Men’s Basketball: LMU a 3-seed entering Elite Eight play

SIOUX FALLS, S.D. – The Southeast Region champion and 15th-ranked Railsplitters (29-5) will be the No. 3 seed for the upcoming NCAA Division II Elite Eight and will face sixth-seeded Chico State (26-7) in the national quarterfinals at 9:30 (ET) on Wednesday night at Sanford Pentagon in Sioux Falls, South Dakota.

Lincoln Memorial captured its second consecutive Southeast Region championship on Tuesday night with a thrilling 82-68 win over No. 6 Queens at the Levine Center in Charlotte, North Carolina. The Railsplitters will be looking to make their second straight run to the NCAA Division II National Championship game. LMU finished as the 2016 national runner-up after losing to Augustana, whose campus is located just a few miles from Stanford Pentagon. Continue reading Men’s Basketball: LMU a 3-seed entering Elite Eight play

Ohmer’s 41 points leads Scott past Harlan County in Whitaker Bank/KHSAA Sweet 16

BY MIKE FIELDS / KHSAA

Jake Ohmer was Mr. Low Key after going for 41 points, 17 rebounds, 4 steals and 2 assists in Scott’s 77-65 victory over Harlan County in the Whitaker Bank/KHSAA Boys’ Sweet 16 Tuesday night.

It was the highest scoring performance in the state tournament since Elizabethtown’s Antwain Barbour had 42 against Russellville in 2000. Continue reading Ohmer’s 41 points leads Scott past Harlan County in Whitaker Bank/KHSAA Sweet 16

Men’s Basketball: NCAA South Region bracket

Men’s Basketball: Notes from Indianapolis

Kentucky Wildcats (29-5), No. 2 Seed

Lexington, Ky. | Southeastern Conference | Coach: John Calipari

All-Time Record in NCAA Tournament Games in Indy: 5-2 (fifth tournament appearance in Indy)

All-Time Record at Bankers Life Fieldhouse: 1-0

 

– Kentucky enters its 57th NCAA Tournament and its seventh under coach John Calipari. The Wildcats own eight national championships, including their most recent in 2012.

– The Wildcats open tournament play this week against in-state foe Northern Kentucky in a No. 2 vs. No. 15 matchup that mirrors a similar draw in 2005. In ’05, the No. 2-seed Wildcats downed No. 15 Eastern Kentucky, 72-64, at the RCA Dome.

– Kentucky’s lone appearance at Bankers Life Fieldhouse came on Nov. 18, 2014, in Game 2 of the State Farm Champions Classic. The top-ranked Wildcats dismantled No. 5-ranked Kansas, 72-40.

– The Wildcats later closed their 2014-15 season in Indianapolis as one of three Champions Classic participants to reach the Final Four, at Lucas Oil Stadium. UK lost to Wisconsin, 71-64, in a national semifinal game.

– The Wildcats have been a part of three straight NCAA Tournament events in Indy. UK advanced to the Final Four after defeating Louisville in the 2014 Midwest Regional at Lucas Oil Stadium, and fell in a national semifinal game at LOS in 2015.

– Kentucky first reached NCAA Tournament play in Indianapolis during the 1997 Final Four when the Wildcats lost an overtime, national championship thriller to freshman-led Arizona, 84-79.

– The Cats have played in the Final Four in Indianapolis, and twice have reached the Final Four by way of Indianapolis, earning first- and second-round wins in 2005, and a pair of regional wins in 2014.

Northern Kentucky Norse (24-10), No. 15 Seed

Highland Heights, Kentucky | Horizon League | Coach: John Brannen

All-Time Record in NCAA Tournament Games in Indy: 5-2 (fifth tournament appearance in Indy)

All-Time Record at Bankers Life Fieldhouse: 1-0

 

– In its first season of NCAA Division I postseason eligibility is making its first NCAA Tournament appearance. The Norse began their transition to Division I in 2012-13 and joined the Horizon League in 2015-16. The Norse have never played at Bankers Life Fieldhouse.

– The Norse have never played at Bankers Life Fieldhouse. They are one of three teams to visit Indianapolis from the state of Kentucky, Indiana’s neighbor to the south.

Boys’ Basketball: 13th Region rep Harlan County falls in first round play

Scott High’s Jake Ohmer had 41 points and 17 rebounds as Scott knocked off 13th Region rep Harlan County 77-65 in the boys’ state tournament at Rupp Arena in Lexington.  Scott had as much as a 19 point lead at one point in the game. The Black Bears trailed all the way.

Harlan County was led by Cameron Carmical who had 25 points.  Tyrese Simmons added 14 and Gabe Price 12.  The Black Bears finish 31-4 on the season.  Scott improves to 22-12 and advances to play Perry Central.

It’s time for the Whitaker Bank/KHSAA Boys’ Sweet 16 State Basketball Tournament

Men’s Basketball: LMU wins NCAA Division II Southeast Regional

CHARLOTTE, N.C. – The second-seeded and No. 15 Railsplitters (29-5) used a suffocating defensive performance and a 15-4 second-half run to defeat the top-seeded and No. 6 Queens Royals (30-4) 82-68 to win the NCAA Division II Southeast Regional on Tuesday night inside the Levine Center. With the win, Lincoln Memorial books its second consecutive trip to the NCAA Division II Elite Eight, which is being hosted in Sioux Falls, South Dakota March 22-25.

In the previous three meetings between Lincoln Memorial and Queens this season, the two teams were separated by a total of three points. The Royals had a 2-1 edge after defeating the Railsplitters in the Levine Center during the regular season and also pulling out a three-point win in the South Atlantic Conference Championship title game, which awarded Queens the right to host the Southeast Regional.
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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.

Still, Cornerstone would not bow out. Continue reading Men’s Basketball: Union College wins NAIA Division II National Championship

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