Saturday, February 21, 2015

Tony Delk Talks About Career at Kentucky and More Prior to Jersey Ceremony

Former Kentucky star Tony Delk talks about his career at UK and more prior to his jersey retirement ceremony at Rupp Arena:

Today's Union College Game Has Been Moved to Sunday

BARBOURVILLE, Ky. - Union College's scheduled pair of Appalachian Athletic Conference basketball games with Reinhardt (Ga.) have been postponed due to a Winter Storm. The games will be made up on Sunday afternoon, with the women's game set for 4 p.m., and the men's game slated for 6 p.m.

The pair of games are both the 2014-15 regular season finale and Senior Day for the basketball programs. The women's team essentially will be playing for the number two seed in the upcoming AAC Tournament in their game with Reinhardt, while the men's team looks to extend their 16-game winning streak against the visiting Eagles.

For more on Union College basketball, stay with

Tip Time Changed Campbellsville at St. Catharine

The tip time for today's Campbellsville at St. Catharine College game has been pushed back two hours.

Here are details:

SPRINGFIELD, Ky. — The Campbellsville University men's and women's basketball games at St. Catharine College have been pushed back two hours due to the winter weather mix that came through Kentucky last night.

The women's game that was originally scheduled for a 2 p.m. ET start has been pushed back to 4 p.m. ET. The men's game was scheduled for 4 p.m. but has been pushed back to 6 p.m. ET.

Friday, February 20, 2015

Up To Date Weekend College Schedule for Kentucky

Obviously, winter weather has taken control of the Bluegrass State in the last week and more is on the way for tomorrow.

As a result, there have been many game cancellations and schedule changes.

Here is the schedule as of now (if you see other changes that need to be made, please let me know):

Friday, February 20 8:00 p.m. Centre College at Berry*
8:00 p.m. Johnson University at Kentucky Christian University* - CANCELLED

Saturday, February 21

2:00 p.m. Crown College at Kentucky Christian University* - CANCELLED
2:00 p.m. Warren Wilson at Berea College - CANCELLED
2:00 p.m. Austin Peay at Murray State University*
2:00 p.m. Kentucky Wesleyan College at Davis & Elkins* (Time changed)
2:00 p.m. Miami (FL) at University of Louisville*
3:00 p.m. Westminster at Spalding University*
4:00 p.m. Kentucky State University at Tuskegee*
4:00 p.m. Thomas More College at Saint Vincent*
4:00 p.m. University of Pikeville at Shawnee State*
4:00 p.m. Bluffton at Transylvania University*
4:00 p.m. Alice Lloyd College at Asbury University* - CANCELLED
4:00 p.m. University of the Cumberlands at Georgetown College*
6:00 p.m. Campbellsville University at St. Catharine College* (Time changed)
6:00 p.m. Reinhardt at Union College* - CANCELLED
7:00 p.m. Auburn at University of Kentucky*
7:00 p.m. Brescia University at Cincinnati Christian*
7:00 p.m. Northern Kentucky University at North Florida*
8:00 p.m. Indianapolis at Bellarmine University*

Sunday, February 22

1:00 p.m. Western Kentucky University at Middle Tennessee*
2:00 p.m. Warren Wilson at Berea College (Moved from Saturday)
3:00 p.m. Centre College at Oglethorpe*
4:00 p.m. Lindsey Wilson College at Life University*
6:00 p.m. Reinhardt at Union College*

* Conference game

Kentucky Christian University Cancels Both Men's Basketball Games This Weekend

Kentucky Christian University has cancelled tonight's game vs. Johnson University and Saturday's game vs. Crown College.

Note from KCU:

Due to inclimate weather, KCU has canceled both men's basketball games for this weekend. Neither game will be rescheduled.

Auburn vs. Kentucky Will Go On As Scheduled

Tomorrow night's Auburn vs. Kentucky game at Rupp Arena will be played as scheduled.

A note from UK:

Despite threat of inclement weather, the UK-Auburn game is set for 7 p.m. tip on Saturday

LEXINGTON, Ky. – Despite the threat of inclement weather, the Kentucky-Auburn game is still scheduled as planned for a 7 p.m. tip in Rupp Arena on Saturday.

Fans are encouraged to use extreme caution when driving to the arena and while walking into the facility.

Conditions are not ideal, with several streets in the area still snow-covered from Monday’s storm and more inclement weather anticipated on Saturday. Parking is limited in the downtown area due to snow piles, so fans are encouraged to arrive early with time to park and walk into the arena.

More information will be released as needed prior to the game. The contest will air live on ESPN at 7 p.m. with Mark Jones, Sean Farnham and Kaylee Hartung on the call.

For the latest on the Kentucky men's basketball team, follow @KentuckyMBB on Twitter and on the web at

No. 3 Bellarmine Hammers St. Joseph's for 11th Consecutive Win

(3) Bellarmine 95
St. Joseph's 71

Final from Louisville, Kentucky

Game recap by BU:

LOUISVILLE, Ky.—The No. 3 Bellarmine University Knights used several big runs to roll past the visiting St. Joseph's Pumas 95-71 in a Great Lakes Valley Conference contest on Thursday night in Knights Hall.

The win, Bellarmine's 11 th in a row, lifted the Knights to 23-2 overall and 15-1 in league play.

Bellarmine was not impressive out of the gate, and the Pumas led 17-15 with 12:21 in the first half when the Knights exploded for a 23-2 run and went on to take a 51-33 lead into the locker room at halftime.

After the break, the Pumas came out on fire, hitting three straight three-pointers to cut the Bellarmine lead in the half. After Bellarmine Coach Scott Davenport made wholesale substitutions, the Knights responded and eventually built a 27 point lead before settling for the 24-point win.

"I thought this was a great game," said Bellarmine Coach Scott Davenport. "Other than the first 10 minutes…we got a little loose with the ball, but the second 10 minutes of the first half, I thought we were absolutely tremendous. Then the first part of the second half we just kind of went down on our defense a little bit…the great thing as a teacher is, is that they responded."

As has been the "M.O." in many Bellarmine games this season, the Knights shot lights out while holding the opposition to sub-40 percent shooting. Bellarmine finished making 64.2 percent from the field, and the Pumas made just 36.2 percent of their field goals.

And has been the trend in recent weeks, Chris Whitehead was phenomenal. The two-time defending GLVC Player of the Week lit up the scoreboard with 25 points on 11-of-12 shooting and making both free throws.

Several Knights had big games, including senior Jake Thelen, who recorded his 12 th double double of the year with 15 points and 10 rebounds in just 25 minutes of action. Sophomores Josh Derksen and Rusty Troutman also were outstanding with 17 and 13 points respectively, and senior Josh Sewell added 11.

Fifteen different Knights saw action with 10 players hitting the scoring column and 10 tallying at least one assist. Bellarmine finished the night with 20 assists on 34 made baskets.

"I'm just thrilled with the way we're playing," Davenport said, alluding to the upcoming postseason run. "I know it's clichรฉ, but you've got to win every possession and every segment and every half and every game as they come. Our goal every night is to do our job and then we'll see what happens."

Complete Recap

Game Time Changed for Kentucky Wesleyan College Game on Saturday

The Kentucky Wesleyan basketball doubleheader game times at Davis & Elkins in Elkins, WVa., on Saturday has been moved up to 11 a.m. CT (women) and 1 p.m. CT (men) due to forthcoming weather conditions. The Great Midwest Athletic Conference contests were originally scheduled for 1 and 3 CT.

Berea College's Game vs. Warren Wilson Moved to Sunday

With the threat of yet another winter storm on Saturday, the men's basketball game with Warren Wilson College set for Saturday, February 21 at 2:00 pm, will now be played on Sunday, February 22 at 2:00 pm.

Alice Lloyd College at Asbury University Game Postponed and Rescheduled

Saturday's Alice Lloyd College at Asbury University game has been postponed and rescheduled for Monday due to weather.

Here is more from Asbury:

WILMORE, Ky. - It's been a long week of messy schedule changes. That week just got longer.

With impending winter weather in the forecast yet again, the remaining games on the schedule for the Eagles this weekend-- a men's and women's doubleheader against Alice Lloyd for Saturday--have been moved.

The men's game, a crucial piece in the KIAC playoff picture, will be postponed to be played on Monday at 6 p.m. here in Wilmore. The women's game, holding no playoff implications, will not be made up.

Resultantly the KIAC tournament dates will be pushed back one day and will now follow the format of Wednesday-Saturday-Tuesday for the quarterfinals, semifinals and finals, respectively.

Jacksonsville Knocks Off NKU in Overtime Despite 31 Points from Tayler Persons

Jacksonville 83
Northern Kentucky 75

Final from Jacksonville, Florida

Game recap by NKU:

JACKSONVILLE, Fla. – Tayler Persons provided Northern Kentucky (11-15, 5-6 A-Sun) with a double-double and the Norse battled back from a double-digit halftime deficit, but NKU eventually fell to Jacksonville (9-19, 3-8 A-Sun) in overtime, 83-75, in Atlantic Sun men's basketball action on Thursday night.

Persons finished the game with 31 points and 12 rebounds, both career- and game-highs, en route to his second-consecutive double-double. The freshman guard connected on 14-of-25 field goal attempts and added six assists to the mix.

Two big runs by Jacksonville defined the opening 20-minutes of play, as NKU trailed, 37-26, at intermission. Nine-unanswered points provided the Dolphins with a 15-7 lead in the early going.

Persons, who finished the opening stanza with 13 points and seven rebounds, keyed a stretch in which NKU scored seven-straight points to pull within two, 18-16.

A 13-0 Dolphins run was brought to an end by a Jalen Billups layin. Billups went on to score five-straight to help NKU nearly cut a 15-point deficit in half, 34-26. Marcel White knocked down a three for JU as time ran down to provide the halftime margin.

Northern Kentucky made 37.9 percent (11-of-29) of its attempts in the frame, while Jacksonville knocked down 43.3 percent (13-of-30). The difference came from three-point land, as the Dolphins knocked down 58.3 percent (7-of-12) to the Norse's 12.5 percent (1-of-8).

The second half opened with the two teams trading baskets before the Norse scored eight-consecutive points to climb back into the game. Deontae Cole capped the run with an offensive board and stick-back to pull NKU within three, 43-40.

Jacksonville held the Norse at bay and eventually extended its lead back to eight with 5:38 remaining. Persons capped an 8-0 Norse run to even the score at 64 with 2:33 on the clock.

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Kentucky to Wear Special Nike Hyper Elite Uniforms for Auburn Game

The Kentucky Wildcats will be wearing special Nike Hyper Elite uniforms for Saturday night's game against Auburn.

Here are details from UK:

LEXINGTON, Ky. – As one jersey goes into the Rupp Arena rafters on Saturday for Tony Delk’s jersey retirement, the current Wildcats will don a new jersey for their game against Auburn.

Kentucky is one of eight teams – and one of just six men’s teams – selected by Nike to wear its new Hyper Elite uniforms. The Wildcats will wear new uniforms on Saturday that fuse progressive, premium materials with school heritage.

The uniform will feature a white base with blue lettering and a 26-degree speed graphic of an evolved checkerboard across the side of the game shorts. The 26-degree angle of the graphic was inspired by the chevron on the classic Nike Windrunner track jacket that debuted in 1978. The graphic represents a distinctive basketball point of view, based on the roughly 1,000 directional changes, or "cuts" that a player might make in the course of a game.

More details of the jerseys from Nike are below:

Nike Hyper Elite Jersey

A flocked lining at the inside of the neck allows the athlete to comfortably wipe excess moisture from the face. Ultra-lightweight stretch mesh in the back of the jersey serves to regulate the temperature of the player along the spine, where athletes tend to heat up the most. Redeveloped lightweight sphere fabric in the front of the jersey helps maintain a comfortable body temperature by wicking moisture while eliminating cling from excess sweat.

Nike Hyper Elite Shorts

A perforated, vented waistband in the Nike Hyper Elite shorts provides a level of cooling, while maintaining the comfort and security that athletes require. A new performance flex vent placed by the knee allows the game short to naturally flex when the player moves. The addition of a flocked "wipe zone" at either hip allows a comfortable spot to dry hands as sweat builds up. The continuation of performance perforated zones at the side of the short allows the moisture management properties of the Nike Pro Combat Hypercool shorts or Nike Pro Combat Hyperstrong shorts worn underneath to work together as a complete system.

Hyper Elite Collection

Each school’s collection will feature the Nike Hyper Elite jersey and short, Nike Elite sock, Nike Shooting Shirt and the Nike Hyper Elite Vest. The vests sleeveless design allows for full range of motion while providing reduced weight for pre-game warm-ups. The women's Hyper Elite uniform features a slimmer silhouette in both the jersey and short. More women's specific basketball products will make their debut starting in August. Additionally, the 26-degree speed graphic on the short depicts an evolved take on an iconic symbol or representation of each team.

For the latest on the Kentucky men’s basketball team, follow @KentuckyMBB on Twitter and on the web at

Photo: UK

Eastern Kentucky Comes Up Short at Belmont

Belmont 66
Eastern Kentucky 61

Final from Nashville, Tennessee

Game recap by EKU:

NASHVILLE, Tenn. – Eastern Kentucky led Belmont with just over a minute left to play before falling 66-61 on Thursday in Nashville.

EKU senior Corey Walden missed the game due to a minor injury.

After a lay-up by Eric Stutz gave Eastern a 61-58 lead, the Bruins scored the final eight points of the game as the Colonels made just one of their final 11 shot attempts.

Timmy Knipp finished with a team-best 18 points for the Colonels (16-10, 8-5 OVC). Isaac McGlone scored a career-high 14 points and had five steals. Eric Stutz contributed 12 points, five rebounds and three assists.

Craig Bradshaw had 25 points and 10 rebounds for Belmont (17-10, 9-5 OVC).

Eastern Kentucky committed eight fewer turnovers and out-scored Belmont 30-5 off turnovers, but the Bruins knocked down 11 three-pointers.

The two teams exchanged a pair of long runs to start the second half. EKU opened the second stanza with a 12-2 run. A long jumper by Deverin Muff capped it and had the Colonels on top 47-31 with 15 minutes left to play.

Belmont answered with a 20-3 run to turn that 16-point deficit into a one-point lead. Caleb Chowbay's three-pointer with 10:39 to play finished it off and gave the home squad a 51-50 advantage. Chowbay's trey was the fifth Bruin three-pointer during the run.

Belmont hit four 3-pointers in the first 3:27 of the game to jump out to a 12-7 lead. The Bruins would only hit one more triple the rest of the half. EKU was down 14-9 before going on a 22-5 run. Belmont went almost four minutes without scoring during the run. A tip-in by Stutz and a three-pointer by Knipp from the right wing capped it and gave the visitors a 31-19 lead with 5:19 left in the first half.

Complete Recap

Bobby Knight Screams at Fans During a Live Broadcast on National Television

Bobby Knight continues to keep things interesting (if nothing else) while he's on the air.

Last night during a live broadcast, Knight began yelling at SMU fans while calling the game.

"Hey! Sit down boys," Knight can be heard screaming. "Hey! Hey! Hey Son! Hey, either take my sit and let me sit there or sit down!"

Take a listen:

Western Kentucky Suffers Disappointing Loss at UAB

UAB 71
Western Kentucky 66

Final from Birmingham, Alabama

Game recap by WKU:

BIRMINGHAM, Ala. (AP) -- Nick Norton led four in double figures with 13 points and UAB edged WKU 71-66 on Thursday.

Denzell Watts had 12 points for UAB (14-13, 10-4 Conference USA). Hakeem Baxter scored 10 and Chris Cokley added 10 points and 10 boards.

UAB trailed 38-35 five minutes into the second half, but runs of 10 and nine points stretched the lead to 16 with 5:31 to go.

WKU closed to six with 2:35 after an eight-point spurt, and Aleksej Rostov's 3-pointer made it a three-point game with 35 seconds left.

Norton made a pair from the line to push it back to five, and on the next possession WKU's Chris Harrison-Docks missed a 3-pointer. Cokley and Watts both made free throws to seal it.

The Hilltoppers led by 10 in the first half, but UAB closed on a 9-2 spurt to trail 31-28 at the break.

T.J. Price led WKU (16-9, 9-4) with 22 points.

Updated Conference USA Standings:

Louisiana Tech 12-2 21-6
UTEP 10-3 18-7
UAB 10-4 14-13
Western Kentucky 9-4 16-9
Old Dominion 8-5 19-6
UT San Antonio 7-6 13-11
Middle Tennessee 7-7 14-13
Florida International 6-7 13-13
North Texas 6-7 12-13
Rice 6-7 9-16
Marshall 5-8 9-17
Charlotte 4-9 11-15
Southern Miss 2-12 7-18
Florida Atlantic 1-12 8-16

Daniel Orton Slapped With Hefty Fine for Calling Manny Pacquiao a Joke

It didn't take former Kentucky big man Daniel Orton long to make some noise in the Philippines Basketball Association.

Unfortunately for Orton, it wasn't noise on the basketball court.

Orton has been fined P250,000 for calling boxing star Manny Pacquiao "a joke" following Pacquiao's appearance on the basketball court earlier this week.

Pacquiao scored a single point in KIA's 95-84 win over Orton's Purefoods Star Hotshots.

After the game, Orton called Pacquiao's attempt at basketball "a joke" and criticized the referees for making the game "a mockery" of basketball.

I did the monetary conversion and, if my math is correct, a P250,000 fine is equal to $5,750 U.S. dollars.

Here's what Orton had to say after the game on Wednesday:

“That’s a joke. That’s part of the joke I was talking about,” Orton said Wednesday, February 18 when asked what it was like for him to play against the Philippine boxing icon.

“Professional boxer, yeah okay. Congressman, alright. Professional basketball player? No. It’s a joke. Seriously, it’s a joke.”

Orton, 24, had an off-night in the loss, scoring just 6 points on a miserably 1-of-7 field goals. He also had just 3 rebounds and played for only 19 minutes and 23 seconds due to foul trouble.

“I’m really upset about my performance tonight,” said a visibly very upset Orton. “I’m worried about the loss, yeah, you hate losing, you hate losing two in a row and I know the Purefoods fans that’s not acceptable to them.”

The 6-foot-9 former Oklahoma City center, who fouled out with 1 minute and 30 seconds left in the game as KIA pulled away for their second huge upset of the season, also aired his comments about the officiating.

“This game was seriously a joke,” he said. “The way the game was going the refs made it into a mockery, seriously. They took the game that I know and love and made it into a mockery.”

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Centre College Playing for SAA Regular Season Championship on the Road This Weekend

Centre College (18-4, 9-3 SAA) is currently tied with Rhodes (16-6, 9-3) on top of the Southern Athletic Association league standings heading into the last weekend of regular season play.

Sewanee is currently in third place with an 8-4 SAA record. Oglethorpe and Birmingham Southern are both sitting at 7-5.

Rhodes technically has the best chance to win the regular season title because they are playing at home while Centre must go on the road. That being said, the Colonels have now won 7 consecutive games and are clearly hot at the right time.

Here's a breakdown...

Our Team of Interest: Centre College

Current SAA Standings:

Centre 9-3 18-4
Rhodes 9-3 16-6
Sewanee 8-4 14-9
Oglethorpe 7-5 16-7
Birmingham Southern 7-5 15-8
Berry 3-9 7-16
Millsaps 3-9 7-16
Hendrix 2-10 7-16

Friday's games:

8:00 p.m. Sewanee at Oglethorpe
8:00 p.m. Centre at Berry
9:00 p.m. Millsaps at Hendrix
9:00 p.m. Birmingham Southern at Rhodes

Sunday's games:

3:00 p.m. Sewanee at Berry
3:00 p.m. Centre at Oglethorpe
4:00 p.m. Millsaps at Rhodes
4:00 p.m. Birmingham Southern at Hendrix

What Centre needs: The Colonels need two road wins this weekend to stay on top of the SAA conference standings. Centre and Sewanee both play at 3-9 Berry and 7-5 Oglethorpe. Rhodes hosts 3-9 Millsaps and 7-5 Birmingham Southern. Centre and  Rhodes have the inside track at the league championship but there are 5 teams who are mathematically in the mix heading into the weekend.

SAA Tournament Information:

Friday-Saturday-Sunday, February 27-28-March 1
Host: No. 1 seed

Feb. 27 at SAA Championship - Quarterfinals TBA
Feb. 28 at SAA Championship - Semifinals TBA
Mar. 1 at SAA Championship - Final TBA

Thursday, February 19, 2015

Orlando Antigua Steps Down as Head Coach of Dominican Republic National Team

South Florida head coach Orlando Antigua has stepped down as head coach of the Dominican Republic National Team.

The former Kentucky assistant is going to take his South Florida team on an exhibition tour before next season and will not be able to coach the Dominicans in the FIBA Americas Tournament.

Here are more details from

The country's basketball federation has announced that Orlando Antigua has stepped down as national team boss because of his commitments as coach of the South Florida Bulls in American college basketball.

Antigua, in his first season as head coach of the university team, will this summer take his South Florida players abroad, something college coaches can do once every four years.

He will therefore not have the time to prepare the Dominicans for the FIBA Americas Championship taking place in Monterrey, Mexico (25 August to 6 September).

Promoted from his role as assistant coach under former Dominican head coach John Calipari, Antigua steered the team to a fourth-place finish at the 2013 FIBA Americas Championship in Venezuela.

That qualified the team for last year's FIBA Basketball World Cup.

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Patrick Patterson Gives Incredible Insight on What It's Like to Be Traded: Feels Like a Breakup

Former Kentucky star Patrick Patterson has been traded twice in the NBA.

He started with the Houston Rockets and was blindsided by a trade to the Sacramento Kings. From there, he was sent packing to Toronto where he has established himself as a solid NBA player.

Patterson has opened up about the process of being traded and the emotions evoked during a trade.

Incredible insight from Patterson:

I didn’t comprehend right away. I paused for what felt like a while, then just blurted out the first thing that popped into my head:

“Who did y’all trade me for?”

“Thomas Robinson.”

I hear a record scratch in my head.

Is this April Fool’s? Thomas Robinson? No disrespect to him, I understand he was a top-five draft pick, but still, he’s a rookie who hasn’t gotten consistent minutes on a struggling team! I’m a starter averaging career-highs on a team in playoff contention. We’re winning! Are you serious? This is bullshit.

That’s what I wanted to say, but it’s not what I said.

What actually happened was I thanked them for the opportunity to be a part of the organization, they told me to let them know if there’s anything else I need, and then I left the office.

When you’re traded, you can’t help but compare yourself to the guy you’re traded for. It’s partly an ego thing, but it’s also related to your perceived value in the league. The truth is, while it was tough to be traded for a rookie, there probably weren’t many people who would have softened the blow for me. It stung.

I walked back to the locker room for the last time. A couple of the guys asked what happened. When I told them, they were sure I was messing around.

As the rest of the team prepared for the game — a game I thought I’d be starting in — I left the arena in a car that was arranged to take me home. Immediately, my phone started blowing up — my agent, my family, friends. But I didn’t want to talk to anybody. I was furious. The hardest part might have been sitting at home that night watching the Rockets win the game.

A trade feels like a breakup. But like a tough breakup, my bitterness towards the Rockets faded over time. I understand now that it was strictly a business decision. And I respect the guys in the front office for doing their jobs. But how can you not take it personally?

Complete Article (HIGHLY recommended)

Brandon Knight Will Smile When He Sees This

The Milwaukee Bucks just traded Brandon Knight to the Phoenix Suns.

Knight will feel much better about that trade when he takes a look at

Tayshaun Prince Traded Back to the Detroit Piston

Former Kentucky star Tayshaun Prince has reportedly been traded back to the Detroit Pistons.

According to ESPN's Marc Stein:

Isaiah Canaan Traded to the Philadelphia 76ers

Former Murray State start Isaiah Canaan has been traded to the Philadelphia 76ers.

Brandon Knight Traded to the Phoenix Suns

The Milwaukee Bucks have traded former Kentucky star Brandon Knight to the Phoenix Suns.

The Suns backcourt will be Knight and Eric Bledsoe.

Archie Goodwin is also still with the Suns.

Enes Kanter Likely Headed to Oklahoma City

Former Kentucky big man Enes Kanter is likely headed to Oklahoma City according to reports.

Rick Pitino Says Chris Jones Will "Probably" Be Back for Miami Game

Last night, Louisville head coach Rick Pitino said suspended point guard Chris Jones can either get with the program or try to go to Belgium or somewhere.

Today, following a 69-59 loss to Syracuse, Pitino says Jones will "probably" be back for this weekend's critical ACC game against Miami (FL).

Here is an excerpt from Bozich's article:

In a text message, Pitino said that Jones “took care of what the coaches wanted.” Pitino said the disciplinary matter concerned “discipline on campus.”

Bellarmine University Holds at No. 3 in Both DII National Polls This Week

Bellarmine University holds at No. 2 in both NCAA DII national polls this week.

2014-15 DII Media Poll Sponsored by D2SIDA (Feb. 17)

Rank School (First Place Votes) Record Votes Previous Ranking
1 Florida Southern (10) 23-1 389 1
2 Augustana (S.D.) (4) 25-1 384 2
3 Bellarmine (Ky.) (1) 22-2 361 3
4 Lincoln Memorial (Tenn.) (1) 23-1 355 5
5 Barry (Fla.) 20-2 294 6
6 West Liberty (W.Va.) 22-2 293 7
7 Tarleton State (Texas) 22-2 292 14
8 Minnesota State-Moorhead 27-2 277 9
T9 Wisconsin-Parkside 22-2 273 10
T9 Angelo State (Texas) 22-2 273 4
11 Indianapolis (Ind.) 21-2 253 11 12 Metropolitan State (Colo.) 21-3 228 14 13 Mount Olive (N.C.) 24-2 212 12 14 Colorado Mines 20-3 176 15 15 Azusa Pacific (Calif.) 21-4 175 18 16 Western Oregon 21-3 160 16 17 Central Missouri 21-4 132 20 18 University of the Sciences (Pa.) 20-4 112 21 T19 Colorado-Colorado Springs 20-4 84 17 T19 California Baptist 19-4 84 25 21 Lake Superior State (Mich.) 21-4 77 RV 22 UNC Pembroke 21-4 74 RV 23 Indiana (Pa.) 20-5 38 19 24 BYU Hawaii 18-4 35 8 25 Southern Connecticut State 19-5 34 RV

Also receiving votes: Midwestern State (Texas) 20, Paine (Ga.) 17, Georgia Regents 14, Dixie State (Utah) 11, Saginaw Valley State (Mich.) 10, Northwest Missouri State 6, Lewis (Ill.) 6, American International (Mass.) 6, Minnesota State 6, Montevallo (Ala.) 3, Texas A&M-Commerce 3, Southern New Hamsphire 1.

NABC/Division II Rankings (Feb. 17, 2015 - Poll #12)

Record Points Last
1. Florida Southern (15) 23-1 398 1
2. Augustana, S.D. (1) 25-1 384 2
3. Bellarmine, Ky. 22-2 365 3
4. Barry, Fla. 20-2 340 6
5. Lincoln Memorial, Tenn. 23-1 331 5
6. Indianapolis, Ind. 21-2 319 7
7. West Liberty, W.Va. 22-2 294 8
8. Minnesota State-Moorehad 27-2 293 9
9. Metropolitan State, Colo. 21-3 260 10
10. Angelo State, Texas 22-2 255 4
11. Tarleton State, Texas 22-2 248 11 12. Wisconsin-Parkside 22-2 236 12 13. Mount Olive, N.C. 24-2 204 14 14. Colorado School of Mines 20-3 192 17 15. Western Oregon 21-3 172 18 16. Central Missouri 21-4 158 19 17. California Baptist 19-4 134 22 18. Azusa Pacific, Calif. 21-4 130 23 19. Lake Superior State, Mich. 21-4 105 24 20. Colorado-Colorado Springs 20-4 83 15 21. Univ. of the Sciences, Pa. 20-4 77 25 22. BYU-Hawaii 18-4 65 13 23. UNC Pembroke 21-4 38 NR 24. Saginaw Valley State, Mich. 20-5 28 20 25. Southern Connecticut State 19-5 22 NR

Others receiving votes: Indiana (Pa.) 14, Columbus State (Ga.) 13, GRU Augusta 11, Northwest Missouri State 9, Cal Poly Pomona 8, Lynn (Fla.) 5, Alabama-Huntsville 3, Minnesota State 2, Point Loma Nazarene (Calif.) 2, Chico State (Calif.) 1, Lewis (Ill.) 1.

Rick Pitino on Chris Jones: Act Like a Louisville Man or Go To Belgium or Somewhere

Louisville head coach Rick Pitino didn't hold back when asked about suspended point guard Chris Jones last night following the Cardinals loss at Syracuse.

"He could play the next game if he does what the assistant coaches tell him to do," Pitino told the media. "If he doesn’t, he sits again and I don’t care if he sits the whole season to tell you the truth, I couldn’t care less. If he doesn’t do the right things and act like a Louisville man he can move on and try to go to Belgium or somewhere."

Here is a transcript of Pitino's postgame comments:

On his team’s defense:

“What’s stopping us from being a very good basketball team is the last three years we’ve been one of the most feared defensive teams in the nation, with steals and turnovers. We’ve just been void of both. I can live with the lack of steals. What we’re doing wrong is we’re in the right spot, we’re doing the right things, and all of a sudden it’s just you get the ball, I’m guarding you, and you go right by me. It’s ball containment of the dribbler that’s hurting us.”

On missing Chris Jones:

“We missed him a lot, but it’s his selfishness that hurt the team. I’m not one that believes in suspensions. I believe in punishment where you get up in the morning, lift weights and have a curfew at night. This was not a decision by me. It’s all cleared up. He could play the next game if he does what the assistant coaches tell him to do. If he doesn’t, he sits again and I don’t care if he sits the whole season to tell you the truth, I couldn’t care less. If he doesn’t do the right things and act like a Louisville man he can move on and try to go to Belgium or somewhere.”

On failure to give Syracuse the pressure on defense:

“We couldn’t give them the pressure because of Chris Jones being out. It’s tough to press right now with this makeshift line-up. And the problem is, I didn't know until we were taking off that we had a problem. I couldn’t even practice. At least now, the next few days, I can practice.”

On Rakeem Christmas’s performace:

“He struggled against Duke but he didn’t get the calls that he normally gets. He is the most feared low-post player in the country. That is a tremendous credit to him and the Syracuse coaching staff. When he was a freshman, you could leave him alone, unless he dunked the ball, and he couldn’t score. That’s a credit to him; he’s probably put himself into the middle or late first round because of how hard he’s worked; he could be a terrific power forward at the professional level and I can’t tell you how happy I am for the man because I know he had to put a lot of work to get to that point."

"I think Okafor will step away from the basket and do other things. You saw how many times we fouled Rakeem. We couldn’t get around him. I think he’s very quick. That’s not taking anything away from Okafor, who’s great, but I think he (Rakeem Christmas) is one of the most feared low-post players. I think the coaching staff and Christmas deserve an awful lot of credit.”

Pikeville's Kenny Manigault Named NAIA National Player of the Week

University of Pikeville's Kenny Manigault was named NAIA DI National Player of the Week earlier this week.

Manigault averaged 24.5 points, 6 rebounds, 4 assists and 4 steals per game last week in 2 wins.

Here is a release from UPIKE:

PIKEVILLE, Ky. -- University of Pikeville senior Kenny Manigault is the NAIA National Men's Basketball Player of the Week for his stellar play through Feb. 9-15, national office officials announced on Tuesday

The national honor is just the second in Pikeville men's basketball history with the last NAIA National Player of the Week being Trevor Setty on Feb. 18 during the 2012-13 season.

Manigault led the then-No. 4 Bears to two wins last week, averaging 24.5 points, six rebounds, four assists and four steals per game. On Tuesday, the NAIA released its updated rankings with UPIKE moving up to No. 3 after Manigault's efforts.

The Ridgeville, S.C., native posted 33 points, eight rebounds, six assists and six steals in UPIKE's 90-86 comeback win over then-No. 6 Campbellsville on Thursday. Manigault hit 11-of-20 shots from the field, including all five of his 3-point attempts -- a career high -- to help put the Bears in sole possession of first place in the MSC standings.

Manigault closed the week with a 16-point, four-rebound performance in a 95-71 win over St. Catharine. He added two assists, two blocks and two steals while helping UPIKE win for the 18th time in 19 tries.

The senior shot 48.4 percent (15 of 31) from the field during the week, including hitting six of seven (85.7 percent) from deep. He also went 13 for 16 from the free-throw line.

Manigault ranks No. 1 in the NAIA in steals per game (2.6), 21st in scoring (19.2) and 33rd in rebounding (7.6).

Kentucky Recruit Thon Maker Plans to Reclassify to Class of 2015

Thon Maker, one of high school basketball's top big men, plans to reclassify to the Class of 2015.

Maker, a talented 7-foot center at Orangeville Prep (Ontario, Canada), now ranks No. 5 overall on the list for 2015.

Here is a recruiting update from Jeff Borzello of ESPN:

He was a top-5-caliber prospect in the 2016 class, but will now immediately become one of the most sought-after players in the country. Kansas and Kentucky are the schools most mentioned, although Missouri, Duke, Louisville and Maryland have all received visits. Indiana, Wake Forest and UCLA are also recruiting him.

"I've been watching college ball for a while," Maker told recently. "And it just causes me to think about that, reclassifying. So I can get ready for college ball.

"The college decision, I can't wait for that. That's what I'm really focused on."

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Seven Teams Vying for Six Tournament Spots in Heartland Collegiate Athletic Conference

In the Heartland Collegiate Athletic Conference (HCAC), each team has one game remaining in the regular season and seven teams are currently vying for six available spots in the conference tournament.

Transylvania University (12-12, 9-8 HCAC) is one of two teams in the running for the final tournament spot.

Here's a breakdown...

Our Team of Interest: Transylvania University

Current HCAC Standings:

x Mount St. Joseph 14-3 19-5
x Defiance 13-4 18-6
x Anderson 12-5 13-11
x Rose-Hulman 10-7 14-10
Bluffton 9-8 13-11
x Hanover 9-8 12-12
Transylvania 9-8 12-12
Franklin 4-13 5-19
Manchester 4-13 5-19
Earlham 1-16 1-23

x - clinched spot in postseason tournament

Saturday's games:

3:00 p.m. Mount St. Joseph at Rose-Hulman
3:00 p.m. Anderson at Earlham
4:00 p.m. Defiance at Franklin
4:00 p.m. Bluffton at Transylvania
5:00 p.m. Manchester at Hanover

What Transylvania needs: Obviously, the easy answer is a win over Bluffton. Hanover has already clinched a berth by virtue of head-to-head games, which leaves one spot for either Transy or Bluffton. Saturday's game in Lexington will be a "play-in" game for the conference tournament.

HCAC Tournament Information:

February 27-March 1, 2015 at Conference Champion

Friday, Feb. 27 (at high seed)

Game 1 - #6 seed at #3 seed 6:00 PM
Game 2 - #5 seed at #4 seed 8:00 PM

Saturday, Feb. 28

Game 3 - #2 seed vs. #3/6 winner 5/7:00 PM
Game 4 - #1 seed vs. #4/5 winner 5/7:00 PM

Sunday, Mar. 1

Championship - Game 3 winner vs. Game 4 winner 2:00 PM

Jim Boeheim's Postgame Press Conference After Last Night's Game

Syracuse head coach Jim Boeheim talks about last night's win over Louisville:

Wednesday, February 18, 2015

Rakeem Christmas Scores 29 as Syracuse Upsets No. 12 Louisville

Syracuse 69
(12) Louisville 59

Final from Syracuse, New York

Game recap by UL:

SYRACUSE, N.Y. (AP) - Rakeem Christmas made amends - and then some. Syracuse's standout senior center rebounded from his worst game of the season, scoring 29 points and blocking four shots, and Syracuse beat No. 12 Louisville 69-59 on Wednesday night.

Reeling from a 5-for-17 shooting performance in a loss to No. 4 Duke and being outplayed by standout freshman center Jahlil Okafor on Saturday, Christmas responded like a champion. He was 9 of 10 from the floor and 11 of 13 on free throws.

''It felt good. We needed a win like this ... to keep us going the rest of the season,'' Christmas said after the Orange's first victory this season over a ranked team in four tries. ''We all talked about keeping our heads up and getting ready for tonight's game. Everybody had their mind right and played hard.''

It was the first game between the teams as members of the Atlantic Coast Conference.

Louisville (20-6, 8-5) was out to bounce back from Saturday's home loss to North Carolina State, but was without senior guard Chris Jones, suspended for violating team rules; he did not make the trip. Freshman Quentin Snider made his first start in place of Jones, the team's assist leader (3.7 per game) and third-leading scorer (13.6 points).

The Cardinals, who snared only two steals for the second straight game, have lost three of four and two straight after leading at the half.

''We couldn't give them the pressure. It's tough with a makeshift lineup,'' Louisville coach Rick Pitino said. ''What's stopping us from being a very good basketball team - the last three years we've been one of the most feared defensive teams in the nation with steals, turnovers. We've just been void of both.''

Christmas faced his second straight challenge in Louisville's hulking freshman center Chinanu Onuaku and stalwart forward Montrezl Harrell, who entered the game with nine double-doubles.

Harrell finished with 15 points and nine rebounds, but only scored three points in the decisive second half. Terry Rozier led the Cardinals with 17 points and Snider had a season-high 13. Wayne Blackshear, averaging nearly 11 points, fouled out with 5:16 left and did not score.

Complete Recap

Transylvania Loses Heartbreaker to Hanover in Final Seconds

Hanover 70
Transylvania 68

Final from Lexington, Kentucky

Game recap by TU:

LEXINGTON, Ky.—The Transylvania Pioneers overcame an 11-point deficit in the final four minutes as Alex Jones hit two three-pointers, including the game-tying basket in the closing seconds, but the Pioneers came up on the short, 70-68, against the Hanover College Panthers Wednesday night at the Clive M. Beck Center.

Despite the loss, the Pioneers remain in the hunt for a Heartland Collegiate Athletic Conference Tournament berth with the regular season coming to a close Saturday.

Trailing 68-62 with 50 seconds left in regulation, Jones hit from downtown and cut the margin to three at 68-65. After Hanover failed to convert two free throws, Jones nailed another clutch three to tie the score at 68 with just 17 seconds remaining, but a Hanover basket with 1.8 seconds left to play sealed the victory for the Panthers.

As the game began, the teams traded blows, and the Pioneers trailed for much of the first half until Robert Dence scored on the feed from Jones to give Transylvania a 17-16 lead with 9:24 left. The Pioneers took a 23-16 lead at the 6:40 mark in the opening period, but the Panthers battled back and took a 34-32 lead at intermission.

In the second half, Hanover led by as many as 13 before the Pioneers erased the lead. Down 64-53 with 4:07 on the clock, Parker Stansberry hit a free throw and a three-pointer to pull the Pioneers to within seven at 64-57 with 2:05 remaining. A Lowell Gordon three-pointer cut the Panther lead to 66-60 with just 1:38 on the clock before Jones tied the game.

Complete Recap

University of the Cumberlands at Shawnee State Postponed and Rescheduled

The University of the Cumberlands game at Shawnee State that was scheduled for Thursday night has been postponed and rescheduled to Monday, February 23 at 8:00 p.m.

Union College's Game at Bryan Has Been Moved to Thursday

Tonight's Union College game at Bryan has been pushed back a day and will be played tomorrow night.

Here are details from UC:

BARBOURVILLE, Ky. - Due to continued winter weather throughout the Southeast, the scheduled pair of Appalachian Athletic Conference women's and men's basketball games at Bryan (Tenn.) have been pushed back a day from Wednesday evening to Thursday evening.

The women's game in Dayton, Tenn. between the Bulldogs and Lions will still begin at 5:30 p.m. on Thursday evening, with the men's game to follow at 7:30 p.m. between the schools.

Union is still scheduled to end their regular season on Saturday at home against Reinhardt (Ga.). The pair of Senior Day AAC match-ups will tip-off at 4 p.m. and 6 p.m., respectively.

Morehead State's Game vs. Tennessee State Postponed

Morehead State's game that was scheduled for Thursday at 8:00 p.m. has been postponed due to poor weather conditions.
The game will now be played Monday night at 8:00 p.m.

Here's a release from MSU:

MOREHEAD, Ky. -- Both of Morehead State's Thursday basketball games (Feb. 19) have been postponed until Monday (Feb. 23) due to poor weather conditions in Kentucky and Tennessee. The Eagle women will host Tennessee Tech at 5 p.m. ET, while the MSU men will visit Tennessee State at 8 p.m. ET.

The decisions were made due to snow accumulations of more than a foot in Eastern Kentucky and an ice storm which has caused dangerous driving conditions in Central Tennessee. They took into consideration the safety of fans, student-athletes, coaches, officials and game operations personnel.

Monday at Johnson Arena will still be "Think Pink" night. Pink "MSU Cares" t-shirts will be on sale for $10, and all proceeds will benefit the American Cancer Society. Tickets are $5 for adults and $3 for children, while Morehead State students are admitted free with a valid ID. There is no charge for parking.

The Eagle men have three regular-season games remaining. After Monday at Tennessee State (8 p.m.), the Eagles will host Tennessee Tech in a nationally-televised affair on Feb. 26 (9 p.m.) and Jacksonville State for Senior Day on Feb. 28 (6 p.m.).

The MSU women have four regular-season tilts left. The Eagles travel to Eastern Kentucky on Saturday (4 p.m.), host Tennessee Tech on Monday (5 p.m.), visit Tennessee State on Feb. 25 (7 p.m.) and host Jacksonville State for Senior Day on Feb. 28 (3 p.m.).

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Union College Moves Up To No. 18 in NAIA DII Coaches' Top 25 Poll

Union College, winners of a school-record 15 consecutive games, has moved up to No. 18 in the new NAIA Division II Coaches' Top 25 Poll.

Brescia University is outside the top 25 but received 8 votes this week.

2014 – 15 NAIA Division II Men’s Basketball Coaches’ Top 25 Poll – (Feb. 17)

1 1 Indiana Wesleyan (14) 26-2 374
2 2 Embry-Riddle (Fla.) 26-1 362
3 4 College of Idaho 24-4 346
4 5 Davenport (Mich.) 24-4 339
5 6 Dakota Wesleyan (S.D.) 26-3 328
6 7 Cornerstone (Mich.) 23-5 312
7 8 Morningside (Iowa) 23-3 302
8 11 Saint Francis (Ind.) 22-6 286
9 3 Bellevue (Neb.) 23-5 267
10 13 College of the Ozarks (Mo.) 21-5 263
11 13 Concordia (Ore.) 22-5 255
12 8 Bethel (Ind.) 23-5 251
13 10 Mount Mercy (Iowa) 22-4 220
14 16 Cardinal Stritch (Wis.) 21-7 215
15 12 Midland (Neb.) 21-7 212
16 17 Warner Pacific (Ore.) 22-6 192
17 18 Northwestern Ohio 22-6 181
18 20 Union (Ky.) 24-4 171
19 19 Southern Oregon 22-6 161
20 22 Grace (Ind.) 21-7 144
21 23 Indiana East 22-7 135
22 25 Olivet Nazarene (Ill.) 19-8 117
23 21 Briar Cliff (Iowa) 20-8 110
24 15 St. Francis (Ill.) 20-8 94
25 RV Tabor (Kan.) 16-11 65

Others receiving votes: Ashford (Iowa) 55; St. Thomas (Fla.) 48; Jamestown (N.D.) 37; Northwest Christian (Ore.) 24; AIB (Iowa) 14; Thomas (Ga.) 14; Cal Maritime 13; Saint Mary (Kan.) 13; Northern New Mexico 9; Brescia (Ky.) 8; Milligan (Tenn.) 7.

Three Kentucky Teams in Top 10 of NAIA Division I Coaches Poll

The state of Kentucky has 3 teams in the top 10 and 4 teams in the top 25 in this week's NAIA Division I Men's Basketball Coaches' Top 25 Poll.

Pikeville is up one spot to No. 3 this week. The Bears are 24-2 overall and have 234 total points in the poll. No. 1 Talladega has 248 points.

Georgetown College is up a spot to No. 8.

Campbellsville is coming off a tough week and has dropped 4 spots to No. 10.

University of the Cumberlands is up two spots to No. 23 this week.

2014 – 15 NAIA Division I Men’s Basketball Coaches’ Top 25 Poll – Feb. 17

1 2 Talladega (Ala.) (7) 23-3 248
2 3 Freed-Hardeman (Tenn.) (2) 23-2 241
3 4 Pikeville (Ky.) (1) 24-2 234
T4 1 Cal State San Marcos 24-3 223
T4 5 Hope International (Calif.) 22-2 223
6 8 Dalton State (Ga.) 22-3 209
7 10 Concordia (Calif.) 22-5 203
8 9 Georgetown (Ky.) 22-4 189
9 12 Columbia (Mo.) 22-4 173
10 6 Campbellsville (Ky.) 22-5 171
11 7 Arizona Christian 21-6 165
12 15 Montana Western 19-6 157
13 12 Martin Methodist (Tenn.) 21-4 156
14 16 Mid-America Christian (Okla.) 18-8 149
15 18 Wayland Baptist (Texas) 21-4 144
16 14 LSU Alexandria 15-3 136
17 11 Benedictine (Kan.) 20-6 126
18 22 Evangel (Mo.) 16-9 120
19 21 Our Lady of the Lake (Texas) 18-4 102
20 17 Xavier (La.) 19-8 101
21 RV Lewis-Clark State (Idaho) 20-6 93
22 19 Bethel (Tenn.) 20-6 78
23 25 Cumberlands (Ky.) 19-7 60
24 23 Oklahoma City 13-7 53
25 RV Westmont (Calif.) 17-8 49

Others Receiving Votes: SAGU (Texas) 48; Philander Smith (Ark.) 36; Carroll (Mont.) 32; Central Methodist (Mo.) 29; Wiley (Texas) 25; William Carey (Miss.) 10; LSU Shreveport (La.) 5; Great Falls (Mont.) 3; Missouri Valley 3.

Coach Cal Talks About Last Night's Win at Tennessee

Here is John Calipari's postgame press conference following last night's win at Tennessee:

Highlights from Kentucky's Win at Tennessee

Check out all the highlights from Kentucky's 66-48 win at Tennessee last night:

2015 KABC Region Players of the Year and Kentucky Mr. Basketball Candidates

Coaches and players around the state found out yesterday the list of KABC Region Players of the Year in high school basketball.

Here is the list:

Region 1 - Parker Adams - Calloway County
Region 2 - David Simmons - Henderson County
Region 3 - Aric Holman - Owensboro
Region 4 - Dillon Geralds - Monroe County
Region 5 - Eljay Cowherd - Bardstown
Region 6 - Dujuanta Weaver - Doss
Region 7 - Dwayne Sutton - Manual, Raymond Spaulding - Trinity, Jalen Perry - Ballard
Region 8 - Hayden Hawes - Oldham County
Region 9 - James Bolden - Holmes, Drew McDonald - Newport Central Catholic
Region 10 - Dorian Henry - Mason County
Region 11 - Matt Rose - Lexington Christian Academy
Region 12 - Hagen Tyler - Boyle County
Region 13 - Skyler Griffith - Williamsburg
Region 14 - Camron Justice - Knott County Central
Region 15 - Kyle Gullett - Johnson Central
Region 16 - Ryne Callahan - Rowan County

These players will also be candidates for Kentucky Mr. Basketball.

Congratulations to all winners!

Tuesday, February 17, 2015

No. 1 Kentucky Wins at Tennessee; Wildcats Off to Best Start in History of Program

(1) Kentucky 66
Tennessee 48

Final from Knoxville, Kentucky

Top-ranked Kentucky pulled away from Tennessee in the second half and eventually knocked off the Volunteers 66-48 tonight in Knoxville.

With the win, the Wildcats (26-0, 13-0 SEC) are off to the best start in their program's history.

Devin Booker scored 18 points and pulled down 7 rebounds to lead Kentucky. Andrew Harrison added 14 points. Trey Lyles chipped in 10. Tyler Ulis finished with 8 points and a game-high 6 assists.

Tennessee (14-11, 6-7) got 14 points from Kevin Punter. Josh Richardson added 10.

Kentucky was 22-for-53 (41.5%) from the field. John Calipari credited Tennessee's defense after the game.

“It’s hard to play against that zone," Calipari told the media after the game. "I told Donnie [Tyndall] that he’s done a great job with what they did. They were prepared for us."

The Wildcats return to action Saturday night when they host Auburn.

Box Score (click to enlarge):

Louisville Has Suspended Guard Chris Jones, Will Not Travel to Syracuse

Louisville has suspended starting guard Chris Jones and he will not travel with the team to Syracuse this weekend.

South Carolina Suspends Demetrius Henry, Shamiek Sheppard

South Carolina has suspended Demetrius Henry and Shamiek Sheppard for conduct detrimental to the team.

Henry is averaging 6.0 points and 3.6 rebounds per game this season. Sheppard has only appeared in 7 games, averaging 1.6 points per game.

I feel bad for both players since they had to meet with Frank Martin to discuss the issue.

Tennessee Releases Updated Safety Guidelines for Tonight's Game vs. Kentucky

The University of Tennessee has put out the following safety guidelines for tonight's game vs. Kentucky:

Fans are encouraged to arrive early and will be allowed to enter the arena at Gates C and E, the lobby entrance at Arena Dining, the basketball office lobby, the southwest entrance near the Courtside Club (event level) and the media entrance at the southeast corner (event level). UT students are directed to enter at Gate C tonight. The regular student gate (Gate A) will be closed.

The scissor ramps at the east and west sides of the arena will be closed in the interest of patron safety.

All ticket and will call windows will be open starting at 4 p.m.

Gates open at 5:30 p.m., and tipoff is set for 7:01 p.m.

Due to weather conditions, please arrive early, drive safely and exercise caution entering and exiting the arena.

Taylor County's Quentin Goodin Joins Hoop Dreams AAU

Just three weeks after joining the Kentucky Travelers AAU program, Taylor County High School star Quentin Goodin has switched to Hoop Dreams AAU for the upcoming season.

Hoops Dreams, which is now sponsored by Adidas, will feature Goodin, Aric Holman and Eli Wright.

UK Assistant Kenny Payne Preview Tennessee Game

Kentucky assistant coach Kenny Payne previews tonight's game at Tennessee and more:

Thursday's Pikeville at Georgetown College Game Has Been Postponed

Thursday night's University of Pikeville at Georgetown College game has been postponed and rescheduled to Monday, February 23 at 8:00 p.m.

Here are details from GC:

Georgetown College and University of Pikeville have one of the hottest rivalries right now in basketball. However, the heat will not help melt the massive amounts of snow or warm the frigid temperatures up enough to make it safe for Thursday's doubleheader in Georgetown.

"First and foremost it is about the safety of all individuals involved," said GC Director of Athletics Brian Evans. "We spoke with Pikeville and with our Mid-South Conference commissioner Eric Ward. All parties feel it is in the best interest of the traveling team, all fans and workers to postpone these games until Monday."

Games will remain at the normal weekday times – 6 pm women and 8 pm men. Georgetown will still celebrate Senior Day on Saturday against the University of the Cumberlands, while the celebration for coach Chris Briggs' 100th win has been adjusted to Monday during the halftime of the women's game.

Two other games in the MSC slated for Thursday are also either moved or currently being discussed. Cumberland University will play at Life University Friday, while UC at Shawnee State University is being looked at for a possible postponement.

Centre College's Black Scinta Named SAA Player of the Week for Third Time This Season

Centre College's Blake Scinta has been named Southern Athletic Association Player of the Week for the third time this season.

Here's more from CC:

After helping lead the Colonels to two road victories, Centre men's basketball player Blake Scinta claimed his third SAA Men's Basketball Player of the Week award this season, the conference announced Monday.

Scinta, a junior forward from Louisville, Ky., averaged 19.5 points, including a 29-point effort on Friday, as Centre extended its winning streak to seven games with road wins at Birmingham-Southern and Millsaps.

He shot 71 percent (17-of-24) from the field for the weekend, while also averaging 7.0 rebounds, 3.5 assists, and 2.0 steals. Scinta filled the stat sheet for the Colonels in Friday's 69-42 win at BSC, scoring 29 points on 8-of-12 shooting while recording seven rebounds, four assists, and three steals. Scinta also contributed 10 points, seven boards, and three steals as the Colonels held off Millsaps 61-59 on Sunday.

The award was the third weekly honor for Scinta this season, which leads the conference. Scinta also leads Centre with 15.6 points per game on the year while also leading the SAA with a field goal percentage of 60.9 and ranking sixth in the conference with an average of 6.7 rebounds per game.

Winners of their last seven games, Centre heads into the final weekend of the regular season with an 18-4 overall record and tied for first place in the SAA with a 9-3 conference record. The Colonels next play at 8 p.m. on Friday at Berry.

Winter Storm Wreaks Havoc As Regular Season Winds Down Around Kentucky

A winter storm has already provided an interesting start to the college basketball week around Kentucky as three games for tonight are cancelled.

Kentucky at Tennessee will go on as scheduled.

If any other cancellations occur during the week, this schedule will be updated.

Monday, February 16

No Games

Tuesday, February 17

7:00 p.m. Austin Peay at Eastern Kentucky University* CANCELLED
7:00 p.m. University of Kentucky at Tennessee*
7:30 p.m. Alice Lloyd College at Berea College - CANCELLED
8:00 p.m. Kentucky Christian University at Ohio Christian - CANCELLED

Wednesday, February 18

7:00 p.m. University of Louisville at Syracuse*
7:30 p.m. Hanover at Transylvania University*
7:30 p.m. Union College at Bryan* - CANCELLED (Moved to Thursday)
8:00 p.m. Asbury University at Brescia University*

Thursday, February 19

7:00 p.m. Northern Kentucky University at Jacksonville*
7:30 p.m. Kentucky Wesleyan College at Alderson Broaddus*
7:30 p.m. Union College at Bryan*
8:00 p.m. Eastern Kentucky University at Belmont*
8:00 p.m. Saint Joseph's at Bellarmine University*
8:00 p.m. Western Kentucky University at UAB*
8:00 p.m. University of Pikeville at Georgetown College* - CANCELLED
8:00 p.m. University of the Cumberlands at Shawnee State* - CANCELLED
8:00 p.m. Morehead State University at Tennessee State* - CANCELLED
8:30 p.m. Kentucky State University at Spring Hill College*

Friday, February 20

8:00 p.m. Centre College at Berry*
8:00 p.m. Johnson University at Kentucky Christian University* - CANCELLED

Saturday, February 21

2:00 p.m. Crown College at Kentucky Christian University* - CANCELLED
2:00 p.m. Warren Wilson at Berea College - CANCELLED
2:00 p.m. Austin Peay at Murray State University*
2:00 p.m. Miami (FL) at University of Louisville*
3:00 p.m. Westminster at Spalding University*
4:00 p.m. Kentucky State University at Tuskegee*
4:00 p.m. Thomas More College at Saint Vincent*
4:00 p.m. University of Pikeville at Shawnee State*
4:00 p.m. Bluffton at Transylvania University*
4:00 p.m. Alice Lloyd College at Asbury University* - CANCELLED
4:00 p.m. Campbellsville University at St. Catharine College*
4:00 p.m. University of the Cumberlands at Georgetown College*
2:00 p.m. Kentucky Wesleyan College at Davis &Elkins* (Time changed)
6:00 p.m. Reinhardt at Union College*
7:00 p.m. Auburn at University of Kentucky*
7:00 p.m. Brescia University at Cincinnati Christian*
7:00 p.m. Northern Kentucky University at North Florida*
8:00 p.m. Indianaplis at Bellarmine University*

Sunday, February 22

1:00 p.m. Western Kentucky University at Middle Tennessee*
2:00 p.m. Warren Wilson at Berea College (Moved from Saturday)
3:00 p.m. Centre College at Oglethorpe*
4:00 p.m. Lindsey Wilson College at Life University*

* Conference game

Kentucky Christian at Ohio Christian Cancelled Due to Snow

Tonight's Kentucky Christian University at Ohio Christian game has been cancelled due to snow.

No makeup date has been announced.

From KCU:

Tonight's men's basketball game at Ohio Christian University has been postponed due to severe weather. A make-up date is being investigated and will be announced should that date become available.

Tuesday's Alice Lloyd at Berea College Game Has Been Cancelled

Tonight's Alice Lloyd College at Berea College game has been cancelled due to weather concerns.

Here are details from BC:

Winter Storm Octavia has forced Lindsey Wilson University and Alice Lloyd College to cancel their respective games versus the Mountaineers previously set for Tuesday, February 17th at 5:30 and 7:30 pm, respectively.

No make-up dates for either game have been set at this time.  Please check back frequently for updates.  Additionally, Berea College's annual carbon neutral basketball game - aka "The Green Game" - festivities will be moved to the men's basketball game on February 23 at 7:00 pm versus Ohio Christian University.

Pikeville's Kenny Manigault Named Mid-South Conference Player of the Week for 2nd Time This Season

University of Pikeville senior Kenny Manigault was named Mid-South Conference Player of the Week for the second time this season on Monday.

Manigault averaged 24.5 points, 6 rebounds, 4 assists and 4 steals per game last week in two wins.

Here is a release from UPIKE:

PIKEVILLE, Ky. -- University of Pikeville senior Kenny Manigault is the Mid-South Conference Men's Basketball Player of the Week, presented by Roeding Insurance, conference officials announced on Monday.

The weekly award is Manigault's second of the season. He also picked up the honor on Jan. 12.

Manigault led the fourth-ranked Bears to two wins last week, averaging 24.5 points, six rebounds, four assists and four steals per game.

The Ridgeville, S.C., native posted 33 points, eight rebounds, six assists and six steals in UPIKE's 90-86 comeback win over No. 6 Campbellsville on Thursday. Manigault hit 11-of-20 shots from the field, including all five of his 3-point attempts -- a career high -- to help put the Bears in sole possession of first place in the MSC standings.

Manigault closed the week with a 16-point, four-rebound performance in a 95-71 win over St. Catharine. He added two assists, two blocks and two steals en route to helping the Bears win for the 18th time in 19 tries.

Manigault shot 48.4 percent (15 of 31) from the field during the week, including making six of seven (85.7 percent) from deep. He also went 13 for 16 from the free-throw line.

The UPIKE senior leads the conference and NAIA averaging 2.6 steals per game. He is second in the conference in assists per game (3.4), third in scoring (19.2) and rebounds (7.6) and fourth in double-doubles (8) and field-goal percentage (49.5).

The Bears improved to 24-2 overall and 11-2 in league play with last week's wins.

Bellarmine's Chris Whitehead Repeats at GLVC Player of the Week

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

Here is a release from BU:

NDIANAPOLIS – 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.

The New Albany, Indiana, native earns his second career weekly honor, as his first came last Monday following two impressive outings in conference action.

Whitehead turned in another remarkable week of play, averaging 24.5 points on 60 percent shooting (18-of-30), 5.5 assists, 3.5 rebounds per game. He grabbed three steals and committed just two turnovers in 72 minutes of playing time while also having to endure a personal loss which forced him to log hundreds of extra miles on the road.

On Thursday, he led the Knights to an 83-66 win over Maryville by scoring 19 points, grabbing a career high-tying five rebounds and handing out six assists while turning the ball over just once. The senior then made the trip back to Louisville to attend the funeral of his grandmother in nearby New Albany, Indiana, on Friday. Next, he turned around and made the trip back to St. Louis in time for Saturday afternoon's clash with Missouri-St. Louis. Road fatigue was no issue as the 5-9 point guard responded with a career-high 30 points on 11-of-16 shooting and dished out five assists while committing just one turnover in 38 minutes of inspired play in the Knights' 88-78 win.

Karl-Anthony Towns Named USBWA National Freshman of the Week

Kentucky's Karl-Anthony Towns has been named USBWA Wayman Tisdale national Freshman of the Week.

Towns averaged 10.5 points, 8.5 rebounds and 2.5 blocks per game in wins over LSU and South Carolina last week.

Here is an excerpt:

Freshman of the Week for Feb. 10-16: Kentucky's Karl-Anthony Towns.

With no obvious statistical standouts among freshmen in the past week, we turn to the nation's lone undefeated team and see the growth and impact Karl-Anthony Towns continues to display.

With the way John Calipari deploys his team, no player is rising to the top of traditional statistical measurements and standing out on the team, let alone in the league or nationally. But Towns' play last week is worth highlighting; if you watched either of Big Blue's games, you know he was critical in keeping Kentucky without a scratch.

Towns, who won SEC freshman of the week for the third time, averaged 10.5 points, 8.5 rebounds and 2.5 blocks in UK's wins at LSU and vs. South Carolina. The LSU game in particular was outstanding, as his presence and ability to beat out the Tigers' bigs was crucial in UK's win. The Wildcats lost a big lead down the stretch.

And then Towns looked like a top-five NBA pick, which he'll almost definitely be come June. The LSU game saw him finish with 12 points and 13 boards. Two of those 12 points came off an unexpected deep 2-pointer from the top of the key. That cut LSU's lead to 66-62 and sparked Kentucky's comeback.

In the last five games, Towns' 13.4 points average is best on the team. Coming into the season he was pegged as Kentucky's best player. You can still debate that, but at least we're finally seeing it.

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