April 3, 2013
Western Kentucky and new football coach Bobby Petrino will be switching leagues after his first season with the Hilltoppers. Conference USA commissioner Britton Banowsky said Monday that Western Kentucky will officially join the league July 1, 2014. "The tradition of the university and its athletics success is truly remarkable," Banowsky said. "The men's basketball program has made seven NCAA appearances since 2000, the women's basketball program has advanced to three NCAA Final Fours and football went to a bowl game last season in just its fourth year in the BCS. " C-USA, however, is losing Tulsa.
March 24, 2013
Villanova's 1985 NCAA Tournament championship remains a watershed of local college basketball. Not quite so well-remembered these days is the 1971 Wildcats squad that came within one game of winning the whole enchilada. On March 27 - after beating Fordham, Penn (by a 90-47 margin) and Western Kentucky - the Jack Kraft-coached 'Cats lined up at Houston's Astrodome against the juggernaut that was John Wooden's UCLA Bruins squad (featuring three future NBA standouts, Henry Bibby, Curtis Rowe and Sidney Wicks)
March 19, 2013
1 KANSAS Record: 29-5, 14-4 Big 12, cochampion. RPI: 5. Coach: Bill Self (20th season, 505-163 overall; 298-58 in 10 seasons at Kansas; 28-12 NCAA). Best win: 74-66 vs. Ohio State, Dec. 22. Worst loss: 62-55 vs. Texas Christian, Feb. 6. Three-pointers: 36.7 percent. Free throws: 73.3 percent. Top three: Ben McLemore (16.4 ppg., 5.3 rpg., 2.0 apg.), Jeff Withey (13.6 ppg., 8.4 rpg., 3.8 bpg.), Travis Releford (11.5 ppg., 2.6 apg., 1.2 spg.). The skinny: The Jayhawks will be disappointed with anything less than a second straight Final Four.
December 27, 2012 |
RYAN RADCLIFF threw an 11-yard touchdown pass to Cody Wilson with 5:11 remaining to give Central Michigan the lead, and Western Kentucky was stopped on fourth down when a field goal would have tied the game in the final minute, giving the Chippewas a 24-21 win in the Little Caesars Pizza Bowl on Wednesday night in Detroit. Lance Guidry, coaching the Hilltoppers on an interim basis before Bobby Petrino takes over, decided to play for the win on fourth-and-2 from the 19 with 51 seconds left, but Kawaun Jakes threw incomplete.
December 11, 2012 |
Western Kentucky has hired Bobby Petrino as its new football coach, the school announced Monday. Petrino, 51, replaces Willie Taggart, who left last week to take the South Florida coaching job. The 51-year-old was fired by Arkansas in April for a "pattern of misleading" behavior following an accident in which the coach was injured while riding a motorcycle with his mistress. Petrino had a 34-17 record at Arkansas before he was dismissed in the wake of the scandal. Petrino had an affair with former Razorback volleyball player Jessica Dorrell, who he later hired as a football assistant and gave $20,000 in gifts.
September 9, 2012 |
Kolton Browning's 16-yard touchdown run on fourth and 1 lifted Louisiana-Monroe to a 34-31 overtime win over No. 8 Arkansas in Little Rock, Ark. Browning accounted for 481 yards of total offense and four touchdowns to lead the Warhawks (1-0) to their first win over a Southeastern Conference team since defeating Alabama in 2007. The Razorbacks (1-1) played the second half without quarterback Tyler Wilson, who suffered a head injury after taking several big hits in the first half.
March 20, 2012
The claim might not last past Friday night, but for the next few days Ohio can boast of college basketball supremacy. For the first time, four teams from one state have reached the NCAA tournament's round of 16, with Ohio represented by Ohio State, Cincinnati, Xavier, and Ohio University. Previously, three schools from the same state had made it 20 times, including La Salle, Villanova, and Penn State in 1955. The Explorers, led by Tom Gola, reached the national championship game that season before losing to Bill Russell's San Francisco team.
March 19, 2012
AFTER AN historic first night when one team (Western Kentucky) overcame the largest last 5-minute deficit (16 points) and another (BYU) came back from the largest deficit (25 points) to win, followed by a Friday that included the unprecedented exacta of 15 over 2 that took out Missouri and Duke, rationality returned to the NCAA Tournament Saturday and yesterday. By the time last night's games ended, the Sweet 16 included 14 teams from five of the power conferences and along with the Atlantic 10's Xavier, a team that finally got it right after a season of getting it wrong and Ohio, a team from the long forgotten Mid-American Conference The Big Ten dominated, getting four through with a record of 9-2. The Big East is 11-5 after Cincinnati topped Florida State, 62-56.
March 16, 2012 |
Chris Allen led four Cyclones in double figures with 20 points, and eithth-seeded Iowa State (23-10) scored its final 14 at the free-throw line Thursday night to beat ninth-seeded Connecticut, 77-64, in a South Regional in Louisville, Ky. It's the first time since UCLA in 1996 that the defending champs have lost in the opening game and only the second time the Huskies (20-14) have lost their first game in the NCAA tournament. UConn coach Jim Calhoun was already on his feet before the final buzzer, walking to congratulate Iowa State's Fred Hoiberg.
March 14, 2012 |
T.J. Price's three-point play with 33 seconds left completed Western Kentucky's furious comeback Tuesday night for a 59-58 victory over Mississippi Valley State (21-13) in an NCAA tournament opener featuring a presidential audience in Dayton, Ohio. President Obama and British Prime Minister David Cameron had front-row seats to see the tournament open with a classic March comeback. The Hilltoppers (16-18) are the longest of long shots, the only squad in the 68-team field with a losing record.