Six Kentuckians among season-opening Korn Ferry Tour event

GEORGE TOWN, Exuma The Bahamas – Six players with Kentucky ties will be among the 132-player field when the new season of the Korn Ferry Tour launches on Sunday at the Bahamas Great Exuma Classic at Sandals Emerald Bay. The four-day tournament will conclude next Wednesday and at stake with be an increased purse of…

2.8 million viewers tune in for Duke-Gonzaga in Continental Tire Challenge

Last Friday’s Duke-Gonzaga men’s college basketball game averaged 2.79 million viewers on ESPN, the largest audience for a college basketball game prior to New Year’s Day since the same matchup in the 2018 Maui Invitational final (2.85M). Duke’s win ranks as easily the most-watched game of the young season, cruising past the previous high of…

No. 13 Iowa State takes home Gulf Coast Showcase women’s championship

ESTERO, Florida – No. 13 Iowa State (7-0) closed out the Gulf Coast Showcase with a tough 76-71 win over UMass (7-1) to grab the Gulf Coast Showcase Championship. The win gives the 13th-ranked Cyclones an unblemished 7-0 record to start the season. Against the Minutewomen, Iowa State was led by Ashley Joens and Lexi…

Louisville tops Maryland to win Baha Mar Hoops Bahamas Championship

NASSAU, Bahamas — — Malik Williams had 13 points, 12 rebounds and four steals, Jarrod West scored seven of his nine points in the final five minutes and Louisville beat Maryland 63-55 on Saturday to win the Bahamas Championship. West gave Louisville the lead for good at 52-49 with a long 3-pointer. He added a…

No. 5 Duke takes out No. 1 Gonzaga in a classic at the Continental Tire Challenge

LAS VEGAS — In the second half of his team’s electric 84-81 win over No. 1 Gonzaga on Friday night in front of a sold-out T-Mobile Arena crowd, Duke forward Paolo Banchero experienced a terrible case of deja vu. His cramping issues — the same cramping issues that had interrupted his debut in a season-opening…

A record 20,389 fans witness Duke battle Gonzaga in the Continental Tire Challenge

LAS VEGAS – A record crowd of 20,389 witnessed the clash of the unbeatens between No. 1 Gonzaga and No. 5 Duke at T-Mobile Arena. The capacity crowd topped the previous mark of 20,321 set on Dec. 29, 1986 when UNLV beat a David Robinson-led Navy squad at Thomas & Mack Center. The previous basketball…

Oakland claims Gulf Coast Showcase men’s title

ESTERO, Fla. —The Oakland men’s basketball team won the Gulf Coast Showcase title game over Delaware, 81-73, on Wednesday night at Hertz Arena. The Golden Grizzlies (5-2) went 3-0 at the tournament with victories over Vermont, Rice, and Delaware (4-2). Following the game, graduate senior Jamal Cain earned tournament MVP honors while junior point guard…

ETSU beats Kent State to win Naples Invitational championship

NAPLES, Fla. – From Murray State to Missouri State to Kent State. The ETSU men’s basketball team completed the all “State” trifecta en route to capturing the inaugural Naples Invitational Championship as the Buccaneers defeated Kent State 57-51 in Wednesday’s title game from the Moe Kent Family Fieldhouse.