Category Archives: Basketball

Men’s Basketball Polls 3/2/15

Photo: Tim Haag/CardinalSportsZone.com

Photo: Tim Haag/CardinalSportsZone.com

The new polls were released today and the Cards are now 16th in the AP Poll and 14th in the USA Today Coaches Poll. Louisville hosts Notre Dame and Virginia this week.

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Cardinal Sports Zone Podcast 3/2/15

Here is a link to the debut episode of the Cardinal Sports Zone Podcast….enjoy!

http://www.blogtalkradio.com/csz/2015/03/02/cardinalsportszone-podcast-3215-1

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Ryan McMahon Official Mixtape

This kid has some swagger to him. He can also shoot the basketball, which is helpful.

Video Proof: Montrezl Dunked on Florida State

These weren’t bad to watch. The pass from Quentin Snider is a lot tougher than he made it look.

Highlights: Louisville defeats Florida State 81-59

Road Game is Needed for the Cards Today

Photo: Tim Haag/CardinalSportsZone.com

Photo: Tim Haag/CardinalSportsZone.com

This past Monday, the day after Chris Jones was dismissed from the University of Louisville basketball team, I wrote that their “new season” would begin that night at Georgia Tech. It was a battle, but the Cards prevailed and started this new season 1-0. In just a couple of hours, they will try to improve to 2-0, with two regular season games left before ACC Tournament play. This will be their second game in a row on the road, and I think that is right where they need to be right now.

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The Night That Everick Sullivan Owned Florida State

Photo: millercards.net

Photo: millercards.net

First, the insane reverse dunk from the baseline. Who even thinks to try and reverse that? And then, just a game winning shot. Not a bad night at the office for freshman Everick Sullivan!

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Louisville-Florida State Basketball Fight 1/12/85

Need some motivation for today? Check this one out!

ACC Standings and Schedule for the Weekend 2/27/15

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With just three regular season games left, the Louisville Cardinals are looking to keep one of those top 4 spots in the ACC standings, which would earn them a double-bye in the ACC Tournament. Here are the standings entering the weekend and the schedule of games for Saturday and Sunday. When looking at the standings, keep in mind that Syracuse will not be playing in any post-season tournament this year, and that includes the ACC Tournament.

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Rick Pitino Talks to Media About Chris Jones

Photo: Tim Haag/CardinalSportsZone.com

Photo: Tim Haag/CardinalSportsZone.com

Video from Courier-Journal

Opening Statement 

We’re not going to do our radio show tonight and I didn’t want you guys to think I’m ducking any questions or any responsibilities. To be quite honest with you, I’ve been recruiting every night this week and I have not slept a wink in 48 hours.

I’m totally saddened, to the point of disbelief, over the incident. We’ve built a very strong culture here of discipline and doing the right things, and I’m very proud of all the players that have gone through here and done the right thing, and this comes at a time when we’re all shocked, extremely disheartened, and very much saddened for everybody involved. Our prayers go out to every single person involved in all of this.

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UofL Issues Statement on Dismissal of Chris Jones

Photo: Tim Haag/CardinalSportsZone.com

Photo: Tim Haag/CardinalSportsZone.com

From UofL Sports Information Director Kenny Klein:

On Feb. 17 while at a team dinner, Coach Rick Pitino was informed of a text message sent by Chris Jones to another individual.  Chris was removed from the dinner table, immediately suspended from the team.  After the matter was addressed within the university and Chris surrendered his cell phone, he was permitted to return to the team on Feb. 19 with strict internal disciplinary measures attached, among which included a curfew.  It was discovered shortly after noon on Feb. 22 that Chris had violated a curfew and there were other accusations, without knowing specifics.  At that time, Chris was immediately dismissed from the team.

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Chris Jones Gets Home Incarceration

Photo: WHAS11

Photo: WHAS11

Notes from Chris Jones’ appearance in court…

*Chris Jones just made his appearance in court for the charges of rape and sodomy and his plea was not guilty.

*The Judge released Jones to home incarceration.

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Adidas Unveils Louisville’s Postseason Uniforms

Not too crazy, so I can deal with it. Of course I am always one saying that we should keep the same uniforms every year and be traditional, but I guess I am old.

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Russ Smith and Peyton Siva Played Against Each Other Wednesday Night

AP Photo/Nam Y. Huh

AP Photo/Nam Y. Huh

In news that kind of flew under the radar, Russ Smith and Peyton Siva played against each other on Wednesday night in the NBA D-League. Siva’s Erie Bayhawks defeated Smith’s Iowa Energy by a score of 120-114.

Siva finished with 15 points (5-11 shooting), 4 assists, and 3 rebounds. Smith had 11 points (4-9 shooting), 9 assists, 7 rebounds, and 7 steals.

The full game is below if you want to watch it. Other notable players in the game:

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Chris Jones Charged With Rape and Sodomy

Photo: Tim Haag/CardinalSportsZone.com

Photo: Tim Haag/CardinalSportsZone.com

Well, the Courier-Journal has reported what got Chris Jones kicked off of Louisville’s basketball team. And it is bad…very bad. We pretty much knew the news about his threatening texts were not what got him dismissed. If it were only that simple. Here are some excerpts from the article, which you can read here.

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CSZ Podcast Info!

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FINALLY!! (The Rock Voice) Ok maybe not that extreme, but we are excited to announce that will we now venture into the realm of the podcast! The Cardinal Sports Zone Podcast will debut this Monday, March 2nd at noon.

Justin, Jeremy, and myself are all avid sports talk listeners and enjoy all the shows from 93.9 The Ville to the podcast put on by our friends over at The Crunch Zone. Quite frankly, we just want to throw our two cents in. We also see the serious need for something “Louisville” to listen to in the mid day hours. (I mean I know CardNation how much we all enjoy KSR……………..yea me neither). We hope to solve both of these problems with this podcast.

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Happy Birthday Samaki Walker!

Photo: Amazon.com

Photo: Amazon.com

Today is Samaki Walker’s 39th birthday, so it was only fitting to go find this video and post it. I remember being at this game when I was just 8 years old, 8 1/2 if you want to get technical. I have always remembered this score and the date of the game for some reason.

Samaki recorded the first triple-double in Louisville basketball history with 14 points, 10 rebounds, and 11 blocks as Louisville beat #5  Kentucky 88-86 on January 1, 1995. Oh yeah, Samaki was just a freshman.

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Chris Jones Thanks Teammates, Coaches, and Fans on Instagram

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Georgia Tech head coach Brian Gregory Talks About the Louisville Game

Photo: Hyosub Shin/AJC.com

Photo: Hyosub Shin/AJC.com

Opening statement

“I think you have to give Rick and their players a ton of credit. I thought we did a good job for most of the game and they made some big plays down the stretch. Obviously a couple of those threes were big for them. We had some defensive lapses at the end of the game. But again, I am disappointed in the result. That’s a tough one to swallow again. We played much more like we are supposed to play though in terms of the defensive effort, the energy that we played with, and in terms of sharing the ball and taking care of the ball. We ask a lot of Marcus [Georges Hunt] as a junior. He’s kind of a go-to-guy for us. And against this team, he’s got to handle the ball a lot, make plays and make shots. And on the other end, he has to defend their best perimeter player in Rozier. So he’s getting challenged quite a bit in every area. But he keeps coming back, which is good to see, in terms of his attitude and the effort-level that he is playing with.

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Rick Pitino Discusses the Win Over Georgia Tech

Photo: ESPN.com

Photo: ESPN.com

Opening statement

“I’m as proud of this basketball team as any game I’ve ever coached because I’ve never seen a team have so many open looks from layups to wide open shots off good ball movement and (the shots) not falling. Earlier this year we had the same thing happen and we got down and we didn’t play good defense. But these guys kept their attitude and just focused on one thing: winning the game. You know Georgia Tech is just like us. We have two better players than them, but they’re just like us. They run great stuff, but the ball doesn’t go in. They’re not a good shooting team and we’re not a good shooting team. And that’s the most frustrating thing because they do so many great things offensively and so many great things defensively, and so did we. But when the shot doesn’t go in, you struggle. But they’re a team that played Duke to the wire and had them. Notre Dame in overtime. They’re young right now and they suffer the same things we suffer and that’s ‘you have wide open shots and they don’t go down.'”

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