Saturday, January 23, 2016

Tennessee Tech Holds On At Eastern Kentucky

Tennessee Tech 89
Eastern Kentucky 83

Final from Richmond, Kentucky

Game recap by EKU:

RICHMOND, Ky. – The Eastern Kentucky University's men's basketball team trimmed a 10-point second half deficit to two with less than a minute to play, but the Colonels could not complete the comeback in an 89-83 loss to Tennessee Tech on Saturday afternoon at McBrayer Arena.

Two free throws by Terrance Rowe put TTU (14-7, 6-2 OVC) in front 73-63 with 6:09 left in the game. The Golden Eagles still led by eight with less than four minutes to play.

A 7-1 run that included a lay-up and three-pointer from junior JaVontae Hawkins allowed the Colonels to draw back to within two, 78-76, with 2:27 on the clock. EKU was still within two, 80-78, after a pair of free throws from sophomore Paul Jackson with 58 seconds remaining. However, Rowe answered with a clutch three-pointer from the left corner on TTU's next possession to give the Golden Eagles some breathing room. Tech hit 6-of-6 free throws the rest of the way to secure the victory.

Three Colonels scored 20 points or more in the loss. Senior Jarelle Reischel finished with 25 points, nine rebounds and five assists. Hawkins went 11-of-14 at the free throw line and scored 22 points. Freshman Nick Mayo, meanwhile, notched his first-career double-double, contributing 20 points and 10 rebounds.

Rowe and Aleksa Jugovic each had 24 points for Tennessee Tech. Jugovic connected on 8-of-13 from the field. Ryan Martin added 15 points and nine rebounds.

After a back-and-forth opening, EKU used a 12-1 run to gain its largest lead of the game, 28-20, with 8:17 remaining in the first half. The run began on a jumper by Mayo and ended on a fastbreak lay-up by senior Ja'Mill Powell.

Complete Recap

Kentucky Wesleyan Cancels Sunday's Game vs. Trevecca

Sunday's game between Trevecca and Kentucky Wesleyan has been cancelled.

Here's a message from KWC:

The Kentucky Wesleyan basketball doubleheader on Sunday has been cancelled and will be moved to a later date.

Here's the update college basketball schedule for Sunday:

Sunday, January 24

1:00 p.m. Jacksonville State at Morehead State University*
1:00 p.m. Valparaiso at Northern Kentucky University*
2:00 p.m. Cincinnati Christian at University of Pikeville - CANCELLED
3:00 p.m. Centre College at Millsaps*
4:15 p.m. Trevecca at Kentucky Wesleyan College* - POSTPONED


* Conference game

Referees Hose Eastern Michigan at Home

It would be hard to accuse of Eastern Michigan of benefiting from "home cooking" by the referees following today's game against Ball State.

The officials ignored roughly 8 walks, 14 fouls and a jump ball that eventually led to a game-winning steal and three-pointer for Ball State in double overtime. 

I've never quite seen anything like this (trust me, it's worth a watch):



Those officials will have to either have surgeries or wait 2-3 days to get those whistles back.

Snow Wreaks Havoc on Kentucky College Basketball Schedule

Saturday, January 23

12:00 p.m. Jacksonville State at Morehead State University* - POSTPONED
2:00 p.m. Tennessee Tech at Eastern Kentucky University*
2:00 p.m. Crown College at Kentucky Christian University* - POSTPONED
4:00 p.m. University of Louisville at Georgia Tech*
4:00 p.m. Bellarmine University at Lewis University*
4:00 p.m. Vanderbilt at University of Kentucky*
4:00 p.m. Asbury Unviersity at IU Southeast - POSTPONED
4:00 p.m. Shawnee State at University of Pikeville* - POSTPONED
4:00 p.m. Georgetown College at University of the Cumberlands* - POSTPONED
4:00 p.m. Cincinnati Christian at Alice Lloyd College* - POSTPONED
4:15 p.m. Trevecca at Kentucky Wesleyan College* - POSTPONED
5:00 p.m. Spalding University at Westminster College*
5:00 p.m. Rose-Hulman at Transylvania University*
5:00 p.m. Life University at Lindsey Wilson College* - POSTPONED
6:00 p.m. Point at Union College* - POSTPONED
6:00 p.m. Western Kentucky University at Charlotte*
8:00 p.m. SIU Edwardsville at Murray State University*
8:00 p.m. Central State at Kentucky State University* - POSTPONED

Sunday, January 24

1:00 p.m. Jacksonville State at Morehead State University*
1:00 p.m. Valparaiso at Northern Kentucky University*
2:00 p.m. Cincinnati Christian at University of Pikeville - CANCELLED
3:00 p.m. Centre College at Millsaps*
4:15 p.m. Trevecca at Kentucky Wesleyan College*

Shawnee State vs. University of Pikeville Postponed and Rescheduled

PIKEVILLE, Ky. -- Inclement weather conditions have caused further postponements for the University of Pikeville basketball teams. Games scheduled against Shawnee State (Ohio) at 2 and 4 p.m. ET on Saturday in the East Ky. Expo Center have been moved to Monday, Feb. 1 at those same times.

These postponements come on the heels of a busy day of cancellations and schedule maneuvering on Thursday. Below are the updated game times for events affected by this winter storm.


Women's Basketball

Vs. Georgetown at 6 p.m. ET on Monday, Jan. 25 in the East Ky. Expo Center
Vs. Shawnee State (Ohio) at 6 p.m. ET on Monday, Feb. 1 in the East Ky. Expo Center

Men's Basketball

Vs. Cincinnati Christian on Sunday in CANCELED
Vs. Georgetown at 8 p.m. ET on Monday, Jan. 25 in the East Ky. Expo Center
Vs. Shawnee State (Ohio) at 8 p.m. ET on Monday, Feb. 1 in the East Ky. Expo Center


The UPIKE women also have a game scheduled next week against Kentucky Christian at 6 p.m. on Tuesday and the men will play Life (Ga.) at 8 p.m. on Thursday. Both games are being played in the East Ky. Expo Center.

Central State vs. Kentucky Wesleyan Moved to Sunday

The KSU vs. Central State University men's and women's basketball games have been rescheduled for Thursday, Jan. 28. The first game will start at 6 p.m., and the second will begin at 8 p.m. at the Exum Center.

The games, which were to be held on Saturday, Jan. 23, were canceled due to adverse weather conditions.

Georgetown College at University of the Cumberlands - Postponed

Today's Georgetown College at University of the Cumberlands game in Williamsburg has been postponed and rescheduled.

More details from GC:

Saturday afternoon was supposed to be a slate of rivalry games between Georgetown College women's and men's basketball teams with University of the Cumberlands in Williamsburg. However, the winter weather struck and is blanketing the state, even leaving some in the Williamsburg area currently without power.

After discussions over safety for all involved - athletes, officials, workers and fans - both school's athletic directors agreed it was not safe to hold these games. The men's game has been rescheduled for Tuesday, Feb. 16 with time yet to be determined. The women's game is still yet to be determined as to make up date or time.

Continue to check Georgetown College athletics website as well as GCAthletics twitter and Facebook pages for any further updates.

Life University at Lindsey Wilson College Has Been Cancelled

COLUMBIA, Ky. – The winter weather blast that has blanketed the Commonwealth has forced the postponement of the Lindsey Wilson men's basketball game with Life (Ga.) scheduled for Saturday.


The game is the latest in a series of postponements or cancelations this weekend for Lindsey Wilson athletics. Swimming, wrestling, track & field, bowling and women's basketball also have had events altered this weekend.

The Lindsey Wilson-Life game is the one of three scheduled Mid-South Conference games to be shut down on Saturday.

A makeup date will be determined early next week.

The Blue Raiders next scheduled game is at 8 p.m. CT on Thursday, Jan. 28 at MSC foe Cumberland (Tenn.) in Lebanon, Tennessee.

Asbury University's Game at IU Southeast is Postponed

NEW ALBANY, Ind. - With the snow falling at an alarming rate around the region the Asbury-IU-Southeast basketball games scheduled for Saturday January 23 have been postponed. A makeup date of February 4 has been announced for both games.

With roughly six inches of snow already fallen in Wilmore and expected snowfall to last through the rest of the day, the teams took a proactive approach to rescheduling the games. The women will now tip-off on the Thursday night game at 6 p.m. and the men will follow around 8 p.m.

Both teams hope to return to action prior to then, however, as their next scheduled game is in the Luce Center on Tuesday as they host the Bearcats from Brescia University.

Stay tuned to AsburyEagles.com for more news on Asbury Women's Basketball. And as always, you can get the latest updates on the Eagles on Twitter (@Asbury_Eagles) or on Facebook (Asbury Eagles).

Point University vs. Union College Postponed and Rescheduled

Weather has forced the postponement of today's Point University vs. Union College games in Barbourville. 

Here are details:

BARBOURVILLE, Ky. - Saturday's Union College men's and women's basketball games against Point University are canceled due to the inclement, wintry weather. The Appalachian Athletic Conference games are rescheduled for Monday, Feb. 8. Game times are currently pending.

The next games on the slate for the Bulldog basketball teams are currently set for Wednesday as Union will travel to Laurinburg, N.C., to face St. Andrews University. The AAC games are scheduled for 5:00 and 7:00 p.m.

The Union women are 11-8 overall and 6-5 in conference play, while the Union men are ranked No. 6 in NAIA Division II and sport a 16-4 overall record and 8-1 league mark.

Jacksonville State vs. Morehead State Rescheduled Due to Weather

Today's Jacksonville State at Morehead State game has been postponed and rescheduled for tomorrow. 

Here are details from MSU:

MOREHEAD, Ky. - Due to weather conditions, both the men's and women's games versus Jacksonville State on Saturday at Johnson Arena have been postponed. The men's game will be played on Sunday afternoon at 1 p.m. ET, while the women's game will be played on Monday night at 6 p.m. ET.

Admission is FREE for both games for any fan that can make it to Johnson Arena safely. $1 popcorn and $1 drinks will be available for both games.

"In consultation with local emergency management officials, we understand the gravity of this weather situation and recognize that the safety of our students and fans is of paramount importance. So, we have decided to postpone the games on Saturday vs. Jacksonville State. The men's game will be played on Sunday at 1 p.m., while the women's game will be played on Monday at 6 p.m. Admission is still free if you can arrive safely," said Director of Athletics Brian Hutchinson.

The men's game vs. Jacksonville State was scheduled to air on the American Sports Network, but will now air on the OVC Digital Network only.

"We also want to recognize the tremendous efforts made by the American Sports Network to televise the game as planned," said Hutchinson. "Along with Paul Rhodes from our staff, their efforts were beyond expectations and I'm very appreciative."

Be sure to follow Morehead State athletics on Twitter at @MSUEagles for instant weather updates.

Friday, January 22, 2016

Vanderbilt vs. Kentucky Will Be Played as Scheduled

Saturday afternoon's game because Vanderbilt and Kentucky will be played as scheduled. 

Here's an update from UK:

LEXINGTON, Ky. – Despite winter weather conditions in the Lexington area, Saturday’s Kentucky men’s basketball game vs. Vanderbilt in Rupp Arena is still scheduled for a 4 p.m. tipoff. Unless otherwise announced by UK Athletics, the game will be played as scheduled.

Vanderbilt arrived in Lexington, Ky., on Thursday in preparation for a winter storm that has dumped large snowfall accumulations across Central Kentucky. The Wildcats returned from their Thursday night game in Fayetteville, Ark., late Thursday night.

Rupp Arena doors will open Saturday 90 minutes prior to tip. UK Athletics is encouraging all fans to use proper discretion when deciding to attend. UK Athletics recommends fans attending Saturday’s game give themselves ample time to arrive at Rupp Arena and to take caution where conditions are hazardous.

For fans that have purchased tickets and are unable to make it to the game, there are options to transfer tickets to another guest or to resell them via TicketExchange. Fans can find details on how to transfer or resell their tickets with the UK Ticket Office’s digital ticket guide at bit.ly/UK-Ticket-Guide.
v TicketExchange is the only resale marketplace authorized by UK Athletics. By integrating with UK’s Ticketmaster software, TicketExchange uses barcode verification to ensure the authenticity of tickets and provides fans reliable access to purchase tickets for games. No other websites can provide barcode verification when buying tickets to UK home games.

Fans can search for tickets on TicketExchange by visiting UKathletics.com/TicketExchange. Authentic resale tickets can also be purchased directly on Ticketmaster.com using the interactive seat map.

The Rupp Arena Box Office windows will open at 2:30 p.m. for will call and ticket assistance.

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

Kentucky Wesleyan vs. Trevecca Nazarene Postponed

Tomorrow's game between Trevecca Nazarene and Kentucky Wesleyan has been postponed and moved to Sunday. 

Here are details from KWC:

The Kentucky Wesleyan basketball doubleheader versus Trevecca Nazarene at the Owensboro Sportscenter on Saturday, Jan. 23, has been moved due to inclement weather. The Panthers will now play the Trojans Sunday, Jan. 24, at 1 and 3:15 p.m. CT.

Weather Causes Change to Berea College Schedule

The winter storm has forced Berea College to postpone tonight's home game against Johnson University. 

Here are details:

Due to the weather conditions, the home men's basketball game against Johnson University has been cancelled and rescheduled for february 13th at 1:00 PM. The women's basketball game against 

Kentucky Christian University has been cancelled also. The game has been re-scheduled for 6:00PM on February 8th.

Thursday, January 21, 2016

UPDATED College Basketball Schedule for the Weekend

The pending winter storm has forced several cancellations and postponements in the college basketball schedule for the remainder of this week.

Here's an updated schedule with changes that we know about:

Thursday, January 21

6:00 p.m. St. Catharine College at Campbellsville University*
7:00 p.m. Western Kentucky University at Old Dominion*
7:00 p.m. University of Kentucky at Arkansas*
7:00 p.m. Tennessee Tech at Morehead State University*
7:00 p.m. Jacksonville State at Eastern Kentucky University*
7:30 p.m. Berea College at Ohio Christian University
8:00 p.m. Eastern Illinois at Murray State University*
8:00 p.m. Georgetown College at University of Pikeville* - POSTPONED
8:00 p.m. Shawnee State at University of the Cumberlands*
8:30 p.m. Bellarmine University at Wisconsin-Parkside*
9:00 p.m. Spalding University at Blackburn College*

Friday, January 22

7:00 p.m. UIC at Northern Kentucky University*
7:00 p.m. Johnson University at Berea College
9:00 p.m. Centre College at Birmingham Southern*

Saturday, January 23

12:00 p.m. Jacksonville State at Morehead State University*
2:00 p.m. Tennessee Tech at Eastern Kentucky University*
2:00 p.m. Crown College at Kentucky Christian University*
3:00 p.m. Rose-Hulman at Transylvania University*
3:30 p.m. Thomas More College at Waynesburg*
4:00 p.m. University of Louisville at Georgia Tech*
4:00 p.m. Bellarmine University at Lewis University*
4:00 p.m. Vanderbilt at University of Kentucky*
4:00 p.m. Shawnee State at University of Pikeville*
4:00 p.m. Georgetown College at University of the Cumberlands*
4:00 p.m. Cincinnati Christian at Alice Lloyd College*
4:15 p.m. Trevecca at Kentucky Wesleyan College*
5:00 p.m. Spalding University at Westminster College*
5:00 p.m. Life University at Lindsey Wilson College*
6:00 p.m. Point at Union College*
6:00 p.m. Western Kentucky University at Charlotte*
8:00 p.m. SIU Edwardsville at Murray State University*
8:00 p.m. Central State at Kentucky State University*

Sunday, January 24

1:00 p.m. Valparaiso at Northern Kentucky University*
2:00 p.m. Cincinnati Christian at University of Pikeville - CANCELLED
3:00 p.m. Centre College at Millsaps*

* Conference game

Rick Pitino Talks About Win Over FSU and Donovan Mitchell's Big Dunk

Louisville head coach Rick Pitino talks about last night's win over Florida State and Donovan Mitchell's big time, put back dunk:


Union College vs. Bryan Has Been Rescheduled for Monday

The Bryan College at Union College games that were postponed last night due to snow have been rescheduled for Monday, February 1, at 5:30 p.m. (women) and 7:30 p.m. (men).

BARBOURVILLE, Ky. - Wednesday's Union College men's and women's basketball games against Bryan College are canceled due to the inclement, wintry weather. The Appalachian Athletic Conference games are rescheduled for Monday, Feb. 1, at 5:30 and 7:30 p.m.

The next games on the slate for the Bulldog basketball teams are currently set for Saturday when Point University will travel to Barbourville. The AAC games are scheduled for 4:00 and 6:00 p.m.

The Union women are 11-8 overall and 6-5 in conference play, while the Union men are ranked No. 6 in NAIA Division II and sport a 16-4 overall record and 8-1 league mark.

Tonight's Georgetown College at University of Pikeville Showdown Has Been Postponed

Due to inclement weather, tonight's battle between Georgetown College and University of Pikeville has been postponed to Monday.

Thursday evening's Georgetown College women's and men's basketball games with University of Pikeville have been postponed. Games are currently rescheduled for 6 and 8 pm respectively Monday.

Tip Time Changed for St. Catharine vs. Campbellsville Game Tonight

The tip time for tonight's St. Catharine College vs. Campbellsville University game has changed.

The doubleheader will now start with a women's game at 4:00 p.m. ET followed by the men's game.

Here are details from CU:

CAMPBELLSVILLE, Ky. — Due to inclement weather coming into the central Kentucky area this evening, tonight's basketball doubleheader has been moved up from the normal times. The Lady Tigers will tipoff against St. Catharine College at 4 p.m. ET with the men's game to follow.

Fans can still tune in to the doubleheader starting at 4 p.m. ET on the Campbellsville University Sports Network, 88.7 The Tiger and Comcast Channel 10. Also, live video will be made available online – http://portal.stretchinternet.com/camp/

In addition, the #ShoePerBowl Shoe Drive and Maroon Goons Twitter contest has been postponed to a later date. That date has not been announced.

Click HERE for complete preview story for tonight's doubleheader.

For up-to-date information, follow @CvilleTigers on Twitter and go to www.CampbellsvilleTigers.com

No. 17 Louisville Cruises Past Florida State

(17) Louisville 84
Florida State 65

Final from Louisville, Kentucky

Game recap by UL:

LOUISVILLE, Ky. (AP) -- Quentin Snider scored 20 points, Damion Lee added 14, and No. 17 Louisville had no problem with Florida State in an 84-65 victory on Wednesday night. Freshman guard Donovan Mitchell added 13 points for the Cardinals, including a monstrous one-handed dunk in the first half that charged a crowd of 21,349 in the late-evening game. Leading 22-15 at that point, Louisville never looked back in building a lead that reached 32.

Malik Beasley scored 23 points and Devon Bookert had 18 in his first start of the season for Florida State (12-6, 2-4), which had its two-game winning streak stopped.

Snider made 8 of 12 from the field including 3 of 4 3-pointers to finish a point off his career high achieved two weeks ago against North Carolina State.

Dwayne Bacon had 12 points and 10 rebounds for the Seminoles, who played without sophomore guard Xavier Rathan-Mayes, who did not play on the decision of coach Leonard Hamilton. His presence might not have made much of a difference against a Louisville squad that returned from a six-day layoff with an impressive effort.

Though Louisville was hard pressed to match the 29-percent field-goal defense that beat Pittsburgh last week, it held the long and athletic Seminoles to 42 percent shooting. The Seminoles also made just 9 of 21 free throws.

FSU was definitely no match on the glass against Louisville, which had a 10-3 advantage in offensive rebounds in the first half alone and finished with a 17-14 edge. Overall, the Cardinals owned the boards 24-14 in the first half and outscored FSU 11-0 in second-chance points to build a 41-27 halftime lead that kept growing.

Complete Recap

Sunday's Cincinnati Christian vs. UPIKE Game is Cancelled

Cincinnati Christian and University of Pikeville have cancelled their game that was scheduled for Sunday afternoon due to the approaching winter storm.

Here are details from UPIKE:

PIKEVILLE, Ky. -- Due to the forecast of inclement weather throughout the region this weekend, the University of Pikeville and Cincinnati Christian have decided to cancel their game scheduled for 2 p.m. ET on Sunday in the East Ky. Expo Center.

No plans are in place to rescheduled the game, however, UPIKE's doubleheader with Shawnee State (Ohio) at 2 and 4 p.m. on Saturday is currently still on its regular schedule. Any updates to those games will be announced on UPIKEBears.com and @UPIKEAthletics on Twitter.

Wednesday, January 20, 2016

Louisville's Donovan Mitchell Gets Nasty on Florida State

Louisville's Donovan Mitchell got really nasty on Florida State earlier tonight.

Check out this dunk:

Andrew Harrison Scores Season-High 31 Points for the Iowa Energy

Former Kentucky guard Andrew Harrison scored a season-high 31 points for the Iowa Energy in an overtime win last night.

Harrison nailed a clutch 3-pointer to send the game to overtime:



KHSAA Sanctions Graves County High School Boys' Basketball Program for Bylaw 16 Violations

The KHSAA has sanctioned the Graves County High School boys' basketball program for violations of Bylaw 16.

Here's a release from the KHSAA:

The KHSAA has handed down sanctions to Graves County High School resulting from improper open gym activities involving its boys’ basketball program during the 2014-15 academic year. During the course of its investigation, the KHSAA found Graves County to be in violation of Bylaw 16 “Recruitment/Undue Influence” for conducting open gym activities where student-athletes from other member schools participated without express consent from their respective school’s principal designated representative.

In addition, Graves County boys’ basketball assistant coach Lyndon Dunning was found to be in violation of Bylaw 16 for impermissible contact with the family of a student-athlete at another member school (Hickman County) regarding the open gym activities.

“Graves County Schools will in no way tolerate violations of the KHSAA Bylaws,” said Graves County principal Matthew Madding. “We take a great deal of pride in our compliant membership with the KHSAA and have already begun taking steps to ensure the issues at hand are corrected immediately.”

Upon conclusion of its investigation, the KHSAA handed down the following penalties:

· Graves County Assistant coach Dunning will be suspended for the next three (3) official contests beginning on Monday, Jan. 18th.

· All contracts for boys’ basketball games scheduled between Hickman County HS and Graves County HS shall be considered null and void, with neither team having forfeiture penalties applied.

· The Graves County boys’ basketball program is hereby placed on probation through the 2016-17 academic year. Such probation shall not prohibit Graves County from participating in postseason play. During this time, Graves County will be on conditional membership with the Association and shall be expected to take the necessary steps to remedy the problems which led to these violations. The KHSAA will assign an Assistant Commissioner to work with Graves County to ensure development of policies, procedures and best practices to implement within the athletic program.

· A fine in the amount of $1,500 was imposed on Graves County. The amount is an aggregate and consolidated penalty from the specific violations regarding the illegal contact and improper administration of offseason practices.

“The administration of Graves County High School has been forthcoming and cooperative throughout this review and I have every confidence that this situation was isolated and will not be repeated,” said KHSAA Commissioner Julian Tackett.

The KHSAA will have no further comment on this matter. All media inquiries should be directed to the Principal at Graves County.

Devin Booker Becomes 3rd Youngest Player Ever to Have 30-point Game in the NBA

Former Kentucky guard Devin Booker made history for the Phoenix Suns last night.

Booker became the third youngest (19 years, 81 days) player in NBA history to have a 30-point game. LeBron James and Kevin Durant are the only players younger than Booker.

The former Wildcat finished with 32 points on 9-for-16 field goal shooting. Booker was also 6-for-11 from the three-point line.

Booker had the highest scoring game for an NBA rookie this season and set a Suns' rookie record for most three-pointers in a game.


Louisville Plans White Out, Other Special Events at Upcoming Games

The University of Louisville is including several special events including a "white out" in upcoming games.

Here are details from UL:

LOUISVILLE, Ky. -- Honoring two past national championship teams on their anniversaries and two "color" events are among upcoming special events at the University of Louisville men's basketball final seven home games of the season in the KFC Yum! Center.

The Cardinals will close the month of January with its annual "White Out" game when the Cardinals face No. 13 Virginia in the KFC Yum! Center on Jan. 30. Fans are encouraged to wear white attire for the 1 p.m. game televised by CBS. Louisville has won six of its previous nine games with "White Out" promotions, including beating 13th-ranked North Carolina 78-68 in overtime in last year's event. UofL has knocked off four ranked opponents when the arena was a bright white. UofL Coach Rick Pitino has drawn national attention when he wore a white suit for seven of the "White Out" games.

This year marks the 60th anniversary of the Cardinals' 1956 National Invitation Tournament championship and that team will be honored at halftime of Louisville's Feb. 6 game against Boston College. The 1956 NIT Champions, which UofL Coach Peck Hickman had directed to a No. 6 national ranking entering the tournament, beat third-ranked Dayton 93-80 in the title game to cap a 26-3 season. UofL All-America forward Charlie Tyra was honored as the Most Valuable Player of the 1956 NIT, scoring 29 points against St. Joseph's in the national semifinal.

On the 30th anniversary of their achievement, UofL's 1986 NCAA Championship team will be recognized at halftime of the Cardinals' Feb. 20 game against Duke. Guided by future Hall of Fame Coach Denny Crum, that 32-7 Louisville team featured all five starters that scored over 1,000 career points, including four in the top 11 all-time at UofL: Pervis Ellison (2,143 career points), Milt Wagner (1,836), Herbert Crook (1,723), Billy Thompson (1,685) and Jeff Hall (1,294). Louisville defeated Duke 72-69 in the 1986 title game and Ellison became the second freshman in NCAA history to be named the Most Outstanding Player after producing 25 points and 11 rebounds against the Blue Devils.

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NKU's Drew McDonald Named Horizon League Freshman of the Week for 2nd Time

Northern Kentucky's Drew McDonald was named Horizon League Freshman of the Week for the second time this season on Monday. 

Here's a release from the league:

INDIANAPOLIS -- Valparaiso senior center Vashil Fernandez (Kingston, Jamaica/ Princeton Day [Md.] Academy) has been named the Horizon League Men’s Basketball Player of the Week, while Northern Kentucky freshman forward Drew McDonald (Cold Spring, Ky./Newport Central Catholic) has been named the Horizon League Freshman of the Week.

The defending Horizon League Defensive Player of the Year was exceptionally efficient on the offensive end of the floor last week to garner his first career Horizon League Player of the Week honor.

Fernandez opened the week with a 14-point, nine-rebound effort in the Crusaders’ 68-56 win over Milwaukee. The senior center connected on 6-of-7 field goal attempts in the victory. He added two blocked shots in the win as he anchored the Valpo defense that held Milwaukee to a season-low 56 points.

On Saturday, Fernandez again was 6-of-7 from the field as he recorded a double-double with 13 points and 11 rebounds in Valpo’s 85-70 win over Green Bay. He added five blocks in the victory and Valpo held Green Bay to a season-low tying 32.4 percent field goal percentage.

For the week, Fernandez averaged a double-double at 13.5 points and 10.0 rebounds per game. He shot an HL-best 85.7 percent from the field (12-of-14) and his seven offensive rebounds were the most of any player in the HL last week.

Valparaiso (15-3, 5-0) hits the hardwood three times this week with all three contests on the road. The Crusaders play at Youngstown State Monday night before heading to Wright State on Friday and Northern Kentucky on Sunday.

McDonald captured his second Freshman of the Week honor in three weeks after helping lead Northern Kentucky to its first Horizon League win on Thursday. McDonald scored 16 points on 8-of-13 shooting in just 17 minutes in NKU’s 84-64 win over Youngstown State on Thursday. He added five rebounds and a steal and blocked shot in the victory. For the week, McDonald averaged 11.0 points and 4.0 rebounds in two games.

Northern Kentucky is back in action on Tuesday night when it plays at Oakland. The Norse return home on Friday night to face UIC before closing the weekend on Sunday with a visit from Valparaiso.

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Santa Cruz Warriors Cut Ties with Daniel Orton

The Santa Cruz Warriors have cut ties with former Kentucky center Daniel Orton.

Despite putting in good numbers this season, Santa Cruz coach Casey Hill said, "nothing against Daniel, it just wasn't really working out here."

Here are details:

Monday, the Warriors also parted ways with Daniel Orton, the 6-foot-10 center whom they traded for on draft day. Although Orton started in all 20 games he played for the Warriors, averaging 13.2 points and five rebounds in 23.5 minutes, he at times struggled to consistently stay on the floor due to foul trouble.

Orton fouled out seven times and finished another six games with five fouls. Hill said that can make it difficult to develop floor chemistry, which had a small role in the team’s decision.

“It was an organizational decision that we had made,” Hill said. “Nothing against Daniel, it just wasn’t really working out here. And it turned into a decision that we needed to make for the overall culture of the team.”

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Kentucky Wesleyan Enters Top 25, Bellarmine Continues Steady Rise

Bellarmine is up 3 spots to No. 6 in the NABC/Division II Rankings this week. The Knights are still No. 5 in the NCAA Division II Media Poll.

Kentucky Wesleyan has entered the NABC poll at No. 18 this week.

NCAA Division II Media Poll, Sponsored by D2SIDA

Rank School (1st Place Votes) Record Votes Previous
1 West Liberty (13) 15-0 382 1
2 Midwestern State (2) 15-1 378 2
3 Augustana (S.D.) (1) 15-1 375 3
4 Western Oregon 14-2 336 4
5 Bellarmine 13-2 334 5
6 Eckerd 16-1 329 6
7 Lincoln Memorial 14-2 296 T7
8 MSU-Moorhead 19-2 293 T7
9 Fairmont State 14-1 266 11
10 Tarleton State 13-3 243 10
11 Queens 14-1 212 14
12 Wheeling Jesuit 15-1 208 16
13 Angelo State 14-2 189 25
14 Wisconsin-Parkside 12-2 170 RV
15 Southern Conn. State 14-3 148 RV
16 Azusa Pacific 12-3 142 NR
17 Delta State 13-4 135 18
18 Saint Anselm (N.H.) 14-2 119 12
19 Chico State 14-3 107 RV
20 Columbus State 12-3 89 20
21 Barry (Fla.) 12-3 69 23
T22 California Baptist 15-3 61 21
T22 Saginaw Valley State 12-4 61 NR
24 UC San Diego 12-3 52 13
25 Southern Indiana 13-3 42 15

Also receiving votes: Cal Poly Pomona (24), Minnesota-Duluth (23), Texas A&M-International (20), Bentley (14), Lenoir Rhyne (14), Seattle Pacific (11), Alaska Anchorage (7), Ferris State (4), Indianapolis (4), Ashland (3), Northwest Missouri State (3), Fort Lewis (2), West Chester (2), Arkansas-Fort Smith (1), West Georgia (1)

NABC/Division II Rankings

Record Points Last
1. West Liberty, W.Va. (16) 15-0 400 1
2. Augustana, S.D. 15-1 384 2
3. Fairmont State, W.Va. 14-1 362 3
4. Midwestern State, Texas 15-1 347 4
5. Eckerd, Fla. 16-1 318 7
6. Bellarmine, Ky. 13-2 311 9
7. MSU Moorhead 19-2 308 10
8. Western Oregon 14-2 288 11
9. Queens, N.C. 14-1 260 13
10. Tarleton State, Texas 13-3 236 6
11. Angelo State, Texas 14-2 222 15
12. Lincoln Memorial, Tenn. 14-2 218 16
13. Wheeling Jesuit, W.Va. 15-1 199 24
14. Saint Anselm, N.H. 14-2 179 12
15. California Baptist 15-3 171 8
16. Cal Poly Pomona 14-3 152 5
17. UC San Diego 13-3 132 14
18. Kentucky Wesleyan 15-2 120 NR
19. Chico State, Calif. 14-3 110 25
20. West Chester, Pa. 14-2 62 NR
21. Fort Lewis, Colo. 13-3 58 18
22. Azusa Pacific, Calif. 12-3 54 NR
23. Ashland, Ohio 13-3 50 17
24. Wisconsin-Parkside 12-2 40 NR
25. Columbus State, Ga. 12-3 36 21

Others receiving votes: Barry (Fla.) 30, Chowan (N.C.) 22, Indianapolis (Ind.) 19, Seattle Pacific (Wash.) 17, Ferris State (Mich.) 16, Delta State (Miss.) 15, Alaska-Anchorage 14, Saginaw Valley State (Mich.) 12, Southern Connecticut State 11, Fort Hays State (Kan.) 10, Northwest Missouri State 9, Bentley (Mass.) 6, Arkansas-Fort Smith 5, East Stroudsburg (Pa.) 5, Lake Superior State (Mich.) 2, Humboldt State (Calif.) 1.

KWC's C.J. Blackwell Named G-MAC Athlete of the Week

Kentucky Wesleyan College's C.J. Blackwell was named Great Midwest Athletic Conference Athlete of the Week on Monday. 

Here's a release from KWC:

Kentucky Wesleyan senior forward C.J. Blackwell was named the eighth Great Midwest Athletic Conference Men's Basketball Athlete of the Week for 2015-16 on Monday.

This is Blackwell's second career G-MAC Men's Basketball Athlete of the Week honor after receiving the same recognition in December of last year.

Blackwell, a dangerous inside/outside offensive weapon on the wing, did his part and more as the streaking Panthers compiled a pair of road conference wins (Alderson Broaddus, Davis & Elkins) in West Virginia.

He averaged 17.5 points and six rebounds in a two-game stretch that featured 60 percent shooting (12-of-20) and a scorching 8-for-12 conversion rate from beyond the arc.

Kentucky Wesleyan upped its season record to 15-2 overall in the midst of a current six-game winning trend with a league-leading 3-0 conference mark.

The Panthers were able to earn a little redemption against Alderson Broaddus with a 14-point win in Philippi on Thursday.

The last time the two teams met in Rex Pyles Arena went in favor of Alderson Broaddus with the 2015 G-MAC tournament title on the line.

Blackwell was part of a balanced scoring effort as fourth Panthers recorded double-digit totals in the box score. The senior scored 12 points and had seven rebounds in 25 minutes as both teams engaged in another defensive struggle.

He had 5-of-10 tries from the field that included a pair of triples.

Blackwell lit up Davis & Elkins on Saturday as KWC registered a convincing 88-56 win. Six of his seven made field goals were from long range and he finished with a game-high 23 points.

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Tuesday, January 19, 2016

Paul Finebaum Isn't Impressed with John Calipari's National Championship

Paul Finebaum of the SEC Network isn't very impressed with John Calipari's national championship at Kentucky.

Finebaum had Matt Jones of Kentucky Sports Radio on the show today and things got a little interesting.

"If he left and his team doesn’t win the championship, he’s won one championship at Kentucky," Finebaum said. "That’s not that big of a deal."

Check out the entire interview (it's worth a listen):

Rick Pitino Previews FSU Game, Cuts Off Question About UNLV

Rick Pitino previewed the upcoming Florida State game today.

During the press conference, Pitino was asked about the UNLV rumors. He immediately said, "next question."

The rumors about Pitino being interested in the head coaching job at UNLV were first reported by the Las Vegas Review-Journal.

"Anybody have a basketball question about Florida State?" Pitino said. "I'll be glad to answer it. But please don't talk about job openings in January...or resumes."

Check out his comments here (UNLV question happens at the 10:35 mark):



* Video by TheCrunchZone on YouTube

Murray State Loses Brion Sanchious for Rest of Season with Knee Injury

Murray State forward Brion Sanchious will miss the rest of the season after suffering a torn ACL in his right knee last week.

Here is a release from MSU:

Murray State freshman forward Brion Sanchious will miss the rest of the season after he suffered a torn ACL in his right knee last week.

Murray State men's basketball coach Matt McMahon announced the news after tests revealed the extent of Sanchious' injury from Thursday's game at Belmont.

"I am disappointed for Brion and our team.," Coach McMahon said. "However, Brion possesses the character, work ethic, and toughness it takes to come back from this injury. I'm extremely excited about his future at Murray State."

Bellarmine Thumps Southern Indiana for 11th Straight Win

(5) Bellarmine 80
Southern Indiana 65

Final from Louisville, Kentucky

Game recap by BU:

LOUISVILLE, Ky.—Capitalizing on a great 3-point shooting night, the No. 5/9 Bellarmine Knights defeated Southern Indiana 80-65 in front of a near-capacity crowd in Knights Hall in a Great Lakes Valley Conference game on Saturday night.

Bellarmine trailed only once at 1-0 as the outside shots starting falling early for the Knights. The home team raced out an 18-point first half lead and went into the locker room leading 40-23 at the half. The Knights drained nine of their 16 first half treys (56.3%) as six different players found the range from beyond the arc.

In the second period, the Knights cooled a bit, but finished the game 13 of 26 from the three point line, scoring more 3-point baskets than 2-pointers.

Southern Indiana, ranked No. 15 in the National Media poll, did not go down without a fight. After Bellarmine had extended its lead to 22 in the second half, the Screaming Eagles battled back to trim the deficit to just 10 on a Jeril Taylor trifecta at the 4:58 mark.

However, the Knights put it out of reach with a 5-0 spurt starting at the 2:26 mark. Michael Parrish converted an old-fashioned 3-point play followed by a Jarek Coles steal and an Adam Eberhard layup to give the Knights a 76-61 cushion with just 1:30 remaining.

"I'm really proud," said Bellarmine Coach Scott Davenport, who pointed out that his team had 38 deflections on the night. "What we'll learn from that," he said, "is that in the first half we had 27 (deflections) and they shot 32 percent. In the second, we had 11 and they shot 50 percent. That's an objective measure of your defensive effort."

Of Bellarmine's offensive effort, Davenport said, he was impressed by the Knights' 25 baskets on 22 assists. "All in all," he said, "when you win three straight in this league, I'm ecstatic."

Bellarmine got a balanced scoring attack with five players reaching double figures, led by George Suggs with 17. Junior Nick Fredrick and a particularly efficient game, pouring in a career high 12 points on 4-of-4 shooting, including a trey, while hitting three of four free throws in 14 minutes of action.

Junior Rusty Troutman contributed another solid effort with 15 points, five assists and three rebounds. Also reaching double figures were Yasin Kolo with 12 and Parrish with 11 to go along with five assists and four rebounds. Eberhard continued his efficient play, converting all three field goal attempts and both of his free throws for eight points while corralling four rebounds.

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January College Hoops are Heating Up in Kentucky; Schedule for the Week

We are now moving into late January around the Commonwealth and there is a full load of college basketball games on tap for the week.

Here's a complete schedule:

Monday, January 18

Bellarmine University 80 Southern Indiana 65*
Tuskegee 73 Kentucky State University 51*

Tuesday, January 19

7:00 p.m. Northern Kentucky University at Oakland*
7:00 p.m. Kentucky Christian University at Berea College
8:00 p.m. Alice Lloyd College at Asbury University*
8:00 p.m. IU Kokomo at Brescia University*
8:30 p.m. Fisk University at Lindsey Wilson College

Wednesday, January 20

7:30 p.m. Mt. St. Joseph at Transylvania University*
7:30 p.m. Bryan at Union College*
7:30 p.m. Chatham at Thomas More College*
9:00 p.m. Florida State at University of Louisville*

Thursday, January 21

7:00 p.m. Western Kentucky University at Old Dominion*
7:00 p.m. University of Kentucky at Arkansas*
7:00 p.m. Tennessee Tech at Morehead State University*
7:00 p.m. Jacksonville State at Eastern Kentucky University*
7:30 p.m. Berea College at Ohio Christian University
8:00 p.m. St. Catharine College at Campbellsville University*
8:00 p.m. Eastern Illinois at Murray State University*
8:00 p.m. Georgetown College at University of Pikeville*
8:00 p.m. Shawnee State at University of the Cumberlands*
8:30 p.m. Bellarmine Univeristy at Wisconsin-Parkside*
9:00 p.m. Spalding University at Blackburn College*

Friday, January 22

7:00 p.m. UIC at Northern Kentucky University*
7:00 p.m. Johnson University at Berea College
9:00 p.m. Centre College at Birmingham Southern*

Saturday, January 23

12:00 p.m. Jacksonville State at Morehead State University*
2:00 p.m. Tennessee Tech at Eastern Kentucky University*
2:00 p.m. Crown College at Kentucky Christian University*
3:00 p.m. Rose-Hulman at Transylvania Univeristy*
3:30 p.m. Thomas More College at Waynesburg*
4:00 p.m. University of Louisville at Georgia Tech*
4:00 p.m. Bellarmine University at Lewis University*
4:00 p.m. Vanderbilt at University of Kentucky*
4:00 p.m. Shawnee State at University of Pikeville*
4:00 p.m. Georgetown College at University of the Cumberlands*
4:00 p.m. Cincinnati Christian at Alice Lloyd College*
4:15 p.m. Trevecca at Kentucky Wesleyan College*
5:00 p.m. Spalding Univeristy at Westminster College*
5:00 p.m. Life University at Lindsey Wilson College*
6:00 p.m. Point at Union College*
6:00 p.m. Western Kentucky University at Charlotte*
8:00 p.m. SIU Edwardsville at Murray State University*
8:00 p.m. Central State at Kentucky State University*

Sunday, January 24

1:00 p.m. Valparaiso at Northern Kentucky University*
2:00 p.m. Cincinnati Christian at University of Pikeville
3:00 p.m. Centre College at Millsaps*

* Conference game

Monday, January 18, 2016

Richard Pitino Says No Truth to UNLV Rumors and He Never Wants to Work for Rick Pitino Again

Minnesota head coach Richard Pitino said there's no truth to rumors that he and his father, Rick Pitino, are interested in coaching together at UNLV.

The younger Pitino said maybe Rick Pitino want's to coach at UNLV but he has no interest in joining him.

Check out Richard Pitino's comments:

The Las Vegas Review-Journal reported over the weekend that Louisville coach Rick Pitino could be interested in the Rebels job. The article also reported that Pitino might want to bring his son with him to be the coach-in-waiting.

"I've done three years of hard time working for him; I don't want to go back to that," Pitino said on his KSTP-AM radio show. "Maybe he wants to do it, which I seriously, sincerely 1,000 percent doubt. When I read that I was like, 'What?' But I would never. I don't want to work for him again. That was an experience I don't want to go back to ... to me, there's zero truth to it."

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John Wall Named Eastern Conference Player of the Week

Former Kentucky start John Wall was named NBA Eastern Conference Player of the Week earlier today.

Here's a release from the NBA:

NEW YORK — The Washington Wizards' John Wall and the Oklahoma City Thunder's Kevin Durant were today named NBA Eastern and Western Conference Players of the Week, respectively, for games played Monday, Jan. 11 through Sunday, Jan. 17.

Wall led the Wizards to a 3-1 week behind averages of 25.0 points (fourth in the Eastern Conference), a conference-leading 9.8 assists, 6.0 rebounds and a conference-leading 3.0 steals. Wall posted two point-assist double-doubles and recorded a seven-steal game. He tallied 28 points, eight assists and seven rebounds during a 118-104 win over the Indiana Pacers on Jan. 15.

Durant led the Thunder to a 4-0 week behind averages of 26.0 points (third in the Western Conference), 8.3 rebounds and 4.3 assists. He logged a 30-point game and two point-rebound double-doubles for Oklahoma City, which defeated the Dallas Mavericks and Miami Heat and recorded two wins over the Minnesota Timberwolves. On Jan. 13, Durant shot 9-of-14 from the field en route to a game-high 29 points and added 10 rebounds and four assists during a 108-89 win over the Mavericks.

Here is a recap of the week for Wall and Durant:

John Wall, Washington Wizards

•Jan. 11 @ Chicago: Collected 17 points, 10 assists, five rebounds and three steals during a 114-100 win over the Bulls.
•Jan 13 vs. Milwaukee: Posted 19 points, eight assists and five rebounds in a 106-101 win over the Bucks.
•Jan. 15 @ Indiana: Tallied 28 points, eight assists and seven rebounds during a 118-104 win over the Pacers.
•Jan. 16 vs. Boston: Scored 36 points, dished out 13 assists and added seven rebounds and seven steals in a 119-117 loss to the Celtics.

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EKU's Nick Mayo Named OVC Freshman of the Week for Sixth Time

Eastern Kentucky University's Nick Mayo has been named Ohio Valley Conference Freshman of the Week for the sixth time this season.

Here's a release from the OVC:

adidas® OVC Players of the Week

PLAYER

Burak Eslik, G • Jr., 6-4, 185 • Istanbul, Turkey • SIUE

Eslik averaged 30.5 points and 3.0 rebounds/game while hitting 51.5 percent (17-of-33) from the field, 61.5 percent (8-of-13) from 3-point range and 82.6 percent (19-of-23) from the free throw line as SIUE split a pair of home games. Eslik, the transfer from Lewis and Clark College, scored an OVC single-game season-best 40 points in a three-point overtime loss to Morehead State to open the week. The junior started that contest by hitting seven 3-pointers in the first seven minutes of the game as the team led 22-5. The 40 points were the most by an SIUE player in the program’s Division I Era. In that game he also pulled down six rebounds and had a steal in playing the full 45 minutes. Two days later he scored 21 points in the team’s two-point win over Eastern Kentucky. In that contest Eslik connected on 10-of-10 free throws including three in the final 18 seconds to lift the Cougars to its first OVC win of the season. Eslik currently ranks eighth in the OVC in scoring (14.8 points/game).

Others Nominated: Cornell Johnston, Eastern Illinois; Nick Mayo, Eastern Kentucky; Erik Durham, Jacksonville State; Corban Collins, Morehead State; Bryce Jones, Murray State; Wayne Martin, Tennessee State; Aleksa Jugovic, Tennessee Tech; Twymond Howard, UT Martin.

NEWCOMER

Burak Eslik, G • Jr., 6-4, 185 • Istanbul, Turkey • SIUE

Eslik averaged 30.5 points and 3.0 rebounds/game while hitting 51.5 percent (17-of-33) from the field, 61.5 percent (8-of-13) from 3-point range and 82.6 percent (19-of-23) from the free throw line as SIUE split a pair of home games. Eslik, the transfer from Lewis and Clark College, scored an OVC single-game season-best 40 points in a three-point overtime loss to Morehead State to open the week. The junior started that contest by hitting seven 3-pointers in the first seven minutes of the game as the team led 22-5. The 40 points were the most by an SIUE player in the program’s Division I Era. In that game he also pulled down six rebounds and had a steal in playing the full 45 minutes. Two days later he scored 21 points in the team’s two-point win over Eastern Kentucky. In that contest Eslik connected on 10-of-10 free throws including three in the final 18 seconds to lift the Cougars to its first OVC win of the season. Eslik currently ranks eighth in the OVC in scoring (14.8 points/game).

Others Nominated: Demetrius McReynolds, Eastern Illinois; Erik Durham, Jacksonville State; Xavier Moon, Morehead State; Bryce Jones, Murray State; Wayne Martin, Tennessee State; Jacolby Mobley, UT Martin.

FRESHMAN

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

Mayo averaged 25.5 points, 3.5 rebounds and 1.0 blocks/game while hitting 73.1 percent (19-of-26) from the field and 80 percent (12-of-15) from the free throw line in a pair of road games last week. He set a pair of season scoring bests last week in netting 23 points to open the week at Eastern Illinois and then scoring 28 points at SIUE. At EIU he hit 9-of-12 field goal attempts and added four rebounds and an assist. Two days later he connected on 10-of-14 field goals (including 1-of-1 3-pointers) while adding three rebounds and two blocks. Mayo now ranks fourth in the OVC in field goal percentage (60.3%) and leads all OVC freshmen in scoring at 13.7 points/game. It marks the sixth time this season he has been named OVC Freshman of the Week.

Others Nominated: Dylan Windler, Belmont; Casey Teson, Eastern Illinois; Jared Hamilton, Jacksonville State; Malik Maitland, Morehead State; Tony Anderson, Southeast Missouri; Carlos Anderson, SIUE; Savonte Frazier, Tennessee Tech.

Oregon State Player Ejected for Tripping Referee

Oregon State's Jarmal Reid apparently lost his mind in Saturday's loss to Utah.

Late in the game, Reid was ejected after appearing to intentionally trip a referee.

A suspension is likely coming soon.




Newport High School's Ethan Snapp Commits to Urbana

Newport High School guard Ethan Snapp has committed to Urbana, an NCAA Division II school in Urbana, Ohio.




Kentucky Drops Out of CBS Sports Top 25 (And One) Rankings

The Kentucky Wildcats are no longer ranked in the CBS Sports Top 25 (And One) rankings following Saturday's loss at Auburn.



Louisville is No. 17 in the updated rankings.

Here's a look at the top 10:

1. Oklahoma
2. Kansas
3. North Carolina
4. Villanova
5. Xavier
6. West Virginia
7. Iowa
8. Michigan State
9. Maryland
10. Virginia
17. Louisville

Check Out the Entire Rankings Here

Bellarmine Survives Quincy to Stay Undefeated in GLVC Play

(5) Bellarmine 81
Quincy 79

Final from Louisville, Kentucky

Game recap by BU:

LOUISVILLE, Ky.—As the buzzer sounded, Quincy's Herm Senor's desperation heave from near the midcourt stripe was airborne, and it wasn't until it clanged off the back iron that the No. 5/9 Bellarmine Knights could celebrate their 81-79 victory in a hard fought Great Lakes Valley Conference game in Knights Hall.

Coming down the stretch, both teams both capitalized and squandered opportunities. After leading for nearly the entire second period, Bellarmine found themselves having to play catch up in the last minute of the game.

Quincy's Godson Eneogwe heated up from 3-point range and when his fifth triple of the game went through with 1:41 on the clock, the Bellarmine lead had been erased and the score was tied 77-77. Following a Bellarmine turnover, Joseph Tagarelli scored the Hawks' 14th second chance point when he put back his own miss with exactly one minute remaining to give Quincy its first lead since early in the second half.

Bellarmine had the answer in George Suggs, last year's GLVC leader in 3-point percentage. The 6-10 senior canned a go-ahead trifecta to give the Knights a 80-79 lead with 49 seconds showing on the clock.

On Quincy's ensuing possession, Suggs picked up a charge against Evan McGaughey, but the Knights returned the favor with less 10 seconds on the clock. Bellarmine then fouled Eneogwe as he drove down the lane, sending the 6-6 senior to the free throw line for a one-and-one with six seconds remaining.

Despite being hot from the outside, Eneogwe was too strong on his first free throw attempt and Rusty Troutman corralled his 10th rebound of the game and shuffled the ball to Michael Parrish, who was fouled immediately with three seconds on the clock.

Parrish knocked down the first, but misfired on the second, McGaughey grabbed the rebound and passed ahead to Senor who launched the final attempt.

"It's the two division leaders playing," said Bellarmine Coach Scott Davenport. "How could anybody be surprised? We have tremendous respect for them. They just won 11 of their last 12. They aren't going to quit ever, not in this league."

The win, Bellarmine's 10th in a row, was a nice birthday gift to the Bellarmine coach, who celebrated his 60th birthday, today.

Rusty Troutman, again, turned in an outstanding performance, pouring in a game-high 23 points and hauling in a game-high 10 rebounds. Parrish was all over the floor for Bellarmine tonight, collecting 11 points, a career-high eight assists and five rebounds.

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Sunday, January 17, 2016

Kentucky Wesleyan Hammers Davis & Elkins for Sixth Straight Win

Kentucky Wesleyan 88

Davis & Elkins 56

Final from Elkins, West Virginia

Game recap by KWC:

Kentucky Wesleyan's men's basketball team made West Virginia its own this time around.

"We'll take it," said Kentucky Wesleyan coach Happy Osborne said, whose team won 66-52 at Alderson Broaddus on Thursday in Phillipi, West Virginia.

"We got off to a little bit of a slow start, but we picked it up quite a bit in the second half. We were better offensively (in the second half) because we were better defensively. It all works together.

"Davis & Elkins played a strong first half, but playing without (injured leading scorer) Kevin Bracy-Davis really hurt them."

Nonetheless, the Senators hung tough for much of the first half, before the Panthers (15-2, 3-0) began to assert themselves.

Leading 34-26 at intermission, Wesleyan scorched D & E with a 25-9 burst out of the second-half gate, and it was all Panthers the rest of the way.

KWC took its largest lead with 7:37 to play, when C.J. Blackwell drained a 3-pointer to make it 72-35.

"We got solid production from a lot of folks," Osborne said, "and that's what you're looking for, especially on the road."

Blackwell was tremendous throughout for the Panthers, finishing with a game-best 23 points on 7-of-10 floor shooting, including 6-of-8 marksmanship from 3-point range. Jordan Jacks produced 18 points and 10 rebounds, Marcus Fillyaw scored 10 points and dished eight assists, and Ken-Jah Bosley added 11 points and four assists.

The Panthers shot a stunning 73 percent from the field in the second half (22-of-30) and outrebounded the Senators by a 43-33 margin. KWC was 11-of-21 from 3-point range for the game (52 percent), but made only 5-of-14 foul shots (36 percent).Davis and Elkins (6-11, 1-3), which shot just 29 percent for the game (20-of-70) was paced by Wesley Sprinkle's 13 points.

KWC doesn't play again until Saturday when it hosts to Trevecca.

"Hopefully, we'll continue to play well," Osborne said, "and hopefully we'll have a big crowd come out Saturday to support this team. We need to have that good home-court advantage against Trevecca."

Bruce Pearl Talks About Upset Win Over Kentucky

Check out what Auburn head coach Bruce Pearl said after yesterday's upset win over Kentucky:

John Calipari Says Derek Willis Has Passed Other UK Big Men, Says Changes are Coming

After Saturday's loss at Auburn, John Calipari said Derek Willis has passed the other big men on Kentucky's roster.

Check out Calipari's postgame thoughts via Kentucky.com on YouTube:


Auburn Defeats Kentucky for First Time Since 2000

Auburn 75
(14) Kentucky 70

Final from Auburn, Alabama

Game recap by UK:

Auburn outscored Kentucky by 10 points in the second half, helping the Tigers pull off a 75-70 upset victory on Saturday at Auburn Arena.

Kentucky led 35-30 at the half, and the Wildcats were able to increase the lead to as many as 12 in the second half when Tyler Ulis hit a pair of free throws with 15:41 remaining.

At that point, Auburn (8-8, 2-3 SEC) assembled a 21-4 lead to take a 56-51 lead with 8:49 left.

But Kentucky (13-4, 3-2 SEC) would not go away quietly. The Wildcats rallied to take the lead back three times, the last coming when Ulis hit a layup with 1:42 left to make it 67-65.

But Auburn was able to close the game on a 10-3 run to beat Kentucky for the first time in 19 tries. Auburn's last win over Kentucky came in 2000, when the Tigers were ranked fourth in the country.

Jamal Murray scored 20 points to lead Kentucky, while Tyler Ulis nearly compiled a triple-double, with 17 points, 10 rebounds and eight assists. Derek Willis had 12 points and 12 rebounds for Kentucky.

Auburn's Kareem Canty led all scorers with 26 points, while Tyler Harris had 21 points and 11 rebounds for the Tigers.

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