Friday, November 7, 2014

UK Assistant Barry Rohrssen Previews Georgetown College and More

Kentucky assistant Barry "Slice" Rohrssen previews Sunday's game against Georgetown College and more:


No. 19 Campbellsville Passes Road Test at No. 20 Evangel

(19) Campbellsville 80
(20) Evangel (Mo.) 70

Final from Springfield, Missouri

Game recap by CU:

SPRINGFIELD, Mo. — Campbellsville University men's basketball extended its early season record to 3-0 after another NAIA Top 20 victory. The No. 19 Tigers took down No. 20 Evangel (Mo.), 80-70, Thursday night.

"Traveling to Evangel is a long trip and they are a really good basketball team," said 15-year head coach Keith Adkins. "It seems that they are always in the NAIA Tournament at season's end and hardly ever lose at home. This is a big time quality win for us."

It was a game of runs for both Evangel and Campbellsville, as the Crusaders jumped out to a 10-4 lead. But the Tigers went on an 18-6 run to take a 24-16 lead with 7:28 left in the first half.

Eric Gaines, who played in his first game of the season due to injury, sparked the Tigers during that run with back-to-back buckets off the bench.

D'Von Campbell, a senor from Arlington, Texas, would not let his teammate out due him. In a span of three minutes, Campbell knocked down three 3-pointers leading the Tigers in the first half with 14 points on 5-of-9 shooting and 4-of-5 from downtown.

But with 2:28 left, Campbellsville took its biggest lead by way of Quin Richardson. The sophomore from Georgetown, Ky., scored his only points of the game, hitting a 3-pointer to give CU a 16-point lead 42-26.

The Tigers went ice cold from the floor after that and ended the first half scoreless in the final 2:28. Evangel was able to go on a 9-0 run before the break getting the score back to single-digits, 42-35.

"We lost our focus late in the first half," said Adkins. "We got away from what was working and successful. A turnover here and a bad shot there turns into defensive lapse and there you have it. Moving forward we cannot do that. We have to stay with what got us the lead and push forward."

CU picked up a spark after the intermission from one of its dark horses, Elliott Young. Young scored the first five points of the half on a 15-foot jumper and a 3-pointer from the right wing to give the TIgers the momentum back, and a double-digit lead, 47-36.

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Weekend College Schedule for November 7-9

There are plenty of college basketball games around Kentucky beginning at 5:00 p.m. ET today and ending Sunday night.

Here's a look at the weekend schedule:

Friday, November 7

5:00 p.m. Berea College at Spalding University (Exhibition)
6:00 p.m. Alice Lloyd College vs. Bluefield College (at UPIKE)
6:00 p.m. St. Catharine College vs. Davenport (at Fort Wayne, IN)
6:00 p.m. Union College vs. Central Christian (at Asbury)
6:00 p.m. Kentucky Christian University vs. West Virginia Tech (at Rio Grande)
7:00 p.m. Urbana University at Eastern Kentucky University (Exhibition)
8:00 p.m. Crown College at Asbury University
8:00 p.m. Brescia University at University of Pikeville
9:00 p.m. Miami-Middletown at Lindsey Wilson College

Saturday, November 8

2:00 p.m. Brescia University vs. Bluefield College (at UPIKE)
3:00 p.m. St. Catharine College vs. TBA (at Fort Wayne, IN)
4:00 p.m. Alice Lloyd College at University of Pikeville
4:00 p.m. Union College at Asbury University
5:00 p.m. Miami-Middletown at Campbellsville University
TBA Kentucky Christian University at Rio Grande

Sunday, November 9

12:30 p.m. Bellarmine University at University of Louisville (Exhibition)
5:00 p.m. College of Saint Joseph in Vermont at Lindsey Wilson College
7:00 p.m. Georgetown College at University of Kentucky (Exhibition)

USA Today Ranks Kentucky No. 2 in Preseason Rankings

USA Today has Kentucky ranked No. 2 in their preseason rankings for 2014-15.

Here is an excerpt that explains why the Wildcats, a team with 9 (yes 9) McDonald's All-Americans and 10-11 NBA prospects, are not No. 1:

TEAM STRENGTH/WEAKNESS: This could be the best frontcourt in the history of college basketball. That's a bold statement, but like so much with this team, it's based on potential ... and depth — Cauley-Stein, Johnson, Lee, Towns and Lyles. When it comes to a weakness, there is such a thing as too much talent. Calipari has meshed lots of talent before, but this is his biggest project to date. He's initiated a platoon offense to provide adequate playing time. Essentially, it's a first team, second team kind of substitution pattern. Based on the blue-white scrimmage here's a look at the possible platoons for his 12-deep rotation:

•Ulis, Booker, Poythress, Lee, Johnson, Hawkins.
•Andrew Harrison, Aaron Harrison, Cauley-Stein, Lyles, Towns, Derek Willis.

So that should sort out how this team plans to establish chemistry, but what about egos? Sacrificing for the good of the team is what Calipari keeps preaching, after all. Cauley-Stein, via the Courier-Journal, said, "If we win, I'm cool," Cauley-Stein said. "And I think that's where everybody else has to get to. And if everybody else gets to that, it's a whole different ballgame. If people are worrying about their stats — 'Oh, I need such-and-such' — that's when you get to the point of: 'Are you really trying to win or are you just trying to get your stats up?' I think for the most part, everybody is trying to win."

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Report: DeSales Head Coach John Mingus Has Stepped Down

According to a report by LouisvilleCatholicSports.com, DeSales head coach John Mingus has stepped down and been replaced by Tom Crews.


Writers at CBS Sports Make 2015 Final Four and National Title Picks

The writers at CBS Sports have broken down their picks for the 2015 NCAA national championship and Final Four.

Gary Parrish, Jerry Palm and Chip Patterson pick the Kentucky Wildcats to win the national title. All other writers, except Matt Norlander, have the Wildcats in the Final Four.

Jon Rothstein and Patterson also have Louisville making the Final Four.

Norlander picks Duke to win the title. Sam Vecenie and Rothstein pick Arizona to win it all. Doug Gottlieb has Wisconsin cutting down the nets in April.

Patterson and Rothstein pick Louisville's Montrezl Harrell to be national Player of the Year.

All seven writers think Duke's Jahlil Okafor will be national Freshman of the Year.

Parrish and Patterson pick John Calipari to win Coach of the Year.

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University of the Cumberlands Hammers Hiwassee to Remain Undefeated

University of the Cumberlands 74
Hiwassee College 43

Final from Williamsburg, Kentucky

Game recap by UC:

The University of the Cumberlands (UC) Men's Basketball team came into their matchup on Thursday night looking to continue their success against the Tigers of Hiwassee College. After opening up a comfortable 40-16 lead at the half, the Patriots would cruise to a 74-43 victory. With the win, UC moves to 4-0 on the season.

BY THE NUMBERS

• The Patriots spread out the scoring on the night with 4 players scoring in double figures.
• D'Lando Carter (Danville, IL), Jessie Pernell (North Augusta, SC), and Tony Bradley (Alton, IL) all pitched in 11 points apiece.
• Michael Dow (Melbourne, Australia) also scored 10 on the night with 4 rebounds.
• The Patriots outrebounded Hiwassee 50-30 in the game.
• UC also held the Tigers to just under 27% from the field and 13.6% from the three point line.

UP NEXT

The Patriots will continue their home stand on Tuesday, November 11th as they host College of Mount St. Joseph of Vermont. Tipoff is scheduled for 6 pm.

NBC Sports Ranks Kentucky No. 1 for 2014-15

NBC Sports has joined the long line of media entities to name Kentucky No. 1 heading into the 2014-15 season.

Rob Dauster of NBC Sports has a preview of the Cats.

Rather than focus on the positives, which we already know for the most part (duh, they're loaded), let's take a look at what Dauster says could possibly go wrong this season.

Here is an excerpt:

But they might disappoint because … There are a number of concerns that I have about this Kentucky teams, so lets roll them out in bullet form:

•First and foremost, I’m not convinced that the platoon system is actually going to work. When Kentucky faces teams that they should beat — Grand Canyon and Buffalo and Boston U. — it will be effective because the Wildcats simply are that much more talented. But what happens when they square off with teams that can actually beat them? Will Coach Cal be willing to give Marcus Lee or Trey Lyles their full rotations if they aren’t playing well? Will he be willing to play crunch time minutes without his five best players on the floor? If someone sees their minutes cut, will Cal be able to keep the peace in the locker room?

•There is no natural small forward on this team. There are, however, six guys that play the four and the five spot. Alex Poythress is the guy that’s being forced into the role, but his natural position is as an undersized power forward. Lyles is really skilled for a power forward, but he’s a four through and through. Lee is, obviously, a four. The best lineup that Kentucky fields might end up having three guards on the floor. Who gets their minutes cut if Cal plays, say, Tyler Ulis and the Harrisons?

•Karl Towns is better than Dakari Johnson and Willie Cauley-Stein. Trey Lyles is better than Poythress and Lee. Ulis may be the best point guard on the roster. What happens if the freshmen end up getting all the minutes?

•And lastly, I think that the Harrisons are going to have big years. I think that Aaron will be the team’s best perimeter scorer and Andrew will take control of the team at the point guard spot. But there’s no guarantee that they make that leap.

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Lindsey Wilson Comes Up Short at Martin Methodist

Martin Methodist 83
Lindsey Wilson 67

Final from Pulaski, Tennessee

Game recap by LWC:

PULASKI, Tenn. -- Slow starts to each half doomed the Lindsey Wilson men's basketball team tonight in an 83-67 loss to host Martin Methodist (Tenn.) at the Curry Christian Life Center.

Lindsey Wilson was out-scored 16-3 in the first nine minutes of the game and 14-4 in the first six minutes of the second half and could never recover en route to falling to 1-2 on the season.

The RedHawks -- who are receiving votes in the national poll -- took advantage of the sluggish Blue Raider starts to build leads of 16 points in the first half and 21 in the second half.

Lindsey Wilson fought back from its first-half deficit and managed to cut the Martin Methodist (2-0) lead to single digits (39-30) at the break.

D'on Hall scored the first basket of the second half to help the Blue Raiders climb within seven -- the closest Lindsey Wilson would get the rest of the game. Hall finished with 13 points.

The RedHawks responded with 14-2 run to reclaim the momentum and extend the lead to 53-34 with 14 minutes left.

Lindsey Wilson refused to go away. The Blue Raiders made one final run near the midway point of the second half thanks in large part to freshman Bryan Wallace.

Wallace scored eight points during a 10-0 Lindsey Wilson run to cut the deficit to 53-44. He poured in a career-high 18 points during the game.

Again, Martin Methodist countered and quickly matched the Blue Raiders' 10-point spurt with 10 straight of its own. The Blue Raiders had no answer for the final RedHawk run.

Hannes Erhardt joined Wallace and Hall in double figures with 10.

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Thursday, November 6, 2014

Bellarmine Ranked No. 10 in NABC/Division II Presason Rankings

Bellarmine University is ranked No. 10 in the NABC/Division II Preseason Rankings for 2014-15.

West Libery (W.Va.) tops the poll with 8 first-place votes and 385 total points. Southern Connecticut State is No. 2 with 364 points. Metropolitan State (Colo.) is third with 4 first-place votes and 361 points.

East Stroudsburg (Pa.) and Montevallo (Ala.) round out the top 5.

Kentucky Wesleyan College received 39 votes and is just outside the top 25.

NABC/Division II Rankings
(Nov. 6, 2014 - Pre-Season Rankings)

Record Points Last
1. West Liberty, W.Va. (8) 31-4 385 7
2. Southern Connecticut St. 30-3 364 4
3. Metropolitan State, Colo. (4) 32-2 361 1
4. East Stroudsburg, Pa. (1) 30-2 344 2
5. Montevallo, Ala. (2) 26-6 325 18
6. Drury, Mo. 28-4 296 8
7. Minnesota State 30-5 277 9
8. Cal Poly Pomona (1) 22-7 264 24
9. Florida Southern 26-4 242 10
10. Bellarmine, Ky. 23-8 218 NR
11. Western Washington 20-8 192 NR 12. Tarleton State, Texas 28-3 188 3 13. Delta State, Miss. 26-7 182 NR 14. Philadelphia, Pa. 25-7 180 NR 15. Indiana, Pa. 24-5 170 15 16. Findlay, Ohio 24-5 147 21 17. Lewis, Ill. 21-6 142 NR 18. Colo.-Colorado Springs 21-9 105 NR 19. Chico State, Calif. 25-8 89 19 20. South Carolina Aiken 33-4 84 5 21. Saint Anselm, N.H. 22-8 76 NR 22. Seattle Pacific, Wash. 26-6 60 11 23. Lincoln Memorial, Tenn. 28-3 59 6 24. Cal Baptist 24-4 43 17 25. Dixie State, Utah 21-7 41 NR

Others receiving votes: Kentucky Wesleyan 39, Central Missouri 34, GRU Augusta 34, Limestone (S.C.) 25, Barry (Fla.) 23, Fort Hays State (Kan.) 21, St. Mary's (Texas) 21, Christian Brothers (Tenn.) 20, Arkansas-Fort Smith 18, Alaska-Anchorage 17, Midwestern State (Texas) 15, Arkansas Tech 14, Michigan Tech 14, Augustana (S.D.) 11, Grand Valley State (Mich.) 9, Washburn (Kan.) 9, Angelo State (Texas) 7, Harding (Ark.) 6, Newberry (S.C.) 6, Alabama-Huntsville 5, Benedict (S.C.) 3, Point Loma Nazarene (Calif.) 3, Cal State-Stanislaus 2, Texas A&M-Commerce 2, Cal State-San Bernardino 1, Indianapolis (Ind.) 1, Minnesota State-Moorhead 1,

- Records are final from the 2013-14 season.

- Last ranking listed is from the final NABC/Division II poll of the 2013-14 season.

15-Year Old Teen with Leukemia Will Play for Bellarmine University Against Louisville Saturday

Head coach Scotty Davenport will allow a 15-year old kid with life-threatening leukemia to dress for the Bellarmine Knights in Saturday's exhibition game against Louisville.

Patrick McSweeney will take part in the entire game day experience. According to the report from ESPN, McSweeney will take part in the pregame meal, the walkthrough, the bus ride to the arena and hopefully the first basket.

“He’s going to blow by Terry Rozier, go by Chris Jones and score a layup,’’ Davenport said. “We’ll just be sure to tell Montrezl Harrell not to block it."

Here are details from ESPN:

He knocked on the door at the Louisville home of Patrick McSweeney, a player Davenport has known for two years now. He had a jersey, warm-ups, and sneakers for McSweeney to wear, and an offer.

“I said, ‘Coach [Rick] Pitino and I had a draft and since he had a better season than us, I got the first pick. You’re playing on our team on Sunday," Davenport said.

Patrick McSweeney isn’t listed on any recruiting sites. He’s just 15.

He has life-threatening leukemia.

And on Sunday at 12:30 he’ll be introduced as a starter against his favorite college basketball team, the University of Louisville, in an exhibition game.

“It’s the boost he needs right now," Debbie McSweeney, Patrick’s mother. “Just this week we found out his T cells aren’t being effective and for us to get this news, a day after some really bad news, it’s what he needed. It’s what we all needed right now, to have a little bit more hope."

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My thoughts: Kudos to Coach Davenport and Coach Pitino for allowing Patrick to have this incredible experience. Acts like this continue to remind us of how great sports can be.

Photo: Bellarmine

2015 SG Marlon Hunter Commits to Western Kentucky

Western Kentucky has reportedly picked up a commitment from 2015 shooting guard Marlon Hunter from Houston (Tenn.) High School.



Hunter is rated as a three-star recruit by Rivals.com.

Josh Harrellson, Randolph Morris Have Big Nights in China

Former Kentucky big men Josh Harrellson and Randolph Morris both had big nights in China last night.

Morris had 21 points, 8 rebounds and 5 blocks to lead the Beijing Ducks to a 100-89 win over the Bayi Rockets. Former NBA star Stephon Marbury chipped in 21 points for Beijing.

Earlier this week, Morris and his Beijing teammates received medals and rings for winning last season's CBA championship (see picture).

Harrellson had 28 points and 8 boards for Chongqing in a 121-116 loss to Xinjiang.

Andray Blatche led Xinjiang with 28 points and 13 rebounds. Jordan Crawford added 25 points.

In other news from China, rookie Emmanuel Mudiay is off to a solid start. He had 29 points, 9 rebounds and 7 assists in Guangdong's 135-111 victory over Jilin NE.



Former Louisville Guard Alhaji Mohammed Named Player of the Week in Romania

Former Louisville guard Alhaji Mohammed was recently named Eurobasket.com Player of the Week in Romania's top-level Liga Nationala.

Mohammed had 21 points, 4 rebounds and 9 assists in Ploiesti's 87-64 win over Timba Timis.

Here is more from Eurobasket.com:

Experienced Ghanian Alhaji Mohammed (192-G-81) had a very impressive game in the last round for Ploiesti and that's him to receive a Eurobasket.com Player of the Week award for round 5.

The 33-year old guard had the game-high 21 points adding four rebounds and nine assists for Ploiesti in his team's victory, helping them to crush Timba Timis. (#11, 1-3) with 23-point margin 87-64. Ploiesti is placed at 3rd position in Romanian Liga Nationala. They are still close to the very top. Ploiesti would have been even better if they kept winning the games like in the last round. They have a solid 4-1 record. In the team's last game Mohammed had a remarkable 70.0% from 2-point range. It's his second year at Ploiesti and it's hard to imagine this team without him. University of Louisville graduate has very impressive stats this year. Mohammed is in league's top in assists (4th best: 5.3apg) and averages solid 3.0spg and 69.6% FGP.

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Wheaties Honors Lauren Hill with a Special Cereal Box

Wheaties has honored Lauren Hill with a special cereal box:



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Former Kentucky Recruit Noah Cottrill Bounces Back with Georgetown College

Noah Cottrill, who was once a top 100 recruit from West Virginia, will visit Rupp Arena Sunday as a key member of the Georgetown Tigers.

Cottrill is a great example of a kid who went down the wrong path but has managed to fight back and get his life back on track.

Once a heralded recruit, who had the interest of Kentucky and then head coach Billy Gillispie, Cottrill got addicted to prescription drugs and almost lost everything.

He committed to Florida originally, then ended up at West Virginia. He couldn't make it in Morgantown, so he played a season at West Virginia Wesleyan. From there, he found his way to Georgetown College, which head coach Chris Briggs says is a place for second chances.

Cottrill is making the most of his second chance with the Tigers. He is averaging 24 points per game in three games this season and says he has been sober since December 7, 2011.

Jerry Tipton of the Herald Leader had a great interview with Cottrill. Here is an excerpt:

"I am an addict," he said before Georgetown's practice Wednesday. "And I'll be an addict for the rest of my life."

He's been hailed as the top high school prospect in West Viginia, the heir apparent to O.J. Mayo. A basketball celebrity while still in puberty. "At the highest of highs," Cottrill said. "Not being able to go anywhere without being recognized."

After leaving West Virginia University in the first semester of his freshman year, Cottrill entered a drug rehabilitation facility in Michigan. The player who led Logan High School to the 2010 West Virginia Class AAA state championship found himself "restricted in a room with no TV, no cellphone," he said. "With your blanket. With a book to read. For 30 days. And talking to people that you don't think you should be in a place with."

He's called his journey a "great process of humbling." It's not a trip he talks much about publicly. He does so now because, he says, his example might help the next Noah Cottrill or, maybe, some anonymous someone tempted to take drugs.

"Early in my recovery, I'd never thought I'd do this," he told the interviewer. "Man, I want to hide in my shell and never tell anybody what I did. Now, I think it will really educate people. How scary, and how real it really is."

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My Thoughts: Stay strong Noah. Your story will be a great inspiration to others who struggle with addiction. Nice article Jerry!

Wednesday, November 5, 2014

Former Kentucky Mr. Basketball Arrested in Alabama

Former Kentucky Mr. Basketball Dominic Tilford was arrested Wednesday morning in Huntsville, Alabama following a police chase.

Here are more details from WAFF.com:

Tilford and three other suspects were charged with burglary and theft. Investigators say the men fled from officers after a burglary at a Verizon Wireless store.

The pursuit ended after the suspect vehicle went through Gate 10 on Patton Road at Redstone Arsenal around 6 a.m. The vehicle slammed into barricades at the gate.

Tilford and the three other suspects were taken into custody and booked into Metro Jail.

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Tilford was named Mr. Basketball after his senior season at Jeffersontown High School in 2005. He played at Cincinnati before transferring to South Alabama.

Video: Anthony Davis Comes Out of Nowhere for the Putback Dunk

Check out this video of former Kentucky star Anthony Davis doing Anthony Davis things:


Western Kentucky to Play Road Game at Xavier in 2015

The Western Kentucky Hilltoppers will play a road game at Xavier University in December 2015.

The Hilltoppers will reportedly receive a $95,000 payout for the game.

Here's an excerpt from BGDailyNews.com:

The Western Kentucky men’s basketball team will play a road game at Xavier in December 2015.

The Hilltoppers will receive $95,000 for one game against the Musketeers at their Cintas Center in Cincinnati, WKU athletic director Todd Stewart said.

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University of the Cumberlands Moves to 3-0 with Win Over Ohio Christian

University of the Cumberlands 79
Ohio Christian University 58

Final from Williamsburg, Kentucky

Game recap by UC:

The University of the Cumberlands (UC) Men’s Basketball team continued their season opening home stand on Tuesday as they hosted Ohio Christian University (OCU) for a non-conference contest. UC was in the driver’s seat all night as they defeated the Trailblazers 79-58. With the win, UC moves to 3-0 on the season.

BY THE NUMBERS

· Josh Caldwell (Aurora, CO) led the Patriots on the night with 15 points and 7 rebounds.
· D’Lando Carter (Danville, IL) added 13 points and 3 rebounds in the game.
· Chance Armstrong (Mt. Washington, KY) pitched in 11 points and 2 rebounds.
· UC would shoot 48% from the field in the game and just under 74% from the free throw line.
· OCU was held to just under 33% from the field including just 5-23 from beyond the arc.

UP NEXT

The Patriots will be back in action on Thursday November 6th as they host Hiwassee College. Tipoff is set for 7 pm. Bring 3 canned goods for free admission to the game.

Luke Hancock is Headed to Greece for 2014-15

Former Louisville forward Luke Hancock has signed with Panionios ON Telecoms Athens in Greece's top-level A1 league.

Hancock was in training camp with the Memphis Grizzlies but did not make the final roster.

Here is more from Eurobasket.com:

Panionios ON Telecoms Athens (A1) added to their roster 24-year old American forward Luke Hancock (198-F-90, college: Louisville). He already started the season at Memphis Grizzlies in the NBA.

Hancock just graduated from University of Louisville and it is his first season as a pro. His team won AAC Tournament. Hancock was voted All-CAA 3rd Team back in 2011 at his college time. Hancock represented USA at the World University Games in Kazan (Russia) last year.

Video: Faried, Cousins and Gay Pull Off the Rare Triple Flop in a Game

Watch as Kenneth Faried, Rudy Gay and DeMarcus Cousins pull off the rare triple flop in a game:


Brandon Knight Leaves His Feet and Loses His Mind

Former Kentucky star Brandon Knight is one of the NBA's top young guards and he is still improving.

For whatever reason, Knight has terrible luck when it comes to bad highlights. First, there was the crazy dunk by DeAndre Jordan that resulted in Knight going viral for all the wrong reasons.

Then, he got crossed up by Kyrie Irving at All-Star Weekend.

Late last season, he was swatted by Joakim Noah.

Another time, he ended up in a pool of Gatorade.

Now, Knight has another lowlight. For decades, coaches have been telling players to never leave their feet with the ball unless they know where they are going ("jump stop!!!").

This is why:


Union College Destroys Boyce in Season-Opening Win

Union College 107
Boyce College 43

Final from Barbourville, Kentucky

Game recap by UC:

BARBOURVILLE, Ky. - T.J. Jones (JR/Spartanburg, S.C.) and Deante Johnson (SR/Cincinnati, Ohio) each recorded double-doubles, as the No. 16 Union College men's basketball team opened their 2014-15 season with an emphatic 107-43 victory over Boyce (Ky.) on Tuesday evening at Robsion Arena.

Early on, the Bulldogs struggled with Boyce, falling behind 13-6 in the first seven minutes. After Boyce went up 17-12 with 13:05 left in the period, Union began the run that put the game away.

For the next eight minutes, Union went on an astounding 24-0 run to put the game out of Boyce's reach, as the Bulldogs went up 36-17 with five minutes left in the period. Union kept pouring it on as the half came to a close, taking a 53-24 lead at intermission.

The roll for Union continued into the second half, as the Bulldog got up by 40 points with 14 minutes left (69-29), then 51 points with 10 minutes to go (85-34). With four minutes left, Union went over the century mark, as the Bulldogs coasted to a 64-point home victory to open the season.

Overall, Johnson, Jones and DeAntray Stevens (JR/Cincinnati, Ohio) led the way in the scoring column on the evening.

Jones, playing in his first game in a Union uniform, scored 17 points on 8-of-12 shooting, while snatching 11 rebounds (eight of which were offensive 'boards). Johnson scored 15 points (on 6-of-7 shooting) and also pulled down 11 rebounds. Stevens, meanwhile, came off the bench , scoring 17 points, while dishing out six assists.

Elsewhere, Gerrard Newby (SO/Lexington, Ky. ) added 11 points off the bench, while Fitzgerald White (SR/Miami, Fla. ) and Tyler Wagner (SR/Corbin, Ky. ) scored nine points, apiece,

Trevor Tiller Lands at Alice Lloyd College

Former Paintsville High School star Trevor Tiller has landed at Alice Lloyd College.

Tiller began his college career at Transylvania University.

Alice Lloyd defeated Kentucky Christian 99-78 last night at home.

Tiller started and scored 15 points on 5-for-10 shooting. He also pulled down 5 rebounds and dished out 3 assists.

Tyler Rogers led Alice Lloyd with 27 points and 4 rebounds.

Kentucky Tops Sports Illustrated's Preseason Top 25

Sports Illustrated has Kentucky at No. 1 in their preseason top 25 rankings.

Arizona is No. 2, followed by Wisconsin, Duke and Kansas.

Louisville comes in at No. 7.

Here are excerpts about Kentucky and Louisville:

1 Kentucky Wildcats

Kentucky coach John Calipari was at a high altitude when he came up with a solution to his high-end problem: how to keep a roster filled with nine McDonald’s All-Americans happy. The answer: a two-platoon system. Read more from Seth Davis.

7 Louisville Cardinals

On April 14, Montrezl Harrell texted coach Rick Pitino, saying that he wanted to enter the NBA draft. Two hours later Harrell changed his mind. In those 120 minutes Louisville went from being a bubble team back to being a Final Four contender. The Cardinals’ forward, who was named first team All-AAC last season, after averaging 14.0 points and 8.4 rebounds, is that good—and he’s worked to get better. In the off-season he put himself through lonely, late-night workouts in Louisville’s practice facility, perfecting his ballhandling and midrange jumper. Though he made just two three-pointers last season, Harrell was 7 for 18 from behind the arc in the Cardinals’ three preseason intrasquad scrimmages. “I’m still going to stick to what I do best, which is finishing around the rim,” he says. “But I’m going to be able to step away and take people off the bounce too. That’s going to help our team out a lot more.” Read more from Seth Davis.

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Video: DeMarcus Cousins Puts in 34 Points, 17 Rebounds vs. Clippers

Watch as former Kentucky star DeMarcus Cousins puts in 34 points and 17 rebounds against the Los Angeles Clippers:



Cousins and the Kings defeated the Clippers 98-92.

Tuesday, November 4, 2014

Bellarmine Hangs Tough at Cincinnati, Comes Up Just Short

Cincinnati 86
Bellarmine 79

Exhibition Final from Cincinnati, Ohio

Game recap by BU:

CINCINNATI-The Bellarmine University men's basketball team tipped off its 2014-15 season tonight with a tough 86-79 exhibition loss to Cincinnati in Fifth Third Arena.

The Knights were in control for the majority of the opening 20 minutes with the Bearcats taking just a brief one-point lead with 4:08 remaining. The Knights scorched the nets with 70.4 percent shooting in the first half including hitting four of eight triples.

The roles reversed in the second period as the Bearcats heated to 62.5 percent shooting as the Knights cooled to 44.8 percent.

Cincinnati built a second period advantage that grew to as large as 18 points, but the Knights trimmed it back to single digits in the final minutes, but could get no closer than six.

"I am so appreciative of Mick Cronin," said Bellarmine Coach Scott Davenport. "For him to invite us and allow us to come, I can't put it into words on appreciative we are."Davenport added, "I love our basketball team. The key word is our basketball team because I really want to encourage people to get behind this basketball team. This team has a chance to be very, very special, and I say that with great pride because I am with them every day. We have been practicing at 20 hours for two and a half weeks, and it seems like it has gone by in two minutes."

The Bellarmine coach, now in his 10th season, pointed out the several key plays decided the outcome. "If you look at the three-pointer they banked in at the end of half, and the one where they beat the buzzer in the second half, those were big plays. We lost by seven points. It's a game of moments, and you have got to eliminate those."

Bellarmine's Jake Thelen led all scorers with 21 points as last year's national leader in field goal percentage converted 10 of 13 attempts and one of two free throws. The preseason All-American also led the Knights with six rebounds and seven assists.

Sophomore Josh Derksen was the first half catalyst and finished with 15 points, and Rusty Troutman chipped with 17 points.

The Bearcats were led by Ocatavious Ellis with 12 points and nine rebounds.

Complete Recap

Rick Pitino Says Shaqquan Aaron is Dealing with Eligibility Issues

Louisville head coach Rick Pitino said on his radio show tonight that freshman Shaqquan Aaron is dealing with eligibility issues and is still not cleared for the 2014-15 season.

Just Saturday, Pitino was asked why Aaron didn't play in the exhibition game against Barry.

"I can't play everybody," Pitino said back to the reporter. "I really can't. And, you know, I didn't play Matz. I got to work on getting ready for Minnesota. You know, it's a different schedule this year. I know you want him to play but I can't play him because you want him to play."

After some laughter from those in the press conference, Pitino added, "I know you're making a valid point, but there's more to it than that. I haven't been happy with him in practice too much but there's more to it than that."

Here's the video from Saturday (skip to 8:45 mark):


Tennessee Pulls Away from Pikeville in Second Half

Tennessee 80
Pikeville 62

Exhibition Final from Knoxville, Tennessee 

Game recap by UPIKE:

KNOXVILLE, Tenn. -- K.K. Simmons was at it again for the University of Pikeville men's basketball team, hitting seven 3-pointers on his way to a game-high 30 points in the Bears' 80-62 exhibition loss at Tennessee on Monday night at Thompson-Boling Arena.

Simmons became part of the national conscious after netting six threes against top-ranked Kentucky on Sunday and his continued antics in Knoxville had the Bears thinking upset up 15-6 early in the first half. But first-year Tennessee head coach Donnie Tyndall's debut wasn't spoiled as his team rallied back with 12 straight points to end the first half.

"I would like to take about two minutes away from the first half and try it again," said UPIKE head coach Kelly Wells. "I thought we gave a good competitive effort. We were hungry to challenge tonight, and I thought we played with some confidence. That two minute spell at the end of the half gave them the confidence that they needed and snatched the confidence from us."

UPIKE controlled the game for the first 11 minutes, leading by as many as nine points after a three from Simmons.

The Volunteers didn't grab their first lead until the 9:19 mark of the first half at 19-17 on a long-range shot from Armani Moore. The triple was part of a 10-0 run that helped UT build its momentum for a furious close to the half.

UPIKE's Kenny Manigault completed a three-point play with less than five minutes to go in the half to tie the score at 26, but Jabari McGhee finished a layup about a minute later and the Bears only scored five more points the rest of the way. Tennessee, on the other hand, went on a 12-0 run before the break to take a 42-31 lead into halftime.

The run continued in the second half as the Vols scored the first four points before a jumper from Macari Brooks finally ended it at the 18:32 mark. That 13-point margin was as close as UPIKE would get as Tennessee went on to lead by as many as 24 points with 4:24 to play.

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Kentucky's Alex Poythress on the Cover of Sports Illustrated's College Basketball Preview

Kentucky's Alex Poythress is on the cover of Sports Illustrated's College Basketball Preview.

The magazine picks Kentucky No. 1 in the nation.


Four From Kentucky on Watch List for Bob Cousy Award

Four players from college teams in Kentucky are on the 2015 Bob Cousy Award Watch List.

The University of Kentucky's Tyler Ulis and Andrew Harrison are both on the watch list.

Louisville's Terry Rozier and Murray State's Cameron Payne are also on the list.

About the award:

The Bob Cousy Award is given to the top collegiate male basketball point guard annually spanning across all divisions within the game by the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame. The selection criteria emphasize leadership, team work, success, and fundamentals as being critical parts for the game of basketball as a point guard. Nominations are solicited from across the country from head coaches and the winner is selected by a Blue Ribbon Selection Committee made up of the biggest names in college basketball.

Here's a look at the complete list:

Player Name School

Olivier Hanlan Boston College
Quinn Cook Duke University
Tyus Jones Duke University
D’Vauntes Smith-Rivera Georgetown University
Kevin Pangos Gonzaga University
Siyani Chambers Harvard University
Yogi Ferrell Indiana University
Monte Morris Iowa State University
Kenneth Smith Louisiana Tech University
Cameron Payne Murray State University
Chasson Randle Stanford University
Will Cummings Temple University
Alex Caruso Texas A&M University
T.J. McConnell University of Arizona
Ryan Boatright University of Connecticut
Kasey Hill University of Florida
Andrew Harrison University of Kentucky
Tyler Ulis University Kentucky
Terry Rozier University of Louisville
Romelo Trimble University of Maryland
Angel Rodriguez University of Miami
Derrick Walton Jr. University of Michigan
Jarvis Summers University of Mississippi
Marcus Paige University of North Carolina
Pierria Henry University of North Carolina (Charlotte)
Jordan Woodward University of Oklahoma
EC Matthews University of Rhode Island
Isaiah Taylor University of Texas
Julius Brown University of Toledo
Delon Wright University of Utah
London Perrantes University of Virginia
Keifer Sykes University of Wisconsin-Green Bay
Ryan Arcidiacono Villanova University
Briante Weber Virginia Commonwealth University
Juwan Staten West Virginia University
Fred VanVleet Wichita State University

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Eric Bledsoe Talks Call of Duty, Extension and More with Dime Magazine

Former Kentucky star Eric Bledsoe recently talked to Dime Magazine about several topics, including Call of Duty, his contract extension in Phoenix and more.

Here is an excerpt:

Dime: Do you bring the Call of Duty on the road at all, or is it more of an offseason thing?
EB: Oh, I play during the season, especially when I’m at home. I don’t really change the player too much when I’m on the road. I’m playing so much, I’m trying to get rest.

Dime: Do you let people know it’s Eric Bledsoe when you’re online, or do you keep it anonymous? What’s your screen name?
EB: My screen name is just eb2, buy some people know who it is, but when I get into the game, I don’t think people really know.

Dime: So no one comes at you, like ‘I’m gonna take out Eric Bledsoe’?
EB: [Laughs] Nah, all the guys don’t know me when I play the game.

Dime: Did you play against any of your teammates during your one season in Kentucky? Like with John [Wall] or Boogie [DeMarcus Cousins] or anyone?
EB: No, I didn’t really play it until my first year in the NBA…I wasn’t really into video games when I was in college.

Dime: On the basketball front, has it been a relief to you when you signed an extension and you’re kind of locked in? Was that something you didn’t really want hanging over your head going into the season?
EB: No, I wasn’t worried about it. I went last season without signing a contract, but…I wasn’t worried about. I love playing the game, and I was gonna play the game.

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Bryan College's Brandon Cole Scores 51 Points in Win Over St. Catharine College

Bryan College 102
St. Catharine 86

Final from Dayton, Tennessee

Game recap by BC:

Dayton, TN- The Bryan College Lions took the court back home at Summers Gymnasium again Monday against, last year NAIA Division 1 Elite 8, St. Catherine's (KY) in an exciting 102-86 win for the Lions.

The Lions scored the games first 9 points on a 3 pointer from Senoir Alan Holt, 2 thunderous dunks from Freshman Tyler Yoder and 2 inside scores from Junior Brandon Cole. The lop sided start was short lived as St. Catherine's became hot from behind the 3 point line, hitting 9 in the first half, inching back into the game. As the game became more intense Cole took over, scoring in a variety of ways to keep the Lions ahead.

Helping Cole's first half, 24 points and 8 rebounds, was the play of Oteriah Lee. The Freshman Point Guard, who dazzled the crowd with his lighting quick skill, finished the first half with 8 points and 4 assists. Yoder finished the half with 9 points as the Lions took the lead into the locker room 49-45 at the half.

The second half started with Cole picking up right where he left off, scoring the teams first 7 points of the half. But for every Lion play St. Catherine's seemed to have one of their own to keep the game close. Freshman Brice Cusick entered the and hit two big 3 point shots that sent the home crowd in a roar and giving the Lions an extra push of confidence.

As the game was winding down Brandon Cole iced the game with critical scores, to finally push the lead out of reach. Cole finished the night with a jaw dropping 51 points & 16 rebounds. 3 Freshmen had great nights as well with Oteriah Lee finished with 15 points & 9 assists, Brice Cusick 13 points & 5 rebounds along with Tyler Yoders 9 points, 5 rebounds, 4 assists, 2 steals and 1 blocked shot. Junior Robert Troino also added 9 points on three big 3 point shots.

The Lions are now 3-0 on the young season and have a very tall task in front of them Wednesday night as the travel to, NCAA Division 1, Austin Peay State University.

Photo: Bryan College

Monday, November 3, 2014

UK Has Dancing Guy, Tennessee Has This

He's no Darren Moscoe but this kid showed off his dance moves during Tennessee's exhibition game against Pikeville:


Minnesota Offers Taylor County's Quentin Goodin

Minnesota has officially extended a scholarship to Taylor County star Quentin Goodin.



Head coach Richard Pitino was in Kentucky to watch Goodin work out last week.

The Season is in Full Swing: Schedule for the Week

The college basketball season is in full swing around Kentucky this week.

Here is the complete schedule for a full slate of games:

Monday, November 3

7:00 p.m. Bellarmine University at Cincinnati (Exhibition)
7:00 p.m. University of Pikeville at Tennessee (Exhibition)
7:30 p.m. St. Catharine College at Bryan College

Tuesday, November 4

7:00 p.m. Boyce College at Union College
7:00 p.m. Ohio Christian at University of the Cumberlands
7:30 p.m. Kentucky Christian University at Alice Lloyd College

Wednesday, November 5

7:00 p.m. St. Catharine College at Morehead State University (Exhibition)
7:30 p.m. Alice Lloyd College at Milligan College
8:00 p.m. Lindsey Wilson College at Martin Methodist

Thursday, November 6

7:00 p.m. Hiwassee College at University of the Cumberlands
8:00 p.m. Freed-Hardeman at Murray State University (Exhibition)
8:00 p.m. Campbellsville University at Evangel University

Friday, November 7

5:00 p.m. Berea College at Spalding University (Exhibition)
6:00 p.m. Alice Lloyd College vs. Bluefield College (at UPIKE)
6:00 p.m. St. Catharine College vs. Davenport (at Fort Wayne, IN)
6:00 p.m. Union College vs. Central Christian (at Asbury)
6:00 p.m. Kentucky Christian University vs. West Virginia Tech (at Rio Grande)
7:00 p.m. Urbana University at Eastern Kentucky University (Exhibition)
8:00 p.m. Crown College at Asbury University
8:00 p.m. Brescia University at University of Pikeville
9:00 p.m. Miami-Middletown at Lindsey Wilson College

Saturday, November 8

2:00 p.m. Brescia University vs. Bluefield College (at UPIKE)
3:00 p.m. St. Catharine College vs. TBA (at Fort Wayne, IN)
4:00 p.m. Alice Lloyd College at University of Pikeville
4:00 p.m. Union College at Asbury University
5:00 p.m. Miami-Middletown at Campbellsville University
TBA Kentucky Christian University at Rio Grande

Sunday, November 9

12:30 p.m. Bellarmine University at University of Louisville (Exhibition)
5:00 p.m. College of Saint Joseph in Vermont at Lindsey Wilson College
7:00 p.m. Georgetown College at University of Kentucky (Exhibition)

Cauley-Stein, Booker and Towns Discuss Win Over Pikeville and More

Kentucky players Willie Cauley-Stein, Devin Booker and Karl Towns talk about last night's win over Pikeville and more:


John Calipari Talks About Exhibition Win Over Pikeville and More

Kentucky head coach John Calipari talks about last night's exhibition win over Pikeville and more:


Pikeville's Kelly Wells Says This Might Be Most Talent Ever Assembled at Kentucky

University of Pikeville head coach Kelly Wells said after last night's exhibition game that this could be the most talent ever assembled on a Kentucky basketball team.

Check out his comments following last night's game:


Highlights of Kentucky's Win Over Pikeville

Check out these highlights from Kentucky's exhibition win over Pikeville:



* Video by Kentucky Wildcats TV

Kentucky Destroys NAIA D1 No. 2 Pikeville in Exhibition Game

(1) Kentucky 116
Pikeville 68

Final from Lexington, Kentucky

Game recap by UK:

More than once, John Calipari has commented publicly that Kentucky was in for a reprieve when the season finally came.

With all the talent on the floor in practice and the reduced workload on the Wildcats playing in a two-platoon system, Coach Cal said games would be easier.

With one exhibition in the books, he might be right.

"When Coach says the practices are way harder than the games, it's true," Willie Cauley-Stein said. "You really felt it tonight. Like, I feel like I was fresh all the time."

Cauley-Stein and the Cats looked it too.

With no player on the floor for more than 20 minutes and 10 playing at least 16, Kentucky overwhelmed NAIA foe Pikeville in a 116-68 victory in front of 21,036 at Rupp Arena on Sunday night. Karl-Anthony Towns led UK with 22 points on 10-of-11 shooting in just 18 minutes and the Cats racked up 29 assists and shot 65.3 percent as a team.

"We played really well," Towns said. "The team did a really good job. I'm really happy with the assist totals, really. It shows we're moving the ball. Such a talented team, you don't expect a lot like that. We did a great job as a team. We ran the floor, we contested a lot of shots, but we have a lot of things we need to work on. That's what we're going to start back on tomorrow."

The performance led Pikeville head coach Kelly Wells to declare UK "the most talented team in the country" and potentially the most talented in program history, but the visiting Bears hung around in the early going. When K.K. Simmons buried a jumper at the 14:04 mark for two of his game-high 28 points, Pikeville pulled to within 22-18.

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Sunday, November 2, 2014

Video: Pikeville Head Coach Kelly Wells Gets His Team Ready for Kentucky

Here is University of Pikeville head coach Kelly Wells talking to his team as they get ready to take on the Kentucky Wildcats:


Lauren Hill Presented With Pat Summitt Most Courageous Award

Lauren Hill was just presented with the Pat Summitt Most Courageous Award by the USBWA and Coach Summitt herself:


Lauren Hill Scores Her First Collegiate Points at Mount St. Joseph

She did it! Lauren Hill knocked down her first collegiate shot attempt in front of a packed house at Xavier University.

Words really can't describe the moment.



Here's more about Lauren and the importance of her One Last Game.

Rick Pitino Thanks Barry for Pointing Out Louisville's Weaknesses

Louisville head coach Rick Pitino talks to the media following Saturday's 91-71 exhibition win over Barry:


Louisville Powers Past Barry in Exhibition Game

Louisville 91
Barry 71

Final from Louisville, Kentucky

Game recap by UL:

LOUISVILLE, Ky. - The University of Louisville men's basketball team defeated Barry 91-71 Saturday afternoon in the KFC Yum! Center to capture a win in its first exhibition game of the 2014-15 season.

After jumping out to a 45-29 halftime lead, the Cardinals (1-0) edged the Buccaneers (0-1) 46-42 in the second half to cruise to victory. Senior forward Wayne Blackshear, whose 22 points were a game-high, helped seal the win with 10 points in the game's second frame.

Barry trimmed the Louisville lead to 75-61 with 5:16 remaining, but Blackshear scored eight crucial points in less than three minutes to effectively erase any possibility of a Buccaneers comeback. Draining a 3-pointer from the right corner at the 5:23 mark, Blackshear pushed the Cardinals ahead by 17 before adding another deep-ball from the left wing on Louisville's next possession. Blackshear capped the sequence with a steal and dunk with 2:50 remaining.

Also boosting the Cardinals in the second half was guard Terry Rozier, who set the pace in the half by scoring the first five U of L points and dishing out five assists.

With the smothering defense that has become their identity over the years, the Cardinals staved off Barry by forcing 20 turnovers, blocking nine shots, and holding the Buccaneers to 33.3 percent from the field on 24 of 72 shooting.

Offensively, the Cardinals connected on 37 of 71 shot attempts for a 52.1 percent clip in the game.

Despite the Cardinals holding an edge in nearly every statistical category, Barry held a 53-41 advantage in rebounding. The Buccaneers dominated the offensive glass, out-rebounding the Cardinals 29-16 on the offensive end.

"That's what's exhibition is about," Louisville head coach Rick Pitino said after the game. "You see what you're doing well and what you need to work on. It's really about technique and that's why we've been rebounding poorly.

"From a technical standpoint, this was really good for us. Out there, we saw our flaws."

"A lot of things I liked, so it was a good exhibition game and we know what we need to work on going forward."

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