Saturday, December 13, 2014

Seth Davis Still Thinks Kentucky Can Go Undefeated

Seth Davis of SI.com and CBS Sports still thinks the Kentucky Wildcats have a good chance to go undefeated this season.

As the Wildcats were finishing off an impressive win over North Carolina this afternoon, Davis said this on Twitter:




Guard Ayinde Sprewell Reportedly Asks for Release at WKU

According to reports, guard Ayinde Sprewell has requested a release from Western Kentucky's men's basketball program.

Sprewell, the nephew of former NBA star Latrell Sprewell, was averaging 0.3 points per game in only 3 games played this season.



Roy Williams Too Ticked Off to Think of Any BS, Says UK is Pretty Doggone Physically Imposing,

North Carolina head coach Roy Williams spoke to the media following today's loss at Kentucky.

As expected, there are several doggones and even a BS:


Alex Poythress Led Kentucky's Pregame Prayer Today

Injured forward Alex Poythress led the Kentucky Wildcats' pregame prayer today before they took the court against North Carolina.

Check out this picture from @UKphotogs on Twitter:


Video: Highlights from Kentucky's Win Over North Carolina

Check out all the highlights from Kentucky's convincing 84-70 win over No. 21 North Carolina:


No. 1 Kentucky Comes Together After Poythress Injury to Breeze Past North Carolina

(1) Kentucky 84
(21) North Carolina 70

Final from Lexington, Kentucky

Top-ranked Kentucky (11-0) rallied in the wake of Alex Poythress' knee injury to cruise past No. 21 North Carolina 84-70 this afternoon at Rupp Arena.

The Tar Heels cut the Kentucky lead to single digits in the second half but were unable to make a serious run against the powerful Wildcats.

Willie Cauley-Stein and Devin Booker scored 15 points each to lead the way for Kentucky. Aaron Harrison added 14 points. Andrew Harrison chipped in 11 points and 5 assists.

Freshman Tyler Ulis dished out a game-high 8 assists for the Wildcats.

North Carolina (6-3) got 15 points from Brice Johnson. Marcus Paige got hot in the second half to total 14 points. Kennedy Meeks contributed 10 points.

The Tar Heels shot 27-for-60 (45%) from the field and out-rebounded Kentucky 31-24 in the game, but still lost by 14 points.

The official attendance for the game was 24,406, which ranks as the ninth largest all time for Kentucky.

The Wildcats have a week off before returning to action next Saturday against UCLA in the CBS Sports Classic in Chicago.

Box score (click to enlarge):

Kentucky Wearing "Roar for 22" Shirts in Honor of Alex Poythress

The Kentucky Wildcats are wearing "Roar for 22" t-shirts prior to today's game against North Carolina in support of injured teammate Alex Poythress.







Make sure you follow the #roarfor22 hashtag on Twitter.

Friday, December 12, 2014

Wesley Christian's Abraham Onyebuchi Picks Up Offer from Lindsey Wilson College

Lindsey Wilson College has extended an offer to Wesley Christian's Abraham Onyebuchi.

Wesley Christian coach Jack Jarrell confirmed the offer on Facebook:

Jack Jarrell: Congrats Abraham Onyebuchi on picking up an offer tonight from Lindsey Wilson College

Onyebuchi is a 6-foot-7 forward from Lagos, Nigeria.

Boyd County Roundball Classic Tips Off Tonight in Ashland

The Boyd County Roundball Classic tips off this evening in Ashland and features several local teams as well as nationally-ranked Huntington Prep.

The games get underway at 6:00 p.m. ET today at Boyd County Middle School.

Huntington Prep's roster includes Kentucky recruits Thomas Bryant (2015) and Miles Bridges (2016).

Here's a schedule:

Today

6:00 p.m. Boyd County (girls) vs. West Carter
7:30 p.m. Boyd County (boys) vs. Elliott County
9:00 p.m. Huntington Prep (WV) vs. West Oaks Academy (Fla.)

Tomorrow

12:30 p.m. Ashland (girls) vs. Mason County
2:00 p.m. Ashland (boys) vs. Pikeville
3:30 p.m. East Carter (girls) vs. Franklin County
5:15 p.m. Rowan County vs. Johnson Central
7:15 p.m. Huntington Prep (WV) vs. Walnut Ridge (OH)
9:00 p.m. Boyd County vs. Wheelersburg

John Calipari Discusses Poythress' Injury, Future of the Platoon System and More

Kentucky head coach John Calipari discusses Alex Poythress' season-ending knee injury, the future (or not) of the platoon system and more:


Bellarmine Moves Up to No. 3 in DII Media Poll

Bellarmine University is up to No. 3 in this week's media poll sponsored by D2SIDA.

West Liberty (W.Va.) remains at No. 1 this week. Florida Southern is No. 2.

Florida Southern plays in the Bellarmine Classic today and tomorrow.

2014-15 DII Media Poll Sponsored by D2SIDA (Dec. 9)

Rank School (First Place Votes) Record Votes Previous Ranking
1 West Liberty (W. Va.) (8) 7-0 337 1
2 Florida Southern (4) 6-0 325 3
3 Bellarmine (Ky.) 6-0 321 4
4 Central Missouri (2) 8-0 313 5
T5 Metropolitan State (Colo.) 6-1 271 6
T5 Tarleton State (Texas) 7-0 271 7
7 Southern Connecticut State 7-1 239 2
8 Minnesota State-Moorhead 10-0 236 9
9 Mount Olive (N.C.) 9-0 235 10
10 Lincoln Memorial (Tenn.) 8-0 215 11
11 Barry (Fla.) 6-0 193 14
12 BYU Hawaii 6-0 191 23
13 Minnesota State 7-1 171 13
14 Indianapolis 7-0 168 19
T15 Azusa Pacific (Calif.) 8-1 134 17
T15 Colorado-Colorado Springs 8-0 134 RV
17 Christian Brothers (Tenn.) 4-1 123 21
18 Newberry (S.C.) 8-0 114 22
19 Le Moyne (N.Y.) 8-1 88 19
20 California Baptist 6-1 69 12
21 Missouri-St. Louis 6-0 64 RV
22 Augustana (S.D.) 6-1 60 20
23 Colorado Mines 6-0 49 RV
24 Saint Anselm (N.H.) 6-1 37 RV
25 Glenville State (W.Va.) 6-2 36 NR

Also receiving votes: Lander (S.C.) 34, Indiana (Pa.) 27, Lynn (Fla.) 22, Drury (Mo.) 20, Lewis 12, Texas A&M-Commerce 10, Northern State (S.D.) 10, Lake Superior State (Mich.) 9, Angelo State (Texas) 8, Western Oregon 2, Southern Indiana 1, Georgia Regents 1, Cal Poly Pomona 1

Alex Poythress on Twitter: Minor Setback for a Major Comeback

Kentucky's Alex Poythress posted a message moments ago on his Twitter account.




D.J. White Ruled Eligible to Play at Casey County High School

I am told by a good source that D.J. White has been ruled eligible to play immediately at Casey County High School.

White, who moved to Casey County from Madisonville North Hopkins, was originally ruled ineligible by the KHSAA. The decision was appealed and the new ruling is that he is eligible for competition.

Kentucky's Devin Booker, Tyler Ulis Expected to Play Against North Carolina

In the wake of Alex Poythress' devastating knee injury, there is a small bit of good news for Kentucky fans heading into Saturday's game against North Carolina.

According to Kyle Tucker of the Courier-Journal, both Devin Booker and Tyler Ulis are expected to play against the Tar Heels.


Georgetown College's Noah Cottrill Named Mid-South Conference Player of the Week

Georgetown College's Noah Cottrill was named Mid-South Conference Player of the Week on Monday.

Cottrill averaged 23 points per game in three games last week.

Here is a release from GC:

Noah Cottrill averaged 23 points per game this past week as the No. 8 Tigers improved to 11-2. His hot shooting and clutch scoring earned the junior guard his first Mid-South Conference Player of the Week honors of the year and the second straight for a Georgetown player. Deondre McWhorter earned the honor last week.

The Logan, West Virginia native finished the week averaging 23 points per game, 3.7 rebounds and 3.3 assists. He started the week helping Georgetown improve to 3-2 in the MSC with a big road win over new league foe Life University. This was the first win for the Tigers in Marietta, Ga. in several seasons.

He hit three three-pointers and several free throws down the stretch to seal the 81-79 victory.

Cottrill followed that up with 21 and 25 points respectively in GC wins over Wilberforce University and tournament host Central State University. He helped the Tigers to a 103-61 victory over the Bulldogs with four threes, five rebounds and six assists.

On Sunday, he went 8-of-12 from the field and hit a season-high seven threes as Georgetown handed NCAA Division II CSU an 87-79 setback.

Cottrill finished the week hitting 45.8 percent (21-of-43) from the field, including 46.7 (14-of-30) from deep. He is second in the MSC in scoring with 21.5 points and three-pointers made (31). His 36.9 percent from the field is sixth best in the league and his 83 percent from the line is third in the MSC.

Nationally, Cottrill is sixth in three-pointers made and eighth in scoring.

Thomas More's Drew Mumford Named PAC Player of the Week

Thomas More's Drew Mumford was named Presidents' Athletic Conference Player of the Week earlier this week.

Here's a release from TMC:

(GREENVILLE, Pa.) - Thomas More College senior forward Drew Mumford (Louisville, Ky./Christian Academy) has been named the Presidents' Athletic Conference (PAC) Men's Basketball Player of the Week by the PAC office.

Mumford helped lead the Saints to a 2-0 record during the first week of the team's PAC schedule. He averaged 21.0 points and 5.5 rebounds per game while shooting 66.7 percent (16-of-24) from the floor and 80.0 percent (8-of-10) from the charity stripe. Mumford also averaged 3.0 steals, 2.0 assists and 1.5 blocks per game.

Mumford and the Saints are idle until December 17 when they travel to Franklin, Indiana to play Franklin College at 8 p.m.

Jason King's Article About Willie Cauley-Stein is Must Read Material

Kentucky fans will want to do themselves a favor and read Jason King's incredible (and lengthy) article about UK big man Willie Cauley-Stein.

Here is an excerpt:

Shortly after the conclusion of last season, Willie Cauley-Stein approached his grandmother with a serious question.

"Granny," he asked Norma Stein, "would you be mad if I didn't go to the NBA?"

Despite being sidelined with an ankle injury during the Final Four, Cauley-Stein had shown enough promise as a sophomore to be tagged a potential lottery pick in the 2014 NBA draft. Still, when he posed that question to Norma, Cauley-Stein wasn't debating whether he should turn pro that summer.

"He wanted to know what I'd think if he didn't turn pro at all—as in, ever," Norma said. "For a while he was really gung-ho about the NBA. I still think he wants to go. But he's just interested in so many different things besides basketball."

Indeed, chat with Cauley-Stein long enough, and you'll likely hear about his desire to start his own clothing line.

The guy who wears bow ties and cutoff sweatpants likes to watch zombie movies and has been known to ride a skateboard to class. His former roommate, Alex Poythress, joked last year that Cauley-Stein is often in "La La Land."

During a recent conversation with Bleacher Report, the topics that made Cauley-Stein perk up the most were, one, his days as a football standout at Olathe (Kansas) Northwest High School, and two, using his pedestal as a Kentucky athlete to touch and influence others.

"I want to change lives," he said.

As for basketball?

Cauley-Stein enjoys the game.

"But I don't know if he loves it," said Shields, the guardian. "He hasn't been bitten by the basketball bug yet."

Read the Complete Article (Trust me...do it)

Bellarmine Classic to Feature Three Undefeated Teams

The Bellarmine Classic tips off in Louisville this evening and features three undefeated teams, including No. 2 Bellarmine.

Bellarmine will be joined by No. 3 Florida Southern (6-0), defending GLVC champion Southern Indiana (5-0) and Ohio Valley University.

Here is a release about the event from BU:

LOUISVILLE, Ky. — The upcoming Bellarmine Classic presented by Best Western promises local basketball fans some outstanding action with three of the nation's 21 remaining undefeated NCAA Division II teams competing in the annual event that kicks off on Friday. Joining the second-ranked Knights (6-0) in the Classic are No. 3 Florida Southern (6-0), and defending GLVC Champion Southern Indiana (5-0) along with Ohio Valley out of the Great Midwest Conference.

In game one, the Moccasins of Florida Southern and the Screaming Eagles of USI will square off at 5 p.m. as both squads play their first game of the season away from home. Florida Southern's marquee wins are an 80-75 victory over then-No. 3 Metro State and a 97-80 decision over then-No. 13 Delta State. The Screaming Eagles, who won't play a true road game until Jan. 8, have won five straight to open the season, facing foes from four different conferences.

The Knights will tangle with the Fighting Scots of Ohio Valley in Friday's second game scheduled for a 7:30 p.m. tip. Ohio Valley — making its fourth appearance in the annual Bellarmine Classic — is still in search of its first victory of the 2014-15 season after dropping its first five games of the season. Bellarmine has opened 6-0 for the third year in a row with its marquee wins coming on the road at then No. 18 Christian Brothers and in its lone home game of the season, a 63-54 win over No. 16 Findlay.

On Saturday, the Screaming Eagles and the Knights will trade opponents, setting up the season's top DII game to date with No. 2 Bellarmine and No. 3 Florida Southern facing off in the Classic's final game, set for a 7:30 p.m. start.

The Mocs and the Knights have met just once previously with Bellarmine upsetting Florida Southern 62-60 on Nov. 28, 2008. Ironically, the Mocs were ranked No. 3 in that game as well, while the Knights were unranked.

In this year's game, the Moccasins come in with a deep bench with nine players averaging nearly 15 minutes of playing time. However, the clear leader on the FSC squad is Kevin Capers, whose 24.2 points per game average ranks him eighth in NCAA Division II. The 6-foot-2 senior guard is sixth on Florida Southern's all-time scoring list with 1,679 points heading into the Classic.

As a team, the Mocs average more than nine made 3-pointers per game, but perhaps the most lethal weapon in their arsenal is defense, where they are enjoying a plus-9.3 turnover margin so far this season. Florida Southern has turned that defense into one of the most potent offenses in the country and ranks fifth in scoring average at 94.8 points per game.

Complete Release

UK Confirms: Alex Poythress is Out for the Season

The University of Kentucky has confirmed via press release that junior forward Alex Poythress is out for the remainder of the season with a torn anterior cruciate ligament in his left knee.

“When you’re coaching other people’s children and these children have high aspirations and unlimited potential – not only to do things for themselves but for other people – I can’t begin to tell you the feeling when someone gets hurt,” head coach John Calipari said. “My own son, Brad, tore his ACL last year. All I can tell you is I was physically sick when it happened to him. I feel exactly the same way now that it’s happened to Alex.”

Here is a release from UK:

LEXINGTON, Ky. – University of Kentucky men’s basketball junior Alex Poythress will miss the remainder of the season after tearing the anterior cruciate ligament in his left knee in practice on Thursday.

“When you’re coaching other people’s children and these children have high aspirations and unlimited potential – not only to do things for themselves but for other people – I can’t begin to tell you the feeling when someone gets hurt,” head coach John Calipari said. “My own son, Brad, tore his ACL last year. All I can tell you is I was physically sick when it happened to him. I feel exactly the same way now that it’s happened to Alex.”

A date for surgery has not been set yet. The normal timetable following ACL reconstructive surgery is six to eight months.

“Our team was devastated for Alex when I told them,” Calipari said. “There were tears throughout the room because this hurt them to the core. How they will respond I really don’t know, but I will do my best to be there for each of these kids.

“I told them, this is a big blow to our team. No one will be able to replace Alex and what he did for this team. I go back to last year’s NCAA Tournament. Without Alex, we don’t win those games. No one will be able to replace him, but now everybody has to do a little bit more as we try to circle the wagons.”

Poythress, a 6-foot-8 forward from Clarksville, Tenn., was averaging 5.5 points and 3.8 rebounds in his third season for Kentucky. He has played in a team-high 80 career games with 38 starts.

WKYT: Alex Poythress Has Torn His ACL

According to WKYT, Kentucky junior Alex Poythress has suffered a torn ACL:

LEXINGTON, Ky (WKYT) - WKYT sports has learned UK junior forward Alex Poythress from Clarksville, Tennessee sustained a knee injury on Thursday.

WKYT has confirmed the injury is a torn ACL. Poythress has started eight games and is averaging 5.5 points, 3.8 rebounds in 20 minutes a contest for the top-ranked and undefeated Wildcats. Poythress is leading UK at the free-throw line shooting at an 86 percent clip.

Complete Article

Obviously, this is terrible news. My prayers go out to Alex on a full and speedy recovery.

As of now, UK is not confirming anything:


Report: Kentucky's Alex Poythress Has Suffered a Knee Injury

WKYT is reporting that Kentucky junior forward Alex Poythress has suffered a knee injury.

The extent of the injury is not known at this time.

John Calipari has a regularly scheduled press conference tomorrow at 2:00 p.m. ET.

Read the Report from WKYT

Thursday, December 11, 2014

Video: UK Recruit Malik Newman Drops 42 Points on Thon Maker's Team

Watch as Kentucky recruit Malik Newman drops 42 points on Thon Maker's team at the Marshall County Hoop Fest - some of those shots will make you say "wow":


Kentucky Recruit Thon Maker Is Not Your Typical Big Man

Kentucky recruit Thon Maker doesn't move like your usual 7-footer.

Check out this spin move by the big man during the Marshall County Hoop Fest:


Tony Delk to Have Jersey Retired at Kentucky

Former Kentucky star Tony Delk will have his jersey retired in February.

UK made the announcement this evening:

LEXINGTON, Ky. – University of Kentucky men’s basketball great Tony Delk and gymnastics star Jenny Hansen will have their jerseys retired by UK Athletics at events held in February.

Jersey retirement is considered the highest honor of UK Athletics. Delk becomes the 43rd retired jersey associated with men’s basketball and Hansen is the first honoree in gymnastics. Previously, Delk and Hansen had been elected to the UK Athletics Hall of Fame in 2008 and 2006, respectively. They were elected for jersey retirement this year by a Hall of Fame subcommittee comprised of media, Hall of Fame representatives and athletics staff.

Hansen will be honored on Friday, Feb. 20 at the UK gymnastics meet vs. Arkansas, and Delk will be recognized on Saturday, Feb. 21 at the men’s basketball game vs. Auburn.

Listed below are biographies of the two retired jersey honorees:

Tony Delk, Men’s Basketball, 1993-96

The Most Outstanding Player of the 1996 NCAA Final Four and the Midwest Regional in leading UK to the national championship … Earned first-team All-America and SEC Player of the Year honors as a senior … First-team All-SEC his last two seasons, also third-team All-America as a junior and second-team All-SEC as a sophomore … Led the Wildcats in scoring three straight years … UK’s career leader in three-pointers (283), while ranking second in career steals (201) and fifth in scoring (1,890 points) … In his four years, Kentucky posted a 119-18 record and went to the NCAA Final Four twice, winning one national championship, two SEC championships, three SEC Eastern Division championships and three SEC Tournament titles … Played 10 seasons in the NBA.

Release

Tickets Are Still Available for the CBS Sports Classic

There are still tickets available for next Saturday's CBS Sports Classic event in Chicago.

North Carolina will battle Ohio State at 1:00 p.m. ET in the first game of the event.

Kentucky will face UCLA in the second game.

Here are details from UK:

LEXINGTON, Ky. – An allotment of tickets for Kentucky’s matchup with UCLA in the CBS Sports Classic in Chicago on Dec. 20 is still available. Tickets range in price from $80 in the upper level to $145 in the lower bowl.

Tickets can be purchased by calling (800) 928-2287 or in person at the Joe Craft Center ticket office. Ticket office hours are 9 a.m. to 4 p.m., Monday through Friday. UK is set to take on UCLA in the inaugural CBS Sports Classic in the United Center on Dec. 20. Prior to the Wildcats and Bruins taking the floor, North Carolina and Ohio State will meet in the first game of the event at 1 p.m. ET.

It will mark the first of three seasons in which the two blueblood programs will face off. UK and UCLA recently announced a home-and-home series that will begin Dec. 3, 2015 in Los Angeles. The Bruins will make a return trip to Rupp Arena in 2016.

The 2014 CBS Sports Classic marks the first of a three-year rotation featuring four of the nation’s top programs in an early-season showcase. The 2015 event will take place on Saturday, Dec. 19, at Barclays Center in Brooklyn, N.Y., while the 2016 doubleheader will be held in Las Vegas. Kentucky will take on Ohio State in 2015 and meet the Tar Heels in 2016.

As always, UK Athletics encourages all fans to buy tickets to our 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.

Former Morehead State Guard Marsell Holden Overcomes Adversity to Get Back on the Court for Angelo State

Former Morehead State guard Marsell Holden has fought through adversity off the court so that he can now finish up his college career on the court.

Holden, one of the top shooters on Morehead State's 2011-12 team, is now at NCAA Division II program Angelo State.

Wes Bloomquist of The Herald in Sharon, Pennsylvania writes about what Holden has been through since his season at Morehead State:

Marsell Holden scrolls through his phone looking at images of his son and mother for motivation.

His son, born 2 months premature, is now 1 and is a daily inspiration. His mom, who battled cancer, completed chemotherapy treatment two years ago and is a reverend living cancer-free. Marsell, out of school and away from basketball for two years, witnessed and supported them through their fight for life and is back on the court playing with a purpose as a starter for the No. 16-ranked Angelo State Rams.

Tough times pass. Tough people last.

"My boy and mom inspire me every day to fight through being tired or giving into those things that are not going my way," Holden said. "I talk to them and look at their pictures and remember the journey to where we are at right now. God took us on that journey for a reason and never left us. That gives me strength to keep pushing and helps me to believe that the best is yet to come."

Marsell was back in his hometown of Farrell, Pennsylvania with his mother throughout her chemotherapy treatment two years ago and at the hospital and at home as his son battled for life after being born two months premature. His dreams were on pause at that time and there were moments when he felt lost.

After playing three years of college basketball, he wasn't around the game anymore or enrolled in school. It was a torturous time for the decorated basketball star who was named the Pennsylvania High School Player of the Year after his senior season at Farrell High where he established the school's record with 1,913 career points. He had played two seasons at San Jacinto College and then transferred to Morehead State where he played one season of Division I basketball.

Complete Article

John Calipari, UK Players Talk About Closer Than Expected Win Over Columbia

Kentucky head coach John Calipari talks about last night's closer than expected game against Columbia:



Here's what UK's Aaron Harrison, Trey Lyles and Derek Willis had to say after the game:


Video: Highlights from Kentucky's Win Over Columbia

Here are all the highlights from Kentucky's win over Columbia:


No. 1 Kentucky Survives Scare from Upset-Minded Columbia

(1) Kentucky 56
Columbia 46

Final from Lexington, Kentucky

Game recap by UK:

LEXINGTON, Ky. (AP) - Top-ranked Kentucky gave up the first 11 points, still trailed at halftime and finally shook off a slow start to beat pesky Columbia 56-46 on Wednesday night.

In a college basketball season already marked by several big upsets, the Wildcats (10-0) got their toughest challenge yet from the Ivy League Lions. Columbia led for nearly 27 minutes before Aaron Harrison and the Wildcats took control.

Set to face North Carolina, UCLA and Louisville in their next three games, the Wildcats had trouble from the outset against Columbia (5-3). Coach John Calipari was forced to call a timeout as the Lions took an 11-0 lead.

The Wildcats clamped down on defense to make several stops in the second half and took the lead for good at 36-34 on Derek Willis' two free throws with 13:18 remaining.

Harrison scored 14 points and Willie Cauley-Stein added 10 points and 10 rebounds for Kentucky. Injured freshman guards Tyler Ulis and Devin Booker didn't play.

Maodo Lo scored a game-high 16 points for Columbia.

Kentucky used its size and strength to rally, and avoided adding its name to the list of recent surprises.

A month into the new season, Michigan lost to New Jersey Institute of Technology, defending NCAA champion Connecticut fell to Yale, Indiana was edged by Eastern Washington, Purdue lost to North Florida and Drexel was beaten by Philadelphia University of The Sciences.

Kentucky's sluggish performance for much of the game was a far cry from Sunday's drubbing of Eastern Kentucky, a game that showed no letdown after last week's big win over Texas.

Complete Recap

Box score (click to enlarge):

Wednesday, December 10, 2014

UK Assistant Barry Rohrssen Previews Columbia

Kentucky assistant coach Barry Rohrssen previews tonight's game against Columbia:



Here's what Dominique Hawkins and Karl Towns had to say about tonight's game:


Kentucky Without Tyler Ulis and Devin Booker Tonight

The Kentucky Wildcats will not have the services of Tyler Ulis and Devin Booker tonight.

John Calipari confirmed on social media that both players are being held out of tonight's game:


Former Louisville Star Earl Clark is Headed to China

Former Louisville star Earl Clark has signed with the Shandong Flaming Bulls of the Chinese Basketball Association.

Clark played in six games for the Rio Grande Valley Vipers of the NBA D-League. He averaged 26.2 points, 8.0 rebounds and 3.5 blocks per game.

Here is more from Asia-basket.com:

Shandong Flaming Bulls (CBA) strengthened their roster with addition of 26-year old American forward Earl Clark (208-100kg-88, college: Louisville). He already started the season at Rio Grande Valley Vipers (D-League) in the U.S.. In 6 games he recorded very impressive stats: 26.2ppg, 8.0rpg, 1.5apg and 3.5bpg this season. Clark was called during the season by the Houston Rockets. He was called during the season by the Memphis Grizzlies. Clark ended the last season at the Knicks in NBA. In 9 games he averaged just 2.6ppg and 1.8rpg. Clark was called during the season by the Cleveland Cavaliers. In 45 games he averaged 5.2ppg and 2.8rpg.

The previous (12-13) season he played at the Lakers in NBA. In 63 games he averaged 7.0ppg, 5.3rpg and 1.1apg in 2012-13 season.

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Rick Pitino Discusses Win Over Indiana, Says Montrezl Harrell is Best Player in the Country

Louisville head coach Rick Pitino talks about last night's win over Indiana, says Montrezl Harrell is the best player in the country and more:


No. 4 UPIKE Cruises Past Ohio Mid-Western

(4) Pikeville 82
Ohio Mid-Western 61

Final from Pikeville, Kentucky

Game recap by UPIKE:

PIKEVILLE, Ky. -- Kevin Kornegay scored a team-high 17 points, including 12 in the second half with three 3-pointers, to lift the fourth-ranked University of Pikeville men's basketball team over Ohio Mid-Western 82-61 on Tuesday at the East Ky. Expo Center.

The Bears led 43-21 at halftime but were outscored by the Rams 40-39 in the second half, leading to it becoming a 10-point game with just under 10 minutes to play. Over the next seven minutes, UPIKE halted the comeback effort by outscoring Ohio Mid-Western 17-7 to go up by 20 in the final three minutes.

Kornegay hit all three of his long-range shots in those final nine minutes of the game. UPIKE (9-1) led by 14 when he hit his first one and his last made it a 20-point game at 76-56. The lead reached its apex at 23 points when Malik Jacobs dropped a corner three with 45 seconds on the clock.

Kenny Manigault scored in double figures as well with 12, while Jackson Hussey and Jacobs added 10 points each as UPIKE tallied its 30th straight win at home. The Bears shot 51.6 percent from the field, 42.1 percent (8-19) from three, but made just 10 of 21 free throws. UPIKE did outrebound the Rams 42-29, including a 13-7 advantage on the offensive glass.

Manigault led UPIKE on the boards, registering his second double-double of the season with 10.

OMW (0-7) was led by Ahmad Dauda with a game-high 18 points and TreVonte Morris added 10. Dauda also led the Rams on the boards with nine. It was a tale of two halves shooting for the Rams, hitting just 29 percent of its shots in the first half before coming in at a 58 percent clip in the final 20 minutes.

Led by Christian Leach with two, UPIKE matched a season high with five blocks, but the Rams made up for it with eight steals, tied with St. Catharine for the most takeaways by a Bear opponent.

Complete Recap

Antwain Barbour Returns to Turkey

Former Kentucky swingman Antwain Barbour is returning to Turkey to finish out the season.

Barbour is back with Mersin Buyuksehir Belediyesi in Turkey's second-level TB2L league. He started the season in Poland where he averaged 11.5 points in two games for Akdeniz.

Here is more from Eurobasket.com:

Mersin Buyuksehir Belediyesi (TB2L) strengthened their roster with addition of 32-year old Lebanese ex-international swingman Antwain Barbour (196-88kg-82, college: Kentucky, agency: Three Eye Sports). It is actually his comeback to Akdeniz as he played here before. Barbour has a double citizenship as he also holds American passport. Barbour already started the season at Wilki Morskie in Polish TBL league. In two 1Liga games he recorded 11.5ppg, 2.0rpg and 2.5apg this season. The last season he played at Mersin (TBL). In 30 games he averaged 14.7ppg, 4.7rpg, 2.8apg and 1.2spg. Great season indeed as he was voted to Turkish League All-Star Game.

The previous (12-13) season Barbour played at VL Pesaro (Serie A) in Italian league. In 30 games he averaged impressive 15.1ppg, 3.9rpg, 2.3apg and 1.8spg in 2012-13 season. Great year indeed as he was voted to Eurobasket.com All-Italian SerieA Honorable Mention and was invited to participate in the All-Star Game Slam Dunk Contest.

In 2011-12 season he played at Cibona (A1) in Croatian league. The team played in four different competitions (!!!) that year, and Barbour had a chance to explore basketball on different levels. In 15 A1 games he averaged 10.3ppg, 3.9rpg, 1.5apg and 1.3spg in 2011-12 season. He helped them to win the league title. A very good season in his career as he was voted to Eurobasket.com Croatian A1 League All-Imports Team and to the All-Star Game. Barbour also played 2 games in Euroleague where he averaged 10.0ppg, 2.0rpg, 2.0apg and 1.0spg in 2011-12 season. He also played 5 games in Eurocup where he averaged 9.4ppg, 1.4rpg and 1.2apg in 2011-12 season. And finally Barbour played 24 games in Adriatic League where he averaged 12.8ppg, 3.7rpg, 2.6apg and 1.1spg in 2011-12 season. A very good year in his career as he was voted to Eurobasket.com Adriatic League All-Imports Team and Honorable Mention.

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Video: Andy Katz Interviews Rick Pitino After Jimmy V Classic

ESPN's Andy Katz interviews Rick Pitino following last night's win over Indiana in the Jimmy V Classic:


Rozier Leads No. 4 Louisville Past Indiana in Jimmy V Classic

(4) Louisville 94
Indiana 74

Final from New York, New York

Game recap by UL:

NEW YORK (AP) - Terry Rozier scored a career-high 26 points and grabbed six rebounds as No. 4 Louisville beat Indiana 94-74 on Tuesday night in the Jimmy V Classic at Madison Square Garden.

"It felt real good," Rozier said. "I've been getting in the gym 6:30 every morning with some of my coaches. I'm happy they can get up and be there with me and give me confidence to shoot the ball. That's one thing I was trying to focus on tonight, to have my confidence under my shot and it fell for me."

Indiana coach Tom Crean was impressed with Rozier.

"I think Rozier is a very underrated passer and shooter," Crean said. "He is one of the premier guards in the country."

The Cardinals (8-0) also got outstanding performances from Montrezl Harrell, who had a double-double with 21 points and 11 rebounds and Chris Jones, who scored a career-high 24 points, and had nine rebounds and six assists.

"Our backcourt played a great game and Montrezl Harrell, who I think is the best player in the nation - I've said that for quite some time - because very few players can play with that type of motor," Pitino said.

Crean agreed with Pitino's assessment.

"I'm not sure relentless is a strong enough word," Crean said. "I don't know what the next adjective is."

Harrell took advantage of mismatches on defense and didn't abandon what was working throughout the game.

"I just roamed the baseline and my teammates found me," Harrell said. "Every time I told them I don't want to come out to set the pick-and-roll because I'm not in a great position to offensive rebound. I feel like I had that advantage on them size-wise."

After the loss, Crean put Louisville among the elite in college basketball.

"I think you have to put them in that conversation," Crean said.

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John Calipari Basketball Fantasy Experience Scheduled for September 11-13

The fourth annual John Calipari Basketball Fantasy Experience has been scheduled for September 11-13, 2015.


Here are details from UK:

LEXINGTON, KY. – The Fourth Annual John Calipari Basketball Fantasy Experience is set for September 11-13, 2015, in Lexington.

The Experience provides the opportunity to spend a weekend in the life of a Kentucky basketball player. Attendees compete in Lexington Center’s Rupp Arena and receive expert instruction from Coach Cal, current UK Men’s basketball staff, former UK basketball greats, and other celebrity guests. The event also includes elite social events, including an exclusive dinner on the court at Rupp Arena.

The 2014 Fantasy Experience was a sellout and proved to be a tremendous success, as UK Basketball Alumni and basketball enthusiasts came to Lexington from across the United States. The event raised over $1,000,000 for charity.

“We were able to hit our million dollar target goal despite the cancellation of the Alumni Game at our 2014 event,” Calipari said. “In 2015, my hope is that we can raise even more money, while providing attendees an even better experience and opportunity to live the life of a Kentucky basketball player.”

The Experience offers a chance to be a part of the inner workings of collegiate basketball at the highest level.

Positions are limited and are secured on a first-come, first-served basis. The event sold out early in 2014, so participants are encouraged to register well in advance. For more information go to www.johncalipariexperience.com.

Tuesday, December 9, 2014

Campbellsville University Jumps to No. 2 in the Nation in NAIA DI Coaches' Top 25 Poll

Campbellsville Univeristy (12-1) has risen 17 spots to No. 2 in the nation in the latest NAIA Division I Men's Basketball Coaches' Top 25 Poll.

Pikeville (8-1) is down two spots to No. 4. The Bears only defeat was a road game at Campbellsville.

Georgetown College (10-2) is down 7 spots to No. 15.

University of the Cumberlands dropped out of the top 25 but are still receiving votes.

Here's a look at the rankings:

2014 – 15 NAIA Division I Men’s Basketball Coaches’ Top 25 Poll – Dec. 9

Rank Last Week School (1st Place Votes) 2014-15 Record Final Points
1 3 Cal State San Marcos (5) 10-1 246
2 19 Campbellsville (Ky.) (2) 12-1 241
3 10 Hope International (Calif.) (3) 8-0 238
4 2 Pikeville (Ky.) 8-1 211
5 9 William Carey (Miss.) 7-1 206
6 4 Benedictine (Kan.) 8-2 198
6 5 Talladega (Ala.) 11-3 198
8 RV Martin Methodist (Tenn.) 9-0 195
9 RV Concordia (Calif.) 8-1 189
10 RV Freed-Hardeman (Tenn.) 8-1 186
11 12 Oklahoma Baptist 9-2 176
12 14 LSU Shreveport (La.) 7-1 159
13 T15 Dalton State (Ga.) 8-1 145
13 22 Rocky Mountain (Mont.) 7-1 145
15 8 Georgetown (Ky.) 10-2 137
16 21 Wayland Baptist (Texas) 8-1 131
17 23 Philander Smith (Ark.) 7-2 125
18 NR Texas Wesleyan 10-0 114
19 17 Arizona Christian 5-2 107
20 T25 Our Lady of the Lake (Texas) 5-1 105
21 NR Lewis-Clark State (Idaho) 9-2 87
22 13 Xavier (La.) 8-4 80
23 RV SAGU (Texas) 8-2 70
24 20 Evangel (Mo.) 4-3 52
25 24 Culver-Stockton (Mo.) 6-3 43

Others Receiving Votes: Life (Ga.) 41; Bethel (Tenn.) 28; Lindenwood-Belleville (Ill.) 27; Montana State-Northern 27; Langston (Okla.) 20; WVU Tech 18; Vanguard (Calif.) 16; Cumberlands (Ky.) 6; John Brown (Ark.) 4; Oklahoma City 4; Lyon (Ark.) 4.

^ Ranking in the 2014-15 Coaches’ Preseason Top 25 Poll (Oct. 28, 2014

Bellarmine Climbs to No. 2 in the NABC/Division II Rankings This Week

The Bellarmine Knights have moved up to No. 2 overall in the NABC Division II Coaches Top 25 Poll.

Bellarmine (6-0) earned 2 first-place votes and 383 total points this week. West Liberty (W.Va.) is still No. 1 with 14 first-place votes and 396 points.

NABC/Division II Rankings
(Dec. 9, 2014 - Poll #3)

Record Points Last
1. West Liberty, W.Va. (14) 7-0 396 1
2. Bellarmine, Ky. (2) 6-0 383 3
3. Florida Southern 6-0 369 4
4. Central Missouri 8-0 343 6
5. Colo.-Colorado Springs 8-0 316 8
6. Tarleton State, Texas 7-0 310 7
7. Metropolitan State, Colo. 6-1 294 9
8. Lincoln Memorial, Tenn. 8-0 278 10
9. Barry, Fla. 6-0 254 12
10. Southern Connecticut State 7-1 233 2
11. Minnesota State 7-1 223 13
12. Indianapolis, Ind. 7-0 221 16
13. Drury, Mo. 6-1 196 14
14. Minnesota State-Moorhead 10-0 195 19
15. Mount Olive, N.C. 9-0 166 18
16. BYU-Hawaii 6-0 141 23
17. California Baptist 6-1 129 17
18. Augustana, S.D. 8-1 108 11
19. Colorado School of Mines 6-0 96 NR
20. Christian Brothers, Tenn. 4-1 84 24
21. Newberry, S.C. 8-0 72 NR
22. Alabama-Huntsville 7-1 58 15
23. Indiana, Pa. 7-2 47 5
24. Azuza Pacific, Calif. 8-1 45 NR
25. GRU Augusta 7-1 34 NR

Others receiving votes: St. Edward's (Texas) 32, Angelo State (Texas) 28, Lewis (Ill.) 27, Southern Indiana 19, LeMoyne (N.Y.) 17, Sonoma State (Calif.) 11, Wisconsin-Parkside 10, Point Loma Nazarene (Calif.) 9, West Georgia 7, Winston-Salem State (N.C.) 6, Alderson-Broaddus (W.Va.) 5, Lake Superior State (Mich.) 5, Findlay (Ohio) 4, Texas A&M-Commerce 3, Central Oklahoma 2, Lander (S.C.) 2, UC San Diego 2, Cal Poly Pomona 1, Fort Lewis (Colo.) 1, Northwest Missouri State 1, Saint Anselm (N.H.) 1, Western Oregon 1.

Louisville Freshman Shaqquan Aaron Has Been Cleared by the NCAA

The NCAA has cleared Louisville freshman guard Shaqquan Aaron and he will be able to make his college debut on December 20 when the Cardinals play at Western Kentucky.

Here is a release from UL:

LOUISVILLE, Ky. - University of Louisville freshman guard Shaqquan Aaron can make his debut with the Cardinals' men's basketball team on Dec. 20 when U of L plays at Western Kentucky.

During Aaron's NCAA amateurism certification for initial eligibility, it was determined that his family received preferential treatment related to housing prior to Aaron's enrollment at U of L. He must sit out the first nine games -- 30 percent of the season -- and will have repayment and community service hours to fulfill his reinstatement.

A 6-7 freshman from Seattle, Wash., Aaron has missed the Cardinals' first seven games and will remain on the bench for UofL's game against Indiana in the Jimmy V Classic tonight and for Sunday's home game against UNC Wilmington. He has continued to practice with the team while awaiting completion of the NCAA process.

A two-time first-team AP Class 3A all-state selection and the Washington state player of the year as a senior, Aaron averaged 19.7 points, 8.5 rebounds, and 7.5 assists last season in leading Rainier Beach High School to the Washington Class 3A state championship.

It's Finals Week in the Bluegrass State; Schedule for the Week

It's finals week around Kentucky and many college basketball teams are taking the week off or working with a light schedule.

Here's a complete schedule for the week:

Monday, December 8

No Games

Tuesday, December 9

7:00 p.m. St. Catharine College at Illinois-Springfield (Exhibition)
7:00 p.m. Ohio Mid-Western at University of Pikeville
9:00 p.m. Indiana vs. University of Louisville (Jimmy V Classic)

Wednesday, December 10

7:00 p.m. Columbia at University of Kentucky

Thursday, December 11

No Games

Friday, December 12s

12:00 p.m. IU Southeast at St. Catharine College
7:00 p.m. Alice Lloyd College at Embry Riddle
7:30 p.m. Ohio Valley at Bellarmine University

Saturday, December 13

12:00 p.m. North Carolina at University of Kentucky
1:00 p.m. Eastern Kentucky University at IUPUI
1:00 p.m. Martin Methodist at Georgetown College
1:00 p.m. Morehead State University at Ohio State
2:00 p.m. Brescia University at Purdue-North Central
2:05 p.m. Murray State University at Evansville
3:00 p.m. Berea College at Indiana-Kokomo
3:00 p.m. Defiance at Transylvania University*
4:00 p.m. Union College at University of the Cumberlands
4:30 p.m. Western Kentucky University at Ole Miss
7:30 p.m. Florida Southern at Bellarmine University

Sunday, December 14

2:00 p.m. UC Clermont at Northern Kentucky University
4:00 p.m. Kentucky Wesleyan College at Illinois-Springfield
6:00 p.m. UNC-Wilmington at University of Louisville

* Conference Game

Enes Kanter Fined $25,000 for Throwing Mouthpiece Into the Stands

Utah Jazz center Enes Kanter has been fined $25,000 by the NBA for throwing his mouthpiece into the stands during last night's loss at Sacramento.

With 4:34 to go in the third quarter, Kanter became frustrated after being called for a travel and threw his used mouth guard a few rows deep in the stands.

He finished with 13 points, 6 rebounds and 2 blocks in 32 minutes in the 101-92 loss.


Georgetown College Knocks Off NCAA DII School Central State

(8) Georgetown College 87
Central State 79

Final from Wilberforce, Ohio

Game recap by GC:

Noah Cottrill was two three-point makes shy of tying the single-game record in Georgetown's 87-79 road win over NCAA Division II Central State University. The No. 8 Tigers (11-2) held the Marauders scoreless the final 3:58. Masceo Harmon hit a three to pull CSU within six, 79-73, for the final field goal of the game for the host school. Central State hit six free throws inside the final four minutes, but it was not enough to overcome the Tigers.

Cottrill finished with game-high 25 points, while Deondre McWhorter chipped in with his ninth double-double of the season, 24 points and 10 rebounds.

Gerard Coleman scored 17 points as the only other Tiger in double figures.

Harmon finished with a team-high 22 points and Raheem Lemons added 21 for the Marauders.

Georgetown trailed by as many as seven late in the first half, but Coleman's basket with 1:17 remaining capped a 19-11 run for a one-point lead heading into the break. The Tigers never trailed again.

GC blistered the nets at 60 percent Sunday and were 64.3 from behind the arc.

The Tigers return to action 1 pm Saturday hosting receiving votes Martin Methodist. This will be the final game of the 2014 portion of the men's schedule.

Kentucky Announces Two-Year Home-And-Home Series With UCLA

The University of Kentucky has announced a home-and-home men's basketball series with traditional powerhouse UCLA.

The Wildcats will travel to UCLA next season in December and the Bruins will come to Lexington in 2016.

Here is a release from UK:

LEXINGTON, Ky. – Adding to an already marquee nonconference slate of games for the next two seasons, the Kentucky basketball team has signed a two-year home-and-home series with UCLA, beginning with a trip to Los Angeles during the 2015-16 season.

UK will begin the series with a trip to Pauley Pavilion on Dec. 3, 2015, which will mark the Wildcats’ first visit to UCLA’s storied facility. UCLA will return the trip on Dec. 3, 2016 in what will be the first matchup of the two bluebloods in Rupp Arena history.

Kentucky is already scheduled to face UCLA this season in the CBS Sports Classic on Dec. 20 at the United Center in Chicago.

“Steve and I have known each other for more than 20 years. When he and I started talking about a possible series, it seemed like a no-brainer to me,” John Calipari said. “One, with the way our schedule is shaking out for next year, it gives us another great opportunity early in the season to learn about ourselves. Two, not only does Big Blue Nation get to see two of the historic programs in Rupp Arena when UCLA returns the trip in 2016, it gives our fans on the other side of the country a chance to see our team in person. I couldn’t be more excited about the way our nonconference schedule is shaping up for the next two years. It should be another challenge.”

UK is 6-4 all-time vs. the Bruins, with all but three of the previous matchups having taken place on a neutral floor.

The last time Kentucky hosted UCLA in Lexington was a 77-76 Wildcat win on Feb. 17, 1961. Likewise, UK hasn’t played UCLA in Los Angeles since beating the Bruins 68-66 on Dec. 4, 1959.

UK’s nonconference schedule for the next two seasons is already shaping up to be every bit as good as the 2014-15 slate, which has already featured three ranked opponents in just eight games.

In 2015-16, in addition to the trip to UCLA, Calipari’s team will play Duke in Chicago in the Champions Classic, travel to Brooklyn, N.Y., to take on Ohio State in the CBS Sports Classic, and host Louisville at Rupp Arena.

The following season, in 2016-17, Kentucky will play Michigan State in New York in the Champions Classic, battle UCLA at home in the second year of a home-and-home series, and face North Carolina in Las Vegas in the CBS Sports Classic.

The top-ranked Wildcats will return to the court on Wednesday at Rupp Arena when UK faces Columbia. Tip is set for 7 p.m. on ESPN2.

Harrison County Gets OT Win at Madison Central and More in the High School Recap for December 8, 2014

The high school schedule around Kentucky was somewhat light last night. Here's a quick rundown of what stood out and a list of scores from around the state.

Five that stood out:

Beechwood 61 Covington Latin 17

I always hate to see scores like this although I know it's inevitable. It's tough for a school like Covington Latin, which only has seven players listed on the team's roster.

June Buchanan 55 Jenkins 33

First year head coach Elisha Justice is off to a 3-0 start at JBS. I have a feeling things are about to get real, however, as Knott County Central visits Pippa Passes tomorrow.

Breckinridge County 81 Butler County 73

The Fighting Tigers move to 3-0 on the season for head coach Patrick Critchelow. I still remember  Critchelow leading BC to the state championship in 1995. Has it really been almost 20 years?

Harrison County 74 Madison Central 72 (OT)

Trenton Thompson scored 33 points to lead Harrison County to a solid overtime win on the road. The Thorobreds are now 3-1 on the season.

Leslie County 86 Breathitt County 62

The season could be a long one for Breathitt County. The Bobcats are now 0-4.

Other scores from last night:

Berea 61 vs. Bath County 50 
Danville 65 at Nicholas County 56    
Elliott County 61 vs. Menifee County 50
Hazard 63 vs. Jackson City 40    
Holy Cross (Covington) 64 vs. South Oldham 58
Logan County 63 at South Warren 54    
Lyon County 58 at Hickman County 54
Middlesboro 84 vs. Red Bird 45
Newport 70 at Boone County 44
Obion County (TN) 60 at Fulton City 43
Peabody (TN) 56 at Fulton County 43
Rockcastle County 74 vs. Barbourville 73
Sayre 85 at Rose Hill Christian 43
Shawnee 71 at Walden 53
Todd County Central 72 vs. Glasgow 63
Waggener 68 vs. Fairdale 44
Webster County 85 at Livingston Central 38
Whitefield Academy 46 vs. Spencer County 40

Northern Kentucky Can't Keep Up with West Virginia at Home

West Virginia 67
Northern Kentucky 42

Final from Highland Heights, Kentucky

Game recap by NKU:

HIGHLAND HEIGHTS, Ky. – Chad Jackson finished with a game-high-tying 12 points and game-high nine rebounds for the Northern Kentucky University men's basketball team in a 67-42 loss to No. 16/17 West Virginia University at The Bank of Kentucky Center on Sunday night in front of 5,089 fans.

Jordan Jackson joined Chad Jackson in double-figures after pouring in 10 points and six rebounds as the Norse fell to 3-5 on the season.

Devin Williams and Juwan Staten posted 12 points apiece to lead the WVU scoring effort. Staten also lead the Mountaineers in rebounding with eight. Jonathan Holt added 10 points for West Virginia (8-1) as the team shot 39 percent (23-of-59) on the game.

"The first half our defense, intensity and focus kept us in it," said head coach Dave Bezold. "And offensively, even though we didn't make shots, we didn't have live-ball turnovers."

Chad Jackson got the scoring started for the Norse with a pair of tip-in scores and a mid-range jumper to give NKU a 6-5 lead with 13:54 left in the first half. Both squads took their time getting their offenses going. NKU held WVU to just 2-of-13 from the floor through the first 10 minutes of the opening frame. The Norse opened with 3-of-13 shooting over the same time.

West Virginia added to its total at the free-throw line with Juwan Staten hitting 3-of-3, taking an 8-6 lead. The Norse answered when Daniel Camps launched into the air to electrify the crowd with a two-handed jam tying the game, 8-8. WVU retaliated with an 11-3 run starting at the 6:51 mark to grab a six-point lead.

Anthony Monaco helped the Norse close the gap with a pair of three point buckets in the first half, drawing NKU within three, 20-17. The Norse dug in on defense and slowed down the Mountaineer charge to finish the first half with seven-consecutive stops. NKU outrebounded WVU through the first frame 22-19 and held the Mountaineers to 7-of-23 from the field.

The Mountaineers came out of the intermission firing with a 9-0 run to build a 29-17 lead. Camps brought the NKU faithful to life again with another exciting dunk to end the Mountaineer charge. NKU couldn't answer the second half push from West Virginia. The Mountaineers outrebounded the Norse 27-16 and shot 44 percent (16-of-36) in the final 20 minutes.

Complete Recap

NKU's Daniel Camps did produce a SportsCenter Top 10 highlight:


Morehead State Reeling After Third Straight Loss

Oakland 70
Morehead State 68

Final from Morehead, Kentucky

Game recap by MSU:

MOREHEAD, Ky. -- Junior Corey Petros tallied game highs of 25 points and 10 rebounds, including a game-winning jumper with 1.6 seconds remaining in overtime, to lift the Oakland men's basketball team to a 70-68 win over Morehead State on Saturday afternoon at Johnson Arena.

The Golden Grizzlies, who compete in the Horizon League and have now won four of their last five games, improve to 4-5 overall and 1-2 on the road. The Eagles, who play in the Ohio Valley Conference, slip to 4-7 overall and 2-2 at home with their third consecutive setback.

Oakland has needed overtime to win both games in the all-time series. The Golden Grizzlies registered an 82-79 triumph in extra time two seasons ago as part of the Ramada Worldwide BracketBusters event. Saturday's contest was the return game from that defunct event.

"People need to understand that Oakland is a good basketball team," Head Coach Sean Woods said. "Give them credit for the way they played, especially in the first half. I was pleased with our effort in the second half, but we dug a big hole in the first half and couldn't get over the hump."

Petros, a Preseason First-Team All-Horizon League selection, knocked down 10-of-16 from the field. He netted 12 points in the second half and four more in overtime. His point and rebounding totals both matched season highs. The scoring clip was also three shy of his career best.

Sophomore Kahlil Felder added 13 points and seven assists for the Golden Grizzlies, while freshman Nick Daniels contributed 10 points. Oakland, which managed scoring advantages of 40-24 in the paint and 16-10 off the bench, converted on 50 percent (26-of-52) from the field.

"(Corey) Petros was big for Oakland today," Woods said. "They are a team that likes to shoot lots of threes. We took that away from them, but Petros got too many good looks around the basket. Tip your cap to him. He made 10-of-16 shots today and answered the bell for Oakland."

Morehead State was limited to 31 percent (9-of-29) from the floor in the opening half, but finished at 42 percent (26-of-62) for the game. Junior Lyonell Gaines registered team highs of 18 points, on 8-of-13 from the floor, and 10 rebounds. It was his first double-double as an Eagle.

"I was happy with the way Lyonell (Gaines) played," Woods said. "He's come on strong over the last three or four games. He's our energy guy on both ends of the floor, and we need that. We've given Lyonell more minutes and moved him into the starting line-up because he's deserved that."

Five Morehead State players notched double figures in scoring. Senior Angelo Warner tossed in 15, to go along with five steals, while senior Kareem Storey posted 12. Senior Billy Reader contributed 11 points and seven rebounds, while sophomore Corban Collins finished with 10 points.

Complete Recap


Kentucky Wesleyan's C.J. Blackwell Named G-MAC Athlete of the Week

Kentucky's Wesleyan's C.J. Blackwell was named Great Midwest Athletic Conference Athlete of the Week on Monday.

Blackwell exploded for 41 points off the bench in a 75-71 win over Ohio Valley last week.

Here is a release from KWC:

Kentucky Wesleyan junior swingman C.J. Blackwell was revealed as the Great Midwest Athletic Conference Men's Basketball Athlete of the Week after helping his team earn a pair of league wins.

Blackwell, a transfer from Loyola Marymount, is the second straight Panther to receive weekly G-MAC honors following a selection by Ken-Jah Bosley in the previous voting period.

The Los Angeles product averaged 30 points per game while Kentucky Wesleyan improved to 6-3 overall and raced out to a 2-0 start in the G-MAC standings.

His shooting percentages against Ohio Valley and Salem International on the road were sterling across the board after sinking just under 72 percent (23-of-32) of his shots from the field and connecting on a staggering 9-of-12 attempts beyond the arc.

Blackwell also averaged five rebounds, two steals and an assist per game for his weekly line.

On Thursday, Blackwell erupted for a career high 41 points coming off the bench where he shot 15-18 from the field, 6-of-7 from long distance and 5-of-7 from the free-throw line.

He also grabbed a team-high six rebounds and recorded four steals. Blackwell scored the game tying three-pointer with 39 seconds left and made two go-ahead, clinching free throws with 11 seconds in the 75-71 victory over Ohio Valley.

Blackwell's 41-point performance tied him for the third-highest single-game scoring outburst since inception of the league in 2012-13.

Against Salem International, Blackwell torched the Tigers for 19 more points on 8-of-14 shooting. He knocked down three more three-point baskets as the Panthers won by a 13-point margin.

In nine games this year, Blackwell is averaging 11.2 points per game while starting in four contests. He is now shooting 50 percent from long range (16-of-32).

John Wall Breaks Down When Talking About Young Friend Who Lost Her Battle with Cancer

A very emotional John Wall broke down after last night's game due to the loss of a young friend who lost her battle with cancer.

Wall, who scored 26 points and dished out 17 assists in a double overtime win over the Celtics, couldn't hold back the tears after the game:




Murray State's Cameron Payne Named OVC Player of the Week

Murray State sophomore Cameron Payne has been named Ohio Valley Conference Player of the Week.

In two games last week, Payne averaged 23.0 points, 7.0 assists, 3.0 steals and 2.5 rebounds per game.

Here's a release from the OVC:

adidas® OVC Players of the Week

PLAYER

Cameron Payne, G • So., 6-2, 180 • Memphis, Tenn. • Murray State

In two Murray State victories last week Payne averaged 23.0 points, 7.0 assists, 3.0 steals and 2.5 rebounds/game while hitting 59.3 percent (16-of-27) from the field, 50 percent (4-of-8) from 3-point range and 76.9 percent (10-of-13) from the free throw line. To open the week Payne had 22 points in hitting 8-of-11 field goals (and 2-of-2 3-pointers), dished out seven assists and had four steals in 21 minutes against Bethel (Tenn.). He capped the week with 24 points, seven assists, four rebounds, two steals and a block in a 93-81 victory over Western Kentucky. Payne currently ranks second in the OVC in scoring (17.8 points/game) and steals (3.0/game) and fourth in assists (4.9/game).

Others Nominated: Chris Olivier, Eastern Illinois; Jeremy Watson, Jacksonville State; Kris Davis, SIUE; Dwan Caldwell, Tennessee Tech; Deville Smith, UT Martin.

Complete Release

Monday, December 8, 2014

Chip Miller Realizes He Has Been Hacked

Chip Miller (aka @UKBigBlueNation ) must have left his Twitter account open and his computer unlocked at the Marshall County Hoop Fest Saturday night.



Watch as he realizes he had been hacked:



You can also follow Miller here, where he reports national recruiting news.

DeMarcus Cousins Diagnosed with Viral Meningitis

Sacramento Kings star DeMarcus Cousins has been diagnosed with viral meningitis.

The Kings announced Sunday night that Cousins' symptoms are stable and he is expected to fully recover.

Cousins has missed the last five games and will miss the upcoming week. He is averaging career highs of 23.5 points, 12.6 rebounds and 1.5 blocks this season.

What is Viral Meningitis?

Meningitis is an inflammation of the tissue that covers the brain and spinal cord. Viral meningitis is the most common type of meningitis. It is often less severe than bacterial meningitis, and most people usually get better on their own (without treatment). However, infants younger than 1 month old and people with weakened immune systems are more likely to have severe illness.

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Aric Holman Adds an Offer from Cincinnati

Cincinnati has extended a scholarship offer to Owensboro Senior's Aric Holman following his game at the Marshall County Hoop Fest Saturday morning.



He plans to attend prep school and reclassify to the Class of 2016, which will significantly help his exploding development:



Holman, a 6-foot-9 forward, played well in front of Cincinnati assistant Darren Savino Saturday at the Hoop Fest. He finished with 11 points, 10 rebounds and 4 blocked shots.

My Thoughts: Holman is still a little raw, but certainly has the potential to be a high major Division I player. Rivals.com currently lists him as a three-star prospect. With work and a little muscle, I could see him going to high-level 3-star to 4-star by the time he graduates.

Holman was held scoreless in the second half vs. Marshall County but it appeared that the Marshals decided to shut him down and take their chances with the rest of Owensboro's team.

He is going to need to play the four position in college and really needs to add a little muscle.

Here are a couple of highlights from Saturday's game:





5-Star PF Carlton Bragg Talks UK, Other Finalists and More at Marshall County Hoop Fest

Carlton Bragg, one of the top players in the Class of 2015, spoke to the media following Villa Angela St. Joseph's win over Archbishop Carroll at the Marshall County Hoop Fest.

Bragg, who reminds me a lot of a younger DeMarcus Cousins on and off the court, scored 25 points in the win.

He confirmed after the game that he is currently considering four schools: Kentucky, Kansas, Illinois and UCLA.

During the interview, he stated that he eliminated Texas because it is too far from home and he might get homesick. Kansas and UCLA are also a long ways from home.

Illinois head coach John Groce, Kansas head man Bill Self and Kentucky assistant Kenny Payne were in attendance for Bragg's game Saturday.

The 6-foot-9 Bragg talked about his final four schools, several coaches, Kentucky fans and more:




Kentucky's Lyles, Lee and Towns Talk About Win Over Eastern Kentucky

Kentucky's Trey Lyles, Marcus Lee and Karl Towns talk about the Wildcats' win over Eastern Kentucky:






John Robic Talks About Kentucky's Win Over EKU

Kentucky head coach John Calipari was unavailable for postgame duties last night so assistant John Robic took his place.

Here are Robic's postgame comments:


EKU's Denzel Richardson and Timmy Knipp Talk About Loss at Kentucky

Eastern Kentucky's Timmy Knipp and Denzel Richardson talk about last night's loss at Kentucky:


EKU's Jeff Neubauer: Kentucky is the Best Defensive Team in the Modern Era of College Basketball

Eastern Kentucky head coach Jeff Neubauer told his team following last night's loss at Kentucky that they were just guarded by the best defensive team in the modern era of college basketball.

Here are his postgame comments:


Kentucky Blows by Eastern Kentucky, Survives Three-Point Scare

(1) Kentucky 82
Eastern Kentucky 49

Final from Lexington, Kentucky

The top-ranked Kentucky Wildcats had their stamp on a lopsided win early in the first half against the Eastern Kentucky Colonels, but there was still a high level of anxiety in Rupp Arena during the last media timeout of the game.

With three minutes to go in the game, the Wildcats led 69-43, but still had not connected on a three-point attempt. Of course, Kentucky has made a three-point basket in every game since 1988 - a streak of 908 consecutive games.

Finally, with 2:57 remaining in the game, Aaron Harrison nailed a three-pointer from the wing to extend the streak to 909 games.

The Wildcats (9-0) cruised to the finish line to earn an 82-49 victory.

Freshman Karl Towns led Kentucky with 19 points on 8-for-9 shooting. He also pulled down 9 rebounds and blocked 4 shots.

Willie Cauley-Stein added 11 points and 5 boards. Marcus Lee and Trey Lyles added 10 points, each. Lyles also tallied his first career double-double with 10 rebounds.

Eastern (4-3), which played without senior big man Eric Stutz, was dominated in the paint. Kentucky out-rebounded the Colonels 48-28. The Wildcats totaled 52 points in the paint compared to only 20 for Eastern Kentucky.

Denzel Richardson led the way for EKU with 19 points on 8-for-11 shooting.

After the game, Richardson created controversy by stating that Kentucky's defense was not all that impressive to him individually.

"They really wasn't that good of defenders to me," Richardson said after the game.

Corey Walden chipped in 12 points for the Colonels.

Kentucky returns to action Wednesday when they host Columbia at 7:00 p.m. ET.

Team Notes:

• Eastern Kentucky was limited to 26.1 percent from the field. UK entered the game holding opponents to just 28.2 percent from the field, leading the nation in that category.
• Kentucky has held all nine opponents under 40 percent shooting.
• Kentucky has held six opponents under 30 percent from the field, including the last five in a row.
• EKU’s 49 points is a season low for the Colonels. Eight of UK’s nine opponents (all except Boston) have scored their season-low against the Wildcats.
• Key stat for Kentucky was points in the paint, as UK led that 52-20.
• Kentucky blocked 11 shots, the fifth time in nine games that the Wildcats have reached double figures in rejections.
• Kentucky featured balanced scoring as seven Wildcats had at least six points.
• UK won bench points 34-19 and has won bench points every game this season.
• Kentucky is now 46-0 under Coach Calipari when holding its opponent to 55 or fewer points, including the last five in a row and eight of nine games this season.

Player Notes

• Karl-Anthony Towns had a career-high 19 points, including going 8-of-9 from the field. It is his fourth consecutive game in double figures. He also claimed nine rebounds.
• Trey Lyles tallied 10 points and 10 rebounds, his first Wildcat double-double. It is his fourth game in double-figure scoring and a season high for rebounds.
• Willie Cauley-Stein notched 11 points, his third consecutive double-figure effort.
• Marcus Lee posted a season-best 10 points on 5-of-6 from the field.
• In addition to his streak-extending 3-pointer, Aaron Harrison had a season-best six rebounds.
• After getting five assists early in the game, Andrew Harrison finished with a season high of six.
• Dominique Hawkins tallied a career-high six assists.

Box Score (click to enlarge):

Sunday, December 7, 2014

Former UK Star Antoine Walker as the "Y" in the Kentucky Cheer at Rupp Arena

Former Kentucky star Antoine Walker served as the "Y" in the traditional Kentucky cheer tonight at Rupp Arena:


Kentucky's Tyler Ulis Will Not Play Against Eastern Kentucky

Kentucky head coach John Calipari has just announced that freshman point guard Tyler Ulis will not play tonight against Eastern Kentucky University.


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