BRENDON D. MILLER – CAMEN MEDIA – MARCH 19, 2015 – LOUISVILLE
The CATS turned it on after a slow start in a game that was never going to be a game, to
advance to Saturday’s NCAA Third Round game with Cincinnati. A Sea of Blue filled the KFC Yum Center
to watch their CATS continue the Pursuit of Perfection, and were not disappointed as the CATS easily
disposed of the Pirates. Slow starts have plagued the CATS throughout the season and this game was no
exception as the Pirates brought the intensity in the early going. The CATS only led 7 – 6 at the 15:29
media timeout, and 18 – 11 at the 11:05 mark. The CATS superior talent and physicality then took over
from that point forward and the CATS began to consistently feed Karl-Anthony Towns in the post. Towns
dominated the first half posting 12 points, 5 rebounds and 2 blocks. The highlight play of the first half
was a Towns jumper on the break on a wonderful assist by Tyler Ulis at the 5:36. Towns went on to
convert the “and 1” to put the CATS up 26 to 14. From that point forward, the CATS went on to
outscore Hampton 15 to 8 to set the halftime margin of 41 to 22. The CATS shot 43.8% (14 for 32) and
held Hampton to 27.6% (8 for 29).
Hampton Head Coach, Edward Joyner, Jr., said post game that the CATS are “as good as
advertised,” and the CATS showed their might by extending their lead to 35 on three occasions, each on
dunks by Marcus Lee at 12:43 (63 to 28); Trey Lyles at 11:29 (65 to 30); and Towns at 10:25 (67 to 32).
As can be expected, the CATS put it on cruise from that point forward and the intensity loss allowed the
Pirates to outscore them 24 to 12 the rest of the game to set the final score.
This past week, Towns was named a Freshman All-American and he lived up to said billing by
posting a season-high 21 points and adding 11 rebounds. Three other CATS reached double figures with
Andrew Harrison posting 14, Ulis with 11, and Lyles with 10. Willie Cauley-Stein had a sub-par scoring
game only posting 7 points on 1 for 5 shooting and going 5 for 8 from the line, but still contributed 11
rebounds, 2 blocks and 2 assists. The CATS out rebounded the Pirates 51 to 31 and also continued to
share the ball by dishing 15 assists on 28 baskets. The CATS ended up shooting 45.9% (28 for 61) while
holding Hampton to 28.8% (17 for 59).
The CATS both started and ended slowly, and Cal stated that while he wasn’t happy with the
performance, same was understandable given the late start time and delay from the overtime of the
Cincinnati – Purdue game. Despite this not being the CATS best performance, in the NCAA tournament,
the objective is to survive and advance. Perfection is intact. 35 and 0, and on to the Bearcats on
Saturday we go!!