Friday, October 9, 2015

2016 Wing Nic Reed Visits Centre College

Nic Reed, a 2016 guard/forward from Christian Academy of Indiana, visited Centre College on Thursday.

Here's some footage of Reed in action:

Andre McGee's Attorney Responds to JaQuan Lyle Story

Andre McGee's attorney, Scott Cox, sent a response to Jason Riley of WDRB about the JaQuan Lyle from CBS Sports.

Here's what Cox had to say:

Will Dillard to be Inducted Into Alice Lloyd College Athletic Hall of Fame

Former men's basketball player Will Dillard will be inducted into Alice Lloyd College's Athletic Hall of Fame this weekend.

Here's more from

Dillard will be heading to Pippa Passes, Ky., this weekend for his induction into the Alice Lloyd College Athletic Hall of Fame. He will be accompanied by family and his girlfriend for the big moment.
He found out about the induction via phone call from his coach at Alice Lloyd, J.R. Hammond.

“It was kind of like a kid on Christmas,” Dillard said. “It was a very big surprise. It was just a great feeling. The Woodrow Hall of Fame was a great feeling and then once I got that call (from Alice Lloyd), it was just like whatever I worked so hard for was finally all paying off. So it was one of the best feelings in my life.”

Peyton Siva Sr. Addresses 'Breaking Cardinal Rules' on Social Media

Peyton Siva Sr. posted a heartfelt message on his Facebook account late this week about the escort scandal at Louisville.

The book 'Breaking Cardinal Rules' mentions Peyton Siva but says he did not have sex with the escorts.

Siva Sr. had this to say:

Rick Pitino Has an Intense Interview With Terry Meiners

Rick Pitino came on the radio with Terry Meiners Friday afternoon for an intense interview about the escort scandal at Louisville.

Meiners asked Pitino some tough questions and Pitino answered.

Take a listen:

Former Louisville Player Speaks Out, Says Strippers Were Dancing in Bathing Suits

A former Louisville player has reportedly spoken out to ESPN under the condition of anonymity about Katina Powell's claims.

The former player claims the dancers were only in bathing suits and were never naked.

Here is an excerpt from

The former player, who played during the years in question, spoke to under the condition of anonymity. He said he didn't know who contacted the strippers and that their presence wasn't announced to the entire team.

He said he only went into that particular room because of the loud music and estimated about a dozen people, including the women, were present.

WDRB-TV in Louisville reported Thursday that a source familiar with the investigation indicated that a player acknowledged strippers visited the dorm on one occasion.

"They were just up there dancing in bathing suits, they didn't even get all the way nude," ESPN's source said.

He added: "It was just [for fun], and after that it was like a regular night. We went out to a club. Far as paying for sex -- nobody did that. She [Powell] is lying about that."

The former player said the only money he saw exchanged was the money players tossed at the strippers while they danced. The total, he said, was probably more than $100.

"It wasn't no $10,000, I know that much," he said. "Things don't add up. Andre is staying in the dorm, but he's going to give her $10,000? Like I said, I never seen Andre McGee hand her no money. The only money I saw was what was thrown at the strippers. Not by Andre McGee. By players by their choice. And the girls left, and that was just that."

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Former Louisville Player Chris Jones Posts Interesting Tweet

Former Louisville player Chris Jones posted an interesting Tweet in the moments after Gary Parrish released a story about JaQuan Lyle talking to NCAA investigators.

Jones' Tweet read:

"A lil pressure hit and ppl start singing like birds lol can't be where I'm from lol thats real ish.."

It was quickly deleted and this was posted:

Bullitt East's Jared Farris Picks Up Offer from Lyon College

Bullitt East forward Jared Farris has picked up an offer from Lyon College, an NAIA school in Batesville, Arkansas. 

Farris, who stands 6'7", visited Lyon earlier this week. He is scheduled to visit IU Southeast today.

Thursday, October 8, 2015

Pitino Says If Tom Jurich Wants Him to Leave: "I'll pack my bags tomorrow"

Rick Pitino just went on live with Terry Meiners on WHAS.

Pitino was asked about resigning.

"If Tom Jurich wants me to leave, I'll pack my bags and leave tomorrow," Pitino eventually said. "It's not about me, it's about the University of Louisville."

Rick Pitino to Give Interview on Radio at 5:35 p.m.

Louisville head coach Rick Pitino will be on with Terry Meiners at 5:35 p.m. today to further discuss the escort scandal that has engulfed his program.

Check it out here:

Former Louisville Player Confirms That There Were Strippers in Billy Minardi Hall

The situation at Louisville continues to worsen by the hour.

According to Eric Crawford of WDRB, a former Louisville player has now confirmed that there were strippers in Billy Minardi Hall.

Here is an excerpt from the article:

This particular player told a university investigator that no sex took place (that he knew of), and that the only money he saw changing hands came in the form of dollar bills thrown at the women in the room, according to the source, who spoke on the condition that the identities of player and source be anonymous.

The source also said that the player, who is mentioned in the book, claimed that former U of L director of basketball operations Andre McGee, who Powell says arranged multiple meetings and paid her for the services of women who had sex with recruits and some players, was not present in the room on this occasion.

According to the source, the player told investigators that he never saw McGee hand money to anyone before or after. Powell's book, however, includes text messages -- that publishers say have been authenticated -- showing McGee making various meeting arrangements with Powell, and even discussing compensation.

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Western Kentucky Picked to Finish 6th in Conference USA Preseason Poll

Western Kentucky is picked to finish sixth in the Conference USA Preseason Poll for 2015-16.

UAB is picked to win the league with 11 first place votes. Old Dominion is second with 3 first place votes.

Middle Tennessee, UTEP and Louisiana Tech round out the top 5.

Here's a release from WKU:

BOWLING GREEN, Ky. — WKU was picked to finish sixth in the Conference USA Preseason Coaches Poll, announced Wednesday by the league.

C-USA also announced the Preseason All-Conference Team Wednesday, which had no Hilltoppers on the 10-member squad and only one underclassman overall. UAB was picked to finish first in the poll and earned 11 first-place votes, followed by Old Dominion with three first-place nods.

Last season, the Hilltoppers finished their inaugural season in C-USA with a 20-12 overall record and a 12-6 mark in league play, which was good for a tie for fourth place in the final standings.

WKU returns five players and welcomes 10 newcomers to the roster this season, which begins with a preseason exhibition game against Lindsey Wilson (Ky.) College on Nov. 2. Hilltopper Hysteria, the annual kickoff to basketball season on The Hill, is Saturday, Oct. 17 from 6:00-8:00 PM (CT) at E.A. Diddle Arena.

2015-16 Conference USA Preseason Coaches Poll (first-place votes in parenthesis)

1. UAB (11)
2. Old Dominion (3)
3. Middle Tennessee
5. LA Tech
6. WKU
7. Rice
8. North Texas
9. Marshall
10. FIU
11. Charlotte
12. Florida Atlantic
13. UTSA
14. Southern Miss

2015-16 Preseason All-Conference USA Team

Adrian Diaz, FIU (Senior, F)
Alex Hamilton, LA Tech (Senior, G)
Erik McCree, LA Tech (Junior, F)
Ryan Taylor, Marshall (Junior, F)
Reggie Upshaw Jr., Middle Tennessee (Junior, F)
Trey Freeman, Old Dominion (Senior, G)
Marcus Jackson, Rice (Junior, G)
Robert Brown, UAB (Senior, G)
William Lee, UAB (Sophomore, F)
Earvin Morris, UTEP (Senior, G)

CBS Sports Says JaQuan Lyle Confirmed Katina Powell's Story to the NCAA

According to Gary Parrish of CBS Sports, Ohio State freshman JaQuan Lyle confirmed to the NCAA that the "gist of allegations involving paid escorts" at Louisville is true.

Here is an excerpt from

Ohio State freshman JaQuan Lyle spoke with an NCAA investigator this week about his recruiting visit to Louisville in June 2013 and confirmed the gist of allegations involving paid escorts during his trip to the school, a source with knowledge of the NCAA's investigation told CBS Sports on Thursday morning.

"He told the truth," the source said.

The allegations were made in a book published last Friday night called "Breaking Cardinal Rules: Basketball and the Escort Queen." In it, Katina Powell, a self-described madam, writes that she took four escorts, at the request of former Louisville staff member Andre McGee, to do a "show" for a "new recruit named JaQuan Lyle."

"I took Rod-Ni, TooTall, Jazmine and Shay, who calls herself Sammi," Powell wrote in a journal entry. "TooTall made $100, Shay made $100, and Jazzy made nothing because she did absolutely nothing."

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SEC Network to Air Big Blue Madness Live in its Entirety

The SEC Network will air Kentucky's Big Blue Madness event live in its entirety.

Here are details from UK:

LEXINGTON, Ky. – For fans unable to make it to Rupp Arena for Big Blue Madness, the annual tipoff to the Kentucky men’s and women’s basketball seasons can be seen live on the SEC Network. It will mark the first time the yearly spectacle will air live and in its entirety on a national network.

The two-hour show will also stream live via the WatchESPN app on computers, tables and smartphones. ESPN’s Dave O’Brien will be on hand to make the call alongside analysts Sean Farnham and Kara Lawson.

Big Blue Madness will feature introductions of both the men’s and women’s basketball teams, practice drills, videos and more. Doors will open at 5:30 p.m. and the event will begin at 7 p.m.

Free tickets for Big Blue Madness, which were distributed last week in-person at Memorial Coliseum and online, sold out in just 25 minutes.

This will be the 11th time Madness has been held at Rupp Arena.

For the latest on the Kentucky men's and women’s basketball teams, follow the Wildcats on the web at

Bellarmine University Ranked No. 5 in DII Bulletin Preseason Top 25

Bellarmine University is ranked No. 5 in the the 2015-16 DII Bulletin preseason top 25 poll.

2015-16 DIIB Preseason Top 25

1. Augustana (SD)
2. West Liberty
3. Tarleton State
4. Mount Olive
5. Bellarmine
6. Colorado Mines
7. Lincoln Memorial
8. Indiana (Pa.)
9. Minn. St. Moorhead
10. UNC Pembroke
11. Delta State
12. Indianapolis
13. Southern Connecticut
14. Chico State
15. UA Huntsville
16. NW Missouri
17. Georgia Regents
18. Western Oregon
19. Drury
20. Philadelphia
21. Western Washington
22. Bentley
23. Cal Baptist
24. Bridgeport
25. East Central

Complete Release from Bellarmine

Chris Douglas-Roberts is Trying to Get Anthony Davis to Go Vegan

Former Memphis forward Chris Douglas-Roberts is trying to talk Anthony Davis into going on a full vegan diet.

Douglas-Roberts is trying to earn one of New Orleans' final roster spots in the NBA preseason.

Seven Ohio Valley Conference Games to Air on CBS Sports Network in 2015-16

The Ohio Valley Conference has announced that seven league games will be aired on CBS Sports Network during the 2015-16 season. 

Morehead State, Murray State and Eastern Kentucky will all have games on the network.

Here are details from the OVC:

BRENTWOOD, Tenn. – On Wednesday the Ohio Valley Conference announced a slate of seven Conference men's basketball games that will air exclusively on CBS Sports Network this season.

This marks the third year the League has aired games on the CBS Sports Network and second consecutive year the package has included seven total games.

The addition of the seven games brings the total number of Conference men’s basketball games on national television to 19. The league has also previously announced three women’s basketball regular season games will air on national television.

CBS Sports Network, the 24-hour home of CBS Sports is available across the country through local cable, video and telco providers and via satellite on DirecTV Channel 221 and Dish Network Channel 158. For more information, including a full programming schedule and how to get CBS Sports Network, go

A complete television schedule including non-conference television games and games streaming on the OVC Digital Network will be released soon.

2015-16 OVC CBS Sports Network Television Schedule

Saturday, Jan. 2                        Morehead State at Murray State                        2:00 p.m. CT
Thursday, Jan. 14                      Eastern Kentucky at Eastern Illinois                   8:00 p.m. CT
Thursday, Jan. 28                      Southeast Missouri at SIUE                              8:00 p.m. CT
Saturday, Jan. 30                      Murray State at UT Martin                                  3:00 p.m. CT
Thursday, Feb. 11                     Eastern Kentucky at Morehead State                 7:00 p.m. ET
Saturday, Feb. 13                      Belmont at Morehead State                               12:00 p.m. ET
Thursday, Feb. 25                     Murray State at Eastern Illinois                          8:30 p.m. CT

Wednesday, October 7, 2015

Older Book is Now Causing Problems for Rick Pitino

A book published in 1990 claims Rick Pitino once took his Boston University team to a strip club.
Pitino says the tale in the book is false. He says the team thought the strip club was a restaurant and quickly left.
Here’s an excerpt from the Courier-Journal:
According to the 1990 book written by Alexander Wolff and Armen Keteyian, Pitino’s Boston University team made at least one unscheduled stop following a road game for adult entertainment.

“After one upset victory at Rhode Island,” the book says, “Pitino was so juiced he ordered the team bus to stop at a strip joint on the way back to campus. There he led his players in wolf whistles, even disbursing dollar bills so they could stuff them into the dancers’ G-strings.”

The story is unattributed and, according to Pitino, largely fictitious. Yet in the context of Katina Powell’s claims about being paid to provide team sex services by U of L’s former director of basketball operations, Andre McGee, it amounts to more fuel on a growing wildfire.

“It never happened,” U of L spokesman Kenny Klein said after consulting with Pitino. “The team walked in to get food, thinking it was a restaurant. They found out it wasn’t and walked out.”

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Fox Sports Podcast Calls Louisville a "Rogue" Athletic Department

Bruce Feldman and Stewart Mandel of says Tom Jurich is running a "rogue" athletic department at Louisville.

Here's a description:

On a new episode of The Audible, ESPN's Brett McMurphy joins Bruce Feldman and Stewart Mandel to discuss the possibility of Louisville athletic director Tom Jurich being targeted to be the new AD at Texas.

The problem?

From hiring Bobby Petrino to accepting questionable transfers to the alleged sex scandal with the men's basketball team, Jurich is overseeing what's become a rogue athletic department.

Click to listen:

ESPN Says Skal Labissiere Still Hasn't Been Cleared by the NCAA to Play at Kentucky

According to Jeff Goodman and Jeff Borzello of ESPN, freshman Skal Labissiere has not yet been cleared by the NCAA to play at Kentucky.

Labissiere's guardian, Gerald Hamilton, told ESPN, "We're just trying to get everything squared away. They are asking a few questions."

Here's an excerpt:

Kentucky's highly touted freshman big man Skal Labissiere has not been cleared to play by the NCAA, his guardian told ESPN on Wednesday.

"Not yet," Labissiere's guardian, Gerald Hamilton, told ESPN. "We're just trying to get everything squared away. They are asking a few questions.

"They haven't cleared him, but we're sticking with our faith," he added. "There's no real concern about anything from the Kentucky compliance people."

When asked about the specific reason Labissiere has yet to be cleared, Hamilton told ESPN he did not wish to comment.

Multiple sources told ESPN that the NCAA was looking into Hamilton and his relationship with Labissiere, but Hamilton declined to comment on whether that was the holdup.

The NCAA had no immediate comment Wednesday.

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Kentucky Men’s Basketball All-Access Documentary Available October 13

Kentucky fans will be able to relive the historic 2014-15 season with a new documentary titled "Let's Ball."

The all-access documentary will be available for purchase October 13 in stores and online.

Here is a release from UK:

LEXINGTON, Ky. – To fully prepare for the 2015-16 Kentucky men’s basketball season, Big Blue Nation will have the opportunity to relive UK’s historic 2014-15 season with “Let’s Ball,” an all-access documentary that chronicles a college basketball journey for the ages. The documentary will be available for purchase Oct. 13 in stores and online.

“Let’s Ball: A Kentucky story of shared sacrifice, brotherhood and the collective chase of history,” which was shot, edited and produced by UK Sports Video, is a one-of-a-kind look into how 16 talented Kentucky basketball players came together to chase history and ultimately capture it in so many ways.

The 2014-15 Wildcats were rich in talent, depth and motivation – all ingredients for a memorable season – but the true story of last season’s historic Kentucky team was its willingness and even its insistence to sacrifice and share for the greater good of the team. Let’s Ball goes beyond the dizzying displays of dominance to capture what made the 2014-15 Wildcats so special and tell the real story of a team college basketball fans won’t soon forget.

The all-access documentary, which features more than two hours of content, takes viewers through the entire historic season with behind-the-scenes content never seen before and exclusive interviews with head coach John Calipari and the Wildcats.

Let’s Ball will be available in stores across the state and via digital platforms across the globe. Starting Oct. 13, three days before Kentucky officially opens the season at Big Blue Madness, fans will be able to purchase the documentary through Netflix, iTunes,, and the UK Team Shop. Fans will also be able to purchase a Blu-ray/DVD package of Let’s Ball at retail locations across Kentucky.

For the latest on the Kentucky men's basketball team, follow @KentuckyMBB on TwitterFacebook and Instagram, and on the web at

Labissiere, Murray Named Preseason All-Americans by CBS Sports; Wiltjer Tabbed as Player of the Year

Kentucky freshmen Skal Labissiere and Jamal Murray have been recognized as preseason All-Americans by

Former UK forward Kyle Wiltjer is the preseason national player of the year.


KYLE WILTJER Gonzaga Bulldogs | Senior | Forward


KRIS DUNN Providence Friars | Junior | Guard

BUDDY HIELD Oklahoma Sooners | Senior | Guard

BEN SIMMONS LSU Tigers | Freshman | Forward

KYLE WILTJER Gonzaga Bulldogs | Senior | Forward

Comment: Wiltjer is the CBS Sports Preseason National Player of the Year based on the fact that he's a statistical star on a team with a reasonable shot at another Elite Eight or, perhaps, even the Final Four. The 6-foot-10 forward averaged 16.8 points and 6.2 rebounds last season for a 35-win team. He shot 54.0 percent from the field and 46.6 percent from 3-point range.

SKAL LABISSIERE Kentucky Wildcats | Freshman | Forward

Comment: Labissiere is now projected by most to be the No. 1 overall pick in the 2016 NBA Draft because of a unique skill set for a player his size. He's a 6-foot-11 forward who is comfortable away from the basket. The only question is whether barely playing competitive basketball for the past two years will hinder him in some way.


JAMAL MURRAY Kentucky Wildcats Freshman | Guard
Comment: Murray scored 30 points in the Nike Hoop Summit, then put 22 on Team USA (while playing for Team Canada) in the Pan Am Games. Consequently, the 6-foot-4 guard is now a projected lottery pick in the 2016 NBA Draft, and his ability to play multiple positions will give John Calipari options in the backcourt.

MELO TRIMBLE Maryland Terrapins Sophomore | Guard

MALCOLM BROGDON Virginia Cavaliers Senior | Guard

GEORGES NIANG Iowa State Cyclones Senior | Forward

NIGEL HAYES Wisconsin Badgers Junior | Forward

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University of Pikeville Season Tickets are on Sale Now

University of Pikeville season basketball tickets are on sale now.

Here are details from UPIKE:

Anthony Davis is Giving Away Shoes Every Day of October

Former Kentucky star Anthony Davis is giving away a pair of shoes every day during the month of October...or as he calls it...Antober:

Feature on Morehead State Guard Corban Collins

Check out this Morehead State feature on junior guard Corban Collins:

Terrence Williams Signs to Play in AmeriLeague

Former Louisville guard Terrence Williams has signed to play in the newly formed AmeriLeague.

Here is a release from the league:

LAS VEGAS, NV – The AmeriLeague have acquired forwards Terrence Williams and Antoine Wright. Both have agreed to the terms of a contract that will allow the former 11th (Williams) and 15th (Wright) overall NBA draft picks to compete in the 2015-16 AmeriLeague season. Per league policy, terms of the contracts were not released.

Selected 11th overall in the 2009 NBA Draft by the Nets, Terrence Williams has career averages of 7.1 points, 3.6 rebounds, and 2.4 assists. Williams appeared in 153 NBA games, also suiting up for the Houston Rockets, Sacramento Kings, and the Boston Celtics.

After the NBA, Williams played two games in the Turkish Basketball League before being acquired by the Los Angeles D-Fenders of the NBA’s Development League. With the D-Fenders Williams broke (and still holds), the NBDL single-game scoring record, scoring 50 points on the Idaho Stampede.

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The AmeriLeague inaugural season will tip-off November 9th at Cashman Center in Las Vegas.

Allen Feldhaus Says Dominique Hawkins Will Likely Miss More Time Than Expected

Madison Central head coach Allen Feldhaus believes Kentucky guard Dominique Hawkins will miss more than four weeks of basketball with a broken bone in his hand. 

Hawkins, who led Madison Central to the state championship as a high school senior, had surgery on the hand today.

Feldhaus says Hawkins will likely be out at least six weeks.

Here's more from Jerry Tipton of the Herald-Leader:

But Madison Central Coach Allen Feldhaus, Jr., said Tuesday afternoon that the estimate might be changed to six weeks.

The surgery went well, Feldhaus said he was told by Hawkins' mother, but doctors needed three screws rather than the expected two to make the repair. The Madison Central coach said that might mean Hawkins will be sidelined for a longer period of time.

Hawkins broke the bone in his right hand below the middle finger during Sunday’s practice.

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Tuesday, October 6, 2015

Former Louisville Player Elisha Justice Disputes Accusations in Escort's Book

Former Louisville guard and Kentucky Mr. Basketball Elisha Justice disputes the accusations made by Katina Powell in the Breaking Cardinal Rules book. 

Here's an excerpt of Justice's comments from

"You've got study halls, workouts, practices, class and film sessions. I mean you're together all the time, literally, I just feel like if this was going on someone would have slipped up and said something" says Justice.

Pike County native, Elisha Justice played for the Cardinals for two seasons starting in 2010.
He says he was not a part of anything mentioned in the book and doesn't believe his teammates we're either.
"For me to have never heard anything about it just makes me believe it's made up. I just think it's crazy someone just trying to get someone else in trouble" says Justice.

Katina Powell, Andre McGee Face Possible Criminal Probe for Human Trafficking

Katina Powell, the escort who co-authored Breaking Cardinals Rules, could face criminal charges for human trafficking or complicity to rape if it is proven that she used her underage daughters in prostitution.

In the book Powell claims her daughters (ages 15 and 17) joined her in the escort business.

Former Louisville staffer Andre McGee could also face charges as an accomplice.

Here are details from the Courier-Journal:

Katina Powell could be prosecuted for human trafficking or complicity to rape if there is evidence corroborating her story that she used her two underage daughters as prostitutes for University of Louisville basketball players and recruits, attorneys say.

Powell writes in her book “Breaking Cardinal Rules” that her two younger daughters were 15 and 17 when she allegedly began supplying them and other women to entertain prospects and players.

While her written admissions alone wouldn’t subject her to charges, Commonwealth’s Attorney Tom Wine said this week that if his office receives “credible evidence of … criminal activity involving minor children, we will vigorously prosecute those responsible for those crimes.”

Assistant Commonwealth’s Attorney Jeff Cooke, the office's spokesman, said Andre McGee, the team’s former director of operations whom Powell says paid her, also could potentially be prosecuted as an accomplice.

Another important piece of the criminal investigation is that a grand jury could subpoena players and recruits and force them to testify:

If the scandal is investigated as a crime, says attorney Kent Wicker, a former federal prosecutor, a grand jury could subpoena players and recruits and force them to testify and demand copies of interviews and other records compiled by consultant Chuck Smrt, a former NCAA enforcement officer hired by U of L to investigate Powell’s allegations.

“A grand jury can investigate any way it wants to investigate,” said defense lawyer Brian Butler, who prosecuted cases in state and federal court.

A criminal prosecution also would add to the adverse publicity to which the university already has been subjected, said Frank Mascagni, another criminal lawyer.

“It is not a good thing for the university or basketball team if felonies were committed in its dormitory,” Wicker said.

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Tickets for Kentucky's First 4 Games Go On Sale Today

Tickets for Kentucky's first four men's basketball home games go on sale today at 5:00 p.m. ET.

Games that go on sale today:

Nov. 2 vs. Ottawa
Nov. 6 vs. Kentucky State
Nov. 13 vs. Albany
Nov. 14 vs. NJIT

Here are details from UK:

LEXINGTON, Ky. – Tickets for Kentucky's first four home men's basketball games will go on sale Tuesday at 5 p.m. On Tuesday evening, tickets will only be available online at, by calling Ticketmaster at 800.745.3000 or at statewide Ticketmaster outlets.  Fans are encouraged to purchase on Tuesday evening to secure the best seat locations.
Tickets for Kentucky's two exhibition games vs. Ottawa (Nov. 2) and Kentucky State (Nov. 6), and the first two regular-season home games against Albany (Nov. 13) and NJIT (Nov. 14) will be available.
Any tickets remaining after Tuesday's sale will be available for purchase through the same Ticketmaster channels on Wednesday morning as well as through the UK Ticket Office by calling 800.928.2287. Ticket office hours are 9 a.m. to 4 p.m., Monday through Friday. Tickets may also be purchased at the Rupp Arena Box Office beginning Wednesday (859.233.3535) between 10 a.m. and 6 p.m.
Remaining tickets for sale will come from the unsold student ticket allotment.
Tickets for the Blue-White Scrimmage at Rupp Arena on Oct. 27 are still available. Lower-level tickets (singles only) are $10 and upper-level tickets are $5.
For a complete listing of on sale dates and single-game ticket prices, visit The Cats will tip off the 2015-16 season Oct. 16 with Big Blue Madness at Rupp Arena.
As always, UK Athletics encourages all fans to buy tickets to our athletics events through the UK Ticket Office, Ticketmaster outlets, TicketExchange  the Rupp Arena Box Office. Tickets bought from anywhere other than those four sources may not be valid, and buyers should beware.
For the latest on the Kentucky men's basketball team, follow @KentuckyMBB on Twitter, Facebook and Instagram, and on the web at 

Rick Pitino to Give Exclusive Interview on Radio at 3:00 p.m.

Louisville head coach Rick Pitino will give an exclusive radio interview at 3:00 p.m. ET.

Click the link below to listen to the interview:

Kentucky State University Promotes Darnell Williams to Head Coach

Kentucky State University has promoted assistant Darnell Williams to head coach for 2015-16.

Williams served as an assistant coach at KSU for the last three seasons under Antwain Banks, who stepped down several weeks ago.

Here is a release from KSU:

FRANKFORT, Ky. — After serving three seasons as Kentucky State’s assistant men’s basketball coach, Darnell Williams was announced as the head coach of the men’s basketball program on Monday.

“It’s my opinion that we are very fortunate to have a young man of Darnell’s caliber available to lead our team on its trek to respectability,” said Dr. William K. Head, Kentucky State’s director of athletics. “He obviously comes from good beginnings and hopefully will give our athletes the strength of character to persevere.”

Upon receiving the appointment, Williams noted that he is grateful to be able to take over a program with such a rich tradition, one that includes three consecutive national championships from 1970-1972.

“It’s a great opportunity,” said Williams. “It’s great to be able to take over a program that has had such a great and successful history. We’re going to try to get the program back to where it was.”

Williams joined Kentucky State prior to the 2012-2013 season, serving as an assistant for three seasons under former head coach Antwain Banks. Williams has helped guide the Thorobreds to winning seasons in two of his three years on the staff, with the team posting a 15-12 overall record and a 11-6 Southern Intercollegiate Athletic Conference record in his first season, followed by a 15-14 overall campaign and a 10-7 conference mark in 2013-2014. Additionally, the Thorobreds went on a deep SIAC Tournament run in 2014 before falling to eventual champion Tuskegee in the conference semifinal.

Though Kentucky State struggled to a 9-18 record last season, Williams believes the pieces are in place for a successful run if he can instill a strong work ethic within the group.

“I’m very optimistic,” Williams added. “We’ve got a young team, and we’re a little undersized. We’re going to have to work hard, but I think we’re going to be the better conditioned team. My goal is for this to be not only one of the most well-conditioned teams, but one of the most disciplined teams, both offensively and defensively.”

Williams brings an extensive basketball background to Kentucky State, having played at some of the highest levels of competition. He played collegiately at Xavier, where he earned All-Atlantic 10 honors, was named an Honorable Mention All-American, and became a member of the school’s 1,000-point club. After graduating from Xavier, Williams received a tryout with the NBA’s Sacramento Kings, and he played professionally, both in the U.S. and overseas through 2005.

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Date Set for 2015 John Calipari Coaches' Clinic

The 2015 John Calipari Coaches' Clinic has been set for November 1 from 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. at the Joe Craft Center.

Here is a release from UK:

LEXINGTON, Ky. – The 2015 John Calipari Coaches’ Clinic has been set for Nov. 1 from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. at the Joe Craft Center. Last year’s clinic was sold out, so early registration is encouraged to reserve a spot.

The day-long event, intended for male and female coaches, gives a unique look into the coaching philosophies and strategies that Calipari uses in guiding the eight-time national championship basketball program at Kentucky. Included in this year’s clinic will be a chance to tour the Joe Craft Center and the training facilities used by the Wildcats, with staff members available to answer questions.

Attendees will be given exclusive access to watch Calipari and his staff conduct two practice sessions with the 2015-16 Wildcats. There will be opportunities to ask questions of Calipari and his staff after the practices.

The cost of the clinic is $100. Registration will close on Oct. 28, so please secure your spot for this year’s clinic early at

Check-in for the 2015 Coaches’ Clinic will be from 7:30 to 9 a.m. in the lobby of the Joe Craft Center.

Parking will be available only in the E lot located on the north side of the Joe Craft Center. Attendees must park in a legal parking spot in the E lots only (parking in R lots is not permitted).

Please note that participants of recruiting age (males or females currently in the 7th-12th grade, junior college or prep school) are not permitted to register for or attend the clinic.

Registration is available online and any clinic related questions can be called into the men’s basketball camp line at 859-257-9457 or 859-257-1916.

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


7:30-9 a.m. – Check-in/registration
9-9:15 a.m. – Welcome/Coach Cal introduction
9:15-9:30 a.m. – Pre-practice warm-up/stretch
9:30-11:30 a.m. – Practice
11:30 a.m.-noon – Q&A with Calipari and staff
Noon-1:30 p.m. – Lunch (on your own)/facilities will be open for tour
1:30-3 p.m. – UK assistant coaches speaking presentations
3-5 p.m. – Practice
5 p.m. – Q&A with Calipari and staff/closing remarks

*camp schedule subject to change

Montrezl Harrell Says He Has No Knowledge of Alleged Escort Parties at Louisville

Former Louisville player Montrezl Harrell, who was mentioned in Breaking Cardinal Rules, says he has no knowledge of the alleged escort parties that are alleged in the book. 

Here is an excerpt of Harrell's comments from

Rockets rookie forward Montrezl Harrell said he had no knowledge of parties alleged to have been held at the University of Louisville in which a former staff member is accused of paying escorts to have sexual relations with players and recruits.
“I don’t know anything about any of that,” Harrell said. “Apparently, my name is in there. I don’t have anything to do with that. U of L is doing their job, holding an investigation, looking at it. That’s where I’m leaving it. Simple as that.”
Harrell also had this to say: 
“Somebody told me my name was in there,” Harrell said. “It goes without saying, I don’t know anything about it. I didn’t too much stay at the dorm. I stayed off campus. I had a girlfriend off campus.
The book alleges that Harrell had sex with an escort named "Rod-Ni". 
Here's a picture taken from the book:

Commonwealth's Attorney Exploring Crimes Against Children in 'Breaking Cardinal Rules' Book

Commonwealth's Attorney Thomas Wine says his office is talking to police about possible criminal activities involving children that are mentioned in the book Breaking Cardinal Rules

In the book, escort Katina Powell claims she got her underage daughters involved in prostitution.

Here is an excerpt from

Commonwealth's Attorney Thomas Wine says his office is in consultation with the University of Louisville Police Department and the Louisville Metro Police Department Crimes Against Children Unit regarding the possible criminal violations revealed in her book, “Breaking Cardinal Rules: Basketball and the Escort Queen.”
In the book, Powell admits to getting her daughters, one age 15 and another age 17, involved in the escort trade.
“The allegations of criminal activity contained in this book cause grave concern to me and this community,” Wine said in a statement emailed to WDRB. “If my office receives credible evidence of sexual abuse or other criminal activity involving minor children, we will vigorously prosecute those responsible for the crimes.”
It will be up to police organizations, particularly the University of Louisville Police Department or LMPD, to determine whether enough evidence can be gathered to pursue a charge.

Dick Cady Says Katina Powell's Claims are "Pretty Damn Credible"

Pulitzer Prize-winning author Dick Cady spoke to the Courier-Journal's Jeff Greer about Katina Powell and the Breaking Cardinal Rules book.

Cady told Greer that he feels Powell's story is "pretty damn credible."

The book's co-author also stated that he hired Certified Fraud & Forensic Investigation to investigate Powell's phone calls and text messages and match up the phone numbers she was claiming she was contacting.

Cady said the firm confirmed that Katina Powell was indeed talking to former Louisville staffer Andre McGree. 

Here is an excerpt:

The IBJ hired Indianapolis-based Certified Fraud & Forensic Investigation to comb through Powell's phone and corroborate phone calls and text messages and match up the phone numbers she was claiming she was contacting. The firm digging through Powell's phone, Cady said, eased any concerns they had about the supposed "virus" that Powell claims in the book erased hundreds of text messages with McGee.

Asked if the firm confirmed that it was indeed McGee who was contacting Powell, Cady thumbed a stack of cellphone data records and said, "Oh, yeah." Cady declined to share the records with The Courier-Journal.

Asked if he ever doubted the veracity of any of Powell's claims at any point in the process, Cady flatly said no.

"It seemed to me that there were three things there: No. 1, the university stuff; No. 2, this incredible thing about the escort business; and No. 3, the unbelievable thing about her and her daughters," Cady said, referring to Powell's claims that she used her daughters as entertainers and prostitutes."

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Morehead State Lands Commitment from 2016 Guard Jordan Walker

Morehead State landed a commitment from 2016 guard Jordan Walker on Monday. 

Walker, a 6'1" point guard at Cathedral (Ind.) High School, also had offers from IUPUI, Austin Peay, Cornell and South Alabama.

Coach Sean Woods and the Eagles picked up a commitment from 2016 shooting guard Djimon Henson on Sunday.

Kentucky's Dominique Hawkins To Miss 4 Weeks With Broken Hand

Kentucky junior guard Dominique Hawkins will miss approximately one month of action with a broken right hand. 

Hawkins will undergo surgery Tuesday and is expected to return to action in November.

Here is a release from UK:

LEXINGTON, Ky. – Kentucky men's basketball junior guard Dominique Hawkins will miss the next four weeks after breaking a bone in his right hand. Hawkins will undergo surgery Tuesday but is expected to return to practice in early November.

Hawkins suffered the injury in practice over the weekend.

"I really feel bad to have to report this because Dom was playing so well,” head coach John Calipari said. “He was so much more confident, so much more skilled. There was no doubt he was in the rotation, and now he’s just got to get back and stay in shape. We’re looking forward to getting him back in November.”

Hawkins has played in 56 games in his Kentucky career, including nine starts in his sophomore season. The Richmond, Ky., native has been one of UK’s best on-ball defenders in his first two seasons as a Wildcat, serving as a key stopper during Kentucky’s memorable 2014 Final Four run.

Among Hawkins’ highlights during his sophomore season was a career-high seven-point outing vs. Boston, a career-high six-assist day in a win over his hometown team, Eastern Kentucky, and a six-point, three-assist, two-steal night in a career-high 20 minutes at home vs. Missouri.

For the latest on the Kentucky men's basketball team, follow @KentuckyMBB on TwitterFacebook and Instagram, and on the web

Centre College Ranked No. 25 in DIII News Preseason Rankings

Centre College is ranked No. 25 in the DIII News Preseason Top 25 for 2015-16.

In addition, senior forward Black Scinta was a National Top 24 selection and one of the players to watch in the South Region.

Here is a release from CC:

BEAVERTON, Ore. ( – DIII News, the monthly newsletter of Division III basketball released its 2015-16 Preseason Top 25 on Monday, with the Centre men’s basketball team sitting 25th in the rankings. In addition, senior forward Blake Scinta (Louisville, Ky.) was a National Top 24 selection.

The Colonels are coming off a 21-5 season in which they captured a share of the Southern Athletic Association regular season title in 2014-15. Centre has qualified for the NCAA Division III Tournament in seven of the past nine years under 18th-year head coach Greg Mason. The Colonels were the lone SAA squad to appear in the preseason DIII News rankings.

The Top 24 selections consisted of three of the top players to watch from each region around the country. Scinta, a first team All-SAA selection last season, was one of the players named from the South region, along with Louisiana College’s Anthony Gaines, Jr. and Centenary’s James Sapp. He paced the Colonels and ranked third in the SAA in scoring last season at 15.7 points per game. The Louisville native also sat second on the team and fifth in the SAA at 7.0 rebounds per game. He enters his senior season with 991 career points.

Centre opens the season at home on Sunday, November 15 hosting Maryville (Tenn.) in a non-conference matchup. Tip-off is slated for 4 p.m. from Alumni Gymnasium.

DIII News Preseason Top 25

1. Augustana (IL)
2. Va. Wesleyan
3. St. Thomas
4. Catholic
5. E. Connecticut
6. Marietta
7. F&M
8. Hope
9. Wis. Stevens Point
10. Whitworth
11. Babson
12. E. TX Baptist
13. Trinity (CT)
14. Ohio Wesleyan
15. St. Olaf
16. Wm. Paterson
17. Amherst
18. Mount Union
19. NYU
20. Wooster
21. St. John Fisher
22. Chicago
23. Chris. Newport
24. WPI
25. Centre

Michael Kidd-Gilchrist Will Miss 6 Months with Shoulder Injury

Former Kentucky star Michael Kidd-Gilchrist went down with a dislocated shoulder in Charlotte’s preseason game over the weekend.

Tests have revealed major damage that will require surgery and Kidd-Gilchrist is expected to miss 6 months of action.

Western Kentucky Will Hold Hilltopper Hysteria Event on October 17

Western Kentucky University will hold their annual Hilltopper Hysteria basketball preview event October 17.

Here are details from WKU:

BOWLING GREEN, Ky. -- The annual tip-off to Hilltopper and Lady Topper basketball seasons at WKU, Hilltopper Hysteria, will take place Saturday, Oct. 17 from 6:00 PM to 8:00 PM at E.A. Diddle Arena. Admission and parking are free.

Hilltopper Hysteria, presented by Midas, includes individual player and coach introductions for both programs, scrimmages by both teams, a slam dunk contest, a shooting stars challenge with current and former players and an autograph session with both teams to end the night. Hilltopper Hysteria will also feature performances from the WKU Pep Band, the WKU Topperettes, the WKU Cheerleaders and Big Red.

The first 500 fans will receive a free Hilltopper Hysteria t-shirt as they enter the arena courtesy of Coca-Cola and WKU Athletics.

Numerous giveaways and contests will be held throughout the night with chances to win great prizes.

Season tickets for both the Hilltoppers and Lady Toppers are on sale now through the WKU Ticket Office, and season ticket renewals have been mailed. For more information, call the ticket office at 1-800-5-BIG RED or 745-5222 locally.

Report: Sacramento's Willie Cauley-Stein is Out of Shape as NBA Season Nears

Willie Cauley-Stein is reportedly in terrible shape heading into the NBA season with the Sacramento Kings.

According to CSN Kings Insider James Ham, Cauley-Stein could barely run up and down the court during training camp.

Here’s an excerpt:

Speaking to Aaron Bruski of the Koz and Bru Show, CSN Kings Insider James Ham said that rookie Willie Cauley-Stein could barely run up and down the court during training camp.

“He is going to open the season at 14 minutes a game, if he’s lucky. When you show up to camp and you can’t run up and down the court twice without being so winded you have to pull yourself off the court, then something’s wrong.”

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UK Men's Basketball Practice to be Shown Live on ESPNU

A University of Kentucky's men's basketball practice will be shown live on ESPNU from 7-9 p.m. ET on Sunday.

Here is a release from UK:

LEXINGTON, Ky. – Kentucky fans will have an opportunity to get another early look at this year’s men’s basketball team in action as UK’s practice on Sunday will be televised live on ESPNU from 7-9 p.m.

The Wildcats will go through various agility and shooting drills in addition to 3-on-3 and 5-on-5 scrimmaging.

Doris Burke, Jay Williams and Seth Greenberg will be on hand to call the action for ESPNU, along with Andy Katz, who will handle sideline reports.

It’s the second season in a row UK has had a practice televised live.

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

Kenneth Faried's Top Highlights from 2014-15

Check out some of Kenneth Faried's top highlights from the 20154-15 season:

Michael Kidd-Gilchrist Suffers Dislocated Shoulder in First Preseason Game

Former Kentucky forward Michael Kidd-Gilchrist will likely miss the start of the NBA regular season after suffering a dislocated shoulder in the Charlotte Hornets' first preseason game Saturday night.

Kidd-Gilchrist will be further evaluated by Hornets team physicians in Charlotte on Monday.

Kobe Bryant Thinks Julius Randle is an Animal

Future NBA Hall of Famer Kobe Bryant had some high praise for former Kentucky star Julius Randle last night.

"I think he's an animal, man. I really do," Bryant said after last night's preseason game. "He's competitive, extremely athletic and strong as a bull."

Randle started and finished with 7 points and 7 rebounds in last night's 90-71 loss to Utah.

Terry Rozier Says He'll Talk About Louisville Book When the Time is Right

Former Louisville guard Terry Rozier says he will answer questions about the escort-related mess at Louisville when the time is right. 

"When it's time to answer those questions and deal with that, I will," Rozier told Adam Himmelsbach of the Boston Globe.

Rozier, who is mentioned in the book, had this say about the situation:

In one excerpt, Powell referred to accepting tickets to two Louisville games, apparently from McGee, in exchange for bringing two women for “a new recruit from Cleveland named Terry.” Rozier, who lived in the Cleveland suburb of Shaker Heights, Ohio, committed to Louisville in 2011 and enrolled as a freshman in 2013.

The Celtics arrived here at about 6 a.m. Eastern time on Saturday, and Rozier told the Globe he was unaware of the book. When the basic accusations were relayed to him, he responded: “When it’s time to answer those questions and deal with that, I will. But right now I’m just trying to take in this moment with these guys out here and have a lot of fun with my teammates. So, like I said, when that time comes to answer that, I will.”

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