SEC/Big 12 Challenge to be held in January next season

The SEC announces that the 2015-16 SEC/Big 12 Challenge will be held on one day and will be later in the season than previously held. In fact, all the games will be played on January 30, 2016.

Here’s the release:

Birmingham, Ala. – The Southeastern and Big 12 conferences have announced that beginning with the 2015-16 men’s basketball season, both leagues will create a common open date during their league schedules to showcase the Big 12/SEC Challenge. The third annual Big 12/SEC Challenge will be held on Saturday, January 30, 2016, with ESPN, ESPN2 and ESPNU combining to televise all 10 games of the event.

“Moving the Big 12/SEC Challenge later in the season will raise the profile of this event and give our coaches, student-athletes and fans the attention that it deserves,” SEC Commissioner Mike Slive said.

All 10 of the Big 12’s teams and 10 of the SEC’s 14 member institutions will participate in the event. The four SEC teams not participating in the Challenge will be matched up in conference games on Jan. 30 that will be televised by the SEC Network. Each conference will host five games. The participants and matchups will be determined at a later date.

Looking beyond next season, both conferences will continue to create a common open date in early January or February to play the Challenge. The first year of the Challenge was played throughout November and December while this season’s Challenge was played December 3-6.

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College basketball on television: Jan. 29


Thursday night features a University of Kentucky basketball doubleheader.

The No. 10-ranked Kentucky women’s and No. 1-ranked Kentucky men’s basketball teams are both on the tube Thursday night. The UK women play No. 6 Tennessee at 7 p.m. on the SEC Network. The UK men play Missouri at 9 p.m. on ESPN.

ESPN had said earlier in the week that Joe Tessitore and Sean Farnham would be the crew for Thursday night’s UK-Missouri game. The UK and Missouri game notes both list Adam Amin as the play-by-plan announcer with Farnham doing color and Seth Greenberg handling sideline duties. We’ll have to see.

Paul Sunderland will handle play-by-play and Carolyn Peck is doing the color for the UK-Tennessee women’s game.

Also, CBS Sports has the Western Kentucky-Louisiana Tech game at 7 p.m. And Eastern Kentucky is on ESPNU at 9 p.m. as the Colonels travel to Murray State to take on the Racers.

Here’s the list of college basketball games on television Thursday:

Thursday, Jan. 29

  • 2:00 – DePaul at Providence (Fox Sports 1)
  • 6:00 – Michigan State at Rutgers (Big 10)
  • 7:00 – Tennessee at Kentucky women (SEC)
  • 7:00 – Dayton at Massachusetts (ESPNU)
  • 7:00 – Western Kentucky at Louisiana Tech (CBS Sports)
  • 7:00 – Maryland at Ohio State (ESPN)
  • 8:00 – Connecticut at Cincinnati (ESPN2)
  • 9:00 – UAB at UTEP (CBS Sports)
  • 9:00 – Eastern Kentucky at Murray State (ESPNU)
  • 9:00 – Kentucky at Missouri (ESPN)
  • 9:00 – Ole Miss at LSU women (SEC)
  • 9:30 – Colorado at USC (Fox Sports 1)
  • 10:00 – Utah at UCLA (ESPN2)
  • 11:00 – San Francisco at BYU (ESPNU)
  • 11:00 – California at Washington State (Pac-12)

How Top 25 fared Wednesday

  • No. 4 Duke lost 77-73 at No. 8 Notre Dame
  • No. 6 Arizona beat Oregon 90-56
  • No. 9 Kansas won 64-61 at TCU
  • No. 10 Louisville won 81-72 at Boston College
  • No. 12 Wichita State beat Loyola (IL) 58-47
  • No. 19 Northern Iowa won 59-52 at Southern Illinois
  • No. 22 Indiana lost 83-67 at Purdue
  • No. 23 Miami lost 70-50 to visiting Georgia Tech
  • No. 24 Oklahoma beat Texas Tech 81-36

Jeff Sagarin’s Top 20

  • 1. Kentucky
  • 2. Virginia
  • 3. Gonzaga
  • 4. Wisconsin
  • 5. Duke
  • 6. Arizona
  • 7. Utah
  • 8. Villanova
  • 9. North Carolina
  • 10. Notre Dame
  • 11. Kansas
  • 12. Louisville
  • 13. West Virginia
  • 14. Wichita State
  • 15. Oklahoma
  • 16. Ohio State
  • 17. Iowa State
  • 18. Butler
  • 19. VCU
  • 20. Texas

Source: Jeff Sagarin’s computer ratings

Related link: Kentucky women take a selfie as Tennessee comes to town

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Louisville releases 2015 football schedule


Louisville has released its completed football schedule for 2015, which starts with a game against a tough SEC foe.

The Cards open the season on Sept. 5 against Auburn at the Georgia Dome in Atlanta. It will be the debut for new Auburn defensive coordinator Will Muschamp, the former Florida head coach who landed back in Auburn after being fired by the Gators.

Louisville head coach Bobby Petrino was once the offensive coordinator at Auburn. In fact, while coach at Louisville in 2003, and his former boss Tommy Tuberville was still coach at Auburn, Petrino participated in a clandestine interview with Auburn officials about its head coaching job.

Another highlight is Sept. 17 when the Cards will play host to Clemson for an ESPN Thursday Night game at Papa John’s Cardinal Stadium. Clemson edged Bobby Petrino’s Cardinals 23-17 last season in Clemson.

The UK-U of L game will be Saturday, Nov. 28 at the new and improved Commonwealth Stadium. Kickoff time and TV coverage are to be determined. Louisville won last season’s game 44-40 at U of L.

In other Louisville football news, defensive coordinator Todd Grantham is staying in the ‘Ville after interviewing to be defensive coordinator of the Oakland Raiders. Grantham came to the Cardinals last season after being the DC at Georgia.

“I’m grateful for the opportunity to have interviewed for the defensive coordinator position with the Oakland Raiders, but I’m committed to the University of Louisville,” Grantham said in a release by the school. “I said when I came to Louisville that I thought we could win a national championship, and we are building toward that goal with the success we had this season.”

Louisville went 8-5 after losing to Georgia in the Belk Bowl.

2015 Louisville Football Schedule

  • Sept. 5 vs. Auburn in Atlanta – Georgia Auburn leads 1-0
  • Sept. 12 Houston in Louisville, Ky. – Louisville leads 8-7
  • Sept. 17 (Thur.) Clemson in Louisville, Ky. – Clemson leads 1-0
  • Sept. 26 Samford in Louisville, Ky. – First Meeting
  • Oct. 3 at NC State in Raleigh, N.C. – Louisville leads 4-1
  • Oct. 17 at Florida State in Tallahassee, Fla. – Florida State leads 13-2
  • Oct. 24 Boston College in Louisville, Ky. – Louisville leads 4-3
  • Oct. 30 (Fri.) at Wake Forest in Winston-Salem, N.C. – Louisville leads 2-0
  • Nov. 7 Syracuse in Louisville, Ky. – Louisville leads 7-6
  • Nov. 14 Virginia in Louisville, Ky. – Virginia leads 2-1
  • Nov. 21 at Pittsburgh in Pittsburgh, Pa. – Series tied 8-8
  • Nov. 28 at Kentucky in Lexington, Ky. – Kentucky leads 14-13

Related link: Kentucky finds its fight in slugfest with Louisville

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BBL: Kentucky women’s, men’s basketball in action


As UK travels to Missouri on Thursday night, Jerry Tipton of the Herald-Leader writes on Missouri coach Kim Anderson, a former Mizzou player and assistant now in his first year as head coach of the Tigers. Anderson is starting a rebuilding job — the 49-point loss at Kentucky was proof. He appears to be a good, solid coach the fan base will get behind.

The Kentucky women play host to arch-rival Tennessee on Thursday night at Memorial Coliseum. The Cats are coming off a win at Missouri on Sunday. Meanwhile, UT is a perfect 7-0 in league play. Jennifer Smith has the advance.

For my Thursday column, I wrote on UK’s deputy director of athletics, DeWayne Peevy. The 41-year-old Birmingham native didn’t set out to be an AD, but he’s put himself in position where that could happen in the near future.

The Richmond police chief has released more information on the alleged bar fight that apparently happened over the weekend in Richmond, reports Greg Kocher of the Herald-Leader. UK and EKU football players may have been involved.

UK men’s and women’s teams each will have one current signee in the McDonald’s All-Star Games, reports Ben Roberts of the Herald-Leader.

Kentucky won’t be bored with its Missouri rematch, says Kyle Tucker of the Courier-Journal. Missouri does have a couple of players back it was missing for the 86-37 beatdown at Rupp Arena.

If it’s the Bleacher Report you know it’s going to involve some sort of list. Bobby Reagan offers five burning questions for the remainder of the UK basketball season. No. 1 is whether Devin Booker will be a one-and-done?

Photo from 2014 SEC Women’s Tournament title game between Kentucky and Tennessee by Associated Press.

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E-mailbag: Mike Krzyzewski vs. John Wooden

The lead to my notes column on Wednesday sparked a few e-mails.

From Jack:

No disrespect to you but you are no Shirley Povich.

From Ronald Gallimore, a professor at UCLA:

I saw your blog post on re: Coach Wooden. Debating who is the greatest coach is always engaging, but ultimately subjective because the criteria are personal choices. I agree with you, having studied Coach Wooden’s teaching and interviewed him often. One thing — Coach called himself a teacher. In his talks, and conversations, he often prefaced a comment with “When I was teaching at UCLA…..” I’ll go one step further re: his legacy. He is still teaching — by the example of his actions.

One more point. Some argue his methods will not work with today’s youth. I don’t agree, and neither did he, though he always caveated that with modesty. Attached is an article I did on a ten year study of a high school coach. This man’s experience provide evidence that Coach’s approach still works now, and will always work.

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Video: Marcus Lee on blocking shots

Kentucky’s Marcus Lee has blocked seven shots in his last three games. He’s only played 37 minutes in those three games. That’s a blocked shot every five minutes or so.

Here’s Marcus talking about Thursday’s game at Missouri and his effort on the defensive end of the floor.

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Previewing Wednesday’s SEC basketball games

Previewing the two SEC men’s basketball games Wednesday night:

South Carolina (1-5) at LSU (4-2): South Carolina will try to snap a three-game losing streak when the Gamecocks visit LSU for a 7 p.m. game on the SEC Network. After going 9-3 in non-conference play, including an upset win over then-No.9 Iowa State, Frank Martin’s team has dropped five of six.

LSU has won four of its past five, including a 79-75 overtime win Saturday at Vanderbilt. Jordan Mickey scored 25 points in the win over the Commodores. The Tigers did lose their last home game, falling 67-64 to Texas A&M on Jan. 17.

Mississippi State (2-4) at Ole Miss (3-3): Andy Kennedy’s Rebels host their cross-state rivals in a 9 p.m. game on the SEC Network. Ole Miss is coming off a 72-71 win over Florida at the Tad Pad.

Mississippi State saw its two-game win streak broken by a 72-66 home loss to Georgia on Saturday. Roquez Johnson scored 25 points in the loss for Rick Ray’s club. MSU won its last road game, beating Auburn 78-71 last Wednesday night.

SEC basketball game-by-game results, schedule and leaders in Excel

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College basketball on television: Jan. 28

College basketball on television Wednesday night:

  • 7:00 – SMU at South Florida (ESPNU)
  • 7:00 – Temple at UCF (CBS Sports)
  • 7:00 – Seton Hall at Marquette (Fox Sports 1)
  • 7:00 – Minnesota at Penn State (Big 10)
  • 7:00 – South Carolina at LSU (SEC)
  • 7:00 – Wake Forest at Florida State (Fox Sports South)
  • 7:30 – Texas Tech at Oklahoma (ESPN News)
  • 7:30 – Duke at Notre Dame (ESPN2)
  • 8:00 – Oregon State at Arizona State (Pac-12)
  • 9:00 – East Carolina at Memphis (CBS Sports)
  • 9:00 – Indiana at Purdue (Big 10)
  • 9:00 – Mississippi State at Ole Miss (Fox Sports 1)
  • 9:00 – Georgia Tech at Miami (Fox Sports South)
  • 9:00 – Louisville at Boston College (ACC/WKYT-DT2)
  • 10:00 – Oregon at Arizona (Pac-12)
  • 11:00 – Stanford at Washington (ESPNU)

Note: Thanks to @sepattterson17 for pointing out the U of L game is on locally in Lexington.

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How college basketball’s Top 25 fared Tuesday

How the AP Top 25 fared Tuesday:

No. 14 VCU beat George Washington, 72-48

It had lost just one Atlantic 10 game, but George Washington was no match for the 14th-ranked Rams. VCU outscored the visiting Colonials 43-27 in the second half. George Washington shot just 26.9 percent for the game.

No. 17 West Virginia won 65-59 at Kansas State

Bob Huggins’ Mountaineers got another ugly win, beating K State on the road. WVU improved to 17-3. Kansas State was hurt by the loss of Nino Williams, who injured his knee and sat out most of the game.

No. 20 Baylor lost 64-53 at Oklahoma State

Travis Ford cooled his hot seat a bit as the Cowboys took a nine-point lead at halftime and held on for the win. OSU is now 4-4 in Big 12 play. Baylor shot just 34.5 percent and dropped to 3-4 in the conference.

No. 21 Georgetown lost to Xavier, 66-53

Xavier won in Washington to sweep the season series with the Hoyas. Myles Davis scored 19 points for Xavier, which got to the free throw line 32 times, making 25. Georgetown is 6-3 in Big East play. Xavier is 5-4.

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Big Blue Links for Wednesday

Big Blue Links for Wednesday:

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