Saturday, November 16, 2013

Xavier University Halftime Show Was Both Unexplainable and Fantastic

You say you want an unexplainable but absolutely fantastic basketball halftime show?

I give you Xavier University's presentation of the Amazing Christopher:





Coaches from UK, Other Schools Expected to Attend Kentucky Elite Shootout Tonight

Coaches from Kentucky and several other high profile programs are expected to attend the Kentucky Elite Shootout tonight in Hazard.

The three-game event will be held at Perry Central High School and will include some high-level teams and players.

The first game at 5:00 p.m. ET will have home-standing Perry Central hosting 22 Feet Academy (S.C.). Central will be led by Western Kentucky signee Justin Johnson and sophomore point guard Braxton Beverly. 22 Feet features L.J. Westbrook, Marcus Lewis, Brandon Chauca and Jamar Ergas.

The second game, which tips at 7:00 p.m., will pit Thomas Nelson High School against Cordia High School. Thomas Nelson has a talented roster that includes Dikembe Dixson and A.J. Youngman. Cordia has completely reloaded with Henry Clay transfer Christen Cunningham, Malik Hines and Omar Kieta. I'm hearing that Hines will not play tonight.

The nightcap at 9:00 p.m. has national powerhouse Huntington Prep Academy (W.Va.) squaring off with St. Louis Christian (Mo.). Huntington Prep includes the likes of nationally-ranked stars JaQuan Lyle, Montaque Gill-Ceasar, Josh Perkins, Jalen Lindsey, Angel Delgado and Levi Cook. St. Louis Christian will be led by Kareem Wright, Travon Bunch and former Southwestern point guard David Kapinga.

According to event promoter Josh Maxey, coaches from Kentucky, Tennessee, Morehead State, Northwestern, Oregon, Southern Miss, Cincinnati, Miami (OH), Northern Kentucky, Eastern Kentucky and Western Kentucky are expected at the event.

Maxey hopes the event will be an initial success and continue to grow in the future.

"Basically, I want to build something that we do every year because I feel the talent level in Eastern Kentucky is something that isn't noticed nationally," Maxey said. "It's a great time to help promote the local talent and hopefully it's an event that more local teams will participate in in the future."
 
Tickets for the event will be $10 and that covers all three games.
 
Schedule:
 
5:00 p.m. 22 Feet Academy (S.C.) vs. Perry County Central High School
7:00 p.m. Thomas Nelson High School vs. Cordia High School
9:00 p.m. Huntington Prep Academy (W.Va.) vs. St. Louis Christian (Mo,)

Xavier Puts Morehead State Away Early, Never Looks Back

Xavier 79
Morehead State 56

Final from Cincinnati, Ohio

Xavier used a ferocious 26-8 run in the closing stages of the first half and never looked back as the Musketeers took care of Morehead State 79-56 Friday night.

Morehead State struggled from the field and was never able to threaten the lead in front of 9,528 fans at the Cintas Center.

Samaj Christon shot 10-for-13 from the field to lead Xavier (3-0) with 20 points and 5 assists. Jalen Reynolds added 11 points and 6 rebounds. Isaiah Philmore chipped in 10 points. Dee Davis dished out a game-best 9 assists.

Morehead State (2-1) got 12 points and 12 rebounds from big man Chad Posthumus. Luka Pajkovic came off the bench to scored 11 points.

The Eagles shot just 14-for-48 (29.2%) from the field and 4-for-18 (22.2%) from long range.

"You shoot 29.2% in a place like this, you're in trouble," MSU head coach Sean Woods said after the game.

Both teams struggles to adjust to college basketball's new foul rules. There were 56 total fouls and 68 combined free throw attempts in the game, which lasted two-and-a-half hours of real time.

"I was frustrated," Xavier head coach Chris Mack said with a smile after the game. He was not smiling during the game.

"It's going to take some getting used to," Woods said when asked about the foul calls. "That's all I can say about it."

Xavier's Samaj Christon simply stated, "it was crazy."

Morehead State returns to action Sunday when they host Conference USA opponent and nearby rival Marshall University at 2:00 p.m. ET.

Box Score (click to enlarge):

Friday, November 15, 2013

KSTV Talks to 2014 UK Signee Tyler Ulis

KSTV sits down with 2014 Kentucky signee Tyler Ulis:



* Video by CN2 on YouTube

Murray State Men's Basketball Intro Video for 2013-14

Check the Murray State men's basketball intro video for the 2013-14 season:


Gottlieb: "Kentucky Doesn't Have 7 Pros, They Have 1"

Doug Gottlieb of CBS Sports made some interesting comments after Kentucky's loss to Michigan State.

In Gottlieb's opinion, Kentucky has one pro (Julius Randle) and "some prospects."

Here are his thoughts on Twitter:

GottliebShow Kentucky doesn't have 7 "Pros"-- they have 1-- and some prospects

GottliebShow Scouts use the term "Pro" to mean "Starter" or instant rotation guy...

GottliebShow James Young is silky smooth,but he is a 2/3,"wing" not a good defender yet--needs to develop guard skills

GottliebShow Kentucky has 3 athletic "Rim Protectors",tons of length,scoring,coaching--can of course win a NC

Former UK Star Marquis Teague Talks About Andrew Harrison

Former Kentucky star Marquis Teague, who is now with the Chicago Bulls, talks about UK freshman Andrew Harrison:



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Northern Kentucky Signs Tayler Persons and Jordan Garnett

Northern Ketnucky has signed a pair of standout Indiana high school players for 2014-14.

The Norse have inked Tayler Persons of Kokom0 (Ind.) High School and Jordan Garnett of Warren Central (Ind.) High School.

Here is a release from NKU:

HIGHLAND HEIGHTS, Ky. - Northern Kentucky University men's basketball head coach Dave Bezold announced the signings of a pair of Indiana prep standouts Wednesday afternoon.
Tayler Persons of Kokomo High School and Jordan Garnett of Warren Central High School of Indianapolis each signed national letters of intent to attend NKU and play basketball. Persons is a 6-foot-3 point guard, while Garnett is a 6-foot-6 small forward.

As a junior, Persons averaged 17.4 points, 5.7 rebounds and 4.1 assists per points per game. Behind the play of Persons, Kokomo won the North Central Conference championship for just the second time in program history. The Wildkats went on to a third straight sectional title before bowing out to eventual 4A state champion Carmel in the regional round. Kokomo finished 22-3, its third 20-win season in as many years with Persons in the lineup.

Persons was selected as an Indiana Junior All-Star following last season, and drew a start in the squad's first game of the summer against the Kentucky Junior All-Stars. He finished with six points, six rebounds and three steals as Indiana outlasted Kentucky, 108-102.

"Tayler can shoot the ball and run an offense, and he brings a certain toughness with him, one of those qualities on the court you really can't teach," Bezold said. "He is an outstanding leader as well, and we think he is going to be able to help us a great deal."

Garnett averaged 12.1 points and 7.2 rebounds as a junior for Warren Central. A leaper with great skills, Garnett is expected to make an immediate impact for the Norse next season.

"Jordan is a great athlete, an athletic wing who attacks the basket very well off the dribble," Bezold said. "He also has the ability to handle the ball and is a very good mid-range shooter."

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2013-14 Eastern Kentucky University Men's Basketball Intro Video

Check out the EKU men's basketball intro video for the 2013-14 season:


Referee Tells John Calipari to Stop Yelling

Check out this great video from cn2Kentucky on YouTube of a referee telling John Calipari to just talk and stop yelling:


Quentin Snider Has Signed with Louisville

Ballard High School star Quentin Snider has indeed flipped his recruitment upside down and signed with the Louisville Cardinals.

Evans Daniels broke the news on Twitter:

EvanDanielsFOX  Quentin Snider signs with Louisville. http://scouthoops.scout.com/2/1346965.html

EvanDanielsFOX Illinois was informed of the decision about two minutes ago, per my source. Louisville has already received Snider's Letter of Intent.

EvanDanielsFOX Louisville jumps to No. 5 in the current 2014 recruiting class rankings with the addition of Quentin Snider.

Snider ranks No. 31 overall on the Rivals.com list for 2014.

Photo: Rivals.com

Louisville's Rick Pitino Previews Tonight's Game Against Cornell

Louisville head coach Rick Pitino talks to the media about tonight's game against Cornell:



* Video by Jody Demling on YouTube

2013 Keightley Classic is Underway, Kentucky's First Game is Sunday

The 2013 Keightley Classic tipped off last night with Eastern Michigan defeating Robert Morris 69-64.

The second game will be tonight between Cleveland State and Texas Arlington.

Kentucky's first game will be Sunday when the Wildcats host Robert Morris.

Here's a release from UK:

LEXINGTON, Ky. – The Keightley Classic tips off Thursday, with Eastern Michigan hosting Robert Morris in Ypsilanti, Mich.

Kentucky opens its portion of the Keightley Classic on Sunday hosting Robert Morris. All four of the Wildcats’ games in the event will be played in Lexington.

The Classic is co-hosted with Eastern Michigan who, with the exception of their game against UK (Nov. 27), will play of their games in Ypsilanti.

2013 Keightley Classic Schedule

Thursday, Nov. 14, 2013

Eastern Michigan 69 Robert Morris 64

Friday, Nov. 15, 2013

Cleveland State at Texas Arlington

Sunday, Nov. 17, 2013

Robert Morris at Kentucky

Monday, Nov. 18, 2013

Cleveland State at Eastern Michigan

Tuesday, Nov. 19, 2013

Texas Arlington at Kentucky

Thursday, Nov. 21, 2013

Texas Arlington at Robert Morris

Saturday, Nov. 23, 2013

Texas Arlington at Eastern Michigan

Robert Morris at Cleveland State

Monday, Nov. 25, 2013

Cleveland State at Kentucky

Wednesday, Nov. 27, 2013

Eastern Michigan at Kentucky

Stanley Johnson is Almost Certainly Headed to Arizona

Sources are telling the Los Angeles Times that 2014 star Stanley Johnson is headed to Arizona.

Johnson will make his announcement later today on ESPNU.

Here is an excerpt:

Stanley Johnson, a 6-foot-6 small forward from Santa Ana Mater Dei High School and considered one of the top 10 high school seniors in the country by most recruiting services, is going to announce on Friday on ESPNU that he has chosen to attend Arizona over USC and Kentucky, according to two people with knowledge of Johnson’s recruitment.

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Johnson ranks No. 3 overall on the Rivals.com list for 2014.

Photo: Rivals.com

Former PRP Guard Cortez Macklin Signs with IUPUI

Former Pleasure Ridge Park High School guard Cortez Macklin has signed a NLI at IUPUI.

The 6-foot-3 Macklin played last season at Rend Lake (JUCO) and helped lead the program to its first-ever national championship. He averaged 13.1 points, 3.4 rebounds and 1.6 assists per game.

Here is an excerpt of the release from IUPUI:

Macklin, a 6-foot-3, 175-pound guard, earned NJCAA Division II Second Team All-America honors a year ago after helping Rend Lake to the program's first-ever national championship. Rend Lake won 30 games and also won the 2013 Great Rivers Athletic Conference and DII Region XXIV championships.

Macklin averaged 13.1 points, 3.4 rebounds and 1.6 assists per game while hitting better than 44 percent from the field and nearly 33 percent from three. He was one of just six freshmen (of 20 total) to earn a first or second team All-American nod. Rend Lake entered this season with the nation's No. 1 ranking and Macklin is better than 14 points and five boards a game in the season's early going.

Macklin averaged 10 points per game as a junior at Louisville PRP High School and was Second Team All-Sixth Region as a senior after averaging 13.4 points and 5.1 rebounds a game.

"Cortez, in a refreshing way, I think is a late bloomer," Howard said. "He was a quality high school player and really came onto the scene nationally when his junior college team won a national championship and he was an All-American as a freshman. It probably shocked him a little bit.

"We're expecting big things for him. He's a quality scorer, shoots the ball well, he's very versatile with the ball, makes great decisions and makes his team better."

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Kentucky, Louisville on the Cover of New Sports Illustrated

Kentucky and Louisville come together on the cover of the new Sports Illustrated, College Basketball Preview. This is one of four covers for the magazine.

The cover features Louisville's Russ Smith being guarded by Kentucky freshman Julius Randle.

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Rick Pitino Hears There's a Clearance on "40-0" Shirts

Rick Pitino was asked during his press conference yesterday to share his thoughts on talk of Kentucky going 40-0 this season and what to make of it now.

"I just heard it for the first time when somebody sent me a thing on my phone, I don't even know who it's from," Pitino responded. "There's a clearance on shirts."

Of course, a group created the website 40and0.com and started selling undefeated t-shirts. Kentucky then lost to Michigan State just three games into the season, which spawned the creation of 39and1.com.

"To be honest with you, I don't think John said that," Pitino added. "I think what John said, from what I understand, is he'd someday like to coach an undefeated team. I don't think he said that this year's team would go undefeated."

Check out the video from WTVQ.com (click to play):

Thursday, November 14, 2013

John Calipari Says Robert Morris Game Isn't About Revenge

Kentucky head coach John Calipari says that Sunday's game against Robert Morris wasn't scheduled for revenge.

"I wanted them on the schedule because I know how hard they play," Calipari said via Twitter.

Robert Morris, of course, stunned Kentucky in the first round of the NIT last season.

UKCoachCalipari I hope everyone knows we didn't schedule Robert Morris for revenge. I wanted them on the schedule because I know how hard they play.

UKCoachCalipari They execute as well anyone and are going to give us a dogfight, which is what our team needs.

Morehead State Signs Marquel Willis for 2014-15

Morehead State has announced the signing of wing Marquel Willis for the 2014-15 men's basketball season.

Willis averaged 19.7 points and 8.7 rebounds per game as a junior last season at Oak Ridge (Fla.) High School.

Here is a release from MSU:

MOREHEAD, Ky. -- Marquel Willis, a 6-foot-5 wing from Orlando, Fla., has signed a National Letter of Intent with the Morehead State men's basketball program.  He will have four years of eligibility beginning with the 2014-15 school year.

"We are very excited to add someone of Marquel's ability to our basketball program," Head Coach Sean Woods said.  "Marquel is an awesome kid who will fit in well.  He has the characteristics that we're looking for, both on and off the court."

Willis, a four-year varsity starter, entered his senior year at Oak Ridge High School with 1,227 career points.  He averaged 19.7 points and 8.7 rebounds for the Pioneers as a junior after averaging 16.6 points and 3.6 rebounds as a sophomore.

"Marquel is a terrific athlete who can do a lot of things, both offensively and defensively," Woods said.  "He's a tough individual who plays hard.  Our team plays at a very fast pace, and I believe Marquel will fit that style and tempo very well."

Willis led Oak Ridge to a Florida High School Athletic Association Class 7A State Championship Game appearance as a sophomore in 2012.  He also helped the Pioneers to the FHSAA Class 7A Regional Final as a junior in 2013.

Willis chose Morehead State over Ball State, Chattanooga, Florida Gulf Coast and Georgia Southern.  Check MSUEagles.com for more information throughout the winter on Eagle men's basketball.

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Is Quentin Snider Having a Late Change of Heart?

Is 2014 Ballard High School star Quentin Snider wavering on his commitment to Illinois?

According to multiple reports, Snider has not signed his NLI with the Illini and might be having a last minute change of heart back to Louisville.

jerrymeyer247 Getting reliable chatter that Quentin Snider might be on the slide back to Louisville.

WCIA3Aaron I'm told the Illinois coaches aren't concerned they'll lose Quentin Snider, but other schools may be trying to "piranha" him away. #Illini

FeelDaPaign Source: Louisville is looking to sign a PG in the 2014 class. Might be after #Illini commit Quentin Snider again...

Ray Kasongo Signs NLI with Oregon

Former East Ridge High School and Pikeville High School big man Ray Kasongo has signed his National Letter of Intent with Oregon.

Here is a picture of the signing from Phase 1 Academy, where Kasongo will play this season:



WKU Signs Justin Johnson, Derrick Clayton and Avery Patterson

Western Kentucky has announced the signings of three players for the 2014-15 season.

The Hilltoppers have officially signed Derrick Clayton, Justin Johnson and Avery Patterson.

Here is a release from WKU:

BOWLING GREEN, Ky. — WKU head coach Ray Harper announced Thursday the signings of three players to National Letters of Intent during the NCAA's early signing period, which runs until November 20. Derrick Clayton (6-5, G, Castro Valley, Calif.), Justin Johnson (6-7, F, Hazard, Ky.) and Avery Patterson (6-1, G, Decatur, Ga.) have inked with the Hilltoppers during the early period.

All three will have four years of eligibility at WKU beginning in 2014-15.

"I thought we filled some holes and some needs that we had, and that is how we are trying to recruit," Harper said. "We are not just going to take guys because they are good players. If they don't fill a need, we are not going to recruit those guys. Our staff did a tremendous job from day one, and I am excited about all three of these guys."

Clayton, who is playing his senior season of high school in 2013-14 at Elev8 Sports Academy in Orlando, Fla., originally played high school basketball at Castro Valley High School in Castro Valley, Calif., where he averaged 17 points per game as a junior in 2012-13. He is rated as a three-star recruit by recruiting website Rivals.com, and he chose WKU over offers from San Francisco, San Jose State, UC Davis and Utah State and interest from multiple other schools.

Harper on Clayton:

"Derrick is very versatile and can play the two or the three. His upside is off the charts. He is a guy who has the chance to be special. Like most kids coming in as a freshman, we have to add some weight to him, but he's a guy who really knows how to score the basketball. He can get the ball to the basket, which is something we are desparately missing."

Johnson, a second-team all-state player at Perry County Central High School in Hazard, Ky., averaged 16.3 points and 10 rebounds per game as a junior in 2012-13 while helping his squad to 14th Region runner-up status. Johnson also shot 62.6 percent from the floor as a junior, and he held offers from Boston College, Eastern Kentucky, Indiana State and Southern Miss.

Harper on Johnson:

"Justin is a guy we have targeted for three years now. I feel like he can come in and compete from day one. He is a tremendous competitor and has a great body, and I think he is going to be a really good player for us."

Patterson attends Wheeler High School in Georgia, which is the same high school that produced current Hilltopper Nigel Snipes. The Wildcats are ranked 10th in the nation entering the 2013-14 season. He chose WKU over offers from Boston University, Butler, Kansas State, Saint Louis, Tulane and Xavier, among others.

Harper on Patterson:

"Avery is someone we have loved from the first time we had the opportunity to see him. He is incredibly tough and can play the one or the two, and he brings a competitive spirit and a winning spirit that we are excited about. He is another guy we think will compete for playing time from day one."

Kentucky Adds Ulis, Booker, Towns and Lyles for 2014-15

The Kentucky men's basketball team has officially added four players for the 2014-15 season. UK has announced the signings of Tyler Ulis, Devin  Booker, Karl Towns and Trey Lyles.

Here is a release from UK:

LEXINGTON, Ky. – The Kentucky men’s basketball team has added four of the top signees from the Class of 2014 in the early signing period, receiving National Letters of Intent from Devin Booker, Trey Lyles, Karl Towns and Tyler Ulis, UK head coach John Calipari announced Thursday.

“I’m really proud of this group as far as where they are academically, what type of people they are and their basketball ability,” Calipari said. “All four of these guys are skilled for their position and they have the ability to score. We’re happy to announce they will be joining us next fall.”

Booker, a 6-foot-5 shooting guard from Moss Point, Miss., was named Mississippi’s Gatorade Player of the Year as a junior in 2012-13, averaging 29.7 points, eight rebounds and four assists per game. Booker is rated No. 18 in the 2014 ESPN 100, No. 30 in the Rivals 150 and No. 31 according to Scout. The shooting guard was named the Sun Herald Player of the Year and enters his senior year as a member of the Clarion-Ledger Dandy Dozen, ranking Mississippi’s top high school basketball players.

“Devin is a scoring machine,” Calipari said. “At nearly 6-6, he can play three different positions. He’s got great range, which should help us spread the floor a bit when he’s playing. What I like most about him is his confidence.”

A 6-10 forward from Indianapolis, Ind., Lyles averaged 17.9 points, 12.7 rebounds, 3.7 assists and 1.3 blocks en route to being named Indianapolis City Player of the Year for a second consecutive year as a junior at Arsenal Technical High School. Playing for Team Canada in the 2013 U19 World Championships, Lyles averaged 20.3 points per game. The forward is rated No. 7 by ESPN, while Rivals and Scout place him eighth in the class of 2014. Lyles enters his senior season 42 points shy of the Arsenal Technical all-time scoring record.

“At 6-10, Trey can play both inside and outside,” Calipari said. “He has the skills to score in both areas. He’s seen what some of our former guys are doing in the pros right now and has said he wants to follow in their path. My hope is he’s our next beast.”

Towns, a 7-0 forward from St. Joseph’s in Metuchen, N.J., was named the New Jersey Gatorade Player of the Year in 2012-13. Averaging 21.3 points, 14.3 rebounds and 5.6 blocks per game, Towns was named First Team All-State and Player of the Year by The Star-Ledger in New Jersey. Entering his senior year, Towns has led his St. Joseph’s team to two consecutive state championships in New Jersey. ESPN ranks him as the No. 6 prospect in the 2014 class, while Scout and Rivals rate him the 11th-best prospect in the class. ESPN ranks Towns No. 3 at his position in the class, with Scout ranking him No. 4 at his position. Towns played under Calipari and UK assistant coach Orlando Antigua on the Dominican Republic National Team in the previous two offseasons.

“Karl, at 7 feet tall, brings great versatility,” Calipari said. “He can obviously score it inside, but his ability to shoot and handle it like he’s a guard will spread defenses out. His growth from his first stint with the Dominican team until now has been unbelievable, and I’m looking forward to working with him on the collegiate level.”

Ulis is a 5-8 point guard from Chicago Heights, Ill., who averaged 21.9 points, 4.8 assists, 3.6 rebounds and 2.8 steals per game as a junior for Marian Catholic. Ulis is ranked 29th nationally by Scout and 33rd by Rivals and ESPN. The latest in a line of highly ranked point guards to sign with Kentucky under Coach Calipari, Ulis ranks as the No. 4 point guard in the country by ESPN and No. 6 at his position according to Scout.

“Tyler is the ultimate competitor,” Calipari said. “His heart and his ability to make people better set him apart from his peers. He can score in bunches, and like every point guard I’ve had, he brings a little something different to the table.”

Cordia's Christen Cunningham to Visit Penn and Harvard

Cordia High School guard Christen Cunningham will be taking official visits to Pennsylvania this week and Harvard next week.

Scott Anderson of TheRoadtoRupp.com broke the news on Twitter:

SAndersonNOB Cordia's Christen Cunningham (@yocunningham ) will officially visit Pennsylvania this weekend and Harvard next weekend.

Video: John Wall Pulls Off the Rare Double Block

Watch as former Kentucky star John Wall pulls off the rare double block:



Wall had 14 points, 8 rebounds, 3 assists, 2 steals and a block in a 92-79 loss to the Spurs.

Murray State Has Signed 2014 Guard JayQuan McCloud

Murray State University has signed JayQuan McCloud for the 2014-15 men's basketball season. McCloud is a 6-foot-2 guard from North Chicago, Illinois.

Here is a release from MSU:

Murray State head men's basketball coach Steve Prohm announced the signing of JayQuan McCloud from North Chicago, Ill.

McCloud, a 6-2 guard, will be a freshman with the Racers in the fall of 2014.

"We're looking forward to JayQuan being in our program next season and we're excited about him becoming part of our family," Prohm said. "JayQuan is an explosive scorer that can play on and off the ball. I love his ability to get his own shot. He has the talent to be a great defender. We're excited that he chose to be at Murray State."

McCloud, who is ready to play his senior season at North Chicago Community High School, helped the Warhawks to a 28-4 record last season in Illinois Class 3A.

"You live for coaching kids like JayQaun," said NCCHS Coach Gerald Coleman. "He's coachable, respected in the community and he works very hard. He's a role model to our younger players. I think Murray State really got a good one. We led the state in scoring, so this is a good fit because MSU plays that up tempo game like we do. JayQuan can score, but he's very unselfish and can make his teammates better. He's a weapon in all areas for us."

As a junior in 2012-13, McCloud helped North Chicago to a top-30 ranking among Illinois High Schools. He scored 17.4 points per game in 31 games.  He led his team with 91 assists and 46 steals and averaged 3.7 rebounds per game.

McCloud played AAU basketball with the Illinois Wolves for Coach Mike Mullins.

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ESPN First Take Ranks Parker, Randle and Wiggins

ESPN First Take's Stephen A. Smith and Skip Bayless break down and rank Duke's Jabari Parker, Kentucky's Julius Randle and Kansas' Andrew Wiggins:


Eastern Kentucky Destroys Warren Wilson, Ties OVC Record

Eastern Kentucky 114
Warren Wilson 45

Final from Richmond, Kentucky

Game recap by EKU:

RICHMOND, Ky. – Eastern Kentucky's men's basketball team tied an Ohio Valley Conference record with 20 three-pointers during a 114-45 rout of visiting Warren Wilson College.

The Colonels (3-1) used first half runs of 22-0 and 29-4 to build a large lead and never looked back.

Eastern continues its four-game home stand on Saturday against High Point University. The Panthers are the preseason favorite to win the Big South Conference North Division. EKU edged HPU 73-70 on the road last season.

EKU's 20 three-pointers tied the record set by Southeast Missouri last season against Austin Peay. The Colonels finished 20-for-39 from behind the arc for 51.3 percent. Glenn Cosey hit 6-of-10 from deep and finished with a game-best 26 points. He also had nine assists and no turnovers.

After the Owls (2-5) tied the game 3-3, EKU scored the next 22 points. Timmy Knipp's three-pointer capped the run and made it a 25-3 game. WWC added a couple of baskets and trailed by 20, 29-9, when Eastern went on a 29-4 run. Marcus Lewis and Devein Muff each had impressive dunks. Cosey's lay-up with 1:34 left in the first half polished off the run and gave the Colonels a 58-13 advantage.

Eastern led 61-17 at the break after shooting 73 percent from the field in the opening stanza. The Owls had more turnovers (18) than field goals attempted (17). EKU outscored the visitors 23-0 off turnovers.
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Wednesday, November 13, 2013

Ndamukong Suh Likes Julius Randle

Detroit Lions defensive star Ndamukong Suh was able to watch Kentucky and Michigan State in the Champions Classic.

Suh walked away a fan of Kentucky freshman Julius Randle.

Here is more from ESPN.com:

Suh, who has always been an avid lover of basketball and said he was recruited by low-level schools out of high school, was impressed with what he saw from one particular player Tuesday night.

Kentucky freshman Julius Randle.

“He’s got some talent. I like that kid,” Suh said. “He reminds me of me in my younger days other than I’m not a left-hander. If I was 6-foot-7, I don’t know if I’d be playing football right now.

“But he has some great talent and he’s got a great coach, Coach Cal [John Calipari]. I didn’t get to see too much of [Andrew] Wiggins or Jabari Parker because I left. Had to come back to work.”


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Eloy Vargas is Headed to Spain's Top-Level League for 2013-14

Former Kentucky forward Eloy Vargas is headed to Spain's top-level ACB league for the remainder of the 2013-14 season.

Vargas will join Baloncesto Fuenlabrada on Thursday.

Here is an excerpt of a report from Dominicanos en Basket (via Google Translate):

The Dominican pivot Eloy Vargas travels Wednesday night with allocated Madrid, Spain, to join the combined Baloncesto Fuenlabrada, for the remainder of the 2013/14 La Liga Enesa ACB, competition second highest in the world.

The information was provided by Mario Guerrero whole source of credit linked to the production of Dominicanosenbasket.com, then was re-confirmed by the player and his representative in the country Victor Duran Monaros International Agency.

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Karl Towns Has Officially Signed with Kentucky

Karl Towns, one of the top big men in the class of 2014, has officially signed his NLI with the University of Kentucky.

MyCJ_Sports St. Joseph's Raven Owen, Karl Towns & Wade Baldwin prior to the signing their Nat. Letters of Intent pic.twitter.com/nqSpYpPv5W

ESPN Writers Believe Harrison Twins Had Most Disappointing Night at Champions Classic

ESPN's Andy Katz, Eamonn Brennan and Dana O'Neil all think Andrew and Aaron Harrison had the most disappointing performances of the Champions Classic.

Here is an excerpt:

Who had the most disappointing night?
Katz: Kentucky freshman Aaron Harrison struggled, going 1-of-7 overall, 0-for-5 on 3s. But the most disappointing part of the game for Kentucky was the Wildcats' free throw shooting (20-of-36) and 3-point shooting (4-of-20). Those are fixable areas, but were clearly the main reasons for the loss.
Brennan: The Harrison twins. For UK's dribble-drive motion offense to truly work, the Harrisons need to stretch the floor with shooting and move the ball quickly and decisively. They didn't come close to either Tuesday, and UK couldn't crawl out of the resulting hole in time.

O'Neil: Andrew Harrison. And it wasn't just his shooting on this night. The point guard looked out of sorts and overwhelmed by the game. For Kentucky, that's a riddle that has to be solved. Much of the Wildcats' woes -- turnovers, bad free throw shooting, transition defense and boxing out -- are quick fixes, but to be great, they've got to get Harrison to forget this game and get better. Complete Article

Johnson Central's Shane Hall Officially Signs with Marshall

Johnson Central High School star Shane Hall has officially signed his national letter of intent at Marshall University.

Hall averaged 15.9 points, 10 rebounds and 3.5 blocks per game as a junior last season.




2014 PG Tyler Ulis Has Officially Signed with Kentucky

Tyler Ulis has officially signed his national letter of intent with the University of Kentucky.

Ulis' dad posted a picture on Twitter:

ulis5620 It's official my son is a Wildcat! Thank you to Coach Taylor and Marian!#gomarian #BBN #congratstyler pic.twitter.com/blLJHWStJR

Four Cats, Two Cards on Preseason Top 50 List for John R. Wooden Award

Four Kentucky Wildcats and two Louisville Cardinals are in the Preseason Top 50 for the coveted John R. Wooden Award.

Willie Cauley-Stein, Andrew Harrison, Julius Randle and James Young represent Kentucky on the list. The Wildcats have more players than any other school in the nation.

Russ Smith and Montrezl Harrell are the two Cardinals on the list.

2013-14 John R. Wooden Award Preseason Top 50

Name/School/Conference/Ht./Yr./Pos.
Jordan Adams/UCLA/Pac-12/6-5/So./G
Kyle Anderson/UCLA/Pac-12/6-9/So./G/F
Keith Appling/Michigan State/Big Ten/6-1/Sr./G
Isaiah Austin/Baylor/Big 12/7-1/So./C
Jahii Carson/Arizona State/Pac-12/5-10/So./G
Willie Cauley-Stein/Kentucky/SEC/7-0/So./F
Semaj Christon/Xavier/Big East/6-3/So./G
Aaron Craft/Ohio State/Big Ten/6-2/Sr./G
Sam Dekker/Wisconsin/Big Ten/6-7/So./F
Spencer Dinwiddie/Colorado/Pac-12/6-6/Jr./G
Cleanthony Early/Wichita State/Missouri Valley/6-8/Sr./F
Joel Embiid/Kansas/Big 12/7-0/Fr./C
C.J. Fair/Syracuse/ACC/6-8/Sr./F
Aaron Gordon/Arizona/Pac-12/6-9/Fr./F
Jerian Grant/Notre Dame/Big Sky/6-5/Sr./G
Montrezl Harrell/Louisville/The American/6-8/So./F
Gary Harris/Michigan State/Big Ten/6-4/So./G
Joe Harris/Virginia/ACC/6-6/Sr./G
Andrew Harrison/Kentucky/SEC/6-6/Fr./G
Tyler Haws/BYU/WCC/6-5/Jr./G
Andre Hollins/Minnesota/Big Ten/6-2/Jr./G
Rodney Hood/Duke/ACC/6-8/So./F
Joe Jackson/Memphis/The American/6-1/Sr./G
Cory Jefferson/Baylor/Big /12/6-9/Sr./F
Sean Kilpatrick/Cincinnati/The American/6-4/Sr./G
Alex Kirk/New Mexico/Mountain West/7-0/Jr./C
James Michael McAdoo/North Carolina/ACC/6-9/Jr./F
Doug McDermott*#/Creighton/Big East/6-8/Sr./F
Mitch McGary/Michigan/Big/Ten/6-10/So./F
Jordan McRae/Tennessee/SEC/6-6/Sr./G
Shabazz Napier/Connecticut/The American/6-1/Sr./G
Kevin Pangos/Gonzaga/WCC/6-2/Jr./G
Jabari Parker/Duke/ACC/6-8/Fr./F
Adreian Payne/Michigan State/Big Ten/6-10/Sr./C
Elfrid Payton/Louisiana/Sun Belt/6-3/Jr./G
Dwight Powell/Stanford/Pac-12/6-10/Sr./F
Julius Randle/Kentucky/SEC/6-9/Fr./F
Juvonte Reddic/VCU/Atlantic/10/6-9/Sr./F
Glenn Robinson III/Michigan/Big Ten/6-6/So./F
LaQuinton Ross/Ohio State/Big Ten/6-8/Jr./F
Wayne Selden, Jr./Kansas/Big 12/6-5/Fr./G
Marcus Smart/Oklahoma State/Big 12/6-4/So./G
Russ Smith/Louisville/The American/6-0/Sr./G
Jarnell Stokes/Tennessee/SEC/6-8/Jr./F
Rasheed Sulaimon/Duke/ACC/6-4/So./G
Noah Vonleh/Indiana/Big Ten/6-10/Fr./F
Dez Wells/Maryland/ACC/6-5/Jr./G/F
Andrew Wiggins/Kansas/Big 12/6-8/Fr./G
Kendall Williams/New Mexico/Mountain West/6-4/Sr./G
James Young/Kentucky/SEC/6-6/Fr./G

Players listed alphabetically

 * indicates player chosen to the 2013 Wooden All American Team
# indicates player chosen to the 2012 Wooden All American Team


Complete Release from WoodenAward.com

Lindsey Wilson's Daronte' Clark Named Mid-South Conference Player of the Week

Lindsey Wilson's Daronte' Clark was named Mid-South Conference player of the week on Tuesday.

Here is a release from the MSC:

COLUMBIA, Ky. -- Lindsey Wilson (Ky.) senior Daronte' Clark is the Mid-South Conference Men's Basketball Player of the Week, conference officials announced on Tuesday.

This week's award is the first for the 2013-14 men's basketball season.

Clark posted back-to-back games of at least 20 points to average 21.5 points per game in a pair of Lindsey Wilson wins last week.

The Gallatin, Tenn., guard opened the week making a season-high six 3-pointers in a 99-58 win over Mid-Continent (Ky.). Clark scored 20 points while grabbing three rebounds and handing out an assist in the win.

On Friday, Clark scored 23 points, grabbed three rebounds and had three steals in the Blue Raiders' 62-58 win at Taylor (Ind.).

Clark concluded the week shooting 50 percent (16-of-32) from the field, including 43.8 percent (7-of-16) from beyond the 3-point arc.

No. 10-ranked Lindsey Wilson improves to 3-1 this season with last week's results.

The next MSC Men's Basketball Player of the Week award is scheduled to be announced on Monday, Nov. 18.

2014 Star Stanley Johnson Will Announce College Choice on Friday

Stanley Johnson, one of the top remaining uncommitted players in the class of 2014, will make his college announcement Friday on ESPNU.

Johnson, a talented 6-foot-7 forward, is officially down to Arizona, Kentucky, USC, Oregon and Florida. Most believe he is down to Kentucky or Arizona with the Wildcats out west being favored.

Ben Roberts of the Herald-Leader reported the news last night and has confirmed it:

NextCats New story: Stanley Johnson will announce his college decision Friday on ESPNU. Details ... http://bit.ly/18qMJSM

NextCats ESPN spokeswoman confirms what we reported last night: Stanley Johnson will announce Friday on ESPNU. Arizona, UK or USC.

Johnson ranks No. 3 overall on the Rivals.com list for 2014.

My thoughts: all signs seem to point to Arizona

Photo: Rivals.com

Video: 2014 UK Commit Karl Towns Summer Mixtape

Check out this new mixtape of 2014 Kentucky commit Karl Towns:


Cody Zeller is Happy That Kentucky Lost

Former Indiana University big man Cody Zeller is always happy to see Kentucky lose.

Murray State's Steve Prohm and Player Talk About Win Over Brescia

Here is postgame comments from Murray State head coach Steve Prohm following the Racers win over Brescia:



MSU players Jonathan Fairell and Jarvis Williams:


Murray State Rolls Past Brescia University

Murray State 97
Brescia University 69

Final from Murray, Kentucky

Game recap by MSU:

The Murray State Racers opened their home season with a 97-69 win over the Brescia Bearcats Tuesday at the CFSB Center in Murray, Ky.

The Racers (1-1) scored their 24th straight win in a home opener and their 16th in the CFSB Center. MSU is now 63-3 since 1948.

Jeffery Moss led the Racers with 21 points, with 20 coming from Dexter Fields. MSU got 15 points from C.J. Ford with Jarvis Williams adding 14 points and 14 rebounds.

In the first half, the Racers quickly built a 17-7 lead that included buckets from Cameron Payne and a steal and dunk by Jonathan Fairell at the 15:30 mark. Moss hit his second three pointer of the half at the 9:17 mark and MSU held a 26-16 advantage. MSU went into the half with a 47-31 lead.

MSU pushed to a 61-41 lead with 15:32 remaining on a baseline drive and dunk by Ford. The lead went to 85-67 when Tyler Rambo came up with a steal that turned into a three-point play with 6:02 left.

The Racers won the rebound battle 40-25 and each team had 14 turnovers.

MSU shot 60 percent from the field (33-of-55) while holding Brescia to 43 percent (25-of-58). From three-point range, the Racers shot 37 percent (6-of-16) and Brescia was 29 percent (5-of-17). The Racers improved their free throw shooting from the game last Friday at Valparaiso in making 76 percent (25-of-33).

Complete Recap


No. 3 Louisville Hammers Hofstra, Russ Smith Scores 30

(3) Louisville 97
Hofstra 69

Final from Louisville, Kentucky

Game recap by UL:

LOUISVILLE, Ky. (AP) - When Russ Smith starts off in that offensive zone early, chances are it's going to be a good night for him and Louisville.

It got even better when his Cardinal teammates joined the fun later on.

Smith scored 21 of his game-high 30 points in the first half and No. 3 Louisville made 12 3-pointers to set the tone for a 97-69 rout of Hofstra on Tuesday night.

Louisville's victory in the first of four games in the Hall of Fame Tipoff tournament was its 18th straight dating to last season, tying a school record.

Smith shot 12 of 22 from the field including 5 of 12 from beyond the arc to finish one point shy of his career high set twice in last season's national title run.

"I was able to raise up and get a pretty good look at the basket," the senior guard said. "It was just one of them games; a lot of guys on our team are capable of having games like this."

Wayne Blackshear made three straight 3s that helped Louisville break the game open with a 26-2 second-half run. Luke Hancock returned from a left Achilles injury to hit a couple from long range as well as the Cardinals finished 12 of 31 from deep.

Louisville (2-0) shot 35 of 68 overall (51.5 percent), a big improvement from its 38-percent effort in a season-opening win over the College of Charleston.

Chris Jones added 20 points on 7-of-13 shooting with seven assists for Louisville, while Montrezl Harrell had 19.

"To play at this pace and not have a turnover is really a remarkable performance," Louisville coach Rick Pitino said of Jones.

Complete Recap

WKU Can't Keep Up With Wichita State in Tough Road Environment

Wichita State 66
Western Kentucky 49

Final from Wichita, Kansas

Game recap by WKU:

WICHITA, Kan. -- WKU battled in its season opener in a hostile environment at 16th-ranked Wichita State Monday night, trailing by two at halftime in front of a raucous midnight crowd in the 2013 ESPN Tip-Off Marathon, but the Shockers outdistanced WKU in the second half and handed WKU a 66-49 defeat.

The announced crowd of 10,506 gave Wichita State its 133rd-straight regular season crowd of over 10,000 fans. WKU faced a tough test in its season opener, as the Hilltoppers were matched up with a ranked foe in the season's first game for the first time in 11 years.

T.J. Price and Aleksej Rostov led WKU with 12 points apiece, and Aaron Adeoye had seven rebounds. Fred VanVleet led Wichita State with 17 points, and three others were in double figures.

Price hit a three-pointer at the halftime buzzer to bring the score to 30-28 in favor of Wichita State at the break. There were three runs of seven or more points in the middle of the first half, with the Shockers going on a 7-0 burst to lead 17-12. WKU responded right away with a 9-0 run of its own to re-take a 21-17 lead, before Wichita State scored eight-straight to lead 27-24.

VanVleet hit a jumper with 10 seconds to go in the half, giving Wichita State a 30-25 lead, but Price took the ball down the court and buried a three at the buzzer to make the score 30-28 after an official review to check if it counted.

Complete Recap


Tuesday, November 12, 2013

Michigan State Postgame Comments from Alex Poythress and John Calipari

Here are postgame comments from Kentucky's Alex Poythress and John Calipari following tonight's loss to Michigan State:



* Video by Kentucky Wildcats TV

Angelo Warner Leads Morehead State to Big Road Win at ETSU

Morehead State 71
East Tennessee State 63

Final from Johnson City, Tennessee

Game recap by MSU:

MOREHEAD, Ky. -- Junior Angelo Warner tallied a career-best 25 points and pulled down a team-high 10 rebounds to lead the Morehead State men's basketball team to a 71-63 victory over East Tennessee State on Tuesday night at the ETSU/MSHA Athletic Center.

The Eagles improve to 2-0 on the season, while the Buccaneers slip to 0-2 overall.  MSU also moves to 28-24 in the all-time series with its fourth consecutive victory over ETSU.

"It's always great when you can go on the road and get a win," Head Coach Sean Woods.  "We seemed a little anxious in the first half, but settled down and put together a solid second half.  We played tough, kept our composure and rebounded the ball really well."

Warner, who was playing in his 66th collegiate contest, posted 20 points after intermission to help Morehead State record a 46-32 scoring advantage.  Sophomore Brent Arrington added 12 points in the second half and 15 for the night, plus added a team-high four steals.

"Angelo refused to let us lose this game," Woods said.  "He hit several big jump shots and attacked the glass for us, especially in the second half.  Brent does all of the little things and can really help us this year.  He's a leader who can score, pass and play good defense."

Morehead State registered a 45-30 rebounding advantage in the contest, including 20-7 on the offensive end.  The Eagles also collected 20 second-chance points.

Morehead State finished +15 in points from beyond the arc.  The Eagles canned 36 percent (9-of-25) from long range, while limiting the Buccaneers to 21 percent (4-of-19).

Morehead State opened the contest with seven straight points.  East Tennessee State responded with a 17-0 spurt moments later to take a 21-10 lead with 7:06 remaining in the first half.

Complete Recap

Aaron Harrison Isn't Happy with His Performance

Kentucky freshman Aaron Harrison isn't  happy with how he played tonight (3 points, 2 rebounds). He summed up his feelings on Twitter:

First Half Jitters, Poor Free Throw Shooting Doom No. 1 Kentucky in Chicago

(2) Michigan State 78
(1) Kentucky 74

Final from Chicago, Illinois

No. 1 Kentucky fought back in the second half but couldn't overcome a difficult start and poor free throw shooting as No.2 Michigan State earned a 78-74 win over the Wildcats in the Champions Classic.

The Wildcats (2-1) shot a miserable 20-for-36 (55.6%) from the free throw line and 4-for-20 (20%) from the three-point line.

Freshman Julius Randle led everyone with 27 points and 13. James Young had 19 points on 7-for-16 shooting. Alex Poythress came off the bench to net 7 points, 12 rebounds and 3 blocks.

Andrew and Aaron Harrison struggled throughout the game, combining to go 4-for-13 from the field and 1-for-6 from long range. Andrew finished with 11 points, 3 assists and 5 turnovers. Aaron scored just 3 points.

Keith Appling led Michigan State (2-0) with 22 points, 7 rebounds, 7 assists and 4 steals. Gary Harris chipped in 20 points. Adreian Payne finished with 15 points and 4 boards.

Kentucky returns to action Sunday at 7:00 p.m. when they host Robert Morris.

Box Score (click to enlarge):

Footage of Kentucky's Game Day Shoot Around in Chicago

Here's some footage of Kentucky's shoot around in Chicago as they prepare for Michigan State:



* Video by Kentucky Wildcats TV

John Calipari Talks to Seth Greenberg About the Champions Classic and More

ESPN's Seth Greenberg caught up with John Calipari today about what went wrong last season, the Champions Classic game against Michigan State and more:


2014 Star Jaylen Johnson Will Sign with Louisville Tomorrow Morning

Jaylen Johnson, a 6-foot-9 forward at Ypsilanti (Mich.) High School, will sign his letter-of-intent with the University of Louisville Wednesday at his high school at 9:00 a.m.

Here is more from DetroitNews.com:

His mother, Janetta Johnson, said a big reason her son chose Louisville was its coach, Rick Pitino.

"He's a hall of fame coach," she said. "Jaylen likes their system. He'll have a chance to play away from the basket there."
 
 
Johnson ranks No. 56 overall on the Rivals.com list for 2014.
 
Photo: Rivals.com

Big Blue Nation: It's Time to Get Pumped Up for Michigan State

Hey Kentucky fans, it's time to get pumped up with this video from Kentucky Wildcats TV: pre-Michigan State Pump Up Video:


Berea College's London Moore Named KIAC Player of the Week

Berea College sophomore London Moore was named KIAC men's basketball player of the week on Monday.

Moore averaged 20.5 points, 13 rebounds, 3.5 assists, 1.5 blocks and 1.5 steals per game last week.

Here is the release
from the KIAC:

London Moore, Berea College -- Men's Basketball Player of the Week
6-4 Sophomore – Radcliff, KY
 
Berea College sophomore London Moore was named the KIAC men's basketball player of the week by KIAC officials on Monday, November 11h. Berea College finished the week 1-1 last week after defeating Boyce College 109-73 and losing to Milligan College 100-97. Moore averaged 20.5 points, 13 rebounds, 3.5 assists, 1.5 blocks and 1.5 steals last week. He connected on 66.7 percent (14-of-21) of his field goal attempts. The sophomore forward recorded 17 points, 11 rebounds and 5 assists in the win against Boyce College. He finished the week with 24 points and 15 rebounds in the loss to Milligan. The Mountaineers currently have a 2-2 overall record. They will return to action on November 12th when they host Crown College.

Photo: Berea College

Kentucky's James Young: Future Lottery Pick?

Check out these new highlights of Kentucky freshman James Young:


Former Georgetown Star Jordan DeMercy Earns Opportunity in NBA D-League

Former Georgetown College star Jordan DeMercy has earned an opportunity in the NBA Development League.

DeMercy will try out for the Bakersfield Jam in hopes of earning a regular season roster spot.

Here is more from GC:

Georgetown College's Jordan DeMercy spent this past season playing in Japan, but his work is paying off as he was just added to the training camp roster for the Bakersfield Jam.

The NBA D League team is a feeder program to the Utah Jazz, Toronto Raptors, Phoenix Suns, Los Angeles Clippers and Atlanta Hawks.

DeMercy is one of 17 guys trying to make the final cut. The roster includes three returning , nine drafted and five tryout players.

"I am very happy for Jordan for this opportunity in the D League," said GC coach Chris Briggs. "I'm also confident that he will make the most of it. He is a young man that is very talented, passionate and plays extremely hard. He will definitely be an asset to the Bakersfield Jam."

Bakersfield tips off the season on Nov. 22, at which time the final roster will be set.

Complete Release


KWC's Lonnie Hayes Named G-MAC Player of the Week After 57-Point Explosion

Kentucky Wesleyan College's Lonnie Hayes was named G-MAC Player of the Week on Monday after dropping a school-record 57 points in a one-point loss to Lake Erie over the weekend.

Here is a release from KWC:

Kentucky Wesleyan's Lonnie Hayes has been named the Great Midwest Athletic Conference Men's Basketball Athlete of the Week after scoring 78 points over a two-game

The senior from Cincinnati, scored a game-high 21 points in his debut for Kentucky Wesleyan in a 70-60 win over Quincy on Friday to open the 2012-13 season, as the Panthers played host to the All-American Club Classic.

Hayes also added four rebounds and an assist, as he shot 7-18 from the floor and 2-4 from long range. He managed to get to the line seven times, converting on five.

In the team's second game of the weekend, Hayes carried the team on his back scoring a school-record 57 points on 15-25 shooting. Even more impressive was his 30 free throw attempts, of which he made 26, both KWC records.

He only attempted three shots from beyond the arc, making one. Hays chipped in seven rebounds, three assists, three steals, and a blocked shot in the all-around effort.

KWC (1-1) plays at NCAA Division II foe Young Harris (1-0) at 3 p.m.
span this past weekend, highlighted by a school-record 57 points against Lake Erie on Saturday.

Photo: KWC

Tom Izzo Talks About the Champions Classic and Playing Kentucky

Michigan State head coach Tom Izzo talks about the Champions Classic and tonight's game against No. 1 Kentucky:



* Video by StateNewsVideo on YouTube

Former Iroquois Star Jermaine Jackson Named SSC Player of the Week

Florida Tech junior guard  Jermaine Jackson was named Sunshine State Conference Player of the Week on Monday after scoring 59 points in two games last week.

Jackson is a Louisville native and played high school basketball at Iroquois.

Here is a release from Florida Tech:

WINTER PARK, Fla. (Men's Basketball) – Leading Florida Tech to a 2-0 record to begin the 2013-14 season, junior guard Jermaine Jackson was named the Sunshine State Conference Men’s Basketball Player of the Week Presented by VALIC after scoring 59 points in the SSC vs. SIAC Tip-Off Challenge sponsored by Sandpiper Sportswear.

Jackson tipped off the season going 11-of-18 from the field against Claflin University, finishing with 29 points and two steals in an 86-82 defeat over the South Carolina Panthers. On Saturday, he dominated all evening, scoring 30 points on 12-of-20 shooting, including going 2-for-4 from long distance and 4-for-4 at the free throw line. The 30 points were two shy of his career mark and was his third 30 or more points performance in his FIT career.

The Louisville, Ky. native averaged 29.5 points and 4.5 rebounds and six of his nine rebounds led to second chance opportunities. He also dished out 1.5 assists and picked up one steal against Paine and Claflin.


Complete Release

Photo: Florida Tech

Fox Sports Live Named Kentucky Basketball Best Person in Sports Last Week

Fox Sports Live named Kentucky Men's Basketball the Best Person in Sports on Friday:


Murray State's Zay Henderson Out 4-6 Weeks with Broken Hand

Murray State will be without sophomore forward Zay Henderson for 4-6 weeks. Henderson suffered a broken hand in Sunday's practice.

Here is more from WPSD Local 6:

"There was a tussle for the ball, he got it, went up for the dunk and got fouled over the hand," head coach Steve Prohm explained. "It ended up being a broken hand. Ironically, the same injury that Ivan Aska had his senior year."

The injury will keep Henderson out for four to six weeks, which means the Racers will have just eight scholarship players to work with until transfer T.J. Sapp is eligible in a month.

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Monday, November 11, 2013

Michigan State is Favored to Beat Kentucky Tomorrow Night, Line is Currently 3 Points

Kentucky is currently a 3-point underdog to Michigan State in tomorrow night's Champions Classic game.

The line opened at 2 1/2 and has since moved to 3 across the board in Vegas.

Updated lines at VegasInsider.com

Rick Pitino Reinstates Chane Behanan, Will Dress and Might Play Tuesday

Rick Pitino announced Monday that he has reinstated junior forward Chane Behanan after "30 great days" of behavior.

Pitino said Behanan is in great condition but he isn't sure how many minutes he will play initially.

Also, Pitino said Luke Hancock has been cleared to return to action following an injury.

Here is an excerpt of Pitino's press conference today (via Jody Demling on YouTube):


Julius Randle Named SEC Player of the Week

Kentucky freshman Julius Randle was named Southeastern Conference Player of the Week on Monday.

In two games last week, Randle averaged 22.5 points, 15 rebounds and 2 assists per game.

Here is the release from the SEC:

SEC Player of the Week

 Kentucky’s Julius Randle, a 6-foot-9, 250-pound freshman forward from Dallas, Texas, was named SEC Player of the Week after averaging 22.5 points, 15 rebounds and two assists in leading the Wildcats to wins over UNC Asheville and Northern Kentucky. His 23-point, 16-rebound effort against UNCA was just two points and one rebound shy of matching UK’s first-game records in both statistical categories. Randle followed his debut with 22 points and 14 rebounds against NKU.

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WKU Tips the Week Off Soon; Schedule for the Week

Western Kentucky tips off the week of college basketball around the state at 1:00 a.m. ET Tuesday morning.

The Hilltoppers early-morning battle at Wichita State will be followed by more than 40 games during the week.

Top-ranked Kentucky plays No. 2 Michigan State Tuesday night in the highlight game of the week.

Here's a look at the complete schedule:

Monday, November 11

No Games

Tuesday, November 12

1:00 a.m. Western Kentucky University at Wichita State
6:00 p.m. Boyce College at Alice Lloyd College
7:00 p.m. Hiwassee College at Univeristy of the Cumberlands
7:00 p.m. Morehead State University at East Tennessee State
7:00 p.m. Crown College at Berea College
7:00 p.m. Hofstra at University of Louisville
7:30 p.m. Union College at Milligan*
7:30 p.m. University of Kentucky vs. Michigan State (at Chicago)
8:00 p.m. Brescia  University at Murray State University (Exhibition for BU)
TBA University of Pikeville at Life University

Wednesday, November 13

7:00 p.m. Warren Wilson at Eastern Kentucky University

Thursday, November 14

6:00 p.m. Miami Univeristy-Hamilton at Kentucky Christian University (KCU Super 8 Classic)
9:00 p.m. Lindsey Wilson College at Mid-Continent University
TBA Union College vs. TBA (KCU Super 8 Classic)

Friday, November 15

4:00 p.m. University of the Cumberlands vs. Missouri Baptist (at Grace College)
6:00 p.m. Union College vs. Miami University-Hamilton (KCU Super 8 Classic)
6:00 p.m. Olivet Nazarene at Georgetown College (Jim Reid Classic)
6:00 p.m. Virginia Intermont at Berea College
7:00 p.m. Cornell at University of Louisville
7:00 p.m. Murray State University at Old Dominion
7:30 p.m. Maryville (Tenn.) at Centre College
8:00 p.m. Spalding University at Birmingham Southern
8:00 p.m. Morehead State University at Xavier
9:00 p.m. Brescia University vs. Columbia International (at Sewanee, TN)

Saturday, November 16

12:00 p.m. Asbury University vs. Virginia Intermont (at Berea College)
2:00 p.m. Brescia University vs. Crown College (at Sewanee, TN)
2:00 p.m. Union College at Kentucky Christian University (KCU Super 8 Classic)
4:00 p.m. Milligan College at Alice Lloyd College
4:00 p.m. Kentucky Wesleyan College at Young Harris
4:00 p.m. Mid-Continent University at IU-Southeast
5:00 p.m. Spalding University vs. Emory University (at Birmingham)
6:00 p.m. Kentucky State University at Central State University
6:00 p.m. Transylvania University vs. Heidelberg University (at Cincinnati)
6:00 p.m. Capital at Thomas More College
7:00 p.m. San Diego at Northern Kentucky University
8:00 p.m. Marian University at Bellarmine University
8:00 p.m. High Point at Eastern Kentucky University
8:00 p.m. East Tennessee State at Western Kentucky University
TBA University of the Cumberlands vs. TBA (at Grace College)

Sunday, November 17

2:00 p.m. Life University at Georgetown College (Jim Reid Classic)
2:00 p.m. Marshall University at Morehead State University
3:00 p.m. Transylvania University vs. Wilmington College (at Cincinnati)
7:00 p.m. Robert Morris at University of Kentucky

* Conference Game

Michigan State Head Coach Tom Izzo Talks About Friendship with John Calipari

Michigan State head coach Tom Izzo opened up about his friendship with Kentucky head man John Calipari today.

Here is an excerpt of Izzo's comments from Mlive.com:

"I shouldn't be close friends with him at all," Izzo mused on the eve of the game between the top-ranked Wildcats and No. 2 Spartans. "I mean, I haven't been able to recruit very well against him No. 1. The only time that we've played against each other, we were I think 100 points down at halftime, but it might not have been that many. It just felt like 100. Hell, I like the guy. I guess he's Italian, and I appreciate that."

There is indeed a history of Calipari getting the best of Izzo. In 2008, a Calipari-coached Memphis team led by as many as 34 points on its way to a 92-74 Sweet 16 win against the Spartans that was ultimately vacated due to eligibility issues with Tigers star Derrick Rose. More recently, Calipari at Kentucky has beaten out Izzo on commitments from Spartans targets James Young last year and Devin Booker and Tyler Ulis this year.

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Murray State's Cameron Payne Named OVC Freshman of the Week

Murray State's Cameron Payne was named OVC Freshman of the Week on Monday.

Here is a release from the league:

FRESHMAN

Cameron Payne, G • Fr., 6-2, 175 • Bartlett, Tenn. • Murray State

Payne had a game-high 21 points in Murray State's season-opening loss at defending Horizon League champion Valparaiso. Payne connected on 4-of-10 3-pointers, dished out a team-high four assists, grabbed five rebounds, blocked two shots and had a steal in 36 minutes of action.

Others Nominated: Isaac McGlone, Eastern Kentucky; Greg Dotson, Morehead State; Antonius Cleveland, Southeast Missouri.

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Kentucky No. 1, Louisville No. 3 in Both Major College Basketball Polls This Week

Kentucky (2-0) remains on top of both major college basketball polls this week.

Michigan State is No. 2, Louisville (1-0) is No. 3 and Duke is No. 4 in both polls.

Kansas is No. 5 in the AP Top 25 and No. 6 in the USA Today Coaches Poll. Arizona rounds out the top 5 in the Coaches Poll but ranks No. 6 in the AP rankings.

AP Top 25
 
RKTEAMRECORDPTS
1Kentucky (28) 2-01,552
2Michigan State (22) 1-01,549
3Louisville (12) 1-01,494
4Duke (3) 1-01,454
5Kansas1-01,358
6Arizona1-01,291
7Michigan1-01,154
8Oklahoma State1-01,124
9Syracuse1-01,087
10Ohio State1-01,033
11Florida1-0995
12North Carolina1-0950
13Memphis0-0743
14Virginia Commonwealth1-0708
15Gonzaga1-0561
16Wichita State1-0555
17Marquette1-0491
18Oregon1-0484
19Connecticut1-0441
20Wisconsin1-0357
21Notre Dame2-0328
22New Mexico1-0240
23Baylor1-0235
24UCLA1-0196
25Virginia1-0170

John Calipari's Pre-Michigan State Press Conference

Here is John Calipari talking to the media today about tomorrow night's Michigan State game and more:



* Video by Kentucky Wildcats TV on YouTube

SIAC Tournament is Moving Back to Birmingham

The Southern Intercollegiate Athletic Conference Tournament is moving back to Birmingham, Alabama.

Here is a release from league:

ATLANTA, Ga. - The Southern Intercollegiate Athletic Conference (SIAC) recently announced that the SIAC Council of Presidents voted unanimously to relocate the Men's and Women's SIAC Championship Basketball Tournament to the city of Birmingham, Alabama.

Starting in 2014, Birmingham's newly renovated Bill Harris Arena at the Birmingham CrossPlex, located minutes from downtown, will be the new home for the SIAC's winter classic for the next three years. The Centennial Basketball Tournament will be played Monday, March 3 through Saturday, March 8, 2014.

"As Mayor, and on behalf of the City of Birmingham, we are proud to be awarded the role of host city for the 2014-2016 SIAC Men's and Women's Basketball Championship," said Birmingham Mayor William A. Bell, Sr. "Our one-of-a-kind CrossPlex Facility has established itself as a nationally recognized home for championship events and we look forward to providing the SIAC student athletes, coaches, administrators and spectators a "World Class Experience" and a warm Birmingham welcome."

"The Bill Harris Arena at the Birmingham CrossPlex is honored to have been awarded the Southern Intercollegiate Athletic Conference Men's and Women's Basketball Tournament. Our continued objective is to effectively execute all aspects of the championship flawlessly, while ensuring that each student-athlete is left with a memorable experience-win or lose." added Birmingham CrossPlex Director Kevin W. Moore.

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