Saturday, October 18, 2014

2015 PG Malik Maitland Has Committed to Morehead State University

Malik Maitland, a talented point guard in the class of 2015, has committed to Morehead State University:

Maitland is a 5-foot-11 point guard at Father Lopez (FL) High School.

Video: Highlights of Big Blue Madness 2014

Check out these highlights from Kentucky 2014 Big Blue Madness event:

Tubby Smith Crashes Motorcycle During Texas Tech Madness Event

Former Kentucky head coach Tubby Smith is now the coach at Texas Tech University.

Last night, during Tech's madness event, Smith came out dressed as Shaft on a motorcycle.

Things went downhill quickly when Smith crashed the motorcycle in the middle of Tech's court:

Friday, October 17, 2014

Video: Last Minute of Kentucky's Big Blue Madness Scrimmage

Full highlights coming later...for now, check out the final minute of Kentucky's Big Blue Madness scrimmage (plus comments from John Calipari):

Matthew Mitchell Sings at Kentucky's Big Blue Madness

UK hoops coach Matthew Mitchell sings at Kentucky's Big Blue Madness:

Drake is in the Building at Big Blue Madness

Drake has arrived at Kentucky's Big Blue Madness. There is a rumor circulating that he might perform in some manner.

Stay tuned...

Early Look at Kentucky's Big Blue Madness Setup

Here's an early look at the setup for Kentucky's Big Blue Madness event, which tips off at 7:00 p.m. ET:

National Writer Thinks Kentucky Can Actually Go 40-0 in 2014-15

Finishing a season 40-0 is impossible in modern day college basketball. Right?

Not according to Reid Forgrave of Forgrave thinks the Kentucky Wildcats actually have a legitimate shot at the historic mark in 2014-15.

Here is an excerpt of Forgrave's article:

A college basketball team has never won all 40 games, which is what it would take for John Calipari’s Kentucky Wildcats to go from Nov. 14 -- when they play the Grand Canyon Antelopes in Lexington -- all the way to April 6, when a new national champion will be crowned at the Final Four in Indianapolis.

The 1975-76 Indiana Hoosiers were the last undefeated team in Division I hoops, going 32-0. UNLV didn’t lose until the Final Four in 1990-91. The 2003-04 St. Joseph’s squad made it all the way to the Atlantic-10 tournament before losing a game, to Xavier. And last year’s Wichita State team headed into the NCAA tournament undefeated and (I thought) had a real shot of going 40-0 and winning it all – until the top-seeded Shockers were upended by, wouldn’t you know it, the Kentucky Wildcats in what was one of the tournament’s most exciting games.

So what’s the chance at perfection? Um, not great. Maybe 3 percent? Maybe a little bit more? If you’re betting one team against the field, and that’s what you’re doing when you say Kentucky could win every game, you always take the field, of course. Especially when the rare teams that have given perfection a run in the past few decades have tended to come from conferences where powder-puff schedules make these things more possible.

Complete Article

My Thoughts: Personally, I think 40-0 is an impossible feat in today's college basketball. That being said, it is difficult for me to point at any one game on the schedule and say, "I think UK loses this game."

Mark it down, however, the Wildcats will drop a game early in the season, or a in a tough road environment, or in the SEC portion of the get the point. I'll go with 38-2.

Murray State Freshman JayQuan McCloud is Leaving Racer Basketball Program

Murray State head coach Steve Prohm has confirmed that freshman guard JayQuan McCloud is leaving the Racer basketball program.

According to Prohm, McCloud is homesick and wants to move closer to home.

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Murray State basketball coach Steve Prohm says freshman guard JayQuan McCloud has decided to leave the Racer program. Prohm said McCloud is homesick and wants to move closer to home.

McCloud averaged 17.4 points per game as a senior at North Chicago Community High School in Illinois. Prohm said this situation has been going on for a few weeks. Prohm recently met with McCloud and his family as they tried to figure out a way for the freshman to stay with the Racers, but that did not happen.

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Anthony Davis is No. 4 on #SLAMTop50

Former Kentucky star Anthony Davis is No. 4 on the #SLAMTop50 list of the top NBA players for the 2014-15 season.

Here is an excerpt about Davis:

As for Anthony Davis the basketball player, well, he’s pretty good, perhaps even the greatest 21-year-old ever? Sure, you can probably go through the annals of the NBA and find some guys who were better, but just know this: The 26.5 PER that Davis posted as a 20-year-old last season, it’s the highest number from any 20-year-old in the history of the statistic. It was also fourth in the League last year, not too far behind Kevin Durant’s NBA-leading 29.8 number.

This isn’t to say that PER means everything, or that you should blindly swallow whatever results the data feed you. The point is just to add some context, to use a nice round number to help explain why having a third-year player with no playoff experience and who barely cracked 20 points a game last season at No. 4 on this list isn’t crazy, but, rather, a conservative projection. If you want, the case could be made that Davis deserves to be one spot higher.

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Others on the #SLAMTop50 List:

47 Eric Bledsoe Suns PG 14
44 Kenneth Faried Nuggets PF 11
26 Rajon Rondo Celtics PG 9
20 DeMarcus Cousins Kings C 3
18 John Wall Wizards PG 8
10 Kevin Love Cavs PF 3
9 James Harden Rockets SG 1
8 Blake Griffin Clippers PF 2
7 Carmelo Anthony Knicks SF 3
6 Russell Westbrook Thunder PG 3
5 Stephen Curry Warriors PG 2

Centre College Ranked No. 22 in Division III News Preseason Poll

Centre College is ranked No. 22 in the nation in Division III News' preseason top 25 poll.

The Colonels finished 2013-14 with a 24-5 overall record. They were 13-1 in conference play and earned their seventh NCAA Tournament big in the last eight years.


2.Illinois Wesleyan
6.Washington (Mo.)
9.St. Thomas
11.Albertus Magnus
16.Wisconsin-Stevens Point
17.Virginia Wesleyan
19.Rhode Island College
20.Richard Stockton
21.Wheaton (Ill.)
25.Eastern Connecticut

2014-15 Centre College Roster

No. Name Pos. Cl. Ht. Wt. Hometown/High School
3 Sam Gruber G So. 5-11 160 LaGrange, Ky. / Oldham County
4 Michael Arnett F Jr. 6-4 190 Danville, Ky. / Boyle County
14 Gunnar Miller G So. 5-10 160 Franklin, Tenn. / Davidson Academy
21 Andrew Steggeman G So. 6-0 180 New Albany, Ind. / Collegiate
22 Blake Scinta F Jr. 6-8 205 Louisville, Ky. / Kentucky Country Day
23 Mike Geegan G Sr. 6-1 175 Bowling Green, Ky. / Bowling Green
33 Josh Karsner F Sr. 6-4 205 Frankfort, Ky. / Bluegrass United
34 Matt Gump G So. 6-4 190 Bellefontaine, Ohio / Bellefontaine
40 Bryan Repishti G Jr. 6-0 170 Louisville, Ky. / DuPont Manual
42 Tyler Wesley F Jr. 6-6 210 Crestwood, Ky. / Oldham County
45 Mark Sandoval F Jr. 6-4 185 Lebanon, Tenn. / Friendship Christian Academy
55 Brett Jones G So. 5-9 160 Danville, Ky. / Boyle County
Drew Burns F Fr. 6-6 210 Alexandria, Ky. / Bishop Brossart
Will Maguire G Fr. 6-2 180 Atlanta, Ga. / St. Pius X
Kyle Mann G Fr. 5-10 180 Southside, Ala. / Southside
Zach Schmucker F Fr. 6-5 220 Cincinnati, Ohio / St. Xavier
Zach Tarter F Fr. 6-5 190 Danville, Ky. / Danville Christian Academy

Head coach: Greg Mason
Assistant coach: Ryan Wiersma
Assistant coach: Ronnie Bottoms

Fox Sports Live Goes One-On-One with John Calipari

John Calipari sits down for a one-on-one interview with Reid Forgrave of Fox Sports Live.

This is an outstanding interview:

Media Picks Murray State to Win OVC Championship in 2014-15

The media has picked Murray State to win the Ohio Valley Conference in 2014-15.

The Racers earned 16 first-place votes as the pick for overall champion. They had 22 first-place votes and 132 points in the West Division poll.

Southeast Missouri is picked to finish second in the West Division with 109 points. Eastern Illinois is third, followed by Austin Peay, SIUE and UT Martin.

Belmont is the choice to win the East Division with 19 first-place votes and 127 points.

Eastern Kentucky, last season's tournament champions, is picked to finish second with 104 points and a single first-place vote.

Morehead State, which obtained 2 first-place votes and 97 points, sits in third.

The bottom three in the East Division are Tennessee Tech, Jacksonville State and Tennessee State.

Murray State's Cameron Payne is the Preseason Player of the Year.

2014-15 Media OVC Preseason Men's Predicted Order of FinishOverall Champion: Murray State (16 first-place votes)

East Division 1. Belmont (19 first-place votes) - 127 points
2. Eastern Kentucky (1) - 104
3. Morehead State (2) - 97
4. Tennessee Tech - 62
5. Jacksonville State - 41
6. Tennessee State - 31

West Division 1. Murray State (22 first-place votes) - 132 points
2. Southeast Missouri - 109
3. Eastern Illinois - 68
4. Austin Peay - 60
5. SIUE - 57
6. UT Martin - 36

Preseason Player of the Year: Cameron Payne, Murray State

Daniel Orton is Headed to China for 2014-15

Former University of Kentucky center Daniel Orton is headed to China for the 2014-15 season.

Orton, who was recently waived by the Washington Wizards, has signed with Shanxi Zhongyu in China's top-level CBA league.

Here are details from

Shanxi Zhongyu (CBA) agreed terms with 24-year old American forward Daniel Orton (208-116kg-90, college: Kentucky). He was about to sign at Washington Wizards in the NBA. The last season Orton played at Maine Red Claws in D-League. In 24 games he had 11.3ppg, 7.2rpg, 1.8apg and 2.1bpg. He also played at 76ers in NBA that season. In 21 games he recorded 3.1ppg and 2.9rpg.

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Orton never appeared in a preseason game for the Wizards. He missed several games with a calf injury.

If Orton does end up back in the NBA, he'll be suspended for one regular season game for leaving the bench during a dust up between the Wizards and Bulls.

Thursday, October 16, 2014

Morehead State Getting Ready for Tonight's Light Up the Lot Event

Morehead State is getting ready for tonight's Light Up the Lot madness event.

The event tips off at 6:00 p.m. ET and figures to be a unique outdoor experience for fans.

Check it out:

Kentucky is No. 1 in the First USA Today Coaches Poll for 2014-15, Louisville is No. 9

The Kentucky Wildcats are No. 1 in the first USA Today Coaches Poll of 2014-15. UK obtained 24 first-place votes and 785 points overall.

Arizona is second with 746 points and 3 first-place votes followed by Duke with 715 points and 2 first-place votes.

Wisconsin and Kansas round out the top 5.

Here’s a look at the top 10:

1. Kentucky (24) 785 points
2. Arizona (3) 746
3. Duke (2) 715
4. Wisconsin (3) 706
5. Kansas 654
6. North Carolina 598
7. Florida 568
8. Virginia 519
9. Louisville 507
10. Texas 479

Complete Top 25

Wednesday, October 15, 2014

Antonio Blakeney Won't Be Visiting Kentucky For Madness

According to Evan Daniels, 2015 star Antonio Blakeney will no longer be visiting Kentucky for Big Blue Madness.

Blakeney will be working to schedule another Kentucky visit.

Union College Picked to Repeat as AAC Champions in 2014-15

Union College has been picked by the league's coaches to repeat as champions of the Appalachian Athletic Conference in 2014-15.

The Bulldogs received 99 total points and 9-of-10 first-place votes in the league's coaches poll that was released today.

Here is a release from the ACC:

ASHEVILLE, N.C. - Coming off the best season in program history, Union is projected to repeat as the Appalachian Athletic Conference men's basektball champion, according to the 2014-15 AAC Coaches' Poll released on Wednesday.

Union won both the AAC regular-season and tournament championships, going 16-2 in conference play and finishing with a 28-5 overall record. Union advanced to the NAIA National Championship Tournament and lost 75-72 on a last-second shot to Saint Thomas (Fla.) in the first round. The 28 wins are the most in program history.

Receiving nine of the possible 10 first-place votes, Union collected 99 total voting points. Tennessee Wesleyan received the remaining first-place vote and is second in the poll with 75 points.

Rounding out the top five are Bluefield (72 points), Reinhardt (69 points) and Bryan (65 points). Milligan (63 points) begins the second five with Montreat (33 points), St. Andrews (28 points), Point (26 points), and Truett-McConnell (20 points) making up the rest of the field.

As the regular-season runner-up, Reinhardt also advanced to the NAIA National Champion Tournament last season, finishing 18-14 overall and 13-5 in conference action. Reinhardt lost 87-72 to Indiana Wesleyan in the opening round.

The AAC Tournament is set for February 24-28, 2015, at the MeadowView Marriott Conference Resort & Convention Center in Kingsport, Tenn. This marks the third year in a row the tournament will be held at this venue.

2014-15 AAC Men's Basketball Coaches' Poll

Place Team (First-Place Votes) Total Points*
1 Union (9) 99
2 Tennessee Wesleyan (1) 75
3 Bluefield 72
4 Reinhardt 69
5 Bryan 65
6 Milligan 63
7 Montreat 33
8 St. Andrews 28
9 Point 26
10 Truett-McConnell 20

*-Coaches ranked the teams in predicted order of finish from first to 10th. Each team received 10 points for a first-place votes, nine points for second, etc.

Perry Central's Braxton Beverly to Visit WKU This Weekend

Perry Central point guard Braxton Beverly, one of the top player's in Kentucky's Class of 2016, will visit Western Kentucky University this weekend for their Hilltopper Hysteria event.

Tuesday, October 14, 2014

Source: KHSAA Denies Malik Dow's Appeal at Mercer County

I am told by a good source that the KHSAA has denied Malik Dow's appeal to play high school basketball at Mercer County High School.

Dow, an athletic forward, transferred to Mercer County from Ballard High School.

The KHSAA originally denied his eligibility several weeks ago and an appeal was filed.

UK to be Featured Three Times on CBS Sports Network in 2014-15

The Kentucky Wildcats will be featured in three games on the CBS Sports Network this season.

CBS Sports released their full schedule of college basketball games this morning.

Here's a look at the schedule:

Key non-conference games on CBS:

• North Carolina at Kentucky – Saturday, Dec. 13
• North Carolina vs. Ohio State – Saturday, Dec. 20 (CBS Sports Classic)
• UCLA vs. Kentucky – Saturday, Dec. 20 (CBS Sports Classic)
• Connecticut at Florida – Saturday, Jan. 3
• UNLV at Kansas – Sunday, Jan. 4

Key non-conference games on CBS Sports Network:

• Tennessee vs. VCU – Friday, Nov. 14 (Veterans Classic)
• Michigan State vs. Navy – Friday, Nov. 14 (Veterans Classic)
• Bucknell at Villanova – Thursday, Nov. 20
• USC at New Mexico – Sunday, Nov. 30
• Temple at St. Joseph's – Wednesday, Dec. 3
• Villanova at LaSalle – Wednesday, Dec. 3
• Penn State at Marshall – Saturday, Dec. 6
• Alabama at Xavier – Saturday, Dec. 6
• Oklahoma at Tulsa – Saturday, Dec. 13
• Arizona at UNLV – Tuesday, Dec. 23
• Ole Miss at Dayton – Tuesday, Dec. 30

Key intra-conference games on CBS:

• Duke at North Carolina State – Sunday, Jan. 11
• Kansas at Texas – Saturday, Jan. 24
• Indiana at Ohio State – Sunday, Jan. 25
• Michigan at Michigan State – Sunday, Feb. 1
• Notre Dame at Duke – Saturday, Feb. 7
• Georgetown at St. John's – Saturday, Feb. 28
• SMU at Connecticut – Sunday, March 1
• Florida at Kentucky – Saturday, March 7
• Stanford at Arizona – Saturday, March 7

Complete Schedule

DeAndre Liggins is Reportedly Headed to Russia for 2014-15

Former University of Kentucky guard DeAndre Liggins might be headed to Russia for the 2014-15 season.

Liggins has reportedly finalized a deal with Karsny Oktyabr in Russia's top-level VTB United League.

Here are more details from

Krasny Oktyabr Volgograd (VTB) is close to sign 26-year old American guard Deandre Liggins (198-95kg-88, college: Kentucky) who currently plays Los Angeles Clippers in NBA. The last season Liggins played at Sioux Falls Skyforce in D-League. In 47 games he recorded 14.2ppg, 7.1rpg, 4.7apg and 2.6spg. He helped them to win the Central Division title. Great season indeed as he was awarded All-D-League Defensive Player of the Year and voted to 2nd Team and to the All-Star Game. Liggins also played at the Heat in NBA earlier that season. In only one game he had just 2 points and 1 rebound. He also spent pre-season at the Thunder in NBA earlier that year. Liggins was also tried-out by Oklahoma City Blue (previous name Tulsa 66ers) in D-League. He contributed to his team winning the Central Division title. A very good season in his career as he was awarded All-D-League Defensive Player of the Year and voted to 2nd Team and to the All-Star Game.

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2016 Wing Montrell Dixson to Visit Missouri Soon

According to Corey Evans, former Thomas Nelson wing Montrell Dixson will make an unofficial visit to Missouri soon.

Dixson transferred to Mingo Central (WV).

Memphis Waives Former Louisville Guard Luke Hancock

The Memphis Grizzlies announced last night that they have waived former Louisville guard Luke Hancock.

Hancock scored 2 points in 9 minutes in his only appearance for the Grizzlies.

Monday, October 13, 2014

New Event Will Bring Top Recruits to Lexington in November

A new event will be bringing several of the nation's top high school basketball players to Lexington in November.

According to Ben Roberts of the Herald-Leader, the Bluegrass Showcase will feature some elite-level talent at Paul Laurence Dunbar High School on November 28-29.

Here is an excerpt:

The high school teams featuring Josh Jackson and Thon Maker – two of the top five players in the junior class – will play two games each, including one contest against each other on the final night of the two-day showcase set for Nov. 28-29 at Paul Laurence Dunbar.

Jackson – a 6-foot-7 small forward – recently transferred to Prolific Prep in Northern California after playing his first two seasons of high school in Michigan, which has strict rules about its teams competing in games outside of the state.

Prolific Prep is entering its first season with a schedule that includes games at the Hoophall Classic in Massachusetts, the Tarkanian Classic in Las Vegas and several other national showcases.

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Here is a look at the schedule:

Bluegrass Showcase at Paul Laurence Dunbar High School
(All times Eastern)

Friday, Nov. 28

Noon — Carlisle School (Va.) vs. La Lumiere (Ind.)
1:30 p.m. — Arlington Country Day (Fla.) vs. Quality Education (N.C.)
3 p.m. — Huntington Prep (W.Va.) vs. Life Center Academy (N.J.)
4:30 p.m. — Homestead (Ind.) vs. Curie (Ill.)
6 p.m. — Prolific Prep (Calif.) vs. Sunrise Christian (Kan.)
7:30 p.m. — Prime Prep (Texas) vs. Orangeville Prep (Canada)

Saturday, Nov. 29

1 p.m. — Sunrise Christian (Kan.) vs. Quality Education (N.C.)
2:30 p.m. — Arlington Country Day (Fla.) vs. Life Center Academy (N.J.)
4 p.m. — Huntington Prep (W.Va.) vs. Faith Baptist Christian (Ga.)
5:30 p.m. — Homestead (Ind.) vs. White Station (Tenn.)
7 p.m. — Prolific Prep (Calif.) vs. Orangeville Prep (Canada)
8:30 p.m. — Prime Prep (Texas) vs. Carlisle School (Va.)

Samardo Samuels Named Player of the Week in Italy's Serie A League

Former Louisville big man Samardo Samuels has been named Player of the Week in Italy's top-level Serie A league following the first week of games.

Samuels had 22 points and 10 rebounds in a 68-61 win over Vanoli CR.

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Jamaican Samardo Samuels (206-F/C-89) had an amazing evening in the last round for league's second-best EA7 Armani and that's him to receive a Player of the Week award for round 1.

The 25-year old power forward had a double-double of 22 points and ten rebounds, while his team beat Vanoli CR (0-1) 68-61. It's just the very beginning of the season and EA7 Armani won just one (their first) game. It's too early to say anything as the standings can be changed completely after next round. In the team's last game Samuels had a remarkable 57.1% from 2-point range. It's his second year at EA7 Armani and it's hard to imagine this team without him. University of Louisville graduate has very impressive stats this year.

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Vacation Is Over...It's Basketball Season

I spent the last few days at Hilton Head Island, but vacation time is over and basketball season is officially here.

Most programs are already practicing and will be unveiling their respective teams in the next week at various midnight madness events.

That being said, business will be picking up on the site. Stay tuned...

BBN, Meet Captain Chip Michalove

I want to introduce readers to Captain Chip Michalove, a Kentucky native who is widely regarded as one of the top shark fishermen on the East coast.

Captain Chip (yellow below), who currently holds two South Carolina shark fishing state records, is a big time fan of the Kentucky Wildcats. He makes the trip to Columbia annually to watch the Cats battle South Carolina and will even be making the journey to Rupp Arena for a game in December.

Chip spends most of his mornings on the water but said he catches up nightly by listening to Kentucky Sports Radio on podcast.

I spent a day on the water with Chip last week and ended up landing a giant blacktip shark (see below). If you are interested in catching the big ones, I highly recommend giving Chip a call.

Give Captain Chip a shout on Twitter

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