Friday, November 14, 2014

Life Knocks Off Lindsey Wilson in Overtime to Earn First Mid-South Conference Win

Life University 100
Lindsey Wilson College 97 F/OT

Final from Columbia, Kentucky

Game recap by LWC:

COLUMBIA, Ky. -- The Lindsey Wilson men's basketball team dropped its Mid-South Conference opener to visiting Life (Ga.) tonight 100-97 in overtime at Biggers Sports Center.

The Blue Raiders fall to 3-3 on the season and 0-1 in the MSC despite six Blue Raiders scoring in double figures.

Life (2-1, 1-0 in the MSC) ultimately won the back-and-forth affair -- that featured 13 ties and 11 leads changes -- with its defense and rebounding prowess. The Running Eagles forced the Blue Raiders into a season-high 28 turnovers while finishing with 13-rebound advantage. Life ended the game with 19 offensive boards which resulted in 17 second-chance points.

Lindsey Wilson battled back from 78-69 deficit with a little more than three minutes to play with a 14-5 run to close regulation.

Back-to-back 3-pointers from Bryan Wallace and Julian Edmonson in the final eight seconds extended the game into the Blue Raiders' first overtime of the season. Edmonson finished with 15 points while Wallace chipped in 14.

Wallace drained a contested three with 7.8 seconds left in regulation to cut the Life lead to 82-80. After Travien Geter made one-of-two free throws to extend the lead back to three, Edmonson poured in a trey from the left wing as time expired to send the game into the extra frame.

The two teams traded baskets and free throws through the first four minutes of the extra period. But in the final minute, the Eagles used a 6-0 run to take a 97-92 lead with 28 seconds left.

Life made five of its last six free throws to secure the three-point win in its Mid-South Conference debut.

Lindsey Wilson finished the night shooting 54.4 percent (31-of-57) from the field. Thanks to its work on the glass, Life managed 14 more shots than the Blue Raiders while shooting 50.7 percent (36-of-71).

Allen Dantzler led the Eagles with a season-high 29 points. Geter added 16 off the Life bench.

D'on Hall led the Blue Raiders with 18 points. Kevin Bradshaw added 14 while Tony Horne and Keshaun Mayfield chipped in 13 and 12 points respectively.

Lindsey Wilson returns to the hardwood at 7 p.m. CT on Thursday, Nov. 20, as the Blue Raiders travel to Shawnee State (Ohio) for a MSC doubleheader in Portsmouth, Ohio.

No. 2 Pikeville Survives Conference-Opening Scare from Shawnee State

(2) University of Pikeville 89
Shawnee State 85

Final from Pikeville, Kentucky

Game recap by UPIKE:

PIKEVILLE, Ky. -- For the first time this season, the second-ranked University of Pikeville men's basketball team had to battle back from a deficit in regular-season play, overcoming a Shawnee State lead as high as 12 points to win 89-85 on Thursday in the Mid-South Conference opener at the East Ky. Expo Center.

While Pikeville went on to lead by nine points late in the second half, it was only an 85-80 advantage with 30 seconds to play. SSU's Devon Carter tried to make it even closer, but missed a three, allowing Malik Jacobs to rise up for a big rebound and draw a foul. Jacobs hit both free throws to make it a three-possession game and allow UPIKE to hold on for the win.

Kenny Manigault paced UPIKE (4-0, 1-0 MSC) with 23 points, seven rebounds and three assists, while Macari Brooks added 22 points and K.K. Simmons chipped in with 19 points despite battle through intense defensive pressure all night.

All five of Shawnee State's (1-3, 0-1 MSC) starters reached double figures, led by Andrew Bendolph with 17 points on 6-of-14 shooting from the field. Sean Elliott came off the bench to match Simmons with three 3-pointers and reserve Nick Tingle led SSU on the glass with seven rebounds.

UPIKE struggled with Shawnee State's defense in the first half, shooting just 39.3 percent from the field, but eventually an edge in athleticism took over as Pikeville went to the rack to finish shooting 48.1 percent for the game, compared to 53.6 percent by SSU.

The comeback was also managed at the free-throw line. With SSU shooting better and holding a 38-29 lead on the boards, Pikeville had to take advantage of hitting 29 free throws, compared to just 18 makes for Shawnee State. Making every stat count, UPIKE also led the game in blocks 5-2 and had five less turnovers (15-10).

Complete Recap

Thursday, November 13, 2014

Top 2015 Point Guard Isaiah Briscoe Commits to Kentucky

Isaiah Briscoe, who is widely regarded as the top point guards in the Class of 2015, has just given his commitment to the University of Kentucky.

Briscoe is a 6-foot-3 point guard at Roselle Catholic (NJ) High School.

Kentucky now has commitments from 5-star center Skal Labissiere, 4-star shooting guard Charles Matthews and Briscoe in the Class of 2015.

Briscoe revealed on ESPNU that his nickname is "Boogie," which is a familiar nickname for Kentucky's Big Blue Nation.

UK and John Calipari now have the top-rated recruiting class in the Class of 2015, according to the analysts on ESPNU.

2015 Star Skal Labissiere Commits to Kentucky

Skal Labissiere, who ranks No. 4 overall on the Rivals.com list for 2015, has committed to the University of Kentucky.

Labissiere is a 6-foot-11 center at Reach Your Dreams Academy in Memphis, Tennessee.

"Next year, I'll be a Wildcat at the University of Kentucky," Labissiere said on ESPNU's recruiting special moments ago.

Labissiere finished by saying he plans to sign his National Letter of Intent tomorrow at Noon.

Former East Jessamine Star Ronnie Carson Enrolls at Bryan Station

I have been told by a good source that former East Jessamine star Ronnie Carson has enrolled at Bryan Station.

Carson, a 6-foot-2 point guard, averaged 26.0 points and 7.8 rebounds per game at East Jessamine last season.

SMU Coach Larry Brown Thinks UK Has Nation's Top Two Teams, Says They Should Go Undefeated

SMU head coach Larry Brown thinks the Kentucky Wildcats could split into two teams and be the top two teams in college basketball.

Brown even thinks the Wildcats should go undefeated this season.

"If you take their first and second teams and split them up, they'd probably have the No. 1 and No. 2 teams in the nation," Brown told USA Today. "John should go 45-0 with that talent."

For the record, Kentucky only has 31 games on their schedule and couldn't play 45 even if they win the SEC and NCAA tournaments.

Source

Mid-South Conference Starts League Play Tonight; Schedule for the Weekend

The Mid-South Conference tips off league games tonight with four games and then has another round on Saturday.

As a result, I'm posting the weekend schedule a day early.

Here's a look at the schedule for what will be an entertaining weekend of basketball around Kentucky:

Thursday, November 13

8:00 p.m. St. Catharine College at Campbellsville University*
8:00 p.m. Georgetown College at University of the Cumberlands*
8:00 p.m. Shawnee State at University of Pikeville*
9:00 p.m. Life Univeristy at Lindsey Wilson College*

Friday, November 14

5:00 p.m. Kentucky Christian University vs. Columbia International (at Greenville, SC)
6:00 p.m. Asbury University at Huntington University
7:00 p.m. Savannah State at Eastern Kentucky University
7:30 p.m. Bellarmine University vs. Northwood University (at University Center, Mich.)
7:30 p.m. University of Louisville vs. Minnesota (at Boringuen, Puerto Rico)
8:00 p.m. Kentucky Wesleyan College at Tiffin
8:00 p.m. Grand Canyon at University of Kentucky
8:00 p.m. Houston at Murray State University
9:00 p.m. Northern Kentucky University at Wisconsin
10:30 p.m. Morehead State University at UNLV

Saturday, November 15

12:01 a.m. Spalding University at Oglethorpe
2:00 p.m. Thomas More College at Capital
3:00 p.m. St. Catharine College at Kentucky State University
4:00 p.m. Kentucky Christian University at Bob Jones University
4:00 p.m. Georgetown College at University of Pikeville*
4:00 p.m. Union College at Montreat*
4:00 p.m. Centre College at Maryville
5:00 p.m. Austin Peay at Western Kentucky University
6:00 p.m. Spalding University vs. Toccoa Falls (at Atlanta, GA)
6:00 p.m. Shawnee State at University of the Cumberlands*
7:00 p.m. Kentucky Wesleyan College vs. Wayne State (at Tiffin, Ohio)
7:00 p.m. Campbellsville University at Benedictine College
7:30 p.m. Bellarmine University at Saginaw Valley State University
TBA Asbury University vs. TBA (at Huntington, Ind.)

Sunday, November 16

12:00 p.m. Buffalo at University of Kentucky
2:00 p.m. Northern Kentucky University at Nebraska
3:00 p.m. Berea College at Austin Peay (Exhibition)

* Conference Game

No. 16 Union College Opens Conference Play With Easy Win Over Truett-McConnell

(16) Union College 77
Truett-McConnell 45

Final from Cleveland, Georgia

Game recap by UC:

CLEVELAND, Ga. - The No. 16 Union College men's basketball team bounced back from their first loss of the year in a big way on Wednesday night, blowing out Truett-McConnell in Appalachian Athletic Conference action, 77-45, on the road. The game was the 2014-15 AAC opener for the Bulldogs.

With the win, Union moved to 3-1 on the year, 1-0 in the AAC, while Truett-McConnell fell to 1-4, 0-2 in the AAC with the defeat.

Things were close between the school early in the first half, as the Bulldogs clung to a 10-8 lead with 14 minutes to go in the period. Here, Union went on a big run to end the period and distance themselves from the Bears, going up 23-10 with 10 minutes to go in the period after a 13-2 run.

Once Union grabbed a double-digit lead in the contest, they never gave it up, as rolled into halftime with a 39-25 lead over TMC. It was more of the same in the second half, as the Bulldogs opened an insurmountable 59-39 lead with 10 minutes left in regulation.

From there, Union coasted, on their way to a 32-point victory on the road to open AAC play for the year.

Overall, guard JD Tucker (JR/Charleston, S.C.) led Union in the scoring department, scoring a game-high 19 points on 6-of-10 shooting from the floor. Elsewhere, Fitzgerald White (SR/Miami, Fla.) posted 15 points, missing just one shot from the field in the win (6-of-7), while Tyler Wagner (SR/Corbin, Ky.) also missed just one shot (5-of-6) in a 13-point night.

Rounding out the top scorers for Union was forward Deante Johnson (SR/Cincinnati, Ohio), who added 10 points. As a team, the Bulldogs shot over 50 percent in the victory (51.8 percent), while holding Truett-McConnell to just 32.6 percent shooting from the floor. Union also forced 22 turnovers and blocked six shots on the defensive end in the win.

Up Next

The Bulldogs continue AAC play on the road on Saturday, traveling to Montreat (N.C.) for their second AAC tilt of the season. Tip-off is set for 4 p.m.

Five Kentucky Players on Preseason Coaches' All-SEC Teams; Harrison Twins on First Team

Five University of Kentucky players are on the Preseason Coaches' All-SEC Teams.

Sophomores Andrew and Aaron Harrison are on the First Team, Juniors Willie Cauley-Stein and Alex Poythress and freshman Karl Towns are on the Second Team.

Here's a look:

2015 Preseason Coaches’ All-SEC Teams:

First Team All-SEC

Dorian Finney-Smith – Florida, F, 6-8, 218, Jr., Portsmouth, Va.
Michael Frazier II – Florida, G, 6-4, 194, Jr., Tampa, Fla.
Aaron Harrison – Kentucky, G, 6-6, 212, So., Richmond, Texas
Andrew Harrison – Kentucky, G, 6-6, 210, So., Richmond, Texas
Damian Jones – Vanderbilt, C, 6-10, 240, So., Baton Rouge, La.
Charles Mann – Georgia, G, 6-5, 215, Jr., Alpharetta, Ga.
Jordan Mickey – LSU, F, 6-8, 235, So., Dallas, Texas
Bobby Portis – Arkansas, F, 6-11, 242, So., Little Rock, Ark.
Jarvis Summers – Ole Miss, G, 6-3, 186, Sr., Jackson, Miss.

Second Team All-SEC

Alex Caruso – A&M, G, 6-5, 184, Jr., College Station, Texas
Willie Cauley-Stein – Kentucky, F, 7-0, 240, Jr., Olathe, Kan.
KT Harrell – Auburn, G, 6-4, 212, Sr., Montgomery, Ala.
Jarell Martin – LSU, F, 6-10, 236, So., Baton Rouge, La.
Alex Poythress – Kentucky, F, 6-8, 238, Jr., Clarksville, Tenn.
Josh Richardson – Tennessee, G, 6-6, 200, Sr., Edmond, Okla.
Sindarius Thornwell – South Carolina, G, 6-5, 215, So., Lancaster, S.C.
Karl-Anthony Towns – Kentucky, F, 6-11, 250, Fr., Piscataway, N.J.

Release from the SEC

Eastern High School's Trey Moses Signs with Ball State

Eastern High School big man Trey Moses has officially signed with Ball State for 2015-16.


Zach Braziller of the New York Post Claims He's Going to Play 900+ Minutes of Division I College Basketball

Apparently Zach Braziller of the New York Post is planning on returning to college and still has at least one year of eligibility remaining.

Braziller, who graduated from college in 2003, says on Twitter that he will be playing just as many minutes at the Division I level next season as 2015 recruit Skal Labissiere.



I figure that a 37-40 game season will result in more than 900 minutes of game action for the 6-foot-11 Labissiere in 2015-16.

I had no idea that Braziller had that kind of game left in the tank but I'll be watching his recruitment closely.

Good luck Zach!

Obviously, Zach knows I'm having a little fun with him. Like many observers, he is wondering how Labissiere will gain eligibility to play college basketball.

I can understand those concerns but I'm sure John Calipari and Kentucky have done their homework and wouldn't take a commitment from a recruit unless they were confident in his situation.

Evan Daniels Thinks Kentucky Gets Commitments from Skal Labissiere AND Isaiah Briscoe

Evan Daniels of Scout.com thinks Kentucky lands commitments from BOTH Isaiah Briscoe and Skal Labissiere later today.



Labissiere, a 6-foot-11 center, ranks No. 4 overall on the Rivals.com list for 2015. Briscoe, a 6-foot-3 point guard, ranks No. 9 overall.




Murray State Signs Tuscaloosa Teammates Justice Green and Cletrell Pope for 2015-16

Murray State University has signed Tuscaloosa County (Ala.) High School teammates Justice Green and Cletrell Pope for 2015-16.

Here is a release from MSU:

Murray State head men's basketball coach Steve Prohm announced the signing of Justice Green and Cletrell Pope from Tuscaloosa, Ala.

Green is a 6-5 guard and Pope is a 6-9 forward.

They're playing their senior 2014-15 season at Tuscaloosa County High School.

"We're looking forward to Justice and Cletrell being in the Murray State family and their contributions to Racer Basketball down the road," Prohm said. "Justice has great toughness and athleticism on the wing and that has been a trademark of our program. I love his personality. He'll be a great fit in Murray."

"I'm really excited to see Cletrell join us," Prohm added. "There is a tremendous upside with him. Truly, he has only begun to tap his potential. We've had great success in our program with a player of his skillset and I'm looking forward to his development in the future."

Green and Pope are coached at Tuscaloosa County by Head Coach Curt Weeks.

"Coach Prohm and his staff did a great job in their recruiting of Justice and Cletrell," Weeks said. "They made them a priority from the beginning and we're excited that Justice and Cletrell will continue their careers at such a prestigious program like Murray State."

Green was named Alabama Class-6A Second Team All-State as a junior when he scored 16.6 points and grabbed 7.6 rebounds per game. He also averaged 4.2 assists per game for the Wildcats who were a 6A team a year ago and are moving to 7A this season. Green has been part of 46 wins at TCHS the last two seasons. Through two games as a senior, he has 917 career points at Tuscaloosa County.

"Justice is a high energy guy and a team leader in every way," Coach Weeks said. "In terms of leadership, he affects every person on the team in a positive way, including me. He handles the ball very well and can score the ball any way he needs to."

Pope played at Sunshine High School as a junior and earned Alabama Class-A All-State Second Team honors. Sunshine advanced to the state semifinals. He transferred to Tuscaloosa County this fall. Pope had a game last week of 16 points and 21 rebounds for Tuscaloosa County against Hueytown.

BamaMixTape.com currently has Pope as the third rated player and Green 10th in the state.

"Cletrell is long and athletic," Coach Weeks added. "He runs the floor well and is a game changer for us on the defensive end. He's quick enough to guard on the perimeter and he can rebound the ball. We're a man-to-man defensive team here, like Coach Prohm's program at Murray State. Cletrell is coachable and is picking it up quickly."

Photo: MSU Athletics

Western Kentucky Signs Three Players for 2015-16

Western Kentucky has announced the signings of Fredrick Edmond, Marlon Hunter and Chris McNeal to National Letters of Intent for 2015-16.

Here are details from WKU:

BOWLING GREEN, Ky. — WKU Hilltopper Basketball head coach Ray Harper announced Wednesday the signings of Fredrick Edmond, Marlon Hunter and Chris McNeal to National Letters of Intent to suit up for the Hilltoppers in 2015-16.

Hunter (G, 6-2, Memphis, Tenn.) and McNeal (G, 5-11, Jackson, Tenn.) will be freshmen for WKU in 2015-16 and have four years of eligibility remaining. Edmond (G, 6-3, Lansing, Mich.) will be a junior with two years of eligibility remaining.

Fredrick Edmond

Edmond currently plays at the College of Southern Idaho, where he averaged a team-high 18 points and 6.2 rebounds per game as a freshman in 2013-14. He was named a National Junior College Athletic Association (NJCAA) second-team All-American after the season and helped the Golden Eagles to a 27-5 record.

Before arriving at CSI, Edmond led Eastern High School in Lansing, Mich., to a conference championship as a senior, where he was the state’s leading scorer and a first-team all-state honoree. Edmond then attended Kingdom Prep in Iowa, where he also led the team in scoring.

Harper on Edmond

“Fredrick is a special player and can be a difference-maker. He is a guy who could put the uniform on and get 20 points any given night, and he could do it a lot of different ways. He is physical, and he finishes with contact as well as anyone I have ever coached. He is extremely tough to guard, and he poses many different challenges for a defense.”

Marlon Hunter

Hunter attends Houston High School in Memphis, Tenn., where he averaged 24 points, eight rebounds, four steals and four assists per game as a junior in 2013-14. Hunter plays for the Arkansas Wings Elite on the prestigious Nike Elite Youth Basketball League (EYBL) travel circuit, and he led all league players in steals in the summer of 2014.

Hunter is rated as a three-star recruit by Rivals.com, and 247Sports.com lists him as the No. 72 shooting guard nationally and the No. 8 senior in the state of Tennessee. Hunter chose WKU over offers from East Carolina, South Alabama, UALR and UMass, among others.

Harper on Hunter

“Marlon is very well-rounded and can do a lot of different things. He led a very challenging summer league in steals, and he really gets after it on the defensive end. He has a tremendous basketball IQ and a real feel for the game. He shows a lot of promise at the two-guard position.”

Chris McNeal

McNeal is a senior at South Side High School in Jackson, Tenn., where he contributed 19.3 points, four rebounds and four assists per contest as a junior in 2013-14 and helped South Side to a Class AA state championship. McNeal chose WKU over offers from Cleveland State, Middle Tennessee and UMass, among others.

McNeal is rated as a three-star recruit by Scout.com.

Harper on McNeal

“Chris is very explosive and sees the floor very well. He is a great passer and can score, and he can break people down off the dribble. If I had to compare him with someone who played at WKU, I would say his game is similar to Tyrone Brazelton’s.”

The early signing period runs until Nov. 19. The regular signing period extends from April 15-May 20.

Wednesday, November 12, 2014

Jackson County's Isaiah Collier Has Enrolled at North Laurel

I'm told by a good source that 2015 wing Isaiah Collier has enrolled at North Laurel High School.

Collier's high school career began at Southwestern. He then transferred to Jackson County, where he played last season.

If Collier is cleared to play, he'll be a major addition to an already talented roster. North Laurel will be in the 13th Region mix come tournament time.


Rodrick Rhodes, Alice Whitaker: Cordia Will Continue Fight Against KHSAA in Court

Based on his comments following this morning's KHSAA Control Board meeting, it sounds as if Cordia and head coach Rodrick Rhodes will continue to fight the KHSAA in court.





The KHSAA Control Board reduced penalties against Cordia's boy's basketball program but still handed them a two-year postseason ban, a reduced regular season schedule (15 games), a two-year postseason ban for Rhodes, a five-year probation period and a fine of just over $25,000.

The Board heard testimony and dismissed 10 of the 27 original violations against the program.

2015 Shooting Guard P.J. Dozier Commits to South Carolina

P.J. Dozier, a 6-foot-6 shooting guard from Spring Valley (SC) High School, has committed to the South Carolina Gamecocks.

He chose South Carolina over Louisville.

Dozier ranks No. 34 overall on the Rivals.com list for 2015.

AAU Coach Says Skal Labissiere's Guardian Asked "How can I make money off of a basketball player?"

An AAU coach says that Skal Labissiere's guardian once asked, "how can I make money off of a basketball player?"

Here is an excerpt from CBSSports.com:

"Gerald never talked about trying to help kids back then," Easterwood said. "He only talked about bringing basketball players to the United States from Haiti or somewhere else."

Truth be told, Easterwood used to meet guys like this often, if only because his hometown of Memphis is littered with such people, the kind Easterwood routinely refers to as "hobos, heroes and street-corner clowns." Hamilton was, in Easterwood's mind, merely the latest. So they met but never got to know each other because, honestly, it's not like Hamilton had any players anyway, point being he wasn't, at the time, really worth getting to know.

Then, about two years ago, Easterwood got a random phone call.

"It was Gerald Hamilton," Easterwood told CBSSports.com. "He wanted to talk, and one of the things he asked me was, 'How can I make money off of a basketball player?'"

The article also includes a quote from one of the coaching staffs that is still recruiting Labissiere:

"I doubt the kid ever plays one minute in college," said a coach from one of the staffs still recruiting Labissiere. "The whole thing is a mess. I just feel sorry for the kid."

Complete Article

Labissiere, one of the top big men in the Class of 2015, will announce his college decision tomorrow and Kentucky is heavily in the mix.

Cordia Allowed to Play Basketball This Season; Will Have Reduced Schedule and No Postseason

After a meeting that lasted more than three hours, the KHSAA has decided to reduce penalties against the Cordia boy's basketball program.

The Lions will be allowed to compete during the regular season in 2015, but will only be allowed to play 15 games.

In addition, Cordia is banned from the postseason for two years. Head coach Rodrick Rhodes is barred from coaching during those two postseasons, as well.

The KHSAA committee also decided unanimously that all of Cordia's wins from last season will not count.

Of the 27 violations originally cited against Cordia, eight were rejected and one was dismissed.

WYMT's Tanner Hesterberg was at the meeting:

























Tuesday, November 11, 2014

Western Kentucky Topples Pikeville in Exhibition Game

Western Kentucky 105
Pikeville 84

Exhibition Final from Bowling Green, Kentucky

Game recap by UPIKE:

BOWLING GREEN, Ky. -- Kenny Manigault tallied a double-double of 21 points and 11 rebounds for the University of Pikeville, but Western Kentucky outrebounded the Bears 41-32 and shot 58.2 percent from the field to win 105-84 on Monday night at E.A. Diddle Arena.

UPIKE hit two more 3-pointers than the Hilltoppers and had just one extra turnover at 14-13, but easy baskets proved the difference as WKU led points in the paint 54-30 and hit 11 more field goals.

Two other Bears joined Manigault in double figures scoring in Macari Brooks with 19 points, six board and three 3-pointers and K.K. Simmons added 12 points and hit a pair of shots from behind the arc.

Western Kentucky got 23 points and eight assists from T.J. Price and 18 points and 10 rebounds from freshman Justin Johnson.

It was a hot start for UPIKE as Colt Chapman, Simmons and Brooks made three straight 3-pointers to take an 11-7 lead. After falling behind 33-22, UPIKE fought back with an 8-0 run to make it 33-30, but the Tops punched right back with a 6-0 run of their own in a 30-second span to regain control.

WKU took a 53-44 lead into halftime and increased the lead to 12 points four minutes in. The margin stayed in double figures throughout the half, although the Bears never allowed it to swell to more than 21 points which came at the 10-minute mark.

Instead they got two free throws from Christian Leach with 3:57 to play to make it a 14-point game at 93-79. But the Hilltoppers put a stop to the comeback effort with an 8-2 run and held on for the 21-point win.

UPIKE returns to regular-season action on Thursday, hosting Shawnee State (Ohio) at 8 p.m. ET at the East Ky. Expo Center.

Pro Wrestling's Jim Ross Announcing Dunks by UK's Derek Willis and Alex Poythress

CN2 added the voice of pro wrestling legend Jim Ross to dunks by Kentucky's Derek Willis and Alex Poythress.

The result was greatness:


Monday, November 10, 2014

Video: Michael Kidd-Gilchrist Puts the Clamps on Kobe Bryant

Check out the defensive potential of former Kentucky star Michael Kidd-Gilchrist - he held the Lakers' Kobe Bryant to 21 points on 20 field goal attempts:



* Video by Scott Rafferty on YouTube

Kentucky Tickets Available for Upcoming Games vs. Grand Canyon, Buffalo

A limited number of tickets are available for Kentucky's upcoming home games against Grand Canyon and Buffalo.

Here are details from UK:

LEXINGTON, Ky. – A limited number of tickets remain for Kentucky’s first two regular-season men’s basketball games against Grand Canyon (Nov. 14) and Buffalo (Nov. 16).

Tickets are available online at www.ticketmaster.com , by calling Ticketmaster at 800.745.3000 or through the Rupp Arena Box Office at 859.233.3535. Tickets are also available to purchase through the UK Ticket office by calling 800.928.2287.

Remaining tickets for sale come from the unsold student ticket allotment.

For a complete listing of on sale dates and single game ticket prices, visit www.UKAthletics.com/tickets.

Top-ranked Kentucky opens its 2014-15 regular season with two home games this weekend. UK takes on Grand Canyon at 8 p.m. on Friday. That game will air live on the SEC Network. Sunday’s game vs. Buffalo is set for a noon tip and will air on ESPNU.

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

Video: All of Kentucky's Dunks Against Georgetown College

Check out this video of all of Kentucky's dunks vs. Georgetown College:



* Video by cn2Kentucky on YouTube

2015 Star Skal Labissiere to Kentucky? Source Tells Evan Daniels "I think it's done"

Evan Daniels of Scout.com is hearing from a good source that 2015 star Skal Labissiere is headed to Kentucky.



Labissiere and Isaiah Briscoe are set to announce their college choices on Thursday:



Labissiere, a 6-foot-11 center, ranks No. 4 overall on the Rivals.com list for 2015.

Briscoe is a 6-foot-3 point guard who ranks No. 9 overall on the Rivals.com list.




Kentucky Wesleyan to Host Purple/White Game Tongiht

Kentucky Wesleyan College will host their annual Purple/White Game tonight in Owensboro.

Here are details:

The Kentucky Wesleyan men's basketball team will have a Purple-White game on Monday, Nov. 10, at the Sportscenter, according to Panther head coach Happy Osborne. Tipoff is 7 p.m.

Admission will be $5 per family plus a donation of can goods and toys. The can goods and toys will be given to the Pitino Shelter for Thanksgiving and Christmas.

This marks the first Owensboro debut before the Panthers open the 2014-15 season at Tiffin, Ohio, in the Great Lakes Intercollegiate Athletic Conference-Great Midwest Athletic Conference (GLIAC-G-MAC) Challenge.

The Panthers will play Tiffin at 7 CT on Friday, Nov. 14, and Wayne State at 6 p.m. CT on Saturday, Nov. 15.

KWC returns four letterwinners including two starters along with three redshirts from last season's squad that finished second in the Great Midwest Athletic Conference regular season and tournament with a 22-9 record.

Osborne added eight newcomers including two high school standouts, two junior college and four Division I transfers. Four of the eight come from the Bahamas, Canada, Nigeria and Spain.

Eastern Kentucky Earns Exhibition Win Over Urbana

Eastern Kentucky 96
Urbana 81

Exhibition Final from Richmond, Kentucky

Game recap by EKU:

RICHMOND, Ky. – Five players scored in double figures and nine of the 11 that saw action scored at least two points as Eastern Kentucky rolled to a 96-81 exhibition game victory over visiting Urbana on Friday.

Senior Corey Walden led the way for the Colonels with 20 points, eight rebounds, six assists and three steals. He made 5-of-8 from the field, including 2-of-4 from deep, and all eight of his free throw attempts.

Newcomer Denzel Richardson added 16 points and five rebounds. Eric Stutz and Jaylen Babb-Harrison each scored 15 points and newcomer Jonathan Hood added 11 off the bench.

As a team, EKU made 53 percent of its shots from the field, 43 percent from behind the arc and 21-of-23 (91 percent) at the free throw line. Eight of the 11 players that got in the game contributed to a total of 19 assists.

Defensively, the Colonels allowed the Blue Knights to make 11 three-pointers and shoot 46 percent from the field, but Eastern had 14 steals leading to 21 Urbana turnovers.

Carlas Jackson had a team-best 20 points for Urbana. Mike Newton and Christopher Cromity added 13 points each for the visitors.

The Colonels will open their 2014-15 regular season in a week at home against Savannah State University. Tip-off at McBrayer Arena is scheduled for 7 p.m. on Friday, Nov. 14. The team will unveil the 2014 Ohio Valley Conference Tournament championship banner before the game.

Complete Recap

Highlights from Kentucky's Win Over Georgetown College

Here are Kentucky's highlights from their impressive 121-52 victory over Georgetown College on Sunday night:


Malik Dow Has Been Cleared to Play at Mercer County

Ballard transfer Malik Dow has reportedly been cleared to play basketball at Mercer County High School this season.

Dow was originally ruled ineligible by the KHSAA.



Obviously, Dow is a big time addition to the Mercer County roster and will form a formidable duo with Will Hager.

Conference Games Start This Week (Seriously): Schedule for the Week

Believe it or not, conference games get underway this week in the Mid-South Conference and Appalachian Athletic Conference.

There is a full slate of games around Kentucky this week.

Here's a complete schedule:

Monday, November 10

8:00 p.m. Kentucky Wesleyan College Purple/White Game
8:00 p.m. University of Pikeville at Western Kentucky University (Exhibition)
8:00 p.m. College of Saint Joseph in Vermont at Campbellsville University

Tuesday, November 11

6:00 p.m. College of Saint Joseph in Vermont at University of the Cumberlands
7:00 p.m. Boyce College at Brescia University

Wednesday, November 12

7:30 p.m. Union College at Truett-McConnell*

Thursday, November 13

8:00 p.m. St. Catharine College at Campbellsville University*
8:00 p.m. Georgetown College at University of the Cumberlands*
8:00 p.m. Shawnee State at University of Pikeville*
9:00 p.m. Life Univeristy at Lindsey Wilson College*

Friday, November 14

5:00 p.m. Kentucky Christian University vs. Columbia International (at Greenville, SC)
6:00 p.m. Asbury University at Huntington University
7:00 p.m. Savannah State at Eastern Kentucky University
7:30 p.m. Bellarmine University vs. Northwood University (at University Center, Mich.)
7:30 p.m. University of Louisville vs. Minnesota (at Boringuen, Puerto Rico)
8:00 p.m. Kentucky Wesleyan College at Tiffin
8:00 p.m. Grand Canyon at University of Kentucky
8:00 p.m. Houston at Murray State University
9:00 p.m. Northern Kentucky University at Wisconsin
10:30 p.m. Morehead State University at UNLV

Saturday, November 15

12:01 a.m. Spalding University at Oglethorpe
2:00 p.m. Thomas More College at Capital
3:00 p.m. St. Catharine College at Kentucky State University
4:00 p.m. Kentucky Christian University at Bob Jones University
4:00 p.m. Georgetown College at University of Pikeville*
4:00 p.m. Union College at Montreat*
4:00 p.m. Centre College at Maryville
5:00 p.m. Austin Peay at Western Kentucky University
6:00 p.m. Spalding University vs. Toccoa Falls (at Atlanta, GA)
6:00 p.m. Shawnee State at University of the Cumberlands*
7:00 p.m. Kentucky Wesleyan College vs. Wayne State (at Tiffin, Ohio)
7:00 p.m. Campbellsville University at Benedictine College
7:30 p.m. Bellarmine University at Saginaw Valley State University
TBA Asbury University vs. TBA (at Huntington, Ind.)

Sunday, November 16

12:00 p.m. Buffalo at University of Kentucky
2:00 p.m. Northern Kentucky University at Nebraska
3:00 p.m. Berea College at Austin Peay (Exhibition)

* Conference Game

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Kentucky Dismantles Georgetown College in Final Exhibition Game

University of Kentucky 121
Georgetown College 52

Exhibition Final from Lexington, Kentucky

Game recap by UK:

To say Chris Briggs showered Kentucky with praise would be an understatement. It was more like a downpour.

The Wildcats had just dismantled Briggs' Georgetown College team in an exhibition, and he couldn't help but express his wonder.

"We had the same problems that the rest of the country probably will have the rest of this year," Briggs said. "Those guys are unreal. I told the guys in the locker room, they could have beaten some NBA teams tonight, there's no question in my mind."

There were no NBA teams in Rupp Arena on Sunday night, so the Cats had to settle for a 121-52 win over perennial NAIA power Georgetown. UK was every bit as dominant as it was in its first exhibition win over Pikeville, with Aaron Harrison leading seven double-figure scorers with 17 points. Harrison shot 5 of 7 from 3-point range and the Cats 12 of 27 as a team.

The Cats shot 46 of 72 (63.9 percent) from the field and had 32 assists, rendering Georgetown's short-lived 2-0 lead to start game a distant memory. UK's defense stifled the Tigers to the tune of 27.9-percent shooting, nine blocks and nine steals.

"We played really well," Harrison said. "We came out a little slow, but we picked it up and got going. It was fun."

The 21,490 fans in attendance surely agreed, what with the dunk show Willie Cauley-Stein highlighted with a hand-behind-the-head pose for two of his 12 points. Of course, Cauley-Stein channeling Hall of Famer Karl Malone wasn't the last time the NBA would be invoked.

Briggs, even though he felt a little guilty adding fuel to UK's hype machine, even went on to say he had a hard time imagining how the Cats will lose this season. A season removed from 40-0 expectations defining his team before an NCAA Tournament run, John Calipari made sure to distance himself from the talk.

"Coach, did you do that to me?" Calipari said. "So he also said we're going to have 40 wins and win by 25, right? No, this will be a process. We're going to hit some bumps in the road."

Though the ride was smooth on Sunday, the Cats don't need to be told the regular season - which begins on Friday against Grand Canyon - will bring challenges.

Complete Recap

Box Score:

Louisville Blows By Bellarmine in Exhibition Action

Louisville 82
Bellarmine 57

Exhibition Final from Louisville, Kentucky

Game recap by BU:

LOUISVILLE, Ky. - A lot may have gone wrong for the Bellarmine University men's basketball team in the first half of Sunday's exhibition against the University of Louisville at the KFC Yum! Center, but everything was right about the experience that the Knights provided for Patrick McSweeney.

The Cardinals played before halftime what Coach Rick Pitino would later say was the best basketball the Hall of Famer has witnessed from them leading into the 2014-15 regular season, a performance that allowed U of L to build a 49-20 lead en route to an 82-57 victory over the Knights.

Four Cardinals scored in double figures and Bellarmine preseason All-American Jake Thelen posted stellar all-around numbers, but the real star of Sunday's intracity exhibition between the Division I and II programs was McSweeney, a 15-year-old student from St. Xavier High School in Louisville who is battling leukemia.

McSweeney started for the Knights, crouching down in his defensive stance to guard Louisville's Terry Rozier after the Cardinals won the opening tip. McSweeney missed a 3-pointer but stole the ball from Rozier at the other end. He went on to make a layup to the delight of 20,432 fans, who roared with approval, before leaving the game. He would later charm the crowd again when he was interviewed live over the public address system, noting that you can't beat a breakfast of pancakes with the team before suiting up in a Knights jersey and playing against the Cardinals, his two favorite teams.

"What that young man did out there in front of 20,432 (people) took a lot of courage," said BU Coach Scott Davenport, who was an assistant coach under Pitino before taking the helm at Bellarmine. "He is an amazing young man; he is all that's good about young people. It's amazing young people that have opportunities in front of them and mess them up. What that guy would do to have an opportunity like a lot people have and don't take advantage of. This was an experience of a lifetime for our players, Louisville's players and everybody in this community today."

The exhibition marked a clash between two of the highest rated teams in Division I and II in the preseason rankings. Louisville is rated eighth by the Associated Press, while Bellarmine is ranked 10th by the National Association of Basketball Coaches. It was the 17th overall meeting between Bellarmine and Louisville - comprised of 12 regular season games and five exhibitions.

Unfortunately, the latest confrontation got away from the Knights early. Behind hot shooting from guard Chris Jones and an active defense, the Cardinals built leads of 11-2, 18-5 and 26-11. U of L would ultimately shoot 56.7 percent in the first half and hold Bellarmine - Division II's top-shooting team last season - to 32 percent from the floor. Most damaging for the Knights was 1-for-12 accuracy from 3-point range before the intermission.

"When you can keep a team shooting 32 percent and 1 for 12 from the three like Bellarmine, you're playing great defense because - regardless of Division II, Division I, Division III - they score on everybody," Pitino said. "They shoot on everybody and our guys were very focused, very alert with great respect."

Bellarmine didn't have a double-figure scorer, but several Knights hovered in the 10-point range. Thelen scored seven points and led the Knights in rebounding with six and in assists with six. Senior guards Chris Whitehead and Josh Sewell and junior forward George Suggs all tied for the team high with eight points. Sophomore guard Rusty Troutman added seven points and five rebounds, while junior guard Michael Parrish chipped in six points and three steals.

Complete Recap

Video: Young Cancer Patient Patrick McSweeney Scores Against Louisville

Watch as 15-year old leukemia patient Patrick McSweeney scores against the Louisville Cardinals:





* Video by cn2Kentucky on YouTube

Sunday, November 9, 2014

Asbury University Upsets No. 16 Union College, Blows By Crown College

Asbury University earned two wins at home over the weekend.

The Eagles blew by Crown College on Friday and earned an upset win over No. 16 Union College on Saturday.

Here are recaps:

Asbury University 108
Crown College 61

WILMORE, Ky--There is a universal concern among coaches--looking past an opponent to a big game in the near future. But when the future arrives the following afternoon, as it will for the Eagles when they play a ranked opponent, head coach Will Shouse needed to make sure his team was concerned about the present.

"Opening night here at the Luce will help us not to look past anyone," said Shouse, before Friday night's game against Crown College (TN). "We have to respect everyone and play hard every time out."

The Eagles (3-0) apparently were not thinking about Saturday's match-up against 16thranked Union College as they beat Crown 108-61 and cruised virtually the entire way after the first few minutes.

Tyler Smith helped the Eagles build a lead. The sophomore picked up a team-high 14 points, added seven rebounds, five assists and four steals. The Eagles also got 11 points from junior Kristian Svendsen and 10 from junior Jordan Gilbert. In fact, every player available scored for the Eagles.

Complete Recap

Asbury University 98
(16) Union College 88

WILMORE,-Ky.--In an up-and-down-the-floor game in which both teams seemed to be in competition to break the sound barrier, or at least force the PA announcer to hyperventilate, the Eagles upset #16 Union College 98-88 to remain undefeated.

It was a stirring win for the Eagles (4-0) who trailed most of the first half and by as much as 15. Asbury took the lead 48-47 on a Todd Jefferson free throw with :1.9 remaining in the half and never lost the lead, jumping ahead by as much as 11 in the second half.

Kyle Lamb led the Eagles with 22 points and five assists and ignited the Eagles' transition as they came from behind in the first half. Kristian Morgan added 20 points and Jordan Gilbert contributed 17 and five assists including a couple of big three pointers.

Early on, the frenetic-paced game had the makings of a Union blowout. The Eagles fell behind and appeared to have no answers for Union's length and athleticism. The Eagles were outrebounded badly in the game, particularly on Union's offensive end where the Bulldogs collected 20 rebounds. But with pressure defense sparked largely by Lamb, among others, the Eagles came storming back.

"We stayed more aggressive up top in our press," said Will Shouse, Eagles head coach. "We matched up a little quicker because they were not bringing it out and setting up offense. They were attacking our press. Our biggest thing was we made shots on our end and it allowed us to set our press up."

In a key sequence with 1:38 remaining in the first half, Morgan hit a layup and was fouled. He made the free throw to cut the Union lead to 45-42. Union was then called for a ten-second violation. Jefferson then hit a three with :47 left in the half to tie the game. The Eagles ended the first half on a 19-6 run and never looked back.

The Eagles took control in the second half. Union cut the lead to four, 88-84, with 3:08 remaining but Gilbert drilled a three with 2:34 left as the shot clocked melted away. Ironically, it was perhaps the only possession in the game where the shot clock came into play.

Complete Recap

University of Pikeville Rolls to Two Wins in BB&T Classic

The No. 2 University of Pikeville Bears rolled to two wins in the BB&T Classic over the weekend.

Pikeville out-scored Brescia and Alice Lloyd by a combined total of 225-144 in the two lopsided wins.

Here are recaps of both games from UPIKE:

University of Pikeville 101
Brescia University 67

PIKEVILLE, Ky. -- In its return to regular-season action, the second-ranked University of Pikeville men's basketball team got all over visiting Brescia for a 101-67 win on Friday night in the BB&T Classic at the East Ky. Expo Center.

The Bears (2-0) were coming off exhibition losses at Kentucky on Sunday and Tennessee on Monday and welcomed the chance to move away from an NCAA Div. I opponent with the Bearcats in the house.

Led by Kenny Manigault with a game-high 24 points and eight rebounds, UPIKE reached the century mark for the second straight game, topping the 100 points scored in the season opener against Grace Bible by one. Six Bears reached double figures in all as Colt Chapman chipped in with 13 points, Macari Brooks added 12 and K.K. Simmons and Christian Leach both finished with 11.

Brescia (0-3) was led by Austin Morris with 16 points and nine rebounds, while Kyle Nixon finished with 11 points and Trey Howard added 10.

Complete Recap

University of Pikeville 124
Alice Lloyd College 77

PIKEVILLE, Ky. -- K.K. Simmons isn't afraid to shoot, and for University of Pikeville fans that shouldn't be a problem as he nailed seven 3-pointers to lead the Bears with 30 points in a 124-77 rout of Alice Lloyd on Saturday in the finale of the BB&T Classic at the East Ky. Expo Center.

The Eagles (3-2) had every intention of sticking around early, taking an 8-7 lead on a jumper from Tyler Rogers just over a minute in. But the UPIKE pressure finally overwhelmed them, leading to a 20-2 run that had the Bears up by 17 points with over 13 minutes left in the first half.

By halftime, UPIKE (3-0) was up by 34 points at 67-33 before going on to lead by as many as 49 in the second half after a 3-point play by Kevin Kornegay. UPIKE has scored at least 100 points in all three of its games this season, the century mark was reached against Alice Lloyd at the 8:24 mark of the second half on a layup by Christian Leach (101-63).

Simmons is the first Bear to hit seven 3-pointers since Chris McHenry did it against Shawnee State (Ohio) on Feb. 4, 2012. Eight 3-pointers is the most hit by a UPIKE player in a single game in recorded history, done twice by Josh Samarco in 2008.

Leach backed up Simmons with 17 points, Jackson Hussey added 16 and Macari Brooks poured in 15 points. Leach finished with a double-double after also coming down with a game-high 10 rebounds and Manigault pulled down eight boards to go along with his 10 points and four assists.

Complete Recap

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