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Cards will try to cool off hot-shooting Michigan with a trip to the Sweet Sixteen on the line

By Russ Brown KyForward correspondent The last time Louisville and Michigan met, it was for the national championship. This time the stakes aren’t quite as high, but they’re high enough, with each team needing a victory to keep this year’s title hopes alive. UofL (25-8), the No. 2 seed in the Midwest Regional, dispatched No. 15 Jacksonville State (20-15) 78-63 in Bankers Life Fieldhouse...

UofL’s No. 2 seed in NCAA a mild surprise, Cards will meet Jacksonville State in Indianapolis

By Russ Brown KyForward correspondent LOUISVILLE — By almost any measure, Louisville’s basketball team got a very favorable — and somewhat surprising — path in the NCAA Tournament pairings that were announced Sunday night by the Selection Committee. After losing three of their last five games, including a one-and-done defeat against Duke in the Atlantic Coast Conference Tournament...

Former Mississippi State head basketball coach Stansbury takes over program at WKU

With 293 career wins and 11 postseason trips as a head coach to his credit, Rick Stansbury has been named the 15th head men’s basketball coach at Western Kentucky University, Director of Athletics Todd Stewart announced on Monday. A formal press conference to introduce Stansbury is set for 1 p.m. Monday at the Jack and Jackie Harbaugh Club at Houchens Industries-L.T. Smith Stadium. The event is...

WKU head men’s basketball coach Harper resigns unexpectedly following suspension of three players

By Glenn Osborne KyForward sports editor In a surprise announcement Thursday night, Western Kentucky University head men’s basketball coach Ray Harper issued a statement that he was resigning from the post he’s held since 2011-12. Harper’s announcement came shortly after Western Kentucky athletics director Todd Stewart issued a statement saying three members of the Hilltoppers’...

WKU overcomes slow start, but fast finish by Louisville the difference in easy victory

By Russ Brown KyForward correspondent LOUISVILLE — Like the other eight University of Louisville men’s basketball home games this season, this one appeared to be essentially over at halftime, with Western Kentucky trailing 34-16 after enduring a nightmare 20 minutes. Well, not quite, as it turned out. Following a first half in which the Hilltoppers couldn’t shoot, rebound or hold...

Hilltoppers add pair of in-state players to roster, Hansbrough joins coaching staff

Western Kentucky men’s basketball head coach Ray Harper has added Kentucky natives Keifer Dalton and Dylan Sanford to the Hilltoppers’ roster for the 2015-16 season along with Ben Hansbrough, who will serve as the program’s staff as coordinator of player development.   Dalton prepped at Clinton County High School in Albany, Ky., and Sanford played high school basketball at Owensboro...

Russ Brown: No Harrell? Not a problem as Rozier takes up the slack in gritty U of L win

Terry Rozier scored 26 of his career-high 32 points in the second half as Louisville held off Western Kentucky to remain unbeaten (WKU Athletics Photo/Joshua Lindsey)   By Russ Brown KyForward correspondent   Even without its pre-season All-American and Player of the Year candidate, Montrezl Harrell, Louisville’s basketball team still had enough firepower to dispatch gritty Western...

WKU slate includes Thanksgiving NIT Tip-Off spot in Madison Square Garden

Western Kentucky’s men’s basketball team will play three games in the 2014 NIT Season Tip-Off Tournament against opponents who all won at least 20 games and played in the postseason a season ago, including a Thanksgiving night contest at the iconic Madison Square Garden in New York City.   WKU will play at Minnesota on Tuesday, Nov. 18, on ESPN3 at 7 p.m., travel to Stony Brook on...

Former Tennessee Mr. Basketball Marberry added to WKU roster, Crook to coaching staff

Western Kentucky men’s basketball coach Ray Harper said Monday that Rob Marberry, a former Tennessee Division II-A Mr. Basketball, has joined the Hilltoppers and former WKU guard Jamal Crook has been added to the staff as a graduate assistant.   Marberry prepped at Franklin Road Academy in Nashville, Tenn., where he was named Division II-A Mr. Basketball after averaging 16 points, eight rebounds,...