Saturday, December 27, 2014

Highlights: Kentucky 58 Louisville 50

Here are Kentucky's highlights from today's 58-50 win over Louisville:


No. 1 Kentucky Pulls Away in Second Half to Defeat Louisville

(1) Kentucky 58
(4) Louisville 50

Final from Louisville, Kentucky

Game recap by UK:

No. 4 Louisville seemed to run out of steam late in the game and No. 1 Kentucky took advantage to earn a 58-50 win on the road.

Tyler Ulis, who was named the game's Most Valuable Player, led the Wildcats with 14 points on 5-for-8 shooting. Karl Towns added 10 points, 9 rebounds and 4 assists. Devin Booker chipped in 9 points.

Louisville (11-1) got 15 points and 8 rebounds from Terry Rozier. Chris Jones contributed 13 points but was just 3-for-15 from the field. Wayne Blackshear finished with 10 points. Preseason All-American Montrezl Harrell had 9 points and 8 boards for the Cardinals.

Kentucky (13-0) held Louisville to 15-for-58 (25.9%) field goal shooting in the game. Head coach Rick Pitino was impressed with the Wildcats' defense.

"I know one thing," Pitino said. "They're one of the great defensive teams I've seen in my 40 years. They can switch and not cause a mismatch, they can move their feet, they can block the shot."

The Wildcats limited Louisville to only one assist for the entire game and forced the Cardinals into 9 turnovers.

Kentucky will have ten days off before returning to action with a Southeastern Conference game against Ole Miss on January 6 in Lexington.

Louisville hosts Long Beach State Tuesday at 4:00 p.m. ET before entering the Atlantic Coast Conference portion of their schedule.

Box Score (click to enlarge):

John Calipari Talks About Louisville Game; Says It's "Just the next game for us"

Kentucky head coach John Calipari talks about today's game against Louisville.

Five things that stood out:

1. Calipari says it's "just the next game on the schedule for us" and he doesn't want "to make it bigger than it is." He then smiled and added, "now, if we win, it'll be a huge game..."

2. He knows Louisville will be ready. "I know Rick will have his team ready."

3. Fun with Alan Cutler. Cutler interrupted one of Cal's comments and Cal joked, "he chases people down the hall and doesn't listen."

4. He knows Louisville has talent. Even Smith. Smith?

5. He expects Louisville to be very physical. Calipari compared them to Texas from a physicality standpoint.


Video: Kentucky vs. Louisville - Battle For The Bluegrass Trailer

Check out this video to help you get ready for the upcoming Kentucky vs. Louisville game - Battle For The Bluegrass trailer from Kentucky Sports TV:


Where To Watch Or Listen To Kentucky vs. Louisville

Here is where to watch or listen to today's big Kentucky vs. Louisville rivalry game:

Game time: 2:05 p.m.

Site: KFC Yum! Center.

Line: Kentucky by 6 points

Series: Kentucky leads 32-15

Television: ESPN2 (Dan Shulman and Jay Bilas)

Radio: Big Blue Sports Network (UK call); WKRD-790 (UL call)

Records: (1) Kentucky (12-0); (4) Louisville (11-0)

Christmas Week: Only Four Games on the Schedule This Weekend

I hope everyone had a Merry Christmas. With it being the holidays, there are only four games on the schedule for this weekend.

Of course, the action is highlighted by the rivalry game in Louisville but here's a look at the weekend schedule:

Monday, December 22

Florida Atlantic 69 Eastern Kentucky University 66
Northern Kentucky University 81 Idaho 68
Murray State University 83 Southern Illinois 71

Tuesday, December 23

University of Louisville 80 Cal State Northridge 55

Wednesday, December 24

No Games

Thursday, December 25

No Games

Friday, December 26

No Games

Saturday, December 27

2:00 p.m. University of Kentucky at University of Louisville
3:00 p.m. Northern Kentucky University at Northwestern
8:00 p.m. Brescia University at Western Kentucky University (Exhibition for BU)

Sunday, December 28

5:00 p.m. Berry at Transylvania University (Don Lane Classic)

Friday, December 26, 2014

Kentucky's Lee, Harrison and Cauley-Stein Talk About Playing Louisville, Christmas and More

 Kentucky's Marcus Lee, Willie Cauley-Stein and Andrew Harrison talk about playing at Louisville, Kentucky and more:






John Wall Involved in Christmas Day Fight with the Knicks

Former Kentucky star John Wall was involved in a fright with Quincy Acy of the New York Knicks on Christmas Day.

Wall received a technical foul and Acy was ejected for throwing a punch:


Wednesday, December 24, 2014

University of the Cumberlands Finishes 2014 with Two Wins at Dalton State Classic

University of the Cumberlands finished the 2014 portion of their schedule with two wins at the Dalton State Classic.

Here's a recap from UC:

The University of the Cumberlands (UC) Men's Basketball team would take to the road this weekend as they competed in the Dalton State Classic. The Patriots would hit the floor running on Friday with a 73-52 win over Concordia College Selma. UC would finish off a successful weekend on Saturday with a close 48-47 win over NAIA #13 ranked and host school Dalton State. With the two wins, UC moves to 12-4 overall this season.

BY THE NUMBERS vs. CONCORDIA SELMA

•UC was led in the contest off the bench by Michael Dow (Melbourne, Australia) with 16 points, 3 rebounds, and 2 assists.
•Tony Bradley (Alton, IL) added 12 points and 6 rebounds in the win.
•Chance Armstrong (Mt. Washington, KY) chipped in 9 points and 8 rebounds as well.
•UC shot 49% from the field in the contest as well as 42.1% from three point range and 75% from the charity stripe.

BY THE NUMBERS vs. DALTON STATE

•The Patriots' Xavier Owens (Tampa, FL) led the way with 13 points and 8 rebounds.
•Armstrong yet again was a staple in the offense with 12 points and 3 rebounds.
•Bradley was quiet scoring with just 4 points, but chipped in otherwise with 7 rebounds, 5 assists, and 2 steals in the win.
•UC shot just 35.2% from the field in the game, but held the #13 ranked team in the NAIA to just 27.5% from the floor and 10.5% from deep (2-19).

UP NEXT

The Patriots will return to the floor on January 3rd as they host West Virginia Tech in Williamsburg. Tipoff is scheduled for 4 pm.

Kentucky's Dancing Guy Had His Moment in the United Center

Just when I thought Saturday's game in Chicago couldn't be any more "Kentucky", I looked up and saw Dancing Guy on the scoreboard.

As Mony Mony played during a timeout, Darren Moscoe did his thing:



As is often (always) the case, Kentucky's Big Blue Nation took over the United Center:


No. 2 Campbellsville Earned Two Wins in Arkansas; Finished First Semester with 15-1 Record

No. 2 Campbellsville University earned two wins in Arkansas last week to finish the first semester with a 15-1 overall record.

The Tigers knocked off No. 17 Philander Smith College 107-102 in double overtime on Friday.

Saturday, they pulled away from John Brown University late to earn a 75-67 victory.

Here are recaps by CU:

(2) Campbellsville 107 (17) Philander Smith 102  F/2OT

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. — Campbellsville University and Philander Smith College needed two overtime periods late Friday night to decide a winner between two NAIA Top 17 teams. The No. 2 Tigers came back from being down 16 points in the first half and shocked the No. 17 Panthers, 107-102.

D'Von Campbell filled up the stat sheet with a career-high 33 points. The senior from Arlington, Texas also dished out nine assists while only turning the ball over once in 49:48 of play. He sat out for only one possession in the first half, playing in front of his mother and brother for the first time all year.

"I didn't think it was possible to be so mad at a team and so proud of a team in the same night in the same game," said CU head coach Keith Adkins. "But that is exactly the emotions I felt at halftime and when that game was over. Overall it was a great comeback win and showed how good we can be when we play."

Campbell was the hero for the Tigers late in the second half, hitting a 3-pointer from the left wing with time expiring in regulation. CU and Philander Smith were tied at 82 going into the first overtime period.

With 3:47 left on the clock in the first overtime, Elliott Young gave the Tigers a 87-86 lead with his second 3-pointer, but Philander Smith came answered, going up 88-87.

Complete Recap

(2) Campbellsville 75 John Brown University 67

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. — It was deja vu all over again, but this time Campbellsville men's basketball saw its own 22 point lead diminished by the visiting team, John Brown University (Ark.), in the second half. The Golden Eagles were able to take a brief lead, but the No. 2 Tigers held on late and hit timely free throws to escape Philander Smith College's Mims Gymnasium unscathed, 75-67.

Campbellsville went into halftime leading 49-30 but John Brown went on a 14-2 run to open the second period. The Golden Eagles were eventually able to take their first lead, 63-62, on three free throws by DJ Feiti.

D'Von Campbell answered for the second-straight game when his team needed a boost and knocked down a 3-pointer on the ensuing possession to put CU back up, 65-63, with 4:31 left.

John Brown knotted the game at 65 but Campbell used a sweet ally-oop pass to Damontre Harris who finished with a two-handed flush. CU took a 67-65 lead with 3:27 left and was able to make enough free throws down the stretch to hold on.

Complete Recap

Thomas More's Drew Mumford Named PAC Player of the Week for Second Time in Three Weeks

Thomas More College's Drew Mumford was named Presidents' Athletic Conference player of the week for the second time in three weeks on Monday.

Here is 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 for the second time in three weeks.

Mumford helped lead the Saints to a 2-0 record last week, averaging 25.0 points, 2.5 rebounds and 2.0 steals per game. The senior also added three assists and a blocked shot. He shot 69.2 percent (18-of-29) from the field, including knocking down all five of his three-point field goal attempts. In Saturday's win over across-the-river rival Mount St. Joseph University, Mumford converted on nine-of-13 attempts from the field, including four-of-four from behind the three-point line. He also made eight-of-nine free-throws to finish with a game-high 30 points. Mumford currently leads the PAC in scoring (18.8 points/game), is third in three-point field goal percentage (57.5 percent) and is fourth in free throw percentage (78.7 percent).

Thomas More is idle until December 31 when it travels to Lexington, Kentucky to play in-state rival Transylvania University. Tip-off is scheduled for 2 p.m. inside the Beck Center.

No. 13 Centre College Wins Oglethorpe Classic

(13) Centre College 70
MacMurray 48

Final from Atlanta, Georgia

Game recap by CC:

The Centre men's basketball team pulled away for a 70-48 victory over MacMurray in the Oglethorpe Classic on Saturday in Atlanta, Ga.

Josh Karsner (Frankfort, Ky.) scored 22 points to lead the way for the Colonels, who trailed just briefly twice in the first half. Blake Scinta (Louisville, Ky.) and Matt Gump (Bellefontaine, Ohio) each added 11 points for Centre with Gump contributing a game-high eight assists. James Williams topped MacMurray with 13 points.

Karsner was selected as Co-MVP for the tournament, along with Oglethorpe's Alex Davis. Scinta was named to the all-tournament team as well.

The game was close for much of the first half, with MacMurray taking its final lead when a 3-pointer from Williams put the Highlanders up 21-19 with 5:46 to play in the first half. Centre took control from there, scoring the next six points and leading the rest of the way.

Leading 28-26 at the 3:00 mark, the Colonels were able to pull away during a stretch in which they scored the last eight points of the first half and the first five points of the second half. Combined, Centre held MacMurray scoreless for four minutes and went on a 13-0 run that made the score 41-26. The Colonels went on to build that lead the rest of the way, eventually going up by as many as 23 points after a late 10-2 run.

Centre shot 47 percent (21-of-45) from the field and 45 percent (9-of-20) from outside while holding MacMurray to just 33 percent (19-of-58) overall and 16 percent (3-of-19) from 3-point range. The Colonels held a 34-33 rebounding advantage.

Centre stays perfect on the year at 8-0 while MacMurray drops to 1-8 with the loss. After a week off, the Colonels will travel to Washington & Lee for a tournament that begins on Dec. 29. Centre will face Johns Hopkins in its first game, followed by a game with either Washington & Lee or Elmira the following day.

Eric Bledsoe Gets Second Career Triple-Double in Win Over Mavericks

Former Kentucky star netted his second career triple-double in last night's 124-115 win over the Dallas Mavericks.

Bledsoe finished with 16 points, 11 assists and 10 rebounds. He grabbed his final rebound away from teammate Goran Dragic with 31 seconds to go in the game.

Rajon Rondo finished with 13 points and 8 assists for the Mavericks.


EKU's Corey Walden Named OVC Player of the Week Following Win at Miami (FL)

Eastern Kentucky's Corey Walden was named co-OVC Player of the Week on Monday.

Walden scored 18 points in a stunning 72-44 win over No. 18 Miami (FL). He also had 13 points, 5 rebounds and 4 steals against ETSU.

adidas® OVC Players of the Week

CO-PLAYER

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

Walden helped Eastern Kentucky to a 72-44 victory at No. 18 Miami (Fla.) last week, marking just the second win over a Top 25 opponent for the Colonels program all-time and the second-largest margin of victory for an OVC team over a Top 25 team. The senior hit 7-of-12 field goals on his way to 18 points against the nationally-ranked Hurricanes; he also added five rebounds, two assists and two steals in the victory. Walden also nailed two long 3-pointers in the final five minutes of the game as EKU outscored Miami 45-19 in the second half. The senior added 13 points, five rebounds, four steals and three assists to start the week against East Tennessee State. For the week Walden averaged 15.5 points, 5.0 rebounds, 3.0 steals and 2.5 assists/game while hitting 54.5 percent (12-of-22) from the field, 44.4 percent (4-of-9) from 3-point range and 75 percent (3-of-4) from the free throw line. Walden currently ranks first in the OVC in steals (2.9/game), third in scoring (17.3 points/game fifth in assist-to-turnover ratio (1.9) and seventh in assists (3.9/game) and minutes played (32.0/game).

CO-PLAYER

Deville Smith, G • Sr., 6-0, 175 • Jackson, Miss. • UT Martin

Smith, the transfer from UNLV, accomplished something that no other Division I player had done against a Division I team since the 1999-00 season last Monday in an overtime win at Illinois-Chicago. The senior was the first Division I player to have a stat line of at least 25 points, five assists, five rebounds, five blocks and three steals since Minnesota's Joel Przybilla did on January 12, 2000 against Iowa. Smith had 26 points, seven assists, six rebounds, five blocks and three steals as the Skyhawks won its fifth road game of the season (the most of any Division I team so far this year). Smith added 16 points, four rebounds and two steals in a road loss to Illinois State and capped the week with 23 points (on 5-of-9 3-point shooting), nine assists, a block and steal in a home win over Presbyterian. That marked the team's seventh win of the season, giving the program its best start (7-3) since 2001-02. For the week Smith averaged 21.7 points, 5.7 assists, 3.3 rebounds, 2.0 steals and 2.0 blocks/game while hitting 52.3 percent (23-of-44) from the field. Smith currently ranks second in the OVC in minutes played (34.7/game), third in assist-to-turnover ratio (2.0), fourth in assists (4.9/game), seventh in scoring (14.3 points/game), eighth in steals (1.9/game) and ninth in blocked shots (1.1/game).

Complete Release

Tuesday, December 23, 2014

2017 Franklin-Simpson Guard Tavin Lovan to Play for Kentucky Travelers Next Summer

Franklin-Simpson guard Tavin Lovan has announced via Twitter that he will be playing for the Kentucky Travelers AAU program next summer.

Lovan, a 6-foot-3 guard, is one of Kentucky's top high school players in the Class of 2017.



Lovan is currently out for several more weeks with a broken wrist. He opened the season by averaging 29.3 points per game in Franklin-Simpson's first four games.

Some Linesmakers Have Kentucky at 1/1 Odds to Win the National Championship

According to a Vegas Linesmaker, Kentucky now has 1/1 odds of winning a national championship.

In other words, one would have to bet $100 to win $100.



Bovada currently has the Wildcats with 5/4 odds ($100 to win $80) to win it all. Louisville currently has 12/1 odds.

Berea College Moves Up to No. 7 in USCAA Men's Basketball Poll

Berea College is up two spots to No. 7 in the nation in the new USCAA men's basketball poll for this week.

Men's Division I Basketball: Week 2

Rank Team Total Last Week
1 WVU Tech 249 1
2 Rochester College 241 3
T-3 University of Dallas 236 2
T-3 Washington Adventist University 236 T-4
5 Daemen College 230 8
6 St. Joseph's College-Brooklyn 218 T-4
7 Berea College 216 9
T-8 Robert Morris University-Springfield 211 6
T-8 Florida National University 211 14
10 The Apprentice School 209 7
11 SUNY-Canton 205 10
12 Indiana University South Bend 203 11
13 Iowa Wesleyan College 191 13
14 Tennesse Temple University 185 12
15 Silver Lake College 180 16
16 Concordia College Alabama 172 15
17 Florida College 169 17
18 University of Maine-Fort Kent 166 19
19 Oakwood University 161 18
20 Paul Quinn College 95 20


Others receiving votes: Marygrove University (34), Alfred State College (32)

Taylor County's David Sloan Picks Up Offer from Samford

Taylor County's David Sloan has picked up an offer from Samford University and head coach Scott Padgett.

Sloan is a 5-foot-8 point guard in the Class of 2017.




Monday, December 22, 2014

Murray State Knocks Off Southern Illinois for 7th Consecutive Win

Murray State 83
Southern Illinois 71

Final from Carbondale, Illinois

Game recap by MSU:

The Murray State Racers pushed their win streak to seven Monday in an 83-71 win against the Southern Illinois Salukis Monday at the SIU Arena in Carbondale, Ill.

The Racers (9-4) scored their third road win of the season.

MSU evened their all-time series with the Salukis 16-16 and won at the SIU Arena for the first time since 1990 breaking a four-game losing streak there.

Cameron Payne led MSU with 22 points, while Jeffery Moss added 21.

The Racers jumped out to a 15-9 lead at the start on the strength of 3-point baskets from Moss and Sapp and a fast-break dunk from Williams.

SIU battled back with a 6-0 run and took a 16-15 lead at 11:44.

SIU hit MSU with a 9-0 run that put them in front 32-27 at the 5:27 mark which promoted a Racer timeout.

MSU took at one-point lead at 2:48 on a Moss three and made it more on an amazing shot from Sapp. MSU had the length of the floor to go with 5.1 left in the half. Payne took the inbounds pass and fed Sapp on the wing who hit a contested-off balance three at the buzzer for a 44-39 lead at the break.

Payne started the second half with nine points on a pair of made threes and three free throws after he was fouled taking a three-pointer. MSU had their largest lead of the day with 16:43 remaining 55-46.

MSU pushed ahead by 11 points at the 13:57 mark when Rambo finished under the basket coming out of the media timeout and Sapp made a steal and finished for a 59-48 Racer lead. The lead went to 64-48 at 12:09 when Moss made a three-point play and Payne hit a jumper.

Justin Seymour answered an 8-0 SIU run with his own 5-0 run on free throws and a 3-pointer. MSU led 69-56 with 7:12 left.

Montrezl Harrell Suspended by the Atlantic Coast Conference

Louisville star Montrezl Harrell has been suspended for one game for his role in a scuffle at Western Kentucky during Saturday's game.

Here is a statement from the ACC:

Louisville's Montrezl Harrell has been suspended one game by the ACC for his actions in Saturday's game against Western Kentucky. Harrell will be eligible to return for Saturday's showdown with top-ranked Kentucky. Harrell apologized for his actions after the game and the ACC considers the matter closed.

Harrell will missed Tuesday's game against Cal State Northridge and will be eligible to return against No. 1 Kentucky on Saturday.

No. 4 Louisville Fights Past Western Kentucky on the Road, Harrell Ejected

(4) Louisville 76
Western Kentucky 67

Final from Bowling Green, Kentucky

Game recap by UL:

BOWLING GREEN, Ky. (AP) - Montrezl Harrell's sudden meltdown appeared costly for fourth-ranked Louisville until Terry Rozier stepped up to provide composure for the Cardinals.

Not to mention some timely baskets and a career-high 32 points.

Rozier took charge after the first-half ejection of Montrezl Harrell to score 26 points in the second half and lead the Cardinals past Western Kentucky 76-67 on Saturday.

"We knew it was going to be tough playing without Trez," Rozier said after making 9 of 16 from the field and 11 of 13 from the foul line. "It was big losing him, so we all had to step up. I wasn't the only one making shots. We all did something."

Rozier closed Louisville's scoring with five free throws down the stretch that followed three 3-pointers to quash the Hilltoppers' hopes of seizing momentum following Harrell's exit with 38.7 seconds remaining in the first half. The preseason first-team All-American was assessed a flagrant-2 foul for throwing an elbow following a shoving match after a loose ball scramble.

After the officials reviewed video, Harrell was assessed a Flagrant 2 foul and ejected. Western Kentucky's D.J. Clayton received a technical foul, along with technicals issued to both benches.

Harrell departed with 14 points and six rebounds and apologized to his teammates at halftime. He was remorseful after the game and said his outburst "was spur of the moment. It was a heated situation in a dog pile and it took a turn for the worst, honestly. It was just a bad day. ... I know I shouldn't have reacted in that way and I'm truly sorry and apologize for the way I reacted."

Complete Recap


Former UK Player Daniel Orton Involved in Brawl in China

Former Kentucky big man Daniel Orton was involved in a serious brawl during a game in China over the weekend.

Orton and three other players were ejected from Sichuan's 112-89 win over Tianjin.

With 4:20 left in the game, Orton and Tianjin's Liu Wei fell to the floor. Video shows Wei trying to kick Orton below the belt. Orton than grabbed Wei's leg and a brawl broke out that finished with Orton fighting his way into the stands with another Tianjin player.


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