Wednesday, December 31, 2014

Best Road Trip of 2014: The Trip to Wisconsin

The Best Road Trip of 2014 has to be my mid-November journey to Madison, Wisconsin for Northern Kentucky's game against the Badgers.

The game didn't go well for the Norse as they were overwhelmed by then No. 3 Wisconsin, but the trip was outstanding.

I was able to make quick stops at Purdue and Illinois (trust me, I'll have a lot to say about Champaigne soon), as well as do some exploration in Madison.

I found Madison to be an excellent college city that is located perfectly between and around two lakes: Lake Mendota and Lake Monona.

It was cool to "sneak" into Camp Randall Stadium as well as check out the on-campus facilities for students.

Wisconsin's Kohl Center is a tremendous college basketball venue with great fans.

Here's a little info on the Kohl Center (via Wikipedia...which might be accurate):

The Kohl Center is an arena and athletic center at the University of Wisconsin–Madison, United States. The building, which opened in 1998, is the home of the university's men's basketball and ice hockey teams, and the women's basketball team. It also housed the university's women's ice hockey team through 2012, after which they moved into the adjacent LaBahn Arena. Seating capacity is variable, as the center can be rearranged to accommodate a basketball court, a hockey rink, or a concert. The maximum capacity is 17,230 in its basketball configuration, and 15,359 for ice hockey. The center has three levels, with the floor holding about 7,500 people, and the two upper balconies about 4,500 each. It is the second largest indoor venue in Wisconsin and the largest outside Milwaukee. The arena is located on the southeast corner of the UW–Madison campus, at the intersection of West Dayton and North Frances Streets.

Location: 601 West Dayton Street Madison, WI 53715-1206

Owner and Operator: University of Wisconsin–Madison

Capacity: 17,230 (basketball) 15,359 (hockey)

Surface: Multi-surface 200' x 97' (hockey)

Construction Broke Ground: September 7, 1996

Opened: January 17, 1998

Construction Cost: $76.4 Million ($111 million in 2014 dollars)

The Badgers have the freakiest mascot I've ever encountered in person (more on that very soon, as well) and head coach Bo Ryan is the most serious coach in college basketball. It literally took a staffer almost choking to get him to even crack a smile.

I spent one night in Indianapolis and the next night in my car at Speedway in Champaigne (seriously).

All-in-all, the trip was amazing and if the opportunity presents itself, I'll be ready for round two.

Here are a few pics of videos from my quick trip to Wisconsin:

Best High School Fan of 2014: Lincoln County's Gift to Women

I guess we should play a little game of best of and worst of for 2014...

I'm going to start with the Best High School Fan of 2014:

Lincoln County's Gift to Women (and a little shout out to Santa's reindeer at Lincoln County):

Game Time Set for Kentucky vs. Texas A&M

Kentucky's game at Texas A&M on January 10 will tip off at 1:00 p.m. ET on CBS.

Here's a release from UK:

LEXINGTON, Ky. – The game time for the Kentucky-Texas A&M contest slated for Saturday, Jan. 10, 2015 in College Station, Texas, has been set for 1 p.m. ET on CBS.

UK-Texas A&M will air prior to the NFL Playoffs scheduled for 4:40 p.m. ET on the same channel.

The contest between the Wildcats and Aggies will mark the first road game in the Southeastern Conference for Kentucky. UK owns a 4-2 lead in the series including a 1-0 mark when the game is played in College Station.

UK last traveled to Texas A&M during the 2012-13 season. The Wildcats earned a 72-68 victory in overtime on Feb. 2, 2013. Freshman Nerlens Noel had a season-high 19 points and senior Julius Mays also added 19 points, including five in overtime, to help the Wildcats to victory.

The Wildcats will return to action on Jan. 6, 2015 with a 7 p.m. ET tip at home against Ole Miss. The game is set to air live on the SEC Network.

Tuesday, December 30, 2014

WKU Hammers Alice Lloyd College, Ray Harper Nets Win No. 400

Western Kentucky 104
Alice Lloyd College 62

Final from Bowling Green, KY

Game recap by WKU:

BOWLING GREEN, Ky. (AP) - Trency Jackson and T.J. Price combined for 37 points as WKU ran past Alice Lloyd (Ky.) College 104-62 Monday night.

Jackson, who had 19 points, made 5 of 8 from beyond the arc, and Price made 5 of 7 from long range to total 18 points. Price also had seven rebounds and seven assists for WKU (7-5). George Fant added 15 and Chris Harrison-Docks had 11 points and eight assists.

WKU's Ray Harper picked up his 400th win as a collegiate head coach in 504 games.

WKU jumped out to an early lead but the Eagles closed to 15-13 with 14:05 left in the first half. T.J. Price hit two 3-pointers to spark an 11-0 run and the Hilltoppers went on to a comfortable 60-31 lead at the break. They were up 89-47 midway of the second half.

Trevor Tiller had 20 points for Alice Lloyd.

Five-Star Guard Antonio Blakeney to Announce Decision on Friday

Five-star guard Antonio Blakeney will announce his college decision on Friday.

Blakeney, a 6-foot-3 shooting guard, will choose between Kentucky, LSU and Missouri. He originally committed to Louisville but broke off that commitment and considered other offers.

Blakeney ranks No. 13 overall on the list for 2015.


Tyler Ulis Named National Freshman of the Week by the USBWA

The U.S. Basketball Writers Association has just named Kentucky's Tyler Ulis National Freshman of the Week.

Ulis came off the bench to score 14 points in Saturday's win over Louisville.

According to a release, Ulis was selected by's Matt Norlander, in partnership with the USBWA.

Here is a release from the USBWA:

ST. LOUIS (USBWA) – Kentucky's Tyler Ulis is the Wayman Tisdale National Freshman of the Week for games ending the week of Dec. 28. Ulis was selected by's Matt Norlander, in partnership with the U.S. Basketball Writers Association.

Norlander's popular weekly freshman watch column will continue to feature nation's the top freshmen each week in addition to the national player of the week. Later in the season, the USBWA will release a midseason watch list before naming finalists for the award. This season marks the first time a weekly national freshman of the week will be selected and, each Tuesday through Feb. 24, a standout first-year player will be chosen for the honor.

Ulis, a 5-9 guard from Lima, Ohio, came off the bench to score a team-high 14 points in 26 minutes in top-ranked Kentucky's 58-50 win over rival and 4th-ranked Louisville on Saturday. On the season, Ulis is averaging 5.8 points, 3.7 assists and 2.2 rebounds.

The Integris Wayman Tisdale Award is to be presented to the national freshman of the year at the Devon Energy College Basketball Awards on April 14, 2015, at the National Cowboy and Western Heritage Museum in Oklahoma City. The Oscar Robertson Trophy and the Henry Iba Coach of the Year Award will also be presented at the gala to be held annually following the NCAA Men's Final Four.

The USBWA has chosen a national freshman of the year since the 1988-89 season when LSU's Chris Jackson was the recipient. Last season, Duke's Jabari Parker became the fourth winner of the Wayman Tisdale Award. Other notable previous winners of the national freshman of the year award include Anthony Davis, Kevin Durant, Carmelo Anthony, Jason Kidd and Chris Webber.
The Tisdale Award winner will receive a statuette designed by nationally-recognized sculptor Shan Gray. The April 15 banquet will also honor Syracuse coach Jim Boeheim, the recipient of the Wayman Tisdale Humanitarian Award

Complete Release

Morehead State Hammers Central Arkansas in Final Non-Conference Game

Morehead State 95
Central Arkansas 60

Final from Conway, Arkansas

Game recap by MSU:

CONWAY, Ark. -- The Morehead State men's basketball team knocked down 59 percent from the field, posted a 16-rebound advantage and forced 22 turnovers on its way to a 95-60 non-conference victory over Central Arkansas on Monday night at the Farris Center.

The Ohio Valley Conference Eagles wrap up non-conference play 5-10 overall and 2-6 on the road. The Southland Conference Bears are still winless in 11 contests overall and four affairs at home. It was the first-ever meeting between the schools in men's basketball.

"I'm happy with the way we played tonight," Head Coach Sean Woods said. "I think the holiday break was good for us. We looked rested and had our legs under us. We shot 59 percent overall, and we're going to be a really tough team to beat anytime that happens."

Sophomore Corban Collins and freshman Marquel Willis paced five Eagles in double figures with 15 points apiece. Senior Angelo Warner added 13 points in 13 minutes for MSU, while senior Billy Reader chipped in with 11 and junior Brent Arrington netted 10.

Collins drilled 6-of-9 from the floor, while Willis connected on 7-of-8 en route to his best total at the collegiate level. Reader yanked down a game-best seven rebounds, while classmate Kareem Storey was credited with a game-best five assists in only 18 minutes.

MSU made 18-of-29 from the field in the first half and 17-of-30 the rest of the way.

Morehead State registered advantages of 38-22 on the glass, 14-7 in offensive rebounds, 50-22 in paint points, 30-9 in points off turnovers, 55-14 in bench points and 18-9 in assists. The Eagles were plus eight in the turnover department, coughing the ball up just 14 times.

"Our team is at its best when our pressure defense leads to easy baskets on the offensive end," Woods said. "We saw a lot of that tonight, and that was one of the keys to our victory. We made Central Arkansas uncomfortable and took advantage of their mistakes."

MSU manufactured a 12-2 run midway through the first period to grab control. The Eagles led by 20 points at intermission, which was their largest halftime advantage against a Division I opponent in over a year. The cushion grew to a game-high 37 with 9:38 remaining.

The Eagles held the Bears to 39 percent (16-of-41) from the field and 33 percent (5-of-15) from long distance. Morehead State used all 13 players who dressed, and all 13 scored.

"Our attack was very balanced, and we need that moving forward," Woods said. "We can't have our starters wearing down in February and March, like we did last season. We need quality contributions from everyone we put in the game, and we had that tonight."

Complete Recap

Monday, December 29, 2014

A New Year is Upon Us: Schedule for the Week

A new year is upon us and basketball is back in full swing around Kentucky this week.

Here's a full schedule for the week:

Monday, December 29

1:00 p.m. Cardinal Stritch at St. Catharine College
4:00 p.m. Centre College vs. Johns Hopkins (at Washington & Lee)
8:00 p.m. Alice Lloyd College at Western Kentucky University (Exhibition for ALC)
8:00 p.m. Morehead State University at Central Arkansas
TBA Spalding University vs. Hope College (at Wooster, Ohio)

Tuesday, December 30

1:00 p.m. Eastern Kentucky University at Coppin State
4:00 p.m. Long Beach State at University of Louisville
4:00 p.m. Brescia University at Huntingdon College
8:00 p.m. Alabama A&M at Murray State University
TBA Spalding University vs. TBA (at Wooster, Ohio)
TBA Centre College vs. TBA (at Washington & Lee)

Wednesday, December 31

1:00 p.m. Northern Kentucky University at Youngstown State
2:00 p.m. Thomas More College at Transylvania University
3:00 p.m. Brevard at Kentucky Wesleyan College

Thursday, January 1

7:00 p.m. Truett-McConnell at University of Pikeville

Friday, January 2

4:00 p.m. MidAmerica Nazarene at Campbellsville University
8:00 p.m. Carlow University at Asbury University*
8:00 p.m. Rockhurst University at Bellarmine University*

Saturday, January 3

2:00 p.m. Union College at St. Andrews*
3:00 p.m. Kentucky State University at Albany State*
3:00 p.m. MidAmerica Nazarene at Lindsey Wilson College
3:00 p.m. Thiel at Thomas More College*
3:00 p.m. Spalding University at Principia College*
4:00 p.m. Transylvania University at Anderson*
4:00 p.m. Toledo at Northern Kentucky University
4:00 p.m. West Virginia Tech at University of the Cumberlands
4:00 p.m. Point Park University at Asbury University*
7:00 p.m. South Carolina State at Eastern Kentucky University
7:30 p.m. Murray State University at Morehead State University*
TBA Carlow University at Alice Lloyd College*

Sunday, January 4

2:00 p.m. Olivet Nazarene at Georgetown College
3:00 p.m. Point Park University at Alice Lloyd College*
3:00 p.m. Marshall at Western Kentucky University*
3:15 p.m. William Jewell College at Bellarmine University*
4:00 p.m. Centre College at Sewanee*
8:00 p.m. University of Louisville at Wake Forest*

* Conference game

Transylvania Knocks Off Berry for Fourth Consecutive Win

Transylvania 99
Berry 71

Final from Lexington, Kentucky

Game recap by TU:

LEXINGTON, Ky.—A three-pointer from Parker Stansberry sparked the Transylvania offense, as the Pioneers closed out Sunday's opening game of the Don Lane Classic with a 99-71 win over Berry College. The Vikings quickly pulled within two, 50-38, in the opening minutes of the second half, before Stansberry and the Pioneers exploded for a 49-23 run to pick up their fourth consecutive win.

For the game, the Pioneers were led by Stansberry who recorded a double-double with 19 points and 11 rebounds on five-of-five shooting from long range. Jones and Sergeant finished with 16 points each, and Pulliam added 12 points.Robert Dence also finished in double figures with 10 points.

The Pioneer defense grabbed 34 defensive rebounds and tallied an impressive 22 assists in the win.

"I was a little concerned about our conditioning after three days off for the holidays," head coach Brian Lane said. "But early in the game we were able to get out and score in transition and we felt like we needed to do that more as the game went on. Twenty-two assists in a single game is something that any coach would be proud of."

"I feel like we continue to grow as a team and even though we let a double-digit lead slip away early in the second half, we were able to get things together and push the score back out," Lane said. "I thought one of the plays that epitomizes how we have started winning was Parker Stansberry diving on the floor for a loose ball when we have a 20-point lead."

Berry jumped out to a 2-0 lead but never led again as junior forward Stansberry drained a three-pointer to put the Pioneers up 3-2. The score was briefly tied at 5-5 before an 8-0 Transylvania run yielded a 13-5 Pioneer lead. Although the Vikings shot 42 percent from behind the arc in the half and kept the game close, Transylvania shot nearly 55 percent from the field and 70 percent from the foul line in the first half. At the half, the Pioneers led 44-37.

Complete Recap

One Coach Still Isn't Convinced That Kentucky is No. 1

The new college basketball polls are out and Kentucky has every No. 1 vote from both the media and coaches, except for one coach who still isn't convinced.

The Wildcats are the unanimous No. 1 team in the AP Top 25. They are No. 1 in the USA Today Coaches Poll, but one coach still gave his first-place vote to Duke.

Louisville is No. 5 in the media poll and No. 6 in the coaches rankings.

Here's a look at both polls:

AP Top 25

1 Kentucky (65) 13-0 1,625
2 Duke 10-0 1,559
3 Virginia 11-0 1,457
4 Wisconsin 12-1 1,395
5 Louisville 11-1 1,327
6 Villanova 12-0 1,316
7 Gonzaga 12-1 1,249
8 Arizona 12-1 1,243
9 Iowa State 9-1 1,005
10 Utah 9-2 956
11 Texas 10-2 903 12 Maryland 12-1 869 13 Kansas 9-2 775 14 Notre Dame 12-1 709 15 St. John's 11-1 690 16 Wichita St 10-2 630 17 West Virginia 11-1 584 18 Oklahoma 8-3 530 19 North Carolina 9-3 483 20 Ohio State 11-2 435 21 Washington 11-1 253 22 Baylor 10-1 238 23 Northern Iowa 11-1 216 24 Colorado St 13-0 194 25 Georgetown 8-3 140

Others receiving votes: TCU 132, Virginia Commonwealth 101, San Diego St 40, Arkansas 27, LSU 7, George Washington 7, Old Dominion 7, Penn State 5, UNLV 5, Indiana 4, Minnesota 2, Florida 2, Stanford 2, California 1, Army 1, Davidson 1

USA Today Coaches Poll

1 Kentucky (30) 13-0 774
2 Duke (1) 10-0 744
3 Virginia 11-0 698
4 Wisconsin 12-1 663
5 Villanova 12-0 646
6 Louisville 11-1 614
7 Arizona 12-1 600
8 Gonzaga 12-1 587
9 Iowa State 9-1 484
10 Texas 10-2 428
11 Maryland 12-1 416 12 Utah 9-2 400 13 Notre Dame 12-1 371 14 Kansas 9-2 353 15 West Virginia 11-1 330 16 Wichita St 10-2 292 17 St. John's 11-1 272 18 Ohio State 11-2 237 19 Washington 11-1 189 20 North Carolina 9-3 186 21 Oklahoma 8-3 163 22 Baylor 10-1 144 23 Northern Iowa 11-1 112 24 Colorado St 13-0 94 25 San Diego St 10-3 66

Others receiving votes: Virginia Commonwealth 44, Georgetown 42, TCU 31, California 15, Arkansas 14, Seton Hall 12, Minnesota 12, Old Dominion 8, George Washington 7, Oklahoma St 6, LSU 6, Indiana 4, Connecticut 3, Illinois 3, Stanford 2, Georgia 2, Penn State 1

Video: Louisville's Chris Jones With One of the Worst Flops of All Time

Louisville point guard Chris Jones went down hard following what appeared to be a Dakari Johnson elbow to the face during Saturday's game against Kentucky.

Unfortunately for Jones, the incident was captured on camera and replay showed that it was actually one of the better (or worst) acting jobs of all time.

Watch as Jones goes down and submits his bid for an Oscar...or at the very least, a spot on ESPN's Not Top 10:

Amazingly, it wasn't Jones only flop even in Saturday's game:

That'll be a yellow card on No. 3.

Former Murray State Guard JayQuan McCloud Transfers to UW-Milwaukee

Freshman guard JayQuan McCloud left the Murray State men's basketball program before suiting up for the Racers.

According to reports, McCloud has decided to transfer to Wisconsin-Milwaukee:

As a senior at North Chicago (Illinois) Community HS, McCloud averaged 18.0 points, 5.3 rebounds and 4.5 assists per game.

Sunday, December 28, 2014

Northern Kentucky Can't Keep Up With Northwestern on the Road

Northwestern 76
Northern Kentucky 55

Final from Evanston, Illinois

Game recap by NKU:

EVANSTON, Ill. – Northern Kentucky dropped a 76-55 decision to Northwestern on Saturday afternoon in Welsh-Ryan Arena. Todd Johnson scored a team-high 14 points for the Norse, who fell to 6-7 on the season.

"I thought we played really well for the first 15 minutes of the game," said NKU head coach Dave Bezold. "We had great energy on both ends of the floor, but Northwestern put up that run to end the first half and we played too inconsistently the rest of the way. The beauty of college basketball is a longer schedule, and now we need to gear up for Youngstown State."

Deontae Cole knocked down a three on Northern Kentucky's opening possession and NKU led by as many as five in the opening half, but Northwestern battled back to even the score at 20-all. A 16-4 run by the Wildcats over the final six minutes put the Norse down 36-24 at the break.

Northwestern (9-4) pushed the lead out to 18 early in the second half, but Northern Kentucky kept battling. Keyed by seven-straight points from Johnson, the Norse whittled into the Wildcats lead and pulled within nine, 56-47, with just over 11 minutes to play.

The Wildcats responded with eight-consecutive points to put the game out of reach for the Norse.

Johnson was the lone player for NKU to reach double-figures with 14 after shooting 5-for-9 from the floor, including 3-for-6 from three. Chad Jackson added nine points, and Jalen Billups chipped in eight points, five boards and four blocks.

Complete Recap

Western Kentucky Overwhelms Brescia University

Western Kentucky 89
Brescia University 42

Final from Bowling Green, Kentucky

Game recap by WKU:

BOWLING GREEN, Ky. (AP) - DJ Clayton had 14 points and seven rebounds on Saturday night, and WKU cruised past NAIA Brescia 89-42.

WKU (6-5) shot 57.1 percent from the floor and 10 of 20 from 3-point range. The Hilltoppers opened on a 16-2 run, led 40-18 at halftime and never trailed.

Justin Johnson and Avery Patterson each added 11 points and George Fant scored 10. Twelve different Hilltoppers were on the court for at least 11 minutes and 11 finished with at least four points.

WKU improved to 5-2 in the month December and close the month out on Monday hosting Alice Lloyd, another NAIA opponent. The 47-point margin was WKU's first 40-point victory since 2006.

Decarlos Collier led Brescia with 10 points. The Bearcats had 22 turnovers and struggled from the floor with 29.3 percent shooting.

Rick Pitino Says Kentucky is One of the Best Defensive Team He's Seen in 40 Years

Louisville head coach Rick Pitino talks to the media following yesterday's loss to Kentucky - says UK is one of the best defensive teams he's seen in his 40 years of coaching:

John Calipari Discusses the Win Over Louisville

Kentucky head coach John Calipari talks to the media following Saturday's 58-50 win over Louisville:

Saturday, December 27, 2014

Highlights: Kentucky 58 Louisville 50

Here are Kentucky's highlights from today's 58-50 win over Louisville:

No. 1 Kentucky Pulls Away in Second Half to Defeat Louisville

(1) Kentucky 58
(4) Louisville 50

Final from Louisville, Kentucky

Game recap by UK:

No. 4 Louisville seemed to run out of steam late in the game and No. 1 Kentucky took advantage to earn a 58-50 win on the road.

Tyler Ulis, who was named the game's Most Valuable Player, led the Wildcats with 14 points on 5-for-8 shooting. Karl Towns added 10 points, 9 rebounds and 4 assists. Devin Booker chipped in 9 points.

Louisville (11-1) got 15 points and 8 rebounds from Terry Rozier. Chris Jones contributed 13 points but was just 3-for-15 from the field. Wayne Blackshear finished with 10 points. Preseason All-American Montrezl Harrell had 9 points and 8 boards for the Cardinals.

Kentucky (13-0) held Louisville to 15-for-58 (25.9%) field goal shooting in the game. Head coach Rick Pitino was impressed with the Wildcats' defense.

"I know one thing," Pitino said. "They're one of the great defensive teams I've seen in my 40 years. They can switch and not cause a mismatch, they can move their feet, they can block the shot."

The Wildcats limited Louisville to only one assist for the entire game and forced the Cardinals into 9 turnovers.

Kentucky will have ten days off before returning to action with a Southeastern Conference game against Ole Miss on January 6 in Lexington.

Louisville hosts Long Beach State Tuesday at 4:00 p.m. ET before entering the Atlantic Coast Conference portion of their schedule.

Box Score (click to enlarge):

John Calipari Talks About Louisville Game; Says It's "Just the next game for us"

Kentucky head coach John Calipari talks about today's game against Louisville.

Five things that stood out:

1. Calipari says it's "just the next game on the schedule for us" and he doesn't want "to make it bigger than it is." He then smiled and added, "now, if we win, it'll be a huge game..."

2. He knows Louisville will be ready. "I know Rick will have his team ready."

3. Fun with Alan Cutler. Cutler interrupted one of Cal's comments and Cal joked, "he chases people down the hall and doesn't listen."

4. He knows Louisville has talent. Even Smith. Smith?

5. He expects Louisville to be very physical. Calipari compared them to Texas from a physicality standpoint.

Video: Kentucky vs. Louisville - Battle For The Bluegrass Trailer

Check out this video to help you get ready for the upcoming Kentucky vs. Louisville game - Battle For The Bluegrass trailer from Kentucky Sports TV:

Where To Watch Or Listen To Kentucky vs. Louisville

Here is where to watch or listen to today's big Kentucky vs. Louisville rivalry game:

Game time: 2:05 p.m.

Site: KFC Yum! Center.

Line: Kentucky by 6 points

Series: Kentucky leads 32-15

Television: ESPN2 (Dan Shulman and Jay Bilas)

Radio: Big Blue Sports Network (UK call); WKRD-790 (UL call)

Records: (1) Kentucky (12-0); (4) Louisville (11-0)

Christmas Week: Only Four Games on the Schedule This Weekend

I hope everyone had a Merry Christmas. With it being the holidays, there are only four games on the schedule for this weekend.

Of course, the action is highlighted by the rivalry game in Louisville but here's a look at the weekend schedule:

Monday, December 22

Florida Atlantic 69 Eastern Kentucky University 66
Northern Kentucky University 81 Idaho 68
Murray State University 83 Southern Illinois 71

Tuesday, December 23

University of Louisville 80 Cal State Northridge 55

Wednesday, December 24

No Games

Thursday, December 25

No Games

Friday, December 26

No Games

Saturday, December 27

2:00 p.m. University of Kentucky at University of Louisville
3:00 p.m. Northern Kentucky University at Northwestern
8:00 p.m. Brescia University at Western Kentucky University (Exhibition for BU)

Sunday, December 28

5:00 p.m. Berry at Transylvania University (Don Lane Classic)

Friday, December 26, 2014

Kentucky's Lee, Harrison and Cauley-Stein Talk About Playing Louisville, Christmas and More

 Kentucky's Marcus Lee, Willie Cauley-Stein and Andrew Harrison talk about playing at Louisville, Kentucky and more:

John Wall Involved in Christmas Day Fight with the Knicks

Former Kentucky star John Wall was involved in a fright with Quincy Acy of the New York Knicks on Christmas Day.

Wall received a technical foul and Acy was ejected for throwing a punch:

Wednesday, December 24, 2014

University of the Cumberlands Finishes 2014 with Two Wins at Dalton State Classic

University of the Cumberlands finished the 2014 portion of their schedule with two wins at the Dalton State Classic.

Here's a recap from UC:

The University of the Cumberlands (UC) Men's Basketball team would take to the road this weekend as they competed in the Dalton State Classic. The Patriots would hit the floor running on Friday with a 73-52 win over Concordia College Selma. UC would finish off a successful weekend on Saturday with a close 48-47 win over NAIA #13 ranked and host school Dalton State. With the two wins, UC moves to 12-4 overall this season.


•UC was led in the contest off the bench by Michael Dow (Melbourne, Australia) with 16 points, 3 rebounds, and 2 assists.
•Tony Bradley (Alton, IL) added 12 points and 6 rebounds in the win.
•Chance Armstrong (Mt. Washington, KY) chipped in 9 points and 8 rebounds as well.
•UC shot 49% from the field in the contest as well as 42.1% from three point range and 75% from the charity stripe.


•The Patriots' Xavier Owens (Tampa, FL) led the way with 13 points and 8 rebounds.
•Armstrong yet again was a staple in the offense with 12 points and 3 rebounds.
•Bradley was quiet scoring with just 4 points, but chipped in otherwise with 7 rebounds, 5 assists, and 2 steals in the win.
•UC shot just 35.2% from the field in the game, but held the #13 ranked team in the NAIA to just 27.5% from the floor and 10.5% from deep (2-19).


The Patriots will return to the floor on January 3rd as they host West Virginia Tech in Williamsburg. Tipoff is scheduled for 4 pm.

Kentucky's Dancing Guy Had His Moment in the United Center

Just when I thought Saturday's game in Chicago couldn't be any more "Kentucky", I looked up and saw Dancing Guy on the scoreboard.

As Mony Mony played during a timeout, Darren Moscoe did his thing:

As is often (always) the case, Kentucky's Big Blue Nation took over the United Center:

No. 2 Campbellsville Earned Two Wins in Arkansas; Finished First Semester with 15-1 Record

No. 2 Campbellsville University earned two wins in Arkansas last week to finish the first semester with a 15-1 overall record.

The Tigers knocked off No. 17 Philander Smith College 107-102 in double overtime on Friday.

Saturday, they pulled away from John Brown University late to earn a 75-67 victory.

Here are recaps by CU:

(2) Campbellsville 107 (17) Philander Smith 102  F/2OT

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. — Campbellsville University and Philander Smith College needed two overtime periods late Friday night to decide a winner between two NAIA Top 17 teams. The No. 2 Tigers came back from being down 16 points in the first half and shocked the No. 17 Panthers, 107-102.

D'Von Campbell filled up the stat sheet with a career-high 33 points. The senior from Arlington, Texas also dished out nine assists while only turning the ball over once in 49:48 of play. He sat out for only one possession in the first half, playing in front of his mother and brother for the first time all year.

"I didn't think it was possible to be so mad at a team and so proud of a team in the same night in the same game," said CU head coach Keith Adkins. "But that is exactly the emotions I felt at halftime and when that game was over. Overall it was a great comeback win and showed how good we can be when we play."

Campbell was the hero for the Tigers late in the second half, hitting a 3-pointer from the left wing with time expiring in regulation. CU and Philander Smith were tied at 82 going into the first overtime period.

With 3:47 left on the clock in the first overtime, Elliott Young gave the Tigers a 87-86 lead with his second 3-pointer, but Philander Smith came answered, going up 88-87.

Complete Recap

(2) Campbellsville 75 John Brown University 67

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. — It was deja vu all over again, but this time Campbellsville men's basketball saw its own 22 point lead diminished by the visiting team, John Brown University (Ark.), in the second half. The Golden Eagles were able to take a brief lead, but the No. 2 Tigers held on late and hit timely free throws to escape Philander Smith College's Mims Gymnasium unscathed, 75-67.

Campbellsville went into halftime leading 49-30 but John Brown went on a 14-2 run to open the second period. The Golden Eagles were eventually able to take their first lead, 63-62, on three free throws by DJ Feiti.

D'Von Campbell answered for the second-straight game when his team needed a boost and knocked down a 3-pointer on the ensuing possession to put CU back up, 65-63, with 4:31 left.

John Brown knotted the game at 65 but Campbell used a sweet ally-oop pass to Damontre Harris who finished with a two-handed flush. CU took a 67-65 lead with 3:27 left and was able to make enough free throws down the stretch to hold on.

Complete Recap

Thomas More's Drew Mumford Named PAC Player of the Week for Second Time in Three Weeks

Thomas More College's Drew Mumford was named Presidents' Athletic Conference player of the week for the second time in three weeks on Monday.

Here is a release from TMC:

(GREENVILLE, Pa.) – Thomas More College senior forward Drew Mumford (Louisville, Ky./Christian Academy) has been named the Presidents' Athletic Conference (PAC) Men's Basketball Player of the Week for the second time in three weeks.

Mumford helped lead the Saints to a 2-0 record last week, averaging 25.0 points, 2.5 rebounds and 2.0 steals per game. The senior also added three assists and a blocked shot. He shot 69.2 percent (18-of-29) from the field, including knocking down all five of his three-point field goal attempts. In Saturday's win over across-the-river rival Mount St. Joseph University, Mumford converted on nine-of-13 attempts from the field, including four-of-four from behind the three-point line. He also made eight-of-nine free-throws to finish with a game-high 30 points. Mumford currently leads the PAC in scoring (18.8 points/game), is third in three-point field goal percentage (57.5 percent) and is fourth in free throw percentage (78.7 percent).

Thomas More is idle until December 31 when it travels to Lexington, Kentucky to play in-state rival Transylvania University. Tip-off is scheduled for 2 p.m. inside the Beck Center.

No. 13 Centre College Wins Oglethorpe Classic

(13) Centre College 70
MacMurray 48

Final from Atlanta, Georgia

Game recap by CC:

The Centre men's basketball team pulled away for a 70-48 victory over MacMurray in the Oglethorpe Classic on Saturday in Atlanta, Ga.

Josh Karsner (Frankfort, Ky.) scored 22 points to lead the way for the Colonels, who trailed just briefly twice in the first half. Blake Scinta (Louisville, Ky.) and Matt Gump (Bellefontaine, Ohio) each added 11 points for Centre with Gump contributing a game-high eight assists. James Williams topped MacMurray with 13 points.

Karsner was selected as Co-MVP for the tournament, along with Oglethorpe's Alex Davis. Scinta was named to the all-tournament team as well.

The game was close for much of the first half, with MacMurray taking its final lead when a 3-pointer from Williams put the Highlanders up 21-19 with 5:46 to play in the first half. Centre took control from there, scoring the next six points and leading the rest of the way.

Leading 28-26 at the 3:00 mark, the Colonels were able to pull away during a stretch in which they scored the last eight points of the first half and the first five points of the second half. Combined, Centre held MacMurray scoreless for four minutes and went on a 13-0 run that made the score 41-26. The Colonels went on to build that lead the rest of the way, eventually going up by as many as 23 points after a late 10-2 run.

Centre shot 47 percent (21-of-45) from the field and 45 percent (9-of-20) from outside while holding MacMurray to just 33 percent (19-of-58) overall and 16 percent (3-of-19) from 3-point range. The Colonels held a 34-33 rebounding advantage.

Centre stays perfect on the year at 8-0 while MacMurray drops to 1-8 with the loss. After a week off, the Colonels will travel to Washington & Lee for a tournament that begins on Dec. 29. Centre will face Johns Hopkins in its first game, followed by a game with either Washington & Lee or Elmira the following day.

Eric Bledsoe Gets Second Career Triple-Double in Win Over Mavericks

Former Kentucky star netted his second career triple-double in last night's 124-115 win over the Dallas Mavericks.

Bledsoe finished with 16 points, 11 assists and 10 rebounds. He grabbed his final rebound away from teammate Goran Dragic with 31 seconds to go in the game.

Rajon Rondo finished with 13 points and 8 assists for the Mavericks.

EKU's Corey Walden Named OVC Player of the Week Following Win at Miami (FL)

Eastern Kentucky's Corey Walden was named co-OVC Player of the Week on Monday.

Walden scored 18 points in a stunning 72-44 win over No. 18 Miami (FL). He also had 13 points, 5 rebounds and 4 steals against ETSU.

adidas® OVC Players of the Week


Corey Walden, G • Sr., 6-2, 189 • Daytona Beach, Fla. • Eastern Kentucky

Walden helped Eastern Kentucky to a 72-44 victory at No. 18 Miami (Fla.) last week, marking just the second win over a Top 25 opponent for the Colonels program all-time and the second-largest margin of victory for an OVC team over a Top 25 team. The senior hit 7-of-12 field goals on his way to 18 points against the nationally-ranked Hurricanes; he also added five rebounds, two assists and two steals in the victory. Walden also nailed two long 3-pointers in the final five minutes of the game as EKU outscored Miami 45-19 in the second half. The senior added 13 points, five rebounds, four steals and three assists to start the week against East Tennessee State. For the week Walden averaged 15.5 points, 5.0 rebounds, 3.0 steals and 2.5 assists/game while hitting 54.5 percent (12-of-22) from the field, 44.4 percent (4-of-9) from 3-point range and 75 percent (3-of-4) from the free throw line. Walden currently ranks first in the OVC in steals (2.9/game), third in scoring (17.3 points/game fifth in assist-to-turnover ratio (1.9) and seventh in assists (3.9/game) and minutes played (32.0/game).


Deville Smith, G • Sr., 6-0, 175 • Jackson, Miss. • UT Martin

Smith, the transfer from UNLV, accomplished something that no other Division I player had done against a Division I team since the 1999-00 season last Monday in an overtime win at Illinois-Chicago. The senior was the first Division I player to have a stat line of at least 25 points, five assists, five rebounds, five blocks and three steals since Minnesota's Joel Przybilla did on January 12, 2000 against Iowa. Smith had 26 points, seven assists, six rebounds, five blocks and three steals as the Skyhawks won its fifth road game of the season (the most of any Division I team so far this year). Smith added 16 points, four rebounds and two steals in a road loss to Illinois State and capped the week with 23 points (on 5-of-9 3-point shooting), nine assists, a block and steal in a home win over Presbyterian. That marked the team's seventh win of the season, giving the program its best start (7-3) since 2001-02. For the week Smith averaged 21.7 points, 5.7 assists, 3.3 rebounds, 2.0 steals and 2.0 blocks/game while hitting 52.3 percent (23-of-44) from the field. Smith currently ranks second in the OVC in minutes played (34.7/game), third in assist-to-turnover ratio (2.0), fourth in assists (4.9/game), seventh in scoring (14.3 points/game), eighth in steals (1.9/game) and ninth in blocked shots (1.1/game).

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Tuesday, December 23, 2014

2017 Franklin-Simpson Guard Tavin Lovan to Play for Kentucky Travelers Next Summer

Franklin-Simpson guard Tavin Lovan has announced via Twitter that he will be playing for the Kentucky Travelers AAU program next summer.

Lovan, a 6-foot-3 guard, is one of Kentucky's top high school players in the Class of 2017.

Lovan is currently out for several more weeks with a broken wrist. He opened the season by averaging 29.3 points per game in Franklin-Simpson's first four games.

Some Linesmakers Have Kentucky at 1/1 Odds to Win the National Championship

According to a Vegas Linesmaker, Kentucky now has 1/1 odds of winning a national championship.

In other words, one would have to bet $100 to win $100.

Bovada currently has the Wildcats with 5/4 odds ($100 to win $80) to win it all. Louisville currently has 12/1 odds.

Berea College Moves Up to No. 7 in USCAA Men's Basketball Poll

Berea College is up two spots to No. 7 in the nation in the new USCAA men's basketball poll for this week.

Men's Division I Basketball: Week 2

Rank Team Total Last Week
1 WVU Tech 249 1
2 Rochester College 241 3
T-3 University of Dallas 236 2
T-3 Washington Adventist University 236 T-4
5 Daemen College 230 8
6 St. Joseph's College-Brooklyn 218 T-4
7 Berea College 216 9
T-8 Robert Morris University-Springfield 211 6
T-8 Florida National University 211 14
10 The Apprentice School 209 7
11 SUNY-Canton 205 10
12 Indiana University South Bend 203 11
13 Iowa Wesleyan College 191 13
14 Tennesse Temple University 185 12
15 Silver Lake College 180 16
16 Concordia College Alabama 172 15
17 Florida College 169 17
18 University of Maine-Fort Kent 166 19
19 Oakwood University 161 18
20 Paul Quinn College 95 20

Others receiving votes: Marygrove University (34), Alfred State College (32)

Taylor County's David Sloan Picks Up Offer from Samford

Taylor County's David Sloan has picked up an offer from Samford University and head coach Scott Padgett.

Sloan is a 5-foot-8 point guard in the Class of 2017.

Monday, December 22, 2014

Murray State Knocks Off Southern Illinois for 7th Consecutive Win

Murray State 83
Southern Illinois 71

Final from Carbondale, Illinois

Game recap by MSU:

The Murray State Racers pushed their win streak to seven Monday in an 83-71 win against the Southern Illinois Salukis Monday at the SIU Arena in Carbondale, Ill.

The Racers (9-4) scored their third road win of the season.

MSU evened their all-time series with the Salukis 16-16 and won at the SIU Arena for the first time since 1990 breaking a four-game losing streak there.

Cameron Payne led MSU with 22 points, while Jeffery Moss added 21.

The Racers jumped out to a 15-9 lead at the start on the strength of 3-point baskets from Moss and Sapp and a fast-break dunk from Williams.

SIU battled back with a 6-0 run and took a 16-15 lead at 11:44.

SIU hit MSU with a 9-0 run that put them in front 32-27 at the 5:27 mark which promoted a Racer timeout.

MSU took at one-point lead at 2:48 on a Moss three and made it more on an amazing shot from Sapp. MSU had the length of the floor to go with 5.1 left in the half. Payne took the inbounds pass and fed Sapp on the wing who hit a contested-off balance three at the buzzer for a 44-39 lead at the break.

Payne started the second half with nine points on a pair of made threes and three free throws after he was fouled taking a three-pointer. MSU had their largest lead of the day with 16:43 remaining 55-46.

MSU pushed ahead by 11 points at the 13:57 mark when Rambo finished under the basket coming out of the media timeout and Sapp made a steal and finished for a 59-48 Racer lead. The lead went to 64-48 at 12:09 when Moss made a three-point play and Payne hit a jumper.

Justin Seymour answered an 8-0 SIU run with his own 5-0 run on free throws and a 3-pointer. MSU led 69-56 with 7:12 left.

Montrezl Harrell Suspended by the Atlantic Coast Conference

Louisville star Montrezl Harrell has been suspended for one game for his role in a scuffle at Western Kentucky during Saturday's game.

Here is a statement from the ACC:

Louisville's Montrezl Harrell has been suspended one game by the ACC for his actions in Saturday's game against Western Kentucky. Harrell will be eligible to return for Saturday's showdown with top-ranked Kentucky. Harrell apologized for his actions after the game and the ACC considers the matter closed.

Harrell will missed Tuesday's game against Cal State Northridge and will be eligible to return against No. 1 Kentucky on Saturday.

No. 4 Louisville Fights Past Western Kentucky on the Road, Harrell Ejected

(4) Louisville 76
Western Kentucky 67

Final from Bowling Green, Kentucky

Game recap by UL:

BOWLING GREEN, Ky. (AP) - Montrezl Harrell's sudden meltdown appeared costly for fourth-ranked Louisville until Terry Rozier stepped up to provide composure for the Cardinals.

Not to mention some timely baskets and a career-high 32 points.

Rozier took charge after the first-half ejection of Montrezl Harrell to score 26 points in the second half and lead the Cardinals past Western Kentucky 76-67 on Saturday.

"We knew it was going to be tough playing without Trez," Rozier said after making 9 of 16 from the field and 11 of 13 from the foul line. "It was big losing him, so we all had to step up. I wasn't the only one making shots. We all did something."

Rozier closed Louisville's scoring with five free throws down the stretch that followed three 3-pointers to quash the Hilltoppers' hopes of seizing momentum following Harrell's exit with 38.7 seconds remaining in the first half. The preseason first-team All-American was assessed a flagrant-2 foul for throwing an elbow following a shoving match after a loose ball scramble.

After the officials reviewed video, Harrell was assessed a Flagrant 2 foul and ejected. Western Kentucky's D.J. Clayton received a technical foul, along with technicals issued to both benches.

Harrell departed with 14 points and six rebounds and apologized to his teammates at halftime. He was remorseful after the game and said his outburst "was spur of the moment. It was a heated situation in a dog pile and it took a turn for the worst, honestly. It was just a bad day. ... I know I shouldn't have reacted in that way and I'm truly sorry and apologize for the way I reacted."

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Former UK Player Daniel Orton Involved in Brawl in China

Former Kentucky big man Daniel Orton was involved in a serious brawl during a game in China over the weekend.

Orton and three other players were ejected from Sichuan's 112-89 win over Tianjin.

With 4:20 left in the game, Orton and Tianjin's Liu Wei fell to the floor. Video shows Wei trying to kick Orton below the belt. Orton than grabbed Wei's leg and a brawl broke out that finished with Orton fighting his way into the stands with another Tianjin player.

Friday, December 19, 2014

Current Kentucky Players Asked Julius Randle Some Interesting Questions

Current members of the Kentucky team asked former UK star Julius Randle when he was back in town last weekend.

Randle say the current Cats wanted to know if Kobe Bryant "really spazzes out."

Take a listen:

University of Pikeville Cruises to Big Win Over Tennessee Temple

(4) University of Pikeville 98
Tennessee Temple 66

Final from Pikeville, Kentucky

Game recab by UPIKE:

PIKEVILLE, Ky. -- UPIKE jumped out to a 16-2 lead and things never got easier for Tennessee Temple as Kevin Kornegay's game-high 24 points led the Bears to a 98-66 win on Thursday in the East Ky. Expo Center.

The UPIKE lead was 56-30 at halftime as finding points wasn't a problem all night with the Bears shooting 56.1 percent from the field. The threes were also flying in Pikeville as UPIKE hit a season-best 13 and the Crusaders hit the most given up by the Bears all season with 10.

Weedlens Beauvil knocked down seven of TTU's long-range baskets, finishing with 23 points, while Cameron High chipped in with 10 points and eight rebounds.

Behind Kornegay's 24 points, including four threes, for UPIKE (10-1) was K.K. Simmons with 15 points and three 3-pointers, Kenny Manigault adding 12 points and Christian Leach with 10.

The Bears outrebounded Tennessee Temple 35-31, led fastbreak points 14-2, points off the bench 65-15 and points in the paint 40-26.

Tennessee Temple (4-8) made all four of its free-throw attempts, but the Bears got more done at the stripe, making 11 of 15 shots.

After taking the 16-2 lead, UPIKE never let the Crusaders get closer than 13 points, instead jumping out to a 29-point lead before halftime on a three from Trey Rakes. The lead reached 31 points eight minutes into the second half on a layup by Simmons before going as high as 37 with just under five minutes to play.

It's a short break for the Bears as they host IU-Southeast at 4 p.m. ET on Saturday in the East Ky. Expo Center.

CBS Sports Classic Promo Video: Kentucky vs. UCLA

Kentucky fans, watch this video and get excited for this weekend's CBS Sports Classic battle against UCLA:

Hot Shooting Murray State Dismantles Alcorn State

Murray State 94
Alcorn State 56

Final from Murray, Kentucky

Game recap by MSU:

The Murray State Racers won their 200th game at the CFSB Center with a 94-56 victory Wednesday over the Alcorn State Braves. In their 17th season in the arena, MSU is 200-34 for an amazing winning percentage of 85 percent.

The Racers (7-4) pushed their winning streak to five and their home win streak to four.

Jarvis Williams led a quartet of Racers in double-figure scoring with 22 points and MSU also got a season-high 21 points from T.J. Sapp. Cameron Payne was an assist from a double-double with 14 points, while Jeffery Moss tossed in 10 points and six rebounds.

Williams helped the Racers start fast when he scored 11 points in the first nine minutes of the half. His rebound and score at the 11:00 mark gave MSU a 17-11 lead. Sapp hit the Racers' first three 3-pointers. His third pushed MSU in front 22-13 at 9:56.

MSU finished the half with a 10-0 run capped by a buzzer 3-pointer from Moss to give the Racers a 40-24 lead.

The Racers' run went all the way to 16-0 at the start of the second half for a 53-26 lead when Sapp hit a three with 16:37 left.

MSU eventually pushed ahead of ASU 88-46 with 2:29 remaining.

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UK's Trey Lyles, Tyler Ulis Talk About Playing UCLA and More

Kentucky freshmen Trey Lyles and Tyler Ulis discuss tomorrow's game against UCLA in Chicago and more:

Montrezl Harrell Named ACC Player of the Week

Louisville star Montrezl Harrell was named Atlantic Coast Conference Player of the Week earlier this week.

Here is a release from UL:

LOUISVILLE, Ky. - University of Louisville junior forward Montrezl Harrell has been named the Atlantic Coast Conference Men's Basketball Player of the Week for the second time in the five weeks this season in a vote by a select media panel.

Harrell, who was also named the National Player of the Week by, averaged 20.0 points, 14.0 rebounds, 2.0 steals and shot 63.3 percent from the field in a pair of Louisville victories. He totaled 21 points, 11 rebounds, seven dunks and two steals against Indiana in the Jimmy V Classic as he became the Cardinals' career dunk leader (165).

The Tarboro, North Carolina, product produced his 17th career double-double and his fifth straight with 19 points, a career-high 17 rebounds, two blocked shots and two steals in Sunday night's win over UNC Wilmington. Harrell has scored in double figures in an ACC-leading 21 consecutive games and is averaging a double-double on the season (17.0 points, 10.4 rebounds). He ranks 12th in the nation in rebounding.

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John Calipari Previews UCLA and More

Kentucky head coach John Calipari previews tomorrow's game against UCLA and more:

Western Kentucky Earns Win No. 1,700; Louisville Up Next

Western Kentucky 75
Chicago State 60

Final from Bowling Green, Kentucky

Game recap by WKU:

BOWLING GREEN, Ky. (AP) - T.J. Price scored a season-high 29 points to lead WKU to a 75-60 victory over Chicago State on Wednesday night.

Price was just a point short of his career high in reaching double figures for the 11th time in his last 13 games. He made six of his nine 3-point attempts. The Hilltoppers (5-4) shot 48.9 percent, including 11 of 23 from the arc.

Clarke Rosenberg led the Cougars (2-10) with 20 points. Chicago State has lost all seven of its road games.

Chicago State led for much of the first half and trailed by only four at halftime after shooting 48.1 percent, making 6 of 13 3-point attempts. But in the second half, they made only 2 of 10 from long distance and shot 33.3 percent.

WKU went up by 10 with 15:36 remaining and the Cougars got within six only once after that.

Video: Morehead State Signee Malik Maitland Nets 44 Points, 10 Rebounds

Check out this footage of 2015 Morehead State signee Malik Maitland - 44 points (new school record), 10 rebounds and 5 steals in a win:

Thursday, December 18, 2014

Kevin Keathley to Coach the Bowling Green Bandits

Kevin Keathley, who is well known for his exciting up-and-down style of basketball, will coach the Bowling Green Bandits this season.

The Bandits play in the American Basketball Association (ABA).

Keathley won an ABA championship with the South East Texas Mavericks in 2009-10 when he was serving as associate head coach.

He last coached for the Ottawa SkyHawks in NBL Canada.

Previously, he has coached or assisted for the Bakersfield Jam, East Kentucky Miners, Sauk Valley Predators, Rio-Grande Valley Silverados, Kentucky Colonels, Louisville Eagles, Saint Catharine College and Lee's College.

Keathley coaches an exciting of brand of fast-paced basketball. His teams routinely average more than 90 points per game and often reach triple figures on the scoreboard.

Rajon Rondo Will Be Traded to the Dallas Mavericks

Rajon Rondo will soon be a member of the Dallas Mavericks.

According to ESPN's Marc Stein, Rondo is set to be traded to the Mavericks tonight in a deal that will send Brandan Wright, Jae Crowder, Jameer Nelson and two draft picks to the Boston Celtics.

Rondo, who has spent his entire 8-year NBA career with the Celtics, is averaging 8.3 points, 7.5 rebounds and 10.3 assists per game this season.

Sophomore Akoy Agau is Transferring from Louisville

Sophomore forward Akoy Agau has decided to transfer from Louisville.

Agau has appeared in 3 games this season and has not scored.

Morehead State Suffers Fifth Straight Loss on the Road at Green Bay

Green Bay 66
Morehead State 50

Final from Green Bay, Wisconsin

Game recap by MSU:

GREEN BAY, Wis. -- The Green Bay men's basketball team raced out to 12-0 advantage over the first six minutes and held Morehead State to 33 percent from the field en route to a 66-50 non-conference win on Wednesday evening at the Resch Center.

The Phoenix, which competes in the Horizon League, improves to 8-2 overall and 4-0 at home with its seventh victory in eight contests. The Eagles, who play in the Ohio Valley Conference, slip to 4-9 overall and 1-6 on the road with their fifth consecutive defeat.

Green Bay, which won its 2014 regular-season league championship, entered the day seventh in the NCAA's official RPI. It was the first-ever meeting between the two programs.

Morehead State missed its first 10 field-goal attempts and didn't score until the 13:34 mark of the opening half. The Eagles were limited to 27 percent from the floor before intermission. MSU hit 8-of-30 before the break and 9-of-21 in the second period.

"We had another pretty solid effort on the defensive end, but we must find a way to become more efficient on the offensive end," Head Coach Sean Woods said. "Our offensive execution was lacking again tonight, and that needs to get better in a hurry."

MSU was whistled for 28 fouls, while UWGB committed just 16 infractions. The Phoenix was +14 on free-throw attempts and +8 on makes from the charity stripe.

"Our first five or six shots from the field were bunnies," Woods said. "We fell behind by 12 right away because we missed lay-ups, tip-ins and easy jumpers. We battled down the stretch, but you can't fall behind like that against a quality opponent on the road."

Senior Keifer Sykes paced Green Bay with a game-best 17 points on 8-of-8 from the free-throw line, while junior Carrington Love added 12. Junior Jordan Fouse pulled down a game-high nine rebounds for UWGB, while Love distributed a team-best four assists.

Junior Brent Arrington led Morehead State with 13 points on 6-of-6 from foul line, while senior Kareem Storey added nine points. Junior Marcus Fuggins registered a team-high seven rebounds for the Eagles, while Storey was credited with a club-best four helpers.

Green Bay tallied advantages of 38-20 in the paint and 20-7 off turnovers. The Phoenix led from start to finish with its biggest cushion of 19 points coming at the 5:59 mark.

"I'm disappointed from a mental perspective and hustle standpoint," Woods said. "I'm not one to make excuses, but our team appeared to hit a wall for the first time this season. We've had a very difficult schedule so far, but we need to push through that."

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Wednesday, December 17, 2014

North Laurel Opens Play in Jerry Tarkanian Classic Tonight

North Laurel High School and sophomore star Peyton Broughton are in Las Vegas for the Jerry Tarkanian Classic.

North Laurel is in the Select Division and will begin play at 4:30 p.m. (local time) today against Cheyenne (Nev.).

More Info on Tarkanian Classic

Here's a look at the brackets (click to enlarge):

Video: Ivan Aska Scores 24 in Maccabi Ashdod's Win

Check out these highlights of former Murray State star Ivan Aska who now plays for Maccabi Ashdod in Israel's top-level Winner League:

Aska currently ranks sixth in the Winner League in scoring at 16.0 points per game

Late Eastern Kentucky Rally Comes Up Short Against ETSU

East Tennessee State 63
Eastern Kentucky 60

Final from Richmond, Kentucky

Game recap by EKU:

RICHMOND, Ky. – Even though they trailed by 18 points with 7:37 left, the Colonels never backed down and nearly fought their way back to a win over East Tennessee Tuesday night. However, the visiting Buccaneers held on for a 63-60 victory.

Eastern Kentucky (5-4) actually had three chances to tie or take the lead in the final minute of action. Trailing by two, 62-60, sophomore Jaylen Babb-Harrison missed a three-pointer from the right wing with 45 seconds remaining.

After ETSU (6-2) missed a lay-up with 18 seconds showing on the clock, Eastern set up for another chance to even the score. This time, the Bucs' zone defense forced a Colonel turnover with five ticks left. ETSU's Devin Harris only made 1-of-2 free throws on the ensuing possession allowing EKU one final opportunity to extend the game.

With 2.0 seconds to work with on the clock, senior Timmy Knipp caught the inbounds pass near midcourt and found fellow senior Corey Walden on the right wing. Walden had to pump fake before getting off a shot and by that time the final horn had sounded.

Senior Eric Stutz led the Colonels with 13 points and eight rebounds. Walden added 13 points and four steals.

For ETSU, Rashawn Rembert tallied a game-high 30 points thanks to making a personal-high nine three-pointers. Lambert hit 7-of-11 (63.6 percent) three-point attempts in the first half as the Bucs took a 33-26 lead into intermission.

In the second half, three consecutive three-pointers by ETSU helped the visitors extend its lead to 57-41. A Rembert fast-break lay-up with 7:37 left pushed the advantage to 59-41.

From there, EKU rattled off 11 straight points, keyed by two Denzel Richardson three-pointers and another by Walden, to cut the deficit to seven points, 59-52, with 4:39 remaining.

The Buccaneers were able to stretch the lead back to 10 one more time, but the Colonels rolled off eight in a row, capped by a Walden trifecta, to close the gap to two, 62-60, with 1:39 still to play.

East Tennessee tied a school record with 15 three-pointers.

The Colonels will leave later this week for a two-game road trip to South Florida. EKU plays at No. 18 Miami on Friday at 7 p.m. The trip ends with a game at Florida Atlantic on Monday in Boca Raton.

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Louisville Spokesman: "Chris (Jones) remains a member of our team"

There have been rumors going around on Twitter and other social media today suggesting that point guard Chris Jones is no longer a member of the Louisville basketball team.

I just had an e-mail conversation with Louisville spokesman Kenny Klein and he shot the rumor down.

"Chris remains a member of our team," Klein said via e-mail.

Louisville returns to action Saturday at Western Kentucky University. The game will tip at Noon.

Northern Kentucky Comes Up Short at Chattanooga Despite 30 Points from Tayler Persons

Chattanooga 93
Northern Kentucky 81

Final from Chattanooga, Tennessee

Game recap by NKU:

CHATTANOOGA, Tenn. – Tayler Persons scored a game- and career-high 30 points, but Northern Kentucky (4-6) could not overcome a second-half deficit in a 93-81 loss at Chattanooga (6-5) on Tuesday night.

"I was proud of our guys for the way they fought back in the second half," said head coach Dave Bezold. "We didn't have enough sense of urgency on the defensive end in the first half and early into the second. But, once our guys found that urgency, we made a little run to get back into the game. Unfortunately, we just dug too large of a hole to climb back out."

Persons was 7-of-15 from the floor and a perfect 14-of-14 from the free-throw line. The freshman guard also dished out a game-high-tying five assists.

Coming out of intermission, Chattanooga put an 8-1 run on the board to force Bezold to take a timeout. NKU responded with a 7-2 spurt of its own, but UTC countered with its second run of the half. The 15-4 run from the Mocs put NKU in a 21-point hole, 77-56, with just under 11 minutes remaining.

NKU hung around and kept the margin at 19 with 7:09 on the clock. That is when the Norse found consistency on the defensive end of the floor.

Stout defense held the Mocs scoreless until the 1:23 mark of the frame. In the meantime, the Norse scored eight points and had several other point-blank opportunities to further cut the lead.

Though shaky, Chattanooga was able to seal the win at the free-throw line. The final nine points for the Mocs were tallied at the charity stripe.

Northern Kentucky finished the game shooting 49.1 percent (26-of-53), including 38.5 percent (5-of-13) from long range. However, Chattanooga connected on 62.8 percent (27-for-43) from the floor and 50 percent (13-for-26) beyond the arc.

Jalen Billups joined Persons in double figures, tallying 16 points on 8-for-10 shooting from the floor. The junior forward added five rebounds to the cause.

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Kentucky, Louisville Checking Out 2017 PG Troy Brown

Coaches from Kentucky and Louisville have been or will be checking out 2017 point guard Troy Brown this week.

Here's more from Jerry Meyer of

247Sports is in Las Vegas for the Tarkanian Classic but tonight will take a look at 2017 elite point guard Troy Brown along with Rick Pitino and an assistant from Kansas.

Brown's AAU coach Anthony Brown also noted that Kentucky watched Brown, 6-5, 185-pounds from Las Vegas (Nev.) Centennial High School, play last night.

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Murray State Showing Interest in 2015 SF Trhae Mitchell

Murray State is reportedly showing interest in 2015 small forward Trhae Mitchell:

Mitchell is listed as a 6-foot-5 small forward at Pebblebrook (Ga.) High School.

Noah Cottrill Repeats as Mid-South Conference Player of the Week

Georgetown College guard Noah Cottrill has been named Mid-South Conference Player of the Week for the second consecutive week.

Here is a release from the MSC:

COLUMBIA, Ky. -- For a second straight week, Georgetown (Ky.) junior Noah Cottrill is the Mid-South Conference Men's Basketball Player of the Week, conference officials announced on Monday.

The weekly award is the second this season for Cottrill.

The Logan, West Virginia, guard scored a game-high 25 points in the Tigers' 89-86 overtime win over No. 8-ranked Martin Methodist (Tenn.) -- Georgetown's lone game last week.

Cottrill scored 18 of his 25 points after the break to help the No. 15-ranked Tigers overcome a 13-point halftime deficit. He scored five of the Tigers' 11 points in the extra period to hand the RedHawks their first loss of the season.

Cottrill connected on nine of his 17 shots from the field, including making three 3-pointers in the win. He was also a perfect 4-for-4 at the free throw line while recording six rebounds and three steals in the top-20 matchup.

Cottrill leads in the Mid-South in scoring (21.9) and 3-pointers made (45) and ranks second in the conference free throw percentage (83.7) and 3-pointers made per game (3.2). He also ranks in the conference's top 10 in field goal percentage (46.9), 3-point field goal percentage (40.9) and assists per game (3.2).

Nationally, Cottrill is second in 3-pointers made and eighth in scoring and 3-pointers made per game.

Georgetown improves to 12-2 overall with last week's win. The Tigers are 3-2 in the Mid-South Conference.

The next MSC Men's Basketball Player of the Week will be announced on Monday, Dec. 22.

Photo: Mid South Conference

Tuesday, December 16, 2014

DeMarcus Cousins Gives Back as Santa Cuz in Sacramento

For the third consecutive year, former Kentucky big man DeMarcus Cousins gave back to Sacramento area kids as "Santa Cuz".

Cousins gave 100 kids $200 each to use on a shopping spree for Christmas.

Great stuff by Cousins:

DeMarcus Cousins Talks About Kings Coaching Change, Says He Found Out Via Twitter

DeMarcus Cousins spoke to reporters after practice yesterday about the Sacramento Kings coaching change.

Cousins said he, like most everyone else, heard about the news on Twitter.

Cousins, who has missed 10 games with viral meningitis, has fully recovered and will likely play again Thursday night.

Kentucky Christian Comes Up Short in Overtime at Point

Point University 103
Kentucky Christian University 100 F/OT

Final from West Point, Georgia

Game recap by KCU:

Kentucky Christian opened its three day journey through Georgia with a real nail-biter at Point University.

The Knights lost in overtime 100-103 despite another 45 point night from Caleb Ford and 25 from his backcourt mate, Tyler Farley. Ford was 19/31 from the field and 5/10 behind the arc not to mention pulling down a team high 11 rebounds to round out his double-double while play all 45 minutes. Senior, Ace Puckett, chipped in 16 points and six rebounds.

The Knights travel on to Demorest, GA to play Piedmont College. Tomorrow's game tips at 7:00pm

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