Omar Prewitt has career night for William & Mary

William & Mary may have lost to Delaware 84-80 on Wednesday, but it was a big night for former Montgomery County star Omar Prewitt, who scored a career-high 30 points.

The son of former UK women’s basketball star Lea Wise, Prewitt made eight of 13 shots from the floor, including six of nine three-point attempts. He also had seven rebounds and one assist.

A 6-foot-6 sophomore, Prewitt is averaging 12.4 points and 4.3 rebounds on the year. He averaged 11.4 points last season while earning CAA Rookie of the Year honors. His previous career-high was 24 points as a freshman. Prewitt’s high this season was 18 points against Charleston on Jan. 3.

The loss dropped the Tribe to 11-7 overall and 5-2 in the Colonial Athletic Association. Northeastern leads the conference at 5-1. Hofstra, UNC-Wilmington and William & Mary are tied at 5-2. James Madison is 4-2.

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BBL: Kentucky football welcomes newcomers

Two weeks before national singing day, Kentucky football announced four early enrollees and two transfers on Wednesday. The transfers are both from Nebraska. Courtney Love is a linebacker who played in nine games last season. Greg Hart is a tight end.

On the basketball front, Kentucky’s Saturday opponent is trying to figure out what went wrong after beating then No. 9 Iowa State at the Barclays Center. South Carolina has won one game since, off to a 1-4 start in SEC play.

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SEC: Texas A&M picks up third straight win

Down seven at the half, Texas A&M rallied to beat visiting Missouri 62-50 on Wednesday night to run its winning streak to three games.

Jalen Jones and Danuel House each scored 16 points for the Aggies, who outrebounded Missouri 37-24. The more physical Aggies got to the foul line 20 times, making 15. Missouri got just five free throws, making two.

Meanwhile, Mississippi State won its second straight game, beating Auburn 78-71. Gavin Ware pulled down 17 rebounds for the Bulldogs. Cinmeon Bowers grabbed 17 rebounds for Auburn.

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Cleveland Browns hire son of Gene DeFilippo

The Cleveland Browns have hired John DeFilippo as their new offensive coordinator. If that name rings a bell, it should. DeFilippo is the son of former UK associate AD Gene DeFilippo.

Gene was at UK from 1987 through 1993, serving under C.M. Newton. He had been an assistant football coach at Vanderbilt and an AD at South Carolina-Spartanburg before coming to Kentucky. He left Lexington to become AD at Villanova, then later moved to Boston College before retiring in 2012 after 15 years at BC.

John DeFilippo, 36, started his coaching career at Fordham in 2000. He coached at Notre Dame and Columbia before moving into the NFL with the New York Giants. He coached with the Jets andthe Raiders, went back to college with San Jose State, then was the quarterbacks coach with the Raiders from 2012 to 2014.

DeFilippo replaces Kyle Shanahan, who mutually parted ways with the Browns after last season.

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College basketball on television: Jan. 21

Not a great slate of college basketball on the tube Wednesday, so let’s talk about a Tuesday night game. Or one that we thought would be a game but turned into a rout.

No. 6 Wisconsin easily handled visiting and No. 25 Iowa 82-50. The Badgers led 35-17 at the half then kept the pedal all the way to the floor in the second half, outscoring the Hawkeyes 47-33.

Back for his second game after suffering a concussion, Frank Kaminsky scored 13 points and grabbed 11 rebounds for Bo Ryan’s team. Wisconsin shot 49.2 percent for the night and made nine of 22 three-point shots.

Where the Badgers really bashed Iowa was on the boards. Wisconsin won the glass 37-23 and had 15 offensive boards compared to just 17 for Iowa, which was 4-1 in the Big 10 before Tuesday.

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SEC: Is LSU finally putting it all together?

The thinking was that if you wanted to circle a date on the Kentucky basketball calendar when the No. 1-ranked Cats might be in clear danger of losing their first game, that would be February 10 at Baton Rouge against LSU.

That is if the talented Tigers ever got their act together.

Guess what, LSU might be doing exactly that. Three days after Johnny Jones’ team collapsed at home and lost to Texas A&M, the Bayou Bengals battered Billy Donovan’s Florida Gators 79-61 in the O-Dome.

It was Florida’s worst home loss since Nov. 16, 2010. It was the first time Florida had lost to LSU in hoops in six games. After 24 consecutive victories against conference competition, Florida lost for the second straight game.

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BBL: Aaron Harrison has that “clutch gene”


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Kentucky fends off pesky Vanderbilt to go 18-0, reports Jerry Tipton of the Herald-Leader.  “That’s what makes them the best team in the country,” Vanderbilt Coach Kevin Stallings said of UK’s many options. “They can have a guy have an off night. … Their margin of error is quite substantial.

Give Vanderbilt some credit, says my column. “Any time you make a mistake against them, they make shots,” Calipari said. “Let me say this: I told Kevin, I’ve watched a bunch of their tape, and the job he’s done with that young team is phenomenal.”

The Commodores kept it close, reports Adam Sparks of the Tennessean. Vanderbilt trailed 54-51 with 5:07 remaining. Freshman guard Riley LaChance led all scorers with 16 points.

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Three takeaways from UK’s tough win over Vandy


Three quick takeaways from Kentucky’s 65-57 win over Vanderbilt:

1. Give Vanderbilt some credit. Given Kevin Stallings credit. Your inclination may be to think that Kentucky played poorly since it won by just eight points in a game in which the Cats were favored 22. That wasn’t really the case.

Instead, Vanderbilt played well. Stallings’ very young team was just 1-3 in league play and was coming off a 57-54 loss at Mississippi State, but it played hard and smart against the nation’s top-ranked. “Every time we made a mistake, they made us pay,” said UK coach John Calipari.

And Vandy has a chance to be really good in a couple of years. Riley LaChance, Wade Baldwin IV, Matthew Fisher-Davis, Shelton Mitchell and Jeff Roberson are all freshmen. Damian Jones and Luke Kornet are sophomores. Stallings joked that Calipari can’t say he has the youngest team anymore, because Vandy was younger.

2. Aaron Harrison took over. The Kentucky guard had scored just one point all night when he stepped to the line with 5:51 left and UK clinging to a 52-48 lead.

Aaron made both free throws. He then buried a dagger of a three from the left corner with 2:07 left to make it 61-54. “That kind of broke us,” Stallings said.

Aaron scored just two points in the first half, but Calipari said that when Harrison is playing like he played in the final minutes, “he can be the best player in the country.”

3. The most surprising stat of the whole night was offensive rebounds. That’s a stat Kentucky normally dominates. Instead, UK grabbed just 10 offensive boards compared to 21 defensive boards for Vanderbilt. That’s 32.3 percent, the third-lowest figure of the season. UK got just 31.6 percent of its offensive rebound opportunities against Texas and 32 percent against Texas A&M.

Also, the Cats took just six three-pointers, making four. Stallings said the Commodores didn’t really do anything special to try to limit UK on the threes, even though Kentucky had made 16 of 35 over its last to games. But the six attempts was a season-low. The Cats were two-of-seven from three against Providence.

Vanderbilt shot 41.5 percent and made seven of 18 threes for 38.9 percent. The Commodores couldn’t get to the foul line enough and made just six of their 12 attempts. They ended up averaging 0.868 points per possession to 1.012 for Kentucky.

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John Calipari: “You have to understand, we guarded today”


Full transcript of John Calipari’s press conference after win over Vanderbilt:

Q. What was the difference for Aaron (Harrison) in the second half? It looked like you were getting on him pretty hard there in the first half but then he showed up and made a couple big plays down the stretch.

COACH CALIPARI: Yeah, I think he played so well in the second half. That’s who he is. And I thought his brother played that well, too. They both played with unbelievable energy. They were aggressive and attacked. They played smart. They didn’t try to make crazy plays. They made easy plays that they could make. But Aaron basically threw dagger after dagger. I thought Marcus Lee played really well. Willie (Cauley-Stein) did what Willie does. Then he took that jumper and I know we all looked at each other like what in the world. But he’s been practicing that. That’s something that’s been working on. He made his free throws.

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Kevin Stallings: “I was OK with how my team played”


Transcript from Vanderbilt coach Kevin Stallings’ press conference after 65-57 loss at Kentucky:

Opening statement

“I thought we did some good things and just didn’t do quite enough. There is really no consolation in doing some good things. We came to do enough to win, and didn’t. I thought we defended a lot. I felt we rebounded for the most part fairly effectively. Aside from the first five or six minutes of the game, I thought we took care of the ball pretty well. They obviously got to the foul line a lot more than we did. They did a better job at the foul line than we did.

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