Stan Van Gundy: Kentucky couldn't beat an NBA team
Stan Van Gundy said Wednesday the notion that Kentucky could beat an NBA team is "absurd." The Orlando Magic coach was asked about comments by former Maryland coach Gary Williams, who told a Washington radio station that he thought the Wildcats could beat the NBA's Wizards in one game at Rupp Arena.
The Cats, the favorites to win the NCAA championship next week, have multiple players who are expected to be NBA lottery picks. Forward Anthony Davis is projected to be the No. 1 overall pick.
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That's not enough for Van Gundy.
"Look, it's absurd," he said before the Magic faced the New York Knicks. "I mean, people will say, 'Oh, Kentucky you know's got four NBA players.' Yeah, well the other team's got 13."
Van Gundy said the talent level, experience and age of the players would favor the NBA team, even one as bad as the Wizards (11-38).
"Could anything happen on a one-night thing? I mean, I suppose, you have major upsets all the time. So maybe, but it'd be rare and in a series it'd be a joke," Van Gundy said. "It wouldn't be close. That's just the way it is. John Calipari's got a lot of talent, he does not have 13 NBA players. He just doesn't. And even if those guys all are, they're all NBA rookies. I mean, when has that ever been a success in the NBA? So no, they're not going to win."
Prince scores season-high 29 points
Tayshaun Prince matched a season high with 29 points and rookie Brandon Knight added 16 to help the Detroit Pistons beat Cleveland 87-75, handing the Cavaliers their fifth straight loss. Prince made four three-pointers and added eight rebounds for the Pistons, who closed with an 11-4 run after the Cavs got within five.
"I've had some tough games here," Prince said of playing in Cleveland. "I had some games where I've had 25 points and games where I had four points. There's never an in between. I've had some games where I struggled in this arena. It's a good thing I had a couple of layups early to get me rolling."
■ Kevin Love had 40 points and 19 rebounds to lift the Minnesota Timberwolves past the host Charlotte Bobcats 88-83. Love entered the game averaging 30.6 points in March.
HIGH SCHOOL BASKETBALL
All-Star tryouts scheduled for April 22
Taylor Barnette of Lexington Christian and Jaylen Beckham of Bryan Station were among 45 seniors invited Wednesday to try out for the Kentucky All-Stars boys' basketball team that will play Indiana in a series of games this summer.
Tryouts will be held April 22 at Georgetown College. Jason Booher of Holmes will coach the Kentucky boys, who will play the Indiana All-Stars on June 8 in Freedom Hall in Louisville, and June 9 in Bankers Life Fieldhouse in Indianapolis.
Other invitees from Central Kentucky were Cody Collins of East Jessamine, Adam Fatkin and Bopper Stenzel of Clark County, Isaiah Ivey and Tamron Manning of Scott County and Jay Johnson of Woodford County.
■ Kentucky women's signee Janee Thompson had seven points, two assists, two steals and two turnovers as her East team defeated the West 79-78 in the McDonald's All-American Game in Chicago.
Playoff OT rule added to regular season
The NFL's new rule for post-season overtime is being expanded for the regular season, too. NFL owners passed the playoff overtime rule for the regular schedule Wednesday. All games that go into overtime now cannot end on a field goal on the first possession.
The rule has not been a factor since it was instituted in 2010, with only two playoff games going to OT. One ended on the first play, Tim Tebow's 80-yard touchdown pass to Demaryius Thomas for a Denver victory over Pittsburgh. The other had several possessions for each team before the Giants beat the 49ers in the NFC title game this season.
Owners also have given the replay official permission to review all turnovers just as he reviews all scoring plays.
■ The San Francisco agreed to terms with veteran running back Brandon Jacobs on a one-year contract. He is expected to play behind Frank Gore and could share the backup role with second-year pro Kendall Hunter. Jacobs spent seven seasons with the New York Giants, winning two Super Bowls.
Azarenka loses for first time this year
Top-ranked Victoria Azarenka lost for the first time this year when she was beaten by Marion Bartoli 6-3, 6-3 in Wednesday night's quarterfinals at the Sony Ericsson Open in Key Biscayne, Fla. Azarenka had won 26 consecutive matches.
The last word
Cleveland Cavaliers Coach Byron Scott joked he's now got a better connection for Dodgers tickets after close friend and former Lakers teammate Magic Johnson was part of group that agreed to pay $2 billion to buy the baseball team. Scott laughed when asked if Johnson asked him to kick in some money:
"I don't want to be part of that stuff. That's all him. He wants to own L.A. I don't even want a piece of it. I'm fine where I am."