Kentucky boys and girls basketball: Jan. 29, 2017

Class 1
1. Bowling Green (19-2) beat Muhlenberg County 86-59, beat Warren Central 70-43.
2. Lou. Fern Creek (22-2) beat Lou. Ballard 86-71, beat Lou. Waggener 90-59, beat Taylor County 74-48.
3. Cov. Catholic (19-4) beat Campbell Co. 72-53, beat Holmes 71-34.
4. Lou. Trinity (21-3) beat Lex. Henry Clay 80-59, beat Madison Central 60-41.
5. Lou. Ballard (17-5) lost to Lou. Fern Creek 86-71, beat Lou. Seneca 78-66, beat Lou. St. Xavier 58-48.
6. Scott Co. (17-5) beat Franklin Co. 80-49, beat North Laurel 71-51.
7. Campbell Co. (20-2) lost to Cov. Catholic 72-53, beat Montgomery Co. 57-32, beat Bourbon Co. 70-53.
8. Christian Co. (16-5) beat Russellville 97-83, beat Fort Campbell 83-51, lost to Hopkinsville 72-53.
9. Cooper (17-4) beat Conner 70-52, beat Ryle 69-35.
10. Hopkinsville (18-4) beat Graves Co. 81-70, beat Christian Co. 72-53.

Class 1
1. Lou. Butler (23-1) beat Lou. Christian Academy 74-44, beat South Warren 70-39, beat Lou. Sacred Heart 81-63, beat Male 85-57.
2. Lou. Male (20-2) beat Lou. Eastern 70-49, beat Henderson Co. 67-52, beat Mercer Co. 81-73, lost to Butler.
3. Mercer Co. (18-6) beat Somerset 94-58, beat Garrard Co. 85-40, beat Bullitt East 73-59, lost to Lou. Male 81-73.
4. Simon Kenton (18-4) beat Boone Co. 74-39, beat Conner 70-44, lost to Lou. Sacred Heart 56-45.
5. Elizabethtown (19-2) beat LaRue Co. 78-40, beat Russell Co. 72-32, beat Breckinridge Co. 74-38.
6. Murray (17-4) beat Danville 66-37, lost to Monroe Co. 60-57.
7. Lou. DuPont Manual (15-7) lost to Bullitt East 63-54.
8. Lou. Sacred Heart (17-5) beat Lou. Mercy 70-59, beat Simon Kenton 56-45, lost to Lou. Butler 81-63.
9. Henderson Co. (17-3) beat Webster Co. 64-46, beat Hopkinsville 57-49, lost to Lou. Male 67-52.
10. Harlan County (20-2) beat Whitley Co. 74-39, beat North Hardin 67-47.

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College basketball rankings: Kentucky falls from top 10, Gonzaga keeps rolling

Toward the end of wild Saturday of college basketball during which good teams lost home games, road games and to inferior opponents, Gonzaga did what Gonzaga has been doing all season: Destroyed another Division I program.
Final score: Gonzaga 96, Pepperdine 49.

So now the Zags are 22-0 overall, 10-0 in the WCC and the winners of 14 straight games by double-digits. No, they wouldn't be undefeated if they were in the Big 12 or ACC; might as well say that before you say it. But their body of work is hardly lacking substance. They've beaten five top-40 KenPom teams -- including the Arizona team that's 19-2 with a win over UCLA. And, for what it's worth, Gonzaga is the nation's only team with an adjusted offensive efficiency rating and adjusted defensive efficiency rating that both rank in the top 10.
The Zags remain No. 1 in the CBS Sports Top 25 (and one).

1 GonzagaThe Zags' resume features five top-40 KenPom wins and zero losses. They've won 14 straight games by double-digits.--22-0
2 BaylorThe Bears have 10 top-55 KenPom wins - including three victories over teams also ranked in the Top 25 (and one). Their lone loss came at West Virginia.--20-1
3 VillanovaThe Wildcats' five-game winning streak was snapped Tuesday at Marquette. Villanova missed 28 of 34 3-point attempts in the loss.--20-2
4 KansasThe Jayhawks own wins over two of college basketball's biggest brands - Kentucky and Duke. They're tied with Baylor atop the Big 12 standings heading into Wednesday's showdown with the Bears.--19-2
5 ArizonaThe Wildcats have won 13 straight games since losing to Gonzaga. Allonzo Trier is averaging 14.5 points in two games since rejoining the team.--20-2
6 VirginiaThe Cavaliers own road wins at Louisville, Notre Dame, Clemson and California. They'll take a five-game winning streak into Sunday's game at Villanova.216-4
7 LouisvilleThe Cardinals beat Pitt by 55 points on Tuesday. They shot 58.2 percent against the Panthers and made 12 3-pointers.318-4
8 West VirginiaThe Mountaineers own five top-50 KenPom wins - including victories over Baylor, Kansas and Virginia. They're one of only three teams with a top-15 adjusted offensive and defensive efficiency rating.317-4
9 WisconsinThe Badgers have won five straight games since losing at Purdue. They're 7-1 in the Big Ten and tied with Maryland atop the league standings.418-3
10 UCLAThe Bruins missed 14 of 20 3-point attempts in Wednesday's loss at USC. They'll take a two-game losing streak into Wednesday's game at Washington State.419-3
11 KentuckyThe Wildcats are 3-4 vs. top-50 KenPom teams after Saturday's loss to Kansas. They've now lost two non-league games inside Rupp Arena in a season for the first time since the 2008-09 season.517-4
12 ButlerGeorgetown handed the Bulldogs their first home loss on Saturday. Butler has eight top-50 KenPom wins and three sub-50 losses.518-4
13 North CarolinaThe Tar Heels' seven-game winning streak was snapped Saturday at Miami. Regardless, they remain alone atop the ACC standings.419-4
14 OregonThe Ducks' 17-gaming winning streak was snapped Saturday at Colorado. Oregon missed 23 3-point attempts in the loss.219-3
15 CincinnatiThe Bearcats are on an 11-game winning streak thanks to Thursday's win over Xavier. They're 7-0 in the AAC heading into Saturday's game with USF.--19-2
16 PurdueCaleb Swanigan got 25 points and 17 rebounds in Tuesday's win at Michigan State. It was his 17th double-double of the season.--17-5
17 DukeLuke Kennard's late 3-pointer Saturday gave Duke its first ACC road win of the season. Next up is Monday's game at Notre Dame.216-5
18 South CarolinaThe Gamecocks remain undefeated in games in which Sindarius Thornwell and P.J. Dozier both play. They have the nation's best adjusted defensive efficiency rating.217-4
19 Notre DameThe Irish have dropped three of their past four games and will take a two-game losing streak into Monday's showdown with Duke. Four of their five losses have come to schools also ranked in the Top 25 (and one).217-5
20 Florida StateThe Seminoles will take a two-game losing streak into Wednesday's game at Miami. They're 1-3 in ACC road games so far this season.218-4
21 St. Mary'sThe Gaels have won four straight since losing at Gonzaga. Their only other loss is a December loss to a UT Arlington team that's 69th at KenPom.--19-2
22 XavierFive of the Musketeers' six losses have come to teams ranked ahead of them in the Top 25 (and one). The other loss was a 68-66 loss at Colorado in December.--14-6
23 FloridaFour of Florida's five losses are to schools also ranked in the Top 25 (and one). They own six top-60 KenPom wins, including a neutral-court victory over Miami.--16-5
24 MarylandThe Terrapins' 19-2 record features five top-50 KenPom wins and two sub-80 losses. They've yet to play a team currently ranked in the Top 25 (and one).119-2
25 SMUThe Mustangs' lone loss since November is a 66-64 loss at Cincinnati. They'll take a four-game winning streak into Wednesday's game with East Carolina.218-4
26 NorthwesternThe Wildcats' resume features two top-55 KenPom wins and zero sub-55 losses. They're 6-2 in the Big Ten heading into Sunday's game with Indiana.117-4

Q&A: John Calipari’s comments after Kentucky basketball loss to Kansas

UK’s transcript of head coach John Calipari’s press conference after his team’s 79-73 loss to Kansas on Saturday night:

Q. You tried to get the ball to Bam Adebayo early. What do you think happened with him tonight?

JOHN CALIPARI: Well, they double-teamed (Bam Adebayo), he turned it over some, he missed some free throws, he wasn’t the same aggressive self. He could have caught and turned and shot some balls. This wasn’t that. This was, we got out-toughed and we didn’t guard the way we need to guard, which is all curable. There was a stretch where Malik doesn’t get a shot. Well, we can’t. You can’t play seven, eight minutes without him getting a shot. And it wasn’t, they were in a zone, OK, we can move them around and do some different things. There was some of that, but it was more they shot 60 percent in the second half, you’re not going to win.

In a close game, again, we took, turned it over for an unforced, and then took a tough shot. No rebounds. I mean, (Josh) Jackson’s tip-in was a huge, I mean it was a one-point game. But, I’ve got to look at the tape and really break it down. (Landen) Lucas had a bunch of second-chance points. I mean, I don’t know if Bam just left him, we didn’t crack down, but there was a lot of that going on. And again, 17 turnovers. Again, 10 from our guards. We have been a low, low turnover team until the last three games. Now, all of a sudden we’re averaging 17 turnovers a game, that shouldn’t be who we are.

Q. Bill Self made a point of the last five minutes of the first half, that you guys had a working margin and then at halftime a five point game. How did you feel about that stretch going into halftime?

JOHN CALIPARI: Well, obviously, I would have rather not had that run. But if you look at it, we had like three turnovers. It’s similar to what we have done in every game. And the turnovers led to basket, not earned basket, they’re breakaways. So, I don’t know if it was three turnovers in a row, it may have been four. Had a shot in the corner that we missed. And Isaiah (Briscoe), who is usually who we go to in the zone, was on the bench. So, we were trying to figure stuff out. But again, it was -- and I’m going to have to look at it on the tape, but there were I think three, maybe four turnovers in a row.

Q. Looked like the importance of this particular game here, it appeared that both teams were kind of tight. Theirs and yours both --

JOHN CALIPARI: We weren’t. I thought we started good.

Q. You shot 45 percent from the free-throw line in the first half?


Q. Kentucky did.

JOHN CALIPARI: Yeah. But I thought we started good. We had a good lead and we were playing fast and we were playing and scrambling a little bit. They had missed some open 3’s that they normally make, which is why the lead was what it was. They went zone, a little bit of triangle and two. We turned it over three, four times. And now we may have gotten tight in the second half, maybe a couple guys because the game was close.

But, I liked the fact that we fought and we got it there and it came down to on a rebound or two, a turnover here, and we got to learn. We did the same thing at Tennessee. All right, we’re right where we want this, and it was turnover, turnover layup, layup. Now all of a sudden it’s four, it’s a different ball game. So, we got to look at it, cure it. The toughness in the defense, we’ll get after that and we got a couple days before Georgia. Georgia won today and played well, so we got another tough game.

Q. Did you think when Kansas went on that 10-0 run in the second half, did you feel like your kids reverted a little bit, maybe broke down, tried to do a little bit more one-on-one at that time?

JOHN CALIPARI: No. No. I think, again, the whole thing for us turnover-wise is when we make easy plays, we don’t turn it over. When we’re trying to make a harder play, like if a guy’s open in the corner, just throw it to him. Why would you ball fake him and then run a guy over. Why would you, versus an extra pass to the wing, you’re going to try to force one inside, which gets tipped away. You’re driving and they’re in, there is no drive, it’s a swing and then a drive. I mean it’s all freshman kind of stuff. So I think it was a 10-3 run to end the half. And again, when you have turnovers and they’re going for baskets, that may have been six of those points.

Willis) played tonight, keeping you in it with his shooting but he missed that rebound there at the end?

JOHN CALIPARI: Missed a couple rebounds. But, I left him in because I felt we needed his shooting. And you know, you know he’s going to give a little bit up defensively and rebounding, but you’re hoping he can make enough shots to make this thing close. I thought he did a good job on the offensive end. It’s just you and a guy and either he gets it or you get it and you got to fight. And that’s something that’s got to continue to work on.

Q. Knowing how much you hate to lose, how much do you dwell on this one? And two, knowing that your team was much younger than this one, did that play a significant role in why you guys didn’t win?

JOHN CALIPARI: Well, we’re still -- look, this is always a process here when you’re talking young players. I can remember in 2014, we were dying and then they got it at one point and all of a sudden we took off. This team came together a little bit faster, yet you find out all the execution stuff that I’ve been talking about will come back and haunt you. All those little things that you, if you really want to be one of those teams, and I keep saying we’re not yet, but we got great post presence, we got long players, we got some guys that can make shots, we shoot a high percentage. Normally we don’t turn it over like we do the last few games. And so it’s all doable.

And as a coach, you look at this and say, OK, where do we go and what do we zero in on? And I think it’s toughness and defense. We got to be a better defensive team than we are. We had some guys that just broke down on crossover moves their layups. Post-ups where we don’t help. Down screens where we lose guys. We switch and we have a chance to switch back and we just stop playing. And they make a three at the top of the key because we didn’t switch back, which we could have. Look, I hate losing, but I think there were a lot of people that wish they had my problems. Let me say that.

Q. What did you think of the atmosphere?

JOHN CALIPARI: Oh, it was great. It was great. I thought all that was great. This is what this place is. And when we go on the road, it’s the same kind of atmosphere. Every road game is like a war. And that’s the other thing that’s tough for these kids, you got to come every game. And then when you do come, you got to finish for 40 minutes, because the other team’s not going away. You got to finish it out. You get a team down 12, 13, 14, you better get it to 20. And then you better go into half and say the first five minutes we’re going to win this game. We’re not there yet. We get it to 12, 13, and the next time I look around it’s four. Then I look up we’re down four. What the heck just happened?

Q. What was it that made them so effective against Malik after the first 12 minutes or so of the contest?

JOHN CALIPARI: They did a good job of shading toward him, whether it was the zone or they -- the triangle and two, they put a man on him, and then again, like I told the staff after, we can’t go eight minutes without him shooting the ball. Seven minutes. We have an enough stuff in our offense whether it’s man or zone, for him to get shots off. I think that the shot he took on the baseline, which was a tough play at that time, was based on the fact that he hadn’t gotten a shot in a while. But we’ll work on that and, like I said, we come back to, they shot 60 percent in the first half -- or second half. 60. Okay, we struggled with what we were doing, they shot 60 percent. You cannot win with a team shooting 60 percent. You can’t score enough.

Q. You mentioned some of the miscues on defense, how do you fix that really with a month to go before the games start to matter?

JOHN CALIPARI: Every day you start zeroing in on the areas that we need work. The crazy thing, you may not believe this, but we’re in this mode every year. There’s something that the team needs to work on that we’ll zero in on. I wish it was over the break where I was having two and three things a day where we could really go, but it isn’t. Everybody in the country’s in the same situation, you’re going to have a couple days in between practices. You have to give them a day off. So, you’re going to normally have two good days of practice and we just have to zero in and talk to these guys.

The greatest thing about this group is they will want to win and they will want to learn. I thought we passed the ball better today, not where we were, but better. Now we got to build on that and we just got to say, look, guys, if you really want to do this, you got to be a defensive team first. Now, if you defend and rebound, what does that give us an opportunity to do? Fly. If you can’t stop a team from scoring, how are you going to play fast? You can’t play fast. So if you want to run, you got to defend first. And I thought like Dom (Dominique Hawkins), Dom fights and defends and tries and you can put him in and you know what you’re going to get from him.

Q. You haven’t lost consecutively many times at Kentucky. What do the last two losses have in common?

JOHN CALIPARI: They stink. How about that. One was on the road and one is home. We don’t normally lose here, but Kansas, you got to give them credit, they came in here and all the plays they had to make in the second half, even when we made a run to make it close again, they were effort plays, too. They were tip-ins, they were they were grabs, they were second and third shots. They were a drive to the basket and a physical tough and-one layup. That’s what they did to beat us. And I come back to, our defensive playing and our toughness. That’s what they did to us. A young team, you got to learn to fight. That’s what we’re going to have to learn to do.

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