Friday, March 11, 2016

DeMarcus Cousins Suspended One Game for Screaming at George Karl

The Sacramento Kings have suspended DeMarcus Cousins for screaming at George Karl during Wednesday night's loss to Cleveland.

Cousins will miss tonight's game vs. Orlando.

Chris Mannix of The Vertical has more on Wednesday night's incident:

The reason for DeMarcus Cousins' tirade on coach George Karl was the Sacramento Kings star's belief that his coach hadn't done enough to defend him to referees in a loss to the Cleveland Cavaliers on Wednesday night, league sources told The Vertical.

Cousins continued to vent at Karl in the locker room after the game and later got into a heated discussion with vice president of basketball operations and general manager Vlade Divac, sources told The Vertical.

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General manager Vlade Divac said this kind of behavior can't be tolerated:

"Well, obviously we tried to do our best thing to send a message that we cannot tolerate some stuff ... He went a little far and we have to do things to be on the same page."

"I don't know details, that's something between the players and coach, and George is not here right now, but you can ask him tomorrow."

"I think DeMarcus is doing very well this year and playing really hard. This is something that he was kind of emotionally overwhelmed and did something that he shouldn't do it and we did it to send a message ... he's a good kid, I hate doing this, but I'm general manager, I have to do sometimes hard stuff so I don't blame him with the emotions that he had, but it's the wrong thing to do."

"Last night, we talked about it. I heard, I didn't see it, but I heard what happened so I talked about it, I said, 'let's sleep on it and come tomorrow to practice earlier so we can talk about details and let me have time to think about what I'm going to do.' He came this morning, we talked about it and he wasn't happy, but I wasn't happy, but that's it."

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Billy Gillispie Mentioned as Candidate at UTSA

Former Kentucky coach Billy Gillispie might have an opportunity to get back on the sidelines in Division I soon.

Gillispie, who just led Ranger (JUCO) College to an 28-5 incredible season that has them in next week's NJCAA National Tournament, has been mentioned as a possible candidate at UTSA.

Here's what says about Gillispie:

Billy Clyde Gillispie, Ranger College

Background: Led Ranger to the first NJCAA tournament in 49 years and a 28-5, a one-season improvement of 26 victories from the previous year … Former Division I head coach who took UTEP, Texas A&M and Kentucky to NCAA tournaments. Returned to coaching at Ranger after three years off following his ouster at Texas Tech in 2012 …

The skinny: His name is a hot item on the local grapevine, though the level of UTSA’s interest in him is uncertain … Gillispie apparently is interested in UTSA and thinks he could turn the program around.

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Other candidates mentioned in the article are Ken Burmeister (Incarnate Word), Chris Beard (Arkansas-Little Rock) and Brad Underwood (Stephen F. Austin).

Darnell Williams Steps Down at Kentucky State University

Head coach Darnell Williams has stepped down at Kentucky State University after one season.

The Thorobreds finished this season 11-15 overall and 9-9 in the SIAC.

Williams was an assistant at KSU from 2012-2015. He took over as head coach prior to the 2015-16 season.

John Calipari Says Tyler Ulis Will Be Drafted This Year

Kentucky head coach John Calipari all but confirmed Thursday that point guard Tyler Ulis will enter the NBA Draft after this season.

Here are Calipari's comments about his sophomore star:

“I’m happy for him. You had a guy that, you know, when he came here, you had everybody tell me, ‘You’ve got a four-year point guard. This is how you should do it. He doesn’t need to have all pros.’ Well, you were wrong again. I mean, here’s this kid that’s going to be a pro. He’ll be drafted this year – after two years. And the greatest thing is I saw him, his game against LSU (on the road) – I did eventually watch that game, after that other game was over – (and) he wasn’t that good. That game, he just wasn’t. Every game we’ve played he’s gotten steadier and more into how he has to play and how our team has to play. He’s led better. He’s made better basketball decisions. He’s got his teammates involved. He deserves everything that’s happened. And he’s made everybody’s job, including mine, easier.”

EKU Gives Statement on Michael Bradley's Dismissal

As we told you last Saturday, associate head coach Michael Bradley is no longer at Eastern Kentucky University.

CN|2 spoke to EKU athletic director Steve Lochmueller about Bradley's departure.

Here's what Lochmueller had to say:

On Bradley’s dismissal, Lochmueller would not give a specific reason but did say, “We do an evaluation of the program. [We] made a determination to move on without him.”

Lochmueller also said that EKU Head Basketball Coach Dan McHale has his full support. “Coach McHale is my head coach and is going to be my head coach. He has my full support. We’re looking forward to the 2016-2017 year. [We] made a decision for the betterment of everyone, not just a few.”

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Thursday, March 10, 2016

ESPN Tracks Down Andre McGee in an Uber

ESPN's preview of Sunday's Outside the Lines show includes new footage of former Louisville staffer Andre McGee, who sits at the center of allegations made by Katina Powell.

But did reporters actually get an interview with McGee?

Either way, Sunday will be must watch television and ESPN seems to know it.

Kentucky Will Face Alabama in SEC Tournament Quarterfinals

The Kentucky Wildcats will play Alabama tomorrow night in the quarterfinal round of the SEC Tournament. 

Alabama just knocked off Ole Miss 81-73 to advance. All-SEC player Retin Obasohan led the Crimson Tide with 17 points, all in the second half.

Kentucky defeated Alabama 77-61 in Tuscaloosa and 78-53 at Rupp Arena earlier this season.

Tomorrow night's game will tip off at 7:00 p.m. ET.

Southeast Missouri State Role Player Plans to Declare for NBA Draft

Southeast Missouri State freshman Tony Anderson has left the men's basketball program and has plans to enter the 2016 NBA Draft.

Anderson started 3 games and averaged 5.0 points and 2.1 rebounds for an Ohio Valley Conference team that finished 5-24 overall.

Here is an excerpt from

He averaged 5.0 points and 2.1 rebounds per game. He scored in double figures five times, including a career-high 17 against Jacksonville State on Jan. 13.

He shot 40.8 percent from the field on the season and made 7 of 20 3-point attempts. He was a 74.5 percent free-throw shooter.

"Besides hearing from God on this decision, I have complete confidence in myself of playing in the NBA and I know I can play with the best," Anderson said in a text message. "And quite frankly, that's the only thing that I needed to make this decision."

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Scott Hundley Steps Down as Head Coach at Woodford County High School

Head coach Scott Hundley has decided to step down at Woodford County High School after six seasons at the helm.

Hundley announced his decision in an e-mail on Monday:

“While this decision did not come lightly, there are many reasons in which I have decided that the 2015-2016 season will be my last as head coach of the Woodford County Yellow Jackets,” he said in the email. “…This Woodford County basketball program has been my life for the past six years. I have had countless practices, games and sleepless nights thinking about how I can make this program better and help young boys become men along the way. The late night practices, the late night film, and every evening getting home no earlier than 7 p.m. (every other week9 p.m.) have been an absolute blast. I would not have done one thing different.

“However, this past season has been one of the most difficult years I have experienced in my 11 years of coaching. The internal struggle this year of wants versus needs was at times unbearable. I want to coach basketball, I want to help ‘my guys’ improve, I want to give everything I have to basketball. However, the need (inside of me) for me to be a good father to Adlee Malone and a good husband to Torie have left me at this crossroads.

“My heart is being pulled home. I have prayed very hard on this decision throughout the entire season and while my heart hurts that this is coming to an end, I am at peace knowing that a new door will open. I want to cherish every moment at home. I respect the WC basketball program too much to be one foot in and one foot out.”

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Hundley was 107-82 overall, including 61-43 in the region, during his 6 seasons at Woodford County. His teams won 3 district titles and made 6 region tournament appearances.

Woodford County was 14-17 this season.

NCAA Will Interview Rick Pitino About Scandal in April

The NCAA will interview Louisville head coach Rick Pitino in April, according to

Here are details from ESPN:

Louisville coach Rick Pitino will be interviewed by the NCAA sometime in April, a source told on Thursday.

Pitino has yet to meet with NCAA officials regarding the allegations of sex parties involving Cardinals players and recruits at a team dormitory.

The NCAA has been investigating Louisville since Katina Powell, a former escort, wrote in a book that several strippers had sex with recruits and players at parties hosted by former Cardinals staff member Andre McGee.

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WKU Advances to Quarterfinals of Conference USA Tournament

The Conference USA men's basketball tournament is underway and Western Kentucky has advanced to the quarterfinal round with an 84-75 win over North Texas.

The Hilltoppers will face top-seeded UAB today at 1:00 p.m ET.

Men's Basketball Championship Schedule

Game Matchup Time Coverage

Tuesday, March 8 - First Round

1 (12) Florida Atlantic 82, (13) UTSA 58 4:00 p.m.

Wednesday, March 9 - Second Round

2 (8) WKU 84, (9) North Texas 76 12:00 p.m.
3 (5) Old Dominion 72, (12) Florida Atlantic 46 2:30 p.m.
4 (7) Charlotte 79 vs (10) Rice 69 (ASN) 6:00 p.m.
5 (6) UTEP 85, (11) FIU 77 8:30 p.m.

Thursday, March 10 - Quarterfinals

6 (1) UAB vs (8) WKU (ASN) 12:00 p.m.
7 (4) Louisiana Tech vs (5) Old Dominion (ASN) 2:30 p.m.
8 (2) Middle Tennessee vs (7) Charlotte (ASN) 6:00 p.m.
9 (3) Marshall vs (6) UTEP (ASN) 8:30 p.m.

Friday, March 11 - Semifinals

10 Game 10 (CBS Sports Network) 3:00 p.m.
11 Game 11 (CBS Sports Network) 5:30 p.m.

Saturday, March 12 - Championship

12 Championship (FS1) 1:30 p.m.

Here's the updated bracket:

Wednesday, March 9, 2016

Louisville Mentioned in SI Report Linking Foreign Trips to Landing Recruits

The University of Louisville and nine other college basketball programs are mentioned in a Sports Illustrated report that links foreign exhibition tours and landing recruits.

The portion of the article that talks about Louisville focuses on sophomore big man Matz Stockman.

Other schools mentioned in the report include Minnesota (where Richard Pitino coaches), N.C. State, Oklahoma State, Troy, UAB and UNC-Greensboro. Private schools in the report are Loyola Marymount, Portland, Seton Hall and Valparaiso.

Here is an excerpt:

What did these 11 colleges have in common, aside from booking travel with an obscure Spanish company with a rudimentary website? Each school signed one or more recruits who had played at Canarias Basketball Academy, a private, amateur academy that was founded in 2007 by Rob Orellana, a former assistant coach at Cal State-Fullerton, Fairleigh Dickinson and St. Francis. Not only is Canarias Basketball Academy (CBA) registered at the same business address in Gran Canaria as Promosport & Tours, but also one of CBA’s assistant coaches and its operations director, Samuel Sosa Cruz, is listed on contracts as Promosport’s president. Promosport’s college clients added at least 19 former CBA players to their rosters over the last six seasons, and in multiple cases, colleges signed Promosport contracts or took Promosport trips within months of adding former CBA players.

The article goes on to say:

Pitino’s father, Rick, had a similar CBA-Promosport connection at Louisville. On Nov. 19, 2013, the Cardinals signed 7-foot Norwegian center Matz Stockman out of CBA in what multiple news outlets called a “surprise” addition to Louisville’s 2014 recruiting class. Five months later, on April 25, 2014, the school signed a $167,850 contract with Promosport for a minimum 30-person trip to Madrid, Zaragoza and Barcelona that was scheduled for August 2015—the first summer the Cardinals were eligible for a foreign tour after traveling to the Bahamas in ‘11.

SI obtained emails between Promosport and Louisville indicating that in 2014, the school paid two installments on the tour totaling $75,000. According to Louisville spokesman Kenny Klein, the school then canceled the Spain tour on Feb. 24, 2015, in favor of internally arranging an August 2015 trip to Puerto Rico for exhibitions against the island’s junior and senior national teams—the latter of which Rick Pitino had agreed to coach in that summer’s Pan American Games and Olympic qualifying.

As a result of canceling the Promosport trip, Louisville lost a $25,000 deposit and half of a $50,000 payment, thus forfeiting a total of $50,000 to Promosport. Klein said that the Cardinals worked with Promosport on a recommendation from another school, and that “there were no connections on signing Matz Stockman and our plans to use the company.”

Stockman appeared in 23 games as a sophomore reserve for Louisville this season. In December, Pitino called Stockman the most improved Cardinal and said, “We’re going to need him down the road in this program. He’s going to develop into an outstanding basketball player.”

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Referee Pat Adams Will Be Working the SEC Tournament This Week

I'm hearing from a little birdie that referee Pat Adams is on the list of officials who will be working the Southeastern Conference Tournament this week in Nashville.

As we found out earlier this week, Adams will literally try to eject anyone in the arena for good reason, bad reason or no reason at all.

UK's Tyler Ulis Named First Team All-America by Sporting News

Kentucky point guard Tyler Ulis has been named First Team All-America by Sporting News.

Jamal Murray continues to add to his accolades as well. Murray has been named to the Sporting News Freshman All-America Team.

Here are details from UK:

LEXINGTON, Ky. – First a Bob Cousy Point Guard of the Year finalist. Then the Southeastern Conference Player of the Year. And now an All-American.

Sophomore point guard Tyler Ulis added to his already incredible week Wednesday by making Sporting News’ All-America First Team. He joins Virginia’s Malcolm Brogdon, Oklahoma’s Buddy Hield, Utah’s Jakob Poeltl and Michigan State’s Denzel Valentine on the first team.

Also, freshman Jamal Murray was one of five players to make the Sporting News Freshman All-America Team. The five-man team consists of Murray, California’s Jaylen Brown, Marquette’s Henry Ellenson, Duke’s Brandon Ingram and LSU’s Ben Simmons.

Ulis was named to USA Today’s All-America First Team and Murray made the USA Today All-America Second Team earlier in the week, but the NCAA recognizes four All-America teams in order to be a consensus All-American, with Sporting News being the first to unveil its teams. The National Association of Basketball Coaches, the U.S. Basketball Writers Association and the Associated Press make up the other votes.

Ulis is the seventh Kentucky player in the John Calipari era to make one of the Sporting News All-America teams and the fourth one to make the first team. He’s the 54th Wildcat in school history to pick up at least one NCAA-recognized All-America honor.

It’s been quite a week for Ulis, who was already named SEC Player of the Year and SEC Defensive Player of the Year on Tuesday. Among the honors Ulis has already received this postseason:

· Sporting News All-America First Team
· SEC Player of the Year (Coaches)
· SEC Defensive Player of the Year (Coaches)
· All-SEC First Team (Coaches)
· SEC All-Defensive Team (Coaches)
· USA Today All-America First Team
· CBS Sports SEC Player of the Year
· USBWA District IV Player of the Year
· USBWA All-District IV Team
· Bob Cousy finalist
· John R. Wooden Award finalist
· USBWA Oscar Robertson finalist

Murray’s postseason honors are growing lengthy as well. The honors Kentucky’s leading scorer has already racked up:

· Sporting News Freshman All-America Team
· All-SEC First Team (Coaches)
· SEC All-Freshman Team (Coaches)
· USA Today All-America Second Team
· USBWA All-District IV Team
· USBWA Wayman Tisdale finalist

Complete  List of All-Americans

Tuesday, March 8, 2016

John Calipari Defends Bruiser Flint, Says Damion Lee Transfer Changed Drexel's Season

John Calipari defended the firing of good friend Bruiser Flint Monday night and pointed to the transfer of Damion Lee (to Louisville) as the reason why Flint lost his job.

Here is an excerpt:

"I'm hoping I get to talk to you, but the biggest issue is that you're talking about a good man who's great for that university, probably never told anyone no if they asked him to do something, loved Drexel, loves Philly, the same thing with the city of Philadelphia and our profession.

"But what happened was, the NCAA has a rule that a kid can leave a program like Drexel after being coached and molded for three years and go to another school without having to sit out. If (Damion) Lee is there, they're in the NCAA Tournament. We're not even talking in these terms, but that happened. It's not about the school (Louisville) that took him. It's about we let it happen.

"Understand, I've been in a dogfight to say this is ridiculous. We took a kid because I saw Duke did it. Even then, I was like it disgusts me that we're doing this. The kid was going to go somewhere, so why don't we take him?

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The Field is Set for the 2016 Whitaker Bank/KHSAA Boys Sweet Sixteen® Basketball Tournament

The field is set for next week's 2016 Whitaker Bank/KHSAA Boys Sweet Sixteen® Basketball Tournament.

Here's a look:

The Audio of Pat Adams Ejecting a Radio Guy is Almost Unbelievable

We now have audio of referee Pat Adams ejecting the Green Bay radio guy and quite frankly, Adams comes off as a Class A jerk.

The radio guy appears to be simply calling the game and suddenly Adams can be heard screaming, "who is this guy?"

After a break, the Green Bay guy has been replaced by another radio guy who is filling in.

Take a listen

Way to go Pat Adams. You're the man and it's all about you.

"Fresh Information" in Katina Powell's Story About Louisville

According to reports, ESPN has conducted new interviews with Katina Powell, the self-proclaimed stripper who wrote the book 'Breaking Cardinal Rules' about the Louisville men's basketball program.

WDRB says the new interviews will air Sunday at 10:00 p.m. on ESPN2 during "Outside the Lines."

ESPN reporter John Barr says people will want to watch because the story has "some fresh information."

Here are details from

ESPN reporter John Barr interviewed Katina Powell and her attorney Larry Wilder in downtown Louisville late Tuesday morning. The network rented the 10th floor ballroom at the Seelbach Hotel and used a four-person production crew for the session.

Barr said the interviews will air at 10 a.m. Sunday on ESPN2 during “Outside the Lines.” Barr said the story had “some fresh information,” but would not say what information would be included in the report.

“People will want to watch,” Barr said.

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Additionally, Powell met with the NCAA for more than two hours on Monday:

"Ms. Powell was contacted by the NCAA to meet to answer questions that have arisen during the course of the investigation," attorney Larry Wilder said. "It seems that the NCAA is looking to close some of the newly opened doors."

Powell first spoke with NCAA investigators in mid-November and has allowed them to review her personal journals and phone records, which served as the foundation for her tell-all book, "Breaking Cardinal Rules: Basketball and the Escort Queen."

"When the NCAA met with Ms. Powell, initially she gave them access to her journals in order to corroborate her prior statements," Wilder said.

Monday's meeting lasted 2½ hours, her attorney said.

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Tyler Ulis Named SEC Player and Defensive Player of the Year

Kentucky's Tyler Ulis has been named Southeastern Conference Player and Defensive Player of the Year.

Ulis and UK freshman Jamal Murray are also First Team All-SEC.

Murray is also on the league's All-Freshman Team.

First Team All-SEC

Retin Obasohan, Alabama - G, 6-2, 210, Sr., Antwerp, Belgium
Jamal Murray, Kentucky - G, 6-4, 207, Fr., Kitchener, Ontario
Tyler Ulis, Kentucky - G, 5-9, 160, So., Chicago, Ill.
Ben Simmons, LSU - F, 6-10, 240, Fr., Melbourne, Australia
Stefan Moody, Ole Miss - G, 5-10, 179, Sr., Kissimmee, Fla.
Michael Carrera, South Carolina - F, 6-5, 214, Sr., Anzoátegui, Venezuela
Jalen Jones, Texas A&M - G/F, 6-7, 220, Sr., Dallas, Texas
Damian Jones, Vanderbilt - C, 7-0, 245, Jr., Baton Rouge, La.

Second Team All-SEC

Moses Kingsley, Arkansas - F, 6-10, 230, Jr., Abuja, Nigeria
Dorian Finney-Smith, Florida - F, 6-8, 220, Sr., Portsmouth, Va.
J.J. Frazier, Georgia - 5-10, 155, G, Jr., Glennville, Ga.
Yante Maten, Georgia - 6-8, 240, F, So., Pontiac, Mich.
Kevin Punter Jr., Tennessee - G, 6-2, 190, Sr., Bronx, N.Y. A
lex Caruso, Texas A&M - G, 6-5, 186, Sr., College Station, Texas
Danuel House, Texas A&M - G, 6-7, 212, Sr., Fresno, Texas
Wade Baldwin IV, Vanderbilt - G, 6-3, 194, So., Belle Mead, N.J.

SEC All-Freshman Team

KeVaughn Allen, Florida - G, 6-2, 183, Fr., Little Rock, Ark.
Jamal Murray, Kentucky - G, 6-4, 207, Fr., Kitchener, Ontario
Antonio Blakeney, LSU - G, 6-4, 190, Fr., Sarasota, Fla.
Ben Simmons, LSU - F, 6-10, 240, Fr., Melbourne, Australia
Quinndary Weatherspoon, Mississippi State - G, 6-4, 202, Fr., Canton, Miss.
Kevin Puryear, Missouri - F, 6-7, 236, Fr., Blue Springs, Mo.
Tyler Davis, Texas A&M - C, 6-10, 265, Fr., Plano, Texas
DJ Hogg, Texas A&M - F, 6-8, 216, Fr., Plano, Texas

SEC All-Defensive Team

Retin Obasohan, Alabama - G, 6-2, 210, Sr., Antwerp, Belgium
Moses Kingsley, Arkansas - F, 6-10, 230, Jr., Abuja, Nigeria
Tyler Ulis, Kentucky - G, 5-9, 160, So., Chicago, Ill.
Sindarius Thornwell, South Carolina - G, 6-5, 215, Jr., Lancaster, S.C.
Alex Caruso, Texas A&M - G, 6-5, 186, Sr., College Station, Texas
Luke Kornet, Vanderbilt - F, 7-1, 240, Jr., Lantana, Texas

SEC Coach of the Year: Billy Kennedy, Texas A&M
SEC Player of the Year:  Tyler Ulis, Kentucky
SEC Scholar-Athlete of the Year:  Retin Obasohan, Alabama
SEC Freshman of the Year:  Ben Simmons, LSU
SEC Sixth-Man of the Year: Duane Notice, South Carolina
SEC Defensive Player of the Year:  Tyler Ulis, Kentucky

Charles Barkley Thinks Ben Simmons Should Stay in College for Another Season

Former NBA superstar Charles Barkley thinks LSU's Ben Simmons should stay in college for another season.

Barkley told TMZ he believes kids should stay in school for a minimum of two years.

He also added, "If you can't get to March Madness, there should be a rule you're not allowed in the NBA."

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Pat Adams and Doug Sirmons Ejected Green Bay's Radio Guy Last Night

This sounds like a joke post, but I'm being serious. Referee Pat Adams ejected Green Bay's play-by-play radio guy from last night's game against Valpo.

Adams and Doug Sirmons, who ejected John Calipari at South Carolina, were both part of the crew during last night's Horizon League Tournament game.

Louisville's Damion Lee Puts Out a Rap Song

Louisville's Damion Lee has apparently put out a rap song:

Monday, March 7, 2016

Field Set for 2016 SEC Tournament, Kentucky Earns 2-Seed

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

The Kentucky Wildcats finished in a tie on top of the regular season standings but earned the 2-seed due to a tiebreaker.

2016 SEC Tournament: Full schedule (all times ET)

Wednesday, March 9 | First Round

Game 1: No. 12 Tennessee vs. No. 13 Auburn — 8 p.m. (SEC Network)

Thursday, March 10 | Second Round

Game 2: No. 8 Florida vs. No. 9 Arkansas — 1 p.m. (SEC Network)
Game 3: No. 5 Vanderbilt vs. GAME 1 WINNER — 3 p.m. (SEC Network)
Game 4: No. 7 Ole Miss vs. No. 10 Alabama — 7 p.m. (SEC Network)
Game 5: No. 6 Georgia vs. No. 11 Mississippi State — 9 p.m. (SEC Network)

Friday, March 11 | Quarterfinals

Game 6: No. 1 Texas A&M vs. GAME 2 WINNER — 1 p.m. (SEC Network)
Game 7: No. 4 LSU vs. GAME 3 WINNER — 3 p.m. (SEC Network)
Game 8: No. 2 Kentucky vs. GAME 4 WINNER — 7 p.m. (SEC Network)
Game 9: No. 3 South Carolina vs. GAME 5 WINNER — 9 p.m. (SEC Network)

Saturday, March 12 | Semifinals

Game 10: GAME 6 WINNER vs. GAME 7 WINNER — 1 p.m. (ESPN)
Game 11: GAME 8 WINNER vs. GAME 9 WINNER — 3 p.m. (ESPN)

Sunday, March 13 | SEC Championship

Game 12: GAME 10 WINNER vs. GAME 11 WINNER — 1 p.m. (ESPN)

SEC Tournament Bracket:

Sean Woods Says Morehead State Will Have Opportunity in CBI or CIT Tournaments

Head coach Sean Woods said during his television show that Morehead State will have a postseason opportunity soon.

Woods said the Eagles have heard from both the CBI and CIT tournaments.

Check out the Sean Woods Show:

Michigan State's Denzel Valentine Guarantees a National Championship

Michigan State guard Denzel Valentine didn't hold back when asked if he would make a guarantee similar to the one Mateen Cleaves made in 2000.

Valentine guaranteed a national championship for the Spartans this season:

Valentine made the statement when asked if he would make a guarantee similar to the one Mateen Cleaves made while playing for the Spartans in 2000. That season, Michigan State defeated Florida 89–76 to win its first national championship since 1979.

“Maybe I can say that now,” Valentine said. “National championship guarantee, right now.

“We have the team to do it. The only thing that is gonna stop us is us.”


Miami Heat Mascot Stunt Doesn't Go As Planned

The Miami Heat mascot attempted to flip over ten other mascots during a game Saturday and, as you can see below, things didn't go as planned.


Katina Powell to Meet with the NCAA Again

Katina Powell, who sits at the center of Louisville's stripper scandal, will reportedly meet with the NCAA again.

According to ESPN:

"Ms. Powell was contacted by the NCAA to meet to answer questions that have arisen during the course of the investigation," attorney Larry Wilder said. "It seems that the NCAA is looking to close some of the newly opened doors."

Powell first spoke with NCAA investigators in mid-November and has allowed them to review her personal journals and phone records, which served as the foundation for her tell-all book, "Breaking Cardinal Rules: Basketball and the Escort Queen."

"When the NCAA met with Ms. Powell, initially she gave them access to her journals in order to corroborate her prior statements," Wilder said.

The book details almost two dozen stripping and sex parties from 2010 to 2014 inside Louisville's Billy Minardi Hall, the on-campus dorm for athletes and other students named for the late brother-in-law of Cardinals basketball coach Rick Pitino.

In October, five former Louisville basketball players and recruits told Outside the Lines that they attended parties at Minardi Hall that included strippers paid for by the team's former graduate assistant coach, Andre McGee. One former player said he had sex with a dancer after McGee paid her.

A dancer, who spoke on the condition of anonymity, said she was paid roughly $300 for a night of stripping and one sexual encounter with a recruit.

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USA Today Names Tyler Ulis and Jamal Murray All-Americans

USA Today has named Kentucky's Tyler Ulis and Jamal Murray All-Americans.

Ulis is on the First Team while Murray is on the Second Team.

LSU's Ben Simmons is on the Third Team.

First team

Buddy Hield, Sr., G, Oklahoma
Brice Johnson, Sr., F, North Carolina
Jakob Poeltl, So., F, Utah
Tyler Ulis, So., G, Kentucky
Denzel Valentine, Sr., G, Michigan State

Second team

Grayson Allen, So., G, Duke
Malcolm Brogdon, Sr., G, Virginia
Perry Ellis, Sr., F, Kansas
Yogi Ferrell, Sr., G, Indiana
Jamal Murray, Fr., G, Kentucky

Here is an excerpt about Ulis:

Tyler Ulis, So., G, Kentucky — The Wildcats would be nowhere near the SEC champion team they are without their superhero, Ulis. He's averaged 16.6 points and 7.4 assists per game — more than doubling his dishes from a season ago. Ulis has been the best player in the SEC and the catalyst for so many of Kentucky's wins this season. Very few players control a game like Ulis does.

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UT Martin Suspends Myles Taylor for Postgame Incident at OVC Tournament

UT Martin head coach Heath Schroyer has suspended all-time leading scorer Myles Taylor from any postseason opportunities the Skyhawks might have following an unfortunate incident at the Ohio Valley Conference Tournament.

After Saturday's loss to Austin Peay, Taylor seemed to throw a punch at a Peay staff member.

Here's another angle:

Indiana Cuts Down the Nets in the Big Ten

The Indiana Hoosiers are regular season champions of the Big Ten Conference.

Indiana knocked off Maryland 80-62 Sunday to accomplish the feat.

After the game, the Hoosiers cut down the nets:

Indiana earned the No. 1 seed in the Big Ten Tournament:

Georgetown College Wins 2016 Mid-South Conference Tournament

Georgetown College 79
University of the Cumberlands 69

Final from Frankfort, Kentucky

Game recap by MSC:

FRANKFORT, Ky. – Top-seeded Georgetown (Ky.) held off a late rally against third-seeded Cumberlands (Ky.) to come away with a 79-69 victory in the finals of the Mid-South Conference Championships, presented by Johnny Charino's.

Deondre McWhorter led all scorers in the game with 21 points for the Tigers (28-3), while he capped off his double-double with 18 rebounds in the game. Tony Kimbro chipped in with 20 points and Tony Steward had 14 points off the bench for the Georgetown. The Patriots (22-11) had four different players reach double figures as Temaje Singleton led Cumberlands with 17 points. D'Lando Carter led the Patriots bench with 14 points.

After the game went back-and-forth at the start of the game, Cumberlands led 10-9 with 14:08 left in half, but Georgetown countered with a 8-0 run to take a 17-10 lead with 12:23 left in the half.

The Tigers slowly extended their lead to 10 points as they went up 30-20 at the 6:25 mark in the half. The Patriots tried to cut into their deficit as they went on a 7-2 run to pull within five points, but Georgetown was able take a 41-34 lead into the half after Cumberlands hit a shot just before the buzzer.

The Patriots clawed their way back into the game as they tied the game, 48-48, with 14:46 left in the game. After Cumberlands looked to take their first lead of the second half, the Tigers stole the ball and grabbed the lead right back with 14:12 to play.

The basket from Georgetown to regain their lead, sparked an 8-0 run for the Tigers as they stretched their lead to 56-48, before the Patriots put an end to the run at the 11:34 mark in the half.

Cumberlands slowly worked their way back into game as they held Georgetown without for nearly six minutes and the Patriots made it a 59-58 game with 6:26 left in regulation. The Patriots tied the game once again with just over five minutes left on the clock.

Georgetown knocked down their first shoot in nearly nine minutes of action as they hit a basket with 3:59 to play in the half. Down the stretch, the Tigers extended their lead to 76-65 with 1:15 to play in the game. Cumberlands tried to make one more comeback attempt but Georgetown was able to come away with a 79-69 victory.

The Tigers captured their ninth Mid-South Conference Tournament Championship with the victory.

Georgetown secured the conference's automatic bid into the NAIA National Championships with the victory on Sunday. The bracket for the NAIA Division I Men's Basketball National Tournament is set to be released on Wednesday, March 9.

Tournament Recap: 

Thursday, March 3 (All times ET)

Gm. 1 Noon 9) St. Catharine (Ky.) def. 8) Cumberland (Tenn.) - 69-63

Friday, March 4

Gm. 2 2 p.m. 7) Lindsey Wilson (Ky.) def. 2) Pikeville (Ky.) - 72-71
Gm. 3 4 p.m. 3) Cumberlands (Ky.) def. 6) Life (Ga.) - 90-79 (2OT)
Gm. 4 6 p.m. 1) Georgetown (Ky.) def. 9) St. Catharine (Ky.) - 78-62
Gm. 5 8 p.m. 4) Campbellsville (Ky.) def. 5) Shawnee State (Ohio) - 74-70

Saturday, March 5

Gm. 6 6 p.m. 1) Georgetown (Ky.) def. 4) Campbellsville (Ky.) - 78-73
Gm. 7 8 p.m. 3) Cumberlands (Ky.) def. 7) Lindsey Wilson (Ky.) - 56-55

Sunday, March 6

Gm. 8 4 p.m. 1) Georgetown (Ky.) def. 3) Cumberlands (Ky.) - 79-69

Sunday, March 6, 2016

Bellarmine, Kentucky Wesleyan Earn Spots in 2016 NCAA Division II National Tournament

Bellarmine University and Kentucky Wesleyan College have both earned spots in the NCAA Division II National Tournament.

Bellarmine is the No. 2 seed in the Midwest Region. The Knights will face No. 7 Ferris State in the first round. The winner will face the winner of No. 3 Ashland and No. 6 UINDY.

Kentucky Wesleyan is the No. 8 seed and will face No. 1 Wisconsin-Parkside in the Midwest. The winner will advance to play either No. 4 Lewis or No. 5 Saginaw Valley.

Here's a look at the Midwest Region:

Brad Calipari Commits to Kentucky

John Calipari's son, Brad, says he will be playing for the Kentucky Wildcats next season.

Brad Calipari played for Lexington Christian Academy before transferring to MacDuffie School (Mass.) for his senior season. The 6-foot-2 point guard averaged 13.0 points and 3.0 assists this season.

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