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Friday / October 20.
  • Kentucky is the school with the most players on opening-night NBA rosters for the sixth consecutive year, the league announced. Twenty-five players who played games and finished their college careers with the Wildcats are part of opening-night rosters.

    Kentucky issued a separate release listing 27 players, but the discrepancy comes from the fact that A) Alex Poythress of the Pacers is a two-way player and the NBA doesn’t officially count him; and B) Enes Kanter of the Knicks attended Kentucky but never played for them.

    New Orleans features four Kentucky players: DeMarcus Cousins, Anthony Davis, Darius Miller and Rajon Rondo. Miller, who played for the Pelicans from 2012-14 after winning a national championship alongside Davis at Kentucky, returned to the NBA this season following three seasons in Germany.

    NEW YORK — Forget about building a wall around New Jersey.

    Rutgers head coach Steve Pikiell is ready to recruit anywhere.

    “I want kids that want to play for me, I don’t care where they’re located from,” Pikiell, who is entering his second season at the Big Ten school, told me Thursday at Big Ten Media Day at Madison Square Garden.

    “We went to California, we got a center [Myles Johnson]. I think he’s good. Geo Baker’s up in New Hampshire. I think he’s good, I think he can play. I think he can play anywhere. When you’re in these builds, you’ve got to get kids that want to fight through the tough times, and then once you fight through the tough times then it makes it easier for the sexy guys to come and play for you. So we’re recruiting everywhere.”

    NEW YORK — The Big Ten Conference plans to hold 80 percent of its conference tournaments in the Midwest and 20 percent on the East Coast going forward, Commissioner Jim Delany said Thursday at the conference’s annual Media Day at Madison Square Garden.

    “We will go back to the Midwest but we’ll probably have an 80/20 split,” Delany said.

    “We will be back here from time to time to reflect where our schools are located as well as where our alumni live.”

    Delaney said “where we would go and when we would go is subject to discussion.”

    By JOSH WHITE

    In an interview with ESPN’s Jay Bilas on Wednesday, former Louisville basketball coach Rick Pitino reiterated in his first public comments since his firing that he had “no knowledge” of an alleged payment from a Cardinals’ assistant coach to the family of consensus five-star recruit Brian Bowen, citing a lie detector test Pitino took earlier this month.

    “I was asked two questions,” said Pitino. “And I said, ‘I want you to ask me if any other recruits in my tenure were ever given anything.’

    “And [the polygraph examiner] said, ‘That’s not what we’re here for. We’re here for: Did you have any knowledge of the Bowen family getting any money? Did you have any knowledge of an Adidas transaction?’

    “I answered ‘absolutely not’ on both questions and passed the lie-detector test,” the two-time National Champion said. “So, I had no knowledge of any of this.”

    According to an FBI complaint from last month, Bowen is alleged to have been promised $100,00 by an Adidas executive to attend Louisville. The executive in question, Jim Gatto, was among 10 people charged last month in crimes related to the investigation.