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Kentucky giving up six points to Mizzou

Denny Medley | USA Today

Las Vegas released its line for the Kentucky-Missouri game and it has the Cats as six-point favorites over the visiting Tigers.

Kentucky is on a roll with two covers in its last two games, while Mizzou has failed to cover in each of its last two, losing outright in games against LSU and Ole Miss. Mizzou won the first meeting with UK, 69-60, in Columbia.

Don’t gamble, friends. Matt Bevin said it’s bad.


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BBNBA: Kanter notches a double-double in Knicks win

Kim Klement-USA TODAY Sports

Last night was the first night of NBA action back from the All-Star break, and as usual, a handful of former Kentucky Wildcats took the floor. The New York Knicks knocked off the Orlando Magic by the score of 120-113, and former Cat Enes Kanter finished with 12 points and 12 rebounds. His efforts were good for his 29th double-double on the season which ranks 10th in the NBA.

In fact, former Kentucky guys are riddled throughout the top 10 in double-doubles in the league. Karl-Anthony Towns sits at the top of the list with 51, DeMarcus Cousins is fourth at 38, and Anthony Davis ranks sixth at 36. That means Kentucky makes up 40% of the top 10 in the NBA in terms of double-doubles. Is that good? That seems good.

Numbers:

 

PlayerResult PointsFG (3FG)Reb.Ast.StealsBlocksTOs+/-Mins.
Enes Kanter120-113 win over Magic126-9 (0-0)121010-521
Michael Kidd-Gilchrist111-96 win over Nets134-7 (0-0)51011+1424
Malik Monk111-96 win over Nets21-1 (0-0)00002+01
Willie Cauley-Stein110-107 loss to Thunder115-12 (0-0)60210-1919
Skal Labissiere110-107 loss to Thunder83-5 (0-1)10020+2413
Patrick Patterson110-107 win over Kings00-1 (0-0)10000-78
Jodie Meeks110-103 win over Cavaliers103-8 (2-4)01000+017

 

Highlights:

Schedule:

  • Boston Celtics at Detroit Pistons, 7pm ET
  • Atlanta Hawks at Indiana Pacers (Alex Poythress), 7pm ET
  • Charlotte Hornets (Michael Kidd-Gilchrist, Malik Monk) at Washington Wizards (John Wall, Jodie Meeks), 7pm ET
  • Milwaukee Bucks (Eric Bledsoe) at Toronto Raptors, 7:30pm ET
  • Minnesota Timberwolves (Karl-Anthony Towns) at Houston Rockets, 8pm ET on ESPN
  • Cleveland Cavaliers at Memphis Grizzlies (Andrew Harrison), 8pm ET
  • Miami Heat (Bam Adebayo) at New Orleans Pelicans (Anthony Davis, Rajon Rondo, Darius Miller, DeAndre Liggins), 8pm ET
  • San Antonio Spurs at Denver Nuggets (Jamal Murray, Trey Lyles), 9pm ET
  • Los Angeles Clippers at Phoenix Suns (Devin Booker, Tyler Ulis, Brandon Knight), 9pm ET
  • Portland Trail Blazers at Utah Jazz, 9pm ET
  • Dallas Mavericks (Nerlens Noel) at Los Angeles Lakers (Julius Randle), 10:30pm ET on ESPN

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Duke’s Wendell Carter cleared of any wrongdoing by Duke

Duke’s Wendell Carter didn’t do anything wrong, according to Duke.

Duke conducted its own investigation into its own player and determined there was no funny business going on. Nothing to see here, they say.

Read the full release on the internal review, which I’m sure was very thorough:

“A Duke student-athlete was identified in a Yahoo! Sports report this morning about men’s college basketball. Duke immediately reviewed the matter and, based on the available information, determined there are no eligibility issues related to today’s report. Duke has already contacted the NCAA and will continue to work collaboratively with the NCAA and the Atlantic Coast Conference. Duke has an uncompromising commitment to compliance in athletics. That has not, and will not, change.”

Welp, I guess that settles that.

(On a serious note with Duke hating aside: It was BS for Yahoo to include Carter in its report to get headlines without any evidence. Same goes for Knox and the other names who didn’t receive money.)


Everything Calipari said and didn’t say about the Yahoo report

Everything Calipari said and didn’t say about the Yahoo report

Everyone tuned into John Calipari’s press conference hoping he would say something about the Yahoo Sports report that dropped this morning, but with the help of Deputy Director of Athletics DeWayne Peevy, Cal stuck to the script. Peevy prefaced the media opportunity — held every day before a game — by saying that the school has no additional information regarding the report other than the statements they released this morning. As you might imagine, that didn’t stop reporters from trying. 

Here’s a transcript of the first few minutes, followed by a video:

Peevy: “Coach Calipari is here today to talk about tomorrow’s game vs. Missouri. If you don’t have any questions about that, we can let him go to practice. Once again, we don’t have any additional information other than what we provided to you earlier in the statement. We’ll make Coach Calipari available for you now.”

Kyle Tucker: “Is there anything you can say about the story, your reaction?”

Calipari: “I know nothing more than what you guys know and that’s why there is no reason for me to speak on it. You guys know what I know.”

Reporter: “Is there any concern about eligibility?”

Calipari: “Not –“

Peevy: “As I said, we have no additional information other than what we shared. If we have anything more, we’ll make sure we communicate that to you.”

Alan Cutler: “Cal, without saying what you can’t say — [Cal looks at Peevy] Hang on, just give me a second.”

Calipari: “Go ahead, go ahead. Run me down. Go ahead.”  [If you didn’t catch that, it was a reference to Cutler chasing down Billy Gillispie]

Cutler: “Without saying what you can’t say, just emotionally speaking, you have to be disappointed with this crap coming out.”

Calipari: “I mean, yeah. For all of basketball, this stuff. Yeah. But again, the statement I made is from me, where we stand on this and how I feel about it.”

Reporter: “Have you had a chance to talk to Kevin about this?”

Calipari: “No.”

Peevy: “Do you have any questions about the game tomorrow, Missouri?”

Reporter: Will Kevin play tomorrow?

Calipari: “At this point, I believe so. If there’s something I don’t know” [Looks at Peevy]

Peevy: “Like I said, once again, there’s nothing additional to what you already know.”

Lyndsey Gough: “Is this a distraction for your team?”

Calipari: “I don’t even know. I haven’t met with them yet so I don’t know.”

Reporter: “When you see this kind of attention –“

Calipari: “Any Missouri questions?”

It was hard not to notice how sweaty Calipari was, to the point he brought it up himself a few minutes later.

“I just got done working out, guys. That’s why I’m sweaty.”

Watch for yourself below:


Calipari believes Kevin Knox will play tomorrow

Calipari believes Kevin Knox will play tomorrow

John Calipari and Kevin Knox have not discussed this morning’s Yahoo! report that named Knox one of the college basketball players who met with shady sports agent Christian Dawkins.

Knox’s father, Kevin Knox Sr., has since come forward to say that meeting never happened, but Calipari has not yet had that conversation with his star forward.

Kevin Knox’s father denies son met with agent

When asked if Cal expects Knox to play against Missouri, Cal simply said, “At this point, I believe so. I mean (unless) there is something I don’t know.”

Calipari also said he hasn’t met with anyone from his team today.


LIVE: John Calipari press conference

John Calipari is about to address reporters about tomorrow’s game vs. Missouri and, one would imagine, Yahoo Sports’ report from this morning alleging three former/current Kentucky players met with or accepted money from ASM Sports. Tune in below courtesy of KyWildcatsTV:


Still no word on whether Michael Porter Jr. will play tomorrow

Hey, remember that we play a game tomorrow? Yesterday, it was announced that Missouri star Michael Porter Jr. has been cleared to practice, which begged the question as to whether or not he’ll play in tomorrow night’s game vs. Kentucky. Today, Missouri coach Cuonzo Martin confirmed Porter returned to practice but didn’t say whether or not he’ll play tomorrow in Rupp.

“He will get implemented in practice today and then we’ll go one day at a time,” Martin said, via Dave Matter of the St. Louis Post-Dispatch. “I don’t really have a timetable after that. It’s just one day at a time.”

When asked, Martin said he hadn’t considered whether or not he’ll let Porter dress out for tomorrow’s game, but joked that he might to “throw [Kentucky] off.”

I’ve seen this story before. He’s playing.

[St. Louis Post-Dispatch]


Kentucky’s Junior Day Guest List

While the basketball world was buzzing about the latest in the FBI scandal, Mark Stoops was preparing for one of his biggest recruiting weekends of the year.

This weekend is Kentucky football’s annual Junior Day.  UK will open its doors to hundreds of the most talented prospects in the 2019 football recruiting class.  For many, it’s Stoops and Vince Marrow’s first chance to WOW the next class.  The recruits will come in droves from top high schools across the country.  Even if it’s a longshot, getting the best of the best on campus this weekend is the first big step in the recruiting process.

The visiting recruits will receive an academic presentation, a tour of the weight room and athletic facilities, a photoshoot with UK equipment and three tickets to the basketball game vs. Missouri at Rupp Arena.

The following list is most certainly incomplete, but it paints a picture where Kentucky is recruiting and what type of player they’re looking for, starting with quarterbacks.

Quarterbacks

Kentucky can only rely on the JUCO route for so long at quarterback.  They must return to the high school ranks and land at least one in the upcoming class.

Hayden Wolff — Darin Hinshaw spotted Wolff early in the recruiting process.  The Cats are the early favorite for the Englewood, Florida pocket-passer.

Paul Tyson — This will not be the first time Bear Bryant’s Grandson has visited Kentucky.  The No. 7 pocket-passer and No. 223 player overall in the 2019 class, UK’s early offer put the Cats in a good position for the four-star prospect.  The biggest thing in UK’s way — Tyson now has an Alabama offer.

Nik Scalzo — A 6-foot tall running quarterback from Ft. Lauderdale, his size has kept most big schools away.  He has an offer from Illinois as Kentucky takes a closer look at the dual-threat quarterback.

Travis Mumphrey — The other dual-threat quarterback on campus this weekend hails from Louisiana.  Considered a three-star prospect and the No. 23 dual-threat in the country, he picked up an offer from the Vols this week and will head to Knoxville after his UK visit.

Louisiana

Michael Smith has been extremely busy during his first few weeks on Kentucky’s staff.  After extending a dozen or so offers, the new wide receivers coach convinced a few from The Pelican State to attend Junior Day.

Donald Clay — A three-star defensive back from New Orleans, Clay has almost 20 offers, most notably Arkansas, Arizona State and Kentucky.

Kash Foley — The unranked wide receiver picked up a UK offer last week.

Ahmad Bradley —  A 6’2 325-pound offensive guard, he protects quarterback Travis Mumphrey at John Ehret High School in Marrero.

Chad Alexander — The shifty New Orleans running back is only 5’5, but is big enough to catch Smith’s eye.

Missouri

Yes, Kentucky is recruiting in Missouri now.  Where this came from, I don’t know, but it appears Kentucky will be setting up shop in St. Louis and the surrounding areas for the foreseeable future.

Shammond Cooper — A four-star inside linebacker that is considered one of the Top 250 players in the 2019 class will bring a large contingency from St. Louis’ Trinity Catholic High School with him to UK.  Oklahoma is the early leader for Cooper, but Clemson and Notre Dame are also in the mix.

C.J. Boone — The 6’3 wide receiver from St. Louis also has a scholarship offer from Missouri.

Conrad Rowley — The 6’4 interior offensive lineman is being pursued by Northwestern, Minnesota and Kansas.

Michigan

Steve Clinkscale has already hosted a few talented kids from Michigan this spring.  This weekend he’s bringing more in from The Great Lakes State.

Michael Fletcher — Considered one of the 25 best defensive ends in the 2019 class, the four-star prospect hails from Flint, Michigan.  Jim Harbaugh’s Wolverines are currently the favorite in his recruitment, but Fletcher plans on visiting Georgia next week after recently picking up an offer from Kirby Smart.

Jalen Graham — The three-star athlete hails from early enrollee DeAndre Square’s alma mater, Cass Tech.

Spencer Holstege — A 6’5″ 260-pound offensive tackle from Grand Rapids, Holstege does not yet have a UK scholarship offer.

Josh DeBerry — Kentucky was the first SEC school to offer the three-star cornerback from Warren, Michigan.

Other Top Prospects

Everybody else that didn’t fall in an easy category you will find below.

Moses Douglass — A four-star safety from Springfield, Ohio, he’s coached by his Dad, former Kentucky Wildcat safety and 11-year NFL veteran Moe Douglass.  One of the Top 300 players in his class, Wisconsin, Tennessee and Michigan are all in on Douglass.

Jashon Watkins — A four-star athlete from East Nashville, Tennessee, Kentucky was just the second school to offer Watkins.  He now holds offers from Oklahoma, Florida, South Carolina and others.

Richie Hagarty — Hagarty is a 6’3, 215-pound outside linebacker from Cathedral High School in Indianapolis. He’s received some early interest from Notre Dame.

Jammie Robinson — The four-star athlete from Crisp County, Georgia already holds offers from Alabama, Auburn, Clemson, South Carolina, Michigan, and of course, Kentucky.

Paris Johnson Jr. — Junior Day isn’t just for Juniors.  The 6’7 offensive tackle from Cincinnati St. X is considered the No. 116 player in the 2020 recruiting class by 247 Sports.  Ohio State has extended the early offer.  Notre Dame, Auburn, Tennessee Michigan State have also offered Johnson.  He received an offer from Kentucky earlier this week.


Bam Adebayo’s high school coach: “Let the truth come out”

© Brad Penner

According to documents seized by the FBI, Bam Adebayo received payments of $12,000 and $36,500 from ASM Sports. Jerry Tipton spoke to Bam’s high school coach Brandon Clifford, who spoke to the Miami Heat rookie this morning and denied knowledge of any wrongdoing.

“As far as I know, Bam has never taken a dime from anybody,” said Clifford. “He committed himself to doing things the right way.”

Clifford urged fans to “let the truth come out in due time.”

“You have a star athlete that’s 16 or 17 years old. They’re not calling the shots. Bam wouldn’t even talk to college coaches without it coming through me or his family.”

According to the Miami Heat, Bam will not comment on today’s report.

[Herald-Leader]


John Calipari will speak to the media at 2:45 p.m.

Clear your schedule for mid-afternoon because UK just confirmed that John Calipari will speak to the media at 2:45 p.m. regarding tomorrow’s game vs. Missouri, and, presumably, Yahoo Sports’ report this morning that three of his former/current players met with or accepted loans or meals from agents at ASM Sports.

While Calipari will speak, his players will not, a very smart move by Kentucky. We’ll have a live stream for you on KSR beginning at 2:40 p.m. If you missed it, Calipari, Eli Capilouto, and Mitch Barnhart have all released statement on the allegations facing the program:

John Calipari responds to Yahoo Sports’ report


Why Kevin Knox should donate $200 to charity right now

Kevin Knox was listed on financial records obtained by the FBI as meeting with or having a meal with ASM Sports agent Christian Dawkins. Knox’s father has already come out and said that meeting/meal never happened, but if it did, here’s what it could mean for Knox’s eligibility.

According to the most recent version of the NCAA Division I manual, Bylaw 16.01.1 prohibits any extra benefit; however, it stipulates that if the monetary value of that benefit (i.e., a meal) is $200 or less, the player can regain his or her eligibility by repaying the amount to the charity of their choice.

16.01.1 Eligibility Effect of Violation. [A] A student-athlete shall not receive any extra benefit. Receipt by a student-athlete of an award, benefit or expense allowance not authorized by NCAA legislation renders the student-athlete ineligible for athletics competition in the sport for which the improper award, benefit or expense was received. If the student-athlete receives an extra benefit not authorized by NCAA legislation, the individual is ineligible in all sports

16.01.1.1 Restitution for Receipt of Impermissible Benefits. Unless otherwise noted, for violations of Bylaw 16 in which the value of the benefit is $200 or less, the eligibility of the student-athlete shall not be affected conditioned upon the student-athlete repaying the value of the benefit to a charity of his or her choice. The student-athlete, however, shall remain ineligible from the time the institution has knowledge of receipt of the impermissible benefit until the student-athlete repays the benefit. For violations of Bylaw 16 in which there is no monetary value to the benefit, violations shall be considered institutional violations per Constitution 2.8.1; however, such violations shall not affect the student-athlete’s eligibility. (Adopted: 11/1/01, Revised: 8/5/04, 1/19/18)

So…which charity will Kevin Knox be donating $200 to today? Even if he didn’t meet with Dawkins or Miller, it doesn’t hurt to pay it forward, right?

UPDATE: Just last month, the NCAA amended that rule to up the amount for $100 to $200.


John Calipari responds to Yahoo Sports’ report

John Calipari responds to Yahoo Sports’ report

John Calipari has responded to Yahoo Sports’ report that three of his former and current players are part of the FBI’s investigation into college basketball. Nerlens Noel, Bam Adebayo, and Kevin Knox are all listed on financial documents from ASM Sports, a sports agency headed by Andy Miller, but Cal denies that he or his staff had any involvement with Miller or ASM.

“I have no relationship with Andy Miller or any of his associates,” Cal said. “Neither my staff nor I utilized any agent, including Andy Miller or any of his associates, to provide any financial benefits to a current or former Kentucky student-athlete. We will cooperate fully with the appropriate authorities.”

As mentioned earlier, UK President Eli Capilouto also released a statement.

“As I said to our Board of Trustees this morning, we learned late last night of a report from Yahoo Sports that provides more details regarding documents related to the federal investigation of potential NCAA violations. We began immediately to conduct our due diligence, and we will cooperate fully with any appropriate authorities. That is our commitment as a university to our Board of Trustees and to the Commonwealth. I will keep you informed of any developments should they arise in this matter.”

“We are aware of the report today by Yahoo! Sports,” Athletic Director Mitch Barnhart added. “We have not been contacted by the FBI or the NCAA, but since learning of the report, we have reached out to both the NCAA and our league office. We will be conducting an internal review. At this time, we have no further comment.”

For more on what the allegations facing Nerlens, Bam, and Knox mean, read our breakdown below.

Breaking down Yahoo’s FBI story involving Nerlens, Bam, and Knox


UK has not been contacted by the FBI, will conduct internal review

UK has not been contacted by the FBI, will conduct internal review

In the wake of three former and current Kentucky players being linked to the FBI’s investigation into college basketball, UK President Eli Capilouto says the school will conduct an internal investigation of the allegations facing the program. Per the Herald-Leader, UK was notified of Yahoo Sports’ report last night.

“We learned late last night of a report from Yahoo Sports that provides more details regarding documents related to the federal investigation of potential NCAA violations,” Capilouto said to the UK Board of Trustees Athletics Committee, which happened to be meeting Friday morning. “We began immediately to conduct our due diligence and we will cooperate fully with any appropriate authorities. That is our commitment as a university to our Board of Trustees and to the Commonwealth.”

Athletics Director Mitch Barnhart said UK has not been contacted by the FBI, but has reached out to the NCAA and SEC.

[Herald-Leader]


Kevin Knox’s father denies son met with agent

Kevin Knox’s name was reportedly included on a list of players who met with former ASM associate Christian Dawkins, but according to his father, that meeting never took place. Kyle Tucker spoke to Knox Sr., who said neither he nor his son have ever met or shared a meal with Dawkins or ASM’s founder Andy Miller.

Knox Sr. also said he expects his son to play tomorrow vs. Missouri because “I’ve never met [Dawkins or Miller], so yeah, I feel great.”

Still no word from UK. Stay tuned.

[SEC Country]


KSR is in Danville to discuss the FBI documents (Friday Show Thread)

Today’s show is live from the Danville Eye Center (104 Smoky Way) in my beautiful hometown of Danville, Kentucky. If you’re in the area, come on out to hear the gang break down this morning’s bombshell news that Nerlens Noel, Bam Adebayo, and Kevin Knox were listed on financial documents from ASM Sports, which have been obtained by the FBI and Yahoo Sports. Then, go get yourself a donut from Burke’s Bakery.

Join in on the fun by calling (502) 571-1080 or send a text to the KSR Texting Machine at (859) 300-3264.

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