Friday, January 3, 2014

Glenn Cosey Ties OVC Record, EKU Hammers Eastern Illinois

Eastern Kentucky 100
Eastern Illinois 81

Final from Charleston, Illinois

Game recap by EKU:

CHARLESTON, Ill. – Senior guard Glenn Cosey broke the school record, and tied the Ohio Valley Conference mark, with 10 three-pointers as Eastern Kentucky rolled to a 100-81 victory at Eastern Illinois on Thursday.

Cosey broke the school record of seven three-pointers with 12:26 left in the game. He tied the Ohio Valley Conference record with his 10th at the 9:04 mark. Ironically, the OVC record was set by Marc Polite of Eastern Illinois.

Cosey finished with 34 points, going 11-of-14 from the field, including 10-for-12 from behind the arc. He also had six assists and no turnovers. Corey Walden added 17 points and Marcus Lewis contributed 14 points.

A pair of first half runs allowed EKU (10-4, 1-0 OVC) to put the game away early. The Colonels led by only three before using a 16-5 run to build a 14-point cushion. Cosey scored eight of the 16 on two three-pointers and two free throws. Timmy Knipp's bucket at the 10:32 mark capped the run and made it 30-16 in favor of the road team.

Eastern Kentucky was in front by 10, 36-26, when a 10-0 run stretched the margin to 20 for the first time. Walden scored the first five points of the run. A basket by Orlando Williams with 3:13 left in the first half finished off the spurt.

The Colonels scored 10 of the first 14 points of the second half to build a 26-point margin, 66-40. Cosey's school record-tying seventh three-pointer and a free throw by Deverin Muff stretched the lead to 30, 72-42, with 14:41 remaining in the game.

Sherman Blanford had a team-best 23 points and a game-best six rebounds for the Panthers (4-9, 1-1 OVC).

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UK's Free Throw Woes Drives Former Walk-On Mark Krebs Nuts

KSTV's Thomas Beisner and Mark Krebs recently chatted about potential headlines for the Kentucky Wildcats.

One thing we learned - Kentucky's free throw shooting woes drives Krebs nuts:


Morehead State Holds On for OVC Road Win at SIU Edwardsville

Morehead State 70
SIU Edwardsville 63

Final from Edwardsville, Illinois

Game recap by MSU:

EDWARDSVILLE, Ill. -- The Morehead State men's basketball team held SIU Edwardsville to 32 percent from the floor en route to a 70-63 victory on Thursday evening at the Vadalabene Center.

The Eagles improve to 10-6 overall and 4-4 on the road, while the Cougars slip to 3-11 on the season and 3-3 at home.  MSU also moves to 5-1 in the all-time series with its third straight win over SIUE.

Thursday was the Ohio Valley Conference opener for both teams.  MSU has now won its first league tilt in five of the past six years.  The Eagles have also already matched last year's road wins total.

"I'm certainly happy with a road win to open conference play, but I'm not thrilled with the way we played tonight," Head Coach Sean Woods said.  "We didn't play very smart, and we didn't show much discipline.  We need to tighten some things up on both ends of the floor before our next game."

SIU Edwardsville pulled to within four on a three-pointer with 19:40 left in the second half, but Morehead State forced the hosts into misses on eight of their next nine field-goal attempts.

The Cougars didn't connect on another basket until a three with 10:34 remaining.  SIUE eventually cut the deficit to two on a pair of occasions, but MSU finished the contest on a 5-0 run.

The Eagles were whistled for 30 fouls, including 17 in the second half.  Four Morehead State starters were sidelined with four infractions by the 12:08 mark of the second half.

SIU Edwardsville attempted 37 free throws, but made just 68 percent.  Morehead State tried 25 free tosses and drilled 76 percent.  MSU made its first 11 attempts from the foul line.

Junior Angelo Warner led Morehead State with 17 points, while senior Drew Kelly added 12.  Senior Chad Posthumus, who began the day second in the nation with 12.4 rebounds per contest, pulled down a game-high 10.

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Murray State Opens OVC Schedule with Key Win Over SEMO

Murray State 82
Southeast Missouri State 75

Final from Murray, Kentucky

Game recap by MSU:

The Murray State Racers opened the Ohio Valley Conference season with an 82-75 win over Southeast Missouri State Thursday night at the CFSB Center in Murray, Ky.

Jarvis Williams tied a CFSB Center record with a career-high 18 rebounds, with Cameron Payne and T.J. Sapp scoring 23 and 16 points respectively. Williams tossed in 16 points and Payne's 23 set a career-high.

The Racers (6-7, 1-0 OVC) pushed their home win streak to four straight, while the Redhawks fell to 8-6 and 0-1.

A late 7-0 run got the Racers over the hump as the OVC West Division favorites battled in their first of two meetings this season. Trailing 67-66 with 4:27 left, Payne hit a corner three to give the Racers the lead for good. After a defensive stop, Williams made a free throw and rebounded the miss of his second attempt. The ball was moved around the horn and eventually Sapp nailed 3-pointer completing a rare 4-point play for the Racers and a 73-67 lead with 3:36 left.

SEMO made another push and cut the MSU lead to 75-73 with 2:33 left, but Sapp answered with another 3-pointer and MSU led by five with 2:03 remaining.

Jeffery Moss and Sapp each made a pair of free throws in the final seconds to seal the win.

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Rajon Rondo May Spend Some Time in the D-League

Boston Celtics point guard Rajon Rondo may spend some time in the NBA Development League before officially returning to the Celtics.

Celtics coach Brad Stevens said recently that Rondo might have a rehab stint with the Maine Red Claws.

Rondo embraces the idea but also noted to reporters that he might just show up play one night.

"You just never know," Rondo said. "I might pop up and just play."

Here are Rondo's comments (click image to play):



Tyrone Brazelton Plans to Leave Lithuanian Team

Former Western Kentucky star Tyrone Brazelton is preparing to leave Lithuanian team Nevezis Kedainiai.

Brazelton currently leads Lithuania's top-level LKL league in scoring at 16.8 points per game. He also leads the league in steals (2.1 SPG) and third in assists (4.5 APG).

While it has not been confirmed, a move of this nature would seem to indicate that Brazelton has a better opportunity elsewhere.

Here is more from Eurobasket.com:

Tyrone Brazelton (183-PG-86, agency: Higher Vision Sports, college: W.Kentucky) and the Lithuanian Club Nevezis Kedainiai are working to settle the contract for the player to leave the club in the next days, announced his agent. Brazelton has been the top rated player in Lithuania and the Baltic league during his stay ranking within the top three in both scoring, assists and steals. Since the beginning of the season, Brazelton has averaged 16.8 points, 4.5 assist and 2.1 steals per game.

Western Kentucky Opens Sun Belt Conference Play with Win at South Alabama

Western Kentucky 58
South Alabama 56

Final from Mobile, Alabama

Game recap by WKU:

MOBILE, Ala. (AP) - Chris Harrison-Docks made a tear-drop runner from the middle of the lane with 4.3 seconds left to lift Western Kentucky over South Alabama 58-56 in the Sun Belt Conference opener on Thursday night.

Harrison-Docks finished with 11 points and four assists, George Fant had 10 points and 11 rebounds and T.J. Price led the Hilltoppers (9-5) with 19 points. Price became the 47th player in WKU history with 1,000 career points on a layup with 9:16 left in the first half.

South Alabama (6-8) tied the game at 56 on Mychal Ammons' layup with 29.2 seconds to go. Ammons had also tied the game at 51 with 3:10 to play. WKU went ahead on Payton Hulsey's layup and Antoine Allen and Harrison-Docks traded 3-pointers with less than 2 minutes to go.

Ammons had 15 points and five rebounds for South Alabama. Augustine Rubit and Allen and each scored 10.

Thursday, January 2, 2014

Crawford: Chane Behanan Seeking Help, Being Assisted by Brandon Bender

Former Louisville player Chane Behanan is seeking help for unspecified problems from a rehab program that is organized by John Lucas.

Eventually, Behanan hopes to resolve his problems and play basketball against either at another college or at the professional level.

According to Eric Crawford of WDRB, one person who is assisting in that process is former Louisville player Brandon Bender.

Here is an excerpt:

Behanan did not respond to interview requests from WDRB on Thursday. It's unclear where he wants to transfer or even whether he will transfer, or look to pursue professional options. But it seems plenty of schools are interested.

And one person who appears to be in the center of that process is former U of L player Brandon Bender, who coached Behanan in AAU basketball. Bender says at least a dozen programs have contacted him to ask about Behanan, including Arizona, Iowa State, Southern Miss and Ohio State. Bender himself was a player who left the U of L program after several run-ins with team rules.

But Behanan may be a long way from being a major contributor anywhere. He told ESPN that he needs to get himself in order before moving on with his basketball plans. He endured several suspensions at U of L, and according to Pitino had several chances to meet conditions set forth by the university before his latest dismissal from the team.


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Keith Bogans Frustrated with Lack of Playing Time in Boston

Former Kentucky star Keith Bogans is frustrated with the amount of playing time he is currently getting for the Boston Celtics.

Bogans has played in just 4 games this season for a total of 28 minutes. He still has not scored a point.

Here is more from Hoopsworld.com:

“I just want to play,” Bogans said. “I want to play basketball. I want to get off the bench.”

Bogans was traded to the Celtics from the Brooklyn Nets last summer in the deal that included Paul Pierce and Kevin Garnett. He became part of an already-crowded backcourt with limited opportunities for playing time. The Celtics opened the season with seven guards on their roster, including the injured Rajon Rondo. In spite of the makeup of the team, Bogans thought he would see minutes.

“I had no idea that I would be in this position,” Bogans said. “[My expectations were] that I would play.”

Once training camp wrapped up and the regular season got underway, Bogans said, he realized his role would be different than in the past. He has appeared in just four games this season for a total of 28 minutes. He has not played since November 30 and is scoreless thus far.

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Happy Osborne Suspended for Tonight's Game, But Won't Take the Night Off

Kentucky Wesleyan College head coach Happy Osborne is suspended for tonight's game against Cedarville following an ejection in the Panthers last game at Southern Indiana.

Osborne won't be taking a night off, however. According to Cole Claybourn of the Messenger-Inquirer, Osborne will be just down the road scouting the Panther's next opponent:

ColeClaybournMI #KWC coach Happy Osborne is suspended for tonight's game, so he'll be five miles down the road scouting KWC's next opponent, Central State.

After a tumultuous start to the season, Kentucky Wesleyan (7-6) has managed to win six of their last seven games. They are 2-0 in the Great Midwest Athletic Conference.

Northern Kentucky Opens Atlantic Sun Schedule with Split on the Road

Northern Kentucky 67
Stetson 65       F/OT

Final from DeLand, Florida

Game recap by NKU:

DeLAND, Fla. – Overtime means winning time for Northern Kentucky on the basketball court.

The Norse improved to 3-0 this season in overtime games with a 67-65 victory at Stetson on Wednesday night. Jake Giesler's follow-up basket with 1.2 seconds remaining gave Northern Kentucky the winning points.

Giesler grabbed an offensive rebound with time running down and followed with a layup to snap a 65-all tie and give Northern Kentucky (5-9 overall, 1-1 Atlantic Sun Conference) the road victory. Stetson's Willie Green missed a 3-pointer at the buzzer, sealing the win for the Norse.

"Our guys kept battling, and we forced a big turnover on the inbounds play right before Jake's shot," Norse head coach Dave Bezold said. "I thought we executed very well the entire game, played good defense and pulled out a tough road win. This is three overtime wins, and that says a great deal about the players and their toughness."

Northern Kentucky also owns overtime wins against Tulane and Hampton this season.

Jordan Jackson scored 13 points to lead the Norse, who are now 1-2 all-time against Stetson (3-11 overall, 1-1 Atlantic Sun Conference). Jalen Billups and Tyler White each added 12 points, with White also dishing out five assists.

Stetson built an 18-9 lead early in the first half, but Northern Kentucky responded with a 14-6 run to cut the Hatter advantage to 24-23. Deontae Cole's 3-pointer late in the first half evened the score at 30-all. Cole sparked Northern Kentucky with six points off the bench before halftime.

The Norse scored the first six points of the second half to build a 36-30 lead and still owned a 58-55 advantage with just more than a minute remaining. Raymone Andrews, however, buried a 3-pointer to tie the game at 58-all, and both teams missed chances in the final seconds to force overtime.
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Behanan Gets Release from Louisville, Hopes to Get Help from John Lucas

Chane Behanan has been granted his official release from the University of Louisville.

Behanan will be able to seek transfer to any schools except for member institutions of the Atlantic Coast Conference and American Athletic Conference.

The release reads:

In accordance with NCAA Bylaw 13.1.1.3, the University of Louisville grants all institutions with the exception of Atlantic Coast Conference (ACC) member schools permission to contact University of Louisville student-athlete Chane Behanan.

Before considering where he'll continue his basketball career, Behanan plans to get help for the unspecified problems that he is dealing with.

Behanan will work with John Lucas, who runs a drug and alcohol treatment program for athletes and coaches.

Here is more from Jeff Goodman of ESPN.com:

"I'm hoping to go down there, take care of myself and then hopefully get another opportunity -- wherever it may be," Behanan said Thursday morning. "I haven't decided what I'm going to do yet. First I'm going to go get help."

Lucas runs a drug and alcohol treatment program for athletes and coaches. He's worked with NFL player Tyrann Mathieu, former Kentucky and Texas Tech coach Billy Gillispie, Colorado State coach Larry Eustachy, ex-Rutgers coach Mike Rice and Texas Southern player Aaric Murray on a variety of issues. Behanan did not reveal what problem he needs to address.
 The 6-foot-6 Behanan averaged 7.6 points and 6.3 rebounds in 12 games this season. Louisville coach Rick Pitino suspended Behanan on Oct. 17 and reinstated the junior power forward after the season opener. He was kicked off the team permanently on Monday.

"I'm sorry that I let my teammates down, my family down and the coaching staff down," Behanan said. "I know the fans believed in me and stuck by me, and I apologize to them as well."

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Former UPIKE Star Vance Cooksey Leaves Team in Iceland

Former University of Pikeville star Vance Cooksey has left Ungmennafelagio Snaefell of Iceland's top-level Dominos League.

In 10 games, Cooksey averaged 22.7 points, 5.6 rebounds, 6.7 assists and 2.8 steals per game.

Here is more from Eurobasket.com:

Ungmennafelagio Snaefell (Dominos League) parted the ways with 27-year old American point guard Vance Cooksey (183-79kg-87, college: Pikeville). In 10 Dominos League games he was seventh best scorer with impressive 22.7ppg and averaged 5.6rpg, 6.7apg (top 6) and 2.8spg (in top 2) this season.

The most of last season Cooksey spent at Iowa Energy in D-League. In 18 games he had 4.5ppg and 2.6apg.

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Matt Jones: Chane Behanan Leaning Towards Transferring to Florida State

Matt Jones of KentuckySportsRadio.com is hearing that former Louisville forward Chane Behanan is leaning towards a transfer to Florida State University.

Behanan was recently dismissed from the Louisville program for a violation of university policy.

I have been told by a source that Western Kentucky, Wichita State and Gonzaga have also reached out to Behanan.

Bellarmine University Enters 2014 at No. 2 in the NABC DII Coaches Poll

Bellarmine University (8-0) opens 2014 as the No. 2 team in the nation.

The Knights are just behind West Liberty (W.Va.) in the NABC Division II Coaches Poll this week. Bellarmine has 385 points while West Liberty has 396.


GLVC member Drury (Mo.) is No. 3 with 359 points. Florida Southern and Metropolitan State (Colo.) round out the top 5.

NABC Division II Coaches Poll (Dec. 31, 2013 – Poll #6)
RecordPointsPvs
1. West Liberty, W.Va. (14 first place votes)8-03961
2. Bellarmine, Ky. (2 first place votes)8-03852
3. Drury, Mo.9-03593
4. Florida Southern12-03544
5. Metropolitan State, Colo.8-13286
6. Indiana, Pa.10-03187
7. Dixie State, Utah9-03038
8. Southern Indiana8-02819
9. Tarleton State, Texas10-028011
10. East Stroudsburg, Pa.11-023312
11. Seattle Pacific, Wash.11-221014
12. Findlay, Ohio7-120015
13. Colorado School of Mines9-019017
14. Minnesota State11-217016
15. Western Washington8-21465
16. Indianapolis, Ind.8-013621
17. Montevallo, Ala.9-112410
18. Lincoln Memorial, Tenn.8-111920
19. Cal State-San Bernardino7-191NR
20. Franklin Pierce, N.H.11-18523
21. Chico State, Calif.7-143NR
22. Lewis, Ill.7-042NR
23. Alaska-Anchorage8-441NR
24. Georgia Southwestern10-13518
25. Barry, Fla.9-034NR
Dropped out: Livingstone (13), Midwestern State (19), Angelo State (22), North Alabama (24), Valdosta State (25).
Others receiving votes: Livingstone (N.C.) 33, Missouri Southern 26, South Carolina Aiken 26, Winona State (Minn.) 25, Shepherd (W.Va.) 24, Florida Tech 23, Lake Superior State (Mich.) 22, Northeastern State (Okla.) 22, Midwestern State (Texas) 19, California Baptist 17, West Georgia 16, Angelo State (Texas) 10, Cal State-L.A. 9, Southern Connecticut State 9, Georgia Regents University 6, Wingate (S.C.) 6, Central Missouri 5, Washburn (Kan.) 4, Delta State (Miss.) 3, Michigan Tech 3, North Alabama 2, Grand Valley State (Mich.) 1, Valdosta State (Ga.) 1.

Highlights: Karl Towns Dominates at 2013 Shooting Touch Shootout

Future Kentucky big man Karl Towns had a huge weekend at the 2013 Shooting Touch Shootout.

Check out the highlights:


Conference Play Really Heats Up Tonight

Conference games are here for the majority of the college basketball teams around Kentucky.

Tonight tips off a heavy dose of conference action with the Sun Belt, Ohio Valley, G-MAC and Mid-South Conferences all beginning league games.

Here's a schedule for tonight through Sunday:

Thursday, January 2
6:05 p.m. Western Kentucky University at South Alabama*
7:30 p.m. Kentucky State University at Albany State University*
7:45 p.m. Kentucky Wesleyan College at Cedarville*
8:00 p.m. Southest Missouri at Murray State University*
8:00 p.m. Morehead State University at SIU Edwardsville*
8:00 p.m. Shawnee State at Georgetown College*
8:00 p.m. Eastern Kentucky University at Eastern Illinois*
8:00 p.m. Rio Grande at University of the Cumberlands*
8:00 p.m. University of Pikeville at Bluefield College*
9:00 p.m. St. Catharine College at Cumberland University*
9:00 p.m. Campbellsville University at Lindsey Wilson College*

Friday, January 3

8:30 p.m. Bellarmine University at William Jewell College*

Saturday, January 4

1:00 p.m. Thomas More College at Washington & Jefferson*
1:00 p.m. Western Kentucky University at Troy*
2:00 p.m. St. Andrews at Union College*
3:00 p.m. Morehead State University at Eastern Illinois*
3:00 p.m. Fontbonne University at Spalding University*
3:00 p.m. Sewanee at Centre College*
3:00 p.m. Brescia University at Asbury University*
3:00 p.m. Fort Valley State at Kentucky State University*
4:00 p.m. Shawnee State at University of the Cumberlands*
4:00 p.m. Rio Grande at Georgetown College*
4:00 p.m. Cincinnati Christian at Alice Lloyd College*
4:00 p.m. Anderson University at Transylvania University*
4:00 p.m. Kentucky Wesleyan College at Central State*
5:00 p.m. Campbellsville University at Cumberland University*
5:00 p.m. St. Catharine College at Lindsey Wilson College*
6:00 p.m. University of Louisville at Rutgers*
7:00 p.m. Jacksonville at Northern Kentucky University*
8:00 p.m. Eastern Kentucky University at SIU Edwardsville*

Sunday, January 5

2:00 p.m. Berea College at IU East*
3:00 p.m. UT Martin at Murray State University*
4:00 p.m. Bellarmine University at Rockhurst University
4:00 p.m. Point Park University at Brescia University*

* Conference Game

Wednesday, January 1, 2014

Kentucky vs. Louisville Music Video

Check out this Kentucky vs. Louisville music video from Kentucky Wildcats TV:


DeAndre Liggins Named NBA D-League Performer of the Week

Former Kentucky guard DeAndre Liggins was named NBA Development League Performer of the Week earlier this week.

Here is a release from the D-League:

NEW YORK, Dec. 30, 2013 – DeAndre Liggins of the Sioux Falls Skyforce was today named NBA Development League Performer of the Week for games played Monday, Dec. 23 – Sunday, Dec. 29.

Liggins, a 6-6, 209 pound guard from Kentucky, led Sioux Falls to a 2-1 record last week, including a Christmas day victory over the Iowa Energy. Liggins averaged 23.0 points, while shooting 48 percent from the field, to go with 9.7 rebounds, 6.3 assists, 1.7 steals and 1.7 blocks. He began with an 18-point, 11-rebound double-double, adding eight assists in the 112-99 win over the Energy on Christmas day. Liggins finished the week with two more contests against the Energy, scoring more than 20 points in both outings.

The honor is the first for Liggins, who is averaging 16.1 points, 7.9 rebounds, 5.3 assists, 1.7 steals and 39.6 minutes in 13 games, all starts, for Sioux Falls this season.

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State's Top-Ranked Team is No. 3 Seed in Louisville Invitational Tournament

The schedule for the 2014 Republic Bank Louisville Invitational Tournament was released this week. The tournament runs from January 13-18 at Valley High School.

Amazingly, Ballard, the top team in the state, was given the No. 3 seed in the LIT. According to the system used to determine rankings, Bullitt East is the top seed and Trinity is No. 2.

Jason Frakes of the Courier-Journal has an article about the reaction to the seeding:

The 67th annual LIT is set for Jan. 13-18 at Valley High School and will include the top 20 teams from the Sixth and Seventh regions in the SETH Power Rankings, a system devised by Jefferson County Public Schools director of athletics Jerry Wyman.

Many considered Ballard the likely No. 1 seed for the tournament, as the Bruins (11-3) were ranked No. 1 in the state in The Courier-Journal’s preseason poll of coaches. Ballard is 6-0 against Kentucky competition and won the King of the Bluegrass Holiday Classic but got the No. 3 seed for the LIT.

King of the Bluegrass runner-up Trinity (9-2) received the No. 2 seed, and Lake Cumberland Holiday Classic champion St. Xavier (10-1) got the No. 4 spot.

“(Bullitt East) is being rewarded for staying home and playing Kentucky teams and seeing what happens,” Wyman said. “Some may question why Ballard or Trinity aren’t No. 1, but Bullitt East hasn’t done anything in my opinion to make you think they don’t deserve it.”

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My Thoughts: Personally, I've never heard of the SETH Power Rankings but I'll say this: playing teams from in-state doesn't make a team any better than playing teams from other states. No disrespect to Bullitt East as they are having a tremendous season, but Ballard is the best team in Kentucky at this time (in my opinion, of course).

Here's a schedule for the upcoming LIT:

Monday, Jan. 13: Holy Cross-Moore winner (20) vs. Western (13), 3:30; Kentucky Country Day (19) vs. Butler (14), 5; Male (17) vs. Jeffersontown (16), 6:30; Seneca (18) vs. DeSales (15), 8:15

Tuesday, Jan. 14: Iroquois (10) vs. Manual (7), 3:30; Eastern (11) vs. Doss (6), 5; Fern Creek (9) vs. Waggener (8), 6:30; Fairdale (12) vs. Pleasure Ridge Park (5), 8:15

Wednesday, Jan. 15: Male-Jeffersontown winner vs. Bullitt East (1), 3:30; Holy Cross-Moore-Western survivor vs. St. Xavier (4), 5; Kentucky Country Day-Butler winner vs. Ballard (3), 6:30; Seneca-DeSales winner vs. Trinity (2), 8:15

Friday, Jan. 17: Quarterfinals at 4, 5:30, 7, 8:30

Saturday, Jan. 18: Semifinals at 10, 11:30 a.m.; final at 8

Tuesday, December 31, 2013

James Young Named USBWA National Freshman of the Week

Kentucky's James Young has been named USBWA National Freshman of the Week following his outstanding game against Louisville.

Here is a release from UK:

LEXINGTON, Ky. – UK freshman James Young is the Wayman Tisdale National Freshman of the Week for games ending the week of Dec. 29. Young was selected by CBSSports.com's Jeff Borzello, in partnership with the U.S. Basketball Writers Association.

Young poured in a team-high 18 points while adding career-bests in rebounds (10) and assists (4) in a 73-66 victory over No. 6 Louisville on Saturday. He registered his first career double-double effort with the team-high tying tally of boards, while the four assists also ranked as a team best.

With the game tied at 53, Young hit a layup to spark a 13-3 Kentucky spurt and put the game away for the Cats over their instate rival.

For the season, Young has knocked down at least one 3-pointer in all but two games this season and multiple 3's in eight games including the win over Louisville. Through 13 games, Young has connected for 29 long-range shots a mark that ranks 11th in program history for a freshman. He's also poured in 179 points thus far which is the 52nd most by any UK freshman in program history.

Young was also named ESPN.com National Player of the Week by Andy Katz while also receiving SEC Freshman of the Week honors as well as the UK-UofL game’s Most Valuable Player Award by the Bluegrass Sports Commission.

Terrence Williams to Join the Los Angeles D-Fenders

Former Louisville star Terrence "T-Will" Williams is set to join the Los Angeles D-Fenders, the NBA D-League affiliate of the Lakers.

According to the report, Williams has been acquired off waivers by the D-Fenders.

Here is more from DLeagueDigest.com:

According to a team source, Terrence Williams will join the Los Angeles Lakers’ NBA D-League affiliate team, the L.A. D-Fenders.

Williams has been acquired off waivers by the D-Fenders after being rumored to possibly play for both the Maine Red Claws (Boston Celtics NBADL affiliate) and Springfield Armor (Brooklyn Nets NBADL affiliate).

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Monday, December 30, 2013

Morehead State Overwhelms Asbury University

Morehead State 102
Asbury University 68

Final from Morehead, Kentucky

Game recap coming soon...

For now, some highlights and a box score:





Kentucky Fans Sing the National Anthem at Rupp Arena

Take a listen as Kentucky's Big Blue Nation comes together to sing the National Anthem before Saturday's game against Louisville:


Andy Katz Names James Young National Player of the Week

Andy Katz of ESPN.com names Kentucky's James Young his national player of the week (click to play):

Marshall Henderson Will be in Kentucky Tonight

Marshall Henderson and Ole Miss will be in Kentucky tonight as they battle Western Kentucky in Bowling Green.

Henderson is averaging 18.7 points and 2.2 assists per game this season.

Tonight's game tips at 8:00 p.m. ET.

Get ready Bowling Green...Marshall Henderson is coming to town:






Murray State Falls Short at Dayton

Dayton 72
Murray State 51

Final from Dayton, Ohio

Game recap by MSU:

The Murray State Racers dropped a 72-51 loss Sunday to the Dayton Flyers at UD Arena in Dayton, Ohio.

MSU put three in double-figure scoring with Cameron Payne getting 13 points. T.J. Sapp added 12 while Jarvis Williams had 10.

The Racers (5-7) jumped out to an 8-2 lead early on six points by Jonathan Fairell and led 11-6 after C.J. Ford made a steal and layup at the 13:41 mark. Sapp hit his first shot coming off the bench at the 12:22 mark and MSU led the Flyers 14-10.

After starting the game 6-of-13 from the field, the Racers found it difficult making shots going 3-of-15 and fell behind UD 33-21 with 1:10 left in the half.

Sapp gave the Racers a big lift with a pair of baskets in the final 12 seconds. He got a screen and scored on an inbounds pass from Jeffery Moss and then picked off a pass with time running out and went the length of the floor and scored a layup at the buzzer to cut Dayton's lead to 33-25 at the half.
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What Did Rick Pitino and John Calipari Talk About Prior to the Game?

What did Rick Pitino and John Calipari talk about prior to Saturday's game in Rupp Arena?

Luckily, CN2 has a camera on the scene. Check it out:


Kentucky's James Young Named SEC Freshman of the Week

Kentucky's James Young has been named Southeastern Conference Freshman of the Week. Young recorded his first career double-double with 18 points and 10 rebounds against Louisville.

Here is a release from the SEC:

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 recording his first career double-double with 18 points and 10 rebounds against sixth-ranked Louisville. Led the Wildcats in scoring (18), rebounding (10) and assists (4) against the Cardinals. He set new career marks in rebounding and assists. With the game tied at 53, Young drilled a 3-pointer to spark a 13-3 UK run and the ‘Cats never led that fewer than five points the rest of the way.

Louisville Dismisses Chane Behanan for Violation of University Policy

The University of Louisville has announced that forward Chane Behanan has been dismissed from the men's basketball program for a violation of university policy.

Pitino addressed the situation in a press conference.

"We lost a really terrific young man in many respects," Pitino said. "Between the lines, he gave great effort, is a great teammate...a wonderful young guy to be around. Away from the lines, he just did not do the right things over and over and over."

Pitino noted that Behanan could transfer and likely play 70% of a season after sitting out a year. He has not been kicked out of school.

Louisville's Akoy Agau is Suspended Indefinitely...Or IS He?

Last week, the University of Louisville announced via a release that freshman Akoy Agau had been suspended indefinitely.

The suspension didn't last long as Agau playing two minutes against Kentucky on Saturday. No details have been released on his status or circumstances surrounding his suspension.

Ring in the New Year with College Hoops: Schedule for the Week

A new year is on the horizon and there is plenty of college hoops around Kentucky to keep you occupied.

Here is a schedule for the week:

Monday, December 30

5:00 p.m. Hope vs. Centre College (at Thomas More College)
7:00 p.m. Asbury University at Morehead State University (Exhibition for AU)
7:00 p.m. Cincinnati Christian at Thomas More College (Coach Connor Classic)
7:05 p.m. Northern Kentucky University at Florida Gulf Coast*
8:00 p.m. Ole Miss at Western Kentucky University
8:00 p.m. Tennessee Temple at Lindsey Wilson College
8:00 p.m. Taylor University at Brescia University

Tuesday, Decmeber 31

4:00 p.m. Tennessee Temple at University of Pikeville
5:00 p.m. University of Louisville at UCF*
5:00 p.m. Cincinnati Christian vs. Centre College (at Thomas More College)
7:00 p.m. Hope at Thomas More College (Coach Connor Classic)

Wednesday, January 1

7:00 p.m. Northern Kentucky University at Stetson*

Thursday, January 2

6:05 p.m. Western Kentucky University at South Alabama*
7:30 p.m. Kentucky State University at Albany State University*
7:45 p.m. Kentucky Wesleyan College at Cedarville*
8:00 p.m. Southest Missouri at Murray State University*
8:00 p.m. Morehead State University at SIU Edwardsville*
8:00 p.m. Shawnee State at Georgetown College*
8:00 p.m. Eastern Kentucky University at Eastern Illinois*
8:00 p.m. Rio Grande at University of the Cumberlands*
8:00 p.m. University of Pikeville at Bluefield College*
9:00 p.m. St. Catharine College at Cumberland University*
9:00 p.m. Campbellsville University at Lindsey Wilson College*

Friday, January 3

8:30 p.m. Bellarmine University at William Jewell College*

Saturday, January 4

1:00 p.m. Thomas More College at Washington & Jefferson*
1:00 p.m. Western Kentucky University at Troy*
2:00 p.m. St. Andrews at Union College*
3:00 p.m. Morehead State University at Eastern Illinois*
3:00 p.m. Fontbonne University at Spalding University*
3:00 p.m. Sewanee at Centre College*
3:00 p.m. Brescia University at Asbury University*
3:00 p.m. Fort Valley State at Kentucky State University*
4:00 p.m. Shawnee State at University of the Cumberlands*
4:00 p.m. Rio Grande at Georgetown College*
4:00 p.m. Cincinnati Christian at Alice Lloyd College*
4:00 p.m. Anderson University at Transylvania University*
4:00 p.m. Kentucky Wesleyan College at Central State*
5:00 p.m. Campbellsville University at Cumberland University*
5:00 p.m. St. Catharine College at Lindsey Wilson College*
6:00 p.m. University of Louisville at Rutgers*
7:00 p.m. Jacksonville at Northern Kentucky University*
8:00 p.m. Eastern Kentucky University at SIU Edwardsville*

Sunday, January 5

2:00 p.m. Berea College at IU East*
3:00 p.m. UT Martin at Murray State University*
4:00 p.m. Bellarmine University at Rockhurst University
4:00 p.m. Point Park University at Brescia University*

* Conference Game

Shagari Alleyne Gets in the Wrestling Ring

Former University of Kentucky big man Shagari Alleyne made an appearance in the wrestling ring over the weekend.

Alleyne entered the ring with Martin Paquette and referee Martin Tremblay during an independent promotion. Paquette, who stands 7-foot-3, is billed as "the tallest man in Canada."

If my research is correct, the independent event was put together by (or at least included) former WWE wrestler Jacques Rougeau, aka The Mountie.

As far as basketball goes, Alleyne is still playing for the New York Jamm of the Premier Basketball League.



* Photo by Nicole Dutton Tremblay

Sunday, December 29, 2013

Rick Pitino Uses Christina Aguilera and Rodrick Rhodes to Explain Louisville Front Court

Louisville head coach Rick Pitino posted an article on his website today to sum up 2013 and prepare for 2014.

Pitino talked about things his team needs to work on as they prepare for conference play and more.

He also gave an interesting analogy to explain his team's front court problems:

Let me give you an analogy of our front court knowing who they are.  It’s like having Christina Aguilera to sing at a concert, she comes out, ignores her great voice and dances for two hours. That's our front court. I remember as if were yesterday asking Rodrick Rhodes, who played for me at UK, this question.  You are a great defender, slasher and passer -- why are you trying to show everyone the 3pt shot is your thing?
 
People come to watch Christina sing.
 
People would come to watch Rodrick pass, slash, and defend.
 
That makes them both good.
 
In other words, Montrezl and Chane – Need to dominate the paint. Rebound like Kenneth Faried , defend like Dennis Rodman, block shots and dunk.  Score off rip moves and leave the dancing to Justin Timberlake.  After all, what got Amare’ Stoudemire recognized wasn't his jump shot and passing abilities.

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