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Final Stats from the KDF Basketball Classic


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Photo: Justin Renck/CardinalSportsZone.com

Here are the final stats from Friday night’s Kentucky Derby Festival Basketball Classic.

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Jaylen Johnson’s halftime dunks from the Derby Festival Basketball Classic


Future Louisville Cardinal Jaylen Johnson was in the finals of the dunk contest Friday night at Freedom Hall during the Kentucky Derby Festival Basketball Classic. He finished 2nd with 74 points, as Isaac Copeland scored 79. Copeland will play his college ball at Georgetown.

Here are the videos of Johnson’s dunks. He put on a Louisville shirt to get the crowd into it. And he brought out his mom for some help with the second dunk.

Russ Smith is now……………..BLONDE


Channeling his inner Dennis Rodman:

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Russ Smith now has BLONDE HAIR. This should be fun.

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Derby Classic: Dunk Contest and 3-Point Finals will feature two future Cards tonight


Photo: Sam Upshaw Jr. (Courier Journal)

Photo: Sam Upshaw Jr. (Courier Journal)

Halftime of the Derby Festival Basketball Classic is always an entertaining one. It is when they have the finals of the dunk contest and 3-point contest. At the Night of the Future Stars on the night before, they have the early rounds of those contests and then that sets up the finals for Friday night.

Tonight’s competitions both include future Louisville Cardinals. In the dunk contest, Jaylen Johnson will face off against Isaac Copeland (Georgetown) and Devin Robinson (Florida).

Here is a video of Johnson’s first dunk from Thursday night with a little help from his future teammates. Video courtesy of Jody Demling from Scout.com.

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Another potential replacement for Keatts?


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According to CBS Jeff Borzello SMU’s Ulric Maligi is another potential replacement for Kevin Keatts at Louisville.

Maligi is a great recruiter with major ties to the Texas area. Just this season Maligi beat out UK for the service’s of top rated player Emmanuel Mudiay. Maligi will be a name worth keeping an eye on in the coming days. Follow Ulric Maligi on twitter @Coach_Maligi

 

 

“Red V. Blue” and 2013 National Championship DVDs on Sale!


Here are a couple of great deals from FansCloset.com. You really shouldn’t pass these up if you don’t have these DVDs yet. If you order either of these, you can add anything else to the order and it will all ship for free!

Red V. Blue

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“Red V. Blue” features interviews with coaches, players and personalities, including Denny Crum, Joe Hall, Derek Anderson, Luke Whitehead, Jim Host and John Y. Brown, among others. The movie also documents the real lives of super fans such as Mark Wagner and Robert Boone, two rival barbers whose hilarious banter epitomizes what makes this rivalry the most passionate in college basketball. The movie is a must-see for any true sports fan!

2013 Louisville vs Michigan National Championship

Championship DVD

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On April 8, 2013, the Louisville Cardinals lived up to their overall top seed placement in the tournament, but they had to work intensely for the win.

The final was a match between the top-rated offensive team against the top-rated defensive team: a fight to the finish. Momentum vs. Endurance.  Luke Hancock led the Cards, trailing by a 12-point deficit with less than 4 minutes to go in the first half, in their turn-around.  Hancock made a couple of free-throws and a series of four 3-pointers to make up the deficit and take the lead before half-time. Hancock became the first reserve player to be named the Final Four’s Most Outstanding Player, putting in 22 total game points.

From the bench, injured guard Kevin Ware, recovering from a gruesome injury suffered in the regional final, undoubtedly contributed to the Cardinal’s determination for the win.

In the end, the Louisville Cardinals overcame the 12-point deficit to win 82-76 in a thrilling final game, earning a second national title for coach Rick Pitino, (the first at University of Kentucky in 1996), and the goal was lowered allowing Ware to snip his own piece of the net. 

Relive the tip-to-buzzer excitement as the 2013 NCAA National Basketball Championship game is displayed in its entirety.  

*Includes the Full Commercial-free Championship Game and Bonus Features.

ESPN Reports: Louisville Signs New Deal with Adidas


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This morning an e-mail when out that said there would be a “significant announcement” that would affect all 23 sports at UofL. The press conference is scheduled at 2:00. This got the whole twitter world talking about what it could be. The natural idea was that it was about Louisville either staying with Adidas or some people thought they may be making the switch to Nike. This seemed weird since there was an Adidas rep on campus and tweeting out pictures of how he was excited to be around the football team and the campus. But people just had their own hopes I guess.

ESPN is reporting that Louisville has signed a 5-year, $40 million shoe and apparel deal to stay with Adidas.

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Has Rick Pitino found Keatts replacement?


 

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Hoosiersportslive.com

 

Multiple reports have come out today that Indiana University Assistant Coach Kenny Johnson has emerged has the front runner to replace Kevin Keatts on the Louisville sideline.

Johnson would be a great addition to the Cards staff and would fill a much needed recruiting spot on the bench. Johnson has many Nike ties and at one time was over “Team Takeover” a Nike circuit AAU team. At IU Johnson was responsible for landing the likes of: Troy Williams, Noah Vonleh, James Blackmon Jr. , and Robert Johnson. So to say this would be a home run hire is an under statement. This will defiantly be something to watch in the coming days. Follow Kenny Johnson @kjrelentless

For More on Kenny Johnson and his possible landing spots:

Kenny Johnson IU Bio

Indy Star Article: IU prepared to fight to keep Kenny Johnson

 

 

Women’s Football Clinic Set for May 31


Photo: Scout.com

Photo: Scout.com

From UofL:

LOUISVILLE, Ky.- The fifth annual University of Louisville Women’s Football Clinic will be held on May 31 at Papa John’s Cardinal Stadium. Registration is open online at www.Cardinalfootballcamps.com.

On the day of the event, check-in is from 7:30-9 a.m. at the Brown and Williamson Club, located on the fifth floor of Papa John’s Cardinal Stadium. The clinic will begin promptly at 9 a.m. The clinic will consist of presentations from the coaching and support staff, football drills with the coaches, and an inside look at the Cardinals’ football team.

All activities are voluntary and will accommodate all athletic abilities. Athletic attire and tennis shoes are required to participate in drills. The cost of the clinic is $60 and includes a shirt, continental breakfast, lunch, and an unprecedented football experience.

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Russ Smith and Luke Hancock at 4th Street Live this Saturday


If you haven’t been able to attend one of the autograph signings so far for the seniors, here is another opportunity. This one will feature Russ Smith and Luke Hancock. The information can be found on the flyer below.

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Football: Top JUCO player visiting Louisville on Wednesday


Photo: Kelly Kline for USA TODAY Sports

Photo: Kelly Kline for USA TODAY Sports

It looks like Bobby Petrino and his staff will be hosting a pretty important visitor on Wednesday. According to Kipp Adams of 247 Sports, running back Jovon Robinson will be visiting the Cards. He is rated as the top JUCO player in the country by 247sports. He is listed at 6’0 and 220 pounds.

Robinson is from Memphis, Tennessee and actually was a member of Auburn’s football team in 2012 for a short time. Before the season started, he was declared ineligible because of an NCAA investigation over a grade change on his high school transcript.

He was named the NJCAA Offensive Player of the Year in 2012 after he rushed for 2,387 yards and 34 touchdowns for Georgia Military College.

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Derby Festival Basketball Classic Final Rosters and Information


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From the KDF Press Office:

April 14, 2014. Louisville, KY.   – Tickets are still available for the 41st annual Derby Festival Basketball Classic presented by Papa John’s this Friday, April 18. The roster includes one McDonald’s All-Americans, 2 Parade All-Americans, as well as University of Louisville signees Chinanu Onuaku, Quentin Snider and Jaylen Johnson and Indiana recruits Robert Johnson and Max Hoetzel.  The game features 10 players ranked in the Top 30 nationally by recruiting services Rivals.com, Scout.com and 247sports.com.  Nearly all of the players scheduled to participate are ranked among the Top 50 nationally. The players will also participate in the Horseshoe Foundation Night of the Future Stars on Thursday, April 17, at Floyd Central High School.

Admission to the Horseshoe Foundation Night of the Future Stars is free with a ticket to the Basketball Classic. Some of the event’s most exciting moments have occurred during the Slam Dunk, 2-on-2 and 3-Point Shooting competitions. There will also be a one-hour autograph-signing session following the event, with a two-item limit for signing.

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Parking, Shuttles Available for Tuesday’s UofL-UK Baseball Game


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From UofL:

LOUISVILLE, Ky. - Ample free parking will be available for tonight’s Louisville baseball game against Kentucky in the Papa John’s Cardinal Stadium Green Lot south of Central Ave.

Shuttles will run from 4 p.m., ET through the end of the game to Jim Patterson Stadium. First pitch for the No. 7 Cardinals and No. 19 Wildcats is set for 6 p.m., ET.

Three Cards selected in WNBA Draft


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The WNBA Draft was held Monday night in Uncasville, Connecticut and three Louisville Cardinals were among the 36 players drafted. Shoni Schimmel was picked 8th overall by the Atlanta Dream, which means that she will be on the same team as Angel McCoughtry. If there was ever a WNBA team for the city of Louisville to get behind, I think we have found one in Atlanta.

Just when it looked like Shoni may be the only Card to get drafted, the last two picks were all Louisville. At pick #35, the Los Angeles Sparks drafted Antonita Slaughter. Then to finish the draft with pick #36, the Minnesota Lynx picked up Asia Taylor.

Louisville was the only school to have 3 players get drafted on Monday night.

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Cardinal Week In Review 4-14


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This is the Cardinal week in review 4/14/14:

First off, this is the first week without 55 in several months but we had a ton of news. We did see our first edition of 4YourInfo by Daryl though. From TrezL to the road sweep of then #7 Houston, here is the week in review.

 

Men’s Basketball:

MontrezL HarreLL has decided to come back for his Junior year. That makes us happy. Wayne Blackshear wiLL NOT leave and both wiLL be captains for next season. I beLieve once Chris announces his intentions that he wiLL aLso be named captain. Here’s every dunk from trezL this year…P.S. I know aLL the L’s don’t need to be capitaLized but who’s gonna stop meL?

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Read what Steve had to say here

Women’s Basketball

Tonight at 8pm on ESPN2, then from 9-10:30 on ESPNU the 2014 WNBA Draft will be held. Shoni Schimmel was one of only 12 people to be invited to the draft meaning she should be a first rounder. All Seniors from this class are eligible for the draft.

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Montrezl Harrell returning for his Junior season


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MONTREZL HARRELL IS RETURNING FOR HIS JUNIOR SEASON AND #CARDNATION WE ARE HYPE BEYOND BELIEF. (QUE THE ALL CAPS) THE CARDS ARE NOW A TOP 10 TEAM AND A CONTENDER TO BE IN INDIANAPOLIS NEXT APRIL!!

Press Release Per Kenny Klein:

Louisville’s Montrezl Harrell Will Return for 2014-15 Season

 

LOUISVILLE, Ky. — University of Louisville forward Montrezl Harrell has elected to return for the 2014-15 Cardinals’ men’s basketball season, ending speculation that he may enter the NBA draft.

“This is obviously great news,” said UofL Coach Rick Pitino.  “Like (former UofL/current Minnesota Timberwolves center) Gorgui Dieng, he will benefit tremendously from playing his junior season.  We hope, like Russ Smith, that he can become a first-team All-America selection.  Montrezl is a Louisville man and we’re all very excited to have Montrezl as a co-captain with Wayne Blackshear.”

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Wayne Blackshear Named Captain for 2014-15 Season


(AP Photo/Timothy D. Easley

(AP Photo/Timothy D. Easley)

Press release from UofL:

April 14, 2014

LOUISVILLE, Ky. - University of Louisville forward Wayne Blackshear has been named team captain for the 2014-15 Cardinals’ men’s basketball team.

“We have great confidence in Wayne moving toward his senior year,” said UofL Coach Rick Pitino. “I’m sure he will continue the outstanding leadership we have witnessed the last four years.”

A Capital One Academic All-District 2 selection, Blackshear averaged 8.2 points, 3.1 rebounds and shot 39.5 percent from three-point range (45-of-114) for the Cardinals (31-6). He had 14 double-digit scoring efforts last season, including a career-high 23 against Houston, as UofL shared the American Athletic Conference title, won the league postseason tournament and reached the NCAA Tournament’s Sweet 16.

Blackshear ranked sixth in the AAC in three-point percentage (.395) and buried a three-pointer in 21 of his 36 games this season. During the Cardinals’ 2013 NCAA Championship season, he was the recipient of the prestigious Elite 89 Award, presented to the student-athlete with the highest GPA at NCAA Championships.

Video: Every Montrezl Harrell Dunk of the 2013-14 Season


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Someone finally did it. They made the video that shows every dunk that Montrezl Harrell threw down from this past season. It even includes the Red-White scrimmages! There were 112 total dunks, 96 of them official. This is from “TheLouisvilleShow” on youtube.

2014 Spring Game Quick Hitters


AP Photo/Garry Jones

AP Photo/Garry Jones

Friday night at Papa John’s Cardinal Stadium was everything you wanted to be as a fan. Gorgeous weather, free admission, free parking, activities for the kids, $2 beers, and Louisville football with Bobby Petrino back at the helm.

I am just going to give you some quick hitters with stats or things I noticed. You also have the option of reading the full recap on UofL’s site.

*I know it is just the spring game, and you are playing against your defense, so maybe this isn’t always good…but the yards, points, and fun that you remember are back. The red team had 21 points after the 1st quarter. I remember plenty of times last year when we were in the 4th quarter with about 21-24 points hanging on for the win against teams like Memphis or Houston. The offense is back folks.

*Will Gardner looked great. He completed 32-37 passes for 542 yards and 4 touchdowns. He did throw 1 interception that clearly was a bad decision and looked forced. But other than that 1 mistake, he looked good.

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Cards get their first 2015 football commit


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Bobby Petrino landed his first commitment for the class of 2015 on Friday when safety/cornerback TJ Jallow pledged to the Cards. Jallow plays for Olive Branch High School in Olive Branch, Mississippi. If that school/location sound familiar, it’s because that’s where former QB commit Ross Trail played (he now plays his high school ball in Arkansas). Speaking of Trail, while he did open his recruitment back up after Charlie Strong left, he is still interested in the Cards and was at the spring game on Friday night.

Jallow is listed at 6’1 and 203 pounds. His hudl page says that he runs a 4.31 40-yard dash.

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