Wednesday, November 26, 2014

Bellarmine University Climbs to No. 4 in DII Media Poll This Week

Bellarmine University is up to No. 4 in the DII Media Poll sponsored by D2SIDA this week.

2014-15 DII Media Poll Sponsored by D2SIDA (Nov. 25)

Rank School (First Place Votes) Record Votes Previous Ranking
1 West Liberty (W. Va.) (8) 4-0 290 1
2 Southern Connecticut State (1) 5-0 280 2
3 Metropolitan State (Colo.) (1) 4-0 272 3
4 Bellarmine (Ky.) 3-0 256 6
5 Central Missouri (2) 4-0 254 T4
6 Florida Southern 2-0 240 7
7 Drury (Mo.) 2-0 209 9
8 Tarleton State (Texas) 3-0 202 10
9 Christian Brothers (Tenn.) 2-0 196 8
10 Indiana (Pa.) 4-0 165 14
11 Chico State (Calif.) 2-0 153 16 12 Lincoln Memorial (Tenn.) 4-0 143 13 13 Minnesota State-Moorhead 5-0 140 15 14 California Baptist 4-0 122 RV 15 Cal Poly Pomona 2-1 104 T4 16 Minnesota State 3-1 101 18 17 Mount Olive (N.C.) 5-0 81 RV 18 UC-Colorado Springs 4-0 74 RV 19 Georgia Regents 3-0 71 19 20 Barry (Fla.) 2-0 58 22 21 Le Moyne (N.Y.) 4-0 54 RV 22 Findlay (Ohio) 1-1 51 NR 23 Alabama-Huntsville 5-0 48 RV 24 Michigan Tech 1-0 33 NR 25 Augustana (S.D.) 6-0 29 NR

Also receiving votes: East Stroudsburg (Pa.) 28, BYU Hawaii 28, Delta State (Miss.) 25, Fairmont State (W.Va.) 25, Lewis (Ill.) 22, Western Washington 22, Indianapolis 19, Chaminade (Hawaii) 14, UNC Pembroke 14, Angelo State (Texas) 13, St. Edward's 10, Saint Anselm (N.H.) 9, Wisconsin-Parkside 9, Northern State (S.D.) 8 Fort Lewis (Colo.) 7, Southwest Minnesota State 6, Missouri-St. Louis 4, Bowie State (Md.) 3, Newberry (S.C.) 3, Dixie State (Utah) 2, Stonehill (Mass.) 2, Harding (Ark.) 1

Thomas More College Holds Off Wilmington

Thomas More 79
Wilmington 76

Final from Crestview Hills, Kentucky

Game recap by TMC:

(CRESTVIEW HILLS, Ky.) – Senior forward Jalen Clark (Frankfort, Ky./Western Hills) made a three-pointer with 4.8-seconds to play in the game to propel the Thomas More College men's basketball team to a 79-76 win over traditional rival Wilmington College tonight (Tuesday, November 25, 2014) in a non-conference game at the Connor Convocation Center in Crestview Hills, Kentucky.

With the win, the Saints improve to 2-3 and with the loss, the Quakers fall to 1-3.

Thomas More raced out to a 12-5 lead when sophomore guard Drew Mays (Union, Ky./Ryle) made one-of-two free-throws with 14:01 to play in the opening half. Wilmington answered with a 27-16 run to take a 32-28 lead with 5:41 to play in the half when R.J. Leppert converted an old fashion three-point play. The Saints responded with a 12-6 run capped by a Clark lay-up with 46-seconds to play in the first half to take a 40-38. The Quakers closed out the half on a 4-0 to take a 42-40 lead at halftime when Dwight Johnson made a jumper with five-seconds to play in the opening half.

Wilmington opened the second half on a 15-10 run to extend its lead to 57-50 with 11:57 to play in the game when Jonathan Bibbs made a lay-up. Thomas More used a 26-14 run capped by a Clark jumper with 1:10 to play in the game to take a 76-71 lead. The Quakers responded with a 5-0 run to tie the game at 76-76 when Law Williams made a three-pointer with 13-seconds to play. Clark then hit the three-pointer with 4.8-seconds to play in the game and the Quakers' shot at the buzzer was off the mark as Thomas More won the game 79-76.

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Tickets Still Available for Upcoming Kentucky Games

There are still tickets available for upcoming UK games against Providence, Eastern Kentucky, Columbia and Ole Miss.

Here are details from UK:

LEXINGTON, Ky. – A limited number of tickets remain for Kentucky men’s basketball games against Providence (Nov. 30), Eastern Kentucky (Dec. 7), Columbia (Dec. 10) and Ole Miss (Jan. 6).

Tickets are available online at, by calling Ticketmaster at 800.745.3000 or through the Rupp Arena Box Office at 859.233.3535. Tickets are also available to purchase through the UK Ticket office by calling 800.928.2287.

Remaining tickets for sale come from the unsold student ticket allotment.

For a complete listing of on sale dates and single game ticket prices, visit

Top-ranked Kentucky returns to action against No. 25 Providence at 2 p.m. on Sunday in Rupp Arena. The game will air live on ESPN2.

As always, UK Athletics encourages all fans to buy tickets to its athletics events through the UK Ticket Office or Ticketmaster outlets. Tickets bought from anywhere other than those two outlets may not be valid, and buyers should beware.

Bellarmine Climbs to No. 5 in NABC DII Poll This Week

The Bellarmine Knights have climbed five spots to No. 5 overall in the NABC Division II rankings this week.

NABC/Division II Rankings
(Nov. 25, 2014 - Poll #1)

Record Points Last
1. West Liberty, W.Va. (12) 4-0 392 1
2. Southern Connecticut St. 5-0 375 2
3. Metropolitan State, Colo. (3) 4-0 372 3
4. Drury, Mo. 2-0 336 7
5. Bellarmine, Ky. 3-0 330 10
6. Florida Southern 2-0 322 9
7. Indiana, Pa. 4-0 268 15
8. Tarleton State, Texas 3-0 266 12
9. Colo.-Colorado Springs 4-0 232 18
10. Central Missouri 4-0 206 NR
11. California Baptist (1) 4-0 192 24
12. Chico State, Calif. 2-0 182 19
13. Lincoln Memorial, Tenn. 4-0 176 23
14. Minnesota State 3-1 151 7
15. East Stroudsburg, Pa. 3-1 148 4
16. Cal Poly Pomona 2-1 141 8
17. Dixie State, Utah 1-0 110 25
18. Christian Brothers, Tenn. 2-0 99 NR
19. Augustana, S.D. 5-0 95 NR
20. GRU Augusta 3-0 89 NR
21. Delta State, Miss. 2-1 83 13
22. Findlay, Ohio 1-1 76 16
23. Angelo State, Texas 4-0 57 NR
24. Barry, Fla. 2-0 53 NR
25. Alabama-Huntsville 5-0 50 NR

Others receiving votes: Lewis (Ill.) 47, Western Washingotn 43, Michigan Tech 31, Indianapolis (Ind.) 29, Minnesota State-Moorhead 27, BYU-Hawaii 22, Newberry (S.C.) 20, UC San Diego 18, Mount Olive (N.C.) 14, Point Loma Nazarene (Calif.) 14, Stonehill (Mass.) 14, Fort Lewis (Colo.) 12, Colorado School of Mines 11, Northern State (S.D.) 11, Saint Anselm (N.H.) 11, Cal State-Stanislaus 10, Midwestern State (Texas) 10, Florida Tech 8, Grand Valley State (Mich.) 8, Chaminade (Hawaii) 6, South Carolina Aiken 5, Northwest Missouri State 4, UNC Pembroke 3, Seattle Pacific (Wash.) 2, Wisconsin-Parkside 2, Columbus State (Ga.) 3, Fort Hays State (Kan.) 1, LeMoyne (N.Y.) 1, Tuskegee (Ala.) 1, Walsh (Ohio) 1.

John Calipari Talks About Win Over UT Arlington, Efficiency Ratings, Platoons and More

Kentucky head coach John Calipari talks to the media following last night's win over UT Arlington:

Report: Lakers Working to Sign Former Louisville Big Man Earl Clark

According to Adrian Wojnarowski of  Yahoo! Sports, the Los Angeles Lakers are working to sign former Louisville big man Earl Clark.

Here is more from Wojnarowski:

As injuries decimate their roster, the Los Angeles Lakers are working on a one-year deal to sign forward Earl Clark, league sources told Yahoo Sports.

Clark has averaged 29 points per game for the Rio Grande Valley Vipers of the NBA Development League, and the eventual finalization of a deal could bring Clark back to the Lakers in the next few days, sources said.


Kentucky Wesleyan Crushes Lane to Get Back on Track

Kentucky Wesleyan 81
Lane College 53

Final from Owensboro, Kentucky

Game recap by KWC:

The Kentucky Wesleyan College men's basketball team snapped its two-game skid with an 81-53 victory over visiting Lane College on Tuesday night at the Sportscenter behind a first half in which the Panthers held the Dragons to just 13 points.

The Panthers (3-2) held Lane to 4-of-22 shooting (18 percent) in the first half and 17-of-59 (29 percent) for the game, while KWC shot 25-of-51 (49 percent) from the field.

"I thought our first half, defensively, was pretty good," the second-year KWC coach said. "Again, we had trouble against the zone. It's something we've got to solve, because that's something that will keep coming. But I thought we played hard."

Lane scored the game's first basket at 19:32 and didn't make another field goal in the 13 minutes.

Ken-Jah Bosley led all scorers with 19 points, and Devin Langford added 16 points off the bench. Hikeem Stewart and Tre Boutilier chipped in 13 and 10, respectively.

Langford finished with a game-high 12 rebounds, and Boutilier reeled in eight boards to help KWC to a 44-34 overall rebounding advantage.

"I've got such high expectations of Dev," Osborne said. "Dev did rebound, 12 rebounds. That's good, we finally won a rebounding battle. We've just got to take this, get smarter and build off of it."

Marcus Fillyaw added a game-high seven assists, and Ifeanyichukwu Ude had six blocks off the bench.

Lane (0-3) was led by Donald Stewart's 15 points and five assists. Though the Dragons committed 21 turnovers in the game, they used a stingy second-half press and zone pressure to force KWC into 20 giveaways for the contest.

"We've got to be smarter," Osborne said, admitting his frustration with his team's unforced errors. "We've got to not get so caught up in the moment and know what we're doing. We've got to be able to perform under duress. We rep and we rep and we rep, but we've still got to be able to perform under duress. The day we can do that and we guard better, we'll be alright."

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Bellarmine University Knocks Off No. 18 Christian Brothers on the Road

(5) Bellarmine University 74
(18) Christian Brothers 69

Final from Memphis, Tennessee

Game recap by BU:

MEMPHIS, Tenn.—The No. 5 Bellarmine University Knights faced perhaps their toughest test of the 2014-15 season tonight, but came away with a gritty 74-69 road win over the 18th-ranked Christian Brothers Buccaneers.

The Knights, who improved to 4-0 on the season, gutted out a 30-28 halftime lead, then turned in an outstanding second half performance to build a lead that reached double digits and held on for the five point victory.

Jake Thelen delivered his third double-double of the season with 16 points and 10 rebounds, and Rusty Troutman was just one rebound shy with 15 points and nine boards.

"We just absolutely opened our chests up and poured our hearts out on this court tonight," said Bellarmine Coach Scott Davenport. "I'm incredibly proud of these young men."

"My hat's off to our players tonight," Davenport added. "That second half of basketball was great on both ends. Our goal defensively was to keep them under 40 percent shooting, and they shoot 39.5 after shooting 48 percent in the first half. Then we had 16 made baskets on 14 assists and shoot 66 percent. They were yelling in (the locker room), 'That's Bellarmine basketball.' It's much better for it to come from them than from me," Davenport said.

The homestanding Bucs got another outstanding game from guard Trey Casey. The senior guard poured in 29 points to raise his season average to 26.7. Despite nailing five of his eight treys, the Cincinnati native actually had an off night from long range by his standards as he's made 17 of 24 on the year for 70.8 percent.

Bellarmine was slow out of the gate, falling behind 5-0 before George Suggs made a bucket at the 16:49 mark to get the Knights on the board and begin a 9-0 run. BU would go on to build a nine-point lead in the first period, but Christian Brothers closed the first half on a 10-3 run to close the gap to just two at the break.

Christian Brothers opened the second period with Charlie Oswald drilling a trey to give the lead back to the home team. After trading buckets the Knights gradually started building a lead after Josh Derksen connected from long distance.

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Former Morehead State Player Ty Proffitt Promoted to Video Coordinator at Tennessee

Former Morehead State University guard Ty Proffitt has been promoted from graduate assistant to video coordinator at the University of Tennessee.

Proffitt played for Tennessee head coach Donnie Tyndall at Morehead State.

Beau Braden previously served as video coordinator but was promoted to full time assistant coach earlier this week in the aftermath of Adam Howard's resignation.

Here are more details from

Beau Braden has been elevated from video coordinator to succeed Howard on the coaching staff. Braden was director of basketball operations Tyndall’s final year at Morehead State (2011-12) and was a full-time assistant at the school the next two seasons.

"Beau is a very intelligent, hard-working guy," Tyndall said. "In game preparation, he will be organized and do a fantastic job. He was on the floor as a full-time coach for two years at Morehead State, so he has experience in regard to being on the practice floor and recruiting. So I'm very comfortable and confident he'll do a good job."

Ty Proffitt, who played for Tyndall at Morehead, has been elevated from graduate assistant to fill Braden’s role as video coordinator.

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No. 16 Union College Earns Conference Road Win at Tennessee Wesleyan

(16) Union College 95
Tennessee Wesleyan 87

Final from Athens, Tennessee

Game recap by UC:

ATHENS, Tenn. - Union College guard JD Tucker (JR/Charleston, S.C.) poured in a game-high 25 points, as the No. 16 Bulldog men's basketball team never trailed at Tennessee Wesleyan on Tuesday evening in a 95-87 victory in Appalachian Athletic Conference action.

With the win, Union improved to 7-2 on the year and remained perfect in the AAC with a 3-0 mark. TWC fell to 4-4 overall, 2-3 in the AAC with the defeat.

In the first half, Union came out and essentially ended the ballgame in the first three minutes. In all, the visiting Bulldogs started the game on a staggering 14-0 spurt, capped off by a Tucker jumper with 17 minutes left in the half.

Once Union grabbed a double-digit lead in the half, TWC didn't come very close to lead the rest of the period.

After going up by 18 points with 10 minutes left in the half (33-15) on a DeAntray Stevens (JR/Cincinnati, Ohio) three-pointer, the closest TWC got to the Union lead the rest of period was at the buzzer, as a late field goal cut the Union lead to 46-40 entering intermission.

In the second half, Union remained ahead for the remainder for regulation, despite the fact that TWC cut the lead all the way down to five points with 14 minutes to go (58-53). But, Union extinguished any comeback attempt by TWC there, as a quick 5-0 run gave Union back a double-digit lead at 63-53.

With five minutes left, Union opened an insurmountable 86-71 lead, as the visiting Bulldogs coasted down the stretch to notch their third conference road win of the young season.

Overall, Tucker was once again impressive for Union, scoring his 25 points on 9-of-12 shooting from the floor on the evening. Tucker also dished out four assists and had two steals in the win, as well.

Elsewhere, forward Deante Johnson (SR/Cincinnati, Ohio) just missed on a double-double, scoring 21 points and pulling down nine rebounds. Rounding out the double-digit scorers on the evening for Union was Stevens and Michael Bueter (SO/Fort Thomas, Ky. ), who pitched in with 11 points, apiece.

TWC was led in the loss by Dante Turnipseed, who had 19 points in a losing effort.

John Calipari Pulls Out Dance Moves (or Maybe Karate) on the Sideline

Watch as John Calipari emphatically calls for a substitution during last night's game against UT Arlington - dance moves or karate?

Kentucky Players Talk About Win Over UT Arlington and More

Kentucky's Devin Booker, Karl Towns and Trey Lyles talk about last night's win over UT Arlington and more:

UT Arlington Coach Scott Cross: UK Plays the Game the Right Way, "Very Possible" They Can Go Undefeated

UT Arlington head coach Scott Cross says Kentucky plays the game of basketball the right way and definitely has a chance to go undefeated this season:

Kentucky Continues to Impress in Demolition of UT Arlington

(1) Kentucky 92
UT Arlington 44

Final from Lexington, Kentucky

No. 1 Kentucky started rolling midway through the first half and never looked back on the way to a 92-44 demolition of UT Arlington.

With 7:12 remaining in the first half, the Wildcats (6-0) held a 27-12 lead. From there they would explode for a 30-0 run that extended into the second half.

Freshman Devin Booker led all scorers with 19 points on 7-for-8 field goal shooting. Karl Towns finished with 13 points and 11 rebounds for his first career double-double. Dakari Johnson chipped in 12 points and 6 boards.

Andrew and Aaron Harrison scored 11 points each. Trey Lyles contributed 10 points and 9 rebounds.

Lonnie McClanahan led UT Arlington (3-2) with 10 points and 3 steals.

Kentucky returns to action Sunday when they host Providence at 2:00 p.m. ET.

Team Notes

• UK won consecutive games by 58 points (vs. Montana State) and 48 points (vs. UT Arlington). The last time UK won consecutive games by at least 48 came on Feb. 2, 1954, a 51-point win over Georgia Tech (99-48), followed by a 51-point win over Georgia (106-55) on Feb. 4, 1954.
• Kentucky shot 56.6 percent from the field (30 of 53), second time this season UK has made at least 50 percent of its shots.
• UT Arlington was limited to 27 percent from the field.
• Kentucky has held all six opponents under 40 percent shooting, including three games under 30 percent.
• UK had 11 blocked shots tonight. UK has blocked at least seven shots in every game this season, the longest streak since rejecting at least seven in 12 straight games from Dec. 28, 2011 through February 4, 2012.
• UK won rebounding 49-29 tonight and has outrebounded all six opponents this season.
• UK won bench points 45-23 and has won bench points by at least 22 points in every game this season.
• Kentucky is now 43-0 under Coach Calipari when holding the opponent to 55 or fewer points.
• No Wildcat played more than 21 minutes tonight.
• First time this season that six Wildcats scored in double figures.

Player Notes

• Devin Booker had a game-high 19 points, including five of six on 3-pointers.
• He is the first Wildcat to make five 3s in a game since James Young on Jan. 28, 2014, at LSU.
• He has made at least three 3-pointers in the last three games and has made 12 of 17 from 3-point land during that span.
• 19 points ties Aaron Harrison for the most points scored by a Wildcat this season.
• Karl-Anthony Towns totaled 13 points and 11 rebounds, his first Wildcat double-double. Both of those are his personal bests as a Wildcat.
• In his first game back after an illness, Alex Poythress had four points, nine rebounds and a career-high four blocked shots.
• Dakari Johnson scored 12 points, his fourth straight game in double figures and fifth this season.
• He made his first seven foul shots and finished 10 of 12, a career high for free throws made.
• Aaron Harrison had 11 points, his third straight game in double figures.
• Andrew Harrison also had 11 points, his third game in double figures this season.
• Tyler Ulis had a game-high five assists, second straight game to lead the team in that category.
• Trey Lyles had 10 points and a season-high nine rebounds.

Box Score (click to enlarge):

Georgetown College Thumps IU Southeast

Georgetown College 100
IU Southeast 76

Final from Georgetown, Kentucky

Game recap by GC:

Deondre McWhorter did more than rattle the rim a few times in Tuesday's big win over Indiana University Southeast. The junior led five Tigers (6-2) in double figures with 23 points - nearly a fourth of the total points GC scored - 10 coming from authoritative dunks. He also had 12 rebounds for a double-double for Georgetown College men's basketball team in a 100-76 win over IUSE.

The Grenadiers (3-3) had streaky shooting in the first half that led to a brief advantage at the break. They hit 50 percent in the first half including five threes and held a 39-38 edge at half.

"We came out in the final 20 minutes and played relentless defense that helped to turn the tide in our favor against a very good shooting IUSE team," said GC coach Chris Briggs. "I was very proud of our intensity and unselfishness that resulted in a very balanced attack."

Gerard Coleman tossed in 18 points. Noah Cottrill had 16. Tony Kimbro finished with 11 and Levan Shengelia and Corey Washburn each had 10.

The Tigers finished hitting 52.1 percent from the field and 40 percent from deep.

Georgetown returns to action 4 pm Friday hosting the 21st Annual Jim Reid Classic against Carlow University. Fellow Mid-South Conference foe Life University will be playing Southern University at New Orleans in the opener at 2 pm. All four teams return for games Saturday. Georgetown will play SUNO at 4 pm and Life battles Carlow.

Western Kentucky Falls to Stony Brook in NIT Season Tip-Off

Stony Brook 71
Western Kentucky 61

Final from Stony Brook, New York

Game recap by WKU:

STONY BROOK, N.Y. (AP) - T.J. Price scored 19 points for the Hilltoppers, but WKU fell to Stony Brook 71-61 in the NIT Season Tip-Off.

George Fant scored 12 points for WKU, and Aleksej Rostov added 11 points off the bench.

Carson Puriefoy scored 21 points for Stony Brook, including the go-ahead bucket late in the second half.

Puriefoy tied the game at 57-all on a free throw with 4:20 to go, then sank the go-ahead layup to spark a 14-4 run to the final buzzer. Stony Brook (3-2) cemented the win with 9-for-10 shooting from the free throw line over the last 90 seconds.

WKU (1-3) rallied in the second half to briefly retake the lead on a Price 3-pointer that made it 57-56 with 4:41 to go.

The Hilltoppers shot 39% from the field, including 38% from behind the arc.

Tuesday, November 25, 2014

Josh Hopkins of Cougar Town is the "Y" in the Kentucky Cheer at Rupp Arena

Josh Hopkins of Cougar Town was the "Y" in the traditional K-E-N-T-U-C-K-Y cheer tonight at Rupp Arena:

Eastern Kentucky Colonels Bump Into Dr. J at the Airport

The Eastern Kentucky men's basketball team bumped into NBA legend Julius "Dr. J" Erving yesterday.

Centre College Moves Up to No. 20 in Top 25 Rankings

Centre College (4-0) is up five spots to No. 20 in the Top 25 rankings this week.

Here's a look: men's Top 25, Week 1

Through games of Sunday, Nov. 23:

#School (1st votes)RecPtsPrev.
1Augustana (16)4-06113
2Amherst (4)3-05612
3UW-Whitewater (4)3-15581
4Washington U.4-05129
5Wooster (1)3-048910
6St. Thomas3-046113
8Illinois Wesleyan2-13864
11UW-Stevens Point2-13277
12Virginia Wesleyan3-031819
15Richard Stockton5-0254--
17Albertus Magnus2-12488
21Ohio Wesleyan3-0126--

Others receiving votes: St. Olaf 59; Williams 49; Bowdoin 48; St. Norbert 45; Babson 45; Christopher Newport 38; Claremont-Mudd-Scripps 28; Marietta 23; Chapman 22; Rhode Island College 20; Rutgers-Newark 20; Hampden-Sydney 14; Wheaton (Ill.) 9; Messiah 8; Catholic 7; Ohio Northern 7; Whitworth 7; Oglethorpe 6; Bates 6; Dubuque 6; Lynchburg 6; Stevenson 6; Eastern Connecticut 4; Franklin and Marshall 2; Whitman 2; Misericordia 1; Widener 1; Defiance 1; Rochester 1.


Road Trip: A Quick Stop at Purdue's Mackey Arena

I recently ventured north to watch Northern Kentucky's game at Wisconsin (more on Wisconsin soon).

On the way, I made a pit stop in West Lafayette to check out Purdue University's Mackey Arena.

First, a few facts:

Guy J. "Red" Mackey Arena

Address: 900 John R Wooden Dr, West Lafayette, IN 47907
Capacity: 14,240
Opened: December 2, 1967

On May 18, 2007, Purdue University officials announced plans for the most comprehensive and significant facility undertaking in the university's athletics history. The Mackey Complex project has brought a 40-plus-year-old campus landmark into the 21st century while preserving its rich history and tradition.

The scope of the project was significant, designed to have a positive effect on all Boilermaker student-athletes, specifically with improved and increased space for academic support, sports medicine and sports performance. A three-level structure has been built adjacent to Mackey and highlights include:

* A 13,300-square foot sports medicine facility, nearly three and a half times larger than the previous space in Mackey.
* A 12,990-square foot sports performance facility, more than three and a half times larger than the previous space in the adjacent Intercollegiate Athletic Facility.
* An oversized basketball practice facility with a full-size court and three breakout shooting areas.

The Mackey Complex project has significantly enhanced the overall fan experience at Purdue basketball games. The concourse width has nearly tripled, concession areas have increased four times (from 12 to 48 points of sale) and restroom space has increased threefold for women and by 35 percent for men. In addition, the lower seating sections on the west side have been modified to allow for premium seats. Accessible seating has increased more than seven times. Three club spaces have been created, one for all fans on the west side, a premium club to the east and a courtside club for courtside seat holders.

Other upgrades include new locker rooms and lounges, meeting rooms, offices, laundry facilities and equipment storage. A new ticket office has been created in Mackey that is approximately twice the size of the previous one in the Intercollegiate Athletic Facility.

The entire upper level of the Intercollegiate Athletic Facility was transformed into an academic center spanning more than 5,350 square feet, and the building was renamed the Drew and Britany Brees Student-Athlete Academic Center in April of 2012.

On Nov. 10, 2011, Mackey Arena was formally rededicated, with subsequent rededication games for the men's and women's basketball teams Nov. 11 and 13. Mackey Arena Purdue teams have won more than 80 percent of the games played in Mackey Arena, and the basketball programs have combined for nearly 900 wins in the last 44 years. Mackey Arena has been called home by 39 All-Americans and 167 All-Big Ten honorees over the years.

Originally named Purdue Arena, construction on the facility began in July of 1965. The $6 million project took just over two years to complete and was dedicated Dec. 2, 1967, with a ceremony that included recognizing 10 former Boilermaker All-Americans, led by John Wooden and Charles "Stretch" Murphy, and a speech by Indiana governor Roger Branigin.

The first game ever played in Purdue Arena saw the Boilermakers take on Wooden and his UCLA team in a classic contest. Purdue came up just short, falling to the Bruins 73-71 in front of a standing room-only crowd of more than 14,400.

In March 1972, Purdue Arena was renamed in honor of Guy "Red" Mackey, who served the athletics department for 46 years, including 29 years as athletics director, before passing away in 1971. On Dec. 12, 1997, the floor of Mackey Arena was named "Keady Court" in honor of legendary men's basketball coach Gene Keady.

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My Thoughts: I have to admit, I was immediately impressed when I walked into Mackey Arena. The upgrades were successful as it has the feel of a new arena.

I wasn't able to get on the court because coach Matt Painter was conducting practice, but I did manage to "sneak" in and snap a few pics.

I walked away with a solid impression of the Purdue basketball facilities. The arena has an old school layout with a new school feel.

Of course, it was interesting for this pure basketball fan to see the various tributes to legendary Purdue head coach Gene Keady.

Here are a few more pictures:

Campbellsville's Eric Gaines Named Mid-South Conference Player of the Week

Campbellsville University's Eric Gaines has been named Mid-South Conference Player of the Week.

Gaines averaged 18.5 points and 9.0 rebounds per game last week in two wins against top 25 opponents.

Here is a release from the MSC:

COLUMBIA, Ky. -- Campbellsville (Ky.) senior Eric Gaines is the Mid-South Conference Men's Basketball Player of the Week, conference officials announced on Monday.

The weekly award is the first of the season for Gaines

Gaines averaged 18.5 points and nine rebounds per game while guiding the No. 19-ranked Tigers to a pair of top-25 wins during the week.

The Chicago forward recorded his first double-double of the season with 15 points and 12 rebounds in Campbellsville's 55-54 win over No. 25-ranked Cumberlands (Ky.) on Thursday. Gaines provided the highlight-reel moment in the game as he intercepted a pass at the top of the Cumberlands' key and drove to the basket for the game-winning dunk with 25 seconds left.

On Saturday, Gaines scored a season-high 22 points on 11-of-14 shooting and pulled down six rebounds in the Tigers' 99-78 win over No. 2-ranked Pikeville (Ky.). The win is Campbellsville's fifth in six tries over a ranked foe this season.

Gaines ended the week shooting an incredible 72 percent (18-of-25) from the field. He added 1.5 assists, 1.5 blocks and 1.5 steals per outing during the week.

Gaines is averaging 10 points per game this season. He ranks fourth in the Mid-South averaging 7.9 rebounds per outing.

Campbellsville improves to 8-1 overall and sits atop the Mid-South standings at 3-0 following last week's wins.

The next MSC Men's Basketball Player of the Week will be announced on Monday, Dec. 1.

UT Arlington Had an Early Wakeup Call Due to a Fire at Hyatt Regency Hotel

The UT Arlington men's basketball team had to be evacuated from the team hotel this morning due to a fire.

According to, a dryer in the laundry room of the Hyatt Regency caught fire early this morning forcing the evacuation.

Murray State Can't Keep Up with Xavier

Xavier 89
Murray State 62

Final from Cincinnati, Ohio

Game recap by MSU:

The Murray State Racers came away with an 89-62 loss Monday to the Xavier Musketeers at the Cintas Center in Cincinnati, Ohio.

Cameron Payne led the Racers with 23 points to go with seven rebounds and four assists, while Jarvis Williams added 14 points and Tyler Rambo 11.

After falling behind early 11-0, the Racers got their first basket from T.J. Sapp at the 16:39 mark.

The Racers made a move and cut the Musketeers' lead to 10 when Payne scored in the half-court and then made a three-point play when he was fouled on a fast break. MSU trailed 26-16 with 10:17 to go before half.

MSU faced a 52-32 deficit at the half after Payne was fouled on a drive with 1.8 seconds left and made a pair from the line.

Payne and Williams each hit a basket to start the second half to get the Racers to 52-36, but MSU could not get any closer.

The Racers fell to 2-2, while Xavier improved to 4-0

The Racers now get ready for their appearance in the Challenge In Music City this weekend in Nashville. This first-time event at the site of the Ohio Valley Conference Tournament, Municipal Auditorium, gives the Racers three games in three days. MSU faces the Portland Pilots Friday and the Valparaiso Crusaders Saturday, each with a 7:30 p.m. tip. Sunday's game tips at 3:30 p.m. when the Racers face the Drake Bulldogs. The weekend features six games with each team competing in a round-robin format.

Centre College Cruises Past Hanover on the Road

Centre College 69
Hanover College 59

Final from Hanover, Indiana

Game recap by CC:

The Centre men's basketball team moved to 4-0 on the season with a 69-59 road win at Hanover on Monday in Hanover, Ind.

Matt Gump (Bellefontaine, Ohio) led the Colonels with 18 points while Blake Scinta (Louisville, Ky.) added 16 and Andrew Steggeman (New Albany, Ind.) chipped in 13. Kyle James led Hanover with 18 points. For Centre, it was the fourth straight win and third in a row over a Heartland Collegiate Athletic Conference opponent on the young season.

It was a game in which Centre led most of the way, but Hanover never went away. The Panthers held the lead for just a short stretch in the opening moments when they followed a game-opening Gump 3-pointer with a 9-0 run.

Faced with an early deficit, Centre responded with a 16-3 run over a six minute stretch to go up 19-12, and the Colonels would lead the rest of the way. Centre went on to build the lead to as many as 11 points after a Steggeman 3-pointer and a pair of Mike Geegan (Bowling Green, Ky.) free throws made the score 30-19 at the 3:57 mark.

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Brescia University Sweeps at Connor Classic, Manhandles Boyce College

Brescia University is riding a five-game winning streak after sweeping both games at the Connor Classic at Thomas More College and hammering Boyce College.

Brescia University 79 Rust College 76 (Connor Classic)

The Brescia Bearcats Men's Basketball team earned two hard-fought victories this weekend at the Connor Classic, hosted by Thomas More College in Crestview Hills, Kentucky.

On Friday night, Brescia kicked off the Connor Classic against Rust College. Coming off an exhibition game at Murray State only seventeen hours earlier, BU struggled out of the gate in a battle of the Bearcats (Rust shares the same mascot) and trailed by nine, 42-31, at the half. It was more of the same for the next 12 minutes or so, as Brescia found themselves staring at the wrong end of a 21-point deficit, trailing 72-51 with 7:53 remaining in the game before a jumper from Kyle Wilgus provided the spark that would ignite a rally.

From that point on, Brescia outscored Rust 28-4 to finish the game. Kyle Nixon nailed a 3-pointer with 4:46 remaining to bring the Bearcats to within 9 points of Rust and the defense continued to tighten the screws. Nixon caught fire, making three more 3-point shots over the next four minutes, with the last giving Brescia the lead for good, 77-76, with 32 seconds remaining in the game. After a series of tough defensive plays by the entire squad, Jordan Cooper-Livers iced the victory with two clutch free throws with one second remaining on the clock. The Bearcats had great balance offensively, getting 19 points from Kyle Nixon, 18 from Jordan Cooper-Livers, 12 from Austin Morris (to go along with 11 boards), and 8 apiece for Kyle Wilgus and Trey Howard.

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Brescia University 69 Thomas More College 66 (Connor Classic)

The Brescia Bearcats Men's Basketball team earned two hard-fought victories this weekend at the Connor Classic, hosted by Thomas More College in Crestview Hills, Kentucky.

On Friday night, Brescia kicked off the Connor Classic against Rust College. Coming off an exhibition game at Murray State only seventeen hours earlier, BU struggled out of the gate in a battle of the Bearcats (Rust shares the same mascot) and trailed by nine, 42-31, at the half. It was more of the same for the next 12 minutes or so, as Brescia found themselves staring at the wrong end of a 21-point deficit, trailing 72-51 with 7:53 remaining in the game before a jumper from Kyle Wilgus provided the spark that would ignite a rally.

From that point on, Brescia outscored Rust 28-4 to finish the game. Kyle Nixon nailed a 3-pointer with 4:46 remaining to bring the Bearcats to within 9 points of Rust and the defense continued to tighten the screws. Nixon caught fire, making three more 3-point shots over the next four minutes, with the last giving Brescia the lead for good, 77-76, with 32 seconds remaining in the game. After a series of tough defensive plays by the entire squad, Jordan Cooper-Livers iced the victory with two clutch free throws with one second remaining on the clock. The Bearcats had great balance offensively, getting 19 points from Kyle Nixon, 18 from Jordan Cooper-Livers, 12 from Austin Morris (to go along with 11 boards), and 8 apiece for Kyle Wilgus and Trey Howard.

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Brescia University 92 Boyce College 64

Three Wildcats and One Cardinal on Watch List for Oscar Robertson Trophy

Three Kentucky players and a Louisville Cardinal are on the watch list for the 2015 Oscar Robertson Trophy, which is given annually by the USBWA to college basketball's top player.

Aaron Harrison, Andrew Harrison and Karl Towns are Kentucky players on the list. They are joined by Louisville's Montrezl Harrell.

Oscar Robertson Trophy Watch List

 Ron Baker, Wichita State
Branden Dawson, Michigan State
Sam Dekker, Wisconsin
Jerian Grant, Notre Dame
Montrezl Harrell, Louisville
Aaron Harrison, Kentucky
Andrew Harrison, Kentucky
Stanley Johnson, Arizona
Frank Kaminsky, Wisconsin
Caris LeVert, Michigan
Jordan Mickey, LSU
Larry Nance Jr., Wyoming
Georges Niang, Iowa State
Jahlil Okafor, Duke
Marcus Paige, North Carolina
Kevin Pangos, Gonzaga
Terran Petteway, Nebraska
Bobby Portis, Arkansas
Angel Rodriquez, Miami
Juwan Staten, West Virginia
Karl-Anthony Towns, Kentucky
Fred VanVleet, Wichita State
Justise Winslow, Duke
Delon Wright, Utah

Tennessee Assistant Coach Adam Howard Resigns, Beau Braden Promoted

University of Tennessee assistant coach Adam Howard has left Donnie Tyndall's staff due to personal reasons.

Howard, a former Western Kentucky University player, has been on Tyndall's staffs at Morehead State, Southern Miss and Tennessee.

Video Coordinator Beau Braden, a former Morehead State assistant, has been promoted to assistant coach at Tennessee.

Howard is the second Tennessee staffer to resign in the last week. reported this morning that R.J. Rush, the special assistant to the coach, resigned November 10 due to family reasons.

Here is an excerpt:

The News Sentinel also learned Monday that R.J. Rush, the special assistant to the head coach, is no longer on Tyndall's staff. He submitted his resignation citing "family reasons" on Nov. 10, Satkowiak said. Rush's departure, which came four days before UT lost its season opener to VCU in the Veterans Classic in Annapolis, Md., was not previously announced by UT.

Neither Howard nor Tyndall returned phone calls from the News Sentinel on Monday. Rush could not be contacted.

The staff defections come during a turbulent time for Tyndall and UT.

On Nov. 6, Southern Miss, the program Tyndall coached from April 2012-14, announced it is cooperating with the NCAA's review of potential violations in its men's basketball program. Multiple media outlets have reported the alleged violations stem from how non-scholarship athletes paid for tuition and living expenses, along with potential academic improprieties. Members of the NCAA enforcement staff reportedly interviewed Tyndall in Knoxville last week.

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Rick Pitino on Savannah State: "We played four white guys and an Egyptian"

Rick Pitino said after last night's blowout win over Savannah State that he doesn't like to see other teams struggle.

"I tried everything," Pitino told the media. "We played four white guys and an Egyptian. I mean, we tried everything."

Here are Pitino's postgame comments (via TheCrunchZone on YouTube):

No. 6 Louisville Holds Savannah State Scoreless for 16 Minutes On Way to Lopsided Win

(6) Louisville 87
Savannah State 26

Final from Louisville, Kentucky

Game recap by UL:

LOUISVILLE, Ky. (AP) - Montrezl Harrell had 15 points and nine rebounds, and No. 6 Louisville jumped to a 29-0 lead over the first 15:58 against Savannah State en route to an 87-26 victory Monday night.

"I thought our zone-man was very good, and the other team just had one of those nights where they could not hit a shot," Pitino said after the Cardinals (4-0) held Savannah State (2-3) to 19.6 percent shooting (10 of 51) and forced 26 turnovers for 22 points.

"They are not as bad as they played tonight. It was just one of those unfortunate things for them."

The Cardinals had a lot to do with that misfortune, and for a while they seemed headed toward to pitching the NCAA's first shutout in a half since Duke led North Carolina 7-0 at halftime on Feb. 24, 1979, according to STATS. But Saadiq Muhammad's free throw with 4:02 remaining before halftime provided the Tigers' first point and Khalen Pinkett's jumper with 1:23 left ended their 0-for-23 shooting drought.

Savannah State trailed 41-7 at the break behind 2-of-26 shooting (7.7 percent) as Louisville allowed its fewest points in a half since 1972-73, the farthest back the school could check statistics. San Francisco (December 2010) and Cincinnati (March 1981) each scored 11 points.

"We thought we were going to keep them down to zero for the first half, but we didn't," said Cardinals forward Wayne Blackshear, who scored 13 points. "We always talk about it in the game. We always say. `Don't let them score here or something.' "

The Tigers' total still was the fewest by a Cardinals opponent since a 20-13 win over Georgetown College on Feb. 4, 1947.

Terry Rozier had 11 and Chinanu Onuaku 10 with nine rebounds for the Cardinals.

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Monday, November 24, 2014

John Calipari Checking Out 2016 Star Harry Giles Tonight

Kentucky head coach John Calipari is on the recruiting trail tonight. Calipari is watching 2016 power forward Harry Giles:

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