Friday, August 19, 2016

Trevor Setty, Deondre McWhorter Set to Team Up for Worcester Wolves

A pair of former Mid-South Conference stars will soon join forces for the Worcester Wolves of the British Basketball League (BBL).

Trevor Setty (University of Pikeville) and Deondre McWhorter (Georgetown College) have both inked with Worcester for the upcoming season.

Setty played last season for the Mandurah Magic in Australia's State League. He averaged a team-high 24.6 points and also pulled down 9.5 rebounds per game.

McWhorter averaged 18.4 points and 10 rebounds per game as a senior for the tigers. He ranked in the Top 10 in the nation in total rebounds (341), offensive rebounds per game (3.68) and rebounds per game (10.02). He was Top 15 in total scoring (626), total blocks (55) and blocks per game (1.62). He was Top 25 in field goal percentage (54.4), defensive rebounds per game (6.35) and points per game (18.14).

University of Pikeville Releases 2016-17 Men's Basketball Schedule

The University of Pikeville and head coach Kelly Wells have released their 2016-17 men's basketball schedule. 

Here's a release from UPIKE:

PIKEVILLE, Ky. -- In just a little over two months, the sounds of University of Pikeville basketball will fill the East Ky. Expo Center, according to the 2016-17 schedule released by head coach Kelly Wells on Friday.

While the unofficial start date is Oct. 21 with the annual Basketball Blast-Off at UPIKE Gym, the regular-season will begin four days later on Oct. 25 with Central Penn coming to the expo.

The next few weeks will see the Bears host and take part in multiple events, including their own UPIKE Tip-Off, Appalachian Wireless and Walters Auto Classics, followed by three games in the MSC/SSAC Challenge in Pulaski, Tenn.

Opponents at that challenge on Nov. 17-19 will be a good early-season test for UPIKE as Martin Methodist (Tenn.) went 18-13 last season, Faulkner (Ala.) was 21-14 and Bethel (Tenn.) went 18-12.

The UPIKE Tip-Off Classic on Oct. 28-29 will be tough as well with Bluefield (Va.) up first, a team the Bears beat 93-82 last season, followed by Bob Jones, a team that won its first six games last year.

Shawnee State (Ohio) is the first Mid-South Conference opponent on the slate with the "battle of the Bears" scheduled for Nov. 26 in Pikeville. Two days later, defending national-runner up Georgetown comes to town for a Saturday tilt.

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UPIKE Athletics Men's Basketball Schedule

Date Time Opponent Location Home / Away Conference Game
10/21/2016 7:30 p.m. ET Basketball Blast-Off Pikeville, Ky. H
10/25/2016 7:00 p.m. ET Central Penn Pikeville, Ky. H

UPIKE Tip-Off Classic
10/28/2016 8:00 p.m. ET Bluefield Pikeville, Ky. H
10/29/2016 4:00 p.m. ET Bob Jones Pikeville, Ky. H

Appalachian Wireless Classic
11/4/2016 8:00 p.m. ET Ohio State (Mansfield) Pikeville, Ky. H
11/5/2016 4:00 p.m. ET Ohio University (Lancaster) Pikeville, Ky. H

11/8/2016 7:00 p.m. ET Union Pikeville, Ky. H

Walters Auto Classic
11/11/2016 8:00 p.m. ET Carlow Pikeville, Ky. H
11/12/2016 6:00 p.m. ET Point Park Pikeville, Ky. H

MSC/SSAC Challenge
11/17/2016 7:00 p.m. ET Martin Methodist Pulaski, Tenn. A
11/18/2016 4:30 p.m. ET Bethel Pulaski, Tenn. N
11/19/2016 11:00 a.m. ET Faulkner Pulaski, Tenn. N

11/26/2016 4:00 p.m. ET Shawnee State Pikeville, Ky. H *
11/28/2016 8:00 p.m. ET Georgetown Pikeville, Ky. H *
12/1/2016 4:00 p.m. ET Life Marietta, Ga. A *
12/16/2016 7:00 p.m. ET Bob Jones Pikeville, Ky. H
12/28/2016 TBA Saint Mary (Kan.) Hialeah, Fla. N
12/29/2016 TBA North American Hialeah, Fla. N
12/30/2016 TBA Florida National Hialeah, Fla. N
1/5/2017 7:00 p.m. ET Simmons Pikeville, Ky. H
1/7/2017 4:00 p.m. ET Campbellsville Pikeville, Ky. H *
1/12/2017 9:00 p.m. ET Lindsey Wilson Columbia, Ky. A *
1/14/2017 5:00 p.m. ET Cumberland Lebanon, Tenn. A *
1/21/2017 4:00 p.m. ET Cumberlands Williamsburg, Ky. A *
1/26/2017 8:00 p.m. ET Georgetown Georgetown, Ky. A *
1/28/2017 4:00 p.m. ET Shawnee State Portsmouth, Ohio A *
2/1/2017 7:00 p.m. ET Maine at Fort Kent Pikeville, Ky. H
2/4/2017 4:00 p.m. ET Life Pikeville, Ky. H *
2/11/2017 4:00 p.m. ET Campbellsville Campbellsville, Ky. A *
2/16/2017 8:00 p.m. ET Cumberland Pikeville, Ky. H *
2/18/2017 4:00 p.m. ET Lindsey Wilson Pikeville, Ky. H *
2/25/2017 4:00 p.m. ET Cumberlands Pikeville, Ky. H *

MSC Championship
3/1-5/2017 TBA TBA Frankfort, Ky. N

NAIA National Championship
3/17-21/2017 TBA TBA Kansas City, Mo. N

Samardo Samuels Signs with Jiangsu Dragons in China's CBA League

Former Louisville power forward Samardo Samuels has signed with Jiangsu Nangang Dragons Nanjing in China's CBA league.

Here are details from Latin-Basket.com:

Jiangsu Nangang Dragons Nanjing (CBA) landed 27-year old Jamaican ex-international power forward Samardo Samuels (206-122kg-89, college: Louisville). He was about to sign at FC Barcelona in Spanish Liga Endesa.

Samuels has tried to make it to the NBA and played in the NBA Pro Summer League in 2013. His team won Spanish Liga Endesa Regular Season.

Among other achievements Samuels received Eurobasket.com All-Italian SerieA Center of the Year award in 2015.

He also represented Jamaica at the Centrobasket in San Juan (Puerto Rico) four years ago. Samuels' team won Bronze and his stats at that event were 6 games: Score-4 (17.0ppg), 7.3rpg, 1.0apg, FGP: 54.8%, FT: 79.1%.

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John Calipari Writes Another Book

UK head coach John Calipari has penned a new book titled "SUCCESS IS THE ONLY OPTION: The Art of Coaching Extreme Talent."

The book will be available in bookstores and online on November 15 with presale orders available now.

Here are details:

New York Times bestselling author John Calipari, the charismatic Naismith Hall of Fame coach who has returned Kentucky to college basketball prominence, reveals the secrets behind his unparalleled ability to transform a group of former high school superstars into a selfless, cohesive team in his new book “SUCCESS IS THE ONLY OPTION: The Art of Coaching Extreme Talent” (Harper), which will be available in bookstores across the country and online on November 15th with presale orders available now.

Calipari is highly regarded for his ability to recruit the country’s top high school talent without making outlandish promises. Instead, he believes, “Commit to each other, be about each other without sacrificing your own goals, and by doing this you can achieve all YOUR dreams and more.”

With that philosophy, Calipari led Kentucky to four Final Fours in a five-year period from 2011-2015. “One and done” players like John Wall, Anthony Davis and DeMarcus Cousins are all currently NBA All-Stars. And Calipari continues to mold these individual superstars into a cohesive whole, playing for each other with selfless commitment and fierce intensity.

Expanding on his 2014 New York Times bestselling book “Players First: Coaching from the Inside Out”, “SUCCESS IS THE ONLY OPTION” digs deeper as Calipari for the first time distills his methods and philosophies in a way that will resonate with not just athletes and coaches but business leaders who are trying to get maximum performance out of their own top talent. Coaching a successful basketball team is much like building a successful business. For teams to succeed, even the most talented performers must sacrifice some of their own glory while still feeling that they are reaching for individual goals.

“I’m asked all the time, ‘How in the world are you pulling this off? How in the world do you get such talented kids – not just one or two, but an entire team of elite talent – to come together and play for one another?’ Well, this is that story. I wanted to tell our story of how we get the most out of elite talent, how we create a culture of brotherhood and form a team with such talented individuals. It’s not an exact science and there are all kinds of ways of doing this, but this is our story. My hope is it might resonate with other leaders in similar positions.”—John Calipari

A basketball team is an intimate workplace. The blend is everything and character matters.

For Calipari, each season is a series of discoveries as he learns how to unleash the extreme talent in each of his players and mold them into championship material as college basketball comes to a crescendo every spring. Calipari can’t control everything, yet he is responsible for everything—which is something any CEO can understand.

“SUCCESS IS THE ONLY OPTION” offers real life lessons into leadership, team building and creating a culture of achievement that are applicable far beyond the basketball court. These are the lessons for anyone seeking to inspire talented individuals to reach for their best selves and contribute to a greater good.

About the Author

John Calipari is the head coach of men’s basketball at the University of Kentucky. He has led teams to the Final Four six times, won the national championship at Kentucky in 2012, and has helped 41 players make it to the NBA. He joined the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame at the end of the 2014-15 season.

SUCCESS IS THE ONLY OPTION:

The Art of Coaching Extreme Talent
Author: John Calipari
Hardcover; 266 pages; Retail Price: $27.99
ISBN-13: 978-0-0624-4045-7
Publication Date: November 15, 2016

Thursday, August 18, 2016

Ethan Faulkner Joins Coaching Staff at University of the Cumberlands

University of the Cumberlands has hired former Elliott County High School star Ethan Faulkner as an assistant coach.

Faulkner has previous coaching experience at Northern Kentucky University and Mount Vernon Nazarene University.

Here is a release from UC:

The UC Men's Basketball team enters the 2016-17 season with high goals and aspirations. After a significant run in 2015-16 that saw UC finish 24-12 overall, 10-6 in Mid-South Conference play, and a game in the NAIA National Championship Quarterfinals, the Patriots now look to the future. With the opening on staff, Head Coach Don Butcher would find a great fit for the program as Ethan Faulkner has been hired as an assistant coach for the Patriots.

Faulkner, a native of Sandy Hook, Kentucky, is a 2014 graduate of Northern Kentucky University in Highland Heights, Kentucky, where he earned a Bachelor's Degree in Health and Physical Education. During his time at Northern Kentucky, Faulkner was a team captain for two years while playing in 117 games with 73 starts in his career. He currently stands in the top 10 in all-time career assists and 11th in all-time free throw percentage at his alma mater. Another notable collegiate achievement is the 2011-2012 All-GLVC selection he received.

Before attending NKU, Faulkner attended Elliott County High School where he scored over 2,500 career points. He was also a two-time 16th Region Player of the Year, three-time 16th Region Tournament MVP, and three-time Kentucky All-State Selection. During his time at Elliot County, his team saw three 16th Region Championships/Kentucky State Tournament appearances with a Final Four presence in 2009.

After his playing days were over, Faulkner took to the coaching ranks where he was an assistant coach at Northern Kentucky. During his time at NKU, he coached an A-Sun Freshman of the Year and two 2nd Team All-Conference players. Next, Faulkner was an assistant coach for Mount Vernon Nazarene University. While at MVNU, Faulkner coached a Crossroads League 3rd Team player and an All-Newcomer Team player.

When asked about his thoughts of joining the UC basketball program, Coach Faulkner said, "I am humbled and honored to be joining the Men's Basketball program at University of the Cumberlands. I couldn't be more excited for the opportunity to learn from a successful coach like Coach Butcher. This program is full of tradition and I look forward to playing a small part in continuing to uphold the standard of excellence that has been established here for many years."

Coach Butcher added, "We feel fortunate to have added Ethan to our staff. Ethan had an outstanding career as a Kentucky high school player and was able to be a part of some very successful Northern Kentucky University teams. After playing 4 years at NKU, he coached one season with Dave Bezold at Northern and I'm sure those experiences will be helpful to our program. Ethan will be involved in every phase of our program and his commitment to success will be obvious. He has a bright future in our profession and will be counted on to provide positive leadership and prepare our players to be successful in the game of life."

Alex Poythress Earns Partially Guaranteed Contract with Indiana Pacers

Former Kentucky forward Alex Poythress has agreed to a partially guaranteed contract with the Indiana Pacers.

Poythress, who went undrafted, is expected to spend the first season the NBA D-League with the Fort Wayne Mad Ants.

Here are details from Adrian Wojnarowski of The Vertical:

For Poythress, 22, who went undrafted in June, this is essentially a make-good training camp deal – with an eye toward spending the year as a non-roster Pacers player on the franchise’s Fort Wayne NBA Development League affiliate.

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Former NKU Assistant Dante Jackson Joins Staff at Air Force

Former Northern Kentucky University assistant Dante Jackson has been added to the coaching staff at Air Force.

Jackson worked one season on Dave Bezold's staff at NKU.

Here's a release from Air Force:

Dant√© Jackson has joined the Air Force men’s basketball coaching staff for the 2016-2017 season, according to an announcement today from head coach Dave Pilipovich. Jackson comes to the Academy from Northern Kentucky, where he was an assistant for one season. During his stint there, Jackson helped the Norse to a home winning record after only four seasons of competing as a Division I program.

Jackson, a 2011 graduate of Xavier University, started his coaching career at Ohio University as a graduate assistant under John Groce, now the head coach at Illinois. Jackson helped the program to the 2012 Mid-American Conference Championship and advanced to the Sweet 16 of the NCAA Tournament. Following a one-year stint with the Bobcats, he returned to Xavier and spent the two seasons as a graduate assistant under head coach Chris Mack.

On the bench at Xavier, Jackson helped the Musketeers finish third in its inaugural season in the Big East Conference and made an appearance in the semifinals of the league tournament at Madison Square Garden in New York. Xavier also earned an at-large berth in the NCAA Tournament.

As a player at Xavier, Jackson played in 137 games, which ties as the most in program history. He is also second in school history with 107 wins and seven NCAA tournament victories. He amassed 795 points, 374 rebounds and 255 assists during his career.

Wednesday, August 17, 2016

Jurich Says Louisville Still Waiting on NCAA Investigation

Louisville athletic director Tom Jurich says his program has to "just wait" while the NCAA investigates claims made by Katina Powell in the book "Breaking Cardinal Rules."

Here is an excerpt of Jurich's comments via QCTimes.com:

In a radio interview Wednesday with Louisville station WKRD 790-AM, Jurich said he doesn't know any more about the NCAA's investigation of Katina Powell's allegations in "Breaking Cardinal Rules: Basketball and the Escort Queen." Several investigations are ongoing, but the school last winter self-imposed sanctions including a postseason ban after its investigation determined that a violation occurred.

Jurich says whatever the NCAA decides and when, "We're going to deal with it up front like we always have. We'll take our punishment, we'll move on and we'll get better from it."

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Kentucky vs. Hofstra at Barclays Center Will Air Live on ESPN

Kentucky's game against Hofstra at the Barclays Center in Brooklyn will be televised live by ESPN at 3:00 p.m.

The game is set for Sunday, December 11.

Here are more details from Hofstra:

Hempstead, NY – The Hofstra Men's Basketball game against Kentucky, scheduled for Sunday, December 11 at the Barclays Center will be televised live by ESPN at 3 p.m., it was announced by the network today.

"We are thrilled to showcase Hofstra University and our basketball program on national television this season," commented Hofstra Head Men's Basketball Coach Joe Mihalich. "What a tremendous opportunity for our team to not only play a perennial national power in Kentucky, but to also have that game televised by ESPN and hosted by the Barclays Center. Thank you to everyone who made this opportunity possible."

Mihalich continued, "When talking to our recruits and fans of Hofstra Basketball I always stress that it is our goal to play in world-class NBA facilities on a regular basis. This game against Kentucky is a home run for those that love Hofstra. The ability to watch us live at the Barclays Center or to tune in on ESPN achieves many of our scheduling goals and the Pride will be the one of the focuses of the sporting world on December 11."

This will be Hofstra's first-ever non-conference regular season appearance on ESPN. Overall it will be the program's fourth-ever appearance on ESPN as they previously appeared on the network on March 11, 2000 vs. Delaware (America East Championship Game), March 10, 2001 vs. Delaware (America East Championship Game) and February 10, 2007 (vs. George Mason). Hofstra is 3-0 when appearing on ESPN.

Hofstra went 24-10 in 2015-16, winning the regular season Colonial Athletic Association (CAA) title and advancing to the National Invitation Tournament. It marked the most wins for the program since the 2005-06 season and the regular season conference title was the program's first since joining the CAA in 2001. In addition, the NIT appearance was the program's first since 2007.

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Evan Daniels Talks About Kentucky's 2017 Recruiting and the Impact of New Assistant Joel Justus

Evan Daniels of Scout.com recently talked with KSTV about Kentucky's 2017 recruiting class. He had some updates on several top prospects including Trae Young and John Petty.

Daniels also noted that UK assistant Joel Justus has had a huge impact on recruiting. 

Check out his comments via cn2Kentucky on YouTube:

Earl Clark to Sign With Besitkas in Turkey's Top-Level League

Former Louisville big man Earl Clark will sign with Besitkas in Turkey's top-level BSL league.

Clark most recently played for Henan Shedianlaojiu in China's NBL league. He averaged 31.1 points, 12 8 rebounds and 2.4 assists per game last season.

Here are details from Asia-basket.com:

Besiktas Sompo Japan Istanbul (BSL) agreed on terms of contract with 28-year old American forward Earl Clark (208-100kg-88, college: Louisville) who plays at Henan Shedianlaojiu in China. In 24 NBL games he averaged impressive 31.1ppg, 12.8rpg, 2.4apg, 1.5spg and 1.2bpg last season. The last season Clark played at another team Delaware 87ers in U.S. semi-pro league D-League where in 11 games he had very remarkable stats: 15.2ppg, 7.4rpg and 1.6apg.

In 2009 he was drafted by Phoenix Suns (NBA) in first round (14th overall). The former University of Louisville staris in his eighth season in pro basketball.

Among other achievements his college team won Big East Tournament in 2009. Clark received also Asia-Basket.com All-Chinese CBA Honorable Mention award in 2015.

He has played also professionally in NBA (Houston Rockets, Brooklyn Nets, New York Knicks, Orlando Magic and Memphis Grizzlies) and D-League (Bakersfield Jam, Rio Grande Valley Vipers and Iowa Energy).

Tuesday, August 16, 2016

Whitesville Trinity Guard Daniel Morris Commits to Brescia University

Whitesville Trinity High School guard Daniel Morris has committed to play for the Brescia Bearcats in 2016-17.

Here are details from BU:

Whitesville Trinity HS Grad Daniel Morris has committed to play for the Bearcats for the 2016-17 year. Morris a 5-10 guard is the single game record holder for 3-pt shots made with 10. Morris scored over a 1000 points in his career at Whiteville and will bring his 3 point shooting touch to Brescia University. "Daniel can shoot the basketball. He avg 3.1 three pointers made a game during his senior year and will add depth to our program at the guard position. Daniel also has a good understanding of the game and sees the floor well." states Head Coach Brian Skortz. Morris avg 12.1 ppg during his senior year.

John Calipari to Host Celebrity Softball Game at Whitaker Bank Ballpark

Kentucky head coach John Calipari will host a celebrity softball game on August 28 at Whitaker Bank Ballpark in Lexington.


The game will feature several former UK players including Nerlens Noel, Kyle Macy, Karl-Anthony Towns, Alex Poythress, Tim Couch and more.

Here are more details from UK:

LEXINGTON, Ky. – Let’s play ball!

The Lexington Legends have partnered with John Calipari and the John Calipari Basketball Fantasy Experience for the inaugural Coach Cal Celebrity Softball Classic, which will take place Aug. 28 at Whitaker Bank Ballpark in Lexington.

Gates will open at 4:30 p.m. with the celebrity softball home run derby at 5:30 p.m. First pitch for the celebrity softball game will be at 6 p.m.

The game will feature numerous Kentucky greats, including NBA Rookie of the Year Karl-Anthony Towns, two-time Final Four participant Alex Poythress, 2013 NBA Draft No. 6 overall selection Nerlens Noel, 1978 national champion Kyle Macy and many more.

The UK basketball legends will play alongside and against celebrities which include NFL Hall of Fame wide receiver Cris Carter, ABC’s Quantico star Josh Hopkins, ESPN’s Kaylee Hartung and former No. 1 overall selection and UK Athletics Hall of Famer Tim Couch.

Coach Cal’s Celebrity Softball Classic will feature additional surprise Wildcat greats and celebrities. A full list of confirmed celebrities is below. Proceeds from the event will benefit The Calipari Foundation.

Tickets to the event are available now at CoachCalSoftballClassic.com and will feature three tiers of opportunities for the Big Blue Nation.

General admission tickets are $8, while premium seating is $20. The Coach Cal VIP Experience tickets are priced at $100.

The VIP experience includes seats behind home plate in the Diamond Club/Super Club seats, unlimited food and beverages, an invitation to a pre-game “Cats Conversations,” a chalk-talk forum with a Q&A session hosted by Calipari and Towns. This exclusive opportunity is limited to 200 tickets.

The celebrity softball game will take the place of the annual UK Alumni Charity Basketball Game this season while Rupp Arena is under construction.

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


2016-17 Asbury University Schedule Highlighted by Exhibition Game at Kentucky

Asbury University's 2016-17 men's basketball schedule is highlighted by a November exhibition game against the Kentucky Wildcats.

The Eagles will compete in the Pikeville Classic at the University of Pikeville in October and host the annual Zweifel/Pritchett Classic in November.

After that, Asbury will compete in the newly formed River State Conference (formerly Kentucky Intercollegiate Athletic Conference).

2016-17 MEN'S BASKETBALL SCHEDULE

October

% 7 7:00 PM vs. Kentucky Christian College Wilmore, Ky.
28 6:00 PM vs. Bob Jones University Pikeville, Ky. Pikeville Classic
29 2:00 PM vs. Bluefield College Pikeville, Ky. Pikeville Classic

November

^ 6 7:00 PM @ University of Kentucky Lexington, Ky.
11 8:00 PM vs. Johnson University Wilmore, Ky. Zweifel/Pritchett Classic
12 6:00 PM vs. Boyce College Wilmore, Ky. Zweifel/Pritchett Classic
18 8:00 PM @ Marian University Indianapolis, Ind.
19 4:00 PM @ Indiana University Northwest Gary, Ind.
21 7:00 PM @ Governors State University University Park, Ill.
26 4:00 PM vs. Huntington University Wilmore, Ky.

December

* 1 8:00 PM @ Indiana University Kokomo Kokomo, Ind.
* 3 4:00 PM @ Cincinnati Christian University Cincinnati, Ohio
* 8 8:00 PM vs. Brescia University Wilmore, Ky.
10 4:00 PM @ Huntington University Huntington, Ind.
* 17 4:00 PM vs. Indiana University Southeast Wilmore, Ky.
^ 28 7:00 PM @ Morehead State Morehead, Ky.

January

* 3 8:00 PM vs. Indiana University East Wilmore, Ky.
* 7 4:00 PM vs. Ohio Christian University Wilmore, Ky.
* 10 8:00 PM vs. Midway University Wilmore, Ky.
* 12 8:00 PM vs. Alice Lloyd College Wilmore, Ky.
* 17 8:00 PM vs. West Virginia Tech Wilmore, Ky.
21 4:00 PM vs. Warren Wilson College Wilmore, Ky.
* 24 8:00 PM @ University of Rio Grande Rio Grande, Ohio
* 27 8:00 PM @ Point Park University Pittsburgh, Pa.
* 28 4:00 PM @ Carlow University Pittsburgh, Pa.
30 6:00 PM @ University of Cincinnati-Clermont Cincinnati, Ohio

February

* 2 8:00 PM @ Midway University Midway, Ky.
* 4 4:00 PM @ Alice Lloyd College Pippa Passes, Ky.
* 7 8:00 PM @ Brescia University Owensboro, Ky.
* 11 4:00 PM @ Indiana University Southeast New Albany, Ind.
* 14 8:00 PM vs. Indiana University Kokomo Wilmore, Ky.
* 18 4:00 PM vs. Cincinnati Christian University Wilmore, Ky.

* Conference Event
% Scrimmage
^ Exhibition

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