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

SEC Semifinal: Kentucky 79 Alabama 74

Kentucky vs. Alabama – Southeastern Conference Tournament semifinals
March 11, 2017, Bridgestone Arena, Nashville, Tenn.
Attendance: TBA

Final Score: No. 8/8 Kentucky 79, Alabama 74

Team Records and Series Notes
• Kentucky has won 10 in a row – its longest winning streak of the season — and is 28-5 overall.
• Alabama is 19-14 overall.
• Kentucky leads the series 110-37 and has won eight in a row vs. the Crimson Tide.
o Earlier this season, UK defeated Alabama, 67-58, in Tuscaloosa.
o UK is 15-2 vs. Alabama in the tourney, including 6-0 in semifinal games.
• Next for the Wildcats: on Saturday at 1 p.m. EDT (noon EDT in Nashville), UK takes on Arkansas.
o This season vs. Arkansas: on Jan. 7, UK won 97-71 in Lexington.
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#1 Union College squeaks by 83-82, advances to NAIA quarterfinals

No. 1 Union Escapes with 83-82 Win, Advances to Quarters

POINT LOOKOUT, Mo. – Tyrone Sherman scored on a driving layup with 13.0 seconds left, and top-seeded Union College held strong defensively as time expired to escape with the 83-82 victory over No. 5 seed College of Idaho in the second round of the NAIA Division II Men’s Basketball National Championship on Friday.

The Bulldogs (32-3 overall) advance to the quarterfinal round for the first time in program history as they extend their win streak to 30 games.

“Is it over?,” said head coach Kevin Burton following the game. “You quite possibly saw the two best teams in this tournament. If not the two best, certainly two of the best. I’m super proud of our guys with the way they battled. It was dripping off of them how badly they wanted to win.

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SEC Tournament: Kentucky 71 Georgia 60

Kentucky vs. Georgia – Southeastern Conference Tournament quarterfinals
March 10, 2017, Bridgestone Arena, Nashville, Tenn.
Attendance: TBA

Final Score: No. 8/8 Kentucky 71, Georgia 60

Team Records and Series Notes
• Kentucky has won nine in a row – its longest winning streak of the season — and is 27-5 overall.
• Georgia is 19-14 overall.
• Kentucky leads the series 124-26 and has won nine in a row vs. the Bulldogs.
o Earlier this season, UK defeated Georgia 90-81 (OT) in Lexington and 82-77 in Athens.
o UK leads Georgia 11-1 in SEC Tournament games.
• Next for the Wildcats: on Saturday at 1 p.m. EST (noon EST in Nashville) UK takes on Alabama.
o This season vs. Alabama: on Feb. 11, UK won 67-58 in Tuscaloosa.

In the First Half
• Kentucky’s starting lineup featured De’Aaron Fox, Bam Adebayo, Malik Monk, Isaiah Briscoe and Derek Willis.
o Kentucky improved to 6-0 with this lineup.
o After coming off the bench the previous seven games, Willis has started three in a row.
o Adebayo is the only Wildcat to have started all 32 games of the season this year.
• Tied at 2, Kentucky grabbed the lead with an 8-0 run and led the rest of the game.
o The spurt began with a 3-pointer by Willis, extending UK’s streak of 1,007 games with at least one successful long ball.
• UK eventually stretched the lead to 13 on two occasions. With the Wildcats ahead 27-14, but three starters on the bench because of foul trouble, Georgia closed the half on an 11-5 run to make it 32-25 at intermission.

In the Second Half
• Kentucky got the first six points of the second half, matching its then-biggest lead at 38-25, and UK led by double digits the rest of the way.
o The Wildcats gradually pulled away thanks primarily to a strong defensive effort. In the first eight minutes of the second half, Georgia was only 1-7 from the field, had four turnovers and five total points.
• With UK ahead 50-32 midway through the second half, Georgia’s shooting eye sharpened. The Bulldogs pulled within 10 points on multiple occasions in the last two minutes, but got no closer.

Team Notes
• Kentucky held Georgia to 60 points.
o UK is 18-0 this season when limiting the opponent to 72 or fewer points.
o UK is 144-5 under Coach John Calipari when keeping the opponent to 63 or fewer points.
• Georgia shot 33.3 percent from the field. UK is 16-0 this season when limiting the opponent to less than 43 percent.
• The rebounding was tied today at 42 each. Kentucky won or tied the rebounding battle for the ninth straight game – coinciding with the nine-game win streak.
o UK has outrebounded opponents by 8.4 boards per game during the current nine-game win streak.
• Kentucky had fewer turnovers than Georgia, 13-10, but UK capitalized 18-2 in points off turnovers.
• UK had 20-20 vision on offense, as Briscoe and Fox each tallied 20 points.
o The last time that happened was Feb. 7, when Briscoe and Wenyen Gabriel had 23 each vs. LSU.
• Calipari has a 689-192 (.782) on-court record, including a 244-52 (.824) mark at UK.
• UK is now 211-4 (.981) under Calipari in games leading by at least 10 points.

In the SEC Tournament
• UK is 128-25 (.837) all-time in the SEC Tournament, including 42-12 (.778) in the quarterfinals.
• UK is 11-1 vs. Georgia in the tourney.
• Looking ahead to Saturday, Kentucky is 40-2 (.952) in SEC Tournament semifinal games.

Player Notes
• Freshman Bam Adebayo had 13 points and 10 rebounds, his sixth double-double of the year.
• He is averaging 10.6 rebounds over the last seven games.
• Freshman De’Aaron Fox had 20 points, his eighth 20-point game of the season, but his first since Jan. 17 vs. Mississippi State. He also paced the Wildcats today with four assists.
• Sophomore Isaiah Briscoe had 20 points and once again stalked the backboards with six rebounds.
• It is his sixth 20-point game of the season and his first since a 23-point effort vs. Georgia on Jan. 31.
• He has averaged 7.3 rebounds over the last 13 games.
• Senior Derek Willis didn’t have a big scoring night with seven points, but he led the Wildcats in rebounding with 11 and he also had a season-high four blocked shots.
• After not blocking a shot for eight straight games, Willis has totaled 10 rejections over the last three games.
• Senior Dominique Hawkins had five points, all coming on free throws. He displayed a dogged defensive effort during his 23 minutes and came up with a pair of steals.