Friday, March 10, 2017

Kentucky Christian Upsets Manhattan Christian, Advances to Semifinals of NCCAA Naitonal Tournament

Kentucky Christian University upset No. 2 Manhattan Christian College on Thursday to advance to the semifinals of the NCCAA Division II National Tournament.

Here are details from KCU:

The Knights brought the excitement for their first game in the NCCAA Division II National Tournament. After trailing most of the game, the Knights took the lead late in the second half thanks to Junior Matthew Lee's game changing bucket.

Manhattan's #14 Mike White received a foul followed by a technical, taking him out of the game with a team high of 19 total points. This coupled with Lee's bucket completely shifted the momentum of this game in the Knights favor.

Freshman Point Guard Owens Crawford was unwavering handling the Thunder's pressure most of the game. He showed up big with 12 points, two of those being huge three pointers for the Knights. With numerous assists and only one turnover, Crawford played a tough 39 minutes.

Sophomore Conner Gauze also showed up big for the Knights with 16 points and five rebounds. He was a force to reckon with under the basket, staying strong against the Thunder's defense.

Other notable players include Freshman Trenton Walker, a tremendous defensive player, who had seven rebounds for the Knights. All American Hayden Dunn also had a great game, scoring the team high of 19 points and seven rebounds. Brandon Barnes and Nick Miller scored 11 and 12 points, respectively with perfect free throw percentages down the stretch to secure the win for the Knights.

Kentucky Christian will take on the University of Valley Forge tomorrow at 4:00 PM (5:00 PM EST).

Wednesday, March 8, 2017

Kentucky Christian University Earns At-Large Bid to NCCAA DII National Tournament

For the first time in six seasons, Kentucky Christian University is headed back to the NCAA Division II National Tournament.

The Knights will open the tournament on Noon Thursday vs. No. 2 Manhattan Christian College.

KCU's Hayden Dunn was also named NCCAA DII First Team All-American.

Men's Basketball DII Awards

1st Team All-American

Trey Sneed Randall University
Hayden Dunn Kentucky Christian University
Jared Bradford Grace Bible College
Mike White Manhattan Christian College
Aaron Stemen Trinity Bible College

2nd Team All-American

Nash Carter Piedmont International University
Alex Sanchez University of Valley Forge
Trey Frank Moody Bible Institute
Jovan Morris Toccoa Falls College
Marshall Riddle Bob Jones University

Honorable Mention All-American

Kenny White Johnson University Tennessee
Kashus Lyons Randall University
Jon Luke Talton Faith Baptist Bible College
Nick Babalola Manhattan Christian College
Devin Williams University of Valley Forge

Player of the Year Trey Sneed Randall University
Pete Maravich Award Gunner St. John Johnson University Tennessee
National Coach of the Year Jon Mack University of Valley Forge

Here's a look at the tournament bracket:

Tuesday, March 7, 2017

Northern Kentucky Wins the Horizon League Tournament, Earns NCAA Bid

The Northern Kentucky Norse have just knocked off Milwaukee 59-53 in the championship game of the Horizon League Tournament.

With the win, the Norse (24-10) are headed to the NCAA Tournament in their first season of eligibility.

Congratulations to head coach John Brannen and the Norse!

Former Morehead State Player Soufiyane Diakite Lands at Bethune-Cookman

Former Morehead State forward Soufiyane Diakite will continue his college career at Bethune-Cookman.

Diakite averaged 6.5 points and 2.7 rebounds per game for MSU in 6 games.

Northern Kentucky Debuts in ESPN's Bracketology

Northern Kentucky has made their first appearance in Joe Lunardi's Bracketology.

The Norse are now projected as a 15-seed in the Midwest Region against...drum roll...Louisville.

NKU will face Milwaukee in the Horizon League Tournament championship game tomorrow night.

Kentucky is currently projected as a 2-seed in the South Region.

Sunday, March 5, 2017

Bellarmine Earns No. 1 Seed in NCAA Division II Men's Basketball Tournament

Bellarmine University will be the No. 1 seed in the Midwest Region of the NCAA Division II Men's Basketball Tournament.

 As the top seed, the Knights will host their region.

 Kentucky Wesleyan is the No. 4 seed in the Midwest Region and would have to face Bellarmine in the second round if both teams win their first games.

 Here's a look at the region:

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