Saturday, November 22, 2014

Schedule for 2014 Kentucky Elite Shootout at Perry County Central

There will be some big time games at the 2014 Kentucky Elite Shootout at Perry County Central High School today.

The action tips at 2:00 p.m. with 12th Region favorite Wayne County taking on home-standing Perry County Central.

Other games today feature St. Louis Christian, Wesley Christian, 22 Feet Academy and Huntington Prep.

2014 Kentucky Elite Shootout

2:00pm – Perry County Central vs. Wayne County
4:00pm – St. Louis Christian Academy vs. Wesley Christian
6:00pm – 22 Feet Academy vs. Redemption Christian Academy
8:00pm – Huntington Prep vs. Sound Doctrine Christian Academy

Key Players To Watch

2015 C Aboubacar Diallo
2015 C Mamadou Kamara
2018 PF Franklin Agunanne
2015 F Shawntrez Davis
2015 F John Carlos Reyes
2016 PG Braxton Beverly
2017 F Dame Tobler
2015 PF Thomas Bryant
2015 PF Ted Kapita
2015 C Levi Cook
2016 SF Miles Bridges
2016 G Curtis Jones
2016 SF Karim Ezzeddine
2018 PG Johnathan Kabongo
2015 G JoJo Anderson
2016 F/C Sedee Keita
2015 SG Peyton Woods
2016 PG Trey Blevins

Highlights from Kentucky's Win Over Boston University

Check out these highlights from Kentucky's win over Boston University:

Friday, November 21, 2014

No. 1 Kentucky Buries Boston University in the Second Half

(1) Kentucky 89
Boston University 65

Final from Lexington, Kentucky

Game recap by UK:

LEXINGTON, Ky. (AP) - Aaron Harrison scored 19 points, Devin Booker added 15, and top-ranked Kentucky shot 59 percent from the field to pull away from Boston University for an 89-65 victory Friday night.

Three days after holding No. 5 Kansas to 20 percent shooting, the Wildcats (4-0) followed up with their best offensive game to put away the determined Terriers (1-2). But things were tight for more than a half as BU guard Cedric Hankerson (24 points) kept his team close with five of its nine 3-pointers.

Kentucky ultimately took control by using its significant advantages in depth, size and shooters to dominate the paint (44-16) and bench scoring (39-12). The Wildcats also forced 22 turnovers leading to 28 points.

Willie Cauley-Stein had 12 points before fouling out late and Dakari Johnson added 11 for Kentucky, which played without junior forward Alex Poythress because of illness.

Cheddi Mosley added 13 points for Boston, which shot 38 percent but was only outrebounded 30-25.

Poythress' illness forced a tweak to Kentucky's first platoon. Sophomore guard Dominique Hawkins made his first start in his place and scored seven points, with reserve forward Derek Willis joining the unit on a later substitution.

Complete Recap

Box score (click to enlarge):

Eric Bledsoe and Nerlens Noel Almost Fight in Philadelphia

You had to know the Phoenix and Philadelphia game would be heated following Eric Bledsoe's statement that the Kentucky Wildcats could beat the Sixers.

UK fans probably didn't expect this heated exchanged between Bledsoe and Nerlens Noel, however:

Bellarmine's Jake Thelan Named GLVC Player of the Week

Bellarmine University's Jake Thelan was named Great Lakes Valley Conference Player of the Week on Monday.

Thelan averaged 18 points, 14.5 rebounds and 4.0 assists per game in two games last week.

Here is a release from the GLVC:

INDIANAPOLIS – Bellarmine University senior forward Jake Thelen has garnered the first Great Lakes Valley Conference Player of the Week honors for the 2014-15 men's basketball season, it was announced by the league office Monday.

Picked as a Preseason All-American by Basketball Times, Thelen supported that distinction in his first two games of the season by posting a pair of double-doubles in victories against quality, in-region opponents. For the week he averaged 18 points a game while raking in 14.5 rebounds and dishing 4.0 assists per contest.

Playing in the competitive GLIAC/GLVC Challenge on the road in Saginaw, Michigan, Thelen got his season off to a solid start with a 16-point, 11-rebound performance on 8-of-10 (.800) shooting in an 84-67 win over Northwood University on Friday. The next night in a true road game at Saginaw Valley State, he surpassed the solid numbers from his first game with 20 points and tied a career-high with 18 rebounds in an 81-71 victory. He also performed in other phases of the game with a pair of blocked shots and eight total assists. His assist-to-turnover ratio was an impressive 4 to 1.

This is the Edgewood, Kentucky, native's first career weekly selection and it is the first for a Knight since Vance Hall was honored on Feb. 24, 2014.

Georgetown College Gets Back on Track with Big Win Over Cumberland

Georgetown 74
Cumberland 54

Final from Georgetown, Kentucky

Game recap by GC:

Georgetown College men's basketball woke up for the second half and took control of the Mid-South Conference tilt Thursday night against Cumberland University. The No. 8 Tigers (4-2, 1-2) erased a four-point deficit for a 74-54 win in Davis-Reid Alumni Gym.

The Bulldogs (3-4, 0-2) used spurts of offense and capitalized off GC miscues for the early advantage. However, early in the second half the Tigers were able to string together an 8-0 run and never looked back.

"I'm proud of the way they kept working and things finally started to click," said GC coach Chris Briggs. "Deondre (McWhorter) had a great game playing through the contact to really help us loosen the lane up for Gerard (Coleman) and Noah (Cottrill)."

Gerard finished with a game-high 19 points, while McWhorter chipped in 18 points with nine rebounds and Cottrill had 13 points. Tony Kimbro splashed a late three to give him 11 points on the night.

Georgetown returns to action 4 pm Saturday hosting Lindsey Wilson College.

Lindsey Wilson Gets Defensive in Win Over Shawnee State

Lindsey Wilson 69
Shawnee State 52

Final from Portsmouth, Ohio

Game recap by LWC:

PORTSMOUTH, Ohio – The Lindsey Wilson men's basketball team used a strong defensive effort to defeat Shawnee State (Ohio) 69-52 on Thursday night at the Frank and Janis Waller Gymnasium.

The Blue Raiders (4-3, 1-1 MSC) forced 21 turnovers by the Bears while giving up 52 points, the second-lowest allowance of the season.

Shawnee State falls to 1-5 overall with a 0-3 mark in conference play.

The Blue Raiders opened the game on a 7-2 run before the Bears brought it back level at 11-11. Another 6-0 Lindsey Wilson run capped off by a pair of Bryan Wallace free throws put the Blue Raiders up 17-11 at the 11:38 mark.

Lindsey Wilson then struggled to find any offense as the Blue Raiders went all the way to the 6:47 mark before their next score, a three-point play by Tony Menton.

The Blue Raiders pushed the lead to eight points at 27-19, but the Bears scored eight straight to tie the game at 27-27 with 1:44 to play in the half.

Lindsey Wilson scored the final points of the half with back-to-back three pointers by Charles Sutton and D'on Hall to take a 33-27 lead into halftime.

The teams were evenly matched at the half, Lindsey Wilson shooting 40 percent from the field with 19 rebounds while Shawnee State shot 37 percent with 21 rebounds. Both squads made four three-point field goals in the first 20 minutes of play. Lindsey Wilson committed just five turnovers compared to eight by the Bears.

The Blue Raiders came out determined in the second half, forcing three Shawnee State turnovers while outscoring the Bears 11-2 in the opening three-plus minutes of play.

Complete Recap

Digger Phelps Picks Kentucky to Make the Final Four

Digger Phelps of thinks Kentucky will make the Final Four this season.

Surprisingly, he believes Duke and Arizona will be on the outside looking in come late March and early April.

Phelps likes Kentucky, Texas, Wisconsin and North Carolina to make the national semifinals:

Rick Pitino: "I've never in any way disliked" John Calipari

Rick Pitino recently opened up to Seth Davis of about his relationship with Kentucky head coach John Calipari.

It has long been thought that Pitino and Calipari really dislike each other.

Pitino says that's not exactly the case.

“I don’t think we’ve been enemies,” Pitino said. “And I don’t think we’ve ever been true friends. We’ve been friendly. I’ve never in any way disliked him. In any way, form or fashion. You know, I don’t dislike anybody."

Check out his comments:

Gaines' Dunk Sends Campbellsville to Key Win Over Cumberlands

(19) Campbellsville 55
(25) Cumberlands 54

Final from Campbellsville, Kentucky

Game recap by CU:

CAMPBELLSVILLE, Ky. – Eric Gaines may have well hit a detonator. The Powell Athletic Center crowd exploded with cheers as the senior from Chicago, intercepted a pass near midcourt and threw down a fast-break, one-handed jam with 25 seconds remaining Thursday, giving No. 19 Campbellsville University a 55-54 win over No. 25 University of the Cumberlands.

Cumberlands' Xavier Owens forced a short jumper on the final shot, but the ball bounced off the rim as time expired.

Gaines, who missed the first week of the season due to injury, collected his first double-double of the season, 15 points and 12 rebounds.

"I thought E was just tremendous. He's not been playing great. He missed the last two weeks of preseason play, the first scrimmage and a couple of games. He's still a week behind everyone else," CU Head Coach Keith Adkins said. "There's nobody I've ever had around me, including (2010 MSC Player of the Year) Nestor Colmenares, that has a will to win and a desire to be successful more than Eric Gaines. It was a big play by a big-time player, and man, that's the difference.

"He finds a way to get to the rim. He's an unorthodox player, but he's an absolute warrior, and I'll go to war with him every day."

The win puts Campbellsville (7-1, 2-0 MSC) back in the win column after dropping its first game of the season Saturday at No. 4 Benedictine College (Kan.) and keeps CU at the top of the Mid-South Conference standings, along with No. 2 Pikeville (6-0, 3-0 MSC) and Life University.

The entire game was played within no more than a two-possession margin.

D'Von Campbell gave Campbellsville its first lead of the game, three minutes in, after a defensive board and basket. He finished with a career-high 12 boards and had 14 points for his first double-double as a Tiger. He added four assists.

The Tigers worked their lead to as many as six points three times in the first half, but CU went on a three-minute scoring drought. Cumberlands evened the score, 17-17, on a Matt Welch 3, but Campbell answered with a 3 to keep CU in front. The Patriots tied it once more, but Darius Clement buried a 3 as the shot clock expired with 5:11 to play. CU ended the half up 30-26 after Elliott Young drained a 3 from the top of the key with three seconds remaining.

Complete Recap

Eric Gaines' game-winning dunk:

UK's Andrew and Aaron Harrison Preview Boston University

Kentucky's Andrew and Aaron Harrison talk about tonight's game against Boston University and more:

Murray State Dominates Brescia University

Murray State University 89
Brescia University 56

Final from Murray, Kentucky

Game recap by MSU:

The Murray State Racers put five players in double-figure scoring Thursday in an 89-56 win over the Brescia Bearcats at the CFSB Center in Murray, Ky.

The Racers got off to a 24-2 start and enjoyed a 44-24 lead at the break. MSU kept the pressure on the Bearcats (2-3) in the second half as they built a largest lead of 38 points at 83-45 with 5:54 remaining.

The win for MSU (2-1) was their first at home this season and provided a tune up for their next challenge, a Monday game in Cincinnati against the Xavier Musketeers.

Jarvis Williams was 9-of-11 from the field for 21 points, while Cameron Payne and Jonathan Fairell each scored 15 points. Fairell added 12 rebounds and Payne posted a career-high six steals. Justin Seymour and T.J. Sapp each scored 10 points and combined to go 7-of-13 from the field.

The Racers ended the game shooting 50 percent from the field on 31-of-61 shots, while Brescia was 21-of-52 for 40 percent. MSU won the rebound total 40-31.

Complete Recap 

Kentucky Assistant John Robic Talks About Boston University and More

Kentucky assistant coach John Robic previews tonight's game against Boston University and more:

Three Players Score 27 Points Each in Pikeville's Road Win at St. Catharine

(2) Pikeville 110
St. Catharine 87

Final from Springfield, Kentucky

Game recap by UPIKE:

ST. CATHARINE, Ky. -- Macari Brooks, Kenny Manigault and K.K. Simmons scored 27 points each to lead No. 2 Pikeville past St. Catharine 110-87 in a spirited, second-half effort on Thursday night in Lourdes Hall.

The Patriots (1-6, 0-2 MSC) led by four at halftime and were within one at 80-79 with just under nine minutes left to play. But the Bears went on a 15-2 run over a four-minute span to completely take control of the game.

Simmons dropped five points during that stretch and Manigault added four as the Patriots never got back within single digits. Instead, Pikeville led by 20 a minute later after a free throw from Christian Leach and went on to lead by as many as 25 after Leach grabbed a rebound and went coast-to-coast.

Colt Chapman played big for the Bears, joining the big three with 12 points of his own while also pulling down six rebounds. Manigault and Leach were the leaders on the glass with 10 and 8 boards, respectively. It was a big night for the senior leader Manigault as he also tallied five assists, four steals and a block in 36 minutes.

Simmons, whose 3-point shooting exploits have gained national attention at times during the season, once again overcame intense defense all game long to hit five threes on just seven attempts.

UPIKE (6-0, 3-0 MSC) finished shooting 55.9 percent from the field, compared to 45.3 for St. Catharine and also outrebounded the Patriots 42-37, despite a big size advantage for the home team. The Bears also spent a lot of time at the stripe, hitting 27 of 43 free throws while St. Catharine took just 21 and hit 13.

After opening the game with a 13-6 lead after a Simmons three, UPIKE watched itself lose the lead five minutes later at 21-20 on an Aishon White jumper. St. Catharine kept that advantage the rest of the half, leading by as many as 11 points before an 8-2 Bear run cut into the deficit, allowing them to trail by four at the break.

Ben Vozzola matched UPIKE's high scorers with 27 points to lead the Patriots, followed by Khalil Murphy as the only other player in double digits with 10. Vozzola, who hit four threes, also pulled down a team high six boards.

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Video: Kentucky's 2015 Recruiting Class

Check out these highlights of Kentucky's 2015 recruiting class - Skal Labissiere, Charles Matthews and Isaiah Briscoe:

Thursday, November 20, 2014

Cold Shooting Dooms Morehead State at Cincinnati

Cincinnati 69
Morehead State 61

Final from Cincinnati, Ohio

Game recap by MSU:

CINCINNATI -- Junior Farad Cobb erupted for a game-high 24 points on 6-of-9 from three-point range, and the Cincinnati men's basketball team recorded a 69-61 victory over Morehead State on Wednesday evening at Fifth Third Arena.

The American Athletic Conference Bearcats open the season with their second straight home win. The Ohio Valley Conference Eagles slip to 1-2 on the campaign and 0-2 on the road. Cincinnati also moves to 11-2 in the series with its seventh consecutive victory over MSU.

"Give Cincinnati credit," Head Coach Sean Woods said. "They are long and athletic, which presents challenges for any opponent. We didn't execute in some situations tonight, but this loss is not due to a lack of effort. I thought we battled at UNLV, and we battled again tonight."

Cobb, a junior college transfer who was held scoreless in UC's season opener, connected on 8-of-14 overall and drilled two-thirds of UC's long balls. Junior Octavis Ellis added 16 points on 10-of-13 from the foul line, while sophomore Troy Caupain added 13 on 8-of-11 from the same spot.

The contest featured several scoring runs. Cincinnati registered a 15-0 surge in the first half, thanks to continuous free-throw attempts. Morehead State answered with a 13-0 burst to end the first half and begin the second. UC's 14-3 second-half run then put the game out of reach.

"I'm not a patient person, but it's going to take us time to get completely acclimated," Woods said. "We have several new players, who are learning how we do things, and we have a handful of guys who are coming back from injuries. We will continue to work hard and get better."

Cincinnati led for more than 32 minutes, but its largest advantage was only 13 points late in the first half. Morehead State had a two-point cushion 10 minutes in and tied the contest on multiple occasions after intermission. There were six ties and four lead changes overall.

Cincinnati was +10 in made free throws and +18 in charity-stripe attempts. Morehead State was whistled for 27 fouls on the night, including six by the first media timeout, while the Bearcats committed 20. Cobb's big night led to a 33-11 upper hand in bench points for UC.

"Cobb had a great night, but he's the only Cincinnati player who made more than three shots," Woods said. "I thought we defended pretty well, but it's hard to win on the road when the opponent shoots 34 free throws. When you look at the stat sheet, that was the difference tonight."

Junior Brent Arrington paced three Eagles in double figures with 21 points on 8-of-14 from the floor and 4-of-6 from long distance. Senior Angelo Warner added 14 points and six rebounds for MSU, while senior Kareem Storey contributed 11 points, seven rebounds and seven assists.

Complete Recap

My thoughts:

- In many ways, this felt like an even matchup. Farad Cobb got hot in the second half and gave the Bearcats a lead that the Eagles couldn't overcome, but Morehead was in the game from start to finish.

- Cincinnati may struggle this season. The Bearcats have a young roster and their veteran players have never been stars or statistical leaders. The team has a difficult schedule coming up in December and I'll be surprised if they're able to knock off the likes of VCU, Nebraska, SMU, San Diego State and North Carolina State.

- Morehead State is a little better than you think. The Eagles are going to be a handful in the Ohio Valley Conference this season. I'm sticking with my pick of Morehead State winning the OVC East and I think they'll be in the mix for a tournament title in Nashville.

 - I'll have a Road Trip article with more details on this soon, but Fifth Third Arena is a little different than I expected. The arena kind of feels like a large, "glorified" high school gym. I actually visited a men's restroom at halftime that had one urinal and one toilet.

- It was cool to see "The Big O" Oscar Robertson in the house. Anytime to see a legend's statue out front and then see said legend in person inside, it's a good night. He is definitely one of the all-time greats.

IU Southeast Knocks Off Kentucky State University

IU Southeast 81
Kentucky State 74

Final from Frankfort, Kentucky

Game recap by KSU:

FRANKFORT, Ky. – After trailing by five points at the half, the visiting Indiana University Southeast Grenadiers shot a scorching 56 percent from the floor in the second half to put up 50 points and defeat the Kentucky State University Thorobreds, 81-74, on Wednesday night at the Exum Center.

The Thorobreds (1-1) took a 36-31 lead into the locker room at halftime by holding IU Southeast (3-2) to just 39 percent from the floor in the opening half but the wheels fell off defensively for KSU in the second half.

Freshman guard Demetrius Stanton encapsulated the Grenadiers second half surge. After going 0-for-3 for zero points in the first half, Stanton didn't miss a shot in the second. He went 6-for-6 from the floor, including a perfect 4-for-4 from beyond the arc, while going 4-for-4 from the charity stripe to put up 20 second half points.

Senior guard Jake Simpson led IU Southeast with a game-high 23 points. Senior point guard Harry Cross contributed with 19 points of his own while moving the ball around with a game-high five assists.

Kentucky State was once again led offensively by senior Ulysses Thomas III who went 7-for-13 from the floor to finish with 17 points. Thomas also had a game-high four steals, part of the 16 turnovers that KSU forced on Wednesday.

Sophomore Muhammad Cross had an effective night for KSU going 2-for-2 from the floor and 5-for-6 from the free-throw line to finish with 10 points. Starting forward Tim Bates had a team-high five rebounds for the Thorobreds who were outrebounded 42-35 over the course of the game.

Guard Tryston Ford was a bright spot for Kentucky State in the second half going 3-for-5 from three point range to finish the game with nine points.

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DeMarcus Cousins: I Think Kentucky Would Beat Philadelphia, Too

Eric Bledsoe isn't the only former Kentucky star who believes the 2014-15 Wildcats would beat the Philadelphia 76ers in a best-of-seven series.

Former UK big man DeMarcus Cousins told Doug Gottlieb moments ago that he believes Kentucky would be the Sixers, too.

Gottlieb replayed Bledsoe's comments and posed the same question to Cousins.

"I'm gonna roll with Kentucky as well," the Kings big man said after a long pause. "Honestly I don't know much about the 76ers. I'll probably go with Kentucky."

My Thoughts: The Philadelphia 76ers must be the worst team in the history of the NBA.

Coaches from Cincinnati Checking Out Eli Wright and Aric Holman Today

Coaches from Cincinnati are in Kentucky to check out Owensboro Aric Holman and Apollo's Eli Wright tonight.

Holman and Wright are two of Kentucky's top-rated recruits in the Class of 2016.

Thomas More College Comes Up Short at Hanover

Hanover 81
Thomas More 68

Final from Hanover, Indiana

Game recap by TMC:

(HANOVER, Ind.) – The Thomas More College men's basketball team fell, 81-68, to traditional rival Hanover College tonight (Wednesday, November 19, 2014) in a non-conference game at Collier Arena in Hanover, Indiana.

With the loss the Saints fall to 1-1 on the season and with the win, the Panthers improve to 1-1 on the season.

Hanover jumped out to an early 10-2 lead when Wes McKinney made a lay-up with 17:32 to play in the first half. The Saints answered with a 13-6 run capped by a jumper by senior forward Drew Mumford (Louisville, Ky./Christian Academy) to cut the lead to 16-15 with 12:28 to play in the opening half. The Panthers used an 11-0 run to extend the lead to 27-15 with 9:01 to play in the first half when Jacob Steinhardt made a lay-up. Thomas More responded with an 18-6 run to tie the game at 33-33 with 2:01 to play in the first half when freshman guard Daniel Williams (Louisville, Ky./Jeffersontown) made three free-throws. Hanover closed out the half on a 7-0 run to take a 40-33 lead at halftime when Jaren Hornbeak made a three-pointer with 39-seconds to play in the half.

The Panthers opened the second half on a 15-9 run to extend their lead to 55-42 with 13:36 to play in the game when Michael Van Kleunen made a lay-up. Thomas More answered with a 15-5 run capped by two Mumford free-throws to cut the lead to 60-57 with 8:08 to play in the game. That would be as close as Thomas More would come as Hanover closed out the game on a 21-11 run for the 81-68 win.

The Saints were led in scoring by Mumford and sophomore guard/forward Nate McGovney (Alexandria, Ky./Campbell County), who each had 18 points. Two Saints just missed double-digit scoring as Williams finished with nine points and sophomore guard Drew Mays (Union, Ky./Ryle) added eight points. McGovney led the team in rebounding with nine, while Mays led the team in assists with four.

Thomas More returns to action on Friday and Saturday (November 21 and 22) when it hosts the Coach Jim Connor Classic at the Connor Convocation Center in Crestview Hills, Kentucky. The Saints will play third-ranked Augustana (Ill.) College on Friday at 7:30 p.m. and Brescia University on Saturday at 4 p.m.

Free Throw in Final Second Gives Northwood a Win Over Kentucky Wesleyan

Northwood 73
Kentucky Wesleyan 72

Final from Owensboro, Kentucky

Game recap by KWC:

It all came down to one free throw in the home opener for the Kentucky Wesleyan College men's basketball team.

After battling back from down as many as 12 points in the second half, the Panthers tied the game late before Northwood's Maurice Jones was fouled on a last-second 3-point shot attempt.

The first two shots clanged off the back rim, but the Timberwolves' point guard drained the third to give Northwood a 73-72 victory over KWC on Wednesday night in front of 2,100 in attendance at the Sportscenter.

The Panthers (2-1) were led by Ken-Jah Bosley's 21 points, including a pair of free throws with 30 seconds left in the game that tied the score at 72-72. Devin Langford added 13 points off the bench, and Tre Boutilier chipped in 10.

However, KWC allowed Northwood to shoot 67 percent from the field, including 10-of-16 from long range.

"Lack of communication, lack of communication the whole game," Panthers coach Happy Osborne said. "We put ourselves in a hole. We got outrebounded, we gave up 67 percent, we didn't guard, and you can't give up that and win. We lost by one, and we gave up 67 percent."

Jones paced the Timberwolves (2-1) with 13 points and six assists, while Dylan Langkabel scored a team-high 16 points. Jermaine Myers finished with 15 points, and Will Bowles added 12.

"Maurice Jones is a good player," Osborne said. "He started at Southern Cal. He's a good player, but we have the better team. We should have won the game. There's no excuse.

"I've got to do a better job communicating, our assistants have to do a better job communicating, and our players have to do a better job communicating. At the end of the day, there are no excuses. We dug a hole, we fought back, we didn't guard, and ultimately it cost us the basketball game."

Osborne said the defensive lapses were frustrating because of the time the Panthers spent preparing for Northwood during the week.

"Defensively, we were not good," he said. "We practiced against this for two days. I'm at a loss for what else we could have done. We played some 1-3-1 (zone), and that worked a little bit. We spent a whole lot of time on man defense. We've got to guard, and we didn't do it."

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Pikeville's K.K. Simmons Named Mid-South Conference Player of the Week

University of Pikeville guard K.K. Simmons was named Mid-South Conference Player of the Week on Monday.

Simmons averaged 28.5 points per game in two Bears' wins last week. He dropped a season-high 38 points on Georgetown College in a 113-100 victory.

Here is a release from the MSC:

COLUMBIA, Ky. -- Pikeville (Ky.) junior K.K Simmons is the Mid-South Conference Men's Basketball Player of the Week, conference officials announced on Monday.

The weekly award is the first awarded by the conference this season.

Simmons averaged 28.5 points, three rebounds and three assists while helping Pikeville to a pair of Mid-South Conference wins last week.

The Atlanta, Georgia, guard led Pikeville to an 89-85 come-from-behind win over Shawnee State (Ohio) on Thursday with 19 points and three rebounds. Simmons finished 5-for-10 from the field, including hitting half of his six 3-point attempts.

On Saturday, Simmons poured in a career-high 38 points by matching a UPIKE program-record eight 3-pointers in a 113-100 win over No. 8-ranked Georgetown (Ky.). Simmons shot 15-of-26 from the field, including making the eight threes on just 13 attempts. He added five assists and three rebounds in the win.

Simmons concluded the week shooting 57.7 percent from the field and 57.9 percent from beyond the 3-point arc. Additionally, he made 16 of his 17 free throw attempts.

Simmons is third in the Mid-South in both scoring average (24.0) and 3-point field goal percentage (49.0). He leads the conference with 24 3-pointers and is fifth in assists per outing (3.8).

Pikeville is 5-0 overall and is tied atop the Mid-South standings at 2-0.

The next MSC Men's Basketball Player of the Week will be announced on Monday, Nov. 24.

Sixers Guard Tony Wroten Fires Back at Eric Bledsoe: "They Can't Beat Us"

Yesterday, former Kentucky guard Eric Bledsoe said he believes the Kentucky Wildcats would defeat the Philadelphia 76ers in a series.

"I'll definitely take Kentucky," Bledsoe said. "I think Philly would probably get maybe one game."

Sixers' guard Tony Wroten was asked what he thinks about Bledsoe's comments. (Kentucky fans likely remember Wroten as a former UK recruit who picked Washington.)

Here's what he had to say:

“Nah, they can’t beat us,” Wroten replied. “He’s crazy.”

So you obviously heard what he said. Was it insulting?

“Yeah, it’s insulting,” Wroten said. “He might be serious, but I know Bledsoe. I’m not going to take it personally.”


The 76ers and Bledsoe's Phoenix Suns do battle on the court tomorrow night at 7:00 p.m. ET.

That should be an interesting game.

Big Night from Cole Murray Leads Northern Kentucky to Win Over A&T

Northern Kentucky 68
North Carolina A&T 55

Final from Highland Heights, Kentucky

Game recap by NKU:

HIGHLAND HEIGHTS, Ky.- The Northern Kentucky University Men's Basketball team opened up its home schedule against North Carolina A&T on Wednesday evening and used a career-game from sophomore guard Cole Murray to defeat the Aggies, 68-55.

This also marked head coach Dave Bezold's 300th game at the helm. With the win he is now 182-118 all-time as the Norse's coach.

After the game, coach Bezold was asked about the milestone, "I honestly forgot until someone told me before the game. It feels really good to have the opportunity to follow in Ken Shields' footsteps after growing up in the Northern Kentucky area. Being able to do it here at home and get the win is a great feeling."

Northern Kentucky (1-2) came out with a strong defense early in the game, leading to three turnovers in the first couple minutes. Murray came out hot off the bench, hitting his first three triples of the night. He helped give the Norse an early 15-8 lead. Back-to-back threes from Todd Johnson followed, capping a 12-0 run by NKU.

The Norse began to slow slightly on offense, but they were reignited due to a much-needed three by Murray who ended the half going 5-7 from three-point range for 15 points. He finished the game with a career-high 21 points, shooting 7-for-11 all from three.

"My teammates should get a lot of credit. They found me open for the shots," said Murray on his career-game.

North Carolina A&T had offensive issues thanks to the defensive effort by the Norse. The Aggies didn't score for close to seven minutes late in the first half. The Norse held it together to end the half with the lead, 33-16.

Multiple Norse players came out in the second half to continue to stretch the NKU. Persons was a major part in the second half surge finishing with 13 points, nine of those in the second half.

"He did a great job both inside and outside. He made a lot of key plays and helped to break the press, which we struggled with last year," said coach Bezold.

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Eric Bledsoe: Kentucky Could "Definitely" Beat the Philadelphia 76ers in a Series

Former Kentucky star Eric Bledsoe thinks the Kentucky Wildcats would "definitely" beat the Philadelphia 76ers in a series.

I'm sure his statements won't make any friends in Philadelphia, but Bledsoe said he would "definitely take Kentucky."

Here is an excerpt from

Appearing on Sirius XM NBA radio, he was asked who would win in a series between what might be the best team in college basketball and what is absolutely the worst team in the NBA,

"I'll definitely take Kentucky," Bledsoe said. "I think Philly would probably get maybe one game."

That's when Malik Rose told Bledsoe that people in Philadelphia wouldn't be too pleased with him.

"I know they're going to be mad, but I love my Wildcats," Bledsoe said

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Centre College Squeaks Past Transylvania in Rivalry Battle

Centre College 74
Transylvania University 72

Final from Danville, Kentucky

Game recap by CC:

The Centre men's basketball team held on for a 74-72 win over rival Transylvania in front of a packed house in its home opener Wednesday in Danville, Ky.

Blake Scinta (Louisville, Ky.) scored a game-high 25 points while Tyler Wesley (Crestwood, Ky.) added 14 points with a game-high 10 rebounds for the Colonels. Sam Sergeant scored 18 in a losing effort for Transylvania, all of them coming in the last 7:06 of the game to fuel a Pioneers comeback attempt.

Centre led by as many as 16 points on two occasions and appeared to have the game well in hand after a pair of Josh Karsner (Frankfort, Ky.) free throws put the Colonels up 63-47 with 7:16 to play. It was that point when Sergeant got hot, scoring all 18 of his points in six minutes to spark a 20-6 Pioneers run that cut the margin to 69-67 with 3:02 remaining.

After calling a time out, Centre was able to regroup and stay in front after Andrew Steggeman (New Albany, Ind.) made a steal and buried a 3-pointer on the other end. On the ensuing Transylvania possession, Matt Gump (Bellefontaine, Ohio) came up with another steal and sank a free throw to give the Colonels some breathing room at 73-67 with 1:17 left.

Transylvania came up with a steal on the Colonels' next possession, but Centre choose to send them to the line with eight seconds left, where a pair of Tommy Sirkin free throws could only cut the margin to 73-72. Mike Geegan (Bowling Green, Ky.) made a free throw for Centre with six seconds left, and a long 3-point attempt by Sergeant came up short at the buzzer.

It was a game that featured little drama until the late comeback attempt, with four ties and two lead changes, all early in the first half. With the teams tied at 22, Centre surged ahead with a 17-6 run that included a pair of 3-pointers by both Steggeman and Geegan. Though Transylvania cut the lead to 39-32 by the half, Centre remained in command until the final minutes.

Centre shot 46.2 percent (24-of-52) from the field and 39.1 percent (9-of-23) from 3-point range, while Transylvania was 41.7 percent (25-of-60) from the field and 36.4 percent (8-of-22) from outside. The Pioneers held a 34-33 rebounding advantage.

The win is the third straight for the Colonels in the series with Transylvania, and Centre moves to 2-0 on the season while the Pioneers open at 0-1. The Colonels, who are on a 28-game home winning streak, are at home again on Saturday when they host Franklin at 7 p.m.

Wednesday, November 19, 2014

Asbury Improves to 6-1 with High-Scoring Win Over Salem

Asbury University 109
Salem International 104

Final from Wilmore, Kentucky

Game recap by AU:

Wilmore, KY--Statistics can be deceiving. But they weren't tonight. The Eagles and Salem International all but matched each other in every significant category and, in a game that was ultimately determined by the Eagles' ability to make pressure free throws, the Eagles won the first-ever meeting between the two teams 109-104.

Kyle Lamb led the Eagles with 24 points featuring several clutch free throws down the stretch. CJ Penny added 19 points including a driving layup with 1:15 remaining to give the Eagles a 106-102 lead. He also grabbed 10 rebounds. Tyler Smith was a force for Asbury with 17 points and 12 rebounds.

The game was played at a breakneck pace with both teams racing up and down the floor. The Eagles opened up a double digit lead in the first half against Division II Salem but Salem's defensive pressure ate into the Eagles lead and by the end of the first half the Eagles' margin had been cut to two at 50-48.

At the half, each team had the same number of shots, 38, and the identical number of makes, 16. Each team had shot 18 free throws, each had made 13. Each team had also turned the ball over too much for each coach's liking. Asbury coughed it up 12 times in the first half to Salem's 10. The teams finished the game with 20 and 19 turnovers respectively.

The Eagles turned up the defensive pressure and regained control early in the second half. The pace also picked up. With 12:59 left, the Eagles led 72-61. But Salem pulled to within four with 7:30 remaining.

Lamb hit a three in transition to make it 91-87 Eagles. Penny made two free throws to give Asbury a 104-100. But Salem's Tyler Bell (14 points, seven rebounds) answered right back to bring his team to within two. Then came Penny's bucket, a miss by Salem, a rebound by Lamb and it appeared the Eagles could exhale. But a turnover at midcourt by Penny was followed by a Salem make by Matt Thomas and a Salem foul on Lamb, who calmly strode to the line. He made both free throws and iced the game.

The Eagles are now 6-1. Their next game is a rematch with Union College on Friday in Berea, KY. The Eagles beat Union 99-88 November 8th.

Kentucky Had As Many Blocked Shots As Kansas Had Field Goals Made

The Kentucky Wildcats blocked 11 shots in last night's impressive 72-40 win over No. 5 Kansas.

Meanwhile, the Jayhawks only made 11 field goals.

Eastern Kentucky Dominates Kentucky Christian; KCU Finishes With More Turnovers Than Points

Eastern Kentucky 115
Kentucky Christian 35

Final from Richmond, Kentucky

Game recap by EKU:

RICHMOND, Ky. – Eastern Kentucky jumped out to a 21-1 lead and never looked back in a 115-35 victory over visiting Kentucky Christian on Tuesday at McBrayer Arena.

The 80-point margin broke the previous school record of 73 set in 1990. The 115 points were the most ever scored by a Jeff Neubauer coached team.

Twenty-four of Eastern's first 29 points were scored off lay-ups or dunks. The other five points came off a jumper in the paint and a three-pointer from the right wing by Ja'Mill Powell. The triple by Powell gave the Colonels a 21-1 lead with 10:32 remaining in the first half. Eastern led 51-10 at the break.

EKU (2-0) finished with a 54-10 advantage in the paint.

Seven players scored in double figures led by Jaylen Babb-Harrison's career-best 28 points. The redshirt sophomore hit 10-of-16 shot attempts, including 6-of-7 from three-point. He also had seven rebounds and two steals.

All but one of the 11 players that were available to play scored at least two points. Ten of the 11 had at least one rebound and nine had at least one assist.

Newcomer Denzel Richardson scored 18 points. Timmy Knipp had 12 points and eight rebounds. Eric Stutz finished with 13 points and six boards. Corey Walden contributed 11 points, six assists and three steals.

Eastern totaled 20 steals and turned 36 Kentucky Christian turnovers into 56 points.

Caleb Ford had a team-best 10 points and seven rebounds for the Knights (1-5).

Eastern Kentucky shot 51 percent in the first half and made just 25 percent from behind the arc. In the second half, EKU scorched the nets for 74 percent from the field and made 13-of-16 (81.3 percent) from deep.

The Colonels conclude their three-game season-opening home stand on Saturday against the University of Cincinnati Clermont College. Tip-off at McBrayer Arena is set for 7 p.m.

Complete Recap

Murray State Manhandles MTSU on the Road

Murray State 68

Middle Tennessee 49

Final from Murfreesboro, Tennessee

Game recap by MSU:

The Murray State Racers scored their first win of the season Tuesday in Murfreesboro, Tennessee in a 68-49 victory over the Middle Tennessee Blue Raiders.

The Racers (1-1) and Blue Raiders (1-1) renewed a rivalry that saw them play against each other in the Ohio Valley Conference from 1952-2000. This was MSU's first trip to the Murphy Center since 2002.

Jarvis Williams had a monster night with 28 points, 11 rebounds for his 16th career double-double in 36 games at MSU. He also added three blocked shots. He tied his career-high of 28 points.

Cameron Payne added 15 points and six assists to help the Racers to a 48 percent shooting night on 27-of -56. MSU's defense was on from the start and they ended the evening in holding MTSU to 18 percent on 12-of-66 shots.

The Racers put together a 14-4 run at the 13:13 mark of the first half when the game was tied. Justin Seymour hit a 3-pointer and Williams scored his fifth basket in five tries. Kedrick Flomo nailed a 3-pointer and Payne followed with a steal and easy layup. The Racers' then jumped to a 12-point lead at the 4:21 mark when Payne hit from long range. The Racers led 37-25 at the half.

MSU kept the pressure on MTSU at the start of the second half and had their largest lead of the game at 14:52 when Payne hit his second 3-pointer of the game. Williams had back-to-back dunks on fast breaks, the last he started with a steal and went solo for the slam, to put MSU up again by 19 at the 11:41 mark 54-35.

The Blue Raiders dug in on their home court and cut the MSU lead to nine at 56-47, but never got any closer.

Williams hit a shot and was fouled. He missed the free throw, but rebounded it and scored for the rare four-point play as MSU led 60-47 with 6:47 left.

Complete Recap

Western Kentucky Can't Keep Up with Minnesota in NIT Season Tip-Off

Minnesota 76
Western Kentucky 54

Final from Minneapolis, Minnesota

Game recap by WKU:

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) - Nigel Snipes scored 15 points and hit 4 of 6 attempts behind the arc for the Hilltoppers, but Western Kentucky fell to Minnesota 76-54 on Tuesday night.

Justin Johnson added 15 points, too, but Western Kentucky fell behind 18-6 early and never came closer than 10 points after that.

DeAndre Mathieu had 11 points, six assists and five rebounds, helping Minnesota control the pace of the game.

Nate Mason pitched in 10 points, and the Gophers built a 46-28 halftime edge behind 6-for-11 shooting from 3-point range. They led by as many as 25 points in the second half, despite being outrebounded 42-41.

This game was officially part of the NIT Season Tip-Off, with a preliminary series of campus-site contests this week before the four-team tournament next week at Madison Square Garden in New York. Minnesota plays St. John's and Gonzaga plays Georgia in the semifinals on Nov. 26, with the winners facing two days later.

John Calipari, Kentucky Players Talk to Media After Win Over Kansas

Kentucky's John Calipari, Willie Cauley-Stein and Karl Towns talk to the media following last night's win over Kansas:

Kansas' Bill Self Was Ready for Happy Hour After Last Night's Game

Kansas head coach Bill Self was looking for a shot of vodka following last night's loss to Kentucky.

"I was hoping that was vodka," Self said after taking a drink of water.

Check out Self's postgame comments (via on YouTube):

Highlights of Kentucky's Demolition of No. 5 Kansas


Check out these highlights from Kentucky's 72-40 win over No. 5 Kansas last night:

Kentucky Systematically Dismantles No. 5 Kansas in Champions Classic

(1) Kentucky 72
(5) Kansas 40

Final from Indianapolis, Indiana

Top-ranked Kentucky systematically destroyed No. 5 Kansas last night on the way to a convincing 72-40 win in Indianapolis.

Kentucky (3-0) methodically rolled to a 10-point halftime lead before exploding in the second half.

"We kind of bum-rushed them a little bit and every time they looked there were more tanks coming over the hill," John Calipari said after the game. "It wasn't substitutes, it was reinforcements. It kind of gets to you a little bit. "

Kansas head man Bill Self wasn't as positive.

"I was hoping that was vodka," Self said after taking a drink of bottled water during his postgame press conference.

Dakari Johnson led Kentucky in scoring with 11 points. Andrew Harrison chipped in 10. Willie Cauley-Stein contributed 7 points and 10 rebounds.

Wayne Selden Jr. led the Jayhawks (1-1) with 9 points. Cliff Alexander finished with 9.

Kansas finished with its lowest point total in 25 years.

The Wildcats return to Lexington to host Boston University Friday night at 7:00 p.m.

Game Notes:

• Kentucky is 3-0 and Kansas is 1-1.
• Kentucky leads the all-time series 22-6 and has won three in a row vs. the Jayhawks.
• 40 points is the fewest points Kansas has scored vs. UK since the first game played between the teams, a 68-39 Kentucky win on Dec. 16, 1950.
• Kentucky has won 21 of the last 23 games as The Associated Press top-ranked team.
• Coach John Calipari has led three teams to a No. 1 ranking (Massachusetts, Memphis, Kentucky) and has a 65-9 record as the top-ranked coach, including 24-4 at UK.
• Kentucky returns to action Friday at home against Boston. Game time is 7 p.m. and it will be televised by the Fox Sports Network.

Team Notes

• Kentucky limited Kansas to 19.6 percent from the field.
• UK has held all three opponents this season under 35 percent.
• UK held Kansas to 12 points in the second half after limiting Buffalo to 14 in the second stanza on Sunday.
• Ten Wildcats scored in the first half and 11 Cats tallied in the second half.
• UK won points in the paint 30-12 and bench points 34-12.
• UK had a season-high 11 blocked shots, including four each by Marcus Lee and Karl-Anthony Towns.
• No Wildcat played more than 21 minutes.
• Kentucky is now 41-0 under Coach Calipari when holding the opponent to 55 or fewer points.
• Kansas had its largest margin of defeat (32 points), lowest field goal percentage (19.6), fewest field goals made (11) and fewest points scored (40) under Coach Bill Self.

Player Notes

• Dakari Johnson (11 points) and Andrew Harrison (10) were the only players scoring in double figures. Harrison added a game-high four assists.
• Willie Cauley-Stein claimed a game-high 10 rebounds, his second straight games in double figures.

Box Score (click to enlarge):

Tuesday, November 18, 2014

BBN, Former IU Player Cody Zeller Hates Seeing You in Indianapolis

Former Indiana University big man Cody Zeller, who led the Hoosiers to NCAA Tournament appearances in 2012 and 2013, is not happy to see Kentucky's Big Blue Nation in Indianapolis tonight.

Bill Self and Kansas Players Talk About Playing the Kentucky Wildcats

Kansas head coach Bill Self and several KU players talk about playing the Kentucky Wildcats in the Champions Classic:

Video: Footage of Kentucky's Shoot Around at the Champions Classic

Check out this footage from Kentucky's shoot around at the Champions Classic as they get ready to battle:

John Calipari Previews Tonight's Game Against Kansas

Kentucky head coach John Calipari previews tonight's game against Kansas:

Video: Kansas vs. Kentucky Champions Classic Promo

Check out this Kansas vs. Kentucky Champions Classic Promo video from Kentucky Wildcats TV:

Morehead State Survives Scare from Cincinnati Christian

Morehead State 87
Cincinnati Christian 79

Final from Morehead, Kentucky

Game recap by MSU:

MOREHEAD, Ky. -- Sophomore Corban Collins led five players in double figures with 15 points, and the Morehead State men's basketball team posted an 87-79 victory over NAIA opponent Cincinnati Christian in its home opener on Monday evening at Johnson Arena.

The MSU Eagles, who compete in the Ohio Valley Conference, improve 1-1 on the season. The CCU Eagles, who are members of the Kentucky Intercollegiate Athletic Conference, slip to 5-2 overall. It was the first regular-season meeting between the schools.

"I'm happy with the win, but disappointed with how we played," Head Coach Sean Woods said. "I've said this for a while now, but we are a work in progress. We gave significant minutes tonight to some guys who have been injured, and you could see how rusty some of them were."

Senior Kareem Storey, junior Anthony Elechi and freshman Marquel Willis netted 13 points apiece, while senior Billy Reader added 10. Reader and Elechi each recorded a team-high seven rebounds, while Storey dished out a team-best nine assists and Reader blocked three shots.

Morehead State registered a 45-29 rebounding advantage, including 23-11 prior to intermission. MSU also tallied the upper hand in offensive rebounds (18-4), assists (16-10), blocked shots (6-5), paint points (34-16), points off turnovers (21-10) and second-chance points (15-10).

Morehead State led from start to finish. MSU's biggest lead of 21 points came with 9:37 to play, but CCU trimmed the deficit to five in the final minute.

The game featured 61 fouls, including 32 in the second half. Morehead State connected on 30-of-38 (79 percent) from the free-throw line, while Cincinnati Christian hit 32-of-40 (80 percent). Storey canned 11-of-12 from the foul line, while Willis drilled 9-of-10.

Sophomore Mac Constable led Cincinnati Christian with 17 points off the bench, while junior Mitch McLeish added 16 on 11-of-13 from the free-throw stripe. Two other CCU players reached 10 points.

Complete Recap

Photos: Nick Hammonds,

No. 16 Union College Destroys Alice Lloyd College

(16) Union College 87
Alice Lloyd College 50

Final from Barboursville, Kentucky

Game recap by UC:

BARBOURVILLE, Ky. - T.J. Jones (JR/Spartanburg, S.C.) came off the bench to lead four Union College double-digit scorers, as the No. 16 Bulldogs pulled away from Alice Lloyd in the second half in an 87-50 victory in NAIA men's basketball action on Monday night at Robsion Arena.

With the victory, Union won their third straight game, improving to 5-1 overall on the season. Alice Lloyd fell to 2-3 with the defeat.

In the first half of the ballgame, both teams struggled in trying to find rhythm on the offensive end. Union, however, kept a lead for most the half, only falling behind early on two separate occasions. With six minutes left, Union opened their first double-digit lead of the night, going up 28-18 after a Fitzgerald White (SR/Miami, Fla.) jumper in the lane.

Once Union grabbed a double-digit lead, Alice Lloyd was unable to get very close the rest of the period, as the Union defense was tenuous all half. At intermission, the Bulldogs held an 11-point lead at 37-26, as they held the Eagles to just 23 percent shooting from the floor in the first half (6-of-26).

In the second half, the Union offense caught up with the defense, as the Bulldogs blew the game out early in the period after a 13-2 run to start the half resulted in a big 52-28 lead. That lead was too much for the visiting Eagles to come back from, as the Bulldogs continued to pour it on over the first 10 minutes of the period, going up by 30 points at one point (67-37).

From there, Union coasted, on their way to their third 30-plus point win on the young season.

Overall, Jones led a balanced scoring attack for Union with his 12-point night, missing just one shot in a 5-of-6 performance from the floor. Elsewhere, White scored 11 points, and Deante Johnson (SR/Cincinnati, Ohio) and Tyler Wagner (SR/Corbin, Ky. ) each scored 10 points, apiece. Wagner also blocked two shots in the win, as well.

But, the true star of the night for Union was their defensive unit, which was dominant for 40 minutes. In the end, ALC shot just 24 percent from the floor in the loss, making just four three-pointers. The Bulldogs also forced 24 turnovers, blocked nine shots, and held the Eagles to just 24 points in the second half.

Bracket Released for 2014 King of the Bluegrass Tournament

The bracket has been released for the 2014 King of the Bluegrass Tournament.

The event will be played December 19-23 at Fairdale High School in Fairdale, Kentucky.

Opening Round games:

Friday, December 19

4:30 p.m. Ballard vs. St. John's
6:00 p.m. Fairdale vs. Wayne County
7:30 p.m. Taylor County vs. Waggener
9:00 p.m. Owensboro vs. Bardstown

Saturday, December 20

4:30 p.m. South Shore vs. De La Salle
6:00 p.m. Newport Central Catholic vs. Doss
7:30 p.m. Bullitt  East vs. Holmes
9:00 p.m. Christ Presbyterian vs. Hopkinsville

Here's the complete bracket (click to enlarge):

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Monday, November 17, 2014

Mid-November Hoops Highlighted by Big Time Games: Schedule for the Week

The college basketball schedule around Kentucky really heats up this week with round two of Mid-South Conference games and several other key battles.

The Kentucky Wildcats will face their first true test with a neutral court battle against Kansas.

Morehead State will play five games this week, including a difficult road game at Cincinnati.

The Mid-South Conference will feature some league wars, including University of the Cumberlands and University of Pikeville at Campbellsville.

Monday, November 17

7:00 p.m. Alice Lloyd College at Union College
7:00 p.m. Cincinnati Christian at Morehead State University
7:00 p.m. Jacksonville State at University of Louisville

Tuesday, November 18

7:00 p.m. Kentucky Christian University at Eastern Kentucky University (Exhibition for KCU)
7:30 p.m. Salem International at Asbury University
8:00 p.m. Murray State University at Middle Tennessee
8:00 p.m. Western Kentucky University at Minnesota (NIT Season Tip-Off)
9:00 p.m. University of Kentucky vs. Kansas (at Indianapolis, Ind.)

Wednesday, November 19

7:00 p.m. Morehead State University at Cincinnati
7:00 p.m. North Carolina A&T at Northern Kentucky University
7:30 p.m. IU Southeast at Kentucky State University
7:30 p.m. Thomas More College at Hanover
7:30 p.m. Transylvania University at Centre College
8:30 p.m. Northwood at Kentucky Wesleyan College

Thursday, November 20

8:00 p.m. University of the Cumberlands at Campbellsville University*
8:00 p.m. Brescia University at Murray State University (Exhibition for BU)
8:00 p.m. University of Pikeville at St. Catharine College*
8:00 p.m. Lindsey Wilson College at Shawnee State*
8:00 p.m. Cumberland University at Georgetown College*

Friday, November 21

5:30 p.m. Brescia University vs. Rust (at Thomas More College)
6:00 p.m. Asbury University vs. Union College (at Berea College)
7:00 p.m. Boston at University of Kentucky
7:00 p.m. Milligan at Alice Lloyd College
7:30 p.m. Augustana at Thomas More College
8:00 p.m. Morehead State University at Louisiana Tech
8:00 p.m. Kentucky Christian University at Berea College
9:00 p.m. Marshall at University of Louisville

Saturday, November 22

1:00 p.m. Kentucky Wesleyan College at Lake Superior State
2:00 p.m. Kentucky Christian University vs. Asbury University (at Berea College)
2:00 p.m. Alice Lloyd College at Crown College
3:00 p.m. University of Pikeville at Campbellsville University*
3:15 p.m. Kentucky State University at Southern Indiana
4:00 p.m. Brescia University at Thomas More College
4:00 p.m. Lindsey Wilson College at Georgetown College*
4:00 p.m. Union College at Berea College
4:00 p.m. University of the Cumberlands at St. Catharine College*
7:00 p.m. Cincinnati-Clermont at Eastern Kentucky University
7:00 p.m. Franklin at Centre College
7:00 p.m. Ohio Midwestern at Northern Kentucky University
7:30 p.m. Transylvania University at Lipscomb
8:00 p.m. Belmont at Western Kentucky University (NIT Season Tip-Off)
9:30 p.m. Morehead State University vs. Presbyterian (at Louisiana Tech)

Sunday, November 23

1:30 p.m. Morehead State University vs. American (at Louisiana Tech)
3:00 p.m. Findlay at Bellarmine University
6:00 p.m. Montana State at University of Kentucky

* Conference Game

EKU's Walden, Richardson Earn Ohio Valley Conference Weekly Honors

Eastern Kentucky's Corey Walden and Denzel Richardson have earned weekly honors from the Ohio Valley Conference.

Walden is Co-Player of the Week this week with Austin Peay's Chris Horton. Walden put in 20 points, 8 steals and 5 assists in EKU's win over Savannah State.

Richardson is Newcomer of the Week following his 11-point, 10-rebound performance against Savannah State.

adidas® OVC Players of the Week


Chris Horton, C • Jr., 6-9, 212 • Decatur, Ga. • Austin Peay

Horton recorded just the 10th triple-double in OVC history when he had 15 points, 13 rebounds and 10 blocks in Austin Peay’s 68-63 victory over Berea on Sunday. He is the first OVC player to accomplish the feat since 2008-09 and first APSU player to do so since Trenton Hassell in 2000-01. His 10 blocks were the most in Austin Peay single-game history as he increased his career blocks total to 206, making him one of just six OVC individuals to record 200-plus blocks in a career. Horton started the week with 15 points, four rebounds and four blocks in a loss at Western Kentucky. For the week the junior averaged 15.0 points, 8.5 rebounds and 7.0 blocks/game while hitting 48.0 percent (12-of-25) from the field.


Corey Walden, G • Sr., 6-2, 189 • Daytona Beach, Fla. • Eastern Kentucky

In his team’s season-opening 76-53 victory over Savannah State, Walden had 20 points, eight steals and five assists. Playing his first game as EKU’s primary point guard, Walden had just three turnovers in 38 minutes of play. His defense fueled a 17-3 run midway through the second half and helped the Colonels put away the Tigers; to spark that run Walden, the reigning OVC Defensive Player of the Year, had a steal and old-fashioned 3-point play followed by a second steal which led to a basket and account for the first five points of that spurt. Walden hit 6-of-12 (50%) field goals and 8-of-9 (88.9%) free throws.

Others Nominated: Evan Bradds, Belmont; Chris Olivier, Eastern Illinois; Avery Moore, Jacksonville State; Angelo Warner, Morehead State; Cameron Payne, Murray State; Donivine Stewart, SIUE; Marcus Roper, Tennessee State; Mason Ramsey, Tennessee Tech.


Denzel Richardson, G • Jr., 6-5, 200 • Baltimore, Md. • Eastern Kentucky

Richardson, a transfer from Pensacola State College, had 11 points and 10 rebounds in his Eastern Kentucky debut, a 76-53 victory over Savannah State. The junior hit 3-of-6 field goals and 1-of-2 3-pointers while also knocking down four free throws. Richardson also added an assist and a steal in 19 minutes off the bench.

Others Nominated: Taylor Barnette, Belmont; JaQuail Townser, Jacksonville State; Justin Seymour, Murray State; Aaron Adeoye, Southeast Missouri; Jake Newton, SIUE; Marcus Roper, Tennessee State; Charles Jackson, Tennessee Tech; Deville Smith, UT Martin.


Mason Ramsey, F • R-Fr., 6-6, 220 • Livingston, Tenn. • Tennessee Tech

Ramsey made his collegiate debut in coming off the bench to score 14 points and grab 14 rebounds in Tennessee Tech’s 83-29 victory over Piedmont International. Ramsey was the first Tennessee Tech freshman to record a double-double in his first career game since Earl Wise (the program’s all-time leading rebounder) accomplished the feat in 1986. Ramsey hit 6-of-11 (54.5%) shots and also had two steals, a block and an assist in just 20 minutes of action.

Others Nominated: Josh Robinson, Austin Peay; Cornell Johnston, Eastern Illinois; C.J. Carr, SIUE; Zachary Lee, Tennessee State.

Kentucky Recruit Antonio Blakeney Goes Off for 65 Points in High School Game

Kentucky recruit Antonio Blakeney went off for 65 points in a game Friday night.

Blakeney, a 6-foot-3 shooting guard, led Oak Ridge (Fla.) to a one-point win over Liberty Christian Prep.

NOTE: Some outlets reported that he had 63 points. Either way, it was an outstanding performance.

It looks like Louisville is no longer interested in Blakeney. He decommitted from the Cardinals several weeks ago.

Northern Kentucky Inks Three Players for 2015-16

The Northern Kentucky men's basketball program has signed Brennan Gillis, Drew McDonald and Hagen Tyler for the 2015-16 season.

Here is more from NKU:

HIGHLAND HEIGHTS, Ky. – The Northern Kentucky University men's basketball program received signed national letters of intent from three prep standouts who will join the Norse next year. Brennan Gillis, Drew McDonald and Hagen Tyler inked their letters and committed to play for NKU.

"We are extremely excited to have a class of tremendous competitors and winners like Hagen, Brennan and Drew join our program," said head coach Dave Bezold. "Each are coming from highly respected programs with winning traditions. All three have been highly successful on the court and in the classroom."

Gillis is a 6-7 forward from Ben Davis High School in Indianapolis, Indiana, who played club basketball for the Eric Gordon All Stars. Gillis was tabbed first team all-state and named Junior All-Star after averaging 16.6 points per game as a junior. Also earned all-state honorable mention honors as a sophomore.

"Brennan is a very skilled offensive player, but his biggest strength is his defense," commented Bezold. "Brennan is capable of guarding most anyone on the floor and always draws the assignment of defending the other teams best player."

A distinguished two-sport athlete, McDonald led nearby Newport Central Catholic on the court and golf course. As a junior, McDonald averaged 13.1 points and 7.5 rebounds per game. The two-time All-A State Tournament Team honoree was named the All-A State Tournament MVP in the 2012-13 season and is also a two-time academic all-state honoree during basketball season. Additionally, the men's golf team will benefit from McDonalds' skills, as he'll be playing golf for the team as well.

"Drew brings needed size and is a multi-skilled player that fits very well in our system," stated Bezold. "He is capable of playing with his back to the basket or stepping out and shooting the three."

Hailing from Danville, Kentucky, Tyler helped Boyle County High School to an 18-10 mark after averaging 23.7 points, 8.2 rebounds and 4.2 assists per game as a junior. Tyler's list of accolades includes selections to the 45th District tournament team, all-area player of the year, All-12th Region team and all-academic tournament team.

"Hagen is an extremely well-rounded scorer," Bezold said. "He is a dangerous shooter both pulling up and when he's set. But, he can also take it to the rim and score that way. His biggest strength, though, may be how hard he plays."

Western Kentucky Defeats Austin Peay in Season Opener for Program's 1,700th All-Time Win

Western Kentucky 77
Austin Peay 70

Final from Bowling Green, Kentucky

Game recap by WKU:

BOWLING GREEN, Ky. -- WKU earned its 1,700th program victory Saturday afternoon at E.A. Diddle Arena with a 77-70 win over Austin Peay. The win moves WKU to 1-0 on the season for the first time since 2010-11, and the victory makes WKU just the 18th program in NCAA history to record 1,700 wins.

T.J. Price scored a game-high 22 points after making all four three-point tries, and Rob Marberry played 18 key minutes off the bench scoring seven points and grabbing three rebounds. Trency Jackson and Chris Harrison-Docks were also in double figures with 14 and 13 points, respectively.

After Austin Peay tied the score at 47 with 14:36 remaining, WKU used a 13-4 run to take a 60-51 lead. The Governors came within one possession of the Hilltoppers just once in the final 14:36 of the game.

Austin Peay saw four players in double figures. WKU leads the all-time series between the two former Ohio Valley Conference rivals 39-14. The Hilltoppers have won 13 of their last 14 non-conference home games.

Malik Maitland Signs with Morehead State for 2015-16

Morehead State men's basketball has signed 5-foot-11 point guard Malik Maitland for the 2015-16 season.

Here's a release from MSU:

MOREHEAD, Ky. -- Malik Maitland, a 5-foot-11 guard from Father Lopez Catholic High School (Fla.), has signed a National Letter of Intent with the Morehead State men's basketball program. He will be a freshman during the 2015-16 school year.

"We're excited about the addition of Malik," Head Coach Sean Woods said. "He's a terrific person and very talented player. We lose three guards after this season, so Malik will provide depth and have an opportunity to compete for playing time."

Maitland, a native of Daytona Beach, Fla., averaged an area-best 22.1 points, 5.8 assists and 2.8 steals as a junior in 2013-14. He is also a member of the Each 1 Teach 1 AAU program.

"Malik is a left-handed point guard who can do lots of things on both ends of the floor," Woods said. "Don't let his size fool you because he's a special player. Malik is athletic and fits our fast style of play. He scores, passes and plays good defense."

Maitland averaged 14.0 points, 5.6 assists and 4.9 steals as a sophomore in 2012-13. Father Lopez posted a 27-3 record that season. He has played on the varsity team since seventh grade.

"It's an honor to be joining Morehead State's program," Maitland said. "I feel very blessed to be in this situation. The coaches and players have been great during the recruiting process. They seem like a family in everything they do, on and off the court."

Morehead State is coming off a 20-win campaign for the fourth time in the past six years. The 2013-14 Eagles also earned a spot in the College Basketball Invitational, which marked their fourth postseason berth in six seasons and ninth in school history.

"The practices at Morehead State are pretty intense, but that's what I want," Maitland added. "I don't want to just be good, I want to be great. Coach (Sean) Woods has said he will help push me to that next level, and that's something I'm looking forward to."


The Boston Celtics Have Recalled James Young From the NBA D-League

The Boston Celtics have recalled rookie James Young from the NBA Development League:

Young played one game with the Maine Red Claws, scoring 21 points in a win.

No. 8 Louisville Earns Impressive Win Over Minnesota in Pitino Family Battle

(8) Louisville 81
Minnesota 68

Final from Aguadilla, Puerto Rico

Game recap by UL:

AGUADILLA, Puerto Rico (AP) - Rick Pitino proved he could have another title contender at Louisville. He just regrets it had to be at the expense of his son's team.

After No. 8 Louisville's 81-68 win over Minnesota on Friday night in the season opener for both teams, Pitino said he never should have agreed to play the Golden Gophers and their second-year coach Richard Pitino, his son.

"It was a nice event, but I really didn't want to play this game," said Pitino, who is now 2-0 against his son. "I hate the fact that we won. We don't want to open up 0-1, but I didn't want my son to open up 0-1. So for all the exposure, it was great until the end of the game. I rather have not played it, because my son lost."

Montrezl Harrell had 30 points and Terry Rozier added 18 to lead the Cardinals in the Armed Forces Classic, played at the U.S. Coast Guard Air Station Borinquen in front of about 1,400 people, most of them in the military.

The athletic Cardinals never let Minnesota get comfortable, holding the Gophers to 40 percent shooting and forcing 18 turnovers. They seemed surprised by Minnesota's energy that included a 14-10 lead after freshman guard Nate Mason hit two free throws.

But the Cardinals' freshman Quentin Snider sparked a 19-2 run with a three-point play and Minnesota had no answers for Harrell.

Harrell could have turned pro last season, but he showed off an improved jump shot with 17 points in the first half on 5 for 6 shooting, including a 3-pointer to make it 29-16 with 6:38 left. The Gophers cut to a nine-point deficit, but Harrell dazzled the crowd with an emphatic alley-oop dunk during another Cardinals rally to take a 43-30 halftime lead.

Minnesota showed why it was the worst team in the Big Ten last season in defensive efficiency with 19 fouls in the first half, including four starters with two fouls each.

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Northern Kentucky Hangs Tough But Falls Short at Nebraska

Nebraska 80
Northern Kentucky 61

Final from Lincoln, Nebraska

Game recap by NKU:

LINCOLN, Neb. – Two players reached double-figures in the scoring column and Northern Kentucky won the battle of the boards, but No. 21 Nebraska proved to be too much for the Norse in an 80-61 loss at Pinnacle Bank Arena on Sunday afternoon.

Tayler Persons led the offensive output for the Norse, scoring 13 points on four field goals and five free throws. Four second-half trifectas from Anthony Monaco gave the junior guard 12 points for the game and NKU's second player in double-digits.

After Nebraska (1-0) scored the opening basket of the game, Tyler White knocked down a pair of jumpers to push Northern Kentucky (0-2) in front. Dean Danos and Jalen Billups followed with two more buckets, and NKU found itself with an early 8-2 advantage.

The Cornhuskers then used a 16-4 spurt to regain the lead. Cole Murray's first of two triples in the game brought NKU back within three, 18-15.

Eight players reached the scoring column by halftime, led by Murray and Deontae Cole with six points each. Jake Giesler added four points and five boards to the cause, but NKU found itself with a 15-point deficit (45-30) at the break.

In similar fashion to the first half, the Huskers found the bottom of the net first to extend their lead to 17. The Norse reeled off eight of the next 10 points to pull within 11 (49-38).

Nebraska pushed the lead back out to 16 before Persons was fouled on a lay-up and converted the three-point play. Trailing by 13 (54-41), the Norse had looks on three-straight trips, but were unable to convert before the Huskers went on an 11-3 run to push the deficit to 21at 65-44 with just over ten minutes remaining.

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Highlights of Kentucky's Win Over Buffalo

Check out these highlights of Kentucky's win over Buffalo on Sunday:

Video: John Calipari Talks About Kentucky's Struggles Against Buffalo and More

Kentucky head coach John Calipari talks about Kentucky's struggles against Buffalo and more:

Kentucky's Johnson, Ulis and Lyles Talk About Win Over Buffalo

Kentucky's Dakari Johnson, Tyler Ulis and Trey Lyles talk about Kentucky's win over Buffalo and look forward to tomorrow night's game against Kansas:

Kentucky Overcomes Bad First Half to Take Care of Buffalo

(1) Kentucky 71
Buffalo 52

Final from Lexington, Kentucky

Game recap by UK:

LEXINGTON, Ky. (AP) - For 20 minutes Buffalo staggered No. 1 Kentucky with the smashmouth aggression that coach John Calipari wanted for his young, talented team.

To his delight, the Wildcats opened the second half with a quick flurry of blows that helped seize a hard-fought victory.

Trey Lyles lifted Kentucky out of a funk with five straight points to begin a 9-0 second-half run, and Tyler Ulis scored 12 points on four 3-pointers to help the Wildcats rally for a 71-52 victory over Buffalo on Sunday.

Trailing 38-33 at halftime, Kentucky used a 3-pointer and subsequent steal and dunk by Lyles to get back on track. The 6-foot-10 freshman forward finished with 12 points on 4-of-5 shooting as the Wildcats pulled away from the stubborn Bulls (1-1) in the final 20 minutes.

"The opportunity presented itself and I took it," said Lyles, who finished with 12 points on 4-of-5 shooting and 4 rebounds.

The Wildcats (2-0) shot 41 percent (25 for 61) from the field. But they clamped down on Buffalo down the stretch, holding the Bulls to 4-of-19 shooting in the second half and 35 percent overall.

"It seemed like our shots in the second half were a lot more contested and a lot more difficult to find," second-year Buffalo coach Bobby Hurley said.

Playing their second game in 40 hours and seeking a strong tuneup with No. 5 Kansas awaiting Tuesday in Indianapolis, the Wildcats instead got the adversity that Calipari sought after Friday's 40-point blowout win over Grand Canyon.

"Now we go (play) Kansas and it's the same thing," Calipari said. "We probably need another hit in the mouth to see where we are."

Buffalo got off to a nice start in the program's first game against a No. 1 team.

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