Wednesday, December 30, 2015

No. 1 University of Pikeville Outguns Faulkner

(1) Pikeville 101
Faulkner 81

Final from Montgomery, Alabama

Game recap by UPIKE:

MONTGOMERY, Ala. -- Colt Chapman led top-ranked University of Pikeville with 21 points and Christian Leach chipped in with 20 to help the Bears to a 101-81 win on the road at Faulkner on Tuesday.

Jackson Hussey and K.K. Simmons finished with 16 points each and Trey Rakes tallied 13 as the five Bears who reached double figures. Hussey also led the team on the boards with nine rebounds.

Faulkner's Di'mar Hill led all scorers with 33 points, while Nick Drake backed him up with 19, including three 3-pointers.

After only hitting three 3-pointers itself in the first half, UPIKE caught fire in the second, making 8 of 13 to finish the game shooting 59.3 percent from the field. That mark was bolstered by the Bears' incredible 70 percent (21-30) showing in the second half.

The Eagles shot 44.6 percent from the field and made just 22 of 35 free throws, compared to a solid 20 of 26 showing by UPIKE. The Bears also controlled the backboards, 39-24,

UPIKE got a glimpse of what a lead would feel like very early in the action, but for nearly all the first half and the start of the second, Faulkner was in control. Sometimes though, it pays to wait, as the Bears' second-half reward was a run that the Eagles won't soon forget.

After trailing for 22 minutes, Simmons gave the lead back to the Bears at 62-61 with a three. The Eagles tied it back up with a free throw, but things swayed back to the Bears in a big way with a 19-2 run that effectively ended Faulkner's upset hopes.

It had to be a tough pill to swallow giving how well the Eagles had played, but there was nothing it could do with the kind of hot streak the Bears went on.

Simmons made another three to push the lead to 66-62, one of 10 straight field goals made by UPIKE without a miss over a five minute span. When Marshall Bennett finally missed a three with 6:43 to play, the Bears held an 87-65 advantage.

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Oak Hill Academy's Steve Smith Earns 1,000th Career Win

Oak Hill Academy head coach Steve Smith, who graduated from Asbury College in 1977, earned his 1,000th career coaching win last night.




Nets CEO Prepared to Offer John Calipari "Everything Under the Sun" to Coach Team

According to Tim Bontemps of the Washington Post, Brooklyn Nets CEO Brett Yormark would offer John Calipari “everything under the sun” to coach the team next season.

Here’s an excerpt from NetsDaily.com:

Q: John Calipari

I know this is difficult to accurately project, but for fun please take an educated guess on the likelihood that John Calipari is coaching the Nets next year.
 
If Brett Yormark is in charge of decision making, Calipari will undoubtedly be offered everything under the sun to become basketball czar of the Nets. I’ve heard conflicting opinions on whether he’d take it, but that will undoubtedly be the first call if Yormark gets his way.

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Omar Prewitt Scores 1,000th Point at William & Mary

Former Montgomery County High School star Omar Prewitt joined the 1,000-point club at William & Mary last night.

William & Mary Tribe Athletics:

With his 23 points in the Tribe's 88-84 win over Central Michigan, Omar Prewitt became the 38th player in W&M history with 1,000 career points.

The 6-foot-6 junior is averaging 17.9 points per game for the Tribe (8-3) this season.

Congratulations Omar!

Eastern Kentucky Rolls By Manhattan in Battle of Old UK Friends Masiello and McHale

Eastern Kentucky 76
Manhattan 64

Final from Richmond, Kentucky

Game recap by EKU:

RICHMOND, Ky. — Hot shooting and a stifling defensive effort helped the Eastern Kentucky men's basketball team jump out to an 18-0 lead in the opening minutes on its way to a convincing 76-64 win over Manhattan on Tuesday afternoon at McBrayer Arena.

With the wire-to-wire win, EKU (9-6) closes out the non-conference season 8-0 at home.

Senior Jarelle Reischel – who missed EKU's game with a back injury at No. 19 West Virginia on December 21 – led the way with 26 points, eight rebounds, seven assists and four steals. Junior JaVontae Hawkins contributed 15 points, four rebounds and two assists.

The Colonels delivered one of their best defensive efforts of the season in the victory, forcing Manhattan (3-8) into 16 turnovers and converting those turnovers into 26 points. EKU held the Jaspers to 24 percent (6-of-25) shooting from the field and 23 percent (3-of-13) shooting from deep in the first half to build a comfortable lead.

Eastern's defense coerced the Jaspers into eight turnovers on their first 12 possessions. The Colonels generated 14 points off Manhattan's early miscues, as an alley-oop dunk by Hawkins gave EKU an 18-0 lead with 14:42 remaining in the first half.

Manhattan did not score a bucket until the 14:29 mark of the first half, when Rashawn Stores got the Jaspers on the board with a three-pointer. Stores' long ball sparked a 10-0 run over the next 2:18 for Manhattan, closing the Eastern lead to eight, 18-10.

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Tuesday, December 29, 2015

Eric Bledsoe Will Miss the Remainder of the Season

Phoenix Suns guard Eric Bledsoe will miss the remainder of the season following knee surgery this morning.

Here's more from AZCentral.com:

Suns point guard Eric Bledsoe will miss the remainder of the season after he underwent surgery Tuesday morning to repair the torn meniscus in his left knee.

Bledsoe, 26, suffered the injury Saturday night on defense when he tried to avoid a screen away from the ball and planted on his left leg. A meniscus repair has a longer recovery than a meniscus removal. Bledsoe is expected to be ready for the start of next season’s training camp.

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Morehead State's DeJuan Marrero Named OVC Co-Newcomer of the Week

Morehead State's DeJuan Marrero was named Ohio Valley Conference Co-Newcomer of the Week on Monday.

Marrero had a double-double of 12 points and 11 rebounds at Davidson last week.

CO-NEWCOMER

Greg Tucker, G • Jr., 6-2, 195 • Charleston, Mo. • Jacksonville State

Tucker hit 5-of-10 field goals and scored 15 points as Jacksonville State ended a five-game losing streak with a 79-76 victory over Northern Colorado last Monday. The transfer from Mineral Area College also added five rebounds and an assist in 37 minutes of action.

CO-NEWCOMER

DeJuan Marrero, F • Jr., 6-6, 230 • Gary, Ind. • Morehead State

Marrero netted his second-straight double-double with 12 points and 11 rebounds in a road game at Davidson. The transfer from Chipola College hit 3-of-6 field goals and 6-of-10 free throw attempts while also adding two assists and a steal.

Western Kentucky Adds Tennessee Transfer Jabari McGhee

Western Kentucky recently announced the addition of Tennessee transfer Jabari McGhee.

McGhee, a 6-foot-7 forward, will be eligible to play for the Hilltoppers midway through the 2016-17 season.

Here's a release from WKU:

BOWLING GREEN, Ky. -- Hilltopper Basketball head coach Ray Harper announced Thursday the addition of University of Tennessee transfer Jabari McGhee (F, 6-7, Albany, Ga.) to the program to suit up beginning in December 2016. McGhee is scheduled to have two-and-a-half years to play at WKU beginning midway through the 2016-17 season.

McGhee spent the 2014-15 season and the start of the 2015-16 campaign in Knoxville before transferring at the end of the fall semester. In 2014-15, McGhee played in eight games and made two starts before a foot injury ended his season. He was granted a medical redshirt for that season, and he played in six contests as a redshirt-freshman in 2015-16 and averaged 3.8 points and 3.2 rebounds in 10.8 minutes per game before transferring.

In all, McGhee played in 14 games at Tennessee and averaged 4.1 points, 3.5 rebounds and shot 62.2 percent from the field (23-for-37) in an average of 12.0 minutes per game.

Prior to Tennessee, McGhee spent the 2013-14 season at Hargrave Military Academy, where he averaged nearly 24 points and 15 rebounds per game while helping the team to a 32-8 record.

McGhee prepped at Monroe High School in Albany, Ga., where he was a three-year starter and totaled more than 1,200 points during his career and was a first-team all-state performer as a senior after averaging a double-double.

Harper on McGhee

"We are really excited to add another player of Jabari's caliber, who is a great athlete and a high-energy, high-motor guy. To have him, Willie Carmichael and Phabian Glasco, all three sitting out this year, is going to be good for us next year. He is a guy with high-level Division I experience, and we recruited him coming out of prep school. We have known him for a long time, and we are excited to finally have him at home in our program."

Photo: WKU Athletics

Green Bay Holds Off Morehead State

Green Bay 78
Morehead State 72

Final from Morehead, Kentucky

Game recap by MSU:

MOREHEAD, Ky. - Sophomore guard Miguel Dicent scored a career-high 20 points, but it wasn't enough as the Morehead State men's basketball team fell to Green Bay, 78-72.

The loss marked the first of the season at Johnson Arena for the Eagles and their record is now 6-5. Green Bay improved their record to 7-5.

"You have to stay consistent night in and night out, and we didn't do that tongiht. They took advantage of us not guarding and drove to the rim all night," said head coach Sean Woods. "I like my team, there's no doubt about it. This is the best team I've had top to bottom (at Morehead State), we just have to tweak some things."

It was a back-and-forth game for most of the first half as the two teams went into the locker room knotted at 36-36.

Morehead State jumped on the Phoenix early in the second half and opened a 49-46 lead on a layup by junior guard Corban Collins with 14:00 minutes remaining in the game.

But, Green Bay answered with a 7-0 run to regain the lead at 53-49 with 11:08 to go and they would lead the rest of the way. The Eagles trimmed the lead to as little as two, but they couldn't get over the hump and Green Bay pulled away late.

Foul trouble played a pivotal role in the defeat as senior guard Brent Arrington and Dicent each picked up four fouls early in the second half. Senior forward Anthony Elechi and junior forward DeJuan Marrero would join Arrington and Dicent with four fouls, as well.

With foul trouble an issue, the Eagles simply could not find any rhythm in the second stanza. They shot just 33 percent from the floor in the second half, while Green Bay shot 59 percent. The Phoenix also spent a lot of time in the second half at the free throw line, shooting 15-of-26 from the charity stripe. They shot 22-of-36 from the stripe for the game, while Morehead State shot just 13-of-20 from the line.

"We've been doing a good job of not fouling most of the season, but the last few games teams have been taking us one-on-one and spreading us out," said Woods. "We do a good job with how we switch and stopping everyone's offense, but we need to get better at guarding the ball in one-on-one situations."

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X-rays on Isaiah Briscoe's Ankle Were Negative

Isaiah Briscoe is expected to be fine following a bizarre ankle injury Saturday prior to Kentucky's game vs. Louisville. 

X-rays on the ankle were negative, according to Briscoe's father.

Here's an excerpt from SNY.tv:

Isaiah Briscoe is OK after X-rays on his left ankle were negative, his father told SNY.tv on Sunday.

Briscoe injured the ankle during warmups.

"Definitely negative, so we're happy about that," George Briscoe said. "He's doing fine, the doctor called us and said he's fine. He said he's gotta stay off of it for a couple days. It's swollen but just stay off of it for a couple of days."

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Western Kentucky Blows By Brescia in Tuneup for Conference Play

Western Kentucky 93
Brescia University 66

Final from Bowling Green, Kentucky

Game recap by WKU:

BOWLING GREEN, Ky. (AP) Aaron Cosby nailed six shots from beyond the arc and scored 20 points to lead WKU to a 93-66 win over NAIA's Brescia on Monday night.

Justin Johnson made 7 of 9 from the floor for 15 points and Marlon Hunter added 13 points for WKU (8-5). Ben Lawson chipped in nine points and had six blocks.

The Hilltoppers, who have won five of their last seven games, will now turn their attention to their second season in Conference USA when they face Marshall on Sunday.

Brescia led early but the Hilltoppers charged back to go ahead 45-39 at the break. Johnson slammed home a dunk to start the second half during an 18-4 run and WKU led 63-43 at the 14:06 mark. Brescia was limited to just 27 points in the second half.

Austin Morris and Trey Howard had 15 apiece for Brescia.

DeAndre Liggins Named NBA D-League Performer of the Week

Former Kentucky guard DeAndre Liggins was named NBA Development League Performer of the Week on Monday.

Liggins averaged 17.3 points, 9.0 assists, 8.7 rebounds and 3.3 steals per game last week.

Here's a release from the D-League:

NEW YORK, Dec. 28, 2015 – Sioux Falls’ guard DeAndre Liggins was today named NBA Development League Performer of the Week for games Played Monday, Dec. 21 through Sunday, Dec. 27. This is the second Performer of Week award for Liggins of his D-League career. He previously received the honor on Dec. 30, 2013 also as a member of Sioux Falls.

Liggins (6-6, 204, Kentucky) led Sioux Falls to a 3-0 week, averaging 17.3 points on 44.0 percent shooting from the floor (16-for-36) to go with 9.0 assists, 8.7 rebounds and 3.3 steals. He connected on seven of his 15 shots from beyond the arc (46.7 percent). On Dec. 27, he recorded his second triple-double of the season with 14 points, 12 assists and 11 rebounds in a 106-101 victory over the Fort Wayne Mad Ants.

For the season, Liggins is averaging 13.6 points, 7.6 rebounds, 7.1 assists (ranks third in the league) and 2.5 steals (ranks second in the league). He has two triple-doubles on the season. They are the only two triple-doubles to be a recorded so far this season.

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Monday, December 28, 2015

Kentucky's Tyler Ulis Earns SEC Player of the Week Honors

Kentucky sophomore Tyler Ulis has been named Southeastern Conference Player of the Week following his impressive performance in Saturday's win over Louisville.

Here is a release from UK:

BIRMINGHAM, Ala. – Tyler Ulis’ sensational performance in the Kentucky men’s basketball team’s victory over No. 16/15 Louisville was more than enough to earn him Southeastern Conference Player of the Week honors on Monday.

Ulis matched a career high with 21 points on a career-best four 3-pointers in the win over the Cardinals. The Chicago native also dished out a game-high eight assists, just one shy of matching a career best, and he committed just one turnover in 39 minutes of action.

The 5-foot-9 guard was named the Bluegrass Sports Commission Most Valuable Player of the game for the second straight season, becoming the first multi-year winner since the award’s inception in 2010.

In this year’s game, Ulis scored 12 first-half points to spark Kentucky to a halftime advantage. Ulis’ night was capped by a deep made 3 as the shot clock was winding down to give the Wildcats a four-point lead with less than five minutes remaining in the contest.

Ulis was also named NBC Sports’ College Basketball Talk’s national player of the week for his efforts.

In two career games against Louisville, Ulis has notched 35 points, 10 assists, one turnover and six made 3-pointers in 65 minutes.

Ulis also had a career day against UK’s other top-25 ranked opponent this season in Duke. In two games this season against top-25 opponents, Ulis has averaged 19.5 points, 7.0 assists, 2.5 rebounds, 1.5 steals per game and 1.0 blocks.

Over his last five games, Ulis is averaging 7.0 assists per game. For the season, Ulis is averaging 12.8 points, second best on the team, and a team-high 5.5 assists. He’s dished out five or more assists in eight of the 11 games he’s played in.

This week’s honor marks the second of the season for Ulis, who also won SEC Player of the Week on Nov. 23.

Kentucky has now won an SEC award a league-high five times and picked up an honor in all but two of the seven weeks they’ve been awarded by the league thus far. Ulis leads the Wildcats with two SEC honors. Skal Labissiere, Isaiah Briscoe and Jamal Murray have each been named SEC Freshman of the Week this season.

Kentucky returns home Saturday for its SEC opener vs. Ole Miss. That game will take place at 7 p.m. in Rupp Arena on the SEC Network.

For the latest on the Kentucky men's basketball team, follow @KentuckyMBB on Twitter, Facebook and Instagram, and on the web at UKathletics.com.

Karl-Anthony Towns, Gorgui Dieng Jab Each Other After Kentucky's Win Over Louisville

Minnesota Timberwolves teammates Karl-Anthony Towns (UK) and Gorgui Dieng (UL) took some friendly jabs at each other after Kentucky's win over Louisville on Saturday.

Towns started the back-and-forth with this:



Dieng returned fire with an solid comeback:



Then Towns sent one last jab:


Kentucky Rises in AP Top 25 Poll After Knocking Off Louisville

Kentucky (10-2) is up to No. 10 in the AP Top 25 and holds at No. 11 in the USA Today Coaches Poll this week on the heels of beating Louisville.

Louisville (11-2) is down to No. 18 in both polls following Saturday's loss.

Michigan State is No. 1 in both polls this week.

AP Top 25

RK TEAM RECORD PTS
1 Michigan State (64) 13-0 1,623
2 Kansas (1) 10-1 1,534
3 Oklahoma 11-0 1,498
4 Maryland 11-1 1,428
5 Virginia 10-1 1,351
6 Xavier 12-0 1,296
7 North Carolina 10-2 1,219
8 Arizona 12-1 1,081
9 Butler 10-1 984
10 Kentucky 10-2 963
11 Iowa State 10-1 938 12 Providence 12-1 923 13 Miami (FL) 10-1 867 14 Purdue 12-1 818 15 Duke 9-2 781 16 Villanova 9-2 643 17 SMU 11-0 636 18 Louisville 11-2 516 19 West Virginia 10-1 500 20 Texas A&M 9-2 371 21 Utah 10-2 224 22 Cincinnati 10-3 199 23 Baylor 9-2 195 24 South Carolina 11-0 175 25 UCLA 9-4 51

Others receiving votes: Connecticut 49, Oregon 45, Gonzaga 44, Pittsburgh 42, George Washington 40, Dayton 19, Colorado 15, Northwestern 11, Monmouth 11, Vanderbilt 10, Iowa 7, Texas Tech 6, Texas 4, Florida 4, Saint Joseph's 2, Saint Mary's 1, Ole Miss 1

USA Today Coaches Poll

RK TEAM RECORD PTS
1 Michigan State (27) 13-0 771
2 Oklahoma (3) 11-0 730
3 Kansas (1) 10-1 715
4 Maryland 11-1 683
5 Virginia 10-1 648
6 Xavier 12-0 610
7 Arizona 12-1 544
8 North Carolina 10-2 530
9 Iowa State 10-1 480
10 Butler 10-1 471
11 Kentucky 10-2 465 12 Duke 9-2 434 13 Providence 12-1 396 14 Purdue 12-1 378 15 Miami (FL) 10-1 367 16 Villanova 9-2 309 17 West Virginia 10-1 299 18 Louisville 11-2 249 19 Texas A&M 9-2 220 20 South Carolina 11-0 157 21 Baylor 9-2 146 22 Utah 10-2 94 23 Cincinnati 10-3 90 24 Gonzaga 10-3 79 25 Pittsburgh 10-1 49

Others receiving votes: Connecticut 47, George Washington 25, UCLA 20, Oregon 17, Notre Dame 15, Vanderbilt 10, Dayton 7, Colorado 5, Texas 4, Indiana 3, California 3, Monmouth 2, Saint Mary's 1, Texas Tech 1, USC 1

Rick Pitino Explains Why He Didn't Do Postgame Press Conference at Kentucky

Louisville head coach Rick Pitino explained in a blog post why he skipped his postgame press conference at Kentucky after Saturday's game.

Here's Pitino's explanation:

Well, it certainly was another disappointing loss, but give our opponent credit. They made some three-pointers from nearly the midcourt logo.

Before I release the MVP order, let me set the record straight about not doing a postgame press conference. I told Kenny Klein and Paul Rogers 24 hours before the game that it didn’t matter, win or lose, I would speak to our fans through our postgame radio interview and Ralph would speak with the media. I’ve done the same after a victory at home. It is an ACC rule for me to do the postgame interviews for league games, but not for non-conference games.

But let’s get to the truth of why. Once every two years, it’s an extremely emotional and difficult experience for me to coach in Rupp Arena. I knew that when I accepted the job at Louisville, but it’s never easy. We give them credit for the victory and we hope to grow after the loss.

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The Last Week of Basketball in 2015 is Here; Schedule for the Week

The last week of college basketball around Kentucky in 2015 is here and it's time to move into 2016.

With the new year upon us, it's also time for conference action to heat up as the push for March is on.

Here's a complete schedule for the week:

Monday, December 28

7:00 p.m. Green Bay at Morehead State University
8:00 p.m. Brescia University at Western Kentucky University (Exhibition for BU)

Tuesday, December 29

2:00 p.m. Manhattan College at Eastern Kentucky University
4:30 p.m. Centre College vs. Washington (Mo.) (at Springfield, Ohio)
7:00 p.m. Faulkner vs. University of Pikeville (at Montgomery, Ala.)

Wednesday, December 30

2:00 p.m. Transylvania University at Thomas More College
2:00 p.m. Oglethorpe University at Spalding University
4:00 p.m. Asbury University at Alice Lloyd College*
7:00 p.m. Morehead State University at East Tennessee State
7:00 p.m. Northern Kentucky University at Toledo
8:00 p.m. Brescia University at Murray State University (Exhibition for BU)
8:00 p.m. Martin Methodist at Lindsey Wilson College
TBA Centre College vs. TBA (at Springfield, Ohio)

Thursday, December 31

3:00 p.m. Brevard at Kentucky Wesleyan College

Friday, January 1

1:00 p.m. Campbellsville University at Greensboro College

Saturday, January 2

2:00 p.m. Northern Kentucky University at Green Bay*
3:00 p.m. King at Kentucky Wesleyan College
3:00 p.m. Morehead State University at Murray State University*
3:00 p.m. Kentucky State University at Fort Valley State*
3:00 p.m. Transylvania University at Rose-Hulman*
3:00 p.m. Lincoln Memorial University at Bellarmine University
3:00 p.m. Greenville College at Spalding University*
3:00 p.m. Thomas More College at Thiel*
3:00 p.m. Alice Lloyd College at Brescia University*
4:00 p.m. Union College at Milligan*
4:00 p.m. University of Pikeville vs. Warner (at Lake Wales, Fla.)
4:00 p.m. Miami-Middletown at University of the Cumberlands
7:00 p.m. Ole Miss at University of Kentucky*
8:00 p.m. Eastern Kentucky University at Austin Peay*

Sunday, January 3

1:00 p.m. Western Kentucky University at Marshall*
2:00 p.m. Ohio-Chillicothe at Georgetown College
3:00 p.m. Sewanee at Centre College*
8:00 p.m. Wake Forest at University of Louisville*

* Conference Game

Brescia's Jermain Langley Named KIAC Player of the Week

Brescia University's Jermain Langley was named KIAC Player of the Week last week. 

Langley averaged 23.0 points, 7.5 rebounds and 7.0 assists per game for the week of December 14-20.

Here is a release from BU:

FLORENCE, Ky. -- Brescia (Ky.) University's Jermain Langley averaged 23.0 ppg, 7.5 rpg and 7.0 apg for the week of Dec. 14-20 to earn KIAC Men's Basketball Player of the Week honors for the second time this season.

The 6-3, senior guard from Henderson, Ky., had his big week with Brescia going 1-1 in two games. Although in a losing effort, his career-high 28 points in an 80-79 loss to St. Catharine (Ky.) nearly made up for the Bearcats missing their top two scorers due to illness. In the game, Langley had six rebounds and four assists and made 11 of 16 field goals.

He followed that up with a near triple-double with 18 points, nine rebounds and 10 assists in a 75-69 win at Morthland. He made 7 of 13 field goals to finish the week at 62 percent (18 of 29) from the floor and 50 percent (5 for 10) from 3-point range.

Langley currently leads NAIA Division II with 102 total assists, and he is second in the country with 7.3 assists per game. He also averages 12.6 ppg and 5.6 rpg. The Bearcats return to action Dec. 28 at Western Kentucky.

Follow KIAC Men's Basketball at KIACSports.com, on Twitter @KIACSports hashtag #KIAC #KIACBasketball and on Facebook.com/KIACSports.

Sunday, December 27, 2015

Saturday Was John Calipari's 200th Win at Kentucky

The victory over Louisville Saturday was John Calipari's 200th win at the University of Kentucky.

In his first 6 seasons in Lexington, Calipari has one national championship, one national title runner-up and 4 Final Four appearances.

Calipari's record at Kentucky:

2009-10 35-3 NCAA Elite Eight
2010-11 29-9 NCAA Final Four
2011-12 38-2 NCAA Champions
2012-13 21-12 NIT First Round
2013-14 29-11 NCAA Runner-up
2014-15 38-1 NCAA Final Four
2015-16 10-2 TBD

Eric Bledsoe to Miss Significant Time with Torn Meniscus

Phoenix Suns guard Eric Bledsoe is expected to miss significant time after suffering a torn meniscus in his knee over the weekend.

Here are details from AZCentral.com:

An awful Suns basketball night turned worse after the Suns learned that leading scorer and playmaker Eric Bledsoe suffered a torn meniscus in his left knee during Saturday night's home loss to Philadelphia, according to sources.

The injury is expected to require surgery that could sideline Bledsoe for several weeks or longer, depending on the course of action. Bledsoe previously tore a meniscus in his right knee and had it repaired in 2011. A surgery to remove the damaged meniscus in 2014 sidelined him for more than two months at almost the same juncture of the season as this injury. Then, Bledsoe missed games from Jan. 2 to March 10.

With treatment decisions still to be made, the Suns have not announced Bledsoe's MRI results or a timetable for recovery.

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Saturday, December 26, 2015

Tyler Ulis Named MVP of Louisville vs. Kentucky Game

Tyler Ulis has been named MVP of the Louisville vs. Kentucky game for the second year in a row:

LEXINGTON – The Bluegrass Sports Commission (BSC) named Kentucky’s Tyler Ulis the winner of its Most Valuable Player award of today’s men’s basketball game between the University of Kentucky and the University of Louisville. Ulis also took home the award last year and becomes the first two-time recipient of the award since its inception in 2010.

No. 11/12 Kentucky moved its record to a 10-2 with the 75-73 win over No. 16/15 Louisville who falls to 11-2 on the year.

A native of Chicago, Ulis finished with a career-high 21 points and added a game-high eight assists in the two-point win. The 5-9 sophomore added one rebound, one steal and one block in the game.

“The Bluegrass Sports Commission congratulates Tyler and the Kentucky Wildcats on their win,” said BSC President Brian Miller. “Today's game put the Commonwealth on center stage and showed the tremendous impact sports play in our communities.”

Ulis’ back-to-back honor (2014) adds him to the list of previous award winners including Josh Harrellson (UK-2010), Michael Kidd-Gilchrist (UK-2011), Russ Smith (UofL-2012) and James Young (UK-2013).

This award winner, which is presented annually, was selected by a committee of the BSC Board of Directors.

Kentucky Survives Louisville Comeback to Earn Rivalry Win

(12) Kentucky 75
(16) Louisville 73

Final from Lexington, Kentucky

No. 12 Kentucky survived a ferocious Louisville comeback attempt and knocked off the Cardinals 75-73 Saturday afternoon at Rupp Arena.

The Wildcats (10-2) held a 16-point lead early in the second half but the No. 16 Cardinals went on a long, methodical run. Louisville cut the lead down to 75-73 but missed a potential game-winner at the final buzzer.

Sophomore Tyler Ulis led Kentucky with 21 points and 8 assists. Ulis was 4-for-7 from long range and only had 1 turnover in the game. Alex Poythress added 14 points and 6 rebounds.

Dominique Hawkins came off the bench to contribute 13 points, including a huge three-pointer in the closing minutes. Hawkins saw an increase in minutes due to a pregame injury to Isaiah Briscoe. Briscoe was dressed but did not play in the game.

Jamal Murray finished with 12 points and 6 rebounds for Kentucky, but also had a game-high 7 turnovers.

Louisville (11-2) was led by Damion Lee with 27 points. Trey Lewis chipped in 15 points for the Cardinals.

Kentucky will have a week off before opening Southeastern Conference play against Ole Miss next Saturday at 7:00 p.m.

Louisville returns to action next Sunday against Wake Forest in Atlantic Coast Conference action.

John Calipari Trolls Rick Pitino During Halftime Interview

John Calipari and Rick Pitino both earned technical fouls in the first half of today's rivalry game.

When asked about his technical foul during a halftime interview, Calipari took the opportunity to troll Pitino a little.

"I didn't deserve mine," Calipari quipped. "He (Pitino) probably deserved his."

That statement is vintage John Calipari.

Kentucky's Isaiah Briscoe is Out vs. Louisville

Kentucky's Isaiah Briscoe will not play against Louisville today after turning his ankle in pregame.

According to CBS, Briscoe gave it a go after the injury and was unable to perform.

That's a tough loss for the Wildcats.

UPDATE: Briscoe is injured and did not start for Kentucky but he could still enter the game off the bench.

Friday, December 25, 2015

Dick Vitale Picks His Winner of the Louisville vs. Kentucky Game

ESPN's Dick Vitale gave his prediction for tomorrow's Louisville vs. Kentucky game.

Here's what Dickie V thinks:

Rick Pitino Shares a Few Thoughts on Kentucky Game

Louisville head coach Rick Pitino shared a nugget or two on his site about how he plans to approach tomorrow's game at Kentucky.

Here's what Coach Pitino said:

Our defense was not up to par compared to our passing and ball movement. Heading to Rupp Arena, need to keep our key players on the floor. Should be a fun game. Have a blessed and health holiday season. 

 Coach P

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Wednesday, December 23, 2015

Chris Harrison-Docks Suspended Indefinitely at Western Kentucky

Western Kentucky University has suspended junior guard Chris Harrison-Docks indefinitely "for not meeting expected team standard."

Here are details from BGDailyNews.com:

The guard was suspended indefinitely Tuesday before the Hilltoppers' game against Detroit "for not meeting expected team standards," team spokesman Michael Schroeder announced.

Harrison-Docks played in WKU's first 11 games this season, starting one. He's averaged 10.2 points, 1.1 rebounds, 2.4 assists, 0.4 steals and 1.3 turnovers per contest.

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John Wall Makes Christmas Happen for Family in Need

Former Kentucky star John Wall made Christmas happen for a family in need recently.

Wall's foundation helped provide Christmas for a family who a mother and two children who escaped an abusive situation.

Here are more details from ABC11.com:

"I was actually shopping for Ian when Kendrick called me and told me what was happening," Quay said. "And I cried because I couldn't do this, and I'm grateful."

Life hasn't been easy. Quay rescued herself and her two children earlier this year, leaving her abusive husband of 19 years. Eleven-year-old Ian, who is autistic, was often on the wrong end of his father's anger. He now lives in an area group home. And it's been an incredible help.

"He used to act out and be violent and he's calm and he's able to go to school for a full day," Quay said. "He is able to use the bathroom without accidents. He's eating better, he's drinking better, he's just functioning better."

Quay is doing her best to make ends meet. But Christmas wasn't going to be a reality. That's when the John Wall Family Foundation stepped in.

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Donnie Tyndall, Southern Miss to Meet with NCAA's Committee on Infractions in January

According to Gary Parrish of CBS Sports, Southern Miss officials and former head coach Donnie Tyndall will meet with the NCAA's committee on infractions in Indianapolis on January 21.

Former assistant coach Adam Howard is also scheduled to meet with NCAA officials.

Here is an excerpt:

Southern Miss officials -- as well as former coach Donnie Tyndall and ex-assistant Adam Howard -- are scheduled to appear before the NCAA's committee on infractions in Indianapolis on Jan. 21, a source has told CBS Sports.

This is the next step in USM's case with the NCAA.

Southern Miss has already self-imposed postseason bans for 2015 and 2016.

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Louisville Passes Kentucky in CBS Sports Rankings

Kentucky has dropped all the way down to No. 18 in the CBS Sports Top 25 (and one) rankings following a bad loss to Ohio State in Brooklyn.

Meanwhile, Louisville has moved into the top 10 at No. 8.

The Cats and Cards will do battle Saturday in Rupp Arena.

(The CBS Sports Top 25 (and one) updates every morning throughout the season. Click this link to view each team's previous ranking, recent results, future schedule, etc.)

1.Michigan State (13-0)
2.Kansas (10-1)
3.Maryland (10-1)
4.Oklahoma (9-0)
5.Virginia (10-1)
6.Xavier (12-0)
7.North Carolina (10-2)
8.Louisville (10-1)
9.Providence (12-1)
10.Arizona (12-1)
11.Miami (10-1)
12.Butler (10-1)
13.Iowa State (10-1)
14.Villanova (9-2)
15.Purdue (12-1)
16.SMU (10-0)
17.West Virginia (10-1)
18.Kentucky (9-2)
19.Duke (9-2)
20.Cincinnati (10-3)
21.Texas A&M (9-2)
22.Baylor (8-2)
23.Connecticut (7-3)
24.UCLA (9-4)
25.Gonzaga (9-3)
26.Utah (10-2)

In: Utah
Out: George Washington

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Rick Pitino On the UMKC Win and Honoring Billy Minardi in Wake of Scandal

Here's what Rick Pitino had to say last night after Louisville's win over UMKC:



Over the weekend, Pitino made some comments about the scandal at Louisville and the Billy Minardi Classic.

"The fact that one thing might have gone on is a disgrace in my book," Pitino said about Minardi, who tragically lost his life during 9/11. "We are going to honor him the right way this time around and his legacy."

Here's an excerpt of Pitino's comments:

"We are going to honor Billy (Minardi) in the right fashion, unlike some of the things that went on (in the dorm named for Minardi involved in the alleged sex scandal), we are going to honor him the right way. We are very disturbed, what's true or what may not be true is not important to me," Pitino said.

"The fact that one thing might have gone on is a disgrace in my book. We are going to honor him the right way this time around and his legacy.

"There are a lot of great things from what we do during the tournament; to what we did with the dorm, to what Old Memorial Golf Course does with his statue. There is so many great things we do to try and help the people who lost loved ones during 9/11 from what happens in New York to what happens here. We are going to do it the right way. We have everyone coming back who was a part of it, to Mark Pope who knew Billy (Minardi) to Kareem (Richardson) and Kevin Keats who were a part of a championship team."

Louisville Destroys Missouri-Kansas City in Billy Minardi Classic

(16) Louisville 75
Missouri-Kansas City 47

Final from Louisville, Kentucky

Game recap by UL:

LOUISVILLE, Ky. (AP) -- Trey Lewis scored 17 points, Damion Lee added 14 and No. 16 Louisville pulled away from Missouri-Kansas City for a 75-47 victory Tuesday night.

After uneven play for most of the late-evening contest, the Cardinals (10-1) regrouped to mount a 9-0 run over 2:02 for a 60-39 lead with 8:17 remaining. Louisville went on to clinch an opening win in the Billy Minardi Classic. Lewis was the catalyst as he scored nine points after intermission and helped Louisville cruise down the stretch.

Lee made 5 of 8 from the field including two 3-pointers, while Jaylen Johnson, Chinanu Onuaku and Donovan Mitchell each had 10 points to help the Cardinals to their fifth win in a row. Louisville outrebounded UMKC 36-31 after playing even on the boards for much of the game.

Martez Harrison scored 12 points for UMKC (7-5), which shot just 30 percent as its two-game winning streak ended.

The game matched Louisville coach Rick Pitino against former Cardinals assistant Kareem Richardson, now in his third season as Kangaroos coach. Richardson's staff had included Andre McGee, who resigned Oct. 23 in the wake of allegations by escort Katina Powell in a book that the former Louisville staffer paid her and other dancers $10,000 to strip and have sex with Cardinals players and recruits from 2010-14.

The allegations cast a shadow over Louisville entering the season, but things have quieted down as several investigations continue. Pitino hasn't commented since late October and he tried to keep this week's focus on the Classic named for his late brother-in-law, who died in the terrorist attacks of Sept. 11, 2001.

With Pitino having mentored Richardson and other former Louisville assistants and players in this round-robin event, defense figured to be big. Louisville's mix of zone and man defenses helped build a lead it never lost despite some disjointed moments.

The Cardinals played without 6-foot-10 forward Mangok Mathiang, who's out six-to-eight weeks with a broken left foot sustained Saturday against Western Kentucky, and 7-footer Anas Mahmoud (ankle). But Louisville did just fine with a combination of Onuaku, Johnson, Ray Spalding and Matz Stockman despite being outrebounded 17-16 in the first half.

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Tuesday, December 22, 2015

Terrence Jones Dunks On Frank Kaminsky

Former Kentucky star Terrence Jones dunked over former Wisconsin big man Frank Kaminsky in the NBA tonight. 

After last season's Final Four debacle, I'm sure UK fans enjoy seeing Kaminsky on the receiving end of a Jones throw down:


University of Pikeville Blasts Carlow

(1) Pikeville 126
Carlow 70

Final from Pikeville, Kentucky

Game recap by UPIKE:

PIKEVILLE, Ky. -- It was all smiles in the East Ky. Expo Center Monday night as the top-ranked University of Pikeville men's basketball team had its best offensive showing of the season in a 126-70 win over Carlow (Pa.).

Among the season highs were the 126 points, 48 field goals, 14 3-pointers and 58.3 3-poiint percentage (14-24).

Three Bears (11-1) finished with 16 points, including starters K.K. Simmons and Macari Brooks, along with Jackson Hussey off the bench. Brooks finished with a double-double, adding 11 rebounds, and first-time starter Daniel Afeaki nearly joined him with seven points and 11 boards.

UPIKE's steady 3-point shooting helped it lead by as many as 34 points in the first half. For the game, Simmons was 4 for 5 from behind the arc, Rakes 3 of 5, Dmitri Reaves 3 of 6 and Hussey a perfect 2 for 2. The Bears outscored the Celtics 20-4 over the final five minutes of the first half.

It took about five minutes for the Bears to get going again in the second half, then they had a 14-5 run, followed by a 12-4 spurt shortly thereafter to blow things open.

P.J. McLaughlin did his best to keep Carlow (3-9) competitive, finishing with a game-high 19 points as the only Celtic to reach double figures. He also led the team with 10 rebounds, but UPIKE dominated the glass overall 56-28.

With UPIKE seemingly unable to miss, Carlow struggled from deep with a 5-of-23 showing while also giving the ball up 23 times, leading to a 27-9 Bear advantage in points off turnovers.

It was a steady domination from UPIKE as it slowly built its lead rather than going on any huge scoring runs. It's largest lead of the first half came on its last point, an Afeaki free throw, and the largest lead of the game came on Uzonna Akazi's final basket of the game with 22 seconds on the clock.

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John Calipari Talks About Moving Forward, Says It's Time to Get Back to Basics

Kentucky head coach John Calipari posted a message on social media today about his team and moving forward.










Campbellsville's Dii'jon Allen-Jordan Named Mid-South Conference Player of the Week

Campbellsville University's Dii'jon Allen-Jordan was named Mid-South Conference Player of the Week on Monday.

Here is a release from the league:

COLUMBIA, Ky. — Campbellsville's Dii'jon Allen-Jordan continued his recent success this past week and was honored as the Mid-South Conference Player of the Week, officials announced on Monday.

The honor is the first of the career for Allen-Jordan, as he also picked up NCCAA Player of the Week honors this earlier this season.

Allen-Jordan averaged 26 points and 10.7 rebounds this past week in three games. He recorded two double-doubles and narrowly missed a third while helping Campbellsville to wins over Philander Smith College, Asbury University and Truett-McConnell College.

He finished with a new career-high 29 points and grabbed 13 rebounds against Philander Smith and followed with 21 points and nine rebounds against Asbury.

He closed the week with 28 points and 10 rebounds against Truett-McConnell.

Allen-Jordan leads the Mid-South Conference averaging 9.8 rebounds per game while ranking sixth in the conference in scoring (17 ppg). His eight double-doubles ranks him No. 1 in the country.

Campbellsville will now have eight days off before playing its next game. The Tigers will hit the road before putting their home win-streak on the line with six-straight Mid-South Conference matchups in Powell Athletic Center. CU will travel to Greensboro College to start the New Year on Jan. 1 with tipoff at 1 p.m. ET and then travel to Wilmington College on Jan. 4 with tipoff at 7:30 p.m. Both games will broadcast live on the CU Sports Network, 88.7 The Tiger.

Roeding Insurance Group is the proud sponsor of the Mid-South Conference Player of the Week Award program. Roeding Insurance Group was founded in 1921 and is today one of the largest independently-owned insurance and financial services agencies in the Cincinnati Tri-State area and the state of Kentucky.

Santa Claus is Coming to Town and the College Basketball Schedule is Light Around Kentucky

It's Christmas week and the basketball schedule around Kentucky is light.

I hope everyone has a Christmas break filled with peace, love and joy.

Here's the schedule for the week:

Monday, December 21

West Virginia 84 Eastern Kentucky University 59
University of Pikeville 126 Carlow 70

Tuesday, December 22

7:00 p.m. Ohio Wesleyan at Transylvania University
7:00 p.m. Murray State University at Wright State
8:00 p.m. Detroit at Western Kentucky University
9:00 p.m. Missouri-Kansas City at University of Louisville

Wednesday, December 23

1:00 p.m. Morehead State University at Davidson
7:00 p.m. IU Kokomo at Northern Kentucky University
7:00 p.m. Utah Valley at University of Louisville

Thursday, December 24

No Games

Friday, December 25

Christmas Day

Saturday, December 26

12:00 p.m. University of Louisville at University of Kentucky

Sunday, December 27

No Games

Centre College Goes 1-1 at HoopMIA D3 Holiday Shootout

Centre College went 1-1 at the HoopMIA D3 Holiday Shootout over the weekend.

North Central 73 Centre College 59

MIAMI, Fla. (CentreColonels.com) – The Centre men's basketball team dropped a 73-59 decision to North Central (Ill.) in the HoopMIA D3 Holiday Shootout at Florida Christian School in Miami, Fla. The Colonels saw their six-game winning streak snap with the loss, moving to 6-2 on the season. The Cardinals won their fourth straight contest to improve to 6-3 on the year.

Centre jumped out to a 9-4 advantage when senior forward Blake Scinta (Louisville, Ky.) knocked down a 3-pointer with 16:33 to play in the first half. The Cardinals then scored 23 unanswered points to take a 27-9 lead with 8:27 remaining in the opening period.

The Colonels responded with an 11-4 surge capped by a jumper by junior guard Matt Gump (Bellefontaine, Ohio) to shrink the North Central lead to 31-20 with 4:16 showing on the first half clock.

The Cardinals would build their lead back to 15 points at 40-25 at the half.

North Central then opened the second half on an 11-3 spurt to take its largest of the evening of 23 points at 51-28 with just under 16 minutes remaining in the game.

Centre used a 13-6 run fueled by five points by freshman guard Tucker Sine (Bowling Green, Ky.) to shrink the Cardinals' lead to 57-41 with 8:52 to play in the contest.

Sine knocked down another 3-pointer to cut the North Central lead to 14 points at 60-46 two minutes later. That is as close as the Colonels would come for the remainder of the game, as the Cardinals would hold on for the 73-59 win.

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Centre College 73 Stevenson 53

MIAMI, Fla. (CentreColonels.com) – Senior forward Blake Scinta (Louisville, Ky.) notched his fifth double-double of the season and freshman guard Carson Ebert (Willard, Ohio) knocked down 6-of-9 shots from behind the arc to lead the Centre men's basketball team to a 73-53 victory over Stevenson in the Colonels' second game in the HoopMIA D3 Holiday Shootout at Florida Christian School in Miami, Fla.

Scinta tallied 23 points to go along with a career-high 15 rebounds to pace Centre, while Ebert finished with a career-best 18 markers for the Colonels.

Centre boosted its record to 7-2 on the year with the win, while the Mustangs fell to 3-7.

With the score knotted at 22-22 after a layup by Stevenson's Erik Fisher, the Colonels used an 11-0 run to take a 33-22 lead with 2:22 remaining in the first half. Ebert ignited the surge with a 3-pointer, while Scinta and freshman guard Tucker Sine (Bowling Green, Ky.) each added four points during the spurt.

Centre would take a 35-24 advantage into the break, before opening the second half with an 8-0 run fueled by back-to-back 3-pointers by freshman guard Jarod Griffin (Lexington, Ky.) and Ebert. Scinta capped the run with a pair of free throws to give the Colonels a 43-24 lead with 17:42 showing on the second half clock.

Stevenson answered with a 9-2 surge of its own to cut the Centre advantage to 12 points at 45-33 with 11:31 left in the game, but that is as close as the Mustangs would come for the remainder of the contest.

The Colonels responded with a 10-4 run fueled by four points by sophomore forward Zach Schmucker (Cincinnati, Ohio) to regain a 55-37 advantage with just under eight minutes showing on the clock.

Centre would build its lead to as many as 23 points at 71-48 when senior forward Tyler Wesley (Crestwood, Ky.) completed the old-fashioned 3-point play with 3:01 remaining in the game.

Scinta connected on 6-of-12 field goals including 1-of-3 from downtown. The Louisville native drained 10-of-12 free throws as well. His previous career-high rebounding effort was 13 rebounds set earlier this season in the Colonels' 61-46 triumph at Transylvania.

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Berea College Splits Games at Black Tie Classic in Birmingham

Berea College went 1-1 at the Black Tie Classic hosted by Birmingham Southern over the weekend.

The Mountaineers (7-5) will be out of action until January 9.

Berea College 76 Belhaven University 63

Birmingham, AL - The men's basketball team competed in the Black Tie Classic hosted by Birmingham Southern College, held in Birmingham, AL. In their first match up of the Classic, Berea took on the Blazers of Belhaven University.

The Mountaineers fell behind quickly 8-2 after missing their first eight shots to begin the game. Berea came roaring back as they scored the next five points to cut the deficit to one. But after seeing their six point lead cut to one, the Blazers went on a 6-0 run to take a seven point advantage, 14-7 with 13:20 left in the first half. Over the next few minutes, the Mountaineers clawed their way back into the game, eventually taking their first lead of the game at 15-14 off a Dyonta Bizzle-Brown three point jump shot. With 9:38 left in the first half, Berea would take the lead and never trail again, as a Anthony Myrks lay-up gave the team a 19-18 lead and helped continue a 10-0 run which gave the team a seven point lead. The Mountaineers lead fell to three points at the 4:26 mark but the team used a 9-4 run to end the half, giving them a 36-28 lead at halftime. Dominique Garmon paced Berea in the first half with 12 points.

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Birmingham Southern 86 Berea College 73

Birmingham, AL - The second game of the Classic was against the host school Birmingham Southern College Panthers. After Berea scored the first basket of the game, the match up turned into a game of runs.  With a 2-0 lead to begin the game, the Mountaineers found themselves trailing 15-4 at the 15:03 mark caused by a 15-2 run by the Panthers. Berea scored the next five points, getting the lead down to six points on a Richard Parker three point basket, but Birmingham Southern pushed their lead out to double digits again, taking a 19 point lead at the 3:51 mark, 44-25. But the Mountaineers only went into the half trailing by 10 as they used a 12-3 run at the end of the half to make the score 47-37. Myrks led Berea in points in the first half with 16 points, 13 of which came from the charity stripe.

The runs continued for each team in the second half as Birmingham Southern used a 14-5 run to push their lead back out to 19 at the 16:27 mark, making the score 61-42. Berea responded with their own run of 20-4, which included scoring 14 straight points, to cut the Panthers lead to three, 65-62. The Panthers pushed their advantage out to 10 points, but the Mountaineers pulled another rally and cut the deficit in half, trailing 78-73 with 2:18 remaining in the game. Berea was unable to complete their comeback attempt as the Panthers held on for the 86-73 victory. Myrks led three double digit scorers with 17, along with Garmon's 16 and Parker's 13. The team leader in rebounds was Ethan Harris with 11, while Garmon and Myrks tied for team lead in assists with four each and Garmon led the team in steals again with four.

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Monday, December 21, 2015

John Calipari Talks About Losing to Ohio State, What UK Needs to Work On

John Calipari talks about losing to Ohio State, Skal Labissiere and what his team needs to work on to get better:

Saturday, December 19, 2015

Ge'Lawn Guyn Leads ETSU Past Eastern Kentucky

East Tennessee State 87
Eastern Kentucky 81

Final from Johnson City, Tennessee

Game recap by EKU:

JOHNSON CITY, Tenn. – Senior Jarelle Reischel and junior JaVontae Hawkins combined to score 52 points in the Eastern Kentucky University men's basketball team's 87-81 loss at East Tennessee State on Friday night at Freedom Hall.

EKU (8-5) trailed by as many as 12 points in the second half, but the Colonels rallied to tie it up, 79-79, on a three-pointer by Reischel with 1:48 remaining in the game.

ETSU (5-5), however, responded with a three-pointer from Ge'Lawn Guyn on its next possession to retake the lead, and the Buccaneers never looked back. T.J. Cromer knocked down a jumper with just over 30 seconds on the clock to make it a two-possession game and then sank two free throws in the waning seconds to seal the win.

Reischel and Hawkins – one of the highest scoring teammate tandems in the country – lived up to their billing on Friday. Reischel scored 29 points to go along with six rebounds, three assists and two steals. Hawkins just missed his first-career double-double, pouring in 23 points and pulling down nine rebounds.

Freshman Nick Mayo added 11 points and six rebounds for the Colonels.

Eastern shot 53 percent (26-of-49) from the field and 46 percent (11-of-24) from three-point range, but turned the ball over 21 times. ETSU converted EKU's 21 turnovers into 33 points.

Guyn paced the Buccaneers with 27 points, while Cromer contributed 22 points, seven rebounds and five assists.

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DeAndre Liggins Nets the D-League's First Triple-Double of 2015-16

Former University of Kentucky guard DeAndre Liggins recorded the first triple-double in the NBA Development League this season Friday night.

Liggins finished with 14 points, 10 rebounds and 15 assists in Sioux Falls' 102-91 win over Fort Wayne.

From the team's game recap:

DeAndre Liggins (14 points, 10 rebounds, 15 assists, four steals) notched the first triple-double in the NBA Development League this season and had a career day distributing the ball, recording 10 assists in the first half on his way to a career-best 15 on the game. He was ranked 13th in the NBADL averaging 5.8 assists coming into the game. With four steals on the night, Liggins also continued his streak of recording at least one steal in every game this season.

Ohio State's Thad Matta Talks About Win Over Kentucky

Here's what Ohio State head coach Thad Matta had to say after today's win over Kentucky:

Jamal Murray On His 33-Point Performance and Kentucky's Loss

Kentucky's Jamal Murray was not available to the media following today's loss to Ohio State but UK released the following quotes from Murray:

Jamal Murray

On the slow start:

“We have to come out and understand that these teams are coming at us with their best shot. They came out today and hit 60-to-70 percent of their shots early on and they hit us in the mouth. We weren’t able to recover until late in the game, and at that point it was too late.”

What changed down the stretch when the team started playing their best ball of the day?

“That’s just how we play. That’s how we play in practice and that’s what we need to stay consistent with, playing with that kind of energy, that kind of intensity and pressure. We’re capable of that and we just need to figure out how to do that for longer stretches of the game.”

On his 33-point performance at Barclays Center:

“I’ve played here in Barclays Center before in the Jordan Brand Classic and had 24 points that day. I felt good out there today. Unfortunately, it was in a loss but as a team we need to figure out how to get wins in here. I felt good going into the game today. I still think I missed a lot of shots that I should have made, but I made up for it. I’m just more focused on the loss, leaving to go to Christmas on this loss is tough, and we’re looking to come back and fix it.”

Can a competitive event like the CBS Sports Classic help you going forward even in a loss?

“It was definitely a good experience. We need to get used to playing in this type of atmosphere and going against a solid team, like Ohio State, you have to give them credit. They came out here today and hit a ton of shots, and we weren’t ready for it this time, but this will definitely help us prepare for our games coming up and into March.”

Ohio State Overpowers Kentucky in CBS Sports Classic

Ohio State 74
(4) Kentucky 67

Final from Brooklyn, New York

Ohio State started hot and held off a late Kentucky surge to upset the No. 4 Wildcats 74-67 in the CBS Sports Classic at the Barclays Center in Brooklyn, New York.

The Buckeyes (6-5) shot 9-for-18 (50%) from the three-point line and out-rebounded Kentucky 42-40 in the win.

Keita Bates-Diop led Ohio State with 14 points and 7 rebounds. Marc Loving added 12 points and 8 boards. JaQuan Lyle finished with 11 points.

Kentucky (9-2) was led by 33 points from freshman Jamal Murray. Murray scored 27 points and led the Wildcats back from a double-digit deficit in the second half. Marcus Lee chipped in 12 points and 9 rebounds.

The Wildcats will have a week of before hosting Louisville in a much-anticipated rivalry game.

North Carolina blew by UCLA 89-76 in the first game of the CBS Sports Classic.

Box Score (click to enlarge):



Southern Illinois Pulls Away from Murray State in Second Half

Southern Illinois 88
Murray State 73

Final from Murray, Kentucky

Game recap by MSU:

The Murray State Racers dropped an 88-73 defeat at home Friday to the Southern Illinois Salukis at the CFSB Center in Murray, Ky.

MSU fell to 5-6 on the season, while SIU improved to 10-2.

Bryce Jones led the Racers with 20 points, including 8-of-10 from the free throw line. Wayne Langston added 15 points on 6-of-8 shooting and Damarcus Croaker scored 10 points.

The final score wasn't indicative of how close the game was until the Salukis ran away with the win at the end.

With 8:00 left in the game, the Racers grabbed what was their final lead when Chad Culbreath made a brilliant finish on a fast break for a 57-56 MSU lead.

The Salukis answered with back-to-back 3-point baskets that keyed a 12-3 run that put the Racers behind 68-60 with 3:24 left. The Racers couldn't recover as they fell behind by double-digits. MSU did cut the SIU lead to seven with 1:30 left.

In the first half, the Racers fell behind by 12 with 8:00 remaining before the intermission. They responded with a 15-2 run, but trailed 36-32 at the half.

The Racers hit the road for their final game before the Christmas Break Tuesday when they travel to Wright State in Dayton, Ohio. The Raiders lead the all-time series 2-0 and lost the last meeting in Puerto Rico in 2008.


Louisville's Mangok Mathiang Suffers Broken Bone in Foot

Louisville's Mangok Mathiang suffered a broken bone in his foot in today's game against Western Kentucky.

Head coach Rick Pitino confirmed the injury after the game and said Mathiang will be out of action for 6-8 weeks.

Here are Pitino's postgame comments:



Injury problems are mounting for the Cardinals. Forwards Anas Mahmoud and Deng Adel missed today's game with injuries. Mahmoud sat his second game with a sprained ankle while Adel has not played since spraining his left knee on Nov. 20.


No. 19 Louisville Blows By Western Kentucky

(19) Louisville 78
Western Kentucky 56

Final from Louisville, Kentucky

Game recap by UL:

LOUISVILLE, Ky. (AP) -- Quentin Snider scored 16 points and No. 19 Louisville beat Western Kentucky 78-56 on Saturday.

Trey Lewis scored 15 points on 7-of-11 shooting and Damion Lee also had 15 points for the Cardinals (9-1).

Chinanu Onuaku had his first double-double of the season with 10 points and 12 rebounds.

Fredrick Edmond led WKU (6-5) with 14 points and eight rebounds.

The Hilltoppers entered the game shooting 40 percent from behind the arc, but missed their first 13 3s and scored a season-low 16 points in the first half. WKU had averaged nine 3-pointers a game, but finished just 2 of 18 (11 percent).

WKU scored more points in the first five minutes of the second half than it did in the first. The Hilltoppers trailed 34-16 at halftime before their 19-8 run cut Louisville's lead to seven with 14:34 to play.

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Tai Wynyard Cleared to Play for Kentucky

New Zealand big man Tai Wynyard has been cleared to play for the Kentucky Wildcats and could potentially make his debut today against Ohio State.

Wynyard, who will wear No. 14 for the Wildcats, is on the court warming up prior to the game vs. the Buckeyes.

Kentucky men's basketball posted a picture of Wynyard's jersey hanging in his locker at the Barclays Center.


Thursday, December 17, 2015

Kentucky Bank Challenge Tips Off Friday in Rowan County

The Kentucky Bank Challenge tips off Friday and continues through Saturday in Rowan County. 

There will be games at both Rowan County Senior High School and Rowan County Middle School.

Here's a look at the schedule:


Wednesday, December 16, 2015

Kentucky Wesleyan Dismantles Fort Valley State

(23) Kentucky Wesleyan 102
Fort Valley State 61

Final from Owensboro, Kentucky

Game recap by KWC:

Though the rankings didn't come out until midway through the game, the Kentucky Wesleyan men's basketball team showed the makings of a top-25 squad Tuesday afternoon.

The results of this week's National Association of Basketball Coaches Division II poll just made it official.

The No. 23-ranked Panthers, closing out a six-game homestand, overwhelmed Fort Valley State for a 102-61 victory at the Sportscenter and their sixth win in a row.

Five players scored in double figures for KWC (9-1), and all nine Panthers scored at least seven points.

Jordan Jacks led the way with 20 points and 10 rebounds, while Ken-Jah Bosley scored 16 points. Devin Langford finished with 15 points and nine rebounds, while Adam Stanford and C.J. Blackwell added 12 and 11 points, respectively.

KWC coach Happy Osborne said he was glad about the poll results for the fans, but acknowleged that his team doesn't have much time to celebrate before hitting the road in a few days for Sunday's game against Northwood in Michigan.

"Nobody is more proud of our tradition than I am," said Osborne, whose Panthers were last ranked on Feb. 5, 2013. "It's a new Kentucky Wesleyan. Our goal is to be nationally relevant.

"This is early and doesn't do a thing for us, but if we can take it and build on it — I would like to think if we can get to the top 25, that we can get to the conference tournament. We've got a chance here, and now it's time to really go to work."

The Panthers wasted little time in getting to work against the Wildcats (2-6), as KWC opened the game on a 19-7 run.

FVSU fought back and cut the lead to five points on Maritea Duke's 3-pointer with 11:06 left in the first half, but the Panthers surged back ahead for a 53-32 advantage at the break.

The Wildcats never got within 20 points in the second half, and KWC took its largest lead of the game on Stanford's layup with 1:09 remaining that pushed the lead to 102-57.

Complete Recap

Tuesday, December 15, 2015

Tai Wynyard Talks About Playing at Kentucky and More

Tai Wynyard gave an interview in New Zealand this week as he prepares to leave for the University of Kentucky.

Wynyard said it might be better for him to redshirt at this point but that decision has not been made.

He also shared some things that his cousin Jack Salt has told him about basketball in the United States.

"My third cousin, Jack Salt, who plays in Virginia, said they're big dudes that are really strong but they aren't physical players, they don't push people so hopefully I can go over and make an impact on that," Wynyard said.

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Kentucky Wesleyan Back in Top 25 For First Time Since 2013

Kentucky Wesleyan College (8-1) is back in the top 25 for the first time since February 5, 2013. Happy Osborne's Panthers are No. 23 in the NABC/Division II Rankings this week.

Bellarmine University (8-2) is up four spots to No. 19.

NABC/Division II Rankings
(Dec. 15, 2015 – Poll #4)

Record Points Last
1. West Liberty, W.Va. (16) 9-0 400 1
2. Augustana, S.D. 8-1 371 2
3. Western Oregon 9-0 364 3
4. Minnesota State-Moorhead 12-1 340 4
5. Cal Poly Pomona 9-0 339 5
6. Angelo State, Texas 9-0 320 6
7. Tarleton State, Texas 7-1 289 8
8. Fairmont State, W.Va. 8-1 285 10
9. Seattle Pacific, Wash. 9-1 263 13 10. Midwestern State, Texas 7-1 247 12
11. UC San Diego 7-0 235 14
12. Queens, N.C. 10-0 211 17
13. Lincoln Memorial, Tenn. 7-1 193 16
14. King, Tenn. 7-1 178 7 15. Central Missouri 8-1 149 21
16. Rollins, Fla. 9-1 140 11
17. Chico State, Calif. 9-1 129 22
18. California Baptist 9-2 123 20
19. Bellarmine, Ky. 8-2 100 23
20. Southern Connecticut State 8-2 82 9
21. Eckerd, Fla. 9-1 74 NR
22. Ashland, Ohio 8-1 67 18
23. Kentucky Wesleyan 8-1 58 NR
24. Colorado School of Mines 7-2 41 15
T25. Lake Superior State, Mich. 7-1 26 NR
T25. Northwest Missouri State 6-2 26 NR
T25. Saint Anselm, N.H. 8-1 26 NR

Others receiving votes: Union (Tenn.) 23, Ferris State (Mich.) 19, Concordia-Irvine (Calif.) 11, Bentley (Mass.) 9, Fort Lewis (Colo.) 8, Kutztown (Pa.) 8, Columbus State (Ga.) 7, Arkansas-Fort Smith 6, Holy Family (Pa.) 6, St. Edward’s (Texas) 6, West Chester (Pa.) 6, Delta State (Miss.) 5, Indianapolis (Ind.) 4, Minnesota State 2, Benedict (S.C.) 1, Arkansas Tech 1, Colorado State-Pueblo 1, Texas A&M-Commerce 1.

Records are through games of Sunday, Dec. 13, 2015.

Samford's Matt Rose Named Southern Conference Player of the Week

Samford freshman Matt Rose has been named Southern Conference Player of the Week.

Rose, who played high school basketball at Lexington Christian Academy, is averaging 9.5 points and 5.0 rebounds per game for the Bulldogs.

Here is a release from the league:

SPARTANBURG, S.C. – Samford freshman Matt Rose has been named the Southern Conference Men’s Basketball Player of the Week for all games played Dec. 8-14. Rose tallied 17 points and seven rebounds and added a blocked shot in a win at Florida A&M (86-67) on Saturday.

The Lexington, Ky., native scored his season-high 17 points in just 23 minutes, shooting 4-of-6 from 3-point range. Overall, he was 5-of-9 from the field and his seven rebounds were a game-high against the Rattlers.

Rose averages 9.5 points on the season and is the third-leading rebounder among freshmen in the SoCon with 5.0 boards per contest. He ranks fifth in the league in 3-point percentage (.450) and averages 1.8 made triples per game.

The Bulldogs return to action Friday (Dec. 18) when they host South Alabama.

Other top performers in the Southern Conference included The Citadel’s Brian White, ETSU’s Petey McClain, Chattanooga’s Greg Pryor and Western Carolina’s Rhett Harrelson.


EKU's Nick Mayo Named OVC Freshman of the Week

Eastern Kentucky University's Nick Mayo was named Ohio Valley Conference Freshman of the Week on Monday.

Here is an excerpt from the OVC release:

FRESHMAN

Nick Mayo, F • Fr., 6-9, 220 • Oakland, Maine • Eastern Kentucky

Mayo averaged 14.5 points, 4.5 rebounds and 1.0 steals/game while hitting 51.9 percent (14-of-27) from the field in a pair of road games. He had nine points, three rebounds and a steal against No. 4 ranked Kentucky and added 20 points and a season-best six rebounds at Marshall on Saturday. It marks the third time this season he has been named OVC Freshman of the Week.

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