Category Archives: Basketball
Rick Pitino and Terry Rozier met with the media on Friday afternoon to preview the UNC game. This is Rozier’s portion of the press conference. He talks about the NBA draft, Yum Center rims, Chris Jones, and much more.
On the NBA draft: We haven’t talked about that. Like I’ve been saying the whole year, or since I’ve been on this little verge of people saying if I’m going to leave or not, it’s something that we’ve talked about. But we’ve said I’m going to focus on being the best college basketball player I can be. It would be selfish to think about the pros right now. I mean, I’m not going to lie and say I don’t think about it. It’s something in my mind. But for me to be thinking about the draft and me leaving without taking care of business here first is selfish of me. That’s all I’m focused on right now — helping my team go and win the national championship.
Rick Pitino and Terry Rozier met with the media on Friday afternoon to preview the North Carolina game. Here is Pitino’s portion of the press conference, transcribed by Jeff Greer of the Courier Journal.
Pitino talks about the Tar Heels, the recent intrasquad scrimmage, Terry Rozier’s NBA draft stock, and much more.
Opening statement: I guess, when I got on the plane or the bus ride back from Boston, checked out the ACC scores, I was quite surprised. And that’s the nature of any great conference — it’s full of surprises because the bottom is very close to the top. Boston College played Virginia to the mat; they pulled away at the end. We pulled away at the end. Any great league has to have the bottom close to the top, and the teams in our league at the bottom. Georgia Tech, I believe, was winless and just blitzed Miami at Miami. So that’s the sign of any really good league. If you’re not on top of your game, you’re going to come away with an L. Carolina’s playing much better than the first time we played them. They’re on a winning streak, they’re playing with more scoring, more confidence and they’re better than the last time we faced them, so we have to be better.
Here is video of the last time North Carolina won the National Championship. Oh, sorry. This is just a video celebrating a regular season victory over a new conference team on your home floor. My mistake.
-The above is a sight that few of us love to see. It’s the White-Out suit. It’s not pretty but it works sometimes. OK, more often it doesn’t. Tomorrow is our annual White-Out game vs #13 UNC at 4pm. If you are going, represent:
You can pick that up from any of the Cardinal Authentic locations.
-Jeff Walz recorded his 200th victory at the University of Louisville last night defeating top 25 Syracuse 78-58 last night. Congrats Coach!
-Don’t Forget to tune into 93.9 FM for all things UofL. John Ramsey has a show on from 3-6p
-Congrats out to Pedro Sibea:
-Last, but certainly not least. One of my mentors and a person who did a lot to give CSZ credibility is leaving the University Of Louisville. Nick Stover (@ULFlyingCard) was named CMO of BodyShapes Medical. He came on any show we were doing, helped us out in any way and never acted like we were to young of a site to lend his knowledge and help to. When we traveled to different cities for events, he would link up with us and give us tips. Thank You for everything. Good Luck in your future endeavors and Go Cards!
Any avid Basketball fan that truly understands talent and what basketball is all about seen this coming. Me and Steve had come into the year saying…well, we loze Wayne,Trezl and Terry. Coach Pitino has alluded to that throughout the season and today he flat out said it.
Seems like coach reaffirmed what most of us already knew. 1) Terry is gone 2) nobody reads Mock Drafts
(credit to the Courier-Journal for the video)
If you are on Twitter or Facebook you probably already know it’s Happy Cardinal Birthday day to a few of our members in #L1C4 land. So go wish them a Happy Birthday on Facebook. You can also go to Twitter and wish Matz a Happy Birthday at @MatzStockman and Luuuuuuuuuke one at @lukeskywalka11 so they can see your well wishes.
Chris Jones and Terry Rozier combined to score 51 of the Cards’ 81 points last night against Boston College as Louisville picked up the 81-72 win on the road. They also combined to make 19-28 shots, including 5-7 from three. They had 11 rebounds, 7 assists, and 1 turnover between the two of them.
Here are some updates from around CardNation:
-DC Todd Grantham WILL stay at the University of Louisville. He turned down the Raiders DC job today. This is good news for CardNation just days away from signing day.
-After a roller coaster last 24 hours, Sheldrick Redwine has reaffirmed his commitment to the University of Louisville. It was reported that he decommitted last night and committed to Auburn. Justin shares more here.
-The 2015 Boys McDonald’s All-American team was announced tonight. In a move that surely infuriated a lot of people, 0 of the Cards commits were selected as game participants. Despite being ranked higher than some selected, Donovan Mitchell, Deng Adel and Ray Spaulding were left off of the list. Two 4 stars were selected and all 3 of our guys are 5 stars. I will now boycott McDonald’s.
-The 2015 Girls All-American team was also announced tonight. A record 3 Cards were selected. Asia Durr, Taja Cole and Sam Fuehring were all selected. OK, I may have an apple pie now and then….
This week on 55………..
We talk about an array of things. Where are the Cards in this weeks polls? Will Todd Grantham single handedly crush our recruiting class? The ESPN/UL radio venture and my favorite teammates at UL. Also in a few weeks I will take a trip to hokie land to do an ACC podcast and much much more…
Without further adieu, here are the most ridiculous, outlandish, interesting or just downright obnoxious things I have heard this week. THIS is 55…..
With a massive snowstorm on its way to the Northeast part of the country, it is looking like Louisville’s next basketball game could be postponed. The Cards are supposed to play at Boston College on Wednesday evening. During today’s ACC teleconference, Coach Pitino said that the team wouldn’t be able to travel on Tuesday and that they would attempt to on Wednesday, the day of the game.
Digging deep into the world of Twitter, who better to know about this situation than the Weather Channel’s Jim Cantore?
The following transcripts come from Jeff Greer of the Courier Journal.
Opening statement: We usually win with defense. Tonight we won with offense. Not that our defense was bad, but our offense was special. Great shooting percentages are the result of great passing, and we did a terrific job of passing against a very good defensive team. So, I’m real proud of our guys. We needed to get this road win. We’re at BC. We’re at Miami. We’re at Virginia. We needed to play well to get our confidence back after that Duke loss.
Sometimes, the worst thing that can happen after a loss is a lot of time off between games. It feels like the Cards haven’t played in a month. They will finally hit the court again on Sunday at 4 p.m. when they take on the Pittsburgh Panthers on the road. The game will be on CBS.
Rick Pitino talked about the game at his press conference on Friday afternoon. Here is what he had to say.
“As you all know, Pitt’s had a great winning record at home, nearly 88 percent, and certainly, they have a great home court with their student body. It’s always been a tough place to play, and we’re looking forward to it. Obviously it’s a nationally televised game, and I know our players are fired up about it.”
Quentin Goodin is a name you will be hearing for a while on the basketball recruiting front. He is only a junior this season so there is still a long way to go before he signs with a school. Goodin plays for Taylor County High School in Campbellsville, Kentucky.
The 6’3 185 lb guard narrowed his list down to 12 on Thursday and Nextuprecruits.com was the first to report it. His list of 12 in no order: Louisville, Florida, Ohio State, Michigan, Marquette, Tennessee, Minnesota, UNLV, Oklahoma State, Western Kentucky, Xavier, and Kentucky Wesleyan.
When there is a week off in between Louisville basketball games, any kind of story will turn into a big deal. This time it is the fact that junior Montrezl Harrell is no longer a captain on the team. When I first heard that news, it really wasn’t a big deal to me because I couldn’t have told you who the captains were anyway. In my book, the captains are Wayne Blackshear and Terry Rozier. So my first reaction to the news that Montrezl was no longer a captain was basically “Oh, he WAS a captain?”
On his weekly radio show on WHAS, Rick Pitino went into detail about why Harrell isn’t a captain anymore. He said it was actually Montrezl who asked to have that title stripped from him.
Ok guys, I have been teasing this giveaway for a few days now and here it is. The rules are simple. In the comment section of THIS story, give me the answer to the trivia question. The first person who answers correctly wins a pair of tickets to see the #4 ranked UofL Women take on the Syracuse Orange at the KFC YUM! Center. If you tweet me the answer first or comment on Facebook first I will not accept the answer. This was done as a way to even up the playing field since everyone doesn’t have a Twitter or Facebook. We will have another giveaway in a few weeks. So here we go:
Here are some updates from around CardNation:
-Earlier this week the UofL Football roster was updated. 2 notable things from these updates are the absence of Tim Cook and Terry Ramsey. Tim Cook,a JUCO RB, was not able to get all of his classes to transfer. Ramsey has left the program. Another notable change was that Cornelius Sturgill has been moved to DB.
Official press release from WNBA.com
ATLANTA, Jan. 18, 2015 — The Atlanta Dream announced today that it will host the 2015 Atlanta Dream Classic at KFC Yum! Center on May 23 in Louisville, Ky., to open its preseason schedule. The event, which will feature a doubleheader of WNBA preseason contests, will be highlighted by the return to Louisville of current Dream stars Angel McCoughtry and Shoni Schimmel. Both players earned All-American honors while leading the Cardinals to appearances in the National Championship Game.
Entering the game against Duke on Saturday, junior Montrezl Harrell needs just 12 points to reach 1,000 points for his career at UofL. He would be the 66th career 1,000 point scorer in UofL men’s basketball history. That ranks 2nd only to North Carolina, who has 70 players with 1,000 points.
Harrell is averaging a career high 15.2 points per game this season. The most recent Card to reach this milestone is Russ Smith, who also reached it as a junior. He finished his career with 1,908 points, ranking him 5th all-time in UofL history.