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Aaron Can Make His UofL Basketball Debut Dec. 20

Dec 09, 2014 -- 5:07pm

Phil Baker 

@ESPN680 | @Phil__Baker 


Via: GoCards.com

LOUISVILLE, Ky. - University of Louisville freshman guard Shaqquan Aaron can make his debut with the Cardinals' men's basketball team on Dec. 20 when U of L plays at Western Kentucky.

During Aaron's NCAA amateurism certification for initial eligibility, it was determined that his family received extra benefits related to housing. He must sit out the first nine games -- 30 percent of the season -- and will have repayment and community service hours to fulfill his reinstatement.

A 6-7 freshman from Seattle, Wash., Aaron has missed the Cardinals' first seven games and will remain on the bench for UofL's game against Indiana in the Jimmy V Classic tonight and for Sunday's home game against UNC Wilmington. He has continued to practice with the team while awaiting completion of the NCAA process.

A two-time first-team AP Class 3A all-state selection and the Washington state player of the year as a senior, Aaron averaged 19.7 points, 8.5 rebounds, and 7.5 assists last season in leading Rainier Beach High School to the Washington Class 3A state championship. 


Kentucky, UCLA announce series

Dec 09, 2014 -- 10:00am

Phil Baker

@ESPN680 | @Phil__Baker



Via: ESPN.com

LEXINGTON, Ky. -- Kentucky will face UCLA next season in a home-and-home series that will bring the Bruins to Rupp Arena for the first time in 2016.

Scheduled to meet on Dec. 20 in Chicago, two of college basketball's most storied programs will resume home-site games with the Wildcats visiting Pauley Pavilion on Dec. 3, 2015 in their first trip to Los Angeles since December 1959.

UCLA plays in Lexington for the first time since February 1961 with a Dec. 3, 2016 matchup at Rupp.

Kentucky coach John Calipari said in a release on Monday that "not only does Big Blue Nation get to see two of the historic programs in Rupp Arena, it gives our fans on the other side of the country a chance to see our team in person."

Gerod Holliman Snubbed For ACC Defensive Player Of The Year

Dec 03, 2014 -- 2:58pm

Phil Baker

@ESPN680 | @Phil__Baker


GREENSBORO, N.C. (theACC.com) – Pitt running back James Conner has been selected as the 2014 Atlantic Coast Conference Player of the Year following a standout sophomore season in which he ranks fourth nationally in rushing and set a number of conference and school records.


Conner, a 6-foot-2, 250-pound native of Erie, Pennsylvania, also earned recognition as the 2014 ACC Offensive Player of the Year. Conner will enter the Panthers’ upcoming bowl game as the conference’s leading rusher with 1,675 yards and leading scorer with 144 points on 24 rushing touchdowns.

The ACC Player of the Year nod went to Conner in a tight vote among 55 members of the Atlantic Coast Sports Media Association (ACSMA). The Pitt running back received 16 votes to finish three ahead of Florida State sophomore quarterback Jameis Winston, the 2013 Heisman Trophy winner and ACC Player of the Year.

Clemson redshirt senior defensive end Vic Beasley, who finished third in the overall Player of the Year balloting with eight votes, was selected by ACSMA as the 2014 ACC Defensive Player of the Year.

Louisville safety Gerod Holliman placed fourth  with six votes, and Miami running back Duke Johnson had five. Florida State wide receiver Rashad Greene, Georgia Tech quarterback Justin Thomas and North Carolina quarterback Marquise Williams received two votes each, and Georgia Tech linebacker Quayshawn Nealy had one.

Conner’s total of 24 rushing touchdowns set an ACC single-season record, ranks second nationally and is a Pitt school record, surpassing the legendary Tony Dorsett’s previous mark of 22. Conner has also broken Dorsett’s Pitt single-season records for total TDs (23) and points scored (140). Dorsett set each of those records during his 1976 Heisman Trophy season. 

“We are tremendously proud of James and all that he achieved this season,” Pitt head coach Paul Chryst said. “In addition to his production on the field, James has been an excellent teammate and leader. I know our entire program takes pride in James receiving this prestigious honor.”

A candidate for numerous national awards, Conner earned back-to-back ACC Offensive Player of the Week honors at the outset of the season. Conner opened the 2014 campaign by rushing for 153 yards and four touchdowns on just 14 carries versus Delaware, and followed up with 214 yards and a touchdown on 36 carries in an ACC road win at Boston College.

Conner already has 2,474 rushing yards for his career to rank 10th all-time at Pitt.

Conner led the ACC Offensive Player of the Year balloting with 23 votes, followed by FSU’s Winston with 16. Miami’s Johnson was named on seven ballots, while FSU’s Greene (four), Georgia Tech’s Thomas (three) and UNC’s Williams (two) rounded out the voting.

Clemson’s Beasley is the ACC Defensive Player of the Year following a 2014 regular season in which he continued to establish himself as one of the league’s all-time top pass rushers and front line enforcers.

Beasley received 24 votes for ACC Defensive Player of the Year, four ahead of Louisville’s Holliman. Miami linebacker Denzel Perryman received seven votes, while Duke linebacker David Helton and Georgia Tech’s Nealy each received two

Despite special attention from most opposing offenses, Beasley leads the ACC in quarterback sacks with 11 as Clemson (9-3) prepares for its bowl game, and his 18.5 total tackles for loss also lead the conference. Seventeen of Beasley’s tackles for loss have been solo stops.

The 6-foot-3, 235-pound native of Adairsville, Georgia, holds the Clemson school record and leads all active FBS players with 32 career sacks. A finalist for the Bednarik Award and Lombardi Trophy, Beasley’s 52 career tackles for loss have accounted for 292 negative yards, also the most of any active FBS player.

“He came back for his senior year to graduate, and to have a great season and improve as an all-around player,” Clemson head coach Dabo Swinney said of Beasley. “He has done that – he is a complete player. He is a big reason we currently rank number-one in the nation in total defense and many other areas.  He is the best defensive player in the ACC, and I really feel he is the best defensive player in the nation.”

Hoosiers to bring back Kevin Wilson

Dec 01, 2014 -- 9:18am

Phil Baker

@ESPN680 | @Phil__Baker


Via: ESPN.com

Kevin Wilson will return to Indiana in 2015, a university athletics source told ESPN.com.

Indiana is 14-34 in four seasons under Wilson. The Hoosiers finished 4-8 this season, defeating Purdue on Saturday for their only Big Ten victory. The Hoosiers also upset SEC East division champion Missouri 31-27 earlier this year.

Indiana running back Tevin Coleman has become the first player in school history to rush for 2,000 yards in one season.

Coleman ran 29 times for 130 yards in the Hoosiers' 23-16 victory against Purdue, becoming the 18th player in Football Bowl Subdivision history to top the 2,000-yard mark.

Coleman, who opened the game with a 24-yard run, finished the season with 2,036 yards.

He injured his right ankle late in the first quarter. After having the ankle retaped Coleman returned later and finally hit the milestone with an 8-yard run with 10:13 left in the game.

Red/White Scrimmage

Oct 20, 2014 -- 10:42am

Phil Baker

@ESPN680 | @Phil__Baker


2014-15 Louisville Cardinals 

KFC Yum! Center-- For some the some it's opening day at all ballpark, for others it's the kickoff to football, but here in the Commonwealth it's when the hardwood begins to hit the floor for Midnight Madness or in the Cards case the Red/White Scrimmage. 

Here are some of the takeaways from our first look of the UofL Red/White scrimmage. 

1) Rozier the real deal?  Coach Pitino may be the best when it comes to the hyperbole in terms of talking about the teams the Cards are facing or some of his players but with Terry Rozier the hype seems to be the real deal. The Sophmore guard led all scores for the red team with 25, to go along with his seven boards, six steals and four assists. Many of the experts see Rozier as a star on the rise, it's hard to get a great feel from an Intrasquad scrimmage but Rozier seemed to be at another level vs some of his competition. 

2) A New Blackshear? Wayne Blackshear looked like a new player. Very agressive and not settling for jump shots and banging with the bigs. Blackshear had some very nice moves and seems like his ball handling has improved as well. The real measuring stick will come during this tough schedule, will Cardinal fans see the top player recruited out of Chicago or the Wayne who under performs?

3) Preseason All-American? Monztrezl Harell led the way for the winning white team with 24 points and 12-rebounds. Harrell was not in the Yum! Center for fun, he often would give freshmen teammates an ear full when they seemed frightened or nervous. The preseason All-American did not have any real competition in the paint and showed off his new shooting stroke by going 3-of-5 from downtown. 

4) How deep is this team? There are a lot of projects on this team. Big's that need to develop and role players that need to be ready to play should foul trouble or injuries that could arise. Freshman 7-footer Anas Mahmoud showed some promise but is raw... His size will trouble any undersize opponent that trys to come into the paint but needs to put on a TON of weight if he wants to be a force. Chinanu Onuaku's also raw, showed a ton of upside in a much needed front court. Onuaku finished the game with nine boards and ten rebounds and seems to understand what Coach Pitino wants from him. The talented Jordan Brand All-American, Shaqquan Aaron only had three points on 1-4 shooting and seems to have a long way to go. Rick Pitino has often compared him to Franciso Garica but like some of the bigs Aaron will need to put on weight and fast in order to seem the court. The Louisville product Quentin 'Q' Snider had a quiet game but did somethings that should have UofL fans excited for... Russ Smith had no memory in terms missed shots, Snider was very similar... He air balled shot after shot just going one-for-six from behind the arc, but continued to shoot, before knocking down a big three to tie the game in the red-white game. Not saying the local freshman is going to be an All-American this year but having a short term memory will help with his growth. 


5) Chris Jones the point man. Chris Jones looked to be very confident against the red team during the scrimmage. If there is one thing that can get you out of Coach Pitino's dog house it's the getting your body fat down... The senior point guard has lost ten piunds in the off season and finished with 18-points, eight assist and five steals, he seems to be faster and more inclusive when attacking the basket. Like Monztrezl Harrell, Jones was in the young guys ears whenever the bright lights seems to alter their performance. It is a different approach from what Russ Smith and Peyton Siva did but as one of the captains it is Chris Jones team now and he will have to have to improve on shot sleection if this team wants to make a post season run. 



Via: GoCards.com

LOUISVILLE, Ky. - Chris Jones scored nine of his 18 points in the second half, including the game-winning 3-pointer with three seconds left in regulation, to give the White team a 75-72 victory over the Red team in the University of Louisville men's basketball team's Red-White Scrimmage, presented by Mark's Feed Store.

With the game knotted at 72 apiece, Jones caught a pass on the wing with time winding down and nailed his second 3 of the game. He also dished out eight assists on Sunday afternoon in front of a crowd of 10,153 in the KFC Yum! Center.

The Cardinals return to action for their second and final exhibition on Oct. 26 at 2 p.m.

Tickets, priced at $10 for lower arena seats and $5 for upper arena seats, are on currently on sale at the UofL Ticket Office, located near Gate 2 of Papa John's Cardinal Stadium at 2800 South Floyd Street. The ticket office is open weekdays from 9 a.m. until 5 p.m. Cardinal fans may also purchase tickets by visiting Ticketmaster online at www.Ticketmaster.com, calling 1-800-745-3000 or by visiting any Ticketmaster Ticket Center, including statewide Kroger locations. Convenience fees are applied with Ticketmaster orders.

A limited number of tickets are available for UofL students to the scrimmage at no charge. Student tickets -- no more than two for each scrimmage -- must be obtained with a valid student ID in advance at the UofL ticket office.

The game's fate might have been decided prior to the tip. Head coach Rick Pitino mentioned during the contest that when Jones and Montrezl Harrell have won every game when teamed together.

A preseason All-American by Blue Ribbon Yearbook and CBSSports.com, Harrell poured in 24 points on 10-of-18 shooting and collected a game-high 12 boards for the White team. He also knocked down three 3-pointers, one more than he hit all of last season.

Anton Gill and Anas Mahmoud also recorded double-digit points for the White team, scoring 14 and 12, respectively. Mahmoud, who had two steals, received a thunderous round of applause one of his three blocks in which he sent Terry Rozier's layup out of play.

The White team held a 10-point lead at the half, largely from the team's 50-percent clip from the field. The group shot hit 17 of their 34 shots.

Terry Rozier connected on 11-of-21 shots en route to a game-high 25 for the Red. He also had one of the best defensive performances of the game, as he totaled six of the team's seven steals.

Wayne Blackshear, who Pitino has pointed during the offseason is making strides for a solid senior campaign, had 20 points and 11 rebounds. 

10/19/14 2:00PM at KFC Yum! Center, Louisville, KY


RED 72

   Total3-point Rebounds
25 Blackshear, Wayne 9-20 2-4 0-1 5-6 11 20 39 
32 Onuaku, Chinanu 4-7 0-0 1-3 4-6 10 32 
12 Mathiang, Mangok 2-6 0-0 2-4 2-3 35 
00 Rozier, Terry 11-21 1-4 2-4 3-4 25 39 
02 Snider, Quentin 3-11 1-6 0-0 0-2 27 
04 Avare, Dillon 2-5 1-4 0-0 0-1 14 
10 Johnson, Jaylen 0-1 0-0 0-0 2-3 14 
TM TEAM 2-1 
 Totals.............. 31-71 5-18 5-12 18-26 44 16 72 12 16 200 
 43.7% 27.8% 41.7% 
 Team summary: FG3FGFT
 1st Half:  14-34 1-7 3-7 
 41.2% 14.3% 42.9% 
 2nd Half:  17-37 4-11 2-5 
 45.9% 36.4% 40.0% 


   Total3-point Rebounds
14 Mahmoud, Anas 6-8 0-0 0-0 4-3 12 31 
24 Harrell, Montrezl 10-18 3-5 1-3 4-8 12 24 37 
01 Gill, Anton 6-14 2-6 0-1 2-5 14 37 
03 Jones, Chris 7-17 2-7 2-4 1-2 18 38 
21 Aaron, Shaqquan 1-4 1-4 0-0 0-4 23 
05 Stockman, Matz 0-1 0-0 0-0 1-1 10 
15 Gilbert, Trent 0-1 0-1 0-0 0-0 
23 Levitch, David 1-2 1-2 1-2 0-2 20 
TM TEAM 0-1 
 Totals.............. 31-65 9-25 4-10 12-26 38 15 75 16 17 200 
 47.7% 36.0% 40.0% 
 Team summary: FG3FGFT
 1st Half:  17-34 5-16 3-7 
 50.0% 31.3% 42.9% 
 2nd Half:  14-31 4-9 1-3 
 45.2% 44.4% 33.3% 


Score by Periods 1st  2nd  Total  
RED  32 40 72 
WHITE  42 33 75 

Points in the paint-RED 38,WHITE 38. Points off turnovers-RED 19,WHITE 22.
2nd chance points-RED 19,WHITE 9. Fast break points-RED 12,WHITE 12.
Bench points-RED 5,WHITE 4. Score tied-2 times. Lead changed-1 time.
Last FG-RED 2nd-00:49, WHITE 2nd-00:04.
Largest lead-RED by 2 1st-19:31, WHITE by 16 2nd-17:04.
RED led for 00:59. WHITE led for 37:31. Game was tied for 01:30.



Officials: Eric Ballinger, Raymonte Dishman, Alfred Smith 
Technical fouls: RED-None. WHITE-None. 
Attendance: 10153 


Football Announces 2015 Schedule, Including 8 Home Games

Oct 15, 2014 -- 10:23am

Phil Baker

@ESPN680 | @Phil__Baker


LEXINGTON, Ky. – The fall of 2015 will start a new chapter for the University of Kentucky football program with the opening of The New CWS, and fans can now start making plans for fall trips to Lexington as the Wildcats’ 2015 schedule, including eight home games, was released Tuesday night. 

The challenging 2015 schedule includes non-conference home games against UL Lafayette, EKU, Charlotte and Louisville. Kentucky will play an eight-game Southeastern Conference schedule, facing SEC Eastern Division opponents Florida, Missouri and Tennessee at home and South Carolina, Georgia and Vanderbilt on the road. UK will host Auburn on a Thursday night in Lexington, before traveling to Mississippi State the following weekend to complete play against SEC Western Division opponents. 
Kentucky will start its 2015 season at home on Sept. 5 against UL Lafayette, marking the second straight season UK has opened a season at home after neutral-site or true road game season openers the previous six seasons. The Wildcats start SEC play at Williams-Brice Stadium against South Carolina on Sept. 12, before returning to Lexington to start a four-game home stretch, including contests against Florida on Sept. 19 and Missouri on Sept. 26 to complete the month of September. 
The Wildcats will leave conference play to start October, hosting in-state foe EKU on Oct. 3, before an open date on Oct. 10 and a Thursday home game vs. Auburn on Oct. 15. It will be Kentucky’s first-ever Thursday home game. Kentucky concludes the month of October by traveling to Mississippi State on Oct. 24 and hosting Tennessee on Oct. 31. It will be the earliest UK and UT have met since 1909. 
UK starts November on the road, traveling to Georgia on Nov. 7 and Vanderbilt on Nov. 14. The VU game will conclude SEC action for the Wildcats as they play host to Charlotte on Nov. 21 and in-state rival Louisville on Nov. 28 to conclude regular-season play. It will be the first time UK has ended the regular season with consecutive non-conference games since joining the SEC in 1933. 
For the 24th consecutive year, the 2015 regular season will culminate with the SEC Championship Game on Saturday, December 5 at the Georgia Dome in Atlanta.
The complete 2015 schedule and notes about the schedule are below. 
For more information about UK football, follow @UKFootball on Twitter and Instagram, or like Kentucky Football on Facebook. 
2015 Schedule Notes:

  • UK has eight home games in 2015, the most in a single season since UK also had eight in 2007.
  • It will be Kentucky’s first-ever meeting against UL Lafayette and Charlotte. Charlotte is currently a FCS Independent school, but will play its first season as an FBS team (Conference USA) in the fall of 2015.
  • For the second consecutive season, the UK-UofL game will be on the final weekend of the regular season. Prior to 2014, the UK-UofL game had been played early in the season since the series renewed in 1994. The 2015 game will be the 22nd straight year the two rivals have met.
  • Kentucky and Tennessee will face off in the month of October for the first time since 1909. It will only be the fourth time in UK’s 125-year history it has faced Tennessee in the month of October.
  • It will mark the 111th all-time meeting between Kentucky and Tennessee, the most for UK vs. any one opponent. The two teams have met annually since 1919, except for 1943, when Kentucky did not field a team.
  • Kentucky will start SEC play against South Carolina for the first time in program history. UK had opened SEC play each of the past six seasons against Florida.
  • The Wildcats will have a four-game home stretch from Sept. 19 to Oct. 15, marking the longest home stand since the 2001 team started the season with four straight home games.
  • UK’s open date will be Saturday, Oct. 10. UK has had two open dates each of the past two years.
  • Kentucky’s game against Auburn will be on Thursday, Oct. 15. It will be the first Thursday home game in program history. UK has played several Thursday road games over the past few seasons (2007 at South Carolina; 2011 vs. WKU in Nashville, Tenn.; 2013 at Mississippi State).
  • It will be Kentucky’s first meeting against Auburn since the Tigers’ National Championship season in 2010.
  • UK’s permanent SEC West opponent, Mississippi State is on the schedule for the 26th straight season.
  • Kentucky and EKU will meet for the first time since 2009. UK leads the series 3-0.
  • UK ends the regular season with consecutive non-conference games for the first time since it entered the SEC in 1933.

2015 Kentucky Football Schedule


DateOpponent2014 Record2014 Ranking (as of Oct. 12)
Sept. 5UL Lafayette2-3not ranked
Sept. 12at South Carolina3-3receiving votes in AP
Sept. 19Florida3-2not ranked
Sept. 26Missouri4-2not ranked
Oct. 3EKU6-0No. 12 in FCS Coaches’ Poll
Oct. 10Open Date--
Oct. 15 (Thu.)Auburn5-1No. 6 AP; No. 8 USA Today
Oct. 24at Mississippi State6-0No. 1 AP; No. 1 USA Today
Oct. 31Tennessee3-3not ranked
Nov. 7at Georgia5-1No. 10 AP; No. 10 USA Today
Nov. 14at Vanderbilt2-5not ranked
Nov. 21Charlotte3-4not ranked
Nov. 28Louisville5-2receiving votes in AP


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