Category Archives: Basketball

Cardinal Sports Zone radio show: 8/22/15

93.9 The Ville

On today’s show, we talked about who we would each WANT as the starting QB for Louisville this season. Not who we think it will be, but our preference. I give a terrible answer, but pick somebody in the end. Perrin Johnson joined us, which was a treat. We had our most callers we have had so far and had a great time. Click the soundcloud link below to give it a listed. As always, we are on 93.9 The Ville on Saturday mornings from 10-11 a.m.

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Pitino: We are working on playing 10 J.V. games this year

Photo: Tim Haag/CardinalSportsZone.com

Photo: Tim Haag/CardinalSportsZone.com

If you caught Rick Pitino’s latest blog on Tuesday, you saw that the head coach dropped some pretty cool information about possibly adding some J.V. games to the schedule.

We are working on playing 10 J.V. games this year. Some will be played at the Yum! Center on game day. It will give guys like Matz, Dillon and Ryan a chance to play major minutes and continue to develop.

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A fan’s report: Behind the scenes in Puerto Rico

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David Burns is a big UofL fan just like the rest of us. I coach his son, Dawson, in basketball at Holy Cross High School. David, Dawson, and Whitney (David’s youngest girl) went down to Puerto Rico for a few days to watch the Cards in action. But while you are there, you have to do more than just watch basketball. When he asked me what he should write about, I said just make it all about your trip and what you experienced. Everyone else will have game recaps and write-ups, but nobody will have your own experience in a post. And so that is what he gave me. Enjoy!

By David Burns:

Puerto Rico

We visited several areas of the territory. We hiked, zip-lined, and rappelled through the rainforest. If you are in moderate physical shape…you should put one of these tours on your must-do list.

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Cardinal Sports Zone radio show: 8/15/15

93.9 The Ville

Things are really beginning to heat up in UofL sports and we squeeze all of it that we can into our 1-hour show on 93.9 The Ville! If you missed it today, you can click the soundcloud link below and check it out. We spent about half the time on basketball and half on football. What do these Puerto Rico games mean? Is Quentin Snider’s development slowed down by Trey Lewis/Damion Lee being here? And on the football side of things, we had Brandon Marcello on the show. Brandon is Auburn’s beat writer for AL.com and had some great insight into Auburn’s team and how he thinks the fans there are looking at Louisville. Check it out!

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Box score from Louisville’s win on Friday night

Photo: Tim Haag/CardinalSportsZone.com

Photo: Tim Haag/CardinalSportsZone.com

Here is the box score from Louisville’s 84-81 win over Puerto Rico on Friday. From an iphone or ipad, if the box score does not show up, try viewing it in the adobe app.

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Video: Coach Ganong celebrates harder than you

Photo: syracuse.com

Photo: syracuse.com

Step your game up people. If this isn’t how you look at the end of Louisville wins this year, it is time to reevaluate. This is strength and conditioning coach Ray Ganong after the Cards knocked off Puerto Rico on Friday night.

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Wednesday’s box scores from Louisville vs Puerto Rico

Photo: Drew Deener

Photo: Drew Deener

It was a rough night for the Cards, who dropped both games to Puerto Rico again. The rough part was in the second game, where the Cards lost 96-62. Here are the box scores from each.

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Box score for Louisville vs Puerto Rico on Tuesday

Photo: Scout.com

Photo: Scout.com

Here is the final score from the second game on Tuesday, provided by Kenny Klein. I am having a little trouble getting the box score up from the first game. Click the link below to view the stats.

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Video: Rick Pitino talks up the 2015-16 Louisville basketball team in Puerto Rico

AP Photo/Mark Wallheiser

AP Photo/Mark Wallheiser

You will have to excuse Drew Deener and his use of technology. The audio alone is worth it, though. Coach Pitino and the Cards welcomed the fans to Puerto Rico, and the coach had nothing but good things to say about the team. We know Ricky P speaks in hyperbole, but he may have outdone himself with the following quote:

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Complete schedule for Cards in Puerto Rico

Photo: Kenny Klein

Photo: Kenny Klein

Fans will be able to get a glimpse of the 2015-16 Louisville Cardinals basketball team starting tomorrow as the Cards begin their 9 game (6 day) stretch in Puerto Rico. If you are able to catch any games, the schedule is listed below.

University of Louisville Exhibition Games Schedule
vs. Puerto Rico National and Junior Teams

Tuesday, Aug. 11 at Jose Miguel Agrelot Coliseum of Puerto Rico (17,024 seats)
5:30 p.m. Louisville vs. PR Junior team
8:00 p.m. Louisville vs. PR National team

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Schedule Changes for Louisville Basketball in Puerto Rico

Photo: Tim Haag/CardinalSportsZone.com

Photo: Tim Haag/CardinalSportsZone.com

UofL just released some adjustments made in the schedule for Puerto Rico. Per UofL:

The changes include:

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College Basketball: ESPN’s Way-too-early top 25 does not include Louisville

Photo: Tim Haag/CardinalSportsZone.com

Photo: Tim Haag/CardinalSportsZone.com

Call it what you want. “Way-too-early” or “No-longer-way-too-early” as Eamonn Brennan calls it in his post on ESPN.com. Either way, it is a pretty early top 25 men’s college basketball poll. This poll does not include the Louisville Cardinals.

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5-star SG Markelle Fultz will visit Louisville this week

Markelle Fultz

Photo: twitter.com

Markelle Fultz is a consensus 5-star shooting guard on the four major recruiting sites, and he will officially visit the Louisville Cardinals on Wednesday, August 5. Fultz has set two official visits so far, Louisville and Arizona. He will visit Arizona on August 8. Players only get five official visits, so this is pretty big.

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Maverick Rowan commits to NC State

Photo: 247 Sports

Photo: 247 Sports

Finally! We expected this for a while, and now it is official. So if you hadn’t already moved on from Maverick, you can go ahead and do so and join the rest of us. But judging by the majority of comments anytime I have posted about him lately, you already have. So this is just putting the nail in the coffin.

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Howie Lindsey Show coming to 93.9 The Ville!

93.9 The Ville

If you missed the news yesterday, 93.9 The Ville just brought a LOT more UofL coverage to your radio! Howie Lindsey will be starting his own show on 93.9 on Monday, August 3. It will run from 10 a.m. – noon Monday through Friday. Howie will bring a wealth of knowledge and insight to your radio dial, or your phone, however you listen.

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LiveWith55 7/29/15: Rivals

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Check out this week’s episode of LiveWith55: Rivals or as I would like it to be known as the Flu game edition.

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If you want to listen to the LiveWith55 podcast do the following:

http://www.blogtalkradio.com/csz/2015/07/29/livewith55-72915-rivals

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Cardinal Catch Up 7-29-15

Welcome to a very special edition of Cardinal Catch-up. With Football season and Basketball season on the cusp of returning, There is just so much to be excited for. Let’s dive in.

Photo: youtube.com

Photo: youtube.com

  • It was announced that Russ Smith now has a guaranteed contract. Great news for fans of Russdiculous worldwide.
  • Terry Rozier signed a max rookie deal that was also for a 5 year time frame according to yahoo sports
  • Rick Pitino informed us that Francisco Garcia will take another run at the NBA
  • I met Montrezl Harrell this past Sunday at Griffs. The man is enormous and that is coming from an enormous man himself. No doubt that he will succeed and was so kind to take a picture with my wife. She was pumped. there could not have been any better news for me than running into him there.

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Rick Pitino: This team is going to be a fan favorite

Photo: Tim Haag/CardinalSportsZone.com

Photo: Tim Haag/CardinalSportsZone.com

The Courier Journal’s Jeff Greer has an extensive Q&A with Rick Pitino posted and it covers a lot of topics. It really is an informative read. I just wanted to point out a part of it that is interesting when he talks about this season’s team. We knew that the chemistry wasn’t the best last year. In fact, I found it hard to cheer for the team sometimes. They weren’t unlikeable, they just maybe weren’t as likeable as I would have wanted to see. That is just a personal opinion, but one that I know some people do share. Something was just different.

Pitino mentioned it several times last year. Chinanu Onuaku addressed it while practicing for the USA U19 team. The older guys hung out with their girlfriends and the younger guys mainly hung out with each other. The older guys didn’t have patience they needed. It was like a team divided. That should not be a problem this season, and here is some of that Q&A where Pitino discusses it with Greer. He says that this team could be a fan favorite…

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Rummage & Renck Recruiting Rankings: 7/25/15 10:00 a.m.

Photo: Tim Haag

Photo: Tim Haag

Steve and I have decided to add a little bit to the recruiting posts this year. Instead of just posting the weekly notebook on Mondays, we will also post these rankings, which can be updated at any time of any day. This is kind of our version of what some would call their “big board.” In the ever changing world of college basketball recruiting, there was just too much change from week to week to only put out updates on Mondays. Now you will have this ongoing update as well as the usual Monday notebook, that will come with more detail on the players.

These rankings will not reflect how good we think each player is, but rather what we think the chances are that they end up at UofL. So the higher we have the player on the list, the more of a chance we see that he ends up at Louisville. Keep in mind, there aren’t many open scholarships at all. V.J. King has one, and that leaves only two more.

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Maverick Rowan says “decision coming soon”

Photo: 247 Sports

Photo: 247 Sports

I don’t know what “soon” means to Maverick Rowan. I don’t know how long a week is for Maverick. What I do know is that he tweeted three different jersey numbers that he could wear in college, and then said that a decision is coming soon. Take all of this however you want to. I am simply passing along the info.

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