Saturday, December 5, 2015

Centre College Gets Past Hanover in Overtime

Centre 84
Hanover 80

Final from Danville, Kentucky

Game recap by CC:

DANVILLE, Ky. ( – Senior forward Blake Scinta (Louisville, Ky.) along with junior guards Sam Gruber and Matt Gump (Bellefontaine, Ohio) combined for 55 points to lead the Centre men's basketball team to a thrilling 84-80 com-from-behind win in overtime on Wednesday night at Alumni Gymnasium.

The Colonels erased a 16-point first half deficit and closed the game connecting on 26 straight free throw attempts en route to their fifth consecutive triumph, improving to 5-1 on the year. With the loss, the Panthers drop to 1-4 on the season.

With Centre holding an early 5-2 lead, Hanover used a 15-0 run to gain a 17-5 advantage with just over 12 minutes to play in the first half.

The Panthers would push the run to 22-4, as Hanover held a 24-9 lead with 7:55 remaining in the opening period. The Panthers eventually built their lead to as many as 16 points at 28-12 at the 6:24 mark of the first half.

Gump then scored seven of his 18 points and senior forward Tyler Wesley (Crestwood, Ky.) made a pair of layups to close the half, shrinking the Hanover lead to 11 points at the break.

The Panthers took a 13-point lead at 38-25 on a Corey Muchmore layup with 16:52 to play in the second half, when Centre answered with an 18-5 surge highlighted by seven points by freshman guard Jarod Griffin (Lexington, Ky.) and a pair of Gruber 3-pointers, to knot the game at 43-43 with 11:18 remaining.
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Berea College's Richard Parker Named USCAA Player of the Week

Berea College junior guard Richard Parker was named USCAA Men's Division I Player of the Week earlier this week.

Parker averaged 35.5 points, 4 assists and 8 rebounds in 2 games.

Men's Basketball Player of the Week - November 24, 2015

Richard Parker, Berea College

Junior • Guard • Cleveland, Ohio

This week’s USCAA Men’s Division I Basketball Player of the Week honor goes to Richard Parker of Berea College. In two games last week, Parker averaged 35.5 points, four assists, and eight rebounds. He is shooting 65.4% from behind the arc and 53.2% from the floor. The Mountaineers went 1-1 last week with a win over Boyce College and are now 2-2 on the year.

No. 22 Bellarmine Knocks Off Illinois Springfield to Open GLVC Play

(22) Bellarmine 72
Illinois Springfield 62

Final from Louisville, Kentucky

Game recap by BU:

LOUISVILLE, Ky.—On a night when 22nd-ranked Bellarmine University didn't have their best stuff, the Knights "toughed out" a 72-62 win over a solid Illinois Springfield team in both teams' Great Lakes Valley Conference debuts tonight in Knights Hall.

Bellarmine hit just 31 percent of its second half shots, and connected on just 43.1 percent for the game. However, the Knights controlled the backboards with a +11 rebounding margin to limit the UIS offensive opportunities and outscored the Prairie Stars 20-8 in second chance points to take the victory.

"I am so proud of our basketball team," said Bellarmine Coach Scott Davenport, "because we shot poorly—with good shots—but won this game by dominating the backboard. The last 15 possessions they score one time and got one offensive rebound; that's why we won this basketball game. Kudos start with Yasin Kolo and George Suggs with nine rebounds apiece."

The nine rebounds for Suggs represent a career high while Rusty Troutman paced the Knights with a game-high 21 points. Jamall Millison netted a team-high 20 points for the Prairie Stars, who fell to 3-4 on the season.

Illinois Springfield bolted out to a 24-17 lead about midway through the first half, but the Knights answered with a 10-0 run to regain the lead that they would never surrender. After BU's deficit grew to seven, they closed the half by making eight of 11 from the field including three of five from beyond the arc to claim a 43-35 halftime advantage.

In the second period, Bellarmine couldn't seem to buy a basket, missing numerous open shots. "Tonight, we passed; we just missed the shots," Davenport said. "I can't wait to break down the film to see how many assists we would have had if we didn't miss the open shots."

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Friday, December 4, 2015

Cincinnati Blogger Compares the Kentucky Wildcats to ISIS

For some inexplicable reason, guest blogger Jay Brinker of the Cincinnati Enquirer mentioned ISIS in a short blurb about Kentucky's loss to UCLA.

Here is an excerpt:

UK Loses. How things change in a year. Last year UK drilled UCLA by starting 24-0 and then continued the pummeling en route to a 39 point victory. Last night, UCLA avenged the loss by winning 87-77. Apparently, according to this analytic journalism article that far exceeds my casual sports knowledge, UK had a difficult time scoring in the paint. Sorry for your Wildcats' loss Kathy, Greg, and Big Blue Nation. No, not really. I actually enjoy when Calipari and his kids lose. Speaking of things changing, it was only 3 weeks ago that ISIS was contained.

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Is Brinker comparing Kentucky to ISIS or did he just randomly throw that in there? Either way, it's weird and confusing.

The 2015 Marshall County Hoopfest is Underway in Benton

The 2015 Marshall County Hoopfest is underway in Benton, Kentucky.

The annual event always includes some of the top high school basketball teams and players in the nation.

Here's a look at the schedule for the weekend:

Last Night:

API (TX) 63 Sunrise Christian (KS) 47
Oak Hill Academy (VA) 69 Chaminade Prep (MO) 62
Marshall County vs. Masaac (IL) (girls)

Game #4 4:00 Marshall County (KY) vs. Dyersburg (TN)
Game #5 5:30 Athletes Institute (CAN) vs. Chicago Currie (IL)
Game #6 7:00 Huntington Prep (WV) vs. Prolific Prep (CA)
Game #7 8:30 Graves County (KY) vs. Bowling Green (KY)


Game #8 9:00 McCracken County (KY) vs. Massac County (IL)
Game #9 10:30 Marshall County (KY) vs. Hopkins County Central (KY) (girls)
Game #10 12:00 Marshall County (KY) vs. Pope County (IL)
Game #11 1:30 Laurence Dunbar (KY) vs. Madison Academy (AL)
Game #12 3:00 Hopkinsville (KY) vs. J.O Johnson (AL)

Game #13 5:00 Huntington Prep (WV) vs. Quality Education (NC)
Game #14 6:30 Oak Hill Academy (WV) vs. Athletes Institute (CAN)
Game #15 8:00 Prolific Prep (CA) vs. API (TX) 
Game #16 9:30 Victory Prep (TX) vs. Sunrise Christian (KS)


Game #171:30 PM API vs. JO Johnson 
Game #183:30 PM Quality Education vs. Victory Prep           

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No. 1 Kentucky Falls Short at UCLA

(1) Kentucky 77

Final from Los Angeles, California

Game recap by UK:

LOS ANGELES (AP) - Thomas Welsh led five players in double figures with 21 points and UCLA knocked off No. 1 Kentucky 87-77 on Thursday night in the Bruins' first victory over a top-ranked team since 2003.

Bryce Alford and Isaac Hamilton added 15 points each, Tony Parker had 11 and Aaron Holiday 10 for the Bruins (5-3), who led almost the entire game and shot 53 percent from the field. They last beat a No. 1 team on March 13, 2003, defeating Arizona 96-89 in overtime.

Cats Clearly See Path ahead after Loss at UCLA

Isaiah Briscoe led Kentucky (7-1) with 20 points. Jamal Murray added 17 and Derek Willis added 11.

The Wildcats had five players in foul trouble, including Alex Poythress, who fouled out with four points with under 10 minutes left. They lost a regular-season game for the first time since March 8, 2014, at Florida.

UCLA opened the second half with a 17-10 spurt to build its largest lead of 15. Welsh and Parker, who both had two points in the first half, scored six points each.

The Wildcats got within single digits just once - early in the second half. Willis' three-point play got them to 67-57 before consecutive baskets by Hamilton and Welsh pushed UCLA's lead to 71-57.

The Wildcats lost starting forward Marcus Lee, who sustained a head injury in the first half and didn't return.

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Billy Gillispie's Undefeated JUCO Team Forfeits 4 Games Due to Transfer's Incomplete Paperwork

Billy Gillispie is back to coaching but he hasn't escaped controversy.

Gillispie's Ranger College team was off to a perfect 9-0 start but things have suddenly changed.

Ranger College has been forced to forfeit four games due a transfer player's incomplete paperwork. They are now 5-4.

Here are details:

This week, Ranger debuted in the National Junior College Athletic Association national rankings at No. 16, with a 9-0 record.

On Wednesday, however, Ranger College's web site showed that Gillispie's Rangers suddenly had fallen to 5-4 -- because of forfeits in each of their first four games.

Tommy Wells, Ranger's public information officer and sports information director, said Thursday that the forfeits are due to a paperwork issue. A Ranger player had originally signed a Letter of Intent to play at a community college in another state. That player, according to Wells, never enrolled at the out of state school, and instead came to Ranger. According to Wells, the paperwork from the other school releasing the player from his letter of intent turned out to incomplete. The issue wasn't discovered until the player had participated in Ranger's first four games.

The issue has been resolved and the player is now eligible, Wells said, but Ranger's games against Cedar Valley College, the Texas Riders, Western Texas College and San Jacinto College, had to be forfeited.

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Thursday, December 3, 2015

Tyler Ulis Tells Skal Labissiere to Man Up at UCLA

Want to know who Kentucky's leader is this season?

Watch this video and you'll see that Tyler Ulis is in charge:

Devin Booker Says Kentucky is Soft Right Now

Former Kentucky guard Devin Booker believes Kentucky is soft right now.

It's hard to disagree after tonight's loss at UCLA:

Sacha Killeya-Jones Can't Wait to Play UCLA Next Season

Kentucky signee Sacha Killeya-Jones is ready to play UCLA next season.

"All I know is they're gonna get smacked back when they come to Rupp next year," Killeya-Jones said on Twitter.

Kentucky's Marcus Lee Out for Rest of Game

Kentucky's Marcus Lee suffered a head injury in the first half and will not return in tonight's game at UCLA.

Morehead State Surprises Saint Louis on the Road; Eagles Off to Best Start Since 1990-91

Morehead State 60
Saint Louis 46

Final from Saint Louis, Missouri

Game recap by MSU:

SAINT LOUIS, Mo. - Morehead State jumped out to a 38-15 lead at the half and held on to win, 60-46, at Saint Louis on Wednesday night. The win moves the Eagles to 5-1, which is their best start since the 1990-91 season.

"It started with our defense tonight. Our defense was locked down, our guys were very into it and they really looked forward to guarding this type of offense," said head coach Sean Woods. "We were so disciplined tonight and to only have two days to prepare for them, I really tip my hat off to them."

The Eagles opened up the game late in the first half. They led 22-11 with just under eight minutes to go and then utilized an 11-2 run to open it up to 33-13. They then went into the half with a 38-15 lead after junior guard Corban Collins drilled a three-pointer at the horn.

At the start of the second half, they quickly expanded that lead to a game-high 26 points when senior guard Brent Arrington made his third three-pointer of the game on their first possession, opening the lead to 41-15.

The closest the Billikens got in the second half was at 49-37 with five minutes to go in the contest. Following a Morehead State timeout, junior guard Xavier Moon connected on back-to-back buckets and the Eagles mounted a 7-0 run of their own, reopening the lead back to 56-37 and putting the game away in the process.

The Morehead State defense took control from the onset. At the first media timeout of the game, the Billikens had four turnovers and just one field goal attempt, as the Eagles jumped out to a quick 7-3 lead. On the night, MSU limited the Billikens to 38 percent shooting, and they shot just 1-of-9 from deep. The Eagles had 15 blocks, forced 20 turnovers, and outrebounded Saint Louis, 34-25.

"I just can't say enough about the way we defended, and that's what is going to win us games," said Woods.

As good as their defense was throughout, their offense was nearly as good for the first 20 minutes. In the first half, the Eagles shot 15-of-31, knocked down 5-of-9 three-pointers, and had 10 assists. They finished the first half with 17 points off turnovers.

"We executed, we took our time coming off of screens, and I thought we got in great high-low situations," said Woods. "Our bigs did a really good job of seeing cutters, and we just did a really good job of playing as a team."

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UCLA is Hosting a "Gold Out" for Tonight's Game Against Kentucky

UCLA is hosting a “gold out” for tonight’s game against Kentucky at Pauley Pavilion.

The school will provide gold shirts to all fans in attendance.

Here are details:

UCLA is encouraging fans to wear gold for Thursday night’s men’s basketball game against top-ranked Kentucky, the Wildcats’ first appearance in Pauley Pavilion.

All fans in attendance will receive a gold T-shirt in connection with Pauley Pavilion’s 50th anniversary to facilitate what is being dubbed a “Gold Out.”

The game is being played on the 50th anniversary of the Bruins’ first official game at Pauley Pavilion, a 92-66 victory over Ohio State. UCLA won its first 49 official games at Pauley Pavilion before a 46-44 loss to USC on March 8, 1969.

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Dan Dakich: "I would not have Coach Pitino as my coach"

ESPN's Dan Dakich made some statements on the air last night that didn't sit well with Louisville fans.

Specifically, Dakich stated that he would not have Rick Pitino as his coach if he were the president or AD at the University of Louisville.

Here's a good rundown of the comments from Eric Crawford of WDRB:

First, of the entire two-hour, five-minute game broadcast, the segment lasted three minutes. Tirico explained its inclusion into the broadcast by saying that it was Louisville’s first appearance on national television, and that a lot of people didn’t know much about the team or the allegations. (Frankly, you can probably expect the same when Louisville first appears on CBS -- on Dec. 26 against Kentucky.)

Tirico then went through a very general timeline of events, not really going into great detail of the allegations, and the various responses of Louisville athletic director Tom Jurich and Pitino.

Then Dakich did what he is paid to do, which is give his opinion. It should be noted, Dakich had said nothing but positive things about Louisville’s team, and Pitino, to that point. And he would say many more positive things before the game was over. He had just finished, before a preceding commercial break, saying that Pitino was perhaps the best player-development coach in the nation.

But on this case, he weighed in by saying this: “There’s so many layers to it. There’s the NCAA part of it. There’s a criminal investigation. To me, it doesn’t matter whether Coach Pitino knew or didn’t know. It shouldn’t happen under anybody’s watch. I’d be a bad athletic director, I know. I’d be a bad president. I would be. But I would not have Coach Pitino as my coach. When these things come out, you just can’t tolerate that as an institution. This isn’t the only thing that, over the last five years, has come out with Louisville. And as a president or athletic director I’d get tired of these things. I have too much respect for higher education and the people who pay to have their kids go to Louisville to allow that. But he is, and good for him. I mean, hey, his athletic director has stood by him. The president initially didn’t but then he ended up showing support. He’s got full support. And if Rick Pitino didn’t have the Louisville job, he’d have another job in two minutes. That’s how good he is. But you can’t have these things continue, no matter how successful your basketball program is, they cloud your university. ”

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UCLA's Steve Alford Previews Kentucky Game

Here is what UCLA head coach Steve Alford had to say about tonight's game against Kentucky and more:

John Calipari Talks Recruiting, Derrick Rose and More on Colin Cowherd's Show

Kentucky head coach John Calipari appeared on Colin Cowherd's show yesterday.

Calipari discussed a number of topics including what he loves most about recruiting, Derrick Rose, not thinking Kemba Walker and Dirk Nowitski were good enough and more:

The Legacy Nissan Classic Tips Off Tonight at North Laurel High School

The Legacy Nissan Classic tips off tonight at North Laurel High School. The event includes a loaded field of teams and runs through Sunday.

Here's a look at the schedule and some key players to watch out for:

Murray State Drops Road Game at Houston

Houston 93
Murray State 78

Final from Houston, Texas

Game recap by MSU:

The Murray State Racers dropped a 93-78 defeat Wednesday to the Houston Cougars at Hofheinz Pavilion in Texas.

The Racers (5-3) return to the CFSB Center Saturday to host the Evansville Purple Aces at 7:30 p.m.

Wayne Langston and Bryce Jones each scored a double-double. Langston scored 13 points and pulled down 11 rebounds, while Jones had 10 assists to go with 14 points. MSU placed five in double figure scoring including a team-high 17 from Gee McGhee and 14 from Jeffery Moss and 11 from Chad Culbreath.

MSU trailed 51-35 at the half, but came back to outscore the Cougars (5-0) in the second half 43-42.

The Racers tried to make a run at UH when they cut the lead to 59-48 with 12:46 left, but couldn't get closer.

With their highest point output against a D-I foe this season, the Racers made 44 percent from the field on 30-of-69 shots, including a season-high nine 3-point baskets. The Racers also had a season-high against a D-I team 20 with assists.

Wednesday, December 2, 2015

I Absolutely Hate High School Games Like This

High school basketball is fully underway across the Commonwealth this week.

Last night, on an otherwise great night of high school hoops around Kentucky, one score stood out on the Riherds KHSAA scoreboard.

Phelps 63 Piarist School 5

How does a game like this happen?

I'm sure there are many folks who will say that games like this are necessary since Piarist School is a member of the KHSAA in the 15th Region (59th District).

Last season, Piarist School finished 5-15 overall but was at least competitive...well, they kept most losses within 30 points or so.

A closer look at Piarist School's roster for this season shows 9 kids ranging from 7th grade to 10th grade and a lone senior. To be specific:

- 7th Grade - 1
- 8th Grade - 3
- 9th Grade - 1
- 10th Grade - 4
- 11th Grade - 0
- 12th Grade - 1

I understand that the situation is dire and I would bet that the coaches and even the players from Piarist School know what they are up against night-in and night-out.

Heck, Piarist School was down 39-1 at the half.

I'm not here to blast Phelps or any other team that beats Piarist School like a drum this season. For now, it is what it is.

But, let me just say: I absolutely hate games like this.

This is a no win situation for everyone involved.

For Phelps and every other team who dismantles Piarist School this season, they will be hammered for destroying a young, helpless opponent. There is no value in playing a team like this. It's not even really a good opportunity to practice.

For Piarist School (there are a few other schools in this situation, as well), their kids (that's a key word: kids) are going to be on the bad end of blowouts throughout the season. Even if they fully understand their situation, that is tough to deal with. It's tough for kids...tough for parents...tough for coaches.

Tough for the winning team. Tough for the winning players. Tough for the winning coaches.

What can be done to prevent these games?

Anything? Nothing?

I don't have a viable solution outside of just playing matador defense and allowing a layup drill during the game, but let me be clear: I absolutely hate games like this.

Lindsey Wilson's Bryan Wallace Named MSC Player of the Week

Lindsey Wilson College's Bryan Wallace was named Mid-South Conference Player of the Week on Monday.

Here is a release from the league:

COLUMBIA, Ky. – Lindsey Wilson's (Ky.) Bryan Wallace 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.

Bryan Wallace – Lindsey Wilson (Ky.) – So. – Guard – Lexington, Ky.

• Wallace led the Blue Raiders to a 3-0 week with victories over Wilberforce (Ohio), Marygrove (Mich.) and Voorhees (S.C.).
• Against Wilberforce, he scored 20 points to go along with two rebounds, three assists and a steal, while going 4-for-4 from beyond the arc in the 88-69 victory.
• Wallace recorded his second 20-point game of the week scoring 22 points. He added seven rebounds and five assists in a 67-59 win over Marygrove.
• In his final game of the week, Wallace scored 16 points against Voorhees to help the Blue Raiders to an 85-78 victory. He also had a game-high five steals.
• Wallace earns his first player of the week honor of the season and of his career

Union College's J.D. Tucker Named AAC Player of the Week

Union College's J.D. Tucker was named Appalachian Athletic Conference Player of the Week on Monday.

Here is a release from UC:

ASHEVILLE, N.C. - Union College senior guard J.D. Tucker is the Appalachian Athletic Conference Men's Basketball Player of the Week, the league announced on Monday.

This is the first weekly award for Tucker this season and the second for his career.

The Charleston, S.C., native helped the seventh-ranked Bulldogs to a 3-0 record last week, including an 80-74 victory over No. 3 Davenport University. He averaged 21.7 points, 4.0 rebounds and 1.3 assists per game. In addition, Tucker made 64.5 percent (20-of-31) of his shots, including all three of his 3-point attempts. At the free-throw line, he was a perfect 22-for-22 on the week.

His best game came against Cincinnati Christian University as he scored a career-high 28 points to go along with seven rebounds in the 77-66 victory.

Tucker is seventh in the AAC in scoring at 17.1 points per game and ranks 13th in NAIA Division II in total scoring with 205 points. He is fourth in the nation in free-throw percentage at 93.3 percent, having 56-of-60 from the charity stripe.

Union is 9-3 overall and 2-0 in conference play. The Bulldogs return to action Wednesday when they play host to the Bears of Truett-McConnell College. Game time is set for 7:30 p.m.

NKU Guard Todd Johnson Suspended Indefinitely Following DUI Arrest

Northern Kentucky University guard Todd Johnson has been suspended indefinitely following a charge of operating a motor vehicle under the influence of alcohol.

Here are details from

Police charged Johnson with operating a motor vehicle under the influence of alcohol. They also cited him with driving without a lighted rear license plate. Johnson's blood-alcohol level was .08, according to a jail record.

"He's been suspended indefinitely for violating athletic policy and team rules," said Bryan McEldowney, spokesman for NKU's athletics department.

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Johnson is averaging 1.8 points and 1.5 rebounds for the Norse this season.

Campbellsville University Dismantles IU Southeast

Campbellsville 104
IU Southeast 73

Final from Campbellsville, Kentucky

Game recap by CU:

CAMPBELLSVILLE, Ky. — Campbellsville reeled off a 13-4 run early in the first half and never looked back in putting away Indiana University Southeast (IUSE), 104-73, tonight in the Powell Athletic Center.

The win moves the Tigers to 8-2, 1-1 MSC as they await a big Mid-South Conference showdown Thursday night at Lindsey Wilson. IUSE is 4-4, 0-0 KIAC.

Dii'jon Allen-Johnson scored 20 first-half points and led all scores in the game with 24. Four players joined Allen-Jordan in double figures led by 18 points each from Rob Robinson and Hagen Tyler and 12 and 11, respectively, from Elliot Young and Zach Perry.

The Tigers blistered the nets at 57 percent from the field, including a 12-for-25 performance from behind the arc. Robinson drained four 3s and CU got three each from Perry and Tyler.

Campbellsville won the rebound battle 46-36 with Sekou Harris leading the way with 12 from his guard spot. Harris added seven assists and teammate Ron Scott collected seven boards and handed out eight assists.

The Tigers had 22 assists on 38 made baskets and turned over IUSE 16 times.

Robert Sawyers' 15 points and 11 led the Grenadiers from Myles Harvey.

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Kentucky's Marcus Lee Named NABC Good Works Nominee

University of Kentucky junior Marcus Lee has been named a National Association of Basketball Coaches Good Works nominee, which honors players who give of themselves and others.

Lee has been involved with various service projects and actively serves as the treasurer of the Student Athletic Advisory Committee.

Here is a release from UK:

INDIANAPOLIS – Head coach John Calipari references three pillars that are the basis to success in his program – one of which is having a kind heart. Perhaps no player embraces that role more than junior Marcus Lee, who has been tabbed a National Association of Basketball Coaches Good Works nominee, which honors players who give of themselves to

If there’s a community service project within the UK Athletics Department, you’ll most likely find Lee in the center of it. The 2015 Southeastern Conference Community Service Team member embodies the giving spirit in countless ways. Since his arrival to UK, Lee has given more than 100 hours to the community in a variety of avenues.

Lee is the treasurer of the Student Athletic Advisory Committee and spearheads several department-wide projects. One of those projects is the God’s Pantry outreach in which members of the department pack school lunches and then distribute the lunches to the needy children at the schools. Lee always volunteers to go to the school that allows for an opportunity to also interact with the kids – whether that’s playing kickball or encouraging them to continue to do well in school. He also is one of the organizers of the UK Blanket Project in which all of UK’s athletes put together blankets and deliver them to sick children in the Children’s Hospital around the holidays. The department also volunteers with the Salvation Army during the holidays for bell-ringing duties at a local grocery store, and Lee has volunteered multiple times for that project. He also gives back when he returns to his hometown of Antioch, Calif. Lee is a frequent visitor of his former high school, Deer Valley, going back every time he is home and speaking to various classes he was once a part of.

With his teammates, he has worked with a Samaritan’s Feet project while visiting the Bahamas. Lee and his teammates washed the feet of young children and fitted them with new socks and shoes. He’s also visited local children’s hospitals while at the Final Four, as well as a fan who was injured while attending a game in Rupp Arena. Lee is one of the last players to leave the campout following the players delivering food to the Big Blue Madness campers each year.

Lee also cares about his own teammates and fellow athletes. He’s a mainstay in volunteering projects for UK Athletics events like the back to school picnic and the National Student-Athlete Day. In the spring of 2015, one of the UK gymnasts was diagnosed with cancer. Lee was one of the biggest supporters in encouraging his fellow athletes to send get well cards, messages and phone calls to her during chemotherapy. During UK’s annual CATSPYs presentation, he took the time to have the entire auditorium cheer for support with a live Facetime call so she could see the entire department standing and supporting her.

Perhaps his biggest undertaking has been the friendship he has formed with a young boy named Kelly. He makes sure he goes to the hospital every time Kelly is in town. The two often Facetime and talk over the phone. This summer, Lee and a friend, Max Godby, took Kelly to Kings Island, a theme park in Cincinnati. The bond they share has aided each individual in his own way. Kelly has gained a friend who encourages him and is always there for him. Lee is a student-athlete who Kelly can look up to as a model citizen, a good student and a man who loves to give back and care for individuals. Lee has learned from Kelly to treat all people with kindness and love, to relish time spent with loved ones, resiliency and bouncing back from any adversity, and to remain a kid at heart.

Lee is enjoying the most successful season of his three-year career in helping UK race out to a 7-0 start to the season and a No. 1 national ranking. He is averaging career highs in points (8.3) and rebounds (7.6) while charting the first two double-doubles of his career, including a 10-point, 10-rebound performance against No. 5 Duke in the State Farm Champions Classic.

In its fourth year, the Good Works Teams recognizes players at all levels of college basketball who have made outstanding contributions in the areas of volunteerism and civic involvement. From establishing nonprofits that provide youth with the necessary tools to become leaders of tomorrow, to raising awareness around pertinent issues that could save lives, these student-athletes exhibit impeccable leadership skills both on and off the court. The five-member Division I team will be announced Feb. 6.

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

Union College Moves Up to No. 6 in New NAIA DII Poll

Union College (9-3) is up one spot to No. 6 in the new NAIA Division II Men's Basketball Top 25 Coaches' Poll.

1 2 Indiana Wesleyan (6) 6-1 306
2 1 Cornerstone (Mich.) (4) 8-1 300
3 3 Davenport (Mich.) (1) 9-1 297
4 11 St. Francis (Ill.) (1) 6-0 280
5 22 Bethel (Ind.) 9-0 262
6 7 Union (Ky.) 9-3 252
7 RV Oregon Tech 7-0 248
8 24 Dakota Wesleyan (S.D.) 7-2 245
9 5 Olivet Nazarene (Ill.) 4-1 243
10 NR Marian (Ind.) 9-0 207
11 9 Briar Cliff (Iowa) 6-2 202
12 RV College of the Ozarks (Mo.) 7-1 201
13 NR Southern Oregon 7-2 186
14 23 Southeastern (Fla.) 5-1 184
15 NR Waldorf (Iowa) 4-1 175
16 8 Bellevue (Neb.) 7-4 145
17 25 Warner (Fla.) 4-1 133
18 21 Robert Morris (Ill.) 6-2 122
19 4 Saint Francis (Ind.) 5-3 120
20 6 College of Idaho 5-4 117
21 20 Tabor (Kan.) 9-2 114
22 NR WVU Tech 6-3 111
23 NR Hastings (Neb.) 6-2 83
24 NR Rochester (Mich.) 7-0 76
25 RV Cal Maritime 6-3 70

Others receiving votes: Valley City State (N.D.) 56; Grace (Ind.) 38; Concordia (Neb.) 32; Corban (Ore.) 20; Mount Mercy (Iowa) 17; Jamestown (N.D.) 17; Indiana East 16; Milligan (Tenn.) 15; Southwestern (Kan.) 14; Aquinas (Mich.) 13; Goshen (Ind.) 12; St. Thomas (Fla.) 7.

EKU's Nick Mayo Earns OVC Freshman Honors for Second Straight Week

Eastern Kentucky University's Nick Mayo was named OVC Freshman of the Week on Monday for the second consecutive week.

Here's a release from the OVC:


Nick Mayo, F • Fr., 6-9, 220 • Oakland, Maine • Eastern Kentucky

Mayo earned his second-straight OVC Freshman of the Week honor after averaging 19.5 points, 4.0 rebounds, 1.5 assists and 1.0 blocks/game and hitting 75 percent (18-of-24) from the field in a pair of Eastern Kentucky victories last week. The freshman opened the week with a season-best 21 points on 9-of-11 shooting (1-of-1 3-pointers) in a win over Thomas More. He followed that by hitting 9-of-13 field goals and scoring 18 points in a win over Southern Utah. In that victory he added six rebounds, a block and assist. Mayo is currently averaging 12.7 points/game, which is tops among all freshmen in the OVC.

Others Nominated: Jared Hamilton, Jacksonville State; Carlos Anderson, SIUE; Tre Hansbrough, Tennessee Tech.

Bellarmine Drops to No. 22/24 After Two Losses

Bellarmine University dropped all the way to No. 22/24 in the two national polls this week following losses to Findlay and Midwestern State.

Kentucky Wesleyan is receiving votes in the NABC/Division II rankings.

NCAA Division II Media Poll, Presented by D2SIDA National Poll (Week 3, December 1)

Rank School (First Place Votes) Record Votes Last Week
1 West Liberty (12) 5-0 373 4
2 Minn. State-Moorhead 6-1 336 6
3 Midwestern State (1) 5-1 325 5
4 Central Missouri 6-0 311 8
5 King (1) 5-0 302 9
6 Cal Poly Pomona 6-0 296 16
7 Angelo State 7-0 294 14
8 Ferris State (1) 6-0 279 17
9 Southern Conn. State 4-0 267 10
10 Union (Tenn.) 6-0 242 21
11 Tarleton State 5-1 234 2
12 Augustana (S.D.) (1) 4-1 231 13
13 UC San Diego 5-0 218 NR
14 Western Oregon 6-0 168 11
15 Lenoir-Rhyne 6-0 145 T23
16 Fairmont State 5-0 144 20
17 California Baptist 8-1 124 3
18 Ashland 5-0 122 RV
19 Delta State 5-1 119 RV
20 Saint Anselm 6-0 113 22
21 Barry (Fla.) 4-1 101 15
22 Bellarmine 4-2 79 1
23 UNC Pembroke 5-1 78 19
24 Fort Hays State 5-0 46 NR
25 Lewis 5-1 43 NR

Also receiving votes: Concord (42), Alabama-Huntsville (30), Lincoln Memorial (26), Colorado Mines (24), Fort Lewis (19), Seattle Pacific (11), Minnesota State-Mankato (10), Florida Southern (5), Queens (4), Stonehill (4), Chico State (3), Philadelphia (2), Azusa Pacific (1)

NABC/Division II Rankings
(Dec. 1, 2015 - Poll #2)
RecordPointsLast Week
1.West Liberty, W.Va. (15)5-03992
2.Southern Connecticut State4-03627
3.Augustana, S.D.4-13316
4.Western Oregon6-032810
5.Cal Poly Pomona6-031012
6.Minnesota State-Moorhead6-13059
7.Angelo State, Texas7-030313
8.Fairmont State, W.Va. (1)5-026314
9.Tarleton State, Texas5-12561
10.California Baptist8-12414
11.King, Tenn.5-024015
12.Central Missouri6-022116
13.Ferris State, Mich.6-021018
14.Midwestern State, Texas5-114611
15.Lincoln Memorial, Tenn.4-113017
16.Seattle Pacific, Wash.5-111923
17.Rollins, Fla.7-011124
18.Colorado School of Mines5-110621
20.UNC Pembroke5-19520
21.Queens, N.C.5-09422
22.UC San Diego5-093NR
23.Chico State, Calif.4-1768
24.Bellarmine, Ky.4-2673
25.Philadelphia, Pa.6-13025
Others receiving votes: Ashland (Ohio) 26, Grand Valley State (Mich.) 23, Fort Lewis (Colo.) 22, Union (Tenn.) 20, Saint Anselm (N.H.) 19, Fort Hays State (Kan.) 18, Barry (Fla.) 16, Lenoir-Rhyne (N.C.) 15, Kentucky Wesleyan 14, Columbus State (Ga.) 13, Drury (Mo.) 12, Northwest Missouri State 12, Colorado State-Pueblo 10, West Chester (Pa.) 9, Central Washington 7, Delta State (Miss.) 6, Pittsburg State (Kan.) 6, Western Washington 6, Azusa Pacific (Calif.) 4, Lake Superior State (Mich.) 2, Morehouse (Ga.) 2, Arkansas-Fort Smith 1, Concord (W.Va.) 1, St. Edward's (Texas) 1.

Northern Kentucky Comes Up Short at North Carolina A&T

North Carolina A&T 74
Northern Kentucky 63

Final from Greensboro, North Carolina

Game recap by NKU:

GREENSBORO, N.C. – Jalen Billups tallied 20 points, but the Northern Kentucky University men's basketball team fell to North Carolina A&T, 74-63, on Monday night.

One of the nation's leaders in shooting, Billups reached 20 points on 8-of-13 shooting from the floor. He added a game-high-tying seven rebounds.

Deontae Cole gave NKU a 39-37 advantage headed into intermission with a tip-in as time expired. Billups tallied 13 points in the frame for the Norse and Sam Hunt paced the Aggies with 22.

The second half started slowly, but after NC A&T built an eight-point margin at 56-48 Billups came through with back-to-back slams. The first came on Tyler White's assist on a fast break. Billups' second flush came at the expense of the Aggies' leading scorer Bruce Beckford, who was whistled for a foul.

NKU later whittled its deficit to three, 61-58, following a pair of White free throws and another Billups bucket.

An 8-0 run from NC A&T pushed the Aggies in front by 11, but NKU responded with a triple and layup from Lavone Holland to close the gap to six, 69-63. However, the Aggies converted five free throws down the stretch to seal the game.

Holland gave NKU its second double-figure scorer with 13 points. He chipped in seven boards as well.

Northern Kentucky closes its three-game road trip on Saturday at Eastern Illinois. Game time is scheduled for 8 p.m. (ET).

Western Kentucky Sinks Eastern Kentucky with Justin Johnson's First Career 3-Pointer

Western Kentucky 86
Eastern Kentucky 84

Final from Bowling Green, Kentucky

Game recap by WKU:

BOWLING GREEN, Ky. (AP) Justin Johnson, who finished with 22 points, nailed the first 3-pointer of his career with 1.9 seconds left to give WKU an 86-84 victory over Eastern Kentucky on Tuesday night.

WKU (4-3) led for most of the second half and was ahead 83-81 with 35 seconds remaining. Jarelle Reischel hit a 3-pointer to give the Colonels an 84-83 lead with 19 seconds left.

Johnson was looking to pass the ball as the seconds ticked off, but hit his only trey for the win.

Aaron Cosby made 8 of 11 from long range for 26 points to lead the Hilltoppers. Johnson was 10 of 15 from the floor and grabbed 11 rebounds. Chris McNeal had nine points and handed out six assists.

Jaylen Babb-Harrison was 6 of 7 from beyond the arc for 18 points to lead Eastern Kentucky (6-2). JaVontae Hawkins had 17 points and Reischell finished with 16 points

Tuesday, December 1, 2015

Kentucky Still No. 1; Louisville Moves Into Top 25 Despite Pitino's Concerns About Scandal

Kentucky remains No. 1 this week in both major college basketball polls.

Maryland is No. 2 and Michigan State is No. 3 in both rankings.

The Louisville Cardinals are no in the top 25 in both polls despite concerns expressed by Rick Pitino over the weekend.

During his postgame press conference after Saint Louis, Pitino said this about the top 25:

On why he thinks Louisville isn't ranked: I just think we're just ignored. There's so much talk about other things, they didn't really focus in on basketball, but that's OK. It makes you hungry. Not since 1987 have I coached a group with this type of character as people. Not since 1987, and I've had some really good teams and good guys. These guys have nothing to do with anything. They're all new, and they're fun to coach.

AP Top 25

1 Kentucky (59) 6-0 1,619
2 Maryland (4) 6-0 1,512
3 Michigan State (2) 7-0 1,510
4 Kansas 4-1 1,342
5 Iowa State 5-0 1,338
6 Oklahoma 4-0 1,269
7 Duke 6-1 1,253
8 Villanova 6-0 1,218
9 North Carolina 5-1 1,155
10 Virginia 5-1 965
11 Purdue 6-0 904 12 Xavier 7-0 801 13 Gonzaga 4-1 788 14 Syracuse 6-0 696 15 Oregon 5-0 628 16 Vanderbilt 5-1 587 17 Cincinnati 7-0 551 18 Texas A&M 6-1 522 19 Arizona 6-1 504 20 West Virginia 6-0 363 21 Miami (FL) 5-1 289 22 SMU 4-0 256 23 Providence 6-1 247 24 Louisville 5-0 173 25 Baylor 4-1 162

Others receiving votes: Connecticut 153, Utah 72, Butler 62, George Washington 45, Indiana 26, Northern Iowa 25, Notre Dame 22, California 19, Pittsburgh 11, Dayton 8, South Carolina 5, San Diego State 5, Georgetown 4, UTEP 3, Iowa 2, Northwestern 2, LSU 2, Arkansas-Little Rock 2, Davidson 1, Colorado State 1, Northeastern 1, Louisiana Tech 1, Monmouth 1

USA Today Coaches Poll

1 Kentucky (29) 6-0 797
2 Maryland (3) 6-0 759
3 Michigan State 7-0 720
4 Iowa State 5-0 652
5 Duke 6-1 642
6 Kansas 4-1 615
7 Villanova 6-0 613
8 Oklahoma 4-0 607
9 North Carolina 5-1 549
10 Virginia 5-1 495
11 Purdue 6-0 456 12 Gonzaga 4-1 376 13 Vanderbilt 5-1 343 14 Arizona 6-1 320 15 West Virginia 6-0 299 16 Oregon 5-0 291 17 Cincinnati 7-0 282 18 Xavier 7-0 280 19 Syracuse 6-0 221 20 Texas A&M 6-1 175 21 Miami (FL) 5-1 145 22 Louisville 5-0 141 23 Baylor 4-1 113 24 Providence 6-1 110 25 Butler 4-1 65

Others receiving votes: Utah 62, Connecticut 53, California 43, Indiana 35, LSU 29, Notre Dame 25, George Washington 17, Dayton 11, Saint Mary's 10, Davidson 10, UNLV 9, Pittsburgh 8, Iowa 5, Monmouth 5, South Carolina 4, Northern Iowa 3, Florida 2, Wichita St 2, UTEP 1

UK's Murray, Lee and Briscoe Postgame After Win Over Illinois State

Kentucky's Marcus Lee, Jamal Murray and Isaiah Briscoe talk to the media following last night's win over Illinois State:

Illinois State's Dan Muller and Players Discuss Kentucky Game, Rupp Arena and More

Illinois State  head coach Dan Muller along with players MiKyle McIntosh and DeVaughn Akoon-Purcell talked to the media following last night's game at Rupp Arena.

Muller compared the atmospheres at San Diego State and Rupp Arena. He also discussed a potential game between Kentucky and Maryland (ISU has played both).

Check out their comments:

Ellen Calipari Serves as "Y" in Kentucky Cheer on Her Birthday

Coach Cal's wife, Ellen, served as the celebratory "Y" in the Kentucky cheer at Rupp Arena last night.

Yesterday was also Ellen's birthday.

Happy birthday Ellen!

John Calipari Postgame Thoughts After Illinois State Game

Check out John Calipari's postgame thoughts after last night's win over Illinois State:

Update on Tyler Ulis:

Q. Tyler Ulis’ status:

COACH CALIPARI: I doubt he practices tomorrow. We're going to travel and practice out in L.A. But, I would tell you, he probably needs to practice the next day, Wednesday, before we play on Thursday to see if he can go. If he can't go, we'll go as is. We'll play with what we have.

Highlights: Kentucky 75 Illinois State 63

Here are all the highlights from Kentucky's 75-63 win over Illinois State last night (video by Kentucky Wildcats TV on YouTube):

No. 1 Kentucky Misses Tyler Ulis, But Gets Past Illinois State

(1) Kentucky 75
Illinois State 63

Final from Lexington, Kentucky

It was clear from the opening tip that Kentucky is a different team without sophomore point guard Tyler Ulis, but the No. 1 Wildcats managed to overcome a tough Illinois State team 75-63 Monday night at Rupp Arena.

Ulis, who injured his elbow in Kentucky's win over South Florida, did not play for Kentucky (7-0).

"It was a big difference," Briscoe said of playing with Ulis. "We missed him out there. He's our leader and floor general."

Isaiah Briscoe led Kentucky with 18 points and 7 rebounds. Briscoe had a team-high 3 assists, but also struggled a bit with 5 turnovers. Jamal Murray added 16 points. Marcus Lee came off the bench to provide 13 points and 12 boards.

Kentucky was just 2-for-12 from the three-point line. The Wildcats managed 29-for-46 shooting at the free throw line.

DeVaughn Akoon-Purcell led Illinois State (3-5) with 22 points and 6 rebounds. MiKyle McIntosh, who once played for 22 Feet Academy, chipped in 14 points.

The top-ranked Wildcats will not journey to the West coast for a battle against UCLA at historic Pauley Pavilion.

Box Score (click to enlarge):

Monday, November 30, 2015

December is Here: Schedule for the Week

This will be a busy week of college basketball action around the Commonwealth.

The week is highlighted by conference action, a Kentucky trip to UCLA and an in-state rivalry game between EKU and WKU.

Here's a look at the complete schedule:

Monday, November 30

7:00 p.m. Northern Kentucky University at North Carolina A&T
7:00 p.m. Illinois State at University of Kentucky
TBA IU Southeast at Campbellsville University

Tuesday, December 1

7:00 p.m. Morthland College at Brescia University
8:00 p.m. Eastern Kentucky University at Western Kentucky University
8:00 p.m. Alice Lloyd College at Kentucky Christian University

Wednesday, December 2

6:30 p.m. Hanover at  Center College
7:00 p.m. Indiana-Southeast at Transylvania University
7:15 p.m. University of Louisville at Michigan State
7:30 p.m. Waynesburg at Thomas More College*
7:30 p.m. Truett-McConnell at Union College*
8:00 p.m. Morehead State University at Saint Louis
8:00 p.m. Murray State University at Houston
8:00 p.m. Westminster College at Spalding University*

Thursday, December 3

7:00 p.m. Kentucky Christian University at Wofford (Exhibition)
7:00 p.m. Georgetown College at Life University*
7:30 p.m. Paine College at Kentucky State University*
8:00 p.m. St. Catharine College at Cumberland University*
8:00 p.m. Illinois Springfield at Bellarmine University*
9:00 p.m. University of Kentucky at UCLA
9:00 p.m. Campbellsville University at Lindsey Wilson College*

Friday, December 4

4:00 p.m. Berea College vs. Fisk University (at Asbury)
7:00 p.m. Brescia University at Boyce College
8:00 p.m. IU Northwest at Asbury University

Saturday, December 5

Noon Grand Canyon at University of Louisville
1:00 p.m. Kentucky Christian University at Piedmont International*
2:00 p.m. Berea College vs. IU Northwest (at Asbury)
2:00 p.m. Univeristy of Pikeville at Cincinnati-Clermont
3:00 p.m. University of the Cumberlands at IU Southeast
3:00 p.m. Claflin University at Kentucky State University*
3:00 p.m. Eureka College at Spalding University*
3:15 p.m. McKendree University at Bellarmine University*
3:30 p.m. Thomas More College at Westminster*
4:00 p.m. Georgetown College at Martin Methodist
4:00 p.m. Transylvania University at Bluffton*
5:00 p.m. St. Catharine College at Lindsey Wilson College*
5:00 p.m. Campbellsville University at Cumberland University*
6:00 p.m. St. Andrews at Union College*
6:00 p.m. Fisk University at Asbury University
7:00 p.m. Morehead State University at Indiana
8:00 p.m. Eastern Kentucky University at Savannah State University
8:00 p.m. Northern Kentucky University at Eastern Illinois
8:30 p.m. Evansville at Murray State University
8:30 p.m. Western Kentucky University at Xavier
TBA Alice Lloyd College at Point Park University*

Sunday, December 6

3:00 p.m. Brescia University at IU Kokomo*
3:00 p.m. Bluefield State at Kentucky Wesleyan College
TBA Alice Lloyd College at Carlow University*

* Conference Game

Tyler Ulis Will Not Play for Kentucky Tonight

Kentucky point guard Tyler Ulis is in street clothes on the UK bench during pregame activities at Rupp Arena.

Ulis, who injured his elbow Friday night against South Florida, will not play tonight vs. Illinois State.

Taylor County Head Coach Richard Gatewood, Jr. Talks About the Upcoming Season

Taylor County will be one of Kentucky's top high school teams this season. Senior guard Quentin Goodin will also be the early leader for Mr. Basketball.

Here is head coach Richard Gatewood, Jr. discussing his team and the upcoming season with KySports.TV:

Malik Monk Drops 46 Points in High School Game

Check out the ridiculous highlights from Malik Monk's last high school games - he dropped 46 points, including an incredible dunk:

Marshall Assistant, Former Duke Star Chris Duhon Suspended Following DUI Arrest

Marshall University assistant coach Chris Duhon has been suspended following a DUI arrest.

Duhon, a former Duke University star, was reportedly arrested on a charge of aggravated DUI early this morning.

Here are more details from The Herald-Dispatch in Huntington:

The charge stemmed from an incident in Putnam County.

Duhon, 33, was booked at the Western Regional Jail in Barboursville at 4:15 a.m. He was released on a $1,000 bond.

Marshall University's athletic department issued a statement saying Duhon has been suspended for a violation of department rules and policies.

Complete Article

University of the Cumberlands Goes 2-0 in Bluefield College Classic

The University of the Cumberlands (UC) Men's Basketball team headed into the Bluefield College Classic on Friday looking to redeem themselves after dropping a one-point loss to St. Thomas on Wednesday. The Patriots faced the Fighting Yellow Jackets of Allen University in the opening day of play before taking on Methodist College on Saturday. UC looked solid in both games as they came away with two victories, moving their overall record on the season to 5-3.

UC came out strong in the first half against Allen University and held a 13 point lead at halftime. The Yellow Jackets would make a push, but the consistent play in the second half was enough for the Patriots to hold on for the 70-66 victory over Allen.

University of the Cumberlands 70 Allen University 66

BY THE NUMBERS vs. Allen University

•Michael Dow (Melbourne, Australia) came off the bench to lead the Patriots with 16 points.
•Tre Boutilier (North Preston, Canada) added 14 points while pulling down 5 rebounds.
•Temjae Singleton (Los Angeles, CA) chipped in 12 points and 5 rebounds.
•The Yellow Jackets were led by Ivory Drummer who poured in 20 points.
•UC shot 47.4% from the field and 56.3% from the free-throw line. •The Yellow Jackets forced the Patriots to turn the ball over 14 times while only committing 10 turnovers. UC won the rebound battle though, 31-27.

The Patriots then would take on the Monarchs of Methodist College in the final day of play in the Bluefield College Classic on Saturday. A solid rebounding and defensive effort by the Patriots made up for a below average night of shooting as UC earned the 69-55 victory.

University of the Cumberlands 69 Methodist College 55

BY THE NUMBERS vs. Methodist College

•Tre Boutilier led the Patriots while recording a double-double, scoring 15 points and pulling down 11 rebounds.
•Michael Dow added 14 points and grabbed 3 boards.
•Temjae Singleton chipped in 13 points of his own.
•The Monarchs were led by Tabias Hillard and Brandon Monk who contributed 12 points apiece.
•UC shot 38.7% from the field and 58.9% from the free-throw line.
•The Patriots forced the Monarchs to turn the ball over 19 times while only committing 14 turnovers and dominated the rebounding column 41-25.


The Patriots will be back in action Saturday, December 5th as they travel to New Albany, Indiana to take on the Grenadiers of Indiana University Southeast. Tipoff is scheduled for 3 pm.

Complete Recap

Tyler Ulis Questionable for Tonight's Game vs. Illinois State

Kentucky point guard Tyler Ulis is questionable for tonight's game against Illinois State.

Ulis suffered an elbow injury during the Wildcats' win over South Florida Friday night.

Adam Zagoria talked to Ulis' father, who gave an encouraging update:

Here are Calipari's comments via

“You’re concerned about his health. Right now it’s just early. He won’t practice today just for the fact that I don’t want to have him banged up in a practice,” said Calipari Sunday. “Knowing him he’ll want to play, but we’ll just have to see. I mean, we’re playing a good team. Illinois State, I watched their Maryland game. They had Maryland beat. They’ve got their quick guard, (Paris) Lee; I’m not sure what we’ll be able to do with him. They’ve got a kid (DeVaughn Akoon-)Purcell that’s scoring 16-17 a game.

“Will be a tough matchup for us depending on how we play. They’ve got some veteran guys. They run. It’s not Princeton (offense); it’s more like a five-out where you’ve got to play it like you’re playing Princeton. But they do good stuff. So we’ve got a hard game. And without Tyler now, you have to understand the last six minutes of that half (against South Florida) and what we did the first five or six minutes of that second half, that was without Tyler. We were really good. It’s just they couldn’t sustain it.

“That’s what Tyler does. Tyler just keeps coming and he does not stop and he’s not going to make mistakes to let another team get back in the game. That’s the difference. That’s the experience.”

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Sunday, November 29, 2015

Murray State Squeaks By Alabama A&M

Murray State 63
Alabama A&M 61

Final from Murray, Kentucky

Game recap by MSU:

The Murray State Racers moved their home win streak to 18 with a 63-61 win over the Alabama A&M Bulldogs Saturday night at the CFSB Center in Murray, Ky.

Led by Wayne Langston's first MSU double-double of 13 points and 12 rebounds, and 16 points from Gee McGhee, the Racers upped their record to 5-2. Bryce Jones added 12 points to the Racer attack.

This was a come-from-behind win for Murray State, after it looked bleak at the 6:43 mark and the Bulldogs in front 56-52.

The Racers locked down and held AAMU to 1-of-7 from the field in the final minutes and hit some large free throws. Langston hit a pair at the line to tie it 56-56 with 4:26 left and Jeffery Moss' jumper tied it again 58-58 with 2:37 left. Langston hit a free throw to give MSU the lead for good with 1:42. Still, AAMU had the last shot at the buzzer, but a would-be tying jumper fell off the rim and the Racers had their third win in their last four outings.

MSU led 40-34 at the half while hitting half of their 30 attempts; they found a way to win even with shooting 23 percent in the second half on 6-of-26 shots. MSU's defensive effort helped hold the Bulldogs to 32 percent in the second half on 9-of-28.

The Racers trailed by only one rebound total, but managed to limited AAMU to three offensive rebounds in the second half.

Murray State has a challenging week ahead when they play at Houston Wednesday and come home Saturday (Dec. 5) to host Evansville.

Complete Recap

Morehead State Cruises Past Southern Miss

Morehead State 61
Southern Miss 46

Final from Morehead, Kentucky

Game recap by MSU:

MOREHEAD, Ky. - The Morehead State Eagles defeated the Southern Miss Golden Eagles, 61-46, on Saturday afternoon at Johnson Arena. Morehead State improves to 4-1 on the season, while Southern Miss falls to 0-4.

"We didn't shoot particularly well today, but we shared the ball exceptionally well and shots just didn't fall," said head coach Sean Woods. "I respect (Southern Miss) Coach (Doc) Sadler. He doesn't really have the personnel he wants right now so he packed it in and made us knock down shots. We dominated on the glass like I wanted us too, and we played very good defense. I can't really ask for much more than that."

The Eagles started the game on an 8-0 run and never looked back, leading the entire way. They led by as many as 24, at 60-36, with just under four minutes to go.

MSU finished the game shooting 38 percent from the field, compared to Southern Miss' 34 percent. The Eagles won the rebounding battle, 43-24, led by junior DeJuan Marrero, who finished with six boards.

Morehead State dominated the game down low, outscoring Southern Miss, 24-4, in the paint.

Sophomore guard Miguel Dicent and junior guard Corban Collins led the Eagles in scoring with 12 points each, they also finished with a team-high four assists.

"We defended really well today, and that helped us on the offensive end," said Dicent. "The beauty of our team right now is that we are very deep. Everyone who comes in knows their role, and we are starting to play really well together."

Senior Lyonell Gaines contributed nine points, senior Brent Arrington notched seven, while senior Anthony Elechi and junior Xavier Moon each finished with six.

The Eagles now go on a four-game road trip, beginning at St Louis on Wednesday at 8 p.m. ET.

Eastern Kentucky Knocks Off Southern Utah for 5th Straight Win

Eastern Kentucky 98
Southern Utah 84

Final from Richmond, Kentucky

Game recap by EKU:

RICHMOND, Ky. - Senior K.J. Bluford came off the bench in the first half to knock down four three-pointers on four straight possessions, giving the Eastern Kentucky University men's basketball team a cushion it would never relinquish in a 98-85 victory over Southern Utah on Saturday afternoon at McBrayer Arena.

EKU trailed in the first half, 12-11, until junior Jaylen Babb-Harrison connected on a three that put the Colonels up 14-12 with 12:47 showing on the clock. With Eastern still clinging to a 19-17 lead, Bluford blew the game open by sinking four consecutive three-pointers to extend the margin to 31-19 at the 7:29 mark.

The Colonels had a nine point lead at halftime, 42-33. Freshman Nick Mayo scored the first basket of the second half to extend the margin to 11 points. EKU maintained a double digit lead the rest of the game.

Senior Jarelle Reischel's offensive rebound and put-back with 8:11 left in the game gave Eastern Kentucky its largest lead of 19 points, 78-59.

Junior JaVontae Hawkins led Eastern in scoring with 20 points. He also grabbed six boards, dished three assists and came up with three steals. Reischel was close behind with 19 points, followed by Mayo at 18. Bluford went 4-for-7 from three-point range and finished with 14 points.

Complete Recap

NOTE: The Colonels are currently averaging 93.7 points per game, which ranks 6th in the nation.

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