Saturday, February 8, 2014

Highlights from Kentucky's Win at Mississippi State

Here are all the highlights from Kentucky's 69-59 win at Mississippi State:


John Calipari Speaks to the Media After Win at Mississippi State

John Calipari speaks to the media following today's road win at Mississippi State:


Kentucky's Jon Hood and Dakari Johnson Talk About Win at Mississippi State

Kentucky's Dakari Johnson and Jon Hood talk about today's win at Mississippi State:


Calipari Turns to Veterans in Win at Mississippi State

(18) Kentucky 69
Mississippi State 59

Final from Starkville, Mississippi

Game recap by UK

STARKVILLE, Miss. (AP) - Frustrated with his talented young team, Kentucky coach John Calipari turned to a couple of rarely used veterans for a lift.

Jon Hood and Jarrod Polson were more than happy to help.

Julius Randle scored 16 points and fellow freshman James Young added 11 as No. 18 Kentucky beat Mississippi State 69-59 on Saturday. But it was Hood and Polson who were on the court when the Wildcats closed the first half on a 19-6 run that proved to be the game's decisive stretch.

Hood made a 3-pointer during the rally - just his second of the season. Polson, a senior, had a couple of steals and rebounds.

But more than that, Calipari said they brought energy to a team that sorely needed it. The veteran coach was both pleased and exasperated he had to go so deep on the bench to find that lift.

"Today, the only time we could play hard was when I put Hood and Jarrod Polson in the game," Calipari said. "I thought Dakari (Johnson) fought, but I thought the rest of us just went through the motions of playing. I just don't get it. But that's what happens when you're a young team."

Kentucky (18-5, 8-2 Southeastern Conference) has won three straight overall and seven in a row over Mississippi State. The Wildcats had an uneven game on offense but forced the Bulldogs into just 38.3 percent shooting (18 of 47) from the field.

Complete Recap

Box Score (click to enlarge):




Friday, February 7, 2014

Bellarmine Earns Tough Road Win at Quincy

Bellarmine 90
Quincy 79

Final from Quincy, Illinois

Game recap by BU:

QUINCY, Ill.—The Bellarmine University men's basketball team roared back from a 10-point halftime deficit to post a 90-79 road victory over the Quincy Hawks in a Great Lakes Valley Conference game on Thursday night at Pepsi  Arena.

The host Hawks had the hot hand in the first half and took a 48-38 halftime lead thanks in large part to six of 10 shooting from 3-point range.

In the second period, Bellarmine gradually chipped away at the lead and finally wrestled the lead away from Quincy on a pair of Keisten Jones free throws at the 6:56 mark.  The Knights never looked back.  First BU got a defensive stop, then Josh Derksen followed that with a thunderous dunk to extend the lead to four.

On Quincy's next possession, Austin Weber misfired on a 3-pointer, and Corbin Maynard ripped away the would-be offensive rebound from a Quincy player and got a timeout to retain the possession.  Then, Derksen converted an old-fashioned 3-point play to give the Knights a 75-68 cushion with 5:22 remaining.

Bellarmine then salted away the game in the final five minutes with solid defense, rebounding and outstanding offensive execution.

"It was a very impressive win for our guys," said Bellarmine Coach Scott Davenport. "I'm really, really proud of them.  In the second half we played solid Bellarmine basketball.  We only missed nine shots in the second half.  It just came back to great passing…the passing in the second half was fun to watch."

Complete Recap

Rupp TV Takes You Into the eRUPPtion Zone at UK

Ever wondered what it's like to be in the eRUPPtion Zone at Kentucky's Rupp Arena?

Rupp TV has put together a video to take you inside the eRUPPtion Zone:


John Wall to Compete in 2014 Sprite Slam Dunk Contest

Former Kentucky star John Wall has officially entered the 2014 Sprite Slam Dunk contest at NBA All-Star Weekend.

2014 SPRITE SLAM DUNK PARTICIPANTS

EASTERN CONERENCE SPRITE SLAM DUNK PARTICIPANTS

- Paul George, Indiana Pacers
- Terrence Ross, Toronto Raptors
- John Wall, Washington Wizards

WESTERN CONERENCE SPRITE SLAM DUNK PARTICIPANTS

- Harrison Barnes, Golden State Warriors
- Damian Lillard, Portland Trail Blazers
- Ben McLemore, Sacramento Kings

Release from the NBA:

NEW YORK -- NBA All-Stars Paul George of the Indiana Pacers, Damian Lillard of the Portland Trail Blazers and John Wall of the Washington Wizards headline the list of dunkers in the 2014 Sprite Slam Dunk (#SpriteSlam), taking place during State Farm® All-Star Saturday Night (#StateFarmSaturday) at Smoothie King Center in New Orleans on Saturday, Feb. 15. Harrison Barnes of the Golden State Warriors and Ben McLemore of the Sacramento Kings fill out the Western Conference teams, while reigning Sprite Slam Dunk champion Terrence Ross of the Toronto Raptors completes the East roster.
  
This marks the first time in 26 years that three All-Stars are competing in the Sprite Slam Dunk. In the 1988 competition in Chicago, All-Stars Clyde Drexler, Michael Jordan, and Dominique Wilkins squared off, with Jordan claiming the crown in front of the hometown fans.

State Farm All-Star Saturday Night will be exclusively televised on TNT. The event also will be broadcast live on ESPN Radio and will collectively reach fans in 215 countries and territories in more than 47 languages

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Hopkinsville Won't Play in Joe B. Hall Prep Classic Sunday

Hopkinsville, one of Kentucky's top high school teams, will not make the trip to Montgomery County for the Joe B. Hall Prep Classic on Sunday.

According to even organizer Ira Combs, the event will still be played as scheduled.

Les_Johns I've also been told that Hopkinsville will not be competing in Sunday's Joe B. Hall Classic at Montgomery County.

Les_Johns Just spoke with Ira Combs, who said that as of now the Joe B. Hall Classic in Montgomery County is still on for Sunday.

Les_Johns Combs said a couple schools are still waiting for clearance and approval to be able to participate. He'll know more by Sat at noon.

Les_Johns One of those schools is clearly Hopkinsville. I was told earlier that they def. would not be there. I'll follow up with Haworth tonight.

Event schedule:

  • Fleming County vs. No. 14 Knott Central, 1 p.m.
  • TBA 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.
  • Murray State Lands Two-Sport Star Jordon Gandy

    Murray State has landed two-sport star Jordon Gandy from East Limestone (Ala.) High School.

    The 6-foot-4 Gandy signed with Murray State as a wide receiver for the football team, but was also offered a spot as a preferred walk-on for the basketball team.

    Here's an excerpt from ENewsCourier.com:

    In the end, Murray State, also in Kentucky, made Gandy an offer he couldn’t refuse — an opportunity to be a preferred walk-on to the basketball team.

    “I always wanted to play basketball, that’s why I gave up football,” said Gandy. “Even though I’m going down for football, I’m going to enjoy being able to play basketball.  They said they didn’t have a problem with me walking on.”

    Gandy made his commitment official Thursday morning at a ceremony in the school gymnasium.

    “He’s probably the best athlete we’ve had since I’ve been here, but he’s a better kid,” East Limestone head football coach Jeff Pugh said at the ceremony. “This guy has been an ambassador for our school. He deserves every opportunity he’s got.”

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    John Calipari Sends Another Message in the Direction of the National Media

    Kentucky head coach John Calipari fired another jab in the general direction of the national media last night.

    Here is post from Coach Cal's official Facebook page:

    John Calipari

    It's funny how when you talk in a general sense, people take it personal like you are talking about them. I guess the saying is true: When you throw a rock in a pack of dogs, the one that yelps is the one you hit.

    Here's an example of the national media (Gary Parrish and Seth Davis) responding to Calipari's comments:

    "Don't mess him up with facts..."

    "He's just talking to his kids..."

    "Willie Cauley-Stein needs a motor just to start his motor..."

    Murray State's T.J. Sapp Throws Down SportsCenter Top 10 Dunk

    Murray State's T.J. Sapp threw down a SportsCenter Top 10 dunk last night at Belmont.

    You know it's good when the announcer simply says, "that ain't right!"


    Thursday, February 6, 2014

    Vic Moses Named BBL Player of the Month for Second Time

    Former Georgetown College star Vic Moses was named Molten BBL Player of the Month for the second time this season earlier this week.

    Moses averaged 21.3 points and 13.2 rebounds per game last month.

    Here is more from Eurobasket.com:

    Cheshire Phoenix have been in sizzling form of late and much of that has been due to the phenomenal efforts of Victor Moses (198-F-89, agency: Three Eye Sports, college: Georgetown, KY).

    And, the classy contributions of the forward continue to be recognized after he was crowned Molten BBL Player of the Month for January, having also picked up the November accolade earlier in the season.

    In a busy period for the Phoenix star, he played six games and barely took a breather, which makes his superb efficiency valuation of 28.17 all the more impressive.

    That number was attained via a sensational double-double of 21.3 points and 13.2 rebounds per game, with his best work coming on the offensive glass where he averaged a brilliant 5.8 each time he stepped onto the hardwood.

    Moses also showcased his clinical finishing ability by averaging 61.2% in the paint

    The Georgetown graduate and former NAIA National Player of the Year is continuing to have a sparkling rookie season in British Basketball and helped his team to some hugely impressive victories as they continued to consolidate a play-off spot.

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    Rajon Rondo "Almost Died" but Teammates Managed to Resuscitate Him

    Rajon Rondo went down so hard that he "almost died" during last night's game against the 76ers. Luckily, teammates were on the scene to "resuscitate" the former Kentucky star:



    Rondo finished with 8 points, 11 assists and 9 rebounds:


    Freshman Math: Has Julius Randle's Value Taken a Dip?

    ESPN looks at Kentucky freshman Julius Randle and wonders if his NBA Draft value has taken a dip (click to play):


    Sounds Like John Wall Might Enter the NBA Slam Dunk Contest

    ESPN NBA analyst Marc Stein is hearing that John Wall is likely to participate in the dunk contest at NBA All-Star Weekend.

    ESPNSteinLine Hearing tonight that Paul George, John Wall and Terrence Ross could all wind up joining Damian Lillard in dunk contest at All-Star Weekend

    It was previously rumored that Wall was leaning towards skipping the dunk contest.

    Wall had a big steal and layup to force double overtime in last night's 125-118 loss to San Antonio. He finished with 29 points, 5 rebounds, 9 assists and 4 steals:


    Wednesday, February 5, 2014

    Gorgui Dieng Tips In a Buzzer Beater...On the Wrong End

    Former Louisville star Gorgui Dieng put in a nominee for SportsCenters' Not Top 10 tonight.

    Dieng apparently forgot which end of the court he was on as he tipped in a buzzer beater in the wrong basket:


    Pat Forde Responds to John Calipari's Comments After Ole Miss Game

    Pat Forde of Yahoo! Sports responded to John Calipari's statements from last now via Twitter.

    Calipari said his Kentucky team is he most overanalyzed team in all of sports.

    Here are some comments from Forde:

    YahooForde Hyperbole gold medal to Cal: "This is the most overanalyzed team I’ve ever seen in the history of the game, at any level, in any sport."

    YahooForde The Dallas Cowboys, New York Yankees, Miami Heat and ND football are undoubtedly blown away by the overanalysis of Kentucky basketball.

    YahooForde Yes. Yes he is RT @CAhlers6 @YahooForde Tim Tebow is astounded at them as well.

    YahooForde Yesterday's Forde Minutes, which somehow did not analyze the most overanalyzed team in the history of sports: http://yhoo.it/1n8yeKz

    Centre's Blake Scinta Named SAA Player of the Week

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

    Here is a release from CC:

    After playing a key role in a pair of victories over the weekend, Centre men's basketball player Blake Scinta was named Southern Athletic Association Player of the Week for games played from Jan. 27 to Feb. 2.

    Scinta, a sophomore forward from Louisville, Ky., had a game-high 12 rebounds to go with seven points and three blocks in a 71-55 win at Hendrix on Friday. On Sunday, Scinta had 16 points, seven boards and a block while shooting 6-of-7 from the field in an 89-57 win at Rhodes. For the week he averaged 11.5 points, 9.5 rebounds, 2.0 blocks and 1.5 assists per game while shooting 57 percent from the floor.

    On the season, Scinta is averaging 11.2 points, 5.8 rebounds and 1.1 blocks per game while shooting a conference-best 57.9 percent from the field. Scinta has helped lead the Colonels to a 15-3 overall record and perfect 8-0 mark in SAA play.

    Centre will take a nine-game winning streak into a pair of home SAA games this weekend. The Colonels host Oglethorpe at 8 p.m. Friday and Berry at 3 p.m. Sunday.

    Centre College Moves Into D3Hoops.com Top 25 at No. 25

    The Centre College Colonels have moved into the D3Hoops.com Top 25 at No. 25 this week.

    Here is a release from CC:

    The D3hoops.com poll has been released for the ninth week of the college basketball season, and the Centre men's basketball team finds itself ranked 25th.

    It is the first time the Colonels have been ranked in the D3hoops.com top 25 since the preseason poll. Centre earned the ranking thanks to a nine-game winning streak and an 8-0 mark in Southern Athletic Association games, including five consecutive wins on the road.

    The Colonels' average margin of victory in conference play is 18 points per game. In addition to the winning streak, Centre has also had two of the last three SAA Men's Basketball Players of the Week in senior guard Collin Lopez (Louisville, Ky.) and sophomore forward Blake Scinta (Louisville, Ky.), who received the honors earlier this afternoon. The Colonels lead the conference in scoring, field goal percentage and scoring defense.

    A link to the complete D3hoops.com poll can be found HERE. Dave McHugh of D3hoops.com posted his own week 9 poll, which placed the Colonels at #22 in the nation with a paragraph devoted to the Colonels. That poll can be found HERE. Centre will play two games this week in Alumni Gym. They face the Oglethorpe Stormy Petrels on February 7th at 8:00 and the Berry Vikings on February 9th at 3:00.

    University of Kentucky Students Make Impressive Julius Randle Snowman

    From a weather perspective, this has already been a long winter in the Bluegrass State.

    The extra snow and cold temperatures has allowed for some creative snowmen.

    For example, check out this incredible Julius Randle snowman that was built last week by University of Kentucky students:

    patty_ice14 Kentucky students know how to make a snowman!! #BBN

    Pikeville Up to No. 2 in This Week's NAIA DI Coaches' Top 25 Poll

    The University of Pikeville (19-2) is up to No. 2 in the new NAIA Division I Coaches' Top 25 Poll this week.

    The Bears have 239 total points and a single first place vote. Cal State San Marcos (21-1) is No. 1 with 250 points and the other 9 first place votes.

    Georgetown College (17-5) is up to No. 13 this week after spending last week at No. 18.

    St. Catharine College has fallen out of the top 25 but still received 45 points this week.

    2013 – 14 NAIA Division I Men’s Basketball Coaches’ Top 25 Poll – Feb. 4

    RANK LAST WEEK SCHOOL (1ST PLACE VOTES) 2013-14 RECORD TOTAL POINTS
    1 T1 Cal State San Marcos (9) 21-1 250
    2 3 Pikeville (Ky.) (1) 19-2 239
    3 T1 Freed-Hardeman (Tenn.) 18-1 231
    4 4 SAGU (Texas) 19-2 230
    5 5 William Carey (Miss.) 15-2 222
    6 6 Columbia (Mo.) 20-2 204
    7 7 Talladega (Ala.) 19-3 201
    8 10 Evangel (Mo.) 18-4 193
    9 12 Vanguard (Calif.) 19-2 192
    10 11 Emmanuel (Ga.) 19-2 177
    11 13 Xavier (La.) 17-5 162
    12 15 Culver-Stockton (Mo.) 16-4 153
    13 18 Georgetown (Ky.) 17-5 146
    14 16 Mid-America Christian (Okla.) 13-5 142
    15 17 LSU Shreveport (La.) 14-5 136
    16 RV Rocky Mountain (Mont.) 16-6 130
    17 20 Philander Smith (Ark.) 16-5 113
    18 NR Biola (Calif.) 14-8 110
    19 14 Rio Grande (Ohio) 15-7 109
    20 9 Benedictine (Kan.) 15-6 91
    21 21 Wiley (Texas) 15-4 90
    22 8 Concordia (Calif.) 16-6 88
    23 NR Montana State-Northern 19-5 85
    24 22 St. Gregory's (Okla.) 16-5 76
    25 19 Montana Western 13-8 49

    Others Receiving Votes: Martin Methodist (Tenn.) 48; St. Catharine (Ky.) 45; Life (Ga.) 20; Westmont (Calif.) 18; Oklahoma City 11; MidAmerica Nazarene (Kan.) 9; Faulkner (Ala.) 5; Our Lady of the Lake (Texas) 3; Central Methodist (Mo.) 3; Lindenwood-Belleville (Ill.) 3.

    John Calipari Talks About Ole Miss and the Most Overanalyzed Team in Sports History

    Kentucky head coach John Calipari talks about last night's win over Ole Miss, calls Kentucky the most overanalyzed team in the history of sports and sends a little jab to certain members of the national media:


    South Laurel to Honor Former Head Coach Steve Wright Friday Night

    South Laurel High School will honor longtime head coach Steve Wright with a banner ceremony during Friday night's game against North Laurel.

    Wright, who now leads a powerful program at Southwestern High School, compiled a 576-219 overall record at South Laurel. He led the Cardinals to seven region titles and a state championship in the 2004-05 season.

    Overall, Wright has a career record of 645-239 (through February 5). His Southwestern Warriors are 17-4 this season and figure to be in the mix for a trip to Rupp Arena in March.

    Friday night's game at South Laurel tips at 7:30 p.m. ET.

    Here's a little more from Denis House of The Sentinel Echo in London:

    “Joining those other banners is very special to me,” Wright said. “I never really thought about when I was coaching.” In Wright’s storied career at South Laurel (and two years at Laurel County before the school split into North and South Laurel), his list of accomplishments boggles the mind. He started off on the right foot in his first season, where he guided the Cardinals to the 12th Region title and a trip to the Sweet 16. As Cardinal coach, his complied a record of 576-219, including seven region titles (in the 12th and 13th Regions), 11 region finals, and seven trips to the state tournament, winning it all in the 2004-2005 season. From 2000 through 2008, his Cardinals made six Sweet 16 appearances, including four in a row from 2004 through 2008. Wright is currently in his 28th season as a head coach and has an overall record of 644-238 (through January 28), which ranks him 10th overall and third among active coaches in Kentucky.

    “I had a big obligation to fulfill when I came here in 1990,” Wright said. “My dad taught me if you work for somebody you should be dedicated and loyal.  I came here as an outsider and expectations were really high.”


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    Video: Alex Poythress Dunks All Over Ole Miss

    Check out Alex Poythress' huge dunk against Ole miss last night - the dunk was a SportsCenter Top 10 highlight:



    * Video by ESPN on YouTube

    UK's Poythress, Cauley-Stein and Harrison Talk About Win Over Ole Miss

    Here comments from Kentucky's Alex Poythress, Willie Cauley-Stein and Aaron Harrison following last night's win over Ole Miss:









    Marshall Henderson Was Dancing Before the Game Last Night

    Ole Miss star Marshall Henderson was dancing, interacting with fans and knocking down shots before last night's game at Rupp Arena.

    He didn't fare so well during the game as he finished with 16 points on 6-for-18 shooting and seemed to struggle with Kentucky's length throughout the game.




    Ole Miss Head Coach Andy Kennedy Talks About Loss at Kentucky

    Ole Miss head coach Andy Kennedy talks to the media following last night's loss to Kentucky:


    Video: Big Blue Nation Welcomes Marshall Henderson to Rupp Arena

    Kentucky fans gave Ole Miss star Marshall Henderson a proper "welcome" to Rupp Arena last night.

    Check it out:


    Kentucky Uses Big Second Half to Put Away Ole Miss

    (18) Kentucky 80
    Ole Miss 64

    Final from Lexington, Kentucky

    Kentucky used a 7-0 run early in the second half to take a lead they would never relinquish as they rolled to an 80-64 win over Ole Miss Tuesday night in Lexington.

    The Wildcats (17-5, 7-2 SEC) went 26-for-51 (51.0%) from the field and outrebounded Ole Miss 41-26.

    Willie Cauley-Stein led the way with 18 points, 11 rebounds and 6 blocked shots. Aaron Harrison added 16 points and 6 boards. Julius Randle struggled in the first half but finished with 12 points and 5 rebounds. James Young and Alex Poythress chipped in 10 points each.

    Marshall Henderson led Ole Miss (15-7, 6-3) with 16 points on 6-for-18 shooting. Jarvis Summers and Ladarius White each scored 11 points.

    Kentucky returns to action Saturday with a road game at Mississippi State.

    Box Score (click to enlarge):

    Tuesday, February 4, 2014

    It's February in the Commonwealth: College Basketball Schedule for the Week

    Here is a complete Kentucky college basketball schedule for the coming week as teams work to finish strong in conference play:

    Monday, February 3

    Kentucky State University at
    Wilberforce (Postponed, weather)

    Tuesday, February 4

    7:00 p.m. UT-Chattanooga at Eastern Kentucky University
    7:00 p.m. Ole Miss at University of Kentucky*
    7:30 p.m. Asbury University at Berea College*
    8:00 p.m. Ohio Christian at Kentucky Christian University
    8:30 p.m. Missouri Baptist at Mid-Continent University*

    Wednesday, February 5

    7:30 p.m. Union College at Point*
    7:30 p.m. Transylvania University at Mount St. Joseph*
    7:30 p.m. Thomas More College at Geneva*
    8:00 p.m. Kentucky Wesleyan College at Oakland City
    9:00 p.m. University of Louisville at Houston*

    Thursday, February 6

    7:00 p.m. East Tennessee State at Northern Kentucky University*
    7:30 p.m. LeMoyne-Owen at Kentucky State University*
    8:00 p.m. Campbellsville University at University of the Cumberlands*
    8:00 p.m. IU Kokomo at Brescia University*
    8:00 p.m. St. Catharine College at Georgetown College*
    8:30 p.m. Bellarmine University at Quincy*
    8:30 p.m. Freed-Hardeman at Mid-Continent University*
    9:00 p.m. Murray State University at Belmont*
    9:00 p.m. University of Pikeville at Cumberland (Tenn.)*
    9:00 p.m. Bluefield College at Lindsey Wilson College
    9:00 p.m. Spalding University at Iowa Wesleyan (at MacMurray)*

    Friday, February 7

    8:00 p.m. Oglethorpe at Centre College*

    Saturday, February 8

    11:00 a.m. Morehead State University at Eastern Kentucky University*
    1:30 p.m. University of Kentucky at Mississippi State*
    3:00 p.m. Miles College at Kentucky State University*
    3:00 p.m. Washington & Jefferson at Thomas More College*
    4:00 p.m. Campbellsville University at Georgetown College*
    4:00 p.m. Alice Lloyd College at Cincinnati Christian*
    4:00 p.m. Asbury University at Brescia University*
    4:00 p.m. Berea College at SLCOP*
    4:00 p.m. Transylvania University at Anderson University*
    4:00 p.m. Spalding University at Eureka College*
    4:00 p.m. Union College at Hiwassee College
    4:00 p.m. St. Catharine College at University of the Cumberlands*
    4:15 p.m. Bellarmine University at Truman State*
    5:00 p.m. Kentucky Wesleyan College at Trevecca Nazarene*
    5:00 p.m. University of Pikeville at Lindsey Wilson College*
    6:00 p.m. Western Kentucky University at Arkansas-Little Rock*
    7:00 p.m. USC Upstate at Northern Kentucky University*
    8:30 p.m. Murray State University at Tennessee State*

    Sunday, February 9

    2:00 p.m. Alice Lloyd College at IU East*
    3:00 p.m. Berry at Centre College*

    * Conference Game

    James Harden Disguises at Anthony Davis in New Commercial

    Check out the new Foot Locker commercial with Houston Rockets star James Harden disguising himself as former Kentucky big man Anthony Davis:


    John Calipari Talks Ole Miss and More on the SEC Basketball Teleconference

    Here is Kentucky head coach John Calipari on the SEC Basketball Teleconference:


    Video: Terrence Williams Drops 50 Points in the NBA D-League

    Here are highlights from Terrence Williams' record-breaking 50-point game in the NBA Development League:


    Ole Miss Head Coach Andy Kennedy on the SEC Conference Call

    Here is Ole Miss head coach Andy Kennedy talking about the week ahead, including tonight's game at Kentucky, on the SEC Conference Call:


    DeAndre Liggins, Isaiah Canaan Selected for NBA D-League All-Star Game

    DeAndre Liggins (Kentucky) and Isaiah Canaan (Murray State) have been selected to play in the NBA Development League All-Star Game on February 15.

    Futures Team:

    Hilton Armstrong (Santa Cruz), Seth Curry (Santa Cruz), Dewayne Dedmon (Santa Cruz), Justin Hamilton (Sioux Falls), Manny Harris (Los Angeles), Pierre Jackson (Idaho), Kevin Jones (Canton), DeAndre Liggins (Sioux Falls), Malcolm Thomas (Los Angeles) and Chris Wright (Maine).

    Prospects Team:

     Isaiah Canaan (Rio Grande Valley), Robert Covington (Rio Grande Valley), Troy Daniels (Rio Grande Valley), Ike Diogu (Bakersfield), Devin Ebanks (Texas), Melvin Ely (Texas), Ron Howard (Fort Wayne), Othyus Jeffers (Iowa), Christapher Johnson (Rio Grande Valley), and Jarvis Varnado (Iowa).

    Here is a release from the D-League:

    NEW YORK, Feb. 3, 2014 – Twenty of the NBA Development League’s top prospects, including 16 who have NBA experience, have been selected to play in the eighth annual NBA D-League All-Star Game on Saturday, Feb. 15, at Sprint Arena inside NBA All-Star Jam Session at New Orleans Ernest N. Morial Convention Center. The game will air live on NBA TV at 3 p.m. ET.

    Chosen to the NBA D-League All-Star Futures team are Hilton Armstrong (Santa Cruz), Seth Curry (Santa Cruz), Dewayne Dedmon (Santa Cruz), Justin Hamilton (Sioux Falls), Manny Harris (Los Angeles), Pierre Jackson (Idaho), Kevin Jones (Canton), DeAndre Liggins (Sioux Falls), Malcolm Thomas (Los Angeles) and Chris Wright (Maine). The Futures team will be helmed by Canton Charge head coach Steve Hetzel and his staff, who earned the trip to New Orleans by virtue of winning a tie-breaker with Nate Bjorkgren and the staff of the Iowa Energy, which had the same 16-9 record through games of Jan. 26, for the League’s second-best winning percentage.

    Selected to play on the NBA D-League All-Star Prospects team are Isaiah Canaan (Rio Grande Valley), Robert Covington (Rio Grande Valley), Troy Daniels (Rio Grande Valley), Ike Diogu (Bakersfield), Devin Ebanks (Texas), Melvin Ely (Texas), Ron Howard (Fort Wayne), Othyus Jeffers (Iowa), Christapher Johnson (Rio Grande Valley), and Jarvis Varnado (Iowa). Rio Grande Valley Vipers head coach Nevada Smith and his staff will lead the Prospects team in New Orleans. They earned the right to coach the All-Stars having had the highest winning percentage with a 19-6 record in games play through Jan. 26.

    “We’re excited to bring 20 top young NBA prospects to New Orleans to compete as NBA D-League All-Stars,” said Chris Alpert, Vice President of Basketball Operations for the NBA D-League. “The NBA D-League All-Star Game is not only an excellent opportunity for the League’s bright young talent to showcase their talents, but gives basketball fans from around the country the chance to watch up-and-coming NBA players in the midst of NBA All-Star festivities.”

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    Western Kentucky and Belmont to Being Four-Year Basketball Series

    Western Kentucky and Belmont will being a four-year men's basketball series starting next season.

    Belmont will play at Western during the 2014-15 season and the Hilltoppers will travel to Nashville the following season.

    Source

    Monday, February 3, 2014

    Louisville and Kentucky Both Fall in New College Basketball Polls

    Louisville is down to No. 10 in the USA Today Coaches Poll and No. 14 in the AP Top 25 this week.

    Kentucky dropped to No 18 in the media poll and No. 14 in the coaches rankings this week following a loss at LSU.

    AP Top 25

    RK TEAM RECORD PTS
    1 Syracuse (65) 21-0 1,625
    2 Arizona 21-1 1,517
    3 Florida 19-2 1,482
    4 Wichita State 23-0 1,447
    5 San Diego State 19-1 1,370
    6 Villanova 19-2 1,252
    7 Cincinnati 21-2 1,182
    8 Kansas 16-5 1,141
    9 Michigan State 19-3 1,136
    10 Michigan 16-5 949
    11 Duke 17-5 940 12 Creighton 18-3 790 13 Saint Louis 20-2 728 14 Louisville 18-4 723 15 Texas 17-4 719 16 Iowa State 16-4 717 17 Iowa 17-5 669 18 Kentucky 16-5 653 19 Oklahoma State 16-5 420 20 Virginia 17-5 364 21 Oklahoma 17-5 361 22 Connecticut 17-4 252 23 Gonzaga 20-3 237 24 Memphis 16-5 114 25 Pittsburgh 18-4 110

    Others receiving votes: Wisconsin 79, Ohio State 45, Virginia Commonwealth 44, Southern Methodist 15, New Mexico 12, California 9, UCLA 9, Harvard 4, George Washington 3, LSU 3, Tennessee 2, American University 1, Southern Miss 1

    USA Today Coaches Poll

    RK TEAM RECORD PTS
    1 Syracuse (32) 21-0 800
    2 Wichita State 23-0 745
    3 Arizona 21-1 725
    4 Florida 19-2 720
    5 San Diego State 19-1 680
    6 Villanova 19-2 596
    7 Cincinnati 21-2 570
    8 Michigan State 19-3 546
    9 Kansas 16-5 498
    10 Louisville 18-4 474
    11 Duke 17-5 409 12 Creighton 18-3 404 13 Iowa 17-5 377 14 Kentucky 16-5 372 15 Saint Louis 20-2 362 16 Michigan 16-5 328 17 Iowa State 16-4 290 18 Texas 17-4 287 19 Oklahoma State 16-5 227 20 Gonzaga 20-3 214 21 Virginia 17-5 197 22 Pittsburgh 18-4 99 23 Oklahoma 17-5 94 24 Wisconsin 17-5 72 25 Ohio State 17-5 67

    Others receiving votes: Memphis 58, Connecticut 47, Virginia Commonwealth 26, Southern Miss 25, Massachusetts 24, UCLA 20, New Mexico 16, Southern Methodist 10, Baylor 7, California 5, Harvard 4, George Washington 2, Saint Joseph's 1, Stephen F. Austin 1, Toledo 1

    Terrence Williams Drops 50 Points, Named D-League Player of the Month

    Former University of Louisville star Terrence Williams was named NBA Development League Player of the Month earlier today.

    Williams averaged 21.5 points, 6.1 assists and 4.8 rebounds per game in January. He also exploded for a Los Angeles D-Fenders franchise-record 50 points on January 31 against the Idaho Stampede.

    Here is a release from the D-League:

    NEW YORK, Feb. 3, 2014 – Los Angeles D-Fenders guard/forward Terrence Williams was today named NBA Development League Player of the Month for games played in January. The award is the first of Williams’ career.

    Williams (6-6, 220, Louisville) averaged 21.5 points on 42 percent shooting from the floor to go with 6.1 assists and 4.8 rebounds in January, appearing in 12 of the team’s 13 games. For the month, the D-Fenders were an NBA D-League best 10-3.

    Williams scored in double figures 10 times in January and set a D-Fenders record with a 50-point outing against the Idaho Stampede on Jan. 31.

    For the season, Williams is averaging 21.8 points, good for seventh in the NBA D-League, along with 5.9 assists, 5.1 rebounds and 36.9 minutes in 13 games, 12 starts. His 50-point outing was the second-highest single-game point total this season.

    Complete Release

    Photo: NBA.com

    Cosey, Williams and Payne Sweep Ohio Valley Conference Awards

    Eastern Kentucky's Glenn Cosey has been named Ohio Valley Conference Player of the Week after leaded the Colonels to a pair of wins, including nailing a 37-foot game-winner against Southeast Missouri.

    Murray State's Jarvis Williams is the Newcomer of the Week and teammates Cameron Payne is the Freshman of the Week. It is the fourth time this season that Williams and Payne have earned the awards during the same week.

    Here's the release from the OVC:

    adidas® OVC Players of the Week

    PLAYER

    Glenn Cosey, G • Sr., 6-0, 182 • Flint, Mich. • Eastern Kentucky
    Cosey helped his team to a pair of victories and earned the No. 1 play on SportsCenter following his game-winning 37-foot 3-pointer against Southeast Missouri. With his team trailing by two points, Cosey took the inbounds pass, drove the court and banked in the game-winning shot with just 0.4 seconds remaining to gain ESPN's top play of the day. He finished the game with 20 points, three assists, two rebounds and two assists. He started the week by hitting 5-of-9 3-pointers and scoring 18 points in a win over UT Martin. For the week the senior averaged 19.0 points, 3.0 assists, 2.5 rebounds and 1.5 steals/game while hitting 45.5 percent (10-of-22) from the field, 47.1 percent (8-of-17) from 3-point range and 90.9 percent (10-of-11) from the free throw line. Cosey ranks third in the OVC in scoring (19.1 points/game).

    NEWCOMER
    Jarvis Williams, F • Jr., 6-8, 210 • Macon, Ga. • Murray State
    Williams scored a career-high 28 points and added 14 rebounds as Murray State went on the road and topped rival Austin Peay by a 96-88 margin on Friday night. It marked the ninth double-double of the year for the transfer from Gordon State College, which ranks him tied for third in the OVC. Williams hit 12-of-16 (75%) field goals and blocked a shot in 33 minutes of action. It marks the fourth-straight week he has been named OVC Newcomer of the Week. He currently ranks second in the OVC in rebounding (10.4/game).

    FRESHMAN
    Cameron Payne, G • Fr., 6-2, 175 • Fr. • Murray State
    Payne earned his sixth OVC Freshman of the Week honor of the season after scoring 12 points and dishing out 12 assists in a road victory over Austin Peay. The 12 assists were a career-high and tied for the third-most by an OVC player in a game this season. He also had four rebounds, three steals and two blocks in 34 minutes of action. Payne ranks second in the OVC in assists (5.7/game) and ninth in scoring (14.7 points/game).


    Orlando Antigua Talks About Ole Miss and More

    Kentucky assistant coach Orlando Antigua took John Calipari's place in today's press conference with the media.

    Here is Antigua talking about tomorrow night's game against Ole Miss and more:


    Drawing Held for 2014 Whitaker Bank KHSAA Boys' Sweet 16

    The drawing was held this afternoon for the 2014 Whitaker Bank KHSAA Boys' Sweet 16 basketball tournament.

    Here's a look:

    Wednesday, March 19

    Game 1: Region 8 vs. Region 2
    Game 2: Region 7 vs. Region 3
    Game 3: Region 11 vs. Region 16
    Game 4: Region 10 vs. Region 15

    Thursday, March 20

    Game 5: Region 1 vs. Region 12
    Game 6: Region 14 vs. Region 4
    Game 7: Region 5 vs. Region 6
    Game 8: Region 13 vs. Region 9

    Missouri's Foam Finger Guy Dances Behind Rob Bromley and Mike Pratt

    Watch as a Missouri fan dressed as a giant hand dances behind Rob Bromley and Mike Pratt on the Kentucky pregame show:


    Western Kentucky Defeats Texas State to Move to 7-2 in Sun Belt Conference

    Western Kentucky 68
    Texas State 64

    Final from Bowling Green, Kentucky

    Game recap by WKU:

    BOWLING GREEN, Ky. -- In a game featuring nine ties and 22 lead changes, WKU took the lead for the final time at 64-62 with 59 seconds left and held on for its fifth-straight victory, 68-64 over Texas State Saturday night at E.A. Diddle Arena. With the win, WKU improves to 15-7 overall and 7-2 in league play. Texas State drops to 6-15 and 2-6.

    WKU is now eight games over .500 for the first time since the 2009-10 squad ended the season with a 21-13 record.

    George Fant led WKU with 21 points Saturday night, and T.J. Price added 13. Caden Dickerson hit four big three-pointers and finished with 12 points, and O'Karo Akamune had eight points and nine rebounds. Texas State was led by Joel Wright's 18 points.

    In a first half featuring 13 lead changes, Texas State took a 30-27 lead into the break after leading by seven on two different occasions in the final 5:25 of the half. An Akamune fast-break dunk brought the Hilltoppers within three with 1:36 left in the opening half, and the score remained 30-27 into the locker room.

    Dickerson hit three three-pointers early and led all scorers with nine first-half points. Fant went 4-for-6 from the floor and finished the first 20 minutes with eight points, and Texas State was paced by two with eight points apiece. WKU shot 45.8 percent in the first half (11-for-24), and Texas State went 11-for-25 from the field (.440).

    Complete Recap

    John Wall Trying to Decide on Slam Dunk Contest and Skills Challenge

    Former Kentucky star John Wall is trying to decide if he will compete in the NBA All-Star dunk contest and/or skills challenge.

    Wall is currently dealing with a sore heel but no decision has been made yet.

    Here is more from CSNWashington.com:

    Wall is dealing with soreness on the heel of his feet and is worried about the extra pounding, though if the competition involves superstars maybe -- just maybe -- he could change his mind.

    He wants to compete in something at the Feb. 14-16 showcase in New Orleans. After all, it has taken him four years to be an All-Star when coaches voted him in as a reserve Thursday. This is why the skills competition appears to be the safest bet.

    But make no mistake, the dunk contest is tempting. When Paul George of the Indiana Pacers threw down a 360-windmill dunk two weeks ago, in the locker room after the Wizards played, Wall got word of the feat. After seeing the video of it, Wall insisted that he could've done it better.

    Complete Article

    Sunday, February 2, 2014

    Glenn Cosey Nails Game-Winning Bomb for Eastern Kentucky

    Eastern Kentucky 79
    Southeast Missouri State 78

    Final from Richmond, Kentucky

    Game recap by EKU:

    RICHMOND, Ky. – Senior Glenn Cosey banked in a 37-footer right before the buzzer to give Eastern Kentucky an improbable 79-78 win over visiting Southeast Missouri Saturday night in McBrayer Arena.

    Eastern Kentucky (16-7, 7-3 OVC) trailed by 10 points with just under four minutes to play before making a furious rally. Senior Orlando Williams lit the spark with back-to-back buckets, including a three-pointer, within a span of 20 seconds.

    Fellow senior Marcus Lewis then hit his only trifecta of the game and suddenly it was a two-point contest, 72-70, with 2:45 left. The Colonels finally leveled the game with 55 ticks left behind a Tarius Johnson tip-in.

    Southeast Missouri (12-11, 3-6) refused to give up the lead as Lucas Nutt hit a floater with 39 seconds left. Cosey hit a pair of free throws with 26 seconds remaining, but SEMO's Tyler Stone netted a putback with 6.6 seconds on the clock to keep the Redhawks ahead by two.

    Following Stone's bucket, Cosey took the ball just over mid-court before throwing up the winning shot. After an official review of Cosey's shot, 0.4 seconds were put on the clock. However, Southeast Missouri never got a shot off on its final possession.

    Eastern Kentucky led by as many as 14 in the first half, 34-20, only to see Southeast Missouri storm back in the early stages of the second stanza.

    SEMO's defense held the Colonels without a field goal for nearly seven minutes on the way to building a six-point advantage, 55-49. The Redhawks eventually stretched the lead to 11 points, 63-52, following a Paul McRoberts lay-up.

    Cosey and junior Corey Walden each posted a team-high 20 points.

    Complete Recap


    Knott Central Star Camron Justice Decommits from Tennessee

    Knott County Central star Camron Justice says he has decommitted from Tennessee and re-opened his recruitment.

    CamronJustice5 I'm decommitted from UT

    Ben Roberts of the Herald-Leader spoke to Justice about his decision:

    “I’ve been thinking about it. It didn’t just happen overnight,” Justice told the Herald-Leader. “I just don’t want to feel like I made the wrong choice when I get there. I just want to make sure I make the best decision for me.”

    He originally committed to Tennessee in October.

    Justice isn’t closing the door on the Volunteers. He said he considers Tennessee and Vanderbilt his top two schools at the moment. “It’s not like I was going to rule them out of the equation,” he said of Tennessee. “I just felt like I made my decision a little early.”

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