Saturday, February 11, 2017

EKU in Must-Win Situation vs. Morehead State Tonight

If the Eastern Kentucky Colonels (10-16, 3-8 OVC) hope to make the OVC Tournament in Nashville, they almost have to beat Morehead State tonight in Richmond.

With 5 conference games remaining, EKU is currently 3-8 in the OVC and sitting in 11th place. Only SIU Edwardsville is behind the Colonels in the league standings.

Eastern Illinois and Austin Peay both have 4 wins, but both own wins over EKU.

Murray State sits at 6-5 in OVC play, while Tennessee Tech and Tennessee State both have 6-6 records.

With one of EKU's remaining games being against undefeated Belmont, it would seem that Dan McHale's club must knock off Morehead State (12-12, 8-3) tonight if they want to hold onto any hope of postseason play.

Current OVC Standings:

WEST CONF OVERALL
UT Martin 7-5 17-10
Southeast Missouri State 7-5 12-15
Murray State 6-5 12-13
Austin Peay 4-7 8-17
Eastern Illinois 4-8 12-13
SIU Edwardsville 0-12 5-21

EAST CONF OVERALL
Belmont 12-0 18-4
Morehead State 8-3 12-12
Jacksonville State 7-5 15-12
Tennessee State 6-6 15-10
Tennessee Tech 6-6 10-17
Eastern Kentucky 3-8 10-16

Wednesday, February 8, 2017

Murray State Travels to Morehead State for Important OVC Showdown Tonight

The Murray State Racers will travel to Morehead State for a key OVC showdown with the Eagles tonight.

Both teams are currently in second place in their respective divisions with the winner of tonight's game going a long ways towards securing at least a single bye in the OVC Tournament.

Murray State is in a three-way battle with UT Martin and SEMO for the top two spots in the West.

Morehead State, under the direction of interim head coach Preston Spradlin, is surprisingly sitting in second in the East. Unless they shut their program down this week, Belmont is going to win the East but the Eagles have an excellent chance to finish second.

Tonight's game tips off at 7:00 p.m. ET in Morehead.

Ohio Valley Standings

WEST

UT Martin 7-4 17-9
Murray State 6-4 12-12
Southeast Missouri State 6-5 11-15
Austin Peay 4-7 8-17
Eastern Illinois 3-8 11-13
SIU Edwardsville 0-11 5-20

EAST

Belmont 11-0 17-4
Morehead State 7-3 11-12
Jacksonville State 7-4 15-11
Tennessee Tech 6-5 10-16
Tennessee State 5-6 14-10
Eastern Kentucky 3-8 10-16

Spradlin is trying to get the town of Morehead fired up:

Tuesday, February 7, 2017

Centre College's Tucker Sine Named SAA Player of the Week

Centre College's Tucker Sine was named SAA Player of the Week on Monday.

Sine exploded for a career-high 36 points in a win over Berry on Sunday.

Here's a release from CC:

ATLANTA (CentreColonels.com) – The Southern Athletic Association (SAA) announced its basketball Player of the Week awards on Monday afternoon for games through Sunday, Feb. 6, with Centre sophomore guard Tucker Sine (Bowling Green, Ky.) garnering Men's Basketball Player of the Week honors.

This marks the first Player of the Week accolade for the first-place Colonels this season. With wins over Oglethorpe and Berry this weekend, Centre has now won five consecutive games to improve to 13-7 overall and 9-2 in SAA play.

Sine averaged 21.0 points, 7.5 rebounds and 2.5 assists per game in a pair of wins during the week for the Colonels. The Bowling Green, Ky. native finished with a career-high 36 points in an 84-68 victory over Berry on Sunday afternoon, connecting on 11-of-17 field goals including 6-of-10 from behind the arc in the win. In addition, Sine was 8-of-11 from the charity stripe to go with nine rebounds for Centre, helping the Colonels to their season-best fifth consecutive victory.

The 6'2'' guard paces Centre and ranks fourth in the Southern Athletic Association (SAA) in scoring, averaging 15.3 points per game. He also paces the league in free throw shooting at 87.8 percent (72-of-82), while sitting third in the conference and ninth in Division III in 3-point shooting percentage, sinking 48.1 percent (52-of-108) of shots from behind the arc.

Sine has scored in double-figures in 15 contests this season, highlighted by five 20-point performances and a pair of 30-point showings. He is also averaging 14.7 points, 5.5 rebounds and 2.7 assists per contest in conference games.

Sine and the Colonels return to action on Friday night traveling to Memphis for a pivotal SAA showdown with second-place Rhodes (11-10, 8-3 SAA) at 8 p.m. CT.

Berea College Drop to No. 9, Wins Two Games in USCAA Classic

Berea College dropped to No. 9 in the USCAA Division I Poll this week following a loss at Maryville College.

The Mountaineers are back on track this week, however, with wins over No. 7 Florida College and Warren Wilson in the USCAA Classic.

Berea (14-7) will battle Wilberforce tomorrow night and Cincinnati Clermont on Saturday.

Men's Basketball Division I - Week 8

Rank Team Total Last Week
1 Rochester College 250 1
2 WVU Tech 242 2
3 Washington Adventist University 238 4
4 University of Maine-Fort Kent 235 3
5 Concordia College Alabama 232 5
6 Oakwood University 224 7
7 Florida College 223 6
8 Illinois Tech 211 10
9 Berea College 209 8
10 Iowa Wesleyan College 205 9
11 Florida National University 200 14
12 SUNY-Canton 195 11
13 Dean College 150 13
14 The Apprentice School 149 12
T-15 University of Dallas 73 15
T-15 Alfred State College 73 NR

Also Recieving Votes: Marygrove University (40); Wentworth Military Academy (36)

Monday, February 6, 2017

Rick Pitino Was Not Happy After Loss at Virginia

Louisville head coach Rick Pitino was not happy after his team's 71-55 loss at Virginia tonight.

Pitino wasn't necessarily upset at the players who played tonight's game, but he seemed to be very angry at suspended players Deng Adel and Mangok Mathiang.

After talking to reporters for roughly 45 seconds, Pitino stormed away when asked about Mathiang.


You can check out the video here:


Pitino released this statement on the suspended players earlier today:

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