Saturday, February 1, 2014

Kentucky Fans Infiltrate the Carrier Dome

Some Kentucky fans found their way into The Carrier Dome at Syracuse tonight. They witnessed a great game as the Orange defeated Duke 91-89 in overtime.

Well played Eddie, well played....

NOTE: To limit confusion, I found out this morning that this picture was actually from 2010 but it's still awesome and Duke still lost last night.

Highlights of Kentucky's Win at Missouri

Here are highlights from Kentucky's 84-79 win over Missouri this afternoon:


No. 11 Kentucky Conquers the Gold Rush in Missouri

(11) Kentucky 84
Missouri 79

Final from Columbia, Missouri

Game recap by UK:

COLUMBIA, Mo. (AP) - Kentucky's back to having fun.

One game after calling a players-only meeting to discuss the team's issues away from home, the Wildcats kept their poise at Missouri on Saturday, escaping with an 84-79 win.

"It was fun, actually," Aaron Harrison said. "When we play together, we have a lot more fun."

Harrison scored 21 points and James Young added 20 to help Kentucky (16-5, 6-2 Southeastern Conference) improve to 2-3 on the road after losing 87-82 at LSU on Tuesday. Harrison's 3-pointer just 1:42 into the game gave the team a lead it wouldn't relinquish, but it wasn't easy.

Jabari Brown finished with a career-high 33 points and Jordan Clarkson scored 28 to keep Missouri (16-5, 4-4) in the game. Clarkson's layup with 51.9 seconds remaining narrowed the Tigers' deficit to 80-77, but Harrison answered with a layup 30 seconds later to end the threat.

"We're a talented team," Clarkson said. "We weren't going to let them just blow us out."

Despite the teams combining for 41 fouls and the lack of lead changes, the game carried a frenzied pace as Kentucky tried to pull away early in the second half but couldn't bury Missouri. The Wildcats led 61-49 with 11:44 remaining before Missouri used a 10-2 run to get back into it.

The Tigers pulled within three points on three occasions but couldn't get closer.

"You can't emphasize everything with these guys," Kentucky coach John Calipari said. "All we talked about was passion and intensity. . I loved the fight. I loved the emotion we played with, the enthusiasm we played with."

Complete Recap

Box Score (click to enlarge):



Bellarmine Rolls Past Illinois-Springfield

Bellarmine 73
Illinois-Springfield 53

Final from Louisville, Kentucky

Game recap by BU:

LOUISVILLE, Ky.—The Bellarmine University men's basketball team rolled to a big first half lead and coasted home for a 73-53 homecoming victory over Illinois-Springfield in a Great Lakes Valley Conference contest at Knights Hall on Saturday afternoon.

Bellarmine made seven of 19 first half threes and turned the ball over just two times to go into the locker room with a 42-18 lead.  In the second period, the Knights saw their cushion swell to as many as 29 before the visiting Prairie Stars made a bit of a comeback to trim the final margin to 20 as the Knights utilized every available player.

Seniors Keisten Jones and Vance Hall tied for game-high honors with 16 points apiece, and freshman Rusty Troutman added 14 with 4-of-8 three point shooting.  Wes Koral came off the bench to lead UIS with 15 points.

"When you break down this game, the difference is really the 3-point shooting in the first half, other than that it's a dead even game," said Bellarmine Coach Scott Davenport. "What was good about tonight is that we're in February, and we were really able to manage minutes.  We had 10 guys play between 10 and 26 minutes.  We're going on the road this week, and these are huge basketball games."

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Friday, January 31, 2014

Boyle County Hammers Mercer County, Sets Up Rematch with Lincoln County

The Boyle County Rebels exploded in the third quarter and never looked back as they rolled to a 74-51 win over Mercer County Tuesday night.

Junior scoring machine Hagen Tyler led the way for the Rebels (12-5) with 25 points. Clayton Ray added 14 points and 4 assists. Sophomore big man Colton Elkins chipped in 12 points, 6 rebounds and 6 blocked shots.

Will Hager led the Titans (8-8) with 27 points. Russell Sims finished with 15.

The win over Mercer gives the Rebels six wins in their last seven games and sets up a much-anticipated rematch with Lincoln County tonight in Stanford. Boyle County's only loss since December 28 was a 45-43 setback at the hands of the Patriots and tonight's rematch will go a long ways towards determining the outcome of the 45th District. Tonight's game tips at 7:30 p.m.

Some Thoughts:

- Hagen Tyler, who is averaging a team-best 23.1 points and 7.7 rebounds per game, played well. He had a bad game in the loss to Lincoln County but I'd be willing to bet he plays better tonight.

- Sophomore Colton Elkins is on the path to becoming one of the best big men in the state down the road. He has progressed during the season and the sky is the limit. He had several momentum-changing dunks and blocked shots.

- I really like how Clayton Ray is playing for the Rebels. As the team's only senior, he may be the X factor come tournament time.

- I've watched Boyle County a couple of times this season and each time they've looked better than the last. I feel like head coach Steve Adams has the team rounding into form at exactly the right time. The Rebels will be a tough out when tournament time rolls around.

- I continue to be impressed by Mercer County sophomore Will Hager. He, along with Elkins, are two of the state's top sophomores. Hager is averaging 17.2 points and 7.5 rebounds this season.

- The Mercer County fans had a painful football reminder for the Boyle County folks (see picture)

- Russell Sims is a tough senior leader for the Titans. If they are going to make any noise in the district and region tournaments, he'll be one of the keys.

- Mercer County had an emotional win at West Jessamine their last time out. It seemed that they struggled to get things going at Boyle. I expect the Titans to have a better outing tonight against East Jessamine.

- College coaches: add Tyler (NCAA2, NAIA1), Elkins (Low-NCAA1 to NCAA2 or NAIA1), Ray (NAIA2, NCAA3) and Hager (NAIA1, NCAA2) to your list of kids to check out.

45th District Standings:

Lincoln County: 2-0 (16-5)
Boyle County: 3-1 (12-5)
Danville: 1-2 (9-10)
Garrard County: 0-3 (7-11)
KSD: 0-0 (9-11)






Marcus Lewis and Eastern Kentucky Slam UT-Martin

Eastern Kentucky 89
UT-Martin 66

Final from Richmond, Kentucky

Game recap by EKU:

RICHMOND, Ky. – Five players reached double figures and the Eastern Kentucky men's basketball team shot a season-best 64 percent from the floor on the way to a dominating 89-66 win over Tennessee-Martin Thursday night.

With the win, the Colonels (15-7, 6-3 OVC) improve to 8-1 in the friendly confines of McBrayer Arena.

Eastern Kentucky finished out the first half on an 11-1 run to take a 42-30 lead into intermission. The Colonels shot 66.7 percent (16-of-24) from the floor in the first 20 minutes, their best shooting percentage against a Division I opponent this season.

UT Martin (7-17, 2-7) never challenged in the second half. Two thunderous dunks from senior Marcus Lewis gave Eastern a 20-point cushion with 12:44 left, 63-43. The Colonels eventually stretched their lead to as many as 30 points down the stretch.

After committing 10 turnovers in the opening stanza, EKU settled down and committed just two in the second half.

The Skyhawks have struggled on the road this season and are now 0-5 in OVC away games.

Lewis paced the Colonels with 19 points, one point shy of his career high. Senior Glenn Cosey (18 points), junior Eric Stutz (14), senior Tarius Johnson (12) and senior Orlando Williams (10) also reached double figures. Stutz posted at least 10 points for the fifth straight game. Meanwhile, freshman Isaac McGlone chipped in with nine points on 3-for-3 shooting from behind the arc.

For UT Martin, Myles Taylor had 17 points and Dee Oldham posted 16.

Complete Recap



Rick Pitino Talks About Cincinnati Loss

Louisville head coach Rick Pitino talks about last night's loss to Cincinnati (and he was not in a good mood):



* Video by Jody Demling on YouTube

Northern Kentucky Drops Heartbreaker at North Florida

North Florida 67
Northern Kentucky 66

Final from Jacksonville, Florida

Game recap by NKU:

JACKSONVILLE, Fla. – Jalen Nesbitt's follow-up basket with 1.1 seconds remaining in the game lifted North Florida to a 67-66 victory over Northern Kentucky on Thursday night.

North Florida trailed 66-65 with 16.8 seconds left and fouled Todd Johnson, who missed the front end of the bonus. Dallas Moore dribbled up the floor and missed a short jumper in the closing seconds, but Nesbitt grabbed the loose ball after a tip attempt and scored with 1.1 seconds remaining to give North Florida a 67-66 lead.

Northern Kentucky attempted a length-of-the-court pass on its final possession, but the Ospreys knocked the ball away as the buzzer sounded.

"It's a tough way to lose, because we battled and had a great chance to win this game," Norse head coach Dave Bezold said. "If we block out on that last play the way we're supposed to, they don't get the rebound and score. Tough loss, no question."

Moore scored 21 points to lead North Florida, which improved to 12-11 overall, 6-4 in the Atlantic Sun Conference. The Ospreys made 46.2 percent of their shots from the field and were 14-for-20 at the free-throw line.

Johnson poured in 18 points to pace Northern Kentucky (8-14 overall, 4-6 A-Sun), while teammate Tyler White scored 17. The Norse shot 43.5 percent from the field, including 9-for-17 from 3-point range. Northern Kentucky made just 33.3 percent of its attempts (3-for-9) from the free-throw line.

Northern Kentucky finished with a 23-11 advantage in bench points as Daniel Camps scored eight and Jack Flournoy added seven.

Complete Recap

Anthony Davis Swats a Kid in New Foot Locker Commercial

Former Kentucky star Anthony Davis has teamed up with Foot Locker for a new Kids Foot Locker advertising campaign.

Here is a press release:

NEW YORK, Jan. 31, 2014 /PRNewswire/ -- Foot Locker, Inc. (NYSE: FL), the New York-based specialty athletic retailer, unveils its new Kids Foot Locker advertising commercial as part of their "GO BIG!" marketing campaign. The campaign encourages little heroes to dream big and play big, and look the part in fresh gear from Kids Foot Locker.
 
The commercial, titled "Buzzer Beater," features an unexpected appearance from NBA player Anthony Davis during a little boy named Alex's driveway basketball game. While driving in his car, Davis notices Alex in his driveway as he is getting ready to take the game winning shot, all the while announcing in a sports commentator's voice a play-by-play for the imaginary crowds. Davis decides to join in the game by rejecting the boy's mid-air shot clear into the front yard and responding in his own sports commentator's voice the surprising events that have unfolded.

"We were very excited to work with Anthony Davis on our new Kids Foot Locker commercial and have him be a part of our 'Go Big' campaign," says Stacy Cunningham, Executive Vice President of Marketing for Foot Locker. "Both kids and parents can relate to Anthony's playfulness and 'Raise the Brow' attitude while he encourages kids to dream bigger."

Kids Foot Locker has the hottest gear in footwear, apparel and accessories this season for kids from Jordan, LeBron James, Kevin Durant, Kobe Bryant, adidas, Nike, Asics, and many more.

"I really enjoyed working with Kids Foot Locker on this spot," says Anthony Davis. "It was fun to let loose with an unexpected pick-up game and to remember my younger days as a kid when I would 'go big' on the court."

Complete Release

Check out the commercial:


No. 13 Cincinnati Holds Off No. 12 Louisville

(13) Cincinnati 69
(12) Louisville 66

Final from Louisville, Kentucky

Game recap by UL:

LOUISVILLE, Ky. (AP) - Trailing by 17 points in the second half, No. 12 Louisville played one of its best stretches of the season to retake the lead against No. 13 Cincinnati.  But little mistakes in the game's final 5 minutes cost the Cardinals in the 69-66 loss to the Bearcats on Thursday night.  Louisville trailed 44-27 before Terry Rozier's 3-pointer off the inbounds with 15:42 remaining started a 37-17 outburst sparked by a 14-0 spurt and eight forced turnovers in less than 10 minutes.  Russ Smith lost his dribble but collected the ball and drilled a 27-footer with 5:01 left to finish the run and give Louisville a 64-61 lead, its first since scoring the opening basket. The Cardinals (17-4, 6-2 American Athletic Conference) didn't make another field goal as Cincinnati (20-2, 9-0) regrouped for the win and a clear lead in the conference.
 "Give them a lot of credit because they lost total momentum in the game and good defensive teams can come back and hold on," Louisville coach Rick Pitino said of former assistant Mick Cronin's Bearcats.  Louisville has twice lost leads against ranked conference foes at home in the game's final minutes. Those failures to capitalize may cost the Cardinals, who now trail the Bearcats by 2½ games.  The game marked season lows in points, rebounds (25), steals (three) and made free throws (eight) for Louisville. Only five players scored, which also was a low point.  "They play unbelievable defense. I don't think we were ready for it," Cardinals forward Luke Hancock said. "We prepared for it and practiced for it. We just didn't attack it the way we were supposed to, weren't aggressive enough. You can't just play how you want; you really have to go at their defense a certain type of way to score points."  Louisville returned from an eight-day layoff and the rust showed as it started off 3 of 15 from the field and made just 8 of 26 in trailing 28-20 at halftime. The Cardinals shot just 26 of 59 (44 percent), which didn't get the job done against a Bearcats team that was 49 percent from the field including 6 of 16 from 3-point range.

Complete Recap

Missouri Head Coach Frank Haith Previews Kentucky Game

Missouri head coach Frank Haith previews Saturday's game against Kentucky and talks about the importance of home court advantage:


Western Kentucky Rallies Against UT-Arlington for Fourth-Straight Win

Western Kentucky 77
UT-Arlington 72

Final from Bowling Green, Kentucky

Game recap by WKU:

BOWLING GREEN, Ky. — WKU trailed by 15 points midway through the first half before storming back to pick up a 77-72 win over UT Arlington Thursday night at E.A. Diddle Arena, giving the squad its fourth-straight victory and improving its record to 14-7 overall and 6-2 in Sun Belt Conference play. UT Arlington falls to 9-11 and 4-4 with the defeat.

The 15-point comeback was WKU's largest of the season and largest since overcoming a 16-point deficit to defeat Mississippi Valley State in the first round of the 2012 NCAA Tournament. WKU has now won eight games under head coach Ray Harper after trailing by double-digits, and six of those have come against Sun Belt Conference opponents.

T.J. Price led WKU with 21 points, and Chris Harrison-Docks added 17. George Fant had 11 points and six rebounds, and O'Karo Akamune finished with nine points and nine rebounds in 26 minutes off the bench. The Mavericks were paced by Lonnie McClanahan's 28 points. WKU held Reger Dowell, the leading scorer in the conference and the 14th-leading scorer in the nation, to 12 points, his season low.

UT Arlington came out hot to start the game, making nine of its first 12 shots and leading 24-9 at one point after a 15-2 run.

After finding themselves down 35-26 with 3:46 to go in the half, WKU rattled off a 7-2 run to come within four at 35-31 after an Akamune layup. Dowell hit a three-pointer in the final minute of the half to bring the game to its halftime score of 40-33.

WKU shot 46.4 percent in the first half (13-for-28), and Harrison-Docks led all scorers with 15. UT Arlington converted at a 53.8 percent clip (14-for-26) and hit 6-of-11 three-point tries.

Complete Recap

Thursday, January 30, 2014

Georgetown College Submits Application for Acceptance Into NCAA Division II

Georgetown College has submitted an application for acceptance for NCAA Division II affiliation.

Here is a release from GC:

Tiger Nation, it is official, Georgetown College has once again submitted an application for acceptance for NCAA Division II affiliation. It has been a long process, but one taken with great diligence.

Wednesday evening, three days before the Feb. 1 deadline, Director of Athletics Brian Evans submitted the final application. The Tigers have been provisional members with NCAA DII Great Midwest Athletic Conference for the past two years, and Kurt Patberg, Athletics Staffing & Consultants, served as the advisor for GC as it once again navigated the NCAA waters.

Since Feb. 1 of 2012, when Georgetown first applied, more pieces have been put in place such as the hiring of Kimberly Horne to serve as compliance coordinator and senior woman's administrator and the reformation of the student-athlete council to be modeled after the NCAA's Student-Athlete Advisory Committee. Associate Director of Athletics Austin Sparks has been heading up the SAAC committee for the past year and this fall president Devanny King joined fellow G-MAC student leaders in Cincinnati for training.

"We knew when we first applied this was all a process and one we thought was in the best interest for the future of Georgetown College and the athletic department," Evans said. "We learned a great deal from this two-year journey on which we have been. I truly believe we are more prepared for the steps to come after our application is accepted this summer.

"We want to thank Kurt and the employees of ASC for helping us with this important step in our history. We look forward to the continued success and excellence that has become synonymous with Georgetown. We continue to focus on today, while striving for what lies ahead."

Complete Release

John Wall is an NBA All-Star; DeMarcus Cousins, Anthony Davis Snubbed

John Wall, who is having the best season of his career, has been named to the NBA Eastern Conference All-Star Team.

Excerpt from NBA.com:

John Wall, Wizards — His team is up and down, in and out, always seems ready to disappoint. But he’s been the best point guard in the Eastern Conference this season and the best reason to watch the Wizards play

DeMarcus Cousins, Wall's former Kentucky teammate, was snubbed despite averaging 22.6 points, 11.6 rebounds and 1.2 blocks per game.

Former UK star Anthony Davis also was left off the roster even though he is averaging 20.4 points, 10.4 rebounds and 3.3 blocks.

Here are the All-Star reserves that were announced earlier this evening:

Eastern Conference

- Chris Bosh, Heat
- DeMarc DeRozan, Raptors
- Roy Hibbert, Pacers
- Joe Johnson, Nets
- Paul Millsap, Hawks
- Joakim Noah, Bulls
- John Wall, Wizards

Western Conference

- LaMarcus Alrdridge, Trail Blazers
- James Harden, Rockets
- Dwight Howard, Rockets
- Damian Lillard, Trail Blazers
- Dirk Nowitzki, Mavericks
- Tony Parker, Spurs
- Chris Paul, Clippers

Anthony Davis, Terrence Jones Selected for 2014 All-Star Rising Stars Challenge

Former Kentucky stars Anthony Davis and Terrence Jones have been selected to the available pool of players for the 2014 Rookie/Sophomore All-Star Rising Stars Challenge game in New Orleans.

There will be two nine-man teams, consisting of both rookies and sophomores drafted from the overall pool.

Rookies: Steven Adams, Pero Antic, Giannis Antetokounmpo, Trey Burke, Michael Carter-Williams, Tim Hardaway Jr., Victor Oladipo, Kelly Olynyk, Mason Plumlee

Sophomores: Harrison Barnes, Bradley Beal, Anthony Davis, Andre Drummond, Terrence Jones, Damian Lillard, Jared Sullinger, Jonas Valanciunas, Dion Waiters

Source

Wayne Blackshear, Keisten Jones Named to Capital One Academic All-District Teams

Louisville's Wayne Blackshear and Bellarmine's Keisten Jones have been named to the Capital One Academic All-District Teams.

Blackshear is on the NCAA Division I district team that includes players from Wasington D.C, Deleware, Kentucky, Maryland, New Jersey, Pennsylvania and West Virginia.

Jones earned a spot on the NCAA Division II team for the Great Lakes Intercollegiate, Great Lakes Valley and Great Midwest conferences.

NCAA DIVISION II (Great Lakes Intercollegiate, Great Lakes Valley, Great Midwest)

FIRST TEAM

Name School Yr. Hometown GPA Major
Austin Armga MICHIGAN TECH Sr. Waupun, Wis. 3.78 Exercise science
Derek Billing LAKE SUPERIOR STATE Sr. Anna, Ohio 3.59 Exercise science
Bryce Foster MISSOURI SCIENCE & TECH Sr. Florissant, Mo. 3.89 Business & management systems
Keisten Jones BELLARMINE Sr. Louisville, Ky. 3.57 Business administration
Ben Stelzer MICHIGAN TECH Jr. Manitowoc, Wis. 3.74 Finance

NCAA DIVISION I (DC, DE, KY, MD, NJ, PA, WV)

FIRST TEAM

Name School Yr. Hometown GPA Major
Wayne Blackshear LOUISVILLE Jr. Chicago, Ill. 3.40 Communication
Seth Hinrichs LAFAYETTE Jr. Clara City, Minn. 3.35 Economics
John Kopriva GEORGE WASHINGTON Jr. Milwaukee, Wis. 3.93 Chemistry
Kevin Noreen WEST VIRGINIA Sr. Minneapolis, Minn. 3.70 Sport management
Joey Ptasinski LAFAYETTE Jr. Highlands Ranch, Colo. 3.49 Biology
Franz Rassman LOYOLA (MD) So. Washington, D.C. 3.94 Business administration

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Jodie Meeks Wants to Try Luck in the NBA 3-Point Shootout

Former Kentucky star Jodie Meeks wants to try his luck in the NBA 3-point shootout on All-Star Saturday night.

Meeks is averaging a career-high 14.6 points, 2.9 rebounds and 1.8 assists for the Los Angeles Lakers this season.

Here is more from ESPN:

"It would be nice," Meeks said. "It would be fun."

As of Thursday, Meeks ranked 12th in the league with 103 made 3s. His 41.0 percent from downtown ranked 25th, however he had attempted more 3-point shots than 20 of the players ranked ahead of him with a better percentage, so his mark becomes more impressive considering the increased sample size.

Meeks took off in January, averaging 18.9 points, 2.9 rebounds, 2.8 assists while shooting 47.2 percent from the field and 42.4 percent from deep in 14 games. For the season overall, Meeks is averaging career highs in points (14.6), rebounds (2.9), assists (1.8) and steals (1.4) per game.


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Kentucky/Indiana All-Star Classic is Moving to Lexington for Next Three Years

The Bluegrass Sports Commission has announced a three-year deal that will bring the Kentucky/Indiana All-Star Classic to Lexington.

The game, which has previously been played in Louisville, will be held the next three years at Transylvania University and televised on WKYT-TV and WYMT.

LEXINGTON - The Bluegrass Sports Commission (BSC) and the Kentucky Lions Eye Foundation (KLEF) announced a three-year contract for the Kentucky/Indiana All-Star Classic to be played in Lexington. The event annually matches the top boys and girls high school basketball players in Kentucky against the best in Indiana. This year's games will be held June 13 at Transylvania University and will be televised on a syndicated network in Kentucky.

"This is a very exciting announcement for us," said Terry Johnson, Executive Director of the BSC. "We are honored to work with Transylvania, WKYT and others to host an event with such a rich history that supports the amazing work of the Kentucky Lions Eye Foundation."

Since 1940, the Classic has created an intense rivalry between the historical basketball-rich states. The games feature the top boys and girls high school seniors from each state, including the "Mr. and Miss Basketball" award winners. Though the event has a long history, 2014 will mark just the sixth time it will be held in Lexington and the first since 1996.

"The Kentucky Lions Eye Foundation is extremely excited about this announcement," said Noel Hardwick, President of the Foundation. "This is a project that means a great deal to our organization and we feel this is the best move for us and the event moving forward."

Transylvania's Clive Beck Center will be the venue in 2014. One of the most historic campuses in the country, The Beck Center is a state-of-the-art facility in the heart of downtown Lexington.

"Transylvania is proud to play host to this iconic event," said Transylvania Athletic Director, Dr. Holly Sheilley."We are excited to play a part in bringing this event to our community and showcasing our campus."

WKYT-TV (Lexington) will televise the games live on the CW in Lexington and WYMT in Hazard. Per the agreement, both parties will also work together to syndicate a statewide network of TV stations to broadcast the games across the Commonwealth.

"We jumped at the chance to work with the BSC on this project," said Chris Mossman, General Manager of WKYT-TV. "We have long been dedicated to providing the best possible programming for our viewers, especially events that represent several communities in our viewing area and beyond."

Ticket information and additional details will be released at a later date. Any questions regarding the event should be directed to the Bluegrass Sports Commission at (859) 255-0336 or by e-mail at info@bluegrasssports.org.

UK Tickets Available for Ole Miss and ESPN College GameDay

The University of Kentucky has announced that a limited number of tickets are still available for the upcoming game against Ole Miss and ESPN's Saturday morning show College GameDay.

Here are details:

LEXINGTON, Ky. – A limited number of tickets remain for Kentucky's upcoming men’s basketball games against Ole Miss (Feb. 4) as well as ESPN’s Saturday morning show College GameDay (Feb. 15).

The Feb. 15 game against Florida and the Feb. 22 game against LSU are both SOLD OUT.

Tickets are available online at www.ticketmaster.com or by calling Ticketmaster at 800.745.3000 or through the Rupp Arena Box Office by calling 859.233.3535. They are also available to purchase through the UK Ticket Office by calling 800.928.2287. Remaining tickets for sale come from the unsold student ticket allotment. Upper level tickets are $42 each.

GameDay tickets are free of charge, and orders will have a minimal service fee attached. They are available online through Ticketmaster and at Ticketmaster outlets. There is a limit of eight tickets per household. The Wildcats will host the Florida Gators later that day at 9:00 p.m.

Tickets to ESPN College GameDay Covered by State Farm are not valid for admission to the UK vs. Florida basketball game, but to the College GameDay event itself. Doors will open at 8:00 am and the event begins at 9:00 am.

As always, UK Athletics encourages all fans to buy tickets to our athletics events through the UK Ticket Office or Ticketmaster outlets. Tickets bought from anywhere other than those two outlets may not be valid, and buyers should beware.

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

Wednesday, January 29, 2014

Christian County Loses Jamarius Taylor and DeAndre Mosby

According to Les Johns of Kentucky New Era, the Christian County boy's basketball program has lost Jamarius Taylor and DeAndre Mosby.

Taylor has decided to quit basketball and focus on football while Mosby has transferred to Hopkinsville.

Les_Johns Christian County's Jamarius Taylor is no longer with the basketball team. Taylor told me last night he wanted to focus on football.

Les_Johns Also, senior forward DeAndre Mosby has transferred from Christian Co to Hopkinsville.

Les_Johns Hoptown coach Tim Haworth is unsure how or when Mosby will be used by the Tigers.

Joe B. Hall Prep Classic Rescheduled, Minus Trinity and Holmes

The 2014 Joe B. Hall Prep Classic at Montgomery County High School has been rescheduled and will be played Sunday, February 9.

The event was originally scheduled for last Saturday but was postponed due to weather.

Trinity and Holmes were unable to reschedule and will no longer be playing in the event.

Here's the schedule from Mike Fields of the Herald-Leader:

  • Fleming County vs. No. 14 Knott Central, 1 p.m.
  • No. 5 Hopkinsville vs. No. 24 Perry Central, 2:30.
  • No. 10 Montgomery County vs. No. 8 Wayne County, 4.
  • No. 14 Henry Clay vs. No. 20 Southwestern, 5:30.

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    Morehead State Preparing to Blackout Belmont on National Television Tonight

    The Morehead State Eagles are preparing for tonight's nationally-televised game against Belmont.

    Morehead is planning to hold a "blackout" for the game, which is critical if the Eagles are to keep pace in the challenging OVC East Division.

    Here are details from MSU:

    MOREHEAD, Ky. -- The Morehead State men's basketball team returns to Johnson Arena on Wednesday for a nationally-televised contest against Ohio Valley Conference opponent Belmont.  Tip-off is set for 9:05 p.m. ET.

    MSU's final January game has been dubbed as "Blackout Belmont" night as fans are encouraged to wear black.  The University Bookstore will also be selling black Morehead State t-shirts inside the arena for $9.99 apiece.

    In addition, two Apple iPad minis and one pair of Beats by Dre headphones will be given away to a full-time Morehead State student who has checked in using the Eagle Army app and is present when the announcement is made.

    The Eagles, who have won six of their last eight games, are 14-8 overall, 5-2 in league play and 7-2 at home.  The Bruins, who have won eight of their last nine and lead the OVC's East Division, are 16-7 overall, 7-1 in conference action and 6-6 on the road.

    Morehead State is 0-3 against Belmont, which moved from the Atlantic Sun Conference to OVC in 2012-13.  The Bruins tallied an 80-66 win over the Eagles on Jan. 23 at the Curb Event Center.  BU also won both meetings last season.

    Morehead State has already posted 14 victories (14-8 record), with nine regular-season contests to play.  The Eagles collected 15 wins (15-18 record) all of last year.  MSU is on pace for its first 20-win season since the 2010-11 campaign.

    Reserved seats are $14, while general-admission tickets are $8 and children 12-and-under are just $3.  MSU students are admitted free with a valid student ID.  Tickets can be purchased by clicking here.  Parking is $5 per vehicle.

    LSU Head Coach Johnny Jones Talks About Beating Kentucky

    LSU head coach Johnny Jones talks about getting a win over Kentucky:


    Anthony Hickey Glad to Finally Beat Kentucky

    Former Kentucky Mr. Basketball Anthony Hickey (Christian County) is glad to finally beat home state team.

    Here are Hickey's postgame comments following last night's win over the Wildcats:


    John Calipari's Postgame Comments After LSU Loss

    Here are postgame comments from Kentucky head coach John Calipari following last night's loss at LSU:


    Quotes from Kentucky Players Following Loss at LSU

    Here are quotes from Kentucky players following tonight's disappointing loss at LSU:

    KENTUCKY PLAYER QUOTES

    G/F James Young

    On Jordan Mickey…

    “Jordan Mickey is a good guy. It was really hard for us to score (on him). He kept
    blocking our shots. That is how SEC basketball goes.”

    On how LSU capitalized…

    “We made a bunch of mistakes and LSU really got on top. We tried to go out there and
    do what we needed to do. We had way too many penalties. We just have to get better.”

    C Dakari Johnson

    On the game …

    “(LSU) was just playing harder than us. They were hitting a lot of shots, a lot of open
    three’s. They just broke down a lot defensively and they just played harder than us
    tonight.”

    On trailing LSU …

    “(I tried to) just to take shots and fight and get us back in this game. We got down
    early. I was just trying to help my team get back in the game.”

    On competing defensively …

    “I just tried to be physical, get on the offensive boards and try to get physical with
    Johnny O’Bryant (III), but he’s a good player. He was taking a lot of good shots. I
    felt like I needed to do better defensively. That’s on me. I could have moved my feet
    better. But he had a good game. He’s a really good player.”

    Tuesday, January 28, 2014

    LSU Freshman Jarell Martin Talks About UK Freshmen, Says Julius Randle is Not a Good On-Ball Defender

    LSU freshman Jarell Martin talks about Kentucky's freshman prior to tonight's game.

    Martin says the plan is to attack Julius Randle because "is not a good on-ball defender."

    Here are his comments:


    Bellarmine University Drops Completely Out of the NABC DII Coaches Poll

    Bellarmine University has dropped completely out of the NABC Division II Top 25 poll in the aftermath of losing three straight and four of their last five games.

    The Knights received 47 votes this week, putting them just out of the poll at No. 26.

    West Liberty (16-0) remains on top of the rankings this week. Florida Southern, Metropolitan State, Tarleton State and Drury round out the top 5.

    NABC Division II Coaches Poll (Jan. 28, 2014 - Poll #10)
    Record
    Points
    Pvs
    1. West Liberty, W.Va. (14 first place votes)
    16-0
    398
    1
    2. Florida Southern (1 first place vote)
    18-0
    381
    2
    3. Metropolitan State, Colo.
    16-1
    360
    3
    4. Tarleton State, Texas
    17-0
    354
    4
    5. Drury, Mo.
    16-1
    332
    5
    6. East Stroudsburg, Pa.
    18-0
    324
    6
    7. Cal State-San Bernardino (1 first place vote)
    15-1
    311
    8
    8. Lincoln Memorial, Tenn.
    15-1
    274
    10
    9. South Carolina Aiken
    17-2
    262
    13
    10. Indianapolis, Ind.
    15-2
    221
    14
    11. Indiana, Pa.
    16-2
    219
    15
    12. Montevallo, Ala.
    15-2
    210
    17
    13. Colorado School of Mines
    15-2
    193
    11
    14. California Baptist
    16-1
    160
    12
    15. Delta State, Miss.
    16-2
    158
    20
    16. Southern Indiana
    14-3
    153
    9
    17. Lewis, Ill.
    15-2
    135
    19
    18. Wisconsin-Parkside
    16-2
    111
    NR
    19. Southern Connecticut State
    16-2
    96
    NR
    T20. Dixie State, Utah
    16-2
    84
    18
    T20. Seattle Pacific, Wash.
    16-4
    84
    24
    22. Minnesota State
    17-4
    81
    14
    23. Cal Poly Pomona
    13-3
    52
    NR
    24. Fort Hays State, Kan.
    16-3
    49
    NR
    25. Winona State, Minn.
    17-4
    48
    NR
    Dropped out: Bellarmine (7), Franklin Pierce (21), Missouri Southern (22), Lake Superior State (23), GRU Augusta (25).
    Others receiving votes: Bellarmine (Ky.) 47, Lake Superior State (Mich.) 18, Missouri Southern 18, Franklin Pierce (N.H.) 13, Georgia Southwestern 13, Northwest Missouri State 13, Barry (Fla.) 12, GRU Augusta 12, Western Washington 6, Chico State (Calif.) 4, Angelo State (Texas) 1, Saint Leo (Fla.) 1.

    Weather Forces Changes, But Kentucky and LSU Are Still Playing Tonight

    Tonight's game between Kentucky and LSU will still be played as scheduled but winter weather has forced some changes in and around the arena.

    Here are details from LSU:

    LSUBasketball As of 10:30 am CST no change in status for @LSUBasketball and UK at 8 tonight. Plans are being made to play the game.

    LSUBasketball Important info regarding parking, tickets & entrances for @LSUBasketball-UK game at Maravich Center, 8 pm lsusports.net/ViewArticle.db

    Here is an excerpt from the LSU release:

    BATON ROUGE – As of noon CT on Tuesday, plans for the Southeastern Conference men’s basketball game between LSU and Kentucky are still moving forward for the game to be played as scheduled at 8 p.m.

    The nationally-televised contest on ESPN will be played at the Pete Maravich Assembly Center. The arena and all ticket operations are scheduled to open at 6:30 p.m.

    Please note the following changes being made due to weather related issues:
    • All ticketed patrons are encouraged to enter the arena at the ground level at one of three entrances: northwest, southwest, or southeast
    • All eligible LSU students will be encouraged to enter the arena at the lower southeast entrance
    • All ticket sales and will call distribution will take place at the main LSU Ticket Office, located on the first floor of the Athletics Administration Building, located on the corner of South Stadium Dr. and West Stadium Dr., across the street from the LSU SportShop
    • The special assistance elevator, located on ground level at the southeast corner of the Maravich Center, will be operational for fans who need help accessing the upper levels of the arena
    • Due to reduced university personnel, reserved parking will be unavailable. Parking will be free, first-come, first-serve for all fans. Parking shuttles will also be unavailable.
    • Street access through campus is limited today. Fans are encouraged to approach campus on the west side.
    • Fans attending tonight's game are strongly encouraged to purchase tickets in advance at LSUtix.net and select the Print-at-Home or Mobile Smartphone delivery option to avoid waiting in long lines.
    Complete Release

    Field Set for 2014 All A Classic at Frankfort Convention Center

    The field is set for the 2014 Touchstone Energy All "A" Classic boys' basketball tournament.

    The event tips Thursday morning at the Frankfort Convention Center and concludes Sunday at 2:30 p.m.

    Tournament Site

    Here's a look at the bracket with game times (click to enlarge):

    Chris Cantino Dominates the Paint, No. 4 UPIKE Gets Past Shawnee State

    (4) Pikeville 84
    Shawnee State 78

    Final from Pikeville, Kentucky

    Game recap by UPIKE:

    PIKEVILLE, Ky. – Chris Cantino has never seen a rebound he doesn't like and that was never more evident than Monday night, tallying 26 points and 21 rebounds to help No. 4 Pikeville to an 84-78 win against Shawnee State (Ohio) at the East Ky. Exposition Center.

    Shawnee State may be at the bottom of the Mid-South Conference standings with a 2-7 league record (8-12 overall), but it gave UPIKE all it wanted, trimming a 16-point second-half deficit to just four in the final minute.

    The game was a makeup after being postponed on Saturday due to severe weather. It looked like both team's had trouble adjusting to the abnormal Monday night NAIA contest.

    Luckily for Pikeville (17-2, 8-1 MSC), Cantino showed up like never before this season and had help from Bruce Reed with 18 points, Kenny Manigault with 12 and Elisha Justice added a full line of 11 points, eight rebounds, six assists, a block and a steal.

    Trevor Banks led Shawnee State with a game-high 27 points, including a 3-for-4 performance from behind the arc and perfect 6-of-6 shooting at the free-throw line. Mark Bryant and Sean Elliott joined him in double figures with 16 and 14 points, respectively.
    Complete Recap


    Ivan Aska Earns Player of the Week Honors in Greece for Second Straight Week

    Former Murray State star Ivan Aska has earned Eurobasket.com Player of the Week honors in Greece for the second consecutive week.

    Aska had 21 points and 13 rebounds in a loss to Apollan Patras.

    Here is more from Eurobasket.com:

    U.S. Virgin Islands-Puerto Rican Ivan Aska (200-F-90) had a very impressive game in the last round for Ikaros and that's him to receive a Eurobasket.com Player of the Week award for round 15.

    The 23-year old forward had a double-double of 21 points and thirteen rebounds, while his team lost the game against Apollon Patras (#8, 6-9) 65-71. Ikaros maintains the 13th position in Greek A1. The season is in a full swing, so it's only a dream for the team to make it into top half of the standings. For contrary they may face relegation if the situation turns from bad to worse. Ikaros have already lost 11 games and recorded just four victories. Aska turned to be Ikaros' top player in his first season with the team. Murray State University graduate has very impressive stats this year. Aska is in league's top in points (4th best: 15.8ppg) and averages solid 62.8% FGP.

    Kentucky Passes Louisville in AP Top 25 This Week

    Kentucky has passed Louisville in the AP Top 25 this week. The Wildcats 15-4 are up to No. 11 this week while the Cardinals (17-3) are No. 12.

    In the USA Today Coaches Poll, Louisville is No. 7, while Kentucky is No. 11.

    Arizona is No. 1 and Syracuse is No. 2 in both polls.

    AP Top 25

    RK TEAM RECORD PTS
    1 Arizona (63) 20-0 1,623
    2 Syracuse (2) 19-0 1,561
    3 Florida 17-2 1,436
    4 Wichita State 21-0 1,435
    5 San Diego State 18-1 1,337
    6 Kansas 15-4 1,272
    7 Michigan State 18-2 1,251
    8 Oklahoma State 16-3 1,067
    9 Villanova 17-2 1,063
    10 Michigan 15-4 1,050
    11 Kentucky 15-4 896 12 Louisville 17-3 891 13 Cincinnati 19-2 793 14 Wisconsin 17-3 763 15 Iowa 16-4 722 16 Iowa State 15-3 684 17 Duke 16-4 549 18 Pittsburgh 18-2 517 19 Saint Louis 18-2 464 20 Creighton 17-3 445 21 Massachusetts 17-2 353 22 Memphis 15-4 262 23 Oklahoma 16-4 203 24 Ohio State 16-4 143 25 Texas 16-4 142

    Others receiving votes: Connecticut 67, Gonzaga 51, UCLA 39, Virginia 18, Minnesota 5, George Washington 5, Kansas State 5, Green Bay 5, Southern Methodist 3, Southern Miss 1, Louisiana Tech 1, Harvard 1, American University 1, New Mexico 1

    USA Today Coaches Poll

    RK TEAM RECORD PTS
    1 Arizona (31) 20-0 799
    2 Syracuse (1) 19-0 769
    3 Wichita State 21-0 724
    4 Florida 17-2 694
    5 San Diego State 18-1 653
    6 Michigan State 18-2 621
    7 Louisville 17-3 552
    7 Kansas 15-4 552
    9 Villanova 17-2 509
    10 Oklahoma State 16-3 497
    11 Kentucky 15-4 433 12 Iowa 16-4 386 13 Wisconsin 17-3 368 14 Michigan 15-4 346 15 Cincinnati 19-2 323 16 Duke 16-4 298 17 Pittsburgh 18-2 279 18 Iowa State 15-3 268 19 Massachusetts 17-2 265 20 Creighton 17-3 229 21 Saint Louis 18-2 218 22 Memphis 15-4 155 23 Ohio State 16-4 118 24 Gonzaga 18-3 114 25 Oklahoma 16-4 85

    Others receiving votes: Texas 41, Virginia 26, UCLA 22, Connecticut 18, George Washington 8, Baylor 6, Kansas State 6, Southern Miss 6, Toledo 5, Colorado 5, Southern Methodist 1, Stephen F. Austin 1

    Australian Sensation Dante Exum Declares for NBA Draft

    Australian sensation Dante Exum has declared for the NBA Draft and hired an agent.

    chadfordinsider Breaking: Dante Exum will enter 2014 NBA Draft & hire agent Rob Pelinka. Exum No. 4 on Top 100, No. 1 ranked PG (link coming)

    Exum, who is considered by many to be the top point guard prospect in the world, had numerous division I offers, including interest from Kentucky.

    Here is more from ESPN.com:

    "We are excited to be working with Landmark Sports," Cecil, Desiree and Dante Exum said in a statement to ESPN. "Our family felt The Landmark Team represented our style and manner of treating people, and in doing businesses. We also all shared a common commitment to achieving excellence in all things. The fit is just great and we are really pleased to now begin the work."

    Exum and his family met eight different agents in Melbourne during the past month and chose Pelinka on Tuesday morning.

    "We are thrilled and honored to be working with Dante and his family," Pelinka said in a statement to ESPN. "As the NBA continues to expand its brand around the world, we feel like Dante's international story comes at a perfect time. We also believe that, with continued hard work and focus, Dante is destined to be a 'franchise' point guard in this next generation of great NBA players."

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    Photo: Rivals.com

    Murray State's Williams, Payne Earn OVC Weekly Honors Again

    Murray State University's Jarvis Williams and Cameron Payne have once again earned weekly awards from the Ohio Valley Conference.

    Williams was named Newcomer of the Week for the third-straight week after averaging 12.5 points, 10.5 rebounds and 1.0 steals per game in wins over Tennessee Tech and Jacksonville State.

    Payne earned Freshman of the Week honors for the fifth time this season. He averaged 13.5 points, 6.0 assists, 1.5 rebounds and 1.0 steals per game in the two wins.

    Here's a release from the OVC:

    NEWCOMER Jarvis Williams, F • Jr., 6-8, 210 • Macon, Ga. • Murray State Williams was named OVC Newcomer of the Week for the third-straight week after averaging 12.5 points, 10.5 rebounds and 1.0 steals/game and hitting 58.3 percent (7-of-12) from the field. The transfer from Gordon State College started the week with his eighth double-double of the season by scoring 12 points and grabbing 15 rebounds in a victory over Tennessee Tech; he also added two steals, an assist and a block in that victory. He capped the week with 13 points and six rebounds in a win over Jacksonville State. Williams ranks second in the OVC and 13th nationally in rebounding (10.2/game) and sixth in the league in field goal percentage (58.9%).

    Others Nominated: Damarius Smith, Austin Peay; Chris Olivier, Eastern Illinois; Avery Moore, Jacksonville State; Brent Arrington, Morehead State; Jarekious Bradley, Southeast Missouri; Keaton Jackson, SIUE; Dwan Caldwell, Tennessee Tech.

    FRESHMAN
    Cameron Payne, G • Fr., 6-2, 175 • Bartlett, Tenn. • Murray State

    Payne earned his fifth OVC Freshman of the Week honor of the season after averaging 13.5 points, 6.0 assists, 1.5 rebounds and 1.0 steals/game and hitting 40.9 percent (9-of-22) from the field, 44.4 percent (4-of-9) from 3-point range and 71.4 percent (5-of-7) from the free throw line in a pair of Murray State victories. Payne dished out a season-high nine assists to go along with 11 points, two rebounds and two steals in 28 minutes of action as the Racers opened the week with a 39-point victory over Tennessee Tech. He ended the week with 16 points, three assists and a rebound in 27 minutes against Jacksonville State; in that contest he knocked down 2-of-3 3-pointers. Payne ranks fourth in the OVC in assists (5.4/game), sixth in 3-pointers made (2.1/game) and ninth in each scoring (14.9 points/game) and steals (1.5/game).

    Complete Release

    Monday, January 27, 2014

    Canaan, Williams Named NBA D-League Co-Performers of the Week

    Isaiah Canaan (Murray State) and Terrence Williams (Louisville) were named NBA Development League Co-Performers of the Week on Monday.

    Here is a release from the D-League:

    NEW YORK, Jan. 27, 2014 – Isaiah Canaan, a Houston Rockets rookie playing on assignment for the Rio Grande Valley Vipers, and Terrence Williams of the Los Angeles D-Fenders, were today named NBA Development League Co-Performers of the Week for games played Jan. 20-26.
     
    A 6-0, 188-pound guard out of Murray State, Canaan averaged 25.8 points, 6.8 assists and 4.5 rebounds to lead the Vipers to a 3-1 week. On his second assignment with Rio Grande Valley, Caanan scored at least 19 points in all four games and, on Jan. 25, he recorded a season-high 34 points to go along with seven rebounds and seven assists in a 123-116 victory over the Austin Toros. For the season, Canaan is averaging 22.7 points, good for second best on the Vipers and seventh in the NBA D-League, to go with an NBA D-League-high 8.6 assists and 4.4 rebounds.
     
    Williams, a 6-6, 220-pound swingman from Louisville, averaged 27.3 points, 6.7 assists and 6.3 rebounds, guiding Los Angeles to a 2-1 week. On Jan. 24, he tallied a season-high 39 points to go along with four rebounds and three assists in a 118-111 win over the Reno Bighorns. For the season, Williams is averaging 18.1 points, 6.2 assists and 4.7 rebounds. The D-Fenders are 7-3 since Williams made his debut on Jan. 4.

    Complete Release

    Patrick Patterson Nails the Game-Winning Shot for Toronto

    Former Kentucky star Patrick Patterson had a big game in Toronto's 104-103 win over Brooklyn tonight.

    Patterson swiped an inbounds pass and eventually nailed the game-winning jumper for the Raptors. He finished with 15 points, 3 rebounds and 2 steals.


    Cauley-Stein, Randle Talk About Tuesday Night's Game at LSU

    Kentucky's Julius Randle and Willie Cauley-Stein talk about tomorrow night's game at LSU:


    Coach Cal Previews LSU and More

    Kentucky head coach John Calipari talks about Tuesday night's game at LSU and more:


    Richie Farmer to Wear No. 32 Again...In Prison

    According to reports, former University of Kentucky guard Richie Farmer has been assigned a familiar number for his stay in prison.

    The prison system has assigned Farmer inmate number 16226-032 for his prison term.

    Here are details from WashingtonTimes.com:

    The prison system has assigned Farmer inmate number 16226-032 for use when he reports to a yet-to-be revealed facility by March 18.

    The former Kentucky Agriculture Commissioner is set to serve 27 months behind bars after pleading guilty to abusing his public office.

    Complete Article

    Julius Randle Named SEC Freshman of the Week

    Kentucky's Julius Randle has been named SEC Freshman of the Week after averaging 13.5 points, 10 rebounds, 3 assists and1.5 blocks in wins against Texas A&M and Georgia.

    Here is the release from the SEC:

    Kentucky’s Julius Randle, a 6-foot-9, 250-pound freshman forward from Dallas, Texas, was named SEC Freshman of the Week after averaging 13.5 points, 10 rebounds, three assists and 1.5 blocks in wins against Texas A&M and Georgia.  He registered his SEC-leading 11th double-double of the season in a win over Texas A&M. Randle ranked second on the squad with six assists and led the team in rebounding both games. He went 10-of-11 (.909) at the free throw line and hit 57.1 percent of his shots, including his second made 3-pointer on his only attempt in the win over Georgia.

    Single Game Tickets Available for Upcoming Louisville Home Games

    Single game tickets are available for Louisville's upcoming home games against Cincinnati, UCF, Rutgers, USF and Temple.

    Here are details from UL:

    LOUISVILLE, Ky. - Single game tickets for five of the six remaining University of Louisville men's basketball home games in the KFC Yum! Center will be available at a special price beginning Monday, Jan. 27, at 10 a.m.

    Tickets for the Cardinals' next three home games -- Jan. 30 vs. Cincinnati, Feb. 1 vs. UCF and Feb. 16 vs. Rutgers -- will be on sale for $18 each for the limited number that remains available. Tickets for home games on Feb. 18 vs. USF and Feb. 27 vs. Temple will be available for $15 each. UofL's home finale against Connecticut on March 8 is nearly sold out.

    Tickets, which are located in the upper corners and end court areas of the KFC Yum! Center, will be on sale at the UofL Ticket Office, located near Gate 2 of Papa John's Cardinal Stadium at 2800 South Floyd Street. The ticket office is open weekdays from 9 a.m. until 5 p.m.

    Cardinal fans may also purchase tickets by visiting Ticketmaster online, calling 1-800-745-3000 or by visiting any Ticketmaster Ticket Center, including statewide Kroger locations. Convenience fees are applied with Ticketmaster orders.

    Georgetown's Monty Wilson Joins 1,000-Point Club

    Georgetown College star Monty Wilson scored his 1,000th career point last week at Cumberland (Tenn.) University.

    Here is a release from GC:

    Monty Wilson has been a scoring machine for the Tigers in his 54 games in Orange & Black. The senior became the 49th Georgetown College men's basketball player to tally 1,000 points this past week in a road loss to Cumberland University. He is just the eighth GC player to ever score that many in just two seasons of total play.

    He is averaging 19.1 points per game and with his 32 in Sunday's win has 1,033 for his career. He currently sits 48th all-time, two points behind Ashley Olinger's 1,035.

    The Illinois native leads the Mid-South Conference in scoring this season with an average of 23.9 ppg. The next closest is University of Pikeville's Bruce Reed with 17.7 ppg.

    The No. 11 Tigers have nine more regular season games before postseason action tips off.

    Western Kentucky Gets Key Road Win at Louisiana-Lafayette

    Western Kentucky 79
    Louisiana-Lafayette 70

    Final from Lafayette, Louisiana

    Game recap by WKU:

    LAFAYETTE, La. (AP) - George Fant scored 25 points as Western Kentucky defeated Louisiana-Lafayette 79-70 on Saturday.

    Western Kentucky (13-7, 5-2 Sun Belt) got 18 points from Chris Harrison-Docks and Trency Jackson scored 17. The Hilltoppers shot 50 percent from the floor and made 24 of 27 free throws, but were a mere 3 of 12 on 3-pointers.

    Elfrid Payton led Louisiana-Lafayette (12-8, 3-4) with 16 points. Shawn Long had 13 points, 11 rebounds and four blocks while Bryant Mbamalu had 13 points.

    Lafayette led by 10, 27-17, with 7 minutes to go in the first half. But Western Kentucky came racing back, scoring the last 12 points of the half - including Jackson's trey with 38 seconds left- to lead 37-32 at the break.

    The Ragin'Cajuns cut the lead to two with 6:53 left in the game on a Mbamalu jumper, but WKU scored the next seven points to quell the comeback.

    Complete Recap

    One Month to March Madness: Schedule for the Week

    Believe it or not, February is here and March Madness is just a little over one month away.

    With that being said, conference seasons are more than half over and teams are focusing on the stretch run to the postseason.

    Here is a complete schedule for the week:

    Monday, January 27

    7:00 p.m. Hiwassee College at Union College
    7:30 p.m. Kentucky State University at LeMoyne-Owen*
    8:00 p.m. Shawnee State at University of Pikeville*

    Tuesday, January 28

    7:00 p.m. Asbury University at IU Southeast*
    7:00 p.m. Kentucky Christian University at Salem International
    7:30 p.m. Berea College at Cincinnati Christian*
    8:00 p.m. Alice Lloyd College at Brescia University*
    8:30 p.m. Mid-Continent University at Hannibal-LaGrange*
    9:00 p.m. University of Kentucky at LSU*

    Wednesday, January 29

    7:30 p.m. Transylvania University at Franklin College*
    7:30 p.m. Milligan at Union College*
    9:00 p.m. Belmont at Morehead State University*

    Thursday, January 30

    7:00 p.m. UT-Martin at Eastern Kentucky University*
    7:00 p.m. Cincinnati at University of Louisville*
    7:30 p.m. Kentucky State University at Salem International*
    7:30 p.m. Northern Kentucky University at North Florida*
    7:30 p.m. Lane College at Kentucky State University*
    8:00 p.m. Georgetown College at Rio Grande*
    8:00 p.m. Texas-Arlington at Western Kentucky University*
    8:00 p.m. Lindsey Wilson College at Campbellsville University*
    8:00 p.m. McKendree University at Bellarmine University*
    8:00 p.m. Bluefield at University of Pikeville*
    8:00 p.m. University of the Cumberlands at Shawnee State*
    8:00 p.m. Cumberland (Tenn.) at St. Catharine College*
    8:30 p.m. Mid-Continent University at Missouri Baptist*

    Friday, January 31

    7:00 p.m. Welch College at Kentucky Christian University
    9:00 p.m. Centre College at Hendrix*
    9:00 p.m. Murray State University at Austin Peay*
    TBA Asbury University at IU East*

    Saturday, February 1

    1:00 p.m. University of Kentucky at Missouri*
    2:00 p.m. Morthland College at Kentucky Christian University
    2:00 p.m. Jacksonville State at Morehead State University*
    3:00 p.m. Principia College at Spalding University*
    3:00 p.m. Asbury University at IU Kokomo*
    3:00 p.m. Transylvania University at Manchester University*
    3:15 p.m. Illinois Springfield at Bellarmine University*
    3:15 p.m. Northern Kentucky University at Jacksonville*
    3:30 p.m. Thomas More College at Waynesburg*
    4:00 p.m. Kentucky Wesleyan College at Ohio Valley*
    4:00 p.m. Berea College at Brescia University*
    4:00 p.m. IU Southeast at Alice Lloyd College*
    4:00 p.m. Georgetown College at Shawnee State*
    4:00 p.m. Union College at Tennessee Wesleyan*
    4:00 p.m. Cumberland (Tenn.) at Campbellsville University*
    4:00 p.m. University of the Cumberlands at Rio Grande*
    4:00 p.m. Lindsey Wilson College at St. Catharine College*
    5:00 p.m. Hannibal-LaGrange at Mid-Continent University*
    7:00 p.m. Southeast Missouri State at Eastern Kentucky University*
    8:00 p.m. Texas State at Western Kentucky University*
    9:00 p.m. UCF at University of Louisville*
    TBA Life University at University of Pikeville

    Sunday, February 2

    4:00 p.m. Centre College at Rhodes*

    * Conference Game

    Sunday, January 26, 2014

    John Wall Plans to Use Team USA Snub as Motivation

    Former UK star John Wall is obviously unhappy that he was not named to Team USA's 28-man roster pool that was announced last week.

    Wall says he plans to use the snub as motivation.

    Here are his comments from WashingtonPost.com:

    “I been through it before. The main thing for me is try to be professional. I went out there and played. I did it the right way,” Wall said of his experiences with Team USA minicamp. “I just use it as more motivation. It’s nothing I could do. It’s nothing I can say, and I don’t want nobody to babysit me or try to make it work for me. They made their list, they made their decision and that’s what they’re happy with, and I just have to look past that. It’s more motivation because I didn’t make McDonald’s game. I wasn’t national player of the year. I wasn’t rookie of the year. So those are just tabs I keep to motivate myself to prove people wrong.”

    The Wizards gave Wall a five-year, $80 million maximum extension last summer, solidifying his standing as the foundation of the franchise’s efforts to get back to respectability. In his fourth season, Wall has been producing the best numbers of his career with averages of 20.0 points, 8.5 assists, 4.3 rebounds and 1.9 steals. He finished a distant third in all-star fan balloting for Eastern Conference guards but is expected to be chosen by the coaches as a reserve with the Wizards positioned to make the playoffs for the first time since 2008.

    Complete Article

    Anthony Davis Puts Glen "Big Baby" Davis on a Poster

    Former Kentucky star Anthony Davis dunked all over Glen "Big Baby" Davis earlier today.

    Davis had 22 points, 19 rebounds and 7 blocks in the Pelicans 99-90 win over Orlando.


    Terrence Williams Drops Career-High 39 Points in the D-League

    Former Louisville star Terrence Williams scored a D-League career-high 39 points for the Los Angeles D-Fenders in a 118-111 win over the Reno Bighorns on Friday.

    Williams followed that up with 22 points, 9 assists and 8 rebounds in Saturday's 122-117 victory over the Sioux Falls Skyforce.

    Since signing with Los Angeles, Williams is averaging 18.1 points, 4.7 rebounds and 6.2 assists per game.

    The D-Fenders are 7-3 since signing Williams.

    Lewis Knocks Off Bellarmine, Knights Have Lost Three Straight

    Lewis 76
    Bellarmine 68

    Final from Romeoville, Illinois

    Game recap by BU:

    ROMEOVILLE, Ill.—The No. 7 Bellarmine University men's basketball team couldn't shake off an ice-cold start and dropped a 76-68 decision to the 19th-ranked Lewis Flyers in a Great Lakes Valley Conference game at Neil Carey Arena on Saturday afternoon.

    Down 21 at halftime, the Knights made a strong comeback attempt and closed the gap to just four points at 70-66 with just 21 seconds remaining, but the Flyers converted their free throws and pulled out the eight-point victory.

    "We just had an abysmal night shooting the basketball, especially from the three-point line," said Bellarmine Coach Scott Davenport, "but we played every second of this basketball game."

     The Knights' dismal start was magnified due to the Flyer's hot start.  While Bellarmine missed its first 10 shots, the Flyers hit eight of their first 12 and jumped out to a 22-2 lead.  The first basket for the Knights didn't go through the hoop until the 10:53 mark of the first half when Corbin Maynard nailed a three-pointer.

    Lewis went into halftime leading 39-18, outshooting the Knights 54 percent to just 22 percent.  Almost all of the damage was done by the Flyers starting five, which scored 36 of their 39 points.  By contrast, the Bellarmine starting five managed only six first half points.

    "The hole was established at the defensive end," said Davenport, who pointed out the Knights led the league in field goal percentage defense heading into the game.  "You can't give up 54 percent shooting in the first half and be in the game."

    In the second period, the Knights outscored the Flyers 50-37 as they rebounded to hit 17 of 33 second half shots (51.5%) while holding Lewis to just five of 12 from the field.  However, the Flyers made 25 of 34 free throw attempts in the second stanza.

    Complete Recap

    John Calipari's Thoughts on the Win Over Georgia

    Here are John Calipari's postgame comments following Saturday's win over Georgia:


    Rick Ray Apologizes for Cursing at Marshall Henderson

    Mississippi State head coach Rick Ray has issued an apology for cursing at Ole Miss star Marshall Henderson during Saturday's game.

    Ray could be spotted on camera saying something in Henderson's direction.

    Henderson finished with a team-high 19 points in the Rebels' 82-63 victory.

    "I responded inappropriately to an Ole Miss player yesterday in our game," Ray posted on his Instagram account. "I reached out to [Ole Miss] coach [Andy] Kennedy immediately to apologize and subsequently to the player, too. There is no reason for a coach to ever have interaction with an opposing player, ever, regardless of the circumstances. I was more upset with our performance than the player. I was totally at fault."

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    John Calipari Has a Little Fun with Alan Cutler

    Kentucky head coach John Calipari had a little fun with Lex18's Alan Cutler Saturday night after the UK game at Rupp Arena.

    Cutler was doing a live report from Rupp when Calipari walked by and stuck his finger in Cutler's ear (photo by @Ky1eSc0tt on Twitter).

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