Saturday, March 7, 2015

Murray State, Belmont Players Make Up OVC All-Tournament Team, Barnette Named MVP

Belmont's Taylor Barnette was named tournament MVP after nailing the game-winner in tonight's championship win over Murray State.

Barnette, Craig Bradshaw and Evan Bradds from Belmont all made the all-tourney team.

Murray State's Cameron Payne and T.J. Sapp took the other two spots.

2015 OVC All-Tournament Team

- Taylor Barnette, Belmont (MVP)
- Craig Bradshaw, Belmont
- Evan Bradds, Belmont
- Cameron Payne, Murray State
- T.J. Sapp, Murray State

Taylor Barnette Nails Game-Winner for Belmont in OVC Championship Game

Belmont 88
Murray State 87

Final from Nashville, Tennessee

OVC Tournament - Championship Game

Former Lexington Christian Academy star Taylor Barnette nailed a long three-pointer to give the Belmont Bruins the OVC Tournament championship and a trip to the NCAA Tournament.

Barnette, who was named MVP of the tournament, finished with 9 points.

Craig Bradshaw led the Bruins with 25 points. Evan Bradds finished with 21 points and 11 rebounds. Nick Smith contributed 16 points.

Belmont (22-10) was 33-65 (50.8%) from the field and nailed 15-38 (39.5%) from long range.

T.J. Sapp led Murray State (27-5) with 28 points on 10-17 shooting. Cameron Payne added 20 points and 10 assists. Jeffery Moss had 12.

The Racers will now wait to see if they earn an at-large bid to the NCAA Tournament. If not, they will be forced to settle for an NIT berth.

Barnette nails the game-winner:




No. 1 Kentucky Puts Away Florida to Complete Undefeated Regular Season

(1) Kentucky 67
Florida 50

Final from Lexington, Kentucky

No. 1 Kentucky put away Florida 67-50 Saturday afternoon to complete the first undefeated regular season by a power conference team since Indiana in 1976.

The Wildcats (31-0, 18-0 SEC) pulled away from the Gators midway through the second half and never looked back.

Trey Lyles led Kentucky with 14 points and 6 rebounds. Karl-Anthony Towns finished with 14 points, 9 rebounds and 6 blocked shots. Willie Cauley-Stein chipped in 8 points and 7 boards.

Kasey Hill led Florida (15-16, 8-10) with 15 points. Dorian Finney-Smith contributed 12 points.

The Gators finished up a disappointing regular season below .500 and will likely need an SEC Tournament run to receive an invite for any postseason tournament.

Kentucky will be the No. 1 seed in the SEC Tournament as they continue rolling towards a perfect 40-0 season.

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Hot-Shooting Campbellsville University Rolls Into Mid-South Tournament Semifinals

(7) Campbellsville 71
St. Catharine 50

Final from Frankfort, Kentucky

Mid-South Conference Tournament - Quarterfinals

Game recap by CU:

FRANKFORT, Ky. — Campbellsville University knocked down 13 3-pointers and ended seventh seed St. Catharine College's season, 71-50, in the first round of the Mid-South Conference Tournament.

The Tigers led by two points, 27-25, at half and came out of the intermission roaring with a 27-5 run. Campbellsville held St. Catharine to seven points in the first 11-plus minutes of the second half and lit a flame to the nets from beyond the arc.

Elliott Young drained his fifth 3-pointer and CU scored eight-straight points to take its first double-digit lead at 35-25. Miles Rice joined in on the action with CU's third-straight 3 and put the Tigers up, 38-28. It was just the start of eight triples for Campbellsville in the second half.

D'Von Campbell and Rice combined to hit three more 3s and before St. Catharine knew it, they were looking at a 20-point deficit, 52-32, with 8:37 remaining in regulation.

"I expected a slow start in the first post-season game," said MSC Coach of the Year Keith Adkins. "But then we really settled into a nice groove and did so on the defensive side."

CU forced nine second-half turnovers and 17 overall, scoring 16 points off those St. Catharine mishaps.

Campbellsville scored 44 points in the second half and held St. Catharine to only 25 in each. CU shot just 20-of-55 (36.3 percent) from the floor but 13 of those came from behind the arc. The Tigers hit 13-of-30 (43.3 percent) from deep and have hit 39 triples in their previous three games.

"Elliott Young comes out of the second half and bangs two-straight 3s and that was huge," said Adkins. "D'Von Campbell hit his second second-half 3 and was fouled for a four-point play. Everything all of a sudden completely opened up and we rolled from there.

"But one thing that was good to see was Miles Rice stepping up and hitting two 3s. He is a great basketball player and a big part of what we do, so it was great to see him get a little confidence because we will need him down the stretch."

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Georgetown College Runs Past Life in Mid-South Tournament

(11) Georgetown 107
Life University 89

Final from Frankfort, Kentucky

Mid-South Conference Tournament - Quarterfinals

Game recap by GC:

Georgetown College men's basketball made it a clean sweep of Life University in the school's first year as full members of the Mid-South Conference. The No. 11 Tigers (25-6) got a lift from senior Corey Washburn in a 107-89 win in the conclusion of the MSC quarterfinals Friday at the Frankfort Convention Center.

He tallied a new career-high 27 points on 12-of-19 shooting and grabbed 15 rebounds. Junior Noah Cottrill poured in a game-high 28 points. Junior Deondre McWhorter had the only other double-double with 23 points and 11 rebounds. Domonique Bull came off the bench for 11 points and six assists, while Darion Burns had seven points and seven assists.

Georgetown needed a shot in the arm as junior Tony Kimbro played just two minutes and 15 seconds after sustaining a wrist injury while falling backwards.

The road does not get any easier for GC, entering the semifinals against rival Campbellsville University. Tip is set for 8 pm Saturday in Frankfort.

The Tigers held a 19-point edge at one point in the first half, but were well aware that Lindsey Wilson College had a 20-plus halftime lead slip away in an earlier quarterfinal.

The Running Eagles (16-15) dwindled a 20-point edge, 74-54, down to 10 went Georgetown put a run of its own together. The Tigers scored 15 of the next 18 points for a 99-77 edge to solidify their grasp on the victory.

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University of the Cumberlands Survives Lindsey Wilson in MSC Tournament

University of the Cumberlands 65
Lindsey Wilson College 64

Final from Frankfort, Kentucky

Mid-South Conference Tournament - Quarterfinals

Game recap by UC:

The University of the Cumberlands (UC) Men's Basketball team would take to the court on Friday in the quarterfinals of the Mid-South Conference (MSC) Tournament against the #5 seeded Blue Raiders of Lindsey Wilson College (LWC). After a rough start in the 1st half that had UC trailing at one point by 21 and at the break 39-24, UC knew they would have to play great basketball in the 2nd half to win.

UC would fight back to take the lead with 7 minutes to play in the contest. After a battle back and forth, it was UC coming out victorious as with time running down, Xavier Owens (Tampa, FL) would draw the foul with 0.4 seconds on the clock with the game tied at 64-64. He would hit the first of two free throws, giving LWC no opportunity at a shot to score as UC came out with the 65-64 win. With the win, UC moves to 21-9 on the season.

BY THE NUMBERS

•The Patriots were led in the game by D'Lando Carter (Danville, IL) with 21 points, going 8-11 from the floor and 4-7 from three point range.
•Xavier Owens added 16 points and 8 rebounds in the win, including the game winning free throw.
•Tony Bradley (Alton, IL) chipped in 12 points and 8 rebounds.
•Chance Armstrong (Mt. Washington, KY) also scored 11 points and snagged 6 rebounds for UC.
•The Patriots shot 51.2% in the game, including 73.7% from the field in the 2nd half.
•Lindsey Wilson's D'on Hall led his team with 16 points and 6 rebounds.

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Pikeville Holds Off Shawnee State in Mid-South Conference Tournament

(6) Pikeville 87
Shawnee State 77

Final from Frankfort, Kentucky

Mid-South Conference Tournament - Quarterfinals

Game recap by UPIKE:

FRANKFORT, Ky. -- It was a rough start, but top-seeded University of Pikeville is heading to the semifinals of the Mid-South Conference Championship after holding off No. 9-seed Shawnee State (Ohio) 87-77 behind 24 points from Kenny Manigault on Friday in the Frankfort Convention Center.

UPIKE (26-4) trailed Shawnee State 23-17 with six minutes left in the first half, but the Bears in orange and black decided they'd had enough, reeling off a 15-0 run over the next three minutes to flip the script.

SSU (11-19) got back within three late in the second half, but Pikeville never relinquished its lead. The first-half run came after UPIKE trailed by as many as 10 points early in the first half at 17-7.

Manigault had an impressive line, adding seven rebounds, five assists and three steals, but Christian Leach was just as important off the bench with a double-double of 10 points and 11 boards. Nine of Leach's rebounds came on the offensive glass.

UPIKE was outrebounded overall 37-26, but made up for it by taking care of the ball, giving up just eight turnovers to SSU's 20.

Overcoming a hot-shooting night by Sean Elliott was one of Pikeville's biggest challenges as he hit six threes to finish with a game-high 28 points, while Andrew Bendolph chipped in with 24.

Three other UPIKE starters reached double figures, including K.K. Simmons with 17 points, Macari Brooks with 16 and Jackson Hussey adding 11.

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The Bears spent some time helping out with the Kentucky Special Olympics this morning:


Wayne County Pulls Off Most Unbelievable Win of the Season

Wayne County has just overcame a 4-point deficit in 9 seconds to advance to the semifinals of the 12th Region Tournament.

With less than 2 seconds to go, Wayne County was down 2 points. They got a layup to tie the game (1.4 seconds), West Jessamine turned it over on an inbounds pass (0.6 seconds) and senior star Peyton Woods nailed a buzzer beater from the corner for the win.

Unbelievable.





The last shot was spectacular, but I'm sure the West Jessamine folks will argue that it was after time expired. It's hard to tell from this picture but it's obviously very close:


Emory Thumps Spalding University in NCAA Division III Tournament

Emory University 88
Spalding University 59

Final from Atlanta, Georgia

NCAA Division III Tournament - First Round

Game recap by SU:

ATLANTA. Ga. - The Spalding men's basketball team's season came to an end Friday night, as they fell to 11th ranked Emory, 88-59 in the first round of the NCAA Tournament. The Golden Eagles finish their season with an 18-10 record.

Spalding was led in scoring by Brandon Gabriel, who finished with 14 points in the final game of his career. Brandon Goeing was the only other Spalding player in double digits with 13 points.

Spalding fell behind early, as the Eagles jumped out to an 18-4 lead nine minutes into the first half. The first half lead stretched to 20 points at 28-8 after a layup with 7:44 left to play in the half. The Eagles closed the period by outscoring Emory 17-10 to cut the lead to 13, at 38-25.

Any momentum Spalding had to start the half was quelled quickly, as Emory used back-to-back three pointers to start a 28-3 run that put the Golden Eagles down 66-28 with 12 minutes remaining. With the game out of reach, the teams essentially traded baskets for the rest of the way.

The season ends on a high note for the Eagles, who tied for first in the regular season of their conference before winning two tough games in the SLIAC Tournament en route the their second tournament berth in the last three seasons.

Three From Kentucky Wesleyan Named to All-G-MAC Teams

Three Kentucky Wesleyan players were recently named to the G-MAC all-conference teams.

Former Madison Central star Ken-Jah Bosley was named All-G-MAC First Team.

Here's a release from KWC:

Kentucky Wesleyan's Ken-Jah Bosley, C.J. Blackwell and Devin Langford were named to the All-Great Midwest Athletic Conference basketball teams, as voted by the league's coaches.

Bosley, a 6-1 sophomore guard from Richmond, Ky. (Madison Central HS), captured first team honors. He leads the Panthers in scoring (17.6 ppg), field goal percentage (85.0%) and minutes played (31.4 mpg). He is second in three-pointers (36), assists (77) and steals (27). Bosley ranks No. 10 in NCAA free throws made (175). His shooting percentages include 45.6 from the field and 33.3 from three-point territory

Blackwell and Langford received second team recognition.

Blackwell, a 6-5 junior forward from Los Angeles (Taft Union Charter High School), leads KWC in rebounding (5.3) and three-pointers (45). He is second in free throw percentage (82.9), blocks (8) and minutes played (25.3); and third in assists (42) and steals (26). Blackwell has shot 43.8 percent from the field and 38.8 percent from three-point arc in starting 22 of 28 game played.

Langford, a 6-7 junior from Huntsville, Ala. (Robert E. Lee HS), ranks third in scoring (10.3) and rebounding (3.5); and second in field goal percentage (54.2) and blocks (8). His other shooting percentages are 30.2 from three-point percentage and 75.3 from the free throw line. Langford also collected 37 assists and 22 steals in 27 contests with 14 starts.

Friday, March 6, 2015

Western Kentucky Knocks Off Charlotte in Overtime

Western Kentucky 88
Charlotte 84 F/OT

Final from Charlotte, North Carolina

Game recap by WKU:

CHARLOTTE, N.C. (AP) -- George Fant scored a career-high 28 points and pulled in 10 rebounds to help WKU hold off Charlotte for an 88-84 overtime win Thursday night.

After falling behind by three in overtime, WKU (19-10, 12-5 Conference USA) took the lead for good with a 7-0 burst sparked by Ben Lawson's dunk, making it 81-77 with 2:50 to play. Charlotte's Willie Clayton cut the gap to 86-84 with a tip-in with 19 seconds left before Trency Jackson clinched the win with a pair of free throws at the other end.

Chris Harrison-Docks contributed 18 points, while Jackson and T.J. Price added 13 apiece for WKU, which moved into a crowded second-place conference tie with the win.

Charlotte's Mike Thorne Jr. forced the OT with a jumper that tied it at 74.

Terrence Williams led Charlotte (13-17, 6-11) with a career-high 27 points, Braxton Ogbueze added 17 and Torin Dorn had 12.

Union College is No. 15 in Final NAIA DII Coaches' Top 25 Poll

Union College is No. 15 in the final NAIA Division II Men's Basketball Coaches' Top 25 Poll.

The Bulldogs are currently riding a 20-game winning streak.

2014 – 15 NAIA Division II Men’s Basketball Coaches’ Top 25 Poll – (March 4)

RANK LAST WEEK SCHOOL (1ST PLACE VOTES) 2014-15 RECORD TOTAL POINTS
1 1 Indiana Wesleyan (13) 31-2 374
2 2 Embry-Riddle (Fla.) (1) 32-1 362
3 4 Cornerstone (Mich.) 28-5 349
4 6 College of Idaho 28-5 334
5 3 Dakota Wesleyan (S.D.) 28-4 330
6 5 Morningside (Iowa) 27-4 313
7 9 Bellevue (Neb.) 28-5 296
8 7 Davenport (Mich.) 27-6 291
9 8 Saint Francis (Ind.) 25-7 279
10 11 Bethel (Ind.) 27-6 261
T11 13 Mount Mercy (Iowa) 26-4 242
T11 14 Midland (Neb.) 26-7 242
13 12 College of the Ozarks (Mo.) 24-7 225
14 10 Concordia (Ore.) 24-6 209
15 17 Union (Ky.) 30-4 208
16 15 Warner Pacific (Ore.) 25-7 206
17 19 Olivet Nazarene (Ill.) 25-8 179
18 16 Northwestern Ohio 25-7 171
19 19 Indiana East 26-7 168
20 18 Cardinal Stritch (Wis.) 24-9 148
21 23 Southern Oregon 24-9 123
22 21 St. Francis (Ill.) 23-9 111
23 RV Ashford (Iowa) 21-11 99
24 21 Grace (Ind.) 21-10 96
25 24 Briar Cliff (Iowa) 22-10 85

Others receiving votes: Jamestown (N.D.) 69; Cal Maritime 54; Tabor (Kan.) 51; Southeastern (Fla.) 39; Northern New Mexico 10; Milligan (Tenn.) 8; Dakota State (S.D.) 5; Mount Vernon Nazarene (Ohio) 5; Saint Xavier (Ill.) 4; St. Thomas (Fla.) 3; William Penn (Iowa) 3.

Morehead State Rolls Into OVC Tournament Semifinals, Earns Rematch With No. 25 Murray State

Morehead State 76
UT Martin 65

Final from Nashville, Tennessee

OVC Tournament Quarterfinals

Game recap by MSU:


NASHVILLE -- Seniors Angelo Warner and Karam Mashour combined for 52 points and 15 rebounds on Thursday night to power the Morehead State men's basketball team to a 76-65 victory over UT Martin in the second round of the Ohio Valley Conference Tournament at Municipal Auditorium.

The Eagles, who have won five straight contests and 10 of their last 13, improve to 17-16 overall and 3-1 on a neutral floor. The Skyhawks fall to 18-12 overall. Both teams finished with 10-6 league records this season. MSU is in the OVC's East Division, while UTM plays in the West Division.

"I'm excited for our young men," Head Coach Sean Woods said. "We played pretty well tonight. It's all about surviving and advancing at this point in the season, and I'm glad we're able to do that again. Angelo and Karam led us, but this was another team effort. Lots of guys contributed to our victory."

MSU moves into the OVC Tournament semifinals on Friday at 7:30 p.m. ET. The Eagles will face top-seeded Murray State, which owns the nation's second-longest winning streak at 24 games. The Racers are 25th in the latest Associated Press poll and 24th in the USA Today Coaches Poll.

Warner tallied a season-high 27 points on 10-of-16 from the field and 6-of-7 from the free-throw line. His field-goal total tied a career high.It was his 31st game this season and 129th contest as an Eagle. The guard continues to lead all active players in the conference with 1,544 career points.

Mashour, who leads Morehead State in scoring and rebounding during OVC play, recorded a career-best 25 points on 9-of-13 from the floor and 7-of-8 from the foul line. It was his 35th contest at MSU.Junior Brent Arrington was the third Eagle in double figures with 11 points on 3-of-4 from long range.

Warner pulled down eight rebounds, while Mashour collected seven. Senior Kareem Storey added a game-high eight assists. Mashour and Storey notched three steals apiece.Morehead State forced 16 turnovers and committed just 11, which led to a 19-12 scoring advantage in points off miscues.

Morehead State improves to 33-14 all-time against UT Martin. The Eagles have knocked off the Skyhawks in 10 of their last 11 tries, with the lone setback coming on Jan. 10 at the Elam Center.

"I tip my cap to UT Martin," Woods said. "They are much improved from when I first got into the OVC (2012-13). Coach (Heath) Schroyer has done a very good job in his first season with their program. They have taken a big step forward, which presents a challenge to all other teams in our league."

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Union College, Brescia to Represent Kentucky in NAIA DII National Tournament

Union College and Brescia University will represent the Bluegrass State in next week's NAIA Division II Men's Basketball Tournament.

Union (29-4), the tournament's No. 15 overall seed, will face Northwestern Ohio (25-7) on Wednesday morning at 8:30 a.m.

The winner of Union's game will face the winner of Friends (17-15) and No. 2 Embry-Riddle (32-1) Friday morning at 10:15 a.m.

Brescia (19-10) will have their  hands full with No. 1 overall seed Indiana Wesleyan (31-2) Wednesday afternoon at 5:45 p.m. The winner will battle the winners of No. 16 Warner Pacific (25-7) and Olivet Nazarene (25-8) Friday at 4:00 p.m.

The entire event will be held on the campus of College of the Ozarks in Point Lookout, Missouri.

Here's more from the NAIA:

KANSAS CITY, Mo. – The National Association of Intercollegiate Athletics (NAIA) has officially announced the 32-team field for the 24th annual NAIA Division II Men’s Basketball National Championship. The event will be held for the 16th-straight year in Point Lookout, Mo., on the campus of College of the Ozarks (Mo.) from March 11 – 17. Nineteen programs are back after competing in the 2014 championship.

The official 32-team national championship bracket will be announced via a live selection show at 8 p.m. CST on NAIANetwork.com.

The 32-team field is comprised of 23 automatic qualifiers, one host berth awarded to College of the Ozarks, and eight at-large selections. Automatic qualification is given to conference regular-season champions, tournament champions or tournament runners-up depending on the league. At-large teams were determined using the final regular-season Coaches’ Top 25 Poll released earlier today.

Defending national champion Indiana Wesleyan takes a 31-2 overall record into the NAIA National Championship after earning an automatic berth as the Crossroads League regular-season champion. The Wildcats, who claimed the No. 1 ranking in all 11 Coaches’ Top 25 Polls this year, punched their eighth overall championship ticket and seventh-consecutive. They look to become the second Division II program in history (since 1991) to repeat as champs, which would join Bethel (Ind.) (1997-98).

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Berea College's John Hemenway Named USCAA National Coach of the Year

Berea College head coach John Hemenway was recently named USCAA Division I Men's Basketball National Coach of the Year.

Hemenway led the Mountaineers to a 20-6 record and a No. 2 seed in the USCAA DI National Tournament.

Here's a release from BC:

The honors keep rolling in for Berea College Men's Basketball. Earlier in the evening, Richard Parker picked up First Team All-American Honors and Daishon Robinson claimed Honorable Mention All-American honors at the USCAA Championship Banquet. Then it was head coach, John Hemenway's turn, when he accepted the final honor of the night. Hemenway was named 2014-2015 USCAA Division I Men's Basketball National Coach of the Year.

An emotional Hemenway shared, "I am really happy for Daishon and Rich and the entire team. We have been a close group all year and individual awards are really team awards. I am also humbled with my honor. My guys won me this. They have been great all year; along with my assistant coach Rudy Evans."

Hemenway has guided the Mountaineers to one of the best seasons in program history that dates back to 1927. The Mountaineers are currently 19-5 and were ranked second in the USCAA Division I Coaches Top-20 poll for most of the season. They enter the National Championships as the number two seed. Hemenway has a career record of 194-118 a .621 winning percentage, including a 79-69 record in his five season at Berea College.

Berea College Falls in USCAA National Semifinal

Rochester College 51
Berea College 50

Final from Uniontown, Pennsylvania

USCAA D1 National Tournament

Game recap by BC:

Tonight's USCAA National Semi-Final was so big that it would take two days for it to finish. With the game starting more than an hour behind schedule, the #2 seeded Mountaineers of Berea College took on the #3 seeded Warriors of Rochester College.

The Mountaineers came sprinting out of the blocks scoring the first eight points of the game behind a Seth Beckham layup and a pair of Aaron Ponder 3-pointers. BC would score those eight points in the first 2:30 of the game; but it would be another five minutes before they scored again. The Warriors, the USCAA Division I's top defensive team, showed their mettle as they forced the Mountaineers into multiple turnovers and contested shots.

The Warriors offense finally got on track as Honorable Mention All-American Milton Cribbs got red-hot scoring 13 points in the half on 6-10 shooting. RC was also dominate on the boards limiting the Blue Crew to just two offensive rebounds in the first half. With the :10 showing on the clock, the game's other Honorable Mention All-American, Daishon Robinson made his presence felt when he hit a 3-pointer from NBA distance to send the teams into the locker room 23-23.

Both teams came out of halftime determined to impose their will on upon their opponent. The Blue Crew was bombing away from long range while the Warriors continued to hammer away down low and depend on their defense. BC was hot early behind Ponder and Robinson and moved out to a seven point lead. The lead wouldn't last as a Warrior 3-pointer would tie the score at 39-39.

The score would remain there for what seemed like forever before it was Ponder time again. This time the Berea native would make his own NBA length three from the top of the key, only to follow it up with another from the deep corner. Rochester would come right back with back-to-back-to-back layups to push the score to 47-45; but more important they would chew up over two minutes in the process.

Down two, Robinson would go to the line for two free throws, but only come away with one point, forcing the Mountaineers to foul and hope. The Warriors would go 4-5 from the charity stripe down the stretch, but that last miss gave Berea a chance. Robinson took the ball up the right side of the lane and with two Warriors wrapped around him. His layup was off the mark, the rebound went out of bounds with 0:00.6 left on the clock and the game was decided - 51-50.

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Thursday, March 5, 2015

Video: Morehead State Defeats SEMO in OVC Tournament

Check out the highlights and behind-the-scenes footage from Morehead State's win over SEMO on Wednesday night:


Morehead State Slips Past SEMO to Advance in OVC Tournament

Morehead State 79
Southeast Missouri 74

Final from Nashville, Tennessee

OVC Tournament - First Round

Game recap by MSU:

NASHVILLE -- The Morehead State men's basketball team knocked down its final six free-throw attempts on Wednesday evening and hung on for a 79-74 win over Southeast Missouri in the opening round of the Ohio Valley Conference Tournament at Municipal Auditorium.

The fifth-seeded Eagles, who have won nine of their last 12 games, improve to 16-16 overall and 2-1 on a neutral floor. The eighth-seeded Redhawks end their campaign 13-17 overall. MSU also moves to 27-17 in the all-time series with its third consecutive victory over SEMO.

Morehead State now faces fourth-seeded UT Martin in the second round on Thursday at 7 p.m. ET. The winner gets a semifinal date with No. 25/24 Murray State on Friday. The league-tournament finale is slated for Saturday. The semifinals and championship will be nationally televised.

"I'm glad we were able to finish this game," Head Coach Sean Woods said. "Our guys seemed a little tight early on and maybe caught up in the moment. Give credit to Southeast Missouri because they played well tonight. It wasn't pretty, but we grinded out a win and live to play another day."

Senior Billy Reader paced Morehead State with 18 points, on 8-of-11 from the field, to go along with 10 rebounds. It was his second Division I double-double in 63 games as an Eagle. Classmate Angelo Warner scored 14 of his 16 points after intermission and made 7-of-9 from the foul line.

Senior Karam Mashour and sophomore Corban Collins, who netted 12 points apiece, gave Morehead State four players in double figures. Junior Anthony Elechi managed five rebounds for the Eagles, while Collins added a team-best five assists and Mashour was credited with two blocked shots.

Wednesday's affair featured 18 ties and 17 lead changes. Neither team led by more than seven points on the night and the biggest second-half advantage for either club was three points.

Southeast Missouri tallied a 36-31 rebounding advantage, including 28-21 on the defensive end. The Eagles have now been outrebounded just twice in the past 18 games and seven times this season.

Southeast Missouri committed 17 turnovers, while Morehead State committed just eight. The Eagles managed a 7-2 upper hand in steals and registered a 15-3 scoring advantage in points off miscues.

"Our young men didn't play particularly well, and they would admit that, but it's tournament time and it's all about finding a way to win," Woods said. "We kept fighting and got some important stops, plus Angelo (Warner) and Kareem (Storey) made free throws when we really needed them."

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Berea College Hammers Iowa Wesleyan to Advance to Semifinals of USCAA National Tournament

Berea College 85
Iowa Wesleyan 64

Final from Farmington, Pennsylvania

Game recap by BC:

Iowa Wesleyan scored the first and final points of tonight's USCAA Division I National Quarterfinal contest with Berea College. In between, it was all Mountaineers - to the extent that Dan Patrick's trademark, "simply en fuego" was apt.

The Tigers scored a three on their opening position, then the senior duo of Aaron Ponder and Tevin Webster went on their own scoring run putting up the next nine points between them. Richard Parker and Daishon Robinson added a bucket each and in what seemed like an instant the Mountaineer lead was 10.

Things for the Tigers went from bad to worse as the top scoring team in the USCAA's Division I found its mark from long range. First it was Anthony Myrks, then Parker, then Robinson; mixed with a dunk from Webster and layup from London Moore and the BC lead grew to 18.

BC wasn't just doing it on the offensive end, their defense was stifling and forced the Tigers into 11 first half turnovers and as they grabbed five steals. BC was able to convert those turnovers into easy points. The halftime buzzer couldn't come fast enough for Iowa Wesleyan as they faced a 50-23 deficit heading to the locker room.

The second half would bring only more BC offense as the Parker and Ponder nailed five 3-pointers sandwiched around four made free throws to push the lead out to 32 points. A Ethan Harris jumper with 6:50 remaining pushed the lead to its highest point of 34 points; at which time the Mountaineers eased off the gas and coasted the rest of the way home to their 20th win of the season and a date in the Final Four.

Sophomore, guard and First Team All-American, Parker showcased his skill tonight as he scored 19 points, including 4-9 from long distance and grabbed five rebounds. Seniors Ponder and Webster each netted 15 points; Ponder on 6-7 (including 3-4 from beyond the arc) shooting while Webster was a stellar 7-8 from the free throw line and led the Mountaineers in rebounding with eight. Myrks was the final Mountaineer to reach double figures with 11 points.

With the win, Berea moves on to the Final Four and will face the third seeded Warriors of Rochester College (MI) who dispatched St. Joseph's Brooklyn 82-75 earlier in the day. The game is set for 10:00 pm on Thursday, March 5 in the Main Arena on the campus of Penn State-Fayette.

Kentucky Wesleyan's G-MAC Semifinal Game Moved to Saturday

PHILIPPI, WVa. (March 5, 2015) — Kentucky Wesleyan's men's semifinal game in the Great Midwest Athletic Conference Basketball Championship in Philippi. WVa., has been moved back to Saturday at 4 p.m. CT, due to snow. The Panthers will play the winner of Central State versus Ohio Valley. The tournament quarterfiinals will start tomorrow (Friday) instead of today.- G-MAC -

Here's the updated schedule:

Quarterfinals-- Friday, March 6 No. 6 Ohio Valley (9-15) vs. No. 3 Central State (17-11), 4:00 CT
No. 5 Trevecca Nazarene (12-14) vs. No. 4 Cedarville (13-15), 6:30 CT

Semifinals--Saturday, March 7

Ohio Valley/Central State winner vs. No. 2 Kentucky Wesleyan (21-7), 4:00 CT
Trevecca Nazarene/Cedarville winner vs. No. 1 Alderson Broaddus (20-7), 6:30 CT

Championship---Sunday, March 8

Championship, 1:00 CT

Bellarmine Plays in GLVC Tournament This Afternoon

No. 2 Bellarmine University is getting ready to face Maryville in the GLVC Tournament.

Today's quarterfinal game tips off at 1:00 p.m. EST in St. Charles, Missouri.

GLVC Tournament Schedule:

Sunday March 1

(5) Lewis 70 (12) Illinois Springfield 52
(11) Maryville 72 (6) Southern Indiana 71 (OT)
(7) Truman State 84 (10) Quincy 64
(8) Missouri-St. Louis 80 (9) William Jewell 68

Thursday, March 5 (tournament reseeded after first round)

1:00 p.m. (1) Bellarmine vs. (8) Maryville
3:30 p.m. (4) Indianapolis vs. (5) Lewis
7:00 p.m. (2) Drury vs. (7) Missouri-St. Louis
9:30 p.m. (3) UW-Parkside vs. (6) Truman State

Saturday, March 7

1:00 p.m. Semifinal #1
3:30 p.m. Semifinal #2

Sunday, March 8

2:00 p.m. Championship Game

GLVC Tournament Bracket (updated)

Lipscomb Ends Northern Kentucky's Season in A-Sun Quarterfinals

Lipscomb 76
Northern Ketnucky 73 F/OT

Final from Highland Heights, Kentucky

Game recap by NKU:

HIGHLAND HEIGHTS, Ky.- The Northern Kentucky University men's basketball team hosted the Lipscomb Bisons in its first-ever postseason game in the NCAA Division I era, and, despite 19 points from Tyler White, NKU dropped a 76-73 decision in Regents Hall.

NKU placed five players in double digits. In addition to White's game-high points total, Jalen Billups finished with 12 points and eight rebounds. Tayler Persons, Todd Johnson and Cole Murray each added 11 points for the Norse. Persons dished out a team-high five assists as the Norse went 27-for-61 (.443) from the floor, including 11-for-23 (.478) from 3-point range.

Lipscomb, which improved to 14-16, went 23-for-47 (.489) and 6-for-19 (.316) from beyond the arc. Top scorers included Martin Smith with 13 points, followed by Josh Williams with 12 points and five rebounds. Nathan Moran rounded out the double-figure scorers, adding 11 for the Bisons.

Free throws ended up being the difference as Lipscomb made twice as many appearances at the line than the Northern Kentucky, going 24-for-35 (.686) from the stripe compared to NKU's 8-for-16 (.500).

A steal on the opening possession set up a 3-point field goal for White to get the game started for NKU at the 19:36 mark. The Bisons responded a little over a minute later to tie the game at 3-all.

Both teams matched point-for-point in the first eight minutes of the half. A layup for Brett Wishon with nine minutes remaining gave the Bisons a 15-11 advantage, but a triple by Cole Murray tied the game at 16-all with 8:04 left in the half. Three free throws for Lipscomb opened up slight lead, but Persons answered with a field goal to bring it down to within one.

Jake Giesler hit a layup and connected on the and-one free throw to give the Norse a two-point (21-19) lead with six minutes remaining. On the next trip down the court, though, the game was tied once again on a layup by George Brammeier.

A 12-2 run, sparked by another trey by Murray and five points by Persons, gave the Norse a 31-23 lead with 2:58 remaining in the opening stanza.

The Bisons answered with three-straight triples to pull Lipscomb to within one, 35-34, at the 1:29 mark.

Todd Johnson and Lipscomb's Moran had matching three-point plays in the final moments of the half, but the Norse maintained the lead going into the locker room, 38-37.

Complete Recap

Spalding to Face No. 11 Emory in NCAA Division III National Tournament; Centre College Snubbed

The Spalding Golden Eagles will travel to Atlanta for a game against No. 11 Emory in the NCAA Division III National Tournament.

Spalding faces Emory tomorrow at 7:30 p.m. EST.

Here are details from SU:

LOUISVILLE, Ky. – The Spalding University men's basketball team will head to No. 11 Emory University in Atlanta, Ga. for their NCAA Tournament First Round matchup. The Golden Eagles will take on Emory Friday, February 6 at 7:30 p.m. EST at the Woodruff P.E. Center.

Admission is $6 for adults, $3 for students w/ID, senior citizens and children 2-12, and children under 2 are free. If you can't make the trip to Atlanta you can watch the game LIVE HERE.

The Golden Eagles (18-9; 13-5) earned SLIAC's automatic bid by winning the SLIAC Tournament Championship Saturday night in St. Louis over Fontbonne University, 58-51.  This marks the second time in the past three seasons the Golden Eagles have punched a ticket to the big dance.

Spalding is led by the back court of SLIAC First Team All-Conference guards Brandon Gabriel and Brandon Goeing. Gabriel, this past week's SLIAC Tournament MVP, is second on the team in scoring averaging 14.6 points per game, while passing out 3.0 assists and grabbing 4.1 boards. The sharpshooting Goeing leads the Golden Eagles netting 15.1 points per game, while connecting on 37.7 percent of attempts from beyond the arc.

Complete Release

Centre College was snubbed despite a 21-5 overall record.

The Colonels were regular season co-champions of the Southern Athletic Association conference with an 11-3 record, but suffered a two-point loss in the SAA Tournament.

Here's the complete bracket and a closer look at Spalding's pod (click to enlarge):




Wednesday, March 4, 2015

2015 OVC Basketball Tournament Tips Tonight in Nashville, Morehead State Plays in First Game

The 2015 Ohio Valley Conference Men's Basketball Tournament tips off tonight with Morehead
State vs. SEMO.

Murray State and Eastern Kentucky received double byes and will be in action on Friday.

All games will be played at Nashville's Municipal Auditorium.

OVC Tournament Schedule:

Wednesday, March 4

7:00 p.m. (5) Morehead State vs. (8) Southeast Missouri
9:00 p.m. (6) Eastern Illinois vs. (7) SIU Edwardsville

Thursday, March 5

7:00 p.m. (4) UT Martin vs. Morehead State/SEMO
9:00 p.m. (3) Belmont vs. EIU/SIUE

Friday, March 6

7:30 p.m. (1) Murray State vs. TBA (ESPNU)
9:30 p.m. (2) Eastern Kentucky vs. TBA (ESPNU)

Saturday, March 7

7:00 p.m. Championship Game (ESPN2)

Final OVC Standings:

East

Belmont 11-5 19-10
Eastern Kentucky 11-5 19-10
Morehead State 10-6 15-16
Jacksonville State 5-11 12-19
Tennessee Tech 4-12 12-18
Tennessee State 2-14 5-26

West

Murray State 16-0 26-4
UT Martin 10-6 18-11
Eastern Illinois 9-7 16-13
SIUE 8-8 12-15
Southeast Missouri 7-9 13-16
Austin Peay 3-13 8-22

OVC Tournament Bracket (click to enlarge):

13th Region Tournament is On As Scheduled Tonight

The 13th Region Tonight will be played as scheduled tonight in Corbin.

Here is the schedule:

Wednesday, March 4

6:30 p.m. Barbourville (20-8) vs. Bell County (14-15)
8:00 p.m. Williamsburg (22-4) vs. Jackson County (16-14)

Thursday, March 5

6:30 p.m. Harlan County (18-10) vs. Knox Central (17-12)
8:0 p.m. Clay County (22-6) vs. Corbin (16-10)

Saturday, March 7

1:00 p.m. Semifinal #1
2:30 p.m. Semifinal #2

Monday, March 9

TBA Championship Game

Berea College's Richard Parker, Daishon Robinson Named USCAA Division I All-Americans

Berea College's Richard Parker and Daishon Robinson have been named USCAA Division I All-Americans.

Parker was named First Team All-American and Robinson was named Honorable Mention.

Here's a release from BC:

The USCAA announced it's Division I Men's Basketball All-Americans at the Championship Banquet tonight at the Nemacolin Resort and two Mountaineers heard their names called.

Sophomore, guard Richard Parker was named USCAA Division I First Team All-American. Parker becomes the first Mountaineer Men's Basketball First Team All-American since Jay Stenzel received First Team NAIA honors in 1988. Senior, guard Daishon Robinson was named USCAA Division I Honorable Mention. Robinson was limited to only Honorable Mention consideration by USCAA regulations because of missing the first half of the season with a hand injury.

Parker and Robinson join the most elite of lists becoming the eighth and ninth Berea College Men's Basketball players to receive All-American honors, the first since 2010 when Micah Turner was named NAIA Third Team All-American. They also join Nick Robinson (Men's Cross Country - Second Team), Courtney Conners (Women's Soccer - Honorable Mention) and Simone Brown (Volleyball - First Team) as Berea College's USCAA All-Americans.

Parker, Robinson and the rest of the Mountaineers will begin their pursuit of a National Championship tomorrow versus Iowa Wesleyan College at 5:00 pm.

11th Region Tournament Quarterfinals Postponed and Rescheduled

The 11th Region Tournament quarterfinals at Eastern Kentucky University have been postponed tonight and moved to tomorrow night.

The games scheduled for tomorrow night will now be played Friday.

The semifinal round will now be played on Sunday instead of Saturday.

Updated schedule:

Thursday, March 5

6:30 p.m. Madison Central (18-11) vs. Bryan Station (20-7)
8:15 p.m. Franklin County (8-21) vs. Lafayette (20-11)

Friday, March 6

6:30 p.m. Henry Clay (20-10) vs. Model (13-15)
8:15 p.m. Lexington Catholic (21-8) vs. Woodford County (18-11)

Sunday, March 8

1:00 p.m. Semifinal #1
3:00 p.m. Semifinal #2

Tuesday, March 10

7:30 p.m. Championship Game

14th Region Tournament Quarterfinals Postponed, Rescheduled for Saturday

The quarterfinals of the 14th Region Tournament have been postponed and rescheduled for Saturday at Powell County High School.

Here's the updated schedule:

Saturday, March 7

1:00 p.m. Breathitt County (10-15) at Powell County (13-16)
3:00 p.m. Perry County Central (21-10) vs. Letcher Central (17-11)
6:00 p.m. Knott County Central (27-2) vs. Buckhorn (18-9)
8:00 p.m. Estill County (18-9) vs. Wolfe County (6-20)

Monday, March 9

6:00 p.m. Semifinal #1
7:30 p.m. Semifinal #2*

Tuesday, March 10

7:00 p.m. Championship Game

* Game will tip 45 minutes after conclusion of first game; time given is an estimation

Knott County Central (27-2, 15-0 region) will be the overwhelming favorite to win the tournament and advance to Rupp Arena.

Video: Highlights from Kentucky's Win at Georgia

Check out all the highlights from Kentucky's hard fought win at Georgia last night:


1st Region Tournament at Murray State Postponed Until Saturday

The 1st Region Tournament at Murray State University has been postponed and all quarterfinal games will now be played on Saturday.

Here is the updated schedule:

Saturday, March 7

2:00 p.m. Carlisle County (19-8) vs. Ballard Memorial (17-12)
3:45 p.m. Calloway County (26-3) vs. St. Mary (14-15)
6:00 p.m. Graves County (18-11) vs. Fulton City (8-18)
7:45 p.m. Paducah Tilghman (21-6) vs. Murray High (21-9)

Monday, March 9

6:00 p.m. Semifinal #1
7:45 p.m. Semifinal #2

Tuesday, March 10

7:00 p.m. Championship Game

No. 1 Kentucky Overcomes Georgia's Best Effort to Remain Undefeated

(1) Kentucky 72
Georgia 64

Final from Athens, Georgia

No. 1 Kentucky overcame everything Georgia had to offer on the road and pulled out an impressive 72-64 win Tuesday night to remain undefeated.

The Wildcats (30-0, 17-0 SEC) faced their largest second half deficit of the season at 56-47 with 9:12 to go. Andrew Harrison promptly nailed a three-pointer to cut the lead to 56-50.

Down 62-56, the Wildcats would use a 14-0 run to storm back and take a 70-62 lead of their own.

Karl-Anthony Towns led the Wildcats with 19 points and 7 rebounds. Aaron Harrison chipped in 16 points. Andrew Harrison added 12.

Nemanja Djurisic led Georgia (19-10, 10-7) with 18 points. Marcus Thornton finished with 14 points and 7 boards.

Georgia shot 26-for-55 (47.3%) for the game, out-rebounded Kentucky 41-38 and still lost. The Wildcats only turned the ball over 3 times during the game compared to 11 by the Bulldogs.

With the win, Kentucky is the 13th Division I team to start a season 30-0. They are two wins away from tying the SEC record for most consecutive wins and one win away from completing the first undefeated regular season by a BCS team since Indiana in 1976.

The Wildcats finish the regular season on Saturday with a home game against Florida at 2:00 p.m.

Box Score (click to enlarge):

Team Manimal 17U AAU Adds Marlon Adams, Ajenee Chisolm

Team Manimal AAU has added two new players to their 17U roster for the upcoming season.

Manimal has added Cordia High School's Ajenee Chisolm and Marlon Adams (pictured in black) from King's Academy (TN).

Adams, a 6-foot-5 forward, averaged 26 points and 13 rebounds per game this season.

Chisolm, a 5-foot-10 point guard, saw limited action as Cordia's schedule was limited to only 12 games.





The 5th Region Tournament Schedule Has Been Changed

The schedule for the 5th Region Tournament has changed due to winter weather.

This tournament is being hosted by Green County High School.

Here is the updated schedule:

Thursday, March 5 (was originally scheduled for March 4)

5:00 p.m. Caverna (21-5) vs. Elizabethtown (17-9)
7:30 p.m. Bardstown (19-10) vs. Adair County (12-18)

Saturday, March 4 (was originally scheduled for March 5)

5:00 p.m. Taylor County (25-4) vs. Bethlehem (17-11)
7:30 p.m. North Hardin (23-8) vs. Green County (11-17)

Monday, March 9

5:00 p.m. Semifinal #1
7:45 p.m. Semifinal #2

Tueday, March 10

6:30 p.m. Championship Game

* All time central

Taylor County (25-4, 16-0 region) will be favored to win the event and advance to Rupp Arena.

Tonight's 9th Region Tournament Quarterfinal Games Postponed Until Saturday

The 9th Region Tournament schedule has changed due to winter weather. The quarterfinal games for tonight have been cancelled and moved to Saturday.

The Friday night games are still on as schedule (for now).

The tournament will be played at the Bank of Kentucky Center.

Here's the updated schedule:

Friday, March 6

6:30 p.m. Newport Central Catholic (28-3) vs. Holmes (21-8)
8:00 p.m. Dixie Heights (22-7) v Boone County (20-11)

Saturday, March 7 (games moved from Wednesday, March 4)

Noon Covington Catholic (26-5) vs. Newport (14-16)
1:30 p.m. Cooper (18-8) vs. St. Henry (19-12)

Sunday, March 8

Noon Semifinal #1
1:30 p.m. Semifinal #2

Monday, March 9

7:00 p.m. Championship Game

Winter Storm Forces Changes to 10th Region Tournament Schedule

The approaching winter storm has forced the 10th Region to move quarterfinal games to Saturday.

The tournament is being hosted by Mason County High School.

Saturday, March 7*

1:00 p.m. Campbell (22-9) vs. Bourbon (9-19)
2:30 p.m. Pendleton (14-16) vs. Augusta (17-10)
*** Clear Gym ***
6:30 p.m. Mason (27-2) vs. Harrison (15-14)
8:00 p.m. Paris (18-9) vs. Scott (16-13)

Monday, March 9

6:00 p.m. Semifinal #1
7:30 p.m. Semifinal #2

Tuesday, March 10

7:00 p.m. Championship Game

* If girl's tournament cannot be played Friday night, then the boy's schedule could change again.

Mason County will be heavily favored to win the tournament as they are 27-2 overall and an undefeated 15-0 in the region.

Campbell County and Paris will hope to make a run of their own.

8th Region Tournament Quarterfinals Moved to Saturday

The 8th Region Tournament quarterfinals will now be played on Saturday rather than tonight and tomorrow.

The tournament is being hosted by Henry County High School.

Saturday, March 7

10:00 a.m. Grant County (15-14) vs. Shelby County (21-8)
12:00 p.m. Oldham County (25-4) vs. Gallatin County (9-18)
2:00 p.m. Owen County (25-5) vs. North Oldham (16-15)
4:00 p.m. Collins (23-8) vs. Simon Kenton (15-13)

Monday, March 9

6:00 p.m. Semifinal #1
7:30 p.m. Semifinal #2

Tuesday, March 10

7:00 p.m. Championship Game

Weather Forces Changes to 12th Region Tournament Schedule

Weather has forced changes to the 12th Region Tournament schedule.

The tournament is being hosted by Lincoln County High School.

Here's the updated schedule:

Saturday, March 7

1:00 p.m. Wayne County (22-5) vs. West Jessamine (19-10)
3:00 p.m. Pulaski County (19-11) vs. Boyle County (23-6)

*** Clear gym ***

6:30 p.m. Mercer County (22-8) vs. Southwestern (21-9)
8:00 p.m. Lincoln County (23-5) vs. Casey County (12-19)*

* estimated time

Monday, March 9

6:00 p.m. Semifinal #1
7:45 p.m. Semifinal #2

Tuesday, March 10

7:00 p.m. Championship Game

My take: This region has 3-4 or even 5 teams who could potentially get hot and win. I would call Wayne County, Boyle County and Lincoln County the favorites.


Tuesday, March 3, 2015

16th Region Tournament Rescheduled Due to Weather

The 16th Region Tournament has been rescheduled due to the winter storm that is approaching Kentucky.

Saturday, March 7 (was originally scheduled for Wednesday, March 4)

Noon Boyd County (22-6) vs. Elliott County (19-7)
1:30 p.m. Rowan County (22-6) vs. Greenup County (12-17)

Sunday, March 8 (was originally scheduled for Thursday, March 5)

2:00 p.m. Morgan County (20-5) vs. Ashland (5-26)
3:30 p.m. Raceland (19-10) vs. Fleming County (12-17)


Monday, March 9

6:30 p.m. Semifinal #1
8:00 p.m. Semifinal #2

Tuesday, March 10

7:00 p.m. Championship Game


UK Celebrity Fan Ashley Judd is Headed to Athens for Tonight's Game

It sounds like UK celebrity super fan Ashley Judd is headed to Athens for tonight's game vs. Georgia:


15th Region Tournament Reschedules Quarterfinal Games Due to Weather

The 15th Region Tournament has been rescheduled and will not start with four quarterfinal games on Saturday at the Eastern Kentucky Expo Center.

Here's the updated schedule:

Saturday, March 7

1:00 p.m. Sheldon Clark (22-5) vs. East Ridge (15-11)
2:30 p.m. Lawrence County (17-12) vs. Allen Central (13-17)
6:30 p.m. Shelby Valley (18-12) vs. Johnson Central (20-9)
8:00 p.m. South Floyd (12-17) vs. Pike County Central (16-13)

Monday, March 9

6:30 p.m. Semifinal #1
8:00 p.m. Semifinal #2

Tuesday, March 10

7:00 p.m. Championship Game

My take: I'll go with a 57th District championship rematch in the final.

Entire Arkansas Basketball Team Shows Up To Watch 2016 Recruit Malik Monk

The entire Arkansas basketball team showed up to watch 2016 recruit Malik Monk last night.

Monk, who also holds an offer from Kentucky, is a 6-foot-3 shooting guard who ranks No. 5 overall on the Rivals.com list for 2016.

He scored 26 points in a losing effort:


Three from Transylvania Earn All-HCAC Honors

Three players from Transylvania University have earned all-conference honors in the Heartland Collegiate Athletic Conference.

Here's a release from TU:

GREENWOOD, Ind.—Three Pioneer men’s basketball players have received all-conference honors, the Heartland Collegiate Athletic Conference announced Tuesday. Junior forward Parker Stansberry, sophomore guard Alex Jones and senior guard Isaiah Dooley were recognized for their efforts during the 2014-15 season.

Stansberry and Jones were each named 2nd Team All-HCAC after successful years for the Pioneers. Stansberry started 24 of the 25 Transylvania games this season, averaging 13.6 points per game and seven rebounds per game, shooting 43.4 percent, including 38.7 percent from behind the arc. He recorded a season-high in points on Jan. 10 against HCAC opponent Manchester when he dropped 23 points. His season-high in rebounds came against Cal Tech on Dec. 16 when he pulled down 12 boards. Stansberry recorded four double-doubles for the Pioneers on the season.

Jones led Transylvania in scoring and assists for the season, averaging 16.9 points per game and 4.4 assists per game while also pulling down 3.7 rebounds per contest. Jones recorded a season high in rebounds against Lipscomb on Nov. 22 when he snatched 10 rebounds; his season high for assists came in a Jan. 31 matchup against Manchester as he dished out 10 assists. Jones’ season high in points came in a 40-point outburst against Franklin when he went 15-24 from the floor (62.5 percent). He notched two double-doubles for the Transylvania on the season, the first against Lipscomb (11pts., 10 reb.) and the second against Manchester (30pts., 10 ast.)

Dooley was named to the All-Sportsmanship Team, an award that recognizes individuals for exemplary character and leadership. Dooley appeared in nine games for Transylvania, starting one. He recorded a season-high in points on Dec. 28 against Berry and on Feb. 21 versus Bluffton, tallying three points in both games.

Player of the Year: Bernard Edwards, Defiance College, Sr., F
Freshman of the Year: Wes McKinney, Hanover College, F
Coach of the Year: Toby Carrigan, Mount St. Joseph University

1st Team All-HCAC:

Max Mollaun, Anderson, Sr., G
Thayne Recker, Bluffton, Jr., C
Bernard Edwards, Defiance, Sr., F
Travis Schomaeker, Defiance, Sr., G
Joel Scudder, Mount St. Joseph, Jr., G
Femi Thompson, Mount St. Joseph, Jr., G

2nd Team All-HCAC:

Justin Jordan, Anderson, Sr., G
Mason Roth, Defiance, Sr., G
Aaron Mann, Franklin, So., G
Kyle James, Hanover, Sr., G
Alex Jones, Transylvania, So., G
Parker Stansberry, Transylvania, Jr., F

All-Sportsmanship Team:

Micah Smith, Anderson, Jr., G
Ryan Ebbeskotte, Bluffton, Sr., G
Wade Wooley, Defiance, Jr., C
Joe Adams, Earlham, Sr., F
Matt Niehoff, Franklin, So., F
Jacob Steinhart, Hanover, Sr., F
Glendon Yoder, Manchester, Sr., F
Andy Countryman, Mount St. Joseph, Sr., G
Corey Povaleri, Rose-Hulman, Sr., G
Isaiah Dooley, Transylvania, Sr., G

Complete List

Kentucky's Uniforms for Tonight's Game at Georgia

Here are the uniforms the Kentucky Wildcats will be wearing tonight at Georgia:



Georgia is planning a "blackout" for tonight's game:

Prohm, Payne and Walden Earn Top OVC Basketball Honors

The Ohio Valley Conference has announced the league's honors and all-conference selections for the 2014-15 season.

Murray State's Cameron Payne is the OVC Player of the Year and Racers head coach Steve Prohm is the league's Coach of the Year.

Eastern Kentucky's Corey Walden is Defensive Player of the Year.

Payne, Walden, EKU's Eric Stutz and Murray State's Jarvis Williams on the All-OVC First Team.

2014-15 Men's Basketball All-OVC Teams and Awards

OVC Player of the Year: Cameron Payne, Murray State
OVC Defensive Player of the Year: Corey Walden, Eastern Kentucky
OVC Freshman of the Year: Cornell Johnston, Eastern Illinois
OVC Coach of the Year: Steve Prohm, Murray State

ALL-OVC FIRST TEAM

Cameron Payne, Murray State
Corey Walden, Eastern Kentucky
Craig Bradshaw, Belmont
Jarvis Williams, Murray State
Eric Stutz, Eastern Kentucky

ALL-OVC SECOND TEAM

Evan Bradds, Belmont
Marshun Newell, UT Martin
Jarekious Bradley, Southeast Missouri
Deville Smith, UT Martin
Trae Anderson, Eastern Illinois

ALL-NEWCOMER TEAM

Deville Smith, UT Martin
Trae Anderson, Eastern Illinois
Charles Jackson, Tennessee Tech
Cornell Johnston, Eastern Illinois
Twymond Howard, UT Martin

6th Region Tournament Tips Off Tonight at Multiple Venues

The 6th Region Tournament tips off tonight with four games at four different venues.

6th Region Tournament Schedule

Tonight:

7:00 p.m. North Bullitt (16-11) at Bullitt East (20-9)
7:00 p.m. Holy Cross (15-16) at Doss (23-6)
7:00 p.m. Fern Creek (17-11) at Moore (8-17)
7:00 p.m. DeSales (23-7) at Pleasure Ridge Park (18-7)

Friday, March 6 (games at Valley)

6:00 p.m. Semifinal #1
7:30 p.m. Semifinal #2

Tuesday, March 10 (game at Valley)

7:00 p.m. Championship Game

My Take:

There are multiple teams who can win three games and represent the 6th Region at Rupp Arena.

I would call Doss and PRP slight favorites to get to the title game with DeSales and Bullitt East in the mix.

UK's Devin Booker, Karl-Anthony Towns are Finalists for Wayman Tisdale Award

Kentucky's Devin Booker and Karl-Anthony Towns have been selected as finalists for the 2015 Wayman Tisdale Award.

The award is presented annually by the USBWA to the top freshman in college basketball.

Here's a release from UK:

LEXINGTON, Ky. – Continuing a recent trend of prolific freshmen at the University of Kentucky, Devin Booker and Karl-Anthony Towns have been selected as finalists for the 2015 Wayman Tisdale Award, presented annually by the United States Writers Basketball Association to the top freshman in college basketball.

Booker and Towns are two of 10 finalists for the award, which will be presented at the Devon Energy College Basketball Awards on April 14 at the National Cowboy and Western Heritage Museum in Oklahoma City.

Booker leads the team in scoring at 11.1 points per game, including a team-high 12.0 points per game in Southeastern Conference contests. Booker has drained a team-leading 48 3-pointers on the season and knocked down at least two in 13 times. The 6-foot-6 guard ranks as the most effective shooter in the SEC this season, according to ShotAnalytics.com.

Towns is logging 9.3 points and a team-high 6.5 rebounds per game. He leads the team with six double-doubles on the year, including charting four over the last seven games for UK. The Piscataway, N.J., native, who also appears on the Naismith Trophy Midseason 30 list, is connecting on 56.0 percent of his attempts from the floor and 78.8 percent from the foul line.

Combined, Booker (five) and Towns (three) have won eight SEC Freshman of the Week honors this season.

The late Wayman Tisdale was a three-time USBWA All-American at the University of Oklahoma. Following a stint on the 1984 U.S. Olympic basketball team, he played 12 seasons in the NBA before retiring in 1997 to focus on a blossoming jazz music career. In March 2007, he was diagnosed with cancer and following a courageous and difficult battle that included the amputation of his right leg in 2008, he passed away in May 2009.

Former Wildcats John Wall (2010) and Anthony Davis (2012) are previous winners of the Wayman Tisdale Award.

The Wildcats are in the midst of the final week of the regular season. UK will travel to Georgia on Tuesday for a 9 p.m. ET tilt with the Bulldogs in its final road test of the season. The game is set to air live on ESPN.

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

Wayman Tisdale Award Finalists

James Blackmon Jr., Indiana
Devin Booker, Kentucky
Stanley Johnson, Arizona
Tyus Jones, Duke
Jahlil Okafor, Duke
Kelly Oubre Jr., Kansas
D'Angelo Russell, Ohio State
Karl-Anthony Towns, Kentucky
Melo Trimble, Maryland
Justise Winslow, Duke

Trey Lyles Named SEC Freshman of the Week for Second Time This Season

Kentucky's Trey Lyles was named SEC Freshman of the Week on Monday for the second time this season.

Here's a release from UK:

LEXINGTON, Ky. – Trey Lyles was named SEC Freshman of the Week on Monday after a breakout week in which he led top-ranked Kentucky to a pair of wins, including a Southeastern Conference championship-clinching win over No. 18/16 Arkansas.

Lyles picked up the honor for the second time this season. Lyles and the Wildcats have now hauled in 11 SEC Freshman of the Week accolades in the last 16 weeks.

Devin Booker has won the award a league-high five times – including four straight from Jan. 12 to Feb. 2 – Karl-Anthony Towns has earned the honor three times, and teammate Tyler Ulis has garnered the award once this season.

Lyles had arguably his finest week as a Wildcat in leading UK to a pair of wins, including a victory over No. 18/16 Arkansas to clinch the outright SEC championship.

The freshman forward opened the week by scoring a career-high 18 points on 7-of-12 shooting. It marked just the second double-figure scoring effort of the season in league competition. It was also the most points he had scored since totaling 12 in the second game of the season.

Lyles also hauled in six rebounds and had a pair of assists. The Indianapolis native followed that performance with another 18-point performance in the win over the Razorbacks. He was UK's leading scorer in both contests.

It was the first time Lyles strung together consecutive games in double figures since the opening two games of the season. Lyles was 8 of 10 from the floor against the Razorbacks, including the game's opening points.

For the week, Lyles was UK's leading scorer and shot an impressive 68.2 percent from the field. He was perfect on all six free-throw attempts while registering 10 rebounds, three assists, and a block and a steal.

The Wildcats return to action Tuesday when they travel to Georgia for 9 p.m. ET tip at Stegeman Coliseum. The game will air live on ESPN.

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