Category Archives: Basketball
Justin Simon, who Scout.com ranks as the top point guard in the class of 2015, has narrowed his list to 10 and Louisville has made the cut. Simon is 6’5 from Temecula, California.
On Monday night, Simon tweeted that his top 10 are (alphabetical order): Arizona, Colorado, Creighton, Kansas, Louisville, New Mexico, San Diego State, Santa Clara, USC, and Washington.
Here is his player evaluation from scout.com:
Press release from the American Athletic Conference.
AMERICAN ATHLETIC CONFERENCE ANNOUNCES ALL-CONFERENCE AND ALL-ROOKIE TEAMS
Three unanimous selections highlight All-Conference First Team
MEMPHIS, Tenn. – Three finalists for the Wooden Award, which goes to the nation’s top player, were among the five players chosen for the 2014 American Athletic Conference All-Conference First Team, as voted by the league’s 10 head coaches. The announcement was made Tuesday by Commissioner Mike Aresco.
Cincinnati guard Sean Kilpatrick, UConn guard Shabazz Napier and Louisville guard Russ Smith were unanimous choices of the head coaches for the first team. They were joined on the team by Louisville forward Montrezl Harrell and SMU guard Nic Moore.
Monday was a good day for a couple of Louisville basketball signees. Early in the day, Shaqquan Aaron was named to the Jordan Brand Classic roster. The in the evening, 6’10 center/power forward Chinanu Onuaku and his Riverdale Baptist team won the private school state championship in Maryland. On top of that, Onuaku was named MVP of the game.
Onuaku finished with 13 points and 11 rebounds and was also 7-8 from the free throw line as his team beat Clinton Christian 71-66. For the season, he had been shooting around 41% from the line, so that is good that he knocked them down in such a big game.
Here are highlights from the game. Onuaku is #32 for the white team.
This week…..on 55…..
We talk about huge basketball wins, Women’s Basketball advancing to the AAC tourney final, Sr night and the end of 55? And much, much more. Well here we go. Once again, I share with you the 55 most ridiculous things I have heard, had to debate, or just thought about this past week. This …..is….55.
1) For all that have been asking, Mom got out of the hospital this weekend, your prayers were appreciated and mine were answered. Thank you guys so much…..
2) Saturday was Sr night for the winningest Senior class in UofL Men’s Basketball history….Thanks go out to each and every one of you guys.
3) Here is a personal thanks to each of you individually
5) Tim Henderson: Wichita…the kid got a nickname! Without a doubt the 2nd biggest inspiration during the tourney run last year behind Kevin Ware. This guy was always underappreciated by the fanbase and always worked so hard.
He got in and extended our title run with 2 shots that will go down in Louisville history. Tim, as one of your biggest skeptics the first 2.5 years I wanna say thank you for all you have done. Maybe this year we can use some more Wichita magic!
7) Stephan Van Treese: SVT, SVB, VAN BEAST, Big Hustle. The man of many nicknames for many UL fans. One of the few guys that I can remember who gave his all every single play. Another key factor to our success. You need a hustle play and he will take care of it for you.
A member of one of the most troubled recruiting classes we have had along side of Swop, Marra & Buckles…Siva was fine as we know…SVT decided to come back this year and make it count and boy did we ever need him. Big Hustle, to you I salute you sir!
9) Luke Hancock: Lukeeeeeeeeeee (11 e’s because he is #11, duh) Luke is without a shadow of a doubt the most impactful transfer I can remember with Clifford Rozier being my #1 prior. The guy who single handedly turned around the NCAA title game after we got Spike’d (I still don’t believe it).
and just like that, and a Trezl dunk, in a blink of an eye Louisville came back to beat Michigan for it’s 3rd NCAA title. Thank you to the M.O.P. of the NCAA Final Four Luke Hancock. After losing his dad and playing for our country this past summer, Luke looks like he’s in Luke Tourney form from last year. Thanks again Luke….you will be remembered forever….
Here is the updated Women’s AP poll updated as of 3/10/14:
|AP Top 25|
|16||North Carolina State||25-7||374|
- Others receiving votes: USC 48, Chattanooga 45, Oregon State 35, Brigham Young 15, Rutgers 11, Arizona State 9, UTEP 5, James Madison 3, Marist 3, St. John’s 2, LSU 2
- Dropped from rankings: Rutgers 24
Bleacher Report released their All-Conference picks for the American Athletic Conference as well as their individual awards. Russ Smith and Montrezl Harrell made the first team, and Terry Rozier was named Freshman of the Year in the conference. Click here to see the full page on their site.
F Montrezl Harrell, Louisville, sophomore - The potential first-round draft pick is averaging 14 points and a team-high 8.3 rebounds in his first season as a starter. He had 25 points and 12 boards March 1 against Memphis.
G Joe Jackson, Memphis, senior - Jackson capped off his final regular season with the Tigers by averaging a career-high 14.4 points along with 4.6 assists. He’ll enter the ACC Tournament boasting 1,655 career points.
G Sean Kilpatrick, Cincinnati, senior - The Bearcats won a share of a conference title for the first time since 2004 thanks to Kilpatrick, who averages 20.9 points. Kilpatrick eclipsed the 20-point barrier 18 times during the regular season.
G Shabazz Napier, Connecticut, senior - Napier, who won an NCAA title ring as a freshman, clearly saved his best for last. He’ll enter this week’s AAC Tournament averaging career-highs in points (17.8) and rebounds (6.0) along with 5.2 assists.
G Russ Smith, Louisville, senior - With Smith in the backcourt, the Cardinals have a shot to appear in their third straight Final Four. Smith averages 17.5 points and 4.8 assists. Much to the delight of Rick Pitino, he’s shooting career-best 46.8 percent from the field.
The regular-season awards are starting to roll in for Russ Smith. Today, the All-American teams were named for NBC Sports, Bleacher Report, and Sporting News, and Russ made the 1st team for all three! That is a huge honor for the senior guard.
All 3 publications mention the 13 assists that Russ dished out on Saturday against UConn.
Russ Smith, Louisville (17.5 ppg, 4.8 apg, 3.5 rpg, 2.0 spg, 39.4% 3PT): The key to Louisville’s season has been Smith’s ability to embrace being a point guard isn’t of simply being Russdiculous. It should tell you something that, on his Senior Night and just three days after exploding for 22 second half points and six threes in eight minutes in a come-from-behind win at SMU, Smith finished with 13 assists and just two shots from the floor.
Here is the updated Men’s basketball coaches poll as of 3/10/14:
|USA Today Coaches Poll|
|2||Wichita State (7)||34-0||775|
|7||San Diego State||27-3||584|
- Others receiving votes: Kentucky 43, Gonzaga 32, Texas 27, Oregon 21, Southern Miss 21, Stephen F. Austin 17, Baylor 15, Iowa 10, Harvard 8, Massachusetts 8, Nebraska 5, Pittsburgh 3, Louisiana Tech 3, Kansas State 1, George Washington 1, Oklahoma State 1
- Dropped from rankings: Kentucky 24, Iowa 25
Here is the updated Men’s AP Top 25 Poll updated as of 3/10/14:
Wichita State (15)
Russ Smith continues his climb in the UofL record books in some categories. The biggest surprise to me is one where he isn’t even in the top 10 yet, and that is assists in a season. Russ needs 11 assists to tie Reece Gaines for the 10th most assists in a single season. Raise your hand if you ever predicted that would happen…now put your hands down you liars!
Career Scoring Leaders
1. Darrell Griffith – 2,333
2. DeJuan Wheat – 2,183
3. Pervis Ellison – 2,143
4. Reece Gaines – 1,945
5. Milt Wagner – 1,836
Jeff Walz and the Louisville Cardinals will get another shot at the top ranked and undefeated UConn Huskies on Monday night in the Championship game of the AAC Tournament. Last Monday, UConn defeated Louisville 68-48 at the KFC Yum! Center. Back in February in Storrs, UConn won 81-64. Everyone knows this will be a tall task for the Cards.
“We know in order to beat them we have to play a great game at the defensive end of the floor because they score so well. We’ll have to figure out a way to score. You’ve got to put 70 on the board yourself and I don’t think they’ve allowed 70 all year.”
In their first matchup, UConn’s Breanna Stewart had 24 points and 10 rebounds. A week ago in the last meeting she had 22 points and 14 rebounds. Even with those big numbers, she has only shot a combined 18-41 (43.9%) in those two games. It just seems like the shots that she does hit are at crucial times in the game and they feel bigger.
Here is the latest video from @CrumsRevenge of TheCrunchZone.com. It is a great tribute to one of the most beloved Cardinals to ever wear the jersey. It is simply titled: Russ
Here is the video of the Senior Day festivities for the Men’s team for those of you that didn’t get to see it or want to see it again. Enjoy!
Here’s the Women’s:
*Video Courtesy of UofL
We asked on twitter, and you responded. This group of seniors have given us many moments in their time at UofL. Here are your favorites!
Louisville will be playing for at least a share of the inaugural American Athletic Conference Championship on Saturday against UConn. If either Louisville or Cincinnati wins and the other loses Saturday, then the winner is the outright regular-season champion and the No. 1 seed.
If both win, then the SMU-Memphis game comes into play. If Louisville, Cincinnati and SMU win, then Louisville gets the top seed (would be 4-0 against SMU/UConn, while Cincinnati would be 2-2). If Louisville, Cincinnati and Memphis win, then a coin flip will determine the 1/2 seeds. Both UC and UofL would be 4-2 against the group of SMU/UConn/Memphis, which would be tied at 12-6.
If both lose, then Louisville is No. 1 if SMU beats Memphis (UofL 3-1 vs SMU/UConn; Cincinnati is 2-2) and Cincinnati is No. 1 if Memphis beats SMU (Cincinnati 3-1 vs SMU/Memphis; Lou 2-2).
Any teams that tie for first place are declared regular-season champions, regardless of seed.
The complete seedings will be determined on Saturday for the American Athletic Conference Championship to be played March 12-15 at the FedEx Forum in Memphis, Tenn.
When this season started, some people said that Wayne Blackshear would be the x-factor or the key for the Cards to make a big run. After 2 seasons of injuries and basically being a role player, people were ready for the Wayne Blackshear that was so hyped up when he got to Louisville. He was a McDonald’s All-American in high school and was named the Player of the Year in Chicago over Anthony Davis. He averaged 32.6 points, 14.6 rebounds, 5.6 assists, and 3.7 steals per game as senior. Fans have been patiently waiting for “Superstar Wayne” to show up.
Now I am not one to hate on our own players. In fact, I called many people out who had negative things to say about Chris Jones after the last Memphis game. I always cheer for our guys no matter what. But these stats are just too much to ignore, so I am just putting facts out there. I certainly hope this trend can break soon.