A look at potential transfers coming in for Louisville Basketball

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Photo: Tim Haag/CardinalSportsZone.com

We have learned many things after the Cards OT loss to Michigan State on Sunday, but most of all we have learned the Louisville basketball team will look much different next season. After already signing three (Ryan McMahon is the 4th and hasn’t signed just yet) in the 2015 class (likely top 5) Louisville has one scholarship open that belonged to Akoy Agau. But today Rick Pitino let us know that two, maybe even three more could come open. Shortly after Pitino’s end of season press conference we found out that Anton Gill would be transferring from the program. So for those keeping up at home, we are up to two scholarships and I don’t believe we are done.

So now raises the big question: Who is going to fill these spots? Many things will play into who the Cards go after (How many spots do we have? Will some of these kids even leave?) and while I’m not ready to put a “Most likely” tag on anyone let’s take a look.

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Trey Lewis (Graduate Transfer)

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Yes for those asking, the same Trey Lewis that dropped a cool 24 points 5 rebounds and 2 steals in the Yum Center on the Cards this season. Lewis is an excellent player that averaged 16 points a game, shooting 42% from behind the 3 point line. Lewis hit 96 of 227 three pointers this season. Lewis announced today he would be leaving the CSU program and yes the Cards have already been in contact. I would be shocked if Lewis isn’t in a Louisville uniform next season.

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Transcript of Rick Pitino’s End-of-Season Press Conference

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Photo by Maddie Meyer/Getty Images

Rick Pitino met with the media on Monday afternoon for almost 30 minutes to wrap up the season, which saddens me. It is about 8 days too early, but it happens. He said that Terry Rozier and Montrezl Harrell will both go pro, and also hints that a couple of players could transfer.

Since the press conference this afternoon, we learned that sophomore Anton Gill will transfer.

Transcript from Courier-Journal.com. Edited by me.

Video here

Opening statement

Before I leave on the recruiting trail, we had individual instructions and I missed you guys so I wanted to say goodbye to you one last time. You know, there’s good and bad in every season, and I’m not going to mislead you and tell you that it doesn’t hurt. Outside of the Christian Laettner loss, I think this was probably the second most-bitter defeat that we have faced, because, you know when Mangok made that first free throw which shouldn’t have gone in, I said, we’re going to win this thing and for a span of a short period of time all I could think of was, ‘We just have to play defense for four seconds.” At first there was three-point-something, and they changed it. And I said all we’ve got to do is play defense for four seconds and we’re in the Final Four, because I was positive the second one would go in after that luck. And it didn’t go in. And we missed a lot of free throws down the stretch, a lot of layups down the stretch, and that’s the bad.

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55 (Season 2 Episode 23)

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This week on 55…..

We close in on the season finale of 55. We talk about Elite 8’s, departures and Villains. The men’s Tennis team jumps into the top 25. JamFest and McDonald’s All-American games are this week. What will I do this summer? Find out today! Steve needed a hug on the Podcast today and me and Justin tried our best to console him. Rebuild or Reload? Hmm. All of this and more……….

Without further adieu, here are the most ridiculous, outlandish, interesting or just downright obnoxious things I have heard this week. THIS is 55…..

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Anton Gill Will Transfer from Louisville

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Photo: Tim Haag/CardinalSportsZone.com

Rick Pitino dropped some hints at today’s press conference that a couple of players could transfer out of the program. We have now learned that one of those will happen, and that is Anton Gill.

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Terry Rozier and Montrezl Harrell Both Going Pro

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Photo: Greg M. Cooper-USA TODAY Sports

Rick Pitino held his end of the season press conference today, and laid out many potential storylines to keep an eye on. There are possible players transferring, players being added to the class, and more. We will post about that stuff later. What he did say on this topic wasn’t too shocking, and that is that both Montrezl Harrell and Terry Rozier are “100%” going to leave Louisville to turn pro.

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CardinalSportsZone Podcast 3/30/15: Everybody Hurts, UofL’s March Madness Edition

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If you didn’t or couldn’t listen to the CardinalSportsZone podcast live, it’s available here! We talk NCAA Tournament match-up with the Czar of March Tom Izzo and the heart-breaking loss to MSU. Possible defections and will Terry and Trez stay or go. We have a new podcast tab where all episodes will be kept. You can also favorite CardinalSportsZone.com/podcast in your browser. The CardinalSportsZone podcast is now available on iTunes! Click on the badge below to subscribe today! Call in to the show on Monday’s and Friday’s at our regular time of noon at (914) 338-0180.

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Talk #marchmadness to me 

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


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Significant injury at this morning’s spring football practice

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Photo: Tim Haag/CardinalSportsZone.com

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.

Pitino, Gill, and Harrell Talk About the NC State Win

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Photo: USATSI

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.

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ACC Digital Network Previews Louisville-Michigan State

Time and TV Set for Louisville vs Michigan State Sunday

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Photo: Tim Haag/CardinalSportsZone.com

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…

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Cards Will Continue to Dance to the Elite Eight!

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Photo: heavy.com

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!

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Cat Barber: The Next Villain to Louisville Basketball?

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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

: someone or something that is blamed for a particular problem or difficulty

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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Cardinal Sports Zone Podcast 3/27/15 NCST/Spring Football

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If you didn’t or couldn’t listen to the CardinalSportsZone podcast live, it’s available here! We talk NCAA Tournament match-up vs NCST and potential FF plans. We also tackle Spring football (I know) and The Women’s battle against Dayton. We have a new podcast tab where all episodes will be kept. You can also favorite CardinalSportsZone.com/podcast in your browser. The CardinalSportsZone podcast is now available on iTunes! Click on the badge below to subscribe today! Call in to the show on Monday’s and Friday’s at our regular time of noon at (914) 338-0180.

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March Madness; Prognostication

NCAA Basketball: Louisville at Boston College

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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. 

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Video: Louisville Football Spring Practice – Day 2

Two days of practice, two videos. Good job video crew. Keep it up!

Louisville QB Commit Opens up his Recruitment

Photo: Nate Billings, The Oklahoman

Photo: Nate Billings, The Oklahoman

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.

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Bobby Petrino Recaps Day 1 of Spring Practice

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Transcribed by Steve Jones of the Courier-Journal.

Opening statement

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.

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Rick Pitino Previews Sweet 16 Game Against NC State

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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.

Video available here

Opening statement

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.

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Video: Louisville Football Spring Practice – Day 1

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.

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