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The schedule has been released for the Elite Eight games, and the Louisville Cardinals will face Michigan State at 2:20 pm ET on Sunday in Syracuse, New York for a chance to go to the Final Four. The game will be shown on CBS and that is right, good ol’ Verne Lundquist will be calling the game again. I don’t care how crazy he may seem, I am just fine with Verne calling our games.
Here is the full schedule for Saturday and Sunday…
The Louisville Cardinals are going to the Elite Eight. You knew that, but I just wanted to type out that sentence. Feel free to read it again if you wish. One thing about this run for the Louisville Cardinals — and I mean this run over the last few years — the team never quits. We have been very spoiled in the last few seasons with teams full of guys that are easy to root for. This season started a little differently, and there were a lot of times where I was ready for it to be over. Then the drama came, and the drama left, and I was excited about the team again. And here we are, going to the Elite Eight for the third time in four seasons. Absolutely amazing!
If I had thought about doing this post sooner, I could have done more research and had more stats to give and really looked into how these guys played against Louisville. But since we play in less than 6 hours, I need to go ahead and post this…
Merriam-Webster.com defines “villain” in the following way:
: a character in a story, movie, etc., who does bad things
: a person who does bad things
Over the years of watching UofL basketball, you always seem to have those players on opposing teams that you just don’t like. Maybe they are good kids, but they just had great games against the Cards and that bothers you. Maybe they acted like punks and pushed people around. It could be someone that only faced the Cards once, or faced them many times as a member in the same conference. You can have your own reasons.
Two days of practice, two videos. Good job video crew. Keep it up!
Keaton Torre is a quarterback in the class of 2016 and has been committed to the University of Louisville since October 4, 2014. He announced on twitter today that he has decided to open his recruitment back up.
Transcribed by Steve Jones of the Courier-Journal.
Well, it was fun to get started. I thought we got a lot done today. First and foremost, the players came out with good attitudes, and we worked hard. I think they worked to get better. I thought we did a good job as practice went on of improving. Obviously when you are just in helmets, it’s hard to know when you go offense versus defense exactly how everything works, and the defense is always ahead of the offense when the shoulder pads aren’t on. But it was fun to see us make some plays down the field, and the defense plays fast. That’s a really good defensive front, and they play fast. Overall, I was happy with the way the kids worked.
A good 25 minutes of a Rick Pitino press conference. He talks NC State, “morons” that call into sports talk radio shows, and has a lot of laughter. Good stuff.
Well, we’re obviously excited to be in the Sweet 16. We took a day off yesterday because a West Coast trip knocks a lot out of you. So today I’m sure we’ll have a little bit of a sluggish practice trying to get our feet back, but I think the adrenalin is going to be very high and we’re looking forward to playing another ACC basketball game, and we know how good NC State is because they beat us by 8-10 points at home. Not too many teams do that and they did it. We also realize they’ve won 8 out of 10, their frontcourt’s playing extremely well and their backcourt’s playing outstanding and they’ve beaten some pretty damn good teams on their court. We know it will be a hard-fought game, it’s not only an outstanding team we’re playing, but there’s a lot at stake.
Hopefully a new video comes out everyday. If not, it will be a disappointment. We need all of the football video we can get! This is from Tuesday’s first spring practice.
It is already that time of year again. Spring football begins today, and Bobby Petrino met with the media on Monday to talk about the state of the team. The Cards are in the Sweet 16 (men and women) and spring football is starting. This is a very fun time!
I’m excited to get started tomorrow. I’ve certainly been looking forward to this. It’s a new team. We have a lot of new working parts, so it will be a lot of fun to see how it all goes together, who wins competition for positions. The thing we always understand is that spring football is, number one, about our players getting better at their craft and working hard on their technique and fundamentals, working hard to become experts about what they do.
While I don’t agree with his final prediction, here is a little preview.
Pretty cool video here talking about Montrezl Harrell. You get to hear from Darrell Griffith, Denny Crum, and Paul Rogers. The highlight for me has to be Denny’s reaction to when they allowed dunking again in college basketball: Yayyy!
Transcript from ASAP Sports. Edited by me.
COACH PITINO: Well, I couldn’t be more pumped up, more excited because we beat such a great team. Sometimes I hate these press conferences because you listen to the other guys up here first and you just bleed for a group like Northern Iowa, who the reason we played so well tonight is the amount of respect we had for them. We knew they were a great team, statistically, five seniors, we know they’re beautifully coached, so sometimes it breaks your heart even in victory. We are so pumped and so excited because we know the feeling on the other end, but for us, this is the first time in history, according to go Kenny Klein, that this is four Sweet 16s in a row. And Louisville’s had a very rich tradition. So we’re very proud of that.
These two guys kind of amazed me, because I prod them the whole game because I can’t take them out. Montrezl was just working so hard and he was so dead, and I kept saying: You got to give us more, son. You got to give us more. You can’t tire. And I don’t know how they do it, I really don’t know how both of them do it, but they have done it the whole year. They have carried a team on their back that it has many problems and tonight we played our best game of the season. Defensively we did a lot of good things, switching from zone to man, back to zone, back to man. And then offensively, that’s the best we have executed with swinging the ball, east to west, and then attacking north to south. So I’m real proud of these guys. Two guys that are going to go on to — I won’t say greener — I could say greener pastures, because they probably will be, but they’re tremendous basketball players. It’s been an honor to coach both of them.
THE MODERATOR: Questions?
Here is a quick clip from the ACC Digital Network with some of the press conference with Rick Pitino, Terry Rozier, and Montrezl Harrell. I will try to get the full transcripts posted soon.
The Louisville Cardinals have opened as a 3 point favorite for Friday’s game against North Carolina State. Also, the over/under for total points scored is 131 1/2, which means the score is projected to be somewhere around 67-64 in favor of the Cards. A little too close for me. I would be fine with a 10 point margin and some comfort. But I know, I know…just survive and advance.
Go ahead and make your plans for watching the Cards this weekend. Before last night’s game against Northern Iowa, the schedule was already released and we knew when Louisville would play if they advanced.
With the win, Louisville will now face NC State and the game will be Friday at 7:37 pm ET in Syracuse, New York. The game will be shown on TBS and Vern Lundquist will be on the call. So we can only imagine how he will pronounce “Mangok Mathiang” and “Chinanu Onuaku.” The full schedule for Thursday and Friday is below.
The Louisville Cardinals will be making their fourth straight trip to the Sweet 16 after beating Northern Iowa 66-53 on Sunday night in Seattle. Their opponent in Syracuse, New York will be NC State, who beat the Cards 74-65 at the KFC Yum! Center back on February 14 of this year.
Terry Rozier had himself a game, scoring 25 points on 8-13 shooting while going 8-9 from the free throw line. He also dished out 7 assists and grabbed 5 rebounds and carried the Cards in this victory. This was the “first round draft pick” version of Rozier that we have not seen in quite some time. If he wants to continue to play like this, I will approve.
Just wanted to take a quick minute here and talk about how that first half went for the Cards and point out some of my thoughts…
*Terry Rozier has decided to take over this game and I don’t think he will let the Cards lose this one. He is in his “Dwayne Wade” mode, and that is just fine with me.
Moderator: We’ll go ahead and get started with an opening statement from Coach and then take questions for the student-athletes.
Pitino: Well, we’re very excited to move on. The first round is very difficult. We knew it would be a fight. These two young men down the stretch made big plays for us, and we have been calling it Madness for years, but out of my 20 NCAAs, I think this is the craziest I’ve ever seen it opening up early. There’s a lot of reasons for it. Give you just some examples, I thought Jim Calhoun on television today made an excellent analogy. He said, you know, if you limit Tom Brady, the quarterback of the Patriots, to a few throws per game and keep his numbers way down, then the possessions don’t go…don’t favor the Patriots.