Saturday, February 14, 2015

Kentucky's Devin Booker, Trey Lyles Talk About South Carolina and More

Kentucky's Devin Booker and Trey Lyles talk about today's game against South Carolina and more - Lyles says he's back at 100% now:


John Calipari Previews South Carolina and Talks About His Seefood Diet

Kentucky head coach John Calipari previews today's game against South Carolina, talks about his "seefood" diet and more:


Centre College Earns Huge Road Win at Birmingham Southern to Take Lead in SAA Standings

Centre College 69
Birmingham Southern 42

Final from Birmingham, Alabama

Game recap by CC:

Behind 29 points from Blake Scinta, the Centre men's basketball team picked up its sixth straight win in a 69-42 road victory over Birmingham-Southern on Friday in Birmingham, Ala.

After seeing a 30-game home winning streak come to an end in the teams' previous meeting this season, the Colonels got revenge in the rematch, leading the entire way in the victory. Blake Scinta (Louisville, Ky.) was an efficient 12-of-16 from the field and 4-of-5 from the free throw line on the way to his 29 points, while Mike Geegan (Bowling Green, Ky.) added 14 points for the Colonels. Harrison Deneka led Birmingham-Southern with 11 points while Centre held the conference's leading scorer, Larry Thomas, to 10 points.

The victory pulls Centre into a 3-way tie with Sewanee and Rhodes at the top of the conference standings, an inspired comeback after the Colonels opened league play at an uncharacteristic 2-3 through the first five games. The Panthers fall to 6-5 in SAA competition and 14-8 overall, while Centre improves to 17-4 on the season.

After overcoming an early deficit, Centre never trailed in the game. The Colonels took their first lead on a Scinta layup late in the first half and never let go, outscoring the Panthers 14-8 over the final five minutes and taking a 29-26 lead to halftime.

Centre pushed the lead out to double digits by outscoring Birmingham-Southern 21-6 over the first 10 minutes of the second half, led by Tyler Wesley (Crestwood, Ky.) scoring all seven of his points during the stretch. Despite the Panthers' best efforts to come back, Centre pushed its lead out to as many as 27 points in the closing minutes on a Bryan Repishti (Louisville, Ky.) 3-pointer.

The Colonels return to action when they travel to Millsaps on Sunday.

Current SAA Standings:

SCHOOL CONF OVERALL
Centre 8-3 17-4
Sewanee 8-3 14-8
Rhodes 7-3 14-6
Oglethorpe 6-4 15-6
Birmingham Southern 6-5 14-8
Berry 3-8 7-15
Millsaps 3-8 7-15
Hendrix 2-9 7-15

Friday, February 13, 2015

The State of Kentucky Basketball 2015: All We Do is Win, Win, Win

It's time for our first annual "State of Kentucky Basketball" - an overview of where every in-state college team is as we get into late February and March.

Here are some facts and thoughts:

- All teams in Kentucky have a combined record of 430-220 as of today

- There are 7 teams currently ranked in the top 10 nationally in their respective divisions

- UK is undefeated and No. 1 in NCAA D1

- NCAA D1's current top 2 winning streaks: UK 24 games, Murray State 20 games

- I believe the state has 7-8 teams that will have legitimate chances at winning national championships

- UK, Louisville, Murray State, Western Kentucky, Bellarmine, Kentucky Wesleyan, Centre, Spalding, Pikeville, Georgetown, Campbellsville, Brescia and Asbury are all in contention to win regular season conference championships or league division titles.

Let's take a look:

NCAA DIVISION I


· Kentucky Wildcats (24-0, 11-0 SEC)

We are midway through February and the Wildcats are still undefeated with an opportunity to go down as one of college basketball’s all-time greatest teams. Kentucky has had some close calls but have found ways to survive, which is the trademark of great teams.

Currently, John Calipari’s team is the unanimous No. 1 team in the AP Top 25 poll and has all but one first place vote in the USA Today Coaches Poll.

The Wildcats will be favored to finish the regular season undefeated, which would be the first time a big conference team has done that since 1976 (Indiana). If they win the SEC Tournament (March 12-15) in Nashville, they will be six games away from a level of history that we haven’t witnessed in almost 40 years.

· Louisville Cardinals (20-4, 8-3 ACC)

The Cardinals just picked up their 20th win on Wednesday against Pittsburgh. They are currently 8-3 in the Atlantic Coast Conference which puts them in a three-way tie with Duke and North Carolina for third place. Virginia is first at 10-1 and Notre Dame is second at 10-3.

Louisville is currently ranked No. 8 in the USA Today Coaches Poll and No. 9 in the AP Top 25.

The Cards have seven games to go before the ACC Tournament tips off March 10 in Greensboro, North Carolina.

· Western Kentucky Hilltoppers (16-7, 9-2 C-USA)

The Hilltoppers are coming off a disappointing loss to Rice but are still just half a game behind Louisiana Tech (10-2) in the Conference USA standings. UTEP and UAB are just behind at 9-3.

Western Kentucky has seven games remaining on the schedule before the Conference USA tournament March 11-14 in Birmingham, Alabama.

· Northern Kentucky Norse (10-14, 4-5 ASUN)

It has been an up-and-down season for the Norse. They are currently sitting alone in fifth place in the Atlantic Sun Conference standings with five games to go.

The good news is that the Norse will be eligible for the Atlantic Sun tournament championship this season for the first time since moving to Division I. They won’t be able to compete in the NCAA Tournament even if they win but the team has something to shoot for.

The conference tournament will be March 3-8 at campus sites.

· Murray State Racers (22-4, 12-0 OVC)

The Racers looked a little rough during the Challenge in Nashville event in November. Since a disappointing performance that weekend, Murray State has reeled off 20 consecutive wins, which is second in the nation to only Kentucky. They received votes in both major college basketball polls this week.

Murray State is 12-0 in the OVC and while an automatic berth for the NCAA Tournament is a reach, they already have all but locked up a spot in the NIT.

Nothing is guaranteed in March, but the Racers are heavy favorites to win the OVC Tournament (March 4-7) in Nashville next month.

· Eastern Kentucky Colonels (15-9, 7-4 OVC)

The Colonels had a tough stretch in January but have since won four straight league games to take over the top spot in the OVC East division. With East wins over Morehead State (twice) and Belmont, Eastern Kentucky controls their own destiny for the No. 2 seed in the OVC Tournament, which is accompanied by a double bye into the semifinals. · Morehead State Eagles (12-15, 7-5 OVC) The Eagles really needed a win at Eastern Kentucky earlier this week but ended up on the losing side. Luckily, Belmont also lost Wednesday night, which keeps Morehead in the second spot in the OVC East. Sean Woods’ team needs a win at Belmont this weekend to hold on to the second spot in the division and have a great chance to earn at least a single bye in the OVC Tournament. Beyond that, they will need EKU to slip up a couple of times, which is entirely possible in the always competitive OVC.

NCAA DIVISION II


· Bellarmine Knights (21-2, 13-1 GLVC)

Scott Davenport’s Knights are currently ranked No. 3 in the NABC DII rankings with four games to go in the regular season.

The Knights are on top of the GLVC East division by virtue of a tiebreaker over UW-Parkside, which also boasts a 13-1 league record.

Bellarmine will be one of the favorites win the GLVC Tournament March 1-8 at St. Charles, Missouri. After that, they have a chance to make a deep run in the NCAA Division II national tournament.

· Kentucky Wesleyan Panthers (17-6, 6-3 G-MAC)

The Panthers are having a solid season although they have a couple of losses that I’m sure head coach Happy Osborne would tell you they should have won. That being said, KWC is 6-3 in the G-MAC conference and have already secured a spot in the league’s six-team postseason tournament.

Kentucky Wesleyan has five regular season games remaining and are squarely in the hunt for the G-MAC regular season championship. Alderson Broaddus tops the league standings at 8-3 and Central State is next at 7-3.

The conference tournament will take place March 5-7 at campus sites.

· Kentucky State Thorobreds (7-15, 5-10 SIAC)

The Thorobreds have won two of their last three games to get themselves back in the hunt for a respectable seed in the SIAC Tournament (March 2-7 in Birmingham, Alabama). They are currently sitting in sixth place in the SIAC West division.

KSU has four conference games to play in the regular season.

NCAA DIVISION III


· Centre Colonels (16-4, 7-3 SAA)

To the surprise of no one, head coach Greg Mason has the Colonels headed towards a 20-win season, a run in the SAA conference tournament and an opportunity to make the NCAA Division III National Tournament.

Currently, Centre is sitting at 16-4 with four league games remaining. The trick being that all four games are on the road. Sewanee is on top of the SAA standings at 8-2. Centre and Rhodes are tied for second at 7-3. Oglethorpe and Birmingham Southern are next at 6-4.

Needless to say, the next two weeks will be interesting in that league.


· Transylvania Pioneers (12-10, 9-6 HCAC)

The Pioneers started the season with a five-game losing streak. Since then, they have gone 12-5 and have won six of their last seven games.

At 9-6, Transy is near the top of the HCAC standings. Mount St. Joseph is 12-3, Defiance and Anderson are 11-4 and Rose-Hulman is also 9-6.

The conference tournament tips February 24 and concludes February 27-28 at the home of the conference champion (likely Mount St. Joseph).

· Thomas More Saints (15-8, 10-4 PAC)

The Saints have two games remaining before the PAC Tournament gets underway (February 23-28 at top seeds).

Thomas More is tied with Waynesburg for second in the league right now at 10-4. Saint Vincent is on top at 11-2.

· Spalding Golden Eagles (14-8, 11-4 SLIAC)

The Golden Eagles have suddenly gone cold after rolling to nine consecutive wins in January. They will try to end a three-game losing streak tomorrow at home.

With three games to go on the schedule, Spalding is currently second in the SLIAC league standings. MacMurray is first at 11-3. The conference tournament will take place February 27-28 at the top seed’s arena.

NAIA DIVISION I


· Pikeville Bears (23-2, 10-2 MSC)

Kelly Wells and the Bears are currently sitting alone in first place in the Mid-South Conference and are once again looking to make a run in the NAIA national tournament.

The Bears stormed back from 19 down last night to knock of Campbellsville and take control the conference standings with four games to play.

Pikeville, which currently ranks No. 4 in the nation, has won 16 of their last 17 games. They do have a challenging contest remaining at Georgetown College (Feb. 19).

· Campbellsville Tigers (22-4, 9-3 MSC)

The Tigers roared out of the gate to 19-1 record an ascended to No. 1 in the NAIA Division I rankings before going 3-3 in their last six games.

Campbellsville is currently No. 6 in the national poll but that was before suffering a tough road loss at Pikeville last night.

With four regular season games to go, the Tigers will be looking to right the ship heading into the Mid-South Conference Tournament (March 6-8 in Frankfort, Kentucky).

Campbellsville is one of several Kentucky teams that will be competing for an NAIA Division I national championship this season.

· Georgetown Tigers (21-4, 8-3 MSC)

The Georgetown Tigers are really good this season. Go figure. Once again, the Tigers are near the top of the MSC standings and will be looking for a deep run in the national tournament.

At No. 9, Georgetown gives the conference three top 10 teams in the nation.

The Tigers suffered a disappointing loss at Lindsey Wilson last night but once thing you can always count on…when the chips are down in March, the Georgetown Tigers will be in the mix.

· Lindsey Wilson Blue Raiders (15-11, 6-7 MSC)

The Blue Raiders have suddenly caught fire after starting the season 10-10. Lindsey Wilson has now won 5 of their last 6 games with incredible wins over No. 23 Cumberlands, No. 2 Pikeville and No. 9 Georgetown.

Lindsey Wilson has three very winnable games remaining on the schedule, which could put them in the mix for a good seed come tournament time. Anyone who thinks LWC will be an easy out in Frankfort is sadly mistaken.

· Cumberlands Patriots (18-7, 7-5 MSC)

While Lindsey Wilson has been red hot lately, the Patriots have gone the other direction a bit.

Cumberlands has dropped three of their last four games and still have difficult games on the schedule against Campbellsville and Georgetown. Still, UC has four games remaining to get things worked out before the MSC Tournament.

The Patriots are currently No. 25 in the nation.

· St. Catharine Patriots (10-14, 4-8 MSC)

The league’s other group of Patriots from St. Catharine have suddenly put together a three-game winning streak and are showing signs of heating up at the right time.

At 10-14, the Patriots will have to win the MSC Tournament to advance to the national stage.

NAIA DIVISION II


· Union Bulldogs (23-4, 14-1 AAC)

The Bulldogs have already clinched the Appalachian Athletic Conference regular season crown and are putting together an historic season.

Union College, which is ranked No. 20 in the nation this week, is currently in the midst of a school-record 14-game winning streak.

The big change for UC has been the addition of Georgetown College transfer Dominique Hagans for the second semester. In fact, the Bulldogs haven’t lost in 2015.

The AAC Tournament runs February 24-28 in Kingsport, Tennessee, but the Bulldogs will be thinking bigger picture this season. They have a chance to make noise at the national level.

· Asbury Eagles (18-8, 7-3 KIAC)

Asbury has put together a solid season and are currently sitting at No. 2 in the KIAC South division.

Brescia tops the South with an 8-2 record. The KIAC Tournament gets going February 24 and concludes March 3.

· Alice Lloyd Eagles (11-15, 6-5 KIAC)

The Eagles have three games remaining in the regular season and are currently sitting in fourth place in the KIAC South division.

They will need a run in the conference tournament to get to the next level.

· Brescia Bearcats (16-8, 8-2 KIAC)

The Bearcats are currently on top of the KIAC South division and have clinched a home game in the first round of the KIAC Tournament.

Brescia is receiving votes in the NAIA Division II national poll this week.

USCAA


· Berea Mountaineers (17-4)

It’s a transition year for the Mountaineers as they are in the midst of joining the NCAA Division III ranks. The team is making the most of this season as they are now 17-4 and ranked No. 2 overall in the USCAA Division I poll.

Berea should have an excellent opportunity to make a run at the USCAA national championship. The national tournament will be held March 3-7 at Penn State Fayette in Uniontown, Pennsylvania.

 

NCCAA DIVISION I


· Campbellsville Tigers

The Tigers are members of NAIA Division I and NCCAA Division I.


Campbellsville currently ranks No. 2 in the nation in the NCCAA DI top 10 poll. Indiana Wesleyan (24-2) is No. 1 overall.

The NCCAA DI men’s basketball championship tournament will be held in Winona Lake, Indiana March 18-21.

NCCAA DIVISION II


· Kentucky Christian Knights (8-16)

The Knights are 8-16 overall, but have a 5-1 record against NCCAA DII opponents. Their lone loss was a 77-57 setback against Ohio Christian in January.

KCU has four games remaining on their schedule, with three of those being at home in Grayson.

The NCCAA DII men’s basketball championship tournament will be held March 11-14 in Circleville, Ohio.

· Boyce Bulldogs (7-17)

The Bulldogs are currently 7-17 overall and 4-6 against NCCAA competition.

Boyce has games remaining against Welch College (Feb. 14) and Johnson University (Feb. 21).

No. 4 Pikeville Overcomes 19-Point Deficit to Knock Off No. 6 Campbellsville

(4) Pikeville 90
(6) Campbellsville 86

Final from Pikeville, Kentucky

Game recap by UPIKE:

PIKEVILLE, Ky. -- After trailing by as many as 19 points in the second half, the fourth-ranked University of Pikeville men's basketball team never stopped chopping away at the deficit until ultimately finding itself with an incredible 90-86 win over No. 6 Campbellsville on Thursday in the East Ky. Expo Center.

Down 71-54 with 10:56 to play, the Bears outscored the Tigers 22-5 to tie the game in just under a five-minute span. After going up by six at 85-79 on a layup by Macari Brooks, UPIKE saw the Tigers score seven unanswered points to go back up by one with just under a minute left.

The Bears (23-2, 10-2 MSC) struggled to get a shot off on their next possession, forcing Kenny Manigault to fire up a contested corner three that he buried to give UPIKE an 88-86 lead. Campbellsville missed two shots on the other end before Jackson Hussey came up with a steal and layup in the final seconds to put the game away.

Manigault went a perfect 5 for 5 from behind the arc to finish with 33 points, eight rebounds, six assists and six steals. Brooks chipped in with 18 points and K.K. Simmons tallied double figures with 13. Colt Chapmen came down with six rebounds, including five on the offensive glass and Christian Leach finished with nine points, three rebounds and three steals.

Campbellsville's D'Von Campbell had 33 points as well, along with 10 rebounds and four 3-pointers, while Eric Gaines had 15 points and nine boards.

The Tigers (22-4, 9-3 MSC) outshot UPIKE 50.9 to 42.5 percent from the field, outrebounded it 40-39 and hit 11 three to the Bears' nine. Both teams hit 19 free throws, but somehow UPIKE found a way to win with the odds stacked against it.

Taking care of the basketball was the Bears' greatest strength, giving up just nine turnovers compared to 21 for Campbellsville. That led to a 25-8 advantage in points off giveaways for the Bears.

UPIKE was up 15-8 four minutes after tip off, but Campbellsville went on a 16-6 run to take a 24-21 lead with 10:04 on the clock and never trailed again in the first half.

It was 50-34 at halftime and the Tigers reached their largest lead at 57-38 with 17 minutes to play. UPIKE outscored them 52-29 after that to finish off the comeback.

The Bears play their home finale at 4 p.m. ET on Saturday, hosting St. Catharine in the East Ky. Expo Center.

Berea College Dismantles UC Clermont

(2) Berea College 120
UC Clermont 54

Final from Berea, Kentucky

Game recap by BC:

The Berea College men's basketball team entered tonight's game knowing that the last time they played the University of Cincinnati – Clermont Cougars they scorched them for a 44 point victory in the "Cougar Dome" in Bativa. The question tonight would be what would the USCAA's top ranked Division I offense do the Division II Cougars on their home floor.

It would be the Cougars who came out charging scoring the first two baskets of the game, as the Mountaineers looked a bit uninspired. It didn't take long to regain their edge and the first half turned into an sports network highlight reel. At the 15 minute mark, London Moore put down a tomahawk jam with authority. At the 12:30 mark, Ethan Harris made a steal near the scorer's table. While stumbling out of bounds, he spun and tossed the ball over his head to Dominique Garmon who would convert the lay-up. Later, Tevin Webster would get in the monster slam action as he put one down with both hands. When the highlight projector clicked off and the buzzer sounded BC was up 54 to 17. The most impressive number of the first half, was that the Mountaineers had nearly as many assists (16) as the Cougars had points.

The second half almost looked like a game of horse with each team trading long range bombs, then acrobatic layups. The Cougars seemed unaffected by the barrage of BC points. UCC's Phil Cook had one segment in the second half when he seemed to play the game single handedly - grab a rebound, dribble down the court, launch a successful three. He would score 20 on the night for the Cougars, but the night belonged to the Mountaineers.

Six members of the Blue Crew reached double figures, every member of the team scored, and all but one player got an assist. Leading the way was Daishon Robinson who had 22 going 4 for 6 from long range. Richard Parker had 20 while going 7 for 11 from the floor (5 of 8) from behind the arc. Garmon dropped in 13 including 3 of 4 from long distance. Webster, Anthony Myrks, and Jalen Simmons all scored 11 points each. Berea had 37 assists on the night with Seth Beckham leading the way with eight.

The Mountaineers will be in action again on Saturday, when they travel south to Lookout Mountain, TN and their first foray into NCAA Division III competition with a 2:00 pm match up with Covenant College.

No. 3 Bellarmine Blows By Maryville, Improves to 21-2

(3) Bellarmine 83
Maryville 66

Final from St. Louis, Missoui

Game recap by BU:

ST. LOUIS-With five players scoring in double figures, the No. 3 Bellarmine Knights used a balanced attack to get past a tough Maryville University team 83-66 on Thursday night in a Great Lakes Valley Conference game at Moloney Arena.

The Knights improve to 21-2 on the season and hold on to first place in the GLVC East with a 13-1 record. Maryville slips to 10-13, 5-9 GLVC.

Josh Derksen and reigning GLVC Player of the Week Chris Whitehead led the Bellarmine effort with 19 points apiece. The duo also filled the stat sheet in categories other than points. Whitehead hauled in five rebounds and dished out six assists with just one turnover, and Derksen swatted three Saints shots.

The Maryville squad had Bellarmine a little out of rhythm in the first period, causing nine Knight turnovers in the opening 20 minutes. However, BU regrouped at half and came out in the second period and limited their turnovers to just four as they extended the lead to as many as 20.

"The matchup (zone) prevents you from really getting in sync unless you can get stops and attack aggressively and not allow them to get it set," said Bellarmine Coach Scott Davenport. "In the second half, we hold them to 38 percent shooting which gives us the opportunity to not attack their set up matchup. It was a tough, tough game, but it was a good game for us. It wasn't our best, but I'm not blaming our guys for that, I think you give Maryville credit for that."

Coming into the game, the Knights ranked second in the nation in shooting and fourth in field goal defense. While the game stats didn't bear that out in the early going, by game's end Bellarmine finished shooting 50.9 percent and held the Saints to just 41.2 percent for the game.

Davenport credited better passing and taking care of the ball for turning around those numbers. "In the second half, we turn it over just four times and we have 11 assists," he said, "When we get 11 assists, we shoot 56 percent from the field."

Complete Recap

Murray State Hammers SIU Edwardsville for 20th Straight Win

Murray State 78
SIU Edwardsville 46

Final from Murray, Kentucky

Game recap by MSU:

The Murray State Racers pushed their win streak to 20 Thursday with a 78-46 win over the SIUE Cougars at the CFSB Center in Murray, Ky.

The Racers improved to 22-4 and 12-0 in the Ohio Valley Conference while extending the nation's second-longest win streak.

Cameron Payne led the Racers with 20 points and six assists, while Jeffery Moss added 16 points on 7-of-9 shooting. Jonathan Fairell had his fourth double-double of the season with 10 points and 10 rebounds. T.J. Sapp had 10 rebounds and Jarvis Williams had six blocked shots as each recorded career-highs.

The Racers started the game in fine fashion in jumping to a 24-10 lead at the 6:38 mark of the half. MSU finished the half on a 10-2 run to lead 40-16 at intermission.

In the second half, MSU led 66-32 with 9:34 remaining.

MSU was 29-of-52 from the field for 56 percent and they limited SIUE to 27 percent on 15-of-56 shots.

The Racers travel to the Show Me Center in Cape Girardeau, Mo., for a game against the Southeast Missouri Redhawks. The 6 p.m. tip is the second of the season between the two. MSU won the first at home (Feb. 5) 82-72.

Complete Recap 

Florida Gulf Coast Nets a Tough Road Win at Northern Kentucky

Florida Gulf Coast 65
Northern Kentucky 59

Final from Highland Heights, Kentucky

Game recap by NKU:

HIGHLAND HEIGHTS, Ky.- In a Thursday night Atlantic Sun men's basketball showdown, the Northern Kentucky men's basketball team (10-14, 4-5 A-Sun) dropped a hard-fought decision to Florida Gulf Coast (18-7, 8-1 A-Sun), 65-59.

Both teams came out swinging in the first half. A steal and an assist from Chad Jackson on a Jalen Billups' lay-in gave NKU the 9-7 lead with 14:58 left.

The Eagles responded and went on a 15-2 run over the next four minutes, but the Norse refused to go away.

Eight straight points from Tayler Persons, including a three-pointer with 5:35 remaining, provided a lift for the Norse. White's jumper brought the deficit down to 30-25 before Jordan Garnett converted a layup with 3:40 left to whittle the Eagle's advantage to three.

Following an FGCU free-throw, Jordan Jackson made a driving layup, got fouled and completed the three-point play bringing the FGCU lead down to 31-30.

After the team's exchanged baskets over the next few possessions, Jackson knocked down a trey with 38 seconds remaining to give NKU a 34-33 lead, their first since the 15-minute mark.

A pair of Comer free throws gave NKU the ball back with eight ticks on the clock, enough time for White to rise and connect on a deep three to send the Norse into intermission with a 37-35 advantage.

The start of the second half was a back-and-forth affair. Early success at the free throw line by the Eagles gave them the lead, but a triple by White with 15:27 remaining tied the game at 42.

Complete Recap

Josh Harrellson is Headed Back to Puerto Rico

Former Kentucky big man Josh Harrellson has signed with Brujos de Guayama in Puerto Rico's top-level BSN league.

Harrellson played previously for Guayama in 2013.

Here is more from LatinBasket.com:

Brujos de Guayama signed center Harrellson Josh (208-F-89, college: Kentucky) and forward Robert Jones (201-F-84, college: Washington) to complete their import trio for the start of the 2015 season.

Harrellson already played for Guayama in 2013 and then played for the Pistons until the 2013-2014 season. This season he had a short stint in China with Chongqing Fly Dragons.

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Thursday, February 12, 2015

Florida's Rowdy Reptiles are Loud, Relentless and Awesome

Florida's Rowdy Reptiles are one of the most impressive student sections in the Southeastern Conference, if not all of college basketball.

I have been watching Florida games from afar for years but television really doesn't do justice to what it's really like to face the Gators in the O'Dome.

Even a mediocre (they're 12-12 now) Florida team is a handful to contend with in Gainesville.

The Gators took undefeated Kentucky to the wire before the Wildcats were able to get the win last weekend.

One big reason why the game was so close was the intense O'Dome atmosphere. It's true that Kentucky gets everyone's best shot in the Southeastern Conference, but Florida has a different level of home court advantage.

The O'Connell Center is somewhat small by high major basketball standards, which makes for a loud arena.

The fans, and particularly the Rowdy Reptiles, are essentially right on the court...and they are loud, sometimes and obnoxious and completely relentless.

In fact, the Reptiles were at the game more than an hour early, screaming at every person who even seemed associated with Kentucky.

From start to finish, the students danced, chanted, screamed and wildly cheered for their Gators.

While Kentucky escaped with a victory, I have to give the Rowdy Reptiles a ton of credit for being one of the best student sections I have ever witnessed.

I'm a big fan of great college basketball atmospheres and I haven't seen anything quite like Gainesville on Saturday since Indiana in 2012 (yes, that game).

Check them out:













Union College Destroys St. Andrews to Capture AAC Regular Season Championship, Extend Record Winning Streak

(20) Union College 83
St. Andrews 58

Final from Barbourville, Kentucky

Game recap by UC:

BARBOURVILLE, Ky. - Guard Dominique Hagans (SR/Lexington, Ky.) poured in a season-high 30 points, as the No. 20 Union College men's basketball team rolled past St. Andrews (N.C.) in a historic 83-58 victory on Wednesday night at Robsion Arena.

With the win, Union improved to 23-4 overall, 14-1 in the AAC, and won their 14th straight game, a new school-record. Also, by virtue of AAC-rival Milligan's (Tenn.) loss to Reinhardt (89-81), the Bulldogs clinched their second straight AAC Regular Season Championship.

In the victory, the first five minutes was a defensive struggle between the teams, with Union eventually taking control with 14 minutes left after taking a 14-4 lead. St. Andrews, however, clawed their way back in it, eventually cutting the Bulldog lead down to 18-13 with 8:47 left.

From this point on, Union dominated play, racing on a quick 6-0 run to go back up double-digits at 23-13. The run continued for the rest of the half, as the Bulldogs rolled into the locker room holding an insurmountable 40-23 lead over the visiting Knights after ending the half on a 22-10 run.

It was more of the same in the second half, as Union quickly ballooned the lead out to 20 points at 45-25 two minutes into the half. St. Andrews was unable to get very close to the Union lead the rest of the evening, as the Bulldogs coasted down the stretch for another dominating victory at home, this time by 25 points.

Overall, Hagans was spectacular in the win, scoring his 30 points on 12-of-17 shooting from the floor. The senior from Lexington also snatched seven rebounds, blocked two shots, and had two steals in the win, as well.

Elsewhere for the Bulldogs, JD Tucker (JR/Charleston, S.C.) had another strong game, scoring 17 points, while Fitzgerald White (SR/Miami, Fla. ) ended the night with 12 points and six steals, a career-high in that department for the senior.

On the defensive end for the Bulldogs, it was another impressive showing, as they held St. Andrews to just 39.6 percent shooting from the floor (18.8 percent from three-point range). Union also forced 17 SAU turnovers, recording 15 steals and six blocks, as well.

Complete Recap


Union College's Dominique Hagans Earns AAC Honors for Second Time

Union College's Dominique Hagans was named Appalachian Athletic Conference Player of the Week earlier this week.

Hagans, who transferred to Union from Georgetown College, scored 16 points per game in two wins last week.

Here is a release from UC:

ASHEVILLE, N.C. - Union College guard Dominique Hagans (SR/Lexington, Ky.) has been named the Appalachian Athletic Conference's Player of the Week for the period ending February 8th, the conference office announced on Monday.

For Hagans, it marks the second time the senior has taken home the AAC's Player of the Week honors, as he won the award back on January 12, as well. It is also the fourth time on the season that Union player has won the award.

This past week, Hagans continued to contribute all the way around for Union, scoring 16 points in each of the Bulldogs' two victories over Berea (Ky.) on Monday (96-72) and Point (Ga.) on Wednesday (81-65). With the pair of victories, Union has now won 12 games in a row, which is the second longest winning streak in all of NAIA Division II.

With his back-to-back double digit scoring games, Hagans has now scored into double figures in the scoring column in seven straight games and 10 of the 12 he has seen action in on the 2014-15 season.

Overall, Hagans is averaging 14.1 points a contest, along with 6.8 rebounds a game, while recording 54 assists and 39 steals. Union continues to boast a perfect 12-0 record since Hagans was inserted into the line-up earlier in January, as well.

Hagans and the rest of the No. 23-ranked Bulldogs return to action on Monday evening, as they host Ohio Christian in an out-of-conference match-up at Robsion Arena. Tip-off is set for 7 p.m.

EKU Knocks Off Morehead State to Take Control of OVC East Division

Eastern Kentucky 69
Morehead State 57

Final from Richmond, Kentucky

Game recap by EKU:

RICHMOND, Ky. – Eastern Kentucky used a late 12-2 run to pull away from in-state rival Morehead State on its way to a 69-57 win in front of a raucous McBrayer Arena crowd on Wednesday.

With the win, and Jacksonville State's 72-70 upset of Belmont, EKU (15-9, 7-4 OVC) takes over sole possession of first place in the OVC East.

Eastern led for much of the game, but Morehead State (12-15, 7-5 OVC) stayed within striking distance and tied it, 49-49, on a layup by Karam Mashour with 6:29 to play.

The Colonels quickly responded with a 12-2 run, highlighted by a dunk in the lane by senior Timmy Knipp and capped by a corner three-pointer from junior Ja'Mill Powell that pushed EKU's lead all the way back to double digits, 61-51, with 2:36 remaining.

Senior Corey Walden went 6-of-6 from the free throw line in the final two minutes to seal the win.

Senior Eric Stutz led EKU with 25 points, only two shy of the career-high recorded last Thursday versus Belmont. Walden finished with 15 points, four assists and two steals.

EKU shot 51.2 percent (21-of-41) from the field and 85.2 percent (23-of-27) from the stripe to complete the regular season sweep of the Eagles.

Mashour paced Morehead State with 16 points and six rebounds.

EKU trailed 9-6 early, but consecutive three-pointers by Knipp and Stutz sparked the Colonels on a 12-0 run. A fast-break layup by junior Denzel Richardson capped the spurt and gave Eastern an 18-9 advantage with 11:09 to play in the first half.

A thunderous one-handed slam by Richardson gave EKU its largest lead of the first half, 26-14, with 7:06 on the clock.

Morehead State used a 9-0 run of its own, though, to make it 26-23 on a tip-in by Billy Reader with just under four minutes to play. The Eagles got to within two, 30-28 on a fast-break layup by Karam Mashour in the waning seconds of the half; however, Stutz buried a jumper at the buzzer on the other end to give EKU a 32-28 advantage at the break.

After playing three straight at home, the Colonels step away from McBrayer Arena for one road game on Saturday at Tennessee State University. The Valentine's Day tilt will tip at 8:30 p.m. ET.

Complete Recap

Louisville Failed to Hit a 3-Pointer in Last Night's Win

The Louisville Cardinals finished last night's win over Pittsburgh without a three-pointer.

The Cardinals shot 0-for-4 from long range in the victory.

"You know it's the first time since 1992 that we didn't make a three," head coach Rick Pitino said after the game. "But who needs the three when you get layups and backdoors and postups."

No. 9 Louisville Uses Huge Run to Put Pittsburgh Away for 20th Win

(9) Louisville 69
Pittsburgh 56

Final from Louisville, Kentucky

Game recap by UL

LOUISVILLE, Ky. (AP) - Other than jumping out to a 29-0 lead against Savannah State earlier this season, No. 9 Louisville has rarely overwhelmed opponents with the game-changing effort on both ends of the floor.

That changed Wednesday night as junior forward Montrezl Harrell had 28 points, 12 rebounds and five blocks, many of them during the Cardinals' 22-2 second half flurry that helped Louisville beat Pittsburgh 69-56.

Strong shooting positioned the Panthers to take control with a 45-39 lead before the Cardinals (20-4, 8-3 Atlantic Coast Conference) answered with an energetic 14-1 run including several baskets set up by their trademark pressure defense. Harrell was in the mix on both ends with blocked shots, rebounds and a couple of steals along with momentum-shifting dunks.

Louisville held Pitt (16-9, 5-6) to just two late field goals in the final 1:33 to break it open and complete a season sweep. The Cardinals struggled for about the same length of time during Saturday's loss at No. 3 Virginia.

"We made our press a factor," said Harrell, who played the entire game. "We started pressing the right way. We started making extra rotations. We started making them speed up their offense and running all different things they didn't want to run."

Terry Rozier scored 18 of his 22 points after halftime for the Cardinals, who shot 47 percent and outrebounded the Panthers 39-29.

Michael Young had 16 points and Jamel Artis 15 for Pitt, but neither were factors down the stretch thanks to Louisville's defense, which eventually held the Panthers to 38-percent shooting en route to ending their three-game winning streak.

"I wouldn't say it was intimidation," Panthers forward Sheldon Jeter said. "I would just say - scratch that. I would say it was intimidation."

Complete Recap


Two Cats, Two Cards Makes Midseason 30 List for the Naismith Award

Two Kentucky players and two Louisville players have made the Midseason 30 list for the Naismith Trophy.

For Kentucky, it is big men Willie Cauley-Stein and Karl-Anthony Towns.

Montrezl Harrell and Terry Rozier represent Louisville on the list.

Former Kentucky player Kyle Wiltjer, who is now at Gonzaga, also made the final 30.

Here's a look:

NAME SCHOOL CLASS POSITION CONFERENCE
Justin Anderson Virginia Jr. G ACC
Ron Baker Wichita State RS Jr. G Missouri Valley
Ryan Boatright Connecticut Sr. G American Athletic
Malcolm Brogdon Virginia RS Jr. G ACC
Willie Cauley-Stein Kentucky Jr. F SEC
Rakeem Christmas Syracuse Sr. F ACC
Rico Gathers Baylor Jr. F Big 12
Treveon Graham VCU Sr. G Atlantic 10
Jerian Grant Notre Dame Sr. G ACC
Montrezl Harrell Louisville Jr. F ACC
Tyler Haws BYU Sr. G West Coast
Buddy Hield Oklahoma Jr. G Big 12
Stanley Johnson Arizona Fr. G Pac-12
Tyus Jones Duke Fr. G ACC
Frank Kaminsky Wisconsin Sr. F Big Ten
Jordan Mickey LSU Soph. F SEC
Le'Bryan Nash Oklahoma State Sr. G-F Big 12
Georges Niang Iowa State Jr. F Big 12
Jahlil Okafor Duke Fr. C ACC
Marcus Paige North Carolina Jr. G ACC
Kevin Pangos Gonzaga Sr. G West Coast
Bobby Portis Arkansas Soph. F SEC
Chasson Randle Stanford Sr. G Pac-12
Terry Rozier Louisville Soph. G ACC
D'Angelo Russell Ohio State Fr. G Big Ten
Juwan Staten West Virginia Sr. G Big 12
Karl-Anthony Towns Kentucky Fr. F SEC
Seth Tuttle Northern Iowa Sr. F Missouri Valley
Kyle Wiltjer Gonzaga RS Jr. F West Coast
Delon Wright Utah Sr. G Pac-12

Is Kentucky's Willie Cauley-Stein Better at Football?

Is Kentucky's Willie Cauley-Stein actually better at football than basketball?

Campus Insiders' Ray Crawford recently spoke to Cauley-Stein's high school quarterback, Dalton Rook, to get his take.


The NCAA's Mid-Major Spotlight is on Murray State

The Mid-Major Spotlight over at NCAA.com is on the Murray State Racers this week.

The Racers are going for their 20th consecutive win tonight against SIU Edwardsville. That streak is second in the nation to undefeated Kentucky.

Click to watch:

Kentucky is the Overwhelming Favorite to Win the NCAA Championship

The undefeated Kentucky Wildcats are the overwhelming favorites to win the 2015 NCAA
Championship.

According to Oddshark.com, the Wildcats are an almost unthinkable 11/10 favorite to cut down the nets in April.

Louisville currently comes in at 25/1.

Here's a look at the favorites:

Kentucky 11/10
Duke 8/1
Virginia 8/1
Gonzaga 9/1
Wisconsin 9/1
Arizona 12/1
Notre Dame 20/1
Kansas 22/1
Louisville 25/1
Utah 25/1
Villanova 25/1
North Carolina 33/1

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Wednesday, February 11, 2015

Kentucky's Big Blue Nation Was at Florida; Chanted "Go Big Blue" at the O'Dome

Kentucky's Big Blue Nation follows the Wildcats religiously and Saturday's game at Florida was no exception.

Big Blue fans were all over Gainesville before the game and the night culminated with a UK victory and a "Go Big Blue" chant at the O'Connell center (you can tell by the boos that the Rowdy Reptiles "really" enjoyed that):



Here are a few pics I captured at the game and before:






John Calipari Actually WAS Cheering for LSU Last Night

John Calipari told the media after last night's win at LSU that he screamed "I hope we lose" to his team following Karl Towns' technical foul in the second half.

It turns out that Coach Cal actually was cheering for the Tigers.

Watch as he celebrates an LSU 3-pointer:


Cauley-Stein, Wiltjer and Two Cardinals Make Late Season Top 20 for Wooden Award

 The Los Angeles Athletic Club has named the 20 finalists for the John R. Wooden Award.

Willie Cauley-Stein is the only Kentucky player to make the list of finalists.

Louisville has Montrezl Harrell and Terry Rozier on the list.

Former Kentucky forward Kyle Wiltjer (Gonzaga) and Louisville native D'Angelo Russell (Ohio State) also made the cut.

2014-15 John R. Wooden Award Presented by Wendy’s Late Season Top 20

Name School Conference Ht. Yr. Pos.
Justin Anderson Virginia ACC 6-6 JR G
Ron Baker Wichita State Missouri Valley 6-4 JR G
Willie Cauley-Stein Kentucky SEC 7-0 JR F
Jerian Grant Notre Dame ACC 6-5 SR G
Montrezl Harrell Louisville ACC 6-8 JR F
Tyler Haws BYU WCC 6-5 SR G
Buddy Hield Oklahoma Big 12 6-4 JR G
Stanley Johnson Arizona Pac-12 6-7 FR F
Tyus Jones Duke ACC 6-1 FR G
Frank Kaminsky Wisconsin Big Ten 7-0 SR F
Georges Niang Iowa State Big 12 6-8 JR F
Jahlil Okafor Duke ACC 6-11 FR C
Kevin Pangos Gonzaga WCC 6-2 SR G
Bobby Portis Arkansas SEC 6-11 SO F
Chasson Randle Stanford Pac-12 6-2 SR G
Terry Rozier Louisville ACC 6-1 SO G
D’Angelo Russell Ohio State Big Ten 6-5 FR G
Juwan Staten West Virginia Big 12 6-1 SR G
Kyle Wiltjer Gonzaga WCC 6-10 JR F
Delon Wright Utah Pac-12 6-5 SR G

LSU Coach Johnny Jones Discusses Loss to Kentucky and More

Check out the postgame comments from LSU head coach Johnny Jones following last night's 2-point loss to No. 1 Kentucky:





John Calipari Was Screaming "I hope we lose" After Towns' Technical

Kentucky head coach John Calipari says he was screaming "I hope we lose" following Karl Towns' technical foul during the second half of last night's game at LSU.

Check out his postgame comments:


Karl Towns, Willie Cauley-Stein Talk About Kentucky's Win Over LSU

Kentucky's Karl Towns and Willie Cauley-Stein talk about last night's win at LSU and more:


Kentucky Knocks Off LSU 71-69; Check Out the Highlights

Check out the highlights from Kentucky's 71-69 win over LSU last night:


Mississippi State's Attendance Counter Appears To Be Off By About 6,000

Apparently, roughly 6,000 people paid for a ticket to Mississippi State's game last night but opted to skip the game.

On television, it appeared that about 250 fans were in the arena:



After the game, State announced an attendance of 6,386. Humphrey Coliseum holds a total of 10,575 fans. I mean, unless there are more than 5,000 folks in line for restrooms and concessions, I'm not buying it.

The Bulldogs weren't able to take advantage of their large crowd as Alabama earned a 55-51.

Tuesday, February 10, 2015

No. 1 Kentucky Escapes Baton Rouge With a Gritty Win

(1) Kentucky 71
LSU 69

Final from Baton Rouge, Louisiana

Late in the second half, it looked like LSU would hand the Kentucky Wildcats their first loss of the season following a stunning 21-2 run.

The run was largely triggered by a technical foul called on Kentucky's Karl Towns for hanging on the rim.

Towns ended up redeeming himself as he made several key plays down the stretch to help the Wildcats (24-0, 11-0 SEC) escape Baton Rouge with a 71-69 win.

''I'm proud of Karl because he came back and grew up,'' Calipari said. ''Now I doubt - ever in his life - will he chin-up on a basket, ever again. But that's why I looked like an idiot on the sideline and why I refused to call timeout. I even said, `I hope we lose. Watch this!'''

Willie Cauley-Stein scored 15 points for Kentucky. Devin Booker added 14 and Andrew Harrison had 13 for the Wildcats. Towns finished with 12 points and 13 rebounds.

Jarell Martin led LSU (17-7, 6-5) with 21 points and 11 boards. Keith Hornsby chipped in 17 points and Jordan Mickey added 16.

The paid attendance of 13,997 is a new record for the Maravich Center's current seating configuration.

Kentucky can tie a school record for the best start to a season by winning at home on Saturday against South Carolina.

Box Score (click to enlarge):

Johnny Jones, LSU Looking Forward to Playing Against "One of the best teams ever assembled"

LSU head coach Johnny Jones knows what he's up against tonight in Baton Rouge.

Jones told the media yesterday that he's looking forward to competing against one of the greatest teams in the history of college basketball.

Take a listen:


IHSAA Cancels Season for Two Teams Following Crazy Brawl

The Indiana High School Athletic Association (IHSAA) has cancelled the seasons for two schools that were involved in a brawl during their game on Saturday.

The following sanctions were delivered to both Griffith High School and Hammond High School in the aftermath of the nasty incident:

- They have been suspended from the state tournament, and Hammond and Griffith shall not receive any revenue from the sectional. Sectional 17, hosted by Hammond Gavit, will be redesigned as a five-team bracket.

- All remaining regular season games at all levels are canceled. For away games, both schools must pay a $500 forfeiture fee to each hosting school left on the schedule. Hammond had two road games remaining (Andrean, Gary Bowman), Griffith three (Gary Roosevelt, Kankakee Valley, Portage).

- The coaches from both schools must complete a Teaching and Modeling Behavior course, while players from both teams must complete sportsmanship courses.

- Both schools' boys teams are on probation for the entire 2015-16 school year.

- The game is a double forfeit. Hammond is 12-5, but will forfeit its four remaining games. Griffith is 13-4 and had six games remaining. Griffith is ranked No. 10 in Class 3A.

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Here's the footage of the all out brawl:



I haven't seen anything like that since Paintsville and Prestonsburg had this bunkhouse stampede back in the day:


Morehead State vs. Eastern Kentucky Will Go On as Scheduled in Wake of Terror Threat

I have confirmed with officials that the Morehead State vs. Eastern Kentucky University basketball game will go on as scheduled tomorrow night at EKU.

On Friday, the school notified the public about a threatening message that was discovered Wednesday on the stall of a campus restroom.

The message read, “Bringing gun to here. 2-11-15. Dead students.”

The threat is being taken seriously, EKU President Michael Benson said Friday in a statement released to the campus:

In the courses I have taught on international relations, some of my lectures have focused on the primary function and fundamental responsibility that falls to each state throughout the history of the world. Unless a nation-state can secure its borders and ensure protection of its citizens, everything else is secondary and, in effect, rendered much less consequential. That is to say, if a citizen cannot rely on the state to protect his or her life, what good is infrastructure, or schools, or due process, or health care, or civil liberties, or anything else?

The same could be said for colleges and universities. Our primary role is to create a safe learning environment where faculty can teach, staff can serve, and students can achieve their educational, personal, and professional goals.

Earlier this week, we discovered some lettering on the back of a bathroom stall in the Combs Building. The words written were threatening and have put all of us in a heightened state of alert and concern. To my knowledge, this is the first time such an episode has occurred at Eastern Kentucky University.

We are treating this threat very seriously. Across campus, and in EKU family homes everywhere, including my own, important discussions are taking place right now about how best to respond to this threat. While we have no plans at this time to close campus or cancel classes, this does not mean our faculty, staff and students are limited in the steps they can take in adjusting class times or meeting spaces as they feel appropriate. I want to encourage all members of the campus community to join in what needs to be a campus-wide effort to face this challenge with unity and resolve.

As such, we are taking the following steps:

It will be left entirely to each individual faculty member whether or how he/she holds class on Wednesday. No student or faculty member will be punished or sanctioned if they choose to not adhere to their normal class schedule. I ask that faculty alert their students as to their course of action in a timely manner. I also ask students to communicate with their professors regarding their intentions in a timely manner.

This same flexibility will apply to staff. If people choose NOT to come to campus, that is their right. No vacation or sick leave will be assessed, but each employee must let his/her supervisor know of that decision.

Campus will remain open and there will be increased security throughout our buildings and grounds.

Let me be absolutely clear on this last point: threats of this nature WILL NOT be tolerated. Those who have done this, when they are caught and found responsible, will be held accountable and prosecuted to the fullest extent of the law. To make such a threat is a felony and we will make every attempt to find those at fault and ensure that this does not happen again.

I like to think of EKU as a family and our campus as our home. Family members look out for each other. We do not and will not allow anyone to cow or intimidate us or to create an environment where any of us does not feel welcomed or safe. But we will also leave to each of our family members the right to decide what they choose to do on Wednesday.

In the days ahead, I ask that all of us remain vigilant in ensuring the safety of our fellow Colonels. Take the extra time necessary to learn how to be prepared for any emergency situation on campus and off. Here are a few actions you can take today:

Work with your faculty, staff and student colleagues to adjust schedules in the coming days as you think appropriate.

Share any information you might have about this case with EKU Police at (859) 622-1111 or via our new anonymous tip form now available on the police.eku.edu web site.

It's Never Too Late for the Kentucky College Basketball Schedule for the Week

With the weekend trip to Florida and a busy day yesterday, I am running a little behind on the schedule of the week.

Better late than never though, right?

Monday, February 9

Lane College 86 Kentucky State University 73
St. Catharine College 83 Wilberforce 81
Union College 93 Ohio Christian 62

Tuesday, February 10

5:30 p.m. Alice Lloyd College at Cincinnati Christian*
7:00 p.m. University of Kentucky at LSU*
7:00 p.m. Brescia University at IU Southeast*
7:00 p.m. St. Catharine College at Wright State University-Lake Campus
8:00 p.m. Boyce College at Kentucky Christian University*

Wednesday, February 11

7:00 p.m. Cincinnati-Clermont at Berea College
7:00 p.m. St. Andrews at Union College*
7:30 p.m. Thomas More College at Geneva*
7:30 p.m. Transylvania University at Franklin*
8:00 p.m. Pittsburgh at University of Louisville*
9:00 p.m. Morehead State University at Eastern Kentucky University*

Thursday, February 12

7:00 p.m. Florida Gulf Coast at Northern Kentucky University*
7:30 p.m. LeMoyne-Owen at Kentucky State University*
8:00 p.m. Campbellsville University at University of Pikeville*
8:00 p.m. St. Catharine College at University of the Cumberlands*
8:00 p.m. SIU Edwardsville at Murray State University*
8:30 p.m. Bellarmine University at Maryville*
8:30 p.m. Central State at Kentucky Wesleyan College*
9:00 p.m. Georgetown College at Lindsey Wilson College*

Friday, February 13

7:00 p.m. Welch College at Kentucky Christian University*
9:00 p.m. Centre College at Birmingham Southern*

Saturday, February 14

2:00 p.m. Berea College at Covenant
2:00 p.m. Asbury University at IU Southeast*
2:00 p.m. South Carolina at University of Kentucky*
3:00 p.m. Washington & Jefferson at Thomas More College*
3:00 p.m. Transylvania University at Defiance*
3:00 p.m. Brescia University at Alice Lloyd College*
3:00 p.m. Principia College at Spalding University*
3:00 p.m. Miles College at Kentucky State University*
4:00 p.m. Bellarmine University at Missouri-St. Louis*
4:00 p.m. St. Catharine College at University of Pikeville*
4:00 p.m. Campbellsville University at University of the Cumberlands*
4:00 p.m. N.C. State at University of Louisville*
4:15 p.m. Cedarville at Kentucky Wesleyan College*
5:00 p.m. Shawnee State at Lindsey Wilson College*
5:00 p.m. Georgetown College at Cumberland University*
5:30 p.m. Western Kentucky University at Marshall*
6:00 p.m. Bluefield at Union College*
7:00 p.m. Morehead State University at Belmont*
7:00 p.m. Stetson at Northern Kentucky University*
7:00 p.m. Southeast Missouri at Murray State University*
8:30 p.m. Eastern Kentucky University at Tennessee State*

Sunday, February 15

3:00 p.m. Centre College at Millsaps*

* Conference Game

Florida's "Dance Cam" Dance Off Was Greatness

One of the funniest things that happened during Saturday night's UK game at Florida was the "dance cam" that happened during a timeout.

It ended up being a dance off between a Rowdy Reptile who could dance and a season ticket holder who...well...was really having a fun time.

I personally laughed the entire time. Great stuff:



Kentucky Remains No. 1 in Both Polls, Louisville is 8/9

The undefeated Kentucky Wildcats are still No. 1 in both major college basketball polls.

Kentucky earned all 65 first place votes in the AP Top 25. Once again, they picked up 31 first place votes in the USA Today Coaches Poll, with one coach still voting for No. 2 Gonzaga.

Louisville is No. 9 in the media poll and No. 8 in the coaches poll this week.

Murray State received votes in both polls.

AP Top 25

RK TEAM RECORD PTS
1 Kentucky (65) 23-0 1,625
2 Virginia 21-1 1,518
3 Gonzaga 24-1 1,486
4 Duke 20-3 1,450
5 Wisconsin 21-2 1,385
6 Villanova 21-2 1,294
7 Arizona 20-3 1,185
8 Kansas 19-4 1,171
9 Louisville 19-4 1,120
10 Notre Dame 21-4 948
11 Utah 18-4 946 12 North Carolina 18-6 871 13 Northern Iowa 22-2 846 14 Iowa State 17-5 842 15 Wichita St 21-3 743 16 Baylor 18-5 694 17 Oklahoma 16-7 565 18 Butler 18-6 462 19 Maryland 19-5 347 20 Virginia Commonwealth 18-5 296 21 West Virginia 18-5 273 21 Oklahoma St 16-7 273 23 Ohio State 18-6 271 24 Arkansas 18-5 221 25 SMU 19-5 81

Others receiving votes: Iowa 38, Providence 26, Texas 25, Stephen F. Austin 22, Cincinnati 21, Murray St 20, Indiana 13, Rhode Island 12, Georgetown 9, Texas A&M 7, Temple 6, Old Dominion 3, Ole Miss 3, San Diego St 2, Harvard 2, Xavier 2, Valparaiso 1

USA Today Coaches Poll

RK TEAM RECORD PTS
1 Kentucky (31) 23-0 799
2 Gonzaga (1) 24-1 749
3 Virginia 21-1 727
4 Wisconsin 21-2 704
5 Duke 20-3 694
6 Villanova 21-2 626
7 Arizona 20-3 564
8 Louisville 19-4 560
9 Kansas 19-4 517
10 Utah 18-4 497
11 Notre Dame 21-4 456 12 Northern Iowa 22-2 448 13 Wichita St 21-3 389 14 Iowa State 17-5 388 15 North Carolina 18-6 383 16 Baylor 18-5 328 17 Oklahoma 16-7 278 18 Butler 18-6 242 19 Maryland 19-5 206 20 West Virginia 18-5 187 21 Ohio State 18-6 128 22 Virginia Commonwealth 18-5 120 23 Arkansas 18-5 96 24 Oklahoma St 16-7 63 25 SMU 19-5 39

Others receiving votes: Indiana 26, Iowa 20, Texas A&M 18, Cincinnati 18, San Diego St 18, Texas 15, Stephen F. Austin 15, Providence 14, Ole Miss 10, Colorado St 9, Tulsa 8, Murray St 8, Valparaiso 7, Dayton 7, Rhode Island 5, Georgetown 5, Boise State 4, Wyoming 3, George Washington 2

Bellarmine University's Chris Whitehead Named GLVC Player of the Week

Bellarmine University's Chris Whitehead has been named Great Lakes Valley Conference Player of the Week.

Here is a release from BU:

INDIANAPOLIS – Bellarmine University senior guard Chris Whitehead has been named the Great Lakes Valley Conference Player of the Week for men's basketball, it was announced by the league office Monday.

Whitehead was a model of consistency this past week in leading Bellarmine over GLVC West-leading Truman State and Quincy, scoring 22 points in each game and averaging four assists while making two-thirds of his floor shots and all 15 attempts from the free-throw line.

In an 89-73 win over Truman on Thursday, Whitehead was 8-for-11 from the field and 6-of-6 from the line while grabbing four rebounds and tallying two assists. On Saturday, the point guard had similar statistics and his steady play was pivotal to the win over Quincy. During a critical 37-second span in the second half, Whitehead registered four points, an assist and a steal that saw the Knights regain the lead for the first time in nearly 10 minutes and helped spark an incredible 36-5 scoring run en route to a 91-70 win against the Hawks.

The New Albany, Indiana, native earns his first career weekly honor.

2016 Five-Star Power Forward Harry Giles Cuts Final List to Eight Schools

Harry Giles, who ranks No. 2 overall on the Rivals.com list for 2016, has cut his final list of schools down to eight.

Giles, a 6-foot-10 power forward, list his final eight as: Duke, Kentucky, Kansas, Syracuse, North Carolina, Wake Forest, Ohio State and UNLV.


Kentucky's Trey Lyles Is No Longer Missing

Kentucky freshman Trey Lyles is no longer missing.

It turns out that Lyles did indeed make the trip to Baton Rouge:



If I were betting at this point, I would put my money on Lyles playing tonight but we will see...






Ballard Remains on Top, Taylor County Moves to No. 2 in BluegrassPreps.com Rankings

The Ballard Bruins are still No. 1 in the latest BluegrassPreps.com Boy's Rankings.

Taylor County, which recently knocked off Henderson County, is up to No. 2 this week.

Henderson County is down to No. 3 following the loss.

Trinity and Covington Catholic round out the top 5.

BluegrassPreps.com Boys Rankings (2-9-15)

1. Ballard
2. Taylor County
3. Henderson County
4. Trinity
5. Covington Catholic
6. Knott County Central
7. Newport Central Catholic
8. Lexington Catholic
9. Central
10. Owensboro
11. Doss
12. Manual
13. Bryan Station
14. Mason County
15. Boyle County
16. Lincoln County
17. Wayne County
18. Southwestern
19. Hopkinsville
20. Dunbar

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John Calipari is Having Some Trey Lyles' Fun on Social Media

John Calipari is having some fun on social media, but is he really telling us in a joking manner that Trey Lyles is going to play at LSU tonight?

It all started last night when Calipari posted this on Twitter:



The Big Blue Internet almost crashed as fans tried to figure out if Calipari was joking or being serious. He then posted this late last night:


Devin Booker played his part, as well:



This morning, Calipari sent another message to Lyles:



I would not be surprised at all to see Trey Lyles in uniform tonight.

Centre College Basketball Team Practices with Youth Team in Danville

The Centre College men's basketball team and head coach Greg Mason visited my youth basketball team Monday evening in Danville.

Coach Mason and the players introduced the concept of using screens to my team, which is made up primarily of second and third graders.

We had a great practice and the kids really enjoyed hanging out with the "big boys".

I want to personally thank the players and Coach Mason for helping our team out.

The Centre players gave up an hour of their free time on the team's lone day off this week to visit and we are very appreciative.

The Colonels are currently 16-4 on the season and have won seven of their last eight games. They will finish up conference play with four consecutive road games.

Here are some highlights from the practice:









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