NCAA Basketball Tournament - Indiana  v Kentucky

Kentucky outguns Indiana, advances to the Elite Eight


Kentucky is a buzzsaw. Plain and simple.

The Wildcats got dragged into an up-and-down game against Indiana, one that worked its way into the triple digits before Indiana stopped fouling and accepted the 102-90 loss, and still managed to outplay the Hoosiers. Michael Kidd-Gilchrist snapped out of a late-season slump with 24 points and 10 boards while Doron Lamb added 21 and Marquis Teague chipped in with 14 points and seven assists.

The scariest part about this win for Kentucky is that they took Indiana’s best shot and managed to win relatively unchallenged despite the fact that the National Player of the Year, Anthony Davis, was fairly irrelevant until the final ten minutes. I know that it has been beaten to death this season, but when this team gets everyone going at the same time, I’m not sure that they can be beaten.

Perhaps the best sign for the Wildcats is how well Teague played. It took a while for him to develop into the kind of player deserving of the hype he had coming in, but over the last month and change, he has been absolutely terrific. Early in the season, Teague struggled when playing at a faster tempo. That’s part of the reason that Kentucky slowed down the pace they play later in the season. This was as fast as the Wildcats have played all year long, and Teague turned in one of his better performances of the season.

Indiana did everything they wanted to in the first half. They got Anthony Davis into early foul trouble, they were able to get into the paint and score with the big fella out of the game and they got production from up and down their lineup. And they still found themselves down by three heading into halftime.

No. 1 seed Kentucky advances to take on No. 3 seed Baylor in the Elite Eight on Sunday night.

Louisville campus police reviewing escort allegations

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Louisville campus police now say they are reviewing allegations that a former men’s basketball staffer hired escorts to dance and have sex with recruits and players in a dormitory.

Katina Powell has alleged in a book released online over the weekend that former Cardinals director of basketball operation Andre McGee paid her $10,000 for dancers to perform 22 shows from 2010-14 at the players’ Billy Minardi Hall dormitory. The school reported those allegations to the NCAA and has launched an investigation.

“The University of Louisville Police Department, in consultation with the Louisville Metro Police Department and the Commonwealth’s Attorney’s Office, is reviewing allegations regarding the men’s basketball program,” University police chief Wayne Hall said Tuesday in a statement.

It was the first confirmation that police are looking into the allegations. When contacted last week, a campus police operator said they weren’t aware of the book allegations, and it was unclear at that time if an investigation had been launched.

Cardinals coach Rick Pitino has said that McGee denied Powell’s allegations.

McGee left in 2014 and is currently an assistant at Missouri-Kansas City, which has put him on paid leave.

Pitino said Saturday that he hasn’t read Powell’s book titled “Breaking Cardinal Rules: Basketball and the Escort Queen” and doesn’t plan to. The 104-page book was published by an affiliate of the Indianapolis Business Journal and is scheduled for hardcover release Oct. 12.

The woman said that she and three of her daughters, along with other women, danced and stripped for Louisville recruits and players and performed sex acts with them, according to the book. Powell, 43, also said McGee offered recruits alcohol at those parties.

Upon hearing of the allegations, Pitino said he did some investigating on his own before being told by the school’s compliance department not to talk to players. But the coach said he talked to other assistants about the allegations and all of them denied knowing of the activities outlined in Powell’s book.

“I’m going through 15 people who worked here, and not one person even had a premonition of something wrong,” Pitino said. “Not one person living in the dorm had even the slightest premonition. It just doesn’t make sense to me.”

Louisville has hired Chuck Smrt of the Compliance Group, which assists schools in NCAA cases, to review the allegations.

McGee left Louisville in 2014 to become an assistant at Missouri-Kansas City under Kareem Richardson, who was a Cardinals assistant from 2012-13. He was placed on paid administrative on Friday and has been unavailable for comment. McGee’s Louisville attorney, Scott Cox, didn’t comment because the investigation is ongoing.

St. John’s hires Mitch Richmond as a special assistant

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St. John’s added its second Hall of Famer to the coaching staff on Tuesday, announcing Mitch Richmond had been hired as a special assistant to first-year head coach Chris Mullin.

Mullin and Richmond, along with Tim Hardaway, made up Run TMC, the short-lived, high-scoring offense the Golden State Warriors played from 1989-91.

Mullin was inducted into the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame as a player in 2011. Three years later, he was a presenter to Richmond’s enshrinement in Springfield.

“Mitch is committed to helping us build this program and develop an environment for sustained success at St. John’s,” Mullin said in a statement. “He has tremendous basketball insight, a vision for the game and a passion to share his knowledge. Obviously, his experience in different roles throughout his career as a player, scout and mentor will have an impact in many areas.”

Earlier this summer, Mullin bolstered his coaching staff with the additions of associate head coach Barry Rohrssen and Matt Abdelmassih. Greg St. Jean was hired later in the summer.

The Red Storm open the 2015-16 season on Nov. 13 against Wagner.