Saturday, November 23, 2013

John Wall Swats Iman Shumpert's Shot Like a Volleyball

Watch as former Kentucky star John Wall swats Iman Shumpert and puts an exclamation point on tonight's 98-89 win over the Knicks:


Mike DiNunno Signs with BC Beroe in Bulgaria

Former Eastern Kentucky University guard Mike DiNunno has signed with BC Beroe in Bulgaria's top-level NBL league.

DiNunno averaged 15.3 points, 4.4 assists and 1.9 steals per game last season as a senior at EKU.

Here is more from Eurobasket.com:

BC Beroe (NBL) landed 23-year old American (has also Italian passport) point guard Mike DiNunno (180-87kg-90). He just graduated from E.Kentucky (NCAA). In 32 games he averaged impressive 15.3ppg, 2.1rpg, 4.4apg and 1.9spg last season. He helped them to end the regular season as a second best team in Ohio Valley Conference. They also advanced to the league semifinals. It was a very successful season in his career as he was selected to All-OVC 1st Team and NABC Division I All-District 19 1st Team. As mentioned above DiNunno is just out of the college and it will be his first season in pro basketball.

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Video: John Wall Ties Career High With 16 Assists

Former Kentucky star John Wall tied his NBA career high with 16 assists earlier in the week in a 104-100 win over the Timberwolves.

Here are highlights:


No. 22/24 UCLA Holds Off Morehead State in Las Vegas Invitational

(22) UCLA 81
Morehead State 70

Final from Los Angeles, California

Game recap by MSU:

LOS ANGELES -- Sophomore Jordan Adams poured in a career-high 30 points and classmate Kyle Anderson tallied his first career triple-double to help the No. 22/24 UCLA men's basketball team score an 81-70 win over Morehead State on Friday night at historic Pauley Pavilion.

The Pac-12 Conference Bruins improve to 4-0 overall, while the Ohio Valley Conference Eagles slip to 4-2 on the campaign.  The meeting, which attracted 5,508 fans, was part of the Continental Tire Las Vegas Invitational.  It was the first-ever meeting between the two schools.

Senior Chad Posthumus paced Morehead State with a career-high 21 points and game-high 18 rebounds.  The performance was his fifth double-double in 39 games at MSU.  It was also his fourth consecutive 10-rebound effort and the most boards by an OVC player this season.

"UCLA is a very good basketball team, and you have to give them credit," MSU Head Coach Sean Woods said.  "They made a few more plays than we did tonight.  Their length and size gave us problems.  They made shots, especially in the first half on their way to the 17-point lead."

Adams, who recorded 17 points after intermission, connected on 10-of-18 from the floor and 8-of-8 from the free-throw line in the contest.  He also pulled down seven rebounds.  The scoring performance topped his previous career high of 26 and marked his 14th career 20-point effort.

Anderson, a 6-foot-9 point guard, added 13 points, 12 rebounds and 11 assists for UCLA's first triple-double since Dec. 18, 1995.  His rebounds, assists and three blocked shots were all team highs.  He had previously notched nine career double-doubles, which was more than any other Bruin.

"Jordan (Abrams) and Kyle (Anderson) were two big keys to UCLA's victory tonight," Woods said.  "Both of those young men are very talented.  We were certainly worried about Jordan because of his ability to score, and Kyle is their big-time playmaker.  They both hurt us in different ways."

Freshman Zach LaVine contributed 12 points for UCLA, while senior Travis Wear rounded out the double-figure scorers with 10.  The Bruins drilled 49 percent (30-of-61) from the floor, 33 percent (6-of-18) from beyond the arc and 79 percent (15-of-19) from the free-throw stripe.
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Head coach Sean Woods after the game:


Friday, November 22, 2013

Morehead State Off to Best Start Since 2004-05, Will Battle No. 22 UCLA Tonight

At 4-1, the Morehead State Eagles are off to their best start since the 2004-05 season.

The Eagles have home wins over Mid-Continent College and Marshall and road wins over East Tennessee State and Northern Kentucky.

The lone loss came at the hands of a tough Xavier University team that I expect to land in the top 25 sooner rather than later.

Against Marshall, the Eagles overcame a 21-point deficit to tie the game and eventually earn a 102-94 victory. Brent Arrington led Morehead State with 24 points, 6 rebounds, 3 assists, 3 steals and 2 blocks. Bakari Turner came off the bench to add 24 points. Senior big man Chad Posthumus dominated the paint with 14 points and 15 rebounds.

Morehead State's depth was on display in the win over the Thundering Herd. Two starters, Drew Kelly and Kareem Storey, and key reserve Billy Reader fouled out of the game. Posthumus and Angelo Warner each played significant portions of the game with 4 fouls. Still, the Eagles got huge production off the bench from Turner and point guard Luka Pajkovic, who shipped in 13 points and 3 steals.

Just two days after the emotional win over Marshall, Morehead State travelled to Northern Kentucky for a tough road test. The Eagles were a little slow out of the gates but used a key second-half run to put the Norse away 74-61.

Warner led the Eagles with 25 points an 9 rebounds. Turner provided a huge spark off the bench with 14 points. Pajkovic and Arrington contributed 8 points each.

Head coach Sean Woods will now lead his Eagles out west for four consecutive games in the Continental Tire Las Vegas Invitational.

Morehead State will play true road games at No. 22 UCLA and Nevada and neutral court games against Chattanooga and either Gardner-Webb or IUPUI.

The Eagles and Bruins tip-off tonight at 11:00 p.m. ET in historic Pauley Pavilion. The game will be aired on the PAC-12 network.

Outlook: If the Eagles can go 2-2 on the road trip, they will return to Morehead at 6-3 with a winnable game against Wright State. A single win or no wins would likely leave Woods feeling disappointed. Anything over 2 wins would have to be considered very successful.

Woods was fired up after his team's win over Marshall:



The Eagles celebrate their win over Marshall:


John Calipari on NBA Rumors: I'm Good Where I Am

John Calipari spoke to the media today about the upcoming game against Cleveland State. During the press conference, he addressed rumors about possibly leaving for the NBA.

"I'm good where I am," Calipari stated.

Take a listen:



* Video by Kentucky Wildcats TV on YouTube

UK's Dominique Hawkins and Dakari Johnson Preview Cleveland State

Kentucky's Dominique Hawkins and Dakari Johnson talk about the upcoming game against Cleveland State and more:


Justice Prevails! UPIKE Completes Huge Comeback with Game Winning Free Throws in Overtime

(7) Pikeville 94
St. Catharine 93 F/OT

Final from Springfield, Kentucky

Game recap by UPIKE:


ST. CATHARINE, Ky. – Trailing 93-92 in overtime with 4.9 seconds on the clock, Elisha Justice sank a pair of free throws and the No. 7 University of Pikeville men's basketball team forced a St. Catharine (Ky.) turnover to complete a 94-93 comeback win in the Mid-South Conference opener on Thursday at Lourdes Hall.

With just under nine minutes left in the second half, UPIKE trailed by 16 points but went on an 18-3 run over the next four minutes to get within one at 74-73 on a 3-point play by Justice. Keala King started the run with a three and Pikeville went 6-for-7 on free throws to complete the comeback.

After Omar Skinner hit two free throws with a minute left in regulation, neither team scored again as the final shot was blocked by Reed to send the game to overtime.

Taron Franklin's jumper with 54 seconds left gave St. Catharine a three-point lead at 93-90, while Reed went to the line for two makes to cut the advantage to one. Reed made the play of the game blocking Franklin's layup on the next possession, allowing Justice to get fouled and hit with winning free throws.

Skinner had four seconds to get down the court for a game winner, but turned the ball over at the 3-point line, allowing Reed to throw the ball towards the Pikeville basket as time expired.

UPIKE improves to 6-1 overall and 1-0 in the MSC, while St. Catharine drops to 3-2 and 0-1 in league play.

Chris Cantino posted his third straight double-double for UPIKE with 19 points and 15 rebounds, King added a game-high 24 points and nine boards and Bruce Reed finished with 23 points. Josh Whitaker and Justice joined them in double figures with 14 and 12 points, respectively.

William Tolefree and Skinner paced St. Catharine with 21 points each, while William Bailey added 19.
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* Photo by UPIKE SID Dan Price White on Twitter

Barren County Assistant Prosecutor Takes Shots at Louisville's Kevin Ware

As most everyone knows by now, Louisville guard Kevin Ware was caught speeding on October 26 and missed his court date in Barren County earlier this week.

Ware plans to plead guilty to reckless driving in Barren County next week.

Doug Hardin, an assistant prosecutor in Barren County, is not involved in Ware's case but he made some interesting comments on his Facebook page about the Cardinals' guard earlier this week.

Apparently, Hardin didn't realize his comments were viewable by the general public.

Here is an excerpt of the comments taken from screenshots obtained by TheCardinalConnect.com:

"Trying to think of a good Kevin Ware speeding ticket/failure to appear joke that won’t get retweeted by a state or national media member with "KEVIN WARE’S PROSECUTOR SPEAKS" has been quite a challenge. So, with the caveat that I don’t cover District Court on Mondays and thus have no input on his case, and since I’m posting this only on FB where only my friends see it, allow me to pick this low-hanging fruit:

I’m not inclined to give Kevin Ware a break on his speeding ticket. He already got a pretty big break about eight months ago."

He later posted, "Louisville wins by 40, the same margin that Kevin Ware allegedly beat the posted speed limit."

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The comments have since been deleted and the Facebook page has new settings that prevent the general public from viewing.

The Courier-Journal has more on the situation, as well.

DeMarcus Cousins Has a New Webisode Series Titled #REALDMC

Check out Episode 1 of DeMarcus Cousins' new webisode series titled #REALDMC - this episode is about Competitive Edge:


Sean Woods Television Show Returning to CWKYT

Morehead State has announced that the Sean Woods Television Show is returning to Lexington's CWKYT channel on Sunday at 1:00 p.m. ET.

Here are details from MSU:

MOREHEAD, Ky. -- The Sean Woods Television Show returns to Lexington's CWKYT on Sunday at 1 p.m. ET.  It is available throughout the 2013-14 college basketball season on DIRECTV channel 14, DISH Network channel 28 and Time Warner Cable channel 99.

The first edition includes highlights of Morehead State's 102-94 overtime win over Conference USA opponent Marshall and 74-61 victory at Atlantic Sun Conference foe Northern Kentucky.  It also features footage of MSU at Big East Conference member Xavier.

The 30-minute program, which includes highlights, program insight from MSU's head coach, player profiles and special guests, will air each Sunday from Nov. 24 through March 2 at 1 p.m.  The only exception is Dec. 1, when the show starts at Noon.

Morehead State's campus videographer, David Patrick, will continue to produce and host the show.

Woods, who has been associated with six Division I men's basketball programs, is in his second season as the head coach at Morehead State.  It is also his sixth season as a Division I head coach and 11th year of coaching at the collegiate level.

Woods guided the Eagles to a 15-18 overall record and 8-8 Ohio Valley Conference mark in 2012-13, despite inheriting a program with just four scholarship players.  MSU also made its eighth straight OVC Tournament appearance in his first campaign.

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Western Kentucky Cruises Past UNC Wilmington

Western Kentucky 73
UNC Wilmington 58

Final from Bowling Green, Kentucky

Game recap by WKU:

BOWLING GREEN, Ky. -- A stifling defense and three players in double figures powered WKU to its seventh-straight non-conference home win Thursday night, as the Hilltoppers moved to 2-1 on the season with a 73-58 win over UNC Wilmington.

WKU held the Seahawks to 33.3 percent shooting in the first half and just three three-point field goals for the entire game en route to the win, and in the process held its eighth-straight opponent to fewer than 70 points.

George Fant led all scorers with 16 points, including 12-straight for the Hilltoppers at one point in the second half, and T.J. Price added 14 points, seven rebounds and six assists. Caden Dickerson also added 12 points and two clutch three-pointers late in the game. WKU had 13 assists on 25 field goals and committed just eight turnovers in the game.

WKU used a 14-2 run over 5:55 in the first half to take a 21-8 lead and limited the Seahawks to 1-for-12 shooting during the stretch. In the second half, Fant scored 12-straight points for WKU to help the Hilltopper hold onto the lead, and after UNC Wilmington got within six points at 54-48 Dickerson buried two key threes to put the Hilltoppers ahead comfortably.

WKU shot 43.1 percent in the game (25-for-58), and the Seahawks finished at 40.4 percent (23-for-57). WKU outrebounded UNC Wilmington 39-37, and the Seahawks had 13 turnovers.

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Thursday, November 21, 2013

Gerald Fitch Off to a Hot Start in China

Former University of Kentucky star Gerald Fitch is off to an outstanding start with Foshan Long Lions in China's top-level CBA league.

In 4 games, Fitch is averaging 23.5 points, 5.0 rebounds, 3.3 assists and 1.8 steals per game.

In the last 2 games, Fitch has scored 29 points against Sichuan BW and 30 points against Liaoning. He is a combined 9-for-16 from the three-point line in those games.

Fitch has enjoyed a successful professional career. He has played previously for Cibona Zagreb (Croatia), Khimik Yuzhny (Ukraine), the Miami Heat (NBA), the Austin Toros (D-League), Galatasaray Café Crown (Turkey), Pallacanestro Cantu (Italy), Kepez Bid Antalya (Turkey), Baloncesto Fuenlabrada (Spain), Aliaga Petkim (Turkey) and Unicaja Malaga (Spain).

Kentucky, Louisville Place 5 on Naismith Award Watch List

The Atlanta Tipoff Club has released the early-season top 50 watch list for the coveted Naismith Award.

Kentucky is represented by freshmen Julius Randle, Andrew Harrison and James Young on the list.

Louisville's Russ Smith and Montrezl Harrell are also on the list.

The Naismith Award is given to the national player of the year in college basketball.

Complete Release from NaismithAwards.com

Naismith Award 50-Player Watch List for 2013-14

NAME
CLASS
POSITION
SCHOOL
CONFERENCE
Jordan Adams
So.
G
UCLA
Pac-12
Kyle Anderson
So.
G-F
UCLA
Pac-12
Isaiah Austin
So.
C
Baylor
Big 12
Jerrelle Benimon
Sr.
F
Towson
Colonial Athletic
Jahii Carson
So.
G
Arizona State
Pac-12
Semaj Christon
So.
G
Xavier
Big East
Aaron Craft
Sr.
G
Ohio State
Big Ten
Sam Dekker
So.
F
Wisconsin
Big Ten
Spencer Dinwiddie
Jr.
G
Colorado
Pac-12
Cleanthony Early
Sr.
F
Wichita State
Missouri Valley
Perry Ellis
So.
F
Kansas
Big 12
C.J. Fair
Sr.
F
Syracuse
ACC
Yogi Ferrell
So.
G
Indiana
Big Ten
Aaron Gordon
Fr.
F
Arizona
Pac-12
Treveon Graham
Jr.
G
VCU
Atlantic 10
Jerian Grant
Sr.
G
Notre Dame
ACC
Montrezl Harrell
So.
F
Louisville
American Athletic
Gary Harris
So.
G
Michigan State
Big Ten
Joe Harris
Sr.
G
Virginia
ACC
Andrew Harrison
Fr.
G
Kentucky
SEC
Tyler Haws
Jr.
G
BYU
West Coast
Marshall Henderson
Sr.
G
Ole Miss
SEC
Rodney Hood
So.
F
Duke
ACC
Joe Jackson
Sr.
G
Memphis
American Athletic
Cory Jefferson
Sr.
F
Baylor
Big 12
Sean Kilpatrick
Sr.
G
Cincinnati
American Athletic
Alex Kirk
Jr.
C
New Mexico
Mountain West
Doug McDermott
Sr.
F
Creighton
Big East
Mitch McGary
So.
F
Michigan
Big Ten
Jordan McRae
Sr.
G
Tennessee
SEC
James Michael McAdoo
Jr.
F
North Carolina
ACC
Shabazz Napier
Sr.
G
UConn
American Athletic
Johnny O'Bryant III
Jr.
F
LSU
SEC
Kevin Pangos
Jr.
G
Gonzaga
West Coast
Jabari Parker
Fr.
F
Duke
ACC
Adreian Payne
Sr.
C
Michigan State
Big Ten
Julius Randle
Fr.
F
Kentucky
SEC
Juvonte Reddic
Sr.
F
VCU
Atlantic 10
Glenn Robinson III
So.
F
Michigan
Big Ten
LaQuinton Ross
Jr.
F
Ohio State
Big Ten
Wayne Selden, Jr.
Fr.
G
Kansas
Big 12
Marcus Smart
So.
G
Oklahoma State
Big 12
Russ Smith
Sr.
G
Louisville
American Athletic
Jarnell Stokes
Jr.
F
Tennessee
SEC
Rasheed Sulaimon
So.
G
Duke
ACC
Noah Vonleh
Fr.
F
Indiana
Big Ten
Andrew Wiggins
Fr.
G
Kansas
Big 12
Kendall Williams
Sr.
G
New Mexico
Mountain West
Chaz Williams
Sr.
G
UMass
Atlantic 10
James Young
Fr.
G
Kentucky
SEC

Rick Pitino Watched New Signee Matz Stockman Last Night

Louisville head coach Rick Pitino watched new signee Matz Stockman last night in New Rochelle, New York.

Stockman, a 7-foot-2 center/forward, had 4 points and 8 rebounds in a 73-64 loss to Monroe College.

Adam Zagoria spoke to a scout who had this say

AdamZagoria Rick Pitino watched new pledge 7-2 Matz Stockman last night against Monroe College. "He's got a ways to go," Tom Konchalski says of Stockman

Stockman will be in action again this weekend as his CBA team will be playing in the National Prep Showcase in New Haven, Connecticut. CBA will face Massanutten Military Academy (Va.) at 7:00 p.m. Friday and Cushing Academy (Mass.) at 6:30 p.m. Sunday.

Michael Kidd-Gilchrist Promoting Buzz City Beanie Giveaway

The Charlotte Bobcats are going to give away "Buzz City Beanies" prior to their November 29th game against the Milwaukee Bucks.

Who better to promote the giveaway than former Kentucky star Michael Kidd-Gilchrist:



From the Bobcats Facebook page:

GIVEAWAY ALERT: As if anyone needs convincing to come to the Nov. 29th home game to get a FREE #BuzzCity beanie. But if you do, Jeffery Taylor and Michael Kidd-Gilchrist might be able to persuade you in this commercial...

Peyton Siva Meets Glenn and Hershel from The Walking Dead

Former Louisville star Peyton Siva met up with several members of the cast of The Walking Dead recently.

PeypeySiva3 For my walking dead fans @steveyeun pic.twitter.com/ZLVTApXNGv


Next Step for the New York Knicks: Calling John Calipari?

Ken Berger of CBSSports.com thinks the New York Knicks will eventually be calling on Kentucky head coach John Calipari.

The Knicks are struggling and Berger feels the connection between William "World Wide Wes" Wesley and Calipari will eventually lead to the Knicks trying to hire Calipari to take over.

Here is an excerpt:

But the Knicks are all-in with CAA in ways that few of their rivals could even imagine. Days before training camp began, GM Glen Grunwald was pushed aside in favor of Steve Mills, who was brought back for a second tour of duty due to his institutional knowledge of the Garden and connections to the game's power brokers -- especially, William "World Wide Wes" Wesley, whose path to Garden influence was paved with the Anthony trade.

CAA, via Wesley, also represents a certain decorated college coach in Lexington, Ky. Given the path they've chosen, the Knicks can't get any of the NBA-ready players on Kentucky's roster, but they can get the coach -- and are perhaps the only team positioned to pay Calipari what it would take. One league executive surmised that the bidding would start at $8 million a year.

"That's what Wes will be pushing," one of the executives said. "That's what CAA will be pushing."

Executives differ on whether Calipari would want full personnel control in addition to the coaching title. "He wants full control, bottom line," one executive said. I agree with another exec who pointed out that, when it comes to the Knicks, it is understood that CAA has the power and that it would merely be channeled through Calipari. Either way, Calipari would instantly become the most powerful authority figure the Knicks have had since Isiah Thomas finally was run out of town. Somehow, that sounds just about right.

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Rick Pitino Talks More About Kevin Ware and Haters

Here is Louisville head coach Rick Pitino on the radio talking more about the Kevin Ware situation and haters:



* Video by Drew Franklin on YouTube

Butler's Kam Woods Gets Rejected By the Net

Watch as Butler's Kam Woods, a Louisville Eastern grad, throws down a hard dunk but gets rejected by the net:


Wednesday, November 20, 2013

Ballard Tops Kentucky High School Coaches' Poll

The Courier-Journal has released the Kentucky high school basketball Coaches' Top 25 preseason poll.

Ballard tops the poll with 87 first place votes. PRP is second and Scott County is third. Trinity and Holmes round out the top 5.

COACHES' TOP 25 TEAMS

(First-place votes in parentheses)

Team Region 2012-13
1. Ballard (87) Seventh 32-5
2. Pleasure Ridge Park (2) Sixth 25-8
3. Scott County (3) 11th 24-8
4. Trinity Seventh 28-6
5. Holmes (1) Ninth 32-3
6. Knott County Central 14th 30-6
7. Hopkinsville Second 33-5
8. Perry County Central 14th 26-8
9. Lafayette 11th 16-11
10. Warren Central (1) Fourth 28-7
11. Cordia (1) 14th 19-10
12. Newport Central Catholic Ninth 30-3
13. Henry Clay 11th 23-10
14. Doss Sixth 19-11
15. Johnson Central 15th 22-11
16. Montgomery County 10th 33-5
17. Lexington Catholic 11th 22-11
18. John Hardin Fifth 29-4
19. Male Seventh 25-9
20. Collins Eighth 21-7
21. Hazard 14th 23-6
22. Fleming County 16th 28-7
23. Apollo Third 17-12
24. Bowling Green Fourth 18-12
25. Covington Catholic Ninth 27-7

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EKU Explodes in First Half, Then Holds On Against Alabama A&M

Eastern Kentucky 82
Alabama A&M 68

Final from Richmond, Kentucky

Game recap by EKU:

RICHMOND, Ky. – Eastern Kentucky built a 26-point halftime cushion, but had to hold on for an 82-68 victory over Alabama A&M Tuesday night in McBrayer Arena. The Colonels have now won 19 straight home non-conference games.

Eastern (5-1) shot 48.4 percent (15-of-31) from the floor and 50 percent from three-point land (6-of-12) in the first 20 minutes to take a 54-28 lead into intermission. However, Alabama A&M (1-3) rallied to within six points on two occasions late in the contest before the Colonels finally fought off the Bulldogs.

EKU was able to keep Alabama A&M at bay partly due to its free throw shooting. The Colonels netted 36-of-39 (92.3 percent) from the charity stripe, including 18-of-19 (94.7 percent) in the second half.

Senior Glenn Cosey led four EKU players in double figures with a game-high 23 points, which also marked his third straight game scoring at last 20 points. Junior Corey Walden added 16 points and senior Tarius Johnson chipped in with 14 tallies. Meanwhile, junior Eric Stutz recorded his first double-double of the season with 11 points and 11 boards.

Jeremy Crutcher and Brandon Ellis each reached 14 points for Alabama A&M as the duo combined to go 5-of-8 (62.5 percent) from behind the arc.

After Alabama A&M opened the scoring with an Ellis three-pointer, the Colonels responded with 11 straight points and never trailed the rest of the way. Another 11-0 run later in the first half, highlighted by a Stutz dunk, extended Eastern's cushion to 31-13. Senior Jeff Johnson converted two free throws right before intermission to push the advantage to 26 points.

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Where Was Kentucky's Big Blue Nation Last Night?

Last night's 105-76 win over Texas-Arlington marked a new low for John Calipari during his time at the University of Kentucky.

The result was a good one on the court but the numbers in the stands were problematic. The crowd of 20,305 fans was the smallest during Calipari's tenure at Kentucky.

According to John Clay of the Herald-Leader, it was the smallest UK crowd at Rupp Arena since November 24, 2008 (20,105 vs. Longwood).

At this point, it seems almost impossible that Kentucky will have the highest average attendance in the nation for 2013-14.

The Wildcats have claimed the NCAA's attendance crown in 17 of the last 18 college basketball seasons.

With disappointing numbers early and a favorable Syracuse home schedule, it seems almost certain that the Orange will upend Kentucky this season.

According to Syracuse.com, the Orange sold close to 21,000 season-ticket packages for 2013-14. The increase in numbers is largely due to Syracuse's move to the ACC and home games against Duke, North Carolina, Indiana and Villanova.

My thoughts: Why has Kentucky's numbers declined this season? The Wildcats have a top five team and should be in line to make a run at the national championship.  Is it price? Are numbers down all over the nation? Share your thoughts in the comments section...

Rajon Rondo Sees Something Crazy on the Boston Celtics Stat Sheet

Check out Rajon Rondo's priceless reaction as he looks over the Boston Celtics stat sheet during last night's loss to the Houston Rockets:



Union College's Deante Johnson Named AAC Player of the Week

Union College forward Deante Johnson was named Appalachian Athletic Conference Player of the Week on Monday.

Here's a release from the league:

ASHEVILLE, N.C. - Union College forward Deante Johnson has been named the Appalachian Athletic Conference's Player of the Week for the period ending Nov. 17, the league announced Monday.

Johnson, a junior, earned the first Player of the Week honor in the AAC for the 2013-14 season after leading Union to an unbeaten 3-0 week last week. In all, the Bulldogs (5-1) are currently riding a four-game winning streak.

Johnson scored in double-figures in all three games on the week, averaging 18.7 points a game, while pulling down six rebounds per contest. Johnson led Union in the scoring department in two of the three games on the week, first scoring 19 points in an 80-72 victory at Milligan (Tenn.) on Tuesday, then pouring in 23 points in a convincing 105-72 win at Kentucky Christian on Thursday.

Johnson ended the week with a 14-point effort in the Bulldogs' 116-100 win over Miami-Hamilton on Friday. Johnson also finished the week shooting 81.3 percent from the floor (26-of-32), and went 4-of-5 from the free throw line, as well.

For his career, Johnson, who was inserted into the Bulldog line-up in the second half of the 2012-13 season, has now scored in double-figures in 11 of the 16 games in which he has logged playing time. For the 2013-14 season, Johnson is averaging 14 points a game and 5.3 rebounds per contest.

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Photo:  Union College

Louisville Signs Norwegian Center Matz Stockman for 2014-15

The University of Louisville has signed 7-foor-2 center Matz Stockman from Oslo, Norway for 2014-15.

Here is a release from UL:

LOUISVILLE, Ky. - Matz Stockman, a 7-2, 238-pound forward/center from Oslo, Norway, has signed a national letter-of-intent to continue his basketball playing career at the University of Louisville.

Stockman is currently enrolled at the Canarias Basketball Academy in Gran Canaraia in Spain's Canary Islands. He averaged 7.7 points, 5.3 rebounds and 2.5 blocked shots over nine games while playing for Norway in the 2013 U18 European Championships. He scored 18 points against Holland in 21 minutes for his top scoring effort in that event and blocked eight shots against Romania.

"With who we are losing after this year, we wanted this to be a special recruiting class," said UofL Coach Rick Pitino. "The addition of Matz makes it one of the strongest classes we have ever had at Louisville. We're really excited to have him in our program. He has great size and wingspan, shoots it well and has great spring in his legs. This is a class that fits our needs for our future."

Several Canarias Basketball Academy products have moved on to universities and professional leagues, including such players as Loyola Marymount's Ashley Hamilton and LSU's Shane Hammink and the Portland Trail Blazers' Joel Freeland.

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Kevin Ware Speaks: "I thought the court day was today"

Here is more on the Kevin Ware situation at Louisville, including Ware's postgame comments after last night's win over Hartford (video by Usa04 on YouTube)



Here is a transcript of Ware's postgame comments via the Courier-Journal:

What’s your relationship with Matt Case?
He’s just a good friend of mine. Nothing more than that. He’s known by all the guys. He’s usually around us. It’s nothing that everybody’s making it out to be, especially the Kentucky guy. There’s not more to the story than what everybody’s blowing it up to be. So all the commotion and confusion, there’s nothing really to it.

Is it a car that you borrow often?
No, that’s only my second time using it. I used to go get something to eat one time. I was just going to the Western Kentucky homecoming. That’s all it really was. He wasn’t doing anything so he let me use his car.

What did Coach Pitino say yesterday when all this stuff started happening?
He was upset that I was going to a lot of the guys, not the exact person I needed to at the time. That was really it. He talked like my mother would if I was doing 90 in a 55. He talked to me like a father would, how he always does. He was real blunt and real honest. I learned my lesson. I made a mistake. That’s all there really is.

What did the university, if anything, look into? They said they cleared it through compliance. Did you have to talk with them?
Compliance called me in. ‘Is he a booster?’ Those kind of questions. The NCAA got the paperwork and everything, so he said if anything came up, the NCAA felt that I wouldn’t be able to play. They said they would allow me to play. Everything went fine. It was just me taking my friend’s car. That’s all it was.

Did you ever think he was more than just a Louisville student?
No. That’s all he is to me. He’s a friend and Louisville student. He’s been my friend for two years now and our relationship won’t stop because of this one incident. That was my fault more than his fault. He just let me use his car. I was the idiot to do 90 in a 55.

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John Calipari Hopes to Send 20,000 Pairs of Shoes to the Philippines

University of Kentucky head coach John Calipari hopes to send 20,000 pairs of shoes to victims of the typhoon in the Philippines

UKCoachCalipari Follow If you'd like to help us & Samartian's Feet get the people in the Philippines get back on their feet, send an e-mail to staff@coachcal.com

UKCoachCalipari We would like to be able to send 20,000 pairs of shoes to the Philippines and possibly more with your help.

Ivan Aska Named Player of the Week in Greece's A1 League

Former Murray State star Ivan Aska was named Eurobasket.com Greece A1 Player of the Week this week.

Aska had a game-high 27 points and 6 rebounds in Ikaros' 89-73 win over KAOD.

Here is more from Eurobasket.com:

U.S. Virgin Islands-Puerto Rican Ivan Aska (200-F-90) had an amazing evening in the last round for Ikaros and that's him to receive a Eurobasket.com Player of the Week award for round 6.

The 23-year old forward had the game-high 27 points adding six rebounds for Ikaros in his team's victory, helping them to crush KAOD (#9, 3-3) with 16-point margin 89-73. The game was not the highest importance and did not have significant influence on the top of the standings. Ikaros is placed at 10th position in Greek A1. Ikaros is rather a weak team placed in lower part in the standings. They need more victories to improve their 2-4 record. Aska turned to be Ikaros' top player in his first season with the team. Murray State University graduate has very impressive stats this year. Aska is in league's top in points (3rd best: 16.0ppg), rebounds (7th best: 6.8rpg) and averages solid 64.1% FGP.

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UK's James Young, Willie Cauley-Stein and Andrew Harrison Talk About Win Over Texas-Arlington

Kentucky's James Young, Willie Cauley-Stein and Andrew Harrison talk about last night's win over Texas-Arlington:



* Video by Kentucky Wildcats TV

Bellarmine University Moves Up to No. 3 in the NABC/Division II Coaches Poll

Bellarmine University (1-0) is up to No. 3 in the nation in this week's NABC/Division II Coaches Poll.

NABC/Division II Coaches Poll

Team Record Points
1. Metropolitan State (Colo.) 2-0 398 (14 first place votes)
2. West Liberty (W.Va.) 2-0 383 (2 first place votes)
3. Bellarmine (Ky.) 1-0 371
4. Drury (Mo.) 2-0 335
5. Florida Southern 3-0 314
6. Midwestern State (Texas) 4-0 288
7. Western Washington 1-0 280
8. Findlay (Ohio) 2-0 265
9. Seattle Pacific (Wash.) 4-1 256
10. Northeastern State (Okla.) 3-0 254
11. Indiana (Pa.) 2-0 240 12. Minnesota State 4-1 187 13. Lincoln Memorial (Tenn.) 2-0 177 14. North Alabama 3-0 175 15. Dixie State (Utah) 3-0 174 16. Carson-Newman (Tenn.) 2-0 150 17. Southern Indiana 0-0 128 18. South Carolina Aiken 4-1 114 19. Livingstone (N.C.) 3-0 111 20. Fort Lewis (Colo.) 2-0 84 21. Alaska-Anchorage 5-1 75 22. Montevallo (Ala.) 2-0 61 23. Franklin Pierce (N.H.) 5-0 52 24. Tarleton State (Texas) 3-0 51 25. Fort Hays State (Kan.) 3-0 45

Others receiving votes: East Stroudsburg (Pa.) 31, Colorado School of Mines 27, Benedict (S.C.) 25, Florida Tech 24, Anderson (S.C.) 19, Harding (Ark.) 13, Cal State-San Bernardino 12, Winona State (Minn.) 11, Fairmont State (W.Va.) 10, Lake Erie (Ohio) 8, Cal Poly Pomona 6, Georgia Southwestern 6, Christian Brothers (Tenn.) 5, St. Cloud State (Minn.) 4, Bentley (Mass.) 3, Cal State-Stanislaus 3, Central Missouri 3, Winston-Salem State (N.C.) 3, Washburn (Kan.) 2, Alabama-Huntsville 1, Dominican (Calif.) 1, Texas A&M-Commerce 1, Wheeling Jesuit 1.

John Calipari Talks About Win Over Texas-Arlington

Here is Kentucky head coach John Calipari after last night's win over Texas-Arlington:



* Video by Kentucky Wildcats TV

Tuesday, November 19, 2013

Kentucky Uses Big Second Half to Bury UT-Arlington, James Young Scores 26

(4) Kentucky 105
UT-Arlington 76

Final from Lexington, Kentucky

Kentucky used a big second half to bury Texas-Arlington 105-76 in the Keightley Classic tonight at Rupp Arena.

James Young led the Wildcats (4-1) with 26 points and 3 assists. Julius Randle added 22 points, 10 rebounds and 4 assists. Andrew Harrison finished with 15 points and 6 assists.

Marcus Lee earned his second consecutive start for Kentucky and finished with 10 points and 3 blocked shots. Willie Cauley-Stein came off the bench to add 14 points and 10 boards.

Texas-Arlington (2-3) got 24 points and 10 rebounds from Brandon Edwards. Reger Dowell chipped in 20 points.

Kentucky was 35-for-69 (50.7%) from the field and out-rebounded Arlington 46-34.

The Wildcats return to action on Monday when they host Cleveland State at 7:00 p.m. ET.

Highlights from the game (via Kentucky Wildcats TV):



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Rick Pitino Comments on Kevin Ware Situation, Tells Media to Do Their Homework

University of Louisville head coach Rick Pitino was asked to comment on Kevin Ware following tonight's win over Hartford.

A seemingly frustrated Pitino questioned, "I'm not going to play a player because he got a speeding ticket?"

Later, Pitino told the media, "you guys need to do your homework better."

Pitino then added that he's knows why it's a compliance issue. "It's not Louisville people saying things."



* Video by Howie Lindsey on YouTube

Michigan State Extends an Offer to Montaque Gill-Caesar, UK Watched Saturday

Michigan State has extended a scholarship offer to Huntington Prep small forward Montaque Gill-Caesar.

jerrymeyer247 Michigan State offers 2015 Montaque Gill-Caesar. I expect him to reclassify to 2014. http://bit.ly/1ferImc

Gill-Caesar, who stands 6-foot-6, displayed his talents in Kentucky over the weekend.

Saturday night, Huntington Prep ran past St. Louis Christian (Mo.) 64-43 during the Kentucky Elite Shootout at Perry Central High School.

Thomas Bryant led the Express with 16 points. JaQuan Lyle finished with 15 points. Gill-Caesar chipped in 13 points with University of Kentucky assistant Orlando Antigua looking on.

On Sunday, Huntington Prep (5-0) overwhelmed Ezell-Harding (Tenn.) 133-56 at Frankfort High School.

Lyle led the way with 19 points. Gill-Caesar finished with 15 points despite playing less than half the game.

An assistant from Michigan State was on hand to watch Gill-Caesar and it didn't take the Spartans long to extend an offer.

St. Catharine Uses Big Run to Put Wilberforce Away

St. Catharine 90
Wilberforce 70

Final from Wilberforce, Ohio

Game recap by SCC:

In their last preparation for conference play, the St. Catharine men’s basketball team (3-1) took to the road to battle Wilberforce University (0-7).
The St. Catharine Patriots entered Monday night’s contest with the knowledge that Pikeville was looming just around the corner in their conference opener. However, it did not serve as a distraction, as the Patriots defeated Wilberforce in dominating fashion 90-70. After leading by only one at the half (32-31), the Patriots exploded in the second half for 58 points. “We played well the 2nd half” says Head Coach JT Burton. “We went on a 24-2 run to start the 2nd half and several of our guys, especially Romeo Lewis (Detroit, Mich.), stepped up.” Lewis finished the contest with 12 points and nailing of six of seven from the charity strip. With Omar Skinner (New Castle, Del.) doing most of the scoring (16 points), William Tolefree nailed down a double-double, scoring 13 and grabbing 10 rebounds. The Patriots forced 32 Wilberforce turnovers, 15 of which were caused by a Patriot steal, while limiting themselves to only 10 in the second half.
The Patriots will return home Thursday at 8 PM, when they open conference play against the University of Pikeville.

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