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High School Basketball
Boys: Allen County Scottsville edged Glasgow 73-69, Barren County over Bowling Green 87-80 and Union County over Herrin, IL 42-38 at the ElDorado, IL Christmas Classic.
Girls: Glasgow over Allen County Scottsville 65-50 and Bowling Green defeated Barren County 81-37.
Former Christian County standout Donovan Kates had two points in Manhattan's 50-44 loss to Stony Brook on New Year's Day.
Today's games: Kentucky coach John Calipari tells the Courier Journal this could be the most rewarding Kentucky team yet. Calipari says you don’t just judge a team by wins, losses or championships, but by the accomplishments made by a team and how far they’ve come from the beginning of the season. The Wildcats play their final pre conference game this evening as they host Eastern Michigan, with pre game coverage at 3:30 on Lite 98.7.
Also in action are the Louisville Cardinals, who open Big East play against Providence at the Yum Center. The Courier Journal reports that Chane Behanan may not play this evening because of the flu. Behanan had 20 points in Louisville’s 80-77 win over Kentucky last Saturday.
Vanderbilt is also in action this evening, hosting William and Mary. A win for Coach Kevin Stallings will give him the most victories as Commodores coach in Memorial Gym, surpassing legendary coach Roy Skinner who won 181 games in the 60 year old building. Stallings is also just 12 wins away from passing Skinner for overall wins at 278.
The Sugar Bowl takes place tonight in New Orleans as the Louisville Cardinals face the third ranked Florida Gators. It’s a homecoming of sorts for Cards coach Charlie Strong, who worked as an assistant under Urban Meyer in his days at Florida.
Western Kentucky new coach Bobby Petrino has announced the hiring of seven assistants, four with ties to him during his time at the University of Louisville. The Courier Journal reports former Louisville and Kentucky assistants Mike Cassity and Mike Summers, along with former Cardinal lineman LD Scott and tailback Kolby Smith will be on staff.
The others are Lamar Thomas, Kevin Peoples and Ricky Brumfield. Six of the seven assistants have either played or coached with Petrino.
Reports say former U of L quarterback and current Alabama-Birmingham offensive coordinator Jeff Brohm has been offered the position of offensive coordinator and assistant head coach. WKU says the announcement of an offensive and defensive coordinator is expected in the next few days.