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Louisville Basketball Red/White Scrimmage Recap

Photo: Nick Stover @ULFlyingCard

Photo: Nick Stover @ULFlyingCard

The Louisville basketball team took the floor today for the first time. The White team got the win 75-72 when Chris Jones drained a go ahead 3 with three seconds left. The top 10 Cards lived up to the ranking without question but there were a few takeaways that stood out:

-Montrezl Harrell is without question a First Team All American! Trez finished the game with 24 points, 12 rebounds, and 3 assist with 9 of those 24 coming off his three 3 point baskets. Yes you read that right. Trez finished 3-5 from behind the arc and looked quite comfortable. But the major thing doesn’t show up on the box score is the leadership. There is no doubt this is Trez’s team and he led well today.

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Lineups for the Red/White Scrimmage (10/19)



The Louisville basketball team will hold the first of two Red/White Scrimmages today at the KFC Yum Center. This will be the first time the fans get a look at the preseason top 10 Cards. The lineups for today’s game are as follows:

Red Team:

Wayne Blackshear

Terry Rozier

Quentin Snider

Mangok Mathiang

Jaylen Johnson

Chinanu Onuaku

Dillon Avare


White Team:

Anton Gill

Chris Jones

Montrezl Harrell

Shaqquan Aaron

Anas Mahmoud

Matz Stockman

Trent Gilbert

David Levitch

Gerod Holliman named Mid-Season All American by ESPN

Photo: Tim Haag/CardinalSportsZone.com

Photo: Tim Haag/CardinalSportsZone.com

ESPN released their College Football Mid Season All American Teams today and Louisville safety Gerod Holliman was on it. The former Army All-American came out of nowhere this season to lead the nation in interceptions with 7. At this pace I don’t see a way Holliman isn’t on this same list when the season ends as well as many post season awards list. Holliman, only a (RS) Sophmore, can return to Louisville for the next two seasons so it’s possible he is only getting started!!

From ESPN.com:

S Gerod Holliman, Louisville: Holliman has been the breakout star on one of the nation’s top defenses through seven weeks. The Louisville sophomore has already racked up seven interceptions, which leads the nation. A year ago, only Virginia’s Anthony Harris had more for the entire season. More importantly, Holliman’s contributions have helped the Cardinals overcome a lackluster offense early with a defense that has allowed just three offensive touchdowns to FBS foes all year. — David M. Hale

Louisville Basketball held closed scrimmage on Sunday

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Pitino and the Louisville basketball team held a closed scrimmage yesterday and there was plenty to be excited about. The Cards were lead by senior Montrezl Harrell with 32 points but it was a couple of reserves that caught my eye. Soph. Anton Gill finished with 27 points in the game and Freshman Chinanu Onuaku led everyone with 14 rebounds and added 4 blocks. Gill and Onuaku could be exactly what the doctor ordered for a Louisville team that quite honestly has unproven talent on the bench.

From GoCards.com:

LOUISVILLE, Ky. – University of Louisville All-America forward Montrezl Harrell totaled 32 points, six rebounds, four blocked shots, three assists and two steals to lead the Black team to a 91-82 victory over the Red team in a private intrasquad scrimmage on Sunday.

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Rick Pitino gives update on team, talks shoe companies, and how to deal with UK fans (Full Press Conference)

Rick Pitino was in rare preseason form today when he sat down in front of reporters. Pitino gave great updates on the incoming team letting everyone know he is really excited about the starting 5. Pitino also was asked about the relationships with shoe companies and recruits and lets just say he didn’t hold anything back. Ah Pitino we have missed you.

Clemson fans already camping out for the Cards



According to this tweet it looks like the Cards are going to walk into one of the wildest atmospheres they have seen in awhile. Clemson fans took offense to Bobby’s comments (or lack thereof) earlier this week and look to make sure it is rocking. Hey it’s no Syracuse but it’ll be cute I suppose. #BeatClemson

Pitino having an In-Home visit with top 2015 hoops target tonight

Photo: 247 Sports

Photo: 247 Sports

According to Evan Daniels of Scout.com Rick Pitino is in South Carolina to see top target Perry Dozier tonight.

This makes the second time in a month that Pitino has been down to see Dozier making it clear he is the Cards guy. Dozier will be in Louisville for the FSU game on an official visit. A commitment from Dozier would solidify the best class Pitino has ever had at Louisville.

Louisville Basketball comes in at #7 in Yahoo Sports Preseason poll

Nick Stover @ULFlyingCard

Nick Stover @ULFlyingCard

Last week the Cards came in at #7 in Sporting News Preseason poll. Now for the second time the Cards find themselves at #7 but this time in the Yahoo Sports preseason poll. Yahoo looked at the best and worst case scenario’s for their top 25:

Last year’s record: 31-6, 15-3
Key returners: F Montrezl Harrell, G Terry Rozier, G Chris Jones, F Wayne Blackshear, F/C Mangok Mathiang, G Anton Gill
Notable newcomers: G Quentin Snider, F Jaylen Johnson, F/C Chinanu Onuaku, G Shaqquan Aaron

Best-case scenario: Finally free to run the show now that All-American Russ Smith has moved on to the professional ranks, Jones and Rozier show why Rick Pitino has been touting them all offseason. Jones, quicker and faster after shedding 10 pounds, excels attacking the rim and making plays off the dribble.Rozier validates the glowing reviews he received on the summer camp circuit and leaves scouts drooling by the end of his breakout season. The emergence of that guard duo ensures Louisville has the perimeter weapons it needs to complement a frontcourt highlighted by one of the best big men in the nation in Harrell. The 6-foot-8 junior returns more well-rounded, having added improved free throw shooting and an array of low post moves to his already-established prowess gobbling up rebounds and finishing at the rim. Fueled by that trio of all-league candidates and a talented supporting cast, Louisville has little trouble adjusting in its debut season in the ACC. The Cards sweep the regular season and tournament titles, a warning shot to Duke and North Carolina that Tobacco Road is no longer the ACC’s power center. Louisville’s dream season ends in ideal fashion as the Cards topple Kentucky in an all-Bluegrass national title game on a Harrell put-back slam at the buzzer. Pitino tattoos a picture of the play on his chest and vows to name his next Kentucky Derby-caliber horse after Harrell.

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ESPN says the Cards Small Forward battle could be “one of the most intriguing position battles in the country”

(Shaqquan Aaron #21)

(Shaqquan Aaron #21)

ESPN released their list of the top 10 reserves in the country today and Louisville freshman Shaqquan Aaron came in at number 7.

7. Shaqquan Aaron, Louisville Cardinals

The fight for playing time in Louisville will be intense in 2014-15. Aaron, an explosive wing from Seattle who will likely begin the season on the bench, will push Wayne Blackshear for minutes at the small forward throughout the season in one of the most intriguing position battles in the country.

 We are all expecting Wayne Blackshear to break out this season and become what has now been tabbed as “High School Wayne”. This will be necessary if the Senior wants to hold on to that starting job because Freshman Shaq Aaron can flat out play! Either way the Cards look to have a loaded roster again and October 19th (Red/White Game) can’t get here soon enough.


Petrino says there is a “good chance” DeVante Parker plays on Saturday

Photo: Tim Haag/CardinalSportsZone.com

Photo: Tim Haag/CardinalSportsZone.com

Bobby Petrino said today that there is a “good chance” star WR DeVante Parker plays on Saturday against Clemson. Parker has missed the first six games with a fractured foot he suffered in late August. Petrino also said Parker had been running routes for about a week and will start practicing tomorrow.

Parker is the #2 reciever on Mel Kiper’s NFL draft board and will give this offense the down field threat it has been missing. Here we go folks!! #BeatClemson

Louisville Basketball ranked #7 by Sporting News (ACC well represented)

Photo: yahoo.com

Photo: yahoo.com

By all accounts the Cardinal basketball team will be in the top 10 when the polls come out in the coming weeks. Sporting News also believes this and placed the Cards at #7 in their pre season top 25 and had this to say:

Notable games on the schedule: Nov. 14 vs. Minnesota (in Puerto Rico); Dec. 2 vs. Ohio State; Dec. 27 vs. Kentucky; Jan. 17 vs. Duke; Jan. 31 vs. North Carolina; Feb. 7 at Virginia. 

What worries us now: Russ Smith was so enormous for the Cardinals the past two seasons that even with able players taking over – Terry Rozier for instance has a chance to be a star – it’s reasonable to wonder how long the transition to playing without the Russdiculous factor might take   

Why we still believe: Montrezl Harrell could be the nation’s top player. 

He is physically powerful, plays team first ball, and moves his feet beautifully on defense and rebounds. Plus he can score in a variety of ways. Coach Rick Pitino will put him in good situations. He might be good enough to carry the team at times. 

I think #7 is about right for the Cards. I enjoyed the quote “Montrezl Harrell could be the nation’s top player” I could get on board with that. As far as schedule the Cards would play 6 top 25 teams including 2 of them twice (UNC, Virginia). The ACC aka the greatest conference in college basketball has 5 teams ranked in the top 25 (Duke, UNC, Louisville, Virginia, Syracuse)  including 4 of the top 8!! Basketball Practice starts today folks!! #L1C4

Louisville Basketball’s 1st Red/White Scrimmage to be televised



According to Kent Spencer of WHAS-11 the Cards October 19th Red/White Scrimmage will be televised.

This will be the first of two scrimmages with the other being held the next Sunday (Oct. 26). Both games will tip at 2 pm and tickets are still available on Ticketmaster.

Pitino with another 2015 trick up his sleeve??



Could Pitino have another move up his sleeve for the 2015 class? According to Justin Young of Hoopseen.com it seems very possible.

6’9 Yankuba Sima could very well be the next diamond in the rough steal for Pitino. At 18 years old Sima is projected to go #19 in the 1st round of the 2016 NBA Draft by draftexpress.com. Jonathan Givony of Draft Express had this to say about Sima’s upside:

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Louisville Football Bowl Projections (9/30)

Tim Haag/CardinalSportsZone

Tim Haag/CardinalSportsZone

Another week is in the books for the Cards as they improve to 4-1. Some of the match ups have changed around this week but it still looks like the Cards will be heading to an entertaining game if they can take care of business. Count me in as one who would love to see LSU in Nashville!


Music City Bowl (Dec. 30) vs Mississippi State


Pinstripe Bowl (Dec. 37) vs Maryland

TaxSlayer Bowl (Jan. 2) vs LSU

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Louisville WR Commit has the #1 play on ESPN SportsCenter Top 10

2015 Louisville commit Dahu Green had the #1 play on SportsCenter’s top 10 today with his incredible one handed catch. After LJ Scott’s leaping touchdown last year this will be the second year in a row a Louisville commit has had the #1 play on the top 10. Green will be a play maker for Petrino and this isn’t the last time he will leave us amazed.

Louisville WR Commit with an amazing one handed catch (Video)

Louisville commit Dahu Green will be a play maker for the Cards. Kid makes catches like this look like the norm.

<p><a href=”http://vimeo.com/107277185″>Westmoore’s Dahu Green!</a> from <a href=”http://vimeo.com/user14301599″>Inside High School Sports</a> on <a href=”https://vimeo.com”>Vimeo</a&gt;.</p>


Freshman QB Reggie Bonnafon to start Saturday against Wake Forest

Tim Hagg/CardinalSportsZone

Tim Hagg/CardinalSportsZone

Bobby Petrino announced today that Louisville QB Will Gardner is out and Freshman Reggie Bonnafon will start in his place. Gardner went down with an apparent knee injury last Saturday against FIU. Will a great performance Saturday be enough to win Reggie the job for good? Going to be interesting for sure.

Louisville Basketball new uniforms? (Pictures)

Nick Stover @ULFlyingCard

Nick Stover @ULFlyingCard

No official word as of yet but it looks like the Cards will wear these this season……….well at least we have alternates right?

Nick Stover @ULFlyingCard

Nick Stover @ULFlyingCard

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New highlight of Top 2016 Louisville Basketball recruit Abdul Ado

2016 Center Abdul Ado is the top target for the Cards. I really want to see this kid in a Louisville jersey! Watch this video from our guys at Courtside Films and you will see why. Follow Abdul Ado on twitter @AbdulhakimAdo

<p><a href=”http://vimeo.com/106934496″>%5BSummer Mixtape] Ado Abdulhakim</a> from <a href=”http://vimeo.com/user31493542″>Johnny Hines</a> on <a href=”https://vimeo.com”>Vimeo</a&gt;.</p>

Top 2015 Louisville Football recruit to enroll early



According to  an AL.com report the Cards top 2015 football recruit Traveon Samuel plans to enroll early. The 4 star athlete will play all over the field for Bobby Petrino when he arrives to campus and is looking to make an impact next season.

From Article:

It’ll likely be hard for any school to pry Samuel away from Louisville. He’s got a great relationship with Louisville defensive line coach L.D. Scott — They talk on an everyday basis, Samuel says — and plans to enroll early at the Atlantic Coast Conference school. He will sign a financial aid agreement with the Cardinals on Dec. 10 and enroll for the school’s spring semester after he graduates from Central-Phenix City.

Louisville head coach Bobby Petrino, who is known as an offensive mastermind, has promised to utilize Samuel in a multitude of ways. Samuel expects to get time at slot receiver, running back and even as a Wildcat quarterback.

He has good hands, runs solid routes and although he’s small, he could fit in a Darren Sproles-type role at Louisville.

Samuel, rated a 4 star player, chose Louisville over offers from Alabama, Auburn, Clemson, FSU, LSU, Ohio St., Tennessee, and more. Don’t be suprised to see Samuel lined up for the Cards when they take the field against Auburn in the Georgia Dome. Follow Traveon Samuel on twitter @TraDay_DoThis


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