Saturday, January 10, 2015

Lafayette's Lucky Jackson Has the Best Socks in Kentucky High School Basketball

I think it's safe to say that Lafayette High School's Dontavion "Lucky" Jackson has the best socks in Kentucky high school basketball.

Jackson actually has socks with pictures of himself embroidered in them:


Jackson is having an excellent senior season for the Generals (9-6). He is averaging 13.2 points and 6.5 rebounds per game through 15 games.

Fleming County's Savon McAdams can't top Jackson's socks, but he also a strong contender:

Bowling Green Bandits Set to Battle No. 1 Shreveport-Bossier Mavericks Tonight

The second-ranked Bowling Green Bandits (10-0), under the direction of new head coach Kevin Keathley, will have an opportunity to knock of the No. 1 Shreveport-Bossier Mavericks (15-0) tonight at 8:00 p.m. ET in Shreveport, Louisiana.

The game will be broadcast live nationally on ESPN3 and the WatchESPN app on mobile devices.

Keathley and Mavericks' head coach Steve Tucker worked on the same coaching staff 15 years ago at Lee's College in Jackson, Kentucky before the school ended collegiate athletics.

The coaches have squared off against each other two times prior to tonight with Keathley holding a 2-0 record over Tucker. The most recent game between the coaches was during the 2007-2008 season when Keathley's East Kentucky Miners defeated the Rio Grande Silverados 119-116 in the Continental Basketball Association.

One coach will lose an impressive ABA winning streak in tonight's game. Tucker has won an almost unbelievable 75 consecutive games in the league. Keathley has won 25 straight, dating back to the 2004-05 season when he coached he Kentucky Colonels.

"The Mavericks have won 75 straight games and are defending champions," Keathley said about tonight's game. "For us to have the opportunity to play those guys this early in the season will really be a measuring stick for us. This game will tell us where we stack up and where we need to be come playoff time. It's a big time test and that's a good thing for our guys. A challenge like this will be good for both teams."

Several former Miners' players currently suit up for the Mavericks. Josh Pace, Mike Crain and Jermaine Blackburn played for Keathley from 2007-2009 at East Kentucky.

"This a great opportunity for our team and franchise this Saturday night," Keathley said about tonight's game. "As an expansion franchise we need games like this to reach our goals on and off the court."

Texas A&M's Billy Kennedy Talks About Playing Kentucky

Texas A&M head coach Billy Kennedy talks about today's game against Kentucky and what his team needs to do:


Friday, January 9, 2015

Short Handed Morehead State Earns Tough Road Win at Southeast Missouri

Morehead State 70
Southeast Missouri 57

Final from Cape Girardeau, Missouri

Game recap by MSU:

CAPE GIRARDEAU, Mo. -- Seniors Karam Mashour and Billy Reader registered their first Division I double-doubles to power the Morehead State men's basketball team to a 70-57 victory at Southeast Missouri on Thursday night at the Show Me Center.

The Eagles improve to 6-11 overall, 1-1 in the Ohio Valley Conference and 3-6 on the road. The Redhawks slip to 7-9 overall, 1-2 in league action and 5-2 at home. MSU also improves to 26-17 in the all-time series with its third straight win over SEMO.

"I challenged our young men heading into this game, and they responded," Head Coach Sean Woods said. "We were short-handed (due to injuries), but we overcame that adversity. Our guys played hard tonight. They showed a lot of grit and toughness."

Mashour connected on 7-of-14 from the field en route to career highs of 15 points and 13 rebounds. He had 11 points and nine boards in the opening half. Reader knocked down 6-of-13 from the floor on his way to 12 points and a career-best 11 rebounds.

Morehead State posted a 44-35 rebounding edge, including 20-8 on the offensive glass. The Eagles notched advantages of 16-5 in steals, 11-7 in assists 44-26 in paint points and 20-5 in second-chance points. MSU also had 20 more field-goal attempts than SEMO.

Senior Kareem Storey finished with 13 points, six assists, five rebounds and five steals. He tied a season high in points, while setting a career best in steals. Junior Brent Arrington added 12 points and five steals for the Eagles, who only used eight players.

Morehead State senior Angelo Warner, junior Lyonell Gaines and freshman Marquel Willis were all sidelined due to injury. All three are expected to return this season.

"Karam, Billy and Kareem all had big performances for us tonight," Woods said. "We didn't play a perfect game, but we did what was necessary to get a road win against a very good OVC basketball team. We showed a lot of hustle, toughness and the will to win."

Southeast Missouri junior Isiah Jones netted a game-best 20 points on 8-of-15 from the field. He also pulled down a team-high seven rebounds. Sophomore Antonius Cleveland was credited with a club-best three steals, while no Redhawks reached three assists.

Complete Recap

Murray State Cruises Past Tennessee Tech for 10th Consecutive Win

Murray State 83
Tennessee Tech 67

Final from Cookeville, Tennessee

Game recap by MSU:

The Murray State Racers recorded their 10th straight win Thursday with an 83-67 win against the Tennessee Tech Golden Eagles at the Eblen Center in Cookeville, Tenn.

Cameron Payne scored 24 points to lead the Racer attack, while Jarvis Williams added 16. Justin Seymour scored 13 off the bench and Jeffery Moss added 10 points.

The Racers moved to 2-0 in the Ohio Valley Conference and 12-4 as they head for Jacksonville State and a Sunday 5 p.m. game on the CBS Sports Network.

Using an efficient first half in which they only committed one turnover, the Racers took a 45-32 half lead and pushed it to 51-32 in the opening minutes of the second half on a pair of threes from Moss and Payne. The MSU lead expanded to 21 points when Jonathan Fairell hit a pair of free throws with 16:37 left to make it 53-32.The Golden eagles never got closer than 13 the rest of the way.

The Racers shot 49 percent from the field on 30-of-67 shots, while holding Tech to 37 percent on 22-of-59. The Racers held all five Tech starters under 10 points.

MSU's 10-game win streak is the 19th such all-time in MSU history. It's the best streak since MSU started 23-0 in Coach Steve Prohm's rookie season in 2011. The last five MSU coaches have all had at least two 10-game win streaks including: Mark Gottfried, Tevester Anderson, Mick Cronin, Billy Kennedy and now Steve Prohm.

Complete Recap




Western Kentucky Nets Comeback Win Over Charlotte to Improve to 2-0 in Conference USA

Western Kentucky 74
Charlotte 66

Final from Bowling Green, Kentucky

Game recap by WKU:

BOWLING GREEN, Ky. (AP) T.J. Price scored 21 points, including four 3-pointers, to help WKU in a 74-66 comeback win over Charlotte on Thursday night.

George Fant contributed 18 points and grabbed 11 rebounds, while Chris Harrison-Docks and Trency Jackson added 15 points apiece for WKU (9-5, 2-0 Conference USA), which has won four straight.

Tied at 40 at the break, Charlotte (6-8, 0-2) opened the second half with a 9-2 spurt and hung on to the lead for most of the period. WKU stayed close, though, then retook the lead for good with a bucket from Justin Johnson with 4:19 left and padded it with a 3-pointer from Harrison-Docks, his fifth of the night.

The Hilltoppers edged Charlotte with a 13-3 advantage in made shots from beyond the arc.

Torin Dorn led the 49ers with 26 points and 10 rebounds, and Mike Thorne Jr. added 12 points and 10 rebounds.




Thursday, January 8, 2015

Carlton Bragg: "Next year I'll be attending University of Kentucky...oops...Kansas, I'm sorry"

As expected, five-star 2015 power forward Carlton Bragg has just committed to Kansas (I think).

Bragg stood up at his announcement today and accidentally said Kentucky instead of Kansas.

"Next year I'll be attending University of Kentucky," Bragg said before realizing he had made a mistake. "Oops...Kansas, I'm sorry."

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

He chose Kansas over Kentucky and Illinois.

Check out Bragg's bizarre announcement:


Rick Pitino Postgame Press Conference After Win Over Clemson

Check out Rick Pitino's comments following last night's win over Clemson:


Jones Leads No. 5 Louisville Past Clemson in Low-Scoring Battle

(5) Louisville 58
Clemson 52

Final from Louisville, Kentucky

Game recap by UL:

LOUISVILLE, Ky. (AP) Jones had his second straight 20-point second half to help the Cardinals rally past Clemson 58-52 on Wednesday night.

Louisville trailed 22-18 at halftime after shooting 22 percent, but Jones and fellow guard Terry Rozier helped the Cardinals (14-1, 2-0 ACC) snap out of their funk with a 17-0 run to open the second half that featured big plays on both ends.

Jones' three 3-pointers and 7-of-9 free throw shooting were crucial, especially consecutive long-range shots that gave Louisville a 42-32 lead and thwarted Clemson's momentum. He also made three of his five steals in the second period.

Jones added another timely shot from behind the arc en route to 22 points that followed Sunday's similar performance at Wake Forest in which he scored 20 of his 22 after halftime.

''I just tried to let the game come to me in the second half,'' said Jones, who shot 6 of 17 but was 5 for 12 in the final 20 minutes. ''In the first half we kind of struggled offensively without Trez (forward Montrezl Harrell) in. We had to do what we had to do. At the end of the day we got to grind it out.

''My teammates believed in me making big shots, and I had to do what I had to do.''

Rozier added 15 points, six rebounds and four assists for Louisville.

Jaron Blossomgame scored 15 points for Clemson (8-6, 0-2), which shot 31 percent from the field.

Complete Recap 

Watch Coach Cal Discuss Texas A&M and More Live at 12:45 p.m. ET

Watch the live stream below at 12:45 p.m. ET to hear John Calipari's thoughts on this weekend's trip to Texas A&M and more:


Former Louisville Player Akoy Agau Will Transfer to Georgetown

Former Louisville big man Akoy Agau has decided to transfer to Georgetown University.

Agau, a 6-foot-8 power forward, chose the Hoyas over Marquette.

According to ESPN.com, Agau is expected to be eligible to play after the first semester next season, and will have two-plus seasons to play.

Kentucky Wesleyan Hammers Oakland City for Eighth Win In a Row

Kentucky Wesleyan 97
Oakland City 61

Final from Owensboro, Kentucky

Game recap by KWC:

It didn't take long for Devin Langford to make an impact in Kentucky Wesleyan's starting lineup.

The 6-foot-7 junior forward poured in a career-best 28 points as the Panthers soundly defeated Oakland City, 97-61, on Wednesday night at the Sportscenter for their eighth victory in a row.

Named a starter for the second straight contest — after coming off the bench each game since Nov. 29 — Langford knocked down 11-of-16 shots from the floor and 5-of-8 from 3-point range in 31 minutes of action.

"I really wasn't thinking about shooting at all," Langford said afterward. "I was thinking about playing basketball. If I got open shots, I took them. I think the credit is due to my team for getting me open and just playing basketball with me."

The Huntsville, Alabama, native had been averaging 8.9 points per game leading into Wednesday's matchup, and he scored just six points as a starter in KWC's blowout win over Brevard last week. It wasn't the second consecutive start that pushed him to play well, Langford said, but instead he just settled down and focused on helping the Panthers.

"Whenever you start, it's a boost of confidence, but I think it was more about just playing my game," he said. "Going out there and playing team basketball, just looking for the win."

The Panthers (12-3) also got 16 points and nine rebounds out of C.J. Blackwell, while Ken-Jah Bosley scored 14 of his 15 points in the second half. Basil Deveaux also scored 10 points off the bench to go with a team-high seven assists and three steals.

As a team, KWC shot 59.4 percent from the field compared to Oakland City's 42.3 percent shooting. The Panthers held an advantage in nearly every statistical category, including rebounding (42-22), assists (27-12), turnovers (14-21), points in the paint (58-22), points off turnovers (23-12), second chance points (10-3), fast break points (15-4) and bench scoring (30-11).

KWC took a 45-33 lead into halftime on Langford's layup at the buzzer, and the Panthers outscored the Mighty Oaks 52-28 in the second half behind 67 percent shooting, while they held Oakland City to just 37.5 percent from the floor.

Complete Recap

Taylor County's Quentin Goodin Adds an Offer from Louisville

Louisville has extended a scholarship offer to Taylor County guard Quentin Goodin.



Goodin, a 6-foot-2 combo guard, ranks No. 78 overall on the Rivals.com list for 2016.

He was on a visit to Louisville for last night's game against Clemson.

Photo: Rivals.com

Wednesday, January 7, 2015

Video: John Calipari on The Dan Patrick Show Today

Kentucky head coach John Calipari was on The Dan  Patrick Show earlier today.

Take a listen:


Alabama Announces That Coleman Coliseum is Sold Out for Next Week's Kentucky Game

Alabama has announced that all tickets are sold out for next weekend's home game against Kentucky.  

Here is a release from Alabama:

TUSCALOOSA, Ala. - All remaining tickets for the Jan. 17 game between Alabama and No. 1 Kentucky men's basketball game have been sold according to the Alabama athletic ticket office.

The only seats that remain are located in the Alabama student section, which will be available on a first come, first serve basis. UA Students must have a valid Action Card for entry. The student entrance is located on the West side of Coleman Coliseum across from the Sam Bailey Track & Field Stadium and will open 90 minutes prior to tipoff.

Ticket office windows inside Coleman Coliseum are open 9 a.m.-5 p.m. Monday through Friday for patrons picking up purchased tickets at will call. The will call window on game day opens three hours prior to tipoff (noon CT).

Tickets to upcoming home games, including Auburn (Jan. 24) and Florida (Jan. 27), are still available through the ticket office via www.RollTide.com or by calling 1-877-TIDE-TIX.

For all the latest information on the team, follow AlabamaMBB on Twitter, Instagram, and Facebook. General athletic news can be found at UA_Athletics on Twitter and Instagram and Alabama Athletics on Facebook.

Coleman Coliseum's capacity for basketball games is 15,383. The largest announced crowd this season has been 13,472 against UCLA.

Here's a look at attendance for Alabama's 10 home games this season:

- Towson (10,345)
- Western Carolina (8,830)
- Southern Miss (9,260)
- South Florida (9,342)
- Tennessee Tech (9,526)
- Stillman (9,097)
- Appalachian State (9,515)
- UCLA (13,472)
- North Florida (8,821)
- Texas A&M (10,264)

Alice Lloyd Opens 2015 With Conference Wins Over Carlow and Point Park

The Alice Lloyd Eagles opened 2015 with two conference wins over the weekend. The Eagles knocked off Carlow on Saturday and Point Park on Sunday.

Here are recaps from ALC:

Alice Lloyd 76 Carlow 68

The Alice Lloyd Eagles overcame a halftime deficit to pull out the win. In the opening stanza, Eagle Mason Pack kept the hosts ahead by tossing in 9 first half points. However, Carlow closed the half on a 9-0 run to take a 32-31 lead into the locker room. In the second half, the Eagles exploded out of the gate to jump ahead by 15 (56-41). The visitors refused to quit and went on a 15-4 run to slice the deficit to just 4 (60-56). Fortunately for ALC, sparked by the play of freshman Deondre Warren and free throws from Dakota Hall, the Eagles were able to right the ship and extend their lead to earn the nice victory.

For the victors (5-10; 2-0 KIAC) Tyler Rogers led the way with 14 points. The junior also registered 12 big rebounds and 3 blocks. Hall played a solid game as well as he pumped in 10 points. Warren added 10 points.

On the night, the Eagles shot 42.9% from the field compared to CU’S 45%. They also hit 5-16 from downtown (31.3%) compared to the Celtics 6-17 (35.3%). They also drained 29-46 (63% from the charity stripe compared to Carlows 14-18 (77%).

For Carlow (1-10; 0-3 KIAC), Jacob St. George led all scorers with 15.

Alice Lloyd 72 Point Park-63

The Alice Lloyd Eagles overcame a halftime deficit for the second consecutive game to pull out the win. In the opening stanza, Eagle Austin Crisp kept the hosts close by tossing in 8 first half points, while Trevor Combs came off the bench to bag two timely bombs from long range. However, PPU managed to take a 32-29 lead into the locker room.

In the second half, the Eagles slowly pulled ahead as they did a good job of controlling the pace. Sparked by dunks from Tyler Rogers and Trevor Tiller, and solid team defense, they were able to keep the visitors at bay to earn the big victory.

For the victors (6-10; 3-0 KIAC), Crisp led the way with 17 points and added 6 rebounds. Rogers slammed in 14 points and a team high 7 rebounds. Tiller, while playing in foul trouble, still tossed in 14 points.

On the night, the Eagles shot 44.8% from the field compared to PPU’s 32.9%. They hit 3-21 from downtown compared to the Pioneers 7-26. They also drained 9-12 (75%) from the charity stripe compared to Point Park’s 10-21 (47.6%).

The Pioneer’s (8-6; 0-2 KIAC), T.J. Lanier led his club with 16.

Clemson Head Coach Brad Brownell Previews Tonight's Game at Louisville

Clemson head coach Brad Brownell previews tonight's game against Louisville:


Former Kentucky Wesleyan Center Donovan Johnson is Headed to Argentina

Former Kentucky Wesleyan College center Donovan Johnson has signed with Obera Tennis Club in Argentina's second-level TNA league.

Johnson, who played his school basketball for Shelby County, started he season with Club Deportes Puente alto in Chili's Liga Nacional. In 16 games there, he averaged 20.9 points, 9.6 rebounds, 19 assists, 1.9 steals and 1.1 blocks per game.

He graduated from Kentucky Wesleyan in 2014.

Source: Latinbasket.com

No. 4 Pikeville Blows By Florida National

(4) Pikeville 114
Florida National 91

Final from Ave Maria, Florida

Game recap by UPIKE:

AVE MARIA, Fla. -- UPIKE's post-holiday road trip to the Sunshine State ended in style on Tuesday as it rocketed past Florida National 114-91 behind season-high 61.3 percent shooting from the field.

The Bears topped Florida College 108-71 on Monday, making it a perfect 2-0 trip, while improving to 14-1 on the season. Earlier in the day, UPIKE learned it remained fourth in the NAIA Top-25 Poll for the second straight week.

Florida National hit 10 threes and the Bears committed 21 turnovers, both season highs, but K.K. Simmons was too good with 29 points, including five threes, to help UPIKE avoid a loss. Led by Simmons, the Bears outshot FNU from the field 61.3 to 48.6 percent.

Kenny Manigault added 19 points and five assists for UPIKE and Macari Brooks finished with 17 points and five rebounds. Christian Leach was big off the bench, coming away with 10 points and a team-high six rebounds. Both teams finished with 31 boards each for the game.

Regan O'Rourke had a bid night too for Florida National (8-8), tallying 26 points and hitting six 3-pointers, while Josh Hogan came away with nine points and a game-best nine rebounds.

Complete Recap

Bellarmine Holds at No. 6 in Latest NABC/Division II Rankings

Bellarmine University remains at No. 6 in this week's NABC/Division II Rankings. The Knights are 10-1 on the season and are the highest-ranked one-loss team.

NABC/Division II Rankings
(Jan. 6, 2014 – Poll #6)

Record Points Last
1. West Liberty, W.Va. (16) 10-0 400 1
2. Colo.-Colorado Springs 13-0 376 3
3. Tarleton State, Texas 12-0 370 4
4. Lincoln Memorial, Tenn. 12-0 340 5
5. Indianapolis, Ind. 11-0 334 7
6. Bellarmine, Ky. 10-1 320 6
7. Florida Southern 11-1 289 2
8. Barry, Fla. 9-1 279 11
9. Colorado School of Mines 11-0 276 9
10. Metropolitan State, Colo. 11-2 251 10
11. California Baptist 10-1 229 12 12. Augustana, S.D. 13-1 215 13 13. Minnesota State-Moorhead 16-1 209 14 14. Azusa Pacific, Calif. 13-1 195 15 15. St. Edward's, Texas 12-0 160 17 16. Minnesota State 11-2 142 16 17. Central Missouri 11-2 139 8 18. BYU-Hawaii 9-1 114 21 19. Angelo State, Texas 12-1 103 22 20. Indiana, Pa. 12-2 95 20 21. Lewis, Ill. 10-1 93 23 22. Lander, S.C. 12-0 65 25 23. UNC Pembroke 8-1 27 NR 24. Mount Olive, N.C. 12-2 26 18 25. Ferris State, Mich. 10-2 22 NR

Others receiving votes: Newberry (S.C.) 21, Seattle Pacific (Wash.) 17, Drury (Mo.) 15, Wisconsin-Parkside 15, Lake Superior State (Mich.) 12, Northwest Missouri State 9, Point Loma Nazarene (Calif.) 9, King (Tenn.) 8, Sonoma State (Calif.) 8, American International (Mass.) 5, Midwestern State (Texas) 4, Western Oregon 4, Southern Indiana 3, Northern State (S.D.) 2, Southern Connecticut State 1, Texas A&M-Commerce 1, West Georgia 1.

The Knights are No. 4 in the DII Media Poll this week.

2014-15 DII Media Poll Sponsored by D2SIDA (Jan. 6)

Rank School (First Place Votes) Record Votes Previous Ranking
1 West Liberty (W. Va.) (12) 10-0 341 2
2 Colorado-Colorado Springs (1) 13-0 322 3
3 Lincoln Memorial (Tenn.) (1) 12-0 309 5
4 Bellarmine (Ky.) 10-1 307 4
5 Tarleton State (Texas) 12-0 292 6
6 Indianapolis 11-0 276 8
7 Barry (Fla.) 9-1 273 10
8 Florida Southern 11-1 249 1
9 Augustana (S.D.) 13-1 241 11
10 Azusa Pacific (Calif.) 13-1 222 9
11 Colorado Mines 11-0 198 13 12 Minnesota State-Moorhead 16-1 188 12 13 Lander (S.C.) 12-0 184 16 14 California Baptist 10-1 165 15 15 Angelo State (Texas) 12-1 123 19 16 BYU Hawaii 9-1 115 17 17 Minnesota State 11-2 113 23 18 UNC Pembroke 12-1 110 T21 19 Metropolitan State (Colo.) 11-2 82 24 20 Southern Connecticut State 10-3 81 20 21 Central Missouri 10-2 59 7 22 Ferris State (Mich.) 10-2 53 RV 23 Glenville State (W.Va.) 9-2 43 25 24 Newberry (S.C.) 11-1 41 RV 25 St. Edward's (Texas) 12-0 39 RV

Also receiving votes: Lynn (Fla.) 26, Lewis (Ill.) 24, Northwest Missouri State 17, Indiana (Pa.) 17, Northern State (S.D.) 9, Southern Indiana 7, Le Moyne (N.Y.) 7, Wisconsin-Parkside 5, King (Tenn.) 5, Cal Poly Pomona 1, Saint Anselm (N.H.) 1, American International (Mass.) 1

Kentucky Players Discuss Close Call Against Ole Miss

Kentucky's Harrison twins and Willie Cauley-Stein talk about last night's close call against Ole Miss and more:






Campbellsville Takes Over Top Spot in NAIA Division Coaches' Top 25 Poll; Pikeville is No. 4

Campbellsville University is the new No. 1 team in the nation in the NAIA Division I Coaches' Top 25 Poll that was released last night. Campbellsville replaces Cal State San Marcos, which dropped to No. 3 after suffering two losses.

Pikeville is still No. 4 in this week's poll while Georgetown College is down four spots to No. 19.

University of the Cumberlands is receiving votes this week.

2014 – 15 NAIA Division I Men’s Basketball Coaches’ Top 25 Poll – Jan. 6

RANK LAST WEEK^ SCHOOL (1ST PLACE VOTES) 2014-15 RECORD TOTAL POINTS
1 2 Campbellsville (Ky.) (5) 16-1 246
2 3 Hope International (Calif.) (5) 13-0 245
3 1 Cal State San Marcos 17-2 233
4 4 Pikeville (Ky.) 12-1 226
5 6 Talladega (Ala.) 14-3 210
6 10 Freed-Hardeman (Tenn.) 12-1 208
7 8 Martin Methodist (Tenn.) 12-1 193
8 11 Oklahoma Baptist 11-2 189
9 9 Concordia (Calif.) 14-2 181
10 NR Montana Western 12-3 177
11 6 Benedictine (Kan.) 12-3 171
12 18 Texas Wesleyan 12-0 168
13 20 Our Lady of the Lake (Texas) 8-1 155
14 13 Dalton State (Ga.) 12-2 151
15 16 Wayland Baptist (Texas) 12-1 138
16 17 Philander Smith (Ark.) 10-3 134
17 19 Arizona Christian 13-3 119
18 13 Rocky Mountain (Mont.) 11-3 110
19 15 Georgetown (Ky.) 13-3 103
20 5 William Carey (Miss.) 9-3 101
21 12 LSU Shreveport (La.) 9-3 84
22 NR Central Methodist (Mo.) 9-3 83
23 21 Lewis-Clark State (Idaho) 14-2 71
24 22 Xavier (La.) 11-5 67
25 23 SAGU (Texas) 10-3 56

Others Receiving Votes: Columbia (Mo.) 43; Vanguard (Calif.) 26; Lyon (Ark.) 23; Life (Ga.) 20; Great Falls (Mont.) 12; WVU Tech 11; Evangel (Mo.) 9; Brewton-Parker (Ga.) 7; Cumberlands (Ky.) 7; Langston (Okla.) 3.

^ Ranking in the 2014-15 Coaches’ Top 25 Poll (Dec. 9, 2014)

Ole Miss Head Coach Andy Kennedy Talks About Loss at Kentucky

Here is what Ole Miss head coach Andy Kennedy had to say following last night's overtime loss at Kentucky:


Campbellsville's Damontre Harris Named MSC Player of the Week

Campbellsville University's Damontre Harris, a transfer from Florida, has been named Mid-South Conference Player of the Week.

Here is a release from the MSC:

COLUMBIA, Ky. -- Campbellsville (Ky.) senior Damontre Harris is the Mid-South Conference Men's Basketball Player of the Week presented by Roeding Insurance, conference officials announced on Monday.

The weekly award Harris' first of the season. He is the third different Tiger to claim the weekly conference honor this season.

In his only game of the week, Harris recorded his eighth double-double of the season while leading the No. 2-ranked Tigers to a 74-60 win over visiting MidAmerican Nazarene (Kan.) on Friday.

The Fayetteville, N.C., forward scored 18 points while pulling down 15 rebounds in his nearly 28 minutes of court time. Harris connected on eight of his 12 shots from the field. He also added a pair of blocks during the win.

Harris leads the Mid-South and the NAIA in both total blocks (57) and blocks per game (3.4). He ranks second in the conference and ninth nationally, averaging 9.2 rebounds per outing. He is second in the conference with his eight double-doubles and 18th in scoring (11.7 points per game).

Campbellsville improves to 16-1 overall with last week's win. The Tigers lead the Mid-South with a 5-0 conference mark.

The next MSC Men's Basketball Player of the Week will be announced on Monday, Jan. 12.


Alice Lloyd College's Tyler Rogers Named KIAC Player of the Week

Alice Lloyd's Tyler Rogers was named KIAC Player of the Week on Monday.

Here's a release from the KIAC:

Tyler Rogers, Alice Lloyd College -- Men's Basketball Player of the Week

6-7 Junior – Lexington, KY

Alice Lloyd College junior Tyler Rogers was named the KIAC men's basketball player of the week by KIAC officials on Monday, January 5th.

Alice Lloyd College finished the week 2-1, earning a pair of conference wins against Point Park University and Carlow University. Their only loss was against NCAA Western Kentucky University. For the week, Rogers averaged 15 points, 7.3 rebounds, 2.3 blocks and 1.3 steals. He shot 51.7 percent (15-of-29) from the field. He recorded 17 points, 3 rebounds, 1 block and 1 steal against Western Kentucky. The junior forward tallied 14 points, 12 rebounds and 3 blocks in a 76-68 win against Carlow. He finished the week with 14 points, 7 rebounds, 3 assists, 3 blocks and 2 steals in a 72-63 win against Point Park. Rogers ranks 9th in the KIAC with 14.94 points per game and is 2nd in block per game (1.94) which ranks 16th in NAIA Division II.

The Eagles are currently 6-10 overall and 3-0 in conference play. They will return to action on January 8th when they travel to Boyce College.

Tuesday, January 6, 2015

John Calipari Talks About Ole Miss Game and More

Kentucky head coach John Calipari talks about tonight's 89-86 win over Ole Miss and more:


Highlights from Kentucky's Overtime Win Over Ole Miss

Here are the highlights from Kentucky's 89-86 overtime victory over Ole Miss:


No. 1 Kentucky Survives Overtime Scare from Ole Miss in Conference Opener

(1) Kentucky 89
Ole Miss 86      F/OT

Final from Lexington, Kentucky

No. 1 Kentucky survived an incredible effort from Ole Miss to escape with an 89-86 overtime win in the first Southeastern Conference game for both teams.

Aaron Harrison scored 26, including two clutch free throws in overtime to put Kentucky (14-0, 1-0 SEC) ahead for good, to lead the way. Devin Booker added 13 points and Andrew Harrison chipped in 12.

Ole Miss (9-5, 0-1) got 25 points from Stefan Moody and 23 from Jarvis Summers.

Kentucky opened the game on a 12-0 run and appeared well on the way to an impressive SEC win, but the Rebels fought back and battled the entire game with the heavily favored Wildcats.  Andy Kennedy's team had an opportunity to pull a shocking upset in regulation but a late three-pointer clanged off the rim and Kentucky grabbed the rebound as time expired.  In overtime, the game was played within two points each way until Andrew Harrison's free throw gave Kentucky the decisive final advantage with 32 seconds to play.  Trey Lyles then missed two final free throws to give Ole Miss one last opportunity. Martavious Newby got off a three-pointer but it wouldn't go down and the Wildcats killed the remaining clock.  Kentucky returns to action Saturday on the road at Texas A&M. That game tips at 1:00 p.m. ET.  Box score (click to enlarge): 

The College Coach Who Is Voting for Duke in the USA Today Coaches Poll Is...

...Wofford head coach Mike Young.

Young was quoted in the Chattanooga Times Free Press as saying:

"Well, I know one No. 1 vote Duke got, and that was mine," said Wofford coach Mike Young, the lone member of USA Today's 32-member coaches' poll to side with the Blue Devils. "I know Kentucky is such a remarkable team -- so long and so deep. But Duke is just as terrific. I know I'd love to see them play each other in the (NCAA) tournament."

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Which Coach is Still Voting for Duke in the USA Today Coaches Poll?

For the past several weeks, every media member and coach in America has voted Kentucky No. 1 on their college basketball poll ballots. That it, every coach except one, who continues to cast his first-place vote for Duke.

As of now, the coach that is voting for Duke is a mystery. It's not as if the Blue Devils are undeserving, but I thought it might be fun to play "guess the coach" who is voting against Kentucky.

So, FOR FUN, let's look at the 32 coaches who have a vote and guess the coach:

- Tommy Amaker, Harvard
- Randy Bennett, Saint Mary's
- Jim Boeheim, Syracuse
- Todd Bozeman, Morgan State
- Glenn Braica, St. Francis Brooklyn
- Rick Byrd, Belmont
- Scott Cherry, High Point
- Tim Cluess, Iona
- Ed Conroy, Tulane
- Keith Dambrot, Akron
- Scott Drew, Baylor
- Matt Driscoll, North Florida
- Steve Fisher, San Diego State
- Bruiser Flint, Drexel
- Mark Fox, Georgia
- John Gallagher, Hartford
- Ray Harper, Western Kentucky
- Dick Hunsaker, Utah Valley
- George Ivory, Arkansas-Pine Bluff
- Ben Jacobson, Northern Iowa
- Rob Jeter, Wisconsin-Milwaukee
- Danny Kaspar, Texas State
- Mike McConathy, Northwestern State
- Greg McDermott, Creighton
- Matt Painter, Purdue
- Dave Paulsen, Bucknell
- Randy Rahe, Weber State
- Joe Scott, Denver
- Herb Sendek, Arizona State
- Shaka Smart, Virginia Commonwealth
- Bob Williams, UC-Santa Barbara
- Mike Young, Wofford

My top 5 most likely (in no order):

1. Jim Boeheim: double whammy, he seems to hate Kentucky AND John Calipari
2. Mark Fox: tired of losing to Kentucky?
3. Scott Drew: wouldn't surprise me
4. Herb Sendek: has Kentucky ties, but they were with Rick Pitino and Tubby Smith
5. Tommy Amaker: he comes from the Coach K coaching tree

My top 5 least likely (in no order):

1. Bruiser Flint: strong ties to Coach Cal
2. Shaka Smart: wouldn't want to burn any Big Blue bridges
3. Rick Byrd: one of the smartest coaches around
4. Ray Harper: no reason to spurn an in-state school
5. Matt Painter: hates Indiana so much that he actually likes Kentucky

If I absolutely had to pick just one: I'm taking Boeheim.

All that being said, it's probably someone random who really thinks Duke is the best team.

UPDATE: As expected, it's someone I totally did not expect. It turns out, the coach who is voting for Duke is Wofford head man Mike Young.

Lindsey Wilson Comeback Falls Shorts Against No. 8 Martin Methodist

(8) Martin Methodist 85
Lindsey Wilson College 74

Final from Columbia, Kentucky

Game recap by LWC:

COLUMBIA, Ky. – After trailing by as many as 25 points, the Lindsey Wilson men's basketball team rallied to within six late in the game before eventually falling to No. 8 Martin Methodist (Tenn.) on Monday night at Biggers Sports Center.

The Blue Raiders (9-8) found themselves down big early as Martin Methodist (13-1) opened the game on a 15-1 run over the first five and a half minutes. Lindsey Wilson started the game 0-for-9 from the floor, including going 0-for-7 from three-point range. The Blue Raiders made their first field-goal attempt at the 13:44 mark on a jump shot by Charles Sutton.

The dry spell continued for Lindsey Wilson as the next made shot from the floor did not come until the 10:28 mark on a three pointer by Bryan Wallace to make it 19-8 in favor of the RedHawks.

Lindsey Wilson tried to keep it close, cutting the lead to eight at 8:38, but Martin Methodist proceeded to close out the opening half with a 21-6 run taking a 42-19 lead into the break.

Lindsey Wilson shot 24.1 percent from the field in the first half, including just 2-of-17 for 11.8 percent from beyond the arc. Martin Methodist connected on 14-of-34 shots from the floor for 41.2 percent going 4-of-9 from three-point range.

In the second half, the Blue Raiders found some life going on a 10-4 run to open the frame and cut the lead to 46-29 with 16:21 left in the game.

But Martin Methodist pushed the lead back up to as many as 21 in the second half at 61-40 with 12:13 to play. Then the Blue Raiders slowly began mounting their comeback.

Three-straight baskets by Tony Horne helped Lindsey Wilson go on an 18-7 run, capped off by a steal and layup by Reco Lewis that made it 68-58 with just over four minutes to play.

Complete Recap

DeMarcus Cousins is Clearly Ticked Off at the Sacramento Kings Organization

As time passes since the Sacramento Kings inexplicably fired head coach Mike Malone and replaced him with Tyrone Corbin, it's becoming clearer and clearer that star big man DeMarcus Cousins is not pleased.

Cousins, who found out about the coaching change via Twitter (no really), appears to be a disgruntled employee at times on the court.



Following Sunday's loss at Detroit, Cousins voiced his opinion to the media.

"It's clear," Cousins said. "We're not the same team."



Recent on the court displays have further solidified the speculation that Cousins is not happy with the change.

First, he slammed rookie Marcus Smart to the court like a rag doll in Boston:



Then, he took the phrase "taking a play off" to a whole new level in Minnesota:



Perhaps it's because Corbin is trying to make the Kings play at a faster pace, which seems to be having a negative impact on Cousins:



Regardless of what the problems are, the Kings have lost 15 of their last 20 games after starting the season with a respectable 9-5 record.

The other obvious issue: DeMarcus Cousins is ticked.

Jerry Meyer's Prediction: Bragg and Newman to Kansas, Swanigan to Kentucky

Jerry Meyer of 247Sports has changed his recruiting predictions around a little for several top 2015 recruits.

Meyer thinks five-star center Caleb Swanigan ends up at Kentucky.

On the other hand, he now predicts that Kansas will land both Malik Newman and Carlton Bragg.

Here is more from Ben Roberts of the Herald-Leader:

He is now predicting that Indiana center Caleb Swanigan will ultimately pick the Wildcats. Meyer is the first person to log a UK Crystal Ball prediction for Swanigan, who most are picking to go to Michigan State. (Swanigan was at the Spartans’ home game Monday night).

Meyer is now predicting Kansas for Malik Newman (previously Mississippi State) and Brandon Ingram (previously Duke). He has Jaylen Brown going to UCLA (previously Kansas) and Cheick Diallo going to Iowa State (also previously Kansas).

His predictions for Thomas Bryant (Syracuse), Carlton Bragg (Kansas), Ivan Rabb (California) and Stephen Zimmerman (UCLA) stayed the same.

Complete Article

Former Kentucky State Player Kenny Jones Named Player of the Week in NBL Canada

Former Kentucky State player Kenny Jones was named National Basketball League of Canada Player of the Week on Monday.

Here's more from USBasket.com:

The National Basketball League of Canada is pleased to announce that Kenny Jones (6'6''-PF-84, college: Kentucky St.) of the Saint John Mill Rats has been named Player of the Week for the week ending January 4, 2015. This is the first time this season that a member of the Mill Rats has earned this honour. Jones, a 6'6" 215-pound power forward who played collegiately at Kentucky State, averaged 21.6 points per game in three contests this week, helping Saint John go 2-1 during that period. He also scored 40 points in the Mill Rats' 129-111 New Year's Day victory over Moncton. This is the second time in Jones' career that he has claimed the Player of the Week honour; he previously won it for the week ending March 17, 2013.

Video: Interview and Highlights of Kentucky Recruit Malik Newman

Check out this interview and highlights of 2015 Kentucky recruit Malik Newman:


Ballard Takes Over Top Spot in Bluegrasspreps.com High School Rankings This Week

Ballard has taken over the top spot in the new Bluegrasspreps.com High School Basketball Rankings this week.

Trinity, which lost last week to Henderson County, is No. 2 in the new rankings.

Knott County Central comes in at No. 3 this week. Henderson County and Doss round out the top 5.

BluegrassPreps.com Boys Rankings (1-5-15)

1. Ballard
2. Trinity
3. Knott County Central
4. Henderson County
5. Doss
6. Newport Central Catholic
7. Manual
8. Taylor County
9. Pleasure Ridge Park
10. Lincoln County
11. Lexington Catholic
12. Boyle County
13. Covington Catholic
14. Owensboro
15. Christian County
16. Southwestern
17. Holmes
18. Hopkinsville
19. Eastern
20. Calloway County

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Kentucky Tops Both Polls, One Coach Still Thinks Duke is Better

The new college basketball polls were released on Monday and Kentucky is still No. 1 in both polls.

There is still one coach who thinks the Duke Blue Devils should be on top of the rankings.

Louisville is No. 5 in both polls.

AP Top 25

RK TEAM RECORD PTS
1 Kentucky (64) 13-0 1,600
2 Duke 13-0 1,535
3 Virginia 13-0 1,446
4 Wisconsin 14-1 1,397
5 Louisville 13-1 1,322
6 Gonzaga 14-1 1,275
7 Arizona 13-1 1,260
8 Villanova 13-1 1,089
9 Utah 12-2 1,059
10 Texas 12-2 976
11 Maryland 14-1 966 12 Kansas 11-2 884 13 Notre Dame 14-1 775 14 West Virginia 13-1 712 15 Wichita St 12-2 686 16 Oklahoma 10-3 674 17 Iowa State 10-2 663 18 North Carolina 11-3 591 19 Seton Hall 12-2 448 20 Virginia Commonwealth 11-3 311 21 Baylor 11-2 186 22 Ohio State 12-3 184 23 Arkansas 11-2 103 24 St. John's 11-3 92 25 Old Dominion 12-1 80

Others receiving votes: Northern Iowa 72, Iowa 63, Butler 53, LSU 50, George Washington 39, Temple 33, TCU 33, Colorado St 31, Stanford 29, South Carolina 16, Washington 13, Wyoming 11, Indiana 9, Oklahoma St 9, Georgetown 7, Cincinnati 6, Dayton 5, BYU 3, Xavier 2, Hofstra 1, Davidson 1

USA Today Coaches Poll

RK TEAM RECORD PTS
1 Kentucky (31) 13-0 799
2 Duke (1) 13-0 768
3 Virginia 13-0 727
4 Wisconsin 14-1 703
5 Louisville 13-1 649
6 Arizona 13-1 634
7 Gonzaga 14-1 628
8 Villanova 13-1 546
9 Maryland 14-1 497
10 Texas 12-2 478
11 Utah 12-2 470 12 Notre Dame 14-1 441 13 Kansas 11-2 420 14 West Virginia 13-1 381 15 Wichita St 12-2 320 16 Iowa State 10-2 317 17 North Carolina 11-3 297 18 Oklahoma 10-3 279 19 Seton Hall 12-2 172 20 Ohio State 12-3 142 21 Virginia Commonwealth 11-3 135 22 Baylor 11-2 105 23 Northern Iowa 12-2 60 24 St. John's 11-3 55 25 Arkansas 11-2 50

Others receiving votes: Colorado St 35, Georgetown 35, Old Dominion 33, Washington 32, Oklahoma St 27, Indiana 20, Stanford 20, San Diego St 18, TCU 18, Butler 16, Iowa 14, South Carolina 12, LSU 12, George Washington 9, Cincinnati 7, Georgia 4, Minnesota 3, California 3, Dayton 3, Temple 2, BYU 1, Saint Mary's 1, Oregon 1, Wyoming 1

Recap of First Annual Clem Haskins Classic at Taylor County High School

Here is a recap of scores from Saturday's Clem Haskins Classic event at Taylor County High School:

Warren Central 54 Casey County 39

The Dragons took an early lead and never looked back to improve to 7-6 this season. Casey County fell to 8-10.

Doss 63 Lexington Christian 51

Doss improved to 10-2 on the season and are establishing themselves as competitors in the always-tough 6th Region.

Newport Central Catholic 63 St. Louisville (Mo.) Christian 61

Drew McDonald nailed two free throws with 9.8 seconds to go to seal the win for Newport Central Catholic. Ben Weyer led the Thoroughbreds with 33 points. McDonald finished with 16 points.


Perry Central 78 Taylor County 70

Braxton Beverly scored a game-high 32 points to lead Perry Central to the upset win over the homestanding Cardinals.

Quentin Goodin led Taylor County with 26 points.


Video: Kentucky Wildcats SEC Opener Promo

Check out this video from Kentucky Wildcats TV - SEC Opener Promo:


2016 Power Forward Romello White Commits to Tennessee

Tennessee has picked up a commitment from 2016 four-star power forward Romello White.



White, a 6-foot-8 power forward at IMG Academy, ranks No. 102 overall on the Rivals.com list for 2016.

Photo: Rivals.com

Monday, January 5, 2015

No. 4 Pikeville Hammers Florida College; Win No. 200 for Coach Kelly Wells

(4) Pikeville 108
Florida College 72

Final from Temple Terrace, Florida

Game recap by UPIKE:

TEMPLE TERRACE, Fla. -- Kenny Manigault tallied career highs of 31 points and 13 rebounds and UPIKE scored at least 100 points for the eighth time this season as the Bears won 108-71 on the road Monday at Florida College.

K.K. Simmons added 18 points for UPIKE (13-1), while Jackson Hussey and Macari Brooks chipped in with 16 each. The Bears' 108 points were the most given up by the Falcons in the past two seasons as Embry-Riddle (Fla.) was next in line with 101 points in its win on Nov. 11.

Manigault's previous career highs at UPIKE were 27 points at St. Catharine and 11 rebounds against both Campbellsville and IU Southeast earlier this season.

The Bears' road trip continues on Tuesday against Florida National at 7 p.m. ET in Ave Maria, Fla.

Complete stats against Florida College were not immediately available and will be posted at UPIKEBears.com as soon as possible.

Bear Facts

•Tonight's win at Florida College is UPIKE head coach Kelly Wells' 200th in the collegiate ranks, including his one-season at Hawaii Pacific before taking over at then-Pikeville College in 2006.
• The 2013-14 UPIKE Bears scored at least 100 points 10 times, which is the most in recorded history. Already at eight times this season, UPIKE will have at least 16 more games to try and set a new high mark
•While official numbers from Florida College haven't been added, K.K. Simmons entered the game with 50 made 3-pointers. Last season's 3-point leader was Elisha Justice who hit 55 threes for the season. UPIKE's record holder for threes in a season is Josh Samarco with 99 in 2008-09. Simmons currently ranks first in the NAIA in threes made per game (3.8).

Rick Pitino Talks About Win Over Wake Forest

Louisville head coach Rick Pitino talks about last night's ACC win over Wake Forest:



* Video by CN/2 on YouTube

EKU's Denzel Richardson Named Co-Newcomer of the Week in the OVC

Eastern Kentucky's Denzel Richardson has been named Co-Newcomer of the Week in the Ohio Valley Conference.

Richardson averaged 11.5 points, 5.5 rebounds, 1.5 steals and 1.0 assists per game last week.

Here is an excerpt of the league's release:

CO-NEWCOMER

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

Richardson averaged 11.5 points, 5.5 rebounds, 1.5 steals and 1.0 assists/game while hitting 40 percent (6-of-15) from the field, 45.5 percent (5-of-11) from 3-point range and 6-of-6 from the charity stripe in a pair of non-conference victories. At Coppin State the transfer from Pensacola State College made just two field goals but that included a game-winning 3-pointer with 0.3 seconds left to push the Colonels to the 66-63 victory in his hometown. He finished the week with 18 points, four rebounds, two steals and an assist against South Carolina State.

CO-NEWCOMER

Charles Jackson, C • Jr., 6-10, 225 • Sacramento, Calif. • Tennessee Tech

In three games last week Jackson averaged 16.3 points and 13.7 rebounds/game while hitting 48.6 percent (18-of-37) from the field. He opened the week with 28 points and 16 rebounds (7 offensive) in an 87-84 home court win over North Florida; both totals were season highs for the transfer from the College of Southern Idaho. Jackson added seven points and 15 rebounds in a road loss at Eastern Illinois and capped the week with 14 points and 10 rebounds at SIUE. Jackson now has 11 double-doubles this season which ranks second nationally; he also ranks 16th among Division I players in rebounding (10.1/game).

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John Calipari Previews Ole Miss Game Live at 3:15 p.m.

Watch  Kentucky head coach John Calipari preview Tuesday's game against Ole Miss live at 3:15 p.m. ET:


Holiday Slumber is Over: Schedule for the Week

The holiday slumber is over and it's time for some heated conference basketball action around Kentucky.

Here is the complete schedule for the week:

Monday, January 5

6:00 p.m. Martin Methodist at Lindsey Wilson College
7:00 p.m. University of Pikeville at Florida College
7:00 p.m. Johnson University at Berea College
7:30 p.m. Kentucky State University at Fort Valley State*

Tuesday, January 6

7:00 p.m. Ole Miss at University of Kentucky*
8:00 p.m. IU Southeast at Brescia University*
8:00 p.m. Fontbonne at Spalding University*
TBA University of Pikeville at Florida National

Wednesday, January 7

7:00 p.m. Asbury University at Campbellsville University
7:30 p.m. Union College at Bluefield*
7:30 p.m. Transylvania University at Hanover*
7:30 p.m. Bethany at Thomas More College*
7:30 p.m. Berea College at Cincinnati-Clermont
8:30 p.m. Oakland City at Kentucky Wesleyan College
9:00 p.m. Clemson at University of Louisville*

Thursday, January 8

5:30 p.m. Kentucky Christian University vs. Pensacola Christian (at Piedmont)
7:00 p.m. Alice Lloyd College at Boyce college
7:30 p.m. Claflin at Kentucky State University*
8:00 p.m. Charlotte at Western Kentucky University*
8:00 p.m. Blackburn at Spalding University*
8:30 p.m. Bellarmine University at Missouri S&T*
8:30 p.m. Morehead State University at Southeast Missouri*
8:30 p.m. Eastern Kentucky University at UT-Martin*
8:30 p.m. Murray State University at Tennessee Tech*

Friday, January 9

2:00 p.m. Carver Bible at Georgetown College
6:00 p.m. Kentucky Christian University vs. College of Faith (at Piedmont)
8:00 p.m. Birmingham Southern at Centre College*

Saturday, January 10

1:00 p.m. Thomas More College at Washington & Jefferson*
1:00 p.m. Kentucky Christian University at Piedmont Baptist
1:00 p.m. University of Kentucky at Texas A&M*
2:00 p.m. University of Louisville at North Carolina*
2:00 p.m. Tennessee Wesleyan at St. Catharine College
3:00 p.m. Manchester at Transylvania University*
3:00 p.m. Wilberforce at Berea College
3:00 p.m. Iowa Wesleyan College at Spalding University*
3:00 p.m. Clark Atlanta at Kentucky State University*
4:00 p.m. Point University at University of the Cumberlands
4:00 p.m. IU Southeast at Asbury University*
4:00 p.m. Alice Lloyd College at Brescia University*
4:15 p.m. Trevecca at Kentucky Wesleyan College*
4:15 p.m. Bellarmine University at Drury University*
5:00 p.m. Carlow at University of Pikeville
5:30 p.m. Old Dominion at Western Kentucky University*
6:00 p.m. Bryan at Union College*
7:00 p.m. Eastern Kentucky University at Southeast Missouri*
7:00 p.m. Morehead State University at UT-Martin*
7:30 p.m. Northern Kentucky University at Lipscomb*
8:00 p.m. Fisk University at Lindsey Wilson College

Sunday, January 11

3:00 p.m. Millsaps at Centre College*
6:00 p.m. Murray State University at Jacksonville State*

* Conference Game

Lindsey Wilson College Blows By MidAmerica Nazarene

Lindsey Wilson College 89
MidAmerica Nazarene 66

Final from Columbia, Kentucky

Game recap by LWC:

COLUMBIA, Ky. – The Lindsey Wilson men's basketball team opened the 2015 portion of its schedule with a decisive 89-66 win over visiting MidAmerica Nazarene (Kan.) on Saturday at Biggers Sports Center.

The Blue Raiders -- who have won both all-time meetings against MidAmerica Nazarene -- led wire-to-wire en route running their record to 9-7 on the season. The Pioneers slip to 3-9.

D'on Hall led Lindsey Wilson's charge into the New Year, scoring nine of his 17 points over a nine-minute span to open the game. Hall was just as active on the defensive end -- finishing with a team-high seven rebounds and a couple of steals.

Lindsey Wilson used Hall's play to sprint out to a 26-8 lead through 10 minutes. The Blue Raiders would extend the lead to as many as 24 points prior to taking a 41-24 halftime lead.

While Hall led the Blue Raiders in the first half, Julian Edmonson took the torch from his senior backcourt running mate in the second stanza. Edmonson -- who scored a game-high 23 points -- poured in 16 points after the break, including making all four of his 3-pointers.

Edmonson and Hall combined to make 15-of-25 shots from the floor, including 8-of-14 from beyond the 3-point arc. The pair helped the Blue Raiders shoot 53.4 percent (31-of-58) from the field for the game.

The Pioneers managed to cut the Lindsey Wilson lead to 12 points on two different occasions in the second half. Both times, the Blue Raiders responded with spurts that ultimately pushed the lead back to -- what the Lindsey Wilson faithful would consider -- a more comfortable margin.

Lindsey Wilson extended its lead to 26 late in the half before settling on the 23-point win.

Bryan Wallace and Dusan Pantovic scored 14 and 10 points respectively off the bench -- part of a 41-point game from the Blue Raider reserves.

University of the Cumberlands Hammers West Virginia Tech

University of the Cumberlands 77
West Virginia Tech 57

Final from Williamsburg, Kentucky

Game recap by UC:

The University of the Cumberlands (UC) Men's Basketball team began the 2015 calendar year on Saturday as they hosted West Virginia Tech University (WVT). After the Patriots held a 9 point lead at the break 35-26, UC would continue their hot shooting and would extend their lead as they defeated the Golden Bears 77-57. With the victory, the Patriots move to 13-4 overall this season.

BY THE NUMBERS

•The Patriots were led by Taylor Gover (Somerset, KY) with 19 points and 4 assists.
•D'Lando Carter (Danville, IL) added 16 points, 3 rebounds, and 2 assists off the bench.
•Xavier Owens (Tampa, FL) pitched in a double-double with 13 points and 10 rebounds.
•West Virginia Tech was led by forward Sharife Sergeant with 25 points and 8 rebounds.
•UC shot 51.7% from the floor while forcing 13 turnovers in the win.

UP NEXT

The Patriots will be back in action on Saturday, January 10th as they host Point University. Tipoff is set for 4 pm.

FIND OUT MORE

Find out more about the UC Men's Basketball program along with other Patriot athletics by visitingwww.cumberlandspatriots.com.

No. 2 Campbellsville Opens 2015 with a Win Over MidAmerica Nazarene

(2) Campbellsville University 74
MidAmerica Nazarene 60

Final from Campbellsville, University

Game recap by CU:

CAMPBELLSVILLE, Ky. – The second-ranked Campbellsville Tigers resumed its season Friday afternoon and picked up where they left off 12 days ago before Christmas break. Campbellsville (16-1) controlled the game throughout for a 74-60 win over MidAmerica Nazarene University, which advanced to the NAIA Fab Four last season.

It's the Tigers' third win over a Heart of America Athletic Conference team this season and sixth against a team which competed in the NAIA DI National Championships last March.

"In the first half I didn't see any difference in our team from when we left for the break until now. That's a big time positive to come out and have the same energy, and the coach could expect the same things," said Keith Adkins, CU head coach. "In the second half, we lost a little enthusiasm, and probably got a little fatigued, but we'll get through that once we get a few more games under our belt."

Both teams swapped leads in the first three minutes of play, but from there on it was primarily Campbellsville.

The Tigers used a 15-4 run to take their first double-digit lead, 17-7, with 12:29 to play. D'Von Campbell scored off a steal by Shawn Johnson to cap the run. However, David Nelson checked into the game for MidAmerica Nazarene with nine minutes to play and drained a 3 from the corner on his first attempt. Three minutes later, Nelson pulled the Pioneers within three points, 25-22, with his second 3 of the game.

Campbellsville responded with three unanswered 3s of their own, one by Rob Robinson and two by Campbell, to create a 12-point buffer with 4:44 to play in the half. Twelve became 17 by halftime, 43-26, after another Campbell 3 in the final minute.

CU scored its first four points of the second half with slams by Damontre Harris and Eric Gaines. Harris went on two have two other exciting dunks in the second half and finished with a team-high 18 points and 15 rebounds.

Eric Gaines scored 17 in the late afternoon game, while Campbell finished with 14, including three 3-pointers. Defensively, Shawn Johnson, Gaines and Campbell followed Harris' lead with six rebounds.

Complete Recap

2017 Point Guard Justin Roberts to Visit Kentucky Tomorrow

According to a report, 2017 point guard Justin Roberts will make an unofficial visit to Kentucky tomorrow for the Wildcats home game against Ole Miss.

Roberts is a 5-foot-10 point guard at Pike (Ind.) High school.

He has interest from a number of other high-major programs including Tennessee, Michigan, Michigan State, Purdue, Indiana and Illinois.


John Calipari Breaks Down "Camp Cal" and Hints at Some Improvements

Kentucky head coach John Calipari gives his thoughts on Camp Cal and more (click to play):

Late Shot Gives Toledo Road Win Over Northern Kentucky

Northern Kentucky 57
Toledo 55

Final from Highland Heights, Kentucky

Game recap by NKU:

HIGHLAND HEIGHTS, Ky. – Tayler Persons did a little bit of everything for the Northern Kentucky University men's basketball team, finishing with 11 points, five rebounds and seven assists, but a three-point basket from Toledo's Julius Brown with 0.7 left gave the Rockets a 57-55 win on Saturday afternoon at The Bank of Kentucky Center.

The Norse were able to build up an early advantage in the first half, leading by as many as 17 points, but tenacious defense and timely shooting allowed the Rockets to chip away at the NKU lead in the second frame to set up the dramatic final shot.

With the Norse leading by two points and 4.6 seconds remaining, Toledo's JD Weatherspoon was fouled on a dunk attempt. The first free throw was true, the last of Weatherspoon's game-high 18 points, but the second rattled off the rim and was tipped out of bounds by a Norse player, allowing a final chance for Toledo.

The inbound pass came in to Justin Drummond, who found Brown in the corner to give Toledo its only lead of the contest. Brown finished with eight points on the night.

The loss gave NKU a 6-9 record to finish nonconference play for the 2014-15 season. Toledo, the favorite to win the Mid-American Conference, now stands at 8-5 on the year.

Tyler White added 10 points for the Norse, with seven coming in the second half, while Jalen Billups had nine points. Chad Jackson picked up six rebounds in the first 7:34 of the contest, finishing with seven boards on the night to lead NKU.

The Norse raced out to a 12-3 lead in the opening five minutes of the contest, punctuated by a Jalen Billups jam to close out a 7-0 run. The Rockets composed themselves, however, rolling off three-straight baskets to close the gap to 12-9.

Anthony Monaco ended a three-minute scoring drought for the Norse with a three-pointer from the top of the key and the Norse were back in control as the NKU defense held Toledo to 1-of-12 shooting over a seven-minute span, and limited the Rockets to just four field goals over the final 13:27 of the first half.

Complete Recap


Video: Archie Goodwin Dunks All Over Jonas Valanciunas

Check out this video of former Kentucky guard Archie Goodwin dunking all over Jonas Valanciunas:


Eastern Kentucky Closes Non-Conference Schedule with a Win Over South Carolina State

Eastern Kentucky 63
South Carolina State 52

Final from Richmond, Kentucky

Game recap by EKU:

RICHMOND, Ky. – Eastern Kentucky rang in the New Year with a convincing 63-52 win over South Carolina State Saturday evening in McBrayer Arena. This was the final regular season non-conference game for the Colonels.

Eastern (8-5) never trailed as the Colonels scored the first 15 points. Five different players lit up the scoring sheet during the opening spurt.

South Carolina State (4-12) missed its first eight shots and turned the ball over five times before finally making a bucket with 12:29 left in the first half.

The Bulldogs hung around in the opening 20 minutes thanks to grabbing 11 offensive rebounds and tallying 13 second-chance points. However, a strong first half from senior Eric Stutz, 12 points on 6-for-6 shooting, helped EKU take a 35-24 advantage into intermission.

The Colonels stretched their lead to a game-high 21 points, 51-30, following senior Timmy Knipp's lay-in with 12:41 remaining. South Carolina State, which was held below 60 points for the 12th time, would only get as close as 11 points the rest of the way.

Stutz and junior Denzel Richardson each produced a game-high 18 points. Stutz netted 80 percent (8-of-10) of his field goal attempts while Richardson chipped in with a career-best four three-pointers.

For South Carolina State, Darryl Palmer was the only player in double figures with 16 tallies.

The Colonels begin Ohio Valley Conference play on Thursday at Tennessee-Martin. Tip-off against the 8-5 Skyhawks is scheduled for 8:30 p.m. ET.

Complete Recap

Julius Randle to Undergo Surgery Tuesday Morning

Former Kentucky star Julius Randle will undergo surgery on Tuesday morning to replace the screw in the fifth metatarsal of his right foot.

Here is more from NBA.com:

EL SEGUNDO – Lakers forward Julius Randle will undergo surgery on Tuesday morning to replace the screw in the fifth metatarsal of his right foot. The surgery will be performed by Dr. David Thordarson of the Cedars-Sinai Orthopaedic Center.

It was previously declared that Randle would miss the remainder of the 2014-15 season after suffering a fractured tibia of his right leg in the season opener on October 28.

He is expected to make a full recovery.

Source

Kentucky Wesleyan Rings in the New Year by Hammering Brevard

Kentucky Wesleyan 98
Brevard 53

Final from Owensboro, Kentucky

Game recap by KWC:

When Kentucky Wesleyan turned up the defensive heat, Brevard got out of the Sportscenter kitchen on Wednesday afternoon.

Fueled by suffocating defense from the mid-point of the first half on, the hot-shooting Panthers streaked to their seventh consecutive victory with a 98-53 blowout of the Tornados — closing out 2014 with a perfect 7-0 record in December, and very much looking forward to what's in store for the new year.

"We're getting there," KWC second-year coach Happy Osborne said. "It's a good win, it's a great way to close out the year, and now we have to become focused on and committed to becoming a better basketball team in 2015.

"We're playing well right now, but we can still get better in every phase of the game over the next couple of months — offensively, defensively and rebounding the basketball.

"The idea is to get better every day we have an opportunity to."

Wesleyan (11-3) certainly got better as the game went along on Wednesday, after falling behind 8-2 in the opening minutes.

"I thought we were a little rusty early," said Osborne, whose team had not played since posting a 95-78 win at Quincy on Dec. 21. "Once we picked it up defensively, I thought that led to energy and execution at both ends of the floor.

"We had a lot of players contribute — balance and depth are definitely strengths for this team."

The Panthers had a hand in 12 Brevard turnovers in the opening 20 minutes, and — fueled by Marcus Fillyaw's six first-half assists — led 37-26 by intermission.

KWC dominated the second half, making eight of its first 12 floor shots to take all the spin out of the Tornados, who were limited to 37 percent shooting for the game. Brevard also turned the ball over 21 times.

"We've got nine new guys, and it's really encouraging to see these guy becoming more and more comfortable on the court," Osborne said. "We played a really good second half, and we've just got to keep that kind of consistency for the full 40 minutes.

"When we play defense, we can win every game."

Wesleyan's balanced attack — which featured nine players with fove or more points — was led by Ken-Jah Bosley's game-best 22 points and Fillyaw's game-best 10 assists. C.J. Blackwell scored 16 points and Hikeem Stewart added 15.

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Sunday, January 4, 2015

Chris Jones Leads No. 5 Louisville Past Wake Forest on the Road

(5) Louisville 85
Wake Forest 76

Final from Winston-Salem, North Carolina

Game recap by UL:

WINSTON-SALEM, N.C. (AP) - Chris Jones scored 20 of his 22 points in the second half and No. 5 Louisville won its Atlantic Coast Conference debut, pulling away to beat Wake Forest 85-76 on Sunday night.

Jones added a career-high 10 assists and Montrezl Harrell had 25 points and 13 rebounds for the Cardinals (13-1, 1-0). They let a 13-point lead slip away before Jones took over late, scoring 14 points in the final 8 minutes and leading the decisive 16-3 run.

Devin Thomas had a career-high 31 points and 11 rebounds for Wake Forest (8-7, 0-2), which led 69-68 on Konstantinos Mitoglou's layup with just under 6 minutes to play.

Jones put Louisville ahead to stay two possessions later with a contested jumper that started decisive run. He was 6 for 6 from the free-throw line in the final 5 minutes for Louisville, which scored on nine of its last 10 possessions.

Codi Miller-McIntyre and freshman Mitchell Wilbekin had 14 points apiece for Wake Forest, which had its three-game winning streak snapped but won't have to wait long for another shot at a top-five team: No. 2 Duke visits later this week.

Terry Rozier added 18 points for the Cardinals, who are playing in their eighth basketball conference and their third in three years, with their one-season stint in the American Athletic Conference in 2013-14 coming after the Big East broke up.

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Murray State Opens OVC Play With Tough Road Win Over Morehead State

Murray State 66
Morehead State 57

Final from Morehead, Kentucky

Game recap by MSU:

The Ohio Valley Conference season began with a road win Saturday for the Murray State Racers with a 66-57 victory over the Morehead State Eagles at Johnson Arena in Morehead, Ky.

The Racers (11-4, 1-0 OVC) have won seven-straight OVC openers and moved their current win streak to nine in a row. The Eagles fell to 5-11 and 0-1 in the OVC.

Jeffery Moss scored a season-high 23 points on 8-of-11 shooting and Jarvis Williams and Cameron Payne each scored 12 points for the Racers.

MSU used some big moments of tenacity and toughness to win the OVC opener which begins a three-game road swing to start league play.

MSU led by 11 points when Moss made a shot just inside the mid-court line as the shot clock ran out to give the Racers their largest lead of the day with 7:10 remaining. The Eagles made a run to cut the lead to three points before Justin Seymour made a steal and hit a 3-pointer. His only field goal of the game gave the Racers a 56-50 lead with 3:56 left. Williams added a three-point play with 2:38 left to extend the lead to nine.

The Racers were only 4-of-13 from long range, but scored inside the 3-point line enough to finish the game with a total shooting night of 51 percent on 22-of-43. MSU was 11-of-19 in the second half for 58 percent. The defense forced the Eagles into 33percent from the field on 17-of-52 shots including 5-of-23 from the 3-point range.



Murray State lost the rebound battle 37-30, but managed to force Morehead into 17 turnovers which matched a tough shooting night that produced only 17 field goals.

The Racers led 31-26 at the half.

MSU gets back on the court next week with a Thursday game at Tennessee Tech (Jan. 8) in Cookeville, Tenn. The Racers vs TTU is their longest-running series having been played 171 times. MSU leads the series 124-47 and have won the last five.

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Bellarmine Opens Conference Play with Two Wins

The Bellarmine Knights opened Great Lakes Valley Conference play with wins over Rockhurst and William Jewell.

Here are recaps from BU:

Bellarmine 73 Rockhurst 56

LOUISVILLE, Ky.-The No. 6 Bellarmine University Knights made their Great Lakes Valley Conference debut a successful one by riding a strong first half to a 73-56 victory over the visiting Rockhurst Hawks Friday night in Knights Hall.

Sophomore forward Josh Derksen paced the Knights with a career high 20 points while senior Jake Thelen hauled in 12 rebounds to continue to lead the GLVC in that category.

After the Knights and Hawks battled back and forth for the first eight and a half minutes, Bellarmine reeled off 15 unanswered points to take a 28-12 lead on a Derksen trey at the 8:00 minute mark. The Knights would see the lead swell to as many as 20 and took a 41-23 lead into the locker room.

Bellarmine opened up a 25-point lead about midway through the second half, but Rockhurst battled back and actually outscored the Knights 33-32 in the second period.

"The first thing, this crowd on Friday night with no students was absolutely tremendous," said Bellarmine Coach Scott Davenport. "Secondly, the first half our ball movement and passing was tremendous; the second half it wasn't, and it showed. The first half we had 10 assists on 13 baskets. In the second half we only get four assists."

"Individually," Davenport said, "Rusty Troutman and George Suggs played tremendous basketball, but they came back from the break with great practices. Josh Derksen tonight played so much more like a Bellarmine player that he went to another level. He took a bad shot and he responded with a monster block on the other end."

"All in all to be 1-0 is great, but in the whole sum of things, I'm not too pleased," Davenport said.

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Bellarmine 70 William Jewell 50

LOUISVILLE, Ky.-After facing a five-point halftime deficit, the sixth-ranked Bellarmine University soared past the Cardinals of William Jewell with a strong second half to post a 70-50 victory in a Great Lakes Valley Conference game played at Knights Hall on Sunday afternoon. Bellarmine's Jake Thelen turned in another spectacular performance, hitting 11 of 12 shots while tying his career high with 29 points and grabbing 15 rebounds. It was his sixth double-double of the season.

The opening 20 minutes saw each team go on runs. William Jewell opened the game with a 7-2 advantage, but Bellarmine strung together an 18-4 run to go ahead 20-11 at the 9:52 mark. The Cardinals answered by outscoring the Knights 19-5 to take a 30-25 lead into the locker room.

After the break, the Knights ratcheted up both their offense and their defense to outscore the visitors 45-20 to win by 20. Bellarmine scorched the nets with 62.5 percent second half shooting while limiting Jewell to just 28 percent from the field. "Really, really proud of the guys to hold them to 35 percent shooting for the game and 28 in the second half," said Bellarmine Coach Scott Davenport. "We didn't let offense dictate how we played defense in the second half-we did in the first half. This was a great win."

Davenport added, "26 field goals on 22 assists, that's Bellarmine basketball. What portrays Bellarmine basketball even more is that Jake Thelen goes for 29 points and 15 rebounds and he's a better teammate and a captain than he is player. That's a big statement, but that's the way I really feel."

For the game the Knights shot 55.3 percent from the field despite struggling from behind the arc. Making just one of 11 from long range, the Knights were 25 of 36 from inside the arc for just under 70 percent. Meanwhile, Jewell went five of 11 from long range in the first half but was 0-8 in the second period.

Four Knights hit double figures with George Suggs and Chris Whitehead tossing in 10 apiece and Josh Derksen finishing with 12 including a pair of rim-rattling dunks off alley-oop plays. Nine Bellarmine players had at least one assist with Thelen, Rusty Troutman and Michael Parrish leading the way with four each.

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2015 Star Carlton Bragg Will Announce His College Choice Week

Carlton Bragg, one of the top big men in the Class of 2015, will announce his college decision this week.

According to Reggie Ranking of ESPN, Bragg will announce his choice Thursday at 2:45 p.m. ET at Villa Angela St. Joseph High School in Cleveland, Ohio.

Bragg is reportedly down to Kentucky, Illinois and Kansas. He has recently eliminated UCLA from his final list.







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

I was able to watch Bragg at the Marshall County Hoop Fest and he is a dominating force on the court who sort of reminds me of a young DeMarcus Cousins. He is powerful in the post but can also knock down three-pointers and create shots from the wing.

Here are some highlights of Bragg at the Hoop Fest and his comments on Kentucky, Illinois and Kansas:




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