Saturday, March 13, 2010
(5) Kentucky Wesleyan 68
NCAA DII Tournament First Round
Game recap by SJC:
The Saint Joseph's College men's basketball team upset Kentucky Wesleyan College 70-68 at the Sportscenter in Owensboro, Kentucky on Saturday. KWC, the host and top seed in the NCAA Midwest Regional lost only their second home game of the season as Phil Collins hit two clutch baskets in the final 20 seconds to defeat the country's fifth best team.
The Pumas (18-11) got into early foul trouble with Jake Hassler (So., Evansville, Ind./Mater Dei), Marcus Jackson (Jr., Indianapolis, Ind./Ben Davis) and Michael Horton (Jr., Chicago, Ill./Von Steuben) receiving two fouls with less than seven minutes into the game. KWC then proceeded to edge ahead 23-12 midway through the first half. SJC managed to close the gap as they tied the game at 30 after Cory Hrynyk (So., Bartlett, Ill./Bartlett) dropped a three-point basket with less than four minutes to go in the half.
The defense from both squads shined as the half came to a close with the Pumas taking a 32-30 lead into the lockerroom. Phillip Collins (RSo., Indianapolis, Ind./Pike) opened the second half converting a three-point basket to push the lead to five points. However, Desmond Stephens carried the Panthers as they began to trade baskets with SJC. Stephens connected on five baskets, three from the perimeter as KWC built a 55-49 lead with less than 10 minutes remaining.
Dayvon Sloan (Fr., Louisville, Ky./Waggener) converted on two shots from the field on the night, but connected on a three-point basket with less than four minutes to go in the contest that gave SJC a 67-63 lead that quieted the 3,000 plus Panther fans. Chris Williams answered the call as he buried a three-point basket with just over two minutes remaining to give the Panthers a 68-67.
After the Pumas tied the game on a Andrew Helmer (Sr., Highland, Ind./Highland) free throw, Collins knocked down a jumper from the wing to give SJC a 70-68 lead. Stephens answered with a bucket of his own seconds later to tie the game. The ensuing inbounds went to Collins who went the length of the floor to connect on a fade-away jumper from the base line. With just over two seconds on the clock the Panthers went for the win, but Marico Stinson three-point attempt went long as the clock expired.
Desmond Stephens finished with a game high 22 points to lead the Panthers. Chris Williams added 14 points and pulled in a team high seven rebounds.
Andrew Helmer led SJC to their first victory in Owensboro since January 26th, of 2006 with 15 points and a game high nine rebounds. Collins finished with 14 points and seven rebounds.
The Pumas will play the winner of the Grand Valley State and Findlay game on Sunday. Tip-off at the Sportscenter is scheduled for 7:30 p.m. CST.
My Thoughts: No big deal at all... This type of thing happens pretty often and is just a part of the game.
Video from KentuckyVids' YouTube channel
Central State 66
NCAA Division II Regional Tournament First Round
Game recap by BU:
OWENSBORO, Ky.—Luke Sprague’s pair of three pointers with under two minutes left gave the No. 19 Bellarmine University men’s basketball team a finishing spark in a 70-66 victory over Central State (Ohio) University in the first round of the 2010 NCAA Division II Regional Tournament on Saturday evening at the Sportscenter.
Sprague’s daggers gave the Knights a 69-63 advantage with 1:09 to play. The Marauders cut the deficit to three points with a Robert Harris three-point play with 47 seconds remaining, and had a chance to tie the game after a missed Bellarmine free throw, but BU’s Oladapo Fagbenle swiped a loose ball from Harris to seal the contest.
“What I’m most proud of is fighting through and advancing when we did not play our best,” Bellarmine Head Coach Scott Davenport said. “A lot of that had to do with Central State. They were a very good basketball team, and probably the most athletic team we played so far.”
With the win, Bellarmine advances to Sunday’s semifinal against Quincy University, with tipoff scheduled for 6 p.m. Quincy defeated Drury University 71-58 in the first game of the day.
Jeremy Kendle and Justin Benedetti each had 16 points to lead Bellarmine in scoring, while Kendle took top honors in assists (seven). Nick Holmes pulled down six rebounds, tying for the game high with Central State’s Damone Pledger.
Benedetti made three of his six three-point attempts, including a buzzer-beater from 26 feet to send the game into halftime tied at 28.
Bellarmine was outrebounded 33-22 for the game, but committed only three second half turnovers.
Central State’s Cole Prophet led all scorers with 19 points off 7-of-15 shooting, and also led the Marauders with six assists.
There is good news for Jodie Meeks today as 76ers' head coach Eddie Jordan says that more minutes are likely for the ex-Kentucky sharpshooter.
"You'd like to get him in there with maybe three minutes to go in the quarter or half, or maybe if you're up a lot, you'd like to get him in there," Jordan said. "But right now, when we're down and we have a deficit, I still want to go with our guys to show we're still fighting in there.
"You know what happens when you put a rookie in with maybe four to go and you're down 15. It's a sign of 'OK, we're going to give him some minutes and let it go.' But we're still fighting. And I've talked to him, and he's going to get some minutes. But we don't want to give him minutes at the expense of the feeling of 'This game is over with.' "
Kentucky 2010 recruit Terrence Jones scored 23 points to lead No. 1 Jefferson (Or.) High School (25-2) to a 52-40 victory over La Pine in the state Class 5A seminfinals.
Jefferson will meet Mountain View (26-1) in today's championship game.
"Houston coach Tom Penders will retire after season, sources close to the program said"
Video from michaelcasagrande's YouTube channel
Here are the first few:
1. Kentucky last played Tennessee in the SEC Tournament in 2005. Tubby Smith’s Cats beat Buzz Peterson’s Vols 76-62. That was Peterson’s final game as the Tennessee coach.
2. “If you see somebody not wearing blue or orange in here, you wonder if they’re in the wrong place,” UT senior forward Wayne Chism told Wes Rucker of the Chattanooga Times Free Press.
3. Bobby Maze told Chris Low of espn.com: “I’m looking around at all that blue and thinking, ‘Aren’t we in a city in Tennessee?’ ” Maze said. “I knew a lot about their tradition, but I didn’t know how much Kentucky traveled. I had no idea they were going to book every hotel, that they were going to book all the clubs, all the events and buy up all the tickets. I mean, they travel like the Million Man March.“
4. Kentucky is 34-2 in SEC Tournament semifinal games.
5. This is the first time UK has reached the SEC semifinals since 2006.
Complete Article (Good stuff, check it out)
Friday, March 12, 2010
I have confirmed with a source close to the situation that Louisville and head coach Rick Pitino have extended an offer to talented Bowling Green junior Chane Behanan.
Behanan is being looked at by a host of other schools including West Virginia, Oklahoma State, Mississippi State, Alabama, Western Kentucky and more. He has also heard from Kentucky.
Scotty Hopson, who is playing as poorly offensively as anyone in the SEC Tournament, stated the following today:
"They are talented. But we can get up and down the court with them. We do a lot of similar things, but at the end of the day I think we will win." (Quote source: Larry Vaught)
Hopson is a very talented player, but he speaks with a lot of confidence for someone that is 2-19 from the field in the SEC Tournament. He is 0-9 from long range and has scored a total of 8 points in the Vol's two games.
I guess it's good to have confidence.
Kwan Waller does a little of everything.
He’s led Kentucky Wesleyan in rebounding once, assists three times, steals three times and blocks four times. He’s scored in double figures eight times.
And now he’s being asked to do a little of everything a little more often.
The former Auburn guard moved into Kentucky Wesleyan’s starting lineup three weeks ago. The Panthers were 9-0 with Waller as a starter until losing the championship game of the Great Lakes Valley Conference to Bellarmine.
The Panthers lost despite one of Waller’s best games. He tied his career high with 14 points for the second consecutive tourney game and shot 6-for-11 on a night the rest of the Panthers shot 19-for-60.
He is on the final lists for the Hugh Durham Mid-Major Coach of the Year award, the NABC National Coach of the Year award and the Skip Prosser Award.
Kennedy has already been named NABC District-19 Coach of the Year.
2010 Hugh Durham Award Finalists:
Randy Bennett, St. Mary's
Tad Boyle, Northern Colorado
Todd Bozeman, Morgan State
Steve Donahue, Cornell
Cliff Ellis, Coastal Carolina
Ben Jacobson, Northern Iowa
Greg Kampe, Oakland
Billy Kennedy, Murray State
Bob Marlin, Sam Houston State
Fran McCaffery, Siena
Randy Rahe, Weber State
Tony Shaver, William & Mary
Brad Stevens, Butler
Blaine Taylor, Old Dominion
Mike Young, Wofford
Here is an excerpt:
Case in point: Let’s take a closer look at Kentucky freshman point guard, John Wall. He has been widely regarded as the best point guard in college basketball and the consensus #1 pick in this June’s NBA draft, yet his most commonly commonly considered numbers - 16 points, 6 assists, and 4 rebounds (and 4 turnovers) per game – do not garner such praise alone.
But if we take a look at some of Walls’ more important numbers, his value becomes more apparent: Heading into last Sunday’s game against Florida, Wall had played in 70 minutes of basketball that accounted for the last two minutes of regulation and overtime for his team. In those 70 minutes, he had scored 66 points, shot 62% from the field, and committed just six turnovers. If we averaged these numbers over a 40-minute game (assuming he played the whole game), Wall would have averaged 38 points and three turnovers per contest. Given the fact that Wall’s Wildcats have lost only two games all season, it is fair to say that these numbers are pretty significant.
Photo: Michael Paulsen / Houston Chronicle
Yates High School had an "off night" in the Texas Class 4A semifinals last night and still rolled to a 106-76 victory over The Colony.
In scoring 106 points, the Lions broke a national record for the most consecutive games with 100+ points. This was the 15th consecutive game that Yates topped the century mark and they are now averaging 117 points per game.
Future Western Kentucky guard Brandon Peters (pictured) had 25 first half points, including 7 athletic dunks against The Colony. He finished the game with 29.
Yates (33-0) will battle No. 2 Lancaster (36-2) for the Class 4A title on Saturday afternoon. The Lions have now won 57 straight games.
Thursday, March 11, 2010
Following Tennessee's hard fought 59-49 victory over LSU in today's SEC Tournament game, Bruce Pearl explained:
“We looked like Kentucky out there launching those things.” (source: ESPN.com)
Just remember Bruce, you are on a collision course with Kentucky in Saturday's seminfinals. Good luck with that.
Darius Adams, Indianapolis
Jamar Smith, Southern Indiana
Aaron Hill, Rockhurst
Desmond Stephens, Kentucky Wesleyan
Justin Keenan, Ferris State
Marcus Parker, Findlay
Alex Hall, Drury
Lionel Sullivan, Northwood
David Palmer, Northern Kentucky
Kentucky 2010 recruit Terrence Jones had a double-double with 14 points and 14 rebounds to help No. 1 Jefferson (Or.) High School to a 49-41 victory over No. 2 Wilsonville in the Oregon Class 6A quarterfinal round.
Jefferson (24-3) advances to play against Silverton in the semifinals on Friday.
Kennedy led the Racers to an Ohio Valley Conference record 30-win season as MSU won its 21st league regular season title and advanced to the NCAA Tournament for the 14th time when they won the OVC Tournament.
The Racers are waiting to get their NCAA Tournament assignment on Sunday.
"I'm very happy to be recognized and feel honored to receive this award from my peers," Kennedy said. "This is a credit to the student-athletes and coaches here at Murray State and I am thankful for the good people we have involved in our program."
This marks the third time Kennedy has been named a coach of the year by the NABC and he becomes a candidate for NABC National Coach of the Year along with the other district winners and any coach who gets his team to the NCAA Sweet 16 this season.
Kennedy won two association awards at Southeastern Louisiana (District-8) in 2004 and 2005.
The NABC's District-19 is comprised of the 10 teams in the OVC.
Located in Kansas City, MO, the NABC was founded in 1927 by Phog Allen, the legendary basketball coach at the University of Kansas. Allen, a student of James Naismith, the inventor of basketball, organized coaches into this collective group to serve as Guardians of the Game.
The NABC currently claims nearly 5,000 members consisting primarily of university and college men's basketball coaches.
Source: Release by MSU
Here are some of their projections on UK recruits and my thoughts added on each:
Brandon Knight, PG, 6'3, Pine Crest (FL), #1
2nd in Line: Florida
3rd in Line: Syracuse
Watch Out for: UConn, Miami
Josh Selby, PG, 6'2, Lake Clifton (MD), #6
2nd in Line: Arizona
3rd in Line: UConn
Watch Out for: Tennessee, Kentucky
Doron Lamb, SG, 6'4, Oak Hill Academy (VA), #13
2nd in Line: Kansas
3rd in Line: Kentucky
Watch Out for: West Virginia, UConn
Terrence Jones, PF, 6'8, Jefferson (OR), #20
2nd in Line: Kentucky
3rd in Line: Oklahoma
Watch Out for: UCLA, Oregon
CJ Leslie, PF, 6'8, Word of God Academy (NC), #22
2nd in Line: North Carolina State
3rd in Line: Florida
Cory Joseph, PG, 6'1, Findlay Prep (NV), #25
2nd in Line: Villanova
3rd in Line: Minnesota
Watch Out for: UConn, UNLV
Big East Conference Tournament Second Round
Game recap by U of L:
NEW YORK (AP)--Deonta Vaughn made two free throws with 5.9 seconds left then made the game-saving strip just before the buzzer and Cincinnati beat Louisville 69-66 on Wednesday night in the second round of the Big East tournament.
The 11th-seeded Bearcats (18-14), who had never won a game in the tournament until Tuesday's opening-round win over Rutgers, advanced to the quarterfinals against third-seeded and seventh-ranked West Virginia.
Edgar Sosa had 28 points for the defending champion Cardinals (20-12), but he was stripped by Vaughn as he was headed toward a possible game-tying 3-point attempt.
Yancy Gates had 16 points for Cincinnati, which finished with a 54-33 rebound advantage, including 28-9 on the offensive end. Vaughn had 10 points.
Reginald Delk hit a 3 with 9.7 seconds left to bring Louisville within 67-66 before Vaughn's free throws made it a three-point game.
Syracuse comes in third, Villanova fourth and Ohio State rounds out the top 5 favorites.
Odds to Win NCAA Basketball Tournament:
Ohio State +900
Kansas State +1500
Michigan State +1800
West Virginia +2000
Ole Miss assistant basketball coach Torrey Ward broke the news on Twitter tonight that the Ole Miss team bus parked over a "live landmine" outside of Bridgestone Arena in Nashville.
The Rebels had a late practice for tomorrow's SEC Tournament and were not allowed on the bus for some time following the practice.
No more details have been reported, but I have to assume that the bus inadvertently parked in a construction zone
Here is Ward's message on Twitter:
CoachTWard So we just got done with practice @ the Bridgestone Arena & we can't get on the bus because it's parked over a live landmine. Scary.
UPDATE: Coach Ward's post on Twitter has since been deleted.
At this point, I am not sure what to make of this story and will be keeping an eye open for more details. First and foremost, I am ecstatic that no one was injured in what could have been a serious situation. Beyond that, I have to wonder why there was a live landmine lying around the streets of Nashville.
UPDATE: The explanation we have all been waiting for is out. Here is an excerpt of an article from ClarionLedger.com that explains what happened:
Well, the good news is I called UM basketball sports information director Joey Jones and he gave me a little longer version of what happened. Apparently, the route the team had taken to get to Bridgestone Arena went right next to some explosives that had been set up to demolish a building, but nobody had warned them (Kentucky took the same route).
Once the teams arrived at the arena, someone alerted the bus drivers that they should probably take another route when leaving Bridgestone Arena, so the UM players and coaches had to wait a little while as everyone figured out another way out of there.
So basically, it sounds like a bit of an overzealous Tweet gone wild. There were explosives involved, but the danger was minimal and there is absolutely nothing for fans to worry about as they head to Bridgestone Arena today.
Now, it's time to focus on Southeastern Conference basketball.
Thad Jaracz and Bob Tallent, a pair of former Kentucky Wildcats, have joined a suit against the NCAA.
Excerpt of article from NYTimes.com:
Eleven former college football and basketball players have joined the former U.C.L.A. basketball star Ed O’Bannon in a class-action lawsuit that argues the N.C.A.A. should compensate former athletes for the use of their images and likenesses.
The athletes include Alex Gilbert, a teammate of Larry Bird at Indiana State, and four participants in the 1966 Division I men’s basketball championship game, according to documents filed Wednesday in federal court in Oakland, Calif.
Jaracz was a Cat from 1965-68 and scored 982 career points at UK. He was drafted No. 60 overall in the 1968 NBA Draft by Boston.
Tallent (is that a great basketball game or what?) played from 1965-67 and scored 294 career points as a Kentucky Wildcat.
Wednesday, March 10, 2010
Kentucky recruit Brandon Knight is nearing a decision and he has announced one change to his final list. He has dropped Miami (FL) and added Syracuse.
"They're not in my top five," Knight said of the Hurricanes. "I like coach [Frank] Haith, but my family and I felt it probably wasn't the best place for me."
Knight said he is still considering Kentucky, Kansas, Connecticut, Florida and Syracuse, which he recently added to his short list.
Phot0: Michael Paulsen/Houston Chronicle
Rick Reilly of ESPN The Magazine has written a pretty strong article about Yates High School basketball and head coach Greg Wise.
Rather than analyze his thoughts, I'm going to give you an introductory excerpt and let you check the article out yourself:
I am not generally a spiteful man. I pat toddlers' haircuts, donate to the glee club and mostly greet the world with open arms.
But when I think of coach Greg Wise of Houston's Yates High School, I become darker than Johnny Cash's closet.
The things I would like to do to Coach Wise would curl an executioner's toes. For starters, I'd like to see him dipped in seal butter and dropped into a polar bear's cage.
Coach Wise is the hammerhead who believes it's his right to toast other basketball teams by 100 points. Sometimes more. He thumped Lee High School this season by 135 points, 170-35. Wise's team was up at the half, 100-12. And full-court pressed to the very end!
Wise is to sportsmanship what tsunamis are to beach chairs. So far this season, he's beaten teams by 135, 115, 99 (twice), 98, 90 and 88 points. Trying to get to 100 points in a crushing of Westbury, his players intentionally fouled to stop the clock.
I'd like to clock him.
If Wise doesn't stop, somebody's going to get hurt. In a Feb. 20 home game, Wise refused to pull his foot off the accelerator in a 132-68 fricasseeing of Booker T. Washington. Nobody likes to be humiliated, and this includes fans. Like at some of Yates' games, there was fighting. This time it happened in the parking lot afterward. Shots were fired, though nobody was hurt. This time.
Here is an excerpt of an article from University of Kentucky News:
Anderson is back in the Bluegrass and back on UK's campus. This time his March Madness won't involve knocking down threes; he'll be hitting the books as he works on completing his degree.
"I've come back and so have a lot of my friends from the team (Tony Delk and Scott Padgett are both on Coach John Calipari's staff). It's just awesome to see it all again and relive it."
"Being in college now is different. There's not that sense of 'I have to do this,' I'm here because I want to do this and it is important to me. The pressure is off and I get to enjoy the campus and my classes and see how much the students enjoy the University of Kentucky."
Georgetown College (26-6) is in as an 11-seed after winning the MSC tournament championship.
Campbellsville University (26-7) and University of the Cumberlands (21-10) each earned at-large bids. Campbellsville will be a 9-seed and Cumberlands is unseeded.
First Round Schedule:
Wednesday, March 17
9:00 a.m. Southern Polytechnic St. (Ga.) (26-5) vs. 16 Oklahoma City (17-9)
10:45 a.m. 1 Mountain State (W.Va.) (26-2) vs. Bacone (Okla.) (19-12)
12:30 p.m. 9 Campbellsville (Ky.) (26-7) vs. Fresno Pacific (Calif.) (24-8)
2:15 p.m. John Brown (Ark.) (24-9) vs. 8 McKendree (Ill.) (27-6)
4:30 p.m 3 Oklahoma Baptist (28-3) vs. Saint Xavier (Ill.) (23-9)
6:15 p.m. 11 Georgetown (Ky.) (26-6) vs. Park (Mo.) (22-9)
8:45 p.m. Texas Wesleyan (23-9) vs. 14 Central Methodist (Mo.) (24-8)
Thursday, March 18
9:00 a.m. Olivet Nazarene (Ill.) (19-10) vs. 12 Lee (Tenn.) (26-7)
10:45 a.m. 5 LSU-Shreveport (27-5) vs. Oklahoma Christian (22-9)
12:30 p.m. 13 Azusa Pacific (Calif.) (24-9) vs. Cumberlands (Ky.) (21-10)
2:15 p.m. Evangel (Mo.) (20-12) vs. 4 Westminster (Utah) (26-5)
4:30 p.m. 15 Robert Morris (Ill.) (19-10) vs. Life (Ga.) (21-11)
6:15 p.m. William Jewell (Mo.) (22-10) vs. 2 Concordia (Calif.) (30-3)
8:00 p.m. 7 Southern Nazarene (Okla.) (25-7) vs. Tougaloo (Miss.) (22-8)
9:45 p.m. Montana Western (24-9) vs. 10 Union (Tenn.) (26-7)
Second Round March 19
Quarterfinals March 20
Semifinals March 22
Championship March 23
Complete Tournament Bracket
Here is an excerpt from Bloomberg.com:
March 9 (Bloomberg) -- U.S. President Barack Obama has a “standing offer” to join CBS for its telecast of college basketball’s men’s tournament, network executive Sean McManus said.
The CBS Corp. network contacted the White House to ask whether Obama would fill out a 65-team bracket or otherwise participate in coverage of the National Collegiate Athletic Association tournament, McManus, the president of CBS News, said at a media gathering to preview the championship.
Obama, an avid basketball fan and recreational player, sat in with CBS commentators Clark Kellogg and Verne Lundquist for six minutes of commentary during a game between Georgetown University and Duke on Jan. 30, also appealing for contributions to Haiti’s earthquake recovery.
Kentucky head coach John Calipari made a quick trip to Las Vegas yesterday and actually spent some time at a UNLV practice.
After the practice, Calipari and UNLV head coach Lon Kruger spent about 10 minutes working with UNLV players on zone offense.
Calipari also observed a Findlay Prep practice during his time in Vegas and was reportedly watching 2010 recruit Cory Joseph and some of Findlay's younger players.
Excerpt from the article:
The parents like UK. Brandon likes the idea of staying local, but he’s definitely not opposed to going away,” one source said.
A second source with direct knowledge of the situation went so far as to say Knight’s parents had already made up their mind in favor of Kentucky.
“You’re right,” the source said. “Do I think they made up their mind already? Yes, I do. It’s hard for me to believe they’ll stay locally.”
Added the first source: “Kentucky is probably where he ends up.”
Here is what Dickie V says about the UK freshman point guard:
You can make a case for several players, but my choice is John Wall of Kentucky. He has made his teammates much better as a leader of the tough Wildcats. I love the fact he wants the ball in crunch time, and Wall has made so many big plays this season. He is also my Diaper Dandy of the Year!
Vitale names Jim Boeheim his coach of the year and also gives his All-Solid Gold teams. He places Wall and teammate DeMarcus Cousins on the First Team.
ALL-SOLID GOLD FIRST TEAM
John Wall, Kentucky
Jon Scheyer, Duke
Greivis Vasquez, Maryland
Scottie Reynolds, Villanova
DeMarcus Cousins, Kentucky
Evan Turner, Ohio State
Wes Johnson, Syracuse
Tuesday, March 9, 2010
To Whom it May Concern:
As the time approaches for the postseason National Invitational Tournament, I want to introduce a team to your selection committee that would be a beneficial addition to this season's field of participants.
The Morehead State Eagles of the Ohio Valley Conference would be a tremendous choice for the 2010 NIT. Here are some facts for your consideration:
- MSU is currently 23-10 on the season and completed a tough OVC schedule with a 15-3 record
- The Eagles boast star power with 6-8 warrior Kenneth Faried; he averages 16.6 points, 13.0 rebounds and 1.9 blocks per game. NBA scouts have been a constant at Morehead State games this season and as a bonus, he often delivers an explosive array of acrobatic dunks and blocked shots.
- Head coach Donnie Tyndall is widely considered one of the best up-and-coming coaches in America; it is a true pleasure to watch Tyndall work the sidelines and manage the game of basketball.
- The Eagles have now won 19 of their last 23 games, including an OVC Tournament runner-up finish; the final score of the championship game was a bit misleading, however; the Eagles were neck-and-neck with 30-4 Murray State until Faried was undercut and banged up with a little over 8:00 minutes remaining; he showed great heart in re-entering the game, but was clearly injured and unable to produce.
- Six of Morehead State's 10 losses were by 6 points or less; 4 of those were by 3 points or less; the Eagles are roughly 30 points away from being a 29-4 squad
- MSU boasts a top 90 RPI rating (No. 89 as of midnight tonight); some teams that are currently ranked below the Eagles in the RPI ratings: Georgia, Alabama, Colorado, N.C. State, Boston College, USC, Oklahoma, Iowa State, Northwestern, Miami (FL), Providence, Virginia, Auburn, Arkansas, UCLA, Oregon, Nebraska, LSU and Indiana
- MSU is top 100 (No. 95) in the Pomeroy Ratings
- Of Morehead State's 10 losses on the season, 7 were to top 100 RPI opponents: #3 Kentucky, #32 Utah State; #43 Kent State, #60 Murray State (twice), #74 Illinois State, #77 Weber State; they own a top 100 RPI win over Murray State
- The Eagles own victories over 2 NCAA Tournament teams: East Tennessee State and Murray State
- Of their 10 losses, only 3 were by double-digits: Murray State (road and neutral) and Kentucky (road)
I encourage you to take a strong look at the Eagles as a participant in the 2010 postseason NIT Tournament.
The new “Coach Cal Edition 2010 Roush 427R Mustang” is exclusively designed and released by Paul Miller Ford, Lexington, Kentucky's Largest Ford Dealership.
“J.P. Miller asked if I wanted to drive a Mustang for a while,” said Coach Cal. “I said, “J.P., it's a Mustang! How could I not want to drive it? It's a really great car.”
The Coach Cal car is powered by the ROUSHcharger® which boosts the Mustang's horsepower to 435 and offers 400 lb.-ft. of torque. The beautiful custom paint job reveals a jet black body, with University of Kentucky True Blue striping up the front fascia, stylishly split up by a sleek metallic silver outline.
“The inspiration for the outer appearance and the color scheme came from a Bill Keightley jersey that was given to me last year,” said Vice President/General Manager J.P. Miller. “It just seemed to be the perfect fit for this project.”
“It's a great car,” said Coach Cal. “Really an unbelievable ride. “Brad's wanting me to keep it until he gets his license in four years!”
Coach Cal wouldn't say how long he'll be driving the Roush Mustang, but he did seem to be enjoying it quite a bit on his first test-drive. In addition to Coach Cal's, five more of the special model are being built and are available for pre-order now at Paul Miller Ford. Go to www.paulmilleronline.com for more info and photos. Also visit www.CoachCal.com for video and photos with Coach in the Mustang.
The Coach Cal Mustang follows on the success of the exclusive 2009 Rich Brooks Edition F-150 Crew Cab Truck that hit the Paul Miler showroom in January of 2009.
“With (all the) positive and exciting news Ford Motor Company has received lately, coupled with the excitement of Coach Cal's first season at UK, we feel this is just another thing for the Commonwealth to be excited about,” Mr. Miller said.
''It's all black and blue and swollen, Pitino said. ''...I asked (trainer Fred Hina) what's the situation he said it could be two days or two weeks.''
Louisville plays the winner of tonight's Cincinnati vs. Rutgers game tomorrow night at 9 p.m.
Pitino discusses the upcoming Big East Tournament (video courtesy of Courier-Journal.com):
Excerpt on Vanderbilt's Kevin Stallings winning Coach of the Year:
Q: How'd you find out about that?
A: I, uh, looked on KSR today and saw it...
Q: What was your initial thoughts?
A: John was like, what's his name Kevin Stallings? He was like...who is that? I was like, I don't know, who is that?
Hat tip to Bluenationblog's YouTube channel
Kentucky Wesleyan dropped two spots to No. 5 this week.
NABC/Division II Coaches Poll (March 9, 2010 – Regular season poll #15)
Record Points Pvs
1. Arkansas Tech (8 first place votes) 29-1 200 2
2. Indiana, Pa. 28-2 189 5
3. Midwestern State, Texas 28-2 182 6
4. Augusta State, Ga. 26-3 170 1
5. Kentucky Wesleyan 29-4 166 3
6. Valdosta State, Ga. 25-4 156 7
7. Central Missouri 25-3 145 4
8. Minnesota State 24-4 144 8
9. Southern Indiana 24-3 137 11
10. West Liberty, W.Va. 27-2 120 10
11. Rollins, Fla. 25-5 114 17 12. West Virginia State 28-3 105 18 13. Florida Southern 25-4 89 12 14. Fort Hays State 22-6 81 13 15. Western Washington 25-5 78 21 16. St. Cloud State, Minn. 25-5 70 24 17. Georgia College & State 22-5 66 14 18. Seattle Pacific, Wash. 22-5 64 9 19. Bellarmine, Ky. 22-8 45 NR 20. Stonehill, Mass. 23-5 44 16 21. Metropolitan State, Colo. 23-6 42 NR 22. Clark Atlanta, Ga. 24-6 38 20 23. St. Augustine’s, N.C. 26-4 35 NR 24. Mount Olive, N.C. 25-5 25 NR 25. Augustana, S.D. 22-6 23 15
KY, TN MS, AL, GA, FL
PLAYER OF THE YEAR: John Wall, Kentucky
COACH OF THE YEAR: John Calipari, Kentucky
Jermaine Beal, Vanderbilt
Wayne Chism, Tennessee
DeMarcus Cousins, Kentucky
Dominique Jones, South Florida
Patrick Patterson, Kentucky
Trey Thompkins, Georgia
Jarvis Varnado, Mississippi State
John Wall, Kentucky
Chris Warren, Ole Miss
Elliot Williams, Memphis
First Team All-SEC
*Trey Thompkins, Georgia – F, 6-10, 247, So., Lithonia, Ga.
*DeMarcus Cousins, Kentucky – F 6-11, 270, Fr., Mobile, Ala.
Patrick Patterson, Kentucky – F 6-9, 235, Jr., Huntington, W.Va.
*John Wall, Kentucky – G 6-4, 195, Fr., Raleigh, N.C.
Jarvis Varnado, Mississippi State – F, 6-9, 230, Sr., Brownsville, Tenn.
*Devan Downey, South Carolina – G, 5-9, 170, Sr., Chester, S.C.
Wayne Chism, Tennessee – C, 6-9, 246, Sr., Jackson, Tenn.
*Jermaine Beal, Vanderbilt – G, 6-3, Sr., 205, DeSoto, Texas
Second Team All-SEC
Mikhail Torrance, Alabama – G, 6-5, 210, Sr., Eight Mile, Ala.
Courtney Fortson, Arkansas – G, 5-11, 180, So., Montgomery, Ala.
Erving Walker, Florida – G, 5-10, 171, So., Brooklyn, N.Y.
Tasmin Mitchell, LSU – F, 6-7, 238, Sr., Denham Springs, La.
Chris Warren, Ole Miss – G, 5-10, 168, Jr., Orlando, Fla.
Dee Bost, Mississippi State – G, 6-2, 170, So., Concord, N.C.
A.J. Ogilvy, Vanderbilt – C, 6-11, Jr., 255, Sydney, Australia
Jeffery Taylor, Vanderbilt – F, 6-7, So., 210, Norrkoping, Sweden
SEC All-Freshman Team
Tony Mitchell, Alabama – F, 6-6, 185, Fr., Swainsboro, Ga.
*Marshawn Powell, Arkansas – F, 6-7, 220, Fr., Newport News, Va.
Kenny Boynton, Florida – G, 6-2, 183, Fr., Pompano Beach, Fla.
*Eric Bledsoe, Kentucky – G, 6-1, 190, Fr., Birmingham, Ala.
*DeMarcus Cousins, Kentucky – F 6-11, 270, Fr., Mobile, Ala.
*John Wall, Kentucky – G 6-4, 195, Fr., Raleigh, N.C.
Reginald Buckner, Ole Miss – F, 6-8, 233, Fr., Memphis, Tenn.
*John Jenkins, Vanderbilt – G, 6-4, 215, Hendersonville, Tenn.
SEC All-Defensive Team
Patrick Patterson, Kentucky – F 6-9, 235, Jr., Huntington, W.Va.
*Jarvis Varnado, Mississippi State – F, 6-9, 230, Sr., Brownsville, Tenn.
Devan Downey, South Carolina – G, 5-9, 170, Sr., Chester, S.C.
Sam Muldrow, South Carolina – F, 6-9, 220, Jr., Florence, S.C.
Jeffery Taylor, Vanderbilt – F, 6-7, So., 210, Norrkoping, Sweden
SEC Coach of the Year: Kevin Stallings, Vanderbilt
SEC Player of the Year: John Wall, Kentucky
SEC Scholar-Athlete of the Year: Ray Shipman, Florida
SEC Freshman of the Year: DeMarcus Cousins, Kentucky
SEC Sixth-Man of the Year: John Jenkins, Vanderbilt
SEC Defensive Player of the Year: Jarvis Varnado, Mississippi State*
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