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16-4, 1st in Horizon

Northern Kentucky rolls over Cleveland State 91-76

Tyler Sharpe sank five 3-pointers and scored 23 points and Drew McDonald notched his 10th double-double of the season as Northern Kentucky cruised to a 91-76 victory over Cleveland State on Thursday night.

N. Kentucky runs football-inspired out-of-bounds play (0:29)
Quick touch passing leads to Louisville dunk (0:19)

Anish Shroff ESPN Commentator 

The NIT features wider lanes and an extended three-point line. Dino Gaudio walks us through the "new rules."

Joe Lunardi Senior Writer, ESPN.com 

Several first-place battles tonight: Summit League (Oral Roberts at South Dakota St); Conference USA (Western Kentucky at Old Dominion); WAC (New Mexico St at Grand Canyon); Southern (UNC Greensboro at East Tennessee St); Horizon League (Wright St at Northern Kentucky); NEC (St. Francis-PA at Robert Morris).

Texas A&M hangs on to win against Northern Kentucky (0:57)
Texas A&M's Hogg drains 3-pointer (0:21)
Calipari says Kentucky needs to play better against Wichita State (1:48)

Myron Medcalf ESPN Staff Writer 

Correction: Kentucky players here now. 12:32 a.m. Long day for all.

Myron Medcalf ESPN Staff Writer 

John Calipari: "We shouldn't be playing this late. But that's another issue for another day." Didn't bring players with him to the postgame press conference. Asked us to make it quick. Can't blame him. Late night.

Myron Medcalf ESPN Staff Writer 

Yes, Kentucky advances to a Sunday matchup against Wichita State. But John Brannen just led Northern Kentucky to the NCAA tournament in its first year of eligibility, and his squad loses a single-digit affair to a powerhouse. Yeah, it's a loss for the Norse. And, in a way, a win.

Myron Medcalf ESPN Staff Writer 

Calipari says NCAA selection committee succeeded this year. "I think they did the best job of seeding that they've done in eight years."

Myron Medcalf ESPN Staff Writer 

Calipari said he hasn't unveiled Bam Adebayo's full versatility yet. Says he can guard five positions. Hits his free throws. "I'm doing a drill today where [Bam] is gonna shoot 3-pointers."

Myron Medcalf ESPN Staff Writer 

John Calipari on Tom Crean firing: "Just disappointed. Hard profession. ... I feel for him and his family. ... Someone will hire him because he's Tom Crean. He can coach. He works."

Myron Medcalf ESPN Staff Writer 

Derek Willis: "Ever since I got engaged, I've been playing better."

Myron Medcalf ESPN Staff Writer 

John Calipari brings three seniors (Dominique Hawkins, Mychal Mulder, Derek Willis) to the pregame podium in Indianapolis. Credits the group for stabilizing the program this season.

ESPN Stats and Information  

In a battle of Kentucky teams, ESPN's BPI isn't exactly going out on a limb by almost assuring a Wildcats victory.

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ESPN Stats and Information  

Northern Kentucky is making its first-ever NCAA tournament appearance. No team from the Horizon League has won a game in the Big Dance since Butler's run to the Final Four in 2011. (Photo by Scott W. Grau/Icon Sportswire)

ESPN Stats and Information  

In its fifth year of Division I membership and first year of NCAA tournament eligibility, Northern Kentucky is in the Big Dance. The Norse have won 12 of their last 14, and had the Horizon League's second-best RPI.

Team Stats

Points Per Game79.4
Rebounds Per Game37.3
Assists Per Game16.4
Points Allowed67.376th

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Tournament History

Final Fours0
Tournament Record0-1
Championship SeasonsNone
Tournament Appearances1