Friday, March 27, 2015

East Tennessee State to Hire Wichita State Assistant Steve Forbes

According to multiple reports, Wichita State assistant Steve Forbes will be the new head coach at East Tennessee State University.

Here's one of the reports from

Multiple sources say Wichita State Assistant Coach Steve Forbes will be the next head coach for the ETSU Men's Basketball program.

Sports Director Kenny Hawkins has learned an announcement will be made by the university on Monday.

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Steve Prohm, Murray State Agree on New Contract

Murray State University and head coach Steve Prohm have agreed on a new contract.

Here are details from MSU:

Having captured their 24th Ohio Valley Conference regular season championship, and embarking upon a memorable post-season run in the National Invitation Tournament, Murray State University has renegotiated and extended the contract of head men's basketball coach Steve Prohm. The extension means Prohm's contract now runs through March 31, 2019 with an automatic one-year extension carrying it out to 2020.

"I want to thank Murray State President Dr. Bob Davies and Director of Athletics Allen Ward for their commitment to me and the Racer Basketball program over the next several years," Prohm said. "We have an opportunity to do something really special here and I'm honored to be a part of it."

"Since the day I was named Murray State's president, I've been inundated with messages from Racer fans with high hopes that we'd find a way to keep Coach Prohm around," said President Dr. Bob Davies. "Racer basketball is an incredible marketing tool and having a highly successful and respected leader at the helm is imperative. Steve's very deserving of the package we've put together to keep him at Murray State."

"Coach Prohm is the consummate ambassador for not only our basketball program, but for our University," Davies added. "He does things the right way, recruiting top-notch athletes as well as good citizens and men of character. He is a proven winner and he wins the right way. For example, his success on the court is well documented this year, and, importantly, his entire senior class is on track to graduate. Murray State is very fortunate to have a head coach that exemplifies class, dignity and integrity in every way."

Prohm, was named OVC Coach of the Year this season for the second time in his four seasons at MSU. He guided MSU to the first undefeated Ohio Valley Conference season (16-0) in school history and the fifth in 67 seasons in the league. MSU had the nation's second-longest win streak of 25 and tied for the national lead with 12 road wins. Prohm's 104-29 (.781) mark in four seasons included him becoming the 17th fastest to 100 wins among NCAA D-I coaches. The Racers extended their consecutive winning season streak to 28, ranked fourth in the nation.

"Keeping outstanding coaches in place is often the key ingredient for programs that strive for and achieve unprecedented success. It is imperative for us to make every attempt to keep Coach Prohm at Murray State and Dr. Davies recognizes the importance of doing just that," said Director of Athletics Allen Ward. "Coach Prohm has certainly earned the commitment being made to him and the program."

"We aim each day to achieve both athletically and academically while positioning the program to reach levels of success not yet experienced," Ward added. "There's nothing I want more than for our program to positively impact the university, help it grow enrollment, and provide notierity for the university like no one else can. And an essential part of making that happen is to capitalize on our ongoing success in men's basketball."

Murray State University benefited from the Racers playing 12 nationally televised games this season as they advanced to the quarterfinals of the NIT.

The guaranteed contract increases Prohm's base salary to $490,000. With his radio/tv obligations, the total package will be $500,000 annually, plus incentives.

Kentucky Does Talking on the Court, Dismantles West Virginia

(1) Kentucky 78
(4) West Virginia 39

Final from Cleveland, Ohio

NCAA Tournament - Midwest Region Semifinals

Game recap by UK:

CLEVELAND - The talk was everywhere.

The words coming out of the Mountaineer locker room made into every story previewing Kentucky and West Virginia's matchup. Daxter Miles Jr.'s guarantee that West Virginia would hand the Cats their first loss even made SportsCenter.

The Cats, meanwhile, responded with the equivalent of a silent head nod.

Andrew Harrison broke out his trademark dry sense of humor. Karl-Anthony Towns said everyone is entitled to their own opinion. Willie Cauley-Stein had the most dramatic reaction, but even he would only say the comments added "fuel to the fire."

The Cats, no doubt, preferred to let their play do the talking.

And their play talked plenty loud Thursday night.

"We've been talking about it all day," Tyler Ulis said. "Coming out and just demolishing them 'cause they were talking so much trash saying we were gonna be 36-1 and stuff like that. We felt like that was nonsense, so we just came out and killed 'em."

In a season full of devastating performances, the Cats delivered one of their best yet on the biggest stage yet. With a 78-39 destruction of the Mountaineers, UK moved to 37-0 and into the Elite Eight, and tied an NCAA Tournament record for the largest margin of victory in a Sweet 16 game.

"I was really pleased with the energy of our team," John Calipari said. "I was pleased with how zoned in they were, with how we were going to attack the press, how we were going to finish and we were going to just, hey, if we could score a hundred, score a hundred, just play."

For a while, the Cats seemed like they might threaten the century mark.

Within the first eight minutes, UK built an 18-2 lead. Aaron Harrison, scoring 10 points, chased away any worries about outside shooting woes lingering from last week's win over Cincinnati or Kentucky's 2010 Elite Eight loss to West Virginia by burying a pair of 3-pointers.

Harrison would finish with just 12 points and briefly departed with a dislocated finger, but the tone was set and West Virginia head coach Bob Huggins' fears realized.

"Well, I think pretty much what I was afraid could happen," Huggins said. "They shot the ball really poorly the last game, and they're too good to have probably back-to-back bad days shooting the ball, and they came out and made a bunch of shots."

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Box Score (click to enlarge):

Tennessee Releases Statement on Donnie Tyndall

The University of Tennessee has put out a statement regarding the termination of Donnie Tyndall's contract.

AD Dave Hart will be holding a press conference at 11:00 a.m. ET.

KNOXVILLE, Tenn. -- The University of Tennessee announced today that it has terminated its employment agreement with head men's basketball coach Donnie Tyndall for cause. The decision was made based on information the university received during the NCAA's investigation of another institution.

The university concluded that Tyndall is highly likely to be found responsible for serious (e.g., Level I and/or Level II) violations of NCAA rules that occurred during his tenure as head men's basketball coach at another institution.

"It is disappointing that we have to take this action." said Vice Chancellor and Director of Athletics Dave Hart. "It is highly likely that Coach Tyndall will face significant penalties at the conclusion of the NCAA's infractions process. We believe that this decision is in the best interests of the University of Tennessee."

A press conference for credentialed media will be held today at 11 a.m. in the Ray Mears Room at Thompson-Boling Arena.

You can watch the press conference here:

Late Shot Ends Bellarmine's Incredible Season in National Semifinals

Florida Southern 79
Bellarmine 76

Final from Evansville, Indiana

NCAA DII Tournament - Semifinals

Game recap by BU:

EVANSVILLE, Ind. — A season of history, a season with titles, a season where indelible memories were created and greatness was achieved, ended in heartbreaking fashion for the Bellarmine University men's basketball team on Thursday night in the Final Four of the Division II NCAA Tournament.

A spirited comeback in front of a raucous pro-Knights crowd gave way to undoubtedly the tensest final minutes that third-ranked Bellarmine and top-ranked Florida Southern had been involved in this season. In the end, a terrific shot decided the instant classic. Unfortunately for the Knights, it was Kevin Capers that made it.

The consensus All-American, who would have been on any credible shortlist for national Player of the Year, sank a highly contested 3-pointer with 8 seconds remaining to lift the Moccasins to a wrenching 79-76 victory over the Knights at the Ford Center.

The loss ended a sublime season and a dazzling run for Bellarmine through the NCAA Tournament. At 31-4, the Knights finished with the second-most victories in school history. They were regular-season champions of the East Division of the Great Lakes Valley Conference and the top-seeded team in both the conference tournament and the Midwest Regional, the latter of which they won in dominant fashion.

"My feelings toward this basketball team, what they accomplished, the way they represented the university, their city and their families, I don't feel one bit differently about these young men than if we had won the game by three points," BU Coach Scott Davenport said. "When you ask a player to do the best they can do mentally and physically — and they do that — that team may not have a trophy but they are champions. They had the hearts of champions and work ethic of champions."

In the first half, Florida Southern (35-1) used a barrage of 3-pointers to build an 18-point advantage, but Bellarmine remain composed and surged back to within 40-36 at halftime. The second half was a nip-and-tuck affair, with the Knights overtaking the Moccasins and holding a 76-72 lead with 2:39 left on a layup by senior forward Jake Thelen.

Florida Southern's Stephen Battle responded with a bucket, and the Moccasins got the ball back when Bellarmine was whistled for a controversial offensive foul, one of the many disputed calls from both benches in a game which saw an interminable delay in the second half when the Knights had momentum to figure out if FSU's Bubby Johnson had four or five fouls.

Although Capers had been relatively quiet for most of the contest, he drained a tying jumper with 1:46 left that marked the seventh tie of the game. When the Moccasins came up with a steal with 38 seconds left, Capers again had the ball in his hands after a timeout.

Capers began driving right but, in the postgame news conference, said he noticed Thelen awaiting him near the basket. The senior guard opted to step back and attempt a heavily guarded 3-pointer from the right wing. Much to the dismay of the Knights, he was on the money.

"They just made a great play," Davenport said. "We defended arguably the best player in America, and he hit a big-time shot. The defense was great."

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Donnie Tyndall Will Not Return at Tennessee

According to Gary Parrish of, Donnie Tyndall will not return for another season at Tennessee.

Here's an excerpt from the article:

Donnie Tyndall will not return next season as Tennessee's men's basketball coach, multiple sources told early Friday morning.

An official announcement is expected soon.

Thursday, March 26, 2015

Western Kentucky's Chris Harrison-Docks Cited for Traffic, Drug Violations

According to a report by the College Heights HeraldWestern Kentucky University sophomore Chris Harrison-Docks was recently cited by police for careless driving, failure to use improper signal and the possession of drug paraphernalia.

The WKU basketball program released a statement that read: ”We are aware of the situation and are handling it internally.”

Rick Pitino Defends Former Boss Jim Boeheim, Calls Him "Man of Great Integrity"

Louisville head coach Rick Pitino was asked about Syracuse head man Jim Boeheim and his recent NCAA troubles today.

Pitino, who was a member of Boeheim's first coaching staff, defended Boeheim and called him a man of great integrity.

Here is an excerpt from

Rick Pitino didn't defend Jim Boeheim against the NCAA sanctions recently levied against the Syracuse basketball program. He didn't think he needed to.

"I think Jim already had the press conference to handle that,'' Pitino said of his former boss, "and I certainly don't need to defend him because he did it quite well himself.''

But after saying that, Pitino went ahead and defended Boeheim anyway.

"I do know this, that he's a man of great integrity,'' Pitino said. "I worked with him. There's not an ounce in him that would ever break the rules knowingly. So I know him very well, no different than Roy Williams. These are guys with great integrity. And sometimes you just — in today's culture, anything can happen.''

Pitino, who is in his 14th year at Louisville, was an assistant coach at Syracuse from 1976 to 1978. He was a member of Boeheim's first coaching staff.

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Report: Two Leaders Have Emerged for Head Coaching Job at NKU

According to, two leaders have emerged for the open head coaching job at Northern Kentucky University.

Hoopdirt says the current leaders are Cincinnati associate head coach Larry Davis and Wisconsin Green Bay head man Brian Wardle.

Here's an excerpt:

The search at Northern Kentucky has really picked up steam over the past two days. According to great sources, there are two candidates who have really emerged here. I am hearing that Cincinnati associate head coach Larry Davis, and Wisconsin Green Bay head coach Brian Wardle are the leaders for this one. 

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Lexington Officials Removing Couches, Other Flammable Items in Anticipation of Championship Celebration

Lexington officials are removing couches and other flammable items from what has been deemed an "emergency area" near the University of Kentucky campus.

Officials are hoping to control post game celebrations following UK's run in the NCAA Tournament.

Here's more from Jennifer Palumbo of

Excerpt from the article:

Several streets near the University of Kentucky campus are now considered an emergency area as the city prepares for post game celebrations.

That notice went into effect this at 9 a.m. Thursday. Since that notice is now in effect city crews are out looking for code violations, particularly couches outdoors.

Manigault, Adkins Bring Home NAIA DI National Honors

University of Pikeville's Kenny Manigault is the NAIA Division I Men's Basketball Player of the Year for 2014-15.

Manigault averaged 19.4 points and had an NAIA-best 83 steals this season.

Campbellsville University's Keith Adkins is the NABC-NAIA national Coach of the Year.

Manigault and Campbellsville's Damontre Harris are also First Team All-Americans.

Georgetown's Deondre McWhorter and Campbellsville's D'Von Campbell are on the Second Team.

Pikeville's K.K. Simmons and Georgetown's Noah Cottrill are on the Third Team.

2014 - 15 NAIA Division I Men's Basketball Player of the Year: Kenny Manigault, Pikeville (Ky.)
2014 - 15 NABC-NAIA Division I Men’s Basketball Coach of the Year: Keith Adkins, Campbellsville (Ky.)

2014-15 NAIA Division I Men's Basketball All-Americans

Name Institution Pos. Yr. Ht. Hometown
Blake Nash Cal State San Marcos G Sr. 6-1 Phoenix, Ariz.
Damontre Harris Campbellsville (Ky.) F Sr. 6-10 Fayetteville, N.C.
Ladaris Green Dalton State (Ga.) F Sr. 6-10 Savannah, Ga.
Korry Tillery Evangel (Mo.) F Sr. 6-4 Springfield, Mo.
Cameron Lewis % Freed-Hardeman (Tenn.) G Sr. 6-1 Nashville, Tenn.
Kenny Morgan Hope International (Calif.) G Sr. 6-2 Rialto, Calif.
Semar Farris ^ Mid-America Christian (Okla.) G Sr. 5-5 Fort Worth, Texas
Kenny Manigault Pikeville (Ky.) G Sr. 6-5 Ridgeville, S.C.
Brandon Peters % Talladega (Ala.) G Sr. 6-2 Houston, Texas
Phillip Miller * Wiley (Texas) G Sr. 6-0 Dallas, Texas

Second Team

Jordan Bedford Belhaven (Miss.) G Sr. 6-0 Covington, La.
Caleb Hardy Bethel (Tenn.) F Sr. 6-5 Cunningham, Ky.
D'Von Campbell Campbellsville (Ky.) G Sr. 6-1 Arlington, Texas
Stephen Grosey Concordia (Calif.) G Jr. 6-6 San Mateo, Calif.
Deondre McWhorter Georgetown (Ky.) F Jr. 6-8 Louisville, Ky.
Dexter Williams Jr. Montana Western F Jr. 6-4 Jacksonville, Fla.
Gary Inglett Oklahoma City F Sr. 6-6 Ardmore, Okla.
Daniel Carlin Westmont (Calif.) C Sr. 6-9 Evanston Park, Australia
Corday Sims Peru State (Neb.) G Jr. 6-5 Chicago Ill.
Royal Crouch Wayland Baptist (Texas) F Sr. 6-4 Gary, Ind.

Third Team

Matt Qualls Bacone (Okla.) F Sr. 6-7 Tahlequah, Okla.
Shane Butler Blue Mountain (Miss.) G Sr. 6-1 Tupelo, Miss.
Sean Tate Dalton State (Ga.) G Sr. 5-8. Canton, Ga.
Noah Cottrill Georgetown (Ky.) G Jr. 6-3 Logan, W. Va.
Matt Green Hope International (Calif.) G Sr. 5-9 Redlands, Calif.
Craig Anderson % Lindenwood-Belleville (Ill.) G Sr. 6-1 Harlem, N.Y.
James Lane Missouri Valley F Sr. 6-6 Cape Girardeau, Mo.
K.K. Simmons Pikeville (Ky.) G Jr. 6-3 Marietta, Ga.
Marty Wilkerson ^ St. Gregory's (Okla.) G Sr. 5-9 Memphis, Tenn.
Shondell Stewart Talladega (Ala.) G Sr. 6'2 Paterson, N.J.

Honorable Mention

Eric Gaines Campbellsville (Ky.)
Xavier Owens Cumberlands (Ky.)
D'on Hall Lindsey Wilson (Ky.)
Macari Brooks Pikeville (Ky.)

^ 2014 Second Team
% 2014 Third Team
* 2014 Honorable Mention

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Bellarmine Dominates Minnesota State Moorhead to Advance to the Final Four

Bellarmine University 92
Minnesota State Moorhead 75

Final from Evansville, Indiana

NCAA Division II Tournament - Quarterfinals

Game recap by BU:

EVANSVILLE, Ind. — The flood of Bellarmine University men's basketball faithful turned the Ford Center into a literal Knights Nation.

And utter domination is what they witnessed from the Knights.

It happened throughout the Midwest Regional of the Division II NCAA Tournament. And it happened again on Wednesday night in the Elite Eight. The Knights played every bit of what they steadfastly refer to as "Bellarmine basketball," which typically results in a mind-boggling efficiency that gradually decimates the hope of opponents.

The target Wednesday was fourth-ranked Minnesota State University-Moorhead, a formidable group that entered with a glittering 35-3 record and left with a 92-75 defeat against the third-ranked Knights that equaled their most lopsided loss of the season.

"These players have deserved every ounce of the credit all year, and that doesn't change tonight," lauded BU Coach Scott Davenport.

The Knights have now marched into the Final Four for the third time in five years behind wins of 24, 26, nine and 17 points. They are 31-3 but their most difficult challenge lies ahead in the form of top-ranked Florida Southern, which edged BU 101-96 in overtime at Knights Hall in mid-December. The two heavyweights will meet at 9:30 p.m. (ET), 8:30 p.m. (CT) on Thursday. Florida Southern defeated Southern New Hampshire 81-70 just ahead of Bellarmine's game.

"I remember after we lost," recalled senior forward Jake Thelen, "we said, 'We'll see them again.'"

Getting reacquainted will occur because Bellarmine was nearly unstoppable against Minnesota State Moorhead. The Knights shot a blistering 60.7 percent from the floor, setting the standard for an electrifying performance by draining 67.9 percent of their shots before halftime. The "comedown" in the second half was 54.5 percent shooting. The Dragons kept pace before the intermission with impressive 52.9 percent shooting, but they dropped to 40.7 percent in the second half and were left in the rearview mirror by the Knights.

"We're in a rhythm right now," said Thelen, who poured in a game-high 26 points on 12-of-16 shooting and clutched a game-best eight rebounds, "and we have great shooters and passers."

The Knights sure did verify that statement from their consensus All-American.

Senior guard Chris Whitehead scored 18 points and dished out five assists. Sophomore forward Josh Derksen matched him with 18 points. Sophomore guard Rusty Troutman buried all three of his 3-pointers in scoring 11 points with four rebounds and three assists. Junior forward George Suggs added eight points and senior guard Corbin Maynard chipped in six.

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Wednesday, March 25, 2015

Mick Cronin to ESPN: You Televise the Game and We Will Play at Murray State

Cincinnati head coach Mick Cronin says that if ESPN will televise the game, the Bearcats will play at road game at Murray State.

WVU's Daxter Miles Talks Trash; Kentucky Players Respond

West Virginia's Daxter Miles had plenty to say to the media today in interviews leading up to tomorrow night's NCAA Tournament game against No. 1 Kentucky.

Here are some of Miles' quotes via Kyle Tucker of the Courier-Journal:

When Kentucky players were told about Miles' comments, they responded:

Asbury Basketball is Hosting a Cornhole Tournament This Weekend

Asbury basketball is hosting a cornhole tournament this week to help raise money for upcoming mission work.

Here are details if you'd like to participate or help out:

Shane Battier Says West Virginia Will Beat Kentucky

Former Duke star Shane Battier says West Virginia will beat Kentucky tomorrow night.

Centre College's Josh Karsner Named Third Team All-South Region

Centre College's Josh Karsner was recently selected Third Team All-South Region by

Here is a release from CC:

Following a season in which he averaged 15.5 points per game, the postseason accolades continue to come in for Centre's Josh Karsner, who was selected as Third Team All-South Region by on Monday.

Karsner, a senior forward from Frankfort, Ky., finished his career at 10th on Centre's all-time scoring list and as the school's career leader in free throw percentage and 3-pointers made. His free throw percentage of 92.2 percent (71-of-77) leads all of Division III through the Elite Eight round of the NCAA Tournament.

Karsner also finished the season second in the Southern Athletic Association with a 3-point percentage of 47.4 while shooting 48 percent overall from the field and averaging 4.5 rebounds.

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Karsner also led all NCAA Division III players in free throw shooting percentage this season.

The senior nailed 71-77 free throws this season for a percentage of 92.2%, which also broke the all-time Centre record for a season.

Picture of the Arena Where Kentucky is Playing This Week

Here's an early look at the arena in Cleveland where Kentucky will be playing this week:

Eastern Kentucky to Host UT Martin in OVC, I Mean, CIT Tournament Tonight

The Eastern Kentucky Colonels will host a familiar Ohio Valley Conference opponent in the CIT Tournament quarterfinals tonight.

The UT Martin Skyhawks will be travelling to Richmond with a spot in the semifinals on the line.

Here's more info from EKU:

RICHMOND, Ky. – To make it to the final four, Eastern Kentucky will have to get by Ohio Valley Conference foe Tennessee-Martin in the quarterfinals of the Postseason Tournament (CIT) at McBrayer Arena on Wednesday at 7 p.m.

UT Martin is 20-12 this season and reached the quarterfinals of the CIT by winning two road games – a 104-79 victory at Northwestern State and a 60-49 win at South Carolina-Upstate.

EKU students will receive free "E's Up, 3's Up" spring break tanks and sunglasses, while supplies last.

All kids 12-and-under and all Eastern Kentucky University students will receive FREE admission to the game. General admission seats are $8. Tickets for lower level chair-back seats will be $15 and upper chair-back seats are $10.

EKU season ticket holders and Colonel Club members can purchase lower chair back tickets for $10 and upper chair-back tickets for $7.50 if ordered in advance. EKU faculty and staff can receive half price general admission seats if ordered in advance. To order tickets, or for more information, call the ticket office at 859-622-2122.

There is no formal bracket for the tournament. The match-ups for each round are determined after the preceding round is completed. The quarterfinal round is scheduled for Wednesday through Saturday. Semifinal games are March 31 and the championship game will be played on April 2. The semifinals and the championship game will be broadcast live on CBS Sports Network.

The live radio broadcast of Wednesday's game is available in the Richmond area on WCYO 100.7 FM, and can be heard worldwide on A live free video broadcast is available on

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The Kentucky Wildcats Have Arrived in Cleveland

The undefeated Kentucky Wildcats landed in Cleveland last night to begin preparation for their game against West Virginia on Thursday.

Bellarmine's Jake Thelan Collects Trifecta of All-American Honors

2014-15 Basketball Times All-Americans NCAA Division II

Player of the Year – Seger Bonifant, West Liberty (W. Va.)
Coach of the Year – Linc Darner, Florida Southern

First Team

Seger Bonifant, West Liberty (W. Va.), 6-7, Jr.
Troran Brown, Montevallo (Ala.), 6-3, Sr.
Kevin Capers, Florida Southern, 6-2, Sr.
Garrett Kerr, U Sciences (Pa.), 6-4, Sr.
Jake Thelen, Bellarmine (Ky.), 6-6, Sr.

Second Team

Terrence Drisdom, Cal Poly Pomona, 6-5, Sr.
Daniel Jansen, Augustana (S.D.), 6-9, Jr.
Mitch McCarron, Metropolitan State (Colo.), 6-3, Sr.
Jordan Riewer, Minn. State-Moorhead, 6-2, Sr.
Tylon Smith, Southern Connecticut State, 6-2, Sr.

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Seger Bonifant, West Liberty, G/F, Jr.
Kevin Capers, Florida Southern, G, Sr.
Garret Kerr, Univ. of the Sciences, F, Sr.
Troy Leaf, Azusa Pacific, G, Sr.
Darrell Williams, Texas A&M-Commerce, F, Sr.


Alex Herrera, Fort Lewis, C, Sr.
Daniel Jansen, Augustana (SD), F, Jr.
Mitch McCarron, MSU Denver, G, Sr.
Ben Stelzer, Michigan Tech, G, Sr.
Derrick White, Colorado-Col. Springs, G, Jr.


Eric Anderson, New Haven, F/C, Sr.
Troran Brown, Montevallo, G, Sr.
Darian Hooker, New York Inst. of Technology, G, Sr.
Jordan Riewer, Minnesota State-Moorhead, G, Sr.
Jake Thelen, Bellarmine, F, Sr.

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Seger Bonifant, West Liberty, 6-7, Junior, Forward, Berlin, Ohio
Troran Brown, Montevallo, 6-2, Senior, Guard, Phoenix, Ariz.
Kevin Capers, Florida Southern, 6-2, Senior, Guard, Winter Haven, Fla.
Devante Chance, IUP, 5-11, Senior, Guard, Philadelphia, Pa.
Terrence Drisdom, Cal Poly Pomona, 6-5, Senior, Corona, Calif.
Dan Jansen, Augustana, 6-9, Junior, Forward, Orange City, Iowa
Troy Leaf, Azusa Pacific, 6-1, Senior, Guard, San Diego, Calif.
Mitch McCarron, Metropolitan State, 6-3, Senior, Guard, Brisbane, Australia
Jordan Riewer, Minnesota State Moorhead, 6-2, Senior, Guard, Staples, Minn.
Chris Santo, Saint Anselm, 6-5, Senior, Forward, Cherry Hill, N.J.
Keshun Sherrill, Georgia Regents, 5-9, Sophomore, Guard, Cleveland, N.C.
Tylon Smith, Southern Connecticut, 6-2, Senior, Guard, Manchester, Conn.
Ben Stelzer, Michigan Tech, 6-1, Senior, Guard, Manitowoc, Wis.
Deonta Stocks, West Georgia, 6-1, Sophomore, Guard, Lithonia, Ga.
Jake Thelen, Bellarmine, 6-7, Senior, Forward, Edgewood, Ky.
Derrick White, Colorado, Colorado Springs, 6-5, Junior, Guard, Parker, Colo.

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Mark Price to Coach the Charlotte 49ers

Former NBA star Mark Price has agreed to coach the Charlotte 49ers. Price was working as an assistant coach for the Charlotte Hornets.

Tuesday, March 24, 2015

Jeffersontown's Brandon Johnson Has Committed to Charleston

Jeffersontown High School guard Brandon Johnson has announced his commitment to the University of Charleston.

University of Charleston is an NCAA Division II program.

Team Manimal AAU Releases 2015 17U Roster

The Team Manimal AAU program has released their 17U roster for the 2015 season.

- Mason Faulkner (Caverna)
- Tyler Sharpe (Bullitt East)
- Bailey Rakes (Bullitt East)
- Ajenee Chislom (Cordia)
- Collin Miller (Casey County)
- Kobe Caldwell (Warren Central)
- Marlon Adams (The King's Academy, TN)
- DJ White (Casey County)
- Perry Ayers (Bowling Green)
- Mike Dunaway (Trimble County)
- Caleb Taylor (South Laurel)
- David Ademeyo (Southwestern)

Coach: Maze Stallworth
Assistant: Junebug Rakes
Assistant: Brandon Shingles

 * Larry Whelan (Rowan County) is now playing with Charlotte Court

Tony Barbee is No Longer a Candidate at Nevada

Gary Parrish of is reporting that Kentucky special assistant Tony Barbee is no longer a candidate for the head coaching job at Nevada.

Other candidates mentioned at Nevada are Eric Musselman and Joe Pasternack

Rick Pitino Blasts Radio Callers in Epic Rant

Louisville head coach Rick Pitino went on an epic rant today about sports radio callers who are saying the Cardinals are better after dismissing Chris Jones.

I can't do it justice, so just read it:

Murray State, Belmont Mentioned as Possible Expansion Teams in the Horizon League

The Horizon League is looking to add a new team and it sounds like they could potentially raid the Ohio Valley Conference.

According to a report from, two potential candidates are Murray State and Belmont.

Here's an excerpt:

The conference has had its current nine-member slate since 2013 when Loyola left the league and Oakland joined. The league has been looking to get to an even number of programs, either 10 or 12.

“For us, it has to be about a financial fit, a competitive fit, about a sport fit, a geographic fit, about a travel fit,” LeCrone said. “We are in an active phase where maybe 12 months ago, we were in a study phase.”

Two potential candidates for Horizon League expansions are Murray State and Belmont. Murray State barely missed getting an at-large bid to the NCAA Tournament after a 27-5 regular season.

Belmont joined the Horizon League in 2014 as an associate member in men’s soccer. As part of the four-year agreement with the Horizon League, Belmont has to play a home and home with a Horizon League team each year in men’s basketball.

“We’ve got some good home and homes coming up with Belmont, so I think they are very good games for us,” LeCrone said.

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Arizona State Has Fired Herb Sendek

Arizona State has fired head coach Herb Sendek after 9 seasons. Sendek was 159-137 during his time with the Sun Devils.

Sendek was an assistant at the University of Kentucky from 1989-1993.

Here is a release from ASU:

Statement from Ray Anderson, ASU Vice President for University Athletics:

I have informed Herb Sendek that he will not be retained as the head men’s basketball coach at Arizona State University. This has not been an easy decision for me. Herb has been a tremendous asset to this university and a pillar of our community, and his tenure over the past nine years has helped shift the direction of this program.

We have a four-prong approach when it comes to evaluating all of our head coaches: integrity, academics, performance, and fan affinity advancement. Herb has been a true leader in the first two categories and his dedication to ensuring our student-athletes become successful young men has been unrivaled.

However, our athletics department, university and community expect our men’s basketball program to compete consistently for Pac-12 titles, make regular trips to the NCAA Tournament, keep the best in-state talent, and energize our fans and donors. Unfortunately, we have fallen short of these expectations.

We are committed to turning Sun Devil men’s basketball into an elite program and creating an unmatched atmosphere within Wells Fargo Arena.

Our national search for a new head coach begins immediately, but we will take our time and be deliberate in securing a leader that is the best fit for the program and our university. The change will not impact Sun Devil Athletics' operating budget as a result of paying Herb’s contract. A budget-neutral solution has been developed with assistance of donor contributions.

This search will begin a new era in our men’s basketball program that we expect will have a very bright future.

Rick Pitino: "I Think I'd Give" National Coach of the Year to John Calipari

Even Louisville head coach Rick Pitino says he would give national coach of the year to Kentucky head man John Calipari.

Amazingly, members of the USBWA decided the award should go to Virginia head coach Tony Bennett.

That, my friends, is a joke.

John Calipari is the national coach of the year...and it's really not even close.

Southeast Missouri State Has Fired Head Coach Dickey Nutt

Southeast Missouri State has fired head coach Dickey Nutt after 6 seasons.

Nutt was 80-108 during his tenure.

The Skyhawks finished the 2014-15 season with a 13-17 overall record.

Monday, March 23, 2015

Tony Bennett Named USBWA Coach of the Year; Calipari Snubbed

Virginia's Tony Bennett is the recipient of the 2014-15 Henry Iba Award for national coach of the year.

The award is presented annually by the U.S. Basketball Writers Association.

Virginia was knocked out of the NCAA Tournament Sunday by Michigan State.

Meanwhile, John Calipari has led Kentucky to an undefeated 36-0 record and the second weekend of the tournament.

Here is a release from the USBWA:

ST. LOUIS (USBWA) – Virginia's Tony Bennett is the 2014-15 recipient of the Henry Iba Award, presented annually to the national coach of the year by the U.S. Basketball Writers Association. The award, voted on by the entire membership of the USBWA, is based on regular-season performance.

Bennett will be formally presented with the Henry Iba Coach of the Year Award on Tuesday, April 14, at the Devon Energy College Basketball Awards gala in Oklahoma City. The Oscar Robertson Trophy will also be presented that evening. The winner of the Oscar Robertson Trophy as the national player of the year will be announced on Friday, April 3, at a 10:15 a.m. ET news conference in Indianapolis at Lucas Oil Stadium in conjunction with the NCAA Final Four.

In his sixth season at Virginia, Bennett, 45, led the Cavaliers to a 30-4 record, which tied the school record for wins in a season set last season and in 1982-83. For the second straight season, Virginia won the Atlantic Coast Conference regular-season title. Bennett's career mark at Virginia is a stellar 136-64 (.680 winning percentage).

Bennett, the Henry Iba Award winner in the 2006-07 at Washington State, is the ninth coach to earn the award more than once and the second to win it at two different schools. Roy Williams has won the award at Kansas (1990) and North Carolina (2006). The legendary John Wooden was named the USBWA National Coach of the Year six times, joinining five other coaches to win it twice (Lou Carnesecca of St. John's, John Chaney of Temple, Gene Keady of Purdue, Bob Knight of Indiana, Ray Meyer of DePaul and Fred Taylor of Ohio State).

The USBWA District III Coach of the Year and the ACC Coach of the Year guided the Cavaliers to a national ranking as high as No. 2 and the No. 2 seed in the East Region before being eliminated in the second round of the NCAA Tournament by Michigan State.

"Tony Bennett is no longer a rising star in the coaching ranks; he is an established winner," said USBWA President Dana O'Neil of "This year he led the Cavaliers to their second consecutive ACC regular-season title, earning the top spot in the league despite playing for a long stretch without one of his best players. On behalf of the USBWA, it is my pleasure and privilege to honor Tony Bennett."

Including this season, the Clintonville, Wis., native now boasts a 205-97 (.679 winning percentage) overall career record in nine seasons as a college head coach. Prior to coming to Virginia, Bennett was 69-33 in three seasons at Washington State, including two NCAA Tournament appearances.

The Henry Iba Award is named in honor of the legendary Oklahoma State coach who won 655 games and two national championships in 36 seasons in Stillwater. The award is voted on by all members of the USBWA at the conclusion of the regular season. The USBWA has presented a National Coach of the Year Award each year since the 1958-59 season.

Complete Release

Randolph Morris, Stephon Marbuy Lead Beijing to Another CBA Title

Former Kentucky center Randolph Morris and ex-NBA star Stephon Marbury led the Beijing Ducks to another CBA championship in China last week.

Beijing knocked off Liaoning 105-93 in the decision game 6 last week to win the championship series 4-2.

Marbury led the way with 30 points and 5 assists. Morris chipped in 17 points, 14 rebounds and 4 assists.

Former OVC star Lester Hudson led Liaoning with 31 points and 9 boards.

In the playoffs, Beijing defeated Jilin NE (3-0), Guangdong (3-1) and Liaoning (4-2).

Morris averaged 24.8 points, 10.4 rebounds and 2.3 assists per game for the Ducks this season.

Ben Howland is the New Head Coach at Mississippi State

Jeff Goodman of ESPN says the deal is complete and Ben Howland is the new head coach at Mississippi State.

Howland last coached at UCLA where compiled a 233-107 record over 10 seasons.

Mark Pope Mentioned as Possible Candidate at Utah Valley

Former Kentucky big man Mark Pope has been mentioned as a possible candidate for the head coaching job at Utah Valley University.

Here is an excerpt from

Yesterday I mentioned “an assistant from BYU, and an NBA assistant have already been interviewed” at Utah Valley. I am hearing the BYU assistant is Mark Pope, and the NBA assistant is Mark Madsen from the Lakers. From what I hear, it’s important for UVU to hire someone who is an LDS member.


Pope is currently an assistant coach at BYU. He has previously worked as an assistant at Georgia and Wake Forest.

Utah Valley is an NCAA Division I program in the Western Athletic Conference. They finished 11-19 overall this season.

Mississippi State Close to Finalizing Deal with Ben Howland

According to reports, Mississippi State is close to finalizing a deal that will make Ben Howland the school's new head coach.

Jon Rothstein of first reported that State is close to finalizing the deal.

Here's an excerpt:

Mississippi State and former UCLA head coach Ben Howland are putting the finishing touches on a deal that would make the 57-year old the Bulldogs' next head basketball coach, multiple sources told

The deal is expected to be officially completed by Monday barring any last-minute snags. Terms have yet to be disclosed.

One source called the deal "imminent."

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I received a text from a source this morning that said, "the deal is done and there should be an announcement Tuesday."

The source added that assistant coach Korey McCray will be joining Howland's staff in Starkville.

McCray was with Howland at UCLA.

Sunday, March 22, 2015

Kentucky Will Battle West Virginia in the Sweet 16

The undefeated Kentucky Wildcats will face West Virginia Thursday night at approximately 9:45 p.m. ET in the Midwest Region semifinals.

Kentucky has a 14-5 all-time record vs. the Mountaineers. The Wildcats have won 8 of the last 9 games against West Virginia. The lone loss during that stretch was a 73-66 setback in the 2010 NCAA Tournament.

The teams remaining in the Midwest Region are West Virginia, Notre Dame and Wichita State.

Kentucky Will Play Another Late Game on Thursday

It will be another late night for Kentucky fans on Thursday as the Wildcats will play either West Virginia or Maryland at approximately 9:45 p.m. ET.

Pikeville's National Tournament Run Ends in the Quarterfinals

(2) Talladega 64

(7) Pikeville 62

Final from Kansas City, Missouri

NAIA DI National Tournament - Quarterfinals

Game recap by UPIKE:

KANSAS CITY, Mo. -- Kenny Manigault had made the shot so many times it felt like a sure thing, but the senior's runner in the lane rolled off the rim as time expired and No. 7-seed University of Pikeville lost to No. 2-seed Talladega (Ala.) 64-62 in the quarterfinals of the NAIA Men's Basketball National Championship on Saturday.

Manigault's final performance in a UPIKE uniform was one to be proud of.

He paced the team with 20 points, pulled down seven rebounds and added two steals, two assists and a block. K.K. Simmons joined him in double figures with 19 points, including three 3-pointers, and Michael Eneh had a game-high 11 rebounds.

Utilizing some nifty drives to the cup, Talladega's Shondel Stewart put together a game-best 22 points to go along with six rebounds and three assists. Brandon Peters added 13 points, scoring nine of them on three triples.

The team's shooting percentages were nearly identical, with Talladega leading from the field 40.7 to 40 percent and from long range 33.3 to 31.3 percent. Both teams made nine free throws, but UPIKE took five more attempts, going 9 of 19 from the stripe.

UPIKE's Colt Chapman made one free throw with 1:55 to play to go up by five at 62-57. That's when Courtney Mack made two big plays for the Tornadoes, finishing a layup and then connecting on a three as the shot-clock expired, to tie it up at 62-62 with 44 seconds remaining.

Manigault got a good look from three in the final 30 seconds, but it missed the mark, and Wendell Pierre's jumper in the paint barely rolled in to put Talladega in front 64-62 with 3.8 seconds left.

Taking the ball from deep in the backcourt to eight feet from his basket, Manigault got the shot off with time to spare.

For the first time in the tournament, UPIKE wasn't massively oversized, leading to a faster pace and more shots flying through the air. The Bears started off hot, getting a deep three from Simmons and another from Brooks to lead Talladega 11-7.

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UK Special Assistant Tony Barbee to Nevada?

According to Gary Parrish of, former Auburn coach Tony Barbee is expected to
meet with Nevada this week about becoming the school's new head coach.

Barbee is currently serving as special assistant to the coach for John Calipari at Kentucky.

Bowling Green Rolls Into KHSAA Sweet Sixteen Championship Game

Bowling Green took and early lead and never looked back as they defeated Boyle County 68-58 Saturday night in the Whitaker Bank/KHSAA Sweet Sixteen Tournament semifinals.

The Purples (31-5) will play Owensboro for the state championship today at 2:00 p.m. ET.

Boyle County's incredible season ends at 28-7.


Championship Game

2:00 p.m. Bowling Green (31-5) vs. Owensboro (30-4)

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