Saturday, March 17, 2012

Kentucky Will Have Another Shot at Indiana



With tonight's 87-71 win over Iowa State, the Kentucky Wildcats have advanced to the Sweet 16, where they will face the Indiana Hoosiers.

Needless to say, Kentucky has not forgotten what happened at Assembly Hall earlier this season:





Oh, and don't forget what else happened:



Kentucky Uses Big Second Half Run to Blast Iowa State


(1) Kentucky 87
(8) Iowa State 71

Final from Louisville, Kentucky

NCAA Tournament - Third Round


The Kentucky Wildcats (34-2) broke open a tied game in the second half with a big run and rolled to an 87-71 victory over Iowa State.

With Kentucky leading 42-40, Iowa State star Royce White was caught on camera screaming, "I'm the best player!"

Following a White basket, the Wildcats blasted out a 20-2 run and never looked back on the way to the Sweet 16 and a much-anticipated rematch against the Indiana Hoosiers.

Marquis Teague led Kentucky with a career-high 24 points, 4 rebounds and 7 assists. Darius Miller came off the bench to add 19 points and 6 boards.

Doron Lamb chipped in 16 points and went 5-7 from long range. Anthony Davis finished with 15 points, 12 rebounds, 5 assists and 2 blocks.

The Wildcats were 31-56 (55.4%) from the field and 10-20 (50%) from the three-point line.

White, who once committed to Kentucky, led the Cyclones (23-11) with 23 points and 9 rebounds. Scott Christopherson added 15 points.

Iowa State was 25-61 (41%) from the field but was only 3-22 (13.6%) from long range.

Marquette Ends Murray State's Magical Season


(3) Marquette 62
(6) Murray State 53

Final from Louisville, Kentucky

NCAA Tournament - Third Round


Game recap by MSU:

The Murray State Racers fell short of their second NCAA Tournament win Saturday when they dropped a 62-53 loss to Marquette at the KFC Yum! Center in Louisville, Ky.

The Racers were shooting to become the first team from the Ohio Valley Conference to win two games in the tournament since 1971. This was the third time in school history that the Racers had gotten to one win from advancing to the NCAA Sweet 16.

The Racers were led by Isaiah Canaan's 16 points and Jewuan Long who scored 12. MSU got a huge game from Ed Daniel with 13 rebounds to go with six points and two blocks.

Trailing by four with 13:01 remaining, the Racers dug in for a fight to the finish.

The Racers built a lead on the shoulders of rebounding machine Daniel and back to back threes from Donte Poole and Canaan. MSU's 12-3 run put them in front 46-41 with 7:36 remaining.

The question at that point was: could the Racers hold off the strong Marquette team from the Big East Conference?

The Golden Eagles held the Racers in check and answered with a game-changing 13-2 run over the 3:14 to lead 55-48 with 3:07 remaining. MSU never got the game back to a one possession game and drew as close as four points twice with the last time at :42 remaining. MU made 7-of-8 free throws to seal the win.

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Heshimu Evans, Benfica Move Into Portuguese Cup Final Four


Former University of Kentucky star Heshimu Evans and Sport Lisboa Benfica have moved into the Final Four of the Portuguese Cup.

Benfica absolutely destroyed Terceira Basket 102-55 in the quarterfinals.

Former West Virginia State star Ted Scott led the way with 23 points.

Porto Ferpinta (18-1), Academica (7-12) and Sampaense (7-12) will join Benfica (16-3)in the Cup Final Four.

In 17 LPB games this season, Evans has averaged 11.1 points and 5.2 rebounds per game.

LPB Standings

1. Porto Ferpinta 18-1
2. Benfica 16-3
3. Ovarense 14-5
4. Barreirense 13-6
5. CAB Madeira 11-6
6. Lusitania 10-8
7. Academica 7-12
8. Vitoria SC 7-12
9. Sampaense 7-12
10. Barcelos 5-14
11. Terceira Basket 4-14
12. Ginasio 0-19

Source: EuroBasket.com

Calipari: Royce White Was a Wildcat but "Didn't Get On The Plane"


Here is a transcript of John Calipari's press conference before tonight's Iowa State game:

Q. Coach, I just want to know how close Royce White was to becoming a Wildcat.

COACH CALIPARI: He didn’t get on the plane, or he would have been. When I met him and his mom, I was blown away. Like I really want to coach this kid. I knew he had some issues, but it wasn’t anything of the heart. I’ve done this a long time, and if a young man has a good heart, I can deal with everything else, and I think he has a good heart. And then having to play him and watching how he’s playing, I’m not real happy, but I’m happy for him. I really am.

Q. Coach, will you talk about the pressure on this game as the Number 1 overall seed. It would seem like everybody’s expecting to you win. Iowa State maybe can play without any kind of pressure and just let it all hang out on Saturday night?

COACH CALIPARI: So who are you rooting for? I think at this time, when you’re in this tournament, you just got to play basketball. What I’m trying to tell my team, forget about tournaments, we’ve got a basketball game to play. And I’ll tell you, it’s not nerves that I’m worried about. Iowa State is a really good team. Fred has them playing exactly how they have to play to be successful, which is why they’ve gotten to this point. I watched some tapes where I had to stop watching the tape because I started getting worried that we can’t beat this team. So I’m trying to watch a tape or two that they’ve lost so I can see like‑‑ but they shoot it well. They play hard. They spread the court. Royce is a point forward. But you have guys that really know what they have to do to have success, and they play that way. They’re a terrific team is what they are, and they’ve got terrific players now. He’s done a little bit like I’ve had to do, which is get a team together. People that have transferred from other schools. And yet, they’re together as a team and you see it. It’s going to be a hard game for us, I know. It will be a very hard game.

Q. Coach, you kind of bumped into Coach Prohm before practice there. Can you kind of share what you guys talked about and a message maybe for the UK fans who could help them out tomorrow in the game tomorrow?

COACH CALIPARI: I would hope the State of Kentucky fans are rooting for all the Kentucky teams. But he’s a good guy.

I just like the fact that Coach Kennedy comes back and he treats him with great respect, lets him speak to the team. Now think about that. I mean, it just shows me a lot about Steve. And he just thanked me, and I just told him he’s got his team playing great. Just keep playing, keep doing what you’re doing.

He’s got a good group of guys. He makes it about his players. It’s not about him. That’s why they’re playing so well.

Q. Coach, can you talk about Chris Allen and what he brings to the Cyclones. Not just his play, but also the fact that he’s been to two Final Fours before?

COACH CALIPARI: That‑‑ and I thought about that with both Michigan State players, that you got guys that are, one, they got to be physical to even make it through a Michigan State practice. So they have to be that way. So they add that.

But he also can score the ball. So now you’re talking about a three‑point shooter who has toughness. Folks, we have our hands full. I mean, I can go on and on if you want. But we’ve got our hands full. This is going to be one of the toughest games we’ve played in a while.

Q. Anthony Davis seemed to really be getting backed against the goal in the low post, wasn’t standing his ground last night. What are you going to be able to do about that in 48 hours?

COACH CALIPARI: We are what we are at this point. That happened in the conference tournament, the same thing. We’ve worked on some stuff. But at the end of the day, this is a very young team. If they’re allowed to be dislodged, like pushed three steps, there’s not a whole lot you can do. Now, the rule says they cannot be dislodged. If they have a guarding position, you cannot move them off that position, but if it’s‑‑ you know, get lower, push them with two hands. There’s not a whole lot you can do. You hold your ground if you get pushed, maybe front. They’ve done fine. I think every team that we play, the whole point is be really physical, push, grab. They’re a young team. Get them rattled. And we really haven’t gotten rattled. Now, there have been teams stronger than us, no question about that, but we’ve probably played about ten of them that have been stronger, more physical than us. The great thing about this game, it’s basketball. It’s not won in the weight room. You’ve got to go on that basketball court and make shots.

Q. One more Royce question, if I may. Had you known about his grandfather, would you have asked him if he could have just driven him to Lexington?

COACH CALIPARI: I knew of his grandfather, and I knew he was a big part of his life. But never entered my mind.

Q. That he could actually drive?

COACH CALIPARI: Well, you could do that, and if he didn’t want to get on the plane, maybe he just didn’t want to come to Lexington. That’s at the time probably how I thought. But you’re talking a couple of years ago.

Q. What does it say that they didn’t drive here? It’s not like he didn’t want to come.

COACH CALIPARI: That’s what makes it neat. When we all think these young men are machines, they’re computers, that they never miss a shot, that they never make a mistake, that how could that guy do it? They’re human beings and they make mistakes, and they have failings and flaws just like we all do. I think we all go through life trying to overcome our shortcomings, and we have strengths, and we have weaknesses.

He’s a fine young man. He’s doing well, and everyone should be happy for him.

I Used to Respect Bob Knight, But He Has Taken That Away


On ESPN's SportsCenter this morning, Bob Knight was asked which No. 1 seed is most vulnerable to an upset in today's NCAA Tournament action.

Knight responded with, "the team playing from the SEC."

First of all, is Kentucky really more susceptible to an upset than Syracuse, who was pushed to the limit by mighty UNC-Asheville on Thursday?

Secondly, Bob Knight is a so-called national basketball analyst at ESPN and he's not competent enough to remember the work "Kentucky"? Of course he can. He's just too much of a jerk to say that particular word.

I used to respect Robert Montgomery Knight.

Georgetown College Advances to NAIA Elite 8


(14) Georgetown College 78
Southern-New Orleans (La.) 52

Final from Kansas City, Missouri

NAIA DI National Tournament - Sweet 16


Game recap by GC:

No. 14 Georgetown (Ky.) used a 46-24 second-half scoring burst to eliminate Southern-New Orleans (La.), 78-52, in the final game of the second round in the 2012 Buffalo Funds-NAIA Division I Men's Basketball National Championship. The Tigers head to their eighth quarterfinal since 1998 with the late contest on Saturday at 8 p.m. CDT. They battle No. 11 Mountain State (W.Va.), a team that beat Georgetown last year in the semifinals.

"I am proud of our guys," said Georgetown head coach Chris Briggs. "I really thought Garel Craig stepped up. I thought Jordan Demercy made some plays and Josh Lockett played well in place of Maurice Pearson. We are going to work as hard as we can, and I thought for the most part, we did that."

Both clubs struggled to score points in the first half. Georgetown took a 32-28 lead into the half, but shot just 36 percent (10-of-28) from the field. The Tiger advantage came at the free throw line where they scored six more points (11-5) than Southern-New Orleans.

Clyde Moore made a jumper in the lane to hand the Knights a 16-12 lead at the 14:05 mark. But Georgetown went to work behind nine points from Garel Craig and seven from Jordan Demercy. The Tigers crept ahead late in the half and led 32-28 at the break.

A basket by Jared Lewis and Merlin Walker were the only points scored by the Knights in the first nine minutes of the second half. Conversely, a 34-30 Georgetown lead turned into a 57-32 gap that Southern-New Orleans could not threaten.

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Forde: Calipari Faces Burden of Having to Win it All


Pat Forde of Yahoo! Sports says Kentucky head coach John Calipari faces the burden of "having to win" the national championship.

Here is an excerpt:

You took a loss at the right time, in the SEC tournament final. I suggest sending Vanderbilt coach Kevin Stallings a fruit basket for doing you the favor. If there was any false sense of security in your locker room, it should be gone after that. With single elimination ahead, there’s no better time for a team to be aware of its mortality. And the pressure of a bloated winning streak is gone as well.

So the planets have aligned. Hard work, sustained excellence and good fortune have all intersected here and now. With that comes the towering expectations of your passionate fan base – and with those expectations comes pressure.

You were asked whether simply enjoying the ride will be enough for everyone this season. You said it would.

“It’s going to be enough for them and for me,” you said. “Let’s go for it. Let’s play and let’s do our best. Let’s play – play great. If we play great and that’s not good enough, what? What?”

Here’s what: The worm will turn. The three-year love-in between fans and coach will get a little frosty.


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2012 NABC Coaches' Division II All-District Teams


The National Association of Basketball Coaches has announced the 2012 NABC Coaches' Division II All-District teams and coaches.

Bellarmine's Jeremy Kendle and Braydon Hobbs are joined on the Midwest First Team by Kentucky Wesleyan's Anthony Young.

Bellarmine head coach Scott Davenport is the Midwest Co-Coach of the year with Steve Tappmeyer of Missouri-St. Louis.

Midwest

First Team

Jeremy Kendle, Bellarmine
Braydon Hobbs, Bellarmine
Brandon Hogg, Southern Indiana
Anthony Young, Kentucky Wesleyan
Adrian Moss, Indianapolis
Brad Guinane, Hillsdale

Second Team

Ali Haidar, Michigan Tech
Kyle Caiola, Findlay
Evan Yates, Ashland
Ike Udanoh, Wayne State
Troy Long, Missouri-St. Louis

Co-Coaches of the Year: Steve Tappmeyer, Missouri-St. Louis and
Scott Davenport, Bellarmine University

Complete List

Friday, March 16, 2012

Le Shocker: Lehigh Earns Historic Upset Over Duke


For the second time tonight (and since 2001), a No. 15 seed has knocked a No. 2 seed out of the NCAA Tournament.

Earlier this evening, Norfolk State stunned Missouri. Moments ago, Duke fell victim to Lehigh, the champions of the Patriot League.

The Blue Devils (27-7) had a terrible shooting night, going just 6-26 (23.1%) from the 3-point line. Lehigh was not much better as they were only 6-19 (31.6%), but the Mountain Hawks nailed 25-37 (67.6%) free throws. Duke was 16-23 (69.6%) at the charity stripe.

C.J. McCollum led Lehigh (27-7) with 30 points, 7 rebounds and 6 assists. Gabe Knutson added 17 points and 8 boards off the bench.

Mason Plumlee led Duke with 21 points and 11 rebounds. Austin Rivers chipped in 19 points and 4 assists.

Rivers, Quinn Cook, Seth Curry and Andre Dawkins were a combined 9-37 from the field.

Many prognosticators had projected a Duke vs. Kentucky battle in the Elite 8.

Norfolk State Pulls Off One of the All-Time Great Upsets


Norfolk State, the No. 15 seed in the West Region, has just stunned No. 2 Missouri in one of the NCAA Tournament's all-time great upsets.

Kyle O'Quinn led the Spartans (26-9) with 26 points and 14 rebounds. Pendarvis Williams and Chris McEachin each added 20 points for the MEAC champs.

Michael Dixon led Missouri (30-5) with 22 points. Marcus Denmon chipped in 20.

It is the fifth time in NCAA Tournament history and the first time since 2001 that a No. 15 seed has beat a No. 2 seed.

Norfolk State moves on to face No. 7 Florida, with the winner taking on the winner of Murray State and Marquette.

Five Finalists Named for 2012 Kentucky Mr. Basketball Award


The Kentucky Association of Basketball Coaches (KABC) have named five finalists for Kentucky's Mr. Basketball Award.

The finalists are:

- Nathan Dieudonne, Trinity
- Tamron Manning, Scott County
- Matt Day, Buckhorn
- Mekale McKay, Moore
- Adam Wing, Rowan County

The winner will be announced on April 28.

Houston Rockets Waive Terrence Williams


The Houston Rockets have waived former Louisville star Terrence Williams.

clutchfans rockets waived twill.

Williams has played sparingly this season, averaging 4.5 points and 2.3 rebounds per game.

One of Williams' lowlights:

Coach K Not Surprised that UK and Duke "Happened" to End Up in Same Region


The 2012 NCAA Tournament marks the 20th anniversary of Christian Laettner's buzzer-beater that broke the hearts of Kentucky fans (including myself) and sent Duke the Final Four.

Duke head coach Mike Krzyzewski says he is not surprised at all that the Wildcats and Blue Devils just "happened" to end up in the same region this year.

Here is an excerpt of Coach K's comments:

"No, I wasn't," a smiling Coach K said when I pointed out the anniversary and the seeding to him. "You know ... I thought we would be in the same region."

So ... K actually expected Kentucky and Duke to get thrown together?

"Well, I just thought that that's what would happen," Krzyzewski said. "I know that it's -- you pick names out of a hat. But I just felt that there's a real good, real good chance."

Of course, Krzyzewski had an excellent point about what a reunion matchup against Kentucky -- which would be an absolute dream for television executives and fans alike -- would mean for Duke. Put simply, a chance to advance to the Final Four.

"Heck, I hope we can win," Krzyzewski said. "I mean, that would be great because that means we're in the regional final."


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Asbury's Peter Vogel Named 2012 Scholar Athlete


Asbury University's Peter Vogel was recently named a 2012 NAIA-Daktronics Scholar Athlete.

Here is a release from AU:

WILMORE, Ky. – The National Association of Intercollegiate Athletics has announced the men’s and women’s 2012 NAIA-Daktronics Schoalar-Athletes with Peter Vogel and Laura Carroll both being honored. The duo marks the 14th and 15th student-athletes to be honored this year.

Vogel (Lexington, Ky.) is a repeat recipient after being honored last year as well. The senior forward finished his playing career with 68 wins and 85 points. Vogel is a Pre-Physical Therapy major that is set to graduate in May.

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All-Access Look at Iowa State Men's Basketball

Here is an excellent "all-access" look at the Iowa State men's basketball program under Fred Hoiberg (by CollegeInsider.com):

All-Access with Iowa State from CollegeInsider.com on Vimeo.



Iowa State will battle Kentucky on Saturday night at 8:00 p.m. ET in the Third Round of the NCAA Tournament.

New Jersey Nets Sign Jerry Smith to 10-Day Contract


The New Jersey Nets have signed former Louisville guard Jerry Smith to a 10-day contract, Nets GM Billy King announced this morning.

Smith has played in 32 games with the Springfield Armor in the NBA Development League. He is averaging 19.1 points, 4.8 rebounds and 1.5 steals per game. He was named D-League Player of the Month for February.

Here is more from InsideHoops.com:

Smith, who is the Nets’ fifth D-League call-up to sign with the team this season, has played 32 games with the Armor in 2011-12. He is averaging 19.1 points, 4.8 rebounds and 1.5 steals in 35 minutes per game.

The 6-2 point guard from Louisville was signed to the Nets’ 2011-12 training camp roster, and he participated in one of the team’s two preseason games, scoring one point in three minutes against the Knicks. Smith took part in the 2012 D-League All-Star Game, where he scored 14 points, grabbed five rebounds, and dished out six assists in 23 minutes.


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Quarterfinals Set at 2012 KHSAA Sweet Sixteen


The quarterfinals are set at the 2012 PNC/KHSAA Boys Sweet Sixteen Basketball Tournament.

First Round Scores:

Game 1: Rowan County 64 North Laurel 46

Game 2: Southwestern 52 Hopkinsville 41

Game 3: Trinity 52 Bullitt East 32

Game 4: George Rogers Clark 52 Apollo 36

Game 5: Oldham County 55 Bowling Green 48

Game 6: Knott County Central 71 Boone County 54

Game 7: Scott County 59 Marshall County 43

Game 8: John Hardin 49 Johnson Central 36

Schedule:

Today

12:00 p.m. Rowan County vs. Southwestern
1:30 p.m. Trinity vs. George Rogers Clark
6:30 p.m. Oldham County vs. Knott County Central
8:00 p.m. Scott County vs. John Hardin

Saturday

10:00 a.m. Semifinal No. 1
11:30 a.m. Semifinal No. 2
8:00 p.m. Championship Game

Georgetown Gets Defensive, Advances in NAIA Tourney


Georgetown 70
Lee (Tenn.) 62

Final from Kansas City, Missouri

NAIA DI Tournament - First Round


Game recap by NAIA:

KANSAS CITY, Mo. - (Box score; video) The nation's fifth-ranked field-goal percentage team (49.6) struggled mightily to connect in the first half on Thursday, but they recovered in time to gain control in the second half. No. 14 Georgetown (Ky.) made only 10-of-33 shots in the opening stanza and was forced to dig in on the glass and on the defensive end to claim a 70-62 victory over Lee (Tenn.) in a first-round contest at the 2012 Buffalo Funds-NAIA Division I Men's Basketball National Championship.

"I kept telling them to stop getting frustrated and to keep playing. It was good that we could tough it out," said Georgetown coach Chris Briggs. "We got some stops defensively, not every time, but when we needed them we got them."

Georgetown will play the winner between No. 3 Robert Morris (Ill.) and Southern-New Orleans (La.) on Friday at 9:45 p.m. CDT.

Despite 35.9 percent shooting for the game, Georgetown led for nearly the entire second half en route to its 53rd win all-time at the national tournament. Instead of relying upon their usually efficient offense, the Tigers used a stellar defensive effort to force 20 turnovers while committing just 10 turnovers of their own. They also grabbed 19 offensive rebounds and turned them into 18 second-chance points. Overall, Georgetown out-rebounded Lee 44-37 and made 10 more free throws.

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New Mixtape of 2012 UK Recruit Shabazz Muhammad

Let's start Friday off with a new Shabazz Muhammad mixtape:

Thursday, March 15, 2012

Kentucky Cruises Past WKU in NCAA Tournament


(1) Kentucky 81
(16) Western Kentucky 66

Final from Louisville, Kentucky

NCAA Tournament - Second Round


The Kentucky Wildcats closed the first half on a big run and never looked back as they rolled past Western Kentucky 81-66 in the NCAA Tournament on Thursday night.

Kentucky (33-2) shot 30-54 (55.6%) from the field and held the Hilltoppers to 25-63 (39.7%) shooting.

Terrence Jones led the way with a game-high 22 points and 10 rebounds. Anthony Davis added 16 points, 9 boards and 7 blocked shots. Doron Lamb chipped in 16 points.

The Wildcats cruised to a 31-point lead with 6:40 remaining before cruising to the finish.

T.J. Price led Western Kentucky (16-19) with 21 points on 6-11 shooting. Kahlil McDonald and George Fant added 13 points each.

Kentucky advances to Saturday's Third Round game against the winner of Iowa State and Connecticut.

NOTES:

- The win was John Calipari's 541st career coaching victory. According to the NCAA, it is Calipari's 500th career win.

- UK's Terrence Jones entered the 1,000-point club in the first half

- Kentucky teams are now 4-1 overall in the NCAA Tournament

Box score (click to enlarge):

Terrence Jones Enters Kentucky's 1,000-Point Club


Kentucky sophomore Terrence Jones entered Kentucky's prestigious 1,000-point club in the Wildcats NCAA Tournament win over Western Kentucky tonight.

Jones scored his 1,000th point with a layup at the 6:01 mark of the first half. He is the 59th player in program history to score 1,000 points.

In tonight's game, Jones was 9-13 from the field and finished with a game-high 22 points and 10 rebounds.

He now has 1,017 career points, which ranks No. 56 on the all-time University of Kentucky list.

ALC's Isaac Wilson Named USCAA DI All-American


Alice Lloyd College's Isaac Wilson was recently named USCAA DI Men's Basketball All-American.

Terry Muse of Alice Lloyd and Jametrius Brasher of Spalding University were named All-American Honorable Mention.

Men’s D-I All-Americans

- Isaih Harrison Senior Forward Apprentice School
- Dramel Hogan Junior Forward Rochester College
- Todd Starks Junior Guard Lindenwood-Belleville
- Matt Sturdivant Junior Forward Lindenwood-Belleville
- Tevin Andrews Junior Guard Apprentice School
- Kiel Lewis Junior Guard Ave Maria
- Rick Doran Senior Center Rochester College
- Isaac Wilson Soph. Guard Alice Lloyd College
- Irving Cato Junior Forward SUNY Canton
- Casey Nye Junior Guard Southern Virginia
- Marcus Coleman Senior Forward Washington Adventist
- Jamie Newton Senior Guard Washington Adventist

Men’s D-I All-American Honorable Mention

- Matt Chattin Soph. Guard Ave Maria
- Manny Odugbela Senior Guard Maine-Fort Kent
- Jeremy Thomas Senior Guard Maine-Fort Kent
- Dylan Fugate Junior Guard Ave Maria
- Terry Muse Soph. Center Alice Lloyd College
- Kraig Unger Soph. Guard Southern St. Community College
- Brylin Brown Junior Guard RMU-Springfield
- Isaac Jacobson Junior Guard Southern Virginia
- Stephan Henning Senior Guard Rochester College
- Anders Jacobson Soph. Guard Southern Virginia
- Nick Spencer Senior Guard Silver Lake College
- Jametrius Brasher Junior Forward Spalding University
- Austin Doggette Senior Forward Oakwood University
- David Louison Freshman Forward St. Joseph’s College (Brooklyn)
- Patrick Manifold Junior Center Maine-Presque Isle

Louisville Holds Off Davidson in NCAA Tournament


(4) Louisville 69
(13) Davidson 62

Final from Portland, Oregon

NCAA Tournament - Second Round


Game recap by U of L:

PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) - Louisville point guard Peyton Siva did his best Steve Nash impersonation against Davidson.

Siva had 17 points and six assists, many times driving inside and then pulling back out to the perimeter ala the two-time NBA MVP, and the fourth-seeded Cardinals moved on in the NCAA tournament for the first time since 2009 with a 69-62 victory over Davidson on Thursday.

The idea behind Siva's tactic was to help tire out the Wildcats and their up-tempo offense, and it worked.

"We said one of the greatest things Steve Nash does off the pick and roll, if he probes the lane and he decides he doesn't have anything, he just dribbles it back out and takes a different angle of the screen," Louisville coach Rick Pitino said. "I think that helped Peyton, watching Steve Nash do it."

After getting ousted in their opening game the past two seasons, Pitino and the Cardinals (27-9) advanced to the third round of the West Regional. Louisville, coming off a surprising run to the Big East tournament title, is making its sixth straight appearance in the NCAAs.

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Murray State Beats CSU, Advances in NCAA Tournament


(6) Murray State 58
(11) Colorado State 41

Final from Louisville, Kentucky

NCAA Tournament - Second Round


Game recap by MSU:

The Murray State Racers got their 2012 NCAA Tournament off to a great start Thursday with a 58-41 win over Colorado State at the Yum! Center in Louisville, Ky.

The No. 6 seeded Racers move into Saturday's third round where they'll meet the winner of No. 3 seed Marquette and No. 14 seed BYU.

MSU was led by 15 points and seven rebounds from Isaiah Canaan, and 13 points from Donte Poole.

The Racers (31-1) trailed by a point at the half, used their rugged defense and transition offense to start the second half on a 18-2 run to make sure they would advance to the NCAA third round for the second time in the last three seasons.

The run started when MSU came up with four straight stops on defense that led to a Canaan steal and slam and a hoop by Ed Daniel. After the Racers' fifth steal of the game, Zay Jackson hit a three and MSU led 39-26 with 12:38 remaining.

The Racers increased the advantage to 15 points on a jumper by Poole with 9:13 remaining. The Rams threatened to make a run as they scored six-straight points, but Ivan Aska put an end to the run with a turnaround jumper in the paint.

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John Calipari a Finalist for Naismith National Coach of the Year


University of Kentucky head coach John Calipari has been named as one of four finalists for the Naismith College Coach of the Year.

Calipari is joined by Jim Boeheim (Syracuse), Frank Haith (Missouri) and Bill Self (Kansas).

Here is a release from UK:

LOUISVILLE, Ky. – University of Kentucky head men’s basketball coach John Calipari has been named one of four finalists for the Naismith College Coach of the Year the Atlanta Tipoff Club announced on Thursday.

A two-time winner of the award in 2008 and 1996, Calipari is looking to become only the second coach to earn the honor three times.

Voted this year’s Southeastern Conference Coach of the Year by league coaches and the Associated Press, Calipari led the Wildcats to a 16-0 mark in the SEC this year as well as the No. 1 ranking (AP) for eight-straight weeks.

Calipari also broke the UK record for consecutive home wins in Rupp Arena this year, extending his streak to 51-straight games.

He joins Jim Boeheim (Syracuse), Frank Haith (Missouri) and Bill Self (Kanas) as the four finalists for the award.

The finalists were determined by the Atlanta Tipoff Club’s National Voting Academy, comprised of leading basketball journalists, coaches and administrators from around the country. The academy based its criteria on coaching performances this season.

The winner will be announced at the Naismith Awards Welcome Brunch on April 1 in New Orleans.

ESPN Basketball Anchor Trying to Recruit Nerlens Noel to Syracuse?


Ryan Burr, host of ESPN's College Basketball Final, is apparently trying to recruit 2012 star Nerlens Noel to Syracuse.

Burr, who graduated from Syracuse, sent the following message out on his Twitter account recently (the message has since been deleted):

RyanBurrESPN Message 2 Nerelins Noel the top undecided center in HS. Fab Melo surely will be turning pro how would u like to be in the middle of the zone

Here are some thoughts from TheBigLead.com:

He didn’t send a message to Nerlens Noel. The tweet seemed to be rhetorical. However, there are possible NCAA issues stemming from this if he is defined as a booster and the tweet is deemed to have “made contact” with Noel. At the very least, this could have been phrased far less provocatively.

Media-wise just rooting for a team publicly would rankle some of the more ethically obsessed. Encouraging a recruit to sign with your school goes far beyond that.


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2012 KABC Boys Player/Coach of the Year Award Winners


2012 KABC Boys Player/ Coach of the Year Award Winners

REGION 1
BOYS COACH OF THE YEAR: Gus Gillespie – Marshall County
BOYS PLAYER OF THE YEAR: Cole Nelson – Marshall County

REGION 2
BOYS COACH OF THE YEAR: Jon Newton – Webster County
BOYS PLAYER OF THE YEAR: Jacob Scott – Webster County

REGION 3
BOYS COACH OF THE YEAR: Paul Decker – Ohio County
BOYS PLAYER OF THE YEAR: Logan Baumann – Ohio County

REGION 4
BOYS Co- COACHES OF THE YEAR: Warren Cunningham – Barren County, Harold Tackett – Logan County
BOYS PLAYER OF THE YEAR: Twin Lancaster – Logan County

REGION 5
BOYS COACH OF THE YEAR: Artie Braden - Bethlehem
BOYS PLAYER OF THE YEAR: Anthony Myrks - Bardstown

REGION 6
BOYS COACH OF THE YEAR: Troy Barr – Bullitt East
BOYS PLAYER OF THE YEAR: Mekale McKay - Moore

REGION 7
BOYS COACH OF THE YEAR: Kevin Klein – St. Xavier
BOYS PLAYER OF THE YEAR: Nathan Dieudonne - Trinity

REGION 8
BOYS COACH OF THE YEAR: Trent Steiner – Simon Kenton
BOYS PLAYER OF THE YEAR: Sawyer Williams – Owen County

REGION 9
BOYS COACH OF THE YEAR: Erik Goetz – Covington Holy Cross
BOYS PLAYER OF THE YEAR: Dontel Rice - Holmes

REGION 10
BOYS COACH OF THE YEAR: Scott Humphrey – George Rogers Clark
BOYS PLAYER OF THE YEAR: Bopper Stenzel – George Rogers Clark

REGION 11
BOYS COACH OF THE YEAR: Allen Feldhaus – Madison Central
BOYS PLAYER OF THE YEAR: Tamron Manning – Scott County

REGION 12
BOYS Co-COACHES OF THE YEAR: Don Irvine – Burgin, Chris O’Bryan – East Jessamine
BOYS PLAYER OF THE YEAR: Cody Collins – East Jessamine

REGION 13
BOYS COACH OF THE YEAR: Mike Jones – Harlan County
BOYS PLAYER OF THE YEAR: Johnathan Barger – Knox Central

REGION 14
BOYS Co-COACHES OF THE YEAR: John Noble – Buckhorn, Brian Hall – Powell County
BOYS PLAYER OF THE YEAR: Matt Day - Buckhorn

REGION 15
BOYS COACH OF THE YEAR: William Newsome Jr – Betsy Layne
BOYS PLAYER OF THE YEAR: Will Branham - Pikeville

REGION 16
BOYS COACH OF THE YEAR: Jeremy Webb – West Carter
BOYS Co-PLAYERS OF THE YEAR: Derek Lawson – West Carter, Adam Wing – Rowan County

Source: WKYT.com

Rick Stansbury is Out as Head Coach at Mississippi State


Rick Stansbury is out as head coach at Mississippi State. Unofficially, it appears that Stansbury has been forced out after a very disappointing season in Starkville.

Here's more from CBSSports.com:

That's the official term. The unofficial one is that the Mississippi State coach is being forced out by athletic director Scott Stricklin after a roller-coaster season that concluded with a double-overtime loss to UMass in the first round of the NIT.

Stansbury has been the head coach in Starkville for 14 years -- and compiled a 293-165 overall mark. He went to six NCAA tournaments and a handful of NIT's.


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Rick Pitino...Stand Up Comedian


If nothing else, Rick Pitino seems to be enjoying Louisville's late-season surge to the Big East Conference Tournament title and upcoming NCAA Tournament.

Pitino has been all smiles for the most part during the last few weeks. His media opportunities have bordered stand-up comedy routines.

The Louisville head coach continued to be in good spirits yesterday, joking that he might take his Cardinals water skiing in an attempt to adjust to the time difference in Portland.

Here is an excerpt of Pitino's comments from NYTimes.com:

Early exits: Pressed repeatedly on the Cardinals’ poor play in recent N.C.A.A. tournaments, including consecutive first-round losses the past two seasons, Pitino turned surly on the local press. “Didn’t you just ask me that?” he said. “What do you want me to say? We’re shaking in our boots?”

He added: “Try a third time.” Big smile. Big laughs.

On a related question, Pitino presented his theory on the success of lower seeds. Because highly skilled, dominant players can leave big-time programs after one season, as they are allowed to under the one-and-done rule, Pitino believes lower-seeded teams from non-major conferences play together longer and become more cohesive. This is not a new theory, but it makes sense.

“After you get by the No. 1 or No. 2 seed, and even the No. 2 seeds are in jeopardy, it’s anybody’s ball game,” he said.

Back to the routine. Someone asked Pitino whether his team would do anything Wednesday night, what with a 10:40 a.m. local time start for Thursday. Pitino noted the Cardinals practiced at 8 a.m. on Wednesday to try and adjust to the time difference.

Then he quipped, “We’re planning on going water skiing at 4 o’clock.”


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Campbellsville Comes Up Short in Kansas City


Biola University 69
Campbellsville 57

Final from Kansas City, Missouri

NAIA DI Tournament - First Round


Game recap by CU:

KANSAS CITY, Mo. - Shooting put Campbellsville University in a hole early, and the Tigers were unable to climb out in a 69-57 loss to 10-seed Biola University in the opening round of the Buffalo Funds-NAIA Division I Men's Basketball Tournament at Municipal Auditorium.

The Tigers shot only 30 percent in the first half, including 2-of-15 from the 3-point arc. The missed shots led to defensive rebounds for Biola, which converted the boards into baskets. Two minutes into the game, the Eagles built an 11-point run and never let Campbellsville regain its lead. Malik Thomas cut the lead to a point, 15-14, to cap a 9-2 Tiger run, but Biola took a 29-20 lead into halftime.

Justin Ennis helped lead a rally in the second half, leading all scorers with 25 points, but CU's 63 percent performance in the final 20 minutes was not enough.

"The bottom line is how poorly we shot. We were only 43 percent from the field, 32 from the 3 and 60 percent from the free throw line. When you do that, there's going to be a tone of defensive rebounds," CU head coach Keith Adkins said. "Let's face it, we're not a very athletic team up front, so there's not going to be a very lot of offensive rebounds. That's the big difference in the game."

Complete Recap

Wednesday, March 14, 2012

Jim Calhoun Does the Unthinkable...Praises John Calipari


Connecticut head coach Jim Calhoun, who has long been an arch rival of Kentucky head man John Calipari, actually praised the UK head coach today.

Here is an excerpt:

Calipari, who never saw eye-to-eye with Calhoun when he was at UMass, left Amherst after a Final Four appearance to coach the Nets. When that didn't work out, he returned to the college game with Memphis and now the plumb job at Kentucky, where his Wildcats are the top overall seed in the country. Is he ready to give the NBA another try with one of its glamour positions available?

"Can I imagine John going to the NBA or anything else? Yes," said UConn coach Jim Calhoun, who has had, let's say, an interesting relationship with Calipari through the decades. "John has always marched … to his own drummer."

Calipari has never won a national championship, and if he does not get there this time around, it could be incentive to ignore any overtures that might come from New York.

"John, at present rate, if you look at the numbers, is going to the Hall of Fame," Calhoun said, "assuming he stays in college basketball. If you stick with it long enough, and you smell it enough, you'll get [the championship]. I don't think he has to prove anything more in college basketball."


Complete Article

Evangel Sends Lindsey Wilson Home Early in NAIA Tourney


Evangel (Mo.) 60
Lindsey Wilson 49

Final from Kansas City, Missouri

NAIA DI Tournament - First Round


Game recap by LWC:

KANSAS CITY, Mo. -- A comeback was not in the cards this time for the Lindsey Wilson College men's basketball team as the No. 8-seeded Blue Raiders fell to Evangel (Mo.) University 60-49 in the 75th Annual Buffalo Funds NAIA Men's Basketball Division I National Tournament at Municipal Auditorium.

In a season full of remarkable comebacks, the Blue Raiders (21-10) simply could not get over the hump today en route to falling to the unseeded Crusaders.

The Blue Raiders struggled -- both offensively and defensively -- from the beginning in their opening round game.

Evangel (24-9) seized control of the game with an 18-6 spurt over the game's first six minutes. During the Evangel run, the Blue Raiders sputtered making just three of their first 10 shots and committing five turnovers.

"We simply failed to execute our game plan of working the ball inside-out," Lindsey Wilson men's basketball coach Paul Peck said. "We shot too many jump shots and didn't attack enough and that put us in a hole that we could really never climb out of."

Complete Recap

A.J. Stewart is Breaking Glass in the ABA

Former University of Kentucky forward A.J. Stewart is now playing for the ABA's Jacksonville Giants.

Stewart started his career at Kentucky before transferring to NCAA Division I school Texas State. He was reportedly dismissed at Texas State and ended up at Rogers State, an NAIA Division I school.

At Rogers State, Stewart played in 10 games this season, averaging 12.0 points and a team-high 6.2 rebounds. After 10 games, he apparently parted ways with Rogers State (for unknown reasons).

Now, Stewart plays for the Jacksonville Giants of the American Basketball Association (ABA). Stats are not available for Stewart, but there is this:



The game was called after Stewart shattered the backboard.

Photo Credit: ABA Jacksonville Giants A.J. Stewart Breaks the Backboard at Kings Bay Naval Base By:Jodi Arnold

Calipari Shoots Down NBA Rumors Before They Get Started


John Calipari has already posted a comforting message to Kentucky fans on Twitter:

UKCoachCalipari I love being the coach of the commonwealth’s team. To the #BBN & all the recruits that are coming or want to come, I will be at Kentucky.

UKCoachCalipari As I’ve said before, I have the greatest job in basketball at any level. Why would I be interested in another job?

I think this is a great move by Calipari. He is proactively acknowledging that a) there will be rumors and b) he is not interested.

Now, the focus can stay on New Orleans.

Mike D'Antoni and the New York Knicks Have Parted Ways


Mike D'Antoni has coached his last game for the New York Knicks. Multiple reports indicate that D'Antoni and the club have parted ways.

Here is more from CBSSports.com:

Multiple reports indicated on Wednesday that the New York Knicks and head coach Mike D'Antoni have parted ways.

Yahoo Sports andSI.com reported that it was as "mutual decision." Yahoo reported that the two sides had "conflicting visions of the club's future."

CBSSports.com's Ken Berger has confirmed the reports.

The move comes after rumors of locker room unrest.


Complete Article

It will be interesting to see how a coaching change will affect former Kentucky big man Josh Harrellson.

Cue the John Calipari to the Knicks rumors...

Pikeville Signs Two NCAA Division I Transfers for 2012-13


The University of Pikeville has signed Chris Johnson and Terreance Saintil, two NCAA Division I transfers, for 2012-13.

Johnson is a 5'10" point guard transfer from St. Francis (Pa.). Saintil, a 6'9" forward/center, comes to the Bears by way of VCU.

Chris Johnson- 5’10 160 Sr.

Hometown: Newport News, VA
Previous School: St. Francis (Pa.)

College:

Chris Johnson comes to the University of Pikeville after three seasons at NCAA DI St. Francis (Pa.). During his sophomore season, Johnson averaged 8.3 points and 4.4 assists per game while starting 28 games and leading the Red Flash in steals (36). Johnson also led the Red Flash with a 1.78 assist to turnover ratio and finished 11th in the Northeast Conference in assists per game during his sophomore campaign. For his career, Johnson averaged 5.7 points and 3.9 assists per game while starting 52 games. In eight games played as a junior, Johnson averaged 5.8 points and 5.8 assists per game.

Prep:

Johnson was named MVP for Denbigh High School (Newport News, VA) for three consecutive seasons. As a prep, Johnson carried averages of 15.4 points, 6.3 assists, and 5.6 steals while shooting 57% from the field and 45% from outside the 3-point arc. A First Team All Peninsula District selection, Johnson helped lead his team to a 16-9 record his senior season.

Terrance Saintil- 6’9 240 Sr.

Position: F/C
Hometown: North Miami, FL
Previous School: VCU/Walsh

College:

Terrance Saintil comes to the University of Pikeville after 3 successful seasons at CAA power Virginia Commonwealth University and NAIA power Walsh University. In two seasons at VCU, Saintil played in 57 games while averaging 2.1 points and 2.0 rebounds per game for Coaches Anthony Grant and Shaka Smart. Saintil scored his high of seven points and grabbed five rebounds on two separate occasions as a sophomore for the Rams. Saintil played one season at Walsh University, where he averaged 7.4 points and 7.0 rebounds per game. Saintil had season single game highs of 19 points (2 times) and 14 rebounds as Walsh finished the 2010-2011 season ranked as the #1 NAIA DII team in the nation.

Prep:

Saintil was a key part of four years of outstanding basketball at Monsignor Pace High School and led the Spartans to four straight FHSAA 4A State semifinal appearances, including back-to-back state championship appearances in 2007 and 2008. As a senior, Saintil was the 16th ranked prospect in the state of Florida by Rivals.com and was a Florida 4A 2nd team All State selection.

Nerlens Noel Added to Jordan Brand Classic, Plans Official Visit to Kentucky


Kentucky recruit Nerlens Noel has been added to the roster for the Jordan Brand Classic all-star game.

JayJayESPN *BREAKING NEWS* Nerlens Noel (@nerlensnoel3) will indeed play in the @jordanclassic. Read Noel's thoughts at @espnhs: http://es.pn/zDtPaP

Here's an excerpt of the article:

“I didn’t want to miss the postseason all-star games,” said Noel, a center at Tilton (Tilton, N.H.) who officially became a part of the 2012 class in late February. “I definitely wanted to play in games like the Jordan Classic, McDonald’s All-American game and stuff like that. I felt like I’d done enough to be able to make it.”

He will get his chance to play in at least one of those games.

A month after the Jordan Brand Classic announced its talented roster they added the No. 1 player in the ESPNU 100. The game will commence at Time Warner Cable Arena on April 14 (7 p.m. ET on ESPN).


In addition, Noel will likely take an official visit to Kentucky soon:

JayJayESPN Nerlens Noel @ESPNHS Blog Teaser: Noel's likely headed back to Kentucky for an official visit in the coming wks. (1st visit was unofficial)

Antoine Walker Needs One More NBA Contract, But...


Chris Ballard of Sports Illustrated has written an excellent article about former University of Kentucky basketball star Antoine Walker.

Walker is desperately in need of one more NBA contract to settle gambling debts and get his life back on track. Unfortunately, Walker, who plays in the NBA Development League for about $25,000 a year, is 40-50 pounds overweight and advancing in age.

Ballard takes a great look at Walker's situation:

To get back in the clear, all he needs is one more one-year NBA contract, but that appears highly unlikely. Ask G.M.'s, coaches and front-office execs about Walker, and they will tell you that he isn't on their radar. He's not a role player, not young enough, not a defender. They worry about his effect on the locker room, about the example he might set. "Let me put it this way," says one Western Conference executive, "if you have the pick of the bunch and could get Ryan Bowen, who was always a model teammate, or Antoine Walker, which one would you take?"

His current teammates and coaches are kinder. To a man, they say they like Walker. He is described as "99% good" and possessing, according to assistant Joel Abelson, "the best basketball IQ in the D-League by far." But they also worry about him. "This is a safe haven for Toine right now," says Livingston, his coach. "When you're done here, no one's going to care that you're an All-Star." Livingston would know. Once considered the best high school point guard in the country, he suffered a run of injuries and became one of the most acclaimed grinders in NBA history, playing for 10 teams in 11 years and setting a record with 19 call-ups from the D-League. The Stampede players now live their days hoping for that call. They invoke the story of Jeremy Lin and other less renowned cases of 10-day guys who hit pay dirt, the guaranteed contract. "There are a hundred Jeremy Lins in the league," Livingston says. "They just need a shot."

Walker is not one of them, though. Livingston instead sees a man adrift. "I keep telling Toine that you need an exit strategy," the coach continues, "but he can't do anything till he gets that paper. He has one and a half years left for graduation. He could have been doing that these last two years, but he hasn't." Stampede guard Tony Bobbitt, the former Cincinnati sharpshooter who once played two games with the Lakers, is sitting nearby and chimes in. "Hey, man, we all make mistakes," he says. "People don't understand that with athletes, a lot of us have big hearts, and people take advantage of that. How would you feel if you lost $100 million? Think about that."


Complete Article (Highly Recommended)

2012 PNC/KHSAA Sweet Sixteen Basketball Tournament Tips Today


The 2012 PNC/KHSAA Boys Sweet Sixteen Basketball Tournament tips at Noon today with a battle between Rowan County and North Laurel.

Here is a schedule:

Today

12:00 p.m. Rowan County vs. North Laurel
1:30 p.m. Southwestern vs. Hopkinsville
6:30 p.m. Bullitt East vs. Trinity
8:00 p.m. Apollo vs. George Rogers Clark

Thursday

12:00 p.m. Bowling Green vs. Oldham County
1:30 p.m. Boone County vs. Knott County Central
6:30 p.m. Marshall County vs. Scott County
8:00 p.m. John Hardin vs. Johnson Central

Friday

12:00 p.m. Quarterfinal No. 1
1:30 p.m. Quarterfinal No. 2
6:30 p.m. Quarterfinal No. 3
8:00 p.m. Quarterfinal No. 4

Saturday

10:00 a.m. Semifinal No. 1
11:30 a.m. Semifinal No. 2
8:00 p.m. Championship Game

Bracket (click to enlarge):

Peyton Siva Talks About Transitioning from High School to College

Louisville point guard Peyton Siva talks to FiveStarBasketball.com about the transition from high school to college and more:




Chip Cosby of CN2 with the Peyton Siva Story:

Patrick Patterson Has Game-Saving Block for Rockets

Former Kentucky star Patrick Patterson had a game-saving block for the Houston Rockets last night.

Patterson, who finished with 12 points and 3 rebounds, blocked Serge Ibaka's point-blank putback attempt just before the buzzer to preserve a 104-103 win over Oklahoma City.

Here is a game recap:

Bellarmine Holds Off Kentucky Wesleyan, Advances to Elite 8


(4) Bellarmine 79
(18) Kentucky Wesleyan 74

Final from Louisville, Kentucky

NCAA DII Tournament - Midwest Regional Championship


Game recap by Bellarmine:

LOUISVILLE, Ky.—The Bellarmine University men's basketball team gutted out a 79-74 victory over Kentucky Wesleyan tonight in a sold out Knights Hall to earn their second straight NCAA Midwest Regional Championship and a berth into the Elite 8 next week in Highland Heights, Ky.

The Knights' Chris Dowe earned regional most outstanding player after his 21 point, 10-rebound, 6-assist effort helped turn back the 18th-ranked Panthers for the third time this season.

Playing without 6-8 forward Luke Sprague, who missed his second straight game with a shoulder injury, Bellarmine got a big-time performance from Jelani Johnson, who came off the bench to post a career high 11 points, including a clutch basket to put the Knights up nine with 5:07 remaining.

The Panthers played like the No. 18 ranking they own by crashing the boards for a plus-11 rebound margin and pushing the Knights to the very last minute. Bellarmine countered the Panthers' board work by challenging every shot and registering a season-high 10 blocked shots while holding KWC to 39 percent shooting.

Complete Recap

Tuesday, March 13, 2012

WKU Uses Historic Comeback to Defeat MVSU in Dayton


Western Kentucky 59
Mississippi Valley State 58

Final from Dayton, Ohio

NCAA Tournament - First Round


Game recap by WKU:

DAYTON, Ohio (AP) -- The only team with a losing record in the NCAA tournament got it started with a classic March comeback.

In front of a presidential audience, no less.

T.J. Price's three-point play with 33 seconds left completed a furious rally from a 16-point deficit, and Western Kentucky held on for a 59-58 victory over Mississippi Valley State on Tuesday night.

President Barack Obama and British Prime Minister David Cameron had front-row seats to see the tournament open with a ragged game that had an engrossing finish.

The Hilltoppers (16-18) are the longest of long shots, the only squad in the 68-team field with a losing record. They turned up the full-court pressure in the last 5 minutes, overcoming a 16-point deficit with a comeback that won over the crowd at University of Dayton Arena.

After the buzzer sounded, Obama and Cameron headed out, fans still buzzing over what had just happened. Somehow, the Hilltoppers won despite shooting 30 percent from the field and turning it over 28 times.

Madness indeed.

Complete Recap

Rick Stansbury On the Hot Seat at Mississippi State?


Will this season be the final one for Rick Stansbury at Mississippi State?

There is speculation that Stansbury will be fired following tonight's 101-96 loss to Massachusetts in the NIT.

The Bulldogs failed to utilize a very talented roster and finished the season with a disappointing 21-12 overall record.

If the losses are not bad enough, the team seemed to have chemistry issues. Star big man Arnett Moultrie made several telling statements late in the season when he hinted at problems in the locker room.

“A five-game losing streak is unheard of at any level of basketball – especially when you’ve got all this talent,” Moultrie said. “Everybody’s got their own agendas.”

After tonight's NIT loss, Renardo Sidney went to Twitter to voice his frustrations.

"I'm out," Sidney Tweeted publicly.

CBSSports.com Names All-Americans; Anthony Davis is National Player of the Year


CBSSports.com has named Kentucky's Anthony Davis National Player of the Year and National Freshman of the Year.

Davis is also on the CBSSports.com All-American Team. He is joined on the first team by Murray State's Isaiah Canaan.

Kentucky's Michael Kidd-Gilchrist is on the Second Team.

Kidd-Gilchrist and Davis are also Freshman All-Americans.

National Player of the Year

Winner: Anthony Davis, Kentucky

Reason: Kansas junior Thomas Robinson led for this honor for most of the season, and deservedly so. He's terrific. But Davis is just better. The Kentucky big is averaging 14 points, 10 rebounds and five blocks per game. He affects the game tremendously on both ends of the court, and he's the best player on the nation's best team. Does he carry the Wildcats like Robinson carries the Jayhawks? No. But that's because John Calipari surrounded him with other pros, and we're not gonna hold that against Davis.

National Freshman of the Year

Winner: Anthony Davis, Kentucky

Reason: If he's our National Player of the Year, then guess what? He's also our National Freshman of the Year. Any other choice wouldn't make sense.

CBSSports.com First Team All-Americans

G - Kendall Marshall, North Carolina
G - Isaiah Canaan, Murray State
F - Draymond Green, Michigan State
F - Thomas Robinson, Kansas
C - Anthony Davis, Kentucky

Second Team

G - Trey Burke, Michigan
G - Marcus Denmon, Missouri
F - Doug McDermott, Creighton
F - Michael Kidd-Gilchrist, Kentucky
C - Jared Sullinger, Ohio State

CBSSports.com Freshman All-Americans

G - Trey Burke, Michigan
G - Austin Rivers, Duke
F - Michael Kidd-Gilchrist, Kentucky
F - Cody Zeller, Indiana
C - Anthony Davis, Kentucky

Complete Lists of Awards

Syracuse Center Fab Melo is Ineligible for NCAA Tournament


Syracuse has announced that center Fab Melo will not participate in the NCAA Tournament due to eligibility reasons.

This is obviously a blow to one of the tournament's No. 1 seeds and potential favorites.

Here is the release from SU:

Syracuse University sophomore men's basketball center Fab Melo did not travel with the team to Pittsburgh, and will not take part in the NCAA Tournament due to an eligibility issue. Given University policy and federal student privacy laws, no further details can be provided at this time.

Anthony Davis Wins 2012 Wayman Tisdale Award


Kentucky's Anthony Davis has won the 2012 Wayman Tisdale Award as the National Freshman of the Year.

Here is the release:

ST. LOUIS (USBWA) – The U.S. Basketball Writers Association has selected Kentucky forward Anthony Davis as the winner of the 2012 Wayman Tisdale Award as the men's National Freshman of the Year. Davis will be honored at a gala banquet on Mon., April 16 at the National Cowboy and Western Heritage Museum in Oklahoma City. Davis will also be recognized at the USBWA College Basketball Awards Breakfast on Fri., March 30 in New Orleans in conjunction with the NCAA Men's Final Four.

Davis, a first-team USBWA All-American and the Southeastern Conference Player of the Year, Freshman of the Year and Defensive Player of the Year, has led Kentucky to a 32-2 record, including a perfect 16-0 mark in the SEC. The Wildcats are the No. 1 overall seed in the NCAA Tournament. Davis, the USBWA's District IV Player of the Year, is also a finalist for the Oscar Robertson Trophy, given to the National Player of the Year by the USBWA.

The 6-10 forward from Chicago, Ill., has started all 34 games this season and has led the team with 14.3 points and 10.0 rebounds per game while shooting 64.2 percent from the field, second best in the nation. Davis also leads the nation in blocks (157). Twice this season Davis was named the SEC Player of the Week and he was the conference's Freshman of the Week four times. In 28 of the Wildcats' 34 games, he has scored in double figures while recording 17 double-doubles.

Davis is the second Kentucky player in three years to win the USBWA's National Freshman of the Year Award, joining John Wall, who won the award in 2010. The other four finalists for the award this season were Davis' Kentucky teammate Michael Kidd-Gilchrist, Duke's Austin Rivers, Washington's Tony Wroten, and Indiana's Cody Zeller.

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South Carolina Has Fired Head Coach Darrin Horn


South Carolina has fired head coach Darrin Horn according to several reports.

David Cloninger of GamecockCentral.com broke the news on Twitter:

DCAtGCKCentral A source close to the situation says that coach Darrin Horn has been fired. Eric Hyman will hold a press conference at 1:30 p.m. today.

The move is not a surprise after South Carolina finished a league-worst 2-14 in the SEC and 10-21 overall this season. Last season, the Gamecocks were 14-16 overall and 5-11 in SEC play.

Shabazz Muhammad Wins 2012 Morgan Wootten Award


Kentucky recruit Shabazz Muhammad has been named winner of the 2012 Morgan Wootten Player of the Year Award.

Here is the official release:

OAK BROOK, Ill., March 13, 2012 /PRNewswire/ -- Today, the McDonald's All American® Games and Morgan Wootten, Hall of Fame coach and selection committee chair, named Shabazz Muhammad and Breanna Stewart winners of the 2012 Morgan Wootten Player of the Year Award for their accomplishments on and off the court.

Muhammad, the 6-6, 215 lb. prep star from Bishop Gorman High School in Las Vegas, Nev. became the 16th winner of the annual male Morgan Wootten Award. Previous winners include Austin Rivers (2011), Kevin Love (2007), Dwight Howard (2004), LeBron James (2003), Jay Williams (1999) and the award's first recipient, Shane Battier (1997). Muhammad beat out finalists Kyle Anderson (St. Anthony's High School – Fairview, N.J.), Brandon Ashley (Findlay College Preparatory – Henderson, Nev.), Isaiah Austin (Grace Preparatory Academy – Arlington, Texas), Marcus Paige (Linn-Mar High School – Marion, Iowa) and Marcus Smart (Marcus High School – Flower Mound, Texas).

Stewart, the 2012 Naismith and WBCA Player of the Year from Cicero-North Syracuse High School in North Syracuse, N.Y., is the 11th annual female winner, joining Elizabeth Williams (2011), Maya Moore (2007), Tina Charles (2006), Candace Parker (2004) and Ivory Latta (2003), among others. Stewart won the honor over finalists Malina Howard (Twinsburg High School – Twinsburg, Ohio), Moriah Jefferson (Home Schooled – Glenn Heights, Texas), Alexis Jones (MacArthur High School – Irving, Texas), Jewell Loyd (Niles West High School – Lincolnwood, Ill.) and Morgan Tuck (Bolingbrook High School – Bolingbrook, Ill.).

The Morgan Wootten Award is given to the best male and female McDonald's All American players who exemplify outstanding character, exhibit leadership and embody the values of being a student-athlete in the classroom and the community. McDonald's established the award in Wootten's honor to pay tribute to his unprecedented achievements as a teacher and coach. The official award presentation will take place at the McDonald's All American Games awards banquet on March 27 in Chicago, Ill.

Complete Release

Bellarmine vs. Kentucky Wesleyan is Sold Out


Bellarmine University has announced that tonight's Midwest Region final between the Knights and Kentucky Wesleyan is sold out.

Here is the BU release:

LOUISVILLE, Ky. – Tickets for Tuesday night's NCAA Division II Men's Basketball Midwest Regional Championship between Bellarmine University and Kentucky Wesleyan College are sold out, the Bellarmine University Athletic Department announced on Monday evening.

The Knights, fresh off an 86-63 victory over the University of Findlay on Sunday night, will face the Panthers on Tuesday at 7 p.m. for a trip to the Elite Eight next week in Highland Heights, Ky.

Fans who do not have tickets can listen to the game on the radio via 790-AM WGTK in Louisville, or can follow the game through live video on the Bellarmine Athletics website.

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