Sophomore slump? Willie Cauley-Stein disagrees. After WCS had a standout performance in the Barclay's Center for UK's game against Providence. Kentucky went on to win the game, but fans took notice of Cauley-Stein coming into his own.
Cauley-Stein was just short of a triple-double. WCS shot 7-8 from the field, 1-1 from the free throw line for 15 total points, 8 total rebounds (3 offensive), 1 assist, 9 blocks and just 1 turnover in 36 minutes. He has 31 blocks through 8 games. In comparison, Anthony Davis had 36 and Nerlens Noel had 26. WCS tied Andre Reddick and Sam Bowie for second-most blocks in a single game at UK on Sunday as well (Anthony Davis is #1).
Cauley-Stein has stated that he is trying to assume a leadership role as a "vet" on an incredibly young team. While one year and no tournament experience hardly makes one a veteran, it's the best Kentucky has at this point. Teammates and Calipari both have made comments about how he has grown as a player and attacks every practice and it shows.
Willie was credited for Stepping up when Julius Randle had an "off" game. "Off" is somewhat of a stretch since Randle still posted 12 points, 4 assists, 8 rebounds and 1 steal. It was Randle's first game since being at UK where he did not post a double double, missing it by 2 rebounds. He did have 2 turnovers and shot 4-10 from the field and 4-7 from the line, however. This example of WCS stepping up when a teammate is having an off night is just one example of his new attitude and attacking of every minute on the court.
A new attitude isn't the only thing Willie Cauley-Stein will be sporting at the Baylor game on Friday night. The Cat's, both men's and women's will be wearing new uniforms as well as announced by Nike's PR team this morning. Both teams traveled together and will be staying in the same hotel and dining together as well as watching each other's games. Both coaches as well as players stated in the weekly press conference how excited they are for the opportunity. The women play first at 7:30 on ESPN3 followed by the men on ESPN at 10. All four teams are ranked top 10 and the court will be elevated to create a Final Four type atmosphere.
Last night, like most nights during season, several former Cats played in NBA games around the country.
In the Lakers and Pistons game, former Cat Jodie Meeks played 27 minutes for 10 points and one rebound in the Lakers win. Josh Harrellson came off the Detroit bench to score four points and post 2 rebounds in 12 minutes. Former Card Peyton Siva had two points and one rebound in 7 minutes for Detroit also.
The Bucks and Bobcats faced off with the Bobcats coming out with the win, 92-76. Brandon Knight had 17 points, 3 rebounds and two assists in 30 minutes for the Bucks.
San Antonio defeated the Magic, but Doron Lamb hit a free throw to contribute to Orlando’s 91 points.
Terrance Jones had 11 in Houston’s 114-95 win over Brooklyn in 26 minutes. He also had 7 rebounds and one assist.
The Pacers defeated the Wizards, but John Wall had 8 points, 3 rebounds and 9 assists in 35 minutes.
The Pelicans defeated the 76ers 212-105. Anthony Davis played 38 minutes and had 22 points, 10 rebounds and 3 assists.
The Suns took down the Jazz 112-101. Eric Bledsoe had 19 points, 6 rebounds and 2 assists and Archie Goodwin had one rebound in 4 minutes of play. Enes Kanter had 6 points and four rebounds for the Jazz.
The Clippers edged out the Kings in overtime 104-98. DeMarcus Cousins had 25 points, 9 rebounds and 6 assists and Patrick Patterson had 7 points and 9 rebounds for Sacramento.
Tonight, in the Atlanta at Washington matchup, John Wall comes in averaging 18.8 a game. Marcus Teague, Nazr Mohammad and the Bulls take on the Cavs. Terrance Jones, Patterson and the Rockets take on the Spurs. Kanter and the Jazz are playing Bledsoe, Goodwin and the Suns, and the Celtics with Rondo on the bench and former Cat Water McCarty as an assistant coach take on the Bucks.
Lyndsey Gough is a WLXG intern and contributing writer. To read more of her opinions and picks follow her on twitter @lyndseygough
Across the league and shining once again in the national Sunday night spotlight, former University of Kentucky football players were widely productive, but many fell short of victory in week 12 of the NFL.
While the headlines before the game between the Denver Broncos and New England Patriots were all about Peyton Manning and Tom Brady, the headlines during the game couldn’t stop giving praise to Wesley Woodyard, Danny Trevathan and Jacob Tamme, who catapulted the Broncos to an early lead. Ultimately, Brady ousted the Broncos in overtime for the win, 34-31.
On New England’s opening drive, defensive captain Wesley Woodyard punched the ball from Stevan Ridley’s arms sending it bouncing into the hands of fellow linebacker Von Miller, who would take the fumble all the way in the for the quick Denver score. Woodyard recorded 15 tackles in the loss and also assisted on pass coverage with two deflections.
Linebacker Danny Trevathan continued to bolster his storied year as a first year starter, combining for 13 tackles, forcing a fumble and recovering a fumble in Sunday’s loss. In only his second year in the league, Trevathan is leading the Broncos defense with 94 tackles, a sack and a half, three interceptions, four forced fumbles and one fumble recovery.
The third and sometimes forgotten UK product in Denver, tight end Jacob Tamme had a season-high night as the former Wildcat hauled in five receptions on five targets for 47 yards and a touchdown, his first of the year. Tamme has been buried on the depth chart all season, but when Julius Thomas was ruled out before game time, Tamme stepped up and into a familiar role that Peyton Manning knew how to utilize effectively.
Of his five receptions, three were made on crucial third downs that extended the drive and allowed the Broncos to continue marching downfield. Cameron Loope, an avid UK football fan and senior studying exercise physiology, was excited to see Tamme have a breakout performance.
“I loved Jacob Tamme when he was at UK,” Loope said. “When Dallas Clark went down in Indy, Tamme stepped up and him and Peyton Manning had some nice chemistry. Tamme hasn’t played much this year in Denver, but I thought it was awesome to watch him fill that role once again when Thomas couldn’t go. Manning likes connecting with Tamme and as he proved last night, if the ball is coming his way, he’s coming down with it.”
The Buffalo Bills and wide receiver Steve Johnson rested on their bye week. Johnson, who sat out of the Bills’ last game with the Jets due to a nagging groin injury, said that he’d “definitely” be ready to play after having the extra week of rest and recovery. Johnson is the sole leader of receptions, yards and touchdowns amongst other Bills receivers with 41 catches for 471 yards and three touchdowns.
Around the rest of the league, Corey Peters made two tackles in the Atlanta Falcons loss to the New Orleans Saints, 17-13. In Arizona, Alfonso Smith made a tackle on special teams and also recorded a six-yard reception as the Cardinals drummed the Indianapolis Colts, 40-11.
In a unique ending that is ordinarily unseen in professional football, Tim Masthay and the Green Bay Packers’ game with the Minnesota Vikings ended in a tie, 26-26. And wrapping up UK in the NFL play, fellow NFC North members the Detroit Lions and rookie guard Larry Warford dropped a close one the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, 24-21.
Ben Tompkins is an intern and contributing writer for WLXG ESPN Sports Radio 1300. Follow him on Twitter @bennytomp18 and like his page on Facebook, Benny & The Jets.
LOUISVILLE, Ky. -- The Louisville Cardinals played today without starting safety Calvin Pryor.
WHAS 11, the local ABC affiliate in Louisville, broadcasts regional coverage of the Cards when they play at Papa Johns Cardinal Stadium. During the game, the TV broadcast announced that coach Charlie Strong’s decision to hold Pryor from play was not injury related and that coach Strong will discuss more after the game.
Pryor, a junior from Port St. Joe, Florida, has combined for 54 tackles and three interceptions through eight games this season; No statistics were available from the South Florida and Florida International games.
His freshman and sophomore years jointly yielded 143 total tackles, two sacks, seven interceptions and seven forced fumbles. Last year in 2012, Pryor finished 6th in the Big East in total tackles with 100, and 2nd in forced fumbles with five.
Ben Tompkins is an intern and contributing writer for WLXG ESPN Sports Radio 1300. Follow him on Twitter @bennytomp18 and like his page on Facebook, Benny & The Jets.
The temperatures were low but the spirits were high. Scott County took on Henry Clay on their home turf at Georgetown College for what was an evenly matched, high-intensity, battle to the end between these two teams. Coach McKee and the Scott County Cardinals emerged with the victory, but not without a fight from Henry Clay.
With 8:31 in the first Henry Clay marched down the field for Davion Jackson to score the first touchdown of the game on a 15-yard pass from Sammy Carter. Scott County quickly answered with a Noah Hughes scoring on a 4-yard run with 5:35 left in the first quarter. Scott County still trailed one point after a rare failed kick by Palmer Wood.
In the second quarter, Scott County’s Clay McKee scored on a 5-yard quarterback sneak with 2:16 left until the half, this time Ward nailed the extra kick and put Scott up 13-7 and in good position going into the half; or so they thought. 17 seconds later, Henry Clay’s standout running back answered with an 80-yard run to score, giving the Blue Devils a 1-point edge going into the locker room.
Coming into the second half Elijah Bell opened up with yet another 80-yard run 20 seconds in, putting Henry Clay up 21-13. With 9:16 on the clock in the third, Clay McKee’s rush attempt failed; but his arm did not. He launched a 57 yard pass to Keith Guy, but the two-point conversion failed, making the score 21-19. Palmer Ward hit a 34-yard field goal in windy conditions at 6:23 putting the Cardinals up for the first time in the second half, 22-21.
Henry Clay answered opening the fourth quarter, however, and took the lead back with another Jackson touchdown, leaving the score at 27-22. Late in the fourth quarter Scott County finally had the answer to the Henry Clay defense, with a 52-yard touchdown from Grayson Miller. Henry Clay had a quick answer with a 71-yard touchdown from Jackson with 5:03 left to play making the score 34-30. Scott had another answer with 4:43 left in a 63-yard run from Guy to make the score 37-34, where it would remain as Henry Clay had no answer for the Scott County defense.
Injuries were a huge factor in this game. #12, Scott Daniel, the freshman wide receiver for Scott County returned to the game in the second half with heavy taping after not playing three weeks due to a fractured tibia. On the other sideline, before halftime #54, big man Griffin Brixley went down and limped with help off the sideline favoring one of his ankles. He returned from the locker room in street clothes and ice around his ankle with crutches. Early in the second half, senior quarterback #7 Sammy Carter also went down with an apparent ankle injury. He too, returned to the sideline at some point with crutches.
Despite the loss, Elijah Bell had himself quite a night with 282 rushing yards and two touchdowns. Bell also had 4 punts for 124 yards and returned three kicks for 52 yards. Jackson had 171 yards and three rushing touchdowns and 22 receiving yards.
For Scott County, Thomas Daniel had 11 unassisted tackles and 4 assisted and four tackles for loss. And Keith Guy put up two touchdowns, one rushing and one receiving. Miller had himself a touchdown as well.
Both teams had very similar stat lines except in a few areas: Scott County had one interception for 22 yards, and Henry Clay had none. Henry Clay gave up 20 yards from 3 penalties, whereas Scott was 7-49. Henry Clay had the ball for 19:43, leaving Scott with the majority at 28:17. Henry Clay was 6-12 and 0-1 on third and fourth down conversions, and Scott was 2-10 and 2-3, converting when it was most crucial. Henry Clay scored both times they were in the red zone, Scott County scored three of four times, the big stop by Henry Clay coming in the first half.
After the game, Elijah Bell approached Coach McKee congratulating him on the win. McKee will coach Bell in a bluegrass all-star game after the season ends. McKee said he was proud of his team and school. They take on Louisville Male next weekend in the next round of the playoffs, but for now enjoy winning their regional title over Henry Clay.
Welcome back to ESPN Sports Radio 1300, Ben Tompkins coming loud and live through your speaker with another edition of Benny’s Picks. The picks have been good to ole Benny Boy lately as the kid’s coming off back-to-back 5-2 weeks. Through 13 weeks, my record stands at 37-29, with two pushes, so I guess you could say I’m doing pretty well. Hey, sometimes better than most is all you have to be. I’ve got some winners picked out for you this week so without any further adieu, let’s get down to the nitty gritty and make that cash money. ROLL IT!
Pick #2: Texas A&M +4.5
Johnny Football dogged by 5? Gimme a break! LSU is a solid team that can hang in there for a while with you, but as we saw in the Alabama game, they fall off. A&M is averaging 578 yards per game of total offense, way too many to lose by anything less than a field goal. As the Jameis Winston plot thickens, the Johnny Manziel narrative seems to be heading towards a familiar chapter. With these final games, he’s got Heisman hopes in the back of his mind and if he can win the season out and have done it with a convincing performance against LSU in Death Valley, how can you not give it to him again? I’ll take the gunslingin go-hard any day of the week.
Pick #3: Baylor -9.5
Now here’s one that I had to think hard about. Oklahoma State hosts Baylor at Boone Pickens Stadium and they’re getting 9.5 points. Here’s what’s tough. OK State is a solid team and has had some nice wins over the past month including Texas Tech and a road victory at Texas, but Baylor is just too much. Their NCAA leading, 684-yards per game offense is 8-1 this year against the spread. Through nine games, there have been seven in which the Bears have scored over 59 points, and there’s been five in which they’ve hung 69 plus. A two possession spread on the road to a tough 9-1 team is a challenge, but Baylor has a lot to gain with dominant performances while they seek to advance in the BCS standings, hot on the feet of Ohio State.
Pick #4: Duke -5
Duke plays 4-6 Wake Forest at Wake, I like Duke in this game. Last week’s win over Miami made a bold statement about this Blue Devil team and I don’t think Wake Forest even with home field advantage will keep the game closer than a touchdown. All Duke has to do is win by two field goals. Wake got blown out last week against Florida State, which is reasonable, but dropped two close games to Syracuse and Miami in the weeks proceeding. Duke has covered 8 of 10 times this season against the spread, but what’s more is that Wake Forest has only covered the spread once in the past five games at home when facing Duke. I’m taking ole Dave Cutcliff and this surging Blue Devil team to pick up the road win by at least a touchdown.
Pick #5: Missouri -2.5
With the return of James Franklin and coming fresh off a bye week, I feel extremely confident that Mizzou will beat Ole Miss by at least a field goal and cover the low spread. First of all, Missouri’s record and against the spread record are the exact same: 9-1. The Tigers have been covering for me all year long and hopefully the buck wont stop now. They’re averaging 492 yards of total offense and 41 points per game, and while Ole Miss is gaining six more yards per game with 498, they’re only posting 34 points per game. Mizzou has been playing stout in the past few weeks, crushing the short-lived Tennessee surge and bullying Kentucky in the week before their bye. Let’s see how far the Tigers can climb this year, I like them by a field goal.
Pick #1: NIU -2.5 WIN ($5) WIN
I open this week with a win, I was quick to pull the trigger on NIU by at least a field goal on Wednesday night. They ended up winning the game against Toledo and easily covering the 2.5 point spread, 35-17. They would have blown Toledo out but their kicker missed like three field goals and kept it much closer than it would have otherwise been. Northern Illinois hit the radar last year and they’ve continued to gain some momentum as they’re undefeated and sitting pretty with a perfect record. Shouts out to the Huskies for an extra five spot.
UK Women’s Basketball has lost another player for the remainder of the 2013-2014 season. Senior Samantha Drake (#31) went down in the first half of the game against Central Michigan Sunday clutching her knee. In a statement by UK athletics today, it was confirmed that Drake tore her ACL and meniscus in her left knee and will have to forgo the remainder of her senior season. According to the UK medical staff, surgery should be expected in the coming weeks and the typical recovery time for this type of injury is seven to eight months.
Drake is a 6’3” forward from Bardstown, Kentucky. She has played in 88 career games with 23 starts and averages of 3.4 points and 2.5 rebounds per game in her career. Drake is the second player to be deemed out for the season after freshman Kyvin Goodin-Rodgers was announced to sit this season out earlier in the season. The Cats are currently ranked #7 and are 5-0.
We wish Samantha a speedy recovery.
Lyndsey is an intern and contributing writer for ESPN 1300. For more of her views and opinions follow her personal twitter account @lyndseygough
After scoring on the first play from the line of scrimmage and finding the endzone again late in the first quarter, Paul Laurence Dunbar was held scoreless for the rest of the night.
Friday night, the Henry Clay Blue Devils defeated the Dunbar Bulldogs 28-13 in the second round of the Class 6A KHSAA Commonwealth Gridiron Bowl.
The kickoff return that began the game set up shop for the Bulldogs at their own 40-yard line, but as soon as the game began, Emory Thompson made a reservation for six. On the opening play of the opening drive for Dunbar, the dual-threat quarterback called his own number and ran it up the gut for 60 uncontested yards and the early score.
Dunbar would score again with 52 seconds remaining in the first quarter when Thompson again tucked the snap and hit the burners to the left side finding the pylon on a nine-yard scoot.
Thompson wouldn’t have been able to march down the field so seamlessly if it hadn’t been for a highlight reel 33-yard catch from Marcellis Means. Thompson lofted a ball over two Blue Devil defensive backs as a back pedaling Means fell to the ground and caught the pass while lying on his back. A missed extra point attempt after the quarterback keeper set the score at 13-0.
The Blue Devils offense struggled initially but quickly found their groove in the second quarter. The scoring drive that put Henry Clay on the scoreboard was extended when wide receiver Austin Black elevated over a Dunbar safety and hauled in a 29-yard Sammy Carter-thrown pass. It would only be a few plays later that running back Davion Jackson found a hole to power through to pull the Bulldogs’ lead within six.
Henry Clay took over on offense as they retained possession after halftime. Grinding three minutes off the clock, it was Elijah Bell that made a house call from four yards out as he darted through a gap to give his team the one-point lead, 14-13.
Momentum seemed then to deflate for both teams during the rest of the third quarter as Dunbar and Henry Clay took turns moving the ball in small increments, but were unable to be effective.
The turning point of the game came in the fourth quarter when Carter found his favorite target, Black, racing to the corner of the endzone. Faced with fourth down and six yards to gain the first from 15 yards out, Coach Simpson opted to keep his kicker sidelined as he kept his offense on the field.
After a short timeout, Carter took the snap in shotgun formation and floated a back pylon fade to Black who brought the pass down with ease, giving Henry Clay the 21-13 lead. Including his clutch touchdown catch, Black turned four receptions into 55 yards on the night, while Carter completed 6 of 13 attempts for 78 yards.
The game was sealed as Elijah Bell turned a corner and hit the gas, racing for a 72-yard touchdown. Bell toted the rock 20 times amassing 211 yards and two scores on the night. Backfield counterpart Davion Jackson gained 122 yards on 24 carries, plus a touchdown.
The season ended for Paul Lawrence Dunbar as the scoreboard illuminated the 28-13 loss, but the road continues for Henry Clay who advances to the third round of the playoffs where they’re faced the opportunity for redemption against Jim McKee and the Scott County Cardinals.
Did you check the kid’s record last week? Ole Benny Boy is coming off a BIG 5-2 week and ready to continue the streak. It’s funny, when I first started making these picks at the beginning of the season, I thought to myself, ‘how hard can this really be?’ But fellers I’m telling you what, there’s a lot more than meets the eye when it comes to making these educated guesses.
Now don’t get me wrong, I’m not claiming to be a guru (yet), but anytime you’ve got a winning record against the wise guys in Vegas (I’m 32-27 on the year), you’re doing pretty well. Hopefully my predictions won’t let me down as I look to cash in on another week’s edition of Benny’s Picks.
Pick #1: Houston +16
I’m opening week 12 with a bang as Houston travels to my hometown city to take on Teddy Bridgewater and the Cards. I believe Louisville will win the game, but Houston is a team that matches up too well to be dogged by 16 points. Both teams are averaging 38 points, and U of L is outgaining the Cougars only by 11 yards per game with 481.2 and 470.2, respectively. Houston’s defense scares me a little bit, but I don’t think this game will be a blowout. I say the Cards win by 10 in this classic matchup.
Pick #2: Auburn -3.5
What a classic tale of the SEC.. Every year there’s another team that stops you and makes you say ‘where the hell did they come from?’ After an 0-8 SEC conference record, the War Eagles have won nine and lost one this season, including five SEC wins. Their one loss? LSU—I’ll give it to them. Georgia’s offense has proven to be faulty throughout the season, and I know they’ve been a man short in most categories; I’m not saying this will be a blowout, but I like this Auburn team to win by at least a touchdown at home on Saturday.
Pick #3: Stanford -4
Guys, seriously, Stanford by less than a touchdown v. USC? Stanford is grinding this year and has taken down Oregon, Oregon State at Oregon State and UCLA in the past three weeks. USC has responded well with Lane’s departure, but I think David Shaw and his 8-1 Cardinals certainly pull out a double digit win.
Pick #4: UCF -17
I like UCF in this game not only because Temple is 1-8 this year in theAAC, but because Temple has a poor record at home and even dropped a game to Fordham. LOL WHO?!? No. 17 in the BCS Standings (only three above Louisville who lurks in the wings), UCF must come out and put a strong performance on Saturday to continue bolstering their resume as the end of the season draws near. I like the Knights to go out and get the win by three touchdowns.
Pick #5: Cincinnati -1
The good men at linemakers.com have listed the Cincy and Rutgers game a toss-up, essentially. The line opened at Cincy -1, but the rest of the week has shown em dashes on the Rutgers side. Both schedules are laughable, so I’ll pick Cincinnati and hope that they win in the battle of the AAC’s finest.
Bonus Pick: Michigan State -6 Bonus Pick: Duke +3.5
With two premiere games lined up here in central Kentucky this Friday Night for the 2nd round of the playoffs, "Game Night Hoo Rah" will be broadcasting live with the call of Dunbar and Henry Clay.
The Blue Devils continue their march towards a potential state title but the ultimate underdog of the season stands in their way. Pre Game will be at 7pm with kickoff at 7:30 from Henry Clay. Join Eric Mathews, Josh Toftness, and Neil Jackson on ESPN Sports Radio 1300.