Providence will bring a 6-0 record into Rupp Arena on Sunday as the Friars held off Yale 72-66 on Friday afternoon at the Dunkin Donuts Center at Providence.
LaDontae Henton again led the Friars, this time with 29 points. Henton hit 10 of 19 shots, was one-of-five from three-point range and made eight of 10 free throws. Henton also had six rebounds.
The 6-foot-6 senior from Lansing, Michigan has scored 67 points in his last two games and 113 points in his last four games. Henton scored 38 in a 75-74 win over Notre Dame last Sunday at Uncasville, Connecticut. He’s made 42 of 67 shots over the last four games.
Kentucky defensive end Bud Dupree has been telling his younger teammates about the “different environment” the Cats will face Saturday at Louisville.
This Tennessee team has some solid DGAF in them.
— Rustin Dodd (@rustindodd) November 28, 2014
Three quick notes from Kansas’ 82-67 win over Tennessee this afternoon:
1. After beating Santa Clara in the first game of the Orlando Classic, Donnie Tyndall’s club played the Jayhawks much closer than the 15-point final margin indicated. The score was tied 62-62 with 6:49 remaining before Kansas went on a 14-2 run to basically put the game out of reach.
2. Josh Richardson led the Vols with 16 points. He hit six of 13 shots and also had five rebounds. Richardson is averaging 17.5 points a game for the now 2-2 Vols.
3. The big difference was on the boards, where Kansas outrebounded Tennessee 44-22. Kansas had 18 offensive rebounds to 11 defensive rebounds for Tennessee. No Volunteer had more than five rebounds. Perry Ellis scored 24 points and grabbed 13 rebounds for the Jayhawks. Remember, the 6-foot-8 junior was no factor against Kentucky, scoring just four points and grabbing two rebounds in 21 minutes.
After making just 12 of 25 free throws in Kentucky’s first five games, Dakari Johnson made his first seven on Tuesday night against Texas-Arlington. The sophomore finished 12-of-14 from the foul line, both career-highs.
What was the difference? At today’s media opportunity, Johnson said he was just more relaxed at the line. John Calipari said it’s all about the “six inches between his ears” when it comes to Johnson at the foul line.
Here’s Dakari, teammate Tyler Ulis and Calipari talking about Johnson and his free throw struggles, plus recent success.
College basketball games on television today and tonight:
- 12:00 – Tennessee vs. Kansas (ESPN)
- 1:00 – New Orleans at Texas A&M (SEC)
- 2:00 – Butler vs. Georgetown (ESPN)
- 2:30 – Santa Clara vs. Rhode Island (ESPNU)
- 3:30 – UTEP vs. Xavier (ESPN2)
- 4:00 – James Madison at Ohio State (Big 10)
- 4:00 – Yale at Providence (Fox Sports 1)
- 4:00 – Missouri State at Alaska Anchorage (CBS Sports)
- 4:30 – Oklahoma vs. Wisconsin (ESPN)
- 4:30 – Minnesota vs. Georgia (ESPNU)
- 6:30 – Rider vs. Georgia Tech (ESPNU)
- 7:00 – St. John’s vs. Gonzaga (ESPN2)
- 7:00 – Monmouth at Maryland (Big 10)
- 7:00 – Vanderbilt at Rutgers (NBC Sports)
- 7:00 – Bradley vs. TCU (CBS Sports)
- 8:00 – Memphis vs. Indiana State (Fox Sports 1)
- 8:00 – North Carolina vs. Florida (AXS)
- 9:00 – Michigan State vs. Marquette (ESPN2)
- 9:00 – UNC-Greensboro at Indiana (Big 10)
- 9:30 – Mississippi State vs. Saint Louis (CBS Sports)
- 9:30 – Pacific vs. Colorado State (CBS Sports)
- 10:00 – North Dakota at Utah (Pac-12)
- 10:30 – Baylor vs. Illinois (Fox Sports 1)
- 10:30 – UCLA vs. UAB (AXS)
- 11:30 – Long Beach State vs. Washington (ESPN2)
Big Blue Links for Friday:
Illinois women upset Kentucky 77-71 in the Paradise Jam, reports Herald-Leader. Matthew Mitchell’s team fell behind 17-5 and never recovered, losing for the first time this season. UK plays Oklahoma today.
John Calipari’s Cats showed up at the Salvation Army on Thursday and helped serve Thanksgiving meals, reports Mary Meehan of the Herald-Leader. Kentucky returns to action Sunday when the Cats play Providence at 2 p.m.
The Governor’s Cup is more than a game, it’s a rivalry, writes Jennifer Smith of the Herald-Leader. “Been educating the guys all week on the rivalry,” said offensive coordinator Neal Brown, a Kentucky native and former UK wide receiver. “It’s time for us to hold up our end of the bargain.”
Mark Story of the Herald-Leader asks if we should consider Mark Stoops’ second season a success? Much of that could ride on Saturday’s game at Papa John’s Cardinal Stadium.
SEC links for Friday:
LSU football snaps its two-game losing streak to beat Texas A&M 23-17 in College Station, reports Jim Kleinpeter of NOLA.com. Leonard Fournette rushed for 146 yards on 19 carries in the LSU win.
Arkansas’ defense is thriving under coordinator Robb Smith, reports Robbie Neiswanger. The Razorbacks carry back-to-back shutouts over LSU and Ole Miss into today’s game with Missouri. Kickoff is 2:30 p.m. on CBS.
Missouri’s Gary Pinkel is having a season to remember, writes Bernie Miklasz of the St. Louis Post-Dispatch. A win over Arkansas clinches Missouri’s second straight SEC East title. The Tigers went 2-6 in their first SEC season in 2012.
After beating Santa Clara on Thursday, Tennessee prepares to play Kansas, reports the Knoxville News-Sentinel. After being blown out by Kentucky, Kansas has beaten Rider and Rhode Island.