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UK plays Mississippi State in SEC Tournament on Thursday; Cats enter postseason with 9-15 record

By Eric Lindsey University of Kentucky Kentucky will play Mississippi State on Thursday in the Southeastern Conference Tournament after finishing the season 8-9 in league play. Game time is set for noon ET (11 a.m. CT) at Bridgestone Arena in Nashville. UK locked up the No. 8 seed on Saturday with an impressive 92-64 victory over South Carolina and Mississippi State’s loss to Auburn. The Bulldogs...

Don Owen: Unlike other 11-17 basketball teams, Oakland could be major trouble for NKU on Monday

Back in December, I called Oakland (Mich.) the best 0-9 college basketball team in the nation. I’m not joking. Why would anyone make that up? I even have a witness. I’d penned a column just before Christmas as a preview for the upcoming two-game series between Northern Kentucky and Oakland. The two teams were set to square off up in Michigan the first week of January. Oakland was 0-9. The winless...

Rylee finishes with 31 points, 22 rebounds as CovCath halts Elizabethtown winning streak at 12

NKyTribune staff Junior center Mitchell Rylee dominated the paint Saturday afternoon as Covington Catholic snapped Elizabethtown’s 12-game winning streak with a 79-62 triumph at Park Hills. Rylee scored 31 points and grabbed 22 rebounds — 14 of those offensive boards — as CovCath improved to 21-3. The Colonels finished with a whopping 45-21 advantage in rebounds and shot 50 percent from the field...

St. Henry boys repeat as All “A” Classic champions; Walton-Verona girls lose to Bethlehem in finals

By Chad Hensley NKyTribune contributor St. Henry used a 27-point effort from Wyatt Vieth and repeated as the boys All “A” Classic champions during a 74-57 win over Clinton County on Saturday at Eastern Kentucky University’s McBrayer Arena. Bethlehem (20-4) also repeated as the girls All “A” Classic champions with a 53-43 win over Walton-Verona earlier in the day. St. Henry players pose with...

Kentucky riding high following 92-64 win over South Carolina in home finale on Saturday afternoon

By Keith Taylor Kentucky Today It felt old times for Kentucky. The Wildcats closed out the regular season with an impressive 92-64 rout of South Carolina on Saturday at Rupp Arena. The home finale ended a roller-coaster ride that hit a straight stretch against the Gamecocks. “We got better and we made some shots,” Kentucky head coach John Calipari said. “It’s a good sendoff for us.” Now...

Draud sets 9th Region all-time career scoring record as Beechwood posts 73-59 win at Dixie Heights

NKyTribune staff Scotty Draud helped Beechwood collect an impressive road victory at Dixie Heights on Friday night and also became the all-time leading scorer in 9th Region basketball history. Draud poured in 23 points as Beechwood posted a 73-59 win at Dixie Heights. The senior guard passed former Dixie Heights standout Brandon Hatton as the 9th Region’s all-time leading scorer with 3,047 career...

St. Henry boys, Walton-Verona girls advance to All “A” Classic championship games on Saturday

By Chad Hensley NKyTribune contributor The St. Henry boys and Bardstown Bethlehem girls basketball teams are one win away from repeating as All “A” Classic state champions after both advanced to Saturday’s finals in Richmond. Bethlehem, though, will have to defeat Walton-Verona to earn its second straight All “A” Classic title. Walton-Verona’s Audrey Carrico (13) drives to basket against...

Calipari, Brooks confident Kentucky can finish season on high note; Cats play South Carolina

By Keith Taylor Kentucky Today Keion Brooks isn’t ready to give up on the season. Although Kentucky’s only hope of reaching the NCAA Tournament hinges on winning four straight games in the Southeastern Conference Tournament next week, Brooks said the team’s work ethic will be a valuable tool when it comes to reaching that feat. “What gives me hope is I know how our guys work hard every...

All “A” Classic semifinals set for Friday in Richmond; St. Henry boys seek to repeat as tourney champions

By Chad Hensley NKyTribune contributor Four boys and four girls teams are making their way to Richmond for the All “A” Classic semifinals and the right to be considered the small school state champions in the Bluegrass State. The Kentucky High School Athletic Association only sponsors one state championship, and many see the All “A” Classic as a means for smaller schools to have a better chance...

Thomas More women to meet Olivet Nazarene/Union (Ky.) winner on March 13 in NAIA Tournament

NKyTribune staff The NAIA announced the 48-team field for its women’s basketball national tournament on Thursday night, and top-ranked Thomas More will meet the winner of the Olivet Nazarene/Union (Ky.) game at 7:30 p.m. on March 13 at the Connor Convocation Center. Thomas More is 25-1 entering the NAIA Tournament after capturing the Mid-South Conference championship. The Saints — who won three...

Draud shoots for 9th Region all-time scoring record Friday night as Beechwood visits Dixie Heights

NKyTribune staff Beechwood visits Dixie Heights on Friday night in a showcase game that features two of the 9th Region’s winningest teams. It could also be the moment Scotty Draud becomes the all-time leading scorer in 9th Region history. Beechwood guard Scotty Draud scores a basket against St. Henry this season. (Photo by Dale Dawn) Draud needs 22 points to pass former Dixie Heights standout Brandon...

Horizon League teams work overtime in tourney quarterfinals; NKU faces Oakland in semifinals

By Don Owen NKyTribune sports editor Northern Kentucky outlasted Detroit Mercy with a last-second 70-69 win to advance to the Horizon League Tournament semifinals. But it was not the only dramatic finish to a game during Tuesday night’s quarterfinal action around the Horizon League. The biggest stunner of the evening occurred just up the road at second-seeded Wright State, which blew a 24-point lead...

Thomas More women rally past Campbellsville, capture Mid-South Conference Tournament title

NKyTribune staff The championship tradition continued for the Thomas More women’s basketball program on Tuesday night as the Saints captured the Mid-South Conference Tournament title with a a 56-47 victory over Campbellsville in Bowling Green. Maggie Jones scored 14 points off the bench and drained a pair crucial 3-pointers late in the fourth quarter as Thomas More (25-1) rallied to claim the Mid-South...

Böhm’s buzzer-beater lifts NKU to 70-69 win over Detroit Mercy in Horizon League Tournament

By Don Owen NKyTribune sports editor With less than five seconds remaining in the game against Detroit Mercy on Tuesday night, Northern Kentucky’s season appeared to be history. Instead, NKU freshman David Böhm produced a historic moment that kept the Norse’s goal of a Horizon League Tournament three-peat alive. With NKU trailing 69-68 and 7.5 seconds left on the clock, Marques Warrick missed...

Kentucky gets shoved around, fails to fight back in 70-62 loss to Ole Miss on Tuesday night

By Keith Taylor Kentucky Today Kentucky got shoved around and didn’t fight back in a 70-62 loss at Mississippi on Tuesday night. The narrow setback was the second straight for the Wildcats with one game remaining in the regular season. Kentucky (8-15, 7-9 Southeastern Conference) reeled off three constructive victories before back-to-back setbacks to Florida and Ole Miss. The Wildcats host South...