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Women’s Basketball AP Poll 2/3/14


Louisville head coach Jeff Walz cheers on his team during the first half of their NCAA Women's New Orleans Regional basketball game

Louisville (22-1, 10-0) faces UCF (9-12, 2-8) on Tuesday and then #1 UConn (23-0, 10-0) on Sunday. Both games are on the road.

AP Top 25
RK TEAM RECORD PTS
1 Connecticut (36) 23-0 900
2 Notre Dame 21-0 863
3 Stanford 21-1 827
4 Louisville 22-1 775
5 Duke 21-2 766
6 South Carolina 20-2 707
7 Baylor 18-3 680
8 Tennessee 18-4 647
9 Penn State 17-4 595
10 Maryland 17-4 545
11 Arizona State 19-3 465
12 Oklahoma State 18-3 464
13 North Carolina 17-5 453
14 North Carolina State 19-3 436
15 Kentucky 17-5 435
16 LSU 17-5 354
17 West Virginia 19-3 344
18 Vanderbilt 17-5 298
19 Texas A&M 17-6 243
20 Gonzaga 20-3 194
21 Middle Tennessee 18-3 134
22 Nebraska 15-5 102
23 California 14-7 93
24 Michigan State 15-7 88
25 Purdue 15-7 85
  • Others receiving votes: Iowa State 68, St. John’s 28, Rutgers 22, Syracuse 17, Florida State 16, Wichita State 14, Oklahoma 12, Bowling Green 7, Chattanooga 6, DePaul 4, Saint Mary’s 3, Texas 3, James Madison 3, Michigan 3, Iona 1
  • Dropped from rankings: Florida State 23, Iowa State 23
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Honoring Phillip Seymour Hoffman with “Let it Rain!” Movie Clip


Sometimes we get off the beaten path here at CSZ and post something not related to UofL sports, and that is the case here. Actor Phillip Seymour Hoffman was found dead in his apartment, and while I am no movie expert and haven’t seen a lot of them, the first thing I thought of was this scene from “Along Came Polly.” The only reason I thought to post it was because they are playing basketball. I like to imagine this is what Russ Smith used to play like before the shots started to fall…

Louisville commit T.J. Foster suddenly commits to South Carolina State


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One of these days, I will make a post with some good recruiting news. With National Signing Day coming up, hopefully that happens very soon, even if on that day. But alas, here is another post about a Louisville commit now going elsewhere, and the latest is 3-star wide receiver T.J. Foster. 

Foster is from Union, South Carolina and is visiting South Carolina State this weekend. According to Ryan Bartow and 247 sports, he committed to play football there while on his visit.

This would give the Cards 15 total commits for the 2014 class, with 3 of them already being enrolled. So it should be a busy few days leading up to Wednesday’s National Signing Day.

Louisville Football Visitor List 1/31


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Here is the list of visitors for the University of Louisville football program this weekend. There are 12 total targets, including 3 Junior College players.

2014 Targets

Cornelius Sturghill Cornelius Sturghill- 3* cornerback from Memphis, TN. Current Wisconsin commit. 5’11   167 lbs

Sean Bowens Sean Bowens- 3* linebacker from Port St. Lucie, FL. 6’2   221 lbs

Lukayus McNeail Lukayus McNeil- 3* offensive tackle from Indianapolis, IN. 6’7   270 lbs

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Louisville Basketball also hosting Visitors


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Bobby Petrino and the Louisville Football team won’t be the only team hosting some important visitors tomorrow night. The Louisville basketball team will have a couple of elite shooters form the 2014 and 2015 class on campus for the UCF game. 2014 SG Lyrik Shreiner (AZ) (Pictured Above) and 2015 SG Luke Kennard will both be in attendance tomorrow night.

Rick has made it clear he wants to add a shooter to this 2014 class and Lyrik is just that. The 6’4 SG was looking into reclassifying to the 2015 class but recent interest from the Cards, UConn, Memphis, and the Kansas Jayhawks may have him rethinking that choice . Earlier this year Lyrik broke the Arizona state record going for 65 points in one game……yea he can fill it up folks. Don’t know if the Cards can land  a commitment this weekend but Lyrik Shreiner would be an absolute steal and a great add to the 2014 class headed into the ACC. You can follow Lyrik on Twitter @Cyborg2Cold

2015 5 star SG Luke Kennard (OH) will also be in the house. While this one looks to be headed Uk’s way the Cards may be the only team that can unseat the Cats for Kennard. Kennards team will also be playing at Fairdale High School at 6pm on Saturday.

Could UofL be possible destination for USC transfer?


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USC QB Max Wittek announced he will transfer from the school and be eligible to play immediately. Wittek, a top 5 QB coming out of High School, played in 5 games last season as a Sophomore. Where Wittek will end up is not known at this time but one USC site Reign of Troy believes the Cards could be a possible spot. They believe the top 5 spots to land Wittek are Louisville, Fresno State, San Jose St., Texas, and Florida. Heres what they had to say about the Cards:

Louisville Cardinals: “In a trend with Fresno State and San Jose State, the Cards are having to replace an NFL arm in Teddy Bridgewater. Redshirt sophomore Will Gardner has the inside track, having been in tow for the last two years. But add a whole new coaching staff under Bobby Petrino and a move to the ACC and interest in adding Wittek seems viable. Former UAB head coach Garrick McGee will run the Louisville offense as the Cards’ new OC and he’s a run very similar pro-style attack to Lane Kiffin. McGee coached Ryan Mallett while the offensive coordinator at Arkansas, a quarterback with plenty of tendencies that are comparable to Wittek. Under McGee’s tutelage, Mallett blossomed, throwing for 3,869 yards and 32 touchdowns as senior. Wittek could see that potential in the McGee offense and a potentially winnable quarterback battle and find himself in the ACC.”

While Texas may have the inside track and the Cards are by no means hurting for QB’s Wittek could become one to watch.

Bleacher Report says Louisville WILL make the Final Four


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The Cards are 17-3 on the season yet the overwhelming feeling is the Cards are just starting to click. Many of us have questioned our hotel reservations in Dallas over the past few months but the light seems to be getting brighter. Nick Wiggins of Bleacher Report is one that believes the Cards are right on track. In Wiggins article Louisville Basketball: Why the Cardinals will make a third straight Final Four Nick gives his reasons why he hasn’t quit on the Cards just yet! Here is a few quotes from the article:

Rick Pitino has proven to be a master at getting the most out of his players. There is a reason he has taken three different schools to the Final Four, won national championships at two different schools and is in the Hall of Fame. Pitino and his ability to “coach up” his players is the first feather in the cap for the Cardinals.”

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Men’s Basketball Polls (Jan 27, 2014)


Here is the AP Poll. We will put the Coaches Poll up later after it is released. After the 39 point victory over USF by the Cards, they didn’t move up in the polls and were jumped by 2 teams.

(###) Number of first place votes
 
1 Arizona
Arizona (63)
Record: 20-0
PV Rank

1

Points

1,623

2 Syracuse
Record: 19-0
2
1,561
3 Florida
Record: 17-2
6
1,436
4 Wichita State
Record: 21-0
5
1,435
5 San Diego State
Record: 18-1
7
1,337
6 Kansas
Record: 15-4
8
1,272
7 Michigan State
Record: 18-2
3
1,251
8 Oklahoma State
Record: 16-3
11
1,067
9 Villanova
Record: 17-2
4
1,063
10 Michigan
Record: 15-4
21
1,050
11 Kentucky
Record: 15-4
14
896
12 Louisville
12
891
13 Cincinnati
15
793
14 Wisconsin
Record: 17-3
9
763
15 Iowa
Record: 16-4
10
722
16 Iowa State
Record: 15-3
16
684
17 Duke
Record: 16-4
18
549
18 Pittsburgh
Record: 18-2
20
517
19 Saint Louis
Record: 18-2
19
464
20 Creighton
Record: 17-3
26
445
21 Massachusetts
Record: 17-2
13
353
22 Memphis
23
262
23 Oklahoma
Record: 16-4
25
203
24 Ohio State
Record: 16-4
17
143
25 Texas
Record: 16-4
35
142

Louisville vs UCF ranks 11th in SI Top 25 games of 13-14


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Sports Illustrated put out a list of the Top 25 games in the 2013-2014 season and the Cards only loss of the season made the list. The Cards 38-35 loss to the UCF Knights on October 18th ranked as the 11th best game of the season. While it may not be the best memory for us all I can resepct the fact that of all the great games this season the Cards played in one of the best. Here’s what SI had to say about the game:

11. UCF 38, Louisville 35 (Oct. 18)

Before Blake Bortles and Storm Johnson were household names, they were the sparks of an upstart UCF squad that knocked off then-No. 8 Louisville, a team many assumed would cruise to an undefeated season in the weak AAC. Midway through the third quarter against the Knights, everything seemed to be falling into place for Teddy Bridgewater and the Cardinals, who led 28-7. However, UCF roared back with a rushing score from Johnson and two touchdown passes from Bortles — one to Johnson and a game-winner with 23 seconds left — to stun Louisville at home.

It was instead the Knights who completed an unblemished AAC campaign en route to a Fiesta Bowl victory. – CB

 

You can see the full list HERE

More NFL Bad lip reading. (Video)


Who Is Your All-Time Starting 5 Of Rick Pitino Players at UofL: Steven


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Fans’ Starting 5

Jeremy’s Starting 5

Daryl’s Starting 5

Justin’s Starting 5

I’ve said many times that I will cry the day Rick Pitino retires. Pitino is everything a head coach should be and through the years has had some tremendous players. But if I am putting together a Louisville Rick Pitino Dream Team, it’s going to look like this (All Pics from High School):

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2014 Louisville Football Schedule Released


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Russ Smith makes Mid Season Wooden Award list


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The Mid Season Wooden award list has been cut to 25 and our own Russ Smith has made the cut. Russ, who was a Pre Season First Team All American, is averaging 18.4 points a game along with 4.7 assist this season. Here is the full list of 25:

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ACC Football schedule to be released tomorrow


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The ACC will release their 2014 football schedule tomorrow at 3PM HERE.

What we know: 

The Cards will play home games against Miami, Florida St., NC State, and Wake Forest.

The Cards will play away games at Clemson, Virginia, Syracuse, and Boston College.

What we think we know:

Most are expecting the Cards to open the season with the Miami Hurricanes on Labor Day night in the ABC Prime time slot.

 

Regardless, tomorrow we will get a big piece of what will be one of the best schedules in UofL history.

4 Star RB Marlon Mack visiting the Ville this weekend (Highlights)


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Coach Bobby Petrino and the Louisville staff have been working around the clock preparing for the upcoming signing day. As we posted yesterday the Cards will have some impressive recruits on campus over the next 3 weeks starting today. (Visitor List 1/17) One of those guys will be 4 Star RB Marlon Mack (FL). Mack had been committed to UCLA before announcing his de commitment earlier this week.

New Louisville RB coach and former Cardinal and Kansas City Chief Kolby Smith established a connection with Mack while he was at WKU and that has continued with the move to Louisville. While Mack is a dynamic RB you may be even more impressed with him at the Safety position. Mack flat out brings the hammer! The position that the Cards want Mack to play isn’t  known but what is known is Mack is a flat out athlete and that’s what Bobby likes. Keep a close eye on this one over the weekend

You can follow Marlon Mack on twitter @Marlon_Mack2

Offensive Highlights

Defensive Highlights

Petrino’s staff is complete!


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One of the most important things when a new coach is brought in is who he will bring with him. The coaching staff he hires is a huge part of what kind of success that will hopefully follow. Bobby Petrino seems to have put together a great staff here at the University of Louisville. While we were all pretty attached to the former staff, this one seems  to be solid as well.

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All you need to know about new UofL DC Todd Grantham


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According to multiple sources Louisville hired Georgia DC Todd Grantham to the same position here…………………..Yes you read that right. So now that we know who the DC will be, just who is Todd Grantham? Well here is your answer:

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TJ Foster still Committed to Louisville (Highlights)


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3 Star WR/DB TJ Foster told CSZ today that he has not heard from the Louisville coaching staff as of yet (part of which could have to do with a phone number change on his part) but still remains Committed to Louisville. At 6’2 Foster could be a lethal addition to Petrino’s wide open offense. Foster made a point to say “I love the spread offense!!” so the fit is there for sure.  Also the addition of Foster could open up the South Carolina pipeline which could be vital heading into the ACC.

Foster isn’t the only prospect that hasn’t heard from the coaching staff. As Justin Renck posted earlier 4* Safety Nilijah Bellew and others are yet to hear from the new head Coach. Don’t be alarmed just yet though, this is normal in the process of changing coaches and we expect all of the current commits to hear from the staff in the next day or so.

You Can follow TJ Foster on Twitter @TjFoster2

Louisville’s new Strength Coach is…….INTENSE


 

This folks could very well be happening in PJCS next year and I for one will be extremely HYPE!!

5 reasons I want Bobby Petrino back!


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We have heard many names thrown around about who could be the next football Coach at the University of Louisville. But in my eyes there is only one and that’s Bobby Petrino. Sure James Franklin of Vandy or some of the others intrigue me and would be good hires but only one would bring us back to a level we have only tasted once and that was when he was here the last time. So here’s the 5 reasons why I want Bobby Petrino.

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