Saturday, November 21, 2015

Kentucky Players Talk About Disappointing Performace Against Wright State

Kentucky's Tyler Ulis, Isaiah Briscoe and Alex Poythress talk about last night's win over Wright State:






Kyle Kuric Gives Louisville Fans an Update Following Brain Surgery

Former Louisville guard Kyle Kuric gave fans at the KFC Yum! Center an update on his condition via Skype during today's game against North Florida.

Kuric recently had brain surgery in Spain and his update is rather remarkable considering what he's been through.

It was an incredible few moments and I encourage you to watch:


Louisville's Deng Adel Suffers Knee Injury in Practice

Louisville freshman Deng Adel suffered a knee injury in practice yesterday and will not be dressing for today's game against North Florida.

Adel, who averages 4.5 points and 3.5 rebounds per game, has been starting for the Cardinals.

The injury is thought to be a minor sprain.

Wright State Head Coach Billy Donlon Praises Tyler Ulis, Kentucky

Wright State head coach Billy Donlon talks about playing against the Kentucky Wildcats and more:


John Calipari Not Happy with Kentucky's Performance Against Wright State

John Calipari was not happy with Kentucky's performance against Wright State.

Here is Coach Cal talking about the game:



Calipari also said he was disappointed that freshman Jamal Murray picked up his second technical foul in only 4 games:


Highlights from Kentucky's Win Over Wright State

Check out all the highlights from Kentucky's 78-63 win over Wright State:


Kentucky Suffers Let Down but Earns Sluggish Win Over Wright State

(2) Kentucky 78
Wright State 63

Final from Lexington, Kentucky

No. 2 Kentucky was sluggish but still managed to cruise to a foul-filled 78-63 win over Wright State.

In a game that featured 50 fouls and 54 free throw attempts, the Wildcats (4-0) were never seriously threatened.

"Yeah, we're just -- look, this was, Wright State played pack line, they played zone, they
stayed in the lane, they spread the court," John Calipari said after the game. "They picked one of my guys who couldn't guard the dribbler. And they hung around because of it."

Tyler Ulis led the way for Kentucky with 21 points and 5 assists. Isaiah Briscoe finished with 15 points. Skal Labissiere and Jamal Murray each scored 13 points. Alex Poythress came off the bench for a double-double with 10 points and 10 rebounds.

Grant Benzinger led Wright State (1-3) with 19 points. JT Yoho contributed 13 points and 5 boards.

Kentucky was 25-for-47 (53.2%) from the field and 2-for-10 (20%) from long range. The Wildcats out-rebounded Wright State by a total of 37-27.

The Wildcats return to action at 9:00 p.m. ET Tuesday night against Boston University in Rupp Arena.

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Friday, November 20, 2015

Kyle Kuric to Speak to Louisville Fans at Saturday's Game

Former Louisville guard Kyle Kuric is out of the hospital following brain surgery.

He will speak to fans at tomorrow's game at the KFC Yum! Center via Skype and give an update on his condition.

Here are details from WDRB:

Now that Kuric is out of the hospital he plans to Skype into the game and give fans an update on his condition. They will show his Skype call on the big scoreboard.

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Kentucky 's Jamal Murray Throws in Ridiculous Shot That Doesn't Count

It didn't count, but Kentucky's Jamal Murray threw in a ridiculous shot early in tonight's game vs. Wright State.

Check this out:


Isaac Humphries Will Not Play for Kentucky vs. Wright State

Isaac Humphries will not play for the Kentucky Wildcats tonight against Wright State.

He is in a walking boot and street clothes.

He is listed as day-to-day.


Spalding's Nick Trisko Named SLIAC Player of the Week

Spalding University's Nick Trisko was named SLIAC Player of the Week earlier this week.

Here is more from SU:

ST. LOUIS, Mo. – Spalding University's Nick Trisko has been named the SLIAC Men's Basketball Player of the Week. The junior from Lexington, Ky. helped the Golden Eagles to an 85-82 win over Berea College in their season opener, while making his team debut. The big man led all scorers with 25 points and 15 rebounds while shooting 9-of-17 from the field and 7-of-11 from the free-throw line. He grabbed four offensive rebounds and recorded two blocked shots and one steal as well.

Trisko and the Golden Eagles will be back in action Wednesday when they travel to Lexington, Ky. to take on Transylvania at 7:30 p.m. EST.

Report: Sacramento Kings Planning to Make John Calipari an Offer He "Simply Can't Refuse"

Ric Bucher of Bleacher Report believes the Sacramento Kings are planning to make John Calipari and offer he "simply can't refuse" to become the team's next head coach.

The belief still is it's a matter of when, not if, Karl will be removed as the head coach.

If that should happen during this season, the short-term answers are, according to owner Vivek Ranadivé - or sources say - he would like to move Nancy Lieberman into the head-coaching position, making a big splash by having the first female head coach in NBA history.

But Ranadivé's biggest dream is to have Kentucky coach John Calipari come out and coach this roster full of Kentucky players.

The belief is that Ranadive will take another run after Calipari plans to make an offer that Calipari simply cannot refuse.

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EKU Hoops Classic Tips Off This Evening in Richmond

The EKU Hoops Classic tips off this evening on the campus of Eastern Kentucky University in Richmond.

The weekend event features EKU, Ball State, South Carolina State and Longwood.

Here's a schedule:

2015 @EKUHoops Classic

Nov. 20

6:00 p.m. Ball State at EKU
8:30 p.m.  Longwood vs. S.C. State

Nov. 21

2:00 p.m. S.C. State at EKU
4:30 p.m. Longwood vs Ball State

Nov. 22

2:00 p.m. Longwood at EKU
4:30 p.m. S.C. State vs. Ball State         

30 Northern Kentucky University Games to be Shown on Television

Thirty Northern Kentucky University men's basketball games will be televised this season.

Here are details from NKU:

HIGHLAND HEIGHTS, Ky. – The Northern Kentucky University men's basketball team will have 30 games of its 2015-16 schedule broadcast on local, regional and national television networks this season. NKU will appear on ESPN3, FOX Sports 1, BIG TEN Network and American Sports Network among others.

"The exposure our men's basketball program will receive this season is tremendous," said Ken Bothof, director of athletics. "As head coach John Brannen continues to build our program at Northern Kentucky, we want to expose as many fans of college basketball to the NKU Norse brand. We're on the rise and want the nation to take notice."

Northern Kentucky will produce 14 of its 15 home games for ESPN3, while Horizon League-partner American Sports Network will carry the home contest against Valparaiso on Jan. 24. This marks the second-straight year that the entire men's basketball home slate will be broadcast.

NKU's road game at Xavier will be carried on FOX Sports 1, marking the first time the Norse will appear on the national network. The OVC Digital Network will carry NKU's game at Eastern Illinois. NKU at Michigan will air on the BIG TEN Network and the contest at Toledo can be seen on ESPN3.

All nine road games in the Horizon League are scheduled for ESPN3. Motor City Madness, the Horizon League's men's basketball championship, will also be carried on the ESPN family of networks. Early-round games will be broadcast on ESPN3, while the semifinals will be carried on ESPNU and the championship game on ESPN or ESPN2.

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Donnie Tyndall to Co-Host TV Show in Knoxville

Former Tennessee head coach Donnie Tyndall plans to co-host a television show in Knoxville.

According to a news release from WTNZ and The Jenkins Agency, Tyndall will co-host a 15-week college basketball show called "In The Paint."

Here are details from Knoxnews.com:

WTNZ and The Jenkins Agency announced Thursday that the former Tennessee men's basketball coach has agreed to terms on a 15-week college basketball television show called "In The Paint."

The show's anticipated start date is Dec. 10 at 6:30 p.m. on Fox 43. Tyndall will be joined on the show by WBJE radio host Tony Basilio.

"I am very excited to work with Craig Jenkins and Tony Basilio. They are both great people and top notch professionals. We will have some fun and I look forward to talking hoops with our viewers," Tyndall said in a news release.

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Sporting News Hammers Arkansas Fans for Harassing Malik Monk

Kami Mattioli of Sporting News has a message for Arkansas fans who are disgruntled that Malik Monk chose the Kentucky Wildcats.

Check out Mattioli's open letter to Arkansas:

Dear Arkansas fans,

I hope this message finds you well, but if we're being honest, after Wednesday's news it probably doesn't for some of you.

You see, when your state's pride and joy, Malik Monk, chose to go to Kentucky on Wednesday, there was a contingent of fans — maybe "degenerates" is a better word for them — who harrassed a 17-year-old boy and his family because he wanted to go to a school where he felt he had the best chance of reaching his dream.

And yes, I know not all or even a majority of Arkansas residents or fans felt this way, but the ones who disagreed with his decision were very vocal about it and, oftentimes, influential figures. Take, for example, the mild-mannered, always rational Razorback Nation radio host, who advised Monk that he and his family should flee the state and blamed John Calipari for tampering and then the NCAA for "allowing this to happen."

Then there were fans who changed Monk's brother's Wikipedia page, calling him a traitor and proclaiming that a popular Kentucky radio host had been funneling the superstar player money to persuade him to join the Wildcats.

And all of these "fans" — and I'm using that term in jest, if you can't already tell, so as not to insult the team's supporters who are actually decent human beings — kept repeating how Monk "owed" Arkansas.

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Campbellsville University Earns Conference Road Win at Shawnee State

(18) Campbellsville 71
Shawnee State 62

Final from Portsmouth, Ohio

Game recap by CU:

PORTSMOUTH, Ohio – For the first time since 2010, Campbellsville men's basketball leaves Waller Gymnasium with a victory. The 18th-ranked Tigers knocked off Shawnee State, 71-62 on Thursday night.

Dii'Jon Allen-Jordan led the Tigers with 19 points on 5-of-12 shooting and also knocking down 9-of-14 from the free throw line. He recorded his fourth double-double of the season by grabbing 14 boards.

In the second half Rob Robinson knocked down his second 3-pointer to give the Tigers their biggest lead of the night, 44-31 with 15:38 left. Shawnee State whittled the lead to two points, 48-46, in a span of five minutes by going on a 15-4 run but the play of the night gave CU all the energy it would need to seal the win.

Coming out of a timeout, Sekou Harris picked up a steal and hit a streaking Allen-Jordan down the middle of the lane. Allen-Jordan brought the house down with a monstrous one-handed slam dunk while being fouled. View the dunk here -https://youtu.be/38cODYHCoUs

Allen-Jordan knocked down the free throw to push CU back ahead by five, 51-46.

Following the posterizing dunk, Hagen Tyler knocked down two 3-point baskets and pushed the Tigers lead back to eight, 60-52, with 5:38 left but Shawnee State rallied once more to make things interesting. The Bears went on a quick 6-0 spurt and were able to cut the lead back down to two points, 60-58 with 4:20 remaining.

Coming out of a another timeout, Campbellsville would go on a 11-4 run to close out the game. The Tigers held Shawnee State scoreless in the final 2:39 and hit 7-of-8 free throws to seal the victory.

Campbellsville finished hitting 21-of-28 free throws (75 percent) overall compared to the Bears only hitting 31.6 percent (6-of-19).

Tyler finished with 13 points followed by Ron Scott's 11 and Rob Robinson's 10.

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Blake Scinta Leads Centre College to Road Win at Franklin

Centre 71
Franklin 60

Final from Franklin, Indiana

Game recap by CC:

FRANKLIN, Ind. (CentreAthletics.com) – Behind a career high 33 points from senior Blake Scinta (Louisville, Ky.), the Centre men's basketball team held off a late rally against the Franklin Grizzlies and picked up their first win of the 2015-16 season, winning by a score of 71-60.

The Colonels controlled the tempo in the first half, getting the Grizzlies into early foul trouble, taking advantage at the free throw line and owning the defensive glass.

Sophomore Zach Schmucker (Cincinnati, Ohio) came off the bench to score all of his career high six points in the first half and his layup gave Centre its first double digit lead of the day at 36-26.

A three-pointer by junior Matt Gump (Bellefontaine, Ohio) put Centre ahead by 13, and a jumper by freshman Tucker Sine (Bowling Green, Ky.) kept the lead at double digits as the Colonels led 41-30 going into the break at halftime.

Centre worked the ball inside to start the second half as Blake Scinta and senior Tyler Wesley (Crestwood, Ky.) combined for four layups early in the half, giving the Colonels their biggest lead of the game at 49-32.

Franklin would make a push midway through the second half as Aaron Mann scored eight of his team high 21 points to pull the Grizzlies to within five points at 50-45.

The Colonels would keep the Grizzlies at bay from the free throw line with free throws from Scinta and Wesley, but three-pointers from Mann and Trae Washington brought the game to 59-57, the closest the score had been since the 13-minute mark of the first half.

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3.12 Million People Watched Kentucky Beat Duke on ESPN

According to reports, 3.12 million viewers watched No. 2 Kentucky beat No. 5 Duke in the Champions Classic Tuesday night.

In addition, it was the most watched game EVER on the WatchESPN app.

In comparison, Maryland's win over Georgetown on ESPN was watched by 586,000 viewers.




Lindsey Wilson Opens Mid-South Play with Win Over Cumberland

Lindsey Wilson 73
Cumberland (TN) 69

Final from Columbia, Kentucky

Game recap by LWC:

COLUMBIA, Ky. – The Lindsey Wilson men's basketball team started their 2015-16 Mid-South Conference schedule with a 73-69 victory over Cumberland (Tenn.) at home on Thursday night.

Bryan Wallace led Lindsey Wilson (4-2, 1-0 MSC) with 19 points, adding four rebounds. Four other Blue Raiders hit double figures in the game as Hannes Erhardt (13 points), DJ Lambert (13 points), Dmitry Utolin (12 points) and Charles Sutton (10 points) all started the game and hit double-digits against Cumberland (4-4, 0-1 MSC).

The Blue Raiders started the game slow as the Bulldogs began on a 10-2 run in the first 5:07 of the game. Lindsey Wilson went 1-for-8 from the floor over that stretch. The Blue Raiders started to chip away at the Bulldog lead, and Lindsey Wilson took their first lead with 7:50 to go in the first half after D.J. Lambert knocked down his second-straight three pointer to give the Blue Raiders a 15-14 lead.

Lindsey Wilson was able to extend their lead to as many as six points after they took a 24-18 lead with 3:49 to play in the half after Pepper Ben Ofokile hit a free throw. Cumberland brought the game within one-point twice down the stretch of the first half, but they could not regain the lead as the Blue Raiders took a 35-29 lead into the half after Ja'Ln Williams hit a three pointer at the buzzer.

For the half, the Bulldogs shot 41.7 percent from the field in the first half, compared to 39.4 percent from Lindsey Wilson.

In the second half, the Blue Raiders took their first double-digit lead of the game with 17:44 to play in regulation as they led 41-31. Cumberland battled back with a 13-2 run to grab their first lead of the second half with 15:03 to play in the half as they led 44-43.

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No. 6 Georgetown College Dismantles St. Catharine

(6) Georgetown 106
St. Catharine 77

Final from Georgetown, Kentucky

Game recap by GC:

For the fourth time this season in just six games, Georgetown College men's basketball eclipsed the century mark. The No. 6 Tigers (6-0, 1-0) opened Mid-South Conference play with a solid 106-77 win over visiting St. Catharine College.

"This was a good win for us to start off league play," said GC coach Chris Briggs. "Our guys came ready and played well. This is exciting because we still have room to improve.

"We have big one on Saturday that we must prepare for now."

Georgetown opened on a 30-12 run in 10-plus minutes of action and never took the foot off the gas.

The Patriots (2-4, 0-1) never got closer than 15 points a couple of times in the first half. Then SCC saw another flurry of points as the deficit grew to as many as 20 for good early in the second half.

Deondre McWhorter tallied 20 points to lead five Tigers in double-figures. The senior was a rebound shy of a double-double in nearly 23 minutes of action.

Fellow senior Noah Cottrill had 14 points as he blistered the nets on six-of-nine shooting, 66.6 percent from the field.

Sophomore transfer and Scott County High School standout Trent Gilbert had 13 points on five-of-eight shooting, including three-of-five from three-point range.

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No. 2 UPIKE is Off to Best Start of Kelly Wells' Era

(2) Pikeville 104
Life 96

Final from Marietta, Georgia

Game recap by UPIKE:

MARIETTA, Ga. -- Rarely does 53 points in the first half mean a slow start, but No. 2 UPIKE had to contend with a Life team that scored 65 before rallying back for a 104-96 win in the Mid-South Conference opener on Thursday night.

Winning is never easy on the road in conference play and making it even sweeter is the fact that the 8-0 start is the best in head coach Kelly Wells' 10 seasons with the Bears.

Led by 26 points from K.K. Simmons, UPIKE (8-0, 1-0 MSC) snaps a nine-game home winning streak for the Running Eagles which included four wins over MSC teams, Pikeville included, dating back to last season.

Macari Brooks and Colt Chapman both added double-doubles, Brooks with 17 points and 11 rebounds and Chapman with 16 and 10. Trey Rakes joined them in double figures with 14 points and Christian Leach added 10 off the bench.

Life got a game-high 36 points from Dalarian Williams, while Jonathan Beausejour pitched in with 19.

In the high-scoring affair, the Bears shot 52.6 percent and Life came in at 48.5 percent. UPIKE also led the game on the glass 42-37 and had five less turnovers at 20-15.

After shooting 65 percent in the first half, Life was held to 29 percent the rest of the way as the Bears picked up their defensive intensity, led by Michael Lewis who finished with three blocks.

UPIKE jumped out to a 6-3 lead on a short jumper by Lewis, but the rest of the half, outside two small UPIKE runs, belonged to Life.

It led by 15 points at 38-23 before nine minutes had been played and didn't truly let UPIKE back in the game until the two-minute mark when a Rakes free throw made it 58-53.

But a turnover and two misses by Simmons followed, allowing Life to use a quick 7-0 run to lead by 12 at the break.

For all the success the Running Eagles (3-2, 0-1 MSC) had in the first half, the start of the second was a disaster. They missed five of their first six shots and turned the ball over five times in the first five minutes as the Bears used a 7-0 run to get back within five.

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Thursday, November 19, 2015

Katina Powell Meets with NCAA About Louisville

Katina Powell, the self-proclaimed escort who wrote "Breaking Cardinal Rules", met with the NCAA this week about Louisville.

Powell reportedly told investigators the same things that were written in the book.

Here are details from WDRB.com:

The woman behind a sex scandal that has hovered over the University of Louisville men's basketball team for weeks has met with NCAA investigators, according to Bart McMahon, one of her attorneys.

Katina Powell, author of "Breaking Cardinal Rules: Basketball and the Escort Queen," spoke to investigators for five hours, outlining her account of what happened from beginning to end at Minardi Hall, McMahon said.

McMahon said the interview was not recorded, and that Powell essentially told investigators the same things she wrote in her book.

One of the conditions of the interview was that the NCAA not record in, McMahon said.

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Transylvania Holds Off Spalding in Home Opener

Transylvania 64
Spalding 56

Final from Lexington, Kentucky

Game recap by TU:

LEXINGTON, Ky. --- With excitement rippling through the air in the Clive M. Beck Center, the Transylvania University men's basketball team took to the floor to battle Spalding University in its home opener. The Pioneers anxiously entered tonight's contest looking to get back into the winning grooves after a bumpy road trip to the Dan Green Memorial Tournament in St. Mary's City, Md.

The Pioneers controlled the opening tip and put it offense in high gear from the outset. Freshman Bo Schuh came out on fire nailing consecutive three point baskets in the opening minutes to set the tone for continued up tempo action. Transylvania would use this run to force Spalding into calling its first timeout with 12:23 left in the first and the Pioneers firmly in control leading 18-7. Both Simon Christon and Tristan Burgess would add to the Pioneer scoring with each adding eight points in a streak that would see Transylvania push its lead to as many as 12 points in the half. But it was Schuh who would keep the hot hand scoring eight more points in the quarter to end the half with 14 points on 5-7 shooting to include a perfect 3-3 from behind the arc. Spalding would close out on an 8-2 run in the final minutes to tighten things up. Transylvania would head into the locker room with 38-32 lead.

The Pioneers would shoot 41.7 percent in the opening half, including 6-10 from three point range. Rebounding would be tied between the teams at 20 each, with the Pioneers forcing the Golden Eagles into seven turnovers.

Picking up where they left off, the Pioneers came out on a 13-3 run to open the second half. Schuh kept the hot hand netting three of the seven, and Parker Stansberry scoring five including a long range three pointer from the left corner to keep the pressure on. The Pioneer defense caused the Golden Eagle fits during key time as the cause four shot-clock violations in the new NCAA reduced format.

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Union College Opens Conference Play with Win Over Bryan College

Union College 82
Bryan College 73

Final from Dayton, Tennessee

Game recap by UC:

DAYTON, Tenn. – A career night by Gerrard Newby (JR/Lexington, Ky. ) led the No. 7 Union College men's basketball team to an 82-73 Appalachian Athletic Conference win over Bryan College, Wednesday night. In the AAC opener, Newby poured in a career-high 29 points and collected 11 rebounds.

With the win, Union improves to 5-3 overall and 1-0 in AAC play. Bryan falls to 3-3 on the season and 0-1 in AAC action.

Union opened the game on a furious run as back-to-back three-pointers by J.D. Tucker (SR/Charleston, S.C.) and Nick Riley (SR/Hopkinsville, Ky.) gave the Bulldogs a 14-4 lead with 16:13 remaining in the first half.

The Lions would find their rhythm, cutting the Bulldog lead to 22-19 on a Robert Troino three-point basket at the 10:04 mark.

In a half that saw the Bulldogs catch fire from behind the three-point line, Lorenzo Dewberry (JR/Berkley, Mich.) gave Union their largest lead of the half at 11 (34-23) with five minutes remaining in the first half.

Newby closed out the first half with a three-pointer of his own as Union headed into the locker room with a 41-32 lead.

The first half saw Newby lead all players with 13 points and seven rebounds. Nine of Newby's points came on three-pointers.

Union made 9-of-14 shots from three-point land in the first half.

Bryan came out of the locker room with the goal of chipping away at the Union lead. A Dalton Whitney (JR/Bowling Green, Ky. ) steal and Newby layup gave Union their largest lead of the night at 67-53 with 9:53 remaining on the scoreboard in the second half.

After extending their lead to 14, Union saw Bryan go on a 14-2 run over the next three minutes. Tyler Yoder pulled the Lions within 69-67 on a three-pointer with seven minutes left in regulation.

The Lions momentum was short lived as Union answered with six straight points. Union proved to be too much for the Lions as the Bulldogs earned an 82-73 AAC win.

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Georgetown's Chris Coffey Named Mid-South Conference Player of the Week

Georgetown College's Chris Coffey was named Mid-South Conference Player of the Week earlier this week.

Here are details from GC:

COLUMBIA, Ky. – Georgetown's (Ky.) Chris Coffey is the Mid-South Conference Men's Basketball Player of the Week, conference officials announced on Monday.

Roeding Insurance Group is the proud sponsor of the Mid-South Conference Player of the Week Award program. Roeding Insurance Group was founded in 1921 and is today one of the largest independently-owned insurance and financial services agencies in the Cincinnati Tri-State area and the state of Kentucky.

Chris Coffey – Georgetown (Ky.) – Sr. – Forward – Louisville, Ky.

• Coffey led Georgetown to a 114-58 win over Indiana-Southeast in the Tigers lone game of the week.
• He posted a double-double in the game scoring 15 points and grabbing 14 rebounds. Ten of his rebounds came on the offensive end.
• Coffey shot 7-for-18 from the field along with going 1-for-1 from beyond the arc. He also chipped in the three blocks and two assists.
• He ranks 11th in NAIA DI with 4.6 offensive rebounds per game, while he is third on the team with 13.2 points per game.
• Coffey earns his first player of the week honor of the season and of his career

University of the Cumberlands Thumps Rio Grande

University of the Cumberlands 90
Rio Grande 72

Final from Williamsburg, Kentucky

Game recap by UC:

The University of the Cumberlands Men's Basketball Patriots took to the floor on Tuesday night as they hosted the University of Rio Grande Red Storm in a non-conference matchup. A back and forth 1st half would ensue as UC held a slim 2 point advantage, 37-35, at the half. The Patriots would close the game on a 17-6 run in the last 6 minutes to take a 90-72 victory over Rio Grande. The win moves UC to 3-1 overall on the season.

BY THE NUMBERS

•A group effort led to the win as UC's Tre Boutilier (Dartmouth, Canada) and D'Lando Carter (Danville, IL) chipped in 14 points each. Boutilier pulled down 7 rebounds while Carter had 3.
•Kaashif English (Orlando, FL), Temjae Singleton (Los Angeles, CA), and Xavier Owens (Tamps, FL) all added in 12 points each with a combined 15 rebounds.
•Kelsley Wilkinson (SW Ranches, FL) chipped in 10 points as well.
•The Red Storm was led by D.D. Joiner with 22 points.
•The Patriots shot a solid 75.8% from the free-throw line (25-33) and also went 49.2% from the field.

UP NEXT

The Patriots will travel to Marietta, Georgia as they will compete in their first conference game of the season against Life University. Tip-off is set for 4 pm.

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Rick Pitino Blogs About Louisville's Win Over Hartford

Louisville head coach Rick Pitino posted some thoughts about his team's win over Hartford on his website yesterday.

Here is an excerpt of what Pitino had to say:

There are many things to like about our 87-52 victory over Hartford. We wanted to take it to their center from Ireland, John Carroll, and put him in foul trouble. He was giving opposing centers problems. Our guys passed to Chinanu in the right places to score and put Carroll on the bench.

The two disappointing parts were the execution in the closing seconds of halftime and the low deflection total (20). We were supposed to run the play at five seconds. Instead, we initiated it at nine seconds and that left time for a three-point shot, which we fouled the shooter. Not good!!!

Holding them to seven assists was a positive but sometimes certain stats can be misleading. For example, they shot 32.6%, a low percentage. What's misleading is they shot 21-27 free throws, so their offense was more efficient than the percentage would indicate.

Chinanu again was the MVP and we played intelligently on offense, handling all of their changing defenses with high percentage shots. Also, a major plus was we were 13-of-17 on the break for 26 points.

Hartford MVP

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Kentucky State Knocks Off Asbury for Darnell Williams' First Win

Kentucky State 97
Asbury 84

Final from Frankfort, Kentucky

Game recap by KSU:

FRANKFORT, Ky. -- The Kentucky State men's basketball team picked up its first win of the season and the first win for head coach Darnell Williams in a 97-84 victory over Asbury University on Wednesday at the Exum Center.

Six Thorobreds reached double figures in the game, led by William Bryant with 18 points. Kevin Shaw added 14, while Dorian Jordan chipped in 13 and tied a career high in assists with 11.

Though it was the first win as a head coach for Williams, he deflected all the credit to his players.

"I'm just happy for the guys to get their first victory of the year," said Williams, who previously served as an assistant at Kentucky State before taking over the head coaching duties this year. "They were talking about how it's my first one, but I didn't play the game. I didn't set a screen, I didn't make a shot, and I didn't make a pass. It's all about them."

The game went back and forth early and was tied at 27 after 12 minutes of play. Kentucky State took over from that point, however, with Teddy Ware and Kevin Shaw combining to score 11 straight points over the next three minutes for a 38-27 lead.

The Thorobreds took a 48-38 lead to the half, and Asbury would not seriously threaten the rest of the way. Kentucky State held a 62-49 lead five minutes into the second half before pulling away with another 11-0 run to build the lead to 73-49. The Thorobreds went on to lead by as many as 26 points at the 5:08 mark before Asbury cut into the margin in the closing minutes.

Kentucky State shot 59 percent (39-of-66) from the field while holding Asbury to 41 percent (28-of-68) shooting. The Thorobreds also enjoyed an advantage on the glass, outrebounding the Eagles 41-32.

Also finishing in double figures for Kentucky State were Ware with 13 points, Malcolm Smith with 12, and Tryston Ford with 10. The Thorobreds' Reggie Breeden led all players with 10 rebounds, while teammate Julius Barton had a game-high 10 blocks.

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Arkansas Radio Host Goes on Epic Rant About John Calipari and Malik Monk

I think it's safe to say that the folks in Arkansas are not happy that 2016 shooting guard Malik Monk chose Kentucky over the home state Razorbacks.

Take a listen (trust me) to this epic rant from an Arkansas radio host:


Kentucky State's Malcolm Smith Named SIAC Player of the Week

Kentucky State University's Malcolm Smith was named SIAC Player of the Week on Monday.

Smith scored a career-high 27 points in last week's loss to Wilberforce.

Here are details from KSU:

ATLANTA – After scoring a game-high 27 points in a season-opening loss to Wilberforce, Kentucky State's Malcolm Smith was named the Southern Intercollegiate Athletic Conference's Men's Basketball Player of the Week, the conference announced Monday.

The 27 points were a career high for Smith, a sophomore guard from Cincinnati, Ohio. Though the Thorobreds eventually fell in overtime to Wilberforce, Smith's points came at key times, including 11 in a second half run that helped Kentucky State build its biggest lead, as well as four in overtime. Smith also recorded three rebounds, an assist, and a block in the game.

In this week's other SIAC superlative announcement, Triston Thompson was recognized as the league's Newcomer of the Week.

Kentucky State's top returning scorer from last season, Smith was a Preseason All-SIAC selection and was also the team's top scorer with 14 points in the previous week's exhibition loss at Kentucky.

The Thorobreds (0-1) open their home schedule on Wednesday when they host Asbury University at 7 p.m. at the Exum Center.

Western Kentucky Comes Up Short at Belmont

Belmont 90
Western Kentucky 85

Final from Nashville, Kentucky

Game recap by WKU:

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) - The Hilltoppers led 35-27 after Nigel Snipes' jumper, but Nick Smith sank a 3-pointer and two free throws and Belmont outscored WKU 27-8 to close the first half for a 52-43 lead.

Belmont had 21 assists on 29 field goals.

Egekeze scored 7 points amid a 10-0 run for a 63-50 Belmont lead. But the Hilltoppers rallied, tying it at 74 and 76 before Belmont pulled away on an 11-4 run sparked by Bradshaw's layup.

Chris Harrison-Docks scored 19 with four 3-pointers for WKU (1-1). Fredrick Edmond had 16 points and 10 rebounds, and Aaron Cosby scored 15.

Kentucky Wesleyan Destroys Lees-McRae for Third Straight Win

Kentucky Wesleyan 108

Lees-McRae 73

Final from Owensboro, Kentucky

Game recap by KWC:

The Kentucky Wesleyan men's basketball team stretched its season-opening win streak to three games with a convincing 108-73 victory over Lees-McRae in the Panthers' home opener on Tuesday night at the Sportscenter.

Jordan Jacks led six KWC players with 18 points. Devin Langford added 17 points, Ken-Jah Bosley scored 15 points, Tamron Manning added 14 points, and Luis Becerra and C.J. Blackwell finished with 12 and 10 points, respectively.

The Panthers owned a 54-22 rebounding edge, with Marcus Fillyaw leading the way with nine. He also added seven points and a game-high six assists.

Overall, third-year coach Happy Osborne was pleased with the effort from his squad.

"I love our team," he said. "I'm glad to be 3-0. We've got a long way to get to where we want to be, but we're making strides all the time. They've just got to continue to improve."

The Panthers shot 62.5 percent from the field and 58.3 percent from long range while limiting the Bobcats to just 30.3 percent overall and 28 percent on 3-pointers. KWC also attacked the rim at will, finishing with a 54-20 paint scoring advantage and making 31-of-46 free throws in the process.

The Bobcats (0-3) were led by Kendall Isler's 14 points and seven rebounds, and Zach Wilmoth added 11 points.

The Panthers led 10-9 six minutes into the game, but an alley-oop finish by Langford off the Fillyaw assist sparked an 8-0 run that helped KWC push ahead for good.

"I feel like that's three in a row for Devin that he's played well," Osborne said. "The guys all pull for each other, I think they want to win, and I think they're fun to watch. And there's so much room for improvement, that's the great thing."

Bosley's layup with 18 seconds left in the first half gave the Panthers a 55-28 halftime advantage. The second half was much of the same, and KWC took its largest lead on Manning's 3-pointer to go up 97-58 with five minutes left to play. Becerra later put the finishing touches on the Panthers' win with a layup in the final 20 seconds.

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Wednesday, November 18, 2015

Murray State Adds Three for Class of 2016

Murray State signed Jalen Dupree, Dondre Griffin and Gilbert Thomas for the Class of 2016.

Here is a release from MSU:

Murray State men's basketball coach Matt McMahon announced the signing of three student-athletes to join the Racers in the 2016-17 season as freshmen.

The trio of Racer signees includes Jalen Dupree (Cordova, Tenn.), Dondre Griffin (Raleigh, N.C.) and Gilbert Thomas (Houston, Texas).

"I am extremely excited about our three signees," Coach McMahon said. "We were able to address our frontcourt needs with two very athletic forwards and we also added a highly skilled guard to our backcourt. All three student-athletes are high character individuals from great families and I'm really looking forward to their arrivals on campus next summer."

Jalen Dupree – Forward - 6-8 - Cordova High School - Cordova, Tenn.

Jalen Dupree is from a Cordova Wolves team that won the Tennessee District 14 3A championship last season in one of the most competitive districts in the state.

Dupree was named All-District and averaged 10 points, eight rebounds and 3.5 blocked shots per game on a team that had seven players average in the area of 10 points per game. One memorable game for Dupree came against Memphis HSA when he was just shy of a triple-double with 14 points, 10 rebounds and nine blocked shots.

"Jalen caught our attention with his outstanding play at the Nike Peach Jam tournament this summer," McMahon said. "His athleticism, rebounding ability, and skill level will fit in very well with our system."

"He's from a solid family background," said Cordova Head Coach Terrance Scales. "He's a great student as well and a high character guy. I think Jalen has only begun to scratch the surface of how good he can be. He's only been playing four years and I've seen a lot of improvement over the last 15 to 16 months. Right now he's a good rebounder and can guard the rim and improving offensively."

Dondre Griffin – Guard - 6-4 - Knightdale High School - Raleigh, N.C.

Dondre Griffin enters his senior season for the Knightdale Knights as one of the top guards in North Carolina.

His team made it to the quarterfinals of the North Carolina playoffs in class 4A. Griffin averaged 13 points and five rebounds as a junior.

"Dondre has a high basketball IQ and can really shoot the ball from three," McMahon said. "He possesses good size at the guard position and will bring charisma and a strong work ethic to our program."

"Number one for me is Dondre is a great person from a great family," said Coach Anthony Byrd. "He's a very confident shooter and is on his way to becoming a complete player. He's a gym rat and is very competitive. He was vital to our success last season and we have high expectations for him. Dondre understands that and is one of our team captains. He makes those around him better players and he's a great teammate."

Gilbert Thomas – Forward – 6-6 - CE King High School - Houston, Texas

Gilbert Thomas comes from a successful program that won back-to-back Texas District-21 5A championships while racking up a 54-12 record.

As a junior, Thomas was the District MVP, named to the All-Greater Houston Team and was named the Southeast Texas Player of the Year. He averaged 21 points, 10 rebounds and four blocked shots per game.

"I love Gilbert's athleticism, toughness, and competitiveness," McMahon said. He's a high energy player who impacts the game in multiples ways with his 7'2 wing span."

"Gilbert has accomplished what you would expect to see from a person of his caliber," said Coach Laurence Woods. "It has been a pleasure to coach him, to watch him grow and mature and become a young man that understands life on the court and off it. Right now, I'd say the strength of his game is his ability to make plays on both ends of the court. His game has broadened now he's gotten experience playing the three spot."

Bellarmine Ranked No. 1 in Naiton in New NCAA Division II Media Poll

Bellarmine has moved up to No. 1 in the new NCAA Division II Media Poll by D2SIDA.

The Knights (2-0) received 10 first-place votes and 393 total points.

Tarleton State is No. 2 with 4 first-place votes and 384 points.

California Baptist, West Liberty and Mount Olive round out the top 5.

NCAA Division II Media Poll, Presented by D2SIDA National Poll (Week 1, November 17)

Rank School (First Place Votes) Record Votes Previous
1 Bellarmine (10) 2-0 393 2
2 Tarleton State (4) 2-0 384 3
3 California Baptist (1) 5-0 350 6
4 West Liberty (1) 2-0 345 T4
5 Mount Olive 2-0 310 14
6 Midwestern State 1-0 303 7
7 Barry (Fla.) 1-0 298 12
8 Minn. St-Moorhead 4-1 265 13
9 Drury 1-0 233 20
10 Central Missouri 2-0 231 23
11 Southern Conn. State 2-0 227 T18
12 Augustana (S.D). 0-1 221 1
13 Chico State 1-0 194 17
14 Colorado Mines 2-0 187 T18
15 West Georgia 2-0 153 RV
16 Lincoln Memorial 1-1 140 T4
17 Bowie State 2-0 134 NR
18 King 2-0 131 NR
19 Ferris State 2-0 97 RV
20 Western Oregon 2-0 92 RV
21 Bentley (Mass.) 2-0 91 RV
22 Cal-Poly Pomona 2-0 64 22
23 NW Missouri State 1-1 58 10
24 Arkansas-Fort Smith 2-0 35 RV
25 Union (Tenn.) 2-0 25 NR

Also receiving votes: Alabama-Huntsville; Angelo State; Ashland; Augusta; Delta State; Fairmont State; Indiana (Pa.); Indianapolis; Lake Superior State; Lenoir-Rhyne; Lynn; Minnesota State-Mankato; Saginaw Valley State; UNC Pembroke; Washburn; Western Washington

Northern Kentucky Announces Recruiting Class for 2016

Northern Kentucky and new head coach John Brannen recently announced their recruiting class for 2016.

The Norse have added Mason Faulkner, Blake Spellman, Jalen Tate, Dantez Walton and Carson Williams.

Here are details from NKU:

HIGHLAND HEIGHTS, Ky. – Men's basketball head coach John Brannen has announced a recruiting class that features five future Norse that will suit up in the Black & Gold for Northern Kentucky beginning in the fall of 2016. Mason Faulkner, Blake Spellman, Jalen Tate, Dantez Walton and Carson Williams have signed National Letters of Intent to play for NKU next season.

"Today is a big day. Signing day is the next step in building our men's basketball program," stated Brannen. "I am very excited for these five guys to join our team. They embody what this program is about. Their work ethic. Their character. And, their style of play."

The recruiting class features two players from the Commonwealth of Kentucky, two from Ohio and one from Missouri. Three of the players have garnered recognition as three-star recruits, while the other two were tabbed with two-stars.

Mason Faulkner

A 6-3 combo guard, Faulkner comes to Northern Kentucky from Caverna High in Glasgow, Kentucky. Faulkner is an accomplished scorer who raised his scoring average from 18 points per game as a freshman to 23.8 his sophomore season and 30.3 last year as a junior. He also attacks the glass, hauling in nearly 600 rebounds in his first three seasons at Caverna.

Consecutive all-state honors highlight Faulkner's list of accolades. He was an all-state second team honoree as a junior and all-state honorable mention recipient his sophomore campaign. Faulkner is listed as a 3-star recruit from both Scout.com and Rivals.

"Mason is a young man that can score in a variety of ways. He can shoot the three, knock down mid-range jumpers and get to the rim. He also does a good job of making those around him better," commented Brannen.

Blake Spellman

Spellman is a 6-1 point guard from Lee's Summit High School in Lee's Summit, Missouri. LSHS has reached the 20-win plateau in each of the last two seasons under Spellman's leadership. He averaged 10.3 points and 3.7 assists during his sophomore season and upped both averages to 17 points and five assists as a junior.

Consecutive first-team all-district and first-team all-conference honors highlight Spellman's awards. VerbalCommits.com lists Spellman as a 2-star recruit for the Norse.

"The fans at NKU are going to love Blake's game," said Brannen. "He's a true point guard who really makes the game easier for others, which is the best compliment for a point guard. He's got a little bit of flare to his game that the fans will enjoy."

Jalen Tate

Tate is a 2015 all-conference honoree for Pickerington Central HS in Pickerington, Ohio. He averaged 15 points, seven rebounds and seven assists as a game during his junior campaign.

A 2-star recruit by VerbalCommits.com, Tate's heritage lies on the hardwood. His father Jermaine Tate played for Ohio State and Cincinnati prior to a 13-year professional career overseas and his brother Jae'Sean Tate is currently a sophomore forward at Ohio State.

"When we first watched Jalen, it was very obvious that he as a good fit for this style of play. He's really long and plays extremely hard. He's the right fit at the right time," said Brannen.

Dantez Walton

A native of Lima, Ohio, and product of Lima Central Catholic, Scout.com has ranked the 6-5 Walton a 3-star recruit. As a junior, Walton tallied 16 points and 8 boards per game. Lima Central has gone 72-8 during Walton's career.

An all-district performer last season, Walton has led LCC to back-to-back state finals appearances.

"Dantez is a young man that affects winning, whether it is defensively, offensively or rebounding the basketball. He brings a lot to the game of basketball," described Brannen.

Carson Williams

Williams is 6-7 wing from Owen County High School in Owenton, Kentucky. The ESPN 3-star recruit averaged 22.5 points and 15.1 rebounds per game as a junior. Those numbers came on the heels of averages of 24.1 points and 13.8 boards during his sophomore campaign.

The list of accolades bestowed to Williams includes 2014 Courier Journal third-team all-state, 2015 Courier Journal second-team all-state and 2015 Lexington Herald second-team all-state. He has also received multiple academic first-team all-state honors and anticipates majoring in Criminal Justice.

"Carson brings versatility in being able to play both forward positions and the athleticism and physicality that we need in the Horizon League. Our fans are going to enjoy watching him," said Brannen.

V.J. King and Frankie Hughes Ink with Louisville

The Louisville Cardinals added V.J. King and Frankie Hughes to the Class of 2016 during the Fall signing period.

Here are details on King and from Louisville:

LOUISVILLE, Ky. — V.J. King, a 6-7, 180-pound guard/forward from Paul VI Catholic High School in Fairfax, Va.; and Frankie Hughes, a 6-3, 170-pound guard from Garfield Heights (Ohio) High School have each signed a national letter-of-intent to continue their basketball playing careers at the University of Louisville.

V.J. King

King averaged 18.5 points, 12.3 rebounds and 4.2 assists as a junior last season in helping Paul VI to a 20-15 record. A first-team all-state, all-area and all-conference selection as a junior, King is ranked No. 21 nationally by Scout.com, 24th by Rivals.com, 25th by 247Sports.com and is No. 27 in the ESPN 100.

"We've been after V.J. for a long, long time," said Pitino. "We needed a player in our program who can play multiple positions and can handle, score, and pass the ball. He has an incredible attitude. We all fell in love with him because of what he brings to the table on the court between the lines as well as off the court. He's exactly what we want. We think he has an unbelievable future."

King earned all-tournament honors at two high school events last season, including the Bass Pro Tournament of Champions in Springfield, Mo.; and the City of Palms Classic in Ft. Myers, Fla., where he had 27 points and 11 rebounds for Paul VI in the fifth-place final game. He scored a season-high 38 points against Chaminade Prep in January, hitting 12-of-19 shots from the field.

Originally from North Carolina, King moved to Akron, Ohio, where he played at St. Vincent-St. Mary -- the alma mater of LeBron James -- through his sophomore season before transferring. He averaged 16.2 points as a sophomore in helping SVSM to a 19-10 record and 2013 Ohio Division II State Tournament semifinals.

As a freshman, he averaged 16.3 points, 6.0 rebounds and four blocked shots as SVSM advanced to the 2013 Ohio Division II State Tournament finals and posted a 20-12 record.

King has won two gold medals as a member of two USA Basketball team in the 2013 FIBA Americas U16 Championship in Maldonado, Uruguay, averaging 8.2 points and 5.2 rebounds; and the 2014 FIBA U17 World Championship in Dubai, United Arab Emirates where he averaged 6.7 points and 2.9 rebounds. He participated in the 2015 USA Basketball Junior National Team minicamp in October.

In AAU competition for Team Takover, King was the semifinals MVP at the 2015 Peach Jam in Savannah, Ga. when he totaled 26 points and six rebounds.

His father Vincent King played professional basketball in foreign countries for 10 years after scoring 1,037 points in his collegiate career at Indiana University of Pennsylvania from 1988-92.

King chose to sign with the Cardinals after narrowing a host of opportunities to UofL, Arizona, Connecticut, Kentucky and Virginia.

Frankie Hughes

Hughes averaged 17 points, 5.8 rebounds and 5.1 assists as a junior last season in leading Garfield Heights to a 24-4 record and the Ohio Division I semifinals, only the third time the school had advanced to that level in the state tournament. He signed with the Cardinals on Wednesday on his 18th birthday.

Hughes had 14 points and 11 rebounds in the state semifinal game. Current Louisville guard Trey Lewis also played at Garfield Heights, leading his team to the state semifinals during his senior year in 2011. Terry Rozier, who played two seasons with the Cardinals before joining the Boston Celtics this season, also hailed from the Cleveland area at Shaker Heights High School.

"Frankie shoots it well and has good size and length," said Pitino. "We got in late on him after Richard (Pitino) turned us on to him. They (Minnesota) were recruiting him heavily until they got another player. Richard knew we were looking for a tall guard who could shoot and he thought he was a big-time sleeper. We took a look at him and all four coaches liked him a lot. We're very excited to have Frankie with us after having Terry and Trey with the connections from Cleveland to our program."

Hughes is ranked among the nation's top 200 players by 247Sports.com, Hughes scored a season-high 28 points against Mentor. He averaged 10.7 points per game as a sophomore. He averaged 7.9 points, 3.5 rebounds and three assists during the 2015 summer AAU competition.

His Garfield Heights teammate WIllie Jackson will attend Missouri.

Hughes had also considered Wisconsin, St. Joseph's, Florida State and Minnesota among his collegiate choices before signing with the Cardinals.

The impressive duo of Hughes and King already has this UofL group ranked among the nation's top signing classes, currently No. 21 by Scout.com and No. 27 by Rivals.com.

Bellarmine Adds Ben Weyer, Alex Cook for 2016

Male's Alex Cook and Newport Central Catholic's Ben Weyer has signed with Bellarmine University for the Class of 2016.

Here is a release from BU:

LOUISVILLE, Ky.—The Bellarmine University men's basketball team signed a pair of 6-6 forwards to national letters of intent during the early signing period with Newport Central Catholic's Ben Weyer and Male High School's Alex Cook both committing to the Knights.

Last season Cook averaged 10.6 points and six rebounds per contest while shooting 44 percent from the floor, including 36 percent from 3-point range (44 of 123). Weyer put up 15.7 points and 7.3 rebounds a game and shot 63 percent from the field.

"Alex and Ben both come from great families and high school and AAU programs," said Bellarmine Coach Scott Davenport. "I saw both of them as sophomores and loved everything about them as individuals and as players. They're both great students, not just in the classroom, but in the in the game of basketball as well. I'm thrilled they are Bellarmine basketball players."

Both players pointed to the Knights coaching staff and winning tradition as major reasons for signing with Bellarmine. "Bellarmine was a great fit for me for several reasons," Cook said. "I love the style of play—it fits my game perfectly. From the first time I visited, it felt like home. The players and coaches really made me feel welcome. Another factor was that Bellarmine is in my hometown, so my family can see all of my games. I look forward to playing for Coach Davenport and bringing another national championship home.

Weyer cited similar reasons for signing on with the Knights. "When I took my visits to Bellarmine, I loved everything about the basketball program from the coaches to the guys," he said. "Then, I saw the school, and I just knew it was the place that I wanted to be to get my education and get the chance to play basketball. I also can't wait to play for Coach Davenport because I think he's a great coach, and he has competitive teams every year."

The two recruits' coaches also see Bellarmine as a good program for their players. Willie Feldhaus, the head coach at Male, said, "Alex is athletic and shoots the ball well and has strong fundamentals. I think he'll blossom in Bellarmine's fundamental-driven program."

Newport Central Catholic Head Coach Ron Dawn said, "We were really excited that Ben signed with Bellarmine. We think it's a great fit. Bellarmine is getting a heck of a basketball player, and more than that he's a great person as well. I always say he's the type of guy you'd want your daughter to marry."

Louisville to Wear "Black Ice" Uniforms on November 28

Louisville will wear special "Black Ice" adidas uniforms for the upcoming game against St. Louis on November 28.

Here are details from UL:

LOUISVILLE, Ky. -- The University of Louisville men's basketball team will wear special "Black Ice" adidas uniforms for its Nov. 28 game against Saint Louis in their final game of the Brooklyn Hoops Holiday Invitational at the Barclays Center in Brooklyn, N.Y.

Today the adidas Iced Out uniform collection was unveiled for 11 college basketball teams to wear this season. When hit with a camera flash, the Iced Out uniform's reflective finish illuminates for a bold look that will have teams showing out when the season tips off this month.

The monochrome black and white uniforms feature a diamond pattern inspired by basketball nets along the sides of the jersey and shorts. Enlarged team logos are displayed on the shorts and the warm-ups include a new short sleeved hoodie finished with the same reflective fabric and basketball net print.

To give players optimum performance on the court, the uniforms feature the same lightweight, sweat-wicking technology used in the NBA. Targeted ventilation zones on the chest, back and side keep players cool even in the most intense moments of the game. A mid-hole mesh on the short maximizes comfort and breathability as the game heats up.

The Iced Out uniform system debuts on-court beginning with start of season tournaments this November and December.

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BREAKING: 2016 SG Malik Monk Has Committed to Kentucky

It has now been confirmed that 2016 shooting guard Malik Monk has committed to Kentucky.

The Wildcats will likely have the No. 1 overall class and be as talented as they have ever been next season.




Northern Kentucky Cruises Past Tiffin

Northern Kentucky 83
Tiffin 71

Final from Highland Heights, Kentucky

Game recap by NKU:

HIGHLAND HEIGHTS, Ky. – Sophomore Lavone Holland came one assist shy of his first career triple double in Northern Kentucky University's home opening 83-71 win over Tiffin. The Norse improved to 1-1, while the Dragons dropped to 1-2 overall.

Holland tallied 10 points, 12 rebounds and nine assists for his near triple double. Several Norse were the beneficiary of Holland's passing, with Jalen Billups scoring 22 points and Cole Murray posting 18.

"Our energy increased in the second half and that is more indicative of the style of play we want to demonstrate," said head coach John Brannen. "We made some adjustments at halftime and the guys stepped up in the second half. It's not just about results. It's about getting better. I felt we got better tonight."

Billups ignited the Norse with 19 second half points. He made all six of his field-goal attempts and went 7-for-8 at the charity stripe. In the stanza, NKU outscored TU, 54-36.

NKU shot 44 percent (26-of-59) from the field while shooting 75.8 percent (25-of-33) from the free throw line. By comparison, Tiffin shot 41.3 percent (26-of-63) from the floor and 60 percent (12-of-20) at the charity stripe.

Billups finished the game converting on 7-of-10 field-goal attempts and 8-of-10 from the line. Murray used 4-for-7 shooting from long range to finish the game 7-for-12 from the field.

Drew McDonald added in nine points off the bench, and Cole Murray went four for seven from the three point line and helped lead the Norse to victory in the second half.

After a slow moving first half of play, NKU trailed Tiffin, 35-29. Murray led the Norse with seven points in the first half. Tony Kynard led Tiffin and all scorers with 10 first half points.

Tiffin was led by Khaleal McCormick, who finished with 20 points.

Northern Kentucky remains at home for a prime-time showdown against Morehead State with a 7 p.m. tipoff on Saturday night.

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Arkansas Radio Guy Says Malik Monk Will Sign with Kentucky

Arkansas radio host Trey Schaap says 2016 star Malik Monk will sign with Kentucky:


Monk, a 6-foot-4 shooting guard, is ranked No. 6 overall on the Rivals.com list for 2016.

Labissiere, Ulis and Murray Named to Preseason List for John R. Wooden Award

Kentucky's Skal Labissiere, Jamal Murray and Tyler Ulis have been named Preseason Top 50 Nominees for the 2015-16 John R. Wooden Award.

Former UK forward Kyle Wiltjer, who is now a senior at Gonzaga, is also on the list.

2015-16 John R. Wooden Award Presented by Wendy’s

Preseason Top 50 Nominees

Name Height Class Position University Conference
Grayson Allen 6-5 Soph. G Duke ACC
Zach Auguste 6-10 Sr. F Notre Dame ACC
Ron Baker# 6-4 Sr. G Wichita State Missouri Valley
DeAndre' Bembry 6-6 Jr. F St. Joseph's Atlantic 10
James Blackmon, Jr. 6-4 Soph. G Indiana Big Ten
Malcolm Brogdon# 6-5 Sr. G Virginia ACC
Jaylen Brown 6-7 Fr. F California Pac-12
Jalen Brunson 6-3 Fr. G Villanova Big East
Kyle Collinsworth 6-6 Sr. G BYU WCC
Kellen Dunham 6-6 Jr. G Butler Big East
Kris Dunn 6-4 Jr. G Providence Big East
Perry Ellis 6-8 Sr. F Kansas Big 12
Yogi Ferrell 6-0 Sr. G Indiana Big Ten
Rico Gathers 6-8 Sr. F Baylor Big 12
Anthony Gill 6-8 Sr. F Virginia ACC
Daniel Hamilton 6-7 Soph. G/F Connecticut The American
A.J. Hammons 7-0 Sr. C Purdue Big Ten
Nigel Hayes 6-8 Jr. F Wisconsin Big Ten
Buddy Hield 6-4 Sr. G Oklahoma Big 12
Danuel House 6-7 Sr. G Texas A&M SEC
Brandon Ingram 6-9 Fr. G/F Duke ACC
Demetrius Jackson 6-1 Jr. G Notre Dame ACC
Brice Johnson 6-10 Sr. F North Carolina ACC
Damian Jones 7-0 Jr. C Vanderbilt SEC
Bronson Koenig 6-4 Jr. G Wisconsin Big Ten
Skal Labissiere 6-11 Fr. F Kentucky SEC
Jake Layman 6-9 Sr. F Maryland Big Ten
Caris LeVert 6-7 Sr. G Michigan Big Ten
Nic Moore 5-9 Sr. G SMU The American
Monte Morris 6-3 Jr. G Iowa State Big 12
Jamal Murray 6-4 Fr. G Kentucky SEC
Malik Newman 6-3 Fr. G Mississippi State SEC
Georges Niang 6-8 Sr. F Iowa State Big 12
Marcus Paige 6-2 Sr. G North Carolina ACC
Gary Payton II 6-3 Sr. G Oregon State Pac-12
Jakob Poeltl 7-0 Soph. F Utah Pac-12
Taurean Prince 6-8 Sr. F Baylor Big 12
Xavier Rathan-Mayes 6-4 Soph. G Florida State ACC
Domantas Sabonis 6-11 Soph. F Gonzaga WCC
Ben Simmons 6-10 Fr. F LSU SEC
D’Vauntes Smith-Rivera 6-3 Sr. G Georgetown Big East
Kaleb Tarczewski 7-0 Sr. C Arizona Pac-12
Isaiah Taylor 6-3 Jr. G Texas Big 12
Melo Trimble 6-3 Soph. G Maryland Big Ten
Tyler Ulis 5-9 Soph. G Kentucky SEC
Denzel Valentine 6-5 Sr. G Michigan State Big Ten
Fred VanVleet 6-0 Sr. G Wichita State Missouri Valley
Tyrone Wallace 6-5 Sr. G California Pac-12
Troy Williams 6-7 Jr. F Indiana Big Ten
Kyle Wiltjer# 6-10 Sr. F Gonzaga WCC

# indicates player selected as a 2014-15 Wooden Award All American

Murray State Moves to 2-0 with Win Over Middle Tennessee State

Murray State 76
MTSU 65

Final from Murray, Kentucky

Game recap by MSU:

The Murray State Racers powered through the Middle Tennessee Blue Raiders for a 76-65 win Tuesday at the CFSB Center in Murray, Ky.

The Racers moved to 2-0 as they head out on the road for a four-game road swing that takes them to Georgia Friday and to the Gulf Coast Showcase in Florida Thanksgiving week.

Jeffery Moss led a quartet of double-figure scorers with 19 points, with 15 from Wayne Langston and 10 each from Damarcus Croaker and Chad Culbreath.

In the first half, the Racers had a 7-0 run in 1:22 highlighted by a Bryce Jones 3-pointer for a 26-20 lead at the 6:14 mark. Moss hit a long two pointer with 1:21 left for a 37-28 lead.

The Racers went into the half in front 37-30.

Culbreath, a freshman, gave the Racers a spark off the bench and his assist to Langston for a six-point lead early in the second half was of the behind-the-back variety. Culbreath added a pair of high-flying layups to give MSU its largest lead of the game of 13 points at the 13:57 mark.

With MTSU pressing into the Racers' lead late, Croaker scored a pair of baskets, the last a baseline dunk that put MSU in front 70-60 with 2:40 left.

The Racers brought it home from there to push their home win streak to 17.

MSU hits the road for a Friday 6 p.m. CT game in Athens against the Georgia Bulldogs.

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Morehead State Signs Djimon Henson and Jordan Walker for 2016

Morehead State recently signed Djimon Henson and Jordan Walker for the Class of 2016.

Here is a release from MSU:

MOREHEAD, Ky. -- Djimon Henson, a 6-foot-3 guard from Lawrence North High School (Ind.), and Jordan Walker, a 6-foot-1 guard from Cathedral High School (Ind.) have signed National Letters of Intent with the Morehead State men's basketball program. Both will be freshmen during the 2016-17 school year.

"We are excited to get two of the top ten players out of the state of Indiana," said head coach Sean Woods. "It lets you know how far we've come at Morehead State to be able to go out and get two kids from a state that has a great tradition of high school basketball. More importantly, I think we got two great kids, both on and off the court, and I'm just ecstatic that we were able to get both of these young players to join our basketball program."

Henson, a native of Indianapolis, averaged 18.5 points and 6.0 rebounds as a junior in 2014-15. His head coach at Lawrence North is the legendary Jack Keefer, who is in his 45th season as head coach.

He was named a Indiana Junior All-Star, is ranked eighth in Indiana's Class of 2016, and was named one of the top candidates for 2016 IndyStar Mr. Basketball.

"Djimon is a player who can score in bunches. He can take you off the dribble and really shoot it," said Woods. "He's a big time scorer. He reminds you of a young Tony Delk."

Walker, also from Indianapolis, averaged 14.3 points, 5.6 rebounds, and 2.1 assists as a junior in 2014-15. He is ranked as the ninth best player in the state by IndyStar and the third best point guard. He was named Second Team All-City and to the All-City Tournament Team as a junior.

"Jordan is an old-school player who reminds you a little bit of Rumeal Robinson, who won a national championship at Michigan," said Woods. "He has a strong body, he's an explosive athlete, and he's a point guard who can play some two-guard as well. He can shoot it and has a great pace about himself."

Growing up in the same area, Henson and Walker's paths have crossed throughout their young careers.

"They both have known each other since they were young, they've played AAU basketball together, and they have played against each other in high school," said Woods. "To have two guys who really know each other is big, too, and it kind of helped in the recruiting process."

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Berea College Dismantles Crown College in First Win of Season

Berea College 119
Crown College 50

Final from Berea, Kentucky

Game recap by BC:

Berea, Ky - The Berea College Mountaineers were able to grab their first win of the season over the Royal Crusaders of Crown College. Berea won 119-50 with five Mountaineers scoring in double figures.

In a slow start Crown was able to keep it close as Berea found themselves only leading by four, nine minutes into the game. The Mountaineers started to find rhythm using an 18-4 run to increase their four point lead to nineteen. They continued that run with the help of Richard Parker and Anthony Myrks to take a 55-27 halftime lead. Parker ended the first half with a team high 16 points, 12 being from behind the arc. Myrks shot a perfect 6-6 from the field and added 15 points in the first half.

In the second half the Mountaineers Continued to push their lead and found themselves up by fifty points with ten minutes left in the game. Berea continued to control the pace of the game and pulled further away to grab the sixty-nine point win of the Royal Crusaders. Freshman Stephen Butts led the Mountaineers in the second half with twelve points and 4 assists.

Every Mountaineer took the floor this evening with eleven players recording a point. The night was led by Anthony Myrks who recorded an impressive 24 points, 9 rebounds, 6 assists and 6 steals. The other four players that recorded double digits were Parker (23), Butts (16), Dominique Garmon (10) and Dillian Harper (10).

The Berea College Mountaineers will travel to Cincinnati, OH to compete in the Mount St. Joseph Tip-off Classic on Saturday November 21st. They are set to take on Albion College at 3:00 PM.

Louisville's Ralph Willard Postgame After Hartford Win

Ralph Willard filled in for Rick Pitino in the postgame press conference after Louisville's win over Hartford.

Here is Willard talking to the media last night:


Louisville Blows Out Undersized Hartford

Louisville 87
Hartford 52

Final from Louisville, Kentucky

Game recap by UL:

LOUISVILLE, Ky. (AP) --The question wasn't whether Louisville could grab rebounds or score over undersized Hartford, but how assertive the Cardinals would be in making sure the ball was in their hands.

On either end of the floor, sophomore forward Chinanu Onuaku had his hand in it.

Onuaku scored a career-high 18 points, Damion Lee also scored 18 and Louisville used its size early and often against Hartford for an 87-52 victory Tuesday night.

The Cardinals (2-0) followed up their 41-point, opening-game thumping of Samford with another dominant performance on both ends against the Hawks (1-2). Louisville outscored Hartford 38-14 in the paint and controlled the boards 44-26 with Onuaku and Jaylen Johnson combining for 17 rebounds.

"That's what coach (Rick Pitino) wanted us to do, knowing that the team was small," said the 6-foot-10 Onuaku, who made 8 of 13 shots and two underhanded free throws in four attempts. "He told us that we had to crash the offensive boards and the defensive boards."

Onuaku's career scoring high came exactly a year after his previous best of 12 points against Jacksonville State.

Lee added outside shooting to help the Cardinals pull away from a tight beginning for his second straight double-figure scoring effort since transferring from Drexel. He had 14 points against Samford on Saturday.

Trey Lewis added 11 points, and Johnson had nine with eight rebounds for the Cardinals, who made 7 of 19 from 3-point range. The combined efforts helped Louisville finish 51 percent from the field after shooting 56 percent in the opener.

Just what the Cardinals expected against a team whose tallest player was 6-foot-9.

"All in all, pretty pleased," Louisville assistant coach Ralph Willard said in place of Pitino, who had an unspecified appointment.

"I think the guys did a good job of getting the ball inside, we obviously had a size advantage on them. We did a good job of recognizing that."

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John Calipari, Seth Davis Talk Kentucky's Win Over Duke

John Calipari and Seth Davis spoke about Kentucky's win over Duke following last night's game.

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Tuesday, November 17, 2015

John Calipari Talks About Win Over Duke

Coach Cal discusses tonight's win over Duke:



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Highlights from Kentucky's Win Over Duke

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No. 2 Kentucky Rolls Past Duke in Chicago

(2) Kentucky 74
(5) Duke 63

Final from Chicago, Illinois

Kentucky pulled away from No. 5 Duke early in the second half and never looked back as they No. 2 Wildcats rolled to a 74-63 win over the Blue Devils in the State Farm Champions Classic in Chicago.

Tyler Ulis led the Wildcats (3-0) with 18 points, 6 assists and 4 rebounds. Jamal Murray added 16 points and 5 assists. Isaiah Briscoe chipped in 12 points.

Kentucky's big men struggled early, but quickly adjusted and took control of the paint. Marcus Lee finished with a double-double of 10 points and 10 rebounds. Alex Poythress came off the bench to contribute 9 points and 7 boards.

Duke (2-1) got 16 points and 15 rebounds from Amile Jefferson. Matt Jones added 16 points.

Tonight was Kentucky's first win over Duke in 17 years.

The Wildcats return to action Friday against Wright State at Rupp Arena.

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Eastern Kentucky Comes Up Short in First Road Test at UNC Wilmington

UNC Wilmington 78
Eastern Kentucky 59

Final from Wilmington, North Carolina

Game recap by EKU:

WILMINGTON, N.C. – Senior Jarelle Reischel recorded his first double-double as a Colonel, but the Eastern Kentucky University men's basketball team fell at UNC Wilmington, 78-59, on Monday night at Trask Coliseum.

Reischel paced the Colonels with 17 points and a career-high 13 rebounds. Redshirt junior JaVontae Hawkins contributed 16 points and five boards, while freshman Nick Mayo scored 12 points, all in the second half.

EKU (1-1) shot just 33.3 percent (17-of-51) from the field in the loss.

Craig Ponder led the way for the host Seahawks, scoring 24 points, dishing out four assists and coming up with three steals. Dylan Sherwood just missed a double-double for UNCW, scoring 16 points and grabbing nine rebounds.

The Seahawks distributed 16 assists on the night. The Colonels notched only five.

Although UNCW (2-0) led from start-to-finish, EKU stayed within striking distance most of the night. After the Seahawks ran out to an early 13-4 lead, the Colonels clawed back to within four, 19-15, thanks to a three-point play by Hawkins with 7:13 remaining in the first half.

UNCW led by 11 at halftime, and used a 7-2 run to go up 45-29 just over a minute into the second half; however, Eastern kept fighting back. Mayo – who was held scoreless in the first half – scored six consecutive points, two of which came on a thunderous one-handed dunk on the baseline, to keep the Colonels alive.

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Morehead State Loses Heartbreaker at Illinois State

Illinois State 67
Morehead State 66

Final from Normal, Illinois

Game recap by MSU:

NORMAL, Ill. - Sophomore Miguel Dicent's three-pointer with five seconds to go put the Eagles up, 66-65, but on the next possession, Illinois State's Devaug Akoon-Purcell got free for a layup at the buzzer, as Morehead State men's basketball fell 67-66 at Redbird Arena Monday.

The Eagles move to 1-1 on the young season.

"It was kind of a fluke play, they almost threw the ball out of bounds and he (Akoon-Purcell) caught up to it, and then did a good job of dribbling through traffic to get to the rim," said head coach Sean Woods on the last second play.

Morehead State went into the locker room trailing, 32-31, but started the second half on a 19-9 run to open a 50-41 lead. Junior Xavier Moon had 10 of the 19 points during the run as the Eagles opened the half knocking down nine of their first ten shots.

Akoon-Purcell kept the Redbirds in the game and with just under six minutes to go, he followed a slam with a three-pointer from the top of the key, giving ISU the lead at 61-59, their first lead since 38-36.

There were four lead changes in the final five minutes, but in the end, the team that had the ball last won the game.

"It was a tough game, I'm proud of our guys coming into an environment like this and playing well," said Woods. "We have seven new guys, and I still don't know what my team is all about. But, they're showing me, especially after tonight's game, how resilient they are."

Moon finished the game with a team-high 18 points. After knocking down his first seven shots, four of which were from deep, he failed to knock down a shot the rest of the way, finishing 7-of-12 overall and 4-of-7 from three-point range. He also had four rebounds, an assist and a steal, but it was his ability to score the basketball that really turned the corner for the Eagles early in the second half.



"That's what he does, he's a scorer," said Woods.

The Eagles finished the game shooting 41 percent from the floor and 44 percent from three, while the Redbirds shot 51 percent overall and 60 percent from deep.

The most impressive stat of the night for the Eagles was their 37-27 rebounding advantage against a much bigger team. They finished with 18 offensive rebounds to ISU's seven, and had 11 second chance points to the Redbirds' four.

"I was worried about the rebounding situation because Illinois State is a great offensive rebounding team, and they only got seven," said Woods. "And they're much bigger than us. I just thought our guys battled, which is a great testament to our basketball team."

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