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Monthly Archives: February 2014

Russ Smith now #8 Career Scoring Leader in UofL History

Russ Smith

Russ Smith began Thursday night’s game against Temple as the 10th all-time leading scorer in UofL men’s basketball history. He entered the game with 1,707 total points. After scoring 24 points against the Owls, he passed up Herbert Crook (1,723) and Charlie Tyra (1,728). Smith now has 1,731 points. What is most impressive about this? Russ scored a total of 38 points his freshman year! 

Career Scoring Leaders

1. Darrell Griffith – 2,333

2. DeJuan Wheat – 2,183

3. Pervis Ellison – 2,143

4. Reece Gaines – 1,945

5. Milt Wagner – 1,836

6. Derek Smith – 1,826

7. LaBradford Smith -1,806

8. Russ Smith – 1,731

9. Charlie Tyra – 1,728

10. Herbert Crook – 1,723

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Teddy Bridgewater will be on ESPN’s Gruden’s QB Camp

John Gruden

I have always been a big fan of Gruden’s QB Camp on ESPN, and this year we will have our own Teddy Bridgewater on the show! The following is the press release from ESPNmediazone.com…

Jon Gruden’s QB Camp series is returning to ESPN for its fifth season this spring. Since 2010, the popular SportsCenter specials have produced groundbreaking content that gives fans a first-hand look inside the film room and introduces them to the next generation of NFL standouts.

Nine of the top quarterback prospects in the 2014 NFL Draft are scheduled to participate inGruden’s QB Camp, including 2012 Heisman Trophy winner Johnny Manziel of Texas A&M, two-time BCS National Champion A.J. McCarron of Alabama, and Louisville standout Teddy Bridgewater.

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Russ Smith named finalist for Oscar Robertson National Player of the Year Trophy

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Louisville senior Russ Smith is one of 15 finalists for the Oscar Robertson National Player of the Year Trophy. The winner will be announced on Friday, April 4 at AT&T Stadium in Arlington, Texas.

This season, Smith is averaging 17.5 points per game. He is also averaging a career high in both assists (4.5) and rebounds (3.4) per game.

2014 OSCAR ROBERTSON TROPHY FINALISTS
Pos. No. Player, School Ht. Wt. Yr. Hometown
G/F 5 Kyle Anderson, UCLA 6-9 230 So. Fairview, N.J.
F 41 Cameron Bairstow, New Mexico 6-9 250 Sr. Brisbane, Australia
F 11 Cleanthony Early, Wichita State 6-8 219 Sr. Middletown, N.Y.
F 3 Melvin Ejim, Iowa State 6-6 220 Sr. Toronto, Ont.
G 11 Tyler Ennis, Syracuse 6-2 180 Fr. Brampton, Ont.
F 5 C.J. Fair, Syracuse 6-8 215 Sr. Baltimore, Md.
G 13 Nick Johnson, Arizona 6-3 200 Jr. Gilbert, Ariz.
G 23 Sean Kilpatrick, Cincinnati 6-4 210 Sr. Yonkers, N.Y.
F 3 Doug McDermott, Creighton 6-8 225 Sr. Ames, Iowa
G 13 Shabazz Napier, Connecticut 6-1 180 Sr. Roxbury, Mass.
F 1 Jabari Parker, Duke 6-8 235 Fr. Chicago, Ill.
F 24 Casey Prather, Florida 6-6 212 Sr. Jackson, Tenn.
F 30 Julius Randle, Kentucky 6-9 250 Fr. Dallas, Texas
G 2 Russ Smith, Louisville 6-0 165 Sr. Brooklyn, N.Y.
G 22 Andrew Wiggins, Kansas 6-8 200 Fr. Vaughan, Ont.

 

Jeff Walz Named Team Assistant for USA Women’s Basketball U18 National Team

Jeff Walz

CourierJournal.com

Press release from UofL:

Louisville, Ky. - Louisville head coach Jeff Walz was named an assistant coach for the 2014 USA Basketball Women’s U18 National Team, USA Basketball announced today. Walz will assist head coach Dawn Staley, a three-time Olympic gold medalist and University of South Carolina head coach. Michigan’s Kim Barnes-Arico will also join them on the sideline as an assistant.

The trio will lead the USA at the 2014 FIBA Americas U18 Championship (dates and site TBA), which will feature eight national teams from North, South and Central America and the Caribbean. The top four finishing teams will qualify for the 2015 FIBA U19 World Championship for Women.

“I am honored to have been selected to represent USA basketball as an assistant coach for the U18 Women’s National Team,” Walz said. “Since beginning in this profession, the realization of this endeavor has been a life-long ambition. I am thrilled to be amongst some of the greatest collegiate coaches and hope to contribute both on and off the court. I appreciate USA Basketball for recognizing my passion and will work diligently to help mentor and coach some of the most talented young women in the game.”

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Current AAC Tournament Bracketology

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We are a couple weeks away from the first American Athletic Conference Tournament. The Tournament will be played from Wednesday March 12th through Saturday March 15th on ESPN, ESPN2, and ESPNU. Over the next couple weeks we will let you know just what that bracket will look like. If the season ended today the bracket would be as follows:

#4 Memphis vs #5 UConn

#1 Cincinnati vs (Winner of) #8 USF vs #9 UCF

 

#2 Louisville vs (Winner of) #7 Rutgers vs #10 Temple

#3 SMU vs #6 Houston 

Don’t know there could be a better draw for the Cards but with 2 weeks left expect these to change.

Baseball: Wednesday’s game vs Morehead State postponed

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Press release from UofL:

LOUISVILLE, Ky. - The ninth-ranked Louisville baseball team’s home game against Morehead State scheduled for Wednesday afternoon at Jim Patterson Stadium has been postponed due to inclement weather.

The teams are working to finalize a date to reschedule the game and those details will be announced when they are determined.

The Cardinals will continue the week by hosting Toledo on Friday at 3 p.m., No. 17 Indiana on Saturday at 2:30 p.m., and Toledo again on Sunday at 1 p.m., Saturday’s Louisville-Indiana game will be preceded by an Indiana-Toledo matchup at 11 a.m., and admission is free throughout the week at Jim Patterson Stadium.

Fans can follow Louisville baseball on Twitter (@UofLBaseball) at http://twitter.com/uoflbaseball and on Facebook athttp://www.facebook.com/ulbaseball.

DeMarcus Cousins Ejected…Again

nba.si.com

nba.si.com

Yes, this is a University of Louisville blog. However, since DeMarcus Cousins was voted as our most disliked UK player of all time, his antics can be newsworthy for us, right? Well he was at it again on Tuesday night against the Rockets as he got his 14th and 15th technicals of the season, which lead the league. So congrats on that stat. His next technical will result in a one game suspension. He led the league last year with 17, so at least he is consistent.

 

Louisville-UConn Women’s Basketball Game Nearly Sold Out!

Shoni

Press release from UofL:

Louisville, Ky. - A limited number of tickets are remaining for the final University of Louisville women’s basketball home game against top-ranked UConn. The only tickets that remain are upper level seats for $5.

The UConn game is Senior Night for seniors Tia GibbsShoni SchimmelAntonita Slaughter and Asia Taylor. Head Coach Jeff Walz and the Cardinals will hold a pregame ceremony for all four seniors in their final regular season home game at the KFC Yum! Center.

The game is also Native American Appreciation Night, to honor some of Louisville’s most dedicated fans. The first 500 fans will receive a free turquoise shirt. The t-shirt symbolizes the support and friendship of the Native American community for the University of Louisville women’s basketball team and Shoni andJude Schimmel. So far over 1,000 tickets have been sold to Native Americans from 38 different states for the game.

Tickets are on sale at the UofL Ticket Office, located near Gate 2 of Papa John’s Cardinal Stadium at 2800 South Floyd Street. The ticket office is open weekdays from 9 a.m. until 5 p.m. Cardinal fans may also purchase tickets at ticket counters at statewide Kroger locations.

Sharieff Rhaheed-Muhammad arrested on a felony sex-related charge

Sharieff Rhaheed

Recent Louisville football signee Sharieff Rhaheed-Muhammad finds himself in trouble in relation to an investigation going back to last year. The following article comes from TCPalm.com. The first few paragraphs will be posted and then you can click the link at the bottom for the rest of the article. Apparently Bobby Petrino is aware of the situation, but has no comment right now.

FORT PIERCE — Sharieff Rhaheed-Muhammad, a star linebacker at Fort Pierce Central High School who recently committed to the University of Louisville, was arrested Monday on a felony sex-related charge stemming from an investigation that began last year, according to records released Tuesday.

Rhaheed-Muhammad, 17, was arrested on a felony charge of lewd lascivious behavior – victim age 12 to 16 after officials determined with a greater than 99.99 percent probability that he fathered a child with a 14-year-old girl, who had an abortion, according to Fort Pierce police records.

Fort Pierce police began investigating the case in October.

Rhaheed-Muhammad, of Fort Pierce, on Feb. 5 picked the University of Louisville over Arkansas, Michigan State and Missouri at the school’s national signing day ceremony. He is a two-time first-team all-area selection. He missed the first six games of 2013 because of offseason wrist surgery, but finished the season with 33 tackles, 8 tackles for loss, 2 sacks and 1 interception in six games.

The teen girl’s mother told police she bought a pregnancy test and confronted her daughter in October after seeing her daughter acting strangely. The mother said her daughter began crying, saying she had had sex with Rhaheed-Muhammad.

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Earl Clark Agrees to Deal With New York Knicks

Earl Clark

It looks like former Louisville Cardinal forward Earl Clark has found himself a new team after being waived by the Philadelphia 76ers just a few days ago. The following is from ESPN.com…

The New York Knicks have agreed to a deal with Earl Clark, a source confirmed to ESPNNewYork.com on Tuesday.

The five-year veteran averaged 5.2 points in 45 games with the Cleveland Cavaliers. The 6-foot-10 forward was sent to the Philadelphia 76ers in the Spencer Hawes trade and subsequently waived.

VillenHD Returns Out of Nowhere With a Louisville-Cincy Highlight Video

I don’t know who he (or she) is. I don’t know where they live or work. I just know they make awesome highlight videos. The great VillenHD has returned out of nowhere to make a highlight video from the Louisville-Cincinnati game on Saturday. The last video was 10 months ago, so this one was a pleasant surprise. Enjoy!

Louisville Offers 5* Point Guard (2015)

scout.com

scout.com

On Monday afternoon, Louisville assistant Wyking Jones went to watch Justin Simon, the #1 point guard in the 2015 class (according to Scout). Jones went to watch him practice, and now it is being reported that Simon has an offer from Louisville.

https://twitter.com/WGNRecruits/status/438161678337703937

Simon is from Temecula, California and is listed at 6’4 or 6’5 and anywhere between 180-190 lbs (different sites have different measurements). Here is his player evaluation from scout.com:

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Men’s Basketball: AAC Standings 2/24/14

Russ Smith

CourierJournal.com

 

Here are the latest standings for the American Athletic Conference as well as the remaining games for the top 4 teams.

American Standings

TEAM CONF OVERALL
Cincinnati 13-2 24-4
Louisville 12-2 23-4
Southern Methodist 11-4 22-6
Memphis 10-4 21-6
Connecticut 9-5 21-6
Houston 5-9 13-14
Rutgers 4-10 10-17
South Florida 3-11 12-15
UCF 2-12 10-15
Temple 2-12 7-19

Cincinnati: @ UConn, vs Memphis, @ Rutgers

Louisville: vs Temple, @ Memphis, @ SMU, vs UConn

SMU: vs UCF, vs Louisville, @ Memphis

Memphis: @ Houston, vs Louisville, @ Cincinnati, vs SMU

3* Cornerback (2015) Has Louisville in his Top 5

Jalen Thompson

3-star cornerback Jalen Thompson (Mobile, Alabama) tweeted out his top 5 around 10:00 pm on Monday night. Thompson is listed at 5’11 and 170 lbs. His hudl page says that he runs a 4.53 40-yard dash.

Photo courtesy of photos.al.com

Baseball: Zach Lucas Named AAC Player of the Week

Zach Lucas

 

Photo courtesy of GoCards.com

Just another “Player of the Week” honor for the Louisville Cardinals! We also have a player on the weekly honor roll.

Press release from TheAmerican.org

Feb. 24, 2014 Baseball

PROVIDENCE, R.I. – In a strong week across The American, players from Houston and Louisville again earned recognition for Weekly Awards. Cougars’ pitcher Tyler Ford was recognized as Pitcher of the Week, while Louisville infielder Zach Lucas was named Player of the Week. Ford is the second straight Houston hurler to win Pitcher of the Week, while Lucas follows teammate Jeff Gardner as Louisville recipients of Player of the Week.

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Montrezl Harrell Named AAC Player of the Week

Montrezl Harrell

 

Photo courtesy of bigstory.ap.org

 

Here is the press release from TheAmerican.org

Feb. 24, 2014 Men’s Basketball

PROVIDENCE, R.I. – The American Athletic Conference has announced the winners of the league’s weekly men’s basketball honors for the week-ending Feb.23.
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ESPN’s Bracketology 2/24/14

ESPN’s Joe Lunardi has released his latest Bracketology, and the Cards are a 5 seed. Clearly, he still sees Louisville dropping a couple of games before the tournament starts. Right?

Bracketology

55 (Episode 15)

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This week…..on 55…..

In honor of the huge win yesterday vs #7 Cincy I thought I would go Throwback on you guys and honor one of my favorite 55′s (I can’t think of one other) Joseph N’Sima. This week on 55 is a little different as we have a guest writer. @LarleesWorld won the very first #First15 contest. I really hope you guys like the concept and if you don’t its all @LarleesWorld’s fault. That makes me feel better. This week we talk about big wins across the board for UofL Athletics. Well here we go. Once again, I share with you the 55 most ridiculous things I have heard, had to debate, or just thought about this past week. This …..is….55.

The first 15 lines are brought to you buy @LarleesWorld….give him a follow on Twitter

1) What an honor to be the first honorary participant in the writing of the “first 15.” Thanks Jeremy!

*Editors note…I did NOT pay him to say that

P.S.- Where do I send the totally unrelated electronic funds transfer

2) Giving credit where credit is do, Jeff Walz and the Cards. Are they not a special team? A certain guard hits 2,000 points, and the recruiting success continues.

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3) One of my favorite plays in a long time happened this week. Terry Rozier’s fake behind the back, wow. Brought back memories of LaBradford Smith…we have come so far!!

4) Some key football decommits, followed by a flurry of offers by Petrino and staff.

5) USA! USA! USA! The women’s and men’s hockey games are still bothering me.

6) Cardinal Baseball has started, with some great wins. If you haven’t been to a game, go soon. Nothing more fun, and affordable, than Cardinal Baseball.

7) We played Cincy on Saturday, I can’t put into words how badly I wanted to beat them..and we did!

8) If you shaved this week, stop reading now. #NoShaveTilDallas

9) I emailed Jeremy so I had proof I called the win against Cincy…Haters.

10) Montrezl Harrell decided Cincy wasn’t going to push him around again. He played like a man against the Bearcats…what a win.

11) Terry Rozier…enough said.

12) Russ Smith…you have to love the kid. This team in general showed some heart in Saturday’s game…bring on March. #RiseAndRepeat

13) #NoRazorNeeded

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14) #MemphisNext

15) Been a pleasure writing the first 15, maybe I can do it again someday.
Follow me at @LarleesWorld, shameless self plug… GO CARDS!!!!!!
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Women’s AP Top 25 (Feb 24)

Louisville head coach Jeff Walz cheers on his team during the first half of their NCAA Women's New Orleans Regional basketball game

Here is the new AP Poll:

AP Top 25
RK TEAM RECORD PTS
1 Connecticut (36) 28-0 900
2 Notre Dame 27-0 864
3 Louisville 27-2 804
4 South Carolina 25-2 775
5 Stanford 26-2 764
6 Baylor 24-3 737
7 Duke 24-4 680
8 Penn State 21-5 615
9 Maryland 22-5 605
10 Tennessee 22-5 585
11 West Virginia 24-3 555
12 Kentucky 20-7 444
13 North Carolina State 23-5 423
14 North Carolina 21-7 412
15 Oklahoma State 21-5 408
16 Nebraska 20-5 367
17 Texas A&M 21-7 354
18 California 20-7 306
19 Purdue 20-7 233
20 Arizona State 22-6 230
21 Michigan State 18-8 165
22 Gonzaga 24-4 124
23 Middle Tennessee 23-4 96
24 Rutgers 20-6 59
25 Iowa 21-7 46
  • Others receiving votes: LSU 35, Dayton 23, Chattanooga 16, Bowling Green 14, DePaul 13, James Madison 12, St. John’s 10, Oregon State 8, Brigham Young 6, Vanderbilt 5, Syracuse 4, UTEP 2, Georgia Tech 1
  • Dropped from rankings: LSU 19, St. John’s 22

Coaches Top 25 Poll (Feb 24)

usatoday

 

RANK TEAM RECORD POINTS FIRST PLACE VOTES PREVIOUS RANK
1 Florida 25-2 791 24 2
Gators
2 Wichita State 29-0 771 8 3
Shockers
3 Arizona 25-2 727 0 4
Wildcats
4 Louisville 23-4 660 0 5
Cardinals
5 Syracuse 25-2 625 0 1
Orange
6 Kansas 21-6 619 0 8
Jayhawks
7 Duke 22-6 594 0 6
Blue   Devils
8 Saint Louis 25-2 563 0 10
Billikens
9 Villanova 24-3 538 0 11
Wildcats
10 Creighton 23-4 514 0 12
Bluejays
11 Virginia 23-5 480 0 13
Cavaliers
12 Cincinnati 24-4 460 0 9
Bearcats
13 San Diego State 23-3 452 0 7
Aztecs
14 Wisconsin 22-5 358 0 18
Badgers
15 Kentucky 21-6 343 0 16
Wildcats
16 Michigan 19-7 315 0 20
Wolverines
17 Iowa St. 21-5 291 0 19
Cyclones
18 Michigan State 22-6 275 0 14
Spartans
19 Iowa 19-7 229 0 15
Hawkeyes
20 Ohio State 22-6 166 0 23
Buckeyes
21 North Carolina 20-7 153 0 NR
Tar Heels
22 Memphis 21-6 124 0 24
Tigers
23 Texas 20-7 102 0 17
Longhorns
24 Southern Methodist Univ. 22-6 57 0 NR
Mustangs
25 Oklahoma 20-7 52 0 NR
Sooners
Schools   Dropped Out
No. 21   Connecticut, No. 22 Gonzaga, No. 25 UCLA.
Others Receiving Votes
Connecticut   47; New Mexico 45; UCLA 15; Massachusetts 9; Kansas State   9; Stephen F. Austin 5; Pittsburgh 4; Gonzaga 3; Baylor 1;   Nebraska 1; Middle Tennessee 1;Wisconsin-Green Bay 1.

 

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