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Two UofL Football Games Make ESPN’s List of ACC Games to Watch in 2015

Photo: Tim Haag/CardinalSportsZone.com

Photo: Tim Haag/CardinalSportsZone.com

ESPN.com’s Jared Shanker posted his top 10 ACC games that they (I assume the ACC bloggers with ESPN) are most looking forward to in 2015. Of the 10 games, the Louisville Cardinals are playing in two of those: the season opener against the Auburn Tigers and the home matchup against the Clemson Tigers. Needless to say, the early season could be exciting for the Cards. Here is what he had to say about those two games.

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Basketball Recruit to Watch: V.J. King

Photo: Syracuse.com

Photo: Syracuse.com

V.J. King is a 6’7 small forward in the class of 2016. He visited the Cards last weekend and by all accounts, it sounds like the visit went well and that UofL is in a great spot with him. He recently narrowed his choices down to five: Louisville, Kentucky, UConn, Arizona, and Virginia.

One reason that Louisville is in such a good spot with King is Kenny Johnson. Johnson once coached King’s current high school, Paul VI, and King plays for Johnson’s former AAU team, Team Takeover.

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Teddy Bridgewater – Greatness Awaiting

Photo: Derick E. Hingle-USA TODAY Sports

Photo: Derick E. Hingle-USA TODAY Sports

Remember Teddy’s first possession at UofL? If you don’t, it went like this against Murray State.

1st and 10 at LOU 46 LOUISVILLE penalty 5 yard False Start accepted.
1st and 15 at LOU 41 LOUISVILLE penalty 5 yard False Start on Hector Hernandez accepted.
1st and 20 at LOU 36 LOUISVILLE penalty 5 yard Delay of Game on Teddy Bridgewater accepted.
1st and 25 at LOU 31 Jeremy Wright rush for 3 yards to the Lvile 34.
2nd and 22 at LOU 34 Jeremy Wright rush for 5 yards to the Lvile 39.
3rd and 17 at LOU 39 Teddy Bridgewater pass intercepted by Darrell Davis at the MurrS 24, returned for no gain to the MurrS 24.

Then there is this incredible video. My how things have changed!

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Louisville Baseball Has ACC Coach and Freshman of the Year

Photo: GoCards.com

Photo: GoCards.com

So the Louisville Cardinals have certainly welcomed themselves into the ACC neighborhood in nearly every sport this season. Baseball has been no exception at all. After setting the record for most conference wins in an ACC season with 25, the Cards were rewarded on Monday afternoon when the regular season awards were announced.

Check out the awards. Just a little bit of Louisville flavor.

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2015 ACC Baseball Championship Bracket Announced

Photo: tpnn.com

Photo: tpnn.com

The ACC has released the bracket for the upcoming conference tournament that will begin on Tuesday in Durham, North Carolina. The Louisville Cardinals are the #1 seed and will play on Wednesday at 7 p.m. against the winner of North Carolina and Virginia Tech.

The format of the tournament can be better explained from theacc.com release:

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Highlights: Louisville at NC State Baseball on Saturday

Tied at 5 in the 9th inning, the Cards scored three runs, including one on a squeeze play, to beat NC State 8-5. With the win, the Cards won every ACC series this season and set a record for the most conference wins in ACC history with 25.

Terry Rozier: Biggest Winner at NBA Draft Combine?

Photo: Tim Haag/CardinalSportsZone.com

Photo: Tim Haag/CardinalSportsZone.com

The NBA Draft Combine was held over the last few days in Chicago, and Terry Rozier seems to have helped himself a lot with his draft stock. Sam Vecenie of CBSSports.com made a list of three players that helped themselves and three people that hurt themselves.

I don’t think he put it in any particular order, but he did list Terry Rozier first. Here is what he had to say.

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Montrezl Harrell Q&A at NBA Draft Combine

Photo: Tim Haag/CardinalSportsZone.com

Photo: Tim Haag/CardinalSportsZone.com

Former Louisville Cardinal Montrezl Harrell met with some media members on Friday in Chicago while at the NBA Draft Combine. Jeff Greer of the Courier-Journal has transcribed his interview, and you can check that out right here. This is about half of it, there will be a link at the bottom to read the rest of it.

How’s the draft process going so far?

It’s been a pretty smooth process. It’s definitely been a tough grind, switching from the college game to getting more prepared for the NBA, but it’s definitely been a smooth process.

What part of your game translates the easiest to the NBA?

Rebounding, playing with high energy and a high motor all the time during the game. I definitely feel like I can carry that over to the NBA and be able to play like that for the full length of the game.

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Time and TV Set for Louisville Football vs Houston and Clemson

Photo: Tim Haag/CardinalSportsZone.com

Photo: Tim Haag/CardinalSportsZone.com

Well we got ourselves a “nooner.” The word, although not recognized by this WordPress document due to the squiggly red line underneath, is definitely one that Louisville football fans can understand.

The first home game of the 2015 season for the Cards will be on September 12 against Houston. And yes, it will be a nooner on the ACC Regional Sports Network. I believe that usually means WAVE 3 or WHAS 11 locally.

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Baseball Highlights: Louisville at NC State on Thursday

The Cards continued their winning ways on Thursday by picking up another ACC win on the road against NC State. Here are the highlights. They are back at it this evening at 6:30 on ESPN3 and 93.9 The Ville.

Terry Rozier Q&A at NBA Draft Combine

Photo: Tim Haag/CardinalSportsZone.com

Photo: Tim Haag/CardinalSportsZone.com

Terry Rozier is trying to improve his draft stock at the NBA Combine. During Thursday’s scrimmage, he had 13 points on 5-9 shooting, two assists, two steals, and one turnover. He met with the media afterwards for a little Q&A session. Jeff Greer of the Courier-Journal was there and here is how it went.

How do you feel about your workout today?

It was pretty good. I just wanted to start the day off … Got some shots up in front a lot of GMs and coaches. It felt good to get my motor back on and start it back up. I had fun.

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Volleyball, Men’s Soccer, Women’s Soccer Release 2015 Schedules

Photo: GoCards.com

Photo: GoCards.com

There is literally never a dull moment or a “slow time” in the world of UofL sports. Sure, basketball and football are off right now, but baseball is having an incredible season. And now, three fall sports have released their schedules for the 2015 season.

Volleyball

“It’s a tough schedule with more than half of our matches against programs that advanced to the NCAA tournament last year. We begin the season with one of the toughest non-conference schedules in the country and then head in to a highly competitive ACC conference,” said head coach Anne Kordes.

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Rick Pitino Talks Big Ten/ACC Challenge and Deflating Balls

Photo: YouTube.com

Photo: YouTube.com

Rick Pitino called into the Terry Meiners show on 840 WHAS on Wednesday evening to talk about the Cards’ game against Michigan State, Tom Brady, and much more.

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Montrezl Harrell and Trey Lyles do…hot yoga

Photo: Tim Haag/CardinalSportsZone.com

Photo: Tim Haag/CardinalSportsZone.com

It isn’t quite the Russ Smith movie trailer, but here you go.

Montrezl Harrell and Trey Lyles hot yoga

Louisville-Florida State Baseball Highlights from Saturday

The Cards wrapped up the Atlantic Division of the ACC on Saturday afternoon by beating Florida State, and here are the highlights.

Donovan Mitchell With the Insane Dunk

Photo: Scout.com

Photo: Scout.com

This really happened. Donovan Mitchell hit a 3 pointer, and then dunked the ball before it hit the ground! I don’t know about you, but that should definitely be a legal play.

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Louisville-Purdue to Open 2017 Season at Lucas Oil Stadium

Photo: Tim Haag/CardinalSportsZone.com

Photo: Tim Haag/CardinalSportsZone.com

ESPN’s Brett McMurphy is reporting that Louisville will face Purdue to open up the 2017 football season. The game will take place at Lucas Oil Stadium in Indianapolis, Indiana on September 2, 2017.

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ESPN’s College Football Too-Early Top 25: Louisville 25th; Auburn 4th

Photo: Tim Haag/CardinalSportsZone.com

Photo: Tim Haag/CardinalSportsZone.com

Is it ever too early to have a college football poll? Probably, but that’s OK. It gives us something to talk about with 4 months to go before Louisville and Auburn kickoff in the Georgia Dome on September 5.

In ESPN’s too-early top 25, Mark Schlabach has the Cards ranked 25th. He has this to say…

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Louisville vs Clemson: Game 3 Highlights

Photo: d1baseball.com

Photo: d1baseball.com

Louisville baseball is rolling. The Cards have climbed their way up to a #2 ranking in the D1Baseball Rankings, which is the highest in school history. Last night was the rubber match of a three game series on the road at Clemson. After losing the lead and getting down 5-4, Louisville came back to win it 9-5, which you can see in the highlight video below.

Next up for the Cards is a rematch against Kentucky on Wednesday at 6:30 pm ET. The game will be in Lexington and can be heard on 93.9 The Ville.

Cleveland Browns passed on DeVante because he isn’t tough enough?

Photo: jsportsblogger.wordpress.com

Photo: jsportsblogger.wordpress.com

Last year, the Cleveland Browns passed on Teddy Bridgewater. This year, they had the chance to draft DeVante Parker. They passed on him as well. While nearly all Louisville fans breathed a sigh of relief (I say nearly because I have family that are Browns fans…sorry!), apparently the Parker family was also relieved.

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