It will be a homecoming on Friday night when Kentucky freshman Julius Randle returns to the Big D. That would be Dallas. Specifically, that would be Arlington, where UK plays Baylor on Friday night in AT&T Stadium.
Randle said today that, yes, he has been to AT&T Stadium for a basketball game. He also said that, yes, he knew this game was on the UK schedule when the Cats recruited the 6-foot-9 forward. And yes, he brought up that the Final Four is to be played in the home of the Dallas Cowboys, as well.
Randle is coming off the first non-double-double game of his college career. After seven straight games of double-digit points and rebounds, Randle was held to 12 points and eight rebounds in UK’s 79-65 win over Providence on Sunday night in Brooklyn. It was also the first game this year that Randle failed to get a single offensive rebounds. Previously, he had no
Randle said he expects to have plenty of family friends on hand on Friday night. He said he didn’t feel any added pressure playing back home.
The Harrison twins, Aaron and Andrew, are from Fort Bend, Texas.
The final night of the ACC/Big 10 Challenge puts struggling North Carolina in a tough spot as the Tar Heels travel to East Lansing to play top-ranked Michigan State.
Andrew Carter of the Charlotte Observer reports that Roy Williams has been meeting with forward James McAdoo in hopes of getting the forward back on track. Williams called the meetings “very personal” after Carolina lost at UAB on Sunday, just a week after the Tar Heels had beaten Rick Pitino and Louisville the week before.
College basketball on television tonight
7:00 – Maryland at Ohio State (ESPN)
7:00 – Wisconsin at Virginia (ESPN2)
7:30 – Northwestern at N.C. State (ESPNU)
8:00 – North Florida at Alabama (CSS)
8:00 – Penn at Villanova (Fox Sports 1)
8:00 – Saint Joseph’s at Temple (ESPN News)
9:00 – Boston College at Purdue (ESPN2)
9:00 – North Carolina at Michigan State (ESPN)
9:30 – Miami at Nebraska (ESPNU)
Photo of North Carolina’s James McAdoo by Robert Willett/McClatchy
Announcing teams for ESPN tonight
Maryland-Ohio State: Dave O’Brien & Bob Knight
Wisconsin-Virginia: Mike Patrick, Doris Burke & Jeff Goodman
Northwestern-NC State: Joe Davis & Dino Gaudio
North Carolina-Michigan State: Dan Shulman & Jay Bilas
Boston College at Purdue: Carter Blackburn & LaPhonso Ellis
The ACC/Big 10 Challenge tipped off with the first-night edge going to the ACC in the marquee matchups. Duke knocked off national runner-up Michigan. New addition Syracuse handled Indiana easily in the Carrier Dome.
All was not lost for the Big Ten, however. Iowa outscored Notre Dame and Minnesota handed Florida State its third loss. And speaking of Minnesota, former Gopher head coach Tubby Smith had a bad trip to the desert where Texas Tech was pounded by No. 2 Arizona.
Leading today’s Big Blue Links, Cat Scratches, the UK-produced sports blog, has an interesting post about how they come to the attendance number for basketball home games at Rupp Arena. It’s not counting people as they come through the turnstiles.
Meanwhile, there’s more buzz about Willie Cauley-Stein’s Big Apple block shot breakthrough. Mark Stoops is out recruiting and the Baylor women rolled in preparation for Friday night’s date against Matthew Mitchell’s team.
The SEC Championship Game is coming up Saturday and if what we saw in Lexington a few weeks ago is any indication, Missouri’s tall, talented wide receivers could be a problem for Auburn’s secondary in the Georgia Dome.
In five of its 12 games this season, Auburn allowed at least 272 yards passing, including last Saturday when Alabama’s AJ McCarron threw for 272 yards and three scores in a losing cause against Gus Malzahn’s team.
As you might guess, the SEC title game leads off this morning’s league links.
Jarran Reed, a defensive tackle from East Mississippi Community College, is No. 4 on Tyson’s list and has visited Ole Miss, Mississippi State, Tennessee and UK, where is former position coach, Jimmy Brumbaugh, coaches the defensive line.
Reed originally signed with Florida before enrolling at East Mississippi. Tyson seems to think that Alabama may have an advantage, however.
At a press conference today, Louisville coach Rick Pitino (a) confirmed that U of L will play Indiana in the Jimmy V Classic next year and (b) said that Kentucky’s win over Providence on Sunday was one of the two best performances he has seen this year.
Rick Pitino says Louisville's game with Indiana for next season is "done" in the Jimmy V Classic.
The veteran point guard suffered the injury during the Gators’ 65-64 loss to host Connecticut on Monday night. Wilbekin scored 15 points before coming down awkwardly on Ryan Boatright’s foot in the second half. He did not return.
Florida’s freshman point guard Kasey Hill has been out close to a month with a high ankle sprain. And head coach Billy Donovan said Monday that Rutgers transfer Eli Carter, who is trying to return from a broken leg, may end up being redshirted.
Now 6-2, the Gators play host to Kansas on December 10.
Aug. 31 vs. WKU – Lost 35-26 (0-1)
Sept. 7 Miami (Ohio) - Won 41-7 (1-1)
Sept. 14 Louisville - Lost 27-13 (1-2)
Sept. 28 Florida - Lost 24-7 (1-3/0-1)
Oct. 5 at S Carolina - Lost 35-28 (1-4/0-2)
Oct. 12 Alabama - Lost 48-7 (1-5/0-3)
Oct. 24 at Miss St - Lost 28-22 (1-6/0-4)
Nov. 2 Alabama St - Won 48-14 (2-6/0-4)
Nov. 9 Missouri - Lost 48-17 (2-7/0-5)
Nov. 16 at Vanderbilt - Lost 22-6 (2-8/0-6)
Nov. 23 at Georgia - Lost 59-17 (2-9/0-7)
Nov. 30 Tennessee - Lost 27-14 (2-10/0-8)
UK basketball schedule
Nov. 1 Transylvania - Won 76-42
Nov. 4 Montevallo - Won 95-72
Nov. 8 UNC-Asheville - Won 89-57 (1-0)
Nov. 10 NKU - Won 93-63 (2-0)
Nov. 12 vs. Michigan St - Lost 78-74 (2-1)
Nov. 17 Robert Morris - Won 87-49 (3-1)
Nov. 19 Texas-Arlington - Won 105-76 (4-1)
Nov. 25 Cleveland State - Won 68-61 (5-1)
Nov. 27 Eastern Michigan - Won 81-63 (6-1)
Dec. 1 vs. Providence - Won 79-65 (7-1)
Dec. 6 vs. Baylor - Lost 67-62 (7-2)
Dec. 10 Boise State
Dec. 14 at North Carolina
Dec. 21 Belmont
Dec. 28 Louisville
Jan. 8 Mississippi St
Jan. 11 at Vanderbilt
Jan. 14 at Arkansas
Jan. 18 Tennessee
Jan. 21 Texas A&M
Jan. 25 Georgia
Jan. 28 at LSU
Feb. 1 Missouri
Feb. 4 Ole Miss
Feb. 8 at Mississippi St
Feb. 12 Auburn
Feb. 15 Florida
Feb. 18 at Ole Miss
Feb. 22 LSU
Feb. 27 Arkansas
Mar. 1 at South Carolina
Mar. 4 Alabama
Mar. 8 at Florida
Mar. 12 SEC Tournament