Saturday, February 18, 2017

Belmont Head Coach Rick Byrd Earns 750th Career Win

Belmont head coach Rick Byrd won his 750th career game Thursday night when his Bruins knocked off Eastern Kentucky 76-72.

Congratulations to Coach Byrd for a great accomplishment!

Rick Pitino Gives Update on Tony Hicks, Says V.J. King Won't Play Today

Rick Pitino says Tony Hicks will miss at least another two weeks with injury and the Cardinals will be without freshman V.J. King today vs. Virginia Tech.

Check out Pitino's pregame press conference:

Seth Greenberg Says Louisville is the Best Team in the ACC

ESPN's Seth Greenberg is convinced that Louisville is the best team in the ACC and will eventually win the conference and be a No. 1 seed in the NCAA Tournament.

The Cardinals (21-5, 9-4 ACC) will take their next step towards those goals today at 1:00 p.m. vs. Virginia Tech (18-7, 7-6).

Louisville's remaining schedule:

Sat, Feb 18 vs Virginia Tech 1:00 PM ET
Wed, Feb 22 @ #10 North Carolina 9:00 PM ET
Sun, Feb 26 vs Syracuse 2:00 PM ET CBS
Wed, Mar 1 @ Wake Forest 9:00 PM ET
Sat, Mar 4 vs #25 Notre Dame 2:00 PM ET CBS

Current ACC Standings:

North Carolina 10-3 - 22-5
Duke 9-4 1 21-5
Florida State 9-4 1 21-5
Louisville 9-4 1 21-5
Notre Dame 9-5 1.5 20-7
Virginia 8-5 2 18-7
Syracuse 8-6 2.5 16-11
Virginia Tech 7-6 3 18-7
Miami 7-6 3 17-8
Georgia Tech 6-7 4 15-11
Wake Forest 6-8 4.5 15-11
Clemson 4-9 6 14-11
Pittsburgh 3-10 7 14-12
NC State 3-11 7.5 14-13
Boston College 2-12 8.5 9-18

Thursday, February 16, 2017

Ohio Valley Conference Tournament Moving to Evansville in 2018

The 2018 Ohio Valley Conference Tournament will be held at the Ford Center in Evansville, Indiana.

The OVC just made the announcement via press release:

BRENTWOOD, Tenn. – The Ohio Valley Conference Board of Presidents have awarded the 2018 OVC Men’s and Women’s Basketball Championship to the Ford Center in Evansville, Indiana.

The date of the 2018 OVC Basketball Championship is February 28 - March 3, 2018.

“We are excited about the opportunity to take our flagship championship to another region of the OVC footprint,” said OVC Commissioner Beth DeBauche. “We look forward to the opportunity to partner with the City of Evansville and the Evansville Sports Corporation to provide an outstanding experience for our student-athletes and fans.

“I additionally want to thank the OVC Board of Presidents for their time and thoughtful approach in reaching this decision,” DeBauche added.

"I look forward to the OVC Championship being played in Evansville and at the Ford Center,” said Murray State President Dr. Robert O. Davies, who is the chair of the OVC Board of Presidents. “This facility is the ideal place to showcase our Conference and will be a memorable experience for our student-athletes. I also look forward to the emerging partnership with community of Evansville and know this will be an exciting event for the participants and spectators."

The Ford Center, which opened in 2011, is a 10,000-seat arena located in the core of Evansville’s downtown district. The 290,000-square foot facility serves as home of the University of Evansville’s men’s and women’s basketball teams as well as the Evansville Thunderbolts of the Southern Professional Hockey League. The Ford Center has serves as host to numerous sporting events and concerts on an annual basis.

“Evansville is a basketball town and we could not be more excited to partner with the Ohio Valley Conference to deliver a championship atmosphere for OVC student-athletes and fans alike,” said Jason Sands, Executive Director of the Evansville Sports Corporation.

Evansville is the third-largest city in the state of Indiana with a population of nearly 120,000 in the city limit and 300,000 people in the metropolitan area.

"Our city has demonstrated on multiple occasions the ability to host great sporting events at every level,” said Evansville Mayor Lloyd Winnecke. “We gladly welcome the Ohio Valley Conference and look forward to showing their student-athletes the best experience possible,” he continued.

The OVC Basketball Tournament is the fourth-oldest Division I Championship in the country; it will be held for the 54th time overall on March 1-4, 2017 at Municipal Auditorium in Nashville. That will mark the 23rd time in the past 24 years the event has taken place in Nashville. The last OVC Basketball Tournament held outside of Nashville took place in Louisville, Kentucky in 2002. The OVC will also partner with the Nashville Sports Council to serve as hosts of the 2018 NCAA Men’s Basketball Championship First and Second Rounds at Bridgestone Arena in 2018 (March 16-18).

During the 2017-18 academic year, the OVC Board of Presidents will consider future tournament site locations.

Wednesday, February 15, 2017

Bellarmine Rises to 3/4 in National Polls This Week

Bellarmine is up to No. 3 and No. 4 in the national polls this week.

Kentucky Wesleyan is also now in the top 20 in both polls.

Here's a release from BU:

LOUISVILLE, Ky.--The Bellarmine University men's basketball team extended its winning streak to nine games last week, and that fact--coupled with losses by some of the nation's top-ranked teams--led the way to the Knights taking over the No. 3 spot in the National Media Poll and the No. 4 position in the NABC Division II Coaches Poll.

Last the week Bellarmine came in at No. 5 and No. 7 respectively, but losses by West Liberty, Hawaii Pacific, and Queens (NC) opened the door to the upwardly movement by the Knights. Northwest Missouri remains the only undefeated team in Division II and holds on the top spot, while Fairmont State reclaims the No. 2 position.

Bellarmine is one of four Midwest Region team ranked in the top 25 in both polls. Southern Indiana comes in at No. 11 (Media) and No. 14 (NABC). Ferris State checks in at No. 15 (Media) and No. 24 (NABC). Kentucky Wesleyan claims the No. 13 spot in the NABC poll this week and ranks 19th in the National Media Poll.

The first regional rankings of the year will be released by the NCAA tomorrow, and it is those rankings that help determine NCAA Tournament seeding.

2016-17 DII Media Poll Sponsored by D2SIDA (Feb. 14)

School (1st Place Votes) Rec. Pts. LW
1 Northwest Missouri (13) 23-0 325 1
2 Fairmont State 23-1 309 4
3 Bellarmine 22-3 291 5
4 California Baptist 22-2 285 8
5 West Liberty 22-2 268 3
6 Tarleton State 22-3 233 9
7 Lincoln Memorial 20-4 232 10
8 Queens 22-2 218 2
9 Hawai'i Pacific 22-2 213 7
10 Indiana (PA) 23-2 205 12
11 Southern Indiana 23-2 193 14
12 Arkansas -Monticello 19-2 153 15
13 Alabama-Huntsville 19-5 146 22
14 Fort Lewis 22-3 141 19
15 Ferris State 21-4 123 11
16 San Francisco State 20-3 119 18
17 Barry 19-4 107 6
18 Kutztown 20-2 102 24
19 Kentucky Wesleyan 22-2 95 20
20 Shippensburg 21-2 73 17
21 UT-Permian Basin 19-4 69 13
22 Limestone 20-4 57 23
23 MSU-Moorhead 22-4 56 RV
24 LeMoyne 18-5 46 RV
25 Valdosta State 20-4 35 25

Also receiving Votes: Colorado Mines (17). UC San Diego (16), Western Washington (11), UNC Pembroke (7), St. Thomas Aquinas (N.Y.) (5), West Texas A&M (5), Saint Rose (4), Quincy (3).

NABC/Division II Rankings
(Feb. 14, 2017 – Poll #12)

Rec. Pts. LW
1. NW Missouri State (16) 23-0 400 1
2. Fairmont State, W.Va. 23-1 374 5
3. Indiana, Pa. 23-2 370 4
4. Bellarmine, Ky. 22-3 341 7
5. California Baptist 22-2 334 8
6. Kutztown, Pa. 20-2 315 9
7. West Liberty, W.Va. 22-2 301 2
8. Hawai'i Pacific 22-2 285 3
9. Tarleton State, Texas 22-3 273 11
10. Queens, N.C. 22-2 248 6
11. Fort Lewis, Colo. 22-3 244 12
12. Shippensburg, Pa. 21-2 226 13
13. Kentucky Wesleyan 22-2 217 14
14. Southern Indiana 23-2 195 15
15. Lincoln Memorial, Tenn. 20-4 158 16
16. Arkansas-Monticello 19-2 142 17
17. San Francisco State, Calif. 20-3 132 21
18. Barry, Fla. 19-4 118 10
19. Alabama-Huntsville 19-5 100 22
20. Western Washington 19-5 84 23
21. MSU Moorhead, Minn. 22-4 78 24
22. Colorado School of Mines 20-4 70 25
23. Wheeling Jesuit, W.Va. 19-5 37 18
24. Ferris State, Mich. 21-4 33 20
25. Valdosta State, Ga. 20-4 28 NR

Others receiving votes: Findlay (Ohio) 24, UT-Permian Basin (Texas) 23, UC San Diego 14, Pfeiffer (N.C.) 10, LeMoyne (N.Y.) 7, Alaska Anchorage 6, St. Thomas Aquinas (N.Y.) 5, Sonoma State (Calif.) 5, Delta State (Miss.) 1, West Texas A&M 1, Wisconsin-Parkside 1.

Dropped out: UT-Permian Basin (19).
Records are through games of Sunday, Feb. 12, 2017.

Sunday, February 12, 2017

No. 7 Bellarmine University Continues to Roll in Win Over Missouri-St. Louis

(7) Bellarmine 73
Missouri-St. Louis 56

Final from St. Louis, Missouri

Recap by BU:

ST. LOUIS — Veteran Coach Scott Davenport rarely encounters unique situations on a basketball court anymore, but the Bellarmine University men's basketball coach experienced one on Saturday after the No. 7 Knights' 73-56 romp over Missouri-St. Louis.

Following Bellarmine's ninth consecutive win in Great Lakes Valley Conference action, Davenport was headed to the locker room when he was chased down by Tritons sharpshooter Max Cook.

"He stopped me after the handshake when I was leaving to go down to the hallway and told me, 'Coach, you play the game the way it should be played,' " Davenport said. "I've never had that happen before. I really appreciated that."

It was the ultimate compliment — and an accurate assessment of Bellarmine's performance in the Mark Twain Building. The Knights (22-3, 14-1 GLVC) weren't thrilled with their second half, but that essentially was an afterthought after they dominated the first half against UMSL (10-15, 4-11) in building a 41-21 lead that allowed them to cruise to victory in the second half.

Bellarmine's first 20 minutes were some of its best of the season. The Knights shot a shrewd 61.5 percent from the floor and canned seven 3-pointers. They were equally efficient on defense, bottling up the Tritons and yielding only 34.6 percent shooting. The result was a stout 20-point lead at the intermission.

"We were just very, very solid and disciplined," Davenport said of the first-half play.

Bellarmine was highly balanced in the scoring column as only Al Davis registered double figures with a game-high 17 points. The senior guard also had four steals and three assists. Senior guard Rusty Troutman had nine points and three assists, freshman forward Ben Weyer stroked a trio of 3-pointers for nine points and junior guard Tyler Jenkins added eight points and six rebounds. Strong contributions also came from junior guard Jarek Coles (game-best six assists), sophomore forward Adam Eberhard (six rebounds, five assists, two steals), freshman forward Alex Cook (eight rebounds) and senior forward George Knott, who scored seven early points to help get the Knights revving.

Complete Recap

Update GLVC East Standings:

BELLARMINE 14-1 22-3
UW-PARKSIDE 11-4 19-5
LEWIS 11-4 16-9
MCKENDREE 3-11 9-13
SAINT JOSEPH'S 3-12 9-16

Pendleton County Sophomore Dontaie Allen Receives First D1 Offer

Pendleton County sophomore Dontaie Allen has picked up his first D1 scholarship offer from Northern Kentucky University.

Allen is averaging 29.7 points and 12.4 rebounds per game for Pendleton County (17-10) this season.

No. 14 Kentucky Wesleyan Clinches Regular Season Conference Title

Kentucky Wesleyan and head coach Happy Osborne are having an outstanding season.

The Panthers (22-0, 9-0 G-MAC) knocked off Davis & Elkins 104-94 last night to clinch the G-MAC regular season title. 

Ken-Jah Bosley led the way last night with 32 points and 8 rebounds. Malek Harris added 25 points and 7 boards. Jordan Jacks pulled down 12 rebounds and chipped in 9 points. 

Davis & Elkins got 30 points from Kevin Bracy-Davis. 

Current G-MAC Standings:

Kentucky Wesleyan *# 9-0 22-2
Alderson Broaddus * 7-3 12-12
Davis & Elkins * 6-4 11-13
Malone * 5-5 11-11
Cedarville 3-6 11-13
Trevecca Nazarene 2-7 7-18
Ohio Valley 1-8 2-19

* clinched postseason seed in G-MAC Championship
# clinched top overall seed, hosting rights for G-MAC Championship

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