Friday, January 8, 2016

Brawl Breaks Out During Middle School Game in Pike County

A brawl broke out during a middle school game between Phelps and Belfry last night.

As is usually the case, it was adults making complete idiots out of themselves...even attacking a referee at one point.

Here's a video:


UPDATE: It turns out that the man in red who attacked the referee was actually the Belfry Middle School coach. Here's a better description from EKB news on Facebook:

The Pike County Board of Education is conducting an investigation following a brawl at a middle school boys basketball game Thursday night. Pike County Schools Superintendent Reed Adkins said the fight occurred during a game at Phelps between Phelps and Belfry middle schools, and began after coaches from Belfry pulled their team from the game amid frustrations with officiating in the game. Video of the fight provided to EKB News allegedly shows coaches, referees and fans involved in the brawl, but Adkins said none of the players from either team became involved in the fight. Adkins said coaches — none of whom he named specifically — were heavily involved in the fight. Adkins said that despite the unfortunate nature of the incident, school staff and administrators present at the game handled the situation well. He said that following the fight, the game was suspended as a safety precaution, and may not be made up. Adkins said the investigation into the fight is still an internal investigation, but the Kentucky High School Athletic Association, which has jurisdiction over middle school sporting events, has been notified of the situation. Adkins added that he expects the investigation to be concluded very soon.

Thursday, January 7, 2016

Louisville and Memphis Reportedly Working on a Game in New York City for 2016-17

Louisville and Memphis are reportedly working on renewing their rivalry with a game in New York City next season.

Here are details from the Courier-Journal:

Though nothing is finalized, Louisville coach Rick Pitino said Tuesday night that the schools are talking about playing a game sometime during U of L's 2016-17 nonconference schedule, potentially at Madison Square Garden in New York City.

They had initially agreed to start up a series after U of L left the American Athletic Conference for the Atlantic Coast Conference, but it appeared to be off when a U of L source said in August that the rivalry series was "not good" for the Cards and likely wouldn't materialize.

"We have an unbelievable schedule," Pitino said on his weekly radio show. "I hope that 'potential' word I use comes to fruition."

Complete Article

John Calipari Releases Statement About Kentucky's Struggles This Season

Kentucky head coach John Calipari released a statement earlier today about his team's struggles so far this season.

Calipari seemed to take all the blame:

My job as a coach is to transform and move a team toward its best version. That includes the players, from where they are to where they have to go. I have to convince them what their best version looks like.

Players have to trust, and the coach has to create a culture of what’s acceptable and what isn’t, and then the team moves forward. This is normal. At Kentucky, we do this every year. If things don’t move the way they should, that’s on me.

We’ve taken steps forward and back this year. At the end of the day, this falls on me as the coach – not individual players – to transform this group to where we’re trying to go. Their job is to be enthusiastic, to play hard, to play physical, to be loose and to have fun. They control that.

This transformation begins with a coach’s vision of what the team and individuals’ best version looks like, and having an unrelenting will to have the team work toward that vision. They must buy in! Eventually, the team feels empowered because they “get it” and can play together with a common goal. They accept roles, they have fun playing and they look for incremental improvement daily.

I believe in this team of players. We have to work toward empowering them. THAT’S ON ME! It’s a process. Let’s get to work!

Union College Rises to No. 4 in NAIA DII National Coaches' Poll

Union College (13-3) is up two places to No. 4 in the new NAIA Division II Coaches' Top 25 Poll this week.

2015 – 16 NAIA Division II Men’s Basketball Coaches’ Top 25 Poll - No. 3 (Jan. 5)

1 1 Indiana Wesleyan (11) 15 1 312
2 2 St. Francis (Ill.) (1) 13 1 299
3 4 Marian (Ind.) 15 1 288
4 6 Union (Ky.) 13 3 283
5 3 Davenport (Mich.) 13 3 266
6 12 Briar Cliff (Iowa) 15 2 256
7 5 Cornerstone (Mich.) 12 3 253
8 17 Saint Francis (Ind.) 13 3 234
9 11 College of the Ozarks (Mo.) 11 1 233
10 T13 Warner (Fla.) 10 3 227
11 10 Southern Oregon 13 3 213
12 7 Bethel (Ind.) 12 3 196
13 9 Dakota Wesleyan (S.D.) 12 5 185
14 22 Keiser (Fla.) 14 1 180
15 15 Tabor (Kan.) 14 3 175
16 T19 Valley City State (N.D.) 13 3 163
17 8 Olivet Nazarene (Ill.) 7 5 134
18 NR Hastings (Neb.) 11 4 131
19 RV Northwest Christian (Ore.) 11 4 123
20 RV Indiana Tech 12 4 113
T21 T13 Bellevue (Neb.) 12 7 112
T21 16 Robert Morris (Ill.) 12 4 112
23 RV Rio Grande (Ohio) 12 4 77
24 RV Warner Pacific (Ore.) 9 5 57
25 24 Aquinas (Mich.) 11 5 54

Dropped from the Top 25: College of Idaho (No. 18), WVU Tech (No. 19), Rochester (Mich.) (No. 21), Cal Maritime (No. 23) and Indiana East (No. 25).

Others Receiving Votes: Grace (Ind.) 49; Rochester (Mich.) 42; Tennessee Wesleyan 42; Southwestern (Kan.) 37; Cal Maritime 26; Southeastern (Fla.) 24; Dordt (Iowa) 21; Cincinnati Christian (Ohio) 16; College of Idaho 7; Jamestown (N.D.) 7.

^ Ranking based off the NAIA Men’s Division II Basketball Coaches’ Top 25 Poll No. 2 (Dec. 8)

DeMarcus Cousins Has Fun with Hecklers in Oklahoma City

DeMarcus Cousins had some fun with hecklers in Oklahoma City during a Kings' victory Monday night.

Late in the game, several fans tried to get under Cousins' skin. As a general rule of thumb, it's a bad idea to talk trash to Cousins because he will respond.

Watch as Cousins responds:

Here's some better audio:

Cousins finished with 33 points and 19 rebounds in the win.

Bellarmine University Moves Up in Both National Polls

Bellarmine University is up to No. 7 in the NCAA Division II Media Poll and No. 11 in the NABC/Division II Rankings this week.

Here's a look at both polls:

NCAA Division II Media Poll, Sponsored by D2SIDA

January 5, 2016

Rank School (First Place Votes) Record Votes LW
1 West Liberty (10) 10-0 310 2
2 Midwestern State (3) 11-1 307 1
3 MSU-Moorhead 16-1 297 T3 4 Angelo State 12-0 286 T3
5 Augustana (S.D.) (1) 11-1 270 6 6 Western Oregon 10-2 234 5
7 Bellarmine 9-2 221 13
8 Eckerd 12-1 216 10
9 Queens 11-0 212 14
10 Cal Poly Pomona 12-1 209 9
11 Fairmont State 9-1 200 12
12 Lincoln Memorial 10-2 173 7
13 Saint Anselm (N.H.) 11-1 157 15
14 UC San Diego 10-2 156 8
15 Tarleton State 11-2 148 16
16 Lake Superior State 11-1 129 RV
17 Columbus State 9-1 97 22
18 Alabama-Huntsville 9-3 71 23
19 Minnesota State 10-3 66 20
20 Concordia-Irvine 10-1 55 25
21 Ashland 10-2 53 11
22 Wheeling Jesuit 10-1 49 24
23 St. Edward's 10-2 47 NR
24 Saginaw Valley State 9-2 43 NR
25 Delta State 10-3 36 RV

Also receiving votes: Stonehill (31), Fort Lewis (31), Cal Baptist (22), Indianapolis (19), Rogers State (15), Chico State (13), Ferris State (11), Lenoir-Rhyne (10), Barry (9), Arkansas Tech (7), Humboldt State (7), West Chester (6), Holy Family (1), Southern Indiana (1)

NABC/Division II Rankings
(Jan. 5, 2016 - Poll #6)

Record Points LW
1. West Liberty, W.Va. (16) 10-0 400 1
2. Augustana, S.D. 11-1 380 2
3. Minnesota State-Moorhead 16-1 364 4
4. Angelo State, Texas 12-0 350 6
5. Fairmont State, W.Va. 9-1 324 7
6. Midwestern State, Texas 10-1 307 9
7. Cal Poly Pomona 12-1 285 5
8. Queens, N.C. 11-0 283 10
9. Tarleton State, Texas 11-2 254 12
10. California Baptist 11-2 232 14
11. Bellarmine, Ky. 9-2 226 17
12. Eckerd, Fla. 12-1 220 15
13. Lake Superior State, Mich. 11-1 209 18
14. Western Oregon 10-2 204 3
15. Saint Anselm, N.H. 11-1 176 19
16. Fort Lewis, Colo. 11-1 168 20
17. UC San Diego 10-2 145 13
18. Columbus State, Ga. 9-1 114 22
19. Lincoln Memorial, Tenn. 10-2 110 11
20. Chico State, Calif. 11-2 101 21
21. Ashland, Ohio 10-2 69 16
22. West Chester, Pa. 11-1 50 NR
23. Ferris State, Mich. 10-2 41 NR
24. Seattle Pacific, Wash. 9-3 39 8
25. Indianapolis, Ind. 8-2 24 NR

Others receiving votes: Delta State (Miss.) 21, Arkansas-Fort Smith 17, Barry (Fla.) 14, Kentucky Wesleyan 11, Saginaw Valley State (Mich.) 10, Arkansas Tech 9, Azusa Pacific (Calif.) 8, Texas A&M-Commerce 6, Humboldt State (Calif.) 5, Southern Connecticut State 4, Wisconsin-Parkside 4, Alaska-Fairbanks 3, Central Missouri 3, Alabama-Huntsville 2, Alaska-Anchorage 2, St. Edward's (Texas) 2, Bentley (Mass.) 1, Holy Family (Pa.) 1, Stonehill (Mass.) 1, Wheeling Jesuit (W.Va.) 1.

Records are through games of Sunday, Jan. 3, 2016.

Blackwell Leads Kentucky Wesleyan in Blowout Win Over Oakland City

Kentucky Wesleyan 99
Oakland City 66

Final from Owensboro, Kentucky

Game recap by KWC:

C.J. Blackwell led four Panthers in double-figures with 21 in Kentucky Wesleyan overwhelming victory, 99-66, over Oakland City at the Sportscenter on Wednesday night. Devin Langford, Tamron Manning and Jermaine Morgan all added 12 each.

Jordan Jacks grabbed a game-high 10 rebounds to go along with nine points. Morgan picked up eight boards and Ken-Jah Bosley dished out a game-high seven assists.

KWC (12-2) shot 58.1 percent from the field, 42.1 percent from three-point territory and 73.1 percent from the foul line. The Panthers held the edge in rebounding 39 to 37. They led 56-18 at halftime and extended that lead to 44 points early in the seccond half.

The Panthers travel to Cedarville (5-8, 0-1) for their Great Midwest Athletic Conference opener on Saturday at 1 p.m.

Transylvania Earns Road Win at Earlham

Transylvania 76
Earlham 66

Final from Richmond, Indiana

Game recap by TU:

RICHMOND, Ind. – Transylvania's starting five all posted double-digit scoring nights as the Pioneers overpowered the Earlham Quakers 76-66 in a Heartland Collegiate Athletic Conference meeting.

With the win at Schuckman Court, the Pioneers achieved their first road victory of the season and improved to 2-3 in HCAC play.

Cooper Theobald, Robert Dence, and Alex Jones each contributed 15 points to the winning effort at Earlham. Theobald had a double-double of 15 points and 13 rebounds, along with three steals and two assists. Theobald advanced to the charity stripe with regularity, shooting 9-for-10 from the free throw line.

Dence's line of 15 points was a season-high output, which came on 5-for-6 shooting from the field along with a 5-for-7 effort from the free throw line.

The undermanned Pioneers utilized a nine-man roster to build a 42-31 lead at the half. Dence and Jones combined to shoot 8-for-15 from the field in the first 20 minutes to provide the scoring punch for the visiting team.

Leading by four with two minutes remaining in the first half, the Pioneers erupted for an 8-0 run to close the period, led by a parade of Theobald free throws which sandwiched layups by Jones and Stansberry.

Complete Recap

Georgetown College and Pikeville Flip Spots on Top of NAIA D1 Coaches' Poll

Georgetown College (14-0) has taken over the top spot in the NAIA Division I Men's Basketball Coaches' Top 25 Poll.

The Tigers flipped spots with No. 2 Pikeville (13-1) this week.

Lindsey Wilson (11-3) is up four spots to No. 15 in the new poll.

2015 – 16 NAIA Division I Men’s Basketball Coaches’ Top 25 Poll – Jan. 5 (No. 2)

1 2 Georgetown (Ky.) (10) 14-0 250
2 1 Pikeville (Ky.) 13-1 238
3 3 Freed-Hardeman (Tenn.) 12-2 231
4 5 Columbia (Mo.) 14-1 220
5 6 William Penn (Iowa) 12-1 219
6 8 LSU Alexandria 11-2 203
7 7 Lewis-Clark State (Idaho) 14-1 201
8 9 Dalton State (Ga.) 11-2 195
9 4 Arizona Christian 13-2 194
10 11 Talladega (Ala.) 13-3 182
11 10 Hope International (Calif.) 12-2 175
12 14 Westmont (Calif.) 12-3 144
13 20 Texas Wesleyan 8-3 143
14 T17 Xavier (La.) 12-4 141
15 19 Lindsey Wilson (Ky.) 11-3 132
16 16 Carroll (Mont.) 9-3 119
17 12 Wayland Baptist (Texas) 10-3 116
18 15 SAGU (Texas) 11-3 106
19 13 MidAmerica Nazarene (Kan.) 9-4 105
20 RV Biola (Calif.) 15-1 100
21 23 Langston (Okla.) 8-3 97
22 NR Central Methodist (Mo.) 9-4 82
23 24 Montana State-Northern 12-2 80
24 21 Vanguard (Calif.) 10-2 54
25 RV Tougaloo (Miss.) 7-4 47

Dropped from rankings: No. 17 (tie) Martin Methodist (Tenn.); No. 22 Wiley (Texas); No. 24 Avila (Mo.).

Others Receiving Votes: Our Lady of the Lake (Texas) 42; Campbellsville (Ky.) 42; Martin Methodist (Tenn.) 31; Benedictine (Kan.) 27; Park (Mo.) 12; Wiley (Texas) 9; Mid-America Christian (Okla.) 6; Mobile (Ala.) 5; Oklahoma City 4; Montana Western 4; Avila (Mo.) 3.

^ indicates ranking from Dec. 8, 2015 Top 25 poll

Thomas More Knocks Off Bethany on the Road

Thomas More 62
Bethany 57

Final from Bethany, West Virginia

Game recap by TMC:

(BETHANY, W.Va.) –The Thomas More College men's basketball team defeated Bethany College, 62-57, tonight (Wednesday, January 6, 2016) in a Presidents' Athletic Conference (PAC) game at Hummel Field House in Bethany, West Virginia.

With the win, the Saints improve to 7-5 overall and 4-1 in the PAC. With the loss, the Bison fall to 7-5 overall and 3-2 in the PAC.

Thomas More jumped out to an early 26-13 lead with 4:14 to play in the first half when freshman guard Brandon Horne (Louisville, Ky./Male) made a three-pointer. Bethany closed out the half on a 12-5 run to cut the lead to 31-25 at halftime when Jerron Athey made a three-pointer with 13-seconds to play in the opening half.

The Saints opened the second half on a 5-0 run capped by a three-pointer by sophomore forward Austin Young (Campbellsburg, Ky./Henry County) to increase the lead to 36-25 with 18:06 to play in the game. The Bison answered with their own 5-0 run to cut the lead to 36-30 with 16:06 when Chris Harris scored on a tip-in. Thomas More responded with a 23-14 run to extend the lead to 59-44 with 5:40 to play in the game when junior forward/center Simon Clifford (Louisville, Ky./DuPont Manual) made a jumper. Bethany closed out the game on a 13-3 run, but it wasn't enough as Thomas More won the game 62-57.

Complete Recap

Wednesday, January 6, 2016

Rick Pitino Told Recruit that Worst-Case Scenario in Escort Scandal is No NCAA Tournament

Louisville head coach Rick Pitino told Penn transfer Tony Hicks that the worst-case scenario for the outcome of the escort scandal will be no NCAA Tournament.

Hicks talks a little about the scandal and his decision-making process with Jeff Greer of the Courier-Journal.

Here's an excerpt:

In turn, Hicks said the ongoing NCAA investigation into allegations against Louisville's basketball program did come up in his thought process, but none of it was enough to deter him from the Cards.

"It did (come up). It absolutely did," Hicks said. "But, at the same time, it's Louisville. It's Coach Pitino. It's the ACC. They honestly don't feel that anything will happen -- at the most, (lose) a few scholarships, which won't impact me much.

"(Pitino) felt absolute worst-case scenario is no (NCAA tournament). If that were to happen, that wasn't a dealbreaker. I felt comfortable with it. I really just felt like they won't get punished too bad. It was something nobody who is there now had known about."

Now Hicks is ready to join the team and get started. He's been working out with Brandon Payne, the trainer who works with NBA MVP Steph Curry, and he's been watching "a ton of basketball" to stay sharp.

Complete Article

Louisville Adds Penn Transfer Tony Hicks for 2016-17

Louisville has added Penn transfer Tony Hicks for the 2016-17 season. He is expected to graduate from Penn in May and will enroll at Louisville during the summer.

Hicks was the Quakers' leading scorer the past 2 seasons, averaging 14.9 and 13.2 points, respectively.

Prior to this season, Hicks announced that he would not be playing his senior season for Penn.

"After speaking with Coach Donahue about the best situation for Penn basketball and myself, I have decided the best decision for me will be to take a break from basketball," Hicks said at the time. "This is a personal decision, and I wrestled long and hard with it because I have thoroughly enjoyed playing for Penn the last three years and wearing the Red and the Blue."

Pennsylvania High School Coach Head-butts Referee in the Face

A Pennsylvania high school coach named Jerry Devine lost his mind over a call and head-butted the referee in the face Tuesday night.

Devine, who coaches Neshaminy High School, was ejected and has since been suspended.

I would bet a stiffer penalty is coming soon.

Check out the video:

John Calipari: "We weren't ready to compete" at LSU's Level

John Calipari said after tonight's loss at LSU that Kentucky wasn't ready to compete at the Tigers' level:

Johnny Jones Talks About Beating Kentucky

Here's what LSU head coach Johnny Jones had to say about knocking off Kentucky:

Life is Tough on the Road: LSU Dismantles Kentucky

LSU 85
(9) Kentucky 67

Final from Baton Rouge, Louisiana

LSU opened up a lead early and never looked back as the Tigers rolled to an 85-67 win over No. 9 Kentucky in Baton Rouge.

Tim Quarternman led the Tigers (9-5, 2-0 SEC) with 21 points, 10 rebounds and 7 assists. Craig Victor II added 15 points and 12 boards. All-American candidate Ben Simmons finished with 14 points and 10 rebounds.

Tyler Ulis paced Kentucky with 23 points and 6 assists. Jamal Murray chipped in 21 points. No other Wildcat finished in double figures.

LSU dominated the paint, out-scoring the Wildcats 44-24. UK big men Marcus Lee and Alex Poythress fouled out. The group of Lee, Poythress, Skal Labissiere and Isaac Humphries combined for just 7 points, 9 rebounds and 6 turnovers in 54 minutes.

Lee only played 5 minutes and finished with 0 points, 2 rebounds, 2 turnovers and 5 fouls.

Kentucky (11-3, 1-1) returns to action Saturday with another road game at Alabama.

Box score (click to enlarge):

Tuesday, January 5, 2016

Isaiah Canaan Gets Pie in the Face

Former Murray State star Isaiah Canaan and 76ers teammate JaKarr Sampson played a friendly game of Pie In The Face this week.

Canaan came up on the losing end:

2016 Gets Going with a Busy Week of College Basketball in Kentucky

The new year gets going in full swing this week with many college basketball games around Kentucky.

Here's a complete schedule for the week, including scores from last night:

Monday, January 4

Milwaukee 76 Northern Kentucky University 67*
Campbellsville University 84 Wilmington College 64
Kentucky Christian University 89 Central Christian 56
Kentucky State University 100 Albany State 79*

Tuesday, January 5

11:15 a.m. Kentucky Christian University vs. Manhattan Christian (at Cookson Hills, OK)
7:30 p.m. Tennessee Wesleyan at Union College*
7:30 p.m. Alice Lloyd College at Cincinnati Christian*
8:00 p.m. IU Southeast at Asbury University*
9:00 p.m. University of Kentucky at LSU*

Wednesday, January 6

2:45 p.m. Kentucky Christian University vs. Ozark Christian (at Cookson Hills, OK)
7:30 p.m. Transylvania University at Earlham*
8:00 p.m. Oakland City at Kentucky Wesleyan College
8:00 p.m. Thomas More College at Bethany*

Thursday, January 7

6:00 p.m. Southeast Missouri at Morehead State University*
6:30 p.m. Morehouse College at Kentucky State University*
7:00 p.m. University of Louisville at N.C. State*
7:00 p.m. Brescia University at Ohio Christian*
7:00 p.m. Port City Bible College at St. Catharine College (Exhibition)
7:30 p.m. Union College at Reinhardt*
8:00 p.m. FIU at Western Kentucky University*
8:00 p.m. Georgetown College at Shawnee State*
8:00 p.m. Lindsey Wilson College at University of Pikeville*
8:00 p.m. Tennessee Tech at Murray State University*
8:00 p.m. UT Martin at Eastern Kentucky University*
8:00 p.m. Life University at Campbellsville University*
8:00 p.m. Cumberland at University of the Cumberlands*
8:30 p.m. Bellarmine University at William Jewell*
9:00 p.m. Spalding University at Iowa Wesleyan College*

Friday, January 8

8:00 p.m. Rhodes at Centre College*

Saturday, January 9

1:00 p.m. Clark Atlanta at Kentucky State  University*
1:00 p.m. Wright State at Northern Kentucky University*
2:00 p.m. Southeast Missouri at Eastern Kentucky University*
2:00 p.m. Ohio Mid-Western at Berea College
3:00 p.m. Florida Atlantic at Western Kentucky University*
3:00 p.m. Defiance at Transylvania University*
3:00 p.m. Washington & Jefferson at Thomas More College*
3:00 p.m. Kentucky Wesleyan College at Cedarville*
4:00 p.m. Ohio University-Mansfield at Georgetown College
4:00 p.m. IU Kokomo at Alice Lloyd College*
4:00 p.m. Cumberland at University of Pikeville*
4:00 p.m. Spalding University at Principia College*
4:00 p.m. Bellarmine University at Rockhurst University*
4:00 p.m. Life University at St. Catharine College*
4:00 p.m. Lindsey Wilson College at University of the Cumberlands*
5:00 p.m. Asbury University at Brescia University*
6:00 p.m. University of Kentucky at Alabama*
6:00 p.m. Bluefield at Union College*
6:00 p.m. UT Martin at Morehead State University*
6:30 p.m. Jacksonville State at Murray State University*

Sunday, January 10

Noon University of Louisville at Clemson*
2:00 p.m. Hendrix at Centre College*

* Conference game

John Calipari Looks Like a Newborn Deer on Hoverboard

For some reason, Kentucky head coach John Calipari attempted to ride a hoverboard during the Christmas break.

Things didn't go well for Calipari, who was unable to take off on the hoverboard. He did (finally) manage to stand up, but immediately looked like a newborn deer trying to walk.

Check out the video:

And for a comparison:

Bellarmine's Rusty Troutman Earns Second GLVC Player of the Week Honor

Bellarmine University's Rusty Troutman was named GLVC Player of the Week for the second time this season on Monday.

Here are details from BU:

INDIANAPOLIS - Bellarmine University junior guard Rusty Troutman has been named the Great Lakes Valley Conference Player of the Week in men's basketball, it was announced by the league office Monday.

Facing No. 11 Lincoln Memorial on Saturday, Troutman netted a career-high 34 points to help the 17th-ranked Knights to a 98-84 upset over the Railsplitters, who entered the game on a 10-game winning streak.

Troutman finished the day 10-of-15 (.667) from the floor and 3-of-6 (.500) from beyond the arc to lead Bellarmine past the defending champions of the South Atlantic Conference.

Not only did the Mt. Washington, Kentucky, native fill it up offensively, he delivered on the defensive end of the floor as well, hauling in a game-high eight defensive rebounds as well as blocking a shot and grabbing a steal.

With the new career high, Troutman upped his season scoring average to 21.5 points per game, which ranks second in the GLVC.

Troutman earns his second career weekly selection as he was first honored with the season's first award on Nov. 16, 2015.

Taylor County Guard David Sloan Adds Offer from Iowa State

Taylor County guard David Sloan has picked up an offer from Iowa State and head coach Steve Prohm.

Sloan is a 6-foot guard in the Class of 2017.

Kentucky State Cruises to Conference Road Win at Albany State

Kentucky State 100
Albany State 79

Final from Albany, Georgia

Game recap by KSU:

ALBANY, Ga. – Kentucky State pulled away over the second half for its largest margin of victory of the season, picking up a 100-79 road win at Albany State in Southern Intercollegiate Athletic Conference men's basketball action on Monday.

The Thorobreds placed five players in double figures in reaching the century mark for the second time this season. Malcolm Smith led the way with 20 points, while Tryston Ford chipped in 19 for the second straight game. Dorian Jordan added 17 points with a game-high eight assists, and Reggie Breeden scored 11 points with a game-high 12 rebounds. Johntae Alexander also hit double figures with 10 points.

Kentucky State never trailed in the game and held a 43-37 lead after a closely contested first half. The Thorobreds took over in the second half, outscoring the Rams 57-42.

Albany State shot 45 percent (31-of-69) to Kentucky State's 42 percent (38-of-90). However, the Thorobreds were able to counter that edge with a 32 percent (8-of-25) performance from outside and a 73 percent (16-of-22) night from the free throw line while the Rams shot just 17 percent (3-of-18) from outside and 47 percent (14-of-30) on free throws. Kentucky State also held a 58-46 rebounding advantage.

With the win, Kentucky State tops the .500 mark at 5-4 on the season, while improving to 4-1 in SIAC competition. Albany State falls to 1-11 overall and 0-4 in the conference. The Thorobreds return home, where they will take on Morehouse at 6:30 p.m. on Thursday at the Exum Center.

Monday, January 4, 2016

EKU Opens OVC Play with Road Win at Austin Peay

Eastern Kentucky 79
Austin Peay 70

Final from Clarksville, Tennessee

Game recap by EKU:

CLARKSVILLE, Tenn. – The Eastern Kentucky University men's basketball team sank seven consecutive free throws in the final 33 seconds to seal a 79-70 win over host Austin Peay in its OVC opener at the Winfield Dunn Center on Saturday night.

EKU (10-6, 1-0 OVC) led by 13, 67-54, following a pair of free throws by sophomore Paul Jackson with 5:15 to play in the game; however, APSU (7-9, 0-1 OVC) rallied in the waning minutes and pulled to within four, 73-69, on a layup by Josh Robinson with 27 seconds on the clock.

Senior Ja'Mill Powell and Jarelle Reischel combined to sink seven free throws down the stretch, though, as the Colonels held on for the key conference road win. EKU had missed its previous five free throws before Powell and Reischel sealed it.

Despite playing with foul trouble, Reischel (17 points) and junior JaVontae Hawkins (18 points) led EKU in scoring on the night.

Jackson finished with 12 points and a game-high six assists, while Powell came off the bench to contribute 13 points and four rebounds. Freshman Nick Mayo (12 points) rounded out five Colonels in double figures.

The Colonels shot 50 percent (27-of-54) from the field, improving to 7-2 in games in which they shoot 50 percent or better.

EKU stifled Austin Peay to 30 percent (6-of-20) shooting from deep. The Govs also shot 56 percent (18-of-32) from the free throw line.

The Colonels' defense held the Governors without a field goal for 6:39 in the first half, as Eastern Kentucky opened a 24-18 lead following a jumper by Jackson with just under eight minutes on the clock.

A layup by Hawkins with just over a minute on the clock helped the Colonels take a 10-point lead, 40-30, into the locker room at halftime.

Complete Recap

UK's Dominique Hawkins Listed as Day-To-Day Following Ankle Scare

Kentucky's Dominique Hawkins is listed as day-to-day after suffering an ankle injury in Saturday night's game against Ole Miss.

Hawkins was carried off the court by teammates and did not return during the game.

X-rays on Hawkins' ankle were negative.

According to

The X-rays came back negative and his mother posted on social media that her son suffered "a minor bone contusion."

NKU's Drew McDonalad Named Horizon League Freshman of the Week

Northern Kentucky's Drew McDonald has been named Horizon League Freshman of the Week.

McDonald averaged 15.0 points, 9.0 rebounds and 3.0 assists per game last week in NKU's two games.

Here's an excerpt of the Horizon League press release:

Drew McDonald captured his first Freshman of the Week honor this season after averaging 15.0 points, 9.0 rebounds and 3.0 assists in NKU’s two games last week. The Cold Spring, Ky., native closed non-conference play in style with a career-high 18 points on 8-of-12 shooting versus Toledo. He added five rebounds in the game. On Saturday, McDonald had his first career double-double with 12 points and 13 rebounds at Green Bay. The 13 rebound effort tied for the most by a player on opening day of Horizon League play.

McDonald is averaging 6.8 points and 4.8 rebounds per game for the season, but has seen his production go up over the last four games. Since Dec. 19, the freshman is averaging 13.0 points and 8.8 rebounds in four games for the Norse.

Northern Kentucky plays at Milwaukee tonight to close its first Horizon League roadtrip of the season and returns to action on Saturday when it hosts its first Horizon League game at BB&T Arena as NKU faces Wright State. Tipoff is scheduled by 1 p.m. ET.

Complete Release

Rick Pitino Talks About Win Over Wake Forest

Louisville head coach Rick Pitino talks to the media about Sunday's win over Wake Forest:

WYMT Mountain Classic Tips Off This Week at Knott County Central

The 2016 Boys and Girls Mountain Basketball Classic tip off this week at the Morton Combs Athletic Complex at Knott County Central High School in Hindman, Kentucky.

Here's a complete schedule for the week:

Monday, January 4th

Girls First Round

6:30 p.m. - Breathitt County vs. Harlan
8:30 p.m. - Johnson Central vs. Harlan County

Tuesday, January 5th

Girls Semifinal

5:00 p.m. - Bell County vs. Breathitt County/Harlan winner

Boys First Round

6:45 p.m. - South Laurel vs. Letcher County Central
8:30 p.m. - Buckhorn vs. Harlan County

Wednesday, January 6th

Girls Semifinal

5:00 p.m. - Knott County Central vs. Johnson Central/Harlan County winner

Boys First Round

6:45 p.m. - Perry County Central vs. Lawrence County
8:30 p.m. - Clay County vs. Knott County Central

Thursday, January 7th

Girls Consolation

5:00 p.m. - Breathitt County/Harlan loser vs. Johnson Central/Harlan County loser

Boys Consolation

6:45 p.m. - South Laurel/Letcher County Central loser vs. Buckhorn/Harlan County loser
8:30 p.m. - Perry County Central/Lawrence County loser vs. Clay County/Knott County Central loser

Friday, January 8th

Boys Semifinal

6:30 p.m. - South Laurel/Letcher County Central winner vs. Buckhorn/Harlan County winner
8:30 p.m. - Perry County Central/Lawrence County winner vs. Clay County/Knott County Central winner

Saturday, January 9th

Girls 3rd Place

3:15 p.m. - Semifinal No. 1 loser vs. Semifinal No. 2 loser

Boys 3rd Place

5:00 p.m. - Semifinal No. 1 loser vs. Semifinal No. 2 loser

Girls Championship

6:45 p.m. - Semifinal No. 1 winner vs. Semifinal No. 2 winner

Boys Championship

8:30 p.m. - Semifinal No. 1 winner vs. Semifinal No. 2 winner

Louisville Holds Off Wake Forest in ACC Action

(18) Louisville 65
Wake Forest 57

Final from Louisville, Kentucky

Game recap by UL:

LOUISVILLE, Ky. (AP) -- Freshman Donovan Mitchell had season highs with 18 points and eight rebounds in his first start and No. 18 Louisville held off Wake Forest 65-57 on Sunday night.

Chinanu Onuaku added 12 points, a career-high 15 rebounds and blocked four shots for Louisville (12-2) in the Atlantic Coast Conference opener for both teams. Damion Lee also had 12 points.

Bryant Crawford and Devin Thomas each had 14 points for Wake Forest (9-4).

Wake Forest trailed by eight at halftime, but tied it with 2:31 to play on Crawford's 3-pointer from the left wing. Crawford turned to silence the crowd with a finger to his lips after hitting the shot, but the Demon Deacons hit just one of their six free throws after that.

Lee's runner in the lane banked in with 1:01 left to put Louisville up 60-56. The Cardinals led 63-57, and Crawford missed three free throws with 17.8 seconds left.

The Demon Deacons finished 3 of 12 from the free throw line, while Louisville was 10 of 14.

Ray Spalding's dunk after picking up a loose ball gave Louisville a 53-42 lead with 7:45 left to play before an 8-0 Wake Forest run, capped by Mitchell Wilbekin's 3 that caromed in off the backboard after rolling around the rim, made it a one-point game with 5:57 to play.

Onuaku carried the Cardinals early as they scored 14 of their first 18 points in the paint. He finished the first half with 10 points, nine rebounds and three blocks and hit his first five shots, finishing 6 of 9 from the floor.

Mitchell scored five of his 10 second-half points after the game was tied at 56. The 6-foot-3 guard started in place of Trey Lewis, who was recovering from a sprained ankle but did play, and hit 3 of 5 3s in the first half to finish with nine points.

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Marshall Hammers Western Kentucky in Conference USA Opener

Marshall 94
Western Kentucky 76

Final from Huntington, West Virginia

Game recap by WKU:

HUNTINGTON, W.Va. (AP) James Kelly scored 27 points and Marshall took down WKU 94-76 in the Conference USA opener on Sunday.

Kelly was 13 of 21 from the floor and grabbed 11 rebounds for the Thundering Herd (5-9). Stevie Browning scored 14 points, Jon Elmore had 13 points with eight assists, Ryan Taylor added 12 points and seven assists, and Austin Loop chipped in with 11 points. Marshall shot over 52 percent and went 11 of 30 on 3-point attempts. The Herd totaled 15 steals.

Justin Johnson tied a career-high with 24 points for WKU (8-6). The Hilltoppers shot 55 percent overall, but went 2 of 19 beyond the arc and committed 20 turnovers.

Marshall used an 11-0 run early in the first half - including a pair of dunks by Kelly and another from Loop - to build a 49-33 lead at intermission.

The lead reached 20 points 4 1/2 minutes into the second half after 3-pointer from Elmore.

Sunday, January 3, 2016

Andy Kennedy Wants an Invite to Camp Cal, Says Tyler Ulis is Best Point Guard in College Basketball

Ole Miss head coach Andy Kennedy wants to know what goes on at Camp Cal and wonders if his Rebels can get an invite next season.

Kennedy also stated last night that he believes Tyler Ulis is the best point guard in college basketball.

Check out Kennedy's postgame thoughts:

Kentucky Highlights from Ole Miss Game

Check out all the highlights from Kentucky's win over Ole Miss on Saturday night:

Camp Cal Cats Destroy Ole Miss in SEC Opener

(10) Kentucky 83
Ole Miss 61

Final from Lexington, Kentucky

Kentucky opened Southeastern Conference play Saturday night with a convincing 83-61 win over Mississippi in Rupp Arena.

The Wildcats were led by an outstanding performance by sophomore point guard Tyler Ulis. Ulis finished with 20 points, 10 assists and 6 steals in the win. It was the first 20-point, 10-assist game by a Wildcat since John Wall vs. Rider on November 21, 2009.

After the game, Ole Miss head coach Andy Kennedy praised Ulis.

"I think he is the best point guard in college basketball," Kennedy said. "He just kind of skates through. When he is making shots, he is very difficult (to defend)."

Jamal Murray added 18 points and 6 rebounds for the Wildcats (11-2, 1-0 SEC). Marcus Lee, who was sporting a protective face mask, chipped in 13 points and 8 boards. Skal Labissiere played some of his best basketball in recent weeks and finished with 9 points and 3 rebounds in 14 minutes of action.

Ole Miss (10-3, 0-1) was led by 23 points from Stefan Moody. Sebastian Saiz added 12 points for the Rebels.

Last season, Moody and the Rebels took Kentucky to overtime before losing 89-86.

"We lost a lot of guys that were part of that run," Kennedy said. "I thought the moment might have been a little big for them early."

Kentucky returns to action Tuesday night with a difficult road game at LSU. That game will tip off at 9:00 p.m. and will be aired on ESPN. 

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