college basketball http://wfpl.org en Pitino: Former Card Russ Smith Reaches Contract Deal With NBA's Pelicans http://wfpl.org/post/pitino-former-card-russ-smith-reaches-contract-deal-nbas-pelicans <p>University of Louisville basketball coach Rick Pitino says former Cardinal standout Russ Smith has reached an agreement with the New Orleans Pelicans on his first NBA contract.</p><p>Smith was picked 47<sup>th</sup> in last month’s NBA draft by Philadelphia, but was traded to the Pelicans, who had long been interested in the guard.</p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">"It only takes at the NBA level one team to believe in your talent," Pitino said. &nbsp; &nbsp;"And we were always convinced that Russ Smith could be an outstanding pro because he can do so many different things."</span></p> Wed, 09 Jul 2014 17:42:47 +0000 Rick Howlett 9733 at http://wfpl.org Pitino: Former Card Russ Smith Reaches Contract Deal With NBA's Pelicans Alex Poythress, Dakari Johnson Returning to UK Wildcats Next Season http://wfpl.org/post/alex-poythress-dakari-johnson-returning-uk-wildcats-next-season <p>Sophomore forward Alex Poythress and freshman center Dakari Johnson have announced they will return for another season of college basketball with the Kentucky Wildcats.</p><p>Poythress&nbsp;and Johnson were key contributors to the Wildcats' NCAA title-game run. &nbsp; &nbsp;</p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">His postseason performances fueled speculation that he might enter the NBA draft, &nbsp;but </span>Poythress<span style="line-height: 1.5;"> said in a release that he wanted "to make sure that I'm NBA-ready before I make that jump."</span></p> Wed, 23 Apr 2014 21:22:26 +0000 Rick Howlett & Associated Press 9204 at http://wfpl.org Alex Poythress, Dakari Johnson Returning to UK Wildcats Next Season UK's Julius Randle to Enter NBA Draft http://wfpl.org/post/uks-julius-randle-enter-nba-draft <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">University of Kentucky basketball player Julius Randle is leaving the Wildcats after one season to enter the NBA draft.</span></p><p>The 6-foot-9 forward is widely expected to be among the top five picks in the June 26 draft.</p><p>Randle led UK in scoring and rebounding during the Wildcats NCAA Tournament run, which ended with a loss to Connecticut in the title game. &nbsp;&nbsp;</p> Tue, 22 Apr 2014 19:08:23 +0000 Rick Howlett 9193 at http://wfpl.org UK's Julius Randle to Enter NBA Draft UK's Julius Randle to Announce NBA Draft Decision Tuesday http://wfpl.org/post/uks-julius-randle-announce-nba-draft-decision-tuesday <p>The University of Kentucky basketball program will hold a news conference tomorrow afternoon &nbsp;with freshman forward Julius Randle, who will announce whether he is entering the NBA draft or returning for another season. &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp;&nbsp;</p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Sunday is the deadline for underclassmen to declare for the draft, and the 6-foot-9 Randle has been projected as a lottery pick if he turns pro.&nbsp;&nbsp; &nbsp;He led the Wildcats in scoring and rebounding during their NCAA title quest.</span></p> Mon, 21 Apr 2014 17:41:54 +0000 Associated Press 9180 at http://wfpl.org UK's Julius Randle to Announce NBA Draft Decision Tuesday U of L's Montrezl Harrell to Return for Junior Season; UK's Cauley-Stein Coming Back http://wfpl.org/post/u-ls-montrezl-harrell-return-junior-season-uks-cauley-stein-coming-back <p>University of Louisville basketball player Montrezlll return to the Cardinals for his junior season. &nbsp; &nbsp;&nbsp;</p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Harrell, a forward, was the Cards’ leading rebounder last season and was second in scoring average.</span></p><p>He had been considering <a href="http://wfpl.org/post/pitino-says-harrell-assess-draft-projections-declaring-nba">making himself eligible for the NBA draft</a>, but&nbsp;<span style="line-height: 1.5;">believes another year at Louisville will improve his status. &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp;</span></p> Mon, 14 Apr 2014 19:06:56 +0000 Rick Howlett & Associated Press 9139 at http://wfpl.org U of L's Montrezl Harrell to Return for Junior Season; UK's Cauley-Stein Coming Back Calipari on NBA Rumors: 'I Have the Best Job in the Country' http://wfpl.org/post/calipari-nba-rumors-i-have-best-job-country <p>An executive with the Los Angeles Lakers is denying rumors that University of Kentucky basketball coach John Calipari will become the next head coach of the struggling NBA team. &nbsp; &nbsp;</p><p>The<a href="https://twitter.com/search?src=typd&amp;q=rex%20chapman"> rumors were floated</a> by former UK star Rex Chapman on Twitter shortly before the Wildcats’ loss to Connecticut in Monday night’s NCAA championship game.&nbsp; Chapman called Calipari’s departure a “done deal.”</p> Tue, 08 Apr 2014 18:08:26 +0000 Rick Howlett & Associated Press 9090 at http://wfpl.org Calipari on NBA Rumors: 'I Have the Best Job in the Country' Kentucky Falls to Connecticut in NCAA Title Game, 60-54 http://wfpl.org/post/kentucky-falls-connecticut-ncaa-title-game-60-54 Shabazz Napier scored 22 points and Connecticut won its second NCAA title in four years, beating Kentucky 60-54 in the championship game Monday night.<p> Napier is among three UConn seniors who were part of the Huskies' 2011 title. Tue, 08 Apr 2014 03:28:36 +0000 Associated Press 9086 at http://wfpl.org Kentucky Falls to Connecticut in NCAA Title Game, 60-54 UK's Aaron Harrison 'Not Afraid to Miss' Game-Winning Shots http://wfpl.org/post/uks-aaron-harrison-not-afraid-miss-game-winning-shots <p>The Kentucky Wildcats take on the Connecticut Huskies tonight for the men’s NCAA basketball championship. &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp;&nbsp;</p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">UK got by Wisconsin 74 to 73 Saturday night after Aaron Harrison put the Wildcats ahead with a long three-pointer with just under six seconds remaining.&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; It was Harrison’s third straight game-winning shot.</span></p> Mon, 07 Apr 2014 14:39:47 +0000 Rick Howlett 9080 at http://wfpl.org UK's Aaron Harrison 'Not Afraid to Miss' Game-Winning Shots Kentucky Wildcats Beat Wisconsin 74-73, Will Face UConn for NCAA Title http://wfpl.org/post/kentucky-wildcats-beat-wisconsin-74-73-will-face-uconn-ncaa-title <p>Aaron Harrison hit a 3-pointer with 5.7 seconds left, after taking a pass from his twin brother Andrew, and Kentucky beat Wisconsin 74-73 on Saturday night to advance to the national championship game.</p><p>The Harrison twins and all those Kentucky freshmen aren't one and done just yet.&nbsp;&nbsp;</p><p>They will be playing for the Wildcats' ninth national championship Monday night in an unexpected title matchup.</p> Sun, 06 Apr 2014 03:42:52 +0000 Associated Press 9073 at http://wfpl.org Kentucky Wildcats Beat Wisconsin 74-73, Will Face UConn for NCAA Title Back Home in Texas, UK's Randle "Just Excited to be Playing" in Final Four http://wfpl.org/post/back-home-texas-uks-randle-just-excited-be-playing-final-four <p>The men’s NCAA basketball tournament resumes this weekend with the Final Four.</p><p>The two national semifinal games will be played Saturday night in Arlington, Texas, with Florida facing Connecticut and Wisconsin squaring off with Kentucky. &nbsp; &nbsp;The winners advance to the national championship game Monday night. &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp;</p><p>The venue, AT&amp;T Stadium, is not far from the Dallas neighborhood where UK’s Julius Randle grew up, but the Wildcats’ leading scorer says he’s thankful to be in a Final Four anywhere.</p> Fri, 04 Apr 2014 18:14:59 +0000 Rick Howlett & Associated Press 9061 at http://wfpl.org Back Home in Texas, UK's Randle "Just Excited to be Playing" in Final Four