Stifling Defense Helps Cards Take down Marshall 85 – 67

Shots were not falling for the No. 7 ranked Louisville Cardinals against the Thundering Herd of Marshall. Louisville shot 39.5 percent from the field including an abysmal 3 of 22 from three point range. They struggled at the line as well finishing at 63 percent for the evening. When shots aren’t falling the defense better step up. Tonight the game was one at the defensive end.

Led by all-over-the-court pressure defense by starting guards Chris Jones and Terry Rozier and the solid interior defense by Chinanu Onuaku and Mangok Mathiang, the Cardinals were able to dismantle Marshall 85 – 67.

Jones and Rozier struggled from the field shooting a combined 10 for 34. Rick Pitino was not happy with his guards saying, “Our guards tonight didn’t play like veterans because they were affected too much by their missed shots and they lost focus of what’s most important – and that’s winning the game.”

Pitino was extremely pleased with the interior play of both Chinanu Onuaku and Mangok Mathiang. Onuaku finished with his second consecutive double-double. He scored 10 points on 5 of 5 shooting and grabbed 11 rebounds.

Mathiang was certain to be a starter at the beginning of the year. However, he has embraced the role of being an energy guy coming off of the bench. He played his best game of the early season corralling 11 rebounds and blocking a season-high 3 shots. Mathiang provided the interior defense the Cardinals will need as the season progresses.

Pitino offered his praise of both big men, “I thought Mangok and Nanu were both terrific. They understood the game plan very well and that’s why we didn’t lose the lead. That’s why we enhanced the lead. They understood it. They weren’t interested in shooting jump shots. They knew who they were. They knew that rebounding was crucial and they did their job.”

Junior forward, Montrezl Harrell, played only 24 minutes due to foul trouble. Harrell was sent to the bench after picking up his fourth foul early in the second half. He did finish with a respectable 12 points and 8 rebounds.

Pitino was not as concerned as most coaches would be with Harrell’s foul trouble saying, “It was good to play without Montrezl [Harrell] to see if we could be in a situation where we didn’t lose the lead. That was good.”

For the second straight game Senior Wayne Blackshear played with an incredible amount of energy. He was all over the floor in the first half. Just like Rozier and Jones his shot was not falling, but he stuffed the box score in other areas. Blackshear finished with 16 points, grabbed 6 rebounds, blocked 2 shots, and had 4 steals.

Ryan Taylor had a near triple-double for Marshall finishing with 15 points, 18 rebounds, and 8 assists. However, he made only 2 of his 14 shot attempts.

Louisville is now 3 – 0 on the regular season. Marshall lost for the first time this season.

Louisville continues it 6 game home stand Monday night against Savannah State.

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INCREDIBLE DEFENSIVE AND BALANCED OFFENSIVE DISPLAY BY THE CATS SENDS KANSAS TO HISTORIC LOSS.

UK vs Kansas 11-18-14 (20)Brendon D. Miller, – Camen Media

INDIANAPOLIS – The Wildcats lit up the Champions Classic and a bitterly cold 15 degree night on the plains of Indiana by sending the fifth-ranked Kansas Jayhawks to a 72 to 40, 32 point demolition, the fourth-worst loss in the program’s storied history. For clarity, this is University of Kansas, the second most winningest program in college basketball history, not Fort Valley State. This was John Calipari’s milestone 600th win, and it will be remembered by the Big Blue Nation as an epic performance and bell weather that this edition of the Cats can be truly and historically special. Calipari entered the post-game press conference and spontaneously began, “No, we’re not that good”, before taking his seat. Thing is, this performance may have been the best defensive display seen by the BBN, in many a moon, if not ever.

No one in Banker’s Life Field House was left questioning the feasibility of Cal’s platoon system on this night as the continuous rotation of long, tall and talented Wildcats constantly turned up the defensive pressure on the Jayhawks. “We kind of bum-rushed them a little bit”, Calipari said. “And every time they looked, there were more tanks coming over the hill.” Tanks? More like bulldozers.

The defensive numbers tell the dominant story. 11 blocks and numerous other altered shots around the rim led by Karl-Anthony Towns and Marcus Lee with four each. This is tempered by at least four more blocks that were taken away by questionable foul calls. When the Jayhawks did get a shot up at the rim, very few were converted. Kansas shot 8 for 33 (24.2%) in the first and 3 for 23 (13.0%) in the second half for a total of 11 for 56 (19.6%) for the game. That is THREE field goals in the second half. THREE! Inclusive of going 0 for 7 from three point land. As great as those numbers are, the most telling stat of the night was Kansas going 3 for 21 (14.2%) from inside three feet. That is 14.2% on layups and shots at the rim, by major college, 5 star talents. No shot went uncontested by the Cats. Kansas had to earn 15 of its 40 points (37.5%) from the foul line due on those contested shots. The pressure was withering, and it was evident in the Kansas players. Those of us in the arena could see and feel the intimidation. Interestingly enough, Cal noted that he did intend to play some zone in the game, but “when I saw the way we defended, I said Nope, not playing any zone today.” No need.

The result could have been so much more lop sided if the Cats would have played better offensively. A major detractor of the platoon system is that it does not allow the players to get in an offensive flow during the game and affects consistent shooting. Kentucky, by no means, played their best offensive game, shooting 25 for 58 (43.1%) and only 6 for 18 (33.3%) from three point land, with most of those 12 missed threes in the first half being open looks. A few of those go down and the game was done by the 4:00 time out of the first half. Despite the shooting numbers, the offensive effort was impressive in the balance of the contribution of each of the players. All 10 of the platooners played between 17 and 21 minutes, each scored in both the first and second half, each scored between 11 and four points, led by Dakari Johnson’s 11, and each had at least 1 rebound, let by Willie Cauley-Stein’s 10. That is Balance.

 

Are Cal’s Cats as good as they looked on Tuesday Night? The hype this is now going to escalate to astronomic levels. The talk of an undefeated season will only mushroom and there is now evidence that it is entirely possible. The Cats will likely lose a game, or maybe two, somewhere during the grueling and pressure packed season to come. However, if they put on such a dominant defensive display and balanced offensive performance as they did here Tuesday night, they will not lose their last game of the season on April 6th, just down the street at Lucas Oil Stadium, back here in the plains of Indiana.

No. 7 Louisville overpowers Jacksonville State 88 – 39

In No. 7 Louisville’s first two games we have seen Montrezl Harrell play like the preseason All-American he was projected to be. We have seen Terry Rozier live up to the preseason hype as the man who will pick up as the next great Louisville guard. However, according to Rick Pitino, neither of these two have been the best

Photo by Jason Sheehan
Photo by Jason Sheehan

player on the court so far this season. That honor would go to senior guard, Chris Jones. Jones has struggled with his shot going 8 for 26 in the first two games. Howerver, it is his passing and his defense that has Pitino so pleased with him. He finished tonight’s game with 10 points, 6 rebounds, 5 assists, and 5 steals. Pitino said, “I think Chris was brilliant the other night. I think Chris was great tonight. I think everything you see happening is Chris Jones making it happen. He’s playing like a true point guard. I thought his play in the first half was outstanding. Sometimes statistics don’t (tell the story) then you wake up tomorrow morning and if you weren’t at the game [you wouldn’t know] without question that he was the best player on the floor tonight.”

Photo by Jason Sheehan
Photo by Jason Sheehan

Jones’ in-your-face full court defense is reminiscent of former Louisville guards Andre McGee, Preston Knowles, and Peyton Siva. He has that bulldog mentality frustrates the opponents and he does it without fouling. The biggest difference with Jones this year is the extra weight he has cut. Whether it is around ten pounds as Pitino has said or close to twenty as Jones has said, the fact of the matter is that he is a much quicker player than last season. When asked about what makes Jones so good at getting steals, Pitino had this to say, “Well, I really think the quickness factor really helped him this year. He got so much quicker with his hands, quicker with his feet.”

Photo by Jason Sheehan
Photo by Jason Sheehan

All five starters scored in double figures for the Cardinals as they cruised to an 88 – 39 victory in the Global Sports Showcase. Harrell once again led the Cardinals with 15 points to go along with his 7 rebounds. The one thing missing from his game tonight was his newfound outside shot. He missed all three of his three point attempts after making 3 of 4 in the first game against Minnesota.

Pitino was not completely pleased with Harrell’s performance and his reliance on his outside shot saying, “You know, I think after movement, it’s good. I just want to see him get some post-up plays on the break. I think he’s taking away a little bit too much of the strength of his game but I think after movement, going from inside to outside is fine. Going from outside to inside is no good. I think he’s got to work inside to out. Like tonight, he didn’t get any post-ups tonight on the break and I think that’s a strength of his. And I’d like

Jason Sheehan
Jason Sheehan

to see him get six to eight points a game just on easy baskets.” Terry Rozier once again played a solid game finishing with 13 points and 4 rebounds. Rozier also made the most electrifying play of the night early in the second half. He had the ball stolen from him in the lane and then hustled back to block the layup attempt by Gamecock guard Avery Moore. Wayne Blackshear bounced back after a disappointing performance in the first game. Blackshear had a nice all-around game finishing with 12 points, 9 rebounds, and 5 assists. His 9 rebounds are a career- high. Pitino praised Blackshear’s performance tonight saying, “The best part was his passing. You know I was joking around in the walk-through today. I said, ‘Get to the corner. Wayne will get his first assist. And he took it personally tonight. He made four or five terrific passes. I though Wayne was great tonight.

I really did. I though he played a total game. He rebounded, he passed, he shot, he made a big-time dunk. That’s about as high as I’ve seen him jump. So I think Wayne was great tonight.” Chinanu Onuaku got his second straight start and used his size to his advantage against the overmatched Gamecocks. He finished with 10 points and 12 rebounds. Louisville led 13 – 10 with 14:39 remaining in the first half. They took control and closed out the half on by outscoring the Gamecocks 37 to 10. Jacksonville State would score the first basket in the second half, but would not score again for nearly 11 minutes as Louisville pushed its lead to 51. Darion Rackley was the only Gamecock player in double figures finishing with 11 points. Louisville held the Gamecocks to 28 percent shooting from the field and destroyed them on the boards 60 to 26.

Louisville continues the Global Sports Showcase against Marshall Thundering Herd this Friday at 9:00 in the KFC Yum Center.

Montrezl Harrell leads No. 8 Louisville to victory over Minnesota

Let the games begin! The No. 8 Louisville Cardinals opened the 2014-15 season in the annual Armed Forces Classic in steamy Puerto Rico. The main story of going into the game was all about the father- son matchup between the Pitinos. This was the second matchup between Rick and Richard with the Cardinals easily winning the first one when Richard was with Florida International 2 years ago.

The main story quickly shifted from the father-son coaching matchup to the much improved play of Louisville preseason All-American, Montrezl Harrell. Harrell surprised everyone when he decided to return for his junior season. Scouts loved his energy and his athleticism, but told him he needed to diversify his game to be a consistent player in the professional ranks.

During his first two seasons with the Cardinals he was a one-dimensional player, scoring most of his baskets inside. He was a highlight-reel dunker whose game did not include a mid-range jumper. His inability to hit free throws made him a liability. He made only 47.7 percent of his free throws through his sophomore season. Harrell took the criticism to heart as he lead UofL to an 81-68 victory over the Minnesota Golden Gophers. Harrell showed off his new all-around game by scoring a career-high 30 points. He made 3 of 4 three-pointers and also made several mid-range jumpers. He was 9 of 10 from the free throw line. Just for good measure, he also slammed home two alley-oop dunks just to show he hasn’t forgotten that part of his game.

Harrell wasn’t the only star for the Cardinals. The backcourt tandem of Chris Jones and Terry Rozier both played solid all-around games. Fans were waiting to see Rozier take on a more significant role after the loss of Russ Smith. He did not disappoint, finishing with 18 points, 6 rebounds, 4 assists, and 4 steals. Jones shooting was off, hitting only 4 of his 13 shots, but his bulldog-type defense was on full display. He hounded the Minnesota guards the entire game. He finished with 3 steals and his aggressive defense wore out the Golden Gopher guards. Senior forward, Wayne Blackshear, showed a more aggressive game in the exhibition season. Pitino has said he wants to see the Wayne Blackshear that was an aggressive high school All-American. He showed more offensive aggressiveness early, but foul trouble hampered him for most of the game. Blackshear scored only 7 points.

Defending NIT champion, Minnesota, fought to stay in the game, but could never get closer than 8 points in the second half. The Louisville defense was just too much for the Golden Gophers. Minnesota shot only 40 percent from the field and made 4 of its 18 three point attempts. They also committed 19 turnovers. Louisville will play its first game at the KFC Yum Center this Monday against the Gamecocks of Jacksonville State. The Gamecocks were lost to Marshall tonight 74-55.

Chairman Rogers on Executive Amnesty and Funding the Government

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WASHINGTON, D.C. — U.S. Rep. Harold “Hal” Rogers (KY-05) continues to stand firm against amnesty, while working diligently as Chairman of the House Appropriations Committee on federal discretionary funding for the rest of the year.

“There’s no one stronger than me against unilateral action by the President on” immigration. (CNN, 11/13/14) 

If President Obama acts on immigration before the spending bill is done, there will be an “explosion.” (Fox News, 11/13/14)

I don’t want a shutdown and I don’t want the threat of a shutdown. Because that doesn’t serve our purposes.” (Associated Press, 11/13/14)

House Appropriations Chairman Harold Rogers said Wednesday that he and House leaders are committed to passing an omnibus spending bill by the end of the year. (CQ, 11/12/14)

Read more about the state of play in Congress: GOP debates its immigration strategy as Obama prepares executive action. (The Washington Post, 11/13/14)
Rogers has served Kentucky’s 5th Congressional District since 1981. With a focus on economic development, job creation, fighting illegal drugs and preserving Appalachia’s natural treasures, he has a reputation for listening to his constituents and fighting for the region he represents. For more information, visit http://halrogers.house.gov/ or follow Rogers on Twitter @RepHalRogers or on Facebook @CongressmanHalRogers.   

HCTC Work and Learn assists student’s future (Lee County News)

Chasity Whitaker
Chasity Whitaker

High school wasn’t a priority to Chasity Whitaker of Beattyville but now she realizes that a college education is very important and so she’s enrolled at Hazard Community and Technical College. “First and foremost, my 7-year-old, Troy Dennis, is why I wanted to further my education. I want him to know that education is very important. I also want to better myself so I can better our family and our lives,” she said.

While in high school, Chasity’s husband’s grandmother had a stroke and became paralyzed and there was no one to take care of her and the family wanted her cared for at home. So Chasity dropped out of high school and moved to Lexington to provide assistance.

Four years later, she moved back to Beattyville where she met Cheryl Botner, instructor at Lee County Adult Education, who got her to change her life’s course and become committed to her education. “I would never have made it as far as I have today; she has helped me far beyond what any teacher has done. She is a wonderful instructor,” Chasity said.

Chasity is enrolled in online college classes at HCTC and has a goal of becoming a preschool teacher or work at a daycare or even be a children’s nurse. HCTC’s Work and Learn coordinator, Mavis Poe Clemons, has assisted Chasity in her educational pursuit.  “I’m thankful to Mavis Clemons and the college for this wonderful opportunity they have given me.  I look forward to starting my future with them,” she said.

Chasity joined the Work and Learn Program in February 2014 to begin working toward earning her GED.  “After Chasity began working on her GED she gained confidence in herself and you could literally see that confidence grow during each meeting. Chasity became more and more engaged in her education,” noted Mrs. Clemons.  As the Work and Learn Coordinator, Mrs. Clemons aided Chasity with exploring different career options and offered career counseling.

Workshops are completed with all students that focus mainly on learning soft skills. Mrs. Clemons has linked her to resources that provided her with important college information. She also provided her with materials regarding programs of studies that are offered through HCTC and also assisted her with completing her enrollment application for college.

The HCTC Work and Learn Program assists students from the very beginning of their educational journey until they are settled into college. Chasity is the first HCTC Work and Learn student to receive her GED since the new test has begun. “I am very proud of the diligence she put forth toward earning her GED; it is such a great accomplishment and I look forward to her future achievements because I know great things will happen in her life,” Mrs. Clemons said.  Chasity is currently employed at the Lee County Board of Education and plans to transfer to the Ready to Work Program to complete an Associate’s Degree with Hazard Community and Technical College.

The HCTC Work and Learn Program includes the counties of Perry, Knott, Leslie, Breathitt, Owsley, Lee, and Wolfe. The GED test changed at the beginning of 2014 and some students say that it is quite more challenging than the past exam. “The Work and Learn Program helps students realize that education will open many doors and create multiple opportunities for them and their families,” Mrs. Clemons said. All students have the potential of earning a GED; they just must have the determination to follow through with their plan. When students participate in the Work and Learn Program, they work on specific goals tailored to their needs, whether it be increasing Math or Reading scores. The program also emphasizes employability skills and places students in work-study positions to increase their marketable skills.

For more information about the Work and Learn Program, contact Mrs. Clemons at (606) 487-3284.

Five Wildcats on Preseason Coaches’ All-SEC Teams

Andrew and Aaron Harrison selected to first team

BIRMINGHAM, Ala. – Five Kentucky players were selected to the 2015 SEC Men’s Basketball Coaches’ preseason teams, the league office announced Thursday. Sophomores Aaron and Andrew Harrison were tabbed to the first team, while juniors Willie Cauley-Stein and Alex Poythress and freshman Karl-Anthony Towns were second-team selections.

Eleven different schools were represented on the two teams, but UK led the league with five selections. Florida and LSU each had two selections. In all, 29 different players received votes for the coaches’ teams.

 

The coaches’ preseason All-SEC first and second teams consist of a minimum of eight players on each squad, voted on by the SEC head men’s basketball coaches. No ties were broken and no predicted order of finish was made.

 

Aaron Harrison is UK’s leading returning scorer after averaging 13.7 points per game during his freshman campaign. Harrison logged 13 points and three assists per game in UK’s two exhibition contests in 2014. Andrew Harrison started 39 games as a freshman and dished out 159 assists, which ranks third among all-time UK first-year players. Harrison posted a team-high 15 dimes in Kentucky’s two exhibition games.

 

Cauley-Stein has seen action in 66 career games and has averaged 7.5 points and 6.1 rebounds during his first two seasons in a UK uniform. Poythress has appeared in a team-high 73 games in his career while making 31 starts. The Clarksville, Tenn., native averages 8.3 points per game and shoots at a .544 clip for his career. Towns was the lone first-year player selected to either preseason team by the league’s coaches. In UK’s two exhibition games, Towns averaged team-bests in points (17.5) and field-goal percentage (93.8).

 

The Wildcats open their 2014-15 campaign with three games in six days beginning on Friday. UK tips off with Grand Canyon at 8 p.m. on the SEC Network.

 

2015 Preseason Coaches’ All-SEC Teams:

 

First Team All-SEC

Dorian Finney-Smith – Florida, F, 6-8, 218, Jr., Portsmouth, Va.

Michael Frazier II – Florida, G, 6-4, 194, Jr., Tampa, Fla.

Aaron Harrison – Kentucky, G, 6-6, 212, So., Richmond, Texas

Andrew Harrison – Kentucky, G, 6-6, 210, So., Richmond, Texas

Damian Jones – Vanderbilt, C, 6-10, 240, So., Baton Rouge, La.

Charles Mann – Georgia, G, 6-5, 215, Jr., Alpharetta, Ga.

Jordan Mickey – LSU, F, 6-8, 235, So., Dallas, Texas

Bobby Portis – Arkansas, F, 6-11, 242, So., Little Rock, Ark.

Jarvis Summers – Ole Miss, G, 6-3, 186, Sr., Jackson, Miss.

 

Second Team All-SEC

Alex Caruso –  A&M, G, 6-5, 184, Jr., College Station, Texas

Willie Cauley-Stein – Kentucky, F, 7-0, 240, Jr., Olathe, Kan.

KT Harrell – Auburn, G, 6-4, 212, Sr., Montgomery, Ala.

Jarell Martin – LSU, F, 6-10, 236, So., Baton Rouge, La.

Alex Poythress – Kentucky, F, 6-8, 238, Jr., Clarksville, Tenn.

Josh Richardson – Tennessee, G, 6-6, 200, Sr., Edmond, Okla.

Sindarius Thornwell – South Carolina, G, 6-5, 215, So., Lancaster, S.C.

Karl-Anthony Towns – Kentucky, F, 6-11, 250, Fr., Piscataway, N.J.

KSP NEWS RELEASE – #FinishStrongKY: Weekly Campaign Results

(FRANKFORT, Ky.) – Preliminary statistics indicate that ten people died on Kentucky roadways from Monday, Nov. 3 through Sunday, Nov. 9, 2014. During the same reporting period, KSP accounted for 411 seat belt citations, 116 aggressive driving citations, 49 distracted driving citations and 118 DUI arrests. In an effort to reduce highway fatalities, KSP is asking Kentuckian’s to ‘Finish Strong’ in 2014 by adhering to safe driving procedures including wearing seat belts, reducing speed, refraining from distractions and never driving impaired.  Kentucky is currently at its lowest highway fatality rate in nearly fifty years.

 

The #FinishStrongKY project began November 1, 2014 with a data driven strategy that places enforcement details in high crash zones where fatalities have occurred. The effort will remain in effect through the holidays.  KSP is partnering with the Kentucky Office of Highway Safety and the Federal Highway Administration to roll out the #FinishStrongKY media blitz.  The agencies will utilize social media platforms to blast out uniform traffic safety messaging with the hash tag FinishStrongKY. Citizens can contribute to highway safety by reporting erratic drivers to the Kentucky State Police toll-free at 1-800-222-5555. Callers will remain anonymous and should give a description of the vehicle, location, direction of travel and license number if possible.

KY 847 in Owsley County to be closed Saturday, Nov. 22

In order to replace a drainage pipe, the Kentucky Department of Highways plans to close KY 847 in Owsley County on Saturday, Nov. 22. The road will be closed at milepoint 5.5, just north of Scoville. The project will begin around 8 a.m. and will continue until approximately 2 p.m. During this time, the road will be closed to all through traffic. No marked detour will be posted, but drivers can use KY 30, KY 11 and KY 1938 as an alternate route. Motorists should plan their trips accordingly. In case of inclement weather, the closure will be postponed until another suitable date.

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