Monthly Archives: January 2012
We here at Cardinal Sports Zone were able to get a last minute interview with a football commit right before signing day. Brandon Radcliff, a 3* running back from Miami, FL (Christopher Columbus HS), was gracious enough to take time out of his day and answer a few questions for us.
Cardinal Sports Zone was able catch up with former Cardinal point guard Edgar Sosa, coming up on 5 months since he suffered a nasty broken leg while playing for his country’s (Dominican Republic) national team in a FIBA tournament match against Panama. Sosa knows exactly what he wants to achieve in the future and has been rehabbing quite vigorously in order to get back to maximum health. With all of the injuries, plus the “rough patch” that our Cards are currently battling through, who better than Edgar to give some input on the tough times he’s faced as a basketball player, the Big East Championship, and what it takes to battle back from a possible career ending injury.
*Men’s Basketball- The 25th ranked Cards got off to a great start, and then held on to beat Seton Hall on the road 60-51. They improve to 17-5, 5-4 in the Big East. Read the full CSZ recap here. They are now off until next Saturday when they host Rutgers (12-10, 4-5) at 4:00 at the KFC Yum! Center.
*Women’s Basketball- The 16/14 ranked Cardinals beat Villanova 62-58 on Saturday and are now 17-4, 6-2 in the Big East, which is tied for 3rd with Rutgers. Check out the full standings here. They now hit the road for two games this week. They face DePaul (16-6, 4-4) on Tuesday and West Virginia (15-6, 5-3) on Saturday.
*Swimming & Diving- On the men’s side, 11th ranked UofL upset the 10th ranked Hoosiers 165.6-134.5. The 19th ranked women lost to the 8th ranked Hoosiers 165-128. Next up for the men and women is rival Kentucky, which will be this Friday at 2:00 at the Ralph Wright Natatorium at UofL.
*Track & Field- UofL had 16 more athletes qualify for the Big East League Championships this weekend when they competed in Bloomington, IN. The Cards will split squads next weekend, with part of the team heading to the Notre Dame Meyo Invitational and the other group heading to the VT Elite Meet. Both events are February 3 and 4.
*Tennis- The men’s team went 0-2 this weekend, losing to Washington and to VCU in Durham, NC. They are back in action this Thursday at Michigan. The women’s team beat Austin Peay on Saturday. They are off until next Sunday, when they host Purdue at the Bass-Rudd Tennis Center.
It was a tale of two halves, but luckily for the Cards, they played well enough in the first half to hang on and win the game. UofL improved to 17-5, 5-4 with a 60-51 road win against Seton Hall (15-6, 4-5). After scoring 36 points in the first half and really clicking on offense, the second half was full of turnovers and missed shots for the Cards. Some Seton Hall missed free throws allowed Louisville to keep a good enough lead for the game to not be in serious jeopardy.
Tonight at 8:00, the 25th ranked Louisville Cardinals (16-5, 4-4) will face Seton Hall (15-5, 4-4) in an attempt to get their third straight victory. With a 4-4 Big East record, both the Cards and Pirates are tied for 9th place in the conference. However, Georgetown and Marquette are tied for 2nd place with 6-2 records. So the difference between 2nd place and 9th place is 2 conference games, which makes every game huge for the standings.
It is a very busy weekend for UofL sports. CSZ has you covered on all of the events that the Cards will be competing in.
Check out this dunk by former Cardinal Jerry Smith! Jerry plays in the NBA D-League for the Springfield Armor, the affiliate of the New Jersey Nets. They were playing the Idaho Stampede, and the guy Jerry dunks on is 7’5 Will Foster.
*CSZ- If you didn’t read about our partnership with a radio show, click here. We are excited for this!
*Baseball- The Baseball America Preseason Top 25 came out on Tuesday, and UofL came in at #24. In the Collegiate Baseball newspaper preseason poll, the Cards were #15. The 2012 season starts on February 17 against Minnesota in Clearwater, FL. The home opener will be February 22 against Eastern Kentucky. The Leadoff Dinner is February 3 at 7 pm in the South Wing of the Kentucky Exposition Center. Featured guests are Andy Pettitte and Trystan Magnuson.
*Softball- The National Fastpitch Coaches Association/USA Today Preseason Rankings were released, and the Cards came in at #24. UofL will open its season February 10-12 in Miami at the Florida International Combat Classic. Their home opener will be February 24 against Creighton. The Bullpen Club Dinner is this Saturday at 7:30 pm at the Galt House. The featured guest is two-time Olympic medalist Natasha Watley.
Here are highlights from the UofL-Villanova basketball game on Wednesday night. The video was done by hsreplays.
For the second game in a row, UofL used a balanced attack that resulted in an 84-74 victory over the Villanova Wildcats. Louisville improved to 16-5, 4-4 while Villanova fell to 10-11, 3-6.
We here at Cardinal Sports Zone are happy to announce a new partnership with 95.3 WFBR radio in Mt. Washington. It is a Christian radio station that has been on in Bullitt County for 8 years now. We will be a part of a sports call-in show that is still to be named. The format of the show will be a UL/UK call-in and discussion show. Our show will air from 6pm-7pm Sunday evenings on 95.3 and streamed live on reach95.com and 678sports.com.
You can also download the app called “Tune-in Radio”, search for reach95 and listen to us. That app can be found in the Apple App store or Droid Market. We really appreciate this opportunity and will not let you down. You can also follow WFBR on twitter at @REACH95FM or on their Facebook page. We will debut on February 12th. Thanks to all that made this happen.
Tonight at the KFC Yum! Center, the 25th ranked Louisville Cardinals (15-5, 3-4) will try to pick up their second win in a row against a disappointing Big East team. The Villanova Wildcats have gotten off to a 10-10 start, and are 3-5 in the Big East. On Saturday night, the Cards took care of Pittsburgh 73-62, and will now try to build some positive momentum heading into February, which is usually a strong month for Rick Pitino coached teams.
On Tuesday night, the Cards got another big football committment for the 2012 season. Defensive End, Sheldon Rankins, is a 3 star prospect from Eastside High School in Covington, Georgia. He is 6’3 245 lbs. He had offers from Stanford, Nebraska, Cincinnati, Kentucky, USF, Indiana, Boston College, Ole Miss, N.C. St., UNC, Wake Forest, Mississippi St., Vanderbilt, and others. Before suffering a hairline fracture last season, he was also getting serious looks from Auburn.
While UofL coaches (Hurtt and Bedford) were making a visit with Rankins and his family on Tuesday night, Rankins said he had to go use the restroom. But he really went into the other room and put on a Louisville hat he had already bought, and came back into the room and “everybody went crazy after that.”
Here is a highlight video of Sheldon Rankins. Looks like the Cards got a beast for the defensive line!
If you are wondering why there are previously posted Cardinal Rewind interviews now on the front page, there is a good reason. As it was before, when you clicked on “Cardinal Rewind”, you would have to scroll down the whole page to read each interview. Eventually, Larry O’Bannon or any other early interview would be so far down the page, that no one would know it was there. So now, if you go to that page, you can easily just click the link for the rewind you would like to read. In order to do this, each story had to be its own front page post. So that should clear that up. Plus, this will make it much easier, as we have many more rewinds coming your way. Hope all of that makes sense!
In a similar move, we have made a tab for our interviews with recruits. If you scroll over “Recruiting” at the top, just click “Interviews”. We have also posted the links on that page. We did this for the same reason, to clean the page up because we have more interviews on the way. Right now, we have posted interviews with Kyle Bolin and Malik Price-Martin, so be sure to check those out.
Because we posted all of those Rewind interviews again, some recent posts got knocked down the list. So this is just a reminder to check out our big story from yesterday about former Cardinal Legend Derek Smith. You can read that story here.
Ibn Green is a former All-American that played for the Cards from 1996-1999. He is easily one of the best Tight Ends in the school’s history, and was a local player from Male High School. Jeremy spoke with his good friend Ibn, and here is what he had to say.
Our newest Cardinal Rewind comes on a very appropriate day. As UofL and UK are an hour from tipping off, this Rewind is from Samaki Walker. As a Freshman against UK, Samaki posted a triple double with 14 points, 10 rebounds, and 11 blocks. He spoke with us here at CSZ, and told us about his days as a Louisville Cardinal.
Our first Cardinal Rewind that we are bringing you is with former UofL basketball hometown great, Larry O’Bannon. Larry played for the Cards from 2001-2005 and was apart of the Final Four team in 2004-2005. Here is what Larry had to say with us here at Cardinal Sports Zone: