Brad Calipari Made Some Three Pointers In Canton, Cocks Shotgun

Back in June, John Calipari’s son Brad, announced that he would be leaving Lexington Christian Academy (not to be confused with Lexington Catholic) to attend prep school.  Brad was “reclassified” to the class of 2016 and is attending something called the MacDuffie School in Granby, Massachusetts.  I guess these days, you can just pick what grade you want to be in and go to high school wherever you like, as long as it helps your basketball career.

A few nights ago Brad made some threes.

The “cocking the shotgun” and three goggles are all the rage in the bluegrass these days.  Brad is copying the “shotgun” from Devin Booker, who is copying the Golden State Warriors.  I chuckle as I ponder who the first  writer would be to criticize a University of Cincinnati player or a University of Louisville player for pretending to cock a gun during a game.  I can read the article now without it ever being written: “In a day and age when school shootings and gun violence…”.

I don’t have a problem with celebrations but the NCAA does.  Acts that can get you a 15 yard penalty in football include these:

No player, substitute, coach or other person subject to the rules shall use abusive, threatening or obscene language or gestures, or engage in such acts that provoke ill will or are demeaning to an opponent, to game officials or to the image of the game, including but not limited to:
(a)  Pointing the finger(s), hand(s), arm(s) or ball at an opponent, or imitating the slashing of the throat.
(b) Taunting, baiting or ridiculing an opponent verbally.
(c) Inciting an opponent or spectators in any other way, such as simulating the firing of a weapon or placing a hand by the ear to request recognition.
(d) Any delayed, excessive, prolonged or choreographed act by which a player (or players) attempts to focus attention upon himself (or themselves).
(e) An unopposed ball carrier obviously altering stride as he approaches the opponent’s goal line or diving into the end zone.
(f) A player removing his helmet after the ball is dead and before he is in the team area (Exceptions: Team, media or injury timeouts; equipment adjustment; through play; between periods; and during a measurement for a first down).
(g) Punching one’s own chest or crossing one’s arms in front of the chest while standing over a prone player.
(h) Going into the stands to interact with spectators, or bowing at the waist after a good play.
(i) Intentionally removing the helmet while the ball is alive.

There seems to be quite the double standard.  Back in October, officials basically took away a win from the Oregon Ducks when they penalized the Ducks for an excessive celebration after a key sack against Arizona.  screenshot-thebiglead.com 2015-01-30 07-47-49That excessive celebration involved a bow.  Also, Ole Miss was warned by an official during the game to stop doing their stupid “Land Shark” celebration.   I don’t think the NCAA will ignore the “shotgun” much longer.  How can they?  To be honest, I’m surprised that Cal hasn’t put the kibosh on the celebrations.

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NKY Top Performers For 1/28/15

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859Sports.com Top Performers ending 1/28/15.

Boys

1.  Austin Crawford, Bracken County: 25.8 PPG (3rd in State), 21 games,

2. Carson Williams, Owen County: 24.6 PPG (6th) 18 games, 70.9 FG% (3rd), 14.0 rbs/g (1st).

Carson is a big reason why Owen County is #1 in the 8th Region 859Sports Computer Rankings.

From 2013 

3. Trent Thompson, Harrison County: 24.2 PPG (12th) 21 games. Had a school record 43 points in a loss at Cooper.

Thompson has a YouTube channel if you would like to check him out.

4. Austin Cummins, Anderson County: 23.3 PPG (15th) through 15 games.  3 3-Point goals per game.

5. Dorian Henry, Mason County: Shooting 71.3 FG% (1st) in 244 FGA.

Mason County is #1 in the 10th Region 859 Sports Computer Rankings

Henry pours in 35 against Holmes

6. Austin Schneider, Grant County: 65.6 FG% (7th), 96 FGA.

7. Roderick Avery, Holmes: 63.7 FG% (17th), 190 FGA.

8. Deion Cochran, Collins: 90.7 FT% (2nd), 98 FTA.

9.Cole Vonhandorf, Covington Catholic: 88.2 FT% (5th), 102 FTA.

10. Michael Dunaway, Trimble County: 87.2% FT% (7th), 94 FTA.  11.9 rebounds per game.

Dunaway swinging a baseball bat.

11. Jake Ohmer, Scott: 84.3 FT% (16th), 153 FTA.

Ohmer shows up in these Scott highlights

12. Art Walker, Montgomery County: 3.2 (9th) 3-pointers per game, 16-51.

13. Jon Jump, Williamstown: 2.9 3-pointers per game (15th), 53-156.

14.  Kenny Ball, Highlands: 2.9 3-pointers per game (16th), 46-121.

15. Jacob Barnes, Conner: 2.9 3-pointers per game (17th), 41-89.

Jacob won the Beacon Orthopedic Primetime Performer Award last week.  Here’s the video from channel 5.

16. Andrew Sticklen, St. Patrick: 12.5 RPG (5th).

17. Matt Wilson, Campbell County: 11.2 RPG (9th).

18. Zach Barrett, Bellevue: 10.3 RPG (17th).

Last fall Barrett had 6 catches for 114 vs. Holmes

19. Drew McDonald, NCC: 9.7 RPG (20th).  NCC is #1 in the 9th Region 859 Computer Rankings.

Girls

1.  Bailey Cummins, Bracken County:  23.7 PPG (9th in State).

2.  Hannah Dossett, Gallatin County: 21.1 PPG (17th).

3.  Liza Tibbs, Dixie Heights: 67.2% FG% (2nd), 125-186.

4.  Hailey Ison, Walton Verona: 89.9 FT% (2nd), 71-79.

5.  Allison Johnson, Beechwood: 87 FT% (4th), 87-100.

6.  Alexis Switzer, Boone County: 79.8% (19th), 91-114.

7.  Sarah Arnett, Montgomery County: 2.5 3-pointers per game, 49-138.

8.  Jenna Trimpe, Scott: 2.4 3-pointers per game, 48-121.

Trimpe playing volleyball

9.  Kailee Finch, Paris: 11.8 RPG.

John Feinstein Is A Duke Alum And Its All A Big Conspiracy Against UK

Not long ago I wrote about why Kentucky deserved all of the first place votes and slightly ridiculed sports writers and then tried to offer an explanation about why someone would not vote UK first place.   In that rambling blog I even wrote this:

 “The facts are these; you would have to stretch some pretty obscure statistics to find any objective evidence that would suggest that Virginia should get a first place vote over Kentucky at this point in the season. “

That sentence above was not enough praise for some of #bbn.  It seems any critical thinking about the University of Kentucky basketball team irritates a segment of the fan base to no end.

Well, end the end, we learn that it is John Feinstein who is clinging to the remaining first place vote.   We also learn that he is stretching some “pretty obscure statistics” or completely disregarding statistics altogether.   He responded to requests from Kentucky writers about why he was  voting for Virginia.  You can read his response from kentucky.247sports.com below:

“Hey, Rick – Someone just sent me your Kentucky-UVa column. I’m honestly not sure why anyone in Kentucky CARES that I’ve voted UVA #1 the last three weeks, except I guess that it’s me and I’m evil incarnate.

“I’m guessing if the kid in Indy (Zach Osterman of the Indy Star) had voted UVA #1 this week instead of me it would have barely been noticed. I gotta say your five points are pretty much EXACTLY why I’ve voted for UVA!

“1. Everybody’s Super Bowl. If that’s the criteria, then Duke has to be #1 every week since 1992 regardless of record…

“2. McDonald’s All Americans. Really? Who cares? I admire teams that win without McD AA’s, who are often determined by who they sign with — as in Kentucky, Duke, UNC. JOEY BEARD was a McDonald’s All American. Joe Smith was not. There are a hundred like examples…

“3. NBA draft picks? How in the world is that relevant to THIS season? And, again I love teams that win with great college players. No one did that better than (former Indiana coach Bob) Knight. How many future NBA All-Stars played for U-Conn last year? But they WON…

“4. Recruiting battles? (UK coach John) Calipari recruits one-and-dones who are passing through Kentucky not going to school there. I feel the same way, BTW, about the one-and-dones at Duke (Feinstein is a Duke grad). Please don’t tell me that Kyrie Irving is a “Duke alumnus.” Most of Bennett’s players will stay 3 or 4 years and graduate. I prefer his style but both apparently work….

“5. Scoring 80 points or more? Bennett’s style is 100 percent opposite that. It may not be pretty–Kentucky this year ain’t exactly pretty either–but it works and HAS worked for years.”

What do you think of Feinstein’s argument?

Should the Kentucky Wildcats be the unanimous No. 1 in both major polls in your eyes as we approach the month of February?

http://kentucky.247sports.com/Bolt/John-Feinstein-Explains-Why-Hes-The-Lone-AP-Voter-Picking-UK-2-35138726

Fly Me To The Moon Because Its A Better Move Than Resigning Todd Frazier Long Term

Since the signing of Mesoraco, the Reds only have two arbitration cases remaining.  Todd Frazier and Aroldis Chapman.  The one I’m most undecided about is Todd Frazier.  As for Chapman, you should never pay a closer a bunch of money.  If Chapman can’t bring you back anything in a trade, you have to cut ties if he is going to want big money.  With Frazier, we have a 29 year old 3rd baseman with 3 full seasons under his belt.  Do you realize Edwin Encarnacion is 32 and has been in the majors for 11 seasons now?

Frazier had his best season of his career in 2014, tying Josh Donaldson for most home runs by a third baseman and finishing tied for 5th with Josh Harrison (former Bearcat and Princeton High alum) in WAR (5.3).  Kyle Seager was fourth in WAR (5.8) and is 27 years old.  Seager can do everything that Frazier can do except steal bases.  Seattle just signed Seager to a 7 year $100 million contract.  However, Frazier is a little more Chase Headley than he is Kyle Seager.  In the comparable department, Headley is Frazier’s number one.  The Yankees recently gave Headley $52 million over 4 years.

Frazier is old for his years of experience and nothing in his numbers suggest that he can improve on 2014.  The problem with Frazier is that he is a free swinger, he doesn’t take many walks and therefore he is more likely to repeat 2013 (.234/.314/.406) more often than he is going to repeat 2014 (.273/.336/.459). Like Headley, if Frazier is seeing the ball well and in a groove, he can punish mistake pitches.  However, he doesn’t battle at the plate and he led all third basemen in strike outs last year.  Frazier is one of those guys who can out physical mediocre pitchers but can put the bat on the ball against good pitching.

I really hope the Reds don’t go and do something crazy like give Frazier an eight figure long-term deal.  If you can get him for 3 years, I’d consider resigning him but this team is on the verge of driving off the contention cliff and into the world of the Philadelphia Phillies.  The only problem with the Phillies comparison is that the Phillies have a recent World Series Championship to show for all of their bad contracts.

The Reds are not a small market team and as Paul Daugherty pointed out this week, “this is a regional team with lots of big places no more than two hours away.”

859 Sports Game Of The Week: Campbell County at Pendleton County (All-Time Series Is 41-41)

On Tuesday, defending 10th Region Champion, Campbell County (15-6), will take a 19 minute bus ride south on U.S. 27 to hook up with the Pendleton County Wildcats (8-12) who have lost their last four games by a combined margin of 13 points.  The Wildcats have held games close despite being without their second leading scorer, Dontaie Allen, who suffered a wrist injury back on December 29th.

The Camels are led by Deondre Jackson (17.2 ppg), Blake Losey (12.2 ppg), and Matt Wilson (13.9 ppg, 11 rpg). As a team, Campbell County is shooting 49.4% from the field and 40.7% from 3-point range. The Camels have not lost when scoring more than 68 points and have a scoring margin advantage of 13.2 ppg over their opponents. When the Camels win they have a tendency to win big.  In each of the Camel’s losses they have struggled to make shots.  The Camels beat Highlands 73-46 on Thursday night.

The Wildcats have 9 different players that have played in at least 17 games this season. The leading scorer for the Wildcats is sophomore Michael Antrobus, who is averaging 14.6 points per game. Hunter Leah is the force inside for Pendleton County, averaging 9.6 points per game and 9.3 rebounds. The Wildcats are streaky shooters, shooting 41.2% as a team from the field.  Pendleton County last played on Friday night, losing to Mason County 77-71.

Both teams have head coaches that are now coaching at their alma mater. Pendleton County Head Coach, Keaton Belcher is a 2005 graduate of PCHS and played college basketball at Belmont University. Coach Belcher is in his first year at Pendleton County. Campbell County’s Head coach Aric Russell is a 1989 graduate of CCHS. Russell has been the Camel’s head basketball coach since 2010. Prior to coming to Campbell County, Russell was the head Coach at Newport for nine seasons, where he won the 9th region All “A” championship in 2009.

Tipoff is at 7:30 pm at Pendleton County High School. The game will also be carried live by Pendleton County’s sports radio pcroradio.com.

Pendleton County Team Stats

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Campbell County Team Stats

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Monday Monday: Andy Being Andy, Mesoraco’s Good Deal, BBN, College Basketball Is Less Popular Than Soccer

Was your monday all you hoped it would be?

1.  Andy Dalton was booed in the Pro Bowl last night and I assume those weren’t all Bengal fans. Dalton was 9-20 for 69 yards and zero touchdowns.  On the final drive, with a chance to win the meaningless game,  Dalton engineered a drive to the 19 yard line.  Once inside the Red Zone, Dalton threw four incompletions with the final pass landing somewhere in Nevada.  Dalton remains winless in January.  Not to put much into a Pro Bowl game, but we would just like to see something out of him on a national stage just once.

2.  The best part of the Pro Bowl was this, and it wasn’t televised:

3.  The Reds signed Devon Mesoraco to a Four Year $28 million Deal.  Mesoraco’s numbers earned 4.8 WARP in 2014; he will turn 27 this coming season.  For comparison sake, the Brewers locked Lucroy in at $11 million over 5 years back in 2012.  Lucroy was a bargain last season when he produced 6 WARP.  The Cubs Miguel Montero in the middle of a 5 year $60 million contract.  Montero has two 4 WARP seasons, the last in 2012.  In 2013, the Cardinals paid Yadier Molina $75 million for 5 years.  In Molina’s long productive career, he has only put up one season that exceeded 4.8 WARP and that was 2012 when he hit 6.6.  Molina was at 4.2 WARP in 2013 and 1.9 in 2014.  Good job by the Reds. Let’s hope Mesoraca doesn’t have catcher type drop-off; if he doesn’t, then he’s a steal.

4.  The University of Kentucky picked up another first place vote and a 6’9 New Zealander today.  But despite Virginia’s struggles in a close win over lowly Virginia Tech on Sunday, the Cavaliers held on to the other in the latest rankings.

5.  College basketball is losing.   The sport is at its lowest level of popularity since 1985, according to results of the Harris Poll published this week. The survey conducted in December measures what sport the general population considers its favorite, and for the third year in a row, college hoops claimed 3 percent of the result. Dating back to the Harris Poll’s beginning, it’s down 3 percentage points.
Notably, men’s soccer for the first time jumped past college basketball in the United States with 6 percent of respondents selecting it. That’s up 3 percent since 1985. Topping the Harris Poll — of course — is pro football at 32 percent, followed by baseball with 16 percent and college football at 10 percent. Then came auto racing (7 percent), men’s pro basketball (6 percent), soccer and ice hockey (6 percent) before college basketball.  College basketball is more popular in Louisville than anywhere else in the country.