Saturday, February 26, 2011

Field Set for 2011 OVC Men's Basketball Tournament


The field is set for the 2011 Ohio Valley Conference Men's Basketball Tournament in Nashville, Tennessee.

Murray State University captured the top seed, followed by Morehead State University. The Racers and Eagles earned a double bye and already hold spots in Friday night's semifinal round.

Eastern Kentucky University, the tournament's six-seed, will play Southeast Missouri in Wednesday's first round.

Here is a complete schedule:

2011 Ohio Valley Conference Men's Basketball Championship
Municipal Auditorium - Nashville, Tenn.

First Round - Wednesday, March 2
Game 1 - #5 Tennessee State vs. #8 UT Martin - 6:00 p.m. (OVCSports.TV)
Game 2 - #6 Eastern Kentucky vs. #7 Southeast Missouri - 8:00 p.m. (OVCSports.TV)

Quarterfinals - Thursday, March 3
Game 3 - #4 Tennessee Tech vs. Game 1 Winner - 6:00 p.m. (OVCSports.TV)
Game 4 - #3 Austin Peay vs. Game 2 Winner - 8:00 p.m. (OVCSports.TV)

Semifinals - Friday, March 4
Game 5 - #1 Murray State vs. Game 3 winner, 7:00 p.m. (ESPNU)
Game 6 - #2 Morehead State vs. Game 4 winner, 9:00 p.m. (ESPNU)

Championship - Saturday, March 5
Game 7 - Semifinal Winners - 7:00 p.m. (ESPN2)

All Times Central

2011 Mid-South Conference Men's Basketball Tournament


The pairings for the Mid-South Conference Men's Basketball Tournament have been announced.

The action begins on Monday night with the bottom four seeds playing opening round games. On Friday, the action moves to the Frankfort Convention Center for the quarterfinal round.

Here are the seeds and schedule:

No. 1 -- Georgetown
No. 2 -- St. Catharine
No. 3 -- Pikeville
No. 4 -- Cumberlands
No. 5 -- Lindsey Wilson
No. 6 -- Campbellsville
No. 7 -- West Virginia Tech
No. 8 -- Shawnee State
No. 9 -- UVa.-Wise
No. 10 -- Rio Grande

Monday, Feb. 28 -- Opening Round -- Games played at higher seed

Game 1: TBA -- 9) UVa.-Wise (10-17, 4-14) @ 8) Shawnee State (9-20, 4-14)
Game 2: 7 p.m. -- 10) Rio Grande (5-25, 0-18) @ 7) West Virginia Tech (13-15, 8-10)

Friday, March 4 -- Quarterfinals

Game 3: 2 p.m. -- 3) Pikeville (24-6, 13-5) vs. 6) Campbellsville (16-14, 9-9)
Game 4: 4 p.m. -- 2) St. Catharine (20-7, 14-4) vs. Game 2 winner
Game 5: 6 p.m. -- 4) Cumberlands (17-10, 13-5) vs. 5) Lindsey Wilson (19-10, 10-8)
Game 6: 8 p.m. -- 1) Georgetown (26-4, 15-3) vs. Game 1 winner

Saturday, March 5 -- Semifinals

Game 7: 6 p.m. -- Game 3 winner vs. Game 4 winner
Game 8: 8 p.m. -- Game 5 winner vs. Game 6 winner

Sunday, March 6 -- Finals

Game 9: 4 p.m. -- Game 7 winner vs. Game 8 winner

Times to be determined

All times Eastern

UK Head Coach John Calipari Captures Win No. 500


University of Kentucky head coach John Calipari picked up coaching win No. 500 this afternoon when the Wildcats defeated Florida 76-68.

Calipari is now 55-11 in his two seasons at Kentucky.

Here is a detailed look at the long and successful coaching career of John Calipari:

Massachusetts Minutemen (Atlantic 10 Conference) (1988–1996)

1988–89 Massachusetts 10–18 5–13 8th
1989–90 Massachusetts 17–14 10–8 6th NIT 1st Round
1990–91 Massachusetts 20–13 10–8 T-3rd NIT 4th Place
1991–92 Massachusetts 30–5 13–3 1st NCAA Sweet 16
1992–93 Massachusetts 24–7 11–3 1st NCAA 2nd Round
1993–94 Massachusetts 28–7 14–2 1st NCAA 2nd Round
1994–95 Massachusetts 29–5 13–3 1st NCAA Elite Eight
1995–96 Massachusetts 35–2 15–1 1st NCAA Final Four

Massachusetts: 193–71 87–40

Memphis Tigers (Conference USA) (2000–2009)

2000–01 Memphis 21–15 10–6 2nd (National) NIT Third Place
2001–02 Memphis 27–9 12–4 1st (National) NIT Champions
2002–03 Memphis 23–7 13–3 1st (National) NCAA 1st Round
2003–04 Memphis 22–8 12–4 T-1st NCAA 2nd Round
2004–05 Memphis 22–16 9–7 T-6th NIT Semifinals
2005–06 Memphis 33–4 13–1 1st NCAA Elite Eight
2006–07 Memphis 33–4 16–0 1st NCAA Elite Eight
2007–08 Memphis 38–2 16–0 1st NCAA Runner-up
2008–09 Memphis 33–4 16–0 1st NCAA Sweet 16
Memphis: 252–69 115–43

Kentucky Wildcats (Southeastern Conference) (2009–present)
2009–10 Kentucky 35–3 14–2 1st (East) NCAA Elite Eight
2010–11 Kentucky 20–8 8–6
Kentucky: 55–11 22–8

Total: 500-151

Cumberlands Holds Off Campbellsville in Slugfest


Cumberlands 58
Campbellsville 56

Final from Campbellsville, Kentucky

CAMPBELLSVILLE, Ky. -- Despite shooting 20 percent in the first half, Campbellsville University challenged Cumberland University to the wire in a 58-56 Senior Day loss Saturday in Powell Athletic Center.

Campbellsville fell behind 7-0 to start the game and trailed 18-5 before cutting the deficit to 24-17 at the half. While the Patriots shot 58 percent in the first half, The Tigers allowed only one offensive rebound and forced 12 turnovers.

"With those stats I would have thought we would be in better shape than we were," CU head coach Keith Adkins said. "We got off to a slow start in the first half and really never got into a rhythm offensively."

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Trevor Lacey Leads Butler to Regional Championship


Kentucky recruit Trevor Lacey led Butler (Ala.) High School to a 57-37 win over Fairview in Alabama's Northwest Regional final.

Lacey poured in 35 points to lead the Rebels (30-2).

After the game, Lacey was named the tournament's most valuable player.

ALL-TOURNAMENT TEAM:

Justin White, West Lawrence; Nathan Ring and Luke Bailey, Fairview; Justin Pride and Khwan Fore, Butler.

MVP: Trevor Lacey, Butler.

Georgetown College Locks Up Mid-South Conference Title


(9) Georgetown College 90
West Virginia Tech 60

Final from Georgetown, Kentucky

A 14-0 run to close out the half gave No. 9 Georgetown College the momentum to roll 90-60 on Senior Day against West Virginia Tech.

The Tigers (26-4, 15-3 Mid-South Conference) honored Eddie Gray, Matt Walls, Dillon Boggs, Rodney Haddix and Vincent Crutcher with a pre-game celebration and the big win, which gave them the conference regular season title outright. They head to Frankfort next Friday to start the defense of their tournament title.

GC's opponent for the quarterfinals is unknown; it will play the lowest seed following the play-in games Monday. WVT (14-14, 8-10) will definitely host, while Shawnee State (8-20, 4-14) is waiting to see if it or UVA-Wise (10-16, 4-13) will host. University of Rio Grande (5-25, 0-18), is the 10th seed and definitely be on the road at WVT. Wise does not play until 8 p.m. tonight against Pikeville.

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St. Catharine Blisters the Nets in Senior Day Win


St. Catharine 96
Lindsey Wilson 76

Final from Springfield, Kentucky

ST. CATHARINE, Ky. -- No. 22 St. Catharine (Ky.) College blistered the nets for a 68.6 field-goal percentage that helped it beat the visiting Lindsey Wilson College men's basketball team 96-76 on Saturday at Lourdes Hall.

Freshman Chase Cox led Lindsey Wilson with 14 points on three 3-pointers, while juniors Charles Baker and Dominic Stewart each added 12 points. Baker also led the Blue Raiders in rebounding with seven boards.

Kashiff Carr scored a game-high 29 points for St. Catharine, while Antoine Watson added 25 points and 10 rebounds.

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Kashiff Carr dunks on Cumberlands earlier this week:

Darius Miller is Trending to the Top for Kentucky


Kentucky junior Darius Miller has put together two career nights in the last week for the Wildcats. Miller established a new career high with a 22-point performance against South Carolina last Saturday. Today, in UK's 76-68 win over Florida, he went even higher as he put in 24 points.

Miller was 9-15 from the field, including 2-4 from long range this afternoon. He also had 5 rebounds, 3 assists and 3 blocked shots.

On the season, Miller is averaging 10.9 points. He has topped double figures in four consecutive games and 10 of the last 15.

After the game, "Darius Miller" was a trending topic on Twitter:

Union College Advances to AAC Championship Game


(4) Union College 74
(1) Milligan 71

Final from Milligan, Tennessee

MILLIGAN COLLEGE, Tenn. -- Union sophomore forward Turrell Morris scored a game-high 21 points, as the fourth-seeded Bulldogs upset top-seed Milligan, 74-71 in the semifinals of the 2011 Appalachian Athletic Conference Tournament Saturday afternoon at Lacey Fieldhouse.

With the win, Union improved to 15-15 on the year and advanced to their second straight AAC Tournament Championship game, which will be played Monday night against third-seed Reinhardt at Milligan. Milligan ends the year with a 17-12 record.

In the first half, Union controlled the pace of play in the first 20 minutes, jumping out to a 20-12 lead with seven minutes remaining. UC never looked back the rest of the half, as they went into the locker room with a 42-31 lead over the host Buffaloes.

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Kentucky Toughens Up, Slams No. 13 Florida


(22) Kentucky 76
(13) Florida 68

Final from Lexington, Kentucky

The University of Kentucky Wildcats rebounded from a road loss at Arkansas with a convincing 76-68 win over No. 13 Florida this afternoon at Rupp Arena in Lexington.

The No. 22 Wildcats (20-8, 8-6 SEC) were led by a career-high 24 points from junior Darius Miller. Brandon Knight added 16 points and 6 assists. Doron Lamb contributed 14 points on 6-9 shooting.

Josh Harrellson put in 6 points and 12 rebounds for Kentucky, who won the overall battle on the glass 32-29.

Chandler Parsons had 15 points, 8 rebounds and 7 assists for the Gators (22-6, 11-3). Kenny Boynton led the way with 21 points.

For the game, Kentucky hit 30-58 (51.7%) shots, including 7-14 (50%) from long range. Florida was 25-56 (44.6%) from the field.

The win was John Calipari's 500th career win. He has not lost in Rupp Arena since taking over the program.

Kentucky returns to action Tuesday night when they host No. 18 Vanderbilt at 9:00 p.m ET. They finish the regular season portion of the schedule next Sunday at Tennessee in a Noon contest.

DeMarcus Cousins Will Not Start Againt Memphis


Jason Jones, who covers the Sacramento Kings for Sacbee.com, reports on Twitter that DeMarcus Cousins will not start tonight against Memphis.

Cousins was surprisingly benched for most of the third quarter in last night's game and it looks like his punishment will carry over.

Here is a post from Jones on Twitter:

mr_jasonjones Word is DeMarcus Cousins will not start tonight against Memphis. #nbakings

Shabazz Muhammad Will Not Visit Louisville as Planned


Evan Daniels of Scout.com reported on Twitter earlier today that 2012 star Shabazz Muhammad will not make it to Louisville tomorrow as planned. Daniels added that Muhammad will reschedule.

Here is his post on Twitter:

EvanDanielScout Per my source, Shabazz Muhammad is rescheduling his Louisville visit. Wont make it this weekend.

John Calipari Talks About the Florida Gators and More


Here are some Florida pregame comments from University of Kentucky head coach John Calipari (via UKAthletics.com):

On what makes Florida forward Chandler Parsons such a good offensive rebounder …
“He’s active. He plays really hard, he’s very active. He attempts to rebound on every offensive shot. We’re doing percentages right now on rebound attempts. Last game against Arkansas our rebound attempts were about 55 percent and that’s on the defensive end. 55 percent, which is why they got 22 offensive rebounds. We had guys who didn’t even attempt to rebound, forget about getting the ball. And then offensively it was about 60 percent. The games before that they were both above 80 percent, attempts and offensive attempts. For him, his offensive attempts I’d bet you are in the high 90s. That’s why he goes and gets them – it’s just effort. It’s not that he’s more athletic, it’s not that he’s bigger, he’s just more active than anybody and that’s what he decides. ‘I’m going to beat this guy to that ball.’ He’s a terrific player.”

On how Florida seems to be so good in close games and if there’s some luck involved in that …
“No, I don’t want to say that because we’ve been poor in close games and I don’t think it’s been luck. I think you create opportunities and what they do is create opportunities for themselves. You watch our game down there, we were up three and all of a sudden we kick one off a guy’s foot, foul a guy and don’t defensive rebound three times and they came up after us and were the aggressive team. I think what they do is they’ve got players that expect to win and they make plays. I don’t know if there’s a whole lot of luck to it. Just about every game has been a wire-to-wire close game. A couple of them they’ve had two or three blowouts.”

On what the common thread has been in Kentucky’s close losses …
“Well, it’s been a one-point game with a minute to go in probably five of them and we’re not making the plays down the stretch. We don’t make that basket, we don’t get that one stop, we don’t come up with that one rebound. One of the things I said to them yesterday, it’s almost like each of you is expecting the other to do something. You’re all hoping someone does something just so it’s not you. You can’t play that way. I’d rather have two guys bump heads throughout the whole game. We only bumped heads one time against Arkansas and the worst time we could have done it, when DeAndre (Liggins) came flying in when Darius (Miller) had an easy tip in. And it’s the only time, and he does it on that play and tips it away from our guy. That’s it. We had no other attempts where two guys went after balls like that.”

On if their last minute struggles are a matter of nerves or simply not playing well together yet …
“I think we’re just inexperienced, trying to figure it out. We have freshmen and inexperienced other players who were never in close games, and so now they’re all in there trying to figure out who’s doing what. You would hope by this time we would have figured it out. Most of it, again, if you go back to the games it isn’t even an execution play as much as it is defensively or rebound, those kind of plays. And that’s just an effort play. You have to want it worse than that other team. Like I said, the great thing about being in this league is, you have resume building games just about every week. The bad news in this league, you’ve got resume building games every game you turn around. That’s the good and the bad of it. That’s the good stuff for us. We get an opportunity to play a great team, a highly ranked team that may be top 10. If they’re not, they probably should be the way they’re playing. They’re talented guards. They’ve got a deep team. (Billy Donovan’s) playing eight or nine guys, so he’s got some room for error for guy’s not playing well. (They) played well without (Chandler) Parsons, much better with him, obviously.”

On if he’s worried about players’ confidence in late game situations …
“Well demonstrated performance is how you build confidence and we haven’t done it. What I’m doing is just waiting for us to make that play, that shot, that tip-in. Now, Darius (Miller) made an unbelievable 3, so there are signs that we’re doing it. We’re just not all doing it, and understanding this is the point in the game if I get this ball this game’s over. We’re just not quite doing it.”

2011 Great Lakes Valley Conference Tournament Starts Today


The 2011 Great Lakes Valley Conference Championship Tournament tips today at various host sites.

At, 7:00 p.m. ET tonight, top-seeded Bellarmine University hosts Rockhurst and Quincy travels to fifth-seeded Northern Kentucky University.

Later, at 8:30 p.m. ET, sixth-seeded Kentucky Wesleyan College will host Missouri-St. Louis.

Here is a complete schedule:

FIRST ROUND* (on campus sites) All Game Times Local

SATURDAY, FEB. 26

G1 7:00 PM ET #12 Rockhurst at #1 Bellarmine
G2 7:30 PM CT #11 UW-Parkside at #2 Southern Indiana
G3 4:00 PM CT #10 Saint Joseph's at #3 Drury
G4 7:30 PM ET #9 Lewis at #4 Indianapolis
G5 7:00 PM ET #8 Quincy at #5 Northern Kentucky
G6 7:30 PM CT #7 Missouri-St. Louis at #6 Kentucky Wesleyan

>>Tournament will be re-seeded after first round<<

SECOND ROUND at Moloney Arena (Simon Athletic Center), Maryville University (All Game Times CDT)

FRIDAY, MAR. 4

G7 12:00 PM #3 Seed vs. #6 Seed
G8 2:30 PM #4 Seed vs. #5 Seed

SEMIFINALS at Moloney Arena (Simon Athletic Center), Maryville University

SATURDAY, MAR. 5

G9 12:00 PM Winner Game 7 vs. #2 Seed
G10 2:30 PM Winner Game 8 vs. #1 Seed

CHAMPIONSHIP at Moloney Arena (Simon Athletic Center), Maryville University

SUNDAY, MARCH 6

G11 1:00 PM Winner Game 9 vs. Winner Game 10

DeMarcus Cousins Talks About Overcoming His Critics


Former Kentucky big man DeMarcus Cousins spoke to Hoopsworld.com about the negative reputation that seems to follow him around on- and off-the-court.

Cousins says he is often misunderstood and his passion for the game is mistaken for anger.

Here is an excerpt:

"Under the circumstances, it's been hard," said Cousins. "Actually playing the game has not been hard, it's been all the other things around it.

"In the beginning it wasn't hard, but now every small thing I do is really blown up. I get compared to all these players like Rasheed Wallace. I've played but one season, it's crazy."

It is easy to argue the Cousins has brought much of the negative press on himself and kept it alive with actions like getting into an altercation with a teammate, actions that ended with Cousins being suspended by his own team for a game in February. But Cousins does not see himself as the angry young man that he is often portrayed as.

"Do I have a temper," repeated Cousins to the question. "No, I'd say I am emotional. I'd agree that I am emotional. When I am happy, I'm happy, when I am sad, I'm sad. That's what makes me go, I am an emotional player.

"Its passion (not anger), just being a competitor trying to be better than the next person."

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Minnesota Writers Jumping on the Fire Tubby Smith Bandwagon


Ben Pherson and Jason Feldman of the Post-Bulletin in Rochester, Minnesota wonder today if it's time to "wave goodbye" to Minnesota head coach Tubby Smith.

Smith, who left Kentucky to coach Minnesota, is having a difficult season largely due to injuries and off-the-court issues.

Here are the opinions of Pherson and Feldman:

FELDY: It's been three years and 11 months since Tubby Smith was introduced as the head coach of the men's basketball team at the University of Minnesota. Apparently that's how long a honeymoon lasts for an established head coach in our state. Tubby's approval rating continues to drop, especially with die-hards in the Twin Cities (as well as some media members up there). How about you, Phersy? You on the Fire Tubby bandwagon yet?

PHERSY: Man, it's hard not to jump on. That ugly loss Tuesday night to Michigan State seemed to push many people over the edge. What bothers me is this seems to be a recurring theme with this guy. His teams continue to start out well, only to struggle during the homestretch. That's unacceptable at any level. And in the Big Ten, it will cost a coach his job in a hurry. Am I ready to pull the trigger? Probably not. I have one foot on the bandwagon, though. ...

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Report: Braeden Anderson to Attend Kentucky Game Today


A report on Twitter from NationofBlue.com indicates that 2011 recruit Braeden Anderson will be in Lexington today to attend the University of Kentucky game.

Here is the post from Twitter:

uknationofblue Kentucky recruit Braeden Anderson is visiting family this weekend in KY and will be at game today

Anderson is a potential power forward target for the Wildcats. He originally signed with DePaul but was granted a release from this LOI

Here is a report from Nation of Blue.

Westphal Benches DeMarcus Cousins for Most of Quarter


Sacramento Kings coach Paul Westphal apparently benched rookie big man DeMarcus Cousins in last night's 110-98 loss to Charlotte.

After the game, Westphal was asked about sending Cousins to the bench.

"I'd rather not address that right now," the coach said. "I thought it was the right move at the time."

Cousins wasn't sure why he was benched.

"I don't know," he said. "I don't even want to talk. I don't know."

In 27 minutes, Cousins had 13 points and 10 rebounds. He was 5-9 from the field but also had a team-high 7 turnovers.

Centre College Advances to SCAC Semifinals


(1E) Centre College 54
(4W) Hendrix College 46

Final from Jackson, Mississippi

During the first round of the 2011 Southern Collegiate Athletic Conference Men's Basketball Tournament the #2 seed in the East, the Colonels, were able to beat Hendrix College, the #4 seed in the West, 54-46 on Friday, February 25 in Jackson, Miss at Millsaps College. Centre improved to 19-5 with the win.

Junior Greg Ross (Cincinnati, Ohio) scored the first 10 points of the game to give Centre the early 10-0 lead.

Dayton Sheridan finally put Hendrix on the board almost seven minutes into the game to cut the Colonels lead to 10-2. The Warriors pulled within four points after scoring two more baskets to put the score at 10-6 with 9:52 remaining in the first half of play.

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Friday, February 25, 2011

Kentucky Players Talk About the Florida Gators


Terrence Jones, Brandon Knight and DeAndre Liggins gave comments to the media this afternoon about Kentucky's game against the Florida Gators tomorrow.

Here are their comments (via UKAthletics.com):

#3, Terrence Jones, F, Fr.

On if there is revenge in facing Florida …
“Of course. There always is anytime you lose, especially the way we lost in Florida and with it being so close and with us having the lead with such little time left. We were just two rebounds away from winning the game.”

On the key to a win Saturday …
“Rebounds. We let two offensive rebounds go in the earlier game with (Florida) that changed the whole game. That will be important.”

On if he is worried about the team’s confidence …
“I’m not really worried about people’s confidence at home. It seems like people … I really hope I don’t jinx us when I say this; but it seems like people really step up when we are at home.”

#12, Brandon Knight, G, Fr.

On how the team feels after the loss at Arkansas …
"I am mad as an individual and I am pretty sure everyone else is pretty mad as well. But I know how I feel. Angry. Upset. Knowing that we should have won. It’s difficult to lose to teams that we are better than. Some people ask if we feel pressure, but I don’t think we should. We just feel like we have to work harder to play better. We have to continue to work at it and eventually things will come our way.”

On what he thinks is wrong with their play after watching the film …
“When you look at the films, you can see that guys are looking to someone else to make a play. You can kind of see that we are not as aggressive and confident as we should be. That’s not the type of team we are and it’s not the way we want to play. Not sure why that is, but it is. I think we just come out and we play. We haven’t been worrying about it, so why worry about it. We just have to try something different to pull out these wins.”

On playing with confidence …
“I think we have to remember to let things go when they don’t go our way. I am not scared to miss a shot that are good looks. You are happy when you make it and you just have to do something different when you don’t. I think that’s the good thing about great players. I am not going to hold the ball or take a dribble and try to create something that’s not there. If I have an open shot, I’m going to shoot it. If it goes, it goes. If it doesn’t, it doesn’t. That’s why I work hard in the gym and put up a lot of shots, so that I have confidence in my shots.”

#34, DeAndre Liggins, G, Jr.

On his technical foul …
“Coach (John) Calipari told me to just leave the official alone, play ball and let him do all the talking to the officials. I just have to leave it up to the coach and let him deal with the officials.”

On the loss against Arkansas …
“That was a pretty tough loss. We are just trying to move on. We need to take care of our play and focus on the game tomorrow at home. Everybody has been positive because we all know what we have to do in order to get back on the right track. Me, personally, I am (angry). I play to win. I’m not selfish, but I play to win. I’m (angry). I just have to get it together and step my game up another notch.”

On the upcoming game against Florida …
“When (Florida) is on the road, they actually pull out a win. We don’t do that. We sometimes turn the ball over and we are not as aggressive as we should be down the stretch. But Florida, they make plays down the stretch and pull off close games back-to-back.”

Nice Video Feature on Bellarmine's Braydon Hobbs

Here is an excellent feature story about Bellarmine University's Braydon Hobbs:

Transy Escapes Rose-Hulman in HCAC Tournament


(4) Transylvania 54
(5) Rose-Hulman 49

Final from N. Manchester, Indiana

N. MANCHESTER, Ind. - Transylvania's Ashley Hatfield had 14 points and seven rebounds Friday and Barrett Meyer and Ethan Spurlin added 11 points each as the Pioneers took down Rose-Hulman 54-49 in first-round action in the Heartland Conference men's basketball tournament.

Transy is 18-8 overall after defeating Rose-Hulman for the second time this year, while the Engineers are 16-10. The Pioneers were the No. 4 seed in the tourney while Rose-Hulman was No. 5. Transy plays HCAC regular season champion Manchester Saturday at 7 p.m. in the HCAC semifinals. The HCAC championship contest will be played Sunday at 2 p.m. with the winner earning the league's automatic bid to the NCAA Division III Championship.

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"Do the John Wall" Lands Group a Record Deal


The hit song "Do the John Wall" has landed North Carolina-based rap trio Troop 41 a recording contract.

Here is an excerpt from AllHipHop News:

Since its release, “Do the John Wall” has taken on a life of its own. The song’s video has received close to 7 million hits on its YouTube page while establishing a presence on radio and Billboard's Heatseekers Songs and Hot 100 charts.

The popularity of “Do the John Wall” also captured the attention of Universal Republic, which recently signed Troop 41 to a record deal.

“We didn’t even know it was gonna be as huge as it got, but people just seem to love it,” said T-Breezy, regarding the song’s appeal. “It’s a very catchy song.”

"Do the John Wall":

Davis Picks Kentucky to Win, Louisville to Lose


In Seth Davis' feature "The Weekend Forecast", he picks the Kentucky Wildcats to win and the Louisville Cardinals to lose on Saturday.

Here is an excerpt:

No. 13 Florida (22-5, 11-2 SEC) at No. 22 Kentucky (19-8, 7-6)
When the Wildcats traveled to the O Dome back on Feb. 5, their freshman point guard Brandon Knight, a 39.6 percent three-point shooter, had an open look from behind the arc that would have won the game at the buzzer. He missed. That's how close Kentucky came to a win that would have bolstered this young team's confidence immeasurably. Instead, the Cats have continued their losing ways on the road, bottoming out Wednesday night by losing by one point at Arkansas. UK's last five SEC road losses have come by a total of 11 points. It's hard to predict how they will respond to all this adversity, but I'm counting on all those fans in Rupp Arena to pull them over the hump. Because if it doesn't happen in this game, it probably won't happen at all.

Pick: Kentucky 79 Florida 76

No. 4 Pittsburgh (24-3, 12-2) at No. 16 Louisville (21-7, 10-5)
I correctly predicted that Pittsburgh would lose last weekend at St. John's, so I'm going to resist dipping back into that upset well a second time. Besides, I like the way the Panthers match up with Louisville. The Cardinals are getting healthy in their frontcourt, but they're still too young and thin inside to push Pitt around. The Panthers are also more comfortable duplicating the strategy Cincinnati used to beat Louisville last week, which involved slowing the pace and taking away the three-point shot. If this game were being played on Saturday I might have gone with the home team because it would require a quick turnaround from Pitt, but I think the extra day will give the Panthers time to regroup.

Pick: Pittsburgh 66 Louisville 61

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Southern Collegiate Athletic Conference Tournament Opens


The Southern Collegiate Athletic Conference Tournament is underway at Belhaven University.

The Centre College Colonels open tonight at 7:00 p.m. ET against Hendrix.

Friday - Quarterfinals at Belhaven University
1 p.m. CT - #1W Trinity (11-5/15-10) vs. #4E Rhodes (3-13/7-17)
3 p.m. CT - #2E DePauw (12-4/17-8) vs. #3W Austin College (7-9/11-13)
6 p.m. CT - #1E Centre (13-3/18-4) vs. #4W Hendrix (5-11 /10-15)
8 p.m. CT - #2W Colorado College (10-6/14-11) vs. #3E Oglethorpe (10-6/14-11)

Saturday - Semifinals at Millsaps College
5 p.m. CT - Winner #1W/#4E vs. Winner #2E/#3W
7 p.m. CT - Winner #1E/#4W vs. Winner #2W/#3E

Sunday - Finals at Millsaps College
2:30 p.m. CT - Winner 5 p.m. Semifinal vs. Winner 7 p.m. Semifinal

Heartland Collegiate Athletic Conference Tournament Tips Tonight


The Heartland Collegiate Athletic Conference Tournament tips tonight at 6:00 p.m. ET when Rose-Hulman battles Transylvania University.

The games will be played at Manchester College in Greenwood, Indiana.

Men's Conference Tournament Schedule

Friday, Feb. 25 (Opening Round at Manchester)

Game 1: #5 Rose-Hulman vs. #4 Transylvania 6:00 PM

Game 2: #6 Bluffton vs. #3 Anderson 8:00 PM

Saturday, Feb. 26 (Semifinals at Manchester)

Game 3: #3/6 winner vs. #2 Hanover 5:00 PM

Game 4: #4/5 winner at #1 Manchester 7:00 PM

Sunday, Feb. 27 (Final game at Manchester)

Game 5: Game 3 winner vs. Game 4 winner 2:00 PM

John Calipari Discusses Florida, NBA Futures of Cats

Kentucky head coach John Calipari spoke to the media today about tomorrow's critical game against Florida. He spoke of finishing games, overcoming the mental aspects of losing and more. Calipari also said he would not recommend the NBA to any of his players right now:



* Video from bluenationblog on YouTube

Shabazz Muhammad, Winston Shepard to Visit Louisville


Shabazz Muhammad and AAU teammate Winston Shepard plan to visit the University of Louisville this weekend for the Pittsburgh game.

Muhammad is one of the top players in the 2012 class and is also being heavily recruited by John Calipari and Kentucky. He is ranked No. 3 overall by Rivals.com and holds offers from a long and impressive list of high-major programs. Muhammad is listed as a 6-5 shooting guard.

Shepard is a 6-8 small forward who ranks No. 36 in the 2012 class by Rivals.com. He already holds an offer from Louisville. Kentucky is also recruiting Shepard.


Photo: Rivals.com

Great Lakes Valley Conference Announces 2010-11 Awards


Bellarmine University's Jeremy Kendle has been named Great Lakes Valley Conference Player of the Year for 2010-11.

Knights head coach Scott Davenport was named Coach of the Year.

Kendle was joined by teammate Braydon Hobbs on the All-GLVC First Team.

Kentucky Wesleyan's Anthony Young was named to the Second Team.

Bellarmine's Chris Dowe and Justin Benedetti, Northern Kentucky's Malcolm Eleby and Josh Tabb and Kentucky Wesleyan's Cardell McFarland were all named to the Third Team.

GLVC PLAYER OF THE YEAR: Jeremy Kendle, Sr., G, Bellarmine
GLVC FRESHMAN OF THE YEAR: Jordan Mach, Fr., G, Wisconsin-Parkside
GLVC COACH OF THE YEAR: Scott Davenport, Bellarmine

ALL-GLVC FIRST TEAM
Darius Adams, Indianapolis, Sr., G
Gerald Fulton, Missouri-St. Louis, Jr., G
Braydon Hobbs, Bellarmine, Jr., G
Jeremy Kendle, Bellarmine, Sr., G
Mohamed Ntumba, Southern Indiana, Sr., C

ALL-GLVC SECOND TEAM
Alex Hall, Drury, So., G
JaJuan Maxwell, Drury, Sr., F
Dennis Thomas, Jr., Lewis, Sr., G
C.J. Trotter, Southern Indiana, Sr., G
Anthony Young, Kentucky Wesleyan, Jr., C

ALL-GLVC THIRD TEAM
Justin Benedetti, Bellarmine, Sr., F
Chris Dowe, Bellarmine, So., G
Josh Edmonds, Quincy, Sr., G
Malcolm Eleby, Northern Kentucky, Sr., G
Michael Fakuade, Illinois-Springfield, Jr., F
Kevin Gant, Southern Indiana, Sr., G
Cardell McFarland, Kentucky Wesleyan, Jr., G
Dennon Mitchell, Drury, Jr., G
Adrian Moss, Indianapolis, Jr., G
Josh Tabb, Northern Kentucky, Sr., G

KIAC Releases All-Conference Team and Awards


The Kentucky Intercollegiate Athletic Conference has released the league's postseason awards and All-Conference Team.

IU Southeast's Jazzmarr Ferguson, a Louisville native, was selected by the league's coaches as the KIAC Player of the Year.

Asbury University's Will Shouse was named Coach of the Year.

Player of the Year: Jazzmarr Ferguson, Indiana University Southeast

Coach of the Year: Will Shouse, Asbury University

KIAC All-Conference Team:

Name Class School Hometown
- Darryl Bell JR IU Southeast Louisville, Ky.
- Rick Bodiford SR IU Southeast Louisville, Ky.
- Daniel Combs SR Alice Lloyd Hazard,KY
- Adam Delph SO Asbury Louisville, Ky.
- Rudy Evans SR Berea Cleveland, OH
- Jazzmarr Ferguson SR IU Southeast Louisville, Ky.
- Phillip Morrison SR Asbury Louisville, Ky.
- Tyler Rigby SR IU East Bryant, Ind.
- Aaron Tandy SR Brescia Louisville, KY
- Matt Trimnell FR IU East Seymour, Ind.

St. Catharine Nets Critical Mid-South Win Over Cumberlands

St. Catharine College started hot and never looked back in defeating University of the Cumberlands 76-63 on Thursday night.

Here are some videos from the game (complete game recap later):





Group Makes a Push for Billy Gillispie at Texas Tech


A student group at Texas Tech is making a push to hire Billy Gillispie as the school's head basketball coach for next season.

They have formed a website, getgillispie.com, which redirects to a Facebook group with the name, "Texas Tech should hire Billy Gillipsie to replaced Pat Knight."

Here is an excerpt about the group from Dailytoreador.com:

Instead of a vitriolic “Fire Pat Knight” campaign, this group decided to find a suitable candidate for the job and start a group campaigning to get him here. It’s pretty simple, really. The group’s website, getgillispie.com, which is also on the front of the shirts, redirects to a Facebook group with the succinct name, “Texas Tech should hire Billy Gillispie to replace Pat Knight.”

The group hopes to attract the former Texas A&M and Kentucky coach to the South Plains, where they believe he can have a positive impact on Tech’s basketball squad.

“Billy Gillispie’s a West Texas guy. He’s proven himself,” said Taylor Chilcutt, a senior restaurant, hotel and institution management major from Weatherford who is heading up student involvement with the campaign. “He got fired from Kentucky because he didn’t live up to Kentucky’s standards. Where he was at, if Tech could have the type of play he was having while at Kentucky, we would fill the stadium up a little bit.”

Campellsville Overwhelms Lindsey Wilson on Senior Night


Campbellsville 79
Lindsey Wilson 60

Final from Campbellsville, Kentucky

CAMPBELLSVILLE, Ky. -- A Senior Night performance came early for JaVaughn Espritt, Caleb Harris and Shawn Savage. The trio of seniors combined for 72 points Thursday to power Campbellsville University to a 79-60 win over rival Lindsey Wilson College in a packed out Powell Athletic Center.

"You never go into a Lindsey Wilson game expecting to win by double figures. We don't talk about the rivalry, but the guys know and they don't want to lose," CU head coach Keith Adkins said. "Against the teams above us in the conference standings, this was one of our better performances. Hopefully we can trump that Saturday."

Lindsey Wilson took an 11-10 lead with 9:35 remaining in the first half before Savage sparked an 11-point Tiger run with back-to-back 3s. CU jumped out to a 21-11 lead and stretched the margin to 20 points for the first time, 35-15, on a free throw by Jonas Bohm. At the half, Campbellsville led 37-22 with the 15-point margin equal to Savage's scoring lead. He finished with 23 points.

Complete Recap

Kentucky Drops to Fifth in Yahoo! SEC Rankings


The University of Kentucky Wildcats have dropped all the way to fifth in Yahoo! Sports Southeastern Conference rankings.

Here is how the league is ranked this week:

1. Florida (22-5, 11-2)
2. Vanderbilt (20-7, 8-5)
3. Alabama (19-8, 11-2)
4. Tennessee (17-11, 7-6)
5. Kentucky (19-8, 7-6)
6. Georgia (18-9, 7-6)
7. Arkansas (17-10, 6-7)
8. Mississippi State (14-13, 6-7)
9. South Carolina (14-12, 5-8)
10. Ole Miss (17-11, 5-8)
11. LSU (11-17, 3-10)
12. Auburn (9-18, 2-11)

On the list of Who's Hot and Who's Not, Yahoo! places Kentucky's Brandon Knight on the latter:

Brandon Knight, Kentucky – The Wildcats guard missed three shots in the final 10 seconds of Kentucky’s 77-76 loss to Arkansas on Wednesday. Knight’s final clank came on a desperation 3-point attempt after the Wildcats inbounded the ball with 1.8 seconds left.

Complete Article

Georgetown College Locks Up Share of MSC Title


(9) Georgetown 87
Rio Grande 69

Final from Georgetown, Kentucky

Georgetown College men's basketball team wrapped up no worse than a tie for the regular season Mid-South Conference title and assured itself a one seed in the upcoming tournament Thursday with a win over University of Rio Grande, 87-69.

The Tigers (25-4, 14-3 MSC) can only be reached by St. Catharine, which beat University of the Cumberlands Thursday, but GC swept the SCC in the regular season for the tiebreaker.

Eleven Tigers tallied points, led by Maurice Pearson's 14 points, Eddie Gray's 13 and Rodney Haddix's 10.

The RedStorm (5-24, 0-17) were led by Kaleb Kimber's 15 points and Doug Campbells' 10.

Georgetown returns to action Saturday against West Virginia Tech with a 4 p.m. tip on Senior Day.

* Game recap by Georgetown College

Trevor Lacey Has Not Committed or Signed with Kentucky


Trevor Lacey has not committed or signed to the University of Kentucky.

A statement appearing in an article at CullmanTimes.com stated last night:

"Lacey, a 6-foot-4 guard who has signed with Kentucky, hit 9-of-13 from the field and sank 5-of-12 3-pointers."

This is an erroneous statement as Lacey obviously cannot sign with a school until the Spring signing period. Lacey confirmed to Garrett Tucker of NationofBlue.com via text that he also has not committed to Kentucky or any other school at this point.

Here is a post from Tucker on Twitter:

GTuckersports Trevor Lacey told me he has NOT committed or signed with Kentucky, despite reports from the Cullman Times

Lacey did state in a recent interview that he feels like he has decided which school he wants to attend but will not announce his decision until signing day in April.

Murray State University Clinches Share of OVC Title


Murray State 70
Morehead State 62

Final from Murray, Kentucky

The Murray State Racers clinched a share of the Ohio Valley Conference regular season championship Thursday with a 70-62 win over Morehead State at the CFSB Center in Murray, Ky.

The Racers moved their mark in the OVC to 13-4 and secured their 22nd title, the most in the history of the league. MSU also won the title last season.

On a night when the game was bothered by a tornado warning, the Racers sounded their own warning to the rest of the OVC that they may be rounding into great form just in time for next week’s OVC Tournament.

Trailing by six at 8:30 of the opening half, the Racers got the shot in the arm they needed when Jeffery McClain fed Ed Daniel and then scored a basket of his own. When B.J. Jenkins hit a three on the final play, MSU had a 9-0 run to end the half and enjoyed a 28-22 lead.

The second half saw MSU (22-8) hit the gas pedal again when Jenkins hit three straight three-point shots plus a pair of free throws for a personal 11-0 run and MSU led 39-24 with 17:20 left.

Complete Article

Jones, Knight are Finalists for Wayman Tisdale Award


Kentucky teammates Terrence Jones and Brandon Knight were named among five finalists for the inaugural Wayman Tisdale National Freshman of the Year Award as announced by the United States Basketball Writers Association (USBWA).

Here is an excerpt of a release from the University of Kentucky:

Jones is currently leading the team in rebounding (9.1), blocked shots (53) and double-doubles (10). He’s averaging 17.6 points, which is second on the team just behind Knight. Jones leads the league in rebounding and ranks fourth in scoring. His 2.0 blocks per game average ranks sixth.

Knight is averaging a team-best 17.7 points and has set UK freshmen records for 20-point games with 12 and consecutive games in double-figures with 22. He ranks third in the SEC in scoring and second in assists with 4.0 per game and he’s fifth in the league in 3-pointers, averaging 2.4 a game.

Former UK All-American John Wall became the first Wildcat to win the award last season.

Top-Seeded Thiel Drops Thomas More in PAC Semifinals


(1) Thiel 78
(5) Thomas More 65

Final from Greenville, Pennsylvania


(GREENVILLE, Pa.) - Despite a game-high 18 points from junior point guard Daniel Whelan (Cincinnati, Ohio/St. Xavier), the No. 5 seeded Thomas More College men's basketball team fell, 78-65, to No. 1 seed Thiel College tonight (Thursday, February 24, 2011) in a Presidents' Athletic Conference (PAC) Championship Tournament semifinal game at Beeghly Gymnasium in Greenville, Pennsylvania.

With the loss, the Saints end the season at 13-14. With the win, the Tomcats improve to 20-6 and advance to the PAC Tournament championship game where they will host No. 3 seed Bethany College at 7:30 p.m. on Saturday (February 26)

Complete Recap

2011 Kentucky Derby Festival Classic Rosters Announced


The roster for the 2011 Kentucky Derby Festival Classic were announced last night.

The field includes 18 top 100 prospects and seven McDonald’s All-Americans.

Future Louisville Cardinals Chane Behanan, Wayne Blackshear, Angel Nunez and Zach Price will compete in the event.

There are no University of Kentucky signees in the game, but UK recruits Braeden Anderson, Trevor Lacey and DeAndre Daniels will be on display.

George Fant and Derrick Gordon, who will play at Western Kentucky, will participate in the game.

The game will be Friday, April 22 at the KFC YUM! Center in Louisville.

2011 Kentucky Derby Festival Classic Rosters:

Braeden Anderson – Undecided – Unranked
Chane Behanan – Louisville – No. 27
Deuce Bello – Baylor – No. 41
Wayne Blackshear – Louisville – No. 12
Quinn Cook – Duke – No. 21
DeAndre Daniels – Undecided No. 35
Branden Dawson – Michigan State – No. 18
Austin Etherington – Indiana – Unranked
George Fant – Western Kentucky -- Unranked
Derrick Gordon – Western Kentucky -- Unranked
D’Angelo Harrison – St. Johns – No. 59
Tony Kimbro – Undecided -- Unranked
Trevor Lacey – Undecided – No. 63
Ben McLemore – Undecided – No. 34
LeBryan Nash – Oklahoma State – No. 5
Angel Nunez – Louisville -- Unranked
Dai-jon Parker – Vanderbilt – No. 36
Zach Price – Louisville – No. 57
Levi Randolph – Alabama – No. 29
Kevin Ware – Tennessee -- No. 97
Dezmine Wells – Xavier – No. 37
Amir Williams – Ohio State – No. 42
BJ Young – Arkansas – No. 19
Cody Zeller – Indiana – No. 17

Opportunity for Eric Bledsoe as Clippers Trade Baron Davis


Former University of Kentucky star Eric Bledsoe may see an increase in playing time as the Los Angeles Clippers have traded starting point guard Baron Davis to Cleveland.

Davis and a 2011 first-round draft pick were sent to Cleveland in exchange for Mo Williams and Jamario Moon.

Williams is a point guard but it isn't clear if Los Angeles intends place him in the starting lineup or speed up the development of Bledsoe, who started for an extended period of time earlier this season.

In Cleveland, Williams averaged 13.3 points, 7.1 assists and 2.7 rebounds per game.

Bledsoe is averaging 6.7 points, 3.9 assists and 3.0 rebounds for the Clippers.

Western Kentucky Beats FIU on Senior Night


Western Kentucky 80
Florida International 73

Final from Bowling Green, Kentucky

BOWLING GREEN, Ky. — Seniors Sergio Kerusch and Steffphon Pettigrew, playing in their final home games at E.A. Diddle Arena in their careers, each had double-doubles of 20-plus points and 10-plus rebounds as WKU defeated FIU, 80-73, Thursday night. The win is WKU's ninth in its last 12 games and eighth in its last 11 conference games and improves its record to 14-14 overall and 8-7 in Sun Belt Conference play. FIU drops to 9-18 on the season and 4-11 in the league.

Thursday's victory means that WKU and Middle Tennessee will battle for the second seed in the East Division in the upcoming Sun Belt Conference Tournament in the regular-season finale on Saturday night, which carries with it a first-round bye. The winner of that game will earn the second seed.

Kerusch had a game-high 26 points and 11 rebounds, and Pettigrew contributed 20 points and 10 rebounds. It also marks the first time since the duo's sophomore season of 2008-09 that each had at least 20 points in the same game. Kahlil McDonald tied a career high with 15 points and hit nine of 11 free throws, and Jamal Crook set a career high with 10 assists. The 10 assists were the most by a Hilltopper in a game since Orlando Mendez-Valdez had 12 against Troy on January 1, 2009.

FIU was paced by DeJuan Wright's 19 points and Eric Frederick's 18 and eight rebounds. WKU has now won six-straight meetings with the Panthers and 12 of the last 13 overall in the series.

Complete Recap

Thursday, February 24, 2011

UT-Martin Hands Eastern Kentucky Third Straight Loss


UT-Martin 78
Eastern Kentucky 70

Final from Martin, Tennessee

MARTIN, Tenn. – The Eastern Kentucky University men’s basketball team built a 16-point first half lead, but was then blown away in the final 13 minutes as host UT Martin rallied for a 78-70 win Thursday evening in the Elam Center. The Colonels (15-14, 9-8 OVC) have now dropped three straight games.

Senior Spencer Perrin led EKU with 15 points and a game-high seven rebounds. Junior Joshua Jones added 14 points before going down with an ankle injury with seven minutes remaining.

Mike Liabo paced the Skyhawks (11-19, 6-11) with 21 points while Benzor Simmons tallied 18 points, all of which came in the second half. With the win, UT Martin clinched a spot in the upcoming OVC tournament.

Complete Recap

Pearl Allegedly Committed an NCAA Violation Four Days AFTER His Tearful Apology


Tennessee head coach Bruce Pearl reportedly committed an NCAA violation just four days after his tearful public apology in September.

According to the New York Times (HT: John Clay of the Herald-Leader):

Four days after the N.C.A.A. sent a letter to the University of Tennessee about the recruiting activities of the men’s basketball coach, Bruce Pearl, in September 2010, Pearl is alleged to have committed another recruiting violation.

The university released the N.C.A.A.’s official letter of allegations on Wednesday detailing the charges against Pearl and his staff, which are considered major violations and could result in sanctions, such as being barred from postseason events.

Here are some words from the tearful apology that was acted out, uh, delivered by Pearl:

“I apologize from the bottom of my heart that I let everyone down,” an emotional Pearl said at a press conference, called by UT after the school announced it had received a letter of inquiry from the NCAA. “I let my family down, the university down, our fans down, and I let my players down.

“I have a responsibility to lead by example,and I expect more from myself, and so should you.”

Trevor Lacey Breaks Scoring Record. Controversy Follows


Kentucky 2011 recruit Trevor Lacey broke an Alabama High School Athletic Association Class 4A regional scoring record this afternoon in Butler High School's 84-40 win over East Lawrence.

Lacey erupted for 44 points, which stirred up a bit of controversy as 28 of the points were scored in the second half.

Here is an excerpt from AL.com:

But don't count Eagles' coach Dale Walker among those who enjoyed the show. Lacey scored 28 of his points in a second half that never saw his team's lead under 14 points and never under 29 in the final quarter.

"I thought it was tasteless," said Walker. "You are up 30 or 40 (points) and you have got young men trying to play hard and compete. I don't have anything to do with their school closing down."

To Doss, leaving a legacy was the right thing to do.

"We came out and were trying to set some records cause school is closing down," said Doss after his No. 1 Rebels improved to 29-2, "and I probably put too much pressure on them at the start of the game."

Terrence Jones, Kenneth Faried on Vitale's All-Solid Gold Team


Dick Vitale has released his 2010-11 All-Solid Gold teams, which he describes as: "my crème de la crème, the best of the best in college basketball for the 2010-11 season!"

He places Kentucky freshman Terrence Jones on his fourth team and Morehead State senior Kenneth Faried on his fifth team.

Here is how Vitale sees it:

First-Team All-Solid Gold

- Kemba Walker, Connecticut
- Jimmer Fredette, BYU
- Jared Sullinger, Ohio State
- Nolan Smith, Duke
- Derrick Williams, Arizona

Second-Team All-Solid Gold

- Kyle Singler, Duke
- JaJuan Johnson, Purdue
- Kawhi Leonard, San Diego State
- Jordan Taylor, Wisconsin
- Ben Hansbrough, Notre Dame


My Thoughts: Not a terrible list by Dickie V but he has Kenneth Faried lower than he should be. I know he plays in a so-called low-major conference, but Faried is as good as any big man in the country.

Murray State vs. Morehead State for Share of OVC Title


The stakes are high tonight in Murray as the Morehead State Eagles travel west to battle the Racers in a nationally televised game.

The winner will lock up the top seed for the Ohio Valley Conference Tournament, which includes the incentive of a double-bye, and at least a share of the league's regular season title.

Tonight's game will air on ESPNU at 9:00 p.m. ET.

Morehead State (21-8, 12-4 OVC) comes into the game as one of the hottest teams anywhere around. The Eagles have are currently riding a nine-game winning streak and have captured 15 of their last 17 contests.

The Racers (21-7, 12-4) have won 9 of their last 10 games and are coming off a 72-47 shellacking of Evansville in an ESPNU Bracketbuster game.

OVC Standings:

Ohio Valley Conference Standings:

TEAM CONF OVERALL
Morehead State 12-4 21-8
Murray State 12-4 21-7
Austin Peay 11-5 17-12
Tennessee Tech 11-6 17-11
Eastern Kentucky 9-7 15-13
Tennessee State 8-8 12-15
Southeast Missouri State 6-10 9-19
Tennessee-Martin 5-11 10-19
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Eastern Illinois 4-12 9-18
Jacksonville State 3-14 5-24

- Regular season champion earns NIT bid if they lose in conference tournament
- Top 4 finishers earn a bye in the OVC Tournament
- Top 2 finishers earn a double-bye in the OVC Tournament
- Top 8 qualify for the OVC Tournament

Former UK Big Man Nazr Mohammed Traded to Oklahoma City


Adrian Wojnarowski of Yahoo! Sports reports that former University of Kentucky big man Nazr Mohammed has been traded from Charlotte to Oklahoma City.

Here is the post on Twitter:

WojYahooNBA Oklahoma City has acquired center Nazr Mohammed from Charlotte for D.J. White and Mo Peterson, source tells Y! Sports.

Mohammed is averaging 7.3 points and 4.9 rebounds on the season.

Survey Says: Lexington is the Top College Basketball Town


A recent study by Media Audit ranks Lexington as the nation's top college basketball town.

Here is an excerpt from UKAthletics.com:

According to a recent study by Media Audit, 76.3 percent of adults in Lexington regularly follow college basketball on radio or TV, a higher percentage than any city in the country. Louisville, home of the Louisville Cardinals, ranks second in the national survey with 70.6 percent of people who regularly follow college basketball.

The top five are as follows:

1. Lexington, 76.3%

2. Louisville, 70.6%

3. Raleigh-Durham, N.C., 62.9%

4. Memphis, Tenn., 62.1%

5. Greensboro-Winston Salem, N.C., 61%

Kyle Wiltjer is Back and Ready to Make History


Future University of Kentucky forward Kyle Wiltjer is fully recovered after breaking a bone in his foot several weeks ago.

Wiltjer has missed six games with the injury but is back for playoff action, which gets underway on Tuesday.

Here is an excerpt about Wiltjer from PortlandTribune.com:

The Crusaders are trying to become the first large-classification Oregon school to claim three straight state championships. Kevin Love (Lake Oswego), Kyle Singler (South Medford), Danny Ainge (North Eugene), Mike Dunleavy (Jesuit) and Richard Washington (Benson) all got titles, but none celebrated three in a row.

“We want to make history,” Wiltjer says. “Trying to do something no one’s done before – that’s pretty big motivation for us.”

Kentucky Took a Major Hit in NCAA Tournament Seeding


ESPN's Eamonn Brennan says that while the Kentucky Wildcats are in no danger of missing the NCAA Tournament, their seeding took a major hit with last night's loss at Arkansas.

Here is an excerpt:

Arkansas 77, No. 22 Kentucky 76: There are road woes -- losing to Alabama, Florida, Vanderbilt, and even Ole Miss -- and then there's this. Kentucky's loss at Arkansas doesn't just follow with this team's disconcerting trend of losing to SEC teams on the road; it accentuates it. Thanks to their inability to finish close games on the road, the young Wildcats are now 19-8 overall and a mere 7-6 in the SEC. Six of Kentucky's total losses have come by four points or less; its combined margin of defeat in those games is 13 points. No, the Wildcats aren't in any danger of missing the tournament. But this team's seed takes a hit -- in this case, a major hit -- every time they lose one of these games to an inferior opponent on the road.


My Thoughts: Kentucky needed to win last night in the worst way for a variety of reasons, with NCAA Tournament seeding topping the list.

Kentucky has a decent chance at pulling a 3-4 seed with a win last night and into the SEC Tournament. With the loss and a very losable game at Tennessee on the schedule, the Wildcats now find themselves in the 5-6 range and fading.

Bellarmine University Remains on Top of Midwest Region


Bellarmine University remains on top of the NCAA Division II Midwest Region this week. Northern Kentucky is No. 7 and Kentucky Wesleyan is back in the top 10 after defeating both Bellarmine and No. 2 Southern Indiana last week.

Here are the updated rankings:

MIDWEST
1 Bellarmine 22-1 22-1
2 Southern Indiana 17-4 15-4
3 Ferris State 19-4 19-4
4 Drury 17-6 17-6
5 Wayne State (Michigan) 17-6 17-6
6 Hillsdale 18-3 16-3
7 Northern Kentucky 16-7 16-7
8 Findlay 18-3 18-3
9 Indianapolis 15-7 12-7
10 Kentucky Wesleyan 14-8 14-8

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