Saturday, March 19, 2016

John Calipari Sad for Current Players, but Loves the Class He Has Next Year

After tonight's loss to Indiana, John Calipari said he's sick for his current players but has a great group coming in next year.

"Maybe the best ever," Calipari touted.



John Calipari's Daughter Fires Back at Louisville Fans on Twitter

After tonight's loss to Indiana, some Louisville fans poked a few jabs at Kentucky on Twitter.

John Calipari's daughter, Erin, took exception and fired a shot back. She has since deleted the Tweet, but here's a screenshot (HT: The Cat's Pause):


Final Season Stats for the Kentucky Wildcats

Here's a look at the final 2015-16 season stats for the Kentucky Wildcats:


Referees for Kentucky vs. Indiana

Here are the referees (and Kentucky's record in their games) for today's game vs. Indiana:

Patrick Driscoll (4-1)
D.J. Carstensen (0-0)
Jeff Anderson (3-0)

Standbys: James Breeding, Bruce Rasmussen.

HT: Jerry Tipton

Friday, March 18, 2016

Indiana Players Laughed at Michigan State Today

Indiana players thought it was pretty funny when Middle Tennessee stunned Michigan State earlier today.

I won't if they'll be laughing after tomorrow's game against Kentucky?

It's Official: Travis Ford No Longer the Coach at Oklahoma State

Oklahoma State has announced that Travis Ford is no longer the school's head coach.

Here is a release from OSU:

STILLWATER – Oklahoma State Director of Athletics Mike Holder and basketball coach Travis Ford have mutually agreed that the school and Ford will part ways.

Ford concludes his eight seasons at Oklahoma State with an overall record of 155-111, including a conference record of 63-75. The Cowboys ended the 2015-2016 season at 12-20 and 3-15 in Big 12 play, ending a string of three consecutive NCAA Tournament appearances.

Under Ford, OSU appeared in the NCAA Tournament five times.

"I like Travis Ford and his family," Holder said. "He worked very hard at his job. Unfortunately, we have to move on."

Tai Wynyard Didn't Even Know About March Madness or the NCAA Tournament

Kentucky big man Tai Wynyard, who came to the Bluegrass State from New Zealand, didn't even know about the NCAA Tournament or the phenomenon known as March Madness:

Down Goes Michigan State! Biggest Upset Ever?

Middle Tennessee has just pulled off a stunning 90-81 upset over Michigan State in the first round of the NCAA Tournament.

Seth Davis says it's the biggest upset in tournament history:



Some funny stuff here:

There Are Still 6 Perfect Brackets in the World

Believe it or not, there are still 6 perfect brackets remaining around the world:

Bart Williams is No Longer the Head Coach at Pikeville High School

Pikeville High School has decided to let head coach Bart Williams go after a 17-16 season. 



The Panthers were 17-13 last season and 11-18 in 2013-14. In 2012-13, Pikeville finished 22-11, including 59th district and 15th region All A Classic championships.

Billy Gillispie Leads Ranger College to NJCAA Final Four

Former Kentucky head coach Billy Gillispie is working on a national title run at the junior college level. 

Gillispie has his Ranger College team in the final four of the NJCAA National Tournament.

Ranger will play Hutch Community College in the semifinals at 9:00 p.m. ET tonight.

Gillispie's team officially has 5 losses this season, but has actually only lost one game. The other 4 were forfeited due to a paperwork problem early in the season. Ranger earned an at-large bid into the national tournament.

“It’s not about me,” Gillispie said on making the Final Four in his first season. “I’ve never been around a group so determined to win in my life. They are all stand-up guys and I’m so proud of them.”


UC Clermont Names Steve Ellis Head Coach

UC Clermont has named Steve Ellis as head coach. 

Here is a release from UCC:

UC Clermont College names Steve Ellis as Men’s Head Basketball Coach.

Ellis comes to UC Clermont with more than 25 years of coaching experience. He was most recently the head coach at Mariemont High School (2008-2016) where he led them to multiple winning seasons including Cincinnati Hills League Championship (2011) for the first time in 20 years.

Ellis becomes the Cougar’s fifth head basketball coach since the program began in 1990.

Ellis is looking forward to meeting the returning players as well as recruiting great talent to play at UCC. "This is a dream come true!” said Ellis. "I am thankful for the confidence shown from UCC and will work hard to bring back the winning tradition!"

Ellis’ coaching experience includes –varsity head coach at Mariemont High School for 7 years and varsity assistant at Anderson High School for 19 years. Also assisted in many collegiate basketball camps and clinics.

The UC Clermont Cougars participate in the United States Collegiate Athletic Association (USCAA). Ellis plans on instilling great effort and great defense so they can compete and qualify for the national tournament.

Ellis lives in Anderson Township with his wife Donna, step-son Cameron, and daughters Abby & Sami.

The UC Clermont Cougars participate in the United States Collegiate Athletic Association (USCAA). UC Clermont Athletics includes women's volleyball, men's & women's soccer, men’s and women’s basketball, baseball and softball. The Cougars have been successful - bringing home national championship titles in men’s and women’s basketball and baseball. In addition, the volleyball and softball programs have been ranked nationally and have been highly competitive in national tournament play.

John Calipari Talks About Win Over Stony Brook and Indiana

Check out what John Calipari had to say about last night's win over Stony Brook and Kentucky's next game vs. Indiana:

University of the Cumberlands Stuns No. 2 Talladega to Advance to Round of 8

University of the Cumberlands, the No. 6 seed in the Duer Bracket of the NAIA DI National Tournament, has just stunned No. 2 Talladega (Ala.) at the buzzer to advance to the national quarterfinals.


Cumberlands will play the winner of No. 1 Biola (Calif.) and No. 4 Mid-American Christian (Okla.) tomorrow at 1:00 p.m. ET.

In other action: 

- No. 7 William Jessup (Calif.) upset No. 2 University of Pikeville 82-60 on Thursday

No. 6 Campbellsville (Ky.) (23-10) def. No. 3 Texas Wesleyan (24-8), 91-88 on Thursday; The Tigers will play No. 7 Dillard (La.) today at 5:30 p.m. ET.

- No. 1 Georgetown College (29-3) will play No. 4 Arizona Christian (23-8) today at 1:30 p.m. ET.  

KHSAA Sweet Sixteen Moves Into Quarterfinal Round at Rupp Arena

There are eight teams still in the hunt for a Kentucky high school basketball state championship. 

Today looks to be an incredible day of basketball with four potentially outstanding matchups.

Wednesday's results:

Murray 62 Buckhorn 35
Newport Central Catholic 48 Trinity 33
Bowling Green 75 Elliott County 59
Paul Laurence Dunbar 58 Mercer County 55

My picks Wednesday: Murray, Trinity, Bowling Green and Dunbar

What went wrong? NCC is a little better than I thought and I didn't expect Trinity to go scoreless in the 2nd quarter and shoot 10-42 FG.

Thursday's results:

Doss 66 Lawrence County 57
South Laurel 53 Christian County 50
Taylor County 94 Mason County 65
South Oldham 58 Owensboro Catholic 34

My picks for Thursday: Doss, Christian County, Taylor County and South Oldham

Upset Alert: Christian County better watch out for South Laurel. They are tested and have a legitimate big man who can change the game.

What went wrong: I had Christian County on upset alert for a reason. South Laurel is a very solid, well-coached team. They had a winning game plan and executed it perfectly. Kudos to Coach Jeff Davis and crew.

Today's Schedule:

Noon Murray vs. Newport Central Catholic
1:30 p.m. Dunbar vs. Bowling Green
6:30 p.m. Doss vs. Taylor County
8:00 p.m. South Laurel vs. South Oldham

My picks today: Newport Central Catholic, Dunbar, Taylor County, South Laurel

You don't want to miss: Dunbar vs. Bowling Green; this one will be a war. Every game of the quarterfinal session could go either way. It's going to be a great day of basketball at Rupp.

Here's an updated Whitaker Bank/KHSAA Boys Sweet Sixteen Basketball Tournament bracket:


The Line is Set for Kentucky vs. Indiana

The opening line in Vegas suggests a really good game on tap for Saturday in Des Moines. 

According to VegasInsider.com, Kentucky opens as a 3-point favorite over the Hoosiers.

Personally, I think the Wildcats cover that spread but at this point, just survive and advance.




Arizona's Sean Miller Was REALLY Sweating Wichita State

Arizona head coach Sean Miller was really sweating Wichita State last night.

It turns out that he had a good reason to be concerned as the Shockers upset the Wildcats 65-55.

I know people who sweat a lot...but this is another level:

Baylor's Taurean Prince Gives Incredible Answer to Bad Press Conference Question

Baylor's Taurean Prince was asked a bad question after Yale upset the Bears 79-75 yesterday.

Prince gave an incredible answer:

Kentucky Destroys Stony Brook to Set Up Showdown with Indiana

(4) Kentucky 85
(13) Stony Brook 57

Final from Des Moines, Iowa

Kentucky started cold offensively but warmed up and quickly took care of Stony Brook 88-57 in the first round of the NCAA Tournament.

Jamal Murray led a balanced Kentucky attack with 19 points and 7 rebounds. Isaiah Briscoe chipped in a double double with 13 points and 11 boards. Alex Poythress and Skal Labissiere added 12 points each.

Tyler Ulis finished with 10 points and 7 assists. It was a school record 28th straight game that Ulis had 4 or more assists.

The Wildcats (27-8) broke the NCAA Tournament record for most blocks in a game with 15. The previous record was 14, accomplished UK’s national championship 1998 team, vs. UCLA in the Sweet 16.

Stony Brook's season ends with a 26-7 record. 

Kentucky will now face rival Indiana in the round of 32 on Saturday at 5:15 p.m.

Box Score (click to enlarge):


Gametime Announced for Kentucky vs. Indiana

Kentucky and Indiana will tip off at 5:15 p.m. Saturday evening.

The Wildcats rolled past Stony Brook 85-57 last night to advance to the second round.

Meanwhile, Indiana thrashed Chattanooga 99-74.




Thursday, March 17, 2016

First Names I'm Hearing to Replace Ray Harper at WKU

Head coach Ray Harper has stepped down at Western Kentucky University.

Here are some names I'm hearing that WKU may pursue to replace him:

- Steve Forbes: ETSU head coach; former Tennessee and Wichita State assistant

- John Pelphrey: former UK player, Florida assistant and Arkansas head coach

- Dennis Felton: Tulsa assistant; former Georgia and WKU head coach

Statement from Former WKU Head Coach Ray Harper

Former Western Kentucky head coach Ray Harper has released the following statement:

“Earlier today, I informed Todd Stewart that I was resigning as WKU head men’s basketball coach. I feel this is in the best interests of the program; a program I care deeply about. It has been a true honor being a part of this historic program, as both a head coach and assistant coach. I want to thank my assistant coaches, our support staff and certainly our players for their efforts, dedication and sacrifices on behalf of me and our program. I also want to thank Gary Ransdell, Todd Stewart and our administrative staff for their support and dedication. WKU Athletics has an outstanding group of people, and there is no better place to work. Finally, I want to thank the Bowling Green community and the Hilltopper Nation for the tremendous support they provided my wife Shannon and I. We were proud to call WKU home, and I wish everyone all the best.”

Head Coach Ray Harper Resigns and Western Kentucky Suspends Three Players

Western Kentucky University has announced that three men's basketball players have been suspended and head coach Ray Harper has resigned.

The three players are Fredrick Edmond, Marlon Hunter and Chris McNeal.

No other details were provided, but one has to imagine the situation is ugly.

Here is a release from the school:

BOWLING GREEN, Ky. — WKU Director of Athletics Todd Stewart announced today that Fredrick Edmond, Marlon Hunter and Chris McNeal have been suspended from the men’s basketball program following the outcome of a hearing conducted by the University Disciplinary Committee Wednesday night.

“Federal law prevents us from public discussion of any details related to student disciplinary cases,” Stewart said.

No information concerning the disciplinary charges or outcome will be released by the University.

Stewart also announced that head coach Ray Harper has resigned from his position. He will remain in paid status through the end of his contract term, June 30, 2016.

“I would like to thank Ray Harper for his many contributions to our program over the past eight years,” Stewart said. “Today is obviously a very difficult day. President Gary Ransdell and I met with our team a short while ago. We will begin the process of identifying and hiring our next head coach immediately.”

22 Feet Academy's Justin Miller Commits to Louisiana Lafayette

Justin Miller, who helped lead Owensboro to a state championship in Kentucky before transferring to 22 Feet Academy, has committed to Louisiana Lafayette.


Miller first committed to Coppin State before decommitting and picking Kentucky Wesleyan College. He then broke off that commitment and chose to attend 22 Feet Academy for a season.

Announcers for Stony Brook vs. Kentucky

Kentucky fans will be treated to the soothing sounds of Jim Nantz and Bill Raftery tonight on CBS.

Here's the complete list of announcing teams for today's NCAA Tournament action:

Thursday Afternoon Window

Noon, CBS: No. 4 Duke vs. No. 13 UNC Wilmington (Ian Eagle, Chris Webber, Len Elmore, Evan Washburn)
12:30, truTV: No. 8 Texas Tech vs. No. 9 Butler (Kevin Harlan, Reggie Miller, Dan Bonner, Lewis Johnson)
1:00, TNT: No. 8 Colorado vs. No. 9 Connecticut (Jim Nantz, Bill Raftery, Grant Hill, Tracy Wolfson)
1:30, TBS: No. 4 Iowa State vs. No. 13 Iona (Catalon/Lappas/Erdahl)
Approx. 2:30, CBS: No. 5 Baylor vs. No. 12 Yale (Eagle/Webber/Elmore/Washburn)
Approx. 3:00, truTV: No. 1 Virginia vs. No. 16 Hampton (Harlan/Miller/Bonner/Johnson)
Approx. 3:50, TNT: No. 1 Kansas vs. No. 16 Austin Peay (Nantz/Raftery/Hill/Wolfson)
Approx. 4:20, TBS: No. 5 Purdue vs. No. 12 Little Rock (Catalon/Lappas/Erdahl)

Thursday Evening Window

6:45, TNT, No. 3 Miami vs. No. 14 Buffalo (Eagle/Webber/Elmore/Washburn)
7:00, CBS: No. 5 Indiana vs. No. 12 Chattanooga (Nantz/Raftery/Hill/Wolfson)
7:15, TBS: No. 1 North Carolina vs. No. 16 FGCU(Harlan/Miller/Bonner/Johnson)
7:15, truTV: No. 3 Utah vs. No. 14 Fresno State (Catalon/Lappas/Erdahl)
Approx. 9:15, TNT: No. 6 Arizona vs. No. 11 Wichita State (Eagle/Webber/Elmore/Washburn)
Approx. 9:30, CBS: No. 4 Kentucky vs. No. 13 Stony Brook (Nantz/Raftery/Hill/Wolfson)
Approx. 9:45, TBS: No. 8 USC vs. No. 9 Providence (Harlan/Miller/Bonner/Johnson)
Approx. 9:55, truTV: No. 6 Seton Hall vs. No. 11 Gonzaga (Catalon/Lappas/Erdahl)

Check out the schedule for tomorrow

12 Teams Still in the Hunt for KHSAA Sweet Sixteen Championship

As of right now, there are 12 teams in the hunt for the Kentucky high school state championship.

Murray, Newport Central Catholic, Paul Laurence Dunbar and Bowling Green all advanced to the quarterfinals with wins yesterday.

Here are yesterday's results:

Murray 62 Buckhorn 35
Newport Central Catholic 48 Trinity 33
Bowling Green 75 Elliott County 59
Paul Laurence Dunbar 58 Mercer County 55

My picks yesterday: Murray, Trinity, Bowling Green and Dunbar

What went wrong? NCC is a little better than I thought and I didn't expect Trinity to go scoreless in the 2nd quarter and shoot 10-42 FG.

Today's schedule:

Noon Lawrence County vs. Doss
1:30 p.m. South Laurel vs. Christian County
6:30 p.m. Mason County vs. Taylor County
8:00 p.m. South Oldham vs. Owensboro Catholic

My picks for today: Doss, Christian County, Taylor County and South Oldham

Upset Alert: Christian County better watch out for South Laurel. They are tested and have a legitimate big man who can change the game.

Here's an updated Whitaker Bank/KHSAA Boys Sweet Sixteen Basketball Tournament bracket:

Alice Lloyd Falls to Grace in NCCAA Tournament

Grace College 85
Alice Lloyd 66

Final from Winona Lake, Indiana

Game recap by ALC:

WINONA LAKE, Ind. -The Grace College Lancers men’s basketball kicked off the 2016 NCCAA National Championship quarterfinals with a 85-66 win over the Alice Lloyd Eagles on Wednesday night.

Grace started with great confidence in front of an energetic home crowd at the Manahan Orthopaedic Capital Center. Brandon Vanderhegghen led GC early in the half with 3-pointers on back-to-back plays, and the Lancers stayed ahead for most of the period. Alice Lloyd trailed by just 3 (19-16) with 9:04 remaining in the half before the hosts closed on a 25-11 burst and went into half with a commanding 44-27 cushion.

At halftime, Vanderhegghen led all players with 15 points on a trio of 3’s. Grace shot 46 percent from the floor and forced Alice Lloyd into 33 percent shooting.

Before two minutes had expired in the second half, the Lancers had increased their lead to 21 after consecutive fast break baskets by Caleb Featherston and Logan Irwin.

Despite 10 second half points from Eagle Mason Pack, the deficit stayed around 20 for the remainder of the night.

For the victors, Vanderhegghen led all players with 25 points. Irwin chipped in with 12 points, 6 assists, and 2 steals.Erik Bowen produced 14 points in 18 minutes of action while Tre Olive finished with 10 points and two steals.

Complete Recap

Wednesday, March 16, 2016

Ben Simmons to Sign with Agent, Enter NBA Draft

As expected, we've seen the last of Ben Simmons in college basketball.

Simmons plans to sign with LeBron James' agent and enter the 2016 NBA Draft following a disappointing season at LSU.

The tigers finished 18-13 and declined an NIT bid. Simmons averaged 19.2 points, 11.8 rebounds and 4,8 assists.

Here are details from Cleveland.com:

Ben Simmons, the consensus No. 1 pick of the 2016 NBA Draft, will hire Rich Paul of Cleveland-based Klutch Sports for representation.

Simmons, 19, will leave LSU following his freshman campaign of averaging 19.2 points, 11.8 rebounds and 4,8 assists. The 6-10 forward/guard is viewed as a franchise difference-making player whose game best resembles LeBron James, Paul's biggest client.

LSU went a subpar 18-13 for the season and declined to play in the NIT. The way their season turned out has raised some doubts to if Simmons should be seen as the overwhelming top selection, but most league executives believe he's the No. 1 prospect.

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University of the Cumberlands Advances in NAIA DI Tournament

University of the Cumberlands 80
Langston (Okla.) 78 F/OT

Final from Kansas City, Missouri

University of the Cumberlands (23-11) knocked off Langston (Okla.) 80-78 in overtime in the first round of the NAIA Division I National Tournament this morning.

Temjae Singleton led Cumberlands with 20 points and 7 rebounds. Xavier Owens added 19 points and 6 boards. Tre Boutilier finished with 15 and 11.

Langston (25-7) got 17 points each from Terrell Jones and Curtis Jones.

Cumberlands advances to the second round where they will face No. 2 Talladega (Ala.) on Friday morning at 10:00 a.m. ET.

Talladega defeated Westmont (Calif.) 63-61 in the opening round.

Union College's Season Ends in First Round of NAIA Tournament

Union College's season came to an end last week in the first round of the NAIA Division II national tournament. 

The Bulldogs ended the season with a 28-7 overall record.

Here's a game recap from UC:

POINT LOOKOUT, Mo. - The Union College men's basketball team's quest for a national championship came to a halt on Wednesday as Cal Maritime (Calif.) pulled off an 81-70 upset.

The Bulldogs end the season 28-7 overall, marking the third year in a row with at least 28 wins.

Early on, second-seeded Union used a 14-4 run to open up a 25-13 lead with 10:22 to go in the half. After No. 7 seed Cal Maritime cut the margin down to seven, but Lonnie Smith (SR/Birmingham, Ala.) hit a 3-pointer and Levon Harper (JR/Danville, Va.) added a basket to make it 32-20 with 6:49.

The Keelhaulers (23-9 overall) turned up the offensive heat, embarking on a 17-5 rally to pull even with the Bulldogs. Zach Davis hit a jumper to make it 37-37 with 59 seconds left in the half. Union, though, took a 39-37 lead into the half thanks to Gerrard Newby (JR/Lexington, Ky. ) scoring a putback with one second on clock.

As the second half got underway, Union opened up a five-point edge. Sean Brown (JR/Louisville, Ky. ) grabbed an offensive rebound and put it back in the basket to push the Bulldogs' lead to 46-41 with 16:13 to play. After Cal Maritime tied game at 48-all, Brown scored again to give Union a 50-48 lead.

Complete Recap

No. 2 Indiana Wesleyan won the Division II national championship Tuesday night with a 69-66 win over No. 1 Saint Francis (Ind.). 

Alice Lloyd College Earns No. 5 Seed in NCCAA National Tournament

Alice Lloyd College will begin play in the NCCAA national tournament tonight as the No. 5 seed.

The Eagles will face No. 4 Grace at 7:30 p.m. tonight. The winner will play the winner of No. 1 Emmanuel and No. 8 Central Christian.

Here's a release from ALC:

WINONA LAKE, Ind. – The Alice Lloyd Eagles men’s basketball team will compete in the 2016 NCCAA National Basketball Championships next week, held on the campus of Grace College in Winona Lake, Indiana beginning Wednesday, March 16.

The Eagles (18-13) are the No. 5 seed in the eight-team tournament and will play the Lancers of Grace College (19-13), on Wednesday at 7:30 p.m. in the opening round. The NCCAA Parade of Champions will take place before the ALC/Grace game at 7 p.m. at the Manahan Ortopaedic Capital Center.

The national semifinals will be held on Thursday night with the men’s championship to tip off on Saturday at 5 p.m. The women’s NCCAA tournament will be held simultaneously at Grace, resulting in 24 games during tournament week in Winona Lake.

The complete men’s field is No. 1 Emmanuel (Ga.), No. 2 Southwestern Christian (Okla.), No. 3 Ohio Christian, No. 4 Grace, No. 5 Alice Lloyd (Ky.), No. 6 Trinity International (Ill.), No. 7 Bluefield (Va.) and No. 8 Central Christian (Kan.).

The complete women’s field is No. 1 Colorado Christian, No. 2 Roberts Wesleyan (N.Y.), No. 3 Emmanuel, No. 4 Oklahoma Baptist, No. 5 Point (Ga.), No. 6 Northwestern (Minn.), No. 7 Bethesda (Calif.) and No. 8 Bluefield.

To find out more about the tournament, including brackets, ticket information, schedules, banquet information and more, visit www.gclancers.com/nccaa

Complete Bracket:


Tom Crean Isn't Happy with Indiana's Seed, Not Worried About Kentucky Right Now

Indiana head coach Tom Crean met with the media this week to discuss the NCAA Tournament.

As Big Ten regular season champions, Crean is not happy that his team was given a 5 seed in the Big Dance.

He also stated that he's only focused on Chattanooga right now and isn't worried about Kentucky:




Bill Simmons Hammers Rick Pitino on Twitter

Bill Simmons took some shots at Louisville head coach Rick Pitino on social media Tuesday.

Simmons posted the following comments following Pitino's appearance on the Mike & Mike Show:





Vaught: Rick Pitino Should Learn to Stop Talking

Larry Vaught says on Lex18.com that Louisville head coach Rick Pitino should learn to stop talking so much.

Pitino continues to make media appearances and bring even more attention to his program, which is currently marred in a sex scandal involving recruits and prostitutes.

Here's an excerpt of Vaught's thoughts:

Certainly Rick Pitino knows a lot more about coaching college basketball than most of us. However, I do wonder if most of us don't know more about how to keep negative attention away than what Pitino does.

The Louisville coach went on ESPN Radio Tuesday on the Mike (Greenberg) and Mike (Golic) Show to talk about the sex scandal at Louisville one day after ESPN aired a special report indicating that three recruits had admitted being at the "alleged" sex parties at Louisville.

I'm not sure why Pitino wants to keep turning the national spotlight on Louisville's problems. But he also could not resist poking Kentucky coach John Calipari and Kentucky fans.

Calipari was not happy that UK was a No. 4 seed in the NCAA Tournament and opens play Thursday night against Stony Brook. Calipari, and most UK fans, felt the Cats should have been at least a No. 3 seed and that belief only intensified when UK climbed to No. 10 in the Associated Press ranking.

The show hosts asked Pitino what he thought about Calipari's complaining over the seeding. Here's what he said:

"He tries to make the world being against him. He does the same thing that John Thompson did at Georgetown -- the world's against us. Wherever he's going, he'll probably stay 30 miles outside of town because the hotel's not good enough. Nothing's ever good enough, the world's against us," Pitino said.

"He gets to his players and says we should be seeded much higher; matter of fact, how dare they put Kansas the No. 1 seed, it should be Kentucky. And he'll have all those guys fired up. He did that great at UMass. It's sort of difficult for him to buy into that at Kentucky, but he's still trying to do it.”

Complete Article

I agree with Larry. Rick...stop talking!

ESPN's John Barr Responds to Rick Pitino's Comments on Mike & Mike

ESPN investigative reporter John Barr responds to Rick Pitino's comments on the Mike & Mike Show:

Rick Pitino Talks Sex Scandal and NCAA Tournament on Mike & Mike

Louisville head coach Rick Pitino appeared on the Mike & Mike show on ESPN yesterday morning.

Pitino discussed the ongoing investigation into an alleged sex scandal at Louisville, the NCAA Tournament and more:


Three Former Louisville Recruits Told NCAA Investigators About Sex at Stripper Parties

According to ESPN investigative reporter John Barr, three former University of Louisville men's basketball recruits told the NCAA that sex occurred at stripper parties during recruiting visits.

Here's an excerpt of the report from ESPN.com:

At least three former University of Louisville men's basketball recruits have confirmed to NCAA investigators that they attended parties inside an on-campus dorm where strippers danced for them and prostitutes were paid to have sex with them, a source close to the NCAA investigation told Outside the Lines.

The source said the three former Louisville recruits met with NCAA investigators in October and November. Chuck Smrt, the person hired by the University of Louisville to monitor the progress of the NCAA's investigation, also attended those meetings.

"There's no question this stuff happened," the source said. "There's no question the people at the University of Louisville know this happened. Katina Powell is not an admirable person, but she told the truth."

The recruits also alleged that Andre McGee distributed substantial amounts of money at the parties:

Another recruit, who ultimately signed to play elsewhere, said of the parties: "I knew they weren't college girls. It was crazy. It was like I was in a strip club."

It's not clear whether any of those five players have spoken to NCAA investigators.

The three recruits who met with NCAA investigators also provided information about the amount of money they were given by McGee at the parties to tip the dancers who stripped, the source close to the investigation said.

"It's a pathetic story," the source said. "McGee gave the players a stack of dollar bills ranging from $200 to $500. Everybody in the room got the money -- the recruits and the current members of the team. Not only that, but McGee himself had his own stack of dollar bills. If this guy's spending $2,000 to $3,000 on a recruiting weekend, where's this money coming from?"

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Centre's Blake Scinta Earns D3hoops.com All-South Region Honors

Centre College's Black Scinta has earned Second Team All-South Region honors from D3hoops.com.

Here's a release from CC:

DANVILLE, Ky. (CentreColonels.com) – D3hoops.com. the number one source for NCAA Division III basketball information, released its 2015-16 All-Region Teams on Monday, with Centre senior forward Blake Scinta (Louisville, Ky.) being named to the All-South Region Second Team.

Lynchburg's Alex Graves was named the South Region Player of the Year in the region, while Roanoke's Page Moir picked up Coach of the Year recognition and Brock Anders of Sul Ross State earned Rookie of the Year accolades. Scinta and Birmingham Southern's Alex Avery were the lone representatives of the SAA on the All-South Region teams.

A four-time All-Southern Athletic Association honoree, Scinta caps an excellent career for the Colonels by collecting All-Region accolades for the firs time in his career. He was a First Team All-SAA selection this season and as a junior in 2014-15 after being named Second Team All-SAA as a sophomore in 2013-14 and SAA Newcomer of the Year in 2012-13. The 6-8 forward was a two-time D3hoops.com Team of the Week award winner as a senior and was named the SAA Player of the Week on three occasions in 2015-16.

The Louisville, Ky. native closes his career seventh on the Centre all-time scoring list with 1,481 career points and ninth among the school's career rebounding leaders with 692 career boards.

He paced the SAA in scoring at 18.1 points per game while ranking third in the conference in rebounding at 8.9 boards per contest. Scinta also led the conference in free throw percentage, shooting 83.7 percent from the charity stripe, and he sat second in the league in field goal percentage at 54.8 percent from the field.

Scinta notched 10 double-doubles on the season, highlighted by a career-high 36-point, 13-rebound performance in a win at Millsaps on Jan. 24. He tallied 19 points and a career-high 15 boards in the Colonels' 75-59 victory over Oglethorpe to close the regular season.

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Morehead State Upsets Siena to Advance in CBI Tournament

Morehead State 84
Siena 80

Final from Albany, New York

Game recap by MSU:

ALBANY, N.Y. - Senior Lyonell Gaines had a career-high 20 points and 11 rebounds, while junior Xavier Moon chipped in 17 points, as Morehead State won at Siena, 84-80, in the opening round of the College Basketball Invitational.

With the win, the Eagles move to 20-12 on the season, marking their seventh 20-win season in program history. Five of those 20-win campaigns have come in the last eight years and head coach Sean Woods has led MSU to 20-plus wins twice in four years.

The win marks Morehead State's first postseason victory since 2011 when they beat Louisville in the NCAA Tournament.

Siena finishes the season at 21-13.

"That team (Siena) is a mirror image of us and whoever won the hustle stats like rebounding was going to win the game," said Woods. "We outrebounded them, we turned them over 19 times, and we took care of our business down the stretch. This was a total team effort, everyone that played came in and contributed.

The Eagles went to the locker room at half with a 44-43 lead after jumping out to a 12-2 lead to start the game. Eleven different Eagles scored in the first stanza.

In the second half, MSU built a 65-57 lead with 11:23 to go, but Siena responded with six straight points to get it back to 65-63. Morehead State then built the lead right back to six, but the Saints immediately responded again with five straight points and the Eagles led 69-68 with 7:25 to go.

After a jumper by Siena's Ryan Oliver trimmed the Eagles lead to 73-70, Gaines delivered back-to-back buckets to give Morehead State a 77-70 lead they held until Nico Clareth hit his third three-pointer of the game with 1:11 to go.

In the closing minute, Morehead State hit 7-of-8 free throw attempts to seal the 84-80 victory.

The Eagles finished the game shooting 20-of-24 from the charity stripe.

"Everybody stepped up. We've been shooting a lot of free throws in practice so we've been paying a lot of attention to it and it's paying off," said Woods.

With 20 points and 11 rebounds, Gaines finished with his second career double-double, and his second in his last three games. He finished 10-of-16 from the floor and also had four steals.

The senior from Louisville, Ky. has now scored in double digits in six straight games.

"He's (Gaines) been unbelievable. I told him, every time you play well, we win," said Woods.

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NAIA Division I Tournament Tips Off This Morning, Georgetown is No. 1 Overall Seed

The 2016 NAIA Division I National Tournament tips off this morning in Kansas City, Missouri. 

Georgetown College (28-3), the tournament's No. 1 overall seed, will face Wayland Baptist (Tex.) (21-11) at 6:15 p.m. ET this evening.

University of Pikeville (25-5) is the No. 2 seed in the Cramer bracket. The Bears will face William Jessup (Cal.) (18-11) at 5:30 p.m. ET Thursday.

Georgetown and Pikeville could potentially meet in the national semifinals if both teams win three games.

University of the Cumberlands (22-11) is the No. 6 seed in the Duer Bracket. The Patriots will battle No. 3 Langston (Okla.) (25-6) this morning at 10:00 a.m. ET.

No. 6 Campbellsville University (22-10) will take on No. 3 Texas Wesleyan (24-7) Thursday morning at 10:00 a.m. ET in the Liston Bracket.

All four Kentucky teams are in separate pods of the bracket.

Here's the Bracket

Complete Tournament Schedule

* All times CDT

First Round - Day One

March 16 | Municipal Auditorium | Kansas City, Mo.

Game 1 (9:00 a.m. CT) No. 3 Langston (Okla.) (25-6) vs. No. 6 Cumberlands (Ky.) (22-11)
Game 2 (10:45 a.m. CT) No. 2 Talladega (Ala.) (24-6) vs. No. 7 Westmont (Calif.) (21-10)
Game 3 (1:15 p.m. CT) No. 1 Biola (Calif.) (29-3) vs. No. 8 Faulkner (Ala.) (20-13)
Game 4 (3:00 p.m. CT) No. 4 Mid-America Christian (Okla.) (23-9) vs. No. 5 Park (Mo.) (20-9)
Game 5 (5:15 p.m. CT) No. 1 Georgetown (Ky.) (28-3) vs. No. 8 Wayland Baptist (Texas) (21-11)
Game 6 (7:00 p.m. CT) No. 3 William Penn (Iowa) (27-6) vs. No. 6 Montana Western (19-12)
Game 7 (8:45 p.m. CT) No. 2 Columbia (Mo.) (25-7) vs. No. 7 LSU Shreveport (La.) (18-13)
Game 8 (10:30 p.m. CT) No. 4 Arizona Christian (22-8) vs. No. 5 William Carey (Miss.) (20-11)

First Round - Day Two

March 17 | Municipal Auditorium | Kansas City, Mo.

Game 1 (9:00 a.m. CT) No. 3 Texas Wesleyan (24-7) vs. No. 6 Campbellsville (Ky.) (22-10)
Game 2 (10:45 a.m. CT) No. 1 LSU Alexandria (La.) (28-3) vs. No. 8 SAGU (Texas) (20-12)
Game 3 (12:30 p.m. CT) No. 2 Hope International (Calif.) (26-6) vs. No. 7 Dillard (La.) (21-10)
Game 4 (2:15 p.m. CT) No. 4 Peru State (Neb.) (22-10) vs. No. 5 Carroll (Mont.) (21-9)
Game 5 (4:30 p.m. CT) No. 2 Pikeville (Ky.) (25-5) vs. No. 7 William Jessup (Calif.) (18-10)
Game 6 (6:15 p.m. CT) No. 3 MidAmerica Nazarene (Kan.) (25-8) vs. No. 6 Oklahoma City (15-10)
Game 7 (8:00 p.m. CT) No. 1 Lewis-Clark State (Idaho) (28-4) vs. No. 8 Xavier (La.) (21-12)
Game 8 (9:45 p.m. CT) No. 4 Freed-Hardeman (Tenn.) (25-7) vs. No. 5 Our Lady of the Lake (Texas) (20-8)

Second Round

March 18 | Municipal Auditorium | Kansas City, Mo.

Game 1 (9:00 a.m. CT) TBD vs. TBD
Game 2 (10:45 p.m. CT) TBD vs. TBD
Game 3 (12:30 p.m. CT) TBD vs. TBD
Game 4 (2:15 p.m. CT) TBD vs. TBD
Game 5 (4:30 p.m. CT) TBD vs. TBD
Game 6 (6:15 p.m. CT) TBD vs. TBD
Game 7 (8:00 p.m. CT) TBD vs. TBD
Game 8 (9:45 p.m. CT) TBD vs. TBD

Quarterfinals and NABC-NAIA Shoot & Slam, presented by US Bank

March 19 | Municipal Auditorium | Kansas City, Mo.

Game 1 (12:00 p.m. CT) TBD vs. TBD
Game 2 (2:00 p.m. CT) TBD vs. TBD
Slam Dunk & 3-Point Contest (4:00 p.m. CT)
Game 3 (5:30 p.m. CT) TBD vs. TBD
Game 4 (7:30 p.m. CT) TBD vs. TBD

Semifinals

March 21 | Municipal Auditorium | Kansas City, Mo.

Game 1 (6:00 p.m. CT) TBD vs. TBD
Game 2 (8:00 p.m. CT) TBD vs. TBD

National Championship

March 22 | Municipal Auditorium | Kansas City, Mo.

Championship Game (TBD CT) TBD vs. TBD, 7:02 p.m. CDT

Tuesday, March 15, 2016

John Calipari Doesn't Rank Very High on the Coaches as Players List

ESPN has ranked all the coaches in the NCAA Tournament as basketball players.

The list is topped by Connecticut head coach Kevin Ollie, who started four seasons for the Huskies in college and had a long NBA career.

Kentucky head coach John Calipari ranks pretty low on the list.

Here's an excerpt:

44. John Calipari, Kentucky Wildcats -- Calipari started his career at UNC Wilmington, scoring 29 points during the 1979-80 season before transferring to Division II Clarion, closer to his native Western Pennsylvania. Calipari was a starter at point guard for the Golden Eagles, averaging 5.3 points and 5.3 assists during his senior season.

Some other names you will recognize:

35. Tubby Smith, Texas Tech Red Raiders -- Smith starred at Great Mills High in Southern Maryland, and nearly played at Maryland but had a scholarship offer revoked at the 11th hour by new coach Lefty Driesell. He instead attended then-NAIA High Point, where he scored 1,589 points over four seasons -- numbers that continue to rank in the Panthers' top 10.

59. Steve Prohm, Iowa State Cyclones -- Prohm was a three-year letterman at Northwest Whitfield High in Tunnel Hill, Georgia -- his claim to fame was hitting a half-court shot to win a game as a senior -- and played briefly at the Division III level at Oglethorpe University in Atlanta. Prohm subsequently transferred to Alabama, where he became a manager and student assistant.

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Photo: UNC Wilmington Athletics

Berea College Players Earn All-America Honors from USCAA

Four Berea College players earned All-America  and National All-Academic honors from the USCAA.

Here's a release from BC:

UNION, PA- Four Mountaineers were honored at the USCAA Basketball National Championships banquet.

For men's basketball, the USCAA honored 10 First-Team, 10 Second-Team, and 13 Honorable Mention All- Americans based on their phenomenal performance on the court throughout the season. Richard Parker was named First Team All American, finishing the season averaging 23.4 points per game.

Corey Wise and Anthony Myrks were named Honorable Mention All-Americans. Myrks and Tyler Huff were recognized as National All-Academic Team members. These student-athletes were chosen from a pool of players who had 3.5 cumulative GPA, a minimum of 24 credit hours completed and whose play impacted their teams.

Men's Division I

First Team All-Americans

Ryan Atkins WVU Tech
Brian Bridgeforth Washington Adventist
Angelo Griffis Rochester College
Richard Parker Berea
Jay Melendez Apprentice
Sam Annorh SUNY Canton
Jamie Washington Concordia-Alabama
Regan O'Rourke Florida National
Anthony Mosley Illinois Tech
Ronnie Abrams Oakwood

Second Team All-Americans

Quantavis Hall Florida National
Kendrick Atwood Concordia-Alabama
Paul Stone WVU Tech
Tyrus Fleetwood Washington Adventist
Zach Johnson Apprentice
McMichael Jamison Florida College
Nate Taylor Marygrove
Justin Nafso Rochester College
Sam Rarick Illinois Tech
Qaadir Ali Me.-Fort Kent

Honorable Mention All-Americans

Shaquille Duncan Concordia-Alabama
Corey Wise Berea
Kevin Johnson Florida National
Cameron Perry Apprentice
Densel Smith Silver Lake
Romario Fletcher SUNY Canton
Anthony Myrks Berea
Vonallen Pickett SUNY Canton
Eric Lindsey Washington Adventist
Michael Sarrat Dallas
Ollie Felps Oakwood
Eddie Moralobo Florida College
Brandon Daniel Oakwood

Owen County's Carson Williams Wins Kentucky Mr. Basketball Award

Owen County's Carson Williams has been named Kentucky Mr. Basketball.

Williams has signed with Northern Kentucky University for next season.

9 "Truths" About the Louisville Prostitution Scandal

Kent Sterling of Nuvo.net has posted his version of 9 truths about the Louisville stripper scandal.

Here is an excerpt of Sterling's list:

8. Rick Pitino caused this violation one way or another. If he knew and encouraged former Louisville assistant coach Andre McGee to book hookers for players and recruits, he broke rules in a morally indifferent fashion for which a respectable university (and NCAA) can never forgive. If he was ignorant to the parties, he is still guilty of losing control of his program. Regardless of what happens within a program, the head coach is responsible. Ignorance is not a valid excuse.

7. Recruits who attend Louisville from this point forward aren’t victims. Rick Pitino likes to talk about the Louisville players who are being punished by the self-imposed postseason ban. According to Pitino, they did nothing wrong, but are the victims. Okay, let’s accept Piton’s premise that the wrong people were victimized. From this point forward, armed with the knowledge that Louisville under Pitino has stepped into the murky waters of a hookers for recruits gambit, recruits know they are potentially going to be held responsible for Louisville employing an ends justify the means morality that may cost them a postseason or scholarship.

4. Rick Pitino being “puzzled” as to how this happened is as baffling as any other aspect of the story. Pitino was on Mike & Mike this morning and he claimed to be puzzled as to how this could have happened, and then claimed the system of punishing athletic programs is broken. Well, maybe I can clear things up. The hookers were in the dorm because a member of Pitino’s staff decided the risk was worth the reward (assuming he wasn’t explicitly told to hire hookers for parties). And the system of punishment is broken because of the endless and pervasive moral equivocation in college athletics has made rule enforcement by a self-governing body impossible. All clear now? Your confusion, Rick, is self-inflicted.

3. The NCAA must swing a heavy hammer. There is no chance the NCAA will decide the self-imposed postseason ban was enough penance for employing prostitutes to lure recruits to Louisville. SMU and Syracuse were allowed to penalize themselves with a postseason ban and suspension of their respective coaches. Academic fraud is crass and against the rules, but hookers in a dorm is seedy. The NCAA cannot equate academic fraud and prostitute parties. Louisville and Pitino are going to pay a far stiffer price.

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Sean Noble No Longer the Head Coach at Bath County High School

I'm told by a good source that Sean Noble is out as head coach at Bath County High School.

The Wildcats were 8-23 overall this season after a 3-13 start.

Other openings we've heard about:

- Woodford County
- Lee County
- Russell
- Harlan
- Grant County (unconfirmed)

The Kentucky Wildcats are Headed to Des Moines

The Kentucky Wildcats are officially headed to Des Moines.

The Cats just boarded a plane and will arrive in Iowa later this afternoon.


Murray Player Wore Fake Mullet to Help Prepare for Buckhorn

At least one Murray High School player wore a fake mullet in practice to help the team prepare for tomorrow's state tournament battle vs. Buckhorn.

Buckhorn, of course, is well known for their mullets, which head coach John Noble says are intentional.

Funny stuff:



Wednesday at Noon
Buckhorn (19-15) vs. Murray (29-5)

NJIT Coach Reveals the Secret of Slowing Down Jamal Murray

NJIT held Kentucky's Jamal Murray to just 8 points on 3-of-13 shooting way back in November.

It was the only time in 32 regular season and 3 postseason games that Murray didn't score in double figures.

NJIT head coach Jim Engle said he might add the accomplishment to his resume.

Here is an excerpt from NBA.com:

This season, all the way back on Nov. 14, NJIT pulled off another impressive feat. On that night, the Highlanders held Jamal Murray, Kentucky's freshman guard and a certain lottery pick in the June NBA Draft, to eight points. It was the only time through 31 regular-season games and three more in the Southeastern Conference tournament Murray didn't score in double figures.

Considering the hot streak Murray—who has scored 21 or more points in 12 of his last 13 games—has been on the last month and a half, holding him to less than 10 points turned out to be a big deal.

"No kidding," Engle said when he learned his team, and not Duke, UCLA, Ohio State, Louisville or 13 Southeastern Conference opponents on the Wildcats' schedule, was the only one that, so far at least, has contained the prolific Murray.

"I'm gonna put that on the resume right there, when he becomes an NBA All-Star."

So what is the secret to slowing Murray down?

On the only really forgettable night of Murray's sensational freshman season, he was 3 of 13 from the field and 1 of 10 from 3. What advice would Engle offer for Kentucky's NCAA tournament opponents seeking to shut down Murray?

"I wish I had a great answer for you," Engle said. "I think it was more just a function of, it was their second game of the year [and] they had played the night before. Obviously we were very focused on him. [But] I think it was probably more the fact it was his second game in less than 48 hours."

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Monday, March 14, 2016

Chip Michalove Catches 2,500-Pound Great White Shark, Names It Wildcat

Chip Michalove, the Hilton Head Island fisherman who I've mentioned on the site in the past, hauled in the catch of a lifetime last week.

Michalove and a client managed to land the biggest Great White Shark taken by standard tackle in the last 30 years off the Hilton Head coast.

The monster shark was a 2,500-pound behemoth. It took the pair of fisherman more than three hours to land the beast.

“We took a DNA clip from the left pectoral fin and then put an acoustic tag at the base of her dorsal fin,” Michalove told Allkyhoops.

The shark was released, unharmed and swam away in perfect condition. 


Captain Chip, who was born in Lexington and raised in Louisville, gave the shark a name that Kentucky fans will appreciate. 


A lifelong University of Kentucky basketball fan, Chip gave the shark an appropriate name: Wildcat. 


"I base my winter schedule around Kentucky games," Michalove explained. "Between following you on Twitter and listening to KSR daily, I feel I can get my UK fix."


Michalove even uses rods that show support for the Cats.


"I was recently sponsored by a rod company and they customize all my rods blue and white only," he said. "I have an Outcast fishing rod line and the best one is named 'Big Blue.'"


Chip doesn't shy away from friendly banter with rival fans. 


"The (Rick) Pitino scandal has been the best thing since 2012," Michalove said with a smile. 


He also shared a story about a boat load of Wisconsin fans he encountered last summer. 


"I had a group of Wisconsin fans on the boat last summer and it nearly turned into mutiny," he explained. "It started to get really awkward. I may have crossed the line when one of them said 'we should've beat you the year before, too.'"


Captain Chip routinely attends Kentucky games despite a hectic fishing schedule. 


"I come up for about two games a season...always the Louisville game," he noted. "I also go to the South Carolina vs. UK game in Columbia annually."


More on the tagging process from the Island Packet:


With help from Troy Bowman of Tennessee, a client who was on board, and John Brackett, another Hilton Head charter captain who abandoned his dinner at the Skull Creek Boathouse to come to Michalove’s aid, Michalove was able to land the shark.

Near her dorsal fin, he attached an acoustic tag, which was sent to him by a scientist from Massachusetts who will track and study her behavior.


He took a DNA sample from her pectoral fin.


And after he unhooked the shark, he made sure she was strong and healthy before letting her swim away.


Before all this, though, he put his hand on her nose, then lifted her so he could see inside her mouth and know what tools he would need to unhook her.


“It’s indescribable,” he said of his encounters with the great whites. “It’s the most exhilarating thing I’ve ever done. … This is better than the lion, the tiger, the gator. This is the pinnacle of all animals. I’m ready to give my whole bank account up to chase great whites.”


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Tennessee Tech to Play in Inaugural Vegas 16 Tournament

The inaugural Vegas 16 postseason tournament will only include eight teams, including Tennessee Tech from the Ohio Valley Conference.

Monday, March 28

Game 1: Tennessee Tech (19-11) vs. Old Dominion (22-13) – 3 p.m. ET
Game 2: Northern Illinois (21-12) vs. UCSB (18-13) – 5:30 p.m. ET
Game 3: Oakland (21-11) vs. Towson (20-12) – 9 p.m. ET
Game 4: Louisiana Tech (23-9) vs. ETSU (23-11) – 11:30 p.m. ET

Tuesday, March 29

Games 5/6: Semifinals –91/1:30 p.m. ET

Wednesday, March 30

Game 7: Championship – 10 p.m. ET

Former Duke Star Jay Williams: Kentucky got hosed

Former Duke star Jay Williams didn't hold back on his opinion of the NCAA Tournament Selection Committee.

After the bracket came out, Williams went to Twitter and frankly said, "Kentucky got hosed."


Stony Brook's Coach Says His Team Has One Advantage Over Kentucky

Stony Brook head coach Steve Pikiell knows his team will have their hands full with Kentucky in the NCAA Tournament, but he thinks the Seawolves have at least one advantage over the favored Wildcats.

Pikiell pointed to his team's managers.

"They get the water a lot quicker," Pikiell joked on WFAN 660 this morning.




Oklahoma State Expected to Fire Travis Ford

According to ESPN, Oklahoma State is expected to fire head coach Travis Ford after eight seasons.

Here is an excerpt:

Oklahoma State is expected to part ways with coach Travis Ford, a source close to the situation told ESPN.

Ford is expected to meet with athletic director Mike Holder on Monday, the source said.

Ford, 46, has been at Oklahoma State for eight seasons. The Cowboys went 12-20 overall and 3-15 in the Big 12 this season. Ford will finish with a 155-111 career mark at the school.

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NCAA Selection Committee Releases Official 1-68 Seed List

The NCAA Selection Committee has released their official 1-68 seed list for the NCAA Tournament.

Kentucky is No. 15 in the Committee's eyes, which ranks behind Duke, Texas A&M, California and Utah.

As you can see, the seed list is a complete debacle and the Committee made some inexplicable choices:

1. Kansas
2. North Carolina
3. Virginia
4. Oregon
5. Michigan State
6. Oklahoma
7. Villanova
8. Xavier
9. West Virginia
10. Miami
11. Utah
12. Texas A&M
13. Duke
14. California
15. Kentucky
16. Iowa State
17. Indiana
18. Purdue
19. Maryland
20. Baylor
21. Texas
22. Notre Dame
23. Arizona
24. Seton Hall
25. Wisconsin
26. Dayton
27. Iowa
28. Oregon State
29. Texas Tech
30. Colorado
31. USC
32. Saint Joseph's
33. Providence
34. Butler
35. Cincinnati
36. UConn
37. Pittsburgh
38. Temple
39. Syracuse
40. VCU
41. Vanderbilt
42. Michigan
43. Wichita State
44. Gonzaga
45. Tulsa
46. Northern Iowa
47. Chattanooga
48. Little Rock
49. Yale
50. South Dakota State
51. UNC-Wilmington
52. Hawaii
53. Stony Brook
54. Iona
55. Green Bay
56. Buffalo
57. Fresno State
58. Stephen F. Austin
59. Middle Tennessee
60. CSU Bakersfield
61. UNC-Asheville
62. Weber State
63. Austin Peay
64. Hampton
65. FGCU
66. Fairleigh Dickinson
67. Southern
68. Holy Cross

John Calipari Rants About Kentucky's Seed and the Selection Committee

Kentucky head coach John Calipari was clearly not happy with the NCAA Tournament Selection Committee last night.

Check out his comments after finding out that his Wildcats were given a 4-seed:


Here is what he had to say on ESPN (click to play):


USA Today's Dan Wolken Picks Kentucky to Win NCAA Tournament

USA Today's Dan Wolken has picked Kentucky to win the national championship.

Here's a look at his bracket:

Orlando Antigua Believes John Calipari Will Use Seeding to Motivate Ketnucky

Former Kentucky assistant Orlando Antigua, who is now the head coach at South Florida, spent some time breaking down the NCAA Tournament brackets last night.

Antigua believes John Calipari will use Kentucky's seeding as motivation, which could be bad news for the rest of the East Region:


2016 CIT Tournament Field Released

The 2016 Collegeinsiders.com Tournament bracket has been released.

Tennessee State and UT Martin from the Ohio Valley Conference will participate in the CIT.

First Round

March 14

Jackson State Tigers at Sam Houston State Bearkats, 7:30 p.m.
South Carolina State Bulldogs at Grand Canyon Antelopes in Coach John McLendon Classic, 10 p.m., CBS Sports Network

March 15

Mercer Bears at Coastal Carolina Chanticleers, 7 p.m.
ULM Warhawks at Furman Paladins, 7 p.m.
Ball State Cardinals at Tennessee State Tigers, 8 p.m.

March 16

UT Arlington Mavericks at Savannah State Tigers, 7 p.m.
Boston University Terriers at Fordham Rams, 7 p.m.
Norfolk State Spartans at Columbia Lions, 7 p.m.
New Hampshire Wildcats at Fairfield Stags, 7 p.m.
Army Black Knights at NJIT Highlanders, 7:30 p.m.
UT-Martin Skyhawks at Central Michigan Chippewas, 8 p.m.
UC Irvine Anteaters at North Dakota, 8 p.m.
Texas A&M-Corpus Christi Islanders at UL Lafayette Ragin' Cajuns, 8 p.m.

Second Round - March 18-20

Quarterfinals - March 22-24

Semifinals - March 27

Championship - March 29

Sunday, March 13, 2016

LSU Decides to Skip Postseason Opportunities

LSU has decided to skip all postseason opportunities outside of the NCAA Tournament.

With that, the underwhelming college career of Ben Simmons will likely come to a disappointing end:

2016 CBI Tournament Bracket Released

The 2016 CBI Tournament bracket has been released. 

The Morehead State Eagles will travel to Siena Tuesday night in the first round. The winner will play the winner of Duquesne and Omaha in the quarterfinals.

Here's a look at the bracket:


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