Wednesday, November 2, 2016

Union College Opens Season with Win and No. 11 Ranking

Union College opened the regular season with an 87-57 win over Simmons College last night.

The Bulldogs open the season as the No. 11 team in the NAIA Division II Top 25 rankings.

2016 NAIA Division II Men's Basketball Coaches’ Top 25 Poll - Preseason (Oct. 25)

1 2 Saint Francis (Ind.) (10) 33-5 311
2 1 Indiana Wesleyan (1) 33-5 299
3 3 Davenport (Mich.) (1) 32-5 292
4 4 Briar Cliff (Iowa) 32-4 274
5 7 St. Francis (Ill.) 28-4 265
6 5 Keiser (Fla.) 30-5 260
7 NR College of Idaho 17-13 245
8 12 Cornerstone (Mich.) 27-7 238
9 6 IU East 27-8 221
10 9 Tabor (Kan.) 30-4 214
11 11 Union (Ky.) 28-7 211
12 10 Northwest Christian (Ore.) 28-7 199
13 24 Robert Morris (Ill.) 24-10 189
14 NR Dakota State (S.D.) 19-14 172
15 RV St. Thomas (Fla.) 18-10 163
16 13 Bethel (Ind.) 24-10 159
T17 17 York (Neb.) 25-10 144
T17 15 Warner Pacific (Ore.) 24-10 144
19 8 Warner (Fla.) 23-6 123
20 23 Indiana Tech 23-10 117
21 NR Midland (Neb.) 16-14 112
22 RV Saint Xavier (Ill.) 19-13 104
23 RV Rochester (Mich.) 24-7 99
24 RV Bellevue (Neb.) 20-12 93
25 18 Dakota Wesleyan (S.D.) 23-11 55

Others receiving votes: Benedictine Mesa (Ariz.) 50; Mount Vernon Nazarene (Ohio) 39; Ohio Christian 38; Bluefield (Va.) 19; Cal Maritime 17; Cincinnati Christian (Ohio) 13; Central Christian (Kan.) 11; Marian (Ind.) 10; Dordt (Iowa) 7; Saint Mary (Kan.) 7; Southeastern (Fla.) 6; Eastern Oregon 6; Jamestown (N.D.) 4; Tennessee Wesleyan 3.

DeMarcus Cousins Somehow Managed to Earn Six fouls in One Quarter Last Night

DeMarcus Cousins somehow managed to earn himself six fouls in the fourth quarter of last night's 108-96 loss at Miami.

It's true that his final foul was one of the worst calls in the NBA so far this season:

Despite the bizarre foul numbers, Cousins still managed to finished with 30 points and 7 rebounds.

Western Kentucky Holds Off Campbellsville in Exhibition Battle

Western Kentucky 87
Campbellsville 79

Exhibition Final from Bowling Green, Kentucky

Game recap by WKU:

BOWLING GREEN, Ky. — A new season and new era began Tuesday night for the WKU men’s basketball program, as the Hilltoppers opened the 2016-17 campaign with an 87-79 exhibition victory over Campbellsville at E.A. Diddle Arena.

WKU improved to 54-4 all-time in preseason exhibition games with the win over Campbellsville, which is first-year Hilltopper head coach Rick Stansbury’s alma mater.

The victory was WKU’s 22nd straight in exhibition tune-ups dating back to a 2002-03 loss to the Harlem Globetrotters.

The Hilltoppers shot 48.3 percent from the field and netted 26 of 32 free throws. They were white-hot in the first half, shooting 58.1 percent and making their final 11 shots before the break.

Junior forward Justin Johnson led WKU players in double figures with 22 points and 12 rebounds, including two 3-pointers. Johnson made one 3-pointer all last season.

Graduate senior guard Pancake Thomas added 17 points, while senior forward Ben Lawson had 12 points, six rebounds and two blocks.

Redshirt sophomore forward Willie Carmichael finished with 11 points and 13 rebounds – making 9 of 10 free throws – and graduate senior guard Junior Lomomba chipped in 11 points, five rebounds and three assists.

Guard Roderick Lawrence led Campbellsville with 29 points. The Tigers are ranked 11th in the NAIA Preseason Coaches’ Poll.

WKU plays its second and final exhibition against Kentucky Wesleyan at 8 p.m. Saturday before hosting Alabama State in the regular season opener at 7 p.m. Nov. 12.

DeMarcus Cousins Sets Kings Record for Career Double-Doubles, Gets Fined $25,000

The week is off to a bittersweet start for former Kentucky star DeMarcus Cousins.

Cousins became the Kings' franchise leader in double-doubles Monday night, surpassing Chris Webber with his 246th double-double; He finished with 14 points and 12 rebounds in a 106-95 loss to Atlanta.

Tonight, Cousins scored 30 points in a 108-96 loss at Miami.

While Cousins has been playing good basketball, he also was hit by a $25,000 fine from the NBA for throwing his mouthpiece and going into the stands after fouling out of Saturday's game against Minnesota.

Tuesday, November 1, 2016

It's Basketball Time in the Bluegrass: Schedule for the Week

It's a full week of college basketball around Kentucky.

Here's a schedule for the week:

Monday, October 31

No Games

Tuesday, November 1

Union College 87 Simmons College 57
Alice Lloyd College 80 Kentucky Christian University 71
Western Kentucky 87 Campbellsville University 79 (Exhibition)
Austin Peay 112 Thomas More College 63 (Exhibition)

Wednesday, November 2

7:00 p.m. Bellarmine University at Cincinnati (Exhibition)
7:00 p.m. Brescia University at Georgetown College
7:00 p.m. Lindsey Wilson College at Midway University

Thursday, November 3

7:00 p.m. Kentucky Wesleyan College at University of Louisville (Exhibition)
8:00 p.m. Southeastern University at Union College
8:00 p.m. Alice Lloyd College at Milligan
8:00 p.m. Berry at Murray State University (Exhibition)

Friday, November 4

8:00 p.m. Keiser at Union College
8:00 p.m. Wilmington at Northern Kentucky University (Exhibition)
8:00 p.m. OSU-Mansfield at University of Pikeville
8:00 p.m. Hiwassee College at Kentucky Christian University

Saturday, November 5

2:00 p.m. Brescia University at Morthland College
3:00 p.m. Dalton State College at Kentucky Christian University
3:00 p.m. University of the Cumberlands at Stillman College
5:00 p.m. Midway University at Trevecca Nazarene (Exhibition)
6:00 p.m. Saint Thomas at Union College
6:00 p.m. Ohio Lancaster at University of Pikeville
7:00 p.m. Bellarmine University at Indiana (Exhibition)
9:00 p.m. Kentucky Wesleyan College at Western Kentucky University (Exhibition)

Sunday, November 6

2:00 p.m. Cincinnati Christian at Morehead State University (Exhibition)
2:00 p.m. Georgetown College at Eastern Kentucky University (Exhibition)
3:00 p.m. OSU-Mansfield at Lindsey Wilson College
7:00 p.m. Asbury University at University of Kentucky (Exhibition)

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