Monthly Archives: February 2014
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
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.
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|
|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.|
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.”
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.
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.
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.
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 Gibbs, Shoni Schimmel, Antonita 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.
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.
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.
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!
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.
2015 PG Justin Simon of Temecula Valley (CA) has added an offer from Louisville, his coach said.—
Alex Kline (@TheRecruitScoop) February 25, 2014
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:
Here are the latest standings for the American Athletic Conference as well as the remaining games for the top 4 teams.
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-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.
Top 5: 1. Florida 2. Georgia 3. Louisville, 4. South Carolina 5 Auburn 🏈🏈—
UNO 1⃣ (@NoFlyZone_7) February 25, 2014
Photo courtesy of photos.al.com
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.
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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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.
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
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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Here is the new AP Poll:
|AP Top 25|
|13||North Carolina State||23-5||423|
- 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
|RANK||TEAM||RECORD||POINTS||FIRST PLACE VOTES||PREVIOUS RANK|
|13||San Diego State||23-3||452||0||7|
|24||Southern Methodist Univ.||22-6||57||0||NR|
|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.|