LMU has no problem with Carson-Newman in 105-62 SAC semifinal rout

GREENVILLE, S.C. — Trevon Shaw (St. Helena Island, S.C.) scored a career-high 30 points as the No. 9 nationally-ranked and top-seeded Railsplitters (26-4) shot 54 percent from the field and buried a season-high 17 three-pointers to ransack the fourth-seeded Carson-Newman Eagles (19-11) 105-62 in the South Atlantic Conference Championship semifinals on Saturday at Timmons Arena.

The win was noteworthy for several reasons. First and foremost, the win advances Lincoln Memorial to the title game of the SAC Championship for the fifth consecutive season, where the Railsplitters will be looking to claim their third SAC tournament championship of the past four seasons. The Railsplitters also extended their winning streak to 16 games and handed the Eagles the second-worst loss in the history of the Carson-Newman men’s basketball program. It matched the largest margin of victory for either team in the 204-game history of the series. Continue reading LMU has no problem with Carson-Newman in 105-62 SAC semifinal rout

Shorthanded UK Hoops falls in the SEC Tournament semifinals

GREENVILLE, S.C. – Playing without point guard Taylor Murray, the 20th-ranked Kentucky Wildcats fought hard, but fell to No. 5 South Carolina 89-77 on Saturday afternoon in the semifinals of the SEC Women’s Basketball Tournament.

 

Murray was injured late in Friday’s quarterfinal win over Alabama. She missed Saturday’s game with whiplash and is considered day-to-day.

 

This was the second game between the two teams in the last six days. South Carolina beat Kentucky in the regular season finale on Sunday, 95-87, in Columbia.

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13th Region Boys: Harlan County, Corbin survive and advance to finals

Harlan County and Corbin both survived tough tests in Saturday afternoon’s semifinal round at the Corbin Arena.  Corbin held off Knox Central 55-52 in the upper bracket while Harlan County overcame a double digit deficit and finally prevailed 59-56 in overtime against South Laurel in the lower bracket.  Corbin and Harlan County will meet Monday night in the boys’ regional championship game.  Harlan County has only lost three games all season, but two of those three came against the Redhounds who went 2-0 against the Black Bears during the regular season.

LMU’s Lady Railsplitters advance to the SAC Tournament finals

GREENVILLE, S.C. – The historic year of “firsts” keeps going on for the No. 11/24 Lady Railsplitters, this time it’s the program’s first appearance in the South Atlantic Conference Tournament Championship game following the 72-67 win over Carson-Newman in the Tournament Semifinals Saturday afternoon.

The Lady Railsplitters, the tournament’s top seed, advance to face third-seeded Wingate in the Championship game Sunday at 1 p.m. at Timmons Arena. The winner will receive the conference’s automatic bid to the NCAA Tournament.
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Kentucky stages another comeback, wins at Texas A&M

Kentucky at Texas A&M, Reed Arena, College Station, Texas

March 4, 2017
Attendance:
9,528

 

Notes compiled by Jake Most

 

Final Score: No. 9/9 Kentucky 71, Texas A&M 63

 

Team Records and Series Notes

  • Kentucky has won eight in a row and is 26-5 overall.
  • UK finished the regular season 16-2 in the Southeastern Conference and claimed its 48th regular-season league championship as well as the No. 1 seed in the SEC Tournament. It is UK’s fifth crown in eight seasons under John Calipari.
    • The conference championship is Calipari’s 15th regular-season league title as a head coach. He won five at UMass, five at Memphis and now five at Kentucky. He is the only coach in NCAA Division I men’s basketball history to have won at least five regular-season titles at three different schools.
  • Texas A&M’s two-game winning streak ended and the Aggies closed the regular season 16-14 overall, 8-10 in the SEC.
    Kentucky leads the series 8-3. UK has won three in a row dating to last season’s SEC Tournament Championship game.

    • This was the first time in four games in College Station, Texas, that the game didn’t go to overtime.
  • Next for the Wildcats: UK will open up the SEC Tournament on Friday in Nashville, Tennessee’s Bridgestone Arena. As the No. 1 seed UK will play at 1 p.m. ET.

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13th Region Girls: It’ll be an all-52nd District regional final

The two 52nd District representatives, Harlan County and Harlan, picked up semifinal wins over the Laurel County Schools on Friday.  Harlan County defeated North Laurel 60-45 while Harlan eliminated South Laurel 54-47.  They advance to Saturday’s 13th Region Girls championship game for the second straight year. Harlan defefated Harlan County 44-36 in last year’s regional championship game.

This year’s game will be the fourth time the two rivals have met this season with Harlan County sweeping the previous three by scores of 54-47, 56-45, and most recently 81-72 in the 52nd District championship game.

20th ranked Kentucky beats Alabama to advance to SEC Women’s semifinals

No. 20 Kentucky Advances to SEC Semifinals, Beat Alabama, 65-55

Wildcats Face Top-Seeded South Carolina on Saturday

 

GREENVILLE, S.C. – Evelyn Akhator scored 23 points, and Alyssa Rice added a career high 11 as 20th-ranked Kentucky topped Alabama 65-55 on Friday afternoon in the quarterfinals of the 2017 SEC Women’s Basketball Tournament.

 

Kentucky (21-9) also got double-figure scoring efforts from Makayla Epps and Maci Morris, who had 12 and 11 points, respectively. Taylor Murray had eight points, four rebounds, four assists and three steals as the Wildcats advanced to Saturday’s semifinals.

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13th Region Boys: Harlan County, South Laurel advance

Harlan County had a battle with Lynn Camp, but prevailed 57-52 while South Laurel outpointed Clay County 63-51 in the final night of first round action at The Corbin Arena.  They will join Knox Central and Corbin in Saturday afternoon’s semifinal round.

13th Region Boys: Corbin and Knox Central advance to semifinal round

Saturday afternoon’s upper bracket semifinal game between Corbin and Knox Central will also be the rubber match between the two this season.  Corbin defeated the Panthers by five in Corbin during the Cumberland Falls Invitational over the holiday season.  Knox Central whipped the Redhounds by 13 when the two teams met January 20th at Knox Central.

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.