“We were on the road all week, and we’re excited to be out on the field tonight and again tomorrow for the last two open practices, and then we’ll great into our preparation for Louisville and the Russell Athletic Bowl. I missed an opportunity to visit since the bowl announcement, but clearly we’re grateful for the opportunity to go to the Russell Athletic Bowl, to play in Orlando, and let our kids experience the sites and attractions and the community in Orlando, and get a great opponent in Louisville. Our kids are excited, I think they’re grateful. They’ve been through a lot the past two years, and they have not been able to have this opportunity. I thought after we talked last weekend, that [the conversation] resonated in the way they practiced. Hopefully we’ll see that again here tonight and tomorrow. They’re practicing with a purpose, they’re excited, and clearly they have a really tough opponent coming up.”
Monthly Archives: December 2013
Regardless of what class of football you play in, if you are the Player of the Year in high school football in Florida, you are doing something right. Louisville commit Isaiah Ford was named the Class 3A Player of the Year and is a finalist for Mr. Football for the whole state. There are 8 finalists, 1 from each class. Check out the full article here.
Ford finished the season with 37 catches for 719 yards and 12 touchdowns and he accounted for 1,067 all-purpose yards and 17 touchdowns. Virginia Tech is trying to make a late push to land Ford, but it sounds like Louisville should be able to hold onto him, and he will likely be a big-time playmaker for the Cards. Look for this 2-sport athlete to also try to play basketball for Coach Pitino.
Photo from @UrKillinMePetey
On Sunday night it was learned that Lorenzo Mauldin and Dominique Brown will return to UofL next season. There are some other juniors that still need to make that decision, and one of them is DeVante Parker. With this tweet, is he dropping a major hint on what his plans are???
3 minutes later he sent this one. I am more confident that the first one is more telling of his plans.
This week…..on 55…..
We celebrated our birthday at CSZ (got 0 cake) and watched the Cards dominate their bowl game after falling a little flat during the basketball game. I really hope you guys love this feature. I really do do (hehe) this for you guys. If it’s a hit then awesome and if only 10 people see it (yeah right) then so be it. But alas, it is the time of the week I love, 55 time. As we say goodbye to 2013: The Year Of The Card and say hello to 2014, YOTC pt 2. Once again I share with you the 55 most ridiculous things I have heard, had to debate, or just thought about this past week.
1) CardinalSportszone.com turned 2 years old on Wednesday. Once again I couldn’t begin to tell Steve, Justin, & Daryl what this site means to me and how proud I am to call them teammates…..what a way to go out…..sorry Teddy flashbacks
2) 1 more year! 1 more year!
3) Hopefully CardinalSportszone.com will have many, many more years
4) I am gonna tackle football first. Saturday evening the Cards disposed of the Miami Hurricanes 36-9. Teddy Bridgewater threw three touchdown passes and ran for another score on Saturday night in the Russell Athletic Bowl. He threw for a career high 447 yards
5) Teddy come back…..
7) He gone
8) I digress
9) Junior wideout DeVante Parker had 9 catches for 142 yards and a TD. His 12th TD of the season ties Ibn Green’s 1998 mark and puts him just 5 away from Ibn’s career mark
10) DeVante come back…..
11) Kicker John Wallace outscored Miami by himself, threw a punch and laid the wood in a very eventful game for the kicker
12) Switching gears this also happened Saturday:
13) OK back to football
Here are the latest Top 25 polls in men’s basketball.
|AP Top 25|
|21||San Diego State||10-1||371|
- Others receiving votes: Illinois 57, Texas 40, George Washington 37, Oklahoma 36, Toledo 32, Florida State 24, UCLA 19, Harvard 10, Michigan 7, Creighton 5, Kansas State 3, Pittsburgh 2, LSU 1
|USA Today Coaches Poll|
|3||Ohio State (1)||13-0||741|
|19||San Diego State||10-1||184|
- Others receiving votes: Creighton 29, Pittsburgh 22, UCLA 20, George Washington 17, Oklahoma 16, Texas 9, Toledo 8, Florida State 4, Michigan 4, Illinois 2, New Mexico 1, Saint Louis 1
From KDF press office:
Dec. 30, 2013. Louisville, KY. – Tickets for the 41st annual Kentucky Derby Festival Basketball Classic presented by Papa John’s go on sale TODAY! See future Cats, Cards and Hoosiers at the game set for Friday, April 18, at Freedom Hall.
Tickets, which cost $13 and $18 (includes facility fee), are available at all TicketMaster locations, online at TicketMaster.com, or by phone at (800) 745-3000 or the Freedom Hall Box Office at (502) 367-5144. NEW this year, a limited number of court side VIP tickets are available for $50. Tickets for the game also allow free admission to the Horseshoe Foundation Derby Festival Night of the Future Stars, which will be held on Thursday, April 17, at Floyd Central High School.
The Basketball Classic is presented by Papa John’s, with Contributing Sponsors Horseshoe Foundation of Floyd County, Under Armour, 99.7 DJX and B96.5 FM. Supporting Partner: The Rock. Media Partner: SLAM Magazine.
First held in 1973, the Kentucky Derby Festival Basketball Classic has featured such players as Jamal Mashburn, Moses Malone, Rex Chapman, Pervis Ellison, Isiah Thomas, Dominique Wilkins, Darrell Griffith, Derek Anderson, Anfernee Hardaway and Michael Beasley, among many others.
Since 1956, the Derby Festival has worked to bring the community together in celebration. The Festival is an independent community organization supported by 4,000 volunteers, 400 businesses and civic groups, Pegasus Pin sponsorships and event participation. This involvement has made the Festival the largest single-attended event in Kentucky and one of the leading community celebrations in the world.
Official press release from UofL:
LOUISVILLE, Ky. - University of Louisville junior forward Chane Behanan has been dismissed from the Cardinals’ basketball team for a violation of university policy.
“I want to apologize for letting down my family, teammates, coaches, Tom Jurich, this university and the Louisville fans,” Behanan said.
“We are all really, really disappointed that Chane will no longer be a part of our basketball team,” said UofL Coach Rick Pitino. “We love the young man and want nothing but the best for him.”
Behanan has averaged 8.3 points, 6.2 rebounds and shot 67.3 percent from the field in 11 games this season. He had two double-doubles this season, including season highs of 13 points and 12 rebounds against Cornell on Nov. 15. Behanan was suspended from the team in mid-October for a month.
A preseason all-American Athletic Conference selection, Behanan averaged 9.8 points, 6.5 rebounds, shot 50.7 percent from the field and totaled 54 steals as a sophomore last season, while starting 37 games. He was named to the NCAA Final Four All-Tournament team, producing a double-double against Michigan in the national championship game with 15 points and 12 rebounds.
Louisville (11-2) plays its first game in the American Athletic Conference at UCF on Tuesday (5:05 p.m. ET, ESPN2).
We now know what three members of the Louisville football team plan to do for next season. Calvin Pryor will declare for the NFL draft, while Lorenzo Mauldin and Dominique Brown will return to school.
Pryor is a junior from Port Saint Joe, Florida and is known as the hardest hitting player on the team. He had 71 tackles this season along with 3 interceptions. He recorded 6 tackles against Miami in the Russell Athletic Bowl.
26 NBA scouts were in attendance for the Battle of the Bluegrass yesterday. Adam Zagoria spoke with one senior NBA scout about many of the players on the floor and this is what he had to say about 2 of the Cards top NBA prospects:
On Montrezl Harrell, who managed just 6 points and 4 rebounds as Louisville’s frontcourt players came up empty: “What did he do? What did he do? He’s a zero. He didn’t even get off the bus.”
On Chane Behanan, who went scoreless with 7 rebounds: “Did he come to the gym, did he show up?”
You can read the full ZagsBlog article HERE
One of the reasons that this game is so big for Louisville is the location. To have a bowl game in Florida is awesome when you recruit that state so much. You can have recruits come watch your team in person without having to bring them up for an official visit. So it is like a bonus visit for those guys. Louisville will have a few commits from the class of 2014 in attendance, as well as a former commit who flipped to Miami.
Every year when this game rolls around, I think back to certain moments that stick out from the rivalry. There are just some years that I could not tell you what happened or many details. But then there are some that I can rattle off stats, scores, and details that I have no clue why I remember, but I do. When I started to think of my 5 most memorable moments from the Battle of the Bluegrass, they were not all pro-Louisville moments. And I think that is ok. I was simply trying to think of the 5 that stood out the most, not necessarily the 5 best UofL moments that I could remember. So here are my top 5 most memorable moments of this rivalry:
The results are in, and the winner for biggest villain in UK basketball is…John Calipari!
We did most disliked player last season and DeMarcus Cousins won that one easily. I thought he may win this one too, but Coach Cal took it by a big margin. Here are the results. Thanks to all who voted!
John Calipari – 46.05%
DeMarcus Cousins – 23.68%
Adolph Rupp – 21.05%
Patrick Sparks – 7.89%
Joe B. Hall – 1.32%
Another great video that “upfromtheashes” has uploaded on youtube is the full game from 2006 when the Cards dominated Miami in Papa John’s Cardinal Stadium. Enjoy!
The youtube user “upfromtheashes” has some incredible full-game videos uploaded on his page of some of the best games in Louisville history. When you get time, be sure to watch this one from January 1, 1995.
All this week we will be breaking down the match-ups at each position for the Louisville vs Kentucky basketball game for this Saturday December 28. Today we continue with the power forward position.
From HurricaneSports.com on 12/13/13:
Villain can be defined as: a character whose evil actions or motives are important to the plot. In saying that, it is time to vote on who you think is the biggest villain in UK basketball.
The “winner” will get their own post dedicated to them.
The above tweet was sent from Susan Degnan a beat writer for the Miami Herald. Herb Waters has been one of Miami’s top WR this year racking up over 400 yards receiving and 5 touchdowns.
You may remember Waters name in recruiting as he had some second thoughts about his Miami commitment and took a long look at the Cards. Waters being out would be a blow to the Hurricanes offense so this will definitely be something to watch.
All this week we will be breaking down the match-ups at each position for the Louisville vs Kentucky basketball game for this Saturday December 28. Today we continue with the shooting guard position.