Saturday, January 3, 2015

First Annual Clem Haskins Classic to Feature High Level Basketball

There is a full afternoon and evening of solid high school basketball at Taylor County's Clem Haskins Classic today.

The first annual event will feature some of Kentucky's top teams and players in action beginning at 2:15 p.m.

Some of the top players in action today include:

- Braxton Beverly, Perry Central
- Damon Tobler, Perry Central
- Dejuanta Weaver, Doss
- Matt Rose, LCA
- Colin Miller, Casey County
- D.J.White, Casey County
- Quentin Goodin, Taylor County
- David Sloan, Taylor County
- Brandon Berry, Taylor County
- Drew McDonald, NCC
- Zach Pangallo, NCC

Here's a look at the schedule:

Morehead State Offering $1 Tickets for Tonight's Game Against Murray State

Morehead State is offering $1 tickets for tonight's home game against OVC rival Murray State.

Here are details:

MOREHEAD, Ky. -- The Morehead State basketball doubleheader set for Saturday versus Murray State is "Hoop and Holler for a Dollar" night. All upper-level chairback and bleacher seats are only $1.

The women tip off the night at 5:15 p.m. ET followed by the men's contest. Area businesses are encouraged to take advantage of the promotion by purchasing $1 tickets in groups.

MSU has also announced the Feb. 7 doubleheader will feature a Black Out promotion. The University Bookstore will be selling special Black Out t-shirts and a game ticket for only $10 at all home games leading up to Feb. 7. The shirt/ticket combo will also be available in the bookstore in the Adron Doran University Center beginning next week. The shirts, which feature a glow-in-the-dark design, are in limited quantities and are expected to sell rapidly.

For more information on either promotion, contact Brad Smith at b.smith@moreheadstate.edu or 606-783-9052.

Friday, January 2, 2015

DeMarcus Cousins Rings In the New Year with a Fight and an Ejection

Former Kentucky star DeMarcus Cousins celebrated New Year's Eve early with some fireworks against the Boston Celtics.

Cousins took a few cheap shots from Celtics' point guard Marcus Smart. He then retaliated by slamming Smart to the court like a rag doll. Cousins was ejected after officials reviewed the scuffle.



Bruce Pearl Watching Eli Wright and Aric Holman Tonight

Auburn head coach Bruce Pearl is in Owensboro tonight to watch Apollo's Eli Wright and Owensboro's Aric Holman.

2015 SG Antonio Blakeney Commits to LSU

Antonio Blakeney, who ranks No. 13 overall on the Rivals.com list for 2015, has just announced his commitment to LSU.

Blakeney, a 6-foot-3 shooting guard, originally committed to Louisville but broke it off and reopened his recruitment.

He chose LSU over Kentucky and Missouri.

John Calipari is Watching Carlton Bragg and Jayson Tatum Today

Kentucky head coach John Calipari, who seemingly never takes a break, is on the recruiting trail today at the Cancer Research Classic in Wheeling, West Virginia.

Calipari is watching 2015 big man Carlton Bragg and 2016 shooting guard Jayson Tatum.



Bragg is a 6-foot-9 power forward who ranks No. 14 overall on the Rivals.com list for 2015.

Tatum, a 6-foot-7 shooting guard, ranks No. 4 overall in the Class of 2016.


Mick Cronin Will Not Coach Cincinnati the Rest of This Season

Head coach Mick Cronin held a press conference today to announce that he will not coach Cincinnati for the remainder of this season.

Cronin was diagnosed with an aneurysm that was revealed prior to Cincinnati's game against VCU earlier this season.

The team will be continue to be coached by associate head coach Larry Davis, who has led the team to a 2-1 record since Cronin's condition was discovered.

Cronin will continue to serve in an advisory role.

Here is Cronin's press conference:


Louisville to Wear Throwback Uniforms in Upcoming Duke Game

The Louisville Cardinals will wear 1980s-inspired throwback uniforms during their January 17 game against Duke.



Here are more details from UL:

LOUISVILLE, Ky. - The University of Louisville men's basketball team will wear special adidas uniforms that feature a historic 1980s-inspired blend for its Jan. 17 game against Duke in the KFC Yum! Center.

A modern take on the uniforms worn during Louisville's 1980 and 1986 NCAA Championship runs, the retro uniform celebrates the rich tradition of Cardinal Basketball. Blending the best of past and present, the uniform features the same lightweight Revolution 30 technology used in the NBA while evoking a retro feel with the throwback letter, numbering and logo similar to the features on the 1980s team uniforms.

The Cardinals' first two NCAA championships are commemorated with a special callout on the jersey's inside collar. Each leg of the shorts showcases the Louisville "Dunking Bird" Cardinal logo that was prominent in the 80's.

Louisville was arguably the most dominant team in college basketball during the decade of the 1980s. During the decade of the 1980s, the Cardinals won two national championships (equalled only by Indiana); sent an unmatched four teams to the Final Four (1980, 1982, 1983, 1986); reached the NCAA Sweet 16 teams seven times (bettered only by North Carolina's nine times); and posted the highest NCAA Tournament winning percentage of any team (.793, 23-6). Louisville beat Duke 72-69 in the 1986 NCAA title game in Dallas, Texas.

This year marks the 35th anniversary for the Cardinals' 1980 NCAA Champions, as well notable anniversaries for two other Louisville Final Four teams from 1975 (40th anniversary) and 2005 (10th).

Wednesday, December 31, 2014

Best Road Trip of 2014: The Trip to Wisconsin

The Best Road Trip of 2014 has to be my mid-November journey to Madison, Wisconsin for Northern Kentucky's game against the Badgers.

The game didn't go well for the Norse as they were overwhelmed by then No. 3 Wisconsin, but the trip was outstanding.

I was able to make quick stops at Purdue and Illinois (trust me, I'll have a lot to say about Champaigne soon), as well as do some exploration in Madison.

I found Madison to be an excellent college city that is located perfectly between and around two lakes: Lake Mendota and Lake Monona.

It was cool to "sneak" into Camp Randall Stadium as well as check out the on-campus facilities for students.

Wisconsin's Kohl Center is a tremendous college basketball venue with great fans.



Here's a little info on the Kohl Center (via Wikipedia...which might be accurate):

The Kohl Center is an arena and athletic center at the University of Wisconsin–Madison, United States. The building, which opened in 1998, is the home of the university's men's basketball and ice hockey teams, and the women's basketball team. It also housed the university's women's ice hockey team through 2012, after which they moved into the adjacent LaBahn Arena. Seating capacity is variable, as the center can be rearranged to accommodate a basketball court, a hockey rink, or a concert. The maximum capacity is 17,230 in its basketball configuration, and 15,359 for ice hockey. The center has three levels, with the floor holding about 7,500 people, and the two upper balconies about 4,500 each. It is the second largest indoor venue in Wisconsin and the largest outside Milwaukee. The arena is located on the southeast corner of the UW–Madison campus, at the intersection of West Dayton and North Frances Streets.

Location: 601 West Dayton Street Madison, WI 53715-1206

Owner and Operator: University of Wisconsin–Madison

Capacity: 17,230 (basketball) 15,359 (hockey)

Surface: Multi-surface 200' x 97' (hockey)

Construction Broke Ground: September 7, 1996

Opened: January 17, 1998

Construction Cost: $76.4 Million ($111 million in 2014 dollars)

The Badgers have the freakiest mascot I've ever encountered in person (more on that very soon, as well) and head coach Bo Ryan is the most serious coach in college basketball. It literally took a staffer almost choking to get him to even crack a smile.

I spent one night in Indianapolis and the next night in my car at Speedway in Champaigne (seriously).

All-in-all, the trip was amazing and if the opportunity presents itself, I'll be ready for round two.

Here are a few pics of videos from my quick trip to Wisconsin:














Best High School Fan of 2014: Lincoln County's Gift to Women

I guess we should play a little game of best of and worst of for 2014...

I'm going to start with the Best High School Fan of 2014:

Lincoln County's Gift to Women (and a little shout out to Santa's reindeer at Lincoln County):







Game Time Set for Kentucky vs. Texas A&M

Kentucky's game at Texas A&M on January 10 will tip off at 1:00 p.m. ET on CBS.

Here's a release from UK:

LEXINGTON, Ky. – The game time for the Kentucky-Texas A&M contest slated for Saturday, Jan. 10, 2015 in College Station, Texas, has been set for 1 p.m. ET on CBS.

UK-Texas A&M will air prior to the NFL Playoffs scheduled for 4:40 p.m. ET on the same channel.

The contest between the Wildcats and Aggies will mark the first road game in the Southeastern Conference for Kentucky. UK owns a 4-2 lead in the series including a 1-0 mark when the game is played in College Station.

UK last traveled to Texas A&M during the 2012-13 season. The Wildcats earned a 72-68 victory in overtime on Feb. 2, 2013. Freshman Nerlens Noel had a season-high 19 points and senior Julius Mays also added 19 points, including five in overtime, to help the Wildcats to victory.

The Wildcats will return to action on Jan. 6, 2015 with a 7 p.m. ET tip at home against Ole Miss. The game is set to air live on the SEC Network.

Tuesday, December 30, 2014

WKU Hammers Alice Lloyd College, Ray Harper Nets Win No. 400

Western Kentucky 104
Alice Lloyd College 62

Final from Bowling Green, KY

Game recap by WKU:

BOWLING GREEN, Ky. (AP) - Trency Jackson and T.J. Price combined for 37 points as WKU ran past Alice Lloyd (Ky.) College 104-62 Monday night.

Jackson, who had 19 points, made 5 of 8 from beyond the arc, and Price made 5 of 7 from long range to total 18 points. Price also had seven rebounds and seven assists for WKU (7-5). George Fant added 15 and Chris Harrison-Docks had 11 points and eight assists.

WKU's Ray Harper picked up his 400th win as a collegiate head coach in 504 games.

WKU jumped out to an early lead but the Eagles closed to 15-13 with 14:05 left in the first half. T.J. Price hit two 3-pointers to spark an 11-0 run and the Hilltoppers went on to a comfortable 60-31 lead at the break. They were up 89-47 midway of the second half.

Trevor Tiller had 20 points for Alice Lloyd.


Five-Star Guard Antonio Blakeney to Announce Decision on Friday

Five-star guard Antonio Blakeney will announce his college decision on Friday.

Blakeney, a 6-foot-3 shooting guard, will choose between Kentucky, LSU and Missouri. He originally committed to Louisville but broke off that commitment and considered other offers.

Blakeney ranks No. 13 overall on the Rivals.com list for 2015.

Photo: Rivals.com

Tyler Ulis Named National Freshman of the Week by the USBWA

The U.S. Basketball Writers Association has just named Kentucky's Tyler Ulis National Freshman of the Week.

Ulis came off the bench to score 14 points in Saturday's win over Louisville.

According to a release, Ulis was selected by CBSSports.com's Matt Norlander, in partnership with the USBWA.



Here is a release from the USBWA:

ST. LOUIS (USBWA) – Kentucky's Tyler Ulis is the Wayman Tisdale National Freshman of the Week for games ending the week of Dec. 28. Ulis was selected by CBSSports.com's Matt Norlander, in partnership with the U.S. Basketball Writers Association.

Norlander's popular weekly freshman watch column will continue to feature nation's the top freshmen each week in addition to the national player of the week. Later in the season, the USBWA will release a midseason watch list before naming finalists for the award. This season marks the first time a weekly national freshman of the week will be selected and, each Tuesday through Feb. 24, a standout first-year player will be chosen for the honor.

Ulis, a 5-9 guard from Lima, Ohio, came off the bench to score a team-high 14 points in 26 minutes in top-ranked Kentucky's 58-50 win over rival and 4th-ranked Louisville on Saturday. On the season, Ulis is averaging 5.8 points, 3.7 assists and 2.2 rebounds.

The Integris Wayman Tisdale Award is to be presented to the national freshman of the year at the Devon Energy College Basketball Awards on April 14, 2015, at the National Cowboy and Western Heritage Museum in Oklahoma City. The Oscar Robertson Trophy and the Henry Iba Coach of the Year Award will also be presented at the gala to be held annually following the NCAA Men's Final Four.

The USBWA has chosen a national freshman of the year since the 1988-89 season when LSU's Chris Jackson was the recipient. Last season, Duke's Jabari Parker became the fourth winner of the Wayman Tisdale Award. Other notable previous winners of the national freshman of the year award include Anthony Davis, Kevin Durant, Carmelo Anthony, Jason Kidd and Chris Webber.
The Tisdale Award winner will receive a statuette designed by nationally-recognized sculptor Shan Gray. The April 15 banquet will also honor Syracuse coach Jim Boeheim, the recipient of the Wayman Tisdale Humanitarian Award

Complete Release

Morehead State Hammers Central Arkansas in Final Non-Conference Game

Morehead State 95
Central Arkansas 60

Final from Conway, Arkansas

Game recap by MSU:

CONWAY, Ark. -- The Morehead State men's basketball team knocked down 59 percent from the field, posted a 16-rebound advantage and forced 22 turnovers on its way to a 95-60 non-conference victory over Central Arkansas on Monday night at the Farris Center.

The Ohio Valley Conference Eagles wrap up non-conference play 5-10 overall and 2-6 on the road. The Southland Conference Bears are still winless in 11 contests overall and four affairs at home. It was the first-ever meeting between the schools in men's basketball.

"I'm happy with the way we played tonight," Head Coach Sean Woods said. "I think the holiday break was good for us. We looked rested and had our legs under us. We shot 59 percent overall, and we're going to be a really tough team to beat anytime that happens."

Sophomore Corban Collins and freshman Marquel Willis paced five Eagles in double figures with 15 points apiece. Senior Angelo Warner added 13 points in 13 minutes for MSU, while senior Billy Reader chipped in with 11 and junior Brent Arrington netted 10.

Collins drilled 6-of-9 from the floor, while Willis connected on 7-of-8 en route to his best total at the collegiate level. Reader yanked down a game-best seven rebounds, while classmate Kareem Storey was credited with a game-best five assists in only 18 minutes.

MSU made 18-of-29 from the field in the first half and 17-of-30 the rest of the way.

Morehead State registered advantages of 38-22 on the glass, 14-7 in offensive rebounds, 50-22 in paint points, 30-9 in points off turnovers, 55-14 in bench points and 18-9 in assists. The Eagles were plus eight in the turnover department, coughing the ball up just 14 times.

"Our team is at its best when our pressure defense leads to easy baskets on the offensive end," Woods said. "We saw a lot of that tonight, and that was one of the keys to our victory. We made Central Arkansas uncomfortable and took advantage of their mistakes."

MSU manufactured a 12-2 run midway through the first period to grab control. The Eagles led by 20 points at intermission, which was their largest halftime advantage against a Division I opponent in over a year. The cushion grew to a game-high 37 with 9:38 remaining.

The Eagles held the Bears to 39 percent (16-of-41) from the field and 33 percent (5-of-15) from long distance. Morehead State used all 13 players who dressed, and all 13 scored.

"Our attack was very balanced, and we need that moving forward," Woods said. "We can't have our starters wearing down in February and March, like we did last season. We need quality contributions from everyone we put in the game, and we had that tonight."

Complete Recap

Monday, December 29, 2014

A New Year is Upon Us: Schedule for the Week

A new year is upon us and basketball is back in full swing around Kentucky this week.

Here's a full schedule for the week:

Monday, December 29

1:00 p.m. Cardinal Stritch at St. Catharine College
4:00 p.m. Centre College vs. Johns Hopkins (at Washington & Lee)
8:00 p.m. Alice Lloyd College at Western Kentucky University (Exhibition for ALC)
8:00 p.m. Morehead State University at Central Arkansas
TBA Spalding University vs. Hope College (at Wooster, Ohio)

Tuesday, December 30

1:00 p.m. Eastern Kentucky University at Coppin State
4:00 p.m. Long Beach State at University of Louisville
4:00 p.m. Brescia University at Huntingdon College
8:00 p.m. Alabama A&M at Murray State University
TBA Spalding University vs. TBA (at Wooster, Ohio)
TBA Centre College vs. TBA (at Washington & Lee)

Wednesday, December 31

1:00 p.m. Northern Kentucky University at Youngstown State
2:00 p.m. Thomas More College at Transylvania University
3:00 p.m. Brevard at Kentucky Wesleyan College

Thursday, January 1

7:00 p.m. Truett-McConnell at University of Pikeville

Friday, January 2

4:00 p.m. MidAmerica Nazarene at Campbellsville University
8:00 p.m. Carlow University at Asbury University*
8:00 p.m. Rockhurst University at Bellarmine University*

Saturday, January 3

2:00 p.m. Union College at St. Andrews*
3:00 p.m. Kentucky State University at Albany State*
3:00 p.m. MidAmerica Nazarene at Lindsey Wilson College
3:00 p.m. Thiel at Thomas More College*
3:00 p.m. Spalding University at Principia College*
4:00 p.m. Transylvania University at Anderson*
4:00 p.m. Toledo at Northern Kentucky University
4:00 p.m. West Virginia Tech at University of the Cumberlands
4:00 p.m. Point Park University at Asbury University*
7:00 p.m. South Carolina State at Eastern Kentucky University
7:30 p.m. Murray State University at Morehead State University*
TBA Carlow University at Alice Lloyd College*

Sunday, January 4

2:00 p.m. Olivet Nazarene at Georgetown College
3:00 p.m. Point Park University at Alice Lloyd College*
3:00 p.m. Marshall at Western Kentucky University*
3:15 p.m. William Jewell College at Bellarmine University*
4:00 p.m. Centre College at Sewanee*
8:00 p.m. University of Louisville at Wake Forest*

* Conference game

Transylvania Knocks Off Berry for Fourth Consecutive Win

Transylvania 99
Berry 71

Final from Lexington, Kentucky

Game recap by TU:

LEXINGTON, Ky.—A three-pointer from Parker Stansberry sparked the Transylvania offense, as the Pioneers closed out Sunday's opening game of the Don Lane Classic with a 99-71 win over Berry College. The Vikings quickly pulled within two, 50-38, in the opening minutes of the second half, before Stansberry and the Pioneers exploded for a 49-23 run to pick up their fourth consecutive win.

For the game, the Pioneers were led by Stansberry who recorded a double-double with 19 points and 11 rebounds on five-of-five shooting from long range. Jones and Sergeant finished with 16 points each, and Pulliam added 12 points.Robert Dence also finished in double figures with 10 points.

The Pioneer defense grabbed 34 defensive rebounds and tallied an impressive 22 assists in the win.

"I was a little concerned about our conditioning after three days off for the holidays," head coach Brian Lane said. "But early in the game we were able to get out and score in transition and we felt like we needed to do that more as the game went on. Twenty-two assists in a single game is something that any coach would be proud of."

"I feel like we continue to grow as a team and even though we let a double-digit lead slip away early in the second half, we were able to get things together and push the score back out," Lane said. "I thought one of the plays that epitomizes how we have started winning was Parker Stansberry diving on the floor for a loose ball when we have a 20-point lead."

Berry jumped out to a 2-0 lead but never led again as junior forward Stansberry drained a three-pointer to put the Pioneers up 3-2. The score was briefly tied at 5-5 before an 8-0 Transylvania run yielded a 13-5 Pioneer lead. Although the Vikings shot 42 percent from behind the arc in the half and kept the game close, Transylvania shot nearly 55 percent from the field and 70 percent from the foul line in the first half. At the half, the Pioneers led 44-37.

Complete Recap

One Coach Still Isn't Convinced That Kentucky is No. 1

The new college basketball polls are out and Kentucky has every No. 1 vote from both the media and coaches, except for one coach who still isn't convinced.

The Wildcats are the unanimous No. 1 team in the AP Top 25. They are No. 1 in the USA Today Coaches Poll, but one coach still gave his first-place vote to Duke.

Louisville is No. 5 in the media poll and No. 6 in the coaches rankings.

Here's a look at both polls:

AP Top 25

RK TEAM RECORD PTS
1 Kentucky (65) 13-0 1,625
2 Duke 10-0 1,559
3 Virginia 11-0 1,457
4 Wisconsin 12-1 1,395
5 Louisville 11-1 1,327
6 Villanova 12-0 1,316
7 Gonzaga 12-1 1,249
8 Arizona 12-1 1,243
9 Iowa State 9-1 1,005
10 Utah 9-2 956
11 Texas 10-2 903 12 Maryland 12-1 869 13 Kansas 9-2 775 14 Notre Dame 12-1 709 15 St. John's 11-1 690 16 Wichita St 10-2 630 17 West Virginia 11-1 584 18 Oklahoma 8-3 530 19 North Carolina 9-3 483 20 Ohio State 11-2 435 21 Washington 11-1 253 22 Baylor 10-1 238 23 Northern Iowa 11-1 216 24 Colorado St 13-0 194 25 Georgetown 8-3 140

Others receiving votes: TCU 132, Virginia Commonwealth 101, San Diego St 40, Arkansas 27, LSU 7, George Washington 7, Old Dominion 7, Penn State 5, UNLV 5, Indiana 4, Minnesota 2, Florida 2, Stanford 2, California 1, Army 1, Davidson 1

USA Today Coaches Poll

RK TEAM RECORD PTS
1 Kentucky (30) 13-0 774
2 Duke (1) 10-0 744
3 Virginia 11-0 698
4 Wisconsin 12-1 663
5 Villanova 12-0 646
6 Louisville 11-1 614
7 Arizona 12-1 600
8 Gonzaga 12-1 587
9 Iowa State 9-1 484
10 Texas 10-2 428
11 Maryland 12-1 416 12 Utah 9-2 400 13 Notre Dame 12-1 371 14 Kansas 9-2 353 15 West Virginia 11-1 330 16 Wichita St 10-2 292 17 St. John's 11-1 272 18 Ohio State 11-2 237 19 Washington 11-1 189 20 North Carolina 9-3 186 21 Oklahoma 8-3 163 22 Baylor 10-1 144 23 Northern Iowa 11-1 112 24 Colorado St 13-0 94 25 San Diego St 10-3 66

Others receiving votes: Virginia Commonwealth 44, Georgetown 42, TCU 31, California 15, Arkansas 14, Seton Hall 12, Minnesota 12, Old Dominion 8, George Washington 7, Oklahoma St 6, LSU 6, Indiana 4, Connecticut 3, Illinois 3, Stanford 2, Georgia 2, Penn State 1

Video: Louisville's Chris Jones With One of the Worst Flops of All Time

Louisville point guard Chris Jones went down hard following what appeared to be a Dakari Johnson elbow to the face during Saturday's game against Kentucky.

Unfortunately for Jones, the incident was captured on camera and replay showed that it was actually one of the better (or worst) acting jobs of all time.

Watch as Jones goes down and submits his bid for an Oscar...or at the very least, a spot on ESPN's Not Top 10:



Amazingly, it wasn't Jones only flop even in Saturday's game:



That'll be a yellow card on No. 3.

Former Murray State Guard JayQuan McCloud Transfers to UW-Milwaukee

Freshman guard JayQuan McCloud left the Murray State men's basketball program before suiting up for the Racers.

According to reports, McCloud has decided to transfer to Wisconsin-Milwaukee:



As a senior at North Chicago (Illinois) Community HS, McCloud averaged 18.0 points, 5.3 rebounds and 4.5 assists per game.

Sunday, December 28, 2014

Northern Kentucky Can't Keep Up With Northwestern on the Road

Northwestern 76
Northern Kentucky 55

Final from Evanston, Illinois

Game recap by NKU:

EVANSTON, Ill. – Northern Kentucky dropped a 76-55 decision to Northwestern on Saturday afternoon in Welsh-Ryan Arena. Todd Johnson scored a team-high 14 points for the Norse, who fell to 6-7 on the season.

"I thought we played really well for the first 15 minutes of the game," said NKU head coach Dave Bezold. "We had great energy on both ends of the floor, but Northwestern put up that run to end the first half and we played too inconsistently the rest of the way. The beauty of college basketball is a longer schedule, and now we need to gear up for Youngstown State."

Deontae Cole knocked down a three on Northern Kentucky's opening possession and NKU led by as many as five in the opening half, but Northwestern battled back to even the score at 20-all. A 16-4 run by the Wildcats over the final six minutes put the Norse down 36-24 at the break.

Northwestern (9-4) pushed the lead out to 18 early in the second half, but Northern Kentucky kept battling. Keyed by seven-straight points from Johnson, the Norse whittled into the Wildcats lead and pulled within nine, 56-47, with just over 11 minutes to play.

The Wildcats responded with eight-consecutive points to put the game out of reach for the Norse.

Johnson was the lone player for NKU to reach double-figures with 14 after shooting 5-for-9 from the floor, including 3-for-6 from three. Chad Jackson added nine points, and Jalen Billups chipped in eight points, five boards and four blocks.

Complete Recap

Western Kentucky Overwhelms Brescia University

Western Kentucky 89
Brescia University 42

Final from Bowling Green, Kentucky

Game recap by WKU:

BOWLING GREEN, Ky. (AP) - DJ Clayton had 14 points and seven rebounds on Saturday night, and WKU cruised past NAIA Brescia 89-42.

WKU (6-5) shot 57.1 percent from the floor and 10 of 20 from 3-point range. The Hilltoppers opened on a 16-2 run, led 40-18 at halftime and never trailed.

Justin Johnson and Avery Patterson each added 11 points and George Fant scored 10. Twelve different Hilltoppers were on the court for at least 11 minutes and 11 finished with at least four points.

WKU improved to 5-2 in the month December and close the month out on Monday hosting Alice Lloyd, another NAIA opponent. The 47-point margin was WKU's first 40-point victory since 2006.

Decarlos Collier led Brescia with 10 points. The Bearcats had 22 turnovers and struggled from the floor with 29.3 percent shooting.




Rick Pitino Says Kentucky is One of the Best Defensive Team He's Seen in 40 Years

Louisville head coach Rick Pitino talks to the media following yesterday's loss to Kentucky - says UK is one of the best defensive teams he's seen in his 40 years of coaching:


John Calipari Discusses the Win Over Louisville

Kentucky head coach John Calipari talks to the media following Saturday's 58-50 win over Louisville:


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