Saturday, February 15, 2014

Kentucky Falls Short Against No. 3 Florida

(3) Florida 69
(13) Kentucky 59

Final from Lexington, Kentucky

No. 3 Florida (23-2, 12-0 SEC) won their 17th consecutive game as they pulled away from Kentucky in the second half to earn a 69-59 victory in Rupp Arena.

Casey Prather led the Gators with 24 points and 4 steals. Scottie Wilbekin added 23 points, including five straight free throws down the stretch. Patric Young chipped in 10 points and 5 rebounds.

Andrew Harrison scoring 20 points to lead Kentucky (19-6, 9-3).  James Young finished with 19 points and 5 rebounds. Julius Randle netted a double-double with 13 points and 13 boards.

Florida trailed 45-38 with 11:12 to go in the game but managed to outscore the Wildcats 31-14 down the stretch.

The win was Florida's first at Rupp Arena since 2007.

Kentucky will look to regroup Tuesday night with a tough road game at Ole Miss.
 
Box Score (click to enlarge):

ESPN's Skylar Diggins Interviews Kentucky's Julius Randle

Former Notre Dame star Skylar Diggins interviewed Kentucky's Julius Randle today as part of ESPN's College Gameday festivities.

Check out the interview (click to play):

Bill Simmons Interviews John Wall

Bill Simmons of Grantland sits down with John Wall to discuss several topics including setting up a game between the 2010 and 2012 Kentucky teams, the surprising success of the Wizards this season, and Boogie Cousins.


Anthony Davis: “Once you’re part of Kentucky, you’re there for life”

Former Kentucky star Anthony Davis recently sat down with Bill Simmons on The BS Report.

During the interview, Davis talks about his NBA, time at Kentucky, 2010 team vs. 2012 team, Michael Kidd-Gilchrist and much more.

At one point, Davis said, "Once you're part of Kentucky, you're there for life."

Davis also says that he, Wayne Blackshear and several other Chicago high school stars almost came together and committed to DePaul.

Check out the interview (it's worth a listen):


Digger Phelps Picks Kentucky in Gameday Stock Exchange

Believe it or not, Digger Phelps picked Kentucky to win it all in today's ESPN College Gameday Stock Exchange.

Phelps bid $60 of his allotted $100 on the Wildcats to win it all.

ESPNCBB GameDay Stock Exchange - Team Digger
- San Diego State
- Syracuse
- Iowa
- Kentucky

ESPNCBB GameDay Stock Exchange- Team @JayBilas
- Duke
- Florida
- Virginia
- Michigan

ESPNCBB GameDay Stock Exchange - @RealJayWilliams
- Arizona
- Kansas
- Michigan State
- Wichita State

Friday, February 14, 2014

John Calipari Previews Florida Game and More

Kentucky head coach John Calipari talks to the media about Saturday night's game against Florida and more:


Kentucky's Poythress and Johnson Talk About Florida Game

Kentucky's Alex Poythress and Dakari Johnson talk about tomorrow's key game against Florida:


Bellarmine Nets Key GLVC Win Over Missouri-St. Louis

Bellarmine 72
Missouri-St. Louis 59

Final from Louisville, Kentucky

Game recap by BU:

LOUISVILLE, Ky.-- The Bellarmine University men's basketball team shook off a sluggish first half to roll past the visiting Missouri-St. Louis  72-59 tonight in a Great Lakes Valley Conference game Thursday night in Knights Hall. 

After making just eight of 25 first half field goals (33.3%) the Knights scorched the nets with 73.4% second half shooting (17-23) to dispatch the TritonsJake Thelen poured in 19 points to lead the Knights while Vance Hall collected 10 assists in setting the table for the Bellarmine offense.

"The key to this game tonight," said Bellarmine Coach Scott Davenport, "was that we got a little bit of lead, and they made a little run at us and we just executed flawlessly on both ends of the floor.  So this was a great, great victory against a team that beat us last year."

Although the game finished well for the Knights, the opening was rocky for Bellarmine.  Missouri-St. Louis jumped out to quick 9-2 lead as the Knights struggled with turnovers and their shooting touch in the early going.

Bellarmine responded with a 9-2 run of their own to tie it at 11, and the two GLVC teams played toe to toe the remainder of the half with neither leading by more than four the rest of the period. The Knights had the last possession of the first half, but had to settle for a forced jumper by Keisten Jones that didn't find its mark, and the Tritons held a slim 25-24 halftime lead.

After the break, Bellarmine established a lead in the early going and extended that advantage to 12 by the midpoint of the second period.

"Our defense in the second half was tremendous," said Davenport. "Our defense created our offense. It got us in transition, and I think our 17 baskets came off 14 assists, and that's just great ball movement."


Complete Recap

Kentucky Wildcats to Unveil New Uniforms Against Florida

The Kentucky Wildcats will debut special uniforms tomorrow night when they battle No. 3 Florida in Rupp Arena.

UK's rich tradition inspired the new Nike Hyper Elite Dominance uniform that the Wildcats will unveil tomorrow.

Here's more from Nike:

No team in college basketball has more wins (2130) or higher winning percentage (.762) than the University of Kentucky. Its 52 NCAA Tournament appearances and 111 tournament wins are also tops in college basketball and only UCLA has more National Championships than Kentucky (8). It's that great pride, tradition and success that inspired the Nike Hyper Elite Dominance uniform that Kentucky will debut on Saturday, February 15 against the University of Florida.

The Nike Hyper Elite Dominance University Kentucky uniform is inspired by success on the court that stems back all the way to the 1920-1921 season. Known as the "Wonder Team", they won the first ever Southern Intercollegiate Athletic Association Tournament. The uniform also includes inspiration from the 1948-49 team up to the present. The jersey features rounded neckline with bonded taping along with the 1948 "Kentucky" graphics. Top to bottom white color is inspired from the 1921 team. The side of the short included eight bars (one for each championship) along with a short side stripe inspired from Kentucky's first championship. The school's current UK logo is present at the bottom of the short.

Nike created the uniforms with performance and innovation at the forefront. The jersey has a lightweight sphere fabrication, with flocking detail added at the interior of the neck for sweat management. The jersey features a unique articulated armhole system to maximize the range of motion for the player.

The short has been re-engineered to flex with the player as he makes roughly 1,000 cuts or directional changes during the course of his game. Laser perforated design elements and a lightweight ventilated waist help maximize cooling for the player. The Nike Hyper Elite basketball shorts are made of 100 percent recycled polyester and the jerseys are made of at least 96 percent recycled polyester — saving an average of 22 recycled plastic bottles per uniform.

More Photos via Nike

Eastern Kentucky Comes Up Short at Tennessee Tech

Tennessee Tech 72
Eastern Kentucky 66

Final from Cookeville, Tennessee

Game recap by EKU:

COOKEVILLE, Tenn. – Eastern Kentucky turned the ball over a season-high 17 times and allowed Tennessee Tech to shoot 56 percent from the field in a 72-66 road loss on Thursday.

The Golden Eagles (13-13, 6-5 OVC) led by as many as 16 in the first half. The Colonels (17-9, 7-5 OVC) got within two with 14:59 left in the game and trailed by three with 2:03 left, but could never get over the hump.

Corey Walden led EKU with 17 points, five assists and four rebounds. Marcus Lewis finished with 14 points. Dennis Ogbe led all players with 18 points and tied for a game-best seven rebounds for Tech.

Tennessee Tech jumped out to a 21-5 lead eight minutes into the game. A three-pointer by Shimane Thomas capped the quick start. The Colonels answered with eight straight, but still trailed by 12 with just under seven minutes before the break.

An 11-4 run got the visitors back in the game. Walden hit a three-pointer and Eric Stutz scored the final four points to cut the deficit to five, 32-27, with 3:05 on the clock. Eastern still trailed by five at halftime.

A basket by Lewis five minutes into the second half had EKU within two, 44-42. Tech scored eight straight to stretch the margin to 10. The Colonels made one more run at the Golden Eagles. Glenn Cosey's three-pointer with 2:03 left in the game cut the deficit to three, 64-61, but that is as close as Eastern would get.

TTU shot 55.8 percent from the field while EKU made 40.8 percent of its shots.

The Colonels continue their two-game OVC road trip at Jacksonville State on Saturday. The game is scheduled to begin at 5:30 p.m. ET.
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John Wall Planning to Use "Extra Bodies" in Slam Dunk Contest

Former Kentucky star John Wall plans to use "extra bodies" in the Sprite Slam Dunk Contest this weekend.

Here he is talking about his All-Star selection and his plans for the dunk contest:

Murray State Cruises Past SIUE, Secures 27th Straight Winning Season

Murray State 82
SIU Edwardsville 72

Final from Murray, Kentucky

Game recap by MSU:

The Murray State Racers clinched their 27th straight winning season Thursday with an 82-72 win over the SIU Edwardsville Cougars at the CFSB Center in Murray, Ky.

The Racers (15-9) moved to 10-2 in the Ohio Valley Conference and pushed their home winning streak to nine.

MSU got a double-double from Jarvis Williams for the 12th time this season on 19 points and 12 rebounds and Cameron Payne scored 17 points to go with five assists. Jeffery Moss had his 14th double-digit scoring game this season with 15 points. T.J. Sapp was a rebound from a double-double and scored 14 points.

Trailing early 14-6 4:40 into the contest, the Racers hit a burst. Moss cut across the lane and Sapp went coast-to-coast for a score. Dexter Fields hit a long jumper and Williams had an offensive rebound which gave Moss a second-chance hoop and just like that, the Racers had an 11-0 run and a 17-14 lead with 12:22 to go before half.

The score was tied again (33-33) with 4:51 before half and MSU hit another nice run. Payne reentered the game with two personal fouls and scored three straight baskets. Moss stayed hot and hit another jumper and a long 3-pointer. MSU finished the half on a 13-2 run and led 46-35. The Racers are 14-3 this season when leading at the half.

Complete Recap


Games Involving Jefferson County Public Schools Cancelled for Tonight

The following games involving Jefferson County Public Schools will be cancelled tonight due to weather:

- Portland Christian at Atherton
- Iroquois at Butler
- Moore at Doss
- Male at Manual
- Western at Holy Cross
- Southern at Jeffersontown
- Fairdale at Pleasure Ridge Park
- Brown at St. Francis
- Fern Creek at St. Xavier
- Seneca at Thomas Nelson
- Eastern at Waggener
- Valley at Whitefield Academy

HT: Courier-Journal.com

Thursday, February 13, 2014

Western Kentucky University to Retire Darel Carrier's Jersey

Western Kentucky University will retire former great Darel Carrier's jersey during next weekend's home game against UL-Monroe.

Carrier is one of all-time greats at Western Kentucky. He scored 1,318 points in just 69 games and was taken in the 1964 NBA Draft.

Here is a release from WKU:

BOWLING GREEN, Ky. — Western Kentucky University legend Darel Carrier will be honored at the Hilltopper men's basketball game against ULM on February 22, when a jersey bearing his number 35 will be retired.

Carrier will become the eighth person affiliated with WKU men's basketball to have his jersey retired, joining E.A. Diddle, Clem Haskins, Tom Marshall, Jim McDaniels, John Oldham, Carlisle Towery and Bobby Rascoe in the row of ceremonial jerseys hanging in the rafters of E.A. Diddle Arena.

Carrier excelled on the court for the Hilltoppers from 1962-64, scoring a remarkable 1,318 points in just 69 games over three seasons, the sixth-highest total for a Hilltopper cager at the time and still 18th among the 48 men who have scored 1,000-plus points during their careers on The Hill. Interestingly, of the 17 athletes ahead of Carrier on that list, 12 played at least 100 games and all 17 played in 76 or more contests.

His career scoring average (19.10 ppg) was the third-best for a WKU player at the time he completed his eligibility, and that number still ranks fifth among all Hilltoppers. Carrier’s 26.0 scoring average as a senior was the highest ever posted by a Hilltopper and still second only to Jim McDaniels’ 29.3 ppg in the 1970-71 season. His 50-point outburst at Morehead State on Feb. 11, 1964, was the second-highest single-game total ever for a Hilltopper, and it still ranks as one of just three 50-point efforts in the WKU record books (Clem Haskins tallied 55 versus Middle Tennessee in 1965 and Art Spoelstra scored 52 against Morehead in 1953). However, Carrier’s 50 is still the most ever for a Hilltopper in a road game.

“Unfortunately, I did not see Darel Carrier play,” WKU Director of Athletics Todd Stewart commented. “But those I know who did see him absolutely glow about his great talent, and, even more so, about the way he played the game. He ranks high in our record books despite being limited to three years of varsity play due to NCAA rules at the time. I think it goes without saying that Darel belongs up there with our other retired jersey honorees. On behalf of all of us in the Department of Athletics, I thank him for his long-term support of WKU and Hilltopper athletics, and I congratulate him and his family.”

Complete Release

Kentucky vs. LSU Picked for National Television

The February 22 game between Kentucky and LSU has been picked for live broadcast on ESPN at 4:00 p.m. ET.

From UK:

LEXINGTON, Ky. – The Feb. 22 Kentucky-LSU men’s basketball game has been selected to be broadcast live on ESPN.

The game was originally set to air on either ESPN or ESPN2.

Tip-off remains at 4 p.m. ET at Rupp Arena.

Video: Carlisle County's Paxton Crider Nails Amazing Buzzer Beater

Check out this amazing buzzer beater by Carlisle County's Paxton Crider to send the February 1 game against Union County into overtime:



Carlisle County won the game 79-78 in overtime.

The Comets from Region 1 are 11-13 on the season. They will be hoping to get into the region tournament and contend the likes of Graves County, Calloway County and McCracken County.

Union County is 10-16 and in a tough region 2 with Hopkinsville, Henderson County and Webster County.

UPIKE and Cumberlands Postponed, Rescheduled

Tonight's game between the University of Pikeville and University of the Cumberlands has been postponed and rescheduled for Monday.

Here are details from UPIKE:

PIKEVILLE, Ky. – For the second time this season, winter weather conditions have forced the postponement of a Mid-South Conference basketball doubleheader for the University of Pikeville.

Thursday night's games against Cumberlands (Ky.) have been rescheduled for this Monday at the East Ky. Expo Center.

The normal conference game times have also been changed as the men will play first at 5 p.m. ET, followed by the women's game at 7 p.m.

A winter storm rolled through Eastern Kentucky Wednesday night and into Thursday morning that produced several inches of heavy, wet snow. Classes at Pikeville were also canceled on Thursday due to the hazardous road conditions.

UPIKE's other postponement this season due to weather came against Shawnee State (Ohio) on Jan. 25.

Complete Release

Video: Luke Kennard Scores a School-Record 59 Points

Watch as Kentucky recruit Luke Kennard drops a school-record 59 points:


Louisville vs. Temple Postponed Until Friday

Tonight's game between Louisville and Temple has been postponed and rescheduled for tomorrow.

Here is a short release from Temple:

PHILADELPHIA - Due to hazardous weather conditions, tonight's Temple-Louisville Men's Basketball game has been postponed.  The game has been rescheduled for Friday evening, February 14 at the Liacouras Center. The time will be determined later today. 

Ticket holders that can no longer attend the game due to the date change will be able to exchange their tickets for one of the Owls' final three home games of the season (UConn – 2/20 @ 9 p.m., Houston - 3/1 @ 9 p.m. or UCF – 3/4 @ 6:30 p.m.).  Exchanges can take place in person at the Liacouras Center Box Office beginning Monday, February 17.

Kentucky Recruit Luke Kennard Drops 59 Points, Breaks School Scoring Record

Luke Kennard, one of Kentucky's primary recruiting targets in the Class of 2015, dropped 59 points in an 82-74 win over Monroe last night.

scarberrymedia Luke Kennard just broke his own school scoring record in a single game with 54 points #Congrats (Still 2:40 left to play)

scarberrymedia 2015 Luke Kennard finishes with a record night scoring 59 POINTS in the Wildcats victory #Salute

woodzzy1017 At one point Luke was out scoring the Hornets himself! @buzzbaker @JamesR2245 @DytSportsBeat @BBN @scarberrymedia pic.twitter.com/YsuD37xUQu

Kentucky's Andrew Harrison, Julius Randle Discuss the Win at Auburn

Kentucky's Andrew Harrison and Julius Randle talk to the media following last night's win at Auburn:


John Calipari Talks About Win at Auburn

Kentucky head coach John Calipari talks to the media after last night's win at Auburn:


Highlights of Kentucky's Win at Auburn

Here are full highlights of Kentucky's win at Auburn last night:


Kentucky Goes Ice Cold But Survives at Auburn

(13) Kentucky 64
Auburn 56

Final from Auburn, Alabama

Game recap by UK:

AUBURN, Ala. (AP) - Once again, Kentucky gave coach John Calipari a win and no shortage of teaching points.

Andrew Harrison scored 16 points to help the No. 14 Wildcats overcome shooting struggles and hold on for a 64-56 victory over Auburn on Wednesday night.

Kentucky (19-5, 9-2 Southeastern Conference) won its fourth consecutive game despite making just 17 of 55 shots (30.8 percent). Calipari called it an "old-school" win.

"These kids had to fight," he said. "We got the rebounds and stops we had to have late. We get out with a road win while shooting 30 percent. I'm happy. I'll just go home. I'll watch the game on the plane, probably scream and yell at the front of the plane watching it.

"We had guys going through the motions out there. Well, you're out. I'm going to play guys who are going to fight. Who is going to battle?"

The Wildcats made 9 of 12 free throws over the final 2 minutes to put away from the Tigers (11-11, 3-8) while scoring 16 points below their season average.

Julius Randle had 12 points and 12 rebounds for Kentucky, which held a commanding 49-36 advantage in rebounding. Aaron Harrison scored 10 points.

Chris Denson, the SEC's leading scorer, led Auburn with 26 points, including 17 in the second half. KT Harrell was 2-of-15 shooting and missed all seven 3-point attempts to finish with seven points, 12 below his average.

Complete Recap

Box Score (click to enlarge):

Wednesday, February 12, 2014

Charges Dropped Against Former UK Player DeAndre Liggins

All felony charges against former Kentucky guard DeAndre Liggins were dismissed in court Wednesday morning.

Liggins is still facing a misdemeanor charge for domestic abuse stemming from an incident with his girlfriend in 2013.

Here is more from News9.com:

Court records show the girlfriend told police Liggins pulled her out of bed by her hair, punched her a dozen times, stomped on her head and then threw an Xbox and a box fan at her head. When she tried to get away, Rogers allegedly held her against her will.

All felony charges were dismissed in court Wednesday morning. Liggins will face a misdemeanor charge for domestic abuse only.

Complete Article

Video: Are UK and Lexington Partnering on Renovated Rupp Arena?

KSTV conducts several interviews and breaks down the question: are the University of Kentucky and the city of Lexington partnering to develop a renovated Rupp Arena?



* Video by cn2Kentucky on YouTube

Spalding University Improves to 13-1 in SLIAC Play

Spalding 65
Blackburn 48

Final from Louisville, Kentucky

Game recap by SU:

The Golden Eagles’ 65-48 victory over the visiting Beavers of Blackburn College, on Monday night, increases their record to 13-1 in the St. Louis Intercollegiate Athletic Conference (SLIAC). Spalding has won 9 out of their last 10 SLIAC games.

Sophomore guard Brand Goeing and freshman guard Jovante Lavender led Spalding with 15 points apiece, Lavender also recorded 3 steals.

Jamie Moore and Chris Davis led the Beavers with 13 points apiece.

Spalding’s offense started the game strong going on a 14-3 run to start the half. Spalding gained the lead and never looked back as the Beavers’ defense was not able to contain them. The Golden Eagles shot 68% in the first half and 56.8% for the game.

In the first half of play, Spalding was able to hold Blackburn to shooting 25% from the field and forced eight Beaver turnovers. Spalding’s strong offensive and defensive efforts would continue through the first half and put Spalding up 40-19 at the half.

Complete Recap

Auburn Guard KT Harrell Talks About Facing Kentucky

Auburn guard KT Harrell gives his thoughts on tonight's game against Kentucky:


UPIKE Remains No. 2 This Week, Georgetown Drops to No. 19

The University of Pikeville remains No. 2 in the NAIA Division I Coaches' Top 25 Poll this week.

The Bears (21-2) have 240 final points and a single first-place vote. Cal State San Marcos (25-1) is No. 1 with 250 points and 9 first-place votes.

Freed-Hardeman (Tenn.), William Carey (Miss.) and SAGU (Texas) round out the top 5.

Georgetown College is down 6 spots to No. 19 this week.

Campbellsville University is just outside the top 25 but did earn 14 points this week.

2013 – 14 NAIA Division I Men’s Basketball Coaches’ Top 25 Poll – Feb. 11

RANK LAST WEEK SCHOOL (1ST PLACE VOTES) 2013-14 RECORD FINAL POINTS
1 1 Cal State San Marcos (9) 25-1 250
2 2 Pikeville (Ky.) (1) 21-2 240
3 3 Freed-Hardeman (Tenn.) 20-1 236
4 5 William Carey (Miss.) 17-2 225
5 4 SAGU (Texas) 20-3 218
6 6 Columbia (Mo.) 22-2 211
T7 7 Talladega (Ala.) 20-4 191
T7 10 Emmanuel (Ga.) 21-2 191
9 9 Vanguard (Calif.) 20-3 188
10 12 Culver-Stockton (Mo.) 18-4 187
11 16 Rocky Mountain (Mont.) 18-6 163
12 11 Xavier (La.) 18-6 160
13 22 Concordia (Calif.) 18-6 141
14 14 Mid-America Christian (Okla.) 14-6 138
15 19 Rio Grande (Ohio) 16-7 132
16 20 Benedictine (Kan.) 16-6 127
17 8 Evangel (Mo.) 18-6 121
18 15 LSU Shreveport (La.) 15-6 120
19 13 Georgetown (Ky.) 18-6 110
20 23 Montana State-Northern 21-5 107
21 24 St. Gregory's (Okla.) 17-5 91
22 18 Biola (Calif.) 15-9 87
23 21 Wiley (Texas) 16-5 70
24 17 Philander Smith (Ark.) 16-7 61
25 RV Martin Methodist (Tenn.) 14-7 49
Others Receiving Votes: Westminster (Utah) 33; Oklahoma City 28; St. Thomas (Texas) 23; Westmont (Calif.) 20; Life (Ga.) 17; Bethel (Tenn.) 16; Campbellsville (Ky.) 14; Central Methodist (Mo.) 10; Montana Western 4; Our Lady of the Lake (Texas) 3; Lindenwood-Belleville (Ill.) 3.

UK's Willie Cauley-Stein and Jon Hood Preview Auburn and More

Kentucky's Willie Cauley-Stein and Jon Hood talk about tonight's game at Auburn and more:


Kentucky Showing Early Interest in 2015 SF Ray Smith


According to his AAU coach, Kentucky is showing preliminary interest in 2015 star Ray Smith.

Smith, a 6-foot-6 small forward at Las Vegas (Nev.) High School, currently ranks No. 66 on the Rivals.com list for 2015.

Here is more from ZagsBlog.com:

Kansas assistant Kurtis Townsend and Memphis head coach Josh Pastner have also checked in.

“Kansas has called and Memphis has called,” Williams said. “Pastner said that he’s heard about Ray and he’s excited to see him and follow him this spring and summer.”

Kentucky’s Orlando Antigua has also checked in.

“Kentucky made mention of him but they’re not recruiting him heavy,” Williams said. “They made mention of Ray but they haven’t recruited Ray yet. They’re just asking questions. ‘Hey, do I need to get out and see this kid? How special is he?”

Complete Article

Photo: Rivals.com

Steffphon Pettigrew Named LNBP Player of the Week in Mexico

Former Western Kentucky University star Steffphon Pettigrew has been named Latinbasket.com LNBP Player of the Week.

Pettigrew had 34 points, 7 rebounds and 4 assists for Abejas in a 112-86 win over Panteras.

Here is more from Latinbasket.com:

24-year old forward Steffphon Pettigrew (195-F-89) had a very impressive game in the last round for Abejas and receives a Latinbasket.com LNBP Player of the Week award for round 40.

He had the game-high 34 points adding seven rebounds and four assists for Abejas in his team's victory, helping them to outclass Panteras (#10, 16-21) with 26-point margin 112-86. Abejas maintains the 4th position in Mexican LNBP. They would have been even better if they hadn't lost a few games earlier this season. Abejas will need more victories to improve their 26-11 record. In the team's last game Pettigrew had a remarkable 68.4% from 2-point range. He just recently signed at Abejas, being already a very valuable addition to the team. Western Kentucky University graduate has very impressive stats this year. Pettigrew is in league's top in points (4th best: 20.5ppg) and averages solid 56.6% FGP.

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Tuesday, February 11, 2014

Tony Barbee is Focused on Auburn Getting Better

Auburn head coach Tony Barbee talks about tomorrow night's game against Kentucky:


Five-Star Shooting Guard Rashad Vaughn Commits to UNLV

Rashad Vaughn, 6-foot-5 shooting guard at Findlay Prep (Nev.), has committed to UNLV.

Vaughn announced his commitment on CBS Sports Network. He chose UNLV over Iowa State, Kentucky, North Carolina and Kansas.

Rivals.com ranks Vaughn No. 7 overall in the class of 2014.

Photo: Rivals.com

Kentucky Climbs to No. 13/14 This Week

Kentucky is up to No. 14 in the AP Top 25 and No. 13 in the USA Today Coaches Poll this week.

Louisville is No. 13 in the media poll and No. 8 in the coaches rankings.

AP Top 25

RK TEAM RECORD PTS
1 Syracuse (65) 23-0 1,625
2 Arizona 23-1 1,525
3 Florida 21-2 1,477
4 Wichita State 25-0 1,445
5 San Diego State 21-1 1,373
6 Villanova 21-2 1,288
7 Kansas 18-5 1,234
8 Duke 19-5 1,130
9 Michigan State 20-4 1,025
10 Cincinnati 22-3 970
11 Iowa State 18-4 925 12 Saint Louis 22-2 908 13 Louisville 19-4 866 14 Kentucky 18-5 769 15 Michigan 17-6 702 16 Iowa 18-6 686 17 Virginia 19-5 608 18 Creighton 19-4 552 19 Texas 18-5 417 20 Memphis 18-5 333 21 Wisconsin 19-5 242 22 Ohio State 19-5 214 23 Southern Methodist 19-5 205 24 Connecticut 18-5 194 25 Pittsburgh 20-4 175

Others receiving votes: Oklahoma 99, Gonzaga 44, UCLA 43, New Mexico 23, Oklahoma State 10, George Washington 6, Southern Miss 6, Stephen F. Austin 3, Kansas State 1, North Carolina 1, Arizona State 1

USA Today Coaches Poll

RK TEAM RECORD PTS
1 Syracuse (32) 23-0 800
2 Wichita State 25-0 744
3 Arizona 23-1 742
4 Florida 21-2 711
5 San Diego State 21-1 675
6 Villanova 21-2 629
7 Kansas 18-5 569
8 Louisville 19-4 529
9 Duke 19-5 511
10 Michigan State 20-4 479
11 Cincinnati 22-3 467 12 Saint Louis 22-2 427 13 Kentucky 18-5 403 14 Iowa State 18-4 369 15 Iowa 18-6 333 16 Virginia 19-5 310 17 Creighton 19-4 305 18 Michigan 17-6 254 19 Texas 18-5 170 20 Ohio State 19-5 162 21 Wisconsin 19-5 158 22 Memphis 18-5 152 23 Pittsburgh 20-4 148 24 Gonzaga 21-4 78 25 Oklahoma 18-6 55

Others receiving votes: Connecticut 54, Kansas State 38, Southern Methodist 37, Southern Miss 25, UCLA 15, Massachusetts 15, New Mexico 12, Oklahoma State 10, George Washington 6, Colorado 5, West Virginia 1, Stephen F. Austin 1, Virginia Commonwealth 1

Anthony Davis Dunks Off the Wall, Says Put Me in the Dunk Contest

Former Kentucky star Anthony Davis recently dunked off the wall in practice and then said "put me in the dunk contest!"

Here is a video:


Watch John Calipari's Pre-Auburn Press Conference Live

Go watch John Calipari's pre-Auburn press conference LIVE right now:


Calipari to Kentucky Fans: We Don't Root Against Other Teams

Kentucky head coach John Calipari posted a "friendly reminder" to the Big Blue Nation today on Twitter.

Calipari told fans to never root against other teams:

UKCoachCalipari Just a friendly reminder to #BBN, we don’t root against other teams because it always comes back to haunt your team.

UKCoachCalipari If you catch yourself in that mode, turn the channel. I do.

Western Kentucky Comes Up Short at Arkansas State

Arkansas State 72
Western Kentucky 58

Final from Jonesboro, Arkansas

Game recap by WKU:

JONESBORO, Ark. (AP) - Melvin Johnson III scored 22 points, hitting 8 of 12 from the field, as Arkansas State beat Western Kentucky 72-58 Monday night.

The game was tight throughout the first half with ASU holding a 25-20 lead at the break.

Rakeem Dickerson hit a 3-pointer to start the second half and the Red Wolves stretched the lead to 37-27 at the 15:21 mark. WKU came back to cut the lead to 37-32 following a 3-pointer by Aaron Adeoye, but Johnson answered with a 3-point jumper for a 40-32 lead with 13:15 remaining.

ASU led 66-48 with 3:21 left.

Cameron Golden had 11 points for ASU (13-8, 6-4 Sun Belt Conference).

The Red Wolves made 29 of 34 free throw attempts compared to 17 of 24 for WKU.  Chris Harrison-Docks had 14 points, Trency Jackson added 11 and Adeoye had 10 for WKU (16-8, 8-3).

Complete Recap

Auburn's Tony Barbee Talks Kentucky on SEC Basketball Teleconference

Auburn head coach Tony Barbee answers questions about Kentucky and more on SEC Basketball Teleconference call:


Monday, February 10, 2014

Video: John Calipari Talks Auburn, Florida on the SEC Basketball Teleconference

Here is Kentucky head coach John Calipari on today's SEC Basketball Teleconference:


Mid-February College Basketball in Kentucky: Schedule for the Week

Here's a complete schedule for the week:

Monday, February 10

7:00 p.m. Ohio Chillicothe at Kentucky Christian University
7:00 p.m. Blackburn College at Spalding University*
8:00 p.m. Central State at Kentucky State University
8:05 p.m. Western Kentucky University at Arkansas State*

Tuesday, February 11

7:30 p.m. Cincinnati Christian at Berea College*
8:00 p.m. IU Southeast at Brescia University*
8:00 p.m. Asbury University at Alice Lloyd College*
8:00 p.m. Wilberforce at St. Catharine College
8:00 p.m. Kentucky Christian University at WVU Parkersburg

Wednesday, February 12

7:30 p.m. Union College at St. Andrews*
7:30 p.m. Franklin College at Transylvania University*
7:30 p.m. Kentucky State University at Wilberforce
7:30 p.m. Westminster at Thomas More College*
8:00 p.m. University of Kentucky at Auburn*

Thursday, February 13

7:00 p.m. Berea College at IU Southeast*
7:00 p.m. Northern Kentucky University at Kennesaw State*
7:00 p.m. University of Louisville at Temple
8:00 p.m. Missouri-St. Louis at Bellarmine University*
8:00 p.m. Troy at Western Kentucky University*
8:00 p.m. Shawnee State at St. Catharine College*
8:00 p.m. Georgetown College at Bluefield*
8:00 p.m. Rio Grande at Campbellsville University*
8:00 p.m. University of the Cumberlands at University of Pikeville*
8:00 p.m. Eastern Kentucky University at Tennessee Tech*
8:00 p.m. Morehead State University at Jacksonville State*
8:00 p.m. SIU Edwardsville at Murray State University*
8:30 p.m. Cedarville at Kentucky Wesleyan College*
8:30 p.m. Mid-Continent University at Benedictine-Springfield*
9:00 p.m. Cumberland (Tenn.) at Lindsey Wilson College*

Friday, Feburary 14

6:30 p.m. Kentucky Christian University at Morthland College
8:00 p.m. Cincinnati Christian at Brescia University*
9:00 p.m. Centre College at Birmingham Southern*

Saturday, February 15

3:00 p.m. Defiance College at Transylvania University*
3:00 p.m. Northern Kentucky University at Mercer*
3:00 p.m. Thomas More College at Thiel*
3:00 p.m. Webster University at Spalding University*
3:15 p.m. Maryville University at Bellarmine University*
4:00 p.m. Kentucky State University at Lane College*
4:00 p.m. Point Park at Asbury University*
4:00 p.m. Rio Grande at St. Catharine College*
4:00 p.m. Kentucky christian University at Welch College
4:00 p.m. Shawnee State at Campbellsville University*
4:00 p.m. Georgetown College at University of Pikeville*
4:00 p.m. University of the Cumberlands at Bluefield*
4:15 p.m. Central State at Kentucky Wesleyan College*
5:00 p.m. Mid-Continent University at Harris-Stowe State*
5:00 p.m. IU Kokomo at Alice Lloyd College*
5:30 p.m. Eastern Kentucky University at Jacksonville State*
8:00 p.m. South Alabama at Western Kentucky University*
8:30 p.m. Eastern Illinois at Murray State University*
8:30 p.m. Morehead State University at Tennessee Tech*
9:00 p.m. Florida at University of Kentucky (ESPN College GameDay)

Sunday, February 16

2:00 p.m. IU Kokomo at Berea College*
3:00 p.m. Centre College at Millsaps*
6:00 p.m. Rutgers at University of Louisville*

* Conference Game

Thomas More Nails School-Record 18 Three-Pointers in Win Over Washington & Jefferson

Thomas More College 93
Washington & Jefferson 66

Final from Crestview Hills, Kentucky

Game recap by TMC:

(CRESTVIEW HILLS, Ky.) - The Thomas More College men's basketball team made a school record 18 three-pointer in a 93-66 win over Washington & Jefferson College today (Saturday, February 8, 2014) in a Presidents' Athletic Conference (PAC) game at the Connor Convocation Center in Crestview Hills, Kentucky.

With the win, the Saints improve to 11-9 overall and 10-2 in the PAC. With the loss, the Presidents' fall to 11-11 overall and 6-7 in the PAC.

Washington & Jefferson jumped out to an early 8-1 lead when Nate Bellhy made a jumper with 15:47 to play in the first half. The Saints answered with a 42-2 run to take their biggest lead of the half at 43-10 when freshman guard Sawyer Pauly (Crescent Springs, Ky./Covington Catholic) made a jumper with 2:41 to play in the opening half. W&J closed out the half on a 9-2 run to cut the lead to 45-19 at halftime when Alex Lamendola made a lay-up with four-seconds to play in the half.

Thomas More opened the second half on a 30-21 lead to take its biggest lead of the game at 75-40 with 8:26 to play in the game when sophomore forward Matt Hargett (Verona, Ky./Walton-Verona) made a three-pointer. The Presidents closed out the game on a 26-18 run, but it wasn't enough as Thomas More won the game, 93-66.

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Spalding University Rolls Past Eureka, Improves to 12-1 in SLIAC

Spalding University 66
Eureka College 51

Final from Eureka, Illinois

Game recap by SU:

Point guard Brandon Gabriel scored 15 points and passed out four assists to lead the Spalding men’s basketball team to a 66-51 victory at Eureka College. With the win SU improves to 14-6 on the season, and sit atop the SLIAC standings with 12-1 conference record.

Eureka started off hot taking an early 6-0 lead, but Spalding countered with a 19-3 run to take a 19-9 lead with 10:35 left in the first half.

Spalding would maintained nine point margin with just under three minutes to go in the half, but the Red Devils scored the last six points of the half, including a jump shot by Seth Wickert just before the halftime buzzer to make the score 29-26.

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Centre College Defeats Berry, Remains Undefeated in Conference Play

Centre College 82
Berry 72

Final from Danville, Kentucky

Game recap by CC:

The Centre men's basketball team held off Berry for an 82-72 victory in a Southern Athletic Association game Sunday in Danville, Ky.

Collin Lopez (Louisville, Ky.) led the way offensively for the second straight game, scoring a game-high 21 points and connecting on five of 10 3-point attempts. Five Colonels reached double figures with Josh Karsner adding 19 points off the bench, Blake Scinta (Louisville, Ky.) scoring 13 and Tyler Wesley (Crestwood, Ky.) and Ryan Murray (Springboro, Ohio) each contributing 10 points. Lee McCloud led Berry with 19 points.

Berry led just once in the game, going up 5-2 after a McCloud 3-pointer in the opening moments. Though Scinta matched it with a 3-pointer on the following possession and the Colonels never trailed rest of the way, Berry hung with Centre until the closing minutes.

Centre briefly began to pull away when Lopez and Karsner sank 3-pointers to start a 12-2 run that put the Colonels up 37-26 at the five minute mark in the first half. However, the Vikings chipped away at the lead, trimming the margin to 46-40 by halftime.

Complete Recap

Kentucky Wesleyan Continues to Roll, Takes Over Top Spot in Conference

Kentucky Wesleyan 87
Trevecca Nazarene 66

Final from Nashville, Tennessee

Game recap by KWC:

Kentucky Wesleyan College completed a four-game road trip with four victories by defeating host Trevecca Nazarene 87-66 in a Great Midwest Athletic Conference men's basketball game on Saturday afternoon in Nashville, Tenn.

The Panthers, who have won 15 of their last 17 after a rugged 1-5 start, improved to 16-7 overall and a league-best 9-1 in the G-MAC.

"We're an effective basketball team when we play defense and rebound, and we did a pretty good job of that today," said KWC first-year coach Happy Osborne. "We held them to 35 percent, and our goal is to hold opponents under 40 percent. We didn't get as many deflections as we'd like, but we did a better job of challenging shots, particularly in the second half."

Kentucky Wesleyan built a 39-26 halftime advantage by holding the Trojans to just 10 baskets in 32 attempts (31 percent) over the first 20 minutes.

The Panthers' balance was key in the second half as they methodically pulled away in Music City.

KWC exhibited outstanding balance at the offensive end, with freshman guard Ken-Jah Bosley leading the way with 15 points. Donovan Johnson, Lonnie Hayes and reserve Patrick Neal each scored 11 points, and point guard Lucas Barker added 10 points and a game-best seven assists. Johnson collected a team-best 10 rebounds.

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G-MAC Standings

Kentucky Wesleyan 9-1 (16-7)
Alderson Broaddus 8-1 (15-5)
Central State 6-2 (14-7)
Cedarville 3-5 (5-15)
Davis & Elkins 3-6 (11-10)
Trevecca Nazarene 3-6 (6-14)
Ohio Valley 2-6 (3-16)
Salem International 0-7 (9-10)

Amazing Photo of Rick Pitino at Minnesota Game

Louisville head coach Rick Pitino and younger son, Ryan, attended Richard Pitino's game at Minnesota on Saturday.

For whatever reason, Ryan was dressed as a giant yellow chicken. And it was awesome:

kbikoff Let's just agree this photo is amazing. #iubb pic.twitter.com/szei0robkg

Truman State Knocks Off Bellarmine at the Buzzer

Truman State 92
Bellarmine 90

Final from Louisville, Kentucky

Game recap by BU:

LOUISVILLE, Ky.—The Bellarmine University men's basketball team fell victim to a last second shot as the host Truman State Bulldogs pulled out a 92-90 victory in a Great Lakes Valley Conference game in Pershing Arena.

After Bellarmine's Jake Thelen knotted the score at 90 with a layup with 22 seconds remaining, the Bulldogs worked the clock down and Reed Mells fired a contested jumper from the top of the key that found its mark with the clock reading 0:00.7. The clock was reset to a full one second, but a half-court shot by Bellarmine's George Suggs glanced off the rim as Truman State held on for the win.

Coming down the stretch, the Knights looked to be in control with an 88-82 lead and 3:35 remaining on the clock. However, the visitors hit a rare cold stretch over the next three minutes, and Truman took advantage by going on an 8-0 run and seizing a 90-88 lead with 29 seconds left.

"This one is on me," said Bellarmine Coach Scott Davenport. "You're asking young men to communicate defensively and that's where the breakdown occurred…and that's on coaching and preparation."

Davenport added, "We played our hearts out—22 assists and we shot 54.1 percent on the road. Again, we make 14 of 21 free throws and they make 15 of 21."

Thelen led the Knights with 21 points and 10 rebounds to post his sixth double-double of the year. Other solid performances were turned in by Keisten Jones with 19 points and a career high seven assists and Vance Hall tossed in 16 points and also dished out seven assists.

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Sunday, February 9, 2014

Morehead State Earns Huge OVC East Road Win at Eastern Kentucky

Morehead State 86
Eastern Kentucky 79

Final from Richmond, Kentucky

Game recap by MSU:

RICHMOND, Ky. -- Junior Angelo Warner exploded for a career-high 33 points, and the Morehead State men's basketball team surpassed last year's win total with an 86-79 decision over Ohio Valley Conference rival Eastern Kentucky on Saturday afternoon at McBrayer Arena.

The Eagles, who have won eight of their last 11 tilts, improve to 16-9 overall, 7-3 in the league and 7-5 on the road. The Colonels, who have still won seven of their last nine, drop to 17-8 overall, 7-4 in the conference and 10-2 at home. MSU also snaps a three-game skid against EKU.

"Today was a terrific college basketball atmosphere, and I'm glad we came out on top," Head Coach Sean Woods said. "Our young men played really hard and stuck to the script. Outside of our turnovers, I thought we played a pretty complete game against a very good opponent."

Morehead State continues to be on pace for its first 20-win season since 2010-11. The Eagles finished that campaign 25-10 and upset fourth-seeded Louisville in the NCAA Tournament.

MSU tallied 15 total victories and just four road wins in 2012-13. The outcome marked win No. 31 for Woods, which is more than any other head coach in his first two years in Morehead.

"I'm really proud of the growth and maturity of our basketball team," Woods said. "We've had to deal with several injuries this season, but our young men continue to find ways to win. They are resilient and played with a lot of poise today in a tough OVC road environment."

Warner, in his 89th contest at Morehead State, reached double figures for the 52nd time and the 20-point plateau for the 10th time. He connected on 10-of-15 from the floor, 3-of-6 from three-point range, made all 10 of his free-throw attempts and pulled down three rebounds.

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Video: Archie Goodwin Dunks All Over Devin Ebanks

Watch as former Kentucky guard Archie Goodwin dunks all over Devin Ebanks in an NBA D-League game:



* Video by scottmcgrady on YouTube

Trency Jackson Buzzer-Beater Gives WKU Key Conference Road Win at UALR

Western Kentucky 79
Arkansas-Little Rock 78

Final from Little Rock, Arkansas

Game recap by WKU:

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (AP) - Trency Jackson's pull-up 3-pointer at the buzzer gave Western Kentucky a 79-78 win at Arkansas-Little Rock Saturday night.

Ben Dillard gave the Trojans a three-point lead with 44 seconds left by hitting the second of two free throws and Josh Hagins padded it to 77-74 by hitting the second of two with 11 seconds left.

Brandon Harris drilled a 3-pointer with five seconds left to cut the UALR lead to a point and Hagins again hit the second of two free throws to pad the lead with three seconds left.

The Hilltoppers in-bounded to Jackson, who dribbled into the forecourt and pulled up at the three-point line for the game-winner.

UALR was just 3 of 6 from the free throw line in the final minute.

Jackson finished with 20 points for Western Kentucky (16-7, 8-2 Sun Belt).

Hagins led Arkansas-Little Rock (12-12, 7-5) with 20 points.

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