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Terry Rozier surpassing expectations

By Sam Draut

Terry Rozier came to Louisville looking for a fresh start.

 “I’m starting over. Everything I did before this point means nothing,” Rozier said. “I want a clean slate.”

While on the floor, the freshman has kept his slate clean, directing the offense with an efficient 3.4 assist-to-
turnover ratio. Through 27 games, Rozier has just 15 turnovers while averaging 7.4 points per game.

“I can’t explain it because it is a remarkable thing. Even if you are not a freshman, it is a remarkable thing,” Rick

Pitino said. “I just think he keeps his head up. He doesn’t put himself into situations where he could get trapped and

foul. So it is a remarkable stat. I have not seen it too many times.”

Rozier has averaged 22.4 minutes per game in 14 conference contests, but has turned the ball over just 11 times.

“I just want to make a good play every possession,” Rozier said.

Rozier averages a minuscule 1.12 turnovers per 40 minutes of game play.

“I don’t want to do too much, I don’t want to do too little. I want to come off screens and look for open players,”

Rozier said. “I don’t want to throw any crazy passes, never too much, never too little.”

Rozier does more than protecting the basketball. He is shooting 39.5 percent from the three which is second

best on the team and averaging nine points per game in conference play.

“He plays mature, he is aggressive, he finds people shots and he can score himself. He does a little bit of

everything, plays great defense,” Luke Hancock said.

In the past three games against Rutgers, USF and Cincinnati, Rozier has scored 16, 13, and 11 respectively. As

his playing time has increased, Rozier has produced results.

“He doesn’t play 40 minutes a game, he is a role player, sometimes a starter, but I think he has awesome talent as

well, and continues to get better, and better,” Pitino said. “We have Russ Smith, and Chris Jones upperclassmen,

that’s who he is playing behind, but I think he is having as good a year as any guard in the country.”

Along with Smith and Jones, Rozier has helped to form one of the most formidable backcourts in the country,

but has also been able to look towards the upperclassmen for guidance.

“Russ Smith has helped me with a lot of things, I feel like at the beginning of the season I wasn’t being aggressive

enough because I was trying to limit my turnovers,” Rozier said.

“He has been very consistent and his development is important for this team,” Smith said. “If you tell him one

thing once, he will get it done.”

Rozier was the second-leading scorer for the Cardinals with 11 points in their 58-57 victory over seventh ranked

Cincinnati on Saturday. He also added six rebounds and dished off to Smith for the game-winning jumper.

As Louisville heads into March, Rozier will continue to work towards improvement.

 “I’m never satisfied until I can reach my highest point,” Rozier said.

Louisville falls to Memphis

By Noah Allison

Rekindling a conference rivalry of old, the Louisville Cardinals played host to

the Memphis Tigers on Thursday night. Memphis won 73-67, putting their overall

record at 11-3, and putting Louisville’s at 13-3. The third loss of the season for the

Cardinals reveals that the young defending national champions still have some

polishing up to do.

“We have to give them credit. We didn’t play really well. We turned it over at

crucial times, got into low defense, gave up the 3 and missed free throws, but we

have to give them credit. They outplayed us,” U of L head coach Rick Pitino said.

With the score tied at 67 with one minute and thirty-one seconds left, the

Cardinals missed their last four jump shots and had a series of defensive miscues

that surrendered the lead and led to the loss.

“In the end we had a little bit of a miscommunication, some people were in a

two-three and others were in man defense. So we just had a couple of mistakes but

you just can’t have that at the end of a basketball game, especially a big game like

this in conference play,” said freshman guard Terry Rozier. “Tonight, just wasn’t our

night.”

Louisville had twelve steals to Memphis’ eight, but gave up second chance

points and failed to switch on defense at certain times. Memphis outrebounded

Louisville 37 to 35.

“Our defense is not as good this year. It hasn’t been. I hate to keep beating

that horse to death, but it hasn’t been. We had three key situations. We’re in control

of our destiny; we got in the wrong defense and then ran out of it and gave up the 3.

That may be the most bone headed play I’ve ever witnessed in my life,”Pitino said.

Senior forward Luke Hancock led the Cardinals in scoring with 20 points and

senior guard Russ Smith was second in scoring with 19 points. Sophomore forward

Montrezl Harrell led the team in rebounds with 14 and minutes played with 37.

Since the ultimate suspension of forward Chane Behanan the role of Harrell has

significantly increased. And seniors Smith and Hancock have to play their best each

and every game. That being said, none of the three captains have proven to live up

to the leadership void left by the graduation of last year’s starting point guard

Peyton Siva. Siva not only proved to be the consummate professional, but set the

Cardinals all time single season steals record with 90.

“There is no leader on the team… You have to be a defensive player to be a

leader; you can’t be an offensive player. It takes defense to win. They shot 51

percent. You can’t give up 51 percent at home and expect to win a ball game.”

Louisville is now 2-1 in American Athletic play. The Louisville-Memphis

rivalry has now covered four conferences, dating back to the Missouri Valley

Conference, Metro Conference, Conference USA and now the American Athletic

Conference. The Cardinals will play Memphis in Memphis on March 1.

The expectations for this year’s Cardinals prove not to be unfair, but it cannot

be understated that this simply is not last year’s team. Three starters from last years

line-up are not Cardinals. A third loss isn’t pleasant, but the fact that they were a

series of good plays away in all three losses should be reflective of what this team

can be come March.

“I don’t think anybody is losing faith, some people will be upset about the

way the game went tonight,” Hancock said. ”But bottom line we know we are a good team, we know we have some growing to do, and hopefully we just have each others back and get better with each practice.”

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Louisville men’s basketball routs Kentucky Wesleyan

By Annie Moore

The preseason ranked number three Louisville men’s basketball team looked strong in its first exhibition game

against Kentucky Wesleyan College. The Cardinals defeated the Panthers 115-67 on Tuesday night.

Five Cardinals had double-digit points, led by sophomore forward Montrezl Harrell with 20. Also in double-
digits were Russ Smith, junior guard Chris Jones and freshmen Terry Rozier and Anton Gill.

Harrell went nine-for-ten from the floor and had seven rebounds with three steals as the defending national

champions routed the eight-time division II national champions.

The big story of the night was the new NCAA no hand-touch rule. As Louisville head coach Rick Pitino said, “it

can be a dream on offense, but a nightmare on defense.”

The new rule proved to slow down the pace of the game, and slow down the Panthers. Kentucky Wesleyan

racked up 41 personal fouls in the game, Louisville was in the bonus less than three minutes into the first half.

But the Cardinals seemed to keep fouling under control, an objective Pitino and the coaching staff have been

working on throughout the summer.

“We knew it was going to happen and our starters did a very good job of not only taking advantage of the new

way they’re going to referee, but defensively not fouling,” Pitino said. “We really drilled it home in the last three

weeks how the game was going to be called, and we were ready.”

Freshman Ken-Jah Bosley led the scoring for the Panthers going 7-of-14 for 21 points while Devin Langford led

the team in boards, pulling down eight.

The Cardinals second exhibition game is set for Nov. 6 at 7 p.m. at the Yum! Center against the University of

Pikeville.