Saturday, February 4, 2017

Rick Pitino Previews Boston College and Virginia

Louisville head coach Rick Pitino previews upcoming games against Boston College and Virginia:

Wednesday, February 1, 2017

Bracket Set for 100th KHSAA Boys' Sweet Sixteen Tournament

The bracket is set for the 100th Boys' Sweet Sixteen Tournament.

The drawing was held earlier today.

Here are the results:

For girl's basketball fans, here's a look at the Girls' Sweet Sixteen bracket:

Rick Pitino Says Quentin Snider's Return "Not in the Foreseeable Future"

According to Rick Pitino, injured point guard Quentin Snider won't be back in the "foreseeable future."

Snider was originally supposed to miss 2-3 weeks of action.

Here is an excerpt from NBC Sports;

“We really don’t,” Pitino told the Louisville Courier-Journal. “It’s not in the foreseeable future. We’re going to get 4-5 days of practice in him before he plays and it’s a ways away.”

Snider’s return became that much more important last week when back-up point guard Tony Hicks went down for at least six weeks with a broken hand.

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Monday, January 30, 2017

No. 8 Berea College Takes Care of Warren Wilson

Berea College 93
Warren Wilson 78

Final from Berea, Kentucky

Game recap by BC:

wannanoa, NC- #8 Berea, up one spot from the previous USCAA Men's Basketball Division I Coaches Poll, returned to the court after a 102-68 victory against Ohio University-Chillicothe this past Wednesday. The team took the court against USCAA opponent, the Warren Wilson College Owls, looking to move their winning streak to three games.

Two three-point baskets from Richard Parker and Terique Miller along with a jump shot from Dyonta Bizzle-Brown pushed the Mountaineers ahead of the Owls 8-2. Warren Wilson pulled within three points of the lead before five straight points from a combination of Anthony Myrks-Brewer and Stephen Butts put the team ahead by eight points, 17-9. Berea's lead moved to double-digits off a three-point jump shot from Bizzle-Brown to make the score 27-15. A 19-9 run by the Owls over the next six minutes brought them back within two points of the lead 36-34. Parker's three-point basket and Corey Wise's free throws helped the Mountaineers go to halftime with a 41-40 advantage.

Parker opened the second half with his fourth three-pointer of the game but Warren Wilson scored the next five points to take their first lead of the game, 45-44. Gabe Hinton's jump shot gave Berea the lead back before a 10-0 run by the Owls put them ahead on the scoreboard, 55-46. The Mountaineers used a 16-0 scoring rally of their own, including four three point baskets (two from Parker and one each from Butts and Bizzle-Brown), to regain a lead they never gave up, 62-55. Warren Wilson pulled back to within four points, 65-61, before Butts' jump shot sparked a 14-2 run, putting the game out of reach as Berea walked off the court with a 93-78 win.

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USCAA Division I Coaches' Poll

Rank Team Total Last Week
1 Rochester College 300 1
2 WVU Tech 290 3
3 University of Maine-Fort Kent 286 5
4 Washington Adventist University 285 2
5 Concordia College Alabama 275 4
6 Florida College 270 6
7 Oakwood University 267 7
8 Berea College 253 9
9 Iowa Wesleyan College 248 8
10 Illinois Tech 245 10
11 SUNY-Canton 240 11
12 The Apprentice School 235 14
13 Dean College 228 13
14 Florida National University 192 12
15 University of Dallas 108 15
Also Recieving Votes: Alfred State College (73); Bluefield State College (39); Marygrove University (36)

Centre Blows by Millsaps to Keep Top Spot in SAA

Centre 85
Millsaps 63

Final from Danville, Kentucky

Game recap by CC:

DANVILLE, Ky. ( – The Centre men's basketball team connected on 16 shots from behind the arc from nine different players to earn an 85-63 Southern Athletic Association (SAA) victory over Millsaps on Sunday afternoon at Alumni Gymnasium.

The Colonels collect their third straight win and boost their records to 11-7 overall and 7-2 in SAA action, while the Majors drop to 4-16 and 1-8, respectively. Centre sits alone atop the SAA standings following the pair of conference wins over the weekend.

The Colonels jumped out to an early 10-2 lead just over five minutes into the contest buoyed by five points from sophomore guard Tucker Sine (Bowling Green, Ky.).

Millsaps would shrink the Centre advantage to 13-9, before the Colonels used a 23-2 run highlighted by 11 consecutive points by freshman guard Art Walker (Mt. Sterling, Ky.) to push the Centre lead to 36-11 with 2:28 showing on the first half clock. The Colonels were 5-of-7 from behind the arc and 4-of-4 from the charity stripe during the surge. Sophomore guard Jarod Griffin (Lexington, Ky.) also buried a pair of 3-pointers to help Centre build its advantage.

The Colonels took a 38-14 lead into the break.

In the first six minutes of the second half, Centre connected on five shots from downtown to gain its largest advantage of the night at 57-23. The Colonels opened the half with 3-pointers on their first three possessions by Sine, freshman guard Bailey Rakes (Mt. Washington, Ky.) and Griffin.

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Current SAA Standings:

CENTRE 7-2 11-7
RHODES 6-3 9-10
SEWANEE 5-4 12-7
HENDRIX 5-4 9-10
BERRY 3-6 7-13
MILLSAPS 1-8 4-16

Spalding University's Tough Season Continues in Iowa

Iowa Wesleyan 101

Spalding University 75

Final from Mount Pleasant, Iowa

Game recap by SU:

MOUNT PLEASANT, Iowa – The Spalding men's basketball team suffered its second consecutive loss, falling to SLIAC opponent Iowa Wesleyan University, 101-75, Saturday afternoon. The loss drops the Golden Eagles to 3-17 overall and 2-10 in SLIAC play.

Four Golden Eagles scored in double figures, led by senior Nick Trisko who scored 28 points to go with 14 rebounds for his ninth straight double-double and 15th on the season. Sophomore Keith Wallace scored a season-high 16 points, Steven Gordon scored 15 points and Demarcus Kennedy added 10.

After scoring the opening basket, Spalding fell behind by seven with 10:18 remaining in the half. Iowa Wesleyan widened the margin with a 19-8 run to take a 41-23 lead with four minutes remaining in the first half. Spalding went into the locker room at halftime trailing 52-31.

The lead for the Tigers widened to 30 before a late charge by Spalding led by Trisko brought it to within 23 points with just under eight minutes remaining. A strong second half offensively for Spalding in which they shot 55% (17-31 from the field) wasn't enough to overcome the Tiger's lead, however, as the final score favored Iowa Wesleyan, 101-75.

Spalding travels back to Louisville Wednesday for a rematch against Westminster College. The tip is set for 8 pm EST at Derek Smith Gymnasium.

Current SLIAC Standings:

WESTMINSTER (MO.) 8-3 12-6
WEBSTER 8-4 11-8
BLACKBURN 7-5 10-9
EUREKA 6-5 12-6
PRINCIPIA 5-6 6-10
MACMURRAY 3-9 3-15
SPALDING 2-10 3-17
FONTBONNE 2-10 2-17

Sunday, January 29, 2017

Thomas More Knocks Off Chatham to Hold Onto Second Place in PAC

Thomas More 95
Chatham 69

Final from Crestview Hills, Kentucky

Game recap by TMC:

(CRESTVIEW HILLS, Ky.) - Thomas More College wins big over President Athletic Conference (PAC) opponent Chatham University 95-69. With the win Thomas More advances to 9-3 in the PAC and 13-6 overall.

The Saints shot over 50 percent from every area of the court today going 56.0 percent from the field, 55.6 percent from three-point land and 90.6 percent from the charity stripe. The Saints were led by senior guard and captain Sawyer Pauly (Crescent Springs, Ky./Covington Catholic), who finished the game with 15 points and six rebounds. Alongside Pauly, the Saints had 14 players reach the scoring column today, including four in double figures. Sophomore guard Damion King (Winchester, Ky./George Rodgers Clark) finished with 15 points, five rebounds and five assists. Sophomore guard Ryne Callahan (Morehead, Ky./Rowan County) finished with 14 points and sophomore guard Brandon Horne (Louisville, Ky./Male) finished with 11 points. Coming up just short of the double figure group today was Michael Griffin (Crestwood, Ky./South Oldham), who finished the game three-for-three from behind the three-point arc and had nine points.

Talking with player of the game, Sawyer Pauly, we asked him how big it was to get back on the winning track after last week, "We knew coming in we would be going against two athletic teams that don't give up, so we practice a little harder and threw some wrinkles into our offense and we were able to get a pair of wins this week." We also asked him how important it is for the upper classmen to see first-year players get a chance to play like today and he said, "It is very important, they work just as hard as we do all year and never complain. They push hard every day in practice, so it is nice to see them get time on the floor after all the hard work they put in."

Chatham had 12 players reach the scoring column tonight and were led by Alex Schoppen and Josh Randall with 12 points each and Isaiah Brown with 10 points.

Catching up with a pleased head Coach Drew Cooper after a good week of basketball, we asked him what he thought of his team's performance today and he seemed pleased saying, "The challenge with Chatham is to compete all 40 minutes because that is exactly what they do, and today I feel like we did exactly that."

The Saints will continue action on the hard wood February 1, 2017 as they take on Bethany College. Tip off will be at 8 p.m. in Bethany West Virginia.

Current PAC Standings:

Saint Vincent 11-1 15-4
Thomas More 9-3 13-6
Westminster 8-4 12-7
Bethany 7-5 12-7
Thiel 6-6 10-7
Geneva 6-6 9-10
Chatham 4-8 8-11
Grove City 4-8 8-11
Waynesburg 4-8 6-13
W&J 1-11 1-18

Pitino Praises David Levitch, Team Passing After Louisville Thumps N.C. State

Louisville head coach Rick Pitino had plenty of praise to go around following his team's 85-60 win over North Carolina State this afternoon. Pitino specifically praised David Levitch and his team's overall passing:

Anderson University Ends Transylvania's 11-Game Winning Streak

Anderson University 87
Transylvania University 84

Final from Lexington, Kentucky

Game recap by TU:

Lexington, Ky. – The Transylvania men's basketball team had its 11-game winning streak halted by the Anderson University Ravens in an 87-84 final minute defeat on Saturday afternoon at the Beck Center.

Transylvania's bargain for redemption against an Anderson team which had handed it an earlier season loss on the road was thwarted as the Ravens picked up the dramatic win to improve to 10-2 in Heartland Collegiate Athletic Conference play. The Pioneers, who entered the game looking to draw even with the Ravens in conference play, fell to 8-4 in conference competition with six games to go in the regular season.

Sophomore point guard Cooper Theobald led all players in scoring with 26 points, draining 11-of-16 shots from the floor while knocking down 4-of-5 free throws. The Pioneers and Ravens wasted little at the charity stripe on Saturday afternoon; as a team, Transylvania shot 22-for-23 from the foul line, while Anderson connected on all of 21 of its free throws.

The Pioneers jumped out to a 13-point lead in the first six minutes of the game, but the quick start proved unsustainable against Anderson, who played the Pioneers close for virtually the rest of the game. Anderson drew a six-point lead late in the first half before the Pioneers went on a 6-0 run, capped off by a jumper from sophomore Bo Schuh to even the game at 35-all. Anderson scored on a three-point play prior to halftime to take a 38-37 lead to the half.

Theobald took over in the second half for Transylvania, hitting 8-of-10 field goals to score 19 points in the final period. The Pioneers also received 11 second-half points from Kyle Gullett along with three blocks to lead the attack.

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As of now, Transy is in contention for a top 4 seed in the HCAC tournament.

Current HCAC Standings:

HANOVER 10-2 15-3
MOUNT ST. JOSEPH 10-2 15-4
ANDERSON 10-2 13-6
ROSE-HULMAN 7-5 9-10
BLUFFTON 3-8 10-8
FRANKLIN 3-8 6-12
DEFIANCE 3-9 4-15
EARLHAM 1-11 5-14

Rick Pitino Says Tony Hicks May Only Miss 2-4 Weeks Now

According to Rick Pitino, Louisville guard Tony Hicks may be back much sooner than expected.

Hicks was originally supposed to miss 6-8 weeks with a broken bone in his hand.

That prognosis was then dialed back to 4-6 weeks.

Now, Pitino says Hicks could only miss 2-4 weeks.

Louisville's Rick Pitino Previews Today's Game Against N.C. State

Earlier this week, Louisville head coach Rick Pitino previewed today's game against North Carolina State.

Pitino said he's concerned about his team being banged up heading into today's game:

University of the Cumberlands Dismantles No. 2 Georgetown College

(18) University of the Cumberlands 97
(2) Georgetown College 63

Final from Georgetown, Kentucky

Recap by UC:

Georgetown, KY – Facing their second top-ten team in eight days, the 18th-ranked University of the Cumberlands men's basketball team used a 20-0 to start the game to upset second-ranked Georgetown 97-63 in Mid-South Conference action Saturday afternoon at the Davis-Reed Alumni Gym. With the win the Patriots improve to 19-4 overall and 6-3 in MSC play, while the Tigers fall to 20-2 overall and 8-1 in conference play.

Cumberlands wins the opening tip and on the ensuing possession Kelsley Wilkinson (SR/SW Ranches, FL) hits the jumper to give the Patriots a 2-0 lead. UC scores seven unanswered points, including four from Chance Morton (JR/Mobile, AL), to take a 9-0 lead with 17 minutes left in the first half. Bernard Samuel (JR/Charleston, SC) and Marquis Yates (SR/Manassas, VA) hit back-to-back layups to extend the lead to 14-0 five minutes in. UC extended their lead to 20-0, before Georgetown's Chris Coffey converted a dunk to put the Tigers on the board. Cumberlands went on a 13-12 run over the next five minutes to give the Patriots a 33-14 advantage with 8:21 remaining. On Georgetown's next possession, Samuel intercepted a pass and finished on the other end with a dunk to extend UC's lead to 35-14. The Patriots went on a 9-5 run over the course of a four minute span to take a 44-19 lead with 4:28 remaining. The two teams traded baskets over the finals minutes, giving Cumberlands a 52-26 edge at the break. The Patriots shot 58% on 18 for 31 shooting in the opening period, including 6-11 from behind the arc.

Georgetown started the second half on a 7-3 run to cut the lead to 55-33, three minutes in. Yates led charge as he netted Cumberlands first ten points of the second half, extending UC's lead to 62-37 with 14:47 remaining. Eddie Tornes (JR/Muskegon Heights, MI) hit three triples as part of a 10-7 run to give the Patriots a 72-44 lead with 11:44 remaining. Georgetown used a 12-10 run, over the next six minutes to cut the lead to 82-56 with 5:49 left in the second half. UC extended its led to 88-61 as Tornes hit a pair from behind the arc, two of his part of his career-high eight three-pointers, including seven in the second half. The Patriots ended the game on a 9-2 run for the 97-63 final.

Tornes 24 points was a new career-high, and his eight triples double his previous career-best of four. Yates finished with 21 points, while Wilkinson added 18 points, four rebounds, and two assists. Morton earns his sixth double-double of the season recording ten points and ten rebounds in the win.

The 97 points tied Cumberlands season-high, which they set on December 17 against Hiwassee. The Patriots finished the game shooting 54.2% from the field, while holding Georgetown to 31.5% shooting. Troy Steward led the Tigers with 18 points, while Edson Avila added 12 points and six rebounds.

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