Saturday, January 18, 2014

Rupp TV Talks to the Big Blue Nation at the Tennessee Game

Rupp TV talked to the fans at today's game against Tennessee. Check it out:


Video: Kenneth Faried Destroys Dion Waiters' Night

Watch as former Morehead State star Kenneth Faried ruins Dion Waiters' night:


Randle, Harrison and Johnson Talk About Beating Tennessee

Kentucky's Julius Randle, Andrew Harrison and Dakari Johnson talk about today's win over Tennessee:


John Calipari Discusses the Win Over Tennessee

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


Highlights from Kentucky's Win Over Tennessee

Here are the highlights from Kentucky's 74-66 victory over Tennessee this afternoon:


Chicago Bulls Will Trade Marquis Teague to the Nets

The Chicago Bulls have agreed in principle to trade former Kentucky point guard Marquis Teague to the Brooklyn Nets.

Here are details from the Chicago Tribune:

The Chicago Bulls have agreed in principle to trade point guard Marquis Teague to the Brooklyn Nets, the Tribune confirmed Saturday.

The deal, first reported by Adrian Wojnarowski of Yahoo Sports, is expected to be completed Tuesday.

The Bulls will receive 6-foot-9 forward Toko Shengelia, who has played primarily in the Development League.

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Andrew Harrison, Free Throw Shooting Help Kentucky Get Past Tennessee

(13) Kentucky 74
Tennessee 66

Final from Lexington, Kentucky

Game recap by UK:

LEXINGTON, Ky. (AP) - Freshman Andrew Harrison scored a season-high 26 points and No. 13 Kentucky used near-perfect free throw shooting to pull away from Tennessee for a 74-66 victory Saturday.

The Wildcats (13-4, 3-1 Southeastern Conference) made 23 of 24 from the line including their first 17 before Aaron Harrison, Andrew's twin, missed the front end of a 1-and-1 with 32 seconds remaining.

The Wildcats had entered the game making 66 percent of their free throws, 63 percent in SEC games.
Andrew Harrison made all 10 of his free throw attempts along with a couple of 3-pointers and freshman Julius Randle was 5 of 5 from the free throw line and 6 of 9 from the field for 18 points.

Kentucky overcame a nine-point first-half deficit to beat the Volunteers (11-6, 2-2) in this season's lone scheduled meeting between the schools. Trailing 18-9 with 12:16 left in the half, the Wildcats closed with a 25-14 run over the final 11:06 and led by as many as 11 points in the second half.

Kentucky was outrebounded 39-24 by the Vols, who made just 16 of 23 from the free throw line.

Aaron Harrison finished with 14 points including two from beyond the arc to help the Wildcats finish 7 of 16 from 3-point range. He was 6 of 7 from the free throw line.

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Happy Osborne Nets 500th Career Coaching Win

Congratulations to Kentucky Wesleyan head coach Happy Osborne who won his 500th career game as a head coach this afternoon when the Panthers defeated Trevecca Nazarene 92-65.

Here is more from KWC:

Kentucky Wesleyan College men’s basketball coach Happy Osborne (photo attached) captured his 500th career win as a head coach (college and high school) when the Panthers defeated the visiting Trevecca Nazarene, 92-65, on Saturday afternoon. He holds a 500-96 (83.9 %) record in 18 seasons overall.

at Georgetown College (Ky.) – 16 seasons
1996-2011 456-84 (.844)

at Montgomery County (Ky.) High School – 1 season
2012-13 33-5 (.868)

at Kentucky Wesleyan College – 1 season
2013-14 11-7 (.611)

John Wall Hits a Ridiculous Circus Shot Against the Bulls

Former Kentucky star John Wall hit an amazing circus shot against the Chicago Bulls Friday night.

Check out this effort from Wall:


No. 18 Georgetown Upsets No. 1 Pikeville in Mid-South Conference Showdown

(18) Georgetown College 92
(1) University of Pikeville 77

Final from Georgetown, Kentucky

Game recap by GC:

Georgetown College came out swinging against No. 1 University of Pikeville and pulled off the upset Thursday in Davis-Reid Alumni Gym. The Bears (14-2, 5-1 MSC) got within four early in the second half off a 7-0 run. The No. 18 Tigers (13-4, 4-2 MSC) answered back with a 24-9 burst that put the game under their thumb for the final nine minutes. Georgetown won 92-77.

GC coach Chris Briggs was quick to call a time out as the game got close.

"I wanted to get our guys to settle down and refocus on defense," Briggs said. "They did a good job of responding and getting back to the basics. I'm super proud of the effort, and how they've been practicing."

Deondre McWhorter put the exclamation point on things with an alley-oop off a touch pass from Monty Wilson. It put the Tigers up by 10 again. Russ Middleton finished it off with an and-1. Five GC players reached double-figures.

Wilson led the way with 20. Dominique Hagans, McWhorter and Middleton all chimed in with 16 points. Hagans (11) and McWhorter (10) finished with double-doubles, hitting the glass for 21 of the Tigers 51.

Noah Cottrill rounded out the double digits with 14.

Elisha Justice got hot early in the second half, scoring all 13 of his points. But it was not enough. Keala King finished with a team-high 17 points. Bruce Reed and Josh Whitaker joined Justice with 13. Chris Cantino finished with 11 and Kenny Manigault had 10.

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Kentucky's Poythress and Lee Talk About Tennessee Game and More

Kentucky's Alex Poythress and Marcus Lee talk about today's game against Tennessee and more:


John Calipari Talks Tennessee Game and More

Kentucky head coach John Calipari previews today's game against Tennessee and more:


Friday, January 17, 2014

Billy Hicks Breaks the All-Time Wins Record...Or DOES He?!?

It appeared that Scott County head coach Billy Hicks broke the all-time high school wins record in Kentucky when the Cardinals defeated Bryan Station 64-61 earlier tonight.

Tonight's win was thought to be win No. 857 for Hicks, one better than former Louisville Central coach William Kean.

Just as it seemed the record was about to fall, however, the KHSAA put out a release stating that Hicks only has 837 career wins.

Here is the release from the KHSAA:

In researching the all-time coaching record for Billy Hicks, the KHSAA has uncovered two articles by the Associated Press from the fall of 1979 confirming that Evarts High School did in fact forfeit all of its games from the 1978-79 season due to the participation of ineligible players. This information was confirmed through the review of Board of Control minutes from that time period. Due to this finding, the KHSAA cannot credit coach Hicks with the 10 wins from the 1978-79 season.

According to KABC records, coach Hicks entered the season with an all-time record of 817-241. The KHSAA has worked alongside coach Hicks to update his records for the 1997-98, 1998-99, 1999-00 and 2001-02 seasons – adding missing wins and losses.

There are still discrepancies for the following seasons in what the KABC records show compared to what coach Hicks’ records show:

1982-83 (Evarts) – KABC 19-10; Hicks 20-10
1991-92 (Corbin) – KABC 33-4; Hicks 31-5
1992-93 (Corbin) – KABC 24-6; Hicks 30-5
1993-94 (Corbin) – KABC 28-5; Hicks 31-4
1994-95 (Scott Co.) – KABC 27-6; Hicks 28-6
 
With that in mind, as of 5 p.m. on Jan. 17, the KHSAA has coach Hicks’ all-time record as 837-244. Coach Hicks’ records (with the adjustment for the 1978-79 season), show an unverified all-time record of 846-243.

The KHSAA will continue to work to verify these records and wishes coach Hicks the best of luck.

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Two Cordia Students Sue the KHSAA for the Right to Play Basketball

Two students at Cordia High School, Richard Chapman, Jr. and Jose Ortiz, have filed separate lawsuits against the KHSAA in hopes of playing basketball this year.

Here are details from the Herald-Leader:

The Knott County community "is furious and angry" that Chapman and Ortiz have been ruled ineligible, said Alice Whitaker, director of the Cordia School.

"It's sad because we know that this will probably be the only chance these kids will ever have," Whitaker said.

"These kids come out of very, very bad situations in New York and New Jersey, and this is their hope.

"We feed them well, we treat them well, the community has taken them in. These kids are doing well in school."

Whitaker said KHSAA representatives have allegedly told people that Cordia and she are under investigation.

"They asked questions of the kids — if I had paid them to come (to Cordia). Which is totally ridiculous," Whitaker said. "Never, never did I pay anybody to come,"

Cordia's basketball team is coached by Rodrick Rhodes, a former University of Kentucky standout, a former NBA player, and an experienced Division I college assistant who decided to take up coaching high school students in the mountains of Eastern Kentucky. Rhodes could not be reached for comment.

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Coordinator of Basketball Officiating Says Refs are Doing a Good Job

John Adams, the NCAA national coordinator of men's basketball officiating, says officials are doing a good job enforcing the new rules this season.

Adams was in attendance for Kentucky's game at Arkansas earlier this week. He was satisfied with what he watched in that game, as well.

Here is more from CBSSports.com:

"I'm pretty honest about stuff like this," Adams told CBSSports.com. "Given everything that was thrown at officials this year … I think they've done a very, very good job of adapting quickly and officiating games according to the standards of the NCAA and their conferences. I don't think there's any question that anecdotally these rule changes have worked. Scoring through Jan. 5 was up six and half points through this time last year. There were only four more fouls per game. Turnovers are down almost two per game and with exception of [Kentucky-Arkansas], the games that we're able to time are coming, the vast majority, under two hours.”

Adams' statement about shortened games goes against conventional sentiment, that the new rules and more whistles are leading to games that often swell beyond two hours. Adams said the NCAA timed all the NIT games back in November and December, most of which were on television, and the average length came to one hour and 54 minutes. It should be noted that the NIT's November bracket of results is a small sample size overall.

The loudest bemoaning most recently sprouted during Tuesday night's Kentucky-Arkansas game, which went to overtime and took two and a half hours to complete. It featured 60 fouls and 81 free throws. As coincidence would have it, Adams was at the game.

"I hope my presence doesn't have any affect on the officials," Adams said when I asked him if he thought his attendance affected the way the crew called the game. "They have much more things to worry about than me sitting 150 feet from the court. I thought the referees in the game, assigned by the SEC, did exactly what they're supposed to do. What happens in games like that … the players on each team fail to adjust to the way the game is being called. At some point, you have to stop fouling. And if you don't, why would you expect the officials to change the way they're calling the game?"

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Eastern Kentucky Earns Huge OVC East Win Over Belmont

Eastern Kentucky 74
Belmont 63

Final from Richmond, Kentucky

Game recap by EKU:

RICHMOND, Ky. – Eastern Kentucky used a 13-0 run midway through the second half to pull away from Belmont, and then held on late to hand the visiting Bruins their first conference loss of the season, 74-63, on Thursday at McBrayer Arena.

Behind a raucous, season-best crowd of 5,200, EKU broke a 48-48 tie on a three-pointer by junior Corey Walden with 9:39 to play in the game. The Colonels then scored the game's next 10 points as a pair of free throws by Walden gave EKU a 61-48 advantage with 7:04 on the clock.

Belmont battled back and got to within seven, 66-59, when Craig Bradshaw converted a layup with 1:43 remaining; however, senior Marcus Lewis quieted any chance of a comeback with a thunderous baseline dunk on EKU's next possession that brought the Colonel crowd back to life.

Senior Glenn Cosey knocked down five free throws in the final minute to seal the win for EKU.

Walden led four Colonels in double figures with 18 points. He also added four rebounds, three assists and two steals. Cosey finished with 13 points, while senior Tarius Johnson had 12 points and junior Eric Stutz contributed 10 points and matched a career-high with five assists.

EKU overcame a 37-24 rebounding deficit in the game by shooting 51.9 percent (27-of-52) from the field and 73 percent (19-of-26) from inside the three-point line.

The Colonels stifled Belmont to its worst shooting game of the season: 37.5 percent (18-of-48) from the field.

Craig Bradshaw paced the Bruins with 22 points, while Drew Windler had 12 points and JJ Mann finished with 10 points.

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KSTV Checks in on John Wall

KSTV was in Indianapolis last week to watch former University of Kentucky star John Wall and the Washington Wizards.

Wall is having a career year with averages of 19.7 points, 8.6 assists and 4.2 rebounds per game.

Here is KSTV's feature on Wall:


Murray State Wins Fifth Straight Game, Stays Undefeated in the OVC

Murray State 70
Eastern Illinois 66

Final from Charleston, Illinois

Game recap by MSU:

The Murray State Racers ran their winning streak to five straight with a 70-66 victory over the Eastern Illinois Panthers at Lantz Arena in Charleston, Ill.

The Racers (10-7) stayed perfect at the start of the Ohio Valley Conference Season at 5-0.

Cameron Payne scored 21 points, while T.J. Sapp added 20 and Jonathan Fairell grabbed a career-high 14 rebounds as MSU won a second straight road game.

But it wasn't easy for the Racers battling a determined home standing EIU Panthers' squad that led from the opening tip until the 9:44 mark of the second half.

Trailing 36-28 at half, EIU led by eight points with 16:16 remaining in the game when the Racers got their game straight with a 16-7 run. The MSU comeback was fueled by back-to-back plays by Payne who scored a three-point play and then added a 3-point basket to cut the Panthers lead to 41-39 with 14:19 left. With Jarvis Williams and Jonathan Fairell battling foul problems (Williams fouled out with 9:47 remaining) Zay Henderson came off the bench and helped the MSU cause with three rebounds, one assist and a blocked shot that led to a Sapp fast break that Tyler Rambo finished for a 51-48 lead at 9:17.

The Racers kept the pressure on when Sapp hit a 3-pointer for a 54-48 lead with 8:35 left.

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Kentucky Wesleyan Adds Washington Transfer Hikeem Stewart

Kentucky Wesleyan College has picked up Hikeem Stewart, a transfer from the University of Washington.

Here is a release from KWC:

OWENSBORO, Ky. (Jan. 16, 2014) — University of Washington guard Hikeem Stewart will transfer to Kentucky Wesleyan College for the second semester where he will play his senior season in 2014-15, according to KWC head men’s basketball coach Happy Osborne.

Stewart, a 6-foot-2, 185-pound native of Seattle, Wash. (Rainer Beach HS), saw limited action as a junior with the Huskies where he played in five games before Christmas. In three seasons at UW, he played in 38 games and averaged nearly one point, one rebound and eight minutes.

“We are fortunate to add a quality student-athlete like Hikeem to our team,” Osborne said. “He does a lot of things very well due to his versatility and athletic ability at both ends of the court.

“Hikeem will play both the point and shooting guard positions. He passes the ball with precision and scores from anywhere. His defensive abilities create tremendous havoc for the opponent.”

Stewart as a senior was a three-star prospect and ranked by Scout.com’s the No. 36 shooting guard in the nation at Rainer Beach in 2011 where he led the Vikings in scoring with 20.1 points and earning All-Metro recognition.

Osborne added, “What I really like about Hikeem, besides his basketball talent, is his outstanding personality, leadership qualities and his classroom assets. That only comes from great parents and family.”

He is the son of Andrew and Lisa Stewart of Seattle, Wash.

Rick Pitino Talks About Last Night's Win Over Houston

Louisville head coach Rick Pitino talks about last night's win over Houston:



* Video by Jody Demling on YouTube

Thursday, January 16, 2014

No. 18 Louisville Destroys Houston, Wayne Blackshear Scores 23

(18) Louisville 91
Houston 52

Final from Louisville, Kentucky

Game recap by UL:

LOUISVILLE, Ky. (AP) - Wayne Blackshear scored a career-high 23 points in his first game this season as a reserve, and No. 18 Louisville used a strong offensive start to blow out Houston 91-52 on Thursday night.

Recent foul troubles led Cardinals coach Rick Pitino to bring Blackshear off the bench to maximize his effectiveness, and the junior forward responded by shooting 5 of 6 from 3-point range and 8 of 10 overall. Louisville hit 15 of 28 from beyond the arc, its highest total since making 17 against Morgan State on Dec. 27, 2010.

Hot shooting was the story as the Cardinals (15-3, 4-1 American Athletic Conference) put this one away quickly and thoroughly in the first half by hitting 11 of 15 from 3-point range (73 percent) and shooting 70 percent (21 of 30) overall. They cooled off later but still finished 34 of 66 (52 percent).

Russ Smith added 18 points and Luke Hancock 10 to hand Houston (10-7, 2-2) its second straight loss. It was the Cougars' most lopsided defeat since a 110-63 loss at No. 12 Washington on Dec. 24, 2004, according to STATS.

Blackshear also grabbed seven rebounds as part of his career night. The Cardinals missed their first eight 3s of the second half before Blackshear hit three straight from long range to put Louisville up 82-44 with 5 minutes left.

TaShawn Thomas had 16 points and 11 rebounds for Houston, which shot 31 percent. Jherrod Stiggers added 14 points and six rebounds for the Cougars. The lopsided outcome was unusual for a Houston squad used to playing close AAC games, with a 61-60 loss to Cincinnati nine days ago being the most recent. Highlighting the Cougars' solid league start coming in was a 75-71 win over then-No. 17 Connecticut and a victory at South Florida.

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Enes Kanter Scores NBA Career-High 25 Points

Former Kentucky center Enes Kanter scored an NBA career-high 25 points last night against the Spurs.

Here are the highlights:


Rajon Rondo Receives NBA's December Kia Community Assist Award


Former  UK star Rajon Rondo has received the NBA's December Kia Community Assist award for his charitable efforts.

GwashburnGlobe Rajon Rondo receives NBA's December Kia Community Assist Award for his charitable efforts #celtics

Tubby Smith Buys Lunch for 135 Students

Former University of Kentucky head coach Tubby Smith is still doing great deeds at Texas Tech.

Smith invited students to join him for Texas Tech's game against Baylor Wednesday night and even bought 135 students lunch.

Here is more from Dailytoreador.com:

Smith invited students in the Union Plaza food court to attend Wednesday night’s basketball game against No. 12 Baylor and even bought 135 students lunch.

Elvis Moya, director of promotions and fan engagement for Tech Athletics, said Smith wanted to show his support for students by getting involved with them on campus.

“He wanted to come out and engage with the students, invite them to come out personally himself, and it’s a huge deal for coaches to take the time out of their schedules and come out and do this,” Moya said. “He understands how important the student energy is and that their level of enthusiasm really helps set the tone for the game tonight with the players.”

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Asbury's C.J. Penny Named KIAC Player of the Week

Asbury University's C.J. Penny was named KIAC Player of the Week earlier this week.

Penny averaged 22.3 points, 16 rebounds, 2.3 assists and 2 steals per game in 3 games last week.

Here is the release from the KIAC:

CJ Penny, Asbury University -- Men's Basketball Player of the Week
6-5 Junior – Lawrenceburg, KY

Asbury University junior CJ Penny was named the KIAC men's basketball player of the week by KIAC officials on Monday, January 13th. This is his second player of the week award of the season.

Asbury finished the week 2-1. They had wins against Berea College 94-86 and IU Kokomo 80-63. They fell to Cincinnati Christian University 87-65. Penny finished the week averaging 22.3 points, 16 rebounds, 2.3 assists and 2 steals. He connected on 61.7 percent (29-of-47) of his field goal attempts. He scored 37 points and grabbed 16 rebounds in the win against Berea College. The junior forward recorded a double-double with 13 points and 10 rebounds in the loss to Cincinnati Christian. He finished the week with 17 points, 22 rebounds, 3 assists, 2 blocks and 2 steals in the win against IU Kokomo. Penny is 10th in KIAC points per game (15.67) and leads the conference in rebounds per game (10.93). His rebounds per game average also ranks 4th in NAIA Division II.

Asbury University is currently 10-5 overall and 3-2 in conference play. They will return to action on January 15th when they host Indiana University East.

Pitino Says Chris Jones Will Not Play Against Houston

Louisville head coach Rick Pitino said Wednesday during a press conference that starting point guard Chris Jones will not play tonight against Houston do to an oblique injury.

Jones is averaging 11.3 points, 2.2 rebounds and 2.9 assists per game this season.

Video: JaQuan Lyle Senior Season Mixtape

Check out the senior season mixtape of Huntington Prep star JaQuan Lyle:


Rajon Rondo Activated by Boston, Expected to Play Friday Night

Former University of Kentucky point guard Rajon Rondo has been activated by the Boston Celtics following a lengthy absence due to a knee injury.

Rondo is expected to make his season debut Friday night against the Los Angeles Lakers.

Here is more from ESPN.com:

"[Rondo is] going to go through and do some [pregame] shooting, and there is a chance that he would suit up tonight," Stevens said before the game. "But I don't see a chance that he would play tonight, that it would be more about getting back into that rhythm of pregame activity."

Rondo was briefly assigned to the Maine Red Claws of the D-League on Wednesday to allow him to get in a hard practice as he navigates what's expected to be the final days of rehab from ACL surgery. Stevens said he hadn't talked to Rondo since the workout, which took place at the team's training facility in Waltham with the Red Claws visiting on the heels of a recent road trip, but expressed optimism about it.

"I think [Rondo] enjoyed it because they kept score. His team usually won," Stevens said. "But it was more about getting up and down the floor more than anything. I got asked the other day, if and when he comes back, if there would be a minute restriction, and the answer is yes. We'll cross those bridges with exact numbers when we get there. And go from there. But he looked pretty good.

"[The D-League workout] accomplished what we wanted to accomplish. I have not talked to anybody, including Rondo, since the workout was over. I watched it for a few minutes, and then I left. Because I needed to -- obviously, we've got a lot going on around here, but we have a game tonight."

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Spalding University Improves to 6-0 in SLIAC Play

Spalding University 79
Greenville College 76

Final from Louisville, Kentucky

Game recap by SU:

Freshman guard James Turner scored a career-high 22 points and dished four assists to lift the Spalding University men’s basketball team to a 79-76 win over Greenville College.

With the win SU improves to 8-5 overall on the season. Spalding currently sits atop the SLIAC standings with a perfect 6-0 record in conference play.

Greenville jumped out to an early 11-6 lead when Ron Harris hit two free throws after a Quayshaun Hamilton foul at the 13:16 mark in the first half.

The Golden Eagles responded with an 8-2 run taking a 14-13 lead when Turner was fouled on a layup and hit the free throw to convert the three-point play. Jamal Daniels made a layup on the Tigers next possession to regain the lead.

Greenville held a 23-21 lead with 6:09 left in the half, SU outscored the Tigers 14-8 to close the half, to take a 35-31 lead into the locker room at the break.

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Kentucky State to Hold Military Appreciation Day on Saturday

Kentucky State University will have a special military appreciation day during Saturday's game against Tuskegee.

Here are details from KSU:

FRANKFORT, Ky. -- The Kentucky State University men's and women's basketball teams will host Tuskegee University this Saturday afternoon starting with the women's game at 1 p.m.

The January 18th games against the Tigers/Tigerettes of Tuskegee will serve as the basketball teams Military Appreciation games. The men's team will wear special military fatigue jerseys for the game.

Any current or former members of the military are encouraged to join us for both the women's and men's basketball game's free of charge. Just bring a military ID or wear an article of clothing with a military symbol on it to receive free admission at the box office.

Tuskegee currently sits atop both the men's and women's SIAC West Division standings. The Tigers record as of today is 6-8 overall and 3-2 in SIAC play. The Tigerettes have a 7-6 overall record, 3-1 in SIAC action. Tuskegee will travel to Benedict for a doubleheader on Thursday, Jan. 16th before heading to Frankfort for their games against Kentucky State.

Wednesday, January 15, 2014

Nerlens Noel Cleared to Play Basketball

According to Jeff Goodman of ESPN.com, former Kentucky big man Nerlens Noel has been cleared to return to full basketball activities for the Philadelphia 76ers.

Here is an excerpt:

"After careful consideration and numerous discussions with our medical and performance teams, the consulting physician and rehabilitation staff, and Nerlens' representatives, some of the restrictions on Nerlens have been lifted and he is now able to participate in limited on-court work," 76ers president and general manager Sam Hinkie said in a statement.

"There are several benchmarks Nerlens still must meet, and during that time we will closely monitor his progress and regularly evaluate his status. Our goal remains the same, which is to give Nerlens every opportunity to ensure a long, productive NBA career."

Noel, who suffered a torn ACL in February while playing for Kentucky, visited Dr. James Andrews in Florida last week.

"He is doing excellent, and the team is taking good care of him," Andrews told ESPN.com on Wednesday.

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Pitino Promotes Kevin Keatts to Associate Head Coach

University of Louisville head coach Rick Pitino has promoted Kevin Keatts from assistant coach to Associate Head Coach.

Here is a release from UL:

LOUISVILLE, Ky. - Kevin Keatts, who joined the University of Louisville men's basketball staff in April 2011 as an assistant coach, has been elevated to Associate Head Coach for the Cardinals by head coach Rick Pitino.

"Kevin is one of the best assistants I have had in a long career," Pitino said. "That's saying something with the great assistants I've had the extreme pleasure to work alongside. He has done an incredible job with all of our current players and recruits and naming him an associate is a much-deserved recognition for him."

Keatts, who has won two national prep championships and was runner-up on three occasions as head coach at Hargrave Military Academy over eight seasons, has helped the Cardinals assemble consecutive top-10 recruiting classes. Since his arrival at UofL, the Cardinals have reached the NCAA Final Four twice -- including winning the 2013 NCAA Championship -- won two Big East Conference championships, and have a combined 79-18 record while winning a school-record 35 games last year.

ESPN.com's Jeff Goodman, after surveying move than 200 collegiate coaches, named Keatts as the nation's third most respected/feared assistant coach in a July 2013 listing.

Keatts' success as a prep coach is staggering. In 10 seasons in two separate stints as the head coach at Hargrave (1999-2001, 2003-2011), he compiled an incredible 262-17 record with two national prep titles (2004, 2008), three runner-up finishes (2005, 2006, 2009) and two additional appearances among the final four prep teams (2007, 2010). Keatts won his second national prep title with a perfect 29-0 record, the school's first ever undefeated season. His teams lost one or fewer games on six occasions. He was inducted into the Hargrave Hall of Fame in 2011.

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Chicago Recalls Marquis Teague from the NBA D-League

The Chicago Bulls have recalled former Kentucky star Marquis League from the Iowa Energy of the NBA Development League.

Teague averaged 12 points and 4.8 assists per game in 8 games with the Energy.

Bellarmine Holds On to No. 2 Spot in NABC Division II Coaches Poll

Bellarmine University continues to hold on to the No. 2 spot in the NABC Division II Coaches Poll this week.

The Knights (12-0) have 386 total points and 2 first-place votes.

West Liberty (W.Va.) is still No. 1 with 397 points and 14 first-place votes.

Florida Southern, Metropolitan State (Colo.) and Indiana (Pa.) round out the top 5.

NABC Division II Coaches Poll (Jan. 14, 2014 - Poll #8)
Record
Points
Pvs
1. West Liberty, W.Va. (14 first place votes)
12-0
397
1
2. Bellarmine, Ky. (2 first place votes)
12-0
386
2
3. Florida Southern
15-0
367
4
4. Metropolitan State, Colo.
12-1
347
5
5. Indiana, Pa.
14-0
328
6
6. Tarleton State, Texas
13-0
314
9
7. Drury, Mo.
12-1
311
3
8. East Stroudsburg, Pa.
15-0
288
10
9. Cal State-San Bernardino
11-1
255
14
10. Southern Indiana
11-1
247
8
11. Lincoln Memorial, Tenn.
11-1
226
15
12. Dixie State, Utah
12-1
221
7
13. Colorado School of Mines
12-1
202
11
14. Indianapolis, Ind.
11-1
159
19
15. South Carolina Aiken
12-2
153
22
16. Winona State, Minn.
15-2
126
21
17. Lake Superior State, Mich.
15-1
122
23
18. California Baptist
13-0
108
25
19. Western Washington
10-3
98
20
20. Minnesota State
14-3
83
12
21. Montevallo, Ala.
11-2
75
13
22. Franklin Pierce, N.H.
12-2
70
16
23. Lewis, Ill.
11-1
65
17
24. Delta State, Miss.
12-2
51
NR
25. Chico State, Calif.
10-2
41
NR
Dropped out: Georgia Southwestern (18), Central Missouri (24).
Others receiving votes: Georgia Southwestern 37, Missouri Southern 31, Georgia Regents University 24, Seattle Pacific (Wash.) 14, Cal Poly Pomona 9, Southern Connecticut State 9, Walsh (Ohio) 9, Angelo State (Texas) 7, Central Missouri 7, Michigan Tech 3, Northeastern State (Okla.) 3, Hawaii Pacific 2, Barry (Fla.) 1, Fort Hays State (Kan.) 1, Midwestern State (Texas) 1, Saint Leo (Fla.) 1, Texas A&M International 1.
Records are through games of Sunday, Jan. 12, 2014.

Highlights from Arkansas' Win Over Kentucky, Including Game-Winning Slam

Check out these highlights from Arkansas' triumphant victory over Kentucky, including the game-winning slam at the buzzer:


UK's James Young, Julius Randle Discuss Loss at Arkansas

Kentucky's Julius Randle and James Young talk about last night's heartbreaking loss at Arkansas:


Video: John Calipari Talks About Loss at Arkansas

Kentucky head coach John Calipari talks about last night's overtime loss at Arkansas:


Kentucky Comes Up Short in Super Tuesday Thriller at Arkansas

Arkansas 87
(13) Kentucky 85  F/OT

Final from Fayetteville, Arkansas

Michael Qualls slammed home the game-winning basket with 0.2 seconds showing on the clock as Arkansas defeated No. 13 Kentucky 87-85 Tuesday night in Fayetteville.

The Razorbacks missed a three-pointer as time expired in overtime but Kentucky failed to box out, allowing Qualls to soar in for the dunk (see image).

Qualls led Arkansas (12-4, 1-2 SEC) with 18 points and 5 rebounds. Rashad Madden added 18 points. Bobby Portis finished with 11 points and 10 rebounds.

James Young led Kentucky with 23 points and 6 rebounds. Julius Randle finished with 20 points and 14 boards. Aaron Harrison chipped in 16 points.

Andrew Harrison struggled offensively but nailed a three-pointer at the end of regulation to send the game to overtime. He finished with 7 points, 6 assists and 4 rebounds.

Kentucky (12-4, 2-1) returns to action Saturday when they host Tennessee at Noon in Rupp Arena.

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Tuesday, January 14, 2014

Chane Behanan Will Reportedly Visit Colorado State

According to a report at Coloradoan.com, former Louisville forward Chane Behanan will visit Colorado State this weekend.

Here's an excerpt:

Former Louisville forward Chane Behanan will be making a visit to CSU this weekend, considering the Rams as a transfer option, a source close to the situation told The Coloradoan.

He’ll be in attendance for Colorado State University’s game Saturday against Air Force at Moby Arena.

Behanan, a junior, was dismissed from the Louisville program by coach Rick Pitino on Dec. 30 following an October suspension for violating university policy.

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UPIKE Remains No. 1 in NAIA DI Coaches Poll, St. Catharine Up to No. 14

For the second week in a row, the University of Pikeville (14-1) is the No. 1 team in the NAIA Division I Coaches' Top 25 Poll. The Bears lead the way with 250 total points and 9 first-place votes.

SAGU (Texas) is No. 2 with 242 total points. Cal State San Marcos is No. 3 followed by Columbia (Mo.) and Evangel (Mo.).

St. Catharine College (10-5) is up 9 places to No. 14 this week.

Georgetown College (12-4) is down to No. 18 in the new rankings.

2013 – 14 NAIA Division I Men’s Basketball Coaches’ Top 25 Poll – Jan. 14

RANK LAST WEEK SCHOOL (1ST PLACE VOTES) 2013-14 RECORD TOTAL POINTS
1 1 Pikeville (Ky.) (9) 14-1 250
2 2 SAGU (Texas) 12-1 242
3 4 Cal State San Marcos 19-1 232
4 3 Columbia (Mo.) (1) 15-1 226
5 6 Evangel (Mo.) 14-3 210
6 11 Freed-Hardeman (Tenn.) 11-0 209
7 8 Arizona Christian 14-1 203
8 7 Talladega (Ala.) 16-2 201
9 9 William Carey (Miss.) 9-2 185
10 5 Concordia (Calif.) 13-3 175
11 12 St. Gregory's (Okla.) 13-1 174
12 14 Wiley (Texas) 11-1 163
13 19 Culver-Stockton (Mo.) 12-3 151
14 23 St. Catharine (Ky.) 10-5 136
15 15 Benedictine (Kan.) 11-4 127
T16 RV Emmanuel (Ga.) 13-2 123
T16 17 Philander Smith (Ark.) 12-5 123
18 13 Georgetown (Ky.) 12-4 113
19 RV Westminster (Utah) 11-7 105
20 21 Vanguard (Calif.) 13-2 102
21 18 Mid-America Christian (Okla.) 8-4 93
T22 NR Lewis-Clark State (Idaho) 16-4 77
T22 24 Xavier (La.) 13-4 77
24 NR Wayland Baptist (Texas) 12-2 64
25 RV Hope International (Calif.) 12-3 52

Others receiving votes: Rocky Mountain (Mont.) 46; Bethel (Tenn.) 46; Rio Grande (Ohio) 34; Martin Methodist (Tenn.) 29; MidAmerica Nazarene (Kan.) 15; Montana State-Northern 15; LSU Shreveport (La.) 5; Cumberland (Tenn.) 3.

Richie Farmer Sentenced to 27 Months in Federal Prison

Former Kentucky Mr. Basketball and University of Kentucky player Richie Farmer was sentended this afternoon to more than two years in prison for violations during his term as the state's agriculture commissioner.

Here are details of the sentencing from ESPN.com:

Farmer hired friends and had them do little to no work, and also had state employees run errands including having them build a basketball court at his home, prosecutors said. He was sentenced to 27 months in federal prison and ordered to pay $120,500 in restitution.

Farmer was a shooting guard on the 1991-92 Kentucky team known as "The Unforgettables" for its gutsy play and for reviving the Wildcats after a couple of years on probation. Prosecutors have said Farmer felt a sense of entitlement because of his fame.

Outside the courthouse, Farmer apologized but didn't talk specifically about what he'd done. "If you make bad decisions and poor judgments, you own up to them," Farmer said.
He will report to prison March 18.

Farmer pleaded guilty in September to two counts of misappropriating government resources. As part of the plea agreement, prosecutors and Farmer agreed to a sentencing range of 21 to 27 months.
Prosecutors asked for all of that, while Farmer's attorney argued for less than two years.

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Archie Goodwin Thinks NIT Appearance Hurt His NBA Draft Stock

Former Kentucky guard Archie Goodwin feels that last season's NIT appearance at UK damaged his NBA Draft stock.

Goodwin spoke about that and much more in an interview with Adam Zagoria of ZagsBlog.com.

Here is an excerpt:

And so Archie Goodwin understandably believes that his stock was hurt last year when Kentucky failed to make the NCAA Tournament — and then lost in the first round of the NIT to Robert Morris.

“If we would’ve won more, then I would’ve been a top pick,” Goodwin, who went No. 29 in last year’s draft, told SNY.tv prior to the Knicks’ 98-96 OT victory over the Phoenix Suns Monday at Madison Square Garden.

“It was just a matter of us losing a lot of games that we should’ve won. I mean, we went to the NIT, so us losing there and then just a lot of games we should’ve won during the year, if we win those games then I feel like I’m easily one of those top picks. But losing has a big thing to do with it.”

The 6-foot-5 Goodwin is now averaging 3.2 points as a reserve with the Suns (21-16). He played just 1 minute and went scoreless against the Knicks.

He says he doesn’t regret coming out after one season at Kentucky despite going late in the first round.

“At the end of the day, I’m still here and I’m getting a lot of opportunities that a lot of guys don’t get,” Goodwin said.

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Western Kentucky Has Offered JUCO PG Trey Dickerson

Western Kentucky University has reportedly offered a scholarship to JUCO point guard Trey Dickerson from Williston State (ND) College.

Dickerson was formerly committed to Murray State University. He originally chose the Racers over Rutgers and Arkansas but de-committed before the season to explore other options.

Juco_Offers  Western Kentucky has offered Trey Dickerson (6'1/PG/2014) of Williston State.

He is averaging 19 points, 5.9 assists and 3.6 rebounds per game this season at Williston State.

UK's Dakari Johnson and Derek Willis Talk About Arkansas Game

Kentucky's Dakari Johnson and Derek Willis talk about tonight's game at Arkansas:


John Calipari Previews the Arkansas Game and More

Kentucky head coach John Calipari talks about tonight's SEC road game at Arkansas:


Murray State's Williams and Payne Earn OVC Weekly Awards

Murray State's Jarvis Williams and Cameron Payne have picked up weekly honors from the Ohio Valley Conference.

Williams was named Newcomer of the Week for the second-straight week after putting up 16.5 points, 8.0 rebounds and 1.5 blocks per game in two wins.

Payne earned Freshman of the Week honors after averaging 17.0 points, 6.5 assists, 6.0 rebounds, 2.5 steals and 1.5 blocks per game last week.

Here is the release from the OVC:

NEWCOMERJarvis Williams, F • Jr., 6-8, 210 • Macon, Ga. • Murray State
Williams earned OVC Newcomer of the Week honors for the second-straight week after averaging 16.5 points, 8.0 rebounds and 1.5 blocks/game and hitting 75 percent (15-of-20) from the field in two Murray State victories. The transfer from Gordon State College started the week with his seventh double-double of the season at Eastern Kentucky, hitting 9-of-9 field goal attempts on his way to 19 points and also pulling down 11 rebounds. He capped the week with 14 points, five rebounds and two blocks in a victory over Austin Peay. Williams currently ranks second in the OVC in rebounding (10.5/game), third in blocks (1.6/game), fifth in field goal percentage (61.4%) and 11th in scoring (14.1 points/game).
 
FRESHMAN
Cameron Payne, G • Fr., 6-2, 175 • Bartlett, Tenn. • Murray State
Payne averaged 17.0 points, 6.5 assists, 6.0 rebounds, 2.5 steals and 1.5 blocks/game last week as Murray State won at Eastern Kentucky and at home against Austin Peay. Payne opened the week with 19 points, seven rebounds, five assists, three steals and three blocks as the Racers topped the Colonels 77-64; it marked the first road win of the year for Murray State and just the second home loss for EKU over the past two seasons. He closed the week with 15 points, a season-high eight assists, five rebounds and two steals in the 89-67 win over APSU. Payne currently ranks fourth in the OVC in assists (5.6/game), fifth in 3-pointers made (2.1/game), ninth in scoring (15.0 points/game) and ninth in steals (1.6/game). In Conference-only games Payne is third in the league in scoring (21.0 points/game). It marks the fourth time this season Payne has been named Freshman of the Week.

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New Highlights of 2015 Kentucky Recruit Carlton Bragg

Check out these new highlights of 2015 Kentucky recruit Carlton Bragg:


Time for Some Mid-January Hoops in Kentucky: Schedule for the Week

It's time for some mid-January college basketball in the Bluegrass State. Conference play is really heating up and this week's schedule is filled with intriguing games at all levels.

Here's a complete schedule for the week:

Monday, January 13

Union College 106 Crown College 55
Kentucky State University 83 Paine College 61*

Tuesday, January 14

8:00 p.m. Kentucky Christian University at Ohio Christian
8:00 p.m. Greenville College at Spalding University*
8:00 p.m. Berea College at Alice Lloyd College*
8:30 p.m. Mid-Continent University at Columbia College*
9:00 p.m. University of Kentucky at Arkansas*

Wednesday, January 15

7:00 p.m. IU East at Asbury University*
7:30 p.m. Transylvania University at Earlham College*
7:30 p.m. Reinhardt at Union College*
8:00 p.m. Thomas More College at Westminster*

Thursday, January 16

7:00 p.m. Mercer at Northern Kentucky University*
7:00 p.m. Belmont at Eastern Kentucky University*
7:00 p.m. Southeast Missouri at Morehead State University*
7:00 p.m. Brescia University at IU Kokomo*
7:00 p.m. Houston at University of Louisville*
7:30 p.m. Morehouse College at Kentucky State University*
8:00 p.m. Murray State University at Eastern Illinois*
8:00 p.m. St. Catharine College at Rio Grande*
8:00 p.m. University of Indianapolis at Bellarmine University*
8:00 p.m. Arkansas-Little Rock at Western Kentucky University*
8:00 p.m. Bluefield College at University of the Cumberlands*
8:00 p.m. Campbellsville University at Shawnee State*
8:00 p.m. University of Pikeville at Georgetown College*
8:30 p.m. William Woods at Mid-Continent University*
9:00 p.m. Lindsey Wilson College at Cumberland (Tenn.)*

Friday, January 17

7:00 p.m. The Crown College at Kentucky Christian University
8:00 p.m. SLCOP vs. Alice Lloyd College (at Asbury University)*

Saturday, January 18

12:00 p.m. Tennessee at University of Kentucky*
2:00 p.m. Murray State University at SIU Edwardsville*
2:00 p.m. UT Martin at Morehead State University*
3:00 p.m. Tuskegee University at Kentucky State University*
3:00 p.m. Berea College at Point Park University*
3:00 p.m. Johnson University at Kentucky Christian University
3:15 p.m. Saint Joseph's College at Bellarmine University*
4:00 p.m. Union College at Truett-McConnell*
4:00 p.m. Bluffton University at Transylvania University*
4:00 p.m. Thomas More College at Saint Vincent*
4:00 p.m. Spalding University at Fontbonne University*
4:00 p.m. Centre College at Sewanee*
4:00 p.m. SLCOP at Asbury University*
4:00 p.m. Campbellsville University at Rio Grande*
4:00 p.m. Alice Lloyd College at IU Southeast*
4:00 p.m. Bluefield College at Georgetown College*
4:00 p.m. St. Catharine College at Shawnee State*
4:00 p.m. University of Pikeville at University of the Cumberlands*
4:15 p.m. Trevecca Nazarene at Kentucky Wesleyan College*
5:00 p.m. Park University at Mid-Continent University*
7:00 p.m. Kennesaw State at Northern Kentucky University*
7:00 p.m. Jacksonville State at Eastern Kentucky University*
8:00 p.m. Arkansas State at Western Kentucky University*
9:00 p.m. University of Louisville at Connecticut*

Sunday, January 19

4:00 p.m. SLCOP at Brescia University*

* Conference Game

DeMarcus Cousins Named NBA Western Conference Player of the Week

Former Kentucky star DeMarcus Cousins was named NBA Western Conference Player of the Week on Monday.

Cousins led the Kings to a 3-0 record last week while averaging 25.0 points and 12.7 rebounds per game.

Here is a release from NBA.com:

NEW YORK -- The New York Knicks' Carmelo Anthony and the Sacramento Kings' DeMarcus Cousins today were named NBA Eastern and Western Conference Players of the Week, respectively, for games played Monday, Jan. 6, through Sunday, Jan. 12.

Anthony led the Knicks to a 3-0 week which included wins over the Detroit Pistons, Miami Heat and Philadelphia 76ers. He ranked second in the conference in scoring (27.0 ppg) and steals (2.33 spg) and third in minutes (39.2 mpg). Anthony connected on 12-of-24 field goals en route to 29 points, and added eight rebounds and five assists on Jan. 9, during New York's 102-92 win over Miami.

Cousins helped the Kings to a 3-0 week which included wins over the Portland Trail Blazers, Orlando Magic and Cleveland Cavaliers. He ranked seventh in the conference in scoring (25.0 ppg), second in rebounding (12.7 rpg) and eighth in minutes (37.2 mpg). Cousins posted a point-rebound double-double in all three of the Kings' games, and now has a double-double in 10 consecutive contests.

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Detroit Recalls Peyton Siva from the NBA D-League

The Detroit Pistons have recalled former Louisville star Peyton Siva from the NBA Development League.

Siva played four games in the D-League, averaging 12 points, 5.8 assists and 2 steals per game.

Here is more from NBA.com:

“I think I got a lot of experience,” Siva said. “I had a main focus of just being aggressive down there, going out to play and really working on my guard skills. The first couple of games, I think I did a really good job of showcasing that. Unfortunately, I fell and sprained both of my wrists, then just tried to play through it. At least we got some wins down there.”

In four games, Siva averaged 12 points, 5.8 assists and two steals. But he had a 27-point, 10-assist, eight-steal game while going up against Chicago Bulls point guard and 2012 No. 1 pick Marquis Teague and another game with 24 points, five rebounds, three assists and two steals before the wrist injuries caught up to him.

“Going down there was a great thing for me,” he said. “You get a chance to work on your game, you get a chance to play against other professional guys. It was great to go down there and learn from guys and learn from coaching. I get the chance now to watch my game film with older guys like Chauncey (Billups) and Will (Bynum) who can teach me different points where I could have done better.”

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Monday, January 13, 2014

Kentucky Rises, Louisville Drops in Latest College Basketball Polls

Kentucky (12-3) is up to No. 13 in the AP Top 25 and No. 12 in the USA Today Coaches Poll this week.

Louisville (14-3), which lost to Memphis last week, is down to No. 18 in the AP poll and No. 14 in the coaches' rankings.

AP Top 25

RK TEAM RECORD PTS
1 Arizona (61) 17-0 1,621
2 Syracuse (4) 16-0 1,560
3 Wisconsin 16-0 1,482
4 Michigan State 15-1 1,442
5 Wichita State 17-0 1,300
6 Villanova 15-1 1,289
7 Florida 13-2 1,205
8 Iowa State 14-1 1,048
9 Oklahoma State 14-2 1,046
10 San Diego State 14-1 1,020
11 Ohio State 15-2 979 12 Baylor 13-2 952 13 Kentucky 12-3 912 14 Iowa 14-3 831 15 Kansas 11-4 686 16 Massachusetts 14-1 579 17 Memphis 12-3 536 18 Louisville 14-3 525 19 Cincinnati 15-2 405 20 Creighton 14-2 329 21 Colorado 14-3 328 22 Pittsburgh 15-1 299 23 Duke 12-4 193 24 Saint Louis 15-2 148 25 Oklahoma 13-3 103 25 UCLA 13-3 103

Others receiving votes: Missouri 42, Oregon 39, Connecticut 35, Kansas State 25, Gonzaga 17, Michigan 11, California 10, Virginia 6, Louisiana Tech 5, Xavier 3, Illinois 3, New Mexico 3, Harvard 3, George Washington 2

USA Today Coaches Poll

RK TEAM RECORD PTS
1 Arizona (30) 17-0 798
2 Syracuse (1) 16-0 766
3 Wisconsin 16-0 724
4 Michigan State (1) 15-1 718
5 Wichita State 17-0 666
6 Villanova 15-1 598
7 Florida 13-2 573
8 Oklahoma State 14-2 517
9 Ohio State 15-2 516
10 Iowa State 14-1 495
11 San Diego State 14-1 481 12 Kentucky 12-3 424 13 Baylor 13-2 413 14 Louisville 14-3 393 15 Massachusetts 14-1 330 16 Iowa 14-3 297 17 Memphis 12-3 274 18 Kansas 11-4 272 19 Creighton 14-2 216 20 Duke 12-4 163 21 Pittsburgh 15-1 144 22 Colorado 14-3 103 23 Cincinnati 15-2 87 24 Gonzaga 14-3 82 25 UCLA 13-3 74

Others receiving votes: Saint Louis 68, Oregon 51, Missouri 43, Oklahoma 39, Kansas State 15, Michigan 9, New Mexico 9, California 9, Connecticut 8, George Washington 6, Harvard 6, Southern Miss 5, Virginia 4, Virginia Commonwealth 2, Xavier 2

Omar Prewitt Named CAA Rookie of the Week for Sixth Time

Former Montgomery County High School star Omar Prewitt was named Colonial Athletic Association Rookie of the Week for the sixth time this season on Monday.

Prewitt had 15 points and 5 rebounds in William & Mary's 85-73 win over Drexel.

Here is a release from the W&M:

WILLIAMSBURG, Va. - For the sixth time this season, William and Mary men’s basketball freshman Omar Prewitt was named the Colonial Athletic Association Rookie of the Week, the league office announced on Monday. The Mount Sterling, Ky., native took home the weekly award following a 15-point, five-rebound effort in the Tribe’s lone game last week, an 85-73 victory over Drexel, 85-73.


Prewitt became the first Tribe freshman to be named CAA Rookie of the Week on six occasions, equaling the number of last season's CAA Rookie of the Year, R.J. Hunter from Georgia State. He also garnered the distinction on Nov. 18, Nov. 25, Dec. 2, Dec. 23 and Jan. 6 to go along with his most recent accolade.

The Tribe won its third straight and for the eighth time in its last 10 games with the victory over Drexel. Prewitt was 5-of-10 from the field and 4-of-8 from 3-point range as part of the Tribe’s high-powered offensive attack. W&M’s 85 points were the most allowed by Drexel in a CAA game since 2008. Prewitt was also a key part of the Tribe’s 11-of-23 effort from 3-point range, which marked the most 3-pointers made in a game against the Dragons since the Tribe had 14 at Drexel in 2008.


Prewitt leads all CAA rookies in scoring, rebounding, steals, 3-pointers made, free throw, 3-point and field goal percentages. Among the CAA leaders, he ranks fourth in free throw percentage (.785) and 3-point percentage (.403), seventh in 3-pointers made (2.1) and field goal percentage (.465), 10th in scoring (14.1), 13th in steals (0.9) and 19th in rebounding (5.0).  
 

Photo: William & Mary Athletics

Reggie Hanson to Coach Professional Basketball in Japan

Former University of Kentucky forward Reggie Hanson will continue his coaching career in Japan.

Hanson has been hired as head coach of the Shimane Susanoo Magic in the Japanese Basketball League.

Here is more from JapanTimes.co.jp:

Former JBL star Reggie Hanson was hired to replace Vlasios Vlaikidis, Shimane announced on its website.

Vlaikidis, who was in his first season at the helm, was relieved of his coaching duties after the team’s 5-21 start. Shimane has the worst record in the 10-team Western Conference a season after reaching the second round of the playoffs.

Vlaikidis, who coached the Iwate Big Bulls to a 7-19 record to open the 2011-12 season before resigning, did not respond to email messages seeking comment.

The 45-year-old Hanson served as a longtime University of Kentucky assistant coach (2000-07) after his playing days. He was a University of South Florida assistant from 2007-11, and then USF’s director of basketball operations through the spring of 2013.

“I want to thank Shimane management for the opportunity to coach the team,” Hanson said in a statement.

“I am very excited to bring a fun style of basketball to the Shimane community.”

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UPIKE's Chris Cantino Named Mid-South Conference Player of the Week

University of Pikeville junior Chris Cantino was named Mid-South Conference Player of the Week on Monday.

Here is a release from the MSC:

COLUMBIA, Ky. -- Pikeville (Ky.) junior Chris Cantino is the Mid-South Conference Men's Basketball Player of the Week, conference officials announced on Monday.

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

The Philadelphia, Pa., forward averaged a double-double -- 24.5 points and 12 rebounds per game -- in home wins over Lindsey Wilson (Ky.) and Cumberland (Tenn.) last week.

Cantino opened the week pouring in a season-high 27 points in the Bears' 70-52 win over Lindsey Wilson on Thursday. He added 14 rebounds, three steals and a pair of blocks in the win.

On Saturday, Cantino notched his conference-leading eighth double-double of the season with a 22-point, 10-rebound performance in an 82-68 win over Cumberland. He connected on nine of his 10 shot attempts while adding two steals and a block.

For the week, Cantino shot 67.7 percent (18-of-27) from the field and 81.3 percent (13-of-16) from the free throw line. He also averaged 2.5 steals and 1.5 blocks in the two wins.

In addition to leading the Mid-South in double-doubles, Cantino also leads the conference in rebounding (10.3 per game). He ranks third in field goal percentage (59.6) and sixth in scoring (15.5).

Cantino ranks in the NAIA's top 10 in four statistical categories -- first in offensive rebounds (5.5), fifth in double-doubles, seventh in rebounding and ninth in field goal accuracy.

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Highlights from Kentucky's Win Over Vanderbilt

Check out these highlights from Kentucky's win over Vanderbilt:


No. 1 University of Pikeville Continues to Roll

(1) Pikeville 82
Cumberland (Tenn.) 68

Final from Pikeville, Kentucky

Game recap by UPIKE:

PIKEVILLE, Ky. – Chris Cantino tallied a double-double of 22 points and 10 rebounds to help the No. 1 University of Pikeville men's basketball team battle past Cumberland (Tenn.) 82-68 on Saturday at the East Ky. Expo Center.

The Bears were outrebounded for just the second time this season (42-40), but made up for it with nine 3-pointers at 52.9 percent, while holding Cumberland to just 38.5 percent from the field for the game.

Bruce Reed added 19 points and four boards, while Elisha Justice added 12 points. Keala King had a balanced day with 11 points, seven rebounds, four assists, a block and a steal.
Josh Wilkerson paced Cumberland with 14 points and three steals and Lamar Brinkley added 10 points and a team-best nine rebounds.

Wilkerson got the Bulldogs (11-4, 3-3 MSC) going early with three drives to the basket to give them an 8-7 lead five minutes in. It prompted Reed to go to work for an and-one layup and King backed him up with a fade away jumper to take a 14-11 lead.

UPIKE (14-1, 5-0 MSC) used that momentum to go on a 7-0 run that saw it up 21-11 before Gude ended the run with a layup. The Bears continued to grow their lead to 32-18 with 7:34 left in the half on a three from Colt Chapman.
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Randolph Morris Continues to Dominate the Competition in China

Former Kentucky big man Randolph Morris continues to dominate the competition in China's top-level CBA league.

Morris has once again been named Asia-Basket.com Player of the Week after putting in 26 points and 11 rebounds in a win over Guangsha L.

Here is more from Asia-Basket.com:

27-year old power forward Randolph Morris (211-F/C-86) put on an extraordinary performance in the last round for Beijing Ducks and receives a Asia-basket.com Player of the Week award for round 23.

He had a double-double of 26 points and 11 rebounds, while his team beat Guangsha L. (#6, 13-10) 114-104. Beijing Ducks maintains the 3rd position in Chinese league. They would have been even better if they hadn't lost a few games earlier this season. Beijing Ducks will need more victories to improve their 17-6 record. Morris has many years of experience at Beijing Ducks, through which he has constantly improved. University of Kentucky graduate has very impressive stats this year. Morris is in league's top in points (9th best: 27.2ppg) and averages solid 55.2% FGP.

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No. 2 Bellarmine Keeps Perfect Season Going with Win Over Missouri S&T

(2) Bellarmine 89
Missouri S&T 79

Final from Louisville, Kentucky

Game recap by BU:

LOUISVILLE, Ky.—Behind a perfect night from junior forward Jake Thelen, the No. 2 Bellarmine Knights kept their season perfect with an 89-79 victory over a tenacious Missouri S&T team in a Great Lakes Valley Conference contest Saturday afternoon in Knights Hall.

Thelen connected on all seven field goals and all eight free throws he attempted to lead four Knights in double digit scoring with 22 points as Bellarmine improved to 12-0 overall and 4-0 in the GLVC.  Senior guard Vance Hall flirted with a triple double, finishing with 10 points, eight rebounds, and a career high 10 assists.

Bellarmine shot 65.3 percent, held their opponents to just 39.7 percent, and outrebounded the Miners 34-22.  Despite the statistical advantages for the Knights, Missouri S&T kept the game close by hitting 10 of 22 three point attempts and forcing 17 turnovers.

"We had to play every second of the game," said Bellarmine Coach Scott Davenport, "and that's against a team that hadn't won a game in our league but has played Indianapolis, Southern Indiana, Drury, and Bellarmine--all top 19 teams in the nation.  It's just the best league in the country.  Our kids understand that in this league it's every possession every night.  I'm very proud of them tonight."

Bellarmine opened the game on fire, jumping out to quick 10-0 lead as the Knights hit their first four shots, including two from beyond the arc.  Following a timeout from the Miners, S&T slowly climbed back into the game and took a brief one-point lead before two Donnie Hall free throws gave the Knights a 37-36 halftime lead.

The Miners, who came into the game averaging 93.8 points per game (third in the nation), reclaimed the lead just 10 seconds into the second period when Michael Nesbit drained a three.  Bellarmine then turned the ball over on their next three possessions, prompting Davenport to replace his three-member backcourt.  The trio of Michael Parrish, Corbin Maynard and Rusty Troutman provided the Knights with a spark that turned a four-point deficit into a seven point lead.

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