Friday, October 21, 2016

USA Today Says Rick Pitino Should Be Held Accountable for Louisville Scandal

Nicole Auerbach of USA Today says Rick Pitino should be held accountable for stripper scandal at Louisville.

Here is Auerbach's take on the mess:

So, in a weird way, the NCAA’s NOA probably resulted in a huge sigh of relief for Louisville officials. The worst of the punishment, it would appear, is in the past. Last year’s self-imposed postseason ban paid off.

But we can still feel icky about it. And it’s OK for us to pin a great deal of this on Pitino, even if he didn’t know exactly what happened when it did. Of course a coach can’t know everything going on, but this is different. Pitino should have known about this; it’s his program, and these sex-for-recruit arrangements took place over a period of years in an on-campus dormitory named for Pitino’s late brother-in-law.

Sure, head coaches like to turn a blind eye to recruiting visits. It’s a wink-wink, nudge-nudge, show ‘em a good time kind of setup. But head coaches have to be smart, too. That’s why they talk to trainers, academic advisers and strength coaches, anyone who can keep the head coach in the loop about what players are talking about when coaches aren’t around — and what’s really going on.

There’s no excuse for not knowing, and thankfully the new NCAA penalty structure agrees. Coaches are now held accountable for what happens under their watch, whether they knew about it at the time or not. That’s the right approach for any and all wrongdoing.

And that’s exactly why Pitino should be held accountable here.

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Nine Cordia Transfer Players Questioned by Social Services About Sex, Drugs and Money

Nine Cordia basketball players, all transfers from inner-city environments, were questioned by social services yesterday.

According to a report from our friends at WYMT, the players and an assistant coach were questioned about sex, drugs and money.

Here are details from WYMT's report:

Nine players and an assistant coach from the Cordia boys basketball team answered questions about sex, drugs and money.

Two officials from the Kentucky Cabinet for Health and Family Services showed up at the school Wednesday afternoon and spent hours questioning the players and coach, who all live in a dorm near the school.

"I don't have any question that it's harrassment," said Alice Whitaker, director of Lotts Creek Community School, Cordia's parent organization.

Whitaker said the players who were questioned are all transfers from inner-city environments.

"I like what we do," Whitaker said. "I like that we're making them have a safe place. Some of them would be shot if they were on the street back in New York. They're safe here."

Oumar Keita and Malik Henry - the two team captains for this year's Lions team - said they were asked questions about whether they were having sex and smoking pot in the dorm or if they ever received improper benefits.

"You ask a bad person that question, but I'm not a bad person," Keita said. "I'm a good person. Everybody knows I'm a good person, so don't ask me that question. I'm here (to) make my life good, go to school, play ball."

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Thursday, October 20, 2016

NCAA Gives Louisville Notice of Allegations; Includes 4 Serious Level 1 Violations

The NCAA has hit Louisville with a Notice of Allegations after an investigation into claims made by escort Katina Powell in the book Breaking Cardinal Rules.

The NCAA has charged Louisville with Level 1 violations, which are defined as the most serious violations a program can have. They did not charge Louisville with a lack of institutional control and failure to monitor the program.

In all, the NCAA detailed 14 strip shows, 11 sex acts and 2 declined sex acts by Powell and other escorts.

Here are details from

A year-long investigation into the University of Louisville men’s basketball program after a former Louisville escort alleged that she provided strippers and prostitutes for recruits and players has resulted in four alleged Level I violations -- the most serious the NCAA can levy -- including two against former administrative staffer Andre McGee and one against head coach Rick Pitino for failure to demonstrate that he monitored McGee, though the notice does not allege that Pitino had any knowledge of the violations.

The program escaped, however, the most severe allegations -- charges of a lack of institutional control and failure to monitor the program. The university says in a statement that it will dispute the charge against Pitino, which could include an NCAA suspension and/or a show-cause penalty if upheld.

The NCAA alleges that McGee, a former graduate assistant coach and director of basketball operations, provided impermissible benefits "in the form of adult entertainment, sex acts and/or cash at Billy Minardi Hall . . . or hotels to at least 17 then men's basketball prospective and/or current student-athletes, two then nonscholastic men's basketball coaches and one then men's basketball prospective student-athletes's friend. The value of the impermissible inducements, offers and/or extra benefits was at least $5,400."

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Wednesday, October 19, 2016

Louisville's Deng Adel on Preseason Watch List for Julius Erving Award

Louisville's Deng Adel is on the preseason watch list for the 2017 Julius Erving Award.

The Erving Award is given annually to college basketball's top small forward.

2017 Julius Erving Small Forward of the Year Award Candidates

Evan Bradds Belmont
Kelan Martin Butler
Jaron Blossomgame Clemson
Terry Larrier UConn
Jayson Tatum Duke
Dwayne Bacon Florida St.
OG Anunoby Indiana
Deng Adel Louisville
Justin Jackson North Carolina
VJ Beachem Notre Dame
Jae'Sean Tate Ohio St.
Dillon Brooks Oregon
Tres Tinkle Oregon St.
Vince Edwards Purdue
Dikembe Dixson UIC
Kevin Hervey UT Arlington
Jalen Moore Utah St.
Josh Hart Villanova
Markis McDuffie Wichita St.
Trevon Bluiett Xavier

Field Set for 2016 Ashland Invitational Tournament

The field is set for the 2016 Ashland Invitational Tournament (AIT).

The tournament will open with four games on December 27 followed by consolation round and semifinal games on December 28. The championship and other consolation games will be played December 29.

Here's a look at the bracket:

4-Star Small Forward Jordan Nwora Commits to Louisville

Louisville has picked up a commitment from 4-star small forward Jordan Nwora of Vermont Academy.

Nwora ranks No. 89 overall on the list for 2017.

Kentucky Picked to Win Southeastern Conference, Four Players Named Preseason All-SEC

The Kentucky Wildcats have been picked by the media to win the Southeastern Conference in 2016-17. 

UK's Bam Adebayo and De'Aaron Fox made the league's preseason All-SEC First Team.

Isaiah Briscoe and Malik Monk were named to the Second Team.

Here's a release from the league:

Birmingham, Ala. - Kentucky was predicted to win the 2017 Southeastern Conference men's basketball championship in voting by a select panel of both SEC and national media members.

The Wildcats are the overall preseason favorite for the 12th time since the 1998‐99 season. Arkansas senior forward Moses Kingsley was the choice of the media for SEC Men's Basketball Player of the Year.

Georgia's J.J. Frazier & Yante Maten; Kentucky's Edrice "Bam" Adebayo, Isaiah Briscoe, De'Aaron Fox & Malik Monk; and Texas A&M's Tyler Davis also received votes in the Player of the Year voting.

Kingsley, Frazier, Adebayo, Fox and Davis were each All‐SEC First Team selections. Maten, Briscoe and Monk were second team picks along with Florida's KeVaughn Allen, LSU's Antonio Blakeney, Mississippi State's Quinndary Weatherspoon and Vanderbilt's Luke Kornet.

Points were compiled on a 14‐13‐12‐11‐10‐9‐8‐7‐6‐5‐4‐3‐2‐1 basis. Each media member also voted for a five‐player All‐SEC Team. Ties were not broken.

The 2016‐17 campaign begins November 11, with conference play set to begin December 29. The 2017 SEC Tournament will be March 8‐12 at Bridgestone Arena in Nashville, Tenn.

Preseason Media Poll

Texas A&M
South Carolina
Ole Miss
Mississippi State

First Team All‐SEC

Moses Kingsley - Arkansas, F, 6‐10, 230, Sr., Abuja, Nigeria
J.J. Frazier - Georgia, G, 5‐10, 155, Sr., Glennville, Ga.
Edrice "Bam" Adebayo - Kentucky, F, 6‐10, 260, Fr., Little Washington, N.C.
De'Aaron Fox - Kentucky, G, 6‐3, 187, Fr., Houston, Texas
Tyler Davis - Texas A&M, C, 6‐10, 270, So., Plano, Texas

Second Team All‐SEC

KeVaughn Allen - Florida, G, 6‐2, 183, So., Little Rock, Ark.
Yante Maten - Georgia, F, 6‐8, 240, Jr., Pontiac, Mich.
Isaiah Briscoe - Kentucky, G, 6‐3, 210, So., Newark, N.J.
Malik Monk - Kentucky, G, 6‐3, 200, Fr., Lepanto, Ark.
Antonio Blakeney - LSU, G, 6‐4, 190, So., Sarasota, Fla.
Quinndary Weatherspoon - Mississippi State, G, 6‐4, 202, So., Canton, Miss.
Luke Kornet - Vanderbilt, F, 7‐1, 250, Sr., Lantana, Texas

SEC Player of the Year: Moses Kingsley, Arkansas

Kentucky's Malik Monk Named to Watch List for Jerry West Award

University of Kentucky freshman Malik Monk has been named to the preseason watch list for the Jerry West Award.

The Jerry West Award is given annually to college basketball's best shooting guard.

Here's a release from UK:

SPRINGFIELD, Mass. – When Kentucky guards De’Aaron Fox and Malik Monk shared MVP honors at the Jordan Brand Classic game in April, the Kentucky faithful knew UK had hauled in another impressive backcourt. Just a day after Fox was named to the Bob Cousy Award watch list to honor the nation’s top point guard, Monk was tabbed to the Jerry West Award watch list recognizing the country’s best shooting guard.

Monk is one of 20 candidates on the preseason watch list for the West Award, which will be presented for the third consecutive season to the nation’s top shooting guard by the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame. The Hall of Fame announced its original list Tuesday.

By mid-February, the watch list of 20 players will be narrowed to 10. In March, five finalists will be presented to the award’s namesake and the Hall of Fame selection committee. The winner of the 2017 Jerry West Award will be presented at the ESPN College Basketball Awards Show in Los Angeles on April 7. Players do not have to be on the watch list to win the award until the five finalists are announced.

An explosive 6-foot-3 guard, Monk is capable of scoring in a variety of ways. He captured the 3-point shooting contest at the McDonald’s All American Game and finished runner-up in the slam dunk contest showcasing his athleticism.

Monk was the 2016 Arkansas Gatorade High School Player of the Year in addition to earning the state’s Mr. Basketball award. He averaged 28.6 points, 7.5 rebounds and 4.4 assists per game as a senior at Bentonville. Known for his scoring ability, Monk set a single-game school scoring record with 53 points in a game during his final campaign.

A consensus five-star athlete out of high school, Monk was rated as the No. 9 overall player by ESPN and Rivals, No. 10 by 247Sports and No. 13 by Scout.

Other previous winners of the Jerry West Award include: Buddy Hield of Oklahoma (2016) and D’Angelo Russell from Ohio State (2015).

The Jerry West Award is named after Jerry West who attended West Virginia University and averaged 24.8 points and 13.3 rebounds per game in his three varsity seasons. He led his team to the NCAA Championship game in 1959 and was named a consensus All-American in 1959 and 1960. In the summer of 1960, he was co-captain of the U.S. men’s basketball team and won an Olympic gold medal. As a professional player, West played 14 seasons in the NBA with the Lakers, making the All-NBA First Team 10 times. West won an NBA championship in 1972 and was named the NBA Finals MVP in 1969 despite his team not winning the championship. In 1996, he was named a member of the NBA’s 50th Anniversary All-Time Team.

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Union College Picked to Win Appalachian Athletic Conference in 2016-17

Union College is picked to win the Appalachian Athletic Conference in 2016-17.

Here's a release from the AAC:

ASHEVILLE, N.C. - Union College is the favorite to win the 2016-17 Appalachian Athletic Conference (AAC) men's basketball championship, according to the coaches' poll released Monday.

Union shared the 2015-16 regular-season championship with Tennessee Wesleyan University as both went 16-2 in league play. Union went on to win the AAC Tournament for the third year in a row. In fact, Union has won or shared both the AAC regular-season and tournament championships for the last three seasons.

Both Union (28-7 overall in 2015-16) and Tennessee Wesleyan (28-4 overall in 2015-16) advanced to the NAIA Division II National Championship Tournament and ended the year ranked No. 11 and 19, respectively.

Receiving six first-place votes, Union claimed the top spot with 114 points. Bluefield College, which advanced to the AAC Tournament title game, collected two first-place votes and 104 points to land second. Tennessee Wesleyan picked up two first-place votes and check in third overall with 100 points.

Reinhardt University (81 points) and Bryan College (65 points) round out the top five. Newcomer Allen University received the remaining first-place vote as it ended up in a tie for sixth with Milligan College as both picked up 59 points.

Making up the rest of the field are: Truett McConnell University (43 points), Point University (41 points), St. Andrews University (37 points) and Montreat College (23 points).

The 2017 AAC Tournament is set for Feb. 22-25 at the MeadowView Marriott Conference Resort & Convention Center in Kingsport, Tenn.

2016 AAC Men's Basketball Coaches' Poll

School (1st Place Votes) Total Votes
Union (6) 114
Bluefield (2) 104
Tennessee Wesleyan 100
Reinhardt 81
Bryan 65
Allen (1) 59
Milligan 59
Truett McConnell 43
Point 41
St. Andrews 37
Montreat 23

Tuesday, October 18, 2016

Louisville Will Reportedly Receive NCAA's Notice of Allegations This Week

According to a report from the Courier-Journal, the University of Louisville is expected to receive a notice of allegations from the NCAA on Thursday.

The allegations will be the result of the NCAA's examination into claims made by Katina Powell in the book Breaking Cardinal Rules.

Here's an excerpt from the CJ:

After a yearlong investigation, the NCAA this week is expected to provide the University of Louisville with a notice of allegations of violations in its men’s basketball program and the university is expected to make them public Thursday, according to sources familiar with the probe.

A notice of allegations outlines the rules that the institution is alleged to have broken and describes the facts of the case. Louisville's notice will set out findings from the NCAA's investigation of self-proclaimed escort Katina Powell's claims that former U of L staffer Andre McGee paid her and other escorts thousands of dollars and gave them game tickets from 2010-14 in exchange for them providing sex with and dancing for recruits and players.

The university acknowledged in February that it was "reasonable to conclude" violations occurred, which prompted then-President James Ramsey to self-impose a postseason ban. U of L later announced additional voluntary penalties, including restrictions on recruiting and campus visits for prospects as well as a reduction of four basketball scholarships over two years.

John Karman, a university spokesman, declined to comment on when the allegations are expected or will be announced, and Larry Benz, chairman of the board of trustees, said he didn’t know that either was set for this week. Larry Wilder, one of Powell’s lawyers, said he had heard the university might receive the allegations this week.

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University of Pikeville Blast-Off Scheduled for Tomorrow Night

The University of Pikeville will hold its annual Basketball Blast-off event tomorrow night at 8:00 p.m. in the UPIKE Gym.

Here are more details:

Kentucky is No. 2 in Dick Vitale's Preseason Rankings

The Kentucky Wildcats are No. 2 in Dick Vitale's preseason college basketball rankings.

Vitale has the Duke Blue Devils at No. 1.

Villanova, Kansas and North Carolina round out the top 5.

Louisville comes in at No. 7.

Here is an excerpt:

1. Duke Blue Devils
Grayson Allen should be the preseason player of the year. Amile Jefferson is back, and a stellar recruiting class comes in.

2. Kentucky Wildcats
John Calipari will not rebuild, he will reload. De'Aaron Fox will be special at the point guard slot. Isaiah Briscoe has a year of experience that will help.

3. Villanova Wildcats
The defending national champions have Josh Hart and Kris Jenkins returning. Coach Jay Wright is glad they didn't enter the NBA draft.

4. Kansas Jayhawks
Frank Mason III and Devonte' Graham form an outstanding backcourt. Look for big things from diaper dandy Josh Jackson.

5. North Carolina Tar Heels
Joel Berry II, Justin Jackson, Kennedy Meeks, Isaiah Hicks, Nate Britt, Theo Pinson ... a lot of experence returns.

6. Michigan State Spartans
Miles Bridges will become a star in East Lansing. Eron Harris will step up his game and develop into a consistent, double-figure scorer.

7. Louisville Cardinals 
Last year's top scorers are gone, so guys like Donovan Mitchell and Ray Spalding will have added responsibilities. Keep an eye on diaper dandy V.J. King.

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Friday, October 14, 2016

Zion Williamson Isn't Visiting Western Kentucky Tonight After All

Even Daniels now says that 5-star power forward isn't visiting Western Kentucky tonight after all.

According to Daniels, Williamson's trip to WKU has been put on hold for now but he plans to reschedule.

It turns out that Williamson is visiting North Carolina tonight.

5-Star Forward Zion Williamson to Visit Western Kentucky Tonight for Hysteria

Zion Williamson, a 5-star power forward in the Class of 2018, will visit Western Kentucky University for Hilltopper Hysteria tonight.

Williamson, who stands 6-foot-6, ranks No. 2 overall on the list for 2018.

According to Williamson, he is really considering the Hilltoppers:

“I like them because they are trying to build up their program,” Williamson told Scout recently. “They’re trying to build a come up and I like what they are trying to do. I don’t push a school like that to the side.

“I wasn’t ranked one time and now that I am people are starting to show me publicity. I look at them as like they are almost the same as me. They’re trying to really build something, so I’m not pushing them to the side.”

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Rick Pitino visited Williamson earlier this week:

Williamson also earned an offer from Pitino and the Cards:

Check Out What John Calipari Said at Kentucky's Media Day

Thursday was media day for the University of Kentucky men's basketball program.

Head coach John Calipari spoke for more than 40 minutes to the media in attendance.

Check out what he had to say:

Campbellsville University to Hold Maroon Madness Monday Night

Campbellsville University will hold a first annual Maroon Madness event Monday night at 7:00 p.m. ET.

Here are details from CU:

CAMPBELLSVILLE, Ky. — Campbellsville University athletics is pleased to announced the first annual Maroon Madness will be hosted at Powell Athletic Center on Monday, Oct. 17 at 7 p.m. ET.

The Tigers and Lady Tigers are partnering with the Maroon Goons for the new event that will feature introductions of the 2016-17 teams, scrimmages, 3-point contests and half court shots. In addition, both head coaches, Ginger Colvin and Brent Vernon will speak about the upcoming year and their teams.

The event is FREE to attend and Maroon Goons will be giving away "Tiger Bucks" for students and cash prizes up to $300 for all attendees. Doors will open for Maroon Madness at 6 p.m.

The event will start with introductions of each team and 20-minute running clock scrimmages. Once the scrimmages are completed, fans will be able to compete against their favorite Tigers in various contests.

"We are excited to introduce our teams during Maroon Madness," said Colvin. "This is a great time to showcase both teams and get everyone excited for the upcoming season. All of the competitions should be fun for all ages. Both of these teams are going to be exciting to watch, and we want as much community involvement as possible."

"I am glad that a group of people have come together and worked to get this experience going for our players and our program," said Vernon. "It will be a great opportunity for the students and community to come out and see our team for the first time and just have some fun with the guys. We are really looking forward to this fun night with both the teams and we look forward to a good crowd coming out to support both our programs."

Contests available

- Layup, free throw, 3-pointer and half court shot for $100
- 3-point contest against top shooters from each team
- Select dunks from the men's team

Thursday, October 13, 2016

Western Kentucky to Hold Hilltopper Hysteria Event Friday Night

Western Kentucky will introduce its men's basketball team at Hilltopper Hysteria tomorrow night in E.A. Diddle Arena.

Here are details on the event from WKU:

BOWLING GREEN, Ky. -- WKU's annual tip-off event for Hilltopper and Lady Topper Basketball, Hilltopper Hysteria, will take place Friday, Oct. 14, beginning at 6 p.m. in E.A. Diddle Arena.

Parking and admission are free for the event. The first 500 fans will receive a free t-shirt.

Hilltopper Hysteria, presented by Hughes Supply, includes individual player and coach introductions for both programs, scrimmages by both teams, the Azzip Pizza Shooting Stars Challenge, an autograph session to end the night and giveaways and prizes for fans. WKU's Spirit Squad will also entertain fans at the event.

Hughes Supply will be giving away a YETI Coolor and other YETI products during the event. Students will have a chance to win a year's worth of free pizza during the Azzip Pizza Shooting Stars Challenge, as well as a free apartment for a year from Hilltop Club by making a half-court shot.

There will also be a celebrity pancake eating contest, sponsored by Wild Eggs, and one lucky row of fans will win free popsicles from Popworks.

The event will begin with the WKU volleyball team's conference matchup against UAB at 6 p.m., with the basketball festivities to follow at approximately 7:30 p.m.

The Hilltoppers welcome many new faces to the roster this season, including immediate-impact graduate transfer guards Que Johnson, Junior Lomomba and Pancake Thomas.

They also return two other seniors, forwards Ben Lawson and Anton Waters, as well as junior forward Justin Johnson, who last season became the first WKU player to lead the program in both scoring and rebounding since Derrick Gordon in 2011-12.

The squad will take its guidance from first-year coach Rick Stansbury, who boasts 293 victories and a career home winning percentage of better than 80 percent in his 14 years at the helm at Mississippi State.

The Hilltoppers are 573-162 all-time at Diddle Arena and are one of the nation's most storied programs. WKU ranks third in NCAA history in regular-season league titles (42), seventh in 20-win seasons (43), ninth in all-time winning percentage (.663) and is tied for 16th in all-time wins (1,737).

Led by the reigning C-USA Player and Defensive Player of the Year in redshirt senior Kendall Noble, the Lady Toppers will look to continue building on one of the most successful eras in program history in 2016-17. Over the last two seasons, WKU has posted an impressive 57-12 (.826) record, the second-highest win total over a two-year span in school history, trailing only the 1984-85 and 1985-86 Final Four teams.

In addition to bringing back well-known faces such as redshirt senior Micah Jones and juniors Ivy Brown and Tashia Brown, the Lady Toppers are set to add six newcomers to the mix, including three freshman Kentucky natives in Whitney Creech, Malaka Frank and Sarah Price as well as transfers Kyvin Goodin-Rogers and Naomi Mayes. Sharpshooter Jaycee Coe will also be eligible to compete after sitting out last season due to transfer regulations.

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Wednesday, October 12, 2016

Georgetown College Picked to Win Mid-South Conference in 2016-17

Georetown College edged out Campbellsville and Lindsey Wilson as the preseason favorites to win the Mid-South Conference this season. 

The Tigers collected 44 total points and 3 first-place votes in the league's preseason poll. Campbellsville and Lindsey Wilson tied for second with 36 total points each.

Pikeville is No. 4 and University of the Cumberlands comes in at No. 5.

Life, Cumberland and Shawnee State round out the preseason poll.

Here's a release from the MSC:

COLUMBIA, Ky. – Georgetown (Ky.) is the favorite to win the 2016-17 Mid-South Conference men's basketball regular season title, the conference office announced on Wednesday.

Georgetown earned a total of 44 points and three of the eight first-place votes. Last season, the Tigers swept the conference regular season and tournament titles, en route to finishing as the national runner-up.

Campbellsville (Ky.) and Lindsey Wilson (Ky.) are tied for second in the poll. Campbellsville garnered three first-place votes to go along with 36 points, while Lindsey Wilson picked up the final two first-place votes and 36 points.

Pikeville (Ky.) is fourth in the conference poll with 34 voting points, followed by Cumberlands (Ky.) in fifth with 33 points.

Life (Ga.) garnered 20 points, which slotted them at sixth. Rounding out the poll is Cumberland (Tenn.) with 14 points and Shawnee State (Ohio) with seven points. Coaches' were not allowed to vote for their own teams.

The 2017 Mid-South Conference Men's Basketball Championship is slated for March 2-5 at the Frankfort Convention Center in Frankfort, Ky.

2016-17 Mid-South Conference Men's Basketball Preseason Coaches' Poll

Pos. Team Points (First-Place Votes) 2015-16 Record (MSC)
1. Georgetown (Ky.) 44 (3) 32-4 (13-3)
2. Campbellsville (Ky.) 36 (3) 25-11 (8-8)
2. Lindsey Wilson (Ky.) 36 (2) 17-14 (6-10)
4. Pikeville (Ky.) 34 25-6 (12-4)
5. Cumberlands (Ky.) 33 24-12 (10-6)
6. Life (Ga.) 20 18-12 (7-9)
7. Cumberland (Tenn.) 14 12-18 (5-11)
8. Shawnee State (Ohio) 7 15-15 (8-8)

Union College Releases 2016-17 Men's Basketball Schedule

The Union College men's basketball schedule for 2016-17 is out.

Here's a release from UC:

BARBOURVILLE, Ky. – Union College men's basketball head coach Kevin Burton released the Bulldogs' 206-17 schedule, which features 16 home dates, the NAIA Southeastern Challenge and the NAIA Men's Basketball DII Showcase.

Union is coming off another stellar season that saw the team finish ranked No. 11 in the postseason NAIA Division II Men's Basketball Coaches' Top 25 Poll with an overall record of 28-7 and 16-2 in Appalachian Athletic Conference (AAC) play. The Bulldogs won their third AAC regular-season and tournament championship in a row and advanced to the NAIA Division II Men's Basketball Championship.

In four years under Burton, Union has won three regular-season conference championships and three conference tournament titles, advanced to the national tournament three times, and posted a 101-31 record for a 0.771 winning percentage. The 101 wins are the most for the Bulldogs over any four-year stretch in program history.

Statistically, Union proved to be arguably one of the tops in the nation. The Bulldogs finished the year averaging 86.1 points per game, which was good enough for 15th in the nation. Elsewhere, Union ended the season fourth in 3-point field-goal percentage (40.7 percent), fourth in total points scored (3,012), eight in total rebounds (1,401) and 11th in free throw percentage (74.8 percent).

The Bulldogs look to add to its continuousness success as they open up their 2016-17 campaign on the road against a NCCAA opponent, Simmons College on Nov. 1. The season opener is scheduled for a 7 p.m. tip-off in Louisville, Ky.

Union returns home for the NAIA Southeastern Challenge in watch it will play three games on three consecutive days. The Bulldogs will face Southeastern (Fla.) on Nov. 3, Keiser (Fla.) Nov. 4 and St. Thomas (Fla.) on Nov. 5.

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Day Time Opponent


1 7:00 PM @ Simmons College of Kentucky Louisville, Ky.
3 8:00 PM vs. Southeastern University Robsion Arena
4 8:00 PM vs. (5)Keiser Robsion Arena
5 6:00 PM vs. (RV)Saint Thomas Robsion Arena
8 7:00 PM @ Pikeville Pikeville, Ky.
12 7:00 PM vs. Warren Wilson Robsion Arena
* 16 7:30 PM vs. Bryan Robsion Arena
19 7:00 PM vs. Fisk Robsion Arena
* 22 7:30 PM vs. Montreat Robsion Arena
26 7:00 PM vs. (24)Robert Morris University Kingsport, Tenn.

NAIA Men's Basketball DII Showcase

27 5:00 PM vs. Rio Grande Kingsport, Tenn.

NAIA Men's Basketball DII Showcase

* 30 7:30 PM @ Truett McConnell Cleveland, Ga.


* 3 2:00 PM @ St. Andrews Laurinburg, N.C.
7 7:30 PM vs. Allen Robsion Arena
* 10 6:00 PM vs. Milligan Robsion Arena
31 2:00 PM vs. Brescia Robsion Arena


* 3 7:30 PM @ (19)Tennessee Wesleyan Athens, Tenn.
* 5 7:30 PM vs. Reinhardt Robsion Arena
* 7 4:00 PM vs. Bluefield Robsion Arena
* 11 7:30 PM vs. Truett McConnell Robsion Arena
* 18 7:30 PM @ Bryan Dayton, Tenn.
* 21 6:00 PM @ Point West Point, Ga.
* 25 7:30 PM vs. St. Andrews Robsion Arena
* 28 4:00 PM vs. Montreat Robsion Arena


1 7:30 PM @ Allen Columbia, S.C.
* 4 4:00 PM @ Milligan Milligan College, Tenn.
* 8 7:30 PM vs. (19)Tennessee Wesleyan Robsion Arena
* 11 6:00 PM vs. Bluefield Robsion Arena
* 15 7:30 PM @ Reinhardt Waleska, Ga.
* 18 6:00 PM vs. Point Robsion Arena

* Conference Event
% Scrimmage
^ Exhibition

Tuesday, October 11, 2016

Two Kentucky Kids on Cover of Lindy's Sports College Basketball Preview

The cover of Lindy's Sports College Basketball Preview has two faces on it that are very familiar to high school and college basketball fans in the state of Kentucky.

Homegrown talents Derek Willis (Bullitt East/Kentucky) and Quentin Snider (Ballard/Louisville) are on the cover.

The publication ranks Kentucky No. 5 in the preseason.

Check it out:

Rick Pitino on NCAA Investigation: "Not an issue. We've put it behind us"

Louisville head coach Rick Pitino says the NCAA investigation into the escort scandal detailed in Katina Powell's book "Breaking Cardinal Rules" is in the rear view mirror.

"Not an issue," Pitino told the media today. "We've put it behind us."

Bellarmine University Tabbed as Preseason No. 1 in DII

Bellarmine University is No. 1 in the DII Bulletin preseason rankings. Senior guard Rusty Troutman is named to the publications "Super 16" players in the nation.

Here are details from BU:

LOUISVILLE, Ky.—The Division II Bulletin holds the Bellarmine men's basketball team and senior Rusty Troutman in high regard. The publication has just released its 2016-17 preseason rankings and the Knights are No. 1 in the nation while Troutman was named as a "Super 16" selection.

The publication, which is in its 25th year, made the preseason selections available on its website at The DII Bulletin preseason top 25 includes a number of Bellarmine's 2016-17 opponents. In order of their ranking, they include: No. 3 Lincoln Memorial, No. 5 Saginaw Valley State, No. 9 Alabama Huntsville, No. 11 Drury, and No. 17 Indianapolis.

The Knights have made eight straight NCAA appearances, including a national championship in 2011 and final four appearances in 2012 and 2015. Last season, Bellarmine finished 23-7 and claimed the Great Lakes Valley Conference East Division's regular season title.

The Super 16 is the publication's list of its top two players in each region. Troutman and Lake Superior State's Akaemji Williams were the Midwest Region's honorees.

Last season, Troutman earned NABC All American honors after leading the Knights last season in scoring (18.2), 3-point percentage (46.9) and 3-pointers made (61). The Bullitt East (Ky.) High School product ranked second on the Knights in rebounding (4.8) and field-goal percentage (56.1) and third on the team in free-throw percentage (80.0), assists (2.7) and steals (26).

The DII Bulletin accolade is the second preseason honor for Troutman. Last week, he was named to The Sporting News' preseason All-American squad last week.

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Troutman was also named preseason All-America by Sporting News:

The Sporting News Preseason All-Americans

First Team

David Chavlovich, West Texas A&M
Justin Pitts, Northwest Missouri
Justin Reyes, St. Thomas Aquinas
Devin Schmidt, Delta State
Suki Wiggs, Alaska-Anchorage

Second Team

Gage Davis, St. Cloud State
Michael Mallory, Southern Connecticut
John Moon, Oklahoma Christian
Michael Smith, California Baptist
C.J. Wilson, Young Harris

Honorable Mention

Jalin Alexander, Queens (NC)
Matt Bingaya, Fairmont State
Luquon Choice, Lincoln Memorial
Alex Cooper, Arkansas-Fort Smith
Wendell Davis, Ashland
David Dennis, West Liberty
Robert Duncan, Chico State
Elvar Fridriksson, Barry
Haywood Highsmith, Wheeling Jesuit
Josh Johnson, Kutztown
Ryan Logan, Stonehill
Gokul Natesan, Colorado Mines
Rusty Troutman, Bellarmine
C.J. Turnage, Saginaw Valley
Tyree White, Queens (NY)

Monday, October 10, 2016

NBA Scout Believes Kentucky is Going to Struggle with Perimeter Shooting

According to Adam Zagoria, an NBA scout said Kentucky is going to struggle to consistently knock down perimeter jump shots this season.

Following UK's practice on ESPNU, a scout had this to say:

“Kentucky is a team that is going to struggle to consistently make perimeter jump shots especially when teams play zone against them,” one NBA scout in attendance said. “Malik Monk is an NBA athlete who has a nice mid-range jump shot off the dribble. Fox has exceptional quickness and speed. Bam has an NBA body and is a powerful two footed jumper. [Derek] Willis is their best perimeter shooter. [Wenyen] Gabriel and [Sacha] Killeya-Jones both have upside and should be draftable prospects in a couple years.”

The full court scrimmage showed Fox being guarded by sophomore Isaiah Briscoe, who is touted for his defensive ability, and more often than not the freshman guard blew right past his elder counterpart.

On one particular sequence Fox beat Briscoe off the dribble, got towards the top of the lane and lofted a beauty of an alley-oop pass that was slammed home by his freshman teammate Adebayo. In that three second play – in practice nonetheless – scouts and viewers alike got a glimpse of the explosiveness these collegiate rookies can bring to the Wildcats.

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Western Kentucky Adds Former Male High School Player Tyler Miller as a Walk-on

Western Kentucky University has added former Male High School guard Tyler Miller as a junior walk-on for this season.

Miller averaged 8.5 points, 4.1 rebounds, 4.1 assists and 1.7 steals as a sophomore at Marshalltown Community (JUCO) College last season.

In 2013, Miller transferred from Male to 22 Feet Academy.

Braxton Beverly Has Committed to Ohio State

Hargrave Military Academy guard Braxton Beverly has committed to Ohio State University.

Beverly, who transferred to Hargrave from Perry County Central, committed during a weekend visit to Columbus.

Sunday, October 9, 2016

Devin Booker Drops 34 Points in 30 Minutes for the Phoenix Suns

Former Kentucky guard Devin Booker is supporting recent comments that he will be a future NBA All Star.

Booker erupted for 34 points in just 30 minutes of action Friday night for the Phoenix Suns. He is quickly emerging as the Suns' go to scoring threat.

Check out the highlights:

Booker was 15-23 from the field and also finished with 5 assists and 3 steals.

Friday, October 7, 2016

Three Kentucky NAIA Teams in Sporting News Preseason Top 10

Three Kentucky teams in the Mid-South Conference are ranked in the Sporting News preseason top 10 for NAIA Division I basketball.

Campbellsville University No. 4 and Lindsey Wilson College is No. 5 in the rankings.

Georgetown College rounds out the top 10 at No. 10.

Here are more details from CU:

CAMPBELLSVILLE, Ky. — The Campbellsville University men's basketball team will start the season ranked No. 4 in the Sporting News NAIA Preseason Top 10, the publication released this week.

The Tigers sit behind Dillard University, Westmont and Carroll College who are Nos. 1-3, respectively. Last season, Campbellsville knocked off both Dillard and Carroll en route to reaching its second NAIA Fab Four.

After the Tigers at No. 4, two other Mid-South Conference teams were mentioned. Lindsey Wilson College ranks No. 5 in the poll, while Georgetown College rounds out the Top 10. The Georgetown Tigers played in the NAIA Championship last season but fell to MidAmerica Christian – the same team who upset CU in the Fab Four.

Vanguard University, Talladega College, William Carey University and William Penn all ranked Nos. 6-9.

The Sporting News also released the 2016 Preseason All-Americans and the Tigers had a couple of mentions. Seniors Erik Kinney and Roderick Lawrence – who both missed last season due to injuries – were both chosen as Honorable Mention selections.

Campbellsville loss three key starters – Ron Scott, Sekou Harris, Rob Robinson, and Dii'jon Allen-Jordan – but the Tigers replaced them with another highly touted recruiting class.

Andre Applewhite and Kelton Ford highlight the Tigers' transfers - both coming from NCAA DI programs. In addition, guards Jalen Coates and Antonio Chapman rounded out coach Brent Vernon's first recruiting class.

The four new Tigers will join returners – Erik Kinney (r-Sr.), Roderick Lawrence (r-Sr.), Elliott Young (Sr.), Zach Perry (Sr.), Taylor Howard (Jr.), Shawn Johnson (Jr.), Italo Barbosa, (Jr.), Hagen Tyler (So.), Byron Dean (r-Fr.) and Corey Shelton (r-Fr.).

In cooperation with the women's basketball team and Maroon Goons, the Tigers will host a Maroon Madness on Monday, Oct. 17 at 7 p.m. ET.

The Tigers are scheduled to open the season with its first regular season game on Wednesday, Oct. 26, as they host Central Penn. College at 7 p.m. in the Powell Athletic Center.

Asbury University is Offering a Chance to Win Tickets to Kentucky Game

Asbury University is offering fans a chance to win two tickets to their game at Rupp Arena vs. Kentucky.

Here's what you need to do to enter:

The exhibition game will take place November 6 at Rupp Arena.

Hargrave Military Academy Guard Braxton Beverly Taking Official Visit to Ohio State This Weekend

Hargrave Military Academy guard Braxton Beverly is taking an official visit to Ohio State this weekend.

Beverly, who transferred to Hargrave from Perry County Central, recently decommitted from Miami (OH) and reopened his recruitment.

Billy Gillispie's Ranger College Team Forced to Forfeit All 31 Wins From Last Season

Billy Gillispie's Ranger College team has been forced to forfeit all 31 wins from last season following a final ruling by the NJCAA.

The NJCAA determined forward Joshua Simmons should not have been allowed to play last season because he applied to enter the NBA draft in 2013.

Here are details from the Dallas News:

Ranger previously lost an appeal through the NJCAA executive committee. Arbitrator Nancy A. Hopf's ruling means Ranger has exhausted its appeal options. 

"As a result of the arbitration hearing, the original sanctions the NJCAA placed against Ranger stand," NJCAA executive director Mark Krug stated in an email. "Their men's basketball team will be on probation for the 2016-17 seasons, which results in no postseason play. They also must forfeit all games originally identified by the NJCAA and their fourth-place finish at the 2016 NJCAA DI Men's Basketball Championship will be vacated." 

 In a subsequent email, Krug confirmed that the forfeited games include all 31 victories last season. 

 As for Gillispie, Campion said the coach took the news hard, having "poured his heart" into Ranger since he was hired as basketball coach and athletic director in April 2015.

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