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8:14 am
Wed April 10, 2013

Kentucky's Mr. Basketball Chooses UK over WKU

Kentucky’s Mr. Basketball will play his college ball at UK. Madison Central point guard Dominique Hawkins announced Wednesday morning that he was committing to the Wildcats.

WKU had hoped to land Hawkins, but the star guard will play his college hoops at Rupp Arena—the same venue where he led Madison Central to this year’s Sweet 16 state championship.

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9:51 am
Tue April 9, 2013

3 Things To Know About Louisville's Basketball Championship

The Louisville Cardinals celebrated after beating Michigan 82-76 in the NCAA Men's Basketball Championship at the Georgia Dome in Atlanta.
Mark Cornelison MCT /Landov

Originally published on Tue April 9, 2013 8:00 am

  • On 'Morning Edition': David Greene and Mike Pesca talk about Louisville's win

By beating Michigan 82-76 Monday night in Atlanta, Louisville won this year's Division I men's basketball championship.

In winning:

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8:27 am
Tue April 9, 2013

Kentucky's Mr. Basketball Set to Announce College Choice, with UK and WKU Possibilities

Kentucky's 2013 Mr. Basketball Dominique Hawkins
Credit www.nationofblue.com

WKU is hoping to land the winner of this year’s Mr. Basketball award in Kentucky. Madison Central guard Dominique Hawkins will announce his college choice Wednesday morning during a school-wide assembly at the school’s gym.

Hawkins led Madison Central to this year’s Sweet 16 state championship, and has college offers from WKU, Purdue, South Carolina, Tennessee, and several other schools. Hawkins has said he wants to play at UK, and was waiting to hear if the school would offer him a basketball scholarship.

After Wednesday's  announcement, Hawkins will help lead a team of Bluegrass State stars this weekend in the Ohio-Kentucky All-Star Game in northern Kentucky.

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7:53 am
Tue April 9, 2013

Kentucky Wesleyan Basketball Coach Considering Job Offer

Todd Lee is mulling a coaching offer from Grand Canyon University
Credit Kentucky Wesleyan College

The men’s head basketball coach at Kentucky Wesleyan College has been offered a job at Grand Canyon University in Arizona. 

Kentucky Wesleyan Athletic Director Dave Williams confirms to the Messenger-Inquirer that Coach Lee has been offered the associate coaching job at Grand Canyon.  According to Williams, Lee is mulling over the contract and expects to make his decision today. 

Grand Canyon is in its last season as a Division-two school and will move to Division-one in the fall as a member of the Western Athletic Conference.  Kentucky Wesleyan will move from the Great Lakes Valley Conference to the Great Midwest Athletic Conference in the fall. 

Todd Lee just wrapped up his eighth season coaching at KWC.  Until this season, his teams made five straight NCAA tournament appearances.

Sports
5:39 am
Tue April 9, 2013

Louisville Captures National Basketball Title

The Louisville Cardinals are atop the college basketball world, capturing the NCAA men's championship Monday night in Atlanta.

Luke Hancock scored 16 of his 22 points in the first half and Louisville won its third national title by rallying for an 82-76 win over No. 4 Michigan. He was 13-for-18 from the field in the last two games to be named the Most Outstanding Player of the Final Four.

Peyton Siva and Chane Behanan were mostly silent in the first half before helping the Cardinals outscore the Wolverines 45-38 in the second. Siva finished with 18 points, six rebounds and five assists, while Behanan chipped in 15 points and 13 boards.

The Wolverines were ahead 35-23 late in the first half, but the Cardinals went on a 14-3 run and led by as many as 10 in the second half en route to their first championship since 1986.

Sports
8:51 am
Mon April 8, 2013

WKU Athlete Arrested on Marijuana Possession Charges in Bowling Green

Western Kentucky senior basketball forward and football defensive end Kene Anyigbo has been arrested on marijuana possession charges.

The Warren County Regional Jail lists the 21-year-old Anyigbo as an inmate at the facility. Anyigbo also faces charges of tampering with physical evidence and failure to illuminate head lamps. His initial bond is set at $2,000. He was arrested Saturday and remained in jail Monday morning.

Jail records did not list an attorney for Anyigbo.

Western Kentucky Athletic Director Todd Stewart told The Daily News that school officials were aware of the charges.

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2:25 pm
Thu April 4, 2013

Morton Resigns from Job as WKU Director of Basketball Operations

Jake Morton, during his time with the University of Miami
Credit WKU Athletics

WKU’s director of basketball operations has resigned to pursue coaching opportunities. Jake Morton came to WKU in 2011 as an assistant coach, but was moved to the director of basketball operations job this past season.

Morton was an assistant coach at the University of Miami before he came to WKU. In February, WKU received word from the NCAA that Morton could be sanctioned for alleged violations that took place during his time at Miami.

The NCAA investigation of the Miami Hurricanes' athletic department from 2007 to 2009 involves a former booster who was later convicted of running a Ponzi scheme. The NCAA has accused Morton of accepting $6,000 from the booster, and providing transportation for the AAU coach of a top high school prospect Miami was recruiting at the time.

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5:48 pm
Wed April 3, 2013

In First Press Conference Since Leg Injury, Louisville's Kevin Ware Says He'll Be OK

Kevin Ware of the Louisville Cardinals.
Andy Lyons Getty Images

Originally published on Fri April 5, 2013 6:50 am

In his first press conference since his horrific leg injury, Kevin Ware focused on his team.

"I'll be OK," the 20-year-old University of Louisville basketball player said.

Ware said that he's a quiet guy and that he's thankful for all the support he's received. But his focus always returned to the NCCA basketball tournament.

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Sports
12:37 pm
Mon April 1, 2013

WKU to Join Conference USA in All Sports in 2014

(left to right) WKU President Gary Ransdell, Conference USA Commissioner Britton Banowsky, and WKU Athletic Director Todd Stewart at Monday's announcement
Credit Kevin Willis

Citing increased exposure and football bowl game opportunities, WKU President Gary Ransdell and Athletic Director Todd Stewart announced Monday that the school will join Conference USA on July 1, 2014.

Following a unanimous vote by the WKU Board of Regents late Monday morning, WKU officials and the Conference USA commissioner held a news conference a short time later announcing the pact.

C-USA commissioner Britton Banowsky said WKU brings a lot to the conference.

“We want to provide an opportunity to the next generation of great universities, and (WKU) certainly fits that profile. I think they’re a growing university connected to some large markets like Nashville and Louisville, and frankly I think they have a tradition of excellence,” said Banowsky.

WKU will play one more season in the Sun Belt, a conference WKU joined in 1982.

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10:40 am
Mon April 1, 2013

Louisville Player's Surgery A Success; Leg Break Shouldn't End His Career

Louisville Cardinals forward Chane Behanan holds up the jersey of injured teammate Kevin Ware after the team's win Sunday over the Duke Blue Devils. Ware broke his leg during the game.
John Sommers II Reuters /Landov

Originally published on Mon April 1, 2013 10:55 am

  • From 'Morning Edition': Mike Pesca on the weekend's action

"University of Louisville basketball player Kevin Ware underwent successful surgery Sunday night to repair the gruesome open fracture of his right tibia he suffered during the Cardinals' 85-63 win over Duke in the Midwest Regional final," the Louisville Courier-Journal reported Monday morning.

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