Saturday, November 2, 2013

John Calipari's Postgame Comments After Transylvania

John Calipari talks to the media following last night's exhibition win over Transylvania:


Kentucky Learns a Great Lesson in Opening Exhibition Win Over Transylvania

Kentucky 76
Transylvania 42

Exhibition Final from Lexington, Kentucky

Kentucky head coach John Calipari wasn't entirely pleased with his young team's performance against Transylvania but the Wildcats used a big second half to put the Pioneers away 76-42 Friday night.

The Wildcats were a bit sluggish in the first half against Transylvania, which competes at the NCAA Division III level.

"Well the biggest thing that's learned is energy and effort trumps talent," Calipari said after the game. "It just does. It always has and always will."

Calipari's team seemed more motivate
d in the second half and used a huge run to put the game away.

Freshman Julius Randle led the way for Kentucky with 16 points and 12 rebounds. Dakari Johnson added 9 points and 8 boards. James Young chipped in 9 points and 5 assists.

Former Paintsville High School star Trevor Tiller led Transylvania with 11 points. Garrett Dorfman finished with 10.

 "We have a ways to go,"  Calipari added after the game. "Like I told the guys after, 'that doesn't look like the number one team to me.'"

Kentucky returns to action Monday night at 7:00 p.m. for their second exhibition game against Montevello.

Highlights via Kentucky Wildcats TV:


Former UPIKE Star Trevor Setty is Heating Up Overseas

Former University of Pikeville star Trevor Setty has been on fire in the United Kingdom lately.

In yesterday's surprising 74-71 win over Worcester, Setty led Plymouth with a game-high 27 points on 10-for-18 shooting. He was 5-for-9 from the three-point line including a late bomb that sealed the win (see video below).

In 8 games this season, Setty is averaging 14.9 points, 5.8 rebounds and 1.3 assists per game. He has been particularly hot lately, scoring in double figures in four consecutive games.


2014 Wing Marquel Willis Commits to Morehead State

Morehead State has picked up a commitment from 6-foot-5 wing Marquel Willis of Oak Ridge (Fla.) High School.

Willis averaged 19 points per game last season as a junior. He also had scholarship offers from Tennessee-Chattanooga, Georgia Southern, Ball State and Florida Gulf Coast.

Here is more from OrlandoSentinel.com:

Oak Ridge senior Marquel Willis announced his committment to sign with Morehead State of Kentucky for basketball in front of 2,400 fellow students during Friday's Pioneer Madness event at the school.

"The timing just happened to be perfect," Willis. "I knew a couple of days ago, but I waited to tell everyone."

Willis will join a Morehead roster that has former Jones standout Angelo Warner as a 6-2 junior guard this year.

"The city is laid back and their playing style is one of the fastest in the contry," Willis said. "I feel like I'll flourish in that style."

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Friday, November 1, 2013

IU-Southeast, Asbury Top KIAC Preseason Coaches Poll

Indiana University Southeast is picked to win the Kentucky Intercollegiate Athletic Conference in 2013-14.

The Grenadiers top the preseason coaches' poll with 100 total points and all 10 first-place votes.

Asbury University is picked to finish second with 80 total points.

KIAC Preseason Coaches' Poll

SchoolPoints
1) Indiana University Southeast (10)100
2) Asbury University80
3) Cincinnati Christian University72
4) Indiana University East71
5) Point Park University62
6) Berea College52
7) Brescia University40
8) Alice Lloyd College32
9) Indiana University Kokomo30
10) St. Louis College of Pharmacy11

Union College Thumps Boyce in Season Opener

Union College 119
Boyce College 75

Final from Barbourville, Kentucky

Game recap by UC:

BARBOURVILLE, Ky. - Guard Tyler Wagner came off the bench and scored a game-high 22 points, leading six Union double-digit scorers in a 119-75 victory over Boyce (Ky.) on Tuesday evening at Robsion Arena. The game was the 2013-14 season opener for the Bulldogs.

With the decisive win, Union moved to 1-0 on the young season, while Boyce fell to 0-1 with the loss.

In the first half, Boyce scored the first basket of the game, taking what turned out to be their only lead of the night. Union opened up a 21-11 lead with 12 minutes to go in the period after Wagner drained a three. However, Boyce came back, cutting the Union lead down to three (29-26) with nine minutes to go in the half.

The closest Boyce got to the Union lead came with 8:09 left, as trailed by just two points at 32-30. From there, Union dominated play, going on a 28-11 run down the stretch to take a 60-41 lead going into intermission.

Union put the game away early in the second half, keeping up their scoring run from the end of the first half to open up a 79-49 lead at the 15-minute mark. From there, the home Bulldogs rolled, coasting their way to a big 44-point season opening win.

Overall, Wagner led the way, pouring in 22 points on the heels of five made threes. Wagner also went a perfect 5-for-5 from the charity stripe in the victory.

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Berea College Making a Move to NCAA Division III in All Sports?

Berea College is apparently close to making a move from NAIA Division II to NCAA Division III in all sports, including men's basketball.

RichmondRsports Looks like the athletic programs @ Berea College will be moving to NCAA Div III, perhaps as early as next year. Currently Berea is NAIA D II

Berea currently competes in the Kentucky Intercollegiate Athletic Conference in men's basketball.

UK Freshmen Dakari Johnson, Derek Willis Preview Transylvania Game

Kentucky freshmen Dakari Johnson and Derek Willis talk to the media about tonight's exhibition game against Transy:


Andrew Harrison Will Sit Out Tonight's Game Against Transylvania

John Calipari announced last night that Andrew Harrison will not play in tonight's exhibition game against Transylvania.

Harrison is suffering from a bone bruise in his knee.

He will be replaced in the starting lineup by sophomore Alex Poythress.

UKCoachCalipari Andrew is out for tomorrow’s game with a bone bruise in his knee. Alex, who had a great practice today, will be one of our starters.

Calipari mentioned earlier in the week that Aaron Harrison will likely shift over to the point guard position for tonight's game.

IU-Southeast Hammers University of the Cumberlands

IU-Southeast 94
Cumberlands 73

Final from Williamsburg, Kentucky

Game recap by UC:

The University of the Cumberlands (UC) Men's Basketball team started off the 2013-2014 season on a slow note, as the young team struggled against a talented and athletic Indiana University Southeast squad, falling to the Grenadiers 73-94.  With the home loss, the Patriots move to 0-1 on the season.

The Patriots showed sparks of greatness, as they caught fire in the second half from behind the three-point line knocking down 10 in the final 15 minutes.  Led by newcomer R.J. Scott (Slidell, LA) who scored 17 points and grabbed 4 rebounds in his Patriot debut, the Patriots fought hard all 40 minutes of play demonstrating the talent and future success that will come as the season progresses.

Senior James Archie (Jackson, MS) finished the night with 16 points while freshman Taylor Gover (Somerset, KY) provided a spark off the bench for the Patriots as he chipped in 10 points after draining 3 three-pointers consecutively.

The Patriots will regroup and focus on getting their first win on November 1st as they will travel to West Point, GA to compete in the Point University Classic.  They will face Southern Polytechnic State University on Friday at 4 pm.

For more information on the Patriots men's basketball team as well as other Patriot athletics, visit www.cumberlandspatriots.com

John Calipari Previews Tonight's Game Against Transy

Kentucky head coach John Calipari previews tonight's exhibition game against Transylvania University:


St. Catharine Opens 2013-14 With Convincing Win Over Virginia-University Lynchburg

St. Catharine College 86
Virginia-University Lynchburg 71

Final from Springfield, Kentucky

Game recap by SCC:

The St. Catharine Patriots (1-0, 0-0 MSC) tipped off for the first time in 2013 Thursday afternoon against the Virginia University-Lynchburg Dragons (1-1).

With a gym full of Washington County students, the Patriots of St. Catharine were ready to get the much anticipated 2013 season underway. After a slow start to the first half, the Patriots were able to take a commanding 40-27 lead at halftime. Led by senior guard Omar Skinner (New Castle, Del.) with his 16 points and three rebounds, the Patriots were able to maintain their double digit lead throughout the second half. “Omar really stepped up today and played well” says Head Coach JT Burton. “If he continues to play within himself, we can be successful.” Following a crowd raising block by Will Tolfree (Stone Mountain, Ga.), Dominique Roy (Piscataway, N.J.) tickled the twines with a momentum stealing three point basket from the top of the key, propelling the Patriots to their 86-71 victory over the Dragons.

“Overall, I thought that we played really well today” says Burton. “We absolutely have to get better at getting rebounds.” The Patriots were out rebounded by the Dragons 32-27, 10-9 on the offensive glass. Defensively, the Patriots racked up 17 steals and forced 27 Dragon turnovers, causing the Dragon offense to continue to be out of sync the entire contest. “Defensively we were able to apply a lot of pressure that helped us gain offensive momentum” says Burton. “It is finally nice to see on a stat sheet that we have even numbers as a team and a large number of assists (17).”

The Patriots will take to the road Saturday night, when they travel to NCAA Division 1 Morehead State University for a 7 PM tip off.

Thursday, October 31, 2013

2014 Star James Blackmon Jr. Commits to Indiana University

James Blackmon Jr. has just announced his commitment to Indiana University.

Blackmon chose the Hoosiers over Kentucky.

What Is Kentucky Getting in Devin Booker?

Kentucky has just picked up a commitment from 2014 shooting guard Devin Booker of Moss Point (Miss.) High School.

What are the Wildcats getting? A scoring machine with unlimited range:


Zay Jackson Will Transfer from Murray State University

Murray State has announced that Zay Jackson has decided to leave the program immediately and will transfer to another school for the spring semester.

Here is a release from MSU:

MURRAY, Ky.— Head Coach Steve Prohm announced today that Zay Jackson has decided to leave the program immediately and transfer to another school for the spring semester.

“I want to thank Coach Prohm for giving me an opportunity to play basketball at Murray State and for his support during my time as a Racer,” said Jackson. With my injury causing me to miss a second season now, I just believe a fresh start would be good for me at this time.”

“It’s been a tough couple of years for Zay with his injury this season and the circumstances causing him to miss last season, stated Prohm. “I understand his decision and wish him the best in his academic and basketball future.”

2014 Star Devin Booker Commits to Kentucky

Devin Booker, one of the top shooting guards in the class of 2014, has just announced his commitment to the University of Kentucky.

Booker chose the Wildcats over Missouri, Michigan and Michigan State.

The Devin Booker Announcement is Coming Soon

Patrick_Magee  The table is set at Moss Point HS for Devin Booker to announce where he is headed to college - set for 3 pm pic.twitter.com/xFoTobd7Ng

Watch the Announcement LIVE Here

Western Kentucky Tops Sun Belt Conference Preseason Coaches Poll

Western Kentucky is the preseason pick to win the Sun Belt Conference in 2013-14. The Hilltoppers received 5 first-place votes and 91 points in the league's Preseason Coaches Poll.

South Alabama is picked to finish second with two first-place votes and 78 points.

Arkansas State is third with 74 points, while Georgia State and UL-Lafayette are tied for fourth.

Western Kentucky's T.J. Price is on the Preseason All-Sun Belt Conference First Team. Former Warren Central star George Fant is on the Second Team.

Preseason Coaches Poll
(First place votes in parenthesis)
 
Points
1. Western Kentucky
91 (5)
2. South Alabama
78 (2)
3. Arkansas State
74
T-4. Georgia State
73 (2)
T-4. UL-Lafayette
73 (1)
6. UALR
48
7. UT Arlington
36
8. Texas State
34
9. Troy
26
10. UL-Monroe
17

Preseason First Team All-Sun Belt Conference

R.J. Hunter (Georgia State, So., G)
Shawn Long (UL-Lafayette, So., F)
Elfrid Payton (UL-Lafayette, Jr., G)
Augustine Rubit (South Alabama, Sr., F)
T.J. Price (WKU, Jr., G)

Preseason Second Team All-Sun Belt Conference

Will Neighbour (UALR, Sr., F)
Brandon Reed (Arkansas State, Sr., G)
Ryan Harrow (Georgia State, r-Jr., G)
Joel Wright (Texas State, Sr., F)
George Fant (WKU, Jr., F)

Preseason Third Team All-Sun Belt Conference

Ed Townsel (Arkansas State, Sr., G)
Jayon James (UL-Monroe, Sr., F)
Mychal Ammons (South Alabama, Jr., F)
Brandon Edwards (UT Arlington, Sr., F)
Hunter Williams (Troy, Sr., G)

Preseason Player of the Year

 Augustine Rubit (South Alabama, Sr., F)

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Kentucky Tops Preseason AP Top 25 for First Time Since 1995-96, Louisville is No. 3

The Kentucky Wildcats will open the season at No. 1 in the Associated Press Top 25 for the first time since the 1995-96 season and the third time in program history.

In 1995-96, the Wildcats went 34-2 (16-0 SEC) and won the national championship under head coach Rick Pitino.

Kentucky received 27 first place votes and 1,546 total points in the new poll which was released this afternoon.

Michigan State is No. 2 with 22 first place votes and 1,543 points.

Defending national champion Louisville is No. 3 with 14 first place votes and 1,501 points.

Duke and Kansas round out the top 5.

AP Top 25
 
RKTEAMRECORDPTS
1Kentucky (27) 0-01,546
2Michigan State (22) 0-01,543
3Louisville (14) 0-01,501
4Duke (2) 0-01,435
5Kansas0-01,357
6Arizona0-01,311
7Michigan0-01,120
8Oklahoma State0-01,093
8Syracuse0-01,093
10Florida0-01,048
11Ohio State0-01,036
12North Carolina0-0954
13Memphis0-0741
14Virginia Commonwealth0-0680
15Gonzaga0-0538
16Wichita State0-0512
17Marquette0-0510
18Connecticut0-0448
19Oregon0-0408
20Wisconsin0-0338
21Notre Dame0-0332
22UCLA0-0244
23New Mexico0-0213
24Virginia0-0189
25Baylor0-0180

Purdue's Donnie Hale Will Transfer to Bellarmine, Eligible to Play in Second Semester

Bellarmine University head coach Scott Davenport has announced that Purdue forward Donnie Hale will transfer to Bellarmine and join the Knights basketball team as early as December.

Here is a release from BU:

LOUISVILLE, Ky.--Bellarmine University Men's Basketball Coach Scott Davenport announced today that former New Albany High School standout Donnie Hale will transfer to Bellarmine from Purdue University at the conclusion of the current academic semester, making the 6-8 forward eligible to play for the Knights as early as December.

"We are thrilled to have Donnie Hale become part of the Bellarmine basketball family," said Davenport. "He is a first rate quality player coming to us from a first class program at Purdue. I have followed his career since he was a sophomore at New Albany when Braydon Hobbs was a senior. He went on to become their number two all-time rebounder, their number three all-time scoring leader in addition to becoming a two-time all-state performer in Indiana. One of his greatest strengths is he is a WINNER on and off the court."

Davenport added, "I have been very impressed with Donnie and his entire family throughout this process, he has been very mature and responsible to his family and our staff. I am very anxious to have him join this year's team. I am equally proud of our players and their tremendous reaction to him joining our team. They truly have our program's best interest at heart and that is why they are very special young men!"

A 2010 graduate of New Albany, where he led the Bulldogs to an 89-9 record, two sectional titles and a regional crown during his four years, Hale signed with Purdue but attended Bridgton Prep for a year prior to joining the Boilermaker program.  After redshirting in 2011-12, Hale saw his first collegiate action last season when he played in 32 games—starting eight—and averaged 3.8 points, 2.8 rebounds and 14.5 minutes per game.  Hale has three years of eligibility remaining.

"Once I decided to transfer, I knew I wanted to go to Bellarmine," said Hale.  "I got to know Coach Davenport while he was recruiting Braydon, and we talked a lot while I was still in high school.  I feel really comfortable at Bellarmine.  I know the players and it's a great culture."

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James Blackmon Jr. is "50-50" Between Kentucky and Indiana

For the last few weeks, most everyone predicted that James Blackmon Jr. would commit to Kentucky.

Now, there are rumblings that the tide has turned a little and Blackmon is torn between Kentucky and Indiana.

Evan Daniels says he has spoken to a good source who says it's a "50-50" race between the Hoosiers and Wildcats:

EvanDanielsFOX A very good source says it's "50-50 between Kentucky & Indiana" for James Blackmon.

Indiana-based scout Nolan Kendrick has taken it a step further and is now predicting that Blackmon picks Indiana:

NextCats Indiana-based scout @NDkendrick has changed his prediction for James Blackmon Jr. to Indiana. It had been UK. http://goo.gl/m4DyoE

Blackmon will announce his decision at halftime of tonight's Troy vs. Louisiana-Monroe football game on ESPNU.

Wednesday, October 30, 2013

Former UK Star Nerlens Noel Dunking in New Reebok Commercial

Check out former Kentucky star Nerlens Noel dunking in this new Reebok commercial:



* Video by Reebok on YouTube (source)

Louisville Destroys Kentucky Wesleyan in Exhibition Game

Louisville 115
Kentucky Wesleyan 67

Exhibition Final from Louisville, Kentucky

Game recap by UL:

LOUISVILLE, Ky. (AP) - Montrezl Harrell scored 20 points on 9-of-10 shooting as defending national champion Louisville defeated Kentucky Wesleyan 115-67 on Tuesday night in the Cardinals' first exhibition game.

Four guards joined Harrell in double figures. Terry Rozier scored 18 points and Russ Smith had 17 while Chris Jones and Anton Gill added 16 and 13, respectively.

Kentucky Wesleyan trailed 11-9 following Alex Brown's two free throws with 14:41 remaining in the first half but the Cardinals clicked off a 20-2 run over the next 4:11, highlighted by two contested lob dunks by Harrell. Louisville led 49-33 at halftime as the Panthers had nearly as many fouls (24) as points.

Louisville hit 15 of its first 17 shots in the second half to lead 82-45 with 11:55 to play.

Freshman Ken-Jah Bosley led the eight-time Division II champion Panthers with 21 points.

Louisville hosts College of Charleston in their Nov. 9 opener.

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Box Score (click to enlarge):

Georgetown College, Pikeville and Lindsey Wilson in NAIA D1 Preseason Top 10

The Georgetown College Tigers will open the 2013-14 season as No. 1 in the nation. The defending national champs earned 250 total points to top the NAIA Division I Men's Basketball Coaches' Preseason Top 25 Poll.

LSU Shreveport and Oklahoma Baptist are tied at No. with 233 points each. Columbia (Mo.) and SAGU (Tex.) round out the top 5.

University of Pikeville will open the season at No. 7 in the nation. Lindsey Wilson College comes in at No. 10 in the preseason poll.

Campbellsville University and University of the Cumberlands received votes but are just outside the top 25.

2013 – 14 NAIA Division I Men’s Basketball Coaches’ Preseason Top 25 Poll – Oct. 29

RANK LAST WEEK^ SCHOOL (1ST PLACE VOTES) 2012-13 RECORD TOTAL POINTS
1 1 Georgetown (Ky.) (9) 28-8 250
T2 4 LSU Shreveport (La.) (1) 27-7 233
T2 11 Oklahoma Baptist 25-8 233
4 5 Columbia (Mo.) 35-1 225
5 2 SAGU (Texas) 33-5 217
6 20 Concordia (Calif.) 23-11 206
7 15 Pikeville (Ky.) 26-7 205
8 6 Montana Western 24-10 196
9 9 Evangel (Mo.) 26-7 187
T10 3 Lindsey Wilson (Ky.) 32-5 169
T10 21 William Carey (Miss.) 25-6 169
12 T17 Cal State San Marcos 23-7 164
13 14 Faulkner (Ala.) 29-6 144
14 7 John Brown (Ark.) 28-7 142
15 13 MidAmerica Nazarene (Kan.) 26-10 137
16 RV Arizona Christian 20-10 133
17 RV Rocky Mountain (Mont.) 21-13 121
18 10 Culver-Stockton (Mo.) 26-9 108
19 24 Xavier (La.) 24-8 105
20 25 Emmanuel (Ga.) 28-5 99
21 NR Park (Mo.) 21-9 75
22 16 Martin Methodist (Tenn.) 21-10 70
23 RV Life (Ga.) 19-13 63
T24 NR Our Lady of the Lake (Texas) 18-13 57
T24 RV Montana State-Northern 23-10 57

Others receiving votes: Campbellsville (Ky.) 53; Vanguard (Calif.) 48; Oklahoma City 32; Southern-New Orleans (La.) 22; St. Thomas (Texas) 22; Cumberlands (Ky.) 11; West Virginia Tech 7; Benedictine (Kan.) 5; Biola (Calif.) 5.

^ Ranking from 2012 - 13 Coaches' Postseason Top 25 Poll (March 27, 2013)

Josh Lawson, Amanda Dowell Win Free Spring Tuition from John Calipari

Josh Lawson (Boyle County) and Amanda Dowell (Stanford) were the student winners of spring tuition at Kentucky's Blue-White game.

The tuition will be paid by University of Kentucky head coach John Calipari.

Here is Calipari introducing Lawson and Dowell after the game:


Willie Cauley-Stein, Aaron Harrison After UK's Blue-White Game

Kentucky's Willie Cauley-Stein and Aaron Harrison talk to the media following last night's Blue-White game:




James Young, Julius Randle After Kentucky's Blue-White Game

Here are postgame interviews with Kentucky's James Young and Julius Randle following last night's Blue-White Game:



Highlights from Kentucky's Blue-White Scrimmage

Here are all the highlights from Kentucky's Blue-White scrimmage:


Young and Randle Impress Record-Breaking Crowd at Kentucky's Blue-White Scrimmage

Freshmen James Young and Julius Randle led the way as the Blue Team cruised to a 99-71 victory over White in Kentucky's annual Blue-White scrimmage.

Young finished with game-highs of 25 points and 7 steals. He was 11-for-16 from the field and also added 3 rebounds and 3 assists. Randle added 21 points and 8 boards. Aaron Harrison chipped in 19 points, 6 assists and 4 steals.

Former Bullitt East star Derek Willis was perhaps the biggest surprise of the night as he led the White team with 21 points and 8 rebounds. Willis was 5-for-6 from the three-point line.

Dakari Johnson played for both teams during the scrimmage and totaled 16 points and 11 boards. Willie Cauley-Stein also pulled double duty, combining for 15 points, 7 rebounds and 2 blocked shots.

Both teams combined to shoot 15-for-28 from long range, an encouraging stat for a team that struggled at times a year ago from beyond the arc.

John Calipari noted after the game that t
he 15,035 fans in attendance set a Guiness world record for most fans to buy a ticket for a scrimmage.

NOTES:

- Blue Team starters: Cauley-Stein, Randle, Young, Harrison, Harrison

- White Team starters: Lee, Poythress, Willis, Polson and Hood

- Dominique Hawkins played for both team; finished with 34 minutes, 11 points, 3 assists

- Polson had 12 points and 6 assists but a disappointing 6 turnovers

- Andrew Harrison started but only played 10 minutes and did not score. Calipari noted after the game that he has a minor injury and probably should not have played at all.

Calipari talks to the media following the game:



Box Score:

Tuesday, October 29, 2013

2014 Star James Blackmon Jr. Will Announce Thursday Night on ESPNU

James Blackmon Jr., a 6-foot-3 shooting guard from Marion (Ind.) High School, will make his college announcement Thursday night on ESPNU.

JeffRabjohns 2014 G James Blackmon Jr says he will announce Thursday on ESPNU. #iubb

The announcement will made during halftime of the Louisiana-Monroe vs. Troy football game.

Blackmon, the son of former University of Kentucky player James Blackmon, ranks No. 23 overall on the Rivals.com  list for 2014.

Most everyone expects Blackmon Jr. to follow his dad's footsteps to Lexington.

Photo: Rivals.com

Goofy Interviews with the Kentucky Wildcats

The Harrison twins don't like animals, Dominique Hawkins loves cheetahs and monkeys, Jon Hood is going to call Ghostbusters, Dakari Johnson would be the pink Power Ranger, Brian Long is scary and Jarrod Polson has no clue what a fox says.

Check out that and more in this hilarious video from Kentucky Wildcats TV:


WKU Secretly Hammers Tennessee State, Picks Up a Commitment

Western Kentucky and Tennessee State MAY (or may not) have played a "secret" scrimmage on Sunday.

While we aren't for sure this game was played, I'm hearing that if it was, the Hilltoppers won handily.

Here is more from BGDailyNews.com:

According to Western Kentucky sports information, the Hilltoppers (20-16, 2012-13) won the contest handily and got solid play from senior point guard Brandon Harris, senior shooting guard Caden Dickerson and junior forward Aaron Adeoye, a John A. Logan College transfer.

In accordance with a NCAA rule, neither program announced the scrimmage, there was no official scoring and players did not miss any class time to participate Sunday. The NCAA also states that a participating institutions may not provide the score and/or statistics to any media outlet.

The Hilltoppers also picked up a commitment from 2014 point guard Derrick Clayton over the weekend.

Clayton, who stands 6-foot-5, spoke to Chad Bishop of the Bowling Green Daily News:

“I felt that the whole Bowling Green area just had a homey feeling. I thought that the players really liked me, I got along with the players really well and they just had total chemistry as a unit,” he said. “Everybody’s going to be really good for the next couple of years and I have a great chance of winning many games and getting to the tournament with them.”

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Television Coverage for Kentucky's Blue-White Scrimmage

Here are details on how to watch Kentucky's Blue-White scrimmage tonight:

LEXINGTON, Ky. – Fans unable to attend to Rupp Arena for tonight’s annual Blue-White Scrimmage can watch the game live on television on the UK/IMG Sports Network as well as Fox Sports South.

The Blue-White Scrimmage can be seen live on the following UK IMG Sports Network affiliates (Hazard – WYMT, 7 p.m. ET; Huntington, W. Va. - WSAZ-DT (My Z), 7 p.m. ET; Lexington – WKYT, 7 p.m. ET; Louisville – WMYO, 7 p.m. ET; Paducah, Ky./Cape Girardeau, Mo. – WDKA, 6 p.m. CT). The event will be televised on a delayed basis on UK IMG Sports Network affiliates in Bowling Green (WBKO-FOX, 9 p.m. CT) and Evansville, Ind. (WTVW-TV, 11 p.m. CT).

Fox Sports South’s coverage of the Blue-White Scrimmage will be live, at 7 p.m. ET to the entire FS-South footprint which includes states of Alabama, Georgia, Kentucky, Mississippi, South Carolina, Tennessee, and parts of North Carolina.

John Calipari to Pay Spring Tuition for Two UK Students in Attendance at Blue-White Game

Kentucky head coach John Calipari announced last night that he will pay spring tuition for two UK students.

The winners will be picked out of the students in attendance at tonight's Blue-White game at Rupp Arena.

Here is a release from UK:

LEXINGTON, Ky. – UK head men’s basketball coach John Calipari will provide the actual 2014 spring semester in-state or out-of-state undergraduate tuition amount for two lucky students who attend Tuesday’s annual Blue-White Scrimmage in Rupp Arena.

Students currently enrolled at the University of Kentucky can sign-up at the regular student entrance at Rupp Arena, behind Section 34. They must present a valid UK student ID and be signed up before 7 p.m. ET. Gates open at 6 p.m. ET.

The winners will be randomly selected and announced at the completion of the scrimmage and MUST be present to win.

In the event of a graduate/professional student winner, the spring semester in-state or out-of-state undergraduate tuition amount will be applied.

Upper level tickets are still available for $5 and can be purchased online through Ticketmaster.com or by calling Ticketmaster at 800.745.3000. Tickets will also be sold in person at the UK Ticket Office between the hours of 9 a.m.- 4 p.m. ET or by calling 800.928.2287. Fans can also obtain tickets by calling or in-person at the Rupp Arena Box Office (859.233.3535) starting at 10 a.m. ET, or by visiting statewide Ticketmaster outlets. For outlet locations, go to Ticketmaster.com.

Marshall Henderson Will Miss 4 Games; Should Play Against Kentucky, WKU

Ole Miss has suspended troubled star Marshall Henderson for four games during the 2013-14 season.

Henderson will miss one exhibition game, one non-conference regular season game and the Rebels' first two Southeastern Conference games. Those games are against South Carolina-Aiken, Troy, Auburn and Mississippi State.

Ole Miss plays Western Kentucky December 30 and Kentucky twice on February 4 and February 18.

"I want to thank (Ole Miss coach) Kennedy, (Ole Miss athletic director) Ross Bjork and the university for giving me an opportunity to rejoin the team," Henderson said in a statement. "This has been a difficult time for me, and I appreciate this chance. My teammates and I are looking forward to defending our SEC Championship."

Andy Kennedy is happy with the decision and ready to move forward .

"I support this decision, and I am thankful to our leadership for allowing Marshall the opportunity to earn the right to rejoin our team," Kennedy said in a statement. "Marshall has been compliant with the process put in place for him since his suspension in early July, and we look forward to him being back on our team."

ESPN's Andy Katz recently interview Henderson about his "second chance" at Ole Miss. Here is an excerpt:

What led to your getting suspended?

Like I've said, when basketball is not there, it's always been a bad time for me. I still wonder how things just got out of control. I was thinking I was above everything, which is crazy because I've never thought that way before.I'm like, "Well, I'm not a professional, so I don't get paid, so why is partying when the season is over frowned upon? Why do I have to be held to a higher standard? These people I'm with -- future doctors, lawyers, businessmen -- they don't have to take a drug test. Why do I? I just kind of created this unrealistic stuff in my head.

This is the first time I ever just realized, "Holy crap, they gave me another chance." I thank them every day. I can't believe that they did.

Was that the only time you strayed in the year at Ole Miss?

After the season, I was like, "It's go time. It's party time." I like going out a lot, and I mean there's nothing to do here, but I like socializing with people. I was going out and getting real drunk and like, "Yeah, we're the champs!" I let myself fall into that trap that a lot of people fall into, that limelight and everyone loving on you. I had to tell coach Kennedy and Ross [Bjork, the Ole Miss athletic director] I screwed up. There's no getting around what I did, and I've just got to take it, and whatever y'all want to do with me y'all can do with me.

What are the conditions of your suspension?

Oh, you know, just whatever they ask.[Laughs] It could be midnight and they come knocking on the door saying, "Yo, let's go grab a bite to eat." I'm doing everything they ask me to do, which is fine because, like I said, when school starts, I'm focused. I was like, "You should actually give me this treatment when the season is over, when I'm trying to go make some money."

How does the testing differ for you than for other players?

I have to check in every day for random. I don't know when, just every single day. You've got to check in, and it either says you've been selected or you haven't been.

What do you need to do for Ole Miss to have a similar type of season to last year?

When we get to scrimmaging, some guys are getting tired and making those tired mistakes, and I'm like, "Deep breath, everybody. Let's gather ourselves and move on to the next play and don't do anything crazy." Being the only senior, I've got to be the calming influence, which is just crazy. [Laughs]

How will you handle the road this year after what happened with the suspension?

That's my favorite thing, just going and shutting up 20,000 people.

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Monday, October 28, 2013

The 2013-14 College Basketball Season is Here: Schedule for the Week

Believe it or not, the 2013-14 college basketball season is here for many teams around Kentucky.

Here is a complete schedule for the week:

Monday, October 28

No Games

Tuesday, October 29

7:00 p.m. Kentucky Wesleyan College at University of Louisville (Exhibition)
7:00 p.m. Boyce College at Union College
7:00 p.m. IU-Southeast at University of the Cumberlands
7:00 p.m. Miami-Hamilton at Georgetown College
7:00 p.m. University of Kentucky Blue-White Game (Scrimmage)

Wednesday, October 30

7:30 p.m. Tennessee Wesleyan at University of Pikeville
8:00 p.m. Salem International at Lindsey Wilson College

Thursday, October 31

Noon Virgian Univ. of Lynchburg at St. Catharine College

Friday, November 1

2:00 p.m. Brescia University vs. Ohio Christian (at Cincinnati Christian)
4:00 p.m. University of the Cumberlands vs. Southern Polytechnic State (at Point University)
6:00 p.m. Berea College vs. Lindenwood Univ.-Belleville (at Asbury University)
7:00 p.m. Transylvania University at University of Kentucky (Exhibition)
7:00 p.m. Salem International at Georgetown College
7:30 p.m. Ohio State Mansfield at University of Pikeville
8:00 p.m. Kentucky Christian University at Cincinnati Christian
8:00 p.m. IU-Southeast at Mid-Continent University
8:00 p.m. Hiwassee College at Asbury University


Saturday, November 2

1:00 p.m. Kentucky Christian University vs. Brescia University (at Cincinnati Christian)
2:00 p.m. Union College at Alice Lloyd College
2:00 p.m. UVa.-Wise at University of Pikeville
2:00 p.m. Bellarmine University at Cincinnati (Exhibition)
2:00 p.m. Berea College vs. Hiwassee College (at Asbury University)
3:00 p.m. Kentucky State University at IUPUI
4:00 p.m. Lindenwood Univ.-Belleville at Asbury University
4:00 p.m. Campbellsville University at Western Kentucky University (Exhibition)
6:00 p.m. University of the Cumberalnds at Point University
7:00 p.m. St. Catharine College at Morehead State University (Exhibition)
8:00 p.m. Ohio State Mansfield at Lindsey Wilson College
8:00 p.m. Freed-Hardeman at Murray State University (Exhibition)

Sunday, November 3

No Games

NOTE: if I have missed a game, please post it in the comments section

Anthony Davis Meets Brent Barry on NBA Inside Stuff

Former University of Kentucky star Anthony Davis meets up with ex-NBA guard Brent Barry on NBA Inside Stuff:




Former UPIKE Star Jamar "Deuce" Briscoe Signs Pro Contract in Australia

Former University of Pikeville guard Jamar "Deuce" Briscoe has signed his first professional contract with the Albury-Wodonga Bandits of the South East Australian Basketball League.

Briscoe averaged 23 points, 4 rebounds, 3 assists and 2 steals per game last season for the Bears.

Here is a release from the Bandits:

Deuce is an exciting and lightening quick 180cm (5’10”) point guard who played his college basketball at both the Division 1 and NAIA levels for the University of North Carolina Central and at the University of Charlotte (D1) and with 2011 NAIA National Champions, Pikeville University (NAIA).

At the D1 level over 3 seasons Deuce starred averaging 12.5points, 3 rebounds, 3 assists and 2 steals per game and while at Pikeville he dominated the NAIA level with 23 points, 4 rebs, 3 ass, 2 steals while shooting 48% FG and 41% 3FG, earning himself 2013 Mid Coast Conference Player of the Year and a 1st Team All American position.

Whilst at NC Central Deuce was also named D1 National Rookie of the Year and Newcomer of the Year and finished nationally as the second leading freshman scorer at 17.8 points per game, trailing only former Duke star Seth Curry. Post transferring to Charlotte the following season he was also named the A10 Newcomer of the Year and to the 2nd Team All Independent.

Deuce is an extremely quick and talented point guard who can also play off the ball and is an excellent offensive threat that can really shoot from range who also pleasingly prides himself on the defensive end of the floor. Deuce has the ability to score at will but can also bring his team mates into the game with his creativity, strong penetration and unselfish passing. He is a very dynamic point guard and will provide some great highlights for our fans with his ability to get out and push the tempo and get to the rim whilst also being deadly on the pull up in transition. He also has a very high basketball IQ and will run the team extremely well in the half court when required.

Deuce comes to us highly recommended both as a player and person by highly respected Coach Bobby Lutz, Coach Lutz says “Deuce is as gifted a scorer as I have seen, and has Euro-league potential, he can create and make plays for others to score as well and is and intelligent guy with a great basketball IQ”.” He knows how to play the game and what needs to happen in order to be successful and even more so is a fantastic person”.

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Lafayette's Jackson Davis Commits to Rice University

Lafayette High School star Jackson Davis has officially announced his commitment to Rice University:

MrDouble_Double Officially announcing my commitment to Rice University #Owls

Scott Anderson of TheRoadToRupp.com spoke to Jackson's father, former University of Kentucky big man Johnathon Davis:

"Jackson has an opportunity for a world class education," said the elder Davis. "Rice is a nationally ranked research institution that has produced dozens of Fulbright and Rhodes Scholars."  "Jackson intends to initially major in business, then once his basketball career is over, go back and get an additional degree in engineering."

Education is a very important piece to the college puzzle for Jackson, but the basketball side of things also sounds very promising.

Johnathon is optimistic about his son's chances at getting minutes early in his career.

"Rice has an immediate need for a skilled 3/4 player and there is no one on the Owls current roster that plays Jackson's position. They fast break on every opportunity and their primary offensive set is the triangle, which is particularly suited for a bigger skilled player to score."

Smith, Randle Named Preseason All-Americans by NBC Sports

Kentucky's Julius Randle and Louisville's Russ Smith have been named Preseason All-Americans by NBCSports.com.

UK freshman James Young made the Honorable Mention list.

First Team

- Marcus Smart, Oklahoma State, So. (Preseason Player of the Year)
- Andrew Wiggins, Kansas, Fr.
- Russ Smith, Louisville, Sr.
- Julius Randle, Kentucky, Fr.
- Doug McDermott, Creighton, Sr.

Second Team

- Jahii Carson, Arizona State, So.
- Gary Harris, Michigan State, So.
- Jabari Parker, Duke, Fr.
- C.J. Fair, Syracuse, Sr.
- Mitch McGary, Michigan, So.

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Morehead State Inducts Henry Akin Into Athletic Hall of Fame

Morehead State University inducted three former athletes into the Morehead State Athletic Hall of Fame on Friday night.

Former basketball star Henry Akin was one of the new inductees.

Here is a release from MSU:

MOREHEAD, Ky. -- Three former Eagles were formally inducted into the Morehead State Athletic Hall of Fame at a banquet on Friday night. The 2013 class includes two-time conference volleyball Player of the Year Amy (Almond) Paul, men's basketball standout Henry Akin and football star as well as long-time faculty athletic representative Mike Brown.

The new Hall of Famers will also be recognized on Saturday during Morehead State's Homecoming football contest against Dayton. Kick-off from Jayne Stadium is set for 1 p.m. ET. The Eagles, who are just one game out of first place in the Pioneer Football League standings, will be shooting for their fourth consecutive victory for the first time since 2005.

"The Athletic Hall of Fame is the highest individual accolade our department can award," Director of Athletics Brian Hutchinson said. "It is my honor to welcome these outstanding individuals to that prestigious list. It is great to have Amy, Henry and Mike back on campus. They are all first-class people who have accomplished a lot after their college careers."

Paul, an outside hitter from 1999-02, is the only two-time all-region honoree in program history, earning the American Volleyball Coaches Association accolade in 2001 and 2002. The Columbus, Ohio, native was crowned Ohio Valley Conference Player of the Year those seasons, becoming only the second player in program history to earn two Player of the Year awards.

Paul still ranks third in Morehead State history in career kills (1,672) and sixth in career hitting percentage (.267). She continues to rank sixth in single-season kills (517) and owns the freshman-class record for hitting percentage (.301).

Akin, originally from Troy, Mich., was an All-OVC selection in 1963-64 and 1964-65. He led MSU in rebounding both seasons with averages of 11.5 and 12.5. Akin ranked second on the team in scoring both years with averages of 22.2 and 18.6, checking in only behind current Hall of Famer Harold Sergent. He ranked in the OVC's top 10 for scoring, rebounding, field goal percentage and free throw accuracy both seasons.

Akin was selected by the New York Knicks in the second round (11th overall) of the 1966 NBA Draft and played for the Knicks in 1966-67. He was selected by the Seattle SuperSonics in the 1967 NBA Expansion Draft and played for that organization in 1967-68. He also played in the ABA for the Kentucky Colonels in 1968-69.

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