Saturday, January 24, 2015

Highlights: Kentucky Knocks Off South Carolina on the Road

Check out all the highlights from Kentucky's win at South Carolina:

Frank Martin Talks About Kentucky Loss; "Today, the bear got us"

South Carolina head coach Frank Martin talks about today's loss to Kentucky and more:

No. 1 Kentucky Uses Big Run to Put Away South Carolina in Columbia

(1) Kentucky 58
South Carolina 43

Final from Columbia, South Carolina

Game recap by UK:

COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) Devin Booker found a way to make an impact for No. 1 Kentucky.

He did it again Saturday, leading the Wildcats (19-0, 6-0 Southeastern Conference) with 18 points in a 58-43 victory at South Carolina.

The win matched the team's best start under coach John Calipari and kept the Wildcats from another ''House of Horrors'' moment at the Colonial Life Arena where they'd lost three of their previous five games.

Booker scored seven points in Kentucky''s 14-0 run that spanned both halves, closing the surge with a 3-pointer that put the Wildcats ahead 37-24 with 18:28 remaining.

''I just try to find him,'' said reserve point guard and fellow freshman Tyler Ulis, who led the Wildcats with six assists - several to Booker. ''We came to school together. He gets the job done. He can shoot the ball so if I need to outlet, he's going to be there.''

He was against the Gamecocks (10-8, 1-5), hitting six of his nine shots. Booker has made 13 of his 20 shots from long range since SEC play began, but said he's been kept grounded by Calipari's reminders not to force things and let the game come to him.

''I feel like that's a coach's job, you can't let somebody just feel like they're going to take over,'' Booker said of staying humble despite success.

Aaron Harrison added 13 points for Kentucky, which tied the mark of 19-0 in Calipari's debut season of 2010. That streak was ended right here, a 68-62 stunner and gave Wildcat freshmen - and now NBA standouts - John Wall and DeMarcus Cousins their first college losses.

Just last season, a Kentucky team headed to the national championship game lost 72-67 only weeks before on this same floor.

The Wildcats turned up the defense to make sure that didn't happen this time after Sindarius Thornwell hit a 3-pointer for a 24-23 South Carolina lead with 4:31 left that sent the fans into a frenzy.

Ulis started the comeback for Kentucky with a steal and basket before Booker made two fouls shots and a dunk and the Wildcats were on their way.

Thornwell had 11 points for the Gamecocks, who shot 4 for 27 in the final 24 minutes.

Complete Recap

Box Score (click to enlarge):

Kentucky's Big Blue Nation Was Strong at South Carolina

Kentucky's Big Blue Nation literally took over South Carolina's Colonial Life Arena during today's game.

UK fans were out in force and literally filled close to half the arena.

Kentucky Fan Chants "Just Like Football" at South Carolina Fans

A Kentucky fan chanted "just like football! Just like football!" at South Carolina fans in the closing seconds of today's game in Columbia.

Obviously, the chant was not well received by the home crowd.

This one is rated MF-13 (middle finger warning):

The Joe B. Hall Prep Classic Has Been Cancelled Due to Weather

The Joe B. Hall Prep Classic has officially been postponed due to travel concerns throughout Kentucky.

Owensboro and Hopkinsville had announced via Twitter last night that they would be unable to travel to Mt. Sterling.

Here's a look at the original matchups:

Joe B. Hall Prep Classic

MCHS Events Center in Mt. Sterling, Kentucky
- Lincoln County vs. Campbell County
- Madison Central vs. Owensboro
- Knott Central vs. Hopkinsville
- Trinity vs. Holmes
- Montgomery County vs. Rowan County

* Photo by @MikeLindenWX on Twitter

Friday, January 23, 2015

Western Kentucky Survives UTEP in Overtime to Stay Undefeated in Conference USA

Western Kentucky 71

Final from Bowling Green, Kentucky

Game recap by WKU:

BOWLING GREEN, Ky. (AP) -- Chris Harrison-Docks scored 12 points, including a big 3-pointer in overtime, and WKU beat UTEP 71-66 on Thursday.

Harrison-Docks' 3-pointer with 1:24 left in overtime put WKU up by three. George Fant's dunk moments later pushed it to four and UTEP's C.J. Cooper missed two 3-pointers in the last seven seconds.

WKU (13-5, 6-0 Conference USA) erased a 10-point lead early in the second and T.J. Price's layup with 4:22 left tied it at 57. Ben Lawson added a pair of free throws 45 seconds later to put the Hilltoppers up two.

UTEP (12-6, 4-2) went the last 4:38 of regulation without a basket, but Earvin Morris was fouled with 1.2 seconds left on a 3-point attempt. He missed the first but made the other two to force overtime.

Trency Jackson led WKU with 14 points and Fant finished with 13 points and 11 boards.

Cedrick Lang paced UTEP with 14 points, Vince Hunter had 13 points and 13 rebounds and Morris ended with 10 points.

Former East Jessamine Star Ronnie Carson is Now Eligible at Bryan Station

Former East Jessamine star Ronnie Carson is now eligible to play at Bryan Station and is on the court tonight against Woodford County.

Here is more from Mike Field of the Herald-Leader:

Ronnie Carson, who averaged 26 points as a junior at East Jessamine last season, transferred to Scott County for his senior year, but left there and moved on to Bryan Station last fall.

Defenders Coach Tommy Johnson confirmed Friday morning that Carson is now eligible and will suit up for Friday night’s game at Woodford County.

Complete Article

Bryan Station is 14-4 this season and was already considered among the favorites to win the 11th Region.

Thursday, January 22, 2015

Lincoln County Parts the Red Sea, Takes Over the Lead for Student Section of the Season

With an incredible showing in last week's game against Boyle County, Lincoln County has taken the lead in the Student Section of the Season Contest.

1. Lincoln County's Rednation

- Why they are here: the Lincoln County students put on an excellent show to set the stage for their team's impressive win over the Boyle County Rebels. The students were loud and more than 90% were decked out in red. It truly was a red nation.

- What really stood out: what really stood out to me was having a student dressed as Moses from Biblical times. Moses then walked over and "parted" the red sea...which consisted of the entire student section decked in red.

- Other notes: the students were loud and really into the game, but they didn't cross any lines (no cussing, no over the top chants, etc.). It was just good, clean fun and that's what the student section contest is all about.

2. Boyle County's Rebel Rowdies

- Why they are here: the Rebel Rowdies have a long, proud tradition as one of the state's best student sections. They were previously in the lead but have dropped to No. 2 this week. They are still firmly holding on to the second spot because they had a great showing on the road at Lincoln County.

- What I loved: I love that the Rowdies always have a theme and they always have most everyone on board. They are well organized and the outfits are hilarious.

- The good news for the Rowdies: you are No. 2 right now, but I'll be watching you at least two more times this season (once at Mercer County and Lincoln County's visit to Danville). You still have an excellent chance to win the contest.

3. Knott County Central (not sure what they call themselves)

- Why they are here: the Knott Central students have always been strong. I've been watching them for several seasons. I really enjoyed the toilet theme at the WYMT Mountain Classic. The students were well organized and everyone seemed into it.

- KCC will also have several more chances: I'll be watching Knott Central against soon, probably more than once. I'll keep you posted so you can be ready.

4. Danville (not sure what they call themselves)

- The Ads had a strong showing at Danville but I'll need to see them at home. I'll let you know when I'll be stopping by.

5. Marshall County (not sure what they call themselves)

- I'll need to watch you guys in a rivalry game before I can make a final decision. I like what I saw earlier this season but I have a feeling the Marshals will have a chance to move up soon.

Coming soon:

- Soon, I'll be checking out Covington Catholic, Mercer County (for the Boyle County game), Taylor County and Somerset. I'll let you all know the dates on Twitter.

Would you like a chance?

- If I haven't mentioned your school and you'd like to compete, shoot me a message on Twitter and let me know. I'll come check you out, but you'll have to bring it strong to enter the top 3.

Twitter: @awireman

LIVE Video: John Calipari Talks About South Carolina and More

Check out Kentucky head coach John Calipari LIVE at 2:15 p.m. as he previews Saturday's game at South Carolina:

Central Coach Doug Bibby Hires Lawyer Following Incident at Louisville Invitational Tournament

Central High School head coach Doug Bibby has hired a lawyer and is apparently considering legal action following an ugly incident that occurred prior to his team's semifinal game at the Louisville Invitational Tournament last weekend.

Bibby became upset when one of his players was asked to walk around the gym to the pass gate for coaches and players instead of being allowed through the main gate for fans, even though the player had a ticket.

A security guard confronted Bibby at the front door and a police officer eventually joined the conversation.

Here is Bibby's account of what happened via The Courier-Journal:

“I was standing there with his ticket, and they made him walk all the way around the gym in the cold when our locker room was right next to where we were standing,” Bibby told The Courier-Journal on Saturday. “Then officer comes over and tells me I should move on and then grabs me. I said, ‘Why are you grabbing me?’ Then he shoved me against the concession stand. I moved my shoulder around, and he says, ‘You just shoved an officer.’ He says he’s arresting me and takes me out to the (police) car.”

Bibby was cited for disorderly conduct and released. He was suspended from coaching his team during the semifinal game of the LIT.

Now, Bibby says he has hired a lawyer and his legal team has video evidence of the incident.

Here is more from Jason Frakes of

Bibby said he has hired a lawyer, Michael Goodwin, in response to the treatment he received from the police officer. He would not comment further, except to say, “We have video evidence.”

“The bottom line and the most important thing is that I’m on the sideline coaching and mentoring these young men,” Bibby said. “That means everything to me and is what I’m passionate about.

“I was surprised to read statements on Saturday by individuals who were not present at the time and never asked my version of the events Saturday morning. I hope those initial statements made by individuals not present don’t unfairly compromise the opinions of people who read them. I’m just happy to move past this so I can continue the great year I’m having with my guys at Central.”

Complete Article

Central lost the semifinal game 77-61 to No. 1 Ballard. The Yellowjackets are currently 10-5 and have won four of their last five games.

My thoughts: I can't comment on the incident between Bibby and tournament officials, but I do have one thought on the matter.

I think the real problem is the process by which players and coaches had to enter the arena. To me, it would make more sense to give all players, coaches and staff VIP passes and allow them to enter the arena at their leisure.

Campbellsville's Damontre Harris Named NAIA, NCCAA and MSC Player of the Week Following Triple-Double

Campbellsville University senior Damontre Harris was named NAIA and NCCAA national player of the week on Tuesday.

Harris, a 6-foot-10 power forward, was also named Mid-South Conference Player of the Week.

For the week, Harris averaged 12.5 points, 17.5 rebounds, 8.0 blocks, 4.0 steals and 2.0 assists.

He put in a triple-double of 11 points, 19 rebounds and 11 blocks in an 83-72 win over Life University.

Here is more from CU:

KANSAS CITY, Mo. – Campbellsville University senior center Damontre Harris has been named the NAIA National Division I Men's Basketball Player of the Week and National Christian College Athletic Association (NCCAA) Division I Men's Basketball Student-Athlete of the Week, the national offices announced Tuesday.

This is Harris' first NAIA National Player of the Week honor of his career and the second NCCAA honor this season. Harris was nominated for the NAIA honor after being named the Mid-South Conference Player of the Week Monday for the second time in three weeks.

"Damontre, obviously, had a great week. I am very proud of how hard he has worked to get to this point. It's really fun to watch everything come together for him," CU head coach Keith Adkins said. "The statistics he had last week are very impressive, but his impact on the games can't be measured by stats, alone. His presence on both ends of the floor means so much to our team. As well as he has played, recently, I still think he is going to get better and better this last part of the season."

Harris posted the Tigers' first-ever men's basketball triple-double and averaged 12.5 points, 17.5 rebounds, 8.0 blocks, 4.0 steals and 2.0 assists during the week to help top-ranked Campbellsville (19-1) last week. CU extend its win streak to 13 games and remain unbeaten (6-0) in the Mid-South Conference.

Harris, a 6-foot-10 forward from Fayetteville, N.C., recorded the first triple-double of the season for NAIA Division I Men's Basketball with 11 points, 19 rebounds and 11 blocks in the Tigers' 83-72, come-from-behind, win over Life University (Ga.) on Jan. 15. Harris completed the achievement with a dunk in the second half to give him double-figures in scoring. His rebound and block totals were both career-highs. He also had two assists and five steals in the game.

He shot 41.2 percent (7-for-17) from the field and 11-for-14 (78.6 percent) from the free throw line during Campbellsville's two wins. He also had a double-double 14 points and 16 rebounds last Monday, Jan. 12, in an 82-64 win over Fisk University (Tenn.). He added five blocks and three steals in the win.

Harris now has 73 blocks this season, the most of any NAIA or NCAA player. He leads all NAIA Division I players by 31 blocks.

Complete Release

Wednesday, January 21, 2015

Lincoln County's Jacob Conway is a Scoring Machine

Jacob Conway, a 6-foot-5 senior wing at Lincoln County High School, is quickly approaching 1,750 career points.

Conway, who recently surpassed the 1,500 plateau, has led Lincoln County to a 16-2 overall record. The Patriots are considered one of the favorites to win the 12th Region this season.

Currently, Conway has an offer from Georgetown College and interest from IPFW, Cleveland State and Belmont.

He should have more.

Here are some recent highlights:

No. 1 Ballard to Play at Cordia Saturday Afternoon

No. 1 Ballard will travel to Hazard for a battle with the Cordia Lions on Saturday afternoon at 3:00 p.m. ET.

Cordia (8-1) has won eight consecutive games following a season-opening loss to Sheldon Clark.

The Lions are only allowed to play a 15-game schedule this season due to KHSAA sanctions.

According to the KHSAA website, Cordia still has a game against Clay County and a home-and-home series with Lawrence County showing on the schedule. They can still add two games.

Ballard is currently 17-2 and has not lost to any in-state teams.

The Bruins will have to overcome a long road trip, a small (but very challenging) gym and a talented team who are playing well for coach Rodrick Rhodes.

According to Google Maps, it will be a 3-4 hour trip for Ballard via bus:

Kristian Morgan Leads Asbury Past Winless Fisk University

Asbury 95
Fish 72

Final from Wilmore, Kentucky

Game recap by AU:

Wilmore, KY--Kristian Morgan scored 26 points, 18 in the first half, to pace the Eagles to a 95-72 victory over Fisk University (TN) Tuesday night at the Luce Center in Wilmore.

The Eagles led by 13 at the half but Fisk (0-19) hung around, not allowing Asbury to pull away until late in the second half when the Eagles' lead swelled to 26.

CJ Penny and Kyle Lamb each added 15 points. Penny also contributed 11 rebounds and five assists.

"I didn't think we looked very good in the first half. Kristian Morgan kind of saved us," said Will Shouse, Eagles' head coach. "But we played better in the second half. Overall, I was pleased with it."

Sophomore Timmy Bradshaw hit four of five three pointers for the Eagles and finished with 13 points.

"If a team goes zone on us, I know Timmy is ready to go," said Shouse. "Then they went man and I decided to leave him in. If he can get a shot off, he has as good a chance of making it as anyone who has ever played here."

The Eagles are now 15-5 overall, 4-1 in the KIAC. They will face conference foe Rio Grande (OH) Thursday night in Wilmore.

Daniel Orton Will Join Purefoods Star Hotshots in the Philippines in February

Former Kentucky center Daniel Orton will join Purefoods Star Hotshots in the Philippines following his season with Sichuan in China.

Sichuan currently has a 5-27 record and are expected to miss the playoffs in China's CBA league.

Here is more from

Three-year NBA veteran Daniel Orton has committed to play for the Purefoods Star Hotshots in the PBA Commissioner’s Cup but only upon the completion of his stint with the Sichuan team in the Chinese Basketball Association.

Purefoods coach Tim Cone said their Governors Cup regular import Marqus Blakely fills in for Orton until the latter becomes available by the first week of February.

The Hotshots play at least a game with Blakely in the mid-season tourney that unwraps Jan. 27 at the Mall of Asia Arena in Pasay City.

Purefoods starts its Commissioner’s Cup title defense versus Globalport on Jan. 30 at the Cuneta Astrodome.

Blakely has led Purefoods to three straight Governors Cup finals – winning the last two – but, at 6-foot-4, he’ll be severely handicapped, taking on seven-footers in the second conference.

Complete Article

Even though Orton is listed at 6-foot-10, Purefoods believes he will make it below the league's 6-foot-9 maximum height.

Memphis Sends Russ Smith to the Iowa Energy of the NBA D-League

The Memphis Grizzlies have sent former Louisville star Russ Smith back to the NBA Development League.

Smith, who previously served three stints with the Ft. Wayne Mad Ants, will be joining the Iowa Energy for the first time.

The Grizzlies also sent Jarnell Stokes and Jordan Adams to the Energy.

Here's a little more about Smith from

Smith (6-0, 165) has averaged 15.1 points and 5.9 assists on .549 shooting in 24.9 minutes in seven games over three assignments for Fort Wayne, including five double-digit scoring efforts. The 23-year old totaled five points in 29 minutes in six appearances for the Pelicans this season and has yet to make his Grizzlies debut after being acquired by Memphis in a three-team trade with New Orleans and Boston on Jan. 12.

Drafted by the Philadelphia 76ers in the second round (47th overall) of the 2014 NBA Draft, Smith was acquired by New Orleans in a draft night trade. The New York City native spent four seasons at the University of Louisville (2010-14) where he led the Cardinals to the 2013 NCAA Championship as a junior.

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Union College Just Outside of NAIA DII Top 25; Bulldogs Have Won Six Straight Games

Union College is just outside the NAIA Division II Coaches' Top 25 this week. The Bulldogs are tied for No. 27 with Indiana East.

Cincinnati Christian is No. 17 this week with a 14-5 record.

2014 – 15 NAIA Division II Men's Basketball Coaches' Top 25 Poll – (Jan. 20)

1 1 Indiana Wesleyan (8) 19-1 339
2 2 Embry-Riddle (Fla.) (5) 17-0 334
3 3 Dakota Wesleyan (S.D.) 20-1 323
4 4 College of Idaho 18-3 308
5 5 Davenport (Mich.) 17-3 301
6 6 Bellevue (Neb.) 16-3 285
7 7 Cornerstone (Mich.) 16-4 275
8 8 Bethel (Ind.) 17-3 268
9 9 Midland (Neb.) 16-4 256
10 10 Southern Oregon 17-3 246
11 T12 Morningside (Iowa) 16-3 232
12 14 Concordia (Ore.) 16-3 215
13 11 Saint Francis (Ind.) 15-5 207
14 16 Briar Cliff (Iowa) 17-4 203
15 T12 College of the Ozarks (Mo.) 12-4 180
16 18 Mount Mercy (Iowa) 15-3 178
17 T19 Cincinnati Christian (Ohio) 14-5 147
18 21 Warner Pacific (Ore.) 17-4 144
19 15 Cardinal Stritch (Wis.) 13-7 141
20 17 Northwood (Fla.) 10-5 133
21 22 Northwestern Ohio 15-5 106
22 24 Southeastern (Fla.) 10-5 100
23 RV Grace (Ind.) 15-5 96
24 RV St. Francis (Ill.) 15-5 91
25 RV Jamestown (N.D.) 12-5 72

Others receiving votes: Warner (Fla.) 68; Indiana East 67; Union (Ky.) 67; Olivet Nazarene (Ill.) 48; Marian (Ind.) 34; Northwest Christian (Ore.) 18; Milligan (Tenn.) 8; Dordt (Iowa) 6

Union College knocked off Ohio Christian Monday night for their sixth consecutive win.

Union College 101 Ohio Christian 84

CIRCLEVILLE, Ohio - Union College guard Dominique Hagans (SR/Lexington, Ky.) led five double-digit scorers with a double-double (19 points, 10 rebounds), as the Bulldogs pulled away in the second half to notch a 101-84 victory at Ohio Christian on Monday night.

The win was Union's sixth in a row, as the Bulldogs improved to 15-4 overall on the year with the victory. Ohio Christian fell to 9-10 with the defeat.

In the first half, Union came out hot, opening a 17-7 lead four minutes into the contest. However, Ohio Christian fought back, tying the game up at 29-all with six minutes to go in the period. For the rest of the half, it remained an nip and tuck affair, but OCU went on a 13-0 run toward the end of the half to take a 42-36 lead with one minute to go.

However, Union ended the half on a flurry of their own to take control of the game back, ending the period on a 9-2 run ot take a slim 45-44 lead into the locker room for intermission.

It was a different story in the second half, as the Bulldogs put away OCU early on. In the period, Union outscored Trailblazers by 16 points (56-40) to pull away, going over the century mark for the third straight game in the process.

Overall, Hagans posted his first double-double with his 19 point, 10 rebound performance. Hagans also recorded five assists and five steals in the win, as well.

Elsewhere, Fitzgerald White (SR/Miami, Fla. ) had 18 points, five assists and three steals, while Deante Johnson (SR/Cincinnati, Ohio) and JD Tucker (JR/Charleston, S.C.) scored 16 points, apiece. DeAntray Stevens (SR/Cincinnati, Ohio) rounded out the double-digit scorers on the night for Union, scoring 11 points.

Complete Recap 

Louisville is Planning a White Out for North Carolina Game

The Louisville Cardinals will host a White Out at the Yum! Center when North Carolina comes to town on January 31.

Vandy's Kevin Stallings Talks About Loss at Kentucky

Here's what Vanderbilt head coach Kevin Stallings had to say following last night's loss at Kentucky:

John Calipari Discusses Last Night's Win Over Vanderbilt

Kentucky head coach John Calipari talks about last night's win over Vanderbilt:

Highlights from Kentucky's Win Over Vanderbilt

Here are all the highlights from Kentucky's win over Vanderbilt:

Sluggish Kentucky Holds Off Vanderbilt

(1) Kentucky 65
Vanderbilt 57

Final from Lexington, Kentucky

Game recap by UK:

LEXINGTON, Ky. (AP) With Kentucky's slim lead threatened by a Vanderbilt squad that wouldn't go away, Aaron Harrison coolly stepped up to drain the clutch 3-pointer that has become a familiar sight for the top-ranked Wildcats.

Twin brother Andrew Harrison provided a little more cushion with a layup a minute later before Aaron sealed Tuesday night's hard-fought 65-57 victory with two free throws that kept the Wildcats perfect on a night that featured plenty of blemishes.

All of those flaws were forgotten thanks to the Harrisons' 11 combined points down the stretch, with nine coming from Aaron.

''He's as good as any player in the country the way he played in the second half,'' Kentucky coach John Calipari said of his sophomore guard, whom he hugged tight after the tense contest.

Aaron Harrison, whose clutch 3s earned Kentucky three straight NCAA tournament wins last spring, finished with 14 points, all in the second half. Andrew Harrison added five points as Kentucky (18-0, 5-0 Southeastern Conference) survived its third tight game in five league contests.

''I just wanted to do everything I could to help the team win,'' said Aaron Harrison, who made 4 of 7 from the field including two 3s. ''I knew I had to get my energy together and I did in the second half, which helped me play better.''

Kentucky needed that resolve to put away Vanderbilt (11-7, 1-4).

The Wildcats didn't lead by double digits until early in the second half, and that 45-33 advantage lasted briefly as the Commodores began answering from the perimeter to stay within reach.

Five combined 3-pointers by Riley LaChance (16 points) and Matthew Fisher-Davis (13) helped Vanderbilt pull within 58-54 with 2:36 left. The Commodores never got closer as the Harrisons closed it out for the Wildcats.

Complete Recap

Box Score (click to enlarge):

Tuesday, January 20, 2015

Kentucky's Devin Booker Earns SEC Freshman of the Week for Second Straight Week

Kentucky's Devin Booker was named SEC Freshman of the Week for the second consecutive week on Monday.

Booker averaged 10.0 points in wins over Missouri and Alabama.

Here is a release from UK:

BIRMINGHAM, Ala. – For the second straight week and the third time this season, guard Devin Booker was named Southeastern Conference Freshman of the Week on Monday.

Booker averaged 10.0 points on 67-percent shooting to help UK to a pair of dominant wins against SEC opponents last week.

The 6-foot-6 guard began the week with a perfect night shooting, not missing an attempt from the floor or from the free-throw line against Missouri. The Grand Rapids, Michigan native was UK’s leading scorer at Alabama with 13 points, UK’s first victory in Tuscaloosa, Ala., since 2009.

Booker made a trio of 3-pointers at Alabama and has hit multiple treys in five of his last six games, and at least one in seven straight outings.

In league competition, Booker is shooting 64.7 percent from 3-point range, 90.9 percent at the free-throw line and 55.6 percent from the floor while averaging 12.8 points per game. He leads all SEC players in 3-point field-goal percentage for the season.

The Wildcats have won seven SEC Freshman of the Week honors this season. Booker has won the award three times while Karl-Anthony Towns won the award twice. Trey Lyles and Tyler Ulis have claimed the honor once apiece.

Kentucky will return to Rupp Arena on Tuesday when the Cats host Vanderbilt at 9 p.m. on the SEC Network.

For the latest on the Kentucky men’s basketball team, follow @KentuckyMBB on Twitter and on the web at

Bellarmine Earns Key Conference Road Win at Southern Indiana

(2) Bellarmine 83
Southern Indiana 70

Final from Evansville, Indiana

Game recap by BU:

EVANSVILLE, Ind.-The No. 2/4 Bellarmine Knights rode a huge second half to post an 83-70 road victory over the Southern Indiana Screaming Eagles in a Great Lakes Valley Conference game at the Physical Activities Center.

The Screaming Eagles opened the game with a hot hand from the outside, hitting six of 10 3-pointers in the opening 20 minutes to post a 35-33 halftime lead. However, it was a different story after the break. Senior Chris Whitehead exploded for 19 second half points en route to scoring a career high 25 for the Knights, and Bellarmine shot a sizzling 73.9 percent--scoring on all but five second half possessions--to pull away for a double digit victory.

In addition to Whitehead's offense, Bellarmine combatted the Screaming Eagles with a solid defensive effort after halftime to hold USI to just 33.3 percent in the second period including 3-14 from long range.

"They (USI) are a great basketball program, so this is a quality, quality win," said Bellarmine Coach Scott Davenport. "As a teacher, as a basketball coach when you see people that you're teaching and coaching all the time get better and improve that's a source of great satisfaction. I read a quote to the guys at the walk through today from Dr. Martin Luther King about the most special people in the world being the ones that make others better. Dr. King would be proud of Chris Whitehead tonight, because he made everybody better."

In addition to Whitehead, the Knights got big contributions from up and down the lineup. George Suggs was involved in two pivotal plays for the Knights, nailing a triple at the end of the first half and tacking on a free throw for a rare 4-point play to pull Bellarmine within two heading to the locker room. Then, at the midway point of the second half, the 6-10 junior then hit a crucial three that provided the Knights a comfortable 9-point cushion at the 9:02 mark. Suggs finished with 14 points, three blocked shots and five rebounds.

Senior Jake Thelen also posted solid numbers, going 8-for-11 from the field and finished with 17 points, seven rebounds, and four assists. Rusty Troutman also hauled in seven boards as the Knights outrebounded USI 34-22. In addition to his game high 25 points, Whitehead also had a game high with five assists.

On the other side of the court, Gavin Schumann opened up on fire, but cooled in the second period and finished with 21 points on 7-for-17 shooting to lead the Screaming Eagles.

Complete Recap

Monday, January 19, 2015

Huge Week of Conference Action Around Kentucky: Schedule for the Week

As we approach late January and enter into February, conference action really heats up around Kentucky.

At this point, conference play is well underway and teams are preparing for the postseason...which, amazingly, is right around the corner.

Here's a schedule for the week:

Monday, January 19

7:30 p.m. Union College at Ohio Christian
8:30 p.m. Bellarmine University at Southern Indiana*

Tuesday, January 20

6:00 p.m. Thomas More College at Grove City*
7:00 p.m. Kentucky Christian University at Berea College
7:30 p.m. Fisk University at Asbury University
7:30 p.m. Alice Lloyd College at Rio Grande*
8:00 p.m. Brescia University at IU East*
9:00 p.m. Vanderbilt at University of Kentucky*

Wednesday, January 21

7:30 p.m. Franklin at Transylvania University*
7:30 p.m. Montreat at Union College*
8:00 p.m. Greenville at Spalding University*

Thursday, January 22

7:00 p.m. Morehead State University at Tennessee Tech*
7:00 p.m. Life University at University of the Cumberlands*
7:00 p.m. North Florida at Northern Kentucky University*
7:30 p.m. Ohio Christian at University of Pikeville
7:30 p.m. Spring Hill College at Kentucky State University*
8:00 p.m. Eastern Kentucky University at Jacksonville State*
8:00 p.m. St. Catharine College at Shawnee State*
8:00 p.m. Rio Grande at Asbury University*
8:00 p.m. Lewis University at Bellarmine University*
8:00 p.m. Campbellsville University at Georgetown College*
8:30 p.m. Davis & Elkins at Kentucky Wesleyan College*
9:00 p.m. UTEP at Western Kentucky University*
9:00 p.m. Cumberland University at Lindsey Wilson College*
9:00 p.m. Murray State University at Eastern Illinois*

Friday, January 23

8:00 p.m. Point Park at Brescia University*
9:00 p.m. Centre College at Rhodes*

Saturday, January 24

12:00 p.m. University of Kentucky at South Carolina*
1:00 p.m. Jacksonville at Northern Kentucky University*
2:00 p.m. Kentucky Christian at Union College
3:00 p.m. UTSA at Western Kentucky University*
3:00 p.m. Rose-Hulman at Transylvania University*
3:00 p.m. Waynesburg at Thomas More College*
3:00 p.m. Asbury University at Berea College
3:00 p.m. Alice Lloyd College at IU Kokomo*
3:00 p.m. Spalding University at Blackburn College*
3:00 p.m. Tuskegee University at Kentucky State University*
3:15 p.m. Wisconsin-Parkside at Bellarmine University*
4:00 p.m. St. Catharine College at Georgetown College*
4:00 p.m. Carlow at Brescia University*
4:00 p.m. Life University at University of Pikeville*
4:15 p.m. Alderson Broaddus at Kentucky Wesleyan College*
5:30 p.m. Morehead State University at Jacksonville State*
8:00 p.m. Murray State University at SIU Edwardsville*
8:30 p.m. Eastern Kentucky University at Tennessee Tech*

Sunday, January 25

3:00 p.m. Alice Lloyd College at IU East*
3:00 p.m. Centre College at Hendrix*
4:00 p.m. University of Louisville at Pittsburgh*

* Conference game

Ballard Tops Boys Rankings This Week; Trinity Falls to No. 5

Ballard remains on top of the Boys Rankings this week following a championship run in the Louisville Invitational Tournament.

Henderson County comes in at No. 2 and Knott County Central is No. 3.

Doss and Trinity rounds out the top 5. Boys Rankings (1-19-15)

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


Kentucky State Earns First Ever Road Win at Benedict, But Falls Short at Morehouse

Kentucky State University just wrapped up a bittersweet conference road trip.

The Thorobreds earned their first ever road win at Benedict College on Thursday but fell short at Morehouse on Saturday.

Here are recaps:

Kentucky State 80 Benedict 74

COLUMBIA, S.C. – Tied at 74 with less than two minutes remaining, the Kentucky State University Thorobreds scored six unanswered points to defeat the Benedict College Tigers, 80-74, on Thursday night at the Benjamin E. Mays HRC Arena.

The victory was a historic one for Kentucky State. Since the teams started playing each other during the 2002-03 season, the Thorobreds had never beaten the Tigers in Columbia prior to Thursday.

With the victory Kentucky State moves to 4-8 overall this season and 3-3 in SIAC action. Benedict drops to 6-6 overall and 4-2 in the SIAC.

With 1:34 left on the clock, Benedict tied the game at 74 when Brennan Reynard hit one of two free throws. On the next possession, Kentucky State took the lead for good when Ulysses Thomas III sparked a 6-0 Thorobred run with a jumper after a steal by Markus Montague. After another Benedict turnover, Tryston Ford hit two clutch free throws with 21 seconds left. When Benedict missed a layup on their next possession and KSU took the ball back, Thomas was fouled and calmly stepped to the line to sink a pair of free-throws to seal the game for Kentucky State.

As a team, KSU had their second best game of the season from the charity stripe. The Thorobreds shot 83 percent (19-for-23) from the free-throw line.

Thomas tied a season-high with 20 points against Benedict to go with three rebounds and three assists. Ford added 14 points off the bench, going 3-of-4 from 3-point distance. Forward Darrien Wilkins finished with 12 points and nine rebounds.

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Morehouse 68 Kentucky State 44

ATLANTA – The Morehouse College Maroon Tigers defeated the Kentucky State University Thorobreds, 68-44, in an SIAC men's basketball matchup on Saturday afternoon at Forbes Arena.

Morehouse (8-6, 6-1 SIAC) entered Saturdays game coming off a disappointing loss to Stillman that snapped a 5-game winning streak. Kentucky State (4-9, 3-4 SIAC) kept things close early in the contest but struggled offensively, shooting a season-low 29 percent from the field, as MC built up their lead before eventually pulling away in the second half.

The Thorobreds actually held a five-point lead, 15-10, after Tim Bates connected on a jumper with just over 12 minutes remaining in the opening frame. Unfortunately for KSU, the Maroon Tigers would go on a 21-9 run to head into the locker room with a seven-point lead, 31-24.

In the second half, Kentucky State's offensive woes continued as the Thorobreds connected on just 28 percent of their field goal attempts. On the other side, Morehouse hit their field goals at a 44 percent clip to slowly build their lead to as many as 25 points before the end of the game.

Tyrone Brown led MC offensively, picking up 10 of his game-high 15 points in the second half. Brown hit 3-of-6 shots from the field 9-of-11 from the free-throw line. Austin Anderson added 11 points to go with three steals and a pair of rebounds. Brandon Glover chipped in 10 points and two assists. Robert Askew had six points and eight rebounds and Javarius Gay contributed seven points and five rebounds.

Complete Recap

Kentucky Tops Both College Basketball Polls Again This Week; Louisville Drops to No. 10

Undefeated Kentucky remains on top of the AP Top 25 this week with 1,623 total points and 63-of-65 first-place votes.

Virginia (17-0) earned the other two first-place votes and 1,562 total points.

Gonzaga, Villanova and Duke round out the top 5.

Louisville (15-3) is down to No. 10 this week following a home loss to Duke.

AP Top 25

Record Pts Prv
1. Kentucky (63) 17-0 1,623 1
2. Virginia (2) 17-0 1,562 2
3. Gonzaga 18-1 1,467 3
4. Villanova 17-1 1,429 5
5. Duke 15-2 1,345 4
6. Wisconsin 16-2 1,282 7
7. Arizona 16-2 1,228 10
8. Notre Dame 17-2 1,055 12
9. Iowa St. 13-3 1,004 11
10. Louisville 15-3 1,003 6
11. Kansas 14-3 943 9 12. Utah 14-3 940 8 13. Maryland 17-2 937 14 14. Wichita St. 16-2 857 13 15. North Carolina 14-4 803 15 16. VCU 15-3 670 17 17. Texas 13-4 554 20 18. West Virginia 15-3 501 16 19. Oklahoma 12-5 445 18 20. N. Iowa 16-2 387 23 21. Baylor 13-4 260 22 22. Dayton 15-2 241 -- 23. Indiana 14-4 93 -- 24. Seton Hall 13-4 91 21 25. Iowa 13-5 85 --

Others receiving votes: Oklahoma St. 47, Miami 41, San Diego St. 34, Georgetown 33, Stanford 31, Saint Mary's (Cal) 18, Providence 17, Colorado St. 16, Arkansas 15, Georgia 13, Butler 11, SMU 11, Michigan St. 8, LSU 6, Old Dominion 5, Wyoming 4, Ohio St. 3, Louisiana Tech 2, Tennessee 2, George Washington 1, St. John's 1, Washington 1.

The Wildcats are also still No. 1 in the USA Today Coaches Poll with 799 points and all but one first place vote.

USA Today Coaches Poll

1 Kentucky (31) 17-0 799
2 Virginia (1) 17-0 768
3 Gonzaga 18-1 723
4 Villanova 17-1 697
5 Wisconsin 16-2 654
6 Duke 15-2 653
7 Arizona 16-2 602
8 Maryland 17-2 514
9 Notre Dame 17-2 504
10 Louisville 15-3 502
11 Utah 14-3 473 12 Iowa State 13-3 443 13 Wichita St 16-2 424 14 Kansas 14-3 422 15 North Carolina 14-4 390 16 Virginia Commonwealth 15-3 317 17 West Virginia 15-3 273 18 Texas 13-4 233 19 Northern Iowa 16-2 202 20 Oklahoma 12-5 195 21 Baylor 13-4 120 22 Dayton 15-2 100 23 Indiana 14-4 56 24 Seton Hall 13-4 40 25 Stanford 13-4 33

Others receiving votes: Arkansas 29, San Diego St 28, Iowa 27, Colorado St 26, Oklahoma St 24, Michigan St 17, Ohio State 15, Wyoming 14, Miami (FL) 13, SMU 12, Old Dominion 11, Georgetown 11, NC State 5, Butler 5, Saint Mary's 5, Valparaiso 4, Providence 4, Ole Miss 4, Kansas St 3, Stephen F. Austin 3, LSU 2, St. John's 1

UK Assistant John Robic Previews Vanderbilt LIVE

Tune in at 2:15 p.m. ET to watch Kentucky assistant John Robic preview tomorrow night's game against Vanderbilt:

Lyonell Gaines May Miss Rest of Season at Morehead State

Morehead State head coach Sean Woods confirmed on this morning's OVC conference call that the team might be without forward Lyonell Gaines for the rest of this season.

Woods said Gaines has a stress fractured knee cap.

In 15 games this season, Gaines averaged 6.2 points and 4.2 rebounds per game.

Eastern Kentucky Blows By SIU Edwardsville

Eastern Kentucky 78
SIU Edwardsville 62

Final from Richmond, Kentucky

Game recap by EKU:

RICHMOND, Ky. – Eastern Kentucky used a strong second half and a career game from forward Eric Stutz en route to a 78-62 win against Southern Illinois Edwardsville Saturday night in McBrayer Arena.

Down 32-33 at halftime, EKU (11-6, 3-1 OVC) used a 10-0 run to start the second half and never looked back. Stutz scored a career high 24 points and grabbed 11 rebounds, just one shy of his career high.

"I think tonight we threw him the ball more on the block," Eastern Kentucky Head Coach Jeff Neubauer said. "So he had more scoring opportunities. We need to continue to grow that part of our game."

The highlight of the second half run came when Stutz hit back-to-back three-pointers and threw a beautiful pass to senior guard Corey Walden for a layup that pushed the Colonels' lead to 18.

The Colonels led by as much as 20, outscoring the Cougars (7-9, 3-3 OVC) 46-29 in the second half. EKU was just 1-of-9 in the first half from three-point land, but hit 5-of-9 from deep and 14-of-21 overall in the second half of play.

Eastern held the Cougars to just 8-of-24 shooting in the second half and forced 23 turnovers for the game.

"We were able to rest guys a little bit more in the first half," Neubauer said. "The foul trouble we had in the first half actually helped us and made us a little fresher for the second half."

Walden added 19 points and had five assists. He took a hard foul that was upgraded to a flagrant two late in the second half. After a brief period out of the game, the senior was able to return.

Senior guard Timmy Knipp had 14 points, half of which came from hitting 7-of-8 free throws.

"Timmy is much more than just a shooter," Neubauer said. "He's a basketball player. So when he does attack the rim, it gives him more opportunities."

Complete Recap

Northern Kentucky Wins Thriller at USC Upstate

Northern Kentucky 66
USC Upstate 65

Final from Spartanburg, South Carolina

Game recap by NKU:

SPARTANBURG, S.C. – Northern Kentucky rallied from an 11-point second-half deficit for a 66-65 win over USC Upstate on Saturday afternoon. Jalen Billups led the Norse with 16 points on the strength of perfect 7-for-7 shooting from the floor.

"That was an enormous win for us," said head coach Dave Bezold. "Our guys showed a lot of moxy battling back in the second half. I really thought Jalen's ability to score inside opened things up for Tayler [Persons] and Todd [Johnson] and those two guys knocked down some key baskets."

The win moves Northern Kentucky to 8-10 overall and 2-1 in the Atlantic Sun.

The onset of the game featured a back-and-forth affair with NKU establishing an 11-8 advantage after the first five minutes. A 9-0 run by USC Upstate (13-6, 1-2 A-Sun) pushed the Spartans out in front, a lead they did not relinquish for the remainder of the half on their way to a 36-24 margin.

Upstate maintained an 8-11 point advantage for the first eight minutes of the second half. Trailing, 47-38, the Norse made their move over the next six minutes, scoring 14 of the next 19 points to grab a 52-51 lead.

Todd Johnson kick-started the run with a three from the corner and Tayler Persons ended it with the final five points.

After the Spartans scored the next four points to regain the lead, Tyler White cashed a trifecta to even the game at 55. Johnson then sandwiched another two treys around an Upstate basket before following with a third three-pointer to extend NKU's lead to 61-57 with 1:46 left on the clock.

Complete Recap

Murray State Blows By Tennessee State for 13th Consecutive Win

Murray State 91
Tennessee State 72

Final from Murray, Kentucky

Game recap by MSU:

The Murray State Racers used a 20-2 start to push their winning streak to 13 Saturday in a 91-72 win over the Tennessee State Tigers at the CFSB Center in Murray, Ky.

The Racers improved to 5-0 in the Ohio Valley Conference and 15-4 overall in winning their eighth straight game at home.

Jarvis Williams led the way with 21 points, 13 from the free throw line, and T.J. Sapp tossed in 18 points on a career-high five 3-point baskets. Cameron Payne tied his season-high with nine assists as he added 14 points, while Jeffery Moss had 13 points.

Murray State broke from the gate with an amazing 20-2 run in the first 7:45 of the game and enjoyed a 42-23 advantage at half time.

The Racers pushed their lead to 31 points (68-37) with 12:29 remaining and cruised from there.

MSU has won the last five over TSU and are 51-16 all-time.

The win sets up quite a showdown Thursday when the Racers travel to Lantz Arena in Charleston, Ill., to face the Eastern Illinois Panthers. EIU has won nine straight including road wins this weekend at Eastern Kentucky and Morehead State. EIU is 12-6 and 6-0 in the OVC. The game will tip at 8 p.m. and televised by the CBS Sports Network.

Complete Recap

No. 4 Duke Gets Past No. 6 Louisville in ACC Showdown

(4) Duke 63
(6) Louisville 52

Final from Louisville, Kentucky

Game recap by UL:

LOUISVILLE, Ky. (AP) - Terry Rozier's 17 points led No. 6 Louisville, but it wasn't enough as the Cardinals lost to No. 4 Duke 63-52 on Saturday.

Jahlil Okafor scored 14 second-half points, Amile Jefferson added 19 as Duke (15-2, 3-2 Atlantic Coast Conference) dominated Louisville inside.

Louisville (15-3, 3-2) shot just 18 of 61 from the field (30 percent) and failed to beat one of the ACC's powerhouses. The Cardinals also lost at North Carolina last Saturday.

Staggered by Tuesday's 16-point loss to Miami that ended their 41-game home winning streak, the Blue Devils rebounded on their home floor to end a two-game slide. The 6-foot-11 freshman Okafor and 6-9 Jefferson played a big role in outscoring Louisville 32-24 in the paint while denying the inside defensively.

Okafor finished with 18 points and seven rebounds as the Blue Devils finally put coach Mike Krzyzewski within two wins of 1,000.

Louisville trailed by 21 in the second half before getting within 10 points, at 58-48 with 1:29 remaining. But the Blue Devils were firmly in control at that point and won the matchup between Hall of Fame coaches Krzyzewski and Rick Pitino.

Most important for Duke was avoiding its first three-game league losing streak since the 2006-07 season.

Both teams shot poorly at the start, but Duke eventually took advantage of Louisville's misfires to close the half on a 15-6 run for a 30-20 halftime lead. The Blue Devils' zone defense succeeded in forcing the Cardinals into burning a lot of clock before taking long-range shots that missed despite good looks.

Louisville was ice cold in the first half, shooting 7 of 31 including 11 straight misses over a six-minute stretch before making its final three. The last one involved some drama, as Montrezl Harrell's jumper bounced three times on the rim before dropping through at the horn to trail 30-20. He finished with 10 points.

Complete Recap

Former Morehead State Center Chad Posthumus Signs with Mississauga Power of NBL Canada

Former Morehead State big man Chad Posthumus has signed with the Mississauga Power of the National Basketball League of Canada.

Here is a release:

(Mississauga, ON - ) The Mississauga Power have added two new Canadians to the roster, who will look to create an impact for the team immediately.

Chad Posthumus is a 6'11 centre from Winnipeg, Manitoba. Posthumus played at Morehead State University, where he averaged a near double double of 9.6 ppg and 10.9 rpg. Posthumus' accolades include ranking #4 in the NCAA in rebounding and 1st in the NCAA in rebounds per 40 minutes. He went on to play in the NBL in Japan, where he averaged 10.1 ppg and 8.1 rpg. Posthumus also participated in the 2014 NBA Samsung Summer League in Las Vegas as a member of the Chicago Bulls team.

Warren Ward, who is from Brampton, ON, ranks second all-time in scoring for the University of Ottawa. The 6'6 guard held averages of 17.8 ppg and 7.6 rpg in his final year at Ottawa before moving on to play professionally in Germany. Ward was a member of Canada Basketball's 2011 Development Team and represented Canada in the 2011 PanAm Games in Mexico.

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Western Kentucky Sweeps Florida Trip to Earn Best Conference Start Since 1992-93

Western Kentucky defeated Florida Atlantic and Florida International last week to earn their best conference start since 1992-93.

Game recaps by WKU:

Western Kentucky 88 Florida Atlantic 85 F/OT

BOCA RATON, Fla. (AP) -- T.J. Price scored 27 points and WKU rallied from a 13-point deficit in the second half and beat Florida Atlantic 88-85 in overtime on Thursday night.

The victory gave the Hilltoppers (11-5, 4-0) six consecutive wins while handing the Owls (7-8, 0-4) their fourth straight loss.

George Fant added 23 points and 10 rebounds, his sixth straight double-double. Chris Harrison-Docks had 12 points, six in overtime as did Price, who went over 1,500 career points.

The Owls led 52-39 with 11:54 left. WKU went on a 14-4 run to lead 70-67 with 53 seconds left in regulation. A jumper by FAU's Marquan Botley tied the game at 71-all and sent it into overtime.

Two Price free throws put WKU ahead 87-82 with 17 seconds left in overtime, and Botley missed a 3-pointer with four seconds left.

Botley scored 22 points, Solomon Poole added 21 and Jackson Trapp 20.

Western Kentucky 65 Florida International 58

MIAMI (AP) -- George Fant had his sixth-straight double-double with 20 points and 11 rebounds to lead WKU past FIU 65-58 on Saturday for its seventh-consecutive win and best start to conference play since 1992-93.

WKU (12-5, 5-0 Conference USA) is off to its best start in conference play in 22 seasons. The Hilltoppers haven't started the conference season 5-0 since 1992-93.

Justin Johnson added 11 points for WKU. Fant was 6 of 15 from the field and 8 of 10 from the free throw line as the Hilltoppers were 22 of 32 from the stripe compared to 10 of 17 for FIU.

Dennis Mavin led FIU (9-9, 2-3) with 21 points. Daviyon Draper had 15 points and 11 rebounds, and Adrian Diaz added 11 points.

FIU cut its deficit to three points twice in the final 1:30, but Johnson and Brandon Price had an answer for WKU.

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