Friday, February 27, 2015

Report: "Extremely Unlikely" That Rajon Rondo Stays With Dallas Mavericks After This Season

According to a report, it is "extremely unlikely" that former Kentucky star Rajon Rondo will remain with the Dallas Mavericks after this season.

Rondo had an in-game dust up with head coach Rick Carlisle earlier this week and was suspended for a game in the aftermath.

Here is an excerpt from CBS Boston:

ESPN’s Tim McMahon reported that the shouting match between Rondo and Carlisle this week stemmed from each man believing he ought to be in charge of calling plays. Whether the point guard and the coach can reconcile their differences and put together a postseason run this spring is unknown, but McMahon notes that once this season ends, it’s likely that Rondo’s time as a Maverick will as well.

“The reality is Rondo’s run with the Mavs is extremely unlikely to extend past this season,” McMahon wrote.

The on-court incident was apparently just the appetizer, as McMahon reported that an “even more explosive” meeting behind closed doors took place on Tuesday. As a result, the Mavericks suspended Rondo for one game.

“We need to work on the solution for making his stint as a Dallas Maverick the most successful one possible,” Carlisle said. “We’re looking at 23 games here. Right now, this is a critical time for us.”

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NKU Blows By Kennesaw State on the Road; In Position to Host A-Sun Tournament

Northern Kentucky 78
Kennesaw State 53

Final from Kennesaw, Georgia

Game recap by NKU:

KENNESAW, Ga. – Tyler White scored a game-high 19 points and Chad Jackson registered his second double-double of the season with 11 points and 13 rebounds, helping the Northern Kentucky men's basketball team cruise to a 78-53 road win over Kennesaw State on Thursday afternoon.

Kennesaw State (10-20, 4-9 A-Sun) took a brief 6-5 lead three-minutes into the game, but white-hot shooting from Tyler White, Todd Johnson and Tayler Persons began to open things up for the Norse.

"I thought Todd's [Johnson] three early in the game was huge," said head coach Dave Bezold. "It really calmed our guys down and we locked in on both ends of the floor. We talk to our guys about doing their job on every possession. Today, they followed through and the result showed."

By the first media timeout, Northern Kentucky (12-16, 6-7 A-Sun) had built a 17-10 lead.

Stifling defense from the Norse took over and held the Owls scoreless for a period of 6:19. Meanwhile, Northern Kentucky continued firing on all cylinders on the offensive side, extending the NKU lead to as many as 24 points before taking a 44-24 advantage into the break.

NKU knocked down 15-of-27 field-goal attempts (55.6 percent) and 6-of-11 (54.5 percent) from long range. The Norse also knocked down 8-of-9 (88.9 percent) shots at the charity stripe.

On the other hand, KSU was limited to 8-for-24 (33.3 percent) shooting and just 1-for-9 (11.1 percent) from three in the stanza.

Kennesaw State was able to cut Northern Kentucky's advantage to 17 points twice in the first five minutes of the second half, but the Norse responded by extending its lead to as many as 25 points.

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No. 17 Union College Dismantles Montreat in AAC Tournament Quarterfinals

(17) Union College 95
Montreat 61

Final from Kingsport, Tennessee

Game recap by UC:

KINGSPORT, Tenn. - The No. 17 and top-seeded Union College men's basketball team began defense of their Appalachian Athletic Conference Tourmament Championship in style on Thursday, blowing out ninth-seeded Montreat (N.C.) in a 95-61 victory in quarterfinal action. The tournament is being played at the MeadowView Marriott Conference Resort & Convention Center.

With the victory, the Bulldogs collected their 18th win in a row, moving to 27-4 overall on the year. Montreat ended their season with the loss, falling to 8-17 overall.

In the opening eight minutes, things were tight between the Bulldogs and Cavaliers, with Union clinging to a 17-16 lead with 12:27 remaining in the period. Montreat continued to remain within striking distance despite the fact that Union maintained the lead at 25-21 with 9:22 to go.

Here, the Bulldogs began to pull away from the Cavaliers, racing on a quick 6-0 run to go up by 10 at 31-21. Once the floodgates opened on the offensive end for Union, Montreat could not catch up, as the run continued throughout the rest of the period, as the Bulldogs led it 42-29 with three minutes left.

Another run to end the half effectively put the Cavaliers away, as a 10-3 run to end the period put Union up 20 at 52-32 entering intermission. In the second half, the lead was too much for Montreat to come back from, as Union ballooned the lead out to 62-37 within four minutes of play in the second period.

From there, the Bulldogs coasted, and in the process won their 24th game of the season by double-digits, and 16th of which in the team's current NAIA Division II leading 18-game winning streak.

Leading the way all day for Union was guard JD Tucker (JR/Charleston, S.C.), who poured in a season-best 24 points on a torrid 10-of-13 shooting afternoon from the floor. Center Deante Johnson (SR/Cincinnati, Ohio) was the only other Bulldog to score in double-figures in the win, chipping in with 15 points.

The Bulldogs will move on to play either Reinhardt (Ga.) or Bryan (Tenn.) in Friday's semifinals of the 2015 AAC Tournament. Tip-off is set for 6 p.m. in Kingsport.


Murray State Celebrates Senior Day With 23rd Straight Win

Murray State 65
Eastern Illinois 57

Final from Murray, Kentucky

Game recap by MSU:

The Murray State Racers honored their seniors and extended the nation's second-longest win streak to 23 Thursday in a 65-57 victory over the Eastern Illinois Panthers at the CFSB Center in Murray, Ky.

MSU's 23-game win streak ties the Ohio Valley Conference record that was set by the Racers' team in 2011-12.

The Racers (25-4) improved to 15-0 and moved to one win from becoming the first at MSU to go undefeated in the OVC play. MSU plays the regular season final Saturday at UT Martin.

Racer seniors Jonathan Fairell, T.J. Sapp and Jarvis Williams played their final regular season game at the Bank and were honored before and after the game. This senior group played 28 home games together over the last two seasons and won 21.

The Racers jumped out quickly 14-2 at the 12:30 mark on a Williams hook in the lane. After EIU cut the lead to 25-21 at 3:30, the Racers ended the half on a 9-0 run to lead 34-21. MSU had their largest lead of the night at 55-38 when Sapp hit a 3-pointer with 8:28 left. The Panthers got as close as seven with 1:04 left before the Racers closed out their record-tying win.

Cameron Payne led the Racers with 22 points to go with five assists, while Williams was one rebound from a double-double with 17 points. Sapp hit for 14 points and five assists.

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Thomas More's Season Ends in PAC Tournament Semifinals

Saint Vincent 86

Thomas More 73

Final from Latrobe, Pennsylvania

Game recap by TMC:

(LATROBE, Pa.) – The fourth-seeded Thomas More men's basketball team fell to top-seeded Saint Vincent College, 86-73, tonight (Thursday, February 26, 2015) in a semifinal game of the Presidents' Athletic Conference (PAC) Championship Tournament at the Robert S. Carey Center in Latrobe, Pennsylvania.

With the loss, the Saints end the season at 17-10. With the win, the Bearcats improve to 21-6 and advance to play second-seeded Waynesburg University in the championship game of the PAC Championship Tournament on Saturday.

Saint Vincent jumped out to an early 30-13 lead when Pat Jones made two free-throws with 7:14 to play in the first half. Thomas More answered with a 5-0 run to cut the lead to 30-18 with 4:38 to play in the half when sophomore guard/forward Nate McGovney (Alexandria, Ky./Campbell County) made a three-pointer. The Bearcats closed out the half on a 15-6 run to take a 45-24 lead at halftime when Jaylon Bell made two free-throws with 32-seconds to play in the opening half.

Thomas More opened the second half with a 17-9 run to cut the lead to 54-41 with 13:43 to play in the game when senior forward Drew Mumford (Louisville, Ky./Christian Academy) made a jumper. The Bearcats answered with a 21-13 run capped by two Jones free-throws to increase the lead to 75-54 with 5:20 to play in the second half. The Saints closed the game on a 19-11 run, but it wasn't enough as Saint Vincent won the game, 86-73.

Mumford led the team in scoring, rebounding and assists with 23 points, five rebounds and three assists. Joining him in double-figure scoring was senior forward Jalen Clark (Frankfort, Ky./Western Hills) with 15 points and sophomore guard Drew Mays (Union, Ky./Ryle) with 13 points.

Eastern Kentucky One Win Away from Locking Up the OVC East Division

Eastern Kentucky 63
Jacksonville State 57

Final from Richmond, Kentucky

Game recap by EKU:

RICHMOND, Ky. – Eastern Kentucky held Jacksonville State scoreless for the majority of the final three minutes, resulting in a 63-57 victory in McBrayer Arena on Thursday.

The win kept Eastern (18-10, 10-5 OVC) on pace to win the Ohio Valley Conference East Division. With another home court victory on Saturday against Tennessee Tech, the Colonels will clinch first place in the East, the No. 2 seed in next week's conference tournament and the double bye that comes along with it.

After D.J. Felder capped a 14-6 Gamecock run with a three-pointer to get within one, 55-54, with 2:48 left in the game, JSU didn't score again until 18 seconds remained. Corey Walden hit a lay-up and two free throws, and Denzel Richardson made two from the stripe for six straight EKU points.

Jacksonville State (12-18, 5-10 OVC) missed two 3-pointers and two free throws in the final minute before Malcolm Drumwright made a trey with 17.7 seconds left to cut the Eastern lead to four, 61-57. Walden made two more free throws with 12 seconds remaining to seal the win.

Seniors Timmy Knipp, Eric Stutz, and Walden led the charge with 43 of Eastern's 63 total points. Knipp and Stutz both had 14 points and five rebounds apiece. Walden had 15 points – all in the second-half – eight rebounds, and four steals.

After the halftime break the Gamecocks came out on an 8-2 run to tie the game, capped by a three-point shot from the right wing from Darion Rackley. Rackley then scored another triple to give JSU their last lead of the game, 36-35, with 14:47 on the clock.

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Thursday, February 26, 2015

Kevin Stallings Apologizes for Unfortunate Incident That Was Caught on Camera

Vanderbilt head coach Kevin Stallings has issued a public apology for an unfortunate incident that was caught on camera immediately following the Commodores' win over Tennessee.



Stallings issued the following statement:

 "After the game, an incident occurred in which I need to apologize for. One of our players acted inappropriately and violated what we believe is good sportsmanship following the game. In my haste to resolve the situation, I made a very inappropriate comment. While obviously it was not meant literally, it was still inappropriate. I apologized to the player immediately following the game. Displaying good sportsmanship is of the highest priority in our program win or lose. I am very remorseful of my actions tonight."

Bellarmine University Moves Up To No. 2 In Both National DII Polls

Bellarmine University has moved up to No. 2 in both national DII polls this week.

2014-15 DII Media Poll Sponsored by D2SIDA (Feb. 24)

Rank School (First Place Votes) Record Votes Previous Ranking
1 Florida Southern (13) 25-1 397 1
2 Bellarmine (Ky.) (1) 24-2 373 3
3 Lincoln Memorial (Tenn.) (1) 24-1 363 4
4 Augustana (S.D.) (1) 26-2 347 2
5 Tarleton State (Texas) 23-2 323 7
6 West Liberty (W.Va.) 23-2 314 6
7 Minnesota State-Moorhead 29-2 301 8
8 Wisconsin-Parkside 24-2 289 T9
9 Barry (Fla.) 21-3 279 5
10 Mount Olive (N.C.) 25-2 258 13
11 Colorado Mines 22-3 243 14 12 Azusa Pacific (Calif.) 23-4 219 15 13 Angelo State (Texas) 23-3 214 T9 14 Central Missouri 22-4 177 17 15 Metropolitan State (Colo.) 22-4 162 12 16 Lake Superior State (Mich.) 23-4 140 21 17 Indianapolis (Ind.) 21-4 121 11 18 UNC Pembroke 23-4 112 22 19 Southern Connecticut State 22-5 104 25 20 Colorado-Colorado Springs 22-4 98 T19 21 University of the Sciences (Pa.) 21-4 93 18 22 Dixie State (Utah) 19-6 51 RV 23 Western Oregon 22-4 44 16 24 California Baptist 20-5 34 T19 25 Paine (Ga.) 21-5 26 RV

Also receiving votes: Georgia Regents 23, Northwest Missouri State 22, Lewis (Ill.) 17, Montevallo (Ala.) 14, BYU-Hawaii 9, Bowie State (Md.) 8, Indiana (Pa.) 8, Chico State (Calif.) 6, Southern New Hampshire 3, Minnesota State 2, Midwestern State (Texas) 2, Texas A&M-Commerce 1, Southern Indiana 1, Alabama-Huntsville 1, Saginaw Valley State (Mich.) 1.

NABC/Division II Rankings (Feb. 24, 2015 – Poll #13)

Record Points Last
1. Florida Southern (16) 25-1 400 1
2. Bellarmine, Ky. 24-2 380 3
3. Lincoln Memorial, Tenn. 25-1 356 5
4. West Liberty, W.Va. 23-2 346 7
5. Minnesota State-Moorhead 29-2 340 8
6. Augustana, S.D. 26-2 311 2
7. Tarleton State, Texas 24-2 309 11
8. Wisconsin-Parkside 24-2 290 12
9. Barry, Fla. 21-3 271 4
10. Mount Olive, N.C. 25-2 264 13
11. Colorado School of Mines 22-3 234 14 12. Central Missouri 22-4 203 16 13. Azusa Pacific, Calif. 23-4 190 18 14. Metropolitan State, Colo. 22-4 177 9 15. Angelo State, Texas 23-3 162 10 16. Indianapolis, Ind. 21-4 158 6 17. Lake Superior State, Mich. 23-4 147 19 18. Colorado-Colorado Springs 22-4 130 20 19. UNC Pembroke 23-4 93 23 20. Western Oregon 22-4 89 15 21. Univ. of the Sciences, Pa. 21-4 86 21 22. California Baptist 20-5 80 17 23. Southern Connecticut State 22-5 56 23 24. Indiana, Pa. 22-5 34 NR 25. Cal Poly Pomona 20-5 22 NR

Others receiving votes: GRU Augusta 17, BYU-Hawaii 13, Alabama-Huntsville 12, Northwest Missouri State 12, Minnesota State 6, Montevallo (Ala.) 5, Point Loma Nazarene (Calif.) 3, Chico State (Calif.) 2, Seattle Pacific (Wash.) 1, Southern Indiana 1.

Morehead State to Offer Special Student Ticket Pricing for OVC Tournament

Morehead State will offer students special ticket pricing for the upcoming OVC Tournament in Nashville.

Here are details:

MOREHEAD, Ky. -- Morehead State Athletics, in conjunction with the Office of Student Life, has put together a student ticket offer for the Ohio Valley Conference Basketball Tournaments. Students can receive a single-session ticket and t-shirt for just $5 when purchased through the MSU ticket office.

To purchase, call Paul Rhodes at 606-783-2386 or e-mail p.rhodes@moreheadstate.edu. Adult and student tickets will also be available for purchase on Thursday (men at 9 p.m. ET) and Saturday (doubleheader at 3 p.m.) at Morehead State's final home basketball games this season.

Both Eagle basketball teams have punched their tickets for the league tournament at Municipal Auditorium in Nashville. The events run from Wednesday, March 4, through Saturday, March 7. Details on match-ups and game times won't be available until late Saturday.

Check MSUEagles.com, OVCSports.com, Twitter.com/MSUAthletics and Facebook.com/MSUEagles for information leading up to and during the conference tournaments.

The student ticket offer replaces the fan bus, which has been canceled.

Louisville is Getting Special "March Madness" Uniforms from Adidas

The Louisville Cardinals will be getting special "March Madness" uniforms from Adidas for tournament time.



Here's a release from UL:

LOUISVILLE, Ky. - The University of Louisville men's and women's basketball teams and adidas unveiled on Thursday Made in March uniform systems to wear during the 2015 NCAA basketball season.

Designed with adidas' most innovative and advanced apparel and footwear technology, the uniform system is designed to help athletes play at their highest levels during college basketball's biggest moments.

The new uniforms feature enlarged team logos on the short and an extended waistband that allows players to display their school colors even when wearing home whites. Evoking a throwback feel, the asymmetrical leg trim on the shorts is inspired by the teams' retro uniform styles.

Jerseys were designed with the same lightweight, sweat-wicking technology used in the NBA and targeted ventilation zones on the chest, back and side to keep players cool even in the most intense moments of the game. A perforated pattern on the short maximizes comfort and breathability as the game heats up.

The Cardinals will lace-up the latest adidas basketball footwear including new colorways of the D. Lillard 1, J. Wall 1, and D. Rose BOOST 5 signature shoes from NBA All-Stars Damian Lillard, John Wall, and Derrick Rose.

The Made in March uniform system debuts on-court beginning with conference tournament play and fans can grab their team gear at adidas.com and campus bookstores beginning March 2.

Stay tuned to the adidas Basketball Facebook page, and follow on Twitter and Instagram with #MadeInMarch.

Cauley-Stein, Wiltjer Named Finalists for the Oscar Robertson Trophy

Kentucky center Willie Cauley-Stein is a finalist for the 2015 Oscar Robertson Trophy.

Former Kentucky forward Kyle Wiltjer, who now plays for Gonzaga, is also a finalist.

The Oscar Robertson Trophy is given annually to college basketball's top player.

2015 OSCAR ROBERTSON TROPHY FINALISTS (14)

Pos. No. Player, School Ht. Wt. Yr. Hometown
G 31 Ron Baker, Wichita State 6-4 220 Jr. Scott City, Kan.
G 15 Malcolm Brogdon, Virginia 6-5 215 Jr. Atlanta, Ga.
F 15 Willie Cauley-Stein, Kentucky 7-0 240 Jr. Olathe, Kan.
F 25 Rakeem Christmas, Syracuse 6-9 250 Jr. Phildelphia, Pa.
G 22 Jerian Grant, Notre Dame 6-5 204 Sr. Bowie, Md.
F 44 Frank Kaminsky, Wisconsin 7-0 242 Sr. Lisle, Ill.
F 31 Georges Niang, Iowa State 6-8 230 Jr. Methuen, Mass.
C 15 Jahlil Okafor, Duke 6-11 270 Fr. Chicago, Ill.
G 4 Kevin Pangos, Gonzaga 6-2 182 Sr. Holland Landing, Ont.
F 10 Bobby Portis, Arkansas 6-11 242 So. Little Rock, Ark.
G 0 D'Angelo Russell, Ohio State 6-5 180 Fr. Louisville, Ky.
F 10 Seth Tuttle, Northern Iowa 6-8 240 Sr. Sheffield, Iowa
F 33 Kyle Wiltjer, Gonzaga 6-10 240 Jr. Portland, Ore.
G 55 Delon Wright, Utah 6-5 190 Sr. Los Angeles, Calif.

By conference: ACC (4); Big Ten (2); Missouri Valley (2); SEC (2); West Coast (2); Big 12 (1); Pac-12 (1). By class: Seniors (5); Juniors (6); Sophomores (1); Freshmen (2).

Eastern Kentucky Has Plenty On the Line in Final Two OVC Games

Eastern Kentucky has a lot on the line when they battle Jacksonville State tonight and Tennessee Tech Saturday.

The Colonels can win the OVC East if they win both games.

Here are details from EKU:

RICHMOND, Ky. – There will be a lot on the line for both teams when Eastern Kentucky plays host to Jacksonville State on Thursday.

The Colonels (17-10, 9-5 OVC) can finish first in the Ohio Valley Conference East Division and claim the No. 2 seed in the league tournament by winning both of their remaining games. The Gamecocks (12-17, 5-9 OVC) have won three games in a row and need to win their two remaining games in order to qualify for one of the eight spots in the OVC Tournament.

The game, sponsored by Barnes & Noble at the EKU Bookstore, will start at 7 p.m. ET. The live radio broadcast is available in the Richmond area on WCYO 100.7 FM, and can be heard worldwide on EKUSports.com. A live free video broadcast is available on OVCDigitalNetwork.com.

Eastern Kentucky stayed on track to finish first in the East by beating Austin Peay, 76-64, on Monday – the first of three home games this week. Senior Eric Stutz scored a game-best 20 points and is now shooting 73.2 percent from the field and averaging 22 points per game in his last five home games. Freshman Paul Jackson handed out a career-best seven assists against the Governors.

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John Calipari Talks to Media After Win at Mississippi State

Here's what Kentucky head coach John Calipari had to say following last night's win at Mississippi State:


Chris Jones Pleads Not Guilty, Placed Under Home Incarceration

Former Louisville player Chris Jones pleaded not guilty this morning to charges of raping one woman and sodomizing another.

Jones was released on home incarceration in lieu of a $25,000 bond.

Two other men have also been charged with rape and sodomy



Here are details from the Courier-Journal:

The warrant, signed Wednesday by Jefferson District Judge Katie King, says that one of the women was hospitalized Sunday and able to identify Jones as her assailant. One of the women is 19 and the other 20, according to the warrant.

A second warrant says Jones, along with two other people, forced a woman to have intercourse and oral sex. She also identified Jones as a U of L player, according to the warrant. She was taken to University of Louisville Hospital, where she was treated.

Those defendants have been arrested and are to be arraigned Thursday morning in Jefferson County Jail. Jessie Halladay, a spokeswoman for the Jefferson County Attorney's Office , identified them as Tyvon Walker and Jalen Tilford. Walker was charged with one count of rape and Tilford with one count of rape and one count of sodomy.

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Defense attorney Rib Eggert asked that the University of Louisville be ordered to preserve video surveillance tapes, saying they will show Jones is innocent.


Highlights: Kentucky 74 Mississippi State 56

Here are all the highlights from Kentucky's win at Mississippi State:


Chris Jones Recently Withdrew From School, Is Staying in a Hotel

According to a report from WDRB, former Louisville basketball player Chris Jones recently withdrew from school and has been staying in a hotel.


Trey Lyles Leads No. 1 Kentucky To Win at Mississippi State

(1) Kentucky 74
Mississippi State 56

Final from Starkville, Mississippi

Game recap by UK:

STARKVILLE, Miss. (AP) On a roster full of superstars, top-ranked Kentucky's Trey Lyles often is an afterthought.

At least for one night, the 6-foot-10 freshman gave a glimpse of how important he could be for the Wildcats in their quest for an undefeated season and national championship. Lyles scored a career-high 18 points in Kentucky's 74-56 victory over Mississippi State on Wednesday night, sending the Wildcats to a 28-0 record.

Coach John Calipari said Lyles - who added six rebounds, two assists and a blocked shot - hasn't even come close to his full potential.

''He should have had 25 points today, but I thought he played well,'' Calipari said. ''I still think at the end of the day he'll be the X-factor for us.''

Aaron Harrison added 16 for Kentucky (15-0 Southeastern Conference), the only remaining undefeated team in the country.

Kentucky's 28-game winning streak is the second longest in school history, trailing only a 32-game run that stretched from 1953 to 1955. It's the longest in a single season for the program, topping a 27-game streak during the 1995-96 season.

The Wildcats had to work a little for this one, leading just 41-37 with 15:10 remaining. But they responded with an avalanche of points down the stretch - punctuated by a thunderous dunk by Karl-Anthony Towns - to turn the contest into another convincing blowout.

Calipari said the game was more evidence of how good his team can be with the proper mindset.

''I just told the guys, `Look, I can fight you for the next 40 days if that's what you want. And I will fight you,''' Calipari said. ''Or you can just play like you're capable of playing. They know what we want them to do.''

Mississippi State (12-16, 5-10) has lost eight in a row to the Wildcats. Fred Thomas led the Bulldogs with 14 points. Craig Sword added 10.

Lyles, who hit 7 of 12 shots, missed three games earlier in the month because of an illness, but has bounced back.

''I was just being aggressive and attacking the basket,'' Lyles said.

Kentucky has appeared unstoppable of late, especially during a 110-75 rout of Auburn on Saturday.

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Box Score (click to enlarge):

Former Louisville Player Chris Jones Charged with Rape, Sodomy

Former Louisville basketball player Chris Jones, who was dismissed from the team Sunday, has been charged with rape and sodomy.

The alleged assaults occurred Saturday night after Louisville's win over Miami (FL).

Here are more details from the Courier-Journal:

The warrant says that one of the women was hospitalized Sunday and able to identify Jones as her assailant. One of the women is 19 and the other 20, according to the warrant.

Jones, who was dismissed from the team Sunday, is expected to surrender in court on Thursday morning.

The alleged sexual assaults occurred on Saturday night, after Jones, who had been suspended earlier, then reinstated, led U of L to a home victory over Miami.

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Jones was suspended for a game last week for another problem, then was reinstated for the Miami game.

On Sunday, he was dismissed from the team permanently.

Wednesday, February 25, 2015

2015 KIAC Tournament Tips Off Tonight; Kentucky Schools All In Action

The Kentucky Intercollegiate Athletic Conference (KIAC) Tournament gets underway tonight with Brescia, Asbury and Alice Lloyd all in action.

Here's how the tournament is organized:

The 2015 KIAC Men's Basketball Tournament is set to begin February 25. The top 4 teams from the north and south divisions advanced to the tournament. All quarterfinal games will be played at the top seed on Wednesday, February 25. The winners will advance to the semifinals on February 28 which will be hosted by the top seed. The championship game will also be hosted by the top seed and is scheduled for March 3. Follow the tournament on kiacsports.com

Final KIAC Regular Season Standings:

North

IU East 11-2 (23-7)
Point Park 6-7 (14-12)
Rio Grande 6-7 (19-11)
IU Kokomo 4-9 (10-19)
Carlow 0-13 (2-22)

South

Brescia 10-3 (18-9)
Asbury 8-5 (19-10)
Cincinnati Christian 8-5 (20-10)
Alice Lloyd 7-6 (12-16)
IU Southeast 5-8 (8-16)

KIAC Tournament Schedule:

Today

7:00 p.m. Alice Lloyd at IU East
8:00 p.m. Rio Grande at Asbury
8:00 p.m. IU Kokomo at Brescia
8:30 p.m. Cincinnati Christian at Point Park

Saturday

TBA Semifinal #1
TBA Semifinal #2

Sunday

TBA Championship Game

KIAC Tournament Bracket (click to enlarge):

Kentucky State Ends Regular Season With Upset Win Over Stillman

Kentucky State 81
Stillman 73

Final from Frankfort, Kentucky

Game recap by KSU:

FRANKFORT, Ky. – In a game that was tightly contested throughout, the Kentucky State University men's basketball team was able to outlast the visiting Stillman College Tigers, 81-73, on Tuesday night at the Exum Center.

The Thorobreds (9-17, 7-12 SIAC) wrap up their regular season schedule with a much needed victory over the top-seed in the West Division, Stillman (17-9, 13-6 SIAC), to help build momentum heading into next week's SIAC Championship Tournament as the five-seed out of the West Division.

The Thorobreds came out of the gate strong to begin the game. KSU used an early 7-0 run capped by a Markus Montague jumper to go ahead 9-2 just four minutes into the contest. After a pair of ties in the first half, a pair of free throws from point guard Quentin Henderson gave the Thorobreds a lead with 12:25 left in the first and the Thorobreds held that lead until just under the 12 minute mark in the second half. A 14-1 run by the Tigers in the middle of the final half gave Stillman a brief lead but Kentucky State regained its composure and pushed its lead to as many as nine before finishing off SC, 81-73, to earn the conference victory.

Just after Kentucky State honored its outgoing seniors with a ceremony in-between the women's and men's games, senior forward Darrien Wilkins had a career night. Wilkins finished with a career-high 27 points, going 11-of-15 from the floor, to help pace the Thorobreds. He also had six rebounds and a block. Guards Malcolm Smith and Tryston Ford also had solid offensive nights, finishing with 16 and 13 points respectively. The pair combined to go 4-for-7 from beyond the arc to help stretch the floor for KSU. Point guard Dorian Jordan got his second straight start for KSU, picking up 11 assists to finish with double digit dimes for the third time this season. In just 10 minutes on the floor, center Julius Barton picked up a game-high three rejections.

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2015 Appalachian Athletic Conference Tournament Tips Today; Union College is No. 1 Seed

The 2015 Appalachian Athletic Conference (AAC) Tournament tips off this afternoon in Kingsport, Tennessee.

Union College (26-4) enters the tournament as the No. 1 seed and will face the winner of No. 8 St. Andrews (9-13) and No. 9 Montreat (7-18) tomorrow at Noon.

AAC Tournament Schedule

Wednesday, February 25

Game 4 No. 8 St. Andrews (9-13) vs. No. 9 Montreat (7-18), 1:45 p.m.
Game 5 No. 7 Bluefield (11-13) vs. No. 10 Point (4-25), 3:30 p.m.

Thursday, February 26

Game 8 No. 1 Union (26-4) vs. No. 8 seed/No. 9 seed winner, 12 p.m.
Game 9 No. 4 Reinhardt (17-11) vs. No. 5 Bryan (15-12), 1:45 p.m.
Game 12 No. 2 Milligan (18-9) vs. No. 7 seed/No. 10 seed winner, 7:30 p.m.
Game 13 No. 3 Truett-McConnell (17-11) vs. No. 6 Tennessee Wesleyan (15-13), 9:15 p.m.

Friday, February 27

Game 16 Game 8 winner vs. Game 9 winner, 6 p.m.
Game 17 Game 12 winner vs. Game 13 winner, 8 p.m.

Saturday, February 28 (Championship Game)

Game 19 Game 16 winner vs. Game 17 winner, 4 p.m.

Location: MeadowView Marriott Conference Resort & Convention Center in Kingsport, Tenn.

Here are the seeds for this year's event:

1.Union (26-4, 17-1 AAC)
2.Milligan (18-9, 12-6 AAC)
3.Truett-McConnell (17-11, 12-6 AAC)
4.Reinhardt (17-11, 9-9 AAC)
5.Bryan (15-12, 9-9 AAC)
6.Tennessee Wesleyan (15-13, 9-9 AAC)
7.Bluefield (11-13, 8-10 AAC)
8.St. Andrews (9-13, 6-12 AAC)
9.Montreat (7-18, 5-13 AAC)
10.Point (4-25, 3-15 AAC)

Watch the tournament live online: AAC GameCentral (Cost: $7.99/game, $19.99/men's tournament, $19.99/women's tournament)

AAC Tournament Bracket (click to enlarge):

Russell Lets Head Coach Merle Kidwell Go After Seven Years

Russell High School is letting head boy's basketball coach Merle Kidwell go after seven years with the program.

Kidwell also previously coached the Russell girl's team for five years.

Russell High School principal Anna Chaffin thanked Kidwell for his service.

Here is an excerpt from DailyIndependent.com:

We would like to thank coach Kidwell for his service to our boys basketball program,” wrote Anna Chaffin, Russell High School’s principal. “Russell High School will remain committed to all of our students in providing both excellence in education and athletic endeavors.”

Chaffin provided no further comment.

Kidwell served a seven-year stint as the coach, which followed a five-year stay as the girls basketball coach at Russell.

In all, Kidwell has coached basketball for 23 years, including 16 at Russell.

Kidwell met with school officials on Tuesday regarding the decision. He was “surprised” at the conclusion.

“They wanted to make a change and go in a new direction,” he said. “... From day one (of this season) to the end of this season, I thought we made progress. ... I felt like we had it going in the right direction.”

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Russell suffered a 67-55 loss to Raceland in the opening round of the 63rd District Tournament on Monday.

The Red Devils went 6-23 overall and 3-18 in the 16th Region this season.

Vanderbilt Announces That Memorial Gym Coaching Boxes Will Be Extended To Sidelines

Vanderbilt has announced that the coaching boxes in Memorial Gym will be extended to the sidelines next season.

The benches will remain on the baselines but coaches will be able to roam from baseline to sideline during games.

Here's a release from Vandy:

The benches inside Memorial Gym will remain on the baselines as they have for decades next season, but changes will be made to coaching boxes.

The NCAA has mandated that the coaching boxes be extended down the north sideline for the 2015-16 season. The new boxes will permit head coaches to walk down the sideline toward the scorer’s table. Coaches are currently restricted to the baselines in front of their bench.

Vanderbilt does not anticipate the change creating significant issues related to sightlines. If you have specific questions about how the change to the coaching boxes might affect your personal seats, please contact the National Commodore Club at 615-322-4114 to view the changes in Memorial.

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Here is a graphic that illustrates the changes and a few pics I snapped during a visit to Memorial Gym last year:


 












Wesley Russell Nets Triple-Double to Lead Ohio Christian Past Berea in Double Overtime

Ohio Christian 98
Berea College 93  F/2OT

Final from Berea, Kentucky

Game recap by BC:

Men's basketball entered tonight's game as the #2 ranked team in the USCAA Division I Coaches Poll and the Number 2 seed in next week's USCAA Division I National Championship Tournament. Ohio Christian entered the game as the NCCAA (National Christian College Athletic Association)'s Division II defending National Champions and the current top ranked team in NCCAA Division II.

Regardless of the affiliation, anytime number one plays number two, it should be a great contest - and that was very much the case tonight in Berea as Ohio Christian was able to out shoot the Mountaineers in a double-overtime classic.

BC and OCU traded blow for blow and shot for shot throughout the first half, with neither team taking control of the contest until late in the half when a Richard Parker 3-pointer gave BC some breathing room and sent them into the half with a 46-39 advantage. BC was hot in the first half shooting over 60% including 6-11 from long distance.

The second half continued the balance attack for each team. Daishon Robinson and OCU's Wesley Russell seemed to be waging their own battle inside the overall war. Russell was able to raise his game late in the half and became nearly unstoppable as he scored 44 points, grabbed 15 rebounds and handed out 12 assists on the night. Russell was able to sink a jump shot to send the game into overtime 71-71. Robinson drove the right side of the lane for layup over Russell to send the game to double-overtime, 85-85. In that second extra stanza, BC took off an 4-0 run, only to see the lead slip away and with it their chance at a 20th win on the season.

The Mountaineers were led on Senior Night by Robinson and his 24 points, while fellow senior London Moore pulled down 10 rebounds and scored 18 points. Parker hit for 22 points including 4-7 from long range. Senior Tevin Webster closed out double figure scoring with 12 points.

BC will now turn their focus to the USCAA Division I National Championships. They will depart for Uniontown, PA on Monday, March 2 for their first-round game versus Iowa Wesleyan on Wednesday, March 4 at 5:00 pm. You will be able to see a broadcast of that game, here on the home of Berea College Athletics.

Union College Moves Up To No. 17 in NAIA DII Coaches' Top 25 Poll

Union College has moved up to No. 17 in the NAIA Division II Coaches' Top 25 Poll this week.

The Bulldogs are currently riding a 17-game winning streak.

Brescia is just outside the top 25 with 5 votes.

2014 – 15 NAIA Division II Men’s Basketball Coaches’ Top 25 Poll – (Feb. 24)

RANK LAST WEEK SCHOOL (1ST PLACE VOTES) 2014-15 RECORD TOTAL POINTS
1 1 Indiana Wesleyan (13) 28-2 374
2 2 Embry-Riddle (Fla.) (1) 29-1 362
3 5 Dakota Wesleyan (S.D.) 27-3 350
4 6 Cornerstone (Mich.) 25-5 328
5 7 Morningside (Iowa) 25-3 321
6 3 College of Idaho 25-5 320
7 4 Davenport (Mich.) 25-5 307
8 8 Saint Francis (Ind.) 24-6 294
9 9 Bellevue (Neb.) 25-5 275
10 11 Concordia (Ore.) 24-5 265
11 12 Bethel (Ind.) 25-5 255
12 10 College of the Ozarks (Mo.) 22-6 230
13 13 Mount Mercy (Iowa) 24-4 228
14 15 Midland (Neb.) 23-7 210
15 16 Warner Pacific (Ore.) 22-6 205
16 17 Northwestern Ohio 24-6 188
17 18 Union (Ky.) 26-4 183
18 14 Cardinal Stritch (Wis.) 22-8 181
T19 22 Olivet Nazarene (Ill.) 22-8 155
T19 21 Indiana East 23-7 155
T21 24 St. Francis (Ill.) 22-8 112
T21 20 Grace (Ind.) 21-9 112
23 19 Southern Oregon 22-8 107
24 23 Briar Cliff (Iowa) 21-9 97
25 25 Tabor (Kan.) 18-11 92

Others receiving votes: Ashford (Iowa) 67; Jamestown (N.D.) 65; Cal Maritime 32; St. Thomas (Fla.) 25; Northern New Mexico 14; Milligan (Tenn.) 10; Saint Mary (Kan.) 8; Northwest Christian (Ore.) 7; Brescia (Ky.) 5; Northwood (Fla.) 5; AIB (Iowa) 4.

Rajon Rondo Benched After Heated Exchange with Dallas Coach Rick Carlisle

Former Kentucky point guard Rajon Rondo was benched last night after a heated exchange with Dallas Mavericks' head coach Rick Carlisle:


KABC Region Coaches of the Year Announced

The KABC  has announced the Regional Coaches of the Year in Kentucky high school basketball as voted on by KABC member coaches.

2015 KABC Boys Regional Coaches of the Year

Region 1:Terry Birdsong – Calloway Co.
Region 2:Tyler Smithhart – Henderson Co.
Region 3:Pat Hume – Daviess Co.
Region 4:Steve Kirkpatrick – Monroe Co.
Region 5:Michael Cofer – North Hardin
Region 6:Tom Crews – DeSales
Region 7:Jimmy Just – DuPont Manual
Region 8:Coy Zerhusen – Oldham Co.
Region 9:Scott Ruthsatz – Covington Catholic
Region 10:Jason Hinson – Augusta
Region 11:Tommy Johnson – Bryan Station
Region 12:Jeff Jackson – Lincoln Co.
Region 13:Patrick Robinson – Williamsburg
Region 14:BB King – Knott County Central
Region 15:Tommy McKenzie – Johnson Central
Region 16:Greg Adkins – Elliott Co.

No. 8 Georgetown College Knocks Off No. 3 Pikeville in Shootout

(8) Georgetown 109
(3) Pikeville 101

Final from Georgetown, Kentucky

Game recap by GC:

The trio of juniors scored 91 points as Georgetown College upset No. 3 University of Pikeville in a rare Monday night Mid-South Conference game. The No. 8 Tigers (24-4, 11-3) used a final offensive push for the 109-101 win in Davis-Reid Alumni Gym.

Noah Cottrill finished with a game-high 34, a point shy of tying is career-high, as well as a three-point make from tying Georgetown's in-game record. The junior guard was 8-of-13 from deep and 11-of-20 from the field. Tony Kimbro tallied a new career-high with 30 points on 11-of-20 shooting, 5-of-7 from deep. Deondre McWhorter, despite missing gaps of time with foul trouble, had 27 points on 10-of-13 shooting and went 7-of-7 from the line.

K.K. Simmons and Kenny Manigault kept the Bears (25-3, 12-3) in the game, scoring 32 and 27 points respectively.

The game between two of the best MSC teams over the past several years had 13 ties the last coming when UPike's Jackson Hussey hit a basket with 8:17 to play.

Simmons hit a three a few minutes later that gave the Bears its largest lead of the game, 89-83. Georgetown stormed back and finished on a 26-12 run to close out the victory.

"Tonight was a hard-fought battle, which is always the case when we play Pikeville," said GC coach Chris Briggs. "I'm proud of the way Noah, Deondre and Tony stepped up and hit big shots. Pikeville is extremely talented, and we were fortunate enough to get stops at crucial times.

"This is the final push and right now our conference destiny is in our hands. We have a tough road swing to finish it all up before postseason. It is all about taking one step at a time, one game at a time."

Georgetown returns to action 8 pm Thursday at St. Catharine College.

JUCO Highlights of Former Pikeville High School Forward Ray Kasongo

Check out these new highlights of former Pikeville High School big man Ray Kasongo who is now at College of Southern Idaho:


Tuesday, February 24, 2015

Thomas More Knocks Off Thiel to Advance to PAC Semifinals

Thomas More 72
Thiel 56

Final from Crestview Hills, Kentucky

Game recap by TMC:

(CRESTVIEW HILLS, Ky.) – Senior forward Drew Mumford (Louisville, Ky./Christian Academy) scored a game-high 26 points to lead the fourth-seeded Thomas More College men's basketball team to a 72-56 win over fifth-seeded Thiel College tonight (Tuesday, February 24, 2015) in a quarterfinal game of the Presidents' Athletic Conference (PAC) Championship Tournament at Connor Convocation Center in Crestview Hills, Kentucky.

With the win, the Saints improve to 17-9 and advance to play top-seeded Saint Vincent College on Thursday (February 26) in a semifinal game. The game will tip-off at 7 p.m. inside the Robert S. Carey Center in Latrobe, Pennsylvania. With the loss, the Tomcats end the season at 13-13.

Thiel jumped out to an early 16-4 lead when Josh Johnson completed an old fashion three-point play with 13:54 to play in the first half. Thomas More answered with a 25-10 run to take a 29-26 lead with 57-seconds to play in the opening half when freshman center Louis Maniacci (Burlington, Ky./Cooper) made a lay-up. Thiel's Tyreik Burton made two free-throws with 25-seconds to play in the half to cut the lead to 29-28 at halftime.

The Saints opened the second half on a 5-2 run capped by a Mumford lay-up to increase the lead to 18:05 to play in the second half. Thiel answered with a 7-0 run to take a 37-34 lead with 14:59 to play in the half when Eric Mallinger made one-of-two free-throws. Thomas More closed out the game on a 38-19 run to cruise to the 72-56 victory.

Senior forward Jalen Clark (Frankfort, Ky./Western Hills) joined Mumford in double-figure scoring with 11 points and pulled down 10 rebounds to record a double-double. Sophomore guard/forward Nate McGovney (Alexandria, Ky./Campbell County) pulled down a game-high 11 rebounds and dished out a game-high four assists. Maniacci blocked five shots.

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