UK Hoops needs better shooters


LEXINGTON, Ky. (WTVQ) – It was UK Hoops media day today.

Matthew Mitchell believes his team has a chance to be a special group…but it’ll take full commitment from every girl on the team to truly be great.

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Tenacious defense will once again be the cornerstone for the Cats.  40 minutes of high-tempo, high-energy pressure has been the staple of Mitchell teams in Lexington.

But the big weakness right now is a big one and you can see it in the video.

It’s shooting percentage.

The dancing king says his team has to be better shooting the ball than in the past.

That’s what has kept the Cats from being elite even when they’ve been a top-ten program…and it’s on Mitchell to figure out how to make it happen.

Hear from coach in the video.

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Alex Risen joined the ABC 36 News team in October of 2011 as ABC 36’s Weekend Sports Anchor/ Sports Reporter. Alex can also be seen Friday nights co-anchoring the Highschool Highlight Reel. Alex started out in the broadcast business while still in college at the University of Kentucky, heading up the school’s daily student news network as the Sports Director. He made his commercial televsion debut in May of 2011 while at WYMT in Hazard, Kentucky as co-host of a weekly, half-hour high school sports program previewing area schools’ games on Friday nights and as a morning sports anchor. Alex has also spent time as an intern at ESPN in the Statistics and Analysis department, as a production assistant for NBC Sports horse racing and Sunday Night Football productions, and as an intern for WLKY in his hometown of Louisville, KY. Alex graduated from Saint Xavier High School in 2007 and earned his Bachelor of Science degree in Journalism and Political Science from the University of Kentucky in 2010 where he graduated magna cum laude from the Honors Program. He’s excited to be covering his passion in his home state and make Central Kentucky his home for years to come. Alex can be reached at