Saturday, December 19, 2015

Ge'Lawn Guyn Leads ETSU Past Eastern Kentucky

East Tennessee State 87
Eastern Kentucky 81

Final from Johnson City, Tennessee

Game recap by EKU:

JOHNSON CITY, Tenn. – Senior Jarelle Reischel and junior JaVontae Hawkins combined to score 52 points in the Eastern Kentucky University men's basketball team's 87-81 loss at East Tennessee State on Friday night at Freedom Hall.

EKU (8-5) trailed by as many as 12 points in the second half, but the Colonels rallied to tie it up, 79-79, on a three-pointer by Reischel with 1:48 remaining in the game.

ETSU (5-5), however, responded with a three-pointer from Ge'Lawn Guyn on its next possession to retake the lead, and the Buccaneers never looked back. T.J. Cromer knocked down a jumper with just over 30 seconds on the clock to make it a two-possession game and then sank two free throws in the waning seconds to seal the win.

Reischel and Hawkins – one of the highest scoring teammate tandems in the country – lived up to their billing on Friday. Reischel scored 29 points to go along with six rebounds, three assists and two steals. Hawkins just missed his first-career double-double, pouring in 23 points and pulling down nine rebounds.

Freshman Nick Mayo added 11 points and six rebounds for the Colonels.

Eastern shot 53 percent (26-of-49) from the field and 46 percent (11-of-24) from three-point range, but turned the ball over 21 times. ETSU converted EKU's 21 turnovers into 33 points.

Guyn paced the Buccaneers with 27 points, while Cromer contributed 22 points, seven rebounds and five assists.

Complete Recap

DeAndre Liggins Nets the D-League's First Triple-Double of 2015-16

Former University of Kentucky guard DeAndre Liggins recorded the first triple-double in the NBA Development League this season Friday night.

Liggins finished with 14 points, 10 rebounds and 15 assists in Sioux Falls' 102-91 win over Fort Wayne.

From the team's game recap:

DeAndre Liggins (14 points, 10 rebounds, 15 assists, four steals) notched the first triple-double in the NBA Development League this season and had a career day distributing the ball, recording 10 assists in the first half on his way to a career-best 15 on the game. He was ranked 13th in the NBADL averaging 5.8 assists coming into the game. With four steals on the night, Liggins also continued his streak of recording at least one steal in every game this season.

Ohio State's Thad Matta Talks About Win Over Kentucky

Here's what Ohio State head coach Thad Matta had to say after today's win over Kentucky:

Jamal Murray On His 33-Point Performance and Kentucky's Loss

Kentucky's Jamal Murray was not available to the media following today's loss to Ohio State but UK released the following quotes from Murray:

Jamal Murray

On the slow start:

“We have to come out and understand that these teams are coming at us with their best shot. They came out today and hit 60-to-70 percent of their shots early on and they hit us in the mouth. We weren’t able to recover until late in the game, and at that point it was too late.”

What changed down the stretch when the team started playing their best ball of the day?

“That’s just how we play. That’s how we play in practice and that’s what we need to stay consistent with, playing with that kind of energy, that kind of intensity and pressure. We’re capable of that and we just need to figure out how to do that for longer stretches of the game.”

On his 33-point performance at Barclays Center:

“I’ve played here in Barclays Center before in the Jordan Brand Classic and had 24 points that day. I felt good out there today. Unfortunately, it was in a loss but as a team we need to figure out how to get wins in here. I felt good going into the game today. I still think I missed a lot of shots that I should have made, but I made up for it. I’m just more focused on the loss, leaving to go to Christmas on this loss is tough, and we’re looking to come back and fix it.”

Can a competitive event like the CBS Sports Classic help you going forward even in a loss?

“It was definitely a good experience. We need to get used to playing in this type of atmosphere and going against a solid team, like Ohio State, you have to give them credit. They came out here today and hit a ton of shots, and we weren’t ready for it this time, but this will definitely help us prepare for our games coming up and into March.”

Ohio State Overpowers Kentucky in CBS Sports Classic

Ohio State 74
(4) Kentucky 67

Final from Brooklyn, New York

Ohio State started hot and held off a late Kentucky surge to upset the No. 4 Wildcats 74-67 in the CBS Sports Classic at the Barclays Center in Brooklyn, New York.

The Buckeyes (6-5) shot 9-for-18 (50%) from the three-point line and out-rebounded Kentucky 42-40 in the win.

Keita Bates-Diop led Ohio State with 14 points and 7 rebounds. Marc Loving added 12 points and 8 boards. JaQuan Lyle finished with 11 points.

Kentucky (9-2) was led by 33 points from freshman Jamal Murray. Murray scored 27 points and led the Wildcats back from a double-digit deficit in the second half. Marcus Lee chipped in 12 points and 9 rebounds.

The Wildcats will have a week of before hosting Louisville in a much-anticipated rivalry game.

North Carolina blew by UCLA 89-76 in the first game of the CBS Sports Classic.

Box Score (click to enlarge):



Southern Illinois Pulls Away from Murray State in Second Half

Southern Illinois 88
Murray State 73

Final from Murray, Kentucky

Game recap by MSU:

The Murray State Racers dropped an 88-73 defeat at home Friday to the Southern Illinois Salukis at the CFSB Center in Murray, Ky.

MSU fell to 5-6 on the season, while SIU improved to 10-2.

Bryce Jones led the Racers with 20 points, including 8-of-10 from the free throw line. Wayne Langston added 15 points on 6-of-8 shooting and Damarcus Croaker scored 10 points.

The final score wasn't indicative of how close the game was until the Salukis ran away with the win at the end.

With 8:00 left in the game, the Racers grabbed what was their final lead when Chad Culbreath made a brilliant finish on a fast break for a 57-56 MSU lead.

The Salukis answered with back-to-back 3-point baskets that keyed a 12-3 run that put the Racers behind 68-60 with 3:24 left. The Racers couldn't recover as they fell behind by double-digits. MSU did cut the SIU lead to seven with 1:30 left.

In the first half, the Racers fell behind by 12 with 8:00 remaining before the intermission. They responded with a 15-2 run, but trailed 36-32 at the half.

The Racers hit the road for their final game before the Christmas Break Tuesday when they travel to Wright State in Dayton, Ohio. The Raiders lead the all-time series 2-0 and lost the last meeting in Puerto Rico in 2008.


Louisville's Mangok Mathiang Suffers Broken Bone in Foot

Louisville's Mangok Mathiang suffered a broken bone in his foot in today's game against Western Kentucky.

Head coach Rick Pitino confirmed the injury after the game and said Mathiang will be out of action for 6-8 weeks.

Here are Pitino's postgame comments:



Injury problems are mounting for the Cardinals. Forwards Anas Mahmoud and Deng Adel missed today's game with injuries. Mahmoud sat his second game with a sprained ankle while Adel has not played since spraining his left knee on Nov. 20.


No. 19 Louisville Blows By Western Kentucky

(19) Louisville 78
Western Kentucky 56

Final from Louisville, Kentucky

Game recap by UL:

LOUISVILLE, Ky. (AP) -- Quentin Snider scored 16 points and No. 19 Louisville beat Western Kentucky 78-56 on Saturday.

Trey Lewis scored 15 points on 7-of-11 shooting and Damion Lee also had 15 points for the Cardinals (9-1).

Chinanu Onuaku had his first double-double of the season with 10 points and 12 rebounds.

Fredrick Edmond led WKU (6-5) with 14 points and eight rebounds.

The Hilltoppers entered the game shooting 40 percent from behind the arc, but missed their first 13 3s and scored a season-low 16 points in the first half. WKU had averaged nine 3-pointers a game, but finished just 2 of 18 (11 percent).

WKU scored more points in the first five minutes of the second half than it did in the first. The Hilltoppers trailed 34-16 at halftime before their 19-8 run cut Louisville's lead to seven with 14:34 to play.

Complete Recap

Tai Wynyard Cleared to Play for Kentucky

New Zealand big man Tai Wynyard has been cleared to play for the Kentucky Wildcats and could potentially make his debut today against Ohio State.

Wynyard, who will wear No. 14 for the Wildcats, is on the court warming up prior to the game vs. the Buckeyes.

Kentucky men's basketball posted a picture of Wynyard's jersey hanging in his locker at the Barclays Center.


Thursday, December 17, 2015

Kentucky Bank Challenge Tips Off Friday in Rowan County

The Kentucky Bank Challenge tips off Friday and continues through Saturday in Rowan County. 

There will be games at both Rowan County Senior High School and Rowan County Middle School.

Here's a look at the schedule:


Wednesday, December 16, 2015

Kentucky Wesleyan Dismantles Fort Valley State

(23) Kentucky Wesleyan 102
Fort Valley State 61

Final from Owensboro, Kentucky

Game recap by KWC:

Though the rankings didn't come out until midway through the game, the Kentucky Wesleyan men's basketball team showed the makings of a top-25 squad Tuesday afternoon.

The results of this week's National Association of Basketball Coaches Division II poll just made it official.

The No. 23-ranked Panthers, closing out a six-game homestand, overwhelmed Fort Valley State for a 102-61 victory at the Sportscenter and their sixth win in a row.

Five players scored in double figures for KWC (9-1), and all nine Panthers scored at least seven points.

Jordan Jacks led the way with 20 points and 10 rebounds, while Ken-Jah Bosley scored 16 points. Devin Langford finished with 15 points and nine rebounds, while Adam Stanford and C.J. Blackwell added 12 and 11 points, respectively.

KWC coach Happy Osborne said he was glad about the poll results for the fans, but acknowleged that his team doesn't have much time to celebrate before hitting the road in a few days for Sunday's game against Northwood in Michigan.

"Nobody is more proud of our tradition than I am," said Osborne, whose Panthers were last ranked on Feb. 5, 2013. "It's a new Kentucky Wesleyan. Our goal is to be nationally relevant.

"This is early and doesn't do a thing for us, but if we can take it and build on it — I would like to think if we can get to the top 25, that we can get to the conference tournament. We've got a chance here, and now it's time to really go to work."

The Panthers wasted little time in getting to work against the Wildcats (2-6), as KWC opened the game on a 19-7 run.

FVSU fought back and cut the lead to five points on Maritea Duke's 3-pointer with 11:06 left in the first half, but the Panthers surged back ahead for a 53-32 advantage at the break.

The Wildcats never got within 20 points in the second half, and KWC took its largest lead of the game on Stanford's layup with 1:09 remaining that pushed the lead to 102-57.

Complete Recap

Tuesday, December 15, 2015

Tai Wynyard Talks About Playing at Kentucky and More

Tai Wynyard gave an interview in New Zealand this week as he prepares to leave for the University of Kentucky.

Wynyard said it might be better for him to redshirt at this point but that decision has not been made.

He also shared some things that his cousin Jack Salt has told him about basketball in the United States.

"My third cousin, Jack Salt, who plays in Virginia, said they're big dudes that are really strong but they aren't physical players, they don't push people so hopefully I can go over and make an impact on that," Wynyard said.

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Kentucky Wesleyan Back in Top 25 For First Time Since 2013

Kentucky Wesleyan College (8-1) is back in the top 25 for the first time since February 5, 2013. Happy Osborne's Panthers are No. 23 in the NABC/Division II Rankings this week.

Bellarmine University (8-2) is up four spots to No. 19.

NABC/Division II Rankings
(Dec. 15, 2015 – Poll #4)

Record Points Last
1. West Liberty, W.Va. (16) 9-0 400 1
2. Augustana, S.D. 8-1 371 2
3. Western Oregon 9-0 364 3
4. Minnesota State-Moorhead 12-1 340 4
5. Cal Poly Pomona 9-0 339 5
6. Angelo State, Texas 9-0 320 6
7. Tarleton State, Texas 7-1 289 8
8. Fairmont State, W.Va. 8-1 285 10
9. Seattle Pacific, Wash. 9-1 263 13 10. Midwestern State, Texas 7-1 247 12
11. UC San Diego 7-0 235 14
12. Queens, N.C. 10-0 211 17
13. Lincoln Memorial, Tenn. 7-1 193 16
14. King, Tenn. 7-1 178 7 15. Central Missouri 8-1 149 21
16. Rollins, Fla. 9-1 140 11
17. Chico State, Calif. 9-1 129 22
18. California Baptist 9-2 123 20
19. Bellarmine, Ky. 8-2 100 23
20. Southern Connecticut State 8-2 82 9
21. Eckerd, Fla. 9-1 74 NR
22. Ashland, Ohio 8-1 67 18
23. Kentucky Wesleyan 8-1 58 NR
24. Colorado School of Mines 7-2 41 15
T25. Lake Superior State, Mich. 7-1 26 NR
T25. Northwest Missouri State 6-2 26 NR
T25. Saint Anselm, N.H. 8-1 26 NR

Others receiving votes: Union (Tenn.) 23, Ferris State (Mich.) 19, Concordia-Irvine (Calif.) 11, Bentley (Mass.) 9, Fort Lewis (Colo.) 8, Kutztown (Pa.) 8, Columbus State (Ga.) 7, Arkansas-Fort Smith 6, Holy Family (Pa.) 6, St. Edward’s (Texas) 6, West Chester (Pa.) 6, Delta State (Miss.) 5, Indianapolis (Ind.) 4, Minnesota State 2, Benedict (S.C.) 1, Arkansas Tech 1, Colorado State-Pueblo 1, Texas A&M-Commerce 1.

Records are through games of Sunday, Dec. 13, 2015.

Samford's Matt Rose Named Southern Conference Player of the Week

Samford freshman Matt Rose has been named Southern Conference Player of the Week.

Rose, who played high school basketball at Lexington Christian Academy, is averaging 9.5 points and 5.0 rebounds per game for the Bulldogs.

Here is a release from the league:

SPARTANBURG, S.C. – Samford freshman Matt Rose has been named the Southern Conference Men’s Basketball Player of the Week for all games played Dec. 8-14. Rose tallied 17 points and seven rebounds and added a blocked shot in a win at Florida A&M (86-67) on Saturday.

The Lexington, Ky., native scored his season-high 17 points in just 23 minutes, shooting 4-of-6 from 3-point range. Overall, he was 5-of-9 from the field and his seven rebounds were a game-high against the Rattlers.

Rose averages 9.5 points on the season and is the third-leading rebounder among freshmen in the SoCon with 5.0 boards per contest. He ranks fifth in the league in 3-point percentage (.450) and averages 1.8 made triples per game.

The Bulldogs return to action Friday (Dec. 18) when they host South Alabama.

Other top performers in the Southern Conference included The Citadel’s Brian White, ETSU’s Petey McClain, Chattanooga’s Greg Pryor and Western Carolina’s Rhett Harrelson.


EKU's Nick Mayo Named OVC Freshman of the Week

Eastern Kentucky University's Nick Mayo was named Ohio Valley Conference Freshman of the Week on Monday.

Here is an excerpt from the OVC release:

FRESHMAN

Nick Mayo, F • Fr., 6-9, 220 • Oakland, Maine • Eastern Kentucky

Mayo averaged 14.5 points, 4.5 rebounds and 1.0 steals/game while hitting 51.9 percent (14-of-27) from the field in a pair of road games. He had nine points, three rebounds and a steal against No. 4 ranked Kentucky and added 20 points and a season-best six rebounds at Marshall on Saturday. It marks the third time this season he has been named OVC Freshman of the Week.

Richie Farmer Will Be Released from Prison on Friday

Former Kentucky Mr. Basketball, University of Kentucky guard and state agricultural commissioner Richie Farmer will be released from prison on Friday.

Farmer was originally sentenced to 27 months in federal prison. He has been in a West Virginia prison since March 2014.

Here are details from LEX18.com:

The former UK great and state agricultural commissioner will be released from jail on Friday.

He will be picked up by his parents and taken to a halfway house in Lexington.

Richard Farmer told LEX 18 he doesn’t know if Richie will stay there, or if he’ll be able to go home right away.

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University of the Cumberlands Guard D'lando Carter Named MSC Player of the Week

University of the Cumberlands guard D'lando Carter was named Mid-South Conference Player of the Week on Monday. 

Here are deatils from the MSC:

COLUMBIA, Ky. – Cumberlands' (Ky.) D'lando Carter 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.

D'lando Carter – Cumberlands (Ky.) – Sr. – Guard – Danville, Ill.

- Carter guided the Patriots to a 3-0 week, after upsetting No. 1 Pikeville (Ky.) on the road, along with a win at West Virginia Tech and a neutral site victory over Washington Adventist (Md.).

- In the upset victory of the Bears, he scored 30 points in just under 30 minutes of action, while chipping in with a pair of rebounds and three assists. He finished the game shooting 13-for-17 from the floor and 4-for-6 from beyond the arc.

- Against Washington Adventist, Carter recorded 14 points on 4-of-6 shooting, which including hitting both attempts from behind the three-point line and going 4-for-4 from the free throw line.

- As Cumberlands extended their win streak to six games against West Virginia Tech, he capped of his week with 19 points on 7-of-10 from the floor. He finished the week averaging 21 points per game and shot 72.7 percent from the floor through the three games.

- Carter earns his first player of the week honor of the season and of his career

Union College's Levon Harper Named AAC Player of the Week

Union College's Levon Harper was named Appalachian Athletic Conference Player of the Week on Monday. 

Here is a release from UC:

BARBOURVILLE, Ky. - Union College forward Levon Harper (JR/Danville, Va.) is the Appalachian Athletic Conference Men's Basketball Player of the Week, the league announced Monday.

Harper registered his first double-double of the season in helping Union to an 85-77 win over host NCAA Division III Berea College in the team's only game last week.

Hitting 10-of-14 shots, Harper scored a season-high 21 points while grabbing a season-17 rebounds. The 17 rebounds are the most by a Bulldog this season and are tie for fourth-most by a player in AAC.

Harper also contributed two assists, one blocked shot and a steal in the eight-point win.

For the season, Harper is averaging 5.4 points and 4.2 rebounds per game.

This is the first time Harper has received this honor in his career.

Union is 12-3 overall, 4-0 in conference play and ranked No. 6 in NAIA Division II. The Bulldogs return to action on Jan. 2 when they will face the Milligan College Buffaloes in league play at 4 p.m.

Monday, December 14, 2015

Pre-Christmas Hoops Around Kentucky; Schedule for the Week

It's time for some pre-Christmas hoops around the Bluegrass State.

Here's a complete schedule for the week:

Monday, December 14

No Games

Tuesday, December 15

Noon IU Southeast at St. Catharine College
4:00 p.m. Fort Valley State at Kentucky Wesleyan College
7:00 p.m. Florida Atlantic at Eastern Kentucky University
7:00 p.m. Northern Kentucky University at Michigan
7:00 p.m. Philander Smith at Campbellsville University
7:30 p.m. Alice Lloyd College at Mobile University
8:00 p.m. Centre College at Spalding University

Wednesday, December 16

7:00 p.m. Kennesaw State at University of Louisville
7:30 p.m. Thomas More College at Mouth St. Joseph
8:00 p.m. Alice Lloyd College at Spring Hill College
9:00 p.m. Alabama A&M at Western Kentucky University

Thursday, December 17

7:00 p.m. St. Catharine College at Brescia University
9:05 p.m. Morehead State University at Eastern Washington

Friday, December 18

5:00 p.m. Lindsey Wilson College vs. Northwestern Ohio (at Cincinnati Christian)
6:00 p.m. University of the Cumberlands vs. Wilberforce (at Dalton State)
7:00 p.m. Eastern Kentucky University at East Tennessee State
7:00 p.m. Asbury University at Campbellsville University
8:00 p.m. Southern Illinois at Murray State University

Saturday, December 19

Noon Western Kentucky University at University of Louisville
1:00 p.m. Spalding University at Southern Indiana
3:00 p.m. Franklin at Thomas More College
3:00 p.m. Brescia University at Morthland College
4:00 p.m. University of the Cumberlands at Dalton State
4:00 p.m. Centre College vs. North Central (at Miami, FL)
3:30 p.m. University of Kentucky vs. Ohio State (in Brooklyn, NY)
7:00 p.m. Southeast Missouri State at Northern Kentucky University
7:00 p.m. Truett-McConnell at Campbellsville University
TBA Lindsey Wilson College vs. TBA (at Cincinnati Christian)

Sunday, December 20

1:00 p.m. Centre College vs. Stevenson (at Miami, FL)
3:00 p.m. Kentucky Wesleyan College at Northwood
4:00 p.m. Western Carolina at Morehead State University

* Conference game

Morehead State Hangs Around But Comes Up Short at Pittsburgh

Pittsburgh 72
Morehead State 62

Final from Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania

Game recap by MSU:

PITTSBURGH, Pa. - The Morehead State Eagles played the Pitt Panthers even throughout, but a 16-0 run by the home team was the difference as MSU fell at the Petersen Events Center on Sunday afternoon, 72-62.

The loss is Morehead State's second straight and moves their record to 5-3 on the season. Pitt moves to 8-1.

"I think our guys did a great job. [Pitt] is a physical basketball team, so our guys were mentally prepared for this situation," said head coach Sean Woods. "As you saw, when Indiana made a run last week, we didn't recover. We come here, [Pitt] makes a run, they go up 19, and we have an opportunity to make a run and cut it to 10. A couple turnovers here and there cost us a bit, and a foul here and there."

With two minutes to go in the first half, junior forward DeJuan Marrero's layup cut the Pitt lead to 30-28, but the Eagles then went six minutes without scoring. Pitt closed the half on a 5-0 run and went into the locker room with a 35-28 lead and then scored the first 11 points of the second half, opening up the lead to 46-28.

The Panthers' biggest lead came at 51-32 with 15:01 to play.

But, the Eagles didn't give in, outscoring the Panthers, 30-21, the rest of the way to trim the final deficit to ten points.

For the Panthers, the story of the game was the play of junior forwards Michael Young and Jamel Artis. They combined for 42 of Pitt's 72 points and finished the night 22-of-24 from the free throw line. Overall, the Panthers shot 29-of-36 from the line, while MSU shot 11-of-15 from the charity stripe.

Morehead State limited Pitt to just 1-of-13 shooting from three-point range, but the Panthers shot 61 percent from inside the arc and 46 percent overall. The Eagles shot 42 percent from the floor and 3-of-12 from beyond the arc. The Eagles were outrebounded by a much bigger team, 37-28, but were outscored just 32-30 in the paint and 11-10 on second chance points. MSU committed just 10 turnovers, while the Panthers turned it over 14 times.

"When you shoot 36 free throws to our 15 on the road, it's very hard to have a chance to win," said Woods. "There's no room for error. We only turned the ball over 10 times and I think we held them to their worst three-point shooting night of the year. I thought from a scouting standpoint we did a good job, except for sending Artis and Young to the line, making 22 free throws. That was tough."

Complete Recap

Kentucky Holds, Louisville Continues to Rise in College Basketball Polls

Kentucky (9-1) remains No. 4 in both major college basketball polls this week.

Louisville (7-1) is up to No. 19 in the AP Top 25 and No. 16 in the USA Today Coaches Poll.

AP Top 25

RK TEAM RECORD PTS
1 Michigan State (64) 11-0 1,621
2 Kansas (1) 8-1 1,499
3 Oklahoma 7-0 1,409
4 Kentucky 9-1 1,385
5 Iowa State 9-0 1,370
6 Maryland 9-1 1,353
7 Duke 8-1 1,271
8 Virginia 8-1 1,132
9 Purdue 11-0 1,082
10 Xavier 10-0 1,062
11 North Carolina 7-2 1,023 12 Villanova 8-1 865 13 Arizona 9-1 860 14 Providence 10-1 724 15 Miami (FL) 8-1 622 16 Baylor 7-1 605 17 Butler 8-1 562 18 SMU 7-0 560 19 Louisville 7-1 534 20 West Virginia 8-1 466 21 George Washington 9-1 256 22 UCLA 7-3 213 23 Cincinnati 8-2 197 24 Texas A&M 8-2 152 25 Connecticut 6-3 47

Others receiving votes: Gonzaga 44, South Carolina 42, Oregon 37, Colorado 21, Vanderbilt 18, Wichita St 17, Arkansas-Little Rock 14, Dayton 14, Pittsburgh 12, Georgetown 8, Utah 7, Texas 4, Notre Dame 4, Syracuse 3, Northwestern 3, Iowa 3, Marquette 1, Army 1, Houston 1, Florida 1

USA Today Coaches Poll

RK TEAM RECORD PTS
1 Michigan State (28) 11-0 794
2 Iowa State (3) 9-0 719
3 Oklahoma (1) 7-0 675
4 Kentucky 9-1 665
5 Kansas 8-1 664
6 Duke 8-1 649
7 Maryland 9-1 640
8 Purdue 11-0 552
9 Virginia 8-1 547
10 Xavier 10-0 491
11 North Carolina 7-2 474 12 Arizona 9-1 469 13 Villanova 8-1 464 14 Baylor 7-1 323 14 Providence 10-1 323 16 West Virginia 8-1 288 16 Louisville 7-1 288 18 Butler 8-1 268 19 Miami (FL) 8-1 265 20 Cincinnati 8-2 101 21 Gonzaga 6-3 90 22 George Washington 9-1 87 23 Vanderbilt 6-3 79 24 Texas A&M 8-2 77 25 South Carolina 8-0 70

Others receiving votes: UCLA 59, Connecticut 45, Oregon 38, Pittsburgh 30, Colorado 25, Wichita St 19, Dayton 18, Notre Dame 15, Davidson 13, Syracuse 12, Indiana 9, Arkansas-Little Rock 9, California 9, LSU 8, Iowa 8, Northwestern 7, Georgetown 6, Texas 3, UNLV 2, Utah 1, Florida 1, South Dakota State 1

Marshall Uses Mid-Game Spurt to Blow Out Eastern Kentucky

Marshall 96
Eastern Kentucky 72

Final from Huntington, West Virginia

Game recap by EKU:

HUNTINGTON, W.Va. – Senior Jarelle Reischel and freshman Nick Mayo both scored 20 points, but the Eastern Kentucky University men's basketball team fell at Marshall, 96-72, on Saturday night at the Cam Henderson Center.

The game was tied, 36-36, with just under four minutes to play in the first half, but Marshall (2-6) closed the first half on a 10-0 run and opened the second half on a 15-4 run to blow the game open.

Reischel notched his fourth double-double of the year in the loss, scoring 20 points, grabbing a team-high 10 rebounds and dishing out a team-high six assists. He shot 8-of-10 from the field.

Mayo finished one point shy of his career-high with 20 points. He also grabbed a career-best six rebounds.

The Colonels (7-4) were outscored 21-0 in second-chance points.

James Kelly led Marshall with 27 points, while Austin Loop added 26 points on 8-of-10 shooting from beyond the arc.

It was Loop that sparked the Thundering Herd's late first-half run. He connected on three straight three-pointers in the final two minutes of the half to send Marshall into the locker room at the break up by 10, 48-38.

Stevie Browning picked up in the second half where Loop left off in the first half, canning a three-pointer on Marshall's first possession to spark a 15-4 run that ended when C.J. Burks hit another three-pointer to make it 63-42 with 17:05 to play in the game.

The Thundering Herd hit 15 three-pointers on the night.

Complete Recap

Jamal Murray Earns SEC Freshman of the Week Honors

Kentucky's Jamal Murray has been named Southeastern Conference Freshman of the Week.

Here is a release from UK:

BIRMINGHAM, Ala. – Kentucky freshman guard Jamal Murray was named the Southeastern Conference Freshman of the Week on Monday after averaging a team-best 16.5 points, a guard-best 5.0 rebounds and 4.5 assists in wins over Eastern Kentucky and Arizona State last week.

In the win over EKU, Murray posted an impressive line of 16 points, seven rebounds and four assists. He followed up that performance with a team-high 17 points, five assists and three boards in the victory over Arizona State.

With two 3-pointers in both games this week, Murray became the first player in Kentucky history to make at least one trey in each of his first 10 collegiate games.

Murray, a native of Kitchener, Ontario, leads the 9-1 Wildcats in scoring (15.5 points per game) and 3-pointers made (20).

It’s the first weekly SEC honor of Murray’s career and the fourth such award for the Wildcats this season. Ulis previously won SEC Co-Player of the Week honors while freshman forward Skal Labissiere and freshman guard Isaiah Briscoe have both picked up SEC Freshman of the Week this season.

Kentucky is off until Saturday for finals week. UK returns to action Saturday in Brooklyn, N.Y., as a part of the CBS Sports Classic. The Wildcats will take on Ohio State at 3:30 p.m. on CBS.

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

Tai Wynward is Ready to Give Kentucky Some Physicality in the Paint

New Zealand big man Tai Wynyard has noticed Kentucky's lack of physicality in the paint and says he's ready to come in and help out.

"What I notice is they're not really playing very physical, and that's an area I can come in and try to help them out," Wynyard said in a recent interview.

Here is an excerpt:

The common assumption, given Wynyard's late arrival and his lack of familiarity with the American college game, was that the Breakers development player and youngest ever Tall Black would come in as a practice body for John Calipari's Wildcats and red shirt the season, meaning he doesn't play, but also doesn't lose a year of his eligibility.

But after Calipari recently confirmed he was having a rethink on that strategy, Wynyard has declared himself ready to add some much-needed "physicality" to the Wildcats frontcourt. Kentucky, ranked No 5 in the country, are currently 9-1 for the season and top of the SEC. Their only loss was 87-77 at UCLA on December 4.

"What I notice is they're not really playing very physical, and that's an area I can come in and try to help them out," Wynyard − son of Kiwi woodchopping legend Jason Wynyard − said when asked about what he'd picked up watching the Wildcats so far this season.

"They have really good talent and outstanding players, but I don't think they're dominant physically, so that should be good for me."

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