Union College still #1, heads to NAIA national tournament

BARBOURVILLE, Ky. – The National Intercollegiate Athletics (NAIA) officially announced Wednesday the teams and pairings for the 2017 NAIA Division II Men’s Basketball National Championship, and Union College is the top-seeded team in the Naismith Bracket.

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The 32-team event will get underway on March 8 with the Championship game on Tuesday, March 14. The weeklong tournament takes place at Keeter Gymnasium on the campus of College of the Ozarks in Point Lookout, Mo.

Announced earlier in the day, Union maintained its top spot in the final regular-season edition of the NAIA Division II Top 25 Coaches’ Poll.

The field is divided into four brackets – Naismith, Cramer, Duer, and Liston; and each bracket is seeded one through eight. In Union’s bracket are:

  • No. 2 seed Warner (Fla.) (26-4)
  • No. 3 seed Trinity International (Ill.) (28-5)
  • No. 4 seed Dakota Wesleyan (S.D.) (23-9)
  • No. 5 seed College of Idaho (23-9)
  • No. 6 seed College of the Ozarks (Mo.) (20-9)
  • No. 7 seed Taylor (Ind.) (20-11)
  • No. 8 seed Aquinas (Mich.) (19-14)

Union and Cornerstone (Mich.) are the only 30-win teams entering the tournament as both are 30-3 overall. Cornerstone is the No. 1 seed in the Liston Bracket, where Appalachian Athletic Conference rival Reinhardt (Ga.) is the No. 7 seed.

The Bulldogs open play against the Saints of Aquinas on Wednesday, March 8, at 6:45 p.m. EST/5:45 p.m. CST.

Aquinas qualified for the tournament by finishing as the Wolverine-Hoosier Athletic Conference Tournament runner-up as they lost to Cornerstone 65-51 on Tuesday. Although 19-14 on the year, the Saints recorded an 87-77 upset win over then-No. 1 Cornerstone on Feb. 15.

Like Union, this is Aquinas’ fifth trip to the NAIA Division II Tournament. The Saints are 1-4 in their previous four trips with the last visit coming back in 2009. The Bulldogs are also 1-4 in their four appearances and are making their fourth trip in a row.

#20 UK women open SEC Tournament play Friday in quarterfinals

Kentucky women’s basketball team will play winner of Tennessee/Alabama Friday at approx. 2 p.m. ET

 

LEXINGTON, Ky. – The No. 20 University of Kentucky women’s basketball team will begin its run in the 2017 Southeastern Conference Tournament on Friday at approx. 2 p.m. ET in the quarterfinals of the event, playing either fifth-seeded Tennessee or 12th-seeded Alabama at the Bon Secours Wellness Arena in Greenville, S.C.

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Lady Railsplitters race past Queens 84-57 in SAC Tournament opener

HARROGATE, Tenn. – The No. 11 Lady Railsplitters punched their ticket to the South Atlantic Conference Tournament semifinals in style with the 84-57 win over Queens Wednesday evening.

This is the second straight season that LMU has made it to the SAC Tournament Semifinals, and their first as the top seed in the tournament.

Emily Griffith (Oliver Springs, Tenn.) led the team in scoring with a career-high 18 points as she was perfect for the evening, going 7-of-7 from the field, 2-of-2 from three-point range and 2-of-2 from the free throw line. Megan Pittman (Liberty, Ky.), who became LMU’s first CoSIDA Academic All-American earlier in the day, nearly had a school-record 33rd career double-double as she finished with 12 points and nine rebounds. Shea Coker (Knoxville, Tenn.) had 12 points, including five three-pointers and Ross Mathis (Greer, S.C.) chipped in 11 points.
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LMU advances to SAC semis with 88-71 win over Tusculum

HARROGATE, Tenn. — Chris Perry (Bartow, Fla.) and Luquon Choice (Laurens, S.C.) combined for 55 points as the top-seeded and No. 9 nationally-ranked Railsplitters (25-4) rallied from a nine-point first-half deficit to take down the eight-seeded Tusculum Pioneers (12-17) 88-71 in the quarterfinals of the 2017 South Atlantic Conference Championship on Wednesday night at Tex Turner Arena.

Lincoln Memorial notched its 15th consecutive victory to hit the 25-win mark for the seventh straight season. The Railsplitters also remained unbeaten against Tusculum this decade, defeating the Pioneers for the 21st time in a row.
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Cats complete biggest comeback in Calipari era, edge Vandy 73-67

Vanderbilt at Kentucky, Rupp Arena, Lexington, Ky.

Feb. 28, 2017
Attendance:
24,036

 

Final Score: No. 9/9 Kentucky 73, Vanderbilt 67

 

Team Records and Series Notes

  • Kentucky has won seven in a row and is 25-5 overall.
  • UK is 15-2 in the Southeastern Conference and clinches a tie for its 48th regular-season league championship with one game to play. It is UK’s fifth crown in eight seasons under John Calipari.
  • Vanderbilt ended a four-game winning streak and is 16-14 overall, 9-8 in league play.
  • Kentucky leads the series 143-47, including 80-14 in Lexington.
  • Next for the Wildcats: UK finishes the regular season Saturday at Texas A&M. Game time is noon ET (11 am CST in College Station). The game will be televised by CBS.

 

In the First Half

  • Kentucky’s starting lineup featured seniors Mychal Mulder, Dominique Hawkins and Derek Willis, along with Isaiah Briscoe and Bam Adebayo.
  • Vanderbilt jumped out to a 7-0 lead.
  • De’Aaron Fox got a 3-point shot early in the game, extending UK’s streak of 1,004 consecutive games with a triple.
  • Ahead 11-6, Vanderbilt utilized a 14-0 run for a 25-6 lead with 8:03 remaining in the half.
  • Kentucky responded with a 9-0 spurt to get back within 25-15.
  • UK continued to edge closer, narrowing Vanderbilt’s lead to 30-24 at halftime. It is the fewest points UK scored in any half this season.

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Box score from Kentucky’s dramatic comeback victory over Vandy

13th Region Girls: South Laurel, Harlan pick up first round wins

South Laurel defeated Knox Central and Harlan held off Clay County as first round action wrapped up in the Girls’ 13th Region Tournament at The Corbin Arena on Tuesday night.  They join Harlan County and North Laurel in the semifinals which will take place Friday night.

Region 13 Girls: Harlan County, North Laurel advance to semis

Harlan County and North Laurel picked up first round wins in the Region 13 girls tournament at The Corbin Arena on Monday night.  Here’s the updated bracket:

UK Hoops earns 4-seed in 2017 SEC Women’s Basketball Tournament

Kentucky will get a double bye in the event and play Friday at approx. 2:30 p.m. ET

 

LEXINGTON, Ky. – Behind its most Southeastern Conference wins since 2012-13, the No. 22 University of Kentucky women basketball team has earned the No. 4 seed and a double-bye in the 2016-17 Southeastern Conference Tournament, it was decided Sunday evening.

Kentucky (20-9, 11-5 SEC) will begin the event Friday at approx. 2 p.m. ET in the quarterfinals. UK will play the winner of fifth-seeded Tennessee vs. 12th-seeded Alabama or 13th-seeded Vanderbilt. UK lost its lone matchup vs. Tennessee this season 72-65 in Knoxville, while it defeated Alabama 71-54 in Tuscaloosa and Vanderbilt 71-63 in Lexington.

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Postgame notes following #22 Kentucky at #7 South Carolina

No. 22 Kentucky at No. 7 South Carolina

 

FINAL SCORE: #22 Kentucky 87, #7 South Carolina 95

 

Team Records and Series Notes

  • Kentucky ends the regular season 20-9 overall, 11-5 in the Southeastern Conference. South Carolina is 24-4, 14-2 in league play and secured the SEC regular season title with their win today.
    • This was the second meeting between the two teams this season, with USC earning a 75-63 victory in Memorial Coliseum on Feb. 2.
    • South Carolina has won five straight in the series.
  • UK is now 3-5 this season against ranked opponents.
  • Matthew Mitchell is in his 10th season with Kentucky. Mitchell is now 269-127 overall as a head coach, and 239-98 during his tenure at Kentucky. He is 102-53 in regular-season SEC games.
  • Kentucky now trails 26-34 in the overall series.
  • With UK’s win over No. 3 Mississippi State on Thursday, the Wildcats secured the #4 seed to earn a double bye in the SEC Tournament. Kentucky will play its first game of the tournament on Friday, March 3. The game will be broadcast on SEC Network.

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