Saturday, January 25, 2014

Alice Lloyd at Asbury University Rescheduled for February 21

The Alice Lloyd College at Asbury University game that was postponed Tuesday has been rescheduled for February 21.

WILMORE, Ky. - With the women's basketball game against ALC already postponed to February 21st due to the flu on Alice Lloyd's squad, the men's game scheduled for tonight has been postponed due to inclement weather.

With two inches of snow already fallen in Wilmore and expected snowfall to last through the rest of the day, the men's basketball game has been postponed. The women's game scheduled for today had been moved to Feb. 21 at 7 p.m. Both games will now be played on that day with the women playing at 6 p.m. and the men following at 8 p.m.

Shawnee State at Pikeville Postponed, Moved to Monday Night

The Shawnee State at University of Pikeville game has been cancelled for today and moved to Monday night due to inclement weather.

PIKEVILLE, Ky. – The University of Pikeville basketball teams will have to wait two more days to resume Mid-South Conference play as severe weather throughout the region has made it unsafe to travel for the student-athletes and fans.

Shawnee State (Ohio) will now come to the East Ky. Expo Center this Monday night for a women's game at 6 p.m. ET with the men to follow at 8 p.m. Tickets for Saturday will still be honored at the door on Monday night.

The Bears from Portsmouth, Ohio enter the games with a 9-10 overall record and 2-6 mark in MSC play on the women's side, while their men are 8-11 and 2-6 in league games. They are both coming off losses at Bluefield (Va.) on Thursday.

The Bears from Pikeville, Ky., are both playing their best basketball of the season.

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Georgetown College vs. Lindsey Wilson Postponed and Rescheduled for Sunday

Today's game between Georgetown College and Lindsey Wilson College has been postponed due to weather and reschedule for Sunday afternoon.

Tiger Nation, today's games with Lindsey Wilson College in Columbia, Ky. have been postponed. Georgetown College women's and men's basketball will play the Blue Raiders in a doubleheader tomorrow in Biggers Sports Arena. Game times are set for 2 and 4 pm Eastern Standard Time respectively.

Please stay indoors, safe and warm today though this winter blast.

Andrew Harrison, Jarrod Polson Talk About UK's Game Against Georgia

Kentucky's Andrew Harrison and Jarrod Polson talk about today's game against Georgia:


John Calipari Previews Today's Game Against Georgia

Kentucky head coach John Calipari talks about today's home game against Georgia and more:


UK's Young, Randle Named to Wayman Tisdale Award Midseason Watch List

Kentucky's James Young and Julius Randle were named to the Wayman Tisdale Award Midseason Watch List earlier this week.

The U.S. Basketball Writers Association gives the award annually to college basketball top freshman player.

Release from the USBWA:

ST. LOUIS (USBWA) – The U.S. Basketball Writers Association has selected nine outstanding first-year players for its 2014 Integris Wayman Tisdale Award Midseason Watch List. Members of the association's board of directors chose the players to be included on the list as contenders for the national freshman of the year award.

The award is to be presented to the national freshman of the year at the Devon Energy College Basketball Awards on April 14 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 the Monday following the NCAA Men's Final Four.

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2014 WAYMAN TISDALE AWARD MIDSEASON WATCH LIST
Pos.No.Player, SchoolHt.Wt.Yr.Hometown
C21Joel Embiid, Kansas7-0250Fr.Yaounde, Cameroon
G11Tyler Ennis, Syracuse6-2180Fr.Brampton, Ont.
F11Aaron Gordon, Arizona6-9225Fr.San Jose, Calif.
F25Jordan Mickey, LSU6-8220Fr.Dallas, Texas
F1Jabari Parker, Duke6-8235Fr.Chicago, Ill.
F30Julius Randle, Kentucky6-9250Fr.Dallas, Texas
F1Noah Vonleh, Indiana6-10240Fr.Haverhill, Mass.
G22Andrew Wiggins, Kansas6-8200Fr.Vaughan, Ont.
G1James Young, Kentucky6-6215Fr.Rochester Hills, Mich.
By conference: SEC (3); ACC (2); Big 12 (2); Big Ten (1); Pac-12 (1).

Friday, January 24, 2014

Calipari and Entire UK Team Will be at West Jessamine Tonight for Polson's Jersey Ceremony

University of Kentucky senior Jarrod Polson will have his jersey retired at West Jessamine High School's game tonight in Nicholasville.

John Calipari says that he and the entire UK team will be in attendance tonight to support Polson.

CoachCalDotCom Cal says the whole team will be in attendance tonight to watch Polson get his jersey retired at West Jessamine.

West Jessamine's game against Mercer County is scheduled to tip at 7:00 p.m.

Polson is the all-time leading scorers at West Jessamine with 1,884 career points.

Saturday's Joe B. Hall Prep Classic Has Been Postponed Due to Weather

Saturday's Joe B. Hall Prep Classic at Montgomery County High School has been postponed due to weather concerns.

A new date will be announced next week.

MikeFieldsNotes Due to weather issues, Saturday's Joe B. Hall Prep Classic at Montgomery County has been postponed. A new date will be announced next week.

Original Schedule:

1:30 p.m. Henry Clay vs. Hopkinsville
3:15 p.m Perry County Central vs. Southwestern
5:00 p.m. Fleming County vs. Knott County Central
6:45 p.m. Trinity vs. Holmes
8:30 p.m. Wayne County vs. Montgomery County


DeMarcus Cousins on Chris Paul and the Clippers: "I don't respect a cheater"

Former Kentucky star DeMarcus Cousins has never been one to mince words and his recent comments on the Los Angeles Clippers and point guard Chris Paul are no exception.

Cousins said in a recent piece by Grantland that he doesn't respect the Clippers' style of basketball because he feels "like it's basically cheating."

Here is more via SportingNews.com:

DeMarcus Cousins has had his share of run-ins with coaches and teammates, so there is something refreshing about the notion of him focusing his orneriness on opponents instead. That’s what he did this week in an in-depth profile by Grantland writer Jonathan Abrams, taking aim at a growing rivalry with the Clippers in general, and Chris Paul in particular.

“It’s just, some players I don’t respect,” Cousins said. “Just their playing style of basketball. I don’t respect it. I feel like it’s basically cheating and I don’t respect a cheater. If that’s your tactic to winning, I don’t respect you.”

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Eastern Kentucky Torches the Nets, Hammers Tennessee State

Eastern Kentucky 94
Tennessee State 78

Final from Nashville, Tennessee

Game recap by EKU:

NASHVILLE, Tenn. – Eastern Kentucky made 13 three-pointers and put Tennessee State away early in a 94-78 victory on Thursday

The Tigers scored the first basket, but EKU (14-6, 5-2 OVC) went on a 15-2 run to take a 9-point lead. Eric Stutz capped the early run with a pair of baskets, including a steal at midcourt that he took the distance for a lay-up.

A hot streak from behind the arc later in the half allowed the Colonels to stretch a 10-point lead to a 21-point margin. Five straight Eastern field goals came from behind the three-point line. Jeff Johnson hit two, Glenn Cosey followed with two and Isaac McGlone finished it off for a 35-14 lead with 7:50 left in the opening half. EKU hit eight of its first 13 attempts from deep.

TSU (2-20, 1-7 OVC) got within 10 twice in the first half but Eastern Kentucky led by 13, 45-32, at the break.

EKU scored the first six points of the second half and never looked back. Another steal and basket by Stutz stretched the margin to 23, 74-51, with 9:04 left in the game.

The Colonels knocked down 13-of-25 shots from behind the three-point line for 52 percent.

Cosey finished with a team-best 24 points on 9-for-15 shooting. He hit 6-of-9 from behind the arc, had six rebounds and five assists. Tarius Johnson finished with 13. Marcus Lewis and McGlone each had 11 points.

Patrick Miller led all players with 33 points for the Tigers. Jordan Gaither came off the bench to hit five three-pointers and finish with 20 points.
in Nashville.

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Chane Behanan Posts Heartfelt Message on Social Media

Former Louisville forward Chane Behanan posted a heartfelt message Thursday night on his Instagram account.

Behanan admitted in the message that he screwed up during his time at Louisville, saying he "wasn't loyal" to his brothers.

Here's hoping that Behanan, who has been at the John Lucas rehab facility in Houston, gets the help he needs and resurrects his once-promising basketball career (HT: CollegeSpun.com).




Morehead State Can't Keep Up with Belmont on the Road

Belmont 80
Morehead State 66

Final from Nashville, Tennessee

Game recap by MSU:

NASHVILLE -- The Belmont men's basketball team used an 11-0 run early in the first half and never trailed again in an 80-66 victory over Morehead State on Thursday evening at the Curb Event Center.

The Bruins, who have won seven of their last eight contests, improve to 15-7 overall, 6-1 in league action and 7-1 at home.  The Eagles slip to 13-8 overall, 4-2 in conference play and 5-5 on the road.

Belmont improves to 3-0 in the all-time series against Morehead State.  The teams will play again on Wednesday at Johnson Arena.  That contest will be televised nationally by CBS Sports Network.

Belmont has now won 27 of its last 28 and 49 of its last 51 contests at home.  The Bruins have been to postseason play eight of the last 10 years, including three straight NCAA Tournament berths.

"I'm disappointed with tonight's outcome, but you have to give Belmont a lot of credit," Head Coach Sean Woods said.  "Belmont is a very good basketball team, especially at home."

Sophomore Craig Bradshaw led Belmont with a game-high 24 points -- all of which came in the second half.  He drilled 8-of-17 from the field and 7-of-7 from the free-throw line.

Senior J.J. Mann chipped in with 19 points for the Bruins on 4-of-5 from long range, while junior Reece Chamberlain added 17 points and team highs of six assists and four steals.

MSU sophomore Brent Arrington and junior Angelo Warner combined for 37 points.  Arrington posted 19 of his team-best 21 in the first half, while Warner registered 14 of his 16 after intermission.

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Thursday, January 23, 2014

Allen Edwards Gets the Call, Leads Wyoming to Big Road Win at Air Force

Former University of Kentucky guard/forward Allen Edwards is currently in his third year as assistant coach at Wyoming.

Wednesday night, Edwards had the opportunity to serve as head coach of the Cowboys due to head coach Larry Shyatt being ill.

"I got the call around 7:30 a.m. the day of the game," Edwards told Allkyhoops.com. "I found out Coach Shyatt was feeling ill and that I was going to serve as interim coach for the game."

It was a unique opportunity for Edwards to lead the Cowboys into a difficult road environment at Air Force.

"I was concerned about Coach's health but excited about the opportunity," Edwards said of his feelings after finding out that he would be leading the team. "The other assistants and I just tried to make the players stay positive and stay focused. We wanted to make it as close to what we do on any other game day."

Whatever Edwards did seemed to work as the team responded well to pick up a come-from-behind 66-59 conference victory.

Things didn't start as well as they ended, however. The Cowboys fell behind by as many as 15 points in the first half.

"I thought the team stuck together through adversity and just grinded it out," Edwards said of the comeback win. "During timeouts, we stayed positive and just tried to encourage the guys."

Larry Nance Jr. led the Cowboys with 20 points, 9 rebounds and 3 blocks. Josh Adams added 17 points. Nathan Sobey chipped in 10 points, 4 boards and 4 assists.

Wyoming is now 12-6 overall and 3-2 in the Mountain West Conference. Edwards describes the season as a process but feels the Cowboys are really showing improvement in conference play.

"The season has been a process and I mean that in a good way," he explained. "At Ohio State, when they were in the top five, it was a close game that we lost in the final 3-4 minutes. We also played well at Colorado. In conference play, the first three games came down to the last possession. We won one of those against Boise State on the road. Overall, we are going in the right direction."

Wyoming returns to action Saturday when they host Nevada at 2:00 p.m. local time. Coach Shyatt was back in the office on Thursday and will be back on the sidelines this weekend.


Murray State Destroys Tennessee Tech, Moss Scores 31

Murray State 92
Tennessee Tech 53

Final from Murray, Kentucky

Game recap by MSU:

The Murray State Racers enjoyed their best offensive game of the season and Jeffery Moss of his MSU career as the Racers rolled to their seventh straight win at home Thursday in a 92-53 victory over the Tennessee Tech Golden Eagles at the CFSB Center in Murray, Ky.

The Racers (11-8) shot an incredible 63 percent in the first half (19-of-30) and led 55-23. Moss ended the day scoring a career-high 31 points to move Murray State to a 6-1 record in the Ohio Valley Conference. Tech fell to 10-11 and 3-3.

Moss hit his first eight shots from the field including four straight 3-point baskets to help the Racers jump on TTU 29-12 with 7:29 remaining in the opening half. The sophomore ended the day 12-of-18 from the field and 7-of-9 from 3-point range. He also added five rebounds and didn't commit a turnover in 31 minutes on the floor. Moss' 31 points blew past his previous best of 21 against Bethel (Nov. 19).

Already with a big lead, the Racers punished TTU with a 26-11 run which included a three-point play from Jarvis Williams who had his eighth double-double of the season with 15 rebounds and 12 points. MSU ended the half with T.J. Sapp hitting three of his 13 points on a 3-point buzzer shot to give the Racers a 55-23 lead, both were season bests for MSU in scoring and defending in a first half.

The Racers kept playing well in the second half winning the final stanza 37-30.

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John Calipari, UK Players Skype with U.S. Troops Overseas

Kentucky head coach John Calipari, along with players Julius Randle and Alex Poythress, spent some time Thursday morning talking to troops who are currently on active duty overseas and at home.

UKCoachCalipari Spoke with troops today via Skype in Afghanistan, Kuwait, Guantanamo Bay and Frankfort.

UKCoachCalipari It's always an honor to speak with and hear from the brave men and women who make our country a safer place.

Here is the entire video from the Kentucky National Guard on YouTube:

 

Michigan State's Branden Dawson Gets Frustrated at TV Clip, Breaks Hand on Table

Michigan State forward Branden Dawson will miss 4-5 weeks of basketball after suffering a broken bone in his hand this morning.

According to a report, Dawson was "watching TV clips this morning with the team and got frustrated, slammed his hand against table, suffering injury."

joerexrode Breaking: MSU's Branden Dawson has a broken bone in his hand, out 4-5 weeks, about to go to surgery. He's talking now.

joerexrode  Dawson says he was watching TV clips this morning with the team and got frustrated, slammed hand against table, suffering injury.

Dawson has averaged 10.2 points and 8.7 rebounds per game for the Spartans this season.

Russ Smith, Julius Randle Named to Oscar Robertson Trophy Midseason Watch List

Kentucky's Julius Randle and Louisville's Russ Smith have been named to the Oscar Robertson Trophy Midseason Watch List which was released this afternoon by the U.S. Basketball W

The award is to be presented to the national player of the year by its namesake at the Devon Energy College Basketball Awards on April 14 at the National Cowboy and Western Heritage Museum in Oklahoma City.

2014 OSCAR ROBERTSON TROPHY MIDSEASON WATCH LIST

Pos. Player, School Ht. Wt. Yr. Hometown
G Keith Appling, Michigan State 6-1 185 Sr. Detroit, Mich.
F Cameron Bairstow, New Mexico 6-9 250 Sr. Brisbane, Australia
F Cleanthony Early, Wichita State 6-8 219 Sr. Middletown, N.Y.
C Joel Embiid, Kansas 7-0 250 Fr. Yaounde, Cameroon
G Tyler Ennis, Syracuse 6-2 180 Fr. Brampton, Ont.
F C.J. Fair, Syracuse 6-8 215 Sr. Baltimore, Md.
F Aaron Gordon, Arizona 6-9 225 Fr. San Jose, Calif.
G Gary Harris, Michigan State 6-4 210 So. Fishers, Ind.
F Rodney Hood, Duke 6-8 215 So. Meridian, Miss.
G Nick Johnson, Arizona 6-3 200 Jr. Gilbert, Ariz.
G DeAndre Kane, Iowa State 6-4 200 Sr. Pittsburgh, Pa.
F Doug McDermott, Creighton 6-8 225 Sr. Ames, Iowa
G Shabazz Napier, Connecticut 6-1 180 Sr. Roxbury, Mass.
F Jabari Parker, Duke 6-8 235 Fr. Chicago, Ill.
G/F Lamar Patterson, Pittsburgh 6-5 225 Sr. Lancaster, Pa.
F Casey Prather, Florida 6-6 212 Sr. Jackson, Tenn.
F Julius Randle, Kentucky 6-9 250 Fr. Dallas, Texas
G Marcus Smart, Oklahoma State 6-4 220 So. Flower Mound, Texas
G Russ Smith, Louisville 6-0 165 Sr. Brooklyn, N.Y.
G Xavier Thames, San Diego State 6-3 195 Sr. Sacramento, Calif.
G Fred Van Vleet, Wichita State 5-11 194 So. Rockford, Ill.
G Andrew Wiggins, Kansas 6-8 200 Fr. Vaughan, Ont.
G Chaz Williams, Massachusetts 5-9 175 Sr. Brooklyn, N.Y.

UK Basketball Assistant Strength Coach Arrested, Charged with Assault

A University of Kentucky men's basketball staffer is in trouble with the police today after being arrested and charged with assault.

Brian Shorter, a part-time assistant strength and conditioning coach for UK men's basketball team, was arrested early Thursday morning and accused of shoving his wife into an unheated garage and throwing water on her.

Here is more from Lex18.com:

A source said there was an argument between Shorter and his wife at their home on Russell Springs, early Thursday morning. According to the victim, it came to a head when Shorter pushed her into their garage, which had no heat, and locked her in there. The victim claimed that about 40 minutes later, Shorter returned and threw a bucket of water on her. She, then, apparently made her way to a nearby hotel where she called for help.

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Jimmy Dykes and His Shoulder Cam: Keep It or Scrap It?

ESPN and basketball analyst Jimmy Dykes introduced America to the "shoulder cam" during Kentucky's game against Texas A&M on Tuesday night.

To me, the entire idea seemed awkward and served as a distraction when trying to enjoy the game from home.

What do you think? Should ESPN keep this idea moving forward or scrap it?



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Earl Clark Dunks All Over Nazr Mohammed

How about some Louisville on Kentucky hate this morning?

Watch as former Cardinal Earl Clark dunks all over former Wildcat Nazr Mohammed:


No. 12 Louisville Blisters South Florida on the Road

(12) Louisville 86
South Florida 47

Final from Tampa, Florida

Game recap by  UL:

TAMPA, Fla. (AP) - No. 12 Louisville routed cold-shooting South Florida 86-47 on Wednesday night, the fourth straight win for the defending national champions.

"We have now played four really good games in a row. Our interior play is improving, which is what we want to see," Cardinals coach Rick Pitino said. "A lot of pieces are coming together."

Wayne Blackshear scored 16 points to pace a balanced offense that featured five players in double figures.

"I thought we were in some serious trouble at the beginning of the game because Russ couldn't see ... and Montrezl needed stitches," Pitino added. "I thought it was going to be one of those nights, and it was the direct opposite."

Montrezl Harrell and Luke Hancock had 14 points apiece for the Cardinals (17-3, 6-1 American Athletic Conference), who shot 52.2 percent from beyond the 3-point arc and just under 51 percent overall.

South Florida (10-9, 1-5) lost to a ranked opponent for the second time in less than a week, shooting just 36 percent from the field. The Bulls, coming off a seven-point loss to AAC leader Cincinnati, turned the ball over 23 times while allowing Louisville to outscore them 35-6 off miscues.

Chris Perry led USF with 10 points before fouling out. Victor Rudd was limited to six - nine below his team-leading average - on 3-of-8 shooting.

"This will certainly go down as a game that I want to forget as fast as possible. They dictated, and did whatever they wanted to do. We didn't have any answers," USF coach Stan Heath said.

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Bellarmine University Team Bus Involved in Wreck on I-65

The Bellarmine University men's basketball team bus was involved in an accident on I-65 south of Merrillville, Indiana last night.

Thankfully, no injuries were reported.

Here is a release from BU:

LOUISVILLE, Ky.--A bus carrying the Bellarmine Univesity men's basketball team to a game at Wisconsin-Parkside on Thursday was involved in a minor accident on Wednesday evening as it was traveling northbound on

About 8:10 EST p.m. on Wednesday, a truck pulling a rental trailer went out of control and clipped the front right of the Bellarmine bus, knocking off the right sideview mirror.  No passengers were disturbed in the incident.  The bus pulled over as soon as possible, but the truck causing the collision did not stop, so the accident was ruled hit-and-run.  Debris from the dislodged mirror caused tire damage to a truck and a car following the bus, but no personal injuries were sustained.

After the police took the accident report, the bus continued northbound on I-65 and delivered the basketball team safely at a hotel just outside of Merrillville. The team will stay overnight there and continue to Kenosha, Wisc. in the morning on a new bus that is being dispatched from Indianapolis. The team practice originally planned for 12:30 p.m. at Wisconsin-Parkside will go on as scheduled, as will the game at 7:30/8:30 p.m. EST.

The Bellarmine women's team, which also plays Wisconsin-Parkside on Thursday, was traveling separately and has arrived safely in Kenosha, Wisc. Interstate I-65 about 25 miles south of Merrillville, Ind. No injuries were reported.

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Wednesday, January 22, 2014

DeMarcus Cousins Leaves Game with Ankle Injury, Ends Double-Double Streak

Former Kentucky star DeMarcus Cousins suffered an ankle injury tonight and had to leave Sacramento's game against Houston in the second quarter.

Cousins finished the night with 2 points and 4 rebounds, ending his record double-double streak at 15 games.

According to CowbellKingdom.com:

Cousins injured himself trying to take the ball coast-to-coast after a rebound during the first half. He rolled his left ankle at the 7:18 mark of the second quarter and had to be assisted to the locker room by Aaron Gray.

The play resulted in a foul call on Rockets guard Patrick Beverley, but the replay shows that Cousins had already injured himself before contact was made. The Kings star center was unable to shoot the resulting free throws, by league rule ending his night. Cousins finished the night with two points and four rebounds, ending his record double-double streak at 15 games.

Cousins’ x-rays came back negative for fracture and he is listed as day-to-day with a moderate left ankle sprain.

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Daniel Orton Traded to the Maine Red Claws of the NBA D-League

Former University of Kentucky big man Daniel Orton has been traded to the Maine Red Claws of the NBA Development League.

Here are details from PressHerald.com:

Orton, at 6-feet, 10 inches and 255 pounds, was the 29th overall pick in the 2010 NBA draft by the Orlando Magic. In 51 career NBA games with Orlando, Oklahoma City and Philadelphia over three seasons, he averaged 2.8 points and 2.5 rebounds in 10.6 minutes per game. Earlier this season he appeared in 22 games (four starts) with Philadelphia, averaging 3.0 points and 2.8 rebounds. He has also appeared in 31 D-League games over two seasons (New Mexico in 2010-11, Tulsa in 2012-13) with averages of 12.4 points and 7.4 rebounds.

The Oklahoma City native, who played college ball at Kentucky, will join the Red Claws in Iowa prior to Thursday’s game against the Energy.

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Game Time for Murray State vs. Tennessee Tech Has Changed

Murray State University has announced that the game time for tomorrow's home game against Tennessee Tech has been moved up to 3:00 p.m. local time:

The Murray State men’s basketball home game Thursday (Jan. 23) has been moved up to a 3 p.m. tip off at the CFSB Center in Murray, Ky., due to a potential electrical outage from the extreme cold weather the area is experiencing.

Centre's Collin Lopez Named SAA Player of the Week

Centre College's Collin Lopez was named Southern Athletic Association Player of the Week earlier this week.

Here's a release from CC:

Centre senior guard Collin Lopez (Louisville, Ky.) has been named Men's Basketball Player of the Week by the Southern Athletic Association for games played through January 19th.

Lopez earned Player of the Week honors after shooting perfection, making all seven of his shots from the floor, including three for three on three-pointers, in the Colonels' 85-46 win at Sewanee on January 18th. Lopez has scored in double figures in five of Centre's last six games and is averaging 14 points per game in conference play.

The Colonels travel to Georgia to play the second and third games of a five-game road trip. They play at #24 Oglethorpe on January 24th and at Berry on the 26th.

Karl Towns Shows Dunking Skills at Hoophall Event

Watch as Kentucky signee Karl Towns and teammate Wade Baldwin put on a dunking exhibition at the Hoophall event:


Russ Smith, Julius Randle on Wooden Award Midseason Top 25 List

Louisville's Russ Smith and Kentucky Julius Randle are on the Wooden Award Midseason Top 25 list.

The Wooden Award is given annually to college basketball's top player by the Los Angeles Athletic Club.

About the John R. Wooden Award

The 38th annual Wooden Award ceremony will honor the Men’s and Women’s Wooden Award winners, and will include the presentation of the Wooden Award All American Teams and the Legends of Coaching Award, which in 2013 will go to Stanford Head Women’s Basketball Coach Tara VanDerveer. The event will take place the weekend of April 11-12, 2014.

Created in 1976, the John R. Wooden Award is the most prestigious individual honor in college basketball.  It is bestowed upon the nation’s best player at an institution of higher education who has proven to his or her university that he or she is making progress toward graduation and maintaining a minimum cumulative 2.0 GPA.  Previous winners include such notables as Larry Bird (’79), Michael Jordan (’84), Tim Duncan (’97), Candace Parker (’07 and ’08), Kevin Durant (’09) and Maya Moore of Connecticut (’09 and ‘11). Michigan’s Trey Burke won the 2013 Wooden Award presented by Wendy’s.

Since its inception, the John R. Wooden Award has contributed close to a million dollars to universities’ general scholarship fund in the names of the All American recipients. The Award has also sent more than 1,000 underprivileged children to week-long college basketball camps in the Award’s name.   Additionally, the John R. Wooden Award partners with Special Olympics Southern California (SOSC) each year to host the Wooden Award Special Olympics Southern California Basketball Tournament.  The day-long tournament, which brings together Special Olympic athletes and the All Americans, takes place at The Los Angeles Athletic Club the weekend of the John R. Wooden Award Ceremony.

Here's a look at the midseason list:

2013-14 John R. Wooden Award®
Presented by Wendy’s®
Midseason Top 25
 
NameHt.Yr.Pos.SchoolConference
Kyle Anderson6-9So.G/FUCLAPac-12
Keith Appling6-1Sr.GMichigan StateBig Ten
Cameron Bairstow6-9Sr.FNew MexicoMountain West
Jordan Clarkson6-5Jr.GMissouriSEC
Aaron Craft6-2Sr.GOhio StateBig Ten
Sam Dekker6-7So.FWisconsinBig Ten
Cleanthony Early6-8Sr.FWichita StateMissouri Valley
Tyler Ennis6-2Fr.GSyracuseACC
C.J. Fair6-8Sr.FSyracuseACC
Aaron Gordon6-9Fr.FArizonaPac-12
Rodney Hood6-8So.FDukeACC
Nick Johnson6-3Jr.GArizonaPac-12
DeAndre Kane6-4Sr.GIowa StateBig 12
Doug McDermott*#6-8Sr.FCreightonBig East
Shabazz Napier6-1Sr.GConnecticutThe American
Jabari Parker6-8Fr.FDukeACC
Adreian Payne6-10Sr.CMichigan StateBig Ten
Casey Prather6-6Sr.FFloridaSEC
Julius Randle6-9Fr.FKentuckySEC
Marcus Smart6-4So.GOklahoma StateBig 12
Russ Smith6-0Sr.GLouisvilleThe American
T.J. Warren6-8So.FNorth Carolina StateACC
Andrew Wiggins6-8Fr.GKansasBig 12
Chaz Williams5-9Sr.GMassachusettsAtlantic 10
Joseph Young6-2Jr.GOregonPac-12
Players listed alphabetically* indicates player chosen to the 2013 Wooden All American Team# indicates player chosen to the 2012 Wooden All American Team

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UPIKE Falls to No. 4 This Week, Georgetown Up to No. 11

The University of Pikeville is down to No. 4 in the new NAIA Division I Coaches' Top 25 Poll this week. The Bears suffered a road loss at then No. 18 Georgetown College.

The win helped propel Georgetown up to No. 11 this week.

St. Catharine College is down 10 spots to No. 24 in the new poll.

2013 – 14 NAIA Division I Men’s Basketball Coaches’ Top 25 Poll – Jan. 21

RANK LAST WEEK SCHOOL (1ST PLACE VOTES) 2013-14 RECORD TOTAL POINTS
1 2 SAGU (Texas) (7) 15-1 248
2 3 Cal State San Marcos 20-1 239
3 6 Freed-Hardeman (Tenn.) (3) 14-0 236
4 1 Pikeville (Ky.) 15-2 227
5 5 Evangel (Mo.) 15-3 217
6 8 Talladega (Ala.) 17-2 211
7 4 Columbia (Mo.) 16-2 196
T8 10 Concordia (Calif.) 14-4 189
T8 9 William Carey (Miss.) 11-2 189
10 12 Wiley (Texas) 13-2 172
T11 18 Georgetown (Ky.) 14-4 167
T11 13 Culver-Stockton (Mo.) 14-3 167
13 7 Arizona Christian 14-3 159
14 T16 Emmanuel (Ga.) 15-2 137
15 15 Benedictine (Kan.) 13-4 132
16 T22 Xavier (La.) 15-4 121
17 11 St. Gregory's (Okla.) 13-3 117
18 NR Montana Western 11-6 109
19 25 Hope International (Calif.) 14-3 108
20 RV Rio Grande (Ohio) 13-5 102
21 T16 Philander Smith (Ark.) 13-5 97
22 21 Mid-America Christian (Okla.) 9-5 93
23 20 Vanguard (Calif.) 15-2 76
T24 NR Great Falls (Mont.) 13-6 54
T24 14 St. Catharine (Ky.) 11-6 54
T24 RV Martin Methodist (Tenn.) 10-5 54

Others receiving votes: LSU Shreveport (La.) 41; Oklahoma City 34; Westminster (Utah) 29; Faulkner (Ala.) 9; Graceland (Iowa) 7; Life (Ga.) 3; Rocky Mountain (Mont.) 3.

Video: Alex Poythress Dunks All Over Texas A&M

Watch as Kentucky's Alex Poythress dunks all over Texas A&M:


UK's Poythress, Johnson and Randle Talk About Win Over Texas A&M

Kentucky's Alex Poythress, Julius Randle and Dakari Johnson talk about last night's win over Texas A&M:


Coach Cal on Texas A&M Win, Doesn't Know What's Wrong with Willie Cauley-Stein

Here is Kentucky head coach John Calipari giving his thoughts on last night's win over Texas A&M, Alex Poythress, Willie Cauley-Stein and more:


Tuesday, January 21, 2014

No. 14 Kentucky Cruises Past Texas A&M

(14) Kentucky 68
Texas A&M 51

Final from Lexington, Kentucky

Game recap coming soon....

Game highlights:



Box Score (click to enlarge):

Ivan Aska Named Player of the Week in Greece's A1 League

Former Murray State star Ivan Aska was named Eurobasket.com Player of the Week in Greece's top-level A1 league earlier this week.

Here is more from Eurobasket.com:

U.S. Virgin Islands-Puerto Rican forward Ivan Aska (200-F-90) had a great game in the last round for Ikaros-Esperos , receiving a Eurobasket.com Player of the Week award for round 14.

The 23-year old player was the main contributor (15 points, eight rebounds and three assists) to his team's victory, helping them to beat AGOR (#10, 5-9) 89-78. The game rather meaningless between the teams, which do not have any influence on the top of the standings. Ikaros is placed at 13th position in Greek A1. Too late to salvage the team, which is currently ranked such low. They already lost 10 games and recorded just four victories. Aska turned to be Ikaros' top player in his first season with the team. Former Murray State University star has very solid stats this year. Aska is in league's top in points (4th best: 15.4ppg) and averages impressive 61.8% FGP.

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Arrested Chipola College Players Will Remain Suspended From the Team

I am told by a good source that the three Chipola College basketball players who were arrested last week will remain suspended from the team until their legal situation is resolved.

Torian Graham, Cinmeon Bowers and Jamaar McKay were arrested following a traffic stop for speeding. Police suspected that the men had been smoking marijuana and allege that they tried to eat the evidence before police made it to the car.

All three players were charged with tampering with evidence and suspended indefinitely from the basketball program.

Graham is considered one of the top junior college shooting guards in the country and has been recruited by the likes of Kentucky and Missouri.

Bowers, a 6-foot-6 power forward, has already committed to Florida State.

McKay, a 6-foot-4 small forward, is regarded by many as Chipola's top freshman prospect.

Former Perry Central Star Jaysean Paige Commits to Southern Miss

Former Perry Central High School star Jaysean Paige has committed to play next season at Southern Miss.

Paige, a 6-foot-1 scoring machine, currently plays for Moberly Area (JUCO) Community College in Missouri. He is averaging 22.1 points per game this season.

As a college freshman, Paige averaged 13.7 points per game at College of Southern Idaho.

UK Assistant John Robic Previews Texas A&M Game and More

Kentucky assistant coach John Robic previews tonight's game against Texas A&M and more:


Redskins Head Coach Jay Gruden Does the John Wall Dance

New Washington Redskins head coach Jay Gruden was at the Wizards game on Saturday night...and he did the John Wall dance (footage via WashingtonPost.com):




Billy Kennedy to UK Fans: Stay Home, the Roads are Bad

Texas A&M head coach Billy Kennedy has a message for Kentucky fans.

Kennedy, who is clearly concerned for the safety of the Big Blue Nation, points out on Twitter that the roads are bad in Lexington so UK fans should probably just stay home tonight.

Kentucky and Texas A&M are schedule to tip off at 9:00 p.m. in Rupp Arena.

Huntington Prep's Montaque Gill-Caesar and Thomas Bryant Throw Down Monster Dunks

Watch Huntington Prep's Montaque Gill-Caesar and Thomas Bryant throw down monster dunks in a win during the Flyin' to the Hoop event:


Pikeville Remains on Top of Mid-South Conference Rankings

Despite a loss to Georgetown, the University of Pikeville (15-2, 6-1 MSC) remains on top of the Mid-South Conference standings that were released by the NAIA on Monday.

Georgetown (14-4, 5-2) is in a tie for No. 2 with Rio Grande (13-5, 6-1).

St. Catharine (11-6, 5-3) and University of the Cumberlands (11-6, 3-4) round out the top 5.

Here's a look at the new rankings:

Mid-South Conference

1. Pikeville (Ky.) (6-1 / 15-2)
2. Georgetown (Ky.) (5-2 / 14-4)
2. Rio Grande (Ohio) (6-1 / 13-5)
4. St. Catharine (Ky.) (5-3 / 11-6)
5. Cumberlands (Ky.) (3-4 / 11-6)
6. Cumberland (Tenn.) (3-4 / 11-5)

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Video: UK Signee Tyler Ulis at Flyin' to the Hoop

Check out this footage of Kentucky signee Tyler Ulis at the Flyin' to the Hoop event:


Monday, January 20, 2014

Chuck Hayes Nails Beautiful 3/4 Court Shot That Doesn't Count

The shot didn't count because time had already expired but former Kentucky star Chuck Hayes nailed a beautiful 3/4 court shot tonight against the Bobcats:


Late January College Hoops in Kentucky: Schedule for the Week

There's an important week of college basketball around Kentucky this week.

Here's a complete schedule:

Monday, January 20

3:00 p.m. Stillman College at Kentucky State University*
8:00 p.m. Southern Indiana at Bellarmine University*
9:00 p.m. Spalding University at Westminster College*

Tuesday, January 21

7:00 p.m. Alice Lloyd College at Asbury University*
7:00 p.m. IU Southeast at Berea College*
7:00 p.m. Boyce College at Kentucky Christian University
9:00 p.m. Texas A&M at University of Kentucky*

Wednesday, January 22

7:00 p.m. University of Louisville at South Florida*
7:00 p.m. IU East at Brescia University*
7:30 p.m. Bethany at Thomas More College*
7:30 p.m. Union College at Montreat*
7:30 p.m. Transylvania University at Franklin College*
8:00 p.m. Oakland City at Kentucky Wesleyan College*

Thursday, January 23

7:30 p.m. Trevecca Nazarene at Kentucky State University
8:00 p.m. Western Kentucky University at Louisiana-Monroe*
8:00 p.m. Tennessee Tech at Murray State University*
8:00 p.m. St. Catharine College at Campbellsville University*
8:00 p.m. Eastern Kentucky University at Tennessee State*
8:00 p.m. Rio Grande at University of Pikeville*
8:00 p.m. Morehead State University at Belmont*
8:30 p.m. Mid-Continent University at Lyon College*
8:30 p.m. Bellarmine University at Wisconsin-Parkside*
9:00 p.m. Spalding University at Webster University*
9:00 p.m. Georgetown College at Cumberland (Tenn.)*
9:00 p.m. University of the Cumberlands at Lindsey Wilson College*

Friday, January 24

7:00 p.m. Berea College at Bryan College
7:00 p.m. Lipscomb at Northern Kentucky University*
7:00 p.m. Kentucky Christian University at The Crown College
8:00 p.m. Centre College at Oglethorpe*

Saturday, January 25

1:30 p.m. Georgia at University of Kentucky*
3:00 p.m. Kentucky State University at Mies College*
3:00 p.m. Campbellsville University at West Virginia Tech
3:00 p.m. Grove City at Thomas More College*
3:00 p.m. Transylvania University at Rose-Hulman*
3:00 p.m. Alice Lloyd College at IU Kokomo*
3:00 p.m. Asbury University at Point Park University*
4:00 p.m. IU Southeast at Brescia University*
4:00 p.m. Bellarmine University at Lewis University*
4:00 p.m. Western Kentucky University at Louisiana-Lafayette*
4:00 p.m. Shawnee State at University of Pikeville*
4:00 p.m. Spalding University at Blackburn College*
4:00 p.m. Kentucky Christian University at Johnson University
5:00 p.m. Georgetown College at Lindsey Wilson College*
5:00 p.m. University of the Cumberlands at Cumberland (Tenn.)*
5:00 p.m. Mid-Continent University at Williams Baptist College*
6:00 p.m. Virginia Intermont at Union College*
8:00 p.m. Eastern Kentucky University at Belmont*
8:30 p.m. Morehead State University at Tennessee State*
8:30 p.m. Jacksonville State at Murray State University*

Sunday, January 26

3:00 p.m. Centre College at Berry*

* Conference Game

Louisville's Biggest Fan Spotted at a Gas Station in Lexington

I spotted what has to be one of Louisville's biggest fans driving around Lexington last night.

This man takes his fandom to a whole new level:

Karl Towns Talks About UK Commits, Says Tyler Ulis is a Ninja Assassin

Future Kentucky Wildcat Karl Towns spoke to Masslive.com over the weekend about John Calipari and several Kentucky commits and future teammates.

Here is an excerpt of Towns' comments:

“Twin towers,” Towns said of him and Johnson. “[Dakari] is a big man, imposing on the block and everything. Then there’s me being able to step out and shoot the threes and dribble the ball. We can really be a deadly duo. Right now we’ll have to see what the future holds for him.


“Trey, come on, Trey is one of the best players in the country and me and him working together is going to be such a great duo.”


The up-and-down season from Kentucky guards Andrew and Aaron Harrison make it uncertain if they will bolt after this season and head to the draft. If that is the case, Kentucky is prepared as Towns and Lyles will be accompanied to Lexington by a pair of guards: the undersized point guard Tyler Ulis and shooting guard Devin Booker.


“Oh Tyler Ulis, he’s the ninja assassin,” Towns said. “He’s so small, but he’s just an assassin. His size deceives you a lot, he can really drop a lot of buckets, make a lot of assists, make a lot of things happen.


“Devin Booker is a lights out shooter. He’s like the afroed Kyle Korver. Right now we can get some other pieces, but right now this class has the chemistry and the leadership and the motor to win a national title.”



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Towns had 21 points and 9 rebounds in a 75-43 loss to DeMatha Catholic (Md.) Sunday night at the Hoophall Classic event. The Kentucky signee also won the slam dunk contest during the Hoophall Classic Skills challenge.

UK Recruit Luke Kennard Drops 38 Points with John Calipari in Attendance

Watch as Kentucky recruit Luke Kennard drops 38 points with UK head coach John Calipari sitting courtside at the Flyin' to the Hoop event:


Morehead State Beats UT-Martin for the Ninth Straight Time

Morehead State 82
UT-Martin 75

Final from Morehead, Kentucky

Game recap by MSU:

MOREHEAD, Ky. -- Junior Angelo Warner tied his career-high with 25 points, and the Morehead State men's basketball team tallied an 82-75 win over Ohio Valley Conference opponent UT Martin on Saturday afternoon at Johnson Arena.

The Eagles, who have won five of their past six games, improve to 13-7 overall, 4-1 in the league and 7-2 at home.  The Skyhawks, who have dropped seven of their last eight, fall to 6-15 overall, 1-5 in the conference and 2-10 on the road.

Morehead State moves to 32-13 in the all-time series with its ninth consecutive victory over UT Martin.  The Eagles also improve to 67-15 (82 percent) at home over the past six seasons.

"Today's performance wasn't pretty, but an OVC win is an OVC win," Head Coach Sean Woods said.  "We need to work on putting together a 40-minute game, but we did what we needed to down the stretch when this one was on the line."

Warner knocked down 8-of-12 from the floor and 9-of-11 from the free-throw line.  He has now reached 10 points in 19 out of 20 games this year and 48 times in his career.

Junior Jordan Percell added 13 points for Morehead State on 5-of-7 from the field.  It was his best scoring performance in 48 career games against Division I opponents.

Five Eagles registered double figures in the scoring column.  Sophomore Brent Arrington posted 12, while freshman Greg Dotson collected 11 and senior Chad Posthumus recorded 10.

"Jordan and Greg played well today," Woods said.  "Jordan had a great preseason (before getting injured) and was playing too well today to be taken out (of the game).  Greg is a true freshman, but he's learning and getting better."
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SIU Edwardsville Stops Murray State's Five-Game Winning Streak

SIU Edwardsville 67
Murray State 60

Final from Edwardsville, Illinois

Game recap by MSU:

The Murray State Racers saw their five-game win streak come to a halt Saturday in a 67-60 loss to the SIU Edwardsville Cougars at the Vadalabene Center in Edwardsville, Ill.

The Racers (10-8) fell to 5-1 in the Ohio Valley Conference with their first loss in league play.

The first part of the game featured 11 lead changes with the Racers up 14-13 when T.J. Sapp got a steal and fed Jarvis Williams for an easy basket at the 13:26 mark.

SIUE had a 5-0 run to push ahead 23-18 at 9:02, but the Racers put together an 8-3 run and tied it at 26-26 when Sapp hit a pair from the free throw line at 6:14.

The Racers made six free throws to get their largest lead of the half 32-28 at 2:58. MSU got a Dex­ter Fields 3-pointer and forced a turnover with nine seconds left. Cameron Payne drove the length of the floor and scored at the buzzer for MSU to end the half in front 37-32.

MSU scored three of the first four baskets in the second half and had a 42-36 lead when Jeffery Moss scored with 17:31 remaining.

Complete Recap




Top JUCO Recruit Torian Graham Arrested for Marijuana, Reportedly Tried to Eat the Evidence

Torian Graham, who had been recruited by Kentucky, was arrested Thursday night along with two other Chipola (JUCO) College teammates.

According to police, offices smelled marijuana coming from the car Graham was riding in. A police press release states that the three men ate the marijuana in an attempt to conceal it from officers.

Here are more details from JCFloridan.com:

According to the Marianna Police Department, at approximately 9:30 p.m. on Jan. 16, officers conducted a traffic stop on a 2010 black KIA passenger car for a speeding violation. Upon making contact with the driver, officers could smell the odor of marijuana coming from inside the vehicle.

An agency press release indicates that, upon further investigation, MPD learned that the three passengers in the vehicle — Cinmeon Bowers, 20, of Racine, Wis.; Jamaar McKay-Taylor, 19, of Milwaukee, Wis.; and Torian Graham, 20, of Hillsborough, N.C. — had eaten the marijuana in an attempt to conceal it from officers.

All three were charged with tampering with evidence and taken to the Jackson County Correctional Facility to await their first appearance in court.

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Chane Behanan Isn't Letting Colorado Marijuana Jokes Get to Him

Former Louisville big man Chane Behanan isn't letting Colorado marijuana jokes get to him as he mulls over a decision to transfer to Colorado State.

Since news of Behanan and Colorado State was reported on Tuseday, Behanan has been the subject of hundreds of marijuana-related jokes on social media.

Colorado, of course, is the first state to legally allow the sale and consumption of marijuana.

Here is more from Coloradoan.com:

The common Internet assumption, though it’s never been publicly acknowledged by Behanan or any official party, is that his initial suspension — followed by a release from scholarship — was weed-related. So when it was first reported Tuesday he’d be visiting Colorado State University over the weekend, the smart aleck remarks ensued.

Most notably was that of CBS Sports college basketball analyst Doug Gottlieb, who said via his Twitter account, “Chane Behanan to Colorado State? Smoke em if you got em. ...”

Behanan wasn’t amused.

“I’m not worried about what he said,” Behanan told The Coloradoan. “Really, I’m not even worried about it. I don’t care what people think. I’m me and I do what I do.”

And that’s play basketball.

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