Men’s Basketball: Union College wins NAIA Division II National Championship

NAIA DII Mens Basketball National Championship, Keeter Gymnasium, Branson, Missouri, Brian Beard – Referee Photo

POINT LOOKOUT, Mo. – With dogged tenacity, Union College battled its way to the top and was rewarded with the 2017 NAIA Division II Men’s Basketball Championship, defeating Cornerstone (Mich.) 72-69 on Tuesday.

All season Union (35-3 overall) and Cornerstone (34-4 overall) seemed to be the true heavyweights of NAIA Division II, and that played out to be true as both squads delivered blow after blow. In the end, the Bulldogs were left standing as the national champion.

“This was a very hard game to play,” said head coach Kevin Burton. “The (College of) Idaho game was a really hard game to play, but it was a little more free flowing. This game didn’t go up and down as much, and it was a harder game to play and a harder game to find offensive things to go to, but we persevered.

“Cornerstone is a class act,” he continued. “They have great talent and great coaching. For us to come up on top in a game against a team that’s so storied in the NAIA, it’s a pretty good accomplishment.”

The score was tied nine times, and the lead changed hands on 14 occasions. And no lead was safe.

The Bulldogs led for much of the second half, yet the Golden Eagles did not quit until the final horn went off.

Tied at 45-all, Union reeled off nine straight points to open a 54-45 advantage. At the 9:02 mark, Paul Stone drained a 3-pointer from in front of the Bulldog bench, upping the margin to 56-47.

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Men’s Basketball: Union College advances to NAIA national championship game

Union Advances to NAIA National Title Game with 92-80 Win

POINT LOOKOUT, Mo. – One. More. Game.

Top-seeded Union College pieced together one of its best overall games of the season in registering a 92-80 victory on Monday over No. 4-ranked Indiana Wesleyan to advance to the NAIA Division II Men’s Basketball Championship title game.

The Bulldogs now have won 32 games in a row, upping their overall record to 34-3. Union will face No. 2 Cornerstone (Mich.) on Tuesday at 7 p.m. ET/6 p.m. CT. Continue reading Men’s Basketball: Union College advances to NAIA national championship game

Women’s Basketball: Tickets for 1st and 2nd round games at UK on sale

Lexington First and Second Round Tickets On Sale

Wildcats will begin their NCAA Tournament run on Friday at Noon ET

 

LEXINGTON, Ky. – All-session and single-session tickets for the 2017 NCAA Division I Women’s Basketball Tournament First and Second Rounds to be held in historic Memorial Coliseum on March 17 and March 19 in Lexington, Ky., are now on sale.

 

Tickets may be purchased online at ukathletics.com/ncaatickets, in person at the Joe Craft Center Ticket Office or by calling the UK Ticket Office at 800-928-2287. Continue reading Women’s Basketball: Tickets for 1st and 2nd round games at UK on sale

Women’s Basketball: LMU’s magical season ends with NCAA semifinal loss

COLUMBUS, Ga. – The No. 13/20 LMU women’s basketball’s magical season came to an end as cold shooting doomed LMU’s hopes of an Elite Eight bid and they fell to Columbus State 86-75 in the NCAA Southeast Regional Semifinal.

The loss ends LMU’s record-breaking season at 28-5. And what a year it was; tied for most wins in school history, the school’s first SAC Championship and the best conference record ever; a 20-0 start; the program’s highest national ranking ever; the program’s second-ever NCAA Tournament appearance; the program’s first appearance in the SAC Tournament finals; the first SAC Player of the Year and CoSIDA Academic All-American in Megan Pittman (Liberty, Ky.); four All-SAC performers for the first time; the program’s first SAC Coach of the Year in Krystal Evans; and the programs deepest run in the NCAA Tournament.

They also are currently ranked 13th in the latest WBCA/USA Today Division II Coaches’ Poll. They were also 20th in the final D2SIDA National Media Poll of the season.
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Men’s Basketball: LMU uses defense and rebounding to defeat Limestone 70-64

CHARLOTTE, N.C. – With points coming at a premium, the second-seeded and No. 15 Railsplitters (28-5) rode a lockdown defensive effort and a dominant display on the backboards to defeat sixth-seeded Limestone (27-6) 70-64 and advance to the NCAA Division II Southeast Regional championship game for the second straight season on Sunday night at the Levine Center. Lincoln Memorial will face the winner of the Queens/Augusta game at 7 p.m. on Tuesday, with the winner of that contest advancing to the Elite Eight in Sioux Falls, S.D.

Lincoln Memorial trailed by as many as nine points in the second half and faced a 59-51 deficit with six and a half minutes left in regulation, but closed on a 19-5 run to book its ticket to the Sweet 16.
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Kentucky gets a 2-seed, headed to Indianapolis

Kentucky Tabbed No. 2 Seed in South Region of NCAA Tournament

Making their 56th NCAA Tournament Appearance, UK opens play Friday in Indianapolis

 

LEXINGTON, Ky. – Kentucky men’s basketball extended its national record for most NCAA Tournament appearances to 56 on Sunday, as the team was selected as the No. 2 seed in the South Region. The Wildcats will play Northern Kentucky, the No. 15 seed in the region, on Friday, March 17 in Indianapolis.

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SEC Tournament: Kentucky wins 30th SEC Tournament championship

Kentucky vs. Arkansas – Southeastern Conference Tournament championship

March 12, 2017, Bridgestone Arena, Nashville, Tenn.

 

Final Score: No. 8/8 Kentucky 82, Arkansas 65

 

Team Records and Series Notes

  • Kentucky has won 11 in a row – its longest winning streak of the season — and is 29-5 overall.
  • Arkansas is 25-9 overall.
  • Kentucky leads the series 29-11 and has won five in a row vs. the Razorbacks.
    • Earlier this season, UK defeated Arkansas, 97-71, in Lexington.
    • UK is 9-1 vs. Arkansas in the SEC Tournament, including 4-0 in championship games (also 1995, 1999, 2015).
  • Next for the Wildcats: UK awaits its NCAA Tournament fate.

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Men’s Basketball: Union College rolls 98-60, reaches NAIA Final Four

POINT LOOKOUT, Mo. – Top-ranked Union College roared out of the gates and raced to a convincing 98-60 victory over No. 3 seed Trinity International (Ill.) on Saturday to advance to the Fab Four of the NAIA Division II Men’s Basketball National Championship for the first time in program history. Continue reading Men’s Basketball: Union College rolls 98-60, reaches NAIA Final Four

Men’s Basketball: LMU advances in NCAA’s, outscores Pfeiffer 118-86

CHARLOTTE, N.C. – Emanuel Terry (Enterprise, Ala.) and Chris Perry (Bartow, Fla.) combined for 48 points and 18 rebounds as the second-seeded and No. 15 nationally-ranked Railsplitters (27-5) advanced to the NCAA Division II Southeast Regional semifinals with a wire-to-wire 118-86 win over the seventh-seeded Pfeiffer Falcons (26-5) on Saturday at the Levine Center.

Lincoln Memorial, who is heading to the second round of the NCAA Tournament for the sixth consecutive year, will face sixth-seeded Limestone at 5 p.m. on Sunday, with the winner of that contest advancing to Tuesday’s Southeast Regional championship game.

“I was proud of our guys,” said head coach Josh Schertz. “I thought we played with a lot of purpose and were really locked in. They are a difficult team to guard and play against. It was a good win and we’re looking forward to having the opportunity to play again tomorrow.” Continue reading Men’s Basketball: LMU advances in NCAA’s, outscores Pfeiffer 118-86

Women’s Basketball: LMU rolls over Wingate, Sweet 16 bound for first time ever

COLUMBUS, Ga. – Two down, four to go. The LMU women’s basketball team continues to make history. This time the history is 16 times as Sweet as the No. 13/20 and third-seeded Lady Railsplitters demolished second-seed and 21st-ranked Wingate in the NCAA Southeast Regional Semifinals 85-66 Saturday afternoon to advance to the round of 16 for the first time in program history.

LMU improves to 28-4, tying the school record for wins in a season with the 1988-89 team. They will face fourth-ranked Columbus State Monday at 7 p.m.

The loss ends Wingate’s season at 26-6 and was their worst loss of the season. It was the fourth time the two teams met this season, and they split 2-2. Continue reading Women’s Basketball: LMU rolls over Wingate, Sweet 16 bound for first time ever