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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 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.”

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


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 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-

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.

U of L Sports – Rozier Keys Louisville Comeback

No. 17 Louisville came in to its game against Georgia Tech facing adversity.  Not only had they lost three of their past six games, but they dismissed their starting point guard, Chris Jones.  How would they replace not only Jones’ intensity, but his 13.7 points he averaged?  For an offensively challenged team, this task seemed monumental.

UofLFor a little more than 31 minutes Louisville struggled mightily against the Yellow Jackets.  Georgia Tech came in to the game winners of only 3 of their 12 ACC games and 12 of their 27 games overall.  Eleven of their losses have been by seven points or less and tonight’s game would be no different.

Georgia Tech controlled the game up until 8:48 remained as they led the Cardinals 41 – 28.  While Louisville could not put the ball in the basket, the Yellow Jackets were showing off their athleticism by using a shot that Louisville had patented over the years — the dunk.  They slammed home seven dunks and were the much faster team on the fast break.

Louisville has struggled all season putting the ball in the basket.  They were 7 – 28 for 25 percent from the field in the first half and trailed 24 – 17 at the half.

The Yellow Jackets pushed the lead to 13 and then the Terry Rozier show began.  Louisville had been held without a three point basket until Rozier’s three brought Louisville to within ten.  Rozier hit two more threes within to pull the Cardinals with one, 43 – 42.  This brought the large contingent of Louisville fans to their feet.  Rozier led the Cardinals with 22 points, 18 coming in the pivotal second half.

The game would go back and forth until just under two minutes remained.  Trailing 46 – 43, Montrezl Harrell took a beautiful pass on the inside and missed perhaps one of the easiest layups he has ever tried.  Quentin Snider grabbed the offensive rebound and passed to Rozier who missed a three point attempt.  Wayne Blackshear grabbed another Cardinals’ offensive rebound, passed to Snider, and then took a return pass and drained an open three to tie the game at 46.

Then came one of the more exciting final minutes of the season for Louisville.  Tied at 46, Rozier drove down the lane for a layup putting the Cardinals ahead 48 – 46.  Chinanu Onuaku was fouled after grabbing a rebound off of a Georgia Tech missed three pointer with 29 seconds left.  Onuaka, a 48 percent free throw shooter, missed, giving the Yellow Jackets another chance.

With no timeouts left for either team, this began an exciting 30 second strectch.  Marcus Georges-Hunt drove baseline to baseline to make a very difficult layup to tie the game at 48.  Terry Rozier, ignoring coach Rick Pitino’s stop sign, drove quickly to the other end and put the Cardinals ahead 50 – 48 with an easy coast-to-coast layup.  Goerges-Hunt took an outlet pass and had the ball stolen by Harrell.  Harrell would then miss his free throw and with one more chance, Georgia Tech’s Travis Jorgenson drove the lane and had his shot blocked by Onuaku.  Blackshear would drain two free throws to seal the game for the Cardinals 52 – 51.

Pitino gave his team a glowing compliment after their win.  “I’m as proud of this basketball team as any game I’ve ever coached,” he said.  Perhaps this is just coach speak or it just may be the truth.  This team has been a challenge offensively and then add the Jones’ drama, just to come out with a victory is a significant step forward.

Louisville travels to Tallahassee to face Florida State.  This is an important game as they will then close out against an ACC gauntlet of Notre Dame and Virginia at home.

U of L Sports – Jones and Harrell Lead Cardinals to 55 – 53 Win

U of L logo“I said that they need a win, but we needed a win.  I knew how important this game was – we needed a win.”  Those were the words of Louisville coach, Rick Pitino.

Louisville came in to their Saturday afternoon game against the Miami Hurricanes reeling after losing three of their last four games.  Not only were they losing, but starting point guard Chris Jones was suspended for one game.  This led to a players-only meeting led by Montrezl Harrell and Terry Rozier.

The game started out horrible for the Cardinals, leading many fans to become restless and wondering if U of L would lose their third straight.  Miami jumped out to a 19 – 6 lead.  The Cardinals went on an all-to-familiar shooting drought, making only 2 of their first 13 shots.  Miami would hold a 29 – 19 halftime lead.

Pitino explained the bad start saying, “The reason we got off to such a bad start- I haven’t seen our guys do this- on every drive to the basket, including Montrezl, we were trying to lean into the guy to draw the foul, and it was taking us out of our offensive rhythm by doing that.  Then, when you have a start like that, the guys start to panic and they don’t want to shoot, as Chris Jones had a wide open three.”

The second half started out much better.  Chris Jones, who did not start the game, started the second half and single-handedly brought the Cardinals back.  Jones stole the ball off of an errant pass and drove the lane for a layup.  He then took a pass from Wayne Blackshear and drained a three to cut the Hurricanes’ lead to 5 at 29 – 24.

Jones scored 17 points and grabbed five rebounds in 36 minutes of action.  His play on the court, however, was not what excited Pitino the most.  Pitino said, “You appreciate how hard he works, so you give him some latitude when things don’t go well and he comes out of the game.  He came out of the game tonight, and actually didn’t pout for the first time, which was awesome.  He just sat down, I said `You ready to go in?’ and he said `Yes.’  Now we took the next step.”

Wayne Blackshear, coming off of one of his worst games of his career, hit a three to keep the Cards close at 32 – 27.  He scored 10 points, 3 rebounds, and had two blocks.

Montrezl Harrell hit a three to pull the Cardinals within two, 32 – 30.  Harrell played one of his better all-around games of the season leading the team with a game-high 21 points and 14 rebounds to go along with his 3 steals and 3 blocks.

After Blackshear hit a jumper to pull U of L within one with 1:20 remaining, Harrell made perhaps his biggest play of the game after getting fouled.  Harrell, a much-improved free throw shooter, but still only at 59 percent on the season, drained two huge free throws with 36 seconds left to give the Cardinals the lead for good.

For the second straight game Chinanu Onuaku gave U of L inspired play in the post.  He only scored one point, but picked up eight rebounds – five on the offensive end.

Louisville improves to 21 – 6 overall and 9 – 5 in the ACC.  They travel to Georgia to face off against Georgia Tech Monday night.

Chris Jones is Gone From Louisville Basketball

(Since this article was written, Jones has since been arrested for rape and sodomy)

No. 3 Chris Jones dismissed from team after rape allegations
No. 3 Chris Jones dismissed from team after rape allegations

“Chris Jones has been dismissed from the University of Louisville men’s basketball team.  There will be no further comment on the matter.”  Those were the words of Louisville’s sport’s information director Kenny Klein in a tweet he sent out at 3:42 on Sunday afternoon.

In what should have been a quiet sports day for Louisville’s men’s basketball team as they prepare for their Monday night game against Georgia Tech, took an unexpected or expected turn to some when it was announce that starting point guard Chris Jones was dismissed from the team.

We may never know what led to Jones’ dismissal, nor do we need to know.  Many people will claim to know the reason because they heard from their girlfriend’s sister’s best friend who has an uncle that is a janitor at U of L.  The truth is, only a few people know what happened.  The truth will most likely eventually come out as we live in a need-to-know society.

Where do the Cardinals’ turn from here.  They must replace a guard who was averaging 13.7 point, 4 rebounds, 3.6 assists, and 2 steals per game.  In steps freshman Quentin Snider.  Snider averages slightly more than 10 minutes per game.  He may not bring the quickness or the bulldog mentality of Jones, but he will not bring any baggage with him.

The rest of Louisville’s season does not simply rest with how well Snider plays.  Montrezl Harrell and Terry Rozier will have to take their game to another level as well.  Senior forward Wayne Blackshear will have to play the last games of his collegiate career as if there are no more games to play.  Who else will step up remains to be seen.  Shaquaan Aaron, Chinanu Onuaku, and others need to take this opportunity to improve their games in order for Louisville to go forward.

As for Chris jones, I hope that he sees the error of his ways.  I do not wish ill will upon Chris.  He needs to get his life in order.  No one wants to see a person’s dreams shattered, but sometimes in life it happens.  I hope he picks himself up and does something great with his life.

6-State Trooper Project to focus on I-75

COLUMBUS – The Ohio State Highway Patrol will be joining forces with other members of the 6-State Trooper Project to focus on speed, safety belt and OVI enforcement along Interstate 75. The initiative will take place from Friday, February 20 at 12:01 a.m. through Sunday, February 22 at 11:59 p.m. This high-visibility enforcement effort will include the Kentucky State Police, Michigan State Police and Ohio State Highway Patrol.
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There were 13,628 OVI-related crashes on Ohio roadways in 2014, killing 340 and injuring 7,959. OVI-related crashes accounted for 34 percent of all fatal crashes in Ohio. This is the same percentage as 2013 but far below the 2011–2013 average of 40 percent.
“We value these collaborative efforts to keep our roadways safe for travel,” said Colonel Paul Pride, Patrol superintendent. “I want all motorists in Ohio, as well as surrounding states, to get home safely after every drive.”
The 6-State Trooper Project is a multi-state law enforcement partnership aimed at providing combined and coordinated law enforcement and security services in the areas of highway safety, criminal patrol and intelligence sharing.

U.K. is now 27-0 after 3rd straight blowout

Notes and Interviews provided by UK Athletics;

Auburn at Kentucky, Men’s Basketball – Rupp Arena, Lexington, Ky., Feb. 21, 2015 – 

FINAL SCORE: Kentucky 110, Auburn 75

  • UK hammers Auburn - Photo by John Sims
    UK hammers Auburn – Photo by John Sims

    Kentucky is 27-0, 14-0 in the Southeastern Conference. Auburn is 12-15 overall, 4-10 in league play.

  • Kentucky leads the series 90-17, including 45-2 at home.
  • With 27 consecutive victories to begin the season, UK tied the 1995-96 team for the longest single-season win streak in school history.
    • It’s also the longest season-opening streak for a John Calipari coached team. His 1995-96 Massachusetts team and 2007-08 Memphis team each started 26-0.
    • Calipari tied his longest coaching win streak. The 2008-09 Memphis squad won 27 in a row (not at the opening of a season).
  • Kentucky is 204-27 all-time when ranked No. 1 and has won 49 of the last 51 games as The Associated Press top-ranked team.
  • Calipari has led three schools to a No. 1 ranking (Massachusetts, Memphis, Kentucky) and has a 93-9 record as the top-ranked coach, including 52-4 at UK.
  • Calipari is now 179-37 (.829) as head coach at Kentucky, the best winning percentage of any coach in UK history.
  • Calipari won his 100th game at Rupp Arena and is now 100-4 (.962) in the venue.
  • UK led the entire game and has trailed for only 146:01 of a possible 1,095 minutes this season.
  • Kentucky returns to action Wednesday at Mississippi State. Game time is 7 p.m. EST and it will be televised on the SEC Network.
  • Kentucky officially retired the jersey of Tony Delk, who played at UK during the 1993-96 seasons, during a halftime ceremony.

Team Notes

  • UK hit the century mark for the first time since a 105-76 win vs. UT Arlington on Nov. 19, 2013.
  • It’s the most points for the Wildcats since a 115-87 win over Tennessee State on Dec. 30, 2002.
  • It’s the most points for the Wildcats against an SEC opponent since a 120-81 win over Vanderbilt on Feb. 7, 1996.
  • Kentucky shot a season-high 64.7 percent from the field, the ninth time this season the Wildcats have made at least half their shots in a game.
  • Key stats for the Cats:
    • UK won rebounding 44-22. That led to a 21-7 margin on second-chance points.
    • UK won points in the paint 62-24.
    • UK won bench points 43-10.
  • Kentucky had 25 assists, tying the season high set earlier vs. UCLA.
  • Kentucky had balanced scoring with six players in double figures, the first time that has happened since the win over UT Arlington on Nov. 25.
  • Kentucky’s streak of 926 consecutive games with a 3-pointer was extended when Aaron Harrison tripled at the 17:39 mark of the first half.

First-Half Facts

  • Kentucky’s strarting lineup featured Andrew Harrison, Aaron Harrison, Trey Lyles, Karl-Anthony Towns and Willie Cauley-Stein for the 10th time this season.
  • Kentucky jumped out to a 30-4 lead.
  • UK’s biggest lead of the half was 27 points at 42-15.
  • UK went to intermission ahead 52-26, tying the Missouri game for the largest halftime lead of the season against an SEC opponent.
  • UK’s 52 points is the second most this season in a first half.  UK scored 55 in the first half vs. UT Arlington on Nov. 25.

Second-Half Story

  • Kentucky started the second half with Tyler Ulis, Devin Booker, Andrew Harrison, Marcus Lee and Dakari Johnson.
  • Auburn opened the second half with six straight points to pull within 52-32 but the Tigers got no closer than 20 the rest of the way.
  • Kentucky’s largest lead was 38 points at 110-72.

Player Notes

  • Karl-Anthony Towns had 19 points and 10 rebounds.
    • It is his fifth double-double, the third in the last six games.
    • 19 points tied his season high set on two previous occasions.
    •  He was 8-of-9 from the field and 3-of-3 at the foul line.
  • Aaron Harrison pumped in 18 points, his fourth-highest total of the season.
  • Dakari Johnson had 13 points on 6-of-7 shooting.
  • Andrew Harrison contributed 12 points and a career-high-tying nine assists.
  • Devin Booker scored 11 points, his 15th double-figure game of the season.
  • Tyler Ulis notched 10 points, the most for him since scoring 11 points at Alabama on Jan.17.
  • Willie Cauley-Stein had nine points, making all four of his field goal attempts.
  • Marcus Lee tallied six points, making all three field goal attempts, along with a career-high-tying eight rebounds.

Tod Lanter’s 3-pointer was his first points as a Wildcat.

An Interview With: COACH CALIPARI

You talked about Andrew Harrison getting to the rim …

COACH CALIPARI:  Yeah, he’s getting in the lane.  He doesn’t have a choice.  If he doesn’t get in the lane and he’s not attacking, I’m taking him out and he knows that.  And he’s starting to find out ‘Wow, I’m really big, I’m really strong and I’m really skilled.’

Aaron (Harrison) did the same today.  Instead of sending them all jumpers, you saw him get in the lane and create shots for us and for himself.  That’s what those two ‑‑ that’s the difference. They are 6-6.  They are big.  They don’t have to settle.  They don’t have to play slowly.

I think defensively, it’s the same thing.  I thought Karl (-Anthony Towns) and Dakari (Johnson) were outstanding today.  The other guys all played pretty well but those two stood out.  Willie was OK.  I know, you look, he’s 4‑for‑4 and four rebounds, but he played 20 minutes.  He could have in my opinion done more.  But, you know, it was a good start to the game.


  1. As good as Anthony Davis was, the minute he got here, we watched him get better and better over the course of the year.  Does what Karl is doing remind you of that?

COACH CALIPARI:  I sat him (Anthony Davis) down at the end.  I said, you’re making strides.  Now he had an offensive push-off because he didn’t want to sit down.

You have to understand, he’s physically not near what he’s going to be like in two or three years.  He is an 18‑year‑old body physically.  So there are times he tried to do everything up here which leads to offensive fouls.  There were a couple defensive breakdowns he had, but the reality of it, he’s starting to be the best version of himself but all of them were.

And that’s all I’ve been talking about.  Let’s not worry about all this clutter.  Everybody’s talking about this, that and the other.  Let’s just be the best we can be.  They are looking after each other.  There are 25 assists.  There are six guys in double-figures.  You know, two other guys with nine, Trey (Lyles) and Willie (Cauley-Stein).

So it’s what we want to be.  And, you know, we scored a lot, made a lot more shots than we normally do, but they also did.  They made 11 3’s.  That’s one of the things everybody says, to beat us, you’ve got to make 3’s.  Well, they made 11.  I think Mississippi made 12.  Maybe that’s not the answer ‑‑ I don’t know, maybe it is.

But we’ve had teams out‑rebound us.  But when ‑‑ and again, we had a couple guys, I think Devin had four turnovers, probably had three or four too many turnovers, but in a game that fast, you’re going to have a few extra.


  1. You had talked about reestablishing dominance in the paint.  How well do you think you guys did that?

COACH CALIPARI:  Did good.  What happens is it forces them to make choices.  So are they going to try to front the post?  Are they going to try to trap?  If they do trap, are they trapping from a big guy?  Are they trapping from a guard?  Are they just going to dig.

And then we had to play off of it, and we played well off of it.  We kicked it out for threes.  We kicked it out for drives.  We posted the ball when the court was spread.  Dakari, instead of slowly ‑‑ he was do you know when he caught it, so he could just raise up and shoot the ball.  He rebounded and kept the ball above his head.  And I thought Karl was doing the same things.


  1. When you got here, this program was not in good condition obviously.  Three Final Fours in five years, top recruiting classes every year, playing like tonight, how have you gotten this done?

COACH CALIPARI:  Well, first of all, you’ve got to have a lot of family lies have trust that we have their child and give us that opportunity to coach him and help him reach their dreams.  Their dreams become our dreams.  We sit on the same side of the table as them.

And then the second thing is, when they get here, they have got to know we are about them, because there’s no way they will share.  I don’t care what you’re in, what business you’re in, team, program, us, we’re going to do this ‑‑ everyone within that organization is going to want to know, what’s in it for me.  I’ll do all this, but what’s in it for me.

Well, these kids know what’s in it for them.  I think that trust is a big part of it.

And then, you know, we’ve got an administration here that understands that these kids have done well academically.  They make us proud in our community.  They leave us and make us proud.  And the other communities, they have learned servant leadership, and if we have a turnover and every once in a while have a bad year, at NIT lose to Robert Morris, it’s going to happen when you have this kind of turnover.

Now would I rather coach kids for four years?  Yeah, it would be better for me.  I don’t think it would be better for them to stay four years.  But I would say, if you asked me, it starts with family lies, and I said ‑‑ we went, after that first year, when I figured out what in the world do we have here, the first year, went from the business of basketball to the business of helping family lies, and then it all took off because we made it about them.


  1. How important was it for your defense to stop Auburn’s top three scorers ‑‑

COACH CALIPARI:  The whole idea was you’ve got to be on these three.  They can score, and they can score in bunches, and they did.  I mean, Mason had 29; could have had more.  (KT) Harrell had 17.  Those two can play with anybody in our league.  And when they felt that kid get baskets and they got into a comfort level, they made shots.

If you didn’t guard them, they were going to make shots.  I watched them against Mississippi, had them beat.  They beat LSU.  I watched all their tapes.  They have been in every game they played and had a chance to win every game until this one.

We got them pretty good today.  They hit us on a tough day.  We were working on all cylinders and really guarding, but it was ‑‑ Marcus Lee gets six, so basically the nine guys that are playing all got six or more, crazy, 25 assists, crazy.

Wait a minute, why aren’t they playing for themselves?  They are playing for each other.  They all got each other’s back, and the reason they can do that is because they know we have their back individually.  I got you; just be about each other.  And it’s been fun.


  1. Was this closer to Michigan, Marcus Lee?

COACH CALIPARI:  He did some good stuff.  He did some good stuff.  I’m proud of him.  He’s getting better.  How about Willie making jumpers.  He’s in the gym working.  Shoot him in the game.  Trying to get Trey to catch and shoot more, one‑dribble pull‑ups, that’s what he is.

But you know, like I said, this is a good team.  Now we’ve got to go on the road.  We say, “Oohh, it’s Mississippi State.  Really?  They had Arkansas down by half and lose by four.  They had Mississippi down ten in the first half.  End up losing by six, I believe.

Now we’re coming to town.  Do you think it will be a t-shirt day?  A white‑out, a maroon‑out ‑‑ it’s going to be something, blackout, something.  So we have got a another tough one coming up.


  1. When you talk about the 25 assists and Andrew (Harrison) has nine of them, when he’s distributing the ball, how contagious is it ‑‑

COACH CALIPARI:  It’s not distributing.  He’s attacking and getting in the lane.  He’s getting in the lane.  When he gets in the lane, because one, he can make shots, he can make free throws and he’s a great passer.  He plays on instinct.  He’s unbelievable.  I want he and his brother to do it more.  If they don’t attack; if they jog it up or they catch it and hold the ball, I’m taking them out.

I don’t even care if they turn it over some, and I told them that.  You’re going to turn it over some playing that way, I’m good with that.  Just attack.  Be in that mode.  If they totally back off, shoot it.  Play.  I don’t want to run a whole lot of plays.  We’ve got good enough players.


  1. How have you evolved since you got here and how has it affected your program?

COACH CALIPARI:  Probably the same how I’ve been my whole life ‑‑ did they beat that?  That’s what I’ve been told, anyway.


  1. As a person or a coach ‑‑

COACH CALIPARI:  If you watched me, would you say I’m more calm during the games than I’ve been?  I don’t think so.

You know, as much as winning matters and championships and all that, at this stage of my career, the greatest day you have is you’re in that Green Room (at the NBA Draft).  You’re at the All‑Star Game.  You were in those homes.  You saw all that.  And what happens is, the way this has played out, they drag us where we want to go:  Our fans, the Big Blue Nation.

As long as we keep after looking after them, they just drag us.  Like when you make life about everybody else, it kind of gets easier, and this has gotten a little bit easier.  Even though we have our days, but I have a job that when I walk in a home, kids only know three years, folks.  They don’t know ten years.  They don’t know ’96, they don’t know ’98, they don’t know 2005.  They are barely remembering 2010.  They remember three years.

Their parents, on the other hand, remember the last 20 years.  So we’ve kind of got it good both ways, and it’s a big advantage.


  1. You’ve been saying all year, it’s November, I want us to look like a November team, not a March team.  It’s February 21.  When do they need to ‑‑

COACH CALIPARI:  Do you know what we looked like last February 21?

I do.  Oh, yeah.

COACH CALIPARI:  We looked like it was November 1.  Do you remember that?

Yeah, I remember.

COACH CALIPARI:  See, it’s like everybody saying, we’re this and that ‑‑ it was just a year ago that we were on the cusp and if we would have lost the opening game to LSU (in the SEC Tournament), we would not have been in the NCAA Tournament.  Oh, they can say, oh, you’re just saying it.  We wouldn’t have been in.  Gave them an excuse to keep us out.

By winning those games and getting to the Finals (of the SEC Tournament) and then we got a beautiful 8‑seed, then we turned it around.  But it was late February, we weren’t very good.

Now, last year at this time, we were practicing three hours a day.  They got one day a week off only because I was forced by the rules to give them one day a week off.  Now, we’re going two days off a week, and the most the day before a game is an hour and 15 and the middle practice is an hour 45, and they are getting two days off.

That’s the difference.  I trust them.  I trust giving them time.  I know they have believe in one another.  I couldn’t do it last year.  We started five freshmen, there’s no way.  And I had never practiced like that ‑‑ we have coaches that do that.  They practice three and a half hours late in the year and they still win, that’s fine.  I’ve not done it that way.  But last year I did.  Last question.

Question: Tony Neely told us that your home record is now 100 wins, four losses.  How does that record strike you?

COACH CALIPARI:  Who are the four losses? Baylor was one ‑‑

COACH CALIPARI:  Go ahead, you know them all.  Take them.  Take us out.  Take us down. Arkansas ‑‑

COACH CALIPARI:  Who is coming to town.  They know they can beat us.  Who was the other one?  Florida.

COACH CALIPARI:  Florida beat us.  A&M beat us.  A&M, the kid had 50.  The stupid coach didn’t double‑team him and he got 50 on us.

No, this is a hard place for an opponent to come and play.  But please, I think every coach here that’s coached here, his home record has been almost, if it’s not been ‑‑ I don’t know what Coach Rupp’s record is here, but I bet if you looked at Coach Hall and Coach Pitino and look at all their records, their records were 80 percent, 90 percent here.  I mean, this is a tough building to play.  We’ve been fortunate.  We’ve had really good players but we’ve been fortunate.

That means I’m done.

Cards Lose Second Straight 69 – 59

No 12 Louisville traveled to New York to face a Syracuse team that is just playing for pride, after a self-imposed ban on postseason play.  Led by senior forward Rakeem Christmas’ 29 points and 8 rebounds, the Orangemen defeated the Cardinals 69 – 59.

Article by Jason Sheehan
Article by Jason Sheehan

U of L led most of the first half, relying on strong inside play from Montrezl Harrell and Chinanu Onuaku.  The two, along with guard Terry Rozier, helped the Cardinals to a 32 – 28 lead.

The second half would be much different.  Syracuse outscored Louisville 41 – 27 in the second half on 57.9 percent (11 – 19) shooting from the field.

Louisville made only 9 of 28 (32.1 percent) in the second half after shooting 53.8 percent in the first half.

The Cardinals were led by Rozier and Harrell.  Rozier led U of L in scoring with 17 points, but made only 6 of his 18 shots.  Harrell scored 15 points, grabbed 9 rebounds, and dished out 4 assists.

There would be no answer for Rakeem Christmas for U of L.  Christmas came into the game leading Syracuse in scoring (17.7) and rebounding (9.2), but the he was coming off two of his poorer performances of the seasons against Duke and Boston College.  He combined for 18 points and made only 8 of his 25 shot attempts.  Louisville had no answer for him on this night as he made 9 of 10 shots from the floor and 11 of his 13 free throw attempts.

Louisville had the lead for most of the game until just over nine minutes remained.  Christmas hit a jumper to put the Orangemen in the lead for good.  The lead would increase to five at 52 – 47, but the Cardinals would not go away.  Terry Rozier hit an open three off a pass from little-used reserve David Levitch to cut the lead to two.

The lead stayed at two after an Onuaku dunk off a pass from Harrell, but Syracuse would score six straight points to make it an eight point game.

Two made free throws by Levitch would cut the lead to six with 2:53 left.  Louisville then got the stop they needed on the defensive end.  Terry Rozier drove down the court and got fouled, but would miss the critical front end of the one-and-one.

The opportunity to come back to Louisville with a win was there for the Cardinals, but it was made more difficult without starting point guard Chris Jones.  Jones is serving a suspension for an undisclosed violation of team rules.

The fact that Wayne Blackshear provided U of L with no points, rebounds, or assists in only 19 minutes of action was very disappointing and certainly did not help the Cardinals’ when they needed him most.

Quentin Snider and Onuaku played well.  Snider, starting in place of Jones, finished with 13 points and 4 assists.  Onuaku finished strong with 8 points, 11 rebounds, and 3 assists.

Louisville lost their second straight game and now has lost three of its last four.  They fell to 20 – 6 overall and 8 – 5 in the ACC.  The will return to the KFC Yum Center to host Miami at 2:00 on Saturday.

UK Sports – UK Sets Records with win at Tennessee 66-48

(UK Notes Courtesy of UK Athletics) No. 1/1 Kentucky vs. Tennessee – Thompson-Boling Arena – Knoxville, Tenn. – Feb. 17, 2015 – Attendance: 21,679

(Photo courtesy Marty Caudill)
(Photo courtesy Marty Caudill)

FINAL SCORE: Kentucky 66, Tennessee 48

  • Kentucky is 26-0, 13-0 in the Southeastern Conference. Tennessee is 12-12 overall, 3-9 in league play.
  • Kentucky leads the all-time series by a 151-67 margin.
  • With 26 consecutive victories to begin the season, UK is off to the best start in program history.
    • With Tuesday’s win UK passed the 1953-54 team, which started 25-0.
  • Kentucky is the only team in Southeastern Conference history to begin a season 26-0.
    • UK’s 13-0 start to conference play is the Wildcats’ best since the 2011-12 team started 16-0 in SEC play.
  • Kentucky’s 26-game winning streak is tied for the third longest in school history.
    • The streak is the second longest over the course of a single season, tying the 2002-03 Wildcats.
    • The 1995-96 Wildcats went on a 27-game winning streak, which is the single-season school record.
  • Kentucky is 203-27 all-time when ranked No. 1 and has won 48 of the last 50 games as The Associated Press top-ranked team.
  • Calipari has led three schools to a No. 1 ranking (Massachusetts, Memphis, Kentucky) and has a 92-9 record as the top-ranked coach, including 51-4 at UK.
  • Calipari is now 178-37 (.828) as head coach at Kentucky, the best winning percentage of any coach in UK history.
  • Kentucky returns to Rupp Arena on Saturday vs. Auburn. Game time is 7 p.m. ET and it will be televised on ESPN.

Team Notes

  • UK hit 81 percent at the free-throw line, 17 of 21.  It is the 11th time in the last 14 games that the Cats have made at least 70 percent from the lin. Kentucky’s season percentage from the free-throw line is 70.5.
  • UK is 109-5 in the John Calipari Era when holding opponents to 63 or fewer points, including 21-0 this season.
  • UK is 56-0 in the John Calipari Era when holding opponents to 55 or fewer points, including 18 times this season.
  • Kentucky’s streak of 926 consecutive games with a 3-pointer was extended when Andrew Harrison connected from long range at the 15:42 mark of the first half.
  • Tennessee made two 3-point shots, tying Texas A&M and the game at South Carolina for the second fewest made 3s by a UK opponent this season. Missouri made just one 3 in the Jan. 13 game.
  • The Volunteers shot 4 of 10 from the line. Tennessee’s .400 free-throw percentage was the second lowest by a UK opponent this season (.250 by UCLA).

Game Facts

  • Kentucky’s opening lineup featured Andrew Harrison, Aaron Harrison, Trey Lyles, Karl-Anthony Towns and Willie Cauley-Stein for the ninth time this season.
  • Tennessee shot 54 percent on 13 of 24 on field goals for the best first-half percentage vs. UK this season.
  • UK allowed just 25-percent shooting in the second half.
  • With 9:09 left, UK led just 48-44. From there, the Cats outscored Tennessee 16-4.

Player Notes

  • Freshman guard Devin Booker grabbed a career-high seven rebounds, including four on the offensive end.
    • His previous best was four boards.
    • Booker just missed out on a career-high point total with 18 points.
  • Freshman guard Tyler Ulis dished out six assists Tuesday, his highest assist total since dropping six dimes on at South Carolina on Jan. 24.
    • Ulis added eight points with seven of them coming in the first half.
  • Sophomore guard Andrew Harrison continued his recent strong play with 14 points.
    • He’s averaging 12.0 points over his last five games.
    • On Tuesday, he was a perfect 4 for 4 from the line, his fourth 4-for-4 performance at the charity stripe this season.

Junior forward Willie Cauley-Stein just missed out on his third double-double of the season with nine points and seven rebounds.


IN SUPPORT OF NEW ALBUM “FIRST KISS.” The legendary FOREIGNER to support on all dates. 

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Riverbend Music Center – August 2 – Stream Album “First Kiss” In Its Entirety on iTunes Radio Now

Kid Rock - First Kiss (Photo Courtesy - DetroitNews.com)
Kid Rock – First Kiss (Photo Courtesy – DetroitNews.com)

CINCINNATI, OH (February 17th, 2015)  – Kid Rock broke all the rules when he last set out on tour, and now he’s back to break them all again.  The “$20 Best Night Ever” tour set all sorts of attendance records, proving that the combination of top notch entertainment and affordable tickets are a win/win for everyone.  Now with the eminent release of his new album “First Kiss,” (his first on Top Dog/Warner Bros. Records) Kid Rock, along with his trusted Twisted Brown Trucker Band, is announcing a full summer tour with very special guest Foreigner. The tour kicks off June 24th in Hartford, and will include a stop in Cincinnati, OH at Riverbend Music Center on Sunday, August 2.

Pre-order the album now on iTunes (iTunes.com/KidRock) or starting today, stream the record in its entirety on iTunes Radio –  iTunesRadio.com/KidRock.

Tickets for this tour, will be handled as they were for the last run, with every effort made to keep fees down and scalpers at bay.  Tickets from the 2nd row to the lawn will be $20, with reduced parking and service fees keeping the total ticket price at about $30 or under.  $20 all-in tickets (including parking) will be offered from participatingWalmarts and at the venue box offices (please see venue website for box office hours), and everyone who purchases a ticket at Walmart will receive a coupon for $2 off their purchase of “First Kiss.” 1000 tickets from each show will be put on sale via LiveNation.com’s Platinum ticketing program to combat scalping.  The first row of seats for every show will be held back and given as free upgrades for lucky fans, and $20 special food packages will be available during the shows.  And of course, since they were so popular last time around, there will be $4 draught beers and special $20 tour t-shirts available throughout the amphitheaters.

Kid Rock is deep into the shitshow that comes with releasing a new record.  On Sunday, February 22nd, Kid Rock will be performing a massive show before the start of the Daytona 500 where “ First Kiss” will be debuted live for the first time.

Fans can tune by 12:15 EST to Fox television to make sure they catch the performance.  Following that he’ll be appearing on the Tonight Show on February 23rd, the Today Show on February 24th, talking with Howard Stern onFebruary 25th, and in a first for Kid Rock he’s going to be experimenting with this new technology called “Twitter” on February 19th, when he takes over the iTunes twitter handle at 5 pm EST to answer fans’ questions.  In addition, starting today, fans will be able to stream the record in its entirety via iTunes.  There of course will be more promotional surprises in store.

Tickets for the tour will go on sale beginning at 10:00am the day “First Kiss” is released, Tuesday, February 24thon www.Ticketmaster.com and www.Riverbend.org.  Fan Club members will be able to purchase tickets beginning February 19th, and fans who pre-order the album through www.KidRock.com will be eligible for a special pre-sale beginning on February 20th.