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Kevin Stallings unhappy with reviewable plays after Kentucky loss

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Thursday night saw another instance of what appears to be a blown call late in a close game.

This happened with under 20 seconds in a one-possession game between Kentucky and Vanderbilt. Kentucky freshman, Nerlens Noel collected a loose ball and floated a shot in the middle of the lane. With Noel’s hand still on the ball and the shot clock at zero, the bucket was counted giving Kentucky a 60-55 lead with 17.3 seconds.

Kerden Johnson hit what would have been the game-tying 3-pointer with 7.6 seconds remaining. Vandy even had a final chance, but the Commodores came up short on the last-second three.

Officials told Stallings that Noel’s bucket was not reviewable, which was the right call according to NCAA rules. However, Stallings wants to see some changes to replays, according to The Tennessean.

“It’s not a reviewable play, and that needs to be changed probably in the last two minutes of the game,” Stallings said on Friday. “They need to be able to review that. I think they would have preferred to have reviewed it. I’m sure they would have. I guess as it stands now, the only time they can review (a play involving the clock or shot clock expiring) is end of game, or end of half.

According to Jeff Lockridge of The Tennessean, Stallings has yet to watch the replay. Despite being upset about the two-point loss that drops to 6-7 (0-1 SEC), he did recognize the position the refs were in on that play, late in the game.

“I’ve heard from officials that’s one of the more difficult things that they have to do,” said Stallings. “It’s hard for them to keep their eye on the ball and on the clock at the same time, which is kind of understandable.”

Kentucky opened SEC play with a win and have won six of seven.

In a related note, Hall of Fame coach Bob Knight and ESPN analyst, Bob Knight, seemed confused about the game clock and shot clock during the Noel score.

Lockridge added a comment via email from the ESPN public relations department about the incident:

“There was confusion and we could have done a better job explaining the relevant rules. We’ve spoken to all involved in order to have a deeper understanding and better execution next time.”


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Iowa State’s starting center Jameel McKay remains suspended

Iowa State forward Jameel McKay celebrates on the court at the end of an NCAA college basketball game against Oklahoma, Monday, Jan. 18, 2016, in Ames, Iowa. Iowa State won 82-77. (AP Photo/Charlie Neibergall)
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Steve Prohm announced on Monday that starting center Jameel McKay will not be in the lineup on Wednesday when the Cyclones take on Texas Tech.

“He’ll practice today because I want him in practice,” Prohm said, “but game-wise, he’s suspended.”

McKay did not make the trip to Stillwater with the team on Saturday, where Iowa State beat Oklahoma State, 64-59. Prohm has not gotten into specifics regarding the cause of McKay’s suspension, but it’s reportedly an issue with the way he has been practicing. McKay is dealing with a nagging knee injury, which may play a role in the situation as well.

“My hope is he’ll be with us on Saturday,” Prohm said.

AP POLL: Villanova climbs to No. 1 in the country.

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Like the Coaches Poll, Villanova found themselves No. 1 in the AP Poll during the regular season for the first time in the history of the program.

And like the Coaches Poll, there isn’t much in the way of a consensus when it comes to who is the No. 1 team, as there are six teams that received No. 1 votes in the poll this week.

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The biggest shock to me?

The No. 1 team in the NBC Sports Top 25, Iowa, received just 11 first place votes and is ranked fourth in the AP Poll.

They were ranked fifth in the Coaches Poll.

Can we get Fran McCaffery the love they deserve?

Here is the rest of the AP Poll:

1. Villanova (20-3, 32 first-place votes)
2. Maryland (21-3, 13)
3. Oklahoma (19-3, 7)
4. Iowa (19-4, 11)
5. Xavier (21-2)
6. Kansas (19-4, 1)
7. Virginia (19-4, 1)
8. Michigan State (20-4)
9. North Carolina (19-4)
10. West Virginia (19-4)
11. Oregon (18-4)
12. Miami (FL) (18-4)
13. Louisville (19-4)
14. Iowa State (17-6)
15. Texas A&M (18-5)
16. SMU (20-2)
17. Arizona (19-5)
18. Purdue (19-5)
19. Dayton (19-3)
20. Providence (18-6)
21. Baylor (17-6)
22. Kentucky (17-6)
23. USC (18-5)
24. Texas (16-7)
25. Wichita State (17-6)

DROPPED OUT: No. 22 Indiana, No. 25 South Carolina
NEW ADDITIONS: No. 23 USC, No. 24 Texas