Saturday, April 11, 2015

Ballard's Jalen Perry Adds New Offers

The offers are starting to roll in for Ballard star Jalen Perry.

In late March, Perry picked up an offer from Samford and head coach Scott Padgett.

This morning, Perry announced that he has now added an offer from Middle Tennessee State:



Perry, a 6-foot-3 shooting guard, also has previous offers from New Hampshire, New Orleans and Maryland-Eastern Shore.

Updated Rosters for Tonight's Ohio-Kentucky All-Star Game

The rosters have been updated for today's Ohio-Kentucky All-Star Game at Thomas More College.

Hopkinsville's JaQualis Matlock is no longer participating in the game and has been replaced by Johnson Central's Kyle Gullett.

2015 KENTUCKY All-STARS

PLAYER HIGH SCHOOL HT POSITION
Jeremiah Bell, Boyle County, 6'2" Guard
Chris Coffey, Seneca, 6'7" Forward
Eljay Cowherd, Bardstown, 6'0" Guard
Richard Gaines, PRP, 6'5" Forward
Terrell Grey, Doss, 6'3" Guard
Evan Hall, Knott Central, 6'7" Forward
Camron Justice, Knott Central, 6'3" Guard
Kyle Gullett, Johnson Central, 6'6" Forward
Drew McDonald, Newport Central Catholic, 6'8" Forward
Trey Moses, Eastern, 6'9" Center
Will Parker, Male, 6'7" Forward
Bo Schuh, Covington Catholic, 6'6" Forward
David Simmons, Henderson County, 6'2" Guard
Dwayne Sutton, Manual, 6'5" Forward
Hagen Tyler, Boyle County, 6'3" Guard

Head Coach: BB King, Knott Central
Assistant Coaches: Steve Adams (Boyle County); Tony Williams (Doss)

2015 OHIO ALL-STARS

PLAYER HIGH SCHOOL HT POSITION
44 ESA AHMAD SHAKER HEIGHTS 6’8 F WEST VIRGINIA
3 KYLE AHERNS VERSAILLES 6’5 G MICHIGAN ST.
2 TOMMY BOLTE CHILLICOTHE 6’0 G CONCORD
32 BEN CASANOVA SYLVANIA SOUTHVIEW 6’6 F UNDECIDED
10 JORDAN DARTIS NEWARK 6’2 G OHIO UNIV.
4 MICHAEL DAVIS PORTSMOUTH WEST 6’1 G UNDECIDED
5 BEAU JUSTICE PEEBLES 6’1 G WEST LIBERTY
42 DEREK PARDON VILLA ANGELA-ST. JOSEPH 6’8 F/C NORTHWESTERN
11 BRIAN PARKER VILLA ANGELA-ST. JOSEPH 6’2 G MARIST
13 JEREMIAH ROBERTS SYLVANIA SOUTHVIEW 6’4 G UNDECIDED
22 DREW SCARBERRY NORTHWEST 6’6 F NOTRE DAME COLLEGE
1 D’MITRIK TRICE HUBER HEIGHTS WAYNE 6’0 G UNDECIDED
21 AHMAD WAGNER HUBER HEIGHTS WAYNE 6’7 F IOWA
23 ALEX WHITE LAKOTA EAST 6’7 F UNDECIDED
33 XERYIUS WILLIAMS HUBER HEIGHTS WAYNE 6’8 F DAYTON
HEAD COACH: BRUCE SMITH, SYLVANIA SOUTHVIEW
ASST. COACH: JORDAN BLACKBURN, DELAWARE HAYES
ASST. COACH: TRAVIS TRICE, HUBER HEIGHTS WAYNE

Friday, April 10, 2015

Covington Catholic's Bo Schuh Commits to Transylvania

Covington Catholic forward Bo Schuh recently committed to Transylvania University.




Kentucky is Showing Interest in Charlotte Transfer Mike Thorne

According to Evan Daniels of Scout.com, the Kentucky Wildcats are showing interest in Charlotte graduate transfer Mike Thorne.

Thorne, a 6-foot-11 center, averaged 10.1 points and 7.3 rebounds per game for Charlotte last season.

As a graduate transfer, he would be eligible to play immediately.


Murray State to Play in Canada This Summer

The Murray State Racers will play some exhibition basketball in Canada this summer.

According to WPSDLocal6.com, the Racers will visit Montreal from August 1-6.

With all that Murray State is losing, including OVC Player of the Year Cameron Payne, the trip will be a great learning experience leading into the 2015-16 season.

Thursday, April 9, 2015

Seven Kentucky Players Announce NBA Draft Decisions

Kentucky's Aaron Harrison, Andrew Harrison, Willie Cauley-Stein, Karl-Anthony Towns, Devin Booker, Trey Lyles and Dakari Johnson have all announced their intentions to enter the 2015 NBA Draft.

John Calipari said injured forward Alex Poythress is exploring his NBA options and will make a decision soon.

Marcus Lee and Tyler Ulis will remain at Kentucky for next season.

Morehead State is Working to Upgrade Johnson Arena

Morehead State University is working to upgrade Johnson Arena this offseason.

The latest addition appears to be a new sound system:


Report: Devin Booker Has Made His Decision

According to Evan Daniels of Scout.com, Kentucky's Devin Booker has made his decision and will enter the 2015 NBA Draft.


Professional Baseball Mascot Takes Over Brian Lane's Office at Transylvania

Transylvania head coach Brian Lane returned from the Final Four to discover a professional baseball mascot in his office.

Lane posted a pic of Lexington Legends mascot Big L on Facebook.

Funny stuff:

Brian Lane
 
How many college coaches returned from the NCAA Final Four to find a professional baseball mascot had taken over their office? Big L is a great Lexington Legends ambassador but I do believe he may have crossed the line this time. Besides letting him actually becoming the Transylvania basketball & golf coach, does anybody have an idea on what I should do with him when I let him out of the handcuffs in the morning? ‪#‎BigLinBeck2nite

John Calipari Named Adolph Rupp Coach of the Year

UK head coach John Calipari was named Adolph Rupp Coach of the Year earlier this week.

Here is a release from UK:

LEXINGTON, Ky. – Kentucky coach John Calipari has been named Adolph Rupp Coach of the Year by the Commonwealth Athletic Club of Kentucky.

He was also previously named Naismith, Sporting News, Associated Press and the National Association of Basketball Coaches’ National Coach of the Year.

Calipari is the first two-time winner of Rupp Coach of the Year, as he earned the honor in 2010.

The winner was selected by the CAC of Kentucky’s voting panel, which is made up of national media members as well as active and retired Division I coaches.

Calipari led UK to a 38-1 record this season, tied for the NCAA single-season wins record. Calipari’s 2007-08 Memphis team and 2011-12 Kentucky team were the only other teams to win 38 games in a season.

Kentucky reached its second straight Final Four and the fourth in the last five years. Kentucky was the first team to enter the Final Four undefeated since 1991.

Kentucky has spent 19 straight weeks at No. 1 in the Associated Press Top 25 this season, tied for the fourth-longest streak in NCAA history. UK now owns the NCAA Division I record for most appearances at No. 1 in the AP poll in a single season at 19.

Calipari was named Southeastern Conference Coach of the Year by the AP for the third time in his career earlier this season.

On Monday, Calipari was announced as a 2015 inductee into the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame. His enshrinement will take place in September.

Calipari will be awarded the Rupp Coach of the Year award on a date to be determined in a ceremony that will take place on the UK campus.

The Commonwealth Athletic Club also named Willie Cauley-Stein a first team All-American.

Jarrod Polson's New Book "Living Beyond the Dream" Has Been Released

Jarrod Polson's book "Living Beyond the Dream" was released on Wednesday.

For more information, visit JarrodPolson.com:

Here is Jarrod talking about the book:

John Brannen's Introductory Press Conference at Northern Kentucky University

John Brannen was introduced as the new head coach at Northern Kentucky University on Wednesday.

Here is his press conference in its entirety:


Andrew and Aaron Harrison Expected to Enter NBA Draft

There will be a press conference at 2:30 p.m. ET today for Kentucky players who are ready to announce that they are leaving for the NBA.

Two players expected to announce today are Andrew and Aaron Harrison:


Interview with New NKU Head Coach John Brannen

Check out this one-on-one interview with new Northern Kentucky University head coach John Brannen:


Wednesday, April 8, 2015

Tyler Rambo to Transfer Out of Murray State Program

Murray State has announced that Tyler Rambo will be transferring out of the program.

Here is a release from MSU:

Murray State men’s basketball coach Steve Prohm announced that Tyler Rambo will transfer out of the Racer program.

“I wish Tyler the best,” Prohm said. “We support him in his decision. He’s been a part of some very special teams in his four years here and we’ll always be here for him. I wish him success in wherever he goes from here.”

“I’m thankful for the opportunity to be in this program,” Rambo said. “Racer Nation will always have a place in my heart and I’ll remember the great seasons we had rather than my transfer. Coach Prohm and the rest of the coaches instilled values in me that I’m taking with me for the rest of my life. These are the things that will help me be successful no matter what career path I take.”

Rambo, from Grandview, Mo., was part of an outstanding period of winning at Murray State. He helped the Racers to 73 wins in the last three seasons. Rambo took a redshirt season in 2011-12 and then appeared in 78 games in the last three seasons with a 3.6 points per game average and 1.5 rebound average.

Eastern Kentucky Hires Minnesota Assistant Dan McHale as Head Coach

Eastern Kentucky University has hired Minnesota assistant coach Dan McHale to replace Jeff Neubauer as head coach.

I was told by a source that the final two for the job were McHale and Cincinnati assistant Larry Davis. According to the source, Davis withdrew his name from consideration this week.

Experience

2013-15 Assistant Coach University of Minnesota
2010-13 Assistant Coach Seton Hall University
2007-10 Assistant Coach Iona College
2005-07 Director of Video Operations University of Louisville
2004-05 Director of Basketball Operations Manhattan College
2001-03 Staff Assistant University of Louisville

Here is a release from EKU:

RICHMOND, Ky. – Eastern Kentucky University has chosen Dan McHale, a former University of Louisville assistant, to be its men's basketball head coach.

McHale will be introduced at a press conference at 10 a.m. on Thursday on the court inside McBrayer Arena. All media and fans are invited to attend.

"We are ecstatic to welcome Coach Dan McHale and his family to the Colonel Family," Eastern Kentucky University President Michael Benson said. "Dan brings years of experience at some top-flight programs to EKU, along with ties to Kentucky and this region. He came to us with the highest recommendations from some of America's best coaches and we have every confidence he will take our basketball program to the next level."

Before being chosen as Eastern Kentucky's 20th head men's basketball coach, McHale completed his second season as an assistant coach at the University of Minnesota where he worked under head coach Richard Pitino. McHale got his coaching start under Hall of Fame coach Rick Pitino as a staff assistant at Louisville from 2001 to 2003.

"I'm extremely excited to be working at Eastern Kentucky University," McHale said. "I want to thank President Benson and Steve Lochmueller for this opportunity. With the leadership of these two, it's an honor to be a part of these exciting times at EKU. We are going to bring excitement to McBrayer Arena with a fast paced style of play. It's going to be fun for our players and our fans."

In his first season at Minnesota, McHale helped the Gophers to a NIT Championship and a 25-13 record that included wins over No. 9 Wisconsin and No. 11 Ohio State. The 25 victories are the second-most in program history. The 2014-15 squad won 18 games, including a victory at Michigan State, a team that would reach the Final Four.

"I am extremely excited and proud of Dan McHale," Richard Pitino said. "Eastern Kentucky is getting a tremendous coach and recruiter, but more importantly a great person. He will represent the Eastern Kentucky program in a first-class manner. There is no doubt in my mind that he will do great things there."

McHale served as a student manager for four seasons (1997-01) at Kentucky. He was part of one national championship team, four NCAA Tournament teams and three Southeastern Conference championships while working with Tubby Smith's Wildcats.

The Cardinals went 25-7, won the 2003 Conference USA Tournament title and reached the NCAA Tournament in McHale's second season as a staff assistant at Louisville. During his first stint he assisted with opponent scouting, game preparation and on-campus recruiting. After one year as the director of operations at Manhattan College, McHale returned to UofL for two seasons as the director of video operations, overseeing advance scouting video and evaluation video of Cardinal players. In his second two-year stint at Louisville, the Cardinals won 45 games and played in two NCAA Tournaments.

"Dan is one of the hardest working coaches in our profession," Rick Pitino said. "I have great admiration for his dedication to our game. He is a great addition to our state."

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Hoop Dreams 17U Wins KnoxVegas Heat After Team Thad Decides Championship Game Isn't for Their Program

The Hoop Dreams 17U team won the KnoxVegas Heat AAU tournament last weekend after Team Thad decided the championship game was not in the best interest of their program.



Team Thad, which torched the nets from long range, beat Hoop Dreams 68-41 in pool play.

The two teams then advanced to the championship game but Team Thad decided they didn't want to risk injury against a team they had already beaten so handily.









I guess there is a greater risk of injury in the championship game as opposed to the other 4-5 games during the weekend.

Personally, I think it's a slap in the face to Hoop Dreams and the KnoxVegas Heat event to forfeit the championship game. Team Thad knew the schedule and knew what they signed up for.

Team Manimal 17U made it to the semifinals before falling to Hoop Dreams in a close game.

Hoops Dreams Roster for KnoxVegas Heat

- Colton Elkins, Boyle County
- Aric Holman, Owensboro
- Eli Wright, Apollo
- Will Hager, Mercer County
- Quentin Goodin, Taylor County
- Ben Moss, Apollo
- Malik Dow, Mercer County
- Jaiveon Eaves, Madisonville
- Jordan Perry, Morgan County

Tuesday, April 7, 2015

Murray State's Cameron Payne Will Enter the 2015 NBA Draft

Murray State guard Cameron Payne announced Monday that he will enter the 2015 NBA Draft and forgo his final two seasons with the Racers.

Here's a release from MSU:

Murray State's Cameron Payne announced Monday that he will enter the 2015 National Basketball Association draft, thus ended one of the greatest two-year careers in Racer Basketball history.

Payne, a sophomore from Memphis, made the announcement at MSU's CFSB Center – Murray Room with teammates, fans and media in attendance.

Payne recorded one of the best two seasons in school history. In the 2014-15 season, he was the leading scorer in the Ohio Valley Conference at 20.2 points per game and 13th in NCAA D-I. His 6.0 assists per game ranked 13th. He scored 707 points to become the second player at Murray State to reach 700. Payne's 209 assists made him the second to reach 200 and he was only three off the record. According to KenPom.com, Payne was third ranked nationally in efficiency behind only Frank Kaminsky of Wisconsin and Tyler Haws of BYU.

At season's end, Payne was lauded as Associated Press Honorable Mention All-America and was the Lute Olson National Player of the Year. He was the Ohio Valley Conference Player of the Year as a sophomore after being named OVC Freshman of the Year.

The NBA Draft will take place June 25.

My thoughts: I think Payne could use another season or college basketball but I wish him the best and certainly understand his decision. Good luck Cameron!


Dakari Johnson's NBA Draft Decision is Coming Soon

It sounds like Kentucky's Dakari Johnson will make his NBA Draft decision soon.



Johnson is predicted to be a second round pick.

My thoughts: There are no guarantees in the second round. I hope Johnson makes the decision that's best for him but I would like to see him back in Lexington for another season.

Northern Kentucky University Names John Brannen Head Coach

Northern Kentucky has hired former Alabama assistant John Brannen as head coach.

Brannen recently served as Alabama's associate head coach and briefly has interim head coach.

Here's a release from NKU:

HIGHLAND HEIGHTS, Ky. – Northern Kentucky University Director of Athletics Ken Bothof has announced that John Brannen has been named head coach of the men's basketball program. NKU will hold a press conference and celebration open to both members of the media and Norse Nation on Tuesday, April 7 at 3 p.m. in the Bank of Kentucky Center.

"I am humbled and honored to be the next men's basketball coach at Northern Kentucky University," said Brannen. "I want to thank President Mearns, Ken Bothof and the rest of the committee for their belief in me and giving me this opportunity to be a head coach. NKU holds a special place in my heart and my wife Lisa, daughters Katelyn and Jaylee and I are thrilled to be back home.

"Our program promises to bring great pride to the NKU community and we will strive for success on and off the court," continued Brannen. " Our goal is to compete for Atlantic Sun Championships while ensuring our players graduate and represent NKU in a first-class manner. I can't wait to start working and return home to embark on my head coaching career."

"I would like to welcome John [Brannen], his wife Lisa and daughters Katelyn and Jaylee back home to Northern Kentucky," said Bothof. "John brings successful experience at all levels of collegiate basketball, and I am excited about the future of the Norse men's basketball program under his leadership."

Brannen comes to NKU following a six-year stint at Alabama, which included time as the associate head coach and, most recently, interim head coach. During his tenure as interim head coach, Brannen guided the Crimson Tide to a first-round victory in the 2015 NIT before falling to eventual runner-up Miami.

Alabama recorded three 20-win seasons during Brennan's tenure with the program, including 23-13 in the 2012-13 campaign, 21-12 in 2011-12 and 25-12 in 2010-11.

Brannen is a member of the Villa 7 consortium, which brings together the country's elite assistant basketball coaches to build the next generation of great basketball leaders.

Prior to his time at Alabama, Brannen spent three years on the staff of Anthony Grant at VCU. His reputation as a recruiter was enhanced by a 2007 class that ranked in the top-20 nationally. Brannen then helped land back-to-back classes that were ranked among the nation's best mid-major recruiting classes by Rivals.com in 2008 (third) and 2009 (fifth).

Brannen's resume also includes stops as an assistant coach at St. Bonaventure, Eastern Kentucky, and the College of Charleston.

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Louisville Adds Graduate Transfer Trey Lewis for 2015-16

The Louisville Cardinals have added a key graduate transfer for 2015-16.

Cleveland State's Trey Lewis will join the Cardinals roster and will be eligible immediately.

Lewis, a 6-foot-2 guard, averaged 16.3 points per game last season.



Here are some highlights of Lewis in action:


Monday, April 6, 2015

John Calipari Reveals Which Players Will Likely Enter the NBA Draft

Kentucky head coach John Calipari revealed during his Hall of Fame speech today who he thinks is likely headed to the NBA from this season's team:

He also mentioned two others who could leave:

John Calipari Voted Into Naismith Basketball Hall of Fame

Kentucky head coach John Calipari has been voted into the Naismith Basketball Hall of Fame.

He was officially announced as a member of the Class of 2015 at a press conference in Indianapolis this morning.




Calipari joins Mike Krzyzewski, Rick Pitino, Roy Williams, Jim Boeheim and Larry Brown as active head coaches who are already in the Hall of Fame.

UK legend Louie Dampier was also voted into the Hall of Fame in the Class of 2015:


Kentucky Christian University Announces Five Signees and a Key Transfer

Kentucky Christian University has added five signees and a key transfer for the 2015-16 season.

Here are release from KCU:

Hayden Dunn

KCU has been selected by transfer Hayden Dunn as the school he desires to continue his basketball career.

Dunn, as an Ohio Christian University freshman, saw considerable action as the sixth man on their national tournament team. Coach Lowe sees the 6-5 power forward as "a strong inside presence that has the ability to step out and consistently hit the mid-range jumper."

Hayden is the son of Jeff and Shumaine Dunn and the brother of KCU senior volleyball player Lauren Dunn. The KCU basketball family welcomes Hayden!!

Wulf Goheen, Reid Rowsey and Michael Williams

Head Coach Grady Lowe has announced three signings for the upcoming 2015-16 basketball season. The Knights welcome Wulf Goheen, Reid Rowsey, and Michael Williams to their basketball family.

Goheen is a guard from Ironton (OH) St. Josephs High School and is the son of Joseph Goheen and Ingrid White. Coming from Boyd County High School, Rowsey, a combo guard averaged just under 10 ppg and 3.7 apg. He is the son of Dan and Shannon Rowsey. And rounding out this group is Michael Williams. This 5-11 guard averaged just under 20 pts and 8.2 rebs per game for the Piarist School during his senior campaign. Michael is the son of Terry and Linda Williams.

The men's basketball program welcomes you to Kentucky Christian University. Go Knights!!!!

Dustin Rogers

Betsy Layne High School standout, Dustin Rogers has signed to play with Kentucky Christian University.

The 5-11 combo guard 13 pts / 4 rebs / 4 assists per game during his senior year. Dustin is the son of Garland and Shay Rogers.

Alexander Weeks

Alexander (Zander) Weeks has tabbed the Knights basketball as the college program that is the best fit for him.

Weeks, a Shelby County High School senior, signed a commitment letter with the Knights on campus and will be playing for KCU in the Fall. Also in attendance during the ceremony are his parents are Roy and Jill Weeks.

Photo: KCU

Sunday, April 5, 2015

LaMontray Harris Has Committed to Morehead State

Former PRP small forward LaMontray Harris has committed to Morehead State University.

Harris went to The Robinson School (prep school) after PRP.


Former NBA Player Avery Johnson is the New Head Coach at Alabama

Former NBA player Avery Johnson has reached an agreement to be the new head coach at Alabama.



Johnson is currently an analyst for ESPN. He played in the NBA for 16 seasons, then coached the Mavericks and Nets.

Willie Cauley-Stein Hints About Future at Kentucky

Willie Cauley-Stein hinted after last night's game that he will likely enter the NBA Draft.



Here is an excerpt from the article:

"It's time to take another step," Cauley-Stein told reporters after the Wildcats' 71-64 loss to Wisconsin in the national semifinal. "I mean, obviously, I'm not 100 percent on it, but I'm pretty sure I know what I want to do. Gotta talk to a couple more people, but probably was my last game here."

The 7-footer, who averaged 9.3 points and 6.4 rebounds this season, is projected as a lottery pick and is ranked as the eighth-best NBA draft prospect by ESPN NBA Insider Chad Ford.

Kentucky Stalls Out Down the Stretch, Dream Season Ends in Final Four

Wisconsin 71
Kentucky 64

Final from Indianapolis, Indiana

NCAA Tournament - Semifinals

Kentucky faltered down the stretch and their perfect season came to a disappointing 71-64 end at the hands of Wisconsin in the Final Four.

National Player of the Year Frank Kaminsky led the Badgers (36-3) with 20 points and 11 rebounds. Sam Dekker added 16 points. Nigel Hayes and Bronson Koenig chipped in 12 points each.

Karl-Anthony Towns led Kentucky with 16 points and 9 boards. Andrew Harrison chipped in 13 points and 4 assists. Aaron Harrison contributed 12 points.

The Wildcats historical season comes to an end with a 38-1 record.

Game Notes

FINAL SCORE: Wisconsin 71, Kentucky 64

•Team records: Kentucky is 38-1, Wisconsin is 36-3.
•Kentucky leads the all-time series 4-2, including 2-1 in NCAA Tournament games. This was the second year in a row that UK and Wisconsin met in the national semifinals.
•Kentucky ended its 38-game win streak, the longest win streak in school history and the first team in NCAA history to open a season 38-0.
•With 38 wins, UK tied the record for the most wins in a season in NCAA Division I history. John Calipari’s 2008-09 Memphis team and the 2011-12 national champion Wildcats also won 38 games.
•Kentucky is 215-28 all-time when ranked No. 1 and has won 60 of the last 63 games as the top-ranked Associated Press team.
•Calipari has led three schools to a No. 1 ranking (Massachusetts, Memphis, Kentucky) and has a 104-10 record as the top-ranked coach, including 63-5 at UK.
•Calipari is now 190-38 (.833) as head coach at Kentucky, the best winning percentage of any coach in UK history.

In the NCAA Tournament

•Kentucky is in its 17th Final Four, tied for the second-most among all Division I teams.
•Kentucky made consecutive Final Four appearances for the fourth time in program history. UK advanced to the national semifinals in 1948 and ’49, ’96-’98 and 2011 and ’12.
•Kentucky has reached the Final Four in four of the last five seasons and in each of its last four NCAA Tournament appearances, all under John Calipari. Calipari, John Wooden and Mike Krzyzewski are the only coaches to lead a team to the Final Four four times in a five-year period.
•Kentucky is 120-48 (.714) all-time in the Big Dance, most wins by any school in tourney history.
•Kentucky also leads the country in wins in the tournament since 2010 (22), when John Calipari first led UK to the Big Dance. UK is 22-4 in NCAA Tournament games under John Calipari.
•Calipari is 47-15 (.758) in NCAA Tournament games, the highest winning percentage among active coaches.
•Since 1992, the Wildcats are 119-33 (.783) in postseason play (NCAA, NIT and SEC).
•Kentucky is 2-3 in the NCAA Tournament as a No. 1 seed playing a No. 1 seed.

Team Notes

•Kentucky was 3 of 5 (60 percent) from 3-point range, the sixth time this season and second game in a row that UK made at least 50 percent of its 3-pointers.
•Kentucky was 9 of 10 (90 percent) from the free throw line, the 12th consecutive game UK shot 70 percent or better from the charity stripe.
· Kentucky hit 89 of 118 (.754) from the free throw line in the NCAA Tournament.
· UK won bench points tonight, 12-8. Kentucky won bench points in all but one game this season (vs. Arkansas in the SEC Tournament championship game).
•Kentucky blocked four shots tonight, the 16th game in a row that the Wildcats had at least four rejections.

Game Facts

•Kentucky’s opening lineup featured Andrew Harrison, Aaron Harrison, Trey Lyles, Karl-Anthony Towns and Willie Cauley-Stein for the 21st time this season.
•Marcus Lee, Devin Booker, Tyler Ulis and Dakari Johnson were UK’s first substitutions and entered the game at the 15:21 mark.
•Kentucky’s streak of 939 consecutive games with a 3-pointer was extended when Andrew Harrison connected from long range on the first possession of the game.
•Trailing 11-9, Wisconsin went on a 14-3 run for a 23-14 Badger lead.
•Kentucky rallied and retook the lead at 36-34 before Wisconsin hit a shot to tie the game at halftime. It is the fourth time UK has been tied at halftime this season and second game in a row (also vs. Texas, at Georgia, vs. Notre Dame).
•UK opened the second half with Ulis, Booker, Lyles, Towns and Cauley-Stein.
•With UK leading 44-43, Wisconsin scored nine straight points to take a 52-44 lead.
•Wisconsin went scoreless for six minutes and an 8-0 spurt gave UK a 60-56 lead.
•At that point, however, UK went scoreless for over five minutes and Wisconsin had its own 8-0 run to go up 64-60.
•Kentucky got within one with 56 seconds left, 64-63, on an Aaron Harrison bucket and foul shot but the Wildcats got no closer.
•Wisconsin made seven of the last eight foul shots in the final 24 seconds to keep the Wildcats at bay.

Player Notes

•Karl-Anthony Towns led the Wildcats with 16 points on 7 of 11 shooting and led the Wildcats with nine rebounds.
•He scored double figures in 19 games this season.
•He averaged 14.2 points in the NCAA Tournament.
•Andrew Harrison had 13 points, marking his 17th double-figure scoring game this season. He also had a game-high four assists.
•Aaron Harrison had 12 points. He has 24 double-figure scoring games this season.
•Willie Cauley-Stein had two blocked shots, his eighth consecutive game with at least two rejections. He was second on the team with five rebounds.

Box Score (click to enlarge):

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