Saturday, December 21, 2013

LCA's Brad Calipari Goes Down with Knee Injury

Lexington Christian Academy point guard Brad Calipari went down with a knee injury in last night's game against Paris.

Calipari, the son of Kentucky head coach John Calipari, was going up for a layup when the injury occurred.

I'm told by a source close to the LCA program that an MRI revealed that Calipari suffered a torn ACL.

Calipari posted this on Twitter last night:

The_bcal25 Minor set back for an even greater come back..

Japeth Aguilar Named Player of the Week in the Philippines

Former Western Kentucky University big man Japeth Aguilar was named Eurobasket Player of the Week  in the Philippines earlier this week.

Aguilar had 22 points and 12 rebounds in Barangay Ginebra's 78-69 win over Air21 Express.

Here is more from Asia-basket.com:

Center Japeth Aguilar (206-C-85) put on an amazing game in the last round for second-ranked Barangay Ginebra, receiving a Eurobasket.com Player of the Week award for round 7.

The 28-year old player had a double-double of 22 points and 12 rebounds, while his team beat Air21 Express (#10, 1-7) 78-69. Barangay Ginebra maintains the 2nd position in Filipino PBA. They are still close to the very top. Barangay Ginebra would have been even better if they kept winning the games like in the last round. They have a solid 6-1 record. Aguilar turned to be Barangay Ginebra's top player in his first season with the team. Former Western Kentucky University star has very solid stats this year. Aguilar is in league's top in points (4th best: 19.2ppg), rebounds (8th best: 9.0rpg) and averages impressive 3.5bpg.

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Friday, December 20, 2013

North Carolina Announces that P.J. Hairston's College Career is Over

North Carolina will not seek reinstatement for embattled junior guard P.J. Hairston. As a result, Hairston's college career is over.

Here is the release from UNC:

CHAPEL HILL - The University of North Carolina will not seek reinstatement from the NCAA for men's basketball junior guard P.J. Hairston. The Greensboro, N.C., native has already sat out 10 games this season due to eligibility issues.

 "Unfortunately P.J. made a number of mistakes that placed his eligibility at risk and the University's joint review with the NCAA made it clear that seeking reinstatement for P.J. would not be possible," says director of athletics Bubba Cunningham. "The University thanks him for his contributions to Carolina Basketball.

"We also want to thank Coach Williams for the way in which he has held the team together over the early stages of this season despite not having two veteran players and for the level of care and concern he has for the young men on his team," says Cunningham. "We are glad that Leslie McDonald was reinstated and look forward to watching his Tar Heel teammates and him compete the rest of this season."

Hairston scored 707 points and made 127 three-pointers in 71 games as a Tar Heel. Last year, he led UNC in scoring at 14.6 points per game and connected on 89 threes, the second-most in Carolina single-season history.

Complete Release

Akoy Agau Has Been Suspended Indefinitely by Louisville

The Louisville Cardinals have suspended freshman forward Akoy Agau indefinitely for unknown reasons.

Here is a release from UL:

LOUISVILLE, Ky. - University of Louisville forward Akoy Agau has been suspended indefinitely from the Cardinals' men's basketball team.  A 6-foot-8 freshman from Omaha, Neb., Agau (pronounced uh-KOY uh-GOW; like cow with a "G") has appeared in seven games this season, scoring two points and grabbing seven rebounds. He averaged 12.8 points, 6.1 rebounds and blocked 81 shots as a senior last season in leading Omaha Central to a 26-4 record and a fourth straight Nebraska Class A state championship.
Louisville (10-1) play at FIU on Saturday (6 p.m., Fox Sports 1).

Kentucky Wesleyan Hammers St. Joseph's for Sixth Straight Win

Kentucky Wesleyan 102
St. Joseph's 79

Final from Owensboro, Kentucky

Game recap by KWC:

Kentucky Wesleyan led almost the entire game and held St. Joseph's, a team averaging 94.6 points per game heading into Wednesday's game, to under 80 points.

Still, after a 102-79 victory over the Pumas at the Sportscenter, coach Happy Osborne wasn't ready to get too excited about the win.

"The goal was in the 60s. I'm not happy with 79," said KWC's first-year defensive-minded coach. "We quit guarding late."

Nevertheless, the effort was good enough for KWC's sixth win in a row and bumped the Panthers' record to 7-5 on the season heading into Saturday's rematch at Southern Indiana.

The Panthers got a balanced effort scoring-wise, including four players in double figures, and shot a blistering 57.8 percent from the field while scoring 56 points in the paint.

KWC also forced 15 turnovers and turned those into 25 points while also winning the rebounding battle by a convincing 45-21 margin.

KWC used an 18-6 run to close out the final 5:25 of the first half to take a 50-32 lead into halftime.

After a sluggish start to the second half, James Herzog buried a 3 at the 14:35 mark to make it a 57-38 game to keep the Panthers out by a convincing margin. The Pumas (3-6) never got closer than 14 points and trailed by as many as 27 in the second half.

KWC got a solid second-half performance from sophomore forward Devin Langford, a 6-foot-7 transfer from Illinois who missed the first 10 games of the season due to suspension.

He played 10 minutes in the second half and scored all 12 points of points in the second half on 4-of-6 shooting, including a couple poweful dunks. He also grabbed four rebounds in his second game back from suspension.

"I think Devin kind of showed glimpses of what he can do," Osborne said.

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Brandon Knight Scores Career-High 36 Points in Loss

Former Kentucky star Brandon Knight had arguably his best game as a pro Wednesday night when he scored 36 points in a 106-101 loss to the New York Knicks.

Knight was 13-for-25 from the field and 6-for-12 from the three-point line. He also pulled down 9 rebounds and dished out 3 assists.

Here are some highlights:


No. 2 Bellarmine Moves to 8-0 with Win Over Fairmont State

(2) Bellarmine 81
Fairmont State 72

Final from Fairmont, West Virginia

Game recap by BU:

FAIRMONT, W.V.—The No. 2 Bellarmine Knights withstood a 13-0 second half run from Fairmont State, then dug in and pulled out a gritty 81-72 victory over the Fighting Falcons at Joe Retton Arena in and NCAA Division II non-conference game.

The Knights (8-0) got a career high 28 points from Vance Hall and a double-double from Jake Thelen with 22 points and 11 rebounds.  However, perhaps the most valuable performance came from Corbin Maynard who came up with clutch steals and a key offensive rebound coming down the stretch.

"For our guys to come into this environment on the road and come away with a win…I'm very happy," said Bellarmine Coach Scott Davenport, who added the Fairmont media and the university had pulled out all the stops to promote the game. "We will savor this (win) every minute of our six hour ride home."

The Knights and Fighting Falcons (7-3) went toe-to-toe in the game's early going with nine lead changes in the first 10 minutes.  Bellarmine relied on its customary hot shooting to establish their 45-37 halftime lead as the Knights committed 10 first half turnovers but shot 63 percent in the opening 20 minutes.

In the second period, Bellarmine quickly opened up a 12-point lead, but the Falcons upped their defensive pressure and scored 13 straight to take the lead 50-49. A pair of Rusty Troutman free throws put Bellarmine back on top 51-50.

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John Calipari Talks About Saturday's Game Against Belmont and More

Kentucky head coach John Calipari talks about tomorrow's game against Belmont and more:


Highlights: Morehead State's Drew Kelly Drops 40 Points on South Dakota

Here are some highlights of Morehead State senior Drew Kelly going for a career high 40 points against South Dakota:



Kelly was 14-for-23 from the field and 8-for-12 from the three-point line. He also pulled down 12 rebounds and blocked 2 shots.


Morehead State Dismantles South Dakota, Senior Drew Kelly Has Career Night

Morehead State 120
South Dakota 83

Final from Morehead, Kentucky

Game recap by MSU:

MOREHEAD, Ky. -- Senior Drew Kelly, playing in his 102nd Morehead State men's basketball game, erupted for career highs of 40 points, 12 rebounds, 14 field goals and eight three-pointers in a 120-83 win over South Dakota on Thursday evening at Johnson Arena.

"Drew certainly brought it tonight," Head Coach Sean Woods said.  "We had a recent heart-to-heart about this being his last season and how we're not going to be successful if he doesn't bring it every night.  Everyone is rooting for Drew, and that's why this performance was so great to see."

Kelly, who posted 18 points in the first half and 22 more after intermission, drilled 14-of-23 from the field, 8-of-12 from long distance and all four of his free-throw attempts in 28 minutes.  He had recorded just 36 points in his previous seven games combined.

"Drew has played basketball all of his life," Woods said.  "I just told him to go relax, have fun and do what he's capable of doing.  I've known about Drew's potential for these types of big performances.  He got in a rhythm early tonight, and our guards continued to feed him."

Morehead State's offensive outburst marked the Ohio Valley Conference's top performance in 2013-14.  The Eagles tallied season highs for assists (32), field-goals made (44), three-pointers made (17) and three-point percentage (.531) in addition to recording 14 steals.

Kelly's effort marked the most points by an OVC player this season.  He was one three-point field goal from tying the school record, as was Morehead State as a team.

The Eagles improve to 8-5 overall and 4-1 at home with the victory.  MSU has now won 82 percent (64-14) of its home contests over the past six seasons.  The Coyotes, who compete in the Summit League, slip to 3-8 overall and 1-6 on the road with their fifth straight loss.

"Tonight was as good of a performance as we've had in my two seasons at Morehead State," Woods said.  "We got contributions from everyone who played, which was great to see.  From top to bottom, we really lost ourselves in the game for the first time this season."

Sophomore Brent Arrington added 19 points for MSU, while junior Angelo Warner posted 16, senior Chad Posthumus managed 14, junior Luke Pajkovic registered 11 and junior Billy Reader had 10.  Warner now owns 41 double-figure scoring efforts in 77 career tilts.

Junior Kareem Storey tied a school standard with 16 assists.  The Eagles finished with just 11 turnovers and nearly a 3-to-1 assist-to-turnover ratio.

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Thursday, December 19, 2013

Dante Exum Will Likely Enter NBA Draft, Still Plans to Visit Kentucky

Dante Exum, perhaps the top guard prospect in the Class of 2014, plans to visit his Kentucky soon.

Exum, a 6-foot-6 point guard, will also visit Indiana, North Carolina, Michigan and Oregon.

GoodmanESPN Dante Exum (@daanteee) told ESPN that he still intends to set up college visits to 5 finalists soon -- Indiana, UNC, UK, Michigan, Oregon.

Even though Exum plans to visit several colleges, he is still expected to put his name in next summer's NBA Draft.

GoodmanESPN Prevailing thought among NBA types is that Dante Exum will wind up putting his name in NBA Draft. But still going thru recruiting process.

Photo: Rivals.com

Kentucky's Cauley-Stein, Andrew Harrison Preview Belmont and More

Kentucky's Willie Cauley-Stein and Andrew Harrison talk about Saturday's game against Belmont and more:


Trey Lyles and Arsenal Tech vs. Huntington Prep Tonight on ESPN

Kentucky signee and Arsenal Tech (Ind.) will battle Huntington Prep (W.Va.) tonight on ESPN at 9:30 p.m. ET.

Huntington Prep features several top recruits including JaQuan Lyle and Kentucky target Montaque Gill-Caesar.

Arsenal Tech defeated Huntington Prep 54-51 two weeks ago at the Marshall County Hoopfest.

Northern Kentucky Gets Past Hampton in Overtime

Northern Kentucky 69
Hampton 67 F/OT

Final from Highland Heights, Kentucky

Game recap by NKU:

HIGHLAND HEIGHTS, Ky. - Jordan Jackson's driving ability helped Northern Kentucky get back into Wednesday's game against Hampton, and then he won it by drilling a jump shot at the end of overtime.

Jackson, a junior guard who scored seven of his game-high 21 points in the final 4:05 of regulation and six more in overtime, sank a 17-foot jumper from just to the right of the key with 0.9 seconds left in overtime to give Northern Kentucky a 69-67 win over Hampton before a crowd of 1,092 at The Bank of Kentucky Center.

Northern Kentucky (3-7), which won its second straight game and beat Hampton (5-6) for the second consecutive year by two points (the Norse won 54-52 at Hampton last season), had a chance to win in regulation after it battled back from a 41-29 deficit it faced with 14:12 remaining, but Jackson missed a short runner along the left baseline as time expired.

Northern Kentucky's winning basket came after sophomore guard Todd Johnson forced Hampton into an over-and-back violation and the Norse were able to inbound along their own baseline with 11 seconds left in the overtime. Jackson inbounded the ball to sophomore center Jake Giesler, who handed it to Jackson, who dribbled out to the top of the key to go one-on-one. After hurting Hampton down the stretch and early in the first half driving the ball, he opted to pull up and shoot the 17-foot jumper instead.

"How odd is it that the guy who drives it the best, one of the best guys we've ever had here exploding to the rim hits a 17-foot jump shot to win the game," said NKU head coach Dave Bezold. "We called a safety where we knew their big was a little slow in getting out so we got it to Jake and he handed it Jordan and we just want to isolate him and he has to go make a play for us. The ball's in his hands and he did a heckuva job. He had to make up for the missed layup at the end of regulation."

Jackson said he took what Hampton's defense gave him.

"I just noticed they were all packed in the paint and heavy on my left side so I figured why not just pull up," he said. "I thought it was going in all the way."

Hampton's Brian Darden attempted a 40-footer at the buzzer, but the ball hit the rim and bounced to the floor.

Complete Recap

Highlights: Taylor County Defeats Adair County

Check out these highlights from Taylor County's 68-44 win over Adair County on December 13 - No. 3 in red is sophomore sensation Quentin Goodin:


Eastern Kentucky Takes Care of North Carolina A&T

Eastern Kentucky 84
North Carolina A&T 73

Final from Richmond, Kentucky

Game recap by EKU:

RICHMOND, Ky. – Eastern Kentucky's men's basketball team led from start to finish in an 84-73 victory over North Carolina A&T on Wednesday at McBrayer Arena. Senior Marcus Lewis paced the Colonels with a career-best 20 points.

EKU (8-4) has now won 21 consecutive home non-conference games, equaling a program record set back in 1980.

The Colonels scored the first seven points and never looked back against North Carolina A&T (3-8). Eastern quickly built a 20-point cushion, 34-14, following junior Corey Walden's layup. EKU shot a blistering 63 percent (17-of-27) in the first 20 minutes, its best shooting half against a Division I opponent this season, to take a commanding lead into intermission, 44-26.

North Carolina A&T would not go away, though, as the Aggies slowly climbed back into the contest. The visitors cut the deficit to just eight points on several occasions in the final four minutes, but Lewis would seal the win with a three-pointer from the wing with 1:13 remaining to make the score, 83-72.

Lewis hit 7-of-12 (58.3 percent) shots from the floor, including a trio of three-pointers. The guard also added a personal-high five assists. Fellow senior Glenn Cosey chipped in with 19 tallies while Walden finished with 10 points. Eight Colonels netted a three-pointer in the win, the most in a game this season.

Eastern forced 19 A&T turnovers which led to 26 points. On the flip side, the Colonels turned the ball over just nine times.

North Carolina A&T's Bruce Beckford and Lamont Middleton led the Aggie rally with 21 points apiece. The duo combined for 36 points in the second half.

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Roy Williams is Not in the Dadgum Christmas Spirit

North Carolina head coach Roy Williams was not happy after last night's loss to Texas.

"I'm not happy guys," Williams said after the game. "I am not in the dadgum Christmas spirit."

jeanninee12 Tar Heels coach Roy Williams after their 3-pt loss to TX last night: “I’m not happy, guys. I am not in the dadgum Christmas spirit.”

Western Kentucky Holds Off Southern Miss

Western Kentucky 68
Southern Miss 65

Final from Bowling Green, Kentucky

Game recap by WKU:

BOWLING GREEN, Ky. -- WKU set season highs in field goal percentage, three-point percentage and free throw percentage in a 68-65 win over Southern Miss at E.A. Diddle Arena Wednesday, which moved WKU to a perfect 5-0 at home this season. With the victory, the Hilltoppers improved 6-4 on the season while Southern Miss fell 9-2.

Trency Jackson shined offensively in his E.A. Diddle Arena debut with a game-high 16 points off of 3-for-4 shooting from the field and 9-for-11 from the stripe. Fellow newcomer Chris Harrison-Docks also had a strong home opener, dropping 11 points.

T.J. Price and George Fant each added 15 points each while posting four and three rebounds, respectively. Fant's scoring performance led the junior to notching his 900th career point on The Hill.

As a team, WKU shot 53.1 percent for the game compared to Southern Miss' 44.7 percent. The Hilltoppers capitalized at the free throw line, making 26 of their 30 attempts.

Despite taking just 13 shots from the field in the first half, WKU carried a 30-25 lead at the half. After a Southern Miss 8-0 run gave the visitors a 13-12 lead, WKU went on an eight-minute drought without a field goal. However, a Caden Dickerson three-point basket sparked an 11-2 scoring spree to give the advantage back to the Hilltoppers.

WKU continued the momentum in the second half in part from Harrison-Docks' 4-for-4 effort from the floor, including three shots from beyond the arc. WKU led by as much as 10 with 14:30 to play. Southern Miss kept the contest close using seven three pointers to close the gap at 64-63 in the final 30 seconds. WKU sealed the win at the free throw line, making its last four.
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Louisville's Kevin Ware is on Crutches Again

Louisville's Kevin Ware is apparently back on crutches as the Cardinals prepare for a road game at Florida International.

Ware posed for several pictures on crutches during the team's visit to the Miami Heat game last night.

No details have been released about Ware's status and he played 5 minutes in the Cardinals' last game against Missouri State.

ElleRaiser Chris Jones (@iAM_UNGUARDABLE) Kevin Ware (@5juice) and Chris Birdman Anderson pic.twitter.com/4bnFeW8qa8

cheesebergerz Just took a pic with Kevin Ware and his teammates! pic.twitter.com/o4oWMDHXTC


Wednesday, December 18, 2013

Pelicans Activate Anthony Davis, Expected to Play Tonight

The New Orleans Pelicans have activated former Kentucky star Anthony Davis and he is expected to play in tonight's game in Los Angeles.

Davis has missed several weeks with a fractured hand.

Here is the official announcement from the NBA:

LOS ANGELES – Prior to tonight's game against the Los Angeles Clippers, the Pelicans activated Anthony Davis (left hand fracture). Davis is expected to play in tonight's game.

Hinson Apologizes for Calling Out Player, Not Sorry for Anything Else and Not Changing Who He Is

Southern Illinois head coach Barry Hinson held a press conference today to discuss last night's postgame rant at Murray State:



Hinson was also interviewed this morning on the Dan Patrick Show:


Kentucky Basketball Ticket Prices Rank Third in the Nation

The Kentucky Wildcats rank No. 3 on Forbes' list of the most expensive college basketball teams at the ticket booth.

According to Forbes, the average price of tickets for Kentucky home games is $274. Duke tops the list at a whopping $460 per ticket. Kansas is second at $340.

Louisville ranks No. 13 at $82 per ticket.

#3) Kentucky Wildcats - Avg Price: $274

In the number three spot of the TiqIQ Top 25 for this week is the Kentucky Wildcats. John Calipari has done it yet again, with a recruiting class that features Julius Randle, James Young, and the Harrison twins, who are the top four scorers on this year’s squad thus far. However, with an 0-2 record against ranked teams, the average price of Kentucky basketball tickets has held steady this week at $274 dollars, allowing them to get passed by Kansas.

#13) Louisville Cardinals - Avg Price: $82

Louisville has picked up right where they left off. 14th in the country in scoring, the Cardinals are looking like a Final Four contender yet again. Prices for Louisville basketball tickets have declined 4% in the past week to $82 dollars, but the Cardinals hold steady to the #13 overall ranking in the TiqIQ Top 25.

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Kelly Wells Becomes All-Time Wins Leader at University of Pikeville

Congratulations to University of Pikeville head coach Kelly Wells!

When UPIKE defeated Campbellsville on November 23, Wells earned his 154th career win and passed Paul Butcher to become the all-time leader in coaching victories at UPIKE/Pikeville College.

The No. 3 Bears (10-1) have won three more games since November 23 to give Wells 157 total wins.

Hot-Shooting Louisville Dismantles Missouri State

(6) Louisville 90
Missouri State 60

Final from Louisville, Kentucky

Game recap by UL:

LOUISVILLE, Ky. (AP) - Louisville's final home game for nearly a month was especially memorable because of its precision in a lopsided victory against Missouri State. Certainly, the sixth-ranked Cardinals have room to improve in many areas as they prepare for four road contests over 23 days including a Dec. 28 showdown against in-state rival No. 19 Kentucky in Lexington. For now, the defending national champions look forward to building on its best overall performance of the season. Montrezl Harrell had 17 points and eight rebounds, and Louisville manhandled the Bears 90-60 on Tuesday night. The Cardinals (10-1) took control early and never let up against the Bears (8-2). They combined dominant rebounding and offensive accuracy during a 16-0 first-half run for a 19-4 lead in the first meeting between the schools since 2006. Harrell was among four Cardinals with at least eight rebounds each, a combination that alone outdid MSU in Louisville's 51-30 domination of the boards including 20-10 offensively. They also outscored the Bears 46-28 inside and held them to 38 percent shooting to close a 5-0 home stand. Asked if this was Louisville's best effort to date, Harrell answered, "I'd say so. It was a great win. The first half we really got into it, (and it) got us going." Senior guard Russ Smith added 11 points and eight assists, while freshman Terry Rozier had 11 points and eight rebounds. Forwards Stephan Van Treese and Mangok Mathiang combined for 17 rebounds for Louisville, which shot 34 of 66 from the field (52 percent).

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Purdue Transfer Donnie Hale is Eligible and Will Play Immediately for Bellarmine

Bellarmine University has announced that Purdue transfer Donnie Hale is now eligible and will immediately start playing for the Knights.

Here is a release from BU:

LOUISVILLE, Ky.--Bellarmine University Men's Basketball Coach Scott Davenport announced today that former New Albany High School standout Donnie Hale is eligible to play starting immediately for the Knights.

Hale, who transferred to Bellarmine from Purdue University, just completed his fall semester in West Lafayette and with his fall semester grades now posted by the Purdue registrar, the 6-8 forward becomes immediately eligible for the Knights.

The No. 2-ranked Knights travel to Fairmont, W.V., tomorrow to face the Fairmont State Fighting Falcons, and Davenport said Hale will make the trip.

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

Hale will wear uniform No. 15 for the Knights.

SIU Head Coach Barry Hinson Hammers Team in Epic Postgame Rant

Southern Illinois head coach Barry Hinson went on an epic postgame rant following his team's loss at Murray State last night.

Hinson hammered his players, sometimes individually, and cracked several incredible jokes (for everyone outside of SIU).

On his team's rebounding effort:

"I've been telling my wife this for years...size doesn't matter. I really think when it comes to rebounding, I just think it's heart...heart and effort."

On SIU's turnover problems:

"We made three turnovers tonight where we just came down and threw them the ball. I swear I thought one time that one of our players said 'Merry Christmas.' I thought it was a gift. I thought they signed a package over. I think Sapp because he just came back...transferred...first game...I think we wanted to give him a couple of Christmas gifts."

"Marcus was absolutely awful! Our guards were awful! Our three starting guards had one assist and seven turnovers. They must think it's a tax credit!"]

On the team's shooting woes:

Let's talks about our big guys...two-for-eleven. How can you go two-for-eleven? My wife! My wife can score more than two buckets on eleven shots because I know my wife will at least shot fake one time!"

On several SIU players falling down during the game:

"There was a sniper in the gym...didn't you see that? We had guys falling down...I mean we had a guy snipered at halfcourt. Two guys snipered at halfcourt. It was unbelievable. I thought that Navy Seal Team 6 was out there."

Take a listen, trust me, it's worth it (HT: AwfulAnnouncing and OVCBall)




SIU player Davante Drinkard responded on Twitter (Tweet has since been deleted):

Kevin Ware on UK vs. UL: "We really still don't care that Kentucky exists"

Louisville's Kevin Ware was asked to give his thoughts on the Kentucky vs. Louisville rivalry game last night after the Cards' win over Missouri State.

One comment that stood out: "we really still don’t care that Kentucky exists. It’s just another game for us."

Check out the video via the Courier-Journal:

Tuesday, December 17, 2013

Morehead State Men's Basketball Posts Highest GPA in Program History

The Morehead State Eagles have just completed the Fall semester with a combined 3.205 GPA, the highest scores in program history.

Head coach Sean Woods posted about the accomplishment on Twitter this evening:

SeanWoodsMSU Grades are in & our team GPA was 3.205...highest in MSU Basketball history. Proud of our guys' accomplishments in the classroom.

SeanWoodsMSU  Special thanks to @slarsmsu for her work with our players in their studies. She does a great job putting them in positions to be successful.

The Eagles are also enjoying success on the court as they are off to a 7-5 record against a challenging non-conference schedule.

2015 Star Malik Newman Says No Possibility That He'll Reclassify

Malik Newman, who is regarded as one of the top high school players in any class, says there's "no possibility at all" of him reclassifying to 2014.

AllMetroDrew BREAKING: 2015 #1 ranked SG Malik Newman @iammaliknewman Callaway (MS) tells me "No..no possibility at all" on him reclassifying to 2014.

Newman, a 6-foot-3 shooting guard, currently ranks No. 1 overall on the Rivals.com list for 2015.

Writer Says College Basketball's Most Hated Team is Now Kentucky

Chris Mahr of LostLettermen.com says Kentucky has now replaced Duke as the most hated team in college basketball.

Here's an excerpt of his thoughts:

Let’s face it: A team’s likability, in any sport, stems in large part from its fan base and how it’s perceived by the public at large. If you thought that Blue Devils fans embodied self-entitled and douchey, that’s nothing compared to what we’ve seen and heard recently from Wildcats fans.

Before the season even began, a handful of UK fans launched 40and0.com, so named for their collective goal not just to win the national title but to also go undefeated in the process - only to see the Wildcats’ quest for perfection end after just three games. More recently, a Kentucky diehard named Chester exclaimed on a radio show that the student attendance problem at home games stemmed from UK placing too much emphasis on trying to be a school.

Think of Kentucky basketball fans and Alabama football fans as being brothers and sisters in arms. They are, by far, the most zealot fan bases in their respective sports. But when that zealotry begets deluded thinking and self-righteousness, it makes the entire fan base look bad.

Then again, if you cheered for a team that was fawned over as much as Kentucky was leading up to this season, you’d likely have an inflated sense of self-worth as well.

The moment that the 2012-2013 season ended, the dominant topic of discussion across college basketball was of the Wildcats’ prized freshman class for the following year, one that many thought could challenge Michigan’s “Fab Five” of 1991-1992 as the best crop of first-years ever assembled by one team. Never mind that Kansas, Duke, Arizona and Syracuse (among others) had stellar incoming freshmen of their own; the conversation began and ended with UK.

With all that hype comes a downside: A backlash if it’s not fulfilled. After starting the season ranked No. 1, the Wildcats (8-3) are now down to No. 19, having lost to all three ranked opponents they’ve played.

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Kentucky Showing Interest in JUCO Shooting Guard Torian Graham

Kentucky is showing renewed interest in JUCO shooting guard Torian Graham for 2014.

Graham is a 6-foot-4 sophomore at Chipola College. Kentucky originally recruited Graham out of high school but he failed to qualify at the time. He once said he could see himself in blue.

ChrisFisher247 Torian Graham on UK: "[Orlando Antigua] says they talk about me in every recruiting meeting" [VIP] http://kentucky.247sports.com/Article/Four-star-JuCo-guard-Torian-Graham-talks-Kentucky-interest-166546 … #BBN

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Lindsey Wilson's D'on Hall Named Mid-South Conference Player of the Week

Lindsey Wilson College's D'on Hall was named Mid-South Conference Player of the Week on Monday.

Hall scored a career-high 20 points to lead Lindsey Wilson to a 72-59 win over No. 14 Philander Smith.

Here is a release from the MSC:

COLUMBIA, Ky. -- Lindsey Wilson (Ky.) junior D'on Hall is the Mid-South Conference Men's Basketball Player of the Week, conference officials announced on Monday.

The weekly honor is the first of the season for Hall.

In his only game of the week, Hall scored a career-high 20 points to lead the Blue Raiders to a 72-59 win over No. 14-ranked Philander Smith (Ark.).

The San Bernardino, Calif., forward made five of his nine shots from the field and was a perfect 9-for-9 at the free throw line to aid in the upset win.

Hall added five rebounds, four assists and three steals to his career scoring day.

Hall averages 10.3 points and 4.2 rebounds per game this season. He ranks third in the Mid-South and 14th in the NAIA with an 87.9 free throw shooting percentage.

Complete Release

AAU Boy's Basketball National Championships Coming to Louisville for Next 3 Years

The AAU Division I National Championships and Gold Super Showcases are coming to Louisville in 2014.

These high-level events routinely feature the top college prospects in AAU basketball and are frequented by college coaches.

Here is a press release from AAU Boys Basketball:

Louisville, Ky. - December 10, 2013 - Amateur Athletic Union (AAU) Boys Basketball President Henry Forrest and Louisville Sports Commission Executive Director Karl Schmitt announced today that the AAU has awarded its high school boys grades 10 through 12 Division I National Championships and Gold Super Showcases - the elite AAU competition - to Louisville, Ky., for three years starting in 2014. The AAU Boys Basketball events will be held at the Kentucky Exposition Center (KEC).

“Louisville is a perfect location for the AAU Boys Basketball Division I National Championships and Super Showcases for so many reasons,” Forrest said. “We will be in the heart of basketball country where there is tremendous fan avidity and enormous media interest in the sport. Louisville is centrally located in the US and easy to reach for a large number of our teams and their families, fans and college coaches; and the Kentucky Exposition Center is a premiere, event-friendly facility located in close proximity to hotels, inter-state highways and the airport.

“Besides location and facilities, another reason we’re coming to Louisville is the experience and cooperation of our partners in the local community,” added Forrest. “We are working closely with the management teams from the KEC, the Convention & Visitors Bureau and Louisville Sports Commission, all experts in staging major events. In addition, we forged a tremendous partnership with Eddie Ford, one of the longtime, premiere promoters of youth basketball in the Midwest and South.”

Ford, owner and operator of the 31-year-old Kentucky HoopFest, the nation’s oldest travel team basketball tournament held annually at KEC, will provide 12 hardwood courts as well as his expertise and operational support for the AAU event.

“Hosting the AAU Boys Basketball National Championships and Showcases is a huge win for Louisville,” Schmitt said. “Sports fans in the local community and the region will have a chance to watch the best high school basketball players in the nation every summer. Additionally, the event will generate more than 8,400 hotel room night stays every year, and attract significant media, high profile coaches and sports personalities to our town. We look forward to the opportunity.”

“When it comes to high school and college basketball, our city and region is best in the world, so it’s fitting and exciting that the AAU Boys Basketball competition is coming to Louisville,” Louisville Mayor Greg Fischer said. “Many of the super players we’ve cheered and appreciated in recent years in our local programs have been showcased at AAU, so it will be great for our local fans to see them compete at these elite Championships and Showcases.”

The 2014 AAU Boy’s Basketball National Championships is expected to attract 340 teams, 200 officials, more than 900 college coaches and scores of national media and will generate more than $3 million in annual economic impact. Detailed information regarding general admission tickets will be announced in January 2014.

“Our national championships and showcase events attract the best-of-the-best AAU teams and elite high school players in the US and several foreign countries,” said AAU Treasurer Ron Crawford. “Alums of these games help fill the rosters of the leading college programs and NBA teams on a regular basis. Our championships take place during an open recruiting period for colleges, so representatives from nearly every team in all divisions of the NCAA and the NAIA will attend, including the biggest names in the coaching business.”

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Campbellsville Uses Late Run to Defeat Asbury University

Campbellsville University 92
Asbury University 81

Final from Warsaw, Kentucky

Game recap by CU:

WARSAW, Ky. – Campbellsville University used a 23-0 run late in the second half to flip the score and hold off Asbury University in a 92-81 win at Gallatin County High School.

"It was a great finish, but take away any of the logistics going into it, it was a great win for us. Losing this one would have been tough to bounce back from," said Keith Adkins, CU head coach. "Give the guys all the credit. They hung in there and kept plugging and withstood some Asbury runs. They just gutted it out."

The Tigers started the game cold, shooting 3-of-13 as Asbury used an 8-0 run to go up 16-6. The Eagles led by 11 multiple times in the first half. CU rallied to close the half shooting 42.9 percent, but down 32-36.

Asbury once again worked its lead to 11 points in the second half, 70-59, but the Tigers responded with a 26-2 run, including 23 straight.

Quin Richardson pulled CU within a point, 72-71, with a 3 from the corner, and then Darius Clement followed with a 3 to give CU the lead for good. Clement finished with a career-high 20 points, including 4-of-5 shooting from 3 and two free throws late to help ice the win. Richardson also scored a career high, finishing with 16 points on 3-of-3 shooting from the arc.

"Darius was the difference in the game. His offense in the first half kept us in it and his offense in the second half allowed us to stay within striking distance. His stat line is just incredible. If there was a game ball to be awarded, it would go to Darius," said Adkins.

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Monday, December 16, 2013

Doron Lamb Taunts Former Indiana Star Victor Oladipo

Former Kentucky star Doron Lamb walked by as former Indiana guard Victor Oladipo was posing for a picture with fifty Indiana fans.

Lamb taunted, "he didn't even get ya'll a ring."

JohnDenton555 As #Magic G Victor Oladipo posed for a pic with 50 @IUBloomington fans Doron Lamb taunted, "He didn't even get ya'll a (championship) ring."

Another Light Week of Action Around Kentucky: Schedule for the Week

With some schools wrapping up the semester and getting ready for the holiday break, it's another light week of college basketball action around Kentucky.

Here's a complete schedule for the week:

Monday, December 16

Campbellsville University 92 Asbury University 81

Tuesday, December 17

7:00 p.m. Cincinnati-Clermont at University of Pikeville
7:00 p.m. Alice Lloyd College at Marshall University
7:30 p.m. Hanover at Thomas More College
7:30 p.m. Piedmont College at Transylvania University (Don Lane Classic)
8:00 p.m. Southern Illinois at Murray State University
9:00 p.m. Missouri State at University of Louisville

Wednesday, December 18

7:00 p.m. IU Southeast at Asbury University*
7:00 p.m. Hampton at Northern Kentucky University
7:00 p.m. North Carolina A&T at Eastern Kentucky University
8:00 p.m. Martin Methodist at Lindsey Wilson College
8:00 p.m. Southern Miss at Western Kentucky University
8:30 p.m. Saint Joseph's at Kentucky Wesleyan College
TBA TBA at Transylvania  University (Don Lane Classic)

Thursday, December 19

4:00 p.m. Fisk University at Brescia University (Bearcat Classic)
6:00 p.m. Bellarmine University at Fairmont State University
7:00 p.m. Thomas More College at Centre College
7:00 p.m. West Virginia Tech at Campbellsville University
7:00 p.m. South Dakota at Morehead State University

Friday, December 20

8:00 p.m. West Virginia Tech at Lindsey Wilson College

Saturday, December 21

Noon Navy at Northern Kentucky University
Noon Belmont at University of Kentucky
2:00 p.m. Murray State University at Western Kentucky University
2:00 p.m. Kentucky Wesleyan College at Southern Indiana
3:00 p.m. Wittenberg at Thomas More College
3:00 p.m. Spalding University at Transylvania University
6:00 p.m. University of Louisville at Florida International

Sunday, December 22

No Games

* Conference Game

UK Announces That eRUPPtion Zone Tickets are Available for Belmont Game

The University of Kentucky has announced that eRUPPtion Zone tickets are available to the general public for Saturday's game against Belmont.

Here is a release from UK with details:

LEXINGTON, Ky. – eRUPPtion Zone tickets will be available to the public for Saturday’s men’s basketball game against Belmont, which occurs during the university’s holiday break.

The public will be allowed to start lining up for public eruption zone ticket sales this Saturday, December 21st at 6 a.m. ET. Tickets in the eRUPPtion Zone will be $5 each (cash only) and are limited to one per person (must be present at time of purchase). Tickets will go on sale 90 minutes prior to tip-off at the Rupp Arena Box Office and are available on a first come/first serve basis.

The games against Louisville (Dec. 28), Tennessee (Jan. 18) and Georgia (Jan. 25) are SOLD OUT. Please remember when buying tickets from anywhere other than Ticketmaster or the UK Ticket Office, you could be buying a lost/stolen or counterfeit ticket, resulting in non-admission to the contest. Also, any UK Student Ticket must be presented with a UK Student ID along with the ticket for admission.

For a complete listing of on sale dates, visit www.UKAthletics.com/tickets.

Kentucky Drops to No. 19/21 in National Polls

The Kentucky Wildcats (8-3) have dropped to No. 19 in the AP Top 25 and No. 21 in the USA Today Coaches Poll this week.

Louisville (9-1) No. 6 in the AP Top 25 and No. 4 in the coaches poll.

AP Top 25

RK TEAM RECORD PTS
1 Arizona (63) 11-0 1,623
2 Syracuse (2) 10-0 1,528
3 Ohio State 10-0 1,464
4 Wisconsin 12-0 1,381
5 Michigan State 8-1 1,297
6 Louisville 9-1 1,264
7 Oklahoma State 9-1 1,165
8 Villanova 10-0 1,053
8 Duke 7-2 1,053
10 Connecticut 9-0 1,035
11 Wichita State 10-0 923 12 Baylor 8-1 898 13 Oregon 9-0 834 14 North Carolina 7-2 792 15 Memphis 7-1 755 16 Florida 7-2 699 17 Iowa State 8-0 698 18 Kansas 7-3 482 19 Kentucky 8-3 414 20 Colorado 10-1 405 21 Gonzaga 10-1 376 22 Massachusetts 9-0 351 23 Missouri 10-0 222 24 San Diego State 7-1 176 25 Iowa 10-2 72

Others receiving votes: UCLA 69, Pittsburgh 66, Saint Mary's 11, George Washington 5, Harvard 4, Oklahoma 4, Toledo 3, Michigan 3

USA Today Coaches Poll

RK TEAM RECORD PTS
1 Arizona (30) 11-0 798
2 Syracuse (1) 10-0 748
2 Ohio State (1) 10-0 748
4 Louisville 9-1 676
5 Michigan State 8-1 653
6 Wisconsin 12-0 645
7 Oklahoma State 9-1 555
8 Duke 7-2 553
9 Wichita State 10-0 545
10 Connecticut 9-0 494
11 Oregon 9-0 490 12 Villanova 10-0 413 13 Iowa State 8-0 351 14 Memphis 7-1 349 15 Baylor 8-1 311 15 Gonzaga 10-1 311 17 Florida 7-2 296 18 North Carolina 7-2 288 19 Kansas 7-3 232 20 Massachusetts 9-0 229 21 Kentucky 8-3 217 22 UCLA 9-1 91 23 San Diego State 7-1 90 24 Colorado 10-1 88 25 Missouri 10-0 76

Others receiving votes: Iowa 53, Pittsburgh 48, Saint Mary's 24, Creighton 9, Michigan 7, George Washington 5, New Mexico 3, Virginia 3, Oklahoma 1

Bellarmine's Jake Thelan Named GLVC Player of the Week

Bellarmine University's Jake Thelan has been named Great Lakes Valley Conference Player of the Week.

In 3 games last week, Thelan averaged 17.3 points, 8.3 rebounds and 3.3 assists per game. He only missed 3 shots (21-for-24) from the field.

Here is a release from BU:

INDIANAPOLIS – Bellarmine University junior forward Jake Thelen has been named the Great Lakes Valley Conference Men's Basketball Player of the Week, it was announced by the league office Monday.

Missing only three shots in three games, Thelen helped lead the second-ranked Knights to a perfect 3-0 record on the week. The Edgewood, Ky., native opened the week with a career high 23 points and pulled down nine rebounds in just 24 minutes of action as the Knights cruised past West Virginia Tech 86-51. Thelen was 10 of 11 from the field missing only a rare 3-point attempt. On Friday, Thelen's scoring dipped a little as he made four of five shots and totaled 12 points, but he found teammates for open shots, dishing out five assists on the night. The 6-6 forward ended the week with a solid effort against Ohio Valley. After the Knights struggled in the opening minutes, Thelen asserted himself and helped the Knights turn the game into a rout by pouring in 15 points (on 6-of-6 shooting) and hauling in nine boards in the first half of play. With just limited action in the second period, he still managed to finish with a double-double, netting 17 points and grabbing 10 rebounds.

For the week, he was 21 of 24 (.875) from the field, 10 of 15 from the free-throw line (.667), and averaged 17.3 points, 8.3 rebounds and 3.3 assists in just 24.3 minutes per game.

The award is the first of Thelen's career and the first for a Knight since teammate Keisten Jones was recognized by the league two weeks ago on Dec. 2.

Brad Calipari Responds to Boyle County High School Fans

A few weeks ago, Boyle County defeated Lexington Christian Academy 72-53.

The Rebels impressive play was somewhat overshadowed by John Calipari's presence in the stands. Calipari was there to watch his son Brad, who plays for LCA.

During the game, Boyle County students chanted "daddy's boy" at Brad Calipari a few times and held up some signs.

One sign read: "Brad, too bad U can't play like your dad can coach"

Over the weekend, Calipari posted a response on his Instagram account:

bradcalipari What can I say, my dad can coach a little bit

Louisville's Mangok Mathiang Named AAC Rookie of the Week

Louisville's Mangok Mathiang has been named American Athletic Conference Rookie of the Week.

Mathiang had a career-high 13 points and pulled down 5 rebounds in a win over Western Kentucky.

Here's the release from the league:

AMERICAN ATHLETIC CONFERENCE ROOKIE OF THE WEEK

Mangok Mathiang • Fr. • F/C • Louisville
Mathiang helped Louisville to a 79-63 win against Western Kentucky in the Cardinals' only game of the week. He scored a career-high 13 points, going 5-of-5 from the field and 3-of-4 from the free throw line, and added five rebounds and a block against the Hilltoppers.

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Randolph Morris Captures Player of the Week Honors in China Once Again

Former Kentucky big man Randolph Morris has once again earned player of the week honors in China's CBA league.

Morris had 31 points and 10 rebounds in a 113-92 win over Zhejiang CB last week. Morris' Beijing Ducks are now 10-3 on the season.

Here is more from Asia-basket.com:

American Randolph Morris (211-F/C-86) put on an extraordinary performance in the last round for Beijing Ducks and that's him to receive a Asia-basket.com Player of the Week award for round 13.

The 27-year old power forward had a double-double of 31 points and ten rebounds, while his team crushed Zhejiang CB (#10, 7-6) with 21-point margin 113-92. Beijing Ducks maintains the 3rd position in Chinese CBA. They would have been even better if they hadn't lost a few games earlier this season. Beijing Ducks will need more victories to improve their 10-3 record. Morris has many years of experience at Beijing Ducks, through which he has constantly improved. University of Kentucky graduate has very impressive stats this year. Morris is in league's top in points (3rd best: 29.4ppg) and averages solid 2.1spg and 53.3% FGP.

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Rick Pitino Pulls Off Incredible Photobomb at Justin Timberlake Concert

Louisville head coach Rick Pitino attended the Justin Timberlake concert in Louisville last night.

He ended up pulling off a classic photobomb:

CardChronicle RT @roballisonL1C4 @CardChronicle Epic photo bomb by Rick Pitino at the justin timberlake concert. Lol pic.twitter.com/AlRE9C9Raj

Sunday, December 15, 2013

Donnie Tyndall Gets 150th Career Win

Congratulations to Southern Miss head coach Donnie Tyndall, who earned career win No. 150 over the weekend when the Golden Eagles defeated St. Catharine College 96-60.

Southern Miss took a lead early and never looked back as they cruised to victory. Daveon Boardingham led the Golden Eagles (9-1) with 23 points. Matt Bengaya added 17 points and chip Armelin chipped in 13.

Raymon Austin led St. Catharine (7-4) with 13 points. The NAIA Patriots considered the Southern Miss game an exhibition.

Tyndall won 114 games at Morehead State from 2006-12. He now has 36 wins at Southern Miss.

Donnie Tyndall's Division I Head Coaching Record

Morehead State (Ohio Valley Conference) (2006–2012)

2006–07 Morehead State 12–18 8–12 T–7th
2007–08 Morehead State 15–15 12–8 3rd
2008–09 Morehead State 20–16 12–6 4th NCAA First Round
2009–10 Morehead State 24–11 15–3 2nd CBI Quarterfinals
2010–11 Morehead State 25–10 13–5 2nd NCAA Third Round
2011–12 Morehead State 18–14 10–6 3rd
Morehead State: 114–84 70–40

Southern Mississippi (Conference USA) (2012–present)

2012–13 Southern Mississippi 27-10 12-4 2nd NIT Quarterfinals
2013-14 Southern Mississippi 9-1 0-0
Southern Mississippi: 36-11 12-4

Total: 150-95

Tyndall was also 30-5 at St. Catharine (JUCO) College in 1996-97.

Eric Bledsoe Swats DeMarcus Cousins' Shot Into the Bench

Former Kentucky stars met in the air Friday night and Eric Bledsoe won the battle as he sent DeMarcus Cousins' shot into the bench.

The Suns also won the war as they defeated the Kings 116-107.

Bledsoe had 28 points, 5 rebounds, 8 assists, 3 steals and 2 blocks in the win. Cousins finished with 15 points, 16 rebounds, 5 assists and 5 steals.


University of Pikeville Rolls in Two Games Over the Weekend

The University of Pikeville rolled in two games over the weekend to improve to 9-1 on the season.

The No. 3 Bears hammered Clearwater Christian 103-58 on Friday and blasted Alice Lloyd College 107-70 earlier today.

Here are some recaps from UPIKE:

University of Pikeville 103 Clearwater Christian 58

PIKEVILLE, Ky. – The third-ranked University of Pikeville men's basketball team lacked energy early, going down 18-13 in the first half, before stepping on the gas to beat Clearwater Christian (Fla.) 103-58 on Friday at the East Ky. Expo Center.

It was the first game for UPIKE (8-1) in nearly three weeks and it took close to the entire first half to get things rolling. Chris Cantino's basket nine minutes in put the Bears up 19-18 and they never trailed again as the lead swelled to 17 on Bruce Reed's 3-pointer before halftime.

The Cougars shot over 42 percent from the field to stay in the game in the first half, including a pair of threes, but managed just a 31-percent clip in the second half as Pikeville pulled away.

Reed and Keala King paced the Bears with 21 points each, while Chris Cantino added 20 and Colt Chapman joined them in double figures with 13. It was a balanced rebounding effort as Cantino led the team with just six boards.

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University of Pikeville 107 Alice Lloyd College 70

PIKEVILLE, Ky. – Using a relentless defensive attack, the third-ranked University of Pikeville men's basketball team overwhelmed Alice Lloyd (Ky.) 107-70 on Sunday at the East Ky. Expo Center.

The Bears (9-1) turned the Eagles over 18 times to finish with a 33-3 advantage in points off turnovers, while also dominating down low for a 66-46 edge in points in the paint. Add in the UPIKE bench outscoring Alice Lloyd's 39-24 and you can see how the lopsided score happened.

Bruce Reed led all scorers with 21 points and Chris Cantino added a double-double of 14 points and 10 rebounds. Keala King knocked down a pair of threes to finish with 12 points, Elisha Justice had 11 and six assists and Michael Eneh and Josh Whitaker tallied 10 points each.

Eneh reached 10 points in just eight minutes on the court, shooting 5-for-6 from the field. UPIKE shot 57 percent for the game, compared to 44.6 for the Eagles. Neither team was great on threes as the Bears went 7-for-22 and the Eagles were 5-for-16.
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Daniel Orton Ejected After Scuffle with Meyers Leonard

Former Kentucky player Daniel Orton was ejected from an NBA game Saturday for throwing an elbow in a scuffle with Portland's Meyers Leonard.

Orton had 4 points, 3 assists and 2 steals in Philadelphia's 139-105 loss to Portland.


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