Saturday, March 15, 2014

Video: Kentucky's SEC Tournament Pep Rally in Cat-lanta

Here is some footage of Kentucky's SEC Tournament pep rally in Atlanta:


Louisville Hammers Houston, Russ Smith Drops 42 Points

(5) Louisville 94
Houston 65

Final from Memphis, Tennessee

Game recap by UL:

MEMPHIS, Tenn. (AP) - Russ Smith's biggest scoring night of his career helped No. 5 Louisville advance to the American Athletic Conference finals.

Smith scored 42 points and the Cardinals cruised to a 94-65 victory over Houston on Friday in the semifinals of the conference's inaugural tournament.

"You can't describe Russ' game. That's Russdiculous," forward Luke Hancock said of the nickname given to Smith by Louisville coach Rick Pitino. "The moves he makes, and the way he gets to the places he does on the floor, the shots he gets for himself and for his teammates is unbelievable."

Smith shot 14 for 22 from the field and 5 for 7 from 3-point range. His final points came on a three-point play where he hit a reverse layup and converted the ensuing free throw.

"Russ played terrific," Houston coach James Dickey said. "We had trouble containing him. He hit big shots."

Hancock and Montrezl Harrell both added 12 for the Cardinals (28-5), the tournament's second seed, who will face the winner of Friday's second game between top-seeded Cincinnati and Connecticut. Stephan Van Treese grabbed 10 rebounds and connected on his first 3-pointer of the year in the closing minutes.

But Smith was the one who carried the Cardinals' offense from the start. He hit his first five shots and had Houston defenders incorrectly guessing much of the time.

"Our goal was to try and stop him before he get a head full of steam and certainly he got a head full of steam," said Houston's Danuel House, who had 12 points and 13 rebounds for the Cougars. "As a good player should, he knocked down the 3-ball. Once his 3 got going, we started just falling for the head fakes and not guarding the way we are capable of guarding, and just let him get going."

Complete Recap

Mark Fox Talks About Cat-lanta, Says He Will Wear a Blue Tie

Georgia head coach Mark Fox talks about last night's win over Ole Miss and how he'll neutralize the Kentucky fans in the Georgia Dome today:


DeAndre Liggins Released by the Miami Heat

The Miami Heat have released former University of Kentucky guard DeAndre Liggins.

The Heat released Liggins to make room on the roster for center Justin Hamilton.

Here is more from the South Florida Sun Sentinel:

The Miami Heat made what could possibly be their final roster move of the season Friday, when they released forward DeAndre Liggins from his second 10-day contract in order to sign center Justin Hamilton for the balance of the season.

Unlike with Liggins, Hamilton was signed for the balance of the season as well as to a non-guaranteed contract for next season, which allows the Heat to retain the rights to the former LSU center.The Heat made the decision based on the need for an interior player after trading Joel Anthony in January.

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UK's Young, Harrison and Randle Talk About Win Over LSU

Kentucky's James Young, Aaron Harrison and Julius Randle talk about last night's SEC Tournament win over LSU:


Highlights from Kentucky's Win Over LSU in Atlanta

Here are all the highlights from Kentucky's 85-67 win over LSU in the SEC Tournament quarterfinals:


After Three Days of Football, UK Dominates LSU in SEC Tournament

Kentucky 85
LSU 67

Final from Atlanta, Georgia

Game recap by UK:

ATLANTA (AP) - The Kentucky Wildcats knocked each other around in practice.
Then they did the same thing to LSU.

Heeding coach John Calipari's plea to find their "mojo," the talented young Wildcats pulled away to beat LSU 85-67 in the quarterfinals of the Southeastern Conference tournament Friday night, their most impressive performance in nearly two months.

James Young scored 21 points, Julius Randle had 17 points and 16 rebounds, and Willie Cauley-Stein led a dominating performance in the middle with six of Kentucky's 11 blocks. This looked more like the team that started the season ranked No. 1 and led to some to project it might be capable of a perfect season.

"We've always got a target on our backs," Cauley-Stein said. "When other teams play us, they play like it's their last game. That's the way we have to play."

To emphasize that point, Calipari changed up his practice routine heading into the tournament. He had his team go longer and harder that it normally does at this time of year. In particular, he implored his players to get more physical, believing the referees were not clamping down on rough play as much as they did earlier in the season.

"We had three days of football," Calipari quipped, "and they responded."

Complete Recap

Box score (click to enlarge):

Friday, March 14, 2014

Anthony Hickey Wants to Make Kentucky Pay Every Time He Plays Them

Former Kentucky Mr. Basketball Anthony Hickey and LSU will get another shot at the Wildcats tonight in the SEC Tournament.

Teammate Johnny O'Bryant says Hickey wants to make Kentucky play every time he plays them:




Buzzer Beater Sends Union College Home from NAIA DII Tournament

(11) Saint Thomas 75
(22) Union College 72

Final from Point Lookout, Missouri

Game recap by UC:

POINT LOOKOUT, Mo.  - St. Thomas (Fla.) guard Kevin Hincapie knocked down a three-pointer at the buzzer, as the No. 11 Bobcats got past the No. 22 Union College men's basketball team, 75-72, on Thursday evening in the First Round of the 2014 NAIA Division II Men's Basketball Championship at Keeter Gymnasium.

With the heartbreaking loss, Union ends their 2013-14 season with a 28-5 overall mark. St. Thomas moves onto the Second Round with the win, improving to 26-6 on the year with the victory.

It was a defensive battle in the first half, as both teams wrestled with the lead back and forth. With 8:52 to go, guard Michael Bueter (FR, Newport, Ky. ) nailed the first of a few big threes on the night, giving the Bulldogs their biggest lead of the evening at 23-17.

But, St. Thomas came back, tying the game up for the 10th time in the period with 2:22 to go at 34-all. After the Bobcats took the lead at 35-34 with 1:37 to go, Bueter knocked down another big trey with 1:04 to go, giving Union the lead back at 37-35. That lead held through the last minute, as the Bulldogs led it 37-36 at the break.

In the second half, it was more of the same between the teams, with the lead swinging back and forth, and both teams answering each other constantly. Things came to a head with 10 minutes left, as Union took their second biggest lead of the evening after DeAntray Stevens (SO, Cincinnati, Ohio) made a three, going up 59-54.

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Louisville Blisters Rutgers in Quarterfinals of AAC Tournament

(5) Louisville 92
Rutgers 31

Final from Memphis, Tennessee

Game recap by UL:

MEMPHIS, Tenn. (AP) - The fifth-ranked Louisville Cardinals had everything working so well against Rutgers that even a near mistake turned into an amazing play.

Stephan Van Treese went up for a lob pass looking for a dunk only to have Montrezl Harrell fly in and slam the ball through.

"I'm not happy about that," Van Treese said. "I thought he was throwing it to me, and I didn't even see Montrezl and he just dunked on me. And I thought, `Man, that's not fair."

Louisville routed Rutgers 92-31 on Thursday in the quarterfinals of the American Athletic Conference tournament, holding the Scarlet Knights to their lowest scoring game since Jan. 25, 1982.

The Cardinals (27-5) have won three straight and 10 of their last 11 as they look for a third straight tournament title even if they're only in the American for one season. Louisville split the regular-season title with Cincinnati, but lost the top seed on a coin flip.

"I'm not really sure what to say," Louisville coach Rick Pitino said. "It was just one of those nights where everything went really well for us, and nothing went right for them."

The defending national champion Cardinals will play Houston, which upset No. 25 SMU 68-64, in the semifinals.

Rutgers (12-21) scored only 29 points in a 30-29 loss at St. Bonaventure in 1982, according to STATS Inc. The Scarlet Knights did lead once -- at 7-6 -- as the Scarlet Knights hit their first three shots. But they wound up with far more turnovers (17) than made shots (seven) in the first half.

Complete Recap


Kareem Canty: "I will not be returning back to Marshall next year"

Marshall freshman point guard Kareem Canty is not happy that Tom Herrion has been fired.

Canty fired away on Twitter earlier, stating that he will not be back in Huntington next season.

KCANTY1 Smh bad year bad news I loved playing for him not his fault we lost games

KCANTY1  But I can't hold this in any longer I will not be returning back to Marshall next year ! It's been fun

Canty averaged 16.3 points and 5.5 assists per game as a freshman this season.

Marshall University is Parting Ways with Head Coach Tom Herrion

Marshall University will soon announce that they are parting ways with head coach Tom Herrion.

KeithMorehouse Marshall announcing that Tom Herrion is out..news conference this afternoon

The Thundering Herd finished 11-22 this season and 4-12 in Conference USA.

Party at this guy's house tonight:


Brandon Knight Has Some Advice for the Current Kentucky Team

KSTV's Thomas Beisner caught up with former Kentucky star Brandon Knight last night in Atlanta.

Knight had some advice for the current Kentucky team as they get ready for the SEC Tournament and beyond:


Thursday, March 13, 2014

Kentucky Will Face LSU in the SEC Tournament

Kentucky will battle LSU in the quarterfinal round of the SEC Tournament tomorrow night at 7:00 p.m. ET.

LSU advanced to the quarterfinals by defeating Alabama 68-56 earlier tonight.

Here is UK assistant Orlando Antigua talking about tomorrow night's game:


Ryle's Will Stuhr Commits to Saginaw Valley State University

Ryle's Will Stuhr has committed to Saginaw Valley State University, an NCAA Division II program.

willstuhr44 Proud to announce that I will be studying engineering and playing basketball at Saginaw Valley State University! (D2 program in Michigan)

John Calipari and Tony Delk Chatting at the Georgia Dome

Kentucky head coach John Calipari spent some time chatting with former UK star Tony Delk this morning at the Georgia Dome.

Delk is this year's SEC Legend at the SEC Tournament.

KentuckyMBB This year's SEC Legend @tldelk00 with @UKCoachCalipari #WeAreUK #BeSECMBB

This season's Kentucky Wildcats could use a shooter like Tony Delk!

Newport Central Catholic's Tanner Moeves Commits to Thomas More College

Newport Central Catholic senior Tanner Moeves  has committed to Thomas More College.

Moeves made the announcement on Twitter:

TMoeves Proud to say that I've committed to Thomas More College

Feinstein: Has John Calipari Changed for the Worse?

John Feinstein wonders in his blog at CBSSports.com if Kentucky head coach John Calipari has changed for the worse.

Feinstein recalls his interactions with a young Calipari and finishes by wondering if Calipari has "fell in love with himself."

Here is an excerpt from Feinstein's article:

Calipari hasn’t handled the disappointing regular season very well. He’s sniped at his team publicly — accusing the players of not ‘taking ownership,’ even though he’s now paid $5.5 million a year to ‘own,’ and lead the players HE recruited. He’s whined about how young the team is — that’s the way he PLANS it each season, no? He’s accused the players of not buying in, of not being emotionally committed. A couple weeks ago he got thrown out during an embarrassing loss to South Carolina and then ducked the media afterwards claiming he had to do his radio show. As if the media wouldn’t have waited until he finished his (paid) radio bit.

Calipari just turned 55. He’s been a great recruiter and, in my opinion, an underrated coach — because people focus on the talent he always has — for most of his career. He’s also often underrated, I think, as a person because he comes across as so slick.

When I was involved in launching a charity basketball tournament in 1995, John’s UMass team was ranked No. 1 in the nation. He agreed to bring the Minutemen to Washington to play Maryland and helped launch what became a very successful event. This past year he was elected to the NABC Board of Directors. A number of coaches objected — based on what happened at UMass and Memphis — but those who serve with him say unanimously he is thoughtful, involved and takes the job very seriously.

All that said, when I look at him now, blaming everyone but himself for his own failings, I think of something that Paul Evans, his old boss at Pitt once said about Rollie Massimino.

Evans and Massimino were never — to put it mildly — friends. But after Massimino left Villanova in 1992 with a good deal of bad feelings (since repaired by Jay Wright) in both directions, Evans said this: “After he won the national championship in 1985, I think Rollie kind of fell in love with himself.”

Harsh words, but sometimes there’s truth in harsh words. Looking at Calipari now and remembering the smart, eager, honest young coach I hung out with all those years ago, I can’t help but wonder if those words don’t also apply to him.

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Pikeville Remains at No. 2 in Final NAIA DI Coaches' Top 25 Poll

University of Pikeville remains No. 2 for the sixth consecutive week in the final NAIA DI Men's Basketball Coaches' Top 25 Poll.

The Bears are 30-2 and finish just 8 points behind No. 1 Cal State San Marcos in the final tally.

Georgetown College holds at No. 16 this week.

University of the Cumberlands goes from receiving votes to No. 24 in the final poll.

St. Catharine College is just outside the top 25 with 30 total points.

All four teams earned spots in next weeks NAIA DI national tournament.

2013 – 14 NAIA Division I Men’s Basketball Coaches’ Top 25 Poll – March 12 (FINAL)

RANK LAST WEEK SCHOOL (1ST PLACE VOTES) 2013-14 RECORD TOTAL POINTS
1 1 Cal State San Marcos (9) 30-1 250
2 2 Pikeville (Ky.) (1) 30-2 242
3 3 William Carey (Miss.) 27-2 234
4 4 Columbia (Mo.) 31-2 226
5 5 SAGU (Texas) 26-5 213
6 7 Talladega (Ala.) 28-5 211
7 6 Emmanuel (Ga.) 29-3 200
8 9 Vanguard (Calif.) 26-6 191
9 8 Freed-Hardeman (Tenn.) 27-5 184
10 11 Rocky Mountain (Mont.) 23-7 182
11 10 Benedictine (Kan.) 22-8 174
12 13 Xavier (La.) 23-8 159
13 13 LSU Shreveport (La.) 21-8 146
14 14 Culver-Stockton (Mo.) 23-7 143
15 18 Wiley (Texas) 25-6 134
16 16 Georgetown (Ky.) 22-10 133
17 15 Arizona Christian 23-7 117
18 17 St. Gregory's (Okla.) 21-9 113
19 25 MidAmerica Nazarene (Kan.) 23-10 95
20 22 Wayland Baptist (Texas) 23-10 92
21 19 Westminster (Utah) 19-12 85
22 23 Hope International (Calif.) 22-9 80
23 19 Montana State-Northern 23-8 75
24 RV Cumberlands (Ky.) 19-11 61
25 RV St. Thomas (Texas) 20-10 49
 
Others Receiving Votes: Evangel (Mo.) 47; Life (Ga.) 40; St. Catharine (Ky.) 30; Philander Smith (Ark.) 28; Lindenwood-Belleville (Ill.) 27; Mid-America Christian (Okla.) 13; Our Lady of the Lake (Texas) 12; Belhaven (Miss.) 9.

Eric Bledsoe Plays Well in Return from Injury

Former Kentucky star Eric Bledsoe returned from injury for the Phoenix Suns last night.

In 32 minutes off the bench, Bledsoe put in 15 points, 3 rebounds and a team-high 9 assists.

Here is one of his assists to Miles Plumlee:

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Several With Kentucky Ties Make NABC DI All-District Teams for 2013-14

The NABC announced the NABC Division I All-District teams for 2013-14 on Wednesday.

In District 19, Eastern Kentucky's Glenn Cosey and Murray State's Cameron Payne made the First Team. Morehead State's Angelo Warner and Murray State's Jarvis Williams made the Second Team.

Kentucky's Julius Randle made the First Team in District 21. He is the only Kentucky player to make either team.

In District 24, former Kentucky point guard Ryan Harrow made the Second Team. He is joined on the Second Team by Western Kentucky's George Fant and T.J. Price.

Louisville's Russ Smith made the First Team in District 25. Louisville teammate Montrezl Harrell made the Second Team.

From the NABC release:

KANSAS CITY, MO. (March 12, 2014) The National Association of Basketball Coaches (NABC) announced today the NABC Division I All-­‐District teams for 2013-­‐14, recognizing the nation’s best men’s collegiate basketball student-­‐athletes. Selected and voted on by member coaches of the NABC, these student-­‐athletes represent the finest basketball players across America. The 252 student-­‐athletes, from 25 districts, are eligible for the NABC Coaches’ Division I All-­‐America teams.

District 19

First Team

J.J. Mann Belmont
Glenn Cosey Eastern Kentucky
Jarekious Bradley SE Missouri State
Patrick Miller Tennessee State
Cameron Payne Murray State

Second Team

Angelo Warner Morehead State
Craig Bradshaw Belmont
Tyler Stone SE Missouri State
Jarvis Williams Murray State
Sherman Blanford Eastern Illinois

District 21

First Team

Julius Randle Kentucky
Scottie Wilbekin Florida
Jabari Brown Missouri
Johnny O’Bryant LSU
Jarnell Stokes Tennessee

Second Team

Casey Prather Florida
Jordan McRae Tennessee
Trevor Releford Alabama
Jordan Clarkson Missouri
Chris Denson Auburn


District 24

First Team

Elfrid Payton La.-Lafayette
R.J. Hunter Georgia State
Shawn Long La.-Lafayette
Augustine Rubit South Alabama
Kirk Van Slyke Arkansas State

Second Team

Ryan Harrow Georgia State
T.J. Price Western Kentucky
Will Neighbour Arkansas-Little Rock
Tylor Ongwae La.-Monroe
George Fant Western Kentucky

District 25

First Team

Sean Kilpatrick Cincinnati
Shabazz Napier Connecticut
Russ Smith Louisville
Nic Moore SMU
Joe Jackson Memphis

Second Team

Justin Jackson Cincinnati
Montrezl Harrell Louisville
TaShawn Thomas Houston
Shaq Goodwin Memphis
Markus Kennedy SMU

Complete NABC Release

Louisville to Face Rutgers in Quarterfinals of AAC Tournament

The Louisville Cardinals will open the postseason portion of their schedule today at 3:00 p.m. against Rutgers in the American Athletic Conference Tournament.

The Cardinals are the No. 2 seed by virtue of a coin toss after they finished the regular season tied with No. 1 Cincinnati.

Rutgers advanced to the quarterfinals with a 72-68 win over South Florida last night.

The winner of today's game will meet the winner of No. 3 SMU and No. 6 Houston in tomorrow's semifinal round.

On the other side of the bracket, UCF will take on Cincinnati while Memphis will battle Connecticut.

The championship game will be Saturday night at 6:00 p.m. ET on ESPN.

Game schedule:

First Round - March 12

No. 7 Rutgers 72, USF 68
No. 9 UCF 94, No. 8 Temple 90 (2OT)

Quarterfinals - March 13

Q1 - 1:00 PM ET No. 6 Houston vs No. 3 SMU - ESPNU
Q2 - 3:00 PM ET No. 7 Rutgers vs No. 2 Louisville - ESPNU
Q3 - 7:00 PM ET No. 9 UCF vs No. 1 Cincinnati - ESPNU
Q4 - 9:00 PM ET No. 5 Memphis vs No. 4 UConn - ESPNU

Semifinals - March 14

S1 - 7:00 PM ET TBA vs. TBA - ESPN2
S2 - 9:00 PM ET TBA vs. TBA - ESPN2

Championship Game - March 15

F1 - 6:00 PM ET TBA vs TBA - ESPN

AAC Tournament Bracket (click to enlarge):

Smith, Harrell and Rozier Earn All-AAC Honors

Louisville's Russ Smith, Montrezl Harrell and Terry Rozier earned All-American Athletic Conference honors this week.

Smith and Harrell were named All-AAC First Team while Rozier was named to the All-Rookie Team.

Harrell was also tabbed as the league's Most Improved Player.

2014 American Athletic Conference All-Conference First Team Sean Kilpatrick, G, Cincinnati *
Shabazz Napier, G, UConn *
Montrezl Harrell, F, Louisville
Russ Smith, G, Louisville *
Nic Moore, G, SMU

2014 American Athletic Conference All-Conference Second Team
Isaiah Sykes, G, UCF
Justin Jackson, F, Cincinnati
TaShawn Thomas, F, Houston
Shaq Goodwin, F, Memphis
Joe Jackson, G, Memphis
Markus Kennedy, F, SMU

2014 American Athletic Conference All-Rookie Team
Amida Brimah, C, UConn
Terry Rozier, G, Louisville
Austin Nichols, F, Memphis *
John Egbunu, C, USF
Chris Perry, F, USF

* unanimous selection

2014 American Athletic Conference Men's Basketball Honors
Player of the Year

Shabazz Napier, G, UConn

Coach of the Year
Mick Cronin, Cincinnati

Rookie of the Year
Austin Nichols, F, Memphis

Scholar-Athlete of the Year
Jimmy McDonnell, F, Temple

Defensive Player of the Year
Justin Jackson, F, Cincinnati

Sixth Man of the Year
Michael Dixon Jr., G, Memphis

Most Improved Player
Montrezl Harrell, F, Louisville

Sportsmanship Award
Sean Kilpatrick, G, Cincinnati

Release from AAC

Bishop Brossart's Drew Burns Commits to Centre College

Bishop Brossart big man Drew Burns has committed to Centre College.

Burns, a 6'7" forward/center, posted the news on his Twitter account:

DrewBurns5 Excited to say I will be attending and playing basketball at Centre College!#CentreCollege pic.twitter.com/GhfIi9NEET

Centre College head coach Greg Mason seemed to be hinting at big news coming on his Twitter account:

centrebball To borrow a phrase from @UKCoachBrown and UK Football. "Yahtzee" @Centre_Bball

Wednesday, March 12, 2014

Auburn Fires Tony Barbee Just Minutes After SEC Tournament Loss

Auburn has fired head coach Tony Barbee following tonight's 74-56 loss to South Carolina in the Southeastern Conference Tournament.

Here's more from CBSSports.com:

Auburn athletic director Jay Jacobs subsequently confirmed the news.

"After careful evaluation of the last four years, I feel this is best for the program," Jacobs said via a prepared statement. "I believe we should compete for championships in men's basketball. It's time for somebody else to have a turn. We need to find somebody to come in here and take what we have here now and put some more in and compete for SEC titles."

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Four Kentucky Teams Make NAIA DI National Tournament, Pikeville Earns No. 2 Seed

Four teams from the state of Kentucky have made the field in the 2014 Buffalo Funds NAIA DI National Tournament.

University of Pikeville (30-2) earned the tournament's No. 2 seed and will battle Lindenwood-Belleville (22-8) on Thursday at 1:30 p.m. ET. The winner will face either No. 15 Wiley (Texas) or St. Gregory's (Okla.) on Friday.

Georgetown College (22-10) is the tournament's No. 14 seed and will square off with Wayland Baptist (Texas) (23-10) Wednesday night at 9:45 p.m. The winner will play either William Carey (Miss.) or Philander Smith (Ark.) on Friday.

Wednesday morning at 11:45 a.m., University of the Cumberlands (19-11) will take on No. 9 Rocky Mountain (Mont.) (23-7).  The winner will advance to play the winner of St. Thomas (Texas) and Emmanuel (Ga.) on Friday morning.

The final Kentucky team in the field is St. Catharine College (18-12). The Patriots will open against No. 5 SAGU (Texas) (26-5) Thursday evening at 5:30 p.m. The winner of that game will take on the winner of Hope International (Calif.) and Xavier (La.) Friday night.

The No. 1 overall seed is Cal State San Marcos (30-1).



Bracket (click to enlarge):

Georgia Coach Mark Fox: "I'm sick of hearing about Cat-lanta"

Georgia head coach Mark Fox is getting his team prepared for this week's Southeastern Conference Tournament.

He was asked about playing the last game Friday night, which happens to be after Kentucky's game. Fox said he's sick and tired of hearing about Cat-lanta, which Atlanta is often called when the Wildcats come to town.

Here are Fox's comments:

"I'm sick of hearing about Cat-lanta," Fox said. "And it is the Georgia Dome. So I hope that we'll have representation at that."

Kentucky's game on Friday is immediately prior to Georgia's. It was pointed out to Fox that saying he was sick of hearing about "Cat-lanta" might cause the Wildcat fans to root against him.

"I could care less," Fox said, smiling. "They've got a great fan base. They really do. But I want our fans to be for us, and that's all we need." Complete Article

Read more here: http://www.ledger-enquirer.com/2014/03/12/2998734/mark-fox-im-sick-of-hearing-about.html#storylink=cpy

Russ Smith Named USBWA First Team All-America, UK Players Snubbed

Louisville senior Russ Smith has been named First Team All-America by the U.S. Basketball Writers Association.

No Kentucky players made either the First or Second teams.

Smith is Louisville's first USBWA All-American since Clifford Rozier in 1994.

2013-14 USBWA MEN'S ALL-AMERICA TEAM
Pos.First TeamHt.Wt.Yr.Hometown
GNick Johnson, Arizona6-3200Jr.Gilbert, Ariz.
First first-team All-American from Arizona since 1999 (Jason Terry)
FDoug McDermott, Creighton6-8225Sr.Ames, Iowa
19th player to earn three-time USBWA All-America (Last: Tyler Hansbrough, North Carolina, 2008-09)
GShabazz Napier, Connecticut6-1180Sr.Roxbury, Mass.
Fifth UConn player to earn All-America since 2004 (Last: Kemba Walker, 2011)
FJabari Parker, Duke6-8235Fr.Chicago, Ill.
12th Duke All-American selection since 2000
GRuss Smith, Louisville6-0165Sr.Brooklyn, N.Y.
First USBWA All-American from Louisville since 1994 (Clifford Rozier)
Pos.Second TeamHt.Wt.Yr.Hometown
FCleanthony Early, Wichita State6-8219Sr.Middletown, N.Y.
Third USBWA All-American from Wichita State (First since Xavier McDaniel, 1985)
FMelvin Ejim, Iowa State6-6220Sr.Toronto, Ont.
Fourth Iowa State All-American (First since Jamal Tinsley, 2001)
FC.J. Fair, Syracuse6-8215Sr.Baltimore, Md.
First Syracuse All-American since Wesley Johnson (2010)
GSean Kilpatrick, Cincinnati6-4 210Sr.Yonkers, N.Y.
First Cincinnati All-American since 2002 (Steve Logan)
GAndrew Wiggins, Kansas6-8200Fr.Vaughan, Ont.
Sixth straight season Kansas has had a USBWA All-America selection


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2014 Southeastern Conference Tournament Tips Tonight in Atlanta

The 2014 Southeastern Conference Tournament tips tonight at the Georgia Dome in Atlanta.

Kentucky has a bye until Friday night at 7:00 p.m. ET when they will face the survivor of LSU and Alabama. Other teams on Kentucky's side of the bracket are Vanderbilt, Mississippi State, Ole Miss and Georgia.



2014 SEC Tournament Bracket (click to enlarge):

Video: Sights and Sounds of the 2013-14 Louisville Cardinals

Check out this video of highlights from the 2013-14 Louisville Cardinals:

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* Video by Derek Forrest on YouTube

Video: DeMarcus Cousins Throws Down Hard on Andre Drummond

Watch as former Kentucky star DeMarcus Cousins throws down a hard dunk over Andre Drummond:

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Field Set for 2014 Whitaker Bank/KHSAA Boys Sweet Sixteen Basketball Tournament

The field is set for the 2014 Whitaker Bank/KHSAA Boys Sweet Sixteen basketball tournament in Rupp Arena.

KHSAA Tournament Site

Here's a look at the bracket (click to enlarge):

Colby College Takes Bench Celebrations to a New Level

Colby College, an NCAA Division III program in Maine, takes bench celebrations to a new level.

Check this out:

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Elijah Pittman Signs with Deleware 87ers in NBA D-League

Former Marshall star Elijah Pittman has signed with the Deleware 87ers of the NBA Devleopment League.

Pittman averaged 21.4 points and 4.4 rebounds per game in 9 games for the Thundering Herd this season. He was suspended indefinitely in December and did not return.

UK's Julius Randle, James Young Talk About SEC Tournament

Kentucky freshmen Julius Randle and  James Young talk about this week's SEC Tournament and more:

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Selection Sunday is Here: Schedule for the Week

Conference tournaments conclude and Selection Sunday is upon us this week.
 
Here's a complete schedule for the week:
 
Monday, March 10

No Games

Tuesday, March 11

No Games

Wednesday, March 12

8:00 p.m. NAIA Division I Selection Show

Thursday, March 13

3:00 p.m. University of Louisville vs. Rutgers/USF (AAC Tournament)
7:30 p.m. Union College vs. St. Thomas (Fla.) (NAIA DII Tournament)

Friday, March 14

7:00 p.m. University of Kentucky vs. TBA (SEC Tournament)
9:15 p.m. Union/St. Thomas vs. TBA (NAIA DII Tournament)
TBA Louisville/TBA vs. TBA (AAC Tournament)

Saturday, March 15

3:30 p.m. University of Kentucky/TBA vs. TBA (SEC Tournament)
5:30 p.m. Western Kentucky University vs. TBA (Sun Belt Conference Tournament)
7:00 p.m. TBA vs. TBA (NAIA DII Tournament)
TBA AAC Tournament Championship
TBA Bellarmine University vs. Indianapolis (NCAA DII Tournament)

Sunday, March 16

1:00 p.m. Sun Belt Conference Championship
3:15 p.m. SEC Tournament Championship
6:00 p.m. NCAA DI Tournament Selection Show
TBA Bellarmine/Indianapolis vs. TBA (NCAA DII Tournament)

Tuesday, March 11, 2014

John Calipari Previews the SEC Tournament and More

Kentucky head coach John Calipari previews the upcoming SEC Tournament and more:

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Pikeville to Host NAIA Selection Show Watch Party Wednesday Night

The University of Pikeville will host watch party for the 2014 Buffalo Funds-NAIA Division I Men's Basketball National Championship Bracket Announcement Show at 8:00 p.m. ET Wednesday.

Here are details from UPIKE:

PIKEVILLE, Ky. – The University of Pikeville invites the public, students and staff to attend a watch party for the 2014 Buffalo Funds-NAIA Division I Men's Basketball National Championship Bracket Announcement Show at 8 p.m. ET on Wednesday at Booth Auditorium.

Food will be available outside of the auditorium starting at 8 p.m., while a mix of guest speakers will address the crowd before the live unveiling of the national-championship bracket at 9 p.m. ET, provided by the NAIA.

The UPIKE men's basketball team has already put together a season to remember, capturing the Mid-South Conference Regular-Season and Tournament Championships, matching the program record for wins with 30 and tallying the most MSC wins in league history with 17.

But the Bears are hungry for more and get started with their next step of the postseason on March 19-25 at Municipal Auditorium in Kansas City, Mo.

The top 16 teams are seeded at the national tournament and UPIKE, ranked No. 2 in the most recent NAIA Coaches' Poll, is expected to be among the top three after its most successful regular season in program history.

Russ Smith Named USBWA District IV Player of the Year

Louisville's Russ Smith has been named USBWA District IV Player of the Year.

Florida's Billy Donovan is the District IV Coach of the Year.

Smith is joined on the All-District Team by teammate Montrezl Harrell and Kentucky's Julius Randle.

DISTRICT IV

KY, TN, MS, AL, GA, FL
 
PLAYER OF THE YEAR: Russ Smith, Louisville 

COACH OF THE YEAR: Billy Donovan, Florida  

ALL-DISTRICT TEAM

Chris Denson, Auburn
Montrezl Harrell, Louisville
Marshall Henderson, Ole Miss
Jordan McRae, Tennessee
Casey Prather, Florida
Julius Randle, Kentucky
Trevor Releford, Alabama
Russ Smith, Louisville
Jarnell Stokes, Tennessee
Scottie Wilbekin, Florida

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Randle, Young and Cauley-Stein Earn Southeastern Conference Honors

Kentucky's Julius Randle, James Young and Willie Cauley-Stein have earned Southeastern Conference honors and awards for the 2013-14 season.

- Randle: SEC Freshman of the Year, All-SEC First Team, All-SEC Freshman Team

- Young: All-SEC Second Team, All-SEC Freshman Team

- Cauley-Stein: All-SEC Defensive Team

BIRMINGHAM, Ala. – Kentucky forward Julius Randle was named the Southeastern Conference Freshman of the Year by the league’s coaches on Tuesday, leading a number of honors for the Wildcats for their play during the 2013-14 season. Randle was tabbed to the All-SEC First Team, while classmate James Young earned second team honors. Both players were also selected to the All-SEC Freshman team. Sophomore Willie Cauley-Stein earned All-SEC Defensive team accolades.

Randle is the fifth consecutive Wildcat to earn SEC Freshman of the Year honors. He joins DeMarcus Cousins, Terrence Jones, Anthony Davis and Nerlens Noel as the other winners. UK’s Patrick Patterson was the first Wildcat to win the award in 2008.

The Dallas native finished the regular season leading the squad in points per game (15.4) and rebounds per game (10.5). He’s the first player since Davis to finish the season averaging a double-double. No UK player had averaged a double-double since Kenny Walker turned the trick during the 1984-85 season.

Randle posted 324 rebounds on the season, ranks fourth in the freshman record books and 22nd for any player in a single season in school history. Following 31 games, Randle has amassed 19 more boards than Davis, the freshman record holder for rebounds in a season, through the same number of games.

Young collected All-SEC second-team and All-SEC Freshman team honors after logging 23 double-figure scoring efforts on the season. He led the team with seven 20-point scoring efforts during the regular season.

The Rochester Hills, Mich., native knocked down a squad-best 67 3-pointers, the fourth most in program history for a first-year player. He needs just one more long ball to move into second place. He averaged a team-high 33.4 minutes per game against SEC foes and UK outscored its opponents by an average of six points when he was on the floor, which also ranked as a team-high mark.

Cauley-Stein earned All-SEC Defensive team accolades and is the sixth player in the last five seasons to earn the distinction. The 7-foot center accounted for 88 blocks on the season which is the third-most in a single season in UK history. That total also ranks in the top 20 nationally for the year.

The Olathe, Kan., native had perhaps the most stunning defensive performance in Kentucky’s win over Georgia. He posted six blocks and six steals in the same contest to become the first player in school history to achieve that feat.

Kentucky returns to action on Friday, in the quarterfinal round of the SEC Tournament in Atlanta. UK will face the winner of the LSU-Alabama game at 7 p.m. ET. The game will air on SEC TV.

A complete list of the 2014 SEC Men’s Basketball postseason awards follows:
 
First Team All-SEC                                                                                                                                   
Trevor Releford, Alabama – G, 6-1, 190, Sr., Kansas City, Mo. 
Casey Prather, Florida – F, 6-6, 212, Sr., Jackson, Tenn.
Scottie Wilbekin, Florida – G, 6-2, 176, Sr., Gainesville, Fla.
Julius Randle, Kentucky – F, 6-9, 250, Fr., Dallas, Texas 
Johnny O’Bryant III, LSU – F, 6-9, 256, Jr., Cleveland, Miss.
Jabari Brown, Missouri – G, 6-5, 214 Jr., Oakland, Calif.
Jordan McRae, Tennessee – G, 6-6, 185, Sr., Midway, Ga.
Jarnell Stokes, Tennessee – F, 6-8, 260, Jr., Memphis, Tenn.
 
Second Team All-SEC                                                                                                                              
Bobby Portis, Arkansas – F, 6-10, 242, Fr., Little Rock, Ark. 
Chris Denson, Auburn – G, 6-2, 181, Sr., Columbus, Ga. 
Patric Young, Florida – C, 6-9, 240, Sr., Jacksonville, Fla.
Charles Mann, Georgia – G, 6-5, 210, So., Alpharetta, Ga.
James Young, Kentucky – G, 6-6, 215, Fr., Rochester Hills, Mich. 
Jordan Mickey, LSU – F, 6-8, 220, Fr., Dallas, Texas
Marshall Henderson, Ole Miss – G, 6-2, 177, Sr., Hurst, Texas
Jarvis Summers, Ole Miss – G, 6-3, 186, Jr., Jackson, Miss.
Jordan Clarkson, Missouri – G, 6-5, 193, Jr., San Antonio, Texas
Rod Odom, Vanderbilt – F, 6-9, 212, Sr., Central Islip, N.Y.
 
SEC All-Freshman Team                                                                                                                        
Shannon Hale, Alabama – F, 6-8, 220, Fr., Johnson City, Tenn. 
Bobby Portis, Arkansas – F, 6-10, 242, Fr., Little Rock, Ark. 
Julius Randle, Kentucky – F, 6-9, 250, Fr., Dallas, Texas 
James Young, Kentucky – G, 6-6, 215, Fr., Rochester Hills, Mich. 
Jarell Martin, LSU – F, 6-9, 241, Fr. Baton Rouge, La.
Jordan Mickey, LSU – F, 6-8, 220, Fr., Dallas, Texas
Sindarius Thornwell, South Carolina – G, 6-5, 205, Fr., Lancaster, S.C.
Damian Jones, Vanderbilt – C, 6-10, 235, Fr., Baton Rouge, La.
 
SEC All-Defensive Team                                                                                                                         
Patric Young, Florida – C, 6-9, 240, Sr., Jacksonville, Fla.
Scottie Wilbekin, Florida – G, 6-2, 176, Sr., Gainesville, Fla.
Willie Cauley-Stein, Kentucky – F, 7-0, 244, So., Olathe, Kan.
Jordan Mickey, LSU – F, 6-8, 220, Fr., Dallas, Texas
Josh Richardson, Tennessee – G, 6-6, 196, Jr., Edmond, Okla.
 
SEC Coach of the Year: Billy Donovan, Florida
SEC Player of the Year:  Scottie Wilbekin, Florida
SEC Scholar-Athlete of the Year: Patric Young, Florida
SEC Freshman of the Year: Julius Randle, Kentucky
SEC Sixth-Man of the Year: Dorian Finney-Smith, Florida
SEC Defensive Player of the Year: Patric Young, Florida
 

Pikeville Rolls to Mid-South Conference Tournament Championship

Pikeville 96
Georgetown 71

Final from Lebanon, Tennessee

Game recap by UPIKE:

LEBANON, Tenn. – For the first time since the 2000-01 season, the University of Pikeville has captured the Mid-South Conference Regular-Season and Tournament Championships after routing Georgetown (Ky.) 96-71 in Sunday's final at Dallas Floyd Gymnasium.

It's been a season of accolades as the championship also matches a program record for the most wins with 30. It also gives the Bears momentum heading into the NAIA National Championship that it hasn't felt in 11 years, winning their last conference tournament title in 2003.

A team effort got it done on Sunday as Josh Whitaker led all scorers with 21 points, followed by Bruce Reed with 19 and Keala King with 16. Chris Cantino posted a double-double of 13 points and 16 rebounds, while Kenny Manigault also chipped in 13 points.

UPIKE outrebounded Georgetown 44-27 and outshot it from the field 53.6 to 43.6 percent. Noah Cottrill paced the Tigers with 17 points, followed by 16 from Monty Wilson.
The Bears literally couldn't miss in the first three minutes of the game, hitting their first five shots. But Cottrill wasn't back down from the run, hitting a pull-up jumper and deep three to make it a 10-8 game.
 
Reed scored the next four UPIKE points, helping it build a six point lead which it kept until the 10-minute mark of the half. McWhorter cut it to two with back-to-back layups and the game was back to a battle with 9:30 left until halftime.
The Tiger run continued a minute later with a three from Jaylen Daniel that gave them their first lead of the game at 21-20. The five straight points were countered by Cantino going to work on the offensive glass to quickly put Pikeville back on top.

Cantino was a force all half, finishing with nine rebounds in the first 20 minutes which was crucial to the Bears being able to push ahead by seven on a last-second three from Justice before the break.

It could have ended much differently with the Tigers going back up by one with 1:30 on the clock, but Justice hit back-to-back threes and Nunnally finished a layup to give Pikeville its best cushion.
 
 
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Jon Hood Named to SEC Community Service Team

Kentucky senior Jon Hood was selected to the Southeastern Conference Community Service Team on Monday.

BIRMINGHAM, Ala. – Senior Jon Hood was selected to the 16th annual Southeastern Conference Community Service Team it was announced by the league office on Monday. It is the first such honor of the Madisonville, Ky., native’s career.

In a continuing effort to recognize the accomplishments of student-athletes beyond the field of competition, the SEC once again highlighted a Community Service Team for men's basketball for the 2013-14 season.

Hood has given countless hours for the community since his arrival at Kentucky. He constantly spends spare time visiting children at the UK Children’s Hospital and befriends children in need or who have terminal illnesses.

The senior guard has volunteered for God’s Pantry multiple times, volunteered for Hoops for Haiti. He’s spent time with Samaritan’s Feet and as a Campton Elementary school volunteer. During his time in Lexington, he has helped work clothing drives and the Hurricane Sandy Telethon with other teammates. Furthermore, he’s a mainstay at UK men’s basketball camps serving as a counselor and mentor to young players.

This marks the 16th year for the SEC Community Service Team for men's basketball as well as for women's basketball. All 21 league-sponsored sports have had a Community Service Team since 2004.

Hood is a 2013 graduate of the University of Kentucky and is on track to complete a second degree this May. He’s appeared in more than 60 games in his career and was a member of the 2012 National Championship squad.

Kentucky returns to action on Friday, in the quarterfinal round of the SEC Tournament in Atlanta. UK will face the winner of the LSU-Alabama game at 7 p.m. ET. The game will air on SEC TV.

Kentucky Drops Out of USA Today Coaches Poll

The Kentucky Wildcats have dropped out of the USA Today Coaches Poll for the first time this season.

Kentucky received 43 votes, putting them just out of the top 25 (No. 26).

Louisville (26-5) is No. 5 this week.

USA Today Coaches Poll

RK TEAM RECORD PTS
1 Florida (25) 29-2 793
2 Wichita State (7) 34-0 775
3 Villanova 28-3 721
4 Arizona 28-3 678
5 Louisville 26-5 654
6 Duke 24-7 591
7 San Diego State 27-3 584
8 Virginia 25-6 581
9 Michigan 23-7 536
10 Kansas 23-8 509
11 Syracuse 27-4 497 12 Cincinnati 26-5 447 13 Wisconsin 25-6 440 14 Creighton 24-6 384 15 North Carolina 23-8 350 16 Iowa State 23-7 269 17 Saint Louis 26-5 252 18 Oklahoma 23-8 221 19 Memphis 23-8 195 20 New Mexico 24-6 177 21 Connecticut 24-7 152 22 Michigan State 23-8 129 23 Southern Methodist 23-8 94 24 Ohio State 23-8 84 25 Virginia Commonwealth 24-7 71

Others receiving votes: Kentucky 43, Gonzaga 32, Texas 27, Oregon 21, Southern Miss 21, Stephen F. Austin 17, Baylor 15, Iowa 10, Harvard 8, Massachusetts 8, Nebraska 5, Pittsburgh 3, Louisiana Tech 3, Kansas State 1, George Washington 1, Oklahoma State 1

Union College to Play St. Thomas (Fla.) in NAIA Division II National Tournament

Union College will open the NAIA Division II Tournament Thursday at 8:30 p.m. ET against No. 11 St. Thomas (Fla.).

Release from UC:

BARBOURVILLE, Ky. - The 22nd-ranked Union College men's basketball team will open the 2014 National Association of Athletics (NAIA) Division II Men's Basketball Tournament on Thursday, Mar. 13, as the Bulldogs play No. 11 St. Thomas (Fla.). Tip-off is set for 8:30 p.m. EST.

The entire tournament, which begins on Mar. 12, will be played at the Keeter Gymnasium on the campus of the College of the Ozarks in Point Lookout, Mo.

Union enters the tournament on the heels of one the greatest seasons in program history.

Led by second year head coach Kevin Burton, the Bulldogs enter the postseason with a 28-4 overall record, the best in the history of the program. The team captured both the Appalachian Athletic Conference Regular Season and Tournament Championships, marking the first time since 1971-72 that a Union men's basketball team had done so.

The Bulldogs, who during the season posted a school-record 13-game winning streak, ended the regular year ranked in the NAIA Coaches' Poll for seven straight weeks. Union is led individually by forward Deante Johnson, an All-AAC First Team selection, who averaged 16.1 points per game, and ended the season second in all of NAIA Division II in field goal percentage at 68.3 percent.

This is Union's third trip all-time to the NAIA National Tournament, the last coming in 2011, where the Bulldogs dropped their first round game to Walsh (Ohio), 81-59. All-time, Union is 0-2 at the National Tournament.

St. Thomas, who ended the season with a 25-6 overall record, automatically qualified for the National Tournament after capturing the Sun Conference Regular Season Championship with a 16-2 league mark. This marks the third straight season that the Bobcats have qualified for the National Tournament.

The Bobcats, led by head coach Patrick Gayle, will be making their sixth trip all-time to the National Tournament. They have posted an overall mark of 2-5 in National Tournament play, and have won a game in the tournament the last two seasons, besting Mount Mercy (Iowa) in the first round last year, 85-72.

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Monday, March 10, 2014

Murray State Likely to Play in CollegeInsider.com Tournament or the College Basketball Invitational

Murray State will likely play at least one more game this season as they are expected to take a spot in either the CollegeInsider.com Tournament or the College Basketball Invitational.

Here are some of Prohm's comments via MurrayLedger.com:

We've got some options," Prohm said via cell phone Sunday afternoon. "We can play in the CIT or the CBI, but we still haven't made a final decision. I'm out recruiting right now, we will reconvene as a staff and as a team Wednesday and then move forward from there.

"I would say we will most likely play in some type of postseason tournament, though."

Prohm said he hasn't spoken with the team as a whole since Saturday, but said from the handful of text message conversations he's had with players, the feedback is clear — the Racers aren't ready for their season to end.

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Centre College's Season Ends in the NCAA Tournament

Emory 72
Centre 62

Final from Atlanta, Georgia

Game recap by CC:

The Centre men's basketball team saw a successful season come to a close when Emory pulled away in the closing minutes for a 72-62 victory in a second round NCAA Tournament game Saturday in Atlanta, Ga.

The Colonels wrap up the year at 24-5, the most wins the team has had since the 2007-08 season, and tying for the third most victories the program has had in a season. Over the year, Centre claimed Southern Athletic Association regular season and tournament championships and reached the NCAA round of 32 for the first time since 2008.

Centre's Josh Karsner (Frankfort, Ky.) was hot from outside in the game, making four of seven 3-pointers and tying for a game high of 16 points. All five Emory starters reached double figures with McPherson Moore leading the team with 16 points.

Karsner made his first three 3-pointers in the game, helping Centre get out to its largest lead at 19-13 at the 10:45 mark in the first half. Emory's Alex Foster answered Karsner's three on the other end and started a 9-0 run which put the Eagles in front.

Karsner hit another 3-pointer to tie the game at 22, but Emory would stay in front the rest of the way. Over a nine minute stretch, Emory outscored Centre 18-9 with Karsner's 3-pointers accounting for all of the Colonels' points.

Emory took a 33-27 lead into halftime and went on to open the second half on a 7-2 surge to take the game's biggest lead at 40-29. Centre scored eight straight points to pull within three at 40-37 after a pair of Blake Scinta (Louisville, Ky.) free throws with 12 minutes to play, but the Colonels would get no closer.

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Kentucky Goes from No. 1 to Unranked in AP Top 25 Poll This Season

The Kentucky Wildcats have managed to go from No. 1 at the beginning of the 2013-14 season to unranked in the last AP Top 25 poll.

The Wildcats are receiving votes in the last poll of the year.

Louisville is No.5 this week.

AP Top 25

Record Pts Prv
1. Florida (50) 29-2 1,610 1
2. Wichita St. (15) 34-0 1,574 2
3. Villanova 28-3 1,454 6
4. Arizona 28-3 1,435 3
5. Louisville 26-5 1,237 11
6. Virginia 25-6 1,186 5
7. Duke 24-7 1,185 4
8. Michigan 23-7 1,143 12
8. San Diego St. 27-3 1,143 10
10. Kansas 23-8 1,087 8
11. Syracuse 27-4 1,055 7
12. Wisconsin 25-6 973 9
13. Cincinnati 26-5 922 15
14. Creighton 24-6 752 13
15. North Carolina 23-8 709 14
16. Iowa St. 23-7 572 16
17. Oklahoma 23-8 472 23
18. Saint Louis 26-5 433 17
19. Memphis 23-8 367 20
20. New Mexico 24-6 344 21
21. UConn 24-7 330 19
22. Michigan St. 23-8 318 22
23. VCU 24-7 205 —
24. Ohio St. 23-8 165 —
25. SMU 23-8 152 18

Others receiving votes: Gonzaga 82, Stephen F. Austin 56, Oregon 39, Texas 31, Harvard 27, Kentucky 19, Baylor 18, UCLA 14, Nebraska 8, Iowa 4, Tennessee 2, George Washington 1, NC Central 1

Jeff Neubauer Tries to Win Dan Patrick Over

Eastern Kentucky head coach Jeff Neubauer called Dan Patrick to discuss his dislike for EKU and try to win him over.

Check it out:


Dan Patrick Holds a Grudge Against EKU, Was Rooting for Belmont Saturday

Dan Patrick, who played two seasons at Eastern Kentucky, said on his show this morning that he still holds a grudge against EKU and was actually rooting for Belmont Saturday:


Jodie Meeks Drops Career-High 42 Points for the Lakers

Former University of Kentucky star Jodie Meeks dropped a career-high 42 points for the Los Angeles Lakers on Sunday.

Meeks also had 4 steals in the 114-110 win over Oklahoma City.



SportsCenter Jodie Meeks' 42 points are the most he has scored in a game since dropping 54 at Kentucky in 2009.

Photos: Eastern Kentucky Defeats Belmont in OVC Championship Game

Here are a few pictures from Eastern Kentucky's run to the OVC Championship:









Eastern Kentucky is Headed to the Big Dance After Knocking Off Belmont

Eastern Kentucky 79
Belmont 73

Final from Nashville, Tennessee

Game recap by EKU:

NASHVILLE, Tenn. – Eastern Kentucky defeated top-seeded Belmont, 79-73, to capture the Ohio Valley Conference Championship Saturday at Municipal Auditorium.

The Colonels (24-9) won their seventh game in a row en route to a return trip to the NCAA Tournament for the first time since 2007.

EKU used a hot-shooting first-half and veteran play of its guards down the stretch to win its 24th game of the season, the second-most in school history. The Colonels snapped Belmont's seven-game winning streak as they served the Bruins their first loss since Feb. 13.

Glenn Cosey, Tarius Johnson and Cory Walden were named to the OVC Tournament team, with Walden snagging Most Valuable Player honors. Walden also posted a career-high 29 points.

Cosey came up huge with a three-pointer at the top of the key to break a 54-54 tie with 4:52 left. The gutsy long-range bomb keyed an 8-0 run that gave EKU space at 62-54 with 3:40 to go. The scoring spree proved to be the difference as Belmont could not recover.

Belmont (24-10) got to within 65-61 with 1:30 to go, but the league's leading three-point shooter Cosey would respond with a long-range bomb that bolstered the lead to 68-61 with 1:30 to go.

The Colonels opened the second half with five-straight points, but Belmont countered with an 8-2 run to get to within 43-36 at the 15:45 mark. Walden provided the silencer with a traditional three-point play to extend the lead back to double-digits at 46-36 with 15:22 left.

Belmont responded over the next six minutes, engineering a 15-6 run to get to within 47-43, at 11:18 mark. From there, the Bruins would chip away at the lead until eventually tying the game at 52-all at the 6:11 mark.

EKU started the game on fire, connecting on four long-range shots to take a 12-0 lead before the first media timeout. The Colonels hit their first five three-pointers, boosting the lead to 17-4 at the 13:22 mark. During this stretch, EKU shot a scorching 75 percent, off 6-of-8 shooting from the field while Belmont committed five turnovers only hitting 2-of-7 from the field.

OVC Player of the Year J.J. Mann was the bright spot for Belmont, scoring 12 of Belmont's 28 first-half points. Belmont finished the first stanza with a 14-8 run to close the gap at 36-28. Mann ended his night with a team-high 18 points.

Following Walden in the scoring column was Cosey with 23 points and Johnson with 15 points. Eastern Kentucky shot 23-of-45 (47.8 percent) from the field and 11-of-22 (50 percent) from behind the arc. EKU had 17 assists to go along with eight steals.

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Patrick Patterson to Miss 7-10 Days With Ulnar Collateral Ligament Sprain

Former Kentucky star Patrick Patterson will be sidelined 7-10 days because of a ligament strain in his elbow.

RaptorsMR Patrick Patterson out with a right ulnar collateral sprain. Will be reevaluated in 7-to-10. #RTZ #Raptors

Patterson is averaging 9.7 points and 5.2 rebounds per game this season for the Toronto Raptors.

Sunday, March 9, 2014

Pikeville and Georgetown to Battle for Mid-South Conference Tournament Championship

No. 2 University of Pikeville and No. 16 Georgetown College will battle for the Mid-South Conference Tournament championship this afternoon at Cumberland (Tenn.) University.

On Saturday, Pikeville held off St. Catharine and Georgetown got past University of the Cumberlands in overtime.

Today's championship game tips at 2:00 p.m. ET.

Recaps of Saturday's games:

University of Pikeville 78 St. Catharine College 69

LEBANON, Tenn. -- Top-seeded Pikeville (Ky.) withstood a furious St. Catharine (Ky.) rally today to punch its ticket into Sunday's championship game with a 78-69 win in the semifinals of the Mid-South Conference Men's Basketball Championships presented by GoJohnnyGo 5K-10K Run-Walk at the Dallas Floyd Recreation Center.

The No. 2-ranked Bears advance Sunday's title game where they will face the winner of second-seeded Georgetown (Ky.) and third-seeded Cumberlands (Ky.) -- who plays in today's second semifinal. Tip-off on Sunday is at 1 p.m. CT.

Pikeville (29-2) used a 12-0 run midway through the second half to presumably put away a pesky St. Catharine squad. At the end of the run the Bears led 65-48 with 6:33 left in the game.

But St. Catharine refused to go away. The Patriots (18-12) mounted a comeback that nearly erased the entire 17-point deficit.

Over the next 4:39, St. Catharine methodically chipped away at the regular season champions' lead with an 18-4 run. Omar Skinner scored 10 of his game-high 25 points during the run to get the Patriots within three (69-66) with just under two minutes remaining in the game.

Pikeville's Kenny Manigault and Keala King stymied the Patriots run by combining to score the next five points to give the Bears some breathing room with a 74-66 lead with 25 seconds remaining. The Pikeville backcourt tandem of Elisha Justice and Josh Whitaker each hit a pair of free throws to ice the game and send the Bears to their 15th straight win.

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Georgetown College 76 University of the Cumberlands 69 (OT)

LEBANON, Tenn. -- Jaylen Daniel broke open the eighth and final tie of the game with back-to-back 3-point shots to lift second-seeded Georgetown (Ky.) to a 76-69 overtime win over third-seeded Cumberlands (Ky.) on Saturday in the semifinals of the Mid-South Conference Men's Basketball Championships presented by GoJohnnyGo 5K-10K Run-Walk at the Dallas Floyd Recreation Center.

The win puts the Tigers (22-9) in Sunday afternoon's championship game of the Mid-South Conference Tournament where they will play top-seeded Pikeville (Ky.) at 1 p.m. CT. Pikeville beat St. Catharine (Ky.) earlier in the day 78-69.

Daniel had a game-high 22 points, thanks to 4-of-6 shooting from the arc, part of a 9-of-13 performance from the field.

His treys during the extra frame came with 3:37 left from the top of the key and more than a minute later from the right wing. He then answered a driving basket by Cumberlands' James Archie with a floater of his own to push the lead back to six, 71-65, with 1:37 to play.

Until Deondre McWhorter hit two free throws with 6.4 seconds left in overtime to put Georgetown on top 76-67, the teams were never separated by more than seven points.

All-conference selection Monty Wilson had put the Tigers on top 60-58 with 41 seconds left in regulation, but the Patriots got a layup by R.J. Scott with 17 seconds left to tie the game.

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