first_imgDear Friend,In preparation for the 2017 legislative session, which begins in January, interim study committee members meet to examine assigned topics, gather testimonies and identify potential legislation.I have been selected to serve on the Funding Indiana’s Roads for a Stronger Safer Tomorrow Task Force (FIRSST) and on the Interim Study Committee on Roads and Transportation. The FIRSST committee will be researching and identifying long-term solutions to state and local road funding needs. A comprehensive list of topics assigned to each summer study committee can be found here.Interim study committee hearings, which typically occur at the Statehouse in Indianapolis, can be viewed live online at iga.in.gov. This site also provides committee calendars and meeting agendas. Members of the public are also welcomed to attend. If you have any input on the topics, please join us for these meetings.Please contact me at [email protected] or 317­-232­-9648 with any questions.Please keep in touch,State Rep. Holli SullivanFacebookTwitterCopy LinkEmailSharelast_img read more

E. Michigan meets Kent State in MAC tourney

first_imgE. Michigan meets Kent State in MAC tourney Associated Press ___For more AP college basketball coverage: https://apnews.com/Collegebasketball and http://twitter.com/AP_Top25___This was generated by Automated Insights, http://www.automatedinsights.com/ap, using data from STATS LLC, https://www.stats.com Share This StoryFacebookTwitteremailPrintLinkedinRedditNo. 11 seed Eastern Michigan (16-15, 6-12) vs. No. 6 seed Kent State (19-12, 9-9)Mid-American Conference Tourney First Round, Memorial A & C Center, Kent, Ohio; Monday, 6 p.m. EDTBOTTOM LINE: Eastern Michigan is set to match up against Kent State in the first round of the MAC tournament. The only regular season meeting came on Feb. 18, when the Eagles shot 50 percent from the field while holding Kent State’s shooters to just 29.1 percent en route to a 70-49 victory.center_img SENIOR STUDS: Kent State has relied heavily on its seniors this year. Antonio Williams, Danny Pippen, Troy Simons and Philip Whittington have combined to account for 65 percent of the team’s scoring this year and 68 percent of all Golden Flashes points over the last five games.CREATING OFFENSE: Williams has accounted for 40 percent of all Kent State field goals over the last five games. Williams has 42 field goals and 20 assists in those games.WINLESS WHEN: Kent State is 0-5 this year when it scores 63 points or fewer and 19-7 when it scores at least 64.UNDEFEATED WHEN: The Golden Flashes are 11-0 when they record eight or more steals and 8-12 when they fall shy of that mark. The Eagles are 6-0 when they score at least 72 points and 10-15 on the year when falling short of 72.GETTING DEFENSIVE: Eastern Michigan has forced opponents into committing turnovers on 25 percent of all possessions this year, the sixth-highest rate among all Division I teams. March 8, 2020last_img read more

Offensive, defensive versatility allowing Wisconsin basketball’s Dekker to reach full potential in junior season

first_imgIn the past two seasons, the Wisconsin men’s basketball team could not afford to have now-junior forward Sam Dekker take a night off on offense.While Wisconsin would rather Dekker not take a backseat scoring-wise, this season, he is finding other ways to contribute and help the fifth-ranked Badgers win.Coming to Wisconsin, Dekker was, for the most part, an isolation scorer, and as a result his effectiveness on the court was limited.This season, in Wisconsin’s most recent home game against Minnesota last Saturday, Dekker struggled offensively, scoring only five points on 1 of 8 shooting in 36 minutes. It was his first time scoring in single digits in his past 11 games.But this time, perhaps unlike past seasons, Dekker’s effectiveness over the course of the game against Minnesota wasn’t held in check and the Badgers won, defeating the Gophers while staying in control for the majority of the game.Now in his third year with the team, Dekker has taken a big leap toward becoming the all-around player head coach Bo Ryan and the entire program desire at Wisconsin.And that, perhaps, has been the biggest step the junior has taken this season.“I’ve had to focus on the little things,” Dekker said. “Those things like moving without the ball kind of propel my game in a way that raises the other aspects of it as well.”Movement off the ball has been a large factor in Dekker’s increase in offensive efficiency in his third season as a Badger. That movement does not just open up easy opportunities for Dekker to score, it also opens up opportunities for the entire team.“Getting an offensive rebound off your movement, or seeing guys trap Frank [Kaminsky] and being able to cut off of that, it opens an alley for me,” Dekker said. “When you have teammates that are unselfish enough to get you the ball in those situations, it makes our team better and it makes the game come easier to us.”Dekker has also shown better decision-making over the course of the 2014-15 season.Earlier in the year there were times when Dekker took ill-advised shots early in the shot clock that disrupted the flow of Wisconsin’s offense.Jason Chan/The Badger HeraldThose mistakes never went unpunished, as he was usually sent to the bench shortly after. His time on the bench appears to have taught him his lesson.Dekker began using his strength more to attack the basket, and as a result, his shots have been smarter and more efficient.“He knows his strengths and knows he didn’t need to settle for jump shots as much as he was,” redshirt senior guard Josh Gasser said. “That’s just the point [Ryan] was trying to make. He has such a great skill-set and great size that he can affect the game in a lot of ways, so he wants to be able to prove that.”Dekker’s increased motion and decision-making on offense have not only shown results for the team on the court, but also personal results in the box score, as Dekker is shooting 52 percent from the field so far this season – his highest mark in his three years.Dekker has proven to be a very versatile player on the offensive end. Through 28 games this season, Dekker is averaging 13.1 points. He scored in double figures in all but two of his last 19 games, and both of his 20-point performances this season have come in the last five games.However, as is the case with most Ryan-coached players, Dekker’s improvements started with his work on the defensive end of the floor.Jason Chan/The Badger HeraldBut versatility on offense requires Dekker to be the same on the other side of the ball. Being a lengthy, athletic wing player, Dekker holds the responsibility to guard multiple positions and be active on every defensive possession.Dekker’s improvement in discipline on defense required more than just physical stature. It’s required the proper mentality.“To play defense on every possession and be accountable on every possession, that’s been a habit he has had to build,” associate head coach Greg Gard said. “He’s gotten better with his stance, his footwork has gotten better, his strength is better and his stamina is better. All those physical things have gotten better.“But mentally he’s been able to discipline himself a little more to lock in and focus for that specific possession,” Gard said.Coming into the season, the hype surrounding Dekker involved his scoring and his offensive versatility. But now, 28 games into the season, it is more than clear that Dekker’s ability to do the little things on the court are what is helping him make the biggest strides.It is those little things that are helping Dekker grow as a player as he works to reach his full potential.“He’s been more active, more involved, in better position defensively and more active on the glass,” Gard said. “The other parts of his game have improved, and with all those things combined, he’s trying to make himself a more complete player.”last_img read more