Saturday, February 27, 2010

Forde, Goodman Discuss UK's Loss to Tennessee

ESPN's Pat Forde and's Jeff Goodman have some thoughts on Kentucky's loss to Tennessee.

Forde says: 'Big Game Bruce' Strikes Again

Here is an excerpt:

After the Vols lost a 19-point lead against Kentucky, then regrouped to close the game on a 9-0 run for a 74-65 victory, Pearl is now 17-12 against ranked opponents. Six of those wins have come against teams ranked sixth or higher: No. 6 Texas in 2005; No. 2 Florida in 2006; No. 5 Florida in 2007; No. 1 Memphis in 2008; and this year alone, Tennessee has beaten No. 1 Kansas and now the No. 2 Wildcats.

Those are some serious skins to put on the wall. Big Game Bruce challenged his team pregame to at least delay Kentucky's first Southeastern Conference title in five years.

"It's not going to be a great year if you don't beat Kentucky," Pearl said. "Now you've got a chance for it to be a great year."

Goodman states: Wildcats still far from invincible

Excerpt of article:

Everyone figured the more talented Kentucky team would pull out the win once it pulled even.

Instead, the Wildcats showed they are mortal.


Kentucky’s youth and inability to make shots from the perimeter — the Wildcats were 2-for-22 from beyond the arc — were exposed while Bruce Pearl’s outmanned team showed more desire and intensity.

They give skeptics reasons to wonder whether the Wildcats can run the table next month in the NCAA tournament.

You can talk about the short turnaround (Kentucky played a home game against South Carolina that didn’t end until 11:15 p.m. ET on Thursday night), but that wasn’t the issue.

Morehead State Holds on for Senior Night Win

Morehead State 73
UT-Martin 63

Game recap by Morehead State:

MOREHEAD, Ky.—Seniors Les Simmons and Maze Stallworth made sure their senior day was one to remember.

Simmons finished with 12 points and Stallworth had 11 to lead the Eagles to a 73-63 win over UT Martin in the regular season finale for both teams Saturday night at Johnson Arena. The two seniors, along with Brandon Shingles who did not play Saturday, were honored prior to the game.
“All three seniors have been very instrumental in building this team,” MSU coach Donnie Tyndall said.

The Eagles will be the No. 2 seed for next week’s Ohio Valley Conference Tournament. MSU will host seventh-seeded Jacksonville State at home Tuesday at 7:45 p.m. Eagle fans are encouraged to wear blue to the game.

Morehead State pulled away from a halftime tie, opening the second stanza with a 3-pointer by Stallworth. A 3-pointer by Ty Proffitt gave the Eagles their first double-digit lead and a lay-up by Terrance Hill extended that lead to 12.

The Skyhawks whittled away at the lead and got within four when Marquis Weddle sunk a triple with 6:55 left, but that was as close as it would get the rest of the way. The Eagles extended their lead with a series of acrobatic dunks to close out the half. The Eagles shot 55.2 percent in the second half, a significant improvement of the first half’s 33.3.

Faried had a team-high 15 points and shared MSU rebounding honors with Simmons as they both had seven. Hill added 12 points and Sam Goodman was the fifth Eagle in double figures with 10.

Demonte Harper had a season-high nine assists and Proffitt dished out four in Shingles’ absence. Faried equaled a career high with five blocks and Harper had four steals.

Sluggish first half shooting and early rebounding woes by Morehead State allowed UT Martin to take early control. Back and forth scoring kept it close, but back-to-back 3-pointers by Weddle and Reuben Clayton gave the Skyhawks a seven-point lead.

The Eagles responded with a 9-1 run to take a 24-23 lead on a 3-pointer by Steve Peterson, one of just two made triples by MSU, who shot 18.2 percent from long range in the first half. The teams traded baskets through the final 2:16 with each team sinking a pair of free throws at the end of the half to knot the score at 28 at the intermission.

“We were really sluggish,” Tyndall said. “This was a trap game after Murray. We talked in practice about how dangerous this team was.”

Weddle had a game-high 20 points and Clayton and Benzor Simmons each had 11 points. Ron Spencer tallied a game-high eight rebounds. The Skyhawks shot 44.9 percent for the game, refusing to allow Morehead State to run away with it.

Despite a negative 10 rebounding margin early in the game, MSU’s league-leading rebounding skills surfaced in the second half and the Eagle won the battle of the boards 34-33.

Campbellsville Wraps Up Mid-South Conference Title

Campbellsville 76
West Virginia Tech 55

Game recap by Campbellsville:

Last year's 10-19 season was one Campbellsville University head coach Keith Adkins wanted to put behind him as fast as he could. Saturday's win buried it in the past, as the seventh-ranked Tigers downed West Virginia Tech, 76-55, and wrapped up sole possession of their first regular season Mid-South Conference men's basketball title.

"To get turned around that quickly is important for your program. A couple of bad seasons in a row can affect numerous things from recruiting, scheduling and eventually ratings," Adkins said. "It says a lot for the hard work these players have put in."

Campbellsville flipped its 2-10 Mid-South record on its head to finish 12-2 in conference action -- a Tiger record for Mid-South wins.

Adkins said he challenged his players earlier this year to take control and responsibility of the season.

"'Good Lord willing, I'm going to have a lot more basketball seasons. This is on you. It's up to you to take the initiative and work hard and have lofty goals. You have to run with it,'" Adkins said he told his players earlier this year.

"Because of them, we've done this. Some of them have never won a championship before. To look at those faces, those guys who have never won a championship, I'm real happy for those guys."

The Tigers controlled most of the game, giving up its lead only twice. Both Tech leads came midway through the first half and were short lived.

Darryl Slack hit a 3-pointer to give the Golden Bears their last lead, 18-17, with 12:11 remaining in the opening half. Leon Hart quickly regained control for the Tigers, as CU went on to build an eight-point halftime lead, 39-31.

Six 3-pointers led the first-half charge, including one from Tribune, Kan., native Brett Crittenden with 1:19 left in the opening period. He went on to finish with a game-high and season-high 18 points.

"Brett's really been playing well. He went through January and early February with his shoulder really bothering him. He was always grimacing and playing through pain with as shoulder injury but never complained about it or said a word to me. Our training staff, and head trainer Derek Port, did a great job working with him. He's healthy now, and you can see his confidence today," Adkins said.

Hart opened the second half with his only other basket of the game, giving CU its first 10-point lead, 41-31.

Tech worked the lead down to three, 41-38, with 17:28 left to play, but the Tigers scored eight straight to gain distance. A fast break steal and dunk by Caleb Harris pushed the lead out to 15 for the Tigers, 56-41, with 14:28 left.

Harris finished with 15 points off the bench to join Crittenden's 18. All together, CU had 42 points from its bench.

"Incredible," Adkins said. "That's hard to overcome for a lot of teams. At the small college level you see a tremendous drop off when you look at six through 10 coming off the bench."

Another impressive number was the Tigers' 52 percent shooting from 3-point range (12-of-23). It was the second straight game Campbellsville has been 50 percent or better beyond the arc, moving CU into the Top 10 for the stat in the NAIA at 38.4 percent.

"That says a lot," Adkins said. "We know we're going to get open 3's. That's why we can't afford to take bad ones."

Senior center Nestor Colmenares closed his final regular season with his ninth double-double, 12 points and 11 rebounds, to go along with five assists, three blocks and two steals.

Nicholas Slack led Tech with 15 points, followed by Slack with 13 and 11 from Robby Marshall.

CU (24-6, 12-2 MSC) will face the University of Rio Grande in the first round of the Mid-South Conference Tournament at 10 a.m. Friday at the Frankfort Civic Center.

Northern Kentucky Wins at GLVC Tournament

Northern Kentucky 62
Missouri S&T 53

GLVC Tournament First Round

Game recap by NKU:

RENSSELAER, Ind. – David Palmer scored 18 points and grabbed 10 rebounds Saturday afternoon to lead Northern Kentucky University to a 62-53 win against Missouri S&T in the opening round of the Great Lakes Valley Conference Tournament.

Palmer also blocked three shots for NKU, which improved to 16-12 overall. The Norse won despite shooting just 37.7 percent from the field and advanced to meet Saint Joseph’s (17-10) at 1 p.m. Sunday. The winner of Sunday's game earns a trip to the GLVC Tournament semifinals next weekend at Springfield, Ill.

The 6-foot-9 Palmer, who was named to the All-GLVC first team on Friday, now has eight double-doubles this season. NKU, the defending GLVC Tournament champion, extended its winning streak to three with the victory.

Ethan Faulkner and Scott Bibbins each scored nine points for NKU, while teammate Tony Rack added eight points. The Norse finished with 19 assists on their 20 field goals, with Bibbins, Faulkner and Dennis Gagai each dishing out five assists.

NKU built a 12-point lead in the first half, but Missouri S&T (7-21) used a 14-5 run to cut the Norse advantage to 37-34 at the break. NKU built a 44-34 lead early in the second half on a 3-pointer by Corey Sorrell, but Missouri S&T responded with a 6-0 run to make it a four-point game (44-40) with 11:06 left.

Palmer drew a foul and converted a pair of free throws to extend NKU’s lead to 46-40. Sorrell later made one of two free throws, and Rack then buried a 3-pointer to give the Norse a 50-40 advantage.

NKU remained perfect (6-0) in the all-time series with Missouri S&T. Earlier this season, NKU posted a 72-54 win against the Miners in Highland Heights, Ky.

Centre Will Play for SCAC Championship

Centre 62
Trinity 44

SCAC Tournament Semifinals

Game recap by Centre College:

Although the Centre men's basketball team struggled early in the season, the team developed quickly over the season and on Saturday, Feb. 27 they advanced to the SCAC Championship game after beating Trinity University 62-44 in Jackson, Miss. in the first quarterfinal game of the day.

The game started out slow as neither team would score until the 16:27 mark, when Michael Tobolowsky scored a three point basket for Trinity. Trinity would convert on another three point basket on their ensuing possession to go up 6-0.

Freshman Bryon Ellis (Russell Springs, Ky.) finally got the Colonels on the board with 14:55 remaining in the first half as he hit a three point basket to cut the Tigers lead in half. Freshman Josh Crawford (Corbin, Ky.) then hit two free throws for Centre to make the score 6-5.

Trinity would build their lead back up to five before the Colonels could tie the game at 12-12 with 8:11 to go in the first half. Crawford connected on a jumper to tie the game at 12 a piece.

Junior Alex Lloyd (Versailles, Ky.) gave Centre their first lead of the game at
13-12 when he hit one of two free throws with 7:31 on the clock.

The Colonels would go into halftime with the largest lead of the game for either team as Freshman Matt Griggs (Cincinnati, Ohio) hit a three pointer to make the score 23-16.

Centre shot 28% from the floor and 75% from the free throw line during the first half. The Tigers shot 30% from the floor and they didn't have any free throw attempts during the first half.

Early in the second half Centre built their lead up to 17 points, before Trinity could make a comeback. The Tiger were able to cut the lead down to 13 points with 12:42 remaining in the game.

Sophomore Jeff Mullaney (Louisville, Ky.) would build the Centre lead up to 18 points after he hit a jumper and a three point basket to put the score at 40-22.

The Tigers were unable to make another run and the Colonels would build their lead up to as many as 20 points before going on to win the game 62-44.

The Colonels finished the game shooting 40% from the floor and 67% from the free throw line. Trinity shot 31% from the floor and 80% from the free throw line.

Mullaney led the Colonels in scoring and assists with 12 points and five assists. Three other Centre players had double digits in points, as Ellis, Crawford, and senior Danny Noll (Ft. Mitchell, Ky.) each had 10 points. Lloyd was the leading rebounder for Centre as he pulled in 12 boards.

Luke Caldarera was the leading scorer and rebounder for Trinity as he had 14 points and 10 rebounds on the afternoon.

Centre will return to action on Sunday, Feb. 28 as they play DePauw University in the 2010 SCAC Championship game at 1:00 p.m. in Jackson, Miss. Millsaps College has been the host for the 2010 SCAC Basketball Tournament.

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Tennessee Sends No. 2 Kentucky Home With a Loss

Image: Joe Robbins/Getty Images

Kentucky falls 74-65 at Tennessee

Complete Recap

Friday's Kentucky High School Basketball Scores

Here's a quick summary of District championship games that were played last night in the Commonwealth:

1st District: Fulton County 89 Fulton City 64
2nd District: Paducah Tilghman 85 Heath 70
6th District: Henderson County 62 Webster County 47
9th District: Owensboro Catholic 55 Apollo 45
10th District: Muhlenberg County 49 Ohio County 47
11th District: Breckinridge County 52 Hancock County 40
13th District: Russellville 53 Franklin-Simpson 44
15th District: Allen County-Scottsville 66 Monroe County 63
16th District: Russell County 64 Clinton County 61
22nd District: Butler 63 Iroquois 58
24th District: Bullitt East 57 Fairdale 55
26th District: Moore 73 Fern Creek 63
27th District: Ballard 72 Trinity 65
28th District: Jeffersontown 63 Eastern 55
29th District: South Oldham 73 North Oldham 56
30th District: Shelby County 59 Anderson County 46
32nd District: Simon Kenton 44 Walton-Verona 43
33rd District: Ryle 66 Boone County 51
34th District: St. Henry 69 Dixie Heights 52
35th District: Holmes 57 Covington Catholic 43
38th District: Pendleton County 55 Harrison County 49
40th District: George Rogers Clark 52 Montgomery County 40
42nd District: Scott County 66 Henry Clay 49
43rd District: Tates Creek 59 Lafayette 48
44th District: Madison Central 59 Madison Southern 45
45th District: Boyle County 67 Danville 47
46th District: West Jessamine 69 Mercer County 64
47th District: Pulaski County 82 Casey County 64
48th District: McCreary Central 57 Wayne County 35
49th District: Clay County 71 North Laurel 58
50th District: Corbin 58 South Laurel 57
51st District: Knox Central 77 Barbourville 63
52nd District: Harlan County 78 Bell County 73
54th District: Hazard 44 Perry County Central 41
57th District: Lawrence County 71 Sheldon Clark 53
58th District: Betsey Layne 49 Prestonsburg 43
61st District: Rowan County 68 Fleming County 38
62nd District: East Carter 56 Elliott County 44
64th District: Ashland Blazer 58 Fairview 57

Complete KHSAA Scoreboard

Asbury's Season Comes to End in KIAC Semifinals

IU Southeast 106
Asbury 85

KIAC Tournament Semifinals

Game recap by Asbury College:

Frankfort, Ky. - Asbury couldn't overcome a first half hole as their season ended on Friday night at the hands of Indiana Southeast 106-85 in the semi-finals of the KIAC Tournament. This is the third straight year IUS (24-4) has knocked Asbury (15-17) out of the tournament.

The Eagles couldn't hang with the Grenadiers early on as IUS jumped out to an 11 point lead in the first three minutes, it would never get any closer. Asbury shot the ball well 46% for the game but turned the ball over 25 times as IUS turned up the full court pressure all night long. The Grenadiers shot 54% from the floor and knocked down eight-of-15 threes in the first half.

Phillip Morrison (Louisville, Ky.) led the Eagles all night long with 32 points on seven-of-14 shooting. The junior guard hit five-of-eight threes and 13-of-14 from the foul line. For the game Asbury hit 31-of-37 free throws. Adam Delph (Louisville, Ky.) did most of his damage from the foul line as well as hit knocked down all 10 attempts and finished with 16 points.

Indiana Southeast pushed their 59-36 halftime lead to as much as 31 in the second half before Asbury would rally and cut it down to 14. The Eagles were helped out as IUS hit on only 3-of-11 three point shots in the second half and Asbury cut their turnovers from 15 in the first half to 10 in the second.

Asbury kept pace on the boards with each team pulling down 32. Senior Brian Johnson pulled down a team high eight in his final game in an Asbury uniform, he added 10 points. Fellow senior Don Witt added 10 points off the bench, as Cory Britt (five points) and Daniel Drury (one point) also ended their Asbury careers.

Phillip Morrison's season total of 663 points is the fifth highest total in school history and he heads into his senior year ninth on the all-time scoring list. Morrison has a chance of reaching the third spot on the list, he is 577 points behind Art McMahon for third. His career average of 17.9 points per game is fourth all-time. Morrison was named to the All-KIAC Team after his performance this season.

Asbury finishes below .500 for the first time in ten years. The 1999-2000 team was the last to finish below the mark with an 18-19 record. The very next year, 2000-2001 was the first team to finish with more wins than losses in school history. Next season Asbury will tip-off for their 20th season of basketball.

Friday, February 26, 2010

Centre Advances to Semifinals of SCAC Tournament

Centre 64
Millsaps 49

SCAC Tournament Quarterfinals

Game recap by Centre College:

The Centre College men's basketball team came back to beat Millsaps College 64-49 after being down by four points at halftime in the first game of the 2010 SCAC Tournament on Friday, Feb. 26 in Jackson, Miss.

The Colonels who are ranked number one in the SCAC Tournament in the Eastern Division had a rough first half against the number four ranked team, Millsaps College, of the Western Division.

Centre would take the largest lead of the first half with 10:45 to go as freshman Josh Crawford (Corbin, Ky.) hit a layup to make the score 16-11.

During the remainder of the first half the lead would go back and forth between the two teams.

Millsaps went into halftime with their biggest lead, which was four points, as they led 28-24.

In the first half there were four lead changes and the score was tied five times. Centre shot 42% from the floor and they did not have any shot attempts from the free throw line, while the Majors shot 36% from the floor and made both of their free throw attempts.

Senior Danny Noll (Ft. Mitchell, Ky.) tied the game up at 30 a piece after making a layup with 17:37 remaining in the game. The Colonels would build up a five point lead over Millsaps with 16:10 to go in the game, as junior Alex Lloyd (Versailles, Ky.) converted on a jumper.

The Majors then went on a five point run and tied the game up for the seventh time at 35-35.

During the next 2:50 the lead would go back and fourth. In that time Millsaps also took their last lead of the game.

Noll would give the Colonels the go ahead lead with 11:28 remaining in the game after making a layup to put the score at 42-40. Centre built up a seven point lead, but Millsaps fought back and cut the Colonel lead down to three points after LV Sumler converted on a jumper to make the score 54-49.

The Majors didn't get any closer and they would see their season come to an end as they lost 64-49 to Centre.

Centre shot 50% from the floor and 90% from the free throw line. Millsaps ended up shooting 33% from the floor and they were 100% from the free throw line as they hit all four of their shots.

Noll led the Colonels in scoring with 17 points, while sophomore Jeff Mullaney (Louisville, Ky.) grabbed seven rebounds. Crawford had six assists on the afternoon.

Sumler led Millsaps in scoring as he had a career high 16 points and he also had six rebounds.

Centre will continue play in the SCAC Tournament on Saturday, Feb. 27 as they take on Trinity in the first semifinal game. Tip-off is set for 2:00 p.m. in Jackson, Miss.

Kentucky Doesn't Play for SEC Championships

Kentucky head coach John Calipari talks with the media prior to leaving for Tennessee. He discusses the quick turnaround for tomorrow's game, changes to the NCAA Tournament and his feelings on conference championships.

John Calipari Visits Murray State Practice

Murray State held practice in the Craft Center at UK today and they were visited by Kentucky head coach John Calipari.

Calipari spoke to the Racers and then joked with Billy Kennedy that Morehead's victory over Murray State last night actually helped Kentucky's RPI.

Video of Calipari discussing his visit with MSU

Palmer, Stephens Makes GLVC First Team

Seven players from Kentucky schools have been named to the GLVC All-Conference teams.

Kentucky Wesleyan's Desmond Stephens and Northern Kentucky's David Palmer have been named to the First Team.

Jeremy Kendle from Bellarmine has made the Second Team.

Justin Benedetti and Braydon Hobbs of Bellarmine join Chris Williams and Andree' Wilson of Wesleyan on the Third Team.

The complete All-GLVC Teams follow:

GLVC PLAYER OF THE YEAR: Jamar Smith, Sr., Southern Indiana
GLVC COACH OF THE YEAR: Rodney Watson, Southern Indiana

First Team

Billy Baptist, Sr., Quincy
Aaron Hill, Sr., Rockhurst
David Palmer, Sr., Northern Kentucky
Jamar Smith, Sr., Southern Indiana
Desmond Stephens, Sr. , Kentucky Wesleyan

Second Team

Darius Adams, Jr., Indianapolis
Tyrone Bradshaw, Sr., Southern Indiana
Alex Hall, Fr., Drury
Jeremy Kendle, Jr., Bellarmine
Richard Oruche, Sr., Illinois-Springfield

Third Team

Justin Benedetti, Jr., Bellarmine

Justin Brock, Jr., Quincy
Chase Elliott, Jr., Drury
Andrew Helmer, Sr., Saint Joseph’s
Braydon Hobbs, So., Bellarmine
Jeron Lewis, Sr., Southern Indiana
Chris McClellan, So., Lewis
Jeremy Saffold, Fr., UW-Parkside
Chris Williams, Jr., Kentucky Wesleyan
Andree’ Wilson, Jr., Kentucky Wesleyan

Pikeville College Wins on Senior Night

Pikeville 94
Rio Grande 80

Game recap by Pikeville College:

PIKEVILLE, Ky. – Five seniors got a win in their last home game Thursday night for the Bears of Pikeville College as three players came off the bench to score in double figures in a 94-80 win over Rio Grande Thursday night.

Pikeville (21-7, 8-5 in the league) will go to No. 19 Cumberlands on Saturday for the regular-season finale, where they’ll battle for the three seed in next week’s Mid-South Conference tournament.

Rio Grande fell to 5-24 on the season, winless in 13 MSC games.

The Red Storm led 31-30 at the break but the Bears immediately gained control. They opened the half with a 24-8 run, and when senior Jonathan Clark scored on a layup with 9:40 to play, the lead was 54-39.

The Bears led by 18 twice down the stretch before settling for the 14-point win.

The Bears struggled from outside, hitting only 4-of-20 from the arc. But inside they blistered the nets for 28-of-46 shooting, hitting 60.9 percent.

Junior Justin Hicks came off the bench to toss in 20. Senior Jonathan Clark followed with 16 to go with six rebounds and six assists. Freshman Trevor Setty had 13 points and seven rebounds.

Junior Andre Thornton tossed in 11 while senior Anthony Smith finished with 10 points and a team-high eight rebounds as the Bears won that battle 41-35.

Rio Grande was led by senior P.J. Rase, who had 18 points on only eight field goal attempts, and five rebounds. Freshman Daniel Marti tossed in 12 for the Red Storm, while sophomore Shaun Gunnell flipped in 10.

While the Bears close out the regular-season at Cumberlands, Rio Grande heads home to play 10th-ranked Georgetown at 4 p.m.

Last Night's High School District Tourney Scores

The following District championships were played last night:

3rd District: Graves County 69 Ballard Memorial 54
4th District: Marshall County 59 Calloway County 46
5th District: Lyon County 80 Livingston Central 41
7th District: Madisonville-North Hopkins 56 Hopkins County Central 29
8th District: Christian County 53 Hopkinsville 38
12th District: Grayson County 40 Edmonson County 25
23rd District: Central 65 Shawnee 55
25th District: Male 75 DuPont Manual 65
39th District: Mason County 67 Bracken County 45
41st District: Franklin County 45 Woodford County 44
55th District: Wolfe County 51 Breathitt County 48
60th District: Belfry 67 Phelps 56
63rd District: Greenup County 45 Lewis County 44

There are a host of champions that will be determined tonight and tomorrow as we get ready for the KHSAA Sweet 16 in March.

A "Magical" Version of the John Wall Dance

Video from WildcatWorld's YouTube page

Big East Benches Two Officials Following Mistakes

The Big East Conference has informed two officials that they will not be working the conference tournament following several calls that went against Louisville in a loss to West Virginia.

Excerpt of article from

Louisville coach Rick Pitino said he spoke to Art Hyland, the league's coordinator of men's basketball officiating, and that Hyland decided on the discipline with no input from Pitino.

"I think the officials in the Big East, which is by far the toughest league to work, do a great job," Pitino told The Post. "But there have been a lot of errors this year that need to be addressed. I have no ax to grind with those three officials."

Les Jones, who is committed to working the ACC Tournament, was the third member of the crew that worked the Jan. 30 game in Morgantown.

Complete Article

Thomas More Advances to PAC Title Game

Thomas More 88
Beathany College 73

Presidents' Athletic Conference Tournament Semifinal

Game recap by TMC:

(CRESTVIEW HILLS, Ky.) - Senior power forward Daniel McKeehan (Maineville, Ohio/Little Miami) scored a game-high 24 points to lead the second-seeded Thomas More College men's basketball team to an 88-73 win over third-seeded Bethany College tonight (Thursday, February 25, 2010) in a Presidents' Athletic Conference (PAC) Championship Tournament semifinal game at the Connor Convocation Center in Crestview Hills, Kentucky.

With the win, the Saint improve to 21-6 overall and advance to the PAC Championship game, where they will play top-seeded Grove City College at 7:30 p.m. on Saturday (February 27) at the Grove City College Arena in Grove City, Pennsylvania. With the loss, the Bison fall to 18-8.

Bethany raced out to a 22-14 lead with 11:11 to play in the opening half when Dustin Opalka made a layup. The Saints responded with a 7-2 run to cut the lead to 24-21 when junior shooting guard Kurt Bovard (Villa Hills, Ky./Covington Catholic) made a three-pointer with 9:59 to play in the opening half. The Bison came right back with a 7-1 run capped by a three-pointer by Jonas Ankrom with 4:34 to play in the half to extend the lead to 31-22. Thomas More answered with a 12-5 run to cut the lead to 36-34 with 56-seconds to play in the first half when junior forward Eddie Brown (Hamilton, Ohio/Stephen T. Badin) made a layup. Bethany then closed out the half on a 3-0 run to extend the lead to 39-34 at halftime when Ankrom converted an old fashioned three-point play with 38-seconds to play in the half.

The Bison opened the second half on a 10-8 run to extend the lead to 49-42 when Opalka made a three-pointer with 14:37 to play in the game. The Saint responded with a 35-13 run to take a 77-62 lead when junior shooting guard Johnny Bovard (Cincinnati, Ohio/Elder) made a layup with 3:19 to play in the game. The Bison's Nick Wilcox then converted an old fashioned three-point play with 3:06 to play to cut the lead to 77-65, but Thomas More then put together a 7-1 run to take its biggest lead of the game at 84-66 when senior point guard Romell Salone (Cincinnati, Ohio/Walnut Hills) made two free-throws with 1:29 to play in the game. The lead was enough as the Saints went on to the 88-73 win.

McKeehan had three other Saints join him in double-figure scoring as Salone and Kurt Bovard each had 14 points and junior center Brian Muse (Bethel, Ohio/Bethel) finished with 10. McKeehan led the team on the boards with a game-high eight rebounds, while Brown led the team in assists with five and Salone and junior forward Aaron Miller (Lexington, Ky./Henry) both led the team in steals with three each.

Faried is a Warrior on the Court and a Gentle Giant Off

Matt Jones of KSR has written a nice article for about Morehead State's Kenneth Faried.

Here is an excerpt:

He grew up in Newark, N.J., a self-proclaimed "city kid" who made the decision to leave his hometown urban lifestyle and come to a town whose only hot spot is a relatively new Buffalo Wild Wings, which as one student said, "on good nights stays open till 1 a.m."

Faried plays the game with a warrior mentality, in a manner that his coach, Donnie Tyndall, describes as "old-school Dennis Rodman style." He has braided dreadlock hair, isn't afraid to throw an elbow to get position, and goes after every loose ball with reckless abandon.

After the game, however, he shows a more gentle side, by coming out to meet with fans, taking pictures with children and interacting with the community that he says, "has embraced me and made me feel loved from the day I stepped foot here." In fact, Faried showcased how important that connection is by apologizing to me as we met for our postgame interview and asked if he could put it off a few minutes so "I can get all these kids a picture if they want it."

Complete Article (good read)

Good stuff on the Morehead State big man, who literally plays the game of basketball the way it should be played.

U of L Recruit is Taking Over Chicago High School Basketball

Louisville 2011 recruit Wayne Blackshear, who has committed to the Cards, is becoming an unstoppable force in Chicago.

ESPN's Christopher Lawlor says "it's Wayne's world in Chicago."

Here is an excerpt of Lawlor's article:

Blackshear was a one-man wrecking crew in the semifinals, posting a double-double with 41 points and 19 rebounds in a 76-74 overtime win over Hyde Park.

"He's the best player in the state; I've seen how hard he works and what he means to our team," senior Leron Smith said.

Blackshear, who selected Louisville over a host of major programs in December, isn't the only future Division I player on the squad. In fact, Irvin figures at least "eight or nine players off this team will sign letters [with Division I schools]," he said.

Complete Article

College Basketball Road Trip Visits Morehead State

Matt Jones and the guys from are on a College Basketball Road Trip.

Last night, they visited Morehead for the Eagles' victory over Murray State.

Morehead State defeated the Racers 70-65 to end the nation's longest winning streak at 17 games.

Pictures: Kentucky vs. South Carolina

Dick Vitale, Brad Nessler and Joe B. Hall all wonder who the "Y' will be

It was the one and only Earvin "Magic" Johnson

Calipari discusses the quick turnaround the Cats face for the UT game

Darrin Horn talks about his admiration for Patrick Patterson

DeAndre Liggins answers questions for the media

Morehead State Sends a Message as March Looms

Morehead State 70
Murray State 65

Final from Morehead, Kentucky

Game recap by Morehead State:

MOREHEAD, Ky. – Morehead State’s Terrance Hill got an open look at a 3-pointer, and he made sure this one went in.

Hill’s triple from the left corner gave the Eagles a three-point lead with 39 seconds left and MSU held on to defeat Murray State 70-65 at Johnson Arena Thursday night. The win halted Murray State’s nation-leading 17-game winning streak. The Eagles extended their OVC home winning streak to 17 games.

The Eagles improved to 20-9 overall and 14-3 in the OVC, compiling back-to-back 20-win seasons for the first time in school history. The 14 wins also set a school standard for conference wins in a season.

Hill scored 13 points, hitting 4-of-7 treys. Kenneth Faried led the Eagles with 15 points and 11 rebounds for his 21st double-double this season and Peterson led all Eagle players with 16 points. Harper scored eight points and had a team-high eight assists. Ty Proffitt got the start at point guard and hit two key three-pointers while only making two turnovers in 27 minutes.

“Our kids played to the nitty gritty. It was obviously a great game," said Eagle coach Donnie Tyndall. "Our team is mentally and physically tough. We have a team of really mature guys.”

Racer guard Isaac Miles led all players with 18 points, while Danero Thomas scored 15. The Racers were just 5-of-21 from three-point range while the Eagles hit 10-of-15 long range shots.

"We have a tremendous amount of respect for Murray State. They are a very, very good team and have shown that they deserve the number one seed in next week's OVC Tournament," Tyndall said.

The Eagles also shot 53 percent for the game and 56 percent in the final half. The Racers held a one-rebound advantage, 29-28, just the second time this season that Morehead has won after being outrebounded.

“I thought the thing we did best in the second half was Demonte Harper driving the ball. He got Kenneth some open dunks,” Tyndall said.

The Eagles led 28-25 at the half, and Ivan Aska started the second half with a layup to bring the Racers to within one at 28-27, but the Eagles put together an 11-2 run to take control. Proffitt knocked down a three-pointer at 17:20 and the Eagles led 39-29.

MSU continued to hold a double digit advantage, holding its largest lead of 47-35 at 13:20 after a Demonte Harper three-pointer.

But the Racers would not go away quietly. With the Eagles on top 60-51, Murray State crept back into the game . Thomas sank a layup with 3:33 left to pull the Racers back to within two at 61-59 and then he grabbed an offensive rebound and got fouled with 3:11 left. Thomas hit only one of the two free throws to make it a one-point game, 61-60.

The Racers had three empty possessions on their next trio of trips down the floor as the Eagles denied the Racers the lead. Peterson hit a free throw with 1:54 remaining and missed the second. However, he came flying off the charity stripe to corral the long rebound. Harper got a close look at a layup with 1:20 left but missed and the Racers’ Miles grabbed the rebound. He hit two free throws to tie the game at 62-62 with 1:14 left.

With a little more than 45 seconds left, MSU had a throw-in from right in front of its bench. Hill tossed it in to Harper who then handed it back to Hill for the game-winning shot.

MSU only committed 14 turnovers in the game and had 15 assists despite playing without the services of OVC assists leader Brandon Shingles.

“The most important thing Ty did tonight was playing 27 minutes with only two turnovers,” said Tyndall. "I'm very proud of how our team came together and won tonight without Brandon Shingles."

The Eagles grabbed an early 9-5 lead with 13:26 left in the first half. Steve Peterson collected an offensive rebound and laid it back in the hole, and Les Simmons went high for a tip-in. Faried followed with a driving layup at 13:59.

The Racers re-gained the lead on an Isaac Miles three-pointer – his second of the game- with 11:17 left, but Terrance Hill answered with a corner pocket triple at 10:45 to give MSU the advantage again.

Isiah Canaan gave the visiting Racers a 20-17 lead on a three-pointer at 5:41 but Maze Stallworth answered the call with a long range trey from the top of the key to tie the game at 20-20 with 4:59 left in the opening half.

Hill buried another three-pointer off a Proffitt assist just 30 seconds later, and Peterson ended a fast break with a triple from the left side to give the Eagles a 26-20 advantage with just more than three minutes remaining.

The Eagles held the 28-25 lead at the half, shooting 50 percent in the first 20 minutes. MSU was 5-of-7 behind the three-point arc. The Racers only hit 3-of-12 treys but did shoot 43 percent. The Eagles became only the fifth team this season to lead Murray State at the half.

The Morehead State men will be back in action Saturday Feb. 27 as they host the UT Martin Skyhawks for the 2009-10 regular season finale. The game tips at 7:30 p.m. in Johnson Arena.

No. 7 Campbellsville Wins a Classic Over Cumberlands

(7) Campbellsville 83
(19) Cumberlands 80 F/2OT

Final from Campbellsville, Kentucky

Game recap by Campbellsville:

CAMPBELLSVILLE, Ky. -- Extra time made Campbellsville University's first-ever regular season Mid-South Conference championship that much sweeter Thursday as the seventh-ranked Tigers held off No. 19 University of the Cumberlands, 83-80, in double overtime.

The win guarantees at least a share of the MSC crown and the No. 1 seed in next week's conference tournament, as the Tigers hold a one-game lead over Georgetown College with one game remaining.

"It's heart, soul, guts, determination - all those words you can use to describe a good win or a great performance, throw them out there about this basketball team," CU head coach Keith Adkins said. "I knew it wouldn't be easy, and I don't think we made it easy for ourselves. We made some mistakes, but dadgum that's a good basketball team … You can't tell me there's 20 better teams in the country than the University of the Cumberlands."

Before the game, Adkins challenged his players to play every possession as if it were a championship game. His Tigers didn't let him down.

Down seven, 54-47, with eight minutes left in regulation, Kansas native Brett Crittenden hit a 3-pointer that sparked a 10-2 rally for CU. T.J. Bishop capped the run with a hanging 3-point jumper from the top of the key to give Campbellsville its first lead, 57-56, in more than 10 minutes.

Cumberlands quickly regained the lead, but Bowling Green, Ky., native Shawn Savage was there when the Tigers needed him, hitting a go-ahead 3-pointer, 62-60, with eight seconds left in regulation.

"I've always expected and demanded a lot of Shawn," Adkins said. "I've wanted Shawn to be special, not just ordinary, and that was a special shot. He hadn't played great but he found a way to get a big one for us."

Bishop picked up a foul on the other end that put Cumberlands' Nathaniel Mitchell at the line. He hit both to send the game into overtime.

The home team came out blazing in the first extra period, as Bishop canned a 3-pointer, followed by a basket and two free throws by Nestor Colmenares to reach 1,000 career points at CU. While Campbellsville jumped out to a 69-64 lead, Cumberlands worked it even, 69-69, with free throws from Mitchell and a 3-pointer by Chad Byron.

Another 3-pointer from Byron gave Cumberlands a 72-70 lead with 1:36 left in the period, but Colmenares knocked down two free throws to force a second overtime.

Campbellsville struggled to shoot 52 percent from the free throw line in regulation, but pulled together for 78.6 percent shooting (11-of-14) from the charity stripe in the two overtimes. Colmenares' 5-of-6 shooting in the first overtime is a good example, as he was 1-of-8 in regulation.

Both teams traded free throws for the first three minutes of the second overtime before Ja Vaughn Espritt pulled down a defensive board off a miss from Brandon Russ and turned it into two points for a 76-74 Tiger lead. The Patriots never pulled closer. Senior Jordan Benock hit a 3-pointer with 38 seconds left to put an exclamation mark on his Campbellsville home career, stretching the lead to five, 79-74.

"I'm happy for every player and coach that had a part in this, but I'm so happy for seniors Nestor Colmenares, Jordan Benock and T.J. Bishop to leave the Powell Athletic Center on this note. It's special," Adkins said.

Savage and Chicago native Caleb Harris hit free throws down the stretch to secure the win, as Harris hit his two freebies with 2.5 seconds remaining in the second overtime to give him 15 points for the game and CU a three-point lead, 83-80. Setting up on defense, he came up with a loose ball at the buzzer to seal the win.

Through the 50 minutes of play, nine players scored in double-figures, as Byron shot 3-of-4 from 3-point range and a perfect 6-of-6 from the free throw line to lead all scorers with 25 points. Travis Harvey had 14 for Cumberlands, while Mitchell and Russ each had 12.

Bishop and Colmenares each scored 14 for CU, while Crittenden and Benock each had 13.

Campbellsville (23-6, 11-2 MSC) looks to close out the regular season Saturday with sole possession of the Mid-South Conference championship as it travels to West Virginia Tech in Montgomery, W.Va., for a 4 p.m. game. Cumberlands (19-9, 8-5 MSC) travels to Pikeville on Saturday to battle for third-place in the Mid-South.

Thursday, February 25, 2010

Elisha Justice Invited to Midwest All Star Event

Shelby Valley star Elisha Justice has been selected to play in the Midwest High School All Star Classic in St. Louis, Missouri on March 27.

It will be played during the NCAA Sweet 16.

Head coach Jason Booher confirmed that Justice received an invitation and accepted.

Booher added that the majority of the kids in the event are signed NCAA Division 1 players and it looks to be very competitive.

Western Kentucky Travels to FAU for Key Game

WKU (17-12, 10-6 SBC) at Florida Atlantic (14-13, 10-6 SBC)

Thursday, February 25, 2010 • 6:00 PM CT
FAU Arena (5,000) • Boca Raton, Fla.

WKU begins its regular season-ending Florida road swing on Thursday evening at Florida Atlantic. The Hilltoppers are riding a season-best four-game winning streak and have notched five consecutive conference victories. Sporting a 7-1 record all-time against the Owls, Florida Atlantic and WKU are locked in neck-and-neck race in the East Division with four teams separated by only one game. Below are game notes for the contest (with a link to the full, downloadable version in PDF format).

WKU vs. Florida Atlantic Game Notes -- 02/25/10

EKU Gunning for First Round OVC Home Game

RICHMOND, Ky. – The Eastern Kentucky University men’s basketball team will look to earn its 15th home win of the season Thursday night against UT Martin. The game, presented by Yellowbook, will tip off in McBrayer Arena at 7:30 p.m.

With two games remaining in the regular season, Eastern (19-10, 10-6 OVC) is in a three-way battle with Austin Peay and Eastern Illinois for the final two host sites for next Tuesday’s OVC tournament quarterfinals. The Colonels can clinch a top-four seed for the upcoming OVC tournament with a win Thursday coupled with an Austin Peay win at Eastern Illinois.

UT Martin (4-23, 1-15) has lost four straight games since defeating Southeast Missouri on Feb. 9. The Skyhawks are 0-14 in road games this year following a 68-52 setback to Ball State on Feb. 20. Junior guard Marquis Weddle, who did not play in the first meeting against EKU, paces the team in scoring (16.2 ppg) while junior forward Benzor Simmons averages 13.3 ppg and a team-high 5.3 rpg.

The Colonels are 22-14 all-time against UT Martin and have won six straight meetings versus the Skyhawks in McBrayer Arena. EKU shot a season-best 64.3 percent (27-of-42) from the floor in the first meeting against UT Martin on Dec. 5, but also committed a season-high 21 turnovers.

Following the UT Martin game, Eastern Kentucky will celebrate Senior Day on Saturday against OVC regular season champ Murray State.

Source: Press Release by EKU

Remember Louisville Recruit Jeremy Tyler?

Jeremy Tyler is the raw 6-11 forward that was committed to the University of Louisville, but opted to quit high school and seek a professional deal overseas.

He ended up signing a $150,000 deal with Maccabi Haifa, but things have been all but pleasant for Tyler.

In 10 games, he has played only 7.6 mintues per game and averaged 2.1 points and 1.9 rebounds.

Recently, he left the team's bench during the middle of a game and watched from the stands. He was fined $5,000 and banned from practice.

Then, he sent this message on Twitter (which has since been deleted):


His agent denies that he is leaving Haifa.

Kentucky Wesleyan is Still No. 1 in Midwest Region

Kentucky Wesleyan for the fourth straight week remained No. 1 in the weekly NCAA Division II Midwest Region men's basketball rankings.

Following KWC were No. 2 Drury, No. 3 Grand Valley State, No. 4 Findlay, No. 5 Quincy, No. 6 Central State, No. 7 Bellarmine, No. 8 Saint Joseph's, No. 9 Rockhurst and No. 10 Lewis.

The Panthers (27-3) will play the winner of the Great Lakes Valley Conference Tournament first round game between Missouri-St. Louis (12-15) and Wisconsin-Parkside (9-18) at the Owensboro Sportscenter on Sunday, Feb. 28 at 2 p.m. CT.

The NCAA will announce the 64-team field (eight per region) on March 7.

Wednesday, February 24, 2010

Stallions Replace Fitzgerald with a Former Wildcat

The Bluegrass Stallions ABA club has replaced Luke Fitzgerald with former Kentucky Wildcat Souleymane "Jules" Camara.

Fizgerald opted to leave the Stallions in search of a pro career overseas.

Here is an excerpt from

The 6'11" center was a Wildcat from 1998-2003, but redshirted the 2000-2001 season because he broke the school's alcohol policy.

"Jules" used his tall and lanky figure to swat an average of 1.1 shots per game, while playing just 16.6 minutes per game throughout his career in Lexington.

With the addition of Camara, there are now six players on the Stallions' 12-man roster who played their college ball in Rupp Arena.

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High School District Tournament Updates

- Shelby Valley has won the 59th District with an easy 88-33 victory over East Ridge

- Top-ranked Trinity defeated Seneca 73-60 to advance to the championship game of the 27th District

- Jarrod Polson notched a triple-double for West Jessamine in a 92-68 victory over East Jessamine in the 46th District seminfinals; Polson had 24 points, 12 assists and 10 rebounds in the victory

- Lafayette shocked most everyone with a 62-56 upset of Lexington Catholic last night in the 43rd District semifinals

Legendary Kentucky State Coach Lucias T. Mitchell Dies

Frankfort, KY - Kentucky State University mourns the loss of Lucias T. Mitchell, KSU's winningest coach and leader of the 1970s championship Thorobred basketball teams, who died Feb. 23 in his sleep. Funeral arrangements still are pending.

Under Mitchell's guidance, KSU dominated the National Association of Intercollegiate Athletics. The Thorobreds won three straight NAIA titles 1970 to 1972, compiling records of 29-3, 31-2 and 28-5. Mitchell is one of only three coaches to ever lead his team to three straight national titles. For the next two years, his teams made it to the NAIA tournaments, but lost in the first round and semifinals, respectively.

He won national coach of the year awards in 1970 and 1971, had five players drafted in the NBA and was the first black coach elected as an officer of the National Association of Basketball Coaches. Mitchell's was the first NCAA Division II team to have back-to-back first round NBA draft picks - Elmore Smith, who signed with the Buffalo Braves in 1971, and Travis Grant, who signed with the Los Angeles Lakers. He also was selected in 1971 as one of four coaches to run the new Olympic Development Camp in Colorado Springs, Colo.

After he left KSU, Mitchell coached at Alabama State and Norfolk State universities. In his 15-year career, he accumulated 325 wins and 103 losses, a .759 winning percentage, making him the sixth winningest coach in NCAA Division II history.

As a result of his tremendous records, the university announced in October 2008 that it would name the basketball floor in the Exum Center for Mitchell and celebrated his achievements at the Central State football game and at the court's unveiling. He was inducted into the KSU Athletic Hall of Fame in 2002, and the KSU National Alumni Association also recognized Mitchell's efforts at the 2009 Homecoming Founder's Day Convocation by making him an honorary member of the association.

Source: Release by KSU

Union Destroys Milligan; Headed to AAC Semifinals

Union 89
Milligan 62

AAC Tournament Quarterfinals

Game recap by Union:

BARBOURVILLE, Ky. - The Bulldogs used a strong second half performance to pull away from Milligan College, 89-62, in Appalachian Athletic Conference Quarterfinal action Wednesday night.

With the win Union improves to 19-12 (11-5 AAC) and Milligan ends its season with a record of 10-21 (5-11 AAC).

The first half was a battle of wills as both teams dueled for control. Union started out strong, pulling out to an early 15-8 lead just six minutes into the contest, but Milligan was up to the early challenge, tying the game up at 17-17 with 11:46 remaining.

The rest of the first half was nip and tuck as it saw six lead changes and five ties. The Bulldogs regained its biggest lead of the first half of seven points at 26-19, but Milligan again battled back to take a three point lead at 38-35, with 1:35 to play.

On the ensuing possession a hard foul on junior James Johnson (Lexington, Ky.) sparked a scuffle that halted play for several minutes while the officials regained control of both teams.

From that point on Union took control of their emotions as well as the game. The Bulldogs closed out the first half by scoring the final four points to take the half time lead, 39-38.

The second half belonged to the Bulldogs as Union dominated, outscoring the Buffaloes 50-24. Union shot an astounding 21-of-37 (56.8 percent) from the floor in the second half and 60 percent (3-of-5) from behind the arc to pull away. Milligan's offense sputtered in its attempt to keep pace, converting on only 7-of-32 (21.9 percent) field goal attempts in the second half.

The Bulldogs were led on the evening by junior forward Ihsan Phillips (Philadelphia, Pa.) who netted a game high 16 points on 8-of-10 (80.0 percent) shooting from the floor and eight rebounds. Junior forward Josh Hurd (Independence, Ky.) tallied a double-double in the contest, scoring 12 points and 11 boards.

Union also received solid scoring contributions from senior guard Darrel Jackson (Jonesboro, Ark.) and junior forward James Johnson (Lexington, Ky.) as the pair scored 11 and 10 points, respectively.

Milligan was led by Kyle Donahue and Eric Trujillo as both players tallied 13 points in the contest.

Union returns to action Friday Night in Semifinal action of the AAC Tournament as they play host to Reinhardt College.

Tipoff is slated for 7:30 p.m.

Brescia Defeats Alice Lloyd in KIAC Quarterfinals

Brescia 87
Alice Lloyd 73

KIAC Tournament Quarterfinals

Game recap by Brescia University:

Andrew Howard scored 22 points and Anthony Ingram added 21 as Brescia University defeated Alice Lloyd 87-73 in the first round of the men's Kentucky Intercollegiate Athletic Conference Tournament on Tuesday night at the Campus Center.

The Bearcats advance to the KIAC semifinals, meeting Cincinnati Christian at 7 p.m. Friday at the Frankfort Convention Center.

Howard finished 7-of-13 from the field, including 4-of-5 from 3-point range, and Ingram made 8-of-13 shots, including a pair of 3-pointers.

Brescia led 34-30 at intermission and steadily pulled away over the final 20 minutes.

The Bearcats made 7-of-13 shots from 3-point land for 54 percent.

Bryce Garrett scored 15, Doug Denton 11 and Aaron Tandy 10 for the Bearcats.

Alice Lloyd, which shot 49 percent from the floor, was led by Van Ferguson's 21 points.

Alice Lloyd outrebounded Brescia 33-31, but was victimized by 24 floor errors.

The Bearcats turned the ball over just eight times.

Union College Places Three on All-AAC Teams

BARBOURVILLE, Ky. - Senior guard Curtis Stephens (Detroit, Mich.) was named to the first team all- Appalachian Athletic Conference team as the AAC announced its annual men's basketball all-conference honors today.

Curtis Stephens garnered the nomination after playing in only 15 games for The Bulldogs.

On the season, Stephens has amassed 255 points (17 points per game) while shooting 85 percent (68-for-80) from the free throw line, 44.5 percent (81-for-182) from the field and 44.6 percent (25-for-56) from behind the arc. He has also tallied 44 assists and 26 steals in his short time with the Bulldogs.

Pulling down the second team all-AAC nomination was senior guard Darrel Jackson (Jonesboro, Ark.). Jackson has started 27 games on the year and is the second leading scorer on the team at 15.2 points per game (425 total points). Jackson leads the team in assists with 92 (3.29 avg.) and has tallied 28 steals to this point in the season.

Jackson has shot 51.8 percent (157-for-303) from the field and 36.2 percent (21-for-58) from three-point land, while pulling down 100 rebounds (29 offensive, 71 defensive) for the Bulldogs. Jackson's 29 offensive rebounds are tops amongst the guards for the Bulldogs this season.

Collecting the third All-AAC honor was junior guard Nathan Beckley (Clarksville, Ind.) as he earned a place on the all-academic team. In order to be considered for the Appalachian Athletic Conference All-Academic team a player must hold at least a sophomore standing and have a GPA of 3.25 or higher.

Union (18-12, 11-5 AAC), winners in eight of its last nine contests, puts its four game winning streak on the line tonight when the Bulldogs play host to Milligan College in AAC Tournament Quarterfinal action. Tipoff is scheduled for 7:30 p.m.

Wildcats Going for Share of 44th SEC Title Tomorrow

The Kentucky Wildcats will be going for a share of their 44th Southeastern Conference regular season championship tomorrow night against South Carolina.

Mid-Majors are Opening Eyes in College Basketball

Tyler Lashbrook of writes today that mid-majors are taking college basketball by storm.

Two examples he uses in his article are the Murray State Racers and rebounding maching Kenneth Faried from Morehead State.

Here are some excerpts:

Murray State

Murray State is another team that nobody wants to have to face in the postseason. Murray State has six players who average over 9 ½ points a game – a balance that many major conference teams would love to have. The Racers are extremely efficient, shooting 2nd highest in the nation from the field at 50.8%. Murray State has won 17 games in a row, is 26-3 overall and is undefeated at 16-0 in conference play.

Kenneth Faried

Another player taking the country (and NBA scouts) by storm is the 6’8 225lb forward for Morehead State, Kenneth Faried. Faried averages 16 points and change a night but that’s not what has scouts raving. He leads the NCAA with a little over 13 rebounds a game – quite a hefty number for a guy in his frame. Faried has grabbed over 10 rebounds in 21 games and boasts 18 double-doubles. His athleticism and desire to get ever board will help his case in the 2010 NBA draft.

No. 11 Georgetown Hands Cardinals a Loss

(11) Georgetown 70
Louisville 60

Final from Louisville, Kentucky

Box Score Quotes Notes Box Score in PDF Format

Excerpt of game recap by Louisville:

LOUISVILLE, Ky. (AP)--Austin Freeman's second-half resurgence helped Georgetown find its second wind.

Freeman got 24 of his 29 points after halftime and the 11th-ranked Hoyas bounced back from consecutive losses with a 70-60 victory over Louisville on Tuesday night.

Georgetown (19-7, 9-6 Big East) trailed the entire first half but took control after that behind some sizzling shooting from Freeman and an extended scoring drought by the Cardinals (18-10, 9-6).

"If things didn't go well and fall in the first half, I just wanted to stay aggressive in the second half," Freeman said.

He did just that, scoring the first eight points of the second half-- including two 3-pointers, the second of which gave the Hoyas their first lead, 37-35.

The Cardinals tied the game at 37 on a driving layup by Edgar Sosa, who finished with 24 points and eight assists. However, that was the only field goal Louisville managed in more than 15 minutes--a drought that spanned back to a 3 by Reginald Delk more than 5 minutes before halftime.

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Prayers for Mason County Head Coach Chris O'Hearn

I just wanted to pass along that coach Chris O'Hearn and his family are in our thoughts and prayers as his mother passed away earlier tonight.

I would like to ask all my readers to extend a prayer to the O'Hearn family.

Howard Stern Punks ESPN SportsCenter

Wow, ESPN blew it on this one:

Tuesday, February 23, 2010

Transylvania's Season Ends Early with HCAC Loss

Manchester 64
Transylvania 57

Heartland Conference Tournament Quarterfinals

Game recap by Transy:

N. MANCHESTER, Ind. - Manchester held Transylvania to 30 percent shooting in the second half Tuesday and the Spartans knocked the Pioneers out of the Heartland Conference Tournament with a 64-57 win.

Transy finishes its season with a 14-12 after losing to the Spartans (17-9) in its regular season finale Saturday, setting up Tuesday's rematch. The Spartans travel to Anderson Friday to take on the top-seeded Ravens at 8 p.m. in HCAC tourney semifinal play while Defiance meets Hanover in the other half of the bracket.

Manchester defeated Transy three times this season.

Brandon Rash led Transy with 12 points, eight rebounds, and three assists, and Chris Owens added 10 points. Senior Tim Tierney capped his collegiate career with nine points and three assists and wound up with 1,083 points as a Pioneer. Another senior, Matthew Parton, was three of seven from three-point range and finished with nine points.

Mitch Schaefer's 20 points led Manchester, who led 33-29 at halftime and held off a late Pioneer charge from the free throw line. Jason Spindler had 12 rebounds for Manchester.

Transy finished the game hitting 20 of 57 from the field for 35 percent, but connected on just nine of 30 in the second half, including two of 13 from behind the three-point arc. Manchester shot 54 percent in the second half and finished at 46 percent for the game.

The Spartans were also 20 of 25 from the free throw line while the Pioneers attempted just 11 from the stripe, hitting eight. Manchester also had a 35-25 edge on the boads and outscored Transy by 10 points in the paint.

The HCAC tourney championship game is set for Saturday at 7 p.m. The Pioneers were looking for their second straight tourney title and the league's automatic bid to the NCAA Division III Championships. Transy had made the NCAA field in three of the last four years.

Thomas More Rolls Into PAC Seminfinals

Thomas More 81
Waynesburg 71

Presidents' Athletic Conference Quarterfinals

Game recap by TMC:

(CRESTVIEW HILLS, Ky.) - Sophomore center Colt Stafford (Groveport, Ohio/Bishop Hartley) scored 16 points and pulled down 10 rebounds to recorded his first career double-double and lead the second-seeded Thomas More College men's basketball team to an 84-71 win over seventh-seeded Waynesburg University tonight (Tuesday, February 23, 2010) in a Presidents' Athletic Conference (PAC) Championship Tournament quarterfinal round game at the Connor Convocation Center in Crestview Hills, Kentucky.

With the win, the Saints improve to 20-6 overall and advance to PAC Championship Tournament semifinals, where they will host third-seeded Bethany College at 7 p.m. on Thursday (February 25) at the Connor Convocation Center in Crestview Hills, Kentucky. With the loss, the Yellow Jackets end the season at 2-22 overall.

Waynesburg raced out to a 6-0 lead when Jeff Young made a layup with 17:46 to play in the opening half. Thomas More responded with a 33-15 run to take a 33-21 lead with 3:15 to play in the first half when freshman point guard Ryan Hamm (Maysville, Ky./Mason County) made a three-pointer. The Yellow Jackets then closed out the half on a 7-3 run to cut the Saints' lead to 36-28 at halftime.

The Saints opened the second half on a 30-18 run capped by two free-throws by junior forward Aaron Miller (Lexington, Ky./Henry Clay) to extend the lead to 66-46 with 10:13 to play in the game. Waynesburg responded with a 23-10 run to cut the lead to 76-69 with 1:49 to play in the game when James Allenby made two free-throws. That would be as close as the Yellow Jackets would come as Thomas More closed out the game on an 8-2 run capped by two free-throws by Hamm with 34-seconds to play in the game for the 84-71 victory.

Joining Stafford in double-figure scoring were Miller with a game-high 19 points, junior shooting guards Johnny Bovard (Cincinnati, Ohio/Elder) and Kurt Bovard (Villa Hills, Ky./Covington Catholic) with 13 and 12 points respectively. Miller led the team in steals with seven, while senior point guard Romell Salone (Cincinnati, Ohio/Walnut Hills) led the team with four assists.

TMC's McKeehan Named Academic All-America of the Year

(TOWNSON, Md.) - Thomas More College senior Daniel McKeehan (Maineville, Ohio/Little Miami) has been selected as the College Division ESPN The Magazine Academic All-America Men's Basketball Player of the Year by the College Sports Information Directors of America (CoSIDA).

The College Division is made up of 933 schools at the NCAA Division II, III and NAIA levels.

A double major in Economics and Business Finance, McKeehan has a perfect 4.00 grade point average. McKeehan, who is the first Saint in school history to win the award in any sport, has led Thomas More to a 19-6 record and a share of the Presidents' Athletic Conference (PAC) regular season title.

A starter in 23 of 25 games for the Saints, he leads the team in scoring with a 15.7 average. A power forward, he also has a team-leading .627 field goal percentage while averaging 4.8 rebounds per game. A solid all-around player, he is also the team leader with 55 assists and 55 steals.

McKeehan a second team All-PAC selection last season as Junior after transferring from Milligan College, scored a career-high 33 points this season against PAC rival Thiel College on January 16. His performance against Thiel earned him a spot on the

As a junior, McKeehan averaged 12.1 points and 4.6 rebounds per game while leading the Saints to their first-ever PAC championship and NCAA Division III Tournament appearance. A member of the Economic Club and the Thomas More Student-Athlete Advisory Committee, he was also selected to the Presidents' Athletic Conference Academic Honor Roll for the 2008-09 year.

McKeehan and the rest of the Saints (19-6) are the No. 2 seed in this week's PAC Championship Tournament and will No. 7 seed Waynesburg University on Tuesday (February 23) in a quarterfinal game at 8 p.m. at the Connor Convocation Center in Crestview Hills, Kentucky.

Delph Leads Asbury College to KIAC Semifinals

Asbury College 101
IU-East 95

First Round, KIAC Tournament

Final from Richmond, Indiana

Game recap by Asbury College:

Richmond, Ind. – The Asbury men scored 71 points in the second half en route to a 102-95 win over Indiana-East in the First Round of the KIAC Tournament. The Eagles advance to the semi-finals in Frankfort on Friday against the top seed Indiana-Southeast at 6:00 pm.

Asbury (15-16) had five players in double-figures led by Adam Delph (Louisville, Ky.). Delph scored 21 of his game-high 23 points in the second as the Eagles overcame a 34-31 halftime deficit. Delph nearly had a triple-double with eight rebounds a seven assists. The seven assists were a career high for the freshman guard.

Nearly every Eagle had a big game in one way or another, Cory Britt (Cynthiana, Ky.) kept the Eagles close in the first half with 12 of his 21. The junior guard knocked down four-of-seven threes and seven-of-11 from the floor. Overall the Eagles were an efficient seven-of-18 from beyond the arc and shot 55% for the game.

Brian Johnson was a beast on the boards for the Eagles, pulling down a career-high 16 to go along with 15 points. Brock Hurtle added 15 points and Phillip Morrison scored 19 to go along with a career-high seven assists. Morrison knocked down nine-of-11 from the foul line.

Despite the lack of size Asbury was only out-rebounded by one overall in the game, 41-40. The Red Wolves took 25 more shots than the Eagles but shot only 46%. IUE only made six-of-26 from downtown. Asbury’s 101 points are the most ever scored by the Eagles in a KIAC Tournament game. Their 71 second-half points are believed to be the most in any half in school history.

Asbury advances to the semi-finals where they will take on #1 seed and NAIA #5 Indiana Southeast on Friday February 26th at 6:00 pm at the Frankfort Civic Center.

Kentucky Wesleyan Moves to No. 4 in NCAA DII Rankings

Kentucky Wesleyan has moved up two spots to #4 in this week's NABC Division II basketball poll.

Bellarmine received votes but did not make the top 25 this week.

NABC Division II Coaches Poll

(As of 02/23/2010)

Rank School W-L Points Prev

1 Arkansas Tech (8) 25-0 200 1
2 Central Mo. 24-1 192 3
3 Augusta St. 24-2 184 5
4 Ky. Wesleyan 27-3 172 6
5 Minn. St. Mankato 23-2 168 7
6 Indiana (Pa.) 22-2 158 8
7 Midwestern St. 24-2 151 9
8 Valdosta St. 23-3 142 4
9 Seattle Pacific 20-3 133 11
10 Southern Ind. 23-3 124 2
11 Fla. Southern 22-3 120 12 12 West Liberty St. 22-1 119 14 13 Rollins 21-4 92 18 14 Bentley 22-4 89 10 15 Fort Hays St. 20-5 87 12 16 St. Cloud St. 21-4 78 20 17 Georgia College 20-4 66 23 18 Stonehill 22-4 62 22 19 Augustana (S.D.) 20-5 42 19 20 Clark Atlanta 21-4 37 NR 21 West Virginia St. 22-3 35 NR 22 Drury 22-5 32 NR 23 Mesa St. 20-4 30 15 24 Western Wash. 22-5 28 21 25 Kutztown 20-5 18 16

OTHERS RECEIVING VOTES: Central Oklahoma 11, East Stroudsburg (PA) 11, Metropolitan State (CO) 10, Mount Olive (NC) 4, Cal Poly Pomona 2, Bellarmine (KY) 1, Quincy (IL) 1, Tarleton State (TX) 1.

Presidents' Athletic Conference Tourney Opens Today

The 2010 PAC Basketball Championship Tournaments get underway on Tuesday night with seven first round contests. For the fourth consecutive year, the conference will provide a live video webcast of the championship games this Saturday (Feb. 27). In addition, video webcasts of both the men's and women's semifinal matchups this Thursday and Friday will be carried live on the internet, as well as four Tuesday first round games (two men, two women). The games are produced by campus stations at Bethany, Waynesburg and Westminster as well as cable access television at Thomas More, and all are hosted by TRZ Communications via Teamline. Here is the complete PAC video webcast schedule:

FIRST ROUND GAMES - Tuesday, February 23

#6 Westminster at #3 Bethany - 7 p.m.
#7 Waynesburg at #2 Thomas More - 8 p.m.

SEMIFINALS - Thursday, February 25

TBA at #1 Grove City - 7 p.m.
Middle seeds at TBA - 7 p.m.

CHAMPIONSHIPS - Saturday, February 27

7:30 p.m. (5 p.m. if at Thomas More)

Go here for live broadcasts

Murray State No. 4 in Mid-Major Top 25

The Murray State Racers are holding onto the No. 4 spot in the Mid-Major Top 25 poll this week.

Morehead State received votes but did not make the top 25.

Mid-Major Top 25:

1. Butler (29) 25-4 773 1
2. Northern Iowa (1) 24-3 735 3
3. Gonzaga (1) 22-5 676 2
4. Murray State 26-3 672 4
5. Cornell 23-4 650 5
6. St. Mary's 22-5 584 8
7. Siena 22-6 582 6
8. Old Dominion 21-8 529 7
9. Oakland 22-8 495 10
10. Wichita State 22-7 482 9
11. Coastal Carolina 24-5 378 18 12. Weber State 18-8 342 15 13. Northern Colorado 22-6 325 16 14. Northeastern 18-10 322 11 15. College of Charleston 19-9 316 21 16. Wofford 21-8 311 24 17. Akron 20-8 269 12 18. Sam Houston State 19-6 237 17 19. William & Mary 19-8 195 14 20. VCU 19-7 189 19 21. Morgan State 20-9 182 13 22. Kent State 20-8 126 25 23. Illinois State 20-8 118 NR 24. North Texas 19-8 109 NR 25. Iona 20-8 82 NR

OTHERS RECEIVING VOTES: Stony Brook 80, Portland 73, Wright State 51, Robert Morris 26, Western Carolina 24, Harvard 22, George Mason 21, Campbell 20, Green Bay 18, Vermont 14, Buffalo 12, IUPUI 10, Quinnipiac 7, Missouri State 6, Pacific 6, Morehead State 5, UC Santa Barbara 1.

University of Louisville Fraternity Does John Wall Dance for a Good Cause

UPDATE: These guys are trying to do something good for a good cause and I asked them to pose doing the John Wall Dance for a good cause. It was in light-hearted fun so that I could tie it into the site and get their cause out. Today, I was notified that the college student who contacted me is now receiving death threats and hate mail in his e-mail and on campus. It's good to have a friendly rivalry between U of L and UK but to stoop to that level is pathetic. I guess it only takes a few losers to ruin everyone's fun.
The brothers of the Sigma Phi Epsilon fraternity at the University of Louisville will be holding a "Hoops 4 Haiti" fundraiser in early March. I encourage anyone that can to help these guys out for a good cause.

As you can see above, the John Wall Dance has now infiltrated the Greek system at the University of Louisville.

Message from Sigma Phi Epsilon:

On March 6th and March 7th the brothers of Sigma Phi Epsilon, aka SigEp, at the University of Louisville will be hosting a Hoops 4 Haiti tournament to help raise money for the victims of the earthquake that hit and destroyed much of the country of Haiti. We would like to emulate as much success as we could follow in the steps of the UK men's basketball team and Hoops 4 Haiti. We will also be having miniature contest such as the three-point and free throw contest, food and bake sale, and a raffle. All proceeds from the tournament will be donated through the Salvation Army to Haiti. Other forms of donations such as can drive and clothing drive will be available.

The tournament is open to all UofL students and staff and will cost $40 a team, hosted in the Crawford Gym, but the event is open for anyone to come and view at the cost of $1 or a canned food. Our hope is to donate as much as we can to help these victims, and wish that anyone who is as far away as Murray, Kentucky or as close as Lexington, Kentucky can help.

Louisville Could Escape Bubble with Win Tonight

The Louisville Cardinals could take a giant step towards punching their NCAA Tournament ticket with a win over No. 10 Georgetown tonight in Freedom Hall. says a win over the Hoyas would take immense pressure off the Cardinals:

No. 10 Georgetown at Louisville,7, ESPN2

The Cardinals' three-game winning streak is just what it needed heading in a tough closing stretch, a schedule that includes: Tuesday vs. G'town, Feb. 28 at Connecticut, March 2 at Marquette and March 6 vs. Syracuse.

That is a tough way to finish a season if you're fighting for a spot in the field of 65. Beating the Hoyas would take immense pressure off Rick Pitino's Cardinals.

WKU's Slaughter Named Sun Belt Player of the Week

NEW ORLEANS - WKU's AJ Slaughter was named the Sun Belt Conference Men's Basketball Player of the Week after leading the Hilltoppers to two conference wins last week. The Player of the Week honor is the third such honor for the Hilltopper senior from Shelbyville, Ky.

Slaughter averaged 26.0 points and 5.0 rebounds in leading WKU to a pair of Sun Belt Conference wins this week over South Alabama and Arkansas State. He shot 47.1 percent from long range (8-of-17) and was nearly flawless at the charity stripe, connecting on 10-of-11 attempts for 90.9 percent.

On Senior Night, WKU hosted South Alabama, and Slaughter saved his best performance as a Hilltopper for last, pouring in a career-high 31 points to go with six assists and no turnovers in 29 minutes as WKU downed the Jaguars 99-69. The Sun Belt Conference Preseason Player of the Year responded with his fourth-straight 20-plus point performance at Arkansas State on Feb. 20, scoring a team-best 21 to lead WKU to a 78-76 overtime win at Arkansas State improving WKU to 10-6 in conference play.

Slaughter ranks second in the SBC in scoring, averaging 17.8 points per game, only 0.2 points per game behind Louisiana-Lafayette's Tyren Johnson.

KWC's Wilson Named GLVC Player of the Week

INDIANAPOLIS – Kentucky Wesleyan College senior center Andree’ Wilson (Spanish Town, Jamaica) is the Great Lakes Valley Conference Men’s Basketball Player of the Week. Wilson helped the Panthers extend their winning streak to nine games with victories at 2nd-ranked Southern Indiana and at Bellarmine last week.

In the win at USI on Monday, the Panthers snapped the Eagles’ 23-game winning streak behind Wilson’s double-double off the bench. He finished with 16 points and a game-high 11 rebounds. Wilson shot 75 percent from the floor (6-8), was a perfect 4-for-4 from the free throw line and added two steals.

Wilson returned on Saturday to turn in a team-high 17 points and a game-high seven rebounds in the Panthers’ 71-69 win at Bellarmine. He shot 85.7 percent from the field (6-7) and 83.3 percent from the free throw line (5-6) while chipping in three steals and an assist. In addition, Wilson nailed two free throws with 13 seconds to play to ice the victory.

On the week, Wilson averaged 16.5 points and 9.0 rebounds per game. He shot 80 percent from the field (12-15) and 90 percent from the free throw line (9-10). Wilson also tallied five steals in the two contests.

Wilson is averaging 10.9 points and 5.3 rebounds per game this season for the Panthers. He is also ranked fourth in the GLVC in field goal percentage as he converts 58.6 percent of his attempts.

Kentucky Wesleyan (27-3) finished the GLVC regular season with a 16-2 record. The Panthers have secured the top seed in the East Division and face the winner of the Missouri-St. Louis-UW-Parkside first-round contest in the quarterfinal round of the GLVC Tournament on Sunday.
Other top performers in the GLVC last week included Bellarmine’s Jeremy Kendle, Lewis’ Chris McClellan, Maryville’s Eric Gruenewald, Missouri-St. Louis’ Jeremy Brown, Northern Kentucky’s David Palmer, Saint Joseph’s Andrew Helmer and Rockhurst’s Aaron Morrissey.

SCAC Men's Basketball Tournament Field Released

SEWANEE, Ga. - The SCAC office today announced the bracket for the 2010 men's basketball tournament, which will be begin Friday, Feb. 26 in Jackson, Mississippi.

Tournament Bracket Official Tournament Website

Austin College earned the top seed from the Western Division, while Centre College, the defending SCAC men's champion, earned the top seed from the Eastern Division. Although both Centre and DePauw University finished with identical 11-5 conference marks, Centre earned the #1 seed in the East by virtue of its head-to-head sweep of DePauw during the regular season.

Trinity University earned the No. 2 seed over Southwestern University (both finished with 9-7 conference marks) due to a better divisional record (6-4 vs. 5-5).

Friday's quarterfinal round, Saturday's semifinal games and Sunday's championship game will all be contested at Millsaps College.

Friday - Quarterfinals at Millsaps College

1 p.m. CT - #1E Centre (11-5/15-8) vs. #4W Millsaps (8-8/12-12)
3 p.m. CT - #2W Trinity (9-7/13-12) vs. #3E Oglethorpe (9-7/15-10)
6 p.m. CT - #1W Austin College (12-4/19-6) vs. #4E Rhodes (4-12 /10-15)
8 p.m. CT - #2E DePauw (11-5/18-7) vs. #3W Southwestern (9-7/16-9)

Saturday - Semifinals at Millsaps College

1 p.m. CT - Winner #1E/#4W vs. Winner #2W/#3E
3 p.m. CT - Winner #1W/#4E vs. Winner #2E/#3W

Sunday - Finals at Millsaps College

Noon CT - Winner 1 p.m. Semifinal vs. Winner 3 p.m. Semifinal

Monday, February 22, 2010

Great Lakes Valley Basketball Tournament Field is Set

The Great Lakes Valley Conference men's basketball tournament field is now set.

Kentucky Wesleyan and Bellarmine the top two seeds from the East Division and will host first round and quarterfinal matchups on their respective campuses.

Northern Kentucky, as the No. 3 seed from the East, will travel to Saint Joseph's for a first round game against Missouri S&T.


FIRST ROUND (on campus sites)


G1 1:00 PM #4N UW-Parkside vs. #3W UM-St. Louis (held at #1E Ky. Wesleyan)
G2 1:00 PM #4W Missouri S&T vs. #3E Northern Kentucky (held at #1N Saint Joseph's)
G3 3:00 PM #4E Indianapolis vs. #3N Lewis (held at #1W Drury)
G4 1:00 PM #2N Quincy vs. #2W Rockhurst (held at #2E Bellarmine)

QUARTERFINALS (on campus sites)


G5 2:00 PM Winner G1 at #1E Kentucky Wesleyan
G6 1:00 PM Winner G2 at #1N Saint Joseph's
G7 3:00 PM Winner G3 at #1W Drury
G8 1:00 PM Winner G4 at #2E Bellarmine

SEMIFINALS (Springfield, Ill.)


G9 6:00 PM Winner G5 vs. Winner G6
G10 8:30 PM Winner G7 vs. Winner G8

CHAMPIONSHIP (Springfield, Ill.)


G11 3:30 PM Winner G9 vs. Winner G10


Session Tickets:

Adult Reserved: $12.00
Adult General Admission: $10.00
Student with ID: $5.00
Youth (2-12): $5.00

Tournament Pass:

Reserved: $30
General Admission $25

Pitino Watches Wayne Blackshear Hit Game Winner

Rick Pitino was in attendance as Wayne Blackshear, a 2011 recruit that has verbally committed to Louisville, nailed a running one-hander to lead his team to the Public League championship in Chicago.

Excerpt of article from

Wayne Blackshear, Morgan Park: With Rick Pitino watching intently from the front row, the Louisville-bound junior banked home a running one-hander to give the Mustangs a 61-60 victory over Marshall in the Public League championship game. He had 21 points in the game, 41 in a 76-74 semifinal win over Hyde Park and 17 in a 51-50 victory over Simeon in the quarterfinals.

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