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Monday
Apr062015

John Calipari Elected to Basketball Hall of Fame

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(INDIANAPOLIS, In.) -- John Calipari will be inducted into the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall Of Fame Monday.

According to ESPN's Jeff Goodman the vote was "extremely close" as Calipari received the necessary 18 out of 24 votes.

The news came less than a day after Calipari's Kentucky Wildcats were defeated 71-64 by the Wisconsin Badgers and eliminated from the NCAA basketball tournament.

Calipari will be enshrined on September 11 at the museum in Springfield, Massachusetts.

Under Calipari, the Wildcats have reached the Final Four, four of the last five seasons -- including a National Championship in 2012. Calipari also led Memphis and UMass to final four appearances.

 
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Sunday
Apr052015

Andrew Harrison Apologizes to Frank Kaminsky

Mitchell Layton/Getty Images(NEW YORK) -- Kentucky guard Andrew Harrison apologized for the comment he made about Wisconsin forward Frank Kaminsky following their loss on Saturday night.

Karl-Anthony Towns was asked about Kaminsky's performance, and durnig the question, Harrison uttered an obscenity and a racial slur directed at the Wisconsin star.

Harrison muttered "F--- that n----" as his hand covered his mouth.

"First i want to apologize for my poor choice of words used in jest towards a player I respect and know," Harrison tweeted after the game.

"When I realized how this could be perceived I immediately called big frank to apologize and let him know I didn't mean any disrespect," the tweet continued.  "We had a good conversation and I wished him good luck in the championship game Monday."

"We have no comment until we have had a chance to evaluate it," Kentucky spokesman Eric Lindsey said.


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Sunday
Apr052015

Wisconsin Hands Kentucky First Defeat

Ronald Martinez/Getty Images(INDIANAPOLIS, In.) -- The Wisconsin Badgers have done what no other team could do this season -- defeat the Kentucky Wildcats.

With a 71-64 victory Saturday, the Badgers will move on to face Duke for the NCAA basketball championship.

"It's a nice feeling to know that you've got a chance... A little bit better than Jim Carrey in Dumb and Dumber," Badgers head coach Bo Ryan said of the victory over the Wildcats. "There were times when it was a-million-to-one, but not this time."

Forwards Sam Dekker and Frank Kaminsky led the way for the Badgers as they dropped 16 and 20 points, respectively. Kaminsky also dominated in the paint as he grabbed 11 of Wisconsin's 34 rebounds against the Wildcats' big men.

Last season, Kentucky eliminated Wisconsin in the Final Four -- though Dekker says it wasn't the primary focus in the contest against the Wildcats.

Last year's game obviously was motivation, not because of Kentucky, but because of how far we got." Dekker said. "It didn't matter who was in front of us, we just wanted to [get a] chance to play for a National Title.

We set those goals out before the season and we were very vocal about it."

Kentucky becomes the first undefeated team to lose in the Final Four since the 1991 UNLV Runnin' Rebels lost to Duke. 

"I've had some tough losses and some unbelievable wins at the buzzer," coach John Calipari said. "My concern is that these guys keep it in perspective. They just had an historic year. If you want to blame anyone, blame me."


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Sunday
Mar292015

Kentucky Overcomes Late Deficit to KO Notre Dame, Advance to Final Four

Mitchell Layton/Getty Images(CLEVELAND) -- The luck of the Irish ran out.

Leading most of the second half, No. 3 Notre Dame slowly watched top-ranked Kentucky come back and eventually take the lead for good when Andrew Harrison made two free throws with six seconds remaining, as the Wildcats edge the Fighting Irish 68-66 to advance to the Final Four of the Men's NCAA Basketball Tournament.

Kentucky (38-0) gets to continue its undefeated season with large thanks to the Harrison twins. Aaron Harrison made an NBA range 3-pointer with 3:18 remaining to give Kentucky its first lead since the 15:06 mark of the second half. Notre Dame's Jerian Grant answered Harrison's three with one of his own with 2:36 remaining to put Notre Dame up by two. Karl-Anthony Towns then scored two of his game-high 25 points to tie the contest before the other Harrison hit his free throws to seal the game.

Notre Dame (32-6), which had a decided size disadvantage with the Cats, was only outrebounded by one in the loss. It also doubled Kentucky 16-8 in assists.

Zach Auguste scored 20 while Steve Vasturia and Grant added 16 and 15 points respectively in a losing effort.

Kentucky advances to the National Semifinal in Indianapolis next weekend where it will meet Wisconsin.


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Saturday
Mar282015

Scoreboard Roundup - 3/28/15

Hemera/Getty Images(NEW YORK) -- NHL: Boston Bruins 4 (37-25-13, 87 pts) - New York Rangers 2 (47-20-7, 101 pts)

Detroit Red Wings 4 (40-22-12, 92 pts) - Tampa Bay Lightning 0 (46-23-7, 99 pts)

Nashville Predators 4 (47-21-8, 102 pts) - Washington Capitals 3 (40-25-10, 90 pts)

Pittsburgh Penguins 3 (41-23-11, 93 pts) - Arizona Coyotes 2 (23-45-8, 54 pts)

San Jose Sharks 3 (37-30-8, 82 pts) - Philadelphia Flyers 2 (30-29-17, 77 pts)(F/SO)

Anahiem Ducks 3 (48-22-7, 103 pts) - New York Islanders 2 (44-27-5, 93 pts)

Carolina Hurricanes 3 (28-36-10, 66 pts) - New Jersey Devils 1 (31-32-12, 74 pts)

Toronto Maple Leafs 4 (28-42-6, 62 pts) - Ottawa Sentators 3 (37-25-12, 86 pts) (F/OT)

Montreal Canadiens 3 (47-21-8, 102 pts) - Florida Panthers 2 (34-26-15, 83 pts) (F/OT)

Columbus Blue Jackets 4 (36-35-4, 76 pts) - St. Louis Blues 2 (46-22-7, 99 pts)

Minnesota Wild 4 (44-25-7, 95 pts) - Los Angeles Kings 1 (37-24-14, 88 pts)

Colorado Avalanche 5 (34-28-12, 80 pts) - Buffalo Sabres 3 (20-46-8, 48 pts)

Dallas Stars 4 (37-29-10, 84pts) - Vancouver Canucks 3 (43-27-5, 91pts) (F/OT)

NCAAM: (1) Wisconsin 85 - (2) Arizona 78

(1) Kentucky 68 - (3) Notre Dame 66

NBA: Charlotte Hornets 115 (31-41)- Atlanta Hawks 100 (55-18)

Chicago Bulls 111 (45-29) - New York Knicks 80 (14-60)

Golden State Warriors 108 (60-13) - Milwaukee Bucks 95 (36-37)

Utah Jazz 94 (32-41) - Oklahoma City Thunder 89 (41-32)

Portland Trail Blazers 120 (47-25) - Denver Nuggets 114 (28-46)


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Thursday
Mar262015

West Virginia Freshman Says Kentucky Will Be 36-1 After Thursday

G. Fiume/Getty Images(CLEVELAND) -- There may not be many people that think Kentucky will lose their perfect season and a chance at winning a national title when they play West Virginia Thursday, but there's at least one: Mountaineers guard Daxter Miles Jr.

"I give them their props," Miles said Wednesday. "Salute them to getting to 36-0. But tomorrow they're gonna be 36-1."

Miles continued to say the Wildcats should fear the Mountaineers.

"They should be more intimidated," Miles said. "Because they're the ones who have the high standard, and we're coming for them."

West Virginia (25-9) forces opponents into turnovers on 28.3 percent of possessions, the best percentage in Division I.

Also, the Mountaineers head coach Bob Huggins is 8-2 in games against Kentucky head coach John Calipari. Despite all of that, as of Thursday morning, Vegas has Kentucky as 13.5 point favorites.

We'll find out Thursday night if Miles' prediction is correct. West Virginia and Kentucky are scheduled to tip off at 9:45 p.m. ET in Cleveland.


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Sunday
Mar222015

(1) Kentucky Knocks Off Fiesty (8) Cincinnati

iStock/Thinkstock(LOUISVILLE, Ky.) -- Top-ranked Kentucky overcame a poor shooting day to knock out No. 8 Cincinnati, 64-51. in the third round of the Men's NCAA Basketball Tournament Saturday.

Kentucky (36-0) converted only 20 of 54 shots from the field in the win.

"I always like it when my team shoots 37, 36, 35 percent and wins in double digits," Kentucky head coach John Calipari said. "It shows them they don't have to make shots to win. You can miss them all. No, you can't miss them all. You can miss most of them, and you can still win games if you defend, you rebound and you play that way, make your free throws, and they did."

Despite Kentucky being a much taller team than Cincinnati, the Bearcats did not back down, constantly outworking Wildcats players for rebounds, winning the matchup on the glass, 45-38.

Troy Caupan had 13 points while Octavius Ellis added nine and 10 rebounds for Cincinnati (23-11) in the loss.

Kentucky forced 14 Cincinnati turnovers, leading to 16 points.

Aaron Harrison led all Wildcats scorers with 13 points.

Kentucky advances to the Sweet 16 where it will meet the winner of the Maryland-West Virginia game.


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Sunday
Feb222015

(1) Kentucky Crushes Auburn, Improves to 27-0

Mitchell Layton/Getty Images(LEXINGTON, Ky.) -- Top-ranked Kentucky took care of business Saturday night defeating the Auburn Tigers, 110-75 to improve to 27-0 on the season.

Karl-Anthony Towns scored 19 points, which led six Kentucky players who reached double figures, and the Wildcats reached their highest scoring total since 2002, extending their best start ever.  Kentucky also matched the 1995-1996 team's school record of 27 straight victories.

"We cherish these moments," said Towns, who also grabbed 10 rebounds and blocked four shots. "Not every game is going to be like this. We executed, played great defense and also made a lot of shots."

Kentucky will look to improve to 28-0 on Wednesday February 25th when they meet Mississippi St.


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Tuesday
Feb172015

Scoreboard Roundup - 2/17/15

Hemera/Getty Images(NEW YORK) -- Top 25 Men's College Basketball: (1) Kentucky 66 (26-0) - Tennessee 48 (14-11)

(10) Notre Dame 88 (23-4) - Wake Forest 75 (12-15)

(13) Wichita State 84 (24-3) - Souther Illinois 62 (10-18)

(17) Oklahoma 71 (17-8) - Texas 69 (17-8)

(20) Baylor 54 (19-7) - Texas Tech 49 (12-15)

(25) VCU 74 (20-6) - Saint Louis 54 (10-16)

NHL: New York Islanders 4 (38-19-1, 77pts) - Carolina Hurricanes 1 (20-29-7, 47pts)

Columbus Blue Jackets 5 (25-27-3, 53pts) - Philadelphia Flyers 2 (24-23-10, 58pts)

Washington Capitals 3 (31-17-10, 72pts) - Pittsburgh Penguins 1 (32-16-9, 73pts)

Florida Panthers 3 (25-19-12, 62pts) - Toronto Maple Leafs 2 (23-30-5, 51pts)

New Jersey Devils 2 (22-26-9, 53pts) - Buffalo Sabres 1 (16-37-4, 36pts) - Shootout

Dallas Stars 4 (27-22-8, 62pts) - St. Louis Blues 1 (37-16-4, 78pts)

Nashville Predators 5 (39-12-6, 84pts) - San Jose Sharks 1 (29-22-8, 66pts)


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Saturday
Feb142015

Scoreboard Roundup - 2/14/15

Hemera/Getty Images(NEW YORK) -- Top 25 Men's Basketball: (1) Kentucky 77 (25-0) - South Carolina 43 (12-12)

(2) - Virginia 61 (23-1) - Wake Forest 60 (12-14)

(3) Gonzaga 56 (26-1) - Pepperdine 48 (15-11)

(4) Duke 80 (22-3) - Syracuse 72 (16-9)

(6) Villanova 68 (23-2) - Butler 65 (18-7)

(8) Kansas 74 (21-4) - (16) Baylor 64 (18-7)

North Carolina State 74 (15-11) - (9) Louisville 65 (20-5)

Pittsburgh 89 (17-9) - (12) North Carolina 76 (18-7)

(14) Iowa State 79 (18-6) - (21) West Virginia 59 (19-6)

(15) Wichita State 68 (23-3) - Illinois State 62 (15-11)

Kansas State 59 (13-13) - (17) Oklahoma 56 (17-8)

(19) Maryland 76 (21-5) - Penn State 73 (15-11)

(20) VCU 79 (19-6) - George Washington 66 (17-8)

TCU 70 (15-10) - (21) Oklahoma State 55 (17-8)

Michigan State 59 (17-8) - (23) Ohio State 56 (19-7)

(24) Arkansas 71 (20-5) - Ole Miss 70 (17-8)

(25) SMU 75 (21-5) - Connecticut 55 (14-10)

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Timberwolves guard Zach LaVine Wins Sprite Slam Dunk Contest

Rockets guard Patrick Beverley Wins Taco Bell Skills Challenge

NHL: Ottawa Senators 7 (22-22-10, 54 pts) - Edmonton Oilers 2 (16-32-9, 41 pts)

New York Rangers 5 (33-16-5, 71 pts) - Phoenix Coyotes 1 (20-30-7, 47 pts)

Winnipeg Jets 5 (29-19-10, 68 pts) - Detroit Red Wings 4 (31-13-10, 72 pts) (F/SO)

New York Islanders 6 (37-18-1, 75 pts) - Columbus Blue Jackets 3 (24-27-3, 51 pts)

Nashville Predators 3 (38-12-6, 82 pts) - New Jersey Devils 1 (21-26-9, 51 pts)

Minnesota Wild 6 (28-20-7, 63 pts) - Carolina Hurricanes 3 (19-28-7, 45 pts)

Montreal Canadiens 2 (36-15-4, 76 pts) - Toronto Maple Leafs 1 (23-29-5, 51 pts)

Calgary Flames 3 (31-22-3, 65pts) - Vancouver Canucks 2 (31-21-3, 65 pts)

Los Angeles Kings 3 (25-18-12, 62pts) - Washington Capitals 1 (29-17-10, 68pts)

Colorado Avalanche 4 (23-22-11, 57pts) - Dallas Stars 1 (26-22-8, 60pts)


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