Friday, November 13, 2015

Fox Sports Says Kentucky Will Struggle For a Few Months This Season

Reid Forgrave of FoxSports.com believes this season's Kentucky team will struggle for a few months and be similar to the 2013-14 Wildcats.

Forgrave also thinks Skal Labissiere and Jamal Murray will be in contention to be the No. 1 overall draft pick next summer.

I'm including No. 5 below because personally I think Tyler Ulis will lead the nation in assists.

Here is an excerpt:

5. The nation’s assists leader will come from an unlikely spot. And that’s Omaha, Neb., where Creighton has managed to fly below the preseason radar nationally as well as in the Big East. The last we saw of the diminutive Maurice Watson Jr., who is coming off his redshirt year after transferring from Boston University, he was one of the best assist guys in all of college basketball. This year, with an up-tempo Creighton team that can really shoot it, he’ll run away with the assist title. He told me he wants to average 10 per game. By the way, Creighton will surprise people. I know the Bluejays disappointed in their first post-Doug McDermott season a year ago, going 4-14 in the Big East. But remember: That was always expected to be a rebuilding year. And Creighton led in the final minute of six of those 14 Big East losses. Watson manning the point ought to open up a world of possibilities for head coach Greg McDermott, one of the most inventive offensive minds in college basketball.

6. Three players will make pushes to unseat the conventional wisdom No. 1 overall draft picks. Conventional wisdom says that the next No. 1 pick in the 2016 NBA Draft will either be Kentucky freshman big man Skal Labissiere or LSU point forward Ben Simmons. (For the record, I’d pick Simmons, although scouts rave about Labissiere as an enormous upside player.) Here are three names that could upset that conventional wisdom: Henry Ellenson of Marquette, Brandon Ingram of Duke and Jamal Murray of Kentucky. NBA comparisons are always unfair, usually imperfect but still fun and useful, so here are mine: Ellenson = Kevin Love. Ingram = Kevin Durant. Murray = Russell Westbrook.

7. Kentucky will be closer to the 2013-14 version than the 2014-15 version. By that, I mean Kentucky is going to struggle the first couple months in adjusting to a brand-new roster and a brand-new style of basketball. Two years ago, Kentucky made the national title game but it was as an eight-seed that struggled through the first four months of the season. Last year, Kentucky was nails from Day 1, very nearly becoming the first 40-0 team in college basketball history. This year’s version will struggle. I talked with John Calipari the morning after his team’s Blue-White Scrimmage last month, and he told me he couldn’t sleep after that game. He was worried because it just showed him how far this group has to go. Remember: Last year this team was from the Land of the Giants, filled with 7-footers, a roster more fit for the NBA than the SEC. This year Calipari will be playing small ball, often trotting out a three-guard lineup – sophomore Tyler Ulis and freshmen Isaiah Briscoe and Jamal Murray. Kentucky will look completely different. It’ll take time to adjust.

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Albany Coach Will Brown Says Jamal Murray is Best Player in College Basketball

Albany head coach Will Brown believes Kentucky freshman Jamal Murray is the best player in college basketball.

Brown also called Tyler Ulis the best point guard in the country and Skal Labissiere the No. 1 pick in the 2016 NBA draft.

Check out Brown's comments:

"And I'll say it now before everybody jumps on the bandwagon," Brown said this week. "I think they have the best player in the country in Jamal Murray."

UK coach John Calipari declined to join Brown in saluting Murray as college basketball's best player ... for now.

"I would like to think that by the end of the year, people are looking at him and saying, wow," Calipari said Thursday. "Like they were with Karl (Anthony Towns) and like they were with Anthony (Davis). At the beginning of the year, they weren't saying those things (about Towns and Davis). They said, nice player.

"Right now, I don't want to put that on the kid."

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No. 2 UPIKE Pushes Nation's Longest Home Court Winning Streak to 48 Games

(2) Pikeville 93
Bluefield 82

Final from Pikeville, Kentucky

Game recap by UPIKE:

PIKEVILLE, Ky. -- A strong finish to the first half helped second-ranked UPIKE hold off hot-shooting Joseph McClain and his Bluefield Rams for a 93-82 win on Thursday at the East Ky. Expo Center.

With 8:24 left in the first half, the Bears were up by just three at 21-18, but outscored Bluefield 18-11 the rest of the way to get to halftime with a 10-point lead. That advantage at intermission was important as the Rams trimmed their deficit to as few as four points in the final 20 minutes.

An 11-0 UPIKE run midway through the second half was also crucial to holding off the Rams.

It was a 62-57 UPIKE lead with 12 minutes left, but when Macari Brooks sank a pair of free throws four minutes later it was 73-57. The closest Bluefield would get before time expired was seven points, but the Bears quickly rattled off a 7-2 run to take back control.

Credit McClain for doing everything he could to give the Rams a fighting chance. He connected on four of his five 3-point attempts to score 17 points in the second half alone. McClain ended up finishing with 22 points and nailed five threes.

For UPIKE, Brooks was a little bit better, pouring in a game-high 28 points, including knocking down three 3-pointers of his own. Marshall Bennett was active in the post with 11 points and a team-high nine rebounds, as was Colt Chapman with 13 points and eight boards. K.K. Simmons added 15 points as he hit three 3-pointers in the second half.

Both teams shot just under 50 percent from the field, but UPIKE gave itself a boost with a 40-32 lead on the glass and outscoring the Rams 18-11 off turnovers.

UPIKE will get a little bit of a break before returning to action next Thursday in the Mid-South Conference opener at Life in Marietta, Ga. The Bears, which have won a nation's best 48 straight at home, won't play again in the Expo Center until Dec. 10 against Cumberlands.

Katina Powell Will Meet with the NCAA About Louisville Next Week

Katina Powell, the author of 'Breaking Cardinal Rules', will meet with the NCAA next week to discuss the escort scandal at Louisville.

Here are details from SI.com:

Former escort Katina Powell will meet with the NCAA next week regarding allegations in her book Breaking Cardinal Rules: Basketball and the Escort Queen claiming that a former Louisville men’s basketball assistant hired her and other women to strip and have sex with players and recruits during parties.

Her lawyer, Larry Wilder, told the Associated Press that Powell will meet with the NCAA as part of the investigation. She is expected to provide documents, including her personal journals and phone records, to prove her claims.

Powell alleged that from 2010-14 former assistant Andre McGee paid her $10,000 to arrange 22 visits to the players’ dorm.

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Thursday, November 12, 2015

2016 Point Guard De'Aaron Fox Commits to Kentucky

De'Aaron Fox, one of the top point guards in the Class of 2016, has just committed to the University of Kentucky.

Fox, who ranks No. 5 overall on the Rivals.com list for 2016, made the announcement on ESPNU's Recruiting Nation show.

Photo: Rivals.com



Brandon Hatton Will Transfer to Kentucky Wesleyan College

Former Dixie Heights High School star Brandon Hatton will enroll at Kentucky Wesleyan after Christmas and be eligible for the 2016-17 season as sophomore.

Hatton averaged 3.9 points and 1.7 rebounds per game at Vermont last season as a freshman.

Here's more from KWC:

OWENSBORO, Ky. (Nov. 12, 2015) — Brandon Hatton, a 2014 Mr. Kentucky basketball candidate from Dixie Heights High School, will enroll after Christmas and will be eligible for the 2016-17 season as a sophomore, according Kentucky Wesleyan head coach Happy Osborne. He spent the 2014-15 season as a freshman at the University of Vermont.

Hatton, a 6-foot-3, 206-pounder, guard from Independence, averaged 3.9 points, 1.7 rebounds and 14.4 minutes in 31 games or the Catamounts. He finished fourth in three-pointers with 24 as he shot 36.9 from the field, 31.6 percent from three-point range and 68.2 percent from the free throw line. Hatton posted a season-high 12 points.

"We have just added one of 2014 Kentucky high school's great shooters and scorers in Brandon, and we have him for three years" stated Osborne. "Besides his scoring ability and toughness, what's more important to me is Brandon's a Kentucky native. I want to have a dominate program of Kentucky kids."

At Dixie Heights, Hatton was a four-time first-team All-State honoree. He averaged 25.0 points, 5.0 rebounds and 3.0 assists per game as a senior for coach Ken Chevalier. His accomplishments are etched into the Colonels record book as the all-time leader in points (3,045), three-point field goals made (367), games played (183) and wins (110).

He closed his career as the 31st player in Kentucky high school basketball history to score 3,000 points and the all-time leading scorer in Ninth Region history. His other postseason honors include earning All-Ninth Region and All-34th District recognition five times and receiving the 2014 Ninth Region Player of the Year Award.

Osborne added, "I have watched him since he was a freshman developing into a prolific scorer plus I coached against him in my one year in high school. He will remind KWC fans of former Panther shooting greats Mike Williams, Gino Bartolone, Ray Harper and Bobby Zuerner. He will be the best pure shooter I've ever had at Kentucky Wesleyan."

Hatton is the son of Scott Hatton and Kelli Pernell of Independence.

Scott Padgett and Samford Have a Little Problem on the Way to Louisville

Samford and head coach Scott Padgett are traveling to Louisville for a tough test against the Cardinals tomorrow night at the KFC Yum! Center.

According to Padgett, the Bulldogs are already facing a little adversity on the interstate.




Four Kentucky Players Named Preseason All-SEC

Four University of Kentucky players were named preseason All-SEC by the league's coaches today.

Freshman Skal Labissiere and sophomore Tyler Ulis were named All-SEC First Team.

Freshman Jamal Murray and senior Alex Poythress were named to the Second Team.

Here's a look at the teams:

All-SEC First Team

Dorian Finney-Smith – Florida, F, 6-8, 220, Sr., Portsmouth, Va.
Kenny Gaines – Georgia, G, 6-3, 205, Sr., Atlanta, Ga.
Charles Mann – Georgia, G, 6-5, 215, Sr., Alpharetta, Ga.
Skal Labissiere – Kentucky, F, 6-11, 225, Fr., Port-au-Prince, Haiti
Tyler Ulis – Kentucky, G, 5-9, 160, So., Chicago
Ben Simmons – LSU, F, 6-10, 225, Fr., Melbourne, Australia
Stefan Moody – Ole Miss, G, 5-10, 179, Sr., Kissimmee, Fla.
Danuel House – Texas A&M, G, 6-7, 212, Sr., Fresno, Texas
Damian Jones – Vanderbilt, C, 7-0, 245, Jr., Baton Rouge, La.

All-SEC Second Team

Jamal Murray – Kentucky, G, 6-4, 207, Fr., Kitchener, Ontario
Alex Poythress – Kentucky, F, 6-8, 230, Sr., Clarksville, Tenn.
Tim Quarterman – LSU, G, 6-6, 190, Jr., Savannah, Ga.
Malik Newman – Mississippi State, G, 6-3, 178, Fr., Jackson, Miss.
Craig Sword – Mississippi State, G, 6-3, 196, Sr., Montgomery, Ala.
Sindarius Thornwell – South Carolina, G, 6-5, 215, Jr., Lancaster, S.C.
Alex Caruso – Texas A&M, G, 6-5, 186, Sr., College Station, Texas
Riley LaChance – Vanderbilt, G, 6-2, 182, So., Brookfield, Wis.

St. Catharine Falls to 1-3 with Road Loss at IU East

IU East 78
St. Catharine 67

Final from Richmond, Indiana

Game recap by IU East:

RICHMOND, Ind. – Coach Mark Hester and his staff have preached defensive efficiency for the last handful of years, and the Indiana University East men's basketball team's Nov. 10 win over NAIA Division I opponent Saint Catharine College displayed just about the most efficient defensive effort the team could muster.

The NAIA Division II No. 10 Red Wolves (3-1) defeated the Patriots 78-67, allowing just two points in the final 6:33 of regulation.

"Defense has been something that we have needed to work on for the last couple years really," IU East sophomore Lucas Huffman (Indianapolis, Ind./Franklin Central High School) said. "That's what we've been looking for for a long time right there."

Saint Catharine (1-3) shot a mere 38 percent from the floor and was outrebounded by a 40-37 count, a battle the Red Wolves have yet to lose this year.

"I think we are more focused this year on that end, and it is showing," Huffman said. "There's stuff we could be better at, but I think we've got to be happy with where we are right now.

The Patriots got 37 points out of Chris Johnson, but the Red Wolves limited his touches in the late stages of the second half. Johnson's last bucket came at just under the seven-minute mark.

"Obviously we let him do way too much in the first half (20 points), but I think that we showed a lot of grit in the second half, and locked in on him and he got frustrated," Huffman said,

Huffman once again led IU East in scoring, finishing with 24. He was one of three Red Wolves in double figures, accompanied by Vasha Davis (Hammond, Ind./Morton High School) with 10 and Huston Clark (Kokomo, Ind./Kokomo High School) with 12 to go along with 14 rebounds for another double-double.

IU East's win over St. Catherine was the Red Wolves' fourth in 10 tries against NAIA Division I opponents. This was the first meeting between the two teams.

IU East (3-1) will go on the road to play Crossroads League programs Goshen College and No. 22 Bethel College this weekend at the Bethel College Gates Auto Classic before returning home for a clash with No. 2 Indiana Wesleyan on Nov. 17.

No. 7 Union College Rolls By Alice Lloyd

(7) Union College 94
Alice Lloyd 75

Final from Pippa Passes, Kentucky

Game recap by UC:

PIPPA PASSES, Ky. - Union College guard Nick Riley (SR/Hopkinsville, Ky.) led five double-digit scorers with a season-high 30 points, leading the No. 7 Bulldogs to a dominating 94-75 win over Alice Lloyd College in NAIA men's basketball action, Tuesday night.

With the win, the Bulldogs improve to 4-2 on the season, while the Eagles fall to 1-2.

Union raced out to an early 10-2 lead in the contest, highlighted by two three-pointers from J.D. Tucker (SR/Charleston, S.C.). Alice Lloyd battled back and back-to-back baskets from Shane Hall tied the game at 13-13 with 14:00 remaining in the first half.

After trailing for the first time in the first half, the Bulldogs rattled off 14 straight points, taking a 27-15 lead at 10:44 mark in the half.

The rest of the first half belonged to Union as three points from Riley gave the Bulldogs their largest lead of the half at 29 points (50-21) with 3:58 remaining until halftime.

The Eagles closed out the half on a 15-0 run, pulling within 50-36 of the Bulldogs as they raced into the locker room with the upper hand.

In the second half, Union was able to stay ahead by double-digits for the entire period, as the closest Alice Lloyd came to the Bulldog lead in the period was 13 points with 14:03 remaining (65-52). By then, it was too little, too late for the host Eagles, as Union coasted down the stretch to notch a 19-point victory on the road in a game where they only trailed once.

Overall, Riley's 30-point performance came on 12-of-18 shooting from the field, including a perfect 4-for-4 from the free throw line. Adding to his impressive stat line, Riley grabbed seven rebounds and blocked three shots.

Tucker followed Riley with 23 points on 8-of-17 shooting, while collecting a season-high five steals.

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Accountant Earns Roster Spot in the NBA D-League

An accountant has (literally) earned a roster spot in the NBA Development League.

Bryant Voiles, who played for NCAA Division 3 powerhouse Augustana, will be playing for the Reno Bighorns this season.

Here are more details from USBasket.com:

After spending two years as an accountant in Rock Island Illinois, Bryant Voiles, still saddled with student loan debt, walked away from a balanced life and set out on a risky journey hoping to follow a path to the NBA.

Incredibly, a day before the start of the D-League's regular season, Voiles learned that he made the active roster of the Reno Bighorns, the affiliate of the Sacramento Kings.

Is Voiles the D-League's answer to the NFL's Vince Papale? Not exactly. Voiles comes in with credentials, albeit a few years removed. In 2012, after graduating from d3 powerhouse Augustana, Voiles was selected to participate in the Portsmouth Invitational Tournament, normally reserved for the top 64 D1 seniors. After a poor PIT performance, Voiles went overlooked in the 2012 D-League draft. Undeterred, he attended a tryout and went on to be the only non-d1 player to make the opening day roster of the Sioux Falls Skyforce, where he would stay for the entire 2012-13 season, not playing very often, but making a mark as a solid teammate, even mentoring Hassan Whiteside, who is now considered one of the top young prospects the NBA.

With responsibility often comes burden. Although invited to return to the Skyforce, Voiles could not ignore the sinking feeling of negative cash flow. It was simple math: His debt service would be greater than his D-League salary. He refused to transfer his financial woes to his parents, who were already reeling from news of a serious family illness.

So with great conviction, Voiles went into basketball retirement at the age of 25.

Over the next two years, Voiles would often hear from then Skyforce assistant Scott Schroeder. After Schroeder landed a basketball ops job with the Bighorns, he made a point to regularly audit Voiles, reminding him that there was still a window of opportunity to return to the game.

Beaten down by the urging of Schroeder, Voiles carefully thought over his next course of action. He would request vacation days from his accounting firm, so that he could attend training camp with the Bighorns, not knowing whether or not he would make the final cut.

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Short-Handed Campbellsville Gets Past Kentucky Christian

(18) Campbellsville 91
Kentucky Christian 74

Final from Campbellsville, Kentucky

Game recap by CU:

CAMPBELLSVILLE, Ky. — Playing short-handed for the first time all season, No. 18 Campbellsville fought off a pesky Kentucky Christian University bunch and knocked off the Knights, 91-74.

Kentucky Christian's (1-1) Hayden Dunn sparked the Knights with a double-double, scoring 22 points and grabbing a game-high 14 rebounds, but his team could not overcome the Tigers largest lead in the first half of 19 points. Sekou Harris led Campbellsville with 26 points and nine assists followed by freshman Hagen Tyler's career-high of 22 points on 7-of-8 shooting.

Campbellsville (4-0) came out hot for the fourth consecutive game time this season, knocking down 5-of-6 3-point attempts in the first five minutes. Elliott Young kick-started five-straight 3s and Zach Perry capped the run off to take a 21-6 lead with 13:35 left in the first half.

Minutes later Sekou Harris sparked a quick 8-0 run to push the Tigers ahead by their largest lead (19) at 33-14 with 7:35 left. Harris started the game as Mr. Everything, scoring eight points and dishing out five assists but did not record his next dime until 15:41 left in the second half.

Campbellsville, who came in short-handed already due to injuries, went ice cold from the floor and bigmen Dii-Jon Allen-Jordan, Dominique Harding and Shawn Johnson had to go to the bench with two fouls a piece. Kentucky Christian started to chip away and slowly whittled the lead down to eight points after Dustin Rogers scored his only points in the first half, with 1:05 left.

Dunn lifted KCU, scoring more than half his points (14) and hitting all three of his 3-point attempts in the first half.

Campbellsville went into halftime leading by only nine points, 45-36. The Tigers finished the first half hitting 47 percent from the floor but were out-rebounded by the Knights, 21-13.

To start the second half the Knights cut the CU lead down to its smallest of six points, 49-43 at the 16:56 mark but Campbellsville didn't let that stay for long. The Tigers went on a 22-8 run from 16:52 to 9:25 to capture its largest lead up to this point of 20 points, 71-51.

Harris scored seven points to lead the Tigers during that stretch but a four-point play sparked gave Campbellsville a spark it needed. Tyler nailed his final triple and was fouled by Ross Goodwin. He then completed the four-point play to finish with six points in the stretch run. Also during that time, CU went 3-of-3 from behind the arc as Perry and Rob Robinson also drained triples.

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Kentucky and Louisville in Joe Lunardi's Preseason Bracketology

Believe it or not, ESPN has already produced an NCAA Tournament Bracketology for 2016.

Joe Lunardi has to do something to earn his salary, right?

In the first Bracketology of the season, Lunardi has Kentucky as a No. 1 seed vs. the play-in game winner (Chattanooga or Texas Southern).

Louisville is a No. 10 seed with a game vs. No. 7 Cincinnati.

ESPN Bracketology

Keith Adkins Wins 300th Game at Campbellsville University

Head coach Keith Adkins won his 300th game at Campbellsville University last week when the Tigers knocked off No. 8 Evangel.

Adkins, who is in his 16th season at the helm, is the quickest to reach 300 wins in school history.

Here is a release from CU:

CAMPBELLSVILLE, Ky. — If you were to combine bowling lingo with the dialect of a basketball coach, Keith Adkins just rolled a perfect game.

Adkins, who is in his 16th season, reached the 300-win plateau as the men's basketball coach at Campbellsville University on Thursday, Nov. 5 when his Tigers defeated NAIA preseason No. 6 Evangel University, 85-68.

He was recognized tonight during a pregame ceremony when he was presented a plaque by Rusty Hollingsworth, director of CU athletics.

"Congratulations to Coach Adkins on reaching win Number 300," Hollingsworth said. "It is always great to recognize the accomplishments of our coaches. Keith works hard to produce a winning program that our university and fans can be proud of every year."

Adkins is No. 17 on the NAIA Active Coaches List. Other Mid-South Conference coaches who are on the list are Paul Peck from Lindsey Wilson (413) and Donnie Butcher from University of the Cumberlands (329) – both of whom are Adkins' longtime friends.

Also, Adkins has the second-most wins by any CU men's basketball head coach. The late Lou Cunningham coached 25 years for the Tigers and ended with a record of 323-333.

"A milestone like this is, obviously, very special," said Adkins. "It shows that a program has been successful over a long period of time. I think that this accomplishment can be attributed to the wonderful work that my assistants have done over the last 15-plus years. Bryan Milburn, Brent Vernon, Justin Watson and many other assistants that we have had deserve more credit for this than I do, as do the many great players that have come through our program. I just appreciate Campbellsville University for the opportunity to be here year after year to build this program into something special."

Overall, under Adkins' direction, the Tigers are 300-193 and have won two Mid-South conference regular season championships (2010 and 2015) and two tournament titles (2006 and 2015). Campbellsville has reached seven NAIA tournaments with its best finish being in 2007-2008 in the NAIA Fab Four.

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Wednesday, November 11, 2015

Casey County to Battle Bullitt East in Allkyhoops.com Adidas Showcase This Weekend

Casey County will face Bullitt East Saturday morning in the Allkyhoops.com Adidas Showcase at Casey County High School. The game will tip at 10:00 a.m.

Bullitt East is widely considered a preseason top 3 team in the 6th Region.

Casey County returns the nucleus of last season's 12th Region tournament team.

Players to Watch:

Casey County

- Jake Smith: has visited SEMO and Tennessee Tech; interest from Navy and Liberty
- Collin Miller: has visited Shawnee State; interest from Mt. St. Joseph
- DJ White: has visited Tennessee and Kentucky (football)

Bullitt East

- Bailey Rakes: interest from St. Catharine, Lincoln Memorial and Transylvania
- Tyler Sharpe: has offers from SEMO (preferred walk-on), Trevecca, Kentucky State, IU Southeast, Marion, Pikeville, Cincinnati Christian; interest from Lincoln Memorial and Navy
- Jared Farris: has offers from Lyon College, Asbury University
- Brandon Klefot:  has offers from Army, Cincinnati Christian and Wittenberg; interest from Transylvania, Wabash, Greenville

Sacramento Kings Owner Reportedly After John Calipari Again

According to a report from The Big Lead, the Sacramento Kings are reportedly after John Calipari again.

Current Kings coach George Karl is off to a disastrous 1-7 start this season.

The Big Lead says Kings owner Vivek Ranadive wants to make another run at Calipari.

Here's an excerpt:

Karl signed a 4-year, $15 million contract in February, but it’s unclear if he’ll even make it to Thanksgiving as the team’s head coach. First-year GM Vlade Divac – who had a woeful summer where he repeatedly made knee-jerk blunders in free agency – needs the team to win this season, and he’s desperately trying to make that happen because he knows the team’s publicity-craving owner, Vivek Ranadive, wants to make another run at Kentucky coach John Calipari in 2016. And Calipari wouldn’t just be coming to coach – he’d have front office power, too.

Adrian Wojnarowski reported in June that Ranadive was interested in Calipari, and that interest has developed into full-blown man crush in recent months. The Kings over-drafting Willie Cauley-Stein 6th last summer was mostly due to Ranadive’s friendship with Calipari. Ditto the signing of Rajon Rondo.

In early October, The Big Lead has learned that Ranadive cleared everything off his schedule one week to jet to Lexington, Kentucky at the last minute at the behest of Calipari for a Kentucky basketball event.

Drake popping up courtside in Sacramento this week? A Calipari thing.

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No. 6 Georgetown College Destroys IU Southeast

(6) Georgetown College 114
IU Southeast 58

Final from Georgetown, Kentucky

Game recap by GC:

The challenge was clear – do not let up and have fun doing it.

Georgetown College men's basketball team easily could have taken the second half off Tuesday evening in a 114-58 rout of Indiana University Southeast. The No. 6 Tigers (5-0) nearly held a triple advantage at the halfway mark, leading 61-26.

"Our goals were to maintain our energy and effort," said GC coach Chris Briggs. "I was pleased with our effort."

The Grenadiers (2-4) had 16 turnovers at the break and finished with 24. They were shooting just shy of 30 percent from the field through 20 minutes and finished right at 30 for the game.

Georgetown easily won the battle on the boards – 67-43 with 24 offensive rebounds.

"It's very fun to coach these guys when they play hard and unselfish like they did," Briggs said. "I love seeing our guys make the extra passes to their teammates and making hustle plays on defense. We had guys competing trying to get the most assists and that is a lot of fun."

Tony Kimbro took the victory there. The senior from Louisville had seven assists, six in the first half. For the game, the Tigers had 18 assists on 43 makes with a lot of second half baskets coming on second and third opportunities around the rim for Chris Coffey, Edson Avila and Deondre McWhorter.

Noah Cottrill finished with a game-high 19 points, leading six Tigers in double figures. McWhorter chipped in 18. Trent Gilbert had 17. Coffey finished with 15 and a game-high 14 rebounds (10 offensive). Troy Steward had 13 points. Avila finished with 11 points and 12 rebounds.

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Albany Head Coach Will Brown Talks About Playing Kentucky

Albany head coach Will Brown discusses Friday's game at Kentucky:


Five-Star Forward Wenyen Gabriel Will Sign with Kentucky Today

Five-star forward Wenyen Gabriel will officially sign with the University of Kentucky at 1:00 p.m. ET today.


Tuesday, November 10, 2015

Bellarmine Comes Up Short at Indiana in Final Exhibition Game

Indiana 73
Bellarmine 62

Exhibition Final from Bloomington, Indiana

Game recap by BU:

BLOOMINGTON, Ind.—Playing their third exhibition game in nine days, the Bellarmine Knights gave an outstanding effort but lost 73-62 to the No. 15 Indiana Hoosiers tonight before more than 17,000 fans at Assembly Hall.

The Hoosiers capitalized on Bellarmine turnovers and strong offensive rebounding to fuel an 18-0 run starting at the 14:31 mark of the first half to take control of the game. The advantage swelled to as many as 23 in the first half, but the Knights closed on a 7-0 run to trim the lead to 15 (35-20) at the half.

Bellarmine and George Suggs, in particular, opened the second period on fire to trim the margin to single digits at 38-29 as the senior forward canned three consecutive 3-pointers. The Knights continued to play tough and outscored the Hoosiers 42-38 in final period.

"What a courageous effort," said Bellarmine Coach Scott Davenport. "We outscored them by 12 points in the last 24 minutes of the game. I am so proud because our guys never stopped for one second. We played 40 minutes."

"It was an absolute A-plus for us tonight," Davenport added. "They (IU) are really, really good. When they shoot the ball, and score with that kind of dynamics, it makes it really tough to defend. I'm the luckiest coach in the world to have three institutions like Louisville, Cincinnati and Indiana allow us to play in these tremendous venues. I know this made our basketball team better."

Suggs finished with 17 points to lead the Knights, and Rusty Troutman had another solid performance with 16 points and a team-high seven rebounds.

The Hoosiers were paced by Yogi Ferrell, who drained five of nine triples and finished with 21 points to lead all scorers. Troy Williams added 20 for IU.

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Former UK Center Daniel Orton is Back in the D-League

Former University of Kentucky center Daniel Orton is back in the NBA D-League with Santz Cruz.



Orton has been well-travelled and much-maligned in recent years.

During the past few seasons, Orton was involved in a locker room incident in Greece, an international shaming incident over Manny Pacquiao in the Philippines and a brawl in China.

Rick Pitino Talks About Win Over Kentucky Wesleyan and More

Louisville head coach Rick Pitino talks about last night's win over Kentucky Wesleyan College and more:


Louisville Holds Off Kentucky Wesleyan in Final Exhibition Game

Louisville 77
Kentucky Wesleyan 68

Exhibition Final from Louisville, Kentucky

Game recap by UL:

LOUISVILLE, KY. -- The University of Louisville men's basketball team held off a late charge by Kentucky Wesleyan Monday night to wrap up exhibition play with a 77-68 win in the KFC Yum! Center.

Damion Lee scored 19 points, Chinanu Onuaku added 11 points and six rebounds and Mangok Mathiang had six points, eight rebounds and six blocks. C.J. Blackwell led the Panthers with 22 points while Ken-Jah Bosley finished with 18 points and Jordan Jacks finished with 13 points and 12 rebounds.

The Cards took their biggest lead of 18 points with 4:34 remaining. The Louisville bench was cleared and the Panthers rallied, cutting the lead to six after a 3-pointer from Blackwell. Quentin Snider kept the Panthers at bay, hitting a 3-pointer with 27 seconds to play.

Louisville finished the game shooting 41.4 percent from the field and just 28.6 percent from the 3-point line. They finished the game hitting 23 of 32 from the foul line for 71.9 percent. Kentucky Wesleyan finished the game shooting 36.1 percent from the field and just 28.6 percent from behind the arc. They connected on 18 of 22 from the foul line, hitting 81.8 percent.

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Box Score (click to enlarge):


De'Aaron Fox is Expected to Pick Kentucky Thursday

De'Aaron Fox, the top point guard in the Class of 2016, will announce his college decision Thursday night on ESPNU's Recruiting Nation: Basketball Signing Day Special. That show will air at 6:00 p.m. ET.

Fox has narrowed his final list to Kentucky, Louisville, Kansas and LSU.

Most everyone thinks Fox will pick the Wildcats.

Here is an excerpt from Ben Roberts of Kentucky.com:

Fox — the No. 1 point guard in the class of 2016 — has narrowed his college choices to Kentucky, Louisville, Kansas and Louisiana State. He visited UK for last month's Big Blue Madness and is widely expected to announce his commitment to the Wildcats on Thursday.

"I don't think much has changed," said Scout.com director of recruiting Evan Daniels. "I think Kentucky has been the frontrunner for quite some time, and it's just been about De'Aaron settling on that choice and feeling 100 percent comfortable with it and then going out and pulling the trigger.

"I fully expect that he picks Kentucky on Thursday."

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Monday, November 9, 2015

Randolph Morris Earns Player of the Week Honors in China

Former Kentucky big man Randolph Morris was named Asia-basket.com Player of the Week for his performance in China's CBA league over the weekend.

Morris had 32 points and 11 rebounds for Beijing in a 101-84 win over Jilin NE T.

Here is an excerpt from Asia-basket.com:

American Power forward Randolph Morris (211-F/C-86) put on an amazing game in the last round for Beijing Ducks, receiving a Asia-basket.com Player of the Week award for round 2.

The 29-year old player had a double-double of 32 points and 11 rebounds, while his team crushed Jilin NE T. (2-1) with 17-point margin 101-84. Beijing Ducks is placed at 6th position in Chinese CBA. They would have been even better if they hadn't lost that single game earlier this season. Beijing Ducks will need more victories to improve their 2-1 record. Morris has many years of experience at Beijing Ducks, through which he has constantly improved.

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Women Named as Prostitutes in Breaking Cardinal Rules Book Join Lawsuit Against Katina Powell

Five women who were named as prostitutes in "Breaking Cardinal Rules" have joined a lawsuit against author Katina Powell and co-author Dick Cady.

Here is an excerpt from WDRB.com:

Several women named as prostitutes in "Breaking Cardinal Rules" have joined a lawsuit against author Katina Powell, claiming defamation. The book alleges that Powell arranged for women to provide sexual services to University of Louisville men's basketball players and recruits. The plaintiffs say the "accusations are absolutely false."

Eight new plaintiffs have joined student Kyle Hornback in her suit against Powell, who gained notoriety when her book, "Breaking Cardinal Rules: Basketball and the Escort Queen," was published weeks ago. In her book, Powell, 42, has claims that she hosted 22 stripping and sex parties from 2010 to 2014 inside Billy Minardi Hall, the on-campus dorm for athletes. Powell has said that former Louisville graduate assistant Andre McGee arranged the parties and paid her $10,000 for supplying dancers.

On Oct. 22, Hornback filed a lawsuit against both Powell and her publisher, IBJ Book Publishing, LLC., claiming that the book damaged the value of a University of Louisville degree. Hornback claimed that Powell's "malicious, willful, wanton, and outrageous" actions have limited Hornback’s ability to find a job after graduation and pay back student loans.

On Monday, an addendum was filed to the suit, as eight more plaintiffs joined Hornback in her claims against Powell and her publisher. The new plaintiffs are Jamie Smith, Dillion Hornback, Rebecca Sommer, Marquease Richardson, Precious Burnley, Jemiah Nash, Shinita Martin and Dolley Bolden.

The suit has also been expanded to include Dick Cady, Powell's co-author, as a defendant.

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November Hoops in Full Swing Around Kentucky: Schedule for the Week

College basketball is in full swing around Kentucky this week.

Here's a complete schedule for the week:

Monday, November 9

7:00 p.m. Bellarmine University at Indiana (Exhibition)
7:00 p.m. Kentucky Wesleyan College at University of Louisville (Exhibition)

Tuesday, November 10

6:00 p.m. University of the Cumberlands at Carver Bible College
6:00 p.m. Kentucky Christian University at Campbellsville University
7:00 p.m. Union College at Alice Lloyd College
7:00 p.m. IU Southeast at Georgetown College
7:00 p.m. St. Catharine College at IU East

Wednesday, November 11

7:00 p.m. Athletes in Action at Spalding University (Exhibition)

Thursday, November 12

7:00 p.m. Alice Lloyd College at Crown College
7:00 p.m. Bluefield at University of Pikeville

Friday, November 13

3:00 p.m. Washington Adventist vs. Brescia University (at Asbury)
6:00 p.m. St. Catharine College at Asbury University
6:30 p.m. Lindsey Wilson College vs. Culver-Stockton (at Fayette, Missouri)
7:00 p.m. Coppin State at Eastern Kentucky University
7:00 p.m. Samford at University of Louisville
7:00 p.m. Albany at University of Kentucky
7:00 p.m. Northern Kentucky University at West Virginia
7:45 p.m. Cincinnati Christian at Morehead State University
8:00 p.m. Harris-Stowe State at Murray State University

Saturday, November 14

2:00 p.m. Union College at University of the Cumberlands
3:00 p.m. St. Catharine College vs. Brescia University (at Asbury)
4:00 p.m. Kentucky Christian University at Hiwassee College
4:00 p.m. Kentucky State University vs. Wilberforce (at Chicago, Illinois)
5:00 p.m. Lindsey Wilson College at Central Methodist College
6:00 p.m. Washington Adventist at Asbury University
7:00 p.m. Transylvania University vs. John Carroll (at St. Mary's City, Maryland)
7:30 p.m. Kentucky Wesleyan College vs. Wayne State (at Detroit, Michigan)
7:30 p.m. Spalding University at Berea College
8:00 p.m. Northwood University at Bellarmine University
8:00 p.m. Campbellsville University at Western Kentucky University (Exhibition)
8:00 p.m. NJIT at University of Kentucky

Sunday, November 15

1:00 p.m. Transylvania University vs. TBA (at St. Mary's City, Maryland)
2:00 p.m. Tiffin vs. Kentucky Wesleyan College (at Detroit, Michigan)
4:00 p.m. Maryville at Centre College
7:30 p.m. Saginaw Valley State at Bellarmine University

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