Saturday, November 30, 2013

UK Recruit Montaque Gill-Caesar Drops Career-High 56 Points

Kentucky recruit Montaque Gill-Caesar dropped a career-high 56 points for Huntington Prep tonight.

TheRecruitScoop 2015 Huntington Prep (WV) SG Montaque Gill-Caesar scored a career-high 56 points tonight.

According to head coach Rob Fulford, Gill-Caesar was 11-for-20 from the three-point line.

Darius Miller is Back for New Orleans

The New Orleans Pelicans have announced that former Kentucky star Darius Miller has been added back to the active roster.

Miller has missed the first 14 games of the season after suffering a stress fracture in his foot during the offseason.

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"I'm extremely excited, extremely excited," Miller said. "It feels really good. It's been a long time, so I'm just happy."

To make room on the active list for the game, the Pelicans deactivated rookie center Jeff Withey.

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Calipari and Pitino Both Have Starting Lineup Problems in the Same Week

Apparently, Kentucky head coach John Calipari and Louisville head man Rick Pitino both had the same problem with their starting lineups during the last week.

First, Calipari pointed the finger at assistant coach John Robic after Kentucky's win over Eastern Michigan on Wednesday. Calipari was asked about his starting lineup and the decision to start Marcus Lee over Willie Cauley-Stein.

"He (Cauley-Stein) was gonna start today, John Robic screwed it up," Calipari said. "So when I sat down and Marcus Lee was there, I said 'what are you doing here?'"

Take a listen (skip to 9:30 mark):

Last night after Louisville defeated Southern Miss, Pitino stated that he had the exact same problem. Pitino said Luke Hancock was supposed to start in the game but the assistant coach made a mistake and started Terry Rozier.

"Actually, Luke was supposed to start tonight and the assistant coaches made a mistake," Pitino explained. "And the mistake was they tried to ask me in my underwear while I'm trying to rush to get out. Not to gross you out at all."

Here are Pitino's comments (skip to 2:50 mark):

Morehead State Runs Out of Gas in Vegas, Loses in Overtime

Gardner-Webb 86
Morehead State 82 F/OT

Final from Las Vegas, Nevada

Game recap by MSU:

LAS VEGAS -- The Gardner-Webb men's basketball team erased a 17-point deficit in the second half to score an 86-82 overtime victory over Morehead State on Friday afternoon at Orleans Arena.

The Big South Conference Runnin' Bulldogs improve to 4-4 overall, while the Ohio Valley Conference Eagles slip to 6-3 on the season. At 6-2, MSU was off to its best start since the 1983-84 campaign.

The tilt was part of the Continental Tire Las Vegas Invitational, which also included UCLA, Missouri, Northwestern, Nevada, IUPUI and Chattanooga. MSU finishes its 10-day West Coast swing 2-2.

Gardner-Webb knocked down 59 percent (16-of-27) from the floor and 88 percent (29-of-33) from the free-throw line after intermission. GWU scored 49 points in the second half and 16 in extra time.

"I'm not one to make excuses, but this has been a very long road trip and we just ran out of gas," Head Coach Sean Woods said. "We had a big lead early in the second half and just couldn't finish the game. Our problems down the stretch were both mental and physical."

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Former UK Star DeMarcus Cousins Hates Duke Too

It looks like former Kentucky star DeMarcus Cousins has the same feelings about Duke as the rest of Big Blue Nation - watch as he disses former Blue Devil J.J. Redick:

Friday, November 29, 2013

Dave Odom Thinks That Kentucky Will Eventually Return to Maui

John Calipari stated in 2010 that he doesn't want his program playing in preseason tournaments such as the Maui Invitational.

Maui Invitational Tournament chairman Dave Odom thinks Kentucky will eventually return to the event.

Here are his comments from

"Kentucky has made a conscience decision not to go to any preseason tournaments," Maui Invitational Tournament Chairman Dave Odom said. "They are reconsidering what they want to do and while I don't agree with their reasoning on that, they have got a right to make decisions based on what is best for the program. I think eventually they'll come back."

Kentucky coach John Calipari was not in favor of playing in the 2010 tournament - a commitment made before he was hired - and told WKYT television station in May, "It's not just Maui, it's any tournament that we have to be off campus for three games. We are not doing it. At this point, where we are as a program, we've got better ways of using our financial wherewithal."

Odom said Calipari "wants to control his schedule, play his tough games at home. . . . There's more money to be made (there)."

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Louisville Clears Chane Behanan of Any Wrongdoing in Final Four Ring Mystery

The University of Louisville has cleared junior Chane Behanan of any wrongdoing in the case of his 2012 Final Four ring that found its way to an official online auction house.

Behanan will play against Southern Miss in tonight's game.

Louisville announced in a press release:

"University of Louisville and law enforcement officials have gathered extensive information into their examination of how Chane Behanan's 2012 Final Four ring recently appeared on a sports memorabilia auction site and have determined that Behanan was not involved in the process. After communicating with multiple parties, there was no indication that Behanan had anything to do with the ring being presented for sale or that he had any knowledge the ring had been stolen until information appeared on social media Tuesday night."


Providence Head Coach Ed Cooley: "I don't give a damn about Kentucky"

Providence head coach Ed Cooley was asked about Kentucky after his Friars beat Fairfield. His answer was pretty interesting.

"We’re going to go down there and were going to be confident, passionate and we’re going to play with a lot of pride," Cooley said. "I don’t give a damn about Kentucky."

Here are his comments in full:

“Everybody is asking me about Kentucky. It’s a game. Congratulations, they’re good. They have all these great players. You know what? We have some great players, too. I do not want anybody to look at my team as if we are some step-child hoping to get lucky,” Cooley said. “We’re going to go down there and were going to be confident, passionate and we’re going to play with a lot of pride. I don’t give a damn about Kentucky.”


Hot Shooting Morehead State Off to Best Start Since 1983-84

Morehead State 88
Chattanooga 75

Final from Las Vegas, Nevada

Game recap by MSU:

LAS VEGAS -- The Morehead State men's basketball team posted its highest field-goal percentage in 11 years en route to an 88-75 victory over Chattanooga on Thursday afternoon at Orleans Arena.

The Eagles drilled 72 percent from the floor (34-of-47), including 83 percent (19-of-23) after halftime.  MSU's game percentage was its best since canning a school-record 74 percent on Nov. 30, 2002.

Morehead State, which plays in the Ohio Valley Conference, improves to 6-2 overall.  Chattanooga, which competes in the Southern Conference slips to 2-5 on the year.  The Thanksgiving Day meeting was the first ever between Morehead State and Chattanooga.

The contest was part of the Continental Tire Las Vegas Invitational, which also includes UCLA, Missouri, Northwestern, Nevada, IUPUI and Gardner-Webb.  The Eagles will face Gardner-Webb in the finale of their 10-day West Coast swing on Friday at 6 p.m. ET.

"I thought our young men showed good energy throughout the game," Head Coach Sean Woods said.  "Our goal was to attack the rim, and we did.  We moved the ball pretty well, and we made lay-ups.  It's hard to lose when you shoot the percentage we did today."

Junior Angelo Warner led the Eagles with 22 points, while junior Billy Reader chipped in with 21, junior Kareem Storey tallied 16 and senior Chad Posthumus recorded 11.  The scoring performances for Reader and Storey were their best in eight games at Morehead State.

Warner canned 10-of-12 from the field, while Reader knocked down 9-of-11 and Storey swished 6-of-7.  The Eagles also drilled 72 percent from the free-throw line (18-of-25).

"Angelo does so many things well for us, and he showed great leadership today," Woods said.  "Billy also came up big in this game.  Our team will continue to have success if Billy and Drew (Kelly) give us something.  Both were pretty efficient with their minutes today."

Morehead State registered a 29-22 rebounding advantage.  The Eagles have yet to be outrebounded in eight contests this season.  MSU also managed the upper hand in paint points (58-24), fast-break points (12-4), bench points (25-18), steals (9-6) and blocked shots (2-0).

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UK Head Coach John Calipari Talks to the Media About Providence and More

Kentucky head coach John Calipari talks to the media before the team departs for Brooklyn to take on Providence:

Thursday, November 28, 2013

Losing Teams in the Keightley Classic Still Won Big Financially

Robert Morris, Cleveland State and Texas-Arlington each lost to Kentucky in the Keightley Classic but all three schools still won financially.

According to UK executive associate athletics director DeWayne Peevy, the three teams collected:

- Cleveland State: $140,000

- Robert Morris: $140,000

- Texas-Arlington: $110,000

In other words, the Keightley Classic is a win-win for all teams involved.

Read more here:

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"Every team will schedule the maximum number of games they're allowed to play," Peevy explained. "You're trying to win games, and to prepare yourself for the postseason."

The typical guarantee is about $90,000, Peevy said, but each one is negotiated separately based on travel and other costs.

In this case, Robert Morris and Cleveland State each received $140,000 and Texas-Arlington got $110,000.

He said Kentucky will probably continue to host the multi-team events.

"It costs us more to travel to a team than it would to pay the guarantee, so we don't save money by going there, and you could lose," he said. "Luckily for us, a lot more people want to play us."

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Newport Central Catholic Head Coach Ron Dawn Talks About the Upcoming Season

Newport Central Catholic head coach Ron Dawn talks about the upcoming season and more:

* Video by NKYSports on YouTube

Episode 2 of Demarcus Cousins' #REALDMC Series

Check out Episode 2 of DeMarcus Cousins' #REALDMC series - Loyalty is Love:

Rick and Richard Pitino Working on Military Base Game to Open Next Season

Rick and Richard Pitino are trying to put together a father (Louisville) vs. son (Minnesota) battle on a military base to open the 2014-15 season.

Pitino confirmed on a radio show this week that Minnesota and Louisville are trying to work out the details to play on a military base, possibly in Puerto Rico in front of a national television audience.

Of course, the two have been having some friendly banter:

“I said, ‘Richard, I’m thinking about it, I’m not sure it’s too good for you being at Minnesota to lose to Louisville at this stage of your career,’” Rick Pitino said.

“He said, ‘Being the fact that you’re going to lose possibly Chane (Behanan), Montrezl (Harrell), Luke (Hancock) and Russ (Smith), it’s probably not too good for a Hall of Fame coach to lose to his son.

“I said, ‘I can’t wait.’ I always use this line: ‘I never spanked you as a child. I can’t wait to spank you now.’ His thing is, ‘Bring it on Dad because you don’t have the team I’m going to have.’ “

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Happy Thanksgiving! Get Ready for Holiday Hoops Around Kentucky

Happy Thanksgiving from!

As you get ready to have Thanksgiving dinner with family and friends, check out the weekend schedule of college basketball games around Kentucky:

Thursday, November 28
5:00 p.m. Morehead State University vs. Chattanooga (at Las Vegas, Nev.)

Friday, November 29

6:00 p.m. Wilberforce at Kentucky Wesleyan College
6:15 p.m. Bellarmine University vs. Indiana University Southeast (at Evansville, Ind.)
7:00 p.m. Southern Miss at University of Louisville
7:30 p.m. Northern Kentucky University vs. Southeast Missouri State (at Puerto Vallarta, Mexico)
7:00 p.m. Robert Morris College vs. St. Catharine College (at Lindsey Wilson College)
8:00 p.m. Campbellsville University at Samford Univeristy (Exhibition for CU)
9:00 p.m. Life University at Lindsey Wilson College
TBA Morehead State University vs. Gardner-Webb or IUPUI (at Las Vegas, Nev.)

Saturday, November 30

12:00 p.m. Cincinnati-Clermont at Georgetown College
3:00 p.m. LIfe University vs. St. Catharine College (at Lindsey Wilson College)
4:00 p.m. University of the Cumberlands at Hiwassee College
4:30 p.m. Berea College at Indiana University Kokomo
5:00 p.m. Robert Morris College at Lindsey Wilson College
6:15 p.m. Bellarmine University vs. King University (at Evansville, Ind.)
7:30 p.m. Northern Kentucky University vs. Texas State (at Puerto Vallarta, Mexico)
8:00 p.m. Eastern Kentucky University at North Carolina State
9:00 p.m. Eastern Illinois at Western Kentucky University
10:00 p.m. Murray State University at Saint Mary's
TBA Young Harris or Missouri S&T at Kentucky Wesleyan College

Sunday, December 1

2:00 p.m. Kentucky State University at Samford University
8:30 p.m. University of Kentucky vs. Providence (at Brooklyn, N.Y.)

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Wednesday, November 27, 2013

Ashley Judd, Kentucky Fans Sing Happy Birthday to Joe B. Hall

Ashley Judd led the Rupp Arena faithful in singing "Happy Birthday" to former Kentucky head coach Joe B. Hall at today's game against Eastern Michigan:


* Video by Kentucky Wildcats TV on YouTube

Louisville, Arizona Extend Offers to 7-Footer Michal Cekovsky

Louisville recently extended a scholarship offer to 7-foot center Michal Cekovsky of Canarias Basketball Academy.

AdamFinkelstein Michal Cekovsky, 7-footer from @cbacademy was offered by Louisville following Friday's game #NPS

BFlinnFuture150 While Louisville commit Matz Stockman came in as the headliner for Canarias Basketball Academy, it was Michal Cekovsky who stole the show.

Cekovsky also picked up an offer from Arizona in the last week.

Harrison, Cauley-Stein and Randle Talk About Win Over Eastern Michigan

Here are Kentucky's Aaron Harrison, Willie Cauley-Stein and Julius Randle talking about today's victory over Eastern Michigan:

John Calipari Talks About Win Over Eastern Michigan

Kentucky head coach John Calipari talks about today's win over Eastern Michigan:

Kentucky Earns 500th Win at Rupp Arena, Julius Randle Ties Record

(3) Kentucky 81
Eastern Michigan 63

Final from Lexington, Kentucky

No. 3 Kentucky started slow but continuously improved throughout the game as they eventually put away Eastern Michigan 81-63 Wednesday afternoon.

For the Wildcats (6-1), today marked win No. 500 in Rupp Arena.

Aaron Harrison led Kentucky with 22 points and 7 rebounds. Willie Cauley-Stein had an impressive all-around game with 15 points, 8 rebounds and 7 blocks. Dakari Johnson came off the bench to chip in 10 points and 7 boards.

UK freshman Julius Randle overcame a slow first half to finish with 14 points and 10 rebounds. It was the seventh consecutive double-double for Randle, which ties a University of Kentucky record.

Darell Combs led Eastern Michigan (5-1) with 23 points. Daylen Harrison added 9 points and Glenn Bryant finished with 8.

Kentucky out-rebounded Eastern Michigan 52-33.

The Wildcats return to action Sunday night at 8:30 p.m. ET when they will do battle with Providence at the Barclays Center in Brooklyn, New Y

Highlights from today's game:

Box Score (click to enlarge):

Centre College Picks Up Road Win at Transylvania

Centre College 84
Transylvania 75

Final from Lexington, Kentucky

Game recap by CC:

Centre used a second half run to take control and post an 84-75 win over rival Transylvania in men's basketball action Tuesday in Lexington, Ky.

Josh Karsner (Frankfort, Ky.) poured in a career-high 35 points to lead the Colonels while Donovan Whiteside added 18. Alex Jones led Transylvania with 25 points off the bench.

The game was back and forth throughout, with eight ties and five lead changes. Centre took the lead for good when Karsner converted a 3-point play to go up 47-44 with 15:53 remaining. After a Mason Monroe basket for Transylvania, Ryan Murray (Springboro, Ohio) answered with a three and Karsner added another basket to put Centre up by six points.

Karsner scored in spurts throughout the game and contributed 15 of Centre's 20 points over a six minute stretch in the first half. He finished shooting 10-of-13 overall, 5-of-8 from 3-point range and 10-of-12 from the line.

The Pioneers briefly cut the lead to two at 50-48, but Karsner and Whiteside hit back-to-back 3-pointers to start a 10-0 run that would give the Colonels a comfortable margin the rest of the way. Centre would go on to lead by as many as 13 points with Transylvania getting no closer than eight the rest of the way.

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Cleveland State Assistant Suspended One Game for Twitter Rant Following UK Game

Cleveland State assistant coach Jermaine Kimbrough has been suspended one game for his comments following his team's loss at Kentucky.

Kimbrough slammed officials on his Twitter account following the game. The Tweets were quickly deleted but the damage was already done.

Jerry Tipton of the Herald-Leader broke the news about the suspension moments ago:

JerryTipton Cleveland State assistant Jermaine Kimbrough suspended 1 game for critical comments about refs in UK game Monday.

Morehead State Basketball Team Checks Out the Blue Man Group in Las Vegas

Either senior forward Drew Kelly ran into a ghost or the Morehead State men's basketball team checked out the Blue Man Group last night in Las Vegas.

Here are some pictures of the team posted by head coach Sean Woods on Twitter:

SeanWoodsMSU Picture with a Blue Man

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Kentucky's Jon Hood Will Miss Tonight's Game Against Eastern Michigan

UK has announced that senior forward Jon Hood will miss tonight's game against Eastern Michigan due to a head injury suffered in Saturday's practice.

Here's a Tweet from LEX18's Alan Cutler:

cutler18 Jon Hood can't play again today because of his head injury. UK says he is day to day.

John Wall Throws Down 360 Slam on the Lakers, Says "I'm the best point guard in the league"

Former Kentucky star John Wall has been putting up huge numbers for the Washington Wizards lately.

Last night, he dropped 31 points on the Lakers including this incredible 360 slam on a break:

After the game, Wall proclaimed himself the best point guard in the NBA:

HoopsonFOX "I'm the best point guard in the league. That's my statement." - @John_Wall

Top 9 Stay the Same in NABC/Division II Coaches Poll, Bellarmine is No. 3

The top spots remain the same in this week's NABC/Division II Coaches Poll.

Metropolitan State (Colo.) tops the poll with 398 points and 14 first place votes. West Liberty (W.Va.) is No. 2 with 379 points and 1 first place vote.

Bellarmine University (2-0) is still No. 3 with 370 points and a single first place vote.
NABC/Division II Coaches Poll (Nov. 26, 2013 – Poll #2)
                                                                                                 Record                   Points              Pvs
1. Metropolitan State, Colo. (14 first place votes)              2-0                          398                   1
2. West Liberty, W.Va. (1 first place vote)                            4-0                          379                   2
3. Bellarmine, Ky. (1 first place vote)                                    2-0                          370                   3
4. Drury, Mo.                                                                              3-0                          343                   4
5. Florida Southern                                                                  5-0                          318                   5
6. Midwestern State, Texas                                                    4-0                          308                   6
7. Western Washington                                                           3-0                          289                   7
8. Findlay, Ohio                                                                         3-0                          277                   8
9. Seattle Pacific, Wash.                                                         6-1                          261                   9
10.  Indiana, Pa.                                                                        4-0                          257                  11
11. Minnesota State                                                                 5-1                          230                  12
12. Dixie State, Utah                                                                4-0                          229                  15
13. Lincoln Memorial, Tenn.                                                  4-0                          210                  13
14. Southern Indiana                                                               2-0                          185                  17
15. Livingstone, N.C.                                                               4-0                          143                  19
16. Montevallo, Ala.                                                                 4-0                          138                  22
17. Tarleton State, Texas                                                        4-0                          108                  24
18. Fort Lewis, Colo.                                                                2-0                          106                  20
19. Alaska-Anchorage                                                             5-1                          103                  21
20. Fort Hays State, Kan.                                                        5-0                           99                   25
21. Northeastern State, Okla.                                                 4-1                           87                   10
22. North Alabama                                                                   4-1                           72                   14
23. East Stroudsburg, Pa.                                                       6-0                           40                   NR
24. Colorado School of Mines                                               3-0                           33                   NR
25. Arkansas-Fort Smith                                                         5-0                           25                   NR

Dropped out: Carson-Newman (16), South Carolina Aiken (18), Franklin Pierce (23).
Others receiving votes: Carson-Newman (Tenn.) 23, Bentley (Mass.) 22, Florida Tech 19, Washburn (Kan.) 18, Georgia Southwestern 16, Cal State-San Bernardino 13, South Carolina Aiken 12, Central Missouri 10, Fairmont State (W.Va.) 10, North Carolina-Pembroke 10, St. Cloud State (Minn.) 8, Cal State-Stanislaus 6, Texas A&M-Commerce 6, Cal Poly Pomona 5, Angelo State (Texas) 4, Alabama-Huntsville 3, Franklin Pierce (N.H.) 3, Indianapolis (Ind.) 3, San Francisco State (Calif.) 3, Lake Superior State (Mich.) 2, Dominican (Calif.) 1, Lewis (Ill.) 1.

A.J. Slaughter Named Player of the Week in French ProA League

Former Western Kentucky University point guard A.J. Slaughter was named ProA Player of the Week in France's top-level league this week.

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American point guard A.J. Slaughter (191-PG-87) put on an extraordinary performance in the last round for Chalon, receiving a Player of the Week award for round 8.

The 26-year old player was the main contributor (32 points, three rebounds and four assists) to his team's victory, helping them to outclass Gravelines (#14, 2-6) with 28-point margin 102-74. The game rather meaningless between the teams, which do not have any influence on the top of the standings. Chalon is placed at 11th position in French ProA. Chalon is rather a weak team placed in lower part in the standings. They need more victories to improve their 3-5 record. In the team's last game Slaughter had a remarkable 66.7% from 2-point range and got five three-pointers out of 6 attempts. He turned to be Chalon's top player in his first season with the team. Former Western Kentucky University star has very solid stats this year. Slaughter is in league's top in points (4th best: 17.6ppg) and averages impressive 54.0% FGP.


Video: Kentucky Fans Give Cleveland State a Standing Ovation

Kentucky fans in Rupp Arena showed their respect by giving Cleveland State a standing ovation as they exited the court Monday night.

Check out this video from cn2Kentucky on YouTube:

Tuesday, November 26, 2013

UK Signee Tyler Ulis Goes Off on Opening Night

Check out future Kentucky point guard Tyler Ulis going off in Marian Catholic's game earlier this week:

Big Second Half Propels Marshall Past Western Kentucky

Marshall 74
Western Kentucky 64

Final for Huntington, West Virginia

Game recap by WKU:

HUNTINGTON, W.Va. (AP) - WKU's Payton Hulsey flirted with a triple-double, finishing with 16 points, eight rebounds and seven assists, but the Hilltoppers fell to Marshall, 74-64.

T.J. Price and Brandon Harris each had 11 for Western Kentucky.  Chris Thomas scored 27 points and had six steals as Marshall overcame an early first-half deficit. Trailing by 36-22 late in the first half, Thomas hit two free throws to cap off an 8-0 run for the Thundering Herd (4-2) and only trail by six at the break.  A layup and two more free throws by Thomas at the 12:35 mark in the second half gave Marshall the lead for good. The Hilltoppers pulled within four with 2:23 remaining, but Marshall hit nine of its last 10 free throws to maintain the edge.  Thomas shot 7 of 12 from the field and was 12 of 13 from the free throw line. Kareem Canty added 15 points for Marshall.

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Jay Bilas to Cleveland State Assistant: "Here's an idea...stop fouling"

ESPN's Jay Bilas doesn't understand the Twitter rant by Cleveland State assistant coach Jermaine Kimbrough.

"Hurting the game of basketball? Is Cleveland State Joking? Here's an idea...stop fouling," Bilas posted on his own Twitter account. "Those are fouls, always have been. Move your feet."

JayBilas Hurting the game of basketball? Is Cleveland State joking? Here's an idea...stop fouling. Those are fouls, always have been. Move your feet.

UK's Young, Randle and Harrison Talk About Win Over Cleveland State

Kentucky's Julius Randle, Andrew Harrison and James Young talk about last night's win over Cleveland State:

John Calipari to Fans: "Don't get down on these kids"

John Calipari went to social media this morning to deliver a message to Kentucky fans.

Calipari encouraged fans to not get down on the team and reiterated that this is one of the best groups he's ever coached.

Here is Calipari's message from Facebook:

Don't get down on these kids. You can't go up and down with this team half by half because you'll drive yourself nuts. Continue to watch the growth. How hard is it for these kids? Take your worst habits you had for 10 years and tell yourself, "I'm going to change these habits." Then do it. That is what these guys are having to do, and it's really hard. They're having to change habits. I want you think of every time you have the urge to do the bad habit again. It's no different in basketball. We are miles away right now, but we are moving in the right direction. This is one of the best groups of young people I have ever coached. I wish we were farther along than we are, but that's on me. I love these kids.

John Wall Named Eastern Conference Player of the Week

Former University of Kentucky point guard John Wall was named NBA Eastern Conference Player of the Week on Monday.

Wall averaged 24.3 points, 8.5 assists, 4.8 rebounds and 2.8 steals per game last week. He led the Washington Wizards to a 3-1 record.

Here is a release from

WASHINGTON, D.C. – The NBA announced today that Wizards guard John Wall has been named Eastern Conference Player of the Week for games played Monday, November 18, through Sunday, November 24.

Wall averaged 24.3 points, 8.5 assists, 4.8 rebounds and 2.8 steals per game while shooting .500 from the field, .880 from the free-throw line and .500 from three-point range in leading the Wizards to a 3-1 record during the week.

The fourth-year guard tallied 30+ points in consecutive games for the first time in his career after scoring a season-high 37 at Toronto on 11/22 (including 30 in the second half) and then 31 vs. New York in a 98-89 win on 11/23. Wall had two double-doubles on the week and scored 14 points while dishing out a career-high tying 16 assists, with only one turnover, in a 104-100 win vs. Minnesota on 11/19. He is the only player in the NBA this season to have a game with at least 16 assists and only one turnover. The last player to accomplish this feat was Wall in March of 2013. In a 98-91 win at Cleveland on 11/20, Wall poured in 15 points, 10 assists and four steals.

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Monday, November 25, 2013

Assistant Coach Says Cleveland State Got Cheated in Rupp Arena

Cleveland State assistant coach Jermaine Kimbrough made some unfortunate comments on his Twitter account tonight following his team's loss at Rupp Arena.

Those Tweets (update: and account) have since been deleted:

WKU, EKU in Mid-Major Top 25 This Week

Western Kentucky (3-1) is up to No. 12 in this week's Mid-Major Top 25 poll.

Eastern Kentucky (6-1) is in the poll at No. 22 this week.

Morehead State is outside the top 25 but received 9 votes. Mid-Major Top 25

1. Wichita State (27) 5-0 771 1 Missouri Valley
2. Gonzaga (4) 4-0 746 2 West Coast
3. Belmont 6-1 660 5 Ohio Valley
4. Indiana State 3-1 628 6 Missouri Valley
5. Harvard 4-1 624 4 Ivy League
6. BYU 4-1 570 3 West Coast
7. New Mexico State 5-1 566 7 Western Athletic
8. Saint Mary's 5-0 552 8 West Coast
9. Toledo 6-0 515 10 Mid-American
10. Manhattan 3-1 424 11 Metro Atlantic
11. Florida Gulf Coast 4-1 353 13 Atlantic Sun
12. Western Kentucky 3-1 343 18 Sun Belt
13. Princeton 3-1 303 15 Ivy League
14. Akron 1-2 288 12 Mid-American
15. Green Bay 2-1 282 21 Horizon
16. Denver 0-2 254 16 Summit
17. Youngstown State 6-1 212 25 Horizona
18. UC Santa Barbara 2-2 191 17 Big West
19. Drexel 3-1 157 NR Colonial
20. Weber State 0-2 121 19 Big Sky
21. Kent State 6-1 114 NR Mid-American
22. Eastern Kentucky 6-1 107 NR Ohio Valley
23. Towson 3-2 101 22 Colonial
24. North Carolina Central 4-1 92 NR MEAC
25. Eastern Michigan 5-0 87 NR Mid-American

OTHERS RECEIVING VOTES: Ohio 86, North Dakota State 78, Northern Iowa 72, San Diego 62, Montana 59, Bucknell 57, Evansville 56, Elon 51, Loyola MD 45, Pacific 47, Mercer 42, Stony Brook 40, Missouri State 39, Davidson 30, Northwestern State 30, Northern Colorado 22, Arkansas State 20, Georgia State 19, Portland State 14, Boston University 13, Iona 13, Milwaukee 13, Robert Morris 13, St Francis Brooklyn 13, Western Michigan 13, Loyola Marymount 12, Morehead State 9, Oral Roberts 9, Sam Houston 7, North Dakota 6, Radford 6, Columbia 5, Northeastern 5, Louisiana Monroe 4, Portland 4, Brown 3, UC Irvine 3, UL Lafayette 2, Eastern Washington 1, NJIT 1.

Kentucky Survives Cleveland State with Late Run

(3) Kentucky 68
Cleveland State 61

Final from Lexington, Kentucky

No. 3 Kentucky trailed for a large portion of the game but made a late run to get a 68-61 victory over Cleveland State tonight in Rupp Arena.

Cleveland State took advantage of Kentucky's cold shooting and built a second-half lead that reached double figures on several occasions.

Kentucky (5-1) finally made a late run to get the win.

Julius Randle led the Wildcats with 15 points and 15 rebounds. It was Randle's sixth consecutive double-double.

Andrew Harrison finished with 12 points and 5 assists. Aaron Harrison and Willie Cauley-Stein each added 11 points.

Bryn Forbes led Cleveland State (3-3) with 22 points and 5 rebounds. Trey Lewis chipped in 15 points. Sebastian Douglas contributed 13 points and 6 boards.

Kentucky failed to make a three-pointer in the first half and finished 3-for-14 (21.4%). The Wildcats were just 19-for-53 (35.8%) from the field.

The Wildcats have a day off before returning to action Wednesday afternoon at 4:00 p.m. ET against Eastern Michigan.

Game highlights:

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Watch John Calipari's Cleveland State Postgame Press Conference Live

Watch John Calipari's postgame press conference following UK's win over Cleveland State:

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Morehead State's Chad Posthumus Named OVC Co-Player of the Week

Morehead State senior Chad Posthumus was named Co-Player of the Week in the Ohio Valley Conference on Monday.

Posthumus, who is currently third in the nation in rebounding average, put in 12.3 points and 16.7 rebounds per game last week.

Here is a release from the OVC:

adidas® OVC Players of the Week
Craig Bradshaw, G • So., 6-3, 210 • Ridgetop, Tenn. • Belmont
Bradshaw recorded new career-highs in scoring in each of his three games last week, helping lead Belmont to a perfect 3-0 record and championship of the Springfield Bracket of the Hall of Fame Tipoff. For the week he averaged 20.3 points, 3.7 assists, 3.3 rebounds and 1.3 steals/game while hitting 57.5 percent (23-of-40) from the field, 50 percent (8-of-16) from 3-point range and 77.8 percent (7-of-9) from the free throw line. Bradshaw had 16 points, five rebounds, three steals and two assists without a turnover in 22 minutes against rival Lipscomb. He followed that with 21 points, four assists, two rebounds and a steal in a win over Holy Cross and capped the week with 24 points, five assists and three rebounds in a win over Hofstra. The sophomore knocked down at least two 3-pointers in each contest and currently ranks fifth in the OVC in 3-point percentage (43.3%).

Chad Posthumus, C • Sr., 6-11, 265 • Winnipeg, Manitoba • Morehead State
Posthumus, who ranks third nationally in rebounding (13.3 points/game), had a monster week as Morehead State won a pair of road games and lost a close contest at nationally-ranked UCLA. The senior averaged 12.3 points and 16.7 rebounds/game while hitting 48.1 percent (13-of-27) from the field. He opened the week with a six-point, 16-rebound performance in a road victory over Northern Kentucky. Facing the No. 22-ranked UCLA Bruins, Posthumus had a career-high 21 points and 18 rebounds in 40 minutes of action. He capped the week with 10 points and 16 rebounds in a road victory over Nevada. The center now has four double-doubles on the season which ranks first in the OVC and eighth nationally. On the week he pulled down 20 offensive rebounds and on the season has helped the Eagles to five November victories, a new program record for the month.
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NKU's Jalen Billups Named Atlantic Sun Player of the Week

Northern Kentucky University's Jalen Billups was named Atlantic Sun Conference Player of the Week on Monday.

Billups led the Norse to their first win of the season with 25 points, 7 rebounds and 3 blocks at Tulane.

Here is a release from the Atlantic Sun:

MACON, Ga. - Northern Kentucky's Jalen Billups and Jacksonville's Marcel White garnered the Atlantic Sun Men's Basketball weekly awards following their performances over the past seven days, announced Monday by the league office.

Billups was a force in the paint for NKU as the sophomore center shot 81.2 percent from the field, which included a 10-for-11 outing on the road vs. Tulane as he registered 25 points with 13 coming in the overtime session. The sophomore added seven rebounds and three blocks in the Norse's first victory of the season.

JU's Marcel White posted back-to-back double-digit scoring efforts against Wake Forest and in the Dolphins' win vs. Florida A&M to average 15 points for the week. White was efficient from behind the arc as the freshman hit 5-of-9 attempts and added seven rebounds in the two contests.

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Kentucky Climbs to No. 3/4 This Week, Louisville Drops to No. 9 in Both Polls

Kentucky (4-1) has moved up to No. 3 in the AP Top 25 and No. 4 in the USA Today Coaches Poll this week.

Louisville (5-1) has dropped to No. 9 in both polls following Sunday's loss to North Carolina.

AP Top 25

1 Michigan State (56) 6-0 1,616
2 Kansas (8) 4-0 1,559
3 Kentucky 4-1 1,445
4 Arizona 5-0 1,425
5 Oklahoma State (1) 4-0 1,347
6 Duke 5-1 1,285
7 Ohio State 4-0 1,206
8 Syracuse 4-0 1,161
9 Louisville 5-1 1,103
10 Wisconsin 6-0 960
11 Gonzaga 4-0 830 12 Wichita State 5-0 809 13 Connecticut 6-0 798 14 Oregon 4-0 731 15 Florida 4-1 729 16 North Carolina 4-1 712 17 Iowa State 4-0 521 18 Baylor 4-0 437 19 UCLA 5-0 416 20 Creighton 4-0 373 21 Memphis 2-1 354 22 Michigan 4-2 238 23 Iowa 5-0 197 24 Massachusetts 6-0 188 25 Marquette 3-1 126

Others receiving votes: New Mexico 82, Virginia Commonwealth 71, Florida State 63, Virginia 61, Indiana 47, Boise State 35, Charlotte 35, Belmont 31, Arizona State 23, Harvard 22, Colorado 19, Villanova 16, Xavier 11, Pittsburgh 10, Missouri 8, Tennessee 7, Cincinnati 7, Minnesota 6, Illinois 2, Texas A&M 1, George Washington 1, Georgetown 1

USA Today Coaches Poll

1 Michigan State (30) 6-0 798
2 Kansas (2) 4-0 762
3 Arizona 5-0 722
4 Kentucky 4-1 672
5 Duke 5-1 639
6 Ohio State 4-0 617
7 Syracuse 4-0 611
8 Oklahoma State 4-0 593
9 Louisville 5-1 591
10 Gonzaga 4-0 454
11 Wisconsin 6-0 440 12 Wichita State 5-0 405 13 Florida 4-1 395 14 Connecticut 6-0 337 15 Oregon 4-0 327 16 North Carolina 4-1 325 17 Baylor 4-0 213 18 Creighton 4-0 199 19 Memphis 2-1 194 20 Michigan 4-2 185 21 UCLA 5-0 156 22 Iowa State 4-0 151 23 Iowa 5-0 97 24 Virginia Commonwealth 4-2 78 25 Indiana 5-1 72

Others receiving votes: Massachusetts 69, New Mexico 56, Marquette 42, Florida State 27, Virginia 24, Boise State 19, Pittsburgh 18, Arizona State 17, Colorado 13, California 12, Saint Mary's 10, Tennessee 9, Saint Louis 8, New Mexico State 7, Charlotte 7, Missouri 6, Villanova 5, Utah State 5, Belmont 4, Notre Dame 3, Providence 3, Harvard 2, Georgetown 1

Video: John Calipari Reacts to Louisville's Loss to North Carolina

John Calipari ain't worried about nothin' - watch his "reaction" to Louisville's loss to North Carolina:

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Kentucky's James Young Named SEC Freshman of the Week

Kentucky freshman James Young has been named SEC Freshman of the Week.

Young scored a career-high 26 points in last week's win over Texas-Arlington.

Here is a release from the SEC:

Freshman of the Week

Kentucky’s James Young, a 6-foot-6, 215-pound freshman guard/forward from Rochester Hills, Mich., was named SEC Freshman of the Week after registering a career-high 26 points to lead all scorers in a win over UT-Arlington. En route to the 26 points, Young knocked down five three-pointers and made eight of his 14 (.571) field goal attempts. Young also dished out three assists and had two rebounds and two steals.

Louisville's Kevin Ware Reaches Plea Deal, Will Pay $268

Louisville's Kevin Ware reached a plea deal in Barren County this morning to take care of his reckless driving and speeding issue.

According to Michael Grant of the Courier-Journal, Ware reached a plea deal and will pay $268 to resolve the situation.

Here are some posts from Grant on Twitter:

MichaelGrant_CJ Kevin Ware arrived at Barren County courthouse about 10 minutes early. Has a small bandage on his lip. #UofL

MichaelGrant_CJ #UofL guard Kevin Ware just walked into a closed door meeting with lawyers at Barren County courthouse.

MichaelGrant_CJ Meeting over. Kevin Ware talking with judge.

MichaelGrant_CJ Kevin Ware reached a plea deal. Will have to pay $268. #UofL

MichaelGrant_CJ #uofl guard Kevin Ware: "I definitely should have been smarter about the situation."

MichaelGrant_CJ Kevin Ware said he missed his original court date because he "got the days messed up." #UofL

MichaelGrant_CJ Kevin Ware on borrowing car from Matt Case: "We've been friends since freshman year. The whole situation was blown out of proportion" #UofL

Southern Miss' Michael Craig Dunks All Over William Carey

Watch as Southern Miss big man Michael Craig dunks all over a William Carey defender:

Head coach Donnie Tyndall will bring Southern Miss (6-0) into Louisville on Friday night.

It's a Feast Week of College Hoops in Kentucky: Schedule for the Week

Thanksgiving Day is just around the corner and it's a "feast week" of college basketball around the state of Kentucky.

Here is a complete schedule for the week:

Monday, November 25

7:00 p.m. Brescia University at Boyce College
7:00 p.m. Cleveland State at University of Kentucky

Tuesday, November 26

7:00 p.m. Western Kentucky University at Marshall University
7:00 p.m. Martin Methodist at Georgetown College
7:00 p.m. Campbellsville University at UNC-Wilmington (Exhibition for CU)
7:30 p.m. Centre College at Transylvania University
7:30 p.m. Anderson College at Spalding University
7:30 p.m. Union College at Virignia Intermont*
7:30 p.m. Thomas More College at Wilmington
8:00 p.m. Cumberland University at Mid-Continent College
8:00 p.m. Brescia University at Belmont University (Exhibition for BU)
8:30 p.m. Middle Tennessee at Murray State University
TBA Asbury University at Lindenwood University-Belleville

Wednesday, November 27

3:00 p.m. Lake Superior State at Kentucky Wesleyan College
4:00 p.m. Eastern Michigan at University of Kentucky

Thursday, November 28

5:00 p.m. Morehead State University vs. Chattanooga (at Las Vegas, Nev.)

Friday, November 29

6:00 p.m. Wilberforce at Kentucky Wesleyan College
6:15 p.m. Bellarmine University vs. Indiana University Southeast (at Evansville, Ind.)
7:00 p.m. Southern Miss at University of Louisville
7:30 p.m. Northern Kentucky University vs. Southeast Missouri State (at Puerto Vallarta, Mexico)
7:00 p.m. Robert Morris College vs. St. Catharine College (at Lindsey wilson College)
8:00 p.m. Campbellsville University at Samford Univeristy (Exhibition for CU)
9:00 p.m. Life University at Lindsey Wilson College
TBA Morehead State University vs. Gardner-Webb or IUPUI (at Las Vegas, Nev.)

Saturday, November 30

12:00 p.m. Cincinnati-Clermont at Georgetown College
3:00 p.m. LIfe University vs. St. Catharine College (at Lindsey Wilson College)
4:00 p.m. University of the Cumberlands at Hiwassee College
4:30 p.m. Berea College at Indiana University Kokomo
5:00 p.m. Robert Morris College at Lindsey Wilson College
6:15 p.m. Bellarmine University vs. King University (at Evansville, Ind.)
7:30 p.m. Northern Kentucky University vs. Texas State (at Puerto Vallarta, Mexico)
8:00 p.m. Eastern Kentucky University at North Carolina State
9:00 p.m. Eastern Illinois at Western Kentucky University
10:00 p.m. Murray State University at Saint Mary's
TBA Young Harris or Missouri S&T at Kentucky Wesleyan College

Sunday, December 1

2:00 p.m. Kentucky State University at Samford University
8:30 p.m. University of Kentucky vs. Providence (at Brooklyn, N.Y.)

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Centre College Wins Both Games at Smokey Ballenger Classic

The Centre College Colonels won both games at the Smokey over the weekend.

Centre College 80 Point Park 76

Centre took down NAIA school Point Park in the first game of the Smokey Ballenger Classic at Otterbein University.

Collin Lopez led the Colonels with a career-high 19 points. Josh Karsner and Blake Scinta put in 15 points each. Freshman Ryan Murray contributed 11 points.

Donovan Whiteside had an impressive all-around game with 7 points, 7 rebounds and 8 assists.

Centre College 89 Otterbein 64

The Colonels finished up the weekend event with a win over host school Otterbein.

Tyler Wesley and Donovan Whiteside each scored 21 points to lead Centre. Blake Scinta added 16 points and Collin Lopez chipped in 11.

Centre College will travel to Transylvania University on Tuesday at 7:30 p.m. ET.

Sunday, November 24, 2013

UNC Hands Louisville First Loss of Season Despite 36 Points from Russ Smith

(24) North Carolina
(3) Louisville

Final from Uncasville, Connecticut

Louisville's Russ Smith scored a career-high 36 points but it wasn't enough as No. 24 North Carolina upset the Cardinals 93-84 Sunday in the Hall of Fame Tipoff Tournament.

Marcus Paige scored 32 points to lead North Carolina (4-1). Brice Johnson added 13 points. Kennedy Meeks chipped in 13 points, 12 rebounds and 7 assists.

Smith was 11-for-24 from the field and 6-for-16 from the three-point line. Chris Jones added 20 points and 4 rebounds. Luke Hancock had 10 points off the Cardinals' bench.

Louisville (5-1) was just 26-for-67 (38.8%) from the field while the Tar Heels shot 32-for-59 (54.2%).

Head coach Rick Pitino thinks the Cardinals will benefit from the early loss in the long run.

"I think this loss is really good for us tonight," he said. "I think that last year we were one the most humble teams. To win 16 in a row you have to have great humility, not get stuck on yourselves. And this type of defense, it was a lack of humility.

This was Louisville's first loss since February 9 when the Cards lost a five-overtime game to Notre Dame.

Louisville returns to action Friday night when they host Southern Miss at 7:00 p.m. ET.

Murray State Falls Short at Auburn

Auburn 65
Murray State 57

Final from Auburn, Alabama

Game recap by MSU:

The Murray State Racers dropped a 75-67 defeat to the Auburn Tigers Saturday at the Auburn Arena.

The Racers (2-3) were led in scoring by Cameron Payne and Jeffery Moss with 16 points each. Jarvis Williams was only a rebound from a fourth straight double-double with 13 points and nine rebounds.

Trailing by four at the half, the Racers broke from the gate in the second half with a 9-4 run to take their first lead of the game.

Jeffery Moss hit a 3-pointer and it was followed by another from Payne. Jonathan Fairell blocked a shot and the ensuing break was finished by another Moss three and MSU led 37-36 with 17:29 left. MSU got the game tied at the 14:17 mark 44-44 on a Moss slam.

Auburn went on a 7-0 run for a 60-51 lead at the 7:11 mark and the Racers trailed by as many as 12 with 4:06 left. MSU cut the deficit to six points on a Moss 3-pointer with :24 remaining.
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DeMarcus Cousins Shuts Down Postgame Handshakes, Leaves Chris Paul Hanging

Watch as former Kentucky star DeMarcus Cousins says "no thanks" to postgame handshakes with the Los Angeles Clippers following Saturday's 103-102 loss:

Cousins and Chris Paul have a checkered past.

"He’s young, man," Paul said of Cousins during a televised postgame interview. "He don’t know no better. He needs some guidance. It is what it is."

Cousins finished with a game-high 23 points, 19 rebounds and 7 assists in 38 minutes.

Northern Kentucky Earns First Win in Overtime Thriller at Tulane

Northern Kentucky 91
Tulane 86   F/OT

Final from New Orleans, Louisiana

Game recap by NKU:

NEW ORLEANS – Northern Kentucky's early-season schedule had the Norse well prepared for Saturday night's road game against Tulane.

Having Jalen Billups dominating the inside helps, too.

Billups scored 13 of his career-high 25 points in overtime as Northern Kentucky collected its first victory of the season with a 91-86 win over previously unbeaten Tulane in Devlin Fieldhouse. The Norse, who had faced Purdue, then-No. 1 Kentucky, unbeaten San Diego and Morehead State to begin the season, rallied from an early 10-point deficit and used the inside scoring of Billups in overtime to defeat the Green Wave in the first-ever meeting between the two programs.

Tulane (4-1) took a 72-70 lead with 9.7 seconds remaining in regulation when Jay Hook drove inside for a basket. Northern Kentucky (1-4) responded as Tyler White went the length of the court and converted a driving layup with 3.9 seconds left on the clock to force overtime.

In the overtime, Billups went to work inside. The 6-foot-6 sophomore controlled the paint with five baskets, including a thunderous dunk. Billups, in fact, did not miss a shot in the extra session and finished 10-for-11 from the field with seven rebounds and three blocks.

"Jalen was incredible inside," Norse head coach Dave Bezold said. "He absolutely took the game over. We did a good job of getting him the ball, and he finished. Jalen is a very talented player, and he was just dominant in the overtime. It's a tremendous win for our program. The guys hung in there, played very tough and it's always great to win on the road."

Billups' previous career-high point total was 16 against Lane College on Nov. 18, 2011.
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Not Beautiful, But No. 2 Louisville Gets Past Fairfield

(2) Louisville 71
Fairfield 57

Final from Uncasville, Connecticut

Game recap by UL:

UNCASVILLE, Conn. (AP) - Chris Jones scored 15 points to lead No. 3 Louisville to a 71-57 victory over Fairfield on Saturday in the Hall of Fame Tipoff Tournament.

Montrezl Harrell added 12 points and 11 rebounds for the Cardinals (5-0), who extended their winning streak to 21 games, including last season's run to the NCAA championship.

Maurice Barrow paced Fairfield (1-4) with 14 points and Marcus Gilbert chipped in with 11.
Louisville, which has three national titles, will be looking for its 27th title in a regular-season tournament when it faces No. 24 North Carolina in Sunday's championship game. The Tar Heels beat Richmond, 82-72 in Saturday's first semifinal.

The Stags stayed with the Cardinals for much of the first half and led 11-9 midway through it. But Louisville went on a 28-12 run to close the half and led by as many as 21 after the break.

Louisville, which was playing its first game away from home this season, got a balanced scoring effort. Wayne Blackshear had 11 points and Russ Smith added 10 points and seven rebounds. Luke Hancock, who has been recovering from a strained left Achilles, had nine points in 17 minutes, and was 7 of 7 from the foul line.

The teams combined for 53 fouls in what was far from a crisp contest.

Louisville, which came in averaging just six turnovers, the best in the nation, had eight before halftime and 14 in the game. Fairfield used a full-court press to rattle the Cardinals' vaunted guards. Jones and Smith each gave the ball away four times.

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Rajon Rondo Beats MarShon Brooks in Race

Former Kentucky star Rajon Rondo seems to be getting closer to a return following last season's knee injury.

Rondo has been working out and appears to be getting his speed and quickness back:

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