Saturday, March 5, 2016

Ben Simmons Didn't Handle Himself Well After Today's Game

LSU freshman Ben Simmons didn't have anything nice to say about Kentucky point guard Tyler Ulis after today's game at Rupp Arena.

Simmons essentially said Ulis gets cheap calls from referees and isn't as good as Ole Miss point guard Stefan Moody.

Michael Bradley, Trent Angelucci No Longer on Staff at Eastern Kentucky

I'm told by multiple sources that Eastern Kentucky head coach Dan McHale will be making basketball staff changes.

McHale has let associate head coach Michael Bradley and director of ops Trent Angelucci go.

Eastern Kentucky was 15-16 overall and 6-10 in the Ohio Valley Conference this season.

LSU's Ben Simmons Ineligible for Wooden Award

LSU freshman sensation has been ruled ineligible for the prestigious John R. Wooden Award due to academic certification.

According to a report from Yahoo! Sports, Simmons apparently doesn't have the required 2.0 GPA to be eligible for the award.

Here's an excerpt:

Simmons was not among the 15 candidates announced Saturday for the John R. Wooden Award because LSU did not certify his eligibility for the award. According to a report by Jeff Goodman at ESPN, the school couldn't certify Simmons' eligibility for academic reasons.

It's possible for a player to be eligible to play and ineligible for the award because the standards for each are different.

The only academic requirement the Wooden Award has for eligibility are that a student-athlete "must have a cumulative 2.00 grade point average since enrolling in their current university." By comparison, the NCAA grade-point average requirements to remain eligible are:

Student-athletes must achieve 90 percent of the institution’s minimum overall grade-point average necessary to graduate (for example, 1.8) by the beginning of year two, 95 percent of the minimum GPA (1.9) by year three and 100 percent (2.0) by year four.

So it seems Simmons achieved at least a 1.8 GPA in his first semester at LSU, allowing him to remain eligible to compete, but he did not achieve at least a 2.0 and is not eligible for the award because of it. Simmons remains eligible for All-American teams and numerous other awards, all of which, like the Wooden Award, are free to set their own standards and criteria.

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Tyler Ulis Named John R. Wooden Award Finalist

Kentucky point guard Tyler Ulis is one of 15 finalists for the John R. Wooden Award.

The Wooden Award is presented annually to the top player in college basketball.

Here is a release from UK:

LOS ANGELES – Kentucky men’s basketball sophomore point guard Tyler Ulis is one of 15 players on the John R. Wooden Award national ballot, announced Saturday by the Los Angeles Athletic Club. The Wooden Award is presented annually to the top player in college basketball.

The finalists are candidates for the Wooden All-American Team, out of which the Wooden Award winner will be selected. All 15 players on the ballot have proven to their universities that they are making progress towards graduation and are maintaining at least a cumulative 2.0 grade-point average.

Voting will take place from March 14 to March 21. Nearly 1,000 members of the national college basketball media make up the majority of the voting body. They take into consideration a player’s entire season of play, as well as opening rounds of the NCAA Tournament.

Fans may vote through the fan voting site at The Wooden Award All-American Team, consisting of the nation’s top 10 players, and the five finalists for the Wooden Award, will be announced the week of the Elite Eight round of the NCAA Tournament and will be the focus of a 30-minute show March 28 on ESPNU at 8 p.m.

Ulis certainly has the credentials to win the national player of the year award.

The sophomore from Chicago is averaging 16.7 points, a Southeastern Conference-best 7.1 assists (eighth nationally) and a league-best 3.6 assist-to-turnover ratio (eighth nationally). He’s scored 20 or more points in 11 of his last 19 games.

Ulis is the only player in the SEC averaging at least 16.7 points and 7.1 assists or better. He is one of just four players nationally to achieve that feat (Kahil Felder, Oakland; Juan’Ya Green, Hofstra; Denzel Valentine, Michigan State) and the lone underclassman.

He has the single-season school record for most 20-point, five-assist games with 12, and according to the SEC Network, his three 20-point, 10-assist games this season are the most of any SEC player in the last 20 seasons.

Ulis’ value is probably best represented by his performances in Kentucky’s biggest games. He’s averaging a team-best 22.8 points and a team-high 9.0 assists in UK’s five games vs. ranked opponents in either the Associated Press Top 25 or the USA Today Coaches’ Poll. He shot 54.3 percent with a 5.0 assist-to-turnover ratio in those games.

The Bob Cousy Point Guard of the Year finalist is only the third player in school history with 200 assists in a season. Already third on the school’s single-season assists list with 207 dimes, he’s on pace to break John Wall’s single season record of 241 assists (2009-10).

Ulis is the only player with 23 consecutive games with four or more assists since at least 1972-73.

The 40th annual presentation of the John R. Wooden Award will be the anchor presentation of the ESPN College Basketball Awards Show on ESPN2 on April 8 at 8 p.m. The men’s and women’s John R. Wooden Award All-American Teams will be honored during the ceremony, and the 2016 Wooden Award Legends of Coaching Trophy, which will be presented to former Kentucky coach Tubby Smith.

Created in 1976, the Wooden Award is bestowed upon the nation’s best player at an institution of higher education who has proven to his or her university that he or she is making progress toward graduation while maintaining a minimum cumulative 2.0 GPA. The unique Wooden Award trophy is presented to a man and woman each year. Previous winners include such notables as Larry Bird (‘79), Michael Jordan (‘84), Tim Duncan (‘97), Candace Parker (‘07 and ‘08), Kevin Durant (‘09), Maya Moore (‘09 and ‘11), Trey Burke (‘13) and Doug McDermott (‘14).

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

Friday, March 4, 2016

EKU's Dan McHale Recaps Season, Warns the OVC to Watch Out for the Colonels

Eastern Kentucky University head coach Dan McHale recapped the season and talked about the future of his program in this season's final episode of The Dan McHale Show on ABC 36 News.

McHale talked about feeling sad for his seniors as their college careers came to an end but offered some hope for EKU fans.

"I will say this, the OVC is in trouble," McHale said. "If you give me and my staff a full seven months to really stay hungry and stay motivated...with the collection of players we're bringing in...the collection of players we have coming out. Watch out."

Thursday, March 3, 2016

Kentucky Wesleyan Will Meet Davis & Elkins in G-MAC Tournament

Kentucky Wesleyan (25-3) will host Davis & Elkins (12-16) the G-MAC Tournament semifinals

Davis & Elkins advanced with an 80-73 win over Cedarville in the opening round.

Alderson Broaddus will face Trevecca Nazarene in the other semifinal game.

Final League Standings:

School G-MAC Overall
Kentucky Wesleyan College *% 11-1 25-3
Alderson Broaddus University * 8-4 17-9
Trevecca Nazarene University * 8-4 15-14
Davis & Elkins College * 5-7 12-16
Cedarville University * 5-7 14-15
Ohio Valley University * 4-8 8-19
Salem International University 1-11 4-22

* clinched postseason bid in the 2016 G-MAC Men's Basketball Championship
% clinched G-MAC regular-season title and top seed in conference tournament

Tournament Bracket:

Jamal Murray, Tyler Ulis Play HORSE vs. Kentucky's Big Blue Nation

Check out this video of Kentucky's Jamal Murray and Tyler Ulis playing several games of HORSE vs. the Big Blue Nation:

2016 Mid-South Conference Tournament Tips Off in Frankfort

The 2016 Mid-South Conference Tournament is underway at the Frankfort Convention Center.

Cumberland and St. Catharine are currently playing in the opening round game. The winner will advance to face top-seeded Georgetown College in Friday's quarterfinal round.

The other quarterfinal in the top half of the bracket will feature Campbellsville vs. Shawnee State.

On the other side of the bracket, University of Pikeville will battle Lindsey Wilson and University of the Cumberlands will face Life.

Tournament Schedule:

Thursday, March 3 (All times ET)

Gm. 1 Noon No. 8 Cumberland (Tenn.) vs. No. 9 St. Catharine (Ky.)

Friday, March 4

Gm. 2 2 p.m. No. 2 Pikeville (Ky.) vs. No. 7 Lindsey Wilson (Ky.)
Gm. 3 4 p.m. No. 3 Cumberlands (Ky.) vs. No. 6 Life (Ga.)
Gm. 4 6 p.m. No. 1 Georgetown (Ky.) vs. Winner of Game 1
Gm. 5 8 p.m. No. 4 Campbellsville (Ky.) vs. No. 5 Shawnee State (Ohio)

Saturday, March 5

Gm. 6 6 p.m. Winner of Game 4 vs. Winner of Game 5
Gm. 7 8 p.m. Winner of Game 2 vs. Winner of Game 3

Sunday, March 6

Gm. 8 4 p.m. Winner of Game 6 vs. Winner of Game 7

Final League Standings:

School MSC Overall

2 Georgetown 13-3 .813 25-3 .893
5 Pikeville 12-4 .750 25-4 .862
21 Cumberlands (KY) 10-6 .625 20-10 .667
RV Campbellsville 8-8 .500 21-9 .700
Shawnee State 8-8 .500 15-14 .517
Life 7-9 .438 17-12 .586
Lindsey Wilson 6-10 .375 16-13 .552
Cumberland (TN) 5-11 .313 12-17 .414
St. Catharine 3-13 .188 7-22 .241

Here's a look at the bracket (click to enlarge):

Berea College Falls in USCAA National Tournament

(2) Washington Adventist 75
(7) Berea College 71

Final from Uniontown, Pennsylvania

Game recap by BC:

Uniontown, PA- The men's basketball team returned to the court this evening to play in their first round match up in the 2016 USCAA Basketball National Championship. They entered the tournament as the #7 seed and took on the #2 seed Washington Adventist University Shock.

Berea scored the first six points of the game, with four of the points coming from Corey Wise. The momentum shifted in favor of the Shock when they used a 9-2 run to take a one point lead at the 15:08 mark, 9-8. Tyler Huff's lay up gave the Mountaineers possession of the lead but back-to-back three point baskets by Washington Adventist took the lead from Berea and forced a five point deficit with 13:12 on the clock. A three point basket from Anthony Myrks cut the Shock's lead to just two to make the score 15-13 before a 11-3 run for Washington Adventist gave them a double digit lead, 26-16, with 8:55 left before the halftime buzzer. The Shock's lead reached as high as 15 at the 1:49 mark, but the Mountaineers headed to the locker room down 13 after Ethan Harris made a lay up with four seconds left in the half, trailing 38-25.

The deficit Berea faced coming out of halftime quickly decreased as the Mountaineers opened the half on a 10-0 run, including back-to-back three point baskets from Corey Wise, to make the score 38-35. forcing a Washington Adventist time out. The Shock came out of the time out and extended their lead back out to double digits using a 9-2 run with 15:52 on the clock. Richard Parker's lay up at the 11:39 made the score 52-47, cutting the Washington Adventist lead in half. A pair of free throws from Myrks and Parker helped keep the deficit at just four, but the Shock pushed their lead out to nine with 5:09 remaining in the game. Berea clawed back as Wise's three point shot and Harris' split from the charity stripe put the Mountaineers down by just three, 72-69, with 18 seconds remaining in the game. The comeback attempt fell short though as Berea fell in the first round by a final score of 75-71.

Wise led the scoring efforts for the Mountaineers, finishing with 22 points. Parker added 16 points, including a perfect 8-8 from the free throw line while Huff finished with 10 points. Dyonta Bizzle-Brown finished with eight rebounds to lead Berea on the glass, while Myrks was the team leader in assists with six.

Complete Recap

Former Apollo, Huntington Prep Wing Trace Young to Cordia?

I have been told by two sources that 2017 wing Trace Young has enrolled at Cordia.

Young, who stands 6-foot-8, started this season at Huntington Prep. He played his last game there in December.

As a sophomore, Young averaged 9.5 points and 5.4 rebounds per game at Apollo High School. He then transferred to Huntington Prep.

Wednesday, March 2, 2016

John Calipari Talks About Florida and the Tweak

Here's what UK head coach John Calipari had to say after last night's win over Florida:

John Calipari's Tweak Works at Florida

(22) Kentucky 88
Florida 79

Final from Gainesville, Florida

Game recap by UK:

GAINESVILLE, Fla. (AP) - Jamal Murray and Tyler Ulis got a lot more help than usual Tuesday night.

If it continues, No. 22 Kentucky could be a dangerous team in the NCAA Tournament.

Murray scored 21 points, Ulis added 19 points and 11 assists, and the Wildcats beat Florida 88-79, handing the Gators a fourth consecutive loss.

More surprising was their supporting cast.

Skal Labissiere made the most of his first start since Dec. 12, chipping in 11 points and eight rebounds. Alex Poythress finished with 12 points and 10 boards. And Isaiah Briscoe had 13 points.

"We can't be a one-dimensional team," Poythress said. "We've got to have all-around scoring. Everybody on the team has scored. We've seen it throughout the season. We've just got to do it on a consistent basis every night."

Kentucky had no answer inside for John Egbunu, who finished with nine dunks and a career-high 27 points, but the Cats more than made up for it by hitting 7 of 10 shots from 3-point range.

They hit all five shots from behind the arc in the decisive second half.

"I need a confident basketball team, and it's not going to come from me building guys up who are playing like crap," Kentucky coach John Calipari said. "That's not confidence. That's fake. That's not how we operate. It is telling them the truth, work on it and go do it in the game."

Murray came up huge once again, draining three consecutive 3s as Kentucky pushed its lead to 64-51. Marcus Lee followed with a dunk that put Cal's team up big for good with 6:32 remaining.

The Wildcats (22-8, 12-5 Southeastern Conference) squandered a 14-point lead late in the first half, and Florida (17-13, 8-9) could have been in front at the break if not for missing 10 free throws in the first 20 minutes. The Gators ended up 16 of 37 from the line.

Complete Recap

Tuesday, March 1, 2016

Dick Vitale Says Ulis, Murray Are Best Backcourt in College Basketball

Dick Vitale found some Kentucky fans in Gainesville and said the Wildcats have the best backcourt in college basketball.

Galilean Christian Academy Heads to National Tournament

The Galilean Christian Academy boy's basketball team knocked off Bluegrass United 77-73 last weekend to win their second-straight Kentucky Christian Athletic Association (KCSAA) State Championship.

Galilean will now compete in the NACA Division 5 National Tournament in Dayton, Tennessee.

The team has been to three straight NACA Division 5 final fours, with a runner up in 2013 and a championship last year.

Galilean has been part of the KCSAA since 1988 and won the then, "class B" title in 2002. Last year was the first KCSAA State Championship for the school.

Head coach Scott Jones is in his 17th season at Galilean. He picked up his 400th win earlier this season.

GCA Needs Your Help:

The school normally hosts a volleyball tournament to help raise money for national tournament travel expenses, but that event was cancelled this year due to weather.

As a result, a Go Fund Me page has been created to help generate the estimated $3,000 that is needed for the trip:

Galilean Christian Academy
Our boys head off to Nationals tomorrow and we still have money to raise! Help us out if you can. Donations of $50 or more will get you a free State Championship shirt and should we win, a free National Championship shirt. If you can't donate, please share this post to help spread the word. THANKS SO MUCH! ‪#‎WeAreGalilean‬ ‪#‎StrengthInFamily‬ ‪#‎GoGCA‬

Photo Credit:Chrystal York Photography

Louisville Puts Together "One Shining Moment" Tribute for Seniors

Louisville put together a "One Shining Moment" highlight video in honor of seniors Damion Lee and Trey Lewis tonight.

Check it out:

Rick Pitino said he had to screen the video prior to tonight:

Louisville Gives Damion Lee and Trey Lewis Rings

Louisville won't be playing in the NCAA Tournament this season but seniors Trey Lewis and Damion Lee will still have championship rings.

Here's a look at the rings, which are actually "senior" rings, that were given to Lewis and Lee after tonight's win over Georgia Tech:

Anthony Hickey Drains Incredible Buzzer-Beater in Poland

Former Christian County High School star Anthony Hickey drained an incredible buzzer-beater in Poland yesterday.

Hickey scored 3 of his 17 points on this 70-foot bomb:

Hickey plays for Asseco Gdynia in Poland's top-level TBL league.

Louisville Will Wear Special Red Uniforms for Senior Night Tonight

The Louisville Cardinals will wear special red uniforms for tonight's senior night game vs. Georgia Tech.

OVC All-Conference Teams and Awards Announced, Mayo Named Freshman of the Year

The 2015-16 All-Ohio Valley Conference Men's Basketball Teams and awards have been announced.

Eastern Kentucky's Nick Mayo was named OVC Freshman of the Year and also earned a spot on the All-OVC First Team and All-Newcomer Team.

Murray State's Jeffery Moss was also named to the First Team.

EKU's JaVontae Hawkins and Jarelle Reischel were named to the Second Team.

Morehead State's Corban Collins was also placed on the Second Team.

Belmont junior Evan Bradds was named OVC Player of the Year.

Dikembe Dixson Named Horizon League Freshman of the Year

Former Thomas Nelson and Mingo Central (WV) guard Dikembe Dixson has been named Horizon League Freshman of the Year after averaging 19.9 points and 7.2 rebounds for UIC.

Dixson was also named All-League Second Team and made the All-Freshman Team.

Northern Kentucky's Drew McDonald also made the All-Freshman Team.

2016 Horizon League Men’s Basketball Award Winners

Player of the Year: Kay Felder, Oakland (Jr., G)
Defensive Player of the Year: Vashil Fernandez, Valparaiso (Sr., C)
Freshman of the Year: Dikembe Dixson, UIC (F)
Sixth Man of the Year: Max Hooper, Oakland (Sr., G)
Coach of the Year: Bryce Drew, Valparaiso

All-League First Team

Kay Felder, Oakland (Jr., G)
Alec Peters, Valparaiso (Jr, F)
Paris Bass, Detroit (So., G/F)
Matt Tiby, Milwaukee (Sr., F)
Carrington Love, Green Bay (Sr., G)

All-League Second Team

Jalen Hayes, Oakland (So., F)
Cameron Morse, Youngstown State (So., G)
Jordan Fouse, Green Bay (Sr., F)
Jordan Johnson, Milwaukee (Jr., G)
Dikembe Dixson, UIC (Fr., F)

All-Freshman Team

Dikembe Dixson, UIC (F)
Drew McDonald, Northern Kentucky (F)
Rob Edwards, Cleveland State (G)
Josh McFolley, Detroit (G)
Jordan Andrews, Youngstown State (G)

Complete Release

John Calipari is Back to Tweaking This Season

Kentucky head coach John Calipari is tweaking once again:

DeMarcus Cousins Had Problems with the Thunder Last Night

Former Kentucky star DeMarcus Cousins had all kinds of issues with the Oklahoma City Thunder last night:

Monday, February 29, 2016

Vanderbilt Fined $100,000 for Storming the Court After Kentucky Win

The Southeastern Conference has fined Vanderbilt $100,000 for storming the court after Saturday's win over Kentucky.

Here are details from ESPN:

The league policy that took effect in 2004 states "access to competition areas shall be limited to participating student-athletes, coaches, officials, support personnel and properly-credentialed individuals at all times."

The policy adds that, "It is the responsibility of each member institution to implement procedures to ensure compliance with this policy."

Fines start at $50,000 for a first offense and go up to $100,000 for a second offense and up to $250,000 for subsequent offenses.

Vanderbilt was fined $100,000 because it was the school's second offense. Vanderbilt fans also stormed the court after a men's basketball victory over No. 1 Florida in 2007.

"While understanding the enthusiasm following an exciting victory, fans need to remain in the stands and avoid the safety concerns associated with rushing on to the playing floor," SEC commissioner Greg Sankey said in a statement. "We want to have exciting experiences around SEC games, but also want to maintain a safe environment for student-athletes, coaches, spectators and officials."

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March Madness is Here for Kentucky Teams; Schedule for the Week

We go into March tomorrow and it's time for the madness around the Bluegrass State.

There are a number of conference tournaments this week, including the Ohio Valley Conference, Mid-South Conference, GLVC, G-MAC, SIAC and Horizon League.

Berea College will be competing in the USCAA national tournament.

Here's the complete schedule for the week:

Monday, February 29

No Games

Tuesday, March 1

12:15 p.m. Kentucky State University vs. Claflin (SIAC Tournament)^
7:00 p.m. Cincinnati Christian at Alice Lloyd College (KIAC Tournament)^
7:00 p.m. University of Kentucky at Florida*
8:00 p.m. Georgia Tech at University of Louisville*

Wednesday, March 2

5:00 p.m. Berea College vs. Washington Adventist (USCAA National Tournament)
9:00 p.m. Eastern Illinois vs. Murray State University (OVC Tournament)^

Thursday, March 3

Noon Cumberland vs. St. Catharine College (MSC Tournament)^
3:15 p.m. KSU/Claflin vs. Miles/Paine (SIAC Tournament)^
9:00 p.m. Southern Miss at Western Kentucky University*
9:00 p.m. Murray State/EIU vs. Morehead State University (OVC Tournament)^
TBA Berea College/Washington Adventist vs. TBA (USCAA National Tournament)

Friday, March 4

1:00 p.m. Bellarmine University vs. Southern Indiana (GLVC Tournament)^
2:00 p.m. University of Pikeville vs. Lindsey Wilson College (MSC Tournament)^
2:30 p.m. Kentucky Wesleyan College vs. Cedarville/Davis & Elkins (G-MAC Tournament)^
3:15 p.m. SIAC Tournament Semifinal 1^
4:00 p.m. University of the Cumberlands vs. Life (MSC Tournament)^
6:00 p.m. Georgetown College vs. Cumberland/SCC (MSC Tournament)^
7:00 p.m. OVC Tournament Semifinal 1 (OVC Tournament)^
7:45 p.m. SIAC Tournament Semifinal 2^
8:00 p.m. Campbellsville University vs. Shawnee State (MSC Tournament)^
9:00 p.m. OVC Tournament Semifinal 2 (OVC Tournament)^

Saturday, March 5

2:00 p.m. LSU at University of Kentucky*
2:00 p.m. G-MAC Tournament - Championship Game^
2:30 p.m. Northern Kentucky University vs. Milwaukee (Horizon League Tournament)^
6:00 p.m. Mid-South Conference Tournament Semifinal 1^
6:00 p.m. OVC Tournament Championship (OVC Tournament)^
7:00 p.m. Bellarmine/USI vs. Indianapolis/Lewis (GLVC Tournament)^
7:00 p.m. SIAC Tournament - Championship Game^
8:00 p.m. Mid-South Conference Tournament Semifinal 2^
8:00 p.m. Louisiana Tech at Western Kentucky University*
8:30 p.m. University of Louisville at Virginia*
8:45 p.m. USCAA National Tournament championship
9:30 p.m. GLVC Tournament Semifinal 2^

Sunday, March 6

4:00 p.m. Mid-South Conference Tournament - Championship Game^
4:30 p.m. GLVC Tournament - Championship Game^
TBA NKU/Milwaukee vs. Green Bay/Cleveland (Horizon League Tournament)^

* Conference Game
^ Conference Tournament

John Calipari Gives Encouraging Update on Derek Willis

UK head coach John Calipari gave an encouraging update on Derek Willis during the SEC teleconference call this morning.

“He went on the practice floor and ran up and down (Sunday),” Calipari said, “and I didn’t see any black and blue or swelling.”

Calipari said it is unlikely Willis returns for tomorrow's game at Florida, “but he’s going up and down.”

Based on Calipari's comments, I would say Willis sounds doubtful for Florida, questionable for LSU and probable for the SEC Tournament.

Willis has missed two games with an ankle sprain.

USA Today Names Braxton Beverly "Chef of the Week" Following 70-Point Performace

USA Today High School Sports named Hargrave Military Academy's Braxton Beverly "Chef of the Week" following his 70-point performance last week.

Here is an excerpt:

Chef of the Week

In sports the term “cookin” is reserved for a player who goes on a scoring spree or gets hot during a game and makes big plays on the offensive end.

This week’s “Chef of the Week” award winner is Hargrave Military Academy (Chatham, Va.) guard Braxton Beverly for dropping, count ‘em, 70 points in Hargrave’s 131-86 Chatham Hall (Chatham, Va.).

Yes, you read that right: 70 points.

This you have to see.

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Gerald Fitch Still Playing at a High Level in Puerto Rico

Former Kentucky guard Gerald Fitch was named Player of the Week in Puerto Rico's BSN League this week.

Fitch had a triple-double in Quebradillas' 99-89 win over San German. Fitch finished with 21 points, 15 rebounds and 10 assists in the game.

Here is more from

American Guard Gerald Fitch (191-G-82) had an amazing evening in the last week for second-ranked Quebradillas, receiving a Player of the Week award for week 1.

The 33-year old player recorded a triple-double of 21 points adding also 15 rebounds and 10 assists, while his team beat San German (#10, 0-1) 99-89. Quebradillas is placed at 2nd position in Puerto Rican BSN. But it's just the very beginning of the season and Quebradillas won both games without losing any. It's too early to say anything as the standings can be changed completely after next week. Fitch just recently signed at Quebradillas and just after two games he already turned to be a very valuable addition to the team. Former University of Kentucky star has very solid stats this year. Fitch is in league's top in assists (2nd best: 11.0apg).

Richard Pitino Dealing with a Sex Scandal at Minnesota

Richard Pitino suspended three players over the weekend for a violation of team rules.

According to Deadspin, there's a lot more to the story:

Leading scorer Nate Mason and freshmen Kevin Dorsey and Dupree McBrayer (pictured above) were benched for the game, with no immediate word on the length of their suspension—or the reason. In a brief statement, Gophers head coach Richard Pitino said:

“With the privilege of being a member of the University of Minnesota basketball program there are expectations and standards to which we hold our student-athletes accountable, and they have failed to do so.”

On Friday evening, Dorsey posted two videos to his Twitter account. They were deleted within 30 minutes, and Dorsey deleted his account soon after.

The posters at the message boards are on it. Each video reportedly showed Dorsey and another man engaged in a sex act with a woman. It’s apparently not clear whether the second man in each video was the same, or whether it was two separate women, and only Dorsey’s face was clearly shown.

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Rick Pitino Thanks Team for Lifting Spirits of Town Decimated by "Acts of Betrayal"

Rick Pitino has made a new blog post to thank his team for fighting through adversity and lifting the spirits of a town decimated by "acts of betrayal."

Here is an excerpt:

We left Miami disappointed, but I still feel honored to have coached this team. I consider it a true privilege to teach each and every day. Thanks young men for fighting through adversity and carrying yourself with dignity and grace. Thank you for not letting injuries become a crutch or excuse. Thank you for lifting the spirits of a town decimated by “acts of betrayal.” Thank you seniors — you have restored my faith in a generation tied up with “me first.” My only regret is I could not coach you for more than one year. Finally, thank you fans for all the love you have given this team. It was a much needed emotion.

Now on to basketball. Down one with 1:32 to play at Miami, we missed two shots that could have put us in a situation to win. Ray Spaulding, who is playing injured (we appreciate that so much), was unable to grab an offensive rebound. Some said Ray was weak coming out of high school, but he has been extremely courageous.

Our freshman are learning so much from playing great competition on the road. All three have the same weaknesses that will be worked on this spring and summer: ball-handling and defense. Include Ryan McMahon with these weaknesses. That being said, their talent is outstanding. What a special class!

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Sunday, February 28, 2016

Spalding's Goeing, Trisko Named to SLIAC All-Conference Teams

Spalding University's Brandon Goeing and Nick Trisko were named second team all-conference in the St. Louis Intercollegiate Athletic Conference. 

Trisko was also named to the league's all-defensive team.

Here's a release from the league:

Deavis Johnson is the 2015-16 St. Louis Intercollegiate Athletic Conference Men's Basketball Player of the Year, making it three different Highlanders in the last three years to take home the league's top award. Greenville's Dr. George Barber and Eureka's Shea Feehan also received top conference honors.

Deavis Johnson, a senior forward from East St. Louis, becomes the third consecutive Highlander to win the SLIAC's top individual honor. In doing so it marks the first time in league history a school has taken home the Player of the Year award three consecutive years. Johnson joins Brady Slagle (2013-14) and Clayton Whitlock (2014-15) as Highlanders to win the award. Johnson was one of just two players in the league to average a double-double this season, averaging 16.5 points and 11.1 rebounds per game during conference play. He shot 52-percent from the field and ranked in the top ten in scoring, rebounding, blocked shots, and assists. He recorded the second most rebounds in a game in conference history when he grabbed 21 in the same game as scoring a season high 34 points against Greenville.

Shea Feehan, a freshman guard from Peoria, Ill., is the 2015-16 SLIAC Newcomer of the Year. Feehan was a mid-season arrival for the Red Devils and made an immediate impact, averaging 22.1 points per game. He had three games of 30 or more points and shot 53-percent from the field while averaging 4.8 rebounds and 3.0 assists per game. Feehan is the first player from Eureka to take home the Newcomer of the Year award.

Dr. George Barber is the 2015-16 SLIAC Coach of the Year. This is the first time in Barber's 17 years as Panther head coach he has been named Coach of the Year. Barber guided the Panthers to a share of the SLIAC regular season championship, marking the first time since 1995-96 the Panthers program has won a regular season conference title. The Panthers finished the regular season with a 13-12 overall record and 12-6 in the SLIAC, going 12-3 in the second-half of the season. Earlier this season Barber also became the program's career leader in coaching wins.

In addition Westminster College received the SLIAC Team Sportsmanship award, the third consecutive year the Blue Jays have won the award. The team sportsmanship award is given to the team whose players, coaches and fans best exhibit the principles of good sportsmanship. For a full list of the 2015-16 SLIAC All-Conference Teams and awards see below.

First Team All-Conference

Tim Daniel Greenville College
Sam Feehan Eureka College
Chris Fowler Iowa Wesleyan University
Deavis Johnson MacMurray College
Brent Long MacMurray College

Second Team All-Conference

Adaku Anumu Principia College
Chris Davis Blackburn College
Brandon Goeing Spalding University
Nick Trisko Spalding University
Hunter Ward Webster University

All-Defensive Team

Chris Fowler Iowa Wesleyan University
Michael Hohm Greenville College
Deavis Johnson MacMurray College
Greg Kent Eureka College
Nick Trisko Spalding University

All-Sportsmanship Team

Jordan McMillen Blackburn
Michael Sain Eureka
Lelis Djona Fontbonne
Andrew Scott Greenville
Joe Lennon Iowa Wesleyan
Kollin Keltner MacMurray
Joey Sander Principia
Victor Cosby Spalding
Taylor Walton Webster
Kellen Brondel Westminster

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Three from Centre College Earn SAA All-Conference Honors

Three Centre College players earned All-Conference honors from the Southern Athletic Association this season. 

Senior Blake Scinta was named First Team All-SAA. Senior Tyler Wesley was named to the league's Second Team. Junior Matt Gump earned Honorable Mention.

Wesley was also named Defensive Player of the Year.

Here's a release from the SAA:

ATLANTA –The SAA announced the 2015-16 Men’s Basketball All-Conference award winners and, following exclusive voting by the league head coaches, Alex Avery of Birmingham-Southern was named Player of the Year to give the Panthers their third straight top award. Tyler Wesley of Centre, meanwhile, collected his third straight Defensive Player of the Year award. Newcomer of the Year honors were won by Sewanee’s Cody Jones and Birmingham-Southern head coach Chris Graves was named Coach of the Year by his peers after guiding the Panthers to the league’s first unblemished conference record. A total of 25 student-athletes earned recognition among the league’s All-Conference First, Second and Honorable Mention Teams.

Birmingham-Southern senior forward Alex Avery enjoyed a rare statistical season in which he led the undefeated in conference play Panthers in points, rebounds and assists. The multi-dimensional Avery topped the SAA in rebounds per game (11.1) and assists per game (3.8) as he demonstrated a knack for either scoring on his own or drawing the defense and finding an open teammate. His 13.7 points per game in conference contests ranked fifth best and his shooting percentage of 52.7% checked in at sixth overall. Playing under 30 minutes per contest, Avery accomplished these statistical highlights while averaging just the 18th best in the SAA in minutes played.

For the third straight season Centre’s Tyler Wesley, a senior forward from Crestwood, Ky., captured Defensive Player of the Year after making the painted area his own personal playground. Wesley rejected a league-record 74 shots in his senior year to cap a career that saw him lead the league in blocks in all four seasons he was on campus. When he wasn’t sending his opponents’ shots in the other direction, Wesley was cleaning up the glass for the Colonels, snatching 9.2 rebounds per game, the second-best average in the conference.

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Field Set for 2016 Ohio Valley Conference Tournament

The field is set for the 2016 Ohio Valley Conference Men's Basketball Tournament in Nashville.

The event tips off with two games Wednesday night and concludes with a championship game Saturday night.

Murray State will be in action Wednesday night as the No. 6 seed. The Racers will faces No. 7 Eastern Illinois. The winner will advance to the quarterfinals for a game against Morehead State on Thursday night.

Morehead State captured the 3 seed by closing the regular season with 6 consecutive wins. The Eagles won 8 of their last 10 games and enter the tournament as the hottest team in the conference.

Eastern Kentucky University failed to make the tournament.

2016 Ohio Valley Conference Men's Basketball Championship (Municipal Auditorium - Nashville, Tenn.)

First Round - Wednesday, March 2

Game 1 - #5 Tennessee Tech vs. #8 Austin Peay - 6:00 p.m. (OVC Digital Network)
Game 2 - #6 Murray State vs. #7 Eastern Illinois - 8:00 p.m. (OVC Digital Network)

Quarterfinals - Thursday, March 3

Game 3 - #4 Tennessee State vs. Game 1 Winner - 6:00 p.m. (OVC Digital Network)
Game 4 - #3 Morehead State vs. Game 2 Winner - 8:00 p.m. (OVC Digital Network)

Semifinals - Friday, March 4

Game 5 - #1 Belmont vs. Game 3 winner, 6:30 p.m. (ESPNU)
Game 6 - #2 UT Martin vs. Game 4 winner, 8:30 p.m. (ESPNU)

Championship - Saturday, March 5

Game 7 - Semifinal Winners - 5:00 p.m. (ESPN2)

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Final OVC Standings

Tennessee-Martin 10-6 18-13
Murray State 10-6 16-13
Eastern Illinois 9-7 13-16
Austin Peay 7-9 14-17
SIU Edwardsville 3-13 6-22
Southeast Missouri State 2-14 5-24

Belmont 12-4 20-10
Tennessee State 11-5 20-9
Tennessee Tech 11-5 19-10
Morehead State 11-5 18-11
Eastern Kentucky 6-10 15-16
Jacksonville State 4-12 8-23

Alice Lloyd, Cincinnati Christian to Play for KIAC Tournament Championship

Alice Lloyd College and Cincinnati Christian will do battle Tuesday night for the KIAC Tournament championship and automatic berth to the NAIA Division II National Tournament.

Alice Lloyd advanced to the title game by slipping past Point Park 89-88 on Saturday.

Cincinnati Christian knocked off IU East 76-67.

IU East already holds one automatic berth to the national tournament as the league's regular season champions.

2015-16 KIAC Men's Basketball Tournament

Feb. 24-March 1 – Higher Seed Hosts Each Game (All Times Eastern)

Feb. 24 – Quarterfinals

No. 1 IU East def. No. 4 Asbury (Ky.), 91-75
No. 2 Cincinnati Christian def. No. 3 WVU Tech, 70-66
No. 2 Point Park (Pa.) def. No. 3 Brescia (Ky.), 98-83
No. 1 Alice Lloyd (Ky.) def. No. 4 Rio Grande (Ohio), 73-72

Feb. 27 – Semifinals

No. 2 Cincinnati Christian def. No. 1 IU East, 76-67
No. 1 Alice Lloyd (Ky.) def. No. 2 Point Park, 89-88

March 1 – Finals

No. 2 Cincinnati Christian at No. 1 Alice Lloyd (Ky.), 7 p.m.

Union College Wins Third Straight AAC Tournament Title

Union College 71
Bluefield 57

Final from Kingsport, Tennessee

Game recap by UC:

KINGSPORT, Tenn. - New year, new team, but same result. Union College captured its third Appalachian Athletic Conference (AAC) Tournament championship in a row with 71-57 victory over No. 5 seed Bluefield College on Saturday.

Held at the MeadowView Marriott in Kingsport, Tenn., the second-seeded Bulldogs used hot 3-point shooting midway through the second half to give themselves some breathing room en route to the 14-point win and championship.

For Union head coach Kevin Burton, he is simply thrilled to have his players get to enjoy this championship.

"When you think about people like T.J. Jones (SR/Spartanburg, S.C.), Sean Brown (JR/Louisville, Ky. ), J.D. Tucker (SR/Charleston, S.C.) and Dalton Whitney (JR/Bowling Green, Ky. ), my heavens, I'm so happy for them to get to experience this because they've earned it; they deserve it," he said. "Not only are they good kids to coach, but they're some of the finest people you'd ever want to associate yourself with."

This is the third year in a row Union has won both the AAC regular-season and tournament championships. While the No. 2 seed, Union shared the regular-season crown with Tennessee Wesleyan College this season. Since 2011, Union has won four of the six tournament championships.

Levon Harper (JR/Danville, Va.) proved to be a force to be reckoned with in the paint for Union (28-6 overall) all tournament long, earning him Tournament MVP honors.

"Thank you, Levon Harper, for being the guy I was hoping he'd be when I started recruiting him a year ago," Burton said. "His timing in stepping up could not have been any better. For him to get the MVP is super cool."

In all three tournament games, Harper came off the bench, averaging 13.0 points and 9.33 rebounds per game. He shot a tournament-best 70.8 percent from the floor, hitting 17-of-24 shots. Harper's 6-foot-9 frame came up big on the offensive glass as 11 of his 28 total rebounds were offensive.

Not surprisingly, Gerrard Newby (JR/Lexington, Ky. ) and Nick Riley (SR/Hopkinsville, Ky.) joined Harper on the All-Tournament Team as the duo has been key fixtures in the Bulldogs' success. Newby averaged 16.7 points per game, while Riley led Union with a 20.3 average. The surprise addition to All-Tournament Team for Union was Sam Natt (JR/Los Angeles, Calif.).

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Thomas More College Comes Up Just Short in PAC Championship Game

Saint Vincent 65
Thomas More 62

Final from Latrobe, Pennsylvania

Game recap by TMC:

(LATROBE, Pa.) – The fourth-seeded Thomas More College men's basketball team's second half rally falls short as it fell, 65-62, to top-seeded Saint Vincent College tonight (Saturday, February 27, 2016) in the championship game of the Presidents' Athletic Conference (PAC) Championship Tournament at the Carey Center in Latrobe, Pennsylvania.

With the loss, the Saints end the season at 17-11. Thomas More was playing in its sixth PAC Championship game in the last eight years. With the win, the Bearcats improve to 21-6 and earn the PAC's automatic bid to the NCAA Division III Championship Tournament.

Saint Vincent jumped out to a 21-12 lead when Pat Jones made a lay-up with 11:18 to play in the first half. The Saints answered with a 10-0 run capped by a lay-up by freshman forward Junior Stockwell (Florence, Ky./Boone County) with 6:13 to play in the first half to give Thomas More a 22-21 lead. The Bearcats used a 9-0 run to build a 30-22 lead with 2:33 to play in the opening half when Jones made a lay-up. Thomas More closed out the half on a 4-1 run to cut the lead to 31-26 at halftime.

The Bearcats opened the second half on a 4-2 run to extend the lead to 35-28 with 18:01 to play in the second half. Thomas More responded with a 16-7 run to take a 44-42 lead with 10:54 to play in the game when freshman guard Damion King (Winchester, Ky./George Rogers Clark) made a lay-up. Saint Vincent answered with a 21-9 run to take its biggest lead of the game at 63-53 with 4:55 to play in the game when Bobby Swartwout made a jumper. Thomas More used a 9-2 run to cut the lead to 65-62 with 1:53 to play in the game when freshman guard Ryne Callahan (Morehead, Ky./Rowan County) made a lay-up. The Saints couldn't find another basket the rest of the game and fell by the final score of 65-62.

Callahan led three Saints in double-figure scoring with 18 points, while Stockwell and junior forward/center Simon Clifford (Louisville, Ky./DuPont Manual) each finished with 12 points. King and junior guard Sawyer Pauly (Crescent Springs, Ky./Covington Catholic) led the team on the boards with eight rebounds each and Pauly led the team in assists with six.

Rick Pitino Again Mentioned as Possible Candidate at UNLV

Louisville head coach Rick Pitino has once again been mentioned as a possible candidate for the head coaching job at UNLV.

Here's an excerpt about Pitino:

1. Rick Pitino, Louisville

Oddly enough, there’s a reasonable chance this happens. Louisville is still reeling from Katina Powell’s book Breaking Cardinal Rules, in which she alleges that she brought multiple prostitutes to Louisville’s campus to entertain recruits at the direction of former assistant coach Andre McGee.

The big obstacle is his salary demands. Unless Pitino would be willing to take a substantial pay cut from his $4 million per year he makes from Louisville. For comparison, Dave Rice’s base salary was $300,000 at UNLV, whose total athletic department budget hovers around $65 million.

But it could be a blockbuster move that would get UNLV out of the Mountain West doldrums where they’ve lived since Lon Kruger left for Oklahoma. Pitino is a big name that would draw fans and players alike and make him king of Las Vegas. The only thing fans want is for UNLV to return to the Jerry Tarkanian days of winning, winning and winning.

Now, let’s be real. Would Pitino really go to UNLV just because of a scandal that’s given Louisville a dark cloud over its head? He’ll go to UNLV if a Power Five school doesn’t snap him up first, and this is all assuming that he’s leaving Louisville.

For all we know he could sign a contract extension tomorrow.

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Sewanee Defeats Centre College in SAA Semifinals

Sewanee 68
Centre 62

Final from Birmingham, Alabama

Game recap by CC:

BIRMINGHAM, Ala. ( – The Centre men's basketball team dropped a 68-62 decision to Sewanee in the Southern Athletic Association (SAA) Semifinals on Saturday night at Bill Battle Coliseum.

The Colonels saw their six-game winning streak snap, moving to 18-9. The Tigers boosted their record to 20-7 and move onto the SAA title game to take on top-seeded Birmingham Southern on Sunday afternoon.

Trailing 5-3 early on, freshman guard Tucker Sine (Bowling Green, Ky.) knocked down a 3-pointer to give Centre a 6-5 lead over Sewanee just under two minutes into the game.

However, the Tigers' Clay Born connected on a 3-pointer on their next possession to give Sewanee the lead for good.

Born's shot from behind the arc sparked a 15-4 run which gave the Tigers their largest lead of the first half of 10 points at 20-10 with 9:42 showing on the clock.

The Colonels would cut that lead to six points at 35-29 at the break.

In the second half, Sewanee built its advantage to as many as 12 points on two occasions, the last coming with 4:27 remaining in the contest.

Centre responded with a 10-3 run keyed by 3-pointers by freshman guard Jarod Griffin (Lexington, Ky.) and Sine to shrink the Tigers' lead to five points at 63-58 with 49 seconds to play.

Freshman guard Carson Ebert (Willard, Ohio) capped the surge with a pair of made free throws.

Sewanee's Brody Stone would make one of two free throws on the other end to give the Tigers a 64-58 lead, before Sine connected on two shots from the charity stripe to minimize the Sewanee advantage to just four points at 64-60 with 32 ticks remaining.

Unfortunately for the Colonels, the Tigers were a perfect 4-of-4 from the free throw line from that point on, sealing the victory and earning a berth in tomorrow afternoon's SAA title game.

Senior forward Blake Scinta (Louisville, Ky.) scored a game-high 19 points for the Colonels on 8-of-16 shooting, including 1-of-2 attempts from behind the arc. He made 2-of-2 free throws and grabbed six rebounds for Centre.

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Spalding University Comes Up Short in SLIAC Title Game

Westminster 61

Spalding 59

Final from Jacksonville, Illinois

Game recap by SU:

JACKSONVILLE, Ill. – The Spalding University men's basketball team saw their season come to an end as they came up just short against Westminster, 61-59. The loss sees the Golden Eagles finish with a record of 13-14, while the Blue Jays advance to the NCAA tournament with SLIAC's automatic bid.

Junior Nick Trisko left it all on the floor as he claimed a double-double with 11 points and 18 rebounds. James Turner led the Golden Eagles in points 18 points. Rylan Rowe was right behind with 12 points on the afternoon. Westminster was led by tournament MVP Nick Carlos, who finished with 24 points.

Westminster would get the game's opening basket around the 18 minute mark. Spalding would use a 6-0 run to overtake the Blue Jays with just over six minutes played in the opening half. Spalding used a 6-4 advantage as they gained their largest lead to that point at 12-6. The Blue Jays offense would awaken around the ten minute mark as they went on a 7-0 run to regain the lead at 13-12. James Turner would go on a 6-0 run all by himself hitting two three-point field goals and Spalding retook the lead at 18-13 with just over seven minutes remaining in the half. Nick Carlos would hit a jumper and Westminster trimmed the lead down to just two points. With less than two minutes remaining in the first half and the shot clock winding down, Turner hit a triple fading away from the basket and Spalding pushed their lead back to six, 27-21. Westminster closed out the first half with a 4-2 advantage, including a tough jumper by Carlos as time expired and Spalding went into the break leading, 29-25.

Spalding came out in the second on a 6-0 run before Carlos hit a three-point field goal and saw Spalding's lead trimmed to four, 35-31. Westminster used a 6-0 run to earn their first lead of the second half at 38-37 with six minutes gone. From this point, it was a constant power struggle as the teams couldn't separate themselves. The Golden Eagles were maintaining a three point lead when Westminster used another 6-0 run to jump in front 56-53 with just under two minutes to play. Dominique Ellis hit a big three to knot the game at 56-56 and keep Spalding's hope alive. After a pair of made free throws, the Blue Jays got a crucial steal and ran down the floor for a thunderous slam. Trisko hit a jumper with four seconds remaining and put Spalding a position to foul. Westminster led 61-58 after the trip to the free-throw line and elected to foul Turner off the miss. He hit the first and did an excellent job missing the second to give Spalding a chance at the put back. Unfortunately, the tip was too strong and time expired on the Golden Eagles' season.

Transy's Season Ends in HCAC Semifinals

Mount St. Joseph 71
Transylvania 65

Final from Defiance, Ohio

Game recap by TU:

Defiance, OH – Another season-high scoring night from junior Alex Jones and late-game comeback by the Transylvania men's basketball came just short against the Mt. St. Joseph Lions in the Heartland Collegiate Athletic Conference semifinals, as the #2 seed Lions advanced to the title game with a 71-65 win.

The loss ends the Pioneers' 2015-2016 season at 11-16 overall, and 10-10 against HCAC opposition.

The night also concluded the illustrious careers of seniors Parker Stansberry and Lowell Gordon, two steadfast mainstays of Coach Brian Lane's program for the last four years. Stansberry's final career line contained 12 points, seven rebounds, one assist, two steals, and three blocks, analogous to the multi-faceted reign he exacted during his time at Transy. Gordon's line also reflected his understated, yet impactful journey with the Pioneers, playing 27 minutes (fourth-highest for the Pioneers on this night) and grabbing two boards and two assists in his last stand.

Like the previous two meetings against Mt. St. Joseph in the regular season, this HCAC conference showdown between the #2 and #6 seeds in the tournament contained more than its fair share of theatrics and late-minute drama between the two closest southern neighbors in the conference.

The Pioneers signaled their intentions right off the tip as four different starters scored en route to an 8-5 lead over the first five minutes of the contest. After the Lions took an 11-10 lead, the Pioneers embarked on an 11-2 run, bolstered by a pair of field goals from freshman guard Cooper Theobald and Jones.

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Season Summary

Overall: 11-16
Conference: 10-10

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