UK Men's Basketball

Mark Story: Orange Globe Awards

Louisville's Shoni Schimmel, right, leads the Big East in assists.
Louisville's Shoni Schimmel, right, leads the Big East in assists. ASSOCIATED PRESS

A lawsuit filed by a disgruntled former publicist suggests the Golden Globe awards may be compromised by bribery and other corrupt voting practices.

Conversely, the Orange Globe awards — my mid-season Kentucky college basketball honors — may lack the glamour of Brangelina, the fever from Bieber or even a surly host like Ricky Gervais.

However, the Orange Globes are as honest as a hard day's work.

On to the show.

Best actor

The nominees

Kenneth Faried, Morehead State. Senior big man had 20 points and 18 rebounds against Florida and outplayed Ohio State star freshman center Jared Sullinger head-to-head (Faried 15 points, 12 rebounds; Sullinger eight and eight). Faried currently leads the OVC in rebounding (13.3), blocks (2.0) and steals (2.3); is second (17.6) in scoring; and third in field-goal percentage (63.5).

Terrence Jones, Kentucky. Had 27 points and 17 rebounds in win over Notre Dame and set UK freshman single-game scoring record with 35 points against Auburn. Is second in the SEC in both scoring (18.6) and rebounding (9.0).

Brandon Knight, Kentucky. Cerebral point guard has ably filled the shoes of one-and-done phenom John Wall by averaging 17.5 points and 3.9 assists as a freshman; had 25 points in UK's road victory at Louisville.

And the Orange Globe goes to

Kenneth Faried

Best actress

The nominees

Chynna Bozeman, Morehead State. While playing the second-most minutes (36.6) in the OVC, is averaging 17.9 points (second in league), 3.4 steals (first) and 2.8 assists (ninth).

Victoria Dunlap, Kentucky. Reigning SEC Player of the Year is in the top three in a whopping six of the league's major statistical categories — first in scoring (17.7) and steals (3.4); second in free throw percentage (72.9); third in rebounding (9.3), blocked shots (1.8) and field-goal percentage (48.6).

Shoni Schimmel, Louisville. Flashy freshman point guard leads the Big East Conference in assists (5.7 a game) and in made three-pointers (50) and is sixth in both scoring (16 ppg) and steals (2.4).

And the Orange Globe goes to

Victoria Dunlap

Best 'score'

The nominees

Brandon Knight (Kentucky) vs. Louisville. Up by 18 early in the second half, Kentucky had seen U of L cut its lead to nine. The KFC Yum Center crowd was inflamed when, with the shot clock winding down, true freshman Knight took the ball on the right wing, bounced it emphatically once to the left and rose for a three-point shot. When it went in, the U of L run was stopped cold and UK was on its way to a 78-63 win.

Kyle Kuric (Louisville) vs. Marquette. Down 65-47 with under six minutes left in the game, the Louisville men capped their first signature comeback in their new arena when Preston Knowles found Kuric open under the bucket for the winning basket with four seconds left for a 71-70 U of L victory.

Shoni Schimmel (Louisville) vs. Kentucky. Trailing by as many as 19 before halftime, the No. 8 Kentucky women had cut Louisville's lead to 10 in the second half and had the momentum. Which is the exact moment when Schimmel took an audacious, step-back three-pointer off the right wing. She drained it, and it launched a 13-3 run in what became a 78-52 Cards' pasting of the Cats.

And the Orange Globe goes to

Shoni Schimmel

Best Drama

The nominees

Horn Comes Home. In his first trip as a visiting head coach back to Western Kentucky University, the school where he both played and coached, South Carolina's Darrin Horn was part of a Diddle Arena classic. Trailing by 12 points in the second half, Carolina rallied behind the clutch shooting of freshman point guard Bruce Ellington and won 87-85 in double overtime.

Josh's Dream Game. The first Kentucky-Louisville men's basketball game played in the posh KFC Yum Center had a blue-collar hero — Josh Harrellson. Dominating around the rim, UK's journeyman big man had 23 points and 14 rebounds to lead the Cats to a 78-63 victory.

Knowles Beats the Vegas Odds. Louisville trailed No. 20 UNLV 49-43 in the second half before senior guard Preston Knowles single-handedly scored 14 points in a row (part of the Clark County product's 20-point second half) to ignite a 77-69 Cardinals win.

And the Orange Globe goes to

Josh's Dream Game. ... Let the after-parties begin.

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