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UK vs BOSTON 11-21-14

CHAMPIONS CLASSIC

UK vs KANSAS 11-18-14

DUKE vs MICHIGAN ST 11-18-14

UK vs BUFFALO 11-16-14

UK vs GRAND CANYON 11-14-14

UK vs GEORGETOWN 11-9-14

UK vs PIKEVILLE 11-2-14

UK BLUE vs WHITE 10-27-14

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

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.   

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