Saturday, March 14, 2015

Arkansas Guard Michael Qualls Gives His Take on the Kentucky Tunnel Incident

Arkansas guard Michael Qualls claims the tunnel incident with UK's players was "just looks" and nothing else.

I'm told by a good source (eyewitness account) that it was definitely more than looks.


Arkansas' Manuale Watkins: "Everybody wants to beat Kentucky"

Arkansas' Manuale Watkins says everybody wants to beat Kentucky.

Watkins also channeled this inner Ric Flair with "to be the best, you've got to beat the best..."

Take a listen:




Arkansas Players Talked Trash to Kentucky After Today's Game

According to Thomas Beisner of KSTV, Arkansas players ran over to Kentucky's tunnel to talk trash following the Wildcats' win over Auburn.



If the Razorbacks hold off Georgia today, they will face Kentucky for the SEC Tournament championship tomorrow.

Tyler Ulis Discusses Altercation with Auburn's Trayvon Reed

Here is what Tyler Ulis had to say about the in-game altercation with 7'2" Auburn center Trayvon Teed:


Auburn's Cinmeon Bowers Suspended for Today's Game vs. Kentucky

Auburn has suspended Cinmeon Bowers for today's SEC Tournament semifinal game vs. Kentucky.

Bowers is averaging 12.1 points and a team-best 9.6 rebounds per game this season.

This is obviously a tough blow for the Tigers as they were already 22-point underdogs.

Here is the official statement from Auburn:

Friday, March 13, 2015

UK's Willie Cauley-Stein, Trey Lyles Postgame After Win Over Florida

Kentucky's Willie Cauley-Stein and Trey Lyles talk to the media following today's win over Florida:




UK's Dakari Johnson Talks About SEC Tournament Win and Overcoming Pink Eye

Kentucky's Dakari Johnson discusses the win over Florida and overcoming pink eye earlier this week:


Kentucky's Devin Booker Talks About Win Over Florida, Shooting an Air Ball

Kentucky's Devin Booker talks to the media about advancing in the SEC Tournament and how he felt after shooting an air ball early in the game:


Kentucky Pushes Past Florida for Third Time This Season

(1) Kentucky 64
Florida 49

Final from Nashville, Tennessee

SEC Tournament - Quarterfinals

For the third time this season, No. 1 Kentucky and Florida battled into the second half before the Wildcats finally seized control of the game and earned a win.

In today's SEC Tournament quarterfinal rounds, the Wildcats (32-0, 18-0 SEC) extended a single digit lead to 11 points with less than 10 minutes to go in the game. Florida never recovered and Kentucky rolled into the semifinals with a 64-49 victory.

Karl Towns led the Wildcats with a double-double of 13 points and 12 rebounds. Aaron Harrison also finished with 13 points. Andrew Harrison and Willie Cauley-Stein chipped in 9 points each.

Florida (16-17, 8-10) was led by Jon Horford's 15 points. Eli Carter contributed 11 points.

The Wildcats will play either Auburn or LSU in Saturday's semifinal round at 1:00 p.m. ET.

For Florida, the season comes to an end with a disappointing losing record and more questions than answers heading into the summer.

Box Score (click to enlarge):

Kentucky Wildcats Presented with SEC Regular Season Championship Trophy

The Kentucky Wildcats were just officially presented with the SEC regular season championship trophy.


Behind The Scenes at the SEC Tournament; The Ladies Love Willie Cauley-Stein

The ladies of Big Blue Nation seem to love UK big man Willie Cauley-Stein.

As the Wildcats were leaving the court before today's game, several women were screaming.

Several of his teammates, led by Marcus Lee, had a little fun with Willie, screaming "go Willie!!!"

Check out the video from the tunnel:


John Calipari Previews Florida and the SEC Tournament

Kentucky head coach John Calipari previews Florida and the SEC Tournament:


Thursday, March 12, 2015

Kentucky Will Play Florida in SEC Tournament Quarterfinals

The undefeated Kentucky Wildcats will be playing Florida in the SEC Tournament quarterfinals tomorrow afternoon in Nashville.

Florida (16-16) just defeated Alabama 69-61 to advance to the quarterfinals.

Tomorrow's quarterfinal game will tip off at 1:00 p.m. (Noon CT) at Nashville's Bridgestone Arena.

Alabama falls to 18-14 on the season and possibly an invite to the NIT.

SEC Tournament Results and Schedule:

Last Night

Auburn 74 Mississippi State 68
South Carolina 63 Missouri 54

Today

Florida 69 Alabama 61
3:30 p.m. Auburn vs. Texas A&M*
7:00 p.m. Tennessee vs. Vanderbilt
9:00 p.m. South Carolina vs. Ole Miss*

Friday, March 13

1:00 p.m. Florida vs. Kentucky
3:00 p.m. Auburn/A&M vs. LSU*
7:00 p.m. Tennessee/Vandy vs. Arkansas
9:00 p.m. USC/Ole Miss vs. Georgia*

Saturday, March 14

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

Sunday, March 15

1:00 p.m. Championship Game

* Approximate time; games begins 25 minutes after previous game

Updated SEC Tournament Bracket (click to enlarge):

ESPN's Impact Performance of the Week: Belmont's Taylor Barnette

ESPN's Impact Performance of the Week goes to Belmont's Taylor Barnette who hit the game-winning shot to send the Bruins to the NCAA Tournament:





Shining Stars AAU Program to Hold Tryouts This Weekend at Thomas More College

The Shining Stars AAU program will be holding tryouts for their 9th grade, 10th grade and 11th
grade teams this weekend at Thomas More College.

Here are more details:

If you have any questions, please call or email:

Brian Johnson
Director of Kentucky Boys Basketball
Cell: 859-743-9606
Email coachbj32@yahoo.com

Tryout Location:

Thomas More College
Connor Convocation Center
365 Thomas More Parkway
Crestview Hills, KY 41017

You can PRE-REGISTER and complete paperwork on our website:

www.sssbasketball.com

Form is under the "Registration" section of the website.

**There is a $10 tryout fee for all players. **

Dear NCAA Selection Committee: Murray State Should Be In

Dear NCAA Selection Committee:

I would like to briefly introduce myself, then fully endorse the Murray State Racers for the a spot in the 2015 NCAA Men's Basketball Championship tournament.

My name is Anthony Wireman and I am the owner of Allkyhoops.com, a basketball website that focuses on exactly what the domain name suggests...all Kentucky hoops. The primary objective is Kentucky, but the site's reach extends throughout the nation and even around the globe.

I can send you a detailed list of well-respected coaches, players and administrators who will vouch for my credibility, if needed.

This season alone, I have personally watched (as a credentialed member of the media) numerous Division I basketball teams in action. In this week's AP Top 25, I have observed No. 1 Kentucky, No. 6 Wisconsin, No. 14 Louisville, No. 19 North Carolina, RV Providence, RV Ohio State, RV Valparaiso and RV Purdue (practice only).

In addition, I have also checked out UCLA, South Carolina, Florida, Auburn, Cincinnati, Missouri and Tennessee.

Lastly, I have been in attendance for numerous mid-major and low-major teams. I won't name them all but I will note a few including the aforementioned Valpo: Drake, Portland, Morehead State, Northern Kentucky, Buffalo, Grand Canyon, Boston, Eastern Kentucky, Belmont, Columbia and Marshall.

I mention these teams not in a bragging manner, but only as a way of illustrating that I am blessed to observe many college basketball games. I also have a firm understanding, based on 32 years around the game, of what I am watching.

That brings me to the real reason I am constructing this letter...I feel the Murray State Racers deserve a spot in the upcoming NCAA Tournament.

I was in Nashville last weekend for the Ohio Valley Conference Tournament. I sat courtside and watched Murray State lose a heartbreaking battle to the Belmont Bruins in the league's championship game.

Before I even exited the arena Saturday night, the national pundits were already dismissing the Racers as an NCAA Tournament team. The general consensus...Murray State "has no quality wins" or "who have they beaten?"

I will be the first to admit that Murray State's resume lacks a top 50 win, their schedule isn't the best in the country and they obviously lost to a Belmont team that was supposed to be a year or two away from being back in the NCAA Tournament.

That being said, I firmly believe that the Racers have earned a spot in the Dance and here are several reasons why:

- Murray State is 27-5 this season. Let's face it, 27 wins is a big number. But, they have 5 losses, right?

- The Racers had a 25-game winning streak and won 25 of their last 26 games. Yes, Murray State lost 5 games this season but they also started 2-4 before everyone adapted and landed on the same page. But, the winning streak came against weak opposition, right?

- It's difficult to play a top 100 schedule when top 100 teams feel they don't benefit from playing a team like Murray State. Head coach Steve Prohm has publicly stated that teams simply refuse to play the Racers. There's a reason for that...and it's not always money-related. But, they're in the "lowly" OVC, right?

- Let me remind you that the OVC has been playing pretty well in the big tournament. Eastern Kentucky took No. 2-seeded Kansas to the wire last season before falling short. In 2012, Murray State knocked off Colorado State. Remember that one time when Morehead State played Louisville? But, this isn't THAT Murray State team is it?

- This Murray State is very comparable to the 2012 team. That team was 31-1 and finished 15-1 in the OVC. Speaking of the OVC, the Racers went 16-0 in the league this season. But, that team had Isaiah Canaan, right?

- Murray State THIS season has a legitimate pro prospect in Cameron Payne. After Friday's OVC semifinal game, Morehead State head coach Sean Woods plainly stated, "we'll be watching that kid on TNT in a few years." Coach Woods knows a thing or two about high-level point guards. Cameron Payne is a stud and would be a great addition to the NCAA Tournament. But, the great stud NBA prospect lost to Belmont, right?



- Newsflash: Belmont would have beaten a great many good teams Saturday night in Nashville. The Bruins drained 15 3-pointers, including a desperation shot clock buzzer beater, a bank shot from 25-feet and another 25-footer just moments later to seal the deal. Even after that incredible shooting display and everything Rick Byrd had to offer (many people fail to realize that Rick Byrd is one of the absolute best coaches in college basketball), the Racers only lost by one point. But, they just don't have an NCAA Tournament resume, right?





- My final point is simple but important. The so-called tournament resume isn't everything, or at least it shouldn't be. It's true that the Racers were beaten soundly by potential tourney teams Xavier and Valpo. I watched Murray State four times this season, including the thumping by Valpo on a neutral court. The team I watched in November was not the same team I watched in January, February and March. The Racers went to another level...an NCAA Tournament level.

- BONUS: Murray State fans will follow the team. If you reward them with a spot in the tournament, Racer Nation will fill the arena.

In closing, I own Allkyhoops.com, I watch an insane amount of basketball each season and I fully understand what I am watching.

Last Saturday night in Nashville...I didn't watch the undefeated Kentucky Wildcats, but I did see two NCAA Tournament teams play a high-level college basketball game. Murray State and Belmont both deserve a place in the Dance.

Sincerely,

Anthony Wireman, Owner
AllKyHoops.com

Wednesday, March 11, 2015

Union College Earns First Ever NAIA DII National Tournament Win Over UNOH

(15) Union College 64
(18) Northwestern Ohio 58

Final from Point Lookout, Missouri

NAIA DII National Tournament - First Round

Game recap by UC:

POINT LOOKOUT, Mo. - Union College forward Deante Johnson (SR/Cincinnati, Ohio) scored a game-high 20 points, as the Bulldogs used a stifling defensive effort to get past No. 18 Northwestern Ohio, 64-58, in the First Round of the 2015 NAIA Division II Men's Basketball National Championship on Wednesday morning at Keeter Gymnasium.

The victory was a historic one for the Union men's basketball program, as it was their first ever in the NAIA National Championship. It was also the Bulldogs' 21st victory in a row, and their 30th overall on the year, as the team improved to 30-4 on the season. This is also the first time that Union has won 30 games in a season, as well.

"I'm proud of our guys," said head coach Kevin Burton. "Northwestern Ohio was the best team we played all year, they were so well coached. I was so impressed at how hard both teams were playing, we were both playing to win. Everybody got their money's worth in this one, it was a classic.

"For a while, it was not looking good for us, but we grinded it out. I'm happy to beat that good of team."

In the first half, Union came out and played well on both sides of the floor, opening up a quick 11-3 lead in the first five minutes of action. The roll continued for the Bulldogs for the majority of the first 10 minutes of action, as they held a 20-7 lead at that juncture.

But, the Racers clawed their way back in it, as they finally began to make shots. After dominating the majority of the final 10 minutes of action, UNOH ended the half on a 20-8 run of their own, as Union went into the half leading by just one point at 28-27.

To start the second half, UNOH continued to ride the wave of momentum and took their first lead of the game at 30-28 a minute into the period. Union, however, wrestled the lead back from UNOH, as both team traded the lead back and forth over the first 10 minutes of the second half.

With 8:25 left, Union clung to a 45-44 lead over UNOH, and began a run of scoring that essentially put the game away. A 12-3 run over a long period of time (over seven minutes) gave Union what turned out to be an insurmountable 59-47 lead with 1:11 left in regulation.

But, UNOH was not done, as they clamped down on defense and began to nail some shots. A three by Davon Payne with 23 seconds left chopped the Bulldog lead all the way down to three points at 61-58 after a quick 12-4 burst by the Racers.

Complete Recap

NOTES:

- today was UC's 21st consecutive win this season, extending a school record

- UC is no 30-4; this is the first time the program has won 30 games in a season

- this was UC's first ever win the NAIA DII National Tournament


Boyle, Lincoln Players Highlight 12th Region All-Tournament Team

Seven players from Boyle County and Lincoln County were named to the 12th Region All-Tournament Team last night following the Rebels' win.

Here's a look at the complete all-tournament team:

Boyle County: Hagen Tyler, Jeremiah Bell, Chapman Bean, Colton Elkins

Lincoln County: Jacob Conway, Timmy Taylor, Noah Young

Wayne County: Trey Blevins, Peyton Woods

Mercer County: Will Hager, Trevon Faulkner

Southwestern: Adam Isaacs

Pulaski County: Treyvon Sylvester

Casey County: DJ White

West Jessamine: Brooks Ely

Bell, Conway and Tyler receiving their awards:


IPFW Checked Out Lincoln County's Jacob Conway Last Night

Coaches from IPFW checked out Lincoln County senior star Jacob Conway last night.

Conway, a 6-foot-5 wing, finished his career last night as Lincoln County's all-time leading scorer (2,096 points).


Tuesday, March 10, 2015

Hagen Tyler Sends Boyle County to the Sweet Sixteen with Clutch Free Throws

Northern Kentucky University signee Hagen Tyler stepped to the line in a tie game with 1.0 seconds showing on the clock tonight at Lincoln County in the 12th Region championship game.

With Patriot fans making as much noise as humanly possible, Tyler quietly stepped to the line and drained both charity tosses to give Boyle County a 48-46 win and send the Rebels to next week's Sweet Sixteen at Rupp Arena.

Jeremiah Bell led the Rebels (26-6)with 22 points. Tyler, who was named to the all-tournament team after the game, finished with 18.

Lincoln County (25-6) got 14 points from Jacob Conway. Timmy Taylor added 11.

Boyle County will have a rematch against Lexington Catholic next Thursday at 1:30 p.m. EST in the state tournament. Catholic beat the Rebels 65-47 in December.

12th Region Tournament Recap

Quarterfinals

Wayne County 61 West Jessamine 58
Boyle County 65 Pulaski County 57
Mercer County 69 Southwestern 65
Lincoln County 62 Casey County 56

Semifinals

Boyle County 63 Wayne County 56
Lincoln County 57 Mercer County 34

Championship Game

Boyle County 48 Lincoln County 46

Postgame thought from Lincoln County point guard Timmy Taylor:
















Eastern Kentucky, UT-Martin to Play in the CollegeInsider.com Postseason Tournament

Eastern Kentucky and UT-Martin have accepted invitations to participate in the 2015 CollegeInsider.com Postseason Tournament (CIT).

Here's a release from each school:

RICHMOND, Ky. – Eastern Kentucky will make its third straight appearance in a national postseason tournament when the Colonels host a first round game in the 7th Annual CollegeInsider.com Postseason Tournament (CIT) on Tuesday, March 17 at 7 p.m.

Free St. Patrick's Day themed EKU t-shirts will be given away at the game. All Eastern Kentucky University students will receive FREE admission. Tickets for lower level chair-back seats will be $15, upper chair-back seats are $10 and general admission seats are $8. EKU season ticket holders and Colonel Club members can purchase chair-back tickets for half price if ordered in advance. EKU faculty and staff can receive half price general admission seats. To order tickets, or for more information, call the ticket office at 859-622-2122.

EKU's first round opponent will not be known until the complete field is announced on Sunday night. This is Eastern's sixth national postseason tournament appearance in the last 11 years. Included among those six are three NCAA Tournament trips.

The CollegeInsider.com Postseason Tournament was created in 2009. What began as a 16-team event, expanded to 24 teams in 2011 and is now a 32-team postseason tournament, with invitations extended only to teams outside of the BCS power conferences.

There is no formal bracket for the tournament. The match-ups for each round are determined after the preceding round is completed. All 31 games are played on campus sites.

The first round will be played on March 17-18. Second-round CIT games will be played March 20-21, quarterfinal games March 24-25 and semifinal games March 31. The championship game will be played on April 2. The semifinals and the championship game will be broadcast live on CBS Sports Network.

Eastern Kentucky played in the 2013 CIT, beating Gardner-Webb 69-62 before falling to Evansville, 86-72. The victory at Gardner-Webb was the first for EKU in a national postseason tournament in 68 years.

The Colonels are 19-11 overall this season, including a 28-point victory at No. 18 Miami. After ending the regular season with eight wins in nine games, Eastern posted a top-3 finish in the Ohio Valley Conference for the third straight season.

Complete EKU Release

MARTIN, Tenn. – Representatives from the CollegeInsider.com Postseason Tournament have extended an invitation to the University of Tennessee at Martin men’s basketball program and the Skyhawks will take part in the 32-team tournament, athletics director Julio Freire has announced.

“We are tremendously excited to advance on to the postseason for just the second time in our Division-I history,” Freire said. “The CIT will give our seniors a chance to continue their legacy and also give our underclassmen invaluable experience playing in a postseason atmosphere. We are very grateful for the opportunity that the CIT has provided us with their invitation.”

In existence since 2009, the CIT is one of four postseason basketball tournaments. The tournament is made up of non-BCS programs (ACC, Big Ten, Big 12, Pac-12 and SEC teams) who are not selected to participate in the NCAA Tournament or NIT.

The 2015 CIT field will be announced on the evening of Sunday, March 15. The first round will occur on March 17-18, followed by the second round on March 20-21, the quarterfinals on March 24-25, the semifinals on March 31 and the championship on April 2. In an effort to minimize travel and limit class time missed, the CIT does not have a set bracket and instead uses a model with future round opponents determined by results of the previous round to ensure geographic stability. All 31 games are played on campus sites.

Both the semifinal and championship games of the tournament will be televised nationally on CBS Sports Network. Previous CIT winners include Murray State (2014), East Carolina (2013), Mercer (2012), Santa Clara (2011), Missouri State (2010) and Old Dominion (2009).

Complete UTM Release

Selection Sunday is Almost Here: Schedule for the Week

Selection Sunday is just five days away...

Here's a complete schedule for the week for all Kentucky college teams:

Monday, March 9

No Games

Tuesday, March 10

No Games

Wednesday, March 11

9:30 a.m. Union College vs. Northwestern Ohio (NAIA DII Tournament)
6:45 p.m. Brescia University vs. Indiana Wesleyan (NAIA DII Tournament)
7:00 p.m. Western Kentucky University vs. Marshall (C-USA Tournament)

Thursday, March 12

2:00 p.m. University of Louisville vs. TBA (ACC Tournament)
7:00 p.m. WKU/Marshall vs. TBA (C-USA Tournament)

Friday, March 13

1:00 p.m. University of Kentucky vs. Florida/Alabama (SEC Tournament)
6:30 p.m. C-USA Tournament Semifinals
7:00 p.m. Louisville/TBA vs. TBA (ACC Tournament)
TBA Brescia/Indiana Wesleyan vs. TBA (NAIA DII Tournament)
TBA Union/Northwestern Ohio vs. TBA (NAIA DII Tournament)

Saturday, March 14

1:00 p.m. Kentucky/Florida/Alabama vs. TBA (SEC Tournament)
3:30 p.m. C-USA Tournament Championship Game
TBA NAIA DII Tournament Quarterfinals
6:00 p.m. Drury at Bellarmine University (NCAA DII Tournament)
8:30 p.m. ACC Tournament Championship Game

Sunday, March 15

1:00 p.m. SEC Tournament Championship Game
6:00 p.m. NCAA Tournament Selection Show
7:30 p.m. TBA at Bellarmine/Drury (NCAA DII Tournament)

Air Force Showing Interest in 2016 Buckhorn Guard Connor Hoskins

Air Force has been showing increased interested in 2016 Buckhorn High School shooting guard Connor Hoskins.

Hoskins, who stands 6-foot-3, averaged 19.3 points and 9.5 rebounds per game this season.

In the summer, Hoskins plays for Cameron Hoskins All-Stars on the AAU circuit.


Bellarmine Earns No. 1 Seed in Midwest Regional of NCAA DII Tournament

The Bellarmine Knights earned the No. 1 seed in the Midwest Regional of the 2015 NCAA Division II Men's Basketball Tournament.

The Knights will host GLVC opponent Drury (21-8) in the first round. The game, which tips at 6:30 p.m. EST on Saturday, is a rematch of the GLVC Tournament championship game that was won by Drury.

The winner will then advance to the second round on Sunday vs. either Lake Superior or Ferris State.

Saturday, March 14

Session 1:

Noon: No. 6 Michigan Tech vs. No. 3 Indianapolis
2:30 p.m.: No. 7 Lewis vs. No. 2 Wisconsin-Parkside

Session 2:

6 p.m.: No. 8 Drury vs. No. 1 Bellarmine
8:30: No. 5 Ferris State vs. No. 4 Lake Superior

Sunday, March 15

Session 3:

5 p.m.: Regional Semifinal No. 1
7:30 p.m.: Regional Semifinal No. 2

Tuesday, March 17

Session 4:

7 p.m.: Regional Final

More info from BU:

INDIANAPOLIS---The NCAA Division II Men's Basketball Committee announced today the field of 64 teams that will compete in the 2015 NCAA Division II Men's Basketball Championship, and Bellarmine University was named as the No. 1 seed in the Midwest Regional. As the No. 1 seed, Bellarmine also has secured hosting rights for the tournament that will be played March 14, 15 and 17 in Knights Hall.

The Knights will play the No. 8 seed Drury, in a rematch of the Great Lakes Valley Conference final. Game times and ticket information will be announced on Monday afternoon.

The complete Midwest Regional field includes:

Seed Team Record
1 Bellarmine 27-3
2 Wisconsin-Parkside 26-3
3 Indianapolis 23-5
4 Lake Superior St. 25-6
5 Ferris State 23-8
6 Michigan Tech 19-8
7 Lewis 21-8
8 Drury 21-8

NCAA DII Tournament Bracket (click to enlarge):

Sports Illustrated Tournament Preview: Who can catch the Cats?

Sports Illustrated's NCAA Tournament preview will feature several regional covers that ask the question: who can catch the Cats?

Check it out:


Blue Magic: Kentucky on the Cover of SLAM Magazine

The undefeated Kentucky Wildcats are on the cover of the new SLAM Magazine.

Take a look:


Barry Hinson: "Absolute Tragedy" if Murray State Doesn't Get in the NCAA Tournament

Southern Illinois head coach Barry Hinson says it will be an "absolute tragedy" if the Murray State Racers are left out of the NCAA Tournament.



I personally hope Coach Hinson holds a press conference to share his true thoughts. I would travel to Carbondale if he promised to say something like this:


UK Dominates All-SEC Awards; Calipari, Towns, Booker and Cauley-Stein Lead the Way

Following an undefeated regular season, the Kentucky Wildcats brought in several All-SEC honors today.
 
Here's a release from UK:
 
BIRMINGHAM, Ala. – Following an unprecedented undefeated regular season and the 46th Southeastern Conference championship in program history, the top-ranked Kentucky Wildcats captured numerous All-Conference honors on Tuesday.
 
John Calipari was tabbed the SEC Coach of the Year, Willie Cauley-Stein hauled in Defensive Player of the Year honors, Devin Booker was named the SEC’s Sixth Man of the Year and Karl-Anthony Towns continued UK’s reign on SEC Freshman of the Year accolades. The league’s coaches’ voted on the award winners.
 
Cauley-Stein and Towns garnered First Team All-SEC honors, while Booker and Aaron Harrison were named to the league’s Second Team. Booker and Towns were joined by classmates Trey Lyles and Tyler Ulis on the All-SEC Freshman Team, while Cauley-Stein earned his second career All-Defensive Team honor.
 
Calipari was named the league’s Coach of the Year after directing the Wildcats to a perfect 31-0 overall record and an 18-0 mark in league competition. It’s the third time he’s earned SEC Coach of the Year honors and, dating back to his time at UMass and Memphis, the eighth time in his career he been tabbed his league’s top coach. Calipari directed one of the nation’s most prolific defensive units that led the country in scoring margin (plus-21.9) and defensive field-goal percentage (.351). A balanced offensive squad also featured seven players averaging between 11.2 and 6.9 points per game. 
 
Cauley-Stein became the third player under Calipari’s direction to earn the Defensive Player of the Year honor. Anthony Davis (2012) and Nerlens Noel (2013) were the previous Wildcats to earn the accolade. Cauley-Stein led the Wildcats with 44 steals and ranked second with 49 blocks. A multi-dimensional defensive performer, Cauley-Stein consistently provided matchup problems for opponents with his ability to guard all five positions. Earlier this season, the Olathe, Kan., native became the first player in UK history to total 200 career blocks and 100 career steals. His All-Defensive Team honor is the second of his career after earning a spot on the squad during his freshman campaign. It is the first time in his career he has earned All-SEC recognition.
 

Here's a look:

First Team All-SEC

Bobby Portis, Arkansas – F, 6-11, 242, So., Little Rock, Ark.
Willie Cauley-Stein, Kentucky – F, 7-0, 240, Jr., Olathe, Kan.
Karl-Anthony Towns, Kentucky – F, 6-11, 250, Fr., Piscataway, N.J.
Jarell Martin, LSU – F, 6-10, 236, So., Baton Rouge, La.
Jordan Mickey, LSU – F, 6-8, 235, So., Dallas, Texas
Stefan Moody, Ole Miss – G, 5-10, 179, Jr., Kissimmee, Fla.
Josh Richardson, Tennessee – G, 6-6, 200, Sr., Edmond, Okla.
Danuel House, Texas A&M – G, 6-7, 207, Jr., Fresno, Texas
Damian Jones, Vanderbilt –C, 6-10, 240, So., Baton Rouge, La.

Second Team All-SEC

Levi Randolph, Alabama – G, 6-5, 210, Sr., Madison, Ala.
Michael Qualls, Arkansas – G, 6-6, 210, Jr., Shreveport, La.
KT Harrell, Auburn – G, 6-4, 212, Sr., Montgomery, Ala.
Dorian Finney-Smith, Florida – F, 6-8, 218, Jr., Portsmouth, Va.
Marcus Thornton, Georgia – F, 6-8, 235, Sr., Atlanta, Ga.
Devin Booker, Kentucky – G, 6-6, 206, Fr., Grand Rapids, Mich.
Aaron Harrison, Kentucky – G, 6-6, 212, So., Richmond, Texas
Craig Sword, Mississippi State – G, 6-3, 194, Jr., Montgomery, Ala.
Jalen Jones, Texas A&M – G/F, 6-7, 223, Jr., Dallas, Texas

SEC All-Freshman Team

Anton Beard, Arkansas – G, 6-0, 190, Fr., North Little Rock, Ark.
Devin Robinson, Florida – F, 6-8, 178, Fr., Chesterfield, Va.
Devin Booker, Kentucky – G, 6-6, 206, Fr., Grand Rapids, Mich.
Trey Lyles, Kentucky – F, 6-10, 235, Fr., Indianapolis, Ind.
Karl-Anthony Towns, Kentucky – F, 6-11, 250, Fr., Piscataway, N.J.
Tyler Ulis, Kentucky – G, 5-9, 155, Fr., Lima, Ohio
Wade Baldwin IV, Vanderbilt – G, 6-3, 195, Fr., Belle Mead, N.J.
Riley LaChance, Vanderbilt – G, 6-2, 194, Fr., Brookfield, Wisc.

SEC All-Defensive Team

Marcus Thornton, Georgia – F, 6-8, 235, Sr., Atlanta, Ga.
Willie Cauley-Stein, Kentucky – F, 7-0, 240, Jr., Olathe, Kan.
Jordan Mickey, LSU – F, 6-8, 235, So., Dallas, Texas
Josh Richardson, Tennessee – G, 6-6, 200, Sr., Edmond, Okla.
Damian Jones, Vanderbilt –C, 6-10, 240, So., Baton Rouge, La.

SEC Coach of the Year: John Calipari, Kentucky
SEC Player of the Year:  Bobby Portis, Arkansas
SEC Scholar-Athlete of the Year: Levi Randolph, Alabama
SEC Freshman of the Year: Karl-Anthony Towns, Kentucky
SEC Sixth-Man of the Year: Devin Booker, Kentucky
SEC Defensive Player of the Year: Willie Cauley-Stein, Kentucky

UK's Marcus Lee Named to SEC Community Service Team

Kentucky's Marcus Lee has been named to the Southeastern Conference Community Service Team for his work off the court.

Here is a release from UK:

LEXINGTON, Ky. – Kentucky men’s basketball’s Marcus Lee was named to the 2014-15 Southeastern Conference Community Service Team on Monday, as the league has recognized his accomplishments away from the basketball court.

The SEC named a men’s basketball Community Service Team for the 17th year. One player from each of the 14 SEC players was named to the team.

Lee has been extensively active in the Lexington community during his two years at UK.

He is the treasurer of UK’s Student-Athlete Advisory Committee NCAA, having coordinated the athletics department’s blanket project where Kentucky student-athletes made blankets for UK Children’s Hospital patients. Lee was responsible for coordinating the project budget, which involved purchasing the material that was used to make the blankets.

He has also been actively involved in UK’s backpack program with God’s Pantry, filling backpacks with food supplies and delivering them to local elementary schools.

Lee visited Dick Gregory, who was seriously injured in a fall at Rupp Arena last season, in the intensive care unit.

He volunteered to help out during the events inside the Joe Craft Center as part of National Student-Athlete Day. He also took part in the Samaritan's Feet Project in addition to delivering food to Midnight Madness Campers.

All 21 league-sponsored sports have had a Community Service Team since 2004, with at-large teams for men's and women's sports being chosen from 1999-2003. The SEC began a football Community Service Team in 1994.

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

Mid-South Conference Awards and Honors Announced; Kenny Manigault Named Player of the Year

University of Pikeville's Kenny Manigault was named Mid-South Conference Player of the Year last week.

Lindsey Wilson's Bryan Wallace was named Freshman of the Year.

Campbellsville head man Keith Adkins was named Coach of the Year.

Here's a release from the MSC:

FRANKFORT, Ky. -- Pikeville (Ky.) senior guard Kenny Manigault is the 2014-15 Mid-South Conference Men's Basketball Player of the Year, conference officials announced on Thursday at the conference's awards banquet at the Capital Plaza Hotel.

The announcement comes during the 2015 Mid-South Conference Men's Basketball Championships presented by Pioneer College Caterers at the Frankfort Convention Center in downtown Frankfort.

Manigault leads the 10-man all-conference first team as selected by the conference coaches. Coaches were not allowed to vote for their own players. Ten additional players were selected to the All Mid-South Second Team.

Manigault ranks in the top five in several different statistical categories, including first in steals (68) and steals per game (2.4) and second in scoring at 19.8 points per game. He is third in assists per game (3.3) and double-doubles (9) and fourth in rebounds per game (7.5).

The two-time MSC Men's Basketball Player of the Week is second in the NAIA in steals, third in steals per game and 15th nationally in scoring.

Lindsey Wilson's (Ky.) Bryan Wallace is the Mid-South Conference Freshman of the Year as voted on by the conference coaches. Wallace is averaging 9.8 points per game and ranks second in the Mid-South averaging 1.7 steals per game.

Campbellsville's (Ky.) Keith Adkins is the Mid-South Conference Men's Basketball Coach of the Year award. The honor is voted on by their peers.

Adkins led the Tigers to a share of the regular season MSC title. The coach of the year award is his second. Adkins also received the honor during the 2005-06 season.

Campbellsville's Darius Clement and Shawnee State's Austin Vance are the MSC Champions of Character Award recipients as voted on by the conference's athletic directors.

2014-15 Mid-South Conference Men's Basketball Individual Awards

Player of the Year: Kenny Manigault - Pikeville (Ky.)
Freshman of the Year: Bryan Wallace - Lindsey Wilson (Ky.)
Coach of the Year: Keith Adkins - Campbellsville (Ky.)
Champions of Character: Darius Clement - Campbellsville (Ky.), Austin Vance - Shawnee State (Ohio)

2014-15 Mid-South Conference Men's Basketball First Team

Name School Pos. Yr. Hometown
Macari Brooks Pikeville (Ky.) G Jr. Chicago, Ill.
D'Von Campbell Campbellsville (Ky.) G Sr. Arlington, Texas
Noah Cottrill Georgetown (Ky.) G Jr. Logan, W.Va.
Eric Gaines Campbellsville (Ky.) F Sr. Chicago, Ill.
D'on Hall Lindsey Wilson (Ky.) G Sr. San Bernardino, Calif.
Damontre Harris Campbellsville (Ky.) F Sr. Fayetteville, N.C.
Kenny Manigault Pikeville (Ky.) G Sr. Ridgeville, S.C.
Deondre McWhorter Georgetown (Ky.) F Jr. Louisville, Ky.
Xavier Owens Cumberlands (Ky.) F Jr. Tampa, Fla.
K.K. Simmons Pikeville (Ky.) G Jr. Marietta, Ga.

2014-15 Mid-South Conference Men's Basketball Second Team

Name School Pos. Yr. Hometown
Tony Bradley Cumberlands (Ky.) G Sr. Alton, Ill.
Allen Dantzler Life (Ga.) F Jr. Paterson, N.J.
Julian Edmonson Lindsey Wilson (Ky.) G Sr. San Antonio, Texas
Sean Elliott Shawnee State (Ohio) G Jr. Canal Winchester, Ohio
Caleb Hayes Life (Ga.) G Sr. Aurora, Col.
Tony Horne Lindsey Wilson (Ky.) F Sr. Louisville, Ky.
Tony Kimbro Georgetown (Ky.) F Jr. Louisville, Ky.
Khalil Murphy St. Catharine (Ky.) F Sr. Willingboro, N.J.
Ben Vozzola St. Catharine (Ky.) G Sr. Las Vegas, Nev.
Josh Wilkerson Cumberland (Tenn.) G Sr. Memphis, Tenn.

Kentucky Christian Players, Coach Earn NCCAA DII Mideast Region Honors

Several Kentucky Christian players and head coach Grady Lowe recently earned NCCAA DII Mideast Region honors.

Caleb Ford was named to the First Team while Lowe was named region Coach of the Year.

Here's a release from KCU:

The Mideast Region coaches have honored three Knights and Coach Lowe for their efforts during the 2014-15 basketball season.

Named to the first team, KCU guard Caleb Ford took his place among the top six players as voted upon by the head coaches. Ford reached the 1,000 point plateau during the season and looks to add many more during the final two seasons of his college career.

Also selected to the all-region squad as 2nd Team members were the duo of seniors Tyler Farley and Ace Puckett. Both players also eclipsed the 1,000 point barrier during the season and will be missed next fall.

Head Coach Grady Lowe was also honored by being named the region Coach of the Year for his work with the Knights squad during this past season. Congratulations to the KCU men's basketball program for their post-season accomplishments.

John Calipari Named Sporting News Coach of the Year

Sporting News has named Kentucky's John Calipari national coach of the year.

Here's an excerpt:

When forwards Willie Cauley-Stein and Alex Poythress chose to return to Kentucky for their junior seasons, when the Harrison twins decided to play for the Wildcats as sophomores, all because they felt they were not developed enough to succeed in the NBA, Calipari’s roster suddenly was overcrowded with talented players. There was no way everyone could start, could play 30 minutes, could attempt double-figure shots. Calipari had to come up with a way for this to work for everyone, including Kentucky fans.

The result: perfection.

And if no one could beat his team, no one was going to beat Calipari for the Sporting News Coach of the Year award.

Kentucky played 31 regular-season games and won every one. The Wildcats are on course to set a Division I record for field goal percentage defense. No defense has allowed fewer points per possession during the 14-year period in which statistician Ken Pomeroy has been keeping track. The team’s offense ranks No. 8 among Division I teams. They are only the fourth team since the NCAA Tournament bracket expanded to finish the regular season unbeaten.

“These kids had to allow this to happen,” Calipari told Sporting News. “They had to trust that we had their backs. That’s how this has worked.

“Part of that trust is the history. The last five years, how it has worked for everybody. You’ve got to explain it to them, what’s in it for them. If you don’t, they’re going to have to look out for themselves. They trusted me, trusted our staff.”

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Monday, March 9, 2015

Kentucky Unanimous No. 1 in Both Major Polls; Murray State Out of Top 25

Kentucky is unanimous No. 1 in both major college basketball polls this week.

Louisville is No. 14 in the AP Top 25 and No. 13 in the USA Today Coaches Poll.

Murray State dropped out of the top 25 but still earned 6 votes in the coaches poll.

AP Top 25

RK TEAM RECORD PTS
1 Kentucky (65) 31-0 1,625
2 Duke 28-3 1,544
3 Virginia 28-2 1,454
4 Villanova 29-2 1,444
5 Arizona 28-3 1,360
6 Wisconsin 28-3 1,344
7 Gonzaga 30-2 1,229
8 Maryland 26-5 1,103
9 Kansas 24-7 1,040
10 Northern Iowa 30-3 1,037
11 Notre Dame 26-5 1,026 12 Wichita St 28-4 797 13 Iowa State 22-8 786 14 Louisville 24-7 780 15 Oklahoma 21-9 772 16 Baylor 23-8 701 17 Utah 23-7 587 18 West Virginia 23-8 525 19 North Carolina 21-10 406 20 SMU 24-6 339 21 Arkansas 24-7 300 22 Butler 22-9 287 23 Georgetown 20-9 223 24 Davidson 23-6 99 25 Boise State 24-7 82

Others receiving votes: Oregon 69, Providence 63, Ohio State 40, BYU 18, Michigan St 15, LSU 8, Iowa 7, St. John's 6, San Diego St 3, Stephen F. Austin 2, Valparaiso 1, Dayton 1, North Florida 1, Purdue 1

USA Today Coaches Poll

RK TEAM RECORD PTS
1 Kentucky (32) 31-0 800
2 Duke 28-3 754
3 Villanova 29-2 716
4 Virginia 28-2 707
5 Wisconsin 28-3 686
6 Arizona 28-3 650
7 Gonzaga 30-2 611
8 Maryland 26-5 547
9 Notre Dame 26-5 518
10 Kansas 24-7 492
11 Northern Iowa 30-3 485 12 Wichita St 28-4 390 13 Louisville 24-7 386 14 Oklahoma 21-9 378 15 Iowa State 22-8 377 16 Baylor 23-8 318 17 Utah 23-7 300 18 West Virginia 23-8 241 19 North Carolina 21-10 186 20 Arkansas 24-7 167 21 SMU 24-6 162 22 Butler 22-9 138 23 Georgetown 20-9 99 24 Davidson 23-6 59 25 San Diego St 24-7 40

Others receiving votes: Providence 38, Boise State 30, Michigan St 21, Oregon 21, Ohio State 20, Stephen F. Austin 13, Purdue 8, Texas A&M 7, BYU 7, Murray St 6, LSU 6, Texas 6, Dayton 4, Valparaiso 4, Iowa 2

Kentucky's Karl-Anthony Towns Named SEC Player of the Week

Kentucky freshman Karl-Anthony Towns has been named SEC Player of the Week.

Towns is the first UK player to earn the award this season.

For the week, Towns averaged 16 points, 8 rebounds, 3.5 blocks and 2 assists per game.

Here is a release from UK:

LEXINGTON, Ky. – Karl-Anthony Towns was named Southeastern Conference Player of the Week on Monday after a week where he led top-ranked Kentucky to two wins, which propelled the Wildcats to completing the regular season 31-0.

The freshman is the first Wildcat to earn SEC Player of the Week this season.

Towns earned SEC Freshman of the Week three times this season. Top-ranked Kentucky hauled in 11 SEC Freshman of the Week accolades from a possible 17 weeks this season.

Devin Booker won the award a league-high five times – including four straight from Jan. 12 to Feb. 2. Trey Lyles won it twice, while teammate Tyler Ulis garnered the award once.

Towns began the week by going for a career-high-tying 19 points, adding seven rebounds in a comeback victory at Georgia. He helped UK close the game out as 17 of his 19 points came in the second half.

In the win over Florida, he did a little bit of everything for the Wildcats. He was a force on the defensive end with six blocks, the second most on the season for the first-year player.

He also had 13 points and a game-high nine rebounds. Furthermore, he led UK with three assists.

For the week, Towns averaged 16 points, 8 rebounds, 3.5 blocks and 2 assists.

The Wildcats return to action Friday at 1 p.m. ET in the SEC Tournament.

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

Rick Pitino to Coach Puerto Rico National Team and Possibly Devin Booker This Summer

Louisville head coach Rick Pitino will be coaching the Puerto Rico national basketball team this summer.

Pitino will coach the Puerto Rico team in two events.

In an ironic twist, Pitino will likely try to recruit Kentucky freshman star Devin Booker to play on the team.



Another odd situation will be when the Puerto Ricans play exhibition games against Louisville in the Bahamas with Pitino coaching against the Cardinals.



Pitino will ultimately try to lead Puerto Rico to the berth in the 2016 Olympic Games in Rio de Janeiro.

Puerto Rico will play in the Pan American Games on July 21-25 in Toronto. Pitino will also coach them in a pre-Olympic FIBA qualifying tournament in Monterray, Mexico on Aug. 25 through Sept. 5. The top two teams in that tournament will qualify for the 2016 Olympic Games in Rio de Janeiro.

Haugh: Undefeated 1976 Indiana Team Would Surpass Undefeated 2015 Kentucky Team

David Haugh of the Chicago Tribune says the 1976 Indiana Hoosiers would still surpass this season's Kentucky team even if the Wildcats finish a perfect 40-0.

Haugh argues that the Hoosiers played the game the way it was intended to be played and "defined what team play was supposed to look like."

Kentucky has better individual talent according to Haugh but Indiana was the better team.

Here is an excerpt from the article:

The unbeaten Wildcats, so deep and dangerous, are athletic wonders. The 32-0 Hoosiers, equally skilled and smart, were aesthetic marvels. Whereas the Wildcats have established themselves as the class of a college basketball season, the Hoosiers set a standard of how the game should be played for a generation. Kentucky might boast better individual talent with at least four NBA first-round draft picks but Indiana defined what team play was supposed to look like "” with three players taken among the first 11 in the 1976 NBA draft running the patented motion offense. Individually, Kentucky likely gets the edge in overall depth. Collectively, it"™s Indiana.

The early migration of college players to the NBA cannot be overlooked when evaluating Kentucky"™s dominance now against Indiana"™s 39 years ago. The differences in the ages of the respective opponents matters, especially considering Indiana beat four top 10 teams on its way to the title. All four of those teams included contributing upperclassmen who simply aren"™t as easy to find these days on elite teams. Will Kentucky"™s path be as challenging? The question cannot be answered until April 6 but I doubt it.

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Kentucky Wesleyan's Ken-Jah Bosley Scores 1000th Point

Sophomore guard Ken-Jah Bosley scored his 1,000th career point for Kentucky Wesleyan College over the weekend.

Bosley is the 40th player to achieve that milestone at Kentucky Wesleyan and is the fourth-fastest player to do it in program history.

The former Madison Central star will enter next season with 2,025 career points.

Kentucky Wesleyan Falls to Alderson-Broaddus in G-MAC Title Game Again

Alderson-Broaddus 50
Kentucky Wesleyan 47

Final from Philippi, West Virginia

Great Midwest Athletic Conference - Championship

Game recap by KWC:

Alderson-Broaddus did it again to Kentucky Wesleyan.

The Battlers withstood a furious late-game comeback by the Panthers, but held on for a 50-47 victory in the championship game of the men's Great Midwest Athletic Conference Tournament championship game on Sunday afternoon at Rex Pyles Arena in Philippi, West Virginia.

It's the second consecutive year the Battlers defeated KWC in the title game at Philippi, and Alderson-Broaddus has won five of the six meetings between the teams since Kentucky Wesleyan began basketball championship competition in the G-MAC in 2013-14.

"Our guys fought, but it is what it is," KWC coach Happy Osborne said. "This is a tough place to play, and I give them all the credit — it was a real slug fest.

"We've just got to gather ourselves. We've got to re-load and get after it again. This is a tough way to go out, but we have a lot to look forward to as we move ahead."

Alderson-Broaddus (22-7) led 46-34 with 8:46 to play, but the Panthers went on a 13-2 run over the next eight minutes — pulling within 48-47 on a tip-in by Devin Langford with just over a minute to play.

The score was the same with 15 seconds to play when Wesleyan (22-8) turned the ball over on an inbounds lob attempt to Langford.

The Battlers' Ali Bilal was fouled with 12 seconds to play, and he made both ends of the one-and-bonus free-throw opportunity to put the tournament hosts on top by three.

KWC sophomore guard Ken-Jah Bosley missed a pair of 3-point shots in the final seven seconds, and the Battlers escaped with their second consecutive G-MAC tournament title.

"We need to get this (G-MAC Tournament) to the Sportscenter," Osborne said. "We're making some steps in the right direction, and there's going to be a day when we get this done."

Point guard Marcus Fillyaw paced Wesleyan with 13 points on 6-of-11 shooting, and Langford produced 12 points and 11 rebounds — seven at the offensive end. Tre Boutilier added 11 points and five rebounds.

Bosley, who has been nursing a high ankle sprain, was limited to only six points on 2-of-9 shooting, including 0-5 from 3-point range. It was only the second time all season that Bosley failed to reach the double-digit scoring column.

G-MAC Player of the Year Malcolm Tatum made 7-of-11 floor shots and led Alderson-Broaddus with a game-high 21 points — 18 coming in the first half. Bilal added 13 points.

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UK's Willie Cauley-Stein is One of Five Finalists for the Kareem Abdul-Jabbar Award

Kentucky big man Willie Cauley-Stein is one of five finalists for the 2015 Kareem Abdul-Jabbar Center of the Year Award.

The inaugural award will be given to college basketball's top center.

2015 Kareem Abdul-Jabbar Center of the Year Award Finalists

Bobby Portis, Arkansas
Jahlil Okafor, Duke
Willie Cauley-Stein, Kentucky
Rakeem Christmas, Syracuse
Frank Kaminsky, Wisconsin

Here is a release from UK:

LEXINGTON, Ky. – Kentucky junior Willie Cauley-Stein is one of five finalists for the 2015 Kareem Abdul-Jabbar Center of the Year Award, one of four inaugural awards the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame is presenting to the top players in college basketball.

Cauley-Stein joins Bobby Portis of Arkansas, Jahlil Okafor from Duke, Rakeem Christmas of Syracuse and Wisconsin’s Frank Kaminsky in the final five for the award, named after UCLA legend Kareem Abdul-Jabbar. A national committee comprised of top college basketball personnel narrowed the list down to five players.

Already a finalist for the Oscar Robertson Trophy and the John R. Wooden Award – not to mention a semifinalist for the Naismith Trophy – Cauley-Stein has been one of the center pieces of Kentucky’s historic 31-0 regular season.

The Olathe, Kan., native has been a one-man defensive wrecking crew, leading the nation’s top-ranked field-goal percentage defense in steals (44) while ranking second in blocked shots (49). Capable of guarding all five positions, Cauley-Stein is the only 7-footer in the country to rank in the top 215 nationally in steals per game.

Cauley-Stein’s offensive game has made tremendous strides in his third year at UK. The 240-pounder is averaging 8.9 points and 6.4 rebounds while shooting 58.8 percent from the floor, the second-best mark on the team.

Perhaps most impressive of all his numbers is Cauley-Stein’s performances vs. ranked foes. In six games against ranked competition, Cauley-Stein is averaging team highs in scoring (11.5) and rebounds (8.2).

Earlier this season, Cauley-Stein became the first player in school history to collect 200 or more career blocks and 100 or more career steals. He’s also one of just eight players in program history 500 or more rebounds, 100 or more blocks, and 75 or more steals.

The winner of the Kareem Abdul-Jabbar Center of the Year Award, along with the three other inaugural position awards and the 12th annual Bob Cousy Point Guard of the Year Award, will be determined by a combination of fan votes and input from the Hall of Fame’s selection committees. Fans can vote now through March 18 at HoophallAwards.com for the top position players.

The winners of the inaugural awards will be awarded April 10 at ESPN’s new “College Basketball Awards” from Club Nokia in Los Angeles. The awards show will be televised live on ESPN2 at 8 p.m.

UK begins postseason play on Friday in the quarterfinals of the Southeastern Conference Tournament. The Wildcats will play the winner of the Alabama-Florida game on Friday at 1 p.m. ET on the SEC Network.

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

Rajon Rondo Has Been Fighting With Coaches Since He Was 6 Years Old

It should not be a surprise that former Kentucky star Rajon Rondo had a dust-up with Dallas
Mavericks coach Rick Carlisle recently.

As a matter of fact, Rondo admits that he's basically had similar situations with every coach he's ever had dating all the way back to little league football.

"I don’t think there’s not one coach I’ve played with that I haven’t got into it with," Rondo said over the weekend. "I think all of our relationships are fine."

Read more here: http://www.star-telegram.com/sports/nba/dallas-mavericks/full-court-press-blog/article13071668.html#storylink=cpy

Here are more of Rondo's comments via Star-Telegram.com:

And no matter what level of coaching it is and the sheepskin the coach carries, Rondo doesn’t discriminate.

"I like to test where the coaches are at and I think they like to test me,’’ Rondo said. "So I’ve gotten into a shouting match with a lot of my coaches in my past years.

"It started when I was around six years old. I got into it with my Little League football coach.’’

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Campbellsville University Wins Mid-South Conference Tournament

Campbellsville 72
Cumberlands 69

Final from Frankfort, Kentucky

Mid-South Conference Tournament - Championship

Game recap by CU:

FRANKFORT, Ky. — Campbellsville University was able to hold on down the stretch and won its second Mid-South Conference Championship, 72-69 over University of the Cumberlands on Sunday afternoon.

After not scoring in the first half, senior D'Von Campbell exploded out of the second-half gates and scored 11-straight points with nine of those coming from behind the arc. The senior from Arlington, Texas finished with a team-high 16 points and knocked down 4-of-6 3-pointers in the second half.

Fellow seniors Eric Gaines and Damontre Harris both finished in double digits with Gaines pitching in 14 points and Harris finishing with 13. Harris also grabbed 11 rebounds for his MSC leading 17th double-double of the season.

The Tigers will now await to see if they played their way into a No. 1 seed in the upcoming NAIA National Tournament. The selection show will air Wednesday, March 11 on the NAIA Sports Network.

Campbellsville led by as many 14 points with 7:26 remaining but the Tigers went mightily cold from the floor. CU finished the final seven-plus minutes without a field goal, going 0-for-7.

Cumberlands' Iven Rosier heated up and sparked a 10-0 run for the Patriots. He drilled two-straight 3s and a layup to cut the margin to four, 68-64. Karon Pratt and Rosier came into the tournament hitting only 15 3-pointers all season but the duo hit five against the Tigers today.

Adkins called a timeout to cool the hot hands of Cumberlands and it seemed to work but Campbellsville never could recover offensively.

The only points for Campbellsville in the final 7:26 came from the free throw line. CU hit 6-of-8 free throws down the stretch to hold on for the win.

The Patriots had a chance down the stretch but smart coaching and great timing by Campbell did not give Cumberlands a chance. Campbell hit two free throws to push the Tigers ahead, 71-68 with 5.9 seconds left and then fouled Xaiver Owens when he crossed the midcourt stripe to not allow the Patriots a 3-point shot attempt.

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Tournament Recap

First Round

Shawnee State 70 Cumberland (TN) 59

Quarterfinals

Pikeville 87 Shawnee State 77
Cumberlands 65 Lindsey Wilson 64
Campbellsville 71 St. Catharine 50
Georgetown 107 Life 89

Semifinals

Cumberlands 66 Pikeville 60
Campbellsville 78 Georgetown 72

Championship

Campbellsville 72 Cumberlands 69

Sunday, March 8, 2015

ESPN Bracketology Has Murray State in Next Four Out Category

ESPN's Joe Lunardi currently has Murray State squarely on the NCAA Tournament bubble.

Lunardi has the Racers in the "Next Four Out" category:

LAST FOUR IN
  • BYU
  • Texas
  • Temple
  • Indiana

FIRST FOUR OUT
  • Texas A&M
  • Tulsa
  • UCLA
  • Miami (Fla.)

NEXT FOUR OUT
  • Old Dominion
  • Illinois
  • Murray St (Racers now on at-large board and land here)
  • Richmond
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