Murray State University's basketball team has reached number 10 in this week's ESPN/USA Today Coaches poll. The Racers are ranked 12th in the Associated Press poll. Both polls still have Syracuse number one, followed by Kentucky in the second spot. Louisville is ranked 23rd in the Associated Press poll and 21st in the ESPN poll.
Kentucky freshman Anthony Davis has won the SEC Freshman of the week award for the third time this season. The rookie averaged 16 points, seven rebounds, four blocks and two and a half steals in wins over Auburn and Tennessee. Kentucky returns to action tomorrow night hosting Arkansas, with pre game coverage at 6:30 on Lite 98.7.
High School Basketball
Regional play begins in the Touchstone Energy/All A state tournament this evening.
Region Two Girls: University Heights hosts Trigg County at Blazer Gym, with tipoff at 7. Pre game coverage with the Heritage Bank pre game show at 6:45 on Newstalk 95.3 FM/1230 AM WHOP and whopam.com.
Other first round games: Lyon County at Livingston Central, Webster County at Caldwell County and Crittenden County at Dawson Springs.
Region Four Girls/Boys: Todd Central hosts Metcalfe County, Russellville goes to Cumberland County.
Boys: Calloway County and Paducah Tilghman are playing in the Superman Classic at Massac County, IL.
Girls: Warren East at Central Hardin
Kentucky basketball coach John Calipari has his weekly call in show at 5 this evening, followed by Sports Nightly at 6 on Lite 98.7. The Wildcats are back in action tomorrow night hosting Arkansas, with pre game coverage at 6:30 on Lite 98.7.
Men’s: Denver hands interim coach Ray Harper and Western Kentucky its third loss 78-65.
Women’s: Denver defeated Western Kentucky 69-62, number eight Kentucky defeated South Carolina 66-58 and number seven Tennessee rolled over 24th ranked Vanderbilt 87-64.
15th ranked Louisville takes on 24th ranked Marquette and Austin Peay meets Tennessee State.
Women’s games: Austin Peay meets Eastern Kentucky and Murray State goes against Jacksonville State.
The University of Tennessee is reportedly about to lose its sixth assistant coach. The website Tidesports.com reports Lance Thompson has told acquaintances he will join the University of Alabama staff replacing departed linebackers coach Sal Sunseri.
The Nashville Predators are in action, with a matinee game against the New York Islanders at Nassau Coliseum at noon today.
High School Basketball
All games in the area were cancelled last night due to the winter weather.
Tonight’s games (WEATHER PERMITTING)
Boys: University Heights is scheduled to Fort Campbell at Blazer Gym, with tipoff at 7:30. The Heritage Bank pre game show airs at 7:15 on Newstalk 95.3 FM/1230 AM WHOP and whopam.com.
Elsewhere: Dawson Springs at Madisonville, Russellville welcomes Franklin Simpson, Todd Central hosts Logan County, Trigg County entertains Livingston Central, Graves County at Marshall County, Lyon County at Crittenden County, Muhlenberg County at Henderson County.
Girls: Trigg County hosts Livingston Central, Todd Central welcomes Logan County, Russellville hosts Franklin Simpson, Dawson Springs at Madisonville, Lyon County at Crittenden County, Calloway County hosts Murray, Muhlenberg County hosts South Warren, Graves County at Marshall County.
High school games tomorrow include Hopkinsville travelling to Union County for a boy-girl doubleheader, with the Heritage Bank pre game show for the boys game at 1:45 on Newstalk 95.3 FM/1230 AM WHOP, then later in the afternoon, 8th district girls basketball action has Christian County hosting University Heights, with the Heritage Bank pre game show at 5 pm also on Newstalk 95.3 FM/1230 AM WHOP and whopam.com.
14th ranked Murray State remains undefeated after a 66-55 win over Jacksonville State. Racer Dante Poole led all scorers with 21 points. The 17-0 start for Murray State is the best in school history, with the Racers also improving to 5-0 in the Ohio Valley Conference. Tennessee Tech is next for Murray State tomorrow night at the CFSB Center.
Austin Peay got its first OVC win defeating Eastern Kentucky 80-65. Former Heritage Christian Academy standout John Fraley matched his career high with 25 points in the win for the Governors. Austin Peay is now 4-13 on the season and 1-3 in the OVC and hosts Jacksonville State Saturday night.
Mississippi State defeated Tennessee 62-58, North Texas routed Western Kentucky 84-67 and Manhattan defeated Iona 75-72—former Christian County star Donovan Kates did not score in the contest.
Women’s scores: Seventh ranked Tennessee saw its 36 game SEC winning streak come to an end as 8th ranked Kentucky upset the Lady Vols 61-60. Number 24 Vanderbilt defeated Auburn 66-58.
Second ranked Kentucky returns to SEC action tomorrow at Tennessee. Tip off from Knoxville at 11 am, with pre game coverage at 9:30 on Lite 98.7.
Western Kentucky running back Bobby Rainey has been selected to play in the East-West Shrine game at Tropicana Field in St. Petersburg, Florida January 21st. Rainey rushed for a school record 16-hundred 95 yards in the 2011 season, leading the Hilltoppers to a 7-5 finish. Rainey finished his four years at Western as the school’s career leading rusher with 45-hundred 42 yards. Rainey is also a two time Sun Belt Conference offensive player of the year.
The Tennessean reports Tennessee State University’s Hale Stadium will get a one million dollar facelift to host home football games. The project calls for installation of a temporary sound system and digital scoreboard. The project will also bring in bleachers to increase seating from 12 to 16 thousand. The first game to be played at the refurbished stadium is set for September 15th against Austin Peay. TSU has played at LP Field since 1999.
It took an extra frame, but the Nashville Predators got a 3-2 win over Colorado at Bridgestone Arena. David Legwand scored the game winner early in overtime. The Predators host Philadelphia Saturday night at 7 at Bridgestone Arena.
Three members of the Nashville Predators have been selected for the NHL All Star Game to be played January 28th-29th at Ottawa. Defensemen Ryan Suter and Shea Weber will play in the game, while rookie forward Craig Smith will take part in the NHL Skills Competition.
High School Basketball
Boys: Fresh from its win over Henderson County Tuesday night, Christian County returns to action this evening hosting Hopkins Central. Tip off from Colonel Gym is at 7:30, with the Heritage Bank pre game show at 7:15 on Newstalk 95.3 FM/1230 AM WHOP and online at whopam.com
Other games: Caldwell County at Community Christian, Mayfield hosts St. Mary
Girls: Christian County plays an 8th district game at Fort Campbell, University Heights hosts Caldwell County.
Second ranked Kentucky got off to a slow start, but finished strong in defeating Auburn 68-53. Anthony Davis and Doron Lamb each scored 14 for the Wildcats who improved to 16-1 on the season and 2-0 in SEC play. UK returns to action Saturday at Tennessee, with pre game coverage at 9:30 am on Lite 98.7
LSU lost at Alabama 69-53. Former Christian County player Anthony Hickey, Jr. had eight points and five rebounds in 27 minutes. The Tigers return to action Saturday at Arkansas.
Tonight’s games: 14th ranked Murray State hosts Jacksonville State in Ohio Valley Conference action, while Austin Peay meets Eastern Kentucky. Western Kentucky plays North Texas, Tennessee takes on Mississippi State and Manhattan meets Iona.
Women’s games: Seventh ranked Tennessee takes on eighth ranked Kentucky, 24th rated Vanderbilt goes against Auburn.
The Knoxville News Sentinel reports Tennessee walk on point guard Cory Stanton of Springfield, TN is now a part of the team. Stanton enrolled in classes Wednesday and cleared physical and academic requirements according to coach Cuonzo Martin. Stanton began his college career at Clemson last season and transferred to Lipscomb in July. He will begin practicing with the team Friday.
The Lexington Herald Leader reports two graduating seniors from Kentucky’s football team will play in the Casino Del Sol College All Star game Monday in Tucson, Arizona. Offensive lineman Chandler Burden and defensive back Anthony Mosley will play in the game, along with Murray State wide receiver Dontrell Johnson.
Interviews continue in Knoxville as the University of Tennessee searches for a defensive coordinator, however, the Knoxville News Sentinel reports another assistant coach could be leaving Derek Dooley’s staff. Offensive line coach Harry Heistand is a top candidate for the same position at Notre Dame.
Vanderbilt coach James Franklin defended his school’s recruiting practices Wednesday. The Tennessean reports the family of recruit I’Tavius Mathers—who committed to Ole Miss—says the Commodores were not truthful about the playing time Mathers would receive. Franklin through several media outlets said they were honest and did not guarantee playing time.
The Nashville Predators host the Colorado Avalanche in the second game of a home and home series at Bridgestone Arena. The Predators beat the Avalanche 4-1 in Denver Tuesday night. First puck drops at 7 pm.
Join Todd Hamilton for Sports Weekly presented by Toyota of Hopkinsville at 5:08 this evening on Newstalk 95.3 FM/1230 AM WHOP.
High School Basketball
Boys: Christian County edged Henderson County 62-60 in Henderson. Jarvis Irby led Christian County with 15 points, followed by Korey Mosley with 11. Henderson County was led in scoring by Kaleb Duckworth’s 19 points. Christian County is now 5-9 on the season, while Henderson County lost its 5th straight game in falling to 10-8.
Elsewhere: University Heights defeated Hopkins Central 67-52, Trigg County over Caldwell County 93-72, Logan County over Butler County 85-70, Greenwood defeated Russellville 62-52, Union County over Dawson Springs 59-30, Webster County rolled over Crittenden County 73-35, Muhlenberg County over McLean County 60-42, Marshall County defeated Paducah Tilghman 73-58, Mayfield got by Ballard Memorial 51-47.
Girls: Hopkinsville defeated Fort Campbell 56-22, University Heights over Hopkins Central 74-41, Trigg County defeated Dawson Springs 66-53, Logan County over Butler County 46-36, Greenwood defeated Russellville 76-52, Madisonville over Lyon County 46-31, Webster County over Crittenden County 63-33, Paducah Tilghman over Marshall County 69-44, Graves County defeated St. Mary 63-43, Ballard Memorial defeated Mayfield 63-50.
There’s been a change in the start time for the Christian County-University Heights girls basketball game this Saturday. The original start time was 7:30, now the game will tip off at Colonel Gym at 5:15, with the JV game beginning at 3:30.
14th ranked Louisville was routed at Providence 90-59. Chris Smith led the Cards with 13 points. Louisville drops to 13-4 and 1-3 in Big East play in losing for the fourth time in the last five games. The Cardinals host DePaul Saturday afternoon.
Vanderbilt defeated South Carolina 67-57 behind 13 three pointers in the contest.
Tonight’s games: Second ranked Kentucky begins a two game road swing at Auburn. Tip off at 7, with Countdown to Tipoff at 5:30 on Lite 98.7. Other games in the SEC: LSU travels to Alabama.
The Courier Journal reports former University of Louisville football coach Vince Gibson has died. The 78-year-old Gibson was diagnosed with Lou Gehrig’s disease in April 2010. Gibson coached the Cardinals from 1975-79 and led them to a 25-29-2 mark including a trip to the 1977 Independence Bowl. Gibson also coached at Tulane and Kansas State.
The Tennessean reports the Tennessee Titans have received permission to talk with Dallas Cowboys safeties coach Brent Maxie about its vacant secondary coaches position. The Titans fired secondary coach Marcus Robertson and assistant Curtis Fuller last week.
The Nashville Predators picked up a 4-1 against the Colorado Avalanche in Denver Tuesday night. The same two teams play Thursday night at 7 in Bridgestone Arena.