Thursday, November 24, 2016

John Calipari Slides in a Jab at Assistant Kenny Payne and Louisville

UK head coach John Calipari had some fun at the expense of assistant Kenny Payne the University of Louisville earlier this week.

Payne, of course, played college basketball for the Cardinals.

When Calipari was explaining why Payne hasn't read his new book, he joked, "he went to Louisville. He doesn't read."

Calipari laughed and said he's only kidding.

Louisville Survives Old Dominion in Overtime

Louisville 68
Old Dominion 62 F/OT

Final from Paradise Island, Bahamas

Game recap by UL:

PARADISE ISLAND, Bahamas (AP)-- Donovan Mitchell scored all 15 of his points after halftime to help No. 10 Louisville hold off Old Dominion 68-62 in overtime in Wednesday's final game of the first day at the Battle 4 Atlantis.

Mitchell put Louisville ahead for good with a long 3-pointer to start the extra period and came up with several key plays that helped the Cardinals (4-0) advance on a night they struggled to knock down much of anything. Louisville finished the game shooting 30 percent.

Quentin Snider scored 18 points to lead the Cardinals, while Mangok Mathiang nearly won it in regulation for Louisville with an inside basket with 14.4 seconds left.

Brandan Stith scored 20 points, including a putback with 6.3 seconds left to answer Mathiang and force overtime for the Monarchs (2-1). Old Dominion shot just 38 percent, but hurt its chances most by missing 17 of 32 free throws.

Complete Recap

Louisville will face Wichita State today at 2:00 p.m. in the semifinal round of the Battle 4 Atlantis tournament.

Tuesday, November 22, 2016

Union College's Gerrard Newby Earns Third Consecutive AAC Player of the Week Honor

Union College's Gerrard Newby is well on his way to being named Appalachian Athletic Conference Player of the Year.

Through three weeks, Newby has been named conference player of the week all three times.

Here's a release from UC:

BARBOURVILLE, Ky. – For the third week in a row, Union College senior Gerrard Newby (SR/Lexington, Ky. ) is the Appalachian Athletic Conference (AAC) Men's Basketball Player of the Week, the league announced on Monday.

On the week, Newby averaged 20.5 points and 12.5 rebounds per game last week as he recorded double-doubles in both of the Bulldog wins. He had three assists, two blocks and one block on the week while shooting 62.5 percent (15-of-24 shots) from the field.

Newby scored 15 points and grabbed 11 rebounds in an 86-49 win over AAC rival Bryan (Tenn.). In an 105-71 victory over Fisk (Tenn.), he put up 26 points and 14 rebounds.

On the year, Newby has posted four double-doubles with three coming in the last three Union contests. He leads the conference in scoring at 22.38 points per game and is averaging 9.88 rebounds per game.

The Bulldogs are 5-3 overall and 1-0 in AAC play. Union returns to the hardwood on Tuesday when it hosts Montreat (N.C.) in another conference contest. Tipoff is set for 7:30 p.m.

Morehead State Suspends Head Coach Sean Woods with Pay

Morehead State has suspended head coach Sean Woods with pay, according to a press release from the school.

Here's the release:

Morehead State University officials announced today (Tuesday, November 22) that head basketball coach Sean Woods has been suspended with pay, effective immediately.

"Resulting from complaints received, the institution has begun an investigation involving the head basketball coach. While we continue through the formal process, we believe it is prudent to suspend the coach until the investigation is finished," said Brian Hutchinson, director of athletics. "Assistant Coach Preston Spradlin will serve as head coach in the interim until the investigation is completed. We have full confidence in Preston and his ability to lead our student-athletes both on and off the court. Since this is an ongoing process, we will be unable to comment further until this comes to a conclusion."

Louisville Getting Ready for Battle 4 Atlantis

The Louisville Cardinals are getting ready for the Battle 4 Atlantis tournament in the Bahamas.

Louisville will open the tournament against Old Dominion tomorrow night at 9:30 p.m.

Here's a look at the bracket:

Georgetown's Troy Steward Named Mid-South Conference Player of the Week

Georgetown College's Troy Steward was named Mid-South Conference Player of the Week on Monday.

Here is a release from the league:

COLUMBIA, Ky. – Georgetown's (Ky.) Troy Steward is the Mid-South Conference Men's Basketball Player of the Week, conference officials announced on Monday.

Houchens Industries is the proud sponsor of the Mid-South Conference Player of the Week Award program. Houchens Industries was founded in 1917 and is one of the largest employee-owned companies in the United States with more than 18,000 corporate-wide employees.

Troy Steward – Georgetown (Ky.) – So. – Guard – Ewing, Ky.

- Steward paced No. 2 Georgetown to a 2-1 mark at the Mid-South Conference/Southern States Athletic Conference Challenge.
- He averaged 20 points over three games last week, grabbing a total of 16 rebounds for the Tigers.
- In an 80-72 victory over Martin Methodist (Tenn.), he scored 24 points and grabbed six rebounds, while chipping in with two assists, a block and a steal.
- Steward was 27-of-31 from the free throw line last week as Georgetown moved to 8-1 overall on the season.
- Steward earns his first player of the week honor of the season and of his career.

Date Men's Basketball Player of the Week - School 

Nov. 7 Charles Sutton – Lindsey Wilson (Ky.)
Nov. 14 Dmitry Utolin – Lindsey Wilson (Ky.)
Nov. 21 Troy Steward – Georgetown (Ky.)

Monday, November 21, 2016

Former Rowan County Star Adam Wing to Play in NBL Canada

Former Rowan County High School star Adam Wing will begin his professional career in NBL Canada.

Wing, who had a successful college career at Evansville, recently signed with the Kitchener-Waterloo Titans.

Here is a release from the Titans:

The Kitchener-Waterloo Titans announced on Wednesday that rookie swingmen Orlando Coleman, Ryan Nitz, and Adam Wing have signed with the club.

“I’m thrilled to have these young men join us in Kitchener-Waterloo and complement the veteran core we are assembling around them. All three of these rookies are high character individuals that pride themselves in having a strong work ethic and are supportive teammates both on and off the floor,” said KW Titans Head Coach, Serge Langis.

Adam Wing (6’4”, forward) completed his four-year college career at the University of Evansville (NCAA DI) in 2016, where he served as team captain in his senior year, averaging 7.8 PPG on 51% FG shooting and 52.5% from 3-point range, 3.7 rebounds, and 2.6 assists per game. “I’m thankful for the opportunity that I’ve been blessed with to play basketball in college and now as a professional. I’m extremely competitive, and as a hardnosed player, I’ll do the little things to help my team win,” said Wing. “I love the idea of coming to a new team within the NBL. When I had the opportunity to meet Stu (Julius), he lit a fire in me and I know I’m ready to make this a remarkable year with the Titans. If the team buys into Coach Langis’ philosophy, I’m confident we can really make some noise this year,” said Wing.

“Adam is a gritty combo forward that gives us a solid option on the wing and up front with his unique skill set to shoot the ball but also play physical inside. His toughness when rebounding the ball and defending multiple positions really stood out to me and we’re excited to have him,” said Coach Langis.

Complete Release

Sunday, November 20, 2016

Former KWC Forward Dominique Dawson Taken in NBL Canada Draft

Former Kentucky Wesleyan College power forward Dominique Dawson has been drafted by the Island Storm of NBL Canada.

Dawson was taken No. 4 overall in tonight's 2016 NBL Canada draft.

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