Saturday, December 12, 2015

Bobby Hurley Discusses Today's Loss at Kentucky

Check out what Arizona State coach (and former Duke star) Bobby Hurley had to say after today's loss at Kentucky:

John Calipari on the Win Over Arizona State, Skal Labissiere and More

John Calipari talks about the win over Arizona State, what's going on with Skal Labissiere and more after today's win:

Highlights from Kentucky's Win Over Arizona State

Check out the highlights from Kentucky's 72-58 win over Arizona State:

Big Second Half Propels Kentucky Past Arizona State

(5) Kentucky 72
Arizona State 58

Final from Lexington, Kentucky

No. 5 Kentucky overcame a poor first half to put away Arizona State 72-58 Saturday afternoon at Rupp Arena.

Jamal Murray led the Wildcats (9-1) with 17 points, including 12 in the second half. Marcus Lee came off the bench for 14 points, 7 rebounds and 5 blocked shots. Tyler Ulis had 12 points and 6 assists.
Tra Holder had 15 points and Kodi Justice added 12 for Arizona State (6-3).

Kentucky's Alex Poythress had a scare in the first half when he hyperextended his right knee and had to leave the game. Poythress returned in the second half to contribute 10 points and 6 boards.
The Wildcats will return to action next Saturday against Ohio State at the Barclays Center in Brooklyn, New York.

Box Score (click to enlarge):

Friday, December 11, 2015

Louisville's Ray Spalding Has Never Seen a Short Guy Cuss as Much as Rick Pitino

Louisville freshman Ray Spalding says he has never met a short guy that cusses as loudly or as much as Rick Pitino.

Check out Spalding's hilarious comments from cn/2 on Twitter:

Tai Wynyard is Coming Soon, But Will He Play this Season?

John Calipari said after the Eastern Kentucky game that New Zealand big man Tai Wynyard will be in Lexington on December 18.

Calipari said the plan is for Wynyard is to step in and play this season but there's still a chance that he will redshirt.

Here are Calipari's comments on Wynyard:

Q. One other thing about Tai, how far along is he in his development and when does he play?

COACH CALIPARI: I don't know. I don't have any idea. I'll see him. I watched him on tape, but I haven't seen him in person. Haven't seen him against our guys. We'll see what he is and what he's not and whether he's going to be able to help us this first year.

Q. What does he look like on tape to you?

COACH CALIPARI: He looks like he's 6'-10" and about 260. 250.

Q. Will he play regardless for you or is it still a possibility he might redshirt?

COACH CALIPARI: He could redshirt, but the plan is, let's slide him in there and go. But again,OK, we play on the 19th. He gets here only on the 18th. Then we go on Christmas break. And he's going to come back here and I’ve got to have staff working with him over Christmas. Then we have two practice days and we play Louisville. Not probably the ideal game to shove him in, with two days practice. But then let's just see where he is and let's, we'll figure it out.

Adam Zagoria spoke to Wynyard's mom, who also confirmed that he is set to join Kentucky but could still redshirt.

Here are her comments:

Karmyn Wynyard, the player's mother, told "Tai is both excited and nervous about leaving next week. I guess he will decide what he wants to do regarding red-shirting once he gets there. We have talked about it, but ultimately it will be for Tai and his coaches to discuss and decide once he settles in.

"At 17 he is sure he is ready to step in and do whatever is asked of him, but we also realise settling in there will not only be a new team and coaches to adjust to with all their plays, etc. He will be living in a new home with a new extension of his family, finding his feet on campus in a new environment with a different culture. All this after travelling for more than 36 hours on three flights. He will probably take the first week to workout and settle into a routine before he decides. I'm sure he will take it all in his stride as that is just what he does."

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Kentucky State Men's Basketball Completes Sock Drive for Homeless

The Kentucky State men's basketball team has just wrapped up a successful sock drive for the homeless in the Frankfort area.

Here's a release from KSU:

The Kentucky State men's basketball team recently completed its sock drive to benefit the homeless in the Frankfort Area.

The team collected socks in November and early December, and recently delivered them to Access Soup Kitchen, a homeless shelter in downtown Frankfort. According to representatives from the shelter, socks are one of the most needed items throughout the winter months.

The Kentucky State men's basketball team has worked regularly with Access Soup Kitchen throughout the year, including an October service project in which team members served meals and helped move large quantities of food when the shelter's freezer failed.

University of the Cumberlands Upsets No. 1 Pikeville

University of the Cumberlands 78
(1) University of Pikeville 72

Final from Pikeville, Kentucky

Game recap by UPIKE:

PIKEVILLE, Ky. -- With hot shooting from the field, Cumberlands handed the top-ranked University of Pikeville men's basketball team its first loss at home in 48 tries.

Led by a game-high 30 points from D'Lando Carter off the bench, the Patriots won 78-72 on Thursday in the East Ky. Expo Center.

K.K. Simmons hit four threes to lead UPIKE with 22 points, but the Bears shot just 41.1 percent from the field, compared to a 56.1 percent showing by the Patriots, including 63.3 percent in the first half (19-30).

UPIKE (10-0, 1-1 MSC) shot better from long distance than inside the arc, nailing 6-of-13 3-pointers, but 14 turnovers with just seven assists didn't help its cause.

In the early going the Bears were in control, turning a 16-15 lead into a 27-17 advantage over a three-minute span. But during the final 10 minutes of the first half, things started going in the Patriots' favor as they outscored the Bears 27-9 to take an eight-point lead into halftime.

That lead grew as high as 10 points when Tre Boutilier sank a pair of free throws to start the second half, but UPIKE had a Christian Leach fueled comeback left in it.

Down by five with less than 12 minutes to play, the senior swiped a steal in the paint and drove the distance for a layup, converted another fast-break layup off a Patriot miss and got a steal and layup in the backcourt to put the Bears up 54-53.

The 6-0 run by Leach produced the first UPIKE lead since it was 29-27 with six minutes left in the first half.

Once UPIKE got back in the game, it remained a one-possession contest for much of the remainder. With 2:37 on the clock, Macari Brooks got loose for a runner in the paint to cut the Patriots' lead to three at 70-67, but Carter answered right back with a tough jumper on the other end.

Simmons missed from three on UPIKE's next trip, allowing Carter to nail another dagger with a three to push the deficit to eight. The Bears could only get as close as six points from there as they went 1 for 4 from the field in the final 30 seconds.

Brooks joined Simmons in double figures with 15 points and Leach added 15 points as well off the bench.

Complete Recap

Oklahoma State Coach Travis Ford Ejected from Son's High School Game

Oklahoma State head coach Travis Ford was allegedly ejected from his son's high school basketball game last night in Tulsa.

According to several witnesses, a referee overreacted and tossed Ford without reason.

Here is an excerpt about the incident from ESPN:

Travis Ford did not do "anything demonstrative at all," said Evan Fahrbach, a radio play-by-play broadcaster and sports director of KWON am1400, according to the World.

A school official who did not want to be named relayed a similar account to the Tulsa newspaper, saying the official "kind of baited him into it."

"Travis came in to watch his son play, and I felt like he was baited into the whole thing," the school official said. "When all of this took place, I didn't hear one single thing said. The official blows his whistle, points (at Ford) and says, 'You're gone.' And then I saw Travis walk out."

Complete Article

Thursday, December 10, 2015

Lexington Catholic High School to Host First Annual Bennett Lester Classic Friday Night

Lexington Catholic High School will hold its first annual Bennett Lester Classic Friday night at 7:30 p.m.

Funds raised will support The Curious Edge Foundation, Inc, a corporation acting as seed money for a foundation being set up in honor of Bennett Lester.

Here are more details from LCHS:

Lexington, KY – November XX, 2015 – Lexington Catholic High School, in conjunction with several local partners, will hold its first annual Bennett Lester Classic on December 11 at 7:30 p.m. The event will take place during the school’s yearly basketball matchup with Dunbar High School at Lexington Catholic High School. Funds raised will support The Curious Edge Foundation, Inc, a corporation acting as seed money for a foundation being set up in honor of Bennett Lester.

Bennett’s foundation, in creation by William (Catholic ’00) and Katie Anne Lester (Dunbar ’00) who lost their 3-year-old daughter to a rare brain tumor in October, will help support children’s cancer research. Bennett laughed, sang, danced and smiled throughout her short time on earth, a reminder that hope and joy can be found even in the darkest of times. Her courageous cancer battle has inspired thousands to truly live each day to its fullest.

“It is an honor for Lexington Catholic to host the inaugural Bennett Lester Classic,” said Brandon Salsman, Lexington Catholic head coach. “Bennett’s story has captured the hearts of our entire community and we are grateful for this opportunity to support the Lester family and their pursuit to fight childhood cancer. We look forward to hosting and growing this event for many years to come.”

The Bennett Lester Classic, to be held at 2250 Clays Mill Rd, Lexington, KY, will feature a basketball game and additional opportunities to support Bennett’s foundation. Tickets for the game will be sold at the door. Donations can be made ahead of time by mailing checks to The Curious Edge Foundation, Inc., Attn: David W. Hudson, 3306 Clays Mill Road, Suite 102, Lexington, KY, 40503 (please include “Blessings for Bennett” in the memo).

For more information on Bennett’s brave cancer battle, please visit

To This Point, Kentucky is a Terrible Three-Point Shooting Team

The Kentucky Wildcats are now 9 games into the 2015-16 season and to this point, they are a terrible outside shooting team.

Following last night's 4-for-19 (21%) effort against Eastern Kentucky, the Wildcats are 39-for-142 (27.5%) from the three-point line on the season. Those totals rank No. 332 out of 351 Division I teams.

Freshman Jamal Murray has proven to be Kentucky's most consistent three-point threat this season and he's only shooting 18-for-54 (33.3%).

The only other Wildcat over 30% is junior Derek Willis at 7-for-23 (30.4%)

The Wildcats are only 9 games in and there is plenty of time to raise the averages and become more consistent from long range.

At some point, however, we may have to call a spade a spade and say this team is just not a good three-point shooting team.

I guarantee that will be on every opposing teams' pregame notes until the Wildcats prove otherwise.

3-Point Shooting - Kentucky's Division I Teams

National Rank Team 3PM-3PA (3P%)

9 Eastern Kentucky 95-221 (.430)
33 Western Kentucky 73-183 (.399)
98 Morehead State 42-115 (.365)
103 Louisville 42-116 (.362)
189 Murray State 57-170 (.335)
321 Northern Kentucky 36-126 (.286)
332 Kentucky 39-142 (.275)

John Calipari Talks About EKU Win and Seems Tired of Answering Questions About Alex Poythress

John Calipari was in an interesting mood following Kentucky's win over Eastern Kentucky last night.

Calipari had plenty to say about the game but didn't want to answer some questions about Alex Poythress and his consistency:

Wednesday, December 9, 2015

Eastern Kentucky Coach Dan McHale Postgame at Kentucky

Check out what EKU head coach Dan McHale had to say after tonight's loss at Kentucky, including his thoughts on Alex Poythress, the UK team and more:

UK's Alex Poythress Talks About EKU Game and Toughness

Kentucky's Alex Poythress talks about tonight's win over EKU and toughness:

Kentucky's Marcus Lee Talks EKU Win and Injury at UCLA

Kentucky's Marcus Lee talks about tonight's win over Eastern Kentucky and explains what happened to him at UCLA:

EKU Coach Dan McHale Will Leave an Empty Seat on the Bench for Bill Keightley

Eastern Kentucky University head coach Dan McHale is leaving the first seat on his bench open tonight in honor of the late "Mr. Wildcat" Bill Keightley.

McHale was a student manager at UK from 1997-2001 and Mr. Keightley was his supervisor.

Keightley, UK's beloved equipment manager, passed away in 1998.

That's an incredible gesture by McHale as he makes his return to Rupp Arena as head coach of the Colonels.

Marcus Lee is Warming Up for Kentucky

It appears that Marcus Lee will be playing for Kentucky tonight following the head injury he suffered last week at UCLA.

Lee is dressed and out on the court warming up for Kentucky during pregame activities tonight.

Kentucky's Derek Willis Changes Hair Color for EKU Game

Kentucky's Derek Willis has changed his hair color heading into the Eastern Kentucky game.

Apparently, Willis now has silver (or possibly gray) hair.

Check it out:

Union College Holds at No. 6 in NAIA Division II Coaches' Top 25 Poll

Union College (11-3) held at No. 6 in this week's NAIA Division II Men's Basketball Coaches' Top 25 Poll.

2015 – 16 NAIA Division II Men’s Basketball Coaches’ Top 25 Poll - No. 2 (Dec. 8)

1 1 Indiana Wesleyan (12) 8-1 312
2 4 St. Francis (Ill.) 8-0 295
3 3 Davenport (Mich.) 11-2 283
4 10 Marian (Ind.) 11-0 278
5 2 Cornerstone (Mich.) 9-2 276
6 6 Union (Ky.) 11-3 272
7 5 Bethel (Ind.) 10-1 238
8 9 Olivet Nazarene (Ill.) 6-1 237
9 8 Dakota Wesleyan (S.D.) 8-3 225
10 13 Southern Oregon 9-2 223
11 12 College of the Ozarks (Mo.) 9-1 217
12 11 Briar Cliff (Iowa) 9-2 210
13 16 Bellevue (Neb.) 8-4 179
13 17 Warner (Fla.) 6-1 179
15 21 Tabor (Kan.) 10-2 169
16 18 Robert Morris (Ill.) 9-2 158
17 19 Saint Francis (Ind.) 7-3 144
18 20 College of Idaho 7-4 137
19 RV Valley City State (N.D.) 10-1 128
19 22 WVU Tech 7-3 128
21 24 Rochester (Mich.) 9-0 91
22 NR Keiser (Fla.) 5-0 82
23 25 Cal Maritime 6-3 79
24 RV Aquinas (Mich.) 8-3 75
25 RV Indiana East 7-4 61

Dropped from the Top 25: Oregon Tech (No. 7), Southeastern (Fla.) (No. 14), Waldorf (Iowa) (No. 15) and Hastings (Neb.) (No. 23)

Others Receiving Votes: Corban (Ore.) 55; Jamestown (N.D.) 49; Concordia (Neb.) 44; Tennessee Wesleyan 19; Goshen (Ind.) 16; Dordt (Iowa) 13; Mount Mercy (Iowa) 13; Southeastern (Fla.) 9; Warner Pacific (Ore.) 6; Grace (Ind.) 6; Southwestern (Kan.) 4; Waldorf (Iowa) 4; Northwest Christian (Ore.) 4; Indiana Tech 3; Rio Grande (Ohio) 3.

The Bulldogs are also on top of the Appalachian Athletic Conference Poll this week:

Appalachian Athletic Conference

1. Union (Ky.) (4-0 / 11-3)
2. Tennessee Wesleyan (4-1 / 6-1)
3. Milligan (Tenn.) (4-1 / 8-3)
4. Reinhardt (Ga.) (2-2 / 7-4)
5. Bryan (Tenn.) (2-2 / 5-5)

Dunbar's Taveion Hollingsworth Earns Four Division I Offers in Four Days

Paul Laurence Dunbar junior Taveion Hollingsworth has picked up three Division I offers in four days following an impressive performance at the Marshall County Hoop Fest.

Hollingsworth dropped 33 points in Dunbar's impressive 76-62 win over Madison Academy (AL) at the Hoop Fest. After the game he received his first Division I offer from Eastern Kentucky University.

Tonight, Hollingsworth went for 40 points in a 70-54 win over Lafayette. After tonight's game, Hollingsworth earned offers from Morehead State, Winthrop and East Tennessee State.

Here some highlights of Hollingsworth from the Hoop Fest:

Tuesday, December 8, 2015

Pikeville, Georgetown Ranked 1 and 2 and New NAIA Division I Coaches' Top 25 Poll

University of Pikeville (10-0) is the new No. 1 team in the nation in the new NAIA Division I Men's Basketball Coaches' Top 25 Poll.

The Bears edged out Georgetown College (11-0) with 9 first-place votes and 250 points.

Freed-Hardeman, Arizona Christian and Columbia round out the top 5.

Lindsey Wilson College (9-2) is No. 19 this week.

2015 – 16 NAIA Division I Men’s Basketball Coaches’ Top 25 Poll – Dec. 8 (No. 1)

1 2 Pikeville (Ky.) (9) 10-0 250
2 6 Georgetown (Ky.) (1) 11-0 237
3 9 Freed-Hardeman (Tenn.) 9-1 233
4 4 Arizona Christian 10-1 227
5 16 Columbia (Mo.) 10-0 219
6 RV William Penn (Iowa) 11-1 210
7 13 Lewis-Clark State (Idaho) 10-1 196
8 5 LSU Alexandria 8-2 185
9 1 Dalton State (Ga.) 6-2 184
10 7 Hope International (Calif.) 7-1 180
11 3 Talladega (Ala.) 12-3 178
12 12 Wayland Baptist (Texas) 8-1 175
13 21 MidAmerica Nazarene (Kan.) 8-2 145
14 17 Westmont (Calif.) 6-2 126
15 24 SAGU (Texas) 8-2 118
16 RV Carroll (Mont.) 6-2 117
T17 19 Xavier (La.) 8-3 113
T17 11 Martin Methodist (Tenn.) 7-3 113
19 NR Lindsey Wilson (Ky.) 9-2 109
20 RV Texas Wesleyan 7-2 102
21 RV Vanguard (Calif.) 7-0 90
22 NR Wiley (Texas) 6-2 82
23 RV Langston (Okla.) 6-3 80
24 NR Avila (Mo.) 8-3 61
25 NR Montana State-Northern 8-2 54

Dropped from rankings: No. 8 Evangel (Mo.); No. 10 Mid-America Christian (Okla.); No. 14 (tie) William Carey (Miss.); No. 14 (tie) LSU Shreveport (La.); No. 18 Campbellsville (Ky.); No. 20 Philander Smith (Ark.); No. 22 Benedictine (Kan.); No. 23 Montana Western; No. 25 Our Lady of the Lake (Texas).

Others Receiving Votes: Auburn Montgomery (Ala.) 41; Campbellsville (Ky.) 32; Mid-America Christian (Okla.) 26; Dillard (La.) 21; Biola (Calif.) 17; Mobile (Ala.) 15; Park (Mo.) 9; Tougaloo (Miss.) 8; William Woods (Mo.) 3.

^ indicates ranking from Oct. 27, 2015 Preseason Top 25 poll

Lausanne Collegiate School Retires Cameron Payne's Jersey, Thunder Teammates Attend Game

Lausanne Collegiate School retired former star Cameron Payne's jersey Monday night.

His Oklahoma City teammates and even head coach Billy Donovan attended the ceremony to show support for their rookie guard.

Here's a video from The Commercial Appeal on YouTube:

It's Finals Week Around Kentucky; Schedule for the Week

It's finals week for many college around Kentucky and the basketball schedule is light during the week.

Here's a look at the complete schedule:

Monday, December 7

Benedict 76 Kentucky State University 75

Tuesday, December 8

7:00 p.m. Washington Adventist at Georgetown College

Wednesday, December 9

7:00 p.m. Eastern Kentucky University at University of Kentucky
7:30 p.m. Hanover at Transylvania University*

Thursday, December 10

8:00 p.m. University of the Cumberlands at University of Pikeville*

Friday, December 11

7:00 p.m. Union College at Berea College
7:30 p.m. St. Catharine College at Bellarmine University
TBA Asbury University vs. Crowley's Ridge (at Moberly, Mo.)

Saturday, December 12

1:00 p.m. Kentucky Christian University at Georgetown College
2:00 p.m. Eastern Michigan at University of Louisville
3:15 p.m. Arizona State at University of Kentucky
4:00 p.m. Anderson at Transylvania University*
4:00 p.m. Martin Methodist at Campbellsville University
4:00 p.m. Grove City at Thomas More College
5:00 p.m. Spalding University at Fontbonne University*
5:30 p.m. St. Catharine College vs. Southern Indiana (at Bellarmine)
6:00 p.m. University of the Cumberlands vs. Washington Adventist (at West Virginia Tech)
7:00 p.m. Eastern Kentucky University at Marshall University
7:30 p.m. Shaw University at Bellarmine University
TBA Asbury University vs. Missouri Baptist (at Moberly, Mo.)

Sunday, December 13

2:00 p.m. Ohio Mid-Western at Berea College
3:00 p.m. Indiana State at Western Kentucky University
3:00 p.m. University of the Cumberlands at West Virginia Tech
4:00 p.m. Illinois-Springfield at Kentucky Wesleyan College
4:00 p.m. Murray State University at Illinois State
4:00 p.m. Morehead State University at Pittsburgh
7:00 p.m. Norfolk State at Northern Kentucky University

* Conference Game

Lindsey Wilson's Charles Sutton Named Mid-South Conference Player of the Week

Lindsey Wilson College's Charles Sutton was named Mid-South Conference Player of the Week on Monday.

Here is a release from the MSC:

COLUMBIA, Ky. – Lindsey Wilson's (Ky.) Charles Sutton is the Mid-South Conference Men's Basketball Player of the Week, conference officials announced on Monday.

Roeding Insurance Group is the proud sponsor of the Mid-South Conference Player of the Week Award program. Roeding Insurance Group was founded in 1921 and is today one of the largest independently-owned insurance and financial services agencies in the Cincinnati Tri-State area and the state of Kentucky.

Charles Sutton – Lindsey Wilson (Ky.) – So. – Guard – Michigan City, Ind.

•Sutton led the Blue Raiders to a pair wins this past week over No. 18 Campbellsville (Ky.) and St. Catharine (Ky.).
•In the upset victory of the Tigers, he scored 23 points, while shooting 8-for-13 from the floor and 3-for-5 from beyond the 3-point arc. He also chipped in with four rebounds, three assists, one steal and a block.
•Sutton closed out the week with 16 points against St. Catharine, while dishing out three assists in the game and recording a pair of steals. He also went 7-for-8 from the free throw line.
•He is the third leading scorer for Lindsey Wilson this season with 14.5 points a game, as the Blue Raiders are 9-2 on the season and 3-0 in the MSC.
•Sutton earns his first player of the week honor of the season and of his career

Brescia Wins Overtime Thriller for Third Straight KIAC Win

Brescia 80
IU-Kokomo 77 F/OT

Final from Kokomo, Indiana

Game recap by BU:

The Brescia Men's Basketball team hit the road once again on Sunday afternoon as they re-entered KIAC play with a game at IU-Kokomo. The homestanding Cougars came out hot, sinking their first three shots before Brescia settled in on the defensive end. After a back and forth first half that saw multiple lead changes, the Bearcats went to the locker room leading by the slimmest of margins, 31-30. Brescia only shot 43.5% from the floor in the first half, but held the Cougars to 38.5%.

In the second half, IU-Kokomo again came out blazing hot, quickly retaking the lead from Brescia by hitting three straight three-pointers to open the half. The Cougars extended their lead to 9 points (51-42) at the under 12:00 media timeout, and increased it to as much as 15 on multiple occasions. The score still sat at a 15-point margin in favor of IUK, 63-48, at the under 6:00 media timeout. However, something clicked for the Bearcats at that point and they would finish regulation on a 17-2 run, tying the game at 65-65 on two Kyle Nixon free throws with 34.9 seconds remaining off of a flagrant one foul. The Bearcats missed a three-pointer for the win at the end of regulation and the two teams headed to overtime.

In the extra period, Brescia struck first, taking a 67-65 lead on an Ed Carter layup to start overtime. Back-to-back scores from IUK gave them the lead, but it would prove short-lived as Brescia tied the game at 72-72 with 1:16 to play on a Tavon Johnson steal and old-fashioned three-point play. After a crucial defensive stop, the Bearcats took the lead for the final time on a three-pointer from the top of the key by Kyle Nixon with 42.7 seconds remaining. After a Kokomo score, Brescia converted their free throws down the stretch to push the lead out to six points at 80-74 before IUK's Jerome Campbell sunk a three-pointer with 2.1 seconds left. On the ensuing inbounds play, the Bearcats got the ball to Dillon Geralds who was able to run out the clock before the Cougars could extend the game with another foul and Brescia found themselves victorious by the final margin of 80-77.

Complete Recap

Kentucky Drops, Louisville Rises in New College Basketball Rankings

Kentucky dropped to No. 5 in the AP Top 25 and No. 4 in the USA Today Coaches Poll following last week's loss at UCLA.

Louisville is up to No. 19 and No. 22 this week.

AP Top 25

1 Michigan State (62) 9-0 1,617
2 Kansas (1) 6-1 1,442
3 North Carolina (2) 7-1 1,425
4 Iowa State 6-0 1,347
5 Kentucky 7-1 1,325
6 Maryland 7-1 1,299
7 Oklahoma 5-0 1,283
8 Duke 8-1 1,243
9 Villanova 7-0 1,230
10 Virginia 7-1 1,003
11 Purdue 8-0 997 12 Xavier 8-0 930 13 Arizona 7-1 811 14 West Virginia 7-0 615 15 Providence 8-1 548 16 Baylor 6-1 488 17 Miami (FL) 7-1 469 18 Butler 6-1 416 19 SMU 6-0 413 20 Gonzaga 5-2 399 21 Vanderbilt 6-2 377 22 Louisville 6-1 373 23 Cincinnati 8-1 331 24 Oregon 6-1 241 25 Utah 7-1 108

Others receiving votes: Connecticut 82, Syracuse 78, Texas A&M 69, George Washington 60, UNLV 40, UCLA 19, South Carolina 15, Dayton 7, Arkansas-Little Rock 5, Georgetown 4, Florida 4, Pittsburgh 3, Iowa 3, Northwestern 2, Indiana 2, Notre Dame 1, Navy 1

USA Today Coaches Poll

1 Michigan State (26) 9-0 765
2 Iowa State (2) 6-0 668
3 North Carolina 7-1 631
4 Kentucky 7-1 626
5 Duke 8-1 620
6 Villanova (2) 7-0 615
7 Kansas 6-1 613
8 Oklahoma 5-0 603
9 Maryland (1) 7-1 602
10 Virginia 7-1 503
11 Purdue 8-0 490 12 Arizona 7-1 407 13 Xavier 8-0 399 14 West Virginia 7-0 371 15 Baylor 6-1 248 16 Vanderbilt 6-2 242 17 Gonzaga 5-2 233 18 Providence 8-1 230 19 Louisville 6-1 199 20 Miami (FL) 7-1 198 21 Butler 6-1 179 22 Cincinnati 8-1 151 23 Oregon 6-1 116 24 Utah 7-1 63 25 Texas A&M 7-2 58

Others receiving votes: Syracuse 47, Connecticut 39, UNLV 33, South Carolina 29, Dayton 20, George Washington 17, Pittsburgh 12, Saint Mary's 11, Iowa 7, Davidson 6, Georgetown 6, UCLA 5, California 4, Florida 3, Indiana 2, LSU 2, Colorado 1, Kansas State 1

Alice Lloyd College Splits Games in Pittsburgh

Alice Lloyd College split games against Carlow and Point Park over the weekend.

Recaps by ALC:

Point Park 79 Alice Lloyd 75

In a game that was close until the final buzzer, the home standing Pioneers pulled out a four point victory.

In the first half, sparked by solid defense and 8 points from senior Trevor Combs, ALC controlled the pace. They quickly took the lead, which grew to 7 (17-10) on an Austin Crisp triple.

The home squad would not go down easy as they began to battle back. PPU would take their first lead on a Jerah’me Williams layup at 2:31, and they held a 30-27 at advantage by intermission.

In the second half, the Eagles would regain the lead at 37-36 on a nice Cody Stumbo lay-in at 16:35, and their lead would stretch to 4 at 42-38 just two minutes later when Braxton Blair connected on a jumper.

At this point, the momentum turned. Propelled by 6 points from forward TJ Lanier, the Pioneers went on a 14-4 run over the next three minutes to vault ahead 52-46. Lanier’s three point bucket gave his club their largest advantage of the contest at 72-61 with just 3:11 remaining.

Complete Recap

Alice Lloyd 80 Carlow 74

Senior Tyler Rogers tossed in 20 points to lead the Alice Lloyd Eagles to a come-from-behind victory over the Carlow Celtics.

In the first half, the home squad was ready to battle as they controlled the entire 20 minutes. ALC kept within striking distance, but trailed 34-28 at intermission.

In the second half, Rogers received help from his bench in the form of Trevor Tiller and Braxton Blair. The Eagles then hit enough foul shots to hang on for the nice road victory.

For ALC, (4-6; 1-1 KIAC) Rogers finished with 20 points on 8-15 field goals and 4-6 free throws. He added 4 rebounds and 4 blocks.

Blair sank 6-12 field goals and added a game high 5 assists and 5 rebounds. Tiller chipped in with 11 points and 5 rebounds.

Carlow (3-6; 0-4 KIAC), was led by forward Zach Taylor with 20 points.

UK's Isaiah Briscoe Named SEC Freshman of the Week

Isaiah Briscoe was named SEC Freshman of the Week on Monday.

Briscoe averaged 19 points, 4.5 rebounds and 2.0 assists per game against Illinois State and UCLA last week.

Here's a release from the SEC:

SEC Freshman of the Week - Kentucky's Isaiah Briscoe, a 6-foot-3, 202-pound guard from Union, N.J., averaged 19 points, 4.5 rebounds and two assists against Illinois State and UCLA. Against Illinois State, Briscoe took over the reins of point guard with Tyler Ulis absent from the game with a hyperextended elbow. Briscoe was 7 of 13 from the field en route to a career-high 18-point performance to lead the Wildcats. He also dished out a team-high three assists and hauled in seven rebounds, which was the second most of any player on the team. Playing in the first true road game of his career, Briscoe was a team-best 7 of 10 from the field to top his previous career high this time with 20 points.

John Hemenway Earns 200th Career Coaching Win, Berea Gets Past Indiana Northwest

Berea College 81
Indiana Northwest 76

Final from Wilmore, Kentucky

Game recap by BC:

Wilmore, KY - The Mountaineers headed back to Wilmore, KY to take on the Indiana Northwest Redhawks in day two of the Asbury Classic tournament. Berea fought back from a large deficit to defeat the Redhawks, 81-76. This was the Mountaineers third straight win and marked Coach John Hemenway's 200th career win.

The Redhawks were the first to strike with a made jump shot at the 18:33 mark. The Redhawks continued to put together a few small runs and with 6:42 left in the first half Berea found themselves down 35-13. Just when it looked like the Redhawks had all the momentum the Mountaineers put together a few runs of their own. Back to back three point baskets by Dyonta Bizzle-Brown and Richard Parker brought the Mountaineers back within six points with 1:26 left to go in the first half. At the end of the half Berea headed to the locker room down 39-46.

Two Mountianeers finished the first half scoring in the double digits. Richard Parker went 4-6 from behind the arc and ended the half with 18 points and Dominique Garmon ended the half with 10.

The Mountaineers came out ready to play in the second half and started the half with a 7-0 run to take their first lead of the game. After several more lead changes a jump shot by Garmon tied the game 57-57 with 10:33 remaining in the game. Anthony Myrks caught fire scoring eleven points in the last 5:30 of the game to lead the Mountaineers in a late charge that would secure the 81-76 win over the Redhawks.

Berea had four student-athletes score in the double digits. Richard Parker lead the charge with 30 points, Anthony Myrks and Dominique Garmon both ended with 17 and Dyonta Bizzle-Brown had 10. Myrks also picked up 6 assists and 2 steals. The Mountaineers shot 45.6% and hit ten three pointers compared to the Redhawks 42.9% and six threes.

The Mountaineers will be back in action at home when they host the Holiday Inn Express Classic December 11-13. Berea will open up with Union College on Friday, December 11th at 7:00 PM.

Monday, December 7, 2015

cn2 Goes 1-on-1 with EKU Head Coach Dan McHale

Check out this cn2 interview with Eastern Kentucky University head coach Dan McHale:

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