Friday, October 30, 2015

There's College Basketball in Kentucky This Weekend

There are college basketball games around Kentucky this weekend, including five games tonight.

Here's a look at the schedule:

Friday, October 30
6:00 p.m. Dalton State vs. Lindsey Wilson College (at Campbellsville)
7:00 p.m. Asbury University at Welch College
7:00 p.m. Union College at St. Catharine College
7:00 p.m. Miami Middletown at Georgetown College
8:00 p.m. Ohio-Chillicothe at Campbellsville University

Saturday, October 31

2:00 p.m. Ohio-Chillicothe vs. Lindsey Wilson College (at Campbellsville)
3:00 p.m. Purdue University-North Central at Brescia University
4:00 p.m. Dalton State at Campbellsville University
4:00 p.m. Fisk University vs. Asbury University (at Welch College)

Sunday, November 1

1:30 p.m. Bellarmine University at University of Louisville (Exhibition)

Grand Jury Subpoenas Issued in Louisville Escort Scandal Investigation

According to a report from ESPN.com, grand jury subpoenas are being issued in the case of the escort scandal involving the Louisville men's basketball program.

Here is an excerpt:

The Office of the Commonwealth's Attorney in Jefferson County, Kentucky, has begun issuing grand jury subpoenas in the case of the sex scandal involving the Louisville men's basketball program, a source familiar with the proceedings told Outside the Lines.

A spokesman for the Commonwealth's Attorney Thomas B. Wine declined to comment when reached Friday morning.

"We don't comment on investigations that we are doing," spokesman Jeff Cooke said.

When asked whether he would at least confirm that a grand jury will hear evidence in the case, Cooke responded: "No, I can't. That's the nature of the proceeding. I couldn't comment on any case."

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ESPN also reported that NCAA investigators were in Louisville Monday and Tuesday of this week to interview members of the men's basketball program.

According to ESPN:

NCAA officials were at Louisville on Monday and Tuesday, interviewing members of the Cardinals basketball program concerning recent allegations made by former escort Katina Powell, multiple sources told ESPN's Jeff Goodman.

Louisville spokesman Kenny Klein said he "can't comment on any matter concerning the NCAA investigation."

In a letter to students, Louisville president James Ramsey said the school is also reviewing the allegations and see the charges as "not an isolated athletic issue" but rather something that affects the entire university community.

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Thursday, October 29, 2015

John Calipari Visits Young Friend Seth Barnett in Houston

Kentucky head coach John Calipari was in the Houston area today and didn't pass up the opportunity to visit with his young friend, Seth Barnett.

Seth, a 16-year old with cerebral palsy, is a junior at Cypress Lakes High School in Texas. His parents grew up in Magoffin County but moved to Texas when Seth was just a month old for work.

Calipari visited Seth in September during a recruiting visit for De'Aaron Fox, who also attends Cypress Lake. 

Here are some pictures from Calipari's visit today:



Jodie Meeks to Miss 6-8 Weeks with Jones Fracture in Foot

Detroit Pistons guard Jodie Meeks will miss 6-8 weeks of action with a Jones fracture in his right foot.

Here is an excerpt from ESPN.com:

"We'll get further assessment and know better on a timetable in the next couple of days," Pistons coach Stan Van Gundy said, according to mlive.com. "But they, they X-rayed him, he's got a Jones fracture."

A Jones fracture is a broken bone at the base of the small toe. Kevin Durant suffered a similar injury last season and was sidelined for seven weeks.

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According to FootHealthFacts.org:

Jones fracture. Jones fractures occur in a small area of the fifth metatarsal that receives less blood and is therefore more prone to difficulties in healing. A Jones fracture can be either a stress fracture (a tiny hairline break that occurs over time) or an acute (sudden) break. Jones fractures are caused by overuse, repetitive stress, or trauma. They are less common and more difficult to treat than avulsion fractures.

Wednesday, October 28, 2015

Louisville's Damion Lee Shows Off Dancing Skills at ACC Media Day

Louisville's Damion Lee showed off his dancing skills at ACC Media Day earlier today:


Five Former OVC Players on NBA Opening Day Rosters

Five former Ohio Valley Conference players are/were on NBA opening day rosters.

The five are Kenneth Faried (Morehead State), Isaiah Canaan (Murray State), Cameron Payne (Murray State), Ian Clark (Belmont) and Robert Covington (Tennessee State).

Here's a release from the OVC:

Five former Ohio Valley Conference men's basketball players have made National Basketball Association (NBA) rosters as the league officially kicks off its 2015-16 season tonight.

Former two-time OVC Player of the Year Kenneth Faried begins his fifth season with the Denver Nuggets, two-time former OVC Player of the Year Isaiah Canaan (Philadelphia 76ers), former OVC Player of the Year Ian Clark (Golden State Warriors) and Robert Covington (Philadelphia 76ers) begin their third seasons in the NBA while last year's OVC Player of the Year Cameron Payne (Oklahoma City Thunder) begins his rookie season.

Faried, drafted as the 22nd pick of the First Round of the 2011 NBA Draft, averaged 12.6 points and 8.9 rebounds/game last season in 75 games for the Nuggets. In his four-year career he has an average of 12.2 points and 8.7 rebounds/game. In the summer of 2014 he was a part of the Team USA squad that won a gold medal in the World Cup of Basketball. While at Morehead State Faried was named OVC Player of the Year in 2009-10 and 2010-11 and OVC Defensive Player of the Year in each 2008-09, 2009-10 and 2010-11. He helped the Eagles to NCAA Tournament victories in each 2009 and 2011 and earning All-American honors after leading Division I in rebounding and double-doubles.

After being drafted No. 34 overall (fourth pick of the second round) by the Houston Rockets in 2013, Canaan played the 2013-14 season and part of last year with the franchise before being traded to Philadelphia. In 22 games with the 76ers to close last season Canaan produced his best professional numbers in averaging 12.6 points and 3.1 assists/game; both of those numbers were well above his 7.7 and 1.7 career averages in those categories. At Murray State Canaan became the sixth player in Murray State history and 17th player in OVC history to reach the 2,000 career point mark. He was in the top-10 in scoring in NCAA Division I during his entire final season, finishing with 21.8 points per game. He was also the all-time leader in made 3-point baskets at Murray State and third all-time in the OVC with 304. Canaan left MSU having been OVC Freshman of the Year and OVC Tournament MVP in 2010 and earning All-American honors as a junior and senior. The Racers won three-straight OVC regular season titles, made two NCAA Tournament trips and one to the NIT during Canaan's career making him part of the winningest class in MSU history with 106 victories.

Clark begins his third season in the NBA with his third team, this time the defending World Champion Golden State Warriors. Clark made the Warriors roster after spending time with the Utah Jazz and Denver Nuggets in 2014-15. Clark, who originally signed with Utah as an undrafted free agent, has played in 53 career games and knocked down 21 3-pointers. Clark was the 2012-13 OVC Co-Player of the Year along with Canaan and outright OVC Defensive Player of the Year. He finished his collegiate career as Belmont's NCAA-era career leader in points (1,920) and 3-point field goals (340) in leading the Bruins to a third-consecutive NCAA Tournament appearance and the program's highest NCAA Tournament seed (No. 11 vs. Arizona). In 2013, Clark ranked among the NCAA leaders in 3-point field goal percentage and 3-point field goals per game en route to being named an All-American. Clark finished his career as a four-time all-conference honoree and two-time conference defensive player of the year.

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Former OVC Players on NBA Opening Night Rosters

Isaiah Canaan, Philadelphia 76ers (@SiP03)
Ian Clark, Golden State Warriors (@IanClark)
Robert Covington, Philadelphia 76ers (@Holla_At_Rob33)
Kenneth Faried, Denver Nuggets (@KennethFaried35)
Cameron Payne, Oklahoma City Thunder (@CamPayne)

Rick Potato Has Replaced Rick Pitino at ACC Media Days

Apparently, Rick Pitino couldn't attend ACC Media Days so he has been replaced by "Rick Potato."




Trey Lewis Says Rick Pitino Tells Cards They Are Best Team He's Coached in 40 Years

Louisville's Trey Lewis said at ACC Media Days earlier this morning that Rick Pitino says this is the best team he's coached in 40 years.



My thoughts: I've been watching basketball for a long time and I promise you...this is not the best team Rick Pitino has coached in 40 years. Or 2 years.

Pikeville, Georgetown in Top 10 of NAIA Preseason Coaches' Poll for 2015-16

The Mid-South Conference has two teams in the top 10 and three teams in the top 25 of the 2015-16 NAIA Division I Coaches' Poll.

The University of Pikeville is ranked No. 2 in the nation behind Dalton State.

Talladega, Arizona Christian and LSU Alexandria round out the top 5.

Georgetown College will enter the season at No. 6.

Campbellsville University is No. 18. The Tigers will face No. 1 Dalton State Saturday in Campbellsville.

University of the Cumberlands is receiving votes and just outside the top 25.

2015 – 16 NAIA Division I Men’s Basketball Coaches’ Preseason Top 25 Poll – Oct. 27

RANK LAST WEEK^ SCHOOL (1ST PLACE VOTES) 2014-15 RECORD TOTAL POINTS
1 1 Dalton State (Ga.) (9) 32-4 250
2 6 Pikeville (Ky.) (1) 27-5 238
3 2 Talladega (Ala.) 32-5 230
4 15 Arizona Christian 25-9 222
5 17 LSU Alexandria 23-4 210
6 19 Georgetown (Ky.) 28-8 199
7 4 Hope International (Calif.) 32-3 197
8 12 Evangel (Mo.) 21-13 196
9 9 Freed-Hardeman (Tenn.) 29-4 195
10 10 Mid-America Christian (Okla.) 25-11 179
11 7 Martin Methodist (Tenn.) 30-5 163
12 13 Wayland Baptist (Texas) 27-6 159
13 23 Lewis-Clark State (Idaho) 25-8 132
T14 RV LSU Shreveport (La.) 21-11 129
T14 NR William Carey (Miss.) 20-11 129
16 18 Columbia (Mo.) 26-7 116
17 3 Westmont (Calif.) 25-11 115
18 8 Campbellsville (Ky.) 29-6 113
19 21 Xavier (La.) 24-10 112
20 RV Philander Smith (Ark.) 20-10 107
21 NR MidAmerica Nazarene (Kan.) 11-17 105
22 22 Benedictine (Kan.) 24-9 92
23 14 Montana Western 23-10 72
24 RV SAGU (Texas) 22-11 64
25 16 Our Lady of the Lake (Texas) 25-6 61

Others Receiving Votes: Cumberlands (Ky.) 59; Peru State (Neb.) 28; Faulkner (Ala.) 27; Vanguard (Calif.) 25; Rocky Mountain (Mont.) 21; William Penn (Iowa) 12; Bethel (Tenn.) 10; Park (Mo.) 7; Lindenwood-Belleville (Ill.) 6; John Brown (Ark.) 5; Carroll (Mont.) 4; Oklahoma City 3; Langston (Okla.) 3. ^ indicates ranking from April 1, 2015 final poll

John Calipari Discusses Blue-White Game and More

Head coach John Calipari discusses Kentucky's Blue-White game and more:


Georgetown College Hammers Central Penn in Season-Opener

(6) Georgetown College 117
Central Penn 61

Final from Georgetown, Kentucky

Game recap by GC:

Georgetown College men's basketball got the 2015-16 season started right. On the day the first set of rankings were released the No. 6 Tigers (1-0) handed visiting Central Penn College a 117-61 loss. They had a balanced attack and a stingy defense to hand the Knights the almost doubled-up setback.

"I am very pleased with our defensive focus and our energy and effort," said GC coach Chris Briggs. "WE are getting very good leadership from our returning guys, and they are really showing our newcomers what we need and what we expect."

Seniors Noah Cottrill and Deondre McWhorter led the way in points with 18 and 17 respectively. Jordan Green, 13; Trent Gilbert, 11; and Chris Coffey, 11, also had good showings for their first outing in the Tiger Orange & Black.

"All the new guys are still figuring things out, but it is a process," Briggs said. "They are really doing pretty well with things."

Georgetown had 15 steals, forced 27 turnovers and grabbed 26 defensive rebounds to limit CPC to just 36.5 percent from the field.

The Knights came out swinging and grabbed a quick 4-0 lead. It was a 24-10 run from there for the first double-digit lead that GC never relinquished.

The Tigers shared the wealth with 27 assists on 42 baskets, 11 from three-point range. Cottrill netted four from deep, while Gilbert had three. Tony Kimbro, Troy Stewart, Terry Rose and Anthony Sharp each had one.

"This is a very talented and athletic group that is fun to watch and coach," Briggs said.

Next chance to catch the Tigers in action is 7 pm Friday against Miami University-Middletown.

Labissiere, Ulis Lead White Past Blue in Kentucky Scrimmage

UK White 74
UK Blue 66

Final from Lexington, Kentucky

Freshman big man Skal Labissiere scored a game-high 18 points and pulled down 11 rebounds to lead the White team to an 84-76 win over the Blue team in Kentucky's intrasquad scrimmage Tuesday night.

Tyler Ulis scored 10 points and dished out 15 assists for the White team. Mychal Mulder chipped in 9 points. Jamal Murray, Marcus Lee and Charles Matthews each scored 8 points.

Alex Poythress and Derek Willis led the Blue team with 12 points each. Murray also scored 9 points for the Blue team.

Isaiah Briscoe scored 10 points for the Blue team and 6 points for the White team.

The official attendance was 15,007, which is the second most ever for a Blue-White Game.

Box score (click to enlarge):

St. Catharine College Earns Tough Road Win at IU Southeast

St. Catharine College 80
IU Southeast 76

Final from New Albany, Indiana

Game recap by IUS:

NEW ALBANY, Ind. – Four Grenadiers scored in double figures but it was not enough as IU Southeast dropped its home opener 80-76 to St. Catharine on Tuesday.

IU Southeast (0-2) trailed by as many as 18 in the first half but cut the lead to 50-48 with 13:28 to play in the game.

St. Catharine (1-0) responded with a 17-6 run to extend the lead to 67-54, but the Grenadiers did not go quietly. Jordan Coleman hit two clutch three-pointers to make it a 78-76 game with 47 seconds to play, but the Grenadiers would get no closer.

Demetrius Stanton had a career-high 25 points for IU Southeast. Myles Harvey helped lead the comeback with 10 of his 13 points coming in the second half. Jordan Coleman had 12 points and Robert Sawyer added 10.

St. Catharine's Chris Johnson had 24 points to lead the Patriots. Brandon Bobb Jones had 20 points and seven rebounds.

The Grenadiers shot just 38 percent from the field in the game and went 9-of-32 from behind-the-arc.

A bright spot for the Grenadiers was their bench, which outscored the Patriots 20-7.

IU Southeast travels to University of the Cumberlands on Nov. 3 at 7 p.m.

UPIKE Opens Season With High-Scoring Win Over Central Penn

(2) University of Pikeville 118
Central Penn 84

Final from Pikeville, Kentucky

Game recap by UPIKE:

PIKEVILLE, Ky. -- Colt Chapman hauled in a career-best 15 rebounds and Macari Brooks put together an efficient 22 points to lead the University of Pikeville men's basketball team past Central Penn 118-84 on Monday night at the East Ky. Expo Center.

The seniors, Chapman and Brooks, wasted no time putting together big performances in the season opener. Chapman already had the career high at halftime with 10 boards (his previous best was nine) and Brooks connected on 8-of-12 shots, including two of his three 3-point attempts.

The duo was backed up by K.K. Simmons, who hit five threes and had 19 points, Trey Rakes with 16 points, Marshall Bennett adding 14 and Daniel Afeaki reaching double figures with 10.

Of the rebounds not swiped up by Chapman, Brooks snagged eight of them and Bennett finished with seven. UPIKE led the game on the glass 53-35, although it was beat on the offensive side 19-15.

The Bears shot 63.4 percent from the field while limiting the Knights to just a 34.6 mark. UPIKE was also lights out from deep, hitting 11 of 20 threes, but Central Penn wasn't bad either, knocking down 12-of-28 shots from three.

This one was close for 10 minutes, when the Knights trailed by only five at 25-20, but the physicality of the Bears eventually wore them down as the deficit grew to 14 after a 9-0 UPIKE run that ended with a three from Brooks with 8:22 left before halftime.

Central Penn never got back within single digits as the Bears built leads as large as 32 points in the first half and 49 points in the second.

John Starks Jr., paced the Knights with 17 points, Tyree Tucker added 15 and Hollis Alexander chipped in with 12 off the bench. Central Penn will be tested over the next two days as it plays Georgetown on Tuesday and Bluefield (Va.) on Wednesday.

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Tuesday, October 27, 2015

Season Tickets For Kentucky Wesleyan Basketball Go On Sale Wednesday

Kentucky Wesleyan College basketball tickets for 2015-16 go on sale tomorrow.

Here are details:

OWENSBORO, Ky. (Oct. 25, 2015) — Kentucky Wesleyan College basketball tickets for the 2015-16 season will go on sale Wednesday, Oct. 28 through Friday, Nov. 6, at the Panthers Den, located in the Winchester Center behind the Barnard Jones Administration Building, from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. daily.

Ticket prices are $190 for on-floor chair backs, $180 up-stairs chair backs, $135 for bleacher seats and 95 for senior citizens (age 65-plus) bench seats. All-American/All-Sports Club members, the official booster club of Kentucky Wesleyan College athletics, receive discounted tickets.

Children eighth grade and under accompanied by an adult are admitted free.

Following Nov. 5, tickets will be sold at the Athletic Office in the Woodward Center.

For more information, call the Ticket Office at 270-852-3330.

Coach Happy Osborne says he will buy your donuts:


Monday, October 26, 2015

Kenneth Faried Working as an Uber Driver Tonight

Former Morehead State star Kenneth Faried is spending a few hours working as an Uber driver tonight.

If you happen to be in the Denver area and call for a ride, there's a chance the Denver Nuggets forward will be picking you up.

Faried is driving from 7:00 to 9:00 p.m. local time tonight.

Here's a release from Uber:

For one night only, professional basketball player Kenneth Faried will be on the road in Denver driving around a few lucky riders in his BMW M750LI!

Enter the code MANIMAL to your app on Monday, and request a ride from 7 – 9 PM for your chance to take a ride with Kenneth Faried!

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The 2015-16 Basketball Season is Here; Schedule for the Week

Believe it or not, the 2015-16 basketball season is here and there are actual games in the Bluegrass State this week.

Here's your first schedule for the week of the season:

Monday, October 26

6:30 p.m. Eastern Kentucky University Hoopfest
7:00 p.m. Central Penn at University of Pikeville

Tuesday, October 27

4:15 p.m. Central Penn at Georgetown College
7:00 p.m. St. Catharine College at IU Southeast
7:00 p.m. University of Kentucky Blue/White Scrimmage

Wednesday, October 28

No Games

Thursday, October 29

No Games

Friday, October 30

6:00 p.m. Dalton State vs. Lindsey Wilson College (at Campbellsville)
7:00 p.m. Asbury University at Welch College
7:00 p.m. Union College at St. Catharine College
7:00 p.m. Miami Middletown at Georgetown College
8:00 p.m. Ohio-Chillicothe at Campbellsville University

Saturday, October 31

2:00 p.m. Ohio-Chillicothe vs. Lindsey Wilson College (at Campbellsville)
3:00 p.m. Purdue University-North Central at Brescia University
4:00 p.m. Dalton State at Campbellsville University
4:00 p.m. Fisk University vs. Asbury University (at Welch College)

Sunday, November 1

1:30 p.m. Bellarmine University at University of Louisville (Exhibition)

EKU Basketball to Hold Hoopfest Tonight

Eastern Kentucky University will hold their annual Hoopfest event tonight at Alumni Coliseum.

The doors open at 5:30 p.m.

Here are details:

Undrafted Guard Aaron Harrison Makes the Charlotte Hornets Roster

Undrafted rookie guard Aaron Harrison has officially made the Charlotte Hornets roster for 2015-16.

Rick Bonnell of the Charlotte Observer explains how Harrison was able to earn a spot on the Hornets' roster:

"After going unselected in June’s draft, Harrison drew the Hornets’ attention in Orlando summer league. A 6-foot-6 guard, Harrison played mostly off the ball in his two seasons at Kentucky, but the Hornets used him as a point guard in Orlando. He showed a knack for getting to the rim off the dribble and has the length to be a solid defender. Harrison wasn’t a particularly good shooter at Kentucky, making just 41 percent of his shots from the field. He worked extensively with Hornets shooting coach Bruce Kruetzer over the summer to improve his 3-point range."

Andrew Harrison, who was drafted by the Memphis Grizzlies, will spend the entire 2015-16 season in the NBA D-League.

Chuck Hayes Might Turn to Coaching After Being Cut by the Clippers

The Los Angeles Clippers waived former Kentucky forward Chuck Hayes over the weekend.

Hayes, who has had a remarkable run in the NBA, might retire and turn to coaching if he isn't acquired by another team.

In his 10-year career, Hayes averaged 3.7 points and 5.0 rebounds per game as an under-sized power forward.


White Team Completes Comeback to Win EKU's Maroon-White Scrimmage

Eastern Kentucky University held a Maroon-White Scrimmage Saturday at McBrayer Arena.

The White team overcame a 30-point deficit to earn a 91-90 win in double overtime.

Here is a recap from EKU:

RICHMOND, Ky. – The Eastern Kentucky University men's basketball White Team fought back from a 30-point deficit to defeat the Maroon Team, 91-90, in a thrilling, double-overtime Maroon-White Scrimmage on Saturday at McBrayer Arena.

Both teams shot above 50 percent from the field and combined to knock down 22 three-pointers in an up-and-down affair that ended when redshirt junior JaVontae Hawkins knocked down a single free throw in double-overtime to lift the White Team to victory.

Led by senior Jarelle Reischel, junior Isaac McGlone and sophomore Greg King, the Maroon Team sprinted out to a 30-point lead and led, 28-8, at the end of the first period. At halftime, the White Team had clawed to within eight, 45-37. By the beginning of the fourth period, the White Team's deficit was still eight, 71-63.

Early in the fourth period, senior Jonathan Hood knocked down a three-pointer to pull the White Team to within a point, 74-73. Another three-pointer by sophomore Daniel Parke and a jumper in the lane by sophomore Paul Jackson gave the White Team its first lead of the game, 82-81, with just over three minutes to play in regulation.

The White Team held that lead until the last second of regulation, when McGlone hit a step-back three-pointer at the buzzer to tie it, 89-89, and force the first of two one-minute overtime periods.

It was in the second overtime period that Hawkins converted his game-winning free-throw to cap the White Team's truly remarkable comeback.

Hawkins led all scorers in the game with 38 points. Freshman Nick Mayo contributed 14 points for the White Team, while senior K.J. Bluford finished with 12 points.

McGlone paced the Maroon Team with 22 points, while King scored 19 points and Reischel finished with a double-double of 15 points and 12 rebounds.

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