UK surges to boot defending champ L’ville

Kentucky Upsets Louisville


INDIANAPOLIS – No one will accuse these Kentucky youngsters of being the fastest learners. Not this season. And positively not during most of Friday evening's game against Louisville.

But once again, late within the game with everything on the road, they figured issues out just in time.

Aaron Harrison hit a 3-pointer for the go-forward rating with 39 seconds left and Julius Randle made a pair of clutch free throws to elevate the implausible freshmen of Kentucky to a seventy four-sixty nine victory over their in-state rivals.

The eighth-seeded Wildcats (27-10) led for a grand total of sixty five seconds on this Midwest Regional semifinal. They will play Michigan on Sunday for a visit to the Remaining 4.

"I advised them before the game, you will get punched in the mouth and you are going to taste blood," coach John Calipari said. "You'll be able to fight or you possibly can brace yourself for the next shot. They fought."

Fourth-seeded and defending champion Louisville ends its season at 31-6.

Few expected a run this deep for the Wildcats as this season performed out and their five freshman starters struggled to play a staff game. However they have been learning slowly. They trailed by thirteen midway via the primary half, then by seven with four half minutes left.

Abruptly, issues kicked in.

Really, it was a sophomore, Alex Poythress, who scored 5 factors and blocked a Russ Smith layup try throughout a 7-0 run that tied the sport at 66 with 2:11 left.

"Alex Poythress gained the game for us," Calipari stated. "We were begging him the entire game to start taking part in, and he performed at the right time."

From there, it was the Kentucky freshmen who showed all of the poise in opposition to the defending national champs, who were led by seniors Smith (23 points) and Luke Hancock (19).

Harrison took a move from Randle and noticed up in the nook for the go-forward shot. Each finished with 15 factors, as did yet another freshman starter, Dakari Johnson.

On the following possession, Louisville's Wayne Blackshear got fouled. The seventy one percent profession free throw shooter missed the first. Randle got here down and made two free throws to place Kentucky forward by three. Harrison guarded Smith and forced him to overlook a tricky 3-pointer on the next possession – "His first cease of the game," Calipari quipped.

Just a few seconds later, the Wildcats were chest bumping and Calipari was pumping his fists to a loud stadium that was about two-thirds Kentucky blue, one-third Cardinals red.

Kentucky now has knocked off previously undefeated Wichita State and defending nationwide champion Louisville, and has a gathering with final year's runner-up, Michigan, coming next. Earlier, the Wolverines beat Tennessee seventy three-71.

The newest win for Kentucky was the last word lesson in persistence for a team that, for therefore lengthy, had bother exhibiting any. The Wildcats were touted on T-shirts as the workforce that would go 40-zero and win the nationwide title, then all head off to the NBA.

Two out of three remains to be potential.

"They finally have surrendered and misplaced themselves within the workforce," Calipari stated. "It is just taken a long time."

Louisville coach Rick Pitino, who fell to 11-1 in Candy 16 games, produced a matchup zone that the Wildcats had hassle working by.

The Playing cards took the double-digit lead early, yet went to halftime up solely three regardless of holding Kentucky to 33 percent from the ground.

The difference in Pitino's mind: Louisville went 13-for-23 from the free throw line whereas Kentucky went 22-for-27. And the Wildcats had a 37-29 rebounding edge, which additionally led to eight more second-likelihood factors.

"I informed them we in all probability beat ourselves a little bit bit down the stretch," Pitino mentioned. "But how can any of us complain with the run we've been on?"

Louisville's string of Closing Fours will end at two, and there will likely be a brand new national champion.

Making this win much more impressive for the Wildcats: They played almost all the sport with out Willie Cauley-Stein, an NBA-caliber forward who damage his left ankle early.

"It's not a superb ankle damage, let me simply put it that means," Calipari mentioned.

One other NBA prospect, James Young, fouled out with 5:32 left.

That left it to Harrison, his twin brother, Andrew (14 factors), and Randle, a lottery pick in waiting who was a monster inside. He had 12 rebounds to go along with the 15 points. He has had a double-double in all three match games.

Calipari makes no apologies for recruiting the perfect expertise and taking his probabilities they will depart before they actually arrange shop at Kentucky. That technique helped him convey the eighth national title again house two years ago. Now, Kentucky is a win away from this system's sixteenth trip to the Ultimate Four.


Poker Strategy With Gavin Griffin: Defending Your Soldiers


Gavin GriffinPerhaps it’s because of the historical fiction book I’m reading about World War I. Perhaps it’s because I played some interesting hands last night that sort of outline my whole strategy in this situation. Perhaps it’s because I have some tournaments coming up in a couple of weeks and my strategy varies a bit when in tournaments. Either way, I woke up this morning sure of what I needed to write about in this week’s artcle: defending your blinds.

One of the most eye-opening things I realized when I opened my first PokerTracker database with the hands I had imported was how much I was losing from the blinds. With the exception of those who play exclusively heads up or three-handed, everyone loses money from the blinds. It’s something I knew intuitively but when the database showed me what it really looked like in those big red numbers in a sea of black ones, I knew it was something I needed to work on.

I was pretty sure that defending my blinds more (in no-limit) wasn’t the best plan. In limit, things are different. You are nearly required to defend your big blind against a single raise heads up. 3.5-to-1 is just too good of a price to pass up. It’s simplifying things a bit since you can definitely pass up that price if you play poorly postflop and can’t find a way to make money with the hands you play when cards are on the table, but for good players, defense is a must. In no-limit, however, with the massive reverse-implied odds inherent in the game and the increased positional advantage as the streets progress and the bets get bigger, it could be correct to fold a hand as good as K-J offsuit or Q-J offsuit to a small raise in a heads-up pot. The single biggest mistake I see people make in no-limit out of the blinds is defending too much. This happens in both multiway and heads-up pots and I think, even though you’re getting a better immediate price, that it’s usually much worse to defend too wide in a multiway pot than a heads-up pot for two reasons. First, it’s bad enough playing out of position against one player. To have to play out of position against multiple players on all streets is a disaster. Second, the average winning hand curve isn’t linear as the number of people in the hand increases, it’s exponential. Instead of turning your 10-5 suited into a pair of fives against only the preflop raiser and winning, you have to make trip fives or a straight against two or three players. When you add in the amount of money you lose when you make your bottom or middle pair because of how hard it is to play them out of position, defending your blinds with a wide range in a multiway or even heads-up pot in no-limit is a losing proposition.

So, if we’ve decided that we need to defend our blinds with a pretty tight range in no-limit, we now need to decide how we defend them aggressively or passively. Obviously, there are many different circumstances that arise during the course of a poker game, but the one that I’m going to look at now, for simplicity’s sake is one raise and no calls until it is our action in the blinds. I think, just like there are two different blinds in no-limit, there are two separate answers to this question. I defend my small blind aggressively and my big blind passively. Out of the small blind I will reraise with most of the hands I’ll play when there has been a raise and no calls. I like to do this because I get to build a bigger pot with what is probably the best hand, to reduce the stack-to-pot ratio, making my hand easier to play postflop, and it has the added benefit of often making the hand heads-up when it could have been multiway. There are some disadvantages of course. You’ve made the effective stakes bigger when out of position, something you’d generally prefer to do when in position. You have also defined your range more, making it easier for your opponent to play against you.

Out of the big blind, I play a different strategy in heads-up pots. I call preflop with my entire continuing range. Perhaps it’s because I’m too lazy to come up with an unexploitable three-betting range out of the big blind when playing 200 blinds deep or more, or perhaps because it’s impossible to do so. Mostly, I do it because it allows me to call with a wider range, to check-raise the flop with a wider range when my opponent’s range is at its weakest, and it gets me more flop check-throughs than my opponents because of the fact that they know my check-raising range can include hands like overpairs as well as draws, top pair, etcetera.

I think this has been an effective and simple strategy for me defending my blinds. Since I no longer play online and can’t gather hard data on whether that is true or not, it’s difficult to know for sure. I have to rely on that old fashioned gut feeling and that’s something I can defend easily. ♠



Read The Original Article

Defending Champ Vanessa Selbst Leads 2014 PokerStars Caribbean Adventure $25,000 High Roller After Day 2

By the point registration closed at the start of day 2 of the 2014 PokerStars Caribbean Journey $25,000 no-restrict maintain’em high curler there had been 247 entries made, blowing away last 12 months’s record turnout of 204 entrants to determine a brand new high-water mark for this occasion. The occasion function 198 unique entrants and forty nine re-entries. On account of this 21 p.c improve in variety of entries year-over-yr the occasion constructed a huge $6,051,500 prize pool, with nearly $1.3 million going to the eventual champion.

At the end of day 2 solely 14 players remained, with defending champion of this event Vanessa Selbst in the chip lead with 1,633,000. Last year Selbst topped a 204-player field to earn the title and the primary-place prize of $1,424,420. That win can also be notable as a result of it was the score that propelled her into the lead on the feminine all-time match earnings listing.

Greg Merson on day 2Selbst has had an impressive run so far on the 2014 PCA , ending third within the $100,000 tremendous excessive curler for $760,640 after which making a deep run within the $10,300 main event, finally busting in 42nd place. Now she is in a robust place to make a run at defending her title from final 12 months.

Making an attempt to stand in her manner are plenty of prime poker professionals, including 2012 WSOP major event champion Greg Merson (1,112,000), Marvin Rettenmaier (1,014,000), Robert Mizrachi (856,000), Dani Stern (837,000) and 2013 Card Player Participant of the 12 months Daniel Negreanu (723,000).

Solely the top 31 finishers made the money in this event, with the cash bubble bursting late on day two. Kyle Julius was the final participant eliminated outdoors of the money, calling an all-in shove from the button by Vanessa Selbst with the ASpade SuitOkSpade Suit solely to lose to her eightSpade Suit7Club Suit when the board ran out 9Diamond Suit5Spade Suit4Heart Suit7Spade Suit10Diamond Suit. With that the remaining players were guaranteed paydays of not less than $53,260.

Notable eliminations within the cash embody Faraz Jaka (15th – $89,560), Philipp Gruissem (sixteenth – $80,480), Chris Klodnicki (17th – $eighty,480), Oliveier Busquet (twenty first – $65,260), Ana Marquez (twenty second – $sixty five,260) and PCA $a hundred,000 tremendous excessive roller champion Fabian Quoss (26th – $fifty nine,300).

Here is a have a look at the chip counts for the 14 remaining gamers:

Rank Player Chip Depend
1 Vanessa Selbst 1,633,000
2 Joao Vieira 1,604,000
3 Myro Garcia 1,181,000
4 Greg Merson 1,112,000
5 Jacob Carl Schindler 1,109,000
6 Marvin Rettenmaier 1,014,000
7 Rob Mizrachi 856,000
8 Dani Stern 837,000
9 Daniel Negreanu 723,000
10 Mustapha Kanit 705,000
eleven Aleksandr Denisov 626,000
12 Dan Smith 434,000
13 Ole Schemion 357,000
14 Paul Newey 162,000

Read The Original Article


Defending champion Andy Murray shocked by Stanislas Wawrinka at the U.S. Open

Andy Murray — Getty Images It appears 2013 goes to go down as the U.S. Open that does not wish to give us the matchups we had hoped for as Andy Murray failed to advance to the semifinals, dashing the hopes of a possible monster meeting with Novak Djokovic.

Murray acquired beat in straight sets to Stanislas Wawrinka, the biggest upset of the event as far as Wawrinka advances to his first ever Grand Slam semifinal.

It was a reasonably one-sided affair for Wawrinka, who didn’t face a single break point from Murray and cruised fairly simple 6-four, 6-3, 6-2.

What happened to the defending champion who was going for his third Grand Slam win in the final full year after his triumph at Wimbledon? Perhaps a bit little bit of a hangover from his win in his dwelling nation.

Murray hit just 15 winners to his 30 unforced errors, and this was after dropping an opening set to Leonardo Mayer in the fourth spherical. His game wasn’t sharp from the beginning of the event, and while most thought it was a layup for Murray to make this semifinal, his game simply wasn’t there.

Murray’s quarterfinal exit is the primary time he hasn’t made a Grand Slam remaining when he entered the match for the reason that 2012 French Open, ending his run as one of many hottest players on the earth contemplating his play the final two years.

Who is essentially the most happy about this consequence? Whereas rather a lot would suppose Wawrinka, it must be Djokovic, who now can keep away from that scary Murray-Rafael Nadal one-two punch to win this U.S. Open.

Djokovic would have confronted a tricky opponent, and a man that beat him on this surface a yr ago in the finals, however now gets the chance to take out Mikhail Youzhny after which Wawrinka earlier than he faces up against Nadal.