Saturday, January 30, 2016

Video: Alex Poythress Dunks All Over Cheick Diallo

Check out this video of Kentucky's Alex Poythress dunking all over Kansas freshman Cheick Diallo:


Kansas Fans Welcome Kentucky to Allen Fieldhouse

Allen Fieldhouse is absolutely insane today. Television doesn't do the noise and overall atmosphere justice.

Here are some pictures prior to today's game:








Kansas Coach Bill Self Talks About Playing Kentucky and More

Kansas head coach Bill Self previews today's game vs. Kentucky:

Rick Pitino Pulls Out the White Suit for Virginia

Louisville head coach Rick Pitino has on the all-white suit for today's game vs. Virginia:



Here's what Pitino said about Virginia before today's game:


Calipari Says Allen Fieldhouse is Much Louder than Rupp Arena

John Calipari knows his team is going into one of college basketball's best venues tonight when they play at Kansas.

Calipari admitted that Allen Fieldhouse is "much louder" than Rupp Arena.

”I think Bill (Self) is not going to make anything personal because he knows if he does that your team can’t win the game when it becomes a personal thing. But he will remind them that a different Kentucky team got them pretty good last year,” Calipari said. ” I’m not worried about last year’s game; that’s totally different.

“We’re going into a hostile environment. I’m going to tell you, our building, I can remember when we played North Carolina here and we won on the last play, and I’ll tell you it was so loud. Allen Fieldhouse is louder. Like, much louder. And it literally moves you. If you’re standing and they really get loud, it will move you. I was there. I coached there and I was like, ‘Oh my gosh, I can feel it.’ It’s like you’re at a concert and you’re near the bass. Boom! Boom! You feel it. I mean that’s how it is there.

“It’ll be interesting for these guys, especially these young guys, to walk in and to feel it. I love the tradition of it. I’ll go through (the arena). Our people need to go out to look at it and see how they have it set up because it’s really neat.”


John Calipari Says Kentucky Will Probably Lose at Kansas

Some Kansas fans asked John Calipari if he is "ready to take an L" in tonight's game at Kansas.

His answer might surprise you:




Friday, January 29, 2016

Anthony Davis' Future Wife Lives in Kansas

We have discovered a major Kentucky fan living in Lawrence, Kansas.

Watch as this UK fan professes her love for the Wildcats and particularly Anthony Davis:


Billy Kennedy Says Bud Walton Arena is Toughest Venue in SEC

Texas A&M head coach Billy Kennedy believes Bud Walton Arena at Arkansas the toughest place to play in the Southeastern Conference.

Agree or disagree?



Kansas Coach Bill Self Reads Mean Tweets Following Loss at Iowa State

Kansas head coach Bill Self read some mean Tweets on  610AM Sports Radio’s “Fescoe in the Morning” (Kansas City) radio show earlier this week.

The social media posts came after Kansas' loss at Iowa State.

Here's an example: "Dear sweet baby Jesus...please fix our basketball team"

The fun starts at the 22:50 mark of the video (trust me - funny stuff):


Kansas Freshman Carlton Bragg Talks About Playing Kentucky

Kansas freshman Carlton Bragg almost committed to Kentucky...in fact, he accidentally said "Kentucky" at his commitment ceremony.

Now Bragg and the Jayhawks will do battle against Kentucky.

Here's what the freshman big man had to say about almost choosing the Wildcats and playing against them:


Thursday, January 28, 2016

Derek Willis Explains What Has Changed in His Game

After last night's double-double against Missouri, Kentucky's Derek Willis was asked what has changed to improve his level of play.

Willis immediately pointed at his head and explained that his problems were all mental.

Check out this comments:


Former St. Catharine Forward Xavier Keeling is Headed to Iraq

Former St. Catharine College forward Xavier Keeling is headed to Iraq.

Keeling has signed with Al Nift Baghdad in Iraq's Superleague.

Here are details from Latinbasket.com:

Al Nift Baghdad (Superleague) landed 28-year old American forward Xavier Keeling (201-104kg-88, college: St.Catharine). He played in the summer at Regatas in Peruvian LBL league. In three Liga Sudamericana games he averaged 14.0ppg, 5.3rpg, 1.7apg and 1.0spg. The last season Keeling played at Al Shurtah.

He ended the previous (13-14) season at Al Fateh (SBL) in Saudi Arabian league. He helped them to win the league title. But the most of that year Keeling spent at Al Kahraba. In 9 games he had very impressive stats: 28.4ppg, 7.0rpg and 8.0apg in 2013-14 season.

Among other achievements Keeling received Asia-Basket.com Iraqi League All-Defensive Team award in 2014.

Ramon Harris Signs with the Iowa Energy

Former Kentucky forward Ramon Harris has signed with the Iowa Energy in the NBA Development League.

Harris opened the season with the Fort Wayne Mad Ants in the D-League. In 20 games, he averaged 4.7 points and 2.3 rebounds per game.

Here are details from USBasket.com:

Iowa Energy landed 28-year old forward Ramon Harris (201-100kg-88, college: Kentucky). He started the season at Fort Wayne Mad Ants (D-League). In 20 games he averaged 4.7ppg and 2.3rpg this season. The last summer Harris played at Rayos de Hermosillo (CIBACOPA) in Mexican league. In 13 games he had 10.2ppg, 3.3rpg, 1.7apg and 1.0spg. The last (2015) season he played at Fort Wayne Mad Ants. In 56 games he had 9.4ppg, 4.3rpg, 1.5apg and 1.1spg. He helped them to make it to the final after they ended regular season as second best team. Harris won D-League championship title in 2014.

He is a very experienced player. Harris has played also professionally in China (Ningxia Hanas), Germany (BG Goettingen), Venezuela (Trotamundos) and other D-League team (Rio Grande Valley Vipers).

Derek Willis Leads the Way as Kentucky Overwhelms Missouri

(20) Kentucky 88
Missouri 54

Final from Lexington, Kentucky

No. 20 Kentucky opened the game on a 20-2 run and never looked back as they simply overwhelmed Missouri 88-54 Wednesday night in Lexington.

Derek Willis scored a career-high 18 points and recorded his second career double-double with 12 rebounds to lead the Wildcats (16-4, 6-2 SEC). Tyler Ulis finished with 20 points and 8 assists. Isaiah Briscoe chipped in 15 points, 6 boards and 6 assists.

After the game, Briscoe talked about Kentucky's new "refuse to lose" attitude.

“Oh yeah. You know, refuse to lose," Briscoe said after the game. "That’s the motto we go by now and every time we go to the locker room coach always says just refuse to lose."

Wes Clark was just 3-for-16 from the field but led the Tigers (8-12, 1-6) with 11 points. Kevin Puryear and K.J. Walton chipped in 10 each.

Kentucky now travels to Kansas for what figures to be the game of the weekend in college basketball on Saturday at 7:00 p.m. ET.

Notes

- Kentucky extended its home-court winning streak to 32 games.

- Kentucky’s 88 points tied the season high set on Dec. 9 vs. Eastern Kentucky.

- Kentucky shot 52.3 percent from the field, back-to-back games over 50 percent. UK is 10-0 this season when shooting at least 50 percent.

- Kentucky shot 78.6 percent from the foul line tonight. UK has made 76.1 percent over the last five games.

- Kentucky won the rebounding 47-28. UK has a 15-1 record this season when winning or tying the rebounding but is 1-3 when losing the carom gathering.

- UK tied a season high with 18 assists.

- UK had 11 turnovers tonight. UK has averaged just eight miscues per game during the current three-game win streak.

- UK held Missouri to 54 points, the Wildcats’ best defensive performance of the season. UK is 61- 0 under Coach John Calipari when keeping the opponent to 55 or fewer points.

- UK limited Missouri to 31.6 percent from the field. The Wildcats are 8-0 this season when the opponent shoots less than 38 percent on its field-goal attempts.

- UK had a season-high 11 blocked shots.

- The 34-point margin of victory is the fourth-highest against an SEC opponent in the Calipari era.
- UK has had a player score at least 20 points in all eight SEC games this season.

- Kentucky extended its streak of 959 consecutive games with at least one 3-point basket.

- Calipari has a 651-182 (.782) all-time record, including a 206-42 (.831) mark at Kentucky.

- Calipari is 114-4 (.966) in Rupp Arena. Calipari has two of the longest three win streaks in Rupp Arena history – 54 by Calipari, 33 by Rick Pitino, 32 by Calipari.

Highlights


High-stepping Referee Steals the Show at Rupp Arena

The Kentucky Wildcats were hot vs. Missouri last night...apparently they were so hot that one of the referees thought the Rupp Arena court was on fire:





I can't focus on the game for watching twinkle toes the hot stepper referee.
Posted by Ty Brown on Wednesday, January 27, 2016

Wednesday, January 27, 2016

Missouri's Kim Anderson Talks About Kentucky Loss

Check out what Missouri head coach Kim Anderson had to say after tonight's loss at Kentucky:


Larry Conley as the "Y" in Kentucky at Rupp Arena

Larry Conley, a member of the legendary Rupp's Runts team, was the "Y" in the Kentucky cheer at Rupp Arena tonight:


Noel, Towns to Play in BBVA Compass Rising Stars Challenge Game

Former Kentucky big men Nerlens Noel and Karl-Anthony Towns will play for the U.S. Team in the upcoming BBVA Compass Rising Stars Challenge during NBA All-Star Weekend.

Here's a look at the complete rosters:

2016 BBVA Compass Rising Stars Challenge Rosters

U.S. TEAM ROSTER

Player Team Pos Ht Wt School Experience
Jordan Clarkson Lakers G 6-5 194 Missouri 1
Rodney Hood Jazz G 6-8 206 Duke 1
Zach LaVine Timberwolves G 6-5 189 UCLA 1
Nerlens Noel 76ers F/C 6-11 228 Kentucky 1
Jahlil Okafor 76ers C 6-11 275 Duke R
Jabari Parker Bucks F 6-8 250 Duke 1
Elfrid Payton Magic G 6-4 185 UL-Lafayette 1
D'Angelo Russell Lakers G 6-5 195 Ohio State R
Marcus Smart Celtics G 6-4 220 Oklahoma State 1
Karl-Anthony Towns Timberwolves C 7-0 244 Kentucky R

WORLD TEAM ROSTER

Player Team Pos Ht Wt School Experience
Bojan Bogdanovic Nets G/F 6-8 216 Fenerbahce/Croatia 1
Clint Capela Rockets F/C 6-10 240 Elan Chalon/Switzerland 1
Mario Hezonja Magic G/F 6-8 218 FC Barcelona/Croatia R
Nikola Jokic Nuggets C 6-10 250 KK Mega Vizura/Serbia R
Nikola Mirotic Bulls F 6-10 220 Real Madrid/Montenegro 1
Emmanuel Mudiay Nuggets G 6-5 200 Guangdong/Rep. of Congo R
Raul Neto Jazz G 6-1 179 UCAM Murcia/Brazil R
Kristaps Porzingis Knicks F/C 7-3 240 Cajasol Sevilla/Latvia R
Dwight Powell Mavericks F/C 6-11 240 Stanford/Canada 1
Andrew Wiggins Timberwolves G/F 6-8 199 Kansas/Canada 1

Mercer County Continues to Roll Through the 12th Region, Working on Perfect Regular Season

Mercer County, which is No. 1 in several high school rankings, rolled by Boyle County 70-51 on the road last night.

The Rebels (12-4) were able to hang around in the first half but the Titans went on a run early in the third quarter and never looked back.

Will Hager led the Titans (21-0) with 23 points, 7 rebounds and 5 assists. Malik Dow added 13 points and 5 boards. Alijah Mink and Trevon Faulkner chipped in 12 points each.

Boyle County got 10 points, 6 rebounds and 3 blocked shots from Colton Elkins. Jason Alexander and Bryce Slone led the scoring with 11 points apiece.

Mercer County is now 8 wins away from a perfect regular season. The Titans figure to be challenged by Cordia on a neutral court (Feb. 13) and on the road at Southwestern (Feb. 18) in the regular season finale. A road game at Pulaski County (Feb. 2) could also be tricky.

Remaining Schedule:

Jan 28, 16 West Jessamine away 7:30 PM
Jan 29, 16 East Jessamine home 7:30 PM
Feb 2, 16 Pulaski County away 7:30 PM
Feb 6, 16 Lafayette away 8:00 PM Jock Sutherland
Feb 9, 16 Lincoln County home 7:30 PM
Feb 12, 16 Woodford County home 7:30 PM
Feb 13, 16 Cordia at Pulaski County 2:00 PM Don Marshall Ram 12th Region Shootout
Feb 18, 16 Southwestern away 7:30 PM

BC 9 13 10 19 - 51
MC 18 14 21 17 - 70

Some notes from last night:

- Mercer County's Will Hager is tough as nails. He's a kid who every coach would love to have on their team. He's going to be a good one at Colorado School of Mines

- Mercer County's Malik Dow played well in the first half. He showed a consistent outside jumper that I haven't seen from him in the past. In the second half, he struggled with foul problems (first foul early in the 3rd quarter, then picked up his 4th foul roughly 7 minutes later).

- Trevon Faulkner didn't have his best game last night but make no mistake, he is one of the top sophomores in Kentucky.

- The Titans continue to get consistent production from Dylan James, Alijah Mink and Drew Davis. Translation: many weapons and nearly impossible to stop them all.

- For Boyle County, Colton Elkins continues to be an outstanding big man. He was under constant duress last night but the future is bright for the Rebels' big man.

- I really like Boyle County's sophomore players: Jason Alexander, Bryce Slone and Will Bramel. Life will be different with Josiah Robbins and Elkins, but the cupboard isn't bare.

- I'm not saying high school officiating is inconsistent but when a player is fully suplexed during the middle of a game and there's no call, it leads to question marks.

- As always, the Mercer and Boyle student sections were great. Good, clean fun that can't be enjoyed at all in some places (looking at you Wisconsin).

- Former UK great Kyle Macy and longtime high school coach Wayne Breeden were checking out the action. After the game, I heard one of the most incredible Breeden stories ever told. Maybe the best coaching story ever told.

- My take on the Rebels: Boyle County has a legitimate chance to win the 45th District and pull off a few wins in the 12th Region tournament. I'm not convinced that head coach Steve Adams showed his full deck of cards last night and I expect him to pull out a few surprises come tournament time.

- My take on the Titans: Mercer County is a legitimate top 5 team in Kentucky. They will be thinking bigger picture come tournament time. The Titans have the tools to win the 12th Region tournament and make some noise at Rupp.









Tuesday, January 26, 2016

WKU's Ray Harper on Dismissal of Harrison-Docks: "It just had to be done"

Western Kentucky head coach Ray Harper didn't elaborate on the dismissal of guard Chris Harrison-Docks on Monday but he did offer a few quotes about the situation.

"It just had to be done," Harper said.

Here's an excerpt from BGDailyNews.com:

The coach made it clear Monday it was his call.

“It just had to be done,” Harper said. “If you go back and look at my career, I don’t know that I’ve dismissed many – maybe one kid in my career. And we wish him nothing but the best going forward. He’s on track to graduate in May. He’ll get that done and then move forward, and that’s the most important thing, that he move forward. We’ll move forward as a team as well.”

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Kansas Will Be Ready for Kentucky After Dropping Two of Last Three Games

Kansas will surely be fired up for Kentucky on Saturday after the Jayhawks suffered an 85-72 loss at Iowa State last night.

The Jayhawks (16-4) have now dropped two of their last three games and will be desperate to get back on track Saturday night in Allen Fieldhouse.


Kobe Bryant Allegedly Sucker Punched a Former Louisville Player Over $100 Bet

Former Louisville forward Samaki Walker says Kobe Bryant once sucker punched him on a team bus over a measly (for NBA players) $100 bet.

According to Walker:

“We got into it. I’m still figuring it out to this day,” Walker said. “Real talk, it was one of the craziest, most immature situations because the situation from what I understand was over 100 bucks. He won the half-court contest and the rule is…you get 48 hours to pay the $100. There wasn’t even 48 hours. Kobe comes to me on the bus and asked me where his 100 bucks are and believe it or not, out of all the people he chose me, which to me, to this day, is puzzling.

“I told him listen we were going to shootaround at the time, man I don’t have no 100 bucks on me right now…first of all why did he come after me for 100 bucks? With that being said, I put my earphones back on…and once I put my earphones back on, the most amazing thing happened.”

What the 23-year-old Kobe at the time did next was shocking, and was more than kid’s play as the Zen Master called it then.

“Kobe, he sucker punched me,” Walker said. “All hell broke loose. Real talk, all hell broke loose….It was a sucker punch. Right to the face. Out of nowhere. There were some situations with Kobe and what was going on with his wife and the parents and things being said that was all his business, but was making it out publically and I just happened to come to the team at a unique time, which all this stuff was manifesting, and guess got caught up in.”

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The Lakers went on to win the NBA championship in 2002.

Trevecca Nazarene Upsets Kentucky Wesleyan in Nashville

Trevecca Nazarene 73
Kentucky Wesleyan 72

Final from Nashville, Tennessee

Game recap by KWC:

Despite leading by double digits in the second half, the Kentucky Wesleyan men's basketball team fell victim to a late Trevecca Nazarene push before falling 73-72 in a conference matchup Monday night in Nashville.

After Trevecca chipped away at the deficit, a jump shot by Jermaine Morgan pushed the No. 18 Panthers ahead 68-62 with 4:30 left in the game. However, the Trojans responded with an 11-4 run to close the game, capped off by Tyrell Corlew's layup that gave Trevecca a one-point lead with 1:15 remaining. KWC was unable to answer from there.

The game was originally slated for the Owensboro Sportscenter during the weekend, but poor weather conditions postponed the matchup to Monday. Due to a high school game already scheduled at the Sportscenter, the Panthers opted to travel to Nashville instead.

"I knew it wasn't going to be top notch, but I thought as the game progressed that we would get better and better," KWC coach Happy Osborne said. "We needed to be humbled, probably, a little bit. We can shake our heads and we can do whatever, but at the end of the day, anything good is hard, and now it's where it needs to be hard.

"Coaching 101 says don't come down here, put it off, make them come to you first. Maybe that was the plan, but there's a day and a time when you've got to go on the road and you've got to do hard things."

Instead of winning their seventh game in a row, Osborne said the Panthers (15-3, 3-1 in G-MAC) were "outworked."

Corlew finished with a game-best 21 points for the Trojans (7-11, 2-1), while Mac Walden and Matt Gamberoni scored 14 points each. Gamberoni also hauled in nine rebounds, including several crucial boards down the stretch.

"Gamberoni kicked our tails in the last three minutes," Osborne said. "He got every rebound in the last three minutes."

Jordan Jacks led KWC with 16 points and 12 rebounds, and Marcus Fillyaw added 14 points. Devin Langford also chipped in 10 points. Leading scorer Ken-Jah Bosley was limited to eight points as he battled foul trouble throughout the night.

Complete Recap

DeMarcus Cousins Sets Sacramento Kings Scoring Record with 56 Points

DeMarcus Cousins scored  career-high 56 points last night in a 129-128 loss to the Charlotte Hornets.

Cousins was 21-for-30 from the field and also pulled down 12 rebounds in the loss.

The 56 points is a Kings single-game scoring record. It was also the most points by an NBA player this season.

It was the second game in a row that Cousins established a career-high scoring total. He dropped 48 on the Pacers Sunday in a 108-97 victory.

After last night's game, Charlotte's Kemba Walker praised Cousins.

"He's so gifted and talented. Cousins is one of the best big men I've ever played against," Charlotte guard Kemba Walker said. "He's pretty unstoppable."

Cousins was still disappointed with the loss.

"It was a tough loss. I was just sitting here (in the locker room) thinking how a lot of the plays early on could have changed the game," Cousins said. "But I think through all of the mistakes, we all left it on the floor. You hate to lose games like this."



Check out the highlights from last night's game:



Here are some highlights from Sunday's game:


No. 5 Georgetown College Upsets Top-Ranked Pikeville on the Road

(5) Georgetown 83
(1) Pikeville 78

Final from Pikeville, Kentucky

Game recap by GC:

Georgetown College men's basketball rebounds from a narrow home loss, just the second set back all season, to defeat No. 1 University of Pikeville Monday night on the road. The No. 5 Tigers rallied and took down the Bears, 83-78, in a rare week opening Mid-South Conference game. GC improves to 17-2 overall and 5-2 in the conference, while UPike falls to 18-2, 5-2.

The Tigers were down 10 midway through the second half and seemed to have no defensive answer. However, Deondre McWhorter, Tony Kimbro and Noah Cottrill refused to be stopped. At various points in the second half those three came up big.

"I'm very proud of our guys for pulling it out in crunch time," said GC coach Chris Briggs. "We got the defensive stops when we needed them and great plays offensively. It was a fantastic team effort."

Kimbro found his offensive rhythm for 19 second half points and gave the Tigers the lead for good, 79-78. His bank shot on a slice into the lane was enough to overcome Pikeville on the road. He finished with a team-high 23 points.

"Tony took the game over in the crucial final minutes," Briggs said.

Colt Chapman missed on the ensuing possession. Kimbro ripped down the rebound and found Cottrill for the outlet. The Bears had to foul the best free throw shooter in the country. He made those two for a three-point game and 14.2 left.

K.K. Simmons, who finished with a game-high 24 (18 in the first half) tried to hit his sixth three of the night, but under pressure from McWhorter was off the mark. Cottrill rebounded, was fouled and sealed the game with two more free throws.

It was a quiet offensive night for the West Virginia native, but his four foul shots came at a critical point. He finished with 13 points on 3-of-10 shooting, but a huge 6-of-6 from the charity stripe.

In erasing the 10-point deficit it was Kimbro and McWhorter with some help from Troy Steward.

McWhorter had 12 second half points, but it was a pair of dunks and an easy stick back that infused life back into the game for Georgetown. He finished with 19 points and nine rebounds.

Steward did a lot of his damage in the first half, scoring 11 of his 17, but also had a few around the rim late to keep Georgetown within striking distance.

"Troy really stepped up in the first half," Briggs said. "It was a great effort out of everyone. Just like always, it was another great battle between Georgetown and Pikeville. It was a lot of fun."

Complete Recap

Kentucky's Dominique Hawkins Reinjures Ankle

On his weekly radio show last night, Kentucky head coach John Calipari said that Dominique Hawkins reinjured his ankle during practice Monday.

“I don’t know how bad, but he hurt it again,” Calipari said. “That high ankle sprain is ugly, and it’s one that just takes time to heal. Hopefully he didn’t try to come back too early.”

Hawkins originally injured the ankle against Ole Miss on January 2.

Monday, January 25, 2016

March is Right Around the Corner; Schedule for the Week

We are now in the final week of January and March is right around the corner for Kentucky college teams.

Here's a complete schedule of what figures to be a very important week of conference basketball:


Monday, January 25

7:30 p.m. Alice Lloyd College at Milligan College
7:30 p.m. St. Catharine College at Kentucky State University
8:00 p.m. Georgetown College at University of Pikeville*
8:30 p.m. Kentucky Wesleyan College at Trevecca Nazarene*

Tuesday, January 26

7:00 p.m. Carver College at University of the Cumberlands
7:00 p.m. Hiwassee College at Kentucky Christian University
8:00 p.m. Bescia University at Asbury University*

Wednesday, January 27

7:30 p.m. Union College at St. Andrews*
7:30 p.m. Brescia  University at Alice Lloyd College*
7:30 p.m. Earlham at Transylvania Univeristy*
7:30 p.m. Thomas More College at Grove City*
7:45 p.m. Austin Peay at Morehead State University*
8:00 p.m. Murray State University at Eastern Kentucky University*
8:00 p.m. University of Louisville at Virginia Tech*
9:00 p.m. Spalding University at Eureka College*
9:00 p.m. Missouri at University of Kentucky*

Thursday, January 28

7:00 p.m. Berea College at Asbury University
7:30 p.m. UAB at Western Kentucky University*
8:00 p.m. Saint Joseph's at Bellarmine University*
8:00 p.m. Life University at University of Pikeville*
8:00 p.m. Georgetown College at St. Catharine College*
8:00 p.m. Shawnee State at Campbellsville University*
8:00 p.m. Central State at Kentucky State University*
8:30 p.m. Salem International at Kentucky Wesleyan College*
9:00 p.m. Lindsey Wilson College at Cumberland University*

Friday, January 29

7:00 p.m. Northern Kentucky University at Detroit*
8:00 p.m. Centre College at Berry*
8:00 p.m. Johnson University at Kentucky Christian University*

Saturday, January 30

1:00 p.m. Virginia at University of Louisville*
1:00 p.m. Wilberforce at Berea College
3:00 p.m. Westminster at Thomas More College*
3:00 p.m. Alice Lloyd College at IU Southeast*
3:00 p.m. Fontbonne at Spalding University*
4:00 p.m. Transylvania University at Anderson*
4:00 p.m. Murray State University at UT Martin*
4:00 p.m. Life University at University of the Cumberlands*
4:00 p.m. Shawnee State at St. Catharine College*
4:00 p.m. Georgetown College at Campbellsville University*
4:00 p.m. Cincinnati Christian at Asbury University*
4:00 p.m. Kentucky State University at Lane College*
4:15 p.m. Ohio Valley at Kentucky Wesleyan College*
6:00 p.m. Montreat at Union College*
7:00 p.m. University of Kentucky at Kansas
7:00 p.m. Morehead State University at Eastern Kentucky University*
8:00 p.m. Indianapolis at Bellarmine University*
8:00 p.m. Middle Tennessee at Western Kentucky University*

Sunday, January 31

3:00 p.m. Alice Lloyd College at IU Kokomo*
3:00 p.m. Centre College at Oglethorpe*

* Conference game

Kentucky's Ulis, Murray Make Midseason Watch Lists for USBWA Awards

Kentucky's Tyler Ulis and Jamal Murray are on the midseason watch lists for the U.S. Basketball Writers Association's national player of the year award and freshman of the year award, respectively.

Here is a release from UK:

ST. LOUIS – Kentucky guards Tyler Ulis and Jamal Murray are on the midseason watch lists for the U.S. Basketball Writers Association’s national player of the year award and freshman of the year award, respectively.

Ulis is one of 20 midseason players on the watch list for the Oscar Robertson Trophy, given annually to the men’s national player of the year. He’s one of only two players from the Southeastern Conference to make the cut.

Meanwhile Murray is one of 10 on the midseason watch list for the Wayman Tisdale Award, which goes to the top freshman in the game.

Both awards will be presented at the College Basketball Awards gala in Oklahoma City on April 11 at the National Cowboy & Western Heritage Museum. Access Sports, a non-profit organization committed to supporting various charitable causes, will serve as host for the gala. Funds from the gala are used to support youth basketball programs in Oklahoma that allow disadvantaged youth the opportunity to participate in leagues and training.

The USBWA, comprised of nearly 1,000 sports journalists covering college basketball for newspapers, magazines and websites, will select the recipients of the awards. This will be the first time the women’s college player of the year will be featured at the gala.

Ulis is enjoy a sensational season as one of the nation’s top point guards. The sophomore from Chicago is averaging 15.3 points while dishing out 6.0 assists per game, ranked second in the Southeastern Conference. He just recently surpassed 100 assists through 17 games played, becoming the sixth-fastest player in program history to reach the season mark.

With yet another 20-point performance, Ulis has scored 20 or more points in six out of his last eight games. Overall, he has seven games with 20 or more points and five or more assists in the same game, tied for the most in school history since 1972-73.

Only LSU’s Ben Simmons is averaging more points per game among the players on the midseason watch list for the Wayman Tisdale Award. At 17.8 points per game, Murary is on pace to finish as the most prolific scorer in the John Calipari era. Brandon Knight, in 2010-11, finished at 17.3 points per game.

Murray has scored in double figures in all but one game and in 17 straight contests. Only Knight (28 straight games) has posted a better consecutive double-digit scoring streak during the Calipari era. Murray has also hit a 3-pointer in every game this season, the first player in school history to make a trey in the first 19 games to start a college career.

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

Jamal Crawford Shoves Patrick Patterson

Jamal Crawford shoved former Kentucky forward Patrick Patterson last night and two had a bit of a scuffle.

Check out the video:


Kentucky Wesleyan Will Now Play a Road Game at Trevecca Tonight

The winter storm prevented Kentucky Wesleyan from hosting Trevecca Nazarene so the Panthers will now travel to Nashville to play the game today.

Here are details from KWC:

Both Kentucky Wesleyan basketball teams will play at Trevecca Nazarene in Nashville on Monday (tomorrow). Tipoff times will be 5:30 p.m. for the women and 7:30 for the men.

These Great Midwest Athletic Conference contests were to be played on Saturday in Owensboro but postponed due to unsafe travel conditions in Tennessee.

The change of venue resulted from the Owensboro Sportscenter's unavailability on Monday.

Trevecca will now play in Owensboro on Saturday, Feb.13 at 1 and 3:15 p.m. CT. All tickets for the original Jan.23, contest will be honored.

Sunday, January 24, 2016

Chris Harrison-Docks is No Longer a Member of WKU Basketball Team

Western Kentucky has announced that junior Chris Harrison-Docks is no longer a member of the men's basketball team.


Kevin Stallings Talks About Losing at Kentucky

Vanderbilt head coach Kevin Stallings talks about his team's disappointing performance at Kentucky:

Calipari Talks about Win Over Vandy, Sends a Strong Message to Dick Vitale

Kentucky head coach John Calipari sent a strong message to Dick Vitale following last night's win over Vanderbilt.

“Dickie V came in and talked to me and said ‘you know this is one of your teams that’s not getting better,’” Calipari said Vitale told him before the game. “I said, so you’re not watching college basketball that much. Like, what are you talking about?”

Calipari reiterated that his team is getting better.

“Our team’s getting better. Anybody who thinks this team is not getting better, you’re not watching,” Calipari said. “This team is getting better. Derek Willis is better. Tyler’s better. Jamal’s better. Isaiah’s better…they’re all better. Skal’s better…”

Highlights: Kentucky 76 Vanderbilt 57

Check out all of the highlights from Kentucky's convincing 76-57 win over Vanderbilt:

Improving Kentucky Destroys Vanderbilt

(23) Kentucky 76
Vanderbilt 57

Final from Lexington, Kentucky

Game recap by UK:

LEXINGTON, Ky. (AP) - Most satisfying about Kentucky's thorough victory over Vanderbilt was doing so a week after a loss at Auburn left the 23rd-ranked Wildcats looking shaky in many areas.

Their mission now is maintaining their solid performance through even more challenges.

Tyler Ulis scored 21 points, Jamal Murray added 18 and Kentucky shot 64 percent in the second half to cruise past Vanderbilt 76-57 on Saturday. The Wildcats not only earned their second straight win since blowing a double-digit lead in that 75-70 loss to the Tigers, they were complete in nearly facet.

The Wildcats (15-4, 5-2 Southeastern Conference) led throughout thanks to strong shooting, finishing at 55 percent from the field. Ulis' scoring was balanced, with 11 of his points coming during a second half in which Kentucky led by as many as 23. He finished 9 of 13 from the field with two 3-pointers and five assists in 34 minutes.

Ulis was happier that it was part of a team effort.

"I think we got a lot better today," Ulis said. "Everybody was talking on offense and talking on defense. We just went out there and fought."

Murray was 7 of 13 from the field including 3 of 6 from long range. Alex Poythress got Kentucky started in both halves for 16 points on 8-of-10 shooting with many coming inside.

Kentucky held Vanderbilt (11-8, 3-4) to 32 percent shooting and 33 percent from behind the arc halting the Commodores' three-game winning streak. Vanderbilt entered the contest having made 29 of 62 3-pointers in its last three games.

Complete Recap

Team Records and Series Notes

- Kentucky is now 15-4 on the season, 5-2 in Southeastern Conference action. Vanderbilt is 11-8 overall, 3-4 in league play.
- Kentucky leads the all-time series 141-46 and has won three in a row.
- Next for the Wildcats: UK plays host to Missouri on Wednesday at 9 p.m. EST. The game will be televised on the SEC Network.

Team Notes

- Kentucky extended its home-court winning streak to 31 games.
- Kentucky shot 55 percent from the field, its best this season against an SEC opponent. UK is 9-0 this season when shooting at least 50 percent.
- UK had only seven turnovers today. The Wildcats have had back-to-back games with their fewest miscues of the season -- six at Arkansas followed by seven today.
- UK tied the Commodores in rebounding at 32 each. UK has a 14-1 record this season when winning or tying the rebounding but is 1-3 when losing the carom gathering.
- UK has had a player score at least 20 points in all seven SEC games this season. The last time UK had a player score at least 20 in the first seven SEC games was 2009.
- Kentucky extended its streak of 958 consecutive games with at least one 3-point basket.

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