Smith’s Shot Saves Cardinals

The 11th-ranked Louisville Cardinals came into Saturday night’s tilt with No. 7 Cincinnati winners of five straight and nine of their past ten games.  Their last loss was against Cincinnati at the KFC Yum Center on January 30.  Thanks to Russ Smith, the Cardinals got a much needed signature win.

Smith nailed the game winner with 2.2 seconds remaining off of a pass from Terry Rozier.  Smith caught the ball and lofted and 18-foot jumper over the outstretched arms of Cincinnati forward, Titus Rubles, giving the Cardinals a 58 – 57 win.

“Honestly, it felt really good leaving my hands,” said Smith.  Smith had a difficult day on the offensive end, scoring only 10 points on 3 – 10 shooting.  However, he did affect the game in other areas getting five assists, grabbing three rebounds, and getting three steals.

Montrezl Harrell continued his strong play scoring 21 points and getting 10 rebounds.  Louisville made a concerted effort to get the ball to Harrell throughout the game as he shot a team high 16 times.  The only knock on this day for Harrell was once again his free throw shooting.  Harrell was 5 – 12 from the line.

The game was reminiscent of the Louisville versus Cincinnati games in the 90’s and early 2000’s with Bob Huggins as the Bearcats’ coach.  Those games were always some of the more physical games the Cardinals played in.  Saturday’s game did not disappoint.  “This is the type of game I like,” said Harrell in reference to the physicality of the game.

Sean Kilpatrick led Cincinnati with 28 points, but needed 26 shots.  He was only 3 – 14 from three point range.  Kilpatrick made 8 field goals while the rest of the Bearcats made a combined 7 for the game.

Rick Pitino said of the Cardinals’ defense, “Defense makes the difference.  Play defense, play your butts off on defense, and they did today.”  Cincinnati shot only 28.6 percent from the field and committed 13 turnovers to Louisville’s nine.  They hit only 5 – 20 from three point range.

Louisville improved their record to (23 – 4, 12- 2).  More importantly, the win ties them with Cincinnati in the loss column in the AAC.  Cincinnati fell to (24 – 4, 13 – 2).

Louisville returns to the KFC Yum Center Thursday at 9:00 to face the Temple Owls.  On February 14 Louisville throttled the Owls 82- 58.

Louisville Runs past the Bulls, 80 – 54

Over the past several weeks, the Louisville Cardinals have answered a lot of questions fans and the coaching staff have had about them.  They answered another one tonight.  Montrezl Harrell picked up his third foul with 19:21 remaining in the game.  He then received his fourth foul after picking up a technical foul.  Wayne Blackshear then picked up his fourth foul with 18:25 remaining.

South Florida would cut Louisville’s halftime lead to 12, but would get no closer.  Mangok Mathiang and Stephan Van Treese were huge factors in Louisville’s win against the Bulls.  The two centers combined to score 11 points and grab 14 rebounds.

“I like what Mangok did tonight.  He bailed us out of quite a few situations, lots of offensive fouls, so I like the way he played.  I thought he did a very good job,” Rick Pitino said.

The Cardinals will need this kind of play from their center position have success heading into the meat of their schedule.  Louisville will play at Cincinnati, at Memphis, at SMU, and finish at home against Connecticut.

Louisville was coming off Sunday’s game in which they hit 16 – 30 three point shots.  The shots were not falling tonight from outside.  The Cardinals finished 3 – 18 from three point range.  They showed that they can win when the threes are not falling.  They finished 31 – 51 inside the arc for 61 percent.

Russ Smith was one of four Cardinals in double figures finishing with 19 points.  Pitino commented after the Rutgers game that Russ was looking to pad his assist total after passing up several open shots.  Russ took that to heart tonight and scored 9 points in the first 6:26 of the game.  Smith passed Billy Thompson and Wes Unseld on the Cardinals’ all-time scoring list to move into the top ten.

Luke Hancock scored has been one of the Cardinals’ most consistent scorers in conference play.  Hancock scored in double figures for the 13th consecutive time.  He finished with 16 points.

Montrezl Harrell was having a monster game until he picked up his fourth foul early in the second half. Harrell scored 12 points in the first half.  He finished with 14 points on 7 – 9 shooting.  Harrell’s emphatic slam early in the game broke the Louisville single season dunk record previously held by Pervis Ellison and Chane Behanan.

Another bright spot for Louisville continues to be the play of freshman guard Terry Rozier.  Rozier scored 13 points and grabbed 5 rebounds.  He committed only 1 turnover to bring his season total to 15 in 26 games.

Pitino compared Rozier to another great freshman guard, Tyler Ennis.  Pitino said, “Tyler Ennis is awesome, plays all 40 minutes, and he is a great, great basketball player; one of the premier players in the country, but he is up here, and I put Terry up here too.”

South Florida was led by an impressive performance from junior forward Victor Rudd.  Rudd was the only Bull in double figures with 27 points with several highlight reel dunks.  He also corralled 10 rebounds.

Louisville goes on the road Saturday for a nationally televised game against conference rival Cincinnati.  The Bearcats beat the Cardinals in the KFC Yum Center January 30th, 69 – 66.  The Cardinals trail the Bearcats by one game in the AAC standings.

Hot Shooting Propels Cardinals to Victory

By Jason Sheehan –

U of L hammers Rutger - Photo by Jason Sheehan
U of L hammers Rutger – Photo by Jason Sheehan

Rick Pitino was asked after Louisville’s 102 – 54 rout of Rutgers what teams have impressed him so far this season and how close the Cardinals are to the top tier teams.  He said he was impressed with, Florida, Michigan State, Syracuse, Arizona, Kansas, Kentucky, Creighton, etc.  “I’m very impressed with all of those teams and I think we are in the mix as well because we are getting better,” Pitino said.

If the Cardinals shoot as well as they did against Rutgers, they will most certainly be a tough matchup for any team.  Louisville blistered the nets with 55.7% shooting including 16 – 30 from three point range.

Luke Hancock led the way for the Cardinals scoring a career high 25 points.  Hancock made 6 of his 8 three point attempts, grabbed 6 rebounds, and dished out 3 assists.

Pitino praised Hancock when asked a question about another Cardinal player, Stephen Van Treese.  Van Treese had a solid game scoring 8 points, grabbing 5 rebounds, and blocking 3 shots.  Pitino said, “When you have Luke on the floor, Luke makes guys look better.  He knows how to get Van Treese’s confidence going and throws good passes to him.  Luke’s a really big catalyst for us like Francisco (Garcia) was years ago.”

U of L defeats Rutgers - Photo by Jason Sheehan
U of L defeats Rutgers – Photo by Jason Sheehan

Terry Rozier came off of the Cardinals’ bench to score a career-high 16 points.  Rozier was coming off one of his worst performances of the season at Temple where he was held scoreless and missed all 4 of his three point attempts.  Rozier connected on 4 of his 7 threes tonight.

Tonight’s game against Rutgers showed how much Louisville has improved.  In the Cardinals’ 83 – 76 victory against Rutgers on Jan. 4, Louisville dished out only 7 assists and committed 17 turnovers.  Pitino called their play in that game “very selfish”.

Eight Cardinal players scored 7 or more points and 7 hit at least one three.  It is the kind of balance that Pitino wants from his team.  The Cardinals had 23 assists on 34 made field goals.

Rutgers was overmatched from the beginning of the game as Louisville stormed out to a 10 – 2 lead.  The strong performance continued as the Cardinals would lead by 19 at the half.  Louisville then opened the second half on 26 – 3 run to put the game out of reach at 69 – 27.

Louisville held the Scarlet Knights to 35.4 percent shooting and forced 18 turnovers.  Pitino was not only happy with the offense, but even more so with the improvement with his team’s defense.  Pitino said, “Now three weeks ago I was very worried about the type of defense we were playing.  Our defense has improved dramatically.  Dramatically.  And that’s a good thing.  Even our zone’s getting better.”

The Cardinals return to the KFC Yum Center Tuesday night at 7 to take on the South Florida Bulls.  Louisville routed the Bulls on Jan. 22 in Tampa 86 – 47.

Louisville improved their record to 21- 4 and 10 – 2 in the AAC.

America Caudill Obit

America Caudill Obit
America Caudill Obit

America Caudill, 68, Beattyville passed away Thurs., Feb. 20, at the Owsley County Health Care Center in Booneville.  She was preceded in death by her husband, Jerry Caudill; her parents, John and Mary (McIntosh) Hensley; four sons, Johnny James, Rex, Roy Lee and Jerry Lee Caudill.  She is survived  by three sons, George Caudill of Beattyville, Lester Caudill of Beattyville, Harlan Caudill of Beattyville; three brothers, Lewis Hensley of Beattyville, Ervine Hensley of Mt. Sterling, Richard Hensley of Breathitt County; three sisters, Vicie Caudill of Athol, Diane Mullins of Athol, Lena Johnson of Austin, Indiana; four grandchildren, Jordan, Karrissa, Brandon and Jamie Caudill; three great grandchildren, America, Zachary and Braydon Caudill;  Funeral services Sat., Feb. 22, 11AM at the Breathitt Funeral Home Chapel with Rev. Jerry Henson Jr. officiating.  Burial in the Hugh Bryant Cemetery at Smacken Hollow.  Breathitt Funeral Home in charge of arrangements.

Alvin Carpenter Obit

Alvin Carpenter Obit
Alvin Carpenter Obit

Alvin Carpenter, 72, of Guage passed away Saturday, Feb. 15, at his residence.  He was a veteran of the US Army.  He was the son of the late Floyd and Eliza (Noble) Carpenter.  He was also preceded in death by two brothers, James Carpenter and Estil Carpenter; one sister, Dovie Catchen; one nephew, Randell Howard.  He is survived by his wife, Nancy Stacy of Guage; three sons, David (Alice) Carpenter of Noctor, Tim (Diane) Carpenter of PA, Phillip Carpenter of Guage; one daughter, Rhonda Culnan of Berea; one sister, Phyllis (Olie) Howard of Guage; six grandchildren, Tish Carpenter, Megan Carpenter, Alyssa Carpenter, Ethan Carpenter, Tyler Carpenter, Brandon Carpenter; host of nieces and nephews; two great nephews, Hunter and Bryan Howard.  Funeral services, Tuesday, Feb. 18, 2:00 PM at the Breathitt Funeral Home Chapel with Rev. Tim Miller officiating.  Burial in the Carpenter Cemetery at Guage.  Breathitt Funeral Home in charge of arrangements.

Appreciate What You Have

There is a lot of pain and unhappiness in the space between what we want, and what we’ve got. The larger the gap, the more uncomfortable we feel. Of course we live in a culture where ‘more’ has long been equated with ‘better.’ There is an epidemic of stress, however, and much of it stems from this philosophy.
In a world where we must go more, do more and get more, where is the space for enjoying what we already have? One of the best antidotes for stress may be to cultivate an attitude of “sufficiency.” Instead of looking around our homes and noticing what is missing, or what we could add, what if we looked through eyes of appreciation? If we decided that what was there was sufficient, think of how much time and money would be saved.
Imagine if one extracurricular activity per child was considered sufficient. Think how different it would be if the fashion industry, or the automobile industry changed designs only once every five years? In terms of consumerism, we are probably addicted to change and newness. But then we stop and realize that we have to work extra hard just to keep up with that addiction. So we work hard to make enough to keep buying, and to put something away for retirement, and we need lots there, so we can keep buying when we are retired. Maybe “retired” is short for “really tired” from working so hard.
Then we can think about sufficiency in terms of our expectations of others. There is  probably sufficient within most of the people in our lives that we could appreciate them a lot, if we focused on those things. Funny how when someone is gone, it is so easy to see how much was there, and in those who are here, it is so easy to see what we think is missing.
Now comes the clincher. What if we could really honor ourselves, and see how sufficient we really are? If we stopped comparing ourselves to others, or to some external standard, think of the pressure that would be released. Think how much fun it would be to feel happy and fulfilled with the way things are right now.  If we were told we only had a year to live, suddenly we would be clear about what was important, and what was not. That might be leaving it a bit late.If we try thinking in terms of sufficiency, perhaps that just might slow things down enough so we can experience the clarity of that distinction right now. How wonderful it would be to live in the light of that wisdom not just for a year, but for the rest of our lives.


Gwen Randall-Young is an author and award-winning Psychotherapist.  For permission to reprint this article, or to obtain books or cds, visit

Have You Been Wasting Time?

“Time you enjoy wasting, was not wasted. ”

~John Lennon


  I find it interesting that in our fast-paced, multi-tasked world, so often things that are relaxing are considered a waste of time. Days are often evaluated in terms of how much was “done,” usually meaning how much work was accomplished.  While this may be appropriate in the workplace, it often carries over into the home.


Many will make lists of all that has to be done, be it inside work or outside work. Usually there is more on the list than is humanly possible to do in one day, but, nonetheless often the focus is more on what did not get done, than what was done.

Because we know we are evaluating ourselves in relation to that list, anything that interferes, or is not on the list is seen as a threat to our success. A mental clock is ticking in the back of our heads keeping us aware of how this interruption is setting us back.

This all creates a certain level of tension, or at least being in a bit of a rush; “gotta get this done so I can go on to the next thing on my list.”

It also rules out spontaneity: when we are working the list, there is no going with the flow.

Another thing that happens is that “work” is like the “meat and potatoes” while taking time to relax is “dessert.”  And we all know the rule: no dessert until you finish your dinner.  There is, however, always something more on the list.

Consequently the novel does not get read, the nap is not taken, no time is spent lying on the grass watching the sky, the dog does not get played with quite enough, and to family members we might just be a blur rushing by, and sometimes a cranky blur.

Consider this: the moments we cherish and will always remember are not the ones experienced while following our list. Most likely they are precisely those spontaneous moments when we just relaxed and were fully present to what and who was around us.  These moments are precious and just might indicate that we need to reconsider our concept of wasted time.


Gwen Randall-Young is an author and award-winning Psychotherapist.  For permission to reprint this article, or to obtain books or cds, visit

Hope Wall to be displayed in Breathitt County

HAZARD – The UNITE Hope Wall will be on display in the Breathitt County Judicial Center starting Friday afternoon, February 28, and continuing through Friday morning, March 14.

Recent photo of Hope Wall in Magoffin County
Recent photo of Hope Wall in Magoffin County

Celebrating a person’s ability to overcome an addiction, the display gives hope to others struggling through a loved one’s substance abuse addiction hope.

Unveiled last August, the Hope Wall demonstrates that addiction has no boundaries; all walks of life are affected. Approximately 150 individuals who are now in recovery and living clean and sober lives are pictured.

Anyone who has been in recovery for at least 18 months is eligible to be featured on the wall. For more information contact the UNITE office at 606-330-1400 or visit

Cats Run Out of Gas as Gators Prevail

Cats Run Out of Gas as Gators Prevail – By: Tyrus York – The excitement in Rupp Arena leading up to the tip of Saturday night’s national game of the week between the #3 Florida Gators (23-2, 12-0) and the #14 Kentucky Wildcats (19-6, 9-3) was off the charts.  Not only was the GameDay crew from ESPN was in the house, but it seemed there were celebrities at every corner including several former UK players.

UK fans left Rupp disappointed after another UK Loss - Photo by Michael Huang
UK fans left Rupp disappointed after another UK Loss – Photo by Michael Huang

When the final attendance was tallied, it was the highest attended game of the season (24,425) and the 6th highest of all time in Rupp Arena history.  But not only were there a lot of people there, they were loud.

Big Blue Nation ambassador Oscar Combs tweeted afterwards that Saturday night was the loudest he had ever heard Rupp Arena since its opening in 1976.

Despite all of the fanfare, the Wildcats would come up short against the Gators 69-59, positioning Florida in a virtual lock for the SEC regular season title and as one of the best teams in the nation.

The 10 point loss may look bad on the scoreboard but the Wildcats fought very hard in this game, leading throughout much of the game only to have it slip away in the end.

The reasons that led to the Gator victory were numerous (like a mystery technical foul called on the UK bench late in the game), but the most obvious was the fact that Kentucky simply could not score down the stretch.  Florida, known as one of the best defensive teams in the conference quickly proved they were for real by shutting down Kentucky’s post presence late in the second half.

At the half, Julius Randle had 10 points and 6 rebounds and appeared to be on his way to a monster game, but Florida was able to lock down the future lottery pick in the second half holding him to only 3 points.

Willie Cauley-Stein had his moments in the game, but ultimately proved to be another non-factor against the stronger Gators, finishing the game with only 2 points and 2 rebounds.

As for the rest of the big guys Dakari Johnson played well early in the first half before being saddled with foul trouble.  He would also finish with 2 points and 2 rebounds.  Alex Poythress was held scoreless and managed to only collect 2 rebounds.

Florida outscored the Wildcats 34-22 in the paint despite losing the rebounding battle 31-28.

The lack of Kentucky production in the paint left the back court in charge of figuring out ways to score.  Andrew Harrison put forth a solid effort and was the Cats’ leading scorer with 20 points.  James Young hit several big shots in this game on his way to scoring 19 points of his own.

The only other player to score for Kentucky was Aaron Harrison who contributed 3 points on only 1-7 shooting.  Only 6 Wildcats managed to find the scoring column with 3 of those players recording 3 points or less.

A positive sign for Kentucky was that their defense didn’t allow much more from the Gators.  Only 6 Gators would score and only 3 would be in double digits.  In fact Kentucky held Florida to 44% shooting for the game while they shot 47.6% themselves.

Kentucky was in the driver’s seat for most of the game, but unlike previous trips to Rupp Arena these Florida Gators stayed calm and executed down the stretch while the young Wildcats made one too many mistakes.

Kentucky will now have to go on the road to face an Ole Miss team on Tuesday that will no doubt be seeking revenge for their loss in Rupp on February 4th.  That game will tip off in Oxford at 7pm.


Wildcats Rally to Topple Top-Ranked Hoos, 8-3 in Season Opener


WILMINGTON, N.C. — Kentucky got a solid start from junior preseason All-American A.J. Reed and multiple-hit games from Austin Cousino, Max Kuhn and Thomas Bernal, posting a 8-3 win over No. 1 Virginia in the season opener, on a pleasant Friday afternoon at Brooks Field on the campus of UNC Wilmington.


Kentucky (1-0) faced off with Virginia, the No. 1-ranked team in the Baseball America preseason Top 25, in the season opener, falling behind 1-0 after three complete innings. UK then mounted a four-run rally in the fourth – highlighted by two-out RBI from freshmen Connor Heady and JaVon Shelby – before getting two runs in the fifth.


UK stretched its lead to 8-1 with single runs in the seventh and eighth, before UVA ruined sophomore Ryne Combs’ bid for a four-inning save with two runs in the ninth.


UK got a solid start on the mound from Reed, who worked five innings, allowing just three hits and one run, walking three and striking out two.


Combs, a native of Lexington, Ky., came on in relief in a 6-1 game, starting the sixth and worked three hitless innings, before UVA rallied with two runs in the ninth on two hits. Combs finished with 3.2 innings, walking two and striking out one, with sophomore Zach Strecker getting the final out of the game with a strikeout.


“(A.J. Reed) is a lot more mature,” UK head coach Gary Henderson said. “We have to do a better job of getting his secondary stuff. And he will. All fall and through January and early February his secondary command has been good. It was not very good today. His fastball command was very good, especially deep in the count when it needed to me. He is much more mature, he has some things to get better at, and he is not a finished project by any stretch. In some ways he is just getting started. A good job. A very competitive job today. A lot of poise from both those kids today. The toughness of those guys was really, really good to see.”


Virginia (0-1) starter Brandon Wadell worked 4.1 innings, allowing seven hits and six runs, walking one and striking out seven, scattering just one UK hit through the first three innings. He was relieved with one out in the fifth and a runner on second by freshman right-handed standout Connor Jones, who worked 2.2 innings, allowing three hits and one run.


“(Wadell) is good. The Virginia kid was good. He was really good,” Henderson said. “We battled really well. Obviously he was good for the first four innings. Our kids had a lot of heart and a lot of spirit and a lot of fight. It was fun to watch, boy, really impressed.”


Kentucky totaled 11 hits in the game, drawing three walks and getting hit by one pitch. UK’s offensive attack included six doubles, four stolen bases and two sacrifice bunts. Eight of UK’s nine starters contributed RBI.


UK’s pitching effort came against a Virginia team that has produced an Atlantic Coast Conference-leading .314 average over the last five seasons. UVA led the ACC in batting in 2009, 2010 and 2013, and ranked second in 2011 and 2012. The Wahoos entered the ninth inning with just three hits as a team.


“Some really good quality at-bats,” Henderson said of the UK offense. “Our two-strike approach was better today than just about any time at all last year. And it should be, we have spent a lot of time talking about it and emphasizing it and (offensive coordinator) Brian (Green) has done a great job with the kids. More importantly, or just as important, they bought it. That was fun to watch and it is nice to get rewarded for something that you spend so much time working on.”


UK got multi-hit games from Cousino, Kuhn and Bernal, with Cousino giving UK its first hit of the game with a double. Later in the game he added a stolen base after beating out an infield single, eventually coming around to score.


UK will return to action on Saturday with host UNC Wilmington at 4 p.m. ET at Brooks Field. The game will be broadcast live on the UK IMG Network, with Dick Gabriel calling the action.


Virginia got on the board in the top of the second, as Derek Fisher – Reed’s roommate in the summer in the Cape Cod League – led off with a two-strike single to leftfield. Nick Howard then smashed a double down the rightfield line, moving Fisher to third base. Kenny Towns then fought off a two-strike offering from Reed for an RBI groundout up the middle, giving the ‘Hoos a 1-0 lead.


UK evened up the game in the bottom of the fourth inning as Kuhn led off with a double into the right-centerfield gap. Reed followed and lofted a double down the leftfield line, with the outfield shifted towards right, allowing Kuhn to score from second. Bernal was then hit by a pitch and after a Thomas sacrifice bunt moved two runners into scoring position, Reida grounded out up the middle to score one run. Shelby then smacked a first-pitch single to rightfield for his first career hit, scoring Bernal from second. Heady then followed with a double that one-hopped off the wall in leftfield, scoring Shelby from first base for a 4-1 UK lead.


In the bottom of the fifth inning, UK mounted a rally started by an infield from Cousino, who then stole second base for his 30th career steal. Kuhn then doubled into the gap in left-centerfield, scoring Cousino and giving Kuhn two doubles in the opener. After a pitching change, Bernal singled to leftfield, allowing Kuhn to score from second base.


UK added a run in the bottom of the seventh inning as Bernal reached on a two-out infield single. Bernal then stole second – his first career two-steal game – and scored on Thomas’ two-strike RBI double into right-centerfield.


Virginia got on the board in the ninth inning, chasing Combs in his quest for a four-inning save. UVA got a two-out single from Mike Papi and Joe McCarthy then was hit by a pitch. Brandon Downes followed with a double down the leftfield line, scoring Papi and McCarthy.

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