Saturday, January 11, 2014

Brandon Knight Has Steal of the Night, Gets Swatted by Joakim Noah

Former Kentucky star Brandon Knight had the NBA steal of the night and ended up on the wrong end of a Joakim Noah block last night against Chicago:




Centre College Rolls Past Millsaps

Centre 72
Millsaps 52

Final from Danville, Kentucky

Game recap by CC:

The Centre men's basketball team used a big second half run to break open a back and forth game and pull away for a 72-52 win over Millsaps on Friday in Danville, Ky.

The Colonels took the lead for good on a Tyler Wesley (Crestwood, Ky.) dunk early in the second half, then pulled away minutes later with a 19-3 run. Wesley's dunk had put Centre up 33-32, and the Colonels were still holding onto a one-point lead when Collin Lopez (Louisville, Ky.) knocked down 3-pointers on consecutive possessions with 13 minutes to play.

Lopez, who led all scorers with 19 points on 5-of-9 shooting from outside, went on to score 10 points during the run, which left Centre with a 56-39 lead at the nine minute mark. The Majors were unable to trim the margin to any less than 14 points the rest of the way while Centre led by as many as 20.

The second half was a contrast to the first, which saw seven lead changes with neither team holding a lead of more than six points. Centre took a 32-31 lead to halftime.

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Morehead State and Eastern Kentucky Preparing to Do Battle Tonight in Morehead

Morehead State and Eastern Kentucky will add a new chapter to their longtime rivalry tonight at 7:30 p.m. in Morehead.

The Eagles are off to a 2-0 start in the Ohio Valley Conference and will be hoping to remain undefeated. Meanwhile, the Colonels have stumbled to a 1-2 start out of the gate and are looking to get back on the winning track.

Here's a preview from Scott Anderson of Nationofblue.com:


John Calipari Previews Vanderbilt and More

Kentucky head coach John Calipari previews today's game at Vanderbilt:


Vandy Players Talk About Today's Game Against Kentucky

Vanderbilt's Shelby Moats, Kyle Fuller and Rod Odom talk about today's game against Kentucky:






Kevin Stallings Talks About Playing Against Kentucky and More

Vanderbilt head coach Kevin Stallings talks to the media about today's game against Kentucky and more:


VCU Pep Band Comes in Like a Wrecking Ball...And Absolutely Kills It

This is what a college basketball pep band is supposed to look like.

Watch at the VCU band comes in like a wrecking ball and absolutely kills it:


Friday, January 10, 2014

SI Says Behanan, Poythress are Two of College Basketball's Most Disappointing Players This Season

According to SI.com, Kentucky's Alex Poythress and former Louisville big man Chane Behanan are two of college basketball's most disappointing players this season.

I can understand the mention of Behanan, who is no longer on the Louisville team, but Poythress has been putting together some good games lately.

Here is an excerpt:

Behanan, Louisville

Kudos to Behanan for visiting with John Lucas in Houston to set himself on a mor
e auspicious course. But a player with difference-making ability still averaged 7.6 points and 6.3 rebounds before ruining his season.

Alex Poythress, Kentucky

Perhaps shrug-off-able due to the talent elsewhere on the roster, but Poythress was a preseason second-team All-SEC pick and he’s averaging 5.4 points and 5.8 rebounds per game.

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Happy Osborne Going for Career Win No. 500 on Saturday

Kentucky Wesleyan College head men’s basketball coach Happy Osborne needs one win to reach 500 career victories as a head coach (college and high school). He holds a 499-95 (84.0 %) record in 18 seasons overall.

The win could come on Saturday when the Panthers host Alderson Broaddus at 3:15 CT.

at Georgetown College – 16 seasons
1996-2011 456-84 (.844)

at Montgomery County High School – 1 season
2012-13 33-5 (.868)

at Kentucky Wesleyan College – 1 season
2013-14 10-6 (.625)

No. 2 Bellarmine Snaps No. 3 Drury's 34-Game Winning Streak

(2) Bellarmine 85
(3) Drury 77

Final from Louisville, Kentucky

Game recap by BU:

LOUISVILLE, Ky.—The No. 2 Bellarmine University Knights snapped the 34-game winning streak of the visiting and third-ranked Drury Panthers with a solid 85-77 victory in a Great Lakes Valley Conference game played in front of a sellout crowd at Knights Hall on Thursday night.

In a game with 59 fouls and 71 free throws, the Knights outlasted the defending national champions with a balanced effort in which five Bellarmine players scored in double figures.  Leading the way were Jake Thelen and Keisten Jones, who tallied 17 points apiece. Tanner Gibson and Vance Hall each contributed 13 points, and Josh Derksen scored 11.

"It's not about rankings it's about playing a great basketball team," said Bellarmine Coach Scott Davenport.  "They won 34 straight and they're the defending national champion.  They're as solid and well-coached a team as we've seen. This game had the makings of championship level quality, no ifs ands or buts."

"I'm going to give two groups credit (for this victory)," said Davenport. "One, obviously our players.  Their preparation and attention to detail was tremendous.  And then, this student body that came out and supported us was phenomenal.  I'm just so appreciative of those guys supporting their fellow students."

The Knights controlled the game from the outset when Tanner Gibson drilled a trey from the corner to open the game's scoring.  The Panthers wrestled the lead away only once when Kameron Bundy's bucket put Drury ahead 11-10 with 15:04 remaining in the first half.

Bellarmine relied on a solid defensive effort, holding a good-shooting Drury squad to just 42.9 percent shooting on the night as Bellarmine recorded nine blocked shots and eight steals. The Panthers also stymied the Knights' offense a bit, holding Bellarmine to just 47.1 percent shooting.  Coming into the contest, Bellarmine and Drury ranked 1-2 in the nation in field goal percentage.

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Harrow, Georgia State Blow By Western Kentucky

Georgia State 77
Western Kentucky 54

Final from Bowling Green, Kentucky

Game recap by WKU:

BOWLING GREEN, Ky. — A poor-shooting night in all aspects doomed the WKU Hilltoppers Thursday night against Georgia State, and five Panthers were in double figures to help power a 77-54 Georgia State victory at E.A. Diddle Arena. With the loss, WKU falls to 10-6 overall and 2-1 in conference play. Georgia State improves to 10-6 and 3-0 in the league.

WKU shot 28.6 percent from the floor (18-for-63), 31.3 percent from three-point range (10-for-32) and 50.0 percent from the free throw line (8-for-16) in the game. Georgia State made all 22 of its free throw attempts, setting a new E.A. Diddle Arena team record.

T.J. Price led WKU with 15 points. George Fant had 13 rebounds. Manny Atkins had 18 points, and Curtis Washington contributed 16 points and 10 rebounds for the Panthers.

WKU never led in the first half, but the opening 20 minutes featured four ties en route to the 34-29 Panther advantage. Georgia State led by as many as seven points with 8:18 to go in the first, and WKU won the battle of the boards 23-12 including 13 offensive rebounds, but only had nine second-chance points. T. Price led WKU with 10 points, and Fant had nine rebounds in 12 minutes. Georgia State was paced by 14 points by Atkins.

Georgia State scored the first six points of the second half and opened up its largest lead of the game at 40-29. The Panthers ended up scoring the first 15 points of the half on their way to a 49-29 lead, before T. Price made a three-pointer with 6:34 gone by in the second half for the first Hilltopper points of the second half.

Back-to-back three-pointers by Brandon Harris and Kevin Kaspar cut the 24-point Georgia State lead down to 18, but the Hilltoppers would get no closer as the Panthers cruised to the 77-54 win.
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Thursday, January 9, 2014

Eric Bledsoe Facing Knee Surgery, Might Miss Rest of Season

Former Kentucky star Eric Bledsoe will possibly miss the rest of the season for the Phoenix Suns due to a knee injury.

According to ESPN.com, a knee scope has revealed that Bledsoe needs a surgical procedure to repair cartilage in his right knee.

Here is more from ESPN:

Phoenix Suns guard Eric Bledsoe, a top contender for the NBA's Most Improved Player award, is out indefinitely after the team determined he needs a surgical procedure to repair cartilage in his right knee, according to sources with knowledge of the situation.

Sources told ESPN.com that the scope and severity of the injury will not be known until Bledsoe is in a surgeon's care, but he is suspected to have suffered meniscus damage during his Dec. 30 return to Los Angeles to face the Clippers. Bledsoe was selected No. 18 overall in the 2010 draft by the Oklahoma City Thunder, who immediately traded him to L.A.

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Rajon Rondo Talks Fashion on NBA "Off The Court"

Former Kentucky star Rajon Rondo talks fashion on NBA Off The Court:


Murray State Earns Road Win at EKU, Racers Now 3-0 in OVC

Murray State 77
Eastern Kentucky 64

Final from Richmond, Kentucky

Game recap by MSU:

The Murray State Racers won their third straight to start the Ohio Valley Conference season Wednesday in a 77-64 victory over the Eastern Kentucky Colonels at McBrayer Arena in Richmond, Ky.

The Racers' first road win of the season matched a season-best three-game win streak and pushed their overall mark to 8-7.

Jarvis Williams recorded his seventh double-double of the season with 19 points and 11 rebounds. He was 9-of-9 from the field to help the Racers to a 51 percent shooting clip for the game.

Cameron Payne also added 19 points to the MSU attack, but also assisted five times, had seven rebounds, plus three blocked shots and steals.

Dexter Fields scored nine of his 15 points in the first few minutes of the game as the Racers broke from the gate 14-3 only 3:15 into the game.

After EKU rallied to tie it 19-19, T.J. Sapp scored five points and assisted on a fast break finish for Fields. The Racers went ahead 28-21 when Williams dunked on a fast break at the 6:22 mark.

MSU ended the half on a 10-2 run to grab a 38-29 lead.

MSU's lead bulged to 14 when Jonathan Fairell scored at the 15:43 mark of the second half. Williams scored his ninth field goal with 4:45 remaining and the Racers were able to hold off a late EKU challenge that got them as close as 10 points with 1:08 to go.

The Racers dominated the boards as Williams grabbed 11 and Fairell and Payne seven each. Tyler Rambo added six rebounds off the MSU bench. MSU is 7-0 this season when they win the rebound battle and are 37-5 in the Coach Steve Prohm era.

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Donnie Tyndall Signs 4-Year Contract Extension at Southern Miss

Head coach Donnie Tyndall has signed a four-year contract extension at Southern Miss.

Tyndall led Southern Miss to a school-record 27 wins a year ago in his first season in Hattiesburg. The team is already off to a 13-2 start this season.

According to HattiesburgAmerican.com:

Tyndall will receive $500,000 annually for the next four years. The new contract includes an annual “roll-over” provision. Tyndall earned $400,000 a year under the terms of his previous contract.

The terms of the new agreement include a $500,000 buyout clause if Tyndall terminates terminates the contract without cause prior to April 29, 2014. After April 29, 2014, the buyout clause is set at 35 percent of his remaining salary.

Tyndall’s new contract also includes several performance-based incentives.

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Here is the official release from USM:

HATTIESBURG, Miss. - Southern Miss Director of Athletics Bill McGillis announced Wednesday that the school and men's basketball coach Donnie Tyndall have agreed to terms on a new four-year contract that will run through the 2017-18 season.

 "I am very pleased that Coach Tyndall has reaffirmed his commitment to Southern Miss," said McGillis. "There is no doubt that this is where he wants to be, and, obviously, where we want him to be. I'm excited for Donnie and his family, the young men in our basketball program and our terrific fans. "Donnie is an outstanding leader of young men. He has set a very high standard for them both on and off the court. That comes from his commitment to developing each and every one of his players' talents as students, basketball players and men. He expects excellence, and he gives every ounce of energy he has in developing each and every one of his players to their fullest potential."

The second-year head coach has posted a 40-12 record for the Golden Eagles, reaching the 40-win plateau quicker than any previous Southern Miss coach in the sport. Tyndall led the Golden Eagles to a Division I school-record 27 victories and into the National Invitation Tournament quarterfinal round in his first season at the helm of the program a year ago. That squad broke 44 school records, eight Reed Green Coliseum records and seven Conference USA marks during that campaign.

This season, Tyndall has Southern Miss on the brink of the Top 25 for the first time in 23 years. The Golden Eagles received 15 votes in the latest ESPN/USA Today Coaches poll, ranking No. 31 this week, and the team's unofficial RPI is No. 27. Southern Miss now heads into its Conference USA opener Thursday night at North Texas with a 13-2 mark, tying a school record for most wins prior to starting C-USA play. Only 11 men's programs of the 361 Division I basketball schools have more wins than the Golden Eagles in 2013-14.

Tyndall, who is leading a Division I program for his eighth season, recently collected his 150th career victory and has posted 20-plus win seasons four times in his seven-year stint, including six seasons at Morehead State. Four of his 20-plus winning years have come over his last five campaigns.

Tyndall has taken his teams to four postseason tournaments, including twice to the NCAAs, once to the NIT, and once to the CBI, having won at least one game in each trip and posting a 5-4 postseason mark. In addition, 16 of his eligible 17 seniors that he has coached at the Division I level have received their undergraduate degree, including all three seniors last season. The Golden Eagle basketball team also enjoyed its highest team grade point average in 18 years.

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Kentucky Players Talk About the Win Over Mississippi State

Kentucky's Dakari Johnson, Alex Poythress and James Young talk about last night's win over Mississippi State:


UK Assistant John Robic Talks About Win Over Mississippi State

Kentucky head coach John Calipari left Rupp Arena early last night to be with his son, Brad, at the hospital. Brad is currently recovering from a successful knee surgery following a torn ACL.

Assistant coach John Robic took Calipari's place in the postgame media opportunity:


No. 14 Kentucky Uses Big Second Half to Put Away Mississippi State

(14) Kentucky 85
Mississippi State 63

Final from Lexington, Kentucky

Game recap by UK:

LEXINGTON, Ky. (AP) - James Young scored 26 points and No. 14 Kentucky rallied from a halftime deficit to beat Mississippi State 85-63 on Wednesday night.

The Wildcats (11-3, 1-0 Southeastern Conference) were playing for the first time since Dec. 28 and started slow offensively, trailing 40-37 at the break. They regrouped to tie the game at 47 with 16:47 remaining before going on a 27-6 run over the next 10:54 for a 74-53 lead.

Kentucky shot 65 percent in the second half to pull away in the SEC opener for both schools. Mississippi State (10-4, 0-1) went nearly 9 minutes without a field goal.

Young shot 8 of 18 from the field to lead Kentucky, which made 49 percent overall.

Willie Cauley-Stein and Alex Poythress each added 12 points for the Wildcats. Julius Randle grabbed 14 rebounds to go with eight points.

Craig Sword led the Bulldogs with 19 points.

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Highlights:



Box Score (click to enlarge):

Wednesday, January 8, 2014

Chris Smith is Back with the Erie BayHawks

Former Louisville guard Chris Smith is back with the Erie BayHawks after being waived by the New York Knicks last week.

Here is more from USBasket.com:

Erie Bay Hawks landed 27-year old guard Chris Smith (188-88kg-87, college: Louisville) from the avaialble player pool. It is actually his comeback to Erie Bay Hawks as he played here before. Smith was called-up to play for the New York Knicks in the NBA, but was released after two games. The brother of J.R. Smith, Chris begane this seaosn with Erie. In 6 D-League games he averaged 11.3ppg, 4.5rpg and 2.7apg.

He graduated from University of Louisville in 2012 and it is his second season in pro basketball.

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DeMarcus Cousins Gets Video Bombed by Sacramento Teammates

Watch as former Kentucky star DeMarcus Cousins gets video bombed by Sacramento teammates Quincy Acy and Isaiah Thomas:


Torian Graham Visiting Missouri This Week; Will He Commit?

Torian Graham, a 6-foor-4 shooting guard at Chipola (JUCO) College, is visiting Missouri this week.

Graham has heard from Kentucky but does not have an offer from the Wildcats at this time.

He was also recruited by Kentucky out of high school but ended up committing to N.C. State before going the JUCO route.

I spoke to a source close to Graham this morning who said, "I'll be shocked if he doesn't commit (to Missouri)."

New Highlights of Future UK PG Tyler Ulis

Check out the latest mixtape of future Kentucky point guard Tyler Ulis:


Where is the National Uproar About Tom Izzo Grabbing a Player's Jersey?

Last night, Michigan State head coach Tom Izzo verbally lashed out at several players during a timeout and eventually grabbed Denzel Valentine by the jersey.



A year ago, Morehead State head coach Sean Woods had a similar exchange with senior guard Devon Atkins.

Within hours of the Woods exchange, national media blasted him...some even called for his job. Andy Katz did a feature segment on SportsCenter about the incident. Woods eventually received a one-game suspension from Morehead State.

Where is the national uproar about Izzo?

Daniel Orton Waived by the Philadelphia 76ers

The Philadelphia 76ers waived former Kentucky center Daniel Orton on Tuesday.

Here is more from NJ.com:

The Sixers made a roster move on Tuesday, waiving center Daniel Orton.

Had Orton remained on the Sixers past 5 p.m. on Tuesday, his contract would have been guaranteed for the rest of the season.

The decision to waive Orton is a surprising one. Although Orton is averaging just 3.0 points and 2.8 rebounds per game, he is one of the few big men the Sixers have that can protect the rim. After being here for a few months, however, Sixers coaches must have felt they didn't see enough.

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Kentucky's Harrison Twins Talk About Mississippi State

Kentucky's Andrew and Aaron Harrison preview tonight's game against Mississippi State:


Kentucky Wesleyan's Devin Langford Named G-MAC Athlete of the Week

Kentucky Wesleyan's Devin Langford was named Great Midwest Athletic Conference Athlete of the Week on Monday.

Langford averaged 20 points and 7.5 rebounds per game last week.

Here's a release from KWC:

INDIANAPOLIS (Jan. 6, 2014) — Kentucky Wesleyan’s Devin Langford has been named the Great Midwest Athletic Conference Men’s Basketball Athlete of the Week after helping the Panthers to two league road wins by averaging 20 points and 7.5 rebounds per game.

Langford, a 6-foot-7, 205-pound, sophomore from Huntsville, Ala. (Robert E. Lee HS), scored a career-high and a game-high 25 points, including a game-high eight rebounds at Cedarville on Thursday. He also added two assists, two steals and a blocked shot.

On Saturday, he scored 15 points including 13 in the second half to fuel KWC to overcome a 10-point deficit in the second half for the come-from-behind victory at Central State. He connected on a key three-pointer during the run while grabbing five rebounds and two assists all in the second period.

Langford marks the second Panther to earn G-MAC honors this season. Freshman guard Ken-Jah Bosley received the honor on Dec. 9.

KWC (9-6, 4-0) host league foe Davis & Elkins (8-5, 1-1) on Thursday at 7:30 CT.

John Calipari Previews Mississippi State and More

Kentucky head coach John Calipari previews tonight's game against Mississippi State:


Northern Kentucky's Jordan Jackson Named A-SUN Newcomver of the Week

Northern Kentucky's Jordan Jackson was named Atlantic Sun Conference Newcomer of the Week on Monday.

Jackson averaged 16.7 points per game in three games last week.

Here is a release from NKU:

MACON, Ga. - Northern Kentucky University's Jordan Jackson has been named the Atlantic Sun Conference Newcomer of the Week after leading the Norse to a pair of victories.

Jackson shot 57 percent from the field and averaged 16.7 points per contest in three games, including a 28-point outburst in the Norse's home victory against Jacksonville on Saturday. He also grabbed six rebounds and dished out three assists in the win over Jacksonville.

During the Norse's 67-65 overtime win at Stetson, Jackson scored 13 points and grabbed six rebounds. He also added nine points in just 12 minutes of play at Florida Gulf Coast.

"Jordan is doing a great job of attacking the rim, and he is very deserving of the honor," Norse head coach Dave Bezold said. "At times against Jacksonville, he was unstoppable going to the basket. Jordan is a big reason we've started 2-1 in conference play."

This is the second time Jackson has earned the Newcomer of the Week recognition this season. He is a junior guard from St. Paul, Minn.

Senior Guard Tim Henderson Placed on Scholarship at Louisville

When Chane Behanan was dismissed from the University of Louisville men's basketball program, it opened up a scholarship.

Head coach Rick Pitino decided to give that open scholarship to senior guard Tim Henderson, a walk-on from Christian Academy Louisville.

Here is more from UL:

LOUISVILLE, Ky. - University of Louisville senior guard Tim Henderson, who joined the Cardinals' roster as a walk-on in 2010, will be placed on scholarship with the men's basketball team for the 2014 UofL spring semester.  "Well, I gave it to him while I was watching film with the team and saying how good his defense was and we've got to play defense like he plays it, and it's a long time coming, but Tim will be given a scholarship second semester," head coach Rick Pitino said when replaying how he delivered the news. "He came up to thank me after practice and I said, 'Don't thank me, I'm the one who should thank you.'"  A sport administration major from Louisville, Henderson has been in his fourth season as a non-scholarship player with the Cardinals after averaging 16.2 points and eight rebounds as a senior at Christian Academy. This season, he has been a key reserve in 12 games for the Cardinals (12-2) and has hit a career-high seven 3-pointers.  With Chris Jones out with a wrist injury last month, Henderson played a career-high 22 minutes against Western Kentucky on Dec. 14 and produced a career-best 12 points, four assists and knocked down 4-of-6 3-pointers. He had two points, a rebound, and an assist in his last game at UCF on Tuesday.  One of three Kentuckians on the Cardinals' roster, Henderson played a key role in Louisville's 2013 national championship run. He hit back-to-back 3-point goals within 42 seconds against Wichita State in the national semifinals, helping the Cardinals recover from a 12-point deficit in the second half.

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Tuesday, January 7, 2014

Peyton Siva, Josh Harrellson Earn Guaranteed Contracts Through Rest of Season

Peyton Siva and Josh Harrellson survived today's waiver deadline and will earn guaranteed contracts form the Detroit  Pistons through the rest of this season.

Here's more from PistonPowered.com:

That was definitely the right move for Harrellson and probably the right move for Siva, whose ability is harder to gauge because a larger share of his contributions come behind the scenes.

At minimum, good for both those guys as individuals. Harrellson was cut this same time last year by the Heat, and Siva has gone from national champion to D-Leaguer. This to be a great day for them, considering the financial ramifications. Harrellson is now guaranteed to make $504,567 the rest of the season, and the rest of Siva’s salary is $279,691.

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UPIKE Bears are No. 1 in the Nation

The University of Pikeville Bears are the new No. 1 team in the nation. UPIKE earned 6 first-place votes and 247 total points to take over the top spot in this week's NAIA Division I Coaches' Top 25 Poll.

SAGU (Texas) is No. 2 with 239 points and a single first-place vote. Columbia (Mo.) comes in at No. 3 with 238 points and 3 first-place tallies.

Georgetown College dropped form No. 2 to No. 13 in the updated rankings.

St. Catharine College has moved into the top 25 at No. 23.

2013 – 14 NAIA Division I Men’s Basketball Coaches’ Top 25 Poll – Jan. 7

RANK LAST WEEK^ SCHOOL (1ST PLACE VOTES) 2013-14 RECORD TOTAL POINTS
1 T3 Pikeville (Ky.) (6) 12-1 247
2 T3 SAGU (Texas) (1) 9-1 239
3 1 Columbia (Mo.) (3) 13-1 238
4 8 Cal State San Marcos 17-1 228
5 12 Concordia (Calif.) 13-2 212
6 5 Evangel (Mo.) 12-3 201
7 11 Talladega (Ala.) 14-2 194
8 6 Arizona Christian 13-1 183
9 9 William Carey (Miss.) 8-2 181
10 10 Rocky Mountain (Mont.) 12-3 180
11 15 Freed-Hardeman (Tenn.) 8-0 179
12 19 St. Gregory's (Okla.) 11-1 178
13 2 Georgetown (Ky.) 11-3 153
14 T20 Wiley (Texas) 9-1 148
T15 13 Benedictine (Kan.) 10-3 133
T15 16 Montana State-Northern 14-3 133
17 14 Philander Smith (Ark.) 11-5 110
18 RV Mid-America Christian (Okla.) 7-3 101
19 18 Culver-Stockton (Mo.) 10-3 97
20 24 Martin Methodist (Tenn.) 8-4 95
21 RV Vanguard (Calif.) 13-2 94
22 7 John Brown (Ark.) 11-2 80
23 RV St. Catharine (Ky.) 9-4 77
24 25 Xavier (La.) 11-4 64
25 17 Faulkner (Ala.) 9-5 59

Others receiving votes: Hope International (Calif.) 50; Cumberland (Tenn.) 37; Westminster (Utah) 33; Emmanuel (Ga.) 30; Graceland (Iowa) 21; Montana Western 8; Oklahoma Baptist 4; MidAmerica Nazarene (Kan.) 3.

Calipari: UK Fans Would Never Rush the Court After Beating No. 1

Kentucky head coach John Calipari says UK fans would never rush the Rupp Arena court after beating the No. 1 team.

I'm not going to say Calipari is poking a jab at Indiana. I'm just sayin':



Indiana fans wouldn't do that would they?


Ballard Tops AP Boys' High School Basketball Rankings for Kentucky

Ballard High School (11-3) tops the Associated Press boys' high school basketball rankings for Kentucky.

The Bruins accumulated 87 total points and 7 first-place votes.

Trinity (10-3) is No. 2 in the rankings with 73 total points.

Hopkinsville (12-1) comes in at No. 3 with 64 points and 2 first-place votes.

Scott County and Covington Catholic round out the top 5.

AP high school basketball rankings for Kentucky:

School (FPV) Rcd TP
1. Ballard (7) 11-3 87
2. Trinity 10-2 73
3. Hopkinsville (2) 12-1 64
4. Scott Co. 11-2 53
5. Cov. Cath. 10-0 44
6. Montgomery Co. 14-0 35
7. Holmes 9-1 34
8. Newport Cath. 10-3 32
9. Lafayette 8-5 13
10. Lex. Catholic 11-3 13

Others receiving votes: PRP 12. Wayne Co. 9. John Hardin 7. Knott Co. Central 5. St. Xavier 4. Henderson Co. 3. Bowling Green 3. Lincoln Co. 2. Warren Central 1. Dixie Heights 1.

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Calipari Says Break Between Games is Beneficial for Kentucky

Kentucky head coach John Calipari says the big break between games is very beneficial for his team.

Check out his comments (via KSTV):


Josh Harrellson, Peyton Siva Face Contract Guarantee Deadline Today

Tuesday is a big day for former Kentucky big man Josh Harrellson and ex-Louisville point guard Peyton Siva.

The Detroit Pistons have until 5:00 p.m. today to either waive Harrellson and/or Siva or award them with guaranteed contracts throughout the rest of this season.

Here is more from PistonPowered.com:

The Pistons have until 5 p.m. Tuesday to waive Josh Harrellson and/or Peyton Siva before their contracts become fully guaranteed for the rest of the season.

In  all likelihood, Harrellson and Siva will survive the deadline.

Harrellson, though limited, has proven himself a reliable backup and maybe even a good backup.
Plus, he’s under contract for next season for an unguaranteed minimum salary. Not only is he a good deal this year, he’s a bargain next season as well.

Siva hasn’t fared as well in the NBA, and the Pistons’ offense has sputtered when he’s played point guard. But he’s just a rookie and likely has a longer leash. He’s played well since being sent to the D-League, averaging 25.5 points, 6.5 assists, 5.0 steals and 5.0 turnovers in two games. To some degree, Siva is clearly on a hot streak – he’s made 7-of-10 3-pointers with the Fort Wayne Mad Ants, an unsustainable percentage – but he’s probably shown enough to stick on the Pistons’ roster.

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Eastern Kentucky, Murray State Players Sweep OVC Weekly Awards

Players from Eastern Kentucky and Murray State swept the Ohio Valley Conference weekly awards this week.

EKU's Glenn Cosey was named Player of the Week following this 34-point game against Eastern Illinois. Cosey tied the OVC single-game record by making 10 3-pointers in the win over EIU.

Murray State's Jarvis Williams was named Newcomer of the Week and teammate Cameron Payne collected Freshman of the Week honors.

Here is the release from the OVC:

adidas® OVC Players of the Week

PLAYER


Glenn Cosey, G • Sr., 6-0, 182 • Flint, Mich. • Eastern Kentucky
Cosey tied the OVC single-game record by making 10 3-pointers in a victory at Eastern Illinois last Thursday. Cosey made his first four attempts before missing, then hit his next six attempts before missing his last shot to finish the game 10-of-12 from long range. The senior finished the game with a career-high 34 points while also dishing out six assists, netting two steals and not committing a turnover in 34 minutes of action. He finished the week with 23 points, four rebounds, four assists and a steal in a road loss at SIUE. For the week Cosey averaged 28.5 points, 5.0 assists, 2.5 rebounds and 1.5 steals/game while hitting 60 percent (18-of-30) from the field, 61.9 percent (13-of-21) from 3-point range and 80 percent (8-of-10) from the free throw line. Cosey ranks first in the OVC in 3-pointers made/game (3.6), second in free throw percentage (88.0%), third in scoring (20.0 points/game), fourth in 3-point percentage (43.9%) and fifth in assists (4.7/game).
 
NEWCOMER

Jarvis Williams, F • Jr., 6-8, 210 • Macon, Ga. • Murray State
Williams helped Murray State to a pair of victories last week by averaging 18.0 points, 16.5 rebounds and 2.5 blocks/game while hitting 66.7 percent (12-of-18) from the field. Williams recorded double-doubles in each game to increase his season total to six, which is tied for fourth in the OVC. Williams had 16 points, 18 rebounds and four blocks in the team's victory over Southeast Missouri and added 20 points, 15 rebounds and a block in a victory over UT Martin. The 18 rebounds are the second-most by an OVC player in a game this season.  The transfer from Gordon State College is second in the OVC in rebounding (10.9/game), third in blocks (1.6/game), eighth in field goal percentage (58.9%) and 12th in scoring (13.7 points/game).
 
FRESHMAN

Cameron Payne, G • Fr., 6-2, 175 • Bartlett, Tenn. • Murray State
Payne helped Murray State to a 2-0 start in OVC play by averaging 25.0 points, 5.5 rebounds, 5.0 assists and 2.0 steals/game while hitting 55.6 percent (15-of-27) from the field, 57.9 percent (11-of-19) from 3-point range and 81.8 percent (9-of-11) from the free throw line. Payne set career scoring highs in each contest, scoring 23 points in an 82-75 victory over Southeast Missouri and 27 points in a 91-77 victory over UT Martin. Against the Redhawks Payne hit 5-of-9 3-pointers on his way to 23 points while also pulling down six rebounds, dishing out five assists, netting three steals and blocking a shot. His 3-pointer with 4:29 left to play gave the Racers the lead for good. Against UT Martin Payne hit 6-of-10 3-pointers on his way to 27 points while also pulling down five rebounds, dishing out five assists and netting a steal. Payne ranks eighth in the OVC in scoring (14.7 points/game) and fourth in assists (5.5/game). It marks the third time this season he has been named OVC Freshman of the Week.

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Pikeville Tops Mid-South Conference Weekly Poll

The University of Pikeville (12-1, 3-0 MSC) tops the Mid-South Conference poll that was released Monday by the NAIA.

Georgetown College (11-3, 2-1) is No. 2 followed by St. Catharine College (9-4, 3-1).

Cumberland (Tenn.) and Rio Grande round out the top 5.

The national coaches' poll comes out later today.

Mid-South Conference

1. Pikeville (Ky.) (3-0 / 12-1)
2. Georgetown (Ky.) (2-1 / 11-3)
3. St. Catharine (Ky.) (3-1 / 9-4)
4. Cumberland (Tenn.) (2-2 / 10-3)
5. Rio Grande (Ohio) (3-1 / 10-5)
6. Bluefield (Va.) (1-2 / 7-3)
7. Cumberlands (Ky.) (1-2 / 9-4)
8. Lindsey Wilson (Ky.) (1-3 / 10-6)
9. Campbellsville (Ky.) (1-3 / 6-6)
10. Shawnee State (Ohio) (1-3 / 7-8)

Monday, January 6, 2014

John Calipari on SEC Basketball Teleconference

Check out John Calipari's comments on today's SEC Basketball Teleconference call:


Loaded Field Set to Do Battle in WYMT/Whayne Supply Mountain Basketball Classic

The 27th annual WYMT/Whayne Supply Mountain Basketball Classic tips off Tuesday night.

The tournament always features some of the top teams the mountains have to offer. This season is no different with 14th Region powerhouses Knott Central, Perry Central, Hazard and Cordia in the field. Lawrence County, one of the favorites in the 15th Region is also in the tournament.

The tournament will be played Knott County Central High School.

Here's a look at the schedule:

Tuesday, January 7th

6:30pm - Perry Central vs. Bell Co. - Live at WYMT.com
8:30pm - Cordia vs. Lawrence Co. - Live at WYMT.com

Wednesday, January 8th

6:30pm - Knott Central vs. Middlesboro - Live at WYMT.com
8:30pm - Hazard vs. Jackson Co. - Live at WYMT.com

Thursday, January 9th

6:30pm - Semi-Final #1 (Perry Central/Bell Co. winner vs. Cordia/Lawrence Co. winner) - Live on WYMT and at WYMT.com
8:30pm - Semi-Final #2 (Knott Central/Middlesboro winner vs. Hazard/Jackson Co. winner) - Live on WYMT and at WYMT.com

Friday, January 10th

5:00pm - Third Place Game (Semi-Final #1 loser vs. Semi-Final #2 Loser) - Live on WYMT and at WYMT.com
8:30pm - Championship Game - Live on WYMT and at WYMT.com

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Louisville, Kentucky Both Climb in New College Basketball Polls

Louisville is ranked No. 8 in the USA Today Coaches Poll and No. 12 in the AP Top 25 this week.

Kentucky continues to climb back towards the top 10 as the Wildcats are up to No. 14 in the AP rankings and No. 16 in the coaches poll this week.

AP Top 25

RK TEAM RECORD PTS
1 Arizona (60) 15-0 1,620
2 Syracuse (5) 14-0 1,550
3 Ohio State 15-0 1,470
4 Wisconsin 15-0 1,427
5 Michigan State 13-1 1,378
6 Wichita State 15-0 1,203
7 Baylor 12-1 1,169
8 Villanova 13-1 1,141
9 Iowa State 13-0 1,076
10 Florida 11-2 1,052
11 Oklahoma State 12-2 934 12 Louisville 13-2 825 13 San Diego State 12-1 823 14 Kentucky 10-3 808 15 Colorado 13-2 752 16 Duke 11-3 745 17 Oregon 13-1 715 18 Kansas 9-4 367 19 Massachusetts 12-1 364 20 Iowa 12-3 261 21 Missouri 12-1 247 22 Gonzaga 14-2 241 23 Illinois 13-2 178 24 Memphis 10-3 126 25 Kansas State 11-3 112

Others receiving votes: Cincinnati 103, Creighton 82, North Carolina 79, UCLA 79, Pittsburgh 44, Connecticut 41, Harvard 41, Saint Louis 19, Oklahoma 15, Michigan 11, George Washington 9, Southern Methodist 9, Xavier 3, Notre Dame 3, Toledo 2, Arkansas 1

USA Today Coaches Poll

RK TEAM RECORD PTS
1 Arizona (30) 15-0 798
2 Syracuse (1) 14-0 761
3 Ohio State (1) 15-0 741
4 Michigan State 13-1 687
4 Wisconsin 15-0 687
6 Wichita State 15-0 632
7 Iowa State 13-0 543
8 Louisville 13-2 503
9 Baylor 12-1 488
10 Villanova 13-1 476
11 Florida 11-2 473 12 Oklahoma State 12-2 446 13 Duke 11-3 399 13 Oregon 13-1 399 15 San Diego State 12-1 379 16 Kentucky 10-3 362 17 Colorado 13-2 272 18 Gonzaga 14-2 253 19 Massachusetts 12-1 225 20 Kansas 9-4 151 21 Missouri 12-1 113 22 Memphis 10-3 108 23 Creighton 12-2 90 23 Iowa 12-3 90 25 UCLA 12-2 66

Others receiving votes: Pittsburgh 65, North Carolina 40, Connecticut 35, Saint Louis 25, Oklahoma 17, Southern Miss 15, Illinois 14, Cincinnati 13, George Washington 11, Michigan 5, Kansas State 5, Toledo 5, New Mexico 3, Texas 3, Harvard 2

UK Says eRUPPtion Zone Tickets are Available for Mississippi State Game

The University of Kentucky has announced that eRUPPtion Zone tickets are available for Wednesday night's game against Mississippi State.

Here are details:

LEXINGTON, Ky. – eRUPPtion Zone tickets will be available to the public for Wednesday’s men's basketball game against Mississippi State, which occurs during the university's holiday break.

The public will be allowed to start lining up for eRUPPtion Zone ticket sales this Wednesday, January 8th at 9 a.m. ET. Tickets in the eRUPPtion Zone will be $5 each (cash only) and are limited to one per person (must be present at time of purchase). Tickets will go on sale 90 minutes prior to tip-off at the Rupp Arena Box Office and are available on a first-come/first-serve basis.

Upper level reserved tickets are also still available for Wednesday’s Mississippi State game, as well as the Texas A&M game (Jan. 21). The games against Tennessee (Jan. 18) and Georgia (Jan. 25) are SOLD OUT. Please remember when buying tickets from anywhere other than Ticketmaster or the UK Ticket Office, you could be buying a lost/stolen or counterfeit ticket, resulting in non-admission to the contest. Also, any UK Student Ticket must be presented with a UK Student ID along with the ticket for admission.

For a complete listing of on sale dates, visit www.UKAthletics.com/tickets

Plenty of Basketball Action in Kentucky This Week: Schedule for the Week

Here's a schedule for the week:

Monday, January 6

3:00 p.m. Clark Atlanta at Kentucky State University*
7:00 p.m. Alice Lloyd College at Milligan College
7:00 p.m. North Florida at Northern Kentucky University*
8:30 p.m. Mid-Continent University at Freed-Hardeman*

Tuesday, January 7

8:00 p.m. Berea College at Asbury University*
8:00 p.m. Blackburn College at Spalding University*

Wednesday, January 8

7:00 p.m. Murray State University at Eastern Kentucky University*
7:00 p.m. Alice Lloyd College at Union College
7:30 p.m. Geneva at Thomas More College*
7:30 p.m. Hanover College at Transylvania University*
8:00 p.m. Mississippi State at University of Kentucky*

Thursday, January 9

7:00 p.m. Memphis at University of Louisville*
7:00 p.m. Northern Kentucky University at USC Upstate*
7:30 p.m. Kentucky State University at Claflin University*
8:00 p.m. Eureka College at Spalding University*
8:00 p.m. Drury at Bellarmine University*
8:00 p.m. Lindsey Wilson College at University of Pikeville*
8:00 p.m. Cincinnati Christian at Asbury University*
8:00 p.m. Georgia State at University of Kentucky*
8:00 p.m. Georgetown College at Campbellsville University*
8:00 p.m. University of the Cumberlands at St. Catharine College*
8:30 p.m. Davis & Elkins at Kentucky Wesleyan College*
8:30 p.m. Benedictine University-Springfield at Mid-Continent University*

Friday, January 10

7:30 p.m. Point Park University at Berea College*
8:00 p.m. Millsaps at Centre College*

Saturday, January 11

2:00 p.m. Kentucky Christian University at Kuyper College
3:00 p.m. Kentucky State University at Benedict College*
3:00 p.m. Brescia University at Cincinnati Christian*
3:00 p.m. MacMurray College at Spalding University*
3:00 p.m. Thiel at Thomas More College*
3:00 p.m. Manchester University at Transylvania University*
3:15 p.m. Missouri S&T at Bellarmine University*
3:30 p.m. University of Kentucky at Vanderbilt*
4:00 p.m. NOrthern Kentucky University at East Tennessee State*
4:00 p.m. Georgetown College at St. Catharine College*
4:00 p.m. Cumberland (Tenn.) at University of Pikeville*
4:00 p.m. Point Park University at Alice Lloyd College*
4:00 p.m. Lindsey Wilson College at Bluefield College*
4:00 p.m. Union College at Bryan*
4:00 p.m. University of the Cumberlands at Campbellsville University*
4:15 p.m. Alderson Broaddus at Kentucky Wesleyan College*
5:00 p.m. Harris-Stowe State at Mid-Continent University*
7:00 p.m. IU Kokomo at Asbury University*
7:30 p.m. Eastern Kentucky University at Morehead State University*
8:30 p.m. Austin Peay at Murray State University*

Sunday, January 12

1:00 p.m. SMU at University of Louisville*
3:00 p.m. Birmingham Southern at Centre College*
3:00 p.m. Brescia University at IU East*

* Conference Game

Centre College Opens SAA Play with a Win Over Sewanee

Centre College 48
Sewanee 46

Final from Danville, Kentucky

Game recap by CC:

The Centre men's basketball team erased a late deficit to claim a 48-46 victory over Sewanee in the Southern Athletic Association opener for both teams Saturday in Danville, Ky.

After a cold-shooting second half, the Colonels trailed 45-41 with less than three minutes to play. Though Centre had been scoreless for six minutes, Matt Gump (Bellefontaine, Ohio) sank a 3-pointer with 2:38 left to pull the Colonels within one. After forcing a Tigers turnover, Donovan Whiteside (Knoxville, Tenn.) made a pair of free throws to put Centre back in front 46-45 with less than a minute remaining. Sewanee came up empty again on its next possession, and Gump made two more free throws with six seconds left to seal the win.

Gump finished with 10 points to lead a balanced Centre attack while Whiteside and Mike Geegan(Bowling Green, Ky.) added eight. Sewanee's Jorden Williams led all scorers with 13 points.
The game began with Centre taking an early lead and holding it throughout the first half. The Colonels led by as many as nine points and took a 29-22 lead to halftime.

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Sunday, January 5, 2014

SIU Edwardsville Uses Late Run to Put Away Eastern Kentucky

SIU Edwardsville 85
Eastern Kentucky 79

Final from Edwardsville, Illinois

Game recap by EKU:

EDWARDSVILLE, Ill. – A late 14-2 run doomed Eastern Kentucky in an 85-79 loss at Southern Illinois Edwardsville on Saturday.

The Colonels (10-5, 1-1 OVC) led 62-60 after two free throws by Orlando Williams with 9:27 left in the game. The Cougars (4-11, 1-1 OVC) then scored 14 of the next 16 points. Eight straight points by Tim Johnson and a free throw from Michael Messer capped the run and gave the home squad a 74-64 lead with 4:42 left to play.

Eastern was behind by 11, 79-68, after a three-pointer by Kris Davis with 2:33 on the clock. However, the Colonels didn't fold, using an 11-2 run over the next 1:33 to draw within two. Glenn Cosey started it with a three-pointer and Williams finished it off with a three to draw the visitors to within 81-79 with a minute left.

SIUE answered with a lay-up at the other end. On the next EKU possession, Corey Walden got an open three-point attempt that would have cut the Cougar lead to one, but the shot missed.

Cosey led all players with 23 points. Walden finished with 19 and Williams had 18 points. Donivine Stewart led SIU Edwardsville with 15 points.

EKU shot 52 percent from the field but went 5-for-17 (29.4 percent) from behind the arc. SIUE made 58 percent of its shots and 7-of-17 (41.2 percent) from deep. The Cougars had seven more turnovers but out-rebounded Eastern by 11.

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Dominique Hawkins Dunks Over Marcus Lee in Kentucky Practice

Kentucky freshman Dominique Hawkins showed off his athleticism in practice recently as he dunked over Marcus Lee.

UKCoachCalipari Dominique put the helmet on Marcus today with a CRAZY dunk. May put out the video later.

Check out the dunk (click to play):



Louisville Sinks 41 Free Throws in Win Over Rutgers

(14) Louisville 83
Rutgers 76

Final from Piscataway, NJ

Game recap by UL:

PISCATAWAY, N.J. (AP) - Russ Smith's stats looked pretty good, and the star guard and Louisville coach Rick Pitino felt the same about the way he played.

He could have been much better.

Smith scored 22 points and No. 14 Louisville made 41 free throws in an 83-76 win over Rutgers in a foul-plagued game on Saturday.  Smith had 15 of his team's final 23 points, making 11 free throws down the stretch as the Cardinals (13-2, 2-0 American Athletic Conference) used their full-court pressure to force Rutgers (7-8, 1-1) to commit a season-high 19 turnovers.

"Russ has had a great year, one of the best years I've seen any player of mine have," Pitino said. "Tonight he had a very bad night because he shot us out in the beginning which is not like him because he's been very, very unselfish. Tonight he had one assist and five turnovers because of it."

Smith was 4 for 11 from the field as Louisville beat Rutgers for the 12th time in 13 games.  "I'm not gonna play a perfect season but as long as I come through when the team needs me to come through, that's all that matters," Smith said.  Smith had a good reason for his off night. He was playing in front of family and friends from New York.

"It was my fault. I forced the issue early on," Smith said. "I should have been moving the ball. I did a bad job at that, a terrible job. I should have let the game come to me early, I tried to start off bombing away. Just next time just take it a little bit easier, let the game come to me. That's all on me."

Louisville escaped the poor performance because of its press and unbelievable free-throw shooting. Normally a 65 percent team from the line, it made 41 of 46 foul shots. The 41 made free throws set a school record for any conference game, breaking the old mark of 39 against Virginia Tech in 1986.

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Juan Palacios Named Player of the Week in Lithuania's LKL League

Former Louisville big man Juan Palacios was named Eurobasket.com Player of the Week in Lithuania's top-level LKL league this week.

Here is more from Eurobasket.com:

Colombian Juan Palacios (203-F/C-85) had a great game in the last round for league's second-best Lietuvos rytas and that's him to receive a Eurobasket.com Player of the Week award for round 14.

The 28-year old power forward had a double-double of 19 points and eleven rebounds, while his team beat Neptunas (#7, 5-3) 88-79. Lietuvos rytas is placed at 2nd position in Lithuanian LKL. They maintain perfect record without any lost game in the league. The season is already in a full swing and Lietuvos rytas still have not lost a single game, getting all 8 victories. Palacios turned to be Lietuvos rytas' top player in his first season with the team. Juan Palacios averages this season 14.1ppg and 7.6rpg.

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Morehead State Completes Sweep of Illinois Road Trip at EIU

Morehead State 85
Eastern Illinois 77

Final from Charleston, Illinois

Game recap by MSU:

CHARLESTON, Ill. -- The Morehead State men's basketball team connected on 25 of its last 26 free-throw attempts en route to an 85-77 victory over Eastern Illinois on Saturday afternoon at Lantz Arena.

The Eagles improve to 11-6 overall, 5-4 on the road and 2-0 in the Ohio Valley Conference with their fifth straight win over EIU.  The Panthers slip to 4-10 overall, 3-4 at home and 0-2 in league play.

"Today's game wasn't pretty, but we'll take any road win we can get," Head Coach Sean Woods.  "It's certainly an accomplishment to go on the road and win back-to-back conference games.  I hope we can carry this momentum forward in league play."

Morehead State entered the contest 11th in the conference and 293rd nationally in free-throw accuracy.  The Eagles knocked down just 40 percent (6-of-15) from the charity stripe in the opening half, but drilled 88 percent (28-of-32) in the second period.

Junior Kareem Storey made all 12 of his free-throw attempts en route to 14 points.  Junior Angelo Warner hit 9-of-12 from the same spot and scored 13 points, which marked his 16th double-figure performance this year and the 45th of his career.

"Our late free-throw shooting was the difference today," Woods said.  "It's hard for the opponent to catch up when you put together a stretch of 25 makes in 26 attempts.  I think us making those shots says a lot about our character and resiliency."

Senior Chad Posthumus registered team highs of 19 points and 14 rebounds.  It marked his OVC-leading ninth double-double this season and the 11th of his MSU career.  The rebounding effort was also his 13th in double figures this year.

"I've been telling Chad to take his time and play under control," Woods said.  "There aren't many post players in the OVC who can handle him one-on-one.  He had another big game for us, including an NBA-quality spin move and dunk late in the contest."

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OVC Standings After Week 1:

WESTCONFOVERALL
Austin Peay2-08-8
Murray State1-06-7
SIU-Edwardsville1-14-11
Eastern Illinois1-24-10
Southeast Missouri State0-28-7
Tennessee-Martin0-25-12
EASTCONFOVERALL
Morehead State2-011-6
Belmont2-010-6
Eastern Kentucky1-110-5
Tennessee Tech1-18-9
Jacksonville State1-27-11
Tennessee State1-22-14

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