Saturday, February 13, 2016

Kenny Payne Talks About John Calipari's Ejection

Check out what UK assistant coach Kenny Payne had to say about John Calipari's ejection after today's game:

Kentucky Overcomes South Carolina, Doug Sirmons to Earn Incredible Road Win

(22) Kentucky 89
South Carolina 62

Final from Columbia, South Carolina

No. 22 Kentucky overcame a great deal of adversity in impressive fashion to earn an incredible 89-62 win over South Carolina in Columbia this afternoon.

Referee Doug Sirmons, who had one of the worst complete games that I've ever seen by an official, ejected Kentucky head coach John Calipari just three minutes into the game.

The Wildcats (19-6, 9-3 SEC) then went to another level and cruised past the homestanding Gamecocks.

Tyler Ulis led Kentucky with 27 points and 12 assists. Jamal Murray added 26 points. Marcus Lee finished with 11 points and a game-high 13 rebounds.

South Carolina (21-4, 8-4) got 25 points and 10 boards from Michael Carrera. Chris Silva and Duane Notice each scored 10.

Kentucky is now tied for first place in the Southeastern Conference standings with LSU. The Tigers knocked off Texas A&M this afternoon to also move to 9-3.

As for Sirmons, he (alone) called 4 technical fouls during today's game. His calls on Calipari were bizarre to say the least. The SEC should review the film from today's game.

Kentucky returns home to face Tennessee next Thursday at 7:00 p.m. The Wildcats will be looking to avenge a disappointing loss in Knoxville earlier this month.

Video: John Calipari Sent Packing Early at South Carolina

Here's the video of John Calipari getting ejected by Doug Sirmons (who is somehow still an official) at South Carolina:

John Calipari Gets Ejected Early at South Carolina

Kentucky head coach John Calipari received two technical fouls and was ejected early today at South Carolina.

Calipari was sent to the locker room just over two minutes into the game.

Frank Martin Has South Carolina Fired Up

Frank Martin is kind of an intense guy. Check out his post game speech after the Gamecocks knocked off LSU earlier this week.

You can bet that Coach Martin will have his team ready to compete vs. Kentucky today:


John Calipari says the Gamecocks are making Frank Martin faces now:

Kentucky is Wearing New Uniforms at South Carolina Today

Remember, the Kentucky Wildcats are wearing new, one-time uniforms from Nike during their game at South Carolina today.

UK posted some pictures on social media with emphasis on the UK logo:

UK's Game at South Carolina is Suddenly Really Important

Today's game at South Carolina is suddenly very important for the Kentucky Wildcats. 

The Wildcats have been playing better in recent weeks and the winner of today's game will be in first place in the Southeastern Conference standings. 

Currently, UK, South Carolina and LSU are 8-3 and in a 3-way tie on top of the league's standings.

Texas A&M and Florida are just behind at 7-4. Georgia and Vanderbilt round out the top 7 at 6-5.

South Carolina and Kentucky will do battle in Columbia at Noon today. LSU hosts A&M in Baton Rouge at 1:00 p.m.

Today is a big day if teams want to stay on pace for a regular season SEC championship and one of the top seeds in next month's conference tournament. 

SEC Standings

TEAM CONF OVERALL
South Carolina 8-3 21-3
Kentucky 8-3 18-6
LSU 8-3 15-9
Texas A&M 7-4 18-6
Florida 7-4 16-8
Georgia 6-5 13-9
Vanderbilt 6-5 14-10
Ole Miss 5-6 15-9
Alabama 5-6 14-9
Arkansas 5-6 12-12
Tennessee 5-6 12-12
Mississippi State 3-8 10-13
Auburn 3-8 9-14
Missouri 1-10 8-16

Friday, February 12, 2016

Pikeville Player Says Shelby Valley Coach Hit Him

A Pikeville High School basketball player claims that Shelby Valley coach Jim Hicks hit him during an altercation after last night's game.

According to a report from WYMT:

When the player stepped in between the two, Hicks hit him in the face, according to the complaint.

Pike County Attorney Howard Keith Hall said he will send the complaint to another prosecutor because the teen's mother works for him.

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Pikeville head coach Bart Williams gave the following statement to Allkyhoops:

"I am not exactly sure what happened or how the post-game incident started. My main focus was to get our players off the floor and to the locker room. However, I didn't see any punches thrown from anyone. It is just very unfortunate that this happened after such a good game and a great win for our team."

Pikeville won the game 75-72 in overtime.

73-Year Old Man Makes 41 Three-Pointers During Halftime at Morehead State

A 73-year old man named Dr. Lee Walden, who is known as the shot doctor, made 41 three-pointers during halftime of last night's Eastern Kentucky at Morehead State game.

Check out the video:


University of Kentucky Bans Dancing in the Aisles at Rupp Arena

Following a tragic fall involving Darren "Dancing Guy" Moscoe at Tuesday night's game against Georgia, the University of Kentucky has banned dancing in the aisles at Rupp Arena.

UK gave this statement to WKYT:

UK Athletics is aware of the accident involving two fans in the lower bowl at Tuesday night’s game vs. Georgia. EMS officials on-site evaluated all involved parties following the accident. To provide all guests with a safe and enjoyable experience, UK Athletics is emphasizing that all fans keep stairways and entry and exit ways clear. We ask that all patrons please be respectful and considerate of their fellow fans.

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In case you missed it, here is Moscoe tumbling down the stairs with 10-year old Aubrey Derrickson.

Wednesday, February 10, 2016

Archie Goodwin Gets Into Fight With Teammate Markieff Morris

Former Kentucky guard Archie Goodwin somehow ended up in a fight with teammate Markieff Morris during tonight's Phoenix Suns' game.

Video surfaced of the incident:



I think it's probably time to dismantle the current Suns roster and start over.

John Calipari Discusses Georgia Win, Gives Update on Alex Poythress and Hemorrhoids

Here is what Kentucky's John Calipari had to say after last night's win over Georgia:



Calipari noted that Alex Poythress is expected to be out about two weeks.

When pressed, Calipari blew off the question and joked that it was a hemorrhoid.

Here's an excerpt of his comments on Poythress:

Q. What do you know about Alex? Is he going to be out?

COACH CALIPARI: “He's going to be out about two weeks, I would say. He'll be out about two weeks.”

Q. You put up a great defensive effort turning Georgia over as many times as you did. Talk about how the defense was able to contribute to the offense?

COACH CALIPARI: “Well, they just, they really put pressure on them. You know, one thing that when we - - I watched the two games we played Georgia last year. Georgia was really good. We had no business winning the game at Georgia, and we were lucky to win it here. I was scared to death all day after watching those two games.

If you let them get in the halfcourt, Mark Fox is one of the best at creating angles, creating fouls, putting his team in a grind-it situation, getting three-point shooters the shots. If you let them -- if you don't go up and play them, that's his forte. That's what he does.

Aside from that is they have really been guarding. I thought we really hurt the zone. A couple teams they played, they played all zone. I knew they would throw some. They went triangle and two, did you see it? Most of you guys don't know basketball, so you probably didn't see it. (laughter from audience). Jerry [Tipton], you saw it, right? You didn't? Wow. Jerry. Every once in a while, Jerry, you've got to admit.”

Q. Does Alex have surgery and could you talk a little bit more --

COACH CALIPARI: “He's going to be out two weeks. So I'm -- you know, he's out two weeks.”

Q. But nothing more, you don't think?

COACH CALIPARI: “No, I'm not -- I don't think there's any reason to talk about it. It's a hemorrhoid but he'll be fine (laughter from audience).”

Dancing Guy Darren Moscoe Delivers Tearful Apology After Fall at Rupp Arena

Darren Moscoe, affectionately known as Kentucky basketball's Dancing Guy, delivered a tearful apology after last night's incident at Rupp Arena.

You can check out Moscoe's tearful apology below:



I feel bad for Moscoe, who is a great guy. He made and error an judgment and it backfired.

Tuesday, February 9, 2016

Georgia's Mark Fox Doesn't Have Much to Say After Loss at Kentucky

Georgia's Mark Fox didn't have a whole lot to say after tonight's big loss at Kentucky.

He refused to talk about Kentucky's progress and wasn't happy with his team's performance.

Check out his comments:

UK Basketball's Dancing Guy Accidentally Drops Child on Rupp Arena Steps

Kentucky basketball's Dancing Guy had a scary fall tonight in Rupp Arena.

ESPN captured the incident and thankfully everyone appeared to be uninjured.



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The Kentucky Wildcat Misses a Halfcourt Shot

The Kentucky Wildcat misses a halfcourt shot and some interesting comments from KSR's Ryan Lemond:


Calipari Says Tai Wynyard is Ready to Play

John Calipari said on his radio show this week that Kentucky freshman Tai Wynyard might be ready to play.

With Alex Poythress expected to miss as many as 4 games, it might be time for Wynyard's University of Kentucky debut.




Ryan Lemond: Alex Poythress to Miss 10-14 Days with Knee Injury

According to Ryan Lemond, Kentucky's Alex Poythress will be out of action for 10-14 days.

Obviously, that's a big loss for the Wildcats heading into March.


Tickets for OVC Tournament are On Sale Now

Tickets for the 2016 Ohio Valley Conference Men's Basketball Tournament are now on sale.

Here are details from the league:

Single-session tickets for the 2016 Ohio Valley Conference Men's and Women's Basketball Championship are now on sale.

There are a limited number of reserved men's single-session tickets that have been made available for the Men's Basketball Championship. The seats are located in select mezzanine seating areas. The reserved tickets are for the men's sessions (Sessions 2, 4, 6 and 8) and are $30 per ticket per session. The quantities for these tickets are limited and are offered on a first-come, first-served basis.

A majority of the single-session tickets are located in general admission seating areas. For men's sessions, the single-session general admission tickets will be available for the balcony level and are $30 apiece. All tickets for women's sessions are general admissions and are $15 each.

The only way to obtain lower arena reserved seating is to purchase all-session tickets through individual school ticket offices.

Fans can purchase single-session general admission tickets through Ticketmaster, Ticketmaster.com and Municipal Auditorium (615-862-6390).

Eastern Kentucky Sweeps OVC Weekly Awards

Eastern Kentucky swept the Ohio Valley Conference weekly awards this week.

Here's a release from the conference:

adidas® OVC Players of the Week

PLAYER

JaVontae Hawkins, W • R-Jr., 6-5, 211 • Flint, Michigan • Eastern Kentucky

Hawkins averaged 30.0 points and 6.5 rebounds/game while hitting 63.6 percent (21-of-33) from the field, 69.2 percent (9-of-13) from 3-point range and was a perfect 9-of-9 from the free throw line in leading Eastern Kentucky to road victories over Tennessee State and Belmont to snap a three-game losing streak. The victory over Belmont on Saturday was the first by an OVC team at the Curb Event Center since the Bruins joined the League four years ago (they had previously been 29-0 in home OVC games). In that game the transfer from South Florida hit 3-of-5 3-pointers on his way to 24 points while also adding seven rebounds and two assists in 29 minutes. He began the week by scoring a career-high 36 points in 29 minutes of action in a 97-81 win at Tennessee State (who had lost just one home game this season prior to that loss). Hawkins hit 6-of-8 3-pointers (including making 5-straight at one point) while also adding six rebounds, two blocks and a steal. Hawkins currently ranks fifth in the OVC in scoring (17.4 points/game) and 11th in field goal percentage (50.9%).

Others Nominated: Chris Horton, Austin Peay; Craig Bradshaw, Belmont; Trae Anderson, Eastern Illinois; Jeremy Watson, Jacksonville State; DeJuan Marrero, Morehead State; Jeffery Moss, Murray State; Antonius Cleveland, Southeast Missouri; Tahjere McCall, Tennessee State; Twymond Howard, UT Martin.

NEWCOMER

Jarelle Reischel, W • Sr., 6-7, 210 • Frankfurt, Germany • Eastern Kentucky

Reischel averaged 15.5 points, 3.5 steals, 3.0 rebounds and 3.0 assists/game while hitting 45 percent (9-of-20) from the field and 75 percent (12-of-16) from the free throw line as Eastern Kentucky went on the road and topped Tennessee State and Belmont to snap a three-game overall losing streak. The victory over Belmont was the first by an OVC team at the Curb Event Center since the Bruins joined the league four years ago. The graduate transfer from Rhode Island scored 20 points and added four rebounds, three assists and two steals in the 88-78 victory over Belmont. To open the week he had 11 points, five steals, three assists and two rebounds in a 97-81 win over Tennessee State. Reischel currently ranks first in the OVC in scoring (19.0 points/game), second in steals (1.8/game), seventh in rebounding (7.0/game), ninth in assists (3.3/game), 11th in free throw percentage (78.8%) and 12th in field goal percentage (50.9%).

Others Nominated: Demetrius McReynolds, Eastern Illinois; DeJuan Marrero, Morehead State; Tahjere McCall, Tennessee State; Kedar Edwards, UT Martin.

FRESHMAN

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

For the fifth-straight week and ninth time this season Mayo earned OVC Freshman of the Week honors after averaging 14.5 points, 9.5 rebounds, 2.5 assists and 1.5 blocks/game while hitting 65 percent (13-of-20) from the field and 66.7 percent (2-of-3) from 3-point range as Eastern Kentucky won a pair of road games including handing league-leader Belmont its first-ever home loss in OVC play since joining the league four years ago. He opened the week with 21 points and 10 rebounds (his third double-double of the year) in a victory over Tennessee State; in that game he connected on 9-of-12 field goals (2-of-2 3-pointers) while also dishing out an assist. In the victory over Belmont Mayo added eight points, nine rebounds, four assists, three blocks and a steal as EKU won 88-78. Mayo currently ranks fourth in the OVC in field goal percentage (61.4%), sixth in blocked shots (1.1/game) and ninth in scoring (14.7 points/game) in all games. In OVC-only games he is fourth in field goal percentage (63.4%) and blocks (1.5/game) and fifth in scoring (17.8 points/game). Mayo needs two more Freshman of the Week honors to tie the all-time OVC record currently held by former EKU player Matt Witt (2002-03).

Others Nominated: Zach Glotta, Austin Peay; Jared Hamilton, Jacksonville State; Eric McGill, Southeast Missouri; Armani Chaney, Tennessee State.

Video: Carson Williams Gets Nasty on North Laurel

Owen County's Carson Williams got really nasty on North Laurel over the weekend.

Watch what Williams did in Owen County's 75-71 win:

Former UPIKE Star K.J. Manigault is Headed to Australia

Former University of Pikeville star Kenny "K.J." Manigault will begin his professional career in Australia. 

Manigault has signed with the Goldfields Giants in Australia's second-level State League.


Monday, February 8, 2016

KWC's C.J. Blackwell Earns G-MAC Weekly Honors

Kentucky Wesleyan's C.J. Blackwell was named Great Midwest Athletic Conference Athlete of the Week earlier today.

Here is a release from KWC:

GREENWOOD, Ind. – Kentucky Wesleyan senior forward C.J. Blackwell was named the Great Midwest Athletic Conference Men's Basketball Athlete of the Week for 2015-16 on Monday. This marks the second time this season he has won the honor—Jan. 19.

Since transferring from Loyola Marymount, this is Blackwell's third career G-MAC Men's Basketball Athlete of the Week honor after receiving one in December of 2014 and another earlier this year on Jan. 19.

The Panthers went on to compile two wins, one against conference opponent Cedarville, and another vs. Oakland City. No. 22 KWC ran its record to 19-3 overall and is still tied for first in the conference at 6-1.

This past week, he averaged 23.5 points per game and 3.5 rebounds while connecting at over 64 percent from the field (18-of-28) and nearly 62 percent (8-for-13) from beyond the arc. He also added 2.5 steals per contest.

Blackwell came shooting lights out for the Panthers in the game against the Yellow Jackets. He was 8-12 from the field and 3-6 from the three-point line, ending with 22 points in just 25 minutes of play. He also contributed five boards and hit all three free throws.

Once again, Blackwell came out guns blazing and erupted for 25 points in 28 minutes vs. Oakland City. He dialed up five makes from long distance and was 10-of-16 overall on field goals.

So far this season, Blackwell ranks 12th in the G-MAC in scoring (13.1 ppg), seventh in three-point field goal percentage (.418), fourth in three-point field goals made (2.3 avg.), eighth in steals (1.2) and eighth in field-goal percentage (.505).

KWC looks ahead to a non-conference game against Central State and later in the week will also face Trevecca Nazarene, the only team to beat KWC in conference play.

John Calipari Gives an Update on Alex Poythress' Knee Injury

Kentucky head coach John Calipari gave an update on Alex Poythress earlier today.

Poythress, who missed the Florida game Saturday with a knee injury, is listed as day-to-day.

It is doubtful that he practices today and I would be surprised if he plays vs. Georgia tomorrow.


Eastern Kentucky Hands Belmont First OVC Home Loss...Ever

The Eastern Kentucky Colonels managed to do something that no other Ohio Valley Conference team has done on Saturday.

The Colonels came out of Belmont's Curb Event Center with a win.

Belmont has never lost at home to an OVC opponent since joining the league in 2012. The streak ended at 29 consecutive wins.



JaVontae Hawkins led the Colonels with a game-high 24 points in the 88-78 win. Jarelle Reischel added 20.

EKU knocked off Tennessee State 97-81 Thursday night.

With the two wins, the Colonels are out of the basement in the OVC East standing and back in contention for a spot in the league's postseason tournament. This is a pivotal week as Eastern Kentucky travels to rival Morehead State on Thursday and hosts Tennessee State on Saturday.

Here's a look at the OVC East standings heading into this key week of action:

EAST CONF OVERALL
Tennessee Tech 9-2 17-7
Belmont 9-2 17-8
Tennessee State 7-3 16-7
Morehead State 6-5 12-11
Eastern Kentucky 5-6 14-12
Jacksonville State 4-7 8-18


Damion Lee Will Play for Louisville Tonight

Damion Lee will be back in the lineup for the Louisville Cardinals tonight at Duke.



Lee missed Saturday's game vs. Boston College.

Prior to the game, Lee was allowed to do a ceremonial toss at the tip:


Sunday, February 7, 2016

Tony Kornheiser Jabs the Kentucky Wildcats on PTI

For some reason, Tony Kornheiser decided to take a cheap shot at the Kentucky Wildcats on ESPN’s Pardon The Interruption show Friday.

While discussing the Louisville situation, Kornheiser said he had an idea for an alternate Final Four that includes scandal-ridden programs.

Kornheiser said he have Louisville (with HOF coach Rick Pitino), SMU (with HOF coach Larry Brown), Syracuse (with HOF coach Jim Boeheim) and “Kentucky, because we know at some point they’re going to be accused of something.”

You can check out the discussion here (go to the 8:00 mark):

Rick Pitino Points the Finger at Tom Jurich, Says the System is Broken After Boston College Game

As expected, Louisville head coach Rick Pitino had a lot to say after his team dismantled Boston College 79-47 on Saturday. 

Here are a few key points that came out of Pitino's postgame press conference:

- Pitino specifically stated that the decision to self-impose a postseason ban was made by AD Tom Jurich

- The Cardinals are still eligible to win the ACC regular season title

- Pitino believes the system is broken. He believes this season's team should not be punished for the actions of previous players and coaches.

- Boston College sent their starters out to halfcourt to address Louisville's players and applaud them for the season they've had. Very classy move by BC.

Here's the press conference in it's entirety:

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