Saturday, February 22, 2014

Bellarmine Dismantles St. Joseph's, Sets Up Critical Showdown at UIndy

Bellarmine 106
St. Joseph's 63

Final from Rensselaer, Indiana

Game recap by BU:

RENSSELAER, Ind.—The Bellarmine University men's basketball team bolted out of the gates with an opening 15-0 run and went on to roll to a 106-63 victory over St. Joseph's College in a Great Lakes Valley Conference contest at Scharf Fieldhouse.

The host Pumas never seriously threatened after Bellarmine's strong start.  In fact, the closest St. Joseph's could get was 14 points the rest of the way as the Knights ran out to a 53-29 halftime advantage.

In the second period, Bellarmine just kept extending their lead, which grew to as many as 44 in closing minutes.

Bellarmine shot a blistering 64.3 percent from the field as five players scored in double figures.  Vance Hall led the way with 19 points, while Keisten Jones, Jake Thelen and Donnie Hale were a combined 19 for 19 from the field.  Hale pitched in a career high 14 points.

The Pumas' Cameron Vines, who leads the GLVC in scoring, tossed in 26 points to lead all scorers.

"That was a great night of basketball," said Bellarmine Coach Scott Davenport. "We really, really played well.  The first half was an amazing display of basketball, especially from a defensive standpoint.  We really played good defense all night."

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Mid-Continent Sets School Record in Win Over William Woods

Mid-Continent 84
William Woods 78

Final from Fulton,  Missouri

Game recap by MCU:

FULTON, Mo. - All season in 2013-14, the Mid-Continent University men's basketball team has struggled to find consistency shooting the basketball on the perimeter.

On Thursday night, though, the Cougars found the shooters' touch.

Mid-Continent (6-21, 6-11) made a school record 15 3-pointers in the game, and Joe Gilmore and Blake Wheeler both had career highs in scoring, as the Cougars erased a 17-point second half deficit to come from behind to defeat the William Woods University Owls (7-21, 5-13) 84-78.

In the first half, it was the Owls who were on fire from long range. The Owls connected on five of their first seven 3-point shots, building an 11-point lead just 5:10 into the game. The lead eventually reached 12 points, but that is when Mid-Continent began to heat up from long range. Gilmore and Wheeler each began to find their range, and the Cougars pulled to within one, 24-23, with 6:34 remaining in the half. After the Owls pushed the lead back out to 10 at 39-29, Reggie Elkins nailed a 3-pointer with just six seconds left in the half, cutting the halftime deficit for Mid-Continent to 39-32 -- a nearly identical deficit to the one the Cougars faced against William Woods in Mayfield in January.

Early in the second half, the Cougars twice pulled to within one point, but then the Owls seemed to put the game out of reach. An 18-2 run stretched the Owls lead to 17 with 13:19 to play, but Mid-Continent kept battling.

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Centre College Blows By Hendrix, Moves to 12-1 in Conference

Centre 71
Hendrix 55

Final from Danville, Kentucky

Game recap by CC:

The Centre men's basketball team rolled to a 71-55 victory over Hendrix in a Southern Athletic Association game on Friday in Danville, Ky.

Blake Scinta (Louisville, Ky.) led all scorers with 22 points, 15 of those coming in the first half as the Colonels built their lead. Ryan Murray (Springboro, Ohio) added 13 points and Donovan Whiteside (Knoxville, Tenn.) 11 for Centre, while Luke Vance led Hendrix with 15 points.

The Colonels never trailed in the game and pulled away early when Scinta scored seven points in a 19-4 run that made the score 25-7. The Colonels held Hendrix without a field goal for nine minutes during that run and to 23 percent shooting in the first half.

After taking a 33-14 lead to halftime, Centre scored the first eight points of the second half. The Colonels eventually built the lead as high as 29 points when a Scinta dunk made the score 60-31 with eight minutes to play.

For the game, Centre shot 52 percent (27-of-52) while holding Hendrix to 35 percent (20-of-57) shooting. The Colonels outrebounded the Warriors 34-30, and each team turned the ball over 12 times.

Centre improves to 19-4 overall and 12-1 in SAA competition while Hendrix drops to 10-12 on the year and 4-9 in the conference. The Colonels wrap up the regular season when they host Rhodes at 3 p.m. on Sunday.

Bleacher Report's Jason King Talks About Going Behind-The-Scenes of UK Basketball

Bleacher Report's Jason King talks to KSTV about the time he spent behind-the-scenes with the University of Kentucky basketball program:

University of the Cumberlands Survives Cumberland University

University of the Cumberlands 61
Cumberland University 58

Final from Williamsburg, Kentucky

Game recap by UC:

The University of the Cumberlands (UC) Men's Basketball program came into Thursday night's game with Cumberland University (CU) with plenty of motivation.  With three straight home games in front of them before the Mid-South Conference (MSC) tournament, UC knew every win from here on out would be big when coming to seeding.  Having to come from behind, the Patriots came away with a big victory 61-58 over the Bulldogs.

The Patriots would hit a slump early in the 1st half, but would battle back to trail CU by just 2 at the break 29-27.  Although the Patriots would outrebound CU in the 1st half 20-18, it was the Bulldogs shooting 41% from the floor to hold on to the early lead.   It was UC outshooting Cumberland University in the 2nd half with 46% from the field to take the win over the Bulldogs.

UC was led on the night by R.J. Scott (Slidell, LA) with 15 points and 6 rebounds.  Shaquille Lowery (East Moline, IL) pitched in 12 points and 3 rebounds.  Tony Bradley (Alton, IL) added 10 points and 9 rebounds while Kenny Cowser (Snellville, GA) also added 10 points and 4 rebounds.

The Patriots will be back in action on Saturday February 22nd as they host Senior Day against the Blue Raiders of Lindsey Wilson College.  Tipoff is set for 4:00 pm with Senior Day festivities to begin immediately following the conclusion of the women's game.

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Lindsey Wilson Upsets No. 16 Georgetown College

Lindsey Wilson 86
(16) Georgetown 76

Final from Georgetown, Kentucky

Game recap by LWC:

GEORGETOWN, Ky. – Hot shooting and clutch free-throw shooting down the stretch helped Lindsey Wilson men's basketball upset No. 16 and defending NAIA National Champion Georgetown (Ky.) College Thursday night, 86-76.

Lindsey Wilson (14-13, 5-10 MSC) was led by D'on Hall with 22 points including hitting 4-of-8 from beyond the arc and all six of his free-throw attempts. Chase Cox returned to action in a big way after being sidelined since Nov. 30, 2013. The senior entered the game off the bench and finished with 15 points on 5-of-7 shooting. Tyrie Orosco led the team with seven rebounds. Keshaun Mayfield finished with eight points, five rebounds and five assists.

The game opened with both teams trading baskets until the score became tied at 12-12. Lindsey Wilson would use a 10-2 run to take a 22-14 lead with 12:42 to play in the first half. The Blue Raiders would hold a slight lead for the remainder of the half. Georgetown (19-8, 10-6 MSC) would get as close as two points at 33-31, but were unable to bring it any closer.

Seconds before halftime following a missed Blue Raider field goal, Georgetown's Noah Cottrill hit a half-court buzzer beater to cut the lead to 39-36 in favor of Lindsey Wilson.

The Blue Raiders shot 55.2 percent from the field in the first half including making 10 of their first 14 attempts. Georgetown shot 50.0 percent and held a slight 17-15 rebounding advantage. Lindsey Wilson had seven steals compared to four by the Tigers. The Blue Raider bench contributed 20 points in the first half compared to just one point by the Georgetown bench.

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Kentucky's James Young and Julius Randle Talk About LSU Game and More

Kentucky's James Young and Julius Randle talk about today's game against LSU:

John Calipari's Pre-LSU Press Conference

Kentucky head coach John Calipari talks about today's game against LSU and more:

Spalding University Playing for SLIAC Regular Season Conference Title Today

Spalding University 66
Greenville College 60

Final from Greenville, Illinois

Game recap by SU:

After sitting out five games due to a fracture in his left hand, senior William Barber returned in a big way, coming off the bench to score 20 points on 8-of-12 shooting to lead the Spalding University men’s basketball team to a 66-60 win at Greenville College late Thursday night.

Spalding trailed for the majority of the first half, and found themselves down by seven points after a 13-5 Tiger run made the score 26-19 with 6:10 left in the half.

Thomas Blakemore knocked down a jump shot, and Barber hit a jumper and a three-point basket down the stretch, helping spark an 11-4 Spalding run to end the half tied at 30-30. Spalding would keep their momentum going into the second half, jumping out to a 12-point lead at 46-34 after Barber hit another three with 11:03 left.

Greenville wouldn’t back down, cutting into SU’s lead to trail by only two with 2:53 left in the game after a made jump shot by Ron Harris made the score 57-55. But clutch free-throw shooting by Brandon Gabriel and Blakemore as the clock was winding down kept Spalding the lead, and gave them the 66-60 win over Principia.

The Golden Eagles will play in their final regular season game against Westminster College this Saturday, February 22 at 3:00 p.m. EST at Derek Smith Gymnasium. With a win Saturday SU will clinch their second consecutive SLIAC regular season championship, and the opportunity to host the SLIAC Championship Tournament February 28 and March 1.

LSU Head Coach Johnny Jones Talks About Playing Kentucky at Rupp Arena

Here is LSU head coach Johnny Jones talking about playing Kentucky at Rupp Arena today:

Friday, February 21, 2014

Watch John Calipari's Pre-LSU Press Conference Live

Check out John Calipari's pre-LSU press conference live at 2:00 p.m.:

Philadelphia Waives Earl Clark the Day After Trading For Him

The Philadephia 76ers acquired former Louisville star Earl Clark via trade yesterday.

Today, they waived him.

PompeyOnSixers Now that was fast. #Sixers waive Earl Clark hours after acquiring him in a trade with the Cleveland #Cavaliers.

Kentucky Wesleyan Wins Ninth Straigt Game, Sets Up Showdown for G-MAC Title

Kentucky Wesleyan 73
Davis & Elkins 67

Final from Elkins, West Virginia

Game recap by KWC:
It wasn't easy, but it was nonetheless a critical mission accomplished for Kentucky Wesleyan's men's basketball team on Thursday night.

The Panthers turned back Davis & Elkins 73-67 in a Great Midwest Athletic Conference game in Elkins, W.Va. — extending their winning streak to nine games and setting up a winner-take-all conference championship matchup against Alderson Broaddus on Saturday afternoon in Philippi, W.Va.

"I thought we played well defensively in the first half," said KWC coach Happy Osborne, whose club improved to 19-7 overall and 12-1 in the G-MAC. "We got 25 deflections as a team and Davis & Elkins scored 25 points.
"In the second half, it wasn't good enough. We got four deflections and they scored 42 points. There was a lack of intensity in the second half, and we simply can't have that on Saturday."
The Panthers' defense was key to building a 37-25 halftime advantage, and Wesleyan scored the first basket of the second half to extend its lead to 14 points.
But the Senators (11-13, 3-8) never stopped battling, and a conventional three-point conversion by leading scorer Devin Miller pulled the hosts within 49-46 with 11 minutes to play.
KWC maintained control of the game down the stretch, although a runner in the lane by Tivius Guthrie pulled Davis & Elkins within six points with 10 seconds to play. Lonnie Hayes answered with two free throws at 0:08, and the Panthers had notched their 18th victory in the last 20 games since Nov. 29.

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North Carolina Beats Duke, Storms the Court and Parties Like It's 1999

North Carolina picked up an important rivalry win over Duke last night. As soon as the buzzer sounded, thousands of UNC fans stormed the court:

Question: What are your thoughts on an all-time great program like North Carolina storming the court after a home conference win over a rival?

Personally, I don't think programs like UNC, Duke, Kentucky, Louisville, etc. should ever storm the court unless they are celebrating a national championship.

Former UNC great J.R. Reid had this to say about the court storming:

This was the scene late into the night in Chapel Hill:

RockChalkBlog Actual picture from CH.

University of Pikeville Locks Up Mid-South Conference Title

(2) Pikeville 69
Shawnee State 56

Final from Portsmouth, Ohio

Game recap by UPIKE:

PORTSMOUTH, Ohio – For the first time since the 2000-01 season, the University of Pikeville men's basketball team can call itself Mid-South Conference Regular-Season Champions after topping Shawnee State (Ohio) 69-56 on Thursday.

With a 24-2 overall record and 14-1 mark in MSC play, no other conference team can catch second-ranked UPIKE in the standings. While Pikeville has won an NAIA National Championship under head coach Kelly Wells in 2011, the conference championship has eluded him, but no more.

Now the sights are set on winning the first MSC Tournament Championship since 2002-03 and continuing on to the NAIA National Tournament to challenge for the nation's top prize. But first there are three regular-season games left and the chance to put together the best MSC record in league history.

Thursday's win wasn't a thing of beauty. UPIKE scored its third lowest total of the season and was sloppy, turning the ball over 16 times with just seven assists. Luckily it outshot SSU 45.8 to 34.5 percent from the field and hit 10 more free throws to enjoy a double-digit lead the majority of the second half.

Shawnee State's last lead came with over 15 minutes left in the first half at 9-8 on a three by Devon Carter. UPIKE responded with an 11-3 run to go up 23-12 and ended by leading by as many as 19 points before taking a 37-21 lead into halftime.

SSU opened the second half with an 11-2 run to get within seven, but it woke up UPIKE for an 11-3 run of its own and it was never seriously threatened again.

Keala King led all scorers with 19 points and matched the game high with nine rebounds. King was 9-of-12 from the stripe. Bruce Reed chipped in with 18 points, scoring 12 of them in the second half and Elisha Justice added 10 points, five assists, six rebounds, a block and a steal.
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2013-14 Standings

School MSC Overall
2 Pikeville 14-1 .933 24-2 .923
16 Georgetown 10-6 .625 19-8 .704
RV St. Catharine 10-6 .625 17-9 .654
19 Rio Grande 9-6 .600 16-10 .615
Campbellsville 9-7 .563 14-11 .560
Cumberlands (KY) 8-8 .500 16-10 .615
Bluefield 6-9 .400 13-10 .565
Lindsey Wilson 5-10 .333 14-13 .519
Cumberland (TN) 4-11 .267 12-12 .500
Shawnee State 2-13 .133 8-18 .308

Thursday, February 20, 2014

Morehead State Earns OVC Bye with Double Overtime Win Over Austin Peay

Morehead State 90
Austin Peay 88 F/2OT

Final from Morehead, Kentucky

Game recap by MSU:

MOREHEAD, Ky. -- Junior Angelo Warner hit a turnaround jump shot in the lane with less than one second remaining in double overtime on Wednesday night to lift the Morehead State men's basketball team to a 90-88 victory over Austin Peay at Johnson Arena.

The Eagles, who have won 11 of their last 14 games and five consecutive Ohio Valley Conference games, improved to 19-9 overall, 10-3 in conference play and 9-3 at home.  The Governors slip to 11-16 overall, 5-8 in the league and 2-10 on the road.

Morehead State secured one of the top four seeds and an opening-round bye in the OVC Tournament.  The Eagles are on pace for their first 20-win season since 2010-11.

"We found a way to win even though I felt we didn't play very well," Head Coach Sean Woods said.  "That is the sign of a good team though.  That was a good basketball team (Austin Peay) that was well prepared to play us tonight."

Warner, who scored a game-best 26 points, shot 7-of-18 from the floor, 4-of-11 from outside the arc and 8-of-10 from the free-throw line.  It marked the guard's 54th career effort in double figures, including 25 this year.  He also has nine 20-point performances this season.

Senior Chad Posthumus added 17 points and a game-high 17 rebounds.  The center now has 25 career efforts with 10+ boards, including 19 this year.  It was also his 10th double-double this season and the 12th in his 61-game career.

Sophomore Brent Arrington (17 points) and junior Luka Pajkovic (10) also scored in double figures for MSU.  The contest featured 53 fouls and 70 free-throw attempts.
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Parrish: Travis Ford, Several SEC Coaches are on the Hot Seat

Gary Parrish of says former Kentucky star Travis Ford and several other coaches are on the hot seat this season.

Ford's Oklahoma State team is 16-10 this season and have missed the NCAA Tournament two of the past three years.

Parrish also names Cuonzo Martin (Tennessee), Mark Fox (Georgia), Tony Barbee (Auburn) and Anthony Grant (Alabama) on his list of 15 coaches on the hot seat.

Here's an excerpt about Ford:

Travis Ford | Oklahoma State

History: 120-73 in 6th season at Oklahoma State, 3 NCAA tourney appearances
This season: 16-10
Why he is on the hot seat: Ford has missed the NCAA Tournament in two of the past three seasons, and suddenly he's on the verge of missing it again even though his Cowboys were ranked eighth in the preseason AP poll. He's had off-the-court problems and on-the-court problems, and some of the off-the-court problems have contributed to on-the-court problems. If he doesn't get things turned around in the coming weeks, the number of fans yelling for Ford to be replaced will grow.
Will he survive it? Ultimately, I think so, yes … but that's mostly because I believe Marcus Smart will return from this suspension and help get the Cowboys back into the NCAA Tournament, at which point they'll be a threat to advance. That said, don't ever forget, Oklahoma State had a quick trigger on Sean Sutton, meaning the school has pulled a plug abruptly before.

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UPIKE's Bruce Reed Earns Player of the Week Honors After 37-Point Outburst

University of Pikeville's Bruce Reed was named Mid-South Conference Player of the Week on Monday.

Reed, a senior transfer from Morehead State, scored a career-high 37 points in UPIKE's 105-95 win over No. 19 Georgetown College.

Here is the release from the league:

COLUMBIA, Ky. -- Pikeville (Ky.) senior Bruce Reed is the Mid-South Conference Men's Basketball Player of the Week, conference officials announced on Monday.

The weekly honor is Reed's first of the season.

Reed scored a career-high 37 points in his only game last week to lead the No. 2-ranked Bears to a 105-95 win over No. 19-ranked Georgetown (Ky.) in the NAIA Division I Men's Basketball Game of the Week.

The Olathe, Kan., forward added eight rebounds, four blocks and two steals in the win that enabled the Bears to take a 3-1/2 game lead in the MSC standings with just two weeks remaining in the regular season.

Reed shot 61.5 percent (8-of-13) from the field, including making two of his three 3-point attempts. He added a 19-for-26 day at the free throw line.

Reed leads the Mid-South in total blocks (46) and blocks per game (1.9). He is second in the conference in scoring (17.9) and fourth in field goal percentage (53.9 percent). Nationally, Reed is sixth in total blocks and is 18th in field goal percentage.

Pikeville improves to 22-2 overall and 12-1 in the Mid-South following last week's win.
The next MSC Men's Basketball Player of the Week award is scheduled to be announced on Monday, Feb. 24.

John Calipari on Mike & Mike, Says Pitino and Izzo Know Nothing About Social Media

Kentucky head coach John Calipari discussed several topics on ESPN's Mike & Mike Show this morning.

Calipari talked about the chase for an undefeated season and social media. He also said he has no disrespect for Rick Pitino and Tom Izzo but thinks they "know nothing" about social media.

Take a listen (click to play):

Former Louisville Star Earl Clark Traded to Philadelphia

The Cleveland Cavaliers have traded former Louisville star Earl Clark and two second round draft picks to the Philadelphia 76ers for Spencer Hawes:

SamAmicoFSO Sources confirm: #Sixers trade Spencer Hawes to #Cavs for Earl Clark and 2 second-rounders. Cavs still in intense talks involving Luol Deng.

Clark has averaged 5.2 points and 2.8 rebounds per game for Cleveland this season.

Division II Basketball Game Ends in a Tie...No Really

Believe it or not, an NCAA Division II men's basketball game ended in a tie last night after a buzzer-beater attempt broke a light fixture above the court.

Down by two, a Winston-Salem State player tied the game at 76 on a putback. On the ensuing play, Johnson C. Smith's Joshua Linton fired a full-court hail Mary attempt, but the shot hit a light fixture above the gym.

The light fixture broke and was dangling above the court so officials ended the game.

Winston-Salem State is now 15-9-1 on the season while Johnson C. Smith moves to 14-10-1.

WSSU_Athletics Men's Basketball: Winston-Salem 76, Johnson C. Smith 76 (Final)


Not everyone was pleased:

johndellWSJ Here is what Quinton Alton of WSSU said: “I guess they were scared that we would have beaten them in overtime. That's life in the CIAA."

johndellWSJ Broken light at Brayboy (see photo above)

Tickets Available for Kentucky's Last Two Home Games

The University of Kentucky has announced that a limited number of tickets are still available for the Wildcats final two home games against Arkansas and Alabama.

Here are details:

LEXINGTON, Ky. – A limited number of tickets remain for Kentucky's final two home men’s basketball games against Arkansas (Feb. 27) and Alabama (Mar. 4), as well as Kentucky’s final two home women’s basketball games against South Carolina (Feb. 20) and Vanderbilt (Mar. 2).

UK announced that Kentucky’s own Sundy Best will perform My Old Kentucky Home during this year’s men’s Senior Night festivities.

The Feb. 22 men’s basketball game against LSU is sold out.

Tickets are available online at or by calling Ticketmaster at 800.745.3000. They are also available to purchase through the UK Ticket Office by calling 800.928.2287. Men’s basketball tickets are $42 each, while women’s basketball tickets are $9 for reserved seats, $8 for adult general admission, and $5 for youth/senior general admission.

As always, UK Athletics encourages all fans to buy tickets to our athletics events through the UK Ticket Office or Ticketmaster outlets. Tickets bought from anywhere other than those two outlets may not be valid, and buyers should beware.

Wednesday, February 19, 2014

Indiana's Assembly Hall is Literally Falling Apart, Thank God It Happened When the Arena Was Empty

Indiana University's Assembly Hall is literally falling apart.

Last night's game between Iowa and the Hoosiers had to be postponed after a large piece of metal fell from the Assembly Hall roof some six hours before the game.

Here's more from

An ESPN crew preparing to televise the game caught video of the beam crashing into a seat. It spread quickly on social media, and showed starkly what might have happened had the stands been full for a game. IU described the "metal facing" as measuring about 8 feet by 14 inches.

IU athletic director Fred Glass said at a news conference Tuesday night that a women's basketball game against Michigan will go on as scheduled Wednesday night at Assembly Hall. Glass said fans will be kept away from the corners of the arena, where the danger exists.

Snow and ice accumulation caused problems in the corners of the arena, Glass said, describing it as a "fairly focused issue." He said what happened wasn't because of a "long-term corrosive event" but an immediate, traumatic event.

The decision to postpone the game was made within about an hour of the incident, which occurred around 2:30 p.m.

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My Thoughts: While it's fun to joke about Indiana, let's be very serious about this one - thank God this incident happened when no one was in the arena because a fall of that magnitude would have likely killed someone in the seat below.

UPIKE Remains No. 2, Georgetown Up to No. 16 This Week

The Pikeville Bears are held steady at No. 2 in the NAIA Division I Men's Basketball Coaches' Top 25 Poll this week.

The Bears (22-2) earned a single first-place vote and 242 total points. Cal State San Marcos is No. 1 with 9 first-place votes and 250 points.

William Carey, SAGU and Freed-Hardeman round out the top 5.

Georgetown College (18-7) is up 3 spots to No. 16 this week.

St. Catharine College is just outside the top 25 with 25 total points.

2013 – 14 NAIA Division I Men’s Basketball Coaches’ Top 25 Poll – Feb. 18

1 1 Cal State San Marcos (9) 27-1 250
2 2 Pikeville (Ky.) (1) 22-2 242
3 4 William Carey (Miss.) 20-2 234
4 5 SAGU (Texas) 22-3 223
5 3 Freed-Hardeman (Tenn.) 22-2 219
6 7 Talladega (Ala.) 22-4 207
7 6 Columbia (Mo.) 24-2 203
8 7 Emmanuel (Ga.) 22-2 193
9 9 Vanguard (Calif.) 21-4 182
10 11 Rocky Mountain (Mont.) 20-6 180
11 16 Benedictine (Kan.) 18-6 170
12 10 Culver-Stockton (Mo.) 19-5 155
13 18 LSU Shreveport (La.) 17-6 149
14 12 Xavier (La.) 18-7 146
15 13 Concordia (Calif.) 19-7 143
16 19 Georgetown (Ky.) 18-7 129
17 14 Mid-America Christian (Okla.) 14-8 109
18 20 Montana State-Northern 22-6 100
19 15 Rio Grande (Ohio) 16-9 99
20 23 Wiley (Texas) 18-5 92
21 RV Westminster (Utah) 17-10 83
22 RV Central Methodist (Mo.) 16-10 78
23 21 St. Gregory's (Okla.) 18-6 75
24 25 Martin Methodist (Tenn.) 16-7 73
25 NR Arizona Christian 19-6 70
Others Receiving Votes: Lindenwood-Belleville (Ill.) 55; Evangel (Mo.) 36; St. Catharine (Ky.) 25; Our Lady of the Lake (Texas) 20; Biola (Calif.) 14; Oklahoma City 12; Edward Waters (Fla.) 7; Montana Western 6; St. Thomas (Texas) 4; Bethel (Tenn.) 4; MidAmerica Nazarene (Kan.) 3.

Union College is No. 24 in This Week's NAIA DII Coaches' Top 25 Poll

Union College is No. 24 this week in the NAIA Division II Men's Basketball Coaches' Top 25 Poll.

The Bulldogs are 23-4 overall and a league-best 14-2 in the Appalachian Athletic Conference.

AAC Standings

Union 14-2 (23-4)
Reinhardt 12-4 (15-11)
Tennessee Wesleyan 11-5 (15-11)
Milligan 10-7 (16-9)
Bryan 9-8 (14-14)
Montreat 8-9 (14-13)
Virginia Intermont 7-9 (9-15)
Point 4-12 (5-22)
Truett-McConnell 4-12 (4-22)
St. Andrews 3-14 (4-17)

2013-14 NAIA Division II Men’s Basketball Coaches’ Top 25 Poll - (Feb. 18)
1 1 Cardinal Stritch (Wis.) (12) 25-3 373
2 2 Indiana Southeast (2) 20-3 363
3 4 Cornerstone (Mich.) 25-3 350
4 3 Dordt (Iowa) 25-3 332
5 6 College of Idaho 23-5 324
6 7 Indiana Wesleyan 23-5 320
7 5 Saint Xavier (Ill.) 24-4 300
8 8 Midland (Neb.) 24-4 290
9 9 Davenport (Mich.) 23-5 278
10 10 Bellevue (Neb.) 23-5 269
11 11 St. Thomas (Fla.) 21-5 254
12 16 Huntington (Ind.) 23-5 236
13 14 Northwood (Fla.) 21-5 230
14 15 Southern Oregon 22-6 219
15 12 Bethel (Ind.) 22-6 202
16 17 Cal Maritime 24-5 188
17 18 Southeastern (Fla.) 22-4 176
18 RV Morningside (Iowa) 20-8 164
19 23 Saint Francis (Ind.) 19-9 155
20 19 Embry-Riddle (Fla.) 22-6 124
21 21 Ashford (Iowa) 22-8 104
22 RV Robert Morris (Ill.) 20-8 101
23 NR Friends (Kan.) 22-5 98
24 20 Union (Ky.) 23-4 89
25 RV Oklahoma Wesleyan 20-8 86

Others receiving votes: Marian (Ind.) 85; Hastings (Neb.) 84; St. Ambrose (Iowa) 72; Concordia (Ore.) 68; Sterling (Kan.) 23; Northwest (Wash.) 5; Rochester (Mich.) 3.

Several Top Spots Still Up for Grabs as KIAC Tournament Looms

The Kentucky Intercollegiate Athletic Conference basketball tournament will tip off next Tuesday.

Opening round games will be played on the campus sites of the higher seeds. Semifinals and finals will be hosted by Alice Lloyd College.

With one weekend of games remaining, here's a look at last night's action and the current league standings.

Berea 87 Alice Lloyd 74

Berea's Daishon Robinson led all scorers with 23 points to get Berea back to .500 in KIAC play.

Stuart Stamper led Alice Lloyd with 18 points. Cody Malicoat chipped in 17 points and 9 rebounds.

Cincinnati Christian 71 Asbury 52

CJ Penny scored a team-high 13 points for Asbury but it wasn't enough as they dropped their third consecutive game on the road.

Austin Flannery added 9 and Tyler Smith chipped in 8 for the Eagles.

Asbury hosts Alice Lloyd Thursday night and a win would go a long ways towards securing a spot in the all-important top four seeds of the KIAC Tournament.

KIAC Standings

IU Southeast 15-0 (21-3)
Brescia 9-5 (15-9)
Cincinnati Christian 10-6 (17-12)
Asbury 9-7 (16-10)
Berea 8-8 (15-12)
Alice Lloyd 7-8 (12-13)
IU East 6-10 (10-19)
Point Park 5-10 (10-15)
IU Kokomo 4-12 (7-19)
SLCOP 0-7 (9-13)

Terry Rozier Gets His Rajon Rondo On Against South Florida

Watch as Louisville's Terry Rozier does his best Rajon Rondo fake and ends up on SportsCenter's Top 10 list:

Bearded Rick Pitino Discusses Win Over South Florida and More

Louisville head coach Rick Pitino talks to the media following last night's win over South Florida:

* Video by Jody Demling on YouTube

No. 11 Louisville Dismantles South Florida

(11) Louisville
South Florida

Final from Louisville, Kentucky

Game recap by UL:

LOUISVILLE, Ky. (AP) - Missing two players with foul trouble didn't concern Louisville because other talented teammates were ready and able to fill the void in their absences.

The Cardinals' advantages in ability and depth were too much for a South Florida squad that got all of its offense from one player.

Russ Smith scored 19 points and No. 11 Louisville overcame foul troubles to run away from the Bulls 80-54 on Tuesday night.

Luke Hancock added 16 points and Montrezl Harrell added 14 points despite four fouls as the Cardinals (22-4, 11-2 American Athletic Conference) won their tuneup before Saturday's rematch at first place and No. 7 Cincinnati. Louisville's fifth consecutive win also completed a season sweep of the Bulls (12-15, 3-11).

"I think we are playing pretty good basketball right now," Louisville coach Rick Pitino said. "We are going to continue to get better. I think February is the time to get better. March is the time to win and I think we're doing that."

Doing so required surviving a second-half stretch with Harrell and Wayne Blackshear sidelined with four fouls each, not to mention cold shooting after a 54-percent first half. Both later returned to help the Cardinals steadily pull away, with Harrell adding a late basket-shaking dunk.

Freshman Terry Rozier scored 13 points for Louisville, which shot 48 percent.

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Highlights: Kentucky Gets Critical Road Win at Ole Miss

Kentucky earned a critical SEC road win at Ole Miss last night.

Here are all the highlights from the game:

Andy Kennedy Was Not Happy After Last Night's Game

Ole Miss head coach Andy Kennedy was not a happy camper following last night's loss to Kentucky.

Listen to his comments, including his thoughts on "you know who" (Marshall Henderson) taking bad shots and his team's toughness:

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John Calipari Praises Team After Win at Ole Miss

Kentucky head coach John Calipari talks about last night's win at Ole Miss:

UK's Julius Randle, Aaron Harrison Discuss the Win at Ole Miss

Kentucky's Julius Randle and Aaron Harrison talk to the media following last night's win at Ole Miss:

Tuesday, February 18, 2014

Kentucky Earns Critical SEC Road Win at Ole Miss

(18) Kentucky 84
Ole Miss 70

Final from Oxford, Mississippi

Box Score (click to enlarge):

Ole Miss Fans (No Pun) Are Ready for Kentucky

Ole Miss handed out Marshall Henderson face fans for tonight's game against Kentucky.

The  young Wildcats are in for a tough road game:

AroundTheSEC 2,500 Marshall Henderson face fans will be handed out at tonight's Ole Miss-Kentucky game. Oh boy.

UK's Jarrod Polson, Aaron Harrison Talk About Ole Miss and More

Kentucky's Jarrod Polson and Aaron Harrison talk about tonight's game at Ole Miss and more:

UK Assistant John Robic Previews Game at Ole Miss

Kentucky assistant John Robic previews tonight's game at Ole Miss:

Kentucky Wildcats Lose Attendance Crown to Syracuse

For the first time since 2005, the Kentucky Wildcats will not lead college basketball in attendance numbers.

Syracuse has already locked up the attendance crown for the 2013-14 season.

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The Orange has clinched college basketball's attendance crown for 2013-14, knocking off Kentucky for the first time since 2005, making the only remaining question just how far up its own all-time list the Orange will climb.

With weekday games remaining against Boston College and Georgia Tech, Syracuse currently sits sixth on its all-time list in average attendance and 12th on its total attendance list. The Orange are enjoying their best attendance in 22 seasons.

Syracuse has brought in 423,868 fans in 16 home games with two games remaining. Kentucky's attendance in 17 home games with three remaining is 341,694. Even if the Wildcats sold out Rupp Arena for their final three games, their total would reach just 412,194, and Kentucky's average would fall well short of Syracuse.

If the Orange average 31,993 fans over its final two games, a highly unlikely occurrence, it would match the fifth-best average attendance in school history.

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Harrison, Jones Fail to Make Final Cut for 2014 Bob Cousy Award

Kentucky's Andrew Harrison and Louisville's Chris Jones both failed to make the final list for the 2014 Bob Cousy Award.

The Cousy Award is given annually to college basketball's top point guard.

Harrison and Jones were both on the watch list that was announced in October.

Here's a look at the finalists:

2014 Bob Cousy Award Candidates

Jahii Carson, Arizona State University
Billy Baron, Canisius College
Kevin Pangos, Gonzaga University
Siyani Chambers, Harvard University
Yogi Ferrell, Indiana University
DeAndre Kane, Iowa State University
Jason Brickman, LIU Brooklyn
Keith Appling, Michigan State University
Aaron Craft, Ohio State University
Marcus Smart, Oklahoma State University
Xavier Thames, San Diego State University
Tyler Ennis, Syracuse University
T.J. McConnell, University of Arizona
Justin Cobbs, University of California, Berkeley
Kyle Anderson, University of California, Los Angeles
Shabazz Napier, University of Connecticut
Scottie Wilbekin, University of Florida
Chaz Williams, University of Massachusetts
Kendall Williams, University of New Mexico
Marcus Paige, University of North Carolina
Eric Atkins, University of Notre Dame
James Robinson, University of Pittsburgh
Juwan Staten, West Virginia University
Fred VanVleet, Wichita State University

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Video: Kentucky vs. Florida Fancam

Check out the Kentucky vs. Florida fancam video put together by RuppTV:

Broken Record News: MSU's Williams and Payne Earn OVC Weekly Honors...Again

In broken record news, Murray State's Jarvis Williams and Cameron Payne have once again earned OVC weekly honors.

Williams was named OVC Newcomer of the Week for the sixth consecutive week.

Payne was named OVC Freshman of the Week for the eighth time this season.

Here is the release from the OVC:

NEWCOMERJarvis Williams, F • Jr., 6-8, 210 • Macon, Ga. • Murray State
Williams was named the OVC Newcomer of the Week for the sixth-straight week after averaging 15.5 points, 10.0 rebounds, 2.5 steals and 1.5 blocks/game and hitting 78.6 percent (11-of-14) from the field in two Murray State wins. Williams hit 7-of-9 field goal attempts on his way to 19 points while also adding 12 rebounds against SIUE; that marked his 12th double-double of the season which ranks second in the OVC. The transfer from Gordon State College also had three steals and two blocks in that win. He capped the week by scoring 12 points and grabbing eight rebounds in 23 minutes against Eastern Illinois; in that contest Williams also had two steals and a block. Nationally Williams ranks third in field goal percentage (63.1%), 10th in rebounding (10.5/game) and 14th in double-doubles (12).
Cameron Payne, G • Fr., 6-2, 175 • Bartlett, Tenn. • Murray State
Payne earned his eighth OVC Freshman of the Week honor of the season (and fourth in a row) after averaging 13.0 points, 4.5 assists, 2.5 steals and 1.5 rebounds/game while hitting 40 percent (8-of-20) from the field and 90 percent (9-of-10) from the line in two Murray State wins last week. Payne started the week with 17 points, five assists, two steals and a rebound in a victory over SIUE and capped the week with nine points, four assists, three steals and two rebounds against Eastern Illinois. Payne ranks third in the OVC in assists (5.6/game), sixth in steals (1.7/game) and ninth in scoring (15.2 points/game).

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My thoughts: Jarvis Williams is your OVC Newcomer of the Year. Cameron Payne is your OVC Freshman of the Year. OVC Player of the Year is still up for grabs.

Louisville Up To No. 5 in Coaches Poll, Kentucky Drops

The Louisville Cardinals are up to No. 5 in the new USA Today Coaches Poll this week. The Cardinals are No. 11 in the AP Top 25.

Kentucky, fresh off a tough loss at home to Florida, is down to No. 18 in the AP poll and No. 16 in the coaches rankings.

Florida is up to No. 2 in both polls.

AP Top 25

1 Syracuse (64) 25-0 1,624
2 Florida (1) 23-2 1,543
3 Wichita State 27-0 1,489
4 Arizona 23-2 1,427
5 Duke 20-5 1,296
6 San Diego State 22-2 1,232
7 Cincinnati 23-3 1,157
8 Kansas 19-6 1,129
9 Villanova 22-3 1,020
10 Saint Louis 23-2 1,019
11 Louisville 21-4 991 11 Creighton 21-4 991 13 Michigan State 21-5 788 14 Virginia 21-5 752 15 Iowa 19-6 721 16 Wisconsin 21-5 609 17 Iowa State 19-5 597 18 Kentucky 19-6 579 19 Texas 20-5 577 20 Michigan 18-7 421 21 Connecticut 20-5 382 22 Memphis 19-6 204 23 UCLA 20-5 168 24 Ohio State 20-6 133 25 Gonzaga 23-4 112

Others receiving votes: North Carolina 54, Arizona State 45, Southern Methodist 21, Pittsburgh 21, Stephen F. Austin 8, Oklahoma 7, New Mexico 3, Virginia Commonwealth 2, Green Bay 1, Kansas State 1, Louisiana Tech 1

USA Today Coaches Poll

1 Syracuse (32) 25-0 800
2 Florida 23-2 752
3 Wichita State 27-0 747
4 Arizona 23-2 679
5 Louisville 21-4 618
6 Duke 20-5 611
7 San Diego State 22-2 591
8 Kansas 19-6 554
9 Cincinnati 23-3 526
10 Saint Louis 23-2 513
11 Villanova 22-3 506 12 Creighton 21-4 423 13 Virginia 21-5 416 14 Michigan State 21-5 406 15 Iowa 19-6 375 16 Kentucky 19-6 302 17 Texas 20-5 278 18 Wisconsin 21-5 255 19 Iowa State 19-5 227 20 Michigan 18-7 159 21 Connecticut 20-5 158 22 Gonzaga 23-4 128 23 Ohio State 20-6 97 24 Memphis 19-6 85 25 UCLA 20-5 72

Others receiving votes: Oklahoma 31, North Carolina 22, Kansas State 19, Pittsburgh 17, Southern Methodist 7, Stephen F. Austin 7, New Mexico 6, Arizona State 6, West Virginia 2, Louisiana Tech 2, California 1, Nebraska 1, Virginia Commonwealth 1

Monday, February 17, 2014

Conference Play is Winding Down: Schedule for the Week

Believe it or not, several NCAA Division III and NAIA Division II conference tournaments get underway next week.

Here is the schedule for the last full week of regular season action around Kentucky:

Monday, February 17

5:00 p.m. University of the Cumberlands at University of Pikeville*
6:00 p.m. Georgetown College at Bluefield College*
9:00 p.m. Spalding University at MacMurray College*

Tuesday, February 18

7:00 p.m. Kentucky Christian University at Boyce College
7:00 p.m. University of Kentucky at Ole Miss*
7:00 p.m. South Florida at University of Louisville*
7:30 p.m. Alice Lloyd College at Berea College*
8:00 p.m. Asbury University at Cincinnati Christian*
8:30 p.m. Columbia College at Mid-Continent University*

Wednesday, February 19

7:00 p.m. Brescia University at IU Southeast*
7:00 p.m. Austin Peay at Morehead State University*
7:30 p.m. Bryan at Union College*
7:30 p.m. Transylvania University at Hanover College*
8:00 p.m. Thomas More College at Bethany*

Thursday, February 20

7:30 p.m. Kentucky State University at Tuskegee University*
7:30 p.m. Kentucky Wesleyan College at Davis & Elkins*
8:00 p.m. Campbellsville University at St. Catharine College*
8:00 p.m. Lindsey Wilson College at Georgetown College*
8:00 p.m. Alice Lloyd College at Asbury University*
8:00 p.m. University of Pikeville at Shawnee State*
8:00 p.m. Cumberland (Tenn.) at University of the Cumberlands*
8:30 p.m. Bellarmine University at Saint Joseph's College*
8:30 p.m. Mid-Continent University at William Woods*
9:00 p.m. Spalding University at Greenville College*

Friday, February 21

7:00 p.m. Northern Kentucky University at Lipscomb*
8:00 p.m. Hendrix at Centre College*
8:00 p.m. WVU Parkersburg at Kentucky Christian University

Saturday, February 22

12:00 p.m. University of Louisville at Cincinnati*
3:00 p.m. Saint Vincent at Thomas More College*
3:00 p.m. Westminster College at Spalding University*
3:00 p.m. Kentucky State University at Stillman College*
4:00 p.m. Union College at Reinhardt*
4:00 p.m. University of Pikeville at Rio Grande*
4:00 p.m. Cumberland (Tenn.) at Georgetown College*
4:00 p.m. Lindsey Wilson College at University of the Cumberlands*
4:00 p.m. Brescia University at Berea College*
4:00 p.m. Kentucky Wesleyan College at Alderson Broaddus*
4:00 p.m. LSU at University of Kentucky*
4:00 p.m. Transylvania University at Bluffton University*
5:00 p.m. Mid-Continent University at Park University*
7:45 p.m. Bellarmine University at Indianapolis*
8:00 p.m. Louisiana-Monroe at Western Kentucky University*
8:00 p.m. Morehead State University at Murray State University*
8:30 p.m. Eastern Kentucky University at Austin Peay*

Sunday, February 23

3:00 p.m. Rhodes at Centre College*
4:00 p.m. Brescia University at Alice Lloyd College*

* Conference game

College Gameday Music Video by Kentucky Wildcats TV

Check out this ESPN College Gameday music video that was put together by Kentucky Wildcats TV:

Rick Pitino Hopes to Grow His First Beard Between Now and April

Louisville head coach Rick Pitino hopes to grow a long beard by the end of the 2013-14 season.

Pitino and the Louisville Cardinals have decided to not shave again until they lose a game.

Here is an excerpt of Pitino's comments following Sunday's win over Rutgers:

On the excitement of getting to play finally/not shaving: It’s been a long time. It’s a good stretch. We all said, ‘Let’s have some fun. Let’s grow beards until we lose.’ It’s the first time in my life that I’m trying to grow a beard, and it’s the first time I’ve looked in the mirror and seen multifaceted hair coming in, different colors. We want to have some fun right now, so we’re going to do that and hopefully we can get on a little streak and grow some full beards.

More on the beards: We just decided that the other day because last year Luke did it and Stephan Van Treese, and I said, ‘We’re all going to do it this year. Let’s see what type of streak we can get on.’ … Everybody, even Father Bradley. Everybody is going to try to do it. We have a couple guys, Dillon Avare and David Levitch and Terry Rozier who do not shave, but everybody is going to try to do it.

On how many days’ beard growth for him: The rest of the guys are three. This is two. I had to do a commercial, so it’s just two.

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Auburn Fan Nails Amazing 95-Foot Putt to Win a New Car

Check this video out - an Auburn basketball fan nailed an amazing 95-foot putt over the weekend to win a new car:

Murray State Clinches OVC West Division with Win Over Eastern Illinois

Murray State 72
Eastern Illinois 60

Final from Murray, Kentucky

The Murray State Racers (16-9, 11-2 OVC) clinched the Ohio Valley Conference West Division with a 72-60 win over Eastern Illinois Saturday night.

Jeffery Moss led Murray State with 18 points. T.J. Sapp chipped in 13 and Jarvis Williams added 12.

Sherman Blanford led Eastern Illinois (9-17, 6-8) with 26 points and 8 rebounds. Chris Olivier finished with 14 points.

As division winners, the Racers earn a double bye to the semifinals of the OVC Tournament in March.

Murray State has now won 10 consecutive games at the CFSB Center.

The Racers are off until Saturday when they host the Morehead State Eagles at 8:00 p.m. ET.

Game highlights:

Sunday, February 16, 2014

Jerry Palm Hammers Nerlens Noel, Deletes Tweet and Issues Apology

Jerry Palm of was in attendance at last night's Florida vs. Kentucky game in Lexington.

During a timeout, Kentucky recognized former big man Nerlens Noel.

Palm posted some unfortunate comments on his Twitter account:

jppalmCBS Nerlens Noel being recognized during the timeout. Not sure why. He did manager to walk out to center court and back w/o injuring himself.

I would argue that Palm's Tweet is one of the more inappropriate posts I've ever seen by a man in Palm's profession.

Noel, of course, was hurt on a hustle play last season at Florida. He has worked hard rehabbing the knee over the last year and is yet to appear for the Philadelphia 76ers.

Palm's Tweet was quickly deleted but several people posted screenshots (see picture).

DoneDealToUK @CBSSportsNet This is who represents your company? I demand a public apology to Nerlens Noel #BBN

Earlier today, Palm posted an apology:

jppalmCBS @NerlensNoel3 I'm so sorry about my comment last night. It wasn't my best moment. Looking forward to seeing you in the NBA soon

What do you say Big Blue Nation: do you forgive Jerry Palm for his unfortunate Tweet?

Video: Anthony Davis Dunks Off the Backboard in the NBA All-Star Game

Former Kentucky star Anthony Davis dunks off the backboard in the NBA All-Star Game:

John Calipari's Postgame Comments After Florida

Here are John Calipari's comments following last night's loss against No. 3 Florida:

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