The Louisville Cardinals will be making their fourth straight trip to the Sweet 16 after beating Northern Iowa 66-53 on Sunday night in Seattle. Their opponent in Syracuse, New York will be NC State, who beat the Cards 74-65 at the KFC Yum! Center back on February 14 of this year.
Terry Rozier had himself a game, scoring 25 points on 8-13 shooting while going 8-9 from the free throw line. He also dished out 7 assists and grabbed 5 rebounds and carried the Cards in this victory. This was the “first round draft pick” version of Rozier that we have not seen in quite some time. If he wants to continue to play like this, I will approve.
Just wanted to take a quick minute here and talk about how that first half went for the Cards and point out some of my thoughts…
*Terry Rozier has decided to take over this game and I don’t think he will let the Cards lose this one. He is in his “Dwayne Wade” mode, and that is just fine with me.
Moderator: We’ll go ahead and get started with an opening statement from Coach and then take questions for the student-athletes.
Pitino: Well, we’re very excited to move on. The first round is very difficult. We knew it would be a fight. These two young men down the stretch made big plays for us, and we have been calling it Madness for years, but out of my 20 NCAAs, I think this is the craziest I’ve ever seen it opening up early. There’s a lot of reasons for it. Give you just some examples, I thought Jim Calhoun on television today made an excellent analogy. He said, you know, if you limit Tom Brady, the quarterback of the Patriots, to a few throws per game and keep his numbers way down, then the possessions don’t go…don’t favor the Patriots.
This is just a quick clip of some of the press conference following the win over UC Irvine. I will try to get the full transcript posted at some point.
Don’t wear yourself out early on Sunday. The schedule for NCAA Tournament games has been released, and the Louisville Cardinals will be the last game of the night. Tip between Louisville and Northern Iowa will be at approximately 9:40 pm ET and be shown on TBS. The game will take place 30 minutes after the conclusion of Gonzaga/North Dakota State vs Iowa.
If you didn’t or couldn’t listen to the CardinalSportsZone podcast live, it’s available here! We talk NCAA Tournament shockers from yesterday, UC Irvine and Justin brings the pain with his BOOK IT prediction for today!
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The women’s basketball selection show took place on Monday night, and the Louisville Cardinals (25-6) learned they will be a 3 seed in the Albany, New York region. Their first game is Saturday at 4 pm ET in Tampa, Florida against the 14-seed BYU Cougars. The game will be shown on ESPN2. BYU is 23-9 this season and they won the WCC Tournament.
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This week on 55…..
We talk about everything in the world of Cardinal Athletics. We talk K’s. Kuric, Kelsey and K.Ware. Where will the Cards play and when? We got you covered. We talk the latest episodes of the Cardinal Sports Zone podcasts which you can find at CardinalSportsZone.com/podcast (Cheap Pop). Tonights selection show at 7pm with Perrin and Daryl too. We ask again, what’s next in the ever-changing world of 55? More clues later.
Without further adieu, here are the most ridiculous, outlandish, interesting or just downright obnoxious things I have heard this week. THIS is 55…..
The rosters for this year’s Derby Festival Basketball Classic have been announced, and fans of the Louisville Cardinals should be ready to buy their tickets. Donovan Mitchell, Deng Adel, Raymond Spalding, and Ryan McMahon will all be participating in this year’s game.
Mitchell, Adel, and Spalding are all signed and McMahon is a commit. If you kept up with our recruiting notebooks a few months ago, a lot of these names will look familiar as Louisville was recruiting some of them.
The game will be played Saturday April 11, 2015 at 7:00 at the world famous Freedom Hall.
By Kyle Kuric:
It is Kyle Kuric from Spain! I wanted to thank everyone again for donating toys to my Christmas Toy Drive! Mangok and Anas had a great time delivering them and putting smiles on the kids faces.
I am currently playing for Herbalife Gran Canaria located in the Canary Islands. The team plays in 2 leagues the Spanish ACB league and the Eurocup league. I’ll talk about the Eurocup league this time.
The time and channel were announced earlier this evening for Louisville’s opening NCAA Tournament game against UC Irvine. The Cards play on Friday and will tip off 30 minutes after the Northern Iowa-Wyoming game, which starts at 1:40. So if that takes about two hours, and then there is a 30 minute break, you are looking at sometime around a 4:10 start for the Cards.
The game will be shown on TBS. Working the game for TBS will be Spero Dedes (play-by-play), Mike Gminski (analyst), and Jaime Maggio (reporter).
Former UNC player Jason Capel has some confidence in the Cards this postseason!
The bracket is out and I couldn’t be more happy. Like I said this Louisville team could lose in the first round or could make a Final Four but this draw sure makes me feel better about the latter. The Cards found themselves in the East Region (#1 seed Villinova) and will kick off their road to Indy this Friday against UC Irvine. We will have more on the Cards road and UC Irvine soon.
Good morning CSZNation (Yes, I’m still trying to make this a thing, deal with it) Hopefully you have had a great weekend and have enjoyed a few days off. I know I have. Our podcast schedule for this week has changed just a little bit. Normally we run Monday’s and Friday’s at noon. Not this week. Tomorrow night we are going to do a special selection show at http://tobtr.com/s/7434917 at 7pm EST. Why tomorrow night when today is selection Sunday? Good question. The answer is twofold. 1) We want to watch the selection show tonight and have time to break it down. 2) The Women’s selection show is happening tomorrow night and we would like to bring their selection to you live. So there you have it. Tune in tomorrow night and check out Steve, Justin and myself as we flawlessly predict the entire tourney. We will also have on special guests Daryl Foust and College Basketball expert Perrin Johnson. I myself cannot wait to see where Rick Pitino & Jeff Walz teams end up this season in the tourney brackets. Give us a call to let us know what you think will go down in the NCAA Tournament as well at (914) 338-0180. Should be a blast so tune in, call us and join in.
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Joe Lunardi may get on people’s nerves. But if there is one thing the man knows, it is brackets, so it is worth posting his predictions, especially this morning.
He has the Cards as a 4 seed in…of course…Kentucky’s region.
Rick Pitino held an impromptu Q & A (question & answer…you’re welcome) on Friday night with Jeff Greer of the Courier-Journal. I will post just a little bit of that and then give you the link to read the rest.
Q: You said you were considering a change at center. Have you thought about going small?
Pitino: Well, we’ve done that before with Kyle Kuric. The only thing when you go small is it’s probably (freshman forward Jaylen Johnson) and Montrezl (Harrell). If you go small — you know, (freshman wing Shaqquan Aaron) and (sophomore guard Anton Gill) aren’t playing very well. I’ve gone long enough with Anton, trying my best to be patient … I’ve gotten to the point that I’ll go with David Levitch.
If you didn’t or couldn’t listen to the CardinalSportsZone podcast live, it’s available here! We talk UNC implosion and also talk to the man behind the question from the Louisville Cardinal, Derek Brightwell. We have a new podcast tab where all episodes will be kept. You can also favoritein your browser. Next week we are hopeful the CardinalSportsZone podcast will be available on iTunes! Call in to the show on Monday’s and Friday’s at our regular time of noon at (914) 338-0180. However THIS Monday the 16th we will have a primetime 7pm show instead. We will be going over the Men’s & Women’s NCAA Tournament selections.