Saturday, March 6, 2010
Morehead State 51
Ohio Valley Conference Tournament Championship Game
Game recap by AllKYHoops.com
The Murray State Racers pulled away late for a 62-51 victory over Morehead State in the Ohio Valley Conference championship game.
Kenneth Faried, the OVC Player of the Year, went to the floor hard with Murray State leading 36-31. The Racers followed with a quick run to pull away and the Eagles were unable to recover.
Complete game recap coming soon...
Here is the schedule:
Thursday, March 11:
South Carolina vs Alabama 1 pm
LSU vs Tennessee 3:30 pm
Florida vs Auburn 7 pm
Georgia vs Arkansas 9:30 pm
Friday, March 12:
Kentucky vs South Carolina/Alabama winner 1 pm
Ole Miss vs LSU/Tennessee winner 3:30 pm
Mississippi State vs Florida/Auburn winner 7 pm
Vanderbilt vs Arkansas/Georgia winner 9:30 pm
Outside the arena, police say they have seen an unprecedented level of scamming and scalping related to University of Kentucky basketball tickets.
Lexington police already have cited almost 50 people for scalping or illegal sales outside Rupp Arena this season — the highest level in years. Officials had to put out a scam alert after dozens of student tickets were altered for games in January and February. Students and other ticket-holders are using the Internet to find new ways to sell tickets above face value, sometimes for hundreds of dollars.
Now, university officials say that ticket scalpers have elevated things to a new level by manufacturing a high-quality counterfeit ticket that is nearly indistinguishable from the real thing.
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St. Catharine 62
Mid-South Conference Tournament Semifinals
Game recap and image by Mid-South Conference:
FRANKFORT, Ky. -- Campbellsville University used stellar three-point shooting and timely free throw shooting to advance into the Mid-South Conference Tournament finals with a 68-62 win over St. Catharine College on Saturday at the Frankfort Convention Center.
The top-seeded Tigers (26-6) made nine of 13 three pointers (69.2 percent) to build a lead and 10-of-12 free throws inside the final minute to secure the win.
Campbellsville's hot shooting in the latter part of the first half and early stages of the second half helped the Tigers build an 11-point second half lead. But the No. 4-seeded Patriots refused to go away cutting the Campbellsville lead to one with a little more than five minutes left in regulation.
St. Catharine (21-11) would get no closer.
The Tigers -- who struggled in the second half from the free throw line making just 18-of-27 in the half -- converted 10-of-12 in crunch time.
Campbellsville's T.J. Bishop made 11 of his 12 freebies to send the Tigers into their first conference title game since the 2005-06 season. Bishop finished with a game-high 23 points.
Mid-South Conference Player of the Year Nestor Colmenares contributed a double-double with 11 points and 16 rebounds in the win.
St. Catharine's Authur Latham scored a team-high 22 points and Brandon Johnson added 10 in the loss.
In the opening half, Campbellsville used an 18-7 run over the final 6:29 to erase a five point deficit and take a 33-27 lead into the locker room. Campbellsville's Shawn Savage led the charge scoring eight of his 10 points during the run.
St. Catharine enjoyed as much as a six point lead in the opening half. The Patriots led 11-5 seven minutes into the game and led 20-15 prior to the Campbellsville run.
Campbellsville advances into Sunday's MSC Tournament Championship game against the winner of the Georgetown College and University of the Cumberlands semifinal game played later on Saturday.
(1) Syracuse 68
* Louisville's final game at Freedom Hall
Game recap by U of L:
LOUISVILLE, Ky. (AP)--Louisville gave Freedom Hall a memorable send-off.
Kyle Kuric scored all of his career-high 22 points in the second half and the Cardinals upset No. 1 Syracuse 78-68 on Saturday, providing one last highlight at their 54-year-old home.
Louisville (20-11, 11-7 Big East) may also have assured itself a return trip to the NCAA tournament by sweeping the season series from the Orange (28-3, 15-3). Their only other loss all season came against Pittsburgh, and Saturday was their first road loss.
Although Syracuse led by eight points late in the first half, Kuric was a one-man wrecking crew in the second. He made 9 of 11 shots--including four 3-pointers--to make for a happy ending at Freedom Hall, before Louisville moves to a new downtown arena in the fall.
Trailing 42-39 early in the second half, the Cardinals found their inside game with three straight baskets in the paint that gave them the lead for good. Kuric had two of them, a fastbreak dunk and layup.
In a span of just over five minutes, Kuric also had all four of his 3-pointers. After his second one, Syracuse's Scoop Jardine immediately answered with a 3, so Kuric simply answered right back with another one. Jardine finished with 20 points.
With under four minutes left, it was Kuric's dunk that pushed the Louisville lead to 10, and he got another one on a break that buried the Orange with under two minutes left.
It was a completely different game in the first half, when Syracuse dominated the paint, getting 26 points there compared to 12 for the Cardinals.
Syracuse took an early 21-20 lead with more than six minutes to go in the first half on a dunk by Rick Jackson, then stretched it to a game-high eight points a couple minutes later after a 3-pointer and fastbreak layup by Jardine.
Edgar Sosa nailed a 3 seconds before halftime to make it 35-30 at the break.
Although the Cardinals connected on 46 percent of their shots and the Orange 44 percent by the end, the two were cold from the gate, combining for 11 shots but no points over the opening three minutes. Jerry Smith finally hit consecutive 3s for the Cardinals, and later turned in one of the more dazzling plays of the game, grabbing a steal out of midair and cruising the other way to finish with a one-handed dunk.
Smith was sidelined the second half after injuring a finger on his right hand.
This one had all the pageantry of the final Louisville game in one of college basketball's most storied venues. The stands were filled long before tipoff, and fans waved towels with glowing red flashlights during player introductions.
Louisville coach Rick Pitino, sporting a bright red suit coat to match the attire of most fans in attendance, introduced the team's seniors before the game and expressed some sentimental thoughts about Freedom Hall.
"This building will close, but what our legends have done for our university will never pass and close," he said.
Freedom Hall has hosted six national championship games, a handful of NCAA tournament regional finals and 683 Louisville victories.
Denny Crum, who led the Cardinals to national titles in 1980 and 1986 and whose name is adorned on the court, was introduced at halftime alongside players from those teams.
"I love them all," Crum said. "It's just really fun to be here, be around them."
MCU advances to a TSAC semifinal, Saturday, March 6, against number three seed Freed-Hardeman (21-10) which defeated number six seed Martin Methodist College (18-13), 83-81, after trailing 44-37 at halftime. MCU hosts its semifinal in the Mayfield High School Sports Arena at 7:00 p.m.
In other Thursday quarterfinal action, number one seed Union University (24-7) crushed number eight seed Lyon College (7-23), 93-56, and number five seed Cumberland University (12-16) upset number four seed Trevecca Nazarene (21-10), 90-83. Union, the defending TSAC regular-season and tournament champion, hosts Cumberland, Saturday, March 6, in Jackson, Tennessee, at 7:00 p.m.
Senior two-time All-TSAC center Kenny Thomas (East Orange, NJ/East Orange HS/Essex County CC, NJ), pictured above on the right, totaled 23 points and 11 rebounds, his third double-double of the season, and grabbed 8 offensive rebounds. MCU totaled 27 offensive rebounds and outrebounded Bethel, 47-38.
Off the bench senior guard TiRon Peoples (Kevil, KY/Heath HS), pictured on the left, contributed 16 points, 2 three-pointers, 2 rebounds and 3 steals, and senior forward Keiran Nunley (Kent, WA/Kent HS/Riverside CC, CA), pictured below on the right, added 10 points and 6 rebounds, 5 on the offensive glass, and dished off 3 assists. Sophomore forward Chris Ferguson (Oakland, CA/Royal Sunset HS/Feather River CC, CA) added 5 points, 8 rebounds, 5 assists and one blocked shot, and senior point guard Aaron Pearson (Baton Rouge, LA/Southern Laboratory HS/Cabrillo HS, CA) added 8 points, 7 rebounds, 2 assists and 5 steals and leads the conference with 84 steals in 31 games. Senior guard Donovan Willis (Orange, NJ/Orange HS/Essex County CC, NJ) finished with 9 points and 2 assists off the bench. MCU's bench players outscored Bethel's bench, 38-18.
Bethel guard Andre Crudup led all scorers with 26 points with 3 three-pointers, 7 of 8 free throws and 8 of 13 field goals, and had 5 rebounds, 2 assists and a steal. Forward Daniel Doyle finished with 16 points, 2 three-pointers and 7 rebounds, and reserve guard Cameron Clemons added 7 points off the Wildcats' bench.
John Wall is on the list of the final six candidates for the Bob Cousy Award, which is presented to college basketball's top point guard.
Excerpt of release by CousyAward.com:
SPRINGFIELD, MASS. - MARCH 5, 2010 – The Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame today announced the final six candidates in consideration for the 2010 Bob Cousy Award presented by The Hartford Financial Services Group, Inc. This annual award is given to college basketball’s top point guard and is named after Hall of Famer and former Boston Celtics guard Bob Cousy. An original list of 73 candidates made up of players from Division I, II and III schools was trimmed by a Hall of Fame appointed, nationally based committee to 20, down to 11 and now six candidates remain in consideration for one of college basketball’s most prestigious awards.
2010 Bob Cousy Award Final Six
Sherron Collins - Kansas
Scottie Reynolds - Villanova
Jon Scheyer - Duke
Evan Turner – Ohio State
Greivis Vasquez - Maryland
John Wall - Kentucky
Gray hit seven of his 11 three point attempts to help the Tigers advance to Saturday's semifinal game against University of the Cumberlands. The Patriots beat Lindsey Wilson College 58-47 earlier in the day.
No. 2-seed Georgetown used a 24-5 run midway through the first half to build a 44-19 lead and never looked back. Gray led the charge with five of his six first-half three-pointers during the run.
The Tigers ended the half with a 49-30 lead.
West Virginia Tech -- the tournament's seventh-seed -- closed to within 14 points with 15 minutes left but could get no closer despite the play of senior guard Darryl Slack.
Slack scored a game-high 28 points in the loss. He made 6-of-7 shots from behind the arc and 4-of-6 free throws in the loss.
While Gray was providing the offense, the Georgetown defense was just as effective. The Tigers forced the Golden Bears into 21 turnovers, while committing just 12 of their own.
Georgetown shot 50.0 percent from the field and 42.3 percent (11-for-26) from 3-point range, while West Virginia Tech shot 41.1 percent from the field and blistered the nets from behind the arc for a 63.2 percent clip (12-of-19).
Georgetown faces Cumberlands at 4 p.m. ET on Saturday in the second semifinal.
Campbellsville University and St. Catharine College play at 2 p.m. ET in the other semifinal game.
Game recap by Mid-South Conference
Centre College 53
NCAA Division III Tournament First Round
Excerpt of game recap by Centre College:
The Centre men's basketball team came up short against Eastern Mennonite University on Friday, March 5 as they fell 63-53 at Yoder Arena in Harrisonburg, Va. Centre was competing in the NCAA Division III Men's Basketball Tournament for the fourth year in a row.
The Colonels had the advantage early in the first half as they built an early 6-2 lead over the Royals. Eastern Mennonite tied the score at 6-6 with 17:23 remaining in the first half after Eli Crawford hit one of two free throw shots.
Freshman Bryon Ellis (Russell Springs, Ky.) connected on a three point basket to give Centre the 11-7 advantage with 16:15 to go in the first half. The Royals would tie the game for the second time after D.J. Hinson made a jumper with 14:18 on the clock.
Eastern Mennonite University took their first lead of the game when George Johnson recorded a three point basket to put the score at 14-11 with 13:37 remaining in the game.
The Royals would eventually build a 12 point lead over Centre, but the Colonels cut the lead down and went into halftime with a seven point deficit as Eastern Mennonite University led 33-26.
Centre shot 33% from the floor and 50% from the free throw line in the first half. Eastern Mennonite University shot 41% from the floor, while shooting only 33% from the free throw line.
Friday, March 5, 2010
Spartyandfriends.com (Michigan State site) reports the following:
In a move that will almost assure that he continues his recent streak of great point guards, rumors are flying that Brandon Knight will officially announce his commitment to the University of Kentucky and John Calipari next week. Knight has been rumored to be influenced by William Wesley who has long been tied to John Calipari and past recruits like DaJuan Wagner and Derrick Rose.
Here is the article
My Thoughts: Knight's recruitment has been pretty tight-lipped and I would be surprised if they leaked any info out at this point, but we'll take it for what it's worth. I have no clue as to the validity of this site, but I'd rather read this report as one that says Brandon Knight to Florida Next Week!
They scored a tip-in that clearly beat the clock and would have won the game, but it was ruled now good by the officials and Henry Clay earned a fortunate victory.
Judge for yourself (HT Jody Demling, Courier-Journal for the video link):
Lindsey Wilson 47
Mid-South Conference Tournament Quarterfinals
Game recap by Cumberlands:
FRANKFORT, Ky. – The University of the Cumberlands built a 16-point halftime lead that allowed them to overcome a 19-point second half and knock off Lindsey Wilson College 58-47 in the opening round of the 2010 Mid-South Conference tournament.
Cumberlands (21-9), seeded third in the tournament, will play the winner of the day’s sixth and final game between No. 2 Georgetown and No. 7 WVU Tech.
Lindsey Wilson’s season ends at 14-17.
Cumberlands hit 55.6 percent from the floor and the same – 5-of-9 – from the arc in the first half. Those numbers, combined with holding the Blue Raiders to only 38.5 percent shooting, helped Don Butcher’s club build a 39-23 lead at recess.
Lindsey was able to trim the lead and keep it close despite more shooting woes in the second half. The Raiders outscored the Patriots 24-19 yet hit only 34.6 percent (9-of-26) from the field but could get no closer to eight points before ending with an 11-point spread.
Lindsey Wilson was also undone by poor shooting from the free throw line. The Blue Raiders were only 7-of-14 from the stripe for the game. Cumberlands, for that matter, was only slightly better, going 10-of-19 (52.6 percent).
Cumberlands was led in scoring by senior Chad Byron’s 16 points, having hit 3-of-8 from the arc. Junior Tanner Jacobs followed with 11 points and eight rebounds. His total, combined with 10 boards claimed by senior Bernard Cherry, helped the Pats to a 35-32 edge on the glass.
Coach Paul Peck’s Blue Raiders were led in scoring by MSC freshman of the year Kalen Kimberland’s 19 points. He was followed by senior Andrija Tintor’s seven markers.
Photo: Mid-South Conference
MOREHEAD — When Maze Stallworth signed his national letter of intent to play basketball at Morehead State four years ago, he had one simple goal in mind.
It wasn’t about the amount of playing time he’d get or how many points he’d score. It wasn’t about the number of 3-pointers he’d make or how many rebounds he’d grab.
No, Stallworth had his sights set on the bigger picture.
“I wanted to come and help put Morehead back on the map,” said Stallworth, a 6-foot-4 senior forward. “I wanted to help make people want to watch and come see Morehead basketball.”
Saturday, March 6
Game 1 - 2:15 p.m. - No. 8 Florida Atlantic vs. No. 9 South Alabama (Summit Arena)
Game 2 - 6:45 p.m. - No. 4 WKU vs. No. 13 New Orleans (Convention Center Court)
Game 3 - 6:30 p.m. - No. 5 Arkansas State vs. No. 12 UALR (Summit Arena)
Game 4 - 8:45 p.m. - No. 6 Denver vs. No. 11 FIU (Summit Arena)
Game 5 - 9:00 p.m. - No. 7 Louisiana-Lafayette vs. No. 10 Louisiana-Monroe (Convention Center Court)
Sunday, March 7
Game 6 - 6:45 p.m. - No. 1 Troy vs. Winner Game 1 (Convention Center Court)
Game 7 - 6:30 p.m. - Winner Game 2 vs. Winner Game 3 (Summit Arena)
Game 8 - 8:45 p.m. - No. 2 North Texas vs. Winner Game 5 (Summit Arena)
Game 9 - 9:00 p.m. - No. 3 Middle Tennessee vs. Winner Game 4 (Convention Center Court)
Monday, March 8
Game 10 - 6:00 p.m. - Winner Game 6 vs. Winner Game 7 (Summit Arena) - Sun Belt Network
Game 11 - 8:30 p.m. - Winner Game 8 vs. Winner Game 9 (Summit Arena) - Sun Belt Network
Tuesday, March 9
Championship Game - 6 p.m. (Summit Arena) - ESPN2
All times central and subject to change
Mid-South Conference Tournament Quarterfinals
FRANKFORT, Ky. - Arthur Latham scored 22 points, Josh Edwards had 20 points and five rebounds and No. 4-seed St. Catharine (Ky.) College held off a surge led by Trevor Setty to beat No. 5-seed Pikeville (Ky.) College 62-60 on Friday in the opening round of the Mid-South Conference basketball tournament.
Brandon Johnson added nine points and six rebounds and Ervin Williams tallied eight points to help the Patriots hold off the Bears.
Setty poured in 15 points, while Jonathan Clark added nine to the Pikeville effort.
St. Catharine (21-10) took a 34-31 lead into halftime despite allowing the Bears to shoot 43.5 percent from the field and 57.1 percent (4-of-7) from 3-point range in the half. The Patriots hit just 3-of-11 shots from behind the arc, but knocked down 9-of-11 free throws to stay in front.
The game was never out of reach for Pikeville (21-9) as it tied the game at 58-58 with 2:28 to play in the game.
A pair of free throws put the Patriots up by two with 39.2 seconds on the clock. Then Justin Hicks responded for the Bears with two of his own to knot the score at 60-60. St. Catharine ran down the clock before Josh Edwards attacked the basket for a layup with 1.4 seconds on the clock.
Pikeville's pass to half court for a last-second shot was deflected by a host of Patriots allowing St. Catharine to let the clock run out and earn a trip to the semifinals on Saturday.
His final five consists of: Kentucky, Washington, UCLA, Oklahoma and Oregon.
ESPN uses playing style, how he fits, pro factor and x factor for each choice.
Here is an excerpt about Kentucky:
Playing Style: Under the guidance of John Calipari, the Wildcats play a frenetic open-court style at both ends of the floor to overwhelm their opponents. In the half-court set they are more than willing to get everyone involved, utilizing their dribble-drive offense and spacing
How he fits: With the graduation of Patrick Patterson and the all likelihood of DeMarcus Cousins heading to the NBA draft, the Wildcats will need immediate help in the frontcourt. Jones has the potential to swing between the 4 and the 3 at the next level. He thrives playing in the open court due to his skill set and has the potential to be a force on the block.
Pro factor: There is no question that Calipari has an excellent history of collecting top-notch talent. Both at Memphis (Derrick Rose and Tyreke Evans) and now Kentucky (John Wall and Cousins), Calipari has shown he can lure the best -- and that scenario will continue as he commands one of the most prestigious programs in all of college basketball.
X factor: Kentucky is miles away from Oregon. However, Kentucky is on a whole different level in terms of tradition and prestige than any other program on Jones' list. In addition, Jones knows that Calipari isn't afraid to give major minutes to his newcomers. As long as Calipari keeps feeding the NBA with difference-makers, the Wildcats will be a major player in recruiting.
Nestor Colmenares paced Campbellsville with 23 points, 14 rebounds and five assists, while JaVaughn Espritt flirted with a double-double with 21 points and nine rebounds.
Rase got help from Doug Campbell with 15 points and Brad Cubbie with 10 points for the Redstorm.
Campbellsville (25-6) trailed briefly in the first half after a basket by P.J. Rase put Rio Grande (5-26) in front 5-4 three minutes into the game. Colmenares responded on the next trip with a field goal to retake the lead and the Tigers never looked back.
Shelby Valley point guard Elisha Justice is featured in the current Sports Illustratred magazine.
Here is an excerpt from the magazine's Faces in the Crowd segment:
PIKEVILLE, K.Y. > Basketball
Elisha, a senior guard at Shelby Valley High, set the state record for career steals while making seven in a 78-31 win over East Ridge; through Sunday his total was 521. He also holds school records for career points (1,940) and assists (602). The Wildcats won their second straight state small-school title, with Elisha repeating as the tournament's MVP.
Justice had 17 points (all in the 1st half), 6 rebounds, 5 assists, and 3 steals as Shelby Valley defeated Prestonsburg in the first round of the 15th region tournament last night. Elisha's state record for career steals is now at 524. He also has 1,957 career points pushing him close to the 2,000-point milestone.
Justice will attend Louisville next season where he will walk-on for the Cardinals. Recently head coach Rick Pitino introduced Justice to the Louisville team:
“I want you to meet the newest member of our team. This is BULLET. He is called BULLET because he is faster than a speeding bullet.”
Their coaching staff and team have never called him anything else since.
- Has Kentucky been tested enough this season?
- Is there a great difference between RPI 11-20 and RPI 1-10?
- Are analysts justified in questioning UK's strenght of schedule and lack of quality wins?
Thursday, March 4, 2010
According to ZagsBlog.com, 6-9 forward Moses Abraham will announce his college choice on March 14.
He is considering Georgetown, Kentucky, Indiana, Tennessee, Florida, Maryland and Seton Hall.
Abraham is rated as a 4-star recruit by Rivals.com.
Campbellsville University senior forward Nestor Colmenares is the MSC Men's Basketball Player of the Year. Colmenares is one of 10 men named to the team that was voted on by the conference coaches. Coaches were not allowed to vote for their own players.
Colmenares ranks in the conference's top five in five individual statistical categories and sixth in another. He leads the MSC in rebounds per game (9.6) and tied for first with the most double-doubles (11) this season.
His 15-point scoring average is sixth best in the conference while he is second in field goal percentage (60.5) and fifth in steals (1.5) and blocks (1.0) per game.
Colmenares earned MSC Player of the Week twice during the season.
Nationally, Colmenares is eighth in the nation in field goal percentage and 11th in rebounding.
Joining Colmenares on the all-conference team is teammate T.J. Bishop; University of the Cumberlands' Chad Byron and Brandon Russ; Georgetown College's Hollis Giles and Vic Moses; Lindsey Wilson College's Eric McPherson; Pikeville College's Jonathan Clark; and St. Catharine College's Arthur Latham and Ervin Williams.
Lindsey Wilson's Kalen Kimberland was named the MSC Freshman of the Year after averaging 10.2 points and shooting nearly 45-percent from the field this season.
Cumberlands' Byron was named the Champions of Character recipient. Byron earned the award -- as voted on by the conference athletics director -- for his civic and servant leadership within the campus and community.
St. Catharine's J.T. Burton was selected by their peers as MSC Coach of the Year after leading the Patriots to a 20-win season after winning just five games a season ago.
Kimberland, Lindsey Wilson's Andrija Tintor; Pikeville's Justin Hicks; St. Catharine's Josh Edwards and Kevin Owens; University of Rio Grande's P.J. Rase; Cumberlands' Travis Harvey; West Virginia University Tech's Robby Marshall and Darryl Slack were named honorable mention all-conference.
Eighteen student-athletes earned academic all-conference for maintaining at least a 3.25 grade point average on a 4.0 scale and being a sophomore or higher standing.
Campbellsville's Jordon Benock and Brett Crittenden; Cumberlands' Byron, Dustin Fothergill, Nathaniel Mitchell and Clark Stepp; Georgetown's Dillon Boggs and Kyle Saxton; Lindsey Wilson's Ismar Neto and Chase Spreen; Pikeville's Zach Hurt, Adam Simmons, and Andre Thornton; Rio Grande's Wendell Bates, Jr. and P.J. Rase; St. Catharine's Kris Caufield and Brandon Johnson; and West Virginia Tech's Zach Thomsen earned academic all-conference.
The Mid-South Conference Men's Basketball Tournament opens on Friday with four quarterfinal games at the Frankfort Convention Center.
Top-seeded Campbellsville faces No. 8-seed Rio Grande at 10 a.m. ET with fourth-seeded St. Catharine and fifth-seeded Pikeville College playing at Noon ET.
No. 3-seed Cumberlands meets No. 6-ssed Lindsey Wilson at 6 p.m. ET and No. 2-seed Georgetown and No. 7-seed West Virginia Tech close out the opening round at 8 p.m. ET.
Friday's winners play in Saturday's semifinals. Games are scheduled for 2 and 4 p.m. ET. The MSC Tournament Championship is scheduled for 2 p.m. ET on Sunday, March 7.
Source: Press release by MSC
OVC Player of the Year: Kenneth Faried, Morehead State
OVC Defensive Player of the Year: Kenneth Faried, Morehead State
OVC Freshmen of the Year: Isaiah Canaan, Murray State
OVC Coach of the Year: Billy Kennedy, Murray State
ALL-OVC FIRST TEAM
Kenneth Faried, Morehead State
Wesley Channels, Austin Peay
Isacc Miles, Murray State
Tyler Laser, Eastern Illinois
B.J. Jenkins, Murray State
ALL-OVC SECOND TEAM
Anthony Campbell, Austin Peay
Maze Stallworth, Morehead State
Danero Thomas, Murray State
Tony Easley, Murray State
Josh Taylor, Eastern Kentucky
B.J. Jenkins, Murray State
Isaiah Canaan, Murray State
Robert Covington, Tennessee State
James Hollowell, Eastern Illinois
Jacquan Nobles, Tennessee State
John Wall, DeMarcus Cousins and Patrick Patterson are all three on the All-SEC First Team, according to Yahoo.
Wall was named conference Player of the Year and Freshman of the Year. Head coach John Calipari was named SEC Coach of the Year.
G John Wall, Kentucky
F DeMarcus Cousins, Kentucky
G Devan Downey, South Carolina
F Patrick Patterson, Kentucky
C Jarvis Varnardo, Mississippi State
Player of the Year: John Wall, Kentucky
Coach of the Year: John Calipari, Kentucky
Freshman of the Year: John Wall, Kentucky
Newcomer of the Year: Vernon Macklin, Florida
Defensive Player of the Year: Jarvis Varnardo, Mississippi State
Sixth Man of the Year: John Jenkins, Vanderbilt
Most Improved: Travis Leslie, Georgia
The weekly conference honor is Moses' second straight and the second of the season and his career.
Moses averaged 16.5 points and 11 rebounds while shooting 57.1 percent (12-of-21) from the field to help the Tigers to wins over St. Catharine College and University of Rio Grande last week.
The Lexington, Ky., opened the week with 21 points and 11 rebounds in the Tigers' 84-64 win over St. Catharine. He finished the week with 12 points and 11 rebounds in an 86-68 win over Rio Grande.
Moses finishes the regular season leading the conference in scoring at 17.6 points per game and field goal shooting at 66.8 percent. He's third in the conference averaging 8.5 rebounds per game.
No. 10-ranked Georgetown concluded the regular season with a 23-6 record. The Tigers finished second in the MSC at 11-3.
Georgetown faces West Virginia University Tech at 8 p.m. ET on Friday, March 5 in the MSC Tournament quarterfinals at the Frankfort Convention Center in Frankfort, Ky.
Here's some impressive footage of Leslie in action
Kentucky State's Tony Johnson was named to the All-SIAC Second Team.
First Team All-Conference
Najee Lane, Clark Atlanta, 6-4, Jr., G/F
Eric Salley, Claflin, 6-2, Jr., G
LeDarius Johnson, LeMoyne-Owen, 6-3, Sr., G
Lajay Sears, Stillman, 6-4, Jr., G
Andre Nelson, Tuskegee, 6-6, Jr., F/C
Second Team All-Conference
Tony Johnson, Kentucky State, 6-2, Jr., G
Maurice Mickens, LeMoyne-Owen, 6-0, Sr., G
Jelani Figures, Morehouse, 6-4, Jr., G
Geno Green, Paine, 6-4, So., F
SIAC FRESHMAN OF THE YEAR: James Edmonds, Lane
SIAC MOST VALUABLE PLAYER: Najee Lane, Clark Atlanta
SIAC COACH OF THE YEAR: Darryl Jacobs, Clark Atlanta
"To put in that much work all year long and come up that short hurts."
Wednesday, March 3, 2010
Game recap by AllKYHoops.com:
Kentucky defeated Georgia 80-68 and earned at least a share of the school's 44th Southeastern Conference regular season championship. A Kentucky win or Vanderbilt loss will give Kentucky the outright championship.
The Wildcats, which shot 2-22 from long range against Tennessee in their last game, started the game off 0-2 from beyond the 3-point line. A John Wall 3-pointer at the 17:45 mark seemed to give Kentucky confidence as they opened the game with a quick 7-2 run.
Georgia answered with a 9-0 run and the rest of the half was played within 6 points. Kentucky took a 40-36 lead into the halftime locker room.
Kentucky struggled with defensive rebounding early, but picked it up a notch late in the first half and into the second half. A quick 5-o burst to start the second half put Kentucky in the lead to stay.
The Cats went up by as many as 19 points and then held on for a 12-point victory.
Wall led Kentucky (28-2, 13-2 SEC) with 24 points on 8-10 field goal shooting. He was 3-5 from long range, 5-5 from the free throw line and dished out 6 assists in the game. Patrick Patterson added a double-double with 17 points and 10 rebounds.
The story of the game for the Wildcats may have been the production of their bench players. They earned a season-high 24 points off the bench, led by Darnell Dodson's 11. In all, the bench contributed 72 minutes, 24 points, 7 rebounds, 3 assists and only 1 turnover.
The Bulldogs (13-15, 5-10 SEC) were led by Jeremy Price with 19 points and 6 rebounds.
Kentucky shot 31-57 from the field for a blistering 54.4%. They were 8-24 from beyond the 3-point line and 10-12 from the free throw line.
- DeMarcus Cousins was limited to 6 points, 4 rebounds and 6 blocks because of early foul trouble; he played only 21 minutes in the game
- Wall and Patterson combined: 15-21 FG, 4-7 3PT, 7-7 FT, 11 REB, 7 AST, 5 STL, 5 BLK, 41 PTS
- Miller could not find his long-range shot (0-5 3PT), but he contributed some superb defense
- Dodson finally found his shot; he was 4-8 from the field and 3-6 from long range
- Harrellson made a surprising appearance midway through the first half in relief of Cousins, who had 2 early fouls
- Liggins returned to the player Kentucky needs tonight; he provided energy and defense off the bench and he also executed the "dribble drive" to perfection a couple of times
- Hood asked for playing time; he was "rewarded" with 42 seconds of mop-up duty
- Kentucky lost the rebounding battle 35-26, but only had 10 turnovers and shot 54.4% from the field
- Kentucky earns at least a share of its 44th SEC Title; that's outstanding
Calipari discusses the game (via BlueNationBlog's YouTube page):
At the beginning of the 2009-10 season, Tyndall was recognized by Athlon Sports Magazine College Basketball Preview as one of the Top 10 Under the Radar Coaches. Since earning that recognition, the Eagles have compiled back-to-back 20-win seasons for the first time in school history. Their 14 Ohio Valley Conference wins also set a school standard for conference wins in a season.
Tyndall, the 2008 Ohio Valley Conference Coach of the Year, has an extensive history in collegiate coaching with experience at Middle Tennessee State University, University of Idaho, Louisiana State University and St. Catherine College.
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The Josten Trophy is a national award created by the Rotary Club of Salem, Virginia, to honor the most outstanding men's Division III basketball player of the year. The award takes into account three vital parts: basketball ability, academic prowess and community service. The trophy models the Rotary International motto of "Service above Self" by recognizing those who truly fit the ideal of the well-rounded Division III student-athlete. This year's trophy marks the 13th year the ward has been presented.
McKeehan helped lead his team to a 21-7 record and a share of its second straight Presidents' Athletic Conference (PAC) regular season title. He played in all 28 games for the Saints, including 26 starts and led the team in scoring with a 15.6 points per game average. McKeehan also had a team-leading .632 field goal percentage while averaging 4.9 rebounds per game. A solid all-around player, he also was the team leader with 64 assists and 63 steals.
In the classroom, McKeehan carries a perfect 4.00 grade point average with a double major in Economics and Business Finance. Last week he was named 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). (Source: Release by TMC)
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