Randle, Young, Cauley-Stein honored by league’s coaches
BIRMINGHAM, Ala. – Kentucky forward Julius Randle was named the Southeastern Conference Freshman of the Year by the league’s coaches on Tuesday, leading a number of honors for the Wildcats for their play during the 2013-14 season. Randle was tabbed to the All-SEC First Team, while classmate James Young earned second team honors. Both players were also selected to the All-SEC Freshman team. Sophomore Willie Cauley-Stein earned All-SEC Defensive team accolades. Continue reading: Randle named SEC Freshman of the Year
RICHMOND, Ky. – A large group of Eastern Kentucky University fans welcomed home the 2014 Ohio Valley Conference champion men’s basketball team at Alumni Coliseum.
The team bus received a police escort to campus. As the bus turned into the parking lot, fans erupted with cheers and the WCYO 100.7 mobile unit began playing “We Are the Champions”.
Seniors Glenn Cosey and Tarius Johnson stepped off the bus with the team’s championship trophies.
The Colonels (24-9) will learn their NCAA Tournament destination Sunday.
Senior earned honor for continuing efforts in the community
BIRMINGHAM, Ala. – Senior Jon Hood was selected to the 16th annual Southeastern Conference Community Service Team it was announced by the league office on Monday. It is the first such honor of the Madisonville, Ky., native’s career.
In a continuing effort to recognize the accomplishments of student-athletes beyond the field of competition, the SEC once again highlighted a Community Service Team for men’s basketball for the 2013-14 season.
Hood has given countless hours for the community since his arrival at Kentucky. He constantly spends spare time visiting children at the UK Children’s Hospital and befriends children in need or who have terminal illnesses.
The senior guard has volunteered for God’s Pantry multiple times, volunteered for Hoops for Haiti. He’s spent time with Samaritan’s Feet and as a Campton Elementary school volunteer. During his time in Lexington, he has helped work clothing drives and the Hurricane Sandy Telethon with other teammates. Furthermore, he’s a mainstay at UK men’s basketball camps serving as a counselor and mentor to young players.
This marks the 16th year for the SEC Community Service Team for men’s basketball as well as for women’s basketball. All 21 league-sponsored sports have had a Community Service Team since 2004.
Hood is a 2013 graduate of the University of Kentucky and is on track to complete a second degree this May. He’s appeared in more than 60 games in his career and was a member of the 2012 National Championship squad.
Kentucky returns to action on Friday, in the quarterfinal round of the SEC Tournament in Atlanta. UK will face the winner of the LSU-Alabama game at 7 p.m. ET. The game will air on SEC TV.
GREENVILLE, SC — The top-seeded and 13th-ranked Railsplitters added another banner to the growing collection in the Tex Turner Arena rafters on Sunday in Greenville, South Carolina. Lincoln Memorial used a pair of big scoring runs and withstood the pesky Anderson Trojans 76-71 to win the 2014 Food Lion South Atlantic Conference Men’s Basketball Championship title at Timmons Arena.
The Railsplitters (27-2) punctuated the program’s second-consecutive and third SAC regular-season championship in four seasons with Sunday’s win, their eighth-straight victory, making Lincoln Memorial the first men’s basketball program to win both the regular season and league tournament titles since the Railsplitters themselves accomplished that feat in 2011.
Continue reading: 13th ranked LMU wins Food Lion SAC tournament
LET’S DANCE! HOT-SHOOTING COLONELS CAPTURE OVC TITLE & NCAA TOURNAMENT BID
NASHVILLE, Tenn. – Eastern Kentucky University’s men’s basketball team defeated top-seeded Belmont University, 79-73, to capture the Ohio Valley Conference Championship Saturday at Municipal Auditorium.
The Colonels (24-9) won their seventh game in a row en route to a return trip to the NCAA Tournament for the first time since 2007.
Continue reading: Let’s dance! Hot shooting Eastern Ky. wins OVC, gets NCAA automatic bid
Kentucky Basketball Postgame Notes
#1/1 Florida 84, #25/24 Kentucky 65
March 8, 2014
Stephen O’Connell Center – Gainesville, Fla.
Team Records, Notes
• Kentucky falls to 22-9, and 12-6 in conference, while Florida improves to 29-2, and 18-0 in Southeastern Conference action.
• Kentucky still leads the series 94-36 including a 33-24 record when the game is played in Gainesville.
• Today’s contest concludes the 2013-14 regular season. UK has clinched the No. 2 seed in the SEC Tournament scheduled to begin on Wednesday, March 12 in Atlanta, Ga. UK has a double-bye and will not play until 7 p.m. ET on Friday, March 14.
• Kentucky is now 6-14 all-time against teams owning the Associated Press’ No. 1 ranking. UK is 1-2 when Florida is the nation’s top-ranked squad.
• Today’s attendance was 12,604.
Continue reading: Second half rally falls short as #1 Florida whips Cats
The Arena at Gwinnet Center
March 8, 2014
Final Score: No. 12/13 Kentucky – 68, No. 5/7 South Carolina – 58
Team Records and Series Notes
UK improved to 24-7 overall this season and has now won five straight.
Kentucky’s all-time record is 710-484 (.595) in 40 seasons of varsity basketball.
The Wildcats are 29-35 all-time in the SEC Tournament.
Mitchell is in his seventh season as the head coach of the Wildcats and owns a record of 168-69 at UK. Overall, Mitchell is 198-98 in nine seasons.
He already ranks first on UK’s all-time wins list with 168 and winning percentage (.709).
Mitchell is now 10-6 in the SEC Tournament.
UK is 32-21 all-time vs. South Carolina, including a 2-0 mark vs. the Gamecocks in the SEC Tournament. UK fell to the Gamecocks in both regular-season matchups.
The Wildcats have advanced to the SEC Tournament Championship game for the fourth time in the last five seasons and second straight.
The win marks the first in school history over a No. 1 seed in the SEC Tournament. UK was 0-6 entering today’s game.
UK is looking for its first SEC Tournament Championship since 1982. Continue reading: UK Hoops beats #1 seed South Carolina
The Arena at Gwinnet Center
March 7, 2014
Final Score: No. 12/13 Kentucky – 75, Florida – 70
Team Records and Series Notes
UK improved to 23-7 overall this season and won its fifth consecutive game.
Kentucky’s all-time record is 709-484 (.594) in 40 seasons of varsity basketball.
The Wildcats are 28-35 all-time in the SEC Tournament.
Mitchell is in his seventh season as the head coach of the Wildcats and owns a record of 167-69 at UK. Overall, Mitchell is 197-98 in nine seasons.
He already ranks first on UK’s all-time wins list with 167 and winning percentage (.707).
Mitchell is now 9-6 in the SEC Tournament.
UK is 26-24 all-time vs. Florida, including a 5-2 mark vs. the Gators in the SEC Tournament.
The Wildcats have advanced to at least the SEC Tournament semifinals for the fifth straight season.
Tonight’s attendance was 4,271
Next up: The Wildcats will face the No. 1 seed South Carolina Gamecocks on Saturday in the semifinals of the SEC Tournament at Noon ET on ESPNU. Continue reading: UK Hoops beats Florida, advances to SEC semis
Clay County and Harlan girls advanced to Saturday’s semis as first round action in the girl’s tournament wrapped up on Wednesday at the Arena in Corbin. Harlan edged Williamsburg 53-51 in the opener then Clay County eliminated Whitley County 52-45 in the nightcap. They’ll play the second semifinal game Saturday following the Bell County – Corbin game at 1pm.
The boys tournament gets underway tonight (Thursday) at the Arena.
Middlesboro meets Clay County at 6:30. Knox Central takes on Williamsburg at 8:00
The full schedule is on this site in an earlier post.
HARROGATE, TN — The Lady Railsplitters were met with heartbreak at Tex Turner Arena on Wednesday night. Lincoln Memorial overcame an 18-point second-half deficit before succumbing to the Anderson Trojans in overtime, 71-64, in the quarterfinals of the 2014 Food Lion South Atlantic Conference Championship.
Continue reading: LMU women lose overtime battle to Anderson