Saturday, February 20, 2016

Kentucky's Derek Willis Has a Bad Sprain

Kentucky head coach John Calipari said after tonight's game at Texas A&M that Derek Willis has a bad ankle sprain.

Willis left the game in the second half and never returned.

Isaac Humphries: "I will learn from this"

Kentucky freshman Isaac Humphries posted this on social media after tonight's loss at Texas A&M:

Humphries was whistled for a technical foul with just over nine seconds to go in overtime that inevitably led to Kentucky's loss.

Texas A&M Coach Billy Kennedy on Humphries' Technical: "That's the rule"

Texas A&M coach Billy Kennedy was asked to give his thoughts on the controversial technical foul called on Isaac Humphries after tonight's game.

"If a kid slams the ball on the floor, that's the rule," Kennedy explained.

Controversial Technical Foul Dooms Kentucky at Texas A&M

Kentucky was about to go down and shoot free throws with a chance to seal the win at Texas A&M tonight.

That opportunity was taken away when freshman Isaac Humphries slammed the ball to the court in excitement. Referee Pat Adams decided that Humphries deserved a technical foul, which inevitably doomed the Wildcats.

Personally, I'm not calling a technical foul in this situation. You be the judge:

Texas A&M Has Their Signs Ready for Kentucky

Texas A&M has their signs ready for tonight.

Check out the signage (I must admit...some of them are funny):

Jay Williams Picks Texas A&M to Beat Kentucky

Former Duke star Jay Williams picked Texas A&M to get the win over Kentucky tonight in College Station.

It's a White Out in College Station

No surprise, it's another t-shirt day for the Kentucky Wildcats today.

Kentucky is facing a "white out" in College Station tonight.

Texas A&M Bans Blue from Their Arena

Texas A&M and has put a cheesy video proclaiming that blue is banned from entering their arena today:

Friday, February 19, 2016

Tomorrow is Huge for Louisville in Chase for ACC Regular Season Title

Saturday's game against Duke is huge for the Louisville Cardinals if they hope to earn an ACC regular season championship.

The Cards (20-6, 9-4 ACC) are near the top of the standings with Miami, North Carolina, Virginia and Duke.

A win tomorrow would send the Cardinals to 10-4 in the league with 4 games remaining on the schedule. Louisville will also have opportunities at Miami and Virginia.

North Carolina is also in the mix but the Tar Heels have lost 3 of their last 5 games.

Louisville will not play in the ACC or NCAA tournaments due a self-imposed postseason ban.

Saturday, February 20

Noon: Duke at Louisville, ESPN

ACC Standings

Miami (FL) 10-3 21-4
North Carolina 10-3 21-5
Virginia 10-4 21-5
Louisville 9-4 20-6
Duke 9-4 20-6
Notre Dame 9-4 18-7
Clemson 9-5 16-10
Syracuse 8-6 18-9
Pittsburgh 7-6 18-7
Florida State 6-8 16-10
Virginia Tech 5-8 13-13
Georgia Tech 4-9 14-12
NC State 3-10 13-13
Wake Forest 1-13 10-16
Boston College 0-13 7-19

Finalists Announced for Kentucky Mr. and Miss Basketball

The Kentucky Lions Eye Foundation announced its finalists for the 2016 Mr. and Miss Basketball awards Friday afternoon.

The lists of finalists is made up of players who were named Player of the Year in his or her respective region.

Some of the favorites for Mr. Basketball include Quentin Goodin, Mason Faulkner and Carson Williams.

Boys' Region Players of the Year

1st - James Boone (Murray)
2nd - Tyrik Edwards (Christian County)
3rd - Stewart Currie (Daviess County)
4th - Wade Coomer (Barren County)
5th - Mason Faulkner (Caverna) / Quentin Goodin (Taylor County)
6th - Tyler Sharpe (Bullitt East)
7th - Alex Cook (Male)
8th - Carson Williams (Owen County)
9th - Ben Weyer (Newport Central Catholic)
10th - Matt Wilson (Campbell County)
11th - Isaiah Tisdale (Henry Clay) / Darius Williams (Paul L. Dunbar)
12th - Trey Blevins (Wayne County)
13th - Caleb Taylor (South Laurel)
14th - Connor Hoskins (Buckhorn)
15th - Hunter Swindall (Shelby Valley)
16th - Jordan Perry (Morgan County)

Girls' Region Players of the Year

1st - Maddye Rice (McCracken County)
2nd - Adarian Gray (Madisonville)
3rd - Mikayla Berry (Owensboro Catholic)
4th - Bree Glover (Glasgow)
5th - Erin Boley (Elizabethtown)
6th - Katie Downey (North Bullitt)
7th - Krys McCune (Manual)
8th - Kaci Currens (Anderson County)
9th - Ansley Davenport (Newport Central Catholic) / Mallory Schwartz (Ryle)
10th - Bailey Cummins (Bracken County)
11th - Malaka Frank (Franklin County)
12th - Emma Young (East Jessamine)
13th - Kayla Bruner (North Laurel)
14th - Whitney Creech (Jenkins)
15th - Jazzy Howard (Magoffin County)
16th - Ashton Woodard (Menifee County)

The winners will be announced during a ceremony on Tuesday, March 15.

Louisville Now Says President Dr. James Ramsey Made Decision to Ban Postseason

The University of Louisville has publicly issued a statement to clear the air on who actually made the decision to self-impose a postseason ban for the men's basketball.

When the new first came out about the ban, head coach Rick Pitino suggested that AD Tom Jurich made the decision.

The school now says that President James Ramsey actually made the decision.

Here is an excerpt:

"The decision was made by Dr. Ramsey after consultation with Tom Jurich," the school's interim director of media relations, John Karman, told WAVE 3 News. "(Jurich) agreed to the decision."

When UofL announced the postseason ban on Feb. 5, the public outcry was directed almost exclusively at Ramsey, who recently has endured multiple controversies other than the sex-for-cash claims involving the basketball program.

But shortly after, basketball coach Rick Pitino said publicly that it was Jurich who ruled to ban the Cards from postseason action, seemingly to take some heat off of Ramsey.


Is "Breaking Cardinal Rules" Required Reading for Some University of Louisville Students?

According to some posts on Twitter, "Breaking Cardinal Rules" by Katina Powell is actually required reading for some students at the University of Louisville.

The photos on Twitter suggest the book is required for CJ 440, which is a Criminal Justice class that focuses on Human Trafficking.

According to UL:

CJ 440 - Human Trafficking: Critical Thinking about Modern Day Slavery In depth analysis of trafficking in human beings as a crime prompted by supply and demand. Content includes: definitions of human trafficking, human trafficking as a transitional crime, characteristics of the crime of trafficking in human beings and strategies to most effectively deal with this crime.

Of course, Powell's book alleges that she worked with a member of the University of Louisville basketball staff to organize "stripper" parties in the men's basketball dorm. Powell also alleges that strippers were paid to have sexual relations with men's basketball players and recruits.

Thursday, February 18, 2016

Atlanta Sends Shelvin Mack to the Utah Jazz

The Atlanta Hawks have traded former Butler star Shelvin Mack to the Utah Jazz in exchange for a second round draft pick.

Mack, who played high school basketball at Bryan Station, averaged 3.9 points and 1.6 assists per game for the Hawks this season.

Taquan Dean Signs to Play in Iran's Superleague

Former Louisville guard Taquan Dean has signed with Petrochimi Bandar Imam Harbour in Iran's top-level Superleague.

Dean started eh season with Socar Petkim in Turkey's TBL league. In 4 games, he averaged 16.0 points and 5.3 rebounds per game.

Here are details from

Petrochimi Bandar Imam Harbour (Superleague) inked 33-year old American guard Taquan Dean (193-90kg-83, college: Louisville, agency: Two Points). He started the season at Socar Petkim in Turkish TBL league. In four games he recorded very impressive stats: 16.0ppg, 5.3rpg and 2.0apg this season. The last summer Dean played at Mahram. In 11 games he was fifth best scorer with remarkable 20.2ppg and had 4.6rpg, 2.1apg and 1.3spg. He helped them to win the league title despite they ended the regular season at the second place. A very good season in his career as he was voted to All-Iranian Superleague 1st Team and All-Imports Team. The last (2015) season Dean played at Gipuzkoa (Liga Endesa) in Spanish league. In 26 games he averaged 12.7ppg, 2.7rpg and 1.6apg.

The previous (13-14) season he played at Scandone Avellino (Serie A) in Italian league. In 14 games he averaged 10.1ppg, 2.9rpg, 1.6apg and 1.0spg in 2013-14 season. In 12-13 season Dean was tested by Aliaga Petkim (TB3L) in Turkish league. In only one game he recorded 9 points, 7 rebounds and 2 assists in 2012-13 season. He also played 2 games in FIBA Europe Cup where he averaged 12.5ppg, 2.0rpg and 3.5apg in 2012-13 season.

In 11-12 season Dean played at Valencia Basket (Liga Endesa) in Spanish league. In 7 games he averaged just 2.4ppg in 2011-12 season.

He is a very experienced player. Dean has played also professionally in Greece (Kavala), Russia (Dynamo Moscow), Spain (Laboral Kutxa, Unicaja Malaga and UCAM Murcia) and Italy (Angelico Biella and Novipiu Casale).

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Wednesday, February 17, 2016

Kentucky is Now Alone on Top of the Southeastern Conference Standings

Alabama just knocked off LSU 76-60 in Baton Rouge. The LSU loss leaves Kentucky alone on top of the Southeastern Conference standings.

Retin Obasohan had 35 points to lead Alabama (16-9, 7-6 SEC).

LSU falls to 16-10 overall and 9-4 in the conference.

SEC Standings

Kentucky 9-3 19-6
LSU 9-4 16-10
South Carolina 8-5 21-5
Texas A&M 8-5 19-7
Florida 8-5 17-9
Alabama 7-6 16-9
Georgia 7-6 14-10
Vanderbilt 7-6 15-11
Ole Miss 6-7 16-10
Tennessee 5-7 12-13
Arkansas 5-8 12-14
Mississippi State 4-9 11-14
Auburn 4-9 10-15
Missouri 3-10 10-16

Rick Pitino Pledges to Have Louisville in the Top 10 All Next Season

Rick Pitino sure sounds like he believes he will be the head coach at the University of Louisville next season.

In an appearances on Ramsey & Rutherford (93.9 The Ville) this afternoon, Pitino spoke about finishing out this season and what he expects next season.

"I'm not gonna let this program slip out of the top 10," Pitino stated. "Next year, we're gonna be as good as ever."

Pitino also said it's time to put the past behind them and move forward as a basketball program.

"What happened is the past and we need to move on," Pitino said. "Everything is going to work out in the end."

Louisville's Anas Mahmoud to Miss Rest of Season

Louisville's Anas Mahmoud will miss the remainder of this season with an ankle injury.

Here is a release from UL:

LOUISVILLE, Ky. -- University of Louisville forward/center Anas Mahmoud will miss the remainder of the Cardinals' 2015-16 season after suffering a right ankle sprain in practice today.

Mahmoud stepped on another player's foot to cause the sprain. An x-ray taken at Jewish Hospital was negative for a break. With an estimated 3-6 weeks recovery time, he will miss the Cardinals' six remaining games. He will be in a boot and on crutches for the immediate future.

A sophomore from Cairo, Egypt, Mahmoud has averaged 3.2 points and 3.0 rebounds this season with 29 blocked shots, averaging 14 minutes a game during the Cardinals' ACC games. He has blocked three shots in three of the last seven games. Mahmoud scored a career-high 15 points at Georgia Tech in January.

UofL Coach Rick Pitino had planned to start Mahmoud against Syracuse because of his ability to pass against the Syracuse zone. Ranked 18th by the Associated Press, Louisville (19-6, 8-4) will face Syracuse on Wednesday at 7 p.m. in the KFC Yum! Center.

Is Alex Poythress Coming Back Soon for Kentucky?

According to Kyle Tucker of the Courier-Journal, Kentucky might have the services of Alex Poythress a little sooner than expected.

Tucker is hearing that Poythress might be back on the court as soon as next week.

Poythress has missed Kentucky's last three games with a knee injury.

UIC Freshman Dikembe Dixson Goes for 40 Points and 17 Rebounds at Youngstown State

Freshman Dikembe Dixson, who was once at Thomas Nelson High School, had the first 40 point, 15 rebound game in college basketball since 2014 last night in a 92-91 loss at Youngstown State.

Dixson finished with 40 points and 17 rebounds in the loss.

Dixson did attempt a school-record 39 field goals in the game:

In 25 games this season, Dixson is averaging 19.0 points and 7.5 rebounds per game. He is all but a lock to be named Horizon League Freshman of the Year.

Pat Forde Takes Some Jabs at John Calipari

Pat Forde of  Yahoo! Sports couldn't resist taking a few jabs at Kentucky head coach John Calipari in his latest edition of Forde Minutes.

Forde had some commentary about Calipari's ejection at South Carolina.

Here is an excerpt:


John Calipari (39), Kentucky. Though touched by the extraordinary apologia from ESPN’s Seth Greenberg Monday night – he was tired, he was stressed, the same ref should never give both technicals – The Minutes would like to hear an explanation of what really led to Calipari’s spectacular meltdown and ejection three minutes into the game at South Carolina on Saturday. Cal didn’t speak to the media after the game (for the second time in three years following an ejection at South Carolina) and batted away the question on the SEC teleconference Monday: “I can’t talk about it.”

So we’ll just assume that the official who ran off Cal, Doug Sirmons, is a corrupt and conniving skunk who has it in for Calipari. (As have so many other people throughout the coach’s career.) That’s a handy justification for Cal so completely losing his cool that he had to be restrained by numerous players and was escorted off the court with his shirt untucked and composure shredded. Go with that one.

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Behanan, Mendez-Valdez Chosen for All-Star Game in Mexico

Orlando Mendez-Valdez (Western Kentucky) and Chane Behanan (Louisville) have been selected to play in the Mexican LNBP All-Star game.

Behanan is averaging 18.8 points and 6.7 rebounds per game for Soles de Mexicali.


Orlando Mendez-Valdez (183-G-86) of Pioneros de Quintana Roo-Cancun-Valdez
Juan Anderson (198-F-93) of Soles de Mexicali
Romel Beck (201-G/F-82) of Pioneros de Quintana Roo-Cancun
Roman Martinez (201-SF-88) of Soles de Mexicali
Victor Mariscal (198-F-72) of Santos de San Luis Potosi
Edgar Garibay (208-F-90) of Gigantes Edomex Toluca
Hector Hernandez (205-PF-85) of Pioneros de Quintana Roo-Cancun
Alexander Perez Kaufmann (191-G-93) of Soles de Mexicali
Adam Parada (213-C-81) of Pioneros de Quintana Roo-Cancun
Israel Gutierrez (206-C-93) of Caballeros de Culiacan
Carlos Toussaint (190-G-91) of Gigantes Edomex Toluca
Arim Solares (202-F/C-83) of Indios de Juarez

Head Coach: Ivan Deniz
Coach Assistant: Jose Martinez Boglio


Mark Borders (188-G-82) of Santos de San Luis Potosi
Michael Rosario (190-SG-90) of Halcones Rojos de Veracruz
Brandon Davis (198-G/F-88) of Correcaminos UAT Victoria
Tim Pickett (192-G/F-81) of Gigantes Edomex Toluca
Javier Mojica (190-SG-84) of Jefes de Fuerza Lagunera
Chris Cayole (201-F-85) of Santos de San Luis Potosi
Levour Warren (196-SF-81) of Panteras de Aguascalientes
Travis Franklin (200-F-88) of Abejas de Guanajuato
Chane Behanan (198-F-92) of Soles de Mexicali
McHugh Mattis (198-F-84) of Abejas de Guanajuato
Matthew Bryan-Amaning (205-F-88) of Soles de Mexicali
Eugene Phelps (198-F-90) of Fuerza Regia Monterrey

Head Coach: Manuel Cintron
Coach Assistant: Eddie Casiano

Kentucky Showing Interest in Turkish Big Man Omer Yurtseven

Kentucky is now showing interest in Turkish big man Omer Yurtseven, who is projected as a top 10 pick in the 2017 NBA Draft.

Here's a little about Yurtseven from

Yurtseven, 17, impressed NBA executives and scouts with his skill, polish and maturity on the offensive end. He flashed jump hooks and very good touch around the basket. He competed on both ends and also did a good job rebounding his area.

“I believe my right hook is pretty good,” Yurtseven said. “I have a shake and I need to put more work into it and work more on my fundamentals.”

Heading into the event Yurtseven was well known because of a decorated past in international competition. At the FIBA U18 European Championships this past summer, Yurtseven averaged 9.8 points and 8.7 rebounds through nine games.

Yurtseven also competed with Fenerbahçe against a pair of NBA teams during the preseason. During two games, he averaged six points and six rebounds.

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Union College Holds at No. 5 in NAIA DII Top 25 Poll

Union College (24-4) holds at No. 5 in the NAIA Division II Men's Basketball Coaches' Top 25 Poll this week. 

2015 – 16 NAIA Division II Men’s Basketball Coaches’ Top 25 Poll - No. 9 (Feb. 16)

1 1 Davenport (Mich.) (10) 25 3 311
2 2 St. Francis (Ill.) (2) 25 2 303
3 3 Saint Francis (Ind.) 24 4 291
4 4 Indiana Wesleyan 25 3 279
5 5 Union (Ky.) 24 4 272
6 6 Briar Cliff (Iowa) 25 3 266
7 7 Tabor (Kan.) 25 3 253
8 9 Keiser (Fla.) 24 3 239
9 10 Cornerstone (Mich.) 22 5 232
10 12 Warner (Fla.) 21 5 220
11 14 Southern Oregon 23 5 210
12 8 Northwest Christian (Ore.) 23 5 197
13 11 Bethel (Ind.) 21 7 183
14 13 Tennessee Wesleyan 23 2 175
15 16 Dakota Wesleyan (S.D.) 20 8 173
16 17 Olivet Nazarene (Ill.) 18 7 167
17 18 Mount Mercy (Iowa) 21 6 155
18 19 Southwestern (Kan.) 24 4 140
19 15 Robert Morris (Ill.) 21 7 130
20 22 Indiana Tech 21 7 117
21 24 Warner Pacific (Ore.) 19 8 110
22 20 Valley City State (N.D.) 19 8 99
23 23 Bellevue (Neb.) 19 9 96
24 RV Indiana East 18 11 74
25 RV Rochester (Mich.) 22 5 53

Others Receiving Votes: Goshen (Ind.) 48; Cal Maritime (Calif.) 48; Nebraska Wesleyan 44; Aquinas (Mich.) 24; Grace (Ind.) 13; Jamestown (N.D.) 11; York (Neb.) 11; Saint Xavier (Ill.) 7; St. Thomas (Fla.) 6; Johnson & Wales (Fla.) 3.

Kentucky Once Again Making a Push for the Top 10 in Both Major Polls

The Kentucky Wildcats (19-6) are making a push for the top 10 once again following an impressive week. 

Kentucky is No. 14 in both the AP Top 25 and USA Today Coaches Poll this week. Wins over Tennessee and Texas A&M would likely propel the Wildcats into the top 12 next week.

Louisville is No. 18 in the AP poll but is not ranked in the coaches top 25.

AP Top 25

1 Villanova (44) 22-3 1,601
2 Kansas (21) 21-4 1,578
3 Oklahoma 20-4 1,471
4 Iowa 20-5 1,349
5 North Carolina 21-4 1,343
6 Maryland 22-4 1,248
7 Virginia 20-5 1,188
8 Xavier 22-3 1,174
8 Michigan State 21-5 1,174
10 West Virginia 20-5 1,094
11 Miami (FL) 20-4 1,036 12 Arizona 21-5 823 13 Iowa State 18-7 742 14 Kentucky 19-6 692 15 Dayton 21-3 681 16 Oregon 20-6 529 17 Purdue 20-6 497 18 Louisville 19-6 494 19 Notre Dame 18-7 489 20 Duke 19-6 462 21 SMU 21-3 441 22 Indiana 20-6 232 23 Providence 19-7 125 24 Texas 16-9 123 25 Baylor 18-7 97

Others receiving votes: Texas A&M 90, Utah 75, Saint Joseph's 57, Wisconsin 47, South Carolina 39, USC 38, Michigan 17, Syracuse 17, Wichita St 14, Stony Brook 13, Monmouth 10, California 8, Hawaii 5, UNC Wilmington 4, San Diego State 3, Yale 3, Cincinnati 2

USA Today Coaches Poll

1 Villanova (25) 22-3 785
2 Kansas (7) 21-4 764
3 Oklahoma 20-4 680
4 North Carolina 21-4 674
5 Maryland 22-4 636
6 Iowa 20-5 624
7 Xavier 22-3 615
8 Virginia 20-5 579
9 Michigan State 21-5 560
10 Miami (FL) 20-4 558
11 West Virginia 20-5 488 12 Arizona 21-5 425 13 Dayton 21-3 382 14 Kentucky 19-6 346 15 Iowa State 18-7 319 16 Purdue 20-6 298 17 Oregon 20-6 259 18 Notre Dame 18-7 203 19 Duke 19-6 183 20 Providence 19-7 161 21 Indiana 20-6 154 22 Baylor 18-7 109 23 South Carolina 21-4 108 24 Texas A&M 18-7 106 25 Texas 16-9 73

Others receiving votes: Utah 60, Wisconsin 32, Wichita St 30, Michigan 29, USC 26, Gonzaga 26, Saint Joseph's 17, Pittsburgh 16, California 15, LSU 13, Saint Mary's 13, Seton Hall 11, Hawaii 7, Florida 5, Texas Tech 5, Syracuse 3, Valparaiso 1, Stony Brook 1, Monmouth 1

Georgetown, Pikeville Remain in Top 4 of NAIA D1 Top 25 Poll

Georgetown College and University of Pikeville remain in the top 5 of the NAIA Division I Men's Basketball Coaches' Top 25 Poll this week. 

The Tigers (23-3) are No 2 while the Bears (23-3) are No. 4.

University of the Cumberlands (18-9) is No. 21 this week.

2015 – 16 NAIA Division I Men’s Basketball Coaches’ Top 25 Poll – Feb. 16 (No. 8)

1 1 LSU Alexandria (8) 23-2 219
2 2 Georgetown (Ky.) 23-3 209
3 3 Lewis-Clark State (Idaho) (1) 24-2 206
4 4 Pikeville (Ky.) 23-3 197
5 6 Talladega (Ala.) 22-4 189
6 7 Hope International (Calif.) 22-4 183
7 8 Texas Wesleyan 21-4 175
8 5 Columbia (Mo.) 22-4 169
9 T9 Biola (Calif.) 24-3 162
10 T9 William Penn (Iowa) 21-5 161
11 12 Langston (Okla.) 19-5 144
12 14 Freed-Hardeman (Tenn.) 20-5 140
13 11 Mid-America Christian (Okla.) 20-6 137
14 15 William Carey (Miss.) 18-8 124
15 13 Carroll (Mont.) 18-6 121
16 17 MidAmerica Nazarene (Kan.) 20-6 118
17 19 Arizona Christian 20-5 104
18 18 Peru State (Neb.) 17-9 90
T19 20 Park (Mo.) 16-7 87
T19 21 Our Lady of the Lake (Texas) 15-6 87
21 T23 Cumberlands (Ky.) 18-9 83
22 25 William Jessup (Calif.) 17-7 78
23 16 Westmont (Calif.) 17-8 54
24 RV Middle Georgia State 14-6 49
25 T23 Oklahoma City 11-8 48

Others Receiving Votes: Campbellsville (Ky.) 37; Xavier (La.) 37; Dillard (La.) 22; Montana Western 20; Avila (Mo.) 17; LSU Shreveport (La.) 8; Voorhees (S.C.) 7; Bethel (Tenn.) 7.

Michael Kidd-Gilchrist Will Miss Rest of Season with Torn Labrum

Charlotte Hornets' forward Michael Kidd-Gilchrist will miss the rest of this season after suffering a torn labrum.

Kidd-Gilchrist will undergo shoulder surgery and miss the remainder of the season after re-injuring the shoulder February 10 in a win over the Indiana Pacers.

The former Kentucky star had should surgery in October and came back much sooner than expected. Kidd-Gilchrist played just seven games this season, averaging 12.7 points and 6.4 rebounds.

And, in case you want to know (source):

Memphis Trades Former WKU Star Courtney Lee to Charlotte

Memphis has traded former Western Kentucky University star Courtney Lee to Charlotte in a three-team deal that also includes Miami.

Here's a breakdown of the trade from Adrian Wojnarowski of Yahoo! Sports:

Charlotte receives:

Courtney Lee

Memphis receives:

Chris Andersen
P.J. Hairston
Two future second-round picks (from Miami)
Two future second-round picks (from Charlotte)

Miami receives:

Brian Roberts

Here's why Charlotte made the deal:

Michael Kidd-Gilchrist’s season-ending injury pushed Hornets management to get a quality shooting guard in Lee. With the Lee addition, Nicolas Batum can slide to his natural small forward position. With little separation in the East, the Hornets could not afford to take a step back without Kidd-Gilchrist, especially if they want to keep playing in late April.

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Tuesday, February 16, 2016

"Pissed Off" Morehead State Has Reeled of Three Straight Wins

After Morehead State earned a big win over Eastern Kentucky last Thursday night, head coach Sean Woods admitted that his team was not happy following a disappointing road trip the week before.

"We're really pissed off that we lost both of those games at Tennessee State and Belmont," Woods said after the game.

Since then, the pissed off Eagles have added a huge win over OVC East leader Belmont and a blowout win over St. Catharine College.

Against the Bruins, Brent Arrington scored a team-high 24 points to lead MSU. DeJuan Marrero added 21 points and 11 rebounds. Anthony Elechi chipped in 11 points.

In tonight's 105-66 win over NAIA foe St. Catharine College, senior Jared Ravenscraft started and finished with 12 points, 4 rebounds, 5 assists and 4 steals. Ty'Quan Bitting came off the bench to score 12 points. Miguel Dicent added 11.

Suddenly, Morehead State is back in the mix in the OVC East with three games remaining on the schedule. The Eagles will host Tennessee State Thursday and travel to Tennessee Tech and Jacksonville State next week to close out the regular season.

Ohio Valley Standings

Murray State 8-5 14-12
Tennessee-Martin 7-5 15-12
Eastern Illinois 7-6 11-15
Austin Peay 5-8 12-16
SIU Edwardsville 2-11 5-20
Southeast Missouri State 2-11 5-21

Tennessee Tech 10-3 18-8
Belmont 10-3 18-9
Tennessee State 9-3 18-7
Morehead State 8-5 15-11
Eastern Kentucky 5-8 14-14
Jacksonville State 4-9 8-20

Quentin Goodin Nets a Quadruple Double for Taylor County

Taylor County star Quentin Goodin, one of the leading contenders for Kentucky's Mr. Basketball award, netted a quadruple double in a 75-41 win over Nelson County tonight. 

Goodin finished with 14 points, 12 rebounds, 11 assists and 10 steals in the win.

I'm told that Quentin only played 3 quarters in the lopsided win.

Pat Forde Lists Louisville as a "Potential Job Opening"

Pat Forde of Yahoo! Sports Louisville as a "potential job opening" in his most recent edition of Forde Minutes.

Forde also wonders if Travis Ford is in his final season at Oklahoma State.

Here's an excerpt:

Louisville (18). Rick Pitino’s future has been the subject of great conjecture ever since October, when the escort scandal engulfed his program in scrutiny, controversy and an NCAA investigation. He’s coaching as well as ever and still has the support of many in the community, but this situation could be difficult to endure for him and the administration. Pitino may well face a suspension for multiple games next season, and a coaching change may further mitigate further NCAA punishment – in addition to the self-imposed postseason ban, which blindsided Pitino earlier this month. After 15 seasons it might be time for a reset. How good is the job: Among the best in the country. No expenses spared, no better facilities. Who might get the call: Athletic director Tom Jurich’s fall-back guy if Pitino did not come in 2001 was a little-known guy at Hofstra named Jay Wright. He’s turned out OK. But that was before he became an institution in Philadelphia.

Oklahoma State (23). There have been some high notes – including several wins in recent years over Big 12 kingpin Kansas – but Travis Ford's overall résumé is pretty average in eight years on the job, so it’s almost assuredly time for a change at a place that aspires to be better than average. How good is the job: Trails Kansas and Texas within the league, but better than most of the rest. Who might get the call: Feels like a Gregg Marshall job to The Minutes. Maudlin alum sentiment will be with TV/radio guy Doug Gottlieb, and Doug Gottlieb will do his best to stoke that sentiment.

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Monday, February 15, 2016

UK's Isaac Humphries Sings to ESPN's Shannon Spake

Check out a little excerpt of Kentucky big man Isaac Humphries singing to ESPN's Shannon Spake:

A video posted by Kentucky Men's Basketball (@kentuckymbb) on

That boy can sang! He good!

Regular Season is Winding Down: Schedule for the Week

The regular season is quickly coming to an end for many college teams around Kentucky.

Several NAIA and Division III tournaments get underway next week.

Here's a complete schedule for this important week of action:

Monday, February 15

7:30 p.m. Lane College at Kentucky State University*

Tuesday, February 16

7:00 p.m. Berea College at Kentucky Christian University*
7:00 p.m. Detroit at Northern Kentucky University*
7:00 p.m. St. Catharine College at Morehead State University
7:30 p.m. IU East at Alice Lloyd College*
8:00 p.m. Ohio Christian at Asbury University* - POSTPONED

Wednesday, February 17

7:00 p.m. Syracuse at University of Louisville*
7:30 p.m. Reinhardt at Union College*
7:30 p.m. Franklin at Transylvania University*
7:30 p.m. Thomas More College at Chatham*
8:00 p.m. Ohio Christian at Asbury University*
9:00 p.m. Spalding University at Webster*

Thursday, February 18

7:00 p.m. Tennessee at University of Kentucky*
7:00 p.m. Tennessee State at Morehead State University*
8:00 p.m. Lindsey Wildson College at Campbellsville University*
8:00 p.m. Old Dominion at Western Kentucky University*
8:00 p.m. Cumberland at St. Catharine College*
8:30 p.m. Kentucky State University at LeMoyne-Owen*
8:30 p.m. Davis & Elkins at Kentucky Wesleyan College*
8:30 p.m. Bellarmine University at McKendree University*
9:00 p.m. Belmont at Eastern Kentucky University*

Friday, February 19

8:00 p.m. Berry at Centre College*
8:00 p.m. Tennessee Wesleyan at Kentucky Christian University

Saturday, February 20

Noon Duke at University of Louisville*
2:00 p.m. Crown College at Kentucky Christian University*
2:00 p.m. Saint Vincent at Thomas More College*
2:00 p.m. Life University at Georgetown College*
3:00 p.m. Blackburn at Spalding University*
3:00 p.m. Manchester at Transylvania University*
3:00 p.m. Charlotte at Western Kentucky University*
4:00 p.m. Rio Grande at Brescia University*
4:00 p.m. Ohio Christian at Alice Lloyd College*
4:00 p.m. Cumberland at Campbellsville University*
4:00 p.m. University of Pikeville at University of the Cumberlands*
4:00 p.m. Bellarmine University at Illinois Springfield*
4:00 p.m. Kentucky State University at Spring Hill*
4:00 p.m. Lindsey Wilson College at St. Catharine College*
4:15 p.m. Alderson Broaddus at Kentucky Wesleyan College*
6:00 p.m. Union College at Point*
6:30 p.m. University of Kentucky at Texas A&M*
7:00 p.m. Northern Kentucky University at Wright State*
7:30 p.m. Murray State University at Austin Peay*

Sunday, February 21

3:00 p.m. Oglethorpe at Centre College*

* Conference game

John Calipari Will Be Featured Speaker at Matt Bevin's Prayer Breakfast

UK head coach John Calipari will be the featured speaker at Matt Bevin's Governor's Prayer Breakfast tomorrow morning in Frankfort.

UK's Tyler Ulis, Jamal Murray Sweep SEC Weekly Awards

Kentucky players have swept the SEC weekly award following impressive wins over South Carolina and Florida.

Tyler Ulis, coming off one of the best games of his college career at South Carolina, has been named SEC Player of the Week.

Jamal Murray is the SEC Freshman of the Week.

Here's the release from the league:

SEC Player of the Week - Kentucky's Tyler Ulis, a 5-foot-9, 160-pound sophomore guard from Chicago, Ill., averaged 20.5 points, 10 assists and 2.5 steals in wins over Georgia and at South Carolina. Ulis started the week with 14 points, eight assists and three steals in a 34-point victory over Georgia, UK's' biggest win over the Bulldogs since Jan. 29, 1959. But that was just the opening act. In a battle of two of the three SEC's first-place teams and against all sorts of adversity, Ulis was simply dominant. After head coach John Calipari was ejected less than three minutes into the game, the assistant coaching staff gave Ulis the reins of the offense, and he answered with arguably the best game of his career and one of the top individual performances in the SEC this season. Ulis notched career highs in both points (27) and assists (12) in leading UK to a 27-point win in a hostile environment. He made 7 of 14 field goals - including three as the shot-clock buzzer sounded - was 4 of 8 from behind the arc, and 9 of 11 from the free-throw line.

SEC Freshman of the Week - Kentucky's Jamal Murray, a 6-foot-4, 207-pound guard from Kitchener, Ontario, averaged 25 points and 3.5 assists in wins over Georgia and at South Carolina. To begin the week, Murray poured in 24 points against the Bulldogs, a game in which he connected on 6 of 10 from 3-point range. Murray followed that performance with a 26-point output on the road at South Carolina in the team's most complete win of the season. Murray teamed up with teammate Tyler Ulis for 53 of the team's 89 points (59.6 percent) in the win. Murray drained four more shots from long range and has now totaled 76 on the season, which ranks in the top 20 nationally. Combined with his record-breaking 35-point performance against Florida on Feb. 6, Murray has scored 85 points over a three-game span, the most for any freshman in school history.

John Calipari, Other SEC Coaches Read Players' Tweets and It's Awesome

SEC basketball coaches, including John Calipari, recently read their players' Tweets on video and it's pretty funny.

Check it out:

Dan Dakich Finally Admis that Tyler Ulis is a Top 5 Point Guard

Dan Dakich finally admitted over the weekend that Kentucky's Tyler Ulis is one of college basketball's top point guards.

Earlier this season, Dakich infamously said that Ulis isn't a top 5 point guard in the nation.

After Ulis put in 27 points and 12 assists at South Carolina Saturday, Dakich changed his mind:

Speaking of Ulis:

Former Perry Central Star Braxton Beverly Drops 70 Points in a Game

Former Perry County Central star Braxton Beverly scored 70 points on 19-of-26 shooting from the field for Hargrave Military Academy over the weekend. 

Beverly was 14-of-20 from three-point range and 18-of-20 from the free throw line. He also added 6 assists.

Hargrave knocked off Genesis Academy to improve to 40-1 on the season.

Rick Pitino Responds to Trey Lewis Comments After Notre Dame Game

Senior Trey Lewis wasn't very happy after Louisville's 71-66 loss at Notre Dame on Saturday.

Here is more from the Courier-Journal:

Lewis, who is U of L's second-leading scorer, said it has been tough in recent games because he is playing on "a leash" and "in shackles."

"That's tough, when you're constantly looking over your shoulder wondering if you're getting taken out," said Lewis, who is a fifth-year senior and transferred to Louisville last spring for his final year of college eligibility.

"That's tough as a player. Other than that, you just have to find a way to mentally get over those things."

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Rick Pitino didn't care for Lewis' comments and had this to say on his blog:

This is a big week for us to improve and take on two great opponents. We need to somehow find more minutes for Deng. Speaking of minutes, the frustrations aired to the media by Trey is the wrong forum. I went with Quentin and Donovan in stretches because Donovan has been playing the best in practice and games. Q gets the ball moving. All competitors want more minutes. I’m sure Deng wants to play, Donovan wants more than 18 minutes and Anas more than 11. These guys live by Louisville First. All competitors want to be out there to help their team win, but 25 minutes is nothing to complain about. Trey is a good person who made a Cardinal mistake. It won’t be his last. On to Syracuse.

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Kentucky Literally Dunked All Over South Carolina

The Kentucky Wildcats literally dunked all over South Carolina Saturday in Columbia.


Former Head Coach Buzz Peterson Hammers Referee Doug Sirmons

Former Tennessee head coach Buzz Peterson had some strong words about referee Doug Sirmons over the weekend. 

Sirmons is the official who ejected John Calipari, called 4 technical fouls total and had one of the worst individual officiating performances of all time on Saturday.

Sunday, February 14, 2016

Former UPIKE Forward Trevor Setty is Headed to Australia

Former University of Pikeville forward Trevor Setty has signed with the Mandurah Magic in Australia's State League. 

Here is an excerpt from

Mandurah Magic (SBL) strengthened their roster with addition of 27-year old American swingman Trevor Setty (203-89, college: Pikeville). He played most recently at Surrey Scorchers in British BBL league, but left the team in Dec.'14. In 12 games he recorded very impressive stats: 16.7ppg, 5.7rpg, 3.0apg and 1.5spg last season. Setty's team made it to the British BBL Final Four.

The list of the past achievements is quite long as among others he was voted All-MSC 1st Team back in 2012 and 2013 at his college time.

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