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Petrino getting a commit soon??


3 Star DT Chandler Jones (GA) tweeted the above tweet tonight. The 6’4 310lb Jones has been a Louisville lean for awhile and has himself throwing up the “L” in his twitter background. Jones crystal ball on the Louisville 247 site is also 100% Louisville. All signs pointing to the Cards here.

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Pitino and Crean release statements on new Assistant Kenny Johnson


Photo: Indystar.com

Photo: Indystar.com

 

The University of Louisville and Indiana University both released statements today on new UofL Assistant Basketball coach Kenny Johnson.

Rick Pitino Statement:

“We’re very excited to have Kenny in our program,” said Pitino. “The first thing I did whenKevin Keatts left to become the head coach at UNC Wilmington was to ask my son Richard (Pitino, head coach at Minnesota) to find the best rising assistant coach in the business. He spoke to a lot of people and they led directly to Kenny Johnson and others think he is outstanding as well. He is extremely bright, having studied cell, molecular biology and genetics in college.”

Full University of Louisville Statement

Tom Crean Statement:

 

Louisville officially announces Anas Osama Mahmoud


 

247sports.com

247sports.com

Press Release from Louisville SID Kenny Klein:

7-1 Mahmoud Signs With Louisville Basketball

      LOUISVILLE, Ky. — Anas Osama Mahmoud, a 7-1, 205-pound forward/center from Cairo, Egypt who played last season at West Oaks Academy in Orlando, Fla., has signed a national letter-of-intent to continue his basketball playing career at the University of Louisville.

      “Anas is an extremely versatile seven-footer,” said UofL Men’s Basketball Coach Rick Pitino.  “He is a very skilled athlete who is a very good scorer and passer.  His only weakness is strength.  We will base a consideration of redshirting him on how quickly he can gain necessary strength to be effective.  We’re delighted to have Anas at the University of Louisville.”

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ACC to announce Men’s Basketball pairings tomorrow


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Tomorrow the ACC will announce the Men’s College Basketball pairings for the 2014-2015 and 2015-2016 seasons. The Cards will begin their first season of play in the ACC this season and it is one that will set up some blockbuster match ups for Pitino and company. A lot of questions will be answered tomorrow:

Who will the Cards play twice?

Will the Cards go to the Dean Dome or Cameron?

Will the ACC take the Big East approach and have the Cards play Duke, UNC, and Cuse all twice?

All these questions and more will be answered tomorrow at 11 AM so have your calenders out and ready!

The ACC pairings will be released on their website TheACC.com

Russ Smith is now……………..BLONDE


Channeling his inner Dennis Rodman:

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Russ Smith now has BLONDE HAIR. This should be fun.

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Another potential replacement for Keatts?


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According to CBS Jeff Borzello SMU’s Ulric Maligi is another potential replacement for Kevin Keatts at Louisville.

Maligi is a great recruiter with major ties to the Texas area. Just this season Maligi beat out UK for the service’s of top rated player Emmanuel Mudiay. Maligi will be a name worth keeping an eye on in the coming days. Follow Ulric Maligi on twitter @Coach_Maligi

 

 

Has Rick Pitino found Keatts replacement?


 

Hoosiersportslive.com

Hoosiersportslive.com

 

Multiple reports have come out today that Indiana University Assistant Coach Kenny Johnson has emerged has the front runner to replace Kevin Keatts on the Louisville sideline.

Johnson would be a great addition to the Cards staff and would fill a much needed recruiting spot on the bench. Johnson has many Nike ties and at one time was over “Team Takeover” a Nike circuit AAU team. At IU Johnson was responsible for landing the likes of: Troy Williams, Noah Vonleh, James Blackmon Jr. , and Robert Johnson. So to say this would be a home run hire is an under statement. This will defiantly be something to watch in the coming days. Follow Kenny Johnson @kjrelentless

For More on Kenny Johnson and his possible landing spots:

Kenny Johnson IU Bio

Indy Star Article: IU prepared to fight to keep Kenny Johnson

 

 

Montrezl Harrell returning for his Junior season


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MONTREZL HARRELL IS RETURNING FOR HIS JUNIOR SEASON AND #CARDNATION WE ARE HYPE BEYOND BELIEF. (QUE THE ALL CAPS) THE CARDS ARE NOW A TOP 10 TEAM AND A CONTENDER TO BE IN INDIANAPOLIS NEXT APRIL!!

Press Release Per Kenny Klein:

Louisville’s Montrezl Harrell Will Return for 2014-15 Season

 

LOUISVILLE, Ky. — University of Louisville forward Montrezl Harrell has elected to return for the 2014-15 Cardinals’ men’s basketball season, ending speculation that he may enter the NBA draft.

“This is obviously great news,” said UofL Coach Rick Pitino.  “Like (former UofL/current Minnesota Timberwolves center) Gorgui Dieng, he will benefit tremendously from playing his junior season.  We hope, like Russ Smith, that he can become a first-team All-America selection.  Montrezl is a Louisville man and we’re all very excited to have Montrezl as a co-captain with Wayne Blackshear.”

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Gorgui Dieng hits a game winner (Video)


On a night where Corey Brewer scored 51 points, it was Gorgs that stole the show! Minnesota beat Houston 112-110 and Dieng finished with 12 points, 20 rebounds 3 assists, 2 blocks, and 2 steals in 38 minutes!

Big Time late addition for Petrino


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Last night Lars Hanson, who covers the Washington Huskies for 247sports, tweeted:

Sample, a former US Army All American, was a top 10 safety out of High School. After two seasons with the Huskies and some injuries Sample went to the JUCO ranks and spent last season at American River (CC). The 6’2 191 lbs Sample should be eligible immediately with two years remaining and would add much needed help and depth to the Safety position for Petrino and the Cards. Follow Sample on twitter @Phenom2323 

 

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Spring Game: 5 Defensive Players to watch


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The Spring game is almost upon us!! We know there will be a large amount of #CardNation out at PJCS Friday night to watch the star studded Cards. This Louisville team brings back more talent than maybe any other team in UofL history but what about the breakout guys? We got you covered! Here are 5 players on the Defensive side of the ball to keep an eye out for:

 

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#55 Keith Kelsey (SO)

Kelsey played in multiple games last year but with the loss of MLB Preston Brown Kelsey’s role looks to be much larger this season. In the last few weeks of Spring Practice it seems Kelsey is taking that role and running with it. Kelsey has shown leadership vocally and with his play and we expect that to continue Friday night.

 

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UofL fans “Wanted” it, UK fans “Needed” it


 

guardianlv.com

guardianlv.com

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.

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ESPN 10 Bold Predictions for the Sweet Sixteen


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ESPN’s Myron Metcalf wrote his 10 Bold Predictions for the Sweet Sixteen. Here’s what he had to say about the Cards:

1. Louisville over Kentucky by double digits. The Friday matchup between Louisville and Kentucky will be poetic, really. Two of the top three teams in The Associated Press’ preseason poll stumbled at times during the regular season. Louisville regained its mojo in the final weeks, but Kentucky fell short of lofty expectations all season. John Calipari’s fleet of NBA prospects have since risen in the NCAA tournament. The world-beaters who removed Kansas State and top seed Wichita State from the tourney have looked like they could beat anyone in the field. But the fun will end in Indianapolis. I wasn’t impressed by Louisville’s opening weekend (wins over Manhattan and Saint Louis), but I believe that the Cardinals recognize they had more to give in both games. And they’ll prove it with a double-digit win over Kentucky. More experience. More balance. Rick Pitino’s 11-0 record in the Sweet 16. (Calipari is 5-1 against Louisville since arriving at Kentucky, though.) This game won’t live up to the hype. Russ Smith & Co. will pressure the young Wildcats for 40 minutes and avenge an earlier loss against Kentucky. 

9. The Vols will go down swinging against Louisville in an Elite Eight thriller. Tennessee won’t leave Indianapolis quietly. Although the Vols won’t have enough to upset Louisville and earn a slot in the Final Four, this will be a tough matchup for Pitino’s squad. The Cardinals will need a late comeback to secure their third consecutive trip to the Final Four and a chance to defend their title. 

See everyone isn’t drinking the blue kool aid. I think it’s going to be a fun weekend!

Quentin Snider Senior Highlights (Iowa Elites)


The guys from Iowa Elites dropped this highlight film of 2014 Louisville signee Quentin Snider today. Check it out.

Did the Cards really get a bad draw?


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Shock. That’s what most of CardNation including myself felt when Louisville was announced the 4 seed in the Midwest bracket. A bracket that will go down as one of the all time hardest including 3 of last years final four (Louisville, Wichita St., and Michigan) and the Cards hated rival Uk. Every analyst on ESPN and CBS last night went out of their way to talk about the difficulty of this bracket BUT after the dust settled and the shock wore off I have come to a conclusion……the Cards got a pretty good draw.

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Updated Bracketology 3/12


Lunardi’s new Bracketology still has the Cards a #4 Seed in the East region but added a new team to the fold at the 7 spot.

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Updated ESPN Bracketology


The latest Joe Lunardi Bracketology has the Cards as a #4 seed in the East. While I think the Cards will be a 2 or a 3 I would gladly take this draw.

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Can Louisville still get a #1 Seed?


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The Cards finished their regular season yesterday and well………..they are good. With UC, Memphis, SMU, and UConn the Cards finished with about as hard a stretch as anyone in the country. Due to a coin flip we know the Cards will be the #2 seed in the AAC Tournament but where will they be in the NCAA? The one question everyone wants to know is can the Cards get a #1 seed still? The common answer is no BUT CBS writer Gary Parrish seems to think the Cards are one of the teams that still can land that coveted #1 Seed. In his article Parrish said:

Louisville

RPI ranking: 21 | Record: 26-5
Top 50 wins: 6 | Top 100 wins: 7
Losses outside of the top 50: 0

Some thoughts: There are only five teams with zero losses outside of the top 50 of the RPI, and Louisville is one of them. So that’s the best part of the Cardinals’ resume — no bad losses. If they can add two more top-50 wins in the American tournament, they might have a shot at getting a No. 1 seed for the second straight season.

Regardless of the seed the Cards are looking like one of the favorites to be in Dallas but a 1 can’t hurt.

Current AAC Bracketology


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With only 3 days left in the College Basketball regular season this is how the American Athletic Conference looks as of today:

#4 SMU vs #5 Memphis*

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

 

#2 Cincinnati* vs (Winner of) #7 Rutgers vs #10 Temple

#3 UConn vs #6 Houston 

 

We will update this post daily.

*Cincinnati and Memphis are currently playing

The AAC Tournament will be played from Wednesday March 12th through Saturday March 15th on ESPN, ESPN2, and ESPNU.

Current AAC Tournament Bracketology


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As we enter the last week in the College Basketball regular season this is how the American Athletic Conference looks as of today:

#4 Memphis vs #5 UConn

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

 

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

#3 SMU vs #6 Houston 

 

The AAC Tournament will be played from Wednesday March 12th through Saturday March 15th on ESPN, ESPN2, and ESPNU.

 

 

 

 

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