Monthly Archives: March 2014
Coach Rick Pitino met with the media on Monday afternoon for about 30 minutes to have his final press conference of the season. He wrapped up the season and also talked about next season a little bit.
He talks about Montrezl Harrell and the decision he has to make. He pretty much called out Wayne Blackshear by saying that he is the only player that he has had in the last four years that hasn’t made substantial improvement.
Mike Rutherford (Card Chronicle) did a great job of highlighting the main things that Pitino said. The video of the full press conference is below.
This week…..on 55…..We come to an end of an era. No more Luuuuuuuuuuuuke, Russ, Wichita or Van Beast. No more of this 4 year version of Boom. We will miss you and cherish this class like no other. We did get another NCAA title this week and the girls of boom are still rolling so there’s that. So here we go, here are the 55 most ridiculous things I have heard, had to debate, or just thought about this past week. This …..is….55.
1) On Friday night, which seems like a week ago, UL Men’s basketball team lost to a team none of us like….
2) This happened though….
4) Yeah I know scoreboard…
6) All jokes aside….Thank you to the following guys
7) Russ Smith
9) Tim Henderson
11) Seriously, from the bottom of our hearts…Thank you!
12) I also expect this guy to leave:
13) If he leaves I wanna thank you too Montrezl “MegaTrezl” Harrell for bringing massive monster dunks back to the school synonymous for dunking
Friday wasn’t a great day for CardNation but today was a great day. Besides Shoni Schimmel being named a USBWA All-American, Russ Smith was named a consensus Ap All-American and also a Wooden watch list All-American. Russ Smith was our first 1st team All-American since Clifford Rozier in 1994. Congrats to a Hall of Fame career by Russdiculous & Shoni Schimmel. #RUSSpect #Shoni’sWorld
Cards break into the poll!
|Rank||Institution||Votes (1st PL)||Record|
|1||University of North Carolina||400 (400)||11-0|
|2||University of Maryland||379||13-0|
|4||University of Florida||334||12-2|
|9||University of Notre Dame||236||8-4|
|10||Pennsylvania State University||202||7-4|
|11||University of Massachusetts||186||9-1|
|12||University of Pennsylvania||184||5-2|
|13||Johns Hopkins University||154||10-1|
|14||Loyola University of Maryland||149||8-4|
|15||Stony Brook University||108||8-2|
|16||University of Virginia||87||5-6|
|17||Ohio State University||82||8-4|
|18||University of Albany (NY)||71||9-0|
|20||University of Louisville||35||7-3|
Also Receiving Votes: Towson University, Princeton University, James Madison University, Vanderbilt University
Nobody was shocked by the fact that last Friday was an epic encounter between 2 teams playing great basketball. What did shock us however was what followed.
UofL has always been perceived as “Little Brother”, a role that we and our AD Tom Jurich are perfectly fine with. Little Bro has been doing pretty good for himself lately: Men’s and women’s Final Four, National Championships, BCS Bowls, College World Series, and National Champions in many other sports. Louisville has been on an incredible run as a University and doesn’t look to stop anytime soon and that apparently has gotten under the skin of BBN.
UofL press release:
University of Louisville sprinter Joao De Lucca won the national championship in the 100 freestyle to go along his 200 free win from earlier at the NCAA Division I Men’s Championships Saturday night at the Lee and Joe Jamail Texas Swimming Center on the campus of the University of Texas.
De Lucca pulled off the double win by posting a 41.70 in the 100 feww, the first male swimmer to pull off the rare 100, 200 free double since 1995 when fellow Brazilian Gustavo Borges. The swim put De Lucca in 11th all time in the event. It is his third national championship in his career, adding in the 2013 200 freestyle title.
“I didn’t expect to win the 100 free at all,” said De Lucca. “To be honest I really thought (Auburn’s) Marcelo [Chierighini] was going to get this one. He’s done a really really good job this season. I knew he was going to come for me so I changed my strategy. I went out faster.”
Tickets in the upper arena for both games in Sunday’s NCAA Regional semifinal games held at the KFC Yum! Center will be on sale for $10. Top seed Tennessee will face No. 4 seed Maryland at noon, while No. 3 seeded Louisville will face No. 7 seed LSU at approximately 2:30 p.m.
Limited lower-arena seats and terrace seats are still available for $25 to both games, while single game tickets are available for $15.
Tickets can be purchased at the arena box office and through ticketmaster.
All week I debated on writing a post about how I expected Kevin Ware to leave UofL after this season. I decided not to because it was such a big week with the UofL-UK game. I didn’t want to put out something negative and take the focus off of the game. Now I don’t have to say what I think will happen, because ESPN’s Jeff Goodman is reporting that Ware will in fact transfer.
Some people may think Ware will follow his friend Chane Behanan and go to Colorado State. I think the obvious school he goes to is Auburn. Bruce Pearl is the new coach for the Tigers and Ware was committed to Tennessee when Pearl was there. So that would be my guess.
It is obvious that our team will look much different next year. Losing such key components like Russ, Luke, Montrezl, and SVT will do that to a team. Pitino expects Montrezl to enter the NBA Draft, and I don’t think that will come as a surprise to any of us. Here is a look at what next year’s roster will probably look like. (After typing out the roster and actually looking at it, that whole “looking much different” part is a huge understatement, wow.)
Well at least enjoy half of them….
I have been up since early this morning and in the grand scheme of things, I haven’t gotten one thing done today. I have only listened to local sports talk radio and been on social media keeping up with everything UofL-UK for tonight. But isn’t that what I am supposed to be doing today? I suppose it’s finally time to come up with my prediction post, so here we go…
First of all, the December 28th game at Rupp means nothing to me. For one, it was at Rupp. Russ Smith and Luke Hancock shot a combined 10-31 that game. Speaking of Luke, he wasn’t even starting at the time, Wayne Blackshear was. Mangok Mathiang started and played 22 minutes. Chane Behanan played 20 minutes and played that game knowing he was about to be kicked off of the team. Does any of that sound like the Louisville Cardinals that you have seen recently? We are a completely different team, and yes UK is a little different as well, so that is why the last game doesn’t mean much to me. Actually if I do take anything away from it, I am glad that UK doesn’t have a revenge factor for this game. So they can have that game at Rupp, I’ll take this one tonight.
Kentucky is back in the NCAA Tournament for the first time since winning the Championship in 2012
They have won 4 National Championships since 1978
They had the #1 recruiting class this year according to ESPN
John Calipari is coaching in his 9th* Sweet 16
Frank Vogel* (who is cheering for UL this weekend)
Road Through The Tourney:
#9 KSU 56-49 W
#1 Wichita State 78-76 W
#5 Andrew Harrison, 6’6, 215 Lbs, Freshman, Guard
Andrew Harrison was widely regarded as a top 5 player in the class of 2013 with Andrew Wiggins, Jabari Parker, Julius Randle, and twin brother Aaron Harrison. In his Freshman year at uk he has put up 11 points per game, 3.8 assists and 0.5 steals per game. Had a season high 26 points vs Tennessee on January 18th. Had a season high 9 assists vs Georgia in the S.E.C. Tournament. Chose Kentucky over Maryland, SMU, Baylor, Kansas and Arizona
Willie Cauley-Stein clearly does not understand the rivalry between UofL and UK. He said it is the same thing as Kansas and Kansas State. To be fair, Cauley-Stein is from Kansas, but to say it’s the same is a bit ridiculous isn’t it? This is what he said to reporters yesterday.
“I think of it as the K-State-KU rivalry. It’s the same thing. The fans are the same, it’s just different teams. It doesn’t really mean much to you if you aren’t from Kentucky. If you aren’t from Kentucky, you don’t understand it. It’s that simple. I have been here two years and I still don’t understand the rivalry. It’s just fun. If you ask a UK fan about the rivalry and then ask a Louisville fan about the rivalry, they say the same kind of trash talk about each other, but just different. It’s the same thing, just on a different side of it. It’s funny because it’s so similar. They are more alike than what they really think. They say the same things.”
Willie also thinks that the lightbulb haircut was a good idea, so there’s that.
On Wednesday I did as I normally do and reached out to CardNation. I love to reach out and let you guys be a part of the site. It is a site built for fans by fans. I know what I think will happen on Friday but I wanted to get some different opinions. This time I did things a little different. I asked for a member of the bbn to help out also. I asked one member from each storied fan base to send me a story on why their team would win. I was quite pleased with the results. @Jgro11 stepped up for the Cards and @mathboywonder stepped up for uk. I hope you enjoy their outlooks on Friday’s epic Battle Of The Bluegrass.
So this happened on Thursday afternoon at Lucas Oil Stadium, and then the fans captioned it…
Former Kentucky Wildcat Terrence Jones was asked about the Louisville-Kentucky game on Friday night. When asked about Louisville, he said “What school is that? I haven’t heard of that school. I know we’re going to win because I don’t even know that school. I think we play Wichita State’s B team or something. We’re going to make sure we get that done.”
Sounds like a smart guy. Understanding scouting reports were probably a big pain.
Reminder: this happened
This spring, Louisville Football fans have gotten a treat. Every spring practice has been open to the public. So far, the team has had 6 practices. If you haven’t made it out to one yet, don’t worry. There are still 8 more practices before the Spring Game on Friday April 11.
There is not a set location for these practices. They all depend on weather and availability of facilities. But they are either held inside Papa John’s Cardinal Stadium, the practice fields right outside the stadium, or inside the Trager Indoor Practice Facility. There is usually an announcement made as practice time gets closer on twitter by @UofLFootball and then of course we try to get the word out from @CardSportsZone, so make sure you are following us.
Here is the remaining schedule for the spring. The two Saturday practices that say “TBA” are probably going to be in the morning. The last one started around 10:00 a.m.
Jeff Borzello of cbssports.com took the 16 teams that are left in the NCAA Tournament and ranked the starters from 80 to 1. Borzello says that “It’s not based on potential, NBA prospects, or purely college numbers. It basically comes down to, if I need a player for the next two games or four games, which guy am I taking?” Let’s take a look at how he ranks the starters for both Louisville and Kentucky.
75. Stephen Van Treese, Louisville: Without Chane Behanan, Van Treese has had to play a bigger role down low. He’s averaging 9.3 rebounds in his last six games.
48. Chris Jones, Louisville: Jones came to Louisville with plenty of hype, but he’s been inconsistent at times this season. He needs to pressure the Kentucky guards.
34. Luke Hancock, Louisville: Hancock is Mr. March for the Cardinals. He was the Most Outstanding Player at last year’s Final Four and is averaging 18.5 ppg in the 2014 tourney.
14. Montrezl Harrell, Louisville: Harrell’s emergence down the stretch took the Cardinals to a different level. He has racked up six double-doubles in his last 10 games.
2. Russ Smith, Louisville: Smith has been a little too out of control in the tournament, with 13 turnovers — but Louisville needs him to a menace at both ends of the floor.