzer to Brazil. Francisco Garcia led the Dominicans with 17 points. Eloy Vargas had 8 points and 6 rebounds.
 
- Richard Gatewood has stepped down as head coach at Moore High School to take the same job at Taylor County High School.

Video of the Day (The stereotypes of pick up basketball):


Thursday, August 22, 2013

Dominican Republic National Team Cuts Roster to 15 for Tuto Marchand Cup

Head coach Orlando Antigua has trimmed the Dominican Republic national team final roster down to 15 players.

Edgar Sosa (Louisville), Francisco Garcia (Louisville), Eloy Vargas (Kentucky) and Karl Towns (Kentucky commit) all made the cut.

The roster will be trimmed to 12 prior to the start of the 2013 FIBA Americas Championship tournament.

The Dominicans open play in the Tuto Marchand Continental Cup today at 6:00 p.m. against Brazil.

Current roster:

- Jack Michael Martinez
- Ricky Greer
- Francisco Garcia
- Manuel Fortuna
- Ronald Ramon
- Edward Santana
- Edgar Sosa
- Eulis Baez
- Juan Coronado
- Eloy Vargas
- Manny Quezada
- Karl Towns
- Brandone Francis
- Gerardo Suero
- James Feldeine

UPIKE Senior Elisha Justice Doubles as a Superhero on the Weekends

What has University of Pikeville point guard Elisha Justice been up to this summer? I'm going to guess that he has dedicated himself to having an outstanding senior season.

Here is photographic proof that Justice has spent at least his fair share of time in the weight room this summer (photo taken by Images by John Michael):

Belmont vs. Kentucky Will Air Live on ESPNU

The Belmont vs. Kentucky men's basketball game on December 21 has been picked up by ESPNU.

Here is a release from UK:

LEXINGTON, Ky. – The University of Kentucky has announced that ESPNU will televise the Dec. 21 Kentucky-Belmont men’s basketball game.

Scheduled for a noon tip, the game marks the first time UK and Belmont have met in basketball.

The Wildcats now have a total of 20 regular season games scheduled for national broadcast on either the ESPN family of networks or CBS Sports.

University of Pikeville Releases 2013-14 Men's Basketball Schedule

The University of Pikeville has released the school's men's basketball schedule for the 2013-14 season.

Here is a release from UPIKE:

PIKEVILLE, Ky. – Nineteen games at home in the Eastern Kentucky Exposition Center, six dates with opponents who participated in the NAIA National Championship last season and hosting the BB&T Classic highlight the 2013-14 University of Pikeville basketball schedule.

The season tips off with the Basketball Blast-Off at 9 p.m. ET on Oct. 16 with an intrasquad scrimmage at the UPIKE Gym.

Following that, the first regular-season competition is on Oct. 30 at home against Tennessee Wesleyan.

Once again the Bears travel to the University of Louisville to take on the defending national champions in the KFC YUM! Center for an exhibition on Nov. 6.

Playing against the Cardinals on their home floor will be the final tune-up before hosting the annual BB&T Classic with Alice Lloyd (Ky.), Virginia Intermont and West Virginia Tech all coming to the Expo Center for games on Nov. 8-9.

The six contests against NAIA postseason qualifiers includes two against Life (Ga.) on Nov. 12 and Feb. 1 and two each against Mid-South Conference foes Georgetown (Ky.) and Lindsey Wilson (Ky.). UPIKE faces the Tigers on Jan. 16 and Feb. 15 and the Blue Raiders on Jan. 9 in the MSC home opener and Feb. 8.

Complete Release

UPIKE 2013-14 Men's Basketball Schedule

Date Home / Away Opponent Location Time
10/30/2013 H Tennessee Wesleyan College Pikeville, Ky. 7:30 p.m.
11/1/2013 H Ohio State (Mansfield) Pikeville, Ky. 7:30 p.m.
11/2/2013 H The University of Virginia's College at Wise Pikeville, Ky. 2:00 p.m.
11/6/2013 A University of Louisville Louisville, KY 7:00 p.m.

BB&T Classic
11/8/2013 H TBA 8:00 p.m.
11/9/2013 H TBA 8:00 p.m.

11/12/2013 A Life University Marietta, Ga. TBA
11/21/2013 A St. Catharine College St. Catharine, Ky. 8:00 p.m.
11/23/2013 A Campbellsville University (Ky.) Campbellsville, Ky. 4:00 p.m.
12/13/2013 H Clearwater Christian College Pikeville, Ky. 7:00 p.m.
12/15/2013 H Alice Lloyd College (Ky.) Pikeville, Ky. 4:00 p.m.
12/17/2013 H University of Cincinnati-Clermont Pikeville, Ky. 7:00 p.m.
12/31/2013 H Tennessee Temple University Pikeville, Ky. 4:00 p.m.
1/2/2014 A Bluefield College (Va.) Bluefield, Va. 8:00 p.m.
1/9/2014 H Lindsey Wilson College (Ky.) Pikeville, Ky. 8:00 p.m.
1/11/2014 H Cumberland University (Tenn.) Pikeville, Ky. 4:00 p.m.
1/16/2014 A Georgetown College (Ky.) Georgetown, Ky. 8:00 p.m.
1/18/2014 A University of the Cumberlands (Ky.) Williamsburg, Ky. 4:00 p.m.
1/23/2014 H University of Rio Grande (Ohio) Pikeville, Ky. 8:00 p.m.
1/25/2014 H Shawnee State University (Ohio) Pikeville, Ky. 4:00 p.m.
1/30/2014 H Bluefield College (Va.) Pikeville, Ky. 8:00 p.m.
2/1/2014 H Life University Pikeville, Ky. TBA
2/6/2014 A Cumberland University (Tenn.) Lebanon, Tenn. 9:00 p.m.
2/8/2014 A Lindsey Wilson College (Ky.) Columbia, Ky. 5:00 p.m.
2/13/2014 H University of the Cumberlands (Ky.) Pikeville, Ky. 8:00 p.m.
2/15/2014 H Georgetown College (Ky.) Pikeville, Ky. 4:00 p.m.
2/20/2014 A Shawnee State University (Ohio) Portsmouth, Ohio 8:00 p.m.
2/22/2014 A University of Rio Grande (Ohio) Rio Grande, Ohio 4:00 p.m.
2/27/2014 H Campbellsville University (Ky.) Pikeville, Ky. 8:00 p.m.
3/1/2014 H St. Catharine College Pikeville, Ky. 4:00 p.m.

Mid-South Conference Tournament
3/6-9/2014 N TBA Lebanon, Tenn. TBA Details

NAIA National Championship
3/19-25/2014 N TBA Kansas City, Mo. TBA

Buzz on Kentucky Basketball: Louisville's 2013-14 Men's Basketball Schedule Edition

Wednesday's Top 5

- The University of Louisville released its men's basketball schedule for the 2013-14 season.

- Former WKU assistant Kip Wellman is the new director of basketball operations at Syracuse.

- A new bridge in Cynthiana will be named after former Kentucky head coach Joe B. Hall.

- The Dominican Republic national team fell to Puerto Rico in an exhibition game.

- ICYMI: Here's the University of Kentucky men's basketball schedule for 2013-14.

Recruiting News

- Check out these highlights of Kentucky recruits at CP3 camp.

- Dixie Heights combo guard Brandon Hatton committed to Vermont.

The Buzz

According to a report at Messenger-Inquirer.com, Kentucky Wesleyan plans to host a "conference challenge" classic at the Owensboro Sportscenter on Nov. 8-9 which will include four teams from the Midwest Region — KWC, Quincy, Lake Erie and Davis & Elkins.

- Orlando Antigua's brother, Oliver, is set to take an assistant coaching position at Seton Hall

- Speaking of the Antigua's, their Dominican Republic national team opens play in the Jenaro "Tuto" Marchand Cup this evening against Brazil.

Jenaro "Tuto" Marchand Continental Cup, Preliminary Round

8/22/2013

18:00 Dominican Republic vs. Brazil
20:30 Canada vs. Puerto Rico

8/23/2013

18:00 Argentina vs. Canada
20:30 Dominican Republic vs. Puerto Rico

8/24/2013

18:00 Brazil  vs. Argentina
20:30 Canada  vs. Dominican Republic

8/25/2013

18:00 Puerto Rico  vs. Brazil
20:30 Argentina vs. Dominican Republic

8/26/2013

18:00 Brazil vs. Canada
20:30 Puerto Rico vs. Argentina

Video of the Day (Rajon Rondo mix)


Wednesday, August 21, 2013

Louisville Releases 2013-14 Men's Basketball Schedule

The University of Louisville has released its complete men's basketball schedule for the 2013-14 season.

Here is a release from UL:

LOUISVILLE, Ky. - Appearances in the Basketball Hall of Fame Classic, at least 23 games on national television and 20 home games in the KFC Yum! Center highlight the 2013-14 University of Louisville men's basketball schedule.

Nearly half of the Cardinals' 31 games will be played against teams that participated in post-season competition last season, including at least seven from the NCAA Tournament (NCAA Tournament: Cincinnati twice, Memphis twice, Temple twice, Western Kentucky, possible North Carolina in the Hall of Fame Classic; NIT: Kentucky, Southern Mississippi; College Basketball Invitational: College of Charleston, Houston twice, possible Richmond in the Hall of Fame Classic; College Insiders.com Tournament: Fairfield, Hartford). Twenty of the defending NCAA Champions' games will be played against teams that won at least 18 games last season.

Many new opponents will appear on the Louisville schedule this season through new agreements and with the Cardinals' initial season in the American Athletic Conference.

"The American should be a highly competitive conference," said U of L Coach Rick Pitino, whose team played the nation's fourth-toughest schedule by the ratings percentage index (RPI) last season. "I certainly don't enjoy the transitional part of our conference affiliation, but this is the best scenario possible in that we still have many partners from the BIG EAST and Conference USA still aligned with us. We look forward to the challenge."

A limited quantity of season tickets in the 300 level corners of the KFC Yum! Center are on sale now for $781 each, averaging $39 per game, and are renewable for future seasons. A payment plan option is available. Visit www.GoCards.com/GetInNow and then call (502) GO-CARDS by September for incentives and seat availability (9am-5pm).

Complete Release

From GoCards.com:

DateOpponent / EventLocationTime / Result
10/29/13vs. KENTUCKY WESLEYAN * TVKFC YUM! CENTER7:00 p.m. ET
11/06/13vs. PIKEVILLE * TVKFC YUM! CENTER7:00 p.m. ET
11/09/13vs. COLLEGE OF CHARLESTON TVKFC YUM! CENTER1:00 p.m. ET
HALL OF FAME CLASSIC
11/12/13vs. HOFSTRA TVKFC YUM! CENTER7:00 p.m. ET
11/23/13vs. Fairfield TVUncasville, Conn.2:00 p.m. ET
11/24/13North Carolina/Richmond TVUncasville, Conn.1 or 3 PM ET
11/15/13vs. CORNELL TVKFC YUM! CENTER7:00 p.m. ET
11/29/13vs. SOUTHERN MISSISSIPPI TVKFC YUM! CENTER7:00 p.m. ET
12/04/13vs. MISSOURI KANSAS CITY TVKFC YUM! CENTER7:00 p.m. ET
12/07/13vs. LOUISIANA-LAFAYETTE TVKFC YUM! CENTER1:00 p.m. ET
BILLY MINARDI CLASSIC
12/14/13vs. WESTERN KENTUCKY TVKFC YUM! CENTER12:00 p.m. ET
12/17/13vs. MISSOURI STATE TVKFC YUM! CENTER9:00 p.m. ET
12/21/13at Florida International TVMiami, Fla.5:00 p.m. ET
12/28/13at Kentucky TVLexington, Ky.4:00 p.m. ET
12/31/13at UCF # TVOrlando, Fla.5:00 p.m. ET
01/04/14at Rutgers # TVPiscataway, N.J.2 or PM ET
01/09/14vs. MEMPHIS # TVKFC YUM! CENTER7:00 p.m. ET
01/12/14vs. SMU # TVKFC YUM! CENTER2:00 p.m. ET
01/16/14vs. HOUSTON # TVKFC YUM! CENTER7:00 p.m. ET
01/18/14at Connecticut # TVStorrs, Conn.9:00 p.m. ET
01/22/14at USF # TVTampa, Fla.7:00 p.m. ET
01/30/14vs. CINCINNATI # TVKFC YUM! CENTER7:00 p.m. ET
02/01/14vs. UCF # TVKFC YUM! CENTER9:00 p.m. ET
02/05/14at Houston # TVHouston, Texas9:00 p.m. ET
02/13/14at Temple TVPhiladelphia, Pa.7:00 p.m. ET
02/16/14vs. RUTGERS # TVKFC YUM! CENTER6:00 p.m. ET
02/18/14vs. USF # TVKFC YUM! CENTER7:00 p.m. ET
02/22/14at Cincinnati # TVCincinnati, Ohio12:00 p.m. ET
02/27/14vs. TEMPLE # TVKFC YUM! CENTER9:00 p.m. ET
03/01/14at Memphis # TVMemphis, Tenn.2:00 p.m. ET
03/05/14at SMU # TVDallas, Texas7:00 p.m. ET
03/08/14vs. CONNECTICUT # TVKFC YUM! CENTER2:00 p.m. ET
AMERICAN ATHLETIC CONFERENCE CHAMPIONSHIP
03/12/14First Round TVMemphis, Tenn.TBA
03/13/14Quarterfinals TVMemphis, Tenn.TBA
03/14/14Semifinals TVMemphis, Tenn.TBA
03/15/14Championship TVMemphis, Tenn.TBA

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