Saturday, October 26, 2013

Former Louisville Guard Chris Smith Makes New York Knicks' Roster

Former Louisville guard Chris Smith has made the regular season roster for the New York Knicks.

Here is more from

New York's decision to keep Smith, for now, is sure to be a controversial one.

Woodson said earlier this week that Smith's relationship with his older brother will factor into whether the team keeps Smith on the 15-man roster.

"I look at him just like I look at J.R., though J.R. is the guy who played in a uniform and has been very productive for us," Woodson said. "I have a great deal of respect for that family. That's his brother, I respect that."

But J.R., older by two years, hoped that wasn't the case.

"I don't want that to come into play because that's a crutch for him and that's an excuse for him to make the team," J.R. said Thursday. "I think that he should make the team based off his own talent and his own ability. Don't get me wrong -- he's still my brother at the end of the day, but I think his talent should set that apart."

An added layer to the team's decision to keep Smith is the former Louisville guard's ties to CAA.

CAA represents both Chris and J.R. and has close ties to the Knicks and Madison Square Garden.  

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Adrian Wojnarowski of Yahoo! Sports is not impressed:

WojYahooNBA Chris Smith made Knicks when his brother, J.R., signed his extension. That's the business, but he should spare everyone how he "earned" it.

Bruce Reed Leads Pikeville to Exhibition Win Over Athletes in Action

University of Pikeville 91
Athletes in Action 77

Exhibition Final from Pikeville, Kentucky

Game recap by UPIKE:

PIKEVILLE, Ky. – Bruce Reed, a senior transfer from Morehead State, had a nice debut for the University of Pikeville men's basketball team, scoring a game-high 23 points in a 91-77 exhibition win against Athletes In Action on Thursday at the East Ky. Exposition Center.

The lead changed hands five times in the first half, but AIA never led by more than four, while the Bears enjoyed their largest lead of 18 points late in the second half. UPIKE shot over 60 percent from the field and 3-of-6 from the 3-point line to build the big second-half advantage.

All five starters reached double figures for the Bears, including Keala King with 15 points, Josh Whitaker with 13, Eric Richardson had 11 and Elisha Justice finished with 10. Chris Cantino came off the bench to add 10 points and a game-best nine rebounds. Reed, a 6-8 forward, showed his versatility with a team-best three 3-pointers.

UPIKE outrebounded AIA 45-33, including a 14-9 advantage on the offensive glass as Reed also pulled down eight rebounds and King made his mark with three on the offensive glass.

AIA was led by Caleb Palkert with 20 points and Fayzon Richey with 15. It was the first loss of the exhibition tour for the travel team which had already logged lopsided wins at Union (Ky.) and Hiwassee (Tenn.).
Complete Recap

Friday, October 25, 2013

John Calipari Working on New Event that Would Include UCLA, UNC and OSU

According to ESPN's Andy Katz, Kentucky head coach John Calipari is working to put together a new Champions Classic-type of event for the 2014-16 college basketball seasons.

Katz says the event would feature Kentucky, UCLA, Ohio State and North Carolina and would potentially be played in Brooklyn, Las Vegas and a site in the Midwest.

Here is Katz discussing the event (click to play):

Happy Osborne Says He'll Get a Panther Tattoo on His Face if KWC Beats Louisville

Kentucky Wesleyan head coach Happy Osborne says he'll get a Panther tattoo on his face if his team beats the Louisville Cardinals next week:

Murray State Holds Annual Fan Jam Event

Murray State University tipped off the men's basketball season by holding their annual basketball Fan Jam at the CFSB Center last night.

Here is more from MSU:

The 2013-14 Murray State basketball season got underway Thursday when both Racer teams were introduced at Fan Jam at the CFSB Center in Murray, Ky.

Racer Fan Jam featured introductions of every student-athlete on each team as well as coaches and support staff.

Head coaches Steve Prohm and Rob Cross shared their optimism with the fans of what the season may hold for each. Both coaches addressed the crowd, urging fans to pack out the CFSB Center and give the Racers a true home-court advantage.

Prior to the scrimmage, the MSU cheerleaders, Racer Girls and Racer Band performed.

Fan Jam was the first look for fans to see the teams in action. Both teams alternated 10 minute scrimmage times for a total of 20 minutes court time for each. The score was combined between the men's and women's teams with the Gold team coming out on top of the Blue team, 69-51.

Following the scrimmage, both teams remained on hand to sign autographs for the fans in attendance.

Next up for the Racers are exhibition games at the CFSB Center. The men's team will host Freed-Hardeman (Nov. 2) at 7 p.m., and the women's team play host to Berea (Nov. 3) at 4 p.m.

The regular season begins for both teams (Nov. 8) when the women's team hosts Robert Morris-Springfield at 7 p.m. and the men's team plays at Valparaiso at 7:30 p.m.  The men's team play their home opener (Nov. 12) against Brescia at 7 p.m.

Thursday, October 24, 2013

Rick Pitino Says Chane Behanan Told the Truth and Will Be Back on the Team Soon

According to head coach Rick Pitino, suspended forward Chane Behanan will likely be back on Louisville's basketball team "in a short period of time."

ColeClaybournMI Rick Pitino said Chane Behanan should be back with "in a short time." Said he "told the truth" so that's why he was kept on team.

ColeClaybournMI Pitino on Behanan: "The reason he's suspended and not off the team: he told the truth. I said OK. There's going to be a penalty..." (more)

ColeClaybournMI Pitino on Behanan: "...back on the team in a short period of time."

ColeClaybournMI So, in short, Pitino said Behanan told the truth and will be back on 's team "in a short period of time."

2013-14 University of Kentucky Men's Basketball Schedule Poster

Here is a look at the 2013-14 University of Kentucky men's basketball schedule poster:

UKIMGNetwork #BBN, pick up a 2013-2014 @KentuckyMBB schedule poster @McD_Lexington locations or online:  

Terrence Williams Will Replace Ramel Bradley on Turk Telekom's Roster in Turkey

Former Louisville star Terrence Williams and Turk Telekom Ankara have agreed to contract terms for the 2013-14 season in Turkey's top-level TBL league.

Williams will be signed to take the place of former Kentucky guard Ramel Bradley, who suffered a season-ending injury last week.

Here is an excerpt from

Turk Telekom Ankara agrees to terms with free agent Terrence Williams (198-F/G-87, college: Louisville) after Ramel Bradley's long term injury during Royal Hali Gaziantep game. 6'6'' swingman lately played for Boston Celtics. In 29 NBA games he got 12.7mpg and was released by he club in June 2013. Williams also played for Brooklyn Nets where he was drafted 11th, Houston Rockets, Sacramento Kings and Chinese club Guangdong. He stated that he was offered many contracts from European clubs but Turk Telekom's was the most tempting one.


Chris Lofton is Still a Stone Cold Killer, Drains Game-Winner in Eurocup Game

Watch as former Kentucky Mr. Basketball Chris Lofton does his best Chris Lofton impersonation and drains a three-pointer at the buzzer:

Lofton's shot with less than 2 seconds on the clock gave Beiktas a 72-70 win over Neptunas in Eurocup action. Besiktas is now 1-1 in Eurocup games and Lofton is averaging 14 points and 1.5 steals per game.

In Turkish league games, Lofton is averaging 19 points, 3 rebounds and 4.5 assists per game.

Rick Pitino: Our Government is Totally Dysfunctional

Louisville head coach Rick Pitino made an appearance on CNBC yesterday to discuss leadership and how to improve the United States' government.

Pitino was very critical of certain aspects of the government and called it "totally dysfunctional" (click image to play):

Wednesday, October 23, 2013

Report: Kentucky Basketball to Play UTEP in 2016

The Kentucky Wildcats will reportedly play a men's basketball game against UTEP in 2016.

According to comments from UTEP head coach Tim Floyd, the game will possibly be played at Maryland on Martin Luther King DAy.

dhuntabc7 UTEP coach Tim Floyd just announced Miners will play Kentucky in rematch of 66 game in 2016 possibly at Maryland on Martin Luther King Day.

dhuntabc7 Coach Floyd said he and Coach Calipari at Kentucky are working out the particulars but the game would be played during 50th anniversary year

The game would be a rematch of the famed 1966 NCAA championship game between Texas Western (now UTEP) and Kentucky.

It's That Time Again? Basketball Schedule for the Week

It's hard to believe that the 2013-14 college basketball season is ready to tip off but there are exhibition games this week.

Here's a schedule of games and events for this week:

Thursday, October 24

7:00 p.m. Patriot Madness at St. Catharine College
7:30 p.m. Morehead Hysteria at Morehead State University
7:30 p.m. Athletes in Action at University of Pikeville (Exhibition)
7:30 p.m. Racer Fan Jam at Murray State University

Friday, October 25

8:00 p.m. Athletes in Action at Lindsey Wilson College (Exhibition)

Saturday, October 26

4:00 p.m. Athletes in Action at Asbury University (Exhibition)

Sunday, October 27

3:00 p.m. Campbellsville University at Oklahoma State (Exhibition)

NOTE: If I've missed any games or events, post in the comments section so I can add them.

Mid-Continent Names Adam Parrott Head Men's Basketball Coach

Mid-Continent University has apparently hired their second men's basketball head coach in the last month.

In late September, MCU announced that Howard Dillard had been hired to replace former head coach Winston Bennett.

"I am very excited to have the chance to lead these young men," Dillard said in the original MCU release. "I know that we have the talent to make some noise this season, and I am ready to get to work with this team as we transition into a new conference."

Athletic Director Kevin Imhoff stated, "Howard is a very focused individual who brings a tremendous knowledge of basketball to our program. He demonstrates a passion for the game, and we are eager to see him be able to transfer that passion to the players under his direction."

Now, almost exactly one month later, Mid-Continent has announced that assistant coach Adam Parrott is the new head coach.

Here is a release from MCU:

The off-season of 2013 has seen a lot of changes for the Mid-Continent University men's basketball program, but the Cougars are ready to hit the hardwood in a little over a week with a new head coach.

Adam Parrott, who spent the 2012-13 season as an assistant coach, will take control of the program with a new assistant coach - Justin Watson - for 2013-14. It is Parrott's first season as a collegiate head coach, and his second campaign on the Mid-Continent bench. He brings with him a variety of coaching experience, and a trio of state championships at the high school level. In addition, Parrott has ample experience in pastoral and discipleship roles at several different churches.

"I feel humbled and excited at the same time for this great opportunity to lead the Mid Continent Men's Basketball program," Parrott said of the decision. "It has been my goal since I started coaching in 1998 to be a head coach at a Christian College to use the sport of basketball as a platform to spread the Gospel of Christ. Our top three goals here at MCU will be to play together, play smart, and to play hard all for the Glory of God."

Parrott, who hails from the Dalton, Ga. Area, began his coaching career at the high school level during the 1998-99 season, when he took the reins of the Christian Heritage School (Ga.) Lions. Parrott was the first varsity basketball coach for the Lions, and in just his third season on the bench, he led the Lions to the Tennessee Association of Christian Schools (TACS) state title. The title proved to be the first of back-to-back crowns, as the Lions successfully defended their crown the following season. Parrott - who was also the Lions' Athletic Director - served at the school until the end of the 2006 season. During that time, he was also the Youth Pastor at Community Life Church.

For the next two seasons, Parrott plied his craft in North Carolina, taking a position at High Point Christian Academy. He was the head coach for the Cougars for both seasons, and at the end of the 2007-08 campaign, Parrott headed back to Northwest Georgia. Living back in Dalton, Parrott took a job as an assistant coach at Tennessee Temple University in Chattanooga, Tenn. At the same time, he was also the middle school youth pastor at Dalton's Liberty Baptist Church.

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Jerry Meyer Predicts That Lyles, Johnson, Booker and Blackmon All Choose Kentucky

Jerry Meyer of 247Sports predicts that Kentucky lands commitments from 2014 stars Trey Lyles, Stanley Johnson, Devin Booker and James Blackmon.

Meyer predicts that the Wildcats will miss out on Jahlil Okafor and Myles Turner.

Here is an excerpt:

Calipari’s pool of targets, for now, has been narrowed to James Blackmon Jr., Devin Booker, Stanley Johnson, Trey Lyles, Jahlil Okafor and Myles Turner. Below are the latest predictions for those recruits.

As always, take these predictions with some degree of skepticism. 247Sports national analyst Jerry Meyer explained it well in an interview with the Herald-Leader earlier this year …

“Just because you make a Crystal Ball pick, it doesn’t mean it’s 100 percent you think he’s going there,” Meyer said. “The way I logically process it is, if they made a decision today, this is where I think they would pick.”

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MSU Head Coach Sean Woods Participates in OVC Media Day

Morehead State head coach Sean Woods took part in Ohio Valley Conference media day on Tuesday.

Here is more from MSU:

NASHVILLE -- Morehead State Head Men's Coach Sean Woods and Head Women's Coach Tom Hodges took part in the annual Ohio Valley Conference Basketball Media Day on Tuesday at a Sheraton Hotel just east of the Music City.

The league announced its preseason poll and all-conference teams, OVC Commissioner Beth DeBauche addressed the crowd of over 100 and all coaches took part in various interview sessions.

The Morehead State men return eight players, including seniors Bakari Turner (8.2 ppg), Chad Posthumus (7.5 ppg, 6.8 rpg) and Drew Kelly (7.1 ppg). Junior Angelo Warner (10.9 ppg, 4.4 rpg, 2.5 apg) is the team's top returning scorer.

The MSU men have been picked third in the OVC's East Division, behind Eastern Kentucky and Belmont. The Eagles are coming off a season where they finished 15-18 overall, 8-8 in league play and advanced to the OVC quarterfinals.

"This event reminds everyone that basketball season is just around the corner," Woods said. "We're excited about the team we have this year. We have a roster filled with talented young men, and we're working on getting the chemistry down now."

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Here is an update from Woods at OVC media day:

UK Fans Give Wall, Davis Warm Welcomes; Boo Former Rivals

Former Kentucky stars John Wall and Anthony Davis were back in Rupp Arena for an NBA preseason game Saturday night.

More than 14,000 fans attended the game and gave Wall and Davis a warm welcome back to Lexington.

Meanwhile, Eric Gordon (Indiana), Austin Rivers (Duke) and Bradley Beal (Florida) were loudly booed by the Rupp Arena faithful.

EKU Basketball Reading Program Visits Silver Creek Elementary

Members of the Eastern Kentucky men's basketball program visited Silver Creek Elementary last Friday as part of the Colonel Basketball Reading Program.

Here is a release from EKU:

RICHMOND, Ky. – Members of the Eastern Kentucky University men's basketball team spent a portion of their day at Silver Creek Elementary on Friday. Jaylen Babb-Harrison and Tommy Matthews read to the elementary students as part of the Colonel Basketball Reading Program.

The program is in its fifth year and is designed to motivate students to achieve their reading goals. Each student who participates in the program will receive one complimentary ticket to an Eastern Kentucky men's basketball game during the 2013-14 season.

Eastern has already been picked by several national publications as the favorite in the Ohio Valley Conference. USA Today predicts the Colonels to win the OVC and earn a No. 13 seed in the NCAA Tournament. The OVC will release its preseason poll on Tuesday.

Four starters and a total of 13 letter winners return from the 2012-13 squad that won a school record 25 games and posted the second best conference mark at 12-4. The Colonels advanced to the Tournament (CIT) and picked up the program's first victory in a national postseason tournament game in 68 years.

Complete Release

Photo: EKU

Transy to Host Battle on Broadway Dinner and Auction Next Week

Transylvania University will hold the 2013 Battle On Broadway Dinner and Auction October 31.

Those in attendance will have the opportunity to dine alongside Kentucky head coach John Calipari and Transy head man Brian Lane.

Here are details from Transy:

Back by popular demand -  Pre-game dinner with the Transylvania and University of Kentucky men’s basketball teams and their coaches. It takes place on October 31 with a silent auction beginning at 6:15 p.m. with hors d'oeuvres served.  Dinner is at 7 p.m. with silent auction closing at 7:15 p.m.  Coach Calipari and Coach Lane will speak, followed by a live auction. Master of Ceremonies -- Matt Jones '00, Kentucky Sports Radio. Tickets are $75 per person or a table sponsorship for $1,500 which includes seats for 8. Proceeds from the dinner will benefit Transylvania Athletics. The game will take place on Friday, November 1 at Rupp Arena.

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Tuesday, October 22, 2013

Ramel Bradley Suffers Season-Ending Leg Injury in Turkey

Former University of Kentucky guard Ramel Bradley suffered a leg injury recently and will miss the entire 2013-14 season in Turkey.

dreamsmooth Surgery went well Thank God. Thank you for all your warm wishes :) please keep me in your prayers ❤️ #ThisIsGodsPlanNotMine

dreamsmooth And The Next Chapter In My Life Begins... Ugh😎 #FreshOutOfSurgery #GodIsGood

Bradley was injured in Turk Telecom's second game of the season.

Georgetown College Picked to Win Mid-South Conference in 2013-14

The Georgetown College Tigers are the preseason coaches' pick to win the Mid-South Conference in 2013-14. The Tigers collected 78 total points and 6 first-place votes.

The University of Pikeville earned 3 first-place votes and 72 total points to finish second.

Lindsey Wilson College picked up the remaining first-place vote and finished third in the preseason poll.

Campbellsville University and University of the Cumberlands round out the top five.

Here is a release from the MSC:

COLUMBIA, Ky. -- Defending NAIA National Champions Georgetown College is the favorite to capture the Mid-South Conference regular season title in 2013-14, according to the MSC Preseason Coaches' Poll released on Tuesday by conference officials.

Georgetown received 78 voting points from the conference coaches, including six of the 10 first-place votes. Coaches were not allowed to vote for their own team.

The Tigers had a magical run to the program's second national title last season as the NAIA Tournament's 13th seed. Georgetown finished last season 29-8 overall, including a 14-6 Mid-South Conference record.

University of Pikeville is projected to finish second in the conference. The Bears (26-7, 15-5 in the MSC last season) received 72 voting points and three first-place votes.

Two-time defending MSC regular season champions Lindsey Wilson College is third in the balloting. The Blue Raiders (33-5, 16-4) picked up 68 voting points and the final first-place vote. Lindsey Wilson also captured the MSC Tournament title last season and reached the NAIA Fab Four.

Campbellsville University (20-12, 12-8) and University of the Cumberlands (19-13, 10-10) are a close fourth and fifth in the preseason poll. The Tigers received 53 voting points while the Patriots picked up 52 voting points from the coaches' vote.

St. Catharine College (13-14, 9-11) is projected to finish sixth with 36 voting points followed by Shawnee State University (16-14, 11-9) with 34 voting points.

Cumberland University, Bluefield College and University of Rio Grande complete the 10-team poll. Cumberland (9-20, 5-15) garnered 25 voting points while Bluefield (10-17, 5-15) and Rio Grande (11-19, 6-14) received 17 and 15 voting points respectively.

The Mid-South Conference regular season tips-off on November 21, 2013 with the MSC Tournament set for March 9-6 at the Dallas Floyd Recreation Center in Lebanon, Tenn.

Voting Points
First-Place Votes
 Georgetown College
 University of Pikeville
 Lindsey Wilson College
 Campbellsville University
 University of the Cumberlands
 St. Catharine College
 Shawnee State University
 Cumberland University
 Bluefield College
 University of Rio Grande

WKU Extends Offer to 2015 SF Tommy Burton

Western Kentucky University has extended a scholarship offer to 6-foot-8 small forward Tommy Burton from St. Jude (Ala.) High School.

Burton is considered a three-star recruit by

BAMAMIXTAPE Western Kentucky has offered our 2015 #2 Tommy Burton 6'8 F | St. Jude (AL)


EKU, Murray State and SEMO Favored to Win Ohio Valley Conference

Eastern Kentucky University is picked to win the Ohio Valley Conference's East division. The Colonels received 18 first-place votes and 128 points overall. Belmont is second in the East with 6 first-place votes and 116 total points. Morehead State is picked to finished third in the East with 74 points.

Southeast Missouri and Murray State are co-favorites to win the West division. SEMO earned 13 first-place votes while the Racers collected 11. Both teams have 117 total points. Austin Peay is picked third in the West.

SEMO's Tyler Stone is the pick for preseason Player of the Year in the OVC. EKU placed Glenn Cosey and Corey Walden on the Preseason All-OVC Team.

Here is a release from the OVC

2013-14 OVC Predicted Order of Finish

1. Eastern Kentucky (18 first-place votes) – 128
2. Belmont (6) – 116
3. Morehead State – 74
4. Jacksonville State – 72
5. Tennessee State – 60
6. Tennessee Tech - 42

1. Southeast Missouri (13 first-place votes) – 117
     Murray State (11) – 117
3. Austin Peay – 90
4. UT Martin – 66
5. Eastern Illinois – 58
6. SIUE - 44

6 points awarded for a first-place vote, 5 for second, etc. - Coaches and SID's could not vote for their own teams.
2013-14 Preseason All-OVC Team

Travis Betran, Austin Peay
Glenn Cosey, Eastern Kentucky
Nino Johnson, Southeast Missouri
J.J. Mann, Belmont
Patrick Miller, Tennessee State
Tyler Stone, Southeast Missouri
Myles Taylor, UT Martin
Will Triggs, Austin Peay
Corey Walden, Eastern Kentucky
Brian Williams, Jacksonville State

OVC Preseason Player of the Year: Tyler Stone, Southeast Missouri

Chris Jones, Andrew Harrison On Watch List for Bob Cousy Award

The Bob Cousy Award watch list was releasted on Tuesday and includes Kentucky's Andrew Harrison and Louisville's Chris Jones.

The award is given annually to the nation's best collegiate point guard.

The initial list of 45 will be narrowed down to 20 in February and 5 in March. The Cousy Award winner will be presented the award on Championship Monday in Dallas at the Hall of Fame's Class of 2014 Announcement and Press Conference.

Here is the watch list:

Trevor Releford, Alabama
TJ McConnell, Arizona
Jahii Carson, Arizona State
Derrick Marks, Boise State
Walt Lemon, Jr., Bradley
Justin Cobbs, California
Kyle Anderson, UCLA
Billy Baron, Canisus
Spencer Dinwiddie, Colorado
Shabazz Napier, Connecticut
Quinn Cook, Duke
Brett Comer, Florida Gulf Coast
Kasey Hill, Florida
Devon Bookert, Florida State
Markel Starks, Georgetown
Kevin Pangos, Gonzaga
Keifer Sykes, Green Bay
Siyani Chambers, Harvard
Brandyn Curry, Harvard
Yogi Ferrell, Indiana
Jake Odum, Indiana State
DeAndre Kane, Iowa State
Andrew Harrison, Kentucky
Elfrid Payton, Lafayette
Jason Brickman, Long Island-Brooklyn
Anthony Ireland, Loyola Marymount
Chris Jones, Louisville
Chaz Williams, Massachusetts
Michael Dixon, Memphis
Joe Jackson, Memphis
Keith Appling, Michigan State
Jordan Clarkson, Missouri
Kendall Williams, New Mexico
Marcus Paige, North Carolina
Eric Atkins, Notre Dame
Aaron Craft, Ohio State
Marcus Smart, Oklahoma State
Dominic Artis, Oregon
Tim Frazier, Penn State
Kris Dunn, Providence
Tyler Ennis, Syracuse
Preston Medlin, Utah State
Ryan Arcidiacono, Villanova
Nigel Williams-Goss, Washington
Semaj Christon, Xavier
Kendrick Perry, Youngstown State

Terrence Jones Held Out Due to Strained Right Shoulder

Former Kentucky forward Terrence Jones was ruled inactive for last night's NBA preseason game against the Mavericks due to a strained right shoulder.

Jonathan_Feigen Terrence Jones inactive with a strained right shoulder.

It is unclear how long Jones will be out of action. He is in competition for a starting spot with the Houston Rockets and figures to be heavily involved in the team's regular season rotation.

Thomas Nelson's Dikembe Dixson Picks Up Offer from Marshall University

Marshall University has extended a scholarship offer to Thomas Nelson High School forward Dikembe Dixson.

Dwilliams1515 Marshall just offered my guy @Ddixson_35 tonite. One of many D1 offers to come his way soon..2015 rising star in Kentucky#hardwood

College interest is heating up for the talented Dixson, who transferred to Thomas Nelson from Ashland over the summer.

Tyler Hansbrough Chooses His Enemies Wisely

Former North Carolina big man Tyler Hansbrough knows how to choose his enemies wisely.

Watch as Hansbrough gets clobbered, prepares to square up on the defender, realizes it's Metta World Peace and quickly changes his mind:

Rick Pitino's Speech at the Louisville Tip-Off Luncheon

Here is Louisville head coach Rick Pitino's speech at Monday's Tip-Off Luncheon:

Monday, October 21, 2013

Video: John Wall Makes Some Young Fans Happy After Big Blue Madness

Former Kentucky star John Wall made some young fans happy after Big Blue Madness Friday night:

Watch Kentucky's Big Blue Madness In Its Entirety

Here is Kentucky's Big Blue Madness event in its entirety:

Nerlens Noel Expected to Miss the Entire 2013-14 NBA Season

Former Kentucky center Nerlens Noel is now expected to miss the entire 2013-14 NBA season while he recovers from the knee injury he suffered in March.

Here is more from

"I doubt, everybody doubts that he's going to play this year," Brown said before the Sixers played the Cleveland Cavaliers on Monday. "We don't want to waste this year. I think from a skill perspective, it's an opportunity for us to break down his shot, really work on his free throws and start a little bit from ground zero."

It was not originally the Sixers' plan to sit Noel -- the No. 7 overall pick, who had surgery to repair the ACL in his left knee in March -- for the entire season. He suffered the injury Feb. 12 while playing for the Kentucky Wildcats.

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NBA Players Impressed by Kentucky Men's Basketball Locker Room at Rupp Arena

As most of you know, there was an NBA exhibition game between the Pelicans and Wizards at Rupp Arena on Saturday night.

The talk of the night from most everyone, including the pro players, was how incredible the new Kentucky men's basketball locker room at Rupp Arena is.

Several players were loudly exclaiming their praises for the UK facilities.

Here are some comments via Jerry Tipton of the Herald-Leader:

When he saw a Washington Post reporter waiting for pre-game interviews in the hallway outside the UK locker room, Mensah-Bonsu felt compelled to marvel at what lay beyond the double set of glass doors.

"Seeing this and going back to DC?" he said before slumping his shoulders for effect. "I've got to go back to college."

The Pelicans, who actually used UK's locker room, were also impressed. "When I walked in here, I was speechless, really," reserve guard Brian Roberts said in the circular area housing the wooden lockers. "This is world class." I personally heard several players say they have never seen anything like the UK locker room in the NBA.  New Orleans head coach Monty Williams said, "I don't know how they pulled that off." Here are a few more pictures I snapped from inside the locker room after the game: 

Samardo Samuels Named SerieA Player of the Week in Italy

Former Louisville big man Samardo Samuels has been named Player of the Week in Italy's top-level SerieA league.

Samuels had 21 points and 11 rebounds in EA7 Armani's 84-72 win over Cimberio VA.

Here is an excerpt from

Samardo Samuels (206-F/C-89) put on an amazing game in the last round for EA7 Armani and receives a Player of the Week award for round 2.

He had a double-double of 21 points and 11 rebounds, while his team beat Cimberio VA (1-1) 84-72.

Austin Rivers: Jabari Parker is the Best Player in College Basketball

KSTV asked former Duke star Austin Rivers to give his thoughts on Kentucky freshman Julius Randle following the NBA preseason game at Rupp Arena Saturday night.

Rivers replied, "I really don't think there's any player right now in college better than Jabari (Parker) be honest with you."

Rivers was clearly excited when he caught me taking his picture during the interview:

New Highlights: 2015 Kentucky Recruit Eric Davis

Check out these new highlights of 2015 Kentucky recruit Eric Davis from Saginaw Arthur Hill (Mich.):

Sunday, October 20, 2013

Milwaukee Bucks Exercise Contract Option on Brandon Knight

The Milwaukee Bucks have exercised their team option on former Kentucky point guard Brandon Knight.

Here is a release from

MILWAUKEE (AP) -- The Bucks have exercised contract options on point guard Brandon Knight and forward John Henson.

General manager John Hammond announced the moves this weekend. Knight, acquired from the Pistons in the offseason in the deal that sent Brandon Jennings to Detroit, had his fourth-year option picked up.

Knight was the eighth overall pick by Detroit in the 2011 draft. He has averaged 13.1 points, 3.9 assists and 3.2 rebounds in his career.

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Seth Davis: No College Basketball Fans Can Beat Memphis in Terms of Support and Enthusiasm

Seth Davis of thinks no college basketball fans can rival the support and enthusiasm of the fans in Memphis.

He thinks Kentucky, Kansas, North Carolina and New Mexico might be able to match Memphis, but "no one exceeds them."

SethDavisHoops Flipping between the game and Midnight Madness on ESPNU. Nobody can beat Memphis fans when it comes to support and enthusiasm.

SethDavisHoops Other fan bases might be able to match Memphis but no one exceeds them. Kentucky, Kansas, North Carolina, New Mexico come to mind.

I wonder if Memphis fans camped out the majority of a week to obtain free tickets to a practice?

John Calipari Motivates Big Blue Nation with Riveting Speech

Check out John Calipari's riveting state of  UK men's basketball speech at Big Blue Madness:

Video: Top Plays from Kentucky's Big Blue Madness

Check out some of the highlights from Kentucky's short scrimmage at Big Blue Madness:

John Calipari Comments on Former UK Players in Last Night's NBA Game

John Calipari gave his thoughts on his former players in last night's NBA preseason game at Rupp Arena.

On his former players "coming home":

"It's always great to have my "sons" come back home. And to have the opportunity to see them living out their dreams makes it even more special."

On Anthony Davis:

"Anthony (Davis) has matured so much physically and mentally even after just one season in New Orleans. They're a young team so they'll have an opportunity to grow together."

On John Wall:

"John (Wall) has shown what he's capable of, closing out last season strong. And now he's got a max deal, but he's shown how special he is off the floor by donating $1 million to charity."

On Darius Miller:

"Darius (Miller) is hurt right now but I think when he comes back he will add versatility to the Pelicans on both ends of the floor and add to a great rookie season."

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