Saturday, February 27, 2016

Vandy Head Coach Kevin Stallings Talks About Playing Kentucky

Check out what Vanderbilt head coach Kevin Stallings had to say about playing Kentucky and fighting for the NCAA Tournament:

Kentucky Christian's Season Comes to End in NCCAA MidEast Region Semifinals

University of Valley Forge 82
Kentucky Christian 73

Final from Louisville, Kentucky

Game recap by UVF:

LOUISVILLE, KY- The Patriots defeated the #2 seeded Knights of Kentucky Christian University 82-73 on Friday to advance to the NCCAA DII Mid-East Region Championship. They will face the winner of #1 seeded Johnson University and #4 seeded Piedmont International tomorrow at 3pm.

At the half, the Patriots actually trailed by 1, 38-37.

With 17:46 to go in the 2nd half, Devin Williams' jumper put the Patriots up 44-42, and they did not give up the lead for the rest of the game. They led by as 13 at 10:36 when Cody Collins hit a 3-pointer to make it 63-50. With 1:20 to go, the Knights knocked the lead down to 5, 78-73, but the Patriots would make their free throws down the stretch. Again, your final, University of Valley Forge 82 – Kentucky Christian University 73.

Again, the Patriots had depth in their scoring as 9 different players contributed. Jerome Staley led the way with 16. Devin Williams had 14, and Thorne McIntosh had 13.

After going 5-19 in the regular season, and losing their last two games of the season, the Patriots have turned it around and now have a shot at making the National Tournament.

Union College Advances to AAC Title Game, Burton Earns Win No. 100

Union College 98
Reinhardt 90

Final from Kingsport, Tennessee

Game recap by UC:

KINGSPORT, Tenn. - The second-seeded Union College men's basketball team advanced to the Appalachian Athletic Conference (AAC) Tournament championship game for the third year in a row, defeating No. 3 seed Reinhardt University 98-90 on Friday.

The win was also a milestone for head coach Kevin Burton, as it was his 100th at the helm of the Bulldogs. In his fourth year at Union, Burton has compiled a record of 100-30.

After a 15-win season in his debut season, Burton and the Bulldogs have posted an 85-16 record during the past three seasons. For his career, Burton is 239-105 in 11 seasons at four-year institutions and is 319-148 including his stint in the junior college ranks.

To Burton, his win total is merely a number. While he is appreciative of reaching such a milestone, he credits his players for all the victories.

"This is not just coach talk, but this is really speaks about how well (the players) have done and how well they've worked together to be a part of something that's bigger than themselves and something that was better than just good," he said. "I ask my players all the time: 'Do you want to be good, do you want to be really good or do you want to be a part of something that's going to be special?' And when I get messages and emails from my players all over the world, that's where you go from having a good team to start having a great program. That's why (the 100th win) is special."

The Bulldogs are 27-6 on the year, marking the third season in a row with at least 27 wins. Union went 28-5 in 2013-14 and 30-5 in 2014-15. Prior to this stretch, Union had only one 27-win season to its credit, coming in 1967-68 when the Bulldogs finished 27-6 and advanced to the NAIA National Championship in Kansas City, Mo.

The road to win No. 100 hit a speed bump recently when leading scorer J.D. Tucker (SR/Charleston, S.C.) went down with an injury. But thus far during the AAC Tournament, Sam Natt (JR/Los Angeles, Calif.) has filled the void nicely, averaging 15 points, five rebounds and three assists in two games.

"He's a good player. He's talented. He's had to go through what a lot of players have to go through and get through certain phases of the game and learn from it," Burton said of Natt. "In late November, I started seeing the light bulb flicker a little bit like he's starting to get it a little bit. But when it hasn't been broke, we hadn't needed to fix it, so he had to bide his time. Yet, now with J.D. Tucker's absence now, there is a vacant spot for someone to help us, and he's done a good job the last couple of days, and hopefully, it'll continue."

Complete Recap

Berea College Earns Berth in 2016 USCAA National Tournament

Berea College has earned a berth in the 2016 USCAA National Tournament. 

The Mountaineers will enter next week's tournament as the No. 7 seed. Berea will play No. 2 Washington Adventist University next Wednesday at 5:00 p.m.

The tournament will be played in two gyms in Uniontown, Pennsylvania.

Wednesday, March 2

2:00 p.m. Rochester College vs. The Apprentice School
3:00 p.m. Concordia College Alabama vs. SUNY Canton
4:00 p.m. Oakwood University vs. Florida National University
5:00 p.m. Berea College vs. Washington Adventist University

Thursday, March 3

10:00 a.m. Consolation No. 1
11:15 a.m. Consolation No. 2
8:00 p.m. Semifinal No. 1
10:00 p.m. Semifinal No. 2

Saturday, March 5

8:45 p.m. Championship Game


Centre College Rolls Into SAA Semifinals with Big Win Over

Centre 68
Millsaps 48

Final from Birmingham, Alabama

Game recap by CC:

BIRMINGHAM, Ala. (CentreColonels.com) – Senior forward Blake Scinta's (Louisville, Ky.) game-high 22 points led four Colonels in double-figures and paced the Centre men's basketball team to a 68-48 Southern Athletic Association (SAA) Tournament Quarterfinal victory over Millsaps on Friday night at Homewood High School.

The Colonels won their sixth consecutive game to boost their record to 18-8 on the season, while the Majors close the 2015-16 campaign with a 5-21 ledger.

Centre moves on to face No. 2 seed Sewanee on Saturday at 8 p.m. CT at Bill Battle Coliseum in the SAA Semifinals.

The Colonels found themselves trailing by two points at 25-23 at halftime on Friday night. Millsaps' Brennan Gagen opened the second half with a jumper to give the Majors a 27-23 lead, before Centre used a 15-4 run fueled by 11 points by Scinta to gain a 38-31 advantage with 14:22 to play in the game.

Millsaps would cut the Centre lead to six points at 44-38 with 11:16 showing on the clock, when the Colonels went on a 21-6 surge fueled by 9-of-11 shooting from the field to take their largest lead of the game of 24 points at 68-44 with just over two minutes remaining.

Freshman guard Carson Ebert (Willard, Ohio) and sophomore guard Will Maguire (Atlanta, Ga.) capped the spurt with back-to-back 3-pointers for the Colonels.

The Majors would score the final four points of the contest to shrink the final deficit to 68-48.

Scinta made 7-of-11 field goals, including a perfect 3-of-3 from downtown in the win. The 6-8 forward was also a percent 5-of-5 from the charity stripe and grabbed nine rebounds in the win.

Senior forward Tyler Wesley (Crestwood, Ky.) notched a double-double with 15 points and a game-high 11 rebounds for Centre. He was 6-of-10 from the field and 3-of-5 from the free throw line to go along with three blocked shots.

Junior guard Matt Gump (Bellefontaine, Ohio) dropped in 11 markers on 4-of-10 shooting, including 3-of-7 from long range.

Freshman guard Tucker Sine (Bowling Green, Ky.) chipped in 10 points on 5-of-11 field goals in the victory.

Complete Recap

Quarterfinals - Friday, Feb. 26

Game 1: No. 1 BSC 82, No. 8 Hendrix 69 - 3 p.m. (Bill Battle Coliseum)
Game 2: No. 5 Berry 74, No. 4 Oglethorpe 63 - 3 p.m. (Homewood HS)
Game 3: No. 2 Sewanee 62, No. 7 Rhodes 57 - 8 p.m. (Bill Battle Coliseum)
Game 4: No. 3 Centre 68, No. 6 Millsaps 48 - 8 p.m. (Homewood HS)

Semifinals - Saturday, Feb. 27 - All games in Bill Battle Coliseum

Game 5: No. 1 BSC vs. No. 5 Berry - 6 p.m.
Game 6: No. 2 Sewanee vs. No. 3 Center - 8 p.m.

Finals - Sunday, Feb. 28 - Bill Battle Coliseum

Winner Game 5 vs. Winner Game 6 - 3 p.m.

Spalding University Stuns Top-Seeded MacMurray in SLIAC Semifinals

Spalding 74
MacMurray 61

Final from Jacksonville, Illinois

Game recap by SU:

JACKSONVILLE, Ill. – The Spalding University men's basketball team defeated top-seeded MacMurray College 74-60. The win saw the Golden Eagles improve to 13-13 as they advance to the SLIAC championship. The loss dropped MacMurray to 15-12 to end their season.

Freshman Rylan Rowe led the Golden Eagles in scoring with a game high 19 points. James Turner followed behind with 16 points, six assists, and grabbing five rebounds. Lance Buhlig led the way for MacMurray with 14 points, including 4-of-5 from beyond the arc.

The Golden Eagles opened on a 7-1 run including Dominique Ellis' opening three-point field goal. MacMurray would cut into the lead trailing 10-5 before Terez Smith would go baseline for a slam that would silence the hostile atmosphere in Bill Wall Gymnasium. It would not quiet the Highlanders however, as they reeled off an 8-0 run to take their first lead of the game at 13-12 with a little more than six and a half minutes played. A 5-0 run by Spalding, including a Rowe three-point field goal, saw them regain the lead. An 8-4 advantage from MacMurray saw Spalding go scoreless for over four minutes, but they managed to hold the lead at 27-26. Desperately needing a basket, Brandon Goeing hit a three-point field goal, which gave Spalding a 30-26 lead that they would take into the locker room.

Complete Recap

Today

2:00 p.m. Spalding vs. Westminster - Championship Game

Thomas More Will Play for PAC Tournament Championship Today

Thomas More 68
Bethany 62

Final from Bethany, West Virginia

Game recap by TMC:

(BETHANY, W.Va.) – The fourth-seeded Thomas More College men's basketball team advanced to the championship game of the Presidents' Athletic Conference (PAC) Championship Tournament tonight (Thursday, February 25, 2016) as it defeated third-seeded Bethany College, 68-62, in a semifinal round game at Hummel Field House in Bethany, West Virginia.

With the win, the Saints improve to 17-10 and will play top-seeded Saint Vincent College on Saturday (February 27) in the championship game. The game will tip-off at 7:30 p.m. at Saint Vincent's Carey Center in Latrobe, Pennsylvania. With the loss, the Bison fall to 17-10.

Bethany jumped out to an early 10-4 lead when Calique Jones made a lay-up with 15:35 to play in the first half. Thomas More answered with a 24-15 run to take a 28-25 lead with 5:08 to play in the opening half when junior guard Sawyer Pauly (Crescent Springs, Ky./Covington Catholic) made a three-pointer. The Bison closed out the half on an 11-6 run to take a 36-34 lead at halftime when Antonio Rudolph made a jumper with 59-seconds to play in the first half.

The Bison opened the second half on a 6-2 run to extend the lead to 42-36 with 18:27 to play in the game when Jones made a jumper. Undaunted, Thomas More put together a 26-8 run capped by a jumper by freshman guard Damion King (Winchester, Ky./George Rogers Clark) to build a 62-50 lead with 3:41 to play in the game. Bethany closed the game on a 12-6 run, but it wasn't enough as Thomas More won the game 68-62.

Junior forward/center Simon Clifford (Louisville, Ky./DuPont Manual) led four Saints in double-figure scoring with 14 points. Joining him in double-figures was sophomore forward Austin Young (Campbellsburg, Ky./Henry County) with 13 points, King with 11 points and freshman guard Brandon Horne (Louisville, Ky./Male) with 10 points. King led the team on the boards with six rebounds and led the team in assists with four.

The championship game appearance is the Saints' sixth in the last eight years. Thomas More won the PAC Championship Tournament at the end of the 2008-2009 season.

Today:

7:30 p.m. Championship Game: Thomas More vs. Saint Vincent

Transylvania Upsets Hanover to Advance to HCAC Semifinals

Transylvania 77
Hanover 67

Final from Defiance, Ohio 

Game recap by TU:

Defiance, OH. – Led by junior Alex Jones's season-high 31 points, the No. 6 seed Transylvania men's basketball team staged a double-digit comeback, upending No. 3 seeded Hanover College, 77-67 on Friday night in the Heartland Collegiate Athletic Conference quarterfinal matchup.

With the win, the Pioneers advance to the conference semifinal game on Saturday to face the No. 2 seed Mount St. Joseph Lions of Cincinnati, Ohio.

In addition to his season-best 31 points, Jones snagged nine rebounds. Senior forward Parker Stansberry followed with 15 points while freshman guard Cooper Theobald had 14 points and nine rebounds.

After spending the majority of the game trailing Hanover, the Pioneers used a 12-2 run to blast past the Panthers in the final four-minute stretch of the tourney quarterfinal. Before the furious finish, Transylvania did all they could to hold firm with the stunned Panthers.

Hanover, who led by as many as 11 points in the first half, held a 41-33 lead over Transylvania at intermission. Jones hit 7-of-13 shots from the field and 2-of-3 from 3-point range on the way to a 16-point first half.

Senior guard Lowell Gordon chipped in with five points of his own in the first period to help keep Transylvania in the game.

Complete Recap

Opening Round- Friday, Feb. 26 (at Defiance)

No. 5 Manchester vs. No. 4 Rose-Hulman Rose-Hulman, 82-80
No. 6 Transylvania vs. No. 3 Hanover Transylvania, 77-67

Semifinals - Saturday, Feb. 27 (at Defiance)

No. 1 Defiance vs. No. 4 Rose-Hulman, 5:00 PM
No. 2 Mount St. Joseph vs. No. 6 Transylvania, 7:00 PM

Championship- Sunday, Feb. 28 (at Defiance) 

2:00 PM

Tournament champion is the HCAC's automatic qualifier in the 2016 NCAADIII Championship Tournament.

Friday, February 26, 2016

John Calipari Previews Saturday's Game at Vanderbilt

Kentucky head coach John Calipari talks about Saturday's road game at Vanderbilt:



On Vanderbilt now compared with how the Commodores were playing the last time UK faced them …

“After they left us they took a little dip, but they’ve won their last two. They’re really rebounding the ball. They’re scoring the ball around the basket. (Damian) Jones is really doing well. They’re playing a little bigger at guard. They’re defending. It’s always a hard game up there. It’s a hard game.”

On UK facing bubble teams in its remaining three regular-season games …

“I don’t know. I don’t think it matters to us. Every team we play is like, ‘We win this game then we don’t have to win anymore.’ Really? You have 18 games left. So, I don’t think for us it’s every team plays with desperation when they play us. And on the road, it’s them along with a sellout crowd that they haven’t had all year. Or it’s their biggest crowd and all of that stuff. You can check the numbers. I know that some of you will, but I would guess that is what it is.”

On Derek Willis …

“I haven’t seen him yet.”

On Isaac Humphries’ psyche after the Texas A&M game …

“He’s good. We’re so far by that. Last game he had a chance to get six rebounds and he got two. That’s not going to keep him on the floor especially with Alex (Poythress) back. He knows what he has to do. He’s the first one in. He runs in there and Kenny (Payne) beats the crap out of him, and he loves it. He smiles about it. Some other guys in this back hallway, Isaiah (Briscoe) hiding [as Briscoe walks past and smiles]. They kind of peek around the corner, ‘Are they out there yet?’ ”

On if Humphries will play because of Vanderbilt’s size …

“They’re size though, other than Jones, they’re size is their jump shooters. I mean, they’ll go inside – the big kids will. He’s (Humphries) gotta be able to play the guy out on the floor. That’s a big thing with him. If he can do that, then you can leave him in the game. If he can’t–and it’s not like the guy is beating you off the dribble. You just gotta be able to be in a help position and make sure he’s not getting off 3s.”

On how they’re different without Derek Willis in the lineup …

“Well, we took 10 3s (without Derek Willis against Alabama), so obviously we played different. We put a few different wrinkles in. We’re going to try a couple of things today. It’s just trying to figure out now – normally we have a different team at the beginning of every year and we reshuffle the deck and here we go. How’s this team play? We’ve had to reshuffle the deck in season like three times now. Like, OK, how do we play now? I’m just trying to make it so these kids are comfortable playing. That it’s the best way for them as a team to play. I’m not caring whose idea it is or ‘Cal ball, that’s how we play.’ I mean, I could care less. I just want them to be in the best position to win the basketball game.”

On winning the SEC Championship …

“It’s going to be hard for us to because of the schedules, when you look at the schedules. But, we’re going to play the games, and I’m more concerned about us getting better. We have two tough road games and a team that beat our brains in down there (LSU). We could lose all three. But, if we’re playing at a high level and doing what we’re supposed to, we’ll be going into the tournament and we’ll be fine. We’ll build in the SEC Tournament. You can’t really tell. Right now it doesn’t look promising. But, we’ll see.”

On the performance of this team with all the injuries thus far and particularly Tyler Ulis …

“I’m proud of him. What we’ve been through – and we don’t talk about injuries or all of that stuff, we just play ball games. The biggest thing is a guy like Tyler Ulis – ‘Tyler Ulis was like that.’ Well, I don’t think so because earlier in the year there was nobody talking about him for player of the year. Now he’s talked about player of the year. You look at Jamal (Murray), there were big questions on Jamal two months ago. Now, all of a sudden, ‘He can play with anybody. This is the best guard tandem.’ You look at Isaiah, the question marks they had, now they’re saying, ‘Just make one or two shots. He doesn’t even have to make them all. Just make one or two. This kid really defends and rebounds.’ You look at Isaac and you say, ‘What?’ I mean, Dom’s (Hawkins) been hurt. We need Dom to make a couple shots. That’s the best thing about when you’re doing this. Basically every day is, will you embrace the process? Just embrace it. And the guys that embrace the process, you see them improve. The guys that don’t – the delusional guys, that I’m just going to do what I do and it’s going to work – it just doesn’t work. It’s hard to get better. Having Alex back and playing like he is. Marcus Lee seems to be kicking it in gear. And now it comes back to that refuse to lose, fight, ‘Do you want that last missed shot – Texas A&M – do you want it worse than they want it? Or are you going to act like I can’t get the ball?’ I mean, that’s—I would say this year, in the end there’s going to be plenty of games where it’s the last play and the tough team made it and won. And that’s in the finish of the season, that’s in conference tournament play and that’ll be in the NCAA Tournament. You watch, the tough team just made a play and the other guy has an excuse and couldn’t get there. ‘I tried.’ ”

On how much improvement his team has made in that area …

“Some, but we’ll see. We need to be in those battles.”

On how many fewer delusional guys he has at this point in the season …

“I’m saying that in a general sense. That’s how we do this. If you don’t buy into the process and you think you’re going to change – it’s kind of like, ‘I’m going to do the same thing over and over again and I’m going to have a different result.’ That’s insanity. You’re not going to have a different result. You’re going to have the exact same result you have now. I call it delusional, insanity. It’s the same.”

On if he thinks Jamal Murray should win SEC Freshman of the Year …

“I don’t know. We’ll let it play out. I know he’s awful good. Woo! Awfully good. And he’s playing winning basketball, which he wasn’t at the beginning of the year. He just played basketball. It was just whatever happened, happened. Now he’s playing to win and you’re seeing a guy on another level. Less shots – you ready? – more points. Less turnovers, more assists. Getting to the foul line. Now, defensively, he’s not as of a liability as he was earlier in the year because he works. Every day he comes out. Guys laughed last game. He said, ‘I’m a stopper, let me guard him.’ He said that at the foul line and they all busted out laughing. But he’s now taken on that mentality: ‘I want to guard.’ That’s the first step, so he’s good. But there are other good freshmen in the league.”

On if Skal Labissiere is coming along as a post guy …

“Not a post guy; he’s coming along as a player. And that’s what he is. It’s just going to take time. The ability; the will to fight through when you don’t feel right; the ability to fight through when you’re getting bumped around; the ability to, as you’re getting bumped around, to still focus on what you need to focus on – it takes time. A lot of that is just playing basketball. If you haven’t done that, you’re just learning. He’s skilled, he’s big, he blocks shots and he’s got a value on our team.”

On Charles Matthews …

“He’s getting back to being the energy guy. He got away from that. Like, started judging his energy based on shooting and scoring. Well, you’re not going to have a whole lot of energy now. Versus, when somebody walks in the gym, they don’t even think when he shoots an air ball, turns it over. All they watch and say is, ‘Look at his body. Look how energy driven this kid is. Look how much he brings to the court and how much he changes the temperament. That’s who he’ll be his whole career. And if he’s not that, they judge you on things that he’s not as strong on. And that’s what we’ve really been hitting him on, and you know what, I thought the last game was the first game in like four where he added energy to the game.”

Caverna is Getting Ready for Tonight's 18th District Championship Game

Caverna spent the day getting ready for tonight's 18th District championship game vs. Green County.






Casey County Wins First 47th District Championship in 22 Years

The Casey County Rebels defeated Rockcastle County 72-59 Wednesday night for the school's first 47th District championship since 1993-94.

Junior guard Jake Smith led the way for Casey County with 20 points. Freshman Max Reyes came off the bench to add 16 points, including a huge three-pointer late in the fourth quarter. Collin Miller chipped in 13 points. Senior leader DJ White controlled the paint and finished with 9 points.

For the Rebels (14-17), it was an historic night. The players on this season's team weren't born the last time Casey County celebrated a district title.

"It's an experience that this county and program have been waiting for years to happen," head coach Maze Stallworth said after the game. "These young men have been locked in and have really focused these last few weeks.

Stallworth, a standout player at Morehead State University, has now led the Rebels to three consecutive appearances in the 12th Region Tournament.

Casey County has now won 7 of their last 11 games, including 4 straight heading into the region tournament.

"As a coach, it has been great to see my team dialed in at the right time," Stallworth added.

Both Casey County and Rockcastle County (19-12) will advance to next week's 12th Region Tournament at Pulaski County High School.



47th District Tournament Results

Semifinal Round

Rockcastle County 62 Somerset 49
Casey County 74 Pulaski County 64

Championship

Casey County 72 Rockcastle County 59





Union College Advances to Semifinals of AAC Tournament

(9) Union College 87
Montreat College 68

Final from Kingsport, Tennessee

Game recap by UC:

KINGSPORT, Tenn. – The No. 9-ranked Union College men's basketball team advanced to the semifinals of the Appalachian Athletic Conference (AAC) Tournament with an 87-68 victory over Montreat College on Thursday.

The tournament is being played at the Meadow View Marriott Conference Resort and Convention Center.

With the win, the Bulldogs are now 26-6 overall and Montreat ends its 2015-16 season with an overall record of 5-21.

Union had four players finish in double-digits to carry the team past the Cavaliers. Nick Riley (SR/Hopkinsville, Ky.) guided the way with a 20-point performance shooting 9-of-21 from the field and 2-of-3 from beyond the arc, while Sam Natt (JR/Los Angeles, Calif.) recorded a season-high 19 points having the hot shooting hand on the night. Lonnie Smith (SR/Birmingham, Ala.) chipped in 12 points and Gerrard Newby (JR/Lexington, Ky. ) added 10 points with a team-high three steals. Levon Harper (JR/Danville, Va.) led Union on the boards with nine rebounds and three blocks.

The Bulldogs jumped out to a 20-9 lead after Newby forced a Montreat turnover and converted it into two points. Then Lonnie Smith basket capped off a 10-2 surge and extend Union's lead to 15 points making it a 24-9 game with 9:54 left to play.

However, the Cavaliers didn't go down without a fight and cut the Bulldogs margin to single digits after a 3-pointer from Myles Marshall putting the score 38-31 at the 2:12 mark. Then Montreat's Amir Davis drilled a shot from the 3-pointer range with the clocking winding down before half time. But, Union was able to hold onto the 44-37 lead at the break.

After hot shooting from beyond the arc the Cavaliers came out in the second half and got within four points of the Bulldogs at 53-49. Union kept their composure and after a 3-pointer from Shawn Brown the Bulldogs began to pull away from Montreat making the score 76-59.

From there, the Bulldogs coasted and in the process won their 26th game in dominating fashion. The 87-68 victory over Montreat College in the quarter finals of the AAC tournament will get the Bulldogs one game closer to being able to bring home the 2016 AAC tournament title.

Union will now face the No. 3 seeded Reinhardt University who defeated Bryan College on Friday at 4 p.m.

The Cavaliers were led by Davis and Alonzo Moberly who each posted 16 points, while Davis went 3-for-5 from the 3-point line.

Former Georgetown College Guard Monty Wilson is Headed to Venezuela

Former Georgetown College star Monty Wilson has signed with Marinos de Anzoátegui in Venezuela's LPB league.

Here are details from Eurobasket.com:

Marinos de Anzoategui (LPB) landed American guard Monty Wilson (193-91kg, college: Georgetown, KY). He played most recently at Mornar Bar in Montenegrin Erste Liga, but was released by the team in Apr.'15. In 14 games he averaged 7.1ppg, 3.4rpg and 1.1apg last season. Wilson also played 8 games in Balkan League where he had 9.8ppg, 3.5rpg and 1.8apg. His team made it to the Montenegrin Final Four. Wilson received All-NAIA D1 1st Team award in 2014 at his college time.

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Kentucky Christian Plays Today in NCCAA MidEast Regional Tournament

Kentucky Christian will battle University of Valley Forge in the semifinals of the NCCAA Division II MidEast Regional Tournament later today. The winner will advance to tomorrow's championship game.

Boyce College fell to Piedmont International 68-65 in Thursday's quarterfinal round.

Valley Forge knocked off Crown College 91-73 to advance.

Game Schedule:

Thursday, February 25, 2016 (Quarterfinals)

Game 1 - 6:00pm #3 University of Valley Forge 91 vs #6 Crown College 73 (Men's)
Game 2 - 8:00pm #4 Piedmont International University 68 vs #5 Boyce College 65 (Men's)

Friday, February 26, 2016 (Semifinals)

Game 3 - 4:00pm #2 Kentucky Christian University vs #3 University of Valley Forge (Men's)
Game 4 - 6:00pm #2 Johnson University vs #3 University of Valley Forge (Women's)
Game 5 - 8:00pm #1 Johnson University vs Winner of Game 2 (Men's)

Saturday, February 27, 2016 (Finals)

Game 6 - 1:00pm Winner of Game 3 vs Winner of Game 5 (Women's Championship)
Game 7 - 3:00pm Winner of Game 4 vs Winner of Game 6 (Men's Championship)

Games will be live streamed online at http://www.boycecollege.com/live

Tournament seeds:

#1 Johnson University, TN- The Royals enter the tournament with a regular season record of 13-14 and 7-1 in region play. They split their season series with the #2 seed Kentucky Christian winning 102-87 at home, and losing 83-100 on the road. They are #2 in the nation in scoring averaging 89.5 ppg., #6 in 3 point percentage 35.9%. The Royals also have two players in the top ten in the nation in scoring, #6 Kenny White with 20 ppg., and #9 Josh Grover with 19.5 ppg.

#2 Kentucky Christian University- The Knights enter with a regular season record of 11-18 and 8-3 in the region. Those 3 losses came at the hands of Johnson, UVF, and Boyce. KCU is #10 in the nation in field goal percentage 45.2%. Hayden Dunn is #3 in the nation in scoring with 23.1 ppg. and #10 in rpg. with 38.1.

#3 University of Valley Forge- The Patriots enter with a regular season record of 5-19 and are 1-0 in region play this year. They beat #2 seeded KCU 76-69 back in November. The team ranks #9 in the nation in steals per game with 8.3. Cody Collins is #9 in the nation in 3 point percentage with 43.9%. Devin Williams is the team leading scorer averaging 12.4 ppg.

#4 Piedmont International University- The Bruins enter with a regular season record of 6-19 and are 3-5 in the region. They swept their two games against Welch, and also beat Boyce. They are #7 in the nation in field goal percentage with 45.6%. Malik Miton is #5 in the nation scoring 20.9 ppg. Reggie Scippio is #7 with a 54.8% field goal percentage.

#5 Boyce College- The Bulldogs enter at 9-20 and 5-5 in the region. They split their 2 games with #2 KCU winning at home 83-77 and losing on the road 88-95. They are #7 in the nation in 3pt percentage at 35.6%.

#6 Crown College- Crown enters with only 1 win on the season. Their 1 win was a 93-53 victory over Appalachian Bible College back in January. Luke Dalton is #4 in the nation averaging 21.5 ppg.

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Thursday, February 25, 2016

Duke's Grayson Allen is a Dirty Player

For the second time this season, Duke's Grayson Allen has been caught on camera intentionally tripping an opponent.

Check out this footage from tonight's game vs. Florida State:


Kentucky's Jamal Murray Nails Incredible Trick Shot

I know Kentucky's Jamal Murray has been hot from the field lately, but this is getting ridiculous:

Union College Enters 20016 AAC Tournament as 2-Seed

Union College will soon tip off vs. Montreat in the Appalachian Athletic Conference Tournament in Kingsport, Tennessee.

The Bulldogs finished the season as the No. 2 seed in the tournament after a 90-83 loss to top-seeded Tennessee Wesleyan in Monday's one-game playoff. Tennessee Wesleyan also locked up an automatic bid to the NAIA Division II national tournament with the win.

Union will need to win the AAC Tournament to capture an automatic berth into the national tournament.

Montreat upset Point 70-68 in overtime in last night's opening round game.

AAC Tournament Schedule:

No. 1 Tennessee Wesleyan College vs. No. 8 Truett-McConnell College - 8: 30 a.m.
No. 4 Milligan College vs. No. 5 Bluefield College - 10:15 a.m.
No. 2 Union College vs. No. 10 Montreat College - 3:30 p.m.
No. 3 Reinhardt University vs. No. 6 Bryan College - 5:15 p.m.


AAC Tournament Seeds:
  1. Tennessee Wesleyan (25-2, 16-2 AAC)*
  2. Union College (25-6, 16-2 AAC)
  3. Reinhardt University (16-13, 10-8 AAC)**
  4. Milligan College (16-10, 10-8)
  5. Bluefield College (17-11, 9-9 AAC)
  6. Bryan College (13-14, 8-10 AAC)***
  7. Point University (11-19, 8-10 AAC)
  8. Truett-McConnell College (9-20, 5-13 AAC)****
  9. St. Andrews University (9-16, 5-13 AAC)
  10. Montreat College (4-20, 3-15 AAC)
AAC Tournament Bracket:


Rick Pitino Talks About Win Over Pitt and More

Louisville head coach Rick Pitino said he isn't sure he's ever coached a team in 41 years that makes him prouder than this season's team.

Pitino also said David Levitch has the biggest onions of all time.



Opening Statement:

“Well, I’m coaching 41 years and I don’t think I’ve ever been as proud of a basketball team as I am [of] this basketball team. We have three front court players out. We’re playing two walk-ons for four or five minutes in the first half, and they didn’t lose anything, but [they got] the lead. I can’t be – you just feel like a proud father. I can’t be any prouder of a basketball team, and I told them that. David Levitch gave us an incredible lift, the passing was beautiful. We were just really undermanned tonight, and they played beautiful basketball. I’ve coached a lot of Final Four teams, some championship teams, but I haven’t been any prouder of a basketball team than this one.”

On Deng Adel and how he feels about his team:

“For the last few weeks, he’s been playing great in practice. But, you know, it’s just indicative. I said, ‘Q [Quentin Snider], I’m going to go with Trey [Lewis] tonight. I want him to pressure Robinson.’ He said, ‘Go with Trey. He’s a senior.’ I said to Damion [Lee], ‘I need to get Deng more minutes.’ He said, ‘Give him my minutes.’ It’s just the most incredible group. I’ve had a lot of fun groups, and I’ve compared this one to my ’87 Providence team with Billy Donovan’s group. This is the most special group of young men I’ve ever coached, besides that Providence team. I told them that it’s a privilege and an honor to be even be around you every day. You would think we were favorites to win the national championship with the way we’re practicing. There’s no question about it. No bitterness – nothing.”

On coming back from an eight-point deficit to win:

“That’s happened to us all year. We’ve come back all year. Now, we haven’t won all of them. But we’ve come back against Kentucky; we’ve come back against Michigan State; we’ve come back against them all. Unfortunately, you could see good free throw shooters missed at the end because they were exhausted with the amount of minutes they had to play. We’ve come back against everyone this year. We haven’t won them all, but we’ve come back. That speaks volumes of what they’re all about as people.”

On taking the momentum of the win to Miami next:

“Well, we’re trying to win an ACC championship, obviously. Pittsburgh has a lot to look forward to with the tournament and so do some of the other teams. We don’t have a whole lot [except for] these games. This is our tournament.”

On if he thinks Pitt is an NCAA Tournament team:

“I do. I do. Obviously – I think they play Duke next – they’re going to have to get some of these games. But I do look at them as an NCAA [Tournament] team.”

Pitt Fans Taunted Rick Pitino with Fake Money and Other Rude Gestures Last Night

Pittsburgh fans were well-prepared to taunt Louisville head coach Rick Pitino last night.

These sheets were prepared for fans in the student section:



The students also "made it rain" with fake dollar bills when Pitino was introduced:


The Pitt fun was all ruined, however, when Louisville won the game 67-60.

Here's a closer look at one of the bills (via Larrybrownsports.com):

Chane Behanan Signs to Play in Puerto Rico

Former Louisville forward Chane Behanan has signed with Santeros de Aguada in Puerto Rico's BSN league.

Behanan played most of this season for Soles de Mexicali in Mexico. He averaged 15.6 points and 7.8 rebounds there.

Here are details from Latinbasket.com:

Santeros de Aguada bolstered their frontcourt. They agreed on terms of contract with Chane Behanan (198-F-92, college: Louisville). The forward started the season in Mexico. He played for Soles de Mexicali. Chane Behanan tallied 15.6 points, 7.8 rebounds and 1.7 assists per game in LNBP. Previously he played for the Rio Grande Valley Vipers in D-League.

No Upsets on First Night of KIAC Tournament, Alice Lloyd Advances

There were no upsets on the first night of the Kentucky Intercollegiate Athletic Conference tournament as the four top seeds all advanced to the semifinal round.

Alice Lloyd College was the only Kentucky team to survive the quarterfinal round last night. The Eagles squeaked past Rio Grande 73-72 in Pippa Passes. Tyler Rogers led the way with 16 points, 5 rebounds and 5 blocked shots. Trevor Combs added 13 points.

In other action, IU East knocked off Asbury 91-75. Trenton Thompson scored 25 points for Asbury in the loss.

Point Park ended Brescia's season with a 98-83 win. Austin Morris scored 25 points for Brescia.

In the other quarterfinal, Cincinnati Christian advanced with a 70-66 victory over WVU Tech.

The semifinals will take place Saturday. Alice Lloyd will host Point Park while Cincinnati Christian will travel to IU East.

Here's the updated bracket:

Wednesday, February 24, 2016

Bellarmine Tops Midwest Region Rankings, Kentucky Wesleyan is No. 9

Bellarmine is No. 1 in the Division II Midwest Region ranking that have been announced by the NCAA.

Kentucky Wesleyan is No. 0.

The rankings will be used in determining the NCAA Division II Tournament field.

Here are more details from KWC:

INDIANAPOLIS, Ind. (Feb. 24, 2016) — Kentucky Wesleyan placed No. 9 in the second weekly Division II Midwest Region men's basketball rankings, as announced by the NCAA.

Bellarmine earned the top spot followed by No. 2 Saginaw Valley, No. 3 Wisconsin-Parkside, No. 4 Ashland and No. 5 Indianapolis

The next five include No. 6 Ferris State, No. 7 Lewis, No. 8 Findlay, No. 9 KWC and No. 10 Drury.

The NCAA will announce via the internet, www.ncaa.com, the 64-team field (eight per region) on March 6, at 10:30 p.m. CT. The eight regionals will be held March 12, 13 and 15 at campus sites.

The NCAA Championship, better known as the 'Elite Eight,' will be played at Dr. Pepper Arena (4,500) in Frisco, Texas on March 23, 24 and 26.

The Panthers (23-3, 9-1 G-MAC) travel to Ohio Valley on Thursday and Salem International on Saturday to close the regular season..

Midwest Region Rankings

1. Bellarmine University
2. Saginaw Valley
3. Wisconsin-Parkside
4. Ashland
5. Indianapolis
6. Ferris State
7. Lewis
8. Findlay
9. Kentucky Wesleyan
10. Drury

The 2016 KIAC Men's Basketball Tournament Tips Off Today at Various Sites

The 2016 Kentucky Intercollegiate Athletic Conference Men's Basketball Tournament tips off tonight at various sites.

IU East has already earned an automatic bid to the NAIA Division II tournament by virtue of Alice Lloyd's loss to Ohio Christian last weekend.

As a result, Alice Lloyd will now need to win the tournament to earn an automatic bid of their own. The Eagles and IU East will both be No. 1 seeds in the tournament.

Here's a release from the league:

FLORENCE, Ky. -- The 2015-16 Kentucky Intercollegiate Athletic Conference Men's Basketball Tournament bracket has been unveiled at KIACSports.com. The eight-team, single elimination tournament had its seedings and pairings finalized on Saturday, the final day of the regular season. The bracket is revealed at the link above and at the bottom of this page.

The KIAC Men's Basketball Tournament tips off on Wednesday, Feb. 24 with four first-round games around the conference. Winners advance to the semifinals on Saturday, Feb. 27, and the finals are Tuesday, March 1. The higher seed hosts each individual game.

The KIAC Tournament champion receives an automatic bid to the NAIA Division II National Championship March 9-15 at the College of the Ozarks in Point Lookout, Mo.

The top four teams from each of the KIAC Colonial and Capital Divisions qualified for the conference tournament. The top two seeds out of each division host playoff games in the first round, and the first-round matchups cross over the two divisions.

Indiana University East (18-12, 12-4 KIAC) is the No. 1 overall seed as the team with the best conference record in the KIAC. That earns the Red Wolves a guaranteed bid to the NAIA Division II national tournament. Indiana East enters the tournament as the champion of the KIAC Colonial Division and will host Asbury (Ky.) University (15-15, 7-9 KIAC), the No. 4 seed from the KIAC Capital Division, in the first round on Feb. 24 at 8 p.m. at Earlham College.

The other first-round game in Indiana East's half of the bracket features Cincinnati Christian University (20-8, 11-5 KIAC), the No. 2 seed from the KIAC Capital, hosting WVU Tech (16-13, 8-8 KIAC), the No. 3 seed from the KIAC Colonial. That matchup tips off Feb. 24 at 7 p.m.

Alice Lloyd (Ky.) College is the other No. 1 seed and has home-court advantage throughtout the tournament, a right earned with a victory over IU East Feb. 16. The Eagles (16-11, 11-5 KIAC) are the champions of the KIAC Capital Division and host the University of Rio Grande (17-13, 7-9 KIAC), the No. 4 seed from the KIAC Colonial, on Feb. 24 at 7 p.m.

Also in Alice Lloyd's half of the bracket is Point Park (Pa.) University, the No. 2 seed from the KIAC Colonial. The Pioneers (16-10, 9-7 KIAC) host Brescia (Ky.) University (15-12, 9-7 KIAC), the No. 3 team from the KIAC Capital, on Feb. 24 at 7 p.m.

Complete Release

Complete Bracket:

11th Region Tournament Moved Back to Eastern Kentucky Due to Scheduling Conflict

The 11th Region basketball tournament will be placed at Eastern Kentucky University this season due to a scheduling conflict at the Frankfort Convention Center.

Here are details from State-Journal.com:

Plans made several years ago called for the tournament to be held alternating years between Eastern Kentucky University and the Frankfort Convention Center.

Under that plan the tournament would have been at the Convention Center this year, but because of a scheduling conflict the tournament will take place at EKU.

The Convention Center will host the Mid-South Conference basketball tournament in March.

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Kentucky Wesleyan Offers JUCO Guard William Tinsley

Kentucky Wesleyan College has offered a scholarship to 6-foot-4 guard William Tinsley of Lake Land (JUCO) College.




In 25 games this season, Tinsley is averaging 15.0 points and 5.4 rebounds. He is also shooting 38.1% from the three-point line.

Alabama's Avery Johnson Talks About Kentucky and Tyler Ulis

Check out what Alabama head coach Avery Johnson had to say about Kentucky and point guard Tyler Ulis last night:

Murray, Ulis Lead the Way as Kentucky Destroys Alabama

(16) Kentucky 78
Alabama 53

Final from Lexington, Kentucky

Kentucky opened up a sizable lead early and never looked back on the way to thrashing Alabama 78-53 Tuesday night at Rupp Arena.

Jamal Murray scored 23 points to lead the Wildcats (21-7, 11-4 SEC). Tyler Ulis totaled another double-double with 19 points and 10 assists. Alex Poythress returned from injury to score 14 points in only 17 minutes of action.

The Wildcats out-scored the Crimson Tide 40-22 in the paint and won the rebounding battle 41-29.

Alabama (16-11, 7-8) got 29 points from Retin Obasohan. Justin Coleman finished with 8 points.

Kentucky will travel to Nashville for a tough game at Vanderbilt on Saturday at 4:00 p.m. The Wildcats are closing in on the SEC regular season championship with three games to go.

SEC Standings

TEAM CONF OVERALL
Kentucky 11-4 21-7
South Carolina 9-5 22-5
Texas A&M 9-5 20-7
Vanderbilt 9-6 17-11
LSU 9-6 16-12
Ole Miss 8-7 18-10
Florida 8-7 17-11
Georgia 7-7 14-11
Alabama 7-8 16-11
Arkansas 7-8 14-14
Tennessee 6-8 13-14
Mississippi State 5-9 12-14
Auburn 4-10 10-16
Missouri 3-12 10-18


Tuesday, February 23, 2016

John Calipari Gives Update on Derek Willis, Alex Poythress

Kentucky head coach John Calipari and assistant Tony Barbee gave some brief updates on injured players Derek Willis and Alex Poythress yesterday.

Poythress, who has missed Kentucky's last 5 games with a knee injury, practiced on Monday. Both Barbee and Calipari said he was limited in practice and looks doubtful to play tonight against Alabama.

On his radio show, Calipari said he "doubts very seriously" that Willis will play tonight. Willis suffered a sprained ankle in Saturday's loss to Texas A&M. He was spotted in a walking boot Monday.




Source: Head Coach Greg Himes Submits Resignation at Cincinnati Clermont

I have been told by a source that head coach Greg Himes has submitted his resignation at the University of Cincinnati Clermont.

Clermont was 9-10 overall this season.

Former University of Kentucky big man Andre Riddick is an assistant coach on Himes' staff.

I will have more on this later.

Monday, February 22, 2016

It's Conference Tournament Time in Kentucky; Schedule for the Week

It's late February and several college basketball tournaments get underway for Kentucky teams this week.

For others, it's time for one last push for seeding in conference tournaments and beyond.

Here's a look at the schedule for this week:

Monday, February 22

7:00 p.m. Union College vs. Tennessee Wesleyan (AAC Playoff Game)*^
7:30 p.m. Kentucky Christian University at Ohio Valley University

Tuesday, February 23

7:00 p.m. Alabama at University of Kentucky*
8:00 p.m. Kentucky State University at Trevecca Nazarene

Wednesday, February 24

7:00 p.m. Rio Grande at Alice Lloyd College (KIAC Tournament)^
7:00 p.m. Brescia University at Point Park (KIAC Tournament)^
8:00 p.m. Asbury University at IU East (KIAC Tournament)^
8:00 p.m. University of Louisville at Pittsburgh*

Thursday, February 25

7:00 p.m. Western Kentucky University at Middle Tennessee*
7:00 p.m. Morehead State University at Tennessee Tech*
7:30 p.m. St. Catharine College at Life University*
7:30 p.m. Northern Kentucky University at Cleveland State*
7:30 p.m. Kentucky Wesleyan College at Ohio Valley*
8:00 p.m. Eastern Kentucky University at Jacksonville State*
8:00 p.m. Spalding University vs. MacMurray (SLIAC Tournament)^
8:00 p.m. Shawnee State at Georgetown College*
8:30 p.m. Bellarmine University at Southern Indiana*
9:00 p.m. University of the Cumberlands at Lindsey Wilson College*
9:00 p.m. University of Pikeville at Cumberland*
9:30 p.m. Murray State University at Eastern Illinois*
TBA Kentucky Christian University vs. TBA (NCCAA II Mideast Region Tournament)^
TBA Union College vs. TBA (AAC Tournament)^

Friday, February 26

8:00 p.m. Transylvania University vs. Hanover (at Defiance)^
9:00 p.m. Centre College vs. Millsaps (at Birmingham, AL)^
TBA NCCAA II Mideast Region Tournament Semifinal 1^
TBA NCCAA II Mideast Region Tournament Semifinal 2^
TBA AAC Tournament Semifinal 1^
TBA AAC Tournament Semifinal 2^

Saturday, February 27

Noon Western Kentucky University at UAB*
1:00 p.m. Spalding University/MacMurray vs. TBA (SLIAC Tournament)^
2:00 p.m. University of Louisville at Miami (FL)*
2:00 p.m. AAC Tournament Championship Game^
4:00 p.m. Kentucky Wesleyan College at Salem International*
4:00 p.m. University of Kentucky at Vanderbilt*
4:00 p.m. Campbellsville University at Life University*
5:00 p.m. University of Pikeville at Lindsey Wilson College*
5:00 p.m. University of the Cumberlands at Cumberland*
5:30 p.m. Morehead State University at Jacksonville State*
7:00 p.m. Northern Kentucky University at Youngstown State*
7:00 p.m. Transylvania/Hanover vs. TBA (at Defiance)^
8:00 p.m. UT Martin at Murray State University*
8:30 p.m. Eastern Kentucky University at Tennessee Tech*
9:00 p.m. Centre College/Millsaps vs. TBA (at Birmingham, AL)^
TBA KIAC Tournament Semifinal 1^
TBA KIAC Tournament Semifinal 2^
TBA NCCAA II Mideast Region Tournament Championship Game^

Sunday, February 28

2:00 p.m. HCAC Championship Game (at Defiance)^
4:00 p.m. SAA Championship Game (at Birmingham, AL)^

* Conference Game
^ Conference Tournament

Union College Playing for AAC No. 1 Seed, NAIA Tournament Berth Tonight

Union College will battle Tennessee Wesleyan in a one-game playoff tonight to determine the No. 1 seed in the Appalachian Athletic Conference Tournament.

The winner of tonight's game will also earn an automatic berth into the NAIA Division II National Tournament.

Here's a release from UC:

ASHEVILLE, N.C. - Eighteen conference games were not enough to produce an Appalachian Athletic Conference regular-season champion, so No. 5 Union College and No. 14 Tennessee Wesleyan College will meet Monday in a one-game playoff to determine the No. 1 seed for this week's AAC Men's Basketball Tournament.

In addition to the top seed being on the line, an automatic berth to the NAIA National Championship Tournament is on the line.

The playoff game is necessary because Union (25-5 overall) and Tennessee Wesleyan (26-2 overall) finished the regular season with identical 16-2 conference records and split the season series. Union and Tennessee Wesleyan each defeated the other on the road.

Per conference policies, the game is to played at a neutral site, so Milligan College will host the game on Monday at 7 p.m.

The game will be broadcast live online and can be viewed by clicking here.

Live stats are also available, and in-game updates will be provided by the AAC's official Twitter account @AACSports.

The men's tournament is being held in conjunction with the women's tournament at this week at the MeadowView Marriott Conference Resort and Convention Center in Kingsport, Tenn.

While the top two seeds have yet to be finalized, here are the seeds for the tournament:

1.Union College/Tennessee Wesleyan (16-2 AAC)
2.Union College/Tennessee Wesleyan (16-2 AAC)
3.Reinhardt University (16-13, 10-8 AAC) - won season series over Milligan
4.Milligan College (16-10, 10-8 AAC)
5.Bluefield College (17-11, 9-9 AAC)
6.Bryan College (13-14, 8-10 AAC) - Bryan, Point split the season series, but Bryan is the No. 6 seed by virtue of a win over Reinhardt
7.Point University (11-19, 8-10 AAC)
8.Truett-McConnell College (9-20, 5-13 AAC) - Truett-McConnell/ St. Andrews split the season series, but Truett-McConnell is the No. 8 seed by virtue of a win over Bluefield.
9.St. Andrews University (9-16, 5-13 AAC)
10.Montreat College (4-20, 3-15 AAC)

Tyler Wesley Becomes Centre College's All-Time Leading Rebounder

Tyler Wesley became Centre College's all-time leading rebounder Friday night in the Colonels win over Berry.

Wesley now has 870 career boards. He also holds the Centre program record for career blocked shots with 245.

Transylvania Slips Into HCAC Tournament Despite Losing Streak

Transylvania University held onto the final spot in the HCAC Tournament despite a three-game losing streak to end the regular season.

The Pioneers (10-15) will play No. 3 Hanover (14-11) in the opening round Friday night at Defiance College.

2016 Men's Tournament Schedule

Opening Round- Friday, Feb. 26 (at Defiance College)

No. 5 Manchester vs. No. 4 Rose-Hulman, 6:00 PM
No. 6 Transylvania vs. No. 3 Hanover, 8:00 PM

Semifinals - Saturday, Feb. 27 (at Defiance College)

No. 1 Defiance vs. No. 4/5 winner, 5:00 PM
No. 2 Mount St. Joseph vs. No. 3/6 winner, 7:00 PM

Championship- Sunday, Feb. 28 (at Defiance College)

2:00 PM Championship Game

Final HCAC Standings

MOUNT ST. JOSEPH 13-5 16-9
DEFIANCE 13-5 15-10
ROSE-HULMAN 12-6 15-10
HANOVER 12-6 14-11
MANCHESTER 10-8 13-12
ANDERSON 9-9 13-12
TRANSYLVANIA 9-9 10-15
BLUFFTON 7-11 12-13
FRANKLIN 4-14 4-21
EARLHAM 1-17 2-23

Spalding Slides Into 2106 SLIAC Tournament

Spalding University slid into the 2016 SLIAC Men's Basketball Tournament as the 4 seed.

The Golden Eagles (12-13) will face top-seeded MacMurray (15-10) Thursday night in the tournament's semifinal round.

Schedule/Results

Semifinals- Thursday, February 25, 2016

Game 1 - #2 Greenville vs. #3 Westminster, 6 p.m.
Game 2 - #1 MacMurray vs. #4 Spalding, 8 p.m.

Championship- Saturday, February 27, 2016

Winner of Game 1 vs. Winner of Game 2, 1 p.m.

SLIAC Final Standings:

SCHOOL CONF GP CONF W/L OVERALL
MacMurray 18 12-6 15-10
Greenville 18 12-6 13-12
Westminster (Mo.) 18 10-8 10-15
Spalding 18 10-8 12-13
Webster 18 10-8 13-12
Eureka 18 10-8 12-13
Iowa Wesleyan 18 9-9 13-12

Centre College Takes 5-Game Winning Streak Into 2016 SAA Tournament

The Centre Colonels finished up the 2106 regular season with home wins over Berry and Oglethorpe over the weekend.

With the wins, Centre (17-8) will take a 5-game winning streak into this week's Southern Athletic Association men's basketball tournament.

The Colonels will open the SAA Tournament against Millsaps, a team they beat twice during the regular season.

If they win the first game, Centre will play the winner of Sewanee and Rhodes.

The tournament will be hosted by top-seeded Birmingham Southern.

Final SAA Standings:

SCHOOL CONF OVERALL
Birmingham Southern 14-0 19-6
Sewanee 11-3 18-7
Centre 9-5 17-8
Oglethorpe 6-8 11-14
Berry 5-9 9-16
Rhodes 4-10 10-15
Millsaps 4-10 5-20
Hendrix 3-11 4-21

Tournament bracket:

Calipari, Other SEC Coaches Don't Have Much to Say About Their Rivals

SEC coaches, including John Calipari, were asked to say something about their rivals this week.

The coaches didn't have much to say and Calipari isn't even sure who Kentucky's rival is.

Check it out:


Berea College Finishes Regular Season with Win at Kentucky Christian

Berea College finished up the regular season with an 81-73 over Kentucky Christian University.

Richard Parker led Berea with 22 points in the win. Corey Wise finished with 18 points. Anthony Myrks chipped in 16.

The Mountaineers finished the regular season with a 16-8 record. They will now await a bid to the USCAA National Championships in Uniontown, Pennsylvania.



Regular Season Record: 16-8

Last 10: 7-3

MARCH

Tue. 1 vs. TBD @ Uniontown, PA USCAA National Championships-Division 1 TBA
Wed. 2 vs. TBD @ Uniontown, PA USCAA National Championships-Division 1 TBA
Thu. 3 vs. TBD @ Uniontown, PA USCAA National Championships-Division 1 TBA
Fri. 4 vs. TBD @ Uniontown, PA USCAA National Championships-Division 1 TBA
Sat. 5 vs. TBD @ Uniontown, PA USCAA National Championships-Division 1 TBA

2016 KABC Boys Regional Coaches of the Year Announced

The 2016 KABC Boys Regional Coaches of the Year have been announced. 

2016 KABC Boys Regional Coaches of the Year

Region 1: Brad Stieg – Paducah Tilghman
Region 2: Frankie Smith - Christian Co.
Region 3: Tim Riley – Owensboro Catholic, John Kirkpatrick – Whitesville Trinity
Region 4: D. G. Sherrill – Bowling Green
Region 5: J.C. Wright – Central Hardin
Region 6: Korey Craddock – North Bullitt
Region 7: Willie Feldhaus - Male
Region 8: Steve Simpson – South Oldham
Region 9: Ryan Schrand – Covington Holy Cross
Region 10: Mike Code – Bishop Brossart
Region 11: Allen Feldhaus – Madison Central
Region 12: Benny Blanton – Rockcastle Co.
Region 13: Brad Sizemore – North Laurel
Region 14: Shannon Hoskins – Perry Co. Central
Region 15: Travis York – Lawrence Co.
Region 16: Jeremy Webb – West Carter

Sunday, February 21, 2016

Anthony Davis Goes Off for Best Game in the NBA This Season

Former Kentucky star Anthony Davis went off today for the best individual performance in the NBA so far this season.

Davis exploded for 59 points and 20 rebounds in the Pelicans' 111-106 win over the Pistons.

That’s the first 50-20 game in the NBA since Chris Webber did it in 2001, and only the third such game in modern NBA history. Davis is the youngest player to score 59 or more since 1963.

SEC Releases Statement About Isaac Humphries Technical Foul

The Southeastern Conference has reviewed the late technical foul that was called on Kentucky's Issac Humphries in last night's game at Texas A&M.

The Courier-Journal obtained this statement from the league:

SEC spokesman Craig Pinkerton provided the following statement in response to The Courier-Journal’s request for clarification on the call: “The official determined the Kentucky player committed an unsportsmanlike act in violation of Rule 10, Section 3, a Class A Unsporting Technical Infraction, resulting in the awarding of two free throws to Texas A&M.”

Official Pat Adams called a technical on Humphries for spiking the basketball during a celebration with teammates, however there is no specific language about such a move in the rule cited. Among the 11 offenses listed in Rule 10, Section 3, only two could even conceivably be applied to what Humphries did:

* “Disrespectfully addressing an official or gesturing in such a manner as to indicate resentment.”

* “Using profanity or vulgarity; taunting, baiting or ridiculing another player or bench personnel; or pointing a finger at or making obscene gestures toward another player or bench personnel.”

Neither of those, however, seem to fit what Humphries did.

Complete Article

Derek Willis' Ankle Looks Terrible

I saw this picture from Snapchat earlier today and wondered if it was authentic.

Kentucky Sports Radio has confirmed that this is actually Derek Willis' injured ankle and obviously, it looks bad:


Southeastern Conference Will Review Technical Foul on Isaac Humphries

According to ESPN, the Southeastern Conference will officially review the technical foul that was called on Isaac Humphries at Texas A&M:

Chris Harrison-Docks Says He's Headed to DePaul

Former Western Kentucky University guard Chris Harrison-Docks has announced on Instagram that he'll use his final season of eligibility at DePaul.

Harrison-Docks was averaging 10.0 points and 1.9 assists per game before being dismissed from the team at WKU.


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