Balanced Attack Leads Kentucky Over Georgia

By: Tyrus York

The weather outside may have convinced many that it would be a sparse crowd in Rupp Arena on Saturday, but 23,367 dedicated Cats fans braved the cold and snow to see their beloved Wildcats dismantle a hot Georgia team 79-54. #14 Kentucky (15-4, 5-1) used a balanced attack to thwart the Bulldog’s (10-8, 4-2) attempt at upsetting another SEC team on the road. Four Wildcats ended

Alex Poythress goes up against Georgia. Photo by Michael Huang
Alex Poythress goes up against Georgia. Photo by Michael Huang

up in double figures in the scoring column while 2 more had 7 and 8 points respectively. Aaron Harrison led the way with a very calm team high 15 points. Aaron did it by neglecting the three point shot, attempting only 2 and missing both.

Julius Randle added 14 points and 9 rebounds, narrowly missing out on yet another double-double. Randle continued to improve with the ball in his hands by dishing 3 assists. That was compared to his 3 turnovers for the game. James Young continued to show that he is a major scoring threat on this team adding 13 points, while Alex Poythress had another very impressive game with 11 points and 5 rebounds.

The truth of the matter was that Georgia simply wasn’t very good. Part of that reason was the fact that they were missing their 2nd  leading scorer in Kenny Gaines who was a late scratch in this game due to an injury. The Bulldogs were also without freshman guard Juwan Parker, depleting the backcourt even more. Some may look at Georgia’s inability to execute, especially with their injuries and say that this win for Kentucky is a wash. For starters, Kentucky can’t control what happens to the players of another team. All they can control is what they do themselves.

The stat line tells a good story for the Cats, despite the opponent. 16 assists to 11 turnovers (compared to Georgia’s 9 assists to 20 turnovers) is a continuing sign that Andrew Harrison continues to improve in his role to lead the team. Andrew finished with 7 points, 5 assists and 3 turnovers. Willie Cauley-Stein had drawn some extra attention over the last several games for somewhat disappearing on the court. After what Cal said was a great few days of practice for Willie, he came out and exerted his will on both ends of the floor. WCS finished the game with 8 points and 3 rebounds, but his main impact was defensively, nabbing 6 steals and swatting 6 blocks. Kentucky shot an even 50% from the field to Georgia’s 32.7%, which led to the Bulldogs having a slight advantage on the boards, 35-32. However Kentucky would dominate points in the paint 36-24 and notched 1 more three pointer than the Bulldogs to take that advantage.

Kentucky will hit the road for the next two games, games that will be a pivotal point of the schedule as they near the halfway point in conference play. It’s Tiger week for Kentucky in the SEC when they play the LSU Tigers in Baton Rouge, LA on Tuesday night at 9pm on ESPN. They will then be in Columbia, Missouri on Saturday to take on the Missouri Tigers in one of the toughest road tests of the season.

An Early Look at Louisville’s 2014 Football Schedule

With the Big East and the American Athletic Conference behind, the University of Louisville football

team can now turn its attention to the 2014 football season as a part of the Atlantic Coast Conference.

The biggest knock against the Cardinals in the past was their strength of schedule. Even the most die- hard Cardinal fans could only go so far in debating the schedule versus other top teams. The 2013

season was the most classic example. Even if the Cardinals would have gone undefeated, it would have

taken a miracle to have played for a national championship. The schedule included teams such as Ohio,

Eastern Kentucky, Kentucky, Florida International, Memphis, Temple, South Florida, and Connecticut.

None of those teams were changing the NCAA landscape last season.

The 2014 season will provide Louisville the opportunity to prove they belong in the same group with the

big boys of college football. There are several marquee games next season with the first one kicking off

the season. They open in a rematch against Miami in a Labor Day showdown at Papa John’s Cardinal

Stadium. Miami will be looking for revenge against a team that dominated them in the Russell Athletic

Bowl 36 – 9.

Their first big road game will come when the travel to New York to face Syracuse in a Friday night game

on October 3. Louisville has always faced a challenge versus Syracuse on the road. Syracuse is coming

off a 7 – 6 season including a win against Minnesota in the Texas Bowl.

Louisville’s biggest road matchup will come Saturday, October 11 when they travel to Memorial Stadium

to face the Clemson Tigers. This will be a matchup of two of the more exciting offenses in college

football. Clemson finished ninth in average points per game in 2013 with 40.2.

The defending national champion Florida State Seminoles will invade Cardinal Stadium in a Thursday

night matchup on October 30. The Seminoles, with their Heisman Trophy winning quarterback, Jameis

Winston, should come into the 2014 season as the number one team in the country and may just be

that when this game rolls around.

Louisville fans will get a chance to travel to iconic Notre Dame when the Cardinals face off against the

Fighting Irish on November 22. Not only will this be an important matchup, but it will give the fans a

chance to visit one of the most iconic places in all of college football.

Finally, the last game of the season will be at home against in-state rival Kentucky. This will mark the

first time Louisville will play Kentucky the final game of the season during “Rivalry Week”. The Wildcats

are coming off a dismal 2 – 10 season and would love nothing more than to beat the Cardinals to close

out the season. Whether you like it or not, this game will be as intense as ever.

“As a head coach, this is the type of schedule you want to play each year,” head coach Bobby Petrino

said. “To open the season against a high-profile opponent like Miami on Labor Day is every exciting, as

we officially begin play in the ACC. It’s a very challenging schedule, but one that our fans and players can

be really excited about.”

Louisville fans have been hoping for the opportunity to face a more daunting schedule. They have finally

gotten their wish. Now it is time to see how the Cardinals measure up to a top-notch schedule.

Louisville Continues Hot Streak, Dismantles South Florida 86 – 47

The No. 12 ranked Louisville Cardinals had to change their flight plans yesterday to get out of the ice

cold weather of Louisville. They flew into Tampa on a hot streak and left even hotter as they dismantled

the South Florida Bulls 86 – 47.

Louisville won their fourth consecutive game with hot shooting and stifling defense. The Cardinals shot

a blistering 52.2 percent from three point range making 12 of 23. They were 30 of 59 overall for 50.8

percent. Louisville coach Rick Pitino was once again excited about his team’s performance. “We have

now played four really good games in a row and our interior play is improving…” Pitino stated.

Wayne Blackshear came off of the bench for his third straight game to lead five Cardinal double figure

scorers with 16 points. He is averaging 16 points on 65.4 percent shooting over the past three games off

of the bench. He has been on fire from three point range shooting 64.3 percent on 9 of 14 shooting.

Blackshear looks more comfortable than ever in a Cardinal uniform coming off of the bench. He has

been much more confident with the ball in his hands and he has not been afraid to shoot the ball.

Defense has been the main issue with Blackshear. Foul trouble limited him in the early part of the

season. However, the past three games he has only committed six total fouls and has averaged 4.3

rebounds.

The Cardinals imposed their will early on and never let up the entire game. Their defensive pressure

never let up as they scored 35 points off of 23 South Florida turnovers. Louisville once again took care

of the ball committing only 10 turnovers. South Florida was held to 36.4 percent shooting overall and

made only 1 of their 8 three point shots.

Montrezl Harrell continues to improve each game as he had another double-double with 14 points

and 10 rebounds. His low post play over the past five games has been a much needed boost for the

Cardinals. He has four double-doubles in his past five games.

The Cardinals get eight days off until their next matchup against Cincinnati in the KFC Yum Center.

This is a huge matchup between the top two teams in the American Athletic Conference. The home

crowd will be strong as this will be the last matchup in the Yum Center between these two long-time

conference rivals.

Louisville guard Chris Jones is expected to return to the lineup against Cincinnati after missing the last

three games with an injury. It will be interesting to see if Pitino puts him back in the starting lineup or

brings him off the bench. Freshman Terry Rozier has played well in his absence and Louisville’s team

chemistry has never been better this season.

When asked about Chris Jones’ return to the lineup Pitino stated, “We play well with Chris as well. It’s

just that Terry understands Russ. Peyton understands Russ. Chris doesn’t totally understand Russ and

that’s what he has got to get.”

The truth is that Chris Jones is a vital part of the Louisville basketball team whether he starts or is

coming off of the bench. The Cardinals are on a roll. It is time to see if it can continue.

Getting a Good Night's Sleep

A good laugh and a long sleep are the best cures in the doctor’s book.  ~Irish Proverb

 

We know that a good night’s sleep does wonders for both our mood and our energy level.  However, for some, that deep, restful sleep is elusive. Some have trouble falling asleep, watching the clock and anxiously calculating how much sleep they will get if they fall asleep now. Anxiety builds with each passing hour, making sleep even less likely.

Others fall asleep all right, but then find themselves waking a few hours later, finding it impossible to get back to sleep. They too worry about how little sleep they are getting, and how tired they will be the next day.

There are some things that can be done to increase the chances of a good sleep. These include eliminating caffeine (all day, not just in the evening), not doing mentally stimulating activities before bed, not watching television right up until bedtime, doing something relaxing such as a warm bath, yoga or meditation in the hour before going to bed.

It is also wise to park your worries at the door, before entering the bedroom at night. Lying in bed worrying or thinking about all you must do the next day is not conducive to drifting off.

The key element to a good night’s sleep is being relaxed. If you have ever fallen asleep on a beach you will recall that as a very deep sleep. The warm sun, fresh air and the sound of the waves induces a deep state of relaxation, so the body surrenders completely and sleep takes over.

Our busy lives make it less likely that we will be in a relaxed state when our head hits the pillow. We can train ourselves to associate sleep with relaxation. We can also learn to turn off our minds, take deep cleansing breaths, and to relax the individual muscles throughout the body. These are ways to ease ourselves into sleep.
If the stresses of life have caused us to forget how to sleep, it makes sense that we might have to teach ourselves how to do it. This is a much healthier approach than taking sleep medication, for medications may cause one to sleep, but without learning to do the relaxing things that are good not just for sleep, but for our overall wellbeing in general.

 

 

 

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

Cheerleaders Claim 20th National Title; Dance Team Finishes Fifth

UK wins 15th national championship in 20 years

LEXINGTON, Ky. — Only for the Kentucky cheerleading team can one season without a national championship feel like a drought.

Last year, the cheerleaders were named runners-up to Memphis. On Sunday, UK returned to its familiar perch atop the world of college cheerleading.

“When you finally hear second place called and then they call first place, it’s a lot of emotion, a lot of joy,” Jomo Thompson said via cell phone. “We just feel vindicated, especially after coming in second place last year. We wanted to make sure we got back to the top and we did that.”

UK won an unprecedented 20th national title at the UCA/UDA College Cheerleading and Dance Team National Championship in Orlando, Fla., finishing ahead of second-place UCF. UK has now won an incredible 15 championships since 1995, only being dethroned five times during that span.

“I’m just fortunate to have been a part of this program for so long and I love UK,” said Thompson, the former UK cheerleader who has won eight national titles in his 12 years as head coach. “I love UK cheerleading. I’m just glad I’m here to experience it with the kids. We strive every day to be the best. It’s just a great thing that we’ve won so many times. It just speaks to the history and the tradition of winning and be the best.”

The UCA’s official Twitter account described the winning routine as both starting and finishing strong. Thompson saw much of the same, saying UK’s finals routine was even better than a solid one in Saturday’s preliminary round.

“I think they just really seized the opportunity,” Thompson said. “They didn’t let down. They didn’t take anything for granted. They just did a really good job of going out there and executing and bringing home number 20.”

The championship is the culmination of a year of hard work. UK didn’t drastically alter the formula that has led to so much past success, but a seven-member senior class was intent on going out the right way. Thompson said those veterans played an instrumental role in setting the tone for UK’s training.

“We just told the kids, ‘You want to make sure that you’re giving a hundred percent every time, even in practice, because you get one shot, one opportunity,’ ” Thompson said. “So you want to experience as many as things that can go wrong, encounter all those things in practice so if something like that happens at nationals, you’re ready for it. I thought they did a great job this year getting themselves prepared.”

The UK dance team also competed this weekend, turning in an impressive performance in the Division IA Hip Hop finals. UK came in fifth, an improvement from last year’s sixth-place finish. Head coach Dawn Walters reported the team posted a score of 93.2, its best ever.

“The girls had a lot of confidence today when we went out to perform,” Walters said. “They really went out there and had energy and excitement and the whole arena really went crazy when they were up there. Our degree of difficulty was higher this year than last year and we had a lot of group tricks. I think their confidence was the biggest thing this year.”

Harrell Leads Cardinals to Big Road Win Over Connecticut

The 18th ranked Louisville Cardinals came in to Saturday night’s game in Storrs against the unranked Connecticut Huskies in need of a signature win.  They accomplished that feat in a very tough and sometimes hostile Gampel Pavilion beating the Huskies 76 – 64.

Montrezl Harrell played perhaps his best game of the season getting his 4th double-double of the season.  Harrell scored 18 points, grabbed a game-high 13 rebounds, and blocked 3 shots.  Louisville coach Rick Pitino has been telling his young sophomore to play with more confidence.  Harrell took him to task hitting two 15 foot jumpers and a couple of hook shots in the post.

“I’m more comfortable.  It’s about getting reps up…different things to improve my game and improve my team”, Harrell said.

Two matchups were spoken about leading up to the game.  The matchup between UConn senior guard Shabazz Napier and Louisville senior guard Russ Smith.  That matchup lived up to its billing as Napier scored 30 points and Smith 23 points.  The other matchup was Deandre Daniels and Harrell.  Daniels got in early foul trouble and never got into the flow of the game.  He finished with only 3 points and 4 rebounds.

Perhaps the most significant improvement in Louisville’s game was their ability to rebound the ball.  Louisville outrebounded UConn 45 to 30.  They won the rebounding battle for the second consecutive game.  “Every time we outrebound our opponents, we win 95 percent of our games”, said Pitino.

It has only been two games since Louisville’s loss to long-time rival Memphis, but you can sense the “unbridled enthusiasm” Pitino has asked his team to show.  This enthusiasm was on full display against the Huskies as the Cardinals trailed only once.  The team’s communication was better on offense and defense.

Connecticut coach Kevin Ollie was ejected from the game with 13:02 left in the second half for arguing a no-call with a referee.  Wayne Blackshear made contact with Niels Giffey in front of the UConn bench and no foul was called.  Ollie went ballistic over the no-call and ran down the sideline to protest the call.  He was given his first technical for running down the sideline and the second for coming on to the court to protest the call.

Louisville made only two of the four technical free throws, but UConn was never able to get back in the game.  Louisville answered every UConn run to win its second consecutive game.

Louisville improved to 16 – 3 overall and 5 – 1 in the AAC.  UConn fell to 14 – 4 overall and 2 – 3 in the AAC.

Louisville returns to action Wednesday at 7:00 as they travel to South Florida to face the Bulls in an AAC matchup.

Andrew Harrison Leads Cats Over Vols

By: Tyrus York – Before Saturday, Andrew Harrison had never had a 20 point game. But when the Vols came to town, he poured in 26 against a strong, defensively sound Tennessee Volunteer team to lead the #12/13 Wildcats to a 74-66 victory.

Andrew Harrison lead a balanced attack against Tennessee
Andrew Harrison lead a balanced attack against Tennessee

Tennessee came into Rupp Arena knowing that they had to keep Kentucky off the glass for a chance to win.  They accomplished that goal, winning the rebounding battle 39-24, and by dominating the offensive glass 20-7.

But it was the guard play of the Harrison twins, especially Andrew who notched his career high that catapulted the Wildcats to victory.  Aaron was very impressive as well, adding 14 points of his own.

Julius Randle entered beast mode in the first half after Kentucky got off to another slow start.  The Vols took an early 6-0 lead before Randle answered with Kentucky’s first 5 points of the game.  Randle would go on to finish the half with 16 points, and the game with 18 total.

To give you an idea of just how dominant Tennessee was in the paint, Randle collected only 2 rebounds for the entire game. The Vols also outscored Kentucky in the paint 38-26.

Johnson would finish the game tied with Aaron Harrison for a team high 4 rebounds.  He also contributed 4 points, but his effectiveness won’t show up in the box score.  The telling stat for Johnson were his 16 minutes of action, nearly equaling Willie Cauley-Stein’s 19.

Tennessee’s Jarnell Stokes turned in a great performance in this game, going for a double-double in the first half, eventually finishing with 20 points and 15 rebounds.  Stokes along with Maymon were too much for the Cats in the paint for a majority of the game, but Kentucky found a way to win despite losing in every way down low.

After trailing most of the first half, a James Young 3 put Kentucky up by 2 just before halftime.  Kentucky briefly lost that lead in the second half before stretching out to an 11 point lead to never look back.  Struggling to get anything going in the paint, Kentucky was able to knock down crucial jumpers, including 7-16 from the 3 point line to get things rolling and get the “W”.

It would be a crime to not mention maybe the most surprising stat of the game, and that was Kentucky’s 23-24 from the foul line.  The 95.8% clip is the best percentage the Cats have produced all season from the charity stripe.  Be sure to listen to Coach Cal’s comments after the game to learn the secret of the dramatic turnaround.

For the first time since 1953 these two teams will only be meeting 1 time in the regular season, meaning there will be no rematch in Knoxville.

Kentucky will be back in action on Tuesday night at 9pm as they take on a surprising Texas A&M team in Rupp Arena.

Perry County Deputy Jailer Arrested For Official Misconduct

(Hazard, KY) – On Friday, January 17, 2014, Kentucky State Police Drug Enforcement/Special Investigations Branch, assisted by troopers with KSP Post 13 in Hazard, arrested Deputy Jailer Bruce Campbell, 27, of Hazard, on a charge related to the introduction of contraband material into the Kentucky River Regional Jail, in Hazard.
Deputy Jailer Bruce Campbell - Photo Courtesy of LEX18
Deputy Jailer Bruce Campbell – Photo Courtesy of LEX18
 
The investigation stemmed from a complaint from jail officials that an employee was suspected of being involved in bringing contraband into the detention center.  The initial investigation resulted in the execution of an arrest warrant at Campbell’s residence in Perry County.
 
Bruce Campbell was charged with one count of Official Misconduct 1st Degree, and was lodged in the Leslie County Detention Center.  Further charges and arrests are likely, pending further investigation by KSP detectives.

ATTORNEY GENERAL CONWAY ANNOUNCES ARREST OF JOHNSON COUNTY MAN ON CHILD PORN CHARGE

FRANKFORT, Ky. (January 17, 2014) – Attorney General Jack Conway and his Cybercrimes Unit today announced the arrest of a Johnson County man on multiple counts of possessing child pornography. Kevin King, 22, was arrestedWednesday afternoon by the Johnson County Sheriff’s Department following an indictment obtained by General Conway’s Cybercrimes investigators.

Man arrested for Child Pornography
Man arrested for Child Pornography

The indictment is the result of an investigation that began in December 2012. Investigators with the Cybercrimes Unit, along with deputies from the Johnson County Sheriff’s Department, executed a search warrant at King’s home. A forensic exam on computers taken from the home discovered more than 3,000 images depicting the sexual exploitation of children.

King is charged with four counts of possession of matter portraying a sexual performance by a minor, a Class D felony. Each count is punishable by one to five years in prison.

A charge is merely an accusation. A defendant is presumed innocent until and unless proven guilty. 

General Conway’s Cybercrimes Unit

Since its creation in June of 2008, General Conway’s Cybercrimes Unit has launched 375 child pornography investigations and seized more than 422,600 child pornographic images and videos from the Internet. The unit’s investigative efforts have also resulted in a 100 percent conviction rate.

For additional information on General Conway’s efforts to protect Kentuckians from Internet predators, visit the Office of the Attorney General’s “Cybersafety in Kentucky” page at http://ag.ky.gov/cybersafety/. To report cyber abuse, visit theCyberTipline or call 1-800-843-5678.

 

You can follow Attorney General Conway on Twitter @kyoag, visit the Attorney General’s Facebook page or view videos on our YouTube channel.

Blackshear Helps Louisville Roll Past Houston 91 – 52

Louisville coach Rick Pitino wanted three things from his team for the rest of the season. He wanted his team to show “unbridled enthusiasm”. Not only enthusiasm from the players, but from the coaches as well. He wanted the Cardinals to stop thinking they are like last year’s championship team. Finally, he wanted Wayne Blackshear to step up his game.

Photo by Jason Sheehan
Photo by Jason Sheehan

Pitino saw all three of these goals achieved tonight as the Cardinals rolled past the Cougars 91 – 52.

“Our enthusiasm was off the charts and we were ready to play the moment the ball went up”, Pitino said after the game. The most significant showing was that of junior Wayne Blackshear. Coming off the bench for the first time this season Blackshear led Louisville with a career high 23 points on 8 of 10 shooting. He tied his career high with making 5 of his 6 three point attempts. He not only scored the ball, but also led Louisville with 7 rebounds.

Photo by Jason Sheehan
Photo by Jason Sheehan

Pitino wanted to bring Blackshear off of the bench because of his propensity to get into early foul trouble through Louisville’s first 16 games. Pitino saw him being more valuable later than early in the game. Pitino said of Blackshear’s early foul trouble, “what happens is you lose your aggressiveness”.

Tonight Wayne was aggressive in every facet of the game which will be key to Louisville’s success the rest of the season.

Louisville used unbelievable three point shooting in the first half to put the game out of reach early. The Cardinals scorched the nets in the first half making 11 of 15 three pointers for 73.3 percent. They were 21 of 30 overall for 70 percent in the first half.

The Cardinals solid passing led to their great shooting getting open looks the entire night. They assisted on 23 of their 34 field goals. Pitino was pleased with 23 assists and only 9 turnovers.

Terry Rozier started in place of injured guard Chris Jones. He struggled shooting the ball, but led the Cardinals with 8 assists while committing just one turnover. Pitino said after the game that Jones will not be back for Louisville’s next game Saturday against Connecticut.

Houston fell to 10 – 7 on the year with tonight’s loss. They have played tough against two of the conference leaders beating Connecticut and losing to conference leader Cincinnati by just one point.

They were outplayed and outmatched from the start against the Cardinals. TaShawn Thomas led the Cougars with 16 points and 11 rebounds.

Louisville has a short time to get ready for their next game. They travel to Storrs to face Connecticut Saturday evening at 9:00. They will be facing one of the nation’s best backcourts in Shabazz Napier and Ryan Boatright. It has always been a tough and exciting matchup when the Cardinals and the Huskies meet up. Saturday’s game should be no different.

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