859Sports.com 9th Region Basketball Computer Rankings 2/13/15

Girls

Holmes continues their high powered run through the region with a 105 point effort on 2/11.  Highlands and Holy Cross continue to roll as the top 3 teams in this region are on a different level than the rest.  Newport makes the biggest jump, from 9th to 5th.

1 Holmes 93.2
2 Highlands 85.4
3 Holy Cross (Covington) 83.7
4 Newport Central Catholic 64.6
5 Newport 58.4
6 Ryle 57.2
7 Boone County 56.6
8 Ludlow 55.9
9 Dixie Heights 55.0
10 Bellevue 54.6
11 Lloyd Memorial 53.5
12 St. Henry 53.4
13 Villa Madonna 50.0
14 Notre Dame 47.3
15 Beechwood 46.6
16 Dayton 45.7
17 Conner 44.2
18 Cooper 42.6
19 Covington Latin 38.5
20 Heritage Academy 30.8

Boys

Things get a little more interesting for NCC over the next 3 games as they face Holmes tonight, Trinity on 2/17, and Conner on 2/19.  Boone County defeated Holmes on 2/10 to move into the top 5 for the first time.

1 Newport Central Catholic 88.2
2 Covington Catholic 80.6
3 Holmes 71.9
4 Dixie Heights 67.5
5 Boone County 64.5
6 Cooper 64.4
7 St. Henry 61.0
8 Holy Cross (Covington) 54.6
9 Ludlow 54.3
10 Bellevue 54.1
11 Newport 51.1
12 Conner 50.3
13 Beechwood 48.2
14 Lloyd Memorial 42.1
15 Highlands 39.6
16 Villa Madonna 36.6
17 Dayton 35.2
18 Ryle 32.3
19 Covington Latin 27.5
20 Heritage Academy 25.0

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859Sports.com 8th Region Basketball Computer Rankings 2/13/15

Its Friday the 13th and that means ladies first.

Girls

SK will play Grant County in the first round of the 32nd District Tournament on 2/23.  Their remaining 3 games are versus 3 of the top teams from NKY:  Campbell County, Holy Cross, and Highlands.  The top 5 remain the same, with Shelby County squeezing the top spot.

1 Simon Kenton 80.3
2 Shelby County 79.5
3 Gallatin County 65.3
4 Anderson County 63.4
5 Trimble County 62.5
6 Walton-Verona 56.5
7 Collins 55.7
8 South Oldham 54.5
9 Williamstown 50.5
10 North Oldham 47.8
11 Oldham County 45.8
12 Carroll County 40.1
13 Owen County 35.7
14 Henry County 32.8
15 Eminence 32.8
16 Grant County 31.2
17 Spencer County 28.1

Boys

Oldham County is on a 9 game winning streak and takes over #1 for the first time all season as Owen County falls to Anderson County. Collins has won 6 in a row.  SK had lost 5 games in a row prior to defeating Campbell County on 2/10.

1 Oldham County 81.2
2 Owen County 80.2
3 Collins 71.1
4 Shelby County 65.8
5 Anderson County 64.0
6 Trimble County 58.1
7 North Oldham 55.1
8 Simon Kenton 54.6
9 Walton-Verona 52.7
10 Grant County 50.3
11 Spencer County 44.0
12 Eminence 44.0
13 South Oldham 40.1
14 Henry County 37.6
15 Carroll County 34.3
16 Gallatin County 27.3
17 Williamstown 26.2

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Sometimes, there are no words…

I’ve been struggling for weeks now on deciding what to write for my second piece here on 859 Sports Magazine. I knew it would be wrestling related, but I couldn’t really put my finger on something and go ‘Yes. That’s what I need to write about.’

Until last night.

For those of you who follow wrestling, I hope you already know who this is and why I am writing this. If you don’t… well, you will and this article is for you.

Do you have the WWE Network? If not, well, you should. There are many reasons. (Like the entire month of February being free, for one) It’s easy to sign up, there is no commitment and should you decide you like it and want to keep it, it’s only $9.99 a month for a LOT of on-demand content. That includes all of WWE’s current shows, PPV’s, etc. And, most importantly, it includes NXT. But enough schilling, let’s get back to the subject at hand.

His name is Kevin Owens. He is wrestling’s future.

Last night, WWE presented NXT: Rival on the WWE Network. NXT is the developmental territory for WWE, where future stars hone their crafts to prepare them for being on the grand stage. But truthfully, calling it just a developmental territory seems almost dirty to me. Their weekly show is an hour of some of the best wrestling (YES, wrestling) and storytelling in the business today. But no matter how good their weekly show is, there is nothing that beats their specials. Five, in all, so far… and they are, without question; THE hottest and most exciting thing to come out of professional wrestling in the last decade.

That’s where this man comes in. Kevin Owens has been signed to WWE for two months. Just two. He’s been told his entire career that he just didn’t fit the mold. He’s too fat and too unattractive. Too unorthodox. Too indie. And last night, he put on a spectacle the likes of which wrestling hasn’t seen in a very long time. It wasn’t just the match, though that was incredible. It wasn’t just the build up TO the match, also incredibly executed. It was him. He sold it. He personified EVERYTHING that makes a wrestler into a star. Passion. Ability. Psychology. (And oh boy, if you’re a serious fan of wrestling, did you ever get an eyeful of psychology last night. Especially AFTER the match.)

I won’t give away the story. I will simply implore you to get the WWE Network and watch NXT: Rival. The whole show was solid and there were a lot of great matches, including a women’s fatal four way that I can PROMISE you will blow you away. But nothing touches Kevin Owens vs Sami Zayn. Do yourself a favor and watch it. Because sometimes, there simply are no words to describe.

Andrea is the 859Sports.com Pro Wrestling Chief Corespondant and hails from parts unknown (Ohio).

T’is The Season to be Grumpy

February is always a tough month for sports. Here in the 859, it’s cold even when it’s sunny outside and most days it’s not even particularly sunny. Sure, we have the Super Bowl in February but even that game marks an end.

Even being located at the epicenter of the popularity of college basketball, there isn’t much to talk about and there won’t be until tournament time rolls around and games start counting again. Writing about a 25th straight win is just as interesting as writing about an ass whoopin’ at Temple.

The Reds “truck day” was yesterday. I can’t imagine it’s cost beneficial to load up an 18 wheeler and drive it to Arizona and back in 8 weeks. The most interesting question that no one answers is, “what the hell is in all those boxes?” Laundry? Old Dallas Latos jerseys? What?

This February has been even more gloomy than usual. We’ve learned that even Super Bowl winners troll on Tinder for the low fruit. What’s the point in being rich? The first sign of a concussion might be, being rich and famous and owning a Twitter account.
Take your Neanderthal brains and beard, get in your douche looking sports car and head down town. There’s a dude right now in a Camry, that plays disc golf, pulling better than Sabrina from Tinder. Geesh.

I can’t figure out if Tiger Woods belongs in the saddest or most enjoyable things about February sports category. Tiger Woods is Babe Ruth if Babe Ruth had played in this era. In Ruth’s last four seasons there were plenty other guys with better games than him. Then one day, at age 40, Ruth just lost it altogether and quit.

At least we won’t hear about Tiger Woods on Tinder.

The two saddest sports stories of February so far have been the passing of Dean Smith and Jerry Tarkanian. Numbers 10 and 35 on the all-time win list. I honestly don’t remember very much about Dean Smith basketball other than it was boring as hell to watch. Which is exactly the reason that any basketball fan growing up in the 80 and 90s knows who Jerry Tarkanian is.

Bob Huggins is number 22 on the list with 758 wins. The most impressive thing about Huggins is that he didn’t start coaching until the 80s. Coach K and Boeheim started in the 60s and 70s.

There’s a lot of sports “events” this month: Daytona 500, the NBA All-star game, the Tokyo Marathon, and all kinds of things Europeans get excited about. But for me, just get me through to some real sports.

When can we start bitching about the Reds not scoring runs again? ESPN is good for nothing but now has the Reds ranked 24th in MLB. Ahhhh, music to my ears. To many fans, Billy Hamilton collapsed in 2014. To many people with a calculator he stopped getting lucky. Never before have I watched a team get worse over a 5 year span but still believe they were improving. Now that regression and bad contracts are catching up with my beloved Reds; I’m expecting everyone of those upcoming 90 losses.

Biggest failure to capitalize on customer loyalty this decade: Cincinnati Reds or Cincinnati Bell?
Seems both peeked in the 70s.

Excuse the typos, this is hard to do on a phone while you wait for coffee.

February 16, 1994

I watched this game from a dorm room at Morehead State almost 21 years ago to the day.  I had two roommates at the time, both were from Pikevooolle.  The following semester I would return to more civilized living arrangements with two northern Kentuckians.  Hard to believe that I was 5 years old and in college.

Kentucky 99, LSU 95

Kentucky pulled off the greatest comeback in college basketball history tonight, rallying from 31 points down with 15 minutes 30 seconds to play to defeat Louisiana State, 99-95, at Baton Rouge, La.

“I can’t believe it,” Kentucky Coach Rick Pitino said. “I know I’ve never, ever witnessed anything like it.”

Duke held the record for the largest comeback when it rallied from a 56-27 halftime deficit to beat Tulane by 74-72 on Dec. 30, 1950.

L.S.U. led by 48-32 at halftime and used an 18-0 run to take a 31-point lead before the second half was five minutes old, but Kentucky scored 24 of the next 28 points. The Wildcats cut the lead to 82-74 on McCarty’s steal underneath and dunk with 6:25 left.

Pitino may have had some doubts, but Travis Ford didn’t. The point guard had 10 points, 12 assists and one big motivational speech.

“I pulled everyone together and I said, ‘We’re down 31 and we’re not leaving this building without a win. We’re going to win this game no matter what. I’ll stay here all night,’ ” Ford said. “And everyone said, ‘You’re right,’ and everyone stepped up their play.”

Walter McCarty’s 3-pointer with 19 seconds left gave the 11th-ranked Wildcats a 96-95 lead, their first since 1-0. McCarty had 23 points for Kentucky (19-5, 8-3 in the Southeastern Conference), which had lost two straight. Freshman Ronnie Henderson scored 36 points and Clarence Ceasar added 32 for the Tigers (11-10, 5-7). Syracuse 79, Providence 74

Adrian Autry scored after rebounding his own missed free throw with 55 seconds to play to cap a 14-point comeback and give No. 14 Syracuse (17-4, 9-4 in the Big East) a victory over Providence. Providence (12-8, 5-7) led 52-38 with 16:41 to play after scoring 16 straight points, but wilted under Syracuse’s aggressive defense.

St. Smith Passes Away At 83

ICYMI, according to ESPN, the greatest most important man that ever walked the earth passed away.  Royalty.  Dean Smith died at 83 and won a lot of basketball games (879) until he retired at the end of the 1996-97 season.  I was surprised to learn he only had 18 All-Americans.  It seems like there were more.  Smith was 13-3 all-time versus the University of Kentucky, 11 Final Fours, and zero accountability for the “paper classes”.

But hey, we all know it’s possible to be a head coach and not really know what your players are doing.  Besides, it is more fun to blame Mack Brown and Butch Davis any way.  But I digress.

Smith was hired during UNC’s darkest hour.  In 1960, the program had just been sanctioned for recruiting violations and was swamped in point shaving rumors.  The plan at the time was to de-emphasize basketball but Smith pulled the Tar Heels from the ashes and appeared to run a relatively clean program throughout his career.

Nowadays, instead of de-emphasizing anything, athletic departments just ignore scandals and pretend they didn’t happen.  Every institution has its team of zombie apologists.  The NCAA is powerless and douchebags like Jay Bilas will play both ends against the middle.

RIP Dean.