Saturday, January 17, 2015

UK's Dakari Johnson, Aaron Harrison Talk About Alabama Game

Kentucky's Dakari Johnson and Aaron Harrison talk about today's game at Alabama:

John Calipari Previews Today's Game at Alabama

Kentucky head coach John Calipari previews today's road game at Alabama and more:

Central Coach Doug Bibby Cited by Police, Suspended from Coaching in LIT

Central pulled off a stunning 69-56 upset over Trinity in the quarterfinals of the Louisville Invitational Tournament last night.

After the game, head coach Doug Bibby was reportedly involved in an altercation with police and eventually ended up being cited and released.

Here are more details from Jason Frakes of USA Today High School Sports:

Central High School boys’ basketball coach Doug Bibby was cited and released by police after an incident at Valley High School on Saturday morning and was suspended from coaching in the Republic Bank Louisville Invitational Tournament.

Jerry Wyman, director of athletics for Jefferson County Public Schools, said he did not witness the altercation but was told “Doug lost his temper … because they wouldn’t let one of his (players) bring food in the gym. A police officer asked him to move on, and Doug got pretty heated and they cited him. At that point we made the decision to not let him coach until we looked into it further.”

Both Bibby and Central athletic director Marlon Miller declined to comment.

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Friday, January 16, 2015

Bellarmine Announces that Waiver for Transfer Yasin Kolo Has Been Denied by the NCAA

Bellarmine University has announced that a waiver seeking immediate eligibility for 6-foot-10 transfer Yasin Kolo has not been approved by the NCAA.

Kolo will not be eligible to play at Bellarmine until the 2015-16 season.

Here is a release from BU:

LOUISVILLE, Ky.-Bellarmine University announced today that a waiver seeking immediate eligibility for transfer Yasin Kolo has not been approved by the NCAA, meaning the 6-10 center will not play during the 2014-15 season.

Bellarmine was seeking a waiver to the NCAA's multiple transfer rule so that Kolo could play the second semester of this season. Kolo, who played the first semester of last year at the University of Hartford, had already transferred NCAA institutions having started his NCAA career at East Carolina and enrolling at UNC-Pembroke last spring.

Kolo has been enrolled at Bellarmine since August and is in good academic standing at the school and is on track to graduate with his bachelor's degree in December. He still has one full year of eligibility and will play both semesters next year at Bellarmine, likely enrolling in one of Bellarmine's graduate degree programs in the spring.

"I fully understand and support the NCAA's decision," said Bellarmine Coach Scott Davenport. "Yasin is an outstanding young man and a credit to his family and our Bellarmine basketball family. He has been a tremendous asset to this team from the minute he stepped foot on campus in August."

A native of Goettingen, Germany, Kolo graduated from Fayetteville (N.C.) Christian High School and was a member of the North Carolina 2A All-State team after averaging 21.8 points and 10 rebounds a game his senior season. Local fans may remember Kolo from an appearance last year when he scored 12 points and pulled down eight boards for the Hartford Hawks in a Nov. 19, 2013 game against the University of Louisville at the YUM! Center. Earlier this season, Kolo made headlines when he shattered a backboard on a dunk in Bellarmine's first official practice of the year.

Morehead State Hammers SIU Edwardsville

Morehead State 91
SIU Edwardsville 63

Final from Morehead, KY

Game recap by MSU:

MOREHEAD, Ky. -- The Morehead State men's basketball team jumped out to a 16-point advantage by making its first 12 field-goal attempts and never looked back in a 91-63 Ohio Valley Conference win over SIU Edwardsville on Thursday night at Johnson Arena.

The Eagles improve to 7-12 overall, 2-2 in league action and 3-4 at home. The Cougars, who had previously won six of their last seven, slip to 7-9 overall, 3-2 in OVC play and 0-7 on the road. MSU also moves to 6-1 in the series with its fourth straight win over SIUE.

"I'm proud of our young men," Head Coach Sean Woods said. "Tonight was what Morehead State basketball is supposed to look like. Our defense was relentless and our offense was efficient. We played solid on both ends and had confidence from start to finish."

The 28-point victory was Morehead State's largest in 36 OVC contests under Woods.

Morehead State, which never trailed, didn't miss from the field until the 10:02 mark of the first half. The Eagles pushed their lead to a game-high 30 points in the final minute. MSU drilled 54 percent (34-of-63) overall, including 65 percent (20-of-31) before intermission.

"We had big-time performances up and down the roster," Woods said. "We had good energy and chemistry on both ends of the floor. We are finally playing just two games per week, which gives us more practice time. That's why we are starting to shoot better."

Senior Karam Mashour led Morehead State with game highs of 22 points and 11 rebounds. It was his second career double-double, both of which have come this month. The point total was also a career best. He made 8-of-10 from the floor and 5-of-5 from the foul line.

Senior Angelo Warner added 18 points and five assists for the Eagles, while freshman Miguel Dicent chipped in with 13 points. MSU senior Kareem Storey was credited with game highs of seven assists and four steals, while junior Anthony Elechi yanked down seven rebounds.

Complete Recap

Murray State Throttles Belmont for 12th Consecutive Win

Murray State 92
Belmont 77

Final from Murray, Kentucky

Game recap by MSU:

The Murray State Racers put on a show for the home fans Thursday in taking a 92-77 win over the visiting Belmont Bruins at the CFSB Center in Murray, Ky.

The Racers improved to 14-4 and 4-0 in the Ohio valley Conference. They moved their winning streak to 12 straight, the third longest in the nation the nation.

Cameron Payne led a group of five Racers that scored in double figures with 23 points. Jarvis Williams scored 19 and T.J. Sapp added 15. Jeffery Moss tossed in 13 points, while the Racers got 10 each from Justin Seymour and Jonathan Fairell.

Fairell and Williams each had a double-double with 11 and 10 rebounds.

It was a game of runs and at the end of the day, the Racers had more of them.

With a 16-5 start, the Racers were rolling when Williams dunked off a Sapp assist, but the Bruins answered to cut the lead to 25-20 at the 7:39 mark. The Racers pushed to a 15-point lead at the 5:45 mark which was highlighted by a Moss three-point play and a 3-point basket from Seymour.

Belmont was able to trim MSU's lead to 46-37 at the half.

Again the lead was cut in the early second half to five points at the 18:37 mark and again the Racers answered with an impressive burst. Sapp capped a 15-3 run with a steal and slam to put the Racers in front 64-47 with 16:11 remaining. Another 9-3 run at the 4:23 mark put MSU up by 22 points at 90-68.

Complete Recap

Thursday, January 15, 2015

Northern Kentucky Wins Conference Home Opener Over Kennesaw State

Northern Kentucky 76
Kennesaw State 72

Final from Highland Heights, Kentucky

Game recap by NKU:

HIGHLAND HEIGHTS, Ky. – The Northern Kentucky University men's basketball team took its lead from the "Jackson Two" on Wednesday night in a 76-72 win over Kennesaw State at The Bank of Kentucky Center on Wednesday night.

Chad Jackson scored a season-high 19 points and grabbed seven rebounds while Jordan Jackson added 10 points and blocked three shots to lead the Norse, who improved to 7-10 overall and captured their first Atlantic Sun Conference win of the season. Jalen Billups matched his season high with 16 points points and seven boards of his own in the effort.

NKU won the battle on the boards, 37-31, and turned 12 offensive rebounds into 15 points. Northern Kentucky's bench was again a strong suit, outscoring the KSU reserves, 39-8. NKU finished the game shooting 42.9 percent from the field, but it was the Owls with the touch from beyond the arc, going 8-for-16 (50 percent) on their 3-point tries.

The Norse struggled early against the Kennesaw State zone, knocking down just two of their first six shots as the Owls jumped out to a 10-5 lead. NKU's defense responded, holding Kennesaw State scoreless over a 3:45 stretch to spur a 9-0 run that was keyed by a Jordan Jackson steal and dunk, to make it 14-10.

The shooting picked up on both sides after that, as Kennesaw State hit 7-of-9 shots over a 5:15 stretch while the Norse kept pace with five field goals in a row. Todd Johnson keyed the stretch with back-to-back treys to extend NKU's lead to 10 points at 33-23.

Jordan Jackson continued his hard work on the defensive end, picking up a pair of blocks late in the first half, however, the Norse were unable to control possession as Kennesaw State picked up second-chance points on both opportunities, keying an 11-2 run to pull the Owls within one point at 35-34. But the Norse finished the half on a 6-0 run, capped off with a tip-in at the buzzer by Chad Jackson to make it 41-34 at the break.

Complete Recap

Kentucky's Exhibition Trip to the Bahamas Came with a Hefty Price Tag

In August, the Kentucky Wildcats embarked on a eight-night exhibition tour to the Bahamas.

The trip might have been just what the young Wildcats needed to prepare for what could possibly be an historic run this season, but the trip carried a hefty price tag.

The Courier-Journal discovered through an open records request that the entire trip came at a cost of just under $800,000.

The Wildcats even paid travel expenses for their three opponents in the Bahamas.

The school was able to pay a large portion of the bill with money obtained through donations

In the end, UK paid expenses totaling $431,836.10 - which they say was just under their budget for the trip.

Here is an excerpt:

UK's own team expenses were eye-opening, too, from coach John Calipari's $1,550-per night Atlantis hotel suite to a $23,855.50 reception dinner that included a band and an open bar.

The total cost of the trip was $792,845.68. By comparison, an expense report acquired in an open records request showed that North Carolina's Bahamas trip last summer cost $154,825.91. Portland State, meanwhile, paid a total of $37,714 for its seven-night stay.

"I needed professional-level teams," Wildcats coach John Calipari said this season. "I needed men. I needed experienced, physical guys that knew how to play. That's what this team needed, which is different. That's why most teams don't do what we've just done."

UK offset some costs by providing flights, lodging and tickets for 57 UK boosters who donated $6,000 apiece, contributing a total of $347,047.30. UK also received $17,962.28 in ticket revenue. Even with those adjustments, the final expenses were $431,836.10, nearly three times more than North Carolina's entire trip.

UK paid for 18 rooms for the Dominican Republic national team for six nights, 14 rooms for the Puerto Rican national reserves for six nights and 14 rooms for Champagne Chalons-Reims Basket for seven nights—each at $225 per room, per night. It also spent a total of $72,750 on airfare for the three teams, and $100 per day for their individual meal plans, totaling $36,000.

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Numbers like those would even get the "Million Dollar Man" Ted DiBiase excited:

UK on UTEP Game: "We didn't back out of anything because we never agreed to play the game"

A University of Kentucky spokesperson gave the Courier-Journal a statement about UTEP's allegations that the Wildcats "backed out" of a proposed 2016 game vs. the Miners.

Kentucky says they didn't back out of anything because they never agreed to play the game.

Here is an excerpt:

Wildcats team spokespersn Eric Lindsey clarified in an email Thursday morning that, "We didn't back out of anything because we never agreed to play the game. There were discussions about the possibility of playing, but they never materialized past that. It just didn't work out. Next year our schedule is pretty set as far as games away from home.

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Lindsey did confirm that Kentucky would be open to playing UTEP at some point in the future.

UTEP head coach Tim Floyd stated last night that Kentucky "just backed out" of the game.

Several Schools Showing Interest in JUCO Forward Ray Kasongo

According to Adam Zagoria, several schools are showing interesting in JUCO power forward Ray Kasongo.

Zagoria reports that Texas, UNLV, Florida State, Arizona State, Memphis, Oregon and St. John’s are all showing interest in the 6-foot-9 power forward at College of Southern Idaho.

Kasongo, who played high school basketball at East Ridge and Pikeville, originally committed to Oregon but was not cleared to play there.


Doc Rivers Says Darius Miller is Not in Good Enough Shape for a 10-Day Contract

Former Kentucky forward Darius Miller was set to sign a 10-day contract with the Los Angeles Clippers but Doc Rivers has apparently shut the deal down.

According to Rivers, Miller is not in good enough shape for a 10-day contract at this point but could possibly sign one later this season.

Ohio County Transfer Trace Young Cleared to Play at Apollo

Ohio County transfer Trace Young has been cleared by the KHSAA to play for Apollo High School the rest of this season.

Young, a 6-foot-7 forward, is considered one of Kentucky's top players in the Class of 2017.

Apollo is 9-8 overall this season. The addition of Young will immediately make them valid contenders to win the 3rd Region.

Thomas More's Nate McGovney Named PAC Player of the Week

Thomas More College's Nate McGovney was named Presidents' Athletic Conference Player of the Week on Monday.

Here's a release from TMC:

(GREENVILLE, Pa.) – Thomas More College sophomore guard/forward Nate McGovney (Alexandria, Ky./Campbell County) has been named the Presidents' Athletic Conference (PAC) Men's Basketball Player of the Week by the PAC office.

McGovney helped lead the Saints to a pair of PAC wins last week, averaging 20.5 points, 3.0 rebounds and 2.5 assists per game while converting 59.1 percent (13-of-22) of his field goal attempts. In Saturday's win over Washington & Jefferson College he scored a career-high 33 points, including 27 points in the first half. McGovney finished 11-of-15 from the floor in the win over the Presidents and knocked down 7-of-8 three-point attempts.

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Video: Dick Vitale Talks About Kentucky on SportsCenter

ESPN's Dick Vitale talks about Kentucky prior to Tuesday night's win over Missouri:

Berea College Improves to 10-2 with Win Over Bluefield

Berea College 84
Bluefield College 75

Final from Berea, Kentucky

Game recap by Berea:

The Berea College Mountaineers put its five game winning streak on the line tonight when it hosted the Rams of Bluefield College in the Seabury Center. It was all BC through most of the first half as Richard Parker was red-hot from behind the 3-point line, going 5-8 and scoring 17 points in the opening stanza. Aaron Ponder was also hot early knocking down both of his 3-point attempts. Berea shot a torrid 52% in the first half including 53% from long range that gave them at one time a 24 point lead.

A big shift in momentum occurred with 4:11 left in the half when Parker intercepted a Ram pass, and darted to his basket. 6'5" senior forward Devin Page took off in pursuit and committed a hard foul on the 6'1" Parker pushing him into the basket support. Tempers flared, but calm was restored with Parker receiving a technical and Page a flagrant foul-1. Order may have been restored, but Berea's red-hot shooting touch was gone. The Rams closed on a 14-3 run to end the half 47-34.

The second half was an intense, physical back and forth affair. About mid-way through the half the game nearly got away from the Blue Crew when senior Daishon Robinson picked up a player-control foul at mid-court, then promptly picked up a technical foul. The Rams would convert that opportunity and cut the BC lead to less than 10 points. From there, a couple of quick 3-pointers and the Berea lead was just two.

The Blue Crew faithful took it upon themselves to inject some much needed energy into their team. With 4:32 remaining, Coach John Hemenway called for "elbow" as Seth Beckham brought the ball up to a high screen by London Moore. Moore rolled to the basket, took the feed from Beckham and threw down a thunderous dunk as the Ram defenders could only look on. That play keyed a 10-0 run that would propel the Mountaineers to the 10th win on the season.

Moore would lead the way with a double-double, scoring a team high 21 and grabbing 10 rebounds. Parker finished the game with 18 points, 17 of which were scored in the first half. Robinson just missed his own double-double as he scored 13 points and dished nine assists.

Complete Recap

Wednesday, January 14, 2015

UK Reportedly Backs Out of 2016 Game Against UTEP

The Kentucky Wildcats have reportedly backed out of a proposed game against UTEP in 2016.

The game was supposed to be played at the University of Maryland to mark the 50th anniversary of the NCAA championship game between Kentucky and the school formerly known as Texas Western.

The movie "Glory Road" was based on that game, which was won 72-65 by Texas Western.

The 2016 game would have been the 50th anniversary season of the NCAA championship game between UK and the school formerly known as Texas Western. Texas Western won the title that year at Cole Field House in College Park, Maryland, starting five black players for the first time in NCAA championship history against an all-white UK lineup coached by Adolph Rupp. The Miners won the game, 72-65.

"Just backed out, said that there were a lot of people up there that didn't want the game to be played, for whatever reason, so I don't want to throw them completely under the bus, but that's ok, we'll just stay with a 1-0 record against the Kentucky Wildcats in college basketball. If they never want to play again and act like the game never happened, for the reasons why it occurred are significant, then we'll never play again," said Floyd.

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Berea College Moves Up To No. 6 in USCAA Poll

Berea College is up one spot to No. 6 in this week's USCAA Division I poll.

Men's Division I Basketball: Week 3

Rank Team Total Last Week
1 Daemen College 244 5
2 WVU Tech 242 1
3 University of Dallas 240 T-3
4 Rochester College 230 2
5 Washington Adventist University 222 T-3
6 Berea College 220 7
7 St. Joseph's College-Brooklyn 219 6
8 SUNY-Canton 218 11
9 Florida National University 213 T-8
10 Indiana University South Bend 208 12
11 The Apprentice School 203 10
12 Robert Morris University-Springfield 202 T-8
13 Iowa Wesleyan College 191 13
14 Tennesse Temple University 182 14
15 Silver Lake College 181 15
16 University of Maine-Fort Kent 174 18
17 Concordia College Alabama 170 16
18 Florida College 167 17
19 Oakwood University 163 19
20 Alfred State College 64 NR

Former Scott County Star Trent Gilbert Leaves Louisville Basketball Program

Former Scott County star Trent Gilbert has left the University of Louisville basketball team and plans to pursue other options.

Gilbert scored a total of 6 points this season in 16 minutes of action.

After an outstanding senior season at Scott County, Gilbert opted to walk-on at Louisville despite offers from Marshall, Winthrop and Tennessee Tech.

No. 6 Louisville Cruises Past Virginia Tech

(6) Louisville 78
Virginia Tech 63

Final from Louisville, Kentucky

Game recap by UL:

LOUISVILLE, Ky. (AP) - Tuesday's 78-63 win against Virginia Tech showed what the Cardinals are capable of when their senior point guard is in a generous mood.

Chris Jones had a career-high 11 assists and Terry Rozier scored 16 points as No. 6 Louisville (15-2, 3-1, ACC) easily brushed off the Hokies (8-8, 0-3).

Louisville coach Rick Pitino said prior to Tuesday's game that Jones is ''the type of guy who always has his hands in the cookie jar, and if you allow his hands to go in the cookie jar, he'll take all the cookies.''

It was a comment meant to show a coach's watchful eye on a player prone to bad habits at times.

Jones made a concerted effort to set others up Tuesday after averaging 21 points in his last three games. Pitino still wants Jones to take open shots but pinned Louisville's improvement to the senior's improved decision-making.

''We're getting better, and I think it all stems from Chris Jones' willingness to be a leader and to be a point guard,'' Pitino said.

Louisville tied a season-high with 10 3-pointers and shot 48 percent from the field (31 of 65). Rozier hit 4 of 6 from behind the arc.

Wayne Blackshear added 15 points and Montrezl Harrell and Mangok Mathiang each had 11 points and 8 rebounds as the Cardinals bounced back from Saturday's 72-71 loss at North Carolina.

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Harrell, Rozier and Cauley-Stein Make Wooden Award Midseason Top 25

Kentucky's Willie Cauley-Stein and Louisville's Terry Rozier and Montrezl Harrell have made the Midseason Top 25 watch list for the Wooden Award.

Former Kentucky forward Kyle Wiltjer, who now plays for Gonzaga, is also on the list.

The Wooden Award is given annually to college basketball's top player.

Name School Conference Ht. Yr. Pos.
Justin Anderson Virginia ACC 6-6 JR G
Ron Baker Wichita State Missouri Valley 6-4 JR G
Ryan Boatright Connecticut The American 6-0 SR G
Willie Cauley-Stein Kentucky SEC 7-0 JR F
Yogi Ferrell Indiana Big Ten 6-0 JR G
Jerian Grant Notre Dame ACC 6-5 SR G
Montrezl Harrell Louisville ACC 6-8 JR F
D’Angelo Harrison St. John’s Big East 6-4 SR G
Tyler Haws BYU WCC 6-5 SR G
Buddy Hield Oklahoma Big 12 6-4 JR G
Stanley Johnson Arizona Pac-12 6-7 FR F
Tyus Jones Duke ACC 6-1 FR G
Frank Kaminsky Wisconsin Big Ten 7-0 SR F
Jordan Mickey LSU SEC 6-8 SO F
Georges Niang Iowa State Big 12 6-8 JR F
Jahlil Okafor Duke ACC 6-11 FR C
Kevin Pangos Gonzaga WCC 6-2 SR G
Bobby Portis Arkansas SEC 6-11 SO F
Chasson Randle Stanford Pac-12 6-2 SR G
Terry Rozier Louisville ACC 6-1 SO G
D’Angelo Russell Ohio State Big Ten 6-5 FR G
Juwan Staten West Virginia Big 12 6-1 SR G
Melo Trimble Maryland Big Ten 6-3 FR G
Kyle Wiltjer Gonzaga WCC 6-10 JR F
Delon Wright Utah Pac-12 6-5 SR G

John Calipari Discusses 49-Point Win Over Missouri and More

Kentucky head coach John Calipari talks about last night's 49-point win over Missouri and more:

Missouri Head Coach Kim Anderson Talks About Loss at Kentucky

Missouri head coach Kim Anderson and player Keanau Post talk about last night's loss at Kentucky:

Highlights from Kentucky's Win Over Missouri

Here are Kentucky's highlights from last night's big 86-37 win over Missouri:

No. 1 Kentucky Dismantles Missouri to Improve to 16-0

(1) Kentucky 86
Missouri 37

Final from Lexington, Kentucky

Top-ranked Kentucky (16-0, 3-0 SEC) came out hot and never looked back as they dismantled Missouri 86-37 Tuesday night in Rupp Arena.

Aaron Harrison led the Wildcats with 16 points, including 5 three-pointers. Willie Cauley-Stein finished with 13 points.

Freshman Karl Towns had one of his best games of the season, finishing with 12 points, 10 rebounds and 5 blocked shots.

Dakari Johnson contributed 8 points and 7 boards.

Wes Clark and Keanau Post led Missouri (7-9, 1-2) with 10 points each.

The Tigers were just 16-for-59 (27.1%) from the field and a putrid 1-for-18 (5.6%) from the three-point line.

Kentucky shot 27-for-56 (48.2%) from the field and 8-for-18 (44.4%) from long range.

The Wildcats out-rebounded Missouri 46-27.

Kentucky hits the road next for a challenging game at Alabama on Saturday at 4:00 p.m. ET.

Box Score (click to enlarge):

Tuesday, January 13, 2015

Boyle County's Jeremiah Bell Drains 50-Foot Buzzer Beater on Danville

Boyle County's Jeremiah Bell broke open a 44-41 game with a 50-foot bomb at the third quarter buzzer tonight against Danville.

The shot triggered a 29-4 run to finish the game.

Check it out:

Campbellsville University Still No. 1 in New NAIA D1 National Poll

Campbellsville University is still No 1 in the new NAIA Division I Coaches Top 25 Poll. The Tigers have 6 first-place votes and 247 total points.

Hope International (Calif.) is just behind Campbellsville with 4 first-place votes and 245 points.

Cal State San Marcos is No. 3 and the University of Pikeville is No. 4.

Martin Methodist rounds out the top 5 this week.

Georgetown College is up one spot to No. 18.

University of the Cumberlands is back in the top 25 at No. 25.

2014 – 15 NAIA Division I Men’s Basketball Coaches’ Top 25 Poll – Jan. 13

1 1 Campbellsville (Ky.) (6) 17-1 247
2 2 Hope International (Calif.) (4) 14-0 245
3 3 Cal State San Marcos 19-2 234
4 4 Pikeville (Ky.) 15-1 227
5 7 Martin Methodist (Tenn.) 15-1 211
6 5 Talladega (Ala.) 16-3 210
7 8 Oklahoma Baptist 14-2 204
8 6 Freed-Hardeman (Tenn.) 13-2 189
9 10 Montana Western 14-3 181
10 11 Benedictine (Kan.) 14-3 180
11 13 Our Lady of the Lake (Texas) 10-1 164
11 15 Wayland Baptist (Texas) 14-1 164
13 17 Arizona Christian 15-3 155
14 14 Dalton State (Ga.) 14-2 150
15 9 Concordia (Calif.) 15-3 143
16 20 William Carey (Miss.) 11-3 121
17 12 Texas Wesleyan 12-2 112
18 19 Georgetown (Ky.) 14-3 108
19 23 Lewis-Clark State (Idaho) 15-3 107
20 RV Columbia (Mo.) 14-3 104
21 24 Xavier (La.) 12-6 88
22 RV Evangel (Mo.) 9-6 80
23 16 Philander Smith (Ark.) 10-4 73
24 NR LSU Alexandria 7-1 62
25 RV Cumberlands (Ky.) 14-4 54

Others Receiving Votes: Great Falls (Mont.) 47; Central Methodist (Mo.) 30; Missouri Valley 23; Westmont (Calif.) 21; St. Gregory's (Okla.) 14; Bethel (Tenn.) 10; Life (Ga.) 6; SAGU (Texas) 6; Vanguard (Calif.) 3.

UK Assistant Kenny Payne Talks About Missouri and More

Kentucky assistant coach Kenny Payne talks about tonight's game against Missouri and more:

Pikeville's Kenny Manigault Named Mid-South Conference Player of the Week

University of Pikeville guard Kenny Manigault was named Mid-South Conference Player of the Week on Monday.

Here's a release from the league:

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

The weekly award Manigault's first of the season. He becomes the second Bear this season to capture the honor.

Manigault averaged 21.3 points, 6.3 rebounds and 4.3 assists per game in three Pikeville wins last week. He capped the week making 52.4 percent (22-of-42) of his shots from the field, including 40 percent (2-for-4) from deep, and 18-for-20 from the free throw line.

Manigault opened the week with season highs in points (31) and rebounds (13) in the Bears' 108-71 win at Florida College last Monday. One day later, Manigault scored 19 points, dished out five assists and recorded four steals in Pikeville's 114-91 win over Florida National.

The Ridgeville, S.C. forward closed out the week with 14 points and five rebounds in just 16 minutes of action in a 98-49 home win over Carlow (Pa.). The win ran Pikeville's winning streak to a season-high nine games.

Manigault leads the Mid-South and ranks fourth in the NAIA averaging 2.6 steals per game. He is second in the conference in assists per game (3.8), third in rebounds per game (7.4) and double-doubles (5) and fifth in scoring (18.3) and field goal percentage (50.2).

No. 4-ranked Pikeville improves to 15-1 overall with last week's win. The Bears are second in the Mid-South with a 4-1 conference mark.

The next MSC Men's Basketball Player of the Week will be announced on Monday, Jan. 19.

Scott Padgett Believes 1996 Kentucky Would Defeat This Season's Team

Former Kentucky star Scott Padgett believes the 1996 version of the Kentucky Wildcats would beat this season's team based on experience.

Padgett, who is currently the head coach at Samford, thinks the current Cats could compete with the 1998 Kentucky team but would likely come up short against the 1996 squad.

Here are his thoughts:

Murray State is No. 15 in Mid-Major Top 25 This Week

The Murray State Racers are No. 15 in the Mid-Major Top 25 poll this week.

Gonzaga tops the new poll with a 16-1 record and 772 total points.

Wichita State is No. 2 and Northern Iowa is No. 3.

Green Bay and Stephen F. Austin round out the top 5.

Eastern Kentucky is just outside the top 25 with 44 votes.

Murray State will battle No. 16 Belmont this week.

Here's a look at the new rankings:

1. Gonzaga (31) 16-1 772 1 West Coast
2. Wichita State 14-2 732 2 Missouri Valley
3. Northern Iowa 14-2 679 3 Missouri Valley
4. Green Bay 14-3 670 4 Horizon
5. Stephen F. Austin 12-3 636 5 Southland
6. Valparaiso 16-3 623 6 Horizon
7. Saint Mary's 13-3 547 9 West Coast
8. Harvard 10-3 543 8 Ivy League
9. Wofford 13-4 503 11 Southern
10. BYU 14-5 463 7 West Coast
11. USC Upstate 13-4 391 15 Atlantic Sun
12. Evansville 12-4 372 10 Missouri Valley
13. Eastern Washington 12-4 321 19 Big Sky
14. Coastal Carolina 13-3 296 20 Big South
15. Murray State 13-4 292 23 Ohio Valley
16. Belmont 10-6 258 12 Ohio Valley
17. Yale 11-6 190 16 Ivy League
18. Eastern Michigan 11-4 184 14 Mid-American
19. UL-Lafayette 10-5 144 NR Sun Belt
20. Florida Gulf Coast 11-6 140 17 Atlantic Sun
21. Hofstra 13-4 132 NR Colonial
22. Central Michigan 11-2 116 21 Mid-American
23. Sam Houston State 11-4 103 NR Southland
24. Buffalo 10-4 86 22 Mid-American
25. UC Davis 12-3 70 NR Big West

OTHERS RECEIVING VOTES: Georgia State 69, Toledo 68, Loyola Chicago 66, Iona 57, Northeastern 55, Pepperdine 52, Bowling Green 50, Eastern Kentucky 44, Akron 40, Illinois State 38, Georgia Southern 35, Portland 35, North Dakota State 31, Hawaii 27, San Francisco 21, Eastern Illinois 19, South Dakota State 16, UC Irvine 14, Indiana State 10, NJIT 10, Cleveland State 9, Western Michigan 9, Chattanooga 8, Wright State 8, Stony Brook 7, Ball State 6, High Point 5, Army 4, Kent State 3, North Carolina Central 3, Alabama State 1, Gardner Webb 1, Incarnate Word 1, Rider 1

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Kentucky No Longer Unanimous No. 1 in Either College Basketball Poll

The Kentucky Wildcats (15-0) are still No. 1 in both major college basketball polls, but Virginia (15-0) is also earning some first-place votes.

Louisville is No. 6 in the AP Top 25 and No. 7 in the coaches poll.

Here's a look:

AP Top 25

1 Kentucky (63) 15-0 1,623
2 Virginia (2) 15-0 1,561
3 Gonzaga 16-1 1,446
4 Duke 14-1 1,432
5 Villanova 15-1 1,358
6 Louisville 14-2 1,264
7 Wisconsin 15-2 1,200
8 Utah 13-2 1,185
9 Kansas 13-2 1,100
10 Arizona 14-2 1,037
11 Iowa State 12-2 922 12 Notre Dame 15-2 903 13 Wichita St 14-2 832 14 Maryland 15-2 801 15 North Carolina 12-4 719 16 West Virginia 14-2 627 17 Virginia Commonwealth 13-3 578 18 Oklahoma 11-4 485 19 Arkansas 13-2 431 20 Texas 12-4 345 21 Seton Hall 13-3 298 22 Baylor 12-3 278 23 Northern Iowa 14-2 212 24 Oklahoma St 12-3 132 25 Wyoming 15-2 71

Others receiving votes: Ohio State 70, Michigan St 67, Dayton 55, Providence 17, Indiana 15, LSU 12, St. John's 10, Georgetown 7, Alabama 7, NC State 6, Syracuse 3, Green Bay 3, TCU 2, San Diego St 2, Butler 2, Oregon 2, SMU 1, Davidson 1, Hofstra 1, Colorado St 1, Old Dominion 1

USA Today Coaches Poll

1 Kentucky (31) 15-0 799
2 Virginia (1) 15-0 768
3 Gonzaga 16-1 713
4 Duke 14-1 698
5 Villanova 15-1 659
6 Wisconsin 15-2 604
7 Louisville 14-2 587
8 Utah 13-2 556
9 Arizona 14-2 548
10 Kansas 13-2 521
11 Maryland 15-2 455 12 Notre Dame 15-2 439 13 Iowa State 12-2 418 14 Wichita St 14-2 390 15 West Virginia 14-2 330 16 North Carolina 12-4 328 17 Virginia Commonwealth 13-3 244 18 Oklahoma 11-4 202 19 Arkansas 13-2 196 20 Texas 12-4 184 21 Seton Hall 13-3 170 22 Northern Iowa 14-2 135 23 Baylor 12-3 116 24 Oklahoma St 12-3 51 25 Ohio State 13-4 47

Others receiving votes: Michigan St 35, Wyoming 28, Indiana 25, St. John's 25, Dayton 22, Colorado St 20, Georgetown 19, Providence 16, Old Dominion 10, Stanford 10, Alabama 8, San Diego St 6, LSU 5, Syracuse 4, SMU 4, NC State 2, Saint Mary's 1, Rhode Island 1, Ole Miss 1

Murray State's Jarvis Williams Throws Down SportsCenter Top 10 Dunk

Murray State's Jarvis Williams threw down a SportsCenter Top 10 dunk on Jacksonville State over the weekend.

Watch as Williams hammers home the halfcourt lob from Cameron Payne:

Nerlens Noel Throws Down Game-Winning Dunk on Brooklyn

Former Kentucky big man Nerlens Noel threw down a game-winning dunk on the Brooklyn Nets over the weekend.

Noel finished with 12 points, 5 rebounds and 2 blocks in the 90-88 win.

On the season, Noel is averaging 7.8 points, 7.1 rebounds and 1.6 blocks per game.

Check out the game-winning dunk:

Kentucky Wesleyan's Devin Langford Named G-MAC Player of the Week

Kentucky Wesleyan's Devin Langford was named Great Midwest Athletic Conference Player of the Week on Monday.

Here is a release from KWC:

GREENWOOD, Ind. (Jan. 12, 2015) — Starting with a career-high 28 points against Oakland City, Kentucky Wesleyan's Devin Langford earned a selection as the Great Midwest Athletic Conference Men's Basketball Athlete of the Week.

The Illinois transfer shot 17-of-23 (74 percent) from the field, including 6-of-9 (67 percent) from three-point range as he led the Panthers to a 36-point victory over visiting Oakland City and added 12 of his 16 points in the second half to close out a tight game against conference foe Trevecca.

In the first matchup of the year for the non-conference teams, Langford poured in 28 points and added five rebounds, two assists and a steal. He got off to a hot start as he had 18 first half points and shot 5-for-8 from behind the arc.

Just a couple days later, the junior forward had another five boards and two assists to complement his 16-point performance to help the Panthers seal the victory in the first battle between the teams and to maintain their perfect record in conference play.

Kentucky Wesleyan ended the week with a record of 13-3 on the season and atop the G-MAC standings. The Panthers are currently on a nine-game winning streak dating back to Nov. 25.

Langford is third on the team in scoring at 10.6 ppg. He ranks sixth in the conference in field goal percentage at 53.3 percent and seventh in free throw percentage at 76.2 percent.

Next up for the first-place Panthers are a pair of road tests as they travel to Cedarville and then head to Central State later this week.

Video: DeMarcus Cousins is Unstoppable

Check out this new mix of DeMarcus Cousins' highlights...unstoppable:

Corey Walden, Jarvis Williams Earn OVC Player of the Week Honors

Eastern Kentucky Corey Walden and Murray State's Jarvis Williams have earned Player of the Week honors from the Ohio Valley Conference.

Walden averaged 22.0 points, 5.0 rebounds, 3.0 assists and 1.5 steals per game in road wins over UT Martin and SEMO.

Williams led the Racers to wins over Tennessee Tech and Jacksonville State. He averaged 20.5 points, 10.0 rebounds, 1.5 assists and 1.0 blocks per game in the two wins.

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

Walden averaged 22.0 points, 5.0 rebounds, 3.0 assists and 1.5 steals/game while shooting 61.9 percent (13-of-21) from the field, 93.8 percent (15-of-16) from the free throw line and 42.9 percent (3-of-7) from 3-point range in a pair of Eastern Kentucky road victories. During the week the point guard scored 33 percent of his team's points and turned the ball over only three times in 78 minutes of action. He opened the week with 21 points, five rebounds, five assists and two steals in a win over UT Martin; in that game the senior hit 8-of-11 (72.7%) field goals and was 5-of-6 (83.3%) at the free throw line. Two days later he scored 23 points, hitting 3-of-5 (60%) 3-pointers and 10-of-10 free throws in a win at Southeast Missouri; he also added five rebounds, a steal and assist in the win. Walden currently ranks first in the OVC in steals (2.8/game), second in scoring (18.4 points/game), third in minutes played (33.9/game), fifth in assist-to-turnover ratio (1.9), seventh in field goal percentage (56.2%), eighth in free throw percentage (78.2%) and ninth in assists (3.5/game). It marks the third time this season he has been named OVC Player of the Week.


Jarvis Williams, F • Sr., 6-8, 215 • Macon, Ga. • Murray State

Williams averaged 20.5 points, 10.0 rebounds, 1.5 assists and 1.0 blocks/game while hitting 60 percent (12-of-20) from the field and 70.8 percent (17-of-24) from the free throw line in a pair of Murray State road victories. He recorded his fifth double-double of the season at Jacksonville State on Sunday, scoring 25 points and pulling down 11 rebounds in front of a national television audience; Williams hit 8-of-11 (72.7%) field goals and 9-of-10 (90%) free throws in the victory. He opened the week with 16 points and nine rebounds in a victory over Tennessee Tech. Williams currently ranks third in the OVC in rebounding (7.9/game), fourth in scoring (16.0 points/game), fifth in field goal percentage (59.5%) and 10th in blocked shots (1.0/game).

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Monday, January 12, 2015

Kentucky College Schedule for the Week of January 12-18

Here is your complete Kentucky college basketball schedule for the week:

Monday, January 12

6:00 p.m. St. Catharine College at Tennessee Wesleyan
7:30 p.m. Paine College at Kentucky State University*
7:30 p.m. Fisk University at Campbellsville University

Tuesday, January 13

3:30 p.m. Crown College at Alice Lloyd College
7:00 p.m. Bluefield College at Berea College
7:00 p.m. Virginia Tech at University of Louisville*
7:00 p.m. Kentucky Christian University at Boyce College*
8:00 p.m. Brescia University at Asbury University*
9:00 p.m. Missouri at University of Kentucky*

Wednesday, January 14

7:00 p.m. Kennesaw State at Northern Kentucky University*
7:30 p.m. Union College at Reinhardt*
7:30 p.m. Earlham at Transylvania University*
7:30 p.m. Geneva at Thomas More College*
8:00 p.m. Webster University at Spalding University*

Thursday, January 15

7:00 p.m. Western Kentucky University at Florida Atlantic*
7:30 p.m. Eastern Illinois at Eastern Kentucky University*
7:30 p.m. Asbury University at Wilberforce
7:30 p.m. Kentucky State University at Benedict College*
7:30 p.m. SIU Edwardsville at Morehead State University*
7:45 p.m. Bellarmine University at Indianapolis*
7:45 p.m. Kentucky Wesleyan College at Cedarville*
8:00 p.m. Life University at Campbellsville University*
8:00 p.m. Georgetown College at Shawnee State*
8:00 p.m. Cumberland at University of the Cumberlands*
8:00 p.m. Lindsey Wilson College at University of Pikeville*
9:00 p.m. Belmont at Murray State University*

Friday, January 16

7:00 p.m. Kentucky Christian University at Crown College*

Saturday, January 17

12:00 p.m. Duke at University of Louisville*
2:00 p.m. Berea College at Hiwassee College
2:00 p.m. Eastern Illinois at Morehead State University*
2:00 p.m. Northern Kentucky University at USC Upstate*
3:00 p.m. Alice Lloyd College at IU Southeast*
3:00 p.m. Saint Vincent at Thomas More College*
3:00 p.m. Spalding University at Westminster College*
3:00 p.m. Sewanee at Centre College*
3:30 p.m. Kentucky Wesleyan College at Central State*
4:00 p.m. University of Kentucky at Alabama*
4:00 p.m. Transylvania University at Bluffton*
4:00 p.m. Kentucky Christian University at Johnson University*
4:00 p.m. Morthland College at Brescia University
4:00 p.m. Lindsey Wilson College at University of the Cumberlands*
4:00 p.m. Cumberland at University of Pikeville*
4:00 p.m. Life University at St. Catharine College*
4:00 p.m. Bellarmine University at Saint Joseph's*
6:00 p.m. Truett-McConnell at Union College*
6:00 p.m. Western Kentucky University at Florida International*
7:00 p.m. SIU Edwardsville at Eastern Kentucky University*
7:30 p.m. Kentucky State University at Morehouse College*
8:00 p.m. Tennessee State at Murray State University*
8:00 p.m. Asbury University at Cincinnati Christian*

Sunday, January 18

2:00 p.m. OSU-Mansfield at University of Pikeville

* Conference game

Watch UK Assistant Coach Kenny Payne's Press Conference Live at 3:45 p.m.

Click play below to watch UK assistant coach Kenny Payne talk about tomorrow's Missouri game live at 3:45 p.m. ET:

2015 Louisville Invitational Tournament Tips Off This Afternoon at Valley High School

The 2015 Louisville Invitational Tournament tips off this afternoon at Valley High School.

Today's action gets underway with Western vs. Butler at 3:30 p.m. and continues throughout the evening with three more games.


3:30 p.m. (15) Western vs. (18) Butler
5:00 p.m. (16) Male vs. (17) Shawnee
6:30 p.m. (14) Waggener vs. (19) Christian Academy Louisville
8:15 p.m. (13) St. Xavier vs. (20) North Bullitt


3:30 p.m. (8) Eastern vs. (9) Fern Creek
5:00 p.m. (5) PRP vs. (12) Central
6:30 p.m. (7) Bullitt East vs. (10) Seneca
8:15 p.m. (6) DeSales vs. (11) Fairdale


3:30 p.m (2) Manual vs. TBA
5:00 p.m. (3) Doss vs. TBA
6:30 p.m. (1) Ballard vs. TBA
8:30 p.m. (4) Trinity vs. TBA


4:00 p.m. Quarterfinal #1
5:30 p.m. Quarterfinal #2
7:00 p.m. Quarterfinal #3
8:45 p.m. Quarterfinal #4


10:00 a.m. Semifinal #1
11:30 a.m. Semifinal #2
7:45 p.m. Championship Game

For whatever reason, Trinity, which is widely regarded as a top three team in Kentucky high school basketball, was handed a 4-seed for this tournament. That means Trinity and Ballard are inexplicably on a collision course to play each other in the semifinals.

The seeding is a result of the "SETH Power Rankings", a system devised by Jefferson County Public Schools director of athletics Jerry Wyman.

The same thing happened last year when No. 1 Ballard was given a lower seed and was forced to play Trinity in the semifinals, while Bullitt East was given the LIT's top seed.

Tennessee Walk-On's Mom Reduced to Tears When She Learns that He Has Been Put on Scholarship

Tennessee head coach Donnie Tyndall surprised walk-on Galen Campbell recently by putting him on scholarship.

Campbell's mom was reduced to tears when she was told about Tyndall's gesture.

Check out the video:

Anthony Davis Guarantees That Kentucky Wins No. 9 in 2015

Former Kentucky star Anthony Davis has guaranteed a UK national title in 2015.

In an interview with Red Bull, Davis talked about this season's version of the Wildcats and finished with a confident prediction.

"The team who will win the NCAA tournament 2015 is the one and only best team in the world…University of Kentucky Wildcats,” Davis says. “That’s a guarantee! Kentucky Wildcats. Bleed blue."

Take a listen:

The UK Basketball Locker Room Gets a New Addition

The UK men's basketball locker room has a new addition.

Check it out:

Murray State Dismantles Jacksonville State for 11th Consecutive Win

Murray State 84
Jacksonville State 57

Final from Jacksonville, Alabama

Game recap by MSU:

It's a 3-0 start in the Ohio Valley Conference for the Murray State Racers, after they won their 11th straight game Sunday in an 84-57 victory over the Jacksonville State Gamecocks in Jacksonville, Ala., at Pete Mathews Coliseum.

The Racers (13-4, 3-0 OVC) play their OVC home opener Thursday against Belmont at 8 p.m. on ESPNU.

Jarvis Williams had a double-double with 25 points and 12 rebounds and Cameron Payne tossed in 21 points with Jeffery Moss adding 15.

Leading 43-30 at the half, the Racers put the game away at the start of the second half with a 19-4 run to go in front 62-34 with 14:30 remaining. The run was punctuated by a three-quarter court alley-oop from Payne to Williams.

The Racers finished the game shooting 54 percent on 34-of-57 shots and they held JSU to 32 percent on 19-of-60. MSU 6-of-15 from the 3-point line for 40 percent and the Gamecocks were 5-of-23 for 22 percent.

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Malik Newman Puts on a Show for John Calipari and Kentucky Fans

Kentucky recruit Malik Newman put on a show over the weekend with John Calipari sitting courtside.

Newman finished with 35 points and 14 rebounds:

What Has Happened to Ashland Paul Blazer Basketball?

What has happened to Ashland Paul Blazer basketball?

Historically speaking, Ashland is one of the top boy's basketball programs in Kentucky.

This season, the Tomcats are (an unbelievable) 0-15. This is by far the worst start to a season by any team in the storied history of Ashland basketball.

There are likely wins coming soon (surely they will get a win or two over Rose Hill, right?) but clearly things are not well in Ashland.

The Tomcats recently finished last place in the Ashland Invitational Tournament. Has that ever happened before?

I have to admit...I never thought the day would come when I would write an article about a winless Ashland team.

Here's what the Tomcats have left on the schedule:

Jan 13, 15 Fairview away 7:30 PM
Jan 16, 15 Mason County home 7:30 PM
Jan 17, 15 Ironton, OH away 7:30 PM
Jan 20, 15 Rose Hill Christian away 7:30 PM
Jan 23, 15 Boyd County home 7:30 PM
Jan 24, 15 Spring Valley, WV home 7:30 PM
Jan 27, 15 East Carter home 7:30 PM
Jan 30, 15 Fairview home 7:30 PM
Feb 3, 15 Elliott County away 7:30 PM
Feb 7, 15 Fleming County home 7:30 PM
Feb 7, 15 Rose Hill Christian home 1:00 PM
Feb 10, 15 Rowan County away 7:30 PM
Feb 12, 15 Johnson Central home 7:30 PM
Feb 17, 15 West Carter home 7:30 PM
Feb 20, 15 Russell home 7:30 PM

2015 Center Thomas Bryant Makes John Calipari Laugh at Mustang Madness

Huntington Prep center Thomas Bryant made Kentucky head coach John Calipari and assistant Kenny Payne giggle over the weekend at McCracken County's Mustang Madness event.

Bryant, who ranks No. 36 overall on the list for 2015, through down an emphatic dunk in traffic and was fouled. He immediately stared at Coach Cal and while flexing.

Calipari and Payne both laughed:

Lexington Catholic's Tanner Johnson Picks Up an Offer from Navy

Lexington Catholic's Tanner Johnson picked up an offer from Navy over the weekend.

Johnson, a 6-foot-5 shooting guard, already holds an offer from Air Force.

Sunday, January 11, 2015

Rowan County Knocks Off Fleming County, Raceland Over the Weekend

Rowan County picked up two wins over the weekend and the Vikings have established themselves as one of the favorites to win the 16th Region.

Friday night, Rowan County knocked off Fleming County 68-40. Saturday, they defeated Raceland 81-48.

The Vikings are now 13-3 this season. Their only loss in the region was a 72-69 setback to Boyd County (13-1).

16th Region Standings:

Boyd County 13-1
Rowan County 13-3
Elliott County 10-4
Raceland 10-4
Morgan County 9-3
Fairview 8-5
East Carter 7-8
Menifee County 7-9
Fleming County 6-9
Lewis County 6-9
West Carter 5-9
Greenup County 5-11
Russell 5-11
Bath County 3-13
Rose Hill Christian 0-9
Ashland Blazer 0-15

Here are highlights from Friday night's win:

UPIKE Coach Kelly Wells and Late Navy SEAL Collin Thomas Inducted Into Rowan County Senior High School Alumni Hall of Fame

University of Pikeville head coach Kelly Wells was inducted into the Rowan County Senior High School Alumni Hall of Fame on Friday night.

Wells is one of Rowan County's all-time great high school players. He led the Vikings to the KHSAA Sweet Sixteen three times during his high school career and was named First-Team All-State twice.

Following high school, Wells went on to play at Tulsa before transferring to Morehead State.

Wells began coaching at Marion County High School. He then had a stay at Mason County High School that included a state championship in 2003 and a runner-up finish in 2004.

At the collegiate level, he has totaled more than 200 career wins at Hawaii-Pacific and the University of Pikeville (formerly Pikeville College). UPIKE won the NAIA national championship in 2011.

In total, he has more than 400 career wins as a head coach.

Here is footage of the induction ceremony:

Late Navy SEAL Collin Trent Thomas was also inducted into the Hall of Fame.

Thomas graduated from Rowan County in 1995 and attended Morehead State University, where hwas a member of the Sigma Alpha Epsilon fraternity. He enlisted in the Navy in 1997. Following basic training and follow-on technical instruction, Thomas reported to Coronado, Calif., for Basic Underwater Demolition/SEAL training.

On August 18, 2010, Thomas was fatally shot during combat operations in eastern Afghanistan.

During his 13-year Navy career, Thomas was awarded two Bronze Star Medals with combat "V" distinguishing device; a Purple Heart; a Joint Service Commendation Medal with combat "V" distinguishing device; a Navy and Marine Corps Commendation Medal; six Navy and Marine Corps Achievement Medals; two Combat Action Ribbons (Operation Enduring Freedom and Operation Iraqi Freedom); four Good Conduct Medals; the National Defense Service Medal; the Afghanistan Campaign Medal with two campaign stars; the Iraq Campaign Medal; marksmanship medals with "expert" service device for both rifle and pistol; and a multitude of personal, unit, and campaign decorations.

Former UK Player Rodrick Rhodes Offers Advice to Andrew Harrison

Former Kentucky player Rodrick Rhodes, who is now the head coach at Cordia High School, recently spoke to Jerry Tipton of the Herald-Leader.

Rhodes, who had his share of struggles at Ketnucky and eventually transferred to USC, had some advice for UK point guard Andrew Harrison.

Here is an excerpt:

"Looking back, he has to concentrate on what Coach Cal wants him to do," Rhodes said of Harrison last week. "Nothing else.

"If I had to do it over again ..." His voiced trailed off.

More than once in a 15-minute telephone conversation, Rhodes stressed the importance of listening to UK Coach John Calipari.

"John is all about getting these kids to the NBA," Rhodes said. "So why would he not want to see you get to the NBA?"

When asked if he listened to voices other than Pitino's, Rhodes blurted out, "Oh my God. Too many. I should have only been listening to Rick Pitino."

A big difference between then and now are the many more voices competing for a player's attention.

"It's even tougher now for these kids because of social media," Rhodes said. "And it's all in your face. God forbid if we had had that when we were playing."

Now the coach at Cordia High School in Knott County, Rhodes tries to dampen the impact of social media.

"People are vicious," he said. "Basically, they can take free shots at you behind keyboards, and there's nothing you can do."

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Mercer County's Malik Dow Gets Nasty on Bourbon County

Mercer County forward Malik Dow got nasty on Bourbon County in the Titans 87-75 win Saturday night.

Dow, who finished with a game-high 29 points, absolutely destroyed a Bourbon County defender with a powerful dunk:

The Titans are now 13-4 on the season and have won eight of their last nine games.

Texas A&M Coach Billy Kennedy Talks About Disappointing Loss to Kentucky

Texas A&M head coach Billy Kennedy talks about Saturday's double overtime loss to Kentucky:

Highlights from Kentucky's Double Overtime Win Over Texas A&M

Here are the highlights from Kentucky's 70-64 double overtime win at Texas A&M:

No. 1 Kentucky Survives Double Overtime at Texas A&M

(1) Kentucky 70
Texas A&M 64  F/2OT

Final from College Station, Texas

Game recap by UK:

COLLEGE STATION, Texas (AP) Kentucky coach John Calipari repeated the same thing again and again after his top-ranked team remained undefeated with a double-overtime victory against Texas A&M on Saturday.

''We're not a very good team right now,'' Calipari said.

But surprisingly, that's OK with the veteran coach.

''I don't want us to be great right now anyway,'' he said. ''We need to be great at the end of February and March ... you win and you learn. It's winning and learning and that's all we're trying to do.''

Tyler Ulis put Kentucky ahead with a 3-pointer deep in double overtime to help hold off Texas A&M for the 70-64 win.

The game was tied at 63 when Ulis hit the shot with 1:26 left for his first points of the game.

Kentucky (15-0, 2-0 SEC) was coming off an overtime win against Mississippi on Tuesday.

''These kids are not machines,'' Calipari said. ''They make mistakes. They do dumb things, but I've got a good group that has a will to win.''

The Aggies rallied in the final minutes to tie it in regulation. Trey Lyles made two foul shots with six seconds left in the first overtime for Kentucky, and Texas A&M took its time before missing a long 3 at the buzzer.

Down 66-63, Kourtney Roberson made one of two free throws for A&M (9-5, 0-2 SEC) before a turnover by Lyles gave the Aggies the ball back with 26.9 seconds left.

Danuel House missed a 3-pointer with 16 seconds left and Dakari Johnson made two free throws for Kentucky. House finished with 25 points.

Johnson wasn't surprised that A&M gave them such a fight.

''We know that this is every team's Super Bowl and everybody is going to give us their best shot,'' he said.

Devin Booker led Kentucky with 18 points, Aaron Harrison had 12 and Andrew Harrison had nine. Three players fouled out for Kentucky and one for the Aggies.

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