Why hellllllllllo again #cardnation. Isn’t it so sweet??! I was happy to share my last post with a little Cardinal cultural twist. To those who took the time to read it, I thank you kindly. Now, because I am quite superstitious and eager for tomorrow’s matchup, I have been scripting this poem in my mind all day to keep the good JuJu flowing. This will surely take us to Indy!
Georgia Transfer (CB) Shaq Wiggins went down with an apparent arm injury according to those at practice this morning.
Michael McCammon of Scout.com tweeted
Wiggins is projected to be the starter at the Corner Back position for the Cards. We will have more later right here on CardinalSportsZone.
Transcripts from the NCAA and ASAP Sports
Coach Pitino: In 1987 an improbable team went to the Final Four with Billy Donovan, and everybody always says looking back now, “Were those the two most fun years of your life?” I said, what I learned and took away from those moments is I learned to dream for the rest of my life, and I thought everything was possible. Anton and I had an interesting conversation the other day. I called him up, and I was working out, and I said, son, you’re mentally in a funk. It’s nothing you’re doing wrong because you’re playing behind Terry Rozier, who’s an unbelievable player. But in ’87 we had to beat Georgetown and Alabama, Alabama in the Sweet 16, Georgetown in the Elite Eight, and a young man named Darryl Wright was like the seventh, eighth man on the team, wasn’t playing particularly well, and he was in a little bit of a mental funk. He went out and give gave us an unbelievable lift and was the MVP of the region coming off the bench.
The schedule has been released for the Elite Eight games, and the Louisville Cardinals will face Michigan State at 2:20 pm ET on Sunday in Syracuse, New York for a chance to go to the Final Four. The game will be shown on CBS and that is right, good ol’ Verne Lundquist will be calling the game again. I don’t care how crazy he may seem, I am just fine with Verne calling our games.
Here is the full schedule for Saturday and Sunday…
The Louisville Cardinals are going to the Elite Eight. You knew that, but I just wanted to type out that sentence. Feel free to read it again if you wish. One thing about this run for the Louisville Cardinals — and I mean this run over the last few years — the team never quits. We have been very spoiled in the last few seasons with teams full of guys that are easy to root for. This season started a little differently, and there were a lot of times where I was ready for it to be over. Then the drama came, and the drama left, and I was excited about the team again. And here we are, going to the Elite Eight for the third time in four seasons. Absolutely amazing!
If I had thought about doing this post sooner, I could have done more research and had more stats to give and really looked into how these guys played against Louisville. But since we play in less than 6 hours, I need to go ahead and post this…
Merriam-Webster.com defines “villain” in the following way:
: a character in a story, movie, etc., who does bad things
: a person who does bad things
Over the years of watching UofL basketball, you always seem to have those players on opposing teams that you just don’t like. Maybe they are good kids, but they just had great games against the Cards and that bothers you. Maybe they acted like punks and pushed people around. It could be someone that only faced the Cards once, or faced them many times as a member in the same conference. You can have your own reasons.
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Last time I talked about a Louisville/NC State match up, it was in anticipation of it being for the ACC title. I declared that they would beat their opening competition, Pittsburgh, and they did that. Thinking the hunger of the Wolfpack would still be unsatisfied, or even that my Cards would do the same and make it to Saturday’s conference championship…. Neither of those things happened. Both teams failed to see a Friday game in Greensboro.
Then, the East bracket was ravaged.
NC state barely beats LSU.
Louisville barely beats UC irvine.
NC state upsets the number 1 seed, ‘Nova.
Louisville dismantles the highly touted UNI panthers.
Two days of practice, two videos. Good job video crew. Keep it up!
Keaton Torre is a quarterback in the class of 2016 and has been committed to the University of Louisville since October 4, 2014. He announced on twitter today that he has decided to open his recruitment back up.
Transcribed by Steve Jones of the Courier-Journal.
Well, it was fun to get started. I thought we got a lot done today. First and foremost, the players came out with good attitudes, and we worked hard. I think they worked to get better. I thought we did a good job as practice went on of improving. Obviously when you are just in helmets, it’s hard to know when you go offense versus defense exactly how everything works, and the defense is always ahead of the offense when the shoulder pads aren’t on. But it was fun to see us make some plays down the field, and the defense plays fast. That’s a really good defensive front, and they play fast. Overall, I was happy with the way the kids worked.
A good 25 minutes of a Rick Pitino press conference. He talks NC State, “morons” that call into sports talk radio shows, and has a lot of laughter. Good stuff.
Well, we’re obviously excited to be in the Sweet 16. We took a day off yesterday because a West Coast trip knocks a lot out of you. So today I’m sure we’ll have a little bit of a sluggish practice trying to get our feet back, but I think the adrenalin is going to be very high and we’re looking forward to playing another ACC basketball game, and we know how good NC State is because they beat us by 8-10 points at home. Not too many teams do that and they did it. We also realize they’ve won 8 out of 10, their frontcourt’s playing extremely well and their backcourt’s playing outstanding and they’ve beaten some pretty damn good teams on their court. We know it will be a hard-fought game, it’s not only an outstanding team we’re playing, but there’s a lot at stake.
Hopefully a new video comes out everyday. If not, it will be a disappointment. We need all of the football video we can get! This is from Tuesday’s first spring practice.
It is already that time of year again. Spring football begins today, and Bobby Petrino met with the media on Monday to talk about the state of the team. The Cards are in the Sweet 16 (men and women) and spring football is starting. This is a very fun time!
I’m excited to get started tomorrow. I’ve certainly been looking forward to this. It’s a new team. We have a lot of new working parts, so it will be a lot of fun to see how it all goes together, who wins competition for positions. The thing we always understand is that spring football is, number one, about our players getting better at their craft and working hard on their technique and fundamentals, working hard to become experts about what they do.
This week on 55…..
We close in on the season finale of 55. We talk about the Cards trips to Seattle and Tampa. Sweet 16 and National Champions? Yeah we got those too. We talk about everything in the world of Cardinal Athletics and I do mean EVERYTHING. We talk the latest episodes of the Cardinal Sports Zone podcasts which you can find at CardinalSportsZone.com/podcast (Cheap Pop). We ask again, what’s next in the ever-changing world of 55? We let you continue to teas you later after many weeks of clues. WAYNE 1K! just as I told you….
Without further adieu, here are the most ridiculous, outlandish, interesting or just downright obnoxious things I have heard this week. THIS is 55…..
While I don’t agree with his final prediction, here is a little preview.
Pretty cool video here talking about Montrezl Harrell. You get to hear from Darrell Griffith, Denny Crum, and Paul Rogers. The highlight for me has to be Denny’s reaction to when they allowed dunking again in college basketball: Yayyy!