Saturday, March 1, 2014

UK Recruit Malik Newman Drops 39 Points, Has Poster Dunk in Win

Kentucky recruit Malik Newman scored 39 points and had a monster dunk in a playoff win last night.

Check out the highlights:


Thomas More to Play for PAC Tournament Championship Tonight

(2) Thomas More 87
(9) Geneva 65

Final from Crestview Hills, Kentucky

Game recap by TMC:

(CRESTVIEW HILLS, Ky.) - The second-seeded Thomas More College men's basketball team defeated ninth-seeded Geneva College, 87-65, tonight (Thursday, February 27, 2014) in the semifinal round of the Presidents' Athletic Conference (PAC) Championship Tournament at the Connor Convocation Center in Crestview Hills, Kentucky.

With the win, the Saints improve to 15-11 and advance to their third straight and fourth championship game in the last six years.  Thomas More host third-seeded Saint Vincent College in the championship game on Saturday (March 1) at 7:30 p.m. at the Connor Convocation Center.  With the loss, the Golden Tornadoes end the season at 7-21.

Geneva jumped out to a 3-0 lead on a Jordan Harbison three-pointer with 18:56 to play in the first half.  Thomas More answered with a 17-4 run cap
ped by a lay-up by senior guard Spencer Berlekamp (Cincinnati, Ohio/Kings) with 11:42 to play in the opening half to take a 17-7 lead.  The Golden Tornadoes responded with an 8-3 run to cut the lead to 20-15 when Harbison made a jumper with 8:03 to play in the opening half.  The Saints used a 7-0 run to increase the lead to 27-15 with 6:14 to play in the first half when freshman guard Drew Mays (Union, Ky./Ryle) made two free-throws.  Geneva cut the lead to 27-22 with 4:53 to play in the first half when Chaese Vaudrin converted an old fashion three-point play to cap a 7-0 run.  Thomas More closed out the half on an 18-6 run to increase the lead to 45-28 at halftime when senior forward Brandon Housley (Covington, Ky./Holmes) made a lay-up at the buzzer.

Complete Recap

PAC Championship Game

Today, 7:30 p.m.

(3) Saint Vincent at (1) Thomas More College

Centre College Advances to Semifinals of SAA Tournament

Centre 77
Berry 60

Final from Danville, Kentucky

Game recap by CC:

The Centre men's basketball team opened postseason play with a 77-60 victory over Berry in a Southern Athletic Association Tournament quarterfinal on Friday in Danville, Ky.

Tyler Wesley (Crestwood, Ky.) was a force in the post for the Colonels, scoring a game-high 22 points with 17 rebounds and tying a season high with seven blocks. Teammates Collin Lopez (Louisville, Ky.) and Blake Scinta (Louisville, Ky.) added 17 and 15 points respectively.

Hunter Smoak had 16 points to lead Berry, which wraps up its season with a 5-21 record.

The lead changed hands five times early in the first half, with Berry taking its last lead on a Lake Graham jumper at the 10 minute mark. Centre took control from that point, however, holding Berry to just one field goal over the next seven minutes while Wesley scored six straight points with a dunk that got the momentum going in a 16-2 run.

Complete Recap

Friday, Feb. 28 - Quarterfinals

Game 1 Centre 77, Berry 60 
Game 2 Rhodes 78, Sewanee 64  
Game 3 Birmingham Southern 77, Hendrix 62
Game 4 Oglethorpe 55, Millsaps 50

Saturday, March 1 - Semifinals

Game 5 Centre vs. Rhodes 6:00 p.m.
Game 6 Birmingham-Southern vs. Oglethorpe 8:00 p.m.

Sunday, March 2 - Championship

Game 7 Game 5 winner vs. Game 6 winner 1:00 p.m.

Political Unrest in Ukraine Leaves Erik Daniels Unemployed

Former University of Kentucky star Erik Daniels is searching for a new professional team this weekend.

Political unrest in Ukraine has left Daniels unemployed.

Daniels had this to say on his Facebook page:

"Due to the political problems in Ukraine our team has decided to send all the foreign players home. Hopefully I can find another team sooner than later."

Daniels has been playing outstanding this basketball and is the reigning player of the week in Ukraine's top-level Superleague.

In Odessa's 93-75 win over SC Kryvbas, Daniels finished with 19 points and 14 rebounds.

In 14 games this season, Daniels averaged 13.3 points, 6.4 rebounds, 2.6 assists and 1.3 steals per game.

Friday, February 28, 2014

Cliff Alexander's High School Team Reportedly Played with Seven Ineligible Players

Some crazy news was announced this afternoon about former Kentucky recruit Cliff Alexander's high school team.

Chicago Curie (Ill.) was reportedly playing with seven (yes 7!) academically ineligible players this season.

As a result, the team must forfeit all 24 wins and the public league championship.

Here is a release from Chicago Public Schools:

“Chicago Public Schools has a proud tradition of athletic competition and sportsmanship, but our No. 1 responsibility to our students is providing them with a solid academic foundation that will serve them the rest of their lives.

"A District investigation into the academic eligibility of members of the Curie Metropolitan High School boys varsity basketball team found that a number of the players are academically ineligible to compete and, as a result, their season must be forfeited. As adults, educators and mentors, it is our responsibility to teach our students right from wrong and, unfortunately, the adults let these student athletes down by failing to do that and comply with CPS policies.”

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Alexander was recruited by Kentucky but ended up committing to Kansas.

Smith and Randle are Top 10 Semifinalists for the Naismith Award

Kentucky's Julius Randle and Louisville's Russ Smith are top 10 semifinalists for the Naismith Award.

The Naismith Award is given annually by the Atlanta Tipoff Club to college basketball's top player.

Release

Full Name
Class
Position
School
Conference
Tyler Ennis
Freshman
Guard
Syracuse
ACC
Nick Johnson
Junior
Guard
Arizona
Pac-12
Sean Kilpatrick
Senior
Guard
Cincinnati
American Athletic
Doug McDermott
Senior
Forward
Creighton
Big East
Shabazz Napier
Senior
Guard
Connecticut
American Athletic
Jabari Parker
Freshman
Forward
Duke
ACC
Julius Randle
Freshman
Forward
Kentucky
SEC
Russ Smith
Senior
Guard
Louisville
American Athletic
Fred VanVleet
Sophomore
Guard
Wichita State
Missouri Valley
Andrew Wiggins
Freshman
Guard
Kansas
Big 12

Former Billy Gillispie Recruit K.C. Ross-Miller Starts a Brawl

Former Kentucky recruit (from the Billy Gillispie recruiting years) K.C. Ross-Miller now plays for New Mexico State.

Last night, in the closing seconds of a loss to Utah Valley, Ross-Miller threw the ball at an opposing player and effectively started a brawl.

Check this out:


Spalding University Advances to Championship Game of SLIAC Tournament

(1) Spalding 64
(4) Westminster 54

Final from Louisville, Kentucky

Game recap by SU:

On Thursday night, No.1 seed Spalding defeated No.4 seed Westminster College 64-54 in a semifinal matchup of the 2013-2014 SLIAC Basketball tournament. This was the third meeting for the two teams this season; the second game in five days at Derek Smith Gymnasium. Both contests were close but Spalding was able to edge out the Blue Jays of Westminster in each meeting; the semifinal matchup would be no different.

The game was close for the first 35 minutes of play but turnovers late in the game by Westminster turned into points for the Golden Eagles, who were able to grab the lead and maintain it for the final minutes of the game.

Forward William Barber led the Golden Eagles to victory with 14 points. Spalding teammate forward Domonique Sangester added 13 points and 7 rebounds while forward Quayshaun Hamilton finished with 12 points on 5-of-6 shooting.

Brandon Moore was the leading scorer for the Blue Jays scoring 15; Verdis Lee Jr. added 12 points and two players, Jordan Jones and Joe James, ended with 11 points apiece for Westminster.

The first half of play was a defensive battle as neither team shot over 40% from the field. The Blue Jays ended the half shooting 9 of 24 (37.5%) while holding Spalding to shooting 9 of 30 (30%). While only shooting 30% from the field, Spalding made 10 of 11 shots from the line to take a 30-29 halftime lead.

Complete Recap

Semifinals- Thursday, February 27, 2014

 #2 Webster defeats #3 MacMurray, 79-64
#1 Spalding defeats #4 Westminster, 64-54

Championship- Saturday, March 1, 2014

 #1 Spalding vs. #2 Webster, 1 p.m. EST

Randle, Poythress and Cauley-Stein Talk About Loss to Arkansas

Kentucky's Julius Randle, Alex Poythress and Willie Cauley-Stein talk about last night's loss to Arkansas:


John Calipari Says UK Took Two Steps Back Against Arkansas

John Calipari didn't hold back in his postgame comments following last night's overtime loss to Arkansas.

Calipari said the team had "two no shows" and "took two steps back" against Arkansas.

Here are his comments:


Arkansas Defeats Kentucky in Overtime...Again

Arkansas 71
(17) Kentucky 67  F/OT

Final from Lexington, Kentucky

Game recap by UK:

Freshman mistakes by No. 17 Kentucky in the final minute of regulation allowed Arkansas to get the game to overtime, where the Razorbacks picked up a critical 71-67 win over the Wildcats.

Point guard Andrew Harrison threw an ill-advised lob pass in the closing seconds, which allowed Arkansas (19-9, 8-7 SEC) to tie the game. Harrison's potential game-winner didn't come close and the game went to overtime.

In the extra frame, Arkansas took a small lead and held it as they upset the Wildcats in Rupp Arena.

Michael Qualls led the Razorbacks with 14 points. Rashad Madden added 12 points. Coty Clarke finished with 11 points and 7 rebounds.

Kentucky (21-7, 11-4) got 16 points and 13 rebounds from Willie Cauley-Stein. Julius Randle had a double-double with 14 points and 10 boards. Andrew Harrison finished with 14 points and 3 assists.

Free throws were a big difference in the game, with Arkansas making all 6 attempts in overtime and going 16-for-16 overall. Kentucky was 12-for-22 at the charity stripe.

Kentucky will look to get back on track Saturday at South Carolina.

Box Score (click to enlarge):

Thursday, February 27, 2014

UK Assistant Orlando Antigua Talks About Arkansas and More

Kentucky assistant Orlando Antigua previews tonight's game against Arkansas:


Lafayette's Jackson Davis Picks Up Offer from Vanderbilt

Lafayette High School star Jackson Davis, who recently de-committed from Rice, has picked up a new offer from Vanderbilt.

EvanDaniels Vanderbilt just offered 2014 Lexington (Ky.) Lafayette power forward Jackson Davis a scholarship, per his father Jonathan Davis.

Davis, a 6-foot-8 forward, impressed Vandy head coach Kevin Stallings in last night's 62-53 win over Lexington Christian in the district tournament. He finished with 28 points, 12 rebounds, 3 steals and 3 blocked shots.

According to his mother, Ginger, coaches from Butler, Georgia Tech, Georgia, Rice, Tennessee and Alabama are expected to watch Jackson Davis play in Friday night’s district final game against Lexington Catholic.

My thoughts: I have watched Davis several times and love his game. He can score all over the court and has great range for a big man. I think a few more offers will be coming soon.

No. 24 Union College Advances to Semifinals of AAC Tournament

(1) Union College 73
(8) Point 59

Final from Kingsport, Tennessee

Game recap by UC:

KINGSPORT, Tenn. - Union College forward Fitzgerald White scored a team-high 22 points, as the No. 24 and top-seeded Bulldogs used a huge second half scoring run to surge past eighth-seed Point (Ga.), 73-59, in the Quarterfinals of the 2014 Appalachian Athletic Conference Men's Basketball Tournament on Thursday morning.

With the win, the Bulldogs improved to 26-4 overall on the year, and advance on to tomorrow's semifinal round at 2 p.m. at the Marriott MeadowView Convention Center. There, Union will take on No. 4 seed Milligan (Tenn.) who was a 76-63 victor over No. 5 seed Bryan in the quarterfinals.

In the first half, Point came out early and opened a slim lead, which Union quickly bounced back from, going up 21-16 with 10:51 remaining in the period. The Bulldogs eventually extended the lead out to 10 points (30-20) with 7:14 left, but Point stormed back, rolling on a 12-2 run to tie the game back up at 32-all with 4:26 left.

At the end of the half, the lead swung back and forth, but it was Point who went into the locker room for the halftime break leading, as the Skyhawks were up by three at 41-38.

Things remained close between the squads well into the second half, with the Skyhawks taking their biggest lead of the period with 10:15 left at 54-49. Here, Union's huge scoring run began.

Over the next seven minutes and change, the Bulldogs went on an incredible 22-0 run to blow the game completely wide open at 71-54 with 3:21 left. From there, Union rolled, on its way to a convincing double-digit victory to advance to the semifinals of the AAC Tournament.

Complete Recap

Tournament Bracket (click to enlarge):

Julius Randle is a Finalist for the 2014 Wayman Tisdale Award

Kentucky's Julius Randle is one of six finalists for the 2014 Integris Wayman Tisdale Award.

The award is given annually to college basketball's top freshman player.

The winner will be announced on March 17.


2014 INTEGRIS WAYMAN TISDALE AWARD FINALISTS
Pos.No.Player, SchoolHt.Wt.Yr.Hometown
C21Joel Embiid, Kansas7-0250Fr.Yaounde, Cameroon
G11Tyler Ennis, Syracuse6-2180Fr.Brampton, Ont.
F11Aaron Gordon, Arizona6-9225Fr.San Jose, Calif.
F1Jabari Parker, Duke6-8235Fr.Chicago, Ill.
F30Julius Randle, Kentucky6-9250Fr.Dallas, Texas
G22Andrew Wiggins, Kansas6-8200Fr.Vaughan, Ont.

Julius Randle and Russ Smith are Finalists for the Oscar Robertson Trophy

Kentucky's Julius Randle and Louisville's Russ Smith are finalists for the 2013-14 Oscar Robertson Trophy.

The award is given annually by the U.S. Basketball Writers Association to college basketball's national player of the year.

The Oscar Robertson Trophy recipient will be announced on Friday, April 4, at AT&T Stadium in Arlington, Texas, at a press conference in conjunction with the NCAA Men's Final Four.

2014 OSCAR ROBERTSON TROPHY FINALISTS
Pos.No.Player, SchoolHt.Wt.Yr.Hometown
G/F5Kyle Anderson, UCLA6-9230So.Fairview, N.J.
F41Cameron Bairstow, New Mexico6-9250Sr.Brisbane, Australia  
F11Cleanthony Early, Wichita State6-8219Sr.Middletown, N.Y.
F3Melvin Ejim, Iowa State6-6220Sr.Toronto, Ont.
G11Tyler Ennis, Syracuse6-2180Fr.Brampton, Ont.
F5C.J. Fair, Syracuse6-8215Sr.Baltimore, Md.
G13Nick Johnson, Arizona6-3200Jr.Gilbert, Ariz.
G23Sean Kilpatrick, Cincinnati6-4210Sr.Yonkers, N.Y.
F3Doug McDermott, Creighton6-8225Sr.Ames, Iowa
G13Shabazz Napier, Connecticut6-1180Sr.Roxbury, Mass.
F1Jabari Parker, Duke6-8235Fr.Chicago, Ill.
F24Casey Prather, Florida6-6212Sr.Jackson, Tenn.
F30Julius Randle, Kentucky6-9250Fr.Dallas, Texas
G2Russ Smith, Louisville6-0165Sr.Brooklyn, N.Y.
G22Andrew Wiggins, Kansas6-8200Fr.Vaughan, Ont.

CJ Penny, Daishon Robinson Earn KIAC Individual Awards for 2013-14


Asbury University's CJ Penny has been named Kentucky Intercollegiate Athletic Conference Player of the Year.

Penny averaged 15.9 points, 10 rebounds and 1.8 steals per game. He also shot 55.7% from the field.

Berea College junior Daishon Robinson was named Newcomer of the Year. He averaged 18.2 points, 4.9 assists and 2.0 steals per game.

Penny, Robinson, Tyler Rogers (Alice Lloyd) and Jermain Langley (Brescia) all made the KIAC All-Conference Team.

KIAC All-Conference and Individual Awards

Player of the Year
CJ Penny, Asbury University

Coach of the Year
Wiley Brown, Indiana University Southeast

Newcomer of the Year
Daishon Robinson, Berea College

All-Conference Team

NamePositionClassSchoolHometown
Tyler FangmanGJRIU EastCold Spring, KY
Mike HillGSRCincinnati ChristianCincinnati, OH
Jermain LangleyG/FSOBresciaHenderson, KY
Willie McKinneyFJRCincinnati ChristianDayton, OH
Cameron MitchellGSRIU SoutheastCincinnati, OH
Kevin MitchellGSRIU SoutheastCincinnati, OH
CJ PennyFJRAsburyLawrenceburg, KY
Daishon RobinsonGJRBereaWoodbridge, NJ
Tyler RogersG/FSOAlice LloydLexington, KY
Jake SimpsonGJRIU SoutheastLouisville, KY

Wednesday, February 26, 2014

UPIKE Remains No. 2, St. Catharine Back in the Top 25

The University of Pikeville remains No. 2 in the nation in this week's NAIA Division I Coaches Top 25 Poll.

The Bears (25-2) have a single first-place vote and 242 total points.

Cal State San Marcos is still No. 1 with 9 first-place votes and 250 points.

Georgetown College (20-8) is up 2 spots to No. 14 this week.

St. Catharine College (17-9) is back in the top 25 at No. 23.

Campbellsville University is receiving votes.

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

RANK LAST WEEK SCHOOL (1ST PLACE VOTES) 2013-14 RECORD TOTAL POINTS
1 1 Cal State San Marcos (9) 27-1 250
2 2 Pikeville (Ky.) (1) 25-2 242
3 3 William Carey (Miss.) 22-2 234
4 7 Columbia (Mo.) 26-2 225
5 4 SAGU (Texas) 23-4 217
6 5 Freed-Hardeman (Tenn.) 24-3 208
7 8 Emmanuel (Ga.) 24-2 200
8 6 Talladega (Ala.) 23-5 191
9 11 Benedictine (Kan.) 20-6 183
10 9 Vanguard (Calif.) 22-5 179
11 10 Rocky Mountain (Mont.) 21-7 174
12 13 LSU Shreveport (La.) 19-6 160
13 14 Xavier (La.) 20-7 153
14 16 Georgetown (Ky.) 20-8 140
15 12 Culver-Stockton (Mo.) 20-6 136
16 25 Arizona Christian 21-6 131
17 RV Oklahoma City 16-9 105
18 18 Montana State-Northern 23-7 104
19 RV Evangel (Mo.) 20-8 102
20 23 St. Gregory's (Okla.) 20-7 100
21 21 Westminster (Utah) 18-11 93
22 RV Our Lady of the Lake (Texas) 19-8 90
23 RV St. Catharine (Ky.) 17-9 65
24 RV Lindenwood-Belleville (Ill.) 20-7 64
25 RV Biola (Calif.) 16-12 63

Others Receiving Votes: Concordia (Calif.) 42; Wiley (Texas) 39; Wayland Baptist (Texas) 28; Edward Waters (Fla.) 18; Belhaven (Miss.) 11; MidAmerica Nazarene (Kan.) 10; Campbellsville (Ky.) 9; Martin Methodist (Tenn.) 7; St. Thomas (Texas) 6; Life (Ga.) 3.

Thomas More Nails Buzzer Beater to Advance in PAC Tournament

(2) Thomas More 70
(7) Grove City 68

Final from Crestview Hills, Kentucky

Game recap by TMC:

(CRESTVIEW HILLS, Ky.) - Senior guard D'Carlo Hayes (Louisville, Ky./Male) made a lay-up as the buzzer sounded to give the second-seeded Thomas More College men's basketball team a 70-68, win over seventh-seeded Grove City College tonight (Tuesday, February 25, 2014) in a Presidents' Athletic Conference (PAC) Championship Tournament quarterfinal game at the Connor Convocation Center in Crestview Hills, Kentucky.

With the win, the Saints improve to 14-11 and advance to play ninth-seeded Geneva College on Thursday (February 27) at 7 p.m. in a semifinal game at the Connor Convocation Center.  Geneva upset top-seeded Bethany College, 61-59, tonight in another quarterfinal game.  With the loss, the Wolverines end the season at 10-15.

Thomas More jumped out to a 12-5 lead when freshman guard/forward Nate McGovney (Alexandria, Ky./Campbell County) made a three-pointer with 13:48 to play in the opening half.  Grove City answered with a 17-8 run to take a 22-20 lead with 6:27 to play in the half when Josh Patterson made a jumper.  The Saints closed out the half on an 11-9 run to tie the game at 31-31 at halftime.

Complete Recap

Transylvania's Season Ends in HCAC Tournament

(4) Mount St. Joseph 75
(5) Transylvania 54

Final from Cincinnati, Ohio

Game recap by Transy:

CINCINNATI, Ohio – Transylvania men's basketball's season came to an end Tuesday evening, as they fell 75-54 on the road to the Mount St. Joseph Lions in the first round of the Heartland Conference tournament.

"We were beat by a veteran team tonight," said Head Coach Brian Lane. Despite the loss, Lane shares that he has seen great growth from his young squad since the opening games of the season, a goal which the team had set for itself.  "We talked earlier in the season about improving every single day, and we did just that."

Sophomore Parker Stansberry led the Pioneers in scoring, narrowly missing a double-double, by notching 17 points and eight rebounds. Stansberry went 6-of-13 from the field and netted three from behind the arc. Freshmen Alex Jones and Garrett Dorfman followed in scoring, recording 10 and eight points, respectively. Sophomore Joe Jennings dominated on the glass for Transylvania, grabbing a team-high 10 rebounds.

The opening three minutes of play proved to be indicative of the pace of the contest, as the Lions' Ken Kunkel nailed three quick three-pointers to lead by the 17:47 mark, 9-2, resulting in a quick timeout by Head Coach Brian Lane.

Complete Recap

Greenwood Coach Jason Stonebraker Steps Down, School Investigating Inappropriate Relationship with Student

Greenwood boy's basketball head coach Jason Stonebraker has resigned in the aftermath of allegations of inappropriate electronic communication with an 18-year-old high school student.

Warren County Public Schools released a statement Tuesday:

"We have the highest of expectations and accountability for all employees in regard to communication with our students," WCPS said Tuesday. "The emotional and physical safety of our students remains a top priority."

Here are more details from BGDailyNews.com:

WCPS has found no evidence that anything inappropriate occurred between the two beyond alleged electronic communication, nor anything suggesting the student wasn't 18 years old for the duration of the communication, school officials said.

Although it's no longer an employee issue, WCPS officials said they will continue to gather any information that arises. The Bowling Green Police Department is involved in the process and it remains an open investigation, according to BGPD spokesman Officer Ronnie Ward.
 
The alleged inappropriate communication occurred on multiple occasions, according to WCPS officials, who added that a parent first notified the appropriate parties.
 
Greenwood athletic director Todd Tolbert told the Daily News in a statement Tuesday that Stonebraker voluntarily submitted a letter of resignation to Greenwood principal Greg Dunn, citing "personal reasons." Stonebraker also stepped down from his position with the school's alternate learning center.

Complete Article

Greenwood is 12-15 this season and schedule to face Bowling Green (22-6) in the 14th District tournament tomorrow night.

Stonebraker, who played at Bowling Green and was a walk-on at Western Kentucky, had a 58-59 overall record at Greenwood.
 

DeMarcus Cousins Was Ejected Last Night

Former Kentucky star DeMarcus Cousins was ejected from last night's game against the Rockets after receiving two technical fouls.



Cousins later apologized on his Facebook page:

Demarcus Cousins
 
Disappointed with the way I acted out on the court tonight. I want to apologize and say sorry to my team and the fans for letting them down

Bruce Reed Named MSC Player of the Week for Second Straight Week

For the second straight week, University of Pikeville senior Bruce Reed is the Mid-South Conference Player of the Week.

Reed averaged 19 points, 5.3 rebounds and 2.3 blocks per game in three wins last week.

Here is the release from the MSC:

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

Reed becomes the fifth player this season to earn the weekly honor multiple times.

Reed averaged 19 point, 5.3 rebounds and 2.3 blocks per game while leading the Bears to three wins last week.

The Olathe, Kan., forward began his week with 20 points, eight rebounds and three blocks in the Bears' 92-76 home win over Cumberlands (Ky.) last Monday. Reed was a sparkling 9-of-12 from the field, including making six of his seven 3-point attempts in the win.

On Thursday, Reed scored 18 points while pulling down three rebounds in a 69-56 win at Shawnee State (Ohio). Reed hit half of his 10 shots from the field and made 7-of-8 from the free throw line to help the Bears capture the outright MSC regular season title with the win.

Reed closed the week on the road on Saturday with 19 points and five rebounds as the No. 2-ranked Bears sprinted past No. 19-ranked Rio Grande (Ohio) 111-91. Reed was once again efficient from the field making 7-of-10 shots. He was a perfect 4-for-4 at the free throw line.

For the week, Reed shot 59.3 percent (16-of-27) from the field, including making 50 percent (4-for-8) from beyond the 3-point arc. He added 21-of-23 free throws during the week.

Reed leads the Mid-South in total blocks (53) and blocks per game (1.9). He is second in the conference in scoring (18.1) and fourth in field goal percentage (54.4 percent). Nationally, Reed is sixth in total blocks and is 15th in field goal percentage.

Complete Release

Videos: UK Commit Charles Matthews in Action

Here is some footage of new 2015 Kentucky commit Charles Matthews in action:




5-Star 2015 Shooting Guard Charles Matthews Commits to Kentucky

Charles Matthews, a 6-foot-5 shooting guard from St. Rita (Ill.) High School, has just committed to the University of Kentucky.

Matthews is a considered a five-star recruit and ranks No. 11 overall on the Rivals.com list for 2015.

Photo: Rivals.com

Tuesday, February 25, 2014

Kentucky's Julius Randle Named SEC Player of the Week

Kentucky's Julius Randle was named SEC Player of the Week on Monday after averaging 16.5 points, 14 rebounds and 1.5 blocks in wins over Ole Miss and LSU.

Here's the release from the SEC:

Kentucky’s Julius Randle, a 6-foot-9, 250-pound freshman forward from Dallas, Texas, was named SEC Player of the Week after averaging 16.5 points, 14 rebounds and 1.5 blocks in wins over Ole Miss and LSU. Randle recorded his 14th double-double of the season with a 25-point, 13-rebound effort at Ole Miss. He made 13 of his 14 free throw attempts and scored ix of UK’s final 11 points against the Rebels. Randle hauled in 15 rebounds and hit the game-winning shot in overtime against LSU.

Thomas More College Opens 2014 PAC Tournament as No. 2 Seed

Thomas More College (13-11, 12-4 PAC) opens PAC Tournament play tonight against Grove City (10-14, 7-9).

The winner of tonight's game will advance to Thursday's semifinal round. In the semifinal, the lowest remaining seed will play at the highest remaining seed in one game. The two middle seeds will meet in the other semifinal game.

2013-14 PAC Men's Basketball Championship Tournament

Monday, February 24 (Play-In Game)

No. 9 Geneva 88 at No. 8 Westminster 74

Tuesday, February 25 (Quarterfinals)

No. 9 Geneva at No. 1 Bethany (21-4, 14-2 PAC) – 7 p.m.
No. 7 Grove City (10-14, 7-9 PAC) at No. 2 Thomas More (13-11, 12-4 PAC) – 7:30 p.m.
No. 6 Thiel (10-12, 7-9 PAC) at No. 3 Saint Vincent (19-6, 12-4 PAC) – 8 p.m.
No. 5 Washington & Jefferson (13-12, 8-8 PAC) at No. 4 Waynesburg (14-11, 9-7 PAC) – 7 p.m.

Thursday, February 27 (Semifinals)

Lowest seed at highest seed – 7 p.m.
Middle seeds (at higher seed) – 7 p.m.

Saturday, March 1 (Championship)

Lower seed at higher seed – 7:30 p.m.

Transylvania Hopes to Get Hot in 2014 HCAC Men's Basketball Tournament

Transylvania (9-16, 7-11 HCAC) had a difficult regular season but will be hoping to get hot as they open play in the Heartland Collegiate Athletic Tournament tonight at Mt. St. Joseph.

If the Pioneers can get past tonight's game, they'll face top-seeded Rose-Hulman in the semifinal round.

2014 HCAC Men's Basketball Tournament Schedule

Tuesday, Feb. 25 (at high seed)

Game 1 - #6 Franklin at #3 Hanover 7:30 PM
Game 2 - #5 Transylvania at #4 Mt. St. Joseph 7:30 PM

Friday, Feb. 28 (at Rose-Hulman)

Game 3 - #2 Defiance vs. #3/6 winner 6:00 PM
Game 4 - #1 Rose-Hulman vs. #4/5 winner 8:00 PM

Saturday, Mar. 1 (at Rose-Hulman)

Championship - Game 3 winner vs. Game 4 winner 7:00 PM

2014 KIAC Men's Basketball Tournament Tips Tonight

The 2014 KIAC men's basketball tournament gets underway tonight with four teams from Kentucky hoping to advance.

Asbury University will host Berea College tonight at 8:00 p.m. The winner of that game will meet the winner of top-seeded IU Southeast and Point Park in Friday's semifinals.

In the bottom half of the bracket, third-seeded Brescia University will host sixth-seeded Alice Lloyd College at 8:00 p.m. The Eagles just defeated Brescia at home over the weekend and there was reportedly some postgame handshake controversy.

Alice Lloyd is also hosting the semifinals and championship game which should add to the intensity of tonight's game. The winner will face either Cincinnati Christian or IU East on  Friday.

Tournament seeding:

1. IU Southeast
2. Cincinnati Christian
3. Brescia
4. Asbury
5. Berea
6. Alice Lloyd
7. IU East
8. Point Park

Bracket (click to enlarge):

Cordia's Richard Chapman Suspended Two Games for Throwing Punch

The KHSAA announced Monday via press release that Cordia's Richard Chapman will be suspended two games for throwing a punch in Friday's game against Perry County Central.

Chapman will miss tonight's 53rd District Tournament game against Letcher County Central and the district championship game if the Lions advance.

Two Perry Central reserves were also suspended one game for leaving the bench.

Here is the release from the KHSAA:

“On Friday, Feb. 21 an unsporting act took place in a boys’ basketball game between Cordia and Perry County Central. The officials assigned to the game ejected one student-athlete from Cordia who was directly involved in the incident and two student-athletes from Perry County Central for leaving the bench area. While video of the incident is available online, KHSAA Board of Control Policies state that the KHSAA staff is limited in the manner in which the video is used during the disciplinary process, unless the contest officials make a request for review of the specific incident. In this instance, the contest officials made no such request and therefore the KHSAA is not permitted to act upon video evidence, and must abide by the minimum required penalty of a two-game suspension for the Cordia player and a one-game suspension for each player from Perry County Central. Administration from Cordia has reported to the KHSAA that additional actions will be taken at the school level, as they do not condone the actions of the young man in question.”

-Angela Passafiume
KHSAA Assistant Commissioner / Supervisor of Officials


Former Player Preston Lemaster Cited for Selling Fake UK Basketball Tickets

Former University of Kentucky player and East Ridge High School head coach Preston Lemaster is in trouble for allegedly selling fake UK basketball tickets.

Here is more from Lex18.com:

Lexington Police cited former UK basketball walk-on Preston LeMaster for allegedly selling counterfeit UK basketball tickets to people hoping to go to a home game. Police said he bought real tickets then photo-copied them to sell.

LeMaster was cited for theft by deception over $500.

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UK's Julius Randle Named Oscar Robertson National Player of the Week

Oscar Robertson TrophyKentucky freshman Julius Randle has been named Oscar Robertson National Player of the Week by the U.S. Basketball Writers Association.

Here is a release from the USBWA:

ST. LOUIS (USBWA) – The U.S. Basketball Writers Association has selected the Kentucky forward Julius Randle as its Oscar Robertson National Player of the Week for games ending the week of Sunday, Feb. 23. The USBWA's weekly honor is presented by Blue Ribbon College Basketball Yearbook and is announced exclusively on SiriusXM Radio's "Inside College Basketball."

As the Southeastern Conference Player of the Week, Randle was nominated for the weekly award, which was chosen by a representative of the USBWA board of directors from a list of Division I conference players of the week. Randle was also named the USBWA's Wayman Tisdale National Freshman of the Week.

Randle, a 6-9 freshman from Dallas, Texas, averaged 16.5 points and 14.0 rebounds in conference wins over Ole Miss and LSU. He began the week last Tuesday by notching his 14th double-double of the season with 25 points and 13 rebounds at Ole Miss. Randle shot 13-14 from the free-throw line and scored six of UK's final 11 points to help preserve the 84-70 victory. On Saturday, he then helped lead the Cats in dramatic fashion at home in a 77-76 overtime win against LSU. He hit the game-winning put back with 3.9 seconds remaining in overtime en route to an eight-point, 15-rebound performance.

This is the fifth season that the USBWA has selected a national player of the week. The weekly Oscar Robertson National Player of the Week will be considered for the Oscar Robertson Trophy watch list, which will be released at mid-season.

Since the 1958-59 season, the USBWA has named a National Player of the Year. In 1998, the award was named in honor of the University of Cincinnati Hall of Famer and two-time USBWA Player of the Year Oscar Robertson. It is the nation's oldest award and the only one named after a former player.

At the conclusion of the regular season, the USBWA will name finalists for the award, which is voted on by the entire membership. The winner of the Oscar Robertson Trophy will be presented by its namesake, Oscar Robertson, at the Devon Energy College Basketball Awards on April 14 at the National Cowboy and Western Heritage Museum in Oklahoma City. The Henry Iba Coach of the Year Award and the Integris Wayman Tisdale Freshman of the Year Award will also be presented at the gala to be held annually the Monday following the NCAA Men's Final Four.

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University of the Cumberlands Signs Matthew Uchedike for 2014-15

University of the Cumberlands has signed 6-foot-9 center Matthew Uchedike for the 2014-15 men's basketball season.

Uchedike was previously a member of the College of Central Florida JUCO program.

Here's a release from UC:

The University of the Cumberlands (UC) Men’s Basketball team is in the midst of rounding out its regular season this week against Georgetown College on Thursday night. With the Mid-South Conference (MSC) Tournament just around the corner, the Patriots still have their sights set on making a big impact in the MSC. The coaching staff knows what they have to do to make that happen, but they also know that they must look a bit forward to next year as well as they have signed Matthew Uchedike for the 2014-2015 season.

Uchedike is originally from Nigeria but has spent his last few years in Ocala, Florida. Matthew, a 6’9” 220 pound center, was a member of the College of Central Florida basketball team, a top Junior College in the country. During his freshman year, he played in 24 of the Patriots’ 37 games. He averaged 2.6 points per game and 2.0 rebounds off the bench while shooting 52% from the field. The Patriots went 34-3 that season, winning the 2013 NJCAA National Championship.

Uchedike played in 29 games in the 2013-14 season while starting in 14 of those. He averaged 3.4 points per game while pulling down 3.4 rebounds per game. During the season, he shot 61% from the floor while shooting 65% from the field against conference competitors. The Patriots went 22-8 this season as they await play in the postseason.

When asked about coming to UC, Uchedike commented, “I developed a great relationship with Assistant Coach Rodney Clarke and I feel I can have an immediate impact with the Patriots next season. I think I can bring an inside presence and help the Patriots continue their winning tradition.”

Coach Clarke added, “Matthew will be a huge contributor on the defensive end with his rebounding and shot blocking skills. He also runs the floor like a guard for his size which is very rare. I'm extremely excited about having Matthew next season and look forward to him helping us out.”

For more information on the Patriot Men’s Basketball program along with other Patriot athletics, please visit www.cumberlandspatriots.com.

DeAndre Liggins Signs With the Miami Heat

The Miami Heat have signed former University of Kentucky guard DeAndre Liggins to a 10-day contract.

Liggins has spent the majority of the season with the Heat's NBA Development League team, the Sioux Falls (S.D.) SkyForce. At Sioux Falls, he averaged 14.5 points, 7.5 rebounds, 4.8 assists and 2.5 steals and was named a D-League All-Star.

Last season, Liggins played for the Oklahoma City Thunder but was waived following an arrest for domestic violence. He averaged 1.5 points in 39 games for the Thunder.

The felony domestic violence charges against Liggins were recently dropped.

Is It Really Tournament Time in Kentucky? Schedule for the Week

Can you believe that it's conference tournament time already?

The HCAC, PAC, KIAC, AAC, SLIAC and GLVC tournaments all get underway this week.

Here's a complete schedule for the week:

Monday, February 24

Lindenewood University-Belleville 79 Campbellsville University 76

Tuesday, February 25

7:30 p.m. Kentucky Wesleyan College at Kentucky State University
7:30 p.m. Transylvania University at Mount St. Joseph (HCAC Tournament)
7:30 p.m. Grove City at Thomas More College (PAC Tournament)
8:00 p.m. Berea College at Asbury University (KIAC Tournament)
8:00 p.m. Alice Lloyd College at Brescia University (KIAC Tournament)

Wednesday, February 26

No Games

Thursday, February 27

8:30 a.m. Union College vs. Point/TMC (AAC Tournament)
7:00 p.m. PAC Tournament Quarterfinals
7:00 p.m. Arkansas at University of Kentucky*
7:00 p.m. Stetson at Northern Kentucky University*
7:30 p.m. Tennessee Tech at Eastern Kentucky University*
7:30 p.m. Tennessee State at Morehead State University*
8:00 p.m. Western Kentucky University at Texas State*
8:00 p.m. Campbellsville University at University of Pikeville*
8:00 p.m. Georgetown College at University of the Cumberlands*
8:00 p.m. St. Catharine College at Bluefield College*
8:00 p.m. Murray State University at UT Martin*
8:00 p.m. Spalding vs. Westminster (SLIAC Tournament)
8:30 p.m. Lyon College at Mid-Continent University*
8:30 p.m. Bellarmine University at Southern Indiana*
9:00 p.m. Rio Grande at Lindsey Wilson College*
9:00 p.m. Temple at University of Louisville*

Friday, February 28

1:00 p.m. Berry at Centre College (SAA Tournament)
2:00 p.m. AAC Tournament Semifinals (at Kingsport)
3:00 p.m. Brescia/Alice Lloyd vs. TBA (KIAC Tournament at Alice Lloyd)
7:30 p.m. Asbury/Berea vs. TBA (KIAC Tournament at Alice Lloyd)
8:00 p.m. Rose-Hulman vs. TBA (HCAC Tournament at Rose-Hulman)
8:00 p.m. TBA at Kentucky Christian University (NCCAA II Mideast Region Tournament)

Saturday, March 1

1:00 p.m. Florida Gulf Coast at Northern Kentucky University*
2:00 p.m. University of Louisville at Memphis*
2:00 p.m. AAC Tournament Championship (at Kingsport)
3:00 p.m. TBA vs. Kentucky Christian/TBA (NCCAA II Mideast Region Tournament)
3:30 p.m. KIAC Tournament Championship (at Alice Lloyd)
4:00 p.m. Campbellsville University at Bluefield College*
4:00 p.m. St. Catharine College at University of Pikeville*
5:00 p.m. Williams Baptist at Mid-Continent University*
5:00 p.m. Shawnee State at Lindsey Wilson College*
6:00 p.m. Centre/Berry vs. TBA (SAA Tournament)
6:00 p.m. University of Kentucky at South Carolina
6:30 p.m. Murray State University at Southeast Misssouri*
7:00 p.m. HCAC Championship Game (at Rose-Hulman)
7:00 p.m. Tennessee State at Eastern Kentucky University*
7:30 p.m. PAC Tournament Championship (at higher seed)
7:30 p.m. Tennessee Tech at Morehead State University*
8:30 p.m. Western Kentucky University at UT Arlington*
TBA SLIAC Tournament Championship

Sunday, March 2

1:00 p.m. SAA Tournament Championship (at Centre College)
TBA Bellarmine University vs. TBA (GLVC Tournament)

* Conference Game

Campbellsville's Eric Gaines Dunks All Over a Lindenwood-Belleville Defender

Campbellsville University's Eric Gaines dunked all over a Lindenwood-Belleville defender last night.

Check out this poster dunk:


Sunday, February 23, 2014

Possible Suspension Might Hurt Cordia in District and Region Tournaments

An ejection and likely suspension could lead to problems for Cordia during the district and region tournaments.

Cordia junior Richard Chapman, who was just ruled eligible to play a few weeks ago, threw a punch at Perry Central senior Justin Johnson.

The punch was caught on camera and posted on YouTube:



According to Scott Anderson of TheRoadToRupp:

I have called a couple of people and have tried to find out what led up to the punch. The consensus was that both players were spoken to by the official earlier in the game for heated play. So I am sure there was something that led up to incident.

Video: Julius Randle Nails the Game-Winner for Kentucky

Watch as Kentucky's Julius Randle saves the day against LSU:


Kentucky Wesleyan Falls Short at Alderson Broaddus

Alderson Broaddus 69
Kentucky Wesleyan 62

Final from Philippi, West Virginia

Game recap by KWC:

There's still basketball to be played in the 2013-14 season, but, so far, Alderson Broaddus has Kentucky Wesleyan's number.

The Battlers completed a regular-season sweep of the Panthers on Saturday, posting a critical 69-62 victory at Rex Pyles Arena in Philippi, W. Va.

While snapping Wesleyan's nine-game winning streak, Alderson Broaddus also put themselves in prime position to win the Great Midwest Athletic Conference championship and, thus, host the league tournament early next month — needing only a split of their final two conference games at Salem International and Davis & Elkins to do so.
 
"They are a very good, very well-coached basketball team," KWC first-year coach Happy Osborne said of the Battlers, who dominated the Panthers 81-62 at the Sportscenter on Jan. 11. "We hurt ourselves by not rebounding the basketball -- there was a stretch in the second half where we allowed them one offensive rebound after another.
 
"Offensively, we've got to get some better looks. We didn't find a way to score inside, and that hurt."
Also hurting the Panthers were rugged starts to both halves. KWC missed its first five floor shots and 10 of its first 11 to open the contest, then started the second half 1-of-5 from the field.

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