Saturday, December 26, 2015

Tyler Ulis Named MVP of Louisville vs. Kentucky Game

Tyler Ulis has been named MVP of the Louisville vs. Kentucky game for the second year in a row:

LEXINGTON – The Bluegrass Sports Commission (BSC) named Kentucky’s Tyler Ulis the winner of its Most Valuable Player award of today’s men’s basketball game between the University of Kentucky and the University of Louisville. Ulis also took home the award last year and becomes the first two-time recipient of the award since its inception in 2010.

No. 11/12 Kentucky moved its record to a 10-2 with the 75-73 win over No. 16/15 Louisville who falls to 11-2 on the year.

A native of Chicago, Ulis finished with a career-high 21 points and added a game-high eight assists in the two-point win. The 5-9 sophomore added one rebound, one steal and one block in the game.

“The Bluegrass Sports Commission congratulates Tyler and the Kentucky Wildcats on their win,” said BSC President Brian Miller. “Today's game put the Commonwealth on center stage and showed the tremendous impact sports play in our communities.”

Ulis’ back-to-back honor (2014) adds him to the list of previous award winners including Josh Harrellson (UK-2010), Michael Kidd-Gilchrist (UK-2011), Russ Smith (UofL-2012) and James Young (UK-2013).

This award winner, which is presented annually, was selected by a committee of the BSC Board of Directors.

Kentucky Survives Louisville Comeback to Earn Rivalry Win

(12) Kentucky 75
(16) Louisville 73

Final from Lexington, Kentucky

No. 12 Kentucky survived a ferocious Louisville comeback attempt and knocked off the Cardinals 75-73 Saturday afternoon at Rupp Arena.

The Wildcats (10-2) held a 16-point lead early in the second half but the No. 16 Cardinals went on a long, methodical run. Louisville cut the lead down to 75-73 but missed a potential game-winner at the final buzzer.

Sophomore Tyler Ulis led Kentucky with 21 points and 8 assists. Ulis was 4-for-7 from long range and only had 1 turnover in the game. Alex Poythress added 14 points and 6 rebounds.

Dominique Hawkins came off the bench to contribute 13 points, including a huge three-pointer in the closing minutes. Hawkins saw an increase in minutes due to a pregame injury to Isaiah Briscoe. Briscoe was dressed but did not play in the game.

Jamal Murray finished with 12 points and 6 rebounds for Kentucky, but also had a game-high 7 turnovers.

Louisville (11-2) was led by Damion Lee with 27 points. Trey Lewis chipped in 15 points for the Cardinals.

Kentucky will have a week off before opening Southeastern Conference play against Ole Miss next Saturday at 7:00 p.m.

Louisville returns to action next Sunday against Wake Forest in Atlantic Coast Conference action.

John Calipari Trolls Rick Pitino During Halftime Interview

John Calipari and Rick Pitino both earned technical fouls in the first half of today's rivalry game.

When asked about his technical foul during a halftime interview, Calipari took the opportunity to troll Pitino a little.

"I didn't deserve mine," Calipari quipped. "He (Pitino) probably deserved his."

That statement is vintage John Calipari.

Kentucky's Isaiah Briscoe is Out vs. Louisville

Kentucky's Isaiah Briscoe will not play against Louisville today after turning his ankle in pregame.

According to CBS, Briscoe gave it a go after the injury and was unable to perform.

That's a tough loss for the Wildcats.

UPDATE: Briscoe is injured and did not start for Kentucky but he could still enter the game off the bench.

Friday, December 25, 2015

Dick Vitale Picks His Winner of the Louisville vs. Kentucky Game

ESPN's Dick Vitale gave his prediction for tomorrow's Louisville vs. Kentucky game.

Here's what Dickie V thinks:

Rick Pitino Shares a Few Thoughts on Kentucky Game

Louisville head coach Rick Pitino shared a nugget or two on his site about how he plans to approach tomorrow's game at Kentucky.

Here's what Coach Pitino said:

Our defense was not up to par compared to our passing and ball movement. Heading to Rupp Arena, need to keep our key players on the floor. Should be a fun game. Have a blessed and health holiday season. 

 Coach P

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Wednesday, December 23, 2015

Chris Harrison-Docks Suspended Indefinitely at Western Kentucky

Western Kentucky University has suspended junior guard Chris Harrison-Docks indefinitely "for not meeting expected team standard."

Here are details from BGDailyNews.com:

The guard was suspended indefinitely Tuesday before the Hilltoppers' game against Detroit "for not meeting expected team standards," team spokesman Michael Schroeder announced.

Harrison-Docks played in WKU's first 11 games this season, starting one. He's averaged 10.2 points, 1.1 rebounds, 2.4 assists, 0.4 steals and 1.3 turnovers per contest.

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John Wall Makes Christmas Happen for Family in Need

Former Kentucky star John Wall made Christmas happen for a family in need recently.

Wall's foundation helped provide Christmas for a family who a mother and two children who escaped an abusive situation.

Here are more details from ABC11.com:

"I was actually shopping for Ian when Kendrick called me and told me what was happening," Quay said. "And I cried because I couldn't do this, and I'm grateful."

Life hasn't been easy. Quay rescued herself and her two children earlier this year, leaving her abusive husband of 19 years. Eleven-year-old Ian, who is autistic, was often on the wrong end of his father's anger. He now lives in an area group home. And it's been an incredible help.

"He used to act out and be violent and he's calm and he's able to go to school for a full day," Quay said. "He is able to use the bathroom without accidents. He's eating better, he's drinking better, he's just functioning better."

Quay is doing her best to make ends meet. But Christmas wasn't going to be a reality. That's when the John Wall Family Foundation stepped in.

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Donnie Tyndall, Southern Miss to Meet with NCAA's Committee on Infractions in January

According to Gary Parrish of CBS Sports, Southern Miss officials and former head coach Donnie Tyndall will meet with the NCAA's committee on infractions in Indianapolis on January 21.

Former assistant coach Adam Howard is also scheduled to meet with NCAA officials.

Here is an excerpt:

Southern Miss officials -- as well as former coach Donnie Tyndall and ex-assistant Adam Howard -- are scheduled to appear before the NCAA's committee on infractions in Indianapolis on Jan. 21, a source has told CBS Sports.

This is the next step in USM's case with the NCAA.

Southern Miss has already self-imposed postseason bans for 2015 and 2016.

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Louisville Passes Kentucky in CBS Sports Rankings

Kentucky has dropped all the way down to No. 18 in the CBS Sports Top 25 (and one) rankings following a bad loss to Ohio State in Brooklyn.

Meanwhile, Louisville has moved into the top 10 at No. 8.

The Cats and Cards will do battle Saturday in Rupp Arena.

(The CBS Sports Top 25 (and one) updates every morning throughout the season. Click this link to view each team's previous ranking, recent results, future schedule, etc.)

1.Michigan State (13-0)
2.Kansas (10-1)
3.Maryland (10-1)
4.Oklahoma (9-0)
5.Virginia (10-1)
6.Xavier (12-0)
7.North Carolina (10-2)
8.Louisville (10-1)
9.Providence (12-1)
10.Arizona (12-1)
11.Miami (10-1)
12.Butler (10-1)
13.Iowa State (10-1)
14.Villanova (9-2)
15.Purdue (12-1)
16.SMU (10-0)
17.West Virginia (10-1)
18.Kentucky (9-2)
19.Duke (9-2)
20.Cincinnati (10-3)
21.Texas A&M (9-2)
22.Baylor (8-2)
23.Connecticut (7-3)
24.UCLA (9-4)
25.Gonzaga (9-3)
26.Utah (10-2)

In: Utah
Out: George Washington

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Rick Pitino On the UMKC Win and Honoring Billy Minardi in Wake of Scandal

Here's what Rick Pitino had to say last night after Louisville's win over UMKC:



Over the weekend, Pitino made some comments about the scandal at Louisville and the Billy Minardi Classic.

"The fact that one thing might have gone on is a disgrace in my book," Pitino said about Minardi, who tragically lost his life during 9/11. "We are going to honor him the right way this time around and his legacy."

Here's an excerpt of Pitino's comments:

"We are going to honor Billy (Minardi) in the right fashion, unlike some of the things that went on (in the dorm named for Minardi involved in the alleged sex scandal), we are going to honor him the right way. We are very disturbed, what's true or what may not be true is not important to me," Pitino said.

"The fact that one thing might have gone on is a disgrace in my book. We are going to honor him the right way this time around and his legacy.

"There are a lot of great things from what we do during the tournament; to what we did with the dorm, to what Old Memorial Golf Course does with his statue. There is so many great things we do to try and help the people who lost loved ones during 9/11 from what happens in New York to what happens here. We are going to do it the right way. We have everyone coming back who was a part of it, to Mark Pope who knew Billy (Minardi) to Kareem (Richardson) and Kevin Keats who were a part of a championship team."

Louisville Destroys Missouri-Kansas City in Billy Minardi Classic

(16) Louisville 75
Missouri-Kansas City 47

Final from Louisville, Kentucky

Game recap by UL:

LOUISVILLE, Ky. (AP) -- Trey Lewis scored 17 points, Damion Lee added 14 and No. 16 Louisville pulled away from Missouri-Kansas City for a 75-47 victory Tuesday night.

After uneven play for most of the late-evening contest, the Cardinals (10-1) regrouped to mount a 9-0 run over 2:02 for a 60-39 lead with 8:17 remaining. Louisville went on to clinch an opening win in the Billy Minardi Classic. Lewis was the catalyst as he scored nine points after intermission and helped Louisville cruise down the stretch.

Lee made 5 of 8 from the field including two 3-pointers, while Jaylen Johnson, Chinanu Onuaku and Donovan Mitchell each had 10 points to help the Cardinals to their fifth win in a row. Louisville outrebounded UMKC 36-31 after playing even on the boards for much of the game.

Martez Harrison scored 12 points for UMKC (7-5), which shot just 30 percent as its two-game winning streak ended.

The game matched Louisville coach Rick Pitino against former Cardinals assistant Kareem Richardson, now in his third season as Kangaroos coach. Richardson's staff had included Andre McGee, who resigned Oct. 23 in the wake of allegations by escort Katina Powell in a book that the former Louisville staffer paid her and other dancers $10,000 to strip and have sex with Cardinals players and recruits from 2010-14.

The allegations cast a shadow over Louisville entering the season, but things have quieted down as several investigations continue. Pitino hasn't commented since late October and he tried to keep this week's focus on the Classic named for his late brother-in-law, who died in the terrorist attacks of Sept. 11, 2001.

With Pitino having mentored Richardson and other former Louisville assistants and players in this round-robin event, defense figured to be big. Louisville's mix of zone and man defenses helped build a lead it never lost despite some disjointed moments.

The Cardinals played without 6-foot-10 forward Mangok Mathiang, who's out six-to-eight weeks with a broken left foot sustained Saturday against Western Kentucky, and 7-footer Anas Mahmoud (ankle). But Louisville did just fine with a combination of Onuaku, Johnson, Ray Spalding and Matz Stockman despite being outrebounded 17-16 in the first half.

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Tuesday, December 22, 2015

Terrence Jones Dunks On Frank Kaminsky

Former Kentucky star Terrence Jones dunked over former Wisconsin big man Frank Kaminsky in the NBA tonight. 

After last season's Final Four debacle, I'm sure UK fans enjoy seeing Kaminsky on the receiving end of a Jones throw down:


University of Pikeville Blasts Carlow

(1) Pikeville 126
Carlow 70

Final from Pikeville, Kentucky

Game recap by UPIKE:

PIKEVILLE, Ky. -- It was all smiles in the East Ky. Expo Center Monday night as the top-ranked University of Pikeville men's basketball team had its best offensive showing of the season in a 126-70 win over Carlow (Pa.).

Among the season highs were the 126 points, 48 field goals, 14 3-pointers and 58.3 3-poiint percentage (14-24).

Three Bears (11-1) finished with 16 points, including starters K.K. Simmons and Macari Brooks, along with Jackson Hussey off the bench. Brooks finished with a double-double, adding 11 rebounds, and first-time starter Daniel Afeaki nearly joined him with seven points and 11 boards.

UPIKE's steady 3-point shooting helped it lead by as many as 34 points in the first half. For the game, Simmons was 4 for 5 from behind the arc, Rakes 3 of 5, Dmitri Reaves 3 of 6 and Hussey a perfect 2 for 2. The Bears outscored the Celtics 20-4 over the final five minutes of the first half.

It took about five minutes for the Bears to get going again in the second half, then they had a 14-5 run, followed by a 12-4 spurt shortly thereafter to blow things open.

P.J. McLaughlin did his best to keep Carlow (3-9) competitive, finishing with a game-high 19 points as the only Celtic to reach double figures. He also led the team with 10 rebounds, but UPIKE dominated the glass overall 56-28.

With UPIKE seemingly unable to miss, Carlow struggled from deep with a 5-of-23 showing while also giving the ball up 23 times, leading to a 27-9 Bear advantage in points off turnovers.

It was a steady domination from UPIKE as it slowly built its lead rather than going on any huge scoring runs. It's largest lead of the first half came on its last point, an Afeaki free throw, and the largest lead of the game came on Uzonna Akazi's final basket of the game with 22 seconds on the clock.

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John Calipari Talks About Moving Forward, Says It's Time to Get Back to Basics

Kentucky head coach John Calipari posted a message on social media today about his team and moving forward.










Campbellsville's Dii'jon Allen-Jordan Named Mid-South Conference Player of the Week

Campbellsville University's Dii'jon Allen-Jordan was named Mid-South Conference Player of the Week on Monday.

Here is a release from the league:

COLUMBIA, Ky. — Campbellsville's Dii'jon Allen-Jordan continued his recent success this past week and was honored as the Mid-South Conference Player of the Week, officials announced on Monday.

The honor is the first of the career for Allen-Jordan, as he also picked up NCCAA Player of the Week honors this earlier this season.

Allen-Jordan averaged 26 points and 10.7 rebounds this past week in three games. He recorded two double-doubles and narrowly missed a third while helping Campbellsville to wins over Philander Smith College, Asbury University and Truett-McConnell College.

He finished with a new career-high 29 points and grabbed 13 rebounds against Philander Smith and followed with 21 points and nine rebounds against Asbury.

He closed the week with 28 points and 10 rebounds against Truett-McConnell.

Allen-Jordan leads the Mid-South Conference averaging 9.8 rebounds per game while ranking sixth in the conference in scoring (17 ppg). His eight double-doubles ranks him No. 1 in the country.

Campbellsville will now have eight days off before playing its next game. The Tigers will hit the road before putting their home win-streak on the line with six-straight Mid-South Conference matchups in Powell Athletic Center. CU will travel to Greensboro College to start the New Year on Jan. 1 with tipoff at 1 p.m. ET and then travel to Wilmington College on Jan. 4 with tipoff at 7:30 p.m. Both games will broadcast live on the CU Sports Network, 88.7 The Tiger.

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.

Santa Claus is Coming to Town and the College Basketball Schedule is Light Around Kentucky

It's Christmas week and the basketball schedule around Kentucky is light.

I hope everyone has a Christmas break filled with peace, love and joy.

Here's the schedule for the week:

Monday, December 21

West Virginia 84 Eastern Kentucky University 59
University of Pikeville 126 Carlow 70

Tuesday, December 22

7:00 p.m. Ohio Wesleyan at Transylvania University
7:00 p.m. Murray State University at Wright State
8:00 p.m. Detroit at Western Kentucky University
9:00 p.m. Missouri-Kansas City at University of Louisville

Wednesday, December 23

1:00 p.m. Morehead State University at Davidson
7:00 p.m. IU Kokomo at Northern Kentucky University
7:00 p.m. Utah Valley at University of Louisville

Thursday, December 24

No Games

Friday, December 25

Christmas Day

Saturday, December 26

12:00 p.m. University of Louisville at University of Kentucky

Sunday, December 27

No Games

Centre College Goes 1-1 at HoopMIA D3 Holiday Shootout

Centre College went 1-1 at the HoopMIA D3 Holiday Shootout over the weekend.

North Central 73 Centre College 59

MIAMI, Fla. (CentreColonels.com) – The Centre men's basketball team dropped a 73-59 decision to North Central (Ill.) in the HoopMIA D3 Holiday Shootout at Florida Christian School in Miami, Fla. The Colonels saw their six-game winning streak snap with the loss, moving to 6-2 on the season. The Cardinals won their fourth straight contest to improve to 6-3 on the year.

Centre jumped out to a 9-4 advantage when senior forward Blake Scinta (Louisville, Ky.) knocked down a 3-pointer with 16:33 to play in the first half. The Cardinals then scored 23 unanswered points to take a 27-9 lead with 8:27 remaining in the opening period.

The Colonels responded with an 11-4 surge capped by a jumper by junior guard Matt Gump (Bellefontaine, Ohio) to shrink the North Central lead to 31-20 with 4:16 showing on the first half clock.

The Cardinals would build their lead back to 15 points at 40-25 at the half.

North Central then opened the second half on an 11-3 spurt to take its largest of the evening of 23 points at 51-28 with just under 16 minutes remaining in the game.

Centre used a 13-6 run fueled by five points by freshman guard Tucker Sine (Bowling Green, Ky.) to shrink the Cardinals' lead to 57-41 with 8:52 to play in the contest.

Sine knocked down another 3-pointer to cut the North Central lead to 14 points at 60-46 two minutes later. That is as close as the Colonels would come for the remainder of the game, as the Cardinals would hold on for the 73-59 win.

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Centre College 73 Stevenson 53

MIAMI, Fla. (CentreColonels.com) – Senior forward Blake Scinta (Louisville, Ky.) notched his fifth double-double of the season and freshman guard Carson Ebert (Willard, Ohio) knocked down 6-of-9 shots from behind the arc to lead the Centre men's basketball team to a 73-53 victory over Stevenson in the Colonels' second game in the HoopMIA D3 Holiday Shootout at Florida Christian School in Miami, Fla.

Scinta tallied 23 points to go along with a career-high 15 rebounds to pace Centre, while Ebert finished with a career-best 18 markers for the Colonels.

Centre boosted its record to 7-2 on the year with the win, while the Mustangs fell to 3-7.

With the score knotted at 22-22 after a layup by Stevenson's Erik Fisher, the Colonels used an 11-0 run to take a 33-22 lead with 2:22 remaining in the first half. Ebert ignited the surge with a 3-pointer, while Scinta and freshman guard Tucker Sine (Bowling Green, Ky.) each added four points during the spurt.

Centre would take a 35-24 advantage into the break, before opening the second half with an 8-0 run fueled by back-to-back 3-pointers by freshman guard Jarod Griffin (Lexington, Ky.) and Ebert. Scinta capped the run with a pair of free throws to give the Colonels a 43-24 lead with 17:42 showing on the second half clock.

Stevenson answered with a 9-2 surge of its own to cut the Centre advantage to 12 points at 45-33 with 11:31 left in the game, but that is as close as the Mustangs would come for the remainder of the contest.

The Colonels responded with a 10-4 run fueled by four points by sophomore forward Zach Schmucker (Cincinnati, Ohio) to regain a 55-37 advantage with just under eight minutes showing on the clock.

Centre would build its lead to as many as 23 points at 71-48 when senior forward Tyler Wesley (Crestwood, Ky.) completed the old-fashioned 3-point play with 3:01 remaining in the game.

Scinta connected on 6-of-12 field goals including 1-of-3 from downtown. The Louisville native drained 10-of-12 free throws as well. His previous career-high rebounding effort was 13 rebounds set earlier this season in the Colonels' 61-46 triumph at Transylvania.

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Berea College Splits Games at Black Tie Classic in Birmingham

Berea College went 1-1 at the Black Tie Classic hosted by Birmingham Southern over the weekend.

The Mountaineers (7-5) will be out of action until January 9.

Berea College 76 Belhaven University 63

Birmingham, AL - The men's basketball team competed in the Black Tie Classic hosted by Birmingham Southern College, held in Birmingham, AL. In their first match up of the Classic, Berea took on the Blazers of Belhaven University.

The Mountaineers fell behind quickly 8-2 after missing their first eight shots to begin the game. Berea came roaring back as they scored the next five points to cut the deficit to one. But after seeing their six point lead cut to one, the Blazers went on a 6-0 run to take a seven point advantage, 14-7 with 13:20 left in the first half. Over the next few minutes, the Mountaineers clawed their way back into the game, eventually taking their first lead of the game at 15-14 off a Dyonta Bizzle-Brown three point jump shot. With 9:38 left in the first half, Berea would take the lead and never trail again, as a Anthony Myrks lay-up gave the team a 19-18 lead and helped continue a 10-0 run which gave the team a seven point lead. The Mountaineers lead fell to three points at the 4:26 mark but the team used a 9-4 run to end the half, giving them a 36-28 lead at halftime. Dominique Garmon paced Berea in the first half with 12 points.

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Birmingham Southern 86 Berea College 73

Birmingham, AL - The second game of the Classic was against the host school Birmingham Southern College Panthers. After Berea scored the first basket of the game, the match up turned into a game of runs.  With a 2-0 lead to begin the game, the Mountaineers found themselves trailing 15-4 at the 15:03 mark caused by a 15-2 run by the Panthers. Berea scored the next five points, getting the lead down to six points on a Richard Parker three point basket, but Birmingham Southern pushed their lead out to double digits again, taking a 19 point lead at the 3:51 mark, 44-25. But the Mountaineers only went into the half trailing by 10 as they used a 12-3 run at the end of the half to make the score 47-37. Myrks led Berea in points in the first half with 16 points, 13 of which came from the charity stripe.

The runs continued for each team in the second half as Birmingham Southern used a 14-5 run to push their lead back out to 19 at the 16:27 mark, making the score 61-42. Berea responded with their own run of 20-4, which included scoring 14 straight points, to cut the Panthers lead to three, 65-62. The Panthers pushed their advantage out to 10 points, but the Mountaineers pulled another rally and cut the deficit in half, trailing 78-73 with 2:18 remaining in the game. Berea was unable to complete their comeback attempt as the Panthers held on for the 86-73 victory. Myrks led three double digit scorers with 17, along with Garmon's 16 and Parker's 13. The team leader in rebounds was Ethan Harris with 11, while Garmon and Myrks tied for team lead in assists with four each and Garmon led the team in steals again with four.

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Monday, December 21, 2015

John Calipari Talks About Losing to Ohio State, What UK Needs to Work On

John Calipari talks about losing to Ohio State, Skal Labissiere and what his team needs to work on to get better:

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